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Page 6A March 21, 2018 R/epOrter Velva Dungan Darden August 4, 1921 March 18, 2018 Forsyth - Velva Dungan Darden passed away Sunda ; March 18, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m Thursday; March 22 at First Baptist Church of Forsyth with burial in Monroe Hills Memorial Gardens. Dr. Dan Whitaker and Dr. Hambric Brooks will officiate. The family will greet friends from 6-8 p.m Wednes- DARDEN day; March 21 at Monroe County Memorial Chapel. Mrs. Darden, the daughter of the late George Fredrick Dungan and Lula Padgett Dungan, was born Aug. 4, 1921, in Forsyth. Her husband, Ret. Col. George William Darden, preceded her in death. She was a homemaker, a member of First Baptist Church of Forsyth and a volun- teer for Meal on Wheels. Gonga, as her family and friends knew her, served all who crossed her path. She enjoyed many hobbies including cooking, baking, sewing, arts and crafts; painting, socializing, playing scrabble and fishing. She never met a stranger and all were welcomed at her table. In her years at Mary Persons High School and Bessie Tift College she played basketball and tennis and continued to enjoy watching both on television. She enjoyed serving her community through all of her gifts and talents. One of her most treasured accomplishments was the Chrismon Tree for First Baptist Church. We will remember her love, care and compassion in all the ways she loved and served. Mrs. Darden is survived by her children, Iris (Lloyd) Zehner of Monticello, George "Buddy" (Frances) Darden of Thomson, Dean (Kathy) Darden of Culloden, Madison Darden of Forsyth and Denise (Joel) Vinson of Forsyth; sister, Alice James of Duluth; 14 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. The family may be contacted at the residence, 101 Baze- more Street, Forsyth, Ga 31029. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Meal on Wheels at First Baptist Church or to First Baptist Church of Forsyth, 95 West Morse Street, Forsyth, Ga 31029. Please visit to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of ar- rangements. Freemans say thanks The family of the late James Freeman St. greatly ap- preciates your kind expressions of sympathy during our loss. We thank you for the outpouring of love through prayers, food, phone calls, physical presence, donations and floral tributes. We are blessed to have friends like you and are thankful for all you've done. May the Lord bless and keep you. AROUND GEORGIA A look at top news from Jones County News. other weekly newspapers from around the state: 'Nobody wants to work?' Employers in Pierce Tax break for seniors? County and across the state Pickens County senior report they're having a hard citizens in north Georgia time finding good employ- convene for the first of three ees due to an epidemic of meetings to discuss seeking drug use and poor work a property tax exemption for ethic, reports the Blackshear those over 62 years old. They Times. The Times notes there plan to try to put the issue are a lot of help wanted ads on the ballot in a referen- in the newspaper but talks dum. Meanwhile, Relnhardt to business owners who note University is planning a .5K the problem. "If the very first (not a 5K) to raise money in thing they ask is 'how much the Shamrock Stroll, reports does the job pay', that gives the Pickens County Progress me doubts" sighs the owner of Jasper, Ga. of a local data company. Trial begins for man accused of killing wife The.trial begins ofTex Mc- Iver, the part-time Putnam County resident and member of the Development Author- ityaccused of killing his wife. The Eatonton Messenger re- ports that McIvey has never denied shooting his wife but claims it was an accident. No T rac r Supplyin Gray Tractor Supply has decided not to put a store in Gray after getting little coopera- tion from the city, reports the Devdopment outrages Madison residents Some Madison residents are furious after the city council makes a "shocking" vote to approve the Foster Park housing development in the city's historic district. Members of the audience booed, hissed and hurled insults as council approved a rezoning for 19 homes to go in the historic district, reports the Morgan County Citizen. Opponents said they will consider a lawsuit to stop it. LAR Call your local Monroe County representative Scott Harrell 478-256-3586 or toll free: 800-551-1102 3250 Vineville Ave.l Maconr GA 31208 C BARNESVILLE MARBLE & GRANITE COMPANY Serving Middle Georgia for Over 100 Years Designers & Manuthctu.res of Marble, Granite & Bronze Memorials since 1908 George & Janice ,Moore Auth~rized Ge,)rgia Marble Dealer TOLL FREE 1-800-377-9341 1-770-358-1.470 Railroad & Main St. Barnesville, GA IN LOVING Donald Joseph Rose March 13, 1929 Month 14, 2018 Donald Joseph Rose, 89, of For- syth died while at home on Tuesday, March 14, 2018. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 17 at Sharps- burg Baptist Church, 6413 Hwy. 54, Sharpsburg, Ga. with their pastor and friend Dr. Watson E. Mills officiating. ROSE Mr. Rose was born in Columbus on March 13, 1929, son of the late For- rest B. Rose and Rotchie Head Rose. He first retired from First National Bank of Columbus before accepting his position with the FDIC, where he retired after eight years of service. Don served on the executive advisory board of the American Bankers Association, and retired as VP at First National Bank in Columbus; served as Chair- man of the Board of the Columbus Civic Club and was a member of the Board of Directors, Columbus Georgia Heart Association. He served with the US Army in Korea. Longtime member, Don served for many years as dea- con and treasurer of Sharpsburg Baptist Church and was instrumental with securing the financing for the current church facilities. Mr. Rose was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters; Eloise Kelly, Julia Goodman, Annie Merle Rose and a brother, William Byron Rose. He is survived by his devoted wife of 68 years, Mary Lizabeth Johnson Rose of Forsyth; a brother Harold Edwin Rose and his wife Bettie of Shiloh; three children and their families: Donald David Rose of Columbus, Donna Llzabeth Reich(Beth) and her husband Ron Reich of Jemison, Alabama; and their children Sandy West (Don) of Newnan, Michelle Popwell (Brent), Janie and Hannah Popwell of Jemison, Ala.; and Alex Jewett of Denver, Colorado; Willa Ann Rose and her husband Dr. Jack Bowcock of Forsyth; Clark Bowcock (Jennifer), Alexis and Lyndsey of Los Gatos, Calif.; Blair Hickman (Stan), Jason and Logan Hickman; Liz Corbett (Shawn), McKenney, Michael and Grace Ann Corbett of Statesboro. Annie Nell Laster July 23, 1942 - March 9, 2018 Forsyth - Funeral services for Mrs. Annie Nell Laster were held Wednesday, March 14 at St. Luke A.M.E. Church, Forsyth. Burial Rest Haven Memorial Cemetery. Survivors include her son, Maurice Laster; brother, Cal- vin (Fredda) Banks and a host of relatives and friends. The family may be contacted at 290 Milledge Circle, Forsyth. Freeman Funeral Home in Forsyth was in charge of ar- rangements. Syble Adams McCoy September 25, 1928- March 13, 2018 /' Forsyth - Syble Adams McCoy passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2018. A Graveside Service was held Friday, March 16 at Forsyth City Cemetery. David Herndon of- ficiated. Syble, the daughter of the late George Henry Adams and Eddie Steele Adams, was born Sept. 25, 1928, in Forsyth. Her husbands, James Marion Brasher and Lenis Oren McCoy, preceded her in death. She was retired owner and operator of Syble's Beauty Shop. Survivors include her nephew, Larry (Ruth) Herndon of Milledgeville; great-nephew, David (Cheryl) Herndon of Forsyth; several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Meals on Wheels, 95 West Morse Street, Forsyth, Ga 31029. Please visit to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel had charge of ar- rangements. Otis Ponder F~=kr,-~rv ")A ln,lO AA~r,-h 13, 2018 Forsyth - Homegoing Services for Deacon Otis Ponder were held Saturday, March 17 at Greater Friendship Bap- tist Church. Reverend Cleveland Jarrell officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. Survivors include wife, Elizabeth Ponder; children: Kim- berly Ponder, Otis Victor (Christopher) Ponder, Edward (Lesa) Cheves, Leonardo (Tiffany) Evans, Bianca Evans (Celwyn) Morgan, Joshua Hicks along with other family and friends. Freeman Funeral Home in Forsyth was in charge of ar- rangements. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR I Mighty Mike recovering at home after terrifying driveway accident in Forsyth To the Editor: eb. 27 ended rather dramatically and, tragically for our little family. Our son, Mike, was involved in a serious freak accident just a few days after his third birthday. After being rushed to the ER, Mike was admitted to the PICU at The Children's Hospital for injuries, some requiring surgical repairs. After days in the hospital, he was discharged and is expected to make a full re- covery! But the healing and recovery are ongoing! The point of this letter is to praise the people of our awesome community! We received an outpouring of prayers, love, and dona- tions that touched us to the depths of our souls. It is an amazing blessing to belong to a community that steps up and shows out when one of their own is in need. We were shown unimagi- nable acts of selflessness from family, friends, and businesses, many of whom were total strangers. A huge shout out to Monroe County Emergency Servic- es for their quick response, care and compassion. As long as we live, we will never be able to thank you all enough but we will forever strive to pay it forward! .Once again, thank you, Monroe County! God bless you all! Lo#e, Trae, Samantha, and Mike Maddox Forsyth For anyone wanting to contribute, there is a "Mighty Mike" account in place at United Bank. Three-year-old Mike Maddox of Monroe County is recovering after his grandmother accidentally struck him with her vehicle in his driveway on Feb. 27. Little Mike Maddox, son of Trae and Samantha Maddox, was involved in the accident the evening of Feb. 27. He suffered some head trauma and was rushed by Monroe County EMS to Navicent Health where he was treated for a skull fracture, shoulder fracture, severe lung bruising, road rash on his face/body and other injuries (see photo right after the accident at left). Doctors performed plastic surgery to repair his ear and do a skin graft on his head. "We are extremely blessed," his mother, Samantha Maddox, posted on Facebook. "This may seem absolutely horrible for us, but Lord it could be much worse." At right, Mike is now home and well on his way to recovery, and his mother is thanking Monroe County for its support. (Photos courtesy Samantha Maddox) HICKMAN Continued from Front That this discharge shall completely exonerate the defendant of any criminal purpose; That this discharge shall not affect any of said defendant's civil rights or liberties; The defendant shall not be considered to have a criminal conviction; and This discharge may not be used to disqualify a person in any application for employment or appointment to office in either the public or private sector. According to Mr. Adams, who has looked into this matter along with Mon- roe County Sheriff John Cary Bittick, this court order did not contain the required language from Official Code of Georgia 42-8-63.1 (the First Offender Act) and therefore was not a proper order. How- ever, when it was signed by a judge and filed in court, it did become a binding order. Mr. Adams and SheriffBittick are currently working with state officials to determine how and why this improper order was made and to ensure that protocols are made to prevent this from happening again. Please know that during this entire process, I and my administrative team have dosely followed the advice of our le- gal counsel, and we have cooperated with local law enforcement off~cials and with our District Attorney. Never was there intent by anyone in the school system " administration to knowingly put some- one in a classroom who could potentially endanger any of our children. Hindsight is valuable, and knowing then what we know now about the improper court order, this person would not have been placed in Monroe County's substitute pool. Our focus now is to move ahead; to work with officials in correcting what was a ser!ous legal mistake so neither our nor any other school system falls victim to a similar situation; and to review and change as necessary our own protocols and policies. Over the past few weeks, your central office administrative team has been subjected to criticisms, allegations, and even harassment from members of the community who believed they knew the whole story. While personally hurt- ftil to us as individuals, sadly this is an expected aspect ofourjobs. We are fine. But this has also proven harmful to the school system's culture of coopera- tion and unity. This has been felt by the members of the Board of Education and likely by you as our dedicated and valued staff. For this we apologize. The majority of oilr Board of Educa- tion remains confident and supportive of its administration. I as Superintendent have confidence in the leadership of our Central Office administrative team. Our focus is and always will be the safety and well-being of our children and of our dedicated employees. I welcome your questions, your com- ments, and your concerns. Please see attachment (pictured below) from the District Attorney regarding the substitute teacher matter. Thanks for all you do, and have a great weekend! You deserve it!