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Page 2C March 14, 2018 :aReporter Continued from Front concrete with his arms, benchpressing more than 600 pounds and doing over 30 reps with 315 pounds. At Mary Persons Raines rolled up a frying pan he said he bought at the Macon Walmart so that it looked "like a burrito" DJ Smooth, who has joined with Raines for the past three years, came to Mary Persons to provide music for the event. Rainesl invited two students each from the freshman, sopho- more, junior and senior dasses to show their dance moves, followed by five teachers who showed what they can do on the dance floor. Raines pointed but that everyone had fun with the dancers, even though they were different people who came from different sets in life. He said that school should bring the same ac- ceptance and enthusiasm for learning every day. "But many don't show up because of bullying" said Raines. "You must be responsible because of negative words. You cause people to wear labels. You don't know what they're go- ing through; they may be on the edge. If you just record- ed it, if you just laughed, you're just as guilty." He spoke of trying to know what to say when he spoke in a gym where the head cheerleader had just been found hanging from the basketball goal, a victim of suicide. He told of giving the eulogy for his best friend's 13-year-old son who killed himself and left his father, who traveled with Raines giving motiva- tional messages, a note that Above, Mary Persons students carry signs at the Respect Rally reflecting the type of nega- tive [abels people are often given. Left, Willie 'Freight Train' Raines tells students why he travels the country with his anti-bullying message while Mary Persons senior Quez Lyons waits to help with the message. he couldn't tell his father, He advised all the Mary for a purpose." his hero, that he was being Persons students to do the As part of the Respect bullied, same. Rally, members of the Best Raines said he tells his "Like C.S. Lewis said, the Buddies Club encouraged three daughters, ages 22, greatest gift is uniqueness, all students to sign links of 20 and 4, to look in the The last time I checked, a paper chain to "Link up to mirror every day and tell doning is illegal ' said End the R Word [Retarded] themselves three things they Raines. "Each of you has,and spread respect" like about themselves and the potential of greatest; it The chain was stretched then find someone else to doesn't matter what the seed across the gym during the say something good about, is wrapped in You're here Respect Rally. Anita Barkin of the North Central HealthDistrict presented Monroe County Health Department Nurse Catie Dennis the Shining Star Award at the March 12 Monroe County Board of Health meetihg. - Nurse Dennis accepted the challenge of taking on a leadership role while the county's nurse manager was on maternity leave even though she was relatively new to the Monroe County Health Department. She acted not only as a motivated leader but a dedicated team player for Monroe County Health Department. Dennis had'to take on the responsibility of the health department earlier than expected, and she stepped into the role willingly even though she may not have been taught how to do everything. She did all this with a smile on her face and without complaining, showing the qualities ofa go9d leader. Dennis truly is a Shining Star as she helps the clients and staffofMonroe County Health Department. Pictured, left to right, are Health Board members Chris Hewett, Hugh Cromer, Eric Wilson, Barkin, Dr. Jeremy Goodwin, Dennis, killian Davis Dr. Mike Hickman, Larry Evans. ! I new .q Mart m By Diane 61idewell to granting the license, and Melvin Lawrence in favor of granting it. Council Forsyth denied an'appli- members Greg Goolsby cation for a license for beer and Mike Dodd were not and wine package sales at the council meeting. from Ashu Raina on March "The store has been 5 with council members there a while; most cus- Julius Stroud, Dexter King tomers walk to the store;' and Chris Hewer opposed said Lawrence. "They're Car + Home = See me for Car and Home Insurance and save. 41kStateFarm" Steve O~orne, Agent 80 Martin t.uther King Jr Drive Fors' |h, 6A 31029 Bus 478.994.1041 S teve,iJ~burrl~,c~, ff@$tateta~k (gll LIKE A GOOD NEIGHBOR, STATE FARM IS TI IERE, Providing Insurance and Financial Services domestic charges; everyone -to laws about the distance application at the public deserves a second chance" hearing; Raina was present required between churches Stroud said that he at the hearing to answer and sites of alcohol sales. also bdieves that people any questions. City manager ]anice Hall deserve second chances Council briefly discussed told council that Raings and that he did not want to that a religious organi- green card is being held direct his "no" vote against zation. Divine Grace because he was charged Raina personally. He said Ministries, is leasing a with three misdemeanors he opposed the application building about 125 feet in 2017. Raina said that because all the i's were not south of Welcome Food means he cannot travel dotted and t's crossed.Mart's front entrance. The outside the U.S. without ';Knd I don't want to see group is using the build- special permission. He another liquor store in a ing to distribute food and said the misdemeanorg minority community" said dothing to the needy and resulted from a domestic Stroud. to have Bible study. City dispute between him and Raina appliedfor the attorney Bobby Melton his former wife because she license for Welcome Food recommended that because would not let him see his Mart, 37 South JackSon St Welcome Food Mart was daoghter, who is a U.S. citi- Forsyth. The store has had in place and selling beer zen. After the charges, he a nse for beer and wineand wine before Divineattempted suicide and was sales for several Grace Ministries leased the hospitalized. He was taken years, but Raina.was re- building and because there directly from the hospital quired to apply for a license are not regularly scheduled to jail and was incarcerated in his name as new man-worship services at the site, for a month. ager of the store. No one the application be treated Raina said his attorney spoke in opposition to the as grahdfathered in regard told him that if he did not to earn enough money to pay an attorney to help him get the right to see his daughter. Raings aunt is helping him by giving him the job managing the Welcome Food Mart. "The store is already fa- mous for its chicken wings, but we need [to keep the alcohol license] to increase business" said Raina. Melton told council that a misdemeanor usually re- fers to a charge that carries a maximum penalty of less than a $1,000 fine and less than three months time to serve. He said the key to whether misdemeanor charges are pertinent to an alcohol license is whether they involve moral tur- pitude, with the decision based on the best interests plead guilty, he would be of the general public. in jail for another month "I don't ink these rise to before his case came to trial that status, said Melton. and that ffhe lost the case, The denial of the ap- he could be jailed for up' plication does not affect H '~C Seru~ all broads Mike Weeks & Mark McCranie Serving Middle Georgia 20 Years Licensed & Insnn~d , Installation . Indoor Air Quality , Preventive Maintenance ,Replacements ,Refrigeration ,Cooking Equipment ,Commercial Kitchen Repail~ , NATE Certified , Factory At~thorized Dealer , Fil~cing Available ',~, ith Great Rates to a year. So he pied guilty and was placed on proba- tion until January 2019. He said he was then depressed because he could not see his daughter and went to India to stay with his mother for a while. Now he is back in the U.S. trying the beer and wine pack- age license that is already granted to the previous manager at Welcome Food Mart since there was not a change in ownership. If that person continues to own the store, there is no need for a new license. i