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Patrons must Alcohol in the designated plan on Monday for an open carry the drinks in 16-ounce cups will be allOwed Mon- container area modeled on clear plastic cups with the day-Friday from 5-11 p.m Visitors to downtown the city of Monroe's enter- city's logo that businesses Saturday from 11:30 a.m.- 11 Forsyth will soon be tainment district, selling alcohol will buy p.m. and'Sunday from 11:30 able to ramble aroundThe entertainment dis- from Forsyth Main Street. a.m.-7 p.m. Persons may : a downtown entertain-trict stretches out from the Residents who live in the carry and consume drinks in ment district with anMonroe County Courthouse entertainment district may public space, streets, side- alcoholic drink in their in all direction to Adams, buy cups for their use from hand during certain Kimball, Chambers and Main Street. See PARTY Page 7A TO THE FAMILY Rev. & Mrs. Hosie Waters Darryl Jdnes Anne Riley Sherry Whitaker NEW SUBSCRIBERS OF THE WEEK DEAlltS ,6A H P Creel Ernest Elmer Jackson Shirley Short Benjamin Gary Banks Henry Rice Sn INDEX MCR Opinion & Letters Sports ; Community Public P cord Classi ii d I.egd Mary Persons pitcher Thomas Willingham shown on the big screen as the Bulldogs get ready to play at SunTrust Park. (Photo illustration/Brandon Park) tit y By Richard Dumas hood dreams on Friday in Game 3 of a season- when they play in a Major ending three-game series League Baseball stadium, potentially with the region Mary Persons Bulldogs MP will face Regionchampionship on the line baseball players will get 2-AAAA rival Upson-at 4 p.m. on Friday. to live out their child- Lee at the Atlanta Braves' SunTrust Park See BASEBALL Page 3A A Union City 19-year-old is in Monroe County Jail after leading deputies on a chase up 1-75 north at speeds of 140 mph before crashing into another driver and then the median wall. Deputy Jaleel Brown was running a speed detector on 1-75 north just north of Rumble Road when he noted a ]2016 Dodge Challenger going 90 mph and turned his lights on to make a traffic stop. Here's what happened next, according to the report: the driver, later identified as Darien Griggs, 19, of Union City, accelerated to speeds of more than 140 mph, and aggres- sively crossed all lanes to pass cars on the left shoulder. Brown backed off some to avoid an accident. But as they approached the Johnstonville Road exit, Griggs tried to change lanes and began to rotate, nearly hitting a tractor trailer in the far right lane. He tried to regain control but struck a Honda Accord on the side. That's when Brown tapped the back of the Challenger, sending it into the guard rail. Brown held the suspect and his female passenger at gunpoint while they were checked out. Griggs had a bag around his torso that contained 1.8 ounces of marijuana, two THC oil cartridges, seven pieces of MDMA ecstasy pills and a 9 mm. gun. Griggs was charged with fleeing, possession of drugs, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony, speeding, driving in the emergency lane, reckless driving, driving without a license, failure to signal, hit- and-run and possession of drug related objects. The passenger was not charged. Activists beg county for re Jet after new director bans 'critical' group By Richard Dumas forsyth@mymcr:net About a dozen animal activists urged Monroe County commissioners on Tuesday, April 2 to intervene after they revealed that new Monroe County Animal Shelter director Ty Oppelt had banned representatives of several area rescue groups from using the shelter. Klopfer Road resident Stacey Nestor told commis- sioners several months ago that she was concerned that the Monroe County Animal Shelter was not using some available rescue organiza- tions. Nestor addressed commissioners again Tues- day, saying she subsequently met with county manager Jim Hedges and thought the situation had been resolved. However, Nestor said Oppelt, on March 22, later banned Hill Road resident Catherine Wood, who wanted to rescue dogs from the facili . Nestor said Oppelt told Wood, a licensed rescuer for rescue group Rock On Rescue, that he was upset over Wood's having criticized him early in his tenure, which began in late 2018, and said he still had hard feelings about Wood and several other ani- mal activists having made negative remarks about him. Nestor said Oppelt's refusal to work with certain rescue groups increases the Catherine Wood possibility that a dog could end up being euthanized and said commissioners shouldn't tolerate a county employee refusing to deal with citizens. Nestor said there are presently about 80 to 100 licensed rescue groups in Middle Georgia but said very few of them work with the Monroe County Animal Shelter because it is not known for being a "rescue friendly" *err,4ml aent. In response, commis- sion chairman Greg Tapley pointed out that Monroe County has a responsibil- ity to its citizens to collect dangerous dogs but is not necessarily obligated to use rescue groups. Tapley added that Oppelt has been given the authority by commis- sioners to decide what is best for the animal shelter. When Nestor again corn- See BANNED Page 6A Monroe County commissioners are standing behind their new animal" control director after he banned some critics for their negativity. (Photo/Chris Spence/Facebook)