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Page 6C April 1Z 2019 : porter 819 By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.nef The National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) is a strong advocate of history and is sometimes thought of as looking to the past more than the future, al- though its mission is to tie the two together. The Tues- day, May 26 meeting of the local chapter emphasized the future and the next generation as the chapter recognized its middle school essay winners and its Liberty Tree Society Children of the American Revolution. The Lt. James Monroe NSDAR chapter named Ariana Watts, Cameron Pates, Ella Magda and Kate McAteer as essay win- ners for the fifth; sixth, seventh and eighth grades respectively. Their essays were chosen from over a hundred entries. They each received monetary prizes as well as goody bags with Chick-fil-A and Subway gift cards. They will receive their DAR certificates at Honors Programs at the request of the schools. "They all did a very nice job. This year's rules were not easy to follow" said Lt. James Monroe Chapter Regent Amanda Garnett. "We want to reward them so they feel encouraged. Academic excellence is important." Garnett said three college students judged the entries and were very impressed with the quality of writing submitted. The 2018 - 19 topic was the 19th amend- ment to the U.S. Constitu- tion, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of its passage on June 4, grant- ing women the right to vote. Students were asked to imagine they were living in 1919 and discuss the pros and cons of the new amendment and its impact on Americans politically and socially. Students had to demonstrate research and cite their sources. "We take it for granted now, but there was a time women had to fight for the right to vote;' said Garnett. "We try to stir up aware- ness for history:' She read excerpts from the winning essays, dem- onstrating the different ap- proaches the students took to the topic. Magda chose to write in first person, as though she were attend- ing the rally and march upon the amendment's passage and was listen- ing to speeches by some of the historical figures involved in the campaign for it. McAteer took her research back to 1848 when a marked movement for women's suffrage began. Many parents and other relatives attended the pro- gram, and Garnett thanked them for encouraging and pushing the students to complete their essays. Ari- ana's teacher, Jessica Price, came to support her and challenged her to win again next year and she would be back cheering for her. "To sit here and listen to the essays and the things these children have done is awesomC' said Monroe County Board of Educa- tion member Greg Head. "To learn about history and to hear of the equality that came out of it. Thank you to the parents for being involved" The DAR honored the seven members of its Lib- erty Tree CAR, especially noting the many awards the group, and individuals in it, brought home from the State Convention. Gar- ner said the local chapter competed with much larger chapters, some with 50 members. The Liberty Tree Chil- dren are Elijah Jenkins, Joshua Jenkins, Rebekah Jenkins, Elena Jenkins, Christopher Jenkins, Grace Jackson and Faith Jackson. Garnett thanked them for hard work throughout the year, including visiting all of the businesses around the Forsyth square on Flag Day last summer. The group went to Kettle Creek Battlefield in East Georgia to work at clean-up day, they attend every DAR meeting and serve refresh- ments at DAR functions and they have done proj- ects for the DAR mountain schools. They won awards at the State Convention for best prayers, best com- munication (newsletter) and best program, among others. President of the Ocmul- gee Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, Chuck Garnett, presented certificates to the essay winners and to the Lib- erty Tree Society members recognizing their achieve- ments. Lt. James Monroe NSDAR swore in a new member at its March 26 meeting. Sandy Dyer Ranson's paperwork for ac- ceptance into NSDAR was approved in November. She was presented a candle, symbolizing that she is a light to others. Ranson is an Advanced EMT. Veterans committee chair Denise Herring gave an update on the project DAR is coordinating with some other local civic groups to send care packages to deployed troops with local connections. Herring said the project has been very successful and local busi- nesses and individuals have contributed generously Rep. Robert Dickey and Sen. John Kennedy con- tributed. The project began with the intent of sending packages to the 201st out of Pictured, left to right, are the DAR grade level essay winners, Kate McAteer (8th), Ella Magda (7th), Cameron Pates (6th), Ariana Watts (5th) with Chuck Garnett, president of Ocmulgee Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution. Liberty Tree Society Children of the American Revolution are )ictured with some of the awardsthey won at the State Convention. Left to right are Faith Jackson, Grace Jackson, Christopher Jenkins, Rebekah Jenkins, Elena Jenkins, Elijah Jenkins, Joshua Jenkins. (Photos/ Diane Glidewell) Marietta deployed in Iraq under Towaliga Circuit District Attorney Jonathan Adams of Monroe County. At Adams' suggestion, they sent large "sharing packages" because of the great savings in postage over individual packages. Herring said it is hard to compare exactly, but they have sent a much bigger quantity of items than they did previously when they sent 54 individual pack- ages. Since it appears his unit may be coming home before long, Adams asked that the next packages be sent to the Georgia Na- tional Guard 48th Brigade under Captain Silva of Monroe County deployed to Afghanistan. Lt. James Monroe Chapter voted to send the next packages to the 48th Brigade. Pay for year in advance, get one month FREE I ! ,) ! By Diane Glidewell @ news - mymcr net Forsyth council signed " an agreement with Monroe County on splitting the Cost of a joint Board of Elec- tions, which also indudes the city of Culloden, at its April 1 meeting. The joint board of elections was created by the Georgia General Assembly during its 2017-18 session at the request of the local govern- ments. The original bill stated Monroe County would pay ra station Classic Soul Hits at 100.1FM F Serving orsyth, Maconand All of Middle Georgia! The Home of 65 percent of the budget, blanks on the agreement, Forsyth 25 percent and one regarding the length Culloden 10 percent. The of the agreement and budget covers person- the other regarding the nel, which is currently time frame for invoices to two staffmembers, and Forsyth and Culloden. City other operational costs. ]he manager Janice Hall said revised budget is based on she is working with county the populations of the three manager Jim Hedges and contributing governments county financial officer and is Monroe County Lorri Robinson on those 84.2 percent, Forsyth 15.1 items. Hall said the city percent and Culloden .7 will usually be billed at the percent. This 'is based on a end of the year for the total total county population of amount; if there are any 27,306 with 23,002 in the city-only elections, the city unincorporated part Of the will pay that whole bill. county, 4,125 in Forsyth Melton suggested that the and 179 in Culloden. length of the agreement be The 2019 budget for the about 10 years, automati- Board of Elections ap- cally renewable on a year- proved by Monroe County to-year basis. is $112,230; the cost of poll workers will be in addition In other Forsyth city and divided by the same council news: percentages. By this budget Monroe County will pay Council approved a $94,540, Forsyth $16,954 change to its personnel and CuUoden $736. The policy that will make it actual cost of the Board easier to re-hire employees of Elections in 2018, with that resign. The previous more elections than are policy said the city could anticipated in 2019, was not re-hire an employee $179,704. who didn't give and com- City attorney Bobby plete a two-week written Melton asked about two notice when resigning. There's no facebook,com~ 789 US-M1 South mamasktchn Barnesville, GA 30204 Best Ribs ~n lawia The new policy says only that not giving a two-week notice will be noted in the employee's personnel file. "Now we can look at re- hiring employees on a case to case basis" said Hall. "I ran this by our employ- ment attorney" Council has banned dogs and other animals from all parts of the city associated with Forsythia Festival during the festi- val, "with the exception of guide/assistance dogs for handicapped/disabled per- sons who require such." Hall said the request for the resolution came from the Forsythia committee that plans and organizes the Forsythia Festival. She said council had passed this resolution in 2011, but when the issue came up for enforcement this year it came to light that the resolution was specifically for 2011. The new resolu- tion will be for all Forsythia Festivals going forward. Although the resolu- tion does not provide for an exception to animals with vendors, Mayor Eric Wilson said they will not be affected. Pony rides are a traditional part of the Kids Corner at the For- sythia Festival and Mary Persons FFA traditionally brings cattle and hogs for a guess-the-weight competi- tion and small livestock like chickens, goats and sheep as an educational exhibit. The resolution says "no person shall bring into such area any dog or other animal, whether domestic or wild and whether under immediate control and restraint or otherwise, with the exception of guide/as- sistance dogs." In another motion, For- syth renewed its contract with Monroe County to provide Animal Control services for the city. Forsyth will pay $7,500 plus $22 per animal for capture/ euthanization of dogs ap- prehended within the city limits of Forsyth, with the city paying the cost for ani- mals monthly. Hall said the agreement with the county is for dogs only; there is no animal control for cats or any other animals in the city. Forsyth will retain Hopkins & Associates to do the city's 2018 audit despite the 2017 audit not being done on .time. Council had previously voted to seek bids on its 2018 audit since the delinquency of the 2017 audit disqualified the city's application for a Com- munity Block Develop- ment Grant. However, Hall told council that the new company said it would not be able to begin the work now and complete it by the due date of June 30, 2019. Hall met with Hopkins and Associates and was told the company could complete the audit by the deadline if Hall would get all informa- See FORSYTH Page 7C