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April 17, 2019 Page 7C porter Pictured, left to right, are, front row, Kimbell Duck- worth, Billy Gladney, Rosa- lyn Harbuck, Ruth Allison, Anne Trippe, Betty Ivey, Betty Haygood, Doug Finch- er, Hiram Harbuck, Charles Holloway; middle row, Nell Joseph, Bill Grubbs, Bobby Jackson, Bobby Aldridge, Eugene Whitehead, back row, Jean Ann O'Neal, J.T. Bunn, Clarise Durden, Tom McCarty, Lee Willingham. 2-he weekend of April 5 and 6 found the Mary Persons Class of 1958 back in Forsyth celebrating their 61st reunion. A barbecue supper, catered by Georgia Bobs BBO was held at the Willingham Pond on Friday night. Classmates Christ United Methodist Church The two "Betty Anns", Haygood and Ivey, registered dassmates and gave each member a booklet containing a wonderful story pre- viously written by dassmate Bill Grubbs, trivia from the 1950s, enjoyed the delicious meal as they and copies of pages from their visited with friends around picnic school newspaper, "The Merry- tables decorated with red and white checkered tablecloths and arrangements of white azaleas. On Saturday, the class met to tour the newly-renovated Mon- roe County Board of Education offices with Assistant Superinten- dent Jackson Daniel. After an im- pressive tour of their former high school, the group gathered on the front steps for a dass picture. The next phase of the reunion took place at the fellowship hall of Go-Round". A delicious lunch was catered by Piggly Wiggly. Bill Grubbs, class vice presi- dent, presided over the events of the afternoon. Lee Willingham gave the blessing before the meal, Clarise Durden gave the financial report, and Rosalyn Harbuck distributed class directories with updated information on each classmate. Jean Ann O'Neal paid tributes to our deceased teachers and to the 20 classmates lost since 1958 A memorial poster displayed pictures of our teachers and other educational items. A memorial table recognized the two dass- mates, Larry Williams and Gary Judah, who had died since the last reunion as well as listings of the other deceased classmates. The decorations for the day were created by Jean Ann O'Neal and Nell Joseph. The table decoration theme was "Southern" consisting of containers which were covered with collages of dassmates' pictures filled with magnolias and surrounded by cotton branches, peaches, post- cards and quotes carrying out the Southern theme. Around the room were displays of items relat- ing to the '50s and Mary Persons High School. . To conclude the lunch activities, door prizes donated by class- mates were exchanged. Saturday evening a number of those classmates still not will- ing to part with old friends had dinner together at Minori's Italian Restaurant on the square to con- clude the 2019 reunion weekend. The motto for the '58 Class was "Today we follow, tomorrow we lead:' The class continues to strive to live up to that motto. Class- mates are planning to gather for their 62nd reunion in April of 2020. Forsyth classmates attending were Bobby Aldridge, J. T. Bunn, Kimball (Dot) Duckworth, Clar- ise Taylor Durden, Doug Fincher, Rosalyn and Hiram Harbuck, Betty Ann Johnson Haygood, Betty Ann Herndon Ivey, Nell Sanders (Kelly) Joseph, and Lee (Jeaneen) Willingham. Out of town classmates were Ruth McGaha (John) Allison, Bill (Joan) Gladney, Bill (Betty) Grubbs, Charles Holloway and his guest, Bobby Jackson, Tom. McCarty, Jean Ann Zellner (Barnes) O'Neal, Glynn (Linda) Stuart, Anne Chatfield (Vinson) Trippe, Eugene Whitehead and his daughter, Carol. Serving on the reunion plan- ning committee were: J.T. Bunn, Clarise Durden, Bill Grubbs, Rosalyn Harbuck, Betty Ann Haygood, Charles Holloway, Nell Joseph, Jean Ann O'Neal, and Lee Willingham. By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.nef Lori Johnson, evening news anchor at WMAZ, Channel 13, will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Hubbard Alumni Asso- ciation Banquet on Frida5 April 19. The Banquet will begin at 7 p.m. at Monroe County Conference Center, 475 Holiday Cirde, Forsyth. Johnson is a familiar face in Middle Georgia, one that people enjoy inviting into their homes each evening as they catch up on news locally and beyond. She . first came to Macon and WMAZ in 1999 and served as the co-anchor of the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts with Frank Malloy. After six years of nightly news and hosting numer- ous telethons, town hall meetings, parades and other events, she took a 10-year hiatus to be home with her two children. In 2015 Johnson returned to WMAZ and has been host- ing the evening news ever since. "I love my job and the Central Georgia Com- munity;' said Johnson. "It welcomed me back with open arms, and I consider it a privilege to be invited into so many living rooms each night" Johnson grew up in Den- ver, Colorado, the second of seven children. She earned a B.S. in journalism and mass communica- tions from the University of Colorado at Boulder and began her broadcasting career at KAUZ in Wichita Falls, Texas with her first full-time on-air position as a reporter. She had interned at the ABC and indepen- dent stations in Denver and worked as a reporter for KACT-TV in Aurora, Colorado. After a year in Wichita Falls, she was offered a job in Cedar Rapids, Iowa at KCRG-TV. While there she was promoted to weekend morning anchor and also met her husband. Her next position was at WMAZ. Both of Johnson's parents are educators, an English teacher and an assistant principal, and she worked as an elementary school substitute teacher dur- ing her years away from WMAZ. She is an adult Girl Scout and the recipient of Girl Scouting's highest award, the Gold Award. She loves to read, watch mysteries, take long walks and support her children in their activities. The Hubbard Alumni Banquet is the organiza- tion's primary fundraiser. It presents scholarships to Mary Persons graduates each year and contributes to other projects in the community. Tickets to the banquet are $40 per person. Contact Winffred Berry at 478-747-3627 for tickets or more information. The Annual Hubbard Day Celebration will continue 6n Saturday, April 20 with a parade at 10 a.m. Sponsors of this year's event are Majic 100 FM/ Classic Soul Hits, The Monroe County Reporter, Summerset: An As- sisted Living Commimity, LORI JOHNSON ' Georgia Power Company, Persons Banking Company, H & R Block, United Bank, Willingham Outdoors, Inc Haygood Lynch Harris Melton & Watson LLP At- torneys, Flowers By Helen, Wayne Septic Tank, and MailSort. Continued from 6C tion to it by April 30. Hall recommended the city contract with Hopkins and Associates for the 2018 audit and then seek bids for the 2019 audit, and council accepted her recommenda- tion. Hall told council she has been working on the resolution it requested for a downtown entertainment district and plans to bring it before council at its next meeting on April 15. She said the city needs to set not only specific geograph- ic boundaries for the dis- trict but specific times, like 5-11 p.m. or noon- 11 p.m and decide whether it will be seven days per week. The entertainment district is an area where patrons may buy alcoholic beverages and carry them around outside as they attend events or walk be- tween different downtown businesses. Hall said she is modeling the ordinance after the one in the city of Monroe. Patrons will buy cups from Forsyth Main'Street to use for the beverages. Council should decide the size of cups, probably 16 ounce or 20 ounce. The code enforcement officer and police chief will keep a map of the district. Forsyth has replaced floors in the city's Welcome Center on North Lee Street three or four times, but the building continues to flood and damage the floors. Hall said engineers recommend lowering Adams Street, which runs on the north side of the building. An- other possibility is raising the floor and sidewalks. As Hall updated council on the continuing prob- lems, she said one proposal is to cover the floor with epoxy, which would cost about $40,000 and neces- sitate that everyone vacate the building for 8-10 days She said she can't find a place for all employees to go; all upstairs employ- ees would need to leave since upstairs can only be reached by crossing the downstairs floor. Damage occurs whenever Lee Street floods because the storm water pipe is too small; it flooded about four times last year. Hall said the work to correct the prob- lems needs to be completed before the June 8 Georgia Historic Trust Expedition to Forsyth, which includes the Welcome Center as a historic building. Council member Julius Stroud asked what the city could do about smoothing out the railroad crossings, especially the one at Tift College Drive. He said recent Work at the crossings by the railroad made them better but looked like a rush job. Wilson asked Hall to fihd out what it would take to level out the cross- ings. She said the railroad is responsible for 9 feet out on either side of the crossings. "I don't think it would be terribly expensive to smooth it out" said Wilson. "Maybe our public works guys could do it." HOPKINS A~IiliASSOCIATES Certified Public Accountants 68 North Jackson Street Forsyth (p) 478-994-1890 (f) 478-994-3102 Serving Fors.yth for more than 40years! i