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April 18 FORSYTH CITY ELECTION Jl porter Page 3A www.MyMCR nef/vent It~ time to compensate Edge for' he lob he's done at MCRD. I'le's the most underpaid not NRA propaganda, more than anyone because OUR guns that they r 7 come after. Laws den t By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.neT Qualifying for the Forsyth city council seat left vacant last month by the death of Council member Dexter King will continue through 12 noon today (April 18). As of press time only Ronald Bearden had qualified. Bearden said he is running be- cause he wants to represent all the citizens of Forsyth. He is a familiar face at city council, often attending meetings and taking the opportu- nity to address council in public comment. He has lived in Forsyth for 25 years and has stayed in- formed about how the city govern- ment manages its resources. 'Tm a very conservative person, But I have some very liberal views on helping people who need help," said Bearden. The person dected will serve the remainder of King's four-year term, through Dec. 31, 2019. All six city council members serve at large, representing all citizens of the city. The open seat is designated Post 1, but that does not signify a geo- graphic area. Early voting begins Monday, April 30 and continues through Friday, May 18. Election Day is Tuesday, May 22. Voting for city elections must be separated from voting for county and state elections; city residents must cast two ballots to vote for the council member and vote in the county school board and the state elections. However, early voting for both is at the Monroe County; Board of Election & Registration at the County Annex, 38 W. Main St Forsyth. BEARDEN laws. votes: 6 The 2nd Amendment~ li I Oeorgia el ram. government. History is with governments By Diane Glidewell & Lauri English the g ernment in c AK47! votes: 4 Just so we're clear, that published list of sex of- fenders wasn't Jackson Daniels' next round of new hire teachers, was it? votes: 4 Mueller admlts ,-no Rus- sian collusion? Well, no, he hasn't. Facts matter, try to stick to them. votes: 3 To vent is to complain let ignore the rules and get excited over how Twitter and Facebook are creating a war within us. So much hatred is being launched againsf each other it is horrify- ing to read. Many of us are praying for an EMP votes: 3 Somebody has to be the lowest paid. It has NOTHING to do with HOW HARD YOU WORK! votes: 3 Facebook isn't the appro- priate place to state your opinions about your job. votes: 3 WHY de y'all Good Ole* " Liberals keep harping on voles: 3 Mary Persons junior Rilyn McKallip has been chosen to attend the 2018 Governor's Honors Pro- gram in the area of mathe- matics. Govemor's Honors Program is a four-week res- idential summer program for gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors. Selection is highly com- petitive. 2018 will mark the 55th consecutive summer of GHP, making it the longest continually running program in the nation. Over 3,200 students were nominated throughout the state this year, with over 1,600 competing as semifinalists in late Feb- ruar Only 671 of these students were chosen as finalists who will be able to attend the program, which be at Berry Collegenear Rome, Ga. All expenses are paid for the participants, who have the opportunity to study with outstanding professors in their field. The other Mary Persons students who were se- lected as semifinalists this year were Stephanie Nix and Sunny Devane, both in Music (Voice: Treble), Breanna Jones in Science, Abby Hodges in Theater Performance, and Destiny Thompson in Visual Arts. - Rilyn was nominated by her math teacher, Mrs. Bar- ber, and said she is excited to be participating in the area of mathematics. She is leaning toward a career in statistics, possibly in public health or bio-statistics. After being nominated, Rilyn McKallip (Photo by Lauri English) she completed an applica- tion in which she expressed why she would like to attend GHP and what interests and challenges she has found in math. She advanced to a semi-finalist after her application, tran- script and test scores were evaluated. She was then met with a panel of two in- terviewers, a professor and an electrical engineer. "It was not as nerve wracking as I thought it would be" said Rilyn of the interview. "I was surprised to be selected because the other Mary Persons stu- dents are really talented:' Rilyn is the daughter of Rob and Jill McKallip. She has two younger sisters and a younger brother. She and one of her sisters both run the 3200m for the Mary Persons track team. Rilyn plays flute in the Mary Persons marching band and has achieved recognition for her musical accomplishments, includ- ing making All State Band for the last three years. shootings were Good Ole Boy Southern Baptist Christians, votes: 3 if you de not purchase HOPIONS ASSOCIATES Certified Public Accountants 68 North Jackson Street Forsyth (p) 478-994-1820. (f) 478-994-3102 www.hopkinscpaga.com Serving Forsyth for more than 40years! TnVRSOAY, AmL 19, 2018 5:30-7:30 PM DROP IN Trm WATSO PAVILION 1403 PATE ROAD- JLZ rE Please come meet Todd, learn about his position on key issues, and enjoy a barbecue sandwich and fixings. HOSTED BY: CHERYL & JOHNNY WATSON AND MICHELE & DAVID PRIM PLEASE RSVP xo 478-254-1608 OR TODDTOLBERT33@GMAIL.COM Learn more about Todd'= campaign on his website at www votetolbert com or his Facebook page at Todd Tolbert for State Representative She is in the flute choir at Mercer University and is the lead in Mary Persons' flute choir. Music Hill be her minor at Governor's Honors Program, as she hopes it Hill be in college. "Music is harder to learn than math ' said Rilyn. "But there are a lot of con- nections. Understanding one helps understand the other." Rilyn is active in Monroe County 4-H, competing in instrumental perfor- mance in district project achievement and working with younger 4-H rs and in community service. She was a teen leader at Cloverleaf camp for a week last summer, her longest time away from her family before GHE But in a little over a year she will be heading to col- lege, something for which GHP should help prepare her. Vanderbilt University tops her hopeful list right now. Residential & Commercial We Service All Brands I I Honest & Reliable Service Licensed and insured Experience You Can Count On. Locally Owned & Family Operated .~iFinancing Available- Service Agreements Thank You for Your Business! Like us on Faceboek ~ ~ ;*,'*', UPDATE FROM THE GOLD DOME ofLe ' By Rep, Robert Dickey r0bert.dickey@h0use.ga.g0v Last week I mentioned I wanted to provide you some information concerning legislative bills which passed and are now on the Governor's desk waiting for his signature. He has forty days to sign or veto all legislation passed this session. All of this legislation can be found on the Georgia General Assembly's website- http://wwwJegis.cj~.gov/Legisl~ion/en- US/Search.aspx. You can search under a bill number, a particular legislator or by keyword. SB 330"Greon Agricultural Education Act"- I appreciate the support for ag education the Crawford County School System gives to our students. This legislation requires agri- cultural education programs in Georgia to be based on a nation- ally recognized three-component FFA model of agricultural educa- tion for grades six through 12. The Department of Education will develop the curriculum and standards for this pro- gram with input from agricultural education teachers. This legislation also authorizes the DOE to establish an agricultural education pilot program for elementary agricultural education to determine whether such a program is suitable for statewide implementation. One of the largest concerns in our rural areas in Georgia is the abilityto obtain health care. Many rural hospitals have closed and young physicians serving in rural areas are concerned about how to make ends meet with medical school debt and no access to hospitals for their patients. HB 769 has several com- ponents and one provides for a grant program for insurance liability premium assistance for physicians serving in medically underserved rural areas of the state.This legislation also increases the value of the tax credit to 100% for contributions to rural hospital organizations such as the Monroe County Hospital. In 2016 the Georgia General Assembly passed legisla- tion which awards Georgia income tax credits to individual and corporate taxpayers who contribute to qualified rural hospital organizations CRHOs'~ located in Georgia. https://www.georgia hea rt.org/ HB 65THC Oil Patient Registry- Rep. Allen Peake has worked tirelessly for the last few years with the THC oil patient registry to help our citizens with on-going, debilitating medical needs to have access to IowTHC oil.This year we passed legislation which added post-traumatic street disorder and intractable pain to the list when other forms of medical treat- ment have been ineffective. I truly believe the low THC oil will help reduce opioid addiction in many patients suffering from constant pain. Georgia is grateful that Rep. Peake has been a true advocate for our children suffering with autism and seizure disorders to provide them with improvement with their day to day well-being. HB 673"Hand-Free Georgia Act'-This bill prohib- its an individual from physically holding or supporting a wireless telecommunications device or a stand- alone electronic device or reaching for devices in such a way that the driver is no longer seated in a driving position while operating a motor vehicle. Many hours of testimony from families who have lost loved ones dues to distraction from texting and driving and dis- traction from our mobile devices. Each testimony was very heart wrenching.This prohibition does not apply to: voice to text communications; the use of device for the purpose of navigation with a GPS system'and dash camera video recording devices that record the front and rear of the vehicle. Over the last several years Senator John Kennedy has worked diligently on legislation called "Marcy's Law'; or SB 146.This bill provides for the consti- tutional rights to theVICT1M of the crime NOTthe offender.The victims of the crime will have reason- able, accurate, and timely notice of court proceedings involving the alleged act; reasonable and timely notice upon the release or escape of the accused; and the opportunity to be heard at any scheduled proceedings.This legislation along with its compan- ion piece SB 127 will be on the ballot in November as a constitutional amendment. HB 332"Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act" creates the Georgia Outdoor StewardshipTrust Fund and dedicates up to half of the sales tax collected on outdoor recreation equipment establishments to the fund.The bill sets the initial rate at 25% of all moneys received. Funds in the trust shall be made available as grants and loans to cities, counties, departments, agencies, or non-governmental entities of the state for acquisition of land for the purposes of maintenance or restoration projects of the DNR. This legislation will be on the ballot in November as a constitutional amendment. SB 339"Freedom of Speech"This bill would require the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia to develop a free speech policy to be implemented at all state institutions within the system.The passage of this legislation enumerates seven principles the board will address when adopt- ing regulations and policies regarding free speech, including to protect freedom of speech and press for all persons; foster learning through the sharing of different ideological positions; protect students and their guests who peacefully protest, so long as they do not interfere with classroom instruction, violate university policy, or interfere with previously sched- uled events.This bill also mandates that the board establish a range of disciplinary sanctions for anyone under the jurisdiction of any state institution who has violated the board's policies on free speech. The pieces of legislation listed are only a brief of all of the ones passed during this past session. I am glad to give you more information about any legislation. On the upcoming primary ballot the citizens of Crawford County will be voting on two Splost measures. I hope you will take the time to learn about all of these im- portant votes and most importantly get out and vote! Thank you for allowing me to serve as your State Representative. It is an honor and privilege I do take seriously. Robert Dickey Rep. Robert Dickey 404-651-7737 245 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 robert.dickey@house.ga.gov #