Newspaper Archive of
The Monroe County Reporter
Forsyth, Georgia
April 18, 2018     The Monroe County Reporter
PAGE 5     (5 of 22 available)        PREVIOUS     NEXT      Full Size Image
PAGE 5     (5 of 22 available)        PREVIOUS     NEXT      Full Size Image
April 18, 2018

Newspaper Archive of The Monroe County Reporter produced by SmallTownPapers, Inc.
Website © 2021. All content copyrighted. Copyright Information.     Terms Of Use.     Request Content Removal.

O The Monroe County Reporter * April 18, 2018 lit illlllillllWtl ttlllll] Iltllllllttl llllllllll 11 IIIIIllll IIIll II i l I ~! i~ !i~ ~ ~1 i~iii! ~ilil!t I t IlIIil!iiiitffl I lit iiJ ill IlltliltltlllJill~iHllllllllllil!illlllltll ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN by Don Daniel All hail vo-tech schools last couple ofwedcs, there have been several rts, specifically in The Wall Street Journal and a Trend magazine, about alternatives to college coming high school graduates. I digress for a couple of paragraphs. My step-dad was the founder and first director of the then-called Swainsboro Area Vocational and Techrfical School which is now called a college. Back in 1963, Swainsboro, Emanud and the surrounding counties were facing a shortage of qualified workers in a society which was changing from agricultural to industrial. Finding qualified workers who could weld, repair small engines, fix air conditioning, lay bricks, become hair dressers and wanted to go into nursing were non-existent. The local board of education named Dad as the director to make the necessary progress to open a school that would provide an education for those who were used to low-paying, menial jobs with no future often staring at the rear end of a mule. I dofft know what the enrollment numbers are but the college contin- ues to provide a workforce from which industry and businesses can recruit Many of the students have a job even before they graduate. One of the industry recruitment tools the local Swainsboro chamber of commerce used and uses was the availability of a trained workforce as well as the ability to train students for the desired industrial jobs. Tne one-building campus now consists of eight buildings on almost 30 acres. As a tribute to honor Dad's efforts, his name is permanently on display over the auditorium entrance, "Maurice D. Boatwright Auditoriurff'. Now back to some more trade school info: There are now 22 technical colleges across the state that are offering a broad spectrum of courses and careers to those graduating seniors that dofft want to be indebted to a college loan or put the finandal responsibility on their parents. The Georgia Trend lead into the story' qot Your Daddy's Vo- tech School", was "Georgiab technical college system is preparing students for careers and maldng sure industry has a ready supply of employees? That was the same objective when SAVTS opened in 1963. I am sure Dad is proud and smiling. He is buried less than a mile from the school and I am sure looks over it every Central Georgia Technical Col- lege has a campus here in Forsyth and I assume provides the type of curriculum necessary for students to become a success without a col- lege degree. "YES, WE have no bananas!" I discovered reading The WSJ that the world's most popular fruit is the banana. Again, I digress for a couple ofparagraphs. I know what you are going to say when I tell you I am not a fan of bananas or banana puddiff Just haven't ever liked the taste and assumed at an early age that bananas were monkey food. Another reason, banana puddin' was always a Sunday special with leftovers being served for a couple ofweeks just kiddin a couple of days. So, this may surprise you ffyou haven't purchased any bananas lately: The price that stores pay for the dongated, ydlow-pealed fruit has soared to record highs. But the good news is many retailers have been hesitant to pass their rising banana prices on to you banana lovers. ABOUT ONCE a month, I have to take my collected loose change to the machine that gives me "real money" for all the pocket change I have chunked into the piggy bank I keep on my kitchen counter, filled mostly with pennies, nickds, dimes and few quarters. I like the surprise ofthe total. Fun! When was the last time you bought something for a penny or even a nickd? There is some Washington "swamp" talk to do away with the penny and nickd; the U.S. Mint quit minting them because it costs more to make the nickd and penny than they are worth. TODAY AFTER 12 noon is when Forsyth voters will find out who has qualified to seek the dty throne of the deceased former councilman Dexter King. Early voting begins April 30 through May 18. The "real" voting is going to be held May 22. I am sure Wdl and staff will make sure you know what is going on with the candidate(s) and dection. THE FIRST correct answer to last wed& The Question was Matthew Robichaux is the new person working for the Forsyth Convention & Visitors Bureau. Winners get the certificate for a Jonah's cookie, a dozen Dunkin Donuts, Dairy Queen Blizzard, Whistle Stop fried green tomato appetizer, slice of Shone3es strawberry pie, The Pickled Okra sandwich, chips and drink and a Fqrsyth Main Street t-shirt. Herds The Question for this weelc Monroe County Magistrate Judge Buck Wilder was pictured in overalls instead of a judge's robe on the front cover of The Spring Home & Garden section for doing what? First correct answer after 12 noon gets the goody certificate. . . - . - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR To the Editor, According to the DataUSA website, "1"have been following the P&Z the median household income for | application from the developer of Monroe County was $48,744 and I am II a low-income and Hun apart- sure that the figure that applies to this ,L.ment project at 5771New Forsyth subdivision is probably well over the Road and need to shed a little light $80,000 mark. This means that resi- on this situation. The homeowners in dents build, live in, and meticulously Cross Creek and in Riverside maintain the type of homes Plantation did not move that cost over a quarter of a into Monroe County and million dollars to build and invest their life savings and they pay large amounts of a goodly portion of their property tax, but sddom monthly income just to have require any county services a devdoper come in and from the Sheriff's Depart- destroy the property values ment, Fire Department, or by building a future slum, Road Department. drug retailing operation, RICKETSON I have looked at the and burglary headquarters information regarding the next door. When zoning type of resident that will first came to Monroe County, it was qualify for these apartments from the explained to us ordinary folks that it text of another property managed by was to protect property values and the Vantage Group and one warning control growth in the proper manner really stood out: "This property may for the benefit of all A low-impact also designate units for renters with office park or something similar might even lower incomes, from 60% of be an appropriate high use of this land AMI (Area Median Income) down to that is adjacent to a very nice subdivi- 30% of AMI". But wait, it gets worse: sion that is home to stable, settled, and "It is even possible that all units have responsible families, been set aside for those with extremdy low incomes (as low as 15% of AMI)". Even though the project is planned for Monroe County, it is technically adjacent to Bibb County, which has an AMI of $36,519 according to a quick look online. 15% ofthat figure is less than $5,500 per year, or about 9% of the Monroe County AMI. These government-subsidized apart- ments could not be a worse fit for this area and will cause property values to drop like a rock, leaving the people that paid their taxes every year strand- ed with homes that have to be guarded 24/7 and then have to be sold at a devastating loss. I urge everyone that has worked and paid their taxes in this area to take time off from work, travel up to Forsyth, and attend the P&Z meeting on Monda); April 23, at 5:30 p.m. and then take time off from work again on Tuesday, May 1, at 6 p.m. to attend the County Commission meet- ing to make sure they fully understand that this type of development is bad for Monroe County and its dtizens. John Ricketson South Monroe County To the Editor, eautify Forsyth's "Public En- emy Number One" continues to litter Ensign Road with empty cans each afternoon. In addition to his favorite Mang-o-rita, our perpetrators expanded his (her??) tactics to grape, lime and even pineapple. Several cans have been Rita Man: Eyes are watching. Drink if you must, but use your trash can, not Ensign found at the entrance ofRoad, as your de osito r. Meadow Park Estates. Could ,ore terry our villain be residing there? Forsyfh Inquiring minds want to Tom Perry is chairman of know. Beautify Forsyth. A warning to you, Mang-o- i/!i iiiiii!~i II I To the Editor, he Georgia High School Association's lack of com- mitment to competitive balance in high school ath- letics directly affects public schools across the state during Class 3A and 4A state playoffs. Since the 2016 reclassification, the eight Atlanta- area private schools in 3A and 4A, representing 7% of all schools, won 40% of state rifles (23 of 58 competi- tions). Since 2000, these eight private schools have won 240 state titles while competing in 3A and 4A. While this tremendous disparity continues in 3A and 4A, Sen. Jeff Mullis (R-Chickamauga) sponsored Senate Bill 456, which requires GHSA split all sports in Class 1A. 1A public school Gordon Lee is in Sen. Jeff Mullis's district. Last fall, Gordon Lee lost to a private school in the volleyball playoffs. Not unusual since no 1A public school has won a state championship in volleyball. AJC high school sports reporter Todd Holcomb was the first to report this on April 9. During the 2016 reclas- sification, Gordon Lee moved down from Class 2A to 1A. Senate Bill 456 can be found at Legislation/20172018/174279.pdf. During the 2012 GHSA redassifi- cation, two of the 1A sports not split into both public and private playoffs are soccer and volleyball. In an un- usual move, GHSA recently split the playoffs for these two sports. The previously stated reason why these two sports have not been split in 1A is due to inadequate school participation rates. The timing of GHSA s decision and Senate Bill 456 are not random events. MP teams often lose to At- Last Nov. 30, lanta area private schools the Alabama High in the playoffs, such as this School Athletic As- loss in the state semis to sociation approved Blessed Trinity in December. a new competitive balance plan that only affects private schools. This plan is based on a private school's success rate, by sport, in state tour- naments and was adopted by a bi- partisan group of public and private school administrators. If a private school has significant success in state tournaments during a three-year pe- riod by sport, that school will move up a dassification in that sport. On March 14, the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Associa- tion (TSSAA) voted to completely split public and private schools into separate divisions. This ap- plies to all competitions. Twenty-one years ago, the TSSAA took the first step by placing private schools into a separate division if these schools offered need-based financial aid. The March 2018 TSSAA proposal to completely split public and private schools was submitted by Memphis private school Harding Academy. The proposal passed unanimously and will go into effect during the 2019-20 school year. GHSA'S lack of com- mitment to competitive balance in 3A and 4A and Sen. Mullis's decision to create additional par- ity in 1A speaks volumes for where priorities lie. Both the public/private 1A split in 2012 and GHS/ s 2016 decision to push 2A private schools out of 2A, proves there should be separate public and private school playoffs in all sports and in all clas- sifications, not just the two lower dassifications. Unfortunately for 3A and 4A public schools in 2018, it will be wash, rinse, and repeat. Alan Henderson Watkinsville I AM going to miss Dr. William C. Cummings! I considered Bill a dose Mend andwe had many conversations about not his religious beliefs the growth potential, leadership and future of Forsyth and Monroe County. Bill was the vice-president of human resources ofthe former Charter Medical in Macon. When the medical conglomerate sank, Bill and his wife Anne invested in downtown Forsyth and opened The Left Banque Tea Room, a travd agency and purchased The Rose Theater where they had "open air" concerts since there was no roof on The Rose Theater building. They didn't go broke owning those three businesses on the square, they just decided to do something else. Bill got back into human resources consulting and wrote a Sunday column in the Macon Tdegraph, My many conversations with Bill were always about the growth and direction Forsyth-Monroe County was and was not goin He was always positively optimista2 with a tone of on, both ofus hoping to be around when the dty and county woke up to the potential they were not capitalizing on. NOSED OUT!. Saw where the county commissioners were go ing to discuss purchasing a new canine for the Sheriff's Depart- ment- Guess the old dog "got nosed out"! LISTEN TO The Reporter On The Radio on Majic 100 Sun- days at 7 am. or anytime by clicking on the radio icon at mymcr. net. You can also see on the show on Forsyth Cablevision. Don Daniel founded the Reporter in 1972. Email him at tul-