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Page 6A April 18, 2018 porter IN LOVING Alice Elaine Andrews April .20, 1938 - April 10, 2018 Alice Elaine Law Andrews of Forsyth passed away Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Services and burial will be private. Mrs. Andrews, the daughter of the late Stafford Law and Opal Goolsby. Law, was born April 20, 1938, in Hamilton County, Fla. Her husband, Kenneth Edward Andrews, and her daughter, Deborah Youghn, preced- ed her in death. She was a retired registered nurse. Survivors include her children, Pat Culberson (Chris) of Forsyth and Mary Lynn Mendoza (Gilbert) of Arizona; sisters, Geanie Ducker and Faye Culpepper of Texas; brother, Harold Law (Gerry) of Jennings, Florida; seven grandchildren; and eight great grand- children. Please visit to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of ar- rangements. Sally Lou Sparks Shelton May 6, 1946 - April 13, 2018 Sally Lou Sparks Shelton of Forsyth went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, April 13, 2018. Funeral services were held Monday, April 16, 2018, at Northside Congregational Holiness Church with burial in Monroe Memorial Gardens. Rev. Mike Marker and Rev. Phillip Johnson officiated. Sally, the daughter of the late Cleo Chades Sparks and Hazel Helen Tate Sparks, was born May 6, 1946, in LaGrange, GA. Her husband, Mark Darwin Shelton St preceded her in death along with her brothers Don- ald Ray Sparks, Ed Sparks, Sammy Sparks and Gary Sparks. She was a retired bookkeeper and a member of Northside Congregational Holiness Church. She is survived by her sons, Les Shelton of Forsyth and Mark Shelton Jr. of Mitchell, her daughter Kim Shelton Penna (Jeff) of Thomson and daughter-in-love Erin Shelton of Forsyth; grandchildren, Kayla Brooke Pippin, Rebecca Lynn Penna and Carter Bryce Shel- ton; great grandchild; Layla Jay Franks, sister; Helen Granade of Forsyth; sisters-in-law Frances Sparks of Forsyth, Josie Sparks of Bolingbroke, and Jeanie Bridges of Sandersville; brothers-in-law Bill Marker of Dexter, KS and Ken Shelton (Cindi) of Lake Wylie, S.C. along with a host of nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Northside Congregational Holiness Church, Post Of- rice Box 8, Forsyth, Georgia 31029. Please visit to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel had charge of ar- rangements. Genevieve Davis June 27, 1933 - April 8, 2018 Monticello - Homegoing services for Mrs. Gen- evieve Lynette Holmes Davis were Saturday, April 14 at Springfield Baptist Church, Monticello. Burial was at Southview Cemetery in Monticello. Survivors include her daughter, Audrey Stewart; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. Freeman Funeral Home in Forsyth was in charge of arrangements. Call your local Monroe County representative Scott Harrell 478-256-3586 or toll free: 800-551-1102 3250 Vinevilte Ave.l Macon, GA 31208 C TAKING A LIKENS TO YOU by, Dale Likens 0 hYoreCent news report that sister explained that this area is now to the survey. spread across our na-one of the largest users of the illegal In 2016 more than 42,000 deaths tion tells us that police indrug known as heroin. Sadly, heroin were caused by opioids such as ungstown, Ohio had took the life of one of the young heroin, prescription painkillers and responded to 14 calls about "zombie- teenage girls from this same small extremely potent fentanyl, according like" raccoons. The raccoons reportedly stood on their hind legs, angrily grit their teeth and toppled over backward collaps- ing into a comatose condition. They claim the raccoons had dis- temper, a viral disease that causes coughing, tremors and seizures and leads them to lose their fear of humans. All 14.raccoons were L/' eJT euthanized. Since my wife and I both grew up in a very rural part of Ohio, approximately 20 miles from Youngstown, I was quite interested in hearing this news. Our town was so small we had no street lights and only a few stop signs where neces- sary. I imagine there may have been more raccoons in our small town than people. I saw quite a few rac- coons in my lifetime, but never did they act like the raccoons found recently in Youngstown, Ohio. As I remember, they were more like stray dogs that quickly scurried away from humans rushing to the nearest tree or thicket for protection. For some strange reason this unusual attack of "zombie-like" raccoons caused my mind to drift back to a recent phone call my wife received from her sister who still lives in this same rural area. Her community. Since I knew very little about heroin, I needed more information and discovered that heroin is part of a drug known as opioids that are also used medically for pain relief, to suppress diarrhea and coughing. Heroin is a highly addictive drug derived from morphine which is obtained from opium poppy plants--oth- erwise known as an 'opi- oid' that affects the brain's pleasure systems and interferes with the brain's ability to perceive pain. Interestingly, the raccoons men- tioned in the news report were suf- fering from distemper, which causes coughing, tremors and seizures; somewhat similar to symptoms of heroin and they are referred to as "zombie-like raccoons." But dare not refer to humans as "zombie-like hu- mans" when they also stand on their hind legs, angrily grit their teeth and topple over backward collapsing into a sudden death. Drug overdoses are the leading cause of death for Americans under age 50. Overdoses of drugs killed more people in the year 2015 than guns or car accidents. A national survey in 2015 showed that 19.9 mil- lion Americans, or 8 percent of the population of Americans age 12 or older, used drugs in the month prior to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Subsidiary. By com- parison, guns took 38,000 lives. Recently, while in another town, my wife and I heard of a young man who was burned to his death when his house caught on fire because he was making meth in his house. A few, short years ago a young, beauti- ful, teenage girl my wife and I knew died of an overdose of heroin. Hun- dreds of similar stories permeate our news each year. The question still remains, "Why?" I apologize for letting my mind wander from the news of a simple "zombie-like animal" to our own beautiful children. However, I also wonder about those young people who left their schools to protest guns in schools. Have they ever thought ot protesting the real killer in Ameri- ca-drugs! Perhaps an appropriate sign during their next protest might read, "Stop taking drugs! They kill our children!" Raccoons do not think as humans. Raccoons do not gamble with their lives as many humans do. Raccoons do not dare one another to experi- ment with deadly drugs. Still, it may take the lives of such animals to remind each of us, as these "zombie- like raccoons" reminded me, how important our children's lives truly are. God bless. Dale Likens is an author who lives in Monroe County. UNFAIR AND UNBALANCED by Marilyn Langford tl In case you haven't noticed, Comey should be fired for re-opening theres a war going on. No, not Hillary Clintons email case on the eve the farcical airstrikes on Syria, of the electionl It is normal to want but the war against the truth, i.e. retaliation for a person whom you James Comey. Trump, the Republican National Committee, and the Fox network have colluded to undermine this man of integrity and profession- alism. Comey is honorable, ethical and a moral man who has served his country for over 31 years. That's what you do when you're guilty as sin. You shoot the messenger! You call the messenger an "untruthful slimebalF and "slippery;' among other things. You call the highest law enforce- ment agency in our country a "den of thieves" and "low lifes." TRUMP HAS taken extraordi- nary measures to undermine James Comey. He and the Republican National Committee have created a website called This is unprecedented by a political party who represents all Republican elected officials and their candidates. It appears to be a desperate gamble on their part and it proves that Trump and the Republican Party are one and the same. TRUMP, HIS staff, and the talking heads at Fox have not presented one piece of evidence that Trump is in- nocent. Instead, these Trumpsters are maligning a man who has had a stel- lar reputation in all facets of his life. Trump, on the other hand, has a repu- tation of being a liar, a serial adultery, possesses no dass, a self-admitted sexual assaulter of women, loves chaos, and lacks ethics in his personal and business life. Comey's account of what happened in the meeting with Trump and Trumps crass denials boils down to this. If you were on a jury, who would you believe? LAST YEAR I wrote that James felt had thrown the election in favor of someone despicable. Besides, what. else was I to think? Comey was a lifetime Republican! However, I have since listened to Comey's explanation and find it credible uthful. Besides the:fact; Comey would have been drawn" and quartered by these same people had he with- held this information. A month later I wrote that Comey was a victim of a 'Power Predator; namely Donald Trump. Still, I find myself daydreaming about what our country would be like today had there never been Rus- sian interference in our election and Comey had not erred in releasing the information. Just think! We could sleep soundly at night. is the one who paid off all Trumps women and he knows where all the bodies are buried, so-to-speak. Also, it has been reported, yet another allegation in the Steele dossier was proven to be true. In the Steele dossier he said Michael Cohen visited Prague and met with Putin allies to figure out how to provide undeni- able cash payments to the Russian hackers. Cohen and Trump have vehemently denied Cohen had ever been to Prague, using Cohen's passport as proof. Turns out, you can go into Prague through Ger- many without a passport. It has been reported that Mueller has found proof this trip DID happen. If he has, it's all over but Trumps shouting. NO COLLUSION? Two weeks ago Trump released that Mueller had stated to his lawyers that Trump was not a 'target' of the Russia investiga- tion, but a 'subject" There's not a hair's difference in those terms but some saw it as a vindication of Trump and called for celebration. Perhaps that's what you would think if you get all your news from the Trump (Fox) network. The fact is Mueller never said Trump was cleared of Russian collusion in our election. IN FACT, this past week it appears that Mueller may have everything he needs to prove collusion between Trumps campaign and probably Trump himself. The FBI raided the office of Michael Cohen, Trumps personal attorney and "fixer." Cohen BREAKING NEWS: I interrupt this column to tell you that Trump filed a Motion with the New York court Sunday night to keep the Justice Department from viewing and pos- sessing the documents retrieved from. the raid on Trumps attorney, Michael Cohen, and that he (Trump) be al- lowed to take possession of them. He is citing attorney/client privilege. One can only assume these documents reveal a level of financial fraud and sleaze we cannot imagine. REMEMBER, "No one is above the law!" Cue up that Jaws theme again! "dun, dun dunnnnnnnn dun dun dun dun dun." Marilyn Langford of High Falls writes about current events from the liberal perspective. Emall her at rnari- BARNESVILLE MARBLE & GRANITE COMPANY Serving Mkklle Georgia for Ow:,r 100 Years S~"-~ S D;;; r~b le? G&r aN~ i~: u2' B~;rne7 f i TOLL FREE 1-800-377-9341 M/,~II~ 1-770-358-1470 L GF~C~Ut'*~W'E Railroad & Main St, ' Barnesville, GA Continued from Front light, new bed and bedding and pillows. They also framed the story about Catie from the Reporters Wel- come Home magazine for her wall. Vicki Henson of Rooms from the Heart said they always get a lot of donated items and have fundraisers as well. She said the total investment in Catie's room totals about $3,000. The Phillips family said they were very grateful and said volunteers made Catie's day, and then some. ' ll she says is 'wow I love my new room!' over and over again;' said her father, Gregg. "To us it was an act of selflessness. It meant others who took time out of their lives to do some- thing special for a child that many have never met. It's a room designed just for her, a place she can play and relax and enjoy being home." Rooms from the Heart volunteers worked side by side with volunteers from Monroe County's public safety community to do the renovations. Phillips works for the sheriff's office. For those interested in learning more about Rooms from the Heart, call them at (478) 747-5299. ~x