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April 18, 2018 Page 7A iP porter SUCCESS & GROWTH O O 0 By Diane Glidewell After years of wishful suggestions, the Monroe County Boys & Girls Club opened in September 2017 with 31 members and has been growing ever since. It now,has 93 registered students, with an average attendance of 60 each day. Unit Director Joel Tolliver has just opened registration for the Monroe County Boys & Girls Club's first summer program. Forsyth Mayor Eric Wilson prodaimed April 9-13 as "Boys & Girls Clubs Week" in Forsyth on Friday, &daring that whereas the Boys & Girls Club enhances the lives of local youth and is at the forefront of efforts to provide quality activities and educational programs for youth as an alternative to drug use, teen pregnancy and school drop-out. He makes the proclamation and urges everyone to commend those affiliated with the Boys & Girls Club who give their time, talent and financial support to provide great futures for youth. "We are all the beneficia- ries of this as a commu- nity," said Wilson. "It's an investment in our future." As he thanked the leaders of Boys & Girls Club of Central Georgia, Wilson noted that starting the Club in Monroe County was a partnership between the city, county, school system and others and expressed hopes that the partner- ship will continue in other ventures. "We got the right groups to the table" he said. "I hope it will spur future op- portunities." Tolliver said the sum- mer program at Monroe Forsyth Mayor Eric Wilson proclaims April 9-13 as "Boys & Girls Clubs Week" in Forsyth. Pictured, left fo right, are leaders of the Boys & Girls Club of Central Georgia: Wilson, Lea Toney, Program Quality & Compliance Director; Kristine Sfeinmann, VP of Club Op- erations & Programs; Harold Hatcher, Area Director of Operations; Lisa McLendon, Direc- tor of Development; Joel Tolliver, Monroe County Unit Director; Phillip Bryant, President & CEO. County Boys & Girls year. Come by the Boysand more adult volunteers, Club will be eight weeks, & Girls Club at Monroewhether they would like from June 4-July 27, from County Middle School to help lead activities at 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. daily for Hubbard Campus for an the gym or assist students ages 6-18. One focus will application, academically. be the "Summer Brain Tolliver said the Mon-For more information, Game';' preventing the loss roe County Boys & Girls call 478-992-5605. of knowledge and skills Club would welcome more gained during the school members (the goal is 100) 0 0 A CuUoden teenager is . charged with vandalizing a ZeUner Road church by removing a security camera after he re-arranged the letters on the church sign to make a lewd message. Jacob Wyatt Curry, 17, of CuUoden, was charged with vandalism of a place of worship and criminal trespass on April 12, six days after Oak Grove Holiness Church at 1786 ZeUner Road reported the vandalism. Robert Davis, chair- man of the deacons, told Monroe County deputies on April 6 that the)' found their surveillance camera and a fog light had been struck with a rock and removed and left behind the church building. A witness told the deputy that she saw a young white male in a red Ford Ranger in the parking lot that morning with a young female stand- ing beside the truck around noon. Later, said Davis, church members found that some- one had re-arranged the letters on the church sign. It had read: "Do good, and good will come to you" But someone had changed it to Continued from Front p.m. on Sunday when dis- patchers alerted Monroe County deputy Jacob Rob- ins that an older model Ford Expedition with only three tires was going south at 40 mph in the left-hand fast lane near Rumble Road. Robins noticed traffic was very congested - almost to a standstill - in the southbound lanes and he had to use the shoulder to find the reason. Rob- ins caught up with the Expedition near Pate Road and rloticed it was miss- ing the right rear tire and the tail light was hanging off the car as it swerved between lanes. Robins said the Expedition nearly struck a tractor trailer and would not stop despite Robins having his emer- gency lights on behind her. The driver continued at 35 mph, never staying in the same lane for long and causing a huge traffic jam behind her. Robins changed his sirens and moved to both sides of the Expedition so the driver Above, oak Grove Holiness Church, At left, Jacob Curry, and two juveniles, are charged with the church. read: "Do good and cum will " come to you" Church members also found someone had thrown the swing on the playground over the top bar, and someone left an outdoor spigot running, dumping water every- where. Thanks to surveillance video recorded before the " camera was damaged, au- thorities were able to track down the truck's owner and arrest Curr Two other juveniles may face charges as well. they were able to catch the perpetrator. "It's a hard lesson they have to learn" said Davis. "We don't mind kids com- ing to play basketball and hanging out. But the van- dalism was not called for." Davis said they're glad would see him, but she still wouldn't stop. Finally, after passing Bass Road, Robins tapped the Expedition with his bumper and sent it spinning into the ditch. Robins pointed his gun as he approached the driver and removed her from the car and hand- cuffed her. A license in her purse seemed to identify her as Nakeia Brooks, and she told Robins twice how thankful and happy she was that he stopped her. Taken to Monroe County Jail, the driver began complaining of neck and back pain and so the jail refused to take her because it couldn't treat her. So she was fingerprifited, given citations and allowed to call her parents to pick her up. But the fingerprints came back identifying her as Nhija Carter, 19, of Ma- con, rather than Brooks. So the citations were ripped up and Robins is- sued new ones for driving without a license, no brake lights, giving false name and identity theft. She was released to the custody of her father. You are cordially invited to attend a COMMUNITY TOWN HALL MEETING! From your friends & neighbors at The Monroe County Hospital Authority 4if Lorraine Smith Chief Executive Officer, Monroe County Hospital at The Monroe County Clubhouse 64 West Chambers St. Forsyth, GA 31029 Please join us to hear the excitingprogress of our hospital @) Navicent]![eaItl Partner ,