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May 1, 2019 Page 5C Reporter Mary Persons Senior Austin Wiggins won the 2019 Golden Eagle Award in the Industrial/Voca- tional category. Mary Persons Senior Rilyn McK- allip received Honorable Mention in the Golden Eagle Math category. Macon Telegraph presented the Annual awards to Middle Georgia high school students in 13 categories. The winner in each cat- egory took home a $1,000 scholarship; the student named Honorable Mention received $300. Other Golden Eagle nominees from Mary Persons included: Art--Brittney Bryant; Athletics- -Kierra Hughley; Citizenship--Hope Brooks; English Literature--Audrey Parrott; Journalism/ Marketing/Communications--Anna Hightower; Science--Kanaya Starling; Social Studies--Taylor Jordan; Technology--Jason Hickman; World Languages---Linda Carvajal Jacinto. AUSTIN WIGGINS e May ! May 3 May 5 May 7 Janice'Rogers Emily Smarr Marcia Dugger Cody Ham Ron Shipman Ronnie Daniel Charles & Patricia Terry & Lisa Drew Preston Johnson Chris Ivey & JillDumas Lancaster May 8 May 2 May 6 Keajia Campbell Jennie Dodd May 4 Moira Hester Lee Perkins TJmmy & Leah Neal Johnson Stan Cranford Pritchett Chad & Katie Lee & Deena Smith Moore This week's birthdays and anniversaries are courtesy of Forsyth Lions Club calendar. To have your name added to the calendar, contact Virginia Remick at 994-5426. Children's birthday notices through age 12 and birth announcements are published free of charge for the community. Email Diane Glidewell at with information and picture. ~iI~IIi!III~ii~iiiII~f~II~I~I~]iII~IIiil~IIII~IIII~i~II~IiIIIiiI~iIi~I~iI~II~!iII~ii~I~I~i~i~I~iiIII~i!~II~Ii~i~i~iii~iiiII~i!~!~ii! 1989 A new caution light is Commissioners offer to Georgia has re-numbered installed at Indian Springs buy the old hospital build- its interstate exits and will Drive and Johnston Street; ing instead of increasing post new signs in January; it is expected to cut down taxes 1 to 1 1/4 mills as 10 exits in Monroe County on accidents at the inter- asked, will change. section. Georgia's Quality Basic Monroe County children in Florida woman sues Education (aBE} ratesday care celebrate Geor- county over missing stop Monroe County as the gia Child Care Council sign at Mize Street and second wealthiest school Month with a balloon lift Indian Springs Drive ac- system in the state. Only at the courthouse. cident site. Burke County, home of Plant Vogtle, ranks higher. 2009 Locals Bill Bunn and Larry Surveyor Terry Scarbor- Tarum own Monroe As- 1999 ough of Warner Robins phalt Paving Monroe County Sheriff's submits his survey of a Office seeks information new Monroe-Bibb County Academic Bowl Team on the death of James Earl line to the state. members Burleigh Single- Brown, 34, found in Jasper ton, Kirk Williams, Jody County, apparently the Barfield and Laura Wil- victim of a beating. liams are raising money to attend a Nationwide Tournament of Champions in Chicago A Monroe County Boys & Girls Club is in the plan- ning stages; Deborah Ellis of Culloden is organizer. Monroe County Middle School student council raises $12,636 with candy sale; $6,000 will finance the Honor Roll Jersey & Patch Program for several years Monroe Academy's Angel Dunaway is named to Macon/Middle Georgia Tipoff Club Girls All-Star team for 1988-89, one of only three private school players. Mary Persons senior Wendy Green places 1st in the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America state competition for nursing assistants; Randy Taylor places 3rd in residential plumbing. Green will advance to the national contest. City of Forsyth electric, water and sewer rates will increase June 1 to increase revenue by $87,000/month. Monroe County firefighters answer two calls to grass fires this week. Forsyth Fire Department responds to a fire at Trio Twine & Cordage Works. There were no injuries, but several barrels of twine were lost. Kay Williams is hired as the new Hubbard Elemen- tary School principal. She replaces long time prin- cipal Angie Dillon, who is moving to the central office to be the executive director of teaching and learning. American Red Cross hon- Monroe County Schools ors Sara Bittick, a member must make up for a $1.4 of Monroe County Hospi- million shortfall in the cur- tal Auxiliary, for 55 years rent budget. of service. Sarah Eidson, owner of Retired contractor John L. Little Angels Daycare in Cox of Forsyth fulfills his Bolingbroke, buys the daughter, Cyndi Davis Bright Beginnings building McMichaers, wish for her with plans to re-open it as 30th birthday by building a daycare. her a detailed dollhouse. Freshway Market in For- Forsyth reactivates its syth will re-open as Giant Housing Authority with Mart; store leadership members Gilbert Banks, of Carl Whitaker, Booker Myrtice Bell, Samuel Free- Parker and Beth Brumby man, Alfred Gantt and will stay the same. Hugh Cromer Jr. A burglar makes off with Legendary University of the entire inventory of Tennessee coach Pat Sum- narcotics from Lawson mitt speaks at Mary Per- & Cromer Pharmacy on sons basketball banquet. Saturday night. Doug Lane and Ann Mary Persons students will Watson of Edward Jones raise funds for Relay for host Business After Hours, Life with music from the catered by Wayne and blues/rock band 42 and Terry Wetendorf, who plan BBQ from the champion- to open a new Forsyth ship Smarr Cooking Crew eatery next door to Ed- at the Juliette Opry House. ward Jones. Stacey Penamon, Brian Sir- Hubbard Elementary mon and Gwen Maddox opens its new Pre-K town are promoted to sergeant in the school's riding toy at Monroe County Sheriff's area. Office. This look at what Monroe County residents were reading In the Reporter 30, 20 and 10 years ago this week is brought to you by Monroe County Memorial Chapel 'We set the standards that others follow' Harley Ray "Spanky" Beck 86 West Main Street Forsyth 478-994-4266 MOI IIO| Calendar items run free of charge as a community service each week as space allows. Mail items for the Community Calendar to Diane Ghdewell at by 8 a.m. on Monday. May 2 May 11 Juliette River Club to meet The 2rid Annual Fersylh Indian Arth Focts Juhette River Club will meet on Thursday, May 2 Show at 7 p.m. at Fire Station No. 3, 474 McCrackin The 2nd Annual Forsyth Indian Artifacts Show Street, Juhette. Everyone interested in the JulJette will be Saturday, May 11 at Monroe County community is welcome. The club meets on the Conference Center, 475 Holiday Circle (at Exit first Thursday of each month. The speaker will be 186 off 1-75) from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. This is a Peach a representative from Georgia DOT. State Archaeological Society-sponsored event and will feature all authentic artifacts, some as Mary Persons holds Honors Night for old as 10,000 years. There will be educational 9th-llth grade displays and items for sale. Adult admission to The Underclass Honors Program for Mary Per- the show is $5, under age 18 is free. For more sons students will be Thursday, May 2 at 6:30 information, contact George Valente at 478- p.m. at Monroe County Fine Arts Centen 994-2479 or May 3 May 11-15 Forsyth Farmers Market Annual Monroe County HERD Bred Forsyth Farmers Market is open on Fridays from Heifer Sale May-October. The market is on North Jackson Annual Monroe County HERD Bred Heifer Sale Street, behind Persons Banking Company. To will be Saturday-Wednesday, May 11-15. Selling become a vendor, call 478-994-7747 or email 60 high-quality commercial bred-heifers from, local ranchers. Sale will begin at 12:30 p.m. at Sleepy Creek Farm, 585 Reedy Creek Rd May 4 Forsyth. Call Monroe County Extension at 478- 1968-98 Reunion hosted by Bill Quarry 994-7014 to obtain a catalog. Bill Querry, who was a Monroe County principal from 1968-98, will host an Apprecia- May 13 tion Reunion for Faculty & Staff, including all Mary Person Choirs Farewell C n erlt employees in the building, PTA officers, BOE Mary Persons Choirs will present a Farewell members, central office personnel and bus driv- Concert directed by Charles Hernandez, ac- ers. The event will be Saturday, May 4 at 2 p.m. companied by Terry Clopton, on Monday, May at Hubbard Elementary School, 558 Highway 13 at 7 p.m. at Monroe County Fine Arts Center, 83 South, Forsyth. There will be a brief program Brooklyn Ave Forsyth. at 3 p.m. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to, rayceenking@yahoo. May 14 corn or ~ County Middle Choir Monroe County Middle School Choir, directed by Theresa Alexander, will present a Spring Concert on Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Monroe County Fine Arts Center. Tilt College May Day Reunion A Tiff College May Day Reunion Luncheon for all who were ever May Queen, on May Court, or held the position of WAA President will take place on Saturday, May 4 at 12 noon in the Monroe County Clubhouse, Forsyth. For further information, contact Sheha Wade Keener, Class of 1973, at (478) 714-2999 (call/text) Kids Fishing Rodeo Georgia Department of Corrections will host its 7th Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo on Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m.-12 noon at State Office South at Tiff College, 300 Patrol Road, Forsyth. The event is designed to introduce younger genera- tions to the sport of fishing and is open to all children, ages 15 and unden Parental supervision is required for entrance and participation Only catfish will be caught. Some equipment and bait will be provided; feel free to bring your own gear. There will be goodie bags, door prizes and competition prizes for Biggest Fish and Biggest Stringer of Five for ages 12-15, 8-11 and 7-and-under. May 6 Monroe County Historical S :iety to meet Leila Ross Wilburn, the Macon-born, Atlanta- based architect, will be the subiect of the pro- gram at the Monroe County Historical Society on Monday, May 6 at 7 p.m. at the stone depot, 104 East Adams Street, Forsyth. There are approximately 30 houses in Forsyth that follow Wilburn's designs from her plan books. Susan M. Hunter, co-author of a recently published study on Wilburn, will speak. The meeting is open to the public. May 9 Best Buddies End of Year Banquet Mary Persons Best Buddies Club will hold its 1st Annual End of the Year Banquet on Thursday, May 9 at 6 p.m. at the Mary Persons Cafeteria. Bring a dessert, if possible, and wear Sunday best. RSVP to Grace Stoerkel at gracestoerkd@ or 478-365-7994 Monroe County Middle School Spring Bond Concert Monroe County Middle School Spring Band Concert will be Thursday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at Monroe County Fine Arts Centen May 10 Mary Persons' 2019 Dance Showcase Mary Persons Fine Arts/Dance Dept. will present a Dance Showcase on Friday, May 10 at 6 p.m. at Monroe County Fine Arts Center, Brooklyn Ave Forsyth "celebrating the people who have shown us love and support throughout our lives." Admission is free. May 17 Deputy Mkhcml Norris Golf Tournament The Deputy Michael Norris Golf Tournament will be Friday, May 17 at Forsyth Golf Club, 400 Country Club Drive. 8 am. registration,9 a.m. tee time. The 4-person scramble will have 14 and 2nd place prizes for two flights, mul- ligans, door prizes and a hole-in-one prize. $60 per player includes lunch, green fees and cart. Contact Michael Bittick at 478-808-5658 or m.bittick for more information. May 18 High Fails State Park Trkdhlon Friends of High Falls State Park will sponsor a Triathlon on Saturday, May 18 at 8 a.m. with a 3-mile trail run, 14-mile road bike ride and 1-2 mile paddle. It combines the challenges of a trail run, limited traffic for a bike ride on paved country roads and a beautiful lake paddle with a kayak, paddleboard or canoe. Bring your own or rent a kayak at the state park for $t5. Entry is $50. Sign up at T-shirts to all participants; medals to all finishers; prizes to top three males and females in each lO-year age group. Only 100 entries accepted. Tor more information, contact Joe Reed at 770-441-1683 or Hubbard Elementary Chess Club holds tournament The Hubbard Elementary Chess Club will hold the "Check This" Tournament on Satu~'day, May 18 from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Hubbard Elemen- tary School for students in kindergarten -8th grade. This is a beginners' (unrated) tournament for students to practlce their chess skills and compete for prizes. Cost is $25 before May 18 and $30 on May 18. For more information contact Dn Kimberhe Harris at kimberhte.harris@ May 19 Tennis for Tails will benefit rescue shel- ters The Tennis for Tails tournament to benefit two lo- cal animal rescue shelters, Save A Pet in Forsyth and Rock on Rescue in Gray, will be on Sunday, May 19 at Idle Hour Country Club, 251 Idle Hour Drive, Macon. The goal is to raise aware- ness and money for both shelters with a fun day of tennis. All levels of play are welcome and encouraged to participate Sign-ups are open to pairs as well as solo players (solo players will be paired with other solo players). Check in for the round-robin tournament will start at 1:30 p.m and the tournament will begin at 2 p.m. with drinks and snacks provided. The cost is $35. For more information and to sign up visit: hftps://ten- Continued from 4C Hawkins LLP of GainesviUe answered questions about hiring during the closed door portion of the April 24 meeting. Head said that Kirby answered his ques- tions about accountability for hiring. Head said he was told the ultimate accountability rests with the principals or department heads who have access to all of the applicants' information and have the opportunity to interview applicants and check their references. Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman presented the board a job description for the new position of Safe Schools Coordinator he has requested. He said he is not asking the board to approve the position until it has a bet- ter idea of the 2019 budget. He is asking that the position be funded at the assistant principal level. The main duties of the job are to work with the schools on safety plans, including regular walk-through safety checks at all schools, to oversee pro- grams to reduce violence and promote Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports, to work with school discipline programs, to work with law enforcement and other components of the com- munity and to provide safety training for faculty and staff, from active shooter training to CPR. Hickman said the safety coordinator will have to cre- ate a lot of documents to sat- new state requirements on safety and will therefore need to be skilled in technol- He said it needs to be someone with at least three years of experience working in a school system because he does not think someone without experience working with children can come in and do the)ob satisfactorily "I have talked with other superintendents and persons across the state and this is becoming a regular posi- tion in school districts;' said Hickrnan. "I won't make a recommendation until we're at the right point with the budget, but it will be a prior- ity hire:'