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THIS WEEK'S INSIDE DIALS WIN D 0 W W 0 R t D ]OWN PAPERS ~~~~~~~~~ Ll / W COTA ST ~C005 SHELTON WA 98584-2263 14hh41""ll"i""qql" 41,4 Ih ll.i,llJl,I R SUPPLY CVS IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII / ; I J I IIIII III IIII I III Freedom of Speec,h Right to Bear Arms Lady Dogs advance to second round Everyone who subscribes to The Reporter in May will be entered into a drawing for a FREE AR-15 on May :30. ~,~ the Monroe County STILL JUST $1 IN RACKS BUT ONLY 67 Join the Discussions USPS 997-840 SEEPAGE 1C www.MyMCR.net Vol. 47 No. 16 4 Sections 28 Pages Wednesday May 2, 2018 e Tenni: By Rk:hard Dumas brsyfh@mymcmet Two Monroe County Board of Education incumbents and their challengers squared off in front of about 80 constituents on Monday es, heating and air b~siness owner Greg Head, health care professional and former science teacher Tanya Williams and railroad engineer Matt Morris, seeking to replace them on the non-partisan board. Head and Williams are competing against Walker while Morris is night at Alderman Hall in an often conten- running head-to-head against Howard, the fall in Sweet fioushonr-and-a-half-longdebatebostedby current board chairman. i6m Incumbents Phil Walker (District 3) and a minister who fe ~ a responsi[~ility t0 make Nolen Howard (District 5), who have served a difference in the communi~ Morris, a for a combined 45 years on the BOE, were PAGE 3C ffequentlyattackedbyatrioofpolificalnovic- See DEBATE Page 7A ii BOE candidate Matt Mor- ris makes a point as opponent Nolen How- ard looks on. (Photo/ Richard Dumas) TO THE FAMILY John Colbert Stephen Spradley Patricia Roberson Brenda Starnes Camille Walston Amber Pate Susan Cox Lindsay Kimbell Amy McGee Forsyth Golf Club the II NEW SUBSCRIBERS OF THE: WEEK DEATHS i Jane Newton Ivey Fleta Price Purvis Gordon Edward Rhodes Gene Arthur Watkins MCR VENT. 3A Opinion&Letters 4A-SA. Sports ] B Community Calendar 1 C Church News 5C Public Record 5B. Classified t D Legals 2D-4D o oO o ltlllJIIIilll]lllJlillJJIti 161t n J s*y'e Spencer Maxwell, formerly of Monroe County Sheriff's Office SWAT team, and Betty Cantrell, IIIU!!Ul IIII!IHIII !1!!1 2016 Miss America, exchanged wedding vows on April 13 in Macon and held their wed- ding reception in Bolingbroke at Morgan View Farm. Beautiful day, beautiful place, beautiful 8 9 3 couple! See more on Page 1C. (Photos courtesy of Ashah Photography) Son, Lawson, opts to run in crowded field in November By Rkhard Dunnas forsyth@mymcr.ner Monroe County sheriff John Cary Bittick is officially on his way to becoming the head of the U.S. marshals office in Macon after the U.S. senate confirmed his appointment on Thursday: Birdck said he'll likely be swom in later this month, and that has opened the floodgates on candidates to be his replacement. Bittick son Lawson announced on Saturday his intention to become his father's successor. Lt. Lawson Cary Bittick III, a Lieutenant over the Support Services division of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, announced on Facebook that he will run for the seat vacated by his father after 35 years. Chief deputy A1 Shackleford, a retiree who was hired last year, is expected to step in as interim sheriff. The Bitficks had said that Shackleford would likely then run for the sheriff's position to give Lawson more experience before he runs for the position. But that has apparently now changed as Lawson Bittick announced his intention to run in the special election slated for Tuesda) Nov. 6. Bittick grew up in northem Monroe County on his family's farm and has lived in Monroe County his entire life. IfBittick, who has worked for the Monroe County Sheriff's Office for seven years, is elected, he would be the fifth Bittick and the fourth generation of Bitticks elected to the position. Bittick said over the past few months, he's had numerous citizens ask him to run to replace his father. Bittick, 30, said, if elected, he would actually be two See SHERIFF Page 5A J