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Page 2A May 2, 2018 R porter m Richard Dumas Monroe County Com- missioners will not close the Bolingbroke railroad crossing connecting Hwy. 41 South and Rivoli Road directly in front of Boling- broke Methodist Church after all. The Tuesday; April 17 decision came after concerns were raised by nearby property owners at a public hearing on the ,matter on April 12. Com- missioners also decided on April 17 not to pursue any more crossing dos- ings until commissioners can meet with Norfolk Southern railroad officials to determine a long-term strategy for rail safety and traffic flow in Monroe County. District 3 com- missioner John Ambrose, a retired railroad worker, said Norfolk Southern officials would be willing to meet with commissioners in the coming weeks. Ambrose, who repre- sents Bolingbroke, said he discussed the Bolingbroke crossing with Monroe County public safety of- ficials, including fire chief Matt Perr and nearby business owners and resi- dents. He said he decided not to pursue dosing the crossing after learning how frequently the crossing is used by emergency vehicles and residents. About a dozen persons were in attendance at the April 12 hearing to oppose the dosing of the Bolingbroke crossing. Ambrose said Norfolk Southern had urged corn- missioners to close the Bolingbroke crossing and allow the railroad to build a new more level, wider one at Hwy. 41 South and Estes Road. However, Ambrose said the new proposed Estes Road crossing would cost taxpayers about $400,000. Ambrose said he would ask Norfolk Southern ff the railroad would pay some of the costs of the proposed new crossing, Commissioners also intended to consider dos- ing another Hwy. 41 South crossing to Charlie Benson Road just south of Bunn Road and north of Chris- wood subdivision on April 17 but decided not to pur- sue the issue at the meeting because of som.e confusion at the April 12 public hear- ing as to which crossing was to be dosed. Ambrose said some constituents thought the county wished to close the crossing at Old Rumble Road, but he said the Old Rumble Road crossing is expected to be widened instead of dosed. Ambrose said another public hearing woulcl be scheduled prior to a final decision on the Charlie Benson Road crossing. Ambrose said Norfolk Southern railroad is inter- ested in dosing a number of Monroe County cross- ings as a safety precaution because Norfolk Southern desires to increase the speed of its trains along the Hwy. 41 South route up to 50 mph. Commissioners George Emami and Larry Evans were absent from the April 12 public hearing. ,r et Fruits Vegetables Breads Dairy Eggs Soaps Essential Oils Opening Day May 4, 18 Every Friday 12 pm - 6 pm 9 North Jackson Street Forsyth, 31o29 Vendor registration available at Forsyth Main Street (478) 994-7747 By Diane Glidewell George Valente of Mon- roe County will sponsor the Forsyth Indian Arti- facts Show this Saturday, May 5 from 8 a.m.=3 p.m. at Monroe County Confer- ence Center, 475 Holiday Circle. Admission is $2 for adults and free for those under 18. The event will showcase Indian artifacts, with an emphasis on those found in Georgia, to educate and to give collec- tors and those interested in collecting an opportu- nity to connect with one another and share some of their collections and their enthusiasm. Valente is a member of the Peach State Archaeo- logical Society, which is supporting the event. The group also has events in Augusta and at the Etowah Indian Mounds near State Representative Todd Tolbert & Family I'm running to represent you as your State Representative! We need leaders who will put our interests first rather than grow government. * We need small business owners, not politicians, to use common sense to get government out of the way and let Georgians' businesses grow. It's time we shrink government, lower taxes, improve our public schools, make high speed internet available and protect our conservative values. I'm a conservative small business owner in Macon-Bibband a resident of Monroe County. My wife, Stacy, and I were both born and raised in Middle Georgia, and we are proud to have raised our two.sons here as well. I'm a lifelong Republican with a record of standing up for our conservative values in our local community. I will fight for you in Atlanta to ensure access for Georgians who need medical cannabis oil, improve healthcare options for rural Georgians, lower crime, increase pay for law enforcement, and ensure our kids can come home for good jobs right here in our community. I can't do all of this without your help, though! District 141 Cartersville on the same day. Valente said that the Forsyth Indian Artifacts Show is the first in Middle Georgia and will give In- dian artifact enthusiasts in this area a chance to show and view artifacts without traveling to north Georgia, which is usually the closest place for a show. He said that Middle Georgia is a rich area for finding artifacts, particu- larly arrowheads, because many groups of people either lived in or traveled through the area as long ago as at least 14,000 years. Valente suggested along creek beds, logging roads and newly tilled farmland as some of the best places to look for artifacts, with the landowners' permis- sion, of course. He said there are strict laws about removing artifacts from public lands. In Georgia one can find items left by Paleo Indians (about 10,000-8,000 BC), Early and Late Archaic Indians (8,000-1,000 BC), Woodland Indians (1,000 BC- 1,000 AD) and Missis- sippian (1,000-1,600). Be- cause of the extensive trade network of early peoples, one can find artifacts in Georgia that reflect materi- als and workmanship from other parts of the country. Valente said he has been collecting artifacts for over a decade. He travels 10 states collecting, has many connections with other collectors and has amassed a collection that indudes at least 5,000 arrowheads. He will have some of his personal collection on dis- play at the Forsyth Indian Artifacts Show, focusing on items found in Georgia. Valente grew up in New York, came to Georgia in 1990 and to Monroe County in 1994. A fasci- nation with history and a respect for what artifacts can tell us about our early ancestors and the mystery ~;' , " %',~/~r!, D.I.M. LAN D S CAP E Landscaping Maintenance Irrigation Lawn Additions: (Design, Rockeries, Stone Work) Locally & Owned & Operated 478-808-1243 "Be Confident in our Quality" of what we do not know about them developed into a passion for collect- ing Indian artifacts. He said that veteran collectors can quickly pick out fake artifacts as well as evaluate the quality of items found and provide insight into their use, age and place of origination. The Forsyth Indian Artifacts Show venue at the Conference Center has room for 55 tables. About five tables will be used for admissions and entry information, and the other 50 tables will hold displays. Valente said the available tables are almost all booked, He said that the price of items varies by what a collector is willing to pay. He has found that prices are usually higher for arrowheads in the Missouri-Illinois-Kentucky area of the country, prob- ably because they are larger and more colorful. It is not unusual for a collector to buy a whole group of pieces to obtain one special item. There will be tools, weap- ons, pottery and decorative items, such as jewelry, at the show. JOIN US for a Meet and Greet Fundmiser for Matt Morris Candidate for Monroe County District 5 School Board Corner of gwy 18 and Lee King Road Free Refreshments b