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THIS WEEK'S INSIDE DEALS r N G L E S S M A R m S 0 U R C E,C V S S E A R S ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~i~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Jahn Wesby Tolbert Ralph Guerr.y Mosely Opal: June Hamrick Mary Withs MCR VENT. : 8 8 the Monroe County STILL JUST $1 IN RACKS USPS 997-840 )'oLn the Discussions BUT ONLY 77 CENTS FOR HOME DELIVERY Vol. 48 No. 20 4 Sections, 28 Pages Wednesday. May 15, 2019 A 14-year-old boy and ate" sexual content on the being released Thursday, Freeman said he still She told Haskins that after girl from Forsyth will likely phones of both the boyApril 18. thinks they did the right a short time she had to use face juvenile charges related and the girl and that both Freeman said they thing in charging the boy the bathroom and entered to sexual misconduct after would face charges related continued to investigate, at first, given the evidence the girls restroom next to felony rape charges were to that in juvenile court, even after the boy's ar- they had at the time. The the football field. The re- dropped against the boy The boy had been arrested rest, following every lead girl told Monroe County port said she said she didn't who had been accused of at school on March 19 and interviewing people Cpl. Thomas Haskins on know that the accused was raping the girl at the Mon- and accused as an adult of dose to the incident. They Monday, March 18 that she inside the bathroom before roe County Rec Depart- raping the girl on Sunday, also got access to the kids' had met with friends, in- she entered it. The girl said ment. March 17 at the rec depart- phones. As the evidence cluding the accused, at the the suspect shut the bath- Sheriff Brad Freeman ment. He remained in the accumulated, they deter- rec department playing flag room door behind her and told the Reporter that they Youth Detention Centermined felony rape charges football from 3-6 p.m. found "very inappropri- for almost a month before were not appropriate, on Sunday, March 17.See DROPPED Page 6A The Mary Persons Bulldogs will wrap up spring practice on Thursday with a scrimmage against Washington County at Dan Pitts Stadium at 6 p.m. Tick- ets are $5. Coach Brian Nelson's Dogs are expected to be young after losing about 17 starters to graduation from last year's region champion team that advanced to the Elite 8. Above, sophomore quarterback Michael Harrison waits for the snap during practice on Monday. See more on page 4B. (Photo/ Will Davis) Monroe County celebrates its 198th birth- day on Wednesday, May 15, and local busi- ness Tolbert and Associates is celebrating by giving away $700 in cash prizes to winners of the annual "What I love about Monroe County" essay contest. Winners of this year's contest are, from left, adult second place winner Karen Allen ($150), adult first place winner Lacy Ussery ($200), sponsor Todd Tolbert, youth first place Graysen Gay- lord ($200) and youth second place Kierra Hughley ($150). See the winning essays on pages 1-3C. The Georgia legislature cre- ated Monroe County on May 15, 1821. (Not pictured: sponsor Stacey Tolbert) 0 0 'It's definitely trending in a better direction '- Hospital auditor Charles Horne By Richard Dumas Monroe County Hospital reported a gain of more than a $1 million in 2018 thanks to some of the best local support in the whole state for the Georgia HEART Program. The hospital authority heard details of the facility's 2018 audit from the Albany ac- counting firm of Draffm & Tucker on April 23. MCH reported an overall gain of $1.14 million in 2018, a marked improvement from a reported $766,000 loss in 2017 and the first time the hospital had posted an overall profit since a minuscule $29,000 gain in 2013. However, those numbers don't fully reflect the hospital's finances since MCH actu- ally posted an operating loss of $951,000 in 2018, which was a $124,000 greater loss than in 2017, when MP's operational loss was $827,000. The difference is that MCH received $2.13 million in non-operating revenues in 2018 as compared with just $123,000 in 2017. Included in the $2.13 million total (which also includes interest ex- See HOSPITAL Page 7A Monroe County Hospital CEO Lorraine Smith. By Will Davis @ publisher Monroe County's development authority is offering a 10-year tax break to a prospect with hopes of landing more jobs from yet another distribution warehouse in the county. The authority voted on Tuesday to offer the property tax abatement to what it's calling Project Fireball. Authority chair- man Tom Baugh said the prospect, which was not named, would be very similar to other recent projects the authority has landed. Those include the new 700,000-square-foot Five Below distribution warehouse which has brought about 200 jobs to the Rumble Road exit on 1-75 near Smarr. The authority has also offered a 10-year tax break to Project X, which would bring 130 jobs to a new refrigerated warehouse in Smarr next to the Five Below site. Baugh said that project is expected to close on July 1.