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Page 2A May 15, 2019 il i3orter A 47-year-old Canton man reportedly committed suicide by hanging from the rafters of a Forsyth church on May 10. According to the inci- dent report, at about 5:37 a.m. on May 10, Sgt. Todd Haskins of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office went to a church on Old Indian Springs Drive about an apparent suicide. A male witness, identi- fied as Ronnie Bunn, told Haskins he and a second witness, Richard Henry, cut down the body of a Canton man from the rafters of a church that is currently undergoing renovation. Bunn said the victim had woken him at their camper on V'ming Street at about 2 a.m. that morning and asked him to go with him to work on the church, Bunn said the victim then left walking and later called for Bunn and Henry to pick him up near AI Burruss prison. Bunn said the group returned to the camper, and they left the victim sitting on the steps outside. Bunn said he later stopped by the church to ask the victim if he wanted anything from the store at which point he discovered the victim hanging from the church rafters by an electrical cord. The case was then turned over to Sgt. Allen Hender- son of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. 105 Senior Care 478-994-9535 Martin Luther King Dr. Forsyth, GA 31029 I air st From 1-6 p.m. for CNA's. Drop by and meet the owner, complete the application and an immediate interview. We are a private duty home care company dedicated to serving the aging citizens & their families in Monroe County. Vist our website at House Washing (Soft Washing) Sidewalks / Walkways Driveways Much Morel Commercial Buildings II By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.nef Tucked between Monroe County Memorial Chapel and the Paw Spa, across the street from Forsyth United Methodist Church, is the newly-remodeled building where Can- non Roofing is based at 70B West Main Street in Forsyth. The business is owned and operated by Charlie Cannon and has been in business since 2016, steadily building its reputation for quality work, reasonable prices and friendly, responsible service. Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce sponsored a ribbon-cut- ting for Cannon Roofing at its new location on May 10, inviting the commu- nity to learn more about Cannon Roofing and see the attractive office space. Charlie cut the ribbon with his wife, Shana, and sales manager, Omar A1- cantar, supporting him. Cannon has a decade of experience in roofing and works throughout much of Georgia. He said that in the preceding week he completed one job in Vi- Charlie Cannon, with scissors, cuts the ribbon at the new Cannon Roofing location at 7OB West Main St Forsyth. To the right is his wife, Shana, who manages the office, and next to her is sales manager Omar Alcantar. (Photo/Diane Glidewell) enna and another in De- him busy with roofing estimates. catur. The majority of his repairs and replacements. "I don't want to be big; work is residential roofing, He has a lot of experience I want to be local and do but he also frequently does working with insurance it right;' said Cannon. "I commercial roofing jobs, companies on roof dam- want a good reputation: and a number of favorable age daims. For more information reviews are available on Cannon has lived in about quality roofing work his Facebook page from Monroe County about at some of the best prices both residential and com- four years and said he is around, browse the Can- mercial customers, proud to base his busi-non Roofing Facebook Cannon said the many ness in Forsyth. He does page or the website at can- storms that have come shingle, metal and, through Georgia over the roofs. He is happy to pro- call 478-960-9781 or drop last few months have kept vide free inspections and by 70B West Main Street. Evans removed from fire station projecf : By Rk rd -' Monroe County Commis- sioners turned completion of the county's headquarters fire station over to county manager Jim Hedges on Tuesday, May 7. Following an hour-long dosed meeting to discuss personnel, commission- ers voted 3-1 to hand over direction of the fire station project to Hedges. District 1 commissioner Larry Evans, the lone dissenter, had been managing the project since its 2016 inception, but the project has never been com- pleted despite Evans stating in September 2017 that the fire station would be ready to operate by March or April 2018. In addition to the fire station, District 3 commis- sioner John Ambrose said he wants the county manager in charge of any future county building projects, but county attorney Ben Vaughn said he would draft a policy deal- ing with future projects and bring it back for commis- sioners' approval later. Upon re-entering an open meeting, District 2 com- missioner Eddie Rowland immediately motioned to turn over the fire station project to Hedges, a mo- tion seconded by Ambrose. Rowland, whose motion also induded having Hedges hire a general contractor to advise him on the matter, stated that his desire to put Hedges in charge in no way discounts Evans' efforts on the project. But Evans diddt see it that way Evans, who said $3.5 million was dedicated to the project, said he asked to oversee the fire station project to save the county mone) He then cited previ- ous work heading renova- tions to the Monroe County Courthouse, noting the county spent much less on courthouse renovations than initially estimated. Evans said the fire sta- tion headquarters will be among the largest in Middle Georgia and said he would have been willing to trim its size. He also noted that he already successfully pushed for it to be changed from a brick exterior to metal because the Monroe County Fire Department bought a new fire truck that ate into available funds for the project. Evans said of commis- sioners' May 7 decision: "Thafs the way I take it, as a personal insult." Evans, who is reportedly being investigated inde- pendently over daims he chastised the county's purchasing director for not hLring one of his family members, said he's been ac- cused by other commission- ers of micromanaging, He said the county government had been running fine for years prior to Hedges' 2018 hiring with commissioners overseeing its operations. He said the only major problem was in the county's understaffed finance depart- ment, which has since been rectified. Evans, who said he will not step back and let one person (Hedges) run the county government, also disputed that he gets involved with county projects any more than the other four commis- sioners. 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