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~Co~nde~.s Da~ 201~ THIS IS l LOV' . Continued from Front going with this? Monroe County is that "something", that "casserole." It is full of so many different and great things that comes together to make something fantastic. This county is my cornerstone with God as my architect and my parents as my builders. I was actually born and raised in Macon until the summer ofmy 13th birthday, however I consider Forsyth my hometown. My parents purchased land in ]uliette many years prior to that, and as I was entering my teen years, they decided it was time to build our forever home in a place that was safer and quieter than the declining area we lived in. Even then, they heard great things of the school system and dreamed of having a home in the country that was part of a small but growing communi That was 20 years ago. My youth is just a part of me that has been built in Monroe County. I found Jesus here. I became who I am here. I have met so many great people and formed lifelong friendships over the years in this place, my home. I now have a child of my own: an awe- some, very outgoing, and strong-willed "tweenage" son. Like I have been built here, I want the same for him. He will be transi- tioning to middle school next year as a 6th grader. Yes, it is a big milestone, but I can say with confidence that I am not worried. He has always been in the best hands in Monroe County Schools, starting in Pre-k through 2nd grade at T.G. Scott Elementary and 2nd grade through 5th grade at K.B. Sutton Elementary. Because he has physi- cal and leaming disabilities, he has always required special services. We have never been disappointed with the care and inclu- sion that has been with him throughout his education. His team of many, many wonderful people over the years have made my heart truly happy They have always been one step ahead in taking care of his needs. When something was not working for him, before I could even think about options of what to do next, they have always had a plan, even if it was just trial and error. My son has his struggles, but the patience of those involved in his care is amazing. I am so very thankfial for all who have been apart of his school experience. This also includes other faculty, staff, and his fellow students that have treated him as family. I also recognize that Monroe County Schools does this for all of their children. We have the best school system around, but this is no secret. They are providing the foundation for children that will build them up for great things. Like the school system here, I also love the location. It is so beautiful here, full of life and gorgeous scenery both within city limits and beyond. Nestled between big cit- ies, Monroe County is a small country town that has easy access to what may not be provided here. I truly believe even though growth is okay, we have what we need here. What we want can be attained with just a drive up or down the interstate. We are so blessed to have the many places here that makes us special: Whistle Stop Caf6, High Falls State Park, our beautiful downtown historic district full of shops and restaurants, The Rose Theatre, Dan Pitts Stadium-where the Bulldogs reign, the Fine Arts Center, the Law Enforcement Training Center, Tilt Col- lege Campus, and the Ocmulgee River are just some of our finest attractions. Let's not forget the annual Forsythia Festival that at- tracts thousands of people, not only locally, but traveling from all over to see our beauti- ful town. I love to brag about these places to people who do not live here. And, I love that we do not have EVERYTHING. When I have to go to another town, I appreciate what we have here and miss home. I love missing home, that feeling makes it special. What I think love most about Monroe County is the people. That "casserole" I was talking about, that "something" being built, would be nothing without its' people. I'm not saying everyone is perfect. I'm not even saying that everyone walks around with a smile on their faces, but for me, there just always seems to be a sense of welcome here. Our local law enforcement is superb, and I am so thankful for them as they serve and protect our county with true sacrifice. Our first responders cannot be forgotten as they serve and sacrifice as well, especially the volunteers who give their time for their fellow Monroe Countians. We have local business owners that love our com- munity and they employ people that show true southern hospitali I have already mentioned my favorite people, which are the amazing teachers, faculty, and staff that care for our children in the schools with the utmost love and support. We even have our small-town celebrities: the very talented and sweet Ethan Payne and the Johnston family, who through their television series, display how inclusive our community is. I love how they show the world our sweet county and all it has to offer. Overall, Monroe County is my favorite place. /here is no place like home, for me. I love it here, and after I graduate with my Bachelor of Science in Human Services, I plan to stay here. I want to put my experi- ence and education to work in our county, being one of the tools that help to build this community. I want my son's foundation to be rooted here, where I know he is accepted and loved. My hope is that everyone can feel this way, and if not, this will encour- age people to look at it from a different perspective and not to dwell on what we do not have. Let us focus on what we do have and be grateful for the many "ingredients" that make Monroe County the best place to live! Our founders would be so proud of the county they began building almost 200 years ago. We should all be proud! Let's continue to build onto a place where beauty already exists. It can only get better from here! I I 0 5outhern P ers Energy "<'Z ' ~tt H~eV 41 |;t 0 11 f' I qi LHr *'A~ {i, (~l~ iI Special Power Windows Robby Whitehead President 140 Industrial Park Drive Forsyth, GA 31029 (478) 994-9248 FIoH'sCollision andldechanical, lnc. Haroid G. Clarke (Exit 18S) Forsyth q mtq Owned er e for 27 years:" 994-1940 BIll Scarbrough Insurance Agency 1501 Bass Rd Suite A Macon, GA 478405.23t3 Monroe County Memorial Chapel Monroe Memorial Gardens fh rk,y Ray Beck 86 W% t Main St, Forsyth 9944' 66 I'm',ud I, be (;clel',rating tl c 1981h IIirlh,:lay ,1 M,nr()e (;,unly! L/R: Emily Gay, Jennifer Palacio, Bob Harris, Molly Watson, Bobby Melton, Katie Sykes, Carol Sanders, Cheryl Bennett Robert L. Harris Practicing Law Since 1984 C. Robert Melton Practicing Law Since 1974 Molly Hudson Watson Practicing Law Since 1998 Charles B. Haygood, Jr. Larry E Lynch Retired 1968 - 2018 Retired 1972- 2018 A preeminent legal practice carrying the highest rating given by Martindale - Hubbell Bar Register. Our firm is proud to trace its heritage for over 100 years to its roots in the 1890s. Haygood, Lynch, Harris, Melton & Watson, LLP ATrORNEYS AT LAW 87N. Lee Street Fors h GA 31029 478-994-5171 Ken Davis, "Wendy Sue Fide" and Will "Buck Davis Proud to be Celebrating the 198th Birthday of Monroe County! Residential & Commercial. New Construction. Remodeling INSTALL & REPAIR Disposals, Leaky Pipes, Tolits, Pump Repair, Gas Lines. Winterizing Backflow Installation & Testing Clogged Sinks & Tubs Faucets Water Heaters Showers, Bathtubs, Septic Tanks Pumping & Repair GA Master Plumber, W. Ken Davis Lic. 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