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2527 ee-ee-QQ TfiWN pAF D ** T 217 W CUl THIS WEEK'S INSIDE DEALS BES]" ,j,u111,11,hbl,lll,lu,1111,1hllUil.q1 wvvE S. SEARS. CVS .INGLES. BADCOCK , +iii!! i!i!ili i!i!ii!+i iill iii! iii! ; i+++i+ :+: Graduation ads due Thursday Deadline extended to 5 p.m. on May 17 STILL JUST $I IN RACKS www.MyMCR.net Vol. 47 No. 20 BUT ONLY 67 CENTS 5 Sections 64 Pages Wednesday May M0ck wins il i! iiiii iiii SEE PAGBCB !iiii!ii! ! A Hwy. 42 home was de- stroyed on Saturday after a motorcycle caught fire in the garage, accord- ingto Monroe County EMS. No one was hurt and a thought- ful passerby even saved the family dog. Lt. Shane Cook of Monroe County EMS said the motor- cycle fire spread and engulfed the home of Tim Singletary at 5620 Hwy. 42 on Satur- day before firefighters were dispatched that afternoon. Singletary had gone to the store and when he returned, See DOG Page 7A Left: "Rocky" and John Ethan Smith of High Falls, who saved him. Right: Fire gutted the Hwy. 42 home. ("Rocky" photo cour- tesy of Shay Singletary) an exciting time - Commissioner in Monroe County.' Eddie Rowland SEE PAGE 7C William Kirkland Jason & Dana Loft Everett Colfins Lamar NeSmith Betty Clements James Martin Roger Riley anda Manly Robert Smith Melba Cantrell Marke Baker Rycm Piffman Gerald Haney Jr. Martlyn Cox NEW .SUBSCRIBERS OF THE WEEK Work has begun to build a 715,000-square- war m, it' the Rumble on since th, restrictive than its'eur-+ Kdsey with economic developers on the project and thathe may be returning to county commis packages. Already, the company that owns the in- on commercial zoningat its May 1 meeting + in response to the attempt to put low-income apartments in south Monroe County. CommJssioner Eddie Rowland, whose District 2indudes the Rumble Road industrial park, said he too is waiting for details about the project but said it sounds like a great opportu- nity to bring jobs to the county. "Now we've just ing for them board is scheduled to hear that request at 5-.30 r 29. The request will then p.m. on June 5. oner George Emami said he doest there will be much opposi- jobs. It's an exciting time in Monroe County DEATHS Dale Ponder Jackson Betty Johnson Lundy John Garret Bushoven Kenneth Edward l"itlman Thomas Donald Davis Robert Alexander Minnie Smith INDEX MCR VENT. 3A. Opinion & Letters 4-5A. Sports I B-3B Community Calendar 4C Church N ws 5C Public Record 4B-6B Classified 1D Legds 2D-4D , tlltl!l!l!1911!lU !U! III 3 Monroe County is celebrat- ing Founders Week as the county turned 197 years old on May 15. Todd and Stacy Tolbert of Tolbert and Associates sponsor a "What I Love About Monroe County" essay contest each year for the county's birthday, giving away $700 in prizes. The Reporter urges locals to Shop At Home this week to support Monroe County on its birthday. See C section for more essays. Here's the essay from Mary Persons' senior Hope Williams that won first place in the youth division: By Hope Williams First Place-Youth eople associate Monroe County with many differ- ent things. Many think of it as the first county they drive through on their commute from Macon to Atlanta, and some people think of it as home to "The 7 Little Johnstons." I, however, See LOVE MC Page 3A joins I IEM Monroe County Sheriff's Office Capt. Brad Freeman announced this week his inten- tion to run for Sheriffto put his 32 years of experience in law enforcement with the Sheriff's Office to work to protect and serve the people of Monroe County. It was recently announced that Sheriff]ohn Cary Bittick has been confirmed as a U.S. Marshal and will officially take the position in the near future. There will be a Spedal Election once he vacates the office. Said Freeman, "I am excited to announce my intention to run for Sheriff. I love s race Monroe County. I graduated High School here, graduated college nearby at Mercer, and I have committed my professional life to keeping our families and community safe. I am ready to take the experience and leader- ship ability I have gained from being on the frontlines of law enforcement in this county for over 30 years to the office of Sheriffto ensure Monroe County is the safest place to live, work, and raise a family" "Through the years, I have worked in See FREEMAN Page 7A Todd and Stacy Tolbert, center, awarded prizes to the winners on Monday. At left, Hope Williams won first place in the youth category and got a new gold iPad mini. Makenna Howard won second and got a cash prize. At right, adult winners Tiffany Lar- rabee (first place) and Christi Landers (second place) also got cash prizes.