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.1 .) By Diane Glidewell news@mymcraaet Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman announced schools will be locking all classroom doors in an update on school seauity at the May 8 school board meeting, He said that Monroe County administrators have walked through every school building with Michael Dora and created an action plan s'mce having the public forum on ahool safety March 15. Dam, who lives in Monroe County, offered his advice to Monroe County Schools as a professional He is executive director of Safe Havens International "Each building is different," said Hickman. "[Safety upgrades} are a summer project." Exterior doors will be visually labelled for access ff needed. There will be a Knox box on each campus with keys and building maps for the fire departments and law enforce- ment Hickman said the most work is needed at Mary Persons because the high school is the biggest building. Metal wands to detect weapons will be normal as a preventative measure. Monroe County schools will need to increase its budget for school safety. It is negotiating with the Monroe County Sheriffs Office to increase its school resource officers from five (one at each school) to six. The Sheriffs Office is asking Monroe County Schools to fund benefits for the resource officers and to fund part of the expenses for their patrol cam the county would continue to own the cars. "A marked car [parked at a school] says something to the public," said assistant superintendent Jackson Daniel. ' Ihere are issues on insur- ance. They are available for other calls ifneede&" "Safety plans area big part of our report to the public, but we don't want to get too specific," said "Do you have a safety plan for graduation?" asked board member J.P. Evans. "We will have the Sheriffs Office, Police Department and Emergency Medical Service there," said Daniel. "Fix it where they can't get a car on the field while I'm sitting there," said Evans. "I can't get up and run." Danid said that with the new park- ing lot finished next to the Fine Arts Center, there will not be a need for bus shuttles at graduation this year. He said that staff will help control parking and that law enforcement will patrol the handicapped spaces near the stadium to make sure they are properly used. There may be reserved parking for board members. Only faculty from the high school, not other Monroe schools, will be seated on the field with graduates this year. Seniors will walk through their dementary schools before graduation this year, greeting their elementary teachers and younger students. The baccalaureate service will be at the Fine Arts Center for the first time this year. There will be about 260-270 graduates, fewer than the 292 gradu- ates in the Class of 2017 because it is a smaller class. May 16 May 19 May 20 May 22 Dalton Cox Will Barkley Katie Etheridge Jack Ouinn Paxton Zellner Kristal S. Dunn Jeff Stark 17 Justin Rogers Trey Grant Elhe Wangerin Meghan Wheeler Karen Thompson Carter Boswell Mr. 8, Mrs. Will Jasmin Thornton Hayden Daniel Fletcher May 21 May 18 Heather Williams May 23 John & Barbara Martin WJlhams Wallace Stuart Howell John Cary Bittick Beth DanJels Wood This week's birthdays and anniversaries are courtesy of Forsyth Lions Club calendar. To have your name added to the calendar, contact Virginia Remick at 994-5426. Children's birthday notices through age 12 and birth announcements are published free of charge for the community. Email Diane Glidewell at with information and picture. Do You Remember Wheno.o 19811 Construction is underway on a wing with 18 additional re- tail space~ at Plantation Hills Shopping Center on N. Lee St, Estimates for the project are $800,000. along Rumble Road for man on 1-75, F~talittes in possible location of a $150 Monroe County in t997 million combustion turbine totaled seven, with 235 auto electric plant, accident-related injuries. 1998 Four firms submit bids to District 3 County Commis- build the new Monroe Nearly 75 residents of Betsy Lynn subdivision voice up- Republican primary. James one at $4.737 milhon, position to proposed apart- Ronald Daniel has qualified merits adjacent to the neigh- for the seat as a Democrat. Both Kynette Park and borhood at the Planning & District 4 Commissioner Country Club pools shouId Zoning Board meeting. Joe Proctor is unopposed as James Long, Ran Arthur, candidates J.R Evans Noten ted to return and six more Bill Johnson and Bill Peters Howard. Ben Taylor and Phil signed up for American Red announce they will run for Walker. Cross training. District 4 county commis- sioner. Commissioners Tommy Hubbard Elementary Wilson and Nolen Howard students meet their goa of Monroe County Board,of are running for the at-large 40,000 points in the Accel- Education announces its chairman's seat. Forsyth po- erated Reader challenge. As lone final st tO replace ScOtt tice sergeant Travis McDon- the 40th school worldwide Cowart in the superinten- iei is challenging Sheriff John to meet its goal, Hubbard dent's job is Anthony D: Cary Bittick will be issued stickers and Pack, currently su~rinten- bookmarks, dent for Kent County, bad. Laura Ann Martin wins first place in the Central Go. In a contest to name a new Monroe County Hospita EMC essay contest at Mary U.S. Navy oceanographic holds its first annual Re ay Persons. vessel, the entry frombr Life Fashion Sho~ Hubbard Elementary. "USS Dinner. Its outrageous ~odels Mary Persons track team Cousteau? is selected as the raise funds and evoke belly: finishes 2nd to Jackson in winner in Georgia and then laughs. Region 3-AA and sends picked as one of the top 10 members to state: Frank Me- from the 52 state winners. David Karlson of Juhette and reland, Kim Brantley, Elijah The Secretary of the Navy three of his employees am:: Walton, William Hansford, will choose the winner charged with cons~ra~; Alex StewarL Joe Bryant money laundering and (mile relay team and alter- During the t998 Forsythia conspiracy to defraud the notes), Kerrick Jones (shot Festival. local organizations govemmient by the U.S. At- put), Shun Walker (discus), raised more than $t9,000 tomey~s office. Kim Branfley (80Ore), Frank For some of them. the Moreland (40Ore. long jump, Forsyth a rest val s the r on y ~e Original Tams will kick Joe Bryant (pole vault, fundraiser, off the Summer C ncert Persons hosted the region are sent monthly to Monroe open~ng for them. meet for the first time, using County residents; 1,438 are its new track facilities, deposited directly to a bank Joan Heath leaves position or savings account, of Forsyth Better Hometowfi Mary Persons baseball ends director to become direr-" its best season ever, 10-8 overall. Forsyth citycouncJl adopts a 4 percent hotel/motel tax amid opposition from the Holiday Inn and Hampton Inn of Forsyth. Monroe County Memo- rial Chapel,a new funeral home, owner by Harley Ray 'Spanky' Beck plans to open at 86 W Main St. this Monroe County Relay for tar of Life will be 6 May 15- l& More than " 20 teams have already Monroe County Middle School treated its six sec- Georgia State Patrol Monroe County commis- sioners fo build a new state patrol post to reptace the existing'one. The cost :Is: retaries to a lima ride and estimatedat $1.7 million. breakfast at the Iron Skillet in honor of Secretaries Day. Lenora Morgan, a Forsyth native, cel~rates her 102nd Mr. & Mrs. O.C. Fountain birthday at Heritage Health- celebrate their 50th wed- care in Forsyth. summer in the house formerly dJng anniversary owned by Mr. & Mrs. James Long Ogtes~ isthe new Pace : : Between 1995 and 1996,head girls sketba[l: coach tourism in "Monroe County for Mary Persons. Howell Newton president increases 10.4 percent, from Terry Johnson wins four Excellence in Craft awards for artic es and ~otography published in the Repoffer this past year. of Trio Manufacturing Co. in Forsyth, is elected Vice President of ~. Textile Manufacturers Assoc. Oglethorpe Power Corp. targets about 1,600 acres $61.77 million to $68.t9. million, ahead of the 9.6 percent storewide increase. The auto accident death toll grows to 12 this week wi]'h the death of a Floridc This look at wkat Moam Couty msidonts were reading In tho .o 'We set the standards that others !ollow' /-ta Span ,Beck Email church calendar news to Diane Ghdewell at by Monday at 10 a.m. Church information is published free of charge as space permits. May18, 19, 20 "Things My Mother Taught Me" opens at The Pose The Backlot Players wrap up their 2017-18 season with a comedy written by Katherine DiSavino, "Things My Mother Taught Me." A newlywed couple embarks on marriage by moving to a new city and renting a new apartment and discovering that there is more NEW to this adventure than lust becoming M~ and Mrs. Tickets go on sale at The Rose Box Office two hours prior to show time on performance days. The play runs May 18, 19 and 20. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Adults are $15; seniors, students and active military are $12 each. For more information, contact the Backlot Players at tional workshops, arts & crafts, May 28 sports, nutrition, field trips and Memorial Day free breakfast and lunch. Oi::~=~ance Applications will be accepted Monroe County's Memorial beginning Monday, May 21 Day Observance will begin at at Elder Manor Apartments 11 a.m. on Monday, May 28 Rental Office, 143 Powerhouse on the Courthouse square to Road, Forsyth on a first-come, honor those who gave their first-served basis. Up to 100 hves for our freedom. Lor- campers, ages 5-14, will be raine Smith will be the keynote accepted. For more information, speaker. Mary Persons JROTC call Annette Lucear at 478- will present the colors, and Jeff 394-1085 or Latosha Proctor Dean will perform. Refresh- at706-819-2500, ments will be served following the ceremony May 24 Boston Butt Fundraism to benefit Ga. Prison Warden's Asso There will be a Boston Butt Fundraiser to provide scholar- ships for Georgia Department of Corrections employees and their families. Tickets are $25 and are available at the Wel- come Center, 68 N. Lee Street, Forsyth or from Deputy Warden May 21 May 31 High Falls Civic Club to meet High Falls Civic Club will meet on Thursday, May 31 at 7 p.m. in the High Falls Fire Sta- tion. This is an open meeting; everyone in the High Falls area is encouraged to attend. June 2-3 EugenJa Harrison (478-994- May 19 7577 or 404-354-0310). Pick Garden Clubs Living History Tour at up Boston Butts on Thursday, Flower Show May 24 from 8 a.m.- 12 p.m. at A free flower show, "Roads ~l:~y~ City Cemetery Burruss Correctional Training To Georgia Legends," will be Monroe County Historical Center Front Entry Building. held at the Federated Garden Society, the Backlot Play- Clubs of Macon, Ned House, ers and the Forsyth CVB will 730 College Street, Macon on present living history tours at May 25 June 2 and 3 from 1-5 p.m. It the Forsyth City Cemetery on 4-H Horse Show will feature designs on petite Saturday, May 19, with tours Edg~'i~ C~ndl'~tl~ picnic tables, tea tables and beginning from 10 a.m.- 10:45 d~xlll~ trays on doll beds, as well as, a.m. Travel through time and May 25th is the deadline to larger functional tables, buffet discover the personal stories enter State 4-H Horse Show tables and bed trays. Travel of some of Monroe County's Educational Contests. Youth the state as we feature well departed, played by local in 4th through 12th grades known "Pebble Hill", "Twelve actors. Tours are free but space can enter horse-related items Oaks" and the Coca Cola is limited For reservations, call in photo, essay, drawing or Museum. There will also be a the Forsyth CVB at 478-974- painting categories. It is free plant sale and baked goods 1460. to enter! Entries must be in the sale. Extension Office by 4:30 pm. Local band to play Call 478-994-7014 for more June 5 The Brown Liquor Band, information. featuring Marcella Jones of Kick-off for Summer High Falls. will be" performing Libl~ry Summer Reading Reading Programs The official kick-off for the Sum- Saturday, May 19 at Strickly Program Business Sports Bar & Grill, Registration for the 2018 met Reading Programs at Man- 112 V~ 2nd St Jackson from Summer Reading Program at roe County Library will be on Tuesday, June 5 beginning at 7-9 p.m Monroe County Library begins 10 a.m. with Dr. Magical Bal- on Friday, May 25 and is open loons Fun Time Balloon Show. Htdbi:mrd Cless of 1968 to pre-school through young At 11 a.m. the Musical Petting plans for SOth lhtmlv~r- adults. There are programs, Zoo will let children participate lr~ry prize drawings, story times, a with a choice of instruments The Hubbard Class of 1968 reading club and more built galore. The theme for 2018 is will meet at Ebbyz Bar & Grill around the theme '*Libraries "Libraries Rock," and readers of on Saturday, May 19 at 4 p.m. Rock." For more information, all ages will explore everything to make plans for the 50th call Monroe County Library at musical. Some of the planned Anniversary Reunion to take . 478-994-7025 or stop by 62 place later this year. All class W Main Street, Forsyth. activities are costume creation, group games, musical crafts, members are asked to attend art projects and science and this special reunion planning May 26-27 engineering experiments. For event. High Falls Fire $tofion An- more information, call Monroe mini BBQ & Yard County Library at 478-994- High Falls Fire Station, 3901 7025 or stop by 62 W Main High Falls Road, will have its Street, Forsyth. Apply for Free S nmner Camp, ages 5-14 The Community Improvement Coalition of Monroe County's (CICMC) free Summer Camp will be Monday-Thursday, June 4-28 from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. at Monroe County Youth Center, 100 Dan Pitts Drive, Forsyth Activities will include reading, writing, computer skills, educa- Heating & A/C, Inc. We Service All Brands of Heating & Air Conditioning Units Sewing Monroe County & Surrounding Areas for over 40 years Annual Barbecue and Yard Sale on Saturday and Sunday, May 26-27 from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. All proceeds support the fire station. Donations for the yard sale are needed. Volunteers cBok the barbecue, which has a reputation for being outstanding. Plates are $9 and include Cole slaw, baked beans, drinks and all the trim- mings with the slow cooked meat. Serving begins at 11 a.m.478-994-0304. Free Estimates Financing Available Jullege Rd. Forsyth, GA 478-994-6127 Ga.Reg.CU 401419 turn to the June 9 Camp Open Airways To assist children and families affected by asthma, Beverly Knight Olson Children's Hos- pital, Navicent Health (BKO) will host its third annual asthma awareness summer camp. Camp Open Airways will be held on Saturday, June 9, 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m at Middle Georgia State University, 100 University Parkway, Macon. To register for Camp Open Airways, please call 478-633- 2965 or visit www.navicen- HOPKINS ~ASSOCIATES Certified Public Accountants 68 North Jackson Street Forsyth (p) 478-994-1820 (f) 478-994-3102 Serving Forsyth for more than 40years!