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THIS WEEK'S INSIDE DEALS IN a L E S C V S S E S R S ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ INSIDE On the Porch 4A On Outside Looking In .5A the Monroe County STILL JUST $1 IN RACKS USPS 997-840 Join the Discussions BUT ONLY 77 CENTS FOR HOME DELIVERY Vol. 48 No. 22 ~ 4 Sections, 28 Pages Wednesday May 29, 2019 dnl medin, ddaolMP SEE PAGE 5A . A state trooper said it's very fortunate that no one was seriously injured when an allegedly drunk LaGrange woman went three miles on 1-75 going the Nikki Germany wrong way of LaGrange was before striking a cited for DUI after Warner Robins going the wrong woman at 2:30 way on 1-75 and a.m. on Sunday. striking a Ford Georgia Escape (right). state trooper Joshua Staff said Nikki Germany, 38, of LaGrange, was heading north in her Dodge Charger in the southbound lane ofi-75 until she struck a Ford Escape driven by Amy Gorton, 42, of Warner Robins. Germany was bleeding from the ' head and Monroe County EMS took her to Navicent Health in Macon for treatment. The accident happened at mile marker 196, just south of the High Falls Road exit. SheriffBrad Freeman said that Germany entered 1-75 south going north at the ]ohnstonville Road exit and continued for three miles before the col- lision. "lhe report said she recorded a. 18 blood alcohol content, well above the .08 legal limit. Along with DUI, Staffcited her for reckless driving and driving on the wrong side of the road. The report said Germany's eyes were glassy and bloodshot and she did not real- ize what she had done. She told Staffshe had drunk two Corona beers at Club 81 in McDonough. Gorton and her passenger, Sharon Matsie, were not injured. "Ihe accident hap- pened almost exactly three years after David Fryar of Forsyth entered 1-75 also going north in the south- bound lane before caus- ing a head-on wreck that killed himself and a mother and her 7-year-old daughter. hat accident hap- pened on May 28, 2016, also near mile marker 195, after Fryer entered the south- bound lane going north at the main Forsyth exit at Lee Street. SEE SECTION INSIDE DEATHS 6A Kolton Lane Bush Maria Theresia (Ria) Jackson INDEX MCR VENT. 3A Opinion & Letters 4A Sports 1B Community 5C Public Record 4B Classified 1D Legals i 2D t/') O O O to build $2 million facility By Richard Dumas Monroe County Commissioners will build a new $2 million, 10,000-square-foot facility for the district attor- ney; public defender and 911 center next to the sheriff's office. Commissioners on May 21 hired Macon-based War- ren & Associates, Inc to build the facility on a vacant lot across from the sheriff s office at the recommendation of county manager Jim Hedges. The county will pay Warren 11.5 percent of the total project cost (6 percent for design and 5.5 percent for construction). Warren will , use Macon-based BTBB, Inc. as the architect. Perry-based Parrish Construction, Macon-based - . if Renfr e C nstructi n, Warner R bins-based T mmy; " c5 Gibson Builders and Macon-based Pro Construction also bid on the project. Warren edged Gibson, which "l A A: :/ LA ^,-, ,-. proposed a fee ofl2 percent, as low bidder. I/(]lV II()II()IS IUI /L/-V U/-UIU IDUbll III1 ]!lll[ll'ill '11 Hedges estimated the cost of the project, which also --" / -- -- . .- / to~cq includes a re-design and buildout of vacated E-911 space of friends and family, as well as his military comrades from the Army, said fare- at the Justice Center, at between $1.75 million and $2.1 well to Forsyth's Kolton Bush, as the 20-year-old was laid to rest with full military honors million. He said the proposed buildingwill be between at Monroe Memorial Gardens on Hwy 41 on Tuesday Bush died in an auto accident near 10,000 and 12,000 square feet, will be Iocatedon vacant, Fort Campbell, Ky. where he was stationed last weekend. Bush's 16-year-old brother land across from the Monroe oun jusuce enter ana 8 ty Ryder told the crowd that his brother was his best friend, and loved to hunt, be outdoors will take six to sevenmonths to complete. "/he project and would do anything for his friends. Several of Bush's fellow soldiers from his unit at will be paid for using 2020 Special Purpose Local Op- i[][[!l][[ !lO !1! Li tion Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds. District 3 commissioner Fort Campbell made the trip to Georgia to pay their respects and presented the family John Ambrose was absent from the May 21 meeting, with their unit's insignia during the funeral services. Along with Ryder, Bush is survived by his mother Tera Bush. (Photo/Will Davis) I