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orter May 29, 2019 Around Monroe County Forsyth Juliette High Falls Bolingbroke Culloden Smarr UPCOMING EVENTS IN MONROE COUNTY May 31 Forsyth Farmers Market Forsyth Farmers Market is open on Fridays from May- October. The market is on North Jack- son Street, behind Persons Banking Company. It offers fresh produce and other local goods. To become a vendor, call 478-994-7747 or email tpierson@ June ! Mary Persons Class of 1979 Reunion The Mary Persons Class of 1979 is planning its 40th reunion for Oct. 19 at Monroe County Conference Center. To participate or for more information, contact Vickie Smith at 770-883-6936 or Jena Stuart Presley at 706-575-5362. A meeting is planned for June 1, place and time TBA. June 2 Hubbard Class of 1969 to meet The Hubbard Class of 1969 will have a class meeting at the home of Doris Gantt, 398 Brook- wood Drive, Forsyth at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 2. For more information, contact Arthur Phillips Jr. at 478-993 5444, Doris Gantt at 478- 994-9480 or Mamie Cook at 478-993- 7567. June 3 Mincly Hart speaks to M.C. Historical Sochey Mindy Hart will speak on the history of Montpelier Female Institute to the Mon- roe County Historical Society on Monday, June 3 at 7 p.m. at the Conley Build- ing on East Adams Street. Visitors are welcomed. Bishop Stephen Elliott es- tablished the school in 1841 in Monroe County. In the 1840s and early 1850s stu- dents from wealthy families attended the boarding school and were taught by an international faculty. Financial challenges resulted in the closure of Elliott's school in 1855, but succes- sive schools existed until about 1878, when the Hart family purchased the prop- erty. They still retain ownership. Hart has done extensive ar- chival research from sources throughout the eastern United States in studying the history of this school. June 5 Ubrary Sunvner Readk g Program Monroe County Library's Summer Reading Program will be May 28-July 31. The theme Is % Univerm of St~ies." ; The kickoff event will See CALENDAR Page 8C I By Diane Glidewell The star of the One Monroe meeting on April 30 was the venue. The joint meeting of city and county governments, Forsyth- Monroe County Chamber of Com- merce, Monroe County Board of Education, the Hospital Authority and Forsyth Convention & Visitors Bureau was held at American Le- gion Hall at 350 West Main Street, Forsyth. This was the first public meeting at the Legion Hall since remodeling. Forsyth Mayor Eric Wilson gave an update on the status of the building, a long time place for gatherings in Monroe County. American Legion Post 34 deeded the building to Forsyth after com- ing to city council with the pro- posal to do so on March 7, 2016. The Post was not able to do the repairs and maintenance needed on the building. Wilson said the city put a new roof on the building in 2017 and pledged $50,000 for remodeling the building in 2018 after deciding to do the project itself rather than turn it over to the Forsyth Downtown Development Authority. Wilson said Forsyth Fire Chief David Herndon was project man- ager and J & J Remodeling was hired as contractor. He said work began with the floors, but as often happens in remodeling it soon became apparent that more work than anticipated was needed. The floor joists had to be completely demolished and new support built. "Much of the money was spent where it can't be seen, a lot of struc- tural work to make it more stable" said Wilson. "There is still some to do. You can dance without falling through, and the bathrooms are finished" Wilson said bathrooms, kitchen and porch of the American Legion Hall have all been re-done. Ceiling fans have been replaced, and there is a new handicapped ramp. City Manager Janice Hall said her office is working on an application and The quarterly joint meeting of Monroe County and Forsyth leaders was held at the newly renovated Americian Legion Hall on April 30. Above is the interior view of the building, which has had a lot of improvements. Below is the street view of the Legion Hall, which holds many memories for people in Monroe County. (Photos/Diane Glidewell) the building to the city to council. Wilson said it will be the James Glover Stuart Building at Post 34 and will not take away from any previous naming or dedication of the post. The date for the dedica- tion has not yet been set. Monroe County Schools Su- perintendent Dr. Mike Hickman thanked Monroe County Board of Commissioners, and especially Eddie Rowland, for working with the Board of Education on traffic improvements for access to Mon- roe County Middle School Banks Stephens campus and T.G. Scott Elementary School on Thornton Road. The traffic increased when rental schedule for those who want point before the city began repairs. to hold events at the American He saw holes in the roof and lots of- the school system closed the Legion Hall. cockroaches. Hubbard Middle School campus In opening the meeting, Todd "The city has done a phenomenal at the start of the 2018-19 school Tolbert of the Chamber of Com- job!" said Tolbert. year and moved 6th graders to the merce reminisced about how many Wilson said the city is planning Banks Stephens campus with 7th community events were held at a special celebration at the Legion and 8th graders. the Legion Hall over the years. He Hall to add Glover Stuart's name The county is working with BOE remembered it as the place where to the building to recognize that by widening Thornton Road so he learned about "dancing, dating he has dedicated his life to the that there will be three lanes com- and drinking." Then 18 months ago community. Stuart was a member ing into the middle school. Work he worked with his son in film- of the American Legion Post for will take place this summer and ing a "little horror movie" at the many years and was the one who Legion Hall and saw it at its low brought the proposal of deedingSee LEGION HALL Page 7C iIml By Savannah Brock, program 4-H'ers were Monroe County 4-H'er and recognized for their out- Northeast District Junior standing accomplishments Board of Directors Vice President in the following areas: Dairy Quiz Bowl, Horse Although 4-H is not Judging, Livestock, Cot- the film industry, Monroe ton Boll and Consumer County 4-H had a lot of Judging, Shotgun, Georgia excellence to recognize at National Fair, District its annual awards pro- Project Achievement, and gram; so there seemed no the Senior 4-H'ers who are better theme for the 4-H on their way to compet- Oscars! The Academy ing at Georgia 4-H State Awards, also known as the Congress. Special awards Oscars, are a set of awards were also given to three for artistic and technical "Outstanding 4-H'ers" in merit in the film industry, each age group (cloverleaf, given in recognition of junior and senior). These excellence. 4-H'ers were Lola Talton During this year's awards (cloverleaf), Aaron Wig- gins (junior), and Lexy Pictured, left" to right, are Christina Combs, Maddie Combs, Courtney McEIveen, Rilyn Mckallip, Sarah Boyer, Heather Hardin. Above are pictured 4-H seniors: Austin Wiggins, John Coleman Tidwell, Rilyn McKallip, Parker Henson, Hamilton Darden. Not pictured, Kaitlyn O'Leary. Chambers (senior). Special port of the 4-H program Commissioner Eddie recognition was alsoin Monroe County. This Rowland. given to Monroe County year's recipient of the Georgia 4-H provides 4-H's graduating seniors; friend of 4-H went to Pris- educational youth devel- Hamilton Darden, Parker cilia Doster who has been opment programs for over Henson, Rilyn McKal-a strong supporter of 4-H 170,000 young people lip, Kaiflyn O'Leary, John both locally and statewide, across the state, assisting Coleman Tidwell, andMonroe County 4-H isthem in developing life Austin Wiggins. thankful for all the 4-H'ers, skills in leadership, citizen- evening ended with parents, supporters, and ship, communication and the friend of 4-H Award. volunteers who were in at- decision-making through Each year this award is tendance, a special thanks hands-on learning pro- given to an individual or to Monroe County School grams offered in schools, group in the community Superintendent Dr. Mike camps, conferences and who shows strong sup- Hickman, and County competitions. k ' !i