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(Photo/Will Davis) TO THE FAMILY Preston Lancaster Spencer Bernier Maysen Miller Jeremy Seymour Donald Haney David Pelt Nancy Hadden Kathy Moore Aaron Crawford Mary Fire NEW SUBSCRIBERS OF THE WEEK DEATHS,6A Robert Etheredge INDEX , MCR VENT 3A Opinion & Letters 4A-SA. Sports 1B Commun@ Calenda: 5D. Church News bD PuBlic Recora B Classified t D [egals 2D-4D ABONCE CARTER By Richard Dumas A Riverdale man faces multiple charges after punch- ing two Monroe County deputies in the face during a Weldon Road traffic stop on May 22. Deputies responded with pepper spray to the suspect's face and then had to punch him to subdue him before he could be taken to the hospital, and then to jail for obstruction, theft by receiving, giving a fake name and possession of meth. Israel Abonce, 31, of River- dale, was jailed along with his driver, April D. Carter, A rare break in the rain allowed thousands to fill Dan Pitts Stadium on Friday to see 281 seniors receive their diplomas under the lights. It was the 88th graduating class from MP and valedictorian Madeline Copeland noted that the Class of 2018 racked up more than $1 million in college scholarships. Principal Dr. Jim Finch noted that while it's his 11th graduating class at MR it's the first to include one of his children, senior Kennedy Finch. Finch commended the Class of 2018 for leaving Mary Persons better than when they found it. Above, senior Brock Hulsey shares a laugh with rising MP freshman'Jason Cox. Right, Finch presents a diploma to Hannah Blessett. (Photos/Will Davis) Monroe County has had more than six inches of rain in the past week with mea- surable rainfall almost every day, this week from the remnants of Tropical Storm Alberto that moved in from the Gulf of Mexico as the first named storm of the season on the East Coast. Lt. Lawson Bittick of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said the rain was a big reason deputies had to respond to 19 auto accidents in just five days from May 25-29. The sheriff's office also received 20 calls reporting blocked roads during that time, usually from trees that had fallen and blocked the ~'oad. Last Friday, the rain became so heavy that several roads had to be closed or washed out, including Edwards Road off of Abernathy Road. Junior Watts, direc- tor of the Monroe County Road Department, said he had to call in four employees on Friday, when they're normally closed, to handle flooding issues. Watts told the Reporter on Tuesday that all roads had been re-opened except for Edwards Road, shown above, which should be repaired by the end of the week. (Photo/Will Davis) 29, of Forsyth, who was also charged with obstruction, theft by receiving, possession of meth and two headlight violations. According to the report, at about 1:07 a.m. on May 22, Cpl. Thomas Haskins of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office saw a white 2004 Chevrolet Trail Blazer fail to dim its high beam headlights as it passed him while headed north on Weldon Road. Haskins stopped the SUV and noticed that thefemale driver, identified as Carter, appeared very nervous and See FIGHT Page 6A Penamon is sixth to announce for sheriff By Will Davis Lt. Stacey Penamon told the Reporter on Tuesday that he plans to run for sheriffin the special election to replace long- time sheriff John CaW Bittick. Penamon is the sixth candidate to announce for P|NAM N sheriff, j oin- ing Lawson Bittick, Michael Bittick, Troy Copelan, Ronnie "Jocko" Evans and Brad Freeman. John Cary Bittick, sheriff for the past 35 years, is expected to leave for his new job as head of the U.S. marshals office in Macon in mid-June, precipitating a special election for his replacement on Nov. 6. Penamon, 43, is a lieuten- ant in the criminal investi- gation unit of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. He grew up in Culloden and was the starting quarterback for Dan Pitt# Mary Persons Bulldogs in 1991-92. He now lives in Forsyth and he and his wife See SHERIFF Page 6A By Diane Glidewell : One incumbent school board member MON coumv aOA 0 OF toUCh, ON was narrowly re-elected and another is still fighting for his job after Monroe County voters had their say on May 22. In District 3, incum- bent Nolen Howard defeated challenger Matt Morris by a mere 16 votes, 370-354. In District 5, incumbent Phil Walker will face Greg Head in a run- off on July 24. Head was the top vote-getter with 229 (43 percent). See BOE Page 8D DISTRICT 3 Nolen Howard - 370 Matt Morris - 354 i!iiiii!!iiiiiii!ii!iiii!!i~!~!~i!~!ii!~i!!i!!i!i!i!iiii!iiiii!~ii~ii!ii!~i~i!iiiiillii~i~!!~!~i~i~i~!~!!~i~!iii~! iiiiiii!i ! iiiiiii iii!ii!iiiiiiiiiiiii!!ii!il : s> m<~ GOVERNOR- DEM HOUSE DISTRICT 141 Stacy Abrams - 793 Gary Bechtel - 310 Stacy Evans- 330 Shane Mobiey- 366 0a,eW u