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June 12, 2019 JR orter Page 7A e Mary Persons senior Zach Mooney, right, received the $4,000 Deputy Michael Norris Scholarship from Reporter publisher Will Davis at Senior Honors Night on May 23. The scholarship is for Monroe County young men and women interested in a career in public safety. The Reporter started the scholarship in memory of Norris, who was killed in the line of duty in 2014. Mooney said an honor to receive the scholarship as Norris was his hero as he was growing up. Below is a photo of Mooney on a four wheeler with his dad (left) riding with Norris several years ago, and also Mooney at Norris' birthday party. Local support has helped the scholarship increase every year. Tax deductible donations can be sent to I~. Box 795, Forsyth, GA 30129, Davis said they will likely be able to give an even bigger scholarship next year thanks to the annual golf tournament and other fundraisers. Scholarship apl~ications 'are available at the Reporter office and from the counselors office at Mary Persons High School. Christmas parade comes or that merit dosing the cross- College Drive crossing, crossbucks as a warning closing. Bearse's evaluation when the train conductor ing. They noted ways the In declining to close the device at the crossing. (This scored the Indian Springs Continued from Front decides to stop at Taco Bell crossing can be made safer Indian Springs Drive cross- is a positive for the cross- Drive crossing 11.3. Of that for lunch again without dosing it. ing, the city forfeited the ing.) number, 8.5 came from the the crossing permanently." Wilson said the city is Norfolk Southern and money offered by GDOT The traffic count from final category; "GDOT De- There were three train investigating whether it GDOT initially came toto respond to what citi- May 2008 and Sept. 2019 fined Variables" It gave the wrecks at the crossing in has exhausted all appeal Forsyth offering about $1 zens wanted. In a letter to shows an average of 1,259 crossing 4 for insufficient 2013-14, leading to several options on the closing. He million in funds to improve Norfolk Southern on Feb. vehicles per day using the clearing sight distance for injuries and at least one said the city is required to the crossings at Lee Street 5 Forsyth said the crossing crossing for a city popula- some vehicles, 4 for "tra- lawsuit, post signs notifying of the and Tift College Drive if should stay open because tion of 4,125. The posted versing the crossing" 4 for Nearby Bryant's Collision closing within two weeks the city would agree to closing it "is not reasonably speed limit is 30 mph, high profile/humped cross- had asked the city to keep of receipt of the letter from close the crossings at Main necessary in the interest of with 25 mph assumed for ing, .5 for a crossing with the crossing open because GDOT, and the date of Street and Indian Springs public safety." adjacent streets and Indian safety features within a half many of its customers ac- closing will be 30 days after Drive. After citizens and D.M. Bearse of More- Springs crossover char- mile and 1.5 for a grade cess the business that way. the signs are posted. The council members objected land Altobelli Associates, acteristics. There was an separated crossing within a Told on Monday that signs will include the actual to dosing the two cross- LLC evaluated the Indian adjustment factor for the quarter mile measured by the DOT was dosing the date of dosing, ings, noting that once the Springs Drive crossing for inconvenience dosing the the rail. It subtracted 8 for crossing anyway, co-owner Numerous citizens railroad closes a crossing GDOT and signed off oncrossing would cause to land locked property. Bridget Bryant said they'll spoke at a public hearing there is virtually no up- an evaluation dated May medical, government and The letter from GDOT survive, on Jan. 22, and at earlier portunity to re-open it or 14 that said it had enough commerce facilities. The State Railroad Crossing "We'll be fine,' said Bry- public hearings, asking get a new crossing, Norfolk risk factors to close it. The evaluation says vehicles Engineer Kevin Cowan, ant. "I think we're estab- that the crossing remain Southern and GDOT re- evaluation did not address for hire and school buses who attended the public lished enough in the com- open. They cited access for turned with an offer of less how risk factors could be do not use the crossing, hearings in Forsyth, says munity that we'll be fine:' public safety vehides, relief money for improvementscorrected without dosing and the Lee Street crossing the city is responsible, at its Bryant said many people of traffic congestion and at the remaining crossings the crossing. The evalu: is a safe alternate for Haz expense, for advertising the say the crossing is a sllort- convenience as reasons for in return for closing only ation says that five trains Mat vehicles. It says there closure and posting "Dead cut for them, but many of keeping the four remaining the Indian Springs Drive traveling approximately 40 will be no inconvenience End" signs on both sides those same people did not railroad crossings in the crossing and leaving Main mph travel the track daily, for emergency vehicles or of the crossing and that attend meetings to voice city open. The owners of Street open. The Main It is .5 miles along the track vehicles owned by utility Norfolk Southern will, at its their concerns. Bryant's Collision, which Street crossing has the least to an alternate crossing, companies in closing the expense, remove the cross- Bryant said their business is located at the crossing, traffic of the four crossings There has been one vehicle/ crossing, ing surface from the track will do fine, but said it will talked about the adverse ef- but also has the least safety train crash at the cross- GDOT says that ifa and erect barricades of stop be awfially inconvenient for fects on their business and issues. The most accidents ing (June 19, 2014), which crossing scores over 5 in vehicles from crossing. traffic, especially when the the lack of safety concerns have occurred at the Tift led to a lawsuit. There are an evaluation, it merits Continued from Front to be parents. The tears that filled his eyes that day will forever be etched in my memory. We always wanted children of our own, but we knew that it was all in God's timing. Even when doctors told us that it might not happen, with tears in our eyes, we prayed, waited, and trusted God. During our wait, we found ways to be a blessing to other children in our family and community. Now, 8 years later, we have been blessed with two beautiful children, Malayah and Tahjai Calloway, and our community kids list has only gotten longer. From coaching T-ball, to volun- teering at school, to running up and down the field during field day, to dancing in my daughter's recital, every moment he spends with children he tries to make memorable. So it's not unusual to see him attend an event for chil- dren and completely take over. (Always asking first, of course) Often times I don't even think he realizes just how special he is. I always hear him say that it is his goal to make sure every child knows that they can succeed in whatever they decide to do. And that's exactly what he does. I stand in awe of his courage to make a difference in his com- munity and to teach our children what it means to have a sup- portive father. One that is truly their number one fan. So, Happy Father's Day QuInton Calloway, we love you more that we could ever put into words, thank you for all that you do and all the sacrifices you make. They never go unnoticed. Love Always, LaToya, Malayah and T] Continued from Front and the way dad provided support. Noelani ]a-Lia LaShay Brown weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and was 20 1/4 inches long. She was due on June 11. She has one big sister, Serenity, 2. Ebony said the delivery of Noelani was very different from her delivery of Serenity in a hospital, where she had an epidural. She decided to deliver at the Birth Center because she felt it was healthier for her baby. Ebony described the team at the Birth Center as "awe- some." "She did fabulous ' said Marshall of Ebony. "She was an appropriately ready patient--She took care of herself during the pregnan- cy. This is how it's supposed to work." Within three hours of delivery, Ebony was walk- ing around and said she wasn't exhausted. At the Birth Center mothers and babies go home six to eight hours after delivery. The midwife makes a home visit within 24 hours, and the mother returns to the Birth Center for a check-up two weeks later. The Birth Center follows up on all state-mandated screenings. There is a comprehensive visit at six weeks, and addi- tional contacts are made at home, at the office and by phone as needed. There are breast feeding assessments and Mothers Circle support groups if the mother is interested. "Maternal mental health is huge" said Ogletree. "We build a relationship" Ogletree plans to deliver the first little boy at the Birth Center next week. Her baby is due June 13, and another mother who will give birth to a little girl at the Birth Center is also due next week. The list of children with "Forsyth, Georgia" as place of birth on their birth certificates is expected to grow quickly now. Monroe County Hospital stopped delivering babies at about the end of 1986. Take Dad to these fine Forsyth places this weekend! Longtime Monroe County resident Nolen Howard recalled births in Forsyth stopped soon after his son was born on Nov. 9, 1986, where he was in the hospital nursery with Dr. J. Ray and Leigh Grant's twin sons born on Nov. 8 and another set of twins born on Nov. 10. Noelani's grandmothers are Lamonica Maddox and Christy Harris. Eat In Out OPEN Wed, Thur, & Sunday 5pm -9pro Fri & Sat Minori's is a family style restaurant 5pm-10pm exceptional Italian cuisine offeri delicous desserts! Mmon s It an Ristorante 22 W kMain St. Forsyth, GA 47S-993-2300 Noelani Ja-Lia LaShay Brown is the first planned birth in Forsyth in 30 years. (Photo/Diane Glidewell) Tg Established 1993 Mexican 478-994-1425 Open 7 Days a Week Complimentary Chips & Salsa Beer, Wine, Mixed Drinks 310 Cabiness Rd. Forsyth, GA 1-75 at Exit 187 next to Econo Lodge