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Page 4C June 12, 2019 iR orter David Davis bid a fond farewell to Forsyth as he hosted the Forsyth- Monroe County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at 1st Frank- lin Financial on May 23. Davis has been transferred to a 1st Franklin Financial office in Henry County after serving in the Forsyth community for more than a decade. "I have enjoyed work- ing here in Forsyth and have made a lot of good friends" said Davis. "It's time to move on to another opportunity. God has this!" Some of his accomplish- ments while in Forsyth include receiving the Volunteer of the Year Chamber President/CEO Cheri Lance gives David Davis and Citizen of the Year a hug at Business After Hours after he announces he will awards from the Chamber leave Forsyth. of Commerce. He also received the Ambassadors Place to Borrow Money" for 1st Franklin Financial award from Forsyth- by the Reporters' readers since March 17, 1997 and Monroe County Chamber for seven years in a row has been a branch man- of Commerce and served under his leadership,ager for 22 years. on the Chamber Board of Davis received the Lo- He is especially proud of Directors for 10 years. He rene M. Cheek award from his work as a volunteer and worked on the Forsythia 1st Franklin Financial work with youth at Gray Festival and Christmas in 2016, and the Forsyth United Methodist Church Parade committees during office was in the Circle of since 2014. He shared Jet- those years. Diamonds (top 50 of- emiah 29:11, "For I know Davis was selected Busi- rices in the company) for theplans I have for you" nessman of the Year by the two years. Davis' branch declares the LORD, "plans Monroe County Reporter has received numerousto prosperyou and not to in 2018, and 1st Franklin profit awards for the last harm you, plans to giveyou Financial was voted "Best 22 years. He has worked hope and a future" eo 1989 Forsyth Exchange Club grand opening at its new honors First Baptist Church Lee Street location. Store Graduation exercises will Pastor Dan Whitaker with manager is Clifford Johnson include 195 Mary Persons the Book of Golden Deeds, of Monroe County. seniors and 39 Monroe an exclusive recognition of Academy seniors. Mary Per- America's unsung heroes. Monroe County sends out sons speakers are Laura Ann only 1,140 property assess- Martin, Burleigh Singleton, Forsyth city council presents ment notices this year, only Kirk Williams and Chan- David Green Jr. with a key those with new construction dra Washington. Monroe to the city in recognition of or significant changes like Academy valedictorian is his achieving Eagle Scout. additions or losses. Katie Ellerbee; salutatorian is Marcy Douthit. Two Monroe County Schools Potemkin Senior Village of set records in raising funds Forsyth with 128 apartments for the American Heart As- is planned for Highway sociation in jump Rope for 42 next to Monroe County Heart: $7,788 at Hubbard Recreation Department. Primary and $5,826 at Hub- bard Elementary. For the first time in six years Monroe County will have a fireworks display in honor of Independence Day. Bill Ledfard Motors of For- syth closes its doors and files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Bolingbrake Community Club is organizing an Inde- pendence Day Festival. Monroe County Hospital reports operating losses for the first seven months of this fiscal year are $62,500. Rubye James Watts wins the Silver Haired Legislature election and will represent House District 47 (Monroe, Crawford, Jones, Peach, Twiggs) in Atlanta this fall. A team of Monroe County Middle School students wins its division in the state- wide Stock Market Game. Kristerly Mays, Garrett Jefferson, Alvin Jefferson, Dianeca Brantley, Demetria Chambliss and Terrence Smith are all in Samuel Har- ris' class. Forsyth has a new home baseball team, the Forsyth Post 34 American Legion baseball club make up of 15-18-year-olds. More than a dozen young cyclists try out Monroe County's new BMX track, including J. Raymond Vinson. Three W.C.'s Mini Mart employees are arrested and charged with theft by taking and violation of Georgia's Lottery for Education Act af- ter a report of missing funds in excess of $100,000. After three days of public input, a deep artisan well in Bolingbroke is the people's choice for best-tasting wa- ter in Monroe County. Local law enforcement offi- John Mooneyham will serve cers run a leg of the Special at Monroe Academy as Olympics torch run through interim headmaster for the Monroe County: Kenny upcoming year. Freeman, Linda Purvis, Susan Watson, Hank Stephens and A search warrant at the Alexander Daniels. residence of France Bernard Fletcher in Forsyth yielded Monroe County bus drivers marijuana with a street Albert Fields St. and James value of over $1,200, a Whatley compete in the an- Glock 40 caliber gun and nual 5th District School Bus $197 in currency. Roadeo. Mary Persons Principal Mike Mary Persons junior Stan Hickman retires after 33 Hi&man is the Bulldog years in the education field, athlete with the highest 18 as principal at Mary academic average during Persons. the school year. 1999 2009 O'Reilly Auto Parts holds a Culloden declares Charles Penamon Day in honor of the community service Penamon renders. The 2009 Leadership Mon- roe class is selling engraved bricks for the wall surround- ing Forsyth's Welcome Cen- ter park. The class is hoping to sell 2,800 bricks. It has already sold six benches for the park. T.G. Scott Elementary 1st graders pick strawberries at Twin Oaks Fun Farm off Johnstonville Road. Senior Jarius Hamlin (shot put) and junior Tevin Davis (discus) represent Mary Persons at the state track meet. A group of 27 Mary Persons students and chaperones tour northern Italy and France during Spring Break. District Attorney drops charges against a Juliette man accused of trying to run over former Forsyth police Major Matt Perry during the 2008 Forsythia Festival af- ter a dispute over parking. For the first time in 13 years the Tiff College campus is open for business as the Department of Corrections moves in. This look at what Monroe County residents were reading In the Reporter 30, 20 and 10 years ago this week is brought to you by Monroe County Memorial Chapel 'We set the standards that others follow' Harley Ray "Spanky" Beck 86 West Main Street Forsyth 478-994-4266 re eru Jr An Ensign Road church suffered major damage to a Sunday School supply room after a wooden cabinet caught fire on Friday. City of Forsyth and Monroe County firefighters responded to a blaze at the rear of Forsyth Apostolic Church shortly before 2:30 p.m. on Friday. The fire was confined to a single room, and the main church sanctuary only sustained smoke damage. Forsyth fire chief David Herndon, who termed the cause of the blaze "accidental," said church members were displaced for Sunday's service but planned to meet in their neighboring Youth Center building. Alycia Causey, the wife of Forsyth Apostolic Church pastor Jeremy Causey, said in a Facebook post that she appreciates the quick response of local firefighters and the prayers of support from community members. (Photo/Richard Dumas) e on new By Richard Dumas forsyth@mymcr.net Monroe County Com- missioners bought a new ambulance for Monroe County EMS. Monroe County fire/ EMS chief Matt Perry told commissioners on Tuesday, June 4 that his department has had lots of mechanical issues with its EMS fleet during a busy season for the department. Perry said Monroe County has uti- lized mutual aid while also moving around paramedics to accommodate the short- age. However, Perry said it's imperative that the county has another ambulance up and running soon. At Perry's request, com- missioners spent up to $200,000 in 2020 SPLOST funds to buy a 2019 Chevrolet 4500 ambulance from a Woodbury dealer- ship. Perry said the new ambulance would be fully outfitted and'ready to go into service in a month. By Richard Dumas forsyfh@mymcr.nef Monroe County CommJssioners ap- pointed chairman Greg Tapley as the commission's voting delegate at the National Association of Counties (NACo) annual conference in Las Vegas from July 12-15. District 1 commissioner Larry Evans, who is also expected to attend the confer- ence, will serve as an alternate voter. District 3 commissioner John Ambrose said on Tuesday; June 4 that he doesn't think commissioners should attend any future NACo meetings. "That place (NACo) has not done a thing for us. All of the counties in the state of Georgia don't belong to it. They're just leeches who take our money" June 12 Anthony Corbin James Bryant June 13 Mildred Zellner Chad Moore June 16 Celeste Smarr June 19 June 14 Di~go McGhee Michael Hadden Jay & Reye McLuen Gloria Teasley June 1,5 June 17 Ryan Jenkins Jimmy Waldrep Mary Evelyn Jackson Nancy Harvey Connie Rensberger Mr. & Mrs. Cole McLaurin June 18 John A. Roquemore 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 Ghdewell at news@mymcr.net with information and picture. MON IN Georgia State Uni- versity conferred mas- ter's degrees to graduate students across disciplines during the Spring 2019 semester. Local awardees city's business, govern- ment, nonprofit and cultural organizations. More than 2,000 stu- dents earned bachelor's include:Shea Sparks degreesffom.Georgia of Forsyth and Zachary state University Rigole ofForsyth. Geor- gia State University, an enterprising urban public research university, is a national leader in graduat- ing students from widely diverse backgrounds. The student body of nearly 52,000 demonstrates that students from all during the Spring 2019 semester. Students were honored during the university's 104th com- mencement exercises May 8-9. Local bachelor's degree graduates include: Bridget Buffof For- s T h and Noah Samu- elson of Iuliette. backgrounds can achieve at high rates with unsur- passed connections to the Terry Scott Gor- don of Forsyth gradu- ated from Trevecca Nazarene Univer- sity on May 4. Gordon earned a Doctor of Education. During the University's 118th Com- mencement Convocation, Trevecca conferred more than 1,140 degrees. Trev- ecca Nazarene University is a Christian university in the heart of Nashville focused on preparing stu- dents for lives of leader- ship and service. Founded in 1901, Trevecca is com- mitted to holistic educa- tion, encouragifig students to grow intellectually, so- cially, emotionally, physi- cally and spiritually. i