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Page 2A June 13, 2018 i porter By Richard Dumas be leased out to a private would be "unconventional" hancements, which could posed teaming up with the with the Middle Georgia forsythOmymc net company. Commissioners but could significantly aid make it necessary to lease City of Forsyth on a joint Regional Commission. were severely split on the county citizens, fiber or lines to a private judicial building and city Emami then proposed Monroe County Com- decision to include inter- "You can't just study ainvestor, hall, said Forsyth council endosing the atrium of the missioners edged closer to net enhancements in thephenomenon in the mo- Tapley said he was op-members were reluctantcurrent county administra- determining a project list next SPLOST with District ment" Emami said. "We posed, saying he didn't to pursue that measuretion offices to add more for the next countywide 4 commissioner George should be looking forward think all county taxpayers because the city was too judicial offices, which Tap- penny Special Purpose Emami championing the on everything we're bud- should be made to pay for far along in its quest for a ley said he thought was "an Local Option Sales Tax cause with support fromgeting and allocating for internet needs that only new city hall. Taptey said amazing idea" Bobbitt said (SPLOST) after a nearly District 3 commissionerin terms of what is trend- affect some portions of the without a detailed build- she wasn't sure there would two-hour called meeting John Ambrose. Both com-ing? What is momentum county. Despite Tapley's ing plan he was opposed be adequate room for a on May 23. mission chairman Greg taking us toward? And in objections, commissioners to the county spending a courtroom in the existing Monroe County voters Tapley and District 1 com- my mind if you just sit back agreed to fund $1.5 million substantial chunk of its administration building are slated to vote on the missioner Larry Evans were and listen to some of the for internet infrastructure, next SPLOST on a new ju- but said it would be an SPLOST's approval dur- each adamantly opposed things that are happening Commissioners also dicial building and instead excellent space for judicial ing November's general to the measure. Therefore, fight now nationally and agreed on May 23 to al- proposed finding a cheaper offenses. No final decision election with the six-year District 2 commissionerunderstand that statisti- locate $1.7 million toward alternative. Evans then sug- was made on May 22 as to SPLOST to begin taking Eddie Rowland reluctantly cally and in almost every improvements to the gested the City of Forsyth the ultimate location of the effect in January 2020. settled the tie, saying he felt way imaginable right now, county's criminal justice annex from the county the new judicial office space. Commissioners project just the county needed to take Monroe County is behindfacilities. Interim Monroe land where the Monroe At the request of De- over $19 million in .county some kind of action on im- the times when it comes to County District Attorney County Justice Center sits velopment Authority of proceeds from the next proving internet while the internet" Elizabeth Bobbitt urged on L. Cary Bittick Drive Monroe County president SPLOST. opportunity for fundingTapley finally stopped commissioners to con- so that the courtroom in Bo Gregory, commission- The most notable was there. Emami in mid speech sider building a new justice the current facility could ers also allocated $2 million SPLOST decision at the Addressing commis- and asked him what he building to house the DA)s then be used for all types for economic development, May 23 meeting was the sioners via speaker phone, proposed commissioners office and public defender's of cases. Per state law, the which could include the the newest commissionerdo about it. Emami saidoffice under one roof as Justice Center courtroom purchase of additional land tentative approval of al- locating $1.5 million to en- Emami, who is chairman he thinks the best choice well as provide additional cannot currently be used if needed. hance internet in Monroe of the county's internet would be to incentivizecourtroom space. Bob- for jury trials because it Among the other County. The $1.5 million enhancement committee, financially internet provid- bitt said the DA s office is outside the city limits. SPLOST allocations, com- could be used either to in- gave a 20-minute-long ers to invest in areas that has already outgrown its Monroe County attorneymissioners also agreed centivize private companies speech urging commis- currently are without inter- existing office space in Ben Vaughn said he thinks to designate $500,000 for to invest in internet im- sioners to support putting net access. Monroe County Monroe County Hospital's the Monroe County Justice recreation, $2.6 million provements in the county money in the SPLOST forattorney Ben Vaughn said neighboring Medical Office Center is a tract included for fire/EMS and $200,000 or for the county to provide internet improvements, the county would have to Building. in an annexation plan the for the county convention its own internet fiber to Emami said the move own the infrastructure en- Tapley, who recently pro- city is currently working on center. in By Will Davis report: Monroe County pubhsher@mymcr.net Cp1. Jake Justice pulled over Acevedo, the driver, around A group of four Orlando 10:10 a.m. on June 6 at mile friends may want to avoid marker 194 because Acev- Monroe County on their edo was traveling under the next road trip. speed limit of 70 mph and Quintin Acevedo, 21, refusing to let others pass. and Kenneth Payette, 20, Payette, who owned the ve- had their 2002 Ford Escape hide, was acting nervously impounded after they were and his hand was shaking, both charged with pos- but both men denied there session of cocaine follow- were any illegal substances ing an 1-75 traffic stop on in the vehicle. Justice ex- Wednesday. Here's what plained to them that hon- happened, according to the esty goes a long way and Join us June 18-22. 2018 (Mon-Fri) from 6:15pm-C)pm each night All childcen ages 2 years old through completed 5th grade are invited to join us for an awesome week! Forsyth police Sgt. David Asbell combs the scene where an Orlando man plowed into the LaQuinta The vehicle had been impounded for drugs the day before. (Special to the Reporter) Inn sign on Thursday. asked them to tell the truth cocaine charges, Acevedo plowed the Escape into the the intersection and col- before he searched the was also cited for impeding sign at the LaQuinta Inn in lided with the sign. vehicle. Payette then took the flow of traffic as well Forsyth. So Buff was sum- The Orlando group was a breath and sighed and and Tracy Buff of TracTs monedto the scene to tow on their way to the Bonna- asked if he could show ]us- Towing towed the vehicle the car again, roo Music and Arts Festival tice something. He pulled a to his impound lot. Gonzalez told Forsyth in Manchester, Tenn. As container from behind the Then, after bonding out police officer Kianda of Tuesday, they had not driver's seat in which JUs- of jail and getting their Pritchett that he was driv- picked up their vehicle tice found cocaine. Justice Ford Escape back from ing along Lee Street Exten- from Tracy's Towing, which then found another small Tracy's on Thursday morn- sion when he noticed his had made the vehide driv- bag of cocaine in Acevedo's ing, a third friend, Anthony turn had come up and tried able again at their request. wallet. In addition to their Gonzalez, 20, or Orlando, to make a left turn before S !o[m o0!oo od s 0!Sha2n!rO the~vOr!Sor~m!h~ sw~elpt~t h [rcdgh the county the night of Sunday, June 3. Carol Holtzclaw reports that the storm ripped the carport off her mothers home while toppling a silo and caving in a barn roof on the adjacent farm at 768 Parks Road in western Monroe County. The storm also downed dozens of large oak and pecan trees. Holtzclaw said the cows were so scared that they're still huddled in the woods more than a week later. Meanwhile the rain swelled a creek on the prop- erty, flooding their bottom land and leaving giant puddles with carp on them. Holtzclaw~ son Kurt caught one of them with a net (right) and returned it to the creek. (Special to the Reporter) Happy Father's Day to the "Casket Man" Love Your Family, Lilhan, Bernard, Janene, Alex 8, Taylor