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P orter June 26, 2019 J, Around Monroe County Forsyth Juliette High Falls Bolingbroke Culloden Smarr UPCOMING EVENTS IN MONROE COUNTY I: -F Calendar itemLs run free of charge as a " each eek a] pace allows: By Diane Glklewell the . :to Diane Glidewelt at by, 8 a.m. an Monday. Monroe County Health Dept 106 Mart n Luther King Jr. Drive, Forsyth is open until 7 p~m, on Tuesdays to seive those who can't come to the clinic during its daytime hours. All services are available during the extended time. For more information, call 478- 992-5083. June 29 Johnnie Goolsby holds book signing Former Forsyth resi- dent Johnnie Goolsby author, evangelist and singer, will host a book signing at Barnes & Noble in Macon on Saturday, June 29 at 2 p.m. Goolsby, now of Los Angeles County will sign her latest book, "Unshakeable: The Siege." She will discuss . other books of her Unshakeable series of faith-based books. The spiritual warfare series includes an illustrated book and journal for children, a journal for teenagers, book and journal for adults and a comic book based on Bible verses in Ephe- sians 6:10-18, which encourages believers to put on the full armor of God." For more informa- tion call (818)570- 7960 or visit jingle. com. Navicent Health holds Health Fair Navicent Health invites the community to its annual Code Med Health Fair on Sat- urday June 29 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Anderson Conference Center, 5t71 Eisen- bower Pkwy across from Middle, Georgia State University. The entire family is invited for health screenings, demonstrations and semtnars on personal health and wellness For more information, call 478 -633-6336. Rep. Robert Dickey of Georgia's House District 140 hosted the 9th Annual Peaches & Politics rally at Dickey Farms in Musella on Thursda); June 20. Nothing says summer in Georgia bet- ter than peaches, politics and people getting together in the open air to socialize and share their views. Dickey is a Republican representing people in Monroe, Crawford, Bibb, Houston and Peach Coun- ties in his fourth term in the Georgia House of Repre- sentatives. Along with other members of his family he operates Dickey Farms, which has been in his family for over a century and is one of the most successful peach producers in the state. Central to the town of MuseUa, Dickey Farms features a general store where farm-related corn- modifies are marketed alongside the packing house where visitors can see the sun-kissed peaches roll- hag along conveyor belts as they are sorted and packed for destinations. Arguably the best peach ice cream available anywhere can be bought in cups or cones and savored in rocking chairs along with the peaceful view of the small town landscape. And now strawberry ice cream has been added as a second choice so that visitors can debate which is best of the best. To this setting Dickey has developed the tradition of inviting local and state leaders each June, along with any citizens who would like to come, to meet and talk. One hopes lawmakers are influenced to find ways to encourage the community- oriented, supportive world of Middle Georgia that is represented at Dickey Farms. There were many Monroe County leaders at Peaches & A crowd filled the Dickey Farms pavilion for Peaches & Politics. Notable were the many family groups of multiple genera- tions that attended the June 20 event. (Photos/Diane Glidewell) Politics, including commis- sioners, school board mem- bers, both mayors, Republi- can Party leaders, attomeys and businessmen. Regional leaders, like the district at- tome); and state leaders, like the commissioner of agricul- ture, secretary of state and* lieutenant governor, joined Georgia legislators who came from as far as Valdosta and Americus. The reigning Miss Georgia Peach, Little Miss Georgia Peach (Grace Sanders of Forsyth) and Tiny Miss Georgia Peach were on hand for the event. All of the eight cities in Dickeys district were represente& "I've got the best House district in the state;' said Dickey. "Thank you to everyone for being here. I hope everyone has enjoyed the company as much as I have. It is an honor to serve this district" "I want to thank you for sharing Robert and [Robert's wife] Cynde with the Gen- eral Assembl ' said Georgia House Majority Speaker Pro Tempore Jan Jones. "We're a better body for having him. That's the reason why 20 to Legislators from around Georgia came to Peaches & Politics to support their colleague Robert Dickey, fourth from right. Many of them brought their families along to enjoy freshly made peach or strawberry ice cream. 25 of his colleagues are herd' Even the unpredictable June weathF cooperated for the event thunderstorm a couple of hours earlier brought down a deluge of rain and some trees in the surrounding area but had cleared and left a cooling breeze by time for Peaches & Politics. "This is Nature's favorite state;' said Com- missioner of Agriculture Gary Black. "This is the way politics ought to be done." Monroe County Sheriff Brad Freeman chats with top law enforcement officers from surrounding counties at Peaches & Politics. -r [ July 3 Culloden Family Fireworks There will be music food, fun and entertain- ment far the whole family to celebrate Independence Day in Culloden on Wednes- day, July 3 at 6 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and coolers for a spec- tacular Fireworks Show. Community churches are especially invited to loin the event includ- ing pastors and youth groups. For nformatiom contact Marilyn Smith at (478)957-1416. 4th of July Cel- ebration in Forsyth Forsyth will sponsor a 4th of July celebra- tion with fireworks at Monroe County Rec- reation Department on Wednesday,July 3. July 10 Conv & Coffee Forsyth~Monroe County Chamber of Corn-nerce will host **Conversa- tions & Coffee" an Wednesday, july 10 at 7:30 a.m. at La Quinta Inn & Suites Confer- ence Room 400 Russell Parkway, Forsyth. The topic is Cyber Security. Forsyth CVB is sponsor- ing the event. RSVP to the Chamber By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.ner Descendants of the Mc- Cowen family have come to Monroe County for a reunion each year for 100 years. The get-together has been on the second Sunday in June for as long as anyone can remember. Family members meet near the McCowen Cemetery, where Duncan and Mary McCowen were buried in 1880 and 1879, respec- tively. Rick Kitchens serves as president of the association that organizes the reunion each year. He said that at least 73 family members attended on June 9, with at- tendance boosted by it be- ing the 100th anniversary of the first reunion in 1919. People came from across the U.S.; a nmnber came from Jacksonville, Fla and recognition for the longest distance traveled went to a family member from Silverdale, Wash on the other side of Puget Sound from Seattle. The group designed T- shirts for the 100th reunion and had a picture made by a drone to commemorate the occasion. Kitchens said he was happy to see a lot of children in attendance. "The rain didn't seem to deter anyone from getting there for the occasion," said Kitchens. "The good news was that it stopped shortly after we broke bread together. As usual, the food was great, the company even better:' The Monroe County patriarch of the family is Jack Fletcher, 94, whose memory contains volumes of information he learned by researching the family in their Sunday best." wife had passed away. ,|! history and l stening to The group traces their . They had several children, others who knew about lineage to Duncan McCow- induding Jack Eletcher s it. He began attending the en (Nov. 28, 1798-Mar. 13, grandfather; Duncan McCowen Family Reunion with his parents in the 1930's. He was not able to go to the event itselt:this year but enjoyed visits from Kitchens, his wife and sister and hearing about the reunion from his son, Jim, and granddaughter, Anna. Jim and Annahave taken over the responsibil- ity keelYmg the cemetery clea om lack Fletcher and OrkM have the shape for those ho attendedthe 2019 reunion. "This all started in 1919 at the family homesteadS' said Kitchens. "Pictures reflect the people arrived in then" best attire, men in their suits and the women 1880) and his wife, Mary Holmes McCowen (May 15, 1800-Mar. 5, 1879) and their eight children. They came from Madison and bought land, including where the homestead arifl cemetery.stand, in Monroe County in 1847. Jack Fletcher's great grandfather, Thomas Jet- " ferson Fletcher, married the McCowen's daughter. Rebecca. His grandfather was'James McCowen Fletcher, and his father was Thomas Augustus Fletcher. When Thomas Jefferson Fletcher came home from , Appomattox after the Civil War, Duncan McCowen met him in Forsyth and took him to the family cemetery to tell him his Fletcher who served as a U.S. Senator from Florida; and Thomas Edgar FI'etcher who was the secretary for Monroe County when the courthouse was built'in 1896 and selected ills inte- rior furnishings. Jack Fletcher shared that his parents took him along to visit his great uncle Dun- can in Washington, D.C. in l 1931 and they met Presi : dent Calvin Coolidge. Some of the other fami- lies, in addition to Kitchens ~4 and Fletcher, that are part of the McCowen family are Ferguson, Scarborough, , Hammond, Johnson, Leak, Grizzard, McDonald and Moore. 2-he 101stretmion " is planned for the s cond Sunday,in June, 2020.