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July 10, 201~>9 ON THE OUTSIDE LOO tflG IN by Don Dani i '; How m v,c : cers on atrol at nl " " p g,y t. sa l" ve wn en of my undeon S a ,trauma he went through h .for his whole ,life. Not until his elder years did sto hdlish and tO about his getting wounded and the. that hira in the battle across France "" . /.-: ' [: It was early in my life that I bega g, ff it his devotion to God and coun r. M i ti/q]PR b 'a pro- gram on the of the a tion of devoutly watching A' i r, ourth So, that is how Ihave spent a lot ofmy Fourth of July nights, sometimes like Uncle watching a rerun later the niglg !: chill bumps when. the 'Star Spangled and "God Ble os Americd' came oft I turned the TV volurne all the way ipl , This past was 0vet- whelming and a then President Donald Tttn-np use his patriot/ n to praise and appreciate our armed Disgustingly absent was the lack ofsuW port from Democrats and their. to politicize patriotism for their owr 20 seconds of fame. . . . As mygood friend TerryLink, - atdy summed it up: 'It's all the fault It's all the Republicans' fault. No, it, OUR fault forallowing a--es )t/m today in o#fic, and fight other eadofworU for theg.ood Boy, that felt good to write! ": : ' : -: ' - LAST TUESDAY night, prior county com- mission meeting, about 70 Monroe C0tmtians showed.up for a special public hearing on intemet and accessibility. " for alLRepresenta- fives from Southern Rivers EcMG;: t/al F MC -AT& .a ptSv provider and representative ACCG (Asmciatton of Cotmty Govern- ments) all had their time in the mrel. : A brief synopsis of all the infotination couldM b0fled down to a couple of statements:providing fast, reliable, dependent and affordable interact service is going to be expensive for secondly, there was not a definitive time frame as to when it m 115 available. It was interesting seeing two of our three grate and sena- tor listening intently. DISCOVERED THIS when I got oaa ,er bill, which Was either $42.47 or $43.47. I had to payth. $43.47 .amount bemu I paid it by mail! I guess ifI had gone by the office, } have saveda dollar, pay- ing the $42.47. IfI had been tat paying the bili'0n:tnybirthday, Aug 9, I would have to pay $53 57 " '.i~v-~, - . . ~ ~. ~. ': ;~,~"" :4" Y*.~.~it%" . ',~ HERE ARE some outstanding checks the county paid from our taxes: $69,966.25 paid to Akins Ford Dodge Jeep for three Dodge Charger " $7,659.43 to AT&T for utilities and tdephone; we paid Caitlin B. Jackson $507.41 for travd for Ag and 4H Progamir Central Georgia EMC $7,184 for a lot of dectridty at various county locations; Georgia Power got a ch, eck for only $1,007.39; ,$I g36~:~,~ t-Iaultng Services for a month bulk/yard waste;, Georgta.F6r : t0n gO :.a eck for $18,218 for agreement for@ ri;Geor ,dmol- ogy Authority got $4,678 for iatilitie . Alumni got their $675 for third Authority$23,820.74 fot't and water; Monroe County Cotmsellng,f6 .:their third lUarter appropriation; $9,998.42 weh i6 M0hroe Gom ty i@alth for their monthly appropriation; a whopping $79 9.4z45was sent toMonroe County Hospital for monthly /r!aflom, dDA and Extension rental; Piedmont Electrical got a 11 fO $5 .701.67; thenew fire station that has been the subject of a lot of 6a etsafilJn is tir)d and Pm Construction of Georgia got $57, f0r this one, $138,400 for a grapple truck from Wade Ford; O0t i tew/tzedother than motor vehide maintenance;w sent West ~hat~am ' Wafiiing Devices a check for $42,421.03. . . These were some paym ts that $833,824.69 werewritten. " :.i:: . ': " " ' ' After 30 minutes ofmicro- the 'on rs paving with concrete at the new stati0iintfi i 0 chagrin and consternation of Goinmi ioner Eya!is who wante J tar. Reporter Richard Dumas eXp in this Read :Here a few unattributed commissioner h le " e ' " mew onm yarcts; ~ . We gotem cheap, ,i;;: , 'A little bird w red n' i:".< ". :: - < We are shaff, : ,i,':,'. !. ,'," "You asked me a question. I amgS '."'" Okay You through. . . ,: : .'. : . Imbemgalittlefacetious ,: g.~: : ','. - DON'T FORGET, "The Add~m ~ir,A N ~a Mmic~! " opens at The Rose Theater Friday niglit The b6xq is now 6 .thru. tomorrow and July 15-18 from 4to 7 pa'o, Eigh, are pla ed/and you can make reservations by calli 4 478- forward to seeing you there. THE FIRST correct answer to last weeEs The Question was from Don- na Gordon identifying Joey Speir as lost 80pounds Zumba, FitCo. Donnagets a certificate for a'd0zen' DOnuts, Dairy Queen Blizzard, slice of Jonah Pizza, slice ofS'hone S [sh awberry pie d esse at The Sweet Tea in Bolingbroke, single dip.of ice. at .Whistle Stop flied green tomato appetizer ~ ~ St/det !:~[~ch, chips drink at The Hckled : ':,-. Heres The,Question for this week:wtiO did thinkfli@al'ie they fabulous five appoint to the hospital board:to long- mem- ber Kate Cotton? First correct after 12 noo on Thursday:gets the best certificate in Monroe Coun I FOUND it rather strange with from the ForsTth Police Chiefwhen I asked, hownmn . FpD officers .Fo .rs,at night. His response was that he would not be.givlng irffO on tl .'could be usedby criminals. Duhl - c How many Mayor, City Manager: one, two, thinor none? By the the Chief didrit have the correct phoner~al~ to eail ff~ at~:~ robbed, etc. City manager ~ 478-993-1005, or gave the correct number, call 911 ,anytime. To empathetically urge you, call 911. Consolation, the chief aim gonna answer! And this from the chid Call the PD. Make an appointment. .4. Here are a few unattributed Fo syth cil memlmr comment Councilman Hewett: We paid you$10 toi t breakfast ybu and Melvin"; "I should a heard it the first time"; "Okay I gotchd'; . "We've been blegsed"; "Everybody wants speed bumps"; "Stop sign city': "Scared the crap out of me". Don Daniel is the founder an :.jbSLner, of The Monroe County Report Email him at mediad;' - i:~' ;~;.:v- ?"~, ,i " ~ ,:;~,? .>~ ~ ~ ,-- .~ ~ ~,~," ~I~o~$1~W~.~.~,~.~ 5. ~" , Page 5A . . ,ii:.I-" ,stnan I:R :e mu I To the Editor: would never have been a ia el moral compass. Tsp ke to several legiala- ing infection on the face of 1y hot:av are of the facts :" 1 tors and politicians at the Republi ,ca,n Par . Icandal Ralston's causinI 1Peaches & Politics event a Ralstons statement of what he a rapevictim to wait almost 7 JLcouple of was going to do . : :yean for alleged attacker to weeks ago. None pithy, sdf-servtiig, [. g0 to:tr is reprehensible and would endorse and was an insult riot icceptableto me or anyone what Georgia to my intelligence: .)> : else that ives under the rule of Speaker of the Too little, tOo late lawand not the rule of anarch House David Ralston has done and some dearly had their heads in the sand. In any event, I let each and every one of them know that I remain very upset about this scandal, which could have been handled months ago and then it Deeds, not words. Republieam are better than Even ff over 1,000 this, and ffwe do not act to prove "uses" of the privi: we better than the corrupt, lege" he invoked were ignored, the remainder dearly shows that Ralston has not acted ethically, morally, RICKETSON or honestly. If his repugnant actiom are accept- able to our lawmakers, I might suggest that they might be in left-wing, radical Democrats, wG wtllno longer hold the moral ": high ground. If we do not dean up the corruption in our own party, the Democrats will do it form. John Ricketson Monroe County Continued from Front the van was parked was the lettering from its side identify- ing it as property of"Forsyth United Methodist Church" which had been scraped off with a razor blade. Barfield said the van was locked and the keys were in the church office; so the thieves must have hot-wired the igni- tion to start it. There was no evidence of broken glass in the parking lot. The church has exterior cameras, but they were not pointed toward the van. Barfield said to his knowl- edge there have been no other break-ins or similar incidents at the church. "It's the craziest thing I've ever heard" he said. The missing van is a 2008 white Chevrolet 15-passenger van with maroon striping on the side, and it used to have lettering. Strikingly, a 2008 white Chevrolet 15-passenger van with lettering was stolen from Stark United Method- ist Church, 1097 Halls Bridge Road, Jackson on May 17. It was later found stripped. Stanley Maddox took care of the Stark UMC van. He said it was found dumped on the side of a road in Meriwether County about 10 days after the theft, without its engine, tires, wheels, transmission noth- ing but a hull. The van had new tires on it when stolen; old ones were on it to roll it to the side of the road. "It's sickening,' said Maddox. He said the Stark UMC van only had 37,000 miles on it and was in mint condition; with insurance only replacing the average cost of a comparable van, the church will not be able to replace what it had. Maddox said Stark UMC has not been able to buy another van, yet. He estimates it will cost $45- 50,000. Maddox said a truck was stolen from his business, Stananco, Inc the same night the Stark UMC van was stolen, and it is thought the thieves are the same. Cameras show a man dropped off down the street, wearing a hood over his head. He tried to take one vehicle, which would not start because it was at the store for repairs, and then moved on to the truck beside it, on which repairs had been completed. The truck was locked, but he pried the door open and started it. "They can start it with a screwdriver as quick as with a key" said Maddox. He there is a market for the engines from the 15-pas- senger vans, as well as for the tires and other parts. The en- Baptist and Mt. Zion Methodist in Smarr to help with transpor- tation on trips, UThey are very generous in helping meet our needs; he said. :' About 35 youth and 10 adult leaders are on the mission trip to North Carolina, which is based at Glory Ridge Camp. Teams of 7-10 people will work to repair homes, primarily for dderly residents who don't have means to get the work done themselves. The Forsyth group is assigned four homes to sta [andwill probably com- p!ete Work at six Or seven sites by end of the week. Barfield explained that multiple vans are needed tO get the teams to and from their work sites ef- ficiently. As Barfield expected, people gines are used to build up race have stepped up and found a cars and other vehicles with solutlon to make sure the mis- greater power. However, fifldng sion trip is not impaired by the . theft of the van. But the bigger an engine out of a van is not an . proiflcm is replacing the van easy job. "It's two times as hard as a ear in time for its.every day use or truck became it's inside a : in Forsyth UMC's after school closed compartment," he said. program, which will begin with "It can't be done by the side. of. the start of Monroe County the road7 Schoolson Aug.2. The van is Maddox said the thieves, or also important to the very ac- '= someone they re working with, tire youth group at the church,g must have experience pulling " whiCh uses it for trips about engines and parts, and they once every two weeks. must also have some kind of "they were not encouraging shop to do the work, even if . about fm ng the van;' said that shop is in a back yard. The Barfield. We re looking for thieves couldn't get the letter- something safe and reliable; the ing off the Stark UMC van in rest is okay:' the parking lot like they did The church had insurance on the Forsyth UMC van. It took a the van that will cover the basic heat gun to get the lettering off, replacement Church members but they had done that before are hoping there is someone they dumped the once mint- who has a van for sale at a rea- condition van's remains, sortable price or that someone Barfield said that thieves at- feels moved to donate to help tempted to steal a similar van with a quick replacement. from Jackson UMC about two "It's not the end of the world. weeks ago but were unsuc- God will provide," said Barfield. cessful. Jackson UMC loaned "We're going to move on from Forsyth UMC a van to help the that and continue with what mission trip continue smoothly, we're here to do--helping Barfield said Forsyth UMC people." partners with New Providence Continued from Front because Wilson dected to read "pattern", or commonly used, charges instead of a more specific one from case law. As for the defense's final three objections, Adams said the state already provided evidence during the trial that Calmer's actions constituted murder and that Calmer was not suffering from insanity when he fired deadly shots at Norris. Assistant DAs Cindy Adams and Carolee Jordan gave oral arguments for the prosecu- tion on Monday while Pittman argued on Calmer's behalf. Calmer was not present at Monday's hearing. Jonathan Adams said both sides have until July 29 to provide Wilson with written orders stating their positions on the points of the appeal. Ad- ams said Wilson will then likely render a ruling in early August. If Wilson rejects the defense's request for a new trial, Calmer's next appeal would go directly to the Georgia Supreme Court since Calmer faced the death penalty (The same Upson County jury that convicted Calmer ofmurder elected not to sentence the defendant to death.). Adams said the state Supreme Court will likely rule on legal briefs presented by both sides rather than hear oral arguments. He said if Calmer's attorneys appeal to the state Su- preme Court later this year, as expected, a final ruling should be made in early 2020. Calmer was found guilty on all nine counts during his 2017 trial, including malice murder, two counts of felony murder, aggravated battery, criminal attempt to commit murder, two counts of aggravated assault on a peace office and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Calmer, now 52 years of age, received a life sentence without parole. -