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July 11, 2018 Page 7A iRei orter Mike King displays the parking ticket he got while at Forsyth UMC in June. By Will Davis pubhsherOrnymcmet Forsyth police are cracking down on a crime problem in town: Methodists parking illegally while attending church on Sunday morn- ings. Three members of the church have reported getting parking tickets in the past nine months even though downtown Forsyth is all but empty on Sunday mornings except for churchgoers. "It's ridiculous:' said church member Mike King, who just paid a $50 fine for the parking ticket that For- syria officer Bruce Hughley plunked onto his Mndshield on June 10. "They're sup- posed to be promoting good will. All they had to do was write a warning" King said the city seems to let parking violations slide most of the time, such as during the Forsythia Festival and when trucks unload at downtown businesses. And that's fine, said King, because police should focus on real crime problems. "Think of all the bad people around" said King. ' knd I'm in church and I get a ticket." King concedes he was parked on a yellow curb on Phelps Street behind the old city hall, but said he and his girlfriend Shelly Shuman have parked there for years on Sunday mornings and never gotten tickets. Church member Ruth Cole, who also plays the piano for the church, said she got her parking ticket back in November. Cole said when she and her late husband Malcolm moved to Forsyth 17 years ago, the Methodists told them that the city was very gra- cious and they could park anywhere they wanted for church on Sunday morning. Thus, she was stunned when she found a ticket on her windshield. "I was floored," said Cole. "We were never warned" And church youth minis- ter Jody Barfield was parked right next to Cole and got a ticket that same morning. "IfI was not supposed to do it, I guess that teaches me;' said Barfield. "I haven't done it since. But I would hope there are.bigger prob- lems for police to address" Two months later, in the Jan. 17 Reporter, police chief Eddie Harris put a letter to the editor warning residents that his officers would be stepping up parking en- forcement. "The police department is having a major issue with improper parking in Forsyth, especially around the beautiful town square ' wrote Harris. Harris noted that state law requires people to park within 12 inches ofthe curb and in the direction of traffiC. "I know improper parking has been allowed for a num- ber of years, but something must be dond' wrote Harris. Harris said his officers would issue warnings to parking violators for two months, through March, and then start issuing tickets. A Macon teenager is charged with assaulting nurses and staff with a pen ' and a brick at Rivers Edge Behavioral Health in Forsyth Cam- eron Scott Paisie, 19, of Macon, was charged with ag- gravated PAISE assault after his alleged outburst. Rivers Edge nurse Kristy Brown told Monroe County deputy Cody Maples that Paisie said he wanted to watch a movie and was instructed he could put one on in a dassroom. But Paisie became angry for no reason and ran outside. Here's what happened next, according to the report: Nurses and stafflooked for Paisie outside and when they found him, he had picked up a brick and rushed at nurse Tamblyn Pleas with it. Pleas put tap her hands to protect herself and Paisie dropped the brick, which broke into pieces. Then Paisie picked up pieces of the brick and attacked the nurses again, hi ng Brown on the left shoulder and Pleas in the chest. Meanwhile, front desk clerk Juanita Corbett said Paisie grabbed a pen from the front desk and rushed at her, stabbing her in the finger. When deputy Maples ar- rived, he found Paisie block- ing the hallway but he al- ready put his hands behind his back awaiting arrest. He toldMaples he wanted to go to jail and that he was sorry for what he had done. Paisie told Maples he wanted to speak to a lawyer and that he wanted to apologize to the nurses for hitting them with a brick and stabbing one with a pen. Maples told Paisie that he had the right to remain silent and that any apology could be incriminating to himself. But Paisie said he deserved jail for getting angry. Paisie's three victims had no visible injuries and de- dined medical attention. Paisie was charged with three counts of aggravated assault. Monroe County Hospital would like to express their gratitude to Monroe County citizens for their continued support! We have been fortunate enough to purchase an ultrasound unit and various other pieces of critical equipment to better serve the community! @) NavicentHealth www.monroehospital.org 88 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. .[ MARY PERSONS HIGH SCHOOL MONROE COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL MONROE COUNTY ACHIEVEMENT CENTER K.B, SUTTON ELEMENTARY S.E. HUBBARD ELEMENTARY T.G. SCOTT ELEMENTARY Dear Monroe County District 3 Voters, I am Phil Walker and I would greatly appreciate your vote in the July 24th election for Monroe County Board of Education District 3. I have dedicated the past 20 years of my life serving on the Monroe County Board of Education. I am extremely honored to serve and represent the children and citizens of Monroe County. If re-elected, I am committed to the following public service: Providing a safe, nurturing, and engaging educational experience for our children Ensuring continued success for ALL students in academics, athletics, Fine Arts, and CTAE (Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education) Challenging, motivating, and supporting our teachers, administrators and instructional staff Approving and monitoring a system budget that is focused on student needs and tax burdens of our citizens Valuing and trusting the ability of our school system to educateour children and grandchildren. My challenger in this election chooses not to send his children to Monroe County Schools and has indicated that he will not send his children to our school system if elected. My family and I are committed to Monroe County Schools and we have ALL attended and graduated from Monroe County Schools. My three grandchildren are currently attending our school system. I think it is vital for a board member to be vested in our school system. I hope you do too! Continuing the tradition of excellence that is Monroe County Schools! Families are continuing to move into our county from the north and south. The major reason our schools do a great job educating students. i'