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Page 6A July 24, 2019 it orter Charles William Benson February 24, 1929 - July 18, 2019 Charles William Benson, 90, of Warner Robins, died Thursday, July 18, 2019. He was born Feb. 24, 1929, to Kate and Charlie Benson of SmarT. He was a graduate of Mary Persons High School in Forsyth and attended Young Harris College. He entered the U.S. Air Force, achieving the rank of Master Sergeant, and served as a flight engineer in SAC as well as being deployed to Ko- rea and Vietnam. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Force Commendation Medal, among others, then retired after serving 20 years. Following his retirement, he worked at the U.S. Post Office in Warner Robins for many years, also retiring from there. An avid golfer, Charles enjoyed playing in military retirees' golf tournaments, especially with his friends in Warner Robins. He often placed in many tournaments. Along with his parents he is preceded in death by one son, the Rev. Charles Mikel Benson; three brothers, Al- len Benson, Bob Benson and Harold Benson; and two sisters, Katherine Tingle and Louise Meltor. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Betty G. Benson of Warner Robins; two grandsons, C. Daniel Benson of Athens and Stephen Benson of Fitzgerald; a daughter-in-law, Terri K. Benson of Fitzgerald; three sisters-in-law, Catherine Seymour, Warner Robins, Mable Griffin of Macon and Rosalyn Gose of Mary Esther, FL.; and numerous nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memori- als be made to The Methodist Home for Children and Youth, 304 Pierce Ave Macon, GA. 31204. Pleasego online and sign the guest registry at www. Heritage Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of the arrangements. 'Randy' Howard January 22, 1963 " July 15, 2019 Forsyth -Michael Randolf Howard (Randy) passed away July 15, 2019. Memorial services will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, Abundant Life Church .qf F, g rsyth, at ,962 Julje e. Rd:, F0rs Pastor Harold Clark will officiate. Randy was born Jan. 22, 1963. His parents, Jack Howard and Charleeen Pat Roquemore preceded him in death. He was a graduate of Mary Persons HOWARO High School. Survivors include his son, Tristan Howard; step father John Roquemore of Forsyth; broth- er, ]ames F. Roquemore (Jodi) of Forsyth; sisters, Sandy Howard Hawthorne and Jackie Howard; best friend Richard F. McLendon, ST. and wife Dianna McLendon. Continued from Front Stembridge said hopefully that will be by October or i November. He said he and Roberts just closed on the property last week Za- xbys will be a stand-alone building next door to the convenience store/gas sta- = tion/Huddle House/Moe's Grill that Tushar Patel is building. Patel presented his plans to the Planning & , Zoning Commission at its June meeting. Stembridge and partner Scott Roberts presented their building plans to Planning & Zon- ing for review on July 22. Patel has been doing the preparation at the site for many months. Stembridge said the hard work is done and building the Zaxby's should move quickly now. He said this is the 21st Zaxby's he has built. Zaxby's and Paters building will share a driveway since the state Department of Transportation would only approve one entrance to the property. It will be offof Continued from Front before Judge Tommy Wilson. He also worehandcuffs and leg irons for his appearance at the Monroe County courthouse. Krieger will be held at the Macon Regional Youth Detention Center without bond. Sheriff Brad Freeman sent investiga- tors to the foster home where Krieger stayed in Covington this week to collect evidence in the case but said they'll have to return because DFACS officials were at the home. Krieger stole his foster parents' car and drove to Forsyth the morning of July 14 be- Continued from Front they have spent the last week cleaning, and Termi- nix Pest Control did a deep treatment to address the problem. He said they're working to fill gaps in the store exterior to keep out pests, and also painted the floors and walls as part of renovations. "We want to have a good look for the customers,' said Yang. "We want to make it safe and pleas- I,ant for everyone. A lot :,of people depend on this store:' ?Gall your local Monroe County representative Scott Harrell 478-256-3586 or toll free: 800-551-1102 Yang said he hopes to pass inspection and be able to re-open this week Highway 83 and will have one entrance lane and two exit lanes. The access will be a new curb cut with a decelera- tion lane; Stembridge said it is moved down substantial- ly from where the entrance to the property previously was. He said there may be some delay on the project getting the driveway com- pleted. "[Mr. Patel] is ready to get to work He's been won- derful to work with,' said Stembridge. "He's a good guy:' Stembridge, who lives in Monroe County, said the Zaxby's building will be a farmhouse design. He described it as a beautiful building inside and out, with barn-style doors in the interior, including the restrooms. He said the dos- est Zaxby's with this design is in Byron, but the Zaxby's in Barnesville is similar. "The landscaping will be fantastic, with old fenc- ing and a very welcoming look" said Stembridge. He said he and Patel are using the same engineer- Zaxby's project managers Steven Stembridge, left, and Scott Roberts appear before the city on Monday. ing firm, which Stembridge has never done before, to make sure the landscaping is consistent. Planning & Zoning member Silas Peed, who is a landscape archi- tect, offered some tips after looking at the landscape plan. "Get rid of the Leyland Cypress and the sugar ma- ples. Do Tiftufbermuda or zoysia" said Peed. "Just my tips [for easy maintenance]. Do what you want:' Commission member Hal Clarke expressed concern about congestion with only one entrance/exit for three restaurants and a convenience store, but Stembridge and Roberts said that is controlled by DOT. Planning & Zon- ing asked about plans for signage. Stembridge said they plan one monument sign at the entrance, signs on the front and side of the building and one tall pole sign that will be visible from 1-75. Council discussed whether the site is included in the city's corridor over- lay district and whether a variance may be needed for the pole sign. It was decided that the city ordi- nance allows a pole sign up to 60 feet. Stembridge said his team will be evaluating how high the sign needs to be to be seen from the expressway. Roberts said the tract of land where Zaxby's will be is 1.09 acres of the parcel near Exit 187. The Planning & Zoning Commission unanimously approved the architectural plans present- ed to it for Zaxby's. 3250 Vineville Ave.i MaconI GA 31208,C fore killing his aunt, Tryeflue O'Neal, 42, at her home at 240 Tingle Road. O'Neal's best friend Amy Haines- Ross said that Krieger took O'Neal's pistol, whipped her with it and then shot her in the head before cover- ing her body with leaves and other items. Krieger then stole O'Neal's car and fled to South Carolina before he turned himself in between Columbia and Charlotte in Chester County, S.C. Haines-Ross said that O'Neal used to keep Krieger at her home but that he had been moved to a foster home and that she was scared of the boy. But Krieger's mother Felicia Krieger told the Reporter that Dante had severe mental illness and that New- ton County DFACS was to blame for the incident. She Said that Dante hadn't lived with O'Neal for the past six months but that O'Neal was not scared of Dante and only had rave reviews of him. Freeman said they may never know Krieger's motive. Krieger, who will be represented by public defender Doug Smith, is slated to be back in court for another hearing on July 30. The next Monroe County Grand Jury is scheduled to meet on Aug. 11, which would be the first opportunity to indict Krieger. Because he's 15, district attorney Jonathan Adams said he cannot seek the death penalty. Allison Strickland, a food safety inspector for the state Department of Agri- culture, said she received a complaint about rodents and roaches in the store on July 9 and inspected it on Tuesday, July 16. During her inspection, Stricldand listed 26 viola- tions in her report, many of them related to rodents, roaches and droppings in the store, and shut down the entire food prep area and pulled the state's per- mit allowing the Chevron to sell food. The store is located at 16950 74. Here are some of the notable violations cited by Strickland in her report: Person in charge unable Ser,'ing Mi&tle {4~r~a for Over 100 Years Designers & Manufactures of Marble, Granite & Bronze ,Memorials since 1908 George & Janice Moore Authorized Georgia Marble Dealer TOLL FREE 1-800-377-9341 1-770-358-1470 Railroad & Main St. Barnesville, GA " i i i I , to demonstrate knowledge of food prep; Store has no one with certification in food prep; Equipment blocked hand sink in food prep area; Hand wash sink in food prep area drained onto the floor; Candy packages on bot- tom shelf of retail aisle were gnawed by rodents; Employees failed to sanitize equipment and utensils; The store agreed to dump out its boiled pea- nuts from the crock pot due to rodent and insect activity and was fined $125 for the violation; Hot dogs and other meats were thawing at room temperature on a half-wall in food prep area. The state requires they be thawed under cold water, refrigeration or by being cooked; Sticky traps were full of dead roaches and other in- sects in kitchen area, while dead flies were through- out. Dead insects must be removed frequently; Live and dead roaches Live frog in food prep area; Rat droppings in storage room near ice machine and walk-in cooler; Rodent droppings on shelves of candy aisle; Live flies throughout the store but especially in food prep area; Spiders and spider webs throughout the store; Black mold on walls in storage room where mops stored; Dust buildup on ceiling vents in the kitchen area; Ceiling tiles missing in storage areas allowing pest entry; Strickland put yellow tags on kitchen equipment, the drink machine, ice ma- chine and all food items barring their use or sale un- til issues are addressed. The store, which couldn't show any proof that it had a pest control service, voluntarily agreed to stop selling food items until the issues are fixed. Stricldand returned the next day, July 17, for a follow-up inspection. The Chevron is still selling gas but the inside remained dosed as of ~,g~ :~:d~?:8~#i :~I throughout the kitchen, Tuesday, July 23, leaving A TRAHE COMFORT i including inside the refrig- Culloden without a conve- I[ ~~ SPECIALIST IS AS,erator and freezer; nience store. ,~ RELIABLEAS THE,~ I Te .e THEY AREI Emmll I | ae gro.r ! Medicare Supplements" ~ ! i j ~ ~ Gancer. Di~a~i,tr I I Reporter 12 East Main Street Fors h, GA (478) 994-9751 Don HOPKINS 2~33ASSOCIATES Certified Public Accountants 68 North Jackson Street Forsyth (p) 478-994-1820 (f) 478-994-3102 Serving Forsyth for more than 40.years! i q i t