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July 25, 2018 Page 5A i orter ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN by Don Daniel Rep. Susan Holmes and all you Brian Kemp sup- porters please get this message to your candidate: o not call me again until you make a decision on e county line! THE FORSYTH Convention and V'mitors Bureau, co- operating with the City of Forsyth, Monroe Development Authority, the Chamber and Middle Georgia Regional Commission needs our help in determining how we should be branded. This has nothing to do with a red-hot branding iron or a tattoo needle. In other words what should we be known for and recognized by and could promote? What about the "Wedding Capital of Georgia", particu- larly since the Forsyth CVB had a full-page ad in the August issue of Atlanta Magazine with the theme "Tie the Knot in Forsyth". What about using that as our branding but add Monroe County? I was under the assumption and have been for a long time that Forsyth-Monroe County was already branded as "The Public Safety Capital of Georgia". Guess that dog don't hunt anymore. I am sure Gilda Stanberr) executive director of the FCVB, would appreciate your idea(s) on how we should be branded. Contact her at www.forsythcvb.com. A COUPLE of weeks ago, three people got a"traffic" ticket for illegally parking while in church. As a result, at last week's city council meeting, the most discussed subject was when Councilman Chris Hewett, obviously politically grandstanding, made a motion for the Forsyth Police De- partment not to issue tickets on Sunday. One councilman responded, "no matter what day it is, illegal parking is illegal parking" However the idea is now law. I am sure Diane Glidewell will have a comprehensive story on the council's illegal parking discussion. Related to that, Susan Parker was the first to identify Mike King, Ruth Cole and Iody Barfield as the recipients of the tickets for illegal parking which was the answer to last weelds question. Susan gets a certificate for Dairy Queen Blizzard, dozen Dunkin Donuts, Jonah's cookie, Whistle Stop fried green tomato appetizer, slice of Shoney's straw- berry pie, The Pickled Okra sandwich, chip and drink and a Forsyth Main Street t-shirt. Herds The Question for this week: a candidate for secre- tary of state has promised he'll resolve the Monroe-Bibb County line dispute within six months of taking office. Who is that candidate? First correct answer after 12 noon on Thursday gets the goodie certificate. MONDAY, the county commissioners had a special meeting to discuss how the 2010 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax is going to be spent and a lot of street talk is whether we should spend SPLOST funds providing intemet availability all over the county. The comment being heard "we don't want the county to own an intemet service particularly with the commissioners track record managing county money and employees" Here are some taxpayer money paid out, the first one being purchasing a sewing machine at Walmart for $163.88 and then a $264.97 Walmart TV. Got to have something to watch while sewing. Commission Chairman Greg Tapley got a check for traveling in the amount of $173.37 and he also got a $435 check for education and training. Don't know who stayed at the Hampton Inn but along with the King and Prince Hotel on St. Simons, we payed $530.00 and $660.00. Also we paid $710.37 for a bed at the Hyatt Regency; Townplace suites got a check for $746.60 and two county employees stayed at the Courtyard in Gatlinburg racking up two $681.02 tabs. Georgia Gameday center got a taxpayer check in the amount of $660. Chairman Tapley also got a nice view of the river on his visit to Savannah, racking up $2,044.83 at the Hyatt in downtown Savannah. Commissioner George Emami racked up a bedtime bill of $1,269.94. Commissioner Row- land's bill in Savannah was $L269.94 with Commissioner Evans the cheapest in Savannah with a $1,190.85 taxpayer- paid soiree. Jekyll Island's Holiday Inn was paid $273.35 for somebody getting a view of the beach. Don't know who we entertained at Minori's Italian Restau- rant in downtown Forsyth, but the bill came up to $812.80. These payments were included in paying out $284,313.56. THE REPORTER has begun putting together the 2018 edition of"Welcome Home", the Forsyth-Monroe County Relocation Guide and Chamber Resource Guide. It is always jam-packed with a lot of good information and advertising. If you don't have the 2017 version, go by'l-he Reporter and get one. It is an essential household publica- tion. YOU NEVER know where or when you can be suscep- tible to the nefarious actions of those who want what you have. Hard to believe that burglars would be breaking into cars at a members-only country dub but that's what hap- pened at Healy Point, the sister dub of Monroe County's River Forest. According to General Manager Brian Boding, "be aware that we have had several car burglaries at Healy Point. Un- fortunately, these cars were left unlocked. Please make sure you lock your doors when visiting both of our dubs" My sleuthing opinion would condude that the absconder had to be a member-on-member crime. Maybe the in- truder just needed some golf balls. Don Danid founded the Reporter in 1972. Email him at mediadr@bdlsouth.net. IN BETWEEN THE LINES by Abby Cox 0 |1 G eiS different began the campus tour and didn't have games the next r everyone. Some knew Piedmont was where I day. it, some love belonged. We sat on each others fed as if Plus, playing the collegiate dorm it's just another four years of school, and some utterly despise it. However, personally, my freshman year of college was an adventurous step for me. I left the people I loved, packed up my bdongings, and moved three hours north of where I grew up. rm not necessarily comfort- able with change, but I was ready for a fresh start with new scene . Piedmont College is where I found my new home. It's a small, private college located in Demorest, Ga. and hon- estly, it was a school I never thought I would see myself. Why? Well, because their winters are brutally cold and my body cannot handle such low temperatures. I can hardly deal with an air-conditioned office, much less walking to class in num- bers visiting the teens. (And yes, I did experience this phenomenon during my freshman year of college.) All jokes aside, I had never heard of Piedmont before until I knew I wanted to play college soccer. I visited a soccer camp with the idea ofjust "getting a feel" for the college life my junior year of high school, and absolutdy fell in love. I took one step onto the quad when we sport I had dreamed of as a little girl was an upside, too. However, the most important part to me was that I felt at home. Being a small college, everyone was friendly and everyone knew each other. You made close friends quickly and it soon felt like you Reporter had known them mates at forever. It was normal to say "hi" to everyone you passed and to have a study-buddy in every dass. You just never fdt alone. Soccer contributed to this, too. I met four of my dos- est friends that will be my friends for life. I consider them my family, and I know I can count on them for anything--especially taking a trip to get Papa John's or a burrito from Mods at any given time. Cassie, Gabb) Miranda and Madison are the ones who made 6 a.m. practices bearable through our freshman year. They are the ones who allowed me to vent what was on my mind in a judge-free zone. They are thi." ones I regularly had sleepovers with when we intern Abby Cox, left, with Piedmont College. room floor on random school nights and talked until we realized it was after midnight. We took each other to the doctor when we were too sick to drive ourselves. We planned our weddings. We laughed until we cried. Wherever we went, everyone knew that if they saw one ofus, the rest wouldn't be very far behind. When I found them, I dis- covered things about myself that I didn't realize before. College reminded me that friends are important. Friends give you advice?. help to support you, respect you, and want what's best for you. Friends are tmthfial and kind, and friendslove you. Surrounding yourself with those kinds ofpeo- pie--positive people--hdps to navigate through the rough waters of her friends and soccer team- and through circumstances that you might not be able to handle on your own. My friends are my backbone. Now that I will soon be entering my sophomore year of college, I know I have people that are dependable. I know that they will stick with me through the good and the bad, the rough times and the best times. I have people that love me for me--my natural quirks and all. I have the people I thought Ill never find. And oh, what a blessing theyare. A sophomore at Pied- mont College, Abby Cox is the summer intern for the Report . TAKING A LIKENS TO YOU by Dale Likens o you ever get angry? Oh, I we all get a little upset once in a while. But what about real anger? Do you sometimes find yourself arguing with someone on television? Do you find yourself sometimes so angry you could 'spit nails' as my stepfather used to say. I remember once when I was teach- ing school I had my students lined up in the hallway and one of my students threw a quarter at me that whizzed past my head. Three other students identified the student who threw the quarter. Needless to sag I sent the student to the office. Soon after, I was called to the office where I met this student's parents, the principal and another support teacher. On the way to the office I met the assistant principal who promised he would be at the meeting to support me. He nearly made it to the office; he walked past the office door twice and peeked in. That was his support. As this meeting proceeded I dis- covered that I was soon becoming the instigator rather than the victim. I guess I showed a little anger because the mother of the student said, "Mr Likens! I thought you were a Chris- tian!" q-hat did it! The next thing I knew I slammed my fist down on the table and politely shouted, "I am! I'm an angry Christian!" I guess that scared a few people be- cause when I looked up the principal and two parents were heading for the door. Before I headed back to my class I decided to go to the office and check my mailbox. That's when I met the assistant principal in a friendly huddle with the two parents. I discovered later that both parents were very active in the school band programs. Rarely do I ever get angr But that day I think I convinced all in attendance that I was an angry Chris- tian. Actually, I was proud that I stood my ground. No harm was done; just a sore fist. People may "Shame on you, Mr. Likens! You are a Christian! You shouldn't display such temper!" I would probably say to them, "Be quiet! You're making me angry!" Is it true that Christians should never get angry? What about Jesus? I remember reading about Jesus go- ing into a temple and turning a few tables over. (Mark 11:15). I think He was angry. I suppose there are those today who would suggest He attend a few anger management classes. But I believe He had what was biblically known as "righteous or moral anger!" And I believe Patrick Henry was angry when he shouted out those famous words, "Give me liberty or give me death!" In fact, I can picture him slamming his fist down on a table. I believe Joshua could've been angry when he said, "Choose you this day whom ye will serve; but as for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord!" (Joshua 24:15) The real question I must face is, "Did I possess righteous or moral anger" during my incident? I believe I did. Someday I will know for sure. Certainly I am not excusing all anger. We can all recall reading of anger that turned into horrible crimes; anger that cuts deeply into a family member or a dear friend; anger that mars our very own soul. Anger should never rise to that point. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, a wall- known English pastor from the 1800k once said, 'A vigorous temper is not altogether an evil. Men who are easy as an old shoe are generally oflittle worth." I am certainly not advocating nor am I encouraging violent anger as I see spreading across our nation. Anger arising from lies and distortion is wrong. I choose not to possess an evil temper. However, I do not wish to be 'as easy as an old shoe that is of little worth' either. In fact, I think it's time more of us started getting a little fired up about what's happening in America today: Let's be more like Jesus or Pat- rick HemT. Maybe it's time we pound that table until our hands become sore. Or better yet, let's start 'spittin some nails' as my stepfather used to say! God bless. Dale Likens is an author who lives in Monroe County. Amtin (not long in) City Limits Monroe County's congressman Austin Scott (R-Ashburn) held his last Town Hall with his constituents in Forsyth (at right) on Aug. 20, 2014. Scott did attend a chamber of commerce event this spring but did not take questions from constituents and therefore cannot be considered a town hall meeting. If you want an opportunity to let Scott know what you want him to do in Congress, call his Washington office at (202) 225-6531 and let him know. When Brian Kemp became secretary of state on Jan. 8, 2010, Terry gh's survey of the Monroe-Bibb county line was on his desk. The law says it's his job to do something with it. He announced on Aug. 23, 2011 that he was rejecting the Scarborough survey. Unfortunately, the law gives him no such option. So on March 10, 2014, the Supreme Court ordered him to set the line. That was four years ago. The Reporter is devoting this space each week to counting the number of days Kemp has been on the job, and yet not done his job. If you want Kemp to do the job which he's sought three times before he gets a promotion to governor, call his office at (404) 656-2817 and let them know. P q