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Page 2A August 7, 2019 Ri pOrter ml By Alison Jenkins Born Susanna Billard on August 1, 1919 in the Republic of Panama, "Miss Nina", as she is widely known, celebrated her 100th birthday the last week- A picture of Nina Billard Head a few years ago. She moved to the Juliette area in 1967 and raised five children. On Aug. 1 she be- came a centenarian. end of July surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Nina's father was a French military doctor, having served in WW1, assigned to the Canal where he fell in love and mar- ried a local Cherokee girl. The Panama Canal would also bring Nina her own husband, Robert T. Head of Monroe County, whose job was to operate the locks. They raised five children, moving to what became Head Road in the Juliette area in 1967. Nina Head has been a faithful member of various churches over the years, always keeping the nursery, even up into her 80's. She would frequently care for the children of children she had kept when they were little. She has 11 grandchildren (losing one in a motorcycle ac- cident), 20 great-grandchildren and can remember every one. Not bad for a centenarian! Two children still live in Mon- roe County, along with three grandchildren and a total of 10 great-grandchildren. Nina Head of Juliette, center, celebrated her lOOth birthday at Grits Cafe in Forsyth on Saturday, July 2Z Here she is surrounded by 19 of her 20 great grandchildren at the birthday luncheon. (Photo courtesy of Alison Jenkins.) RepOrter ,~ ::15c: 7 ' / I Forsyth firefighter Michael Cobb tries to pry open the door on a Toyota Sequoia that wrecked and was then abandoned durina a chase on Frontage Road on Tuesday. Police say Octa- vius Lyons was the driver as they found his ID in the vehicle, and they're look- ing for him still. Call the sheriff's office at 994-7048 if you have information on his whereabouts. , i ,v" Vietnam Veterans of America is starting our annual fund raising, and we need your help. In order to meet our goals, we need your sup d. TOGETHER WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE We took an oath when very young to serve. We continue to serve our community and our brothers and sisters. All donations are used to support veterans and their families, active and reserve. We also give back to the community, by using and supporting local business. SOME OF OUR PROJECTS INCLUDE: SCHOLARSHIP in honor of Monroe Countians who made the ultimate sacrifice HOMEPORT home for homeless and transition veterans LADY VETERANS at Milledgeville Veterans Home FREEDOM FIDOS service providing no cost service dogs to veterans and first responders RUN FOR THE FALLEN GEORGIA STATE PATROL FORSYTH stuffed animals for children CHAIR OF HONOR in public places Local brothers and sisters who are deployed SEND DONATIONS TO ia .Chapter Number g46 of the VietnamVeterans Of America Tax/D # 4-3147159, GA Non,Profit Corporation # 0468311 ia 946 By Richard Dumas A Macon man is still at large after leading Mon- roe County deputies on a :high-speed chase, wrecking on Frontage Road near the KOA and then fleeing on Tuesday; July 30. But depu- ties say they've identified the suspect as Octavius Lyons, 33, and say he'll face a lot of charges once he's captured. The chase started around 11:14 a.m. when Mon- roe County Cpl. Thomas ,'Certified Roof Cleaning" GET RID OF: Black Streaks Moss Algae & Lichens Your largest investment is most likely your home, the roof is a large part of that. So, when it comes to protecting and maintaining it, trust the professionals at Gleam Power Washing! Our roof cleaning service includes a soft wash treatment that terminates all infestations and restores the look of your Shingle, Tile and Metal Roofs!!" BEFORE AFTER Call or Text Gleam Power Haskins saw a black 2002 Toyota Sequoia with an illegal tag cover parked at the Hwy. 42 North Shell station. Haskins noticed the driver, later identified as Lyons, was walking back and forth between the gas station and the vehicle. Lyons then drove away from the station aggres- sively, and Haskins tried to stop the vehicle on North Frontage Road. However, the vehicle instead turned left onto Mays Street and began accelerating rap- idl)n The vehicle then ran through several stop signs, turning left onto Power- house Road and eventually back onto North Frontage Road. The vehicle then lost control and nearly hit another vehide head-on. Eventually, the vehicle crashed as it tried to round a curve on South Frontage Road, sliding offthe left side of the road and hitting several trees. Haskins said Lyons, who is about 6 feet tall, 220-230 pounds in weight and was wearing a black jersey with blue numbers on the front, exited the vehicle and ran into the woods. Haskins was unable to find Lyons. Lt. Chad Beck of the Mon- roe County Sheriff's Office then searched the vehicle and found Lyons' South Carolina license which identified him. Dispatchers determined Lyons' license was suspended. He will be charged with ' fleeing or attempting to i dude, driving while license! suspended, failure to stop' at a stop sign, failure to maintain lane, passing in a no-passing zone, reckless driving, tag cover viola- tion, following too closely and failure to signal while turning,