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August 7, 2019 R porter Page 7C t I. By Dione Glklewell news@mymcr.nef Forsyth Main Street brought music and a crowd to downtown Forsyth on Saturday, Aug. 3 with a new event that garnered favor- able responses from both those who attended and the bands that entertained them. Six bands gave listeners on the square their best from 8-11 p.m. as they competed for some enviable prizes. Sponsored by Shadow Sound Studio, Studio G, Robin Gatti Pho- tography and 1st Franklin Finan- cial, the bands that took the stage on the square to compete included Southbound Mojo, Barry Damell and the Mobile Slim Band, Kato, Mahalo, The Delta Moan and Low Frequency Messiah. Most of the music could best be described as mixed genre, with a lot of rock plus count, blues, soul and Southern rock. Barry Darnell, center, represents the Mobile Slim Band; it won 2nd place in Battle of the Bands. He is with Winifred Berry and Monica Cordy of Forsyth Main Street. Southbound Mojo took home the $500 first place prize, which also induded eight hours of studio time with Blank Media, a one- hour music consultation with Joey Stuckey of Shadow Sound Studio and a photo shoot with Robin Gatti Photography. Second place went to ,Barry Damell and the Mobile Slim Band; it claimed $250, four hours of studio time and a one-hour music business consultation, q-he bands were judged on vocal skills, musi- cianship, stage presence and overall performance. Director of Forsyth Main Street Tammie Pierson said attendance was good and feedback from those who attended was positive. Monica Cordy of Main Street said the crowd was really interested in who would the '%attlC' "People liked the variety of the bands and the bands also enjoyed it themselves ' said Pierson. "Our sound and lights man said it was one of the best he has ever done because all the bands were so talented." She said the idea behind the event was to do something different that would bring some people to the square that don't usually come. Adding to the event were specials from downtown merchants indud- hag delivery to the square by Jonah's Pictured is the Southbound Mojo band with Winifred Berry, left, and Monica Cordy, right, of Forsyth Main Street presenting the band first place prizes for winning the Battle of the Bands on the square Satur- day night. (Photo courtesy of Tammie Pierson) on Johnston and a 10 percent discount for the evening by Scoops Ice Cream. Participants were also allowed to bring their own coolers and picnic items to the free concert. "What a great night ofmnsic!!" posted Southbound Mojo on its Facebook page. "We would like to thank The City of Forsyth, For- syria Main Street, all the vendors, promoters, staff, sound/stage guys, and all that came out to make this event a great success. All the bands were awesome and put on a great show for the people that came out to support local music? Judges who made the tough deci- sion on winners for the night were Tom Phelan, Kemper Watson and "v rmifred Berry. "It was fun;' said Cordy. "I liked it. We'll probably do it again? t I I By Diane Glklewell news@mymcr.nef Monroe County Schools held its annual convoca- tion for school system employees to launch the new school year on Mon- day, July 29. The theme for the 2019-20 school year is "Put me in coach! I'm ready to play!" with a nod to baseball. Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman said the admin- istrators had no idea how well the Atlanta Braves would be doing at this point when they decided on the theme last year. Each school dressed in baseball jerseys denoting their team. The meeting was punctuated by appropriate music, 'chops' and 'waves.' The gathering was a pep rally for the school system, celebrating recent achieve- ments and motivating all the 'players' to play their best in the coming innings. Pay for year in advance, get one month FREE It ended with the Mary Per- sons band and cheerleaders leading the full assembly at the Fine Arts Center in the Bulldog fight song and singing of the Mary Persons alma mater. "It's almost unbelievable the amount of growth our children are showing;' said Hickman. 'A new school year is like a new season-- renewed energy and a pas- sion for teaching. Winning teams do the little things that others won't" Hickman announced that the website schooldigger. com has ranked Monroe County Schools 11th out of the 189 school districts in Georgia for performance on test scores. Assistant Superintendent Jackson Daniel announced that all school employees will be getting a raise this year. All certified personnel will get the $3,000 promised by the state plus individual step raises, and the supplement paid in January will con- tinue. Paraprofessionals will get a 5 percent raise, and all other school employees will get an additional 2 percent added to their paychecks. "We hope we can con- tinue to provide financial supportS' said Daniel. Athletic coaches from each school delivered in- formation on their school's accomplishments over the last school year using vid- eos, props and large doses of humor. Principals from each school introduced their new employees. Each principal also named the school's Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player and Hall of Famer. Mary Persons principal Dr. Jim Finch asked all of the school system em- ployees who are alumni of Monroe County Schools to stand, and at least half of those in the auditorium rose to their feet. He named Stephen Smith and Jennifer Dews as co-recipients of Rookie of the Year. Leonard Battle is MVP, and Charles Hernandez is the choice for Hall of Fame. Monroe County Achieve- ment principal Grady Caldwell named Lisa Lee Rookie of the Year, Randal Monroe County Middle School staff raise their bats to show school year. (Photos/Diane Glidewell) Bigham MVP and DanitaFame. Harvey as choice for Hall of K.B. Sutton Elementary Fame. principal Becky Brown Monroe County Middle spotlighted Ashley Turner School principal Dr. Efrem as Rookie of the Year, Yarber announced Brittany Megan Smallwood as MVP Koppen as Rookie of the and Shirley Johnson as Hall Year, Susan Wood as MVP of Famer. and Racine Dorsey as the Hubbard Elementary MCMS pick for Hall of principal Jay Johnston told the crowd that Rookie of the Year for his school is Morgan Long, MVP is Re- becca Wachtel and Michelle Major goes in the Hall of Fame. "Hubbard Elemen- tary is home of the hardest working staff in the state of Left, the Hubbard Elemen- tary Tigers staff get into the spirit of excitement for the new season of learning about to begin. Below, the staff of K.B. Sutton Elementary shares some smiles at the annual convocation for the new school year on July 26. TUTORING CLASSES The Leon Goodrum Tutoring Program will begin September 7, 2019 on the Tiff College Campus, Hardin Library, from 9 a.m. until 12 noon. All interested parents should contact Mr. Stewart at 478-954-8609 or Ms. Kim Stewart at 478-394-1713 to enroll their child. Sponsored by The Leon Goodrum Foundation their enthusiasm for Monroe County Schools and the new Georgia" said Johnston. TG.Scott principal Dr. Dick Bazemore named Shakia Daniely as Rookie of the Year, Paula Cobb as MVP and Michelle Collier as Hall of Famer. "I have one of the most dedicated staffs I've ever seen in my life" said Bazemore. He said he could not put into words how much Collier, who has 37 years in education, is ap- preciated and loved by all. HAckman said the Rookie of e Year for Central Office is Patrick Hamilton, MVP is Diane Czarnowsky and Hall of Famer is Sandy Colwell. New employees for 2019-20 at Central Of- fice are Pat Napier, Vickie Nickel, David Riggins and Terra Euckert. Teacher of the Year Can- dice Lewis of K.B. Sutton Heating & A/C, Inc. We Service All Brands of Heating & Air Conditioning Units Serving Monroe County & Surrounding Areas for over 40 years Free Estimates Financing A variable Juliette Rd, * Forsyth, GA 478-994-6127 Ga.Reg.CU 401419 tu~s~ Elementary encouraged teachers to learn from other coaches and teach- ers the best coaching style to encourage each of their students to grow. Board of Education chairman Nolen Howard introduced all of the board members. "When I first got on the board, we were in the middle of the pack. 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