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> Page 6B iP orter .i August 8, 2018 By Richard Dun'ms Friends, family and well-wishers visited the Monroe County Courthouse on Saturday to bid farewell to former sheriff John Cary Bittick. Bittick, who had served as Monroe County sheriff since 1983, resigned in June to become U.S. Marshal for the Middle District of Georgia. A drop-in party was held in his honor on Saturday with law enforce- ment officers from throughout Middle Georgia in attendance. Photos and badges from Bittick's law enforcement career were on display at the front of the courtroom while Bittick's replacement, interim sheriff A1 Shack- elford, served as the event's emcee. After thanking Bittick for his service in a short speech, Shackleford presented the former sheriff with a commemorative gift box decorated with a photo of the courthouse on the interior as well as a shotgun for bird hunting. "He's helped so many people in this county" Shack- elford said of Bittick. "I could be here all day long and probably all week telling stories of how he's helped people in this county." Shackelford, who previously served as chief of Nor- folk Southern Police, said Bittick personally helped him in the wake of the 9/11 tragedy when the former sheriffused his myriad Washington, D.C. connections to get Shackelford a meeting with the U.S. Secretary of Above: Longtime Monroe County Sheriff John Cary Bittick (third from right) addresses his friends and family at his farewell Homeland Security. party at the Monroe County Courthouse on Saturday. Accompanying Bittick from left to right were son Lawson, daughter-in- Shackelford said Bittick has brought professionalism throughout his tenure as sheriffand called the Mon- law Taylor, assistant Karen Pitman and interim sheriff AI Shackelford. Below left: Bittick inspects a new shotgun he received as roe County Sheriff's Office "a department admired by a parting gift. Below right: Bittick greets Iongtime friend and state legislator Robert Dickey. (Photos/Richard Dumas) other sheriff's offices throughout the state" When it was Bittick's turn to speak, the former sheriff said, "I appreciate everybody for coming, and I appreciate all the years of support from everybody whether you're in law enforcement or in the public. Monroe County has been part of our family for a long time, and we love all of you." Despite his new position, Bittick will continue to live in north Monroe County and is expected to remain a fixture in the community. Bittick's son Lawson, a lieutenant at the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, is one of six candi- dates vying to be his father's permanent replacement in a special election to be held in November. ,HVAC Service all brands ,lnmllation . Indoor Air Quality . Preventive Maintenance ' Replacemenls . Refrigeration ,Cooking Equipment . Commercial Kitchen Repairs . NATE C~fied . Factory Auth0ri~ Deal~ ,Financing Available with Great Rates Mike Weeks & Mark McCranie SerWng Midge Georgia ZO Years, ensed & lnsu~ i De,~ar 2, :~ :, It's the of another year, means taking stock of your kids' growth. Do they bigger Bigger backpacks? Bigger internet speeds? I met usage expands from grade to Help uip them for success with the s ed need. CALL hT11154111 FOR A INTERNET 3PEB UPfiRAIE CableNet A ~YlsaoN OF P~JaLI~ SE~V~CS COM'MUN,~CATI01~% t 9 N Lee Street, Forsyth. Georgia 31029 e 478-885-4111 www. .com HEY PARENTS, DON'T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY TO in the 2018 Football Preview, our largest Sports Preview or the Year, featuring: I1 U III m n m n 1 i i Illl I I III 1 m II n u i u 1 1 I 1 1 U ill 1 i iii nn lll nm lll l[ I I I Player's Name: Phone: I I I I Message in ad: I I I I =Check One: l---] Small Dog ($20) V--I Regular Dog ($40) Big Dog ($60), I I Email to business@mymcr, net or fax to 994-2359 or call 994-2358 EMAIL TO BUSINESS@MYMCR.NET, FAX TO 994-2359, CALL 994-2358