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August l4, 20W in u... .. 1mm) Page 7C "porter Former Reporter owners inducted into newspaper Hall of Fame . Quimby Melton Jr. and his wife May Melton were individu~ ally selected for incli‘ision in the Georgia Newspaper Hall of Fame during the annual Press Associa- tion convention May 30 at Jekyll ‘ ~Island. It is a posthumous award. Celestine Sibley was also inducted at the convention. They join legendary newspaper people in the prestigious Hall of Fame including Henry Grady, Marga- ret Mitchell, Ralph McGill, Joel Chandler Harris and 85 others. The Meltons were former publishers and owners of the Griffin Daily News along with the weekly newspapers surround- ing Spalding County including The Herald Gazette, Barnesville, Pike County Journal Reporter, Fayette County News, Hampton News, Jackson Progress Argus, Henry County News and Monroe County Reporter. In all, Quimby Melton, In, fig- ured he edited and/ or published more than 16,000 newspaper edi- tions in his seven decade career. He started newspaper work in 1933 at the age of 11 as a carrier boy for the Griffin Daily News during the Depression. ' He became editor in {1945 when he returned home from World War II and publisher as well in 1945. He sold the daily paper in 1982 while maintaining the weekly newspapers. His column “Along Life’s Road” was published in the weekly newspapersfor more than 20 years. Herald Gazette publisher Laura Melton Geiger accepted the award on behalf of her father and family. “He was a good man and good newspaperman who always tried to do the right thing whether it was popular or not,” she said. “He, believed in serving the peo- ple and poured his heart and soul into his community,” said Geiger. An acknowledged historian, he did extensive research on Griffin and wrote two volumes of “The History of Griffin”. He was named the first symbolic General Grif- fin and was Griffin’s Man of the Year and also Georgia’s Citizen of I the Year. May Melton Geiger accepted the Hall of Fame award on behalf of her grandmother. “In 1944 with only summer quarter left before her graduation from the University of Georgia, my grandmother was asked to be the first female editOr of the Red 81 Black campus newspaper. All the men on staff were serving in World War II. She trailblazed the way for other women including the one who is credited for serv— ing the full school year,” Geiger said. Quimby Melton was also editor of the Red 8: Black. May Melton worked as a society reporter in Sacramento, Calif. and broke news of the marriages of many Hollywood stars. Back in Georgia, she was the society edi— tor of the Griflin Daily News and May Melton and Quimby Melton, Jr. longtime feature writer for it and weekly newspapers. “When the Ku Klux Klan burned a cross in her yard because of a stance my fearless grandfather had taken in an editorial, my courageous grand- mother turned that charred cross into a trellis for her treasured roses. She always looked for beauty and she always found it,” said Geiger. Quimby Melton was well known for his activism in civil rights issues during the turbulent 19605. He publicly opposed clos- ing schools during desegregation and opposed the formation of a white supremacy group which led to a resolution in the Georgia House of Representatives to abol— ish the Griffin Daily News “as a public nuisance.” He had a distinguished po— litical career and served, 14 years representing Spalding and Fayette counties in the General Assembly, including six years as chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee. Under his leadership, every single bill to increase taxes was defeated in committee. He also chaired Gov. Carl Sanders’ House Education Committee and the Commission to Improve Education. Melton was amember of the Board of Regents. When the voters defeated a referendum to establish a college in Griffin, he Vstarted the drive for the University System of Georgia to take over fledging Gordon Military College in Barnesville. He later served as president of the Gordon Foundation for 10 years. Along with his wife, Quimby Melton Jr. joins his father, Qui- mby Melton ‘Sr., and grandfather, Dr. Wightman F. Melton, in the Georgia Newspaper Hall of Fame. It is housed at the Grady Col— lege of Journalism at the Univer- sity of Georgia. Monroe County 4-H to hold monthly Family Nights for K-l2th Monroe County 4-H at the Monroe County Co~ through activities and accomplish the extraordi— essential life skills through on Community Service is proud to offer a new operative Extension office, programs that are of inter— nary, and we are excited to character building. 4th—6th projects and gain leader- program beginning Sept. 90 Martin Luther King Jr est to each individual. 4—H do just that during monthly graders will explore the ship skills. 3. 4—H Family Night will Drive, Forsyth. . is one of the largest youth family nights. world of Agriculture and Parents are invited to vol— be the first Tuesday of the 4—H is a community development organizations 4—H Family Night will Environmental Science, unteer with their child’s age month from 6-7 pm. for of young people across in the world. Simply, 4—H be packed with fun and while 7th and 8th graders group. For more informa- Kindergarten through America who are learn— is youth and adults learn- education for the whole will learn the importance tion, contact the Monroe eighth grade and 7-8 ing leadership, citizenship ing, growing, and working family. K-3rd grade will fo- of S.T.E.M and Leadership. County Extension Office at 9th— 12th graders work cus on the development of 478-994-7014 for all high school students and life skills. They learn together to experience and Laurel Buchannan from Merrill Lynch in Macon gave Forsyth-Monroe County tacobukcom/ momosktchn Rotarians a lesson in Be— havior Finance, defined as how we relate to investment ,' ,: meaisf WBlB-FM 89.1 Forsyth~based Christian Radio .1, inpliant..iinrlwlivwrnnlinwlmiinq Pictured, left to right, are Rotary President Marcy Sanders, Sponsoring Rotar- ian Cheryl Treadwell, Laurel Buchannan of Merrill Lynch. Rotary learns investment strategies strategies and how it impacts our investment life. Buchan— nan. graphically explained the ups and downs of the market and the mistakes the average investor makes. . Did you know the average investor loses 2—5 points due to poor strategy? She ex- plained the panic points relat- ing to the “buy low, sell high” myth The most important thing investors can do is un; derstand their own objective. Using this the wise investor establishes an approach and a purpose for their investment portfolio. Each Rotarian left with an Investment Personal— ity Questionnaire and other information to be Used in investment planning. Residential 8’: Commercial garbage Pay for year in advance, get one month FREE 'CirCle of Care visit Rotary Forsyth Intervention Services, Misty Bert and Michelle Richards of Forsyth ln- tervention Services and Training (FIST) spoke to the Rotary Club. This organiza- tion is dedicated to assisting youths of the community who are high risk for a va- riety of reasons. The best first interview includes the parents; however, that is not always possible. FIST provides counseling for depression, emotional problems and for those who are contemplating or have attempted suicide. A big portion of the focus is grief counseling to prevent those problems for adolescents who have experienced it through their friends. FIST also offers marriage counseling, which attempts to build on the existing strengths of the family such as church and other support systems. The services are covered by most insurance programs; FIST does not receive any government funding. Pictured, left to right, are Misty Bert and Michelle Richards of Forsyth Intervention Services, sponsoring Rotarian Sandy Colwell. Pam Bittick, the Director of the Circle of Care operation in Forsyth, spoke to local Ro- tarians about giving. Bittick has been associated with i the organization since 1996 when she began as a part time volunteer while work- ing her full time job with the Board of Corrections. Since her first job was attempt- ing to fold fitted sheets, Bittick soon discovered her talents lay elsewhere. She moved ll‘ll’Ongl’t the organi- zation holding almost every position until reaching her current position. Bittick explained the needs of the. store to include additional space. Vlhth the donations they receive, the store is able to enter into a'compre- hensive recycle program to include unserviceable clothing, cardboard, metalpplastic and glass. The sales from the store ' are used to support families in need. Circle of Care has assisted with paying electric bills, insurance, medical and other personal needs. For those who need it, Bittick has assisted with financial budgeting to keep families from needing help in the future. The biggest clothing ‘ need is for men's clothing, although all donations are acceptedand greatly appreciated. Pic- tured from left to right: Cheryl Treadwell ; Sponsoring Rotarian, Pam Bittick Director Circle of Care, Mike Howard - Rotary President elect. ' I! 1:"