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Page 20 Monroe County 4-H1ers peol summer leornng By Sarah Boyer, Mary Persons 4-H Club President This summer was jam-packed with a variety of activities for Monroe County 4-H’ers. The summer program’s theme was “Oh the Places You Will Go,” and travels in- ‘ V . .' cluded trips all across the state from North Georgia to the coast as well as workshops in the Monroe County Extension office. To start off the summer, 10 middle school 4-H’ers had the oppor- tunity to at— tend Junior Camp at Jekyll 4—H Center where they enjoyed spending time on the beach and learning about the marine ecosystem of coastal Georgia. Eighty—eight 4-H’ers, extension staff had the opportu— nity to attend Cloverleaf Camp at the largest 4—H center in the world, Rock Eagle 4-H Center. Monroe County 4-H’ers were a part of the Muskogee tribe and competed against other 4-H’ers from across the state for the cov- ’ eted tribal shield. After an exciting week of ac- tivities such as canoeing, high ropes, sailing, dancing, . swimming, and hikes to the historic Rock Eagle 1 monument f to name j a few, the Muskogee tribe was named the winner of the tribal shield. In addition to camps, 4-H’ers were able to visit Dickey Farms and participate in workshops such as peach jam making, canvas art, and cupcake wars at the extension office. Senior aR’éjinrter August 14, 2019 4—H’ers attended State Council and competed in a variety of events to bring home the Iron Clover award for the Northeast district, which includes Monroe County. At State Council, 4—H’ers’ also completed service projects, attended educational classes, and served as voting delegates to elect the new Georgia 4-H Board of Directors. Monroe County 4-H was repre- sented by three 4—H’ers, Hamilton ' Darden, Aubrey Peterman and Austin Wiggins at State Congress. Hamilton and Austin earned an invitation to the prestigious State Congress event in Atlanta by placing first in their respective categories at the Northeast Dis- ond doing tive~Madi Combs, Sophomore Representative—Lexy Chambers, Vice President-Lane Norris, and President-Sarah Boyer) went on a planning retreat to Fort Yargo State Park, where they planned activities, service projects, and leadership meetings for the upcoming year in 4—H. For information on upcoming school year activities, follow @monro- ecountyga4h on instagram, UGA Extension Monroe County on Facebook, or come by the Exten- sion oflice to find out more and be placed on the email list for the monthly newsletter! trict’s District Project Achieve- ment. While on an all~expenses paid trip to Atlanta July 23—26, in- cluding a visit to Six Flags, Ham- ilton placed third in the Flower, Shrubs and Lawn project, and Austin became a Master 4-H’er in the Beef project area. Aubrey was invited to attend the annual awards banquet during State Congress for achieving Master 4-H status in the Saddle Seat divi- sion at the 4-H State Horse Show this summer. Becoming a Master 4—H’er is the highest honor one can receive in the Georgia 4-H program. To wrap up the summer fun, the Monroe County High School Officers (Freshman Representa- teen leaders, adult volunteers, and tillilltltliéil5iiiiitlitilliililitiiltiililliiiilliiillliltllltlilliiiil iltlililtix’tlittitilitiiillilltilitllilitlitiilililiiitiliiiiillititiitlt iliiiilitiliiliitiiililiii 1989 1999 , Mercer University signs UDC'dedicoItes the grave sister school agreement" ‘ marker of John H. Butler, 0 with the Japanese school Contederote soldier who that Was Titt College‘s sister lived and at Blountin school. r v , Monroe ,Goorgio DNRreloosesa ofMonroe ,, documentary Featuringthe i: Academypiqystor the. g , “thl'livsquoclin the (SBA , “VWWW'geme King Jr. Drive, Forsyth. 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Coalition looks to the luture By Diane Glidewell news©mymcmet The I-75 Central Corridor Co‘alition was formed almost three years ago to bring together the counties and cities along I-75 to Macon—Bibb County to advocate for planned growth along the in- terstate. This seems particularly significant with the expansion of Georgia’s ports at Sa- vannah and Brunswick and the increasing importance of the I—75 Central Corridor as a transportation and distribution hub. Monroe County and Forsyth are charter members of the organization, with Com— mission Chair Greg Tapley and Mayor Eric Wilson taking active roles. Other coun— ties and cities represented include: Henry, Butts, Spalding, Lamar, Macon-Bibb, Mc— Donough, Griffin, Jackson, Barnesville and Stockbridge. Representatives of Houston County and its cities have also attended meetings. Georgia Power and Georgia ,EMC are supporting members and were represented at'the group’s Aug. 8 meet~ ing as well as Middle Georgia Regional Commission and Three Rivers Regional Commission. Macon Mayor Robert Reichert said the purpose of the Aug. 8 meeting was to set goals for the group now that it has met ‘ its short—term goals of establishing itself as a non-profit, setting up a membership structure and budget, creating a website and facilitating communication between governments along the corridor. It is also meeting the challenge of its initial mentor, ~Dan Reuter, moving into full-time employ- , ment with Gwinnett County as deputy director of planning 8t development and no longer being available to give the I-75 Central Corridor Coalition the time and guidance he had volunteered. Jenny Robbins of Georgia EMC facili- tated the meeting, eliciting ideas from the approximately 20 leaders attending about what they would like to see the 1-75 Cen- tral Corridor Coalition accomplish. Dr. Catherine Ross, an international special— ist in transportatiOn and urban planning who directs the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development at Georgia Tech, was a special guest. She said she has worked with other interstate coalitions around the US. and that the group needs to figure out what it wants to do and then start asking for resources to accomplish it. She said the best known model in the US. is the I-95 Corridor Coalition “Development doesn’t happen without connectivity,” said Ross. “And there are lots of ways to be connected.” Ross said she is co-teaching a class of masters and doctoral students this fall, and part of the class is to take on projects. She said each project will have a team of six or seven brilliant minds working on it from September to December. She said she will encourage students to pick the I-75 Central Corridor as a project, which would provide some top level planning and ideas at no cost. Students will choose projects in two or three weeks. Matthew Fowler, Georgia DOT program delivery manager for the 1—75 truck lanes project, gave an update of the progress on the truck-only lanes which will run from I-475 just north of Bibb County to Mc- Donough as two dedicated northbound lanes. Currently topography, survey work and getting input from people is underway. Construction is planned to begin in 2025 and be completed in 2030. There is discussion about whether to build the truck lanes to the east of the existing road or in the center between north and‘southbound traffic. He said 85 percent“ of the trucks that travel the 38-mile stretch of road do so without any stops. Fowler said the project is 11th of 11 major investment projects at DOT because of the amount of work involved. The project has been in process for over a year. DOT has sent letters to landowners and is now sending letters to alllegislators and key officials who serve the counties and cities affected, including the Middle Georgia Regional Commission and the Three Rivers Commission. Asked if the I—75 truck lanes will have See CORRIDOR Page 3D