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Page 6A August 15, 2018 lN LOVlNG r a. v Lucille Cunningham Copeland February l9, lQAQ - August l3, 20l8 Importer UNFAIR AND UNBALANCED ’hy Marilyn Langiard Trump’s troubling alliance with the fixer, Roger Stone the chagrin of most Democrats, myself includ- ed, it appears the Mueller investigation will not be finished in time for the mid-term elections. The thinking is that while there is no law, histori- cally the Justice Department has not released information Cook and Mary Frances Keeling Cook, was born Feb. 19, 1949, in Taylorsville, Ky. Her daughter, Connie Sue Spires, preceded her in death. She was a homemaker and was previously employed with The Medical Center of Central Georgia in housekeeping. Survivors include her husband, Michael Keith Copeland of Jacksonville, Fla; children, Tammy Childress (Stephen) of Gray and Charles Hardin (Kristi) of Hampton; brother, Charles Cook (Peggy) of Depaul, Indiana; sisters, Ana Mae White of Taylorsville, Ky., Helen Horn (Bill) of Hen- ryville, Indiana, Minnie Crutsinger (Bobby) of Chaplin, Ky, Louise Hardin (Bobby) of Chaplin, Ky. and Mickey Pendleton of Louisville, Ky., eight grandchildren; several great grandchildren and her beloved bird Lisa. Flowers will be accepted or the family suggests dona- tions to donors favorite charity. Please visit www.monroecountymemorialchapel.corn to express tributes. Juliette - Lucille Cunningham Copeland passed away Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. Graveside services will be held at 11 am, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, at Monroe Hills Memo- rial Gardens. The Rev. Bryant Raines will ofliciate. The family will greet friends from 3 pm. until 5 pm, Sunday, Aug. 19 at Monroe County Memorial Chapel. Mrs. Cunningham, the daughter of the late Thomas Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of ar- rangements. BOE lowers taxes slightly that may sway an election one way or the other. However, it’s not unprecedented that they do so. You will recall James Comey did a number on Hillary Clinton just prior the 2016 election. Comey feared that if he did not make it known there were more emails, he would be accused of favoring Hillary. He made a political decision to ignore the By Diane Glidewoll the board that 2.5 percent breaks that timber owners to the Banks Stephens unwritten rule Mueller will news©mymcmet is a standard fee among get under the program. campus, traffic to Monroe not do that because he will not counties in Georgia and is Under the new bill the County Middle School be swayed by politics. Trump Monroe County school probably less than it would state, instead of county was bumper to bumper on has at least until February or \ board approved a millage cost the schools to bill and assessors, will determine Thornton Road on Monday March after the new Congress fly, rate of 15.716, basically the collect taxes from Monroe new valuation of the land, but was better by Thursday. is sworn in to be exposed as same as last year’s tax. The County property owners. which is now based on the He said the Sheriff ’5 Office an illegitimate President. Oh board approved the “roll Daniel said he met with 2008 value, and will not made some changes at well. While it would be nice back” rate that will collect county officials about the reimburse counties. nearby T.G. Scott Elemen— for the news to come before the mid—terms, that means almost the same taxes for tax digest on Aug. 6 and In 2018 the state will tary that have helped traffic there Will only be a blue wave instead of a tsunami. the system as the previ- shared information on the reimburse Monroe County flow and that buses have . ous year. After approving digest with board mem- $42 million for forest land been separated from cars. THAT BEING said, there may be time for one more this rate, the board will set bers. The county’s digest incentives. Daniel said He said the transition of Friday afternoon 0f indictments befOre the mid-terms; its final millage rate at its grew 2.15 percent over last Monroe County Schools the 6th grade is going well, maybe 3 0f 4 new indiCtmentS (WitCheS), adding t0 meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 28. year, from $1.36 billion to $1.39 billion, reflect— may have to levy a .4 mill tax increase to make up the including using the other sideof the lunchroom. The County keeps property arts the same By Richard Dumas forsylh©mymcmet Monroe County Commissioners won’t raisetaxes in 2018. Commissioners approved by a unanimous 5—0 vote on Tuesday, Aug. 7 tentatively to set the same . millage rate of 13.331 mills as voted upon in 2017. Last year’s figure was a 1.5—milL ‘or 16 percent, raise from the 2016 millage rate of 11.831 mills in large part, due to voters’ support ,"hike to save Monroe County It represented the county’s largest single-year increase for a one since 2005. . However, bemuse therounty’s tax digest by about $30‘million, commissionerswillhavetohold three publichearings because the same is technically a slight tax increase. The county’s rollback rate of 13.315 mills is .016 mills less than the approved number. Corn- missioners have not yet set the dates for the three public hearings but have until the end of September to set the final millage. Commissioners cannot increase the final millage after setting the tentative millage at 13.331 but can still reduce the final rate. District'3 commissioner John Am- brose initially pushed for a tentative increase of up to 14 mills. »“We can always come down, but we can’t go up,” Ambrose said. “I’m ‘ hoping we don’t need to raise it at all, but let’s give us a little leeway until we figure out where we can save this Serving Middle Georgia for Over 100 Years , Designers & Manufactures of ' . Marble. Granite“ ,8: Bronze Memorials since 1908 George 8: Janice Moore Autlwriznd Georgia ‘ Marble Dealer TOLL FREE '- , ‘41‘800—377’934‘1 1470-3584470 Beams 8: Main St. Barnesville, GA _.said‘they5didn’t' Want to raise taxes for artliirdgstraight 'yeariDistrict 4 ‘ commissioner George Emami said the county can instead create addi- tional funds by altering the county’s lenient compensatory time policy while District 2 commissioner Eddie Rowland said identifying revenues not previously being collected in the county’s water department could add funds as well. District 1 commissioner Larry Evans said he vowed last year not to increase taxes again in 2018 and said commissioners will have to send out a “belt tightening letter” to department heads mandating that they cut spend- ing. Evans also cautioned against raising property taxes this year when citizens are still scheduled to vote in November whether to approve an- Monroe County representative ‘ 'fSCQttHarrell rigor toll‘freer800-551-1102 732150 vméviue Ave. Macon GA 31208 other six-year penny Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) to go into effect in 2020. already over 30 indictments. My money is on Roger Stone and his associates as the next ones to make the 'lhe final rate can’t be ing $30 million in growth. lost income next year if the Monroe County Boys & Per? walk- IE’S {romc that Fhe documentary 31,130“ higher than the pre- Although there was 45 , referendum passes. Girls Club was able to start Roger Stones life entitled, Get Me Roger Stone. liminary rate it advertises. percent growth in indus- According to the time— its after school program After 50 Years Of 1115 Sleale dlrtY POlltlcal “191‘s, “Slabom When the school board sets trial property and only 2.19 line provided by Daniel, at the Hubbard campus, Flam We somePOdY 80" Roger Stone! Stones SPeC1a1tY its tax rate at the roll back percent growth in resi— the county plans to mail where it operated last year, “Pomlcal Pheeftmg any means necessary- He was or less, it is not required by dential property, the value Monroe County tax bills on on the first day of school, RICth NP‘onS POhucal tanSter and bag 1? fact state law to have multiple of residential property in Sept. 20 and set Nov. 20 as Aug. 6. he 1°.Ved leon so muCh’ he g0t a tattoo Olexons face public hearings. the county is $548 million the date payment is due. On the second day of on hls baCk Milla e for the school more than industrial prop— In other business, school, enrollment in Men , , board list year was 15.734, erty, at $571 million to $23 Superintendent Dr. Mike roe County Schools was , AFTER STONE S hem’ Nixon’ b’t the duSt’ he went but the current Monroe million. The value of public Hickman told the board 4,090 with 3,983 students Into the IObbymg busmess w’th none 9ther ,than‘Paul County tax digest shows utilities grew .89 percent to that things have gone well present. On Day 3, enroll- Manafort and Charles Black Whose clients mdUded that a rate of 15.716 will $609 million, and agri— during the first four days ment was 4,083 with 3,969 S’Ei fine.tlm(.i—World dlCtatorS as Ferdlnla‘ndfi/Iiarcos generate only $24,457 less cultural land in Monroe of classes. He and Assis- present, and on Day 4' O e “tiles infd omeri'vfifl efimnp e 0d tbs (23:31— d than the rate last year be- County grew 6.46 percent tant Superintendent Alicia enrollment was 4,070 with gmgn] 1W0? Pe’ d De Plug: aG ah; :1 cause of increased value of to $82.7 million. Elder have visited every 3,976 present. .mFl s .dresgt en 1 '. fig B e kit; 1,315 property in the county. Daniel noted that revenue building in the school sys— The board approved recoil? 1:112 onbl?’ one offaéunze .6 t :30 m t if Eachmill is worth $1.4 . from motor vehicle taxes tem andfihave visited every, numerous fundraisers for iiigfgeespgovzgnggtra: 54:23:; asclrscgggténe million; theschool tax continues to decline and new féac’her’s classfppmf' ‘ Mary Persons, T.G. Scott of for in thepdocun’lem sh 03;“ that Geor e W Bush genermrooér $21,211,111}. " will eventually disappear I They have a 15—item . = ’ Elementary and Monroe had nit Eflfiued his service 0in idem whicgh 1e to CBS ' " ' " ' ' because the change in, safety checklist for the "i County Middle School. re (min this and D an Rather’sie utazion bem Head fl. state law about how vehicle buildings. Each building, It also approved a Cen— deitro ea p g y i taxes are Collected. Looking except the Achievement tral Office fundraiser to ' V to the future, he said that Center, now has a lobby raise money from dona- STONES CLIENTS read like a Whoas who in Repubu_ House Bill 85, a referen— that shuts off access to the tions to match the state can‘pohfics The number Ofdifiy tricks attributed to him grant funds as well as local dum that will be on the No— rest of the building until REACH scholarship that is too long {0 list and most are not appropriate to pnm in taxes, at $42 million. vember ballot, could cost visitors are cleared to enter. promises college funds this newspaper. Stone always manages to deny and he his oss revenue from Monroe County Schools All classrooms are now to selected middle school way out ofresponsibfljty for these acts_ Trump/Stone, two prope ‘ taxes is $21.9 $547,000 if passed. locked, and parents at the students if they continue peas in a pod. ' , ‘ mflliomahd the school House Bill 85 changes elementary schools have to meet criteria through ~ board will pay the county the way timberland under been informed that they graduation. Hickman said STONE AND Donald Trump have been longtime $548,000 (2.5 percent) for the state’s 2008 Forest Land may no longer walk chil— Monroe County Schools friends. In the 1990’s Stone worked for Donald Trump as billing and collecting the Protection Act is valued. dren to class after Aug. 20. raised $4,000 of the $7,000 a lobbyist for his gaming casinos. In 2000, Stone served taxes. Assistant Superinten- Currently the state reim- Hickman said that with in matching funds it needs as campaign manager for Trump in his failed-run for dent Jackson Daniel told burses counties for the tax the addition of 6th grade over the summer. president on the Reform party’s ticket, It has been said that‘was another Stone dirty trick. It was to sfdeline Pat Buchanan to help George W. Bush win the nomination. , Thereafter, Stone encouraged Trump to run for President again in 2016. Stone was Trump’s earliest campaign advi- sor in 2015 but left by August, 2015, claiming he quit and Trump claiming he was fired. Regardless, he continued to campaign for Trump. During the campaign, Ted Cruz ac- cused Stone of planting a story that he had five extramari- tal affairs. Cruz said, Stone is “pulling Trump’s strings. He planned Trump’s campaign and he is his henchman and dirty trickster.” During the campaign, both CNN and MSNBC refused to allow Stone on their network due to seriously nasty and bigoted tweets about television personalities. STONE, IN his zeal to elect Trump, threatened Repub- lican delegates to the National Convention that if they op— posed Trump, he would publicly release their hotel room number. When the gold star father, Khizr Khan, spoke at the Democratic Convention, Stone accused Khan of - sympathizing with the enemy. ROGER STONE’S tweets before the release of Hill- ary and Podesta’s emails indicated he knew it was going to happen. Stone has denied this. However, he has since admitted that he had personal contact with WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange and with a person claiming to be Gucifer 2.0, whom the intelligence services say was the persona used by the Russian military hackers. IN MY opinion, I think Stone, with Trump’s blessing, left the campaign in order for Stone to get “down and dirty” to do whatever necessary to help Trump, includ— ing colluding with Russian operatives. By pretending not to be a part of the campaign, Trump had deniability. Remember, Stone and Manafort were former busi— ness partners, Manafort had close ties to the Kremlin, and Manafort showed up out of nowhere and became Trump’s campaign manager. Coincidence? I don’t know ' why it would be. I DON’T SEE how Stone is going to his way out of this one. Finally, Roger Rabbit is out of tricks! ( Marilyn angford of High Falls gives the left-sidedper— . spective on the news for the Reporter '