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(I) no )0. 0.41,, (i: s it“- .u,,_.,‘ \ MONROE COUNTY CALENDAR Calendar items run free of charge as a community service each week as space allow; Mail items to: Diane Glidewoll at news©mymcnnet by p.m. Friday. Aug. 16 The Big Top Show features over 100 clowns The American Clown Academy and Monroe County Fine Arts Center, 27 Brooklyn Avenue, Fors'yth will present , ' (the; Big‘LTop Show on . . ‘Tl'lurSdayyAuglilé at pm. witha "preésho'w at f ,, 6:30 pm. There will be free face painting and . balloon animals ancian hour-long high energy comedy show featuring over‘lOO clowns from around the world in the culmination of the first American Clown Acad- emy in Monroe County. Tickets are $5; proceeds benefit Monroe County Schools fine arts out— reach. For tickets, call 478-994-203 or visit wWw.MonroeFineArts. org. Aug. l8 Concert at Monroe County Arts Center Sail On, the Beach Boys Tribute will be in concert at Monroe County Fine Arts Center on Saturday, Aug. I8 at pm. he Monroe County- r' T epublican Party'Willt \me'etion Monday, Aug I '20 di 6307 pm. at the Forsyth-Monroe County ’ Chamber of Commerce, r .10 W Chambers St. rklng and entrance rear. Elected officials ,d'candldotes for of ,filfe Willbeprovided a , ‘ lewlmtnutestog’address I’ttié group; .ii :aoc romeo" “r or: Juliette . Monroe County Com- missioners will hold their regular Tuesday, Aug. 2i meeting at Juliette United Methodist Church, 69 McCrackin Street, at a pm. The public is welcome. Aug. 25 Celebration Cami- val . , Monroe County library will celebrate the end of its Summer Reading program on Saturday, Aug. 25 from l2 noon to pm. with a Carnival that includes a science truck, bounce houses, water slides, face paint- lng, fun, food and more. Call 478994-7025 for more information. (The celebration was y postponed from July 31 because of weather) ‘ 81h District GOP‘ Fish Fry The 8th District Re— publican Fart will host its Fish Fry 2 i8 for Georgia Republicans on Saturday, Aug. 25 from It a.m.-2 pm. at the ‘McGill Building, Georgia National Fair- grounds, Perry featuring candidates for state— wide offices with US. ' Senator David Perdue and Congressman Aus- tin Scott. Sponsorships are available; tickets online at gagop8t1ck-—fry-20l8 ' See CALENDAR Page 2D [Fallsareaufi High Falls residents con- tinue to talk after the meet- ing about issues raised at the High Falls Civic Club. In the center is Commissioner George Emami answering questions. (Photos/Diane GlideweII) High Falls wants more Sheriff’s Office help from Diane Glidewell news©mymcrnet Residents of High Falls asked why their Monroe County Sheriff ’5 Office substation still sits unused . after 15 years and they learned more about the county’s plan to persuade Internet providers to serve rural parts of the county at the High Falls Civic Club meeting on July 26. Members of the community were not shy in asking questions and voicing concerns about lo— cal government, safety and the appearance of the High ‘ Commissioner George Emami and Sheriff candidate Ronnie Evans provided information and responded to comments and questions from about 30 people at the High Falls fire station. Sheriff candi— date Michael Bittick also attended the meeting. Civic Club president Bob Chappell thanked Rep. Susan Holmes for help in getting ‘junk’ signs removed from along the roadways. Ian Knecht asked if someone could get DOT to clean the “dark, moldy, cruddy-looking” speed limit signs on the state roads in High Falls. She said she already asked the Board of Commission- ers for help. Emami told the Club that he thinks the county has a very good applicant for finance manager. He said the applicant made some good suggestions for improving the county’s finance operations in the interview, and he is excited about the new hire. “[The applicant] worked for a larger municipal- ity and has a tremendous amount of experience,” he said. “The interview was a breath of fresh air.” Emami said commis— sioners submitted budget allocations for the SPLOST that will be offered to voters on the Novem- ber ballot. The funds for internet will be used if the county finds good projects to support. “We don’t want to get into the Internet busi- ness. We want to help get providers closer to those who are not served,” said Emami. “We’ll work with Candidate for Monroe County Sheriff Ronnie “Jocke” Evans, left, talks with Irene Muckentuss after the July 26 "meeting of the High Falls Civic Club. current and other provid— ers. The majority [of the money] is for those who don’t have at least one high speed provider. Each project has to get approval to make the money go as far as possible.” Knecht said the com- mission made ordinance changes but has no code enforcement officer to enforce them. Emami said Deputy Jeff Wilson, who v has been on medical leave, is back in his role with code enforcement. Knecht asked if individuals who have been in violation of the new ordinances for years will be grand- fathered. Emami said situations will be evaluated individually. “I pledge to do whatever is within the power of law to help,” he said. There was discussion of a dumpster that has reportedly been sitting on Lakeshore Drive for two-and-a-half months, although thereis room on the right-of-way for it. Those present said it is near a curve and is a safety threat as well as , unsightly. Emami said he had asked county plan- ning and zoning to look at the dumpster. He‘said that common sense tells him the concerned citizens are right, but he does not know if any ordinance is being violated. , ~ .~ Chappell introduc Evans as a lifelong resident of Monroe County who has served in local law enforcement for 42 years, 34 years in the Sheriff ’5 Office and nine years in . the Forsyth Police Depart- ment. E'va‘ns has worked in various aspects of law enforcement, including criminal investigations, and retired from the Sher- iff’s Office six months ago. He said his top priorities if elected are to increase the number of deputies, create neighborhood watches and a drug hotline, increase patrols, make schools safer See HIGH FALLS - Page 8C MONROE ENTERTAINS YOU by Dennis Smith Clowns, Sand, meorie ck oil can end in the 100 Plus entertainers have been Clowns. . .Let’s sharpening their skills and. Laugh! Lee Andrews perfecting new tools to add and his to their reper- Clown College toires all week Commencement at Camp Kaleo. celebration takes You will not want place Thursday to miss this excit— night at the Mon- ing evening of roe Fine Arts clowning around. Center. Watch Ticket prices are as the ClOWnS $5. Clown Time demonstrate is pm. Lew E the artistry that DENNIS SMITH guarantees you makes millions of will laugh. The people laugh and proceeds benefit smile each year. Clowns The Monroe Fine Arts from across the world Center Foundation. will take center stage and ‘ thrill you with dazzling costumes, mind defying tricks, “feats” of wonder and good-old—fashioned “under—the-big-top” en- tertainment. Local clown celeb Lee Andrews, AKA, Lew E the ClOWn, has taken over the American Academy of Clowns’ train- ing school and is holding his first Clown College at Camp Kaleo here in Mon- roe County. These painted—face SAIL ON. . .Music of the Beach Boys will have you finger snapping, foot stomping as your memo— ries take you back to the 1960’s for “Little Deuce Coupe,” “Good Vibrations,” “Surfin’ USA” and dozens . more hits. The same Revival Band that thrilled so many people last spring with their Beatles Tribute is back i in town. Same great voices, same great energy. You will An old-fashioned calendar, several computers and even “sticky-notes" are tools used by Patrick Hamilton, Fine Arts Center Coordinator, as he keeps track of the many activities scheduled this year for the Monroe County Fine Arts Center. (Photo/Dennis Smith). Ci think that Mike Love and Dennis Wilson are on stage together one more time. The only thing missing in this first concert of the sea— son is the actual California surf and sand and maybe the Disney Girls. Show time is 7 pm. on Saturday, Aug. 18. General admission tickets are $20. Visit www.monroefinearts. org for advance purchases or tickets are available at the door. 168 OF the next 180 Nights are booked at the .Fine Arts Center. Not all those nights are perfor- ‘ mances. “There are some rehears- T als, nights and afternoons; and a few set-building days. Most of the time we are staging live productions be- ing presented by a Monroe County School system See MEY 0' Page 8C