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THIS WEEK'S lNSlDE DEALS SMARTSOURCE INGLES. CVS SEARS NEW PROVIDENCE 478-994-0515 770-510-3914 0 House Wash (Soft Wash). Driveways/Walkways INSIDE , the Monroe County USPS 997-840 STILL JUST $1 IN RACKS BUT ONLY 77 CENTS FOR HOME DELIVERY Vol. 48 No. 34 4 Sections, 28 Pages Wednesday August 21, 2019 mc d SEE SECTION INSIDE By Will Davis As flames engulfed their Strickland Loop home on Sat- urday night, 87-year-old Mor- ris Adair picked up his 91-year- old bed-ridden wife of 48 years, Virginia, and tried to carry her outside to safety. But he never See FATALTIES Page 7A Morris and Virginia Adair were killed when their state fire marshal said it appeared to start in the each other. (Photo courtesy Monroe County EMS) Strickland Loop home went up in flames Saturday night. The garage. The cou pie was remembered for their strong love for Morris, 87, was full-time care- taker of his wife Virginia Adair, 91. (Photo courtesy Marshall Bunce) F SEE?AGE 8C B. Todd Smith Seth. Hoover Sabrina Hern Levenia Parr Dana Lynch Chad Maeder William Avenet TO THE FAMILY NEW SUBSCRIBERS OF THE WEEK By Diane Glidewell The city of Forsyth wants to install gates preventing ac- cess to the city cemetery after two residents complained on Tuesday about broken headstones and unkept graves. "I've never been to a city cemetery that looks so pitiful" Forsyth's Linda Sherman told city council on Aug. 19. "Cutting grass is not maintaining the cemetery:' Sherman and Sammy Edge urged council to do some- thing about how bad the city cemetery looks and how poorly it is being maintained. They said there are even damages to grave markers and headstones that have pos- sibly been caused by city workers in the cemetery and that no repairs have been made even weeks after damages occurred. Sherman said there are tire tracks from a zero-turn mower on one grave and two concrete pieces had been knocked off. The damages were still there 10 days after they were reported on the city's See-Click-Fix app. There DEAllHS ,6A Dead tree limbs cover a grave marker at the Forsyth city cemetery on Tuesday. See CEMETERY Page 5A Bernice Alexander Mae Belle Davis I I It I 1t1!!!!i I111! !lJl II ImlllJllmllmD 4mlllllmmlm imlmllmmlD ilmlmlmmlllB mlmmlmmm t in for '19 "Anna", the Shih Tsu of Julie Stuart, left, has been voted The Cutest Pet in Monroe County for 2019 garnering 249 votes. "Whiskey Bleu" came in second and Jake came in third. More than 1,440 votes were cast for more than 30 different pets submitted for this year's contest. Anna wins a free grooming from the Paw Spa in Forsyth and gift cards to Walmart. Thanks to all the humans who submitted their pets and we look forwards to the 2020 competition next July. e By Diane Glidewell news@mymcEnet City leaders were surprised to learn that Forsyth has plenty of parking, according to a study by the Middle Georgia Regional Commission. Susan Landfried of the Regional Commission told Downtown Development Authority members Otis Ingram, Stan Hickman, Cason Ogletree and Kerri Swearingen on Aug. 12 that the city has 350 parking spaces in the business district, much more than downtown Eatonton, a similarly-sized See PARKING Page 6A