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August 3A iRa-porter I was madder than Dan Pitts at a soccer game with what I saw at Mary Persons' scrimmage against Southwest a few weeks ago. Did you catch it? Eight MP Bulldog players had to be sent off the field when the referee discovered that none of them were wearing mouth guards. Coach Nelson was ticked, and I cadt blame him. Kids today. When I played for Coach Pitts, we all knew you had to wear a mouth guard and we didn't dare "forget" it. We were scared to do anything to get Coach Pitts' atten- tion. I remember once we were playing in the state quarteffm in Vidalia in 1993 and Charlie Walker was scared to come off the rid& even though he had broken his arm! His bone was sticking out of skin. He finally trotted sheepishly to the sideline. ' 2harlie, why are you coming out?!?" barked Coach Pitt& ' ]et back in the game!" Chadie showed coach the bone sticking out, and coach sighed and told somebody to go get Dr. Grant out of the stands to check him out. Kids today aren't scared of coaches. They don't have discipline like we did back in the day. How do we get it back? I wish I knew! Be e' By Diane Glidewell with ground water, but news@mymccner we've dealt with that for charged with murdering years" said Daniel. with a gun. Again, there The first estimate on fix- The board needs to decide needstObe a law against ing the 70-year-old Hub- whether to add classrooms Democrats obtaining bard campus is over $5at Monroe County Middle weapons of any type including rocks and bricks/ million. Monroe CountySchool Banks Stephens votes: 10 Schools has to re-think its campus. Classrooms are plan for its buildings after not crowded right now, Hey Sloan, looks like those the need to move sixthbut there is no room for voters had sense enough to graders offthe Hubbardgrowth. Two classrooms not vote for your buddies, campus because of water could be built at the end of Scary that you want to damage, Assistant Superin- each wing. "identify" certain voters, tendent Jackson Daniel told The board needs to decide Are you a communist? the Board of Education at whether to add mobile votes: 10 its Aug. 14 meeting, units at Banks Stephens E. Lee was a "We need an accelerated immediately so they will Christian man. He fought a plan;' said Daniel. "We are be available for testing. war with God in his heart, back to the drawing board There is no space at Banks votes: 9 and starting discussions Stephens now to pull out tonight." students for special atten- When did it become OK Daniel said that Facilities tion. for school teachers and Director Roger Onstott"Mobile units buy time, administrators to have , kids drop to their knees to has contacted the stateto but they are expensive, check the length of shorts? re-open Monroe County said Superintendent Dr. Is it really a good idea Schools' 5-year plan for Mike Hickman. "We have to sacrifice class time for state funding; he said the to put them where we have this? Maybe focus on REAL plan can be re-opened at utilities" issues and k, ach the kids! any time. Daniel said that Daniel said the school votes: 8 whereas before Monroe system will have a traffic County Schools had an engineer do a study about Are you curious' as to excess of instructional units how to address traffic prob- sheriff candidates' politi- (that is, classrooms) for lems, including those that cal beliefs? Drive 41 S. to Macon. If Stacey Abrams' middle school students, it come from added traffic to sign is in the same yard as now has a shortage, which Banks Stephens. Another your candidate HE may be means there's a need. A lane might be added to a liberal, votes: 8 need means eligibility for Thornton Road, but that money from the state, might just add more cars. To the one that ran over a Daniel said that involve- City council member Chris candidate for sheriff's sign, ment from the state will Hewett said the schools I do have cameras in the yard and I will publishit mean that representatives need to include the city to the paper and to the from the state will come and Georgia Department sheriffs office if I have to. look at local facilities, listen of Transportation in any votes: 7 to ideas and make sug-discussions about traffic. gestions. One of the first Hickman said traffic has 884-page document, steps is to determine what gotten a lot better since the two years in the making, it would take to bring the first day of school, when shines a light into the dark old Hubbard campus up to there was a line of about corners of these dioceses a standard that it could be 200 cars at Banks Stephens. going back seven decades, used. Daniel asked Chris He said parents have exposing the predators and the efforts of their Sheridan, owner of theresponded to the school bishopstoprotect them. company that is remodeling system's request to form Catholic Church will burn Central Office/Old Mary carpools. He estimated that in h-e-deuble-toothpicks. Persons High School for 50-60 percent of Monroe votes: 7 Monroe County Schools, to County Schools students walk through the building are car riders. Eventually Bernie Sanders, lea of and appraise it. Sheridan 6th graders will be bused said that it would cost more with the upper grades than $5 million to deal with instead of the younger Look at his supporters. Media loves him. Millions the water issues, put in a students and bus routes ofyoung rich white college moisture barrier and car- will be adjusted. One of the students are support- rect the air flow problems new hires announced at the ing him and hate Hillary in the hallways. That does meeting was Haydn Harris Clinton cheating in 2016. not include renovating the as Transportation Routing votes: 6 front building, cafeteria and Specialist. He will fill the gym, where there are not position re-designed after I'm sure glad we have the water issues. Daniel said Albert Fields retired. editor we have whds hen- this would come from local, Daniel said other ques- est and forward. The one's who complain about him not state, funding, tions for the board include "It are probably fans of that doesnt do anything whether to continue with columnist on the obit page. votes: 6 It~ precious how Republi- can bigots (and they're all bigots) don't understand Colt 45 and two Zig Zags, that's all I need. There is that 45 number again. votes: 5 NASCAR and PGA are now 95% white and many are upstanding citizens. Cannot stand to watch them with their potato salad recipes and shirts. Animals votes: 4 Abortion would have been worthy with Hill- ary and Barack, but I am still against it. Babies are humans, votes: 4 So if you would make your student follow dress code rules, the teachers and admins could concentrate on To a!l you nee-socialists, I say 'BOLSHEVIK". Now be a good little "Trotsky" and look up the meaning of those words, votes: 3 its priority to build a new pro-active instead of reac- 9th grade building for tive like we were a week ago Mary Persons. The pres- [in closing the Hubbard ent Freshman Building campus]" is 49 years old, and the He said that Hubbard is gym the 9th grade uses 63 years old, Banks Ste- is across the street. Does phens is 26, Mary Persons renovation at Central Office is 35, T.G. Scott is 15 and change long-term use of K.B. Sutton is 9 years old. the building? What are the The Central Office build- long-term plans for the old ing under renovation is 89. Monroe Academy building, Daniel said that with reno- which is now used for the rations and maintenance Achievement Center and the buildings are functional by Central Georgia Techni- and look great, but they cal College? What about have age. plans for an annex at Mary "The more buildings you Persons, a means to extend have, the more it costs to the life of the 40-year-old maintain them" said Hick- building and make more man. room for CTAE and other "Thanks to E-SPLOST programs? we don't have a crisis" "I am leaving more ques- said BOE chairman Nolen tions than answers" said Howard. Danid. "We need a work Hickman said the begin- session. We owe it to be ning of the 2018-19 school year was one of the smoothest starts ever. He said he has been visiting the new teachers every day and is impressed with their passion to do things right and make every child feel spe- cial. Although Monroe County Schools may have up to 32 children in classes 4th grade and up, he has not seen more than 28 students in a class. The system-wide average is about 16 students per teacher. "The kids love being at the Banks Stephens cam- pus. There are a lot of pluses to [all of the middle school being in] one building" As of Aug. 14, there were 620 students at K.B. Sutton Elementar 643 students at Hubbard Elementar 719 students at T.G. Scott Elementary; 915 students at Monroe County Middle School, and 1,157 students at Mary Persons, including 48 students at the Achieve- ment Center campus. There were 4,054 students enrolled in Monroe County Schools on Aug. 14, com- pared to 4,028 at the end of the 2017-18 school year. The Monroe County Board of Commissioners has tentatively adopted a millage rate which will require an increase in property taxes by.12% percent. All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearing on this tax increase to be held at Monroe County Board of Commissioners, 38 West Main Street, Forsyth, Georgia 31029 on August 30, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Times and places of additional public hearings on this tax increase are at Monroe County Board of Commissioners, 38 West Main Street, Forsyth, Georgia 31029 on August 30, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. and on September 6, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. This tentative increase will result in a millage rate of 13.331 mills, an increase of .016 mills. Without this tentative tax increase, the millage rate will be no more than 13.315 mills. The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $125,000 is approximately $.60 increase and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $175,000 is approximately $1.12 increase. The City Council of Forsyth hereby announces that the millage rate for the City will be set at a meeting to be,held at Aldermen Hall, 5 W. Adams Street on the 6th day of S 2018, and pursuant to OCGA Section 48-5-32, hereby publishes the following presentation of the current year tax digest and levy along with the history of the tax digest and levy for the past five years. . CURRENT 2018 TAX DIGEST AND S YEAR ,2013 2014 CITY /: Real & Personal Motor Vehicles 104,413,964 7,204,250 Mobile Homes 137,924 Timber- 100% Heavy Duty Equipment Gross Digest Less M& 0 Exemptions Net M & 0 Digest Gross M&O Millage Less Rollbacks Net M&O Millage Net Taxes Levied [ 111,756,138 2,626,609 109,129,529 6 6 105,256,121 105,256,121 2,652,914 102,603,207 4 i 4 2015 106,242,446 106,242,446 2,741,952 103,500,494 3 3 76[ 2, 68C1 -5-7 4 2,768,3 2,774,083 104,124,153 109,182,608I 111,716,966 L 3 3, 3 3 3 570,009 359,111 310,502 312,372 I 327,548 3 335,15 I