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September 4, 2019 Page 7A JR porter The Bicentennial Commission holds By Will Davis Monroe County began planning its 200th birthday celebration on Thursday as the county's Bicenten- nial Commission held its first meeting. The Georgia legislature created Monroe County on May 15, 1821, so the county will make 200 years in 2021. Commission members reviewed a tabloid- style publication produced by the Reporter in 1972 detailing the Sesquicenten- nial, the county's 150th birthday. While the county was created in 1821, the city of Forsyth was formed in 1823 so the two entities met in the middle and held a joint celebration in 1972. While Monroe County commissioners have already created a commission and budgeted $5,000 for the celebration, the dty of Forsyth hasdt stated its plans yet. Gilda Stanbery, CEO of the Forsyth Convention and Visitors Bureau, is helping lead the commission along with county historian Ralph Bass. Before their kickoff meet- its first meeting last Thursday in the Conley Building. ing on Thursday, Stanberry asked members to list the events they would like to see for the Bicentennial. aat produced three full pages of ideas, including an outdoor festival, a formal gala, a Nancy Hanks-style train ride and historical exhibits. Commission member Vicki Smith, however, said the commission should focus on planning just a few events rather than trying to do too much. Commission members generally agreed to plan the events at@trod the actual May 15 birthday. Members discussed the possibility of holding a logo design contest to let locals compete for who can develop the best logo for the Bicentennial celebration. Commission members asked Stanbery to develop a ILmeline for the commission's work and for each member to rank the proposed events on a scale of 1 to 3, 1 being highest priority and 3 being the lowest. Commission members on hand induded Stanber Winifred Berr Don Daniel, Herbert Gantt, LiUian Davis, Will Davis, Todd Tolbert, Joe Reed, Jimmy Zellner and Vicki Smith. Commis- sion members not attending included Rosemary Walker, Jackson Danid, Chrissy Ham, Clarise Durden. The commission will next meet at 1:30 p.m. on Thurs- day; Sept. 19 in the Conley Building by the railroad depot. StateFarmTM Charlie Pelt, Agent 12 E. Johnston St. F0rsyth, GA 3102g CharlieC~ airbnb Find it now on Auto - Home - Life Medicare Supplement. Vehicle Loans Mortgages Call for a quote todayl Save up to 40%! STA. IN F O RSYT H'S Um LTI MAT E DE ST I .NAT10 N Whether in town for a Mary Persons football game or the holidays, there's no better place to stay in Forsyth than The CityLine Loft. Five Star Rating Downtown Forsyth Ultimate comfort and charm Plenty of room Convenience in the Middle of Everywhere 4 guests, 2 bedrooms, 2 king beds, 2 baths Towels, Amenities: Private Entrance Kitchen Heating & Air Conditioning bed sheets, soap, and toilet paper Hair Dryer Iron & Hangers TV Wifi & Laptop friendly workspace FLEXIBLE FREE CANCELLATION FOR 48 HOURS Newly constructed Loft in a turn of the century building originally built in 18@5. This loft is immaculately appointed with the finest attention to every detail. It is Just off the square in Forsyth, Ga and convenient to the Georgia Public Safety Training Center, Georgia State Department of Corrections training center, 1-75 and lust a short walk to many restaurants. Great for weekend get away or a nice place to stay if traveling through town. NE (.r:(/)~+~t~'~J~![h~-~ilA[. I]()LDINGS, tic 7997 Rivoh Road Macon, Georgia 31210 www( +t I i,t N IiCOM M + 1+' I A I (s Joel Bartholf 478+442,6353 Joel Kennedy JKOcityh 418.394+2846 I I I the Monroe County is giving away four lower level tickets to Soturdoy, September 14th Sanford Stadium * Athens, Ga.