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Page 6A il porter September 5, 2018 IN LOVING Curtis Gaines December 16, 1950 - August 28, 2018 Forsyth - Funeral services for Mr. Curtis Edward Gaines, 67, were held Saturday, Sept. 1 in the Freeman Funeral Home Chapel, Forsyth. Burial was in the Pine Grove CME Church Cemeter Culloden. Freeman Funeral Home of Forsyth was in charge of arrangements. Continued from Front Scheme, Was one of 15 Marines who died when their KC-130 tanker cork- screwed into fi soybean field near Jackson, Miss. on July 10, 2017. He was 22. Schaaffand Sarah Beth had married on Feb. 12, 2014 and had a 16 month old daughter, Willow Grace, at the time of his death. At the time they were also expecting their sec- ond child, Guinivere Elizabeth Ann, who is now almost a year old~.f,: The former Sarah Beth Hawkins, Mrs. Schaaffhad lived in Forsyth from 2008- 2013, along with her parents, Philip and Ariyl Fuentes, as well as family members Ben and Ruby Hawkins. And she moved back to Forsyth after her husband's death last drew McClure of the Siller Foun- dation said next Tuesday's event will be inspiring. They'll have skydivers land- hag on the property, and the home will be hidden by an 80 foot by 20 foot American flag until it is presented at exactly 9:59 a.m. on Sept. 1 !, the exact time the South Tower fell on Sitter. Mrs. Schaaffhas not been inside of the com- pleted home so it will be new to her as well. McClure said they've also invited the Mary Persons High School band, choir and ROTC honor guard to come as well, and have invited any first respond- ers and local dignitaries as well. Attendees are asked to park at Rocky Creek Baptist Church at 225 An artist's rendering of the late Cpl. Collin Schaaff looking down at his famiy. Rocky Creek Road, For- syth, where a bus will take them to the home at 731 Unionville Road. ) 4 ?" BAkNES,ILLE MARBLE & GRANITE COMPANY Serving Middle Georgia for Over 100 Years .~. ~ . Designers & Manufactures of :~ ~'--~-'~ J, Marble, Granite & Bronze q I|I I I Illill.$ Memorials since 1908 George & c, llllll SULLIVAN IIL " TOLL FREE 1- oo 1-710-358-1470 L ~ Railroad & Main St. GA Barnesville, : Call your local Monroe County representative Scott Harrell 478-256-3586 or toll free: 800-551-1102 h 3250 Vineville Ave.i Macont GA 31208 C By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.nef Monroe County Finance Director Lorri Robinson said the little increase in the county's millage will cost the owner of a $175,000 home in Mon- roe County about $1.12 more than last year. The owner of a $125,000 property without exemptions will pay about 80 cents more. Monroe County Commissioners held the third and final public hearing on the county budget on Thursday evening, Aug. 30. The second of the three hearings was on Thursday morning. The millage rate for 2018 will be 13.331 mills, which is slightly above the rollback rate (the rate that would collect approximately the same amount of taxes as last year.) In response to Commissioner John. Ambrose's question about why the rollback rate was less than the 2017 millage rate, Robinson said the roll- back rate comes from a state formula which includes growth and reas- sessment. She said that growth was the bigger factor, with the value of property in Monroe County increas- ing $28 million over the preceding year and reassessment of property causing an increase of $1.6 million in the value of property in the county. Robinson said that most of the in- crease in growth was in real property. She said the county should collect $396,653 more this year than last year with the 13.331 mill rate. Patty Nesmith asked how much money the county has paid Mon- roe County Hospital this year, and Commission Chair Greg Tapley said the county has paid the $1.2 million promised the hospital at $100,000 per month. He said the commission is expecting good news from the hos- pital that will let the county roll back some its financial support. Tapley said that pledges from hospital supporters through the Georgia Heart Program and new revenue and budget cuts at the hospital are putting Monroe County Hospital in better financial condition. Tapley said the hospital is on a dif- ferent fiscal year from the county so they have not been able to match up the budgets to adjust them, yet. Also, pledges through the Georgia Heart Program can not be counted until they are paid, although he under- stands that over $1 million has been pledged to Monroe County Hospital. Tapley said at first he encouraged people to donate through the rural hospital tax credit act without using the Georgia Heart Program, which keeps 3 percent of the donation for its work, but later decided administra- tion of the credit is so complicated that using Georgia Heart Program is worthwhile. Ambrose said that the program only runs through 2019 unless it is renewed and is capped at $4 million per hospital; so he encouraged local hospital supporters to take advantage of it as soon as possible. dividu- als can earmark $5,000 of their state taxes for Monroe County Hospital, and the limitis $10,000 for couples filing joint returns. Tapley said that of the $4 million cap per hospital, $2 million is designated for individuals and $2 million for corporations. Robinson said that another issue that may affect the county's millage rate next year is House Bill 85, which will be on the November ballot. It proposes changing the way timber land is taxed. If it passes, it will lower the Monroe County tax digest by $300,000-$400,000. It would take a .33 mill increase to make up that revenue. UNFAIR AND UNBALANCED by Marilyn Langford ast week was a week of death. We lost two great Americans, Aretha Franklin and John McCain. This week will follow suit if Brett Kavanaugh is nominated to the Supreme Court. It will be the death of our confidence in the highest court in our country- -the court that issues decisions that determine the quality of our lives. It will be the death of non-partisan decisions made from that bench. It will be the death of laws that women fought tirelessly for years to achieve- Roe v. Wade. It will be the death of laws that minori- ties should not have had to fight for- Affirmative Action and Social Justice. It will also be the death of the balance of the Su- preme Court. FOR 70 YEARS, the Supreme Court has been a balance of 4 liberals, 4 conservatives, and a swing vote that could go either way. Because of this fairness, we may not have agreed with their decision, but we knew it was not done for political reasons. With Kavanaugh on the bench, there will be 5 conservatives and 4 liberals. No swing voter. Decisions will be very predictable. Remember, the Supreme Court can give us rights AND take them away! BRETT KAVANA- UGH is an extreme conserva- tive Repub- lican nomi- nee. His decisions as an Appel- late Judge proves that to be a true statement. There's much more evidence out there that gives clear insight into how Kavana- ugh thinks, but the White House has claimed Ex- ecutive Privilege and will not release over 100,000 documents created when he worked for George Bush. He was responsible for finding and vetting candidates for federal judgeships. Many of his candidates were extreme and not appointed. By hiding these documents, it begs the question, what are they hiding? Never in history has Executive Privilege been invoked for a nominee. THE NOMINATION process for Kavanaugh has been accelerated. What's the big hurry? Here's why. Trump is about to bump heads with Mueller. It's imperative for Trump to have Kavana- ugh on the bench when that happens. Kavanaugh stated in his nominating process to the Appellate Court that "we should not burden a president with a criminal investigation" He also said the Court may have erred when they ruled that Nixon had to turn over the tapes, which led to his resigna- tion. How do you think he will vote when Mueller issues Trump a subpoena to testify to a Grand Jury? Rudy Giuliani, Trumps brilliant attorney, has stated they will fight it to the highest court. That's why Trump needs Kava- naugh. How do you think he will vote if Mueller seeks an indictment of Trump? That's why Trump needs Kavanaugh. What if Trump pardons himself? That's why Trump needs Kavanaugh. THIS WEEK, as we sit through Kavanaugh's con- firmation hearing, he will face a tough grilling by Democrats, and soft-ball questions by Republicans. Senators will "perform" for the cameras, making more statements than questions. Kavanaugh will be evasive and never clearly answer a question. He will say, "I rule in ac- cordance with the Con- stitution." He will have a crafted statement for ev- ery conceivable question. However, in 2006 at his Appellate Court nomina- tion proceeding, he lied to the Committee and this lie got him confirmed. He said he had no knowledge of Bush's torture policy and treatment of detain- ees. One year later, itwas revealed that he, indeed, was part of a very con- tentious debate on that policy. He has shown us who he is and we should believe him. I THINK the odds that Kavanaugh will be con- firmed by this very parti- san, Trump lovin' Senate are strong. This will be a country-changing event. We only have to endure Trump for two more years. A Supreme Court Justice serves for life and there's not a dang thing anyone can do about it. LOOK FOR Trump to do something (else) out- rageous this week to take the world's eyes offthese confirmation hearings. Whatever it is, I have lost my ability to be surprised. Marilyn Langford of High Falls writes about politics from the left side for the Reporter. HOPKINS 3:~ASSOCIATES Certified Public Accountants 68 North Jackson Street Forsyth (p) 478-994-1820 (f) 478-994-3102 www.hopkinscpaga.com Serving Forsyth for more than 40years~ Caldwell Veterinary Hospital, LLC Butler Caldwell, D VM 951 Hwy 41 South Forsyth, GA 31029 www.caldwellvet.com Preventative Medicine including : vaccines, flea,tick and heartworm medications. ; Comprehensive medical management, i including diabetes and heart disease VeleMnar~ E~eece Surgery. Boarding The Monroe County Recreation Park and Youth Center will be closed for all events and recreation on Saturday September 8, 2018 from 8am until 5pm. Mary Persons Cross Country Team will be hosting the Invitational meet, Continued from Front bridge with its hazard lights flashing. As he approached he then saw a young female sitting on the rail with her legs dangling over the edge, and noted she was emo- tionall[ upset. Heres what happened next, according to his report: Seckinger called for backup and EMS and then talked to the girl. She told Seckinger she wanted to end her life by jumping onto the interstate. At first she wouldn't let Seckinger approach, but as they kept talking for several minutes, he was able to get closer to her. Meanwhile, depu- ties Christian Sawley and Perry Fitzgerald arrived and helped direct traffic. Finally, Seckinger was able to persuade the teenager to come back over to the in- side of the bridge's railing. Seckinger escorted the 18-year-old girl, a Hispanic female from Macon, to her car and requested help from the C.A.R.E. Cottage. C.A.R.E. Cottage personnel took the girl to their office for counseling and then to Coliseum Hospital. Seckinger said it was just lucky that he happened to come upon her while patrollingwhen he did. He said the girl told him that family problems had made her suicidal.