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Page 6A i orter September 18, 2019 I N LO V I N G George Lee Batchelor December 25, 1949 - September 12, 2019 Forsyth George Lee "Buddy" Batchelor passed away Thursda September 12, 2019. Services were held Monday September 16, 2019 at Monroe County Memorial Chapel. Entombment followed in Macon Memorial Park Cemetery with full military honors. Rev. Carl Gregory officiated. Buddy, the son of the late George I H|LOR Washington Batchelor and Maxine Floyd Batchelor was born Decem- ber 25, 1949, in Macon, Georgia. His brother, Terry (Luke) Allen Batchelor and his son George Lee Batch- elor Jr. preceded him in death. He was retired from the United States Marine Corps, serving during Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart Medal. Buddy is survived by his wife, Peggy Diane Batchelor, children, Diane Batchelor, Cindy Linares (Miguel), Randy Lee Batchelor, Jennifer Lord (Alan) and Chris- tina Rich (Charlie) all of Forsyth. His 12 grandchildren Jasmyne Justice, Jaycee Justice, Braxton Lord, Saul Batchelor, Tyler Batchelor, Esmerelda Linares, Chyanna Batchelor, Rylan Masterman, Kayden Batchelor, Hunter Batchelor, Hayden Lord and Rebecca Mccormick. Sis- ters, JoAnn Caldwell (Charles) of Roberta, Beth Jones (Larry) of Warner Robins and Jan Hutto of Fitzgerald; brothers, Jack Batchelor (Cyndi) of Crawford County and Roy Batchelor (Lynn) of Twiggs County; and nu- merous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Please visit to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of ar- rangements. Charles Smallwood July 3, 1944 - September 15, 2019 Forsyth - Charles Smallwood passed away Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m Sunday, Sept, 22 at Forsyth City Cemetery. The family will greet friends following the service at the graveside Charles, the son of the late Robert Lee SmaUwood and Clara Bell Griffin Smallwood, was born July 3, 1944, in Gainesville. His wife, Frances Zellner Small- wood, preceded him in death. He was a retired owner and operator of a Starter and Alternator Shop. Survivors include his son, Thomas Smallwood (Amanda), sisters, Dorothy Keller and Anna Bell Gray; brothers Mark Smallwood and Clarence Smallwood; grandson, Jon-Warren C. Smallwood; and good frien& Arthur Bonilla. Please visit to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of ar- rangements. Gloria Watkins September 16, 1971 - September 12, 2019 Forsyth - Funeral services for Mrs. Gloria Jean Watldns, 47, were held Monday, Sept. 16 at Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Forsyth. Pastor Rufus J. Whatley officiated. Burial was in Rest Haven Cemeter Freeman Funeral Home, Forsyth was in charge of ar- rangements. Mattie Jo Phillips May 21, 1946 - September 1.1, 2019 Forsyth - Funeral services for Mrs. Mattie Jo Phillips, 73, will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at Saint Luke A.M.E. Church, Forsyth. Pastor Charles Dumas Sr. will officiate. Burial will be in the Forsyth City Cem- etery. Freeman Funeral Home, Forsyth was in charge of arrangements. your local Monroe Count/representative Scott Harre 478-256-3586 or toll free: 800-551-1102 3250 Y nevi!!.e.Avg,GA 3 !208 ( By Diane Glidewell news@mymc~net Forsyth Mayor Eric Wilson used his time on the city council agenda on Sept. 16 for his Mayor's Report to express his displeasure with articles in the Sept. 11 Reporter about For- syth's stance on solar energy. He said that "three columns and one edito- rial" were "fake news" He said the reporter lacked journalistic integrity. Wilson said the Reporter did not allow him to respond before last week's edition, then said that when he was asked to respond in an interview and given the opportunity to write his own response for this week's edi- tion, he declined. He said the Report- er was "lobbing" stories and trying to keep the issue going. Wilson said the Reporter conduct- ed no research, in spite of the articles reflecting interviews with four differ- ent people and attendance at the city's work session as well as information on the solar policies of three other local power providers and the Middle Georgia/Clean Air Coaltion 2019 promoti6n of solar panels. One story reported that Casfleberrv Dm, spent $42,000 on solar panels and the city refused to let them be used. Wilson said city manager Janice Hall said Castleberry Drugs was not issued a permit for solar distribution although they may have been issued a building and/or electrical permit to install solar panels. Although the Castleberry building is across the street from the city's Welcome Center and its second floor offices over- look the unused solar panels on the Castleberry roof, Wilson acknowl- edged that no one from the city told the installers that the panels could not be used until they were already in place. He said the owner should have known that he had to get a different permit to turn on the solar panels than to operate them. Wilson took issue that the reporter who wrote the story contacted the building owner, business owner and company that installed the solar pan- els after council members referred to the situation with Castleberry in their work session on Aug. 19. Although there was no agenda published for the work session, Wilson said its purpose was to consider adjusting the solar policy. During the work ses- sion city utility engineer John Hewitt reiterated that the city did not have to buy any more solar power and should not accept solar power from its customers. Wilson said he has never seen a newspaper article that did not ask for a comment from others involved, at least to say that they declined to comment. Wilson proposed the city begin live streaming all of its meetings so that the public can watch them without waiting to read about them in The Reporter. Council member Melvin Lawrence asked if Forsyth Cablenet wasn't recording and broadcasting council meetings. Hall said Forsyth Cablenet was supposed to be record- ing and broadcasting the meetings but was not coming regularly any more and the person taping the meetings often left before they ended, saying they were out of tape. Council member John Howard said even when the Cablenet record- ings aired, it was hard to hear what was said in the meetings. Council member Julius Stroud said some of the meetings were put on YouTube and asked how that had worked. Hall said it was also hard to hear anything See MAYOR Page 7A Continued from Front at Anderson Stadium en route to a 35-21 win. MP's Quen Wilson and J.T. Hartage were the stars in the 2018 showdown with Wilson accounting for 210 total yards (134 rushing and 76 receiving) and two touchdowns and Hartage totaling 267 total yards (175 passing and 92 rush- ing) and two touchdowns. MP also scored a pair of defensive touchdowns in the victory with Daniel Lavelle taking a fumble 32 yards for a score and Des- mond Williams returning an interception 42 yards for another TD. However, the Trojans dominated in their most recent visit to Forsyth in 2017, scoring 35 unan- swered points to erase an early 14-0 deficit en route to a 35-14 win. Although the Trojans, 2-1, are coming off of a dis- appointing 32-31 overtime road loss against AAAAAA Houston County last Fri- day; Peach County retained the No. 1 ranking in Sun- day's Atlanta Journal-Con- stitution (AJC) AAA poll. The Trojans squandered a 24-10 second-half lead against the Bears, falling on a HoCo game-winning, two-point conversion. According to the Hous- ton Home Journal, Peach County running back Noah Whittington scored the go-ahead TD for the Trojans in overtime, but the Bears' Eric Williams an- swered with his own score to draw HoCo to within 31-30. Houston County then unexpectedly ended the classic showdown when Bears' quarterback Max Rigby connected with receiver laylen Mills on a game-winning two-point try to complete a stunning upset. Peach County has already defeated in 2019 the two teams that squared off in the 2018 AAAAAA state title game, defend- ing champion Lee County (40-17 on Sept. 6) and last year's runner-up Northside-Warner Robins (21-13 on Aug. 31). The Trojans are no stranger to state championship games themselves, having lost each of the past two AAA championship games in heartbreaking fashion. In 2017, Peach County fell to Calhoun 10-6 largely as a result of an controversial officiating call that wiped away a go-ahead Trojans' score. Then in 2018, Peach County lost 14-13 to Cedar Grove when the nation's top receiver recruit ]adon Haselwood made a contest- ed game-winning 22-yard touchdown catch with four seconds to play. The Trojans' 2019 offense is led by senior quarterback Jaydon Gibson, who com- pleted 11 of 15 passes for 83 yards against Houston County while adding 85 more yards on the ground. Gibson, a 2nd Team All- State selection as a junior, completed 23 of 33 passes for 231 yards with one touchdown and one inter- ception in last year's loss to ME He also led the Trojans in rushing with 38 yards and a score on 17 carries. In addition to Gibson and Whittington, the Trojans' offense features one of the state's top recruits in 6'4". 282-pound junior offensive tackle Terrence Ferguson, who is deciding between some of the country's top programs including Ala- bama and Georgia. On defense, Peach County features stars at all three levels with 6'4' 253-pound senior defen- sive end hqualin McGhee anchoring the defensive line, 6'0", 217-pound inside linebacker Sergio Allen, a Clemson commit, lead- ing the Trojans in tackles, and 6'0", 195-pound senior safety Talique Allen, a Western Kentucky com- mit, providing stability in the defensive backfield. In addition, the Trojans also have an all-state caliber return man in senior Justin Harris on special teams. Meanwhile, MP, which has not lost more than two regular season games in a single year since 2010, is off to a wildly uneven 2-2 start. All four contests so far in 2019 have been decided by seven points or less, and MP's season point differ- ential is exactly zero with 113 points scored and 113 points allowed. The Bulldogs' offense, averaging 28.3 points per game is right on pace with every other MP offense under head coach Brian Nelson prior to last year's offensive juggemaut, which broke every major single season program record. However, the MP defense, yielding 28.3 points per game, is on pace to be the Dogs' worst scoring defense post World War II. The previous record for highest single game points allowed average came in 1961 when Dan Pitts' 0-10 squad surrendered 25.3 points per game. In fact, only four MP teamssince World War II have given up more than 19 points per game. The Bulldogs are ex- pected to be without all-purpose standout Rico Harden for the second straight week. Harden, who injured his foot in the Dogs' Sept. 6 win over Morrow, is anticipated to return after MP's bye week when the Bulldogs travel to Spalding to begin Region 2-AAAA play on Oct. 4. In Hardens absence, junior William Stewart had one of the top offensive nights in program histor5 amassing 214 rushing yards and two touchdowns in MP's 29-27 loss at Lover on Saturday. MP trails the all-time se- ries with Peach County 7-8 with the first meeting com- hag in 1972. Between 1949- 1969, the Bulldogs faced off with Peach County's pre- decessor school Fort Valley each year with MP winning 9 of the 21 meetings. Peach County head coach Chad Campbell is in his 13th year at the helm, hav- ing led the Trojans to a 134- 27 mark, including a AAA state championship during a spotless 15-0 campaign in 2009. The Trojans have not missed the state playoffs since 1990 and have won fewer than eight games in a season just twice in the last 29 years. Peach County has put nine players in the NFL, including current Kansas City Chiefs receiver Demarcus Robinson, who scored a pair of touch- downs on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. Looking for answers or options? We can help! 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