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September 19, 2018 Page 7A iRepOrter Local Business The public is invited to the Reporter's sheriff's can- didates debate in the county commission chambers at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15, the first day of early voting. All six candidates have been invited to the debate, which will be held in the commission chambers on the top floor of the county administration building adjacent to the square. The debate will include opening and closing state- ments from the candidates and questions from mod- erator Will Davis, and from the audience. If anyone has a question they want asked, email to publisher@mymcr. net. The candidates are, in alphabetical order, Lawson Bitfick, Michael Bittick, Troy Copelan, Ronnie Evans, Brad Freeman and Stacey Penamon. A vacancy was created when long-time former sheriff John Cary Bittick was appointed head of the U.S. marshal's office based in Macon. A1 Shack- elford is the interim sheriff until the elected sheriff takes office. The election commercial By Richard Dumas forsyth@mymcr.nef Monroe County Commissioners have placed a moratorium of up to 60 days on commercial and high- way-oriented commercial zoning. Monroe County attorney Ben Vaughn said on Tuesday, Sept. 4 that a final draft of Monroe County's recently revised commercial and highway-commercial zoning ordi- nances contained errors that will require public notification in order to correct. Vaughn said he only dis- covered the errors after the final or- dinance's adoption in July. Monroe County zoning director Anita Buice said the there were several uses in the approved ordinance that were erroneously listed as both permitted and conditional (rather than one or the other) in the commercial and highway-commercial categories. The Monroe County Planning & Zoning Board is expected to hold a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27 to review the change in the zoning ordinance, and commissioners are slated to adopt a newly-amended ordinance at their regular meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Commissioners are expected to lift the moratorium once the corrected zoning ordinance is adopted. & Ribbon Cutting Fr,day, Sept. 21, 2018 11:00 AM J HOMETOWN TREASURES MONOGRAMS & GIFT SHOP 51 W. Johnston St. F0rsyth, GA. 31029.478-993-2183 Hours: Tues - Fri 10-6 & Sat 1 O-4 /I" > We will be Serving Snacks > First 25 Customers will receive a FREE BATH BOMB > SALES All Day and T-SHIRT GIVE-A-WAYS > Customers can also enter to Wll N a Monogrammed Handbag! See us for Monogramming in Vinyl & Embroidery T-Shirts, Clothes, Jewelry, Home Decor & Home Fraarances TAKING A LIKENS TO YOU by Dale Likens Sometimes I wake in the middle of the night, or rather in the early morning hours. I toss and turn, then real- izing it's a useless effort to get back to sleep, I stagger to my Bible or to our televi- sion or to my computer. Last night I chose my Bible and then our television. Frankly, I wishI could have slept all night. I wish I could fall asleep as soon as my head hits my pillow, but it rarely happens. My wife tells me I think too much. "Re- lax[" she tells me. "Forget the problems of the day[ lust go to sleep!" I guess my wife is right. When I turned our tele- vision on at 4:10 a.m I immediately dialed in to Fox News and four men are discussing Nike's endorse- ment of Colin Kaepernick's bold stand (or should I say bold kneeling) to take a knee rather than salute our United States flag. Of the four men being inter- viewed, the only man I had the opportunity to listen to said exactly what I hoped he would say. "I spent two tours in Iraq. I watched my fellow Americans coming home with American flags draped across their caskets. I know deep in my heart what it means to salute the American flag! I promise I will never buy another Nike product as long as I live!" he said, nearly in tears. "Hallelujah!" I shouted, not considering my wife may be coming through the door any second asking, "What in the world is going on out here?" I'm not a Nike fan, if there is such a thing. However, I sincerely hope those who do buy Nike shoes will be as bold as the young man I listened to early this morn- ing on Fox News. I hope the protest against Nike products will be as effective as the protests against the NFL or the Red Hen restau- rant. Tourists are not only staying away from the Red Hen restaurant, they are also staying away from the entire town. Now, I understand the people of this town are quite concerned. (2j/d Business throughout the town has decreased to the point they are begging tour- ists to return. (May I shout another Hallelujah?) I did return to my bed about 5:30 a.m. only to lie in bed once again thinking of the problems of the day. When I awoke this time, I returned to our television while my wife was walking on her treadmill. Fox News was currently covering the approval of Brett Kavana- ugh as the newest member of our Supreme Court. Immediately some woman could be heard scream- ing (in the background) as Senator Grassley was presenting his reasons for accepting Brett Kavanaugh as our newest member of the Supreme Court. The screaming continued as though the young lady were dying. Then a few of the senators from the Demo- cratic Party (hoping to be seen as possible candidates for the presidency of the United States) began a Thursday, September 20th 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Watson's Pavilion 1403 Pate Rd Juliette, GA I want to hear your voice concerning the upcoming election for Sherrif as well as hare my vision of the Monroe County Sheriff's Off'me. series of unending speeches why Mr. Kavanough was unqualified to be a Jus- tice of the Supreme Court; the same speeches that were given before President Trump even selected Mr. Kavanaugh. Dianne Fein- stein, another Democratic senator, actually had the audacity to condemn Mr. Kavanough for nothing she could really pinpoint, while her personal driver for 20 years was a Chinese spy! How interesting! I wonder how far that one will go. It didn't seem to bother her or the Democratic Party that her personal driver was a Chinese spy. Today I sit at my comput- er ashamed and appalled that a number of Demo- cratic candidates for gov- ernment offices are proudly advocating socialism as a new way for America. I listened briefly to Andrew G'fllum, mayor of Tallahas- see who is running for governor of Florida, as he proudly endorsed the idea of a better America. "I'm for socialism" he states. "I'm calling for President Trumps impeachment and I am against ICE! ICE must go!" I know his game! I know the Democratic party's game. They have no plat- form. Their hope is built on confusion, protests and impeachment. Nothing more. I know the millennials' idea of a new America. I spoke of them before. Many will vote for a socialist if one should run for any office. If there is any question, just think of Bernie Sanders. He is pushing socialism again. He is a vocal proponent of socialism and will arouse young people to vote for his idea of a better tomorrow! As Seen Hannity repeat- edly purports, "This No- vember election may very well determine whether we are to remain a republic or fall to the likes of socialism or communism." If you truly believe in America and wish it to become one nation under God, as it once was, I beg you to get out and vote this November. Please don't think it's not necessary! It is necessary! The America I know and remember is now at a pivotal moment. The future depends on us. Somehow, I think tonight will be one of those sleep- less nights once again. I can just hear my wife telling me to relax. "Forget your prob- lems! lust go to sleep!" , Please keep America and me in your prayers; at least until Nov. 7th! God bless! Dale Likens is an author who lives in Monroe County. 37 South Jackson St Forsyth, GA I 4"r8-993-2077 I Kitchen Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-8pm &Sun. 1 lam-7pm Delivery Hours: Mon- Sat 12 noon-7pm Like Us on Facebook at "Best Wings in Town" HOT WINGS. CHICKEN. FRIED FISH. 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