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Page 6B /R porter September 19, 2018 By Richard Dumas Monroe County Commissioners ap- proved by a 4-0 vote on Thursday, Sept. 6 a minuscule tax increase. Commissioners set the 2018 millage rate at 13.33 l ills, which is the same amount as in 20I . However, because the county's tax digest increased by about $30 million, keeping the same millage constitutes a slight increase. The county's rollback rate of 13.315 mills is .016 mills less than the approved number, meaning taxpayers will pay 80 cents more in taxes in 2018 on a home valued at $125,000. No citizens attended the final public hearing on Thursday. District 4 commis- sioner George Emami was absent from the Sept. 6 meeting. In other Board of Commissioners' news: Monroe County Commissioners will borrow $2.5 million from United Bank. Commissioners unanimously approved on Tuesday, Sept. 4 to issue a tax anticipa- tion note (TAN) to pay its bills until prop- erty tax revenues come in later this year. The note would then be repaid by year's end. United Bank's winning bid included a 1.985 percent interest rate. Monroe County Commissioners appointed on Tuesday, Sept. 4 District 2 commissioner Eddie Rowland as the body's voting delegate at the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) Legislative Leadership Confer- ence at Jekyll Island on Oct. 11. By Richard Dumas The Mary Persons volleyball squad snapped a nine-match los- ing streak with a 3-1 home victory over Putnam County in a non- area Best-of-5 match on Thursday. The Volley Dogs took the lead with a 25-20 first-set win. MP then dropped the second set 15-25 before jumping out to a big cush- ion early in the third set. Back-to- back blocks by Teresa Wilcox and Creyuna Buckner, respectively, put the Volley Dogs in front 10-3. MP's McKenzie Dunn then reded off nine straight service points, which included back-to-back blocks by Ashunti Talmadge, to take a 19-3 advantage. MP would eventually go on to take the third set in dominating fashion 25-8 on a spike winner down the line by Rachel Sparks. The Volley Dogs would then finish off the match victory with a 25-18 win in the fourth set. MP first-year head coach Steph- anie Huffsaid she was "extremely pleased" with her squad's perfor- mance against Putnam County. She said, "We played as a team with enthusiasm and determina- tion." Two days earlier on Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Lady Dogs were swept in straight sets in a Best- of-3 match at Jackson. MP lost the first set 12-25 before falling in the second set 17-25. On Sept. 6, MP dropped another Best-of-3 road match in straight sets to Pike County. MP lost the opening set 9-25 before going down 14-25 in the second set. Huff said top MP performers in recent matches include senior Ashunti Talmadge, who has been serving accurately, and another senior Mary Kate ]ones, who has been strong and consistent with her hitting and serves. Junior Taylor Miner has also played well of late, Huff said, because of her scrappy play from the back row and "bullet" serves. The MP volleyball team, 3-10 overall (0-2 in Area 2-AAAA), was next scheduled to host Perry and Upson-Lee in a three-team area showdown beginning at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. The Volley Dogs will face Perry at 5 p.m. before taking on Upson-Lee in the nightcap at 7 p.m. MP will then host Spalding in yet another area contest at 6 p.m. on Thursday. The Volley Dogs will then head back on the road for a three-team meet at West Laurens on Tuesday, Sept. 25. MP will face the home Lady Raiders at 5 p.m. before taking on Perry at 6 p.m. Meanwhile, the IV Volley Dogs, who defeated Putnam County two sets to one on Thursday, were next scheduled to host Perry and Upson-Lee in a three-team meet beginning at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. The MP IV, 3-10 overall, will face Perry at 5 p.m. before taking on Upson-Lee in the nightcap at 7 p.m. The Volley Dogs will then host Spalding at 6 p.m. on Thurs- day before heading back on the road for a three-team meet at West Laurens on Tuesday, Sept. 25. The MP IV will face the home Lady Raiders at 5 p.m. before tak- ing on Perry at 6 p.m. Huff said of the IV squad: "I am pleased with how the IV is progressing at this time. They are a group of young girls, 9th and 10th graders, who have not played much. They are learning not only the game of volleyball, but they are learning to play as a team." Outstanding defense by Alauna Robinson helped lead the MP JV Volley Dogs to a Best-of-3 victory over Putnam County on Thurs- day. (Photo/Richard Dumas) II al "in col WHEN: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6 TIME: 5:30 PM UNTIL PLACE: 564 North Lee Street Forsyth, GA 31029 (478) 992-9009 Our Annual Fundraiser supports our "Non-Profit" "3G - Guys, Gals & Guns Club" provides training for guys & gals in gun use, gun safety & self-defense! Founders & Instructors: Laura Giles & Julia Usher Food. LIVE MUSIC. Raffle. Auction* *Auction starts at 7pm. We are in need of items to be donated for fundraiser. If you have something you would like to donate, please contact Laura Giles at 478-992-9009 Former Mary Persons and current Georgia Bulldog Malik Herring (above vs. Middle Tennessee State last Saturday) will square off with another MP alum, Missouri linebacker Jatorian Hansford, when 3-0 Georgia travels to Columbia, Mo. to face the 3-0 Tigers at noon (Eastern Time) on Saturday. The winner of Saturday's contest will take over first place in the SEC East. (Photo/Will Davis) Malik Herring UGA Sophomore Defensive End Herring had three tackles in Georgia's 49-7 win over MTSU on Saturday, giving him five total tackles for the year at defensive end. .q The National Weather Service In Peachtree City and Monroe County EMA present a Spotter ClaSSl October 2, 2018 at 6:30 PM What is Skywam? SKYWARM is a volunteer program with more than 230,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service. Who Should attend? with an interest in the weather-amateur radio operators, police and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers, emergency management teams, boaters, weather enthusiasts and of course - the general public. What is covered? Importance of Storm Spotters Basic Thunde(storms Relationship between NWS, Media and Emergency Management (EMA) Basic radar interpretation Indentifying storm & potential severe weather features How (and what) to report storm information Storm spotting safety and awarness tips Other class details: Location: Monroe County Convention Center / 475 Holiday Circle, Forsyth, GA 31029 Point of Contact: Matthew Perry. EM Director / 478-256-9506 DELICIOUS MEXICAN MENU Great variety of dishes to choose from! We Serve all your favorite beverages too! SPECIALS: Margarita Special- Small Lime On the R0eks- Two for One Bud- Draft $2 EAT IN or CARRY OUT! 478-993-2266 We are located next door to the Red Roof Inn 480 Holiday Circle, Forsyth, GA 31029 J.T. Stokes Wlngate Senior Receiver Stokes had two catches for nine yards in Saturday~ 31 - 14 loss to Carson-New- man. Stokes now has 11 catches for 158 yards and two TDs thi season. Malik Bledsoe Wingate Senior Wide Receiver Bledsoe had his best game to date on Saturday, leading the Bulldogs in receiv- ing with 5 catches for 87 yards, the longest being 27 yards, in a 31 - 14 loss to Carson- Newman. Mon- Fri 11am- 10pro Sat ll:30am- 10pro Closed Sunday