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October 3, 2018 mR porter Page 5D By Richard Dumas Monroe County Commissioners may hike user fees at the Monroe County Rec- reation Department. Assistant rec director Kim Pierson told commissioners on Tuesday, Sept. 18 that Monroe County's flat $30 per-child fee to participate in rec sports leagues is far be- low that of surrounding counties (The lone exception is cheerleading, which is $50 per child). According to data provided by Pier- son, Butts County's fees range from $60 to $95 per child depending on the sport. She said Lamar County's fees range from $65 to $100 per child depending on the sport while Jones County's fees range from $80 to $125 per child depending on the sport. Pierson said the $30 per-child fee is not sufficient in some sports to off-set the per-child cost incurred. While the cost per child for soccer is only $18.25, the cost per child for basketball, football and baseball/ softball exceeds the $30 fee. For basketball, the cost per child is $37, for football, the cost per child is $41.75, and for baseball/ softball, the cost per child is $43.75. For cheerleading, the cost per child also ex- ceeds the $50 per-child fee at $63 per child. Pierson also provided enrollment figures for the rec department leagues for 2017-18, saying there were 1,144 total participants last year. Of those 1,144, 87 participants were deemed to be below the threshold of being able to pay the $30 fee by the Monroe County Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) and were therefore exempt from user fees. Commissioners also discussed charg'mg home school families a fee to enroll their kids in the rec department's weekly home school program. Pierson said the program, provided free of charge for three hours every Thursday afternoon during the school year, cost an estimated $8,942 to provide last year. Pierson said that figure only includes the cost of supplies and does not factor in the necessary personnel and planning time for the program. She said during the 2017-18 school year, 111 total kids from 41 dif- ferent families attended the home school program. District 4 commissioner George Emami said he wants to approach Monroe County Schools about contributing funds for the home school program since participating families pay school taxes despite not using the school system. Emami said he thinks participants should at least pay enough to off-set the cost of program supplies. "Some of the best families and nicest people that I know in our county have their kids in that home school program" Emami said. "I definitely think it's a great thing. I'm glad the county can help. They're partially paying for this, so I don't think it l be fair for them to have to pay for it twice. But then again, I think sometimes we un- derestimate the cost of the county's labor and when you add the benefits back in." After nearly 30 minutes of discussion, no action was taken on increasing fees for either rec sports participants or the home school program. INCIDENTS Continued from 4D High Fulls Rd. resident reports ex-boyfriend, broke in, stolen hatd ; A 27-year-old black Macon man was arrested and charged with first degree burglary after he allegedly stole a gun and a hatchet from his ex-girlfriend's High Fails Road home on Sept. 25. At about 9:57 p.m a female High Falls Road resident told Dep. Tyler Rodgers that she left her home at about 7 a.m. that morning and ,returned at about 6 p.m. that night. The resident said she found her bedroom and living room lights had been turned on but .did not realize until later that her tepfather's Smith and Wesson 422 handgun and her hatchet , were missing. The resident said : he then received a phone call ;;from her ex-boyfriend asking :her to pick him up on Blount '.Road. The resident said her ex- "boyfriend was breathing heavily on the phone and told her he was about to die. She said she then asked him if he was the one who stole the gun and hatchet, and he said he would explain later. She said he then hung up the phone on her. The resident told Rodg- ers she believed her ex-boyfriend had entered her home through a bedroom window. While Rodg- ers searched Blount Road for the ex-boyfriend, dispatchers noti- fied him that the ex-boyfriend had once again broken into the residents home. Rodgers entered the home while pointing his gun and found the ex-boyfriend sitting on the toilet, saying he couldn't breathe. Rodgers found in the ex-boyfTiend's front right pants pocket a pipe with white residue, which he said was used for smoking marijuana. The ex- boyfriend said he had found the pipe on the bathroom sink and said it belonged to the resident. Rodgers asked the ex-boyfriend why he was breathing so heav- ily, and the ex-boyfriend said he had run from Blount Road to the residents home to explain why he took the weapons. The ex-boyfriend said he had been hiding in the woods until Rodg- ers left the home earlier before entering through an unlocked back door. The ex-boyfriend said he took the weapons because he heard someone in the woods. He then said he put the gun in the woods next to the residents driveway. Rodgers and Dep. Chris Sherreli then found a green bag, a flashlight and and the stolen gun lying on the ground in the woods. The gun was loaded with nine .22 caliber rounds in the magazine. On top of the gun was a pipe containing a small bag of suspected methamphetamine. Inside of the green bag was the stolen black hatchet with a green handle, a black hat, duct tape and other items. The ex-boyfriend first denied the bag was his before later confirming it was indeed his. The resident told Rodgers she was sitting in her living room after the deputy had left when she heard her ex-boyfriend inside of her bedroom, displaying a crazy look in his eyes. The resident said she then ran to a neighbor's house and called 9-1-1. The resident then confirmed the recovered hatchet and gun were the ones stolen from her home. Rodgers then took the ex-boyfriend to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with possession of drug related objects and pos- session of methamphetamine. Deputies arrest wanted suspect after syringe f x,nd in A 29-year-old Forsyth man was arrested and charged with ob- struction after he ran from depu- ties in north Monroe County on Sept. 25. At about 5:37 p.m Sgt. Jarrod Duncan and Sgt. Gregg Phillips saw a man wanted on a probation warrant walking on Ruby Road. When deputies got out of then" patrol car to arrest the man, who was wearing a red tank top, black shorts, black boots and carrying a dark colored backpack, he took off running. After a brief chase, deputies arrested the man in the yard of a Lakeshore Drive home. Deputies later found the backpack about 20 yards away in the woods. Inside the backpack deputies found a syringe used to inject methamphetamine. The man was then taken to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with possession of drug related objects. Atlanta driver charged with trafficking meth after 1-75 South stop A 27-year-old black Adanta woman was arrested and charged with trafficking methamphet- amine after a traffic stop on 1-75 South on Sept. 25. At about 12:59 a.m Dep. Tyler Rodgers saw a black 2017 Nissan Altima traveling on 1-75 South near mile marker 187. Dispatchers notified Rodgers that the car's female driver was wanted out of Clayton County. Rodgers then inventoried the car and found on the front seat a Reebok shoe box containing a dear, vacuum-sealed bagbf-smt ted methamphet- amine.The driver told Rodgers the drugs did not belong to her and instead belonged to a man who had borrowed her car. Rodg- ers then took the drugs, which weighed 998 grams, and the driver's cell phone into evidence, The driver was also taken to the Monroe County Jail. Every day, underground pipelines safely transport natural gas to homes and businesses throughout the country. Atlanta Gas Light operates, secures and maintains the pipelines in our service territories. Call before you dig Before digging on your property, state law requires you call 811 to have your utility lines professionally marked - for free! You must wait the required amount of time before you begin your project. Pipeline markers indicate the presence of pipelines and rights of way. Because they are not present in all areas, it is important to always call 811. 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