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October .2019 Page 7C :eReporter Continued from 3C Libby Batchelor, Jermaiha Navarro, Erin Brown, Makayla Harvel and CaUie News me. Jan Humphries of the CARE Cottage said that most of the funds raised will directly benefit stu- dents at Monroe County Middle School. For about the last year CARE Cot- tage has sponsored a Life Skills program at MCMS in which a group of about a dozen students meet weekly to work together on skills that will help them cope with challenges and succeed in school and life. Humphries said the funds collected by the Big Hearts Charities Club will keep the Life Skills program going into next year. Some of the funds will be used to have the CARE Cottage therapy dog, Gracie, officially certified. Some funds will be used to help buy Christmas gifts for Monroe County children, primarily those who are students at MCMS. "We run the Life Skills groups off of donations" said Humphries. "It's so important what we do here. We are so fortunate that the Middle School has allowed us to come in and that the Sheriff's Office has allowed us the time and resources for them. We can make this money go a long way" I By @lidewell As the High Falls Civic Club held its first meeting at the American Legion Building on Blount Road, Monroe County Commis- sioner George Emami told club members why plans to make the American Legion Building an active com- munity center for High Falls have hit road blocks. Emami told the High Falls Civic Club he is looking for another building to be the community center that High Falls needs. Emami, who attended the Sept. 26 High Falls Civic Club meeting, said plans de-railed because the county can't get internet service at the American Legion Building. It is in an area that is not populated densely enough to make it profitable for internet providers to run service to it. Emami said that he tried to contact several provid- ers about service. Only AT&T responded to his requests for information. AT&T quoted Emami a cost of $6,000 for running intemet to the building with a requirement for a 36-month contract at $400 per month. Emami said he is now looking for another facility closer to the businesses in High Falls that has internet access. He said the High Falls community needs a community center where people can gather, espe- cially children and young people. "I hear what people in High Falls are saying, 'Kids have got to have something to do besides play in the river, said Emami. "We need to do something that creates a sense of com- munity. Y'all [in High Falls Civic Club] are setting the pace and example." Emami said he is look- ing for some place close to High Fails State Park, where everyone in the area goes, that has internet so that there can be classes and activities for seniors and youth, induding dasses on Facebook and GED dasses. He would like to see volunteers sponsor crafts and anything similar that they have a heart to do. He said he is asking the 2020 Leadership Monroe Class to make its project in High Falls because he feels the greatest need is there. High Falls Civic Club president Bob Chappelle suggested that the old pro- pane station in High Falls, which is now vacant, might be a possible location. Billy Power noted that the American Legion Build- ing needs new cross ties to re-build the wall in front to keep the yard in place and improve the appearance. The High Falls Civic ' Club is a long established group that welcomes ev- eryone who has an interest in the High Falls commu- nity to come meet other residents of High Falls and share information of interest to those who live in the area. It meets on the last Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. After the Sept. 26 meeting at the American Legion Building, the group decided to continue meet- ing there. The building is at the intersection of Blount Road with Towaliga South Road. It was renovated by Monroe County in 2014 after it was given to the county by the American Legion chapter. High Falls Civic Club had been meeting at the High Falls Fire Station on High Falls Road, a location that is convenient for residents of the area but has limited space for parking and par- ticipants when the group invites speakers that gener- ate large attendance. County commissioners had hoped the building would become a commu- nity center in High Falls after it was renovated, but it has seen only limited use over the last five years. It is available to rent for functions like reunions, parties and other get- togethers. Commissioners have recently discussed having events for youth and seniors at the building, including regular educa- tional activities sponsored by Monroe County Library and Monroe County Ex- tension Service. In discussing the minutes from the last meeting, it was noted that 15 boats participated in the Annual 4th of July Boat Parade at High Falls Lake, which the Civic Club sponsors. The Annual Memorial Day Weekend yard sale and BBQ fundraiser at the Fire Station went well but did not bring in as many dona- tions as the previous year. Chappelle said that the club should get informa- tion, possibly invite a speaker, about the 1-75 Truck Lane project and learn how it may affect the High Falls area. lan Knecht asked about the tornado warning sirens; she had asked County Manager Jim Hedges about adding a siren in High Falls when he spoke at a Civic Club meeting. One member said one can subscribe to get the county's tornado warnings by phone since it is probably more likely that one will get the phone warning than hear the siren. Knecht said a new tire store is coming to High Falls and that it would be good for the Civic Club members to support the business as it opens with a garage behind the Dollar General Store. Catherine DONNY'$ PROPANE {478) gg2-832E; Crusan shared that High Falls State Park will not get a new park ranger until the end of the year. Since the new ranger will pick his associate ranger, the park will also be without this leadership for several months. The park will have a Fall Festival on Oct. 26. The Friends of High Falls State Park raised $2,000 to buy a chipper to help clear the banks of the lake so the lake is more visible. One person raised the question about how to deal with a 'drug house' in High Falls at 50 Mace Manor. He said there are 15-20 people living on the prop- at Monroe County Com- will have its Thanksgiving- missioners meetings Christmas social gather- "I can't believe I've had to ing on Thursday, Dec. 5 m scramble as much as I have at 7 p.m. at the American on public comments;' said Legion Building in High I= Emami. "It's your chance to Falls. Everyone is welcomew come and have your say." and is asked to bring a dish High Falls Civic Club to share. ~:~:;::, :~,: %: % ~:: Cro'we l ealty Tasha Hogan/Realtor Cell: 404-431-4656 Office: 770-775-1800 Fax: 678-235-5935 Email: Serving Primarily Monroe, Bibb, Bulls, Lamar, Spalding, Henry and Clayton Counties []/ if4i2g erty with some leaving . and some coming all the JAN E PE, N N IN6 ON I EE time. Many stay in a trailer behind the house that has no power or water. He said there is no sewerage and it smells bad. The commu- nity has contacted Monroe County Code Enforce- ment Officer ]eft Wilson, but he hasn't been able to correct the problems. The Sheriff's Office has had a presence at the location over the last few weekends with both marked and unmarked cars. Chappelle asked Emami when the legislative dis- tricts for High Falls would be re-drawn, and Emami said he expected that to happen after the 2020 cen- sus. Emami said he contin- ues to work to make it as easy as possible for citizens to make public comments Meeting All Your Insurance Needs Auto Home. Life Business Personal Umbrella Policies Let us show you how.much we can save you on your insurance. N state You're in good hm~ds, 57 S. Lee St. Forsyth, GA Jane Pennington i 478-g9.085o ~! Cheeseburger steam bun BLUE PLATE Chicken pot pie with puff pastry crust