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= If John Howard wants to run for Mayor again, he should post bond to pay for his utilities and cable before he takes they can work for Gov. Abrams. votes: 8 WELL APPARENTLY IT APPEARS A FOR- MER CITY OFFICIAL (MAYQR) HAS GOT- TEN IN HIS HEAD THAT MAYBE HE CAN RUN FOR ANOTHER TURN AS MAYOR. NOW HE CALLS HIMSELFTHE NEW SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMUNITY. votes: 8 iI E0orter Well we finally got some fall weather, but it took a hurricane to do it and it lasted about two days. Now it's back to 85 degrees. But the weather guy said it's going to get cool again later this week, about the time you get this Reporter here. Sounds good to me. Towaliga Tina and I were so excited about Hurricane Mike that we waited up all night on Wednesday to see what would happen. We ain't never seen a real-life hurrican' before. We sat on folding chairs in the garage all night. Finafly, about 4 a.m we got some nice wind sideways rain. But that was about it. We should've slept. We did spend Thursday picking up sticks and leaves in the yard and were so tired we decided to go out to eat. Which reminds There are fewer options than their used to be in Forsyth. David and Bonnie Barker, own- ers of Jonah's on Johnston, have decided to retire. I sure am going to miss their pizza rolls and pecan bars. Mmmm-mm, they wuz good. My new favorite Italian place, Minori's on the square, has already dosed, but I'm told they plan to re-open under new management soon. That's good news because Forsyth needs a good Eye-talian place. Well, the little Bulldogs are back in action on Friday night at West Laurens. Wonder if the Raiders will have another parachute jump before the game? As for the Bulldogs from Athens? Let's not talk about dat, OK? 3A By Will Davis oublisher@mymcr.nef Mercer athletics director and Forsyth resident Jim Mr. Evans, I watched Cole told the local Kiwanis the cc meeting. You told the county employees Club on Sept. 18 that while that if they did not like he loves his job, the pres- their job or disagreed sure to win at Mercer only with their pay, they increases as the school's could just find an- sports program grows. other job. Well sir, how "The pressuretowin about taking your own consumes every day" said advice? ff you don't Cole. "My life is a score- like doing your job by helping these employ- board. Every night is a win ees, find another job! or a loss:' Paul Jossey, left, votes: 7 Cole speaks to Kiwan- ians about once a year Then there was the time When I become Gov- about what's happening Cole had to intercept the ernor, I will ban all po- in Mercer athletics. Cole marketing department Iifical TV commercials, touted the Bears' recent for promoting an AR-15 votes: 7 upset win in football over giveaway days after the Remember the Demo- ranked foe Samford the tragic church shooting in crat platform: 1) illegals previous Sa rday, noting Charleston. over citizens, 2) welfare that only sheriffA1 Shack- "I've learned that coaches over work, 3) gov't con- elford picked Mercer inhave no idea what's going fro[ over freedom. Is this the Reporter's Celebrity on in the news or anything your American dream? Pigskin Picks contest. But else;' said Cole. "They votes: 6 Cole spent much of his have tunnel vision. They're time sharing funny stories just trying to win the next beenStaceYinAbramsCALIFORNIAhas demonstrating what it's like game:' grabbing money ~ tobe an AD. Then there was the time those poor citizens to He joked that he never he got a call from Bibb win in Georgia. SOme- realized coaches were so County investigators that thing smells fishy and it single-minded trying tothey had found a Mercer ain't fish. votes: 5 win the next game, and ring during a drug bust. thus so clueless about ev- Cole feared the worst, erything else, until he took that an athlete may have to us? Please? votes: 4 the job. traded it for narcotics, but For instance, he recalled then learned that thering Former Mayor Howard the time they were install- had his assistant athletic is as Good a Mayor as ing new landscaping at the director's name on it. Cole am/Forsyth Ever had. tennis complex when thedecided to play a trick, and If I Lived in the City I tennis coach called with a had a law enforcement would VOTE for him. problem, friend call his assistant The Problem you have "They stole a tree," said AD to tell him what had with him is the SAME the coach in a serious voice, happened, and then to say that you have with 44 and NOT Party! Cole was confused, so the that the drug suspects had votes: 4 coach went on to explain "flipped" on him. As his that there was a big hole in audience laughed, Cole Will editorial about the the ground and a tree was said they later learned the doings of Councilman missing. Cole explained in ring had been stolen out of (former Mayor)was turn that they were putting his assistant AD's car. very interesting. Looks trees in the ground and that Cole did share a few like he wants a job if no one had stolen a tree. serious items, noting that the tax dodger gets The story got big laughs Mercer has won the South- elected, votes: 4 from Kiwanians. ern Conference academic Finally cooler weather:. Later in the fall, the same award, but said that those time for boots is coming! coach called again to alert high standards require him votes: 3 Cole that the new treesto make tough decisions were dying, every day. Can someone make me "What do you mean?" He recalled last year a understand why Com- asked Cole. talented UGA linebacker missioner Evans thinks "Well the leaves are fall- wanted to transfer to he can talk to citizens or county employees with ing;' said the coach, "so the Mercer, but Cole couldn't an attitude? Last time I trees must be dying:' let him due to academic checked he was elected A laughter filled the concerns. That same young and Lord knows why] room, Cole recalled ex-man was playing for Sam- votes: 3 plaining to the coach that ford in their game Sept. 15. leaves fall off of trees every "Most Division 1 colleges, I like SPLOST but who is autumn in Georgia and they drive them (athletes) responsible for making then return in the spring. sure SPLOST money is to class;' said Cole. "We spent on what it is sup- "He's from Florida:' dead- don't do that. We don't have posed to be spent on? panned Cole. a safety net" Is all of the money spent Another time, said That's hard, said Cole, be- or is it "borrowed", for Cole, the president of the cause of something noted other projects? votes: 3 university's secretary called by his friend, former UGA with a question about the head coach Ray Goff. Google "Federal inves- schedule. "Ray said there's an in- figafion into sex crimes committed by Bill Clin- "I see we're playing BYE verse correlation between a ton", including the rape on Saturday" she noted,player's GPA and his speed of Juanita Broaddrick. "what time does the game in the 40-yard dash;' said votes: 3 start?" Cole. Apparently the secretary Speaking of UGA, Cole Since when, is a branch thought BYE was a school said he's never been a big of county government related to BYU, when inBulldog fan even though allowed to make a po- fact it meant that Mercer his wife went there, but he Iifical statement to the had a bye week that Satur- said that has changed with press concerning their support or opposition day. ,@ for a person or amend- ~ ~ ~ merit in an upcoming election? votes: 3 "Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet" could stop the ancient Persian couriers, but "tropical storm con- ditions" caused the 21 st century Forsyth post office to lock the doors BOY OF kouts Popcorn Fundraiser Sc0 ORDER Online today at I and Mercer AD Jim Cole of Forsyth. the hiring of Kirby Smart. "I admire his attention to detail;' said Cole, "He'S a mini-Nick Saban. Georgia is gonna be good a long time:' Meanwhile, Cole an- nounced that Mercer continues to upgrade its facilities with the installa- tion of a new $1.4 million video scoreboard at Five Star Stadium in December. He said it will be the largest video board in FCS-level football. Cole said ffthere's one thing he's learned as an AD, it's that your sound system can never be loud enough and your video board can never be big enough. Cole also took time commendMP junior " Trippe Moore, who was - in theiaudience, for his verbal commitment to play baseball at Georgia Tech. But Cole, a former baseball player himself, couldn't help doing a little recruit- he was considering going hag. into politics. "Remember, it's just aver- "Don't do that, son, you bal commitment, Trippe" need to make some real ,said Cole, to laughter, money." Cole was asked how he Cole said he found out compares his current job his dad was right. to his old job as a state "If you do politics right, lawmaker, you go broke;' said Cole. Cole said he loves what But he later added: "If you he does and said it takes do it wrong, you can make him away from his family a money. Right Greg?", a lot less than politics did. tease of county commis- Plus, he remembers what sion chairman Greg Tapley, his late father Malcolm a Mercer alum also in at- Cole told him when he said tendance. Residential & Commercial We Service All Brands e Honest & Reliable Service Licensed and insured ExperienceYou CanCount On Locally Owned & Family Operated Financing Available Service Agreements - Thank You for Your Business. Like us on Facebook To Will Davis and my constituents of Monroe County Georgia, Recently I was invited to attend the debate being hosted on Octo- ber 15, 2018 in regards to those seeking othe Office of the Sheriff for Monroe Count, Georgia. Ill like to respectfully decline this invitation. As most know I retired from the Monroe County Sheriff's Of- fice in January of 2018. Within a month then Sheriff J.C. Bittick announced he would be retiring as our Sheriff to accept the posi- tion of United States Marshal for the Middle District of Georgia. I decided upon his announcement that Ill seek the Office of Sheriff to continue to faittffully serve Monroe County as I have done so for the past 42 years (34 years - MCSO / 8 years - FPD). From the beginning of my campaign I chose to go door to door, street to street, and neighborhood to neighborhood asking each of you for your voice and confi- dence as I seek the Office of Sheriff. I've not waived from this idea as I want you to know that I'm a boots on the ground" kind of guy who's not expecting a sign to vote, a debate to win a vote or a false promise to handle business. I want all of you to know that as your SheriffI'll still be here in the county and speaking to you as ffwe've known each other all our lives, regardless if we have or If you met me for 30 minutes after I knocked on your door. On day one I laid out my campaign ideas such as: Increasing School Safety by working with our Board of Education to increase School Resource Offi- cers, technology to restrict access to keep our children and teachers/staff safe. After all, they are our future, we must protect each of them and give them the safest environment in which to perform. Increase the presence of Uniform Deputies across Monroe County. We have to look at our recruit- 'hag efforts and make sure we obtain the best of the best when it comes to hiring more law enforce- ment officers. We currently have a tremendous team of deputies and will find ways to increase their numbers by working with Monroe County Commissioners to increase compensation, promotional opportunities, and offering more technology and educatonal opportunities as well. Expansion of our 911 Center and hiring and/or retaining a Director to effectively train, retain operators and operate this facility to serve Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Monroe County Emer- gency Services, Forsyth Fire and Police Departments as individual agencies. Activate a phone line where you the citizen can call a tip directly into drug investigators, where it'll be investigated immediately and without fear of the information not staying confidential. Re-establish a successful Neighborhood Watch program where neighbors meet and greet neighbors and work dosdy with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. Remember that you know what and who belongs in your neighborhoods we don't. Help us, help you. "l'hese arejusta few of my ideas and I would love the opportunity to expand more on them. If you i have any questions fed free to contact me at (478) 256-6406. Ill love to be your Sheriffand to serve each ofyou and there's no debate about that ' i ,i Ronnie "locko Evans i :" ; ii */ J