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iI orter 1 October 17, 2018 Around Monroe County Forsyth Juliette High Falls Bolingbroke Culloden Smarr MONROE COUNTY f*-. k Mmne on fl e Move Weight Mon- ml mndt Program Monroe County Exten- sion Service is part- nering with Monroe County Recreation Department to offer, Monroe on the Move, a Wa k Away weight management program. It will begin on Monday morning, Oct. 1,5 from 6:30-7:30 a.m. and will Be a weekly program. There will Be a half hour of informational education followed by a half hour of activity, starting with walking. There is no charge to participate and showers are available at the Rec Department for those who would like to use them after the activity. The goat is to encour- age weight manage- ment in a healthy, fun atmosphere. Plans are to also begin an eve- nlng class from 6-7 p.m. For more information, Contact Extension agent Dana Lynch at 478- 994-7014 or dlynch@ Oct. 18 90-100th Celebmt The 28th Annual Celebration of 90 to lOOth birthdays will be Thursday, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. at the Rubye James Watts Senior Center, 515 Highway 83 South, Forsyth. The community is invited to support these outstand- ing citizens who have contributed to others for so many years. And a special invitation is extended to all who have celebrated their 90-plus birthday over the past year to come " Be a guest of honor For more information, call Freida White, Senior Center director, at 478- 994-1701. Fallll blllm Jl l- Io mwt The High Falls Lake Association will meet Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in the High Falls Park Group Shelter. This meeting is open to all who are interested in the High Falls Lake and neighborhood and is an opportunity to share items of interest with the group There will Be refreshments after the meeting; bring something to share if you wish, Oct. 19 Rl'bixm Cun far - Sweet Tern C Fe Forsyth-Monroe County ChamBer of Commerce will host a Ribbon Cutting for Sweet Tea Care, 7248 Alexander Court. Balingbroke (Behind United Bank) on Friday, Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. See CALENDAR Page 4C | The Mary Persons High School Class of 1949 met on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Mt. Zion Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Smarr for its 69th Re- union. Plans are underway for the 70th Reunion next year to be held at the same location on Oct. 12, 2019. Those in attendance this year were: L-R: June Brown Ham; Ernest Ham; Cary Bittick, Johnina Hoffman Coleman; Harry Annis; Dot Zellner Bazemore; Augustine Johnson Hammersley and Smith Driskell. 0 By Diane Glidewell "I believe economic op- portunity is the American Dream and that Georgia can no longer accept being 42nd in the American Dream,' said Georgia Commissioner of Labor candidate Richard Keafley after noting among other statistics that Georgia is 42nd in economic oppor- tunity. He said that to cor- rect the situation, his goals as Labor Commissioner are to create career centers that can give Georgians skills for jobs in the grow- ing automobile, movie and high tech sectors, to fight for good paying jobs and benefits and to get veterans into jobs. Keatley spoke to Monroe County's Blue Bridge So- ciety on Oct. 8. He talked about the office of Labor Commissioner, his back- ground and what he would like to see the Department of Labor accomplish dur- ing the next term. Keatley said the labor commissioner oversees the Department of Labor and administers its programs, including employment service and unemployment benefits. The commissioner administers laws governing t I 0 work conditions, employee safety and child labor laws and disseminates work- force information. The commissioner is respon- sible for the requirement of the Workforce Investment Opportunity Act, which promotes employment op- portunities and job train- hag using federal funds. Keafley said that the labor commissioner should also care about the lives of workers in the state. He said Georgia has the 20th highest unemploy- ment rate, the 10th highest poverty rate and the 12th highest income inequality and is 34th in labor force participation and 42nd in economic opportunity. Ke- atley said these are issues the Department of Labor can improve. Keafley attended Virginia Tech on a Naval ROTC scholarship, graduated with a B.S. in Nuclear Sci- ence and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for seven years, including serving on warships dur- ing the first Gulf War. He obtained advanced degrees at the University of Paris and Yale University, then taught in the language de- partment at Georgia State University. He is married and has lived in the Atlanta Left to right, Commissioner of Labor candidate Richard Keatley, campaign Manager Becky Beaver and George Langford at the Monroe County Blue Bridge Society meeting on Oct. 8. area since 1998. of their $30-39,000 per unemployment check. He also wants to close year jobs because theyKeatley said polls show the gender wage gap by wanted concessions from him about even with increasing minimum wage, their employer on their incumbent Mark Butler, paid family and medical health insurance premi- and he appreciates help and affordable child care. ums doubling. Keafley said from the voters in Monroe Keatley plans to open an the Department of Labor County. He said he has put Office of Employee Rights refused to provide any as- over 25,000 miles on his to investigate issues from sistance while they had no "little Ford Hybrid" and firings to discrimination, income and negotiated,will keep driving around He said in the military One attendee asked the state meeting people soldiers are always training whether he would consider until Election Day. He said for their next job, and he putting a satellite Labor Georgia's Department of wants to develop a culture office in Monroe County Labor has a $133 million among the state's employ- since the two closest offices budget and about 2,000 ers of helping employees are in Macon and Griffin employees, but he's not move up. and can be difficult for sure it is doing the most "Something about the people who are out of work intelligent job; he said it human soul wants to thrive and have transportation needs to reward innova- and prosper. We need to issues to reach. He said it tion. Keatley said that encourage that on a state could be a good idea and industries should be en- level" he said. that his opponent has said couraged to show more ap- He talked about visit- the website is sufficient preciation for their work- ing steelworkers in Dade service. He said the career ers, but industries can't do County who wanted to center should not be the it all without support from work but were lock d out place a worker gets anelected officials. t