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Page 2C October 17, 2018 Candidate for Sheriff of Monroe County, Michael Bittick spoke to the Forsyth Exchange Club. Pictured is Bittick with William Roquemore. It was a privilege to honor Mr. Bobby Ivey at the Sept. 27 meeting of the Forsyth Exchange Club. Bobby served his community faithfully through many avenues, one of which was the Meals on Wheels ministry sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Forsyth. In recognition of Bobby's 48 years of service and membership in the Exchange Club of For- syth, the club presented a plaque to Mrs. Betty Ivey and made a donation in Bobby's memory of $500 to the Meals on Wheels program, in hopes that the money that Bobby helped to raise will provide meals for those in need. Wiley Crosby accepted the donation for the First Baptist Church. If you would like more information about Meals on Wheels, call 478-994-5240. . By Rep. Robert Dickey Dear Monroe County Readers, I read with interest about Monroe CountyTax Assessors opposing amend- ment 3 which is on the ballot for this election. Early voting has already begun and the actual election date is Tuesday, November 6th. I am voting in FAVOR of this amendment and would like to explain why I think this amendment will make a positive impact on Georgia and Monroe County. Georgia is a global leader in forestry. Passage of Amend- ment 3 ensures our state con- tinues to support the growth and competitiveness of our forests and the communities that depend on them.This amendment creates a fair system for forest landowners while main- taining funding for Georgia counties. The legislation that created this amendment passed the Georgia House and Georgia Senate almost unanimously with only two negative votes. Amendment 3: Amendment 3: Encourages the conservation, sustain- ability, and longevity of Georgia's working forests through tax subdas- sification and grants. Question: "Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to revise provi- sions related to the subclassification for tax purposes of and the prescribed methodol- ogy for establishing the value of forest land conservation use property and related assistance grants, to provide that assistance grants related to forest land conservation use property may be increased by general lawfor a five-year period and that up to 5 percent of assistance grants may be deducted and retained by the state revenue commissioner to provide for certain state administrative costs, and to provide for the subclassification of qualified timberland property for ad valorem purposesF The passage of this amendment would have three positive results: 1) Uniformity- It establishes a new class of land that is assessed at fair market val- ue as determined bythe Georgia Depart- ment of Revenue. It will provide qualified landowners with the opportunity for their land to be assessed as"Qualified "13mber- land Property"at fair market value by the DOR instead of by each individual county tax assessor. 2) Conservation - It will increase the acres eligible for conservation under the Forest Land Protection ACt. Under this legislation, an aggregate of 200 acres may qualify and the covenant length is ten years. 3) Funding -It will maintain local assistance grants for coun- ties and schools under the Forest Land Protection Act.This legislation adjusts the FLPA formula used in calculating local assistance grants to counties and school boards. A five-year phase in mechanism will be established to ease thelt . itiOn for counties that received uinfair over payments. Governor Nathan Deal said,"Georgia's working forests generate significant eco- nomic investment in our local communi- ties due to the contributions of those who replenish and protect our natural resources. This legislation supports our timber growers and lessens the economic burden of prodUcing quality products that sustain numerous industries, from construction to manufacturing." Please vote YES on this amend- ment. ; Please reach out to you have any questions about the ments on the ballot or any other voting information. Rep. Robert Dickey - District 140 Rep. Robert Dickey 404-651-7737 245 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 e Monroe County Board of Education recognized the custodians at K.B. Sutton Elementary at its Oct. 9 BOE meeting. Pictured (not in order) are Bobby Brantley, Mary Ann Walker, Lawrence Washington, Sadie Watts and Bridgette Middleton with BOE chairman Nolen Howard, Supt. Dr. Mike Hickman and Principal Becky Brown. "They do a fabulous job for us," said Brown. "They go above and beyond for the school and the students. We love and appreciate them." (Photos/Diane Glidewell) Monroe County Board of Education recognized District Media Festival winners on Oct. 9. Technology Director Valerie Mercer said that many of these winners had gone on to place or win at the region and state level She said their projects can be viewed on YouTube. Pictured are Dayson Fryar, Easton Causey, Dahlia Madison and Camila Gomez-Auceda of KBS for "Landforms;" Madelyn Causey of MCMS for Mutations: Autism;" Kaitlyn Shields, (not pictured Jozalyn McDaniel) of MCMS for "Kaleidescope;" Tristan Sikes of KBS for "Jupiter;" Barrett Turner of TGS for "Dino Barrett:" Camden Walker, Dion White (not pictured Jaylan Rutland, Quenterion Shannon, Tanner Pines, Zayden Meadows) of HES for "The Lettuce Family;" John Wyatt Sanders and Kaelen Heath of HES for "Poems;" Gavin Gaylord (not pictured Annsley Robinson, Harrison Bell) of HES for "The Adventures of Pink and Purple;" Juniper Fisher of HES for "Attack of Space Girl;" Graicyn Lee of MPHS for "My Experience in Best Buddies." There were additional winning project not present for recognition. I 10 YEARS, 10 MONTHS Ago We Opened Jonah's on Johnston, and on Friday, October 26th we will be retiring! After more than a decade of moments and memories we are turning off the Brick Oven one last time. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to be a part of the Forsyth-Monroe County community. We appreciate you and are thankful for your support over the years. It is our hope that you will stop by to enjoy your favorite Jonah's item one last time before we go. David & Bonnie Barker 8 Retirement Celebration Special Pizza or Calzone with soft drink 1 0.10 :-:: We will still be available for special events, private & group parties, i and catering. 26 East Johnston Street Forsyth, GA 31029 Open: Monday - Saturday 3PM - 9PM At its Oct. 9 meeting, Mon- roe County BOE recognized teachers and staff at K.B. Sutton Elementary who had reached milestones in their employment with Monroe County Schools. Pictured left (not in order) are Glen- nisha Watkins (5 years), Lawrence Washington (5 years), Stacey Necastro (10 years), Jennifer Bain (15 years), Sirley Ruth Johnson (25 years), Peggy Trammell (25 years). Not pictured are Lenesha Calloway (5 years), Brandi Pye (5 years), Brittany Bagwell (15 years) and Marquita Self (15 years). THIS SPACE IS AVAILABLE