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Page 6A RepOrter James Edward 'Jim' Bush 5r. September 28, 1933 - October 23, 2019 Forsyth - James Edward "Jim" Bush Sr. passed away Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. Funeral services will be held at 11 a:m Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, at Monroe County Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. in Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2617 Vinson Hwy, MiUedgeville, GA 31061. Rev. Mike Mc- Mullan will officiate. Jim, the son of the late George Bush Sr. and Sara Rutherford Bush, was born Sept. 28, 1933, in Colum- bus. He was retired from the United States Air Force. Jim was a member and former commander of VFW Post 658, a member of Air Force Sergeants Association and a member of The Retired Enlisted Association. Survivors include his wife, Jo Ann Reaves Bush of Forsyth; children, Karen Ryals (Joey) of Juliette, Pam Stewart (Eddie) of Juliette and James Bush, Jr. (Niki) of New Smyrna Beach, Florida; step-son, Randy Tay- lor (Tina) of Forsyth; six grandchildren, Cory Bush (Cassi), Ben Bush, Cody Bush of Orlando, Florida, Hartee Stewart of Juliette, Chris Taylor and Abigail Tay- lor of Forsyth; step-grandchild, Bryan Stewart (Sheila) of Gray;and four great grandchildren. The family may be contacted at the residence at 256 Hickman Road, Forsyth, GA 31029. Flowers will be accepted or the family suggests dona- tions to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516. : Please visit to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of ar- rangements. Regina Jackson October 9, 1-971 - October 20, 2019 Forsyth - Homego'mg services for Ms. Regina Denise Jackson, 48, were held Saturday, Oct. 26 at Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Forsyth. Pastor Rufus J. Whatley officiated. Burial was in Rest Haven Memorial Cemetery. Survivors include her daughter, Jasmine Walton; mother, Dora Jackson and a host relatives and friends. Freeman Funeral Home, Forsyth was in charge of arrangements. Ronald England February 11, 1951 - October 27, 2019 Forsyth - Ronald England passed away at his resi- dence Monday, Oct. 27, 2019. He was born Feb. 11, 1951 to Margie England Smith. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. His step-father, Sam Smith, and his brother, David England, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Connie Eng- land; daughter, Rhonda England; step-daughters, April Arp and Angie Pustelak; step-son, Alan Bentley; mother, Margie Smith; brothers, Donald England, Morris Smith and Sammy Smith; sisters, Elaine Smith and Sandra Pacchioli; aunt, Betty Lou Larsen; uncle, Bill England; thirteen grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. Please visit to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapd has charge of ar- rangements. Rebecca Gayle Rawlins August Z 2017 - October 26, 2019 Macon - Rebecca Gayle Rawlins passed away peace- fully in her sleep Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, at Maynard Baptist Church with burial in Monroe Hills Memorial Gardens. Rev. Matthew Bishop will officiate. The family will greet friends the day of the service from 10-11 a.m. at the church. Rebecca was born Aug. 7, 2017 in I fll.ll Macon. Rebecca is survived by her parents, Kerry and Kasey P, qawlins; sister, Lydia Rawlins; Grandparents, Gayle Rawlins, Alan and Raine Hall Rawlins and Troy and Becky McNeal; great-grandparents, Cindy Parker and J.R. and Helen B. McNeal, Sr.; Aunts and Undes Chris and Renee Rawlins and Stephen and Farrah Bell; and many cousins. Rebecca attended Montessori of Macon and truly loved her classroom and school. In honor of Rebecca, The Rebecca Rawlins Scholarship Fund has been established and memorial contributions may be sent to Montessori of Macon, 855 Tolliver Place, Macon, GA 31210. This scholarship fund will allow Rebecca's joy to be shared with other children. Please Visit to express Tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapd has charge of the arrangements. Kelly Richa Joseph Jr. September 18, 1965 - October 26, 2019 Forsyth - Kelly Richa Joseph, Jr. passed away Saturda) [CLARK Since1898 Oct. 26, 2019. Funeral services were held Tuesday; Oct. I 29, 2019, at Forsyth United Methodist Church with burial in Monroe Hills Memorial Gardens. Dr. Bill Britt and Rev. Rick Maeser officiated. Call your local Monroe County representative Kell was born Sept. 18, 1965, in Macon. He was Scott Harrell owner and operator of Boneheads Taxidermy. Kell was a graduate of Mary Persons High School and also at- 478-256-3586 tended South Georgia Technical College. or toll free: 800-551-1102 Kell is survived by his wife, Lisa Huffman Joseph; children, Kaleb Joseph, Emily Joseph, Michael Harrison 3250 Vineville Ave Macon, GA 31208 and Mitchell Harrison (Sidney); parents, Kelly and Nell Joseph; sisters; Richa Hedges (Velton) and Jenna Joseph (Tony Harris); brother, Jason Joseph (Missy); nephews, Mi~-lrn~ ~o o~,~ v, Jack Joseph and Evan Joseph; nieces, Ella Kate Joseph, C, eo~gia Ashley Rucker (Hermann) and Kalen Hodges (Colin I ~ Desigmers & Manufactures of [ ~ t"-"~""~ ~, Marble, Granite & Bronze Wilkerson); grandson, Jet Harrison; and great niece, I t|11 I ml,k, M ,orials since,:. 1908 & Chloe Rucker. [ ~'~]{ I SULLIVAN [a~,~ Janice M( re. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Scottish Rite Children's Hospital, 1001 Johnson Ferry TOLL FREE Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30342. 1.800.877 93411 The family may be contacted at the residence of Kelly 1-7 0-358-1470 and Nell Joseph, 100 Meadow Drive, Forsyth, GA L 31029. Railroad & Main St. Barnesville, GA Please visit to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapd had charge of ar- rangements. Monroe County is getting ready to cdebrate its 200th birthday, and such a big party needs a great logo. That's why the Monroe County Bicentennial Com- mission has kicked off its Bicentennial Logo contest with a $100 prize going to the winning artist. The prize is courtesy of Reporter columnist Don Daniel. The deadline to enter the logo contest is Friday, Nov. 1. Submit loges in electronic formats such as jpg or PDF to on or before Nov. 1. Pumpkin bisque with house Vaudovcm ond dlontro sour creom I pork chop in brioche with lettuce, tomoto nd signature remoulade October31 5:30PM-7:30PM First Baptist Church of Forsyth 95 West Morse Street *Inflatables *Games *Food *Music *Hay Ride *Face Paint *Petting Zoo October 30, 2019 e Monroe County voters will dedde on Tuesday; Nov. 5 whether to impose a local penny Transportation Spedal Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) that would raise local sales tax from 7 to 8 percent. If approved, the TSPLOST would last five years begin- ning on April 1, 2020 and would be capped at $17 million for transportation needs. Monroe County would receive about $14.1 million (83.2 percent of the proceeds), the City of Forsyth would receive about $2.6 million (15 percent of the proceeds) and the City of Culloden will receive about $305,000 (1.8 percent of the proceeds. County manager Jim Hedges and county road supervisor Junior Watts came up with 152.49 miles of county roads (or about 30 percent of total county road mileage) to be resur- faced using TSPLOST, 2020 SPLOST and Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG) funds over the next six years. The total project cost was estimated at about $19 mil- lion. Of 152.49 miles slated for resurfacing, District 2 roads would account for 52.43 miles, District 4 would account for 41.05 miles, District 3 would account for 39.86 miles and District 1 would account for just 3.31 miles (many District 1 roads are maintained by the City of Forsyth). Voters soundly rejected a regional TSPLOST twice in the past seven years, When first introduced in 2012, the regional TSPLOST failed by a 66-34 percent margin in Monroe County and 56-44 percent across the Middle Georgia area. Then, in 2018, the regional TSPLOST failed again, this time by a 57-43 percent margin in Monroe County and a narrow 51-49 percent margin across Middle Georgia. Continued from Front the referendum would raise Monroe County sales taxes from 7 to 8 percent to fund road improvements. See ad on page 5A. It will be the third time the rivals have faced off. Bflderback beat Tapley for the District 3 commission post in 2006, but Tapley unseated Bilderback as chairman in 2016. For his part, Tapley said Bilderback is welcome to run for chairman but that he disagrees on the sales tax. "I beat him last time because people understood he wasn't what we needed and wasn't the leader we needed;' said Tapley. Tapley said many people are much happier with how things offproperty taxpayers and allows travelers coming through the county to help fund roads. Thus far, only 371 out of 19,662 registered voters have cast ballots in early voting in the referendum, said Monroe County elec- tions superintendent Kaye Warren. Also 115 absentee ballots have been turned in. Early voting ends this Friday at 4:30 p.m. and final voting will take place from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Holding a county- wide election for just one ballot question at the county's 14 precincts is cost- ing taxpayers about $5,600, Warren said. Warren noted that the number of registered voters in Monroe County is up by about 19 percent in the are run and morale is much past two years, from about hi er 16,000 to about l9,000, . OaCKS maoersmp. : And Taple- said the tax automatically automatically )1 . re sterm eo le to vote is the best way to eet the ga g p p , county's roacls up o speed, when they get their driver s "There's been a lot of license. neglect of our roads for so many years:' said Tapley, "and the cost of repair- ing and replacing roads is exponentially higher than it used to be? Tapley said the sales tax takes the burden City voters will elect two council members, with Walter Goodson challeng- ing councilman John How- ard on Post 1 and Rosemary Walker challenging council- man Melvin Lawrence for Post 3. Continued from Front Monroe County Sgt. Kevin Williams asked the woman, identified as Jennifer Leigh Costlow, to get offthe roof, but she replied, "F--- you." The homeowner, Peggy Ussery, came to the door and Williams told her that there was a woman on her roof. Ussery said she would call Costlow's sister. But when Costlow's sister arrived, Costlow still wouldn't come down. Cost- low also cursed at deputies and threw a flashlight off of the roof, hitting Williams' foot. Costlow then said she was going to "burn this (expletive) house to the ground." Costlow then be- gan running from the front of the roof to the back, get- ting very close to the edge Heating & A/C, Inc. We Service All Brands of Heating & Air Conditioning Units Sep4ng Monroe County. & Surrounding Areas for over 40 years Free Estimates Financing Available Juliette Rd. Forsyth, GA 478-994-612'7 Ga.Reg.CU 401419 turn to the e perts" ~: ::~:::. and nearly falling twice. The Forsyth Fire Depart- ment brought a ladder truck to the scene, and Williams climbed the lad- der onto the roof at which point Costlow yelled non- sensical things at him and refused to follow his com- mands. Monroe County deputy Wade Kendrick then climbed onto the roof as well, and the deputies grabbed Costlow, forcefully putting her hands behind her back and handcuffing her. Deputies then car- ried Costlow across the roof and down the ladder, where EMTs gave her a sedative and took her to the hospital. An EMT told Williams that Costlow admitted to buying weed and said it must have been some "bad s---." Costlow was charged with reckless conduct, simple battery and obstruc- tion. The family of ~'eabe~a~ would like to thank everyone for the cards, calls, flowers, visits, and other kind expressions of sympathy shown during our time of bereavement. Your support at this difficult time was very much appreciated. Please continue to keep us in lifted in prayer.