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Page 2A il l orter October 31, 2018 e e e e Georgia Bobs BBQ plans to open a new location in Forsyth in January. Forsyth native Jason Joseph and his wife Missy have signed a lease to open an eighth location of the popular BBQ franchise in the for- mer home of 478 Country Buffet on Tilt College Drive. Joseph said he'll add a drive- thru lane and outdoor seating among other renovations before opening up hopefully in early January. Ive always wanted to have my own place in Forsyth ' said Jo- seph, who graduated from Mary Persons High School in 1995. Missy Joseph's father owns the growing Georgia Bobs brand, well known for its BBQ, ribs, stew and famous chicken salad. The company now has two stores in Warner Robins, one in Byron, one in Macon and fran- chises in Milledgeville, Perry and Dublin. Joseph and his wife will own the one in Forsyth. Joseph said he'll hire 15-20 employees including high school kids to work nights. The Forsyth location will have the typical Georgia Bob daily hours of 11 a.m.-9 p.m. On Sundays they expect a strong lunch crowd but may dose at 8 p.m. Joseph said he knows it's a risk since restaurants haven't done as well there since Tastee Freeze dosed at the loca- tion. But he said with Georgia Bobs popularity and some hard work, he thinks it'll do well. Joseph and his wife live in the Providence subdivision near Bass Road and have three chil- dren. BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT e e Terry Martin is an in- dependent life and health insurance agent who specializes in Medicare Health plans, including Medicare Supplement, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Drug plans. She has been an independent agent for the last six years and worked for a Medicare Advantage company for four years prior to that. "I love working with seniors and helping them save money" said Martin. "My top priority is mak- ing sure my clients understand all options avail- able to people on Medicare and helping them choose which option works best for them. It is not a 'one size fits all;' each person has specific medi- cal and financial needs" Martin's office is in Bolingbroke. She is contracted with all Medi- care Advantage plans in Monroe County and many Medicare supplement plans. There is no charge to beneficiaries for her services; she is paid by the insurance companies. But she is an agent for her cli- ent, not the company. She is available throughout the year to answer questions and help resolve any issues with plans. The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period is Oct. 15-Dec. 7; so now is the time to review plans and benefits available for 2019. Martin said there are new options available in Monroe County next year. There are Medicare Ad- vantage plans in Monroe County that include extra benefits, such as dental, vi- sion, hearing, gym mem- bership and even a per- sonal emergency response system. There are many plans available to help with drug cost, Medicare Part B premiums and co-pays, depending on income. Martin said she is most proud of the many calls she receives from customers telling her "thank you" and "You are a blessing" "My mission is help- ing senior navigate the Medicare system and get the care they need to stay healthy" said Martin. "My philosophy is to always do what is best for my client, not me or the insurance company." She invites those who are looking for answers about Medicare programs to con- tact her at 478-318-8581 or tatmartin40 and learn more about the programs available. By Diane Glidewell replace it, the building will Stephens building with no longer be used for any the 7th and 8th graders in K-12 classes and the board an emergency action. Just Monroe County School resolved to lease, sell or before school started in Board opted to no Ion- demolish the building.August mold spores and ger use Hubbard Middle The historic building on extensive water damage School at a called meet- Martin Luther King, Jr. were found at some of the ing on Oct. 23. Because Drive had been the 6thHubbard Middle School it would cost more to grade campus for several buildings. upgrade the school than years until the 6th grade "Our priorities have the state would fund to was moved into the Banks changed;' said Superinten- [ "Let's elect Michael Bittick for Sheriff," [ I - Bennett Norris I .: , As a dad who lost a son m the I,ne of duty serving Monroe County citizens, I have a heart for law enforcement and for our community. I want to tell you why I support Michael Bittick for Sheriff of Monroe County: I~ Michad has the experience and education to' keep the Monroe County Sheriff's Office at the top. Michael has supervised many employees and has a mentor approach to being the bos~ I~ MJcha~ has had to make and work within a budget of more than $1 million. IP Michael loves Monroe County and its people. He displays his love by volunteering with the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, Leader- ship Monroe and Kiwanis. He is active in raising funds for the Deputy Michael Norris Scholarship Fund that has given over $10,000 to students of Monroe County. This year he took on running the Golf Tournament and raised over $5,000 on that event only. This year we are hoping to double the scholarship from $4,000 to around $8,000 and help more students IP Michael can be hard when needed and compassionate when needed. I~ Michael wants to promote a Chief Deputy from within, by offering it internally and choosing the most qualified candidate for the lob. He wants someone who already has the respect of the Department. I~ Michael believes the 911 center needs a lot of training and innovation to handle the current call volume and believes in being proactive for the future. Being a Volunteer Fireman for over 40 years, I know how much training and cultivation t~ 911 center needs. I~ Michael believes the morale and safety of the officers and dispatchers is the most important thing. l~ Michael believes in asking questions to find the best solutions for problems 1~ Michael has seen the problems Monroe County will face in the future and understands that being proactive about fighting crime is of upmost importance. )~ Michael believes in giving a second chance to those that deserve it and being hard on those that are repeat offenders or commit serious crimes. I~ Michael believes the employees of MCSO are the best in the state and wants to keep them all and improve their safety and working conditions. He knows bringing in outside officers for ranked positions can reduce the morale. tP Michael has the experience and training and is a humble servant of the people. I~ Michael believes in educating the teachers, students and their parents of the dangers of drugs and gangs. These two things make or break a safe community. dent Dr. Mike Hickman. the school system willa new building. Assistant ! "Our number one priority reach out to the Hubbard Superintendent Jackson is classroom space for the Alumni Association andDaniel said the purpose of middle school." the rest of the community the resolution is to create He said there is adequate for ideas about what to a paper trail that would space for the 913 students do with the building. He open up funding from the now in 6th-Sth grades at noted that some of thestate to build new class- the Banks Stephens cam- buildings at the Hubbard rooms. pus, but there is no extra campus are above ground "We are not determiningI room and no room to level and are not suscep- the fate of the building, grow. Sheridan Construc- tible to water damage,just resolving not to have tion Co which is doing One of these is used daffy classes there," said Hick- renovations for Monroe by Monroe County Boys man. County Schools' central & Girls Club. The resolution passed, office, estimated that it Board member Stuart 5-0, with board member would cost $5-6 million Pippin asked if any more J.P. Evans abstaining. just to stop water from tests for mold have been Board member Phil Walk- coming into the building, done at Hubbard since er was absent. Hickman without any other renova- the decision to move the said the school system tions. 6th grade out was madewill hold a parent meet- : Hickman said the way in August. Director of Fa- ing at the gym, and board : the state formula for fund- cilities Roger Onstott said chairman Nolen Howard ing school construction "no" because there is no said the school system will works, if Monroe County way to insure students and meet with the Hubbard Schools doses down Hub- staff in the building will Alumni Association. bard Middle School, the not be exposed to mold in Board member Judy school system then has the future without reno- Pettigrew said Monroe a shortage of classrooms vations to stop the water County Schools should and is eligible for funds seepage, find a way to keep a 6th ! from the state to add "We still have st,a, nding grade campus sepa- i more. water if no!, mold, said rated from the rest of the : "Time is of the essence, Onstott. Its disintegrat- middle school. Hickman : but it takes timeto get ing.' said the 6th graders are money lined up, said He said there is no state off to themselves at the Hickman. funding to renovate Hub- Banks Stephens campus i He said the other bard Middle School. The now and there is enough ," component is what the state wants to keep school room to keep it that way : Hubbard campus means systems from renovating until the present 3rd grade ". to the community. He said when it is cheaper to build Local Business I I I BB icare Medicare Health and Drug Plans can make changes each year. NOW is the time to review your benefits. Find out what's new for 2019. Please feel free to call me and I will gladly answer any of your questions. I represent over 20 plans and will always give you honest and unbiased answers. There's never a charge for Services! Martin Independent Agent Specializing in Medicare Health Plans Medicare Advantage & Part D Plans Medicare Supplement Plans (478) 318-8581 Local Agent - Bolingbroke, GA 1 whihi 1 g " c ass, c s a ar e one, , reaches 6th grade, i Onstott said he has been working with Bob Day and Don Carter of Carter & Sloope Engineering to develop a plan for add- ing on to Banks Stephens. - The estimate is $175 per square foot to add class- , rooms, or about $1.85 million for the planned : expansion. He said they also need to add to the lunchroom. Traffic is a huge prob- .a lem regardless" said Onstott. "We propose, with assistance from the county, to add a third lane to Highway 41. We don't have a queuing lane for Banks Stephens now; it o backs up the T.G. Scott [Elementary] traffic." There was a traffic prob- lem even before the 6th grade moved to the Banks Stephens campus. Hick- man said more parents i bring students to school than used to. He estimated that about 60 percent of parents drive students to school. /