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Page 2C By Diane Glidowoll news©mymcmei Monroe County Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman told the com- mittee working to plan the future of the former Hub- . bard High School campus on Nov. 13 th°at demolition of the buildings that can’t .be saved should begin in January. He told the com- mittee there have been no substantial changes in plans since the spring. An arch, somewhat remi- niscent of the University of Georgia arch, is planned for the front entrance. He said he would like to call the property the ‘WM. Hubbard Complex? This name was agreeable with the exception that ‘William M. Hubbard Complex’ was preferred by the majority of committee members, Hickman said he feels like ‘complex’ is a good term since there will be multiple things going on in the area. Hickman said he thinks the fall of 2020 is a realistic goal for opening the com- plex. Besides the fenced playground, walking trails and green space outside, there will be a maintenance building and the gym will be used by the Boys 8: Girls Club and Monroe County Recreation Department. The main building will continue to be used daily by the Monroe County Boys & Girls Club; the cafeteria will be used by the Boys 8: Girls Clubs of Central Georgia but will also be available for other groups. It will be a warm- ing kitchen rather than a place for cooking, which will exempt it from the Health Department inspec- tions required for kitchens. The Save Our Children summer program will use the kitchen to prepare sack lunches. Other parts of the build- aRéiiorter Work on Hubbard Complex to begin in January ing, especially the large media center, will be used for a Monroe County Black History Exhibit and meeting rooms for groups like the Retired Teach- ers Association and after school programs. Hickman said he would like to see a Police Department or. Sherifl’s Ofi‘ice substation in the building to provide security. “There will definitely be someone there, with eyes on things and taking care of scheduling,” said Hick- man. In response to a question about the pictures that were hanging in the building, | Hickman said they are stored now but will be hung throughout the build- ing. In response to a ques- tion about whether tables and chairs will be available for those using the cafete- ria for events, Hickman said that most of the tables may have to go to Monroe Do You Remember When... iii?lliltiltiltiillittiiiifliiliiliiiiiliiiltiliiitlliiiilliittiliilllliiiiliiiiiiiiiiliiiililiiiifiiit?Elli?!iiéiiiiiiiiiiiititiiiiiiit?iitiliiéiiiiifiiiiiiiiiiiéiiiiiiiéiéiiéiiiii 1989 The Forsyth Jaycees ‘Just Say No to Drugs' poster contest. picks 15 winners from about 270 entries. ABC Home Health Care holds a Grand Opening in its new Forsyth location in the Monroe County Hospital building at 90 Cultoden Road. The Forsyth Dairy Queen 8: Brazier near [-75 on lift College Drive has 35-40 ‘ varieties of the new Blizzard treat. The Monroe County Chapter of the American Red Cross is recognized forlcollecting 120 percent of its 1988-89 blood drive goal; donors contrib- uted 702 pints of blood. Dr. William Stephen Taunton, MD of Forsyth is rectified as a diplomate of the American Board of Family Practices after passing a recertification examination. Captain D's holds a ribbon cutting and donates $300 to Monroe Christmas Gifts of Love foundation; Unit Manager is Tony Brown, and Assistant Manager is Terry Ogletree. ' Professional wrestler ‘Dirty' Billy White of Forsyth is the double-titled Southeastern Alliance Alabama lnterconti~ nental Wrestling and World Alliance Wrestling champ. Anthony Green, a 1986 (Mary Persons graduate, is a iunior playing tight end at Middle Tennessee State University. ‘ The Forsyth team of the William Carter Company captures the championship of the Textile Week softball tournament in Barnesville. Bennett Bostick, owner of the gmanndswmamwn~ Mar grocery store in Jackson. He also owns the Monticello : Red 8: White. Mary Persons will host Mon- roe County veterans at lunch on Friday, Nov. 10 to say thank you.‘ City of Forsyth firefighters say a house fire on James Street is caused by careless smoking. * nouninoncommncmnnnuamuuuamournun mortar 3'0, mm to was no this rink is brought to you in... 1999 Extension agent Frank Sears says the recent large num- bers of lady bugs is only a temporary nuisance and will disappear with the onset of colder weather; lady bugs are beneficial in helping control harmful insects. Girl Scout Troop 27, spon- sored by Ebenezer UMC of Forsyth, is collecting toys from kids' fast food meals for children in third world countries. ‘ Mary Persons Bulldogs are eliminated in the first round of playoffs by the Appling they grow so big they pose a security problem. Mary Persons Bulldogs stomp the Maynard Jackson Jaguars, 37:0, in their last‘ season game but are out of the playoffs, finishing fifth in the region. Georgia Sobther goalkeeper Zach Buckley of Forsyth has six big saves to help lead the Eagles to their first win. Kaleb Clephane of For- syth kills his first deer, an eight-point buck, on his 13th birthday. Forsyth Police arrest James Gresham, 49, in connections with a rash of auto break-ins County Pirates, 47-7. Mayor Paul .lossey’s grand- . children, Laurie, Scott and Brian flip the switch to turn on Forsyth's new Christmas decorations hanging from each lamp post around town. Mary Persons ranks 13th out of 47 high schools in the Central Georgia area in the 1999 Report Card for For- ents from the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. Monroe County Middle School ranks 21 out of 58 schools, and Hubbard Elementary ranks 75 out of 134 schools. Tommy Wilson announces he will seek the new Superior Court iudgeship to be cre- ated in the Towaliga Judicial Circuit. ' .Georgia Supreme Court denies the appeal of William Henry Lyons in the 1994 mur- der and armed robbery of Cecil Henderson in Forsyth. Melvin lawrence, city and county officials and members of the local Older Americans Councii cut the ribbon at the newly opened OAC building. Atter .. survey of 699 parents, the dress code in around town after residents videotape him. K.B. Sutton principal Joe Parlier and assistant princi- pal Marcy Hunt-Harris are drenched by hundreds of water balloons in a stunt to reward good behavior: A man is rescued on Old Brent Road after floodwa- ters trap him in his vehicle. The county had to close Old Brent and five other roads because of the flooding. Monroe County sends 42 boxes to Georgia troops in Afghanistan in Operation Up- lift. Shipping costs were more than 5400. Monroe County's plans to create a new animal shelter and recycling center on three acres on Collier Road end after the owner gets a higher offer on the property. Forsyth police cite four peo- ple from the Atlanta area for allegedly scamming Monroe County residents by claiming to be raising. money for the 14—year-old Forsyth girl hit by a car a few weeks ago. Monroe county Schools will stay the some instead of go: ing to uniforms. Monroe County Relay for Life holds the kickoff for its 2010 campaign; Relay for Life will be April 16. 2009 , Members of the Town Country Garden Club try to persuade Commissioner tarry Evansito plant some forsythia around the court- house square, he says he doesn’t want any plants to take away from the beauty of the courthouse and that Chuck Harvey's wife, Patricia, and daughters accept his art degree from Gordon College on his behalf after he passes away from lung cancer less than a month before his long-. awaited graduation. Monroe County Memorial Chapel 'We set the standards that others follow’ : Harley Ray "Spanky" Beck 86 West Main Street - Forsyth 478-994-4266 ’ November 27, 2019 The plan for the William M. Hubbard Complx includes an entrance arch, walking trails and a playground as well as multiple uses for the buildings. County Middle School cafeteria after its expansion is finished, but there will be some tables for the Hub- bard cafeteria. Roger Onstott, Monroe County Schools facilities director, described some of the plans for the William M. Hubbard Complex. He said they have found a way to keep the magnolia tree in front and with the arch have created an open- ing that gives a sense of entrance with capstone on top of brick and ironwork. There will be a ramp that goes into the building and a drain that keeps water from coming back into the building. There will be a canopy across the front. “We want the walkway to meander rather than circle so that it makes bigger and smaller walking loops,” said Onstott. The short hallan will be finished out with double doors, and there will be switchbacks so that the slope won’t be so steep. The brick columns will fit with other architecture in the school system. There are ‘old-timey’ wrought iron light poles. “I really think this works with the area. [Architects] Bob Day and Don Carter gave us some ideas,” said Onstott. “They understand this community.” ’ Hickman said there was a walk-through for those interested in bidding'on the demolition on Nov. 21, and demolition bids are due Dec. 5. “We want [the William M. Hubbard Complex] to be something that will be here a long time,” said Hickman. City puts” brakes on cemetery gates By Diane Glidewell ‘ news©mymcmei Mayor Eric Wilson told council that he thought the city had over-reacted in August with plans to limit access to the city cemetery after complaints about broken grave markers. Council members initially wanted to put up gates that would close , the. cemetery at night. When City Man- ager Janice Hall later told council that 13 ’ gates would be needed at a price of about $70,000 plans were put on hold. Wilson said he has visited the city cem- etery several times since the complaints were brought to council and he has not seen damage that he thinks was caused by vandalism. “I just don’t think most of the damage is happening after hours,” said Wilson. “I think we need to encourage a culture of coming forward and saying when you damage something.” Wilson said he has seen tree limbs down over graves and the corners of grave slabs chipped, which he thought was probably done accidentally by maintenance workers. He said he saw a heavy slab out of place, able to move it back where it belonged. He thought it must have been knocked by a machine, 'not a kid moving it.” areas better. “I hate for us to get too limiting on ac- ” cess,” said Wilson. Council member John Howard said that since the Forsyth Police Department has hired more officers, he thinks it will be able to patrol the cemetery and surrounding “There needs to be a gate that’s open at certain times and closed at other times,” said council member Mike Dodd. “It’s very secluded. Certain areas need to be closed off for security issues.” . Hall said it is hard to close off the cem— etery because there are so many points of access and streets running through it. She said she is working with Middle Georgia Regional Commission on how to control the cemetery, possibly by blocking off some of the 13 entrances. Council member Melvin Lawrence said and he and another city employee were not the city also needs to look at options and repairs at Rest Haven Cemetery Council member Greg Goolsby said the city needs to look at the flow of traffic in and out of the city cemetery. Forsyth city council pays $464,662 in bills By Diane Glidewoll news©mymcrnet At its Nov. 18 meeting Forsyth council approved paying invoices that totaled $464,662 without any dis- cussion. Invoices included an insurance claim settle- ment for $234,928. There were payments of $28,189 to Clark Nexson (architect for the new city hall), $23,962 to Advanced Disposal (city garbage pick up), $23,078 to US. Dept. of Energy for the Electric Department, $45,217 to Utility Partners (manager of the city water system) and $45,217 to Utility Part- ners (manager of the city sewer system). Council approved two requisitions for the For- syth Police Department: $33,454 for a Crown Victo- ria vehicle from Allen Vigil dealership and $14,500 for an ATV. In response to a question from a council member, Hall said she didn’t know where the ATV will be used but that it will be marked with police department identification. City Manager Janice Hall asked council to approve a change in procedure so that she can pay invoices before she brings them to council for approval. She said that because of the way council meetings fall some invoices are past due before she can bring them to council and get checks written and sent. Regular council meetings are on first and third Mon- day evenings, and Hall said she especially has a prob- lem with invoices when there are five Mondays in a month. Hall said she wants to pay invoices weekly and bring them to the next council meeting after they are paid. 1 Council approved allowing Hall to pay invoices before presenting them to council. “The public should understand that our 30-day invoices are being paid,” said Mayor Eric Wilson. Wilson suggested the city cancel its regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 2 because it conflicts with the Forsyth Main Street Tree Lighting on the square. Another option was to move the meeting to Tuesday, Dec. 3. Council members John Howard, Chris Hewitt and . Melvin Lawrence voted for cancelling the meeting, and council members Mike Dodd, Julius Stroud and Greg Goolsby voted against cancelling it. Wilson broke the tie in favor of cancelling the meeting and said council will meet only once in December, on Monday, Dec. 16.