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Page 6A December 11, 2019 iN LOVlNG Wit? Rebecca Nell 'Becky' Couch June 20, 1960 — December 4, 2019 Forsyth — Rebecca Nell “Becky” Couch passed away Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. A Memorial Service was held Saturday, Dec. 7 at Monroe County Memorial Chapel. Burial was private. Dr. Reed Crumbliss officiated. Becky, the daughter of the late Walter Bates and Edna Ham Bates, was born June 20, 1960, in Forsyth. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Danny Couch of For- syth; children, Kristy Swaney (Kevin) of Forsyth and Dennis Couch (Mark Guce-Couch) of Warner Robins; sister, Pat Fort (Robert) of Forsyth; brother, Riley Bates (Brenda) of Barnesville; three grandchildren, Kayla Statham, Paisley Statham and Ashlynn Swaney. The family requests no flowers but suggests donations to Save A Pet, Post Office Box 933, Forsyth, Ga 31029. Please visit to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel had charge of arrangements. Arthur F. Tyde Jr. /\/\ay 1, 1941 -December 8, 2019 Macon - Arthur Francis Tyde, Jr. passed away Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11 at Martha Bowman United Meth- odist Church with burial in Monroe Hills Memorial Gardens. Rev. Mark Magoni and Rev. Fran Magoni will ofliciate. Arthur, the son of the late Arthur Francis Tyde Sr. and Elizabeth Marion Kelaher Tyde, was born May 1, 1941, in Brooklyn, NY. His sister, Barbara Tyde Pavlides, preceded him in death. He was a retired apparel sales- man, a member of Martha Bowman United Methodist Church and a member of Nan Freeman Sunday School Class. He enjoyed being a member of the ROMEO Club (retired old men eating out). Arthur is survived by his wife, Dorothy Martin Tyde of Macon; children, Arthur F. Tyde, III (Sherry Ann) of Manila, Philippines, Angela Tyde of Charlotte, North Carolina and Teresa Johnson (Gary) of Houston, Texas; sister, Constance Rickert (Ted) of Columbus, Ohio; brother, Steve Tyde (Cherry) of Wilmington, NC; six grandchildren, Ashley Pierson, Paige Pierson, Christo- pher George, Jupiter Tyde, Ella Rescar and Kylla Oroga; several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Loaves & Fishes Ministries, 651 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Macon, GA 31201 or to Pine Pointe Hospice, 6261 Peake Road, Macon, GA 31210. Please visit to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of arrangements. Robert Wayne Bankston March 15, 1944‘r December 5, 2019 Smarr - Robert Wayne Bankston passed away Thurs- day, Dec. 5, 2019. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 am, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Bolingbroke. Rev. Andy Oxford will officiate. Burial will be private. v Wayne, son of the late Curran Ellis Bankston and Sarah Spiller Bankston, was born March 15, 1944, in Macon. His beloved wife, Rita Bankston, son Robert Ellis Bankston and brother, Howell Archie Bankston preceded him in death. He was retired from the auto- motive industry. He enjoyed the outdoors and spend- ing time with his family. Wayne is survived by his children, John Douglas Bankston of Smarr, Georgia and Brandy Bankston- Boynton (David) of Bolingbroke, Georgia; two grand— children, Brayden Wayne Boynton and Mariella Rita Boynton. Peggy A. White Phillips September 20, 1946 November 29, 2019 Peggy A. (White) Phillips went to be with her Lord and Savior on Nov. 29, 2019 at the age of 73. A celebra- tion of life is scheduled for 1:30 pm. on Dec. 15, 2019 at Monroe County Memorial Chapel. Dr. Jay May will lead the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Peggy’s life. Peggy was born Sept. 20, 1946 in Valdosta. She married Paul Phillips, the love of her life, in 1966, and moved to Atlanta. She was a homemaker for over 20 years. After her husband passed, she went to work in Dietary Management at a local nursing home. She worked there until she retired and helped raise her granddaughters. Peggy moved to Forsyth with her daughter and granddaughter in 1994. She was always in the kitchen coming up with new recipes to try and making her “family-famous” biscuits and fried chicken. She loved arts and crafts, music, being outdoors and spending time with her family and friends. Peggy is survived by her daughter Trisha Phillips Hampton of Forsyth; granddaughters Nikki Phillips of Atlanta, Grace Hoffman of Athens, Hanna Hampton of Forsyth; sisters Mary (Jay) May of Boca Raton, FL, Betty White of Valdosta; brother Louie Carratt and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her loving husband Paul Phillips, parents J.B., Sr. and Deilia White, sisters Marie Dominey, Garie Pierce Peeples, brothers Joe White, Sr., J.B. White Jr. and Jerry White, all of Valdosta. MONROE COUNTY GOVERNMENT County By Richard Dumas torsyth©mymcrnet Monroe County Com- missioners unanimously approved on Tuesday, Dec. 3 a 2020 budget of just over $37.7 million. Monroe County finance officer Lorri Robinson said on Tuesday, Nov. 26 that of the $37.7 million total, just over $31.1 million is in the county’s general fund. And of the $31.1 million in the general fund, just over $26.9 million is in opera- tions while the other $4.2 million includes transfers to E-911 and landfill. Of the $26.9 million in the general fund, $9.9 million is for general government, $1.7 million is for judicial/ courts, $9.4 million is for public safety/ jail, $3.1 mil— OKs $38 million budget lion is for public works, lion in contingency. Rob- The county held a public $1.1 million is for health/ inson added that proposed hearing for county man- welfare, $715,000 is for capital expenses are down ager Jim Hedges to present recreation, . the budget on $645,000 is Contrary to what you might read Tuesday, Nov. {fr blousing/t about in the newspaper, we like to 26» buitnodcig- eve 0 men , zens a en e . and $123,000 see a pretty tight budget up here. District 3 is for debt ' Commlssmner George Emaml commissioner service. John Ambrose Included in lauded on Nov. those figures are a $900,000 about $800,000 in 2020 to a 14 the efforts of Robinson contribution to the Hos- total of $525,000. The most and Hedges in producing pital Authority of Monroe costly capital expense is in the 2020 budget. Mean- County and a $200,000 information technology, while, District 4 commis- contribution to the De- where the county plans to sioner George Emami ‘ velopment Authority of spend $177,000 to update added, “Contrary to what Monroe County. computers, servers, etc. The you might read about in Robinson said projected county has also budgeted the newspaper, we like to 2020 revenues are up funds to hire 10 new em— see a pretty tight budget about 3.8 percent from 2019 while projected 2020 expenses are down about 3.7 percent (about $1.1 mil- lion), leaving an anticipated total of just under $1.6 mil- ‘Y’all can’t charge me with cocaine’ Deputy: never said the bag had cocaine By Richard Dumas forsyth@mymcrnet A Kathleen man was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute after he allegedly threw a bag of cocaine out of his vehicle window during a traffic stop on I-75 South on Dec. 3. Ezzard James Lowe, 34, was taken to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with obstruc- tion and speeding. According to the incident report, at about 8:29 p.m., Cpl. Thomas Haskins of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Oflice saw a white Lexus RX 300 traveling 84 mph in a 70 mph zone and failing to maintain its lane on I-75 South near mile marker 189. As Haskins tried to stop the SUV, he saw a black bag come out of the driver side window before the SUV stopped near mile marker 187. The male driver denied BUILDING Continued from Front million. Builder Warren Selby of Warren and Associates presented commission- ers with an estimated cost of just over $2.63 million to construct the build- ing, which will house the district attorney and public defender’s offices. The total cost amount includes $1.9 million in building costs, . $132,000 in design fees, $350,000 in sitework and utilities, $50,000 in land- scaping and $200,000 in contingency. Selby said the building, designed by Bob Brown of BTBB, Inc., will be 11,820 square feet in size, will have brick on the full exterior and will have a shingle roof. Following Selby’s presen- tation, District 1 commis- sioner Larry Evans urged throwing anything out of the window, saying he didn’t know what Haskins was talking about. How— ever, Sgt. John Thompson, also of the Monroe County Sheriff ’5 Office, found a black plastic bag contain— ing a large amount of suspected cocaine in the road on I-75 where the bag was thrown out of the window. When Haskins then asked the driver why he had thrown the bag out of the window, the driver replied, “Man, y’all can’t charge me with cocaine. I didn’t thrdw anything out of the window.” Haskins told the driver he had never mentioned to him about the bag containing cocaine. The driver then put his head down and didn’t say anything. Haskins, Thompson and Dep. Jaleel Brown then searched the SUV but did not find anything illegal. They later determined the seized cocaine weighed 22 grams. the builder to figure out a way to cut costs, saying the county only allocated $850,000 in 2020 SPLOST proceeds for the project. Evans said he had no idea the cost would come in more than triple the allotted funds. Evans noted that the county’s administration building, where the Dec. 3 meeting was held, cost $3.6 million to build in 2012 and at 22,108 square feet is al- most double the size of the proposed judicial building. Evans said, “This is a costly situation.” Selby replied that building costs have risen dramatical- ly since the administration building was constructed. He said, “I can assure'you the way the building is de- signed and the process we went through is to keep it as economical as we can.” Selby said final plans and cost amounts should be available in January SCHEDULE Continued from Front Nelson said he thinks the 2020 schedule will be tougher than 2019, when the Bulldogs finished 6-6 after losing a very talented senior class. Especially hard will be road trips to new re- gion foes and powerhouses Peach and Crisp counties. The Dogs will open by hosting Westside on Aug. 21 after talks to play Fitzgerald at Mercer fell through. Then MP will play two more non-region opponents before having a week off on Sept. 11. The Dogs will open region play at Peach County on Sept. 18. MP will again have two off weeks during the season, Sept. 11 and Oct. 16. Now that Jackson once again shares a region with MP, that annual border battle has moved from early in the season to the next-to-last game, Oct. 30. ‘v ployees in 2019, including six in fire/ EMS, one each in housekeeping, informa- tion technology and public works and two-part—time in recreation. up here. And we’re glad to know we’re going in the right direction in a lot of our departments.” Part-time graphics designer The Monroe County Reporter, an award-winning newspaper, is look- ing for a part-time graphics design— er to help us build eye—catching ads. Ads will appear in print and on- line to boost businesses in Forsyth and Monroe County. Candidates should be familiar with InDesign and Photoshop and be able to work on deadline. Can work from home, but we are seeking a 24—hour turn- around on most ads for customers. Email your interest, background and references to publisher@mym— Since 1898 Call your local Monroe County representative Scott Harrell 478-256—3586 or toll free: 800-551-1102 3250 Vineville Ave... Macon GA. 31208 3A1tNESV 11.1.19 A‘lAl-IBLE & GRANITE ("(")i\lPAi\'Y Serving Middle Gem-gin for Over 100 Years Designers & Manufactures of Marble, Granite & Bronze Memorials since 1908 George & Janice Moore Authorized Georgia Marble Dealer TOLL FREE 1-800-377-9341 1—770-358-1470 Railroad & Main St. ' Barnesville, GA NOTICE OF PROPOSED BUDGET FOR THE CITY OF FORSYTH Notice is hereby given that the proposed budget for the City of Forsyth for the year 2020 will be submitted to the Mayor and Council of the City of Forsyth at the December 16, 2019 City Council meeting at 6:00 PM, or as soon thereafter as the matter may be reached, at Council Chambers at Alderman Hall, 5 West Adams Street. A copy of the proposed budget is on file in the office of the Clerk of the City of Forsyth and may be examined and inspected by the public at such place during regular business hours. On December 16, 2019, at 6:00 PM, or as soon thereaf- ter as the matter may be reached, the Mayor and Council of the City of Forsyth at Council Chambers at Alderman Hall will conduct a PUBLIC HEARING at which time any persons wishing to be heard on the budget may appear. And on the 6th day of January, 2020 at 6:00 PM or as soon thereafter as the matter may be reached, the Mayor and Council of the City of Forsyth at Council Chambers at Alderman Hall will consider the adoption of a resolution enacting the operating budget for the City of Forsyth for the year 2020. This 5th day of December, 2019 MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF FORSYTH