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(Photo/Richard Dumas) TO THE FAMILY Gary~ Celeete Smart MC Zoning Office Jordan Harbin NEW SUBSCRIBERS OF THE WEEK gf TIm ,6A UJ I I I James Claude Warren Arthur Sanders County's top lawman:sits hr. Q & A with the Reporter New Monroe County sheriff Brad Freeman was sworn in on Friday, Dec. 7 at the courthouse by Judge Tommy Wilson, just three days after becoming the first non-Bittick to win a race for sheriff in the county in near- ly 70 years. Taking the oath allowed Freeman to assume his powers, but a ceremo- nial swearing in for friends and family has been set for 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20. The public is invited. Meanwhile, Freeman's foe Sheriff Brad Freeman has named Michael Hull, left, his chief deputy, and Ricky Davis, right, the captain of the jail. Lawson Bittick has resigned from the sheriff's office to be. an investigator for the Butts County sheriff's office, while runoff win and his plans as running for sheriff until interim sheriff Al Shack- sheriff. Sheriff (John Cary) Bittick elford, the former chief decided that he was going deputy, has stepped down as Q.) When did you first to take the marshal's posi- well Freeman has quickly decide to run for sheriff and tion. And at that point, I gone about establishing his at what point in your career thought about it long and own command staff, ham- did you believe you were hard and decided I would ing long-time Lt. Michael ready to lead the depart- do it. Because I'd always Hull his chief deputy, and ment? made a promise to myself naming Lt. Ricky Davis A.) I felt like I was ready that I would never run to replace Freeman in his to be sheriffwhen I was against him. And when former job as captain of the between 40 to 45 years he bowed out to take the jail. Freeman also sat down old. I felt like I could marshal's position, it was with news editor Richard certainly accomplish the just a perfect opportunity Dumas on Monday to talk task of being sheriff. I'd about his surprisingly easy never thought about See FREEMAN Page 6A MCR VENT.u.+.: 3A Opinion,& Letters! 4A Sports : ]B Community Catendar 7B Church News Public Record : +.4B Classified L .' 1D e e Legals :lllt!!t!llIl!!!Jlll+ , ilm!m!m!mlmt!~!!!'! am, By Richard Dumas forsyth@mymccnet After capturing a fourth straight Region 2-AAAA title in 2018, the Mary Persons Bulldogs football squad, as expected, swept nearly all of the major postseason awards, as selected by the region's coaches on Thursdar For the fourth straight season, MP head football coach Brian Nelson was honored as the Re- gion 2-AAAA Coach of the Year after MP finished 12-1 in 2018, just the fifth time in pr gram history that the BuUdogs have won at least 12 games in a single season. Nelson's 2018 squad also scored the most points in program history with 598 points, smashing the previous best mark by a whopping 140 points. MP senior quarterback I-T. Hartage, who broke every major MP single-season and single- game passing mark in 2018, was named the Region 2-AAAA Quen Wilson (6), shown leaping over a tackler during MP's loss to Marist in the state quarterfinals, was named the Offensive Player of the Year in Region 2-AAAA, one of many honors for the Dogs. Player of the Year after being named the region's Offensive Player of the Year in 2017. In his final campaign, Hartage completed 147 of 213 passes (69 percent) for 2,775 passing yards and 28 touchdowns and just 4 interceptions. I-Iartage was also fourth on the team in rushing with 294 yards and 4 touch- downs on 60 carries. For the second straight year, MP also had the region's Offen- sive Player of the Year as senior running back Quen Wilson was given that honor in 2018. Wilson led MP in rushing with 1,535 yards on 177 carries (8.7 yards-per-carry) while tying an See AWARDS Page 7A By Will Davis Two men got life in prison and a third got 15 years to serve after they pled guilty to the 2016 armed robberies of the Marathon station on Johnston- rifle Road and the C&B Store on Hwy. 41 in Lamar County. Deontavious White, 27, of lenkinsburg, and Emmanuel Johnson, 33, of Jackson, were both sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to the two armed robberies, which happened four days apart in December 2016. Interim dis- trict attorney Elizabeth Bobbitt said each would serve at least 30 years before they would be eligible for parole. A third suspect, getaway WHITE STODGHILL driver Demarcio Stodghill, 35, JOHNSON of Jackson, was sentenced to 20 years in prison and must serve at least 15 before being eligible for parole, said Bobbitt. The plea deals were reached before See PRISON Page 6A