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December 12, 2018

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Decernber 12 !018 3A porter I've got two tickets for sale to this Wednesday's Class AAAA state championship game in The BMW Bowl, or what- ever tl ey that fancy stadium with the faulty sunroof in At-lanner. I was convinced -- you were too! -- that our Bulldogs would be pla there. Instead we've got the high-dollar Cathofics from Blessed Trinity against the cheatin' Hurricanes from CartersvUle. How's that for sour grapes!? But as ole Richard Dumas tells us on the front page this week, the Bulldogs still were recognized for their outstanding season by a boatload of awards from Region 2-AAAA. I'm sure every senior would trad~ in their individual trophies for a chance at a state title. Oh well, we'll get over it one day! In the meantime, we got us a new high,she~. It didn't take him long to move in -- I heard the interim sheriff moved his stuff out of the office on election night, Tuesday. And Lawson Bittick has already moved on to the Butts County S.O. I reckon I, hope I'm over this MP loss before some people get over the sheriff's race. thel WHAT AN I 4i~ ~ii~ ?!i!~ : ~n interim Sheriff! tch aose /, votes: 12 I just busted out laughing! People think they know everything. ~ Freeman & Freeman Funeral home, Lol. Wow! Not so bright! votes: 12 MPHS student charged in battery A Mary Persons student was arrested and charged with battery on Friday, Dec. 7 after a fight in the school parking lot. School resource officer Sgt. Richard Coughenour said he was told about a fight in the parking lot around 8 a.m. before school. The victim told Coughenour that he was pushed to the ground by the suspect, who then struck him in the head several times. The suspect admitted pushing the victim to the ground and striking him with his fist. A video of the incident obtained by the Reporter seemed to confirm the story. The suspect was not named and will be charged as a juvenile. All OK in 3-car pileup on I--Iwy ]8 No one was seriously injured when a 16-year-old rear-ended two cars waiting on a stopped school bus on Hwy. 18 on Thursday, Nov. 29. Bryce Elliott, 16, of Maynard Church Road was heading east on Hwy. 18 near Camellia Drive around 3:48 p.m. when he ran into the back of a 2018 Ram 1500 truck driven by James Francis, 20, of Treadwell Road, Forsyth. The impact sent Francis' truck into the back of a 2018 GMC Sierra driven by David Bittick, 65, of Camellia Drive, Forsyth. Bittick had two passen- gers in his truck. Elliott was taken by Monroe County EMS for treatment. IIIII If Bittick was going to appoint Lawson interim sheriff, wouldn't he have done that to begin with? DUH votes: 11 "If you want a friend in politics get a dog." That really shows in the people on the vent. Cowards votes: 9 If Sheriff Bittick could have appointed Lawson interim Sheriff he would have, but he knew he couldn't so he tried to circumvent, Even that .didn't work. DUff votes: 9 the ~. votes: 8 I finally figured it out for the count'/employees. The less you do, the more you make. votes: 8 Tear gas and water cannon used as hundreds gas on invasions? Liberals votes: 6 and no players, vote 5 was high because of her ous arreSts and the ; other stuff found in,her car. votes: 5 .bic . money. Everyone in the city night: Shouldn't they be serving the citizens of : Monroe County? votes: 4 MC deputies were in WR as Si e far, in our nations history and yet, no special : People to secu , induding CNN. votes: 3 By Richard Dumas forsyth@mymcr:net Forsyth residents wanting to see a rising country mu- sic star won't have to travel far on Thursday evening. Middle Georgia's own Megan Fowler will be performing at The Pick- led Okra on the corner of Johnston and Jackson streets at 7 p.m. In addition to the concert, Fowler will sign autographs and her albums will be on sale for $10. Fowler, who grew up about an hour from Forsyth in Butler, told the Reporter she began singing as a small child, primarily in her church choir. After taking voice lessons while growing up, Fowler headed to country music mecca Nashville, Tenn. when she was still in her teens in the fall of 2011. While in Nash- ville, she began working with PCG Institute, where she worked with top song- writers to hone her musical craft, a time that Fowler said allowed her to finish her high school education and serve as a kind of col- lege experience. "I was terrified going up there" Fowler recalled of leaving Butler for Nashville. "But I had a great experi- ence:' Fowler then released her first album, "We've All Got a Song" on iTunes and Amazon on April 1, 2014, getting extensive radio play on Atlanta-area country stations for two singles, "Read My Mind'; a duet with fellow artist Matt Rog- ers, and "Match Made in Heaven." Fowler said she has since moved back to Middle Georgia from Nashville so she can focus entirely on her burgeoning mu- sic career, which she said keeps her on the road more than she's at home. Fowler said she gets offofI-75 in Forsyth frequently to travel the back roads home to Butler, but she said this will the first time she's ever per- formed a show in Forsyth. Fowler said several Monroe County friends as well as a host of Macon buddies are expected to attend Thurs- day's show during which she plans to throw in a few Christmas favorites. Fowler said she grew up mostly listening to wor- ship music in her Christian home, but she said she became more acquainted services. Fowler, visit her website, For more information on Middle Georgia's own Megan try music talents to the Pickled with secular country music when she was old enough to attend public school. She said she quickly fell in love with the genre and cites as chief influences: Carrie Underwood for her song choice and style, Kacey Musgraves for her sass and Loretta Lynn for her success overcoming a hard- scrabble upbringing. Fowler has experienced huge success of her own in her short career, having been a two-time recipient of the Georgia Country Award for Country Female Artist of the Year and a two-time recipient of the GA Music Awardfor Country Female Artist of the Year. Among the many well-known artists with whom she has shared the stage include: Luke Combs, Edwin McCain, Doug Stone, Phil Vassar and Bryan White. Most recently, Fowler returned to her roots, releasing a Christian/gos- Fowler will bring her coun- Okra, (Photo courtesy of pel album entitled "Tune My Heart'; which features her new single "Grandpa's Knee" Fowler's music is available on iTunes, Spot@ and other music streaming | Residential & Commercial ~We Service All Brands [ Honest & Reliable Service Licensed and insured I Experience You Can Count On Locally Owned & Family Operated Financing Available Service Agreements Thank You jbr Your Business! 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 20!9 will be submitted to the Mayor and Council of the City of Forsyth at the December 3, 2018 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 3, 2018 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 wilt conduct a PUBLIC HEARING at which time any persons wishing to be heard on the budget may appear. And on the 17m day of December, 2018 at 8:00 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 2019. This 19m day of November, 2018 MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF FORSYTH I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I 1 I I 1 I 1 I lJ Superintendent Keith Harvey has the course in great shape! # Present in golf shop. One coupon per round per person. Offer Good Through January 31, 2019 I i i i i i i i i i l i i i i l i i l i i i ll