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Page 6A December 12, 2018 eReporter IN LOVING James Claude Warren January 23, 1944 - December 5, 2018 Forsyth - James Claude Warren passed away Wednes- day, Dec. 5, 2018. Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at Rock Springs Chapel with burial in the church cemetery. Dr. Benny Tate and Rev. Craig Walden officiated. James, the son of the late Burt Warren and Lula Simp- kins Warren was born Jan. 23, 1944, in Nashville, Ten- nessee. He was retired from commercial construction and was a veteran of the United States Army serving as a paratrooper during the Korean conflict. James was a member and former deacon of Rock Springs Church, a member of Mary Persons Touchdown Club and a for- mer volunteer fireman. Survivors include his wife, Linda Warren of Forsyth; children, David Warren (Lauren) of Forsyth and Lisa Lawson (Barry) of Monroe County; sisters, Tressa Strawn of Whitehouse, Tennessee, Jean Morgan of Chapmansboro, Tennessee, Debbie Patterson (Robin) of Nashville, Tennessee and Sheila Cox (Fred) of Hen- dersonville, Tennessee; and nine grandchildren. Please visit to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel had charge of ar- rangements, m ) . . 21" Arthur Sanders Ocfbber1, 1928 - December 2, 2018 F0rs Funeral services for Deacon Arthur Sand- e s, were Saturday, Dec. 8 at Freeman Funeral tiome Chapel, Forsyth. Reverend Robert Walker, II o ciated.Burial was in Rest Haven Memorial Cem- ete Forsyth. Freeman Funeral Home in Forsyth was in charge of arrangements. /:,f Sara Beth Schaaff, shown with her husband Collin and the first of their two children, said it was crushing to learn that the plane crash that killed Collin was due to human error. By Will Davis A Forsyth widow whose husband was killed in a 2017 military plane crash said last week's report that poor maintenance at Warner Robins Air Force Base contributed to the crash was a tough blow for the single mother of two. "It's another punch to the heart" said Sarah Beth Schaaffof Forsyth, whose husband Cpl. Collin Schaaffwas one of 15 Marines who died when their KC- 130 tanker crashed near Jackson, Miss. on July 10, 2017. He was 22. The military released a command investigation last week into the crash of the C-130 that killed 16 servicemen total. The report, which included 2,000 pages of supporting documentation, said that a corroded blade broke offof the plane, sliced through the fuselage, and caused the plane to split into three pieces before crashing into a Missis- sippi soybean field. Schaaff said the military gave her the results of the inquiry on Tuesday. She said they had a hint that something Continued from l A Judge Bill Fears at the Monroe County courthouse this week. Bobbitt said surveillance video from the C&B robbery on Dec. 22, 2016 was a key in solving the crimes. After Johnson and White pepper sprayed the clerk, Johnson dropped the stolen money as he's leaving the store, and White, who was pretending to be a customer, calmly picked it up and put it in his pocket Lamar deputies thus surmised he was in on the crime. Cell phone records also showed the suspects were in the area at the time was wrong with, the propeller but didn't know that civilian contractors at War- ner Robins sent a corroded blade back into service. "They knew it" said Schaaff. "It was 64 percent corroded and they put bubble gum on it and gave it back to them:' Schaaff said military records are destroyed after two years so they can't assign blame on who authorized the blade to be put back to use. But she noted that propeller has been corroded since 2011 so it's no surprise that it finally failed. "I'm more angry than sad at the fact that Collin could still be here;' said Schaaff. "The whole situation could've been avoided." Asked if she and the other families are considering a lawsuit, Schaaff said no comment. Schaaff said they were told that the company which serviced those propel- lers also put corroded props back on 12 other C-130s, but this is the only one that crashed. She said the Air Force has since replaced all the propellers. "But it's a little too late;' said Schaaff. of the robberies, said Bobbitt. White and Stodghill were captured by deputies at a Clayton County hotel the next day, Dec. 23. Johnson was captured later on. Bobbitt said deputies did a good job collecting evidence that made for an airtight case and an easy plea. /2 Contourfrom 1 A . for me both personally and professionally. 2(' Q.) were some of the persons you leaned on for a&!ce ;iuring the cam- paign,and what was some ofthe b est advice ti at yoU run. And they were telling me, 'No, you can't retire. You can only quit: There- fore, I would lose my leave time, which would have been a substantial amount of money for me. And law enforcement officers don't make that much money to begin with, so that would have hurt my family with three kids in college at the Q.) What were your emo- tions like last Tuesday when the early returns came in and showed you had a lead? And how did you feel later that night upon learn+ ing that your victory was official? trated about that. And they wanted to make sure that I would make a promise to them that if I was elected that I would not forget the problems they were having in their little sections of the county. Whether it was speeders on a certain road A.) When the early or whether there was a returns came in and people were asking me, 'Do, you received? time. It would have been want to go ahead and call A ) During campaigr ? ;: +. ', my family, it and claim that you've process, there were many But fortunately enough, I won?' all I could think people who I wo dn't was able to talk with some about was a class I took in want to name publicly who gave me good sound advice. I was fortunate enough to have a person working for me by the name of Jeremy Brand who was able to give me some good political advice and keep me from making mistakes in the campaign. Some of the advice I got was, "Be yourself" and "Don't make promises that you cannot keep" Those were probably the two big- gest pieces of advice I got, and I got that from several people. Q.) Did you have any ini- tial trepidation about run- ning against your longtime boss'family? And if so, how did you get past that? If not, legal professionals and ultimately they made the decision to allow me to take leave. That was the biggest issue I had. Q.) How much of a chance did you believe you had heading into the gen- eral election? Then, based on how you performed in the general, what did you make of your chance to win the run-off? A.) In both the general election and the run-off I really had no idea. Every- body seemed to line up people differently of who they thought would be the highest two vote-getters. Some people told me they thought I would be in the running. Other people college where the paper claimed Dewey had won the presidency over Tru- man. And I thought there is no way I would do that. I was very reserved. Once all the precincts had come in except for High Falls and I had a fairly substantial lead, I felt like I was going to win it and I was willing to go out on a limb and tell people, 'I think I'm going to win this.' When the win was official, I was elated. A lot of me felt that I'd always worked hard when I was here from the first day I started. I worked hard in every position I've ever had here. I tried to excel and do my best. I never looked past one job to go to the other. I was able to focus why not? thought it would be two on this, and I felt like the A.) Well the biggest of the other candidates . hard work paid off both problem!ihad wifih :run Once I made the run,off, in my career and in the ning was originally about I felt like I did have a fairly campaign:' the leave time because I decent chance to win if I felt they were being unfair just got out there and kept Q.) What are the most ira- about the leave time be- doing what I was doing, portant things you learned cause I was very willing to Because obviously it had from constituents while drug problem in a certain area or whether it was ATVs not paying attention to the rules of the road or even being on the road. It might not seem big to us, but to them it's a huge issue. They're the ones that have to live there, and they want something done about it. Q.) Do you feel your win- ning this election signals a change in the political land- scape of Monroe County that the longtime families in power may be ceding con- trol to a different generation of leaders? A.) I'd say no for the simple fact that at the end of the day I was running against an individual who happened to have a name that had been in politics and the sheriff's office for increase the number of deputies assigned to patrol. Number two would be to create a crime scene unit. Number three would be to have a more robust drug investigation unit. The patrol one has already been accomplished today. We've already re-assigned one deputy, and I hope to get two or three more within the first six months. But obviously we've got some issues in staffing where we're just short period all the way around. The crime scene unit is in the process of being accomplished today. We're looking at vehicles, and we're looking at personnel that would be interested in taking on those responsibilities. We will probably post that job within a week." years. But I came from a good family too, and I hope family doesn't have anything to do withit. I hope people look at it past the family and look at it as can the man they are elect- hag orthe woman they are electing cto the job they are a starting point. electing them to do. And who they feel is the best Q.) Will thepublic be able Q.) What is the most important goal you hope to achieve during your first two years in office? A.) I think the long-term goal within the next two years is I would love to see the deputies get rewarded for training and education. And I think that would help us recruit deputies. It's my understanding that there is a 66 percent decline in applications nationwide in law enforce- ment, and we've got to do Q.) Given that your op- ponent, Sgt. Lawson Bittick, announced his resignation from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office before you took office on Friday, do you expect to see much staff turnover as a result of your winning the sheriff's race? A.) Actually I wasn't even expecting that (Bittick's resignation)i but I respect his decision to leave and he's welcome to come back if he wants to. Maybe there will be one or two, but it's just the process of people deciding that they want to go somewhere else in their careers. And they probably would have left anyway eventually. Actu- ally, one of my first orders of business as sheriff was to sign a piece of paper that a school crossing guard had decided to leave. It wasn't because of me. He decided to pursue seminary. Q.) Are you ready to an- nounce officially your chief deputy? A.) Yes, Mike Hull. I think Mike's been here 20- plus years. He's always been an officer who got things accomplished in the rid& Anytime you gave him a mission, he completed it successfully. And I believe he has the respect of all something to stem the tide. thedeputies hereiand he's And I believe this would be ce ainly got myr.espect. + Q.) Is there anything I didn't spec#call y ask that say I'm going to retire and been successful, campaigning that you can candidate for the job. to see any significant change you would like to say to the use as sheriff? from the way in which for- public? A.) Many people pointed Q.) What are thefirstmer sheriffBittick ran the A.) I would like people out that there are problems three things on your agenda Sheriffs Office? If so, what to know that if they have in the county that seem to upon taking the office of will it be? If not, why? any problem with what is go unnoticed, and a lot of sheriff? A.) I dont think theygo!ng on in the county and these people were frus- A.) Number one is to would see a huge change they feel like the sheriff's Call your local Monroe County representative Scott Harrell 478-256-3586 or toll free: 800-551-1102 BUNN AGENCY POLICY HOLDERS 3250 Vineville Ave.I Maconr GA 31208 C BARNESVILLE MARBLE & GRANITE ( OMPANY Serving Middle Georgia for Over 100 Years Designers & Manufaetu:res of ~~ ~ Marble, Granite & Bronze Memorials since 1908 George & Janice Moore Authorized (]er}rgia Marble Dealer " TOLL FREE 1'800-377-9341 1-770-358-1470 lh~ilroad & Main St. ' Barnesville, GA Come by today and pick-up your "Complimentary" 20'19 CALENDAR Car. Home. Lift. Cancer. Medicare Supplements . 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