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December 12, 2018 AR orter Page 5B Chloe and Derek Fountain of Forsyth proudly announce the birth of their son, Joshua Kamden Fountain, on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 at 8:16 a.m. at the Medical Center Navi- cent Health in Macon. Kamden weighed 10 Ibs 8 oz. and was 21.75 inches long. Maternal grandfather is Tony Holliman of Forsyth; paternal grandmother is Trisha Bo- swell of Forsyth. The baby was welcomed home by siblings Slaton Fountain, McKenzie Holliman, Kenady Holliman, and Tylor Ingle. llllIliiIIllllllilllIllllllllHIIlJliliIil!iIl) ~!~II~IIIHiI~II~I~II!II~I~I~III~I~I~iI~I~II~I~I~IIIII~I~I~I~I~I~HIII~IIH~IIIIIIIHI~iIIII~II~II~!i~iI~I~I~I}I 12 Wayne Wilder Janie Willis Pot Roquemore Todd & Donna Daniels Dec. 13 Omega Owens Rebekah Jenkins Michelle R. Edwards Macy Morris Pare Pace Jeff & Sheila Stark 14 Dec. 17 Carson White Kenneth & Paula Jenkins Randy Daniels Pam Patterson Dec. 18 Cindy Walker Walter T Carter Jediah Ham Matthew Cleveland Jeffrey & Terri Tyson Tommy Zellner Lloyd & Mary Ellen Strickland Terry Herndon John & Laurie Bloodworth Dec. 15 Catherine D. Lawrence Curtis Jenkins Dec. 16 John Howell Holh Shipman Mr. & Mrs. Bill Bazemore This week's birthdays and anniversaries are courtesy of Forsyth Lions Club calendar. To have your name added to the calendar, contact Virginia Remick at 994-5426. Children's birthday notices through age 12 and birth announcements are published free of charge for the community. Email Diane Ghdewell at with information and picture. 1988 The community of Bolingbroke is calling its Monroe County Arts Alliance and Cultural first annual Christmas Parade a smashing Society sponsors lighting of the community success,' There were cars, a band, Santa Christmas Tree at the Legion Hall with lots Claus and floats, of entertainment. Forsyth finds more than $4,000 worth of chemicals allegedly destroyed by city Forsyth is moving toward offering residents two new services, gas and telecommunica- employees at an abandoned dumpster site tions. in High Falls. Monroe County Sheriff's Office announces A ceremony to dedicate a Memorial to ~ : promotions: Keith Corley rio lieutenant; K, I~. Sn~arr founder William Smart will be at the Ayer, Brad Freeman, Sam Beard and Chris railroad tracks on Dec. 10, the 15Oth annl- Selman to sergeant; Kevin Conner and Jeff versary of the first train to stop in Smarr on Davis to corporal. Jeff Thompson and Mike lines built on the right-of-way he granted. Hull are assigned to the SWAT team. Curtis Jenkins says he wants to remain as Diamond Tierra Odell of Forsyth will Monroe County Clerk even though he was perform as a toy soldier in the Nutcracker elected to fill the 8Oth District seat in the of Middle Georgia at the Grand Opera Georgia General Assembly. House. Monroe County students in grades 6 and Florida Rock, Inc. on Highway 87 has been 8 bettered the state average on the spring sponsoring the Rebound Class at Monroe 1988 writing assessment. County Middle School for the past four years. James Kelly presents a check to Jo Monroe County Chamber of Commerce Shipman, Rebound teacher. nominates officers for 1989: Bob Harris, Jimmy Dean, Doris Ogletree, Omanzie Monroe County Board of Commissioners Hogan, Robert Persons, Laura Newton and proclaims Dec. 19 James T. Love Day in Gilbert Banks. honor of the coach and teacher's contribu- tions to the community. The Sheriffs-elect Academy is being held at Georgia Public Safety Training Center for The Black Spider Motorcycle Club will give approximately 40 newly-elected sheriffs, away four bicycles to children 12 or under via drawings. Beverly Aldridge is elected Vice President of the Mid-Ga Mothers of Twins Club. 2OO8 Forsyth's Tra Battle is now playing as a Dallas Cowboy, making a tackle as the Cowboys defeat the Seattle Seahawks in a come-tram-behind win. A motocross race at the Thunder Creek Motorcross Track on Blount Road in High Falls will benefit Kids Yule Love, which is sponsored by Monroe County Department of Family & Children Services. ~ Monroe County Citizen of the Year Dr. Jim ,Buff is Grand Marshal of the Hometown Monroe County Chapter of the American Holiday Parade, which has over 60 unlts. Cancer Society holds a ceremony to light its All entry fee proceeds benefit Monroe Love Light Tree decorated with ornaments in Reads. The route reverses this year, begin- honor or in memory of someone, ning at Board of Education and ending at / Ingles. Department of Natural Resources confirms a nesting site of two American Bald Eagles Mary Persons gym is re-named the James P. is located in Monroe County, according to Evans Jr. Gymnasium in honor of his service Terry Johnson, head of the state's Nongame with Monroe County Board of Education. Endangered Species Program. The Rose Revue and Backlot Band's annual John Ambrose of Forsyth bags a "beautiful production "Welcome to the Holidays" will lO-point buck" on Juliette Road that weighs play for three days. in at 178 Ibs. Monroe County commissioners are ex- 1998 pected to let Collier Road resident Tommy Coach Steve Chafin's Mary Persons Bull- Treadwell build an airstrip on his property. dogs look to a meeting at the Georgia Dome with the Early County Bobcats in the Save APet celebrates its 1Oth anniversary semifinal round of the Class AA playoffs, by honoring Pat Corley at a gathering of about 50 people at Grits Cafe. High Fails State Park invites visitors to drive through twinkling lights, silhouettes of the With more than 40 volunteers cooking, nativity, Christmas tree, angels and Santa packaging and delivering, Forsyth United taking a canoe ride on the lake. They can Methodist Church delivers over 250 meals enjoy roadside luminaries, campfire stories, from Culloden to Juliette and then serves hot apple cider and hayrides on Saturday dinner to the volunteers and 64 children nights, and adults from the Children's Home. This look at what Monroe County residents were reading in the Reperter 30, 29 and 10 years ago this week Is brougM to you by Monroe County Memorial Chapel 'We set the standards that others follow' Harley Ray "Spanky" Beck 86 West Main Street Forsyth 478-994-4266 County continued from front Email calendar news to Diane Ghdewell at by Friday at 5 p.m. Calendar information is published,free of charge as space permits. Dec. 22 Dec. 31 Obgyne Birthing Center holds Grand Forsyth New Year's Eve Ball Drop Opening Forsyth Main Street will host a New Year's The Obgyne Birthing Center at 167 Martin Eve Ball Drop on Monday, Dec. 31 from 9 Luther King Jr. Drive, Forsyth will hold its ribbon p.m.-12:30 a.m. on the Square. There will be cutting and grand opening on Saturday, Dec. entertainment featuring Swain and the Highway 22. There wilt be live music, staff introduc- Souls. Admission is free. Concessions will be tions, tours, food and recognition of community available. No pets. For more information, call leaders. Activities will begin at 3 p.m with the 478-994-774Z ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. The United Daughters of the Confederacy owns the portion of the Forsyth City Cemetery where 299 of those who died at the nearby hospital during the Civil War are buried. The city wants visitors to know about this and other historic parts of the Forsyth cemetery. Continued from page 4B of Forsyth 100 single-spaced pages listing those buried in the cir. Surprisingly; in spite of her work every Wednes- day as a volunteer with Monroe County Historical Society, Bugg said she is not a history buff. "I never liked history until I got involved in genealogy" she said. "It was my least favorite subjecC' Then she became an ama- teur genealogist and as she learned about people con- nected to her, she became interested in the times in which they lived and other people who lived in those times. In compiling the Monroe County records, she saw that almost whole families were wiped out in the flu epidem- ic in 1918. She became aware of the many train accidents with fatalities in Monroe County over the years, often with multiple deaths caused by the same wreck. She noticed the many child deaths in the early years. As she works with the lists, she sees many family names that she recognizes and is interested to learn through obituaries how many fami- lies are inter-related. Bugg said many people come back to Forsyth to be buried after they have lived away for many years and no obituaries are printed for them in local papers. It can be a challenge to keep track of who is being buried in Forsyth. Spanky Beck of Monroe County Memo- rial Chapd has been very helpful, induding letting her copy the records from the old Dillon Funeral Home. Mike King, whose father had a vault company and who opens and doses many of the local graves, has been very helpful in sharing information and keeping Bugg updated. She said that last week he let her know about the burial in one For- syth grave of the remains of three people who had been cremated. Apparently they had waited until the death of the third person so that they could all be interred in Forsyth together. While Bugg worked to find all the names and when and where they are buried, Donnie Daniel mapped out Forsyth City Cemetery so that visitors can find the graves they seek and Ralph Bass researched the people and legends attached to the cemete Gilda Stanber CVB Executive Director, and Bass, president of Monroe County Historical Society worked together to choose some of the most interesting stories to highlight in the Cemetery Guide. "It was a real challenge; there were a large number of candidates ' said Bass. "We tried to find diversity, and there are some important people not included." Stanbery was fascinated by matron Agnes Newton, who let it be known that she put rattlesnakes out in her ante bellum home when she win- tered in Flbrida and never had a break in. The story of the horse buried near his master in the cemetery catches attention, even with- out the embellishment that it can still be heard "galloping across the sky" at midnight on a fuU moon. There is Lee Battle, jack of all wades at Mercer Uni- versity for 40 years, who was confidant to countless students and staff Successful businessman Charles Collins ran for president in 1996. Aaron Talmadge moved to Monroe County and operated a farm here that stayed in the family while his grandson, Eugene Talmadge, and great grandson, Herman Talmadge, were governors of Georgia. Bass would like to see For- syth nominate the city to the National Register of Historic Places, which would require more attention to the monu- ments and structures in the cemetery. Stanbery wants more people to know about the treasure that Forsyth has in its cemete . She wants to tie more ofthe city's historic buildings to the people who lived in them and operated various businesses in them. She also wants to pique more interest in the history of For- syth and send people down the street from the cemetery to Monroe County Histori- cal Society Museum. Bass said the Historical Society and the Museum welcome visitors and will be glad to try to answer any questions about the cem- etery and its residents. He would like to see another ']iving history" event, which would be a chance to tell the stories of some of the "mov- ers and shakers" who did not get into the Cemetery Guide. For more information, call the Historical Society at 478-994-5070 or CVB at 478-974-1460. 157 L. Cary Bittick Dr. December 15th. 10-2 PM Please join us as we welcome Monroe County Animal Control's new shelter director. Our homeless dogs are excited to meet you and would love for you to bring them treats or donate items for their care. Human refreshments also available. Ty Oppelt, Director I I I