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,j the Monroe County Hickman opens new dental practice PeopoOo3B Serving the F'ub//c Safety  of Geor9 17 LISPS 997,-840 II Inside TV show films in Forsyth See page2A Grainger gets big catch on Juliette See page 1B Deaths Donald Eugene 'Don' Sims Sr. Mattie Mozelle Maier Agee Seepage6A C Ck ' ' !'' The Tornado of 2011: One Year Later 'It's been a rough year' BY RICHARD DUMAS AND WILL DAVIS One year after a devastating tornado struck Monroe County, affected families are learning to adjust to life A_D., After the Destruction. The Reporter talks to three families this week who were hit hard by the storms of April 28, 2011 on what their year has been like, what they've learned and where they go from here: THE LANDERSES Chris and Cristi Landers decided to rebuild on the same Weldon Road lot where just a year ago, on April 28, 2011, the two, along with Landers' daughter, Logan, were flung through the air by a violent tornado barrel- ing through their home. Remarkably, none of them See TORNADO page 7A Sheriff's deputy Chris Lan- ders sur- veys the damage the day the tor- nado de- stroyed his home. (File photo) | Bulldogs mov Raider Slayer Wetc 1 Members of the Mary Persons baseball team pile on senior Spencer Welch (No. 13) after he hit a three-run walkoff home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat then first-place West Laurens 9-8 Wednesday. Welch said afterwards that the moment was the best of his playing career. It was Welch's second three-run blast of the game, having hit a game-tying shot in the fifth inning. Despite the huge win, the Bulldogs still face a tough road in their quest to reach the AAA state playoffs. At 17-7 overall (11-5) in Region 2-AAA, MP likely must win both games this week to get into the playoffs. Senior Night festivities were scheduled to take place before the Dogs' home finale against Central at 5:55 p.m. on Tuesday. (Photo/Kim Holderfield) Nom/nate morn as Mother of Yea" Honor your Monroe County mom for Mother's Day this year in a way that will touch her heart. Do it by nominating your morn as Monroe County's Mother of the Year for 2012. The Reporter is sponsoring the Mother of the Year con- test. Simply write in 400 words or less why your mom should be Mother of the Year. The winning nomination should include specific details about how mom has sacrificed to meet her family's needs. She must be a Monroe County resi- dent, but the nominator doesn't have to be. Nominations are due at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 3. The winner will be featured in the Reporter just before Mother's Day, May 13, in the May 9 issue. She will receive spe- cial gifts from local businesses. The top nominations will be printed as well. Nominations should include the name of the mother and the person nominating her. Email to, faxed to 994-2359, mailed to P.O. Box 795, Forsyth, GA 31029 or dropped by our office at 50 N. Jackson Street. Sctierer owner: Ca1 bon rules can kill plant BY WILL DAVIS An owner of Plant Scherer told a Forsyth audience last Tuesday that if the federal government insists on regulating carbon dioxide emissions it's one thing that could force the plant to close. Steve Jackson, vice president of power supply for the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG), spoke to the Forsyth- Monroe County Kiwanis Club on April 17. The city of Forsyth zs a member of MEAG, which supplies power to municipalities, and i. a part owner of Plant Scherer. Jackson described the huge, multi-year environmental projects under way at Plant Scherer, part of a $3 billion upgrade to comply with EPA regulations. He said Plant Scherer has come a long way in cleaning up emissions like mercury See SCHERER page 6A MEAG vice president Steve Jackson talked about the challenges to the power industry in Forsyth Tuesday as the guest of city councilman Mike Dodd. -Credit card companies suing Pack jIle ' ,"' . IIIP!tJt!tJ[ll!i!!00!Ll[I, Walmart, Dollar General IJiliililll 6 08805 93:1 Kroger, Barnes & Noble, CVS Monroe County school superintendent Anthony Pack oversees a $33 million annual budget of tax- payer money, but apparently may have trouble maintaining his personal finances. Recent filings in the Monroe County courthouse show super- intendent Pack has been sued by two different credit card PACK See PACK page 3A Superintendent Anthony Pack filed this letter in Monroe County Superior Court in response to one of two law- suits against him for more than $50,000 in credit card debts.