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A Monroe County woman killed by her nephew on Sunday  was no longer keeping the 15-year-old boy because she was scared of him, according to family friends.

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Monroe County deputies arrested 58 illegal aliens in 2018, and sheriff Brad Freeman said federal authorities are increasingly willing to take them off the county’s hands for deportation.

City efforts to stop Norfolk Southern from closing its railroad crossing in front of Bryant’s Collision may have hit a snag on Tuesday when the crossing had another train wreck. A Ford Fusion with a Butts County tag tried to cross from Indian Springs Drive onto Railroad Avenue going toward B…

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After a rare debate, members of the Monroe County school board voted 4-3 last Tuesday, July 9 not to check students’ immigration status before allowing them to attend county schools.

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Work has begun on a new $2.5 million Fowler Flemister Concrete plant on College Street in Forsyth with plans to open next month.

Since beginning their retail business adventures in the spring of 2013, Nancy McComb and Ann Rose Bowcock have appreciated and enjoyed the relationships formed with each of their customers including locals and the many from surrounding counties and those visitors who pass through on their tr…

Rev. Cleveland Jarrell is celebrating his 40th anniversary as pastor of Greater Friendship Baptist Church in Juliette. He was ordained and licensed as a minister in 1978 and accepted the call to Greater Friendship Baptist in 1979 when he was 37 years old. 

Monroe County students not only scored substantially above the state average in almost every area in test results released by the state last week, they also tested above the scores of Monroe County students last year.

Thieves stole the Forsyth United Methodist Church van late Monday night/early Tuesday morning, July 1-2. Targeting the downtown church known for helping people throughout the community, criminals took the church’s 15-passenger van less than a week before it was slated to take youth and adult…

A Georgia state trooper and two suspects he was chasing were all hospitalized after they wrecked in a high-speed pursuit on Hwy. 41 in the wee hours of June 29.

Convicted cop killer Christopher Calmer began his appeal of his murder conviction on Monday with his attorney telling Judge Tommy Wilson that, among other things, he had the right to use deadly force to defend his home. 

Monroe County Commissioners on Tuesday, July 2 hired Bolingbroke-based Gradwell Construction Company, Inc. $376,780 to build a concrete pad, sidewalks and curb and gutter as well as to provide parking lot striping at the yet-to-be-completed Monroe County Fire Station headquarters on Juliette Road.

A Forsyth native and budding artist has had her first single “Solitary Space” played in 68 countries worldwide. Melody Lynn’s newest song, “Breathing New Life”, has been played in over 50 countries. Melody is an inspirational singer/songwriter from Monroe County. She performs pop and R&B…

The High Falls Civic Club sponsored its Annual High Falls Lake Boat Parade on Thursday, July 4. Emphasizing a laid-back day of relaxing with family and friends on the lake, there were no awards, no judging, just a patriotic parade around the lake. Pontoon boats were predominant, but fishing …

Apparently people in Forsyth want to slow down cars driving through their neighborhoods. City manager Janice Hall said on July 1 there has been an increase in requests for speed bumps, and council member Melvin Lawrence said he has gotten several calls asking for the city to install speed breakers.

July 4 will mark the 25th anniversary of the historic Flood of 1994 in which Hurricane Alberto dropped more than a dozen inches of rain on Monroe County in the span of two days, causing widespread flooding along the Towaliga and Ocmulgee rivers. About 100 Monroe County homes were deemed “unl…

Monroe County Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman will get a $3,000 raise next year along with teachers and other administrators in the school system. He will also get a 2 percent raise, which will add a total of $5,900 to his base salary of $145,000. Board of Education members approved …

Forsyth Planning & Zoning Commission/Design & Review board heard updated plans on June 25 for construction on the former Regency Motel property on Highway 83 at the I-75 exit 187. Tushar Patel of Royal Seven Group said that a convenience store, gas station, Papa John’s Pizza, Moe’s G…

Four Monroe County deputies who shot and killed a Martha Lane woman suffering from mental health issues in October 2018 were officially cleared of any wrongdoing after a Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) probe.

Forsyth Police Chief Eddie Harris gave city council an update on Monday night on the rash of car break-ins and thefts that is plaguing the Country Club Drive/Morningside Drive/Ensign Road area. He said the city police force is coordinating with Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in investigating…

An ex-Georgia Department of Corrections officer was placed on probation for 10 years after he pled guilty on June 24 in Monroe County Superior Court to violation of oath by a public officer and trading with inmates.

The Sri Karunamayi Research Institute of Meditation (SRIM) Center in Monroe County will host the Guru Purnima Retreat & Celebration for the first time July 12-14. This is an annual event that is held in different cities around North America. The SRIM (pronounced shreem) Center off of Joh…

Monroe County Health Department confirmed 17 cases of illness within 24 hours of visiting High Falls Water Park on Tuesday, June 11, Amber Erickson of the North Georgia Health District told the Monroe County Board of Health at its quarterly meeting. Environmental Health Director Gina Smith a…

A Texas man was hospitalized early Thursday morning after flipping his GMC Suburban on I-75 south near the Tift College Drive exit. Toby Herrera Jr. of Austin, Texas told Sgt. David Asbell that he thinks he fell asleep, causing him to overturn his vehicle, which landed upside down in the lef…

A High Falls man was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for attacking a Monroe County deputy while wielding a machete on High Falls Road on June 20, 2018.

Mary Persons Classmates of 1969 gathered on March 9 at the Monroe County Conference Center for an enjoyable evening visiting with old friends and reminiscing about youthful school days. Class president Gary McGaha welcomed everyone and Pastor Mike McMullen gave a prayer for our class and our meal.

Most Monroe Countians have an ongoing battle with carpenter bees. Although they are hard-working pollinators, they draw our ire when they lay their eggs in holes excavated in bare wood. People employ a number of techniques to thwart the bees, such as swatting them out of the air, spraying ar…

Eight new members were inducted as the third-ever class of the Forsyth-Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame in front of a crowd for more than 300 at a banquet held at the Monroe County Conference Center on Saturday evening. The inductees included: former Monroe Academy football coach Edgar Hatc…

It’s rare that you meet someone who wasn’t intentionally trying to lose weight. It’s also rare that anyone who is losing weight finds exercise fun. However, for 63-year-old Joey Speir, those were the exact things that happened to him. In the past few years, Joey has lost at least 85 pounds j…

A part of the 2019-20 budget is determining how Monroe County schools will handle the $3,000 raise the state announced for teachers. Although the legislature is giving local school boards appropriations to help fund the raises, it is up to local boards to determine exactly how to use that mo…