A Jackson woman was taken to the emergency room after being struck by a train on Thursday on Smith Road at the back entrance to the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. Victoria Thurmond, 24, had crossed the railroad tracks in her 2011 Honda Accord on Smith Road and stopped at Collier Road…

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Monroe County businesses, especially restaurants, are struggling to stay staffed, leading to slower service and even closed dining rooms at some of them.

Ready to Store is offering easily accessible storage units just minutes from downtown Forsyth at 600 Patrol Road. Taylor Family Companies purchased the storage facility, one of the first in Forsyth, in November and is proud of how it has been updated and modernized. With 16 years in the movi…

The deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 30 to nominate your mom as Monroe County’s Mother of the Year for 2021. The Reporter is sponsoring the Mother of the Year contest. Simply write in 400 words or less why your mom should be Mother of the Year.  The winning nomination should include speci…

Given the surge in chases in the past few years, the Reporter this week introduced our new Chase of the Week feature. It’s a snapshot look at the most interesting chase of the week by Monroe County deputies and local law enforcement.

Pam Davis has lived in Monroe County for 15 years, and she loves working with people. She’s spent many hours volunteering with organizations in her home town, including Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce. This week she began working with the Chamber and will probably be the first pers…

Mary Persons FFA Forestry Team again won the State Championship, making it two years running. 2021 team members are Kaitlyn Shields, Cameron Sparks, Dravin Bennett and Jacob McGouirk. Jacob was the 2nd highest scoring individual in the state.

Forsyth will again sponsor fireworks for the community on July 3. City manager Janice Hall asked council to make a decision on April 5 because the vendor that provides the fireworks and produces the display was holding the date for the city but couldn’t continue to do so after April without …

Forsyth Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has negotiated the sale of the former city administration building at 26 North Jackson Street to Brian and Christie Lambert, owners of Scoops, the tenant in the building. At the DDA meeting on April 12, Forsyth economic development director Tammie…

Members of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church and New Providence Baptist Church, neighboring churches both in Smarr, held their annual CrossWalk on Good Friday. Members sang hymns as they walked the cross from Mt. Zion to New Providence. Above, from left, Jadah Moore, Asher Moore, Holder Thurm…

On Saturday, March 13 a local family got an abrupt reminder of how quickly life can change for no apparent reason. Justen and Stephanie Chambers were busy raising three active children and their son, Caspian, had a baseball tournament in Henry County that day. Justen, who teaches 7th grade s…

Forsyth refused to rezone 9.45 acres near the Highway 18 Industrial Park for a 64-unit apartment complex for tenants with “workforce” incomes. Council members, and even citizens speaking against the rezoning, said Forsyth needs housing like this complex but that the location isn’t suitable f…

If you like specialty meats, you’ll love Blanche Farms Meats (BFM). BFM is a specialty meat market owned and operated by Bernie and Margaret Blanche. In 2018, Bernie opened a small butcher shop and meat market in Bolingbroke. The business grew, mostly by word-of-mouth. To meet the increasing…

Forsyth extended the contract on its new city hall to May 16, now expecting city hall to be ready by June 22 but hoping to nudge Pellicano Construction to work a little faster. On March 1 Forsyth approved an extension on its contract to April 8. On April 5 city manager Janice Hall brought a …

Forsyth council on Monday, April 5 made panhandling a misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days confinement and a $1,000 fine. Council unanimously approved the new ordinance on April 5 but removed parts of it that prohibited “political solicitation.”

A Wyoming man who turned Monroe County upside down as a fugitive over six days in January 2019 was sentenced to 45 years in prison without parole on Tuesday.

Raymond Chambliss of Forsyth won’t be eligible for parole until he’s 96 years old after a Monroe County jury found him guilty on Wednesday of killing his girlfriend Tonia Herring in 2018.

Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce welcomed its members and the community to its new office on North Jackson Street with Business After Hours and a ribbon cutting on Thursday, March 25.  The spacious, convenient-to-downtown location soon filled with local business people and community…

A Flovilla man was rushed to Atrium Navicent Health on Monday after he wrecked his Dodge Ram truck into a tree on Hwy. 87. James Smith, 75, of Flovilla was heading north toward Flovilla on Hwy. 87 near McCrackin Street in Juliette when he left the right shoulder and struck a tree, said Monro…

An intoxicated Macon woman had to be pulled from an overturned vehicle after she turned her vehicle over on Pate Road near I-75 around 8:44 p.m. on March 5. According to the incident report, Megan West, of Macon was found unconscious in her 2012 Jeep Liberty by deputies Matthew Mimbs and Wad…

First Baptist Church Forsyth invited families to an Easter Egg Hunt at Monroe County Recreation Complex on Saturday, March 27 and they came. Hundreds of children arrived with baskets waiting to be filled with spring-colored plastic eggs that held a variety of little prizes.

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It appears Forsyth is ready to expand its boundaries again by another large annexation for H & H Timberlands and its subsidiaries even as tension still festers from the first one.

Forsyth city councilman Julius Stroud is calling for an investigation of Monroe County commissioner John Ambrose’s social media posts after Ambrose wrote that Speaker Nancy Pelosi and vice president Kamala Harris slept their way to the top.

Gov. Brian Kemp stopped for a haircut at City Barber Shop in Forsyth last Thursday. He is shown with City Barber owner Teri Barr, left, and stylist Tiffany Ferguson, right. Barr said Kemp suggested they take a photo and send it to Will Davis and the Reporter, so that’s what she did.

A Willis Circle woman is without a home after hers was decimated by fire on Thursday. Patricia Gresham of 146 Willis Circle was at work mid-day Thursday when neighbors reported a fire in the home. Monroe County fire chief Matt Jackson said his firefighters were there within five minutes of t…

 Watching her mother-in-law work long shifts at Monroe County Hospital and hearing her worry about helping people over the last year, Katherine Scott feels that the people working in the many helping fields in the community need to be shown more often that they are appreciated. She also want…

The Annual Spring Plant Sale by Mary Persons FFA is back this year! Decorative and vegetable bedding plants, individual house plants and hanging baskets will be available to the public on Tuesday March 30 from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. at the greenhouse behind the school.

Monroe County Schools financial director Chris Johnson told the Board of Education at its March 9 meeting that he was initially a little concerned as he prepared the financial report that local revenues were behind what they should be at this time of year. Then he got a call from the Monroe …