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Georgia’s Supreme Court on July 1 rejected Christopher Calmer’s appeal of his murder conviction for killing Monroe County deputy Michael Norris.

There seemed to be at least 100 cars in a happy parade to mark Annie “Lassie” Hansford’s 100th birthday at her Straight Street home in Forsyth on Wednesday. Hansford told the Reporter that she has never been sick and gives all the glory to God for her longevity. She has more than 80 grandchi…

The Forsyth golf course saw an impressive sales boost over the July 4 holiday weekend. The course, which six months ago was netting about 30 rounds a day, is now averaging close to 80. Over the 4th, 5th and 6th the course sold an astonishing 320 rounds. The course’s superintendent Reese Brun…

The I-75 Central Corridor Coalition (I-75 CCC) continues to look toward the future and coordinate plans with the counties lining I-75 from Bibb County to Henry County even though its meetings have changed from in-person to conference calls and zoom meetings. Because of federal funds likely t…

Coronavirus delivered another punch to Forsyth this week as a member of the Grits Cafe team tested positive and Grits announced it will close July 7-13 to take every precaution for the health and safety of the staff, guests and community. The team member was sent home to quarantine with a fe…

Forsyth Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) board of directors discussed the impact of COVID-19 on its 2020 budget as it looked toward preparing its budget for 2021. Forsyth’s CVB is financed primarily by the city’s tax on its 13 hotels/motels and KOA campground; the CVB receives 40 perce…

Family and friends will celebrate the 100th birthday of Ms. Annie Lassie Hansford of Forsyth on Wednesday, July 1 with a parade in front of her Hwy. 83 home. The parade will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. starting at Straight Street at Hwy. 83.

An owner of Plant Scherer has decided to close one of the plant’s four units, a move sure to spark fears about the future of Monroe County’s biggest taxpayer and private employer. The move means that as of 2022, the plant will no longer be the world’s biggest coal plant, according to Power M…

Forsyth’s first-ever brew pub will open its doors on Saturday. The Fox City Brewing Co. aims to become a hang out where friends can enjoy good company, good food and good beer.

Residents of central Georgia have the opportunity to support their local hospital by contributing to Georgia’s Rural Hospital Organization Tax Credit. By participating in the program, residents can direct their tax dollars to support Monroe County Hospital, Navicent Health Partner (MCH). Loc…

Brian Owens of Forsyth has been elected to his third consecutive term as vice chairman by his colleagues on the State Board of Pardons and Paroles for FY 2021. The Board conducted a limited June meeting, practicing social distancing, and following all COVID-19 safety guidelines. The Board is…

Georgia Department of Transportation will release a video updating plans for the I-75 truck-only lanes. During the I-75 Central Corridor Coalition meeting on June 17, Matt Fowler of DOT gave an update on the truck-only lanes project planned for I-75 northbound between Macon and the Highway 1…

Forsyth Planning & Zoning Commission says the city should set a standard guideline of 10 feet x 20 feet for parking spaces at businesses in town. There are now various measurements for parking spaces in the city code, depending on how many spaces are in a parking lot, whether the spaces …

At its June 15 meeting, which included six public hearings, Forsyth City Council approved re-zoning three acres owned by St. James Baptist Church, including where the church is located, on Railroad Ave. from traditional neighborhood to office professional. The impetus for the rezoning reques…

Two apparently unattended kids under the age of 6 nearly drowned and had to be given CPR after they were pulled from the pool at the Forsyth Days Inn on Saturday, June 20.

A Douglasville woman was hospitalized with head injuries after being ejected from a vehicle she wrecked while fleeing Monroe County deputies in a stolen vehicle on June 10.

Monroe County deputies are looking for a Forsyth man accused of cutting his brother during a drunken brawl around 4 a.m. on June 13. According to the incident report, Jaime Mann, 46, of 24 West Old Indian Springs Road told Deputy Watson he was arguing with his brother, Derrick Mann, 43, when…

Justin Weaver, a 1996 graduate of Mary Persons, has just hit Number One for the third time on music charts with a song he co-wrote. And along the way to the top of the charts, “After a Few” also set some new records. 

Up on her feet, Eula is now recovering at home from COVID-19, Since the start of March, she has been hospitalized with COVID-19. After an initial hospitalization near her home in Albany, she was transferred to The Medical Center, Navicent Health before continues recovery at the swing bed fac…

Monroe County Schools are in good shape financially, according to Assistant Superintendent Jackson Daniel’s report to the Board of Education on June 9. Daniel said the school system has gotten $23.7 million in local revenue for fiscal year 2020, which is 7 percent more than it expected in it…

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Youth Summer Camp is in the midst of four weeks of full blown activities and adventures for campers ages 8-11. This is the fourth year for the camp, and, although it had to be scaled back this year because of COVID-19, it is once again providing excitement …

Monroe County Commissioners approved by a 4-0 vote on Friday, June 19 an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Cities of Forsyth and Culloden to approve a project list for a scheduled November 3, 2020 referendum on whether to issue a single-county Transportation Special Purpose Local Option S…

County officials have proposed that the city and county sit down with a mediator to settle a nearly three-year dispute over how much the city owes the county for operating the emergency service dispatching center.

A crowd of several hundred people gathered for a rally Saturday morning in downtown Forsyth, with several speakers calling for Will Davis to step down from his position as publisher/editor of the Monroe County Reporter and give up his one-half ownership of the newspaper.

The Monday, June 15 COVID-19 report from Georgia’s North Central Health District, which covers 13 counties, showed 130 total cases in Monroe County, 26 hospitalizations and 14 deaths. It said positive tests from June 1-7 were down 50 percent from the preceding week. 

Streets were blocked off and traffic redirected as officers from the Sheriff’s Office and Forsyth Police Department lead a procession of about 3 dozen demonstrators from the Dollar Tree parking lot in Forsyth to the courthouse square around 12 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. 

It seems big cats are being spotted in Monroe County a lot more than usual. Is it because of weather patterns, lots of rain, humans and vehicles staying in for weeks? A reader brought this image of an apparent bobcat captured on a trail camera a few months ago just off Ponder Trammell Road n…

Monroe County Board of Education recognized those retiring from the school system at its June 9 meeting and presented each of them a Bullova clock. It was the first BOE meeting held in the board room since March 9, and retirees’ family members were able to attend the recognition with them. 

Students with disabilities can attend Monroe County Schools until they are 22, having the chance to learn, practice skills and interact with other students, faculty and members of the community. But often when they are too old to be served by the school system, they are left with a big void.…