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A Monroe County teenager somehow escaped serious injury after flipping his Chevrolet Silverado off the wooden bridge on Montpelier Springs Road and landing upside down in Little Tobesofkee Creek on Saturday. Matthew Chandler Battle of Estes Road was heading north on Montpelier Springs Road w…

A month after rejecting proposed raises for nearly all county employees, Monroe County Commissioners reversed course on Tuesday and approved them.

A Forsyth man wanted for hitting his girlfriend’s mother over the head with a gun in September was arrested on Monday at Forsyth Gardens Apartments and charged with a host of additional drug charges.

At least three Forsyth residents told city police that someone drilled holes in the gas tanks on their vehicles, leaving them without gas on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Monroe County welcomed one of its newest restaurants Georgia Bob’s on Oct. 17 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Co-owner Jason Joseph, a Forsyth native, said it’s a dream come true to be able to open a BBQ restaurant in his hometown. Joseph’s wife Missy and her father, Bob Evans, and his busin…

Demolition of the old Colonial grocery store building on Main Street began on Monday as the city of Forsyth clears the property to begin work on a new city hall. The demolition is expected to take about five weeks. The city chose Tri-Star America of Norcross to do the demolition for $81,000. 

Kampgrounds of America (KOA) announced at its Annual International Convention in Savannah on Nov. 11 that the Forsyth KOA Campground earned the KOA 2020 President’s Award. The award is based on a score of at least 450 points on the company’s evaluation plus quality reviews and feedback from …

Nicole Walters is the new Family & Consumer Science Agent at Monroe County University of Georgia Extension. She started in the position on Nov. 1, just as Monroe County Extension began its move to new offices at the renovated Hubbard Dormitory at 484 Highway 83 South, Forsyth, near the f…

Forsyth’s Strict Observance Masonic Lodge #18 has named Dr. Mike Hickman, Superintendent of Monroe County Schools, the L.C. Bittick Public Servant of the Year. They invited him and several family members to the Lodge meeting and surprised him with the honor on Nov. 13.

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When Arthur and Rachel Farr moved to Monroe County from the metro Atlanta area a few years ago, the only downside was that internet service was terrible at their Flint Road farm. An investment advisor, Farr had to drive to his Stone Mountain office to get work done on the internet. 

Sheriff Brad Freeman said Monroe County’s a bad place to commit crime after a wanted fugitive took gunfire from two alert local citizens and others tracked his location until him and another suspect were in custody facing serious felonies.

Fair weather greeted at least 176 individuals, including the Mary Persons Marching Band, who came to the Monroe County Courthouse lawn on Monday to pay tribute to the military veterans who have served and protected America over the years. Monroe County observed the special day with a program…

Forsyth voters re-elected on Tuesday, Nov. 5 two incumbents, John Howard and Melvin Lawrence, to the Forsyth City Council.

By a narrow margin, Monroe County voters rejected a local 1-percent Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) that would have raised local sales tax from 7 to 8 percent.

 Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce sponsored a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, Nov. 5 to welcome Jason and Holly Connell’s Volume Chevrolet dealership to Monroe County. Volume Chevrolet officially opened the doors of its brand new 30,000 square-foot facility at 450 North Lee Street on Sept. 23. 

Over 100 supporters attended the Court of Honor on Saturday, Nov. 2 at which John Barnes of Forsyth’s Troop 51 was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. ‘Eagle’ is the highest achievement in the Boy Scout program, and since it was instituted in 1911 only about 4 percent of scouts have attained it. 

Rob Laukaitis recently received his PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He is proud of that accomplishment. His wife, Debra, and twin sons, Ethan and Evan, as well as youngest son, Eliot, are probably proud of him as well. Life is good. So why would he agree to take over the role of…

Mary Persons principal Dr. Jim Finch says he’s double-checking his school’s enrollment numbers after it was announced on Tuesday that the school would be moving down from Class AAAA to Class AAA.

The U.S. government estimates that only 496,777 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II are still alive, and an estimated 348 World War II veterans die every day in the U.S. But Monroe County is still blessed to count at least 11 World War 2 veterans in our midst, surviving me…

Forsyth city council decided on Monday to let power customers use their own personal solar power with their city power after all, but it may not save those customers much money.

Former Monroe County commission chairman Mike Bilderback has an ad in this week’s Reporter encouraging a “no” vote on the road tax referendum set for Nov. 5, and announcing he’ll challenge current chairman Greg Tapley for his old seat.

A 38-year-old Forsyth woman said she must’ve gotten hold of some bad weed after Monroe County deputies arrested her for an angry, expletive-filled rant on someone else’s roof on Oct. 24.

All Monroe County schools outperformed last years’ scores on the state CCRPI tests, pushing Monroe County to No. 9 in the state. Monroe County’s test scores ranked in the Top 10 out of nearly 200 school systems in Georgia even as the system had a higher percentage of poor and special needs s…

Monroe County voters will decide on Tuesday, Nov. 5 whether to impose a local penny Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) that would raise local sales tax from 7 to 8 percent.

The Reporter has obtained security video of the Backwoods Bar showing owner Gary Lawrence spent about 90 minutes inside before he set it on fire, walked outside and drove away on Tuesday, Oct. 1. The video shows Lawrence, 72, at top, parking in front of the bar around 4:30 p.m. and going in …

The Georgia Forestry Association headquarters at 551 N. Frontage Road, Forsyth was the site of the Georgia Senate study committee meeting on Agriculture, Forestry and Landscape Workforce Access on Thursday, Oct. 17. The purpose of the committee is to hear front different segments of agricult…

The Mary Persons High School Marching Band brought home several awards in the 43rd East Georgia Marching Band Championships at Statesboro High School on Oct. 26. The event brought 17 different bands from more than a dozen counties; it is one of the largest marching band competitions in Georgia.

City manager Janice Hall presented a preliminary 2020 Forsyth budget for council in a work session on Oct. 21. The preliminary budget of $6.6 million doesn’t include $15,000 requested by Monroe County Boys & Girls Club, which council approved at its meeting later that evening, or $186,87…

Monroe County Commissioners put off a decision last Tuesday, Oct. 15 on whether to implement an employee pay plan that would give raises to nearly every full-time county worker.

A 21-year-old Forsyth man was sentenced to five years with four years to serve in prison Oct. 10 by Judge Tommy Wilson for punching a female Barnesville police officer in the face during a Jan. 18 melee at the local Waffle House.

The family of Linda Kimble of Culloden is asking for any help in finding their 59-year-old mother whom they have not been able to contact since August. Kimble suffers from dementia/Alzheimer’s disease and seizures and is not consistently able to communicate her needs and identity with others. 

The new 715,000-square-foot Five Below distribution center held a Grand Opening and kick-off for its busy holiday season on Saturday, Oct. 19. The giant facility in the Monroe County Industrial Park just off I-75 Exit 181 at Rumble Road now employs about 200 people.

An Irmo, S.C. woman and a Columbia, S.C. man were each arrested and charged with theft by taking and interference with custody after they allegedly stole an SUV from the Forsyth Volume Chevrolet dealership on Oct. 12.