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Forsyth’s 40th Annual Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday drew on local musical talent and traditions to deliver an almost two-hour program that was continually upbeat and inspiring. The sanctuary of Kynette United Methodist Church was filled to overflowing for the program, much…

Two drivers were hospitalized after a bad wreck at the corner of Hwys. 18 and 41 in front of the old Monroe Academy on Thursday, Jan. 16. Robert Tidwell, 80, of Morrow, told Forsyth police Sgt. David Asbell that he was on Hwy. 18 in his 2019 Ford Edge waiting to turn onto Hwy. 41 and didn’t …

Nina Archibald Turnbow has announced she is a candidate for Monroe County Superior Court Clerk. Current Superior Court Clerk Lynn Ham is retiring and is not seeking re-election to the position. The primary election will be May 19, with the general election on Nov. 3. The new clerk will take …

As a special presentation during the Monroe County Bicentennial Celebration in 2021, a historical drama is being written by Patsy Clark and Tullye Ralph. The drama will highlight the everyday lives of the typical people of Monroe County, past and present.

The Monroe County Bicentennial Committee is working on a big celebration for the county’s 200th birthday next year. A party is tentatively set for May 15, 2021. The Georgia legislature created Monroe County on May 21, 1821. The Bicentennial Committee is encouraging local organizations, busin…

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Last January, Monroe County school board member Priscilla Doster recused herself from approving BOE attorneys for 2019, saying she’s related to one of them, Ben Vaughn, and needed to abstain.

Central Georgia EMC, Southern Rivers Energy, and Oglethorpe Power Corp. presented Oglethorpe Power’s 2019 ad valorem tax payment of $3,543,750.88 to the Monroe County Tax Commissioner’s office. The payment is for Oglethorpe Power’s 60 percent ownership in Units 1 and 2 of the Robert W. Scher…

Forsyth Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and Main Street boards held their first meeting of 2020 on Jan. 13. The meeting began with the swearing in of newly appointed board member Eric Thomas and electing a chairman, vice chairman and treasurer for the boards. 

In her report to mayor and city council on Jan. 6, Forsyth city manager Janice Hall said she submitted the change to the state for Local Maintenance & Improvement Grant (LMIG) funds. Forsyth had requested funds for paving Country Club Drive, leading into the city’s park, but because of p…

The Citizens Advisory Committee of Macon Area Transportation Study (MATS) held its first regular meeting of 2020 and elected John Ricketson as Vice-Chairman of the group for 2020. John was originally appointed as the Monroe County representative by Mike Bilderback when Mike was the Chairman …

Monroe County Commissioners put on hold indefinitely renovations to the Monroe County Recreation Department, saying the current fields could be harmed by the Georgia Department of Transportation’s (DOT) future I-75 truck lanes.

Traditionally those of us who have some ‘special thing’ we want to accomplish that we have put off for months decide to use that ‘special thing’ as a New Year’s Resolution. It is as if the Great Eraser wipes our slate of failed intentions clean at midnight on Dec. 31 and affords us the oppor…

Monroe County schools aren’t saying much about why they’ve been unable to repair the school system’s computer network despite working around the clock since Christmas.

Monroe County has hired a consultant to review its fire department before hiring a new chief after a 3-year investigation concluded that past leadership was negligent but didn’t warrant criminal prosecution. 

Former Mary Persons band director Eric Thompson said the world lost a great musician, beautiful person, and beautiful soul when Forsyth’s Mikayla Singletary died in an auto accident last Wednesday. 

There are now only three places for vehicles to cross railroad tracks in Forsyth instead of four after the crossing on Indian Springs Drive was permanently closed on Jan. 8. Forsyth city council listened to the pleas of residents and businesses to keep the crossing open after Norfolk Souther…

Monroe County teachers will receive, on average, a $1,600 supplement to their base salary Jan. 15 as the school system pays out what’s become a regular January lump payment for four years running.

Monroe County Commissioners honored on Tuesday, Jan. 7 Monroe County Fire/EMS battalion chief Elliot Chambliss, who retired at the end of 2019 after 30 years with the department.

A High Falls man called the sheriff’s office last Thursday to report two prostitutes from Macon had bilked him out of $257, but wound up going to jail with them for pandering.

Forsyth Police Chief Eddie Harris said his department had its 3rd Annual successful Shop with a Cop program during the 2019 Christmas season. The Forsyth Police Department raised funds to take over 16 children shopping with $150 each at the Forsyth Walmart on Dec. 23, according to City Manag…

It may surprise some of our readers that there are young people in Monroe County who have logged enough time on stage at The Rose or in one of the elementary, middle or high school venues that they qualify as professionals—not that they have been paid—but because they have amassed the experi…

In a matter of days, a brick wall transformed from just another side of a building into a downtown landmark as Caroline Stroud took brush, paint and creativity and applied it to the new Wild & Rooted Hair Company building at the corner of North Jackson and West Adams Streets. “This Must …

The Monroe County deputy fired after being arrested on drug charges in Butts County on Friday had been with the sheriff’s office for six years most recently serving at T.G. Scott Elementary School.

Monroe County deputies stopped two Savannah men, including one fresh off a 10-year sentence for manslaughter, and found $20,000 cash in their vehicle following a 123 mph chase on I-75 on Dec. 28.

Several passing motorists stopped and tried to save a Barnesville man after he flipped his Ford Explorer several times on I-75 north near Johnstonville Road on Tuesday, Dec. 31. While they were able to regain a pulse, David Holmes, 36, of Barnesville, ultimately died three days later at Navi…

Forsyth council member Greg Goolsby told council on Jan. 6 that he wants the city attorney to find a way for the city to avoid paying for legal notices to run in the Monroe County Reporter, as is required by law. He said he was disturbed by a picture in the Dec. 25 paper that accompanied cov…

A Forsyth man was hospitalized on Dec. 22 after the car he was riding in hydroplaned off of Hwy. 74 and crashed into an electric church sign. Jontavis Durham, 25, of Forsyth was taken by Monroe County EMS to Navicent Heath in Macon after being injured in the wreck. Durham was the passenger i…

A 17-year-old Kennesaw teen was seriously injured when a tow rope broke, leaving him stranded inside an unlighted Mitsubishi GT300 in a middle lane of I-75 north around 5:22 a.m. on Dec. 18. Here’s what the report from Monroe County deputy Larry Sullivan said happened: Victor Jones, 17, was …

With the 2019-20 school year at its mid-point, Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman gave his second annual State of Education address on Friday, Dec. 13. With the lure of a luncheon featuring roast beef prepared under the direction of Monroe County Schools Nutrition Director Lisa Singley and the …

Forsyth fire chief David Herndon captured this image of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner crew capsule as it sailed over Monroe County upon its launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla. at 6:36 a.m. on Dec. 20. The spacecraft was supposed to be in space for eight days, including a stop at the Internationa…

Five inmates at the Al Burruss prison in Forsyth have been charged with restraining a fellow inmate with belts, beating him and conducting a form of water boarding on him for failing to pay a debt to one of their prison gang members.