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CLOSED: Grits Café, The Pickled Okra, Scoops, Hong Kong Palace, Her Majesty, Whistle Stop Café, Minori's Italian.

A Forsyth truck driver faces terroristic threat charges after causing a panic by telling an employee of Five Below on Friday that he thinks he has the Corona virus.

Prosecutors cannot seek the death penalty against Candice Walton, the 16-year-old who appeared in Monroe County Superior Court for the first time Wednesday since being charged with killing her mother and brother on Feb. 27.

A Forsyth woman was injured after she ran into a Monroe County 18 wheeler at the corner of Main and Lee streets on the courthouse square on Tuesday. Witnesses said the driver, Holly Mays, was headed east on Main Street when she slammed into a tractor trailer carrying a large metal culvert pi…

The corolla virus pandemic has ended a very positive experience two months early for a Monroe County family. With only a few days notice Norwegian exchange student Mathilde Haugobo was directed to cut her year with the Pippin family short; she flew home Sunday, March 22. 

Monroe County and the city of Forsyth have both barred public gatherings of 10 or more people but stopped short of enforcing a curfew in light of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Monroe County commissioners gave final approval to borrow $2.5 million to bring their facilities up to date at their March 17 meeting.

A tractor and hay bales were destroyed by fire on Old Union Gin Road on Friday. Monroe County firefighters put out the blaze. Fire department spokesman Shane Cook said they think an engine malfunction on the tractor belonging to Thomas Peters may have started the fire.

Monroe County commissioners are considering adopting a "See. Click. Fix." application on smart phones that makes it easier for residents to report problems. Commissioner George Emami suggested the county look into the app after noting he’s gotten grief for not responding more quickly to a gr…

Monroe County Schools sent an announcement on Tuesday, March 24 that schools will be closed through April 3 and that the schools will observe the scheduled Spring Break the following week through April 10. The first day schools might re-open would be Monday, April 13.

Monroe County Schools began giving Grab ’n Go meals to students on Wednesday, March 18. Plans were to give the free bags packed with food for one breakfast and lunch on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and then evaluate the response and decide how best to help feed students while they aren’t c…

Forsyth has its own “Walking Dead” zombie. At least local optometrist Dr. Lyle Lastinger was a full-fledged ‘hero zombie’ on the popular television series for one day. The segment in which he appeared aired about two weeks ago in an episode of the “Walking Dead’s” 10th season. 

Monroe County commissioners cancelled plans to have a coal ash expert test area wells last week as they begin talking to an Atlanta attorney about possibly suing Georgia Power.

Like others across the U.S., Forsyth stores have struggled to keep up with demand surge created by the coronavirus pandemic. Everything from common grocery items to bathroom products and cleaning supplies have been selling out as people prepare to self-quarantine and ride out the virus at home. 

A motorcyclist from Buford was arrested after leading Monroe County deputies on a chase from Forsyth to Russellville at speeds of 150 mph on Saturday. Three of his companion motorcycle drivers are still at large. Monroe County Cpl. Thomas Haskins was alerted that four motorcycles were speedi…

Various programs will mark the end of an era at St. Luke A.M.E Church in Forsyth, including a banquet expecting about 300 people this Saturday. Rev. Charles Dumas has been preaching for 54 years and pastoring churches for 50 years, the last 29 years at St. Luke. He has guided the congregatio…


Monroe County has its first case of the CoronaVirus, COVID-19, state health officials announced on Friday.The resident of Monroe County is  hospitalized, and the source of exposure is unknown at this time.The North Central Health District (NCHD) Epidemiologists confirmed the Monroe County ca…

Monroe County Schools plans to issue Chromebooks to all students in next year’s 9th grade class for them to use until they graduate from Mary Persons in 2024. School technology specialists Valerie Mercer and Ronnie Shipman explained the plan to the Board of Education at its March 10 meeting. 

Monroe County Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman said he will consider whether to let a homeschool basketball team use the old Monroe Academy gym for games when it is idle. Parents appealed to the Board of Education at its March 10 meeting after their initial request to the school syste…

The Monroe County Board of Education added 12 new positions to the school system for the 2020-21 school year at a cost of $900,000 to $950,000 including the benefits for all 12 full time, certified employees. The board voted unanimously to approve the positions at its March 10 meeting.

On a motion by council member John Howard, Forsyth city council has cancelled all meetings until at least April 20. The vote to do so was 5-0, with council member Chris Hewett absent from the March 16 meeting.

One lane of I-75 will be closed starting Monday, March 16 as the DOT begins rehabilitation of bridges on Pate Road and Johnstonville Road over I-75 in Monroe County, will start in earnest Monday, March 16. Bridge maintenance crews with Massana Construction have already been at the Pate Road …

Nearly two years after Monroe County turned down an apartment complex on New Forsyth Road, the developer is back hoping for permission to build a senior living community on the same 18-acre tract.

Monroe County commissioner Larry Evans removed his long-time appointee Lamarcus Davis from the county’s recreation board on Tuesday as Davis qualified to run against him for commissioner.

Forsyth mayor Eric Wilson says nothing has changed on possible plans for a 1,700-acre industrial park despite the county’s vote last week to try to pre-emptively block the city from annexing the property.

The state House of Representatives on Tuesday budgeted $500,000 to hire engineers to study Monroe County’s well water problem in response to concerns about Plant Scherer, Rep. Dale Washburn told the Reporter on Tuesday.

Close to 200 hundred Monroe County residents were in attendance for Monday night’s Coal Ash Town Hall meeting hosted by the Middle Georgia Clean Water Alliance group at Maynard Baptist Church.  Talks continued over the clean water issue in Juliette.

Fred Hastings is running for the District 4 Monroe County Board of Education seat. He attended Monroe County Schools from second grade until he graduated from Mary Persons in 2000, and he now has two sons attending Monroe County Schools. He is a facilities project manager for Georgia Departm…

Tammy Marion is in her 10th year as assistant principal at Mary Persons, and she is the 2019-20 Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals (GASSP) Assistant Principal of the Year. As such she is eligible to become the National Assistant Principal of the Year this summer. 

 A Forsyth legend, Jack Fletcher, turns 95 on Tuesday, March 17, and he may be the only person alive who met President Calvin Coolidge in the White House.

Monroe County school board member Greg Head donated his BOE salary from 2019, $1,500, back into career education programs at Mary Persons High School. Head gave $750 to the construction class/program and $750 to the automotive class/program, both part of the Career Technical Agriculture Educ…

A Shane’s Rib Shack is coming to Forsyth, and there’s a 90 percent chance a Great American Cookie Co. is as well to two new strip malls approved by the city zoning board last Tuesday, Feb. 24.