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Forsyth city attorney Bobby Melton announced at a Sept. 7 council meeting that he was clearing councilman Julius Stroud of an anonymous ethics complaint filed against Stroud for his Facebook post claiming protestors against a mask mandate in Monroe County schools would have been treated diff…

Monroe County fire trainee Thomas Shephard carries the family dog to safety after a Hwy. 41 family lost its home to fire on Monday. Forsyth and Monroe County firefighters were dispatched to the blaze at 2612 Old Atlanta Highway, or Hwy. 41 toward Barnesville, around 3 p.m. Members of the Gui…

Readers of the Monroe County Reporter can save money by renewing or subscribing by Oct. 1, before new pricing takes effect. Unfortunately, due to a staggering 140-percent increase in the price of newsprint in the past few months, the Reporter is facing steep hikes in its printing bill. With …

Property owners in Forsyth will see a decrease in their 2021 taxes. City council unanimously voted to set the millage rate at 2.5 at its Sept. 7 meeting. Council had set a tentative rate of 3 mills, the same as last year, which meant that it couldn’t go higher but could go lower in finalizin…

A Forsyth man found passed out in his 2012 Honda Accord parked in the middle of the northbound lane of Hwy. 41 N was arrested for DUI on Sept. 8 around 11:22 p.m. 

A crowd of supporters came for the opening of the William Hubbard Complex on Saturday, Sept. 11. They filled the former cafeteria/auditorium of what was most recently the sixth grade Monroe County Middle School campus for a program presented by the Hubbard Alumni Association (HAA) to recogni…

Monroe County Emergency Services remembered the heroism and sacrifices of Sept. 11, 2001 with a Patriot Day program on Saturday. The program encompassed the hours from 8:30-10:30 a.m. when the events of terrorism unfolded before the American public.

Jessica Evans accepted the position of family services coordinator with Monroe County Schools this summer after the retirement of Gwen Byrd. Byrd was known to put countless miles on her vehicles as she visited homes throughout Monroe County and worked to find resources for children of all ag…

Leadership Monroe 2022 class members came to their first day of class on Thursday, Sept. 9 and began a nine-month journey of getting to know their county and one another. The 11 members of the class represent a variety of backgrounds and connections in the community.

At its July 20 meeting Monroe County Board of Education discussed the teaching of critical race theory in Monroe County Schools and asked Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman to draft a resolution to send to the Georgia School Board Association (GSBA) that Monroe County BOE is opposed to teaching…

A Forsyth man recently completed an incredible feat by walking for 143 days through 14 states starting at Springer Mountain, Georgia to Katahdin Mountain, Maine, the entire length of the Appalachian Trail. Tyler Sakir, a 24-year-old mechanical technician with two young sons, went through 6 p…

Monroe County Hospital has plenty of oxygen for the current surge in COVID patients after getting a new 900 gallon tank last week. The hospital had run low on oxygen two weeks ago due to a flood of COVID patients needing O2. So the hospital had its oxygen supplier, AirGas, install a 900-gall…

Owners Wes Cone and Todd Rivers cut the ribbon at Big Peach Car Wash on N. Lee Street on Aug. 26 supported by Forsyth Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, family and other members of the community. Right, A Monroe County Sheriff’s Office car gets washed during Business After Hours at the Big P…

A man who pled guilty to beating his wife in a camper on Mize Street was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Aug. 17. According to reports, Inv. Kemeyan Colvard was called by Maj. Jim Wallen with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office regarding a domestic dispute that began on Friday, Sept. 27, …

A Forsyth man was given 5 years probation on Aug. 17 for shooting his brother with a sawed-off shotgun. According to the incident report, Marvin Perkins, then 57, who lived with his brother, Fred Perkins at 21 Brandywine Drive told deputies he had gone under their house on Nov. 29, 2017, to …

Scott and Starr McCook of Culloden celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 5. Arthur Scott McCook and Brenda Starr Upshaw exchanged wedding vows on Sept. 5, 1971 at Grace Baptist Church in Macon with Rev. Charles Flesher officiating. They have lived in the Culloden area si…

Beth Youmans is a multi-talented lady who has found a way to combine her love for the outdoors and growing things with her excitement about learning, meeting a challenge and interacting with people. Add to that a business sense for marketing and accounting and an artistic creativity, then le…

Monica Cordy of Forsyth Main Street said the city’s Community Yard Sale on Sept. 4, Labor Day Weekend, was the best one ever, and it seemed all of the venders and shoppers agreed with her. The annual yard sale in downtown Forsyth is sponsored by Forsyth Main Street. It was canceled in 2020 b…

One of the newest contributions to the Monroe County Black History Museum is nine portraits of the Chaney family. Arthur and Rachel Farr found the portraits as they were cleaning out an old home place at 220 Flint Road, off of Highway 83 South, before it was demolished. 

Monroe County’s Black History Museum celebrated its permanent home with a ribbon cutting sponsored by Forsyth Monroe County Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, Sept. 4. A crowd of supporters came to tour the museum and salute those who have worked to collect, preserve, organize and attractively…

The City of Forsyth will have a Memorial Program on Saturday, Sept 11 in recognition of the 20th anniversary of the assault on the Twin Towers in New York City by terrorists. The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. in front of the new Forsyth City Hall on West Main Street.

 Beautify Forsyth partnered with Forsyth Monroe County Chamber of Commerce for a clean-up day on Thursday, Sept. 2. The square and several blocks down North Jackson Street over to Indian Springs Drive were the focus of a team picking up litter in anticipation of Forsyth’s Community Yard Sale…

Monroe County Emergency Services (MCES) will host a memorial ceremony on Saturday, Sept.11 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Headquarters/Station 1, 693 Juliette Road, Forsyth to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the heroism, loss and patriotism on that day. We promised to never forget.

On Friday evening, Aug. 20, seventeen Mary Persons classmates of 1958 and their spouses gathered at Lee and Jeaneen Willingham’s home to begin their 63rd Reunion Weekend. The group enjoyed a time of fellowship and a delicious barbecue supper from Georgia Bob’s.

State Sen. Burt Jones vowed to support law enforcement, stop election fraud and end the state income tax before hundreds of supporters at the kickoff of his campaign for lieutenant governor on Thursday, Aug. 26.

After a majority of commissioners insisted all year they had to raise property taxes, Monroe County commissioners made a surprising reversal and voted to cut tax rates from 13.187 mills to 12.8 mills on Wednesday.

An Albany man suffered cuts to his head after he flipped his tractor trailer on Monday and spilled tons of corn onto the shoulder. Johnny Dennard, 42, of Albany, seated on the ambulance and holding his head, was heading north on Hwy. 42 near the city’s water plant when he left the roadway an…

Monroe County EMS tends to 20-year-old Sydney Roe after she was injured in a 3-car accident on I-75 north on Friday, Aug. 27 around 4:39 p.m. According to the Monroe County sheriff’s report, Roe was taken to the Monroe County Hospital emergency room for her injuries. Roe couldn’t stop her ve…

How would you answer the question, “What’s it mean to have a life well lived?” Most people would probably say something about family, friends, church, and career. By that, or any other measure, Paul Mason has a life well lived. He has a loving wife and family, he regularly attends church, he…

Erika Wharam Giduturi’s nieces and nephews were on North Jackson Street selling special home-baked treats and telling her story on Monday, Aug. 30. Aunt Erika is battling cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer) and her supporters are raising funds and awareness to help her fight. 

When Monroe County celebrated its 150th birthday, students, shopkeepers, parents and various groups and citizens contributed letters and other documents and items to a time capsule that was buried on the courthouse lawn in 1973. Last week members of the committee charged with celebrating the…

Is it just me or does this happen to everybody?  Every time (and I mean every time) I fill my car up with gas, it happens. I pull into the gas station. Turn off my car and get out to pump the gas into the gas tank. 

Monroe County will mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with a memorial program and processional through town. Events will begin at the Monroe County Emergency Services Headquarters at 693 Juliette Road at 8:30 a.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem. Over the next two hours ther…

Monroe County Kingdom Builders plans to work on projects at homes of the elderly and needy in Monroe County Fall Break, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15 and 16. This ministry has been very successful in the past, but it needs to bring together those in need of its help, volunteers to do the work…

Forsyth Planning & Zoning Commission recommended variances for signs for the new Starbucks on Russell Parkway at N. Lee Street but didn’t give its approval to two local business people who wished to build rental housing in the city on Aug. 23. 

Monroe County Board of Education set its 2021-22 tax millage rate at 15.227 at a called meeting on Thursday, Aug. 26. The rate is .319 less than last year’s rate and is what the state determined as the rollback rate, that is, the rate that will collect the same amount of revenue for Monroe C…

A tractor trailer overturned and blocked three lanes of I-75 south on Monday after colliding twice with an SUV that was reportedly trying cut it off.

Tushar Patel officially became a member of the Forsyth Convention & Visitors Bureau Authority board of directors on Aug. 31, given the oath of office by city attorney Bobby Melton. The charter of the CVBA specifies that its board members represent different aspects of the hospitality ind…

At its Aug. 26 called meeting Monroe County Board of Education took two actions in connection with its application for a state grant for a College & Career Academy. Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman said the deadline for the application is Sept. 6; he expects to know whether Monroe County …