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Monroe County commissioners are considering new laws that would, among other things, force the owners of junk cars to remove them or face fines.

Next Tuesday, Monroe County’s Ethan Payne is scheduled to get his driver’s license and thus will meet his mom’s threshold for when he can start dating. It’s likely he’ll have plenty of options after 7.8 million people watched him punch his golden ticket by singing and strumming with Luke Bry…

Mary Persons alum Keke Calloway was named the Southern Conference Tournament Most Outstanding Player on Sunday as she led her Mercer Lady Bears  basketball team to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season.

Forsythians were dancing this weekend, including these girls from Simply Dance, at the good weather for the Forsythia Festival as storms forecasted for Sunday never materialized. The 32nd annual Festival enjoyed huge crowds and great success by all the vendors. (Photos by Jim Barber, Will Da…

A project that gave Forsyth and Monroe County access to a million more gallons of water per day has been recognized by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia. The organization presented a prestigious Engineering Excellence Award to Hofstadter & Associates at its Feb. 23…

Monroe County authorities seized 49 grams of meth, syringes, a gun and a suspect after raiding the New Forsyth Inn on Frontage Road last Thursday.

The Forsythia Festival FaithFest on Saturday evening, March 9 delivered the quality vocals and experience it has become known for as non-professionals competed in Youth and Adult categories before the Arrendale Women’s prison Voices of Hope chorus rounded out the evening. The sanctuary at Fi…

Forsyth city council can now name city buildings and properties, like parks, after living people. Previously its ordinance required that a person be deceased for at least five years before a city building or property could be named in memory of him or her.

Snow and tornadoes have already given Monroe County a wild weather week, and it appears this weekend’s Forsythia Festival will have some of the same challenges on Sunday.

The Mary Persons soccer program will dedicate the new Taylor Dell Memorial Scoreboard at Lancaster Field before the West Laurens boys game around 7 p.m. this Tuesday, March 12. In the works for years, the scoreboard is aimed at keeping alive the memory of the former Bulldog soccer player who…

Monroe County Hospital achieved an overall financial gain of $25,000 for the month of January, chief financial officer Judy Ware reported on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

A Jacksonville, Fla. woman was arrested after a Monroe County deputy had to shatter her vehicle window to get her to exit a stolen taxi cab on I-75 North on Feb. 22.

Mary Persons High principal Dr. Jim Finch was honored last month at the 16th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support in Washington, D. C. He was presented the Jim Carr Award, a prestigious international recognition for leading and nurturing a positive school climate.  Dr. Finch…

Monroe County Extension hosted the University of Georgia GrassMasters series for Middle Georgia counties in Forsyth. This four-week course consisted of seven programs focused on forage production for grazing and hay in Georgia. Topics included selecting forage varieties, fertilization, pest …

Jerry Rafferzeder of Monroe County was named Law Enforcement Officer of the Year at the Barnesville-Lamar County Chamber of Commerce Annual Community Awards Banquet on Feb. 21. Rafferzeder works for the Milner Police department. 

Terry Emlet, left, is Forsyth Convention & Visitors Bureau’s new Welcome Center Tourism Specialist. Brandon Ogletree, far right, is the new at-large member on the Forsyth CVB board of directors.  He was sworn in at the Feb. 26 meeting. Pictured, left to right, are City Attorney Bobby Mel…

Dr. Jeff Langford of Langford Allergy is ranked #27 on the 2019 Bulldog 100 list. The Bulldog 100 recognizes the best of University of Georgia Alumni that own or manage their own businesses. 

Forsyth Planning & Zoning Commission heard plans to build gated, luxury triplex or quadraplex rental townhouses in the city at its Feb. 25 meeting. Wes Cones spoke to Planning & Zoning on behalf of Dr. Kevin Smith to ask for re-zoning of 60 Berner Ave. from office professional to res…

Over 850 people have March 1 circled on their calendars, or in their heads, as the night they will be heading to Monroe County Fine Arts Center to see the legendary Lettermen in concert. The concert has pre-sold more tickets than any other featured act at the 1,200-seat venue since it opened…

Monroe County Commissioners plan to widen portions of Thornton Road and Charles Way to relieve school traffic in the area.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has completed the new boat ramp at Popes Ferry Landing on the Ocmulgee River near Juliette just in time for spring. Monroe County commissioner John Ambrose said the new park looks much better and will undergo even more improvements by the county in…

A Jackson man was arrested and charged with dog fighting and nine counts of cruelty to animals after Monroe County deputies and the U.S. Marshal’s Service raided his home.

A worker adds blocks to the top of the long retaining wall around the Hwy. 83 property at I-75 where businessman Tushar Patel is building a convenience store, Papa John’s, Huddle House and, from another party, a Zaxby’s franchise. The expensive retaining wall was required due to significant …

Monroe County will auction off 49 properties valued at $73,477 for unpaid taxes at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5 on the courthouse steps.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office has a suspect but no arrest yet after someone charged more than $8,000 on credit cards belonging to a mom who was speaking to a Fellowship of Christian Athletes group at the Mary Persons freshman campus last Tuesday.

Mary Persons is searching for a new band director after Eric Thompson resigned after six years at the helm.

Mary Persons senior Zachary Potts was selected to spend this weekend, Feb. 23-25, in Los Angeles in a three-day intensive workshop with 12 other musicians, ages 14-18, that will culminate in two studio recordings for “From the Top,” the nationwide program distributed by National Public Radio…

Russellville Baptist Church is hosting The Segos – The Next Generation in concert on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 11 a.m. as the family celebrates its 100th anniversary of sining and ministering. The church is at 111 Russellville Road in south Monroe County, and everyone is invited.  

Monroe County school members won’t get a pay raise this year because all board members don’t support the raise. Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman told the Board of Education  on Feb. 12 that State Representatives Robert Dickey and Susan Holmes told him they do not want take a request to the le…

Long-time Department of Corrections administrator Tim Ward was sworn in as commissioner of the Forsyth-based agency by Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday. Ward has served as the interim commissioner and chief of staff for the GDC in the past. Ward holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Sa…