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Monroe County commissioners are refusing to release the results of their investigation into allegations that commissioner Larry Evans berated a county employee for not hiring his “niece” on April 25.

Forsyth decided on Monday to go to court to try to stop Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) from closing the railroad crossing at Indian Springs Drive. Of immediate importance, Forsyth is asking the court to order the closure delayed until it can make a ruling on the appeal. 

Monroe County Commissioners adopted on June 20 a new ethics ordinance for elected officials, employees and appointed board members less than two months after a county commissioner was scrutinized for allegedly reprimanding a county department head.

The Monroe County development authority is buying back 8 acres in its Hwy. 18 industrial park after one of three companies planning to build concrete plants in Forsyth this year apparently backed off its plans.

President Donald Trump congratulates Mary Persons alumni Jason Hightower as he graduates from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hightower received a congressional appointment to the Air Force Academy upon his high school graduation in 2015. The appointment included full t…

Georgia Power’s employees at Plant Scherer raised funds and collected toiletries for the United Way’s Bags of Hope project. Employees put together 150 bags for the local homeless population that included hygiene items. These bags will be distributed by the United Way of Central Georgia.

Monroe County BOE wants to increase the salaries of its paraprofessionals. It included a 9 percent pay raise for them in the first version of its budget for next year, but a Catch 22 that caused problems with the school system’s budget for federal funds has cut that raise to 5 percent with a…

There is always work going on to keep the buildings of the Monroe County School system ready for students and staff. Director of Maintenance & Facilities Roger Onstott updated Board of Education on work that has been done recently and is planned for the summer. 

Monroe County Board of Education recognized the 18 school system employees who retired this year at its June 11 meeting. Employees were presented engraved clocks, certificates and gratitude for their years of service.There were seven employees from T.G. Scott, four employees from Monroe Coun…

Forsyth had its first planned delivery in over 30 years at 1:42 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5 as little Noelani Brown entered the world at the ObGyne Birth Center, across from Monroe County Hospital on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. The new Birth Center held its Grand Opening in December 2018. 

The GDOT ordered Forsyth last week to close the railroad crossing at Indian Springs Drive despite city council’s efforts to keep it open. After the city heard from citizens who wanted the crossing to stay open, it denied Norfolk Southern’s petition to close the crossing on Feb. 5. But Norfol…

When doctors told Quinton Calloway of Forsyth that he and his wife LaToya may never be able to have kids of their own, that didn’t stop him from coaching T-ball and being a father figure to kids around Monroe County. So when he found out in January 2011 that he was going to be a daddy after …

A High Falls man is charged with misdemeanor vehicular homicide after the sheriff’s office said he was using his phone when he caused a fatal wreck on High Falls Road on April 27.

Mary Persons senior Zach Mooney, right, received the $4,000 Deputy Michael Norris Scholarship from Reporter publisher Will Davis at Senior Honors Night on May 23. The scholarship is for Monroe County young men and women interested in a career in public safety. The Reporter started the schola…

After 42 years owning and operating Dodd Builders Supply, Mike and Jennie Dodd are retiring and will no longer be helping customers with their hardware and building needs six days per week. They have sold the business to Griffin Lumber and Hardware, which plans to begin serving customers in …

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Well shootfire, we had nary a drop of rain in a scorching hot May, and then here comes June with four straight days of rain. And tonight we’re supposed to get down around 55 degrees. Seems like Mother Nature is off her meds. Speaking of things we can’t control, the state of Georgia has ORDER…

A naked Forsyth woman tried to drive her 2013 Hyundai Sonata off a tow truck on June 3 in a futile attempt to stop the 1 a.m. repossession of her vehicle.

Former MP and current UGA defensive end Malik Herring is bringing some of his Bulldog buddies to host a free one-day camp for Monroe County kids at the rec department from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 15.

Forsyth has given the all clear on its water system following a water main break near the Russellville water treatment plant on Sunday. The break occurred about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, sending a geyser of the city’s drinking water high into the sky (at left) in the woods off Sharpe Street, result…

Great memories from the past can become great memories of the present with some imagination and sometimes with a lot of work. Tift College created loads of memories for its students, faculty and staff and for the Forsyth community, and the annual May Day celebration was an event that fueled …

Often what keeps a community (or a business, family or school system) great is taking time every so often to remember what brought it to where it is. Monroe County has a lot of daily heroes who stand tall in the minds of those who know them. Bill Querry, longtime Monroe County principal, was…

An Ensign Road church suffered major damage to a Sunday School supply room after a wooden cabinet caught fire on Friday. City of Forsyth and Monroe County firefighters responded to a blaze at the rear of Forsyth Apostolic Church shortly before 2:30 p.m. on Friday. The fire was confined to a …

Betty Moon has heard them all.  Moonlight Becomes You, Moonstruck, Moon Over Miami. Each title refers either to a magical song or a movie. “There is a moon song in Addams Family the Musical, but it is not the featured song of the show,” said Betty Moon while describing the play coming to the…

Forsyth made the grade as an excellent hostess as she welcomed almost 200 visitors from around the state, and a few from other states, into her historic homes and public buildings on Saturday, June 8. Despite downpours of rain throughout the day, both guests and the locals who greeted them d…

A Minnesota motorcyclist admitted he was distracted looking at another wreck on the shoulder of I-75 when he plowed into the back of another vehicle, requiring him to be hospitalized on Saturday, May 25. Kelly Watkins of Owatonna, Minn. was traveling I-75 south near the rest area around 5:21…

Hutchinson Ford, formerly Trophy Ford, opened its doors in Forsyth on Wednesday, May 29 and is ready to welcome shoppers into its showroom to see its large inventory and meet its knowledgeable sales staff. The new owners have backgrounds of experience in the automotive industry and connectio…

The Monroe County Reporter was honored with five state-wide awards for journalistic excellence on Friday, including the W.G. Sutlive Trophy for community service for exposing the hiring of a child molester as a substitute teacher in Monroe County schools.

A Mary Persons Spanish teacher, with the help of her friends and neighbors, has painted a beautiful new mural in downtown Smarr that brings color and vitality to the small village. Katie Rowland on Monday night celebrated with those friends and family the completion of the mural, which took …

An elderly South Carolina man on Tuesday became the second person in nine days to be accused of entering I-75 going the wrong direction and causing a wreck in Monroe County.

Monroe County Commissioners approved a final project list for roads to be resurfaced as part of a proposed Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST).

A crowd of friends and family, as well as his military comrades from the Army, said farewell to Forsyth’s Kolton Bush, as the 20-year-old was laid to rest with full military honors at Monroe Memorial Gardens on Hwy. 41 on Tuesday. Bush died in an auto accident near Fort Campbell, Ky. where h…

A state trooper said it’s very fortunate that no one was seriously injured when an allegedly drunk LaGrange woman went three miles on I-75 going the wrong way before striking a Warner Robins woman at 2:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Secure Self Storage at 51 West Adams Street in Forsyth offers over 20,000 square feet of climate-controlled storage to safely protect your belongings no matter what the weather is outside. Owned and managed by Monroe County residents Wes Cone and Todd Rivers, Secure Self Storage has been ope…

Dr. Richard Bazemore of T.G. Scott Elementary was named a 2019 National Distinguished Principal on Friday by the Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals. He will represent Georgia at the 2019 National Distinguished Principal event in October in Washington, D.C.