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The man who died when his south Monroe County home burned down on Tuesday, Jan. 5 had called deputies to the scene with a confused, nonsensical 911 call that left investigators with few clues about what happened.

A Monroe County husband and wife died of COVID within five days of one another last week, and one of their sons remains in ICU as the virus continues to take its toll.

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A lucky tom cat was rescued after falling down a 40-foot well underneath an East Main Street home on Saturday, only to escape from animal control. 

Forsyth will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and legacy with a program on the Courthouse square at 12 noon on Monday, Jan. 18. The community is invited to come share in an event that will last about 30 minutes. 

Students in Monroe County Schools will start next year on Monday, Aug. 2 with plans to end their year on Wednesday, May 25. Monroe County Board of Education unanimously approved the 2021-22 school calendar at its Dec. 15 meeting.

The yearlong Monroe County Bicentennial exhibit, “Monroe County and its ...” sponsored by Georgia Power and the Monroe County Historical Society, will kick off this month in the Monroe County Annex atrium. The first display will feature Monroe County’s Communities. The exhibit is free and op…

Monroe County Board of Education recognized Hubbard Elementary School’s Levi Mombler for his achievement as a Math WHIZ Kid at its Dec. 15 meeting. As a first grader Levi was able to reach the status of Math WHIZ Kid before most other students at his grade level were ready to be tested. HES …

Forsyth denied developer Otis Ingram’s request that the city share in the approximately $45,000 cost of bringing a six-inch water line from the city main to his building (soon-to-be French Market) at the corner of W. Main Street and S. Jackson St. However, the city will waive tap fees of abo…

Wings & Words of Hope Foundation was founded to carry forward the spirit of Joseph Finney of Juliette who passed away last May 31 after a long battle with throat cancer. Cheryl, his wife and partner for 32 years, shares the story of his faith in God and his spiritual strength that only g…

Forsyth neighborhoods are looking better and safer after city code enforcement officer Jeremy Malone’s work helped remove 19 derelict vehicles, several lots have been cleared of overgrown weeds and some abandoned houses have been demolished. On the other hand, a lot of work to clean up bligh…

Mary Persons riflery team is now 3-0 after its win over McDonough on Thursday, Jan. 7. The team had a final score of 1,019, despite not having two shooters present for the competition. Of the team’s shooters, Cody Wells scored 261, Ayanna White shot a 262, Jason Weir got 258 and Gavin Seller…

Monroe County turns 200 on May 15, but a celebration marking the occasion has been pushed to the fall due to COVID-19.

Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce is taking nominations for its 2020 Community Awards in five categories. Nominations are due by Thursday, Jan. 21; winners will be announced on Friday, Feb. 5. The prestigious awards recognize the individuals and businesses that make Forsyth and Monro…

A Dames Ferry Road woman and her friend narrowly escaped injury after the trailer they were in was knocked on its side by a tornado on New Year’s Day. The year 2021 roared into Monroe County when two tornados caused damage in the area on Friday afternoon. Trees blocked Treadwell Road near Ro…

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Monroe County’s numbers for new cases of COVID-19 over the last two weeks, like the numbers for all of Georgia, climbed to a new height. Data released by the North Central Health District on Jan. 4 for Dec. 14-27 shows Monroe County with 930 new cases per 100,000 residents. 

Public Service Communications, the parent company of Forsyth Cable, has bought the Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce building at 35 N. Lee Street and is moving its office there.

A Macon man was hospitalized on Monday after running into the back of another vehicle on Hwy. 87 on Monday. Anthony Robinson of Monticello told the Reporter he was heading home to Jasper County after having two teeth extracted in Macon when he slowed down and turned his left blinker on near …

A Florida man is accused of following too closely and causing this four-car smashup that occurred on I-75 N just north of Rumble Road around 1:55 p.m. on Dec. 22.  According to the incident report, Edwin Dionisio Rivera 40, Miami Beach, Fla., who was driving a 2018 Hyundai Kona, told deputy …

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Monroe County’s zoning board couldn’t muster a majority opinion on plans for 20 tiny homes on Smith Road on Monday, and now it’ll be up to county commissioners to decide whether to allow them at their 6 p.m. meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at the Conference Center.

The name of attorney Carl Reynolds of South Monroe County was drawn in the Reporter’s Christmas raffle for a 9 mm Kimber Freedom Protector last Wednesday. Reynolds, left, who survived a bad wreck on Estes Road in May, said he loves reading the Reporter and looks forward to getting it each we…

It was a year to forget. Most Monroe Countians will be glad to close the book on 2020, with COVID posing difficult challenges for society starting in March. But before we close the book, our own Griffin Hicks reviews the pages of the Reporter one more time as we reflect on the year that was.

The 18 foot cedar tree from the Blount farm of Johnny Deaton adorns the rotunda of the state Capitol this Christmas. It is shown above with the First Family of Georgia, Gov. Brian and Mary Kemp and their three daughters. 

Plans to put 20 small homes on a 10.59-acre tract on Smith Road will go before the Monroe County zoning board for an initial verdict on Monday, Dec. 28.

Carolyn Martel, advertising manager of the Reporter for most of the last 39 years, is retiring at year’s end.

Monroe County commissioners are re-evaluating all their agreements with the city of Forsyth after council annexed a 1,000-acre tract against the wishes of most of the commissioners.

 Simonia Blassingame has resigned after one year as executive director and CEO of the Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce.

Monroe County commissioners approved another water rate hike on Tuesday, Dec. 15, but not as big a hike as commissioner George Emami wanted.

Monroe County Hospital officials told county commissioners on Tuesday, Dec. 8 they’re disappointed the county cut the hospital’s funding by $300,000 for next year.

The Monroe County Reporter this week welcomes a new advertising manager, Seth Berkebile. Berkebile will be taking over Carolyn Martel’s role, who’s retiring after serving the paper for over 30 years. Berkebile is a longtime resident of Monroe County, who first moved here with his family in 2…

If you need to do research at the Monroe County Library, you’ll have to do it outside the building using their Wi-Fi and going online. No books are currently available. After one employee in a staff of seven was infected with COVID-19 the library has closed until Monday, Dec. 28 when it will…

Forsyth’s longtime Court Clerk Lynn Ham and two of her deputy clerks Angela Banks and Susan Niblett are retiring at the end of 2020. This marks Ham’s 45th year working at the courthouse, Banks’ 30th year and Niblett’s 21st. Ham first started at the courthouse in 1975 working as a duty clerk.…