Don Daniel


his is the time of year thankfulness, appreciation and forgiveness should be adopted and practiced again, if forgotten. The reason I bring this up, a couple of weeks ago, three cousins from my Daniel side of the family met here at the house and I learned and remembered a lot of things that have renewed my thankfulness, appreciation, forgiveness and family ties. I realize for a lot of people accomplishing and renewing faith in humanity and relatives is a road far too long with memories ignored or forgotten.

WOW, DIDN’T mean to get so serious starting out so let me change the subject. Columbus Stevens Daniel was my father’s dad and his mother was Ora Ross Daniel. She called him Lum. She always cooked me a potato pie on a wood stove and resisted getting an electric stove, but finally conceded. 

Often when I went to see them I rode the W’N’T from Harrison to Wrightsville, spent the night and then rode the train back to Harrison the next morning. It was a mail train that actually went from Dublin to Tennille every day, carrying mail and hauling timber and one passenger car. 

  Granddaddy Daniel was the boss on a “gandy dancer” crew on the Wrightsville and Tennille---W’N’T--- railroad and after retirement became custodian at the Wrightsville Baptist Church.

During our “memory revitalization”, Granddaddy Daniel loved his coffee black and strong and sipped the coffee from the saucer. They didn’t have a bathroom for a long time and first thing every morning he would lug the slop jar out to empty at the outhouse.

He enjoyed making us grandchildren laugh and one way he would do it is count our fingers: Littlelum, Lingdom, Longdom, Lickpot and Thumbo. Of course we would laugh as he counted.  Have no idea where that came from.

THE FIRST correct answer to The Question came from Barbara Greek identifying John Ambrose as the one honored by the local Masonic Lodge. Barbara gets a certificate for Dairy Queen Blizzard, dozen Dunkin Donuts, Scoops single dip of ice cream, slice of Jonah’s pizza, slice of Shoney’s strawberry pie, Whistle Stop fired green tomato appetizer and a Forsyth Main Street t-shirt.

Here’s The Question for this week: what is the prize money to be awarded for the selected design of the Bicentennial logo? (Hint: page-two story in last week’s paper).

CONGRATULATIONS TO our county’s They Think They Are The Fabulous Five for “passing” or having a “clean” audit. As explained by the auditing firm Mauldin and Jenkins, “the county from a big picture perspective is doing pretty good”.  The firm, and I quote, “largely credited county finance officer Lorri Robinson and county manager Jim Hedges”.

According to the latest county check register, here are a few rather large expenditures us taxpayers have paid: $36,790 to Brannen Motor Company for a truck; $6,511.11 to Central Georgia EMC for a lot of electricity at county properties; $3,477.98 to City of Forsyth utilities, electricity; $2,151.77 to Corporate Connection for t-shirt/caps/jackets;  $636.75 paid to Courtney McElveen for National 4-H conference Hotel; $15,545.56 paid to Dell for new computers at the new fire station; Commissioner George Emami got a $296.22 check for travel; Forsyth Cablenet got a $4,644.93 check for TV watching;  for “road matter” Hanson Aggregates, Inc., got $22,393.38 ; local business Harbin Engineering was paid $9,015.55 for HE Project 4990-010-01, whatever that is; county manager Jim Hedges got a reimbursement check, $115.90, for travel; $8,424.48 paid for a “Crime Scene Van from Interceptor Public Safety; Middle Georgia Fencing did some fencing, getting paid $18,500; $82,836.82 was paid to Monroe County Hospital for medical services, appropriations and rental of land; $40 to this newspaper for one subscription (wonder who for); Office Depot got a taxpayer check for $5,425.13 obviously for a lot of office supplies; a lotta gas was paid for, $50,877.77, to Walthall Oil. A total of $443,134.25 was taxpayer-paid with 105 checks. 

HERE ARE some unattributed commissioner comments from their last meeting:

“First in the hot seat”;

“We’ve sorta put it in stone”;

“I’m just saying”;

“I know what’cha saying”;

“I think you answered mine”;

“He’s got into the scheme of things”;

“A lot of heavy lifting”.

WELL, MONROE County’s affordable housing shortage is looking brighter with the announcement last week of the building of 88 more homes in Forsyth. The homes are going to be in the $220,000 to $250,000 price range in the subdivision known as the Manor at Montpelier subdivision.

I hope the developers have their ducks in a row and the building and supplies will not have the same fate as the retirement villas down on East Main. 

ABOUT TIME is the sentiment over/down in Juliette as the county is going to undertake building of public bathrooms. I am sure Robert Williams---the ex-officio/honorary mayor of the unincorporated village---is encouraging the commissioners . A $47,985 bid was submitted but was taken off the Dec. 3 commission agenda for I assume waiting on more bids.

WHAT ARE your thoughts on consolidating Forsyth’s fire department and the county fire department into just one county fire department? Honestly I have been in favor of that move and advocated such a move back when I started this newspaper.

There has also been Waffle House coffee klatch murmuring and conversation of combining law enforcement agencies, the Forsyth Police Department and the County Sheriff’s office. I advocated that a long time ago and got a lot of “ha ha’s”.

NEXT WEEK I am going to have a contest---not a logo contest, but a cooking contest.

DON’T BE surprised if you see Easter Bunny stuff for sale at Walmart the day after Christmas!

Don Daniel is the founder and former publisher of The Monroe County Reporter. Email him at tullaybear@bellsouth.