Don Daniel

Let me get this out of the way first before I get into what I really want to espouse. As you know in the last couple of columns I have wondered what happened to the Segways former Forsyth Police Chief Keith Corley used to “motor” around town. 

Well, I didn’t have to file and Open Records Request with the city manager which I was hoping not to do. Here’s the explanation from Forsyth’s City Manager Janice Hall: she called explaining that the only thing I would have had to do was call her and ask where they were. She further went on to explain she does not read this newspaper but had received a couple of phone calls from obvious readers of this newspaper and column in regards to where the Segways were. Well the personal devices are stored down at the police department.

Ms. Hall has joined Forsyth City Council Member Chris Hewett as “non-readers” of this newspaper. They join District 1 county commissioner Larry Evans, an adamant non-reader who gets his local news from the Macon paper and television station. Also, County Manager Jim Hedges is a non-subscriber. Guess all four take pride in non-supporting a local business and not wanting or needing to know what is happening in our county. I’ve said it before, here it is again: ignorance must be bliss. I think to keep them from wallowing in ignorance I will give all four a year’s subscription to this newspaper as a Christmas present. 

BACK DURING the summer I attended the Sunday service of a non-denominational church and was surprised at how many of the attendees were dressed: Bermuda shorts, t-shirts, flip-flops, cut-offs, blue jeans, you get the idea, casual beyond casual. Don’t consider that as being critical because how you practice your religion is between you and God, no matter where you are or how you are dressed. 

BY THE time you read this you will either be anticipating Thanksgiving or either lying on the couch moaning, not believing you ate the whole thing.

Thanksgiving is the official day that I put up my Santa Claus stuff, hanging the grandkids’ stockings and maybe just wrapping some presents that I ordered from the two-foot stack of catalogs I have received so far. 

A couple months ago I decided to begin attempting to renew my faith and start back going to Sunday morning church services. I chose Paran Baptist Church which is right up the road. It is a small community church with a live piano and organ player. Often the songs are the kind I remember. Although a Baptist Hymnal is available, the words are on two big computer screens. 

The preacher, John Tarrer, is what I have determined to be practical/applied Bible preacher. Not a hell-fire and damnation preacher, but a God-fearing and God-praising student sharing his faith. 

When I was growing up, getting ready to go to church was a ritual. My grandfather paid me a dime to polish his shoes on Saturday night. My mother and grandmother always went to the beauty parlor on either Friday or Saturday, getting ready for Sunday preaching, Sunday school church and Sunday night church BTU.

Always on Saturday, it was car wash day since the car was going to church also. 

I never saw my Dad or my two grandfathers go to church, visit a church, without polished shoes, shirt, tie and suit. It is a habit I have inherited since I am now attending Sunday church and there is something about “getting dressed for church” that brings back a lot of growing up memories: “Gimme that old-time religion memories”.

JUST IN time for the holiday and stocking stuffing season the “they think they are the fabulous five” found the money to give 249 full-time county employees a raise. There are 250 county employees and now I wonder which county employee didn’t get a raise. We had to pay $23,000 to determine which county employees should have a raise.

Not to be outdone, Forsyth’s city council found $21,000 for Christmas bonuses for fifty-one eligible city employees. 

GET READY to welcome Santa Claus at the not Christmas parade but Hometown Holiday Parade at least celebrating 30 Years of Christmas Magic, next Thursday in downtown Forsyth starting at 7 p.m. See you there.

THERE’S A lot of scratching of heads and wondering why Superior Court Judge Tommy Wilson “sealed”---no viewing, no seeing, no public access----the results of a residency dispute of a Mary Persons homecoming queen. County and school board attorney---double duty----Ben Vaughn wanted the case sealed.

I DON’T like to promote non-Monroe County businesses, but here is an exception: Yahola Creek Restaurant up in Indian Springs. They are open Friday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. One of their specialties is oysters on the half-shell.

ON A deadline now that demolition of the Old Colonial/Big Star is underway and is nearing completion. Construction of the ultra-modern Forsyth City can begin. Still wonder why there was not a celebration and selling of the bricks. 

THE CORRECT answer to last week’s The Question was Joe Evans’ mother who was featured in the Monroe County Hospital ad and Marcia Linton was the first with the correct answer. She receives a certificate for a Dairy Queen Blizzard, whistle Stop fried green tomato appetizer, dozen Dunkin donuts, slice of Jonah’s pizza, slice of Shoney’s strawberry pie, single dip of Scoops ice cream and a Forsyth Main Street t-shirt.

Here’s The Question for this week: Trippe Moore signed a letter of intent with what college? First correct answer after 12 noon Thursday gets the goodie certificate.

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