Rev. Cleveland Jarrell is celebrating his 40th anniversary as pastor of Greater Friendship Baptist Church in Juliette. He was ordained and licensed as a minister in 1978 and accepted the call to Greater Friendship Baptist in 1979 when he was 37 years old. 

Monroe County students not only scored substantially above the state average in almost every area in test results released by the state last week, they also tested above the scores of Monroe County students last year.

An 18-year-old Monroe County resident will compete for Team USA in the 2019 World Archery 3D Championships in September.

I suspect if the Monroe Country Reporter conducted a survey to determine our favorite bird, when all the votes were tabulated the winner would be the ruby-throated hummingbird. In spite of the fact it only spends a few months with us each year, its unparalleled beauty, feisty attitude, and a…

Vietnam Veterans Central Georgia Chapter 946 Forsyth enjoyed an evening at the Macon Bacon baseball game on Military Appreciation Day, July 6. The Macon Bacon defeated the Savanah Bananas. The Forsyth Vietnam Veterans were invited onto the field for special recognition and received a sincere…

TaMeika Rae Chambliss was promoted to Sergeant in the United States Army on July 3. 

The 2019 Georgia 4-H State Horse Show, hosted by Georgia 4-H, was held at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry on June 11-15. Overall, 199 youth participated in the competition. Members of the Monroe County 4-H Team were Marcelene Leverett, Maradeth Leverett, Aubrey Peter…

Everyone who has ever owned a TV probably knows the name Gomez Addams. He is the father in one of the world’s most famous, creepiest fictional families. Unless they’re a regular at the Rose Theater, the name people may not know is Rob Laukaitis, who is playing Gomez in the Rose’s production …

Children, grades 3-5, eagerly rush to get journals and record observations, ideas and plans and then brainstorm in groups to come up with ways to solve problems and build solutions. It sounds like school, but this is July at the Monroe County Recreation Department. It’s what they’re doing fo…

A Forsyth native and budding artist has had her first single “Solitary Space” played in 68 countries worldwide. Melody Lynn’s newest song, “Breathing New Life”, has been played in over 50 countries. Melody is an inspirational singer/songwriter from Monroe County. She performs pop and R&B…

The High Falls Civic Club sponsored its Annual High Falls Lake Boat Parade on Thursday, July 4. Emphasizing a laid-back day of relaxing with family and friends on the lake, there were no awards, no judging, just a patriotic parade around the lake. Pontoon boats were predominant, but fishing …

Two Forsyth residents (left) recently played in the USSSA World Series in Destin, Florida and returned home champions. Carson Barnett, son of Trevor and Tammy Barnett, and Aiden Vaughn, son of Brittain and Mandy Vaughn are members of the Georgia Ballers 8U travel baseball team (above) based …

Recently The Enviromental Resources Network (TERN) held its annual meeting at the Persons Farm near Forsyth.  TERN is the Forsyth-based Friends group for the Georgia Wildlife Conservation Section (formerly known as the Nongame-Endangered Wildlife Program). 

The Addams Family will be on stage at The Rose Theater beginning Friday, July 12. This time the zany cast of characters will entertain you with great music and exciting dance steps. Not only will you see the weird, off-the-wall antics of one of TV’s darkest, yet funniest shows of the Sixties…

A group from Forsyth United Methodist Church returned from a mission trip to Panama City, Fla. They helped with rebuilding two houses damaged by Hurricane Michael. Hazmat suits had to be worn in one house because of mold contamination. The team completely gutted this five-room house in prepa…

The Sri Karunamayi Research Institute of Meditation (SRIM) Center in Monroe County will host the Guru Purnima Retreat & Celebration for the first time July 12-14. This is an annual event that is held in different cities around North America. The SRIM (pronounced shreem) Center off of Joh…

Sara and Joe Reed met fellow Monroe Countians, Reed and Jan Crumbliss, at Bridal Veil Falls in Spearfish, South Dakota. Sara overheard Reed tell someone he was from Georgia and asked where in Georgia. When he said “Forsyth” they started comparing notes. Joe asked Reed and Jan if they  subscr…

In October 2018 Hurricane Michael struck the Florida Panhandle as a category 5 storm, with winds peaking at 160 mph. Mexico Beach and Panama City were hit hard. Thousands of homes and businesses on the coast of Florida, and further inland, were devastated. 

Feel the sea breeze blowing through your hair, feel the salt tickling your nose and the sound of the waves crashing the shore and the seagulls flocking in the distance…. Yep, vacations are awesome but they are also good for the soul and our health. Did you know that people who do not take va…

Mary Persons Classmates of 1969 gathered on March 9 at the Monroe County Conference Center for an enjoyable evening visiting with old friends and reminiscing about youthful school days. Class president Gary McGaha welcomed everyone and Pastor Mike McMullen gave a prayer for our class and our meal.

New Providence Baptist Church had more than 170 kids in Vacation Bible School last week. Senior pastor the Rev. Brian Moore took a pie in the face after his team was outdone by the team of children’s pastor Casey Robinson in a missions fundraising competition. Robinson’s team raised more tha…

It’s rare that you meet someone who wasn’t intentionally trying to lose weight. It’s also rare that anyone who is losing weight finds exercise fun. However, for 63-year-old Joey Speir, those were the exact things that happened to him. In the past few years, Joey has lost at least 85 pounds j…

Country music star Suzy Bogguss will visit Forsyth for the fourth time in the last six years when she performs at the Monroe County Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

Several hundred local youth attended a Kids Fun Day at the Monroe County Recreation Department on Saturday, which was the brainchild of University of Georgia football star and 2017 MP alum Malik Herring. Herring said he and his mother Sabrina Mays came up with the idea to hold a youth event …

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. 

A few weeks ago I was blessed in going to Haiti on a mission to share God’s good news with villagers around the Haitian island. Along with 12 believers in Christ from Monroe County, I headed off to “save the world”, but somewhere along the way I became the one God was talking to and changing. 

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. 

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 …

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…

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.

Seldom in life can you say in the immediate aftermath of an occasion that it was truly unforgettable. But Monday night’s Game 5 of the NBA Finals will be remembered as long as basketball is played, and its impact could have league-wide reverberations for years to come.