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.

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…

What brings smiles more quickly than an ice cream shop? Throw in hand-dipped chocolates, a wall of candy, some old-fashioned and novelty sweets and add some specialty roasted coffees and cinnamon buns. Add some booths inside to enjoy this ‘sweet’ shop, patio tables outside and put it on the …

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 …

Twenty-six runners began a unique triathlon at High Falls State Park early on May 18. They tried, and succeeded, in not getting wet! Most triathlons follow the traditional swim, bike run with total distances from 13 to 140 miles. The Friends of High Falls State Park put a twist into their TR…

Each year Congress and state legislatures must decide how to best allocate precious tax dollars. Moreover, as worthy as each critical need is, there is simply not enough money to adequately fund them all. As such, proponents of each cause lobby to convince that their particular cause is wort…

(At left) The Monroe County-based Dirty Ducks 13U travel baseball team captured the Top Gun Easter Tournament in Jones County on April 20. Pictured from left to right on the front row: Cade Benton, Jake Grant, Cohen Barfield, Austin Hester and Blake Brower. Pictured left to right on the midd…

A Forsyth woodworker is converting one of the biggest pieces of walnut seen in these parts into a dining room table for a North Carolina mountain home. Johnny McLendon, left, owner of the wood working shop Iconocraft on Hwy. 41, said a customer has ordered the walnut table, which is now the …

I have seen people overcome great difficulty and obstacles because they had received “The Blessing” from their parents. I have also seen many people fail to live up to their potential because they lacked their parent’s blessing. 

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. 

Mary Persons sophomore track star Justin Wachtel placed fourth out of 20 high school racers in in the one mile at the Wingfoot Mile competition in Atlanta on Tuesday, May 21.

The star of the One Monroe meeting on April 30 was the venue. The joint meeting of city and county governments, Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, Monroe County Board of Education, the Hospital Authority and Forsyth Convention & Visitors Bureau was held at American Legion Hall at…

Sometimes as a Pastor life can be busy. I know many of you reading this article think Pastors work on Wednesday and Sunday and that is about it. That is far from the truth for most of us. 

Navid Kapadia of the Forsyth Hotel Group said one problem is that there is nothing open in Forsyth on Monday evenings. When guests check in on Monday and ask hotel staff to recommend a restaurant or entertainment, there is nowhere to send them. 

It’s that time of year when thoughts turn to the pleasures of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially those grown in the beautiful Georgia sunshine that have never been shipped in mass to big box stores. Those lucky enough to be able to shop in Forsyth can find the best the season has to off…

I have always been fascinated by tales of the seemingly astounding abilities attributed to wild animals. From the time we are children we are assailed with all sorts of stories that, to youngsters and oldsters alike, sound believable enough to convince us they are true. With time, we find so…

Long-time Monroe County Reporter columnist Terry Johnson, author of the popular Monroe Outdoors column, was presented the highest award by the Garden Club of Georgia recently. Following are the remarks of Jane Hersey, president, Garden Club of Georgia, Inc., as she presented the Award of Mer…

Mary Persons counselor Teresa Roller says the Class of 2019 is special in many ways and is one that she will long remember. The class is outstanding academically, but there are students who have touched Roller’s heart because of the adversities they’ve overcome to reach graduation. And there…