Mayor Eric Wilson proclaimed Arbor Day in Forsyth on Friday, Feb. 19 as the Forsyth Tree Board planted a tree for citizens to enjoy in coming years. The sun peeked out as Wilson read the proclamation as if to give its approval.

Browning Sandusky, a Monroe County native, has been traveling to various college and high school campuses across the South East these past couple weeks in a makeshift “free speech bus”, which he hopes will change the hearts and minds of young people at universities. 

My name is Aretha Neal Thompson. Forsyth (Monroe County) is my home. For the last 70 years I have lived here, other than four years when I lived in Waco, Texas and a year and a half when I lived in Yazoo City, Miss. I would like to share some of the “firsts” among the African American commun…

Emmitt Brice of Culloden is the great grandson of James Brice Sr., who received the Carnegie Hero Medal in 1914. The prestigious medal is presented “to individuals in the U.S. and Canada who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree saving or attempting to save the lives of others,” accord…

Mary Persons One Act Play won first place at Region competition on Saturday, Feb. 6. The play “Letters to Sala” will advance to the GHSA State Competition in Perry. At the Region competition Sydney Stapleton won Best Actress and Abi Wilkes won Best Supporting Actress. Samuel Kelsay and Megha…

Mary Persons and Monroe County Middle School FFA hog show teams participated in the 14th Annual Mid Georgia Market Hog Show at Upson-Lee Agricultural Center on Feb. 9. Pictured representing Monroe County Middle School are:  Michael Malcolm, Leah Trice, Baylor Prince, Rebekah Barnes, Alecia G…

The time tested Southern expression, “Lord Have Mercy,” should be our battle cry. Having mercy should be an ingrained part of our person as Christians as it is one of Jesus’ predominant characteristics. 

Like most young ladies, I just had to be married by the time I was 30. Therefore, being fresh off a breakup at age 30 was slightly devastating. Then I met Shaun. The whole year that we dated felt like a romantic movie. Our very first date I was so nervous...until he reached out and grabbed m…

Jordan and I serve together at church, and have done so since 2016. We started out as most couples do; strangers, acquaintances, then eventually friends. Over the course of the beginning of the pandemic, we became closer as friends, and ultimately started dating. We quickly realized we could…

So why is Frank Weber the most romantic man in Monroe county? I have been married to Frank Weber for almost 18 years now. We have both served in the Marine Corps, as I am a retired Marine Gunnery Sergeant and Frank who is a Chief Warrant Officer 4, will soon be retired after 22 years of fait…

It is such a privilege to nominate my husband of 15 years, Drew Winters. On our wedding day Drew vowed to “always prefer and choose ME, while giving me a home to THRIVE in”, and there has never been a single moment in our marriage that he has not honored that vow. 

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I think the same can be said for romanticism. Before I tell you more about my Sweet Ben, I think we should explore what it means to be romantic. A quick search for the definition of romantic reveals multiple meanings from “conducive to or characteriz…

Two Mary Persons football seniors, linebacker Thomas Warren and defensive end Lamont Jones, signed with universities to play college ball on National Signing Day last Wednesday. Warren signed with Carson-Newman University which offered him a partial scholarship, while Jones inked with Valdos…

One person was seriously injured Feb. 4 when two cars crashed at the intersection of Atlanta Street and Veterans Parkway in Barnesville. According to a state patrol report, Harlie M. Weathers, 22, of Forsyth was southbound on the four-lane in a Nissan Sentra when she attempted to turn onto A…

Mary Persons competitive cheer team dominated the AAA Sectionals on Saturday, Feb. 6 at Northside High School, coming in 1st in their bracket and receiving the highest score of any AAA school with 102.5 points out of a possible 107. Head coach Kyle Ward was very pleased with the team’s perfo…

Mary Persons wrestling is celebrating several big wins after six wrestlers advanced to the state finals at the area traditionals tournament on Saturday, Feb. 6. Those wrestlers included sophomore Michael Whitfield in the 106-weight-class who finished 3rd, sophomore Dylan Ivey in the 126-weig…

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For those Monroe Countians who are already either planning to replace dilapidated wood duck boxes or erect some for the first time in hopes woodies will use them this year, the arrival of February is a reminder that now is the time to act. 

At its quarterly meeting on Jan. 21 the Monroe County Library Board heard from Flint River Regional Library executive director Natalie Marshall that no state cuts to library system budgets are expected this year. She said legislators know that people are using libraries during the pandemic a…

He might just be telling us what we long to hear in the midst of frigid temperatures exacerbated by biting gusts of wind, but General Beauregard Lee predicated it will be over soon. The Georgia ground hog didn’t see his shadow on Tuesday morning, signaling that Spring is “right around the corner.”

As it responds to changes the pandemic brought to travel and tourism in 2020, the Forsyth Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) plans to focus efforts on welcoming those who come to Forsyth and encouraging them to visit local businesses and to emphasize the cleanliness and safety of accommoda…

Forsyth granted a request from Michael Buss, owner of the French Market and Tavern, to put permanent tables on the sidewalk in front of the French Market. Buss said the restaurant and accompanying retail store will be open by Friday, Feb. 5. He said he still has some reservations available f…

Forsyth Housing Authority learned that in many instances there is less that the county code enforcement officer can do about blighted property than the Forsyth code enforcement officer because most of the county is zoned agricultural, a zoning with less restrictions than the city’s residenti…

City manager Janice Hall told council on Feb. 1 the city has nine employees who earned years of service recognition in 2020. The city has recognized employees at its fall appreciation luncheon for the last several years but wasn’t able to hold an employee luncheon in 2020.

A Forsyth man found out the hard way the perils of selling items on Facebook on Friday when his “buyer” made off with his Yamaha dirt bike without paying for it.

One problem that Monroe County didn’t have during 2020 was a lack of rainfall. The year proved to be one of the wetter ones since the Monroe County Extension Office began keeping track of rainfall in the county in 2002, with rainfall from the county’s 14 collection points averaged at 72.36 i…

Ronnie Daniel, owner of the Forsyth Dairy Queen, was named Monroe County’s 2020 Citizen of the Year on Friday by the Reporter and the Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce.

Just in time for Valentine’s, Cody Maples of Forsyth has won a $50 gift certificate to the new Marrow 41 restaurant in Bolingbroke and $50 gift card to Walmart after he was named the Most Romanetic Man in Monroe County. A Forsyth police officer, he was nominated by his wife Sarah Schaaff Map…

Monroe County’s school board voted 4-3 not to return to five days per week for grades 6-12 on Tuesday. However the board seemed to be leaning toward returning to five days per week for grades 6-12 when the new quarter begins on March 15, if not earlier. Board members Greg Head, Stuart Pippin…

ATLANTA - Almost all Monroe County residents are being promised high-speed internet by June 2022 under what’s being called the biggest rural internet project in Georgia history, a project feted by top state officials including Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday.

A Monroe County Jail inmate awaiting trial for an armed standoff with police last spring faces additional charges for trying to rough up the captain who runs the jail last Wednesday, Feb. 3.

Mary Persons FFA Member Willow Waldrep won Grand Champion at the Doe-si-Doe Breeding Doe and Breeding Ewe show held at the Honey Ridge Agri-center in Effingham County Saturday, Jan.30. She placed 4th in Showmanship, 1st in Weight Class (Class 5) and won Grand Champion of the whole show. Mary…

George Emami, owner of The Brokery and a Monroe County commissioner, was visibly surprised when Forsyth city council denied his request for a variance to build two tiny homes on a .151 acre lot in the city. Following a public hearing in which no one expressed opposition to the variance, whic…

Since its inception in 1998 the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is the year’s first major birding event. This year the four-day count is scheduled for Feb. 12-15. During this brief period people from around the world become members of an army of citizen scientists dedicated to assisting bio…

All 13 counties in the Georgia North Central Health District showed fewer new COVID-19 cases in the most recent 14-day period (Jan. 11-24) than in the previous 14-day period (Dec. 28-Jan. 10). In Monroe County new cases were down 19 percent as the county documented 211 new cases compared to …

The Forsyth Planning & Zoning Commission approved an internally lighted sign for Shane’s Rib Shack and the highest pole sign in the city for Quik Trip on Monday, Jan. 25. It also looked at plans from four entities in its capacity as the city’s Design & Review Board.

City manager Janice Hall told council members Forsyth had about 30 applications for business licenses in 2020. She reported to council on economic development in Forsyth at its 2021 planning meeting on Jan. 24. Hall said not all are brick and mortar businesses; some represent people working …

Forsyth city council set park improvements and annexation as its top two priorities for 2021 at a Jan. 24 retreat. Council named attacking blight its third priority and infrastructure is its fourth area of focus. It was a little past the usual time for New Year’s Resolutions, but council nam…

Mary Persons teacher Jana Lane has been named Georgia Council on Economic Education’s (GCEE’s) 2021 Georgia Economics Teacher of the Year. Each year GCEE selects a K-12 teacher who demonstrates excellence in teaching economics and personal finance. Lane will receive a $1,000 cash prize and w…