Kim Barnes is a super hero. She does it all! 31 years ago she left her job as a patient advocate to become a full time mom and advocate for her own children. She has 9 children ranging from 31 to 13, two of whom have special needs. All special needs moms are super heroes, but our mom especia…

To the question, “Today, what did you do to make the world a better place” most people would struggle for an answer. Not so with Tommy Campbell (of Tommy Campbell’s Collision Center), Travis Miller, Richard Smith, and Ronnie Combs – all from Bolingbroke. 

Juliette Bait & Tackle (next to old Bowdoin’s Store) has named Blake Colvin, right, the first place winner in its annual bass contest. He won an Abu Garcia Bait Caster Rod & Reel Combo. The second place winner, Will Hamrick, left, won a Quantum Optix 60 Open Face Combo Rod & Reel…

Todd Hitch of Maryville, Tennessee was crowned High Overall Champion at the 2021 Southeast Regional Sporting Clays Championship held April 26 through May 2 at the Meadows Gun Club on Rumble Road. He won after a shoot-off with Anthony Matarese of New Jersey in the Main Event claiming a total …

The city of Forsyth may grow by about 600 people as a local developer won initial approval on Monday for a Hwy. 41 subdivision of about 250 homes. The 2010 census numbered city residents at only 3,788, and the soon-to-be released 2020 census isn’t thought to have increased the population in …

A runaway train car derailed at Industrial Park Drive just south of the Perdue Farms feed mill on Friday night. Drivers were stopped while rail crews worked to put the train back on the tracks. A worker said that four cars rolled away from the feed mill and derailed about 10 p.m. Friday. Cre…

Taco Week is coming to Forsyth next week (May 3-9). With restaurants opening, re-opening and expanding all around Forsyth and beautiful spring weather inviting everyone out to enjoy them, Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce has come up with even more incentives to check out the fun and…

I love writing, but I always wonder if you (the reader) will find what I have to say interesting. Will you catch my “tongue in cheek”, will you understand my occasional use of sarcasm, will you be forgiving when I’m a bit corny? Most of all, will you see my heart when I urge you to trust in …

Every so often, we encounter a bird that possesses qualities that separate it from others of its kind. One such bird is a mockingbird that currently resides in and around a small Monroe County yard. This unique bird is an almost totally white mockingbird.  Understandably, the owner of this b…

Saint James Baptist Church in Forsyth reopened the doors of the church on Sunday, April 25 for the first time in 13 months on the church's 155th anniversary. The members celebrated the occasion by marching into the church sanctuary as one body in Christ after being apart for 56 Sundays.

On Saturday, May 8 if you are near the square in Forsyth between 5 and 8 p.m., listen for the sounds of some great gospel music coming from the open lot on North Jackson Street behind Persons Banking Company. The Freeman family is hosting a tribute to Betty Freeman King Stewart, who passed a…

Jennifer Coleman of Culloden has been nominated for the 2021 Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year award in the senior division of the National History Day (NHD) Contest. The award is sponsored by Patricia Behring in recognition of the pivotal role teachers play in the lives of students. Cole…

At a time when many churches are hard put to fill their pews on Sundays, it is noteworthy that this Monroe County church that has been without a pastor and without a congregation for over 50 years will be attended by as many as 100 persons on Sunday, May 2.

When our oldest daughter was a newborn, she was a classic colic baby. Everyday around 3 p.m. she would wind-up and cry non-stop late into the evening. 

Plans for the former William M. Hubbard Middle School haven’t progressed as quickly as planned when they were announced in April 2019 with completion expected in the summer or 2020. But renovations have continued, and the community committee on the project got an update on April 15.

Now that ruby-throated hummingbirds are patrolling Monroe County backyards, there is no better time to ponder how such tiny birds are able to fly hundreds of miles from their winter homes in southern Mexico to northern Panama to the breeding grounds throughout eastern North America. 

The Heath family loves living in Forsyth and feels a call to give back to the community, especially their neighborhood. They often visit Georgia State Parks and enjoy using the Little Lending Libraries available at the parks and have contributed to the Blessing Box maintained by Forsyth Pres…

Monroe County Board of Education recognized bus driver Tina Ivey on April 13 for action that kept the students on her bus safe in a crisis. Director of Transportation Jake Davis said that on December 11 at 6:30 a.m., while it was still dark, Ivey was driving her route when a rock came off of…

Members of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church and New Providence Baptist Church, neighboring churches both in Smarr, held their annual CrossWalk on Good Friday. Members sang hymns as they walked the cross from Mt. Zion to New Providence. Above, from left, Jadah Moore, Asher Moore, Holder Thurm…

On Saturday, March 13 a local family got an abrupt reminder of how quickly life can change for no apparent reason. Justen and Stephanie Chambers were busy raising three active children and their son, Caspian, had a baseball tournament in Henry County that day. Justen, who teaches 7th grade s…

After studying hummingbirds for several decades, I have concluded that it is impossible to predict the exact date hummingbirds will return to Monroe County each spring. In fact, rarely do these flying jewels appear at our feeders on the same date two years in a row.This year proved to be no …

If you like specialty meats, you’ll love Blanche Farms Meats (BFM). BFM is a specialty meat market owned and operated by Bernie and Margaret Blanche. In 2018, Bernie opened a small butcher shop and meat market in Bolingbroke. The business grew, mostly by word-of-mouth. To meet the increasing…

Many years ago, I attended my first Easter service at an Orthodox Church in Atlanta. At the time I was a wandering Christian who would go from church to church looking for a deeper connection with God. At some point wandering gets tiresome so my wife and I decided to fast and pray for a new …

One of the most interesting things to me about the biblical account of Jesus’s final hours is found in Matthew 26:36-42. Jesus is with his disciples and goes to a place called Gethsemane. While there, He is overcome with sorrow and two times says, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup …

First Baptist Church Forsyth invited families to an Easter Egg Hunt at Monroe County Recreation Complex on Saturday, March 27 and they came. Hundreds of children arrived with baskets waiting to be filled with spring-colored plastic eggs that held a variety of little prizes.

The woodpecker most commonly seen at Monroe County feeders is the downy. Although folks that feed birds are familiar with the feeding habits our smallest woodpecker displays during brief visits to our feeders, it is totally different from the feeding behavior the downy woodpecker employs whi…

The Annual Spring Plant Sale by Mary Persons FFA is back this year! Decorative and vegetable bedding plants, individual house plants and hanging baskets will be available to the public on Tuesday March 30 from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. at the greenhouse behind the school.

The Forsythia Festival is now set for Saturday and Sunday, May 22-23, a few days before Mary Persons seniors graduate on May 28 and a week before the Memorial Day weekend. On Monday night Forsyth council voted, 4-2, to approve closing N. Jackson Street and streets around the courthouse squar…

Forsyth’s most upscale restaurant for the past 22 years will soon have its first new owner in its history. Macon restauranteur Richie Jones has a contract to buy Grits Cafe from founder Wayne Wetendorf in mid-April.

Jozie White of Monroe County competed in 19-and-under barrel racing at the 2021 Hooey Junior American Patriot Rodeo at Cowtown Coliseum at Fort Worth, Texas Stockyards. The March 1-6 event, combined with the American Rodeo Semi-Finals, draws some of the strongest competitors from throughout …

On March 4 the Mary Persons FFA Environmental and Natural Resources (ENR) team competed at Camp John Hope FFA-FCCLA Center in the Area 3 Competitions.The ENR team placed first overall, with all four team members placing as the top four competitors in the senior division. 

Christians are called to live a life fully dependent upon Christ’s strength. As we depend on that strength, we are to serve as enlisted soldiers in the Lord’s army here on the earth. 2 Timothy 2:3-4 says, “3 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No one engag…

I am sure that during the past 10 months many Monroe County turkey hunters were beginning to wonder when the 2021 Turkey Season would finally arrive. If you have been chomping at the bit for opening day of the turkey season, you don’t have long to wait. 

There will be a Parade of Love for Dohn and Kay Bonner at the Christ United Methodist Church Education Building portico on Sunday, March 14 from about 12:15-1 p.m. This is a chance for the community to express appreciation to a couple that has provided countless hours of community service to…

The Monroe County school board on Tuesday named Dr. MeQuanta McCord the new principal at Hubbard Elementary starting in 2021-22. McCord, who lives in Griffin, has been the assistant principal. Current principal Jay Johnston is retiring. See more details in next week's Reporter.

Evelyn and Glover Stuart reached a milestone last week that very few can claim. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Feb. 18. Both of them were born in Monroe County and have called it home throughout the years, raising their children in the Smarr community (and grandchildren an…