Children will be able to Trick or Treat around the Forsyth Square as usual on Halloween this year with the approval of city council at its Sept. 21 meeting. Forsyth economic director Tammie Pierson asked for council’s blessing on the plans of Main Street Forsyth to hold the annual event and got it.

The BP station at the new Royal Seven has only been open for a month and it’s already causing a stir bringing down gas prices up and down North Lee Street and at all interstate exits in Forsyth.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

Around 50 Byker Broz motorcycle club members were at the annual Anchor of Hope “Cruz In” Sept. 12 to help fund scholarships and resources for children with a disability for camps and other needs. This is the third year the club has helped the organization with proceeds from the ride so far a…

Now that summer is slipping away, the tapestry of my yard has lost some of its color. Some of the plants that created an explosion of blooms earlier have passed their peak. However, a few of these still linger, such as blanket flower, butterfly bush, lantana, scarlet sage, and zinnia, and th…

Downtown Forsyth was turned upside down on Thursday morning, Sept. 10 by an angry bovine that didn’t want to leave Monroe County in the back of a cattle trailer. David Wilson of Rockmart came to town to buy three cows from Tyler Dungan on Maynards Mill Road. He was almost to the interstate a…

Data presented in the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s recently published report entitled “Mourning Dove Population Status Report -- 2020” confirmed something that Georgia dove hunters have long suspected -- Georgia is the top dove hunting state in the Southeast.

Gresco Utility Supply, Inc. and Jay’s Hope Foundation celebrated the phenomenal fundraising success of Greco’s employees, customers, vendors and partners on Sept. 9 as Gresco presented a check for $35,000 to Cindy Gaskins, CEO and founder of Jay’s Hope, a non-profit that provides support to …

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The partnership between Circle of Care, Middle Georgia Community Food Bank, Monroe County Ministerial Association, Christ United Methodist Church and multiple volunteers continues to provide food boxes monthly for those in need. The distribution on Sept. 9 served at least 200 families. 

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The weekly COVID-19 report from North Central Health District (NCHD)  released on Sept. 14 still rates Monroe County as “Substantial Spread,” but shows the last 14-day rate as 185/100,000 people down from 251/100,000 in the previous 14-day reporting period. Monroe County had a 0 percent incr…

Monroe County Board of Education approved two construction related projects at its meeting Sept. 8. The first one on the table was the K.B. Sutton Elementary Driveway Safety Project. 

At the Monroe County Board of Education meeting this last Tuesday, the Board was asked to approve another tax anticipation note (TAN) with a local bank. Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman explained why the TAN loan is necessary. “We haven’t gotten our tax dollars in. That money comes later in t…

Monroe County Outreach ministries and Mission “N” Action Ministries are working to compensate local essential health care workers who are often low-paid and undervalued although essential. In addition to doctors and nurses, the medical industry includes housekeeping, maintenance, dietary, nu…

Retired Army First Sgt. Stephen Meyers and retired Marine First Sgt. Carl Curtis walked south through Monroe County on Hwy. 41 this weekend as part of their cross-country walk to raise awareness about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

Terry Miller is responsible for all 1,050 acres of High Falls State Park, including the 360 acre lake, plus the 60 acres of the Dames Ferry campground at Lake Juliette. He is required to live at the park and is on call 24/7, even when he isn’t actively on duty.  

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Rev. Nelson Grist has accepted a call to pastor Rocky Creek Baptist Church in Monroe County and is embracing the challenge to revitalize a congregation in the midst of a pandemic that has been without stable leadership for several years and is also facing major repair to its building after b…

Monroe County Outreach ministries and Mission “N” Action Ministries are working to compensate local essential health care workers who are often low-paid and undervalued although essential. In addition to doctors and nurses, the medical industry includes housekeeping, maintenance, dietary, nu…

James A. Vaughn of Forsyth has been elected as an alternate delegate to the 137th American Angus Association® Convention of Delegates, set to be held Nov. 9 at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Mo.

At this time of the year, Monroe County hunters find themselves awash with a flood of hunting season opening dates.  To date we have already seen the openings of the Squirrel, Dove, Early Teal, and Canada Goose Seasons. The opening date of the Archery Deer Hunting Season is next in line.

Five years after it bought it, the Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce announced last week that it’s selling its building, the former Bank of America office on Lee Street. The announcement came a week after the Development Authority of Monroe County announced it would be moving out and…

Juliette native Brian Burkey returned home for a trip down the Ocmulgee River recently and was disturbed by what he saw. Burkey said he was disheartened to see that summer crowds have flooded the river area with trash and graffiti. But rather than just complain, Burkey and a few volunteers a…

A video that went viral this week on Facebook and Snapchat has brought new attention to an incident involving 3 men accused of bullying and removing the shirt from a 6 year-old boy at the Union Hill Apartments back in May. 

The Monroe County troop of Trail Life USA, a Christian outdoor adventure program, will hold an Open House at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 31 in the fellowship hall of New Providence Baptist Church. Parents and boys in grades K-12 are welcome to attend. Below, members of Troop 1315 are shown in …

With all of the uncertainties swirling about our lives, it is heartening to know there are some things that remain constant. One event that embodies this concept is that for as long as we can remember the dove season has opened during the first several days in September. Such is the case aga…

The Forsyth Golf Club held its semi-annual four-man scramble, and the team of Dr. Joe Brogdon, Rusty Wynn, Pat O’Brien and Dr. Tom Perry took first place in the championship flight with a 19-under par score for the 18-hole layout.

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Jason Cox of Russellville killed this rattlesnake at his home last week. Jason is a junior at Mary Persons and the son of John Barry and Sheila Cox.

Mary Persons senior James Smith, earned the opportunity to participate in the prestigious Georgia Governor’s Honors Program in Music/Voice this summer, but thanks to COVID-19, the program was cancelled for the first time since it began in 1964. Through a rigorous selection process, the state…

We have heard much of being “born again”.  In fact, it was Jesus our Lord who said to Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again”, John 3:7.

From a very young age, Stacy Cannady found herself fascinated by sign language. Growing up in Jones County, she remembers going to her middle school’s scholastic fair to buy a Sesame Street Sign Language book. 

Monroe County Emergency Service Rescue and Recovery Dive Team spent a Friday training for their survival. Team members went through diver entanglement scenarios.  The divers cannot see, and they must navigate through various ropes and knots. Scenarios like this helps divers ensure they remai…

Sheridan Construction Vice President of Operations Mitchell Turner presented a plaque to Monroe County Board of Education at its Aug. 11 meeting in recognition of the award Sheridan received from Associated General Contractor Build Georgia Competition. In a project that has proved beneficial…

Three Mary Persons graduates are participating in varsity athletics for the University of Georgia in 2020-21. They are, from left, cheerleader Macy Morris, defensive end Malik Herring and baseball player Trippe Moore. It’s thought to be the greatest variety of athletes from Monroe County to …

Forsyth’s business community continues to grow with the announcement that Ocmulgee Outfitters, a trendy clothing and gear store in Macon popular with young people, is opening a Forsyth location. Owner Tanya Williams, who lives in Forsyth, is opening the location next 

Here’s the graduation speech from Allison Spence, valedictorian for the Mary Persons Class of 2020. Last week’s edition included the speech from Sam Wu, who was the salutatorian. We apologize for the misidentification in last week’s edition.

I am old enough to remember when the squirrel season opened in the fall. That being said, I guess I will never get used to hunting squirrels in the middle of summer. However, times have changed and the 2020-21 Squirrel Season opens Aug. 15. 

 This last week, Mary Persons welcomed Sean Boland as its new head athletic trainer. Boland is a Monroe County native who graduated from Mary Persons in 2003. He initially moved here from Germany, where he had lived for 6 years. 

For the last few years Monroe County Schools have held a “convocation” on the day that school employees begin a new school year. Employees assemble from all the schools and other support networks to rally together. In spite of the uncertainty of when and how students will connect with their …

“Blending voices is one of the most important keys in developing an award-winning singing ensemble. My eight years at Mary Persons has been blessed with students of all talent levels agreeing that ‘Blending” is a key component needed to achieve the overall harmonious sound that makes you bet…

I’M TIRED Y’ALL.  I am tired of all the extra effort it takes to do life right now! Every day someone else gives their expert opinion on what we should or should not be doing. It is overwhelming and exhausting. Everyone is talking and nobody seems to be listening. Who is right? How do we kno…

On Thursday, Aug. 13, Monroe County will be conducting a performance test of the Code Red system at 10 a.m., contacting everyone in Monroe County who is currently in the emergency database. Receiving a test message will assure that residents will receive a message when an actual alert is issued.

On Aug. 3 Forsyth approved a pouring license for beer, wine and malt beverages and a license to sell distilled beverages by the drink for BMK Group LLC. This group, under Lucio Castillo, is opening a Mexican restaurant at 12 W. Main Street, the former location of Bluetick Mercantile Company. 

Central Georgia EMC held its 83rd Annual Members Meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 5, fulfilling its legal requirements as an electric membership cooperative and carrying on its community tradition in creative and innovative ways to comply with COVID-19 restrictions and keep its staff and members s…