Fair weather greeted at least 176 individuals, including the Mary Persons Marching Band, who came to the Monroe County Courthouse lawn on Monday to pay tribute to the military veterans who have served and protected America over the years. Monroe County observed the special day with a program…

When you stop and think about it, the only two months Monroe hunters cannot legally hunt are June and July. Isn’t that something? It is hard to believe we can enjoy this time-honored tradition throughout most of the year. 

Can a nation be born in one day? I would think that would be a hard thing to do. But for those of us who are younger than 70, we would not remember how Israel became a nation again. 

Seven-year-old Marques Mays (right) of Forsyth passed away on Saturday, Nov. 9 after a battle with terminal bone cancer. Several locals have been doing fund raisers to help the Mays family. Mays was a first grader at Hubbard Elementary School. In August, the sheriffs office helped him fulfil…

Over 100 supporters attended the Court of Honor on Saturday, Nov. 2 at which John Barnes of Forsyth’s Troop 51 was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. ‘Eagle’ is the highest achievement in the Boy Scout program, and since it was instituted in 1911 only about 4 percent of scouts have attained it. 

Rob Laukaitis recently received his PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He is proud of that accomplishment. His wife, Debra, and twin sons, Ethan and Evan, as well as youngest son, Eliot, are probably proud of him as well. Life is good. So why would he agree to take over the role of…

The U.S. government estimates that only 496,777 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II are still alive, and an estimated 348 World War II veterans die every day in the U.S. But Monroe County is still blessed to count at least 11 World War 2 veterans in our midst, surviving me…

Dakota Sanders, son of Chad and Veronica Sanders, killed his first deer last week, a 5 1/2 year old, 10-point buck that weighed 220 lbs. His dad, a former professional hunter and the assistant principal at T.G. Scott Elementary School, said they’re very proud of Dakota.

A recent news release reported the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has charged two suspects with the illegal capture and sale of more than 4,000 turtles during a six-month period. The article caught my attention because it brought to light the rarely exposed underbelly of o…

Central Georgia EMC Chief Operating Officer Ben Thomason and Board Member Phillip Benson Ham, Jr. presented Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, Development Authority of Monroe County and Monroe County Schools with checks totaling $37,200 toward education, community and economic develo…

The 1949 graduating class of Mary Persons High School gathered as a class for the last time on Oct. 12. This was their 70th (yes, you read that correctly!) reunion. All who came had a great time catching up with one another and remembering good times. 

Dr. Jill R. Lancaster of Monroe County was sworn into the Presidency of the GVMA at its Annual Fall Conference in Atlanta on Oct. 20. In this capacity she represents over 2,100 member veterinarians in the state. The Georgia Veterinary Medical Association (GVMA) is the leading authority promo…

Although a publication entitled “Annual Waterfowl Status, 2019” will never be a best-seller, in the eyes of duck hunters across the country this obscure report is one of the most important texts printed this year.  The reason for this is it provides wildfowlers with a glimpse of how many duc…

The Mary Persons High School Marching Band brought home several awards in the 43rd East Georgia Marching Band Championships at Statesboro High School on Oct. 26. The event brought 17 different bands from more than a dozen counties; it is one of the largest marching band competitions in Georgia.

Progress is when we move forward, and it can happen personally, as a community or nation. Regress is when we move backward. We all want progress and we all don’t want to regress. Sometimes everyone benefits and other times one person’s progress is another’s regress. Complicating all this, so…

The family of Linda Kimble of Culloden is asking for any help in finding their 59-year-old mother whom they have not been able to contact since August. Kimble suffers from dementia/Alzheimer’s disease and seizures and is not consistently able to communicate her needs and identity with others. 

New Providence Baptist Church pastor Rev. Brian Moore joked that his church may have the only van in Monroe County that sounds like a monster truck. That’s because someone sawed off and stole the van’s catalytic converter sometime Wednesday while it was parked in the church parking lot.

What we choose to think about may go a long way toward describing the kind of person we are. People who are always remembering the sad and unhappy experiences in life are often described by others as gloomy.  On the other hand, those who focus their thoughts on what is good and pleasant are …

Mary Persons senior Abby Gray wears the crown after being named Miss Homecoming 2019 at halftime of the MP-Upson-Lee game on Friday. Abby is shown with her father, Christian Gray, and MP principal Jim Finch. The Bulldogs won 37-28 and are off this week. See details on page 1B. (Photo/Kim Hol…

Forsyth mayor Eric Wilson told leaders along the I-75 corridor on Sept. 19 that he’s very concerned about how new truck lanes could hurt his city. But Jackson mayor Kay Pippin assured Forsyth leaders that property owners will be able to negotiate with the DOT to get enough money for their pr…

Joe Reed of High Falls has announced that he is running for Georgia House District 129, which includes northern Monroe County, as an independent. The general election for the house seat will not be until November 2020, but as an independent, Reed must get almost 1 percent of signatures of re…

Nowadays when we go to a concert we are often entertained by one or more opening acts before the spotlight falls on the main group or star. Similarly, Georgia deer hunters look at the Archery and Primitive Weapons seasons as opening acts for the main event---the Modern Firearms Deer Hunting …

Forsyth welcomed Momentum Christian Church with a ribbon cutting sponsored by Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Oct. 8. The church opened its doors at 175 North Lee Street, in the shopping plaza where Freshway grocery store was located for many years, on Sept. 8. Seth Hoo…

Living Word Community Church is opening in Monroe County on Sunday, Oct. 27. Pastor Jeff Holcomb is eager for the congregation to become involved in its new community. He said many of the members, which presently number around 50, already live in the general area of Monroe County although th…

Monroe County Schools announced on Oct. 8 that it has selected Devin Jenkins and Madison Grier as its 2019 REACH scholars. REACH is an acronym for Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen. Georgia’s REACH program started in 2012 offering a needs-based mentoring and scholarship plan for a…

As the High Falls Civic Club held its first meeting at the American Legion Building on Blount Road, Monroe County Commissioner George Emami told club members why plans to make the American Legion Building an active community center for High Falls have hit road blocks. Emami told the High Fal…

Over the years, the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division has continued to expand the deer hunting opportunities for Georgia’s hunters. One way in which they have been able to accomplish this goal is through the scheduling of archery and primitive weapons seasons before the Modern Firearms Sea…

While wandering along my “thinking path” as I prepared for my Monroe Entertains You column, my path crossed through a Bog. There was a rather large frog in the Bog, which startled me. The following conversation occurred. Frog: Ribit, Ribit.

Bella Grace Sanders is the 2019 Little Miss Georgia Peach Queen. She received her crown at the statewide pageant at Fort Valley State University and also won the prettiest smile award. Bella Grace is the daughter of Vern and Joy Sanders of Forsyth, and is the granddaughter of Mrs. Lavue Sand…

When was the last time you took stock of your life? Really examined your inventory of relationships? Who would make your inventory of important relationships? Your spouse? Your kids? Teachers? Friends? Parents? Co-workers? Give it some serious thought. Who occupies those spaces in your life?

All Monroe County youth are being offered free tickets to see well-known illusionist and stunt artist Brock Gill at 6 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center on Sunday night.

The Reporter plans to name Monroe County’s 2019 Businesswoman of the Year in October, and we’re looking for your nominations.

Mary Persons’ graduation rate rose to 86.6% this year, the fourth highest recorded graduation rate in the school’s history. The previous year’s local graduation rate was 84.8%.  

Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for Monroe County Schools’ new Agriculture Science Center on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Legislative, county, chamber, city and school officials attended to celebrate the new addition to the school system and the community. Agriculture s…

Dry conditions on the opening day of the annual Firearms Deer Season are not unique. In fact, I can remember several occasions when deer hunters were concerned that the fire hazard raised by dry weather would force opening day to be pushed back until rain alleviated the threat of wildfires. …

I have a friend that seemed to know everything there was to know about Elvis Presley. She even had a room in her house that was dedicated to Elvis. She had all the records that Elvis had ever recorded. She had copies of the movies that Elvis had been in. She had Elvis posters and all sorts o…

The Blue Cottage beside the Bolingbroke Fire Station has been used by the Bolingbroke Community Club (a non-profit organization)  for as long as I can remember - well over 20 years. For those of you not familiar, we held our meetings there for many years but eventually outgrew the space and …

Forsyth welcomed a POW/MIA Chair of Honor to its Welcome Center on Friday, Sept. 20, which is National POW/MIA Day. In welcoming those at the ceremony Claude Curlee of Vietnam Veterans Middle Georgia Chapter 946 said the dedication of the local Chair of Honor was not intentionally planned fo…

The 1823 Artisan Guild in partnership with Forsyth Main Street is bringing a chance to shop for treasures for your home (or garden, office, get-away spot,…) while supporting hometown artists and enjoying an autumn Saturday strolling the Forsyth square. The second Annual Footsteps Through For…