Forsyth’s 40th Annual Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday drew on local musical talent and traditions to deliver an almost two-hour program that was continually upbeat and inspiring. The sanctuary of Kynette United Methodist Church was filled to overflowing for the program, much…

Nina Archibald Turnbow has announced she is a candidate for Monroe County Superior Court Clerk. Current Superior Court Clerk Lynn Ham is retiring and is not seeking re-election to the position. The primary election will be May 19, with the general election on Nov. 3. The new clerk will take …

As a special presentation during the Monroe County Bicentennial Celebration in 2021, a historical drama is being written by Patsy Clark and Tullye Ralph. The drama will highlight the everyday lives of the typical people of Monroe County, past and present.

The Monroe County Bicentennial Committee is working on a big celebration for the county’s 200th birthday next year. A party is tentatively set for May 15, 2021. The Georgia legislature created Monroe County on May 21, 1821. The Bicentennial Committee is encouraging local organizations, busin…

Mary Persons’ Kamron Ward (right) and his Bulldogs’ teammates faced off with Monticello, Crawford County and Southwest (Macon) in their final home meet of the regular season on Thursday, losing their first match to the Purple Hurricanes before bouncing back to win their last two matches. The…

Central Georgia EMC, Southern Rivers Energy, and Oglethorpe Power Corp. presented Oglethorpe Power’s 2019 ad valorem tax payment of $3,543,750.88 to the Monroe County Tax Commissioner’s office. The payment is for Oglethorpe Power’s 60 percent ownership in Units 1 and 2 of the Robert W. Scher…

Forsyth Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and Main Street boards held their first meeting of 2020 on Jan. 13. The meeting began with the swearing in of newly appointed board member Eric Thomas and electing a chairman, vice chairman and treasurer for the boards. 

Becoming a Christian does not prevent you from going through trials in this life. Every day brings its own trials, struggles, and difficult decisions. There are many situations that will cause pain or stress that weighs on us because of decisions we know we have to make.

The Citizens Advisory Committee of Macon Area Transportation Study (MATS) held its first regular meeting of 2020 and elected John Ricketson as Vice-Chairman of the group for 2020. John was originally appointed as the Monroe County representative by Mike Bilderback when Mike was the Chairman …

Traditionally those of us who have some ‘special thing’ we want to accomplish that we have put off for months decide to use that ‘special thing’ as a New Year’s Resolution. It is as if the Great Eraser wipes our slate of failed intentions clean at midnight on Dec. 31 and affords us the oppor…

Former Mary Persons band director Eric Thompson said the world lost a great musician, beautiful person, and beautiful soul when Forsyth’s Mikayla Singletary died in an auto accident last Wednesday. 

There are countless birdbaths throughout Monroe County.  I would venture to say most birdbaths are bought and placed in yards during the spring and summer. It is also safe to say homeowners maintain them during these two seasons more than at any other time of the year. Have you ever wondered…

Monroe County Commissioners honored on Tuesday, Jan. 7 Monroe County Fire/EMS battalion chief Elliot Chambliss, who retired at the end of 2019 after 30 years with the department.

Forsyth Police Chief Eddie Harris said his department had its 3rd Annual successful Shop with a Cop program during the 2019 Christmas season. The Forsyth Police Department raised funds to take over 16 children shopping with $150 each at the Forsyth Walmart on Dec. 23, according to City Manag…

It may surprise some of our readers that there are young people in Monroe County who have logged enough time on stage at The Rose or in one of the elementary, middle or high school venues that they qualify as professionals—not that they have been paid—but because they have amassed the experi…

In a matter of days, a brick wall transformed from just another side of a building into a downtown landmark as Caroline Stroud took brush, paint and creativity and applied it to the new Wild & Rooted Hair Company building at the corner of North Jackson and West Adams Streets. “This Must …

At the beginning of every year I would sit down with my children and set goals for the year. By the time my third child came along, he learned from the others how to make maximum use of this activity. 

A Forsyth man was hospitalized on Dec. 22 after the car he was riding in hydroplaned off of Hwy. 74 and crashed into an electric church sign. Jontavis Durham, 25, of Forsyth was taken by Monroe County EMS to Navicent Heath in Macon after being injured in the wreck. Durham was the passenger i…

At the conclusion of Monday night’s Mary Persons football banquet, MP Touchdown Club president Stan Hickman told head coach Brian Nelson (left) he had one more surprise. Hickman told the crowd and a shocked Nelson that the eighth-year coach was about to get a new ride and would have to go ou…

With the 2019-20 school year at its mid-point, Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman gave his second annual State of Education address on Friday, Dec. 13. With the lure of a luncheon featuring roast beef prepared under the direction of Monroe County Schools Nutrition Director Lisa Singley and the …

When I was a teenager the movie “Dead Poets Society” came out and it resurrected the Latin phrase ‘Carpe Diem.’  This means ‘seize the day.’  It means to live life to its fullest, getting the most out of each day. 

Forsyth fire chief David Herndon captured this image of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner crew capsule as it sailed over Monroe County upon its launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla. at 6:36 a.m. on Dec. 20. The spacecraft was supposed to be in space for eight days, including a stop at the Internationa…

Carlton and Rosemary Dumas and Carl and Andgelia Kelly, neighbors from south Monroe County, took The Reporter to Myrtle Beach, S.C. with a senior group from Forest Hills Methodist Church to see three Christmas musical shows and Christmas on Ice show. They also visited Brookgreen Gardens for …

Popular Smarr recycling center attendant John “Cowboy” Palmonari dressed up as Santa to celebrate the Christmas season on Dec. 20 at the urging of his district’s county commissioner Eddie Rowland (right).

Monroe County Habitat for Humanity’s board of directors, supporters and volunteers often work hard and long without seeing a lot of the results of what they do. Building a house for a family is not like providing a box of food or school supplies; all are good and are needed, but a home is a …

The Rock Springs Clinic, which is based in Milner near the Rock Springs Church, opened a satellite clinic at 100 Martin Luther King Dr. in Forsyth on Wednesday, Dec. 11. This is the first satellite office of the free medical clinic, which serves uninsured and underinsured low-income patients…

Every year as we journey towards Christmas I find myself thinking how busy-making and consumeristic our society is at this time of year. Increasingly, it seems we all live at a frenetic pace and our attention is pulled in a multitude of directions. 

A full slate of great entertainment opportunities awaits you over the next several weeks in Monroe County. At this time of the year it is almost unfortunate that there are not enough nights to attend all the musical and live performances being presented by many of our talented hometown citiz…

The Fox Theatre Institute (FTI) has awarded The Rose Theater a $13,500 historic preservation grant to refurbish and upgrade its 20-year-old marquee. Atlanta-based FTI is the Fox Theatre’s outreach program offering historic preservation expertise, consultation and education to performing arts…

If a person dons the hat of a citizen scientist only once a year, chances are it is when he participates in the annual Christmas Bird Count. This survey is the longest-continuous wildlife survey in the entire world. This year our local edition of the count (The Piedmont National Wildlife Ref…

One of the worst things you can be called in America today is racist, but I believe we all think racist thoughts. We are all guilty of prejudice. We say we aren’t racist because we have friends who are not the same color as us, or because we smile the same at everyone, or because our skin is…

For financial advisors, moving their practice from one firm to another is a big decision. For veteran advisors Mike Ketterbaugh and Jason Jungberg, it was one that required careful consideration and a lot of due diligence. After all, they had each spent decades at a well-known brokerage firm…

Danny Robinson of Forsyth shot this 26-point buck on Nov. 4 in Monroe County and it may be the biggest shot in Georgia this year. It’s certainly the biggest buck Robinson, a lifelong hunter, has shot. Georgia Outdoor News came to Forsyth to capture the story and the family said they’ll know …

Demolition of the old Colonial grocery store building on Main Street began on Monday as the city of Forsyth clears the property to begin work on a new city hall. The demolition is expected to take about five weeks. The city chose Tri-Star America of Norcross to do the demolition for $81,000. 

Temperatures have plummeted well below freezing, and the Monroe County woodlands are beginning to display a blush of autumn color. To a small but dedicated group of Monroe County hunters, these signs point to the “real” opening of the 2019-20 Waterfowl Hunting Season. 

Kampgrounds of America (KOA) announced at its Annual International Convention in Savannah on Nov. 11 that the Forsyth KOA Campground earned the KOA 2020 President’s Award. The award is based on a score of at least 450 points on the company’s evaluation plus quality reviews and feedback from …

Nicole Walters is the new Family & Consumer Science Agent at Monroe County University of Georgia Extension. She started in the position on Nov. 1, just as Monroe County Extension began its move to new offices at the renovated Hubbard Dormitory at 484 Highway 83 South, Forsyth, near the f…

Two of the prettiest trees in Forsyth, the ginkgos in front of the county administration building, are stunning this and every November. They’ll be the site of the Forsyth Christmas parade at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5.