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Monroe County Former FBI Agent Pens Memoirs

When you think about career combinations, you might not put painting and writing next to protecting our nation, but those three things and more all come together in one Monroe County man.

 

George Mettler, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation--or FBI--agent who served during President John F. Kennedy's administration, is putting his life experiences into a book.

 

He still puts pencil to paper when he jots down his thoughts, but those sheets eventually make it onto his laptop as he hammers out the manuscript to his memoirs, "Reluctant Witness". It's a collection of experiences and memories he's spent a lifetime saving for the project.

 

"I started realizing, alright this is material for later, pay attention to what's happening. Pay attention to what you're seeing, what you're hearing, what you're learning," said Mettler.

Some of that material came with the social and political changes during 1960s.

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Holiday Parade Scheduled in Downtown Forsyth

Parade in Downtown Forsyth on Dec. 2 to include dance troupes, marching bands and Santa.

Forsyth Businesses Ready for State Agency

Friday, the Department of Corrections will celebrate their relocation from Atlanta to Forsyth with the official opening of their new headquarters on the old Tift College Campus. 

They've been working on getting the campus ready for four years, and locals like Bonnie Barker have been watching the project with anticipation.

Barker is a co-owner of Jonah's on Johnston, a bistro and  bakery just up the road from the old Tift College.

Around 5 p.m. on Thursday night customers began to trickle in, ordering up hot pizzas and cookies made from scratch.

"We've been fortunate during this down economy," says Barker.

She says in the three years she's owned it, Jonah's has proven to be a pretty recession-proof business, but she says there's nothing like a little boost from the government.

The new Department of Corrections is about a mile down the road.

And so far, they've been great neighbors.

Forsyth Welcomes Department of Corrections to Tift Campus

More than 400 Department of Corrections employees will go to work in Forsyth, starting next week.

Governor Sonny Perdue cut the ribbon on their new offices at the old Tift College campus.

Corrections Academy cadets came to Forsyth in January, but they'll soon be joined by staff from the department's Atlanta locations.

The state invested $45 million to renovate the former women's college campus. The 40-acre campus includes 225,000 square feet of building space.

The college closed in 1987 and sat vacant for fifteen years.

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Energy Assistance Program to Open

Georgia’s regular Energy Assistance Program will open on Dec. 1, 2010 for all eligible households. 

The program provides financial assistance to low-income, elderly and handicapped households to help pay their home heating costs.

Households participating in the program must meet income criteria and be responsible for the cost of heating their homes.  To be eligible, households must have an income equal to or less than 60 percent of the state median income guidelines - $21,940 for a one-person household, $28,691 for two people, $35,442 for three people, $42,193 for four people, $48,944 for five people, $55,695 for six people, $59,961 for seven people, or  $58,226 for eight people.

Payments will be made primarily by checks to home energy suppliers for gas, electricity, wood, coal, or kerosene used in heating a home.

The one-time payments will average about $345 per household.

Governor Perdue Recognizes 20 Georgians in Public Safety Awards Ceremony

At an annual public safety awards ceremony in Forsyth, Ga., Governor Sonny Perdue announced recipients of the Governor's Public Safety Awards (GPSA). Perdue recognized 14 public safety professionals for acts of heroism and six for contributions in profession.

Recipients were given medallions and their names were added to the GPSA monument at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center.

Among the Heroism Recipients was Officer Omar C. Sanders from the Macon Police Department.

The GPSA program recognizes Acts of Heroism as those who performed an exceptional deed which resulted in saving lives and/or protecting property.

Contribution to Profession awards recognized those whose job performance had an overwhelming positive effect on the overall profession.

“Georgia is proud to recognize our brave law enforcement officers and emergency responders for their commitment to keeping our citizens safe,” said Governor Perdue. 

A Day to Honor Veterans

Today, Central Georgians pause to honor America's veterans.

Veterans Day events are scheduled all around the area -- many at 11 a.m., the time when World War I ended in 1918

Here is a look at some of the local events.

   In Macon, a memorial will be dedicated in honor of all former and current members of the Macon Volunteers, which include the fallen Soldiers of the 48th Infantry Brigade, during ceremonies at the Macon Memorial Park Cemetery, 3969 Mercer University Drive at 11 a.m.

   Fort Hawkins' event begins at 4 p.m. It includes an official U.S. Flag Retirement Ceremony with 15 patriotic and veteran's groups, including the Northeast High School JROTC honor guard and cadets.
  

The annual Linwood Cemetery Veterans Day service begin at 11 a.m. The guest speaker is Lt. Col. Sabrina E. Norwood of Tampa, Fla.