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10 ways to prevent Christmas tree fires

10 ways to prevent Christmas tree fires

USA TODAY Network

Your beautifully decorated Christmas tree can also be a deadly fire hazard.

Christmas tree fires are infrequent, but when they do occur, they are serious, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Fire departments responded to an average of 230 home fires caused by Christmas trees each year from 2007-2011. The result was a yearly average of six deaths, 22 injuries and $18.3 million in property damage, the NFPA reported.

Monroe board ponders new school zones

Monroe board ponders new school zones

In the new year, some elementary students in Forsyth might be attending a different school.

Local performs 'Nutcracker' lead

Local performs 'Nutcracker' lead

Monroe County resident Grace Horne, an 8th grade student at Lamar County Middle School, will perform the role of Clara in Griffin Ballet Theatre’s 2013 performance of The Nutcracker on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m.

Book Fair Brings New Titles to Media Center

Book Fair Brings New Titles to Media Center

The Fall Scholastic Book Fair at K. B. Sutton Elementary was a great success thanks to all the students, staff, family members and volunteers that helped in many various ways to connect the children with great books and raise money for the K. B. Sutton Media Center.

Tournament Will Help Injured Firefighter

Tournament Will Help Injured Firefighter

There will be a softball tournament at the Monroe County Recreation Department on Saturday, Sept. 28 to benefit Eric John, the firefighter who was hit by a vehicle while working a wreck on I-75 in Macon a few months ago.

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Adam Sandler Stops in Forsyth For Lunch

Adam Sandler Stops in Forsyth For Lunch

Thanks to Tammy Rafferzeder for sharing her photo with the "Sand Man", Adam Sandler, who was dining with his family at the Waffle House in Forsyth last week.

Sandler is in Georgia filming the new romantic comedy, "Familymoon". He told Tammy that the Waffle House is one of his family's favorite places to stop. And yes folks, that is a Georgia Bulldogs "DAWGS" shirt he's sportin'!