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Welcoming 2013: Making the Most of the New Year

Welcoming 2013: Making the Most of the New Year

Today is my first day in the office for 2013. I intentionally took time off over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays to step back from work, enjoy my family and clear my head. Now I’m back and ready to hit the ground running! How about you?

 

In the past I’ve never been much of a believer in writing down my goals or making them for that matter. It all seemed a little woo-woo and out there. However in 2012 I worked with a wonderful organizer and business coach Paris Love (www.parisloveinstitute.com) who convinced me of the importance of setting goals.

Where did Bo go?

Where did Bo go?

After a tornado decimated her Monroe County neighborhood last year, Wendy Veal and her husband, along with several neighbors, began the long process of rebuilding. Not all of the neighbors returned. Among them was a family that owned a black dog.

No one is quite sure, but it's possible the dog fled during the storm.

Fast forward to about one week ago, when Veal spotted a large, black animal on the surveillance video of her home.

"I thought it was a panther," she said. "I told my husband, be careful when you're cranking up the car because there's a big, black animal out there."

Early the next morning, long before sunrise, Veal went outside. "This dog lifted up his head from behind the woodpile," she said. "He looked about 60 pounds, and he's a full-grown black lab."

When she returned from work later that day, the starved dog was still there, so she gave him food and water. "I gave him three big bowls of water and lots of dog food," she said.

EMA Director Named Public Servant of the Year

EMA Director Named Public Servant of the Year

Monroe County's EMA Director Matthew Perry was named Public Servant of the Year by the Masons of Forsyth.

Fried Green Tomato Festival Returns in October

Fried Green Tomato Festival Returns in October

The 13th Annual Fried Green Tomatoes Festival returns to Juliette October 27-28.

RELATED | 2011 Fried Green Tomato Festival

The whole Festival takes place on McCrackin St. from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily.

When you head out to the festival, you'll find the well-known fried green tomatoes, about 25 vendors, two restaurants, nine shops, a winery, arts & crafts and more.

 

 

Day of Hope 5K, Fun Run to Benefit Save a Pet

Day of Hope 5K, Fun Run to Benefit Save a Pet

Get your running shoes ready! Oh, and maybe stretch those legs for an upcoming 5K/fun run!

The Second Annual Day of Hope 5K & Fun Run, benefitting Save a Pet of Monroe County, is set for Nov. 4 at 2 p.m.

You have the option of running a 5K or running the one-mile fun run. 

By participating, you'll support Save a Pet, the organization "dedicated to rescuing and restoring abused, neglected and abandoned animals."

That's at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center at 1000 Indian Springs Drive. 

Print out the details and registration form.

Forsyth's 'Fear Factory' Opens in October

Forsyth's 'Fear Factory' Opens in October

October means a few things: that slight autumn chill in the air, Football Friday Night and...the Forsyth Fear Factory!

The Fear Factory, akin to a Haunted House, opens Fridays and Saturdays in October, Halloween night and the first weekend in November.

The Haunted House takes you throughout the remains of the old Forsyth Factory where things still go "bump in the night."

Senator Cecil Staton to Visit K B Sutton for Constitution Day

Senator Cecil Staton to Visit K B Sutton for Constitution Day

In celebration of Constitution Day, Georgia's 5th grade youth at KB Sutton Elementary School awill receive a visit from Senator Cecil Staton.

That's according to a Georgia Federation of Republican Women news release.

He's expected to visit around 9:30 a.m. on September 17.