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Weekend Forsythia Events Preview

Saturday, March 5

10 a.m. Miss Forsythia Pageant at the Monroe County Recreation Department

4 p.m. First Annual Pet Parade and Pet Party at the Monroe County Recreation Department

6 p.m. Jonah's Gigantic Pizza Party at 26 E. Johnston St.

8 p.m. Rose Theater Musicale

Sunday, March 6

2 p.m. Rose Theater Musicale


Woman Escapes Structure Fire

Monroe County Emergency Services was dispatched to a house fire in Culloden Wednesday night around 11 p.m.

That's according to a Monroe County Emergency Services news release.

First arriving Culloden volunteer firefighters reported smoke and fire coming from the windows at the back side of the house. 

The house, located on Knoxville St., was home to an elderly female who escaped without injury.

Monroe County Fire Investigator, Captain Jason Lott said the cause of the fire was an "AC window unit that had overheated and caught fire."  

Monroe County Fire Investigator, Captain Jason Lott says the cause of the fire possibly from an AC window unit that had overheated and caught fire.

It was determined that 50% of the house was destroyed by fire and smoke damage.

Sen. Tolleson Offers Mechanism to Fund Water Projects

Sen. Ross Tolleson (R-Perry) has introduced a bill that creates new options for financing water projects in communities throughout the state. 

That is according to a Senate Press Office news release.

The Georgia Public/Private Water Supply Act of 2011 (Senate Bill 122) will allow state and local governments to voluntarily partner with private investors on the construction of reservoirs and other water infrastructure projects.

High Falls Civic Club Plans February Meeting

The High Falls Civic Club will meet on Thursday, February 24 at 7 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the High Falls Fire Station.

The Civic Club is an organization that is dedicated to improving the High Falls area. Refreshments and a time of fellowship will be shared at the end of the meeting.  

Everyone is invited.

The High Falls fire station is located at 3901 High Falls Rd.

Clean Air Campaign Hosts Student Art Contest

The Clean Air Campaign is hosting a kindergarten through twelfth grade art contest.

Elementary school students can compete in a comic strip contest. Middle and high school students can compete in a video contest.

Winning art or videos will be featured on the Clean Air Campaign's website, social media accounts as well as in the campaign's printed materials. Donations will also be made to each winner's school science, environmental or art program.

The art contest is open to all Georgia students.

Interested teachers, parents and students are encouraged to visit CleanAirCampaign.org to learn about entry requirements and submission details. Art contest submissions must be postmarked by April 15.

A panel of judges will select first, second and third place, along with any honorable mentions. Winners will be announced during Air Quality Awareness Week: May 2-6, 2011.


Transportation Forum at High Falls Civic Club

Representatives of the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) will present an informational program at the High Falls Civic Club, Thursday, January 27th at 7 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the High Falls Fire Station, 3901 High Falls Road, High Falls Civic Club Secretary Brenda Bozeman says.

Bill Rountree, District 3 Preconstruction Engineer and Radney Simpson, Southwest Georgia Planning Branch Chief, will present an overview of future projects and needs, including insights related to House Bill 277, which includes the proposed regional transportation sales and use tax.

They will be accompanied by Urban Planning Engineer Kelly Gwin of the GDOT Office of Planning. The meeting is open to all who are interested and time will be allowed for questions and discussion.

High Falls Civic Club to Meet

The High Falls/ Towaliga Watershed Alliance (HFTWA) Executive Board will meet at the High Falls BBQ to discuss new issues Wednesday, January 26.

The Board will discuss issues such as the water draw from the Towaliga at Route 42 and plan for the Spring Quarterly Membership Meeting in May.

The meeting will occur at 6:30 p.m.

According to the organization’s website, HFTWA was recognized by the Georgia River Network as the outstanding watershed organization in 2008.
HFTWA’s goal is to provide services to improve and protect natural resources.

Membership comes mostly from five counties: Butts, Henry, Lamar, Monroe and Spalding.

Annual membership dues are $25 per person or business.

The work of the club is done through committees that meet as needed.

For more information, visit HFTWA’s website here.