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Round-up of this week’s job postings

If you missed one of the job postings on Monroe Local News this week, here is a round-up. Click on the relevant link for more information.

Baxter in Covington has new job postings

There are several new job postings at Baxter. These are at the Covington plant.


Clearview to host Senior Circle Bingo

Clearview Regional Medical Center and Clearview Hospital Auxiliary will host Senior Circle Bingo.

Monroe Art Guild hosts Garden & Art Tour

On June 6, there will be a Garden and Art Tour in Monroe.

Community News

Movies at the Mill return in the Summer of 2015
Movies at the Mill

If you missed out on Movies at the Mill in the summer of 2014, there is good news.

First Presbyterian Church of Monroe: VBS June 22 – 26
First Presbyterian Church of Monroe. Contributed photo

Vacation Bible School at First Presbyterian Church of Monroe Embark on an icy expedition where kids overcome obstacles with God's awesome power by getting anchored in rock-solid Bible truths.

Southern Fried Wrestling returns to Monroe June 6
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There is another round of Southern Fried Wrestling in Monroe this weekend.

Skydiving fun planned Saturday for some Extra Special People
Contributed from Walton Living Magazine. Photographer Max

The annual Jump, Fly Festival at Skydive Monroe is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday at the Monroe-Walton County Airport.

Walton County Democratic Party Fish Fry scheduled for May 30
Democratic donkey

The Walton County Democratic Party's Annual Fish Fry is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday May 30, 2015.


The Travelling Homebody

One day in the not too distant future, when I have more than three recreational hours in a row, I would like to travel all over.  I want to go to Italy and see the art that virtually litters every street corner.  I want to dive the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.  I want to take a tour of the wine country in northern California, and drink champagne in the actual Champagne region of France.  I want to go to Ireland and Scotland and see London and Paris and Tokyo and Hawaii and Costa Rica and many other places I’ve read about in books and seen on television.  I’d like to take a road trip around America in search of the World’s Greatest Hot Dog and stop at all the tacky tourist traps like the world’s largest ball of twine.

Five in the Morning

This is the second in a two part series.  For part one, click here.  When we last left off, it was five-ish in the morning, and my son Jacob and I were at the front of a seven mile long line of folks waiting to get through security at the Atlanta Airport.  We had just been told that we only had two out of the four boarding passes we needed, and both of the ones we had read “Lori,” a name my tall post-pubescent son couldn’t believably claim, even with fake ID, not that he has any.  It took me about 8 milliseconds to realize that in my under-caffeinated state I had left the remaining two boarding passes in the little kiosk automated machine located, in terms of how long it would take us to walk there, somewhere in Eastern Europe, from where we stood.

Four in the Morning

My children, who are both naturally smart and talented at everything they attempt, not to mention extremely good looking and kind to animals, both were on teams that qualified for the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) national tournament in Louisville, KY.  Since no one called me to ask about convenient times for this tournament, it presented a dilly of a pickle.  My daughter’s team was shooting Thursday afternoon.  My son’s team was shooting on Saturday.  On Thursday I had a work obligation I couldn’t get out of and my son had his final band concert and awards ceremony.  So we divided and did our best to attempt to conquer.

Personal Summer
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There is a joke we tell in these parts, so often that it couldn’t possibly be funny anymore, that if you don’t like the weather, you should just wait fifteen minutes.

Road Trip
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Recently, my family took a road trip to visit my parents in Ft.


Obituary and funeral arrangements: Wilda F. Sanders, 71, of Monroe
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Wilda F. Sanders, age 71, of Monroe, died on May 27, 2015.

Obituary and funeral arrangements: Claudis Ray Gunnells, 57, of Monroe

Claudis Ray Gunnells, age 57, of Monroe, died on May 26, 2015.

Obituary and funeral services: Mary Mitchell, 81, of Monroe

Mrs. Mary Mitchell, age 81 of Monroe, passed away on Monday, May 25, 2015.

Obituary: Grace Annette Waits Cammauf, 81, of Monroe
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Grace Annette Waits Cammauf, age 81, of Monroe, Georgia, formerly of Loganville entered into rest on Sunday, May 24, 2015, at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle, Georgia.

Obituary and funeral arrangements: Cathy Louise Bryan, 57, of Monroe

Cathy Louise Bryan, age 57, of Monroe, died on May 21, 2015.


Lost Male Shepherd Mix Bethlehem Barrow County

Rocky was last seen at restoration church, in Bethlehem near Loch wolde lane.

URGENT!! REWARD!! Lost Rescued Shepherd Mix Lawrenceville

She was saved from Heard County and came from a hoarding and neglect situation.

URGENT! Lost Terrified Senior Female Shepherd Mix Walnut Grove

Lady was last seen near highway 138 and Cannon Farm Road.

Lost Shih Tzu Duluth-Heartbroken Family

Lost in Duluth since May 2.

Small Breed Dog Found on 85 Near Airport

This poor dog was found on 85.


Legalese — Roadblocks

More than once recently, at a social event, I’ve had someone ask me about roadblocks.

Legalese — Leaving Pets in Hot Vehicles

Recently, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Department made the national news because of the arrest of a person who broke out a car window in order to free a dog who was locked inside in a parking lot.  This incident has created a great deal of discussion: about the appropriateness of leaving pets in a vehicle in warm weather, and what citizens themselves can do without running afoul of the law.

Legalese — Weapons on Airplanes

There was an article in the last issue of the Walton Living Magazine about how Walton County is an archery powerhouse in the country.  This is true, and one more year of competitions have proven this so: every single Walton County team qualified for the National Archery Tournament.  Including the teams my children are on.  They shot on different days, and had different obligations at home, so my family sp0lit up and two of us flew up to Louisville, KY for the event and met the two who had already driven.  Which led to a problem.  How did the flying child bring his bow and arrows (clearly a deadly weapon if used aggressively) on an airplane?

Legalese — Medical Marijuana
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Medical marijuana has been all over the news lately, and Georgia is one of the latest states to approve it.  What does the term ‘medical marijuana’ mean, exactly?  Is it the same in every state?  What does it mean for locals in Georgia?

Legalese — Is This Divorce Uncontested?
Lori Duff

When people call my office for the first time about a divorce, one of the first questions they are asked is whether the matter is “Contested" or "Uncontested.” Most people answer the question with assurance, but I have found over the years that a majority of folks answering the question don’t really understand what it means.