- Associated Press - Saturday, December 3, 2016

FORSYTH, Ga. (AP) - A longtime member of the Monroe County Commission has died in a car accident.

Multiple news outlets in central Georgia report that commissioner Jim Ham was killed Friday afternoon in a single-car accident on U.S. 41.

They quoted a news release from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office saying the 55-year-old beef cattle farmer apparently lost control of his Ford F-250 truck on a curve, hit a ditch and overturned. Ham had been headed home from Forsyth.

He had served on the county commission since 1987 and had recently been re-elected for another four-year term. He chaired the commission from 1992-1996.

Flags at county buildings were at half-staff Friday evening.

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