Movie camera assistant Albert Dantzer and cinematographer Thomas Hart Shelby discuss the focal point of a scene they are about to shoot in the old aluminum plant during a visit to Eatonton earlier this year. Discussion at a recent Eatonton Putnam Tourism, Arts, Heritage Partnership meeting touched on the need to provide moviemakers with lodging when they work in Eatonton. (Photo by Lynn Hobbs.)

 

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By Lynn Hobbs / StaffEATONTON -- With Georgia’s movie-making business increasing, the need for Eatonton to have a new hotel is greater than ever, members of Eatonton Putnam Tourism, Arts,... + continue reading
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By Don Richeson / StaffLAWRENCE SHOALS -- An off-duty police officer is being credited with saving the life of a drowning child in Putnam County.The Putnam County Sheriff's Office is not releasing... + continue reading

Flames consume what remains of a boat after it exploded on Lake Sinclair near Twin Bridges Landing June 23. It later sank. (Contributed photo.)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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By Don Richeson / StaffTWIN BRIDGES -- A boat exploded on Lake Sinclair in Putnam County last week, hurling a woman and her son overboard before it burned and sank. Injured in the 6 p.m. June 23... + continue reading

Judy Stultz writes about the Lake Country arts beat for The Eatonton Messenger. Email her at jks19234@bellsouth.net.

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By Judy Stultz / Guest ColumnistLAKE COUNTRY -- Night skies will be aglow with fireworks as we celebrate Independence Day here in our Lake Country. Although not open to the public, both the Lake... + continue reading

City councilors Alma Stokes, left, and Alvin Butts participate in an Eatonton City Council meeting earlier this year. The duo last week tried to block renewal of the city's senior center lease with the arts foundation. (Photo by Lynn Hobbs.)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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By Lynn Hobbs / StaffEATONTON -- In a split vote, the city agreed to renew its lease for the senior center from the arts foundation during a city council meeting June 20.Terms of the lease... + continue reading

Movie camera assistant Albert Dantzer and cinematographer Thomas Hart Shelby discuss the focal point of a scene they are about to shoot in the old aluminum plant during a visit to Eatonton earlier this year. Discussion at a recent Eatonton Putnam Tourism, Arts, Heritage Partnership meeting touched on the need to provide moviemakers with lodging when they work in Eatonton. (Photo by Lynn Hobbs.)

 

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Flames consume what remains of a boat after it exploded on Lake Sinclair near Twin Bridges Landing June 23. It later sank. (Contributed photo.)

Judy Stultz writes about the Lake Country arts beat for The Eatonton Messenger. Email her at jks19234@bellsouth.net.

City councilors Alma Stokes, left, and Alvin Butts participate in an Eatonton City Council meeting earlier this year. The duo last week tried to block renewal of the city's senior center lease with the arts foundation. (Photo by Lynn Hobbs.)

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06/30/2016
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By Lyn Romine / Guest Columnist“Tred softly here, white man, for long ere you came, strange races lived, fought, and loved."ROCK EAGLE -- This quote, found on the historical marker at the entrance to Rock Eagle Effigy Mound, has always intrigued me. I have never been able to attribute it to any author, but I do know that the Georgia Society of... + continue reading
06/30/2016
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By Don Richeson / StaffJEKYLL ISLAND -- The Eatonton Messenger received three first place awards and seven awards total in a statewide competition Friday. The newspaper placed No. 1 in three categories -- Layout and Design, Sports Section and Education Writing. It was competing against other weekly newspapers with circulations of 4,000... + continue reading

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Southeastern Portable Buildings employees gather for a ceremony Friday marking the set up of 55 American flags. The group includes, from left, Kelvin Little, Blake Johnson, Tayon Spencer, Chris Hooks, Hannah Housworth, Leon Powell, Haley Housworth, Lori Andrews, Hilton Andrews, Jarod Jones, Michael Reid and John Beal. Pick up The Messenger's June 30 print edition for more photos. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

06/29/2016
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By Don Richeson / StaffPUTNAM COUNTY -- If you want to see patriotism on display as America's 240th birthday nears, just drive by Southeastern Portable Buildings in Eatonton. In what must be Putnam County's most flag-filled Independence Day display, the business set up 55 American flags last week -- one every 30 feet along the U.S. Highway... + continue reading

This week's Putnam Poll respondents include, from left, Matt Housworth, Haley Housworth, Lex Andrews, Tayon Spencer and Hannah Housworth. To suggest a poll question, email editor@msgr.com or call 706-485-3501, ext. 418. (Photos by Don Richeson.) 

06/29/2016
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In looking back through the years, what Fourth of July experience or memory most stands out in your mind?"My dad letting me shoot off fireworks for the very first time when I was 6 or 7."Matt HousworthPutnam County"Last year we went to my dad's parents' house and we were blowing bubbles and doing sparklers out at Lake Oconee. It was real fun."... + continue reading

Tom Madorin, a visitor from McDonough, guides a banana dangling from a string tied around his waist to steer a beach ball during one of the many Fourth of July competitions at Oconee Springs Park last year. Many were pulled from the crowd and politely “encouraged” to participate in the lighthearted (but potentially embarrassing) games. Debbie Kowaluwicz of Stone Mountain watches. Oconee Springs Park will this year again offer free, family friendly games -- they will run throughout the afternoon Saturday, July 2. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

06/24/2016
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By Don Richeson / StaffOCONEE SPRINGS -- There won't be a big Fourth of July community fireworks show in Putnam County this year, but there are some alternative ways to celebrate. Many were hoping for a repeat of last year's well-received fireworks show at Oconee Springs Park, but Director Lonnie Campbell announced Tuesday such a show would... + continue reading

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06/09/2016
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An old tradition ends with new accomplishmentsBy Brandon ParkStaffThe 38th annual Torture Trail 10k road race kicked off the Dairy Festival in the same traditional style it has for many years now.... + continue reading

 

The Eatonton Elks Lodge junior golf clinic teaches children ages 5-12 how lessons on the golf course translate into lessons in life. Last year, the group learned integrity, honesty, forever and fun. BRANDON PARK / Staff

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This week's Putnam Poll respondents include, from left, Matt Housworth, Haley Housworth, Lex Andrews, Tayon Spencer and Hannah Housworth. To suggest a poll question, email editor@msgr.com or call 706-485-3501, ext. 418. (Photos by Don Richeson.) 

06/29/2016
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In looking back through the years, what Fourth of July experience or memory most stands out in your mind?"My dad letting me shoot off fireworks for the very first time when I was 6 or 7."Matt... + continue reading

Putnam and Baldwin counties' rescue and firefighting personnel prepare to deploy to fight a boat fully engulfed in flames on Lake Sinclair last week. (Contributed photo.)

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Putnam County District 4 Commissioner Billy Webster delivers the keynote address Monday morning at the Putnam County community Memorial Day observance. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

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This week's Putnam Poll respondents include, from left, Sheila Perry, Maj. Carlie Williams, Russell Thomas, Warren “Master Blaster” Yates and Rebecca Rice. (Photos by Don Richeson.)

 

 

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06/30/2016
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By Lyn Romine / Guest Columnist“Tred softly here, white man, for long ere you came, strange races lived, fought, and loved."ROCK EAGLE -- This quote, found on the historical marker at the entrance to... + continue reading

Judy Stultz writes about the Lake Country arts beat for The Eatonton Messenger. Email her at jks19234@bellsouth.net.

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The Plaza Arts Center's Jessica Singer demonstrated her artistic talents with her fish-motif painting on an Adirondack chair, left, while Noel Shornhorst did the lake scene one. These were raffled off at the Plaza's most recent concert. Two more will be raffled off at the Plaza's July concert -- one already painted and one that will be custom painted to suit the winner’s taste. (Contributed photos.)

 

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Eatonton Messenger's guest columnist Susan Larson loves sharing what she and her husband are discovering while “meetin' Eatonton” in their retirement. Email her atsusanlarson79@gmail.com.   

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