Traffic backs up on U.S. 441 near Putnam County High School Thursday as a crashed motorcycle rests on the side of the highway. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

Thursday, February 16, 2017
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   UPDATE: The injured motorcyclist has been identifed as Homer Joel Hickox, age 67, of Macon, according to Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills. By Don Richeson / StaffPUTNAM... + continue reading

Logo – This is the new “film-ready, film-friendly town” logo created by Tytan Creates for Eatonton.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
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  By Lynn Hobbs / StaffEATONTON -- Almost a year has passed since Eatonton Downtown Development Authority leased the old Putnam State Prison to Tytan Pictures, and much has been... + continue reading

Prior to a Jan. 21 tornado strike, this now barren area at county-owned Oconee Springs Park contained four rental cabins, docks and trees. The county is now accepting bids on replacement cabins. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
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 By Shannon Sneed / StaffOCONEE SPRINGS -- Putnam County officials decided this month to replace the Oconee Springs Park cabins and large pavilion totaled in a Jan. 21 tornado.The Putnam... + continue reading

This hole in the wall in the back of the Eatonton CVS store is reportedly how intruders accessed the store during the night. (Contributed photo.)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
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By Lynn Hobbs / StaffEATONTON -- Two people of the Atlanta area have been arrested for breaking into CVS store in Eatonton Tuesday morning. Eatonton Police Department responded to an alarm at... + continue reading

Lake Oconee cardiologist Dr. Nicolas Chronos, left, receives an award Friday from Yaketa Heath-Green during a party in his honor at El Sitio Mexican Grill. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
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  Editor:On Friday, Feb.10, Dr. Nicolas Chronos' staff decided to honor him for his hard work and dedicated services to the Lake Oconee community. Dr. Chronos was presented with an Award of... + continue reading

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02/15/2017
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By Shannon Sneed / StaffEATONTON -- Nominations are being sought for the 2017 National Women History Month celebration honoring Putnam County women who have successfully challenged the role of women in both business and paid labor force.Women have always worked, but often their work has been undervalued and under paid. Facing stark... + continue reading
02/15/2017
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EATONTON -- Staff reporter Lynn Hobbs has been promoted to the position of associate editor of The Eatonton Messenger according to an announcement made by Smith Communications President A. Mark Smith Sr. last week. Hobbs will begin her new role immediately and will oversee news reporting in Eatonton and Putnam County. "We are excited about having... + continue reading

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02/15/2017
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  By Don Richeson / StaffEATONTON -- Brer Editor is exiting the Briar Patch. He's swapping the land of the Tar Baby for the land of the Tar Heel. This is the last issue of The Messenger being produced under my editorship. I'm returning to my beloved Blue Ridge Mountains and becoming editor at a western North Carolina newspaper.In my two... + continue reading

Caroline Jones, 12, reads Alice Walker's poem, "Woman," during a Feb. 9 Georgia Writers Museum celebration of the author's birthday.

02/15/2017
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By Don Richeson / StaffEATONTON -- Several youngsters read poems as part of the open microphone portion of the Feb. 9 Georgia Writers Museum celebration of Alice Walker's birthday. The famed "Color Purple" author, who grew up in Putnam County, turned 73 on Feb. 9. Among the readers was Putnam County Middle School student Caroline Jones, 12, who... + continue reading
02/13/2017
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By Dave Brown / StaffPUTNAM COUNTY -- We like to keep it real in Lake Country, sports fans, so when the Falcons snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in Super Bowl LI, it made me want to purge myself and retch up my most putrid sports nightmares into a purple velvet bag, use the gold draw cord to tightly tie up the memory mixture and dispose of... + continue reading

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02/13/2017
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By Dave Brown / StaffPUTNAM COUNTY -- We like to keep it real in Lake Country, sports fans, so when the Falcons snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in Super Bowl LI, it made me want to purge... + continue reading

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AFC Pro Bowl linebacker Von Miller of the Denver Broncos poses for a picture with DJ Bland, who lives in Putnam County.

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Rykia Pennamon and Carl Johnson were honored as members of the 1,000 Points Club. Joining them at last Friday's ceremony are Girls Coach Jerusha Hudson and Boys Coach Johnny Williams. (Photo by Chinwe Umunna)

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Putnam County hoops standout Carl Johnson cools off during a preseason scrimmage, was on fire Tuesday at Social Circle. (Photo by Dave Brown.)

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Lake Oconee cardiologist Dr. Nicolas Chronos, left, receives an award Friday from Yaketa Heath-Green during a party in his honor at El Sitio Mexican Grill. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

02/15/2017
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  Editor:On Friday, Feb.10, Dr. Nicolas Chronos' staff decided to honor him for his hard work and dedicated services to the Lake Oconee community. Dr. Chronos was presented with an Award of... + continue reading
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This week's respondents include, from left, Breona Simmons, Ketius Lamar, Jonathan McCarthy, Carol Ann Guthrie and Debi Rogers. 
 

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02/15/2017
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By Shannon Sneed / StaffEATONTON -- Nominations are being sought for the 2017 National Women History Month celebration honoring Putnam County women who have successfully challenged the role of... + continue reading

Caroline Jones, 12, reads Alice Walker's poem, "Woman," during a Feb. 9 Georgia Writers Museum celebration of the author's birthday.

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