Gallons and gallons of water, believed to be from a leaky waterline, bubble out through cracks in the road Thursday on East Street in Eatonton. Plastic orange cones close off the road between Alice Walker and Dickey drives. City officials have expressed fears that tonight's sub-freezing temperatures could create slick stretches where waterlines around the city leak out through cracks in roads. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

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By Shannon Sneed / Special to The MessengerEATONTON -- Temperatures in Eatonton are expected to drop into the 20s tonight for the first time so far this season -- just as officials are publicly... + continue reading

Showing the plaques they received at the Putnam County Charter School System Teacher of the Year banquet Nov. 29 are, from left, Putnam County Elementary School Teacher of the Year Cathy Tuel, Putnam County Primary School Teacher of the Year Sally Brown, Putnam County Middle School Teacher of the Year Jeff Shaw and Putnam County High School Teacher of the Year Jonathan Deen. (Photo by Lynn Hobbs.)

 

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By Lynn Hobbs / StaffPUTNAM COUNTY -- Putnam County’s top teachers influence and inspire students. These educators of excellence were celebrated during the annual Teacher of the Year reception... + continue reading

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The 2016-2017 Gatewood School varsity shotgun team includes, names not in order, Taylor Hyatt, Ansley Wallace, Will Dutton, Aaron Copelan, Nash Sinclair, Jackson Embry, Graham Eubanks, Reese Waddell, Baylor Garland, Hank Hall, Weston Wallace, Jack Stickley, Walker Whiddon, Kate Embry and Marshall Johnston. The JV team includes, names not in order, Gavin Fried, Carson Fried, Easton Fried, Garric Embry, Bryce Johnson, Austin Johnson, Dylan Sinclair and Tanner Waddell. 

 

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The Gatewood shotgun team has won its third consecutive state championship. The Gators defeated 24 other GISA and GHS teams and a total of 300 shooters from all over Georgia at the Dec. 2 and 3 state... + continue reading

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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(Editor's note: This was unavailable to appear in The Messenger's Dec. 8 print edition.)>> Lake conditions – The lake is basically clear with only light stain.>> Lake water temperature –... + continue reading

Ariel Covington of Putnam County Fire Rescue has already collected a nice stack of toys to be distributed by the Department of Human Services. (Photo by Dave Brown.)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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By Dave Brown / StaffEATONTON -- The Eatonton and Putnam County fire departments get in the Christmas spirit this time of year and help local families enjoy the season as well.Putnam Fire Rescue... + continue reading

Gallons and gallons of water, believed to be from a leaky waterline, bubble out through cracks in the road Thursday on East Street in Eatonton. Plastic orange cones close off the road between Alice Walker and Dickey drives. City officials have expressed fears that tonight's sub-freezing temperatures could create slick stretches where waterlines around the city leak out through cracks in roads. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

Showing the plaques they received at the Putnam County Charter School System Teacher of the Year banquet Nov. 29 are, from left, Putnam County Elementary School Teacher of the Year Cathy Tuel, Putnam County Primary School Teacher of the Year Sally Brown, Putnam County Middle School Teacher of the Year Jeff Shaw and Putnam County High School Teacher of the Year Jonathan Deen. (Photo by Lynn Hobbs.)

 

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The 2016-2017 Gatewood School varsity shotgun team includes, names not in order, Taylor Hyatt, Ansley Wallace, Will Dutton, Aaron Copelan, Nash Sinclair, Jackson Embry, Graham Eubanks, Reese Waddell, Baylor Garland, Hank Hall, Weston Wallace, Jack Stickley, Walker Whiddon, Kate Embry and Marshall Johnston. The JV team includes, names not in order, Gavin Fried, Carson Fried, Easton Fried, Garric Embry, Bryce Johnson, Austin Johnson, Dylan Sinclair and Tanner Waddell. 

 

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Ariel Covington of Putnam County Fire Rescue has already collected a nice stack of toys to be distributed by the Department of Human Services. (Photo by Dave Brown.)

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12/08/2016
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At the Dec. 6 Eatonton City Council meeting, councilors:>> Heard a report from Mainstreet Director Andrew Simpson, who announced that this Friday is the Movie Night on the Courthouse lawn event. "The Polar Express" will be shown at 6 p.m. and space heaters will be in place for a warm evening. The Christmas Bazaar will be Saturday with the... + continue reading
11/23/2016
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By Dave Brown / StaffPUTNAM COUNTY -- When it gets to be Christmastime in merry old Putnam County, come check me out because I’m old-fashioned and still politically-incorrectly wish people Merry Christmas.However, dear readers, hopefully I risk no wrath by wishing each and every blessed one of you Happy Thanksgiving.Many of you sports fans will be... + continue reading

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Buster's Pantry is among the Eatonton stores whose clerks sold alcohol to underage buyers, according to authorities. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

12/05/2016
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By Lynn Hobbs / StaffEATONTON -- State “revenuers” were in Eatonton Nov. 21, but it appears they weren’t sniffing out stills.Instead, three special agents with the Georgia Department of Revenue Alcohol and Tobacco Division went to 13 stores throughout the city and county to crack down on the sale of alcohol to persons under the age of 21. Two... + continue reading

Georgia Bureau of Investigation Agent Joe Wooten, left, and another man wearing a GBI vest whom Wooten would not identify exit a home at 307 W. Walnut St. Friday evening. Yellow crime scene tape encircles the home. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

12/02/2016
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By Lynn Hobbs and Don Richeson / StaffEATONTON -- Eatonton Police and GBI investigators sealed off the 300 block of West Walnut Street Friday afternoon in response to a dead body discovered in a home there. Eatonton Police Chief Kent Lawrence told The Eatonton Messenger a 911 call came in around 2:30 p.m. Friday saying a woman... + continue reading

A map of the state from Georgia EPD that shows the Level 2 counties colored red, the Level 1 counties colored orange, and the non-leveled counties white. Level 2/red means outdoor watering, unless for irrigation of food gardens or newly-planted seed, is restricted to two days per week, determined by even/odd-numbered addresses. Putnam and Greene are Level 1, meaning no restrictions.

12/02/2016
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By Lynn Hobbs / StaffPUTNAM COUNTY -- Even with rain Tuesday and a 100 percent chance forecast for Wednesday, drought conditions are worsening in the northwest, northeastern, and central parts of the state, causing officials to restrict outdoor water use.The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) declared it will raise the state’s... + continue reading

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The 2016-2017 Gatewood School varsity shotgun team includes, names not in order, Taylor Hyatt, Ansley Wallace, Will Dutton, Aaron Copelan, Nash Sinclair, Jackson Embry, Graham Eubanks, Reese Waddell, Baylor Garland, Hank Hall, Weston Wallace, Jack Stickley, Walker Whiddon, Kate Embry and Marshall Johnston. The JV team includes, names not in order, Gavin Fried, Carson Fried, Easton Fried, Garric Embry, Bryce Johnson, Austin Johnson, Dylan Sinclair and Tanner Waddell. 

 

12/08/2016
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The Gatewood shotgun team has won its third consecutive state championship. The Gators defeated 24 other GISA and GHS teams and a total of 300 shooters from all over Georgia at the Dec. 2 and 3 state... + continue reading

Gatewood senior linebacker Tyler Myers closes in on John Milledge senior wide receiver Noah Lavender during last month's GISA state championship game in Macon. Myers is one of three senior Gators playing in the Dec. 3 GISA All-Star game in Perry. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

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DJ Bland will be playing in the Diamond All American Games in Myrtle Beach.

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This photo, taken by a North Jefferson Avenue resident, shows a hydrant that is useless as a fire ravages a house in the background Nov. 8. (Contributed photo.)

 
11/22/2016
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By Lyn Romine / Guest ColumnistEATONTON -- The folks up on North Jefferson Avenue are very concerned about the water hydrant issue that our city is facing. Sadly, it took two fires, at 610 N.... + continue reading

This fire hydrant on North Jefferson Avenue has a top that is painted black -- indicating it lacks adequate pressure to fight fires. It is near an area where two homes have burned down over the past year -- including one this week. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

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Ariel Covington of Putnam County Fire Rescue has already collected a nice stack of toys to be distributed by the Department of Human Services. (Photo by Dave Brown.)

12/07/2016
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By Dave Brown / StaffEATONTON -- The Eatonton and Putnam County fire departments get in the Christmas spirit this time of year and help local families enjoy the season as well.Putnam Fire Rescue... + continue reading

Susan Larson is a proud Slavic-American writer, who loves living in Eatonton where folks accept her as a first class American citizen and no one has ever called her a “Hunkie.”  Email her atsusanlarson79@gmail.com.

 
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Luke Armistead, Bradley Pettit, Jadyn Johnson, Malachi Harrisand Connor Beall are already finished with the scavenger hunt -- it’s been a very good day! (Photo contributed.)

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