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By Don Richeson / StaffPUTNAM COUNTY -- The U.S. Forest Service will waive fees at several of its day-use recreation sites this Monday, Jan. 16, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Among the MLK... + continue reading

These fake $5 bills were confiscated by Eatonton police last month and are being turned over to the U.S. Secret Service, which is launching a probe of the rash of counterfeit bills currently circulating in the Briar Patch. (Photo by Lynn Hobbs.)

Thursday, January 12, 2017
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By Lynn Hobbs / StaffEATONTON -- More counterfeit money is turning up around Eatonton, according to police reports.A counterfeit $10 bill was turned in to Farmers and Merchants Bank Jan. 3. It was... + continue reading
Thursday, January 12, 2017
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Editor:William Shupe, 49, Eatonton, was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver with ascites, or fluid build-up in the abdomen, as a byproduct of his liver not functioning properly.“They said my liver... + continue reading

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D'Mario Reid scored a game-high 21 points Tuesday in a road win at Oglethorpe Co.

Thursday, January 12, 2017
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By DAVE BROWNNo. 12-ranked Putnam County boys basketball team turns it attention to a vital stretch of regular-season Region 8-AA contests.Putnam will play six games in less than a fortnight.Putnam... + continue reading

Putnam County commissioners Friday approved expanding an addition planned to be erected to the immediate right of this Lake Oconee boat storage complex. The expansion will be 893 square feet and is needed for boat-moving equipment to operate safely in the addition, according to a complex spokesman. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

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The new Putnam County Board of Commissioners met for the first time last week. Three of the five faces on the board differ from those on the 2016 board. The board now includes, from left, new District 4 commissioner Trevor Addison, District 3 Commissioner Alan Foster, new District 2 Commissioner Daniel Brown; new District 1 Commissioner Kelvin Irvin; and Chairman Steve Hersey. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

Thursday, January 12, 2017
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By Don Richeson / StaffLAKE OCONEE -- The Putnam County Board of Commissioners last week unanimously voted to allow Fish Tale Marina to increase the square footage of a proposed addition to its... + continue reading

These fake $5 bills were confiscated by Eatonton police last month and are being turned over to the U.S. Secret Service, which is launching a probe of the rash of counterfeit bills currently circulating in the Briar Patch. (Photo by Lynn Hobbs.)

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D'Mario Reid scored a game-high 21 points Tuesday in a road win at Oglethorpe Co.

Putnam County commissioners Friday approved expanding an addition planned to be erected to the immediate right of this Lake Oconee boat storage complex. The expansion will be 893 square feet and is needed for boat-moving equipment to operate safely in the addition, according to a complex spokesman. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

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The new Putnam County Board of Commissioners met for the first time last week. Three of the five faces on the board differ from those on the 2016 board. The board now includes, from left, new District 4 commissioner Trevor Addison, District 3 Commissioner Alan Foster, new District 2 Commissioner Daniel Brown; new District 1 Commissioner Kelvin Irvin; and Chairman Steve Hersey. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

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01/05/2017
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EATONTON -- Putnam County Charter School System will have its normal school day Friday, Jan. 6 as planned, Superintendent Eric Arena told The Messenger Thursday night in response to queries of early school closures due to possible inclement weather.According to Arena, Putnam County is not in the list of counties under the... + continue reading
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 Movie Night on the Courthouse lawn event. "The Polar Express" will be shown and space heaters will be in place for a warm evening. The Christmas Bazaar will be Saturday with the parade starting at 6 p.m. Simpson... + continue reading

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Author Terry Kay speaks about his newest book, “The King Who Made Paper Flower,” to a delighted packed audience at the Georgia Writers Museum in downtown Eatonton this past fall. Kay is Susan Larson's old neighbor (and father of her best babysitter, Heather). (Photo by Don Richeson.)

01/12/2017
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By Susan Larson / Guest ColumnistEATONTON -- It's hard to believe, but this wraps up my fifth year as a “newbie” in the Briar Patch. Like any year, it’s had its ups and downs. Sadly, 2016 began with a down when my son, Ian, lost his seven-year battle with brain cancer.It was exactly a year ago today that he joined his brother Loren who left us 18... + continue reading

Putnam School Superintendent Eric Arena, far left, discusses student achievement with, continuing from left, Putnam County School Board members Doris Clemons, Steve Weiner, Simone Jones, Tom Lawrence and Lynn Gilpin. The discussion came during Monday night's school board meeting. (Photo by Lynn Hobbs.)

01/11/2017
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By Lynn Hobbs / StaffEATONTON -- Unlike their previous meeting, Putnam County School Board members never used the words "I don't care" when discussing CCRPI Monday night and one thing was made clear: at least three board members want to make change for improvement.Georgia’s College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) is the state’s... + continue reading

Led by, from left, NAACP Branch No. 5229 President Terrence "Kojack" Waller, Eatonton Police Chief Kent Lawrence and Everett Greene, 100-plus 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Day marchers make their way up North Jefferson Avenue en route to the front lawn of the Putnam County Courthouse. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

01/11/2017
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By Don Richeson / StaffEATONTON -- The 2017 Eatonton Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration's march through downtown Eatonton is set for 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16. The march will go from St. John AME Church, 220 Willie Bailey St., and advance along Willie Bailey and then North Jefferson Avenue as it makes its way to the courthouse's front (north)... + continue reading

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D’Mario Reid (20) is one of seven seniors on the No. 9-ranked Putnam County High School boys basketball team. (Photo by Dave Brown.)

01/05/2017
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By Dave Brown / StaffPUTNAM COUNTY -- The holiday season – as splendid a ride as it was for No. 9 Putnam County – is over, and War Eagles head boys basketball coach Johnny Williams said it is... + continue reading

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Putnam County High School senior standout Carl Johnson has scored 1,006 career points for the War Eagles basketball team.

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Senior Carl Johnson, the second-leading scorer in the state with 26.1 ppg, has wicked handle and superior court vision with the ability to drive and/or dish. Johnson scored 46 points Tuesday night and may be listed as the state's top scorer next week. (Photo by Dave Brown.)

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Putnam County's Carl Johnson (10) plays defense against Baldwin County in the overtime win.

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01/12/2017
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Editor:William Shupe, 49, Eatonton, was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver with ascites, or fluid build-up in the abdomen, as a byproduct of his liver not functioning properly.“They said my liver... + continue reading
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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.)

 
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Author Terry Kay speaks about his newest book, “The King Who Made Paper Flower,” to a delighted packed audience at the Georgia Writers Museum in downtown Eatonton this past fall. Kay is Susan Larson's old neighbor (and father of her best babysitter, Heather). (Photo by Don Richeson.)

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01/12/2017
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By Susan Larson / Guest ColumnistEATONTON -- It's hard to believe, but this wraps up my fifth year as a “newbie” in the Briar Patch. Like any year, it’s had its ups and downs. Sadly, 2016 began with... + continue reading

Led by, from left, NAACP Branch No. 5229 President Terrence "Kojack" Waller, Eatonton Police Chief Kent Lawrence and Everett Greene, 100-plus 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Day marchers make their way up North Jefferson Avenue en route to the front lawn of the Putnam County Courthouse. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

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Putnam County High School FFA student John Tyler Gore interacts with triplet kids one of his goats gave birth to just last week. (Contributed photo.)

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