Courtney George Perry was charged Tuesday with homicide by vehicle and driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol in connection with a July fatal crash in Putnam. 

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By Don Richeson / StaffEATONTON -- Test results in a Putnam County fatal crash case came back this week and resulted in the arrest of a driver involved in the July 16 wreck. Courtney George Perry, 19... + continue reading

At the second of three public hearings on a proposed Putnam County tax hike, citizen Robin Larson, left, last week questions commissioners on whether they are doing enough to attract businesses to Putnam to broaden the tax base. Commission Vice Chairman Billy Webster, right, defends county officials, noting Legacy Homes and Interfor wood products have brought about 200 new skilled jobs to the county over the past two years. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

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By Don Richeson / StaffEATONTON -- Putnam County’s commissioners are eyeing county tax hikes for the coming fiscal year and by law they have to conduct three public hearings before they can OK the... + continue reading

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By Claire Buckner / Guest ColumnistSPARTA -- This past Friday, the Putnam County War Eagles went to their first away football game of the season, traveling to Sparta to take on Hancock County’s... + continue reading

The towering smokestack at Plant Branch on Lake Sinclair in Putnam County spews smoke out in this file photo taken when the coal-fired plant still operated. (File photo.)

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By Lynn Hobbs / StaffPUTNAM COUNTY -- Another piece of history is changing, as the lights on the smokestack of Georgia Power’s Plant Harllee Branch have now been turned off for good, Georgia... + continue reading

Filling in for the actual lawmakers, from left, U.S. Rep. Jody Hice Constituent Service Representative Jordan Wilcher, U.S. Sen. David Perdue Regional Representative Andrew Seaver and U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson Field Representative Daniela Belton Perry visit the Plaza Arts Center this month to help Putnam County residents with any federal government issues they might have. Putnam County District 4 Commissioner and Commission Vice Chairman Billy Webster, standing, was among those who came out to talk with the reps. Call U.S. Rep. Hice's Milledgeville office at 478-457-0007, call U.S. Sen. Perdue's Atlanta office at 404-865-0087 and call U.S. Sen. Isakson's Atlanta office at 770-661-0999. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

 

 

 

 

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Courtney George Perry was charged Tuesday with homicide by vehicle and driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol in connection with a July fatal crash in Putnam. 

At the second of three public hearings on a proposed Putnam County tax hike, citizen Robin Larson, left, last week questions commissioners on whether they are doing enough to attract businesses to Putnam to broaden the tax base. Commission Vice Chairman Billy Webster, right, defends county officials, noting Legacy Homes and Interfor wood products have brought about 200 new skilled jobs to the county over the past two years. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

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The towering smokestack at Plant Branch on Lake Sinclair in Putnam County spews smoke out in this file photo taken when the coal-fired plant still operated. (File photo.)

Filling in for the actual lawmakers, from left, U.S. Rep. Jody Hice Constituent Service Representative Jordan Wilcher, U.S. Sen. David Perdue Regional Representative Andrew Seaver and U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson Field Representative Daniela Belton Perry visit the Plaza Arts Center this month to help Putnam County residents with any federal government issues they might have. Putnam County District 4 Commissioner and Commission Vice Chairman Billy Webster, standing, was among those who came out to talk with the reps. Call U.S. Rep. Hice's Milledgeville office at 478-457-0007, call U.S. Sen. Perdue's Atlanta office at 404-865-0087 and call U.S. Sen. Isakson's Atlanta office at 770-661-0999. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

 

 

 

 

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Gatewood junior running Brandon Belans rockets toward the end zone Friday night as a Monsignor Donovan defender flaps his arms in a futile attenpt to stop him. Belans scored multiple times against "Mon Don's" Rams. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

08/27/2016
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Republican Daniel Brown, left, is challenging Democrat incumbent Janie Reid for the District 2 seat on the Putnam County Board of Commissioners.

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By Don Richeson / StaffEATONTON -- The Putnam County District 2 commissioner debate scheduled for today, Thursday, Aug. 25, will still apparently go on, but with a major twist -- one of the two candidates scheduled to participate has pulled out.The Democratic candidate, Janie Reid, announced in an email sent this afternoon that she will not... + continue reading
08/25/2016
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08/31/2016
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By Claire Buckner / Guest ColumnistSPARTA -- This past Friday, the Putnam County War Eagles went to their first away football game of the season, traveling to Sparta to take on Hancock County’s... + continue reading

Gatewood junior running Brandon Belans rockets toward the end zone Friday night as a Monsignor Donovan defender flaps his arms in a futile attenpt to stop him. Belans scored multiple times against "Mon Don's" Rams. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

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"The Swamp" (Sammons Field in Eatonton) was packed with fans Friday night eagerly cheering on the Gators in their home opener. Little Gator fan Elizabeth Weems, 4, brought along her giant foam No. 1 Gator "We're No. 1" hand to augment her cheering efforts, even though it was almost as tall as her. (Photo by Don Richeson.) 

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Guest columnist Claire Buckner is a Putnam County High School student. She may be contacted via email at Rachael_Hayes@putnam.k12.ga.us.

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Putnam County District 3 Commissioner Alan Foster walks along North Madison Avenue in the Putnam County Dairy Festival Parade earlier this summer. Cars were available for the commissioners to ride in, but Foster said he preferred to hoof it. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

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This week's poll respondents include, from left, Billy Popham, Stephanie Miller, Matthew Degner, Wanda Batchelor and Billy Coker. (Photos by Don Richeson.)

 
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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.) 

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Eatonton Messenger guest columnist Susan Larson loves sharing what she and her husband are discovering while “meetin' Eatonton” in their retirement. Email her at susanlarson79@gmail.com.

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