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.)

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Hundreds of visitors to Oconee Springs Park last year got to see a wonderful 30-minute fireworks show. This year's show has been nixed, it was announced Tuesday. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

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John Jones lit off a colored smoke bomb as he competed in last year's Redneck Regatta at Oconee Springs Park. He and fellow Putnam Country resident Don Woodward won first place in the race, which is part of Oconee Springs' Independence Day celebration. The regatta is expected to return to Oconee Springs this year on July 2, but the park's popular fireworks show has been cancelled. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

Friday, June 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... + continue reading

The June 17 storm -- a likely derecho -- slammed not one, but three massive oak and maple trees into Wayne and Linda Carroll's weekend home on Lake Sinclair. The one in the foreground sliced completely through the roof, destroying the home's master bedroom. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

Friday, June 24, 2016
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Clink on link below for a gallery of photos showing the Putnam derecho's dramatic aftermath:https://msgr.smugmug.com/Derecho-slams-Putnam-County/ By Lynn Hobbs / StaffPUTNAM COUNTY -- A... + continue reading

This couple was arrested following a recent incident at the Eatonton Walmart store. (Putnam County Sheriff's Office photos.)

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A Putnam County man flashed this badge after his wife was detained in an Eatonton Walmart shoplifting case. (Eatonton Police Department photo.)

Thursday, June 23, 2016
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By Lynn Hobbs / StaffEATONTON -- A former police officer is behind bars after he used his former authority to interrupt his thieving wife’s arrest, authorities say.Carl Jude Adams, 35, 174 N.... + continue reading
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
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By Lynn Hobbs / StaffEATONTON -- A night-long party ended abruptly Saturday morning when a woman decided she was cheated out of some marijuana and reportedly shot a gun at her supplier, causing... + continue reading

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.   

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
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By Susan Larson / Guest ColumnistPUTNAM COUNTY -- Puppets, parrots, parties are just a few of the fun events included in the Eatonton-Putnam County Library’s children’s summer reading program.... + 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.)

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Hundreds of visitors to Oconee Springs Park last year got to see a wonderful 30-minute fireworks show. This year's show has been nixed, it was announced Tuesday. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

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John Jones lit off a colored smoke bomb as he competed in last year's Redneck Regatta at Oconee Springs Park. He and fellow Putnam Country resident Don Woodward won first place in the race, which is part of Oconee Springs' Independence Day celebration. The regatta is expected to return to Oconee Springs this year on July 2, but the park's popular fireworks show has been cancelled. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

The June 17 storm -- a likely derecho -- slammed not one, but three massive oak and maple trees into Wayne and Linda Carroll's weekend home on Lake Sinclair. The one in the foreground sliced completely through the roof, destroying the home's master bedroom. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

This couple was arrested following a recent incident at the Eatonton Walmart store. (Putnam County Sheriff's Office photos.)

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A Putnam County man flashed this badge after his wife was detained in an Eatonton Walmart shoplifting case. (Eatonton Police Department photo.)

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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06/11/2016
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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
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.Well over 200 runners from all across Georgia, and as far away as California, lined up on North Madison Avenue in front of The Plaza Arts Center at 8 a.m... + continue reading

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 A curious resident checks out a downed oak tree blocking Wayne Street between North Lafayette and Grove streets following Friday's storm. The storm toppled many old oaks in Eatonton's Historic District. (Marge McFaddin photo.)

06/20/2016
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PUTNAM COUNTY -- Power had been restored to electric customers in Putnam County by Saturday evening, following a powerful storm Friday afternoon that ripped through the county downing trees and power lines. Several thousand county residents lost power as the storm hit, according to Tri-County EMC and Georgia Power websites.Be sure to pick up a... + continue reading
06/20/2016
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PUTNAM COUNTY -- Power had been restored to electric customers in Putnam County by Saturday evening, following a powerful storm Friday afternoon that ripped through the county downing trees and power lines. Several thousand county residents lost power as the storm hit, according to Tri-County EMC and Georgia Power websites.Be sure to pick up a... + continue reading

"This giant tree fell perfectly so as to actually miss the house at 307 W. Walnut St. during Friday's storms," Lydia Ivanditti wrote in the caption she included with this photo she submitted Friday evening. (Contributed photo.)

 

06/17/2016
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By Don Richeson / Staff PUTNAM COUNTY -- Nine-hundred-and-sixty-one Putnam County Tri-County EMC customers remained without power as of 9 p.m. Friday, according to a news release from the company. This was about a third of the number that first lost power when a powerful storm ripped through Putnam about 4 p.m. downing trees and power... + 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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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.)

06/02/2016
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Click on link below for a Messenger photo gallery from the Putnam County community Memorial Day 2016 observance:https://msgr.smugmug.com/organize/Putnam-County-community/i-dLNPbs7  By Billy... + continue reading

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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Longtime Eatonton Messenger Editor Don Richeson's "Ripples Across the Lake" column originally ran in The Messenger 2001-2004 and was reintroduced this past year. He lives in Putnam County. Email him at editor@msgr.com.

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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.   

06/22/2016
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By Susan Larson / Guest ColumnistPUTNAM COUNTY -- Puppets, parrots, parties are just a few of the fun events included in the Eatonton-Putnam County Library’s children’s summer reading program.... + continue reading

Strolling along on North Madison Avenue in downtown Eatonton, Putnam County resident Beverly Little spreads smiles with her June 4 Putnam County Dairy Festival parade portrayal of a clown, complete with rainbow-colored afro wig and air horn. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

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Putnam County Extension Agent Keith Fielder, who is also a beekeeping expert, will give an ages 14 and older presentation on beekeeping basics and offer advice on how to start and maintain your very own bee colony 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 18 at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center's Natural History Museum. In addition to the adult session, there will be a special child friendly program for the junior beekeeper! Advanced registration for this program is required and the cost is $5 per person. For information or to register, call Jessica Torhan at 706-484- 4838 or email her at jtorhan1@uga.edu. A complete list of Saturday at the Rock sessions may be found online at http://www.rockeagle4h.org/ee/community/SaturdayattheRock.html. (Contributed photo.)

                

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