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Last year (Sept. 7, 2017)

About 100 dads attended WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) 2017-2018 kickoff at the Putnam County Elementary School. WATCH D.O.G.S. is a national schoolbased program involving fathers in supporting education and safety in schools. In addition to enjoying pizza with the children, parents/ guardians learned how they could volunteer patrolling the hallways and outside the perimeter of the school. Dads/father figures didn’t have to have a student attending school to serve. Any adult was welcome, but a background check was a requirement for volunteers. Gatewood parent Michele Caricofe and Chip, Tammy and Brett Walker of Eatonton started a support program to gather goods for victims devastated by hurricane Harvey. Spivey Davis, Jordan Caricofe, Case McMichael, Lizzie and Gus Mendez were going to continue collecting donations at Gatewood’s football games, Farmers and Merchants Bank and Harmony Crossing Pet Resort for the rest of September. The campaign received over $1,500 in supplies in five days.

Five years ago (Sept. 5, 2013)

The Baptist Church of Christ at Ramoth was marked as a historic site. Mary Howell and Gary Yauncey, received Community Service Awards for their volunteer work of sweeping graves, hauling away dead limbs and trees and uncovering buried tombstones. The church was 176 years old. The Putnam County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve lease with the Georgia Writers Museum. The writers’ group agreed to a 10-year lease of the former county annex building, the old Hotel Eatonton. Windows had to be replaced, and some beams strengthened before the county would turn over the building to the group.

Ten years ago (Sept. 11, 2008)

Members from Eatonton American Legion Post 583 Auxiliary attended Georgia State Convention in Augusta, where the 90th anniversary of the Legion and 88th anniversary of the Auxiliary was celebrated. Post 583 took several awards, including the past president’s trophy, first place in education, first for poppy window display, first for 10th District poppy programs and second for Cavalcade of Memories. The group also received certificates for its unit chaplain report, membership reaching gold status, auxiliary emergency fund constitution and by-laws, as well as recognition for the VA hospital in Milledgeville. With the success of competitive cheerleading at Putnam County High School, the program was expanding in the middle school level. The PCHS program had been in place for five years at the time and won numerous first-place region trophies. Expansion to the middle school was leading to greater experience for students wanting to compete at the high school level and could also lead to greater success at state competitions, according to cheer coach April Smith.

Twenty five years ago (Sept. 9, 1993)

Eatonton golfer Larry Dunn added to his impressive array of victories with a win in the Campbellton-Cascade Y’s Men Club Labor Day Classic in Atlanta. Dunn won with ha 65-73-138 at the Alfred ‘Tup’ Holmes Golf Course. Eatonton golfer Tweedy Parham finished second in the First Flight with a score of 79-71-150.

Fifty years ago (Sept. 5, 1968)

The million dollar sales volume was topped for the first time by the local Farmers Mutual Exchange of Eatonton, according to an announcement made by G. A. Burson, director of the purchasing division of Cotton Producers Association. The Eatonton exchange’s high total of $1,127,885 placed them as ranking third in the association in volume sales. The local exchange was also top ranking agency for the month of June with a $110,299 dollar volume. Tom Lovelace was the manager of the local exchange. The Georgia Power Company won two national safety awards for its outstanding 1967 accident prevention record. The company received an Edison Electric Institute Injury frequency reduction award for making substantial improvement in 1967 over its accident frequency rate, which previously was among the nation’s lowest. The low frequency rate also won the utility third place in the National Safety Council’s public utilities safety contest.

Seventy-five years ago (Sept. 9, 1943)

At the first meeting of the new fiscal year City Council announced re-election of the following officers: Mrs. J. H. Webster, M. S. Rainey, James Knight as Aldermen with H. Reid Hearn, John Leonard and W. D. Stribling as Aldermen filling their unexpired terms; James Knight was elected Mayor Pro Tem and D. D. Veal City Attorney; Dr. E. F. Griffith was re-elected City Physician; Louis B. Mills Chief of Fire Department; R. D. Lawrence Supt. of Water Works; Jeff Clements Chief of Police and Otis Winslette Policeman. Mayor Adams also announced reappointment of all committees. In connection with the Victory Corp program of Eatonton, High School boys and girls were going to pick cotton, gather grain and help in any way in harvesting of the crops in the county. The students who volunteered for this service showed a serious and conscientious desire to serve. These patriotic pupils were carried to the fields by the faculty members and worked under their supervision. The farmers had to pay the prevailing wage for cotton picked or hours worked.

One hundred years ago (Sept. 6, 1918)

Farmers Hardware Company opened in Hunt-Rainey building between Belvin and Picture Show and was carrying a full line of auto accessories, Atkins cross cut saws, hand saws, hack saws, buck saws and a wickless 3-burner and 4-burner oil stove guaranteed not to smoke and to give perfect satisfaction.