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Thu
02
Nov

Lake Country Fine Arts show

The Artisans Village Guild is holding its opening reception Thursday, Nov. 2, for the Lake Country Fine Art Show. The reception is 5-8 p.m and the awards ceremony is at 6:30 p.m.

This is the guild's first juried art show featuring works of artists from all around the Lake Country. The exhibit is open through Friday, Nov. 17.

The Artisans Village Art Gallery is located at 110 W. Marion Street in downtown Eatonton. Hours are 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturdays. Call 706-623-7757 for more information.

Thu
19
Oct

Benefit concert Saturday night

Live rock/country music, fine art, food and a bar, and dancing under the stars – enjoy it all while supporting a good cause Saturday night in downtown Eatonton.

Sat
09
Sep

Families of Gatewood Schools collecting items for Hurricane Harvey victims

Gatewood parent Michelle Caricofe and Chip, Tammy and Brett Walker of Eatonton started a support program to gather goods for victims devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Pictured here gathering items at Gatewood's Friday night football game are Spivey Davis, Jordan Caricofe, Case McMichael, Lizzie and Gus Mendez. They will be collecting donations for the rest of September at Gatewood's home games, Farmers and Merchant Bank and Harmony Crossing Pet Resort. The campaign has already received over $1,500 in supplies in five days! They will continue the support as long as possible since the devastation is catastrophic. "Gatewood students, staff, families, alumni and friends truly care about fellow Americans and helpless victims in their time of need and throughout everyday life," Caricofe said in an email. “Please continue to pray for the victims and our efforts to support them.

Sat
09
Sep

Sr. Center is a nice place to spend time By Yelena Hensley

Florrie Williams, Lucinda Strickland and Katie M. Russ proudly present dolls they made out of yarn.

Obviously, communication is very important. Everybody needs someone to talk to, to do something together, to support during hard times as well as just to feel useful. As people grow older, it becomes more difficult to find a social circle where they feel comfortable, some local seniors recently told The Eatonton Messenger. But in Eatonton, elderly people can find support and satisfy their need to socialize at the Eatonton-Putnam Senior Center. “Eatonton has had a senior citizen group since 1970s,” said LaToshia Maddox, Senior Services director. “In 2013, it moved to the Plaza Community Center and has remained there since.” Seniors meet 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. According to Maddox, the number of people in the group varies.

Sat
09
Sep

Local cultural heritage aids understanding of ‘our heritage By James Murdock

Dr. Bruce Gentry, Flannery O’Connor scholar and Georgia College professor, left, and George Heiring, Georgia Writers Museum president, talk after the lecture.

A devout Roman Catholic, American author Mary Flannery O’Connor’s faith was reflected often through her stories. Still, she was commonly misunderstood, and sometimes controversial, because her writings often revolved around gruesome situations and troublesome characters. She was primarily concerned with questions of morality and confronted many of the injustices of her time with a sly and searing sense of humor. Flannery is known by most of her fans today as the founder of a writing style known simply as “Southern gothic.” A large group of those fans gathered on Sunday, Aug. 27, at the Georgia Writers Museum in Eatonton to celebrate her legacy by listening to a lecture from Dr. Bruce Gentry, a Flannery scholar and professor at Georgia College, on “Understanding O’Connor and Her Writings.” “This kind of thing allows people to get a better understanding of the literary heritage of the region,” Jack Shinneman, the visionary and founder of the writers museum, said about the lecture.

Fri
25
Aug

Canning class is just peachy

Leigh Anne Aaron, food and consumer science agent, demonstrates how to leave proper headspace in a jar before sealing it.

07: Hannah Mustard is surrounded by cooking paraphernalia, with her mother’s watchful eyes behind her, as she prepares to chop her vegetables.

Jars of peach salsa, just made by class participants, are stacked and ready for the newly-experienced cooks to take them home.

Would-be canners learned the ins and outs of water bath canning techniques Saturday in a hands-on “Canning and Food Preservation” class at Rock Eagle. Morgan/Oconee County Food and Consumer Science Agent Leigh Anne Aaron taught safe preparation of food and methods of canning, while each participant made a can of peach salsa under her tutelage.

Fri
18
Aug

Gatewood Gators Booster Club hosted a ribbon cutting and open house of The Swamp’s renovations and upgrades Friday, Aug. 11.

Lake Farman, 9, satisfies his sweet tooth with cotton candy.

Clark Harper films the action on the field during the football team’s demonstration. Harper’s son, Will, is on the team.

Asa Segars, 5, and Braedyn Fincher,6, climb onto the bounce slide.

Rayna Harper, 1, has the best seat in the house, in the arms of her dad, Clyde harper.

The new bleachers have ample room for the many Gator fans at the event.

Logan Alford, 10, and Drew Love, 8, discuss which activity they’ll do next.

Cora Tkacik, 9, left, and Ellie McMillian, 9, enjoy their own conversation amidst all the activity around them.

Lined up on their new field, members of the Varsity Gators are introduced to the crowd.

Dawn Walker and Bryan Arthur pitch beanbags in a game of cornhole against Tyler Alliston and Mark Nuhfer.

Enjoying snowcones are, from left, Ally Stancil, 2, Suzi Kate Stancil, 4, and Caylin Stancil, 6.

Fri
18
Aug

Gatewood Schools began the 2017-2018 school year Friday, Aug. 11 with six new teachers joining its faculty of approximately 45 teachers.

L to R: Sherry Hall, Paulette Hall, Beth Griffith, Chandler Craine, Allie White, Tracey Stickley.

Chandler Craine will be teaching second grade at Gatewood. She and her husband, Andy, moved to Eatonton from Marietta and have three children attending Gatewood -- Harper Lee (8), Cooper (6) and Maxwell (2). Chandler graduated from the University of Georgia in 2004 with a degree in Early Childhood Education, and loves spending time with family and friends. She is looking forward to having the opportunity to go to school with her kids every day.

Fri
18
Aug

PCHS FFA officer climb high in leadership training

Putnam County High School FFA officers, from left, Lane Bridges, Mackenzie Jones, Hayley Shaheen, John Gore, Shamar Mohone and Mathew Roberts attend Chapter Officer Leadership Training in the mountains of Helen, July 17-18. These officers participated in many activities that helped build teamwork and communication skills they will use throughout the new school year as they lead the FFA chapter to another successful year. They had to develop activities such as FFA meetings, field trips and leadership activities. The 2017-2018 PCHS FFA officer team is excited for another amazing year, PCHS FFA reporter Mackenzie Jones said. Officers not pictured are Jessica Jones and Rebecca Kitchens.

Fri
18
Aug

100% of PCHS Spanish students pass AP exam By Lynn Hobbs

These students in the AP Spanish class at PCHS, plus a few others who were not available for the photo, all exceled on the AP exam.

The most recent AP results from the College Board reveal Putnam’s rating is not only better, but it was a perfect 100 percent – a significant increase over previous years, reports show. One hundred percent of Putnam County High School students took the AP test for Spanish Language and Culture, and 100 percent of them achieved a score of 3 or better on the exam. “As soon as I heard the results, I started calling the kids and telling them,” Spanish teacher Maureen Warner said. Scoring a 3,4 or 5 on an AP exam represents the point predictive of college success and college graduation, PCHS Principal Marc Dastous said, noting many colleges accept a 3 on an AP exam for credit in college.

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