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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.

Fri
11
Aug

Sparky the Fire Dog recommissioned to educate community on fire safety By Shannon Sneed

Members of the Twin Bridges Fire Association pose for pictures with Sparky the Fire Dog, Putnam County Fire Chief Shane Hill and Putnam County commissioners at a recent meeting.

Representatives from Twin Bridges Fire Association presented the recently recommissioned Sparky the Fire Dog to the Putnam County Board of Commissioners Aug. 4. After receiving repairs from Chuck Foy on his circuit boards along with some body work by John Langley, Sparky was introduced back into the community for service. Twin Bridges Fire Association President Emory Turner, Vice President Lt. Scott Trull and former Commissioner Billy Webster spoke at the meeting and gave a brief history and update on the mascot. Trull said Sparky started out in 1951 as the “official spokes-dog” for fire safety.

Sun
06
Aug

Eatonton FUMC holds special Blessing Service

Eatonton First United Methodist Church pastor Jessica Terrell leads the congregation in Sunday’s “blessing of the backpacks” service July 30 for youngsters beginning the school year. Teachers and support personnel were also recognized with special prayers by the congregation. Goody bags filled with classroom supplies, hand sanitizers, and additional book bags and backpacks were donated by the church’s women’s groups and church members. These services and donations are part of FUMC’s focus on community outreach and activities.

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