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Tue
24
Apr

Putnam/Piedmont partner to extend water service to Harmony Road

Putnam/Piedmont partner to extend water service to Harmony Road

By Shannon Sneed

Shannon@msgr.com

 

Tue
24
Apr

Putnam Battles Baldwin for shared water

Putnam battles Baldwin for shared water

By Shannon Sneed

Shannon@msgr.com

 

A recent statement issued by the Putnam County Board of Commissioners suggests Baldwin County has for several years been using more than its allotted share of water without reimbursing Putnam County citizens.

Fri
06
Apr

Overturned truck slows traffic several hours on 441

GSP Cpl. Cory Seymour and GDPS Officer Matt Kelley look at where the overturned Freightliner tractor struck a tree and utility pole Friday afternoon. 

A tractor trailer rig loaded with 4-foot by 8-foot sheets of plywood that overturned, crossed all lanes of traffic and struck a Jeep before hitting a utility pole and tree and going over an embankment, losing its load in the process caused traffic to be slowed and limited to one lane on the Eatonton Bypass Friday, April 6. Two were slightly injured in the crash, according to law enforcement officials.

Fri
30
Mar

How bank tellers allegedly stole money

Former bank tellers Brandy Mize and Vicky Martin were indicted by a Federal Grand Jury Tuesday, March 13 on various fraud, embezzlement and theft charges. In essence, they are accused of stealing $1,663,205.25 from The Peoples Bank in downtown Eatonton where they worked.

They turned themselves in to the U.S. Marshall’s Office in Macon Friday, Feb. 16, and arraignment was held that same day before U.S. Magistrate Charles H. Weigle. Mize was represented by attorney Kim T. Stephens of Athens, and Martin’s counsel was Mark Wiggins, also of Athens.

Mize and Martin both pled not guilty and were released on a $10,000 bond with the requirement they surrender their passports and not travel outside the state.

Wed
28
Mar

Environmentalists visit ash ponds, suspect leakage

Altamaha Riverkeeper Jen Hilburn takes a sample of water as it streams out of the ground just below Georgia Power ash ponds.

By Shannon Sneed

Shannon@msgr.com

 

Coal ash waste ponds at Georgia Power’s Plant Harlee Branch site are suspected to be leaking into Lake Sinclair after a tour group saw some seepage last Saturday.

While touring the lake on a paddle trip, representatives from the Georgia Water Coalition, which hosted the event, Altamaha Riverkeepers and a few local residents, business owners and Lake Country visitors, paddled out to the waterways below ash ponds B and C, and noticed a stream of water flowing out of the ground near the base of the ash ponds, forming a puddle, then flowing into the lake.

Fri
16
Mar

Bank tellers indicted

Two former bank tellers, Vicky Martin and Brandy Mize, have been indicted by a Federal Grand Jury and turned themselves in to the U.S. Marshal's Office in Macon Friday morning, March 16, according to Eatonton Police Chief Kent Lawrence. 

Lawrence and Eatonton Police Investigator Howell Cardwell, who assisted with the investigation, were in the courtroom in the Middle Georgia District Federal Court during this time.

Martin and Mize were arrested March 23, 2017 on charges of felony theft by taking for allegedly stealing money from The Peoples Bank in downtown Eatonton while they were working there. They were indicted March 13 for using their positions as head teller and assistant head teller at The Peoples Bank to embezzle or misapply money of the bank by transferring bank funds into personal accounts, resulting in a total loss to the bank of approximately $1,663,205.25, according to the indictment. 

Thu
15
Mar

Elderly woman loses money to Facebook scam

An Eatonton senior citizen was robbed of $1,350 via Facebook and text messages recently, according to reports from Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

The 80-year-old woman reported to Detective Terrell Abernathy that she received a Facebook Messenger text from someone she believed at the time was her friend. She knew that her friend was vacationing out of the country at the time. The Messenger messages said her friend had won a prize on Facebook and that the woman’s name was on the winners' list, too. The texts were sent via Messenger, and had the woman’s friend’s Facebook profile picture.

The message told the woman her friend could not call because the friend’s cell phone was damaged, but that she would receive $90,000 when she paid $1,350 in fees, the report states. The person posing as the vacationing friend even offered to help broker the deal for the woman, and she accepted the offer.

Wed
14
Mar

Water War: Putnam, Baldwin battle for water

A recent statement issued by the Putnam County Board of Commissioners suggests Baldwin County has for several years been using more than its allotted share of water without reimbursing Putnam County citizens. (See bottom of story for the 500-word statement.)

In an effort to avoid a court battle over a possible breach in contract by Baldwin County officials, Putnam County commissioners issued a statement Feb. 20 asserting that its citizens had been disserviced by an intergovernmental agreement between the counties and Sinclair Water Authority and was offering a proposal for an amendment that would remove some of the controversial elements.

Fri
02
Mar

Ga. Health Dept. seeks public comments

PUBLIC NOTICE

Georgia Department of Public Health’s Maternal and Child Health Section Title V Program Seeks Public Comment

March 1 - April 15, 2018

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Public Health’s (DPH), Maternal and Child Health, Title V Program invites interested persons to participate in a 45-day public comment period for updates to the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2019 Annual State Application Guidance. Healthcare and community partners, families and members of the public are encouraged to comment and may review the proposedgrant application’s revised guidance online.

Comments will be accepted in three ways:

Email comments will be received until April 15, 2018:

            DPH-MCHDO@dph.ga.gov  (Subject line: Title V Public Comment)

Fax comments will be received until April 15, 2018:

            State Title V Office fax: (404) 657-7307

Thu
22
Feb

Sills resigns from Ga. Sheriffs' Association; will be 'troubler for all who are tired of criminals'

By Lynn Hobbs

lynn@msgr.com

Putnam County Sheriff Howard R. Sills is believed to now be the only sheriff in the State of Georgia who is not a member of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association. Sills tendered his letter of resignation as Second Vice President of the GSA and as a member of the association on Feb. 19.

The sheriff explained that no longer being a member of the association has no legal ramifications, and he will remain sheriff of Putnam County. He likened being a member of the GSA as being member of a civic club.

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