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Thu
16
Feb

Motorcyclist injured in U.S. 441 crash Thursday near PCHS

Traffic backs up on U.S. 441 near Putnam County High School Thursday as a crashed motorcycle rests on the side of the highway. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

 

 

 

UPDATE: The injured motorcyclist has been identifed as Homer Joel Hickox, age 67, of Macon, according to Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills.

 

By Don Richeson / Staff

PUTNAM COUNTY -- A motorcycle crashed on U.S. 441 near Putnam County High School about 11 a.m. Thursday, sending its rider to the hospital. It was in a road construction area. The motorcycle was the only vehicle involved in the crash, according to a deputy on the scene.

Traffic was stalled almost a mile in both directions for several minutes as rescue workers converged on the scene.

Be sure to pick up a copy of The Messenger's Feb. 23 print edition for more on this developing story.

Wed
15
Feb

Lynn Hobbs named associate editor

EATONTON -- Staff reporter Lynn Hobbs has been promoted to the position of associate editor of The Eatonton Messenger according to an announcement made by Smith Communications President A. Mark Smith Sr. last week. Hobbs will begin her new role immediately and will oversee news reporting in Eatonton and Putnam County. "We are excited about having Lynn in this position. She has done a lot of good work for our publications and we look forward to seeing more of it as she moves into this role," said Smith.

Wed
15
Feb

Eatonton's new role as 'Hollywood South' moves closer to reality

Logo – This is the new “film-ready, film-friendly town” logo created by Tytan Creates for Eatonton.

 

 

By Lynn Hobbs / Staff

EATONTON -- Almost a year has passed since Eatonton Downtown Development Authority leased the old Putnam State Prison to Tytan Pictures, and much has been happening behind the scenes, Tytan CEO Jim Stone said recently.

Wed
15
Feb

County accepting bids to replace tornado-hit Oconee Springs cabins

Prior to a Jan. 21 tornado strike, this now barren area at county-owned Oconee Springs Park contained four rental cabins, docks and trees. The county is now accepting bids on replacement cabins. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

 

By Shannon Sneed / Staff

OCONEE SPRINGS -- Putnam County officials decided this month to replace the Oconee Springs Park cabins and large pavilion totaled in a Jan. 21 tornado.

The Putnam County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously at its Feb. 3 regular meeting to first accept bids on just four new rental cabins at the county-owned park. Some of the work is expected to be completed as early as Easter, when a large function is planned for the park. Bids are due by 10 a.m. Feb. 24, according to a county notice.

Wed
15
Feb

Burglars knock hole in Eatonton pharmacy wall to steal drugs

This hole in the wall in the back of the Eatonton CVS store is reportedly how intruders accessed the store during the night. (Contributed photo.)

By Lynn Hobbs / Staff

EATONTON -- Two people of the Atlanta area have been arrested for breaking into CVS store in Eatonton Tuesday morning. Eatonton Police Department responded to an alarm at the pharmacy at 801 Oak St. “in the early morning hours of Feb. 7,” EPD Chief Kent Lawrence said via email Tuesday morning.

EPD Officers Jacob Strock, Johnny Campbell and Harold Wilmot discovered a hole approximately 24-inches in diameter in a wall in the back of the building, through which the intruders climbed into the store.

Wed
08
Feb

Man driving stolen county bus leads lawmen on 31-mile, 95 mph chase

Michael Douglas Freeman, 63, of 805 S. Steel Bridge Road in Putnam County, racked up an astonishing 35 charges in connection with the the theft last week of a Putnam County Transit bus. He was denied bond during a hearing Monday and remains in Putnam County Jail. (Putnam County Sheriff's Office.)

By Lynn Hobbs and Don Richeson / Staff

PUTNAM COUNTY -- Not wanting to put out his cigarette, a Putnam County man instead stole a county bus and led deputies on a 31-mile, two-county, high-speed chase, where he ran other drivers off the road and rammed multiple vehicles before being stopped in the city of Sparta and booked on 35 separate charges.

Wed
08
Feb

Two remaining Oconee Springs Park rental cabins condemned, will be removed

Yellow tape seals off the two remaining rental cabins at Oconee Springs Park Sunday. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

By Don Richeson / Staff

Mon
06
Feb

Reported twister rips through Oconee Springs Park

One of Oconee Springs Park's four rental cabins rests partially submerged in Lake Sinclair after what many believe to be a tornado tore through the county-owned park Saturday afternoon. A second cabin next to it was also torn off its foundation and declared totaled. Both were unoccupied at the time and no injuries were reported. By Monday, county clean-up crews using heavy equipment had already cleared the site of building debris. (Contributed photo.)

By Don Richeson / Staff

OCONEE SPRINGS -- What many believe to have been a tornado ripped through Oconee Springs Park in Putnam County Saturday, tossing one of its rental cabins into Lake Sinclair and tearing the roof off its main picnic pavilion. It also totaled two guests' travel travelers there and destroyed its playground and several trailer decks. None of the heavily damaged structures were occupied at the time of the 1:30 p.m. reported twister, according to Park Manager Lonnie Campbell. No injuries were reported from Saturday's damage, according to Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills, who is also the county's Emergency Management director.

County Manager Paul Haute said Monday it was too early to release a dollar figure on the cost of the damage at Oconee Springs Park, which is owned by the county.

Fri
03
Feb

Shooting wounds man in Eatonton

Eatonton Police officers and investigators, along with special agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation were continuing late Friday night, Feb. 3, to investigate the shooting of a young local man in the Montgomery Homes neighborhood. The shooting took place shortly after 6 p.m., a resident of the neighborhood told The Eatonton Messenger. The victim, whose name has not been revealed by authorities, was flown by helicopter to The Medical Center of Navicent Health in Macon, according to Police Chief Kent Lawrence. Lawrence said Eatonton residents do not need to worry about their safety. "I can tell you there is no shooter running around Eatonton tonight," he said. See the Feb. 9 edition of The Eatonton Messenger for more information.

-- Lynn Hobbs, Staff Writer

 

 

Fri
03
Feb

High speed chase involves PCSO and transit bus

A Putnam County man stole a county transit bus on Scuffleboro Road around 4 p.m. Feb. 3. Putnam County Sheriff's Deputies intercepted the bus a few miles away, resulting in a high-speed chase along Pea Ridge Road, Oconee Springs Road and State Route 16 to Sparta. The man, Michael Douglas Freeman, age 63, of 805 S. Steel Bridge Rd., Eatonton, was captured inside the Sparta city limits. See the Feb. 9 edition of The Eatonton Messenger for the complete story.

-- Lynn Hobbs, Staff Writer

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