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Fri
08
Sep

City of Eatonton moves toward primarily volunteer fire department By Shannon Sneed

Eatonton city officials are in discussions to restructure the staffing of its fire department to maintain one full-time employee and depend upon volunteers to cover part-time positions. The city will maintain a full-time position for the fire chief, currently occupied by Chief Eugene Hubert, who has been working with his pool of volunteers to staff the department shifts on a part-time basis. “Over the course of the last year, we have recognized the challenges related to running a full-time fire department in a town of our size and we have been looking at options and creative ways of staffing,” City Administrator Gary Sanders said at a recent budget hearing. Sanders reported there had been some staff members to leave the department and the positions had not been filled.

Fri
08
Sep

BOC propose millage rate By Shannon Sneed

Former Commissioner Billy Webster is the lone wolf who spoke at a recent public hearing where he suggested board members focus on keeping expenditures down instead of raising rates.

Two citizens showed up for the first public hearing to discuss adopting Putnam County’s 2018 millage rate Aug. 31 and commissioners met with an empty house at the second hearing later that evening. Based on a proposed $18,887,288 budget, the Putnam County Board of Commissioners recently announced an increase in the property taxes it will levy this year by 1.73 percent above the rollback millage rate for the incorporated area and 5.12 percent above the rollback millage rate for the unincorporated area. If those rates are adopted at the final public hearing on Sept. 8, the millage rate for the incorporated area will be 8.999 mills, an increase from last year of .153 mill and 8.701 mills for the unincorporated area, an increase of .424 mills. Speaking during the public comment session, former Commissioner Billy Webster challenged the BOC to focus on cutting back their spending instead of raising millage rates.

Fri
08
Sep

One of three bank tellers pleads guilty By Lynn Hobbs

One of the three bank tellers arrested last year for theft from The Peoples Bank has entered a plea and is awaiting sentencing, while the other two have yet to appear in the court system, The Messenger has learned. Bank teller Jeanette Williams, of Twilight Shores in Eatonton, was the first to be arrested in Eatonton, on March 14, 2016. Reports show she was arrested at the bank in downtown Eatonton and released on bond that same day. A little more than a week later, tellers Vicky Martin, of Parks Mill Road in Buckhead, and Brandy Mize, of Parkside Lane in Putnam County, also were arrested, on March 23. They were arrested at Eatonton Police Department, and also released on bond that same day. The case was turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and last fall, Special Agent Stephen Emmett told The Messenger it had been turned over to the U.S.

Fri
08
Sep

Red Cross sets up shelters in Georgia, offers tips

Georgia’s Red Cross prepares for Hurricane Irma – Issues safety steps

Fri
08
Sep

Georgia Power prepared for Hurricane Irma, offers tips

Georgia Power prepared for threat of Hurricane Irma

Company offers safety tips and outage resources for customers

With Hurricane Irma expected to bring heavy rains and high winds to Georgia in the coming days, Georgia Power is monitoring the changing weather around the clock, mobilizing crews and preparing to respond to any service interruptions which may occur.

Thu
07
Sep

City looking to cut full-time firefighters

Eatonton city officials are in discussions to restructure the staffing of its fire department to maintain one full-time employee and depend upon volunteers to cover part-time positions.

The city will maintain a full-time position for the fire chief, currently occupied by Chief Eugene Hubert, who has been working with his pool of volunteers to staff the department shifts on a part-time basis.

“Over the course of the last year, we have recognized the challenges related to running a full-time fire department in a town of our size and we have been looking at options and creative ways of staffing,” City Administrator Gary Sanders said at a recent budget hearing.

Sanders reported there had been some staff members to leave the department and the positions had not been filled. They are currently working with about 30 volunteers.

“We’ve been holding the vacancies open until council is presented this budget to consider what we want to do,” Sanders said.

Thu
31
Aug

Inmate tries to escape, adds 8 years

A Putnam County Jail inmate awaiting trial attempted to escape, using toothpaste in the place of plaster over a hole he was digging through the wall; but his idea wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.

James Matthew Hyers, 42, of 117 S. Little River Court, Eatonton, was sentenced to eight years confinement for two charges of interference with government property. The sentencing was handed down by Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Judge E. Trenton Brown III in Putnam County Superior Court Monday, Aug. 21.

Fri
25
Aug

Warning: GDOT employee impersonators scam

From Georgia Department of Transportation

Released Aug. 25, 2017

ATLANTA--Georgia DOT has received reports from Georgia citizens indicating they have been called by an individual claiming to be a DOT employee who threatened to take action against their driver's license if they did not pay fines over the phone. The scammers claim that the driver was seen by Georgia DOT traffic cameras crossing the double line to enter or exit the HOB lanes and ask for credit card information to pay for the fines that have been issued.

In an effort to help prevent Georgia drivers from becoming fraud victims, please note the following:

* . Georgia DOT does not issue traffic citations or fines.

* . Georgia DOT does not solicit credit card information.

*  Georgia DOT traffic cameras are not able to see or read license plates, nor do they record or save traffic footage.

Fri
25
Aug

Putnam BOC denies County Attorney raise By Shannon Sneed

Putnam County Attorney Barry Fleming and County Manager Paul Van Haute converse at a Board of Commissioners meeting.

A raise for Putnam County Board of Commissioners Attorney Barry Fleming was defeated in a 3-2 vote Aug. 15. It would have been the first raise for the county attorney, who also serves as a state representative, since he and his firm took on the counseling position four years ago. BOC Chairman Dr. Steve Hersey requested the item to be put on the agenda asking for the salary to be increased to $175 an hour from $150. Commissioners Trevor Addison, Daniel Brown and Kelvin Irving voted against the increase, citing bad timing. “Through this difficult budget season that we’re in right now, although we certainly have an outstanding attorney, we also have outstanding employees,” said Addison; “many of which also deserve raises.” Commissioner Daniel Brown said he agreed with Addison and added, “I think Barry does an outstanding job.

Fri
25
Aug

Ethen Richardson Foundation garners support for Scott family By Shannon Sneed

The Ethen Richardson Foundation and Putnam County community is showing its support for 10-year old Sean Scott and family after his recent cancer diagnosis.

As the community rallies around the Scott family, whose son, Sean, was recently diagnosed with Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, The Ethen Richardson Foundation is lending its support to relieve some of the financial burdens. A church-wide and social media prayer line in the community are providing support Sean and his parents, D.J. and Tonya Scott.

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