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Fri
02
Dec

Drought conditions worsen in spite of recent rain in Putnam

A map of the state from Georgia EPD that shows the Level 2 counties colored red, the Level 1 counties colored orange, and the non-leveled counties white. Level 2/red means outdoor watering, unless for irrigation of food gardens or newly-planted seed, is restricted to two days per week, determined by even/odd-numbered addresses. Putnam and Greene are Level 1, meaning no restrictions.

By Lynn Hobbs / Staff

PUTNAM COUNTY -- Even with rain Tuesday and a 100 percent chance forecast for Wednesday, drought conditions are worsening in the northwest, northeastern, and central parts of the state, causing officials to restrict outdoor water use.

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) declared it will raise the state’s Drought Response to Level 2 in 52 counties, which includes Morgan County, and impose a Level 1 in 58 counties, which includes Putnam, Greene, Hancock, Baldwin, Jones and Jasper counties.

Level 2 means outdoor water usage is restricted to certain hours of the day, two days a week, determined by odd and even-numbered addresses.

Level 1, under which the GEPD lists Putnam and Greene counties, requires ...

Sun
27
Nov

Thanksgiving Day crash claims Eatonton woman's life

Putnam County rescue workers respond to the scene of a fatal accident Thanksgiving on the U.S. 441 Eatonton Bypass.

By Dave Brown / Staff

EATONTON -- An 87-year-old Eatonton woman died at the scene of a two-car accident Thanksgiving at the intersection of James Marshall (U.S. 441 Eatonton) Bypass and Church Street.

Irene Nelson was prounced dead at the scene, authorities reported.

The other vehicle was driven by a Florida woman who had two small children with her, but they escaped without serious injuries.

There were no skid marks at the scene from where Nelson entered the highway and witnesses said they didn't see any breaklights prior to the accident.

Sun
27
Nov

Legacy Housing keeps up brisk homebuilding pace

Putnam Development Authority Chairman Bill Sharp makes a point during a recent PDA meeting. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

By Don Richeson / Staff

Wed
23
Nov

Crash claims life of Eatonton woman, 90

By Don Richeson / Staff

EATONTON -- A 90-year-old Eatonton woman died after being ejected from her car during a Nov. 13 two-vehicle crash in Eatonton.

The woman, Barbara Moore, was driving west on Imperial Mill Road and attempting to ...

Wed
23
Nov

'Tex' McIver continues to serve on Putnam Development Authority

Atlanta attorney Calud "Tex" McIver participates in an Oct. 10 Putnam Development Authority meeting at the Putnam County Administration Building in Eatonton. He also participated in the PDA's Nov. 14 meeting. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

By Don Richeson / Staff

EATONTON -- Putnam County officials say Atlanta attorney Claud "Tex" McIver will apparently keep his position on the Putnam Development Authority's board of directors, even though Atlanta Police have not completed their probe into the Sept. 25 shooting death of his wife, Diane McIver, which they say they are investigating as a homicide. McIver was reportedly holding a gun as the couple rode in their SUV through Atlanta when it somehow discharged, firing a bullet into her back.

"At this time, we do not have an update on that case," an Atlanta Police spokesman said last week. "The investigation is still on-going." McIver has never been charged with any crime in connection with the case and Atlanta Police have said little about it.

Thu
17
Nov

GBI: Lake Country man's hunting-related death appears accidental

By T. Michael Stone / Staff

JASPER COUNTY -- A Lake Country man who worked in Putnam County was killed Nov. 11 while he was deer hunting in Jasper County on property east of Monticello Highway (Highway 16), according to a GBI spokesman. The property is between Eatonton and Monticello.

Jasper County Coroner Billy Norris said Joseph Wesley "Joey" Hoffman, 34, of Parks Mill Road in Greene County died Nov. 11 due to a gunshot wound to the abdomen he received at approximately 5:45 p.m.

At the request of the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the death.

According to Joe Wooten, a special agent with the GBI’s District 6 office in Milledgeville, the death appears to have been an accident. Wooten told The Eatonton Messenger Nov. 17 that the case is still under investigation and his office, which is looking into the death, is awaiting results from the state crime lab.

Thu
17
Nov

Jury: Eatonton man repeatedly molested a school aged child

Eddie William Crawford

By Lynn Hobbs / Staff

EATONTON -- It took a Putnam County jury 20 minutes to say an Eatonton man was guilty of child molestation last week in Putnam County Superior Court.

Eddie William Crawford, 26, of Recreation Road in Eatonton, was found guilty on four counts of aggravated child molestation, one count of child molestation and one count of incest. Sentencing will be Tuesday, Nov. 11 by Judge Alison T. Burleson.Crawford could get up to a lifetime sentence for each of the first four counts, according to Putnam County Assistant District Attorney Wright Barksdale.

“I can’t stress how pleased and happy I am with the law enforcement involved in this case and the work of my office staff,”Barksdale said. “It was a very tough case where everybody played a huge part and the end result was what we hoped for.”

Thu
10
Nov

Fire destroys home; woman badly burned; closest fireplug dead

The Eatonton house at 505 N. Jefferson Ave. is engulfed by a massive fireballearly Tuesday morning. (Contributed photo.)

 

By Lynn Hobbs / Staff

EATONTON -- An Eatonton woman owes her life to her visiting sister and Eatonton police after they rescued her from a burning house, family members said, noting the family’s dog, Mella, perished in the fire.

Lila Fowler and her daughters Wendy Royal and Shannon Minchey were asleep in the house at 505 N. Jefferson Ave. when Minchey said “cracking” sounds woke her up shortly before 4 a.m. Seeing the front porch was in flames, Minchey ...

Wed
09
Nov

Trump tops Clinton by more than 2 to 1 margin in Putnam

Putnam County Poll Watcher Larry Hone adds voting totals Tuesday evening to a board set up in front of the Putnam GOP headquartes -- the Adams and Ford law firm. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

Click on link below for a related Messenger Election Day in Putnam County photo gallery:

https://msgr.smugmug.com/organize/Nov-8-Election-Day-in-Putnam

By Don Richeson / Staff

EATONTON -- Republican Donald Trump was the top Putnam County vote getter in the Nov. 8 presidential election, surpassing Democrat Hillary Clinton by a more than 2 to 1 margin in Putnam.

Wed
09
Nov

Fire destroys Eatonton home, critically burns woman

EATONTON -- A fire destroyed an Eatonton family's home at 505 N. Jefferson Ave. early this morning. Three women were in the house sleeping at the time, according to family members. Two were unharmed and one, who had a cast on her leg, was rushed to Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta. The family’s dog perished in the fire. 

Check back for more on this developing story and be sure to pick up a copy of The Messenger's Nov. 10 print edition for a detailed story and big photo package.

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