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Mon
31
Jul

Judge Gailey speaks out against county’s illegal use of funds

Judge Gailey opines about the drug money being used for the golf course.

Judge Gailey opines about the drug money being used for the golf course.

By Lynn Hobbs and Shannon Sneed

lynn@msgr.com Shannon@msgr.com

Fri
28
Jul

Big catch of fish poachers for DNR

Photo courtesy of Georgia DNR - DNR Sgt. Matt Garthright shows the one cast net and 259 illegally taken fish he confiscated on July 11.

By Lynn Hobbs

lynn@msgr.com

Authorities of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources have dealt with people catching fish illegally for years, but this year there seems to be a lot more of it, Game Warden Ricky Boles said.

Boles, who patrols Lake Oconee with the law enforcement division of GDNR out of the Social Circle office, said more than 700 game fish have been confiscated from the arrests of at least 10 people on various charges, including taking game fish by illegal method, use of gills nets, fishing without a license, unlawful dumping and littering. Noting the poachers usually fish in groups of two to 10 people, Boles said he has caught about eight groups this year fishing with casting nets and Sgt. Matt Matt Garthright recently caught one person with 259 fish that were caught illegally with a casting net.

Fri
21
Jul

DOC: Officers failed to conduct security measures

Donnie Russell Rowe and Ricky Dubose are escorted into Putnam County Superior Courtroom by Putnam County Sheriff's Office officers June 20 for their first appearance hearing. 

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Georgia Department of Corrections posted the following notice Friday, July 21, regarding its investigation of the escape of inmates Donnie Russell Rowe and Ricky Dubose from a DOC transport bus on the Sparta Highway in Eatonton in the early morning of June 13.

Two GDOC officers, Sgt. Curtis Billue and Sgt. Christopher Monica, were slain during the inmates’ escape. The inmates were captured a few days later in Tennessee.

Wed
14
Jun

Missing Florida woman found in Eatonton

By Lynn Hobbs

lynn@msgr.com

An elderly Florida woman who had been missing two days was found in Eatonton by a Putnam County deputy last week.

The Mount Dora Police Department in Florida issued a Silver Alert Wednesday, June 7, searching for a 74-year-old woman with dementia whose daughter had not been able to find her. The daughter reported to police that her mother was not answering her phone and her debit card was being used in places she was not familiar with.

Thu
18
May

Calendar Change

TWO CALENDAR CHANGES:

The mural unveiling ceremony Monday, May 22 at 10 a.m. beside Nina’s has been postponed. No date has been set yet.

The Jazz Concert this Saturday, May 20, is from 4-8 p.m. at the community stage.

Thu
18
May

EPD Officer collapses in road

EPD Officer Pat Welch, shown in this file photo when she received national certification from the Traffic Injury Prevention Institute. 

Eatonton Police Officer has heart attack on job

 

An Eatonton Police Department officer suffered a heart attack while directing traffic Thursday morning, and is recovering at an Athens hospital.

Officer Pat Welch was on Oak Street at Old Glenwood Springs Road directing traffic headed to Putnam County Primary School for the start of the school day, when she collapsed.  The officer  was taken immediately by ambulance to Piedmont Athens Regional hospital, where doctors treated her and are watching her; she is “holding her own,” and members of her family are there with her, Police Chief Kent Lawrence said.

Thu
27
Apr

McIver indicted on murder charges

A Fulton County Grand Jury has indicted Claud “Tex” McIver on charges of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and three counts of influencing witnesses.

The charges are on the shooting death of McIver’s wife, Diane, in September 2016.

McIver, a retired attorney, has two addresses – a condominium in Buckhead and a farm on Pea Ridge Road in Putnam. He serves on the Putnam Development Authority and recently was selected to serve on the Central Georgia Joint Development Authority.

Wed
26
Apr

400 gallons of gas spilled at Murphy

The smell of fuel permeated the air around Eatonton’s Walmart after 422 gallons of gasoline spilled from a pump April 25 at the retail store’s Murphy USA gas station.

The attendant was doing a routine filter change on pump three when the spill occurred, Eatonton Fire Department Assistant Chief Andy Harris said.  

Fri
07
Apr

Pinwheels are a call to prevent child abuse

Pinwheels are a call for help

 

By Lynn Hobbs

lynn@msgr.com

 

Two hundred pinwheels spin in the breeze on the Putnam County Courthouse lawn to remind all who pass by that Putnam County has an unusually high number of child abuse cases and community involvement can reduce those numbers.

Thu
06
Apr

PCHS Spanish students teaching English

PCHS Spanish students teaching English

By Shannon Sneed / Staff

Shannon@msgr.com

 

Putnam County High School Spanish teacher Maureen Warner’s class is taking their education out into the community teaching life-based language skills to non-English speaking parents.

Along with other teachers in Putnam County Charter School System’s World Languages Department, including Geraldo Perez, Warner has worked to establish a district-wide program aimed at building a stronger community through communication and education.

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