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Tue
08
Nov

Putnam election official predicts big total voter turnout

Putnam County Board of Elections and Registration Supervisor Lynne Laseter, seated, left, confers with advanced clerks Martha Ray and Emory Turner. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

 

 

 

Georgia Benjamin-Smith, seated, an advanced assistant manager with the Putnam Board of Elections and Registration, hands a just-voted sticker Monday to Brenda Folsom at the Putnam County Administration Building. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

 

 

By Don Richeson / Staff

EATONTON -- Elections featuring a presidential contest tend to draw more voters than most and in Putnam County, the 2016 Hillary Clinton-Donald Trump race is on track to do just that. More than a quarter of Putnam's 13,939 registered voters had already voted as of Saturday -- 3,100 had cast ballots in early voting and 392 had already voted using absentee ballots. That's according to Putnam County Board of Elections and Registration Supervisor Lynne Laseter.

"I think we'll definitely rival the 2012 voting totals, if not have even more," Laseter said Monday. "This election has a lot of hype that is fueling everyone to come out and vote." Aside from the presidential race, there are a number of other important local races and amendment questions.

Thu
03
Nov

PCHS to host big cheer competition Saturday, Nov. 5

Putnam County's competition cheer squad includes, front, from left, Riley Holloway, Jasmine Waters, Marissa Salster, Morgan Roberts, Mackenzie Harris, Scarlett Stevens; and back, same order, Assistant Coach Melissa Burke, Claire Buckner, Mikayla Lollis, Abbie Neese, Macey Harrison, Selah Kadlec, Jania Sanders, Samantha Rawls, Kelsi Shell, Miranda Salster and Head Coach April Smith. (Contributed photo.)

 

 

By Dave Brown / Staff

PUTNAM COUNTY -- Putnam County High School will host the GHSA East Metro region cheering competition 11 a.m. this Saturday, Nov. 5. Doors will open for spectators at 9 a.m.

According to Putnam Competitive Cheering Coach April Smith, “The routines in competitive cheerleading are 2½ minutes of music-pumping dance and quickly executed cheerleading stunts mixed with gymnastic moves. Cheerleaders will be scored on their routine, which includes jumps, tumbling, partner stunts, pyramids, dance, cheer/chant, creativity, formations/transitions and showmanship.”

Putnam County Competition Cheerleaders have enjoyed an undefeated season this year and the squad is looking to defend its region title and keep its crown.

Fri
28
Oct

'Goosebumps' starts at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 on courthouse lawn

>> CORRECTION:

Eatonton Main Street will show “Goosebumps” on a big screen on the Putnam County Courthouse lawn at 7 p.m. today, Friday, Oct. 28. (The time was listed incorrectly in The Messenger's Oct. 27 print edition.) Movies in the Briar Patch is free and open to all. Bring your own chair or blanket, and movie refreshments are available for purchase. For information, call 706-749-9150 or visit eatontonmainstreet.com.

Wed
26
Oct

Legislators field Putnam crowd's road, Internet questions

Those answering questions at the annual Legislative Breakfast Tuesday morning include, from left, State Rep. Rusty Kidd, I-Milledgeville,  Georgia Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President of Public Affairs David Raynor, State Rep. Trey Rhodes, R-Greensboro, State Sen. Burt Jones, R-Jackson, U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Monroe, staff member Carolyn Dallas, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson  (R-Dist. 6) staff member Daniela Perry, Georgia Department of Transportation’s Frank Childs Jr. and Michael Lee, Secretary of State Brian Kemp staff member Josh Waters and Department of Labor representative Ethel Wynn. (Photo bt Lynn Hobbs.)

 

By Lynn Hobbs / Staff

EATONTON -- Ten legislators and state department representatives addressed everything from road conditions and election security to high speed Internet at the Eatonton-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Legislative Breakfast Tuesday morning.

“This is the first time in seven years they really said something,” Eatonton resident Tom Rosseter opined afterwards. “Usually they just say who they are and what they do; but this time they told how their department affects us here in Putnam County. More people should attend these so they can figure out what’s going on.”

About 60 people attended the breakfast, conducted in the reception hall of the Plaza Arts Center. The representatives they chatted with and questioned included:

>> State Rep. Rusty Kidd, I-Milledgeville.

Thu
20
Oct

Georgia Power's Eatonton office closing for good Oct. 20

If you want to chat with Melba Price, the friendly lady behind the glassed off area in Georgia Power's Eatonton office, you'd better hurry. The office is closing for good Oct. 20. (Photo by Lynn Hobbs.)

By Lynn Hobbs / Staff

EATONTON -- The Georgia Power customer service office in Eatonton is closing for good, Thursday, Oct. 20, along with about 100 other low-traffic locations around the state. But other payment options are available, Local Manager Lynward Lindsey said, noting Walmart, Ingles and Piggly Wiggly are designated authorized payment locations.

Customer Service Representative Melba Price, who has handled Eatonton customers’ payments and payment arrangements for eight years is being transferred to the Macon office. A Georgia Power employee for 17 years, Price said she is not looking forward to the transfer because the Eatonton folk have become like family.

“I know more about everybody here than they know about themselves,” Price said from behind the payment window. Indeed, as customers walk in to pay their bills, Price greets them by name and already is typing their address into her computer before they have a chance to speak.

Wed
19
Oct

Historic landmark Lake Sinclair smokestack toppled Saturday morning

As dust billows from its tip, the Putnam County landmark lone remaining Plant Harlee Branch smokestack, erected in 1978, cracks in half as it topples safely into a designated zone on to plant property off U.S. 441 not long after daybreak Saturday. (Photo by Casey Parrish.)

By Casey Parrish / Staff

LAKE SINCLAIR -- Georgia Power toppled the 1,001-foot Plant Harlee Branch smokestack with a single explosive blast at 8 a.m. Saturday. Large sprayers began dousing the area with water 30 minutes prior to explosion was set to take place in an attempt to minimize the spread of dust and debris. The water pressure gradually grew stronger, reaching its peak at the time of the explosion. Citizens from the surrounding area gathered to watch the the smokestack fall from the edges of an "exclusion zone," while authorities monitored the event.

Be sure to pick up a copy of the Oct. 20 print edition of The Eatonton Messenger for more on the historic toppling.

Fri
14
Oct

Smokestack demolition now set for Oct. 15

Among the top-50 tallest smokestacks worldwide, Plant Branch's dwarfs a boat out on Lake Sinclair last week just to the left of its base. No boats will be allowed in the area this Saturday morning, when an explosion is planned to topple the Putnam County landmark. U.S. 441, at right of photo, will be closed for about 15 minutes around the time of the explosion. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

This is a map of the "exclusion zone" being used in connection with Sunday's smokestack demolition.

This picture of Plant Branch, posted on Facebook by Tom Hatchett, is circa 1975. The plant's original exterior color was aquamarine blue and there were five smokestacks. The nearby U.S. 441 bridge was just two lanes and had no guardrails.
 
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By Don Richeson / Staff

LAKE SINCLAIR -- The on again, off again demolition of the Plant Harlee Branch smokestack is on again. It is now set for sometime between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 15, authorities announced Wednesday after The Messenger had gone to press. Despite the five-hour long period set aside for the demolition, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said, "If all goes well it will happen soon after 8 a.m."

The toppling of the iconic, towering south Putnam County structure was canceled twice by officials with Georgia Power, who still control the smokestack site. It was originally set for two different times this past weekend, but in each case was canceled just hours before the scheduled demolition time.

Wed
12
Oct

Woman receives multiple bite wounds during Putnam attack by two dogs

By Don Richeson / Staff

PUTNAM COUNTY -- Two dogs charged and repeatedly bit a woman and the dog she was walking in a Sept. 29 attack in the 100 block of Lakeview Estates Drive, sending the woman to the hospital.

The woman was on the way back to her home with her Maltese dog around 8 a.m. when a blue nose pit bull and mixed mastiff-boxer came at her and her dog, according to a Putnam County Sheriff's Office incident report. She picked up her dog to protect it, but the attacking dogs still were able to bite it and severely bite both of the woman's arms and her left leg multiple times.

EMS transported the injured woman to St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Greene County.

Animal control officers seized the pit bull and mastiff-boxer.

Wed
12
Oct

Big Eatonton city cleanup in the works

The Rev. James Kilgore, pastor of New Life Outreach Christian Center, said his church is organizing a 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Oct. 22 big community cleanup of the City of Eatonton’s Ward 2. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

 

By Lynn Hobbs / Staff

EATONTON -- An Eatonton pastor wants to clean up the city, and a city councilor wants to take some action on blighted property, according to discussions at the Oct. 4 Eatonton City Council meeting.

Speaking during public comment time, Pastor James Kilgore, of New Life Outreach Christian Center, said his church is organizing a community cleanup of the City of Eatonton’s Ward 2 from 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Oct. 22.

Kilgore said a shooting had taken place near the church awhile back that caused the church to think about how unkempt property encourages a criminal element in the neighborhood. The pastor said his church is there to help and be a light in the community, and its members want to help by cleaning up the community around them.

Sat
08
Oct

Eatonton couple enter guilty pleas in shoplifting, impersonation cases

By Lynn Hobbs / Staff

EATONTON -- An Eatonton woman who authorities say stole baby formula and clothes from the Eatonton Walmart store pleaded guilty in a Putnam County court. Her husband, whom authorities say told store management he was a police officer when she was caught, also pleaded guilty in a Putnam County court.

Jessica Guyton Adams, 30, 174 N. Steel Bridge Road, Eatonton, was charged June 16 with theft by shoplifting, when she was reportedly caught by store employees attempting to leave Eatonton Walmart with a letter stencil set, baby formula and baby clothes without paying for them, according to police reports.

While she was in a back room of the store writing out a confession, her husband, Carl Jude Adams, 35, of the same address, confronted the store manager with a police badge and said he was a police officer.

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