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Feb

EPD: Drunks get violent at Eatonton eateries

"No saggy pants" signs fill the front windows at Cuco’s Mexican restaurant in downtown Eatonton. An intoxicated female customer there Friday apparently didn't realize she had even gone a step further and had dropped her pants, according to an Eatonton Police Department report. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

Destiny Ciara Bode

By Lynn Hobbs / Staff

Wed
01
Feb

Parker named display advertising manager

Vicki Parker

From staff reports

Fri
20
Jan

Report: Man in Eatonton murder case choked another woman earlier in year

Frank Don Causey

EATONTON -- The man authorities say strangled and drowned an Eatonton homeowner is also is wanted in Tennessee for reportedly strangling another woman there.

Frank Don Causey, 26, formerly of 202-B Putnam Ave., Eatonton, is in Putnam County Jail, charged with the murder of 63-year-old Lydia Huggins Ivanditti, who was found dead in her 307 W. Walnut St. home Dec. 2, 2016. Causey was arrested while he was at work at Horton Haulers in Eatonton Dec. 20 by Georgia Bureau of Investigations Agent David Peebles.

Thu
19
Jan

Rep. Rick Williams sworn into office

From staff reports

ATLANTA -- State Rep. Rick Williams, R-Milledgeville, was sworn into office as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives on Monday, Jan. 9, marking his first day of the 2017-2018 legislative term. Jan. 9 was the first day of the first term of the 154th Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly.
“I am honored to represent the citizens of District 145, and I look forward to working hard on behalf of our district and this great state,” said Rep. Williams.
In addition to being officially sworn in, the Georgia House of Representatives’ Committee on Assignments named Rep. Williams to the Higher Education, Intragovernmental Coordination and Regulated Industries committees.
“Higher education greatly benefits our community, and regulated industries and intragovernmental coordination are essential in ensuring our state operates smoothly and efficiently,” added Rep. Williams.

Thu
12
Jan

'Funny money' continues to show up all around Eatonton

These fake $5 bills were confiscated by Eatonton police last month and are being turned over to the U.S. Secret Service, which is launching a probe of the rash of counterfeit bills currently circulating in the Briar Patch. (Photo by Lynn Hobbs.)

By Lynn Hobbs / Staff

EATONTON -- More counterfeit money is turning up around Eatonton, according to police reports.

A counterfeit $10 bill was turned in to Farmers and Merchants Bank Jan. 3. It was included in a deposit from the Eatonton Dollar General store, revealed a report by Eatonton Police Officer Gregory Gay.

On Jan. 5, a clerk at Quick Pantry on Oak Street turned over to Officer Harold “Buddy” Bowman a bogus $5 bill. The clerk said a woman tried to buy something with the bill, but the clerk noticed it was fake and said so to the customer. The customer “became agitated and left without the money or her items,” Bowman wrote in his report.

An article in The Eatonton Messenger last week reported 13 fake $5 bills were used at the Jet 44 Food Store and the Eatonton Huddle House Restaurant during the holidays.

Thu
12
Jan

County OKs expansion of planned addition to Fish Tale Marina

Putnam County commissioners Friday approved expanding an addition planned to be erected to the immediate right of this Lake Oconee boat storage complex. The expansion will be 893 square feet and is needed for boat-moving equipment to operate safely in the addition, according to a complex spokesman. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

The new Putnam County Board of Commissioners met for the first time last week. Three of the five faces on the board differ from those on the 2016 board. The board now includes, from left, new District 4 commissioner Trevor Addison, District 3 Commissioner Alan Foster, new District 2 Commissioner Daniel Brown; new District 1 Commissioner Kelvin Irvin; and Chairman Steve Hersey. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

By Don Richeson / Staff

LAKE OCONEE -- The Putnam County Board of Commissioners last week unanimously voted to allow Fish Tale Marina to increase the square footage of a proposed addition to its existing boat storage facility. The action drew none of the fire commissioners encountered in February 2016 when they approved the addition, which involved a zoning change from residential to commercial. The residents in nearby residential communities that spoke out against the commercial expansion last year may have decided it wasn't worth the trouble this time, because the additional square footage being requested is only 893 square feet.

Thu
12
Jan

More than 10,000 gallons of sewage believed spilled into Putnam waterways

By Shannon Sneed / Staff

PUTNAM COUNTY -- An Eatonton-Putnam Water and Sewer Authority notice published last week reported that excessive rainfall led to a spill from the "Westside Treatment Plant and Eastside Treatment Plant" -- affecting Rooty Creek and an “un-named tributary” to Little River.

A spill requiring such a notice means that more than 10,000 gallons had escaped from the system, according to state Environmental Protection Division officials. The material that escaped is presumably raw sewage, but EPWSA officials have been unavailable to confirm this.

Wed
11
Jan

Putnam school officials react to recently released scores

Putnam School Superintendent Eric Arena, far left, discusses student achievement with, continuing from left, Putnam County School Board members Doris Clemons, Steve Weiner, Simone Jones, Tom Lawrence and Lynn Gilpin. The discussion came during Monday night's school board meeting. (Photo by Lynn Hobbs.)

By Lynn Hobbs / Staff

EATONTON -- Unlike their previous meeting, Putnam County School Board members never used the words "I don't care" when discussing CCRPI Monday night and one thing was made clear: at least three board members want to make change for improvement.

Georgia’s College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) is the state’s accountability system launched in 2012 to replace No Child Left Behind’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measurement. CCRPI measures schools and school districts on a 100-point scale based on multiple indicators of performance.

The most recent scores, based on the data from the 2015-2016 school year, reveal Putnam County Charter School System is below the state average at the elementary school level and above the state average at the middle and high school levels.

Thu
05
Jan

Eatonton City Council OKs accepting gift of old Big Chick property

Eatonton City Councilor Alvin Butts, left, listens Tuesday as City Attorney Chris Huskins explains details about ownership of the old Big Chick building on East Sumter Street. (Photo by Lynn Hobbs.)

 

By Lynn Hobbs / Staff

EATONTON -- The Eatonton City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to accept the gift-offer on the one-time Big Chick food establishment building on East Sumter Street at the intersection of Oconee Street. The vote came during the council's regular meeting. The building's owners, Jim and Nancy Marshall of Eatonton, offered it to the city for whatever purpose the city deems appropriate, City Attorney Chris Huskins said, noting the Georgia Department of Transportation had “left it unusable because there is nowhere to park.”

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