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Thu
15
Sep

Longtime Lake Country radio executive Craig Baker dies unexpectedly

Craig Baker

By  Hobbs / Staff

EATONTON -- Twenty-one years ago, a northerner named Craig Baker moved to Eatonton, where he caught the listening ears of the radio world and won the hearts of thosge who met him. Baker, owner of WLRR Star Station 100.7 FM, suddenly died Sept. 11.

Wed
14
Sep

Ga. First Lady visits writers museum

Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal, standing, gives an anecdote to the Georgia Writers Museum crowd on what life is like in the Governor's Mansion. Sharing in the laugh are her co-authors, Jennifer Dickey, left, and Catherine Lewis. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

Click on link below to access a related Messenger online photo gallery:

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By Gwen Ralston / Special to The Messenger

Sat
10
Sep

Boy, 13, found dead in Lake Oconee

By Jackie Gutknecht

LAKE OCONEE -- A 13-year-old Athens boy was found submerged in Lake Oconee in Greene County on Labor Day and pronounced dead at Saint Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital that evening.

Jawan Evans, of Athens, was at 1491 Parks Mill Road, the Parks Ferry Public Recreation Area, when a call came in at 6:14 p.m. reporting a drowning, Greene County Coroner Jeff Smith said.

Old Salem Fire Rescue, Greene County EMS, Greene County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Natural Resources responded to find Evans submerged. First responders and EMS made first contact with him at 6:40 p.m. and started treatment. He was then transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:25 p.m.

Thu
08
Sep

State Route 44 widening should begin in 2019

By Lynn Hobbs / Staff
PUTNAM COUNTY -- Putnam and Greene counties residents should keep in mind that, although U.S. Highway 441/State Route 24 between Eatonton and Madison is on the docket to be resurfaced this year, and to be widened in 2020, another major roadway overhaul is slated to happen between those two projects.
Lake Oconee Parkway -- State Route 44 -- will be widened and redirected/realigned in early 2019 between Eatonton and Greensboro, according to officials with the Georgia Department of Transportation.
The project will widen Route 44 from two to four lanes, and includes a bike lane on the shoulder, according to GDOT District Communication Specialist Kyle Collins.
The Putnam County portion will be an estimated $55 million construction project.

Sat
03
Sep

EPD: Beaten child seeks refuge at police station

Nakia Shonte Ash

By Lynn Hobbs / Staff

EATONTON -- An Eatonton woman was arrested after her 11-year-old daughter ran into Eatonton Police Department crying for help Saturday, Aug. 20. The child had red/bruising around her eyes, on her arm and shoulder and scratches/bite marks/broken skin on her arm and shoulder, according to a police report by Officer Elijah James.

The girl has lived with a guardian since “as far back as she can remember,” she reportedly told officers. She was spending the night at a friend’s house, with permission from her guardian to do so. EPD Investigator Howell Cardwell later reportedly confirmed with both the guardian and the friend’s mother that the girl had permission from both to be there.

Sat
03
Sep

E-P Chamber's Blackwell receives Georgia Chamber awards

Eatonton’s Roddie Anne Blackwell is a 2016 recipient of the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives Legacy Award. (Contributed photo.)

JEKYLL ISLAND -- Longtime Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce President Roddie Anne Blackwell recently was presented two awards from her peers in the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

She was presented the organization’s top award, the GACCE Legacy Award, July 21 at the 2016 GACCE Executive Leadership Conference at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel.

The association’s most prestigious award, the Legacy Award, recognizes long-term executives who have excelled over a period of years in leading and innovatively building their chamber. It is based on the demonstration of excellence in chamber leadership, organizational management, service to the profession, community reputation/involvement, and personal attributes.

Wed
31
Aug

Teen charged this week in fatal Putnam crash

Courtney George Perry was charged Tuesday with homicide by vehicle and driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol in connection with a July fatal crash in Putnam. 

By Don Richeson / Staff

EATONTON -- Test results in a Putnam County fatal crash case came back this week and resulted in the arrest of a driver involved in the July 16 wreck. Courtney George Perry, 19, of Stockbridge was charged Tuesday with homicide by vehicle and driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol. She was booked into the Putnam County Jail Tuesday and later released on property bonds totaling $10,000, according to Putnam County Sheriff's Office reports.

"Perry’s blood test came back this week and her blood alcohol content was .077 grams," Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills told The Messenger via email Wednesday. As a person younger than 21, Perry should not legally have had any alcohol in her blood.

Wed
31
Aug

Friday, Sept. 2 offers last chance to sound off on proposed Putnam tax hike

At the second of three public hearings on a proposed Putnam County tax hike, citizen Robin Larson, left, last week questions commissioners on whether they are doing enough to attract businesses to Putnam to broaden the tax base. Commission Vice Chairman Billy Webster, right, defends county officials, noting Legacy Homes and Interfor wood products have brought about 200 new skilled jobs to the county over the past two years. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

By Don Richeson / Staff

EATONTON -- Putnam County’s commissioners are eyeing county tax hikes for the coming fiscal year and by law they have to conduct three public hearings before they can OK the increases. The third and final hearing is set 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2 at the Putnam County Administration Building at 117 Putnam Drive in Eatonton.

The first two hearings on Aug. 25 attracted 17 citizens -- the morning one drew an audience of 13 people and the evening one drew four people. Of those, only three chose to speak -- Putnam residents George Disssmeyer, Ed Morris and Robin Larson -- all of whom expressed concerns over rising taxes.

Wed
31
Aug

Lights are out on Plant Branch’s smokestack

The towering smokestack at Plant Branch on Lake Sinclair in Putnam County spews smoke out in this file photo taken when the coal-fired plant still operated. (File photo.)

By Lynn Hobbs / Staff

PUTNAM COUNTY -- Another piece of history is changing, as the lights on the smokestack of Georgia Power’s Plant Harllee Branch have now been turned off for good, Georgia Power Spokesman John Kraft told The Messenger Friday afternoon. Tonight may be the first time since the 1970s the towering smokestack has been unlit at night.

In preparation of the stack’s demolition, crews took the lights out of service today, Friday, Aug. 26; they will remain out of service for the remainder of the demolition. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been notified, Kraft said.

Wed
31
Aug

U.S. legislators' reps meet with Putnam folks at Plaza Arts Center

Filling in for the actual lawmakers, from left, U.S. Rep. Jody Hice Constituent Service Representative Jordan Wilcher, U.S. Sen. David Perdue Regional Representative Andrew Seaver and U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson Field Representative Daniela Belton Perry visit the Plaza Arts Center this month to help Putnam County residents with any federal government issues they might have. Putnam County District 4 Commissioner and Commission Vice Chairman Billy Webster, standing, was among those who came out to talk with the reps. Call U.S. Rep. Hice's Milledgeville office at 478-457-0007, call U.S. Sen. Perdue's Atlanta office at 404-865-0087 and call U.S. Sen. Isakson's Atlanta office at 770-661-0999. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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