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.)

Saturday, August 27, 2016
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By Lynn Hobbs / StaffPUTNAM 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... + continue reading

Gatewood junior running Brandon Belans rockets toward the end zone Friday night as a Monsignor Donovan defender flaps his arms in a futile attenpt to stop him. Belans scored multiple times against "Mon Don's" Rams. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

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"The Swamp" (Sammons Field in Eatonton) was packed with fans Friday night eagerly cheering on the Gators in their home opener. Little Gator fan Elizabeth Weems, 4, brought along her giant foam No. 1 Gator "We're No. 1" hand to augment her cheering efforts, even though it was almost as tall as her. (Photo by Don Richeson.) 

Saturday, August 27, 2016
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EATONTON -- Gatewood School had an astounding 49-0 lead over Monsignor Donovan Catholic School of Athens as the halftime buzzer sounded during the Gators home football opener Friday.In "The Swamp"... + continue reading

Republican Daniel Brown, left, is challenging Democrat incumbent Janie Reid for the District 2 seat on the Putnam County Board of Commissioners.

Thursday, August 25, 2016
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By Don Richeson / StaffEATONTON -- The Putnam County District 2 commissioner debate scheduled for today, Thursday, Aug. 25, will still apparently go on, but with a major twist -- one of the two... + continue reading
Thursday, August 25, 2016
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EATONTON -- Putnam County’s commissioners are eyeing tax hikes for the coming fiscal year and they have announced three upcoming hearings in which citizens can sound off the proposed tax increases.... + continue reading

Putnam outfielder Abbie Jenkins practices in the rain at Putnam County High School softball field. (Photo by Cassandra Parrish.)

Thursday, August 25, 2016
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By Cassandra Smith / Special to The MessengerPUTNAM COUNTY -- Putnam County softball is back for the season and ready to strike hard under the new leadership of Coach Julie Brooker. The former... + continue reading

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.)

Gatewood junior running Brandon Belans rockets toward the end zone Friday night as a Monsignor Donovan defender flaps his arms in a futile attenpt to stop him. Belans scored multiple times against "Mon Don's" Rams. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

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"The Swamp" (Sammons Field in Eatonton) was packed with fans Friday night eagerly cheering on the Gators in their home opener. Little Gator fan Elizabeth Weems, 4, brought along her giant foam No. 1 Gator "We're No. 1" hand to augment her cheering efforts, even though it was almost as tall as her. (Photo by Don Richeson.) 

Republican Daniel Brown, left, is challenging Democrat incumbent Janie Reid for the District 2 seat on the Putnam County Board of Commissioners.

Putnam outfielder Abbie Jenkins practices in the rain at Putnam County High School softball field. (Photo by Cassandra Parrish.)

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08/29/2016
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By Don Richeson / StaffPUTNAM COUNTY -- A Putnam County crash claimed the life of a Milledgeville man Friday evening after his motorcycle slammed into a pickup truck making a turn.Glenn Hathaway, 60, was pronounced dead at the scene after his brand new Harley-Davidson FLTRX collided with a 2015 Ford F250 being driven by Matthew James Fulton,... + continue reading
08/28/2016
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By Lynn Hobbs / StaffPUTNAM 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... + continue reading

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Guest columnist Claire Buckner is a Putnam County High School student. She may be contacted via email at Rachael_Hayes@putnam.k12.ga.us.

08/24/2016
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Click on link below to view a related Messenger HD videoclip:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvBsZ8Kmi2A&feature=youtu.be By Claire Buckner / Sports CorrespondentEATONTON -- Pink Out, penalties and precipitation.You had them all during Putnam County's Al Reaves Field football season opener Friday vs. Warren County's Screaming Devils.... + continue reading

Smith’s Coastal Grill’s Adam Smith laughs it up in between chowder servings with his daughter, Bela’ Smith, then-5, at last year's Taste of Eatonton. Bela’ wears one of her dad's chef jackets. The Smiths live in the Eatonton Historic District. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

08/24/2016
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EATONTON -- Let a professional chef (or 20) take over dinner on Monday, Oct. 3.Indulge in bites of new and signature dishes while celebrating the culinary expertise of the community at the 2016 Taste of Eatonton. Enjoy old favorites and discover new dining joys at the 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3 annual event at the Plaza Arts Center.The Taste of... + continue reading

U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Monroe, left, speaks to a group of Putnam leaders during an Aug. 4 special called meeting of Eatonton-Putnam Tourism Arts Heritage Inc. EPTAH's Tom Thompson listens. Hice represents Putnam County in the U.S. House of Representatives. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

08/20/2016
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(Editor's note: This version of the story is an upadte of the version that appeared in The Messenger's Aug. 18 print edition.)By Don Richeson / StaffPUTNAM COUNTY -- U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Monroe, told a Putnam County group that he recognized Putnam's challenging economic situation and pledged to help, but he steered clear of offering specifics on... + continue reading

Sports

Gatewood junior running Brandon Belans rockets toward the end zone Friday night as a Monsignor Donovan defender flaps his arms in a futile attenpt to stop him. Belans scored multiple times against "Mon Don's" Rams. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

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"The Swamp" (Sammons Field in Eatonton) was packed with fans Friday night eagerly cheering on the Gators in their home opener. Little Gator fan Elizabeth Weems, 4, brought along her giant foam No. 1 Gator "We're No. 1" hand to augment her cheering efforts, even though it was almost as tall as her. (Photo by Don Richeson.) 

08/27/2016
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EATONTON -- Gatewood School had an astounding 49-0 lead over Monsignor Donovan Catholic School of Athens as the halftime buzzer sounded during the Gators home football opener Friday.In "The Swamp"... + continue reading

Putnam outfielder Abbie Jenkins practices in the rain at Putnam County High School softball field. (Photo by Cassandra Parrish.)

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Guest columnist Claire Buckner is a Putnam County High School student. She may be contacted via email at Rachael_Hayes@putnam.k12.ga.us.

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The 2016-2017 Putnam County High School football team includes, front row, from left, managers Alexis Minchey and Olesia Denham, Trainer Caroline Bottchen, Manager Michelle Ruiz; second row, same order, Deon Daniels, Stephan Waller, Jaquavus Milner, Xzavious Davis, Rey Drumgoole, Keeon Culp, Jacquaris Moore, Simon Petite, Tyrique Mathis; third row, same order, Marcus Jefferson, Cameron Little, Jamell Brown, Troy Latimore, Kevarious Brownlow, Hamp Hamner, Jacobee Lane, Jumil Denham, Relyious Calhoun, Luis Almanza; fourth row, same order, Rodney Daniels, Deon Hill, Marquez Maddox, Jamarucs Jones, Jaquarious Waller, Smith Mandelvis, Laquarious Nelson, Nolan Barker, Jacob Lanier, Raymond Lee, Aaron Lewis; fifth row, same order, Kadavion Brownlow, Cullen Lee, Evan Conners, Wesley Sides, Charlie Farmer, Charles James, Sincere Hill, Keshawn Ellison, Dawson Waldroup, Ronduel Humphries, Camden Mathis, Cameron Griffin; sixth row, same order, David Sides, Tyree Miller, Jon Waller, Chandler Toole, Trevaious Hartry, Travison Hill, Dalton McMahon, Chris Martin, Jared Coronado; seventh row, same order, Wide Receivers Coach Bill Waters, Offensive Coordinator Lee Hamner, Defensive Line Coach Brandon Sanders, Offensive Line Coach Matt Riden, Running Backs Coach Gary Waller, Defensive Coordinator Emmett Clower, Defensive Backs Coach Alexander Banks, Special Teams Coordinator Shaun Pope, Wingbacks Coach Charlie Winslette; and back row, Head Coach Kyle Gourley. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

08/17/16 -

Opinions

Putnam County District 3 Commissioner Alan Foster walks along North Madison Avenue in the Putnam County Dairy Festival Parade earlier this summer. Cars were available for the commissioners to ride in, but Foster said he preferred to hoof it. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

08/11/2016
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By Alan Foster / Guest ColumnistEATONTON -- On Friday, July 29 and Monday Aug. 1, the Putnam County Board of Commissioners scheduled budget presentations from the following county departments,... + continue reading

An alligator was removed from Lake Sinclair several months ago, but another one is now frequenting the Cedar Creek area of the lake. (Contributed photo.)

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This week's poll respondents include, from left, Billy Popham, Stephanie Miller, Matthew Degner, Wanda Batchelor and Billy Coker. (Photos by Don Richeson.)

 
07/13/16 -

This week's Putnam Poll respondents include, from left, Matt Housworth, Haley Housworth, Lex Andrews, Tayon Spencer and Hannah Housworth. To suggest a poll question, email editor@msgr.com or call 706-485-3501, ext. 418. (Photos by Don Richeson.) 

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Community

Outgoing Habitat for Humanity of Putnam County President Erlene Kirwen is flanked by Lucy Rollins, left, and Natasha Butts, two Eatonton women whose families benefit from Habitat. (Rollins moved into the 19th Putnam Habitat home just this month and Butts lives in the 18th one.) Habitat for Humanity of Putnam County benefits in part through proceeds raised through the Habitat thrift store on Lake Oconee Parkway. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

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Eatonton Messenger guest columnist Susan Larson loves sharing what she and her husband are discovering while “meetin' Eatonton” in their retirement. Email her at susanlarson79@gmail.com.

08/20/2016
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By Susan Larson / Guest ColumnistPUTNAM COUNTY -- August. As a noun, it’s a month. As an adjective, its synonyms include: distinguished, respected, honored, great, important, noble, impressive, awe-... + continue reading

Destiny Helms is a an intern at the Georgia Writers Museum at 109 S. Jefferson Ave. on Eatonton’s courthouse square. 

08/04/16 -

The Asian tiger mosquito is the most common and prevalent kind in Georgia; it can transmit the West Nile and Zika viruses. (Contributed photo.)

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