World record-breaking attempt organizer Pam Lancaster, far left, assists volunteers signing up at a meeting Thursday evening, including, continuing from left, George Pirie and Clay Lowery, both of Eatonton. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

Friday, September 23, 2016
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By Don Richeson / StaffEATONTON -- Plans are moving forward to gather 4,201 or more people at Putnam County Middle School's Al Reaves Field at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the hopes of breaking a world record... + continue reading
Thursday, September 22, 2016
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By Don Richeson / StaffEATONTON -- The Putnam County Board of Commissioners voted this month to increase millage rates for coming fiscal year, thus effectively increasing property taxes. But the... + continue reading
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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By Lynn Hobbs / StaffEATONTON -- At least four people Eatonton woke up Wednesday morning, Sept. 14, to find their cars had been broken into and items were missing. Each of the incidents took place in... + continue reading

Giant "G" banner-wielding Gatewood senior wide receiver-defensive back Charlie Caricofe leads the Gators as they charge into "The Swamp" in earlier season football action. (Photo by Tom Cornelia.)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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By Jacob McMillian / Sports CorrespondentMONTICELLO -- The Gatewood Gators traveled to Monticello Friday to hand its archrival Piedmont Academy Cougars a resounding defeat -- 59-0. This contest... + continue reading

Putnam County sophomore tailback/defensive back Jumil Denham moves the ball for the War Eagles during the Sept. 16 homecoming football game vs. Morgan County. A Bulldog tackler fractured Denham's leg in two places later in the game. (Photo by Casey Parrish.)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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By Justin Hubbard / StaffEATONTON -- Putnam County's football team suffered a different kind of loss Friday during the second half of its homecoming game vs. Morgan County. Sophomore tailback/... + continue reading

World record-breaking attempt organizer Pam Lancaster, far left, assists volunteers signing up at a meeting Thursday evening, including, continuing from left, George Pirie and Clay Lowery, both of Eatonton. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

Giant "G" banner-wielding Gatewood senior wide receiver-defensive back Charlie Caricofe leads the Gators as they charge into "The Swamp" in earlier season football action. (Photo by Tom Cornelia.)

Putnam County sophomore tailback/defensive back Jumil Denham moves the ball for the War Eagles during the Sept. 16 homecoming football game vs. Morgan County. A Bulldog tackler fractured Denham's leg in two places later in the game. (Photo by Casey Parrish.)

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09/21/2016
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By Hank Segars / Guest ColumnistEATONTON HISTORIC DISTRICT -- The beautifully restored Plaza Arts Center will forever be the “Old School” for many of us, the place where generations of children attended Eatonton Grammar School and, earlier, Eatonton High School. And coming soon will be a grand celebration to honor the 100th... + continue reading
09/21/2016
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By Claire Buckner / Sports CorrespondentEATONTON -- Homecoming Week: A week filled with excitement and Putnam Pride. Not only was everyone looking forward to the “dress-up” clothes that the students were allowed to wear at school or the mystery of who was going to be homecoming queen, everyone was looking for the big “W” against the Morgan County’... + continue reading

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09/20/2016
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By Lynn Hobbs / StaffBALDWIN COUNTY -- Social media helped capture two Milledgeville men who reportedly were videoed by security camera stealing a compound bow and two car stereos from the Eatonton Walmart store, according to Eatonton Police Chief Kent Lawrence.Walmart management called Eatonton Police to report a store employee saw two men... + continue reading

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.)

09/14/2016
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Click on link below to access a related Messenger online photo gallery:https://msgr.smugmug.com/Georgia-First-Lady-Sandra-Deal/i-x8mjkdD/A By Gwen Ralston / Special to The MessengerEATONTON -- Eighty-five people packed the Georgia Writers Museum to capacity Friday, welcoming and listening to presentations from three authors, including... + continue reading

In this, one of many keepsake photos, Brandy Richardson and Ethen take a "selfie" while aboard an airplane the end of December 2013, headed to New York for Ethen’s Make-A-Wish trip to Times Square to visit the Lego Center and watch the New Year’s ball drop. (Contributed photo.)

09/10/2016
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The Ethen Richardson Foundation is asking your help in breaking a world record for Childhood Cancer Awareness by participating in creating the largest Childhood Cancer Awareness Ribbon. At least 4,201 people are needed to hold up gold and black papers to create the “ribbon” on Al Reaves Field at Putnam County Middle School at 1:30 p.m., Sunday,... + continue reading

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Giant "G" banner-wielding Gatewood senior wide receiver-defensive back Charlie Caricofe leads the Gators as they charge into "The Swamp" in earlier season football action. (Photo by Tom Cornelia.)

09/21/2016
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By Jacob McMillian / Sports CorrespondentMONTICELLO -- The Gatewood Gators traveled to Monticello Friday to hand its archrival Piedmont Academy Cougars a resounding defeat -- 59-0. This contest... + continue reading

Putnam County sophomore tailback/defensive back Jumil Denham moves the ball for the War Eagles during the Sept. 16 homecoming football game vs. Morgan County. A Bulldog tackler fractured Denham's leg in two places later in the game. (Photo by Casey Parrish.)

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Putnam County volleyball player Amaya Banks hits the ball during Sept. 7 practice. (Photo by Casey Parrish.)

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09/21/2016
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(Editor's note: This letter is in response to one a Putnam County Elementary School fifth grade student had submitted last month to Eatonton Mayor Walter Rocker Jr. It spotlighted the need for more... + continue reading

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.)

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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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 Hank Segars serves as board member and program chairman for the Old School History Museum 

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The Plaza Arts Center is at 305 N. Madison Ave. in Eatonton's Historic District.

09/21/2016
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By Hank Segars / Guest ColumnistEATONTON HISTORIC DISTRICT -- The beautifully restored Plaza Arts Center will forever be the “Old School” for many of us, the place where generations of children... + continue reading

In this, one of many keepsake photos, Brandy Richardson and Ethen take a "selfie" while aboard an airplane the end of December 2013, headed to New York for Ethen’s Make-A-Wish trip to Times Square to visit the Lego Center and watch the New Year’s ball drop. (Contributed photo.)

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Pokémon characters, from left, Bellsprout, Pidgey, Venonat and Rattata show up on a gamer’s cell phone in various places of downtown Eatonton, as shown by these screenshots taken on the phone.

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