Those of us that host ruby-throated hummingbirds in our yards each summer realize that the fall ruby-throated migration is in full swing. While we do not actually see the birds migrate, in the latter part of August into September, when the number of hummingbirds visiting our feeders plummets…

For 18 years Dairy Queen has been holding its annual Miracle Treat Day with at least $1 from each Blizzard sold across the United States and Canada donated to the Children's Miracle Network. The event was held at the Forsyth Dairy Queen on North Lee Street on Thursday, July 28 with benefits …

With sports seasons upon us, let us be reminded of a spiritual race that all Christians have been called to run. Hebrews 12:1-3 – “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us r…

The 2022-23 Mary Persons Bass Dawgs are preparing to launch this year’s tournament season and are looking for men and women who have a boat and would be interested in being a captain for the Mary Persons Bass Fishing Team.  Boat captains for the High School fishing team are a vital  part of …

Early on in my career as a wildlife biologist, I realized that I was one of the luckiest people on earth. I was paid to spend my time working outdoors trying to solve the riddles of nature. 

He does flooring, plumbing, light electrical work, and painting. He can build home additions, “she sheds”, and decks. As a matter of fact, there is little this week’s Everyday Hero can’t do from bathroom remodels, and roofing, to building a dollhouse or a playhouse for the kids. And then, wh…

Central Georgia Electric Membership Corporation (CGEMC) held its 85th annual meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 3 at CGEMC headquarters annex on Highway 36 in Jackson. CGEMC provides electricity to residences and businesses in 14 counties, including Monroe. Since it is a member-owned company, it mus…

In the last article, we discussed the first Beatitude and what it means to be blessed and to be poor in spirit. The reason for it being first, is that it must be first. There must be a recognition and an understanding that as a human being, we are spiritually bankrupt before the Holy God. 

The Bolingbroke Community Club decided at its August meeting to move the 2022 Bolingbroke Christmas Parade to the second Saturday in December. It will be on Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. There will be food trucks serving lunch at Southern Charm General Store, and Santa has promised to attend. All of th…

Many graduates from Monroe County, and all over Georgia and the U.S. are preparing to leave for college soon. Others will stay close to home and have a good chance of staying connected to their local church. Therefore, it is the first group I wish to convey this message to the most. Both gro…

Many Monroe County teens are celebrating graduation this week. But one has already celebrated both her high school and college graduations, and it hardly cost her parents anything.

Mary Persons’ football team dominated Central-Macon in a scrimmage on Friday, scoring four touchdowns and giving up none at Dan Pitts Stadium.

Mary Persons wide receiver Jake LaVinka committed to Gordon State football on Monday. He will join fellow Bulldog Tripp Shipman in playing for the Highlanders and they will be roommates. LaVinka had 30 catches for 507 yards and four touchdowns in the 2021 campaign. (Photo courtesy Ronnie Shipman)

On Tuesday, May 24 Mary Persons graduate Campbell Brown committed to compete for the University of West Georgia track team. She represented Mary Persons at the State Championships for the AAA division May 12-14 and medaled individually in the 200m sprint. She also ran on the Lady Bulldogs’ 4…

Gavin Osborne is the 2022 salutatorian of Rock Springs Christian Academy. He began attending RSCA when he was in 4th grade, and the next year his family moved from Henry County to Monroe County. He has grown up with the school, which began with elementary grades before adding middle school a…

Seanteria Johnson is known to the staff and students at Mary Persons as a smiling face ready to greet them in the hallways with a “hey” and a high five. Her favorite class this year is P.E. class with Coach Llonisha McElhaney because she is a cheerleader during the basketball games. 

Luis Martinez gives a lot of credit for his graduation with the Class of 2022 to the teachers and staff at Mary Persons. He has attended Mary Persons the last two years but started almost a year behind because of moving between schools, including moving from a seven-period-a-day to a block s…

Haley Baswell has the best grade point average of about 239 classmates in the Mary Persons Class of 2022. That means four years (or more counting 8th grade classes that earned high school credit) of paying attention, studying, completing assignments and handling tests a bit better than every…

Marlee Coffman was recognized as a top achiever among the 239 members of the Mary Persons Class of 2022 when she was named co-recipient of the STAR student award with Maradeth Leverett. Now she is back in the academic limelight with a grade point average for her high school years that puts h…

The newest addition to Monroe County’s long list of gas stations and convenience stores will finally open early tomorrow morning. QuikTrip, which is headquartered in Tulsa, Okla., is opening its new store at 240 Harold G. Clarke Parkway that features a 10,000 square foot store with nine pump…

He came to this country for a better life and in doing so has made life better for us. Roberto Castillo, head chef at the El Tejado Mexican Restaurant came to Monroe County with his wife from Michoacán, Mexico 29 years ago and has worked in the same kitchen ever since. His sister, Alicia, wa…

Mary Persons’ Luz E. Pompa Correa (Star Pompa) was named the 2022 Golden Eagle Award winner in journalism/marketing/communications. This is the 45th year that the prestigious award has been presented to students across Middle Georgia in various categories. 

In Dr. Wenyuan Wu, Monroe County has a distinguished new resident. She is respected nationally and internationally for her academic and political expertise and research, and in this age of working from home she could choose to live almost anywhere. As she researches issues in society, she re…

“Life is not supposed to be like this.”  With war, political unrest, conflict in homes and work, crime, inflation, it feels like this world is heading out of control in the wrong direction.  

Monroe County Board of Education took its first look at the 2023 Budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2022 at its May 10 meeting and saw an increase of almost $4 million over 2022. The preliminary proposed budget is $50.2 million compared to $46.3 million last year. 

The ruby-throated hummingbird’s nest is by far the most amazing nest built by any bird that breeds in Monroe County.  When you gaze upon one, it is difficult to imagine that a bird that weighs a little more than a penny can construct something that is truly a work of art.

Georgia Department of Corrections at Tift College hosted its annual Kids Fish Day on Saturday in the pond at the Tift campus. About 100 fish were caught. Monroe County Middle School 8th grader Monty Fortner of High Falls won the Biggest Fish contest with a 5 lb., 15 oz. catfish. His family s…

Forsyth is moving its Independence Day fireworks celebration to downtown Forsyth this year. After the fireworks company, Forsyth Main Street/Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the Forsyth Fire Department evaluated several possible sites, city council approved the recommendation of a lo…

The Boy Scouts of Central Georgia Council will award the Silver Beaver Award to Jimmy Melton of Monroe County at its Annual Banquet on Saturday, May 14 at Camp Benjamin Hawkins in Byron. The Silver Beaver is the highest award a local council can give a volunteer Scout leader for service to youth. 

Monroe County joined communities throughout the United States on Thursday, May 5 in the 70th annual National Day of Prayer. All were invited to the courthouse lawn at 12 noon to join in a series of prayers for leaders, first responders, peace, military, media, education, church and family.

Forsyth Monroe County Chamber of Commerce Foundation recognized Monroe County Schools’ outstanding graduates of the future with its annual Rising Star celebration on Thursday, May 5. Students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade who earned all A’s during the four 9-week grading periods of the 2021-22 s…

Spring has always been my favorite time of year. The earth begins to wake back up, everything is coming out of winter and in full bloom. You can see the beauty of God everywhere you look in creation from green grass and new flowers to the birth of baby birds. I also love this time of year be…

The Backlot Players’ actors have been in rehearsals for weeks and we are now taking reservations for our Spring production of “The Altos (Like ‘The Sopranos’ only Lower),” an interactive comic mystery by David Landau with music and lyrics by Nikki Stern. This show is rated PG and has adult themes.

A Forsyth girl has already collected over 552 lbs. of dog food for canine friends at the Monroe County Animal Shelter and Save-A-Pet for her 7th birthday. Olivia Harris, the 6-year-old daughter of Alex and Lindsey Dunn Harris, won’t celebrate her 7th birthday until May 31 so there’s no telli…