Next Tuesday, Monroe County’s Ethan Payne is scheduled to get his driver’s license and thus will meet his mom’s threshold for when he can start dating. It’s likely he’ll have plenty of options after 7.8 million people watched him punch his golden ticket by singing and strumming with Luke Bry…

Mary Persons alum Keke Calloway was named the Southern Conference Tournament Most Outstanding Player on Sunday as she led her Mercer Lady Bears  basketball team to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season.

Forsythians were dancing this weekend, including these girls from Simply Dance, at the good weather for the Forsythia Festival as storms forecasted for Sunday never materialized. The 32nd annual Festival enjoyed huge crowds and great success by all the vendors. (Photos by Jim Barber, Will Da…

The dining room of Pruitt Healthcare Monroe became a charming wedding chapel on Friday, March 8 as Fred and Virginia Woodard held hands and gazed into one another’s eyes as they renewed their vows and their commitment to one another in recognition of their 59th wedding anniversary.

The Forsythia Festival FaithFest on Saturday evening, March 9 delivered the quality vocals and experience it has become known for as non-professionals competed in Youth and Adult categories before the Arrendale Women’s prison Voices of Hope chorus rounded out the evening. The sanctuary at Fi…

Living in Monroe County, you can rest assured that if you want to find a church, you literally just need to “round the corner” and you will see plenty of opportune places to hang your Christian hat. And the denominations abound, so take your pick. With so many options, many churches operate …

Snow and tornadoes have already given Monroe County a wild weather week, and it appears this weekend’s Forsythia Festival will have some of the same challenges on Sunday.

Left: River Forest Golf Club welcomed a celebrity golfer over the weekend when comedian Ron White, pictured with River Forest general manager Brian Boeling, stopped by the club to play a round and grab a post-round drink. Right: River Forest golf pro Derek Lafferty, also pictured with Boelin…

The Middle Georgia Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) team, which competes out of Riata in Monroe County, had a very successful showing at the Feb 16 IEA Regional competition. Both the high school and middle school teams placed 3rd at the competition. In addition, the team had thre…

Monroe County Cub Scout Pack 51 Blue and Gold Banquet was on Saturday, Feb. 23, held in the fellowship hall of Forsyth United Methodist Church. The Blue and Gold Banquet is held each February to celebrate the birthday of Scouting. 

Monroe County Extension hosted the University of Georgia GrassMasters series for Middle Georgia counties in Forsyth. This four-week course consisted of seven programs focused on forage production for grazing and hay in Georgia. Topics included selecting forage varieties, fertilization, pest …

Col. (Retired) Rod Callahan of Monroe County visited his daughter, Rhonda Lechaire, in Switzerland Feb. 2-14. Rod and Rhonda are pictured in front Eden House, a center for natural birth and pregnancy planning co-founded by Rhonda. Several midwives work with Eden House, and the rhythm method …

Over 850 people have March 1 circled on their calendars, or in their heads, as the night they will be heading to Monroe County Fine Arts Center to see the legendary Lettermen in concert. The concert has pre-sold more tickets than any other featured act at the 1,200-seat venue since it opened…

Well all us aging Baby Boomers of Monroe County will be rocking it out to The Lettermen at the Fine Arts Center on Friday night. I saw in Diane Glidewell’s story on the front page that the lead singer hopes the good-time love-song music will make everyone want to go home and “make out” on th…

Thomas Jefferson stands as one of our most talented and revered Founding Fathers. His accomplishments and interests are unparalleled. A few of the highlights of his full life include being an accomplished architect, mathematician, lawyer, philosopher, horticulturalist, and surveyor.

Mary Persons senior Zachary Potts was selected to spend this weekend, Feb. 23-25, in Los Angeles in a three-day intensive workshop with 12 other musicians, ages 14-18, that will culminate in two studio recordings for “From the Top,” the nationwide program distributed by National Public Radio…

Russellville Baptist Church is hosting The Segos – The Next Generation in concert on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 11 a.m. as the family celebrates its 100th anniversary of sining and ministering. The church is at 111 Russellville Road in south Monroe County, and everyone is invited.  

Monroe County native Tess Hammock has been named Director of Communications for new Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. The communications director serves as the main contact for news and media outlets and will manage all communications from the SOS’s Office. 

Isabel McLaurin of Monroe County qualified for, and competed at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association’s (IEA) Zone 4 Region 1 Finals on Saturday, Feb. 16. Isabel won Champion in both her over fences and flat individual classes. She also won both of her team classes, sweeping all of the …

George Emami, owner of The Brokery, cuts the ribbon on his new office at 30 E. Johnston Street on Jan. 31. The growing real estate company now has offices in Forsyth and Macon. Emami told the crowd he appreciates the welcome he has gotten since moving his family to Monroe County five years a…

Those interested in Monroe County history may once again view the extensive Black History Exhibit assembled and displayed by Rosemary Walker of Forsyth. The exhibit is open at the Conley Building Stone Depot, 104 East Adams Street (across from the new Georgia Bob’s BBQ) every day from 1-5 p.…

Forsyth hired the landscape architecture firm TSW of Atlanta to design additions and renovations to the city park on Country Cub Drive, including the almost 16 acres recently deeded to the city by Monroe County. TSW bid $49,900 on the project and won the job after TSW senior principal Adam W…

February is important to Monroe County hunters for a couple of reasons.  It offers local sportsmen and women the last chance to hunt during the 2018-19 Hunting Season. In addition, it provides them with their last chance to apply for a quota turkey hunt on both state wildlife management area…

February turns my thoughts to St. Valentine’s Day and love. I think of red roses, chocolate, and pretty cards with loving words. I’m reminded of the people I love and this is an opportunity to communicate it.

Within hours of the fire that destroyed Deane and Corrine Comer’s home, the Bolingbroke Community rallied together to support this family in any way it could. Several Facebook pages were put up that gave information to the many that were asking how to deliver gift cards, money, etc. to the C…

Monroe County BOE asked Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman and his staff to design a format and application form for public comment during BOE meetings at its Winter Work Session on Feb. 2. Monroe County commissioners and Forsyth city council both allow individuals to speak briefly at the end o…

It’s a small world when two Forsyth natives serving in Army meet up in Italy. Sgt. First Class Christopher Middleton, right, is a recruiter in Stuttgart, Germany but had to fly to Italy where a new recruit was being sworn in. Middleton knew that Chief Warrant Officer Robert Stroud, his old n…

Georgia Department of Education released its evaluation of how efficiently the 192 public school systems in the state are spending their money.The DOE assigned Financial Efficiency Star Ratings to each district on a 1/2 to 5 Star ranking, and Monroe County got 2.5 stars. That puts Monroe Cou…

After two years, one of the most beautiful sites in Monroe County is now open to the public for camping again. Georgia Power has transferred operation of the Dames Ferry Campground to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and High Falls State Park is now operating Dames Ferry as a sat…

Rilyn McKallip is Mary Persons 2019 STAR student, and last Wednesday she surprised her Advanced Placement calculus teacher, Elizabeth Barber, with the news that she is Rilyn’s choice for 2019 STAR teacher. Rilyn actually slipped out of her AP calculus class to return later with flowers, scho…

The majority of people that regularly watch birds do so primarily from the comfort of their homes. Since most of us find ourselves with more things to do than time to do them in, we often observe birds for just a few minutes at a time before quickly moving to our next task.

The Forsyth Woman's Club hosted its annual Father-Daughter Dance on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Hubbard Elementary and had another huge crowd, with 800 daddies and daughters.