It’s not your typical drive-thru car wash where you simply drop in a few coins, sit in your car for 3 or 4 minutes and roll on through, hidden by soap slopped on your windows by a huge brush until your car is rinsed and squirted with liquid wax and you emerge on the other side into a blast o…

Hill’s Auto Repair in Forsyth (shown above when it opened in 2018) has closed its doors after three years in business. Owner Logan Hill had to close the business on short notice to take over his father in law’s business in Mobile, Ala. due to medical problems. Property owner Denise Buff said…

BC “Chan” Winget of Monroe County  took on his first Axis buck while hunting with King of Eights Outfitters in Texas on Oct. 16. Guide Blake Russell Marshall said that after playing cat and mouse for three days, they finally connected this big Axis buck. Winget made a 217 yard shot off of sh…

Earlier this year the United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced that a recent survey found antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans) in wild white-tailed deer populations in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinoi…

The tradition of celebrating Monroe County citizens who have reached the impressive milestone of 90 birthdays or more continued on Wednesday, Oct. 13 with a drive-through party at the Monroe County Senior Center. There were 27 special people this year who received “Certificates of Excellence…

Betty Arnold of Bolingbroke was pleased to have one of her paintings accepted to show at the Georgia National Fair in Perry this year, but it was far from a first-time honor for her. She has been entering paintings in the fair for about 10 years and has a collection of ribbons and awards to …

Samantha Walton of Macon joins the thousands of alumni who proudly wear The Citadel class ring. She is a member of the Class of 2022, majoring in political science. She graduated from Mary Persons in 2018.

On Saturday, Oct. 2 Monroe County residents Cara Barnes and Tim Hester participated in a clean-up day at the Popes Ferry boat ramp along the majestic Ocmulgee River in Juliette. The event was organized by Ocmulgee Outfitters, a locally owned business. Cara and Tim, along with team leader Rea…

The new Quik Trip is under construction at the corner of Hwy. 18 and Patrol Road. With a $6.4 million investment, the store will be one of the nicest in Forsyth. But until it’s finished, it will apparently make do with this homemade sign that workers erected.  

The story goes that on Oct. 13, 1971, a military helicopter from Ft. Benning loaded with Agent Orange flew over Monroe County and collided with a crop duster dusting a cornfield at what is now known as Hamlin Hills just over the interstate on Hwy. 18. Unfortunately, besides the helicopter cr…

At Red Roo Defense Matthew Sims is ready to serve customers shopping for guns, ammunition, parts and accessories and more. He can help with gun cleaning and maintenance, optics mounting and bore sighting, stock refinishing and online transfers, whether the customer has everyday safety needs …

Although Monroe County deer hunters have been able to enjoy some form of deer hunting since September, in the minds of most local hunters, the deer season does not really begin until the opening day of the Modern Firearms Deer Hunting Season. This year that important date is Saturday, Oct. 16.

Dylan Mason, 9, killed this 8-point buck on the afternoon of Oct. 9, the opening of the 2021 Youth Deer Season, in Juliette. He is the son of Nathan Mason.

Monroe County just celebrated its 200th anniversary of becoming a county, but alert individuals have found evidence of its history thousands of years before that date and others have worked diligently to interpret that evidence. At the 14th Annual Archeology Day at Indian Springs Hotel Museu…

On Oct. 8 Central Georgia EMC board member Phillip Ham Jr. presented the Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, the Development Authority of Monroe County, and the Monroe County Board of Education with checks totaling $33,300 to go toward education, community, and economic development ac…

Good friends from Bolingbroke enjoyed visiting Haleakalā National Park on the Hawaiian island of Maui together and took their hometown newspaper along. The park is known for its dormant volcano and spectacular views, including its sunrise. These travelers enjoyed the sunrise almost each day.…

Central Georgia EMC and Southern Rivers Energy congratulate Mary Persons High School on winning the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award. This awards program honors schools that exhibit exemplary sportsmanship during competitive events and is sponsore…

I love being surprised by a plot twist. Someone telling a story or joke and it takes a different turn than you might think it was going! The gospel of John records a twist like this in the tenth chapter. 

Most people know where they live. “I live in Forsyth.” Or “I’m from Macon.” Those are location names you often hear when living in central Georgia. However, those of us living in or claiming to be from Bolingbroke are confused. That’s because we don’t know where we live. Is it Macon? Juliett…

Ben Vaughn, attorney for Monroe County Board of Commissioners and Monroe County Board of Education, announced the addition of Natalie Fears Sundeen to his Monroe County law firm. “Natalie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in juvenile law, domestic relations and criminal defense to …

Friends and family of the late Michael Norris, the Monroe County deputy killed while responding to a domestic call in 2014, held their annual ATV Ride in his memory to raise money for scholarships in his name on Saturday, Sept. 25. It’s held every year around the anniversary of his death in …

Tyler Wood of Forsyth was sworn in by Gov. Brian Kemp  Tuesday, Sept. 14 as a member of the Used Motor Vehicle Board. Wood and his business partner, Chris Forehand, own Northside Used Auto Sales, LLC in Macon.

Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman told the Board of Education on Sept. 14 that enrollment for Monroe County Schools, preK-12th grade, is 4,308. He said that is about 150 students more than last year and that he expects the number of students to keep growing. 

Attending college while also attending high school, known as dual enrollment, has become almost the norm among Mary Persons students who plan to go to college. Many go to Gordon College, Macon State, and Central Georgia Technical College. They have to worry about scheduling classes, transpor…

Monroe County Board of Education is preparing to ask voters for another five years of the 1-cent ESPLOST tax even though the current ESPLOST doesn’t end until April of 2024. Assistant superintendent Jackson Daniel updated board members on the current ESPLOST and told them when the request fo…

Rotary Club District Governor Mary Ligdon was the speaker at the Forsyth Monroe County Rotary Club on Sept. 23. Ligdon spoke about Increasing the impact of the Rotary Club in the community. She encouraged the club to expand its reach by partnering with others in the community and to enhance …

Georgia Power employees from Plant Scherer in Juliette recently showed their appreciation for healthcare workers in the area. Members of the local Citizens of Georgia Power volunteer group assembled and delivered snack bags to doctors, nurses and staff at Monroe County Hospital as it faces a…

The good news is that Daniel Thompson is back at home and getting stronger after several weeks in the hospital battling COVID-19. His wife, Allison, and three children are thankful for his progress and glad to have him home with them.

This is a great time of the year.  Fall has arrived bringing a taste of cool temperatures and the promise that our woodlands will soon be ablaze with a collage of fall colors. It also means that we are entering the heart of the hunting season. To most Monroe County hunters, this means deer hunting.

The Mary Person Fishing Team, one of the newest athletic teams at the school, is seeking sponsorships to help with the costs of awards, jerseys, operations, etc. The team is establishing a competitive bass fishing league, competing in 4-8 tournaments during its season with the goal of qualif…

Joe McDaniel, 75, of Monroe County captured the gold medal in the pickleball 70-plus age group at the Georgia Golden Olympics in Warner Robins in September. Georgia  Golden Olympics in a statewide event for adults 50 years of age and older that includes a variety of athletic competitions.

Live theater is back in Forsyth as the Backlot Players begin their 2021-22 season on Friday, Oct. 1 with “Murder, You Must Be Kidding,” directed by Matt Robichaux. Murder is no laughing matter, except in a season when we all need a good laugh, and the Backlot Players are ready to oblige. Com…

As the Firearms Deer Hunting Season draws closer, Monroe County deer hunters have the opportunity to take part in the annual Primitive Weapons Deer Hunting Season.  In addition, a special group of hunters is eligible to take part in a Specialty Deer Hunt on the Rum Creek Wildlife Management Area.

Monroe County will participate in Life Chain, an international public, prayerful, peaceful witness against legalized abortion, on Sunday, Oct 3 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. To join Life Chain meet at the BB&T parking lot on N. Lee Street in Forsyth a few minutes before 2:30 p.m. to grab a sign.

Monroe County celebrated its 200th birthday on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25 and 26, with a little something for everyone. There were some unique activities, like welcoming Gov. Brian Kemp to the stage on the square for the proclamation of the Bicentennial Celebration and viewing letters fro…

Mary Persons students pray before school as part of the nationwide  See You At the Pole observance on Wednesday, Sept. 22 when students meet to pray for their schools

Homecoming Representatives of 2021 are Senior Boys: Holten Bell, Jojo Braswell, Asher Dingmore, Griffin Morris, and Austin Starr. Senior Girls: Cambell Brown, Hannah Colvard, Jasmyn Porter, Arizona Tyler, Caitlyn VanTone, and Amaya Web. Junior Girls: Lilly Barns and Kennedy Morgan. Sophomore…

Two hundred years. Wow that is a long time! Monroe County celebrated its bicentennial this past weekend with lots of events, crafts, food and music. Would you believe even the Governor came and spoke? 

Entertainment legend Tony Orlando commanded the stage at the Fine Arts Center in Forsyth on Saturday night with a show that equaled any performance you can find in Las Vegas.

Bring the family for shopping, food and fun from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday & Sunday, but save the energy to dance in the street to The Swag Band from 6:30-8:15 p.m. and Soul Purpose Band from 8:30-11 p.m. or grab tickets online or at the door to enjoy Tony Orlando at the Monroe County F…

Forsyth held its first council meeting in its new city hall at 28 East Main Street on Monday, Sept 20. Pictured are council members standing for the invocation delivered by council member Melvin Lawrence. The city will hold a ribbon cutting on Saturday, Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. followed by tours o…

Success came early for Tony Orlando who will be appearing in Forsyth this Saturday evening, September 25 at the Fine Arts Center. He was only 16 in 1961 when he first hit the charts at #39 with “Halfway to Paradise” which was also the first hit song written by Carole King. His other memorabl…