The corolla virus pandemic has ended a very positive experience two months early for a Monroe County family. With only a few days notice Norwegian exchange student Mathilde Haugobo was directed to cut her year with the Pippin family short; she flew home Sunday, March 22. 

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed everyday living for the time being; however, there is a positive aspect in that we now get to spend more time at home. If you have a serious case of cabin fever now is a great time to put that "green thumb" to use as long as you take a few precautions and co…

The spread of the Covid-19 virus is having an unimaginable impact on our lives. In an effort to stave off this dreaded disease we are being asked to practice social distancing. We are told that this will help blunt the rapid spread of the disease. 

As we enter further into the unknown, what are some activities we can do by ourselves or with our families that will not put us at risk of catching or spreading the corona virus?  I know for me high quality music, plenty of water, and old videos of Bill Elliott dominating races in the 80’s i…

Monroe County Schools began giving Grab ’n Go meals to students on Wednesday, March 18. Plans were to give the free bags packed with food for one breakfast and lunch on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and then evaluate the response and decide how best to help feed students while they aren’t c…

Forsyth has its own “Walking Dead” zombie. At least local optometrist Dr. Lyle Lastinger was a full-fledged ‘hero zombie’ on the popular television series for one day. The segment in which he appeared aired about two weeks ago in an episode of the “Walking Dead’s” 10th season. 

Various programs will mark the end of an era at St. Luke A.M.E Church in Forsyth, including a banquet expecting about 300 people this Saturday. Rev. Charles Dumas has been preaching for 54 years and pastoring churches for 50 years, the last 29 years at St. Luke. He has guided the congregatio…

Entertainment is truly in the eye of the beholder. Many of my Georgia friends may think me a bit crazy to travel almost 8,000 miles roundtrip to watch the start of a race on a snowy, very cold day in early March. Then, crazy I am. Joy and I attended the ceremonial start of the 48th Annual Id…

I am certain many Monroe Countians are wondering when the first ruby-throated hummingbird will herald the beginning of the hummingbird season in Monroe County.  While there is no way of knowing when this special bird will magically appear at a local feeder, after watching these amazing bird …

This is a rarity. A “live-theater” double feature. Playwright James McLure had two stories to tell and he chose to do so using a one act play format since the main character in each separate story happens to be married to the other. 

Culloden’s Black History Recognition and Awards Brunch was organized to bring attention to past contributions of African Americans within Culloden and Monroe County. The theme was “Looking back over the PAST to CELEBRATE the FUTURE.”

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and ye…

Tammy Marion is in her 10th year as assistant principal at Mary Persons, and she is the 2019-20 Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals (GASSP) Assistant Principal of the Year. As such she is eligible to become the National Assistant Principal of the Year this summer. 

 A Forsyth legend, Jack Fletcher, turns 95 on Tuesday, March 17, and he may be the only person alive who met President Calvin Coolidge in the White House.

Now that the days are appreciably longer than they were back in January and the buds on redbud trees are threatening to open any day, it is time for Monroe County turkey hunters to turn their attention to the opening of the 2020 Turkey Hunting Season.

Monroe County school board member Greg Head donated his BOE salary from 2019, $1,500, back into career education programs at Mary Persons High School. Head gave $750 to the construction class/program and $750 to the automotive class/program, both part of the Career Technical Agriculture Educ…

Shane Bridges grew up in the small town of Jeffersonville, Ga. His dad gave him his first guitar at 14, which at an early age sparked his love and interest for music. Being constantly exposed to good music from his older brother and sister further invoked his passion to write and play music.

When you hear the word “Lent,” most people think of either their dryer or belly button. Probably that’s because most Americans don’t know or observe this Christian tradition. A Lifeway Research survey discovered that only one in four Americans participate in Lent. Catholics (61 percent) are …

If you are a backyard gardener, you are probably chomping at the bit waiting for spring to arrive so you can begin gardening again.  While we all realize it is much too early to plant many plants, it is a perfect time to begin planning what you are going to plant this year.

School board member Greg Head abstained as Monroe County Board of Education voted, 5-1, on Feb. 11 to hire Parrish Construction as construction manager for the expansion/remodeling at Monroe County Middle School Banks Stephens campus that will begin this summer.

Forsyth resident Rosemary Walker’s (second from left) annual Forsyth-Monroe County Black History Exhibit will be on display at the Conley Building on Adams Street through the Forsythia Festival. Walker’s friend David Turner (far left) arranged for Walker’s collection to be cleaned and restor…

Juliette Baptist Church at 12670 Highway 87 has called Rev. Gary Horton as its new pastor. He and his wife, Pandy, have two daughters, Victoria and Rebekah.

The Gospel According to Mark is the shortest of the four gospels in the New Testament. It doesn’t contain as many examples of Jesus’ teaching or tell as many stories as the other gospels. But Mark’s gospel is a compelling witness to Jesus’ identity and mission. In 16 chapters Mark repeatedly…

“Love is a Wonderful Thing” was the song of the day and the theme of the day at the Valentine Party for Monroe County Schools special needs students hosted by the women at Forsyth United Methodist Church at the church Family Life Center on Friday, Feb. 14. About 160 guests enjoyed the event,…

Pruitt Healthcare Forsyth crowned its 2020 King and Queen on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. The royalty for the coming year are King Dewey Evans and Queen Betty Cardell. Forsyth Mayor Eric Wilson, with the assistance of Council Member Melvin Lawrence, crowned the honorees and presented the King a…

George Emami of Forsyth and his company The Brokery were honored as the 15th fastest growing company among businesses owned by UGA graduates in the country on Saturday night in Athens. Emami thanked his agents, staff, and especially their clients who have entrusted The Brokery with their bus…

About 15 Monroe County kids are able to participate in the children’s AWANA program at New Providence Baptist Church every Wednesday thanks to a dedicated Monroe County school bus driver.

Over the past five-plus years this monthly column has been dedicated toward promoting the excellent talent and entertainment presented in our small middle Georgia town. With pride we can point to our modern, well-designed, 1,300-seat Board of Education Fine Arts Center that showcases our ele…

Some very busy hands and minds working every Tuesday morning in the basement of Forsyth United Methodist Church have taken on a new project that is receiving explosive approval from everyone involved. The “Fingers of Love” crochet ministries began making fidgets, and they are eagerly awaited…

A large contingent of Monroe Countians were on hand Saturday for the kickoff of the Women for Trump campaign in Middle Georgia at the office of local GOP official Todd Tolbert. They included Mary Mullis, Allison Jenkins, Terry Martin, Pam Terry, Valerie Tern, Dixie Hood, Sloan Oliver, Meg Ca…

Three years ago, my family was camping in North Georgia mountains for a quick getaway. We were looking forward to some time to unplug and enjoy the adventures that the mountains held, but we got hit with rain the first couple of days. 

A stay-at-home Monroe County area father is setting out to find other Stay-At-Home-Dads (SAHD’s) so they can band together to build awareness, gain acceptance and have a little fun.

Artis Barnes, 66, the truck driver who was seriously injured on Jan. 16 in an early afternoon wreck at the corner of Highways 18 and 41, has a long road to recovery in front of him. Barnes swerved to avoid a 2019 Ford Edge that pulled in front of him, and his empty log truck crashed into a t…

Donna Wilson of Culloden, who inspired the county by giving her kidney in August so that a young Mary Persons student could lead a normal life, was named Monroe County’s Citizen of the Year on Friday by the Reporter and the Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce.

Each year untold numbers of mature white-tailed deer bucks drop their antlers throughout Monroe County.  These antlers are dropped in any number of places, such as fields, brushy thickets and forests. With all of these antlers strewn across the countryside, you would think we would find them…

Stories are powerful building blocks for nation development. They are critical catalysts for societal changes and potent instruments for character transformation. 

Proud parents Josh & Amber Ridley  announce the birth of Aubrey Grace Ridley on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 at 3:24 p.m. She weighed 7 lbs., 8 oz. and was 20 inches long.

Jessica Scott is the new director of the Monroe County Pregnancy Center, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year. It’s a position that requires a lot of different skills, especially skills relating to people. Scott sees the position as a mission.