Bolingbroke now has a fresh produce stand located at Hayslip’s Antique Mall here in downtown Bolingbroke. Tina Rossi will be at her stand Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. You can call Kevin Hayslip at 478-228-9679 to check hours as they may vary depending on the season.

Residents of central Georgia have the opportunity to support their local hospital by contributing to Georgia’s Rural Hospital Organization Tax Credit. By participating in the program, residents can direct their tax dollars to support Monroe County Hospital, Navicent Health Partner (MCH). Loc…

When the leaders of Forsyth Presbyterian Church heard that a rally was planned just up the street from our church building, we decided to respond in a way which we hoped would build up the body of Christ. 

Brian Owens of Forsyth has been elected to his third consecutive term as vice chairman by his colleagues on the State Board of Pardons and Paroles for FY 2021. The Board conducted a limited June meeting, practicing social distancing, and following all COVID-19 safety guidelines. The Board is…

Local businessman W. James Green conducted the Golf Camp in the series of week-long summer camps offered by the city of Forsyth in cooperation with Monroe County June 22-25. Green waited while it was determined whether the camps could be held this year, ready to help young people ages 10-16 …

If what I am seeing in my gardens is indicative of what is happening elsewhere around Monroe County, 2020 is far from being a good year for butterflies and other pollinators. By that I mean I have seen far fewer of these valuable insects this year than I did last year. 

Suzanne Newman shared this picture of what is thought to be a black fox squirrel who lives near her driveway in Smarr. She snapped this picture last week as she pulled into her yard and found it sitting under her pear tree helping itself to a pear. 

Derrick Mein of Kansas was crowned High Overall Champion after a shoot off in the Main Event winning $1,500 at the 2020 Georgia State Sporting Clays Championship held over four days this last weekend at the Meadows Gun Club. Mein scored 194 out of 200 clay targets at the event that ended Fat…

Justin Weaver, a 1996 graduate of Mary Persons, has just hit Number One for the third time on music charts with a song he co-wrote. And along the way to the top of the charts, “After a Few” also set some new records. 

Up on her feet, Eula is now recovering at home from COVID-19, Since the start of March, she has been hospitalized with COVID-19. After an initial hospitalization near her home in Albany, she was transferred to The Medical Center, Navicent Health before continues recovery at the swing bed fac…

Monroe County Schools are in good shape financially, according to Assistant Superintendent Jackson Daniel’s report to the Board of Education on June 9. Daniel said the school system has gotten $23.7 million in local revenue for fiscal year 2020, which is 7 percent more than it expected in it…

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Youth Summer Camp is in the midst of four weeks of full blown activities and adventures for campers ages 8-11. This is the fourth year for the camp, and, although it had to be scaled back this year because of COVID-19, it is once again providing excitement …

Linda Newsome of Juliette visited her new great granddaughter, Athena Elizabeth Campbell, in Lexington, S.C. and shared some time with her daughter and granddaughter as well. All four of them are first daughters of first daughters, and Linda Newsome’s mother was also a first daughter. Pictur…

America was born out of a revolution against social injustice. Its birth certificate is signed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit …

It seems big cats are being spotted in Monroe County a lot more than usual. Is it because of weather patterns, lots of rain, humans and vehicles staying in for weeks? A reader brought this image of an apparent bobcat captured on a trail camera a few months ago just off Ponder Trammell Road n…

Monroe County Board of Education recognized those retiring from the school system at its June 9 meeting and presented each of them a Bullova clock. It was the first BOE meeting held in the board room since March 9, and retirees’ family members were able to attend the recognition with them. 

Conversations about race are popping up everywhere lately. So the question it brings up for us as Christians is . . . is this a gospel issue? Meaning, is this an issue the church should engage in because it points to the heart of God; or is this is social issue that is distracting the church…

Students with disabilities can attend Monroe County Schools until they are 22, having the chance to learn, practice skills and interact with other students, faculty and members of the community. But often when they are too old to be served by the school system, they are left with a big void.…

Summer Camps are back for the children at Monroe County Recreation Department, and they kicked off with Sports Camps this week with two-and-a-half hour sessions for K-5th grade in the mornings and two-and-a-half hour sessions for 6th-8th grade in the afternoons. Monroe County Sports Coordina…

Dr. Norman “Chip” Hetzler of Culloden has been awarded the prestigious Bronze Star Medal for his service in Afghanistan as a U.S. Navy physician. Hetzler is a cardiothoracic surgeon with Coliseum Hospital in Macon who deployed to Afghanistan last August as a Commander with his U.S Navy Reser…

2nd Lt. Lloyd "Ernie" Strickland was commissioned at Dayspring Presbyterian Church in a virtual ceremony from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on Saturday, May 23. He received his bars on his uniform from Col. (Ret.) Jesse Denny Dumas and Col. (Ret.) Rodney Callahan, lifelong friends …

To preface, I urge all to agree that according to birth, not one of us did choose how or to whom we would be born. But.. now that we’re here.. it is up to us to forge the content of our character by which we shall be judged at the end of our lives, a character that must NOT be hewn by our ow…

There is a seemingly endless list of ornamental plants that are both beautiful to behold while at the same time provide nectar and pollen for hummingbirds and butterflies. Each year my wife and I make an effort to conduct a field trial on one or more of these plants in our Monroe County gard…

The Georgia Wildlife Resources Division has released a preliminary report on the success enjoyed by hunters during the 2020 Wild Turkey Hunting Season. Although not all of the data has been analyzed, it appears that this year’s turkey harvest was the highest recorded since 2016.

COVID-19….I know what it is, however what do those letters actually stand for? I looked it up. COVID literally stands for ‘Chinese Originated Viral Infectious Disease’ and the number 19 is due to this being the 19th virus to come out of China. Then I see somewhere else that ‘CO’ stands for c…

Doug Justice of Justice Farms invites everybody to come by Forsyth Farmers Market this Friday, June 5 and try to guess the weight of one of the huge cabbages he has for sale. The lucky person whose guess is closest to the actual weight will win produce prizes. 

The Holland family kept up a yearly tradition of visiting Helen, Ga. over Memorial Day weekend and taking their Monroe County Reporter along on the vacation. Pictured, left to right, are Liz Mooney and her parents, Patricia and Roger Holland.

It’s been a tough spring for the Class of 2020 with school and activities shutdown for the coronavirus, but Mary Persons seniors finally got a chance to have some fun on Friday with a Reverse Parade to celebrate the completion of high school. Hundreds of cars lined down Montpelier Road to Th…

Each year countless birds nest close to our homes. In Monroe County at least a dozen or more species of birds nest in our backyards. However, none of these birds offers a better chance to watch their nesting behavior than the barn swallow, especially when they nest on the side of a house.  

For the last 21 years the Community Improvement Coalition of Monroe County has provided a free day camp for children 5-14 during the four weeks of June. Because of COVID-19 restrictions it won’t be able to provide camp, but CICMC has obtained from the Bright from the Start Summer Feeding Pro…

At this time of year we celebrate a time of new beginnings. As our seniors graduate, they end a 12-year (sometimes more) phase of life and are beginning a new and exciting adventure. Some will go to college, some to technical school, and some straight to work. 

Monroe County deputies had to intervene after the owner of a local towing company parked vehicles at both exits to prevent a driver from re-claiming a tractor trailer with a $22,000 towing and impound bill on May 15.

After hearing Harvey Crowe’s plans to create a wedding and event venue at the Jossey House, 311 West Main Street, the Forsyth Planning & Zoning Commission recommended that Crowe’s request for a conditional use permit be denied. The historic house is a few blocks from downtown Forsyth in …

Five Mary Persons seniors have been awarded the Deputy Michael Norris Memorial Scholarship to help them pursue a career in law enforcement or public safety. Gus Procter, Jorja Conine, Bailey Niblett, Sara Moore and Franklin Pierson were each awarded a $2,000 scholarship to help with college …

Graduation is traditionally a family event, one that draws family members together as everyone expresses pride in the new graduate and celebrates the milestone in life, reminiscing about moments together before this time and eagerly anticipating what the future might bring. For 2020 Mary Per…

Whitney Ray is a young lady who knows what she wants to do and has worked hard to turn her goals into realities. As she graduates from Mary Persons, her path for the next eight years seems clear right now—She will spend four years earning her undergraduate degree at Mercer University and wil…

Timethius (TJ) Terrell embraced a life-changing event in August 2018 when he was accepted at the Georgia Academy of Arts, Math, Engineering and Sciences and left 11th grade at Mary Persons to become a college student, living in a dorm on the Cochran campus of Middle Georgia State University.…

Allison Spence enjoys learning. She says she has always been blessed to be motivated to do well academically and has never found it a struggle to succeed in school. On the other hand, she said she has always been conscious of her grades and never satisfied with herself unless she excelled be…