Forsyth will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with a community-wide event honoring the legacy of Dr. King. on the Courthouse square at 12 noon on Monday, Jan. 17. Jesse Hicks, Head Football Coach of Baldwin High School will be the keynote speaker. All are invited to share in t…

T.G. Scott Elementary 5th grader Cheyenne Simpson is the 2022 Spelling Bee champion of Monroe County Schools. She sealed her win in the 13th round on Monday night, Jan. 10 by correctly spelling “corridor” and will go on to represent Monroe County in the district Spelling Bee on February 26.

When most people think of an artist, they visualize someone with a brush, dipping it into different colors, mixing and matching, and applying paint to canvas or maybe a board. Not so with local artist Elizabeth Hickman who creates amazing paintings with the tips of her fingers with her canva…

The Mary Persons Band announces that four of its members have been selected for the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) All State Band. In the 9th-10th grade division are Avery Claire Morris on Flute and Will Pixley on Trombone. In the 7th-8th grade division is Mason Holloway on Tromb…

Armanda Whitley began her photography business, Armanda Whitley Photography, located at 14107 Ga Hwy 87 in Monroe County six years ago. She specializes in weddings and portraits, including family, maternity, newborn, senior, and couple’s portraits, and videography. She says that photography …

Hummingbirds are among the rarest birds we might see in Monroe County during the winter. However, according to a report recently released by the National Audubon Society, our chances of spotting one of these aerial acrobats on a frigid morning from December through February are on the rise.

A family in the Glen Merry subdivision in Bolingbroke had a memorable Christmas Eve after fire leapt out of their chimney and into the vacant space around their chimney flue. Monroe County firefighters were called to the home of John and Stephanie Hall at 6 Stirling Court on Christmas Eve ar…

A 71-year-old Forsyth man laid his 2007 Jeep Wrangler on its side on Dec. 22 after running off the road and striking a fence in the yard of 1624 Blount Road. The accident report said Robert Dale Hanning told deputy Teldric Middlebrooks he couldn’t remember what had happened and said he didn’…

Monroe County firefighters spent their Christmas Day rescuing a Chriswood subdivision’s family cat out of a storm drain. A Rabon Drive woman in the Chriswood subdivision was out for a Christmas jog when she heard a kitten meowing from a storm drain. It was inaccessible directly as it had a l…

If you asked Americans what bird they believe is most deserving of holding the title of the Christmas bird, I am sure the vast majority of them would say the cardinal.  Although nobody can say for sure why this is the case, I have my own theory why the cardinal is linked with this holiday.  …

A Monroe County inmate awaiting trial for killing a Bibb County jailer in April is accused of a fourth attack on a jailer on Dec. 10. Here’s what happened, all according to the sheriff’s report: inmate Albert Booze was instructed to back away from his cell door while deputies Justyn Weaver a…

Dan Pitts Stadium is set to get a new $1 million restrooms/concessions building before the 2022 Mary Persons football season. Monroe County schools officials are calling it a down payment on future improvements to MP’s football facilities.

On Christmas morning, some Monroe County emergency responders, hospital workers, dispatchers and restaurant and retail employees will be up early not to watch their children open presents or exchange gifts with spouses, but to get ready for work. One in four Americans are expected to put in …

The winner of the AR-15 and large box of ammo in this year’s Reporter Christmas drawing said he has never won anything before. Franklin Windham, 84, right, a retired high school teacher who lives in the Providence subdivision in Monroe County near the Bibb County line, won the drawing after …

It’s something different alright. Located in the old Little Piggy restaurant, Sumpthin Diffrent Antiques & More doesn’t fill its shelves and glass cases with worthless knick-knacks but with unique items supplied by 25 in-house vendors that most would consider treasures. 

Buddy the Elf brought his goofy antics and a lot of laughter to T.G. Scott Elementary School just before the Christmas break. Thought to be actually be TG Scott father Nick Morgan, Buddy starred in the 2003 “Elf” movie as the kid who grew up at the North Pole and never quite fits in.   

It’s Christmas time, and I love it! Every season is a good season to be in Monroe County but I personally love the Thanksgiving – New Year’s window with Christmas being the pinnacle day. What makes Christmas so great you may ask? Well, I think it’s many things’ lights, ambiance, joyfulness, …

Jonathan Head of Forsyth shot this bobcat on his family’s property on Boxankle Road last Friday, Dec. 3. A freshman at Mary Persons, Jonathan is the son of Greg and Michelle Head. The bobcat was thought to be killing some of the family’s chickens, and looks like he had been eating well.

The role of an animal control officer is often a difficult job that sometimes requires picking up animals that may be rabid or vicious. If that isn’t enough, the officers are often demonized as heartless individuals who take people’s beloved pets away trying to meet quotas or even get a cut …

Holidays are supposed to be times for rejoicing, not grieving. At Christmas we are busy shopping, eating, caroling, giving, and celebrating. However, grief can interrupt the festivities if we have lost a loved one. 

A Tennessee man, second from left, found on Dec. 8 that Monroe County is good place to have a flat tire. Jay Gonzalez and his wife and two children were on their way back from Florida to Tennessee on I-75 when their vehicle had a flat. They made it to the Rumble Road BP station in the rain. …

Large crowds lined downtown Forsyth streets on Thursday for the 32nd Annual Hometown Holidays parade sponsored by the Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce. Downtown restaurants told the Reporter they had one of their best nights ever entertaining and feeding the large crowds. The parade…

The kids in Mrs. Rice’s first grade class at T.G. Scott Elementary School were surprised to have a very special visitor last Wednesday, Dec. 1 when Santa Claus stopped by after lunch. But, student Auria Randall was even more surprised when Santa told her to make a wish, and she opened her ey…

The final gift Jesus gave his followers before returning to heaven was the promise of peace.  He told them “Peace I leave with you.”  Yet we struggle so much for Peace in the world and Peace within our lives.  

Here in Monroe County, Giving Tuesday took on a new meaning to two separate families this year. Pamela Stornelli told her friend Amanda Gilman at a Thanksgiving dinner that she wanted to bless someone come Giving Tuesday and asked her if she knew anyone in need. On the following Sunday Amand…

The Monroe County Bicentennial Commission buried a time capsule Saturday morning that will be opened in fifty years during the county’s semiquincentennial year. Inside a 3-foot tall, 1-foot diameter PVC tube were over 250 letters to future citizens, books, photographs, mementos, coronavirus …

Customers loved the violin music that a busker from Romania was playing in the Ingles parking lot on Tift College Drive for a few evenings last week. With songs like “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran, his music seemed to fit perfectly with the holiday season. And people didn’t just walk past the music…

Mistletoe is indeed a curious plant. We all recognize mistletoe as being one of a handful of plants we associate with Christmas.  At the same time, it is also a valuable wildlife food plant.  This begs the question, “How can a parasitic plant that grows in the tops of hardwood trees be eithe…

The Georgia Bulldogs will play Michigan in the national semifinals despite losing to Alabama for a seventh straight time on Saturday in the SEC title game. The Dawgs opened as 7-point favorites over the Wolverines. The game will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Orange Bowl in Miami. On Saturday the Da…

The best way to explain the Bolingbroke Christmas Parade (BCP) is Norman Rockwell meets (or paints) the Hallmark Channel. The only thing missing will be the snow. But you never know. (I’m told that Southern Charm might have some faux snow for the event.) The BCP is a quintessential all-Ameri…

From time immemorial, the human family has been fascinated, and to an alarming degree, obsessed with rituals. Here in America, we have just gone through one of our most powerful such events, Thanksgiving.  

The Mary Persons Serverous Robotics Team made history by taking first place in their first ever robotics competition. The Serverous, consisting of Emmy Hansen, Dylan Garza, Daniel Joseph, Jerry Ochieng, Eli Allen, Chasten Jones, Hayden Walker, Anna Guzman, Nidhi Patel, Chloe Myers, Michaela …

Mercer’s Board of Trustees on Nov. 12 elected two Monroe County residents, J. Thomas McAfee, chairman and president of Hallmark Systems Inc., and Eli Morgan, claims manager for State Farm Insurance Co., to serve 5-year terms on the University’s governing body.  McAfee, a Juliette resident, i…

Soon after I became a wildlife biologist for the state of Georgia, one of my first duties was to work on a research project, dealing with determining how prevalent bot fly larvae were in squirrels during the summer months.  At the time, the state was considering whether or not to legalize su…