Mary Persons freshman Maela McKallip claimed a State Championship the weekend of July 17-18 when she finished first in the 50 meter freestyle in the 13-14-year age division at the Georgia Tech meet. She missed placing first in the 100 m freestyle as well by touching the pool side only tenths…

Dr. Anna Fletcher is the newest addition to the medical team at Caldwell Veterinary Hospital in Forsyth, but she is far from a new face in Monroe County. Anna grew up Monroe County, graduated from Mary Persons in 2012 and has deep family roots in the community. 

Tonya Bittick thinks the world of her brother. He is seven years her senior and looked out for her and taught her a lot as she was growing up, but one day, about a month shy of her 15th birthday, things changed when a woman backed out of a 7-11 Store and clipped the tire of his motorcycle. 

Mr. Samuel and Dr. Jennifer Mize of Culloden, Ga. are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Marie Mize, to André David Ludlow, son of Dr. Christopher and Mrs. Johanna Ludlow of Savannah, Ga. A November wedding is planned.

The Wednesday morning Bible Study men from New Providence Baptist Church, Sherry Driggers and Allison Jenkins took part in the 3rd Annual Georgia Bible Reading at 7:14 a.m. on July 14 by coming together at the Monroe County Courthouse to read a selection from the Bible. 

Each year as all the preparation for Fun in the Son [See article below] comes I welcome the many volunteers that help to prepare the grounds for a great adventure. We create a Bible land where you drive along the path under a canopy of trees with scriptures of life along the way. As you trav…

It is possible to see a couple of dozen or more different species of birds in your Monroe County backyard.  The list of these backyard favorites includes the likes of ruby-throated hummingbirds, cardinals, mockingbirds, Carolina wrens, tufted titmice, chipping sparrows, gray catbirds, bluebi…

Board member Denise Buff encouraged Forsyth Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to consider membership in Georgia Grown or to ask the city to join. Georgia Grown is a marketing and economic development program of the Georgia Department of Agriculture. 

Monroe County is celebrating its 200th birthday in 2021, and a Bicentennial Committee has organized a year-long look back at the years from 1821-2021 with an emphasis on a different aspect of the county each month. In June the focus was on education, and Monroe County has been rich in educat…

Professional storyteller Barry Stewart Mann entertained children as the Monroe County Library began the second half of its 2021 Summer Reading Program on July 7. With props, like puppets, and assistance from volunteers Mann told five classic “tail-wagging tales” in accordance with this summe…

How do you tell the story of a lifetime in less than two hours? And what if that lifetime has seen 200 years and it’s really the story of Monroe County and thousands of lives? That’s the challenge that Patsy Vedder Clark and Tullye Ralph faced as they considered the project separately and th…

Life is getting back to normal -- The Reporter is getting to travel again. Over the 4th of July weekend, Monore County Reporter made it to Yellowstone National Park and got to watch Old Faithful erupt with Chad and Sally Hitt of Forsyth. Yellowstone National Park is a nearly 3,500-sq.-mile w…

On Saturday, June 26 scouts of Monroe County’s Troop 51 dedicated a Drop Box that will provided a convenient and respectful way for citizens to dispose of United States flags that are worn and no longer in condition to be displayed. The Drop Box is the Eagle Scout project of Lane Norris, who…

Several times in the gospels, Jesus said, “The greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and the second is like it, Love your neighbor as yourself.”

The Forsyth New Life Mission of Seventh-day Adventists has reached out to the residents of Forsyth Gardens apartments by planting a vegetable garden in the apartment complex. It has been several weeks now, and the fruit of their labors is manifest.

Two popular summer clinics sponsored by the City of Forsyth at Monroe County Recreation Department were filled with energetic young ladies the week following July 4th. In the mornings Kyle Ward, coach of the State Champion Mary Persons Competition Squad, led a clinic on tumbling while Katie …

Wolf Day at Monroe County Recreation Department on Saturday, July 17 will be a day to celebrate basketball and to encourage youth to learn the basic skills of the game and foster their desire to play on a team and excel. The Monroe County Wolves is a new Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) team tha…

By Monday, July 12 Dr. Kimberlie Harris had reached her fundraiser goal on the Kickstarter site to publish the first in a planned series of books to encourage boys to develop a love for reading at an early age. “I Love a Good Book” is the first book in her Boys Unboxed series. 

Community Unity Monroe Days on June 26-27 was a huge success in bringing people of all ages out to Kynette Park and the surrounding area for a weekend of fun and fellowship. With basketball and baseball competitions, a car show, music, food and blow-ups for the kids, there were good memories…

The High Falls community began its celebration of Independence Day on Saturday morning, July 3 with a parade of patriotically decorated watercraft. “Anything that floats” was invited to join the parade, and it featured smiling people waving flags from pontoons to paddle boats. A couple of ka…

One message that Christian Scriptures make clear is that although we are fallen and undeserving creatures, our God loves us. Jesus clearly states that “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (Jn…

One of our most hallowed holidays is Independence Day (celebrated July 4).  On this national holiday, we celebrate the Continental Congress signing the Declaration of Independence in 1776. 

Casey Robinson, the children’s pastor at New Providence Baptist Church, takes a mud bath to the delight of the kids after his team raised less money for missions than that of pastor Brian Moore. All told about 140 kids raised $1,500 for missions. Children include Weston Dupree, Matthias Youn…

A Monroe County neighborhood of 13 homes is succeeding in making its neighborhood what a community should be—a place where residents enjoy working together and socializing together as they enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of their labor.

‘Bella The Butterfly Dog Gets A Sister’ is the follow up to my first children’s book, ‘Bella The Butterfly Dog Goes to Work’. The second book was released on Amazon in late April and has been very well received.

Mackenzie Noel Melton of Monroe County and Samuel Joseph Gaston of Lilburn were joined in marriage on Saturday, June 5, 2021.

As a highlight of its 2021 Summer Reading Program Monroe County Library brought Lew-e’ the Clown to the Monroe County Clubhouse on Monday, June 28. Children (and their caregivers) enjoyed the chance to laugh and watch the antics of Lew-e’ and the young helpers he brought on stage with him.

Monroe County Board of Education recognized its 21 retirees at the June 8  board meeting, presenting each of them with a clock and a certificate. Sixteen of the retirees attended the recognition at the Board of Education Auditorium, many of them accompanied by family members. 

The survey, originally named the Spring North American Migration Count, was initially part of a national survey. The nationwide effort was terminated due to a lack of funding. However, realizing that the data collected on the count are invaluable to understanding the status of spring bird po…

A free, new workout group strong on faith and fellowship is coming to Forsyth starting next Tuesday, July 6. B.J. Fair of Forsyth has been part of F3, a nationwide workout group, in Macon for several years. F3 is a national network of free, peer-led workouts for men. Its mission is to plant,…

It’s Community Unity Monroe Day this weekend, June 26-27 with activities for all ages at Kynette Park. The 3-on-3 basketball tournament, a Car Show and a baseball tournament will all get underway at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Everyone is invited to bring lawn chairs and coolers and safely and respo…

On Wednesday June 16 the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office blocked a small section of Old Highway 341 in Culloden and about 25 people gathered to mark the unveiling of a Georgia historical marker dedicated to a woman whose perseverance and organizational skills were a significant factor in the …

The Friends of the Monroe County Library President, Scott Hudgins, presented a donation of paperback books to the library of the Monroe County jail. Pictured from left to right are Lt. Gwen Maddox, Sgt. Samuel Leggett, and Hudgins. Friends of the Monroe County Library is a 501C3 organization…

Georgia is home to tiger bees and eastern tiger swallowtails.  These insects are named for the tiger-like pattern displayed on their wings as opposed to displaying the tiger’s ferocious reputation. In fact, both of these insects are pollinators. 

Yvonne Stroud, who teaches students at T.G. Scott Elementary throughout the school year, is spending much of her summer volunteering to keep students learning during the break between school years. Having taught students in grades 1-6, Stroud was particularly concerned about the youngest stu…

Brandon Starr of Forsyth has been named Monroe County’s 2021 Father of the Year. He was nominated by his wife Jessica Starr. Brandon wins a $30 gift certificate from The Pickled Okra, a $50 gift card for Blanche Farms, and a gift basket from the Old Mill Market. Here’s the nomination:

Kristi Lovelace, Forsyth’s long-time municipal court judge, has accepted a position as assistant counsel to the Governor. She will be advising the Governor in all aspects of his duties, particularly in regard to legal matters, such as drafting legislation. But no, she won’t be working in Atl…

Monroe County Republicans, from left, Sloan Oliver, Al Turner and John Ricketson were among the attendees at a fundraiser for State Rep. Dale Washburn (R-Macon) on Thursday, June 10. The fundraiser was held at the home of Macon real estate man Roy Fickling, who lives near the Monroe-Bibb lin…

Roger and Cheryl Bennett of Juliette discovered a family’s worst nightmare last month. Their home for the past 36 years at 5328 Juliette Road had quietly been eaten up by termites. Worse, they learned that because they didn’t have a termite rider on their homeowner’s insurance, their policy …

Forsyth United Methodist Church hopes to fix a 20-year problem with leaks by having an Atlanta company coat its steeple over the past few weeks. Todd Rivers of Forsyth, who was hired by the church to handle the project, said they found an Atlanta company to coat the steeple and cover their w…