Football abounds as the Mary Persons Bulldogs are set for their fourth game this season against Lovett in Atlanta on Friday the 13th. Georgia, Georgia Tech and Mercer are at their home stadiums Saturday. If you don’t feel like travelling or sitting outside in this lingering summer heat, you …

Church is considered a traditional event in most communities in middle Georgia. Look around Monroe County for a bit, and you will see several churches on the landscape. For the most part, all of these churches seem healthy, but if you look at the population of most churches verses the popula…

The eastern bluebird is one of our most beloved birds. One reason for its popularity is its beauty can be enjoyed without having to gaze at it through a pair of binoculars. However, the eastern bluebird’s stunning beauty belies the fact its migratory behavior is truly perplexing.

Monroe County began planning its 200th birthday celebration on Thursday as the county’s Bicentennial Commission held its first meeting. The Georgia legislature created Monroe County on May 15, 1821, so the county will mark 200 years in 2021. Commission members reviewed a tabloid-style public…

For the past few weeks, I have been writing a series of columns dealing with hunting. This may seem strange, however, the truth of the matter is late August, and the first couple of weeks in September, are awash with hunting-related matters.  A number of quota hunt deadlines occur in late Au…

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk …

Since Forsyth’s Comfort Inn & Suites provides its guests fresh waffles for breakfast daily, Navid Kapadia decided that a good way to celebrate National Waffle Day (Aug. 24) would be to invite leaders from Forsyth and Monroe County to enjoy a waffle breakfast with him at the hotel. Navid …

When God speaks, Margie Bryant listens. On a Sunday morning a few weeks ago she was still in bed when she knew that she should do something for Donna Wilson and A.J. Jefferson. Donna gave one of her kidneys on Aug. 16 so that A.J., who had been on the kidney donor list for two years and had …

St. James Baptist Church has launched a monthly food distribution on the fourth Tuesday of each month to help those in Monroe County who have a need for nutritious food. Members of St. James Baptist, along with volunteers from other churches and throughout the community, are partnering with …

The Mary Persons Touchdown Club fed the football team on Thursday night on the eve of their season opener last week. Above, club members serve up some chips to Kelvin Harden. The Bulldogs host the Backyard Brawl against Jackson on Friday night. (Photo/Will Davis)

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, our three most highly anticipated hunting seasons are turkey, dove, and deer. For dove hunters the long wait for opening day is just about over. The 2019-20 Dove Hunting Season is just days away.

Monroe County Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman and Assistant Superintendent Jackson Daniel gave an update on the school system and answered questions from about 30 individuals at a meeting of the Blue Bridge Society at Forsyth Presbyterian Church parish hall on Aug. 12. 

The Pregnancy Center of Monroe County is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. It will mark the milestone with a 30th Anniversary Banquet on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at the New Providence Baptist Church Worship Center, 2560 Highway 41 South, Forsyth. Joshua Edmonds of Georgia Life All…

A big group of students from Monroe County schools are playing travel soccer this year with the U16 boys and girls teams at the Macon Soccer Club and competed in the Resurgens Cup in Henry County on Aug. 17-18. They include the girls, from left, Clara Smith, Karlie Dell, Reagan Benson, Ella …

Hubbard first grader Marques Mays received the rare honor of being sworn in as an honorary Monroe County deputy Tuesday afternoon. Mays, 7, who has terminal bone cancer, was sworn in by Sheriff Brad Freeman in front of family, friends and his favorite teacher, Betsy Ford. Mays also received …

The American Clown Academy, which moved to Monroe County last year, gave the community a priceless gift on Aug. 15 in the form of “The Big Top Show” at Monroe County Schools Fine Arts Center. Over a hundred clowns in full make-up, costume and character welcomed everyone who accepted their in…

More than 800 friends and family enjoyed a pancake supper and bid on silent auction items to raise over $20,000 for the family of Hatcher Davis on Saturday at Forsyth UMC. “It overwhelms me,” said Hatcher’s mom, Pam Davis. “I can’t begin to thank everyone that helped in front and behind the …

Juliette native Marshall Thompson recently completed the 2019 baseball season as a member of the popular Savannah Bananas. Thompson, a 6’2”, 205-pound right-handed pitcher, threw 16 innings of relief for the Bananas, whose season ended on Aug. 4, while compiling a 1-1 record with a 3.94 Earn…

You do not have to be very old to remember when squirrel hunting season opened on a cool November day. Such is not the case anymore. For the past several decades, squirrel season has commenced on a hot and humid day in August. This year is no exception. The 2019-20 Squirrel Hunting Season op…

The award-winning Mary Persons Chorus will present its annual Fall Concert at the beautiful, spacious Monroe County Fine Arts Center at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 30--a full concert before a live audience of their best friends, family and critics. This is what is in store for the newly-inducted…

The clowns are back in town! For the second straight year, the American Clown Academy is holding its annual week-long session in Monroe County, bringing some of the most talented and sought-after entertainers to Forsyth as instructors plus a plethora of new faces and energy as students. The …

Above, left, Rueshelle Ambrose of Monroe County and her grandchildren, Jack, Evan and Ally Ambrose, took their hometown newspaper along as they visited the Vatican on Aug. 1. Two days before, on July 30, they were in the ancient Colisseum in Rome. This picture, right, includes Dr John Ambros…

Donna Wilson of Culloden has never met Amari “A.J.” Jefferson, but she says that Monroe County is family so she’s giving one of her kidneys next Friday, Aug. 16 so that the 16-year-old can get a new one.

Monroe County schools have welcomed 3,964 students to classes as school opened on Friday. Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman said that 4,144 are enrolled in schools so far this year. Above, Amanda Grant takes a first-day-of-school photo of her boys Marshall (4th grade) and Cooper (PreK) in fron…

Forsyth honored Glover Stuart on Monday by naming the American Legion Building on West Main Street after him and unveiling the plaque on the iconic log building that bears Stuart’s name. Stuart has volunteered with many community organizations, including the American Legion, working to make …

If you are planning to begin the upcoming dove season by taking part in one of the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division’s (WRD) quota dove hunts, you must apply now! The reason for this urgency is all applications to take part in one of these hunts must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 15.

Monroe County Hospital staffers saw 34 patients on the first day that the freshly renovated emergency room re-opened on Friday, July 19, according to MCH patient care services director Casey Fleckenstein. MCH interim director of ancillary services Megan Randall said the hospital’s total ER r…

When the Lord speaks you listen, right? This is an inspirational story of just that…..Back in 2010, Angie Hamlin of Bolingbroke had just completed taking down the Christmas tree and packed up the angel that adorned the top of the tree. As she was getting dressed for the day, she said the Lor…

Mary Persons Fellowship of Christian Athletes travelled to Culebra, Puerto Rico this summer to serve their community and spread the love of Jesus! For a week, student, staff, and parent volunteers from Monroe County organized morning sports camps that taught the island children skills in bas…

Vulcan Materials Company’s Macon Quarry was recognized during the 2019 Vulcan Materials Company’s Macon Quarry was recognized during the 2019 Georgia Construction Aggregate Association (GCAA) Midyear Meeting with the Eagle Award for Community Involvement - Silver Award. 2019 Eagle Award winn…

Plans are underway for Monroe County Kingdom Builders to work on local building projects at homes of the elderly and needy in Monroe County Oct. 18-19. They are in need of applicants for assistance, volunteers to do the work and donations for purchase of building materials. The group also re…

Russellville Baptist Church has welcomed Chris Fuller as its new pastor. Fuller is excited to be pastoring his first church, but he is far from a novice in ministry. He comes to Russellville Baptist after 33 years with the Georgia Baptist Mission Board.

He doesn’t know how much longer he has, but Mary Persons senior Hatcher Davis plans to be at the first day of school on Friday and is doing much better since leaving Egleston Children’s Hospital on Saturday.

The Forsyth Dairy Queen raised $4,500 for the Children’s Miracle Network and the children’s hospital at Navicent Health. The day was personal for Levi Colvin, top left, as he’s a cancer survivor. He’s shown with his uncle Perry Slaughter, left, and mother Tabitha Phillips. At right are Levi’…

On July 16 Governor Brian Kemp announced the selection of his gubernatorial appointments, which included the appointment of Monticello native Sam Holmes, who was recently sworn in to serve on the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Holmes is the son of Georgia General Assem…

The gray squirrel is a familiar sight throughout Monroe County. We see them in our backyards, walking across power lines spanning roads in downtown Forsyth and searching for food in the woodlands that blanket most of the county. In fact, they are so common we overlook that each day gray squi…

Members of the Monroe County Emergency Services Dive Rescue and Recovery Team (above) completed their national certification and received graduation pins in a ceremony at the Dames Ferry Campground on Lake Juliette on Tuesday, June 23. The Dive Team wrapped up nine months of twice-weekly tra…

For the third year, Union Hill Summer Reading program offered a safe environment and academic encouragement for Forsyth children during July. Bernice Smith, who retired from T.G. Scott Elementary after working with children for 30 years, organized the program. 

The Central Georgia EMC Foundation presented a check for $1,000 to Ferst Readers of Monroe County (formerly known as Monroe Reads) on July 25. The money will be used to buy and send age-appropriate books to children ages birth to 5 in Monroe County each month; materials for parents and careg…

Forsyth held a groundbreaking for its Dog Parks in Country Club City Park on Monday, July 15. This is the first phase of additions and improvements planned for the city park and the 15-plus acres adjacent to it acquired from the county. The city has contracted with TSW to design new features…

Abundant Life Forsyth sent two leaders and two students to Armenia, Colombia, South America this week on an Assemblies of God AIM mission trip! This opportunity allowed the team, along with over 70 other students and leaders from all over Georgia, to work alongside local churches in minister…

Some of you have students headed off to college or know of students headed off to college. College can be a wonderful opportunity to learn skills and information and prepare students for life and work. College can also be a time to gain friendships and grow relationship skills. But the sad r…

Cycloramas are massive circular paintings designed for exhibition in a large rotunda. The panoramic view allows the audience to experience the scene as if they were there. Cycloramas were popular in the 19th Century before moving pictures. The only two remaining in America both depict scenes…