Cindy Nessing of Forsyth spied this beautiful bald eagle, the symbol of America, on Thornton Road on Sunday. Nessing said she was stunned that the eagle let her walk right up to him. (Photo courtesy Cindy Nessing)

Eight trees that form one of Forsyth’s most beautiful tree canopies on Lee Street from United Bank to Montpelier Road are slated to be cut down within a month. The canopy is shown above from a previous Mary Persons Homecoming Parade. A DOT contractor has put yellow tape (right) around about …

Forsyth mayor Eric Wilson hosted five former city mayors for a holiday lunch last month. Among those attending were, from left, Jimmy Pace, Ralph Ogletree, Wilson, Paul Jossey, John Howard and Tye Howard. Wilson is up for re-election this year. If re-elected, he would be the first Forsyth ma…

The Macon-Bibb County Fire Department honored its dive team members who helped save two teenagers stuck in the waters of High Falls on May 29. Monroe County officials summoned the dive team for help after a Monroe County teen and his girlfriend were stranded in the raging waters of the Towal…

We Georgians love our pecans. In addition to simply cracking them open and eating their delicious nutmeats, we use them in scores of mouth-watering dishes such as cakes, cookies, casseroles, pies, salads, candies and stuffing. In fact, I cannot think of a dish containing pecans that I do not…

District 3 Monroe County commissioner John Ambrose gave service awards on Thursday, Jan. 3 to county administrative staffers Janet Abbott, Kelsey Fortner and Suzanne Schultek.

Forsyth is back in the birthing business for the first time in 30 years. Dr. Bola Sogade of ObGyne Consultants cut the ribbon on her new Birthing Center at 100 MLK Boulevard in Forsyth last month. The 3,700 square-foot facility includes two birthing rooms and looks like a home. The idea of a…

Once Upon A Time Weddings is a hidden gem right here in Monroe County and it wants to host your dream wedding! A family-owned business, the Hughes family purchased the 1857 home in 2013 and has transformed it into what most photographers would call a dream. The idea of a venue came after Sha…

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Janice Pippin wants everyone to know the importance of an annual mammogram. When she went to Monroe County Hospital for her regular mammogram on June 7, 2018, she was busy planning what she would do during the summer after she retired  and “never gave it a thought that there would be anythin…

Dr. Glenn Canup is the new pastor of First Baptist Church High Falls. He sees a myriad of opportunities in the area and brings a unique combination of youthful energy and a background in a wide range of ministries to the challenge. He comes to First Baptist High Falls from Mabel White Baptis…

About 30 members of the Monroe County chapter of the Boys & Girls Club of Central Georgia received bicycles as Christmas gifts from an anonymous donor on Dec. 13. The children were delighted with the surprise, as director Joel Tolliver and his staff set the bikes up in rows at the old Hu…

Abigayle Baugh, daughter of Thomas Baugh, took the Reporter to visit Niagara Falls on the border of New York and Ontario on Dec. 29. Baugh is the granddaughter of Development Authority of Monroe County chairman Tom Baugh.

Forsyth recognized several of its firefighters on Dec. 17 for exceptional performance, including actions that resulted in saving lives. Many members of the firefighters’ families attended the council meeting to add their support and enthusiasm for the actions of the firefighters.

Emme Peterman of Forsyth and Anne Shirley of “Anne of Green Gables” share many of the same traits. Emme is a kind, precocious, imaginative young teen-ager. So is Anne.   Emme tries to see the best in everyone and every situation. So does Anne. Considering the similarities between Emme and An…

Mike and Sandra Copeland of Juliette presented their daughter, Hope Danielle, for marriage to Armando Castillo on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 3 p.m. at Southside Baptist Church in Savannah. Hope is a graduate of Mary Persons High School and Georgia College & State University. The weddi…

Mary Persons Senior Zachary Potts was able to audition on his horn at several prestigious European colleges thanks to connections from his Macon-based music teacher. Center is Stephan Dorh, first horn chair of the Berlin Philharmonic, and Potts, right, backstage at Berlin Philharmonic, Berli…

Police Chief Eddie Harris introduced his newest officer, Shenita Bell, and congratuated Bruce Hughley on his promotion to corporal at the Jan. 7 Forsyth city council meeting. Hughley has been with Forsyth P.D. for nine years. Pictured, left to right, are council member Chris Hewett (who taug…

The 2018 Leadership Monroe Class project, “Forsyth Foxhunt,” came in under budget. Class President Taylor Bittick and Vice President Kayleigh Sullivan presented the remainder of the funds raised to the city to be used for promotion and maintenance of the interactive scavenger hunt/public art…

Parents will have to pay at least $75, instead of $30, for their child to play at the Monroe County Recreation Department in 2019 after Monroe County commissioners raised recreation sports fees on Thursday, Dec. 27.

On the morning of Sept. 12, Forsyth firefighters were summoned to the Little Store on MLK Drive for a report of a person who had fallen. When the Forsyth fire trucks arrived, they found the patient lying on the sidewalk. What started as simply a person who had fallen quickly turned into the …

Attracting birds to our backyards during winter is a favorite pastime of untold numbers of Monroe Countians. However, as is the case of so many endeavors, some folks invariably enjoy more success than others do. This begs the nagging question “Is there a secret to their success?”

This is the one time of the year I slow down a little and take time for reflection and think back on the events of 2018. It has been a year that has been (mostly) good and eventful. I can attest the housing market in Middle Georgia remained improved and I even actually sold some brand new co…

A young mother, Angelina Hord works at the Holiday Inn in Forsyth, and thought she was done buying Christmas presents the year.

Kathy Rowland of Smarr says the front yard of their Rumble Road home has been inundated with visitors wanting to take photos in front of this old red truck her brother helped them put on display complete with a fresh-cut Christmas tree from their yard. Rowland said while the truck has the pe…

A Monroe County couple has bought Jonah’s on Johnston and after some renovations will re-open on Thursday, promising fast service every day and pizza by the slice.

Southern Tradition Builders has been hired to do $61,646 in renovations to the old city hall to make room for a Scoops ice cream and candy shop.

Monroe County Board of Education honored Board Member Phil Walker at its last regular meeting of the year on Dec. 11. Walker was not able to attend the meeting because of health problems, but his wife of 51 years, Andy, accepted a plaque in his honor and several other family members were als…

As I reflect on this time of year and this Holy Season of Christmas, my mind can’t help but wander and wonder to that time when Mary, a pregnant young lady, and her fiancé, Joseph, traveled to be counted for the census in Bethlehem. It was probably a grueling journey at that point in her pre…

What a heart-warming day at the Monroe County Animal Control Christmas Open House on Saturday, Dec. 15. A plethora of different people came together with one goal in mind, helping the animals! A huge thank you goes to all the volunteers and community for their generosity. 

Walker Tonn won the first annual Mary Persons Cheer Raffle Grand Prize of $5,000. Walker is pictured with Mary Persons head cheerleading coach, Kyle Ward. 

Monroe County Schools held a State of Education address on Friday, Nov. 30 as part of its outreach for better communication with the public. Representatives of city and county law enforcement and emergency services, the Hospital Authority, Chamber of Commerce and other boards as well as elec…

In November the Mary Persons Construction team took home the Overall Winner’s Cup at the Annual Southern Crescent Workforce Development Skills Challenge for the third consecutive year. It is one of four regional competitions held in the state. Sponsors of the competition, the Associated Gene…

Having been a deer hunter for more than four decades, Bolingbroke resident Everett Collins has bagged his fair share of white-tailed deer. However, the fine nine-point buck he dropped Saturday, Nov. 10 in nearby Crawford County proved to be the most unique deer he’s ever shot. 

Marigold Stables in northern Monroe County is offering riding lessons after hiring a new instructor at the thriving 52-acre horse operation. Families interested in lessons or learning more about Marigold Stables are invited to come to an Open House from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 8.

American Craftsman Homes will host a Horse Show at the Riata Equestrian Community on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9. The Horse Show will begin at 10 a.m. each day at the equestrian facility at 83 Triple Crown Way, Forsyth. Take I-75 exit 93 and go west on Johnstonville Road to reach Riata.

Let the hunt begin! The 2018 Leadership Monroe Class officially opened its class project, the Forsyth Foxhunt, to the public on Thursday, Nov. 29. Class President Taylor Bittick described the Forsyth Foxhunt as a combination of public art and a permanent scavenger hunt designed to bring not …

When the Christmas lights are turned on around the square in Forsyth, wildlife enthusiasts know the annual Christmas Bird Count cannot be far off. This year the Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge/Rum Creek Wildlife Management Area Christmas Bird Count will be held Monday, Dec. 17.