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…

The Mary Persons Touchdown Club held its annual football end-of-season awards banquet at the Fine Arts Center on Wednesday. Among the honorees were the members of the All-Region 2-AAAA First Team (Above). Pictured from left to right: Colton Dingmore, Charles Dean, Noah Davis, Luke Byrne, De’…

The Mary Persons wrestling team will next compete in the two-day Area 2-AAAA Duals championship at Perry beginning on Friday and ending on Saturday.

The mourning dove is one of our most recognizable birds. It is also the most harvested game bird in North America. Each year, hunters harvest some 70 million mourning doves. Amazingly more mourning doves are bagged annually than all of the ducks, geese and other migratory birds combined.

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.

Here is my annual countdown of the 10 Best Games of the Year. The contests are listed according to increasing order of importance. Nos. 5-1 will be in next week’s edition.

The Mary Persons Bulldogs boys basketball team fell just short in its quest to repeat as champs of the home MP Holiday Classic tourney at J.P. Evans Gymnasium on Saturday.

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?”

In front of over 100 friends and family members, Mary Persons senior football star Colton Dingmore signed a letter of intent on Wednesday to play college football at Mercer.

The Mary Persons volleyball program handed out individual awards at its season-ending banquet last month. Awards recipients included: Mary Kate Jones (Varsity Scholar-Athlete Award and Varsity Best Offensive Player Award), Brianna Morgan (Varsity Co-Most Improved Player Award), Rachel Sparks…

After going winless a year ago, the Monroe County Middle School boys basketball squad is off to an excellent 4-1 start after beating Carver Road 38-22  on the road win on Thursday.

Led by senior Desmond Williams’ game-high 39 points, the Mary Persons boys basketball team rallied from a 17-point deficit to defeat rival Jackson 91-76 in a home non-region contest on Saturday.

Every day we use a variety of tools. We use a toothbrush to brush our teeth. If you are like me, you cannot imagine eating a meal without using forks, spoons, and knives. At work, we use computers, pens, drills, wrenches, hammers, saws, as well as an endless variety of other tools. In fact, …

After capturing a fourth straight Region 2-AAAA title in 2018, the Mary Persons Bulldogs football squad, as expected, swept nearly all of the major postseason awards, as selected by the region’s coaches on Thursday.

For the first time in a handful of years, the Mary Persons boys basketball team heads into the realm of the unknown after graduating a number of key contributors, including all-time leading scorer Cam Holden.

A Stratford Academy senior with Monroe County roots signed a letter of intent to play golf on scholarship for Georgia State on Nov. 14. Will Chambless is the son of Mark Chambless of Culloden and Linda Chambless, and the grandson of Roger Chambless and the late Ann Chambless of Forsyth. Cham…

In its fourth year of existence, the Mary Persons wrestling program could be in the midst of a transition year in 2018-19 after the graduation of some of its inaugural team members.

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.

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.

Forsyth surveyor Steve Coleman never led the 2018 Celebrity Pigskin Pickers until the final week, when he leapfrogged long-time leaders Al Shackelford and Joel Kennedy to take first place. Congratulations Steve!

The Mary Persons Bulldogs’ historic run came to an inauspicious end in the quarterfinals of the AAAA state playoffs on Friday night when visiting Marist came from behind in the fourth quarter to down the Bulldogs 10-7 in one of MP’s most disappointing defeats ever at Dan Pitts Stadium.

If you are a Monroe County hunter, you will soon be able to hunt more different kinds of game animals than at any other time of the year. By Dec. 8, you will be able to hunt quail, rabbit, squirrel, deer, snipe, raccoon, opossum, fox, bobcat, dove, crow, geese, and waterfowl.

Now that we have had a taste of cold, rainy weather, Monroe County duck hunters are scanning the skies looking for flocks of ducks. Once the first flock is sighted, waterfowlers cannot help but wonder how many ducks will winter or pass through Monroe County this fall.

Mary Persons senior softball star Destiny Middleton signed a letter of intent Thursday to play college softball at the University of North Carolina.

For the second straight week, the Mary Persons Bulldogs will host an Atlanta-area superpower in a must-win playoff game at Dan Pitts Stadium

The Mary Persons Bulldogs advanced to the AAAA state quarterfinals for the third straight year thanks to another record-setting offensive outburst in a 65-21 victory over visiting Woodward Academy at Dan Pitts Stadium on Friday.

The Mary Persons Bulldogs will be seeking a state quarterfinal berth for the third straight year when they host Woodward Academy in the second round of the AAAA state playoffs at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Dan Pitts Stadium.

The Mary Persons competition cheerleading squad recorded its best-ever state finish on Saturday, placing third at the AAAA state championship meet in Columbus.

The Mary Persons Bulldogs got their state playoff run off to a rousing start on Friday, scoring the most points in program playoff history in a 59-0 humiliation of visiting Richmond Academy at Dan Pitts Stadium.

When the temperatures begin to drop and the woodlands don their multi-colored cloak of yellow, orange and red, I find myself eagerly awaiting arrival of birds that make the long trek from the north to winter in my backyard. During the first week in November, my wait for the first of these sp…

Mary Persons will host the state quarterfinals on Friday, Nov. 23 if they beat Woodward Academy in Round 2 on Friday. That after the GHSA on Wednesday did a coin flip which determined that the team on the top side of the bracket would host if both teams in a quarterfinal match are No. 1 seed…

The Mary Persons Bulldogs made history on Friday night, capturing their fourth straight region title in a 60-14 Senior Night beatdown of rival Howard at Dan Pitts Stadium.

 I am old enough to remember when state wildlife agencies began requiring deer hunters to wear what was then called fluorescent orange (now named hunter orange) while hunting white-tailed deer.  This was done in an effort to reduce deer hunting accidents.  The rationale for this requirement …

Mary Persons sophomore Justin Wachtel missed out by less than a second on being the first MP boys cross country individual state champion in program history at the AAAA state cross country championship meet in Carrollton on Saturday.

Fresh off a fourth straight region title, the Mary Persons Bulldogs will begin their quest to snap a 38-year state championship drought when they host Richmond Academy in the first round of the AAAA state playoffs at Dan Pitts Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

The Mary Persons Bulldogs throttled Perry 40-3 at Dan Pitts Stadium on Friday night to move one win away from a fourth straight Region 2-AAAA championship.

The Mary Persons Bulldogs could make history Friday by winning a four consecutive region championships for just the second time in school history.

The Mary Persons boys and girls cross country teams overwhelmed the Region 2-AAAA championship field on Thursday, sweeping the Region 2-AAAA meet at the Georgia Industrial Children’s Home in Macon.

The yellow jacket is one of our most reviled insects. In fact, I can safely say I personally do not know anybody that has a kind word to say about these small (1/2-inch) yellow and black wasps. However, it seems that folks most often talk about their dislike for the yellow jacket in fall. I …

The Mary Persons Bulldogs will look to keep a firm grasp on first place in Region 2-AAAA when the Perry Panthers visit Dan Pitts Stadium for Homecoming at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

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