The Mary Persons boys basketball team improved to 10-6, 4-2 in region after winning their fourth straight game on Saturday, over Howard (0-15). Now No. 2 in Region 2-AAA, the Bulldogs had a chance to topple the top team in Region 2-AAA, Americus-Sumter (15-1, 6-0 region), on the road Tuesday…

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.

The Monroe County Middle School basketball teams both ran their records to 3-1 by recording wins over rival Henderson Middle of Jackson. The girls game was a back and forth affair with teams trading baskets for the lead for 3 quarters. However, in the 4th quarter Monroe was able to solve the…

Mary Persons sophomore running back Duke Watson has added to his honors for his 2021 season when the Macon Telegraph named him the area’s Offensive Player of the Year. Watson broke a school record with more than 1,700 yards on the season. He already has offers from Memphis and Liberty.

Former Mary Persons Bulldog and Missouri Tiger Jatorian Hansford has announced he is transferring to South Florida in Tampa to play for Coach Jeff Hall. Hansford was a senior backup defensive end this year but has an extra year of eligibility due to COVID. Hansford played 195 total snaps on …

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.  …

Former Mary Persons Bulldog Des Williams has been playing for East Central Community College in Decatur, Miss. for three years. But when he was committing to play for the University of Tennessee on Early Signing Day last week, he texted his old MP coach Brian Nelson. Williams wanted to sign …

Monroe County’s Emma Jordan, a freshman on the Stratford Academy softball team, was named first-team All-Region for Region 1-A private. Jordan had a .407 batting average, which was 9th in the region. As a pitcher she also posted the lowest ERA (2.23) and the most strikeouts (64) in the regio…

The Mary Persons boys basketball team has won two in a row and is now 3-4 overall, 2-2 region after avenging an earlier loss to Tattnall on Saturday.

Half way through the 2021-22 wrestling season the Mary Persons Mat Dogs have a 10-5 team record. The middle school team meanwhile is 3-1 on the year. Last weekend the varsity wrestled in the Hurricane Duals Tournament at Jasper County HS, a team and individual tournament. MP placed 3rd out o…

Senior Stratford quarterback Lawson Cole of Forsyth was named to the All-Region team for Region 1-A private. Cole led the Eagles to a 7-4 record in the final year under long-time coach Mark Farriba, who retired as football coach. Cole is the son of Jim and Gaylyn Cole.

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…

Tennessee just landed its 17th commitment of the 2022 recruiting class in East Central Community College (Miss) defensive back and Mary Persons 2019 graduate Desmond Williams. The standout junior college prospect announced his decision via Twitter stating the following, “First off I wanna th…

Members of the  Monroe County10U football team won the Southern Youth Football Conference title 20-13 over Brooks, Ga. on Nov. 20 to close out an undefeated season. Team members are Shywood Hughley, Jacob Henderson, Jamari Jester, Drew Horne, DeMarion Davis, Jaiilyn Barrow, Nassir Davis, Joh…

Jacob Moore of Forsyth, a senior guard/defensive end for Covenant Academy, was named the OrthoGeorgia Lineman of the Week after leading the Rams to the state championship on Friday. Moore was dominant as an offensive guard in the championship game accounting for 8 pancake blocks and helping …

Barret Kilbo went 6-4 last week and held off Dr. Clell Morris by ONE game to win Celebrity Pigskin Pickers for 2021 with a 91-39 record. Morris was second at 90-40. Congratulations Barret and thanks to all our Celebrity Pickers were participating. Barret’s name will be added to the Celebrity…

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…

Mary Persons High School competition cheerleading team placed third at the state competition last Friday at the Macon Centreplex.  The team was very excited to place in the top three in the state.  Dawson County High School placed first, while Pierce County High School placed second.  Mary P…

Mary Persons senior Nazari Jackson signed a commitment on Friday to play college softball at Morehead State in Morehead, Ky. Jackson is a four-year starter for Mary Persons and coach Hannah Grossman. 

Former Mary Persons soccer star Julian Rivera made the All-Tournament team with the Georgia Military College Bulldogs in the National Junior College Athletic Association soccer tournament last week. GMC lost in the semifinals but Rivera, a freshman, had a hat trick in one game and four goals…

I suspect that most Americans are convinced turkey was served at the first Thanksgiving.  However, the accounts of this three-day event held in 1621 do not specifically mention turkeys as being among the fowl eaten.  This has not stopped us from believing that turkey is the traditional dish …

The No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs beat Charleston Southern 56-7 Saturday to improve to 11-0 heading into the regular season finale at Georgia Tech. Then the Dawgs will play Alabama at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4 with the SEC Championship on the line. Reporter photographer Russ Campbell captured some…

Mary Persons’ football team finished the 2021 campaign at 7-4 after a 48-21 loss to Burke County in Waynesboro on Friday night.

The Mary Persons High School varsity competition cheerleading team won their fifth consecutive region title on Saturday.  The execution of all components of each panel of the score sheet, including stunts, tumbling, pyramid, and jumps, was excellent.  Their great performance resulted in thei…

I seriously doubt there is a single hunter in the state that can name all of the various Georgia hunting seasons and their dates. I know that I can’t.  This is because Georgia has 33 different hunting seasons. As for Monroe County hunters, we can participate in all but seven of these seasons…

Lawson Cole of Forsyth signed his commitment to play baseball at Mercer University on Monday, Nov. 15. A senior at Stratford, Cole has a record of 8-2 with 15 walks and 108 strikeouts in three seasons at Stratford, which one season left to go. His career ERA is just 1.23, including a no hitt…

Former Mary Persons soccer star Julian Rivera started on the Georgia Military College team that won the region title earlier this month. Rivera played 100 of 120 minutes at midfield, wing and striker and put 8 shots on goal. GMC needed PKs to beat Louisburg College in North Carolina in the A…

Mary Persons sophomore running back Duke Watson has 1,619 yards rushing this season, and needs just 44 yards on Friday night to break Alvin Toles’ all-time season rushing record of 1,663 yards.

One week after stunning rival Jackson and clinching a playoff spot, Mary Persons (7-3, 5-2 region) narrowly held off a 1-8 Americus-Sumter team for a 28-26 win, avoiding entering the state playoffs on a down note.

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