Mary Persons basketball is on a 3-game winning streak after defeating rivals Jackson Red Devils 75-65 and the Howard Huskies 52-50 this past week. A lot of the Dogs’ recent success can be attributed to returning senior Jaboree Goodson, who resumed play last week after taking several months o…

Mary Persons girls basketball team suffered two defeats this past week against their region rival the Jackson Red Devils 43-62 and the Pike County Pirates 47-34, a game that took the place of a Howard matchup that was cancelled for COVID reasons. 

Mary Persons riflery team is now 3-0 after its win over McDonough on Thursday, Jan. 7. The team had a final score of 1,019, despite not having two shooters present for the competition. Of the team’s shooters, Cody Wells scored 261, Ayanna White shot a 262, Jason Weir got 258 and Gavin Seller…

Mary Persons’ boys basketball team went 1-2 this past week in games against Crawford (62-70), Perry (48-66) and Lamar County (50-48). Top scorers in the Crawford matchup on Tuesday, Dec. 29 were senior Lamont Jones with 16 points and sophomore Khamren Little with 15 points. Mary Persons led …

Former Mary Persons Bulldog and UGA senior defensive lineman Malik Herring announced Tuesday he plans to forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the 2021 NFL Draft. Herring totaled 20 tackles in 10 games in 2020 including a sack against Cincinnati in Georgia’s 24-21 Chick-Fil-A Peach B…

Mary Persons senior Justin Wachtel has been voted the high school senior runner with the Best Overall 4-year Career in the U.S. by MileSplit USA.

The winter bird population of Monroe County is vastly different from what it is during the spring and summer. The reason for this is scores of birds reside in our county only during the breeding season or winter. Let’s take a closer look how far some of these birds travel to winter here in M…

Every time I go to the grocery store, I am reminded of the fact that we are offered more food choices than ever before.  Take Bush’s baked beans, for example. There was a time in the not-too-distant past when the grocery shelves were stocked with only Bush’s Original Recipe Baked Beans.  Now…

The Mary Persons wrestling team competed in two tournaments this past week. The first was a home match held Wednesday, Dec. 16 against Upson Lee in which the Dogs handily defeated the Knights 54-30. The tournament was initially supposed to be quad match with Jones County and East Laurens but…

Mary Persons boys basketball team is 3-2 overall and 2-1 in Region 2-AAA after losing at home to the Atlanta 5A private school Blessed Trinity on Dec. 18. MP got off to a rough start in the matchup, down 17-7 at the end of the quarter. The Dogs put up a good fight the rest of the game, match…

This year my wife and I decided to make an effort to ensure that our flower gardens provided a bounty of nectar-rich flowers well into the fall. This was done because it was obvious to us that, in past years, by the end of summer, our gardens looked bedraggled and offered little food for wil…

Mary Persons wrestling team narrowly missed first place in a close meet over the weekend at Monticello’s Hurricane Duels. Between the six teams competing, the Dawgs placed third overall, losing to Monticello by one point and Houston County by three. The team actually tied with Monticello in …

Mary Persons inaugural flag football team suffered a heartbreak loss to Portal 12-6 in Round 2 of the state playoffs on Tuesday. The Lady Dogs led 6-0  but couldn’t hold onto the lead.

Mary Persons boys basketball team is off to its best start in years. The team is already 4-1, having beaten Tattnall, Crisp County and most recently Pike County in an 84-47 blowout. The Dawgs one loss came against Peach County in their first game of the season. There are 14 players on the va…

Mary Persons senior and University of Virginia signee Justin Wachtel finished the Five and Dime track 5K in Colombia, SC with a personal best time of 14:15. This race beat his previously PR of 14:26, which he set in cross country in 2019. The time also set a new 2021 outdoor 5K best, ensurin…

Mary Persons’ girls varsity basketball team officially started their season on Oct. 26, after a number of delays and setbacks. The girls weren’t allowed to practice over the summer due to GHSA COVID restrictions and many players expected to return this year left the team due to safety concer…

Mary Persons will have an equestrian club for the first time this year thanks to the persistence of Ronna DeMichiel, a first-grade teacher whose daughter, Kade, is a lifelong competitive rider. DeMichiel first got the idea to start a club after reading an issue of the U.S. Equestrian Federat…

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The Mary Persons wrestling team is now a month into their 2020-21 season, having officially begun practice on Nov. 2. The team was originally scheduled to have its first match on Nov. 24 against Jackson and Warner Robins. Unfortunately, a positive COVID-19 test forced the team to cancel its …

Five Monroe County boys helped lead the Macon 2004 Boys Elite soccer team to a regular season title on Sunday, Nov. 8 in Tifton. The boys are Chance Wiggins, Dawson Dell, Bradford Cork, Park Davis and Evan Miller. Team members are, from left, front row, Dawson Dell, Dylan Phillips, Evan Mill…

Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that a disappointing Mary Persons (4-5, 2-4 region) football season ended with a disappointing COVID cancellation on Friday.

Mary Persons has a new bass fishing team this year after the GHSA made fishing an officially sanctioned sport. Mark McCoy, an 8th grade science teacher at Monroe County Middle School, was appointed as the team’s coach and had the difficult task of creating a fishing program from the ground u…

Regardless of whether sportsmen and women hunt white-tailed deer, doves, wild turkeys, or waterfowl, going into a hunting season they like to have some idea whether populations of their favorite game species are increasing or decreasing.  Duck fall flight forecasts are largely based on the A…

The Mary Persons flag football team won a region title in its inaugural season on Monday night at Dan Pitts Stadium, beating Locust Grove 22-0 and tying Dodge County 6-6. The Lady Dogs play their final regular season game at Shiloh on Dec. 3 and then host their first playoff game on Dec. 9. …

Mary Persons (4-5, 2-4 region) will have to take care of business against lowly Americus-Sumter (1-7. 1-5 region) on Friday and hope for some magic in the Upson-Lee-Jackson game if it’s to avoid missing the playoffs for the first time in the Brian Nelson era.

For the second week in a row, Mary Persons scored a touchdown in the final minute of a game to give it a chance to win. But unlike last week, the Bulldogs needed a 2-point conversion to finish the comeback and were unable to connect, giving Jackson its first win in the Backyard Brawl since 2…

Senior Katelyn Shipman signed with Gordon State College last week to play softball at a collegiate level. Shipman, who’s a right-fielder, has been a key starter on the Mary Persons team for years now. She said first became interested in Gordon after winning MVP at their softball summer camp …

Mary Persons senior Justin Wachtel said he wants to go into medicine perhaps as a doctor as he signed his letter of intent to run cross country and track at the University of Virginia on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Mary Persons quarterback Logan Hickman hit receiver Adrian Hughley for a touchdown with 15 seconds left to give the Bulldogs a stunning come-from-behind 22-17 win over Upson-Lee Friday to keep MP’s playoff hopes alive.

There’s always a lot on the line when Mary Persons and Jackson meet on the gridiron. It’s not for nothing they call it The Backyard Brawl when the two rivals meet.

The majority of Monroe County hunters are currently spending their hunting time pursuing white-tailed deer.  However, this month hunting opportunities for a variety of other species reach their peak.

Larry Stanford covers the Jackson Red Devils for the Jackson Progress-Argus, and agreed to give us some inside skinny on the team by answering some questions as we lead up to Friday’s big game. You can find Stanford’s work in the Jackson Progress Argus or at www.jackson-progress-argus.com.

Justin Wachtel won the state title for the second year in a row Saturday morning at the GHSA State Championship in Carrolton. Wachtel came in 3rd at state his freshmen year, 2nd his sophomore and won it for the first time in region AAAA last year. This year, he managed to defend his title in…

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Tickets are already sold out for the Mary Persons game at Jackson this Friday night that will likely to determine which team makes the playoffs.

The Mary Persons Bulldogs will try to continue their winning ways on Friday at Upson-Lee, and the victor will be in pole position to claim the fourth and final playoff spot from Region 2-AAA. MP hasn’t missed the playoffs under coach Brian Nelson. The Bulldogs are trying to avoid becoming th…

Mike Casarow shot this big guy on Wednesday, Oct. 28 in north Monroe County.  He weighed 195 pounds and had a 14 point rack. He shot it with a 30-30 rifle.

In recent years a lot of research has centered on how to provide foods for America’s favorite big game animal -- the white-tailed deer.  These efforts have led to the development of a wide variety of food plot mixes and supplemental foods. 

Tristan Bennett, a Monroe County T.G. Scott 5th grader, won First Place in the 10-11- year-old age group and had the highest score overall at the Drive, Chip & Put tcompetition on Saturday, Oct. 24 at The Brickyard Golf Club. The Brickyard Drive, Chip & Putt  competition was open to …

Mary Persons boys and girls cross county teams both placed 2nd in their region 2AAA championships that took place last Friday in Cordele. It was a step up for the girls, who placed 3rd in region 2AAAA last year, and a slight step down for the boys, who previously placed 1st. Both teams lost …

Mary Persons made history on Monday night when the first-year powder puff girls flag football team hosted its first contests at Dan Pitts Stadium, and it was a big success. Coached by MP girls soccer coach Dallas Hall, the Lady Dogs beat Luella in the first game 19-0. Quarterback Makenzie Hi…

Now that they’ve ended a 4-game skid, the Mary Persons Bulldogs can still secure a playoff spot by winning out after a 41-9 throttling of the Pike County Pirates (0-5, 04 region) on Friday.

The Braves weren’t the only team to recently have a disappointing season close recently. The Lady Dogs fell to Pike County in the first round of the Region 2-AAA tournament. Mary Persons was the No. 5 seed going in while Pike was the No. 4 seed. The girls kept it close for most of the game b…

One of the things I have learned over the years is every day there are untold wildlife dramas playing out in our backyards and beyond. These events largely go undetected. 

Harrison Bailey of Forsyth killed this buck with a bow off Johnstonville Road on Sunday, Oct. 25. The buck, which measured 141 on the Boone and Crockett score, has been seen for years in person and on trail cameras in the River Forest area. Harrison is the son of David and Kelly Bailey.   

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