Local businessman W. James Green conducted the Golf Camp in the series of week-long summer camps offered by the city of Forsyth in cooperation with Monroe County June 22-25. Green waited while it was determined whether the camps could be held this year, ready to help young people ages 10-16 …

If what I am seeing in my gardens is indicative of what is happening elsewhere around Monroe County, 2020 is far from being a good year for butterflies and other pollinators. By that I mean I have seen far fewer of these valuable insects this year than I did last year. 

Suzanne Newman shared this picture of what is thought to be a black fox squirrel who lives near her driveway in Smarr. She snapped this picture last week as she pulled into her yard and found it sitting under her pear tree helping itself to a pear. 

Derrick Mein of Kansas was crowned High Overall Champion after a shoot off in the Main Event winning $1,500 at the 2020 Georgia State Sporting Clays Championship held over four days this last weekend at the Meadows Gun Club. Mein scored 194 out of 200 clay targets at the event that ended Fat…

Summer Camps are back for the children at Monroe County Recreation Department, and they kicked off with Sports Camps this week with two-and-a-half hour sessions for K-5th grade in the mornings and two-and-a-half hour sessions for 6th-8th grade in the afternoons. Monroe County Sports Coordina…

Jeff “Doc” Quinn, Mary Persons’ sports trainer for the past 20 years, announced on Tuesday that he’s retiring due to the coronavirus. Quinn said his wife Joan has some pre-existing health conditions and he doesn’t want to risk carrying the virus home to her.

There is a seemingly endless list of ornamental plants that are both beautiful to behold while at the same time provide nectar and pollen for hummingbirds and butterflies. Each year my wife and I make an effort to conduct a field trial on one or more of these plants in our Monroe County gard…

The sound of whistles blowing, coaches coaching and players talking returned to three locations in Forsyth on Monday as members of the Mary Persons football team gathered in sanitized facilities to start getting in shape for the 2020 Bulldog season.

Mary Persons senior Xavier Soule committed to play baseball at Piedmont College in Demorest on Saturday. Soule has started the past two years for the Bulldogs playing second base and pitching. He set the school record for stolen bases in 2019 with 17 steals. The son of Chris and Diane Soule,…

The Georgia Wildlife Resources Division has released a preliminary report on the success enjoyed by hunters during the 2020 Wild Turkey Hunting Season. Although not all of the data has been analyzed, it appears that this year’s turkey harvest was the highest recorded since 2016.

Each year countless birds nest close to our homes. In Monroe County at least a dozen or more species of birds nest in our backyards. However, none of these birds offers a better chance to watch their nesting behavior than the barn swallow, especially when they nest on the side of a house.  

Mary Persons senior Malikk Harris has committed to play football for Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa. Upper Iowa is a private university that competes in NCAA Division II and the Peacocks are member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). “I want to start by thanking Go…

Mary Persons senior Aiden Hichkad has commited to swim for Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale to realize his long time dream of swimming collegiately and attending a great school while doing it. He plans to pursue a degree in Exercise Science as he competes for the Nova Southeast…

I have received a number of emails from Monroe Countians wanting to know why they are not seeing many hummingbirds. The current hummingbird drought follows on the heels of March and April when hummers were also scarce. This has caused people to wonder whether something has happened to our be…

Carrollton Central High School Shotgun Team member, Sydney Musick, is nationally ranked with both the National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA) and the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP). She has been named a member of the Sub-Junior Ladies Team for scores based on the 2019 calendar year…

No game bird more epitomizes the South than the northern bobwhite quail. Some call it The Prince of the Game Birds. Veteran hunts simply call the bird quail. Regardless, due to the bird’s popularity, some researchers suggest that wildlife biologists have spent more time researching the bobwh…

One of our most distinctive nighttime flying jewels is the giant leopard moth. Its beauty rivals that of any of the well-known butterflies that flutter across our backyards from spring into fall. However, since it is a creature of the night, we rarely see it in Monroe County.

The Monroe County Rec Department cancelled its spring baseball and softball seasons on Monday due to the coronavirus.

Former Mary Persons star Cam Holden, right, announced last week he’ll continue his college career at University of Tennessee-Martin next year. Holden spent two years at Gulf Coast Community College, where he averaged 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists per game. The 6-foot-5 guard will join …

Mary Persons quarterbacks coach Taylor Williams has taken a job as quarterbacks coach for Gainesville High School, but offensive coach Jamarcus Johnson has reversed course and opted not to leave MP.

Due to ongoing concerns about the spread of Coronavirus, the Forsyth-Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet will be postponed until Saturday, Aug. 22.

Each spring Monroe County hunters scatter across our woodlands in hopes of outwitting wild turkey gobblers. Many consider turkey hunting to be the supreme hunting challenge. One reason bagging a wily old gobbler is so difficult is that this large game bird has excellent eyesight.

A little over a week ago, my wife and I spotted our first monarch of the spring. The large orange and black butterfly was quite pale suggesting it had lost many of its scales. Since we rarely see a monarch this early in the season, we were hoping its arrival was a harbinger of clouds of mona…

If I had to choose the group of native trees that are most important to our local wildlife, I would choose the oaks. They provide an abundance of nutritious food for a wide variety of wildlife ranging from white-tailed deer, squirrels, wild turkeys, quail, and wood ducks to songbirds, and sc…

Mary Persons’ senior Marcalene Leverett signed her intention to attend Berry College in the fall and ride for their equestrian team on March 16. She’s shown with her parents Mike and Karen Leverett and sister Maradeth. Family and friends gathered to celebrate the occasion last month at her f…

The spread of the Covid-19 virus is having an unimaginable impact on our lives. In an effort to stave off this dreaded disease we are being asked to practice social distancing. We are told that this will help blunt the rapid spread of the disease. 

Mary Persons’ offensive line coach Jamarcus Johnson is leaving the Bulldogs to be defensive line coach at Ware County High School in Waycross next year.

Head Baseball Coach Clae Mathis got an email last Thursday as he was accompanying his team to play at Bleckley County in Cochran. The email said all high school sports events were going to be canceled as of Friday through March 27.

The Mary Persons tennis teams had a successful week last week, with the girls winning all 3 of their matches and the boys winning 1 of 3.

I am certain many Monroe Countians are wondering when the first ruby-throated hummingbird will herald the beginning of the hummingbird season in Monroe County.  While there is no way of knowing when this special bird will magically appear at a local feeder, after watching these amazing bird …

Monroe County Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman said he will consider whether to let a homeschool basketball team use the old Monroe Academy gym for games when it is idle. Parents appealed to the Board of Education at its March 10 meeting after their initial request to the school syste…

Noah took a few days off from his ark-building efforts last week when the rain stopped long enough to allow Mary Persons to play a little baseball.

Mary Persons distance running standout Justin Wachtel will be competing this weekend at the New Balance Indoor Nationals track meet in New York City, according to track coach Kip Burdette.

Lawson Cole of Forsyth has amassed a 3-1 record with a 33 strikeouts and no walks and a 1.01 ERA for the Stratford Eagles so far in 2020. On March 6, Cole pitched a perfect game in a 15-0 win over Wilkinson County. On Feb. 22, Cole threw a complete game and 4 hitter, striking out 13 with no …

Now that the days are appreciably longer than they were back in January and the buds on redbud trees are threatening to open any day, it is time for Monroe County turkey hunters to turn their attention to the opening of the 2020 Turkey Hunting Season.

Former MP basketball star Cam Holden and his Gulf Coast Community College basketball team will play in Florida’s state basketball tournament for the first time in 10 years on Wednesday.  Holden has helped spur the turnaround of a team that won just two conference games last year. Now the Com…

If you are a backyard gardener, you are probably chomping at the bit waiting for spring to arrive so you can begin gardening again.  While we all realize it is much too early to plant many plants, it is a perfect time to begin planning what you are going to plant this year.

Rain this spring season has forced the 9th grade and JV baseball teams to miss several scheduled games. So far, each team has played only two games. The JV team lost to Jones County, 4-2, and lost to Upson-Lee, 6-1.

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