For the second week in a row Mary Persons throttled a lesser foe, this time blanking Greene County by a 50-0 score. But the real tests begin this Friday with Class AAAAAAA Newnan coming to Dan Pitts Stadium.

Now that summer is slipping away, the tapestry of my yard has lost some of its color. Some of the plants that created an explosion of blooms earlier have passed their peak. However, a few of these still linger, such as blanket flower, butterfly bush, lantana, scarlet sage, and zinnia, and th…

The Monroe County Middle School Bulldogs (2-0) defeated the Upson Lee Knights 22-13 in a make-up game on Monday.

If anyone has mixed emotions about this Friday’s showdown at The Pitt, it’s Rob Grubbs. Grubbs is a 1983 Mary Persons graduate who covers Newnan football for the Newnan Times-Herald. “You don’t know how excited I am about this week,” said Grubbs. A sports writer who’s also a software consult…

Mary Persons will host an old-time Middle Georgia rival on Friday when Class A Greene County comes to Dan Pitts Stadium in the Bulldogs’ home opener, and it may be a wet one. 

Mary Persons opened its 2020 campaign with a 29-6 win over hapless McDonough (0-2) on Friday.

Mary Persons cross country teams continued on a strong pace at the Greyhound Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 12. Senior Justin Wachtel gave another accelerated performance winning the Varsity Boys 5K race in 15 minutes, 1 second. Trailing Wachtel by over 2 minutes, Zeke Saviello of Mount de …

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Mary Persons volleyball may have gotten off to a shaky start this season, but things are picking back up. The team was forced to quarantine for two weeks in mid-August. when one of the players tested positive for Covid-19. Coach Stephanie Huff says missing 14 days of practice and games defin…

Data presented in the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s recently published report entitled “Mourning Dove Population Status Report -- 2020” confirmed something that Georgia dove hunters have long suspected -- Georgia is the top dove hunting state in the Southeast.

Some Mary Persons cheerleading parents told the school board Tuesday they are unhappy with the school’s decision to cut in half the number of cheerleaders who can be on the sidelines at football games.

Mary Persons’ softball team is slated to return to action next Thursday, Sept. 17 at Crisp County after a player tested positive for COVID last week.

Mary Persons’ volleyball team has won four straight after losing its first five matches.

On Saturday, Aug. 29 Mary Persons cross county teams travelled to Madison for the Rick Boulis Invitational and Justin Wachtel again delivered an elite runner performance as he finished first in the Varsity Boys 5K with a time of 16 minutes. His nearest competitor, a runner from Greene County…

At this time of the year, Monroe County hunters find themselves awash with a flood of hunting season opening dates.  To date we have already seen the openings of the Squirrel, Dove, Early Teal, and Canada Goose Seasons. The opening date of the Archery Deer Hunting Season is next in line.

Mary Persons hosted the Bulldogs Distance Classic on Thursday, Sept. 3 at Monroe County Recreation Department. It is the only home meet for the Mary Persons teams in 2020. The Lady Dogs claimed their home territory and finished first in the meet, which included runners from nine girls varsit…

If anyone doubts whether Monroe County is ready for some Mary Persons football after five months of COVID, they should have seen about 200 locals creating a traffic jam at the MP practice fields to watch the first scrimmage of the season on Friday, Aug. 28. Above, junior Austin Starr tackles…

With all of the uncertainties swirling about our lives, it is heartening to know there are some things that remain constant. One event that embodies this concept is that for as long as we can remember the dove season has opened during the first several days in September. Such is the case aga…

Cross Country is now in full swing at Mary Persons as the boys and girls teams competed in their first official race Saturday, Aug 15. The Perry Midstate Invitational saw runners competing from Veterans, Evans, Mount De Sales, Lee County and several other schools from local counties. Reignin…

The Forsyth Golf Club held its semi-annual four-man scramble, and the team of Dr. Joe Brogdon, Rusty Wynn, Pat O’Brien and Dr. Tom Perry took first place in the championship flight with a 19-under par score for the 18-hole layout.

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Jason Cox of Russellville killed this rattlesnake at his home last week. Jason is a junior at Mary Persons and the son of John Barry and Sheila Cox.

Mary Persons plans to allow 3,000 fans, or half of capacity, at Dan Pitts Stadium for home games this fall.

The Mary Persons girls cross country team took second place out of 10 teams at the Midstate Classic Cross Country Meet in Perry on Saturday, only missing first place by three points. Alana Woods took 7th place out of 93 runners at 22:38.78 and Sarah Boyer took 20th at 24:31.28. Other times w…

Three Mary Persons graduates are participating in varsity athletics for the University of Georgia in 2020-21. They are, from left, cheerleader Macy Morris, defensive end Malik Herring and baseball player Trippe Moore. It’s thought to be the greatest variety of athletes from Monroe County to …

I am old enough to remember when the squirrel season opened in the fall. That being said, I guess I will never get used to hunting squirrels in the middle of summer. However, times have changed and the 2020-21 Squirrel Season opens Aug. 15. 

The Mary Persons softball team is off to a 1-2 start with a win over Hampton and losses to Newton County and Strong Rock in the Border Bash tournament in Pike and Lamar counties.

 This last week, Mary Persons welcomed Sean Boland as its new head athletic trainer. Boland is a Monroe County native who graduated from Mary Persons in 2003. He initially moved here from Germany, where he had lived for 6 years. 

Small privately owned ponds, commonly referred to as farm ponds, provide Monroe Countians with some of the best fishing available in the county. In an effort to ensure ponds such as these continue to offer the best fishing possible, the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) provides priv…

Former Mary Persons baseball star Camden Claxton has made the Macon Bacon professional team. Claxton was picked up even before the Bacon held a tryout for baseball players from the area, said his dad, Mickey Claxton. Claxton will join the Bacon on Aug. 20. He is the son of Mickey and Rene’ C…

Hailey Wilson won first, second and third place in the kids brim contest at Juliette Bait and Tackle. “Winner, winner, chicken dinner!” said store owner Red Stone. Wilson won a host of prizes.

Mary Persons senior Justin Wachtel was recently awarded the USA TODAY High School Cross County Athlete of the Year award for Georgia. The USA TODAY High School Sports Awards Show originally scheduled in May was replaced with a digital on-demand awards show. The digital show featured multiple…

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Mary Persons is now scheduled to open its football season on Sept. 4 instead of Aug. 21 by hosting Westside after the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) pushed it back two weeks as schools grapple with COVID-19.

For more than 80 years, Georgia has boasted of being the home of the world record largemouth bass. However, a little more than a decade ago a Japanese angler is purported to have landed a larger largemouth bass that outweighed the current world record. This story reverberated throughout the …

The Challenge International Soccer Camp came through Monroe Co last week as kids and teens were given the opportunity to learn fun technical and tactical soccer skills from a seasoned international player. The program has over 2,000 camps across the US and Canada and has programs tailored fo…

Celebrating college football’s 150 year anniversary, this week are my picks for Best Games - ever. College football has seen so many great games, games of the century, and best game ever that, it’s impossible to narrow the best games down to only five or six. That said, no matter your criter…

A few weeks ago, when I pulled up to a stop sign in downtown Forsyth and waited for the traffic to allow me to enter the intersection I just happened to catch sight of something moving in the short grass off to my left. 

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