Juliette native Marshall Thompson recently completed the 2019 baseball season as a member of the popular Savannah Bananas. Thompson, a 6’2”, 205-pound right-handed pitcher, threw 16 innings of relief for the Bananas, whose season ended on Aug. 4, while compiling a 1-1 record with a 3.94 Earn…

The Mary Persons softball team dropped to 2-4 on the young season after a disappointing 17-3 home loss to Pike County on Monday.

You do not have to be very old to remember when squirrel hunting season opened on a cool November day. Such is not the case anymore. For the past several decades, squirrel season has commenced on a hot and humid day in August. This year is no exception. The 2019-20 Squirrel Hunting Season op…

If you are planning to begin the upcoming dove season by taking part in one of the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division’s (WRD) quota dove hunts, you must apply now! The reason for this urgency is all applications to take part in one of these hunts must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 15.

With a diamond full of experienced returners, the Mary Persons softball squad is expected to field its best squad since the Lady Dogs captured the program’s lone region championship in 2016.

The gray squirrel is a familiar sight throughout Monroe County. We see them in our backyards, walking across power lines spanning roads in downtown Forsyth and searching for food in the woodlands that blanket most of the county. In fact, they are so common we overlook that each day gray squi…

Mary Persons rising seniors and triplets Caleb Wilson, Micah Wilson and Preston Wilson (back row) were members of the Raindrop Dropshot tennis team that captured the 18U Intermediate Silver state championship. The Raindrop Dropshot squad, which finished first in group play by two games, prev…

Two Monroe County residents, Tristan Hunt and Riley McCallum, spent the week leading up to Sunday’s Baseball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony living out their own baseball dreams. Hunt and McCallum played in Cooperstown, N.Y., the home of the Baseball Hall, for the Georgia Batmen out of Va…

Recently I spotted an insect I assumed was a bumblebee perched on a blade of grass.  Since bumblebees are among the most industrious insects I know, I thought it was strange that the bumblebee was not collecting nectar and pollen. When I leaned over and took a closer look at the “bumblebee”,…

An 18-year-old Monroe County resident will compete for Team USA in the 2019 World Archery 3D Championships in September.

I suspect if the Monroe Country Reporter conducted a survey to determine our favorite bird, when all the votes were tabulated the winner would be the ruby-throated hummingbird. In spite of the fact it only spends a few months with us each year, its unparalleled beauty, feisty attitude, and a…

Two Forsyth residents (left) recently played in the USSSA World Series in Destin, Florida and returned home champions. Carson Barnett, son of Trevor and Tammy Barnett, and Aiden Vaughn, son of Brittain and Mandy Vaughn are members of the Georgia Ballers 8U travel baseball team (above) based …

Recently The Enviromental Resources Network (TERN) held its annual meeting at the Persons Farm near Forsyth.  TERN is the Forsyth-based Friends group for the Georgia Wildlife Conservation Section (formerly known as the Nongame-Endangered Wildlife Program). 

In the midst of a busy sports summer that includes Wimbledon and the Women’s World Cup, it was once again the National Basketball Association (NBA) that stole the show over the weekend.

Eight new members were inducted as the third-ever class of the Forsyth-Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame in front of a crowd for more than 300 at a banquet held at the Monroe County Conference Center on Saturday evening. The inductees included: former Monroe Academy football coach Edgar Hatc…

Several hundred local youth attended a Kids Fun Day at the Monroe County Recreation Department on Saturday, which was the brainchild of University of Georgia football star and 2017 MP alum Malik Herring. Herring said he and his mother Sabrina Mays came up with the idea to hold a youth event …

Former MP and current UGA defensive end Malik Herring is bringing some of his Bulldog buddies to host a free one-day camp for Monroe County kids at the rec department from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 15.

Seldom in life can you say in the immediate aftermath of an occasion that it was truly unforgettable. But Monday night’s Game 5 of the NBA Finals will be remembered as long as basketball is played, and its impact could have league-wide reverberations for years to come.

Twenty-six runners began a unique triathlon at High Falls State Park early on May 18. They tried, and succeeded, in not getting wet! Most triathlons follow the traditional swim, bike run with total distances from 13 to 140 miles. The Friends of High Falls State Park put a twist into their TR…

Each year Congress and state legislatures must decide how to best allocate precious tax dollars. Moreover, as worthy as each critical need is, there is simply not enough money to adequately fund them all. As such, proponents of each cause lobby to convince that their particular cause is wort…

(At left) The Monroe County-based Dirty Ducks 13U travel baseball team captured the Top Gun Easter Tournament in Jones County on April 20. Pictured from left to right on the front row: Cade Benton, Jake Grant, Cohen Barfield, Austin Hester and Blake Brower. Pictured left to right on the midd…

Mary Persons sophomore track star Justin Wachtel placed fourth out of 20 high school racers in in the one mile at the Wingfoot Mile competition in Atlanta on Tuesday, May 21.

The Mary Persons football team wrapped up spring practice on Thursday with an 18-6 rain-shortened scrimmage loss to Washington County.

I have always been fascinated by tales of the seemingly astounding abilities attributed to wild animals. From the time we are children we are assailed with all sorts of stories that, to youngsters and oldsters alike, sound believable enough to convince us they are true. With time, we find so…

The Mary Persons girls soccer team held its annual 2019 postseason awards banquet at the Georgia Forestry Association office in Forsyth on Thursday. Above: pictured from left to right: Abby Williamson -- 1st Team All-Region 2-AAAA, Annie Giles -- 1st Team All-Region 2-AAAA, Morgan Lawson -- …

Long-time Monroe County Reporter columnist Terry Johnson, author of the popular Monroe Outdoors column, was presented the highest award by the Garden Club of Georgia recently. Following are the remarks of Jane Hersey, president, Garden Club of Georgia, Inc., as she presented the Award of Mer…

The Mary Persons boys track squad recorded what is believed to be its highest state finish in 15 years when the Bulldogs placed fourth at the AAAA state track meet in Albany on Saturday.

Mary Persons baseball swept the Region 2-AAAA postseason awards as MP had the region’s Player of the Year and Coach of the Year.

Mary Persons honored its boys soccer squads with an annual awards banquet at Forsyth Methodist Church on May 6. Above: individual award recipients included from left to right: Julian Rivera -- Golden Boot Award (most goals), Tripp Shipman -- Most Improved Player Award, Garrison Walker -- Def…

Isabel Mclaurin of Smarr competed at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) National Finals in the Open Division on the flat. Isabel made the call back into the top 8 after the judges had narrowed down their top choices. After additional difficult testing, including no stirrup work…

Seven Mary Persons boys track team members qualified for the AAAA state championship meet with top eight finishes at the AAAA state sectional meet in Columbus on Saturday.

The Mary Persons baseball team was swept by Columbus in a Best-of-3 home second-round series on Thursday to conclude a record-breaking 2019 campaign.

With a region-best six region championships in 2018-19, the Mary Persons athletic department captured the Region 2-AAAA All Sports Trophy for the second time in three years.

Forsyth’s own Harbin Engineering, who is working on a design for expanding the Monroe County Recreation Department, is asking Monroe County citizens to complete a survey letting the firm know what features the public would like at the new portion of the park.

The Mary Persons girls soccer team finished the season 15-4 after a 9-0 loss to Columbus High on Thursday.

My long-held belief that a state record fish may be swimming about somewhere in Monroe County was bolstered a couple of weeks ago when a new state record spotted sunfish (Lepomis punctatus) was landed by a Sumter County fisherman. Let me explain.

Mary Persons senior cheerleader Macy Morris fulfilled a lifelong dream on Friday when she signed a letter of intent to cheer at the University of Georgia.

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