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.

Mary Persons senior baseball star Alex Kite signed a scholarship offer on Friday to play college baseball at Gordon College in Barnesville.

With a dominant performance in Griffin, the Mary Persons boys track team captured the program’s first region title in seven years on Tuesday, April 23.

The wild turkey is one of a group of birds biologists refer to as ground nesters. As the name implies, it lays its eggs on the ground as opposed to in a tree, shrub, or other spot above ground. This makes wild turkey nests vulnerable to a wide range of animals.  

The Mary Persons girls track team achieved an impressive runner-up finish at the Region 2-AAAA meet at Spalding on Tuesday, April 23 with a total of 127 points.

On Saturday April 20, 33 7th-12th grade Monroe County 4-H shotgun members, four certified shotgun coaches, and many friends and family members joined 18 other counties for the Georgia 4-H Modified Trap State Qualification Match in Spalding County at the Griffin Gun Club. 

The Mary Persons girls soccer team beat Baldwin 4-1 on Thursday in Round 1 of the state playoffs. But the Bulldogs will face a much tougher foe in Round 2 when they travel to 18-1 Columbus, which is ranked third in Class AAAA.

We all use the term weed.  Typically, the word weed has a derogatory connotation. It is something unwanted, a wild plant growing in a place where it doesn’t belong in spots such as gardens or lawns. I have read where some say a weed is a plant we humans have yet to find of any value to us. O…

The Mary Persons boys and girls tennis teams were each slated to host Thomson in the first round of the AAAA state tournament on Tuesday after finishing second in Region 2-AAAA.

The Mary Persons boys track team placed second out of eight teams at the BSN Sports-Jackson High School Invitational in Jackson on Saturday.

Since March, pollen has made its presence known across the Monroe County countryside. As such, nowadays puddles of rainwater rimmed in yellow are common sights. Pollen blankets everything located outdoors including our lawns, trees and shrubs, vehicles, decks and outdoor furniture. When we w…

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