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By Lynn Hobbs

Staff

Eatonton City Council seemed to start

2017 on a positive note Tuesday night as

members delivered compliments, heard

positive reports and unanimously passed

every vote without incident.

Seeking body cameras for police

There’s a chance Eatonton police

officers may be equipped with body

cameras in the upcoming year, if all

goes well with a grant application.

City councilors unanimously approved

requesting assistance from Middle

Georgia Regional Commission to prepare

an application for a grant for body-worn

cameras through the U.S. Department of

Justice Partnership Program for small

agencies.

The grant is a 50/50 matching one,

City Administrator Gary Sanders told

councilors. He noted $25,000 of SPLOST

VIII funds already had been allocated for

body and/or dash cameras for Eatonton

Police Department.

The department currently has one body

camera that one officer wears, Chief Kent

Lawrence said. The grant will fully fund

enough for all the department’s full-time

officers to have a camera, he added when

By Lynn Hobbs

Staff

Being an FFA student in Putnam Coun-

ty could be a problem for someone who

isn’t smitten with dairy cows; but John

Tyler Gore found a solution. Instead of

following Putnam’s tradition of showing

dairy heifers, John Tyler decided as a

ninth-grader to showmarket goats.

In the three years since then, John Ty-

I tip my cap to the street wizards

who installed nice crosswalks

on Jefferson Avenue where

you can press a button and

all to get a signal that

it’s safe to walk across.

Course, problem is these

‘ol bones take about 15

seconds to cross Jefferson

Avenue and the walk signal only

lasts about 10 seconds. I guess they are helping me get

religion too, because I have to pray that during the nal ve

seconds no speeding cowboy trucker is using downtown Eaton-

ton as a shortcut for his big rig just as I am crossing.

Hope we see more of the speed-o-me-

ter in downtown Eatonton

in 2017, so we pedestrians

can live to see 2018.

Eatonton-Putnam Chamber

of Commerce’s Business

After Hours is set for 5-7

p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 at the

chamber office at 305 N.

Madison Ave. in Eatonton.

Come meet new Membership

Manager Tommy Cook. For

information, call 706-485-7701.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2017

VOLUME 156, NO. 1

By Lynn Hobbs

Staff

Two businesses in Eatonton re-

ceived counterfeit money for Christ-

mas, according to police reports. A

total of 13 fake $5 bills were received.

The first six counterfeit bills came

in at the Jet 44 convenience store at

121 Gray Road around 11 p.m. Dec. 22.

Eatonton Police Officer Harold Wilmot

reported the Jet clerk said a customer

paid for $30 worth of gasoline with the

fake $5 bills. The cashier did not notice

the money was phony at the time of

purchase because she was busy, ac-

cording to Wilmot’s report.

A few hours later around 6 a.m. on

Dec. 23, Wilmot was called back to

the same Jet store because two more

counterfeit $5 bills were there. A cus-

tomer tried to use them for a purchase,

but this time the cashier noticed they

were not real. The customer, a Huddle

BOGUS

BILLS

Fake cash used

for purchases

at Jet store and

Huddle House

LYNN HOBBS / Staff

These counterfeit $5 bills are slated to be sent to the Secret Service following

an investigation to learn who distributed them around Eatonton.

CONTRIBUTED

Nyla the goat sports John Tyler

Gore’s FFA cap as the two have fun

in front of the camera.

see BILLS >> 6A see THIEF >> 7A see GORE >> 11A

By Don Richeson

Staff

A thief has added to a Putnam

County family’s misery, stealing

antique yard furniture that had been

spared when a fire destroyed the

family’s home last month.

When homeowner Jewel Young-

blood returned Dec. 20 to check and

see what mail had been delivered

at the address where her home had

stood at 173 Shady Dale Road, she

noticed $1,250 total worth of vintage

iron furniture was missing, accord-

ing to a Putnam County Sheriff’s

Office report. The items included a

white cast iron sofa with a grapevine

design and matching chairs and a

table. A black iron chair with a round

back was also taken.

The furniture had been on the

porch when a fire swept through the

historic 1812 wood frame home on

Dec. 10. The fire had started when

burning embers from a wood stove

in the home’s kitchen floated into the

attic from the stove’s flue. The house

was fully engulfed in flames when

firefighters arrived and it burned to

the ground. The fire also damaged a

1999 Chevrolet Tahoe parked nearby

that belonged to the homeowner’s

daughter, who was visiting at the

Thief steals

furniture

rescued

fromblaze

PCHS boy succeeds with

goats in a county of cows

City eyes equipping EPD

officers with body cams

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