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June 25, 2020 - 06:00
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1 YEAR AGO (JUNE 27, 2019)

The North Central Health District investigated an outbreak of norovirus in more than 50 overnight campers at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Putnam County.

With more than 300 people flooding into the doors of The Artisans Village Art Gallery and amazing works of art capturing the attention of visitors across Georgia, June 20 was everything but a slow night in downtown Eatonton.

5 YEARS AGO (JUNE 25, 2015)

Television show host O’Neill Williams and his television camera crew spent the day at Rock Hawk shooting footage for a show, interviewing hikers, and interviewing Larry Moore, chairman of the Historic Piedmont Scenic Byway Corp. that runs Rock Hawk. Williams’ nationally syndicated show, “O’Neill Outdoors” reaches 171 million subscriber households weekly.

10 YEARS AGO (JUNE 24, 2010)

The acapella sounds of Eatonton’s The Dorsey Brothers, who were beloved around town for their call-and-response singing, was recorded by a group of Putnam County High School students under the tutelage of teacher J.R. Beckwith. The students built a small studio in the high school and used “Art Savers” technology to record and produce 50 CDs of the Dorsey’s music.

25 YEARS AGO (JUNE 29, 1995)

Dr. Charles Wike scored his second career hole-in-one on No. 4 at Great Waters. He used a pitching wedge for the 136-yard hole to score the ace. The Amarillo, Texas surgeon was in town to visit his sister, Mary Louise Ennis. Wike was a 1956 graduate of Eatonton High School.

50 YEARS AGO (JUNE 25, 1970)

Deraney’s Department Store, 104 N. Jefferson Street, Eatonton, advertised opportunities to get an “8X10 Living Color Portrait for 97 cents.” The offer was valid only on Monday, June 29.

75 YEARS AGO (JUNE 28, 1945)

Frederick Scheer made it home after many months in a German Prison Camp and under hard labor. Other Putnam men were back on furloughs, leaves, and some discharges. A separate article reported that Captain George H. Bantley, U.S. Recruiting Officer of Macon, announced that 17-year-old young men would now be accepted for enlistment.

100 YEARS AGO (JUNE 18, 1920)

On the editorial page: “There is a petition being circulated in the County to get our commissioners to appoint a County Police for Putnam County. Such an officer is badly needed here, and in every county, in fact. The country needs police protection as well as the city.

-- Compiled from The Eatonton Messenger archives.