Candidates square off in political forum

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Candidates running in the upcoming City of Madison elections on Nov. 7 gathered for a forum last Thursday to make their case to the public to vote for them. Sponsored by the Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce and the Morgan County Citizen, seven candidates answered a series of policy questions in front of a packed crowd at the City of Madison’s meeting hall. On the panel sat Madison Mayor Fred Perriman, Kathi Russell, who is running for mayor, Robert Lanier, who is running for Mayor, City Councilwoman Chris Hodges, Woody Burriss, …

Suspect charged in assault

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By Patrick Yost editor A teen wanted in the shooting of a 15–year–turned himself into police late Tuesday, according to Sgt. Wes Thompson, Madison Police Department. Thompson said officials had secured an arrest warrant on Monday, Oct. 13 against Dakota Jarret Feathers, 18, Covington for aggravated assault. Thompson said Feathers had agreed to turn himself into police on Tuesday by noon but actually came to the department at 5 p.m. Feathers is charged with shooting Deshunden Robertson one time in the face at approximately 9 a.m. in the Madison Commons …

Chain stores looking at Bi–Lo center

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor A popular shopping chain may be headed to Madison, according to Bob Hughes, president of the Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce. “A national clothing store and a national hardware store are looking at retail space in Madison out on the Eatonton Highway,” said Hughes. “This is just another part of the further commercial development along the 441 corridor.” According to Hughes, the real estate arm of the company is considering taking up residence at the old Bi-Lo building in the Madison Crossing Shopping Center. “They …

Man charged in child exploitation case

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By Patrick Yost editor A 27–year–old Madison man was arrested last week after Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputies executed arrest warrants from Walton County on charges of rape, child molestation and sexual battery. Brandon Horton was arrested on Tuesday, Oct. 17 after a Morgan County deputy observed Horton driving a white Dodge Neon past the Country Store on Bostwick Highway at approximately 6:30 p.m. Reports state that the deputy followed the Dodge into Madison and eventually executed a traffic stop with backup from other Morgan County units and Madison Police …

Teen survives getting shot in the face

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By Patrick Yost editor A 15-year-old Morgan County high school student was shot in the face Sunday night while sitting in a car on Micha Circle. According to Sgt. Wes Thompson, Madison Police Department, Deshunden Robertson was shot once in the right cheek by some type of pistol. Thompson said Robertson was taken to Morgan Memorial Hospital initially for treatment and has since been transferred to Atlanta Medical Center where he remains. Robertson is enrolled at Morgan County Foothills Education Charter High School. The incident occurred in the Madison Commons …

Getting Ready For Monroe

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By Alvin Richardson senior staff Morgan County will play host to the Monroe Area Purple Hurricanes this Friday night at Bill Corry Stadium. This one has shaped up as a contest between the two heavyweights of Region 8AAA and witnessing it will likely be worth a good deal more than the price of admission. The two old rivals have played 47 times since 1948, but Friday’s contest is by far the most significant in the history of the series.  The team that comes out on top in this one will …

‘Mad Town’ party erupts

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Madison City police filed a report concerning an out-of-hand crowd after a “Mad Town Day” event in Gilbert Park on Sept. 30, prompting city officials to review event policies in neighborhood parks in the future. According to a police report filed by Officer Andrew Koth, up to 600 people dispersed from this year’s Mad Town Day at Gilbert Park and spread across town in various areas, with up to 300 people gathered outside along Morgan Circle that Saturday evening. Koth arrived to find the …

Heated exchange during non R4 zoning hearing

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor In a 3-2 vote, The Madison Mayor and City Council upheld the decision to postpone a controversial rezoning hearing on the proposed Foster Street housing development during Monday night’s regular meeting, despite complaints filed by several members of the public to proceed with the hearing as originally planned and advertised. Elizabeth Bell and Celia Murray, residents of Madison’s Historic District, spoke on behalf of those who filed a complaint over the Foster Street rezoning application being postponed until after the upcoming Nov. 7 election. …

DiLetto tees off on truck traffic assertions

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By Patrick Yost editor Madison City Council Member, Joe DiLetto, ended last Friday’s city council work session with a strong admonition of allegations he said he had read in political advertising in the Morgan County Citizen regarding truck traffic through downtown. “First of all. I’ve been working on this for four and a half years through the DOT (Department of Transportation) and the County,” DiLetto said.  He said the recent hiring of Morgan County Manager, Adam Mestres, had broken a communication stalemate between the two local governing bodies. “The manager …

A LICENSE TO REMEMBER

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Georgia State Patrol honors widow with a special gift. In 1979, Georgia State Patrolman Keith Sewell was killed in a car accident while responding to a call about a motorcycle gang riot in Greene County. His widow, June Wallace, and son Brian Sewell, were presented with a very special gift this Tuesday to honor Keithís memory: An original Georgia State Patrol license plate bearing Keith Sewellís badge number, #401, which has been retired since his death. Retired Master Trooper Truman Boyle happen to come across the long-lost tag on Ebay …

Dog left in car dies

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By Patrick Yost editor The Madison Police Department is seeking a felony aggravated cruelty to animals warrant against a woman who allegedly let a Mastiff dog sit in an enclosed Ford Ranger for several hours before succumbing to heat–related injuries. According to Sgt. Scott Pitocchelli, Madison Police Department, investigators are seeking the warrant against Chasity Perry, 36, Watkinsville for actions allegedly leading to the death of the dog. Pitocchelli said a concerned citizen contacted Morgan County Dispatch at noon on Wednesday, September 27 regarding a Mastiff inside a Ford Ranger …

Board breathes new life into safari project

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By Tia  Lynn Ivey managing editor The Georgia Safari Conservation Park is back on track. The Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved three requests from The Georgia Safari Conservation Park, hoping the long-awaited project will pick up the pace and finally come to fruition. Commissioner Philip Von Hanstein abstained from the votes, citing a conflict of interest since he is an adjacent property owner. The Georgia Safari Conservation Park filed applications for a conditional use renewal, a zoning map amendment, and a variance request to waive the 18-month time …

Graduation focus ‘paying off’ high school stats show

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing  editor The Morgan County Charter School System announced this week that the graduation rate for the Class of 2017 came in at 91.8 percent. According to school officials, there haven’t been any new policies put in place to improve graduate rates, but a renewed focus in recent years to guide students across the graduation finish line. “The efforts of the students, teachers, and staff of the Morgan County School System are paying off, “ said Superintendent James Woodard. “We have a focus on ensuring that …

Internet initiative ‘fantastic opportunity’

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By Tia  Lynn Ivey managing editor The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) announced a statewide initiative to improve broadband access and telecommunications. According to the GDOT, better broadband and telecommunication services are becoming increasingly necessary for economic development, quality of life, and academic achievement among Georgia students. “Increasingly, the world is dependent on high-speed internet and reliable cell phone service. But many throughout Georgia rely on spotty or inconsistent cellular and slow internet,” said Natalie Dale, a public relations official for GDOT. “Better days may be ahead as Georgia DOT …

Toxicology report key in death ruling

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By Patrick Yost editor Authorities are waiting for the results of a state medical examiner autopsy before they release the cause of death for a Madison man who died in the height of Hurricane Irma. According to Sgt. Scott Pitocchelli, Tyrone Williams, 46, of Madison, died sometime between 11:45 p.m. on Sept. 11, and 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 12. Pitochelli said Williams’ shirtless and shoeless body was found in the backyard of an East Washington Street residence. Williams had last been seen, witnesses told officers, around 11:30 p.m. inside an …

BOC to seek $21 million SPLOST

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) further discussed how to go about pursuing the next SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales) referendum and introducing a new sales tax called TSPLOST (Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax), which will be placed on the ballot sometime next year. The BOC will propose the next SPLOST to be an estimated $21 million, down about $5 million from the current $26 million SPLOST. During the last work session on Tuesday, Sept. 19, The BOC came to …

No place to go, man allegedly robs store, turns self in to have a room

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By Patrick Yost editor A Madison man allegedly committed a strong–arm robbery at the Golden Pantry Thursday night, got high and later turned himself in because “he had nowhere to go.” According to Madison Police Department reports, Calvin Wade, 34, allegedly entered the Golden Pantry at approximately 10:20 p.m. While purchasing some Swisher Sweet cigars, he told the female clerk “let me get those $20s” referring to cash in the drawer. The clerk told officers that she thought Wade was joking until he said “You think I’m playing?” and reached …

Authority breaks ground on hospital

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By Tia  Lynn Ivey managing editor At long last, construction is beginning on the new $35 million hospital building for Morgan Memorial Hospital (MMH). On Tuesday, Sept. 19, hospital officials, elected officials, state officials and community leaders gathered at the site on Lions Club Road in Madison, to commemorate the event with a groundbreaking ceremony. “It’s a great day in Morgan County as we come together,” said Ralph Castillo, CEO of MMH. Castillo thanked the hospital authority, auxillary, hospital employees, medical staff, and all the governmental and elected officials who …

Laura Butler passes

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By Tia  Lynn Ivey managing editor Morgan County is mourning the loss of another faithful community leader this week with the passing of Laura Butler, the president of the Morgan County branch of the NAACP. “Laura Butler was such a great person because she believed in serving people,”  said Morgan County Board of Commissioners Chairman Donald Harris. “You know, Jesus said the greatest among you must become a servant and she truly followed that. She spent most of her life trying to make this community a better place… She was …

Daycare closing affects families

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By Tia  Lynn Ivey managing editor A local daycare, Daystar Christian Childcare in Madison, has declared bankruptcy and is set to close this coming Friday, Sept. 22 leaving dozens of families without children care until the facility can reopen under new ownership. Owner Christi Greene issued a letter about two weeks ago to parents last week informing them of the daycare’s closing. “It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that I will be closing Daystar effective September 22, 2017,” wrote Greene. “I have pursued every option …