Historic Site in Madison in ‘Peril’

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An historic site in Madison has been placed on the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s  “Top 10 Places in Peril” list for 2018.  The Historic Foster-Thomason-Miller House on Main Street in Madison, which has sat unused and in disrepair nearly 20 years, made The Trust’s 2018 list chronicling Georgia’s 10 historical site in desperate need of attention. The Thomason-Miller House, which was built in 1883, and renovated in the 1990s, fell into severe disrepair after a devastating fire in 2001. The current owners, Friesen Real-Estate Holdings, have been trying to …

Foster Park development vote postponed

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Although the matter was expected to be settled once and for all at last Monday’s Mayor and City Council meeting, the saga of the controversial Foster Park Development will live on. In a last-minute turn of events, Developer Brad Good, who filed a rezoning request that would allow him to build 24 houses behind the historic Thomason-Miller house on Main Street in Madison, asked the council to postpone the highly-anticipated vote after reaching a compromise with the Historic District residents opposed to the project. According to Good’s attorney, Kathy Zickert, …

Parolee attempts to lure police into explosive room

Patrick Yost News

A man released on parole from prison three weeks ago allegedly tried to lure law enforcement officers into a VFW Lane house that he had doused with some type of accelerant. According to Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley, William Howard Paden, 47, Madison, had threatened to kill himself if approached by law enforcement officers one day after his wife had gone to the sheriff’s office seeking protection. Sgt. Derrick Reid, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, said he had interviewed the woman and had acquired enough evidence to secure an arrest warrant …

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Fatal accident on I-20

Jesse Walker News

A 29–year–old Lithonia man died early Sunday morning in a single car wreck on Interstate 20. According to Georgia State Patrol reports, Kortez N. Mebane died after the vehicle he was driving west on Interstate 20 near the 108 mile marker left the road. Reports state that Mebane’s vehicle travelled off the south side of the interstate and then overcorrected attempting to get the vehicle back onto the roadway. The vehicle crossed the centerline and Mebane apparently overcorrected a second time and the vehicle rotated off the south shoulder of …

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School system revises drug testing policies

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The Morgan County Board of Education Monday heard new changes to the school system’s drug testing policy. According to Morgan County Athletic Director Doug Connelly, the changes will “strengthen” the policy. Currently students who participate in either athletics at Morgan County High School or who purchase a parking permit are eligible to be “randomly” drug tested at any time at the school. Agreeing to drug testing, Connelly said, was a condition to participate in sports or in driving to the school since 2008. “It was and will continue to be …

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Pill crew’s plan foiled by pharmacist at Thrifty Mac

Patrick Yost News

A South Carolina crew of two women and one man allegedly attempting to fraudulently secure narcotics ran into the wrong pharmacists in Madison last week. Constance Louise Carroll, 31, Ninety Six, S.C.; Ashley Joann McClure, 30, Ninety Six, S.C. and Phillip Ray Yarbrough, 33, Landrum, S.C., all face identity fraud charges after they allegedly attempted to purchase 72 Dilaudid pills from Thrifty Mac Pharmacy, Main Street. McClure also faces one count of pills not in original container. According to reports, a male called Thrifty Mac stating he had an “emergency …

Perriman, Hodges, Joyce win election

Tia Lynn Ivey Featured, News

” template=”default” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] The people of Madison and Rutledge have spoken. The results are in for the four contested local races. Incumbent Fred Perriman was reelected for a second term as Madison’s Mayor, beating out contenders Robert Lanier and Kathi Russell. “I am so grateful to the people of Madison,” said Madison Mayor Fred Perriman after learning of his victory. Although Perriman was up against two other candidates, he still managed to win in a landside, earning 72.6 percent of the vote, receiving 845 ballots. Robert Lanier …

Nine ER trips in six months

Patrick Yost News

A Carrolton man arrested in Greene County on 11 counts of forgery and 11 counts of obtaining prescription drugs by fraud faces similar charges in Morgan County. According to a press release issued by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, Dustin James Funk, 32, was arrested on Oct. 12 after a month-long investigation. Allegations include using false names during emergency room visits at Greene County’s St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in attempts to obtain prescription painkillers. Five days after Funk was arrested, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office issued nine counts of attempts …

Tourist tax rate to rise?

Tia Lynn Ivey News

The Madison Mayor and City Council is considering raising the Hotel/Motel Tax after Ellen Sims, director of the Madison-Morgan Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), presented the request at the last work session of the council on Friday, Nov. 3. According to Sims, Madison has the lowest Hotel/Motel Tax rate in the area, coming in at 5 percent, while most of the surrounding region has adopted a tax rate of 8 percent. Sims stressed that if the Hotel/Motel Tax rate increased, it would be out-of-town patrons who stay at Madison lodging …

Keith Howard hired as new chief deputy at MCSO

Patrick Yost News

There is a new chief deputy in town. Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley announced Monday that he had hired Bostwick’s Keith Howard to be the new chief deputy at the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. Howard ostensibly is filling a slot left vacant by former Capt. Chris Bish, who recently accepted a state position with the Georgia Department of Corrections. Howard, who also serves as a member of the Morgan County Board of Education, comes to the department with a vast knowledge in both law enforcement and administration. For the past …

Downtown business burglarized, guns taken

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A downtown Madison business was burglarized on Thursday, Oct. 26, and more than $12,000 worth of guns were stolen, police reports state. According to the Madison Police Department, someone entered Steve’s Place on West Washington Street sometime between 6 p.m. and 11 a.m. and removed the weapons. Reports state that an officer observed several areas where suspects in the theft attempted to enter the business but failed. Suspects attempted to remove an air conditioner and failed, attempted to remove a sheet of plywood to enter, but that was blocked by …

City considers brewpubs

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Beer breweries and brewpubs have popped up in small towns all across America, becoming a significant asset to attract tourists and boost local economies. After a request from a local restaurant, The City of Madison is considering changing a local ordinance to allow for brewpubs to set up shop within the city limits. During last Friday’s work session for Mayor and City Council, the council also expressed interest in altering the ordinance to possibly allow full breweries inside the City of Madison. “We should explore all the possibilities, look into …

DiLetto takes newspaper to task over letter

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Madison City Councilman Joe DiLetto lashed out at the Morgan County Citizen last week, blaming the newspaper for misinforming its readers, which led to a citizen writing a Letter to the Editor containing, according to DiLetto, factual errors. “I read a letter to the editor yesterday. It is a well-written letter and it’s full of good opinion, most of which I have no issue with because it states that it’s opinion… Everybody is welcome to their own opinion but in one area it gets …

City’s West Washington Gateway to be delayed

Jesse Walker News

By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The City of Madison’s West Washington Gateway Stormwater project will be officially delayed as the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) reexamines the project in the face of soaring costs. In a special-called meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 7, the DDA voted to formally reject all the bids that came in for the project. According to Monica Callahan, planning director for the City of Madison, the DDA hopes to make revisions and rebid the project before the end of the year. “The DDA’s goal is to regroup, …

All Hail The Cotton King

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In 1956, when Earl Nunn was cycling out of his commitment to the U.S. Navy, he had a meeting with a superior who was going to explain Nunn’s options for the rest of his career. Nunn says he had enjoyed his time in the service, had enjoyed the exotic ports of call he had experienced in the Far East, but he cut the man, and his sales pitch, short. “I told him there was no use talking to me anymore cause I’m going home.” Of course he was. Home was …

BoJangles, Starbucks coming?

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Two popular chains are in the process of setting up shop in Madison. Bojangles, a fast-food restaurant specializing in chicken and biscuits, will be built beside the Rite Aid on Hwy. 441 in Madison, pending final approval from the Corridor Design Commission (CDC) in coming months. “Right now, they have a land disturbance permit, which allows them to began grading and installing stormwater and things like that,” said Ken Kocher, preservationist for the City of Madison. “They have gone through their preliminary design with the CDC and are very motivated …

Price tag too high

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The City of Madison may be forced to scale back or redesign plans to complete the West Washington Gateway Stormwater project. Three bids came in for the project, but even the lowest bid was almost twice as much as the City was prepared to pay. The Astra Group submitted the lowest bid of nearly $2.4 million. “It was way over budget,” said Madison City Planner Director Monica Callahan, who noted the city had budgeted about $1.6 million for the project, which is primarily funded through the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority …

Amici’s making a move

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Amici Italian Café of Madison will have a new home come this spring. Construction began last week on the old Madison Hardware & Supply Store building located at 174 West Washington Street in Madison. The nearly 10,000-square-foot historic building will be transformed to house Amici’s restaurant and its corporate offices. “It’s triple the size of the current location,” said owner Mike Torino. “It’s been a long time coming and we are thrilled to see it finally happening.” Torino hopes the new location, which is right across the street from Town …

Buzbee– Owens face off in Rutledge election

Jesse Walker News

The Nov. 7 election is right around the corner, but Madison isn’t the only city in Morgan County with local races. The City of Rutledge will vote between Jennifer Buzbee and Brandi Williams Owens this Tuesday, both of whom are running for the Post 3 seat on Rutledge’s City Council. Both Buzbee and Owens are hoping to win the city council seat in order to help steer the direction of Rutledge’s future. “I just wanted to contribute to the community and promote its legacy and history,” said Buzbee, who moved …

Hospital Authority accepts $1.4 million from Foundation

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The Morgan Memorial Hospital Authority (MMHA) discussed their current financial data, new hospital construction project, and accepted $1.4 million in charitable contributions from the hospital foundation at the last regular meeting on Thursday, Oct. 26. According to Kyle Wilkinson, chief finance officer for Morgan Memorial Hospital (MMH), in early October, MMH closed on $35 million in Construction Notes to pay for the new hospital replacement project. During the month of September, the hospital turned a profit of $191,621, bringing the Year to Date Net Income to $93,164. The $1.4 million …