Historic Site in Madison in ‘Peril’

Tia Lynn Ivey Featured, News

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

Tia Lynn Ivey Featured, News

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

Patrick Yost News

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 …

Teachers of the year named at BOE meeting

Jesse Walker Community, Featured

Morgan County School System has announced four Teachers of the Year, one for each of Morgan County’s schools. Ashley Wegmann was selected as Morgan County High School’s (MCHS) Teacher of the Year. Heather Jackson was selected at Morgan County Middle School’s (MCMS) Teacher of the Year. Lisa Layne was selected as Morgan County Elementary School’s (MCES) Teacher of the Year. Hillary Stapp was selected as Morgan County Primary School’s (MCPS) Teacher of the Year. The four were honored at Monday night’s Morgan County Board of Education Board meeting. “I was …

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Jesse Walker Law Enforcement

On Nov. 11, an information report was filed at the Morgan County Public Safety Center. According to reports, a state employee who works on Interstate 20 brought a mid–size hunting dog to the center. The man said he had located the dog on the interstate. Reports state that the dog had a shock collar on it and was in need of food and water. The dog was placed in a kennel at the public safety center. On Nov. 11, an information report was filed at a Waterford Court residence. According …

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Madison Police Department

Jesse Walker Law Enforcement

On Nov. 11a.m. arson complaint was filed at a Micha Way location. According to reports, Madison officers were called to Orchard Grove Apartments regarding a dumpster fire. Reports state when officers arrived the container was “fully engaged” and Madison Fire Department units were called. A witness at the fire told an officer that he had observed two black and one white male juveniles walking from the area at the time of the fire. The white male had a temporary Atlanta Falcons tattoo on his face, reports state. An officer was …

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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 …

East Hall Eliminates Bulldogs 50-36

Sports Reports Featured, Sports

  Morgan County dominated the first seven minutes of Friday night’s game against the East Hall Vikings and it looked like the Bulldogs were on their way to the second round of the state playoffs.  The Dogs led 14-0 with 5:54 left in the first quarter after a lightning-like three play 70 yard drive to open the game, a stop of the high powered East Hall offense and a 69 yard, 11 play drive that resulted in another score. But then Austin Parker and his receiving corps got warmed up. …

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Competition Cheer Takes Fourth at State

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The Morgan County Competition Cheerleaders ended their season Saturday with a fourth place finish in the state finals.  They finished behind a strong Pierce County team that has won five out of the past six years.  Calhoun finished second and Adairsville grabbed the third place finish.  This is the second year in a row that Morgan County has placed fourth in division AAA at the state finals. Coach Kelli White had this to say about the season, “I am very pleased with the outcome.  Our team went against the best …

Swim Dogs finished eighth in first meet

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Morgan County’s Swim Dogs opened up their 2017-18 campaign at the University of Georgia’s Ramsey Center competing against 16 other teams from across the state.  Coach Susan Courchaine’s squad finished eighth overall with 173 points (combined boys and girls) in a large and talented pool of teams. Top Scorers for Morgan were Lily Courchaine and John Degonia. The second-year coach was pleased with their first outing saying, “This was a good first meet for us. Our returning team members are already in quite good shape this early in the season. …

All Region softball Team announced

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After another successful season in 2016 the Morgan County softball team put all nine of its starters on one of the three lists for All-Region nominations.  Sophomore Hannah Callaway and juniors Madison Henry, and Alissa Webb made the grade for top honors around the region for their play in left field, catcher, and shortstop respectively.  No question these three players deserve the recognition.  Here’s a breakdown of the results in the voting (by the region coaches): Region 8-AAA All-Region Team: 1st Team: Alissa Webb (junior shortstop) Madison Henry (junior catcher) …

Morgan salutes the Veterans

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

  Local veterans and their families gathered at Morgan County High School (MCHS) last Friday, the day before Veterans Day, to be celebrated by the local community for their bravery, sacrifice and unyielding patriotism. The Morgan County High School Chorus sang special renditions of the National Anthem and “God Bless America,” bringing some of the veterans and families to tears. This year’s event was led by Jim NeSmith, commander of Post 37 of the American Legion, and featured remarks by veteran and State Representative Dave Belton, and LTC. Derrick Dailey. …

Constance Ruth Cooke

Jesse Walker Obituaries

Constance Ruth Cooke, of Madison, died Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at the age of 76. Connie was born in Baltimore, MD on December 20, 1940 to the late Kenneth James Baumann of Baltimore, MD and the late Ruth Amelia Baumann of Baltimore, MD.  In 1962 she graduated from Towson University in Towson MD, began her career as a teacher in the Baltimore Public School system and married George Albert Cooke in Annapolis, MD. Connie was a loving wife, caring mother and doting grandmother. Throughout her life, Connie gave a great …

Hal S. Crawford Sr.

Jesse Walker Obituaries

Hal S. Crawford Sr., 81, passed away November 7, 2017 at Northside Hospital after succumbing to pneumonia. He was born in Buckhead, Morgan County, Georgia to Custer Crawford and Martha Spearman Crawford Talley on March 7, 1936. He was a member of  the First United Methodist Church of Madison. He attended Morgan County High School and the University of Georgia where he was a member and president of Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity. Hal was also the past president of the Optimist Club in Sandy Springs as well as served …

Dancing for a cause

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

  Madison’s most famous “stars” took the stage of the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center last week, dazzling the crowd with an evening of fancy footwork all in an effort to raise money for the Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club. And these dancers did not disappoint! The sixth annual Dancing With the Madison Stars (DWMS) garnered more thsn $95,000, which will be used to sponsor 20-plus children’s memberships at the club. “It’s a record-breaking year!” said Nancy Vaughan, co-chair of the Madison- Morgan Boys & Girls Club. Indeed, this year’s event raked …

Perriman, Hodges, Joyce win election

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” 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 …