Flying toward airport expansion?

Tia Lynn Ivey News

Millions of dollars could be coming to the City of Madison from the State of Georgia to fund the long-awaited airport runway expansion project. According to City Manager David Nunn, who relayed the opportunity to the Madison Mayor and City Council at Monday night’s regular meeting, Governor Nathan Deal identified Madison as one of 10 airports in the State of Georgia to provide “significant funds” for the purpose of airport improvements. The city has wanted to extend the airport’s runway from 3800 feet to 5000 for years. But according to …

Madison Council issues Arbor Day proclamation

Tia Lynn Ivey News

The Madison Mayor and City Council issued a proclamation at Monday night’s regular meeting establishing Friday, Feb. 16 as Arbor Day. Members of the Madison-Morgan Conservancy (MCC), the junior conservancy, and the city’s greenspace commission attended Monday’s meeting to celebrate the proclamation reading. “I am here representing the MCC, I am on the board. This year we have the opportunity to launch the junior conservancy. The mission of the junior conservancy is to develop and to sustain a heritage conservation ethic amongst our youth through education opportunities, civic engagement, volunteerism …

Carter new city attorney

Tia Lynn Ivey News

Longtime City Attorney Joe Reitman, with the Lambert, Reitman and Abney Law Firm, was voted out by the Madison Mayor and City Council Monday night. Reitman will be replaced by Madison Attorney Jim Carter, of Carter, Cromwell Law Firm in Madison. “As discussed in our previous work session, we need a motion and a second to approve a city attorney,” said Madison Mayor Fred Perriman at Monday night’s mayor and council regular meeting. Councilwoman Carrie Peters Reid made the motion to approve Carter and Cromwell as the city’s new legal …

Laptop taken by force

Patrick Yost News

A 16-year-old Madison teen alleged this week that another teen threatened him in Madison’s Town Park with a pistol and stole his laptop. According to Madison Police Department reports, the complainant alleged the incident occurred on Jan. 14. The juvenile said he did not alert his mother or authorities because he was “embarrassed.” Reports state that the teen alleged that while he was sitting on the stage at Town Park utilizing the city’s free Wi-Fi service, the second teen approached him and asked several times to borrow his laptop computer. …

Drugs, cash confiscated

Patrick Yost News

After a week-long investigation, Morgan County and Putnam County authorities executed a fourth amendment probation search on a Bramblewood Drive residence and allegedly discovered a cache of drugs. On Monday, Jan. 22 at 8:40 p.m., authorities entered the Madison Villas Apartments residence of Jonie Loraine Whitlock, 40, Madison and, reports state, discovered suspected marijuana, Xanax, ecstasy pills, cash and methamphetamine. The marijuana, investigators said, appeared to be packaged for sale. Whitlock (AKA Jonie Chapman) was arrested without incident and charged with one count possession of a schedule I controlled substance; …

Hit and run suspect runs and hides

Patrick Yost News

Officers waited more than an hour, hoping a hit and run suspect would come out of his Micha Way apartment before eventually arresting the man as he hid in the attic of the unit. J’Reese Nyquan Cobert, 23, Madison was eventually taken into custody on Thursday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. after Cobert was allegedly involved in a hit and run accident at the intersection of U.S. 441 and South Main Street. Reports state that a 69-year-old man stated that while he was sitting at the intersection in his brown …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

Jesse Walker Law Enforcement

On Feb. 8 a theft by conversion complaint was filed at Auto 1, Eatonton Road. According to reports, a woman alleged that she had given her 1984 Monte Carlo to her brother in Decatur and that the man then gave the Monte Carlo to a contract employee at the business who was going to paint the vehicle. However, reports state, that employee left the business more than nine months ago. The vehicle was not located and the employee no longer answers the complainant’s phone calls. On Feb. 8 Rameeshah D. …

Morgan County Sheriff's Department

Morgan County Sheriff’s Department

Patrick Yost Law Enforcement

On Feb. 11 a child custody complaint was filed at a Lake Shore Drive residence. According to reports, a man said when he arrived at the residence to collect his 7-year-old daughter at 4 p.m., he was told by his ex-wife’s father that the ex-wife and child had left the residence. The complainant said this was in violation of a court order that provided his ex-wife to visit with the child while under third party supervision approved by the court. A deputy then went to the ex-wife’s boyfriend’s house on …

Diamond Masquerade, Mardi Gras Gala 2018

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA) held its annual Diamond Masquerade Mardi Gras Gala earlier this month at Empire Mills. According to the STMA, the even, which featured The Atlanta Seventeen Big Band, was a huge success, raising about $15,000 for the STMA. “The evening was a huge success all the way around – Empire Mills provided the perfect setting and Hallie Jane’s New Orleans-themed fare was delicious. The silent auction and diamond ring raffle ticket sales alone brought in almost $10,000,” said Patricia DuBose, with the STMA.  “We …

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My Humble & Accurate Opinion \\\ Nightmare on Second Street

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I’ve always had reccurring dreams about those things important in my life, but I never thought I’d have nightmares about being a sports writer.  Yep, I’ve graduated to the big time and the AJC should be calling soon baby.  Six-figure salary, benefits package, severance pay, insurance, the whole nine is headed my way.  Furman Bisher, Lewis Grizzard here I come.  So long Patrick.  It’s been nice knowing you. Well, that really is a dream, but I’m not kidding about the nightmares.  Some I’ve had for years, but these most recent …

Region Champions!

Sports Reports Featured, Sports

After checking off their first goal of going undefeated in Region play, the Bulldogs put a second checkmark by another by winning the 2017-18 Region Tournament Championship Saturday night over a very game Hart County in double overtime at Emmanuel College This one was anything but easy.  In fact, it was in doubt until the final buzzer sounded after 40 minutes of basketball in a game that saw the Bulldogs trail for much of the contest.  As has been par for the course over the past several games, Morgan jumped …

Dog gone it! Girls finish second

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An upset of monumental proportions almost became reality Saturday night in the Championship bout of the 8-AAA Region basketball tournament.  The Morgan County Lady Dogs came close to winning their fifth straight Region Tournament against undefeated and second-ranked Franklin County (27-0), but came up short in a valiant effort 63-54.  The final score doesn’t indicate the tenacity and guts the girls played with against a talented opponent; nor does it show how close this one really was. With only 1:45 remaining in regulation, senior forward Aris Hubbard went above the …

MCMS basketball completes seasons

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In a season-ended grand finale, the Morgan County Middle School Girls finished out their season with a bang.  Not only did they finish  the season with a perfect 17-0 record, but they topped that off by taking home the Piedmont Athletic Conference Championship Trophy on the MCHS home court. After walloping the Lady Red Devils of Loganville 41-15 in the first round, the Lady Dogs faced a better team in the second round.  Social Circle gave Morgan a better game, but the girls prevailed to move on to the Championship …

Netters open 2018 season

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Morgan County’s boys’ and girls’ tennis teams opened up their 2018 campaign this past week with matches against George Walton, Richmond Academy, and Madison County. Both squads are under the direction of second-year Head Coach Stacy Dearing and assistant coach Jill Cribbs. The addition of first-year community coach Shane Phitides will also give the coaches and players some additional coaching from a life-long tennis coach at the junior and professional level. Phitides hails from South Africa and came to the U.S. on a tennis scholarship to Berry College.  He became …

Lady Dogs return 10 starters

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Fifth year Head Soccer Coach Anne Stamps will again be leading the Lady Dogs on the pitch for the 2018 season.  The loss of some veterans to graduation from a year ago will hurt, but Stamps feels good about this team’s prospects.  She said, “We lost a few four-year starters from the Class of 2017, but I feel good about the young talent within our team this year. Our numbers are a little low this year, so we are conditioning heavily to prepare our bodies to play a ton of …

Morehouse College Glee Club comes to Cultural Center

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

The world-famous Morehouse College Glee Club performed last weekend at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC) for a special concert sponsored by the Morgan County African American Museum (MCAAM). “This is a chance to work with our cultural center to bring more diverse talent to our community and to bring more people into the center,” said Madison Mayor Fred Perriman and MCAAM board member. Morehouse College, a historically African-American college for men in Atlanta, boasts of a longstanding glee club founded in 1911. Throughout its history, The Morehouse College Glee Club …

Journey to Light Gala held at Cultural Center

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

The Living Life Team, a blind/visually impaired support group, held a gala at the end of January to raise awareness and funds for the organization. The event was the second annual gala for the group, called the “Journey to the Light Gala.” This year’s featured Speaker was David Furukawa, of Foresight Augmented Reality. Various community leaders attended event, including Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley and Reverend Hoke Smith. Attendees wore special glass to simulate being blind. The event also featured a raffle drawing, a skit, a dance performance, and dinner.

Dennis P. “Denny” Klebba

Jesse Walker Obituaries

Dennis P. (Denny) Klebba of Rutledge, passed away February 9, 2018, at the age of 74. Mr. Klebba, a veteran of the United States Army, was a former resident of Detroit, Michigan, before moving to Covington in 1973. He was employed by the Seaboard Railroad, for many years, before he began driving a truck for several years. Mr. Klebba, loving father of two daughters, enjoyed antiquing, visiting flea markets, fishing and taking his daughters camping at Jackson Lake. He was a friend to many and will be greatly missed by …

Rebecca Pauline (Polly) Austin Smith

Jesse Walker Obituaries

Rebecca Pauline (Polly) Austin Smith died February 8, 2018, surrounded by loved ones, after a difficult battle with Lewy Body Dementia. She had just celebrated her 75th birthday. Polly was born January 19, 1943 at Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta to Louis Edgar Austin and Mamie Atkinson Austin. Her very early years were spent in Jacksonville Beach until the death of her father in 1948. The Atkinson family had been established in Morgan County since the early 1800s, so her mother moved the family back home where Polly would grow …

Julius Porter Astin

Jesse Walker Obituaries

Julius Porter Astin, of Rutledge, passed away February 12, 2018.  He was born in Rutledge to the late Charles Walter Astin and Lizzie Nell Colston Astin.  Mr. Astin worked many years in construction where he was involved in the Georgia Power Dam, Madison Health and Rehab as well as the home of Vince Dooley. He also owned a service station in Rutledge for several years.  He was a member of the Dewald Masonic Lodge, and the VFW.  Mr. Astin was a recipient of two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star for …