Contemporary Ceramics exhibit at MMMC

Jesse Walker Community

By Sarah Wibell staff writer Walk through the galleries of the Contemporary Ceramics in Georgia exhibit at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC) and get ready to be impressed. Colors – earthy, vibrant, or subdued. Texture – smooth, rough, or intricately patterned. The functional and the decorative are set side by side or combined as one. Everyday objects are reimagined, and the art both displays and evokes emotion. These reactions are exactly what Mitzi Prochnow, MMCC Visual Arts Chairperson and curator of the exhibit, wants visitors to experience. Bringing the work …

Morgan County to receive $13 million share

Tia Lynn Ivey News

More than $13 million is coming to Morgan County over the course of 20 years due to a multibillion-dollar deal with (what has widely been reported as) Facebook.  Facebook is the largest social media website in the world with more than 1.3 billion active users. The Joint Development Authority (JDA), the four-county board, comprised of Morgan, Jasper, Walton and Newton counties, tasked with overseeing the development of Stanton Spring, has negotiated a deal that has resulted in a $15 million land sale of 416 acres, and a whopping $88 million …

Valedictorian, Salutatorian named

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

Morgan County High School has named this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian. This year’s honorees are MCHS Seniors Mackenzi Barrett, as valedictorian, and Cameron McCanless, as salutatorian. “We are very proud of Mackenzi and Cameron,” said Superintendent James Woodard. “They have both modeled the level of academic achievement we expect from all of our students.” “The entire high school is celebrating Mackenzi and Cameron’s honor!” said Assistant Superintendent Sarah Burbach.  “They will continue to make our community proud as they represent Morgan County in all of their future endeavors.” Both Mackenzi and …

Hotel/Motel Tax backlash

Tia Lynn Ivey News

Although the Madison Mayor and City Council narrowly passed a two percent increase to the City’s Hotel Motel Tax, State House Representative Dave Belton sent shockwaves through the city’s leadership when he announced he would not bring the measure before the state legislature for final approval because “the vote was not unanimous.” At the last work session on Friday, Feb. 2, Councilwoman Chris Hodges proposed that Madison Mayor Fred Perriman send a letter on behalf of the council to express dismay over Belton’s decision to overrule the “will of the …

Floyd Childs Newton, Jr. \\\ February 17, 1918 – February 1, 2018

Jesse Walker News

Special to The Citizen Floyd Childs Newton, Jr., age 99, passed away on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at his residence.  He was born on February 17, 1918 in Morgan County, Georgia, near the community of Pennington, Georgia.  He was the third of five children of Floyd Childs Newton and Mary Walton Trammell Newton.  His father was a Master Farmer and Floyd Newton Jr. spent his early years living and working on his family farm.  He attended grammar school in a one room school house in the community of Pennington.  When …

Teen flu death prompts local family to establish ‘Go Fund Me’

Tia Lynn Ivey News

A Morgan County Family related to the Georgia teen who died suddenly of the flu in January has launched a fundraiser to help cover the costs of her funeral. Nikki Guinn of Madison started the fundraiser for her cousin Kira Molina, 15, of Newnan, Ga., who went into liver failure and died due to complications arising from influenza. According to the family, Kira went to bed Sunday night after showing some improvements, but went into organ failure during the night and could not be awaken up the next morning. “She …

County to vote on SPLOST VII May 22

Tia Lynn Ivey News

The Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) unanimously voted to place Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST VII) on the May 22 ballot. Morgan County voters will be asked to approve the one-penny sales tax in order to fund various capital outlay projects over a six-year period beginning in April 2019. The county has “conservatively” projected that the next SPLOST would raise about $21.7 million in total. The county has budgeted $16.9 million for various projects including paying off the nearly $8.5 million debt on the Public Safety Complex …

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Sentences given in criminal court week

Patrick Yost News

Morgan County Superior Court held a criminal trail week last week at the Morgan County Courthouse. The following persons were adjudicated during the criminal trial week. • Chadwick Taylor Armistead, 22, Madison pled guilty to one count possession of methamphetamine. He was sentenced to eight years probation and was fined $1,000. According to court records, Armistead was arrested on Sept. 9, 2016 by a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office investigator after the investigator and other officers executed a search warrant on a Parsonage Road. Arrest warrants allege that officers located 18.7 …

Morgan County Sheriff's Department

Morgan County Sheriff’s Department

Patrick Yost Law Enforcement

On Feb. 5 a warrant for burglary and obstruction was issued against Melissa Dawn Skomer, 33, unknown address. According to reports, a woman alleged that Skomer came to her Second Street, Bostwick residence at 6:30 a.m. and said she had been out in the cold all night. The complainant alleged Skomer entered by removing a taped piece of cardboard off a window that Skomer had allegedly previously broke. After she entered, the complainant said, Skomer profanity and pulled a phone cord out of a wall while the complainant was calling …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

Patrick Yost Law Enforcement

On Feb. 4 Jason Robert Holland, 38, Buckhead was arrested and charged with theft by taking. According to reports, a woman at Waffle House, Eatonton Road, alleged that at 1 a.m. after she left her IPhone 7 sitting on a counter Holland took the phone and left the restaurant. Reports state that the woman identified Holland because he paid for his meal with a credit card. Video surveillance also allegedly showed Holland take the phone and place it in left front pants pocket. Deputies from the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office …

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City of Madison gets top safety rating

Jesse Walker News

By Sarah Wibell staff writer The City of Madison was recently ranked as the 41st safest city in Georgia in 2018 by SafeWise.com, making it the second safest city in the surrounding counties of Walton, Oconee, Greene, Putnam, Jasper, and Newton. The only neighboring county with a higher ranked city was Walton and Gwinnett’s shared city of Loganville at 12th in the state. Social Circle ranked as the 50th safest city. “To put it in perspective,” said Madison’s Chief of Police, Bill Ashburn, “there are about 535 incorporated municipalities in …

Local schools above average in state ranking

Jesse Walker News

By Sarah Wibell staff writer Morgan County schools rank above the state average, according to the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) report for 2017 that focuses on students, literacy, and cross-school communication within the Morgan County Board of Education. The CCRPI, an academic accountability system of the Georgia Department of Education, evaluates schools using a points system with a maximum potential of 110 points. Morgan County Elementary School received 83.4 – GA average 72.9, Morgan County Middle School 74.3 – GA average 73.0, and Morgan County High School …

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My Humble & Accurate Opinion \\\ When my best wasn’t good enough (not even close)

Sports Reports Sports

After Major League Baseball pitcher Alan Busenitz visited Morgan County’s baseball practice this week to throw a little batting practice to the Dogs, it brought back some memories of going up against the Big Boys.  It also brought to mind how feebly short my efforts fell in trying to compete with players with talent on another level. I may have mentioned some of my high school and college escapades on the diamond and hardcourt.  I know I’ve shared some not-so-athletic events off the fields of play unless you consider repelling …

Busenitz visits Diamond Dogs as season looms

Sports Reports Featured, Sports

Some say practice makes perfect.  Others believe that perfect practice makes perfect.  Coach Merritt Ainslie made sure his guys were getting in a little perfect practice by inviting a special guest pitcher to toss a little batting practice.  This wasn’t your normal BP.  Nope, it was going up against a Major League Baseball pitcher by the name of Alan Busenitz of the Minnesota Twins.  I’d say that makes for perfect practice.  If you can hit him, 8-AAA pitching should be no problem. Alan Busenitz is no stranger to the area …

Four wrestlers advance to State Tournament

Sports Reports Featured, Sports

  After qualifying seven for the East Wrestling Sectionals for AAA, the Morgan County Mat Dogs will now send four of those wrestlers to the State Wrestling Tournament.  Matches begin Friday, Feb. 9 and continue into Saturday with champions being crowned the second day of competition. The following is a synopsis of the Sectionals action of each wrestler given to us by Coach Dusty Sidwell. 106 – Griffin McAlister started the tournament right out of the gates and faced the Area Champ from Area 1-AAA.  He had a hard fought …

Dogs celebrate Senior Night

Sports Reports Sports

The Morgan County Lady Dogs ushered out their three seniors in grand fashion by taking a 51-31 victory over Jackson County on senior night last Tuesday.  Jamie Puckett, Aris Hubbard, and Morgan Walker were honored between games as they played their final home game of their highly successful careers.  In addition, Hubbard was named to the 8-AAA All-Region team along with juniors Lou Reid and Miranda Powell on Monday. Morgan took command of this one early taking a 17-7 lead after the first quarter.  Still missing leading scorer Reid, Powell …

Teams advance in PAC Tournament

Sports Reports Sports

Both Morgan County Middle School basketball teams survived the first round of the Piedmont Athletic Conference basketball tournament and will advance to semifinals play this week.  The girls will play again at Morgan County Middle School Tuesday at 5 p.m. (This will be played before you get this week’s issue of the Morgan County Citizen).  Note that this is a change from the original schedule where the semifinals were to be held at Morgan County High School.  Should they win that game, they will play the finals at MCHS Saturday, …

Girls win JV Tournament, boys finish second

Sports Reports Sports

  For many years in high school basketball, there were no end-of-year tournaments for Junior Varsity squads to compete in.  That seems like a shame as teams need a way to end their season on a high note and have something to play and practice for.  Today, a lot of schools are now hosting their version of a ‘Region/Area Tournament’ for local JV teams to compete in. Morgan County was fortunate enough to be invited to play in the East Jackson JV Tournament this year that featured the Bulldogs, Hart …

Fortson for the future

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

  Last week we remembered the legacy of one of Morgan County’s very own civil rights leaders, Laura Wilson Butler, who died last year and has sealed her place among many who lived their lives to uplift the African-American community and the community as a whole. This week, we look toward the future, as the current generation continues that work in our very own community. A new coach at Morgan County High School, Coach Aubrey Fortson, is not just focused on fostering students’ athletic potential, but cultivating well-rounded students with …