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

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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, …

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Law Enforcement

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Madison Police Department On Oct. 19 a warrant of theft by taking was taken against Nettie Aseneth Harwal, 62, Madison. According to reports, Harwal alleged removed $300 cash from a customer’s wallet that was left at the counter of Goody’s while Harwal was an employee. Initial reports failed to show that any money was taken from the woman, however, a further review of different camera angles at the store allegedly revealed Harwal removing the cash from the wallet. On Nov. 3 a theft by shoplifting complaint was filed at  Wal …

Dogs Claw Jackson Panthers 31-12

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The Morgan County Bulldogs put the finishing touch on their regular season with a workmanlike 31-12 win over tenacious region foe Jackson County.  The Bulldogs won for the ninth time in ten outings but the Panthers made the Dogs work for this win on Senior Night at Jackson County High School. The Bulldogs actually fell behind in the first quarter.  Morgan opened the scoring with a 22 yard field goal from Andrew Watkins following an interception by Tuke Robinson that he returned to the Panther 12 yard line.  On the …

Hopes dashed, Morgan falls to Loganville in Championship

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Under a full moon and perfect weather for football, two championship caliber teams played tug-of-war for 32 minutes.  It was a dominant defense and a single touchdown that was eventually the difference in the Piedmont Athletic Conference Championship football game.  Morgan took a heartbreaking 6-0 defeat at the hands of the Loganville Red Devils at Bill Corry Stadium in a game that went down to the wire.  It gave Loganville its second straight PAC Championship and Morgan the heartbreaking loss to end their perfect season. Loganville pulled a little trickery …

Boys Prove Their Worth at State

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The Morgan County Cross-Country boys’ team gave it their best shot at the State Championship Race this past week finishing 16th out of 30 entries in AAA.  Coach Erin Spinks was proud of the effort her team exerted when she said, “Our boys proved their place at state.”  Morgan may have finished fourth at the 8-AAA Region Championship, but that was not their mindset going into the State competition.  Spinks pointed out that even though the team came in fourth at region that did not upset them.  She commented, “It …

Media Day Kicks Off 2017-18 Basketball Season

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East Jackson High School put together and hosted a highly impressive, first-ever 8-AAA basketball media day that included round table discussions with each team, video interviews, and radio interviews.  The top players and the coaches from each school were invited to attend along with local media outlets that cover those schools.  It was a first-class event and an opportunity to meet and get an in-depth and personal view from the boys’ and girls’ perspectives as well as the region coaches.  It was an outstanding way to kick off the 2017-18 …

Fest Success

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      Bostwick’s annual Cotton Gin Festival is one of the county’s most beloved events of the year and this year’s festival did not disappoint. “We had more people than we had parking,” said Angie Howard, a Bostwick City Councilwoman who helps orchestrate the festival every year. “It was the largest crowd we ever had!” Some estimated that more than 7,000 people came through Saturday’s Cotton Gin Festival. The festival kicked off with a parade, led by this year’s Cotton King, Earl Nunn, who is a life-long Bostwick resident …

Leesa Ann Greenway

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Leesa Ann Greenway, 55,  of Madison, passed away Monday, October 30, 2017. Born in Macon, she was the daughter of Billy Doolittle of Macon and the late Jane Penland Doolittle of Franklin, North Carolina. In addition to her late mother, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Greenway, who died on April 5, 2011 and her brother, Timothy Paul Thompson, who died in 2004. She is survived by her three daughters, April Michelle Greenway, Ashley Greenway Holland and husband Jason, Amanda Brooke Greenway; a son, Richard Crawford Greenway; …

Sybil Jones Whitt

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Sybil Jones Whitt, 85 of Rutledge, died Sunday, November 5, 2017. Mrs. Whitt was at home surrounded by her family. Mrs. Whitt was born June 3, 1932 to Levi and Claudia Jones. On February 1, 1952 she married Fred Whitt. After spending much of their life in Stone Mountain, Mr. and Mrs. Whitt moved to Rutledge in 1997. Mrs. Whitt was a member of Rutledge United Methodist Church. She enjoyed traveling and working in her yard as long as she was able. Mrs. Whitt is survived by her husband of …

L. C. Brown

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L. C. Brown, 68, of Madison died October 27, 2017. He was born August 3, 1949 to the late Henry McWhorter and Susie Wilson-McWhorter of Madison. He was a member of Flat Rock Baptist Church. He was employed with the City of Madison for several years. He was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Susie McWhorter; brothers Albert and Steve Brown and sister Paulette Cook. He is survived by his son Tony Smith (Brenda); grandchildren Nialonia, Keynonta and DeAngelo Smith; sisters Berdie Washington and Pearlie Clay, brothers Barry …

Lou Rita DeVault

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With saddened hearts the family of Lou Rita DeVault, of Grayson, announces her home going. Rita, age 79, born July 22, 1938, passed away on November 1, 2017 after a struggle with cancer. Rita was preceded in death by her mother Mrytle Withrow Norton and father Randolph Hurst Norton. She was born in Madison, Georgia, Morgan County and lived most of her life in the Atlanta area. Rita was married to James William DeVault on February 15, 1969. Rita and James had one daughter Mollye Lou DeVault of Grayson and …

Jesse James Wilson, Sr.

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Jesse James Wilson, Sr. of Madison passed peacefully into eternal life on November 1, 2017 after a short illness.  A lifelong resident of Morgan County Jesse was born to James G. (Red) Wilson and Fannie I. Mason Wilson on January 25, 1947. He joined Harmony Baptist Church at an early age.  He did many different jobs, but enjoyed working on tractors and related equipment the most, before he became disabled.  He loved to fish and hunt. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, A. Tony Wilson and …

Madison Trick or Treating 2017

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  Madison was overrun with fanciful creatures, immortal monsters, brave superheroes, and famous “celebrities” last week. Crowds of tiny ghouls, goblins, and pretty princesses  scurried from house to house, scowering for candy on Halloween. Children and parents, donned in creative and spooky costumes, wandered the neighborhoods of Madison, knocking on doors hoping to get a treat instead of a trick. The weather was ideal for an evening of traditional trick-or-treating. The Halloween Spirit was alive and well as parents flashed their cameras to capture priceless memories of their children laughing …

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

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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 …