Lady Rams power past Morgan

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The home opener and prior pre-season scrimmage for the Morgan County Lady Dogs’ basketball team have not gone as planned.  Or have they?  Over the past several season, the program has taken to scheduling stronger opponents early outside the region in an attempt to “toughen up” the team for those games that really do count.  Just ask first-year head coach Timothy Roop.  As the lead assistant for Josh Reeves over the past few seasons, he has seen first-hand how these early games may not …

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Juvenile arrested, charged after allegedly making a social media threat

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By Patrick Yost editor A 14-year-old male freshman at Morgan County High School was detained and will be charged with terroristic threats and disrupting public schools after he allegedly threatened to shoot people at the school on social media. According to Chief Deputy Keith Howard, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, the student allegedly posted on another student’s YouTube channel the message “I’m shooting up your school on Monday tell the principal or everyone is dead.” Another student saw the message on the YouTube channel and informed his parents. The parents contacted …

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Officials demand emission testing

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Cancer-causing gas emissions from the local Madison BD Bard plant continue to worry local leaders and citizens alike. As the BD Bard plant in Covington remains under scrutiny from state authorities over elevated ethylene oxide emissions and was forced to temporarily shutdown so state regulators further investigate, Madison leaders are left wondering if the Madison plant poses any similar potential health risks to local citizens. Madison leaders will meet with State Representative Dave Belton later this week to discuss the issue.  Some Madison City …

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School traffic eased

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor A consolidated school campus also means consolidated traffic. With the new Morgan County Middle School slated to open next year in mind, school officials are partnering with county officials construct another “pass-through” lane to alleviate traffic and enhance safety. The county’s financial contribution is estimated to be around $200,000 for the project. The school system has not yet announced what the projected estimated cost would be for its part.  “Over the last several months, we have been in discussions with the Board of Education …

Fire destroys Peppers Road residence

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor A Bostwick house on Peppers Road went up in flames last week, resulting in a total loss. The house belongs to Lenita Franklin, a beloved community member known for her generosity and volunteerism.  According to Fire Chief Jeff Stone, the house was almost fully engulfed when firefighters arrived as they scrambled to put the fire out.  “Our guys moved fast once they got there,” said Stone. The fire was extinguished by 28 Morgan County firefighters and seven firefighters from Walton County. According to Stone, …

Downtown ‘Shop, Sip and Stroll’ next week

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Ok y’all! It’s beginnin’ to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go! And, ding dang it, I flat can’t wait! But before we get into all the shop, dine, sip and stroll news, the Buzz needs to give a big Shout Out to the City of Madison! That’s ‘cause the City just recently installed a heap of in-street crosswalk signs! I mean you just can’t miss ‘em and it truly makes drivers more likely to slow down at the crosswalks! So now we’ve got signs, flags, well-marked crosswalks and …

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More than $5 million in real estate sold for week

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Compiled by Dianne Yost Oct. 22, 2019 •  Ann H. Kimsey, Trustee of the Ann H. Kimsey Living Trust . . . of Bishop to Aaron D. Middlebrooks of Social Circle,  Peppers Road, Bostwick, 6 acres, $65,500. • Chandler J. Pike of Athens,  to Ralph Joseph Lancaster of Madison, 1020 Saye Creek Drive, Madison, $72,500. Oct. 23, 2019 • Real Estate Perspectives, XIII, LLC of Atlanta to William Gerald Usry, Jr. of Madison, 018-020C, 20 acres, $225,000. Oct.. 24, 2019 • Palestine Georgia, LLC of Atlanta to Mark Huffstetler of …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On Oct. 29 a gunfire ordinance violation complaint was filed at a Micha Way residence. According to reports, an officer responded within a minute to an anonymous caller reporting hearing four or five gun shots. When the officer arrived at 10:15 p.m. he conducted a foot patrol. A second officer reported locating a small pool of suspected blood at the bottom of a stairwell. He also reported as he approached the breezeway to the building several people moved into an apartment and there was a “heavy scent” of burning marijuana …

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Nov. 2 an affray complaint was filed at a Ponder Pines Road residence. According to reports, a 19-year-old woman said she was at the residence when a couple asked her to “get her stuff and go.” The woman alleged while she was gathering her belongings, the woman at the residence slapped her in the face. The man then allegedly punched the teen in the eye. On Oct. 23 a bank fraud complaint was filed at a Prospect Road residence. According to reports, a man alleged that someone had taken …

Morgan stops East Jackson 45-31

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County didn’t play their best football game of the season last Friday night when they traveled to Commerce, but eventually posted a wild 45-31 win over East Jackson to move to 4-1 in region play and 7-2 on the season. The Dogs used a crushing ground attack that accounted for 330 yards on the night to eventually subdue a feisty, much improved Eagle squad.     That rushing attack was led by junior Kobridgette Lumpkin who had a monster game.  The junior running back …

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Dogs open season against Newton Saturday

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor It’s that time.  The Morgan County Bulldogs and Lady Dogs will tipoff their basketball season this week with a girls’ scrimmage game Nov. 7 and the season opener Nov. 9.  Coach Timothy Roop’s team will get their feet wet against an always stout Madison County squad Thursday at 6:00.  The boys won’t have the advantage of a preseason scrimmage, but will be tested right out of the gate by the neighboring Newton Rams Saturday.  Newton is always tough and this year should be no …

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Morgan faces Hart with home playoff game on the line

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By Alvin Richardson sports editor The orange-clad Hart County Bulldogs will pay a visit to Bill Corry Stadium this Friday night and there will be a lot on the line.  Because the race is so close there will also be another factor in play – the three way region tie-breaker (between Morgan, Hart and Monroe Area) – and that could lead to some interesting decision making.  Without going into all the specifics it boils down to these possibilities: (1) If Morgan County wins the game they will get the second …

Bulldogs christen new practice field under the lights

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor In a timely turn of events, the Morgan County football team got a welcome surprise this week when they were given an opportunity to practice under the lights at the brand new practice field.  The beautifully sodded and lighted field has been some time coming with a lack of funding holding up the progress of completing the field.  Donations from the community helped to complete the project. The practice came during a week when the squad is looking squarely at a possible second place …

Cotton Gin Fest a hit!

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor   Over 6,000 people descended upon Bostwick’s Downtown for the Annual Cotton Gin Festival last Saturday.  Beneath clear blue skies amidst the crisp Fall weather, hoards of people lined the streets shouting and waving as a massive parade of tractors, firetrucks, and police vehicles slowly drove through town. This year’s Cotton King, Marvin Ruark served as the parade’s grand mashall, leading the way through Downtown Bostwick.  Dozens of vendors set up camp selling crafts, food, and other local treasures.  Over 75 artists and crafters attended …

Back in time

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Y’allywood is back to shoot an ambitious high-profile television series right in the heart of Madison.  The Underground Railroad, an 11-episode Amazon  limited series directed by Oscar Winner Barry Jenkins and produced by Brad Pitt’s company Plan B, will bring to life the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Colson Whitehead.  Whitehead’s bestselling novel The Underground Railroad follows the story of “Cora,” a young slave girl a cotton plantation in Georgia.  “Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast …

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J. B. Long

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J.B. Long, 95 of Apalachee, died October 21, 2019.  He was born September 15, 1924 in Jasper, GA.  He was the son of Homer Reid Long and Omia Moss Long.  Mr. Long was the third child of fifteen.  Mr. Long served in the U.S. Army in WWII.   After the war, Mr. Long farmed cotton and later he worked at Wellington Puritan Mills as a machinist.  He enjoyed gardening, especially growing tomatoes.  He also loved to fish and share his catch with his family and friends. Mr. Long was a …

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Helen Joan (Joanie) Roland

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Helen Joan (Joanie) Roland, 54 of Social Circle, died November 1, 2019.  Joanie was owner of All In One Pools in Madison.  She was born December 7, 1964 in Decatur to Hewlett and Shirley Parr.  She was married to Ronald Kitchens.  Joanie loved her family, especially her grandchildren and her dogs (Billy, Johnny and Charlie).  She enjoyed beach vacations and cruises.  She was a dedicated business owner and always helpful to her customers. She is survived by her husband, Ronald Kitchens and two children, Jessica Graham and Craig Roland.  She …

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Juanita Pearl Chumley Gustafson

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Mrs. Juanita Pearl Chumley Gustafson, age 96, passed away Sunday, November 3, 2019. Services will be held 1 p.m.  Sunday, November 10, at Sherwood Memorial Gardens in Jonesboro, GA.  Mrs. Juanita was born on October 27, 1923 in Marble Hill, GA to the late Willard Chumley and the late Carura Hyde Chumley.  She grew up in Marble Hill.  She attended school at Marble Hill High School.  After graduation she attended Marsh Business College in Atlanta.  She got a job with Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company. After being transferred to Chicago, she met her husband of …

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Chase ends in armed standoff

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By Patrick Yost editor What started as an attempt of a traffic stop ended two days later with officers and an armored vehicle surrounding a Double Bridges Road residence in search of a wanted suspect. According to Lt. Brandon Sellers, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Sean Patrick Cartey, 27,  was taken into custody after a nearly 90 minute standoff after officers surrounded Cartey’s residence on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Officers were searching for Cartey after a Monday incident where a deputy observed two men on a four-wheeler driving on a paved road …

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Madison’s Bard plant open, for now

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor While the BD Bard plant in Covington was court-ordered to temporarily close this week, due to its use of a cancer-causing gas, the Bard plant in Madison will operate as usual, pumping out the same gas into the air, for now. According to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD), the regulatory agency will not conduct an air test in Madison.  “The EPD has no plans to test for ethylene oxide in other Georgia locations at this time.  However, that may change as we get …