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Week of November 28 On Nov. 24 a burglary complaint was filed at Old South Wine and Spirit, Eatonton Road. According to reports, officers responded to a burglary alarm at midnight and observed that a hole had been punched out in the rear of the business that allowed access to a cooler at the business. Attempts to access an ATM machine in the business failed and, reports state, nothing appeared to be missing. On Nov. 23 a theft by taking, fleeing and attempting to elude and obstruction complaint was filed …

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Nov. 17 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Mallory Road location. According to reports, a caretaker for a piece of property reported that someone had placed hunting stands on a fence line of the property and had damaged the barbed wire fence protecting the property and containing its livestock. A deputy noted that the stands were placed in such a manner as to hunt the complainant’s property including cutting shooting lanes towards the property. The complainant said he has contacted the Georgia Department of Natural Resources enforcement …

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On Nov. 13 a burglary complaint was filed at a Wellington Street residence. According to reports, a man said that someone had entered his residence and taken more than $10,000 in cash and items. Reports state that the man alleged that sometime between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. someone entered the residence and took $9,700 in cash, including $700 in coins. The man also said that eight Playstation controllers and a set of Hyper Cloud headphones were also taken. There were no sign of forced entry on the residence. On …

Dogs fall to Calhoun in State Playoffs

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County went toe-to-toe with state powerhouse Calhoun for a half last Friday night at Phil Reeves Stadium but couldn’t sustain it over the final two quarters, ultimately losing a 38-10 decision.  Morgan led 10-7 at the end of one quarter before Calhoun surged back to take a 17-10 lead at intermission.  The home team then showed their pedigree by scoring on their first two possessions of the third quarter to make it 31-10 and put the game out of reach.  The loss gave Morgan …

Obituaries for the Week of Nov. 21, 2019

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Leslie Lanier Cowart Leslie Lanier Cowart, age 71, of Madison, Georgia Friday, November 15, 2019 at Morgan Medical Center in Madison.  A native of Miami, Florida and born December 17, 1947, he was the son of the late John Moses and Lucille Patrick Cowart.  He graduated from Belle Glade High School in  Belle Glade, Fla. and attended Asbury University in Willmore, Ky.  He married the former Carol Crisler on February 26, 1972.  He returned to Madison in 2018 after living in Kentucky close to his daughter.  He served as pastor …

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 …

Dancing With The Madison Stars

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By Tia Lynn Ivey editor  Madison’s “stars” sashayed across the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center stage last week for the Eighth Annual Dancing with the Madison Stars, the premier fundraising for the Madison-Morgan Boys and Girls Club.  “It’s a packed house for the big night!” said a Boys and Girls Club representative of the sold out event.    “I was just amazed at the talent of all of our dance teams! The time and sacrifice that the teams make on behalf of our Club and our kids is just amazing!” Said Karen …

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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 …

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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

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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 …