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City Council just says no

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor A push for a moratorium on all new developments in the City of Madison did not fly with city council members at Monday night’s regular meeting.  Celia Murray, president of the Historic Madison Coalition (HMC), a non-profit organization founded to protect Madison’s Historic District, made an impassioned plea to the city council to take an “extreme” action to thwart increasing traffic flow through the city by instituting a moratorium on all new developments.  “A moratorium on development may be necessary. It may seem extreme, …

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Chase ends on Kolb Street

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By Patrick Yost editor A Forsyth man allegedly in a stolen car led police on a short but bizarre and dangerous car chase into downtown Madison before attempting to run away on foot in the historic district. According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, Jarrett Paul Gunn, 21, was arrested at gunpoint by a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputy around 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11 after he had driven a 2012 Toyota Camry from the Walmart parking lot before he jumped from the car at the Madison Methodist Church …

Two new child molestation charges in Morgan

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor A Madison man was arrested on charges of child molestation last week after an underage victim accused Edward Bell, 56, of molestation.  Morgan County Officer Joseph Pritchett initially responded to the complaint, filed by the child’s mother on Sept. 25. After the child’s mother recounted the allegations made by the child against Bell, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office turned the case over the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI), which resulted in the arrest of Bell last week.  According to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office …

‘Tot Lot,’ Lambert Park gets city approval

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The Madison Mayor and City Council gave the green light for the development of two new parks in the city to move forward—a “Tot Lot,”  which is a playground for children under the age of 5, and the first phase of Lambert Park, which will be a large community space on North Main Street.  At Monday Night’s regular meeting, the council unanimously voted to approve two contracts for each of the projects totaling about $165,000.  The Martin Tot Lot, which is planned for a …

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Councilman Joyce to hold Town Hall

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  One Madison CIty Councilman is hoping to engage the community at an upcoming Town Hall set for Monday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. in the Madison meeting hall, located at 160 North Main Street, Suite 400 in Madison.  Eric Joyce, who holds the District 2 City Council seat, hopes his constituents as well as other city residents, will come out to voice their opinions, concerns, and suggestions regarding pertinent issues facing the City of Madison.  “I represent District 2 but everyone is more than …

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Oct. 13 a dog bit complaint was filed at a Prospect Road residence. According to reports, a deputy reported he went to the Prospect Road residence in regard to a threat complaint. The deputy said while he was speaking with the property owner, the owner’s Blue Healer dog lunged from the porch and attacked the deputy. The dog allegedly bit the outside of the deputy’s right thigh, leaving a bruise. The deputy, reports state, kicked the dog away and the dog continued to circle and growled. The deputy sprayed …

Dogs tame winless Lions 35-16

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor It was business as usual for the Morgan County Bulldogs as they took down the Franklin County Lions Friday night at Bill Corry Stadium.  The Dogs moved to 6-1 with the win and upped their Region record to 3-0 with a huge game looming at Jefferson this Friday.  The showdown will pit MOCO against one of the state’s top AAA teams (number 4) with both squads defending an unblemished mark in 8-AAA play.   The winless Lions came in with high hopes of an …

Spike Dogs move to State Playoffs

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The MCHS Spike Dogs punched their ticket to the State Volleyball Championship with a win over Monroe Area this past week.  The victory pushed Morgan into the 8-AAA Region Championship Final Four.  A loss to Jefferson and a win over Hart County gives them the third slot from the Area.  This means they will travel to Westminster Schools Saturday, Oct. 19 to face the second seeded team out of Area 6-AAA, North Murray.  Times have yet to be determined.  Ringgold will be the number one seed at 25-15 for the …

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Diamond Dogs taken out by strong Ringgold squad

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan’s softball season ended against a “buzz saw”, as Coach Jason McBay noted.  Number one Ringgold proved to be everything and more they were touted to be…and then some.  The Lady Dogs went up against a powerhouse that proved in all phases of the game to simply be a little better than the hometown girls.  The two-of-three series ended on day one after the Lady Tigers took a 12-0 win in game one and shut out the Dogs again in game two 7-0.  It …

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Dogs ousted by Youth in PAC playoffs 21-0

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Middle School football finished up the season in the PAC playoffs this week against Youth Middle School losing 21-0. The Bulldogs lost to them 42-7 in an earlier regular season game.  The vast improvement is a credit to the coaches and players against a talented opponent.  Middle School football finished the season 3-4 on the season with wins over: Loganville in double OT to start the season, Carver, and Social Circle. The Bulldogs lost to Youth, Putnam in OT, and Monticello in another close …

Madison Fair comes to town

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The Madison Lions Club 60th Anniversary of the annual  Madison Lions Club Fair was held last week from October 8 to the 12. Families explored the fairgrounds together, winning prizes, eating funnel cake, and spinning on the traditional carnival-style rides. 

Sweet Sacrifice

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  “It was all worth it!” giggled Cindy Aaron after taking a big bite of a free cookie dough blizzard from Madison’s local Dairy Queen. And all it cost her was a kidney.  When Ernest Fulton, a 49-year-old husband, a father of four, and the assistant manager at the Madison Dairy Queen, was told he only had six months to live in 2018, he thought his time in this world would soon be over.  Ernest was diagnosed with Stage 3 prostate cancer in addition to …

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Gail Worfler Misuraca

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Gail Worfler Misuraca, 75 of Social Circle, died October 5, 2019.  Mrs. Misuraca was born in Queens, NY on April 17, 1944.  She was the daughter of Edward and Rita Jentzen Worfler.  She was married to William Misuraca 55 years ago.  She enjoyed riding horses and loved her home in the country.  She liked to sew and loved time spent with her family.  Mrs. Misuraca was a member of Covington Central Church. Mrs. Misuraca is survived by her husband, William and their children, Karen and Randy Jenks, Doug and Debbie …

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Nelda Juanita Cottrell

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Nelda Juanita Cottrell, 91 of Rutledge, died October 8, 2019.  Mrs. Cottrell was a native of Oklahoma.  She was born on July 5, 1928.  Mrs. Cottrell lived in Alabama and operated her barbeque restaurant. She moved to Morgan County in 2013 to be near her family. She loved fishing and spending time with her family. Mrs. Cottrell is survived by her sons, Mike Cox and Sue, David Cox, Kenny Gage and Bryan Gage.  Her grandchildren are Christian, Leslie, Alan, Jeffrey, Olivia, Tai, Jason, Lynsey and Taylor. The family received friends …

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Mildred Faye Hill

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Mildred Faye Hill, 77 of Madison, died October 13, 2019 with her family at her side.  Mrs. Hill was born in Marietta on March 7, 1942 to the late Lonnie Givens and Ethel Tinsley Givens.  She worked at Northside Realty, as a secretary to Senator Johnny Isakson.  She was married to Giles Hill.  They moved to Morgan County after retirement.  Since moving to Morgan County, they joined Centennial Baptist Church.  Mrs.  Hill was a talented athlete.  She loved to bowl and play golf with other ladies. Mrs. Hill is survived …

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Charles Kennon Howell

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Charles Kennon Howell, 58, of Buckhead, who was born on January 20, 1961, went to his heavenly home on Saturday, October 12, 2019  He passed away at his beloved “Rock House” home. Kennon was the son of the late Herbert Hobson Howell and Gail Davis Howell Wade.  He is preceded in death by his parents and infant niece, Anna Coberly. Kennon is survived by his stepfather, Dr. John Wade; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Leigh Howell Coberly and David Coberly and Rebekah Howell Saltik and Ryan Saltik; his nieces Elise Coberly, …

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Caleb “Preston” Collins

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On Tuesday, October 8, 2019, Caleb “Preston” Collins, loving husband, father, son and brother passed away peacefully at his home in Madison.  He fought a courageous four-year battle with ALS.  He was 45. Preston was born on February 17, 1974 in Newnan to Kennon Gay Collins (deceased) and Frankie “Inez” Collins.  Memorable times in his life were growing up in Baxley. He developed strong long-lasting friendships and family ties doing what he loved best, hunting, fishing, playing high school football and being a Number 1 Georgia Football Fan.  His love …

Brother Rueben T. Walker

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Brother Ruben T. Walker of Madison, a Retired Morgan County Educator and current serving as Pastor of the Morgan County Church of Christ, Madison, departed this life Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at Morgan Medicasl Center in Madison. Ruben Thomas Walker was born September 5, 1950 to the late James and Gertrude Walker in Augusta, He was baptized into the Body of Christ at the D’Antignac Street Church of Christ in 1964. He was a 1968 graduate of Lucy C. Laney High School. He attended Augusta Area Vocation Technical School completing …

Naomi Fae Fields Brown

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Naomi Fae Fields Brown age 91, born September 26, 1928, entered her heavenly home on the evening of October 8, 2019 in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Blairsville, with her family by her side. Naomi had an amazing love for her savior, Jesus Christ, and was a member of First Baptist Church of Atlanta, where she sang in the Sanctuary Choir. She was a loving wife of the late Cletus William Brown of Arcanum, Ohio. Naomi dearly loved and was a devoted, caring, actively involved grandmother to her six grandchildren …

IKK ‘hate group’ comes to Morgan

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor A cross covered in Christmas lights shone in darkness off of Aqua Road in Morgan County last weekend. But the festive lights could not disguise the startling message beneath—a message of hate, racism and white supremacy, according to local law enforcement and concerned neighbors.  The International Keystone Knights (IKK), a chapter of Ku Klux Klan, gathered at a local private residence on Aqua Lane for a two-day event on October 4-5, advertised as a board meeting, and a barbecue with speeches. According to local …