Man arrested after alleged indecency incident at Hard Labor Creek Park

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By Patrick Yost Staff Writer In the last two months Rutledge’s Rodney Mickel Nicholson, 48, has been arrested three times, all in relation to public exposure with the latest arrest coming after a concerned citizen reported him exposing himself near a playground and putt-putt course at Hard Labor Creek State Park. According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, Nicholson was arrested on Feb. 24 after a person reported observing Nicholson exposing himself at 4 p.m.  while sitting in a silver Ford Mustang with his car windows down near the playground. …

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Brothers indicted in Kentrell Jones Murder

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By Patrick Yost Staff Writer A pair of Union Point brothers, now 18-years-old and 16-years-old, were indicted on murder charges Monday by a Morgan County Grand Jury. Dontarious Lamonta Burke, 18, and his younger brother Damarcus J. Burke were both indicted on malice murder, felony murder, armed robbery, felony murder and aggravated assault. The indictments come after both brothers were arrested and charged in the Nov. 27, 2019 shooting death of Kentrell Jones. Jones, 23, was leaning against a vehicle on Morgan Circle at approximately 8:30 p.m. when he was …

Kenneth Glee Brutsman

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Kenneth Glee Brutsman, 74, of Phoenix, Ariz. passed away unexpectedly in his home on February 22, 2021. The world has lost a loving husband, amazing father, proud grandfather, and faithful friend.  Ken graduated from Arkport Central School (Arkport,NY) in 1965 and after attending Alfred University (Alfred,NY), he operated his own dairy farm in Arkport, NY. On February 14, 1970, he married the former Mary Elizabeth Hurlbut.  Farming was in Ken’s blood, but he and his wife sold the farm and moved to Georgia where he pursued a degree in agriculture …

Elizabeth Carolyn Kilburn

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Elizabeth Carolyn Kilburn, 82, of Rutledge, Georgia, beloved wife, mother, sister, and grandmother, passed away peacefully on February 25 after a three-month struggle with cancer. Carolyn was born May 31, 1938, in Hiseville, Kentucky, where she spent her childhood until enrolling in Western Kentucky University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics education and taught home economics in junior and high schools. Her first teaching job was in Louisville, Kentucky, where she met and married James Kilburn.  They moved to Utah, where he was stationed in the Army, then relocated to …

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Michael Anthony (Mike) Pearson

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Michael Anthony (Mike) Pearson, 63 of Madison, passed away on February 17, 2021.  Mike was born in Fairplay on June 20, 1957.  He was self-employed for many years.  He  was a co-owner of Georgia Bedding in Eatonton.  Mike was married to Donna Jo Rhoades Pearson.  He enjoyed trips to the beach and the mountains and liked to keep up with friends on Facebook.  However, his greatest joy came from time spent with his family. Mike Pearson is survived by his wife, Donna and two daughters, Melissa Rutherford and Steven and Miranda …

Laurice Whittle Trice

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Laurice Whittle Trice, 89 of Madison, died on February 16, 2021.  Mrs. Trice was the daughter of the late, Arthur and Lottie Moody Whittle.  She was born in Griffin on February 4, 1932.  She was married to the late Winfred Trice and worked at Carter’s Textile Mills in Griffin until she left there to help operate the family farm.  The Trice family moved to Madison in 1979.  They quickly became active in Beacon Heights Baptist Church.  Mrs. Trice was also very involved with Rutledge Academy for many years. Mrs. Trice …

Richard Corry Nunnally

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Richard Corry Nunnally, Sr, 85 of Madison, died February 19, 2021.  Mr. Nunnally was born in Morgan County on January 18, 1936 to Addison and Verda Mae Barnett Nunnally.  He was married to Helen Anglin in 1955.  They made their home and raised their children in Morgan County.  Mr. Nunnally was a member of Beacon Heights Baptist Church.  He was retired from Clark Equipment where he worked as a technician.  Mr. Nunnally enjoyed gardening and cooking, especially grilling.  He was a long-time servant at Beacon Heights, having served as a …

Mother charged in son’s death,Alison Jones allegedly shot, killed 7-year-old son, Maddox

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Patrick Yost Staff writer Alison Jones, 36, was charged with murder, felony murder and aggravated assault Monday morning after she allegedly shot and killed her 7-year-old son and attacked her husband at the couple’s Riverwalk Road residence. According to Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley, investigators believe that Jones shot 7-year-old Maddox Jones while he was in his bed and then turned the semi-automatic pistol on her husband, Douglas Jones, 50. Markley said Douglas Jones was able to disarm his wife and called 911. Incident reports state that Douglas Jones told …

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Hospital stands firm against city

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Zoning clash over drug rehab has hospital wanting automatic transfer; city pushing for public hearing By Tia Lynn Ivey News editor The Morgan Medical Center Hospital (MMC) Authority is pressing forward to secure the sale of the old hospital property to a drug rehabilitation center, despite the City of Madison pumping the brakes on the deal. A zoning dispute is heating up between the City of Madison and the MMC hospital authority that will likely end up in court. A lawsuit against the City of Madison is not off the …

City breaks ground on Canaan Crossing

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By Tia Lynn Ivey News editor A new “work-force affordable housing” project is underway, as city leaders and developers gathered last Friday for the Canaan Crossing groundbreaking on Wheat Street in Madison. Local leaders are hoping the new townhouse and apartment complex will provide a feasible option for those who want to work in Madison, but cannot currently afford to live here. Canaan Crossing is part of the effort to revitalize the Canaan neighborhood. Construction will now begin on the 60-unit low-to-moderate income housing development to be built on a …

Demarius Brinkley: Transforming education into action

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By Tia Lynn Ivey News editor Demarius Brinkley is a political activist for Fair Fight Action in Atlanta, but his heart never left his hometown of Madison. Brinkley graduated from Morgan County High School in 2013 and went on to study political science and philosophy at Morehouse College. Now at age 25, Brinkley is using his voice and savvy skills to advocate for voting rights throughout Georgia. But he hasn’t forgotten Morgan County, returning often to take part in local events and programs to advocate for transparency in law enforcement, …

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Local businessman invited to White House at Christmas

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By Patrick Yost Staff writer When Morgan County businessman Wendell McNeal stood outside the north entrance of the White House with his friend Karen McCoy in preparation to begin a two-day stint as a volunteer greeter, he had one emotion. “I was scared,” McNeal said. To McNeal, the structure that stood before him represented “The People’s House” and stood as a monument to the culmination of years of American history and struggle.  And, he said, it was the greatest place he could have ever spent a Christmas vacation. McNeal spent …

School system hopes to snare $2M literacy grant

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By Patrick Yost Staff Writer The Morgan County Charter School System and a comprehensive group of community and business leaders are working in hopes of qualifying Morgan County for a Literacy for Learning, Living and Leading in Georgia Grant (L4GA) that could bring between $2 million to $4 million for literary efforts to Morgan County. According to Susan Tolbert, assistant superintendent for teaching and learning, Morgan County Charter School System, “a collaborative committee of over 20 people representing various groups that serve Morgan County Children began work on the grant …

MCHS Drama Dogs

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By Tia Lynn Ivey  The Morgan County High School (MCHS) Drama Dogs are headed to a statewide theater competition after winning a slew of awards at last week’s District 4AAA One Act Theater Competition.  “These students have worked so hard, and with the challenges presented to all of us during the pandemic, it has required even more from everyone. The students so deserved this recognition, and I can’t wait for even more people to get to experience this show,” MCHS Drama Director Lenea Rose.  The Drama Dogs won First Place …

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Matthew David Oliver, Sr.

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On February 7, 2021, Matthew David Oliver, Sr., beloved husband and father, passed away at the age of 40. Matt was born in Lilburn, Georgia in 1980 to Mitch and Debbie Oliver. In 2004, he married his best friend, Kristy Wood, and shortly thereafter they settled in Buckhead where he lived the rest of his life. Matt was employed by Grant Thornton as a Healthcare Consultant and was the type of colleague and boss everyone should strive to be; he truly cared about the people he worked with and those …

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Willie A. Thomas

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November 28, 1941 – January 31, 2021 Willie A. Thomas was born November 28, 1941. He was the eldest son of the late Elbert Perriman Thomas and Willie Martin Thomas. On January 31, 2021, God saw fit to call one of his children home.  Willie joined Mount Zion Baptist Church at an early age. He attended Mount Zion neighborhood schools. Eventually he was employed within the dairy industry and later  owned a transportation company. In the year of 1963, he was blessed with a daughter (Carolyn) with Pearlie Randall. In 1966 he …

Andrea Gable named editor of Morgan County Citizen

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Special to The Citizen Andrea Gable has been named executive editor of the Morgan County Citizen, Madison’s award-winning weekly newspaper, recently purchased by Times-Journal Inc. Gable takes the reins from editor and publisher, Patrick Yost, who founded the Morgan County Citizen in 1997, along with the region’s flagship magazine, Lake Oconee Living. She has served as editor of Lake Oconee Living since 2011, devoting a decade to covering stories throughout the lake area for the magazine. “I have some big shoes to fill,” said Gable. “Patrick has been a fair-minded …

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Hospital to set up drive-thru vaccine site

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By Tia Lynn Ivey News editor This week, Madison Mayor Fred Perriman rolled up his sleeve and received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Morgan County Health Department, which began vaccinating patients on Jan. 25, after receiving a shipment of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine. “I just want to urge our community to take the vaccine when it is available to them,” said Perriman. “I just wanted to show our community that I took it, it’s safe, and encourage everyone who can to take the vaccine to protect our …

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Drug Rehab fate uncertain, hospital threatens to sue city of Madison

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By Tia Lynn Ivey News editor A heated legal battle may be on the horizon between the City of Madison and the Morgan Medical Center Hospital Authority over a potential buyer aiming to transform the old hospital property into an inpatient drug rehabilitation facility. Madison Mayor Fred Perriman made a public announcement at Monday’s city council meeting, declaring that the city would not issue a certification letter requested by the hospital authority and Flashpoint Recovery – a high-end drug rehab – to preemptively approve the use of a drug rehabilitation …

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Man arrested for shooting over $500 bet

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By Patrick Yost Staff writer A man wanted for aggravated assault after he allegedly shot a man during an argument over a racing bet was arrested on Tuesday, Feb. 2 while attending a funeral. According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, Leroy Nelson, Jr., 48, was arrested while sitting in a gold Chevrolet Tahoe in the parking lot of the Unions Springs Baptist Church on West Main Street in Rutledge at approximately 2 p.m. Nelson was arrested without incident after two Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputies were alerted that Nelson …