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Teen indicted for murder, $50 robbery charge

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By Patrick Yost editor  A Union Point teen charged in the killing of a 23-year-old Morgan County man, allegedly over the theft of $50, has been indicted by a Morgan County Grand Jury. Dontarious Lamonta Burke, 17, has been indicted on one count murder, one count felony murder and one count armed robbery by the Grand Jury after it met earlier in the month. Burke was arrested nearly a week after he allegedly shot and killed Kentrell Jones on Wednesday, Nov. 27 while Jones was standing on the street at …

End of an Era

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By Patrick Yost editor  On Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020 a nearly four decade institution will end.  William “Billy” Prior, chief judge, Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit has announced he will not seek another term in office. Chief Judge Prior, a Morgan County native and a venerated judge within the eight county circuit, said Friday he has decided to end a judicial career that began on July 1, 1981 when he was appointed to the position by then Gov. George Busbee. Chief Judge Prior said he received the appointment, in part, because Morgan …

Heroin, meth found

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Quinn Rafferty staff writer Two women have been charged with trafficking both suspected heroin and suspected methamphetamine after a speeding stop led police to search their rental vehicle. Andrea Strode, 35, of Aiken, S.C., and Brandy Odle, 35, also of Aiken, SC were pulled over after Strode was allegedly driving 98-miles-per-hour in a 70-miles-per-hour zone. Consequent to the traffic stop, reports state, an officer allegedly smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle and observed marijuana inside the vehicle.  After calling for backup, a second officer began to search the vehicle and opened …

Five cabins burned, arson charges filed

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By Patrick Yost editor  Two men are in custody and face arson charges after a property manager of a Morgan County estate found five cabins burned to the ground. Three children, one near death authorities said, were also taken into protective custody following the arrests. According to Chief Deputy Keith Howard, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Carl Johnson, 25, Chicago was arrested on Tuesday, Jan. 7 and charged with first degree arson, construction and giving false name. Maynard Ray Moses, 29, Madison was arrested the same day and charged with first …

Wright Barksdale to seek Ocmulgee Circuit District Attorney slot

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By Quinn Rafferty staff writer A 33-year-old assistant district attorney announced Monday that he will seek the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorny job after current District Attorney Stephen Bradley announced his intention to run for a Superior Court judgeship.  Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Chief Judge William “Billy” Prior announced last Friday that he would not seek another term as judge. Wright Barksdale said becoming a district attorney has been a life-long dream. “I’ve wanted this for a long time. I’ve never wanted to be a judge,” he said. “I want to …

Higdon, Holt, Markley and Carter seek re-election

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By Patrick Yost editor  Several Morgan County constitutional officers this week have announced their intention to seek another term in office. Superior Clerk of Court Jody Higdon Jody Higdon, 47, will seek a fifth term as the Morgan County Clerk of Court. Higdon, a Republican, started as the clerk of court in 2005 and since that time has transformed the office, utilizing technology to “fully digitalize” the mountains of data the office maintains. Higdon manages a six employees and an approximate $500,000 budget. “One of the things I’m proud of …

Residents ask City to bulk up police presence

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Local citizens are asking The City of Madison to increase police presence in Morgan Circle, a public housing neighborhood that recently suffered a murder on the street.  Pastor Lonnie Brown appeared before the Madison Mayor and City Council on Monday evening, along with other local citizens, to implore officials to follow through with previous discussions regarding more police in Morgan Circle.  “We are here to ask you all if anything has been decided about this,” said Brown to the council Monday evening. The council …

Twenty officer manhunt after routine traffic stop

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor When an officer made a routine traffic stop Monday afternoon, he never expected it to result in a manhunt with 20 officers in pursuit.  According to Morgan County officials,  a Department of Public Safety officer pulled over a vehicle carrying two males in the parking lot of Advance Auto Parks on Eatonton Road in Madison. As the officers questioned the driver, Maurice Rounds, 29, of Stone Mountain, the passenger, Michael Goodman, 27, of Stone Mountain, fled the scene, taking off on foot into the …

Take a seat

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By Quinn Rafferty staff writer There’s a question as old as time itself. Which are there more of in the world, chairs or people? That question is left up for debate. However, chairs is up a leg with the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center chair exhibition coming up in February. You may be asking yourself, why a chair? Chairs are ubiquitous objects. They exist in every culture and civilization. They’re made in various ways, with different types of materials. There are an exorbitant number of ways to create and interpret a chair …

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Jan. 12 Quantize Fitzgerald Mathis, 24, Madison was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and reckless driving. According to reports, deputies were called regarding a reckless driver on Atlanta Highway. A traffic stop was performed at the intersection of Doster Road and Georgia Highway 83 at 4:16 a.m. Consequent to the stop, a glass jar of suspected marijuana was allegedly located in a black pickup truck driven by Mathis. A man with a dashboard camera was at the scene of the stop and gave officers video footage of …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On Jan. 8 an information report was filed at EZ Bottle Shop, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an employee reported she cashed a customer’s check but found out later that the issuer of the check did not have the $100 to cover the check in the account. The customer reported that she was in contact with the issuer to resolve the issue. The clerk told an officer she was afraid she would be held responsible for the $100. On Jan. 7 Msedangelo Jackson, 24, Madison was arrested and charged with …

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Grand Jury returns criminal indictments

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By Patrick Yost editor  The following persons were indicted by a Morgan County Grand Jury during its January session. * James Theodore Miller, 59, Flowery Branch was indicted on one count possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, one count possession of methamphetamine, one count possession of hydrocodone, one count possession of tramadol, one count possession of clonazepam, one count possession of marijuana, less than an ounce, one count crossing the guard line with contraband, one count DUI and one count possession of drug related objects. According to court documents, …

Obituaries for the week of January 16, 2020.

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Diane Mashburn Barber Diane Mashburn Barber, 63 of Rutledge, died January 8, 2020 after a brief illness.  Mrs. Barber was born January 6, 1957 in Chamblee  to Fred and Julia Lang Mashburn.  She was a homemaker and wife of Ed Barber.  Mrs. Barber was a member of Grace Bible Church in Eatonton.  She loved her family and enjoyed crocheting and spending time studying her Bible.   Diane Barber is survived by her husband, Ed and three children, Tanya Goins and Randy, Ronnie Joe Payne, Jr. and Alan Martin Payne.  She …

Madison Morgan Conservancy celebrates its 20th Anniversary

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor For twenty years, in the midst of the Southeast’s largest and fastest-growing metropolitan area, the Madison-Morgan Conservancy has been protecting farms, forests, and front porches for future generations, successfully protecting critical resources and creating a culture of conservation.  On January 13, 2020, the organization celebrates its 20th Anniversary. The Conservancy’s story, from inception as the first county-wide conservancy in Georgia to its 2019 receipt of the Governor’s Award for the Arts & Humanities, is really a story of the power of one. In this …

Swim Dogs compete against two of area’s best at Winter Invitational

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Coach Patrick Kicklighter is one positive guy.  He’s always happy to be the Swim Dogs’ coach, is super excited, and proud to be coaching and teaching at Morgan County High School.  It’s no wonder this group of kids seems to feel the same way.  “I’m happy with the kids’ performance this week.  We competed against two of the best teams in the area, and competed well against them in our final home meet of the season,” he said after Thursday night’s event.  “I’m excited …

Mat Dogs fail to qualify for State Duals

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor It was a tough weekend for the Morgan County wrestling team at the 6-AAA Area Duals hosted by Jackson County.  The team did not qualify for the State Duals to be held this weekend.  The team was obviously disappointed with the outcome.   According to Coach Carter Shultz, the Mat Dogs faced off with a senior laden Jackson County squad in the first round and never really got out of the gate losing in a not-so-close match.  The second round found Morgan taking on …

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Lady Lions get region win over Morgan girls

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County girls’ basketball team suffered a similar fate to the boys last Friday at Franklin County.  After holding a commanding 19-3 lead after the first quarter of play, the Lady Lions dug in defensively for the dramatic comeback.   Despite the early ability to score at will on Franklin, MOCO was only able to find 18 additional points in the final three periods of play losing 38-36 in one they wish they could have back.  Both the boys’ and girls’ teams have …

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Franklin grabs win over Morgan in OT

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County Bulldogs took a tough loss on the chin at the Lion’s Den in Franklin County last Friday with a hard-to-swallow 64-60 loss. The Dogs led by two with possession at the one minute mark before an untimely turnover and ensuing score doomed their effort.  The possible upset bid would have been a feather in the Bulldogs’ resume with Franklin holding a 14-4 record and a number six ranking in AAA. With the loss, Morgan moves to 2-13 on the season with …

All-Region Softball honored at Jefferson

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor With the final 8-AAA awards banquet under their belt, Coach Jason McBay’s softball program will now turn their sights toward a new season and a new region in 4-AAA.  The six seniors on the Lady Bulldog squad had their final say when they traveled to Jefferson this past week where they were honored for the season’s successes at the 8-AAA Softball Awards night. With the old season in their rearview mirror, it was on to what next season’s Lady Bulldogs’ success might be.  Here …

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Jan. 6 Dylan Grey Mahon, 27, Buckhead was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, crossing the guard lines with contraband, no registration and window violation. According to reports, Mahon was stopped for a cracked windshield violation near the intersection of Bostwick Road and Wellington Road. Consequent to the stop, reports state, an officer allegedly smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle. The deputy allegedly located a small clear bag of suspected marijuana and a black Luger handgun in the driver door panel …