Knife pulled on clerk

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By Patrick Yost editor A Greensboro man was in custody less than a day after he allegedly held up a Morgan County convenience store at knife-point. According to Lt. Brandon Sellers, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Jose Montijo, 44, was arrested without incident after officers with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Greene County Sheriff’s Office and Greensboro Police Department surrounded Montijo’s Spring Street residence.  Sellers said Montijo was a suspect in a Saturday, Feb. 16 robbery of the River Store, Greensboro Highway. Sellers alleged that Montijo drove a gold Chrysler Town …

Tragedy to advocacy

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Morgan County’s very own Ellen Sims has become the face of a new campaign to reform Georgia’s emergency medical response system after tragically losing her mother, Donna Martin, who died of cardiac arrest triggered by a wasp sting after waiting for nearly a half hour before an out-of-county ambulance arrived in 2018.  The Georgia Ambulance Transparency Project (GATP) is telling Sims’ tragic story through a new commercial to push state lawmakers to improve regulations on ambulance service in Georgia.  “Martin’s case painfully demonstrates the …

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$4.5 million DOT contract signed

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor New safety infrastructure is coming to sections of I-20 that runs through Madison, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT).  The $4.54 million project will fund the construction of cable median barriers that will span between Walton County and Tallaferro County.  The cable median barriers are designed to enhance safety in the case of accidents.  “Soon various sections of Interstate 20 will be equipped with cable median barriers, which reduce highway crossover crashes that typically result in fatalities or severe injuries,” said Kyle Collins, …

Chophouse celebrates, Antique Show at MMCC

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The Madison ChopHouse Grille has turned 25! Can you believe it? That’s right y’all, the Madison ChopHouse Grille first opened 25 years ago on Feb. 14! Congrats Madison ChopHouse Team! Ok everybody! Y’all head over there and tell everyone at the ChopHouse Happy Birthday! Ding Dang! I feel old ‘cause I was THERE when the ChopHouse opened!  Hey but don’t forget to check out the Morgan County Citizen next week for a look back at the ChopHouse and how it has become one of Madison’s most well-recognized restaurant destinations! The …

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More than $3 million in real estate sold in Morgan

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Compiled by Dianne Yost Feb. 1, 2019 • Perry K. Kallam of Lincolnton, N.C. to Neil F. Tyler of Rutledge, 240 Hidden Springs Drive, Rutledge, 1.012 acres, $307,000. • Gordon D. Harrelson, II of Madison to Shamika D. Horton of Madison, 1200 Whispering Lakes Trail, Madison, $235,000. • RBC Homes, LLC of Newborn to Cole C. Patterson of Madison, 757 Markhams Drive, Madison, $278,000. Feb. 2, 2019 • Carrington Mortgage Services, LLC of Anaheim, Calif. to Donald Jenkins of Madison, 2490 Double Bridges Road, Rutledge, $20,000. Feb 4, 2019 • …

Sidewalks, trash cleanup top city’s to-do list

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  In preparation for the upcoming budget creation for a new fiscal year, the Madison Mayor and City Council held its annual retreat Monday morning to brainstorm ideas and set goals for the next year.    Among the City’s top priorities include installing new sidewalks, organizing trash cleanup efforts, beautifying the City’s entryways, ramping up enforcement of the City’s noise ordinance and evaluating stormwater needs throughout the city.  Councilwoman Chris Hodges stressed the need to expand clean-up efforts throughout the City.  “Littering is a real …

Police make arrests in several area burglaries

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By Patrick Yost editor  A Morgan County man faces five counts of theft by taking and a burglary charge after a two-week crime spree that included robbery of residences from Pierce Dairy Road to the Atlanta Highway. On Wednesday, Feb. 13 Travis Deshawn Adams, 23, Madison was arrested at his Seven Islands Road residence without incident after investigators identified Adams as a suspect in a string of burglaries. According to Lt. Brandon Sellers Adams was arrested, in part, after an investigation concluded that he had sold stolen truck and commercial …

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Madison Police Department

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On Feb. 15 Racara T. Liberty, 29, Blue Island, Il. was arrested and charged with obstruction, theft by taking and giving false name to an officer. Walter Allen, 26, Lawrenceville, Ga. was arrested and charged with theft by taking and obstruction. According to reports, an officer observed a vehicle parked near the entrance to Complete Auto Sales. The officer turned and saw the vehicle leave and turn left on Dixie Highway. Reports state that the officer drove 90 mph on Dixie Highway attempting to catch the vehicle and, near Wilson …

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Feb. 17 a fight complaint was filed at a Holland Springs Road residence. According to reports, a deputy stated that he responded to the complaint of a fight and was flagged down by a man. The man alleged that he and his girlfriend’s son had “began arguing… and they eventually ended up in a tussle.” While the deputy was speaking with the man a vehicle containing the mother and son drove past. The mother was contacted and told to bring the son to the Morgan County Detention Center so …

State Supreme Court rules against County

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Morgan County lost an appeal case that went all the way to the Georgia Supreme Court last week. Morgan County leaders had hoped the court would uphold the criminal charges imposed upon Christine May, a former Buckhead homeowner, when she repeatedly rented her house out for short-term rentals after the county passed an ordinance forbidding short-term rentals. May, who is in her late seventies, served two days of a 30-day sentence issued in 2016, has been fighting the criminal misdemeanor charges in the courts …

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Morgan Medical finances solid, CEO says

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  With a brand new $35 million hospital completed, despite a hefty annual loan payment for the next 25 years, Morgan Medical Center officials reported their finances are on solid ground.  In January, Morgan Medical Centers appeared before the Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) to present a clean audit report for the last fiscal year, revealing the fourth year in a row that the hospital yielded a positive net income.  “Morgan Medical Center reported an audited Net Income of $1.154 million for FY 2018,” …

Win sets up grudge match with GAC

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Playoff basketball has its quirks.  We got a little taste of that with the girls this week as they got an at-large bid and defeated Kendrick.  An upset in the Region playoffs can throw a monkey wrench into any team’s plans.  Greater Atlanta Christian was upset in the Region Championship game a little over a week ago.  This put them into the State playoffs as a number two seed.  After winning their first round State playoff game vs. Coahulla Creek 74-41, they are now …

Donovan McElligott-State Champion!

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Some coaches and players go a lifetime striving for that ultimate goal.  And, some never achieve it.  For Coach Carter Shultz and Donovan McElligott that achievement has become reality.  Shultz, in only his first year as the man in charge, has a State Champion wrestler under his wing.  The senior brought home the State Championship in the 170 pound class at Macon this past weekend.  His partner, Finn Williams, came in a close third in the State Finals at 182 pounds.  Another senior, Mason …

Sweet Sixteen bound

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Lady hardcourt Dogs rode an at-large bid to the Sweet Sixteen this week as they took down the Kendrick Lady Cherokees 48-35.  The girls are now 18-7 overall after the win over the number one team from Region Four.  Kendrick upset Peach County in the Region Championship game only to have to face the Lady Dogs in the first round as an at-large, fourth seed from Region One.  The Lady Dogs are currently ranked number eight in Class AAA while Kendrick came in …

Diamond Dogs off to perfect start

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor With wins over Madison County 12-2, Mary Persons 12-1, Heritage Christian 10-0, and Gainesville 2-1, the 2019 version of Morgan County is now 4-0 and looking strong after the first week of the season.  Three of those wins were on the road.  It seems as if the Dogs are off and running building on the momentum of last season’s Final Four dash.   Only once in Morgan County baseball history has a team been that distance.  With the return of the three aces on …

Velma Mae Lewis

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Velma Mae Lewis, 71, of 1000 Whitehall Street, Madison,  departed this life Monday, February 11, 2019 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. She was born July 30, 1947 in Madison to late parents Millard White, Sr. and Minnie Pearl White (Massey). Velma attended the public schools of Morgan County. At a young age she joined Calvary Baptist Church where she was baptized and later joined Grace Missionary Baptist Church. Velma was also a member of the Star of Amaranth OES #15. Velma was a strong working lady; she showed exemplary …

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Claude Ellard Jr.

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Claude Ellard Jr. passed away peacefully at the age of 91 on February 16, 2019. He waspreceded in death by his parents, Claude and Maggie Fitzgerald Ellard, along with siblings George, Cleo, Jim, Leona and Thomas. The family received friends on Wednesday, February 20, at A. E. Carter Funeral Home in Madison from 9:30-10:30 a.m. The funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. in the chapel. An additional viewing was held at Acree-Davis Funeral Home in Toccoa at 2 p.m. A graveside service was held at 3 p.m. at Stephens …

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Stephen Edgar Morris

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Stephen Edgar Morris, 68, of Eatonton, passed away February 15, 2019. Steve was born to John A. Morris and Martha Shoff Morris on August 1, 1950, in Lewistown, Pennsylvania. Steve grew up in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and after graduating high school he served in the United States Army from March of 1970 until March of 1976. In the Army Steve was stationed overseas where he worked as a radio intelligence operator. After leaving the service, he met his future wife, Linda Thompson, at Source of Light Ministries in Madison.  Steve and …

Untold Stories

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By Brittany Whitley staff writer “Thank You for our history and for those who lost their lives for us for we know, Heavenly Father, that if we lose our lives for You we will gain our lives,” shouted Pastor Bobby Patman, a NAACP member, in heartfelt prayer and thanksgiving to the Lord from the Bethlehem Baptist Church pulpit at the Black History & Founder’s Day Religious Program Sunday night.  Members from several churches across the county, youth, fellow pastors, officers and commissioners in the community, most serving additionally as NAACP …

Morgan County Library starts new yoga program

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By Brittany Whitley staff writer Already being the center of the Madison community, the Morgan County Library takes their public interaction a step further with the addition of their new children and chair yoga programs.   “The first kids yoga class was well attended,” Hunter said. “The kids and their parents can’t wait for the next class.” The classes are being taught by 16-year Yoga Instructor Jayshree Subramanian who is laying down fresh foundation in Madison after moving here in October of 2018.  “We decided to offer yoga classes after Jayshree …