Police crash runaway truck

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By Patrick Yost editor A couple with their 8-year-old son led police on a dangerous high-speed chase where, reports allege, they attempted to run over one deputy and force a Georgia State Patrol trooper off the road after stealing electrical wire from a construction site. Bradley Hudgins, 29, Conyers and Brittany McDaniel, 31, Conyers were both arrested after a trooper executed a Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) maneuver on a 2005 Dodge Ram truck driven by Hudgins. The PIT maneuver caused the vehicle to strike a tree and roll several times …

Store customers thwart armed robbery attempt

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By Patrick Yost editor Customers at the Fairplay General Store disarmed and detained a man who allegedly threatened a clerk with a pocket knife during a botched armed robbery attempt. According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, Timmy Mobley, 39, Monroe was arrested and charged with armed robbery, terroristic threats and acts and aggravated assault after he allegedly demanded money from a 60-year-old clerk at a convenience store located on Fairplay Road in Rutledge. Reports state that at 4:50 p.m. last Friday Mobley “just went crazy” the clerk said. In …

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Medical Center gets huge donation

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Morgan Medical Center received a large donation at the end of June in the amount of $430,000 from the hospital’s foundation, which raised the funds through the Rural Hospital Tax Credit program. The substantial funds will be used to update the hospital’s medicinal dispensary system, according to hospital officials.  “As we strive to be a patient-focused center of excellence, the quality of care that we provide to our patients remains a top priority,” said Ralph Castillo, Chief Executive Officer for Morgan Medical Center.  “Purchases …

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More than $13 million in real estate transactions

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Compiled by Dianne Yost  June 18, 2019 • 270 South Main LLC of Bishop to Geoffrey F.W. Garrod of Conyers, 1121 Graham Drive, 1121 Graham Drive, 1.27 acres, Madison, $48,000. • Cathey Solutions, Inc. of Madison to Claudia R. Crenshaw of Atlanta, 1660 Sugar Creek Trail, 1.24 acres, Buckhead, $197,233. • Brandon Forde of Atlanta to Gloria Reynoso of Madison 2451 Pierce Daily Road, Madison, $400,000. • Jeffrey A. Patrick of Madison to George L. Cannon of Buckhead, 1660 Fraction Bottom Road, 1.26 acres, Buckhead, $196,000. • Franklin Kempton Mooney, …

Foster Park subdivision now underway

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  After spending years limbo, the controversial Foster Park project is moving forward.  The saga of Foster Park, a proposed 19-house subdivision planned for Madison’s Historic District, dragged on since 2016 as a series heated public proceedings and legal challenges unfolded to halt the project. To accommodate the project, in March of 2018, the Madison Mayor and City Council narrowly voted to rezone the 10.34-acre property located at 622 Foster Street to a Residential 4 zoning designation, which reduced the lot sizes required for each …

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Sounds of Motown to headline Firefly Festival

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By Sidhartha Wakade staff writer The 11th annual Madison Firefly Festival will be held in Town Park on July 26 through July 27. The first day runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for kids age 12 and under according to Colleen Hall, the special events coordinator for the city of Madison.  The tickets for kids are $5, she said. “We have kid’s night on Friday night,” Hall said. “Two hours of just… fun stuff. It’s sort of carnival-y, they can move from one station to the next. There will …

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Truck driver cited for damaging grave markers in cemetery

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By Patrick Yost editor Thanks, in large part, to a local citizen walking through the old Madison Cemetery at the time, a man who knocked over four Confederate grave markers, breaking two, was identified and cited. Andrew Shannon, 39, Columbia, S.C. has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident without reporting the damage, according to Sgt. Phillip Malcom, Code Enforcement Division, city of Madison. City reports state that on June 27 a woman was walking through the cemetery at approximately 8 p.m. when she observed a Western Express …

Born in shadow of Apollo

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Itook it all for granted back then. Born in 1961 just two months after the Apollo Program was announced, I grew up right smack in the middle of the Rocket City (aka Huntsville, Ala.) — the epicenter of mankind’s biggest dream. The Space Program and our country’s quest for the moon literally unfolded all throughout my childhood.  My dad Frank Lively, his brother Buddy Lively and my aunt Mimi Lively all worked for NASA on the Apollo program led by Dr. Wernher von Braun.  Often, dad would come home from …

This sale took 118 years to get ready

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Ladies and Gentlemen. There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. You are about to participate in a great adventure in the fifth dimension. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume.  Mini skirt? Check! Go Go boots? Check! Groovy tunes? Check! Let’s go back to the groove in 1969! Sing it! When the moon is in the seventh house, and Jupiter aligns with mars, Then peace will guide the planets and love will …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On July 9 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Penor Street residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that a 15-year-old male had come to her house and damaged the front door with a shovel. An officer located the juvenile who alleged that a man at the residence threatened him with a stick and he retaliated with a shovel. The complainant alleged that the juvenile came to her door and was attempting to entice her to come outside and fight. On July 13 a criminal trespass complaint was …

Morgan County Sheriff's Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On July 14 an information report was filed at a Sowhatchet Road residence. According to reports, a woman told a deputy that she owned 400 acres on the road and that a man who cuts hay for her told her two juvenile males were riding dirt bikes on her property. The woman said she located the two boys and blocked there path and grabbed the handlebars of the oldest juvenile’s motorbike. She told the deputy that she gave the youths a verbal warning and was going to leave it at …

When Girls Played Pro Baseball

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by Jim Halloran columnist Times have changed. The sexist headlines and descriptions of the girls in 1943 would not be appropriate in 2019. Headlines such as “ They Look Like Girls but They Play Like Men,” “ The Lipstick League,” “What’s a Ballgame Without Curves,” “The World’s Prettiest Ballplayers,” were common and attracted attention, but bottom line – these girls could play baseball. South Bend sportswriter Jim Cosun penned the following after witnessing the first game ever played on May 30, 1943.  None of the girls on either team is …

Lights for Liberty

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor A mother was hurrying to Walmart wearing sweats to pick up medicine for her sick son when flashing red and blue lights suddenly lit up her rear view window. What was supposed to be a five minute trip to the store turned into a five-month nightmare locked away from her husband and children in a migrant detention facility in Irwin, Georgia. According to Cherith Johnson, a volunteer for Casa Colibri, a hospitality house facilitating visits to detained migrants in Irwin, this young mother was initially …

Ann Crawford Carmichael

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Ann Crawford Carmichael, 86, of Leesburg, Florida passed away Saturday, July 13, 2019 surrounded by her family.  Ann was born on May 13, 1933 in Shady Dale and lived part of her early years in Buckhead.  In 1943, the family moved to Madison when her father, Custer Crawford, became Superintendent of Morgan County Schools.   In 1950, she married Weyman Liston Carmichael, Jr.  In 1961, she and her family moved to Leesburg, Fla., where she focused on one of her great loves, being a homemaker and raising her children.  Ann …

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JoAnn Jeanette Head Bryant

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JoAnn Jeanette Head Bryant, 68 of Buckhead, died July 11, 2019.  Mrs. Bryant was the daughter of Joe and Maude Brown Bryant.  She was born in Atlanta on November 29, 1950.  She was married to Steve Bryant.  She worked in the banking industry for many years.  She had worked for C&S Bank as well as the Bank of Madison.  She was a member of Buckhead Baptist Church.  She enjoyed travelling and gardening and loved spending time with her grandchildren. JoAnn Bryant is survived by her husband, Steve and two daughters, …

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Mitylene Boykin Arnold

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Mitylene Boykin Arnold died peacefully on July 9, 2019 in Waco, Texas. Mrs. Arnold lived in Madison and taught briefly at the Middle School. Her undergraduate degree was from Baylor University. She earned a Masters and Doctorate degrees from the University of Georgia before teaching at Ole Miss for 10 years. She moved                                   home to Texas where she retired from an extended career at Texas A&M. In addition to her teaching career, Mit …

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Iris Gail Lindsey Gardner

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Iris Gail Lindsey Gardner was born on November 30, 1942 in Columbus and passed into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on July 5, 2019, in Watkinsville.  She is survived by her husband Gary Gardner, daughter, Dr. Kimberly Knicely and granddaughter, Rachel Quinlan, as well as nieces and nephews and her many dear friends. Iris Gail spent her childhood throughout the United States and Europe, as the daughter of a career military family.  Her life was a full one.  She had an adventurous and independent spirit and …

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James Thomas Glasgow

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James Thomas Glasgow, age 80 of Buckhead, passed away on July 10,  2019.  He was born in Bethel, Ohio on October 14, 1938 to the late Pearl  Short Glasgow and the late Loren Glasgow.  He was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters. Surviving members of Mr. Glasgow’s family are, wife, Patty Glasgow of  Buckhead; daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Adam Kissinger of  Forsyth; step-son and step-daughter-in-law, Douglas and Lisa Smith of Savannah; grandson, Jason Bilby; and many close friends. A memorial service was held on Saturday, July 13, …

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William Ralph “Bill” Crenshaw Jr.

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William Ralph “Bill” Crenshaw, Jr. age 57, passed away Sunday, July 7, 2019. Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Alcovy Mountain Baptist Church in Monroe.  Mr. Crenshaw was born in Augusta and grew up in Godfrey. He had made his home in Baldwin County for many years. He was a truck driver and a mechanic, and in recent years he worked for Island Creek Farm in Hancock County raising pigs.  He was preceded in death by his father William Ralph Crenshaw, Sr. He was an avid …

The lighter side of Steffen Thomas

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By Sidhartha Wakade staff writer The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art held it’s Lighter Side of Steffen Thomas exhibit as a part of its Fall showing on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. The exhibit featured paintings by Steffen Thomas that were made using luminescent paints and glow under a black light. The first day was a VIP opening for members of Steffen Thomas museum, while the public opening on July 11, according to Roland Lewan, the acting director of the museum. The Lighter Side exhibit will run until August 3, he …