$10k grant jump starts food pantry

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  The new food pantry in Madison is asking the community for financial help to keep providing this crucial service for families in need as the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep across the state.  That Madison-Morgan Community Food Pantry is weekly food pantry out of the original Middle School, located on Pearl Street in Madison, to gather, assemble and distribute grocery boxes for families in need every Saturday morning. The food pantry was born out of the Morgan County Ministers Union’s grocery giveaway ministry, which …

Born in 1918, Kay VanDyke reflects on 102

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Maanging Editor  World War I had just ended when Katherine’s world had just begun.  Katherine VanDyke, known as Kay, celebrated a rare milestone this week. She turned 102-years old. Living for a century and then some, Kay has just about seen it all. The defining moments of America most of us read about in history books, Kay has lived through firsthand. But through all the wars and socials movements, through all the economic booms and recessions, through all the presidents and politicians pursuing power,  through all …

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Plant seeks OK by GEDP

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing editor  Monitoring ethylene oxide emissions has been on the forefront of Georgia’s radar for over a year, after a firestorm of criticism was levied again Georgia companies using the carcinogenic gas, including Becton Dickinson (BD), which operates plants in Covington and Madison. Last year, the Covington plant was temporarily shutdown while an investigation into emission levels was conducted and the company entered into a consent agreement to make several technological  changes and upgrades.  This week, BD and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GEPD) released statements …

Democrats bemoan BOC election vote

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Partisan tensions flared at Tuesday night’s Morgan County Board of Commissioners meeting. Local Democrats accused commissioners of making corrupt “backroom deals” and denying the citizens their right to be heard before a vote on how members of the Board of Elections and Registration (BOER) are selected.  Much to the chagrin of the local Democratic party, they will no longer have a say on who sits on the Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration (BOER),  From now on, county commissioners will appoint all members …

Humane Society parade is this Sunday, September 20

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By Trinity Martin Staff The Morgan County Humane Society holds its third annual “Pistons for Paws” charity parade this Sunday, September 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Vehicles will line up at the Walmart Super Center parking lot, while golf carts will line up in the Napa and yoga studio parking lots. The parade will then proceed into downtown Madison. The lineup consists of trucks, motorcycles, and golf carts.  To enter, a $20 fee is due along with a donation of liquid laundry detergent, bleach, Purina dry puppy food, …

Bicycle-friendly signs pop up in Morgan

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Morgan County government recently spent $1,100 for 14 new bike signs posted along county roads at the suggestion of a regional non-profit cycling club. The Covington, Conyers Cycling Club, known as the C4 Cycling Club, presented the idea to the Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) about purchasing signs to enhance biker safety throughout the county.   “The county was approached at the beginning of the year by C4 regarding designated bike routes on the west end.  Since the cycling club has conducted organized …

New exhibit opens this Thursday at Steffen Thomas

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  A new exhibit will be on display at the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA) beginning on Thursday, Sept. 17.  The new display is entitled “Elements: Expressions in Wood, Metal and Stone.” The art display will feature the creative works of regional artists in Georgia. The new exhibit will honor the legacy of the museum’s namesake, Steffen Thomas.  “Steffen Thomas was a master of all materials, but his roots as an artist began as a sculptor. In this exhibition, we will honor Steffen’s legacy …

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Morgan County real estate sales top $7 million mark

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Compiled by Dianne Lively Yost Staff Aug. 18, 2020 • Barefoot Boats, LLC of Greensboro, Ga. to John Freeman of Buckhead, 1671 Fraction Bottom Road, 1.47 acres, Buckhead, $121,750. • Linda Ann Thomas of Madison to Darlena Kinnett of Rutledge, 228 Thomason Street, Madison, $100,000. Aug. 19, 2020 • Elgen Homes, Inc. of Rutledge to Jennifer M. Payne of Rutledge, 130 Nunnally Street, 0.54 acre, Rutledge, $287,000. • Double Platinum Investments, LLC of Madison to Jesse Mitchell of Newborn, Old Mill Road (012-114), (001-114Z), (012-115A), Rutledge, $47,000. Aug. 20, 2020 …

Love’s Travel Stop has official opening

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By Patrick Yost Editor  With the fanfare of a chamber of commerce ribbon cutting, Love’s Travel Stop on Monticello Highway held its official grand opening on Thursday. The truck stop, the largest in the 530 unit truck stop chain, has been open for the last three weeks but on Thursday General Manager Allen Roberts welcomed business and community leaders to tour the massive complex. Roberts said the company has been ecstatic with the reception it has received and with the local employees it has hired for its more than 90 …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On Aug. 30 a theft by taking warrant was issued against Quaneesha Shanice Robbins, 22, Greensboro. According to reports, an employee at Pilot Travel Center alleged that at 7:20 a.m. while Robbins was employed at the Eatonton Road truck stop she removed one from a cash drawer and placed it in her pocket. Reports state that the incident was captured on store video surveillance. On Sept. 5 Marco Antonio Burgos, 19, Madison was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug related objects and …

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Sept. 13 Melissa Faith Demmons, 32, Hope Mills, N.C. was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drugs not  its original container, possession of adderall and possession of olanzapine and dextoamphetaine. According to reports, a deputy was dispatched to Interstate 20 regarding a reckless driver. The deputy located the 2020 Mercedes SUV on the side of the road with Demmons in the passenger seat. Consequent to the stop, a deputy allegedly smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle. While the deputy was talking to Demmons, reports state, she …

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It was football but 5-2?

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By Alvin Richardson Columnist  It was just a weird football game and I’m not just talking about fans and players on the sidelines wearing masks.  Nope.  What was really strange was that neither offense mustered a touchdown which is pretty rare in these days of high scoring games.  Both teams had a safety.  Not unheard of but pretty odd.  The total offense of both teams combined was 231 yards (173 for Morgan and 58 for Putnam) which sounds like a game out of the 1950’s.  Plus throw in an overtime …

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Be on the Lookout for a Weird Football Season

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(Author’s note: I wrote this column prior to the last Friday’s football game with Putnam.  Little did I know that the weirdness was just beginning because Putnam defeated Morgan 5-2 – a score that had never been posted in a high school football game since 1912.  Read more about the game and the history behind that score in today’s sports page.) High school football in Georgia is back.  Despite all the delays, fits and starts, quarantines, doubts and gnashing of teeth we’ve finally made it.  Many teams around the state …

Morgan Falls to Putnam 5-2 in Overtime

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By Alvin Richardson Columnist  Morgan County’s 2020 campaign got off to a rocky start with a 5-2 loss to old rival Putnam County at Al Reaves Field last Friday night.  The baseball-like score (see separate article on the rarity of this result) came as a result of two bad snaps that turned into safeties and a War Eagle field goal in overtime for the winning points.  Other than that both defensive units stymied the opposing offenses and the result was that Putnam had 58 yards of total offense on 62 …

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Theresa Commerton Benkoski

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Theresa Commerton Benkoski, 92 of Madison, died September 11, 2020.  She was born December 21, 1927 in New York City.  Her parents were the late Thomas Joseph Commerton and Anna Gumb Commerton.  Mrs. Benkoski worked for the National Biscuit Company before marrying.  While there, she helped in production of rations for  U.S. military service members during WWII.  She was married to the late John Benkoski, Sr.  The lived in Connecticut where they operated a dairy farm before moving to Morgan County in 1950 and starting their dairy here.  Mrs. Benkoski …

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Ricky Charles Allgood

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Ricky Charles Allgood, 72 of Rutledge, passed peacefully from this life on September 11, 2020.  He was surrounded by his family.  Ricky Allgood was born March 16, 1948 in Monroe, to James W. and Sybil Reynolds Allgood.  He was married to Diane Watson Allgood.  He was retired from Pactiv where he worked as Plant Manager.  Ricky Allgood was a long-time member of Centennial Baptist Church.  He served as a Sunday school teacher.  He was also a member of Gideon’s International and the Morgan County Baptist Builders.  He was active in …

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Alice annette Cosper

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Alice Annette Cosper went to be with her Lord on Monday, September 7, 2020 surrounded by family who loved her dearly. She was born on August 6, 1945 to the late Barney M. Bush and Floy Mauldin Bush in Lakeland Florida. Annette was known to all for her bright smile and amazing ability to entertain with her stories. She dedicated her life faithfully to serving churches in numerous ministries as well as the family that she loved immensely.  Survivors include her loving husband of 51 years Thomas W. Cosper of …

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Bernardine Holdrege Lawton

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Bernardine Holdrege Lawton, known affectionately as “Bunny,” died Wednesday, September 2, 2020 in Madison. Bunny was born in Savannah on November 26, 1939. She is survived by her older brother, Alexander Robert Lawton III of Franklin, Tenn.; daughter Lawton Brewster Boardman and son-in-law Paul of Los Angeles; son John Pierce Brewster Jr. of Sewanee, Tenn; and grandchildren Annabel Lawton Boardman and Paul Harris Boardman Jr. of Los Angeles, and Francis Alexander Brewster and Sarah Ann Brewster of Sewanee.  Raised in Atlanta, Bunny graduated from St. Timothy’s School in Stevenson, Maryland. …

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Julianna Riden Howard

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Julianna Riden Howard, 71, of Valdosta, died on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at South Georgia Medical Center.  She was born on November 30, 1948 in Atlanta, Georgia to the late Thomas H. and Martha Brown Riden.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Medical College of Georgia and was a retired Registered Nurse with her husband’s practice, W.R. Howard, MD.   She is survived by her husband, Dr. William Howard of Valdosta; three sons and daughters-in-law, William R. Howard III and Dr. Jessica Bohonowych of Mt. Pleasant, South …

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Effie McCullough

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Mrs. Effie McCullough of Mansfield, died September 12, 2020 surrounded by her family.  Mrs. McCullough was born in Lakeworth, Fla. on April 11, 1947.  She was married to Charles McCullough.  She worked for Georgia Pacific for several years before joining her husband in their landscape maintenance service.   She was mother to Dwayne McCullough and Angela Marie Angel and Bruce.  She also leaves 10 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. Effie McCullough enjoyed the outdoors and working in her flower beds.  She was a loving mother and adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren.