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School budget at $43.6 mil

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By Patrick Yost editor  The Morgan County Board of Education voted unanimously to advertise its fiscal year 2021 $43,676,313 budget at a special called meeting  Monday. The budget includes an expected 4 percent increase in revenue and a 7 percent reduction in expenses. According to Dr. James Woodard, superintendent, Morgan County Charter School System, last year’s budget was $46,969,201. Dr. Woodard said he asked for and received a 15 percent reduction across the board in this year’s budget. The budget includes a $400,000 reduction in the system’s teacher retirement system, …

Morgan youth hold peaceful protest march through town

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Morgan County High School students organized a youth-led march through downtown Madison last Friday to protest racial injustice. In solidarity with thousands of protesters across the country, about 75 teens and supportive adults, including Madison Mayor Fred Perriman, gathered in Town Park with signs to listen to speakers and march to Hill Park, which features a controversial Confederate monument. While the group marched from Town Park to Hill Park, they chanted slogans like “No Justice, No Peace,” “Black Lives Matter,” “Equal Opportunity”  and “Say …

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Millions in real estate sold in Morgan

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Compiled by Dianne Yost staff May 28, 2020 • Christie Norma-Grace White of Buckhead to Jacob Lindsey of Athens, Ga., Ferrell Lane Madison, 106 acres, $200,000. May 29, 2020 • Dorothy Dickson Sells of Decatur, Ga. to Clarence T. Harper, III of Madison, Brownwood Road, 31 acres, Madison, $200,448. • New Leaf Homes, LLC of Greensboro, Ga. to Makeda Coleman, Trustee of Makeda Coleman Rev. Trust dated …* of Madison, 1040 Lancaster Lane, Madison, $388,000. June 1, 2020 • Edgar Scott Tolbert, Ex. Last Will & Test of Virginia C …

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Ingles shoplifting leads to high speed interstate chase

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By Patrick Yost editor  A shoplifting at Ingles led Madison Police Department officers and a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputy on a high-speed chase on Interstate 20 before the chase was suspended and the suspects fled.  According to Madison Police Department reports, officers were called to Ingles on Wednesday, June 17 regarding three men who had allegedly loaded a shopping cart, pushed the cart to a maroon 2006 Hyundai Sonata and fled westbound on Interstate 20. Reports state that the cart was full of approximately $100 worth of merchandise, including …

NAACP prayer vigil calls for unity, prayer, love

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Prayer, unity, and love was the message at Saturday’s NAACP prayer vigil in Town Park.  The Morgan County Branch of the NAACP gathered local pastors, politicians, activists and everyday community members to pray and talk together about overcoming racism last Saturday morning.  Each speaker urged the crowd to lean on faith, prayer, and love as they carry on the work of justice and creating a better society for all people.   “This is the first phase of what we hope will birth a community that …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On June 14 a home invasion and criminal damage to property complaint was filed at an East Jefferson Street residence. According to reports, a man called police after he heard a crash come from the back of his apartment and then found a bleeding man inside his residence. Reports state that the complainant said at approximately 3 a.m. he found a bleeding man asking the complainant to call police. The bleeding man allegedly told the complainant that he had broken a window and entered the residence because “someone was after …

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On June 21 a tearing down mailbox complaint was filed at a West Main Street, Rutledge residence. According to reports, a woman said at 8 p.m. the prior night a burgundy Dodge Nitro drove by her residence and one of the occupants threw a water bottle, striking her mailbox and denting one side. On June 20 Kyle Jordan Cubias, 17, Roswell was arrested and charged with hit and run, failure to maintain lane and possession of drug related objects. According to reports, a deputy was called to Interstate 20 at …

Community care alive and well

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  As the coronavirus pandemic drags on, community care efforts are still unfolding to ensure needy families have essential supplies. Two community groups joined forces last weekend to give away 700 boxes of fresh produce to needy families.  The Madison Lions Club and The Living Life Team, a support group for the visually-impaired, collaborated to procure a massive donation from Collins Brothers Produce in Atlanta.  Rita Harris, president of both the Madison Lions Club and the Living Life Team, spearheaded the effort for the produce …

Lambert Park an immediate success

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By Patrick Yost  editor  On what would have been its namesake’s 95th birthday, Madison officials held a “soft” opening of Lambert Park, a glorious addition to the city’s shared greenspace. The park, located at the corner of College Avenue and North Main Street, encompasses a four acre facility filled with a walking trail, proposed playground and dog park, exercisestations and growth of mature pecan trees providing shade in a lawn area. The park is named in memory of Ezekiel Roy Lambert, Jr., “one of Madison’s most stalwart citizens,” a brochure …

‘Tis the season

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor  Tis the season.  Red snapper season, that is.  The Federal and State game and fish law enforcement agencies of Florida set the Florida Gulf of Mexico fishing seasons.  One that is highly anticipated by Floridians and Georgians alike is the opening of red snapper season.  With the uncertain nature surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, many in both states were concerned there might be no season at all, especially for outsiders from other states. Florida still has some rather stiff restrictions on visitors from hotspot states …

With the vote count finished on Wednesday, Sheriff Robert Markley declared large winner

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The results are in! After an historic delay in the vote count after Tuesday’s primary election, Morgan County election officials scrambled to tabulate ballots late into Tuesday evening through all day Wednesday. A “perfect storm” of challenges hit Morgan County’s election process, including new voting machines, a shortage of poll workers due to the coronavirus pandemic, thunderstorms that wiped out power the day of the election, and an unprecedented number of absentee ballots to process.  Despite the delay in results, the winners of local …

Georgia, Morgan County forced into national spotlight after voting machines leave doubt

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  In the wake of an election fiasco, Georgia made national news after the June 9 Primary Election resulted in hours-long lines to vote and concerns over how casted ballots were counted by Georgia’s new $120 million voting system. AP News cited Morgan County as one of four Georgia counties where the new Dominion ballot-marking voting machines did not properly count all mail-in absentee votes. The controversy has prompted local voting rights activists to call for a complete audit of Morgan County’s 3,000 absentee ballots.  …

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City poised to adopt $16.8 million budget

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  City of Madison officials are reviewing the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 proposed budget that will be adopted at the end of June. The new budget is nearly $16.9 million dollars, about a $100,000 increase from the current year’s budget. According to city officials, the new budget is playing it safe in light of the coronavirus pandemic.  “The proposed budget has remained consistent and conservative, especially without knowing what COVID-19 would do to revenues,” said City Finance Director Karen Stapp. The Madison Mayor and City Council …

Police injured during arrest

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By Patrick Yost editor  What started as an investigation into a man allegedly striking a woman on Aqua Road ended with three officers injured while attempting an arrest of the man suspected in the assault. Clayton Glenn Stewart, 49, Madison was detained and arrested by Madison Police Department officers Emily Fitchjarrell, Stacey Eaton and Morgan County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Christopher Lash during a violent traffic stop on Amtico Road. Reports state that after Deputy Lash had investigated claims that Stewart had struck a woman at 8:30 a.m. at an Aqua …

Arrest made in church, park vandalism

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  A Madison man was arrested last week after embarking on a vandalism rampage, destroying a statue of the Holy Mother Mary outside of St. James Catholic Church and tearing apart Town Park in downtown Madison.  According to Madison Police Det. Wes Thompson, Quentravius Brown, 27, was arrested on Wednesday, June 10 after a witness called in to report a man damaging the park. According to Thompson, when officers arrived Wednesday morning around 10 a.m., Brown was still at Town Park amidst a disaster.  “He …

Harold Lamar Williamson, Sr.

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Harold Lamar Williamson Sr. a longtime resident of Athens, passed away peacefully in his sleep on to God’s eternal kingdom on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020. He was born 94 years ago in Cordele, Georgia the son of his beloved parents, Felix Drewry and Ida Bryan Williamson. His father died when he was just a young boy and he was raised on their family farm along with his six siblings by their remarkable and loving mother. He is descended from seven generations of the Williamson family in Georgia, including the …

Dorothy “Dot” Campbell Jones

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Dorothy “Dot” Campbell Jones ascended to Heaven in the arms of angels on May 26, 2020.  She passed in the comfort of her home and family. She had been ill for several years and is now at peace. She was born in Morgan County to Ashley and Hazel Stapp Campbell on March 14, 1948. She grew up in the Godfrey community; loved Antioch Baptist Church and graduated from Morgan County High School in 1966. She graduated from South Georgia Technical College in 1967 and married her husband, Robert G. Jones …

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On June 14 a theft by receiving stolen property, hit and run, possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of methamphetamine complaint was filed at the intersection of Drake Road and Mallard Ridge Road. According to reports, a deputy responded to a traffic accident report at 4:30 a.m. When the deputy arrived he observed a silver Pontiac Montana half-way in a ditch. The vehicle had been reported stolen from Gainesville, Ga. The deputy noted that someone had put the vehicle’s floor mats under both front tires in an attempt to …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On June 10 David Charles Goodman, 63, Trubill, Conn. was arrested and charged with shoplifting. According to reports, a Madison Police Department officer was dispatched to Walmart, Eatonton Road regarding a shoplifting suspect fleeing from employees in the parking lot. A Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrived and detained Goodman. Reports state that Goodman was uncooperative with officers placed in a patrol unit. During transport to the Morgan County Detention Center he allegedly banged his head onto the rear cab separation. A Walmart employee told officers that he was observing …

Library offering curbside pickup

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By Tia Lynn Ivey  managing editor  For a fun family outing, head over to the Morgan County Library. The local library is getting creative and finding ways to stay connected to the public while continuing to service the people’s educational and leisure reading needs.  The Morgan County Library is not open to the public due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but library staff is still working hard to ensure patrons have access to books and other vital public services.  For the last three weeks, the Morgan County Library has been …