Back in time

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Y’allywood is back to shoot an ambitious high-profile television series right in the heart of Madison.  The Underground Railroad, an 11-episode Amazon  limited series directed by Oscar Winner Barry Jenkins and produced by Brad Pitt’s company Plan B, will bring to life the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Colson Whitehead.  Whitehead’s bestselling novel The Underground Railroad follows the story of “Cora,” a young slave girl a cotton plantation in Georgia.  “Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast …

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J. B. Long

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J.B. Long, 95 of Apalachee, died October 21, 2019.  He was born September 15, 1924 in Jasper, GA.  He was the son of Homer Reid Long and Omia Moss Long.  Mr. Long was the third child of fifteen.  Mr. Long served in the U.S. Army in WWII.   After the war, Mr. Long farmed cotton and later he worked at Wellington Puritan Mills as a machinist.  He enjoyed gardening, especially growing tomatoes.  He also loved to fish and share his catch with his family and friends. Mr. Long was a …

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Helen Joan (Joanie) Roland

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Helen Joan (Joanie) Roland, 54 of Social Circle, died November 1, 2019.  Joanie was owner of All In One Pools in Madison.  She was born December 7, 1964 in Decatur to Hewlett and Shirley Parr.  She was married to Ronald Kitchens.  Joanie loved her family, especially her grandchildren and her dogs (Billy, Johnny and Charlie).  She enjoyed beach vacations and cruises.  She was a dedicated business owner and always helpful to her customers. She is survived by her husband, Ronald Kitchens and two children, Jessica Graham and Craig Roland.  She …

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Juanita Pearl Chumley Gustafson

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Mrs. Juanita Pearl Chumley Gustafson, age 96, passed away Sunday, November 3, 2019. Services will be held 1 p.m.  Sunday, November 10, at Sherwood Memorial Gardens in Jonesboro, GA.  Mrs. Juanita was born on October 27, 1923 in Marble Hill, GA to the late Willard Chumley and the late Carura Hyde Chumley.  She grew up in Marble Hill.  She attended school at Marble Hill High School.  After graduation she attended Marsh Business College in Atlanta.  She got a job with Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company. After being transferred to Chicago, she met her husband of …

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Chase ends in armed standoff

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By Patrick Yost editor What started as an attempt of a traffic stop ended two days later with officers and an armored vehicle surrounding a Double Bridges Road residence in search of a wanted suspect. According to Lt. Brandon Sellers, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Sean Patrick Cartey, 27,  was taken into custody after a nearly 90 minute standoff after officers surrounded Cartey’s residence on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Officers were searching for Cartey after a Monday incident where a deputy observed two men on a four-wheeler driving on a paved road …

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Madison’s Bard plant open, for now

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor While the BD Bard plant in Covington was court-ordered to temporarily close this week, due to its use of a cancer-causing gas, the Bard plant in Madison will operate as usual, pumping out the same gas into the air, for now. According to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD), the regulatory agency will not conduct an air test in Madison.  “The EPD has no plans to test for ethylene oxide in other Georgia locations at this time.  However, that may change as we get …

Police consider cocaine trafficking charges

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By Patrick Yost editor Madison Police Department officials are considering upgrading drug charges against an Athens man to trafficking after an officer allegedly located more than an ounce of suspected cocaine in the man’s vehicle following a traffic stop. According to reports, Jacque Lamar Andrews, 35, was arrested on Oct. 4 on the Madison by-pass near East Avenue after an officer allegedly clocked Andrews driving 67 mph in a 45 mph zone at approximately 1:30 p.m. Consequent to the traffic stop, reports state, the officer said she smelled marijuana coming …

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Guilty pleas taken in Superior Court

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By Patrick Yost editor  Several persons recently entered pleas during criminal hearings in Morgan County Superior Court. The following cases were adjudicated. • Joequan Diekiess Gordon, 22, Madison pled guilty to one count aggravated stalking. He was sentenced to five years probation and fined $1,000. According to court documents, Gordon was arrested on Sept. 10, 2017 by the Madison Police Department. Warrants allege that Gordon, in violation of a Temporary Protective Order, went to a woman’s place of business and harassed her and followed her to a Penor Street residence …

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More than $8 million in real estate sold

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Compiled by Dianne Yost Oct. 1, 2019 • Farmers and Merchants Bank of Conyers,  to Iron Horse Developments, LLC of Monroe, 043 021P, $30,000. • Marie S. Singleton of Good Hope,  to Lemon’s Property Management, LLC of Snellville, 1031 Fairground Road, 1.489 acres, Madison, $800,000. • RBC Homes, LLC of Madison to Kerby Gene McGraw of Athens, 731 Markhams Drive, 0.22 acre, Madison, $332,115. • Edith Faye Ward Carter of Madison to SBP Investment Group, LLC of Madison, 1141 Ward Road, $160,000. Oct. 2, 2019 • Jeff 1, LLC of …

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Madison Police Department

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On Oct. 22 a simple battery complaint was filed at Morgan County High School, College Drive. According to reports, a woman alleged that she and the father of her 7-year-old son had gone to the school to attend their child’s football game. Reports state that the woman said the father became upset “because her son’s football team was defeated by the opposing team.” The woman said at 7 p.m. as they were walking back to her vehicle to leave the father continued to exhibit anger at the game’s outcome and …

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Oct. 26 a damage to vehicle complaint was filed at an Aqua Road residence. According to reports, a man stated that someone had shattered the window on his 2011 Ford F 250 pickup truck. On Oct. 26 an information report was filed at a Price Mill Road residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that two years ago she gave her granddaughter a shotgun and rifle so the granddaughter’s boyfriend could hunt. The complainant alleges that now she and her husband want the weapons back but had learned that …

New season brings on new challenges

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Some observers might believe that the 2019-20 version of Morgan County Bulldog basketball will be in a rebuilding mode.  The members of the team and coaching staff might believe otherwise.  Every new season brings about new challenges, and this Jamond Sims’ led squad is no different.  The graduation of four starters and one key substitute from the 2019 Class AAA State Champions will certainly be hard to replace (all five are playing at the college level this season), but Sims feels that the Dogs …

Lady Dogs’ preseason preview:

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor How does a team replace their two leading scorers that contributed almost 40 points per night a year ago?  That is just one of many questions that first-year head coach Timothy Roop will try to answer this season.  The two vocal leaders are now plying their craft at the college level, but the remainder of the starting lineup and reserves return intact.  This, along with the addition of some new names on the roster, should give the Lady Dogs’ basketball squad the opportunity to …

White-tailed deer: hunting the rut

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Firearms season for deer has just gotten underway and there’s lots of possibilities out there right now but many hunters are already thinking about when the rut might begin because that is the year’s best opportunity to get Big Ed on the ground. If you are just starting out as a hunter and are unsure about the term “rut” here’s a quick, simplified definition.  It is the period of time when bucks are chasing does for breeding purposes.  Because that is the primary instinct of …

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JV season ends in victory over Hart

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Young coaches seem to always bring the energy to the game.  Such is the case with the Junior Varsity football coaches at MCHS.  Coaches Carter Shultz and Marvin Mathis have a passion for football and for coaching young men that is obvious in their tone.  The two community coaches have an obvious respect for one another and couldn’t say enough about their counterpart.  We sat down with these two after the JV football season to assess their success after a 6-1 campaign.  Their insight …

Chili Cook-Off a hit!

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Locals and out-of-town visitors chowed down on Madison’s finest selection of home cooked chili last Saturday at the 15th Annual Downtown Chili Cook Off and Fall Festival.  With 785 wristbands sold, Town Park was packed with attendees enjoying the fall weather while savoring samples of fresh chili.  This year’s winners were announced and awarded at the end of the festival. The CASE Georgia State Champ went to Veni Miller of Douglasville, Ga. The Showmanship Award went to Kenny Stewart for Sheriff. There were three …

Building today for tomorrow

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The Morgan County Branch of the NAACP held the 49th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet last Saturday, Oct. 26 at Morgan County High School.  Every year, the Morgan County NAACP honors local members with an array of awards for community service, celebrating with a dinner and speakers to deliver an uplifting message aimed at creating a better future.  This year’s keynote address was delivered by Michael Thurmond, a Dekalb County CEO. Mr. Avery Jackson, a Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration member, served as …

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Mary Alice Kent Pound

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Funeral services for Mary Alice Kent Pound age 87 will be conducted Thursday at 12 noon in Williams Funeral Home Chapel of Milledgeville with Rev. Larry Glover officiating. Interment will follow at 1 p.m. at the Georgia Veteran Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home from 11 a.m. until the service hour. Mrs. Pound was a native of Warren County and was raised in Hancock County and had made her home in Baldwin County all of her adult life. She was predeceased by her husband William …

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J.B. Long

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J.B. Long, 95 of Apalachee, died October 21, 2019.  He was born September 15, 1924 in Jasper, GA.  He was the son of Homer Reid Long and Omia Moss Long.  Mr. Long served in the U.S. Army in WWII.   After the war, Mr. Long farmed cotton and later he worked at Wellington Puritan Mills as a machinist.  He enjoyed gardening, especially growing tomatoes.  He also loved to fish and share his catch with his family and friends. Mr. Long was a long-time member of Apalachee Baptist Church. Mr. Long …

Housing choices hinder growth

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor “Do we want to be a community of old people?” That was the question posed by Rope Roberts, with Georgia Power, at the 2019 Economic Summit last week. Roberts argued that Madison and Morgan County need to embrace growth by cultivating a community in which young professionals can affordably work, play and live.  The event, sponsored by the Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce, and attended by officials from Morgan County, the City of Madison, the City of Rutledge, the City of Bostwick, and the Morgan …