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Casey Justin Gresham

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Casey Justin Gresham, 27 of Eatonton, died unexpectedly April 12, 2019. Casey was the son of James Jerry Gresham and Alice Blevins. He was born January 1, 1992 in Atlanta. He was engaged to be married to his fiancé, Brianna Smith.  Casey loved his family and spending time with friends and especially his son, Camden. He enjoyed the outdoors and his dogs. Casey Gresham is survived by Brianna Smith and son, Camden as well as his parents, Alice Blevins and Jerry Gresham. He also leaves siblings; Stephanie Beal, Jamie Gresham …

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William “Bill” Hamby

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William “Bill” Hamby of Rutledge,  passed away on April 1, 2019 at the  age of 86. He was born in Rutledge, on June 11, 1932 to the late William Speer Hamby and the late Lucile Mitchell Hamby. Mr. Hamby is survived by several cousins. A graveside service was held on Friday, April 5, at 3 p.m. at  Prospect United Methodist Church Cemetery in Rutledge, with Rev. Mark  Jones officiating. Meadows Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements. Please sign  the guest book online at www.meadowsfuneralhomeinc.com

Amici’s, Empire Mills awarded

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The City of Madison prides itself on preserving its local history while enabling progress to move forward in order to improve the quality of life for its citizens. Two Madison businesses were honored last week for achieving that exact delicate balance between history and progress.  Amici’s Italian Cafe, which took up residence in the historic Old Livery Stable building, and Empire Mills, which revamped the historic old oil mill, were given the Excellence in Rehabilitation award by the Georgia Trust of Historic Preservation on …

AN ‘UNSHAKEABLE WILL’

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By Dianne Yost staff writer There are profound points in life where time begins to be measured before an event and after it. If you’re lucky, the realm between the before and the after holds the space where miracles manifest. Thursday, March 28 started out like an ordinary beautiful day in Madison for Tyler Boyd, a husband, father of two girls and owner of Madison-based Torchlight Home Inspections. He drove over to a local Madison home to perform a home inspection, set up his ladder against the side of a …

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Felony drug charges filed

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By Patrick Yost managing editor A Madison man faces felony drug charges, and the wrath of a relative, after a traffic stop led officers to more than two ounces of suspected marijuana, digital scales, a glass jar with suspected marijuana in plastic packaging. Marvis Martez Griffin, 33, faces charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession and use of drug related objects and use of a communication facility (phone) in commission of a felony after the Honda Accord he was driving was stopped by a Morgan County Sheriff’s …

Lack of local volunteers puts hurt on VFDs

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Fire Departments all across the nation largely depend on volunteers to comprise the vast majority of firefighters. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 65 percent of the nation’s firefighters are volunteers. However, in the last few decades, the number of volunteer firefighters have been dwindling, and Morgan County is no exception.  According to Fire Chief Jeff Stone, Morgan County is currently looking for ways to incentivize people to become volunteer firefighters.  “We are the cusp of having to take action,” said Stone. “Eventually, …

Tire trouble cause of fatal wreck, reports state

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By Patrick Yost editor A North Carolina man was killed on Interstate 20 last Wednesday after the truck he was driving left the pavement and struck a tree. According to Georgia State Patrol Reports, Parada Norberto Carballo, 52, Charlotte was pronounced dead at the scene by Morgan County Fire Department and EMS personnel when they arrived at the crash site. Reports estimate the crash occurred at 2:05 p.m. near the 112.5 mile marker off the eastbound lane. Reports state that Carballo was driving a dually pickup truck hauling a gooseneck …

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System gets high marks from accreditation group

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By Patrick Yost editor  The Morgan County Charter School System exceeded average scores on all categories during a recent review by AdvancedEd.. According to Jay Homan, assistant superintendent, Morgan County Charter School System, the group spent three days reviewing practices and protocols of the Morgan County system and conducted interviews with more than 200 people, including school administrators, teachers, parents and members of the community at-large. According to prepared materials at Monday’s Morgan County Board of Education meeting, AdvancedEd is a “global leader in providing continuous improvement and accreditation services  …

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MadFest coming to town park April 27

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer MadisonFest returns to Town Park April 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free to the public, everyone is invited to enjoy live music, crafting for kids, face painting, baby animals, and so much more on top of shopping for handmade crafts. “About 1500 people attended MadisonFest last year,” remarked Colleen Hall, special events coordinator for the City of Madison, who hopes to see a larger number this year. First occurring in 1997, this festival has expanded the number of activities and vendors over the …

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Proposed event facility tabled by BOC

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor A newly proposed event facility on Athens Highway hit a snag in the approval process last week with the Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voting to table the project until next month’s regular meeting.  Last Tuesday, the BOC voted to table a definitive vote on Edward McDuffie’s request for conditional use approval to operate an Event Facility at 2761 Athens Highway until next month’s meeting. McDuffie stated that he would hope to have one or two events a month on his 58.55 acres that …

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Commissioners consider moving meeting times for public input

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Local elected officials hold regular public meetings to give constituents a chance to have a voice in the crafting of public policy and happenings of local matters. However, some are concerned that the times of these public meetings are not conducive to most people’s work schedules.  The Morgan County Board of Commissioners BOC) is considering changing the time of one of their monthly public meetings in hopes that more citizens will be able to attend.  Commissioner Chairman Ron Milton asked the rest of the …

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Home businesses now OK in R4 districts

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Residential businesses will now be allowed in the Residential 4 Zoning District in the City of Madison.  The Madison Mayor and City Council unanimously approved a text amendment that would allow residential businesses as a conditional use in the Small Lot Residential District, a zoning district characterized by high-density housing, small lots, and pedestrian activity.  Janice Sullivan petition the council for the text amendment in order to open a wedding cake and baked goods business out of her home on Churchill Avenue in Madison.  …

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Madison Council votes for council pay increase

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The Madison Mayor and City Council voted to give themselves a raise on Monday night, after 24 years of a stagnant pay rate.  The council unanimously voted to give each council member, the Mayor, and Mayor Pro Tem a $150 per month increase–adding an extra $1,800 in income a year to mayor and council salaries.   The Mayor’s salary will jump up from $8,400 per year to $10,200 per year, Mayor Pro Tem’s salary will increase from $6,000 per year to $7,800, and the other …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On April 5 a forgery complaint was filed at Dollar General, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an employee said that at approximately 7 p.m. a man heavy-set black male wearing a black hat and black hoodie entered the store and attempted to pass a counterfeit $100 bill. Reports state that a cashier recognized the bill as fraudulent and retained the bill and cancelled the sell.  On April 3 a damage to property complaint was filed at a Concord Lane residence. According to reports, a man said someone had shattered the …

Morgan County Sheriff's Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On April 7 a theft by conversion complaint was filed at a Buckhead Road residence. According to reports, a man said he had sold a Stockbridge, Ga. man six pallets of “Jamur Zoysia” sod. The man said two employees went to Stockbridge and installed the sod and the man gave one of the employee’s $1,540 for the sod and labor to deliver to the complainant. The following day the employee arrived and he and the complainant engaged in a verbal argument. Reports state that the employee said “If I am …

Balloon release to remember loved ones set for April 21

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer The Annual Balloon Release in Madison will occur on Easter Sunday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in remembrance of lost loved ones and as a way to release grief. Balloons will be provided at the recently restored Jonathan’s Bench, located in the Uncle Remus Regional Library’s Laughin’ Place Garden at 1121 East Avenue. Dedicated to Jonathan Marshall Morris who lost his struggle with mental illness in 2014, the bench was commissioned by his mother Beverly Morris and hand-built by sculptor Tom Prochnow. …

Diamond Dogs split with 7-A Archer

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s baseball team took on some tough competition this week with games against higher classification Archer from 7-A and Locust Grove in 5-A.  The Dogs held their own in all three games coming up just short to the Tigers on Thursday at home 2-1 in a final inning thriller.  They exacted some revenge Friday by defeating them at home 6-2 before losing another close one Saturday to the Wildcats 5-3 in Locust Grove.  After the smoke cleared, the Dogs stand at 19-5 overall …

Seth Robertson – three-sport star

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Seth Robertson – three-sport star By R. Alan Richardson sports editor When it comes to All-Star athletes at Morgan County High School, you don’t have to look any further than football, track, and baseball’s Seth Robertson.  The 5’11’ 167 pound junior is poised for a possible run at a State Championship on this year’s baseball team that finished in the Final Four a year ago.  He’s also looking at the possibility of multiple individual State Championships in track, and is getting some serious looks from around the Southeast as a …

Ride For Hope

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Morgan County Fire and Rescue (MCFR) raised $3,000 last Saturday for one of their own volunteer firefighters in need of help with medical expenses for her soon-to-be-born son, who will need heart surgery after his birth in May.  Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician Danielle Crist took leave from the MCFR after doctors discovered her baby, Bentley, has a defective valve in his heart. But her MCFR “family” is determined to help Crist with the expenses Bentley’s medical condition will incur.  MCFR organized an All-You-Can-Eat …

James Ronald Nesson

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James Ronald Nesson of Madison, Georgia passed away on April 5, 2019 at The Glen at Lake Oconee Village at the age of 76.. Born in Madison, Wisconsin, he was the son of the late Arley W. Nesson and Linda J. Kemmer Nesson. James earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and proudly served in the National Guard.  He worked for the FDIC in Washington, DC as a bank auditor. His many interests included fishing, hunting, wood working, carving and working with leather. He is survived by his …