‘Substantial’ amount of meth seized

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By Patrick Yost editor A two month drug investigation ended last Thursday with five arrests and seizure of a “substantial amount” of methamphetamine. According to Lt. Brandon Sellers, following the execution of a search warrant on an Old Mill Road residence and the arrest of Deanna Dale Carter, 44, Madison, officers used the residence as a draw for suspected methamphetamine dealers. “We realized her house had become a center of operation for meth dealers,” Sellers said. “The opportunity presented itself.” Carter, Sellers said, was arrested at approximately 2 p.m. and …

Fault found in fatal fire

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Investigators determined the cause of a fatal fire in Good Hope last week that claimed the life of Stacy Malcom, a 57-year-old woman found dead after firefighters extinguished the flames at her property on Hardeman Mill Road.  According to Morgan County Fire Chief Jeff Stone, investigators determined the cause to be the “misuse of smoking materials” and ruled it an “accidental fire.” According to Stone, Malcom was found dead in her bathtub, having succumbed to smoke inhalation before the fire ever reach her.  “Investigators …

Man wanted on cocaine, marijuana charges

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By Patrick Yost editor  Morgan County authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a Buckhead man who allegedly fled a traffic stop from a vehicle that contained both suspected marijuana and suspected cocaine. According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, Curtis Donquale Robinson, 39, is wanted on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, obstruction, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, window tint violation, handicap parking space violation and failure to signal. A Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to stop Robinson while he was allegedly …

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Madison Police Department

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On Sept. 26 a theft by taking complaint was filed at Red Roof Inn, Eatonton Road. According to reports, a woman said after she picked up another woman and her two children at a Jackson Street location and drove them to the Red Roof Inn and paid for two nights for the family to stay at the motel, she noticed items were missing from her glove box. Missing items include seven Mantra band bracelets, eight Chakra and Buddha bracelets and a gold ladies ring. A Regions Bank check was also …

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Oct. 6 Christian Malebranche, 29, Smyrna was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana, less than an ounce, open container and tail light requirements. According to reports, a deputy performed a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Malebranche on Interstate 20 at 12:25 a.m. Consequent to the traffic stop for non-working tail lights, the deputy reported Malebranche told him he had just been released from prison. The deputy said he observed marijuana wrapped in brown paper in the ash tray …

Bulldogs sneak past Jackson County

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County came into last Friday’s game as a solid favorite but the Jackson County Panthers of Coach Rich McWhorter just wouldn’t go away.  The Bulldogs managed a 13-3lead  at halftime but Jackson County scored early in the third quarter to close the gap to 13-10 and the teams traded touchdowns after that as Morgan held on for a 20-17 Region 8AAA win.  That put the Bulldogs at 5-1 overall on the season and 2-0 in region play – tied with Jefferson for first place …

Lady Dogs finish fourth at Region tourney

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Diamond Lady Dogs are headed to the AAA State Softball Championships after a fourth place finish in the 8-AAA Region Tournament last week.  And, they certainly have their work cut out for them facing the number one team in AAA, Ringgold.  Coach Jason McBay said, “They are good. You don’t go 10-0 in that region (6-AAA) for no reason. It all starts with their solid defense. They don’t give you very much. You have to earn it.  They have solid hitting in spots …

Lady Dogs host Monroe in Area Tournament

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County Spike Dogs may be peaking at just the right time.  What time is it?  It’s tournament time!  The playoffs for the 8-AAA Area Championship begin this week.  If Morgan is to defend its 2018 Title, they will have to do it coming in as the number three seed behind Jefferson and Jackson County.  That will come as no easy task as Jefferson (29-4) and Jackson County (33-10) are ranked number four and six respectively in Class AAA.  It’s no surprise that …

JV Dogs fork Jackson Red Devils 40-16

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The MCHS JV football team put a whuppin’ on the Jackson Red Devils this past week 40-16 in a lopsided blowout. The team is now 4-1 on the season and shows much promise for the future of Bulldog football.   The Dogs scored early and often in this one including on their first possession.  Morgan took the kickoff and behind the running of Tre Hawkins and Jay Eubanks went 70 yards in six plays to draw first blood.  Hawkins had a big run of …

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Bulldogs host Franklin County in third region contest

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By Alvin Richardson sports editor The Morgan County Bulldogs will be at home this Friday night in a game against the Franklin County Lions.   Morgan is off to a good start this season with a record of 5-1 overall and 2-0 in region play.   Franklin County is going through a rough year and have yet to post a win.  The Bulldogs defeated Jackson County this past week 20-17 while the Lions were falling to powerful Jefferson 33-0. The Morgan County / Franklin County series goes back to 1970 …

JV competes in strong field at NE Georgia Volleyball Shootout

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The MCHS JV volleyball squad put their heart and soul into the final hoorah of the 2019 season coming up just short of their goal.  The stout competition they faced was some of the toughest of the season at the Northeast Georgia JV Shootout.  The season-culminating tournament is one that gives these younger players something to look forward to.  Many JV teams (in most sports) are left with nothing more than a final regular season game to hang their hats on.     Coach …

A Roast, Toast, and Tribute to Christine Lambert

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By Tia Lynn Ivey editor  At her 90th Birthday “Roast, Toast, and Tribute,” Christine Lambert may have been the butt of the jokes for the evening, but her legacy is no laughing matter. Since Lambert arrived in Madison over 50 years ago, she rose to become a vital pillar of the community, wielding her wealth and influence to protect public education, historic homes and landmarks, green space, and create a thriving local art venue through the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC). Since Lambert played a pivotal role in founding the MMCC, …

Fourth Annual Shoot For Seth

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The memory of Seth Stapleton, a Morgan County high school football player who tragically died in 2015, lives on as his family and friends carry on what he loved to do in his honor.  The Fourth Annual Shoot for Seth was held last weekend at Old Hudson Plantation in Sparta. The Sporting clay tournament included 100 targets and was open to both adults and kids. The event featured a live auction, a silent auction, games and raffle tickets. All funds raised will go to …

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Stacy Lee Malcom

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Stacy Lee Malcom was born on May 21, 1962, in Athens. She died at her home in Bostwick, on September 29, 2019. She was preceded in death by her father, Barnett Hardeman Malcom, II, and mother, Mary Drusilla Smith Malcom.  She is survived by her siblings, Sandy Malcom Warbington (Jimmy), Bucky Malcom and Jim Malcom. Stacy had one nephew and six nieces: James Warbington (Alaina), Bethany Warbington Cason (Landon), Macy Malcom (Cody Copelan), Marlee Malcom, Kaitlyn Malcom, Cally Malcom, and Ella Malcom. Stacy had four great nephews that she helped …

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Sarah Elizabeth Peek Pickett (Beth)

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Beth Pickett, 55, passed away unexpectedly on September 23, 2019. She was born in Madison on November 5, 1963 to Sarah Spears Peek and the late Henry Peek. She is survived by her five children: Samantha Jo Jenkins (Justin), Brittany Jones (Steven), Brandon Pickett, Ashley Bedingfield (Zachary), and Evonne Pickett (Ryan Aaron), her grandchildren: Bonnie Jo Jenkins, Elizabeth Pickett, Ellie Kate Jones, Emma Jenkins, Samantha Pickett, Rylan Jones, Jett Jenkins and Brody Bedingfield and her siblings: Patricia Ross (Mike), Joy Mines (Kenny), Foster Peek (Shelia), and Alice Peek and many …

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David Lee Bruce Jr.

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David Lee Bruce, Jr, age 30 of Greshamville, died October 3, 2019.  Junior was the son of Mary Karakos Burce and the late, David Lee Bruce, Sr.  Junior was disabled following a car accident.  He loved his family and spending time together.   Junior Bruce is survived by his Mother, Mary Bruce and his fiancé, Amy Clark.  He leaves children, Landon Bruce, Brooklyn, Kelly and Trey Proctor.  He also leaves two brothers, Jason Bruce and Tommy Bruce. The family received friends at A.E. Carter Funeral Home on Monday, October 7, …

County’s hands tied over ambulance service deal

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Just when Morgan County was accelerating the search for a new ambulance provider, county officials were forced to slam on the brakes.  “Here I thought the county was in control,” said County Commissioner Donald Harris. “Today I found out, that’s not the case.” Ambulance service in Morgan County has been under scrutiny in the last year, after several instances of citizens with severe medical emergencies endured extraordinarily long wait times for an ambulance to arrive.  County officials have been pressed by residents to either …

Woman killed in house fire

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor A local woman was tragically killed in a house fire over the weekend.  Stacy Malcom, 57, of Good Hope, was found dead in her bathroom after firefighters extinguished a raging house fire on Hardeman Mill Road.  “They are still unsure as to the cause,” said Morgan County Fire Chief Jeff Stone. “We are waiting for the insurance investigation to come out and everyone go through the structure together.” According to the Georgia Department of Insurance, the Morgan County Fire and Rescue responded to a …

Suspect’s car flips in high speed police chase

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By Patrick Yost editor A high speed police chase on Interstate 20 that started after an alleged road rage incident ended with the suspect’s car flipping after a Georgia State Patrol trooper performed a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) on the fleeing vehicle. According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, Rodriquez Marquise Bunyon, 39, was forced from  the 2007 GMC Yukon after the Yukon came to a rest near the 117 mile marker in the eastbound lane of Interstate 20.  After a trooper smashed the driver’s side window, he order Bunyon …

Kiddy Land Learning Center is sold

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By Patrick Yost editor  After nearly 30 years of serving thousands of Morgan County children and families, Marie Singleton, the owner of Kiddy Land Early Learning Center announced Monday that she had sold the business. Singleton said she has sold the Morgan County mainstay to Paul and Nina Lemon. The Lemons, she said, will continue to operate the center with its current employees. Shasta Singleton, Marie’s daughter, will remain as director.  The name, however, will change to Lemontree Academy. In a letter to friends and customers, Singleton said she conceived …