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Repeat vote, repeat result

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor A majority vote may not count, according to the Madison Mayor and City Council. Despite attempts to raise the City’s Hotel-Motel Tax by one percent, a fee tagged on to the price of lodging rooms paid for by the customer, the city council’s twice-over 3-to-2 majority votes in favor of the measure is being ignored by State Representative Dave Belton. For over a year, Belton has insisted the council must render a unanimous vote on the issue before he will bring the tax increase …

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Broadband bill passed

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor After earning unanimous support in the Georgia House of Representatives Monday, Feb. 11, a new rural broadband bill was passed by the house. Details surrounding the vote are still emerging as of press time on Tuesday, Feb. 12. According to State Representative Dave Belton, the bill is part of Georgia’s goal to “making access to Internet a top priority.” “The People’s House of Georgia just passed a huge Rural Broadband Bill today!” said Belton.  According to the Associated Press, the bill would “authorize Georgia’s …

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Deputy shoots attacking dog

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By Patrick Yost editor A Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputy is undergoing preventative treatment for rabies after he was bitten by a Pit Bull dog after he responded to a 911 call at a Mission Road residence Tuesday, Feb. 5. The deputy shot and killed the dog, reports state. Deputy Rick Feathers, video shows, shot the dog one time as the dog hung onto the deputies arm during the 9 p.m. incident. Reports state that Feathers and Deputy William Charles had arrived at the residence in response to a “suspicious …

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Morgan missing votes?

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor A new report analyzing Georgia ballots cast in the 2018 Midterm elections claims that 127,000 votes are missing statewide—with a disproportionate amount missing among African-American voters. Morgan County is no exception, with a total of 295 missing votes, according to the report issued by the Coalition for Good Governance last week.   “Morgan County reflects consistent spike in machine vote drop-off for Lt. Governor” with the “largest drop-off in the precinct with high percentage of African-American voters.” The controversy revolves around the statewide race …

Zeb Grant Design transforms old Amici’s space

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Zeb Grant Design has just smack opened in downtown Madison next to BB&G and across from the Post office in the former Amici building and it’s gonna BLOW YOU AWAY! And Momma ain’t playin!  That handsome Zeb went all out honey!  Ok so this building has been completely renovated! I’m talking Zeb said they “took it down to the dirt” but maintained the historic beauty of the structure. The punch-tin ceilings look amazing with a new, shiny black coat of paint that reflects elegance and style! New hardwood flooring was …

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More than $5 million in real estate sold

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Compiled by Dianne Yost Jan. 15, 2019 • Paul Christian of Buckhead to Timothy Keith Ervin of Madison, 1110 Lower Apalachee Road, Buckhead, $45,000. • Charles Vessell of Waverly Hall,  to Stacy A. Walley of Mableton,  1180 Arbor Lane, 1.14 acres, Madison, $322,000. • James V. Archey, Jr. of Rutledge to Ray Bowden & Carmen “Pamela” Bowden, Trustees of the Ray . . . of Rutledge, 3060 Prospect Road, 19.81 acres, $785,000. • Doris M. Johnson of Atlanta to James Goodwin Wilson of Madison, Cochran Road, Madison, 7.6 acres, $40,000. …

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Foster Park ‘litigation is terminated’

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  A lawsuit launched against the City of Madison by a group of Madison Historic District residents opposed to a controversial rezoning vote to accommodate a new housing development called Foster Park is officially dropped.  City Attorney Jim Carter announced to the Madison Mayor and City Council last Monday evening that all parties have agreed to drop the lawsuit, which means the 19-house subdivision can finally move forward after more than two years of heated public debate, protest, and legal challenges.  “This litigation is terminated,” …

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Feb. 11 a 13-year-old male was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and criminal trespass at a Whispering Lakes Trail residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that her juvenile son was being unruly and damaging the house. Officers arrived and found that the child had barricaded himself in his room. The child told deputies that he had anger issues, in part, because of allegedly bullying at school. Estimates for damage of a door, window screen and a wall is $345. On Feb. 10 a trespass notice was served …

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Madison Police Department

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On Feb. 9 a criminal damage to property complaint was filed at a Pearl Street residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that a man came to her door and requested that she come outside “to talk to him.” The woman said she declined the request several times and the man then walked away, past her Dodge Durango in the driveway. The woman said the man was throwing what she believed to be a ball near her vehicle. An officer observed “fresh damage all the way down the driver’s side …

Nashville Rocks!

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It is 8:30 a.m. on Friday.  My girlfriends, Connie Sheppard Slate, Jackie Segars Wheat and I along with our favorite boyfriend, Jeff Hood, are in the Chevy on our way to Nashville.  Jeff has planned a fun and exciting day in Nashville to top it off with an evening at the Grand Ole Opry.  We are headed down I-20 at a brisk pace and fighting all that insane Friday Atlanta traffic (who in their right mind would want to deal with that every day?).  We get onto I-75 and survived …

EIGHT STRAIGHT!

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor What an incredible run it’s been for the Morgan County High School boys’ basketball team.  The squad came into the 2018-19 Region 8-AAA Tournament as the number one seeded team and they did not disappoint…again.  For the eighth time in so many years the boys hoisted the Region Championship trophy by defeating Monroe Area in the semifinals 65-39 and Jefferson 58-51 in the Championship contest.   That string of wins is of historic value.  Riding the shoulders of four-year starter Alec Woodard and three-year …

New life for girls after upset

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor In a quirky set of circumstances and GHSA rules, the Morgan County girls’ basketball team will be inserted into the State Tournament even though they finished fifth in the Region Tournament.   Let’s try to make this as clear as mud.   The Lady Dogs lost in the quarterfinals to Monroe Area 43-41 in a big upset.  That loss essentially put Morgan out of the State Playoff picture and ended their season because only four teams from each region participate in the State Tournament.  …

Mat Dogs send three to State Championships

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor With only one more week remaining in the State Championship Wrestling Tournament, the Morgan County Bulldogs will send three of their four wrestlers to the Big Dance in Macon.  Donovan McElligott, Finn Williams, and Mason Adams all advanced from the State Sectionals.   Morgan County Head Wrestling Coach Carter Shultz sent us these details, “We took four wrestlers to Sectionals at Jefferson last Friday and Saturday and three will move on. Mason Adams placed fifth at 132, Finn Williams placed third at 182, and …

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Bulldog Bites: quick, digestable tidbits

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Swimmers compete in State Championships   What an experience it was for the Morgan County Swim Dogs at the Georgia High School State Swimming Championships.  According to head coach Jennifer O’Neal, “Our swimmers held their own.  There were 109 teams from 1 A-5A schools with 1,000 swimmers competing.  99% of the swimmers competing are from club teams and swim to represent their schools.” Our swimmers swim but also compete in a variety of sports and clubs while maintaining outstanding GPAs.  Our 200 free relay …

Webb signs with North Georgia

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s all-world softball shortstop and centerfielder, Alissa Webb, recently signed a full scholarship to play for the Division-II North Georgia Lady Nighthawks.  The four-year starter said, “I came into high school ball expecting nothing.  I never thought I’d start or even see the field until my junior year…but I live in a house where no dreams are too big and to always work hard for what you want.  I did just that.  Here are just a few of the many accomplishments she has …

Untold Stories

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer Have you ever been driving on a road and had a car speed up and pass you? Shortly afterward, you see that same car stopped at a red traffic light. Before the light turns green, you catch up to it. What was the point of the other driver’s rush when no time was actually saved? This was the analogy Lillie Franklin made when describing the life of her mother, Lessie Lawrence. Born in Madison, Georgia, on August 3, 1922, Lessie was the 12th of 14 …

Spelman Glee Club gives inspiring show

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By Brittany Whitley staff writer The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center and the Morgan County African American Museum joined artistic efforts last Saturday in the MMCC auditorium to present Madison with a choral group holding more than 90  years of excellence in African American history, The Spelman College Glee Club.  Performing in places like Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center, with people like “world renowned singer” Jessye Norman and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and for people like President Barack Obama in 2016, The Spelman College Glee Club brought their talents to …

Dr. Edward Lloyd Lewis

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Dr. Edward Lloyd Lewis died peacefully on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at Greene Point Health Care and Rehabilitation in Union Point. “Ed” Lewis grew up in Greensboro, before going into medical practice and raising his family in Athens,  and finally retiring to Greene County in 2003. Beloved by family, friends and patients alike, he leaves behind a legacy of good work, good people and good will. He was 81. Born in Greensboro, on September 16, 1937, to the late Judge Edward Lloyd Lewis and Kathleen McCowen Lewis, Ed excelled academically …

Martha Laurene Hopkins

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Martha Laurene Hopkins, 97 of Griffin, formerly of Athens, passed away Sunday, February 3, 2019 in Griffin where she lived with her son and daughter-in-law for the past eight years. Born July 12, 1921 in Jefferson to Roxie Potter and George Sanford Potter, she married L. G. Hopkins Jr. on December 20, 1941. She worked at Puritan Cordage Mills retiring after 38 years. Mrs. Hopkins was a lifelong faithful member of Edwards Chapel Baptist Church and later attended First Baptist Church in Griffin. She was preceded in death by her …

Walter Douglas Buchanan

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Walter Douglas Buchanan, 74, of Newnan, passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2019.  He was born on September 15, 1944, in Woodbury. Walter was a wonderful husband, father and friend.  He was a godly man, who loved the Lord, his family and his friends, and had a sweet spirit that was evident to everyone he met.  He was quick with a smile, a compliment and a laugh; his, truly, was a life well lived. He met the love of his life, Linda, in third grade.  They married in the fall …