Emma Gean Williams

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Emma Gean Williams, 70, died May 6, 2018 at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. She was born April 1, 1948 in Madison to Willie B. and Clara J. Smith. Emma Gean was married to Harold Williams who preceded her in death. Unto them two sons were born, Terry Williams Sr. who preceded her in death and David Williams Sr. Emma Gean joined Lower Mosely Church, where she was a faithful member. She worked at several places during her lifetime. Among them were Verner Farms and the Chicken Poultry Plant. She was a …

John Brock

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John Brock 97, formally of Eatonton, passed away in Marshallville, GA. on Sunday, May 13, 2018.  John was known to his family and friends as J.T.  He was born in Shady Dale to the late David W. Brock and Sara Lucille Cagle Brock.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Edith Tumlin Brock and son Johnny Brock.   J. T. served in the United States Army for 4 years during World War II and was a member of the VFW post 6686.   J.T. was the plant manager at Enterprise …

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Nancy Lee Roper Blackwell Ansley

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Nancy Lee Roper Blackwell Ansley, 89, of Mansfield, passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at The Retreat Nursing Home in Monticello. Nancy Blackwell Ansley was born on April 27, 1929, in Jacksonville, Florida to the late Tyre Lee “Preacher” Roper and Nora Stradley Roper.  Her family moved to Jasper County; she lived in Monticello until 1969.    Before moving to Madison in 1969, Nancy owned and operated Kathryn’s Flowers for a few years. Her late husband, Thomas Leon Blackwell, passed away in 1981; and she remarried the late Hamilton Goss …

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Wayne Mealor

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Wayne Mealor, 74, died peacefully on Sunday May 13, 2018 at his home in Madison. He was born in Morgan County on September 29, 1943 to the late Joe and Dorothy M. Westmoreland Mealor. Wayne graduated from Morgan County High School in 1961. He worked for the GA Department of Transportation as a project engineer and retired after 33 years. Wayne was a member of Beacon Heights Baptist Church. He enjoyed gardening, carpentry, being outdoors and hunting. Wayne married Elaine McCord Mealor in 1964. They have been married for more …

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Elbert Wayne Hix

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Elbert Wayne Hix, 79 of Madison, died on May 9, 2018.  Mr. Hix was born on September 6, 1938 in Stone Mountain.  He was the son of the late Elbert and Naomi Buice Hix.  Mr. Hix was retired as a supervisor of paper production.  He attended Brownwood Baptist Church.  He enjoyed repairing small engines and working in his yard.  He liked to fish and hunt.  He was also a talented poet and enjoyed sharing his poems. Mr. Hix is survived by his wife, Joann Robertson Hix and two daughters, Deborah …

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Hoyt David Dickson Jr.

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Hoyt David Dickson Jr. of Rutledge passed away on May 11, 2018.  Born and raised in Rutledge, he graduated from Morgan County High School, and went on to attend and graduate from Berry College in Rome, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture.  Mr. Dickson served in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957, where he was stationed in South Korea and then served in the reserves until 1961. He married his wife of 50 years, Sarah B. Dickson, in October of 1967.  He worked for …

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Alice Stewart Thompson

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Alice Stewart Thompson, 68 of Buckhead, died May 6, 2018.  She was the daughter of the late Edgar Stewart and Martha Stewart.  She was married to Raymond Thompson on July 1, 1969.  She had worked for Sweet Orr as a quality inspector. Mrs. Thompson is survived by her husband, Raymond and two sons, Wesley Thomspon and Valerie and John Thompson and Bonita.  Grandchildren are Brittany Crowell and Kyle, Tyler Thompson, Elisabeth Thompson, Christina Thompson and two great grandchildren, Riley and Jackson Crowell.  Mrs. Thompson also leaves a sister, Ann Singleton …

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Letters to the Editor

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Thank you to all   involved in               ‘Madison in May’ Tour To The Editor, On behalf of the Steering Committee for the “Madison in May” Tour of Homes, we would like to extend our most sincere thanks to the private homeowners and the dozens and dozens of docents and other volunteers without whom the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center could not have staged a successful tour. MMCC also sincerely appreciates the extraordinary cooperation that the Cultural Center receives each year from the Historical Society, Landmarks …

Morgan County Sheriff's Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Department

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On May 4 a theft by taking and entering automobile complaint was filed at an Estes Road, Rutledge residence. According to reports, a woman said she noticed at 8:30 a.m. that her bag had been taken from her Dodge Charger. The woman said she had last seen the bag the day before at 4 p.m. when she and her children were fishing at Hard Labor Creek in Rutledge. The woman said she and the children fished for approximately 45 minutes. She also said she routinely leaves her vehicle unlocked and …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On May 1 Lisa Shanta Fields, 34, Austell was arrested and charged with forgery in the first degree. According to reports, an officer was called to United Bank, North Main Street, regarding a woman attempting to cash a fraudulent $3,940 check. Reports state that a bank employee told dispatch that the woman had fled the bank but the employee had retained her ID card. The employee also gave a description of Fields. Fields was found by the officer walking near Park Street. She told the officer she had worked construction …

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UNION SPRINGS

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By His Spirit Says the Lord By Adrienne Terrell Greetings from The Springs!  USBC’s Annual Hat Parade is back and the ladies will stroll down the aisle in grand fashion on Mother’s Day, May 13.  There is still time to shop for the perfect one. Big, small, wide or tall, come and show your unique style. Graduating seniors, it is not too late to apply for the church scholarships. There are several that you can apply for, so be sure to get your applications.  In addition, we need your info …

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SUGAR CREEK

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Do you get tired of hearing about the weather all the time? By Mae Buice Do you get tired of hearing about the weather all the time?   Well, now, I’m just saying thank you Lord, for the beautiful weather and I think spring is finally here. Beautiful day in church on Sunday as Butch brought a good message from Jeremiah 9: 23-24 with the subject, “That Which is Worthwhile”.  We sometimes say something is just not worth the trouble we go through for that. So many times “worthwhile” is used. But it is …

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BROWNWOOD BAPTIST

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Happy Motherís Day By Margie Ward On Sunday attendance was good, glad to see each and every one there including visitors. They are always so faithful to come and worship with us. We pray they are blessed by coming! The call to worship was “Send the Light”. Pastor Cottrell’s message was “Bearing our Brother’s Burden’s”. When we decided to follow Christ, we chose to enter a journey from that point, to the ending of this life.  As we journey we have trials and times of difficulties.  But, we also know …

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CHURCH OF CHRIST

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Have you obeyed the truth of God that makes men free? By Jake Padgett Pilate was not the first person to ask this question (John 18:38), and he has not been the last. The importance of this question is seen in this statement from Jesus, “and ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).  From this passage we learn three simple facts about truth.  First there is such a thing as truth.  Some claim there is not, but Jesus says there is.  God, Christ, and …

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MERCIFUL GRACE MINISTRY

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Message from God By Regena Pittman Greetings to you all. Hope you have had a blessed week. Do you have enough fire insurance to stay out of hell? Do you have full coverage or maybe a little piece but not enough? John 14: 6, “Jesus said, I am the way, the truth and the life no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Jesus Christ is the only way. The best insurance policy we can have. The premium is paid in full for all of eternity. All you have …

Virginia Bell Appleton

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Virginia Bell Appleton died peacefully on Thursday April 26, 2018 at the Brookside Senior Living Facility in Commerce. Virginia was born in Buckhead on December 20, 1936 to Joseph Merritt Bell and Gladys Harper Bell. She graduated from Morgan County High School and attended Mercer University. One summer during college she worked in the dining hall at Ridgecrest Baptist Retreat Center in North Carolina. The handsome, young Jon Appleton sat at her table. That was the beginning of a love affair that lasted 62 years. They were married on August …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On April 28 a theft by taking complaint was filed at Pilot Truck Stop, Eatonton Road. According to reports, a man stated that while he was pumping gas into his motorcycle, he placed his wallet on top of his motorcycle. The man said when he finished pumping gas he drove across the parking lot and then realized he was missing his wallet. The man returned but could not find his wallet. Surveillance cameras showed an elderly white male bend over and pickup the wallet and enter the truck stop. The …

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Real estate transactions total $3,644,600

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April 10, 2018 • Linda H. Alexander of Rutledge to Steven Peters of Rutledge, 230 Atlanta Highway, Rutledge, $156,000. • Jimmy D. Smallwood of Rutledge to Lucy H. Peters of Rutledge, 1181 Rawlings Drive, Rutledge, $305,000. April 11, 2018 • Jeffrey Scott Christie of Watkinsville to Gladys Scruggs of Madison, 1434 Cedar Lakes Drive, Madison, $249,000. • James A. Cannon of Conyers to Jimmy C. Stapp of Rutledge, 1980 Centennial Road, Rutledge, 5.1 acres, $40,000. April 12, 2018 • Gene Sung Kim of Montgomery, Ala. to Mock Properties II-LLLP of …

Fishing team duo headed to Nationals

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Morgan County’s inaugural fishing team is overachieving in their first year as a team.  Not only did the number one group of Cole Holloway and Zach Smith qualify for the BassMaster B.A.S.S. National High School Tournament, but two other teams have qualified for the State Tournament where they too could qualify for the Nationals should they finish high enough.  Those two teams are made up of Landon Huff and Will Thomas as well as Ryan Thomas and Cole Freeman.  Coach Gregg Thomas talked about the season and how well the …

College connections at STMA

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Graduating seniors from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia will gather with fellow students, friends, family and members of the community at The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art on Sunday, April 15 to celebrate the fourth annual COLLEGE CONNECTIONS exhibit: Placing the Capstone ART SPEAKS. COLLEGE CONNECTIONS is an integral part of the Museum’s wide-ranging educational outreach programs, and features ongoing creative collaboration between the Museum and seniors from area colleges and universities. This year’s program, under the guidance of Dr. Leara Rhodes, …