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River residents raise voices

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer Apalachee River residents voiced concerns to Morgan County Board of Commissioners Tuesday, March 20, over a proposed water intake pump. Information about the project to divert water to the Hard Labor Creek Reservoir was found wanting by both river residents and commissioners. The location of the intake pump for the reservoir that services Walton County, Oconee County, and the City of Winder including Barrow County, planned since 2004, was changed in a February application made by the Walton County Water and Sewerage Commission to the …

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Work on pump house close to completion in Rutledge

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer Updates on the planned pump house on Fears Road were provided during the Rutledge City Council meeting on March 20. “Once we get the building secure, then we’ll get the electrician to come in and get electricity there, and then we’ll get that set up,” stated Rutledge Mayor Bruce Altznauer. “We were hoping to get it online by this March, but we have an extension on that. Hopefully, it will be soon.” “That will be the number one well in the county,” Councilman Anthony Sells …

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Elections board to cut budget by 2 percent

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer Morgan County Manager Adam Mestres called for the Board of Elections to cut its operating budget by two percent during its regular meeting on Thursday, March 15. The budget of $50,433.00 for the 2018 fiscal year, which does not include staff salary or benefits, will be decreased to $49,424.34. “Each year, we evaluate our expected revenues, expenditures, and any potential negative impact of such to the taxpayers of our community,” Mestres stated. “The requested two percent budget decrease will be redistributed to a number of …

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County hosts crisis training for officers

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer When law enforcement officers are dispatched to respond to crisis situations, they may encounter people who have personality disorders, Alzheimer’s Disease or other form of dementia, mood disorders, developmental disabilities, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), suicidal thoughts, or are homeless. Members of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol, Putnam County Police, and Rockdale County Police took part in a training program last week to learn how to safely and effectively manage these interactions. The Georgia Public Safety Training Center, located in Forsyth, offered the …

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Feds add charges to man accused of kidnapping

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer Kidnapping suspect Thomas Lawton Evans, Jr., 37, faces federal charges of aggravated sexual abuse and transportation of a minor to engage in sexual activity in addition to kidnapping. The federal charges were brought against Evans Friday, March 16, according to the case summary of USA v. Evans. Evans supposedly kidnapped a 4-year-old S.C. girl after severely beating her mother, causing brain bleeding, on Feb. 13. After a series of events involving transporting the girl across several state lines and passing through Rutledge, the Morgan County …

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Lt. Col. US Army Retired George William Brookshire

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Lieutenant Colonel (US Army Retired) George William Brookshire, 86, of Dawsonville, passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at his residence. Bill was born July 28, 1931 in Hoschton to the late William L. and Clarice Holland Brookshire. The family lived in Winterville and Madison and he was a 1948 graduate of Madison High School. In the fall of 1948 he entered North Georgia College in Dahlonega and upon graduation in 1952 he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry. He later transferred to the Signal Corp and served …

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Selena Gail Hall

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Selena Gail Hall, 69 of Madison, died March 23, 2018.  Mrs. Hall was born December 28, 1948 in Athens to Holbert and Irene Spratlin Tanksley.  She was married to Wells Hall.  Together, they operated the Flowers Bread Store in Madison.  Mrs. Hall loved to read and spend time with her grandchildren. Mrs. Hall is survived by her husband, Wells Hall, two daughters, Amy Cape and Angie Hilsman and Steve and a sister, Dorothy Silman.  Her grandchildren are Eli Cape, Hailie Cummins and Josh, Steven Hilsman, McKenzie Whitaker and John Wells …

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Mary Frances Guinn

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Mary Frances Guinn, 56 of Madison, died March 21, 2018.  She was at home, surrounded by her family.  Mrs. Guinn was born June 4, 1961 in Winder, to Charles and Linda Shelton.  She was married to the late Alvin Guinn.  Mrs. Guinn loved her family, especially her grandchildren.  She enjoyed painting and gospel music. Mrs. Guinn is survived by her children, Amy Haley and Joe, Stephanie Tarlton and Jimmy, Kayla Guinn and Jessica Mayo and Wesley.  Her grandchildren are Carl, Tiffany, Alex, Kameryn, Abby and Jordyn.  She is also survived …

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Walking out of school prepared me to walk back in

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By Isabella Ellwood, Guest Columnist & Morgan County High School Student The air was thick, making it hard to walk up the steps of the stadium. The energy in the air was melancholy.  No one spoke as we all briskly took our seats. I seated myself next to two of my friends; we were all sitting there quietly….everyone seemed tense.  There was no reason to be, of course, but there was definitely tension filling the air at 10 a.m. in the morning of March 14. The students who organized the …

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Corps of Engineers gets river project petition

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer A 137-signature petition requesting a public hearing was sent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on March 12 by concerned residents along the Apalachee River over a proposed river intake system. Public outcry recently surfaced when a notification on Feb. 24 was distributed to three property owners that a new location for the intake system to fill the Hard Labor Creek (HLC) Reservoir may be built on adjacent land in Morgan County. In addition to the petition, the Greater Apalachee River Community (GARC) sent …

Alzheimer’s support group established at FUMC

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer With more than five million Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, a memory-impairing and personality-altering disease that is a subcategory of dementia, there are exponentially more people caring for them. The Alzheimer’s Association asserts that every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops the disease, increasing the number of people with a form of dementia and those offering care. For the first time in Morgan County, a monthly support group specifically for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and dementia, is being hosted by the First United …

Track teams make good showing at Tiger Invitational

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In a meet that featured seven outstanding teams from around the state including Burke County (always a contender in AAAA) and Hancock Central (last year’s boys’ State Champions in A), the Morgan County track teams finished third in the girls’ event and fourth in the boys’. Coach Aubrey Fortson was excited about the results saying, “There were some very good teams at the Greene County Tiger Invitational this weekend.  I thought we competed well against some very talented squads that have good programs year-in and year-out.” Highlights from Saturday’s meet …

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City/county building permits pulled in March

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Compiled by Dianne Yost March 1, 2018 • Electrical, 566 Hough Circle, Contractor Terry Farrar, Property Owner Belinda Harris, Valuation $1,500. March 5, 2018 • Accessory Building-Residential, 172 North Second Street, Contractor McMahon Construction, Inc., Property Owner Rhonda Rutherford, $12,000. March 7, 2018 • Electrical, 520 Burney Street, Contractor William Brown, $5,000. March 8, 2018 • Residential Addition/Remodel-CC, 578 Belmont Street, Contractor homeowner, Property Owner Jimmy Hendrix, $42,500. • Accessory Building-Residential, 985 Saye Creek Drive, Contractor homeowner, Property Owner Randall Nelson, $10,000. • Residential Addition/Remodel-CC, 811 Morgan Circle, Contractor Billy …

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Rhonda Lyn Garrison

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Rhonda Lyn Garrison, 54, of Nacogdoches, Texas passed away on March 3, 2018 at Nacogdoches Medical Center from complications due to a fall. She was born in Sedalia, Missouri in 1963 to Billy and Polly (Almand) Garrison. Rhonda graduated from Shreveport, Louisiana in 1985 and worked in Daycare for several years. She then moved to Nacogdoches, Texas. She is survived by her father, Billy Garrison, her brother Jerry VanWhy and Dianne, her sister Beverly Petersen and Bruce and her sister Gail Eaton and Verner Lee Jr, as well as nieces …

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Christopher Ray McGlauchlen

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Christopher Ray McGlauchlen, 31 of Buckhead, died March 17, 2018.  Chris was born May 30, 1986 in Birmingham, AL to Randy and Jan Phillips McGlauchlen.  He had spent most of his life in Morgan County.  He graduated from Morgan County High School in 2004.  After graduation, Chris joined the United States Marine Corps and served until 2008.  He served two tours in Iraq.  Chris was always a family man.  He always put others ahead of himself.  He not only served his nation but also served his community as a volunteer …

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Mitchell Lee Thompson

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Mitchell Lee Thompson, 34, of Madison died March 17, 2018. He was born April 6, 1983, and was the son of Sandra Burton of Watkinsville and the late Timothy Thompson. He is survived by his mother Sandra Burton, his ex-wife, Brandi Thompson, three children, Madison Thompson, Timothy Thompson and Danielle Thompson, all of Madison; siblings, Tara Langford of Eatonton, Bruce Burton of Union Point and Austin Burton of Madison; grandparents, Joan McDaniel, and Gene and Pauline Thompson, 10 nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Friday, March 23 …

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Marie T. Hendrix

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Marie T. Hendrix, 83 of Buckhead,  passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2018. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Oscar Hendrix, Jr; daughter-in-law, Nancy Piper Hendrix; children, Vicki L. Dorsett, Harley Wayne Hendrix (Tina), Cindy Marie Parker (Larry), Janice Ruth Johns, Joseph Ryan Hendrix, and Oscar Franklin Hendrix III (Cheryl); 15 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren; and sister, Ruth Burroughs. She was preceded in death by her son, Kerry Franklin Hendrix. The Graveside Service to honor and celebrate the life of Marie T. Hendrix was held on Wednesday, March …

Morgan County Building Permits for 1st Week of March

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  March 1, 2018 – Residential Single Family Dwelling, Project Name (Drew Snell), 1020 Rawlings Drive, Construction $170,000, Property Owner Acting as Contractor. • March 1, 2018 – Electrical, Project Name (Joshua & Kimberly Batchelor), 3941 Atlanta Highway, $7,500, Contractor (Paul Stover), Electrical Contractor. • March 2, 2018 – Demolition, Project Name (Lauren Daniel), 1451 Brobston Lane, $0, Joey & Chase Daniel, Property Owner Acting as Contractor. • March 2, 2018 – Residential Addition & Remodel, Project Name (Joseph Bouler III), 2291 Reese Road, $12,000, Property Owner Acting as Contractor. …

$3,876,100 Morgan County Real Estate Sold First Week of March

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• March 1, 2018 – Elizabeth M. Hendricks of Covington to Morten Oftedal of Covington, 1771 Sugar Creek Trail, Buckhead, $307,000. • March 1, 2018 – Oconee Acquisitions, LLC of Knoxville, Tenn. to Angie Lynn of Cumming, Ga., Dockside Drive/Dockside Subdivision Lot 1, $59,000. • March 1, 2018 – Phyllis Y. Oxendine of Perry, Ga. to Thomas Eichloff of Boca Raton, Fla., 244 Academy Street, Madison, $365,000. • March 1, 2018 – RBC Homes, LLC of Madison to Linda M. Holland of Madison, 1041 Matthew Lane, Madison, $180,300. • March …

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The arts will explode at MCHS on April 3

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer The arts round out the school experience and encourage expression of self, ideas, and emotions. “Arts transcend all cultures and bring us all together,” said Karisa Seymour, Morgan County Middle School band director. For one night, the Morgan County K-12 students will showcase that message during the 2018 Arts Extravaganza on April 3 at 7 p.m. in the Morgan County High School Gymnasium. Art, music, dance, chorus, and theater are all highlighted as soloists and ensembles take the stage on the gym floor. The color …