Hospital has positive financial month

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The Morgan Medical Center (MMC) Authority swore in two members to serve new three-year terms on the board. Judge Terry Massey swore in Sarah Burbach and Calvin Welch on Thursday, July 25.  After the swearing in, Chief Finance Officer Kyle Wilkinson presented the monthly financials, revealing another encouraging month for the new hospital. According to Wilkinson, the hospital anticipates a good audit report later this year.  “Financially, the hospital is doing very well,” said Wilkinson.  According to Wilkinson, in June 2019, MMC reported a …

Local course gets face lift

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by Sidhartha Wakade staff writer The Hard Labor Creek Golf Course in Social Circle, Georgia finished up a slew of renovations on the course last year in an effort to update their irrigation systems and infrastructure.  According to Karl Goss, PGA golf course manager at Hard Labor Creek, the involved redoing the irrigation system for the entire course, complete with new pipes and sprinklers. The golf shop and clubhouse was also renovated, with new lights, fixtures and carpeting, he said. “The system was old and tired,” Goss said. “We had …

Firefly lights up Town Park

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By Tia Lynn Ivey editor  Clear skies prevailed for the annual two-day Firefly Festival last weekend in Madison’s Town Park.  The first evening, Friday, July 26, was all about the kids.  Children ran wild from activity to activity, enjoying icy treats, bouncy houses, arts and crafts, furry creatures, balloon animals and face painting.  The second evening, on Saturday, July 27 was geared for the adults to have a relaxing date night. Town Park was decorated with elegant lighting as couples and familes enjoyed music and dancing to the funky grooves …

Violet Lee (Mayfield) Williams

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Surrounded by love and her family, Violet Lee Williams, 74, of Buckhead, passed away peacefully on Friday, 12 July 2019, at Abbey Hospice, Social Circle.  Violet was born in Phoenix, Arizona, to James Orell Sr and Mary (Vick)(Beland) Mayfield on February 11, 1945.  She grew up in Monroe and throughout her life as a Server, Secretary, and Entrepreneur, she lived and worked in Arizona, North Carolina, and Texas, finally settling in Buckhead, Morgan County, Georgia.  Violet loved spending quality time with family and friends on the water, boating and skiing, …

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Bruce Cason

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Charles Bruce Cason, age 70 of Monroe, passed away on July 21, 2019.  He  was born June 9, 1949 in Madison to the late Thomas Cason and the late  Annie Cornelia Cason. Surviving members of his family are his wife, Deborah Meadows Cason of  Campton; daughter and son-in-law, Angel and Jeff Mitchell of Campton;  sons and daughters-in-law, Ashely and Jody Cason of Monroe, Brandon and  Gail Cason of Mt Vernon, Dustin and Leslie Cason of Campton; sister and brother-in-law, Elaine and Barry Stewart of Oakwood; brother and  sister-in-law, Kevin and Ellen …

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Robert Edwards Moorhead

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Robert Edwards Moorhead passed away peacefully July 24, 2019 at the age of 92.  He was born June 25, 1927 to the late Bascomb and Catherine Jones Moorhead.  He is preceded in death by his wife of 31 years, Sarah Smith Moorhead; brothers, Mason Moorhead and Alex Moorhead;  a sister, Sara Thompson and a great grandson, Deen Smith. Big Bob, as he was affectionately known, attended North Georgia College.  He served in the United States Army in the 126th Army security service and was stationed for part of his tour …

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Dewey Hiram Richardson

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Dewey Hiram Richardson passed away peacefully at his home in Rutledge on July 27, 2019 surrounded by his family.  Mr. Richardson, born on July 7, 1933 was 86 years old.  His parents were Frank and Lucille Richardson of the Union Community in Rockdale County.   Mr. Richardson graduated from Conyers High School in 1950 and the following year on October 26, 1951 he married Ila Mae Lindsey also of Conyers.  The couple had three children, Dewey Alvin Richardson (Laura), Robert Alan Richardson (Sheryl) and Terry Edmond Richardson (Kathy) all of …

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Jack Collins

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Jack Collins, 94, passed away Tuesday, July 17, 2019 at his home on Lake Sinclair. Services were held at Pierce Memorial United Methodist Church July 27, at 3 p.m. Visitation was at 2 p.m in the church annex and there was a reception following the service. Jack Collins was a devoted spouse, wonderful father and grandfather, great friend and neighbor, and an inspiration to us all. He will be missed and we are all worse off having lost him. Words cannot explain the void created by his departure of this …

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Joan M. Alby

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Joan M. Alby, 87, died peacefully on Friday July 26, 2019 after a long and full life. She was known for being a supportive and dedicated mother and wise and loyal friend. She was elegant and generous, unflappable and gracious. She was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan and attended Furman University and the Ray Vogue School of Design in Chicago, where she met her husband, Robert D. Alby. They lived in Chicago until 1970, when they moved with their four children to Atlanta.  Joan was an accomplished interior designer, as was …

Pearl High School celebrates 50th reunion

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By Tia Lynn Ivey editor  It’s been 50 years the graduating class of Pearl Sreet High School turned their tassels and walked proudly into the world with high school diplomas. The Class of 1969 was reunited this past weekend to walk down memory lane as they celebrated their 50th Class Reunion.  James Sanders, who helped organize the reunion, described the gathering as a “true homecoming.”  The weekend began at the Morgan County Middle School, which used to house, Pearl Street High School, an all African-American school before the era of …

Cops quick thinking saves life

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by Sidhartha Wakade staff writer The Madison Police Department plans to honor an officer with a Lifesaving Award for helping to revive a woman after she fainted and stopped breathing. Officer Jordan Fincher responded to a call in June about a woman who was unconscious and was not breathing on Garnett Street, according to reports. Fincher said he arrived at the address before emergency services. “I went over to the lady that was passed out and not breathing and checked her pulse,” he said. “She didn’t too much have a …

EMS debate revived

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor “But is it good enough?”  That was the core question hotly debated at the last Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting during a presentation on the county’s ambulance service. National EMS Director Huey Atkins and county officials argued two ambulances are enough to meet Morgan County’s emergency medical needs, citing that National EMS continually meets the “contractually-obligated” response time rate of 9 minutes and 59 seconds at least 90 percent of the time for Priority 1 and Priority 2 calls. Atkins presented a …

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Report links factory to cancer risks

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor A new health report this week claims an “airborne menace” with cancer-causing toxins are polluting three communities in Georgia, including Covington, which is just 30 miles west of Madison. The same company under scrutiny in Covington also runs a plant in Madison, BD Bard.  According to Georgia Health News, in 2007 BD Bard in Covington, which sterilizes medical devices, reported releasing into the air more than 9,000 pounds of a gas called ethylene oxide, which has now been deemed dangerous to human health and …

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Raise for poll workers denied

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by Sidhartha Wakade staff writer The July meeting for the Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration (BOER) began routinely enough, but sprits fell after the board learned that poll workers would not be getting a requested raise. “Y’all had asked about poll workers… they did not approve a poll worker raise,” said Jennifer Doran, elections supervisor for the BOER. “So the pay will be the same.” Helen Butler, a member of the BOER, asked again to clarify. “They didn’t approve it?” Butler asked. “They did not,” Doran said. “They …

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Real estate sales top $3 million

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Compiled by Dianne Yost July 15, 2019 • Gloria M. Chandler of Good Hope to William L. Hanson of Rutledge, Prospect Road, Madison, 102 acres, $565,000. • Algin Properties, LLC of Loganville to Joseph Lyle Ewing of Madison, 2011 Fieldcrest Lane, Madison, $469,900. July 17, 2019 • Hunter Group, LLC of Madison to Clifton Lee Rushton of Madison, 930 Crawford Street, 0.87 acre, Madison, $279,000. • Dale K. Mayo and Linda M. Mayo of Rutledge to Matthew Jernigan of Rutledge, 1751 Hightower Road, $321,000, Rutledge. July 18, 2019 • Michael …

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Rutledge considers adding ‘speed humps’

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By Sidhartha Wakade staff writer The Rutledge City Council discussed placing more speed humps on Nunnally Street and Hawkins Street to slow down cars passing through the town. Mayor Bruce Altznauer said that the speed humps were recommended by Marc Acampora, a traffic engineer that did a traffic study for the city to see how to slow down cars coming into Rutledge.  “His recommendation was that we do need some additional speed humps in town,” Altznauer said.  The proposed speed humps are in response to traffic coming off of I-20. Cars …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On July 17 a harassing phone calls complaint was filed at a Micha Way residence. According to reports, a woman said she had a two year online relationship with a Virginia man. The woman said on July 3 the man arrived in Madison and stayed with the woman until July 6 at which time the woman requested that the man leave her residence and she ended the relationship. The woman alleged that since the man left he has called her more than 20 times and is demanding repayment for traveling …

Morgan County Sheriff's Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On July 22 a damage to property complaint was filed at a Sandy Creek Road residence. According to reports, a couple alleged that their grandchildren’s father had come to the residence and broke a pane of glass on the side of a front door. Reports state that the couple said the man and their daughter had been “arguing all day” and that the children had been dropped off earlier at the residence. The couple said when the man arrived to pick up the children he wanted to discuss the root …

When girls played pro baseball

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By Jim Halloran columnist The end of the League was inevitable. The nineteen fifties were decades before the current era recognition of the female athlete. The soldiers returned home, among them over 500 major league players and 3000 minor leaguers and the spotlight quickly turned to them.  It was also the end of rationing ,which was a boom to other forms of entertainment and allowed people to travel. Televisions were appearing in households across America which replaced going out to the local ballpark. In addition to this, the league was …

Elder buzzes back to Tech

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Special to the Citizen Former Georgia Tech player B.J. Elder, a standout member of the Yellow Jackets’ 2004 NCAA runner-up team, has joined the men’s basketball staff at his collegiate alma mater, Georgia Institute of Technology, as associate director of player personnel, head coach Josh Pastner announced. A veteran of 10 years in European professional basketball following his stellar Tech career, Elder, 38, joins the staff following three seasons as assistant boys’ basketball coach at Clarkston High School. He will serve as the basketball staff’s liaison with academic services, campus …