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Real Estate sales are $1.7 million

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Compiled by Dianne Yost staff  May 28, 2020 • Christie Norma-Grace White of Buckhead to Jacob Lindsey of Athens, Ferrell Lane Madison, 106 acres, $200,000. May 29, 2020 • Dorothy Dickson Sells of Decatur, to Clarence T. Harper, III of Madison, Brownwood Road, 31 acres, Madison, $200,448. June 1, 2020 • Edgar Scott Tolbert, Ex. Last Will & Test of Virginia C …* of Covington, to Gary L. Tolbert of Lithonia, 1023 Garnett Street, Madison, $96,500. • Towd Point Mortgage Trust 2018-2, U.S. Bank National Asso…* of Lake City, UT …

Welcome to Madison/Morgan County boxes available

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Hey if any of y’all are looking for some super fabulous office space, there is some available in downtown Madison and boy is it beautiful! BB&G and Madison Square Collection owner Theresa Bishop, who recently purchased the historic building in downtown Madison at the corner of Main Street and West Washington Street, has been busy renovating the building and has created some amazing office space upstairs.  So I was able to pop over the other day and take a quick tour and was blown away – so much so that …

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On June 8 Chad Anthony Eaton, 36, Buckhead was cited for criminal trespass and was served with a trespass notice for the Relax Inn, Athens Highway. According to reports, a deputy was called to the motel regarding someone who had damaged a room. An employee alleged that Eaton had broken a window, damaged sheet rock on a rear wall and damaged a side table. The motel estimated damages at $1,000. A deputy located Eaton walking on Athens Highway and, reports state, observed that he was “extremely intoxicated.” Eaton was cited …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On June 1 a lost or stolen tag complaint was filed at a Bostwick Road residence. According to reports, a woman said when she exited Walmart she noticed that her license plate was missing. The woman said the plate was a drive-out tag from Countryside Motors and was being displayed on her 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee. On June 1 a damage to property complaint was filed at Bard Manufacturing, Monticello Highway. According to reports, an employee alleged that a tractor trailer had struck a gate control post on May 31 …

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Joshua Curtis Hayes

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Joshua Curtis Hayes, 40 of Madison, died June 2, 2020.  Josh was the son of the late, Allen Curtis Hayes and Pam Malcom Whitney.  He was born October 4, 1979.  Josh grew up in Morgan County.  He served this community for several years in the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office.  He later worked as a service technician for Anthony.  Josh was married to Eliu Abarca Hayes.  Josh enjoyed singing and dancing with his children and wrestling with his sons. Josh Hayes is survived by his wife, Eliu Hayes and children, Franky …

Morgan Marches

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Chants of “No Justice, No Peace” could be heard ringing through the downtown streets of Madison last Saturday, as hundreds of people peacefully marched more than three miles from the historic courthouse to the Morgan County Public Safety Complex to protest police brutality and systemic racism.  The Madison March was just one of thousands of protests happening around the world in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police.  Four women organized the Madison March, which drew hundreds of people, comprised …

Love in the time of COVID

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By Tia Lynn Ivey  managing editor Weddings drum up all kinds of iconic imagery, from elegant white gowns to velvety tiered cakes, from fancy centerpieces atop fine linens to rings of gold exchanged between the bride and groom in front of all their loved ones. But when a worldwide pandemic puts the kibosh on large gatherings, what becomes of a wedding then? One couple found out that a dream wedding could happen without all the traditional trappings and still be the most magical moment of their lives.  Sammi and David …

Maeson Tanner signs softball scholarship with Johnson University

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor  Morgan County senior catcher, Maeson Tanner, is no stranger to hard work.  When coaches, teammates, parents, and fans are asked to describe this young lady, the first thing that comes up is her work ethic.  She was asked why?  “I’ve watched my Dad (Johnny Tanner) work his butt off every single day in his landscaping business in the heat along with my “Pop” (John Tanner) who is 73 years old.  He worked like that to make sure he could give us everything we ever …

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8-AAA Announces All-Region Soccer Squad

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor  Despite only playing a few games in a virus-shortened season, the Morgan County High School soccer teams were well-represented on this year’s 8-AAA All-Region rosters.  In a season that will not be soon forgotten, especially by this year’s graduating seniors, there were enough highlights shown to give the rest of the 8-AAA foes a taste of what might have been.  Coach Anne Stamps for the girls and Coach Aaron Paul with the boys had to be proud of the players and with the results …

Our Stories: 993 East Avenue, Madison

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By Pam Bone Whitlock 993 East Avenue, Madison, GA, is just a flat piece of land. Upon that parcel of ground stands Morgan County Primary School, formerly Madison Elementary School Thousands of Morgan County children were first educated here. Hundreds of educators were the inspirational force behind them. Strong administrators including W. B. Neal, Marie Bass Martin and Dr. Wayne Myers encouraged and expected the best from students and teachers. The past few months 993 East Avenue has virtually been silent. There’s been no sounds of happy children on the …

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Final election results finally in, Markley, Coe, Kurtz win

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By Tia Lynn Ivey The results are in! After an historic delay in the vote count after Tuesday’s primary election, Morgan County election officials scrambled to tabulate ballots late into Tuesday evening through all day Wednesday. A “perfect storm” of challenges hit Morgan County’s election process, including new voting machines, a shortage of poll workers due to the coronavirus pandemic, thunderstorms that wiped out power the day of the election, and an unprecedented number of absentee ballots to process.  Despite the delay in results, the winners of local races were …

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Election results stalled

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Never in Morgan County’s history have election results been delayed overnight, but there’s a first for everything. Local election officials were weary late Tuesday night, hours after the polls closed for the 2020 Primary Election, which include a slew of local, state, and federal races.  Approximately half the vote was uncounted at midnight Tuesday due to tabulation malfunctions with Georgia’s new voting machines.  According to Morgan County Election Supervisor Jennifer Doran, preliminary results for the election will not be ready until sometime Wednesday, June …

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Family dies in plane crash

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By Patrick Yost editor  A Florida family died tragically in a plane crash that was observed and heard across the southern part of Morgan County. According to Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills, five persons were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash of a Piper 31T Cheyenne twin engine turboprop plane. Sills said emergency crews located the plane near Tanyard Road in Putnam County. Sills identified the pilot of the plane as Larry Ray Pruitt, 67, Morriston Fla. Passengers in the plane included Pruitt’s daughter Jody Rae LaMont, 43; …

A marble statue of St. Mary is toppled in the St. James Church outdoor prayer garden

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Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The Madison police department is investigating the vandalism of a religious statue outside of St. James Catholic Church in Madison.  On June 5, Father Randy Maddox reported to police that the church’s outdoor statue of Saint Mary was purposely vandalized. The $2,200 Italian marble statue was found knocked over and crumbled on the ground.  Wes Thompson, detective for the City of Madison, said the investigation has hit a dead end.  “We have zero leads as to who did this,” said Thompson. “There is no video …

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Small noose left on forklift leads company to seek answers, bring in outside investigators

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Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  An ominous symbol of hate and racism was left at the Bard Manufacturing plant in Madison. Workers found a small noose hung from a forklift on June 1. The discovery of the noose has led to two investigations and beefed up security for employees, who were unnerved by the highly-charged symbol of hate and violence. Pictures reveal that the noose was the size of a standard pair of scissors. According to the CEO of Bard Manufacturing, Bill Steel, the company is taking the incident seriously …

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Different type of school to open in August

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Schools are slated to reopen on Aug. 3, but school officials are scrambling to adopt new policies and methods to ensure students and families remain safe during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Some considerations include remote learning options for students, wearing face masks, rigorous cleaning and disinfectant routines, ample hand sanitizer availability for students, teachers and staff. The state is recommending schools participate in contact tracing efforts, posting signs throughout the school explaining how to stop the spread of COVID-19,  and establish a protocol for …

Mayor calls for calm

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Madison Mayor Fred Perriman felt compelled to speak out about the tumultuous wave of civil, social and racial unrest flooding the country, resulting in scores of nationwide protests, demonstrations, riots, and police brutality last weekend.  The death of George Floyd, an unarmed African-American male, at the hands of Policeman Derek Chauvin on May 25, served as the flashpoint incident to ignite racial and social tensions, long simmering beneath America’s cultural and political landscape.  The following is a message to all citizens from Mayor Perriman.  …

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Poll worker shortage drives precinct closure

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Just one week before the consolidated primary election, the Morgan County Board of Elections and Registrations (BOER) narrowly voted in an emergency meeting to shutdown two voting precincts due to a critical shortage of poll workers because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  Morgan County voters assigned to the Clacks Chapel and Bethany Springfield precincts will be assigned a new polling station and notified by mail.  According to Jennifer Doran, Morgan County Election Supervisor, the county is down to just 23 poll workers, losing about …

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Commissioners give BOE $100k for road improvements

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  A consolidated school campus also means consolidated traffic.    With the Morgan County High School, middle school, elementary school and primary school all in close proximity, traffic congestion is a concern when school reopens to students on August 3.  In an attempt to alleviate traffic congestion, Morgan County Government is teaming up with the Morgan County Board of Education to extend part of East Avenue leading up to the Madison 441 Bypass and create a third “cue lane” for parents picking up students from school.  …

Oconee Coffee Roasters, Polished Peach open

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Now more than ever before we need to support our local economy! That’s means three words: Shop Small Y’all! From local banks, insurance companies and newspapers to retail shops, restaurants and hair salons! I’m talkin’ about supporting OUR small, family owned businesses – the heart of our One Morgan community!  And, speaking of small, family owned businesses, two just opened up in Downtown Madison that you need to check out immediately: Oconee Coffee Roasters and The Polished Peach!  Ok so I popped into Oconee Coffee Roasters, located at 142 Academy …