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Andrew Lewis Thompson

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Andrew Lewis Thompson, 89, passed away on Thursday, April 4, 2019. He was born in Cochran on February 3, 1930, the son of Andrew Lewis Thompson, Sr. and Elizabeth Proctor Thompson. Mr. Thompson earned the rank of Eagle Scout and was also a Master 4-H’er in livestock judging. Mr. Thompson graduated from Abraham Baldwin where he was a member of the varsity basketball team. He later graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Animal Husbandry. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. …

MCHS Band celebrates with a road trip

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The Morgan County High School (MCHS) Band celebrated an exemplary school year, marked by impressive achievements, with a group trip to Canada last week.  From March 29 to April 2, The MCHS Band toured Toronto and other parts of Ontario, Canada, including Niagara Falls. MCHS Band Director Jeffrey Rowser led the trip with several other teachers and chaperones.  “Toronto and Niagara Falls allow our students to experience international culture in one of the safest places on earth,” said Rowser, who notes the trip provided …

Slaughter is given two life sentences

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By Patrick Yost editor Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Judge Allison Burleson, on recommendations by District Attorney Stephen Bradley, last Thursday, March 28 sentenced Justin Vandiver Slaughter, 23, Madison to two consecutive life sentences in the cold-blooded murder of his mother Paula Slaughter, 54 and family friend Collin Smith, 53. Judge Burleson, after hearing testimony from Dr. Christian Hildreth, director, forensic services, Central State Hospital, sentenced Slaughter after Slaughter pled “guilty but mentally ill” to two counts of felony murder.  Slaughter was arrested and charged on Dec. 3, 2017 after he shot …

Foster house has a buyer

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer The Foster-Thomason-Miller house at 498 South Main Street in Madison is currently under contract. The Madison-Morgan Conservancy purchased the historic house – vacant since sustaining fire damage in 2001 – and its 1.024 acres in May of last year with plans to prevent further deterioration while searching for the right buyer to fully restore it. After stabilizing the house by repairing the roof and sealing windows, it was put on the market in July. The Conservancy recently announced that “A couple from Atlanta with roots …

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Woman threatens to jump

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By Patrick Yost editor A Morgan County woman was poised to jump from an Interstate 20 bridge for more than 30 minutes before officers with the Georgia State Patrol, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and Madison Police Department were able to talk her off the bridge. According to Madison Police Department reports, the 29-year-old woman was on the Seven Islands Road bridge in Buckhead on March 24 at approximately 7 p.m. and threatening to jump into oncoming traffic. Reports state that traffic on Seven Islands Road was blocked while officers, initially …

DDA adding $10M infusion on west side

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Madison’s Downtown Development Authority officials are seeing the fruits of their labor as multiple underway projects near completion.  Ed Latham, director of the DDA, presented an update on several ongoing projects to the Madison Mayor and City Council at the last work session, on Friday, Mar. 29.  Latham reported on developments concerning the Gilmore House, the Canaan Corner Store, the West Washington Gateway makeover, repurposing the Morgan County Middle School building, and a new Habitat for Humanity house beginning construction soon.  “All of this …

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County breathes legislative sigh of relief

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Morgan County leaders have been keeping a close eye on Georgia’s General Assembly session, tracking a number of proposed bills that could affect Morgan County.   County leaders were most concerned about proposed bills that would erode local control and enhance state officials abilities to override local leaders on issues such as building design standards and short-term rental laws. County leaders were also tracking bills that could potentially pave the way for broadband service in Morgan County and create a new tax revenue stream.  According …

Family seeks answers after beloved pet shot

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By Patrick Yost editor  A Buckhead man is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person or persons involved with the death of his family’s beloved pet German Shorthair Pointer ‘Hershel.’ According to Morgan Estates resident Miller Allen, the dog went missing on March 20 after Miller’s wife Connie had let Herschel, “Zeke” and a Golden Retriever ‘Sadie” out of the house around lunchtime. Miller says soon after the dogs were released, “Zeke” returned out of breath and “struck to her side… that usually …

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On March 29 Derricks Middleton, 30, Madison was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, less than an ounce. Phalan Robertson, 24, Madison was arrested and charged on an outstanding warrant. According to reports, deputies went to a Mt. Vernon Road residence to serve a warrant. Once at the residence Robertson was arrested for a probation violation warrant. Consequent to Robertson’s arrest deputies located Middleton allegedly hiding in a closet. After Middleton was removed from the closet and detained, reports state officers located a silver marijuana grinder decorated with a …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On March 27 arrest warrants were issued for forgery in the fourth degree against Timothy Lee Allen, 31, Eatonton. According to reports, an employee of the Bottle Shop, Eatonton Road, alleged that he cashed a $1,200 check for Allen that was made out to and endorsed by Allen. Reports allege that the check was a forgery on another business account. On March 28 Arthur Ree King, 61, Washington, Ga. was arrested and charged with battery. According to reports, officers were dispatched to Quality Inn, Eatonton Road. Upon arrival King told …

Heartbreaking loss for Soccer Dogs

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor This one was a heartbreaker.  “It was all you could ask for in a Top-10, undefeated, Region Championship Game.  We put it all on the line and came up one penalty kick short.  We couldn’t have played any harder.  It was highly disappointing,” said Coach Aaron Paul. The Morgan County soccer squad traveled to Jefferson this week with a Region Championship on the line.  The Dragons, in one poll, were ranked ninth and the Dogs right behind at number 10.  It would be the …

Diamond Dogs’ bats, pitchers continue domination

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County baseball team remains ultra-hot at the plate this week while the pitchers are shutting down opposing teams with the best.  The arms of Hunter Lane, Jacob Anderson, and Ethan Stamps did it again this week with three straight wins over Jackson County.  Stamps pitched a 7-0 shutout on Tuesday.  That was followed up by a doubleheader win on Friday where Anderson got the come-from-behind victory 6-4 in the opener and Lane was lights out in the nightcap 11-1. The Dogs now …

The nature of healing

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By Andrea Gable staff writer Sunlight filtered through towering trees and soft winds carried bird song and sounds of water to a tranquil new trailhead at Hundred Acre Farm in Madison on Friday, where a group gathered in reverence to celebrate the nation’s first certified forest therapy trail.  The gently-sloping, mile-long trail winds through the woods, along the Apalachee River and Lake Oconee, offering “invitations” to connect to nature, explore your senses, discover wildlife, and meditate outdoors. It was designed to be more than a nature walk or hike. Visitors …

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Joseph Lane Pettigrew

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Joseph Lane Pettigrew, 72, was born October 16, 1946 to the late Clarence Pettigrew Sr. and Sallie Mae Pettigrew.  He answered God’s call to his eternal home on March 24, 2019. J. L. as his family and friends knew him was baptized at Springfield Baptist Church. He received his education in the Morgan County Schools. He enrolled at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C. J.L. was initiated into the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity in 1966 via the Alpha Epsilon Chapter, and gained life membership status shortly thereafter.  In 1969 …

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Chilton “Skipper” William

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Mr. Chilton “Skipper” William, 61 of Madison, died March 25, 2019. Skipper was born July 11, 1957 in Atlanta to his parents, Roy and Frances Williams. He worked in construction until an injury stopped him from working any longer. He loved his family and enjoyed bowling. His favorite pastime was spending time with his granddaughter. Skipper is survived by his wife, Audrey Williams and children, Wendy Lambert and Junior, Wayne Williams and Ashley, Jay Williams and Trina, Becky Sump, Katie House, Jerry House and Nancy Smith. He also leaves 21 …

Michael Keith Walker

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Michael Keith Walker, 66, of Buckhead passed away peacefully Sunday morning at Emory University Hospital while surrounded by his family. Born November 20, 1952 in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee to parents Betty Walker and the late Clifford Walker, he left behind two sons Cole and Justin, as well as his first granddaughter little Maddie Rae. He was  Preceded in death was his wife Melinda Walker. The two of them made a great team. Together they owned and operated a hair salon for many years, Mike and Lindy’s Hair Shop. After her death …

The Dirt Girls

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer For 15 years, the Rutledge Garden Club has made digging in the dirt look fun as their group has grown in both size and purpose for the community. “I laughed, I kind of got tickled,” shared President Ann Pitner. “I looked back at the original charter the other night, and it was saying the purpose was to share gardening ideas and techniques and to organize social activities to promote friendships. I thought, ‘Gosh, we’ve expanded since then.’ We really do a lot of community service …

Opening weekend of FFA Plant Sale a blooming success

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By Catherine McGregor intern On Friday, March 29, the annual Morgan County High School FFA Plant Sale, held in Morgan County High School’s new greenhouse, opened its doors for amateur and master gardeners alike. The first weekend sale, extending to Saturday, March 30, made $700 in just the first half of the first day.  The sale will reopen on Monday, April 8 from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., and continue throughout the week, closing on Friday April 12. The MCHS FFA holds this plant sale every year to raise money …

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‘Affordable housing’ new city initiative

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor In an effort to create more affordable housing options in the City of Madison, the Mayor and City Council unanimously adopted a new zoning ordinance which reduces the minimum square-footage for new houses built in certain areas of the city, as well as allowing criteria to reduce the minimum lot size for certain qualifying properties.  According to City Planner Mollie Bogle, the zoning ordinance change will only apply to the Urban Redevelopment Area (URA), which includes the Canaan District and surrounding neighborhoods primarily north …

Meth seized after stop

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By Patrick Yost editor A traffic stop led to the arrest of two men on methamphetamine charges near Bostwick. According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, Robert Lamar West, 33, Toccoa, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and giving false name to law enforcement officers. Kenneth Wayne Gordon, 57, Bogart, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine. The arrests came after a vehicle in which both men were passengers was stopped near the intersection of Price Mill Road and Apalachee Road. Reports state that at 4:40 p.m. …