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Real Estate sales top $3 million mark for week

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Compiled by Dianne Lively Yost staff writer Sept. 23, 2019 • Mindy Suggs Burns of Madison to Karl Todd, Jr. of Madison, 1090 VFW Lane, 5.02 acres, $310,000. • Ronald E. Woodson of Madison to W. Michael Waters of Covington, 137 South 1st Street, 0.08 acre, Madison, $40,000. Sept. 24, 2019 • David G. Newton of Griffin, to David Frank Tolbert of Monroe,, 1630 Godfrey Road (portion), 6.52 acres, Madison, $68,460. • Property Problem Solvers, LLC of Atlanta to Jackson L. Bone of Buckhead, 1910 Reese Road, 0.92 acre, Rutledge, …

Sheriff’s Office holds firearm safety class

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By Patrick Yost editor  In a community outreach program that has been active since 2002, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office recently held another Citizens Firearm Safety Course. The course, according to instructor Mark Williams, a former officer at the sheriff’s office, combines a two hour classroom session during the week followed by a 1.5 hour session on a Saturday morning on the department’s shooting range. Both sessions are held at the Morgan County Public Safety Complex on Monticello Highway. Williams said classroom sessions focus on, in part, safe storage of …

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Madison Police Department

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On Sept. 28 a battery and theft by taking complaint was filed at a Commerce Street residence. According to reports, a woman at Morgan Medical Center initially alleged that a man had sexually assaulted her. The woman then told the officer that the man had not sexually assaulted her but had struck her in the face and and stole her Klonopin and Norco prescriptions. The woman said she could not remember anything that had happened in the last 24 hours, however, she said a neighbor initially told her that she …

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Sept. 30 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Wellington Road, Bostwick residence. According to reports, a man said someone entered his property and removed a Polaris side-by-side. The man said he purchased the vehicle two years ago for $25,000. A neighbor told officers that at 3:40 a.m. vehicle lights shined into her house. Deputies located tracks around the area where the vehicle was last parked. On Sept. 29 a damage to property complaint was filed at a East Magnolia Loop residence. According to reports, a woman …

Bulldogs win over Monroe Area

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Since 2016 either Morgan County or Monroe Area have been Region 8AAA champs so the matchup last Friday night at Bill Corry Stadium was a big one.  The Bulldogs of Coach Bill Malone passed that test with a solid 27-17 win over the Purple Hurricanes on Homecoming Night in front of a raucous crowd.  It was the first region game of the campaign and the Bulldogs played well on both sides of the ball to get the win. Head Coach Bill Malone was well pleased …

Lady Dogs sweep East Jackson

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Lady Diamond Dogs stamped their ticket to the State Softball Tournament this past weekend by defeating the East Jackson Lady Eagles in two straight games.  The best of three series was played in Madison with the number four MCHS girls hosting East Jackson.  Coach Jason McBay’s squad took the contests by scores of 7-4 in the opener and 10-5 in the afternoon portion of a double-header.  With the two wins, MOCO will now move into the Final Four of the 8-AAA Region Tournament …

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Diamond Pups still alive in PAC

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor In an historical week for the Morgan County Middle School softball program, Coach Shelly Hilsman’s team got their first win in four years over Social Circle and first-ever over Loganville (to her knowledge).  To add salt to the wounds of the Lady Redskins, the Social Circle win came on Eighth Grade Recognition Night that featured seven graduates. Morgan came out of the gate with guns blazing.  After pitcher Kendall Smith retired Social Circle in order in the top of the first, Morgan scored two …

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JV takes out Oconee: Eubanks two rushing TDs leads the way

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor On a sweltering afternoon at Bill Corry Stadium, the MCHS JV football team took out archrival Oconee County 22-8 in a game that was actually much closer than the score indicates.  There was a small feeling of revenge after the varsity Warriors handed Morgan County their worst defeat of the season two weeks ago. Morgan started the game strong going on a 15-play drive that gobbled up most of the first quarter clock.  Tre Hawkins, DJ Smith, Jay Eubanks, Maurea Ward, Rogers Clark, and …

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Volleyball preps for Area Tournament

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor With only three non-conference game dates remaining on the Morgan County volleyball schedule, the girls have solidified their spot in the Area Tournament with a win over Monroe Area this past week.  The Lady Spikers will go in as the number three seed (8-4) behind number one Jackson County (11-1) and number two Jefferson (11-1).  MOCO will potentially host Monroe Area on Oct 6 with game time to be determined this week.  “If you’re looking at the record, two teams are pretty close to …

Homecoming Week

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By Tia Lynn Ivey editor  Morgan County High School students spent all last week celebrating Homecoming.  In preparation for the big Homecoming Football game, in which the Morgan County High School Bulldogs reigned supreme, students dressed up each day, marched in a parade and spent Friday afternoon competing and cheering in the annual pep rally. GO DOGS!

Ruth Lee Williams

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Ruth Lee Williams, 82, of Dayton, Ohio was born September 21, 1937 in Buckhead in Morgan County to the late Thomas and Hester Johnson. She was educated  in her native land and graduated from Pearl High School. She attended two years of college at Fort Valley State College, where she was crowned Ms. Peach Blossom. She worked as a private duty nurse and nurse’s aide. Ruth retired from General Motors after 30 years of service on the assembly production line. Ruth was baptized as a child and grew up as …

Lynette Robinson Walker

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Lynette Robinson-Walker entered into eternal rest surrounded by her loved ones and devoted family at her home on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. She was born March 10, 1960 in Vero Beach, Florida to Preston and Joan Robinson. She accepted Christ at an early age in Detroit, Michigan. Lynette was united in holy matrimony to Freddie Walker Jr., who preceded her in death in 2014, along with her father Preston Robinson Jr., a niece Ida Adams and a devoted sister Angela Adams. She leaves to cherish her memories her mother Joan …

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Travis “Pop” Westbrook Sr.

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RISING FAWN, GA – Travis “Pop” Westbrook, 89. Passed away September 19, 2019. He was a member of Lea’s Chapel Baptist Church, Valley Head, Alabama. Mr. Westbrook proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was preceded in death by his wife Martha Westbrook, parents Lloyd and Exa De Alva Westbrook. Survivors include his daughters Linda (Danny) Swafford of Apison, Tenn., Susan (Randy) Gross, Birchwood, Tenn., Christine Westbrook of Henagar, Ala., Emily Westbrook of Flat Rock, Ala., sons Travis “Tab” (Robin) Westbrook  Jr. of Rising Fawn and David …

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Mary Pauline (Polly) Benton Butler Condon

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Mary Pauline (Polly) Benton Butler Condon passed away on September 28, 2019 at the age of 87 after fighting a long battle with Alzheimer’s.  She had been a resident of Great Oaks Memory Garden since November, 2015 and before that lived in the Cottages of Monroe. She was born on April 12th, 1932, to parents Henry Benton and Mary Watson in Thomas County, Ochlocknee, Georgia.  She is survived by one sister, Janice Becknell.  Passed brothers and sisters are Sadie Golden, Sylvia Wilson, Betty Rhodes, Charles Benton and Billy Benton. She …

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Theron Bert Neese Jr.

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Theron Bert Neese, Jr. passed from this earth to the arms of the Lord on September 24, 2019.  Bert was born on September 15, 1950 in Orangeburg, SC to Theron Bert Neese Sr. and Mildred Walters Neese.  He graduated from University of South Carolina in 1972.  Bert retired as an Engineer from Bellsouth after 30 years and then from the US Postal Service as a Rural Mail Carrier after 16 years. Bert lived in Buckhead with his wife, Sharon, for 21 years.  He loved living on the lake, music and …

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Phillip Wayne Golson

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Phillip Wayne Golson, 76 of Greensboro, died September 25, 2019.  Mr. Golson was born on January 10, 1943 in Cedar Bluff, Miss. to Joe and Mary Watson Golson.  He served in the U.S. Army and was married to Dorothy Poss for 41 years.  Mr. Golson was self employed as a building contractor.  He attended Eagles Wings Ministries.  Since retiring from construction, he has driven a school bus for Morgan County Board of Education.  He also enjoyed camping trips to the mountains. Mr. Golson is survived by his wife, Dorothy and …

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Leonard Thomas “Lent” Hunnicutt

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Leonard Thomas “Lent” Hunnicutt, 81, died September 24, 2019.  Mr. Hunnicutt was a native of Apalachee.  He was born on July 1, 1938 to Thomas Hardwick and Alma Lurine Landrum Hunnicutt.  He was married to Joan Moss Hunnicutt.  Lent worked for Colonial Stores for over 20 years.  He then owned and operated convenience stores.  Lent was a humongous UGA football fan.  He was a season ticket holder since 1962. Mr. Hunnicutt is survived by his wife, Joan and a daughter, Andrea Hunnicutt and Stanley.  He leaves grandchildren, Blake and Levi …

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Samuel Morris Phelps

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Samuel Morris Phelps (Pop), age 86, died September 29, 2019.  Mr. Phelps was born February 10, 1933 in Walton County.  He was the son of Willie Ed Phelps and Janie Whitley Phelps.   Mr. Phelps was born to sharecroppers.  He lived all his life in Morgan County moving from farm to farm with his parents and siblings.  He began driving a school bus at the age of 16.  Mr. Phelps began his career working with Jack Youngblood at what became Youngblood Motor Company.  In March of 1963, Mr. Phelps started …

Historic house burns

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor A beloved historic house in Rutledge caught fire last week, severely damaging the home owned by John Pisello and Keith Rex.  A blazing fire broke out at the historic Hollis House, built in 1905, and located at 171 Fairplay Street in Rutledge on Friday, Sept. 20, taking four fire departments to extinguish. After completing an investigation, the Morgan Fire Department and the State Fire Marshall’s Office determined the cause of the fire was “most likely from smoking.” “It is a very sad day in …

HMC calls for a halt on new development

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor No more housing developments in Madison–at least that’s what the Historic Madison Coalition is calling for–to halt all new developments in the city.  “Maybe we need to call for a moratorium on development,” said Celia Murray, president of the HMC at a packed meeting last Sunday. “It may seem extreme, but that may be the only way to ensure the Historic District maintains it’s small town character. I submit to you that we have insufficient infrastructure to handle new growth at this time. I …