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Mary Claire Parham

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Mary Claire Parham of Covington, age 16 months, went to Heaven on Feb 16, 2018, and is now being rocked in the arms of her Mamaw. Affectionately known as “Prize Number-Nine Grandbaby”, Mary Claire was full of love and wonder. Her playful spirit was abundant, and she loved to run, and dance and sing. Always quick to show affection, Mary Claire loved to give hugs and kisses. She adored kittens, puppies, and horses, and she loved candy – especially M & M’s. Survivors include her parents, Brad and Anna Parham; …

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Madison Police Department

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On Feb. 8 a theft by conversion complaint was filed at Auto 1, Eatonton Road. According to reports, a woman alleged that she had given her 1984 Monte Carlo to her brother in Decatur and that the man then gave the Monte Carlo to a contract employee at the business who was going to paint the vehicle. However, reports state, that employee left the business more than nine months ago. The vehicle was not located and the employee no longer answers the complainant’s phone calls. On Feb. 8 Rameeshah D. …

Dennis P. “Denny” Klebba

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Dennis P. (Denny) Klebba of Rutledge, passed away February 9, 2018, at the age of 74. Mr. Klebba, a veteran of the United States Army, was a former resident of Detroit, Michigan, before moving to Covington in 1973. He was employed by the Seaboard Railroad, for many years, before he began driving a truck for several years. Mr. Klebba, loving father of two daughters, enjoyed antiquing, visiting flea markets, fishing and taking his daughters camping at Jackson Lake. He was a friend to many and will be greatly missed by …

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Rebecca Pauline (Polly) Austin Smith

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Rebecca Pauline (Polly) Austin Smith died February 8, 2018, surrounded by loved ones, after a difficult battle with Lewy Body Dementia. She had just celebrated her 75th birthday. Polly was born January 19, 1943 at Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta to Louis Edgar Austin and Mamie Atkinson Austin. Her very early years were spent in Jacksonville Beach until the death of her father in 1948. The Atkinson family had been established in Morgan County since the early 1800s, so her mother moved the family back home where Polly would grow …

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Julius Porter Astin

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Julius Porter Astin, of Rutledge, passed away February 12, 2018.  He was born in Rutledge to the late Charles Walter Astin and Lizzie Nell Colston Astin.  Mr. Astin worked many years in construction where he was involved in the Georgia Power Dam, Madison Health and Rehab as well as the home of Vince Dooley. He also owned a service station in Rutledge for several years.  He was a member of the Dewald Masonic Lodge, and the VFW.  Mr. Astin was a recipient of two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star for …

Contemporary Ceramics exhibit at MMMC

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer Walk through the galleries of the Contemporary Ceramics in Georgia exhibit at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC) and get ready to be impressed. Colors – earthy, vibrant, or subdued. Texture – smooth, rough, or intricately patterned. The functional and the decorative are set side by side or combined as one. Everyday objects are reimagined, and the art both displays and evokes emotion. These reactions are exactly what Mitzi Prochnow, MMCC Visual Arts Chairperson and curator of the exhibit, wants visitors to experience. Bringing the work …

Floyd Childs Newton, Jr. \\\ February 17, 1918 – February 1, 2018

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Special to The Citizen Floyd Childs Newton, Jr., age 99, passed away on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at his residence.  He was born on February 17, 1918 in Morgan County, Georgia, near the community of Pennington, Georgia.  He was the third of five children of Floyd Childs Newton and Mary Walton Trammell Newton.  His father was a Master Farmer and Floyd Newton Jr. spent his early years living and working on his family farm.  He attended grammar school in a one room school house in the community of Pennington.  When …

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City of Madison gets top safety rating

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer The City of Madison was recently ranked as the 41st safest city in Georgia in 2018 by SafeWise.com, making it the second safest city in the surrounding counties of Walton, Oconee, Greene, Putnam, Jasper, and Newton. The only neighboring county with a higher ranked city was Walton and Gwinnett’s shared city of Loganville at 12th in the state. Social Circle ranked as the 50th safest city. “To put it in perspective,” said Madison’s Chief of Police, Bill Ashburn, “there are about 535 incorporated municipalities in …

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Local schools above average in state ranking

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer Morgan County schools rank above the state average, according to the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) report for 2017 that focuses on students, literacy, and cross-school communication within the Morgan County Board of Education. The CCRPI, an academic accountability system of the Georgia Department of Education, evaluates schools using a points system with a maximum potential of 110 points. Morgan County Elementary School received 83.4 – GA average 72.9, Morgan County Middle School 74.3 – GA average 73.0, and Morgan County High School …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On Jan. 28 a stalking and criminal trespass complaint was filed at Budget Inn, Eatonton Road. According to reports, a woman alleged that a man with whom she had known for three weeks but was not romantically involved asked if he could stay in her room while he waited for a ride. The woman agreed and gave the man a key while she went to work. Reports state that the man called the woman at work and asked if he could stay the night. The woman said she refused the …

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Betty Bass

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Betty Bass, 73, died January 19, 2018. She was born April 24, 1944 to Peter Paul Elder and the late Rosa Lee Bass. She was the only child her mother had. She was devoted to her family, inspiring them all. Betty graduated from Pearl High School in 1962. She had worked at Morgan County Middle School, Holiday Inn, Woodcraft, Seaboard and ISS Corporation. She was a member of Springfield Baptist Church. She leaves to cherish her memory her three children Kenneth Bass (Valerie Bass), Tony Bass and Fredrick Bass (Janet …

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Susie Jean Lackey Turner

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Susie Jean Lackey Turner, age 56, of Madison, passed away Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. Susie Turner was born in Dahlonega to the late Dorothy Annie Belle Gaddis Lackey.  Along with her mother, she was preceded in death by her son, Gregory William Holland; and sisters and brother, Joyce Ann Lackey, Idell Lackey, Tiny Debbie Lackey and Billy Lackey. Susie loved to quilt and spend time with her children and grandchildren.  She was a member of Rutledge Baptist Church. She is survived by her loving …

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Harriette Baldwin Wilson Wade

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Harriette Baldwin Wilson Wade, 98 of Madison, died on January 9, 2018. Mrs. Wade was born on April 20, 1919 in Madison to Jacob Martin Wilson, Sr. and Genie Maude Baldwin Wilson. She was married to the late, Lamar S. Wade. Mrs. Wade was retired from Milk Transport in Madison after 45 years. She was a long-time member of Madison First United Methodist Church. Mrs. Wade was devoted to her Lord and her family. She enjoyed her flower gardens and her animals. She liked to watch the Atlanta Braves and …

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Gordon D. Vevang

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Gordon D.Vevang 89, of Athens passed away on January 25, 2018. His parents were Engwal A.Vevang and Grace Olson Vevang. His two older brothers, Parker Vevang of Mt. Prospect, Ilinois and Grant Vevang Of Barrington, Ill., preceded him in death. Gordon has one surviving brother Curtis Vevang of Palatine Ill. Gordon graduated from Bradley University in Peoria Ill with a mechanical engineering degree and went on to a very successful career and worked well into his seventies. He was always upbeat and optimistic. Gordon also loved to play tennis. Gordon …

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Daisy M. Chester

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Daisy M. Chester, 93 of Madison, died January 21, 2018. She was born January 9, 1925, she was a homemaker, loved members of the community and her church, Second St. Paul Baptist Church, where she served and attended for over 40 years. Daisy was preceded in death by her late husband Hamelean Chester Sr. and children Hamelean Chester Jr. and Mary Joyce Chester. The family will receive loved ones for visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. on February 2 at Jones and Turner Funeral Home. The service will be held …

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Douglas Shelton

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Douglas, Shelton, 74, of Bostwick, died Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at University Nursing Home, in Athens, after an extended illness. Mr. Shelton was the son of the late Herbert and Bertha Shelton, of Bostwick.  He was born September 2, 1943, one of 11 children. Mr. Shelton retired from Morgan County, where he worked in the Maintenance Department for the county.  He spent his last two years in the Nursing Home in Athens.  Before his illness, he attended the Baptist Church in Bostwick. Mr. Shelton is survived by three sisters: Marjorie …

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Elizabeth Ann Durrance

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January 23,1962 — January 8, 2018 A celebration of Ann’s life will be held Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 10 a.m. will be held at Fusion Church, 2011 Athens Hwy., Madison.

Morgan County Sheriff's Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Department

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On Jan. 21, a rape complaint was filed at a Lower Apalachee location. According to reports, a woman alleged that on either Jan. 10 or Jan. 11 she went to a man’s house to clean. The woman said after she had completed her job she and the man, who she knows smoked marijuana and drank alcohol. The woman said she fell asleep at the foot of the suspect’s bed and when she woke in the morning the man engaged in sexual activity. The woman said she told the man to …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On Jan. 13, Keeon Montreal Culp, 19, Eatonton and Taiwan Thompkins, 17, Lithonia were both arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. A 16-year-old male was also cited for possession of marijuana. According to reports, a vehicle driven by Culp was stopped for speeding on U.S. 441. Consequent to the stop, reports state, an officer allegedly smelled green marijuana coming from the vehicle. Culp allegedly told the officer he had a small amount of marijuana in his pocket. Suspected marijuana was confiscated. The officer also noted that Thompkins, a rear …