Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On April 17 a threats complaint was filed at a Buckhead Road residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that she had been receiving threatening text messages from her estranged husband. Reports state that the text messages from the estranged husband are “making indirect threats to travel to Georgia to beat up her boyfriend…” The complainant also showed a deputy photos of past physical abuse the estranged husband had caused. She told the deputy she feared for her and her children’s safety. On April 16 an affray complaint was filed …

Cultural Center’s Chamber Music Festival begins

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center is pleased to announce that the 17th Annual Madison Chamber Music Festival is underway. While chamber music often includes classical performances, this category is quite broad as it is defined as any type of music utilizing a small ensemble of musicians or performers without need for a conductor. Traditionally, the music was performed in a large room or a chamber. This year’s program, under the artistic direction of Christopher Rex, retired principal cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, features a variety …

Diamond Dogs head to Playoffs

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor After a series in which the Dogs didn’t exactly play their best baseball against Jefferson, Morgan County will now face off with Redan High School in the first round of State Baseball Tournament action.  The Raiders come to Madison for a best-of-three series starting Wed. April 24 in a doubleheader at 5:00 followed by an “if” game on Thursday at 6:00 should the two teams split Wednesday.  All games will be played at Tracy Brown field.   Redan sports the number one scoring offense …

Reeves resigns after 13 years

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor In what was a major decision for him, and a burning desire to get closer to home and family, Coach Josh Reeves announced his resignation at Morgan County this past week.  He stepped down as a 13-year veteran of the school system in the classroom and as the Lady Dogs’ basketball coach as well as head boys’ golf coach.  He will be missed. “The timing just seemed to be right.  There’s never a good time to leave a place like Morgan County, but everything …

Tennis season comes to an end

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A question and answer interview with Coach Stacy Dearing-Manger brought the Morgan County tennis season to an end.  Here are her thoughts on another great year for the Bulldog netters.  Tell us about your seniors? Our seniors are outstanding human beings. I’ll start with Holly Phitidies: blessing to have on the court. Her smile – lights up my day. She is willing to do whatever is asked. Holly joined us her sophomore year and has shown commitment and team spirit.  Ben Gill – I’ve known Ben for a long time. …

Spring Tour Of Homes: A sneak preview

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Special to the Citizen The first weekend in May arrives soon and just like every year that means that Madison will open its arms and doors to hundreds of visitors. The “Madison in May” Tour of Homes runs from 10am to 5pm on Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4. Seven private homes will be open, and the price of admission also includes five historic sites that are normally separately ticketed and five historic churches dating from the 1840s to 1914. Tickets are available from the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, sponsor …

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Linda Crystal “Christy” Stewart

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Linda Crystal “Christy” Stewart, age 49, of Covington, was taken home to Jesus on Friday, April 19, 2019, following a lengthy battle with cancer.  Christy was born in Knoxville, Tenn. to James Poe and Kay Merritt Dobbs on July 6, 1969. Upon marrying Kevin Stewart, the couple resided in Covington, where they also attended Belmont Baptist Church. Christy had the wonderful gifts of mercy and encouragement and would often go out of her way to share a word of comfort or give a consoling hug to someone in need. She …

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James David Clark

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James David Clark, 56 of Madison, died April 14, 2019.  Born in Madison, Dave was the son of Doris Hilsman Clark and the late, Carroll Clark. Dave was preceded in death by his son, Brent Clark. He was a lifelong farmer. He was an outdoorsman, a devoted father and grandfather.   Dave Clark is survived by his two daughters Ashley Burt and Daniel and Megan Bell and Brett. He leaves three grandchildren; Clark Burt, Ellis Burt, and Bren Bell.  Dave is also survived by his mother, Doris Clark, a sister, …

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Ronda Sue Scruggs

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Ronda Sue Scruggs, 60 of Madison, died April 16, 2019. Mrs. Scruggs was born August 13, 1958 in Greensboro, to Worth Robert Pinson and Doris Elizebeth Milligan Pinson. She was retired from Leggett and Platt. Ronda married Hershel Sam Scruggs on August 25, 1978. She loved going on vacation and enjoyed cooking and caring for her family. Mrs. Scruggs is survived by her husband, Sam as well as children: Tenessa Welsh and Corey, Cynthia Scruggs, Samuel Scruggs and Austin Scruggs and Becky. She leaves two grandchildren, Emily Rayne Stewart and …

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Jake William Rogers Jr.

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Jake William Rogers, Jr. died April 16, 2019. Junior was 79 years old. He was born February 2, 1940 in Buckhead to Jake and Annie Lee Moon Rogers. Junior grew up in Morgan County. After high school, he joined the U.S. Army. After his service, Junior came back to Buckhead. He was a true civil servant, volunteering for the chamber of commerce. He was an avid UGA Bulldog fan and missed very few football games. He enjoyed line dancing and spent many evenings at Cowboys. He enjoyed trips to Six …

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Martha Gail “Molly” Davis

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Martha Gail “Molly” Davis, 66, of Rutledge passed away Sunday, April 21, 2019. She was born on September 15, 1952 to the late Leon L. Bobo and Mary Elizabeth Ashbough Bobo. She has two siblings, Gary Bobo and Harley Bobo. She was married to the late James Warren Davis “WD” from  1979 – 2015. She is survived by her two sons, Wesley Joel Davis and Jessy Warren Davis and a number of other loving relatives and close friends. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27 …

Bark For Life

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The seventh annual Bark for Life raised about $7,900 on April 13 to be split evenly between Relay for Life and the Humane Society of Morgan County.  “This year was lucky number seven,” said Beth Bradley, creator and organizer of the event. “We had a great crowd that grew a little larger than last year’s and it was wonderful to receive the support from this community.” Over 100 people, plus their dogs, participated this year’s Bark for Life at Bill Wood Park, an annual …

Jake ‘Junior’ Rogers February 21, 1940 – April 16, 2019

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There are people who wander this earth that have no category. They are neither great athletes, titans of industry or political giants. They are just good people. And if there is a hierarchy to this group Jake “Junior” Rogers sits at the head table. Junior was love. He was goodness and kindness and an enigma of a man I never figured out. If you have lived here any time at all, you know Junior and his trademark ‘Purty, day, ain’t it” phrase. Junior was a consummate volunteer in this community. …

Board OK’s added $1.3 million for new schools

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  As the new schools project enters its last phase with the construction for the new Morgan County Middle School on a consolidated campus beside the new Morgan County High School, new costs have risen. The Morgan County Board of Education approved another $1.3 million in expenditures related to the new schools project at the last regular meeting on Monday, April 8. This brings the total cost to nearly $47.5 million.  “This amendment addresses changes to high school and middle school as a result of …

Replacement cost could reach $500k

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  A tragic accident in December of 2018 left one Savannah woman dead, a Morgan County firefighter injured, and a Morgan County Fire truck totaled, which could cost up to $500,000 to replace.  Firefighter Robert Kapp was driving a Morgan County Fire and Rescue (MCFR) Truck while responding to an emergency call on Dec. 18, 2018. While crossing the Main Street intersection at  State Route 24 Bypass, he collided with a southbound vehicle, driven by  Kimberly Kimmins Ford, 67, a former reporter and news editor …

Child abuse numbers drop, leaders pledge commitment

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Civic and community leaders gathered on the front lawn of the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) to publicly pledge themselves to stand against child abuse last Thursday. The ceremony included a garden of blue and silver pinwheels to symbolize each child in Morgan County that has suffered from abuse. Event organizers believe pinwheels are the perfect symbol to represent these children, because even though the wind blows hard against them, they still thrive.   “This year’s Proclamation and Pinwheel Ceremony was another overwhelming …

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Takeda biopharmaceutical takes top honors

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Takeda, a Japan-based pharmaceutical company that recently took over the  $1.2 billion biopharmaceutical  plant that setup shop in the Stanton Springs Industrial Park, has earned a prestigious recognition on account of the new plasma-manufacturing plant.  “ Takeda’s Georgia Manufacturing Facility was recognized as a 2019 Honorable Mention Winner in the annual International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE) 2019 Facility of the Year Awards,” announced Gabe Khouli, communications lead for Takeda’s Georgia Manufacturing Facility.  Officials from Takeda’s Georgia plant are proud to be celebrated by …

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Morgan County real estate sales top $7 million

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Compiled by Dianne Yost staff writer March 20, 2019 • CitiMortage, Inc. of O’Fallon, MO to Buckhault Properties, LLC of Covington, 1110 Shadyside Lane, Madison, $37,500. • Barbara Shepherd Valentine of Rutledge to Ted Medford of Rutledge, 159 Newborn Road, 0.304 acre, Rutledge, $60,000. March 23 • Cecile Rabe of Watkinsville to Jennifer G. Abernathy of Madison, 1010 Ridgeview Road, 0.57 acre, Madison, $283,000. March 25 • James L. McDade of Madison to Randall L. Hinton of Eatonton, 1051 Cedar Grove Road, 12.624 acres, Buckhead, $148,000. • Stacy F. Farmer …

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County-wide input sought on mental health survey

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer A representative for a new statewide mental health survey open to all Georgians appeared before the Morgan County Board of Commissioners to ask the local community to participate in the survey. During the recent Board of Commissioners meeting a presentation was made by Irene Cheyne, appointed by Fayette County, on behalf of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities (DBHDD).  Cheyne informed the commission of a statewide survey taking place through April 30 that will help Georgia’s Regional Advisory Councils identify and recommend …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On April 7 Jermaine Lawon Pounds, 37, Covington was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to reportsPounds was a passenger in a black GMC Yukon that approached a law enforcement checkpoint on U.S. 441 near Madison Rental at 10:39 p.m. Reports allege that an officer observed Pounds throw a bag out of the vehicle as it approached the roadblock. An officer located the bag and inside the bag was suspected marijuana. After the bag was discovered and searched, the …