Try Big Bend for big fishing opportunities

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By Robert Alan Richardson sports editor  As you can see by some of the photos accompanying this article, the Big Bend area of Florida with its enormous grass flats, near shore fishing, and offshore opportunities will provide for constant and consistent fishing action around Carrabelle and beyond.  Sleepy little fishing villages like Lanark Village, St. Teresa, St. Marks, Panacea, Ochlochonee, Keaton Beach, Steinhatchee, Apalachicola, and Mexico Beach dot this stretch of Old School Florida where there’s nary a fast food joint to be found for miles in either direction.  I …

American Legion 100th Anniversary

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer Morgan County’s very own American Legion Calvin George Post 37 celebrated their 100th anniversary with a county proclamation and state resolution presented at their meeting on April 29. Post 37 was chartered on September 19, 1919, and named for Calvin George, who grew up in Madison and died overseas during World War I. Born on December 24, 1890, in Macon, Calvin’s father Emerson George graduated from Mercer University in 1884 and received a law degree from the University of Virginia in 1892. U.S. censuses show …

Man charged in professor’s murder

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By Patrick Yost editor  A 43-year-old Apalachee native was strangled to death, police allege, at a Milledgeville residence sometime Saturday night or Sunday morning in a crime scene that veteran Baldwin County Sheriff Bill Massee would call “bizarre” in a press conference Monday. The body of Marianne Clopton Shockley, a 1993 Morgan County High School graduate and resident of Plantation Road, was found by Baldwin County authorities near a pool and hot tub following a 1:06 a.m. 911 call from a Watson Reynolds Road, Milledgeville residence.  According to a press …

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Three weeks, three wrecks

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  A serious wreck backed up traffic on the 411 Madison Bypass after three cars collided at the seemingly ill-fated Bethany Road Intersection last Friday, May 10. This makes for the third major accident in less than a month at the Bethany Road Intersection.  No serious injuries were incurred at the most recent accident last Friday, but one of the drivers was transported to Morgan Medical Center and all three cars were severely damaged and towed from the scene.  According to Georgia State Patrol (GPS),  …

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60-unit housing project gets city council approval

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The lack of affordable housing within the City of Madison has long been a concern to local leaders and citizens alike.  At the last regular meeting of the Madison Mayor and City Council Monday evening, the council unanimously approved a purchase agreement that will help facilitate the development of a “workforce affordable” 60-unit housing complex in the city.  “This will benefit our city,” said Madison Mayor Fred Perriman. “I think we all know how important it is to have affordable homes in our community …

Group seeks $100k for practice fields

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Since construction on Morgan County High School’s new campus began two years ago, MCHS’s football and soccer teams have trained without a practice field after adjustments were made in the allotted budget. A capital campaign is underway to raise the last $100K needed to fund two practice fields. The project’s anticipated completion date is this fall. The master plan for the middle school and high school campus was created two and a half years ago. As the new high school would be constructed on …

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New businesses approved

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The city of Madison continues to oblige the development of businesses and housing throughout the city. At Monday’s regular meeting, the Madison Mayor and City Council approved two new businesses and a new manufactured home to be built.  The council unanimously approved an in-home bakery on Churchhill Avenue, a new health and fitness center on Eatonton Road, and a double-wide manufactured home to be built on East Jefferson Street.  Each of the applications received approval recommendations from the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission. None …

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Wrong way woman arrested on I – 20

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By Patrick Yost editor  A woman who slammed on her brakes and then chased a man the wrong direction in reverse for approximately one mile before turning her car to face the man’s car and travel the wrong way on Interstate 20 for another half mile was arrested and charged with a host of violations including DUI. According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, Brandolyn Gwen McMullen, 47, Atlanta, was waving her arms when a deputy arrived on Interstate 20 and observed her Enclave facing west in the east bound …

PTO helps expand playground

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  What began as the dream of a handful of students is now becoming a reality.  After a year of fundraising, the Morgan County Primary School’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), secured the $36,000 necessary to expand the school’s playground.  The expansion will be used as a “Covered Outdoor Learning Area (COLA),” providing students with a safe environment to learn in the fresh air. The idea was born out of a Project-Based-Learning assignment last year, in which several students proposed the playground expansion. On April 29, …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On May 7 an attempt at fraud complaint was filed at a East Avenue residence. According to reports, an elderly woman stated that she received and answered a call from a man claiming to be from the Social Security Administration. The woman said she had a difficult time remembering the content of the call but that she wrote a $2,000 check. The woman took the check to her bank to cash but a bank employee became concerned regarding possible fraud and called the complainant’s daughter. The daughter advised the bank …

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On May 12 a hit and run and failure to keep in proper lane complaint was filed at the intersection of Newborn Road and Interstate 20. According to reports, a man said while he was driving west in the left lane on I 20 a blue Honda Civic attempted to pass him in the right lane. The Honda veered into the complainant’s lane, striking and damaging his vehicle. The man attempted to have the Honda stopped but it refused. The man took an image of the Honda’s license plate and …

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MOCO students tour Takeda Pharmaceuticals

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Special to the Citizen  Morgan County High School Biotechnology and Engineering students recently toured the cutting edge Takeda manufacturing plant in the Stanton Springs technology park, outside Social Circle. Takeda and the MCHS Biotech program are building a relationship to promote workforce development and relevant skills for local high tech jobs. Takeda employs more than 1,000 manufacturing and support positions in the plant and there is an ongoing need to hire qualified entry-level workers. “Although new hires at Takeda receive specialized training for specific job functions at the Georgia Quick …

Tennis teams place 11 on All-Region squad

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Coach Stacy Manger and the Morgan County High School tennis teams put a number of team members on this year’s 8-AAA All-Region squad.  John Cardwell and Owen Anderson were named to the first team doubles’ squad with four other singles players gaining second-team honors.   Girls’ 8-AAA All-Region Second team singles Sara Moore- Five wins and one loss Abbey Adams- Five wins and one loss Karlie Lane- Three wins and three losses Second team doubles Zoey Brown and Emily Webb- Five wins and one loss Honorable mention McCall Chamberlain and …

All-Region baseball team announced

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The Morgan County baseball team was well-represented on the 8-AAA All-Region team announced last week placing eight players on the prestigious list.  The Dogs finished second behind Jefferson in the standings and fell in the first round of the State Playoffs to Redan High School finishing the season with a stellar 23-10 overall mark and only losing three times to Jefferson in the final series of the season to finish 15-3 in 8-AAA action.  The following players were all voted on and nominated by the coaches.

Silvey commits to East Georgia

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County Bulldogs continue to add to their list of accolades, awards, signings, and commitments to play at the next level.  You can now add Morgan County senior baseball catcher Blake Silvey to that list.  He recently committed to play next year for the East Georgia State College Bobcats (JUCO) in Swainsboro.  He made it official this past Wednesday by signing his name on the dotted line. Coach Merritt Ainslie spoke highly of him with these words, “When I think of Blake I …

MCHS geometry teacher plays all the right angles

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor By day, she’s known as Mrs. Chapman; an unassuming, mild-mannered geometry teacher at Morgan County High School and single Mom of one. By night, she is transformed into a pool-playing competitor you might not recognize. She recently earned a spot in the prestigious American Pool Association’s (APA) 8-Ball Doubles Championship in Las Vegas with her partner Jeff Powell.  It was played at the Westgate Hotel and Casino.   She said, “We had a blast.  It was a good experience that I really enjoyed.”  She …

Camp Twin Lakes hosts Open House

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor As the summer season fast approaches, leaders at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge are preparing the grounds for their annual summer camps for disabled children and teenagers.  At an Open House event at the end of April, Camp Twin Lakes welcomed 100 first-time campers and their families to tour the grounds to get a taste of what camp will be like this summer.  “The purpose of the event was to invite new campers to come out to see their cabins and to see the …

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Fox family breaks ground on new home

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  A new home is underway for the Fox Family, who was hit hard financially hit fighting against cancer in their daughter Cadence. A former Morgan County photographer, Brandy Angel Hayes, took on the fundraising effort to build this family a new house in Eatonton through her non-profit organization Be The Change: Brandy Angel Foundation.  A groundbreaking ceremony for the new house was celebrated on Sunday, April 28. So far, the foundation has raised $20,000 and is hoping to raise a total of $75,000 to …

Local author holds books signing at MAG

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer  Local author, Tarrant Smith, held a book signing at the Madison Artists Guild Saturday, May 11, for her first book, The Love of Gods, in the “Legends of the Pale” series and her five-book “Darkly” series, which received a Readers’ Favorite Award. Smith’s works fall into a category of paranormal romance novels. Her online biography states, “As a self-described kitchen witch, I have always sought out and nurtured the magick that can be found in the mundane trappings of everyday life. My outlook is decidedly …

Madison In May 5K

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Madison In May’s 18th Annual 5K and 10.2K Road Race, hosted by Madison Lions Club, benefiting Morgan County Young Life is being called a great success! The event had 222 athletes running through historic downtown Madison on the morning of Saturday, May 11, 2019. 5K Madison In May : Male OVERALL: Jordan Norville, Milledgeville, 18:11.3; Female OVERALL: Carolina Zant, Madison, 21:15.3; Male MASTERS: Mark Peace, Covington, 20:16.9; Female MASTERS: Kelly Frazer Johnson, Madison,  23:02.7. 10.2 K Madison In May: Male OVERALL: Jordan Norville, Milledgeville,  …