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Joan M. Alby

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Joan M. Alby, 87, died peacefully on Friday July 26, 2019 after a long and full life. She was known for being a supportive and dedicated mother and wise and loyal friend. She was elegant and generous, unflappable and gracious. She was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan and attended Furman University and the Ray Vogue School of Design in Chicago, where she met her husband, Robert D. Alby. They lived in Chicago until 1970, when they moved with their four children to Atlanta.  Joan was an accomplished interior designer, as was …

Pearl High School celebrates 50th reunion

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By Tia Lynn Ivey editor  It’s been 50 years the graduating class of Pearl Sreet High School turned their tassels and walked proudly into the world with high school diplomas. The Class of 1969 was reunited this past weekend to walk down memory lane as they celebrated their 50th Class Reunion.  James Sanders, who helped organize the reunion, described the gathering as a “true homecoming.”  The weekend began at the Morgan County Middle School, which used to house, Pearl Street High School, an all African-American school before the era of …

Cops quick thinking saves life

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by Sidhartha Wakade staff writer The Madison Police Department plans to honor an officer with a Lifesaving Award for helping to revive a woman after she fainted and stopped breathing. Officer Jordan Fincher responded to a call in June about a woman who was unconscious and was not breathing on Garnett Street, according to reports. Fincher said he arrived at the address before emergency services. “I went over to the lady that was passed out and not breathing and checked her pulse,” he said. “She didn’t too much have a …

EMS debate revived

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor “But is it good enough?”  That was the core question hotly debated at the last Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting during a presentation on the county’s ambulance service. National EMS Director Huey Atkins and county officials argued two ambulances are enough to meet Morgan County’s emergency medical needs, citing that National EMS continually meets the “contractually-obligated” response time rate of 9 minutes and 59 seconds at least 90 percent of the time for Priority 1 and Priority 2 calls. Atkins presented a …

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Report links factory to cancer risks

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor A new health report this week claims an “airborne menace” with cancer-causing toxins are polluting three communities in Georgia, including Covington, which is just 30 miles west of Madison. The same company under scrutiny in Covington also runs a plant in Madison, BD Bard.  According to Georgia Health News, in 2007 BD Bard in Covington, which sterilizes medical devices, reported releasing into the air more than 9,000 pounds of a gas called ethylene oxide, which has now been deemed dangerous to human health and …

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Raise for poll workers denied

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by Sidhartha Wakade staff writer The July meeting for the Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration (BOER) began routinely enough, but sprits fell after the board learned that poll workers would not be getting a requested raise. “Y’all had asked about poll workers… they did not approve a poll worker raise,” said Jennifer Doran, elections supervisor for the BOER. “So the pay will be the same.” Helen Butler, a member of the BOER, asked again to clarify. “They didn’t approve it?” Butler asked. “They did not,” Doran said. “They …

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Real estate sales top $3 million

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Compiled by Dianne Yost July 15, 2019 • Gloria M. Chandler of Good Hope to William L. Hanson of Rutledge, Prospect Road, Madison, 102 acres, $565,000. • Algin Properties, LLC of Loganville to Joseph Lyle Ewing of Madison, 2011 Fieldcrest Lane, Madison, $469,900. July 17, 2019 • Hunter Group, LLC of Madison to Clifton Lee Rushton of Madison, 930 Crawford Street, 0.87 acre, Madison, $279,000. • Dale K. Mayo and Linda M. Mayo of Rutledge to Matthew Jernigan of Rutledge, 1751 Hightower Road, $321,000, Rutledge. July 18, 2019 • Michael …

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Rutledge considers adding ‘speed humps’

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By Sidhartha Wakade staff writer The Rutledge City Council discussed placing more speed humps on Nunnally Street and Hawkins Street to slow down cars passing through the town. Mayor Bruce Altznauer said that the speed humps were recommended by Marc Acampora, a traffic engineer that did a traffic study for the city to see how to slow down cars coming into Rutledge.  “His recommendation was that we do need some additional speed humps in town,” Altznauer said.  The proposed speed humps are in response to traffic coming off of I-20. Cars …

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Madison Police Department

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On July 17 a harassing phone calls complaint was filed at a Micha Way residence. According to reports, a woman said she had a two year online relationship with a Virginia man. The woman said on July 3 the man arrived in Madison and stayed with the woman until July 6 at which time the woman requested that the man leave her residence and she ended the relationship. The woman alleged that since the man left he has called her more than 20 times and is demanding repayment for traveling …

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On July 22 a damage to property complaint was filed at a Sandy Creek Road residence. According to reports, a couple alleged that their grandchildren’s father had come to the residence and broke a pane of glass on the side of a front door. Reports state that the couple said the man and their daughter had been “arguing all day” and that the children had been dropped off earlier at the residence. The couple said when the man arrived to pick up the children he wanted to discuss the root …

When girls played pro baseball

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By Jim Halloran columnist The end of the League was inevitable. The nineteen fifties were decades before the current era recognition of the female athlete. The soldiers returned home, among them over 500 major league players and 3000 minor leaguers and the spotlight quickly turned to them.  It was also the end of rationing ,which was a boom to other forms of entertainment and allowed people to travel. Televisions were appearing in households across America which replaced going out to the local ballpark. In addition to this, the league was …

Elder buzzes back to Tech

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Special to the Citizen Former Georgia Tech player B.J. Elder, a standout member of the Yellow Jackets’ 2004 NCAA runner-up team, has joined the men’s basketball staff at his collegiate alma mater, Georgia Institute of Technology, as associate director of player personnel, head coach Josh Pastner announced. A veteran of 10 years in European professional basketball following his stellar Tech career, Elder, 38, joins the staff following three seasons as assistant boys’ basketball coach at Clarkston High School. He will serve as the basketball staff’s liaison with academic services, campus …

Back To School Rally

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By Sidhartha Wakade staff writer The Morgan County Family Connection Collaborative (MCFCC) distributed backpacks from their second annual backpack drive during the Back to School Rally last Saturday. According to Velde Hardy, coordinator for the MCFCC, this year’s turnout for the rally was a success. About a 400 kids showed up with their families, she said. The backpack drive resulted in over 400 backpacks being given out at the rally, Hardy Explained. “It went really well,” Hardy said. “We had 42 exhibitors that came out to share resources and give …

Lucy Annette Bustin Dowdy

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Lucy Annette Bustin Dowdy, age 75, of the Veazey community died Monday, July 15, 2019 at Legacy Health & Rehab in Greensboro, GA. Born December 18, 1943 in Greensboro, she was the daughter of the late Rosa Ruth Hammond Bustin and Russell Wilson Bustin. Annette attended grammar school in Siloam and graduated from Greensboro High School with the class of 1961. On June 16, 1961 she married Robert Daniel Dowdy. For many years she worked with her husband at Dowdy’s Grocery in the Veazey community. As long as health permitted …

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Juanita Waters Jones

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Juanita Waters Jones of Madison departed this life on July 16, 2019 at Putnam County Health and Rehabilitation. She was 84 years old. She was born August 21, 1934 in Laurens County to the late Albert and Lucille Franklin Waters. She attended Laurens County Public Schools, Montrose School, Buckeye School and graduated from Oconee High School. She went on to further her education at Albany State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Atlanta University in 1970 bio known as Clark Atlanta University. On June 3, 1963 …

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Johnny Ted Cleveland

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Johnny Ted Cleveland, Sr, 72, of Social Circle, Georgia, passed July 20, 2019. Ted was born to Allen C. Cleveland, Sr. and Rudessa Cronic Cleveland, September 4, 1946, in Morgan County, Georgia.  He graduated from Morgan County High School in 1965.  He leaves as his legacy two children: Johnny Ted Cleveland, Jr. and Martha Kathryn “Katie” Cleveland, and his greatest treasures, grandchildren: Kristina “Nikki” Hullender, Isabel Cleveland, Noah Cleveland and great grandson, Dawson Hullender.  He is survived by his six siblings:   Allen C. Cleveland, Jr., Lewis (Luke) Cleveland, Minnie Cleveland, …

Dancin’ the night away

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor   Experienced and novice swing dancers gathered in Madison’s Town Park last Thursday for a special Swing Night.  Attendees were encouraged to put on their most comfortable dancing shoes for the adventurous dancing party.  Partners jumped, flipped, spun and twirled the night away. Profession swing dancers performed routines and then offered lessons to the newbies.  Attendees enjoyed a lively evening beneath the majectic columns of Town Park. 

Police crash runaway truck

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By Patrick Yost editor A couple with their 8-year-old son led police on a dangerous high-speed chase where, reports allege, they attempted to run over one deputy and force a Georgia State Patrol trooper off the road after stealing electrical wire from a construction site. Bradley Hudgins, 29, Conyers and Brittany McDaniel, 31, Conyers were both arrested after a trooper executed a Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) maneuver on a 2005 Dodge Ram truck driven by Hudgins. The PIT maneuver caused the vehicle to strike a tree and roll several times …

Store customers thwart armed robbery attempt

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By Patrick Yost editor Customers at the Fairplay General Store disarmed and detained a man who allegedly threatened a clerk with a pocket knife during a botched armed robbery attempt. According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, Timmy Mobley, 39, Monroe was arrested and charged with armed robbery, terroristic threats and acts and aggravated assault after he allegedly demanded money from a 60-year-old clerk at a convenience store located on Fairplay Road in Rutledge. Reports state that at 4:50 p.m. last Friday Mobley “just went crazy” the clerk said. In …

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Medical Center gets huge donation

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Morgan Medical Center received a large donation at the end of June in the amount of $430,000 from the hospital’s foundation, which raised the funds through the Rural Hospital Tax Credit program. The substantial funds will be used to update the hospital’s medicinal dispensary system, according to hospital officials.  “As we strive to be a patient-focused center of excellence, the quality of care that we provide to our patients remains a top priority,” said Ralph Castillo, Chief Executive Officer for Morgan Medical Center.  “Purchases …