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Tom Franklin

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Tom Franklin, age 100, of Madison passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2019. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 10 at 11 a.m. at Springfield Missionary Baptist Church, 2410 Bethany Church Road, Madison. There will be a visitation on Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Jones and Turner Funeral Home Chapel, 484 Burney Street, Madison. Jones and Turner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Tour Of Homes

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Approximately 1,000 visitors descended upon Madison last weekend for the annual “Madison in May” Spring Tour of Homes. This year’s tour featured five historical houses, one condominium, one new home, five historic churches, and three historical attractions.  The “Madison in May” Spring Tour of Homes is sponsored by the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC).  According to Elsie Monk, Chair of the “Madison in May” Spring Tour of Homes, “the tour allowed visitors to experience the living history of Madison while strolling through a collection of …

Safari Park ‘moving forward’

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer  After some delays, the Georgia Safari Conservation Park is moving forward with hires made and partners added, according to GSCP partners Mike Conrads and Brandie Anderson who shared updates with the Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday, April 25. While plans for beginning construction of Phase I was set for this spring, fencing and buffers will actually start going in this August. Conrads asserted, “I assure you that we are fully committed and are moving forward with this project. First and foremost, we had that …

Crews bring dogs back

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Two Labrador Retrievers were rescued from an enclosed bed of a pickup truck after a serious wreck at the Bethany Road Intersection on the 441 Bypass in Madison.  Thanks to the quick-thinking and properly trained fire crews, from both The City of Madison and Morgan County, rescuers were able to extract the canines safely from the Chevrolet pickup truck that had flipped over on its side, driver-side down, after colliding with a Honda Accord. While the local EMS crew was on the scene tending …

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City budget set to increase by $2 million

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Madison’s budget for the next fiscal year is proposed to jump up by $2 million. Despite the increase, the city is still anticipating to adopt the rollback millage rate later this summer.  Karen Stapp, the city’s chief finance officer, presented the first iteration of the proposed budget to the Madison Mayor and City Council last Friday, the first of several budget meetings.  According to Stapp, the 2020 Fiscal Year budget will come in at $16.8 million, a more than $2 million increase from last …

Man who set ‘trap’ for officers sentenced to 20 years

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By Patrick Yost editor  When six Morgan County Sheriff’s Office surrounded William Paden, Jr.’s VFW Lane residence on Nov. 8, 2017 they knew the man on parole for a host of drug charges, including distribution of methamphetamine, would not come easy. Paden’s wife had, after two days of forced captivity and beatings she said, made it to the sheriff’s office and claimed the man had threatened to kill her and himself. She also said he had texted her after she left and said he would be “waiting for them” if …

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Steak n Shake shuts its doors

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Thirty-three people lost their jobs in Madison last Saturday when the local Steak ‘n Shake restaurant located at 2011 Eatonton Road shut its doors. According to Steak ‘n Shake General Manager Stedman Taylor of Rutledge, employees received little notice of the closure. The restaurant’s Madison real estate is owned by Steak ‘n Shake franchisee Madison SNS, LLC, according to property records.    Taylor who began working at the restaurant nine months said several local businesses have contacted him about job openings for employees. “It means …

Friends raising funds for Manning’s surgery

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  A local art teacher will soon get his heart fixed by surgeons and his floor fixed by friends.  Ty Manning, long-time Morgan County High School (MCHS) art teacher, is undergoing heart surgery next week to have an aortic valve replaced. His friends decided to provide Manning with a safe environment in which to recover by replacing his severely damaged kitchen floor. Manning’s friends have put together a benefit concert to raise funds for the floor replacement and Manning’s medical expenses.  “The amount of love and …

Madison Veterinary Clinic has new owner

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Look at the sunshine! Check out the green trees and bloomin’ flowers! Listen to the wind chimes and birds! It’s takin’ me back… way, way back!  Sheeoshhhhh, Sooosh! Whoa! I’m windin’ through the universe in a wormhole, back in time! OMG! I ain’t wearin’ no shoes and I’m riding this groovy banana seat bike!  It’s June 1968 and I’m almost seven! Check out my cool, yellow transistor radio! It’s on my fave station, playin’ one of the best songs ever — Tommy James and the Shondells! Sing it with me …

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AFLAT art show held in new high school

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Morgan County students went all out for  this year’s “A Funky Little Art Thing,” (AFLAT), the annual system-wide eclectic art exhibit. The event was reborn this year, being held for the first time at Morgan County High School last week. The event was previously held for 10 years straight at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, but organizers decided the new high school would be the perfect place to display the creative artworks of Morgan County students, from grades K-12.  “You know, doing AFLAT at the new …

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Another wreck at Bethany Road intersection

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Another serious car accident at the Bethany Road Intersection and 441 Madison Bypass happened last Thursday, sending one driver to an Athens hospital for treatment, leaving two dogs in need of rescue,  and two vehicles totaled. A Honda Civic collided with a Chevrolet Pickup Truck at the Bethany Road Intersection, bolstering local leaders’ warnings about the dangerous intersection.  “Thankfully, this was not a fatal accident, but it’s another example of how difficult that intersection is to navigate. You just can’t see far enough ahead while …

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Madison Police Department

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On April 29 Oscar Kelly Sasnett, 36, Madison was arrested and charged with criminal damage to property. According to reports, Sasnett was arrested at his East Jefferson Street residence while he was allegedly burning a woman’s personal items on a charcoal grill. Reports state that the woman called authorities at 1:38 a.m. and reported that she and Sasnett had argued and had a physical altercation the prior night. Officers said while speaking with the woman the woman said she was going to leave the residence for safety. Sasnett had been …

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On April 27 Matthew Michael Hatcher, 35, Statham was arrested and charged with giving false name and obstruction. According to reports, a deputy was called to a Doster Road residence in regards to a 911 hang up call. Reports state that when a deputy arrived a “very intoxicated” woman told him that Hatcher had been at her house for two days and refused to leave. She also alleged that he had borrowed her vehicle, wrecked it and returned in the vehicle. A deputy located Hatcher asleep on a bed and …

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Vandalism spree ends with man’s arrest

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By Patrick Yost editor  In one night a Madison man reeked havoc on downtown, tossing furniture into roadways, throwing trash cans on cars and performing other acts of vandalism from Vine Street to Youngblood Motor Co. on North Main. Carlton Canteen, 54, was arrested at approximately 5 a.m. on April 17 after officers investigating and cleaning up the vandalism spree observed him smoking a cigarette behind Tequila’s restaurant on North Main Street. Reports state that two officers commanded Canteen to stop but he refused and fled into a wooded area …

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FCC rep coming to Madison to discuss spam/ robot calls

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  A bureau in the United States Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is set to stop in Madison during the  Southeast Region Consumer Outreach Rural Tour this May.  The FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau will hold an informational session in Madison on Wednesday, May 8 at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public to attend. It will be held at the Madison Public Safety Building, in the meeting hall, accessible through the High Street Entrance, located at 160 North Main Street, …

Diamond Dogs bow to Redan

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor It took almost 10 hours and 23 innings of baseball over two days to determine the first round State Playoff winner in the Morgan County vs. Redan series.  The Dogs fell to the Raiders in the best-of-three series in heartbreaking fashion in the third game.  After making a miracle comeback in game one that could have left the visitors in a state of shock and ready to head back to their Atlanta-based homes, Redan held on to win the final two games and move …

Stamps commits to Lipscomb University

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor We all know that Ethan Stamps is a talented young man.  He may look like any other high school student, but when you put a baseball or bat in his hands, those talents become obvious.  Since his arrival on the scene as a freshman at Morgan County High School, he has made a major impact on the baseball squad.  His talents go well beyond what you might see on the diamond when you look behind the scenes.  The junior has become highly involved with …

Golf teams qualify for State Tournament Sectionals

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The boys’ golf team took second place in the Area/Region Tournament this week at Highland Walk Golf Course in Royston.  The Dogs were only one of three teams out of the 13 participants that qualified for the State Tournament scheduled for May 20-21 at Cateechee Golf Club in Hartwell. The team shot a score of 329.  A team must shoot a 340 or lower and place in the top five to qualify for a spot in the State Tournament. Leading the scoring for Morgan …

Madison Fest

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Strong winds whipped through Madison last Friday, causing Madison Fest organizers to worry about the fate of their annual event slated for Saturday in Downtown Madison. But clear skies emerged just in time for MadisonFest in Town Park, which drew over a thousand locals and out of town visitors for an afternoon of live music, children crafting project, face-painting, baby animals, and a plethora of handmade crafts for purchase.  “We had a great crowd, perfect weather, and everyone had a great time, said Colleen …

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Jacob Martin Wilson Jr,

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Jacob Martin Wilson, Jr., who resided in Morgan County all of his 98 years except for the time he spent in the Pacific Theater during World War II, died Sunday, April 28, at his home off Eatonton Highway. Mr. Wilson was born on Oct. 20, 1920, to Jacob Martin Wilson Sr. and Genie Maude Baldwin Wilson. He was married to his wife, Blanche, for 68 years. During his life, Mr. Wilson was primarily a dairyman, but for several years he switched to chickens, operating two egg-laying houses. He loved being …