Christeen Poole Brown

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Christeen Poole Brown, 86 of Rutledge, died February 18, 2020.  She was surrounded by her family.  Mrs. Brown was born November 1, 1933 in Lyons, GA to Delius and Lucere Dickerson Poole.  She was married to the late, Lonnie Brown.  Mrs. Brown was retired as a medical assistant.  She worked for many years for Dr. Eduardo Cossio in Madison.  She was a member of Centennial Baptist Church.  She enjoyed fishing and gardening and time spent with her family. Mrs. Brown is survived by her children, Barbara Brown Bullock, Ronnie James …

Nannette Walker Patrick Erb

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Nannette Walker Patrick Erb of Madison, age 83, passed away Monday, February 17, 2020 at Savannah Court in Greensboro. She was born on June 30, 1936 to the late Robert Shepherd Walker and Elizabeth Wells Walker. She graduated from Morgan County High School in 1955. She married Clinton Lamar Patrick on October 28, 1955. After the death of her first husband, she married Paul Erb of St. Augustine, Florida, in January 1999. She worked at Morgan County Middle School and retired from Sun Trust Bank in Madison. Nannette was a …

Crossing Color Lines, Past and Present

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor As part of the ongoing Black Heritage and Brotherhood of Men, The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA) hosted a symposium “Crossing Color Lines, Past and Present” last Saturday with participating artists to discuss the black experience in America and those experiences have shaped their artwork.  Debuting on Feb. 1, the “Black Heritage and the Brotherhood of Man is the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art’s annual exhibition showcasing contemporary African American artists in Georgia. The legacy of Steffen Thomas is both as an artist …

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Police charge brother in murder investigation

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By Patrick Yost editor The 15-year-old brother of a 17-year-old murder suspect has now been arrested in connection with the killing of 23-year-old Kentrell Jones. According to an arrest warrant filed in Morgan County Superior Court, Damarcus Jermaine Burke, 15, Union Point has been arrested and charged as an adult on armed robbery. Demarcus Burke is the brother of Dontearious Burke, the teen suspect police arrested and charged with murder and armed robbery following the Nov. 27 shooting death of Jones while Jones was leaning against a vehicle on Morgan …

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County seeking Clothes Closet building solution

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The Clothes Closet, a charity that has provided families with free clothes and household items for over 35 years, may be forced out of its current location before long.  The group’s current building, owned by the county, is in need of a brand new roof. County officials announced at a board meeting Tuesday evening that the lowest bid to replace the roof came in at a whopping $81,932.06 “As great of a service as the Clothes Closet is, i don’t think the county can …

New Senator visits Morgan

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The Morgan County Republican Party hosted its 20th Annual Presidents Day celebration last Monday,  which drew about 150 attendees and several state and local elected officials, including the newly appointed United States Senator for Georgia Kelly Loeffler.  U.S. Congressman Jody Hice and State Representative Dave Belton also attended Monday night’s celebration.  Loeffler spoke to the crowd, pledging to uphold conservative values, to fight for conservative legislation, to support the appointment of conservative judges, and to proudly support President Donald Trump’s Administration.  “It’s truly humbling,” …

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Bone, Breco Realty broker city land deal

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The largest land donation in Madison’s history would not have been possible without Jack Bone, owner of Breco Realty, say city officials.  “It just would not have happened without Jack,” said Monica Callahan, director of city planning. “He deserves a ton of credit for this.” Back in December 2019, the city announced a substantial land donation of 40 acres, worth over $400,000, from anonymous property owners.  According to the City of Madison, Bone is the one who suggested the donation to the landowners and …

Brad Hawk announces run for District 3 school board position

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By Patrick Yost editor  Fairplay resident Brad Hawk announced Monday that he would qualify for the District 3 Morgan County Board of Education seat. The position is currently held by Bostwick resident Keith Howard, Howard said several weeks ago he would not seek. another term. In a prepared statement, Hawk, 39, commended Howard and his family for “their efforts in providing outstanding leadership to all families, students, teachers  and staff of the Morgan County School system. Hawk is a native Morgan County resident, a 1998 graduate of Morgan County High …

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Real estate sales top $3 million

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Feb. 7, 2020 • Charles Anthony Carpenter, Jr. of Buckhead to Michael Allan Wallace of Mitchell, Ga., Sugar Creek Trail, Buckhead, $100,000. • C. Everett Royal, Jr. of Madison to Walter Daniel Zant, Jr. of Madison, 742 Old Post Road, 0.37 acre, Madison, $65,000. • Equity Trust Company FBO William O. Lombard IRA of Eatonton, Ga. to Gregory Walters, II of Madison, 1260 Brown Lane, Madison, 3.5 acres, $145,000. • Joel Thomas Perry and Susan P. Perry of Newnan, Ga. to Rex Deloach, Jr. of Buckhead, 1101 Fisher Way, 2 …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On Feb. 12 a burglary complaint was filed at a Wellington Street residence. According to reports, a man alleged that while he was incarcerated someone entered his residence and removed several articles of his clothing. The man said recently he observed a man wearing his clothes and confronted the man regarding his wardrobe. The complainant alleged that at the man told him “call the police.” On Feb. 9 a theft by deception complaint was filed at Countryside Madson car Dealership, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an employee alleged that a …

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Feb. 16 a burglary complaint was filed at a Heidi Trail, Buckhead residence. According to reports, man said someone had forced entry into the residence by shattering the glass on a back door with a large cross. The complainant said a 2003 Mercedes E320 valued at $9,000 was missing from the garage. The man also said he located a dead bird in a toilet and noticed that someone had defecated in another toilet in the residence. On Feb. 14 Terry Burks, 63, Stone Mountain was arrested and charged with …

Lady Dogs outlast Calhoun to head to Sweet 16

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Friday night’s first round matchup of the 2020 GHSA girls basketball state playoffs between Morgan County and Calhoun resembled an old-school session of seesaw.  The teams traded as many as nine lead changes throughout the night, but it was the Lady Dogs moving on to their fifth consecutive “Sweet 16” appearance in the end with a 43-40 victory.   The Lady Dogs entered the fourth quarter with a 36-31 advantage, which proved to be the game’s largest lead by either team.  However, the Yellow Jackets would not go away easily.  …

Lady Dogs soccer team starts season 2-0

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The Morgan County High School Lady Dogs soccer team started the season with a perfect 2-0 record after recording wins against Putnam County and AAAA Walnut Grove last week. According to Head Coach Anne Stamps, the Lady Dogs are using freshman enthusiasm with senior leadership to produce an exciting brand of soccer. The Lady Dogs beat Putnam County last Wednesday in the completion of a game that, a week prior, had been shortened by lightning. Starting down 1-0, the Lady Dogs ended the contest with a 2-1 win behind goals …

Boys soccer team starts strong despite 1-1 record

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While the Morgan County Bulldog soccer team started the season with a loss, Head Coach Aaron Paul said last Wednesday’s contest against Putnam County was “one of the best soccer games I’ve ever seen.” The Dogs lost 3-2 with Putnam getting the go-ahead with a penalty kick late in the game.  “It was a very fast, physical match,” Paul said. “Me and the Putnam County coach, even the refs, thought it was one of the best soccer games we’d ever seen.” The Dogs started the game with an own-goal to …

Diamond Dogs fall to Athens Christian

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The Morgan County High School Diamond Dogs let Athens Christian’s bats explode early leading to a 17-3 loss in their first game of the season last Friday. Athens Christian scored the runs off 12 hits with no errors. Morgan County’s Triston Stapp started the game for the Dogs and surrendered eight runs on eight hits in two innings, striking out three and walking one. Morgan’s Michael Tamasi and Maddox Smith  relieved Stapp, going two and two thirds inning and one-third inning respectively. Despite the rough start, Morgan County Head Coach …

“They didn’t have buses for us”

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor With sore feet and the frigid air on her face, Parthenia Crawford Adams walked the five-mile trek to school each day as a bus full of warm white children would pass her by on the road.  “Rain or shine, we walked five miles to school and five miles back. On the cold days, you’d really wish to be on the bus with all the white children. But they didn’t have buses for us.” It was 1936, and Parthenia, a lifelong Morgan County resident, was …

Capt.(R) James “Jim” Russell Friedline

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Jim embarked on his final flight west on Monday, February 10, 2020 at the age of 91.  Surrounded by his loving family, he passed away at his home in Madison, GA. He is survived by his adoring wife of 72 years, Barbara; his daughter Karen Lynn Strelecki and her husband, Greg Strelecki; his grandson, Arthur Hugh Dye II, his wife Megan Ashley and four great-grandchildren: Alicia Faith, Lettie Shea, Amelia James, and Cass Kearny-J.  Jim was preceded in death by his son Mark Brian Friedline, his brother Charles David and …

Deputies break up meth ring

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  A month-long methamphetamine investigation ended last week with several arrests and the seizure of methamphetamine, weapons and stolen vehicles. The investigation also moved from Morgan County into Dekalb and Rockdale counties where massive kilos of methamphetamine and a half kilo of heroin was seized. According to Lt. Brandon Sellers, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, three of five suspects are currently detained in the Morgan County Detention Center and two other suspects are being held on both outstanding warrants and pending drug charges in Dekalb County …

Privacy concerns plague voting efforts

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Georgia’s new $100 million voting system is plagued with voter privacy concerns as election advocacy groups ramp up efforts to persuade officials to ditch the new system altogether and make a last minute switch to paper ballots before the March 24 Presidential Primary Election.  The Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration (BOER) discussed the new voting system at a special-called meeting last Thursday.  BOER member Helen Butler slammed the new system as confusing and worried that the “secrecy of the ballot” could not …

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Town Hall to center on plant’s use of ethylene oxide

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  BD Bard, a manufacturing company recently under scrutiny for its use of a cancer causing gas, ethylene oxide, at the plants in both Covington and Madison, will answer to the public next month. The Madison Mayor and City Council announced at Town Hall meeting with BD Bard officials has been slated for Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m. in the city’s meeting hall located at 160 North Main Street Suite 400 in Madison.  “BD Bard is still doing some testing and trying to finalize …