Ed Freeman State Farm Student-Athlete-of-the-Week

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High School Girls – Cat Usry, SR – Soccer Big things have been happening on and off the field for Cat Usry over the past couple of weeks.  Usry, captain of the 2019 Lady Bulldog soccer team, signed with Piedmont College last week to continue her academic and athletic career.  Usry will enroll in Piedmont’s nursing program, where she will enter as a junior.  Meanwhile, Usry and her teammates will continue their quest toward a region championship with a home match against Jackson County on Friday night. High School Boys …

Dream season ends in state title

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Upon entering the Macon Centreplex around 5 p.m. Saturday, it seemed as if the entire town of Hartwell and surrounding Hart County had made the three-hour trip to see both their boys and girls play for a AAA State Basketball Championship.  Charter buses, school buses, church buses, Winnebago’s, limousines, SUV’s, and every other mode of transportation that included Vega’s, VW vans, and horse-drawn carriages arrived by the dozens.  It was a veritable sea of orange that took over the Coliseum awaiting an imminent State …

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A SEASON TO REMEMBER

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Nov. 24, Nov. 25 Holiday Hoopsgiving Tournament Pebblebrook  HS  St. Francis Fans got a chance to see how special the 2018-2019 version of the Morgan County Bulldogs could be after they travelled to Holy Innocents and dispatched 7A Pebblebook (ranked 13th in the state at that time) 70-64 followed by a win against St. Francis 82-67. St. Francis was then-ranked number one for private schools when they met the Dogs. Morgan was coming off a scrimmage loss against Shiloh High School and Coach Jamond Sims liked what he saw from …

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Local Artists to be featured in Atlanta art show

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer The prestigious American Craft Council’s annual three-day show in Atlanta this year will feature two local artists: Kipley A. Meyer and Molly Lesnikowski. The March 15-17 show at the Cobb Galleria Centre will feature 230 exhibitors from around the country who have been selected by a jury comprised of current exhibitors and art professionals. Founded in 1943, the ACC is the leading nonprofit organization focused on craft. In addition to Atlanta, annual shows are hosted in Baltimore, St. Paul, and San Francisco. The ACC asserts …

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Robert Wells “Bobby” Walker

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The dairymen in Georgia and the Southeast lost a champion with the death of Robert Wells “Bobby” Walker on Monday February 25, 2019. After a long battle against cancer, he died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Madison. He was born on August 17, 1938 to Robert Shepherd and Elizabeth Wells Walker. As he followed his ancestors into the field of agriculture, he restored and resided in one of the original Walker family homes dating from the early 1800’s. As a young man he rode broncs and bucking …

Brandon Patrick McCarthy

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Brandon Patrick McCarthy passed away tragically Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at the age of 26. He will be sadly and sorely missed by friends and family.  Brandon will be remembered for his unique sense of humor and his infectious smile. He had a passion for cars and enjoyed playing video games. He loved being outdoors, his favorite places to relax were the back porch or sitting around the fire pit with family. He also had a way of keeping his lean figure even though he was a self-proclaimed foodie.  A …

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Hugh Joseph Lethbridge

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Hugh Joseph Lethbridge, 68 of Madison, died March 2, 2019. He was a native of Flint, Michigan. He was born October 7, 1950 to Hugh and Alice Skinner Lethbridge. He served in the U.S. Army and was a graduate of the University of Michigan.  He was married to Linda Lethbridge. He was retired as a Senior Buyer. He had spent his career with Multi Carrier, the Eaton Corporation and Blue Bird Bus. Mr. Lethbridge enjoyed photography, cooking and yard work. He was an avid golfer and loved Michigan football.  Hugh …

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Pamela Christian

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Pamela Christian, 65 of Madison, died February 13, 2019.  She was born in Cuyahoga, Ohio on November 30, 1953 to Gerald and Barbara Rainey.  She was married to the late Danny Christian. She was retired from Solo Manufacturing. She moved to Morgan County in 1993 from Conyers.  She enjoyed camping and gardening and reading. Most, she enjoyed her grandchildren.  Mrs. Christian is survived by her children, Angie Craft and David Bell as well as her grandchildren, Kyle, Jeremy, Trevor, Jayce and Kelsea Craft and a great grandchild, Eliza Craft.  She …

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Beverly June Petersen

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Beverly June Petersen, 56 of Madison, died March 1, 2019.  She was the daughter of the late Billy and Polly Almand Garrison. Mrs. Petersen was born July 21, 1962 in Madison. She was married to the late Gene Stephens. Later she married Bruce Petersen.  She loved reading and gardening.  She enjoyed sight seeing and trips to the mountains. Mrs. Petersen is survived by her husband, Bruce and two daughters, Heather Rhoades and Scotty and Amanda Beams and Chris.  She also leaves two grandchildren, Emma and Jake Rhoades. A memorial service …

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William (Billy) Lee Adcock

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William (Billy) Lee Adcock, 82 of Bostwick, died Feb. 24, 2019.  He was born in Decatur June 18, 1936 to the late Robert Paul Adcock and the late Ophelia Ruark Holbrook.  He was preceded in death by his wives, the late Charna Callahan Adcock, and the late Nancy Sullivan Adcock. Surviving are daughters and sons-in-law, Lynn and Stan Carson of Madison, Gina and Kelly Bramble, of Monroe; sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne and Karen Adcock of Bostwick, Bill and Dawn Adcock, Jr. of Bostwick; sisters, Paulette Isrel of Huntsville; brother, Jerry …

Ed Freeman State Farm Student-Athletes-of-the-Week

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High School Girls – Emily Webb, JR – Tennis According to head tennis coach Stacy Manger, first team doubles is one of the toughest line placements in high school tennis.  However, this spot in the lineup fits Emily Webb very well.  “Emily is the epitome of the term team player,” said Manger.  “She does a great job of formulating a partnership and having her partner’s back.  She is our team cheerleader and supports all of her teammates.” High School Boys – Will Thompson, FR – Tennis Freshman Will Thompson’s high …

Indictments given in robberies

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By Patrick Yost editor A Morgan County Grand Jury returned criminal indictments against two men charged in separate incidents of robbery. Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Stephen Bradley presented evidence against Jose Montijo, 44, Greensboro regarding Montijo’s alleged armed robbery of the River Store, Greensboro Highway. The Grand Jury returned an indictment for armed robbery against Montijo. Montijo was arrested less than a day after he allegedly shoved a clerk at the River Store into a cigarette display counter and emptied the store’s cash drawer. Morgan County Sheriff reports state …

Valedictorian, Salutatorians announced

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor If the future is female, this year’s crop of top students at Morgan County High School is a testament to that fate. Morgan County High School (MCHS) announced this year’s Valedictorian and two Salutatorians at a special assembly last Friday, Mar. 1.  MCHS Senior Callaway Pederson, 17, earned the top slot of Valedictorian, earning the highest ranking academic achievement for the Class of 2019. Emma Alligood, 17,  and Mackenzi Ward were both named Salutatorians after both students tied in grades. The last time MCHS …

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Real estate sales top $800,000

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Compiled by Dianne Yost Feb. 22, 2019 • Oconee Acquisitions, LLC of Knoxville, Tenn. to Robert L. Raynor of Covington, 1080 Dockside Drive, 1.24 acres, Buckhead, $150,000. • Julius Floyd Adcock of Madison to 871 North Main, LLC of Loganville, 871 North Main Street, 0.51, Madison, $250,000. Feb. 25, 2019 • Sharon L. Jarrell of Covington to Crown Ridge Homes, LLC of Rutledge, 1005 Crape Myrtle Drive, Madison, $25,000. Feb. 26, 2019 • Leroy G. Hunt of Rutledge to Natasha Matts of Rutledge, 1100 Reese Road, Rutledge, $280,000. • Sandra …

Madison City Council considering raise

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  After 24 years of stagnant pay, the Madison Mayor and City Council is considering giving themselves a raise.  The mayor and council discussed options for raising the respective salaries of the mayor, mayor pro tem, and council members. The last increase was passed in 1996.  City Manager David Nunn, presented numbers based on the Consumer Pricing Index (CPI) which is used to determine pay scales for all other city employees. According to the CPI, if the council were to adopt the increased rate for …

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Joyce wants Madison to get tough on noise

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Madison Councilman Eric Joyce wants city police to step up noise ordinance enforcement, particularly to crackdown on noise from loud cars, trucks, and motorcycles.  Joyce originally sought to completely overhaul the City’s noise ordinance, but after researching how surrounding cities handle noise complaints, Joyce believes Madison’s ordinance only needs a little tweaking to empower local law enforcement to deter disruptive, excessive noise.  “Changing the ordinance is not quite as important as the desire to enforce the regulations we already have,” said Joyce at the …

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On March 4 a larceny from mailbox complaint was filed at a Seven Islands Road residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that any items placed in her mailbox that appear to be a check are opened and gone through. The complainant said at this point the behavior was more of a nuisance than criminal but recently her daughter sent her a check and the envelope had been opened and the check had been removed. On March 3 Craig Andre Burke, 25, Covington was arrested and charged with operating without …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On March 2 a financial transaction card fraud complaint was filed at an East Lane residence. According to reports, a woman said she requested additional credit cards for employees on Feb. 14 and Feb. 19. The complainant said she received the card requested with the Feb. 14 request but not the card from the Feb. 19 request. That card, reports state, was used to make 13 fraudulent charges, primarily in the Covington and Conyers area, totaling $3,417. The woman said the credit card issuer had agreed to reimburse her and …

Madison PD makes pitch for tag readers

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Madison Police Chief Bill Ashburn has asked the Mayor and City Council to consider at $66,000 purchase for four tag-readers, that would be installed in four city police vehicles, to detect passing license plates reported for criminal activity or civil violations.  According to Ashburn, the tag-reader technology will help law enforcement agencies work together to catch stolen vehicles, suspected kidnappers, murderers, thieves, as well as detect vehicles with expired tags or drivers with suspended licenses.  “It would benefit Madison and help with a lot …

Trees planted for Arbor Day

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer Rutledge Mayor Bruce Altznauer signed a proclamation last Friday setting March 1 as Arbor Day for the city. In commemoration of the event, the Rutledge Garden Club in conjunction with the Rutledge Tree Board purchased and planted two Glowing Embers Japanese Maples from Gralan Farms in front of City Hall. Ann Pitner, Rutledge Garden Club president, stated, “The Rutledge Garden Club is a group of women many of you are probably familiar with seeing around town…We wear our green aprons proudly…In the last several years, …