Man jumps off bridge

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A 68-year-old man jumped off of a bridge on Price Mill road by the Morgan County line, hitting the rocks below and landing in the river. According to reports, the man was holding a knife and exited his vehicle by the bridge. Two witnesses saw the victim head over to the bridge and put one leg over the rail, reports state. After one of the witnesses asked if the victim was all right, the man put his other leg over the railing. He paused on the lip of the bridge …

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Sales tax rate rises

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  A new one-percent sales tax took effect in Morgan County on July 1, raising the local sales tax from 7 percent to 8 percent. The new Transportation Special Project Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) was passed during a special election in March to garner more revenue exclusively to fund transportation-related projects and expenses, such as road repairs, paving, and maintenance, as well as purchasing and maintaining equipment and buildings used for transportation needs.  County officials are warning local businesses to be sure to update …

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Evans to grasp the gavel?

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Local Madison Attorney Brad Evans announced his candidacy for the Superior Court judgeship this week. The position is currently held by Judge Terry N. Massey.  Evans is hoping to rally support from the local community.  “In the coming months, I look forward to speaking with each of you about my candidacy for this Superior Court position and I hope that I can count on your support and your vote,” wrote Evans in his announcement letter.  Evans began his legal career about 16 years ago, …

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Elections supervisor deposed

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Morgan County Election Supervisor Jennifer Doran was summoned to testify last week for an ongoing lawsuit against the Governor of Georgia Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. The case, launched by the Coalition of Good Governance, revolves around the issue of switching to paper ballots due to election security concerns in the State of Georgia and “missing votes” in the Georgia Lieutenant Governor race during the November 2018 Midterm election.  Doran’s testimony comes on the heels of  subpoena served to the Morgan …

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Migrant detention vigil set for July 12

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By Patrick Yost editor  A barrage of investigative reports detailing claims of inhumane conditions at migrant detention facilities, for both children and adults, have dominated the national news media in recent weeks, prompting nationwide protests, demonstrations and vigils.  One such event will be held in Madison’s Town Park on Friday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. in conjunction with other demonstrations planned at the same time across the country. Organizers are calling the event “Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps.” According to Jeanne Dufort, a local member …

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Stanton Springs extension inching towards Morgan

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The Stanton Springs Industrial Park is slowly expanding toward Morgan County as the $3.5 million project to extend the Shire Parkway 2,400 feet moves forward. Bob Hughes, president of the Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce, presented the latest update on Stanton Springs to the Morgan County Board of Commissioners. Stanton Springs Industrial Park currently houses Takeda, a $1.2 billion biopharmaceutical company, a $14 million Bioscience Training Center and a new Facebook data center is currently being developed at the site. The first phase of the …

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Madison City Council says no to ATV sales

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The Madison City Council voted down a text amendment that would have allowed the sale of “recreational vehicles,” like ATVs and motorcycles in the Commercial 2 District, which is considered a “buffer zone” comprised of businesses and residential neighborhoods.  The proposed text amendment was requested by Richard Adamcik of Complete Auto Sales, currently located at 1331 Atlanta Highway in Madison. The company is looking to relocate to 871 North Main Street, the old Dairy Queen lot, which resides within a C2 zone of the …

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On July 1 a dispute complaint was filed at a Perryman Road residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that two washing machine delivery and installation men came to her residence to deliver a washing machine. The woman alleged that both men were rude, cursed frequently and were argumentative with each other. The woman said the men threw rocks at each other and when they had problems getting the machine through her front door they became more agitated.  On June 30 a lost or mislaid property complaint was filed at …

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On July 1 a dispute complaint was filed at a Perryman Road residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that two washing machine delivery and installation men came to her residence to deliver a washing machine. The woman alleged that both men were rude, cursed frequently and were argumentative with each other. The woman said the men threw rocks at each other and when they had problems getting the machine through her front door they became more agitated.  On June 30 a lost or mislaid property complaint was filed at …

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Jury says not guilty on drug charge, others sentenced

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By Patrick Yost editor  Several persons were adjudicated in Morgan County Superior Court last week, the Hon. Judge Terry Massey presiding. • Conrad Stanley Burnham, 41, Bishop was found not guilty by a Morgan County Jury following a trial. Burnham had been charged with one count possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, one count possession of marijuana, more than an ounce and one count possession of drug related objects. According to arrest warrants, Burnham was arrested on July 3, 2018 by a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) investigator …

Youth World Series winners

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By Patrick Yost editor A Morgan County under-11 youth baseball team won a World Series baseball tournament in Panama City, Fla. last week. The MC Bulldogs U11 team, under the direction of Head Coach Danny Tillery, finished with a perfect 6-0 record in the Grand Slam World Series. The team, whose core players have been together since they were 8-years-old, were invited to the World Series because it earned qualifying points during the travel baseball season. The team begins practice each January and the season runs until late June, Tillery …

When girls played pro baseball

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By Jim Halloran columnist By 1943 the full impact of World War II was being felt in all American homes.  Young men were at war, and women had taken their place in the workplace. Gasoline, home heating fuel, food items, and household goods joined a list of goods being rationed; with the exception of a multitude of war movies and newsreels, there was not much to see at the local movie theatre.  Most Americans were staying close to their home gathered around the radio listening to programs such as Tom …

When a man goes to war

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By Patrick Yost editor In 1968, the day after he and his wife Denny graduated from the University of Georgia, Doug Ewing walked to the mailbox. He opened the box and took out a notification from the United States Selective Service. “Oh, hell.” He was 23-years-old with a newly minted college degree and a newly minted marriage certificate and he had been commanded to serve his country in Vietnam.  And like thousands of men before him, he left family and country, joined the U.S. Navy and found himself on the …

One family’s mission to see the world

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By Judy Garrison guest writer Of the thousands of photos living in self-crafted photography books on shelves, the multi-colored glass sculptures resting on wooden coffee tables, tapestries of kaleidoscopic colors softening the hard wood floors, what is encased in a wooden shadow box hanging on the basement wall of the Campbell’s home is what she wishes me to see.   “I got this in Papua New Guinea,” says Alla Campbell. “It’s a fertility necklace worn by men. I bargained with the lady but she wouldn’t budge. Her grandmother made it.” …

A good time was had by all…

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By  Tia Lynn Ivey staff writer “The annual Browns Chapel Soulful Sounds in the Park rocked out last Saturday night, June 29,  in Madison’s Town Park.  A large crowd gathered to dance to the groovy musical styling of Kasper and The 911 Band, an Atlanta-based group specializing in soulful sounds. The band is comprised of Kasper Rouser, Derrick Alexander,Micheal Hall, Gary Webster, Herbert Williams, Reginald Williams, and Edsel Robinson. The group performed a lively show in perfect weather as the audience danced and swayed and socialized all evening. 

Rock Eagle reopens after virus outbreak

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Putnam County reopened Tuesday afternoon after a stomach virus swept through the campgrounds last week infecting more than 50 overnight campers. The popular summer camp was hosting over 960 campers that week, when 54 suddenly fell ill with vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pains. According to the North Central Health District, after collecting samples and sending them off to the Georgia Public Health laboratory, tests results came back positive for Norovirus as the culprit for the swift outbreak. “Norovirus is a …

Happy China gunmen jailed?

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By Sidhartha Wakade staff writer Three men were arrested in connection with the armed robberies targeting Asian restaurants in the metro Atlanta area and across at least four counties. Local officials believe these men could be the gunmen who robbed Happy China in Madison a couple of weeks ago.  Emmanuel Rakestraw, 26, Decatur, Shaquille Rucker, 22, Decatur and Earnest Sims, 19, Jenkinsburg, were arrested in connection with the robberies.  Detective Wes Thompson, Madison Police Department, said the three were caught thanks to video footage from previous robberies and convenience store …

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High marks for project

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By Sidhartha Wakade staff writer The Canaan Crossing residential development was rated the highest scoring non-urban project in the state, according to reports by Woda, the construction and management company in charge of the project. Canaan Crossing is being developed in the historic Canaan area as a form of workforce housing for people like teachers, government personnel and first responders, according to Monica Callahan, planner, city of Madison..  It is estimated to be affordable for people with an income of $24,000-$38,000 a year. “This is in their price bracket,” she …

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County considers $3.8 million project

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor You have to spend money to save money–at least that’s what Morgan County officials are hoping for with a new $3.8 million infrastructure improvement project for three county buildings that will yield nearly $2.7 million in utility cost savings over the next 20 years. County Manager Adam Mestres presented the project plan, devised by Schneider Electric, in which the Morgan County Courthouse, Morgan County Aquatic Center and the Morgan County Public Safety Complex would undergo expensive renovations to update each building’s utility machinery and equipment …

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Rutledge adopts FY 2020 budget

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By Patrick Yost editor  The Rutledge City Council last Tuesday adopted and approved its fiscal year 2019-2020 budget with an increase in the general fund budget of approximately 5 percent. The city’s general fund budget is projected to rise from $497, 956 to $531,200. The budget projects collecting $92,000 in property tax revenue, $164,000 in general sales tax, $43,000 in franchise tax, $57,000 in local premium tax, $27,000 in alcohol tax and $64,000 in garbage fees. On the expense side, the city is projecting spending $137,000 in salaries and wages, …