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Hoyt David Dickson Jr.

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Hoyt David Dickson Jr. of Rutledge passed away on May 11, 2018.  Born and raised in Rutledge, he graduated from Morgan County High School, and went on to attend and graduate from Berry College in Rome, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture.  Mr. Dickson served in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957, where he was stationed in South Korea and then served in the reserves until 1961. He married his wife of 50 years, Sarah B. Dickson, in October of 1967.  He worked for …

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Alice Stewart Thompson

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Alice Stewart Thompson, 68 of Buckhead, died May 6, 2018.  She was the daughter of the late Edgar Stewart and Martha Stewart.  She was married to Raymond Thompson on July 1, 1969.  She had worked for Sweet Orr as a quality inspector. Mrs. Thompson is survived by her husband, Raymond and two sons, Wesley Thomspon and Valerie and John Thompson and Bonita.  Grandchildren are Brittany Crowell and Kyle, Tyler Thompson, Elisabeth Thompson, Christina Thompson and two great grandchildren, Riley and Jackson Crowell.  Mrs. Thompson also leaves a sister, Ann Singleton …

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Letters to the Editor

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Thank you to all   involved in               ‘Madison in May’ Tour To The Editor, On behalf of the Steering Committee for the “Madison in May” Tour of Homes, we would like to extend our most sincere thanks to the private homeowners and the dozens and dozens of docents and other volunteers without whom the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center could not have staged a successful tour. MMCC also sincerely appreciates the extraordinary cooperation that the Cultural Center receives each year from the Historical Society, Landmarks …

Morgan County Sheriff's Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Department

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On May 4 a theft by taking and entering automobile complaint was filed at an Estes Road, Rutledge residence. According to reports, a woman said she noticed at 8:30 a.m. that her bag had been taken from her Dodge Charger. The woman said she had last seen the bag the day before at 4 p.m. when she and her children were fishing at Hard Labor Creek in Rutledge. The woman said she and the children fished for approximately 45 minutes. She also said she routinely leaves her vehicle unlocked and …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On May 1 Lisa Shanta Fields, 34, Austell was arrested and charged with forgery in the first degree. According to reports, an officer was called to United Bank, North Main Street, regarding a woman attempting to cash a fraudulent $3,940 check. Reports state that a bank employee told dispatch that the woman had fled the bank but the employee had retained her ID card. The employee also gave a description of Fields. Fields was found by the officer walking near Park Street. She told the officer she had worked construction …

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UNION SPRINGS

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By His Spirit Says the Lord By Adrienne Terrell Greetings from The Springs!  USBC’s Annual Hat Parade is back and the ladies will stroll down the aisle in grand fashion on Mother’s Day, May 13.  There is still time to shop for the perfect one. Big, small, wide or tall, come and show your unique style. Graduating seniors, it is not too late to apply for the church scholarships. There are several that you can apply for, so be sure to get your applications.  In addition, we need your info …

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SUGAR CREEK

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Do you get tired of hearing about the weather all the time? By Mae Buice Do you get tired of hearing about the weather all the time?   Well, now, I’m just saying thank you Lord, for the beautiful weather and I think spring is finally here. Beautiful day in church on Sunday as Butch brought a good message from Jeremiah 9: 23-24 with the subject, “That Which is Worthwhile”.  We sometimes say something is just not worth the trouble we go through for that. So many times “worthwhile” is used. But it is …

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BROWNWOOD BAPTIST

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Happy Motherís Day By Margie Ward On Sunday attendance was good, glad to see each and every one there including visitors. They are always so faithful to come and worship with us. We pray they are blessed by coming! The call to worship was “Send the Light”. Pastor Cottrell’s message was “Bearing our Brother’s Burden’s”. When we decided to follow Christ, we chose to enter a journey from that point, to the ending of this life.  As we journey we have trials and times of difficulties.  But, we also know …

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CHURCH OF CHRIST

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Have you obeyed the truth of God that makes men free? By Jake Padgett Pilate was not the first person to ask this question (John 18:38), and he has not been the last. The importance of this question is seen in this statement from Jesus, “and ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).  From this passage we learn three simple facts about truth.  First there is such a thing as truth.  Some claim there is not, but Jesus says there is.  God, Christ, and …

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MERCIFUL GRACE MINISTRY

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Message from God By Regena Pittman Greetings to you all. Hope you have had a blessed week. Do you have enough fire insurance to stay out of hell? Do you have full coverage or maybe a little piece but not enough? John 14: 6, “Jesus said, I am the way, the truth and the life no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Jesus Christ is the only way. The best insurance policy we can have. The premium is paid in full for all of eternity. All you have …

Virginia Bell Appleton

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Virginia Bell Appleton died peacefully on Thursday April 26, 2018 at the Brookside Senior Living Facility in Commerce. Virginia was born in Buckhead on December 20, 1936 to Joseph Merritt Bell and Gladys Harper Bell. She graduated from Morgan County High School and attended Mercer University. One summer during college she worked in the dining hall at Ridgecrest Baptist Retreat Center in North Carolina. The handsome, young Jon Appleton sat at her table. That was the beginning of a love affair that lasted 62 years. They were married on August …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On April 28 a theft by taking complaint was filed at Pilot Truck Stop, Eatonton Road. According to reports, a man stated that while he was pumping gas into his motorcycle, he placed his wallet on top of his motorcycle. The man said when he finished pumping gas he drove across the parking lot and then realized he was missing his wallet. The man returned but could not find his wallet. Surveillance cameras showed an elderly white male bend over and pickup the wallet and enter the truck stop. The …

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Real estate transactions total $3,644,600

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April 10, 2018 • Linda H. Alexander of Rutledge to Steven Peters of Rutledge, 230 Atlanta Highway, Rutledge, $156,000. • Jimmy D. Smallwood of Rutledge to Lucy H. Peters of Rutledge, 1181 Rawlings Drive, Rutledge, $305,000. April 11, 2018 • Jeffrey Scott Christie of Watkinsville to Gladys Scruggs of Madison, 1434 Cedar Lakes Drive, Madison, $249,000. • James A. Cannon of Conyers to Jimmy C. Stapp of Rutledge, 1980 Centennial Road, Rutledge, 5.1 acres, $40,000. April 12, 2018 • Gene Sung Kim of Montgomery, Ala. to Mock Properties II-LLLP of …

Fishing team duo headed to Nationals

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Morgan County’s inaugural fishing team is overachieving in their first year as a team.  Not only did the number one group of Cole Holloway and Zach Smith qualify for the BassMaster B.A.S.S. National High School Tournament, but two other teams have qualified for the State Tournament where they too could qualify for the Nationals should they finish high enough.  Those two teams are made up of Landon Huff and Will Thomas as well as Ryan Thomas and Cole Freeman.  Coach Gregg Thomas talked about the season and how well the …

College connections at STMA

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Graduating seniors from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia will gather with fellow students, friends, family and members of the community at The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art on Sunday, April 15 to celebrate the fourth annual COLLEGE CONNECTIONS exhibit: Placing the Capstone ART SPEAKS. COLLEGE CONNECTIONS is an integral part of the Museum’s wide-ranging educational outreach programs, and features ongoing creative collaboration between the Museum and seniors from area colleges and universities. This year’s program, under the guidance of Dr. Leara Rhodes, …

Lookout! Defensive driving course coming

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Let’s ride Momma! I say let’s ride! Well shoot fire! PawPaw’s truck has two speeds: Slow and stop! I mean this truck couldn’t pull a fat baby off a tricycle! It’s full of gas with nowhere to go! Let’s hitchhike over to Youngblood Motors located at 1600 Athens Highway and buy us brand spankin’ new F-150! Yes! Did somebody mention hitchhiking? Yes! Honey if you’re doin’ lots of walkin’, then you’d best have some comfy kicks! It’s just that simple. Y’all head over to Barkin’ Dogs Shoe Co., located at …

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River residents raise voices

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer Apalachee River residents voiced concerns to Morgan County Board of Commissioners Tuesday, March 20, over a proposed water intake pump. Information about the project to divert water to the Hard Labor Creek Reservoir was found wanting by both river residents and commissioners. The location of the intake pump for the reservoir that services Walton County, Oconee County, and the City of Winder including Barrow County, planned since 2004, was changed in a February application made by the Walton County Water and Sewerage Commission to the …

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Work on pump house close to completion in Rutledge

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer Updates on the planned pump house on Fears Road were provided during the Rutledge City Council meeting on March 20. “Once we get the building secure, then we’ll get the electrician to come in and get electricity there, and then we’ll get that set up,” stated Rutledge Mayor Bruce Altznauer. “We were hoping to get it online by this March, but we have an extension on that. Hopefully, it will be soon.” “That will be the number one well in the county,” Councilman Anthony Sells …

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Elections board to cut budget by 2 percent

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer Morgan County Manager Adam Mestres called for the Board of Elections to cut its operating budget by two percent during its regular meeting on Thursday, March 15. The budget of $50,433.00 for the 2018 fiscal year, which does not include staff salary or benefits, will be decreased to $49,424.34. “Each year, we evaluate our expected revenues, expenditures, and any potential negative impact of such to the taxpayers of our community,” Mestres stated. “The requested two percent budget decrease will be redistributed to a number of …

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County hosts crisis training for officers

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer When law enforcement officers are dispatched to respond to crisis situations, they may encounter people who have personality disorders, Alzheimer’s Disease or other form of dementia, mood disorders, developmental disabilities, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), suicidal thoughts, or are homeless. Members of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol, Putnam County Police, and Rockdale County Police took part in a training program last week to learn how to safely and effectively manage these interactions. The Georgia Public Safety Training Center, located in Forsyth, offered the …