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Morgan County Sheriff’s Department

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On Dec. 17, a burglary complaint was filed at a Pinetree Circle residence. According to reports, deputies accompanied a woman into her son’s residence after she had reports that it had been burglarized while the son was at work. When the son arrived, he observed that someone had taken a 32” Visio flat screen television and either 23 or 24 beers. On Dec. 18, a burglary complaint was filed at a Saffold Road, Buckhead, residence. According to reports, a man said that sometime in the night, someone entered his residence …

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Madison Police Department

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On Dec. 11, a forgery complaint was filed at a Highland Avenue residence. According to reports, a man said a woman he had befriended on Facebook told him her father was dying and she needed assistance paying bills. The complainant said the woman sent him three checks totaling more than $4,000. The woman told the man to take the checks, cash them and then purchase gift cards and give her the gift card information. The man said his bank told him all three checks were fraudulent. The man said now …

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Twas the Night Before Christmas, Bulldog Rendition

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Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the land Not a creature was stirring, ‘cept the Bulldogs and fans. Their unis were hung by the lockers with care, In hopes that Saint Billy soon would be there. The players were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of championships danced in their heads. And Woodall in Dog Hat, and Bell in his cap, Had been working their brains on a reverse and a trap. When out on the field there arose such a clatter, They sprang from the …

Most memorable Christmas – a bittersweet goodbye

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By Cam Smoak I could write about happy light-filled childhood memories, or the thrill of coming home to a decorated house after a tough semester of college (like in the Folger’s commercial), or even the many Christmases spent in Italy learning new traditions during the holidays.  But by far, my most memorable Christmas was last year when our sweet Grandmother, Marie Ponder, passed away. Christmas 2016 was to be a milestone Christmas for my family in Madison.  We were to celebrate the arrival of two new grandchildren (Annabelle Smoak, and …

The Pagetts tropical vacation

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By Jessie Padgett In December of 2014 I had one of my favorite Christmas memories. My parents did an exceptional job each year making something stand out and giving us a special memory. My favorite Christmas memory of all time is when my whole family including my aunt, uncle, cousins and grandparents went on a cruise to the Bahamas. We were gone for 10 days and even spent Christmas morning on the ship. At first we were not so thrilled about missing the “normal” Pagett Christmas where we would attend …

Christmas On Dixie

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By Elizabeth Lanier staff writer Christmas on Dixie lights up Morgan County for the fifth year in a row. This annual festivity brings people from near and far to enjoy the display located on the corner of Dixie Highway and Wilson Road in Madison. According to Shane Seabolt, one of the founders of the exhibit, the idea of this yearly display of lights arises from a tradition he started with his daughters as they were growing up. Seabolt explains, “My daughters and I would always add a new decoration every …

My Most Memorable Christmases

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By Carolyn Carter I was asked to write about my most memorable Christmas.   None of my Christmases stand out as the most memorable; each one was memorable in its own way. My first memories are of Christmas on South Milledge Avenue in Athens, Ga.  My brother, sister, and I of course were so excited on Christmas Eve that we couldn’t sleep.  At the crack of dawn, we all ran into the living room to see what Santa had left.  I remember my mother’s wonderful coconut cake and fruitcake.  She …

First Christmas

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By Clay E. Fears, III Christmas memories have always been good for us.  Growing up in families who loved to decorate and celebrate, home was filled with cheer and light.  The backdrop of the story of the Christ child combined with Mr. Dickens tales of Christmas Past, Present, and Future to create a comforting celebration.  Presents seemed always to be abundant, and while you never got everything you wanted, there was always enough. We all grow up and maybe perspective changes; the desire to be a giver develops.  The joy …

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A Christmas Memory

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By Jennie Newton First published in 1994 Mother didn’t buy her usual Scotch Pine Christmas tree that year. She left the well-worn red and green glossy glass balls, the traditional satin ornaments, and the elegant jeweled velvet doves packed away in marked cardboard boxes in the third- floor attic at Boxwood. It must not have felt much like Christmas that year to her. Her youngest son stopped by briefly on the afternoon of the day before Christmas Eve on his way to see in-laws in Charleston. She knew not to …

The Connelly’s Most Memorable Christmas

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By Johnny Connelly The quote from Lonely Planet had sustained me for years: “If you can’t laugh while bumping your head against the roof of a truck, you shouldn’t be in Africa.” We shouldn’t have been here. It was Christmas Eve, 2010 and we’d been bouncing along Ethiopian dirt roads for several days. The boys were restless, I was disappointed and Janice was seething because of a sign she’d spotted at our hotel: “Visit the rock hewn churches of Lalibela and assure your place in heaven.” It made her cringe. …

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Christmas with the Perrimans

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By Marie S. Perriman Christmas, what a wonderful time of the year!  Christmas, like anytime else, is special in our home.  The memories of spending and sharing Christmas Eve with our three little daughters and then seeing their bright, happy faces Christmas morning was priceless. On Christmas Eve, we would gather together in the den after dinner awaiting what the night would bring.  In addition to playing games, we shared our thoughts about the meaning of Christmas.  Fred and I made sure they knew the reason for the Christmas season …

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Grandchild to Grandmother – my Christmas memories

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By Diane Veasley As a child I remember shaking the Christmas gifts under the tree trying to imagine what might be inside. Waiting on our grandma to finish with the mixing bowl with the icing for the cake so we could get the bowl and spoon to eat the left over icing. Going to bed early on Christmas eve as if that would make Santa come any sooner, but of course we didn’t know that we were kids. As a child growing up with five siblings Christmas was really the …

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Ronald Earl Huff

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Ronald Earl Huff, 77 of Madison, died December 18, 2017. He was born January 13, 1940 in Proctor, WV to Earl and Lovie Huff. Mr. Huff was married to the late Jeanette Hannah Huff. He spent his career with the United States Navy. He retired from the Navy in 1978. Mr. Huff was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and loved to ride motorcycles. Mr. Huff is survived by his children, Annette Hannah, Wayne Huff and Jackie, Kenneth Huff and Norma and Stanley Huff and Janet. His grandchildren …

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Jack Cromer

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Jack Cromer of Covington and Madison went to be with the Lord on December 13, 2017.  He died peacefully at home surrounded by his family.  He was 87. One of eight children, Mr. Cromer was born in WV to a coal-mining family.  When he was 16, he enlisted in the Marine Corps.  Assigned to the 1st Marine Div. in 1950, he was in nine months of heavy fighting at the Chosin Reservoir in Korea.  He earned the Korean Service Medal with four stars. Mr. Cromer and his first wife adopted …

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Department

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On Dec. 10, Jared Lee Stargell, 29, Covington, was arrested and charged with tampering with evidence, obstruction, possession of marijuana, DUI, possession of an open alcohol container and failure to maintain lane. According to reports, officers were called to a single car incident on Interstate 20 and found Stargell standing next to the driver’s door to a vehicle in the median. Reports state that while officers spoke with Stargell he was “unable to focus on the tasks given and was stumbling to the point he nearly fell down…” Officers also …

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Madison Police Department

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On Dec. 10, Harold Brian O’Kelley, 58, Madison, was arrested and charged with DUI, failure to report striking a fixed object and striking an unattended vehicle. According to reports, O’Kelley allegedly struck a landscaping boulder at a North Main Street residence and then left his 2003 BMW at the scene of the accident. Reports state that a witness spoke with O’Kelley after the 4:18 p.m. incident. The witness then identified O’Kelley from his license photograph. O’Kelley was located at his Carriage Lane residence and returned to the scene of the …

Helen von Richthofen

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Helen von Richthofen, age 79, a resident of Watkinsville, passed away on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at St. Mary’s Hospice House in Athens, Georgia. Helen was born the daughter of Harley William and Rose Genevieve (Thomas) Frizzell on November 9, 1938, at the home near Chillicothe, Missouri. She was married to the late Friedrich (Fritz) von Richthofen in 1966 in Werne, Germany. Survivors include sisters Willa Vee (Frizzell) George and husband Jim, Gail O’Bryan (Frizzell) and husband Jack, and sister-in- law Lois Frizzell, and their families, many nieces and nephews, …

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Pastor Freddie Bernard (Mikey) Walker-Ivery

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Pastor Freddie Bernard (Mikey) Walker-Ivery, 37, earned his heavenly wings and took flight in the arms of Jesus on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 at his residence in Madison. He was born November 21, 1980 at Walton Regional Hospital in Monroe to Scarlett Venita Walker and Freddie R. Ivery. He was raised in Rutledge, attended Morgan County Schools and graduated from Social Circle High School in May 1997. He and his younger brother Joshua were baptized when they were very young. He accepted his calling at the age of 14 and …

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Paula Louise Crowe Slaughter

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Paula Louise Crowe Slaughter, 54 of Madison, died December 4, 2017. She was born January 18, 1963 to Albert James Crowe and Ethel West Crowe. Mrs. Slaughter grew up in Apalachee. She was married to David Slaughter. She worked for the Morgan County Humane Society and loved the animals there. Paula enjoyed fishing and working in her flower beds. Mrs. Slaughter is survived by her husband, David Slaughter and three sons, Jacob, Joshua and Justin. She leaves two grandchildren, Allysa and Lindsey. Mrs. Slaughter also leaves a sister, Debra Crowe …

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Lucy P. Roland

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Tuesday morning, December 5, 2017 Lucy P. Roland departed her life at Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. Mrs. Roland was born February 20, 1942 to Edward and Lena Mae Jordan in Morgan County. She was employed by Shandig Corporation and Sieman, Inc. (Watertown) both in Madison and Rutledge Sportswear Sewing Plant, Rutledge. She was preceded in death by her late husbands, Clarence Pettigrew II and Mike Roland, her youngest son Mark Pettigrew; parents Edward and Lena Mae Jordan; three brothers and a sister. She leaves to …