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Chasing the Wild Geese of Moonshine Swamp

Staff Written Alvin Richardson, Community

As youthful hunters we were always on the lookout for new adventures and we found an opportunity when goose season opened one cold winter day the year of which escapes me.  It seems that it was about 1975.  I’m able to put an approximate date on the proceedings because I was about halfway through college, quite full of myself and remember that I had discovered the manliness of a big chaw of tobacco which is crucial to the story. The ambush point was a swamp on the backside of our …

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The best week in the history of America?

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Last week, North Korea released three American prisoners who arrived back in the United States. When President Trump met the released prisoners at Andrews, he announced that the first-ever meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader would be held in Singapore on June 12. Then, North Korea announced that it will dismantle its nuclear test site in less than two weeks in a dramatic event that would set up leader Kim Jong un’s summit with President Trump.  North Korea’s Foreign Ministry announced that all of the …

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Letter to the Editor

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Farwell to the beloved Fred Bright To the Editor: On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Fredric D. Bright, longtime former district attorney for the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit, and my dear friend on his recent and very untimely passing. During his distinguished career of 37 years in the legal profession, Fred was the chief prosecutor in Baldwin, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Jones, Morgan, Putnam and Wilkinson (where his Cinda serves as the Clerk of Court) counties …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On May 11 a forgery complaint was filed at Burger King, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an employee said that a gray 4-door SUV driven by a white, teenage male came through the drive-through and ordered two chocolate and two strawberry milkshakes. The employee said the teen attempted to pay for the order with a counterfeit $20 bill. The employee took the bill but did not apply it to the order. The teen asked for the bill back but the employee refused to give it back. The teen asked that …

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Department

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On May 14 Thomas Lyndal Bronston, 46, Marietta, was arrested and charged with speeding and driving while license suspended. According to reports, Bronston was stopped while allegedly driving 85 mph in a 70 mph zone on Interstate 20. Consequent to the stop the deputy learned that Bronston’s license had been suspended for child support obligations. A passenger in the vehicle told the deputy she had a valid license but when the deputy checked on the license status he learned the the passenger also had a suspended license but had not …

Coldwell Banker makes Habitat donation

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Special to the Citizen Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty/Lake Country presented a $2,500 donation to Greene County Habitat for Humanity on April 19. The check was officially given during the Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty/Lake Country GCHFH Build Day. “The spirit of the donation is given for both the opportunity to provide financial support, as well as the unbending belief in the value of the program and local volunteers who continually give of their time and expertise,” Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty/Lake Country President and COO, Tom Martin said. A …

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The Similarity of a Mother to Christ

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UNION SPRINGS   Greetings from The Springs!  I hope that all moms had a Happy Mother’s Day.  I know that for some whose mothers have passed on, the day can be bittersweet, yet God’s love can grace us through anything! Awesome, awesome, awesome message on Mother’s Day Sunday, May 13.  Pastor Robert L. Terrell, Jr. had a different perspective for us to look at when it comes to our mothers and their significance as women.  Before we were called to be mothers, we were called to serve our husbands.  This …

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I want to say thank you to Brownwood Baptist

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SUGAR CREEK   I‘ve got to begin by praising God for such a great day on Sunday.  I did not hear anyone saying anything about the weather, just a beautiful day filled with love everywhere you looked. Our church was about packed out and ready to hear a great Mother’s Day sermon and Butch did not disappoint. He took his message from John 16:21; Isaiah 49 and 66, “A Love Compared to God’s Love”.  The only example God gave was the unconditional love of God.  And he used the example …

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MERCIFUL GRACE MINISTRY

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Message from God   Greetings to you all. Hope you are all well and blessed. This week I would like to share some poems and blessings with you all, which I have written. I’m not worthy of His love, but He covered me with His blood. A life filled with sin and shame, Not worthy to even speak His name. Guilty was my only plea, But Jesus came down and took the nails for me.       Rp. 8-27-16 It’s a beautiful day.  God is awesome and amazing. Praise …

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“The Love of a Mother”

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BROWNWOOD BAPTIST   Our community was saddened on Friday to hear of the death of David Dickson. He was our neighbor for 50 years. We could not have asked for any better neighbor anywhere than he and his wife Sarah.  They would do anything they could to help us in any way, or for anybody that needed them.  He will be missed by anyone that knew him. Our prayers go out to his family during this time. On Mother’s Day attendance was good with members and visitors. It was so …

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Where the Spirit of the Lord Dwells

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GREATER MOSES BAPTIST CHURCH Praise God, On Sunday, April 29, this was a fifth Sunday and Pastor Williams candidly asked everyone to dress down like it was old times, and  asked that when we entered the church to come in full swing of singing and praising God.  It gave the resemblance of back-in-the-day.  It was such a high-spirited feeling, something different, yet unique.  Pastor Williams asked everyone in the Sanctuary to give a personal testimony, stating that no one left in this world is alive today without having been through …

Rock Eagle to get both ‘Wild & Wet’

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Special to the Citizen Tadpoles, and dragonflies, and crayfish oh my! Join the Rock Eagle Environmental Education team as we discover what kinds of organisms live in the lake and stream as we explore our “wet and wild watershed”. Be prepared to get WET! Participants will use dip nets to collect and identify organisms found in the headwaters of Rock Eagle Lake. While in the stream, we will learn about watersheds, discuss watershed health, and what we can do in our community to keep our water clean and beautiful. Cool …

Landmark doll show at Cottage captivates viewers

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Special to the Citizen On May 4th and 5th, during the Madison in May Tour of Homes, the restored Richter Cottage was adorned with well-loved dolls and Teddy bears, each with a history of its own. Over 125 dolls were displayed, filling every space and piece of furniture in the cottage. Twenty-seven different owners shared personal stories of their favorite dolls, some hand-made by family members, some over 100 years old, some bought as a collection from popular movies, fairy tales, and children’s stories of the time – “The Wizard …

Mary Hays Blackwell Butler

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“If this were my last day I’m almost sure I’d spend it working in my garden.  I would dig about my little plants, and try to make them happy, so they would endure long after me.  Then I would hide secure where my green arbor shades me from the sky, and watch how bird and bee and butterfly came hovering to every flowery lure.  Then, as I rested, perhaps a friend or two, lovers of flowers would come, and we would walk about my little garden paths and talk of …

Emma Gean Williams

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Emma Gean Williams, 70, died May 6, 2018 at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. She was born April 1, 1948 in Madison to Willie B. and Clara J. Smith. Emma Gean was married to Harold Williams who preceded her in death. Unto them two sons were born, Terry Williams Sr. who preceded her in death and David Williams Sr. Emma Gean joined Lower Mosely Church, where she was a faithful member. She worked at several places during her lifetime. Among them were Verner Farms and the Chicken Poultry Plant. She was a …

John Brock

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John Brock 97, formally of Eatonton, passed away in Marshallville, GA. on Sunday, May 13, 2018.  John was known to his family and friends as J.T.  He was born in Shady Dale to the late David W. Brock and Sara Lucille Cagle Brock.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Edith Tumlin Brock and son Johnny Brock.   J. T. served in the United States Army for 4 years during World War II and was a member of the VFW post 6686.   J.T. was the plant manager at Enterprise …

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Nancy Lee Roper Blackwell Ansley

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Nancy Lee Roper Blackwell Ansley, 89, of Mansfield, passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at The Retreat Nursing Home in Monticello. Nancy Blackwell Ansley was born on April 27, 1929, in Jacksonville, Florida to the late Tyre Lee “Preacher” Roper and Nora Stradley Roper.  Her family moved to Jasper County; she lived in Monticello until 1969.    Before moving to Madison in 1969, Nancy owned and operated Kathryn’s Flowers for a few years. Her late husband, Thomas Leon Blackwell, passed away in 1981; and she remarried the late Hamilton Goss …

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Wayne Mealor

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Wayne Mealor, 74, died peacefully on Sunday May 13, 2018 at his home in Madison. He was born in Morgan County on September 29, 1943 to the late Joe and Dorothy M. Westmoreland Mealor. Wayne graduated from Morgan County High School in 1961. He worked for the GA Department of Transportation as a project engineer and retired after 33 years. Wayne was a member of Beacon Heights Baptist Church. He enjoyed gardening, carpentry, being outdoors and hunting. Wayne married Elaine McCord Mealor in 1964. They have been married for more …

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Elbert Wayne Hix

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Elbert Wayne Hix, 79 of Madison, died on May 9, 2018.  Mr. Hix was born on September 6, 1938 in Stone Mountain.  He was the son of the late Elbert and Naomi Buice Hix.  Mr. Hix was retired as a supervisor of paper production.  He attended Brownwood Baptist Church.  He enjoyed repairing small engines and working in his yard.  He liked to fish and hunt.  He was also a talented poet and enjoyed sharing his poems. Mr. Hix is survived by his wife, Joann Robertson Hix and two daughters, Deborah …

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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 …