2017 Morgan County Football Wrap Up

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The 2017 edition of Morgan County’s Bulldogs etched their name in the record books of school history by winning back to back region titles for only the fifth time since 1948.  Along the way they posted a record of 9-2 and set a school record for most points averaged per game (35.27).  The Morgan County community may have set a record for attendance at a single game when they stormed the gates for the Bulldogs contest versus Monroe Area on October 13th, a game in which the Dogs upset the …

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Carol Deiner Swarner

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Carol Deiner Swarner, 75 of Rutledge, died November 11, 2017. Mrs. Swarner was born January 8, 1942 in Lorain, Ohio. Her parents were the late Carl Howard Deiner and Loretta Moler Deiner. Mrs. Swarner was married to the late Bill Swarner. The Swarners moved to Morgan County in 1998. Mrs. Swarner is survived by her three sons, William Mark Swarner and Carolyn, Robert Stephen Swarner and Autumn and Jonathan Davis Swarner and Jaime. She also leaves two grandchildren, Laura Swarner and Jeremy Swarner. The family received friends on Tuesday from …

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Charles Oscar Strange

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Charles Oscar Strange, 62, died November 8, 2017. He was the son of the late Oscar and Agnes Nard Strange. He was born in Covington on January 26, 1955. He was a graduate of Morgan County High. School. He worked as a dairyman until his retirement. Mr. Strange enjoyed his work as well as hunting and fishing. He especially enjoyed rabbit hunting. His joy in life was his grandchildren. Mr. Strange is survived by his wife of 36 years Terresa Meadow Strange and their children, Lori Astin and Dallas, Emily …

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Fatal accident on I-20

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A 29–year–old Lithonia man died early Sunday morning in a single car wreck on Interstate 20. According to Georgia State Patrol reports, Kortez N. Mebane died after the vehicle he was driving west on Interstate 20 near the 108 mile marker left the road. Reports state that Mebane’s vehicle travelled off the south side of the interstate and then overcorrected attempting to get the vehicle back onto the roadway. The vehicle crossed the centerline and Mebane apparently overcorrected a second time and the vehicle rotated off the south shoulder of …

Teachers of the year named at BOE meeting

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Morgan County School System has announced four Teachers of the Year, one for each of Morgan County’s schools. Ashley Wegmann was selected as Morgan County High School’s (MCHS) Teacher of the Year. Heather Jackson was selected at Morgan County Middle School’s (MCMS) Teacher of the Year. Lisa Layne was selected as Morgan County Elementary School’s (MCES) Teacher of the Year. Hillary Stapp was selected as Morgan County Primary School’s (MCPS) Teacher of the Year. The four were honored at Monday night’s Morgan County Board of Education Board meeting. “I was …

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Nov. 11, an information report was filed at the Morgan County Public Safety Center. According to reports, a state employee who works on Interstate 20 brought a mid–size hunting dog to the center. The man said he had located the dog on the interstate. Reports state that the dog had a shock collar on it and was in need of food and water. The dog was placed in a kennel at the public safety center. On Nov. 11, an information report was filed at a Waterford Court residence. According …

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Madison Police Department

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On Nov. 11a.m. arson complaint was filed at a Micha Way location. According to reports, Madison officers were called to Orchard Grove Apartments regarding a dumpster fire. Reports state when officers arrived the container was “fully engaged” and Madison Fire Department units were called. A witness at the fire told an officer that he had observed two black and one white male juveniles walking from the area at the time of the fire. The white male had a temporary Atlanta Falcons tattoo on his face, reports state. An officer was …

Constance Ruth Cooke

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Constance Ruth Cooke, of Madison, died Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at the age of 76. Connie was born in Baltimore, MD on December 20, 1940 to the late Kenneth James Baumann of Baltimore, MD and the late Ruth Amelia Baumann of Baltimore, MD.  In 1962 she graduated from Towson University in Towson MD, began her career as a teacher in the Baltimore Public School system and married George Albert Cooke in Annapolis, MD. Connie was a loving wife, caring mother and doting grandmother. Throughout her life, Connie gave a great …

Hal S. Crawford Sr.

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Hal S. Crawford Sr., 81, passed away November 7, 2017 at Northside Hospital after succumbing to pneumonia. He was born in Buckhead, Morgan County, Georgia to Custer Crawford and Martha Spearman Crawford Talley on March 7, 1936. He was a member of  the First United Methodist Church of Madison. He attended Morgan County High School and the University of Georgia where he was a member and president of Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity. Hal was also the past president of the Optimist Club in Sandy Springs as well as served …

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City’s West Washington Gateway to be delayed

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The City of Madison’s West Washington Gateway Stormwater project will be officially delayed as the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) reexamines the project in the face of soaring costs. In a special-called meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 7, the DDA voted to formally reject all the bids that came in for the project. According to Monica Callahan, planning director for the City of Madison, the DDA hopes to make revisions and rebid the project before the end of the year. “The DDA’s goal is to regroup, …

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Law Enforcement

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Madison Police Department On Oct. 19 a warrant of theft by taking was taken against Nettie Aseneth Harwal, 62, Madison. According to reports, Harwal alleged removed $300 cash from a customer’s wallet that was left at the counter of Goody’s while Harwal was an employee. Initial reports failed to show that any money was taken from the woman, however, a further review of different camera angles at the store allegedly revealed Harwal removing the cash from the wallet. On Nov. 3 a theft by shoplifting complaint was filed at  Wal …

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Leesa Ann Greenway

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Leesa Ann Greenway, 55,  of Madison, passed away Monday, October 30, 2017. Born in Macon, she was the daughter of Billy Doolittle of Macon and the late Jane Penland Doolittle of Franklin, North Carolina. In addition to her late mother, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Greenway, who died on April 5, 2011 and her brother, Timothy Paul Thompson, who died in 2004. She is survived by her three daughters, April Michelle Greenway, Ashley Greenway Holland and husband Jason, Amanda Brooke Greenway; a son, Richard Crawford Greenway; …

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Sybil Jones Whitt

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Sybil Jones Whitt, 85 of Rutledge, died Sunday, November 5, 2017. Mrs. Whitt was at home surrounded by her family. Mrs. Whitt was born June 3, 1932 to Levi and Claudia Jones. On February 1, 1952 she married Fred Whitt. After spending much of their life in Stone Mountain, Mr. and Mrs. Whitt moved to Rutledge in 1997. Mrs. Whitt was a member of Rutledge United Methodist Church. She enjoyed traveling and working in her yard as long as she was able. Mrs. Whitt is survived by her husband of …

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L. C. Brown

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L. C. Brown, 68, of Madison died October 27, 2017. He was born August 3, 1949 to the late Henry McWhorter and Susie Wilson-McWhorter of Madison. He was a member of Flat Rock Baptist Church. He was employed with the City of Madison for several years. He was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Susie McWhorter; brothers Albert and Steve Brown and sister Paulette Cook. He is survived by his son Tony Smith (Brenda); grandchildren Nialonia, Keynonta and DeAngelo Smith; sisters Berdie Washington and Pearlie Clay, brothers Barry …

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Lou Rita DeVault

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With saddened hearts the family of Lou Rita DeVault, of Grayson, announces her home going. Rita, age 79, born July 22, 1938, passed away on November 1, 2017 after a struggle with cancer. Rita was preceded in death by her mother Mrytle Withrow Norton and father Randolph Hurst Norton. She was born in Madison, Georgia, Morgan County and lived most of her life in the Atlanta area. Rita was married to James William DeVault on February 15, 1969. Rita and James had one daughter Mollye Lou DeVault of Grayson and …

Jesse James Wilson, Sr.

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Jesse James Wilson, Sr. of Madison passed peacefully into eternal life on November 1, 2017 after a short illness.  A lifelong resident of Morgan County Jesse was born to James G. (Red) Wilson and Fannie I. Mason Wilson on January 25, 1947. He joined Harmony Baptist Church at an early age.  He did many different jobs, but enjoyed working on tractors and related equipment the most, before he became disabled.  He loved to fish and hunt. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, A. Tony Wilson and …

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Buzbee– Owens face off in Rutledge election

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The Nov. 7 election is right around the corner, but Madison isn’t the only city in Morgan County with local races. The City of Rutledge will vote between Jennifer Buzbee and Brandi Williams Owens this Tuesday, both of whom are running for the Post 3 seat on Rutledge’s City Council. Both Buzbee and Owens are hoping to win the city council seat in order to help steer the direction of Rutledge’s future. “I just wanted to contribute to the community and promote its legacy and history,” said Buzbee, who moved …

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Law Enforcement

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Madison Police Department On Oct. 30 a burglary report was filed at a Skyline Drive residence. According to reports, a woman reported that someone shattered a back window and entered the residence. The woman reported that two bathrobes, one pink and the other white, were missing. The bathrobes are valued at $60. On Oct. 27 a child in need of services report was file at the Morgan County Courthouse, East Jefferson Street. According to reports, a woman told an officer that she had been informed that her 14–year–old son had …

No Drama as Dogs Pound Franklin County 42-17

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With a second consecutive region title in their grasp the Morgan County Bulldogs quickly dispatched Franklin County last Friday night by scoring 42 unanswered points in the first half and limiting the Lions to a paltry pair of first downs.  The Dogs laid siege to the Franklin County end zone by scoring on their first six possessions and ended up on the one yard line as time expired in the first half when Head Coach Bill Malone refused to pile on the helpless Lions. Meanwhile the Bulldog defensive unit forced …

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William Grady “Billy” Taylor, Jr.

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William Grady “Billy” Taylor, Jr., 84, of Davisboro, died on Oct. 28, 2017, in the Coliseum Hospital in Macon. Mr. Taylor was born near Davisboro, Georgia, in 1933 to Grady Taylor and Cynthia Cox Taylor. Billy lived most of his life around Davisboro. He served 10 years in the United States Air Force Strategic Air Command during the Korean Conflict as a flight navigator, flying all over the Middle and Far East. While stationed at Homestead Air Base in Florida, he met and married his first wife of 52 years, Jan Schoedinger. They …