Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Jan. 14 a theft by taking complaint was filed at Crossroads School, Bethany Road. According to reports, a 16-year-old female was detained after she allegedly took a $150 Patagonia jacket that belonged to a school employee. Reports state that the alleged theft was captured on video and once confronted the student went home and returned with the jacket. On Jan. 14 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Confederate Road residence. According to reports, a man said someone had taken a 2008 Kawasaki 450 dirt bike that …

City of Rutledge to lease bank building

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer After months of negotiation and planning, Rutledge’s City Hall has moved from the old train depot to 105 Newborn Road, a building previously used as a branch of the Bank of Madison. The move officially began after the first of the new year and will take a couple of weeks to fully complete. “The Bank of Madison has been excellent with us, and we are hoping to have a grand opening in the first part of February,” remarked Rutledge Mayor Bruce Altznauer. “We ran out …

Bypass entrance complete

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  School officials are celebrating the completion of a new cut-through near the Morgan County High School campus that leads to the Madison 441 Bypass.  In Sept. of 2018, the board unanimously approved the $801,636 roadway project to enhance motorist access to the campus.  “We are very happy with out it turned out,” said Dr. James Woodard, superintendent of Morgan County Schools, who has been looking for ways to reduce traffic congestion near the schools since he first became superintendent several years ago.  “It ensures …

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New location, new year, new goals for Rutledge

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer With a new location for Rutledge’s City Hall underway, Rutledge Mayor Bruce Altznauer outlined key goals he and the city council have for 2019. “Our biggest goal is to open the Fears Road well by the end of January and get the new tank online,” Altznauer stated. “ The well’s pump tested at 384 gallons of water per minute. To put that in perspective, right now we only pump about 30 gallons per minute from the Nunnally Street tank.” This change in water supply will …

Lady Dogs move to #1 in AAA!

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor  It’s been a while since both the Morgan County boys and girls basketball teams have held the number one spot in AAA at the same time.  This past week’s rankings have the girls moving from number two to number one after Beach, the previous number one lost to archrival Johnson-Savannah on Tuesday. The Lady Dogs defeated Franklin County 60-46 Friday and then thumped Salem 65-24 in this weekend’s Sweet South Shootout to make the move to the top of the heap.   MOCO is …

Water Dogs honor seniors at final home meet

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s swim team hosted a four-team meet this past week and honored their seniors at the event.  The swimmers competed to a packed house at the Morgan County Aquatic Center in their final home meet of the 2018-19 season.   Seniors who were honored included: Grace Williams-Plans to attend Valdosta State to study dental hygiene. Swam for two years. Bailey Shultz-Will attend North Greenville on a volleyball scholarship and plans on majoring in biology.  She has been on the swim team for two …

Dogs take down Franklin and Duluth

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor With wins of 55-38 over Franklin County and 46-41 over Duluth the Morgan County Bulldogs moved to 16-1 over the weekend and remained number one in Class AAA.  They are currently ranked at number seven in all-classification rankings on MaxPreps.  AAAAAAA McEachern heads the All-State list at number one while Hart County trails the Dogs at number four in AAA and Jefferson is hanging around the top ten in the classification as well.  AAAAAAA Newton, who the Dogs play Saturday, will be a tough …

Middle School hardcourt Dogs have busy week

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s Middle School basketball teams continue to compete in Piedmont Athletic Conference games as the second half of the season moves on.  The Middle School girls are still undefeated after wins over Social Circle and Loganville this past week.  The boys have lost some close ones and are still in the hunt for a PAC playoff spot. The girls defeated Social Circle 35-23, but got off to a slow start before turning it on in the second half.  The first quarter score of …

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Sweet South Shootout a success

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The second annual Sweet South Shootout featured some of the state’s premier teams.  The venue, put on by the Morgan County basketball booster club, is a fundraiser for the teams that attempts to bring in some of the finest talent in Georgia.  This year’s event was no disappointment.  The four boys’ games and one girls’ game pitted Class AA through AAAAAAA schools with several being found in the top 10 of MaxPreps rankings.  MaxPreps is the official website that the Georgia High School Association …

MS Mat Dogs finish fifth at Championships

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Coach Marcus Crowe’s Middle School wrestling squad made a good showing at this year’s Peach State Traditional Championships finishing fifth out of 14 teams competing.  He said, “We wrestled in the Championships on Saturday and placed fifth out of 14 as a team which was beyond our expectations due to the level of competitiveness.  Jacere Cooper placed first in the 147 weight class.  Zyjawn Myers-Turner placed third in the 130 weight class.  Nymh Carrera placed third in the 171 weight class, and Miles Butler placed fourth …

The 20s roar again

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By Andrea Gable staff writer Winners of this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards, presented by Lake Oconee Living magazine, were recognized this weekend in true Roaring 20s fashion during the Best of Lake Oconee awards gala at the Oconee Brewing Company in Greensboro.  More than 4,000 votes were cast to determine the Best of Lake Oconee in categories ranging from food and dining to arts and culture. Winners were revealed during the awards ceremony and are featured in the current issue of Lake Oconee Living, on stands now. The Roaring 20s-themed …

Walker, Maxwell W. (Max)

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Alpharetta – Maxwell W. (Max) Walker, 89, beloved husband of Kathleen (Kay) McCreary Walker for 64 years, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 with his loving family at his side.  He was the epitome of a servant-leader, with an extraordinary dedication to his family and his profession. Max Walker was a nationally recognized pioneer of professional airport planning. His vision for a world class airport came to life in Atlanta; the team he lead as Director of Planning and Development for the Department of Aviation from 1967 to …

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Elizabeth Furlow

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Elizabeth Furlow died of leukemia December 18, 2018 at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. Elizabeth “Lilly” Truitt Furlow was born in Washington, Georgia on December 8, 1933 to Minnie Fortson Truitt and Horace Truitt. She grew up in Madison and graduated from Wesleyan College in Macon in 1955. After teaching high school in Savannah for a year and concluding an eight-year, long-distance courtship she married Leonard Furlow Jr. several weeks after his graduation from Washington University Medical School in St. Louis. They were married for 62 happy years. They had …

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Ollie Mae Love

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Ollie Mae Love, 84, passed away peacefully January 11, 2019 due to colon cancer. She was born March 23, 1935 in Madison to Green and Mary Scarebrook. She married her sweetheart, Johnnie Dennis Love and divorced amicably. Mrs. Love bravely raised their five children alone.  Ollie Mae loved to garden, cook and bake. Her hands were rarely still. She nurtured and grew an assortment of vegetables and her all time favorite sweet potatoes. She delighted in sharing her veggies and sweet potatoes with family and friends. She also shared flower …

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Mary Lou Powers

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Mary Lou Powers, 64 of Greshamville, died January 10, 2019.  Mrs. Powers was born September 10, 1954 to Weyman and Rosa Lee Aaron Stone.  She was married to Rev. Wayne Powers on May 2, 1969.  They lived in Monroe for many years before moving to Greshamville.  Mrs. Powers was faithful as a pastor’s wife, serving alongside him at Freedom Worship Center.  She enjoyed travelling to the mountains and beach.  She loved her family and having them close to her.  She even enjoyed trips with the grandchildren to Chuckee Cheese.  Mrs. …

Hollywood sets eyes on Bostwick

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By Tia Lynn Ivey A new filming project is sweeping through Morgan County this week for a reboot television series of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi/horror “Amazing Stories,” with shooting locations in Rutledge, Bostwick and right outside of Madison.  Filming begin on Monday, Jan 14 off Highway 83 outside of Madison and then moved to Bostwick, behind the Cotton Jin on Mayor John Bostwick’s farm. Downtown Rutledge is getting a full makeover this week for the filming project, which will shoot on Friday, Jan 18 and run into the wee hours of …

Three arrested on meth, weed charges

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By Patrick Yost Three men face felony drug and weapon charges after a Morgan County deputy performing a courtesy check on an individual allegedly observed a wanted man run into a storage shed that contained suspected narcotics. According to Chief Deputy Keith Howard, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, the deputy arrived at a Bethany Road residence at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5 after Michael Lee Jordan, 37, had issued concerns with Morgan County Dispatch regarding a man staying at the residence. When the deputy arrived, reports state, he observed Eric …

Billy Milton Garrison

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Billy Milton Garrison, age 79, of Madison,  passed away Sunday, December 30, 2018 at Madison Health and Rehab. Born in Newton, Mississippi, on January 29, 1939, he was the son of the late William Brantley Garrison and Cora Nichols Garrison. Billy graduated from high school in Newton, Mississippi. He was married to the former Polly Anne Almand of Madison. He was a farmer and worked for Joe Bell Farm.  He also worked in construction.  He was a member of Liberty Community Church in Newton, Mississippi.  Billy’s interest outside of family …

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Charlie Lee Bishop Sr.

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Charlie Lee Bishop passed away December 28, 2018 at Madison Health & Rehabilitation Center. Charlie Lee Bishop was born in Rutledge on December 15, 1926. He was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church. He was married for many years to Mattie Liza Allen Bishop until her passing in 1991. He was a faithful husband and father. Charlie Lee was a dutiful employee of the now defunct Porterdale Cotton Mill in Porterdale for many years and the defunct poultry company in Monroe. He leases behind to cherish his memory his memory …

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Mary Virginia “Gina” Barnette

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Mary Virginia “Gina” Barnette, 34 of Rutledge, died January 4, 2019. She was at home surrounded by her family. Gina was born on February 5, 1984 in Conyers. She grew up in Morgan County. She was a member of Social Circle Baptist Church. Gina loved animals and worked as Vet Tech. She enjoyed holidays and time spent with family and friends but she most enjoyed being a Mother to her daughter, Makenzie. Gina will be remembered for her selflessness, always putting other ahead of herself. Gina Barnette is survived by …