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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 …

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Sam Daniel

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Frank Samuel “Sam” Daniel, age 81, of Lawrenceville, died on December 3, 2017 He was born in Morgan County on May 25, 1936 to the late Ollie Mae Hanson Daniel and the late Frank J. Daniel. He was preceded in death by his wife, Angeline Daniel. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Frank Bradley Daniel and Kim Hope of Lawrenceville; daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and George Thompson of Cumming;  sisters and brothers in law, Emily and Charles Richardson of Norcross, Nelda Mae Appling of Buford, Rita and Landy McDaniel of …

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Robert H. Engle

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On Thursday, December 7, 2017, Robert H. Engle, 85, passed away at his home in Madison. Born May 2, 1932, in Louisville, Kentucky, Bob was the son of the late Clarence and Mary Engle. Bob and his wife, Barbara, recently celebrated their 62nd Wedding Anniversary. Bob is also survived by his brother, Clarence Engle and wife, Connie, of Louisville, Kentucky; four daughters, Terri Smith, Laura Schrader, Lisa Escobar and Sandi Bell; eight grandsons, Bobby Smith, Jason Smith, Nick Smith, Parker Schrader, Robert Schrader, Brett Bell, Bob Bell, Christian Escobar; and …

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Rufus Marvin Few

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Rufus Marvin Few of Greensboro, passed away Friday, December 8, 2017.  Born in Greshamville on April 25, 1943, he was the son of the late Stovall C. Few and Annie Lee Harris Few. He was a construction worker in Texas for over 30 years and after retiring moved to Atlanta.  Later he moved to Greensboro where he was living at the time of his death.  Rufus was a faithful member of Fork Chapel United Methodist Church and considered them his family.  He was an avid sports fan and loved watching …

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Douglas Lester King

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Douglas Lester King, 74 of Rutledge, died December 7, 2017. Mr. King was a native of Springfield, Ohio where he was born February 21, 1943. He was the son of the late, David and Sarah Appling King. He married Jean Evans on July 3, 1964. Doug worked as a ranger at Hard Labor Creek State Park and later at Rock Eagle. He loved his job and especially working with the campers and counselors. He enjoyed camping and any activity that kept him outdoors. He was a member of the Madison …

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Colin Patrick Smith

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Colin Patrick Smith, 53 of Madison, died December 4, 2017. He was born May 9, 1964 in Anaheim, California to Ronald and Janet N. Smith. Mr. Smith was a handyman by trade and was of the Catholic faith. Cole as he was known, is survived by his two daughters, Jessica and Sarah Smith. He is also survived by his mother, Janet Williams and two sisters, Laura Spencer and Tracy Smith Scholl and Bill. A memorial service was held at Mr. Smith’s home on Saturday, December 9. He will be interred …

Former Boys & Girls CEO arrested

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The former chief executive officer of the Boys & Girls Club of North Central Georgia has been arrested and charged with stealing nearly $50,000 from the organization. Landers Thomas, 51, Norcross, turned himself into Morgan County authorities on Friday, Nov. 17, four days after an arrest warrant was taken by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI). Thomas immediately bonded out of jail on a $50,000 bond. According to the arrest warrant by GBI Special Agent Ronald Trubey, Thomas has been charged with one felony count theft by taking. The warrant …

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Department

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On Dec. 3, a fraud complaint was filed at a Sabrina Lane residence. According to reports, a couple attempted to purchase an advertised 2014 Look Vision 7’x12’ enclosed trailer from a woman on Craigslist. The couple, per the seller’s instructions, loaded two Go Bank cards with $500 each and sent the woman the information. The woman took the money but has not produced a trailer and, a deputy learned, the phone number she used belongs to an online texting service. On Dec. 3, a dispute complaint was filed at a …

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Madison Police Department

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On Dec. 2, a financial transaction card theft complaint was filed at Main Street Pantry, Main Street. According to reports, a woman reported that someone had used her debit card to purchase $33.24 worth of gas at the store. Reports state that the woman had used the card earlier at the P&J Mini Mart, East Washington Street and she could not remember if she forgot to take the card from the ATM machine at the store or if she dropped the card. Video surveillance showed a suspect using the card …

Mat Dogs finish fourth at King of the Mountain

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Competing against the biggest field they have faced this season, the Morgan County High School wrestling squad got some big finishes against a strong field out of Zach Smith and Donovan McElligott.  The productivity of these two tournament champions in their respective weight classes gave the Dogs enough points to finish fourth out of 32 teams despite missing five starters. Morgan’s Smith came through to wrestle to his first tournament championship while McElligott continues to dominate the opposition.  McElligott has won every tournament he has entered in his weight class …

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Middle School teams off to strong start

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Morgan County’s Bullpup basketball started their season this week in robust fashion. The boys came up with a big PAC conference win over rival Greene County/Carson Middle School Tigers 52-45 after losing to last season’s PAC conference champions Loganville 45-26 in their first outing.  The girls won handily over the same two clubs at Loganville 28-12 and in their first home game vs. Greene 48-16. Morgan’s girls took it to Loganville in the opener by holding the Lady Red Devils scoreless in the first half.  They led 16-0 at intermission …

2017 Holiday Tour Of Homes

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By Bob Hughes president chamber of commerce This year’s Tour of Homes was a great success with over 2,400 visitors over the 3 days of the tour. Of course, the weather cooperated with only foggy and overcast conditions, but all of our visitors had a wonderful time seeing the sites and shops of Madison and Morgan County. Our attendance was on track with previous years and included visitors from as far away as Texas and California with a couple from Germany who bought tickets for another tour but saw Madison …

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Betty Patrick Chastain

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Betty Patrick Chastain, 89 of Madison passed away December 4, 2017. She was the daughter of the late Clinton and Marie Graves Patrick and had a brother, Lamar Patrick. She was preceded in death by her husband Rex W. Chastain. She is survived by her children Terry (Lynn) Chastain and Barbara (Alan) Minnigerode. She leaves six grandchildren, six great grandchildren as well as her sister-in-law Nannette Patrick Erb. The memorial service will be Friday, December 8 at 1 p.m. at A. E. Carter Funeral Home in the chapel. In lieu …

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Lois Lord Armour

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Lois Lord Armour, 89 of Madison, died December 2, 2017. She was surrounded by her family. Mrs. Armour was born July 5, 1928 in Gainesville. She was married to the late William Ralph Armour, Sr. Mrs. Armour was retired as a seamstress, having worked for Madison Sportswear. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church. She enjoyed working in her flower gardens as well as sewing and cooking for her family. Mrs. Armour is survived by her children, Shirley Almand, JR Armour and Rose Marie and Richard Luke. She is …

George Albert Rosencrance, Jr.

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George Albert Rosencrance, Jr., age 58, of Union Point, died Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens. Al was born in Covington on October 15, 1959, the son of the late George Albert Rosencrance, Sr. and Peggy Copelan Rosencrance.  He attended  Morgan County High School and Athens Technical School.  He joined the Herald Journal working with Carey Williams, Sr. where he was a photographer and helped distribute the paper. Al collected guns and enjoyed collecting and selling knives.  He loved riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.  He was a …

Michael Jon Clevenger (Mike)

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Michael Jon Clevenger (Mike) was born May 17, 1976 at MacDill AFB, in Tampa, Florida. He died November 5, 2017 in Newport News, Virginia at Riverside Hospital. At 41 years old, Michael was struck by a vehicle on October 21, 2017, while driving a 2004 Harley Davidson during work.  He was working as Finance Manager for Bowditch Ford, Newport News, Virginia. He is survived by two daughters: Sophia Anne, age 12, and Aubree Grace Clevenger, age 6; mother and stepfather: Bryan and Lovie McGiboney of Madison; grandmother Betty M. Bailey …

Community hosts Thanksgiving Meal

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Nearly 300 people throughout Morgan County took advantage of the free Thanksgiving meal made possible by Calvary Baptist Church and the Morgan County Board of Education. About 100 volunteers prepared meals at Morgan County High School on Thanksgiving Day, serving families in the cafeteria or delivering takeout meals to people’s homes. “It went extremely well,” said Angela Daniel, administrator for Calvary Baptist Church in Madison. “It was well organized and everyone did their part. It was wonderful to see our community working together to help those who really need it. …

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Nov. 25 Ismel Martinez Rufino, 24, Newborn was cited for prohibited waste. According to reports, a Morgan County deputy was called to the county dumpster facility on Doster Road with a complaint regarding roofing materials in the dumpster. Reports state that Rufino and his wife were stopped in Madison by a Madison Police Department officer and that the vehicle Rufino was driving was pulling a trailer loaded with roofing material. The deputy went to the traffic stop and allegedly identified Rufino as the person who had thrown roofing materials …

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Madison Police Department

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On Nov. 26 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Micha Way residence. According to reports, a woman said that someone had, earlier, painted a “Z” on the front tag bracket of her Volkswagen Beetle. The woman said when she returned home on Nov. 26 she observed that someone had scratched a “Z” on a television screen and a mirror. The woman said she also found a Sprite soda drink in her refrigerator that did not belong. An officer observed that one window to the residence was ajar and …

Dogs Ranked #1 After Colorful Win

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The 2017-18 version of Morgan County basketball is off to a colorful start after winning the ‘plaid’ bracket of Dacula High School’s first annual Craig Sager Memorial Basketball Tournament.  With the tournament victory and another over Westlake this past Friday, the Dogs now hold the number one ranking in the state for class AAA at 4-0 on the young season and for good reason. Jamond Sims’ team has been the cardiac kids to this point with their largest margin of victory coming in the 67-61 defeat of Westlake.  The three …