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JV boys finish runner-up in Tournament finale

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor It was a fitting end for the Morgan County JV boys’ basketball team as they came up just short of taking home the Championship Trophy losing to Franklin County 38-26 in the finals of the Region JV Tournament.   In the words of Coach Milfred Franklin, “After the game I told the players we did exactly what you are supposed to do throughout a season…get better as the season goes on and play your best in the playoffs. It doesn’t matter how you start, …

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Bulldog Bytes: quick, digestible tidbits from high school sports

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Tennis:  Coach Stacy Dearing will again head up the boys’ and girls’ tennis programs this spring.  After losing four of the top girls from last season’s Region 8-AAA Runner-up squad, she said, “We have a lot of new faces and terrific talent!  Last year we did well with a second place finish for the girls.  We lost our first round playoff match in a close one, so this will be a building year for us.  I am excited about this rising talent.”  The teams …

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Primed and positive about upcoming track season

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s High School track program is headed in the right direction according to second-year boys’ head Coach Aubrey Fortson and first-year girls’ head Coach Patrick Kicklighter.  As most track coaches will tell you, it’s all in the numbers.  The sport is driven by getting as many quality athletes out to participate as you possibly can.   Convincing those stars from other sports like football, basketball, cross-country, swimming, volleyball, and others is a key ingredient to being successful in AAA track. Fortson commented, “We’re …

MCHS hosts Godspell

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Morgan County High School (MCHS) drama students took on the legendary musical “Godspell,” the 1970s classic, which retells the Gospel of Matthew through music a modern day setting in New York.  Leanae Rose, the new drama director at MCHS, was eager and honored to take on the project, and believes all the hard work to prepare the students for the big show paid off.  “This show was absolute magic!” said Rose. “The students really stepped up and delivered a close to perfect performance each …

Untold Stories

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By Brittany Whitley staff writer In the world of research, it is commonly agreed that Americans are now living to be older than history once proved. According to some researchers, individuals over 90 years old constitute a larger population than other older age groups. It is believed that most individuals over 90 live alone or in nursing homes, and are widowed white women, high school graduates, and have one or more disabilities. The only demographic feature characterizing 93-year old Madison native Ruth Binion is being a woman.   Born by …

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No day in court for Foster protesters

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Foster Park, a proposed 19-house subdivision planned for Madison’s Historic District, has been in limbo for more than two years as a series heated public proceedings and legal challenges unfolded to halt the project. However, opponents of the project, a group of Historic District residents who object to the housing development and the City of Madison’s rezoning allowance to accommodate it, may be out of options. The lawsuit originally launched by the Historic District resident alleged that the City of Madison did not follow …

Belton boasts Georgia’s future bright

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer Georgia’s future is bright, according to State Representative Dave Belton, who believes under the leadership of the new Governor, Brian Kemp, Georgia will continue to expand and diversify its booming economy while improving the quality of education and job training opportunities across the state.  Belton met with constituents on January 23 at Madison Chophouse Grille to share information about Georgia’s current state and upcoming legislation as well as to respond to questions from the attendees. Afterward, County Manager Adam Mestres shared information about an upcoming …

Facebook: the 21st Century wanted poster

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By Patrick Yost editor Utilizing Facebook, the Madison Police Department identified a robbery suspect within and hour of posting the suspect’s picture to the social media site. According to Detective Wes. Thompson, soon after a cashier at Wal Mart had been robbed, the department was able to obtain a video surveillance image of the suspect, post it on Facebook and then receive several conformations of the man’s identity. According to Madison Police Department reports, on Friday, Jan. 25 at 3:50 p.m. a cashier at the garden center alerted management that …

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$4 mil roadwork commences in Morgan

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Roadwork near Sandy Creek Road in Madison and Bostwick Road (State Route 83) kicked off this week with motorists experiencing traffic delays during construction hours.  The 441 project is anticipated to be completed in roughly two weeks, whereas the longer-term Bostwick Road surfacing project will not be completed until August of 2019.  Crews from C and H Paving Inc are currently widening US 441/Athens Highway on both sides near Sandy Creek Road in Madison. This will allow for a center left turn lane installation …

‘I never promised you a rose garden…’

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Turn it up Momma! Everybody sing! It’s that famous country singer Lynn Anderson!  I beg your pardon  . .. I never promised you a rose garden along with the sunshine there’s got to be a little rain sometimes . . . so let’s smile for a while and lets be jolly… love shouldn’t be so melancholy. Come along and share the good the times while we …  That’s right y’all . . . you might not have a ding dang rose garden but you sure as Sam Hill can get …

Bluebird workshop creates new habitats

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer Betsy Wagenhauser hosted an informational workshop about bluebirds and walked people around part of her bluebird trail on Saturday, January 26. Wagenhauser’s bluebird trail, which consists of 12 bluebird houses set approximately 100 yards apart from each other, allowed locals to see proper designs and locations for such houses. Roughly half of all fledgling bluebirds do not survive the first year. However, Wagenhauser says since she started her trail and other people in Madison have also added boxes, she notices bluebirds more than ever. Wagenhauser …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On Jan. 25 a theft by taking complaint was filed at TA Truck Stop, Eatonton Road. According to reports, a man said after he left the truck stop at 5 a.m. and returned to his vehicle he could not locate his wallet. The man said there was $270 cash, a permanent green card, a Social Security card, a company credit card and a personal debit card in the wallet. On Jan. 26 Scott Henry Segars, 42, Madison was arrested and charged with sexual battery. According to reports, a 16-year-old female …

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Jan. 26 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Greensboro Road residence. According to reports, a man said someone had broken the window out of a house he was renovating. Reports state that a deputy suspected a man authorities had been looking for the night before after a missing persons complaint was filed against the 20-year-old man. The complainant estimated the damaged to the window at $300. A deputy made contact with the missing man, who they had located in the area the night before, and suggested that …

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Foundation builders: Former basketball coaches honored

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor At Morgan County’s final home game of the 2018-19 season, the high school basketball teams honored several former high school basketball coaches at MCHS.  These coaches spanned several generations of basketball at our storied institution.   They laid the foundation for the many years that followed where MOCO has been at the forefront of basketball in the state of Georgia.   Their contributions cannot be measured in wins and losses, but only in the number of kids that came through the programs that they …

Three straight Region wins

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Six games in 10 days is tough for any team.  After taking a tough loss at the hands of AAAAAA opponent Langston-Hughes 50-42 Monday the Morgan County hardcourt Dogs came back strong with three wins this week over Jefferson 68-59 in overtime, Jackson County 74-50 on Senior Night, and Hart County 66-55 in the season’s final home game. The 2018-19 team is senior-laden with the likes of four-year starter Alec Woodard and three-year starters Stevin Greene and Tyrin Lawrence.  These three guys will be …

Girls rip Jackson Co. on Senior Night

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor It was a tough week for Morgan’s girls with games against the number one ranked Jefferson Lady Dragons on Tuesday, Jackson County and Senior Night on Friday, and another game with Hart County Saturday.  All of these games had major 8-AAA Region and even State implications.   The girls lost to Jefferson 68-55 Tuesday, but had a big loss in that one.  Starting point guard Lou Reid went down to a shoulder injury that may keep her out for some time.  She did not …

Space Day at Kiddy Land

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor All the stars aligned to bring together Morgan County High School students with young early learning students at Kiddy Land Early Learning Center for a special collaborative project that allowed for a group of high school students to teach young children a little bit about the universe.  Science Teacher Alec Johnson, who worked with NASA last summer, teamed up with Kaleigh Sidwell, a teacher running the one of the high school’s pathway career programs training students who want to become teachers.  “I think it …

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Martha Ann Peters

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Mrs. Martha Ann Smith Peters, 67, of 584 Hough Circle, Madison, Georgia departed this life Tuesday, January 22, 2019 in Madison, Georgia. Martha was born April 10, 1951, to the late Charlie and Mamie Studdard. She received her education from Pearl High School. She joined Calvary Baptist Church at an early age. She was blessed with one son, Tony (Brenda) Smith of Milledgeville, GA. Martha leaves to cherish her memories: Tommy Smith, Melvin (Essie) Smith, Dollie (Wilson) Williams, Lewis (Edna) Smith, Mattie Smith, and Sarah Sawyer; three grandchildren Nialonia B., …

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Betty Elliott

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Betty Elliott, 66 of Monroe, died January 28, 2019 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle.  Mrs. Elliott was married to Billy Elliott.  She leaves six children, Bill Elliott, Jr., Christina Inglett, Jennifer Tarlton, Becky Caudell, Jackie Elliott and Brunson Johnson.  She also leaves 14 grandchildren.   The family received friends on Wednesday, January 30 from 6-8 p.m. at A.E. Carter Funeral Home.  The funeral service will be Thursday at 2 p.m. in the  chapel.  Interment will follow at Lawnwood Memorial Park in Covington.

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Kaye Thrasher Ervin

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Kaye Thrasher Ervin, 78 of Snellville, died January 25, 2019. Mrs. Ervin was born in Apalachee on March 21, 1940 to Frank and Clyde Beal Thrasher. She was married to the late Clinton Ervin.  She was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Auburn.  Mrs. Ervin is survived by one son, Ken Ervin and her daughter-in-law, Galaine Ervin, wife of the late, Stacy Ervin. Mrs. Thrasher also leaves a sister, Helen Long and two brothers, Roger Thrasher and Roy Thrasher.  She leaves grandchildren, Shane Ervin and Jared Ervin and Melissa …