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Five car crashes on I-20

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By Quinn Rafferty, Staff Writer A sudden downpour last Friday caused a series of accidents on Interstate 20. According to Sgt. Justin Howard, Georgia State Patrol, nine cars were involved in accidents on Friday, Jan. 3 on I-20 east near mile marker 106. Between the nine cars, there were five crashes with various minor injuries. Time of the accidents spans from 11:17 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. According to Howard, the first incident involved a vehicle which  “lost control of the vehicle due to hydroplaning. The vehicle traveled off the road …

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Man held for drug possession

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By Quinn Rafferty, Staff Writer A domestic violence call resulted in the arrest of a Morgan County man for drug possession.  On Dec. 30, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call reporting a physical domestic altercation but when police arrived, the male subject had departed the residence. The male subject, Deyondray White, 19, was reported to be driving a black Ford Explorer and headed towards Madison on Greensboro Highway.  Morgan County officer Stubbs located and pulled White over and quickly detected a marijuana odor. Officer Stubbs then asked White …

Teen goes on road rampage

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By Quinn Rafferty, Staff A high-speed chase unfolded over the weekend, beginning in Morgan County, racing through Walton County and then back to Morgan again. Morgan County Deputy Christopher Lash pursued four juvenile males in a white hatchback on Sunday, Jan. 5, around 2 a.m. The driver, a 16-year-old male, led police on a wild chase through two counties.  The chase began when Lash noticed the vehicle speeding by his patrol unit at 64 miles per hour when he was conducting traffic enforcement. After initiating pursuit of the vehicle, the …

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Madison Police Department

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On Dec. 27 a simple battery complaint was filed at a Morgan Circle location. According to reports, a woman alleged that as she was driving on the road another woman yelled an expletive at her. The woman said she stopped and reversed her vehicle until she was parallel with the name-calling woman. The name-calling woman allegedly threw a punch at the complainant and other people armed with brooms came out of a residence in a threatening manner. On Dec. 27 Dylan Grithen Williams, 22, Atlanta was arrested and charged with …

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Obituaries for the Week of January 2, 2020

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Betty Sue (Brake) Moore Betty Sue (Brake) Moore (89), of Buckhead, Georgia, passed away on Saturday, December 28, 2019, from complications from cancer.  Betty was born in Eatonton,  the youngest of 12 children, to Bradley Thompson Brake and Bessie Clyde Shaw Brake.  She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Macon H. Moore of Buckhead, and daughters Beverly J. Bentley, and Linda Moore Kincaid (Bill) of Atlanta. She is  also survived by one beloved brother, Bradley Thompson Brake “BT” (Madge) of Manchester, Tennessee and many family members and friends …

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On Dec. 19 Bradley Allan Cobb, 34, Eatonton was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and driving while license suspended. According to reports, an officer was called to Walmart at 3 p.m. regarding a man slumped over in his vehicle. Reports state when the officer arrived he observed Cobb passed out and sweating profusely. The officer also noticed two small axes in the seat next to Cobb. The officer opened the door and made several attempts to get Cobb to recognize him, reports state. When Cobb raised up the …

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor Santa and his helpers ushered in the biggest Christmas celebration in Madison last weekend. The Annual Holiday Parade and Caroling by Candle Light was held in Downtown Madison last Saturday.  The Holiday Parade featured floats, walking groups, vintage cars, horses, dogs, dancers, and the award winning MCHS Marching Bulldog Band, all decorated to this year’s theme, ‘Up On The Rooftop, Click, Click, Click…’ After the parade, people sang medleys of holiday music in Town Park by candlelight. This event was orchestrated by Madison Main …

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Dec. 15 a burglar complaint was filed at a Beaverdam Road residence. According to reports, a man told a deputy that someone had entered his property and broken several windows and doors along with glass cups and bowls, a heater, children’s toys, a radio a DVD player, a door frame and a pipe to a wood burning stove. The man also said he as missing a blue Yamaha power wheel children’s toy, a four wheeler and a Poulin chainsaw. A neighbor told police he had observed two white male …

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Madison Police Department

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On Dec. 1 a damage to property complaint was filed at Red Roof Inn, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an officer was dispatched to the motel regarding a man bleeding. Reports state that a 42-year-old man told the officer he had cut his hand after punching a picture frame. The man said he was upset at the time of the punch. On Nov. 28 a theft of lost or mislaid property complaint was filed at Walmart, Eatonton Road. According to reports, a Walmart employee reported that she had left her …

Peters wins Senior Center raffle

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Special to the Citizen For years now, from January through November, you’ll find a group of hard-working talented Morgan County residents, all members of its Senior Center, hunkered in the center’s ceramics room, busily painting and firing hundreds of items for that year’s ceramics and craft sale.  Most of their output is Christmassy in nature but, being so close to Athens, a lot of their designs end up Bulldog Red and Black with big Gs on them.  They also make doll clothes, quilts, and home décor such as candlesticks. All …

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Board of Commissioners Seeking Volunteers

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Staff Report The Morgan County Commission met last Tuesday to discuss vacancies on various boards, building upgrades including a roof replacement for the Morgan County DFCS and Health Department, participation in the Complete Count Committee for the upcoming census, and proposals by the Georgia General Assembly to regulate design standards on a statewide level.  The commission’s first order of business was the approval of November’s financial report which included payables to the General Fund in the amount of $457,459, TSPLOST in the amount of $130,431, SPLOST in the amount of …

Hunting the elusive Mallard

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By Alvin Richardson, Staff Writer Duck hunters will mostly tell you that their gold standard is the mallard.  This wily and elusive trophy is one of the most sought after prizes of waterfowl hunters all over the country.  The male (drake) makes an impressive mount and is a worthy adversary especially as the season wears on and they have been hounded and shot at a few times.  The mallard is typically 20-26 inches long with an average wingspan between 32-39 inches and a body weight between 1.5 and 3.5 pounds.  …

Shultz readies youthful team for second season

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s wrestling program is a prideful one with a history and tradition of winning.  Coach Carter Shultz should know.  The second-year coach is a former MCHS wrestler under Coach John Robbins that knows the process it takes to become successful at the Area and State level.  “Our program is definitely trending up.  When you look at our middle school program and the work there that Coach (Marcus) Crowe has done along with Duane Turner and Christian Darsey; they do an outstanding job.  We …

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Madison Police Department

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On Dec. 1 a damage to property complaint was filed at Red Roof Inn, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an officer was dispatched to the motel regarding a man bleeding. Reports state that a 42-year-old man told the officer he had cut his hand after punching a picture frame. The man said he was upset at the time of the punch. On Nov. 28 a theft of lost or mislaid property complaint was filed at Walmart, Eatonton Road. According to reports, a Walmart employee reported that she had left her …

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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Week of November 28 On Nov. 23 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Mission Road residence. According to reports, a man said someone entered his property and took a blue Yamaha 450 motorcycle valued at $7,000 and a green Kawasaki 450 motorcycle valued at $3,500. The man also advised deputies that he had received information that someone had observed an associate of the complainant driving towards Rutledge in a pickup truck that contained two motorcycles. On Nov. 22 a financial identity fraud complaint was filed at a …

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Benvenuto in Italia

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By Elsie Monk, Staff Writer Some of us may have had a summer vacation to Florida, California, New York or even Lake Oconee and some of you got all excited about Daytona Beach!  But then there are those Madisonians who were fortunate enough to travel out of the country.  Brush up on your Italian because it seems there is someone going or coming from Italy  weekly.  Is it the monuments or architecture of Rome, Naples, Florence; or is it the seafood of Venice or the homemade pasta of Tuscany or …

Obituaries for the Week of Nov. 28

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Donald Edward Wright Donald Edward Wright, 91, passed away peacefully at his home November 19, 2019.  He was born to Grace Sawyer Wright and Isaac Leonard Wright on February 25th, 1928 in Nashville, Tennessee. He is preceded in death by two brothers – Richard Lee Wright (Rebecca) of Nashville, Tennessee,  Harold Leonard Wright (Rosalie) of Big Bear, California, and is survived by one sister, Dorothy Ann Pope (Jere) of Meridian, Mississippi. Don is survived by his two sons Matthew Edward Wright (Lindsay) of Franklin, Tennessee and Andrew Lee Wright of …

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Nov. 10 a theft by taking complaint was filed at the intersection of Pinetree Circle and Bethany Road. According to reports, a woman alleged that after she gave her 14-year-old son $50 to go to the store, another juvenile took the money as the teen was walking to the store and pushed the woman’s son to the ground. The woman described the suspect as taller than 5’9” with short brown hair and a blonde patch  on top. She estimates the suspect was 16 or 17-years-old. A second woman also …