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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 …

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 …

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On Nov. 7 Demarcus Treyvone Peek, 25, Madison was arrested and charged with criminal trespass. According to reports, an officer was dispatched to the Budget Inn, Eatonton Road, regarding a man staying in a room without paying. Reports state that the officer met with a Budget Inn employee who gained access to room 115 and found Peek and a woman in the room. Peek allegedly told the officer the woman was not a co-conspirator in the alleged scam. On Nov. 6 a harassing phone call complaint was filed at a …

Dogs fall in opener to Newton

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The 2019-20 Bulldog basketball season kicked off Saturday night at home against an always-talented Newton team.  Starting three sophomores, junior Desmond White, and senior AJ Brown, the Dogs came away empty-handed in the 74-47 loss.  The inexperience showed in the second half. Trailing by only seven at intermission 29-22, and both teams playing like it was the first game of the season, Morgan’s youthful lineup had problems handling the Rams’ pressure.  Turnovers that were converted into easy buckets proved too much for MOCO to …

Hart rushes past Morgan 39-14

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer In a game that would ultimately decide the number two and three seeds in Region 8AAA Hart County’s ground game carried the day.  Led by tailback Malachi Thomas (1136 rushing yards coming in) Hart took a 21-14 lead into intermission and then dominated the second half with a punishing rushing attack.  The visitors from Hartwell held the ball for 18:24 of the final 24 minutes, racked up 14 first downs and posted 18 unanswered points to capture the number two seed.  Morgan had precious few …

Woodard bids farewell to MC education community

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Dear Morgan County Education Community,  I write this letter with a heavy heart and a spirit of gratitude. I have been both blessed and honored to have served a small role in such an amazing school system. However, as we enter this fall season, I am also entering a new season of life. After much thoughtful reflection and prayer, I have decided to finish my primary professional career effective June 30, 2020.  I am confident that there is no better place in the nation to serve than right here in …

2018, a year in review!

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By Sarah Wibell  and Brittany Whitley staff writers January Guy Rogers became Morgan County’s new tax assessor. Rodgers previously worked for the county two decades ago. The “5 Perspectives” art exhibit opened. The collaboration between the Morgan County African American Museum and the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art highlighted work by five contemporary artists celebrating black art. A hotel/motel tax was passed 3-to-2 by Madison’s city council but blocked by State Representative Dave Belton and Senator Burt Jones. The resolution intended to increase a local tax from 5 to 7 …

Santa’s Workshop was in our backyard

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By Jennifer Cochran Mary Ann and Bo didn’t know it for years, but Santa’s workshop was right in their own back yard.  You see, Bill had a workshop behind our house that he built not long before we were married in 1983.  During the year, it was just “the shop” to us, and it was where Bill first used  his carpentry skills as just a hobby and not a business  – building cabinets, making moulding, trim, furniture for our home, and for others, etc.  Around every October or November though, …

The coldest Christmas EVER

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By Judy Gilbert Excitement! Santa was bringing our youngest child, nine year old Curt a much wished for pony.  Bruce had picked up the little brown pony, Katie, from a farm in Monticello the week before, then we put him out to pasture at Granddaddy Gilbert’s farm, anticipating a perfect Christmas Morning. Christmas morning! It was 1983, one of the coldest Christmas’ ever!    A call came to the house at 4 a.m. from a client, Dr. Richard Owen, about the circa 1850‘s house he had just bought from me. …

Christmas Memories

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By Russell Kirby To me, Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year!  Mama and daddy always told us, as long as we believe, Santa Claus will come!  Until two years ago, when Mama had her stroke, I woke up every Christmas morning and there, under the tree, would be a gift or two from Santa.  I was lucky…Edd, Keith, and I always had a great Christmas.  We would make our list after going through the catalogue for hours and then on Christmas morning Santa would have brought …

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The patchwork of Christmas memories

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By Adam Carter As I sit and think of Christmas memories, I look across the room and see the patchwork quilt given to me by my Grandmother.  It is pieced together of all types of cloth, in all kinds of patterns, in many different colors.   Each piece, a scrap of fabric, that today would most likely be discarded as useless.  However, with frugality, each one was kept, knowing that one day it would serve a purpose.   Individually, some of these patches are beautiful designs.  Others, not quite so …

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Recipe for a good Christmas plot line

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By Laura Margaret Burbach I have very strong opinions about what makes a “good Christmas movie.” (Spoiler: it’s not the big-city-career-woman-falls-for-small-town-high-school-sweetheart Hallmark trope.)  Essentially, a good Christmas movie should follow this plot: someone is disillusioned from the meaning and spirit of Christmas.  Through the movie’s action, a community surrounds this character with love, joy, and singing — and probably baked goods — to rekindle the joy that decorates the Christmas season. My adoration of this particular movie plot stems from my family’s annual Christmas Eve tradition.  During the day, my mom, …

Christmas and Daddy

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By Cheryl Bland All six of us were born in the “Colored Ward” of the Macon Hospital in Macon.  We were raised in the small middle GA town of Gray, in the community of Clinton in Jones County.   My mom, Mary Lois Johnson Bland, was an English and French teacher, basketball coach and finally a school counselor.   Daddy, Benjamin Franklin Bland, was a civil service worker. My Daddy was a big tall dark man.  He stood 6 foot 2 inches.  He blew cigarette rings and let us play …

By Barbara Ashburn

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By Barbara Ashburn Where is the magic of Christmas?  Do we need to search for it or does it find us?   Is it in the gifts?  I tried to think of Christmases past and remember if any gifts created that magical feeling. I remember the year I got the most beautiful baby doll.  That same afternoon I took my new doll up the street to show her to neighbors and one of the girls just had to hold her.  Because the neighbor girl was in the process of painting …

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Dolls of Christmases past

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By Rachel Harper When I was little, Christmas was always an exciting time for me and my brothers and sister.  We would continually look through the Sears and Roebuck Wish Catalog to start making our lists as to what we wanted for Christmas. I can remember making a list, but I really don’t remember going to see Santa Claus and sitting in his lap.  Knowing me, I probably wouldn’t have wanted to do that anyway!   I would always wish for a new baby doll.  I didn’t care if I had …

Oh, Christmas Tree

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By Dee Cabaniss Pederson Christmas – it’s just a happy word, isn’t it?  You kind of have to smile when you say it.  I have so many memories of the most wonderful time of the year that I had some difficulty settling on any one in particular.  But after a full minute, I decided there is one Christmas tradition filled with excitement, frustration, joy, and a bit of rage – the acquisition of the perfect Christmas tree. Growing up on a dairy farm, we had plenty of wooded areas and …

Grateful Christmas Memories

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By Sheree Evans Christmas has always been an exciting time of the year for me. I have always loved the beautiful lights, the smell of a cedar tree, parties and the hustle and bustle of the season. Terry and I married in 1993, and we have had many happy and memorable Christmases together. In the beginning of 2007, Terry noticed that he was getting tired really easy and just walking a mile was zapping his energy. He had always been active in sports and had kept himself in good shape …

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Georgia’s Noted U.S. Veterans’ Cemeteries

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For weeks my iPhone calendar has had a reminder on it that on Saturday, December 15, I am to embark on an early morning two-hour drive with a dear friend to Canton, GA, in order to be at the Georgia National Cemetery by 10:00 AM with thousands of other pilgrims.  Deb and I are going there in order to place wreaths on the graves of our fathers who served this wonderful country so bravely as young men while members of the U.S. military. Deb’s dad was an Army lifer, serving …