Service awards for Morgan County

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The Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) presented awards of service to Ron Zay and the late Ruben Walker for their service to the county.  Zay and Walker’s wife, Hazel Walker, accepted the awards at Tuesday morning’s regular BOC Meeting. Walker served on the Morgan County Tax Assessors Board for two decades and the Development Authority. Zay served over 20 years on the Morgan County Tax Assessors Board. “Your dedication and service to the citizens of Morgan County are greatly appreciated,” read the certificates from Morgan County. Photo by Tia Lynn …

More than $3 million in real estate sold to end 2019

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Compiled by Dianne Yost Dec. 18, 2019 • Karl Fossum of Forsyth,  to Tina Clay of Rutledge, 4541 Davis Academy Road, Rutledge, $320,000. • New Leaf Homes, LLC of Greensboro,  to Leslie J. Watkins of Madison, 1600 Westminster Way, Madison, $325,000. • RBD Development Company, LLC of Greensboro,  to New Leaf Homes. LLC of Greensboro, 1430 Westminster Way and Buckhead Manor Phase 6-B lot 107, Madison $55,000. • Rachel J. Bargo AKA Rachel J. Glover as Executor of the …* of Greensboro,  to MADH1 LLC of Covington, 1331 Atlanta Highway, …

Milton won’t run again

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor Longtime County Commissioner Ron Milton, representing the county’s 5th District, announced Tuesday that he will not seek reelection in 2020.  “This year will conclude my second full term on the Morgan County Board of Commissioners and I will not be on the ballot for the 2020 election,” said Milton.  “It has been an honor to serve as Commissioner  for the 5th District and all of Morgan County’s citizens.” Milton, who served as the board’s chairman for the last two years, is hoping the right …

Dementia support group offers hope

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By Kurston Smith, Intern It is said that with age comes wisdom. However, for some, age can also mean a diagnosis of dementia.   The reality of a dementia diagnosis can be difficult to navigate – especially when it involves a loved one or friend, co-worker, or employee.  Developed by the Alzheimer’s Society in the United Kingdom, Dementia Friends USA is a “global movement” that is changing the way people think, act, and talk in regards to dementia.  Georgia, along with many other states, offers the Dementia Friends Program through …

Don’t miss Chris Cook’s ‘Pop-up’ gallery

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By Kurston Smith, Intern There is a new “Pop-Up” Art Gallery in downtown Madison featuring the artwork of Madison’s very own local artist, Chris Cook, owner of Madison Studios.  Cook is an American artist, born in Atlanta, who is considered a Southern Artist and Expressionist. He has had art exhibits all over the state of Georgia and his artwork is even featured in museums. The Jubilee Museum located in Columbus, Ohio and the Georgia Writers Museum in Eatonton.  Chris enjoys painting with a Southern outlook. He paints spiritual and religious …

Esther Curry and Effie Powell go to Washington

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor The Christmas season at the White House is a notoriously grand and elegant affair, but few Americans ever see it in person. But two Morgan County natives, twin sisters Esther Curry and Effie Powell, were both selected to serve as docents this year during the annual Christmas tours at the White House in Washington D.C.   “Personally I feel it was an honor to be given the opportunity to do something fun and to serve in such an important place in that small way and …

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 …

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 …

Madison to move forward on $136k water project

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor  The City of Madison voted to spend $136,000 in labor costs to complete the second phase of the Buckhead Road Water Main project. The city will also purchase the materials for the project, bringing the total cost to about $250,000.  “It’s a good clean project,” said City Manager David Nunn.  The first phase of the project extended the Buckhead Road Water Main to the new soccer complex. The second phase will extend the water main another 7,000 feet, all the way down to Buckhead …

‘Love Light Tree’ lighting set for Dec. 5

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor An old tradition lives on in the new hospital. The 2019 Love Light Tree annual fundraiser is in full swing, the Morgan Medical Center invites the community to honor their loved ones with a special ornament to be displayed on the hospital Christmas tree. Participants are invited to attend the annual hospital tree lighting ceremony on  Thursday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m at the Morgan Medical Center. “During this season of gratitude and joy the Morgan Medical Auxiliary invites you to honor your loved …

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Volunteers serve 150 Thanksgiving meals

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor The community came together on Thanksgiving to ensure everyone who wanted a traditional Thanksgiving meal got one. The 35-year-long tradition is facilitated by Calvary Baptist Church and St. Paul’s AME church in Madison, along with Morgan County High School.  Forty volunteers gave up time on Thanksgiving day to prepare and deliver hot Thanksgiving meals to 150 people in Morgan County.  “The menu was turkey, dressing, green beans, cranberry sauce,potato souffle and rolls,” said Angela Daniel, administrator for Calvary Baptist. Over the years, individuals, businesses …

Seizure Cash Pays for New Pistols

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By Patrick Yost, Editor Drug forfeitures and seizures are paying for the purchase of new pistols for deputies with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. According to Chief Deputy Keith Howard, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office has purchased 44 new pistols that are all 9mm caliber Glock weapons. The $27,000 purchase, he said, is a “transition to modernize our weapon.” Currently, deputies carry two primary duty weapons, a .40 caliber Glock and a .38 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver. Those weapons allow for 51 total shots but also utilize different ammunition.  …

Hice jumps into Bard controversy

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor In response to growing fears surrounding the prevalent use of ethylene oxide, a cancer-causing gas, Morgan County’s very own Jody Hice, Republican House Congressman for Georgia’s 10th District, formed a task force to push for greater oversight and regulation of the carcinogen gas from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “The well-being of our constituents must always be our first priority – and it is a responsibility that extends across party lines and political ideologies,” Hice said in a statement announcing the task force. …

Community Rallies for Lenita

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor Every Sunday, Lenita Franklin would fire up the stove and prepare a decadent feast for her family, friends, and anyone who wanted to eat a hot, home-cooked meal. “It was my favorite,” said Franklin, a Bostwick woman who lost her home of 33-years to a house fire last month. Lenita’s beloved Sunday dinner tradition has been put on hold, as she is now living with relatives and waiting for her house to be rebuilt.  A benefit concert is slated for Friday, Nov. 29 at …