Fiery collision on Bostwick Highway

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By Patrick Yost, Editor An Athens man remains in the intensive care unit at Grady Memorial Hospital after a truck he was driving west on Sandy Creek Road burst into flames following a violent collision last Wednesday. According to Georgia State Patrol reports, Larry Edwards, 68, was airlifted to Grady following the 9:13 a.m. incident at the intersection of Sandy Creek Road and Bostwick Highway. Reports allege that Edwards stopped at the intersection and then drove his 2016 Nissan Frontier into the path of 2011 Ford Superduty truck hauling a …

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. …

Bethany Road ‘R-CUT intersection work to begin

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor Despite an unanimous local push for a traffic light at the Bethany Road Intersection in Madison the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is moving forward with an alternate temporary solution for “the most dangerous intersection in Morgan County.” GDOT will spend nearly a quarter million dollars to install an R-CUT near the Bethany Road Intersection, in hopes that new turning lane system will enhance driver visibility and safety. Construction begins in early December 2019.  “We anticipate crews beginning work on the median cut items …

You’re invited: Thanksgiving for all at high school

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor The public is invited to the annual Thanksgiving Day Community Meal at Morgan County High School, orchestrated by Calvary Baptist Church and Saint Paul’s AME Church. The meal is a 35-year-long tradition, which seeks to ensure everyone has the opportunity to eat a traditional Thanksgiving meal among friendly faces.  Over the years, individuals, businesses and other churches have donated resources to help with the cost of the event. The high school cafeteria staff prepares the meal and volunteers show up to serve the people …

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 …

Lady Diamond Dogs Honored At Banquet

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By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor The 2019 Morgan County softball team held their end-of-the year banquet to honor the accomplishments of the individuals and team after another successful season.  Several players were recognized for their All-Region performances that included first-teamers Avery Kinnett and Zoey Brown and second-teamers Parker Spain, Hannah Callaway, and Maeson Tanner. Coach Jason McBay said, “Avery was without a doubt our most explosive hitter at the plate. She led the team in home runs with 5. Around mid-September, no one could get her out. She brings …

Reclassification revisited- The Saga Continues

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By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor In last week’s issue of the Morgan County Citizen, it was noted that further changes by the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) would continue to change the landscape as far as reclassification is concerned.  Doug Connelly noted that those changes could dramatically change the region situation as far as Morgan County High School is concerned. According to reliable sources, the GHSA was to hear final appeals on class changes (i.e. Class AAA to AA or AAAA to AAA as examples) over two weeks ago.  …

Stamps, Arienzo ink baseball scholarships

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By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor Morgan County’s middle infield tandem of Dominic Arienzo and Ethan Stamps signed baseball scholarships this past week.  Second baseman Arienzo and shortshop/pitcher Stamps have been an integral part of the Bulldogs’ success over the past few seasons. Arienzo will be attending Georgia College and State University while Stamps has signed with Lipscomb University.  The duo will complete their final senior season for the Diamond Dogs this spring with high hopes of success.  Arienzo said, “I think we will be good this year and will …

Alchemical Divide at Cultural Center

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By Kurston Smith, Intern The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center welcomed Corrina Sephora to close out her solo exhibition, Alchemical Divide on Nov. 9  There was a reception held Friday and Saturday to bring the running exhibit to an end. Sephora delivered an artist talk in which she spilled all the details behind the inspiration for the exhibit.  Alchemical Divide spans over two bodies of work and has served as her latest project—one she has worked on for almost two years.  “In this exhibition I merge universal and personal themes of loss …

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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 …

Local Mike Akins becomes Governor appointee

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By Patrick Yost editor  A Morgan County man has been chosen to serve on a state board overseeing the booming film industry in Georgia. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announced last Wednesday that Morgan County resident Mike Akins has been appointed to the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Commission. Akins joins 17 other notable industry insiders and state politicians on the commission.  According to a press release by the governor’s office, Akins earned a Master’s Degree in Science from Oklahoma State University. Akins, who is currently a business agent with …

Thanksgiving meal giveaway this Friday

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By Kurston Smith – Intern With the holidays fast approaching, local charities are stepping up their giving efforts to ensure everyone can enjoy the season.  The Caring Place, a food pantry in Madison, is preparing for its annual Thanksgiving food giveaway on Friday, Nov. 22 at 9 a.m. “We are living in a community that supports families when they are in need,” Nancy Pluckhahn, volunteer director of The Madison-Morgan Caring Place. “We have been open for 22 years, almost 23 years. That’s a long time and people have supported us …

Buckhead seeks $750k water grant

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The Town of Buckhead’s aging water system has prompted local officials to seek a $750,000 grant to improve and upgrade water service.  “The vast majority of the water lines that run to the Town of Buckhead are the original water lines–over 50 years old,” explained Cheryl Saffold, Buckhead’s town clerk. “They are antiquated and need to be updated to avoid a major disruption in water service should any of our main lines break.” According to Saffold, Buckhead is currently in the process of applying …

Nolan Crossing a ‘Place in Peril’

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Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Nolan Crossroad, an historic intersection in Bostwick was included in The Georgia Trust’s “2020 Places in Peril.” The designation is meant to highlight deteriorating historic structures in danger of disappearing in order to spur on efforts to rehabilitate and save these historic sites.  According to the Georgia Trust, Nolan Crossroads includes a complex of buildings that “span nearly a century.  “Nolan Crossroads represents the transition from slavery-based agriculture to the sharecropping economy of the post-Civil War South,” said a statement from the Georgia Trust. The …

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Second arrest made in Buckhead shooting

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By Patrick Yost editor  South Carolina authorities last Wednesday, Nov. 13 arrested a second suspect in a multi-state, two-day crime spree that included the shooting of an elderly Buckhead man. According to Chief Deputy Keith Howard, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Barnwell, S.C. Police Department officers arrested Tre’ Quan Garvin, 20, after Garvin was observed as a passenger in a vehicle that drove past the Barnwell Police Department headquarters. The vehicle was stopped, Howard said, and Garvin attempted to flee on foot but was detained by officers. Garvin’s arrest ended a …

Shop, Sip & Stroll

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The Holiday season is upon us and Madison embraced it by hosting the Second Annual Holiday Shop Sip and Stroll in downtown Madison. Over 1,000 people descended upon Downtown Madison as 27 local merchants decked the halls and offered patrons a slew of deals and promotions.  “It was as successful as last year, if not better,” said Ann Huff, Madison’s Main Street coordinator. “We hope that will continue and become a beloved tradition in Madison every year.” The sound of classic holiday music sung …

Home for the Holidays Showhouse

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By Dianne Yost staff writer This year, four Madison designers are among the 22 designers featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles 2019 Home for the Holidays Showhouse and Marketplace. Each designer has a space to display their design talents from lounge space, bedrooms, outdoor spaces, dining rooms and more.  But what makes this showhouse so amazing is the huge presence that local Madison designers brought to this year’s event. Indeed, Dan Belman and Randy Korando, owners of Atlanta’s iconic Buckhead Gardens & Gifts shop, organized and curated the event’s Holiday …

New photography exhibit at cultural center

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By Kurston Smith – Intern The artwork of Atlanta-based photographers will be on display at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, beginning with an opening reception for the new exhibit on Saturday, Nov. 23. At 5 p.m. The new exhibit, “People, Places, Things,” will feature the work of the Atlanta Photography Group (APG)  The new display will be a group exhibition juried by  Dr. Samuel Gerace III, photo curator at the Booth Museum in Cartersville, Ga. He studied Fine Art at Shorter University. He received his Masters and Ph.D. from the University …

Amici’s Madison Introduces New System

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By Kurston Smith Intern Out with the old, in with the new. This is something Amici’s Italian Cafe in downtown Madison has achieved in great lengths this year.  The local restaurant resides in a historic building but is equipped with the latest modern technologies.  Their most recent upgrade includes installing a state of the art Kitchen Display System. A Kitchen Display System, also known as a KDS, replacing the old-fashioned paper ticket printers that Amici’s has always used in the past.  This latest upgrade helps staff efficiency as well as …