Dr. King remembered at NAACP breakfast event

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor More than 50 years after his death, Martin Luther King Jr. is still inspiring millions to make his infamous dream of justice, peace, and racial equality a reality.  Local leaders gathered on Monday to remember the life of Martin Luther King Jr. at the annual MLK Breakfast at Source of Life Ministries in Madison.  This year’s keynote speaker, Bob Mackey, the CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia, urged the crowd to carry on King’s legacy today.  “On this day …

Paschal, and Hooten named Star Student and Teacher Of The Year

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Morgan County High School announced this year’s STAR Student and Teacher at a special assembly last Friday. Senior Will Paschal earned the prestigious title of STAR Student. He then chose Pam Hooten, his math teacher, as this year’s STAR Teacher.  Paschal earned the honor by excelling academically, known as the resident math whiz at MCHS. To be named a STAR Student, graduating high school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the SAT and be in the top 10 …

Take a seat

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By Quinn Rafferty staff writer There’s a question as old as time itself. Which are there more of in the world, chairs or people? That question is left up for debate. However, chairs is up a leg with the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center chair exhibition coming up in February. You may be asking yourself, why a chair? Chairs are ubiquitous objects. They exist in every culture and civilization. They’re made in various ways, with different types of materials. There are an exorbitant number of ways to create and interpret a chair …

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Crossover to close at Bethany Road intersection

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor The Bethany Road Intersection on Madison Highway 441 will no longer allow a crossover option, and only allow a right turn onto the bypass. According to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), “Bethany Road at U.S. 441 median crossover will close Monday, Jan. 13. “When Pittman Construction’s work begins at Bethany Road, traffic will be in the final Reduced Conflict U-Turn (RCUT) configuration meaning right out only onto the Bypass. Drivers will have to use the two median cuts downstream to U-turn if they …

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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 …

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Drive-by shooting causes damage to residents’ vehicles

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By Quinn Rafferty, Staff Writer A drive-by shooting in Rutledge on Dec. 30 resulted in damage to two vehicles with no injuries. The shooting took place on Newborn Road around 11 p.m. Suspects in the shooting have not been identified. According to Lt. Brandon Sellers, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, investigators have collected and are observing surveillance camera footage from businesses near the shooting to attempt to identify the suspect or suspects. Sellers said two women who owned the vehicles said there was no apparent dispute that occurred leading up to …

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, …

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 …

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 …

Plane crashes near Broughton Road

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By Patrick Yost, Editor A single-engine plane crashed Monday afternoon on the Morgan County/ Jasper County line, killing the pilot. The plane, a Cessna 172 according to Morgan County Fire and Rescue Director Jeff Stone, was piloted by Millwood Ashley Dekle, 72. The plane crashed into a heavily wooded area south of Shiloh Road near the Broughton Road area of Morgan County sometime around 2:30 p.m., said Chief Deputy Keith Howard, Morgan County Sheriffn’s Office. Authorities said multiple persons called both Morgan County and Jasper County Dispatch to report the …

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On Dec. 29 a recovered auto report was field at an Atlanta Highway location. According to reports, a man who purchased property at the location in July reported that he recently located a stripped down Toyota Camry or Corolla on the property. Reports state that vehicle has no doors, center console, radio or other interior parts. Vehicle identification numbers had been scratched out or removed. On Dec. 29 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Shepherd Road residence. According to reports, a man said someone took a package …

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2020 football brings all new faces to Region 4-AAA

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Did you know that not one single team competing in 4-AAA for the 2020 football season participated in that region a year ago?  That is correct.  Teams from Morgan County, Burke County, Thomson, Harlem, Cross Creek, Hephzibah, and the Academy of Richmond County (ARC) that will comprise that region in the fall of 2020 all participated in different regions in AA, AAA, and AAAA in 2019.  Just for fun let’s take a look at how those teams did this past football season and prognosticate …

Lady Dogs get split decision at Classic City Clash

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By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor The Morgan County girls’ basketball squad got a win over River Ridge (Woodstock), but fell to the host team North Oconee Lady Titans in the Classic City Clash over the weekend.  The split decision brings the girls’ record to 7-9 heading into the second half of the schedule after the holiday break.  According to Coach Timothy Roop, the improved effort from the free throw line was instrumental in the victory over River Ridge as the team made good on all but five attempts.  He …

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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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County gets 72 new voting machines

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor Morgan County is among the first in Georgia to receive its fleet of new voting machines. As of Dec. 19, just 25 counties out of 159 Georgia counties received the new voting equipment. Morgan County received 72 new voting machines on Dec. 20.  “It’s a lot,” said Jennifer Doran, election supervisor for Morgan County.  In all, the county received 72 touchscreen tablets and 72 printers.  “One of each makes a voting machine,” said Doran.  The county also received 10 ballot boxes, 10 precinct scanners …