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Town’s fate rests with city council

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  A controversial proposal will be decided by Buckhead’s Town Council that could double the size of the town and open the door for massive commercial and residential developments.  The Morgan County Planning Commission handed down mixed recommendations at a crowded special meeting last Tuesday, Sept. 22.  Over 75 people gathered to hear the Morgan County Planning Commission discuss a new text amendment that would create a new zoning category in Buckhead to facilitate a variety of development projects.  Public comment was split, with some wanting …

In Remembrance

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  All across the country, Americans are mourning the loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died last week at the age of 87 after numerous battles with cancer. Ginsburg was the second woman to ever serve on the Supreme Court, appointed in 1993 by former President Bill Clinton. About 50 people gathered on the steps of the Morgan County Courthouse last Sunday night to honor the life and legacy of Justice Ginsburg, who rose to become a feminist icon and one of …

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Buckhead next epicenter of development?

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  A controversial proposal currently being considered would nearly double the size of the Town of Buckhead and create a new zoning district that would allow for massive residential and commercial developments.  On Tuesday evening, the Morgan County Planning Commission considered three separate, but related, proposals from five land owners, seeking to annex .68 square miles into the Town of Buckhead, pass a new text amendment to create a new Interstate Mixed Use zoning district, and to rezone the annexed land in that new zoning …

Movies come back to Madison

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Y’allywood returns to Madison this week with a film production setting up shop at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center. The coronavirus pandemic has slammed the brakes on most entertainment projects in 2020, but the film industry is slowly tapping the accelerator, ramping up movie and television productions in Georgia once again.  The latest film project to come through Madison comes from Storyteller Studios, of Newnan, Ga., called Forgotten. The production crew has set up camp at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center and the movie is filming …

The Flea Market Pickers take it outside

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By Dianne Lively Yost Staff  The Flea Market Musicians (also known as the Flea Pickers), a bluegrass band comprised of local musicians, are now playing every Saturday afternoon from noon until 2 p.m. in downtown Madison in the covered outdoor space across from the Morgan County Courthouse at the corner of Hancock and Jefferson Streets. While the band’s original afternoon stage was located inside the Madison Flea Market, the band and its fans are better able to social distance in an outdoor setting.   Band member Jim Winkler said the …

First annual Virtual 5K for Mental Health

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  In the age of the coronavirus, it is not only people’s physical health at risk, but their mental health as well. Between economic hardships, shutdowns, quarantines and separation from loved ones while the world wrestles with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, depression and other mental health issues are on the rise. Local Madison City Councilwoman Carrie Peters Reid and Reasha Daniels, of Pretty Girls Fitness are orchestrating a virtual 5K race to get people outdoors exercising and to raise awareness about mental health in the …

MAG knitting for breast cancer survivors in October

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which begins in October, the Madison Artists Guild (MAG) is launching a new program to give breast cancer survivors with a unique gift. The “Knit a Tit” program invites crafty knitters to create “beautiful, lightweight, cotton prostheses for women to use shortly after mastectomies while their incisions heal, as options until they receive breast implants, or if implants have failed.” According to MAG, “The finished items will be donated to Knitted Knockers, a non-profit organization that distributes them for …

Pistons for Paws

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By Trinity Martin Staff Writer The Humane Society of Morgan County hosted its third annual “Pistons for Paws” charity parade this past Sunday. With 62 cars participating in the event, crowds lined the streets of  downtown Madison and were treated to the sight of antique vehicles and Crowe’s BBQ.  The event raised more than $4,500 through the help of Countryside Dealership, Scoops, Lowe’s, Walmart, Conner’s Napa, Nu art, the city of Madison police and sheriff departments, and all the volunteers. All profits will be used for the daily care of …

$10k grant jump starts food pantry

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  The new food pantry in Madison is asking the community for financial help to keep providing this crucial service for families in need as the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep across the state.  That Madison-Morgan Community Food Pantry is weekly food pantry out of the original Middle School, located on Pearl Street in Madison, to gather, assemble and distribute grocery boxes for families in need every Saturday morning. The food pantry was born out of the Morgan County Ministers Union’s grocery giveaway ministry, which …

Born in 1918, Kay VanDyke reflects on 102

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Maanging Editor  World War I had just ended when Katherine’s world had just begun.  Katherine VanDyke, known as Kay, celebrated a rare milestone this week. She turned 102-years old. Living for a century and then some, Kay has just about seen it all. The defining moments of America most of us read about in history books, Kay has lived through firsthand. But through all the wars and socials movements, through all the economic booms and recessions, through all the presidents and politicians pursuing power,  through all …

Humane Society parade is this Sunday, September 20

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By Trinity Martin Staff The Morgan County Humane Society holds its third annual “Pistons for Paws” charity parade this Sunday, September 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Vehicles will line up at the Walmart Super Center parking lot, while golf carts will line up in the Napa and yoga studio parking lots. The parade will then proceed into downtown Madison. The lineup consists of trucks, motorcycles, and golf carts.  To enter, a $20 fee is due along with a donation of liquid laundry detergent, bleach, Purina dry puppy food, …

Bicycle-friendly signs pop up in Morgan

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Morgan County government recently spent $1,100 for 14 new bike signs posted along county roads at the suggestion of a regional non-profit cycling club. The Covington, Conyers Cycling Club, known as the C4 Cycling Club, presented the idea to the Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) about purchasing signs to enhance biker safety throughout the county.   “The county was approached at the beginning of the year by C4 regarding designated bike routes on the west end.  Since the cycling club has conducted organized …

New exhibit opens this Thursday at Steffen Thomas

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  A new exhibit will be on display at the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA) beginning on Thursday, Sept. 17.  The new display is entitled “Elements: Expressions in Wood, Metal and Stone.” The art display will feature the creative works of regional artists in Georgia. The new exhibit will honor the legacy of the museum’s namesake, Steffen Thomas.  “Steffen Thomas was a master of all materials, but his roots as an artist began as a sculptor. In this exhibition, we will honor Steffen’s legacy …

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Morgan County real estate sales top $7 million mark

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Compiled by Dianne Lively Yost Staff Aug. 18, 2020 • Barefoot Boats, LLC of Greensboro, Ga. to John Freeman of Buckhead, 1671 Fraction Bottom Road, 1.47 acres, Buckhead, $121,750. • Linda Ann Thomas of Madison to Darlena Kinnett of Rutledge, 228 Thomason Street, Madison, $100,000. Aug. 19, 2020 • Elgen Homes, Inc. of Rutledge to Jennifer M. Payne of Rutledge, 130 Nunnally Street, 0.54 acre, Rutledge, $287,000. • Double Platinum Investments, LLC of Madison to Jesse Mitchell of Newborn, Old Mill Road (012-114), (001-114Z), (012-115A), Rutledge, $47,000. Aug. 20, 2020 …

Love’s Travel Stop has official opening

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By Patrick Yost Editor  With the fanfare of a chamber of commerce ribbon cutting, Love’s Travel Stop on Monticello Highway held its official grand opening on Thursday. The truck stop, the largest in the 530 unit truck stop chain, has been open for the last three weeks but on Thursday General Manager Allen Roberts welcomed business and community leaders to tour the massive complex. Roberts said the company has been ecstatic with the reception it has received and with the local employees it has hired for its more than 90 …

Community mourns loss of tireless servant

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  A local giant, Jim Boyd, has passed away at the age of 82. His passing came suddenly according to family and colleagues.  James W. Boyd Jr. was the founder and senior partner of Jim Boyd & Associates, the insurance agency located on Madison’s historic square.  Boyd died in the evening on Thursday, Sept. 3. “It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my friend and colleague Jim Boyd,” said Esther Peters, chief financial officer for Jim Boyd & Associates. “Jim founded …