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Madison waiting for man’s prison release

Patrick Yost Community, News

By Patrick Yost editor A Madison man arrested in June, 2016 during a child sex operation called “Southern Hospitality” and soon to be released from federal prison will now face local charges of aggravated child molestation, rape and aggravated sodomy. Percy Harris, 49, is expected to be released from the Butner Federal Prison in Butner, N.C. in December, said Det. Wes Thompson, Madison Police Department but will now have to answer to warrants filed last Friday alleging Harris molested a girl on two separate occasions while the girl was between …

City gets assurances from Belton on Bard

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, News

By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Madison City officials met with State Representative Dave Belton last week to discuss concerns over the BD Bard plant in Madison after the Covington Plant was forced to temporarily shutdown by the state due to elevated emissions detected of a cancer-causing gas called ethylene oxide.  Mayor Fred Perriman, Councilman Rick Blanton, Councilman Eric Joyce and City Manager David Nunn met with Belton to enlist his help in ensuring the Madison Bard plant will undergo the same safety enhancements as the Covington Plant.  “He pledged …

City threatens fines, suspension for store

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, News

By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor In a 3-to-2 vote, the Madison City Council narrowly passed a seven-day liquor sales suspension and a $500 fine against the Sunflower Convenience Store located at 1241 Eatonton Road in Madison.  Madison Officer Philip Malcom appeared before the Mayor and City Council on Monday, Nov. 11 claiming the Sunflower Store owners and staff were negligent in keeping away loiterers and selling to intoxicated clients.  “This is a business where most of the clientele approaches on foot and resides at the Budget Inn,” began Malcom. “It …

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Man shot during robbery

Patrick Yost Community, News

By Patrick Yost editor A Buckhead man was shot in the arm Monday morning during a car jacking and home invasion. According to Chief Deputy Keith Howard, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Raymond McCullough, 72, was shot once in the right forearm around 6:50 a.m. as two masked men approached him for his car keys at his Alford Lane residence. Howard said McCullough was initially transported to Morgan Medical Center, then Athens Regional where he underwent surgery Monday night and, Howard said, was “doing fairly well.” Howard said the shooting is …

‘Plein Air’ artists invade Morgan County

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Artists from all over the state of Georgia gathered in Madison and Morgan County this past weekend for the Georgia Color Plein Air event. You may have seen painters set up around town creating art in real time.  “This past weekend, over a span of four days, Steffen Thomas Museum of Art joined the Olmsted Plein Air group to present the Georgia Color Plein Air Event.  The 40 invited Plein Air artists from throughout Georgia explored and captured the beauty and essence of our …

Madison Honors Our Veterans

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor   The community gathered to celebrate local veterans last Monday at Morgan County High School in honor of Veterans Day.  Every year, Morgan County High School opens its doors and welcomes veterans and their families as students, teacher, and guest speakers pay homage to their brave service and sacrifice for the good of country.  The Morgan County High School sung a moving rendition of the National Anthem at Monday morning’s event.  State Representive Dave Belton spoke at the event.  “Generations of people all around the …

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 …

Dancing With The Madison Stars

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By Tia Lynn Ivey editor  Madison’s “stars” sashayed across the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center stage last week for the Eighth Annual Dancing with the Madison Stars, the premier fundraising for the Madison-Morgan Boys and Girls Club.  “It’s a packed house for the big night!” said a Boys and Girls Club representative of the sold out event.    “I was just amazed at the talent of all of our dance teams! The time and sacrifice that the teams make on behalf of our Club and our kids is just amazing!” Said Karen …

Cotton Gin Fest a hit!

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor   Over 6,000 people descended upon Bostwick’s Downtown for the Annual Cotton Gin Festival last Saturday.  Beneath clear blue skies amidst the crisp Fall weather, hoards of people lined the streets shouting and waving as a massive parade of tractors, firetrucks, and police vehicles slowly drove through town. This year’s Cotton King, Marvin Ruark served as the parade’s grand mashall, leading the way through Downtown Bostwick.  Dozens of vendors set up camp selling crafts, food, and other local treasures.  Over 75 artists and crafters attended …

Chili Cook-Off a hit!

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Locals and out-of-town visitors chowed down on Madison’s finest selection of home cooked chili last Saturday at the 15th Annual Downtown Chili Cook Off and Fall Festival.  With 785 wristbands sold, Town Park was packed with attendees enjoying the fall weather while savoring samples of fresh chili.  This year’s winners were announced and awarded at the end of the festival. The CASE Georgia State Champ went to Veni Miller of Douglasville, Ga. The Showmanship Award went to Kenny Stewart for Sheriff. There were three …

Building today for tomorrow

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The Morgan County Branch of the NAACP held the 49th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet last Saturday, Oct. 26 at Morgan County High School.  Every year, the Morgan County NAACP honors local members with an array of awards for community service, celebrating with a dinner and speakers to deliver an uplifting message aimed at creating a better future.  This year’s keynote address was delivered by Michael Thurmond, a Dekalb County CEO. Mr. Avery Jackson, a Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration member, served as …

Supremacist event sparks call for community action team

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor After a branch of the KKK held a small two-day gathering in Morgan County on Aqua Lane, replete with a lighted cross, local citizens took to social media to not only decry the group’s presence, but also how law enforcement handled the situation in regards to notifying the public. Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley, after consulting with a group of local pastors prior to event, decided to call in 60 officers to patrol the area during the International Keystone Knights (IKK) meeting without alerting …

Marvin Ruark this year’s ‘Cotton King’

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By Sarah Jones Granddaughter of  Marvin Ruark “There are few greater honors than being Marvin Ruark’s granddaughter. And if you know him, you probably feel the same is true of being his friend.  But this fall, the honor is his. Marvin Ruark is this year’s Bostwick Cotton Gin Festival’s Cotton King. This is the 30th Annual Bostwick Cotton Gin Festival.  Being the son of a farmer and having a mother with a green-thumb, it is no surprise that my grandaddy grew up to be a farmer. His family has tended …

Community stands against bullying

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By Tia Lynn Ivey editor  More than 200 people arrived at the largest Morgan County Sheriff’s Office Anti-Bullying Social last Saturday. The sixth annual event sponsored by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office was open to Morgan County youth aged 8-years-old to 15-years-old. The event ran from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and was held at the Morgan County Recreation Department. According to Olivia Laborn, Anti-Bullying Social event, the event included “motivational speakers, food, games and prizes.” A live DJ, Darren Ballard, also entertained the youth. Ministers, educators, law enforcement officers …

Spin For Kids

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By Tia Lynn Ivey editor  About 500 cyclists and 150 volunteers gathered at Camp Twin Lakes last Sunday for the annual Spin for Kids fundraiser.  Spin For Kids raises money for Camp Twin Lakes’ Camper Scholarship Program. These funds ensure each of the 10,000 children and teens served annually at Camp Twin Lakes have the opportunity to participate in year-round, transformative camp programs, regardless of the families’ ability to pay.  For more than 25 years, Camp Twin Lakes has provided life-changing camp experiences to thousands of children and teens just through …

Madison Fair comes to town

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The Madison Lions Club 60th Anniversary of the annual  Madison Lions Club Fair was held last week from October 8 to the 12. Families explored the fairgrounds together, winning prizes, eating funnel cake, and spinning on the traditional carnival-style rides. 

Sweet Sacrifice

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  “It was all worth it!” giggled Cindy Aaron after taking a big bite of a free cookie dough blizzard from Madison’s local Dairy Queen. And all it cost her was a kidney.  When Ernest Fulton, a 49-year-old husband, a father of four, and the assistant manager at the Madison Dairy Queen, was told he only had six months to live in 2018, he thought his time in this world would soon be over.  Ernest was diagnosed with Stage 3 prostate cancer in addition to …

A Roast, Toast, and Tribute to Christine Lambert

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By Tia Lynn Ivey editor  At her 90th Birthday “Roast, Toast, and Tribute,” Christine Lambert may have been the butt of the jokes for the evening, but her legacy is no laughing matter. Since Lambert arrived in Madison over 50 years ago, she rose to become a vital pillar of the community, wielding her wealth and influence to protect public education, historic homes and landmarks, green space, and create a thriving local art venue through the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC). Since Lambert played a pivotal role in founding the MMCC, …

Fourth Annual Shoot For Seth

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The memory of Seth Stapleton, a Morgan County high school football player who tragically died in 2015, lives on as his family and friends carry on what he loved to do in his honor.  The Fourth Annual Shoot for Seth was held last weekend at Old Hudson Plantation in Sparta. The Sporting clay tournament included 100 targets and was open to both adults and kids. The event featured a live auction, a silent auction, games and raffle tickets. All funds raised will go to …

Kiddy Land Learning Center is sold

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By Patrick Yost editor  After nearly 30 years of serving thousands of Morgan County children and families, Marie Singleton, the owner of Kiddy Land Early Learning Center announced Monday that she had sold the business. Singleton said she has sold the Morgan County mainstay to Paul and Nina Lemon. The Lemons, she said, will continue to operate the center with its current employees. Shasta Singleton, Marie’s daughter, will remain as director.  The name, however, will change to Lemontree Academy. In a letter to friends and customers, Singleton said she conceived …