Following Sherman’s March to the Sea

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By Patrick Yost, Editor An Akron, Ohio patent attorney has donned a Civil War era Union soldier uniform and is attempting to follow Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s army’s route during the 1864 March to the Sea. On Monday, Ray Slatterly walked from Rutledge to Madison and was hoping to get to the Apalachee River before calling it quits for the night. Slatterly, who also participates in Civil War reenactments, said he is trying to follow the route that his Great-great grandfather John Slatterly walked as part of the 149th New …

Love Light fundraiser continues success

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor Morgan Medical Center’s annual premier fundraiser brought in over $12,000 this year. The Love Light Tree fundraiser, held last Thursday, Dec. 5, was particularly special.  “Our hospital lobby was filled with joy and light as our Auxiliary celebrated the 20th reception for our Love Light Tree!” said Jodie Schmidt, the 2019 Love Light Chair.  “A cheerful crowd gathered as we honored friends and loved ones through this annual tradition of fellowship.  Our Auxiliary members should be truly proud of the efforts through the years that …

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 …

Sunflower gets second chance

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor After a stern rebuke from the Madison Mayor and City Council meeting last month, the Sunflower Convenience Store in Madison may get a second chance.  Madison Police Officer Philip Malcom, who originally urged the city council to enact a 7-day suspension of alcohol sales at Sunflower, had a change of heart, asking the council on Monday night for leniency–with some strings attached. Malcom repeatedly witnessed Sunflower patrons loitering outside of the store, consuming alcohol on the premises illegally, and worried the situation could lead to more …

Joe’s Last Stand

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor The Madison Mayor and City Councilman bid farewell to Councilman Joe DiLetto last Monday.  DiLetto, who has served on the city council for the last eight years, attended his last regular council meeting as a councilman.  “I wanted to make a list of all this council has accomplished over the last eight years, but I ran out of paper,” said DiLetto in his farewell address at Monday night’s council meeting.  DiLetto said he initially ran for City Council to work on securing the elimination …

Morgan Dems join statewide voting petition

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor The statewide election security debate over voting machines rages on as the Democratic Presidential Primary fast approaches in March of 2020. Morgan County Democrats joined other election security advocate groups to sign a petition requesting new rules for the State Election Board to better ensure free and fair elections.  The new petition aims to reduce voting lines, protect ballot secrecy and improve security to ward against hacking, technical malfunctions, or other tampering attempts. The petition also calls for the state to adopt the new …

Hunting the elusive Mallard

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By Alvin Richardson, Staff Writer Duck hunters will mostly tell you that their gold standard is the mallard.  This wily and elusive trophy is one of the most sought after prizes of waterfowl hunters all over the country.  The male (drake) makes an impressive mount and is a worthy adversary especially as the season wears on and they have been hounded and shot at a few times.  The mallard is typically 20-26 inches long with an average wingspan between 32-39 inches and a body weight between 1.5 and 3.5 pounds.  …

Girls fall to Druid Hills 41-36

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By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor Morgan County’s Lady Dogs had a stinging loss in their finale of the Tabo’s Tipoff Classic at Jefferson High School.  The girls jumped all over Druid Hills early only to see that lead evaporate in the second half for the 41-36 loss. Coach Timothy Roop told us, “We jumped out to a big early lead, but couldn’t hold on.  A scoreless third quarter for us changed the game completely.  It was 20-2 at one point in the first quarter.  We had our chances but …

Shultz readies youthful team for second season

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s wrestling program is a prideful one with a history and tradition of winning.  Coach Carter Shultz should know.  The second-year coach is a former MCHS wrestler under Coach John Robbins that knows the process it takes to become successful at the Area and State level.  “Our program is definitely trending up.  When you look at our middle school program and the work there that Coach (Marcus) Crowe has done along with Duane Turner and Christian Darsey; they do an outstanding job.  We …

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Madison Police Department

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On Dec. 1 a damage to property complaint was filed at Red Roof Inn, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an officer was dispatched to the motel regarding a man bleeding. Reports state that a 42-year-old man told the officer he had cut his hand after punching a picture frame. The man said he was upset at the time of the punch. On Nov. 28 a theft of lost or mislaid property complaint was filed at Walmart, Eatonton Road. According to reports, a Walmart employee reported that she had left her …

‘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 …

Morgan real estate sales top $5 million mark

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Compiled by Dianne Yost Nov. 12, 2019 • Michael Walter Lamar and Deanne Dearholt Lamar of Prescott, AZ to Michael D. Hurley of Madison, 1201 Westminster Way, Madison, $275,000. • R&D Properties GA, LLC of Monroe, Ga. to Joshua C. Howell aka Joshua Howell of Rutledge, 3320 Davis Academy Road, Rutledge, $265,000. • RBC Homes, LLC of Madison to Rachel L. Sorrows of Buckhead, 1091 Parks Mill Road, Buckhead, $193,509. Nov. 13, 2019 • Zhanna Sviridenkova of Lilburn, Ga. to Kurt L. Hoeprich of Buckhead, 1121 White Oak Way, 1.36 …

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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 …

Uncle Remus No More

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor The Uncle Remus Regional Library System (URRLS), of which the Morgan County Library is a part, is planning to drop the “Uncle Remus” moniker in exchange for a new name for the system. The Brer Rabbit logo will also be retired.  Some form of the Uncle Remus name has been part of the regional library system since 1959, which pay homage to stories of Joel Chandler Harris of Putnam County, who authored the series of Uncle Remus stories. According to The New Georgia Encyclopedia, …

Young man shot, killed for $50

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By Patrick Yost, Editor A 17-year-old Union Point teen remains incarcerated Tuesday after he was denied bond in the shooting death of a Madison man last Wednesday. According to Det. Wes Thompson, Dontearious Burke has been charged with murder and armed robbery after he allegedly shot and killed Kentrell Jones, 23, Madison while Jones was standing on the street on Morgan Circle. Thompson said Burke told authorities that the shooting was part of a robbery attempt that netted $50. Jones was shot three times with a 9mm pistol, Thompson said, …

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 …