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, …

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.  …

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 …

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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 …

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 …

Nothing ‘funny’ about this $$

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By Patrick Yost editor  A former Golden Pantry clerk is wanted for theft by conversion after she allegedly tried to replace real money in the cash register with “toy” money. Madison Police Department officers are searching for Nichole Asheley Cook, 24, after a manager of the Golden Pantry, North Main Street, alleged that Cook placed six “toy” $20 bills into the cash register and removed real money on Nov. 7.  The manager filed the complaint with the police department on Nov. 8 after he reviewed store video surveillance. Reports state …

‘Plein Air’ artists invade Morgan County

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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

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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 …

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 …

Fire destroys Peppers Road residence

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor A Bostwick house on Peppers Road went up in flames last week, resulting in a total loss. The house belongs to Lenita Franklin, a beloved community member known for her generosity and volunteerism.  According to Fire Chief Jeff Stone, the house was almost fully engulfed when firefighters arrived as they scrambled to put the fire out.  “Our guys moved fast once they got there,” said Stone. The fire was extinguished by 28 Morgan County firefighters and seven firefighters from Walton County. According to Stone, …

Morgan stops East Jackson 45-31

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County didn’t play their best football game of the season last Friday night when they traveled to Commerce, but eventually posted a wild 45-31 win over East Jackson to move to 4-1 in region play and 7-2 on the season. The Dogs used a crushing ground attack that accounted for 330 yards on the night to eventually subdue a feisty, much improved Eagle squad.     That rushing attack was led by junior Kobridgette Lumpkin who had a monster game.  The junior running back …

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 …

Back in time

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Y’allywood is back to shoot an ambitious high-profile television series right in the heart of Madison.  The Underground Railroad, an 11-episode Amazon  limited series directed by Oscar Winner Barry Jenkins and produced by Brad Pitt’s company Plan B, will bring to life the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Colson Whitehead.  Whitehead’s bestselling novel The Underground Railroad follows the story of “Cora,” a young slave girl a cotton plantation in Georgia.  “Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast …

New season brings on new challenges

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Some observers might believe that the 2019-20 version of Morgan County Bulldog basketball will be in a rebuilding mode.  The members of the team and coaching staff might believe otherwise.  Every new season brings about new challenges, and this Jamond Sims’ led squad is no different.  The graduation of four starters and one key substitute from the 2019 Class AAA State Champions will certainly be hard to replace (all five are playing at the college level this season), but Sims feels that the Dogs …

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 …