mcc

No Time Left

Editor Featured, Front Page, News Leave a Comment

By Patrick Yost editor Madison City Manager David Nunn hosted retail and service business owners to a feedback session last Thursday night to hear the pros and cons of timed parking in downtown Madison. Currently, Main Street businesses have a one-hour timed parking initiative while side streets have a two-hour parking signs. More than a month ago city of Madison planners posted two–hour timed parking around the city’s Town Park after a request from some retailers. According to David Nunn, city manager, the city created the timed spaces, which include …

mcc

Jury says ‘not guilty’ in molestation case, others sentenced

Editor Featured, Law Enforcement, News Leave a Comment

The following cases were adjudicated during a criminal trial week at Morgan County Superior Court last week. Angel A. Hernandez, 32, Euless, Texas, pled guilty to one count of trafficking in marijuana. He was sentenced to 20 years with five years to serve and the remainder to be served on probation. He was fined $100,000. According to court documents, Hernandez was arrested on November 27, 2007 by a Georgia State Patrol trooper after the trooper located approximately 40 pounds of marijuana in a trunk compartment in a rental vehicle. Al …

mcc

Rental duplexes approved by MC Planning Commission

Editor Featured, News Leave a Comment

By Jamison Hooks staff writer The Morgan County Planning Commission met to discuss unfinished business concerning the request to construct two residential, two-family dwellings/duplexes on Bramblewood Drive. David Griffith who presented the request, is an experienced landlord from Madison who explained the need for workforce housing. “I would like to create a very nice place to live that is well maintained and affordable. I think it’s an excellent opportunity,” said Griffith. Planning Commission Member Connie Booth agreed with Griffith’s argument. “What we lack in this community desperately is good clean …

mcc

Law Enforcement

Editor Featured, Law Enforcement, News Leave a Comment

Madison Police Department: On October 21 a check forgery complaint was filed at a Lions Club Road welding shop after a woman said her business account had been closed because of fraudulent activity. Reports state that the woman was contacted regarding a fraudulent $1,369 check that had been created and cashed in Thomaston bearing her business name and checking account number. Reports state that a black male also attempted to cash two more fraudulent checks in Locus Grove and Griffin. The man fled the bank in Locus Grove and left …

mcc

Morgan County Cross Country Girls advance to State

Editor Featured, News Leave a Comment

By Zachary Parker Staff Writer The Girls’ Cross Country Team will advance to the State Race on Nov. 8 in Carrolton, Ga. At 10 am. The Morgan County High School girl’s Cross Country team came in fourth place in Monday’s region meet in Jackson County, and with an average time of 24:41.61, will advance to State. The boy’s team did not manage to place in the top four in their race and will not advance. Yakira Chapman was first from the Morgan County team and placed 12th overall Monday with …

mcc

Morgan County Spikedogs end their season in Savannah

Editor Featured, News, Sports Leave a Comment

By Zachary Parker Staff Writer An exciting season ends for Morgan County High School’s Volleyball Team. The Morgan County High Volleyball team lost to Savannah Arts Academy last week, ending their run in State Playoffs and their 2014 season. Gaining a 16-9 lead in the first set, the Morgan County Spikedogs became, as Coach Paul Busenitz described, a little too complacent. “They stopped communicating like they should have,” said Coach Busenitz. “We were out of rhythm.” Having beaten Morgan County 25-23 in the first set, Savanah Arts picked up right …

mcc

Elbert County Rips Dogs

Editor Featured, News, Sports Leave a Comment

By Alvin Richardson Staff Writer The Elbert County Blue Devils were considered one of the pre-season favorites to win the 8-AAA Region title and Friday night they made a statement against Morgan County by dismantling the Bulldogs 41-7. The Devils suffered through a slew of key injuries midway through the season but are nearly back to full strength and it showed against the young Morgan County squad. Elbert racked up nearly five hundred yards of offense and held the usually potent Bulldog offense to a lone touchdown. Elbert led 7-0 …

mcc

Calendar

Editor Calendar, Featured, News Leave a Comment

Thursday, October 30 • Madison AA meetings every Sunday and Thursday Call (706-318-1551) for more information. Friday, October 31 • Madison Christian Church, 1871 Atlanta Hwy, is hosting its first “Trunk or Treat” on October 31 from 5:30-7:30PM.  The church will host a safe trick-or-treat venue for families with a lineup of festively-decorated car trunks.  Drop by on Halloween night for some fun!  For more information, visit www.madisonchristianchurch.com or call 706-342-2250.   • Trunk or Treat from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Lake Oconee Lutheran Church. 1089 Greensboro Road, Eatonton. …

mcc

YoungLife hosts annual fundraising supper

Editor Featured, News Leave a Comment

By Dianne Lively Yost Staff Writer Nearly 150 people gathered at the First Methodist Church Annex in Madison Monday night to learn more about Young Life of Morgan County and to help support the organization financially. According to the group’s overview, Young Life has been active in Morgan County for 14 years, depending upon volunteers and donations to support its programs designed to introduce high school and middle school kids to Jesus Christ. Young Life is a non-denominational organization. Today, there are 19 Young Life leaders who each volunteer between …

Golden Ghoul Awards exceed fundraising goal

Editor Featured, News Leave a Comment

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick Managing Editor   Photo By: Jack Meyer The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art’s (STMA) Poster Parody Contest, which culminated with the Golden Ghoul Awards on Oct. 25, raked in a whopping $7,448, exceeding the organizers’ goal of $6500. The full total raised has not been calculated yet, but STMA Director Karen Strelecki estimated the funds to be around $10,000 total. About 85 people attended the Golden Ghoul Awards, which featured food, live music, costumes, and the chance to mingle with the “stars” that recreated this year’s …

mcc

Greenspace Conservation Commission ends month with highly anticipated Fall Fete

Editor Featured, News Leave a Comment

Jamison Hooks Staff Writer The Greenspace Conservation Commission (GCC) is ending the month with their highly anticipated Fall Fete. The commission made final preparations for their upcoming Fall Fete on October 28 at Round Bowl Springs Park at 5:30. Additionally, the commission is looking for a new member. The Fall Fete featured the Barry Lurey Memorial Dedication and this year’s everGREEN award winners were announced. Members of the GCC have put together their nominations for this years everGREEN Awards. The awards are designed to recognize individuals, organizations, and businesses in …

A Survivor’s Story

Editor Featured, News Leave a Comment

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick Managing Editor Beth O’Neill, the chief nursing officer at Morgan Memorial Hospital (MMH), was diagnosed in May with an aggressive form of breast cancer. O’Neill has decided share her fight against breast cancer with the public in order to raise awareness and stand in solidarity alongside the millions of other women battling the same wearisome war. “If my experience related to my breast cancer diagnosis makes a difference in the life of even one person, sharing my story will be worthwhile,’ said O’Neill. Megan Morris, director …

mcc

NCAAP celebrates 44th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet

Editor Featured, News Leave a Comment

Jamison Hooks Staff Writer Community leaders stood together against discrimination last weekend in Morgan County. The Morgan County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) welcomed guests as they celebrated their 44th annual Freedom Fund Banquet. Mayor Fred Perriman, along with other community leaders, attended the banquet in order to celebrate the ongoing achievements of the Morgan County NAACP and it’s members. “The NAACP wishes to destroy political, educational, social and economical discrimination, and the Morgan County branch is to be commended for it’s continued …

mcc

Farm Day

Editor Featured, News Leave a Comment

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick Managing Editor The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC) hosted Farm Day, a free family-friendly event designed to celebrate Morgan County’s agrarian lifestyle. Farm Day attracted over 2,000 people from Morgan and surrounding counties that included Cobb, Gwinnett, Clarke, Oconee, Newton, Greene, Putnam, Jasper Counties. MMCC hoped to expose the community to various farming equipment and practices, in order to educate, promote, and celebrate local farming. The event featured barnyard animals such as cows, donkeys, llamas, pigs and horses. Gigantic industrial tractors were on display on the front lawn of …

200 jobs coming to Morgan County

Editor Featured, Front Page, News Leave a Comment

By Patrick Yost editor Mannington Mills announced Monday that it will further expand its Madison operations to include expanded facilities that would also, eventually, create another 200 new jobs. According to Betsy Amoroso, director of Corporate Communications, the official announcement of the expansion will come on Thursday, October 30 at 10:30 a.m. during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the recently completed Amtico Road facility. Amoroso said that the ribbon cutting would officially open more than 44,000 square feet of new manufacturing space at the facility. Mannington Mills is a “global …

MCHS Band takes first place

Editor Featured, Front Page, News Leave a Comment

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick managing editor Morgan County High School (MCHS) achieved three first place wins at the 37th Annual Greater Atlanta Marching Festival (GAMF) at Rockdale County High School in Conyers, Ga. The MCHS Band won first place in the Class 4A category, which is for marching bands with more than 95 members. The MCHS Color Guard also won first place and MCHS Junior Brittany Thomas, won first place for best drum major. “The students represented our community in a first-class fashion and performed with very high energy. They …

Ebola risk small local officials say

Editor Featured, Front Page, News Leave a Comment

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick managing editor With the Ebola Virus dominating national news and whipping segments of the American population into a panicky frenzy over possibly catching the deadly disease, local hospitals and healthcare facilities are taking proactive measures to prepare themselves for the unlikely case of an Ebola outbreak. But it seems misinformation about the Ebola Virus is spreading faster than the disease itself. “There is not any reason for the general public to panic. It’s a bad disease, but it’s every easily defended against by washing your hands …

mcc

JV team finishes the season 3-3

Editor Featured, News, Sports Leave a Comment

By Zachary Parker staff writer Morgan County JV Football lost Thursday in a close game against Elbert County, the final score was 3-6. Scoring a field goal early, Morgan County took and maintained the lead for most of the game. Elbert County scored a touchdown later, but was stopped from earning an extra point. In the fourth quarter with only two minutes left, Morgan County was in the red zone. Going for the conversion on fourth and inches, the Bulldogs fumbled the ball, leading to a conversion and ultimately ending …

Trooper Sewell remembered

Editor Featured, Law Enforcement, News Leave a Comment

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick managing editor The Georgia State Patrol held a luncheon, memorial service, and road dedication for a fallen trooper, Keith Harlan Sewell, a First Class Trooper, who died in 1979 in a car crash while answering a call concerning a motorcycle gang riot in Greene County. The call was later discovered to be a false call. Sewell’s family, Georgia State Patrolmen, and local law enforcement representatives gathered to witness the unveiling of a memorial sign dedicating the bridge of Route 441 near Apalachee Road to Trooper Sewell …

mcc

Cotton Gin Festival Selects Queen

Editor Featured, News Leave a Comment

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick managing editor Each year, a new queen is crowned at Bostwick’s Cotton Gin Festival. This year, for the 25th Annual Cotton Gin Festival, set to take place on Nov. 1 at 9 am, Margaret Gilbert, 92 has been chosen as the festival’s queen. “She will represent the Cotton Gin Festival as the Cotton Gin Queen and ride upfront in the parade,’ said Angie Howard, Bowstick city council member. “She’s been a lifelong farmer, a very lovely and well-respected lady. She has always been pleasant. It’s more …