Behold, a Christmas Miracle

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor Edward and Angela Binion turned the key to their home of 17 years to discover nothing less than a Christmas miracle this week.  Earlier this year, the Binion family fell on hard times, with their Hough Circle house falling into severe disrepair and the couple’s three children put into foster care as a result.  Struggling financially and out of options, Edward and Angela feared all hope was lost to fix their home and put their family back together. “We didn’t know what we were …

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor Santa and his helpers ushered in the biggest Christmas celebration in Madison last weekend. The Annual Holiday Parade and Caroling by Candle Light was held in Downtown Madison last Saturday.  The Holiday Parade featured floats, walking groups, vintage cars, horses, dogs, dancers, and the award winning MCHS Marching Bulldog Band, all decorated to this year’s theme, ‘Up On The Rooftop, Click, Click, Click…’ After the parade, people sang medleys of holiday music in Town Park by candlelight. This event was orchestrated by Madison Main …

County acquires new rescue truck for $200

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor Just $200 bought the Morgan County Fire and Rescue (MCFR) a military truck and generator with a combined worth of $132,000.  According to Fire Chief Jeff Stone, the new equipment from the a federal surplus program, could “easily cost between $250,000 to $300,000 [for the truck] and $75,000 [for the generator].” The new truck, which must be transformed by the county into a proper apparatus for the fire department, will replace one of the aging “knocker” trucks. The county is hoping more trucks from …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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Second arrest made in Buckhead shooting

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By Patrick Yost editor  South Carolina authorities last Wednesday, Nov. 13 arrested a second suspect in a multi-state, two-day crime spree that included the shooting of an elderly Buckhead man. According to Chief Deputy Keith Howard, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Barnwell, S.C. Police Department officers arrested Tre’ Quan Garvin, 20, after Garvin was observed as a passenger in a vehicle that drove past the Barnwell Police Department headquarters. The vehicle was stopped, Howard said, and Garvin attempted to flee on foot but was detained by officers. Garvin’s arrest ended a …

BREAKING NEWS: FDA Approves Shire’s Stanton Springs Facility to Produce GAMMAGARD LIQUID

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    Today, Shire (NASDAQ: SHPG) received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the company’s first submission for its new plasma manufacturing facility for the production of GAMMAGARD LIQUID [Immune Globulin Infusion (Human)], which is located at Stanton Springs, a five-county industrial site designed for data centers, advanced manufacturing and bio-pharmaceutical facilities.   The facility is located in the Newton County area of Stanton Springs, which also is comprised of land from four other counties including Morgan, Jasper and Walton counties.   GAMMAGARD LIQUID is a replacement …

Slaughter indicted

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A Morgan County Grand Jury, last Thursday indicted murder suspect Jason Sandiver Slaughter, 23, on murder and aggravated assault charges in relation to the shooting death of his mother Paula Slaughter, 54, and family friend Collin Smith, 53. The Grand Jury returned true bills for two counts of murder, two counts of felony murder and two counts of aggravated assault against Slaughter. Slaughter was arrested on Monday, Dec. 4, after two family members found Smith dead on the driveway of the Slaughter home on Slaughter-Veasley Road. Paula Slaughter’s body was …

SPLOST passes

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Morgan County voters approved the new SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) by a wide margin Tuesday evening. A total of 62.36 percent of Morgan voters (1809 ballots) opted to renew the next six-year-long SPLOST, a one-penny sales tax to fund capital outlay projects for Morgan County and municipalities. Morgan Republican voters overwhelmingly cast their ballots for sitting U.S. Congressman for District 10 Jody Hice, who earned 81.68 percent (1623 ballots) of the vote. Morgan County Democratic voters were split between two Democratic candidates for District 10: Chalis Montgomery, …

Squirrel drives Gussie’s staff nuts

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Subtly was not the calling card for an intruder terrorizing Gussie’s House of Flowers, West Jefferson Street, in recent weeks. “He knocked over a bunch of stuff,” said employee Lisa Jefferies. “I’d come in in the morning and say, ‘How come those pictures keep moving?’” “He took a liking to the nicer, more expensive items,” said Bill Knight as he moved display cases from the front window of the venerated Madison business. Knight said the episode started the evening of May 10 when he and a friend were standing outside …

Buzzkill for DiLetto

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A local citizen is demanding the resignation of Madison City Councilman Joe DiLetto. Theresa Bishop, a local shop owner, appeared before the Madison Mayor and City Council Monday evening, with several other citizens echoing support for her case, asking for DiLetto to immediately resign from the council and for the Mayor and City Council to join her in asking for his resignation. However, DiLetto did not resign nor did the council take a stance, but asked for more time to consider Bishop’s allegations. “I am not going to respond to …

Candidates square off in political forum

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Candidates running in the upcoming City of Madison elections on Nov. 7 gathered for a forum last Thursday to make their case to the public to vote for them. Sponsored by the Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce and the Morgan County Citizen, seven candidates answered a series of policy questions in front of a packed crowd at the City of Madison’s meeting hall. On the panel sat Madison Mayor Fred Perriman, Kathi Russell, who is running for mayor, Robert Lanier, who is running for Mayor, City Councilwoman Chris Hodges, Woody Burriss, …

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Suspect charged in assault

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By Patrick Yost editor A teen wanted in the shooting of a 15–year–turned himself into police late Tuesday, according to Sgt. Wes Thompson, Madison Police Department. Thompson said officials had secured an arrest warrant on Monday, Oct. 13 against Dakota Jarret Feathers, 18, Covington for aggravated assault. Thompson said Feathers had agreed to turn himself into police on Tuesday by noon but actually came to the department at 5 p.m. Feathers is charged with shooting Deshunden Robertson one time in the face at approximately 9 a.m. in the Madison Commons …

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Chain stores looking at Bi–Lo center

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor A popular shopping chain may be headed to Madison, according to Bob Hughes, president of the Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce. “A national clothing store and a national hardware store are looking at retail space in Madison out on the Eatonton Highway,” said Hughes. “This is just another part of the further commercial development along the 441 corridor.” According to Hughes, the real estate arm of the company is considering taking up residence at the old Bi-Lo building in the Madison Crossing Shopping Center. “They …

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Man charged in child exploitation case

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By Patrick Yost editor A 27–year–old Madison man was arrested last week after Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputies executed arrest warrants from Walton County on charges of rape, child molestation and sexual battery. Brandon Horton was arrested on Tuesday, Oct. 17 after a Morgan County deputy observed Horton driving a white Dodge Neon past the Country Store on Bostwick Highway at approximately 6:30 p.m. Reports state that the deputy followed the Dodge into Madison and eventually executed a traffic stop with backup from other Morgan County units and Madison Police …

Teen survives getting shot in the face

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By Patrick Yost editor A 15-year-old Morgan County high school student was shot in the face Sunday night while sitting in a car on Micha Circle. According to Sgt. Wes Thompson, Madison Police Department, Deshunden Robertson was shot once in the right cheek by some type of pistol. Thompson said Robertson was taken to Morgan Memorial Hospital initially for treatment and has since been transferred to Atlanta Medical Center where he remains. Robertson is enrolled at Morgan County Foothills Education Charter High School. The incident occurred in the Madison Commons …