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Wreck claims man’s life

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By Patrick Yost Editor  A Madison man died tragically last week in a motorcycle wreck during a brief but violent rainstorm. According to Georgia State Patrol reports, Elman Norman, 40, died of injuries sustained in a Thursday, July 30 incident. Reports state that a 2005 Honda motorcycle struck the driver’s side door of a 2007 Ford F-150 as the F-150 was attempting to make a left turn from Fairgrounds Road southbound onto Eatonton Road. The incident occurred at approximately 4:40 p.m. The 78-year-old driver of the truck told an investigating …

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When Morgan’s Finest Fall Ill

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  “COVID is a monster,” said Carrie Peters-Reid, after watching her 41-year-old husband be whisked away by an ambulance in late July after he contracted the coronavirus.  Lieutenant Derrick Reid, with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, remains hospitalized after suffering severe symptoms of COVID-19, the highly-contagious and potentially lethal upper-respiratory coronavirus.  At the Madison’s Police Department, Chief Bill Ashburn also contracted the virus and was home for three weeks recovering.  “It was a miserable three weeks,” said Chief Ashburn. “Like a lot of people, I …

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In just one week Morgan County adds 50 new cases of positive Covid-19 cases

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Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  More than 50 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Morgan County in just one week’s time, with the State of Georgia nearing 200,000 confirmed cases. As of press time on Tuesday, Aug. 4, Morgan County has a total of 231 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the highly contagious and potentially lethal upper-respiratory coronavirus.   The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Morgan County was discovered on March 24.  It took the next three months for Morgan County’s confirmed coronavirus cases to near 50. Last month, …

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Local officials collaborate to reassure county residents as school year begins

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By Patrick Yost Editor  As coronavirus cases continue to rise in Morgan County, in surrounding counties, and throughout the State of Georgia, local officials are working on a Public Service Announcement to reassure citizens during the ongoing pandemic.  “We have a plan,” said Morgan County Adam Mestres.  Mestres informed the Morgan County Board of Commissioners during a regular meeting on Tuesday Aug. 4, that the county partnered with the City of Madison, The Chamber of Commerce, the Morgan County School System, and the local medical community to create a public …

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Pandemic Update: COVID-19 cases on rise

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Georgia continues to be in the top 10 states with the highest confirmed COVID-19 cases. As of press time on Tuesday, July 14, Georgia reported 3,632 new cases in just one day, with 25 deaths and 217 hospitalizations for the day as of 2 p.m. Since the pandemic began, Georgia has confirmed a total of 120,569 confirmed coronavirus cases, 3,026 deaths, 13,476 hospitalizations and 2,643 ICU admissions, according the Georgia Department of Public Health. As of press time, Georgia has conducted more than 1.1 …

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Schools to open Aug. 6

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Morgan County schools will reopen once again, after closing down in early March due to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the nation and entire world. Education officials across the country have been scrambling to craft academic plans to balance student learning with student safety. Morgan County school officials have opted to reopen all Morgan County Schools full-time in early August, implementing rigorous sanitation procedures and day-by-day monitoring of staff and student health. Hand-sanitizer stations will be in every class room, and while masks will …

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To mask, or not to mask is government question

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Georgia Governor Brian Kemp embarked on a statewide tour last week to urge all Georgians to voluntarily wear masks and social distance while in public due to spiking coronavirus cases confirmed across the state as more businesses and public spaces reopen. Kemp said mask wearing and social distancing is the closest thing the country has to a vaccine against COVID-19, a highly contagious and potentially lethal upper-respiratory disease.  However, Kemp’s recommendations are just that, leaving plenty of wiggle room for how public spaces implement …

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Madison to re-open government meetings

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  After months of Zoom calls and Livestreamed meetings, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the City of Madison is reopening all board meetings to the public, but with some conditions.  According to City Manager David Nunn, the public will be welcome to attend board meetings, but there will be limited seating, social distancing guidelines practiced, and masks to be distributed to attendees.  “We have the seats spaced out six feet apart and we ordered masks to give out to people who come without them,” said Nunn. “We …

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 …