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Madison waiting for man’s prison release

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By Patrick Yost editor A Madison man arrested in June, 2016 during a child sex operation called “Southern Hospitality” and soon to be released from federal prison will now face local charges of aggravated child molestation, rape and aggravated sodomy. Percy Harris, 49, is expected to be released from the Butner Federal Prison in Butner, N.C. in December, said Det. Wes Thompson, Madison Police Department but will now have to answer to warrants filed last Friday alleging Harris molested a girl on two separate occasions while the girl was between …

City gets assurances from Belton on Bard

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Madison City officials met with State Representative Dave Belton last week to discuss concerns over the BD Bard plant in Madison after the Covington Plant was forced to temporarily shutdown by the state due to elevated emissions detected of a cancer-causing gas called ethylene oxide.  Mayor Fred Perriman, Councilman Rick Blanton, Councilman Eric Joyce and City Manager David Nunn met with Belton to enlist his help in ensuring the Madison Bard plant will undergo the same safety enhancements as the Covington Plant.  “He pledged …

City threatens fines, suspension for store

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor In a 3-to-2 vote, the Madison City Council narrowly passed a seven-day liquor sales suspension and a $500 fine against the Sunflower Convenience Store located at 1241 Eatonton Road in Madison.  Madison Officer Philip Malcom appeared before the Mayor and City Council on Monday, Nov. 11 claiming the Sunflower Store owners and staff were negligent in keeping away loiterers and selling to intoxicated clients.  “This is a business where most of the clientele approaches on foot and resides at the Budget Inn,” began Malcom. “It …

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Man shot during robbery

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By Patrick Yost editor A Buckhead man was shot in the arm Monday morning during a car jacking and home invasion. According to Chief Deputy Keith Howard, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Raymond McCullough, 72, was shot once in the right forearm around 6:50 a.m. as two masked men approached him for his car keys at his Alford Lane residence. Howard said McCullough was initially transported to Morgan Medical Center, then Athens Regional where he underwent surgery Monday night and, Howard said, was “doing fairly well.” Howard said the shooting is …

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Juvenile arrested, charged after allegedly making a social media threat

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By Patrick Yost editor A 14-year-old male freshman at Morgan County High School was detained and will be charged with terroristic threats and disrupting public schools after he allegedly threatened to shoot people at the school on social media. According to Chief Deputy Keith Howard, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, the student allegedly posted on another student’s YouTube channel the message “I’m shooting up your school on Monday tell the principal or everyone is dead.” Another student saw the message on the YouTube channel and informed his parents. The parents contacted …

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Officials demand emission testing

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Cancer-causing gas emissions from the local Madison BD Bard plant continue to worry local leaders and citizens alike. As the BD Bard plant in Covington remains under scrutiny from state authorities over elevated ethylene oxide emissions and was forced to temporarily shutdown so state regulators further investigate, Madison leaders are left wondering if the Madison plant poses any similar potential health risks to local citizens. Madison leaders will meet with State Representative Dave Belton later this week to discuss the issue.  Some Madison City …

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School traffic eased

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor A consolidated school campus also means consolidated traffic. With the new Morgan County Middle School slated to open next year in mind, school officials are partnering with county officials construct another “pass-through” lane to alleviate traffic and enhance safety. The county’s financial contribution is estimated to be around $200,000 for the project. The school system has not yet announced what the projected estimated cost would be for its part.  “Over the last several months, we have been in discussions with the Board of Education …

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, …

Downtown ‘Shop, Sip and Stroll’ next week

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Ok y’all! It’s beginnin’ to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go! And, ding dang it, I flat can’t wait! But before we get into all the shop, dine, sip and stroll news, the Buzz needs to give a big Shout Out to the City of Madison! That’s ‘cause the City just recently installed a heap of in-street crosswalk signs! I mean you just can’t miss ‘em and it truly makes drivers more likely to slow down at the crosswalks! So now we’ve got signs, flags, well-marked crosswalks and …

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More than $5 million in real estate sold for week

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Compiled by Dianne Yost Oct. 22, 2019 •  Ann H. Kimsey, Trustee of the Ann H. Kimsey Living Trust . . . of Bishop to Aaron D. Middlebrooks of Social Circle,  Peppers Road, Bostwick, 6 acres, $65,500. • Chandler J. Pike of Athens,  to Ralph Joseph Lancaster of Madison, 1020 Saye Creek Drive, Madison, $72,500. Oct. 23, 2019 • Real Estate Perspectives, XIII, LLC of Atlanta to William Gerald Usry, Jr. of Madison, 018-020C, 20 acres, $225,000. Oct.. 24, 2019 • Palestine Georgia, LLC of Atlanta to Mark Huffstetler of …

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 …

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Chase ends in armed standoff

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By Patrick Yost editor What started as an attempt of a traffic stop ended two days later with officers and an armored vehicle surrounding a Double Bridges Road residence in search of a wanted suspect. According to Lt. Brandon Sellers, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Sean Patrick Cartey, 27,  was taken into custody after a nearly 90 minute standoff after officers surrounded Cartey’s residence on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Officers were searching for Cartey after a Monday incident where a deputy observed two men on a four-wheeler driving on a paved road …

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Madison’s Bard plant open, for now

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor While the BD Bard plant in Covington was court-ordered to temporarily close this week, due to its use of a cancer-causing gas, the Bard plant in Madison will operate as usual, pumping out the same gas into the air, for now. According to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD), the regulatory agency will not conduct an air test in Madison.  “The EPD has no plans to test for ethylene oxide in other Georgia locations at this time.  However, that may change as we get …

Police consider cocaine trafficking charges

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By Patrick Yost editor Madison Police Department officials are considering upgrading drug charges against an Athens man to trafficking after an officer allegedly located more than an ounce of suspected cocaine in the man’s vehicle following a traffic stop. According to reports, Jacque Lamar Andrews, 35, was arrested on Oct. 4 on the Madison by-pass near East Avenue after an officer allegedly clocked Andrews driving 67 mph in a 45 mph zone at approximately 1:30 p.m. Consequent to the traffic stop, reports state, the officer said she smelled marijuana coming …

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Guilty pleas taken in Superior Court

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By Patrick Yost editor  Several persons recently entered pleas during criminal hearings in Morgan County Superior Court. The following cases were adjudicated. • Joequan Diekiess Gordon, 22, Madison pled guilty to one count aggravated stalking. He was sentenced to five years probation and fined $1,000. According to court documents, Gordon was arrested on Sept. 10, 2017 by the Madison Police Department. Warrants allege that Gordon, in violation of a Temporary Protective Order, went to a woman’s place of business and harassed her and followed her to a Penor Street residence …

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More than $8 million in real estate sold

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Compiled by Dianne Yost Oct. 1, 2019 • Farmers and Merchants Bank of Conyers,  to Iron Horse Developments, LLC of Monroe, 043 021P, $30,000. • Marie S. Singleton of Good Hope,  to Lemon’s Property Management, LLC of Snellville, 1031 Fairground Road, 1.489 acres, Madison, $800,000. • RBC Homes, LLC of Madison to Kerby Gene McGraw of Athens, 731 Markhams Drive, 0.22 acre, Madison, $332,115. • Edith Faye Ward Carter of Madison to SBP Investment Group, LLC of Madison, 1141 Ward Road, $160,000. Oct. 2, 2019 • Jeff 1, LLC of …

Housing choices hinder growth

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor “Do we want to be a community of old people?” That was the question posed by Rope Roberts, with Georgia Power, at the 2019 Economic Summit last week. Roberts argued that Madison and Morgan County need to embrace growth by cultivating a community in which young professionals can affordably work, play and live.  The event, sponsored by the Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce, and attended by officials from Morgan County, the City of Madison, the City of Rutledge, the City of Bostwick, and the Morgan …

Man cops to child porn

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By Patrick Yost editor A Rutledge man arrested a year ago and charged with five counts of sexual exploitation of children pled guilty but mentally ill Monday morning in Morgan County Superior Court. John Blake McLeod, 50, was arrested on Oct. 2, 2018 at his Dickson Road residence in Rutledge after members of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) executed a search warrant on McLeod’s residence. Previous published reports stated that law enforcement officers found four images of child pornography …

Police, eyewitness alleged man pushed woman out of car

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By Patrick Yost editor A Madison man faces aggravated assault and battery charges after he allegedly shoved a woman out of a moving car on Cox Road last week. According to Lt. Brandon Sellers, Morgan County Sheirff’s Office, Michael Glen Nix, 46, was arrested after an eye witness told police that he observed a woman pushed out of a car at approximately 3:30 p.m. last Wednesday. Sellers said authorities found the woman on the side of the road near the intersection of Cox Road and Carmichael Drive with injuries to …

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Bard, short term rentals discussed at Town Hall

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Local citizens voiced their opinions and concerns at Town Hall hosted by District 2 Madison City Councilman Eric Joyce. About 50 people showed up to discuss a wide range of topics, including the recent fears over ethylene oxide emissions of the local BD Bard Plant in Madison in light of the State of Georgia pursuing legal action to temporarily shutdown the BD Bard Plant in Covington.  ““After months of failed negotiations, empty promises, and misleading reports of ethylene oxide leaks, we have filed a …