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Woman says she escapes kidnapping

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By Patrick Yost editor Madison Police are investigating an allegedly kidnapping after a 31-year-old Versailles, Ky.  woman alleged that a man she met in Kentucky forced her to have unconsensul sex during a trip from Kentucky to Augusta where the man was going to pick up belongings from a storage unit. A Madison Police Department officer was dispatched to interstate 20 at 4:35 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9 after Morgan County Dispatch was told that a white female was walking in the eastbound lane of the interstate near the 113 …

EZ Bottle Shop under scrutiny

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor EZ Bottle Shop, a liquor store located on Washington Street in Madison, is under scrutiny after complaints of customers loitering, public urination, and public alcohol consumption.  Tony Clark, a Madison resident who lives near the store, appeared before the Madison Mayor and City Council last Monday to ask for their intervention on the matter.  “I’ve been told by the police that they have it under control Well, let me say, you certainly do not,” said Clark. “The police don’t seem to be handling this, …

GBI makes arrest

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By Patrick Yost editor The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has issued an aggravated assault warrant against a Mansfield man who allegedly fired several shots outside Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley’s residence. According to Chief Deputy Keith Howard, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Gary Daniel Mullins, Jr., 47, was arrested and detained on Jan. 9, the same day he was released from a mental evaluation facility. He is currently being detained in the Newton County Detention Center, in part, Howard said, because “We didn’t want any perception that we would mistreat …

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City share of TSPLOST $3.8 million

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The City of Madison voted to approve an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with Morgan County government, which outlines the revenue allocations for each of the county’s municipalities should a new sales tax pass an upcoming referendum this March.  The county is hoping voters will cast their ballots in favor of TSPLOST, a Transportation Special Local Option Sales Tax, which would add a one percent increase to the sales tax in order to bring in revenues for transportation-related projects and resources.  The city’s share of projected …

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$5.7 million in real estate transactions

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Compiled by Dianne Yost  Dec. 31, 2018 •  Clarence Suggs of Madison to Darrly L. Pittman of Madison, 1098 Creekwood Circle, Madison, $250,000. • Hannah R. Kittrell n/k/a Hannah E. Rowan of Madison to Fairplay Partners LLC of Cumming, Ga., Hester Town Road 010 018, 15 acres, Madison, $105,000. • Southern Harm Estates, Inc. of Mooresville, NC to Felipe Rowland of Madison, 1251 Boones Bridge Road, 2.78 acres, Madison, $106,000. Jan. 2, 2019 • Elizabeth B. Collins of Loganville to Edward Robuck of Newborn, 2855 Broughton Road, Newborn, $325,000. Jan. …

City of Rutledge to lease bank building

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer After months of negotiation and planning, Rutledge’s City Hall has moved from the old train depot to 105 Newborn Road, a building previously used as a branch of the Bank of Madison. The move officially began after the first of the new year and will take a couple of weeks to fully complete. “The Bank of Madison has been excellent with us, and we are hoping to have a grand opening in the first part of February,” remarked Rutledge Mayor Bruce Altznauer. “We ran out …

Bypass entrance complete

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  School officials are celebrating the completion of a new cut-through near the Morgan County High School campus that leads to the Madison 441 Bypass.  In Sept. of 2018, the board unanimously approved the $801,636 roadway project to enhance motorist access to the campus.  “We are very happy with out it turned out,” said Dr. James Woodard, superintendent of Morgan County Schools, who has been looking for ways to reduce traffic congestion near the schools since he first became superintendent several years ago.  “It ensures …

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New location, new year, new goals for Rutledge

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer With a new location for Rutledge’s City Hall underway, Rutledge Mayor Bruce Altznauer outlined key goals he and the city council have for 2019. “Our biggest goal is to open the Fears Road well by the end of January and get the new tank online,” Altznauer stated. “ The well’s pump tested at 384 gallons of water per minute. To put that in perspective, right now we only pump about 30 gallons per minute from the Nunnally Street tank.” This change in water supply will …

Hollywood sets eyes on Bostwick

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By Tia Lynn Ivey A new filming project is sweeping through Morgan County this week for a reboot television series of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi/horror “Amazing Stories,” with shooting locations in Rutledge, Bostwick and right outside of Madison.  Filming begin on Monday, Jan 14 off Highway 83 outside of Madison and then moved to Bostwick, behind the Cotton Jin on Mayor John Bostwick’s farm. Downtown Rutledge is getting a full makeover this week for the filming project, which will shoot on Friday, Jan 18 and run into the wee hours of …

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Former county employee alleges ‘sweatshop’ conditions

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By Tia Lynn Ivey A resigned Morgan County employee is leveling hefty allegations against County Manager Adam Mestres, accusing him of bullying, creating a hostile work environment, and treating county employees like they work in a “sweatshop in a third world country.” County Commissioners investigated Former Morgan County Animal Control Director Donna Prior’s claims and are sticking by Mestres, insisting none of Prior’s accusations hold any merit.  Prior handed in her resignation at the end of December along with a scathing letter to county commissioners against Mestres. Prior details months …

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A penny raised is a penny earned?

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Morgan County officials are preparing to  hold a series of Town Hall meetings to promote a new sales tax to be voted upon this coming March.  In a couple of week, Morgan County citizens will be encouraged to attend meetings designed to educate the public on TSPLOST (Transportation Special Local Option Sales Tax), a one penny sales and use tax that, if passed, would increase the county’s sale tax from 7 percent to 8 percent. The referendum on TSPLOST will be held during a special election …

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County/ City buries the hatchet

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By Tia Lynn Ivey After years of negotiations, both the Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) and Madison Mayor and City Council have unanimously signed off on a new Service Delivery Strategy (SDS), which sets forth the services provided to the city from the county. The City and County have compromised, settling on increased SPLOST funds for the City of Madison to quell concerns over city residents being disproportionately taxed to pay for county services that city residents do not use or are duplicated by the City of Madison, such …

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Morgan real estate sales total $9,130,054

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Compiled by Dianne Yost Dec. 12, 2018 • Susan J. Baker of Norcross to Brian L. Ivey of Buckhead, 2160 Shadow Lake Drive, Buckhead, $390,000 • Jennifer Pennington Investments II, LLC of Madison to Keith Davis of Madison, 1060 White Street, Madison, $49,069. • RBC Homes, LLC of Madison to Kevin Jameson Higgins of Madison, 1010 Oak Hill Lane, Madison, $172,900. Dec. 13, 2018 • R.E. Mason Family Partnership, LLLP of Madison to Zant Property Holdings, LLC of Madison, 1820 Bethany Road, Madison, $400,000. Dec. 14, 2018 • Southerly Homes, …

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Get Ready! Capitol Steps coming

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By Brittany Whitley Most senate staffers spend their time aiding in the creation and approval of laws and treaties, and confirming presidential appointments, others “quit their day job” to perform satirical skits and song parodies to millions across the nation yearly. Known as The Capitol Steps, the musical-satire troupe will make their next stop at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center. Doors open at the crisp evening of Friday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m.; the show will start promptly at 8 p.m. Founded in 1981 by several senate staffers under Senator Charles …

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Construction recycling facility approved by BOC

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By Tia Lynn Ivey The Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved a new construction recycling facility and a text amendment to regulate septic receiving, dewatering and composting in Morgan County at the Jan. 4 regular meeting.  Jerry O. Smith requested a conditional use approval to operate a recycling facility consisting of concrete/asphalt recycling and tree/limb recycling, as well as a C & D dumpster site, on 8.25 acres located at 1140 Woodkraft Road.  The property is in a heavy industrial zone within the county.  “We obviously know the benefits …

Morgan goes mainstream with CBD oil sales

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Don’t worry Momma! CBD oil can’t get you all trippy, but it might just help you feel better! That’s right y’all! Thrifty Mac Pharmacy, located at 218 South Main Street in downtown Madison, is now offering high-grade CBD oil for it Morgan County customers! Ok so I just had to pop over there to check it all out! The brand they sell is called Ananda, maker of an exclusive line of Cannabidiol (CBD) oil products created specifically for independent pharmacies and healthcare professionals. Thrifty Mac owner George Launius says the …

Three arrested on meth, weed charges

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By Patrick Yost Three men face felony drug and weapon charges after a Morgan County deputy performing a courtesy check on an individual allegedly observed a wanted man run into a storage shed that contained suspected narcotics. According to Chief Deputy Keith Howard, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, the deputy arrived at a Bethany Road residence at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5 after Michael Lee Jordan, 37, had issued concerns with Morgan County Dispatch regarding a man staying at the residence. When the deputy arrived, reports state, he observed Eric …

Fundraiser for young mother with cancer

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By Tia Lynn Ivey The Brandy Angel Foundation, a non-profit organization that uses photography to raise awareness for families in crisis, is helping a local mother of two who is battling a rare and aggressive cancer, raise funds to help cover her medical expenses. Right now, the goal on Deanna’s Gofundme Campaign is set at $10,000.  Deanna Raymond, 32, is the daughter of Gigi and Hal Gerhardt, owners of the popular downtown hair salon, Gigi’s Salon & Day Spa. Deanna was first diagnosed with Triple Negative breast cancer, a rare …

Shots fired at Sheriff’s home

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By Patrick Yost A Morgan County resident remains in a mental facility under evaluation after he allegedly fired a pistol four times while driving past Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley’s Old Mill Road residence. According to Chief Deputy Keith Howard, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect was stopped by Sheriff Markley after the Wednesday, Dec. 26 incident. Howard said Sheriff Markley was standing next to his vehicle at noon in his driveway when a vehicle drove by his house and he heard the distinct sound of four gunshots. Howard said …

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New year, same issues for Foster Park project

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Foster Park, a controversial proposed housing development behind the historic Foster-Thomason-Miller House in Madison, is on hold again after more than two years of debate and legal challenges. Despite a legal victory granted by the Morgan County Superior Court at the end of November, a group of Historic District residents have filed an appeal application to the Georgia Court of Appeal to hear their case opposing the development, which alleges that the City of Madison wrongly approved a zoning change in order to allow for the …