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County seeking Clothes Closet building solution

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The Clothes Closet, a charity that has provided families with free clothes and household items for over 35 years, may be forced out of its current location before long.  The group’s current building, owned by the county, is in need of a brand new roof. County officials announced at a board meeting Tuesday evening that the lowest bid to replace the roof came in at a whopping $81,932.06 “As great of a service as the Clothes Closet is, i don’t think the county can …

New Senator visits Morgan

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The Morgan County Republican Party hosted its 20th Annual Presidents Day celebration last Monday,  which drew about 150 attendees and several state and local elected officials, including the newly appointed United States Senator for Georgia Kelly Loeffler.  U.S. Congressman Jody Hice and State Representative Dave Belton also attended Monday night’s celebration.  Loeffler spoke to the crowd, pledging to uphold conservative values, to fight for conservative legislation, to support the appointment of conservative judges, and to proudly support President Donald Trump’s Administration.  “It’s truly humbling,” …

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Bone, Breco Realty broker city land deal

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The largest land donation in Madison’s history would not have been possible without Jack Bone, owner of Breco Realty, say city officials.  “It just would not have happened without Jack,” said Monica Callahan, director of city planning. “He deserves a ton of credit for this.” Back in December 2019, the city announced a substantial land donation of 40 acres, worth over $400,000, from anonymous property owners.  According to the City of Madison, Bone is the one who suggested the donation to the landowners and …

Brad Hawk announces run for District 3 school board position

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By Patrick Yost editor  Fairplay resident Brad Hawk announced Monday that he would qualify for the District 3 Morgan County Board of Education seat. The position is currently held by Bostwick resident Keith Howard, Howard said several weeks ago he would not seek. another term. In a prepared statement, Hawk, 39, commended Howard and his family for “their efforts in providing outstanding leadership to all families, students, teachers  and staff of the Morgan County School system. Hawk is a native Morgan County resident, a 1998 graduate of Morgan County High …

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Real estate sales top $3 million

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Feb. 7, 2020 • Charles Anthony Carpenter, Jr. of Buckhead to Michael Allan Wallace of Mitchell, Ga., Sugar Creek Trail, Buckhead, $100,000. • C. Everett Royal, Jr. of Madison to Walter Daniel Zant, Jr. of Madison, 742 Old Post Road, 0.37 acre, Madison, $65,000. • Equity Trust Company FBO William O. Lombard IRA of Eatonton, Ga. to Gregory Walters, II of Madison, 1260 Brown Lane, Madison, 3.5 acres, $145,000. • Joel Thomas Perry and Susan P. Perry of Newnan, Ga. to Rex Deloach, Jr. of Buckhead, 1101 Fisher Way, 2 …

Privacy concerns plague voting efforts

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Georgia’s new $100 million voting system is plagued with voter privacy concerns as election advocacy groups ramp up efforts to persuade officials to ditch the new system altogether and make a last minute switch to paper ballots before the March 24 Presidential Primary Election.  The Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration (BOER) discussed the new voting system at a special-called meeting last Thursday.  BOER member Helen Butler slammed the new system as confusing and worried that the “secrecy of the ballot” could not …

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Town Hall to center on plant’s use of ethylene oxide

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  BD Bard, a manufacturing company recently under scrutiny for its use of a cancer causing gas, ethylene oxide, at the plants in both Covington and Madison, will answer to the public next month. The Madison Mayor and City Council announced at Town Hall meeting with BD Bard officials has been slated for Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m. in the city’s meeting hall located at 160 North Main Street Suite 400 in Madison.  “BD Bard is still doing some testing and trying to finalize …

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It was an earthquake

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The mystery of the loud boom that shook Morgan County and several other communities in Georgia last week has been solved, says a local high school science teacher, Michelle Ozburn.  “It was an earthquake,” said Ozburn, who heard the boom and felt the ground shake on Sunday, Feb. 2. “Right away, I thought it was an earthquake.” While over 200 people flooded Morgan County Dispatch with calls within 10 minutes of the boom and social media platforms were abuzz with speculations as to what …

Got the blues? R+B will take them away

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This column is dedicated to songs that chase the blues. Time travelin’! Yeah! It’s 1972 and I’m sittin’ at my little desk in my childhood room with a heavy case of the ding dang blues . . . that’s ‘cause my dyslexic mind is strugglin’ with elementary school homework that I just can’t grasp! Hey but my far out, groovy yellow ball, Panasonic, panapet AM transitor radio on my desk is tuned on the dial to Huntsville’s WAAY a.m. Radio and the best song ever just starts playin! I’m talkin’ …

Dual enrollment bill will affect MC students

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  A new bill expected to pass next week is aiming to curb Georgia’s wildly successful, but increasingly expensive, Dual Enrollment Program, in which high school students can earn college credits. The new bill proposes cutting funding for the program, capping the dual enrollment program to 30 credit hours per student, restricting the type of classes students can take, and prohibiting ninth and 10th graders from participating.  The bill would eliminate “elective courses,” such as fine arts from the program. Proponents of the bill believe the …

Kathryn Cardwell to seek BOE District 2 seat

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By Patrick Yost editor  On the heels of District 2 Morgan County Board of Education member Nelson Hale’s announcement that he would not seek another term, Kathryn Cardwell announced this week that she would seek the position.  Cardwell, 54, also said she would run as an Independent, as did Hale, and was currently working toward getting the 117 signatures she needs by district voters to run non-partisan. Cardwell recently served as the chairperson of the school system’s Capital Campaign Committee. The committee was tasked with raising more than $1 million …

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Real estate sales more than $2 million

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Compiled by Dianne Yost staff writer Jan. 30, 2020 • Palestine Georgia, LLC of Atlanta to Mark V. Huffstetler of Kennesaw, 1250 Double Bridges Road, 120 acres, Madison, $1,000,000. Jan. 31, 2020 • Crystal Lynn McLemore of Rutledge to Joshua D. Laster of Rutledge, 1561 Lake Rutledge Road, Rutledge, $60,000. • Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB, as Trustee of Stanw…* of Anaheim, Calif. to Manjit Kaur of Madison, 1100 Reids Ferry Road, 10.17 acres, Buckhead, $79,000. • West Morgan Storage, LLC of Madison to West Morgan Storage Limited, LLC of …

Lightning Recycling to hold grand opening

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By Patrick Yost editor  A recently opened construction debris recycling business will be holding its grand opening on Feb. 28 and hopes to help change the way ground materials are produced and purchased. According to Lightning Disposal and Recycling Manager Phillip Crowe, the business, located on Woodkraft Road, has invested in massive crushers and other machinery to take construction debris including concrete and turn it into usable, or “salable” material for roads, driveways and other practical uses for the material. Crowe said the facility, a large “rock yard” surrounding by …

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Day time burglaries have ‘similarities’

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Two day time burglaries that both occurred last Tuesday, Feb. 4 have authorities concerned that perpetrators might be same suspect. Both burglaries, including one on Bethany Road where suspects rounded up homeowners dog and cat and locked them in a bedroom, happened during the day and both homes were ransacked. According to Morgan County Sheirff’s Office reports, a Bethany Road, Buckhead couple reported coming home at approximately 5 p.m. and finding their residence in disarray, with cabinets open and “property was located all over …

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City looking for ways to cut down on plastic waste

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Revamping the recycling process in the City of Madison is a top priority for City Councilwoman Chris Hodges. The cost of recycling is on the rise, as is litter and improper recycling throughout the city and Hodges wants city leaders to take the lead in partnering with the community to reduce single-use plastic products and educating the public on how to recycle correctly.  “Litter and recycling are big, passionate issues for me…We need to be the progressive city that we are,” said Hodges to Mayor Fred …

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What was that BOOM?

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  A mysterious boom rocked Morgan and Walton counties last Sunday evening, as officials received hundreds of reports alleging earthquake-like shaking rattling houses and windows. Morgan County 9-1-1 was flooded with 204 calls in just 10 minutes after the boom went off around 8:30 p.m. While social media is abuzz with various theories  as to what could have caused the alarming boom and subsequent shaking, officials are left scratching their heads in search of the answer.  “We are getting conflicting reports,” said Morgan County Fire …

Hardship request is denied

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Dejected and distressed, Terry Richards and his ailing father, Bobby Richards, left the Morgan County Board of Commissioners powerless over their own property.  “My father paid for his 100-acre farm by the sweat of his brow, and now he can’t decide to have an RV on it to have his son nearby to care for him when he’s sick?” In a 3-to-1 vote, county commissioners denied a hardship request from Terry Richards, asking to temporarily live in his $15,000 RV on his father’s farm …

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Gang violence alleged at Morgan County High School

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By Patrick Yost editor  Seven Morgan County High School students have been both arrested and disciplined after they allegedly engaged in a gang initiation beating in one of the school’s bathroom. According to Chief Deputy Keith Howard, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, six of the students were juveniles and the seventh, Antonio Donnell Howell, 17, Madison was being charged as an adult. Howard said a school administrator presented Sgt. Kevin Berisko, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office school resource officer, with two cell phone videos that allegedly show the students engaged in a …

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Student arrested with gun after MCHS–Monroe Area game

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  “They got a gun!” Pandemonium erupted when those words echoed through the halls of Monroe Area High School after a Morgan County High School (MCHS) student allegedly flashed a gun during an away basketball game on January 28.  According to police reports, Kierreon Farley allegedly flashed the firearm during a planned fight near the end of a basketball game between MCHS and Monroe Area.  Lieutenant Harris, from the Monroe Police Department, was working security at the game when something strange occurred. With more than …

Two to seek Morgan Tax Commissioner job

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  On the heals of current Morgan County Tax Commissioner Becky Astin’s announcement in the Morgan County Citizen two people have announced they will seek the job, both as Republican candidates. Current Morgan County Tax Commissioner Clerk Wendy Coe, 38, and Morgan County native Sheree Evans both said Tuesday they would seek the job. Evans, 58, has worked for Jones, Ewing, Dobbs and Tamplin Insurance for the past 36 years. Coe said she has the backing of Astin in the race. Coe has worked at …