Grand Jury re-indicts pair accused of child cruelty

Patrick Yost News

A Morgan County couple originally indicted in December, 2017 on cruelty to children charges in relation, in part, to head injuries sustained on their then 9-week-old son on July 1, 2017 has been re-indicted by a Morgan County Grand Jury. Andrew Grady Carson, 31, Madison was re-indicted on six counts of cruelty in the first degree, one count cruelty to children in the second degree and three counts aggravated battery. His wife, Rebecca Mosley Carson, 27, Madison was re-indicted on five counts cruelty to children in the first degree and …

Former BGC CEO indicted

Tia Lynn Ivey News

The former chief executive officer of the Boys & Girls Club of North Central Georgia has been indicted on nine counts of theft by taking. Landers Thomas stands accused of stealing nearly $40,000 from the Boys and Girls Club. He was arrested and charged on Nov. 17, 2017. Morgan County Grand Jury handed down the indictment last week, chronicling each instance of the alleged theft by taking. A contrite Thomas wrote a letter to the court pleading for mercy due to falling on hard times. According to Thomas, in the …

Seizure funds released

Patrick Yost Featured, News

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office successfully claimed a 50 percent stake in more than $100,000 worth of items and cash seized by law enforcement officials during the execution of search warrant on the Hestertown Road residence of Clinton Thomas on May 31, 2018. The search warrant, according to court documents produced a host of items allegedly associated with the sale of narcotics including guns, marijuana, THC edibles, LSD, mushrooms and more than $97,000 in cash and coins. Because of the search warrant and the items discovered, Thomas, 37, was indicted …

Game center gets green light

Tia Lynn Ivey News

A new game center that will include a pool table, video game consoles, and computers with Internet access is coming to East Washington Street in Madison. At Monday evening’s meeting, the Madison Mayor and City Council unanimously approved a conditional use to allow for the proposed game center to open at 923 East Washington Street. Wanda Eubanks appeared before the council to explain her business plan, hoping to provide the community with a fun and safe place for youth and families to relax and spend time together. Eubanks also aims …

Main Street outreach

Dianne Yost News

Madison Main Streetís Outreach Committee hosted a presentation Tuesday on 2018 tax changes with expert speaker Wade Schueneman of Fortson, Bentley, and Griffin, P.A. About 15 downtown business owners and staff attended the presentation on the new tax law that went into effect Jan. 1, 2018. Speaker Wade Schueneman (pictured above) reviewed everything from the new tax lawís standard deduction increase to new rules on depreciation and expensing. Madison Main Street Director Ann Huff said more sessions will be planned through the Outreach Committee to inform and provide fresh perspectives …

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$5 million in real estate sales

Dianne Yost News

August 28, 2018 • Alvis  G. Dickerman of Madison to Algin Investments LLC of Loganville, 5421 Seven Island Road, Madison, $85,000. • Stewart L. Johns of Madison to Brad J. Evans of Madison, 795 East Avenue, Madison, 1.44 acres, $405,000. • Donald W. Becker of Madison to Eaglewood Properties, LLC of Madison, 1040 Brownwood Road, Madison, 2.643 acreas, $110,000. • Christopher M. Broadnax of Madison to Luisa F. Trabanino Orellana of Madison, 1291 Wildflower Way, Madison, $189,000. • Barbara J. Hendricks of Madison to Randy Bryan of Madison, 3891 Enterprise …

Local Ingles adding jobs, meals-to-go menu

Dianne Yost Biz Buzz, News

A new car is flat in my future y’all! That’s right! The Buzz just attended Madison Main Street’s presentation on 2018 Tax Changes! The best part is that the presenter explained that my handsome husband can purchase me a brand spankin’ new car through our business and depreciate 100 percent of it this year! I. LOVE. IT! Now of course I’ll need me a right nice Mercedes Benz Convertible so I can toss newspapers out all over town and of course it’ll have to be equipped with a huge Bose sound …

Affordable solar options discussed at meeting

Sarah Wibell News

Solarize Newton-Morgan, a community-based bulk purchasing program making solar installation significantly more affordable, held its launch party in Covington on Thursday, September 6. The gathering enabled members of the two counties to meet both the organizers of the initiative and representatives of the installation company, garner information about solar power, and participate in a question and answer session. Another informational event will be held at the Public Safety Building Meeting Hall, Suite 400, in Madison on October 4 at 5 p.m. What began as a grass-roots organization of pro-active individuals …

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Judges dismisses counts in Foster St. suit

Tia Lynn Ivey News

Foster Park, a 19-house subdivision set to be build behind the historic Foster-Thomason-Miller house in Madison, remains in limbo as Historic District Residents appeal the Madison Mayor and City Council’s controversial vote to approve a rezoning of the property to allow for the housing development. “Every thing is at a stand still until this case is resolved,” said James Carter, city attorney. However, a new ruling from the Morgan County Superior Court may indicate good news for the City of Madison and Developer Brad Good. Judge Amanda Petty has dismissed …

Work begins on new HS entrance

Patrick Yost News

Employees with Madison-based East Coast Grading on Monday began the process of clearing land off the Madison by-pass that will create a third entrance to the new Morgan County High School. According to Dr. James Woodard, the $800,000 project commenced after the Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) granted permission  to the school to create a deceleration and acceleration lane off the by-pass. The project will create a “right turn in, right turn out” access to the high school. Woodard said the project should be completed by the end of the …

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Grand Jury returns criminal indictments

Patrick Yost News

A Morgan County Grand Jury last week returned several indictments against persons charged with crimes. The following persons were indicted. • Fredrick Mickens, 55, Hephzibah, was indicted on two counts of robbery. According to court documents, Mickens was arrested on June 4, 2018 by the Madison Police Department after he allegedly entered the Pilot Truck Stop, Eatonton Road, at 4:40 a.m. and threatened to cut a clerk’s neck open with a knife. Micken then allegedly removed cash from the register. • Gavin James Atkins, 20, Loganville was indicted on two …

Board of Ed. says goodbye to Brad Evans

Sarah Wibell News

The Morgan County Board of Education welcomed a new member, recognized high achieving students, discussed Homecoming plans, and reviewed the latest updates for the new consolidated school campus during the monthly meeting last Monday. District 5 Board Member Brad Evans stepped down due to relocating his residence to another district. Each of the remaining board members said a few words of thanks and appreciation for all Evans has accomplished over his nearly four years on the board. Superintendent James Woodard noted the beneficial changes in policy that Evans helped to …

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City building permits filed for August

Dianne Yost News

August 2018 • Land Development Permit, Owner – BMC Holdings, Inc., 1310 Monticello Road, Contractor Ben Hall, $1,345,275. • Accessory Building-Residential, 811 Park Lane, Owner James Roberts, Contractor Jacob Hilsman, $24,000. • Commercial Addition/Remodel, 2012 Eatonton Road, Owner Madison Hospitality LLC, Contractor Steven Baluta, $350,000. • Plumbing, 757 Markham’s Drive, Owner Madison Traditional Development, LLC, Contractor Ryan Cathey, $7,600. • HAVC, 757 Markham’s Drive, Owner Madison Traditional Development, LLC, Contractor Michael Miller, $6,250. • Electrical, 1141 Eatonton Road, Owner Inmoinvest, LLC, Contractor Paul Stover, $6,000. • Electrical, 2021 Eatonton Road, …

Gensteel Doors Moving Warehouse Operation to Madison

Dianne Yost News

Gensteel Doors USA LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Montreal, Canada-based Gensteel Doors, is on track to relocate its Clarkston, Ga. warehouse operation to Madison by the end of August or early September and wants to hire four people for warehouse and light manufacturing jobs. Earlier this year, Gensteel invested $3 million for property located on Fairground Road, which will house the warehouse operation. The company manufactures metal doors and frames used in a variety of construction projects, such as schools, hospitals, multi-family buildings, hotels, condominium, office buildings and stadiums. …

Fatal car crash on interstate

Patrick Yost News

A University of Talladega student died sometime Monday night after the Taurus she was driving eastbound on Interstate 20 left the road and crashed into a tree. According to Georgia State Patrol reports, the wreck was not noticed until approximately 7:52 a.m. when a motorist called 911 and reported that there was a damaged vehicle and debris at the bottom of a deep embankment off the interstate. Cadet Cody Cantrell said the body of Chante Tanesha Beavers, 21, Pell City, Ala. was found approximately 20 feet from the remains of …

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Elderly, local man drowns in pond

Tia Lynn Ivey News

A search for a missing 88-year-old Madison man ended in tragedy Monday evening when his body was discovered in a pond on his own property. Harold Eugene Phillips was last seen by his wife, Jimie Phillips, on Labor Day, Sept. 3, around 4 p.m. when he went outside to work in the yard of their Monticello Road home. When he did not return, his wife sought the help of neighbors to look for him. After checking the area without spotting Phillips, the neighbors called the police to search for him.  …

Business boom in downtown Madison

Tia Lynn Ivey News

Strolling along the streets of Downtown Madison, one might notice a few prominent buildings standing dormant; the businesses once occupying them now gone. Madison Gift Mart is the latest business to close, leaving 140 West Washington Street empty. The vacant property joins the list of other stagnant properties such as the old funeral home (Thomas Wagon Works) and Amici’s Madison’s old building on Main Street. But Downtown Madison is not destined to become a ghost town. According to City Officials, 2018 is a “Year of Transition” for downtown heading toward …

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Septic tank processing business proposed

Tia Lynn Ivey News

Morgan County homeowners are making a stink about a proposed septic waste receiving business aiming to set up shop on Woodkraft Road in Morgan County. Over 30 people attended last Thursday’s County Planning Commission Meeting, many of whom objected to a text amendment prompted by Sam Florence’s proposal to relocate his portable toilet rental business and septic waste processing service on to a two-acre plot of land, just a half a mile away from a residential neighborhood. Florence aims to dispose of septage, excrement and other waste materials contained in …

Downtown’s hot, Madison Tea Room transition

Dianne Yost Biz Buzz, News

Momma! What in the Sam Hill is that ba ba boomin’ noise? It’s been goin’ on night n day for months . . . Ding dang! It’s comin’ from downtown Madison and its BOOMIN’ real estate market! I mean Downtown Madison is flat hot, hot, hot!  That’s right y’all! Real Estate investors in downtown are investin’ millions for both retail, service businesses and restaurants! Plus, several investors have plans in the works to significantly add to our portfolio of in-town living options from downtown condos and apartments to senior living! …

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$8 million plus sold

Dianne Yost News

August 21, 2018 •  Pine Glen, LLC of Beaufort, SC to Deer Haven MHP, LLC of Cincinnati, Ohio,  1000 Pinetree Circle, Madison, 20.63 acres, Madison, $3,836,000. •  Timothy Bologna of Double Oak, Texas to Mathis Investment Group, LLC of Monroe, 1080 Big Sandy Creek Lane, 2.03 acres, Madison, $85,000. • Rodney Jackson of Hartwell, GA. to Kathryn Shropshire of Rutledge, 251 West Main St., Rutledge, $210,000. • Tommy Lowell Deyton of Clarkston to Claudia Crenshaw of Clarkston, Sugar Creek Trail, Buckhead, 1.14 acres, $22,500. August 22, 2018 • Julia Gay …