Complaints lead to drugs, gun charges

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By Sidhartha Wadake staff writer Neighbors noise complaints led Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputies to execute a search warrant on a Clack Road residence that resulted in a convicted felon being arrested on drug and firearm charges. According to Lt. Brandon Sellers, Investigations Division, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Tyler Truitt, 29, was arrested without incident on Wednesday, May 15 after officers responded to “five or six” noise complaints at the property served the warrant at 3:30 p.m. Pruitt was on a boat on a pond on the property when six …

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City reviews $17 million budget

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The Madison Mayor and City Council reviewed the latest iteration of the proposed budget for the upcoming Fiscal Year. The proposed budget, which is about $2 million more than this year’s budget, will be voted on this June. The council also fully expects to adopt the rollback millage rate later this summer.  Karen Stapp, the city’s chief finance officer, review the proposed budget with some minor changes from the last presentation at a public hearing meeting last Friday morning.  “It looks like a large …

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Rite Aid closing its Madison location

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By Dianne Yost staff writer The Madison Rite Aid, located at 1770 Eatonton Road, will close in June. Specifically, the pharmacy is closing Monday, June 10 and the store will close about two weeks later around June 23 or 24, said an employee.  A Rite Aid store flyer informs customers that individual pharmacy records will be transferred to Walgreens at 202 North Main Street in Greensboro. The flyer also states that prescriptions may be filled at any other Walgreens location. The real estate at the location is owned by 1770 …

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Real estate sales top the $6 million mark

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Compiled by Dianne Yost  May 1, 2019 • Anthony C. Morris of Mobile, Ala. to Richard Kenneth Scroggs, Jr. of Madison, 2895 Athens Highway, Madison, $144,000. • Brian Arienzo of Madison to Conner B. Perry of Madison, 1004 Harper Street, Madison, $215,000. • New Leaf Homes, LLC of Greensboro,  to Brian M. Arienzo of Madison, 1570 Westminster Way, Madison, $342,500. • Milfred Franklin, Jr. of Madison to Joshua Davis of Madison, 1419 Mission Road, 2 acres, Madison, $155,900. • James Davin Youngblood of Madison to Sonya Delene Watts of Madison, …

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Wellbridge clearing land near Bethany Road

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer With the aim of keeping people in the greatest degree of well-being for the longest possible time, the Wellbridge Community of Madison has cleared land to build independent living, assisted living, and memory care facilities. The 75-acre pet-friendly campus at 1800 Bethany Road in Madison will be able to house 242 people, and reservations for residences are already being taken. “On this campus, we have a real philosophy about wellness,” stated Executive Director Mary Jo Johnson-Gibbons.  “It’s about living and aging well. With that, our …

Dialogue about dementia

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer Mary Jo Johnson-Gibbons, who facilitates a monthly support group at First United Methodist Church for caregivers of people with dementia, is providing opportunities for people in Morgan County to learn more about dementia and resources through five events, the second of which was held on May 9. The free hour-long talk focused on how to preserve the personhood and identity of a loved one dealing with dementia and shared Johnson-Gibbons’ own experience caring for her father who lost his ability to speak verbally early after …

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Elections board to hold special meeting

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer Morgan County is at the center of a statewide election controversy, in which a new subpoena has been served to the Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration (BOER) regarding the November 2018 election for Lieutenant Governor. The heated legal battle is between Governor Brian Kemp and the Coalition for Good Governance, revolving around the issue of election security in the State of Georgia and “missing votes” in the Georgia Lieutenant Governor race during the November 2018 Midterm election.  County government was served with subpoena …

Madison draws state’s planners

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By Sidhartha Wakade staff writer Managers from the downtown development offices of cities all across Georgia gathered in downtown Madison for a workshop on Thursday, May 16, 2019. The program, called Mobilize Main Street, was created to inform city planners and development authorities on how to maintain a historic downtown while advancing business opportunities. Attendees of the workshop toured downtown alongside employees of the Downtown Development Authority of Madison, carrying umbrellas and fans to fend off the heat. Monica Callahan, the executive director of Madison’s downtown development authority, said that …

Man charged in professor’s murder

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By Patrick Yost editor  A 43-year-old Apalachee native was strangled to death, police allege, at a Milledgeville residence sometime Saturday night or Sunday morning in a crime scene that veteran Baldwin County Sheriff Bill Massee would call “bizarre” in a press conference Monday. The body of Marianne Clopton Shockley, a 1993 Morgan County High School graduate and resident of Plantation Road, was found by Baldwin County authorities near a pool and hot tub following a 1:06 a.m. 911 call from a Watson Reynolds Road, Milledgeville residence.  According to a press …

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Three weeks, three wrecks

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  A serious wreck backed up traffic on the 411 Madison Bypass after three cars collided at the seemingly ill-fated Bethany Road Intersection last Friday, May 10. This makes for the third major accident in less than a month at the Bethany Road Intersection.  No serious injuries were incurred at the most recent accident last Friday, but one of the drivers was transported to Morgan Medical Center and all three cars were severely damaged and towed from the scene.  According to Georgia State Patrol (GPS),  …

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60-unit housing project gets city council approval

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The lack of affordable housing within the City of Madison has long been a concern to local leaders and citizens alike.  At the last regular meeting of the Madison Mayor and City Council Monday evening, the council unanimously approved a purchase agreement that will help facilitate the development of a “workforce affordable” 60-unit housing complex in the city.  “This will benefit our city,” said Madison Mayor Fred Perriman. “I think we all know how important it is to have affordable homes in our community …

Group seeks $100k for practice fields

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Since construction on Morgan County High School’s new campus began two years ago, MCHS’s football and soccer teams have trained without a practice field after adjustments were made in the allotted budget. A capital campaign is underway to raise the last $100K needed to fund two practice fields. The project’s anticipated completion date is this fall. The master plan for the middle school and high school campus was created two and a half years ago. As the new high school would be constructed on …

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New businesses approved

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The city of Madison continues to oblige the development of businesses and housing throughout the city. At Monday’s regular meeting, the Madison Mayor and City Council approved two new businesses and a new manufactured home to be built.  The council unanimously approved an in-home bakery on Churchhill Avenue, a new health and fitness center on Eatonton Road, and a double-wide manufactured home to be built on East Jefferson Street.  Each of the applications received approval recommendations from the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission. None …

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Wrong way woman arrested on I – 20

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By Patrick Yost editor  A woman who slammed on her brakes and then chased a man the wrong direction in reverse for approximately one mile before turning her car to face the man’s car and travel the wrong way on Interstate 20 for another half mile was arrested and charged with a host of violations including DUI. According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, Brandolyn Gwen McMullen, 47, Atlanta, was waving her arms when a deputy arrived on Interstate 20 and observed her Enclave facing west in the east bound …

PTO helps expand playground

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  What began as the dream of a handful of students is now becoming a reality.  After a year of fundraising, the Morgan County Primary School’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), secured the $36,000 necessary to expand the school’s playground.  The expansion will be used as a “Covered Outdoor Learning Area (COLA),” providing students with a safe environment to learn in the fresh air. The idea was born out of a Project-Based-Learning assignment last year, in which several students proposed the playground expansion. On April 29, …

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MOCO students tour Takeda Pharmaceuticals

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Special to the Citizen  Morgan County High School Biotechnology and Engineering students recently toured the cutting edge Takeda manufacturing plant in the Stanton Springs technology park, outside Social Circle. Takeda and the MCHS Biotech program are building a relationship to promote workforce development and relevant skills for local high tech jobs. Takeda employs more than 1,000 manufacturing and support positions in the plant and there is an ongoing need to hire qualified entry-level workers. “Although new hires at Takeda receive specialized training for specific job functions at the Georgia Quick …

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Fox family breaks ground on new home

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  A new home is underway for the Fox Family, who was hit hard financially hit fighting against cancer in their daughter Cadence. A former Morgan County photographer, Brandy Angel Hayes, took on the fundraising effort to build this family a new house in Eatonton through her non-profit organization Be The Change: Brandy Angel Foundation.  A groundbreaking ceremony for the new house was celebrated on Sunday, April 28. So far, the foundation has raised $20,000 and is hoping to raise a total of $75,000 to …

Madison In May 5K

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Madison In May’s 18th Annual 5K and 10.2K Road Race, hosted by Madison Lions Club, benefiting Morgan County Young Life is being called a great success! The event had 222 athletes running through historic downtown Madison on the morning of Saturday, May 11, 2019. 5K Madison In May : Male OVERALL: Jordan Norville, Milledgeville, 18:11.3; Female OVERALL: Carolina Zant, Madison, 21:15.3; Male MASTERS: Mark Peace, Covington, 20:16.9; Female MASTERS: Kelly Frazer Johnson, Madison,  23:02.7. 10.2 K Madison In May: Male OVERALL: Jordan Norville, Milledgeville,  …

Caught between Kemp and Coalition

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By Tia Ivey managing editor  Morgan County is at the center of a heated legal battle between Governor Brian Kemp and the Coalition for Good Governance, revolving around the issue of election security in the State of Georgia and “missing votes” in the Georgia Lieutenant Governor race during the November 2018 Midterm election.  The Coalition for Good Governance, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that focuses on election transparency and verifiability, notified the Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration (BOER) of a soon-to-be-served subpoena requesting access to electronic data and records, …

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Commissioners approve 441 event facility

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer  The Morgan County Board of Commissioners approved a request for a conditional use permit to operate an event facility on 58.55 acres at 2761 Athens Highway after a 3 – 1 vote with Commissioner Ben Riden in opposition. The request had been tabled last month to examine safety logistics expressed by concerned neighbors. Previously, a few community members issued concerns over impacts on traffic and accidents as well as the possibility of shooting-related events. Applicant Edward McDuffie responded last month that the planned facility, which …