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Veterans honored at MCHS last week

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  “You may not know me the first time we meet. I’m just another you see on the street. But I am the reason you walk and breathe free. I am the reason for your liberty.” Those were the words that rang out last Wednesday beneath Morgan County High School’s flagpole as a JROTC student read the stanzas of the famous poem, “I am a Veteran,” written by Andrea Brett in 2002.  While the annual Veterans Day Ceremony was cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus, …

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Man shoots girlfriend at Madison’s Hampton Inn

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor A Covington man was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after allegedly shooting his girlfriend in the chest at the Hampton Inn in Madison. According to Sergeant Detective Wes Thompson with the City of Madison Police Department, officers were dispatched to the Hampton Inn in the early afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 11 in response to a 911 call reporting a Madison woman having trouble breathing.  When authorities arrived at the Hampton Inn, they made their way up to the third floor where they found …

Unity Vigil held to stand against racism

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  We are here to be a light in the darkness,” said Crystal Ross, one of the organizers of last week’s Unity Vigil held outside of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Madison.  About 60 community members gathered outside of the church to address racism in Morgan County, prompted by the recent racist messages exchanged between Morgan County High School students in a private social media chat group that went viral two weeks ago. “We know what has happened and we are on it, but we want …

Bicycle Giveaway to honor memory of Trey Greene

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Local couple seeking donations for Bicycle Giveaway event to be held on December 12 By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  A local couple has spent the last five years transforming their grief into generosity after losing their beloved son in 2015.  Russell and Mary Greene have orchestrated numerous charitable events and programs over the years in memory of their late son, Marcus “Trey” Greene who died at age 16 after a lifelong battle with sickle-cell anemia and went into heart failure one year after receiving a heart transplant.  Despite the …

In the Nick of Time

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Pennington Seed partners with Greene County Habitat to build a new home for a local family in time to celebrate the holiday season By Tia Lynn Ivey Staff Writer When the lights are strung, the wreath is hung and the tree is lit, a family in need will celebrate this Christmas in their very own new home, thanks to a unique partnership between The Greene County Habitat for Humanity and Pennington Seed of Madison. Candice Butts, a single-mother of three, is counting the days until she can settle into her …

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Kelly Reid Maxey

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Kelly Reid Maxey, 47 of Buckhead, died November 16, 2020.  She was born in Eatonton on December 7, 1972.  She was a graduate of Gatewood Academy.  Kelly spent many years working for Hallman Wood Products in Eatonton until her health prevented her from working any longer. She was married to Paul Maxey for 14 years.  She loved her family, especially her grandchildren.  She enjoyed camping and spending time with her friends.  She loved animals, especially her cats. Kelly Maxey is survived by her husband, Paul Maxey and children, Nina West …

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Belton blasts vote count

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State rep criticizes outcome while local officials remain confident in election results By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  As the national spotlight falls on Georgia once again with a statewide vote recount looming and two pivotal U.S. Senate run-off races this January, Morgan County finds itself at the center as one of two Georgia counties that experienced voting machine glitches on Election Day, Tuesday Nov. 3.  As President Donald Trump seeks a recount in Georgia after narrowly turned “blue” for the first time since 1992, Georgia election officials are facing …

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Unity Vigil aims to combat racism

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  In an effort to combat racism and hatred, local community members are organizing a Unity Vigil in response to the recent racist text messages exchanged between Morgan County High School Students that were exposed online last week.  The vigil will be held this Thursday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. outside of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Madison.  Shockwaves rippled through the local community after screenshots were posted on Facebook exposing a private group chat between Morgan County High School boys, filled with racist and violent  …

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Students’ racist rants spark outrage

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Racist and violent threats among Morgan County High School students were discovered in a private social media chat group and then posted publicly on Facebook last week, sparking outrage from the local community as screenshots from the conversation were shared over 115 times by angry parents and concerned citizens. The incident led to more allegations throughout last week, as at least three parents called the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office to report rumors circulating Morgan County High School, alleging students were claiming to have guns …

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Auto parts thieves hit five local businesses

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By Andrea Gable staff writer Late last month, five local businesses fell victim to a rash of thefts that left an estimated $26,000 worth of property damage in its wake. On the night of Oct. 25, suspects stole the catalytic converters from 18 cars parked at AutoZone, Advanced Auto Parts, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and B.I. Production Works on Eatonton Road.   According to reports, employees at AutoZone, Advanced Auto Parts and O’Reilly Auto Parts discovered the catalytic converters had been cut and removed from five different delivery vehicles. …

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On Oct. 28, a verbal dispute between brothers on Centennial Road in Rutledge led to a heated police intervention without arrests. When the county deputy arrived at the scene, he witnessed a male subject arguing and using obscene language. According to reports, the man claimed his brother hit him in the head with an object and then went to his room. The officers called to the brother inside his room asking him to come out calmly. The allegedly refused to stop using expletives and obscene language and also refused the deputy’s …

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City of Madison to give police officers a raise

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  In an effort to recruit and retain quality police officers, the City of Madison has enacted a pay scale increase for the city’s police force. At the Madison Mayor and City Council meeting on Monday, Nov. 9. The council members voted unanimously to approve a pay scale increase for city police officers.  “It’s going up substantially,” said Madison Mayor Fred Perriman. “We did this to keep our law enforcement here and to recruit new police officers.” According to City Manager David Nunn, the starting …

Early voting explodes in Morgan County

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By Tia Lynn IveyManaging Editor  The phone rang nearly 10 times before a frazzled employee answered the phone at the Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration. “We’re swamped right now,” the employee said as Morgan County voters were pouring in to cast their ballots early for the 2020 Presidential Election on the second day of early voting.  The rate of early voters is shattering previous early voting records.  On the first day early voting opened, Monday Oct. 12,  704 people cast their votes in-person at the election office in …

Faith & Blue shine through

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Faith, Law come together at food distribution event By Tia Lynn IveyManaging Editor  If you drove by the original Middle School in Madison last Saturday, you would have seen a sea of light blue t-shirts and the sounds of gospel music. A special Faith and Blue event was held at the weekly Grocery Giveaway Saturday morning, drawing over 100 people to volunteer and to celebrate. Local law enforcement agents partnered with community leaders to distribute food to families in need. The event was in honor of a national movement called …

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ESPLOST passage crucial, BOE says

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By Tia Lynn IveyManaging Editor  The Morgan County School System is banking on the voters of Morgan County this election cycle to pay off part of its debt for the $50 million new schools projects. If the one penny sales tax is voted down by voters, the school board says it will have no other choice than to raise property taxes.  “If it is voted down, the school system still has to pay its debt. If it is not passed the only way we will have to pay our debt …

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Waffle House dust up

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Officers arrive to find men on the floor, arrests made By Patrick YostEditor  Two men who allegedly hurled racial slurs at a group of high school students at Waffle House were arrested Oct. 2 after fighting with the students. According to Madison Police Department reports, Eric Lee Cook, 38, Madison, was charged with disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and DUI. Robert Mitchell, 38, Madison, was charged with disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and interference with a business. Reports state that at 11:51 p.m., Cook and Mitchell entered the Waffle House at 1941 …

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New 250’ telecommunications tower approved by BOC

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By Tia Lynn IveyManaging Editor  A new 250-foot-tall telecommunications tower is slated to be built in Morgan County.  The Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) unanimously voted to approve the new project, requested by Diamond Communications at the last regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 6.  The new telecommunications tower will be constructed on 153 acres located at 4831 Eatonton Highway. Jonathan Yates appeared before the BOC last Tuesday to describe the nature and need of the project.  “It’s necessary for wireless coverage in the area,” said Yates to the BOC …

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Affordable housing soon?

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By Tia Lynn IveyManaging Editor Land newly annexed into the City of Madison will pave the way for a large residential housing project that will be “workforce affordable.”   “This will benefit our city,” said Madison Mayor Fred Perriman earlier this year. “I think we all know how important it is to have affordable homes in our community now.” The proposed project, Canaan Crossing, calls for a 60-unit low-to-moderate income housing development to be built on a 10-acre plot located at 1180 Wheat Street. The plot of land is located in …

Riding For A Cause: Spin For Kids Event

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor The 15th Annual Spin for Kids, a bicycle race for Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, has raised over $409,000.  Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge provides special needs children with a one-of-a-kind away camp experience for an entire week.  “It’s still climbing,” said Brittany Dubay Gaddis, communication specialist of the donations pouring in. “Fundraising will remain open through October 30, and the total will continue to be updated at www.spinforkids.org. This money will go directly to camper scholarships! Camp subsidizes 70 percent of the cost of …

Georgia Color Plein Air Competition

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Fall is in full swing, making the local scenery the perfect subject for local artists to paint. Dozens of Georgia artists will be painting at various outdoor locations, including in Madison, for the annual Georgia Color Plein Air Competition from Thursday, Oct. 22 through Sunday, Oct. 25.   “Georgia’s top recognized masters of plein air from Ellijay to Savannah and in between, will converge on the local scenery of Georgia’s Historic Heartland as they paint the local scenery during the second  Georgia Color Plein …