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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 …

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Kenny Stewart to run for Morgan County Sheriff

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By Patrick Yost editor  Kenny Stewart, a former officer with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday that he would seek the office of sheriff. Stewart, 48, said he would run as a Republican. In 2016 Stewart ran as a Democrat in a failed campaign against incumbent Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley. Stewart is currently a sergeant in the Taliaferro County Sheriff’s Office as an investigator and is also assigned to a drug interdiction unit. Stewart is a Morgan County native and, according to a press release he issued, was …

Howard, Hale to not seek more BOE terms

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By Patrick Yost editor  The Morgan County Board of Education will be losing a combined 28 years of leadership at the end of this year after both the board’s chairman and a member focused on school system’s finances have announced they will not seek re-election. Morgan County Board of Education Chairman Nelson Hale, District 2, and Keith Howard, District 3, said Monday they would no longer run. Hale is completing his fourth term and has served as chairman for the past 14 years. Howard is completing his third term. Hale …

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More than $2 million of real estate sold

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Compiled by Dianne Yost staff writer  Jan. 24, 2020 • Laura Daws Haley & Anthony Calvin Haley, Successor Truste… of Madison to 1340 Cox Road LLC of Madison, 2240 Monticello Road, 2.57 acres, Madison, $125,000. • Walter Daniel Zant, Jr. of Madison to Bobby Virgil Cole, Jr. of St. Simons Island, Ga., 1020 Waterford Court, 2.81 acres, Madison, $390,000. Jan. 27, 2020 • Charles E Will and Teresa Ann Will of Buckhead to Ryan Mauney of Buckhead, 1000 Lakeshore Drive, Buckhead, $160,000. • Jerry L. McCollum of Madison to Tristan …

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City looking for ways to cut down on plastic waste

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  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 …

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Women face indictment

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By Quinn Rafferty staff writer Two South Carolina native women were indicted last Friday by a Morgan County Grand Jury for allegedly trafficking drugs in their rental car.  Andrea Strode, 35, was indicted on charges of trafficking in heroin, trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of marijuana (less than an ounce), possession of drug related objects, drugs not in original container, and speeding. Strode was the driver of the vehicle.  Brandy Odle, 35, was indicted on charges of trafficking in heroin, trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of marijuana (less than an ounce), possession …

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Single car crash ends in fatality

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By Patrick Yost editor  A Watkinsville man died tragically in a single car crash on Bostwick Highway near the Nolan Store Road. According to Sgt. Corey Seymour, Georgia State Patrol. a 1995 Mazda driven by Arthur Mann, 81, left the roadway while traveling south on Bostwick Highway towards Madison, Mann apparently overcorrected and then lost control of the vehicle. Seymour said the Mazda left the roadway again, struck a culvert and became airborne before striking several trees. The incident occurred on Monday, Jan. 27 at approximately 2:46 p.m. Seymour said …

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MCHS Gang Fight Ends In Arrests

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By Patrick Yost Publisher 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 Donnelll 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 “jump in” …

City sets goals for next decade of progress

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The city of Madison is entering the new decade with fresh eyes and a new vision for the future.  According to Madison Mayor Fred Perriman, the city is starting the new decade on a firm foundation as leaders hope to to build upon recent accomplishments to improve the quality of life for all its citizens.  “In the beginning of 2020, a new decade, our city is in financially good shape,” said Perriman. “Our city is doing wonderful things and we want to keep encouraging …

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Uncle Remus now Azalea Regional System

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  With the new decade comes a new name for the regional library system. Formerly named the Uncle Remus Regional Library System, of which the Morgan County Library is part, is officially renamed the Azalea Regional Library System.  “On January 9, 2020 the Regional Board of Trustees for the Uncle Remus Regional Library System voted to change the Regional System’s name to the Azalea Regional Library System, which is more representative of the six counties that comprise the current Regional System,” said a press release …

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Real Estate sales more than $2 million

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Compiled by Dianne Yost staff  Jan. 10, 2020 • Bayview Loan Servicing, LLC of Coral Gables, Fla. to Thomas Preston Investments, LLC of Madison, 870 Peters St., 1.17 acres, Madison, $20,000. • Timothy Campbell of Augusta, Ga. to Dietrich Lamar Roland of Madison, 2099 Cedar Grove Road, 2.458 acres, Buckhead, $26,000. • Bank of Madison of Madison to R&D Properties GA, LLC of Monroe, Ga., Davis Academy Road, 9.94 acres, Madison, $30,000. Jan. 13, 2020 • Willard B. Rosenberger, Jr. of Mt. Joy, Penn. To Source of Light Ministries International, …

Cansino seeks DA job

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By Patrick Yost editor  A former assistant district attorney announced last week that he would run as a Republican for the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney job. Carl Cansino, 49, is currently a criminal defense attorney and is the Solicitor of Milledgville and resides in Baldwin County, one of the eight counties in the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit. Cansino was hired by former Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Fred Bright as an assistant district attorney in 1998 and worked as a prosecutor for the state until 2004. Ocmulgee Judical Circuit Superior Court Judge …