In Remembrance

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  All across the country, Americans are mourning the loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died last week at the age of 87 after numerous battles with cancer. Ginsburg was the second woman to ever serve on the Supreme Court, appointed in 1993 by former President Bill Clinton. About 50 people gathered on the steps of the Morgan County Courthouse last Sunday night to honor the life and legacy of Justice Ginsburg, who rose to become a feminist icon and one of …

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Belton backs county vote

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Managing Editor  State Representative Dave Belton is backing a controversial vote of the Morgan County Board of Commissioners to take over the appointment process of the county’s election board. The vote caused an upset at last Tuesday county commissioner meeting, with attendees denied the opportunity to issue public comments prior to the vote.  Amidst groans, in a 3-to-1 vote, the county commissioners voted to appoint all future members of the county election board, taking away the role of the local Republican and Democratic parties in the process. The appointment process …

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Buckhead next epicenter of development?

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  A controversial proposal currently being considered would nearly double the size of the Town of Buckhead and create a new zoning district that would allow for massive residential and commercial developments.  On Tuesday evening, the Morgan County Planning Commission considered three separate, but related, proposals from five land owners, seeking to annex .68 square miles into the Town of Buckhead, pass a new text amendment to create a new Interstate Mixed Use zoning district, and to rezone the annexed land in that new zoning …

Movies come back to Madison

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Y’allywood returns to Madison this week with a film production setting up shop at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center. The coronavirus pandemic has slammed the brakes on most entertainment projects in 2020, but the film industry is slowly tapping the accelerator, ramping up movie and television productions in Georgia once again.  The latest film project to come through Madison comes from Storyteller Studios, of Newnan, Ga., called Forgotten. The production crew has set up camp at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center and the movie is filming …

The Flea Market Pickers take it outside

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By Dianne Lively Yost Staff  The Flea Market Musicians (also known as the Flea Pickers), a bluegrass band comprised of local musicians, are now playing every Saturday afternoon from noon until 2 p.m. in downtown Madison in the covered outdoor space across from the Morgan County Courthouse at the corner of Hancock and Jefferson Streets. While the band’s original afternoon stage was located inside the Madison Flea Market, the band and its fans are better able to social distance in an outdoor setting.   Band member Jim Winkler said the …

First annual Virtual 5K for Mental Health

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  In the age of the coronavirus, it is not only people’s physical health at risk, but their mental health as well. Between economic hardships, shutdowns, quarantines and separation from loved ones while the world wrestles with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, depression and other mental health issues are on the rise. Local Madison City Councilwoman Carrie Peters Reid and Reasha Daniels, of Pretty Girls Fitness are orchestrating a virtual 5K race to get people outdoors exercising and to raise awareness about mental health in the …

MAG knitting for breast cancer survivors in October

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which begins in October, the Madison Artists Guild (MAG) is launching a new program to give breast cancer survivors with a unique gift. The “Knit a Tit” program invites crafty knitters to create “beautiful, lightweight, cotton prostheses for women to use shortly after mastectomies while their incisions heal, as options until they receive breast implants, or if implants have failed.” According to MAG, “The finished items will be donated to Knitted Knockers, a non-profit organization that distributes them for …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On Sept. 19 Edward King, 37, Braselton was arrested and charged with interference with a business, public drunkeness and disorderly conduct. According to reports, an officer was dispatched to the Super 8 Motel, Eatonton Road at 11:15 p.m. Reports state that a motel employee alleged that King came cursing to the front desk and pulled wire from the back of computers. He then allegedly threw papers from the counter to the floor and picked up a computer mouse and slapped the employee in the face with the mouse. The officer …

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Sept. 20 Billy Joe Eaton, 42, Eatonton was arrested and charged with battery and damage to property. According to reports, a woman at an Old Buckhead Road residence alleged that when she arrived to her house at 9:30 a.m. Eaton also arrived and attacked her while she sat in her car. The woman alleged that Eaton struck her twice in the forehead and refused to let her out of the vehicle and left a dent on her car door. She also alleged that he threw either cold coffee or …

Steven L. Waterman

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Steven L. Waterman, 74, passed away September 3, 2020 peacefully after an accelerated bout with military service-connected brain damage. Born in Hope, Maine, March 29, 1946, he was the son of Robert T. and Norma Blom Waterman. Other than his parents, Steve was predeceased by his first wife Judy Waterman, and his wife of 33 years, Mary Ware Waterman.   He is survived by his wife, Dottie Billingsley Waterman of Madison, GA; his two sisters, Cheryl Waterman and Heather Waterman, both of South Thomaston, ME; his four children, Emily O. Dillon …

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Beryl Adair Newsome

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Beryl Adair Newsome, 84, passed away on September 14, 2020 at Madison Health and Rehabilation Center. She was born August 28, 1936. Her parents were the late George Cornelius (Neil) Adair and Alice Hammond Adair. She lived all of her life in Morgan County. She attended West Georgia College in Carrollton and the University of Georgia in Athens. She was employed by Morgan County High School from 1961 until 1991 when she retired. She first worked as the principal’s secretary and then as assistant librarian. She had one son, Clarke …

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Mary Dawn Sturdivant Pierce

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Mary Dawn Sturdivant Pierce, 79 of Madison, died September 1, 2020.  She was a native of Morgan County.  She was born on November 15, 1940 to Andrew Clyde Sturdivant and Mary Elizabeth Sherrer Sturdivant.  Mrs. Pierce was a long-time member of Faith Baptist Church.  She was widowed by three husbands, Pete Smith, Gene Marshall and William Pierce.  She was also preceded in death by daughter, Mary Rebecca as well as her parents.   Mrs. Pierce is survived by her children, Chuck Smith (Beth), Dawn Smith, Betty Smith-Webb (Scott), Pamela Smith …

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James Walter “Jim” Boyd, Jr

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James Walter “Jim” Boyd, Jr., 82 of Rutledge died unexpectedly on September 3, 2020.  Mr. Boyd was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a patriotic American.  He was a long-time insurance agent in Madison.  He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Madison.  He was an avid outdoorsman. Jim Boyd is survived by his wife, Phyllis R. Boyd and two children, Donna Kathleen Boyd and James Benjamin Boyd and  Karoll.  He also leaves two grandchildren, Kyle Boyd and Gabrielle Boyd.  Also surviving is a brother, Donald …

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Betsy Noelia Cossio

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Betsy Noelia Cossio, 70 of Madison, passed away on September 3, 2020.  She was at her home, surrounded by her family.  Mrs. Cossio was born on March 21, 1950 in Puerto Rico to Jose Louis Velazquez and Gabriella Hernandez.  She was married to Dr. Eduardo Cossio.  Mrs. Cossio was a school teacher before managing her husband’s medical office.  She was an avid reader and loved to learn knew things.  This made her an excellent teacher.  She was devoted to her family.  She enjoyed travelling, especially to the beach and spending …

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Shirley Almand

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Mrs. Shirley Almand of Madison died September 19, 2020.  She was a long-time hair dresser in Madison.  She was the daughter of the late William Ralph and Lois Lord Armour.  She was married to the late Henry Almand.  Mrs. Almand is survived by two children, Lynn Day and Steve and Bart Almand and Becky as well as two siblings, J.R. Armour and Rose Marie Luke and Richard.  She leaves grandchildren: Jena Day, Steven Day, Haley Azar and Lizzie Day and also a great grandchild, Anabeth Day.  Mrs. Almand has several …

Pistons for Paws

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By Trinity Martin Staff Writer The Humane Society of Morgan County hosted its third annual “Pistons for Paws” charity parade this past Sunday. With 62 cars participating in the event, crowds lined the streets of  downtown Madison and were treated to the sight of antique vehicles and Crowe’s BBQ.  The event raised more than $4,500 through the help of Countryside Dealership, Scoops, Lowe’s, Walmart, Conner’s Napa, Nu art, the city of Madison police and sheriff departments, and all the volunteers. All profits will be used for the daily care of …

Bulldogs Fall to Monroe Area 13-9

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By Alvin Richardson Sports Reporter  Morgan County moved the ball up and down the field last Friday night and posted 389 yards to just 120 for the Purple Hurricanes but it was all for naught.  In the end Monroe made the big plays and Morgan made too many miscues.  As a result Monroe Area came away with a hard-fought 13-9 win.  The Canes touchdowns came on a 28 yard corner route late in the half and a 60 yard fumble return after a bad snap on a punt.  Monroe had …

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High School Sports: News and Notes

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Despite the Covid-19 crisis Morgan County High School fall sports are in full swing and as always our players and coaches are doing a great job.  Most importantly the kids are are out there doing what they love and that is a big deal after months of uncertainty.  Today we will just cast a look around to check out the news for some of these teams as well as take a look at a few topics of interest around the state in high school sports. How Region 4AAA football playoff …

$10k grant jump starts food pantry

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  The new food pantry in Madison is asking the community for financial help to keep providing this crucial service for families in need as the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep across the state.  That Madison-Morgan Community Food Pantry is weekly food pantry out of the original Middle School, located on Pearl Street in Madison, to gather, assemble and distribute grocery boxes for families in need every Saturday morning. The food pantry was born out of the Morgan County Ministers Union’s grocery giveaway ministry, which …