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Gov. issues plea for ‘stay at home’ Thanksgiving

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“The most important thing is that we want to keep each other safe, our families safe and our community safe.” – Fred Perriman  Mayor of Madison By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor Thanksgiving is upon us, but many of the beloved traditions will be sacrificed this year as the ongoing coronavirus spikes across the nation.  As of press time on Tuesday Nov. 24, Morgan County has reported a total of 572 coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Seven people have reportedly died from the coronavirus in Morgan County …

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Recount resumes

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Second ballot recount to begin next week By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor After a tedious statewide hand-recount of nearly 5 million votes cast in the 2020 Presidential election last week, local election officials and poll workers will soon be back at it again.  Georgia counties are slated to conduct a second recount that must be completed by Dec. 2, this time by machine, despite state officials already certifying the election results–awarding Georgia’s 16 electoral votes to President-Elect Joe Biden.  President Donald Trump exercised his legal right to request a …

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Empty Stocking Fund seeking donations

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Christmas is just around the corner and one local law enforcement agency is doubling as Santa’s helpers this season to “fill stockings” with new toys for boys and girls in Morgan County.  The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office is conducting their annual Empty Stocking Fund, but this year will be a little different due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  The Sheriff’s Office will not be accepting toy donations this year, and instead is asking for monetary donations only.  The Morgan County’s Sheriff Office will then …

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Fire Department purchases ‘Jaws of Life’

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  The Morgan County Fire and Rescue have a new lifesaving tool set in their arsenal after Morgan County officials approved a nearly $30,000 purchase for what is commonly known as “the jaws of life.” The extrication tools are most often used to free victims trapped in a car wreck or to gain access to victims trapped inside a burning building.  “The tools have a strength ranging from 115,000 pounds up to almost 300,000 pounds of force that can be delivered to open, cut, or …

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MAGallery knits for breast cancer survivors

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the Madison Artists Guild (MAG) launched a new program to give breast cancer survivors a unique gift. The “Knit a Tit” program invited 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 were donated to Knitted Knockers, a non-profit organization that distributes them for free to doctors, hospitals, and …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On Nov. 14, officers were called to Garnett Street for a dispute between neighbors. Upon arrival, reports state there were multiple people arguing in the street which was heavily covered in a large amount of yard waste. According to reports, the complainant was cleaning his yard in preparation of having company later in the day and used a leaf blower to blow all of the leaves across the street and into the right of way of the road, where he assumed it would be picked up by the leaf and …

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Nov. 19, deputies responded to an incident involving damage to property on Interstate 20 near mile marker 114. According to reports, the 53-year-old complainant was leaving work in Madison and entered Interstate 20 where she subsequently struck an unknown object in the roadway. She stated the vehicle stalled out but she was able to get it into the emergency lane. En route to the call, deputies observed a gray Toyota Sequoia using its flashers. Reports state that three men were attempting to secure a dark colored fiberglass boat to …

Bulldogs Take Down Harlem 42-0

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By Alvin Richardson Sports Writer Morgan County capped off their 2020 regular season with a workmanlike win over the Harlem Bulldogs.  Morgan County led 28-0 at intermission and tacked on two more scores for good measure in the third period to post the win.  The victory also gave the Bulldogs an unblemished home record on the year.  MCHS finished third in Region 4AAA and will travel to Baxley Friday night to take on the Appling County Pirates who finished second in Region 1AAA. Morgan was led on offense by Pratt …

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Morgan vote recount now complete

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Numbers remain virtually unchanged as national spotlight lands on Georgia By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Morgan County has completed a by-hand recount of all ballots cast in the 2020 Presidential Election—yielding virtually identical results to the outcome tabulated on Election night on Nov. 4.  According to Morgan County Elections Director Jennifer Doran, the recount results differed by just two votes when poll workers completed the process on Monday, Nov. 16.  “The audit results were just two votes short of the certified results,” said Doran of the completed manual recount …

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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 …

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Madison Police Department

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On Nov. 7, an informational report was filed in reference to a possible deceased subject at Bohlen’s Garage on Fairground Road. According to reports, officers were alerted by an employee at a local  restaurant who had become familiar with the male subject, identified as John Elder, stating he was a daily customer and she often bought meals for him due to him being homeless. She became concerned after not seeing Elder for a few days and was informed that he lived in his van on property belonging to Bohlen’s Garage. …

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Nov. 9, a missing person report was filed for Kayla Frazee, 29, of Rutledge. According to reports, Debra Frazee stated she hasn’t heard from her daughter since Oct. 28 when she allowed Kayla to drive her vehicle to north Georgia. She alleges that Kayla last made contact with the family on Nov. 6, telling her brother she was in Athens and needed money. No contact has been made since that interaction, according to reports. Kayla is described as being a white female with yellowish blonde hair, approximately 5’6” and …

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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Morgan shocks Burke; assures spot in playoff

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By Alvin Richardson Sports Writer Friday the 13th turned out to be pretty unlucky for the Burke County Bears. Burke, a perennial powerhouse, was nearly a two touchdown favorite over Morgan County but no one told the Bulldogs that. Playing at the luxurious Bear Den in Waynesboro, Morgan County got a signature win when they broke out of the gate quickly to post a 14-0 halftime lead and then got another jolt from Javier Laguin who ran the second half kickoff back for a touchdown to make it 21-0. Although …

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Doris Boswell Brooks

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Doris Boswell Brooks passed away on Saturday evening in Newnan, Georgia. Graveside Service will be held on Saturday,November 21, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. at Madison Memorial Cemetery, 420 WestCentral Avenue, Madison. Visitation will be held Friday evening at Jones and Turner Chapel from 5-7 p.m. Jones and Turner Funeral Home is following the CDC guideline of mask before entering the Chapel for visitation and social distancing. We are honored to serve the Brooks Family in their time of need.

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Ralph Barry Murdock

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Ralph Barry Murdock of Buckhead, died November 12, 2020. Mr. Murdock was a native of Nashville, Tenn.  He was born June 2, 1943 to John and Agnes Harris Murdock.  He served four years in the U.S. Navy and then went to work for the Georgia Department of Revenue where he retired as Supervisor of Auditors.  He moved to Morgan County from College Park.  He enjoyed his time living on Lake Oconee.  He loved to fish and play golf. Mr. Murdock is survived by a son, Tim Murdock and Liz and …

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Marsha Minchew Minnick

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Marsha Minchew Minnick was born September 1, 1953 in Waycross, GA. She is preceded in death by her father, Awtrey Patrick Minchew Jr.,  her mother Wilma Carter Minchew, and her younger brother James Patrick Minchew. Marsha married Daniel Minnick on January 16, 1982. They have been residents of Morgan County since 1983. They have three daughters Catherine who is married to Dr. Gibson Gray, Lisa who is married to Daniel McGee, and Anna who is married to Travis Mayhew. She has nine grandchildren: Augusta, Jennifer, Patrick, and Ruth Mayhew, Asa …