Slaughter indicted

Patrick Yost Front Page, News

A Morgan County Grand Jury, last Thursday indicted murder suspect Jason Sandiver Slaughter, 23, on murder and aggravated assault charges in relation to the shooting death of his mother Paula Slaughter, 54, and family friend Collin Smith, 53. The Grand Jury returned true bills for two counts of murder, two counts of felony murder and two counts of aggravated assault against Slaughter. Slaughter was arrested on Monday, Dec. 4, after two family members found Smith dead on the driveway of the Slaughter home on Slaughter-Veasley Road. Paula Slaughter’s body was …

SPLOST passes

Tia Lynn Ivey Front Page

Morgan County voters approved the new SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) by a wide margin Tuesday evening. A total of 62.36 percent of Morgan voters (1809 ballots) opted to renew the next six-year-long SPLOST, a one-penny sales tax to fund capital outlay projects for Morgan County and municipalities. Morgan Republican voters overwhelmingly cast their ballots for sitting U.S. Congressman for District 10 Jody Hice, who earned 81.68 percent (1623 ballots) of the vote. Morgan County Democratic voters were split between two Democratic candidates for District 10: Chalis Montgomery, …

Madison makes Nat’l Top 10 List

Tia Lynn Ivey News

For the second year in a row, Madison has been named one of the best Historic Small Towns in America by a national publication, USA Today. Competing against 20 small towns across the nation nominated for the recognition, Madison earned the number 10 spot of USA Today’s list. According to USA Today, “Despite its small size, this town an hour east of Atlanta boasts more than 45 specialty shops and 160 antique dealers, all with a distinct Southern small town feel. The historic district’s oak-lined streets, Antebellum homes, gardens and …

Squirrel drives Gussie’s staff nuts

Patrick Yost Front Page

Subtly was not the calling card for an intruder terrorizing Gussie’s House of Flowers, West Jefferson Street, in recent weeks. “He knocked over a bunch of stuff,” said employee Lisa Jefferies. “I’d come in in the morning and say, ‘How come those pictures keep moving?’” “He took a liking to the nicer, more expensive items,” said Bill Knight as he moved display cases from the front window of the venerated Madison business. Knight said the episode started the evening of May 10 when he and a friend were standing outside …

County poised to pass $24 million budget

Patrick Yost News

Despite an overall general fund increase of $697,000, Morgan County Commissioners last week at a monthly called work session reviewed a proposed 2019 county budget that leaves room for the board to take the rollback millage rate. The total general fund budget for the county is expected to be nearly $18 million. According to Morgan County Finance Director Lori Sayer, the general fund will experience the increase, in part because of a 3 percent cost of living pay raises for employees and an increase for the county’s depleted contingency fund. …

County pledges crackdown on use of RV’s for residence

Patrick Yost News

The Morgan County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, May 12, directed Morgan County Planning and Development Director Chuck Jarrell to begin enforcing the county’s regulations against people using recreational vehicles (RV) as full time residences. The direction came after Jarrell told the board that there were more than 20 persons or families living in the vehicles on property not associated with an RV park. “We’ve had a significant increase in finding people living in RV campers in the county. We’ve also had an increase in people wanting power to campers.” …

Chamber issues ‘scam alert’ on company

Tia Lynn Ivey News

A dubious effort to solicit money from local businesses is circulating around the community in the name of the Morgan County Library. According to the Morgan County Library Facebook Page, a business is attempting to deceive other local businesses into donating $500 under the guise of collaborating with the Morgan County Library. “Please be advised that Morgan County Library does not use third party vendors to represent us in the sale of any merchandise. This week we were notified by local businesses that there is a vendor using the Morgan …

Concerts fill the air around Music Fest

Patrick Yost Community

Spring is here and so is the music. Two more concerts were held last week as part of the ongoing 16th Annual Chamber Music Festival through the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center. The festival runs through June 10. On Saturday, May 19, the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art hosted a performance by the Christiania Quartet, which features Chris Rex, David Coucheron, Julie Coucheron and new member Julianne Lee. “The beautiful Steffen Thomas Museum of Art sets the stage for a perfect afternoon concert,” said the MMCC. The Christiania Quartet’s program included renditions …

Top Ten Outdoorsmen of All Time

Jesse Walker Community

Outdoorsmen come in all shapes and sizes, from all eras and walks of life.  It is only fair to say that most of these gentlemen have varying degrees of faults as well.  Most men of adventure have at least one or two flaws and in some cases their liabilities outweigh their accomplishments but we won’t dwell on that too much.   I have attempted today to select the cream of the crop and have tried to place some historical perspective on it by choosing from as many different periods of …

Georgia: Is Hate the state of the State?

Jesse Walker Community

Watching the Primary debates Sunday was pretty unsettling. There are two Democratic candidates, both women, and both brilliant.  Whether either one of them can be heard above the noise of the Republican rants is doubtful.  Evans is a logical, soft-spoken woman who makes a great deal of sense, but quiet logic has not carried the day lately.  Abrams, also a highly-competent candidate with governmental experience and a moderate outlook, might have the best chance to be heard. The question is one of getting out the vote. There were five Republicans …

The Wedding “the last shall be first”

Jesse Walker Community

It is the day before the big wedding. Friday, May 18. It is also my youngest grandson’s eighth birthday! Still, back to the wedding. It is exciting and interesting! We have all the usual preparations and hustle and bustle times a million or zillion. The security plan is in place, the food prepared and the carriages ready. The bridesmaids and their dresses are chosen and it is decided what parts the children will play. The time and place, the priest, the wedding dress, the wedding cake,the music, the guests…all has …

Letters to the Editor

Jesse Walker Community

Stamp Out Hunger The National Association of Letter Carriers and its national partners, National Rural Letter Carriers Association, UFCW, United States Postal Service, AFL-CIO, AARP Foundation, Valpak, Valassis and United Way again sponsored their annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive on Saturday, May 14 and WOW was it successful? The people of Morgan County were asked to set bags of non-perishable food items by their mail boxes and they responded with love and overwhelming generosity. The Caring Place, Morgan County’s Food Bank, was the recipient of the canned goods and …

Permit my be needed to cut down tree in Madison

Tia Lynn Ivey News

Madison’s Greenspace Commission is hoping to finalize a new tree ordinance proposal, which may call for private property owners to obtain a permit before cutting down or removing trees, by the next regular meeting in June. The Greenspace Commissioners discussed the evolving ordinance proposal at the May regular meeting last week. “Our hope is to have a few more committee meetings before the next Greenspace Commission meeting in June and iron out all the details and tweak it at that meeting to firm it all up and have everything in …

Criminal indictments returned by Grand Jury

Patrick Yost News

The Morgan County Grand Jury met on Thursday, May 17, and returned the following criminal indictments. • Malik Osiris Horton, 18, Fairborn, was indicted on one count possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, one count possession of Alprazolam and one count possession of marijuana, less than an ounce. According to court records, Horton was arrested on Nov. 5, 2017, by a Madison Police Department officer after the officer responded to a “Be On The Lookout” (BOLO) call on a 2015 Honda Accord that had allegedly been …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

Jesse Walker Law Enforcement

On May 19, a burglary complaint was filed at Purcell’s Truck Wash, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an employee said sometime during the night of May 18, someone entered the business and took a cash box from a file cabinet and a cash jar from a refrigerator. The complainant said when workers left the night before, all bay doors were locked and secure, but when they arrived in the morning, one door was unsecured from the inside. On May 16, a forgery complaint was filed at Kentucky Fried Chicken, Eatonton …

Morgan County Sheriff's Department

Morgan County Sheriff’s Department

Jesse Walker Law Enforcement

On May 18, a warrant for burglary and forgery was issued for Steven Mark Almand, 26, Madison. According to reports, the warrant was issued after deputies were called to an Apalachee Road residence after someone had damaged a rear basement door and apparently entered the residence. A woman at the residence contacted deputies and told them that Almand was attempting to cash a $300 check at her local bank and that she had not written a check to Almand. On May 20, Athena July Dahlhaus, 36, Athens, was arrested and …

BROWNWOOD BAPTIST

Jesse Walker Community

All gave some, some gave all Many attended the funeral of David Dickson on Monday morning, May 14 at Centennial Baptist Church.  Rev. Wilburn Hill officiated and burial followed in the Centennial Baptist Cemetery.  Our heartfelt prayers continue to go out to his family.  We know they will trust God for comfort, peace and love during this time. Sunday morning attendance was good for worship service, with members and faithful visitors.  We welcome each one to come and be with us as God leads. You’re always welcome to any of …

Buckhead

Jesse Walker Community

That was some good fish Vacation Bible School will be at Buckhead Baptist Church June 10 – 14. AWANA had a party on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The young people had a blessed time for the end of the year. I talked to Daisy Benford at Buckhead at the Soul Food Restaurant. She said she is open Thursday- Saturday at 5 p.m. She serves wings and fries. Many will enjoy this. She is still open despite the fact that the building has been sold. She has a lease. Lake Oconee …

GREATER MOSES BAPTIST CHURCH

Jesse Walker Community

A special thank you Praise God, On Sunday, April 22, the congregation was in full swing with the youth as they came forward leading devotion and service, singing and praying and praising God united like never before heard.  The youth brotherhood committee was in charge of lifting the offerings and it  was such a joy to see the young men and women being trained in the house of the Lord.  Proverbs 22:1 states to train up a child in the way the he should go, and when he is old, …

Nursing Home Ministry

Jesse Walker Community

Saturday was a beautiful day Saturday was a beautiful day. We are having much needed rain in some places. Thank God for whatever he sends our way if it’s only two drops. We had a few of our members out due to sickness, but others came in to help out. Praise God for their coming. Mother Rebecca Hubbard surprised us on Saturday. She had not been with the group in a while. Glad to see her back. Sister Amber Goss presided; Evangelist Lizzie Stokes had the opening prayer; Resident Hazel …