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Majority vote, so what?

Tia Lynn Ivey News

The Madison City Council once again narrowly passed an increase to the Hotel/Motel Tax in a 3-to-2 vote Monday night after a heated debate, but despite the majority vote prevailing to approve a one percent increase, the measure will likely remain in limbo. Last January, the council passed a two percent increase to the Hotel/Motel Tax, a fee tagged on to the price of lodging rooms paid for the customer, in order to generate more funds to the Madison-Morgan Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), a group tasked with promoting tourism in …

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Local fight for traffic light

Tia Lynn Ivey News

The Madison Mayor and City Council unanimously adopted a joint resolution with Morgan County government at Monday evening’s meeting to once again request a traffic light for the intersection between Bethany Road and the Madison Bypass. The Morgan County Board of Commissioners adopted the resolution at the last regular meeting on Dec. 4. The City of Madison and Morgan County decided to join forces to present a united front in their desire to win approval for a traffic light for Bethany Road, an intersection deemed one of the most dangerous …

New middle school breaks ground

Tia Lynn Ivey Featured, News

The last piece to create a $46 million consolidated school campus is underway with Morgan County School officials breaking ground on the construction of the new middle school. The new middle school is set to be completed in December of 2019, erected on the site of the old high school. The consolidated campus will feature the new middle school along side the already completed new high school, College and Career Academy, and Transportation facility. School leaders gathered on Monday, Dec. 10 to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony for the new middle …

Santa coming to Chophouse, Society Hall

Dianne Yost Biz Buzz, Community

Whew howdy! Bedtime at last! I’m slap worn out y’all! A cold winter night in Madison, Georgia. Moon and stars shine bright in their glory while clouds lazily drift. Ascending into sleep . . . deep, deep, sleep . . . Entering the dream realm where spirits roam. Hoooooooooohaaaaaaaaaa hooooooooooooohaaaaaaa … ka ka ka  … snore . . . khoooooooooohaaaaaaaa . . . . “AWAKE! I am the Ghost of Christmas Past! What the? I ain’t flyin’ nowhere!  SHOOSH! Not so fast! Whoa! Madison is flat full of shops, businesses …

Officer hailed as hero

Tia Lynn Ivey News

A life was saved due to the above-and-beyond efforts of a local Madison police officer. Officer Travis Stubbs was off-duty on his way home in his patrol car when he heard a nearby medical call from the 911 Dispatch. The call reported an “unconscious and unresponsive person” at Bonner’s Restaurant in Buckhead. Stubbs, who has some medical training, jumped into action. “Due to the nature of the call and his close proximity to the location, Officer Stubbs advised the dispatcher that he would be responding to the call,” said Police …

Morgan County Sheriff's Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Patrick Yost Law Enforcement

On Dec. 9 a trespass complaint was filed at a Cochran Road location. According to reports, a man stated that a woman he had brought to the residence to stay the night began drinking and created a series of disturbances. Reports state that the man alleged the woman woke up residents in the house because she was having trouble locating her purse. A deputy reported that the woman was having incoherent and could not answer simple questions. The complainant requested that the woman be served with a criminal trespass notice. …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

Patrick Yost Law Enforcement

On Dec. 1 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Micha Way residence. According to reports, a woman reported that someone had taken a package delivered to her front door from Bath and Body Works. The woman confirmed with FedEx that the package had been delivered on Dec. 1. The package contained approximately $80 worth of merchandise. On Dec. 6 a theft by taking complaint was filed at at the Madison Chophouse parking lot, S. Main Street. According to reports, a man reported that someone took a Huffy …

Burglary victims recount friendship, man arrested

Patrick Yost News

Morgan County investigators made a quick arrest that, authorities believe, may have prevented future burglaries. Joshua Nathan McCoy, 29, was arrested without incident on Nov. 30 at a Garden Avenue, Buckhead residence after authorities working leads garnered from local pawn shops allegedly made a connection between McCoy and two burglaries. According to Sgt. Brandon Sellers, Criminal Investigations Division, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, investigators were familiar with McCoy, in part, because he had been arrested two weeks prior to the burglaries on a financial transaction card theft after he allegedly used …

Swim Dogs take second at home meet

Sports Reports Featured, Sports

By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County Swim Team hosted their first meet of the season Friday coming away with a second place finish for both the boys’ and girls’ squads.  Competing schools included Morgan, Clarke Central, George Walton Academy, and Athens Academy.  Head Coach Jennifer O’Neal talked about the event, “We had a great meet this week.  I’m very proud of the team spirit our swimmers showed.  Even the judges complimented us about it.  Way to go!  Clarke Central came in with about 40 swimmers to take …

Mat Dogs host Christmas Classic

Sports Reports Featured, Sports

By R. Alan Richardson sports editor It was another great weekend of wrestling for the Morgan County High School Mat Dogs as they hosted their annual Christmas Classic.  Sixteen teams came to Madison to compete in the event that drew great crowds and teams from around the state.  The squad made a strong showing finishing fifth against some of the best competition that were drawn and invited to the event.  Donovan McElligott and Finn Williams again paced the Dogs by finishing first and second respectively in their weight classes.  McElligott …

Bulldogs basketball goes 1-1 for the week

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Without the services of an injured Tyrin Lawrence, the Morgan County Bulldogs used a balanced offense to drub Franklin County 62-46 in their first Region 8-AAA contest.  MOCO went on the road to face a team that some think could be in the conversation for a State playoff spot this season.  The Dogs moved to 4-0 on the season and 1-0 in 8-AAA play with the win.  According to the MaxPreps State rankings, the Bulldogs are number three in all classifications and number one …

Lady Dogs rout Franklin in Region opener

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor It was all Lady Bulldogs in the 2018-19 Region 8-AAA opener.  Morgan County disposed of the Franklin County Lady Lions by an 83-43 margin in Carnesville  as Lou Reid poured in 25 points to lead her team  to the win. The win comes just days after a blowout  loss  to Buford that Coach Josh Reeves saw as a catalyst for his team.  “The Buford game helped us to recommit ourselves to pushing harder in practice.  The extra running is paying dividends.  The girls said …

Middle School basketball faces Social Circle Friday

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan’s Middle School basketball squads grabbed two Piedmont Athletic Conference wins over the Redskins of Social Circle Friday in a home game.  It was the first win for the boys’ team as the girls stayed undefeated on the season. In the locker room after the victory, Coach Bo Larkins told his team, “Now we’ve got the monkey off our back, and you guys are seeing what it takes to win.  I’m very proud of the team effort.” The boys locked in defensively from the …

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Bostwick’s Whitehead poised for State Championship

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County native, Len’neth Whitehead, has been looking forward to this week’s opportunity for quite some time. In fact, it’s been 15 games since the Athens Academy Spartans faced off with eventual Class-A Private football Champions Eagles Landing Christian Academy in 2017. That one didn’t go so well for the Spartans as they took a 41-3 loss in the finals.  This year’s rematch will pit the Athens school up against that same juggernaut.  ELCA has waltzed through this year’s playoffs outscoring their opponents by …

Morgan Medical hosts ribbon cutting

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

After 15 years of dreaming, reorganizing, planning, applying, and constructing, the new $35 million Morgan Medical Center, the much anticipated replacement hospital on Lions Club Road in Madison, is finally completed. Hospital officials and local leaders celebrated the completed project last Sunday, with a traditional ribbon cutting and community tour to show off the brand new state-of-the-art, modernized hospital fit for 21st century healthcare. “It is a glorious day for all involved, but especially for the citizens of all the communities we serve. What a great Christmas present for you …

Martha Sue Freeman Dyar

Jesse Walker Obituaries

Martha Sue Freeman Dyar, of the Greshamville Community died Saturday, December 8, 2018 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens. She was 96.  Born May 10, 1922 in Greshamville, she was the daughter of the late Floyd Bingham Freeman and Glennie Smith Freeman. She graduated from Greensboro High School in 1939 and North Georgia College. On July 22, 1945, she married Jonathan Pressly Dyar, III and they were married for 63 years. When she was younger she taught school in Siloam and later became the Tax Commissioner for Greene County serving …

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Bessie Bee (Lawrence) Laborn

Jesse Walker Obituaries

Bessie Bee (Lawrence) Laborn was born October 2, 1948 to the late Fannie Mae Jackson) Lawrence. She attended school in Morgan County and joined the Barrows Grove Baptist Church family at an early age where she served faithfully in the choir and on the Mother Board and other events. She married James Leon Labor on October 13, 1975 and from this union four children were born. She is survived by her husband, James Laborn; children, Marina Laborn, Jeremiah Laborn, LaLetta Laborn and Sabrina Laborn; and one step-son, Gregory Hunt. She …

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Sandra Pinson Willoughby

Jesse Walker Obituaries

Sandra Pinson Willoughby, 74, died December 10, 2018. A native of Madison, she was a daughter of the late Effie Taylor and Robert Pinson and was also preceded in death by four sisters and three brothers. She lived in this area for most of her life and retired from the Clarke County School System. Funeral services will be Wednesday, December 12 at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Lord and Stephens, EAST. Interment will follow at Winterville Cemetery. Survivors include her husband, James Willoughby; children, Darlene Hall, Ralph Willoughby, Billy …

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James Randall Bell

Jesse Walker Obituaries

James Randall Bell, 31 of Buckhead, died December 8, 2018. Randy was the son of Chris Bell and Scheryl Willis Williams. Randy loved fishing and walking and reading his Bible. Randy was always a gentleman. He will be remembered for seeing the world differently than everyone else. Randy Bell is survived by his parents as well as a sister, April Bridges and Monroe and Wade Bell and Bonnie. A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m.at Sugar Creek Baptist Church.

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Jesse DeWitt Knight

Jesse Walker Obituaries

Jesse DeWitt Knight, Jr. 84 of Madison, died at his home on December 11, 2018. Mr. Knight was a native of Lake Butler, Fla. He was a veteran of the United States Army. He served in the Korean War. He was retired as a forester, having worked for International Paper Company and Evergreen. Mr. Knight was a member of Madison First United Methodist Church. He loved his farm and his cows. He enjoyed watching hummingbirds feed and seeing ducks on his pond. DeWitt Knight is survived by his wife Gussie …