Dr. King remembered at NAACP breakfast event

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor More than 50 years after his death, Martin Luther King Jr. is still inspiring millions to make his infamous dream of justice, peace, and racial equality a reality.  Local leaders gathered on Monday to remember the life of Martin Luther King Jr. at the annual MLK Breakfast at Source of Life Ministries in Madison.  This year’s keynote speaker, Bob Mackey, the CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia, urged the crowd to carry on King’s legacy today.  “On this day …

Pedestrian struck, killed near Ingles

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By Patrick Yost editor  A man known for his work ethic and sense of community died tragically last Thursday when he was struck by a vehicle on a foggy morning in front of Ingles grocery store on Eatonton Road. According to Georgia State Patrol reports, Henry Jackson, 72, Madison was transported to Morgan Medical Center after the 6:54 a.m. incident but died from injuries sustained in the incident. Jackson was struck by a 2008 Jeep Wrangler driven by Christopher Daniel Nelson, 44, Madison. near the southbound turn-in lane going into …

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Bard ordered to pay $65,000

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Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  A new court order is mandating BD Bard to pay the city of Madison $65,000 due to the company’s previous violations in the production of ethylene oxide, a known cancer-causing gas. Madison is home to one of the seven industrial plants in Georgia that use ethylene oxide. Madison’s BD Bard plant has been under scrutiny after its sister plant in Covington was forced to shut down by the state when local officials detected elevated ethylene oxide emissions in the air—as high as 5,600 a year.   …

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Ossoff vows corruption fight

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Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  As the March 24 Georgia Primary Election fast approaches, candidates are stepping up their campaign efforts, crisscrossing the state to win voter support. Last week, Jon Ossoff, the 32-year-old Democratic hopeful vying to become the party’s candidate for the Class 2 U.S. Senate seat, visited the Morgan County Democrats meeting at Calvary Baptist Church in Madison.  Ossoff is one of seven Democrats competing to go up against sitting Republican Senator David Perdue in the November 2020 General Election. Ossoff plead his case to Morgan County …

Astin won’t seek sixth Tax Commissioner term

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  After nearly 19 years as Morgan County Tax Commissioner, Becky Astin last Friday announced that she would not seek a sixth term in office. Astin, 63, said she has personal family matters, including a new 1-year-old granddaughter, that needs her attention. “I’ve got responsibilities with my family that I need to take care of,” she said. Astin first worked in the Morgan County Tax Commissioners office as a part-time worker in 1984 for then Morgan County Tax Commissioner Katherine Cathey. After various jobs, she …

Merritt to seek third term as probate judge

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Morgan County Probate Judge Charles W. Merritt, Jr. said Friday he will seek a third term in office. Merritt, who also has served as the city of Madison City Court Judge for the past 31 years, first became Morgan County Probate judge after wining an election in 2012. Merritt began his two terms in office on Jan. 1, 2013. Prior to winning the election, he also helped organize the probate judge’s office and filled in partime for then Morgan County Probate Judge Mike Bracewell. …

Commissioner Riden seeks reelection in District 3

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Ben Riden Jr. announced he will seek reelection to Morgan County Board of Commissioners. Riden, who won the District 3 seat in 2016, is hoping to secure a second term. As of now, he is running unopposed, but there is time for others to enter the race.  Fiscal responsibility is the cornerstone of Riden’s governing philosophy, providing a “keen eye” to inspect the county’s budgetary priorities.  “I tend to focus on the financial side of things,” said Riden, who has more than 30 years …

Bradley will run for Superior Court Judge

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Stephen Bradley has announced his run for Superior Court Judge in the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit to take the place of Judge William Prior, who is retiring at the end of the year.  Bradley, who has served as District Attorney for the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit for five years, and as public servant for 25 years, decided to run to serve the system in a new way.  “It has been a privilege and an honor to be the District Attorney,” said Bradley. “We as a team …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On Jan. 18 a simple battery complaint was filed at a Micha Way residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that when she went to the residence to pick up her child, a man at the residence engaged her in an argument and struck her on top of the head with a thrown shoe and then punched her in the eye. The man alleged that the woman came into the residence and started an argument and struck him of the face. A woman at the residence said the two fighting …

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Jan. 20 an information report was filed at an Interstate 20 location. According to reports, a deputy working an accident alleged that he smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle. The deputy searched the vehicle and allegedly located a suspected marijuana grinder with suspected marijuana, The evidence was confiscated for destruction, reports state. On Jan. 19 a fraudulent activity report was field at a Blue Springs Drive, Buckhead residence. According to reports, a man said he received an email from orderconfirmation@servertoolsservice.info stating that his order confirmation for an Amazon purchase …

Bonnie Louise McWhorter Duvall

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Bonnie Louise McWhorter Duvall of the Greshamville Community, passed away Saturday, January 18, 2020 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was 61.  A lifelong resident of Greensboro, she was born November 4, 1958 to the late Charlotte Maureen Culberson McWhorter and James Hamilton “Hamp” McWhorter.  She graduated from Nathanael Greene Academy in 1976 and was a graduate of the University of Georgia.   On August 12, 1979, she married Vincent Mearl “Zippy” Duvall, Sr.  Bonnie worked with her husband on the family farm where they raised their four …

Elmer Eugene Walker, Sr.

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Elmer Eugene Walker, Sr. of Madison, passed away on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at his residence at the age of 91.   Born March 11, 1928 in Mohawk, Tenn., he was the son of the late Edison and Fannie Wilhoit Walker. Elmer proudly served his country in the United States Army.   On October 3, 1953, he married Catherine Dandelske and returned to Greene County Georgia to assist his parents in setting up their dairy farm. In April of 1957 he moved his family to Madison. He worked for H. W. Ivey …

Paschal, and Hooten named Star Student and Teacher Of The Year

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Morgan County High School announced this year’s STAR Student and Teacher at a special assembly last Friday. Senior Will Paschal earned the prestigious title of STAR Student. He then chose Pam Hooten, his math teacher, as this year’s STAR Teacher.  Paschal earned the honor by excelling academically, known as the resident math whiz at MCHS. To be named a STAR Student, graduating high school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the SAT and be in the top 10 …

Bulldogs conclude busy week’s schedule

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Jamond Sims has never been one to back down from the competition.  From Friday to this past Tuesday, his squad will have played four games in five days.  Sounds more like an NBA-type schedule than a high school one.  The brutal schedule actually started last Tuesday with a home game vs. Hart County, this week’s number four team in AAA.  The weekend saw the Dogs take on East Jackson at home and Jones County on the road.  Monday’s contest was played against Jonesboro in …

Lady Dogs get huge win over Hart

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Point guard Taylor Wilson put on a remarkable display of basketball in a 48-35 home win over rival Hart County this week.  Her 25 points and outstanding floor play led the Lady Dogs in a win that pushed them into second place in the 8-AAA standings.  Down the stretch the senior sealed the “W” as she made good on eight out of her final ten free throws.  It was most likely her finest outing of the season and of her career. Hart County seemed …

JV Boys get back-to-back wins

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor After taking a Tuesday loss to Hart County 46-42, the JV boys rebounded for back-to-back wins over the weekend.  The wins over East Jackson 79-50 and Jones County 56-54, along with the close loss to a talented Hart County team, show the improvement this young group has made under Coach Brian Green. Morgan trailed 4-0 in the early minutes to East Jackson before taking the lead at 5-4 with 4:50 and never looked back after that.  Rogers Clark and TJ Thompson led the offensive …

Wrestlers take fourth at Peach State

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County Middle School Wrestling team competed in their final tournament of the season; the Peach State League Championships over the weekend.  According to Coach Marcus Crowe, this is one of the toughest middle school leagues in the state.  As a team they finished fourth out of 16 participating teams.   The individual placements were: Caleb Turner -1st place at the 130 pound weight class  Paul Bessette-2nd place at the 80 pound weight class Caleb Riser-2nd place at the 138 pound weight class Nolan …

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Teen indicted for murder, $50 robbery charge

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By Patrick Yost editor  A Union Point teen charged in the killing of a 23-year-old Morgan County man, allegedly over the theft of $50, has been indicted by a Morgan County Grand Jury. Dontarious Lamonta Burke, 17, has been indicted on one count murder, one count felony murder and one count armed robbery by the Grand Jury after it met earlier in the month. Burke was arrested nearly a week after he allegedly shot and killed Kentrell Jones on Wednesday, Nov. 27 while Jones was standing on the street at …

End of an Era

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By Patrick Yost editor  On Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020 a nearly four decade institution will end.  William “Billy” Prior, chief judge, Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit has announced he will not seek another term in office. Chief Judge Prior, a Morgan County native and a venerated judge within the eight county circuit, said Friday he has decided to end a judicial career that began on July 1, 1981 when he was appointed to the position by then Gov. George Busbee. Chief Judge Prior said he received the appointment, in part, because Morgan …

Heroin, meth found

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Quinn Rafferty staff writer Two women have been charged with trafficking both suspected heroin and suspected methamphetamine after a speeding stop led police to search their rental vehicle. Andrea Strode, 35, of Aiken, S.C., and Brandy Odle, 35, also of Aiken, SC were pulled over after Strode was allegedly driving 98-miles-per-hour in a 70-miles-per-hour zone. Consequent to the traffic stop, reports state, an officer allegedly smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle and observed marijuana inside the vehicle.  After calling for backup, a second officer began to search the vehicle and opened …