Vaccine comes to Morgan

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Front line hospital workers first to get  COVID-19 vaccination By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  The coronavirus vaccine has landed in Morgan County, with local healthcare workers among the first to receive the new vaccine.  On Monday, Dec. 28, healthcare workers from Morgan Medical Center in Madison were injected with Moderna’s new COVID-19 vaccine, sparking hope that there is a light at the end of the pandemic’s tunnel.  “I see the vaccine as the first step in our journey back to normalcy and the routine living of our lives,” said …

Hice, Jones face statewide backlash

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor In the wake of the U.S. Capitol siege, in which five people died and dozens were injured, Georgia elected officials are facing backlash and calls to resign due to their efforts to overturn the November Presidential Election in favor of President Donald Trump.  U.S. Congressman Jody Hice and State Senator Burt Jones, Republicans whose districts include Morgan County, are coming under fire for touting accusations of election fraud in Georgia, seeking to object to the Electoral College certification, and using inflammatory rhetoric in the …

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Unsolved road rage murder being revisited

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By Patrick Yost Editor  Forty years ago on Nov. 16, 1980, Chief Deputy Keith Howard says a man shot and killed 23-year-old James Keith Fullwood while Fullwood stood on the side of the road near the intersection of Plantation Road and U.S. 441. The killing, Howard says, was part of a road rage incident in which a vehicle Fullwood was a passenger and another vehicle were trying to pass a silver Mustang. During the event, someone in the Mustang threw a bottle and struck one of the two vehicles. A …

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COVID numbers spike at Schools

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor Just one week after students returned from a long winter break, 162 Morgan County students have been sent back home to quarantine after being exposed to active COVID-19 cases. More than four percent of Morgan County’s student population is currently under quarantine as of press time on Tuesday, Jan. 12.  The increase in coronavirus cases locally and subsequent quarantines due to exposure are reaching spikes seen over the summer when school first resumed.  “We are definitely monitoring our local numbers, which are similar to …

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Narcan drip needed to save suspect

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By Patrick Yost Editor  A man arrested on several drug-related charges became unresponsive while being interviewed by Morgan County Sheriff’s Office employees and had to be hospitalized for four days. According to Sgt. Chase Young, 41-year-old Rico Jermaine Cooper, collapsed last Friday, Jan. 8, around noon after authorities had both made a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Cooper and allegedly found narcotics and had executed a search warrant on Cooper’s Wildflower Way residence. After Cooper collapsed, Young said, his pulse remained strong but his breathing became erratic.  Officers …

Education board selects new chairman, vice

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor At the first Morgan County Board of Education meeting of 2021, new school board members were sworn in, and a new chairman and vice chair were selected.  Democratic re-elected member Cheryl Bland was sworn in Monday night, along with two new members elected in November, Republicans Joe Slaughter and Brad Hawk.  After Judge Charles Merritt presided over the swearing in ceremony on Monday, Jan. 11, the entire board voted on which members to elect as chairman and vice chair. The BOE unanimously voted for …

Priority population to be first for vaccine

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Special to the Citizen Effective Jan. 11, people ages 65 and older and first responders, including law enforcement, will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Previously, the vaccine was only available to healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities. Due to the limited quantity of vaccines, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has recommended that certain priority population groups receive the vaccine first. This tiered method of vaccine distribution will prioritize frontline workers and most vulnerable populations.  In order to meet the increased demand resulting from …

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Man charged with public indecency at rest area

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By Patrick Yost Editor  A Rutledge man was arrested and charged with public indecency after he allegedly fondled himself in front of a woman at the Interstate 20 east bound rest area. According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, Rodney Mickel Nicholson, 48, was arrested on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 3:10 p.m. after a deputy allegedly observed Nicholson leaned back in the rear seat of his vehicle “with his legs spread open.” Reports state that the deputy had responded to the rest area after a woman had complained that a …

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Madison Police Department

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On Dec. 30, a financial transaction card fraud report was filed by a local woman. According to reports, the victim reported fraudulent charges from her checking account at United Bank including five charges that totaled $934. On Jan. 4, an Eatonton woman was arrested for possession of marijuana after being pulled over for a speeding violation. According to reports, Keasha Farley was stopped for speeding on the GA 24 bypass. Subsequent to a search of her vehicle, officers discovered marijuana in a Zyrtec Allergy pill bottle located in an open …

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Jan. 9, a deposit account fraud complaint was filed at a Sewell Church Road, Mansfield, residence. According to reports, a man stated that while he was looking for employment he responded to a help wanted ad on Facebook for a “personal assistant.” The man said after he contacted the company regarding the job and told them his name, age, and sex, he got the job. The complainant said the company then sent him a check for $2,550 that was pre-payment for work “because of COVID” However, the man said …

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Bulldogs fall to the Hephzibah Rebels

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By Tom White Contributing Writer The Morgan County High School Bulldogs basketball team opened region play on Friday night at home against the visiting Hephzibah Rebels from Richmond County. The Dogs brought their 5 and 4 record to the table against the 2 and 2 record of the Rebels. The Morgan County season has been plagued with postponements and cancellations including the game on Tuesday, January 5th at Thomson that was supposed to be the region opener. This game would not go the way of the Dogs either losing 66-61 …

Lady Dogs begin with a win

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MCHS Lady Bulldogs open region play with a close win By Tom White Contributing Writer The Morgan County High School Lady Bulldogs opened region play Friday night at home with a 49-45 win against the visiting Lady Rebels from Hephzibah High School.  The Lady Dogs entered the game with a 5 and 4 record after a quiet holiday break and a postponed game at Thompson earlier in the week, while Hephzibah was looking to improve on their 1 and 3 record.  A mix of speed, power and finesse made this …

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Perdue, Loeffler take Morgan County

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Morgan County voters overwhelmingly voted for Republican Incumbent Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.  However, Democratic Challengers Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock gained ground in a “red” stronghold county like Morgan.  Statewide results were not yet reported as of press time on Tuesday, Jan. 5.  Perdue earned 7,727 votes in Morgan County, while Ossoff earned 3,093.  Loeffler earned 7,693 votes in Morgan, while Warnock earned 3,125 votes.  Ossoff and Warnock came close to President Elect Joe Biden’s totals in Morgan this past November. …

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Times-Journal buys Morgan County Citizen

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Special to the Citizen Times-Journal, Inc. has purchased the Morgan County Citizen weekly newspaper in Madison, Ga., it was announced today by owners of the two publishing companies. “We are excited to welcome another fine community newspaper to our group of publications,” said Otis Brumby III of Times-Journal, Inc. “The Citizen has long been a part of Morgan County and top on our priority list is to continue that legacy that began with its launch in 1846.” “Dianne and I have relished the time we have served Morgan County and …

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COVID cases climb

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Georgia reached a grim milestone this week, surpassing half a million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and nearly 10,000 resulting deaths since the coronavirus pandemic hit Georgia in mid-March last year. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announced a field hospital at the Georgia World Congress Center would be opened due to record numbers of COVID-19 patients being hospitalized across the state.  Morgan County’s case numbers are also on the rise, increasing by more than a 100 new cases in the last two weeks, bringing the cumulative …

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Medical Center records sixth profitable year

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  For the sixth consecutive year, Morgan Medical Center has turned a profit, raking in $245,000 for the last fiscal year, according to Kyle Wilkinson, the hospital’s Chief Finance Officer.  On Tuesday, Jan. 5,  Morgan Medical Hospital leaders appeared before the Morgan County Board of Commissioners to deliver an annual update of the hospital’s finances and business operations.  “For FY 2020 we reported a Net Income of $245,000.  This makes six consecutive years that Morgan Medical has reported a positive year financially,” said Wilkinson Tuesday …

County sets standards for subdivisions

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Morgan County officials unveiled proposed regulations for the development of residential subdivisions throughout the county at a special-called public hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 5.  Director of Planning Chuck Jarrell presented the proposed regulations aiming to curb unwanted subdivision developments and giving the county stricter control over the process of approved subdivisions.  The proposed regulations set out standards for the Agriculture Residential (AR) Zoning District, the Agriculture (AG) Zoning District, and the Low Density Residential (R1) Zoning District, increasing minimum lot size requirements, limiting the …

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GDOT announces multiple projects in Morgan County

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Be prepared for road detours and traffic delays in Morgan County in coming months, as well as an out-of-order traffic light in the heart of Downtown Madison.   This week, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) announced three separate projects—including the nearly $40 million widening of 441 and railroad bridge repairs on Highway 83—on the horizon in Madison and Morgan County, urging drivers to stay alert.  The most pressing safety matter is the broken traffic light at the corner of Washington Street and Main …

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Pre-registration available for COVID Vaccine

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  As coronavirus cases hit an all-time high in Georgia, vaccine distribution has begun across the state, but not everyone is eligible to receive it just yet.  Due to limited supply, the Georgia Department of Public Health has released a tiered system to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to those who need it most, before it becomes available to the general public. However, people can pre-register to get the vaccine and be placed on a waiting list.  According to the GDPH, The first phase of vaccines, which …

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Madison Police Department

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 On Dec. 22, a counterfeit complaint was filed at Regions Bank on Eatonton Road. According to reports, the complainant was attempting to deposit money at Regions Bank and was advised the currency was counterfeit. She claimed a man she knew gave her $750 to repay a loan he acquired from her mother. She was able to provide an address and phone number for the man and officers took possession of the currency and placed it into evidence. On Dec. 25, officers responded to a dispute involving a 16-year-old at the …