Y’allywood returns

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Y’allywood has come a-knocking once again. If you see mysterious “1964” signs around town, you have not fallen into a time-warp, but are near the latest film project shooting in Madison.  Another blockbuster film—‘Charming the Hearts of Men’ starring Kelsey Grammar— has set up shop in Madison and Morgan County this week and will be shooting scenes off and on until mid-September.  Grammer, who is best known for his role as Dr. Fraiser Crane on NBC’s hit show Cheers and subsequent spin-off sitcom Fraiser, …

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Close calls cause action

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Chickens aren’t the only ones crossing the road to get to the other side. Pedestrians hold out the same hope that they, too,  can cross Madison city streets and make it to the other side in one piece.  However, a number of “close calls” have prompted the Madison City Council to form a committee to research strategies to make city streets safer for pedestrians.  Madison Mayor Fred Perriman announced that the new committee will be comprised of City Councilman Rick Blanton, City Manager David …

Alternative energy considered by City

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The City of Madison is considering a $75,000 investment into solar energy for some city buildings. According to City Manager David Nunn, adding solar panels as another energy source will not only be “green” for the environment but bring back a little green to the city’s wallet in the future. “There would be a positive return in just over 10 years,” said Nunn of solar panels that have a 30-plus-year lifespan. “That $75,000 would pay for the initial investment and when make a positive …

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Copper levels too high, city manager says

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The City of Madison has discovered elevated copper levels in the wastewater supply. The Madison Mayor and City Council approved a $43,000 contract with Carter & Sloope to devise a plan of action to reduce copper levels in the wastewater.  “The levels of copper in our wastewater are too high,” said City Manager David Nunn. “This is not our drinking water, but our wastewater.”   According to Kevin Simpson, lead operator and the Indian Creek Water Reclamation Facility, elevated copper levels in the wastewater does …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On Aug. 11 a theft by taking complaint was filed at Budget Inn, Eatonton Road. According to reports, a woman said she and a man went to sleep at a room at the inn at 1 a.m. Reports state that the woman said she was awakened at 8 a.m. by the sound of the door shutting. She said when she got out of bed the man and $126 of her money was gone. The woman said she located the man at a store and confronted him, including calling him an …

Morgan County Sheriff's Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Aug. 10 a battery complaint was filed at a Trimble Bridge Road residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that when she went to her child’s father’s house to allow the father to visit with the child and to work out prior disagreements, the father, at one point, placed her in a head lock and struck her on the jaw. Reports state that the woman said while she was at the residence the man fell asleep and while she was doing dishes his phone rang. The woman said she …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On Aug. 11 a theft by taking complaint was filed at Budget Inn, Eatonton Road. According to reports, a woman said she and a man went to sleep at a room at the inn at 1 a.m. Reports state that the woman said she was awakened at 8 a.m. by the sound of the door shutting. She said when she got out of bed the man and $126 of her money was gone. The woman said she located the man at a store and confronted him, including calling him an …

Morgan County Sheriff's Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Aug. 10 a battery complaint was filed at a Trimble Bridge Road residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that when she went to her child’s father’s house to allow the father to visit with the child and to work out prior disagreements, the father, at one point, placed her in a head lock and struck her on the jaw. Reports state that the woman said while she was at the residence the man fell asleep and while she was doing dishes his phone rang. The woman said she …

Morgan nips Jeff Davis 14-13

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County and Jeff Davis High School (Hazelhurst) competed in the campaign’s opening scrimmage this past Friday night at Bill Corry Stadium.  The teams played their front line personnel in the first half and the Bulldogs sneaked past the Yellow Jackets 14-13 in those two periods.  In the second half, played by the second units and B-teams with a running clock and no kicking game, Morgan came out on top 12-2. Head coach Bill Malone was particularly pleased with the turnout and said, “I really …

STMA passes torch to MAG for Crossroads Arts Outreach Program

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By Angelina Bellebuono For 17 years, students attending Morgan County Crossroads School have painted, sculpted, woven, tie-dyed, spray-painted, and built wooden things in an art class every week, and for the past 13 years, they have created an annual public art inspired by the art and philosophy of Steffen Thomas to be displayed in various settings throughout the community. Part of the arts educational outreach of the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art and the brain-child of Thomas’ daughter and former Museum Director Lisa Thomas Conner, the program has changed and …

In the movies? Here’s some tips to help

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It’s hotter than a billy goat with a blowtorch in a pepper patch! Momma! It’s too just hellish hot to work! Let’s play possum, tell boss man we just ain’t right and bog ‘round town in PawPaw’s new truck! Ding Dang! Roads are blocked, crew caterin’ signs are everywhere and fancy vans and trucks are parked all ‘round Town Park! Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit! The movie people are here! Madison and Morgan County’s gonna be flat famous ‘cause the Hollywood people are makin’ that Charmin’ …

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Thomas Noel Saffold

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Thomas Noel Saffold passed away on July 18, 2019. He died peacefully just weeks before his 91st birthday.  He was the only son of Thomas Reid Saffold and Nellie Miller Saffold.  He worked with his father on a dairy, raising cattle and drove the local school bus while attending Madison High School until graduation in 1945. He left Buckhead to attend North Georgia College in Dahlonega, enrolling in the R.O.T.C. program before transferring to the Georgia Institute of Technology.  He graduated in 1949 in the top 10 percent of his …

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Patsy Smith Glasgow

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Patsy Smith Glasgow, 64, of Buckhead, passed away on August 6, 2019.   Patsy was born on July 15, 1955 to the late Robert Anglin and the late Ollie Mae Durden Anglin.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the  late Jim Glasgow. Mrs. Glasgow is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and  Lisa Smith of Savannah; sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Danny Hill of Commerce. A visitation was held on Friday, August 9 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a memorial service following at 5 p.m. at Meadows Funeral …

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George Tiller

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George Tiller of Rutledge died August 12, 2019 at his home in Rutledge.  Mr. Tiller was the son of the late Robert and Vivian Griffith Tiller.  He was born December 27 1942.  Mr. Tiller attended the University of Georgia.  He worked as a manager for Napa Auto Parts in Athens and Madison.  After retirement, he worked with Madison Tire.  He was a member of Beacon Heights Baptist Church and was a devoted UGA football fan.  Mr. Tiller loved people and always brought smiles to those around him. Mr. Tiller is …

Renowned Artist Contributes Paintings

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Special to the Citizen A local Madison artist recently created three art pieces for the the Georgia Writers Museum in Eatonton.  The Georgia Writers Museum received a surprise donation from renowned regional artist Chris Cook, who also  owns and operates Madison Studios.  The Georgia Writers Museum released a press release thanking Cook for his generous donation.  “Notorious for his paintings of famous people, Cook painted a 30 x 40-inch portrait of authors Alice Walker, Joel Chandler Harris and Flannery O’Connor.  The three portraits now hang on display in the museum …

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Commissioners endure rebuke

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor County Commissioners silently endured a tongue-lashing from an upset citizen at the last regular meeting on Tuesday, August 6.  “Even the dogs get to eat the crumbs from the master’s table and you all aren’t even giving us crumbs,” said Paula Sellers through tears. “You all should be ashamed of yourselves.” Sellers took aim at the county commissioners for neglecting to address ambulance service reform during the nearly two-hour-long meeting.  “The word ‘ambulance’ was not mentioned once,” said Sellers at the end of the …

$3.2 mil energy project a go

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Morgan County is moving forward with a $3.2 million energy project anticipated to yield long-term savings in utility costs.  On Tuesday, Aug. 6, the BOC voted unanimously to authorize a resolution allowing county staff to execute a lease purchase agreement with BB&T Bank in the amount of $3,267,000 with a tentative interest rate of 2.41 percent. The loan will be paid off through SPLOST VII.  The project, devised by Schneider Electric, will update utility machinery and equipment to become more energy efficient at several …

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Madison next on EPD’s radar

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor In the wake of a health report linking increased cancer rates in Covington to toxic gas emissions from the nearby BD Bard plant, The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GEPD) has vowed to evaluate the BD Bard plant in Madison next.  At the end of July, Georgia Health News and WebMD released a joint report about the use of ethylene oxide, a toxic gas used for sterilization recently designated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  as a gas that “definitely” causes cancer, in …

Flags desecrated in cemetery

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By Patrick Yost editor On two occasions, investigators believe, both the United States Flag at the American Legion Memorial flag pole and a Confederate States flag at a Sons of the Confederacy Memorial were desecrated. According to Madison Police Department reports, on July 26  someone removed the Confederate flag, partially burned it and left it lying on the ground in the Old Madison Cemetery. According to Madison Code Enforcement Officer Phillip Malcom, on July 30 he observed that someone had removed the American flag from the American Legion flag pole …

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More than $2 million in real estate sold last week

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Compiled by Dianne Yost staff writer July 29, 2019 • Nancy J. Kurtz of Madison to John Kalland of Madison, 1031 Waterford Court, Madison, $290,000. • Guy Nichols of McDonough to William Thorpe of McDonough, Sugar Creek Trail, Buckhead, $110,000. • Guy J. Notte of Madison to Robert Devero of Madison, 1711 Westminster Way, Madison, $430,000. July 30, 2019 • David C. Reynolds of Buckhead to Tyler Thomas Hooks of Buckhead, 1621 Sugar Creek Trail, Buckhead, $135,000. July 31, 2019 • Brian Collins of Rutledge to Timothy Garner of Rutledge, …