‘No’ to Hotel/Motel Tax increase?

Tia Lynn Ivey Featured, News

Despite the Madison Mayor and City Council narrowly passing a two percent increase to the Hotel/Motel tax this month, Morgan County’s delegation, State Representative Dave Belton and Senator Burt Jones are refusing to present the measure to the state legislature to enact. Belton was pressed on the matter during a public legislative session in Madison on Tuesday, January 15. According to Belton, both he and Senator Jones agree that the locally approved Hotel/Motel tax increase from 5 percent to 7 percent should not be brought for the state legislature this …

18-year-old charged with child cruelty

Patrick Yost News

An 18-year-old Godfrey teen remains incarcerated in the Morgan County Detention Center after his Jan. 9 arrest on cruelty to children in the first degree charges. According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, Mateo Burgos Jr., Godfrey was arrested on Jan. 9 by Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputies at his Seven Islands Road after Morgan County Magistrate Judge Connie Holt signed an arrest warrant executed by Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Special Agent Niki Simmons. The warrant alleges that on Dec. 17 Burgos was laying in bed with the child’s …

Local heroes avert tragedy

Patrick Yost Community, Featured

Just two days before the 1986 basketball team was to be honored at the Morgan County basketball game, one of those team members came within minutes of not being at the event. Former star Bulldog, Denny Wyatt, was saved by neighbors while fishing on a local lake after his boat capsized.  Had it not been for the quick thinking and actions of Mark Grubaugh and Herb Payne, Wyatt would have succumbed to hypothermia and/or possibly drowning. Wyatt said, “It was an act of God, and these two men were the …

Smith family home up in flames

Patrick Yost Featured, News

When the Smith family settled into their Heidi Trail home for a quiet chilly evening Sunday, they never expected that just a few short hours later they would be watching their family home being engulfed by flames. According to Morgan County Fire and Rescue (MCFR), when one of the parents attempted to use the gas fire place, some kind of malfunction occurred causing a sudden explosion, blowing out the back of the house and catching the rest on fire. The explosion had enough force to blow the mounted television above …

Cultural Center rakes in $90,000 in grants

Tia Lynn Ivey News

The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC) is raking in the grant money, recently receiving four grants totaling $90,000. Grants were given to the center for historic preservation, programming, and operating expenses. The largest grant was awarded to the MMCC from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta (CFGA) in the amount of $62,400 to supplement the center’s operating costs. “We are honored to receive a general operating support grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.  General operating support grants are so important to the Cultural Center’s annual budget as many grants …

Roland promoted to captain as Sheriff’s Office

Patrick Yost News

Veteran Morgan County Sheriff’s Officer Dietrich Roland has been promoted to captain of the department’s uniform division. According to Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley, Roland, who was a lieutenant with the department, was an obvious choice to head up the uniform division. “Dietrich has been performing the duties as a lieutenant. He has stepped up and been willing to take on greater responsibility. Both his personality and work ethic fit the bill.” Roland has been in law enforcement for more than 25 years. He said he initially became interested in …

Morgan County Sheriff's Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Department

Jesse Walker Law Enforcement

On Jan. 13 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Monticello Road residence. According to reports, a man said that someone had damaged a section of fence with either a truck or SUV. A deputy located a left outside mirror cover from a vehicle and surmised that a vehicle traveling south on Monticello Road lost control and struck the fence which is located 20 feet off the roadway. The complainant estimated damage at $500. On Jan. 13 a burglary complaint was filed at an Atlanta Highway, Rutledge residence. According …

Madison Police

Madison Police Department

Jesse Walker Law Enforcement

On Jan. 15 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Micha Way residence. According to reports, a man said while he was sitting in the living room of his residence with a woman he heard a knock on the door but ignored it. The man said the knock became a banging and he looked outside and allegedly observed a vehicle that belonged to a former girlfriend parked in front of his residence. The complainant said he then heard his bedroom window shatter. The vehicle then left the area. An …

Rep. Belton gives annual update

Patrick Yost News

State Representative Dave Belton came through Morgan County this week to give a legislative update to the public, reporting on the state legislature’s main priorities for the year and recent progress made on various issues. “Our top three priorities this year are education, healthcare, and broadband access,” said Belton, who noted all three of these issues are in desperate need of improvement throughout rural Georgia. Belton announced that Georgia’s state budget this year was passed at $26 billion, a full billion dollars higher from last year’s budget. “That is all …

Dogs to host powerhouse Newton Saturday

Sports Reports Featured, Sports

The Morgan County Bulldogs will get tested this week.  Like really tested.  Putting their undefeated record on the line against two highly ranked AAAAAAA teams in Meadowcreek (number six) Monday and Newton (number five) Saturday will give the boys some big-time competition to say the least.  On top of that, the team will go on the road to take on 8-AAA foes Jackson County Tuesday and Franklin County Friday. The week starts off on Martin Luther King Holiday vs. the Mustangs at Morehouse College in a venue that will also …

Lady Dogs get two region wins

Sports Reports Featured, Sports

Over the past couple of weeks, the Morgan County Lady Bulldogs have been the victim of some very close losses.  Their luck turned in the opposite direction this week with wins over East Jackson and Monroe Area by big margins.  It was junior guard Lou Reid who turned her game up a notch to lead the way for MOCO scoring 24 against the Lady Eagles in a 74-32 rout that looked more like a layup drill.  She turned around three days later to post a season-high 28 Friday vs. the …

Morgan downs East Jackson, Monroe in region play

Sports Reports Sports

After polishing off East Jackson 67-48 and Monroe Area 68-47 in important Region contests this past week, the Morgan County hardcourt Dogs will face quite possibly the greatest challenge they’ve had all season in the coming six days.  Over that span MOCO will face two highly ranked 7A teams from Newton and Meadowcreek as well as region games with Jackson County and Franklin County stacked in between.  Monday the boys will travel to Morehouse College to play Meadowcreek, Tuesday it’s on to Jackson, Friday they’ll travel to Franklin, and then …

Two years of championship teams honored

Jesse Walker Sports

The past several seasons have gone into the history books as the greatest run ever seen since Morgan County started playing boys’ basketball.  However, there were those teams in years gone by that paved the way for the teams of the 2010’s.  Two of those teams were honored between games last Friday at the Monroe Area vs. Morgan County contest. This year’s squad took notice as the classes of 1986 and 1990 were introduced to the applause of those fans that could recall their accomplishments and play on the court.  …

JV Girls get two wins, boys fall to Monroe

Sports Reports Featured, Sports

It was a great week for our JV girls’ basketball team as they took wins over East Jackson 37-35 in a squeaker and Monroe Area 39-13. Coach Candy Wyatt’s group has shown vast improvement over the first games as was evidenced in their final minute win over the Lady Eagles. Both teams started cold and ended the first quarter 5-2.  Before the half the Lady Dogs had a 10-point run that was somewhat quieted when East Jackson hit a late three to make the score 15-10 at intermission.  With Morgan …

Middle School Hoopsters take wins over Loganville

Sports Reports Sports

In the final game of the week for both Middle School teams, it was a full day of basketball at Morgan County High School.  Before the Dogs and Lady Dogs tipped it off in the finale of the day, Morgan County showcased their D-League (Developmental League) Teams by competing against other area teams in a tournament type atmosphere.  It had to be a great day for these youngsters to play on the same court where the big boys play.  These are the players they emulate and hope to be like …

Cardwell and Relay Team qualify for State

Sports Reports Sports

Over the past three weeks, the Morgan County Swim Dogs have had a ton of success  Their past three meets were The Hot Chocolate Invite hosted by Habersham Central, The Alcovy Invite, and The Forsyth Winter Classic. Coach Susan Courchaine was excited to announce, “The biggest news coming out of the past three events is that John Cardwell qualified for State in the 100 yard backstroke at the Alcovy Invite on Friday night, and the girls’ relay team of Lily Courchaine, Natalie Rogers, Natalie Smith, and Grace Alexander qualified for …

5 Perspectives

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA) and the Morgan County African American Museum (MCAAM) held a joint art exhibit opening last weekend, with both museums displaying provocative works of art from five Georgia artists. The exhibit, entitled “5 Perspectives,” pays homage to Black History and the current struggle for racial equality in America. Works from each of the five artists, Kevin Cole, Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier, Kevin Sipp, Shanequa Gay, and Alfred Conteh, will be on display at both the STMA and MCAAM through March. “We are very happy with the …

Catherine Jennings Hardin Newton

Jesse Walker Obituaries

Mrs. Lee Trammell Newton, Sr., 94, of Forsyth passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, January 11, 2018. A native of Monroe County, she was born in the family home, Hil’ Hardin, in Forsyth to Hugh H. and Katie Mae Arnold Hardin on August 4,1923. She attended Mary Persons High School, Arlington Hall Junior College in Washington D.C., and then graduated from Randolph-Macon Women’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she was a member of the Phi Mu sorority. After her debut in the Atlanta Debutante Club in 1943, she …

Drusilla Smith Malcom

Jesse Walker Obituaries

Drusilla Smith Malcom, 79 of Bostwick, died January 14, 2018 at her home. She was surrounded by her family. Mrs. Malcom was born September 6, 1938 in Bethlehem, to Oscar David Smith and Mary Lee Smith. She graduated from Georgia State College for Women and taught Home Economics at Morgan County Schools. She later helped manage the Duvall Livestock Barn in Greensboro. Mrs. Malcom was married to the late, Barnett Malcom. She was a long time member of Bostwick United Methodist Church. She enjoyed her card group and traveling. She …

Angela Shields Hood

Jesse Walker Obituaries

Angela Shields Hood, 49 of Apalachee, died January 8, 2018 in Gainesville. She was the daughter of Bobby Ray and the late Sandra Jackson Ray. Angie was born on August 29, 1968 in Atlanta. Angie had worked as a bank teller. She is survived by her children, Haley Watkins, Hayden Hood, Alexia Vaughn and Brittany Vaughn. She also leaves her siblings, Sherry Archer and Rich, Rick Shields and Bobby Ray. three grandchildren behind. Angela was preceded in death by her Mother, Sandy Ray and siblings, Terry Ray and Brian Shields. …