Resident joins suit against Kemp

Tia Lynn Ivey News

A local Morgan County Citizen, Jeanne Dufort, is one of five voters who filed a lawsuit this week against Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the Georgia’s State Election Board members and members of the Gwinnett County Board of Elections alleging voter disenfranchisement. Kemp is also currently running for Governor in the upcoming Midterm Election on November 6. According to the Coalition for Good Governance, five Georgia voters filed the lawsuit Tuesday, Oct. 16 “to halt the excessive rejection of mail ballots because of voters’ innocent errors and discrepancies on …

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Ribbon cut on $1.2 billion plant

Tia Lynn Ivey News

An official ribbon cutting was held last week to celebrate the grand opening of Shire’s $1.2 billion manufacturing plant in Stanton Springs’ Industrial Park. Morgan County, one of the four counties responsible for the development of Stanton Springs, will receive a 15 percent share of Shire’s tax abatement payments beginning in 2019. Shire, a global pharmaceutical company, which specializes in treating rare diseases, built the plant in 2015 and received FDA approval for the site to produce the company’s plasma product, GAMMAGARD LIQUID. “The official ribbon cutting ceremony is the …

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Real estate closings for week more than $2 milion

Dianne Yost News

Oct. 5, 2018 • Kent Investment Properties, LLC of Greensboro to Camille R. Love of Atlanta, 1860 Apalachee Woods Trail, Buckhead, $320,000. • Kasada Properties, LLC of Madison to Kezia Wilson of Madison, Flat Rock Road, 6.354 acres, Madison, $32,000. • Frank W. Hustek of Buckhead to Melinda M. Dally of Buckhead, 1711 Sugar Creek Trail, Buckhead, $145,000. • J&J Veranda Park, LLC of Madison to Martha Lee Wheeler and Carlton Walls Wheeler, Jr. of McDonough, 1385 Veranda Park Drive, Madison, $72,500. Oct. 8, 2018 • Madison Associates, LLC of …

New business coming to town, deals a plenty

Dianne Yost Biz Buzz, News

I popped into The Madison Chop House Grille last week and got the big scoop! Chop House Manager Grace Baldwin says they are starting an Express Lunch special menu! I’m talkin’ Soul Food good y’all! Plus it’s super affordable with a meat and two veggies, plus drink, plus dessert for only $10.99! And, if it’s only veggies you want, well you’ll get three veggies, a drink and a dessert for only $7.99! Can’t bet that with a stick y’all! Fried Chicken, black-eyed peas, collards, and butter beans . . . …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

Patrick Yost Law Enforcement

On Oct. 12 a fraud complaint was filed at United Bank, South Main Street. According to reports, a man alleged that someone had taken one of his bank statements and used the information from the statement to create and cash fraudulent checks. The man said that more than $9,000 had been taken from his business account because of the fraud. On Oct. 10 an entering auto complaint was filed at a Lakeview Street residence. According to reports, a man said someone entered his 2004 Honda Accord and removed a Taurus …

Morgan County Sheriff's Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Patrick Yost Law Enforcement

On Oct. 13 Joseph Conrad Christian, 27, Covington was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. According to reports, a deputy was called to a Cleveland Avenue, Buckhead regarding Christian allegedly in a fight with another man. When the deputy arrived he spoke with a man who said he did not want to press charges or report the fight to police. The deputy agreed but, reports state, as he was leaving, Christian stepped out of the darkness, cursing and exclaimed “I’m right here!” He then approached the front of the house …

Chili Cook-off fills downtown

Tia Lynn Ivey Community

  The 14th Annual Chili Cook Off and Fall Festival drew hundreds of people to Madisonís Town Park last Saturday. People enjoyed the family-friendly event with cool Fall temperatures. Festival attendees were treated to samples of Madisonís finest batches of chili cooked fresh by locals competing in Saturdayís cook off. The afternoon was filled with food, crafts, face-painting, and music. Attendees voted for their favorite chili dishes before the winners were announced at the end of the day.

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Sweet 16 bound!

Sports Reports Sports

By R. Alan Richardson sports editor It was a big day for the Morgan County Lady Diamond Dogs as they took down the number one seed out of Region 5-AAA to move into the Sweet 16 of the State Softball Tournament.  One more series win could send them to Columbus for the Granddaddy of them all in Georgia softball; the Elite Eight. The Lady Lions came in ranked as the number six team overall in the State AAA rankings according to MaxPreps.com sporting a 9-1 Region record and 18-5 overall.  …

Jefferson hands Morgan 35-14 loss

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County moved the ball nicely all night long against a Jefferson defense that came in ranked fourth in Class AAA but couldn’t convert enough of those drives into points.  Meanwhile the Dragons took full advantage of a couple of Bulldog miscues to build a 21-0 halftime lead and go on to a 35-14 victory in a Region 8AAA game.  Jefferson’s win put them in a position to play for a number one seed and the loss snuffed out Morgan’s chances to host a state …

Local Outdoor Report

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Lake Oconee Fishing Report for October from the GON reports that the lake was clear up until the storm front from Michael rolled through.  Fishing above the I-20 Bridge will especially have stained waters throughout the next few days.  Before the rains, Oconee was seeing lower that normal fill levels.  Hopefully, the intense rains for this week will help bring the Lake back to full pool levels. According to reports, the fishing right now is still tough as the days shorten.  Some anglers …

Raffle to benefit local woman battling breast cancer

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

  A local couple, Gigi and Hal Gerhardt, have teamed up with local businesses to hold a raffle drawing on November 1 to raise money for their daughter, Deanna Raymond, who is currently battling a rare type of breast cancer. Deanna was first diagnosed with Triple Negative breast cancer, a rare condition, three years ago at age 29. “She went through a double mastectomy, radiation, and chemo,” said Deanna’s mother Gigi. “Even after all that, it’s back again.  She has Stage Four Cancer.” According to the Gerhardts, they want to …

Morgan Memorial’s Mammogram Machine

Tia Lynn Ivey News

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, “About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12.4 percent) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2018, an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 63,960 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer.” Morgan Memorial Hospital is encouraging women to stay on top of their health by taking advantage of the hospital’s state-of-the-art mammogram machine to scan for breast cancer. “We are extremely fortunate to have this …

Out with the old and in with the new

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

  The new Morgan County High School is here! Students bid farewell to the old school last week before Fall Break and returned Tuesday morning to a brand new state-of-the-art high school. The new high school, of which the exterior features architecture reminscient of Classical Greek architecture, is the latest completion in a multiphase $56 million consolidated campus project. The new high school also houses the much-anticipated College and Career Academy. The new facilities  are part of Morgan County’s effort to revamp education, according to Dr. James Woodard, superintendent of …

Catherine Louise Dandelske Walker

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Catherine Louise Dandelske Walker of Madison,  passed away on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at her residence at the age of 85.  Born April 10, 1933 in New Haven, Conn, she was the daughter of the late Frederick William Dandelske and Emma Margaret Schifferdecker Dandelske.  Catherine graduated from West Haven High School in Connecticut and proudly served her country in the United States Army.  On October 3, 1953, she married Elmer Eugene Walker, Sr. and in April of 1957 they moved to Madison. She worked for Southern Bell but left to …

Molly Michele Nesson Bonner

Jesse Walker Obituaries

Molly Michele Nesson Bonner of Buckhead passed away October 14, 2018 at Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital. She was born on April 13, 1968 in Madison, Wisconsin to James Ronald Nesson and Cynthia Nesson. She graduated from McFarland High School in 1986 and attended the University of Minnesota and Georgia College. She graduated from Piedmont College with a Masters and Specialists Degree in education. On March 16, 1996 she married Edward Everette Bonner.  Molly taught school for 24 years, four years at Union Point Elementary and 20 years at Morgan County teaching …

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Hilda Winifred McCart Corry

Jesse Walker Obituaries

Hilda Winifred McCart Corry died October 11, 2018, in Watkinsville.  She was born in Rockdale County on May 8, 1927, the youngest of five daughters born to Ruth Suese Almand McCart and Walter Lewis McCart.  She attended Smyrna Elementary School in Rockdale County where her mother was her seventh-grade teacher and principal.  In eighth grade, her family moved to Conyers after her father was elected Rockdale County sheriff.  She graduated from Conyers High School in 1944.  Following in her mother’s footsteps, she graduated from Georgia State College for Women in …

Ambulance delays sound alarm

Tia Lynn Ivey Featured, News

  Ambulance service in Morgan County is under scrutiny from several residents who worry just two ambulances cannot sufficiently handle the medical needs of the community after personally experiencing long wait times during dire emergencies. Since November of 2017, Morgan County Dispatch called out-of-county ambulances a total of 88 times to respond to emergencies when Morgan County’s two designated ambulances from National EMS were either tied up on other calls or needed more assistance on the scene. After two recent controversial cases, one in which a woman died after waiting …

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City council delays special hotel tax

Tia Lynn Ivey News

The Madison Mayor and City Council voted unanimously to delay the vote to raise the Hotel/Motel Tax until the December regular meeting after receiving some pushback from the Madison-Morgan Lodging Association (MMLA), which is made up of local hoteliers. The council decided to delay the vote in order to give the MMLA a chance to publicly make their case against raising the Hotel/Motel Tax, since the director of the Madison-Morgan Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), Ellen Sims, appeared before the council to argue for raising the tax last week, at the request of …

Mad Town Festival gets shut down

Patrick Yost News

An annual festival running for the last three years in Gilbert Park is getting the axed, according to City of Madison officials. The event, formerly known as Mad Town, has been held every Fall for the last three years in Gilbert Park, drawing hundreds of attendees for a family-friendly neighborhood festival. But according to the City, every year the event brings in complaints from local residents over loud music, excessive traffic, and public urination. “It’s a great idea and a great event, but Gilbert Park is just not the space …

Rutledge man faces child porn charges

Patrick Yost News

A joint operation between the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Georgia Bureau of investigation (GBI) led to the arrest of a Rutledge man on several child exploitation charges, including the distribution of child pornography. According to Sgt. Brandon Sellers, Investigations Division, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, officers with the three law enforcement branches executed a GBI search warrant on the Dickson Road residence of John McLeod, 49, Rutledge. Sellers said the search warrant included any and all electronic devices possessed by McLeod. A desktop …