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On Dec. 1 a damage to property complaint was filed at Red Roof Inn, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an officer was dispatched to the motel regarding a man bleeding. Reports state that a 42-year-old man told the officer he had cut his hand after punching a picture frame. The man said he was upset at the time of the punch. On Nov. 28 a theft of lost or mislaid property complaint was filed at Walmart, Eatonton Road. According to reports, a Walmart employee reported that she had left her …

‘Love Light Tree’ lighting set for Dec. 5

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor An old tradition lives on in the new hospital. The 2019 Love Light Tree annual fundraiser is in full swing, the Morgan Medical Center invites the community to honor their loved ones with a special ornament to be displayed on the hospital Christmas tree. Participants are invited to attend the annual hospital tree lighting ceremony on  Thursday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m at the Morgan Medical Center. “During this season of gratitude and joy the Morgan Medical Auxiliary invites you to honor your loved …

Morgan real estate sales top $5 million mark

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Compiled by Dianne Yost Nov. 12, 2019 • Michael Walter Lamar and Deanne Dearholt Lamar of Prescott, AZ to Michael D. Hurley of Madison, 1201 Westminster Way, Madison, $275,000. • R&D Properties GA, LLC of Monroe, Ga. to Joshua C. Howell aka Joshua Howell of Rutledge, 3320 Davis Academy Road, Rutledge, $265,000. • RBC Homes, LLC of Madison to Rachel L. Sorrows of Buckhead, 1091 Parks Mill Road, Buckhead, $193,509. Nov. 13, 2019 • Zhanna Sviridenkova of Lilburn, Ga. to Kurt L. Hoeprich of Buckhead, 1121 White Oak Way, 1.36 …

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Volunteers serve 150 Thanksgiving meals

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor The community came together on Thanksgiving to ensure everyone who wanted a traditional Thanksgiving meal got one. The 35-year-long tradition is facilitated by Calvary Baptist Church and St. Paul’s AME church in Madison, along with Morgan County High School.  Forty volunteers gave up time on Thanksgiving day to prepare and deliver hot Thanksgiving meals to 150 people in Morgan County.  “The menu was turkey, dressing, green beans, cranberry sauce,potato souffle and rolls,” said Angela Daniel, administrator for Calvary Baptist. Over the years, individuals, businesses …

Man cited for killing neighbors cat with bow, arrow

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By Patrick Yost, Editor A Rutledge man has been cited on a county ordinance that references animal cruelty after he allegedly shot and killed a neighbor’s cat with a bow and arrow. According to Chief Deputy Keith Howard, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Caleb Eugene Sheridan, 20, Rutledge was cited by Morgan County after Ronald Keith Sailor filed a complaint with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office incident reports, Sailor stated on Nov. 20 that his partner Amanda Hawk told him she smelled something strange from …

Uncle Remus No More

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor The Uncle Remus Regional Library System (URRLS), of which the Morgan County Library is a part, is planning to drop the “Uncle Remus” moniker in exchange for a new name for the system. The Brer Rabbit logo will also be retired.  Some form of the Uncle Remus name has been part of the regional library system since 1959, which pay homage to stories of Joel Chandler Harris of Putnam County, who authored the series of Uncle Remus stories. According to The New Georgia Encyclopedia, …

Young man shot, killed for $50

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By Patrick Yost, Editor A 17-year-old Union Point teen remains incarcerated Tuesday after he was denied bond in the shooting death of a Madison man last Wednesday. According to Det. Wes Thompson, Dontearious Burke has been charged with murder and armed robbery after he allegedly shot and killed Kentrell Jones, 23, Madison while Jones was standing on the street on Morgan Circle. Thompson said Burke told authorities that the shooting was part of a robbery attempt that netted $50. Jones was shot three times with a 9mm pistol, Thompson said, …

Fiery collision on Bostwick Highway

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By Patrick Yost, Editor An Athens man remains in the intensive care unit at Grady Memorial Hospital after a truck he was driving west on Sandy Creek Road burst into flames following a violent collision last Wednesday. According to Georgia State Patrol reports, Larry Edwards, 68, was airlifted to Grady following the 9:13 a.m. incident at the intersection of Sandy Creek Road and Bostwick Highway. Reports allege that Edwards stopped at the intersection and then drove his 2016 Nissan Frontier into the path of 2011 Ford Superduty truck hauling a …

Seizure Cash Pays for New Pistols

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By Patrick Yost, Editor Drug forfeitures and seizures are paying for the purchase of new pistols for deputies with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. According to Chief Deputy Keith Howard, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office has purchased 44 new pistols that are all 9mm caliber Glock weapons. The $27,000 purchase, he said, is a “transition to modernize our weapon.” Currently, deputies carry two primary duty weapons, a .40 caliber Glock and a .38 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver. Those weapons allow for 51 total shots but also utilize different ammunition.  …

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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Week of November 28 On Nov. 23 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Mission Road residence. According to reports, a man said someone entered his property and took a blue Yamaha 450 motorcycle valued at $7,000 and a green Kawasaki 450 motorcycle valued at $3,500. The man also advised deputies that he had received information that someone had observed an associate of the complainant driving towards Rutledge in a pickup truck that contained two motorcycles. On Nov. 22 a financial identity fraud complaint was filed at a …

Madison Police Department

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Week of November 28 On Nov. 24 a burglary complaint was filed at Old South Wine and Spirit, Eatonton Road. According to reports, officers responded to a burglary alarm at midnight and observed that a hole had been punched out in the rear of the business that allowed access to a cooler at the business. Attempts to access an ATM machine in the business failed and, reports state, nothing appeared to be missing. On Nov. 23 a theft by taking, fleeing and attempting to elude and obstruction complaint was filed …

Hice jumps into Bard controversy

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor In response to growing fears surrounding the prevalent use of ethylene oxide, a cancer-causing gas, Morgan County’s very own Jody Hice, Republican House Congressman for Georgia’s 10th District, formed a task force to push for greater oversight and regulation of the carcinogen gas from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “The well-being of our constituents must always be our first priority – and it is a responsibility that extends across party lines and political ideologies,” Hice said in a statement announcing the task force. …

Bethany Road ‘R-CUT intersection work to begin

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor Despite an unanimous local push for a traffic light at the Bethany Road Intersection in Madison the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is moving forward with an alternate temporary solution for “the most dangerous intersection in Morgan County.” GDOT will spend nearly a quarter million dollars to install an R-CUT near the Bethany Road Intersection, in hopes that new turning lane system will enhance driver visibility and safety. Construction begins in early December 2019.  “We anticipate crews beginning work on the median cut items …

You’re invited: Thanksgiving for all at high school

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor The public is invited to the annual Thanksgiving Day Community Meal at Morgan County High School, orchestrated by Calvary Baptist Church and Saint Paul’s AME Church. The meal is a 35-year-long tradition, which seeks to ensure everyone has the opportunity to eat a traditional Thanksgiving meal among friendly faces.  Over the years, individuals, businesses and other churches have donated resources to help with the cost of the event. The high school cafeteria staff prepares the meal and volunteers show up to serve the people …

Community Rallies for Lenita

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor Every Sunday, Lenita Franklin would fire up the stove and prepare a decadent feast for her family, friends, and anyone who wanted to eat a hot, home-cooked meal. “It was my favorite,” said Franklin, a Bostwick woman who lost her home of 33-years to a house fire last month. Lenita’s beloved Sunday dinner tradition has been put on hold, as she is now living with relatives and waiting for her house to be rebuilt.  A benefit concert is slated for Friday, Nov. 29 at …

Lady Diamond Dogs Honored At Banquet

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By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor The 2019 Morgan County softball team held their end-of-the year banquet to honor the accomplishments of the individuals and team after another successful season.  Several players were recognized for their All-Region performances that included first-teamers Avery Kinnett and Zoey Brown and second-teamers Parker Spain, Hannah Callaway, and Maeson Tanner. Coach Jason McBay said, “Avery was without a doubt our most explosive hitter at the plate. She led the team in home runs with 5. Around mid-September, no one could get her out. She brings …

Reclassification revisited- The Saga Continues

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By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor In last week’s issue of the Morgan County Citizen, it was noted that further changes by the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) would continue to change the landscape as far as reclassification is concerned.  Doug Connelly noted that those changes could dramatically change the region situation as far as Morgan County High School is concerned. According to reliable sources, the GHSA was to hear final appeals on class changes (i.e. Class AAA to AA or AAAA to AAA as examples) over two weeks ago.  …

Stamps, Arienzo ink baseball scholarships

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By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor Morgan County’s middle infield tandem of Dominic Arienzo and Ethan Stamps signed baseball scholarships this past week.  Second baseman Arienzo and shortshop/pitcher Stamps have been an integral part of the Bulldogs’ success over the past few seasons. Arienzo will be attending Georgia College and State University while Stamps has signed with Lipscomb University.  The duo will complete their final senior season for the Diamond Dogs this spring with high hopes of success.  Arienzo said, “I think we will be good this year and will …

Alchemical Divide at Cultural Center

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By Kurston Smith, Intern The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center welcomed Corrina Sephora to close out her solo exhibition, Alchemical Divide on Nov. 9  There was a reception held Friday and Saturday to bring the running exhibit to an end. Sephora delivered an artist talk in which she spilled all the details behind the inspiration for the exhibit.  Alchemical Divide spans over two bodies of work and has served as her latest project—one she has worked on for almost two years.  “In this exhibition I merge universal and personal themes of loss …

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Benvenuto in Italia

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By Elsie Monk, Staff Writer Some of us may have had a summer vacation to Florida, California, New York or even Lake Oconee and some of you got all excited about Daytona Beach!  But then there are those Madisonians who were fortunate enough to travel out of the country.  Brush up on your Italian because it seems there is someone going or coming from Italy  weekly.  Is it the monuments or architecture of Rome, Naples, Florence; or is it the seafood of Venice or the homemade pasta of Tuscany or …