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Mixed Voices: CSA statue drives debate

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Madison City officials will announce a special public forum dedicated solely to discussing whether or not to remove the Confederate Monument erected in Hill Park in Madison after a petition to take it down earned more than 250 signatures. But that forum may take months before being scheduled due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus pandemic.  As word spreads of the requests from citizens to remove the Confederate monument, city officials have been inundated with e-mails and phone calls from citizens voicing their opinion on …

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Schools to open Aug. 6

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Morgan County schools will reopen once again, after closing down in early March due to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the nation and entire world. Education officials across the country have been scrambling to craft academic plans to balance student learning with student safety. Morgan County school officials have opted to reopen all Morgan County Schools full-time in early August, implementing rigorous sanitation procedures and day-by-day monitoring of staff and student health. Hand-sanitizer stations will be in every class room, and while masks will …

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To mask, or not to mask is government question

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Georgia Governor Brian Kemp embarked on a statewide tour last week to urge all Georgians to voluntarily wear masks and social distance while in public due to spiking coronavirus cases confirmed across the state as more businesses and public spaces reopen. Kemp said mask wearing and social distancing is the closest thing the country has to a vaccine against COVID-19, a highly contagious and potentially lethal upper-respiratory disease.  However, Kemp’s recommendations are just that, leaving plenty of wiggle room for how public spaces implement …

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Madison to re-open government meetings

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  After months of Zoom calls and Livestreamed meetings, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the City of Madison is reopening all board meetings to the public, but with some conditions.  According to City Manager David Nunn, the public will be welcome to attend board meetings, but there will be limited seating, social distancing guidelines practiced, and masks to be distributed to attendees.  “We have the seats spaced out six feet apart and we ordered masks to give out to people who come without them,” said Nunn. “We …

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Back to school rally ‘drive–thru’ this year

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Every Year, the Morgan County Family Connection and Morgan Medical Center orchestrates the Back to School rally to equip families with the supplies and information they need for the upcoming school year.  “ We are in the process of planning for the 2020 Back to School Rally.  As you know this is your collaborative’s annual summer event which brings together ALL sectors of the community to help the children in our county be prepared to start the school year successfully,” said Velde Hardy, a director of Morgan …

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More than $11 million in real estate sold

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Compiled by Dianne Yost Staff June 17, 2020 • Kay H. Jones of Madison to Back 25, LLC of Clinton, SC, 1370 Medlock Road, 25 acres, Buckhead, $405,000. June 18, 2020 • George Andrew Smith of Madison to Melvin L. Thomas of Madison, 1070Whispering Lakes Trail, 1.22 acres, Buckhead, $258,000. • R&D Properties GA, LLC of Monroe, Ga. to Michael Chism of Madison, 3801 Brownwood Road, Madison, $455,803. June 19, 2020 • Kantilal V. Patel of Conyers, Ga. to Bradley Odell Ingram of Rutledge, 4620 Atlanta Highway, Rutledge, $224,100. • …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On June 30 an information report was filed at a Vine Street residence. According to reports, officers responded to a complaint of a home invasion. Reports state that the complainant reported she was following the two suspects who were in a black Honda. The woman advised that the Honda had driven north on Vine Street, east on East Avenue, north on the by-pass and east on Greensboro Highway before turning onto Woodkraft Road. The Honda was stopped on Woodkraft Road by two police officers, who performed a felony stop on …

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On July 5 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Price Mill Road residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that sometime between 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 4 and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 5 someone took 70 large bales of hay from her property. The woman valued the bales at $50 per bale. A supplemental report stated that a real estate agent had allegedly given a man permission to cut and take the hay from the property. The complainant has now moved into a civil arena, …

Vernon Terrell Tamplin, Jr.

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Vernon Terrell Tamplin, Jr, 69, died June 21, 2020 at his home in Madison. At his request, no service was held.  A small graveside memorial was held for family and close friends. Terry was born February 15, 1951 in Morgan County to Vernon and Waddie Tamplin.   From a very young age, Terry loved tractors.  He loved farming which is what he was fortunate enough to do for most of his life and career.   Terry was known as a loyal and dedicated man.  He was the first to reach out and …

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Reba Williamson Segars

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Reba Williamson Segars, age 83 of Athens, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2020. She was of the Baptist faith and a member of East Side Baptist Church in Winder. Reba was a dedicated homemaker, who centered her life around her husband, children and grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Beverett and Annie Mae Wright Williamson; a brother, Winford “Peanut” Williamson and a sister, Helen Allen Kimbrell.  Reba is survived by her husband of 65 years, Preacher Jack Segars of Athens; two daughters, Karen Miller of Athens and …

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Edgar Franklin Cape Jr.

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Edgar Franklin Cape Jr. Born January 9, 1972 to Edgar F Cape Sr. and Maggie Jean Cape passed away June 26, 2020. Proceeded in death by both parents. Survivors are husband Patrick Nelson of the home, one son Elijah Cape of Madison,  one grandson, Clark Cape , four siblings , Lafeda Whelan of Elberton, Kenneth Smith of Madison, Rhonda Felts of Statham , and Angela Cape of Jefferson. Eddie was a family man who enjoyed being with and helping people.  He worked for many years in the Kabuta Tractor industry …

Our Stories: How COVID-19 Has Affected Us

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by Carole Mason Growing up after World War II, I never dreamed that 70 years later life would be like this for us and our family.  Bob and I have become experts at this staying at home bit.  We relax with feet up, dogs in our laps, naps on the front porch…what’s not to like? Since I am allergic to technology, I live in an old-fashioned world, and I like it just fine.  Our friends supply us with garden vegetables, so no shortage of food, and the paper goods have …

Our Stories: My Life During the Pandemic

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by Carson Monk My life during the pandemic has been different than my life before the pandemic.  It has changed a lot these past five months.  I didn’t have school and I had to learn from home for about one hour a day with my mom and dad.  I have been doing a lot of soccer on my own and at training camps with other players and coaches.  I have been visiting my grandma and grandpa a lot and swimming in our friend’s pool.  We have taken care of their …

A Happy Fourth in Morgan

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Morgan County is known for its many annual Fourth of July Celebrations to honor the founding of the United State of America.  Every year, local citizens gather as a community to don patriotic attire, sing patriotic songs, and huddle close with loved ones beneath sparkling fireworks lighting up the night sky.  But this year, all the community Independence Day events were cancelled due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus pandemic.  This year families may have had to celebrate in a more solitary fashion, …

Brown Speaks at Madison Kiwanis Club

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By R. Alan Richardson Sports Editor Most people in Madison might not recognize the name Brown in the title.  However, the mere mention of “Tookie” will immediately get a reaction from those who have followed Morgan County High School athletics over the past ten years.  Tookie Brown was instrumental in bringing home the first high school state basketball championship in school history in 2014, before chasing his college hoops dreams to Georgia Southern.  He is now continuing to live out his dreams of playing professional basketball in Belgium this past …

Atlanta violence prompts warning from Kemp

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View this email in your browserAtlanta violence prompts warning from Kemp By Beau EvansStaff WriterCapitol Beat News Service Gov. Brian Kemp has sounded a warning following a pair of fatal shootings near a burned-down Wendy’s in Atlanta that has been a focal point for recent protests against police brutality and racial injustice. Kemp said his administration “won’t hesitate to take action” in the wake of the shooting deaths and after protesters damaged the state Department of Public Safety headquarters in Atlanta around 1 a.m. Sunday, according to the Georgia State Patrol. Atlanta authorities said …

Fourth fizzles under COVID concerns

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Usually, there is no shortage of patriotic celebrations for Independence Day in Morgan County, but this is not a usual year. The fireworks have fizzled out this year. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, all of the Morgan County’s annual Fourth of July celebrations have been cancelled. For some, it’s the first cancellation in more than 50 years.  Every year since 1976, The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center hosts a lavish lawn party held every July 3, to celebrate Independence Day, featuring patriotic music, festive picnic …

City Council joins national debate on CSA monuments

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  A monument in Madison may be the next the battle in the ongoing culture wars across America.   A petition calling for the removal of a Confederate monument on display in Madison’s Hill park has garnered over 160 signatures, prompting Madison Mayor Fred Perriman to announce that the city council will discuss the issue at a July work session. “It’s going to be a tough conversation, but it’s a conversation that needs to be had,” said Perriman.  The tall, slender monument crafted out of …

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Wanted man shoots self before arrest

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By Patrick Yost editor  A Morgan County resident apparently shot himself while Morgan County Sheriff’s Office investigators were attempted to execute a probation violation warrant on the man in an Oconee County residence. According to Lt. Brandon Sellers, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Edgar Franklin Cape, 48, Madison was found with a gunshot wound to the head in a bathroom closet at a Hillsboro Road, High Shoals residence while deputies were trying to clear the residence. Cape was transported to an Athens hospital but died on Friday, June 26, said Chief …

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Governments can share COVID cash

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Morgan County and each municipality are poised to receive over $1 million in relief funds from the State of Georgia to help recuperate costs and losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic.  Georgia Governor Kemp announced Monday that about $1.2 billion in relief funds would be distributed to every county and city across the state. Morgan County and each city’s share of those funds amounts to $1,009,055. Statewide, roughly $1.2 billion in relief funds will distributed.  According to the Governor’s Office, Morgan County will receive …