Crawford hailed for years of service

Tia Lynn Ivey News

Former Madison City Councilman Bobby Crawford received a standing ovation at Monday night’s regular meeting after receiving a prestigious award from the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) to honor his 39-year career as a public servant. “I didn’t know what I was getting into,” said Crawford of his venture into public service. “I said, ‘I’ll try it.’ It’s been a very pleasant experience all these years. There have been ups and downs, but overall, I think the City and the people running the city have done an excellent job, because they …

Officers save a life

Tia Lynn Ivey Featured, News

In a world tragically rife with fatal drug overdoses, one life was spared due to the actions of two Madison Police Officers, “Due to the quick thinking and proper training of Officers Stacey Eaton and Andre Johnson, they were able to resuscitate an unresponsive person and avoid the tragic loss of life,” said Madison Police Chief Bill Ashburn to the Madison Mayor and City Council on Monday night before honoring the officers with an award. “It is with great honor that I present the Lifesaving Award to the officers Stacey Eaton …

BOE adopts $33 million budget

Whit Carpenter News

The Morgan County Board of Education (BOE) revealed its budget for the 2018-2019 Fiscal Year (FY) for $33 million. The board anticipates taking the rollback millage rate of 14.512, slightly down from last year’s rate of 14.718. The BOE will vote on the budget at the next regular meeting in July. Next year’s budget increased its expenditures 1 percent from the previous year’s budget of $32.6 million. “The biggest impactor this year is the teacher retirement system. That went from 16 percent to 20.9 percent required, which was $804,000,” said …

Zoo zoning issue not in county’s court

Tia Lynn Ivey News

Morgan County government is currently mulling over a compromise proposed by the City of Madison regarding a request concerning the coming Georgia Safari Conservation Park. Mike Conrads requested that the City of Madison sign off on a “deannexation,” in order to release 92 acres of Conrads’ property that falls within the city’s jurisdiction. According to Tara Cooner, Morgan County Planner, because of flood plains and other topographical issues within the current 500-acres designated for the zoo, part of the park will need to be on part of Conrads’ land that …

Madison Council adopts $14.6 million budget

Tia Lynn Ivey News

The Madison Mayor and City Council unanimously voted to approve the FY 2018-2019 budget, coming in at $14,695,070, at the last regular meeting on Monday, June 11. Madison Mayor Fred Perriman praised City Chief Finance Officer, Karen Stapp, for creating a fiscally-sound budget that decreased by $300,000 from the current fiscal year’s budget. “You have worked hard on this, and we appreciate it,” said Perriman to Stapp. Stapp presented an amendment to the originally proposed budget at the last work session, adding about $64,000 to budget to cover the cost …

Madison man arrested on child molestation charges

Patrick Yost News

An investigation into a man who allegedly sent a 12-year-old girl inappropriate and suggestive texts has now resulted in a second man being charged with child molestation. According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, Brandon Maycock, 22, Madison was arrested on Tuesday, June 5 and charged with one count child molestation and one count enticing a child for indecent purposes. One day prior to Maycock’s arrest, officers had arrested Charles Stone, 39, Madison and charged him with enticing a minor after the juvenile’s parents discovered texts of a graphic nature …

Council approves Hodges art initiative

Jesse Walker News

The City of Madison is hoping to incorporate more art in public spaces throughout the city. At the last regular meeting Monday evening, The Madison Mayor and City Council unanimously voted to approve the establishment of a Public Arts Commission to oversee the creation and installation of artwork in public spaces throughout the City of Madison. “We are very excited about this,” said Councilwoman Chris Hodges, who first proposed the idea. Hodges has desired to see public artworks throughout the city for years, and now it will soon be a …

Run-off elections set for July 24

Tia Lynn Ivey News

Morgan County voters will return to the polls for several statewide run-off races for governor and other congressional seats on Tuesday, July 24.  Early voting will kick-off on July 2 and run through July 20. Offices will be closed on July 4 due to the Independence Day Holiday. “I encourage everyone to vote in the run-off,” said Jennifer Doran, Morgan County Elections Supervisor. “There are three Republican candidates and one Democratic candidate that are all state-level offices to be voted on.”  Republican voters will cast their ballots to decide their …

The Muscovy Duck Update

Jesse Walker Community

My e-mail has been running hot with folks who want to find out how Matilda the Muscovy Duck and her brood of little Muscovites have fared over the past few months.  If you didn’t keep up with that soap opera style saga from last summer suffice it to say that we had a domesticated duck named Matilda who decided to lay and hatch her eggs in a number three washtub full of potting soil on our back deck.  Along the way we had to perform nightly bed checks on the …

Get ready for the red wave

Patrick Yost Community

Historically, the party in power loses congressional seats during mid-term elections.  This trend caused Democrats to predict a “Blue Wave” this election year that would give them the House and the Senate. If this happens, they promise to impeach President Trump and repeal the tax cuts passed by Republicans this year. However, there are a few problems with the “Blue Wave.” To start with, there are 33 Senate seats up for election this year and 24 of those seats belong to Democrats, while only nine Republican seats are up for …

Letter to the Editor

Jesse Walker Community

Morgan County School System Thank You Celebration To the Editor: The Chamber of Commerce Partners in Education Committee in conjunction with the Board of Education held the second end of year celebration on May 30. This year’s event was held at the High School gym due to threatening weather and was once again catered by Farmview. A wonderful, two protein barbeque with all the fixings was served. There were 28 sponsors this year and over $ 7,600 in door prizes were given out. Of the 490 plus attendees representing all …

DDA gets Gateway approval

Tia Lynn Ivey News

As the West Washington Gateway revitalization effort moves forward with a $1.3 million stormwater project, the Downtown Development Authority secured up to $35,000 a year in funding from the City of Madison to be exclusively used for the project. At Monday Night’s regular meeting, the Madison Mayor and City Council unanimously approved an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the DDA to provide backup funding, which is not to exceed $35,000 annually, to ensure the project can be completed without any gaps in funding. “To work on the West Washington Gateway, we …

‘Juneteenth’ celebration Saturday at MCAAM

Tia Lynn Ivey News

A celebration of freedom is underway as The Morgan County African American Museum (MCAAM) hosts the annual Juneteenth Festival this Saturday, June 16 outside of the museum.  Juneteenth, a holiday recognized in 45 states, is a long-held celebratory tradition among African-Americans commemorating the announcement in Texas that decreed the last of American slaves be freed on June 19, 1865. “Juneteenth is an American celebration that commemorates the June 19th announcement to slaves in Texas and throughout the former Confederacy of the southern U.S. that they had been freed,” said Cheryl …

Morgan County Sheriff's Department

Morgan County Sheriff’s Department

Patrick Yost Law Enforcement

On June 10 Richard Serna, 58, Rutledge was arrested and charged with simple battery. According to reports, deputies were called to a Centennial road residence after a man called and alleged that Serna had struck a woman. When deputies arrived they were told by a woman that she had allegedly observed Serna strike a woman, who suffers from dementia, twice in the head. The woman had been removed from the residence and deputies questioned Serna who reportedly admitted that he had struck the woman. On June 10 a damage to …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

Patrick Yost Law Enforcement

On June 5 a deposit account fraud account was filed at a Terris Drive residence. According to reports, a woman said someone used her account information to make three transactions totaling $140.99 at a Kroger location. An officer researched the transactions and determined that the charges had been made at an Atlanta-area store. On June 5 a warrant for disorderly conduct and interference with a business was filed against Didi Denise Crutchfield, 38, Eatonton. According to reports, officers were called to Burger King, Eatonton Road regarding an unruly customer. Reports …

City, County law enforcement team up for arrests

Whit Carpenter News

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and Madison Police Department performed two safety checks last Friday from 8 p.m. to midnight. The checks were also run in cooperation with the Georgia State Patrol and the Department of Community Supervision. Safety checks also occurred in Bostwick, Fairplay, Apalachee and Rutledge. “We’ve received numerous citizen complaints about speeding and running stop signs,” said Chief Deputy Keith Howard. “We decided it would be a good opportunity for us to have a concentrated patrol.” The stops resulted in 18 total citations and five total arrests, …

State tourism team touring Morgan Co.

Sarah Wibell Community

The Georgia Tourism Product Development Team (TPD) is touring Morgan County June 12-13. The TPD, which aims to promote tourism in Georgia by assisting marketing efforts of for-profit, non-profit, and governmental organizations, discussed the downtown area during a lunch with city officials and local attendees on Tuesday before visiting tourism-related assets. Director of Tourism Product Development with the Georgia Department of Economic Development Cindy Eidson explained, “After our tour in the community, we will gather our findings to help make knowledgeable recommendations to aid them in cultivating sustainable tourism product.” …

Kim Braswell, A UGA legend in our midst

Sports Reports Featured, Sports

When talking to former All-SEC great, Kim Braswell, you get several feelings right up front.  He’s a very humble and modest man who loves the Georgia Dogs.  The love he has for his newly found home in Madison is obvious.  The successful 67-year-old high school coach is looking for ways to give back to the games that have been so good to him.  And, he’s fallen in love with the Morgan County Bulldogs. Head baseball Coach Merritt Ainslie has also found this to be true.  He said, “Kim is a …

Fortson helping shape young men’s lives through community service

Sports Reports Sports

Leadership comes in many forms.  As the old adage goes, “It’s easy to talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?”  Going into his second year as the head track and field coach as well as the defensive line coach for the Bulldogs, Coach Aubrey Fortson is doing just that.  Starting last summer he has taken over the community service program for the Dogs’ football team that gives them the opportunity and insight into many other aspects of life. This summer he has scheduled three events for the players …

MCRD summer camps in full swing

Sports Reports Sports

The Morgan County Recreation Department’s summer sports camps have been a raging success this summer with camps ranging from cross-country to soccer being offered.  Last week the ballfields at the Morgan County High School and Rec Department facilities were covered up with aspiring young softball and baseball players ages 4-11. Head softball coach Jason McBay is running the girls’ softball camp utilizing help from his coaching staff and softball team to teach the game’s fundamentals with an emphasis on the fun part.  Coach Mike Campbell, the Morgan County Middle School …