Deputies break up meth ring

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  A month-long methamphetamine investigation ended last week with several arrests and the seizure of methamphetamine, weapons and stolen vehicles. The investigation also moved from Morgan County into Dekalb and Rockdale counties where massive kilos of methamphetamine and a half kilo of heroin was seized. According to Lt. Brandon Sellers, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, three of five suspects are currently detained in the Morgan County Detention Center and two other suspects are being held on both outstanding warrants and pending drug charges in Dekalb County …

Privacy concerns plague voting efforts

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Georgia’s new $100 million voting system is plagued with voter privacy concerns as election advocacy groups ramp up efforts to persuade officials to ditch the new system altogether and make a last minute switch to paper ballots before the March 24 Presidential Primary Election.  The Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration (BOER) discussed the new voting system at a special-called meeting last Thursday.  BOER member Helen Butler slammed the new system as confusing and worried that the “secrecy of the ballot” could not …

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Town Hall to center on plant’s use of ethylene oxide

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  BD Bard, a manufacturing company recently under scrutiny for its use of a cancer causing gas, ethylene oxide, at the plants in both Covington and Madison, will answer to the public next month. The Madison Mayor and City Council announced at Town Hall meeting with BD Bard officials has been slated for Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m. in the city’s meeting hall located at 160 North Main Street Suite 400 in Madison.  “BD Bard is still doing some testing and trying to finalize …

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It was an earthquake

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The mystery of the loud boom that shook Morgan County and several other communities in Georgia last week has been solved, says a local high school science teacher, Michelle Ozburn.  “It was an earthquake,” said Ozburn, who heard the boom and felt the ground shake on Sunday, Feb. 2. “Right away, I thought it was an earthquake.” While over 200 people flooded Morgan County Dispatch with calls within 10 minutes of the boom and social media platforms were abuzz with speculations as to what …

Got the blues? R+B will take them away

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This column is dedicated to songs that chase the blues. Time travelin’! Yeah! It’s 1972 and I’m sittin’ at my little desk in my childhood room with a heavy case of the ding dang blues . . . that’s ‘cause my dyslexic mind is strugglin’ with elementary school homework that I just can’t grasp! Hey but my far out, groovy yellow ball, Panasonic, panapet AM transitor radio on my desk is tuned on the dial to Huntsville’s WAAY a.m. Radio and the best song ever just starts playin! I’m talkin’ …

Dual enrollment bill will affect MC students

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  A new bill expected to pass next week is aiming to curb Georgia’s wildly successful, but increasingly expensive, Dual Enrollment Program, in which high school students can earn college credits. The new bill proposes cutting funding for the program, capping the dual enrollment program to 30 credit hours per student, restricting the type of classes students can take, and prohibiting ninth and 10th graders from participating.  The bill would eliminate “elective courses,” such as fine arts from the program. Proponents of the bill believe the …

Kathryn Cardwell to seek BOE District 2 seat

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By Patrick Yost editor  On the heels of District 2 Morgan County Board of Education member Nelson Hale’s announcement that he would not seek another term, Kathryn Cardwell announced this week that she would seek the position.  Cardwell, 54, also said she would run as an Independent, as did Hale, and was currently working toward getting the 117 signatures she needs by district voters to run non-partisan. Cardwell recently served as the chairperson of the school system’s Capital Campaign Committee. The committee was tasked with raising more than $1 million …

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Real estate sales more than $2 million

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Compiled by Dianne Yost staff writer Jan. 30, 2020 • Palestine Georgia, LLC of Atlanta to Mark V. Huffstetler of Kennesaw, 1250 Double Bridges Road, 120 acres, Madison, $1,000,000. Jan. 31, 2020 • Crystal Lynn McLemore of Rutledge to Joshua D. Laster of Rutledge, 1561 Lake Rutledge Road, Rutledge, $60,000. • Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB, as Trustee of Stanw…* of Anaheim, Calif. to Manjit Kaur of Madison, 1100 Reids Ferry Road, 10.17 acres, Buckhead, $79,000. • West Morgan Storage, LLC of Madison to West Morgan Storage Limited, LLC of …

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Grand Jury returns criminal indictments

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By Patrick Yost editor  A Morgan County Grand Jury, last week, returned several criminal indictments during a one-day session. The following persons were indicted. • Devarski Antonio Bennett, 34, Louisville, Ga. was re-indicted on one count trafficking in methamphetamine, one count possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, one count defective equipment and two counts speeding. According to court documents, Bennett was arrested on April 19, 2019 by a Georgia State Patrol trooper for allegedly speeding on Interstate 20. Warrants allege that consequent to a traffic stop the trooper allegedly …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On Feb. 10 Nolan Jacquelyn Haili, 27, Blythewood, S.C. was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. According to reports, Haili was the passenger in a vehicle stopped on Interstate 20 at 2 a.m. for speeding. Consequent to the stop, reports state, Haili allegedly told an officer that she had marijuana in her purse. Reports state that a search of the vehicle found suspected marijuana in Haili’s purse and an open container of moonshine on the passenger floorboard. On Feb. 9 a simple battery complaint was filed at a East …

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Feb. 8 a lost property complaint was filed at Rutledge Crossing, Atlanta Highway, Rutledge. According to reports, a man said after using the restroom at the store he walked across the street to the Dollar General and noticed that he was missing his wallet. A deputy observed video surveillance at Rutledge Crossing that showed the man entering and exiting the restroom but, reports state, no one else entered the restroom after the man left and before he called authorities. The man said the wallet contained $170 cash, a driver’s …

MMCC chair exhibition outSTANDING success

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor A new exhibit at the Madison Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC) opened to fanfare last weekend as droves of people showed up for the opening reception of the Chair Show.  “This juried exhibit celebrates and explores the ubiquitous CHAIR. The show represented a wide range of styles and interpretations of chairs through multi-media art,: said a rep from the MMCC.  “Last night was full of delight and surprise at the opening reception of The Chair Show!” wrote the center on Facebook after the event. “Thank …

Lightning Recycling to hold grand opening

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By Patrick Yost editor  A recently opened construction debris recycling business will be holding its grand opening on Feb. 28 and hopes to help change the way ground materials are produced and purchased. According to Lightning Disposal and Recycling Manager Phillip Crowe, the business, located on Woodkraft Road, has invested in massive crushers and other machinery to take construction debris including concrete and turn it into usable, or “salable” material for roads, driveways and other practical uses for the material. Crowe said the facility, a large “rock yard” surrounding by …

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Day time burglaries have ‘similarities’

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Two day time burglaries that both occurred last Tuesday, Feb. 4 have authorities concerned that perpetrators might be same suspect. Both burglaries, including one on Bethany Road where suspects rounded up homeowners dog and cat and locked them in a bedroom, happened during the day and both homes were ransacked. According to Morgan County Sheirff’s Office reports, a Bethany Road, Buckhead couple reported coming home at approximately 5 p.m. and finding their residence in disarray, with cabinets open and “property was located all over …

Lady Dogs finish runner-up

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Coach Timothy Roop went into Monday night’s Region Championship basketball contest with high hopes his girls could pull off the upset over Jefferson’s Lady Dragons.  Those hopes were dashed as Jefferson held on for the trophy to keep their unblemished Region record alive.  They defeated Morgan 55-37 behind some tenacious defense, aggressive drives, and outside shooting that proved a little too much for Morgan in the second half. Going into the game, Roop felt confident that he had a game plan in place that …

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Dogs ousted in Region Tourney

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor In what most would have considered a major upset, the Morgan County High School Bulldogs ended their 2019-2020 basketball season coming up short to Franklin County in Carnesville this past Tuesday.  The Dogs were fighting an uphill battle from the get-go with the Lions hosting this round of the Region 8-AAA basketball tournament. In the do-or-die round of the number three seeded Lions and the number seven seeded Bulldogs, it was played in one of the last historic venues of the area.  The old …

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Mat Dogs compete at Sectionals

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The MOCO wrestling team headed off to Pike County over the weekend to participate in the AAA Sectional A Tournament with six wrestlers qualifying for the competition.  Of those, Brandon Grindle and Chance Reid made a good showing and qualified for the State Traditional Tournament to be held at the Macon Coliseum Feb. 13-15. Coach Carter Shultz said, “We had Kelly Rojas and Reba Hall competing in the girls’ Sectionals while Brandon Grindle, Jeremiah Grimsley, Chance Reid, and Dylan Rivers represented our boys.  They …

Diamond Dogs looking for success in 2020

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County High School baseball season is upon us with the Diamond Dogs looking forward to their first games this week. MOCO opened up the 2020 season Tuesday at home against Grovetown. Results were not available at press time. The Dogs will play again at home Feb. 14 vs. Athens Christian.  The first pitch is scheduled for 5:55. Coach Merritt Ainslie is entering his fifth year at the helm of the program.  His success is well-documented with a Final Four appearance two years …

Track and Field Spotlight

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Spring has sprung.  It won’t be long until the sprinters, throwers, jumpers, and distance runners of the Morgan County High School track squad will be hitting the track.  In fact, their first meet is scheduled for Feb.13 at 4:30.  The boys and girls varsity as well as the JV squads will be competing at the North Gwinnett Time Trials in Suwanee.  There is a feeling of positivity in the wind with the addition of veteran Jim Yike joining an already talented coaching staff that …

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Lady Dogs sweep Clarke Central

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The 2020 tennis season went into full swing this week with a non-region match at Clarke Central on Friday.  Morgan’s Lady Dogs swept the Lady Gladiators 5-0 while the boys lost a close and highly competitive match 2-3.   Winners for the girls included Sarah Waldron, Karlie Lane, and Chesley Paschal in singles and doubles teams of Zoey Brown and Abbey Adams as well as McCall Chamberlain and Rachel Dickson.   The two winners for the boys were number one singles player Joah Plumley …