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New COVID-19 case in Morgan, testing limited

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Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  A second case of the novel coronavirus was confirmed in Morgan County on Tuesday, March 31, according the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH). The highly contagious and potentially lethal COVID-19 virus is currently sweeping across the State of Georgia, the United States of America, and more than 150 countries across the globe. While Morgan County appears to be holding strong with just two confirmed cases as of press time on Tuesday, March 31,  the lack of testing for the virus in Georgia and across …

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City extends emergency declaration

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  As the coronavirus sweeps across the country, the City of Madison voted to extend the local state of emergency declared earlier this month, which requires city residents to shelter-in-place and non-essential businesses to close, until the end of April. The city is choosing to go further than the State of Georgia’s current mandatory shutdowns and social distancing requirements and is calling upon Morgan County officials adopt countywide state of emergency restrictions on public gatherings and business closings.  “We had hoped the county would follow …

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FUMC, Amici’s join to serve

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  For the entire month of April, the First United Methodist Church of Madison and Amici’s Italian Cafe are partnering to feed people in need as the rampant coronavirus has not only caused severe illnesses across the state and country, but has put millions of people out of work. Every Monday to Friday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., people can pickup prepared meals in the Methodist Church parking lot, located between Old Post Road and Academy Street in Madison.  FUMC is funding the program …

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BD Bard gets EPD approval to amend judicial order

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Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  In light of the rapid spread of the coronavirus, which has prompted a severe shortage of medical supplies and equipment across the country, the BD Bard plants in Madison and Covington will be temporarily allowed to ramp up the use of ethylene oxide, a known cancer-causing gas used for sterilization.  BD Bard came under fire last year over concerns that the Covington plant produced elevated ethylene oxide emissions. Since then, the company has worked with local and state leaders, agreeing to a consent order to …

Life goes on

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By Quinn Rafferty staff writer Madison native Katie Powers, 31, married Ben Tidwell, 28, on March 21 with her parents and judge Mike Bracewell in attendance. The couple hasbeen together just shy of a year and a half. They were engaged as of July 2019.  Their love story began when the couple met on a dating app, Hinge. Though both were apprehensive about online dating, they had a feeling the other was special. They got together at Revival Decatur, an Atlanta restaurant with southern-styled food after Powers had mentioned the …

Woman accused of shoplifting, heroin possession

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By  Patrick Yost editor  A woman initially detained for shoplifting also faces possession of heroin charges after a female deputy allegedly found a packet of the drug in the woman’s bra. According to Madison Police Department reports, officers were called to Ingles, Eatonton Road, on Wednesday, March 18, regarding  a woman suspected of shoplifting who was “acting strange.” When an officer arrived he observed Jessica Michelle Gore, 33, Locust Grove, leaving the store. The officer stopped Gore in the parking lot and detained her. Reports state that Gore complained she …

‘Shots fired’ leads to aggravated assault charge

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By Patrick Yost editor  A man who allegedly fired a single .380 pistol toward two men fighting near a residence on Burney Street has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault. Three men allegedly involved in the fight have all been charged with disorderly conduct. According to Madison Police Department reports, Antwian Deon Williams, 26, Madison, was found in a vehicle near the fight scene after police had secured the area and were searching for a vehicle allegedly involved in the affray. Williams was charged with aggravated assault. Reports state …

School closings extended to April 24

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Morgan County school students will not see the inside of a classroom again until the end of April at the earliest. As the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc across the country, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced last week that all Georgia schools must be closed until April 24, issuing an executive order extending school closures by another month on March 26. School closings are part of a multifaceted strategy of social distancing and self-isolating to slow the spread of COVID-19, a highly contagious and potentially …

Troopers crash truck in high speed chase

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By Patrick Yost editor  A high speed chase that began when Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley attempted to stop an alleged reckless driver on Interstate 20 last Wednesday ended after a Corp. Fleming, Georgia State Patrol performed a “precision immobilization technique” (P.I.T.) on the Dodge Ram pickup truck on Atlanta Highway. According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, the truck left the road near the Hollis Lane area and flipped, coming to rest upside down in a swampy area, reports state. According to Markley, the chase began at approximately 11:30 …

Suspected ecstasy, marijuana seized in arrests

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By Patrick Yost editor  Two men face drug distribution charges after Madison Police Department officers responding to a suspicious vehicle complaint on Meadow Ridge Drive allegedly found nearly 100 suspected ecstasy pills along with digital scales, individually packaged suspected marijuana and a large bag of suspected marijuana.  Reports state that Samir Johnny Omar Graham, 20, Greensboro, faces charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana more than an ounce, possession of drug related objects and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. …

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Madison Police Department

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On March 29, an information report was filed at a Pinetree Circle residence. According to reports, an officer was dispatched to the residence in regards to a complaint of a man allegedly stealing wheels off a vehicle. Reports state when the officer arrived he observed someone fleeing on foot wearing black clothing. A search for the suspect was unsuccessful. A woman told officers that she believed a man known to her had come to the residence to do damage to the brake lines of her vehicle. She said the man …

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On March 29, an information report was filed at a Reids Ferry Road, Buckhead residence. According to reports, a man said that someone was discharging firearms in the neighborhood. The man told a deputy he suspected a person who had recently moved into the neighborhood. The deputy spoke to the neighbor who said his son had been target shooting in a gully on their property. The man said he would talk to the son to prevent a further incident. On March 29, a harassing phone calls complaint was filed at …

Barbara Jean Porter Vickery

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Barbara Jean Porter Vickery, 72 of Madison, died March 22, 2020.  Mrs. Vickery was the daughter of the late Murray Eugene Porter and Alma Herrington Porter.  She was born December 27, 1947 in Fitzgerald.  She later married the late Bobby Vickery.  Mrs. Vickery was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.  She was retired from CVS where she worked as a Pharmacy Technician.  She enjoyed crossword and jig-saw puzzles and was a devoted UGA Bulldog fan. Mrs. Vickery was survived by her siblings, Connie Maddox and Armor, Paula Ayres and …

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William Michael Shoptaw

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William Michael Shoptaw, 43, of Madison passed away suddenly from a cardiac event following surgery on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Michael was born in Atlanta, to Bill and Wyn Shoptaw on February 24, 1977. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia College and State University in 2000 and recently earned his Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist certification (CARES) and completed the RESPECT Institute of Georgia training program in 2019. He was extremely active in the recovery community of Georgia and had enjoyed employment at several health systems and …

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Larry Steve Alexander McGalliard

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Larry Steve Alexander McGalliard, age 53, of Watkinsville, passed away on Friday, March 27, 2020, after an extended illness.   The beloved husband of Gwenda Francine Alexander, of 31 years, son of Carolyn McGalliard and James Austin McGalliard, brother of James Michael McGalliard, brother-in-law of Misty McGalliard, uncle of Austin McGalliard and Alaina McGalliard, first cousin of Sidney Cheatham, and brother-in-law of Robert Lovan.   A native son of Athens,  he was born in Athens-Clarke County on November 14, 1966.  He is predeced in death by his grandmother, Mary Belle Warren Cheatham …

Cynthia Hensler Stahley

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Cynthia Hensler Stahley, 62, died unexpectedly at her home in Madison on March 14, 2020.  She was born November 23, 1957 to James Carter Hensler and Doris Mobley Hensler. Cynthia never met a stranger.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Susan Hensley. She is survived by her daughter Celeste Champagne of Vero Beach, Florida, three grandchildren, a niece Krystal Huff and her Significant Other Terry Hawkins. A memorial service was held on March 22 at Morgan Memorial Park with family and friends attending. 

Emory Lee Beal

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Emory (Son) Beal was born August 5, 1928 to the late Barney Robert Beal and Annie Mae King Beal passed away March 26, 2020 at his son’s home. He was married to the late Robbie J. Newkirk Beal. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and a granddaughter Sezshena Beal and a grandson Roger Beal. Those surviving are a son Robert Beal (Kaye), Cindy Beal Eaton, two sisters Betty Henson and Sherrie Vaughters and one brother Wendell (Bud) Beal, lots of nieces, nephews, cousins, four grandchildren, 10 …

New Series: Our Stories

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Stories from your fellow Morgan Citizens on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting us all. These can be found in the weekly print edition and under the Community section on our website.

Our Stories: COVID-19, Storm within a Storm

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By Laurie Davis Lewis The coronavirus for my family has been a storm within a storm.  My son, Dillon, was life- flighted to Atlanta Medical Center after an accident on our local bypass almost three years ago. Since that time I have spent my days between Madison and rehabilitation facilities, first in McDonough, and now at Restore in Roswell, Ga. My husband, Chic, took an early retirement from his job when Dillon was moved to Roswell.    Before that we were only able to be together Saturdays and part of …