Unique local flag depository gets big business

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By Sidhartha Wakade staff  Sitting in front of the fire station in downtown Madison is a small yet imposing mailbox, brightly painted in red, white and blue. Upon closer inspection, however, the box is not for dropping off mail. The paint job is one thing, but written across the front are the words “WORN FLAG DROP OFF.” In case someone misses that warning, there is a helpful “This is not a mailbox” warning on the inside as the hatch is opened. The depository was set up as a collaboration between …

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Medical Center presents FY audit

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Morgan Medical Center is ending the fiscal year with a nearly $44,000 operating loss, but anticipate a positive outcome after the hospital received Medicare reimbursements after the official audit.  Officials from Morgan Medical Center appeared before the Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) to present the unaudited financials for Fiscal Year 2019, which ended June 30.  Kyle Wilkinson, chief finance officer for Morgan Medical Center, reviewed the year for the BOC.  “Obviously, our biggest highlight of the year was opening the doors of the …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On July 26 Matthew Compton, 36, Madison, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, shoplifting and open container. According to reports, an officer was called to the Exxon convenience store on Monticello Highway regarding a customer allegedly attempting to steal a gas can. Reports state when the officer arrived he spoke with the store’s owner who alleged that Compton had entered the store empty handed and went to the back of the store and crouched down by the gas cans. He then allegedly left the store empty handed but returned …

Morgan County Sheriff's Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Aug. 4 a damage to property complaint was filed at a Buckhead Road residence. According to reports, a man alleged that a neighbor had damaged part of his property, including trees, with a bulldozer while clearing land. Reports state that the complainant showed a deputy property markers that had been damaged or removed by an earth mover. The complainant said to verify the property lines he hired a surveyor to re-do the lines and the survey confirmed the appropriate pre-existing property markers. On Aug. 4 Keivan D. Champion, 26, …

Morgan faces Jeff Davis in pre-season scrimmage

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer The Morgan County Bulldogs kick off their 2019 campaign with a scrimmage against the Jeff Davis Yellow Jackets on Friday, August 9th at Bill Corry Stadium.  The scrimmage begins at 7:30.  Coach Bill Malone’s squad posted an overall record of 5-6 and a region mark of 4-2 in 2018 placing third in Region 8AAA.  They lost in the first round of the state playoffs to Lovett.  The Dogs won back to back region titles in 2016 and 2017 the first time that had happened since …

Catch more bass – spend less money

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer When it comes to catching largemouth bass we are all guilty of looking for the latest, greatest thing to come along that will assure a daily limit.  Those companies who make fishing tackle know we are vulnerable and take full advantage with hundreds of new lures and products every year.  Their marketing departments have a field day with guys like us who are easily convinced or at least willing to try new stuff to satisfy our life long search for the perfect bait.  Truth is, …

AT one of the best for hikers in the US

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer The calendar says that fall is not that far away and if you are an outdoorsman it’s not too early to plan for one of the best activities Georgia has to offer.  That means that hiking the Appalachian Trail and the dozens of other trails in Georgia should be on your radar.   Today we will take a quick look at the history of the Appalachian Trail (AT), some highlights and offer up resources that can be used to locate other hiking areas that suit …

Ohh…we’re half way there!

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By Tia Lynn Ivey editor  The last piece of the $47.5 million new consolidated school campus is nearly halfway done. The new Morgan County Middle School is currently being constructed beside the newly finished Morgan County High School, College and Career Academy, and Transportation Facility.  According to the project manager for Parrish Construction, Alex Johnson, the new middle school is 42 percent of the way complete.  Heavy rains had delayed constructions, but Superintendent Dr. James Woodard is pleased with the pace.  “We are pleased with the progress of the construction …

John Thomas Shannon

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John Thomas Shannon, 79, formerly of Fremont, Ohio, died in Brooksville, Florida on Wednesday, July 31, 2019. John was proud to serve in the US Marine Corps. He was a graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and was a Funeral Director and Embalmer for many years in Wolcottville, Ind., and Miami, Fla.  In 1971 he joined the Miami Police Department and retired in 1991 with the rank of Sergeant.  After his retirement, he spent many years as a Hospice Volunteer in South Florida.  John was a proud member …

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Deacon Henry Lee Harris Sr.

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Dear Henry Lee Harris Sr. was born January 10, 1936 to the late Joseph Flournoy and Carrie Harris Thomas. He entered into eternal rest at his home on Thursday, July 25, 2019. At an early ager he joined the Clark’s Chapel Baptist Church. He was later ordained as a deacon and was appointed Chairman of the Deacon Board, where he proudly filed that position until he could no longer because of his illness. He also served in several other positions in the church. He received his education in the public …

Ford no more at Youngblood

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By Patrick Yost editor After more than 50 years, Youngblood Motor Company has announced it will no longer sale new vehicles and is dropping the Ford dealership portion of the business. However, said second generation Youngblood co-owner Scott Youngblood, the business is transitioning into several different sales areas and will maintain its service department. “We’re going to look different in a few months,” he said. Four months ago Youngblood Motor Company became a Massey Ferguson tractor dealership. Prior to that the company had also expanded into utility trailers. Youngblood said …

Molestation charges filed

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By Patrick Yost editor A Madison man was arrested last week after Georgia Bureau of Investigations agents responded to complaints regarding inappropriate behavior with a 12-year-old girl. DeWayne Joyner, 57, was arrested by the GBI on July 26, one day after the organization secured a child molestation arrest warrant against Joyner. According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the child’s relatives on July 18 regarding an allegation that the child had been “touched inappropriately.” The sheriff’s office turned the investigation over to …

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Rutledge adding speed humps in town

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By Sidhartha Wakade staff writer The Rutledge City Council discussed placing more speed humps on Nunnally Street and Hawkins Street to slow down cars passing through the town. Mayor Bruce Altznauer said that the speed humps were recommended by Marc Acampora, a traffic engineer that did a traffic study for the city to see how to slow down cars coming into Rutledge.  “His recommendation was that we do need some additional speed humps in town,” Altznauer said.  The proposed speed humps are in response to traffic coming off of I-20. …

Festival of Friends coming

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Ding dang it! I have flat nothin’ to wear to the fancy party! No dress, no shoes, tangle-ly dried up hair, tacky unpainted goat nails  . . . And trust me no ding dang bluebirds and small little animals are gonna come over, flitter ‘round and make me an outfit. I’m doomed I tell ya! Doomed! I reckon I’ll just sit alone in the garden and mope, mope, mope cause their ain’t no hope. What’s that? Tinklin’ bells and sparklin’ fairies! Well knock me down and steal my teeth! She’s …

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Real estate sales more than $4 million last week

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Compiled by Dianne Yost staff writer July 22, 2019 • G. Wesley Holt of Atlanta to James I. Harvey of Cumming, Durden Road, 5.31 acres, Rutledge, $77,000. • John Aycox of Madison to Virgil R. Williams, Jr. of Monroe, Sandy Creek Road, 47 acres, Madison, $803,500.  • Michael Portwood of Madison to Thomas Brian Morgan of Madison, 851 Park Lane, Madison, $356,000. July 23, 2019 • Long Range Capital, LLC of Madison to Cathey Holdings, Inc. of Madison, 1491 Morris Road, 3.26 acres, Madison, $28,000. • RBC Homes, LLC of …

Man with children in car charged with DUI

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By Patrick Yost editor  A Marietta man faces a host of traffic charges, including endangering a minor and possession of drugs after a vehicle he was allegedly driving struck a guardrail on Interstate 20 on Thursday, July 18 at 4:20 p.m. According to Madison Police Department reports, Brandon Allen Gay, 36, was arrested after officers arrived to find a 2019 Impala disabled after it struck the guardrail near the 113 mile marker on Interstate 20. The vehicle had rotated and was facing in the opposite direction of travel when the …

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Dogs, police search for man near Pinetree

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By Patrick Yost editor  Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Madison Police Department officers and dogs from the Department of Corrections spent more than three hours last Wednesday searching for a wanted man in a wooded area behind the Green Meadow area in Madison. According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, officers were called to a Pinetree Circle residence after a caller told Morgan County Dispatch that a man was beating on a woman.  When officers arrived at 4:50 p.m., a 16-year-old female alleged that her father, William Cornelius Walton, 33, …

Drugs found during Buckhead traffic stop

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By Patrick Yost editor  A traffic stop in Buckhead led a Morgan County deputy to search the bag of a suspect and allegedly found hydrocodone, oxycodone, Ecstacy and a small amount of suspected marijuana. According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, a deputy stated that on Saturday, July 27 at 11:40 a.m. he stopped a pickup truck driven by John Allen Barnett, 46, Madison for driving 68 mph in a 55 mph zone on Parks Mill Road near Oconee Road. The deputy reported that after he had activated his emergency …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On July 2 a theft by taking complaint was filed at Walmart, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an employee alleged that three males took three gift cards from the main cashier area of the store and went to the garden center. The men then had the cashier at the garden center activate the card and while the cashier was distracted one of the men punched a “cash out” button on the register, closing the transaction and making the stolen gift cards active. The men then left the store. On July …

Morgan County Sheriff's Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On July 28 an entering dwelling complaint was filed at a High Shoals Road, Good Hope residence. According to reports, a man alleged that a man known to him had entered his residence without permission and took a note. The man said nothing but a note was missing. A deputy spoke to the suspect who told the deputy that he had permission to enter the residence to aid the complainant when needed. He returned the note. On July 27 an identity theft complaint was filed at a Prospect Road, Rutledge …