Obituaries for the Week of Nov. 28

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Donald Edward Wright Donald Edward Wright, 91, passed away peacefully at his home November 19, 2019.  He was born to Grace Sawyer Wright and Isaac Leonard Wright on February 25th, 1928 in Nashville, Tennessee. He is preceded in death by two brothers – Richard Lee Wright (Rebecca) of Nashville, Tennessee,  Harold Leonard Wright (Rosalie) of Big Bear, California, and is survived by one sister, Dorothy Ann Pope (Jere) of Meridian, Mississippi. Don is survived by his two sons Matthew Edward Wright (Lindsay) of Franklin, Tennessee and Andrew Lee Wright of …

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On Nov. 17 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Mallory Road location. According to reports, a caretaker for a piece of property reported that someone had placed hunting stands on a fence line of the property and had damaged the barbed wire fence protecting the property and containing its livestock. A deputy noted that the stands were placed in such a manner as to hunt the complainant’s property including cutting shooting lanes towards the property. The complainant said he has contacted the Georgia Department of Natural Resources enforcement …

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On Nov. 13 a burglary complaint was filed at a Wellington Street residence. According to reports, a man said that someone had entered his residence and taken more than $10,000 in cash and items. Reports state that the man alleged that sometime between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. someone entered the residence and took $9,700 in cash, including $700 in coins. The man also said that eight Playstation controllers and a set of Hyper Cloud headphones were also taken. There were no sign of forced entry on the residence. On …

Local Mike Akins becomes Governor appointee

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By Patrick Yost editor  A Morgan County man has been chosen to serve on a state board overseeing the booming film industry in Georgia. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announced last Wednesday that Morgan County resident Mike Akins has been appointed to the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Commission. Akins joins 17 other notable industry insiders and state politicians on the commission.  According to a press release by the governor’s office, Akins earned a Master’s Degree in Science from Oklahoma State University. Akins, who is currently a business agent with …

Thanksgiving meal giveaway this Friday

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By Kurston Smith – Intern With the holidays fast approaching, local charities are stepping up their giving efforts to ensure everyone can enjoy the season.  The Caring Place, a food pantry in Madison, is preparing for its annual Thanksgiving food giveaway on Friday, Nov. 22 at 9 a.m. “We are living in a community that supports families when they are in need,” Nancy Pluckhahn, volunteer director of The Madison-Morgan Caring Place. “We have been open for 22 years, almost 23 years. That’s a long time and people have supported us …

Buckhead seeks $750k water grant

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The Town of Buckhead’s aging water system has prompted local officials to seek a $750,000 grant to improve and upgrade water service.  “The vast majority of the water lines that run to the Town of Buckhead are the original water lines–over 50 years old,” explained Cheryl Saffold, Buckhead’s town clerk. “They are antiquated and need to be updated to avoid a major disruption in water service should any of our main lines break.” According to Saffold, Buckhead is currently in the process of applying …

Nolan Crossing a ‘Place in Peril’

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Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Nolan Crossroad, an historic intersection in Bostwick was included in The Georgia Trust’s “2020 Places in Peril.” The designation is meant to highlight deteriorating historic structures in danger of disappearing in order to spur on efforts to rehabilitate and save these historic sites.  According to the Georgia Trust, Nolan Crossroads includes a complex of buildings that “span nearly a century.  “Nolan Crossroads represents the transition from slavery-based agriculture to the sharecropping economy of the post-Civil War South,” said a statement from the Georgia Trust. The …

Nothing ‘funny’ about this $$

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By Patrick Yost editor  A former Golden Pantry clerk is wanted for theft by conversion after she allegedly tried to replace real money in the cash register with “toy” money. Madison Police Department officers are searching for Nichole Asheley Cook, 24, after a manager of the Golden Pantry, North Main Street, alleged that Cook placed six “toy” $20 bills into the cash register and removed real money on Nov. 7.  The manager filed the complaint with the police department on Nov. 8 after he reviewed store video surveillance. Reports state …

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Second arrest made in Buckhead shooting

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By Patrick Yost editor  South Carolina authorities last Wednesday, Nov. 13 arrested a second suspect in a multi-state, two-day crime spree that included the shooting of an elderly Buckhead man. According to Chief Deputy Keith Howard, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Barnwell, S.C. Police Department officers arrested Tre’ Quan Garvin, 20, after Garvin was observed as a passenger in a vehicle that drove past the Barnwell Police Department headquarters. The vehicle was stopped, Howard said, and Garvin attempted to flee on foot but was detained by officers. Garvin’s arrest ended a …

Dogs fall to Calhoun in State Playoffs

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County went toe-to-toe with state powerhouse Calhoun for a half last Friday night at Phil Reeves Stadium but couldn’t sustain it over the final two quarters, ultimately losing a 38-10 decision.  Morgan led 10-7 at the end of one quarter before Calhoun surged back to take a 17-10 lead at intermission.  The home team then showed their pedigree by scoring on their first two possessions of the third quarter to make it 31-10 and put the game out of reach.  The loss gave Morgan …

Shop, Sip & Stroll

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The Holiday season is upon us and Madison embraced it by hosting the Second Annual Holiday Shop Sip and Stroll in downtown Madison. Over 1,000 people descended upon Downtown Madison as 27 local merchants decked the halls and offered patrons a slew of deals and promotions.  “It was as successful as last year, if not better,” said Ann Huff, Madison’s Main Street coordinator. “We hope that will continue and become a beloved tradition in Madison every year.” The sound of classic holiday music sung …

Home for the Holidays Showhouse

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By Dianne Yost staff writer This year, four Madison designers are among the 22 designers featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles 2019 Home for the Holidays Showhouse and Marketplace. Each designer has a space to display their design talents from lounge space, bedrooms, outdoor spaces, dining rooms and more.  But what makes this showhouse so amazing is the huge presence that local Madison designers brought to this year’s event. Indeed, Dan Belman and Randy Korando, owners of Atlanta’s iconic Buckhead Gardens & Gifts shop, organized and curated the event’s Holiday …

New photography exhibit at cultural center

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By Kurston Smith – Intern The artwork of Atlanta-based photographers will be on display at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, beginning with an opening reception for the new exhibit on Saturday, Nov. 23. At 5 p.m. The new exhibit, “People, Places, Things,” will feature the work of the Atlanta Photography Group (APG)  The new display will be a group exhibition juried by  Dr. Samuel Gerace III, photo curator at the Booth Museum in Cartersville, Ga. He studied Fine Art at Shorter University. He received his Masters and Ph.D. from the University …

Amici’s Madison Introduces New System

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By Kurston Smith Intern Out with the old, in with the new. This is something Amici’s Italian Cafe in downtown Madison has achieved in great lengths this year.  The local restaurant resides in a historic building but is equipped with the latest modern technologies.  Their most recent upgrade includes installing a state of the art Kitchen Display System. A Kitchen Display System, also known as a KDS, replacing the old-fashioned paper ticket printers that Amici’s has always used in the past.  This latest upgrade helps staff efficiency as well as …

Obituaries for the Week of Nov. 21, 2019

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Leslie Lanier Cowart Leslie Lanier Cowart, age 71, of Madison, Georgia Friday, November 15, 2019 at Morgan Medical Center in Madison.  A native of Miami, Florida and born December 17, 1947, he was the son of the late John Moses and Lucille Patrick Cowart.  He graduated from Belle Glade High School in  Belle Glade, Fla. and attended Asbury University in Willmore, Ky.  He married the former Carol Crisler on February 26, 1972.  He returned to Madison in 2018 after living in Kentucky close to his daughter.  He served as pastor …

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On Nov. 10 a theft by taking complaint was filed at the intersection of Pinetree Circle and Bethany Road. According to reports, a woman alleged that after she gave her 14-year-old son $50 to go to the store, another juvenile took the money as the teen was walking to the store and pushed the woman’s son to the ground. The woman described the suspect as taller than 5’9” with short brown hair and a blonde patch  on top. She estimates the suspect was 16 or 17-years-old. A second woman also …

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On Nov. 7 Demarcus Treyvone Peek, 25, Madison was arrested and charged with criminal trespass. According to reports, an officer was dispatched to the Budget Inn, Eatonton Road, regarding a man staying in a room without paying. Reports state that the officer met with a Budget Inn employee who gained access to room 115 and found Peek and a woman in the room. Peek allegedly told the officer the woman was not a co-conspirator in the alleged scam. On Nov. 6 a harassing phone call complaint was filed at a …

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Madison waiting for man’s prison release

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By Patrick Yost editor A Madison man arrested in June, 2016 during a child sex operation called “Southern Hospitality” and soon to be released from federal prison will now face local charges of aggravated child molestation, rape and aggravated sodomy. Percy Harris, 49, is expected to be released from the Butner Federal Prison in Butner, N.C. in December, said Det. Wes Thompson, Madison Police Department but will now have to answer to warrants filed last Friday alleging Harris molested a girl on two separate occasions while the girl was between …

City gets assurances from Belton on Bard

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Madison City officials met with State Representative Dave Belton last week to discuss concerns over the BD Bard plant in Madison after the Covington Plant was forced to temporarily shutdown by the state due to elevated emissions detected of a cancer-causing gas called ethylene oxide.  Mayor Fred Perriman, Councilman Rick Blanton, Councilman Eric Joyce and City Manager David Nunn met with Belton to enlist his help in ensuring the Madison Bard plant will undergo the same safety enhancements as the Covington Plant.  “He pledged …

City threatens fines, suspension for store

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor In a 3-to-2 vote, the Madison City Council narrowly passed a seven-day liquor sales suspension and a $500 fine against the Sunflower Convenience Store located at 1241 Eatonton Road in Madison.  Madison Officer Philip Malcom appeared before the Mayor and City Council on Monday, Nov. 11 claiming the Sunflower Store owners and staff were negligent in keeping away loiterers and selling to intoxicated clients.  “This is a business where most of the clientele approaches on foot and resides at the Budget Inn,” began Malcom. “It …