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High speed chases end in Morgan, one suspect shot

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By Patrick Yost Staff writer Within the span of less than one hour, two violent high speed chases ended in Morgan County, Saturday, Feb. 6, with one suspect shot three times by police. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) a vehicle driven by Aaron Lamont Jenkins, 19, S.C., was fleeing a Greene County Sheriff’s Office deputy for speeding at 11:49 a.m. The chase, the GBI said, continued into Morgan County on Interstate 20 westbound where a Georgia State Patrol trooper engaged in the chase. At approximately 12:10 p.m. …

Rowdy camper taken to jail, his dog taken to shelter

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By Patrick Yost Staff writer A Sylvia, N.C., man who allegedly spent the day drinking and throwing rocks at his own dog was arrested at Hard Labor Creek State Park on allegations that he terrorized other campers. Willy Joel Cox, 42, was arrested by Morgan County Sheriff Office deputies at Lot 11, Hard Labor Creek Campground on charges of terroristic threats, cruelty to animals, disorderly conduct and public drunkedness on Thursday, Feb. 4, at approximately 8:30 p.m. Reports state that neighboring campers alleged that Cox had “been somewhat of a …

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Madison holds ‘Loving Local First’ shopping event for Valentine’s Day

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Special to the Citizen The Main Street Program is encouraging shoppers to take part in this month’s “Loving Local First” campaign happening now through February.  Loving Local supports local independent businesses and the community by encouraging shoppers to stay local. With Valentine’s Day approaching, the campaign will highlight special promotions being offered by downtown retailers and merchants.  On Friday, Feb. 12, participating merchants will be staying open late until 7 p.m. offering special promotions and giveaways for the holiday. Shoppers can make plans to dine at their favorite restaurant, get in …

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MAGallery to host Valentine book-signing event

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Special to the Citizen The Madison Artists Guild will host a joint Valentine’s weekend book-signing with local romance authors, Tarrant Smith and Crystal Jackson, on Friday, Feb. 12, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. during Madison Mainstreet’s “Loving Local First” event.  Tarrant Smith, 2020 Georgia Romance Independent Author of the Year, has been entertaining readers with her complex and character-driven storylines since 2010 — first with her award-winning “Darkly” series and more recently with her “Legends of the Pale” series. …

Dogs get dramatic overtime win over ARC at home, lose a heartbreaker against Cross Creek

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Tom White Sports writer A week of region play, including two games that were very close at the end, showed the growth of the Morgan County High School Bulldogs basketball team. The Dogs went two-and-one on the week with an overtime win at home against Academy of Richmond County, a win at Burke County, and a loss to region leader, Cross Creek.  The MCHS Bulldogs played host to the Musketeers from the Academy of Richmond County last Tuesday in a region matchup that would be the first of four such …

Lady Dogs win big against ARC, fall to Cross Creek

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Tom White Sports writer The Morgan County Lady Dogs continued region play last week with two games that were as opposite as possible. Tuesday night the Lady Dogs dominated the Academy of Richmond County Lady Musketeers by over 50 points then fell to the Lady Razorbacks of Cross Creek by 32 points.  Last Tuesday, the Morgan County Lady Bulldogs once again had to face a region opponent missing several key players. The Lady Musketeers of the Academy of Richmond County came knocking and the Lady Dogs gave them an unfriendly …

Girls Soccer falls to experienced North Oconee team

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Tom White Sports writer Earlier in the year, MCHS Lady Bulldogs Soccer Head Coach Anne Stamps shared her excitement about the 2021 team saying that they are very young and need to gel a bit, but once they do they will be a force to be reckoned with. They opened the 2021 season last Tuesday against a very experienced Lady Titans team from North Oconee and the experience won over youth, 9-0.  In a game that Stamps described as a learning experience, the Lady Titans controlled all aspects of the …

Boys soccer falls to Titans in season opener

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Tom White Sports writer The Morgan County High School Bulldogs welcomed the Titans of North Oconee for a season opening scrimmage at Bill Corry Stadium. The game didn’t go the way of the Dogs despite a late second half resurgence. North Oconee left Madison with the 3-2 win.  MCHS Head Coach Aaron Paul said the game was “very physical… (the team) played well despite having some players out.” Both sides of the game for the Dogs began coming to life in the second half but it was not enough to …

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MCMS girls get runner-up after hard-fought overtime loss in championship

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Tom White Sports writer Morgan County Middle School has been the home of the Piedmont Athletic Conference basketball playoffs for the last week. The girls basketball team fought their way into the championship game Saturday only to fall to a resilient Youth Middle School team, 36-31.  The girls basketball team faced Youth Middle School from Loganville Saturday morning for the championship. The Lady Dogs used ball movement and fast breaks to get up 8-2 with two minutes to go in the first period. A couple of late turnovers allowed Youth to …

Cheer Dogs named region champs, head to state competition

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Tom White Sports writer Saturday afternoon, the MCHS Competition Cheer team hit the mat for the region contest at Northside High School in Warner Robins. The 20-person team with five contest wins this season competed against more than 20 teams for their spot at the GHSA state competition next week. The Cheer Dogs ended the night as region champions and third in sectionals. Coach Kali Cline said that the team’s success lies in their ability to “work together to overcome losing people from injury and quarantines” this season. “They are …

Mat Dogs win home tourney, will send 11 wrestlers to state

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Tom White  Sports writer The Morgan County High School Wrestling team was in action for the fourth Saturday in a row after wrestling at area duals, state duals preliminaries, and the state duals and Saturday’s traditional tournament hosted by the MCHS team. The team won the tournament and qualified 11 wrestlers for state including six area champions.  MCHS Coach, Carter Shultz said, “Everything finally came together for us… Winning area has been our goal all year and we realized (that goal) this weekend.” Shultz said that their preparation was the …

Middle school anglers snag top spot in Bass tournament

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Tom White Sports writer In a day recapped by tournament organizers as “everyone returned safe” and the “rain wasn’t horrible,” the Georgia BASS Nation High School fishing tournament at Lake Seminole was great for the Morgan County Middle School team of Jackson Fanning and Nolan Holloway. The duo bagged a five-pound bass as one of their three qualifying fish on the day. Their team total of over 11 pounds put them at the top of the leaderboard for the junior division. The team of Trysten Norris and Brody Torbush also …

Talia Waller: teacher and entrepreneur

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Talia Waller arrives at Morgan County Middle School each day to do her part in educating the next generation. This Black History month, Waller hopes her students, along with the rest of the community, will take the time to learn from the past to help steer the future toward a brighter course.  “I do feel that there is a value in learning about Black history and that people would benefit from it. As a country, we have to learn and understand where we have been in …

Frances Jean Dorsey

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A graveside service was held on Saturday, February 06, 2021 at Madison Historic Cemetery. On Wednesday, August 29, 1945, at 12:01 a.m., a beautiful baby girl was born to the late Eugene and Francile McWhorter in Madison. Frances began her formal education at Flat Rock Baptist Church School and later, Pearl High School in Madison. Frances left Madison for Miami, Florida, to be with her mother, the late Francile Boswell-McWhorter. She later moved to Staten Island, New York, in search of employment. Frances began working as an adult caregiver in …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On Jan. 21, an information report was filed at Walmart, Eatonton Road. According to reports, a woman alleged that someone had damaged her vehicle, which was parked near Row 7 beyond the cart return area. The rear driver’s side door was damaged and it appeared someone had opened a door against her vehicle. The complainant said the door would not open properly. On Jan. 21, a burglary complaint was filed at Verizon, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an officer arrived at the store at midnight and observed that a front …

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Jan. 31, a dog complaint was filed at a Davis Academy Road, Rutledge, residence. According to reports, a man alleged that a neighbor’s large brown dog keeps coming onto his property. The complainant said the dog had ripped up a seat cushion and a pillow. The man also said he could not let his small dog out of the house while the large dog was present. On Jan. 30, a burglary and criminal trespass complaint was filed at an East Main Street, Rutledge, vacant building. According to reports, a …

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Belton sides with county takeover of election board

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Change is on the horizon for Morgan County’s election board, but it is not a welcomed change for local Democrats and several other concerned community groups, who claim the new county takeover of the election board  is “unethical” and could result in lopsided partisan representation as well as possible voter suppression.   Now, State Representative Dave Belton is facing backlash for throwing his support behind the bill that would give county commissioners full control over who serves on the local election board.  Last September, the Morgan County …

Clint Jenkins named new head football coach

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By Patrick Host Editor Morgan County High School’s month-long search for a new head football coach ended Tuesday when the school announced it will hire Clint Jenkins to replace out-going Coach Bill Malone. Jenkins is currently the head coach at AAAAAA Dacula High School in Gwinnett County and has led the Falcons to the state semi-finals in 2018 and 2019 and to the second round of the state championships last year. Jenkins finishes with a 31-8 record at Dacula. Morgan County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Virgil Cole said the search …

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GDOT invests $39M into first phase of US 441 widening project

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By Tia Lynn Ivey A long-awaited widening project for Highway 441 in Morgan County and beyond is underway with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) awarding a $39.2 million contract for the job. The 8-mile project is just one-piece of a $100 million-plus long-term plan to transform Highway 441 from a two-lane highway to a four-lane highway, better connecting rural areas in Morgan, Putnam and Oconee counties.   The hefty investment of $39.2 million for the first phase of widening is more than half of all funds awarded in December toward …

Local inventors to be showcased on ‘Shark Tank’ Friday

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By Tia Lynn Ivey In the age of the coronavirus pandemic, a new invention designed to keep your close personal belongings “germ-free” may be just the idea to catch the eye of investors and Bob Mackey is about to find out on national television.  Mackey, the CEO and President of the Boys & Girls Club of North Central Georgia (BGCNCG), along with business partner Michael Green, will be featured on this Friday’s episode of “Shark Tank” on ABC at 8 p.m. Mackey will pitch his invention, the “Yono Clip,” to …