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On  June 9 a battery complaint was filed at a Rehoboth Road residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that when she went to her estranged husband’s residence to pick up personal items she heard loud music coming from the house. The woman said she walked to the back porch in an attempt to capture via her phone camera her husband with an alleged paramour. The woman alleged that her ex-husband grasped her by her pony tail and forced her through the house and onto the front porch where he …

Kiwanis celebrates STMA community focus

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By Sidhartha Wakade staff writer The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA) held a luncheon honoring Kiwanis, an international group focused on helping children in local communities, on Thursday, June 6. Kiwanis is comprised of local business leaders that donate money to fund programs for kids in the community.  Jennifer Sides, the president of the Madison Kiwanis, mentioned that Kiwanis does a lot locally despite being an international organization. The group has donated to the Boys and Girls Club, the Morgan County High School and the Morgan County Parks and …

Summer sport camps a big hit for MCRD

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor During the month of June, the Morgan County Recreation Department runs a number of youth sports camps that have become a rite of passage for many MCHS future stars.  The camps run the gamut of all sports across the board.  In addition, the camps are run by some of the finest coaches and players in the state from the high school and beyond. This past week the softball camp featured MCHS Coach Jason McBay in charge along with several of Morgan’s finest graduates lending …

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From the Bulldogs’ summer scene

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Bill Malone told us, “Summer football workouts are going great.  It is fun to go to work with these kids and coaches every day.  They work so hard.  We are getting fantastic leadership out of the guys we need and expect it from.  Seniors Cole Freeman, Zan Mahone, and Seth Robertson are leading the way in the weight room and in workouts.  They are a joy to be around.  This week we will travel to the University of Georgia for our annual 7-on-7.  There …

Morgan County fishing team making headlines

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor It was a great weekend at the State Classic on Clarks Hill Lake for the local high school age fishing team from Morgan County.  The two-day event saw the team of Cole Holloway and Ryan Thomas come away with a fourth place finish with a two-day weight of 24.52 pounds on an eight fish limit.  Holloway bagged a 6.09 pound bass on day two to help lead the team to victory.  The finish qualified them for the Bassmaster High School Championship to be held …

MCRD softball team wins 7 and 8 U District 6 Softball Champs

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Coach Jason McBay said, “I couldn’t be more proud of this team. It took all the coaches, players, and parents to pull out the championship game 28-26. This bunch has improved so much since our first day together. Can’t wait to play again in the State Tournament in a few weeks.  In such a high scoring game, it was defense that bailed us out! Kerrigan Welch (Shortstop) made a great catch on a line drive that got us out of the fifth inning and Emma Rodgers …

Local creamery offers tours

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor With summer in full swing, there is no better time to take the whole family on a local adventure that is both fun and educational. Rock House Creamery, located on farm in Newborn, Ga., is hosting a public tour of the facility where the company’s popular milk and cheese products are made. On June 27, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., you can walk the grounds on a guided tour to learn how fresh and natural dairy products are produced before they hit the …

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Rutledge inacts 120 day zoning moratorium

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By Patrick Yost editor  The Rutledge City Council last Thursday approved a 120 day moratorium on any building within the city limits that would require a re-zoning hearing. According to Rutledge Mayor Bruce Altznauer the council, at a special called meeting on Thursday, June 6, approved a moratorium that would halt building permits to be issued for the construction of “townhouse, apartments and condominiums where any application would require a re-zoning application.” Altznauer said the city was adopting the moratorium, which will last “no more than 120 days” based recommendations …

Rutledge Concert Series kicks off

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By Sidhartha Wakade staff writer Rutledge’s Annual Music in the Park series kicked off last Friday at the TownPark Gazebo with the twangy tunes of Caroline Aiken, a local Blues Grass musician. Stormy weather couldn’t keep the music lovers away and locals still gathered to hear the concert beneath the overcast skies.  Every upcoming Friday at 7 p.m. through August, local musicians will take the gazebo stage, located at 113 Fairplay Street,  to perform.  This coming Friday, Doug Deluxe & the Rodeo Clowns will provide an evening of “Western Swing” …

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The ‘right person has not died yet’

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor “The elephant in the room that no one will acknowledge is, plainly: the right person has not died yet,” said Paula Sellers in an impassioned plea to the Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) about long ambulance wait times last Tuesday. Sellers appeared before the BOC to publicly urge officials to address emergency medical service delays in the county by adding another ambulance in the county.  In May, her husband, Scott Sellers, who also sits on the Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration, …

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‘Missing votes’ plague BOER

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Morgan County remains at the center of a statewide legal battle revolving around the November 2018 election of Lieutenant Governor. Morgan County’s Board of Elections and Registration (BOER) was served a subpoena in May requesting voting data as part of a statewide investigation into “missing votes.”  The subpoena, from the Coalition for Good Governance,  – a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that focuses on election transparency and verifiability – includes 27 categories of information requested. The BOER decided in an executive session last Thursday to dispute …

Citizen takes home General Excellence Award

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Staff Reports The Morgan County Citizen was named the best weekly in the state of Georgia last Friday at the annual meeting of the Georgia Press Association. Competing with weekly newspapers across the state, the Citizen and its staff placed in several categories including Page One Design, Local News Coverage, Special Issues, Spot News Photo, Feature Photo and Religion Writing. Managing Editor Tia Lynn Ivey won first place in the Enterprise Story category in part with a story she produced in 2018 attempting to explain ambulance response times and costs …

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More than $8 million on property sold

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Compiled by Dianne Yost staff writer May 16, 2019 • PDL, LLC of Farmington, to South Oconee Properties, LLC of Farmington, 5 Acre Fairground Road, Madison, $120,000.  • RBS Homes, LLC of Madison to Andrew N. Arnold of Madison, 1051 Thankful Road, 2.13 acres, Madison, $290,000. • Jennifer Pennington Investments, LLC of Madison to Travis Maxwell Gaubert of Bostwick, 5780 Bostwick Highway, Bostwick, $144,000. • Bobby Knight of Rutledge to Frusanna B. Hayes of Madison, 1000 Longwood Drive, 2.528 acres, Madison, $57,500. • Donald L. Woods, as Successor Trustee of …

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African-American Museum to hold June-Fest

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By Sidhartha Wakade staff writer The Morgan County African American Museum (MCAAM) will hold its annual June-Fest festival from noon. to 5 p.m. on Saturday June 22. The festival is to celebrate Juneteenth, a holiday that commemorates the emancipation of slaves in Texas during the week leading up to June 19 according to the MCAAM director Cheryl Bland. There will be food, face painting and art exhibits at the event, Bland said. “We’re trying to give back to the community with a family-filled fun event with activities that families will …

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Rutledge concert series kicks off Friday at 7 p.m.

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By Sidhartha Wakade staff writer The Summer Concert Series kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 7, at the gazebo in the Rutledge, Georgia Town Park. The series lasts from June to August, with acts playing every Friday night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is free to attend. The first day’s act will be Caroline Aiken, a Blues musician. Otis Redding III will be performing on August 23. Music has been a central part of Rutledge even before the concert series began, according to Terry Reeves, the …

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City considers stormwater add-on for bills

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The City of Madison is considering adding stormwater fees to water utility bills in order to generate more revenue to improve and maintain stormwater infrastructure. A “conservative projection” estimates such fees could generate about $330,000 annually for the City of Madison.  The Madison Mayor and City Council listened to a presentation by Courtney Reich with the GMC Network, one of the Southeast’s largest privately-held architecture and engineering firms, on implementing a stormwater management program.  Stormwater is the run-off after the rain from impervious surfaces, …

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Council considers letting distilleries open in downtown

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  In an effort to recruit more businesses to Downtown Madison and the rest of the city, the Madison City Council is considering allowing breweries, distilleries and wineries to set up shop in town. However, the City of Madison’s zoning ordinances and operations codes do not currently include allowances for such businesses. “I am here today looking for some feedback from you to see if you want us to be proactive about this and look into including these alcohol production businesses into our ordinance,” said …

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Madison Police Department

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On June 1 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a West Washington Street residence. According to reports, a complainant at EZ Bottle Shop reported that someone in a blue Cadillac Escalade had struck a vehicle in the parking lot and then left. An officer noted he observed a indention on the rear driver’s side bumper of the the vehicle. On May 30 a discharging firearms within city limits report was filed at a Morgan Circle residence. According to reports,  a woman told officers that on May 28 someone had …

Morgan County Sheriff's Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On June 1 an item not returned complaint was filed at Bostwick Citgo, Bostwick Road. According to reports, a woman alleged that a judge had ordered a second woman to return a cell phone to the complainant. The complainant said the woman is more than three months late on returning the phone. On June 1 Patricia Jane McCullough, 36, Buckhead was arrested and charged with cruelty to children. According to reports, a female child alleged that McCullough had grabbed her by the arm and tried to drag her back to …

High School earns national media award

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By Sidhartha Wakade staff writer The Morgan County High School Digital Media Program was recognized as the best new media program of the year out of 500 eligible schools by the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS). The NFHS provides high schools with the technology to produce content as well as a platform to stream it. NFHS Network Awards are given to programs within their first year that show “the highest levels of productions,” according to a Morgan County High School press release. Tom White, the digital media instructor at …