Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Jan. 6 Dylan Grey Mahon, 27, Buckhead was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, crossing the guard lines with contraband, no registration and window violation. According to reports, Mahon was stopped for a cracked windshield violation near the intersection of Bostwick Road and Wellington Road. Consequent to the stop, reports state, an officer allegedly smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle. The deputy allegedly located a small clear bag of suspected marijuana and a black Luger handgun in the driver door panel …

Madison Police Department

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On Dec. 29 Robert Williams, 52, Madison was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, battery criminal damage to property and criminal trespass. According to reports, officers were called to an Overlook Street residence at 5 a.m. after a woman alleged that Williams had attacked her. The woman alleged that she and Williams had been at a party earlier in the evening but an argument had ensued and the woman came home. Reports state that Williams came to the residence later and the argument continued. Williams was detained at a Meadow …

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Obituaries for the week of January 9, 2020

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Frederick Scott Powell (Scotty) Frederick Scott Powell (Scotty) passed away on January 2, 2020, after an extended illness.  Scotty was born in 1970 and grew up in Fort Valley, graduating from Peach County High School.  He attended Georgia Southern University and worked for the last several years at 103 West Restaurant Group in Atlanta until his health problems in the last year kept him from continuing there.  He and his wife, Anna, resided in Monroe. Scotty is survived by his wife, Anna Powell, his brother, Ryan Powell and wife Tracy …

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Crossover to close at Bethany Road intersection

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor The Bethany Road Intersection on Madison Highway 441 will no longer allow a crossover option, and only allow a right turn onto the bypass. According to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), “Bethany Road at U.S. 441 median crossover will close Monday, Jan. 13. “When Pittman Construction’s work begins at Bethany Road, traffic will be in the final Reduced Conflict U-Turn (RCUT) configuration meaning right out only onto the Bypass. Drivers will have to use the two median cuts downstream to U-turn if they …

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Five car crashes on I-20

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By Quinn Rafferty, Staff Writer A sudden downpour last Friday caused a series of accidents on Interstate 20. According to Sgt. Justin Howard, Georgia State Patrol, nine cars were involved in accidents on Friday, Jan. 3 on I-20 east near mile marker 106. Between the nine cars, there were five crashes with various minor injuries. Time of the accidents spans from 11:17 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. According to Howard, the first incident involved a vehicle which  “lost control of the vehicle due to hydroplaning. The vehicle traveled off the road …

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Man held for drug possession

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By Quinn Rafferty, Staff Writer A domestic violence call resulted in the arrest of a Morgan County man for drug possession.  On Dec. 30, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call reporting a physical domestic altercation but when police arrived, the male subject had departed the residence. The male subject, Deyondray White, 19, was reported to be driving a black Ford Explorer and headed towards Madison on Greensboro Highway.  Morgan County officer Stubbs located and pulled White over and quickly detected a marijuana odor. Officer Stubbs then asked White …

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Drive-by shooting causes damage to residents’ vehicles

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By Quinn Rafferty, Staff Writer A drive-by shooting in Rutledge on Dec. 30 resulted in damage to two vehicles with no injuries. The shooting took place on Newborn Road around 11 p.m. Suspects in the shooting have not been identified. According to Lt. Brandon Sellers, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, investigators have collected and are observing surveillance camera footage from businesses near the shooting to attempt to identify the suspect or suspects. Sellers said two women who owned the vehicles said there was no apparent dispute that occurred leading up to …

Hardship request tabled, Commission torn

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor A hardship request has the Morgan County Board of Commissioner torn.  The BOC tabled a hardship request from Terry Richards, who is currently living in an RV on his ill father’s 100-acre Rutledge property to help take care of him. To Richard’s surprise, his temporary RV home violates a county ordinance which only allows a person to live in an RV 15 days out of a 60-day period.  Richards bought the $15,000 RV and placed it on the property a year ago in order …

Service awards for Morgan County

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The Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) presented awards of service to Ron Zay and the late Ruben Walker for their service to the county.  Zay and Walker’s wife, Hazel Walker, accepted the awards at Tuesday morning’s regular BOC Meeting. Walker served on the Morgan County Tax Assessors Board for two decades and the Development Authority. Zay served over 20 years on the Morgan County Tax Assessors Board. “Your dedication and service to the citizens of Morgan County are greatly appreciated,” read the certificates from Morgan County. Photo by Tia Lynn …

More than $3 million in real estate sold to end 2019

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Compiled by Dianne Yost Dec. 18, 2019 • Karl Fossum of Forsyth,  to Tina Clay of Rutledge, 4541 Davis Academy Road, Rutledge, $320,000. • New Leaf Homes, LLC of Greensboro,  to Leslie J. Watkins of Madison, 1600 Westminster Way, Madison, $325,000. • RBD Development Company, LLC of Greensboro,  to New Leaf Homes. LLC of Greensboro, 1430 Westminster Way and Buckhead Manor Phase 6-B lot 107, Madison $55,000. • Rachel J. Bargo AKA Rachel J. Glover as Executor of the …* of Greensboro,  to MADH1 LLC of Covington, 1331 Atlanta Highway, …

Teen goes on road rampage

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By Quinn Rafferty, Staff A high-speed chase unfolded over the weekend, beginning in Morgan County, racing through Walton County and then back to Morgan again. Morgan County Deputy Christopher Lash pursued four juvenile males in a white hatchback on Sunday, Jan. 5, around 2 a.m. The driver, a 16-year-old male, led police on a wild chase through two counties.  The chase began when Lash noticed the vehicle speeding by his patrol unit at 64 miles per hour when he was conducting traffic enforcement. After initiating pursuit of the vehicle, the …

Milton won’t run again

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor Longtime County Commissioner Ron Milton, representing the county’s 5th District, announced Tuesday that he will not seek reelection in 2020.  “This year will conclude my second full term on the Morgan County Board of Commissioners and I will not be on the ballot for the 2020 election,” said Milton.  “It has been an honor to serve as Commissioner  for the 5th District and all of Morgan County’s citizens.” Milton, who served as the board’s chairman for the last two years, is hoping the right …

Plane crashes near Broughton Road

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By Patrick Yost, Editor A single-engine plane crashed Monday afternoon on the Morgan County/ Jasper County line, killing the pilot. The plane, a Cessna 172 according to Morgan County Fire and Rescue Director Jeff Stone, was piloted by Millwood Ashley Dekle, 72. The plane crashed into a heavily wooded area south of Shiloh Road near the Broughton Road area of Morgan County sometime around 2:30 p.m., said Chief Deputy Keith Howard, Morgan County Sheriffn’s Office. Authorities said multiple persons called both Morgan County and Jasper County Dispatch to report the …

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Dec. 29 a recovered auto report was field at an Atlanta Highway location. According to reports, a man who purchased property at the location in July reported that he recently located a stripped down Toyota Camry or Corolla on the property. Reports state that vehicle has no doors, center console, radio or other interior parts. Vehicle identification numbers had been scratched out or removed. On Dec. 29 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Shepherd Road residence. According to reports, a man said someone took a package …

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2020 football brings all new faces to Region 4-AAA

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Did you know that not one single team competing in 4-AAA for the 2020 football season participated in that region a year ago?  That is correct.  Teams from Morgan County, Burke County, Thomson, Harlem, Cross Creek, Hephzibah, and the Academy of Richmond County (ARC) that will comprise that region in the fall of 2020 all participated in different regions in AA, AAA, and AAAA in 2019.  Just for fun let’s take a look at how those teams did this past football season and prognosticate …

Lady Dogs get split decision at Classic City Clash

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By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor The Morgan County girls’ basketball squad got a win over River Ridge (Woodstock), but fell to the host team North Oconee Lady Titans in the Classic City Clash over the weekend.  The split decision brings the girls’ record to 7-9 heading into the second half of the schedule after the holiday break.  According to Coach Timothy Roop, the improved effort from the free throw line was instrumental in the victory over River Ridge as the team made good on all but five attempts.  He …

2019: A Year in Review

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, managing Editor Like most years, the year 2019 was full of triumphs and tragedies, successes and failures,  joys and sorrows. Take a look back at the Morgan County’s top stories in 2019. JANUARY A Morgan County resident fired four shots while driving by Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley’s house, landing himself in a mental hospital for evaluation after Markley detained the man in the Rutledge without incident. A couple weeks later, Gary Daniel Mullins, Jr. was arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) for aggravated …

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On Dec. 27 a simple battery complaint was filed at a Morgan Circle location. According to reports, a woman alleged that as she was driving on the road another woman yelled an expletive at her. The woman said she stopped and reversed her vehicle until she was parallel with the name-calling woman. The name-calling woman allegedly threw a punch at the complainant and other people armed with brooms came out of a residence in a threatening manner. On Dec. 27 Dylan Grithen Williams, 22, Atlanta was arrested and charged with …

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Obituaries for the Week of January 2, 2020

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Betty Sue (Brake) Moore Betty Sue (Brake) Moore (89), of Buckhead, Georgia, passed away on Saturday, December 28, 2019, from complications from cancer.  Betty was born in Eatonton,  the youngest of 12 children, to Bradley Thompson Brake and Bessie Clyde Shaw Brake.  She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Macon H. Moore of Buckhead, and daughters Beverly J. Bentley, and Linda Moore Kincaid (Bill) of Atlanta. She is  also survived by one beloved brother, Bradley Thompson Brake “BT” (Madge) of Manchester, Tennessee and many family members and friends …