Employers show appreciation

Sarah Wibell Community, Featured

Our story begins about six months ago: A trip for employees who were not to know what their bosses had planned till shortly before adventures began with surprises galore… For almost two years Nancy and George Launius, owners of Thrifty Mac Pharmacy, had wanted to do something special for their employees who are like a family to them. In July, they began to plan a weekend trip to New York City (NYC). “Life is short,” Nancy asserted. “I’m a firm believer in making memories along the way and sharing opportunities …

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Georgia’s Noted U.S. Veterans’ Cemeteries

Staff Written News

For weeks my iPhone calendar has had a reminder on it that on Saturday, December 15, I am to embark on an early morning two-hour drive with a dear friend to Canton, GA, in order to be at the Georgia National Cemetery by 10:00 AM with thousands of other pilgrims.  Deb and I are going there in order to place wreaths on the graves of our fathers who served this wonderful country so bravely as young men while members of the U.S. military. Deb’s dad was an Army lifer, serving …

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County to fight DOT on Bethany

Tia Lynn Ivey News

The battle for a traffic light to be constructed at the intersection of Bethany Road and the 441 Madison Bypass is pressing on, despite repeated denials from the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), the sole organization with the authority to approve a traffic light request. Morgan County government and the City of Madison have agreed to pass a joint resolution expressing their united desire for a traffic light at the Bethany Road intersection, which local officials have deemed one of the most dangerous intersections in the county. According to county …

Crack charges filed

Patrick Yost News

Months of surveillance and the execution of a state probation violation warrant ended with a Madison man charged with trafficking in cocaine charges. According to Sgt. Brandon Sellers, Criminal Investigations Division, Maurice Antonio Ingram, 25, was arrested and charged with trafficking in cocaine, possession and use of drug related objects and state probation violation after Morgan County authorities executed a warrant against Ingram at a Green Meadows Drive residence. According to Sellers, Ingram was under surveillance at the time of his arrest. “We had been getting information on him for …

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Meeting heated on hotel tax issue

Tia Lynn Ivey News

A meeting turned contentious last week when a local lodging advocacy group appeared before the Madison-Morgan Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) board and Madison City officials to make their case against efforts to raise the Hotel/Motel Tax. Mike Conrads, representing the Madison-Morgan Lodging Association (MMLA) led a presentation against increasing the Hotel/Motel Tax and criticized how the CVB uses current funds to promote tourism in the community. “We are calling your baby ugly. Sorry. There are some issues with the way things are being done and we want to get …

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Hospital ribbon cutting Sunday

Tia Lynn Ivey Community

The new Morgan Medical Center, the $35 million replacement hospital, is set to open later this month after years of hospital and local leaders collaborating to fund and build the new state-of-the-art hospital. In September of 2017, hospital officials, elected officials, state officials and community leaders gathered at the then open site on Lions Club Road in Madison, to commemorate the start of the long-waited construction process with a traditional a groundbreaking ceremony. Those leaders will gather once more to celebrate the hospital’s completion with a ribbon cutting and guided …

Lady Dogs getting better by playing the best

Sports Reports Featured, Sports

By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Lady Dogs took on the number one ranked team in AAAAA and number three ranked team in the entire State this week, the Lady Wolves of Buford.  They are the reigning State Champs from this past season, and only seem to reload even after graduating three Division-I players from a year  ago.  Morgan lost the contest 62-36, but in the mind of Coach Josh Reeves, “The game did what it was supposed to do.”  Pressing him on that statement, he said, “Certainly, we …

Sims notches win 200 with victory over Gainesville

Sports Reports Featured, Sports

By R. Alan Richardson sports editor In typical Jamond Sims humble fashion, he didn’t even let the cat out of the bag about his 200th win with his team until after the “W”.  He said, “I didn’t want to tell them because I was more focused on our performance instead of the importance of the outcome.”  The 43-year-old Head Coach, in his 11th season at the helm, got the milestone after taking down AAAAAA opponent Gainesville High School at the North Georgia University Showcase Tournament this past weekend 55-49.  If …

Bullpups split with Carver

Sports Reports Sports

By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s Middle School basketball teams took on the Carver Middle School Wildcats this past Friday.  The girls came away with a 34-23 win while the boys lost 45-36.  The Piedmont Athletic Conference contest was played at MCMS to a near capacity and highly vocal crowd.  This small venue makes for some exciting action with the compact seating putting the fans right on top of the game. Coach Brian Cousins’ girls had to come from behind in the second half to get the victory …

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Henry headed to North Georgia

Sports Reports Sports

By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Madison Henry is a winner.  How do we know?  After suffering a (mostly) season-ending injury, the senior All-State catcher never seemed to let it get her down.  She attributes that to all her friends, family, and coaches that encouraged her during that troubling time.  “Without them, and without my acceptance of Christ into my life this past summer, I honestly don’t think I would have been able to stay as positive as I was.” Henry was the dugout-screaming, teammate-encouraging, drums-playing (well it was actually …

Community effort = complete success

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

  This year’s Holiday Tour of Homes, orchestrated by Heritage Hall this year, brought about 2300 visitors to wander through some of Madison’s most luxurious historical homes, museums, and churches. “It was the second largest tour we have ever done,” said Pat Leming, president of Heritage Hall. “If the weather had been nice on Saturday, we probably would have set a new record.” This year’s tour featured 12 privately-owned historic homes, three museums houses, three museums, and five churches. Visitors strolled the streets of Madison during the day and evening …

Rutledge Rooster crows once more

Staff Written Community

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Christmas is almost upon us. Out in Rutledge plans are underway to celebrate. This Saturday, Dec 8th, our annual Christmas Festival will be held in City Park. Sponsored by the Rutledge Garden Club, there will be vendors selling handcrafted goods, festive food, a variety of musical and magical entertainment and most importantly, a visit from Santa and one of his merriest elves. The Rutledge Recreation Department is hosting the city’s first ever Christmas parade going off at 10 am.. Santa and his elf will be arriving …

Andrew Whittaker

Jesse Walker News

Andrew Whittaker, 76, of Greshamville in Greene County, died Nov. 26, 2018, after an extended illness. A lifelong resident of Greene County, Andrew was born Dec. 1, 1941, to the late Frank and Era Whittaker. Andrew graduated from Greensboro High School in 1959. While in high school, he was a member of Future Farmers of America, played guard and tackle for the Tiger Football Team and played right field on the baseball team. After graduating, Andrew began dairy farming full-time on the family farm. For a number of years, he also …

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John Peter Aseff

Jesse Walker Obituaries

John Peter Aseff passed away November 20, 2018 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens. He was 91 years old and lived a wonderful, Christian life in Madison with his beloved wife of 55 years Patricia Anne Murray Aseff near their devoted daughters, Leanne Brice from Madison and Sarah Smith from Augusta. John’s father, Farris Asseff, migrated from Syria in the early 1900’s to Canada where he met and married John’s mother, Celina Champagne in Montreal, Canada. They traveled to Charleston, West Virginia, where they humbly raised their seven children. John …

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Hunter Crawford Foy

Jesse Walker Obituaries

Hunter Crawford Foy, 91, died December 2, 2018 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. He was born in Eufaula, Alabama, November 5, 1927. He attended Eufaula public schools and graduated from Auburn University. Immediately upon graduation, he was commissioned into the army and deployed to Korea. He married the former Sue Rast in 1952 in Dillion, South Carolina. They moved to Madison in 1963 when he was employed by the Federal Land Bank, and afterwards by the Georgia Department of Revenue as a chief property appraiser. Hunter was a loyal …

A Christmas concert in Madison

Brittany Whitley Community, Featured

The Madison Morgan Cultural Center dashed into December with their well anticipated Community Holiday Concert on Sunday. The historical auditorium held a full audience of supportive locals and staged a variety of talented members throughout the community of all age ranges. Emceed by Dan and Heather Mathews, the concert featured group performances from the Morgan County Middle School (MCMS) Jazz Band, Calvary Majestic Choir, Pointe of Grace Dance Academy Tap II Class, MCMS Chorale, First United Methodist Church Women’s Ensemble, and Angelic Voices. While Derek Scoggins & Sophie Barnes, Fulton …

‘Wreaths Across America’ for the holidays

Staff Written News

I just finished going through this morning’s 20-something emails; mostly from organizations I don’t know, except maybe one. “Dear Bill and Linda would you be interested in renewing your gift of four wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery again this Holiday Season….” I read it again. I’m puzzled. All four of our parents are buried at Arlington, but I don’t remember buying any wreaths.  I wish I had, but I just don’t recall…but ya know, of all the things I’ve lost I do miss my mind the most. Hmmm… I head …

Ambulance data rings alarm for county

Tia Lynn Ivey News

Morgan County officials are currently reviewing ambulance data after complaints in recent months alleging long wait times for emergency calls. Two cases in particular prompted local residents Ellen Sims and Beth Herring to lead the call for Morgan County to add another ambulance, believing just two ambulances are not sufficient to handle Morgan County’s emergency needs. Sims’ mother, Donna Martin, died last summer after a fatal wasp sting and waited 28 minutes for an ambulance to arrive and Herring aided several car accident victims in Bostwick in October who waited …

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Judge rules in City’s favor

Tia Lynn Ivey News

The City of Madison prevailed in a lawsuit launched by Historic District residents appealing a zoning decision to accommodate the proposed Foster Park, a 19-house subdivision behind the Historic Thomason-Foster-Miller house in Madison. The lawsuit alleged that the City of Madison did not follow proper public hearing procedures before narrowly voting to rezone the 10.34-acre property to a Residential 4 zoning designation, which reduced the lot sizes required for each house. The lawsuit also alleged that City Councilman Joe DiLetto exhibited bias toward Historic District residents throughout the approval process. …

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Child cruelty plea results in 5-year sentence

Patrick Yost News

A Madison man initially indicted on sexual charges alleging inappropriate relations with a minor pled guilty Monday to reduced charges of cruelty to children in the second degree. According to Morgan County Superior Court records, Monte Jay Franks, 48, pled guilty to the lesser charge before Ocmulgee Judicial District Superior Court Judge William Prior, Jr. Franks was sentenced to five years with the first 180 days to be spent in incarceration at the Morgan County Detention Center and the remainder of the sentence to be served on probation. Franks was …