Artist Guild making big move to E. Jefferson

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West Side Story, West Jefferson Street that is. Right so the other day I was just shoppin’ downtown, mindin’ my own ding dang business when all of a sudden I saw a gaggle of people movin’ boxes, display cases and whatnot from Main Street to West Jefferson! Shoot Fire! That big ole Curiosity Bug flat bit me in the Boomwacker! Bullseye! Ouch! Shoot Fire! I smack had no choice but to channel my inner spy and clandestinely follow ‘em! What the?  They disappeared into an empty storefront! So I just …

City adopts $16.9 million FY 21 budget

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Madison City Council unanimously voted to adopt the new budget for the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year last Friday, June 26.  The new budget is nearly $16.9 million dollars, about a $100,000 increase from the current year’s budget. According to city officials, the new budget is playing it safe in light of the coronavirus pandemic.    “I want to thank Karen Stapp [the City’s Chief Finance Officer],” said Madison Mayor Fred Perriman before the vote Friday morning.  “We thank you for the job you have done getting …

GBI arrests Morgan man on child molestation charges

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By Patrick Yost editor  A four day investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation ended with the arrest of a Morgan County man on several counts of child molestation and sodomy. According to GBI Special Agent Mary Chandler, Danny Edward Cronic, 48, Madison was arrested on June 16 after he completed an interview with a GBI agent. Chandler said Cronic has been charged with two counts sodomy, one count aggravated child molestation and one count child molestation. She said the charges stem from alleged events that occurred when the victim …

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Gov. extends public health emergency, COVID cases rise

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The State of Georgia is extending the public health emergency due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus pandemic. The new executive order extends the rules for business operations, social distancing guidelines, bans gatherings of 50 of more, and mandates shelter-in-place for the medically fragile until July 15. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is also embarking on a state tour before the Fourth of July weekend to encourage Georgians to wear masks in public as a record spike in coronavirus cases surges throughout Georgia. “Wear …

Cultural Center goes virtual to adapt to COVID

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By Trinity Martin Staff Writer Months ago, when the world began to seemingly stop in the face of a pandemic, the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center was forced to close its doors after the virus hit. But they took this hit and ran with it. After taking appropriate safety precautions and closing down March 15, the institution made it its mission to serve the community digitally. “The arts are positive and healing and that’s what we need right now,” said Kim Brown, executive director. With the help of a grant from the …

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On June 26 a fraudulent activities complaint was filed at a Parks Mill Road, Buckhead residence. According to reports, a woman reported that from June 20 through June 24 she had received letters from the Georgia Department of Labor regarding unemployment with a Madison business. The woman said she filed a fraud claim with the Georgia Department of Labor regarding the claim. On June 24 a tearing down mailbox complaint was filed at a Weaver Jones Road residence. According to reports, a woman reported that someone had damaged her mailbox …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On June 27 Oscar Kelly Sasnett, 37, Marietta, was arrested and charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. According to reports, a woman at the Budget Inn, Eatonton Road, alleged that Sasnett, her “on and off again boyfriend” had kicked in her motel room door while she was at the store. The woman also alleged that two days prior Sasnett had damaged the door. Sasnett was not at the Budget Inn when an officer arrived. However, reports state, an hour later the complainant called 911 to report that Sasnett had …

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Rogers Youngblood

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Rogers Youngblood passed away peacefully at his home June 15, 2020, at the age of 93. Mr. Youngblood was born May 2, 1927, to the late James Howard and Hulda Minish Youngblood in Commerce, Georgia. When he was 12, he and his family moved to Buckhead where they worked for Joe Bell on his dairy. Mr. Youngblood began working with the Department of Transportation in 1946 after completing two years as a seaman in the Merchant Marines. During his tenure with the Department of Transportation, he helped with the building …

David W. Casteel

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David W. Casteel, 53, of Madison, died June 26, 2020. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 1, at 1 p.m. at Bill Head Funeral Home Duluth Chapel with Rev. Byron Lee officiating. Burial will follow at White Chapel Memorial Gardens. Mr. Casteel, a native of Lilburn, was a member of The Crossing Church and was a self employed electrician. He is survived by his daughter, Jessica Casteel; son, Nicholas Casteel; parents, Henry and Ann Casteel; brother, John Henry Casteel; sister, Sarah Casteel; nephews, Jonathan Casteel, Tanner Dutton; special …

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Michael Wayne Rogers

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Michael Wayne Rogers, 68 of Madison, died June 26, 2020.  He was surrounded by his family.  Mr. Rogers was born in Chamblee on October 2, 1951 to Alvin and Martha Ivy Rogers.  He was married to Marian Greeson.  Mr. Rogers worked as a heavy equipment operator and truck driver.  Most recently he worked for Oldcastle.  He was a farmer at heart.  He loved all animals but especially horses and all his dogs.  He enjoyed fishing and water sports but more than anything else, he loved his family. Mr. Rogers is …

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Jacob Russell Slaughter

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Jacob Russell Slaughter, 32 of Madison, died on June 22, 2020.  Jake was the son of David Slaughter and the late, Paula Crowe Slaughter.  He was born on January 9, 1988 in Conyers.  He grew up in Madison and graduated from Morgan County High School. Jake loved his family and spending time writing music and playing guitar.  He enjoyed fishing and gardening and was a great cook. Jake Slaughter is survived by his father, David Slaughter and two brothers, Joshua and Justin Slaughter.  He also leaves several aunts and uncles …

Our Favorite “Great American”

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By Patrick Yost  editor  On a waist-high table overflowing with gifts for retiring Morgan County School Superintendent, Dr. James Woodard, was an American flag embossed on wood. The Morgan County “M” logo replaced the stars on the flag and underneath it read simply: ‘To our favorite Great American.” To anyone who knows Dr. Woodard, and that army is legion, knows Dr. Woodard’s catchphrase. “You’re a great American,” he says after a meeting, after lunch, after a telephone conservation. So last Wednesday, in the sparkling center of the almost brand-new Morgan …

Our Stories: Life Blooms On in a Pandemic

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By Amanda Campbell Bennett Amanda Campbell Bennett, Vice President of Horticulture and Collections for the Atlanta Botanical Garden Since graduating Morgan County High School in 1997 and The University of Georgia in 2001, life has been pretty normal.  Go to work, leave to pick up kids, go home, have supper with the family.  Maybe pick up supper or go out to eat occasionally.  Nothing crazy.  I’ve never had to quarantine for any reason.  Never had to wear a facemask for daily interactions.  Never had to work full time from home, …

Our Stories: Our story during the pandemic

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By Mark and Terry Bowers Although the pandemic has kept Terry and I from our passion for traveling, it has been an eventful period in our lives.  We became grandparents for the first time. Our oldest son Dillon and his wife Anne, blessed us with the birth of a grandson Cullen Terrell Bowers on March 15th (Ides of March). We were able to travel to Long Island, N.Y. to see Cullen a few days after his birth. We spent six days with them in Hampton Bays before the pandemic began …

Morgan’s Finest – Coach Julie Jameson

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor There have been many greats in the annals of Morgan County High School’s storied athletic history. The ‘Morgan’s Finest’ series delves into those individual players and coaches who have excelled at their craft above and beyond the everyday. We’ve been away from this series for quite some time now. We thought it fitting to reopen it during this time of concern over whether there will be a fall sports venue as we know it. Will there be Friday night lights? Will the runners test …

Kemp Signs Hate-Crimes Bill Into Law

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Kemp signs Georgia hate-crimes bill into law By Beau EvansStaff WriterCapitol Beat News Service Hate crimes will be punishable in Georgia for the first time in 16 years after Gov. Brian Kemp signed legislation Friday that cleared the General Assembly this week amid tense back-and-forth and tears of joy. Under legislation Kemp signed Friday, prison time could be meted out for those who terrorize or physically harm others based on their race, color, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, sex, gender, or whether they have a physical or mental disability. The added penalties would …

Home delivery of alcohol gains OK from General Assembly

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Home delivery of alcohol gains OK from General Assembly By Dave WilliamsBureau ChiefCapitol Beat News Service ATLANTA – Restaurants, supermarkets and liquor stores would be able to make home deliveries of beer, wine, and distilled spirts in Georgia under a bill that has cleared the General Assembly.The state House of Representatives gave the legislation final passage 114-45 Thursday, two days after it cleared the Georgia Senate overwhelmingly.Supporters argued legalizing home delivery of alcoholic beverages is particularly timely in the midst of a global pandemic that has forced Georgians to shelter in their …

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Garrett Allen Snoderly

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Garrett Allen Snoderly, 76 of Greene County, died June 9, 2020.  He was born October 16, 1943 to Floyd Allen Snoderly and Jeanne Watson Snoderly. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and retired from the printing industry.  He was a member of Lake Country Church.  Mr. Snoderly was married to the late Margaret Ann Beck Snoderly.  He is survived by daughters, Terry Brown, Regina Lori Felder and Treasure Lee Bradly.  Also surviving are grandchildren and other family. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 27 at 10:45 …

‘Historic’ pact signed at Pearl High

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By Patrick Yost editor  Lt. Gen. Gen. William Caldwell, president, Georgia Military College and Madison City Council Member Ed Latham, who also serves on the Madison Downtown Development Authority, (DDA) both signed a historic “Pearl-Burney” agreement Monday morning that cleared the way for the college to begin utilizing space at the former Morgan County Middle School. The agreement, according to Madison City Planner Monica Callahan, will create five classrooms, an office and other space for the growing GMC campus in Madison. Callahan said the college would not leave its existing …

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No vote recount, board says

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  With the national spotlight on Georgia’s election debacle in June, some Georgia counties are opting to recount votes after discovering valid ballots cast were left uncounted, but Morgan County will not be one of them. Despite recount requests from Morgan County officials and election volunteers, the Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration (BOER), for the second time, narrowly voted against a recount in order to ensure all votes were counted accurately. During the June 18 BOER meeting, in a 3-to-2 vote, the motion …