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Carlton “Timmy” Moore

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Carlton “Timmy” Moore was born April 8, 1966 and died September 10, 2020. He is survived by one son Kaylon Moore and also his mother Amanda Moore, brother Donious Williams, Jr., sisters Sandra Williams and Elease Nelms.  He will be missed by friends and family.  Funeral services arranged by Lester Lackey Funeral Home. Funeral service to be announced .

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Paper ballots back in court

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By Patrick Yost Editor  Georgia’s voting system has garnered national scrutiny since the 2018 Midterm Election, with critics accusing old and new voting machines of posing security risks, vote count inconsistencies and constitutional violations.  Paper ballot advocates are headed to federal court this Thursday, Sept. 10 to argue against Georgia’s new $120,000 voting system, which is comprised of Dominion Ballot Marking Device (BMD) voting machines and to advocate for more voter protection, paper ballot backups and election oversight.  “The State’s intended use of the Dominion BMD system in upcoming elections …

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COVID-19 cases eclipse 400 in Morgan County

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Morgan County is up to 440 reported coronavirus cases as of press time on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Morgan County has only reported two coronavirus-related deaths, but hospitalizations are on the rise, coming in at 32 total hospitalizations.  Statewide, The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 1,595 new cases just on Tuesday, Sept. 8 by 3 p.m. The agency also reported 26 new deaths and 51 new hospitalizations for the day.  Since the beginning of the pandemic, Georgia has …

Rickard released on $25k bond

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Ryan Rickard, the former Morgan County educator charged with a slew of sexual assault charges across three counties, is out of jail on bond in the amount of $25,000. At a hearing in August, Morgan County Superior Court Judge Brenda Trammell set Rickard’s bond at $25,000. Rickard bonded out of the Morgan County Detention Center on August 22, now awaiting trial.  Rickard, the former assistant principal of Morgan County High School, will still face charges of rape, sexual assault, and sexual battery against minors.  …

Community mourns loss of tireless servant

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  A local giant, Jim Boyd, has passed away at the age of 82. His passing came suddenly according to family and colleagues.  James W. Boyd Jr. was the founder and senior partner of Jim Boyd & Associates, the insurance agency located on Madison’s historic square.  Boyd died in the evening on Thursday, Sept. 3. “It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my friend and colleague Jim Boyd,” said Esther Peters, chief financial officer for Jim Boyd & Associates. “Jim founded …

Madison designer featured in Cashiers Showhouse

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By Dianne Lively Yost Staff  Madisonian Zeb Grant is among 14 interior designers participating in this year’s 23rd Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse at Silver Run Reserve in North Carolina, hosted by the Cashiers Historical Society. According to the event’s organizers, “all volunteers, sponsors, event partners, and designers have worked to create a Showhouse that perfectly reflects the understated casual luxury of the modern mountain cottage at Silver Run Reserve, a responsible development meant to maintain native beauty without creating too much density.”   Grant designed one of the showhouse’s prominent …

Keith Rex opens antiques location in Rutledge

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By Dianne Lively Yost Staff  Keith Rex recently opened his third shop in Morgan County — a new antique store J&K Fleas An’Tiques Rutledge and it’s filled to the brim with treasures both old and new. The new 3,000-square-foot shop, housed in the former Markets on Main space at 119 East Main Street, is conveniently located in downtown Rutledge within walking distance of The Caboose, Yesterdays Café, Rutledge Hardware and the public park in the town square.  Rex also operates two shops in Madison including J&K Fleas An’Tiques and The …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On Aug. 26 a simple assault complaint was filed at an Orchard Grove residence. According to reports, an officer responded to a complaint that a mother and daughter were fighting in the street. Reports state when the officer arrived he observed the daughter had a busted lip and bloody nose. The daughter said she and her mother had engaged in an argument at 10 p.m. after the daughter allegedly stole her brother’s tablet computer. The daughter said the mother took the tablet away and the daughter began packing to run …

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Sept. 6 a damage to property complaint was filed at a Shockley Road residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that her ex-husband had sent her a text message threatening to kick down the front door if it was locked while he was trying to retrieve personal items. The woman said she received a second text message that made the same declaration for the next weekend. On Sept. 6 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Brownwood Road residence. According to reports, a woman said that at …

Bulldogs Get Set to Open 2020 Season-Malone Begins his 14th Campaign at the Helm

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By Alvin Richardson Staff Writer Bill Malone has been around the Morgan County football program for a long time. The veteran coach, who is one of the longest tenured in Class AAA and in the top 25 longest tenured in the state, has been at Morgan since 1994.  He started as an assistant coach on Kenny Moore’s staff and was named head coach in 2007.  Over the span of 13 years as head coach, Malone has compiled a record of 77-62 with two region titles to his credit. He’s seen …

James Walter Boyd Jr.

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James Walter Boyd, Jr. (82) of Rutledge died September 3, 2020.  Mr. Boyd was a native of Atlanta.  He was born August 5, 1938, to James Walter Boyd, Sr. and Lola Mae (Manard) Boyd.  After high school, he attended Georgia State. He was married to Phyllis Rothell Boyd for almost 59 years.  In 1968, they moved to Morgan County where he began working for the W.S. Gardner Insurance Agency.  He then formed the Jim Boyd and Associates Insurance Agency.  Mr. Boyd was a member of First United Methodist Church of …

Spike Dogs celebrate Senior Night

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By R. Alan Richardson Sports Editor  Six seniors on the Morgan County High School volleyball squad have been instrumental in the recent and past success of the program.  Those players were given a grand sendoff this past week in an early version of senior night at their home gym.  Brooke Butler, McKenzie Larate, Emma Silvey, Faith Heusser, Anna Cox, and Gracie Christian were given their final season hoorahs surrounded by their teammates and loyal fans.  Most of these young ladies have been a part of varsity competition for the past …

Grocery giveaway grows into food pantry

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  What began as a one-time grocery giveaway has evolved into a blossoming food ministry. The Morgan County Ministers Union is opening up a food pantry out of the old middle school on Pearl Street in Madison.  The Madison-Morgan Community Food Pantry will serve as a non-profit organization to ensure local families can put food on the table during these unprecedented times brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, which has wrought widespread financial hardship due to lay-offs and shutdowns.   The Morgan County Ministers Union, along with other local churches and …

Downtown Madison gets new business

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By Dianne Lively Yost Staff Nestled on the corner of South Main Street and West Washington Street in downtown Madison is a striking new retail destination that exclusively focuses on men’s fashion.  T.J. Bishop’s Men’s Shop, which opened last Thursday, exudes masculinity and style from its curated brands and personalized customer service to the meticulously restored and designed interior.  The shop has a spacious, fluid and comfortable feel complete with leather chairs, an Oriental rug and large-screen television tuned to the golf channel. Beautiful shelving and antique tables are carefully …

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House shot on Aqua

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By Patrick Yost Editor  Morgan County Sheriff’s Office investigators are following leads in an alleged drive-by shooting on Aqua Road. According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, an Aqua Road couple told a Morgan County deputy on Aug. 27 that two days prior someone had driven by their house and fired a single shot, possibly from a .22 caliber weapon, into their house. Reports state the couple told the deputy that on Aug. 25 they were watching television at approximately 9:30 p.m. when “they saw a flash of light and …

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Zoo faces tough questions at BOC

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  The Georgia Safari Conservation Park (GSCP), known locally as the coming-zoo in Morgan County, is moving forward, but could be another three years out from the first phase of the park opening. GSCP leaders won over the Morgan County Board of Commissioners Tuesday for approval of two requests related to the long-awaited project. But first, County Commissioner Ben Riden grilled GSCP leaders over funding gaps and delays stalling the project. GSCP leaders appeared before the Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) to request renewal …

Madison’s Kate Booker in COVID vaccine trial study

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Kate Booker, of Madison, is one of 30,000 people worldwide volunteering to test out a new vaccine for COVID-19, the highly contagious and potentially lethal coronavirus currently sweeping the globe.  “I am a guinea pig now,” laughs Booker, employed with Piedmont Healthcare.  Booker decided to sign up for the clinical trial to be part of the solution in ending the coronavirus pandemic. “I did this so people can go back to church without worrying. I did this so grandparents can hug their grandkids again. I …

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Commandments placed inside courthouse

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  State and County leaders unveiled a set of historical documents on display at the Morgan County Superior Courthouse Tuesday morning.  Georgia Congressman Jody Hice and State Representative Dave Belton joined the Morgan County Board of Commissioners and the Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce for an early morning celebration and presentation on the history of the nine documents on display, which include the Ten Commandments, the Magna Carta and the Declaration of Independence.  Hice unveiled the new “Foundation of American Law and Government” display Tuesday morning. …