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Kelly Reid Maxey

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Kelly Reid Maxey, 47 of Buckhead, died November 16, 2020.  She was born in Eatonton on December 7, 1972.  She was a graduate of Gatewood Academy.  Kelly spent many years working for Hallman Wood Products in Eatonton until her health prevented her from working any longer. She was married to Paul Maxey for 14 years.  She loved her family, especially her grandchildren.  She enjoyed camping and spending time with her friends.  She loved animals, especially her cats. Kelly Maxey is survived by her husband, Paul Maxey and children, Nina West …

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CP Lord

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CP Lord, 90, died peacefully on November 11, 2020.  He was born September 12, 1930 to Oscar Barren Lord and Ollie Tanner Lord in Jackson County, Georgia.  He is preceded in death by his mother and father, his sisters, Claudine Lord, Q.D. Lord, Geraldine Lord Tucker, Mary Lou Lord Shephard and Lois Lord Armour, his brothers, Harvey Lord, Jack Lord and Bobby Joe Lord.  He is survived by his wife, Ann Bone Lord and brothers, Tom Lord and Henry Lord.  He is survived also by his children, Gail Lord Howard …

Jack Addison Way, III

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Jack Addison Way, III, age 86 of Madison, died Tuesday, November 10, 2020.  He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Addison Way, II.; mother, Alice Blanche Snyder; wife, Barbara Ann Way. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Kim Crowell; son and daughter-in-law; Jack and Cherie Way, IV; grandchildren, Kyle and Brittany Crowell, Connor Crowell; great-grandchildren, Riley Crowell, Jackson Crowell, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Jack was married to his wife, Barbara Ann, from 1956-2012. They had 56 wonderful years together. He …

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Belton blasts vote count

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State rep criticizes outcome while local officials remain confident in election results By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  As the national spotlight falls on Georgia once again with a statewide vote recount looming and two pivotal U.S. Senate run-off races this January, Morgan County finds itself at the center as one of two Georgia counties that experienced voting machine glitches on Election Day, Tuesday Nov. 3.  As President Donald Trump seeks a recount in Georgia after narrowly turned “blue” for the first time since 1992, Georgia election officials are facing …

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Unity Vigil aims to combat racism

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  In an effort to combat racism and hatred, local community members are organizing a Unity Vigil in response to the recent racist text messages exchanged between Morgan County High School Students that were exposed online last week.  The vigil will be held this Thursday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. outside of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Madison.  Shockwaves rippled through the local community after screenshots were posted on Facebook exposing a private group chat between Morgan County High School boys, filled with racist and violent  …

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Students’ racist rants spark outrage

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Racist and violent threats among Morgan County High School students were discovered in a private social media chat group and then posted publicly on Facebook last week, sparking outrage from the local community as screenshots from the conversation were shared over 115 times by angry parents and concerned citizens. The incident led to more allegations throughout last week, as at least three parents called the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office to report rumors circulating Morgan County High School, alleging students were claiming to have guns …

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Auto parts thieves hit five local businesses

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By Andrea Gable staff writer Late last month, five local businesses fell victim to a rash of thefts that left an estimated $26,000 worth of property damage in its wake. On the night of Oct. 25, suspects stole the catalytic converters from 18 cars parked at AutoZone, Advanced Auto Parts, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and B.I. Production Works on Eatonton Road.   According to reports, employees at AutoZone, Advanced Auto Parts and O’Reilly Auto Parts discovered the catalytic converters had been cut and removed from five different delivery vehicles. …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On Oct. 5, Deontae Ques Carter, 20, of Hephzibah, was arrested for possession of marijuana, less than one ounce. According to reports, officers performed a traffic stop on a yellow Camaro I-20 for speeding. Officers state there was a strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle and they asked the driver, Elijah Alston and his passenger, Carter, to exit the vehicle. Officers state that Carter advised he had a small amount of marijuana in his pocket and after a search of the vehicle, officers located another small bag of …

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Oct. 28, a verbal dispute between brothers on Centennial Road in Rutledge led to a heated police intervention without arrests. When the county deputy arrived at the scene, he witnessed a male subject arguing and using obscene language. According to reports, the man claimed his brother hit him in the head with an object and then went to his room. The officers called to the brother inside his room asking him to come out calmly. The allegedly refused to stop using expletives and obscene language and also refused the deputy’s …

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City of Madison to give police officers a raise

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  In an effort to recruit and retain quality police officers, the City of Madison has enacted a pay scale increase for the city’s police force. At the Madison Mayor and City Council meeting on Monday, Nov. 9. The council members voted unanimously to approve a pay scale increase for city police officers.  “It’s going up substantially,” said Madison Mayor Fred Perriman. “We did this to keep our law enforcement here and to recruit new police officers.” According to City Manager David Nunn, the starting …

All Girl Rugby Team comes to MCHS

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By Alvin Richardson Sports Reporter  Girl Power is afoot at Morgan County High School with an all-girl rugby team in the works.  Coach Nate Reincheld is excited to form the new team after significant interest for female students to play rugby in the last year.  “Since the rugby club started in November 2018, the interest has grown in the school in ways I never thought it really would,” said Reincheld. “Last December, we had about five of the young ladies in the high school come to me with interest in getting …

Bulldogs Rout Cross Creek 52-0

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Hyman’s 99 Yard Run to the Record Books Highlights the Night By Alvin Richardson Sports Reporter  Morgan County ran out to a 37-0 lead over the first two quarters against the Cross Creek Razorbacks and cruised to a 52-0 win last Friday night at Bill Corry Stadium. Senior running back Kobridgette Hyman added his name to the MCHS record books when he took a handoff from the one yard line, broke into the secondary and darted 99 yards for a touchdown in the opening period.  It was the longest run …

High School Volleyball

A Season To Remember

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Morgan County High School Spikedogs volleyball team prevailed as runner-up in the AAA State Championship Coach Kathleen Goodwin was reflective and proud at the outcome of the championship. “It was a tough loss, and of course we would have loved another outcome, but at the end of the day I am still so proud of what these girls accomplished together. This season they won their area without dropping a set; they made it to the Elite Eight, the furthest any Morgan County team has ever been before, and then they just …

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Christine Shouse Calhoun

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Mrs. Christine Shouse Calhoun, formerly of Madison, Georgia, passed away November 8, 2020 in Austell, Georgia. Christine was born to the late Nina and Knox Shouse. Christine spent her childhood in Madison, Georgia, graduating from Madison High School. She went on later to attend LaGrange College and graduated in 1952. She fell for the most amazing man, Ed, and they were happily married for over 60 years. They were blessed to have and nurture two loving children: Kim and Karen. The love they shared created memories that will be remembered …

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Thompson Eugene Sidwell

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Thompson Eugene Sidwell, 83 of Madison, died November 4, 2020.  Mr. Sidwell was born in Apalachee on July 24, 1937 to Thompson and Maggie Beal Sidwell.  He was a graduate of Morgan County High School where he excelled in sports.  He was a member of the 1955 State Championship football team.  After high school, Mr. Sidwell joined the United States Navy where he served four years.  Following his service to our nation, Mr. Sidwell was married to Frances Adams and he began working for Pennington Seed Company. He spent sixty …

Donald Harden

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Georgia mourns the passage of one of its most consummate gentlemen, Donald  Harden who passed away peacefully at his Madison home on November 6, 2020. Don was one of the most respected and influential partners at law firm Fisher & Phillips for many decades before retiring to Madison full time in 2018? Don is survived by his loving wife Solveig, daughter Sylvia, sons Harmon and Donald Jr., and 7 beloved grandchildren. Don was well known for being a principled conservative with a mind more open than most liberals. A man …

Breaking News: MCHS Spike Dog volleyball advances to Final Four

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The juggernaut that is the 2020 Morgan County High School Spike Dog volleyball team defeated third ranked Lafayette High School Tuesday night to advance to the Final Four of the AAA State Volleyball Championship. Morgan, ranked fourth in the state in AAA, defeated the third ranked LaFayette team 3-1. The win sets up a noon semi-final game against Sandy Creek High School. The match will be played at Morgan County High School this Saturday, Oct. 31. Tickets are $8 at the door. LaFayette won the first match 25-20 but after …

Early voting explodes in Morgan County

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By Tia Lynn IveyManaging Editor  The phone rang nearly 10 times before a frazzled employee answered the phone at the Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration. “We’re swamped right now,” the employee said as Morgan County voters were pouring in to cast their ballots early for the 2020 Presidential Election on the second day of early voting.  The rate of early voters is shattering previous early voting records.  On the first day early voting opened, Monday Oct. 12,  704 people cast their votes in-person at the election office in …

Faith & Blue shine through

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Faith, Law come together at food distribution event By Tia Lynn IveyManaging Editor  If you drove by the original Middle School in Madison last Saturday, you would have seen a sea of light blue t-shirts and the sounds of gospel music. A special Faith and Blue event was held at the weekly Grocery Giveaway Saturday morning, drawing over 100 people to volunteer and to celebrate. Local law enforcement agents partnered with community leaders to distribute food to families in need. The event was in honor of a national movement called …

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ESPLOST passage crucial, BOE says

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By Tia Lynn IveyManaging Editor  The Morgan County School System is banking on the voters of Morgan County this election cycle to pay off part of its debt for the $50 million new schools projects. If the one penny sales tax is voted down by voters, the school board says it will have no other choice than to raise property taxes.  “If it is voted down, the school system still has to pay its debt. If it is not passed the only way we will have to pay our debt …