Brownwood’s “Kuntry Fun” Saturday, Nov. 9

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By Margie Ward, Columnist Sunday morning attendance was good; we had some members back after being out for surgery, sickness, etc. We missed regular members that were out for different reasons. Visitors were again present for service today; we always pray they will receive a blessing by coming and will continue to come. Bro. Ron gave the Morning Prayer, welcome and announcements. The choir special was, “It is well.” Special music, “He Hideth My Soul,” by James Butler with Kittie Mayfield at the piano. Bro. Ron continued message on titles …

Good Old Homemade Butter, Milk and Biscuits – Oh My!

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By Betty Moore, Columnist The Belles of Buckhead enjoyed a trip to North Georgia recently to tour the Foxfire Museum and the Heritage Center. This is in Mountain City near Clayton. On the return they stopped at “Goats on the Roof,” where there are goats to watch, a nice gift center and delicious ice cream. It was a fun day! The hostesses for the day were Lady Sunshine and Lady Rose. Judy Belin had an October birthday. A belated happy birthday to you, Judy! The Lake Oconee Baptist Chapel had …

Godfrey Community Barbeque is coming this Saturday, Nov. 9

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Rachel Harper, Columnist It seems like all of sudden just this week the leaves have really started changing and they are getting really pretty.  They are really starting to fall, too.  We always joke and say, “Pretty soon our curtain will be down!”  We live a good ways back off the road and during the spring and summer you can’t hardly see our house from the road, but once the leaves are gone you can see us pretty good; can even tell if the car is under the carport, if you …

Meet the Dancers of the Stars

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Taylor, Elise & Victoria Faust Carline Jones & Sam Cooper Troy & Kathleen Bryant Mike Torino & Dana Kibbey Staff Reports Staff Reports The event mirrors the popular “Dancing With The Stars” television show. The Boys and Girls Club use this popular event as a primary fundraiser for the club. Twelve dance teams have signed up to participate in the event. Tickets for the event are $50 per person and are available online at and at Pure Bliss Spa & Shop, 131 West Jefferson Street; Amelia’s, 172 South Main …

Boo-Tastic Fun!

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The Cub Scout Tiger Den 2 of Morgan County’s Pack 91 won the 2013 “Boo-tastic” Award for Best Booth at the annual Halloween Pack Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 24. The scouts are pictured in front of their winning Spider Toss game. Pictured are Pheonix Miller, Marcus Brown, Brantly Hicks, Addrian Lawrence, Strat Fielding, Kenneth Hawk, Leader Mandy Reese and Kyler Reese.  

Boo-Tastic Fun!

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You Want Fries With That? Emerson Clark and Lexie von Hanstein had Steak n’ Shake on their minds when they decided n a Halloween costume. The Morgan County girls worked out the outfits and convinced the Athens Steak n’ Shake to create name tags. Photo Contributed

Summer’s steam fading Fall is approaching fast

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By Stephanie Hudak, Columnist The long hot days of summer are fast becoming just a memory as the cool days of fall are upon us. But that doesn’t mean that we can just curl up in front of the fireplace and read gardening books. There is much that can, and probably needs, to be done to put our gardens to bed and prepare for spring. There hasn’t been much rain these last few weeks, so if your yard is like most of ours, it is a hard, dry clay bed. …

$1M-plus bond to pay for Town Park

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By Patrick Yost, EDITOR The Madison City Council, on Friday, is expected to complete a bond initiative that would raise more than $1 million to complete payment for the development of the city’s Town Park project. The bond initiative, which will be administered through the Madison Downtown Development Authority (DDA), will complete the payment for development of Town Park in the next five years, Madison City Manager David Nunn told the council Monday night.   The project, a more-than-$4.5 million development through the DDA, has been funded in large part …

Kelly Signs His Books

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Former Madison resident Mark Kelly held a book signing for his new book “Gone Off With The Angels” at the Madison ChopHouse Grille Saturday, Oct. 26. Pictured are Becky Killian (left to right) Kelly and Connie Slate. Photo by Jesse Walker


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The City of Rutledge hosted their annual Spooky Fall Fest last Saturday in the city’s downtown park. Among the festivities was a costume contest; here, the littlest contestants are being evaluated.

Robbery leads to arrest of four

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    By Patrick Yost, EDITOR By Patrick Yost editor Two men have been arrested and charged with an armed robbery that occurred Friday, Oct. 25, at the Budget Inn motel. According to Madison Police Department reports, Brandon Lydell Gibbs, 29, Madison, and Norris Deon Evans, 29, Madison, have both been charged with armed robbery after they allegedly forced their way into a motel room and robbed a 48-year-old man at gunpoint. The robbery occurred at approximately 9:20 p.m. A witness told officers that she observed Gibbs and Evans force …

Net loss of $129K at hospital created by low daily census

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  By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer At the Oct. 28 meeting of the Morgan Memorial Hospital Authority (MMHA), Kyle Wilkinson, chief financial officer (CFO) for Morgan Memorial Hospital (MMH), cited the hospital’s relatively low daily census of 15.4 patients per day in September as the reason for MMH’s net loss of more than $129,000 for the month of September. Despite the loss, Wilkinson stated that, “compared to last year, we’re better off.” In September 2012, MMH suffered a net loss of more than $285,000, almost $157,000 more than this year’s …

JDA OKs Sale of 19 acres for more than $249K

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer During the Oct. 22 meeting of the Joint Development Authority (JDA), the authority signed a resolution to sell 19 acres of land at more than $13,000 per acre to JC Flex, LLC for a total of more than $249,000. On Dec. 12, 2000, the JDA entered into a purchase and option agreement with Technology Park/Atlanta Inc for a 1,528-acre tract of land in Morgan, Newton and Walton counties. Stanton Springs, LLC, as successor to Technology Park/Atlanta, Inc., assigned JC Flex, LLC, to exercise its option …

Three arrested in pot bust

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    By Patrick Yost, Editor By Patrick Yost editor A waitress and two other suspects have been arrested and charged with conspiracy after they allegedly arranged and facilitated the sale of $100 worth of marijuana to a customer, who happened to be a confidential informant for the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. According to Capt. Chris Bish, Criminal Investigations Division, Stephanie Mason, 30, Madison, was arrested on October 21 and charged with conspiracy and use of a communication device to commit a crime. Bish said investigators, responding to a complaint, …

Commission recommends approval of historic site and museum ordinance amendments

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County Planning Commission recommended the approval of a set of zoning ordinance amendments related to Historic Sites and Museums during their Oct. 24 regular meeting. Madison City Planner Bryce Jaeck stated that the proposed amendments arose from a “long discussion with the public” and that the Planning Commission is “only addressing a limited scope of the ordinances” that will ultimately also govern tours of private residences. The proposed amendments are broken into four sections. The first creates definitions for the terms “Historic Site/Museum” …

“We shall not be moved” theme for Morgan NAACP Freedom Banquet

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County branch of the NAACP held their 43rd Annual Freedom Banquet at the Morgan County High School cafeteria on Saturday, Oct. 26. Elder Wayne Lumpkin gave the keynote speech on the theme of the banquet, “We shall not be moved.” Georgia State Conference President of the NAACP, Rev. Dr. Francys Johnson also spoke briefly at the banquet. Deacon William M. Wyatt served as master of ceremonies for the Freedom Banquet and Glenn Tolbert, Jr., member of the Morgan County Youth Council and subscribing …

Seeing Red

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Nick Nunn, Citizen Columnist What’s the maddest you’ve ever been? Other than anger due to traffic, I’d like to think that I keep a pretty even keel in my everyday life. (Pause for the laughter of those that know me well.) I’m not an angry person. I just make a show of being upset, and then it is over. Like a bottle rocket, something lights my fuse, I make a little noise and a few sparks, and it’s over before you know it. My bursts of anger are typically about …

Calvary honors Everett Royal

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To the Editor: During Calvary Baptist Church’s 148 Church Anniversary and Family and Friends Day, Calvary honored Everett Royal as the Architectural Designer of their Baptismal. His contribution of materials and hands-on labor as well as his contributions to our community are a positive example of success. Rev. W. J. Reid was the guest speaker  and the community support was overwhelming; the sanctuary was full to capacity. Again, thanks goes to  Everett and Jane for their loyal support as a part of our family. Hoke L. Smith Pastor, Calvary Baptist …

Book signing a success, Kelly says; offers thanks

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To the Editor: Words cannot express how much I enjoyed my time in Madison over the weekend. My overall intent was to host a book signing Benjamin-Hayes memoir, “Gone Off with the Angels: Christmas Stories of Golden Love,” on Saturday, but like most trips to your amazing city, it was a wonderful homecoming and celebration of my son’s life. The signing was a great success, and when my girlfriend, Becky, and I attended the Episcopal Church of the Advent on Sunday, we were welcomed with open arms and enjoyed the …