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Lack of machines an issue with local election board

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By Sidhartha Wakade staff writer Tensions ran high at a Morgan County Board of Elections (BOER) meeting last Thursday in the wake of upcoming elections and an ongoing lawsuit.  The BOER closed out their fiscal year within budget, and they will find out at their next meeting whether or not the Morgan County poll workers received a dollar pay raise. While the budget was on track for the year, board members and community members were tense due to outdated polling machines and the ongoing lawsuit against the BOER.  BOER board …

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Madison Police Department

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On June 19 a fraud complaint was filed at a Green Meadows residence. According to reports, a woman said she received an email from CashNetUSA declining her alleged request for a loan. The  woman said she had not applied for a loan from the company. Reports state at this point the woman has not been charged anything and nothing has appeared on her credit report. On June 9 a simple assault complaint was filed at Morgan Medical Center. According to reports, an officer responded to the medical center in response …

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On June 20 a fraud complaint was filed at an Armistead Road, Rutledge. According to reports, a woman said she received a telephone call from a woman alleging to be employed with BB&T Bank. The complainant said the woman told her someone had attempted to use her debit card in Miami, Fla. The complainant said the female caller then asked her for her online bank user name, password and personal identification number (PIN). The complainant said she gave the woman all the information asked for because she believed she was …

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Planning Commission rejects variance request

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By  Patrick Yost editor  The Madison Planning Commission last Thursday rejected a request by Alex Newton for a variance on a lot off Fourth Street that would have allowed him to place two accessory structures on the lot without a primary structure. The planning commission unanimously voted against recommending the variance to the Madison City Council, in part, because the group said, the request failed five of seven standards the commission reviewed.  According to Mollie Bogle, Madison city planner, Newton was attempted to place a “saddlebag” house on the lot …

Local Outdoor Legends, Jesse Parker

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Some legends are born out of passion, others out of necessity.  Legends conjure up images of old men with grizzled faces and leathery skin worn from battling the elements of wind, rain, and sun.  Their crooked old smiles belie the wealth of knowledge hidden beneath.  It’s like they know something you don’t.  One look at their beat up old hands of steel give a clue as to the hard life they’ve sometimes lived.  Mother Nature has honed them.  They are long-in-the-tooth salty dogs with …

Bill Cochran Memorial Golf tourney comes up big

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer According to Morgan County High School Head Football Coach Bill Malone the recent golf tournament, played in memory of Bill Cochran, was a huge success once more.  The golf tournament itself is in its 11th year, the last seven of which have been named in honor of the the former Morgan County football player, Touchdown Club President and avid supporter of the program who passed away in 2012. Malone noted, “This event is important to me mostly because Bill Cochran was one of my best …

Rutledge Lakers host Reunion

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By Sidhartha Wakade staff writer The Lakers held a reunion in Walton County last Saturday, but not in the way most people are thinking. To those expecting coverage of Shaq, Kobe or more recently, LeBron: it is not about those Lakers, “Showtime,” or otherwise. The Lakers in this case were the legendary local slow-pitch women’s softball team that formed in Rutledge, Georgia in 1968 and was disbanded in 1985, not the legendary basketball team that still exists and is not connected to Morgan County.  Known in their time as the …

Steffen Thomas Museum preps new fall exhibit

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By Sidhartha Wakade staff writer The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA) will kick off its fall exhibition on July 1, featuring a look at luminescent paintings and a history of Steffen Thomas’ art. The July exhibit, titled the Lighter Side of Steffen Thomas, will include works by Steffen Thomas that were painted with luminescent colors only visible via a black light, according to Roland Lewan, the president of the STMA. “There was a certain period of time where luminescent paint was popular and he included it intentionally, but we …

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Family Connection begins annual backpack drive

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By Sidhartha Wakade staff writer The Morgan County Family Connection Collaborative started its annual backpack drive on June 3 and runs through July 13 in an effort to get kids school  supplies. Leigh Anne Aaron, a Morgan and Oconee County Family and Consumer Science Extension agent, said the drive leads up to the Morgan County back to school rally. “The goal is to collect 500 backpacks to distribute to Morgan County students at the Morgan County back to school rally,” she said. The rally will take place on July 20 …

Robert “Bob” Williams

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Robert “Bob” Williams, 83, died Tuesday, May 28, 2019 in Madison at his residence. Bob was born on January 9, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan to Basil and Mary Williams. After graduation from high school he attended Michigan State University where he studied Metallurgical Engineering graduating with honors. He was employed by General Motors as a research engineer during which time he was awarded seven patents, one being “Continuous Casting”, an important process which improved and continues to improve yield, quality, productivity and cost efficiency. After retiring he attended Wayne State …

Melva E. Armistead

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Melva E. Armistead peacefully passed into the arms of her Savior on June 22, 2019 at the age of 91. She was born March 16, 1928 in Saratoga, Indiana to the late Willard and Velma (Coats) Addington. Mrs. Armistead was married to the late James O. Armistead for 56 wonderful years. She worked as a public accountant for Samuel J. London, CPA and later ran her own accounting business. She retired in 1986 and moved to Georgia in 1988. She continued to work part time assisting various CPA’s in the …

Ida Kate (Kay) Ruark

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Ida Kate (Kay) Ruark, 101, died June 20, 2019.  She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sally R. and Jerry Gouge; her son, Michael E. Ruark; her granddaughter, Marianne K. Gouge; her sister-in-law, Betty R. Kelly; several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services were Saturday, June 22,  at Tuckston United Methodist Church, 4175 Lexington Road, Athens, GA 30605. The family received friends at 11 a.m.  in the Fellowship Hall of the Church with the service following at 12 p.m.. Burial was at The Bostwick City Cemetery following the funeral service.  …

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Elizabeth “Betty” McHan Garrison

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Elizabeth “Betty McHan Garrison passed away peacefully on June 18, 2019, leaving a love-filled home that she shared with her late husband, William “Tommy” Garrison until his death in 2013.  Betty’s childhood home had been on land that is now Madison’s Town Park.  Her parents were James N and Josie J McHan.  Shortly after graduating from Morgan County High School in 1951, she married Tommy.  Three years later the young couple grieved the loss of their first child, infant Debra Ann Garrison.  But the backyard playground was soon enjoyed by …

African American Museum houses new art

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By Tia Lynn Ivey staff writer Although this year’s June Fest at the Morgan County African American Museum (MCAAM) in Madison  was cancelled due to the threat of inclement weather last Saturday, a small group gathered at the museum to view the new artwork on display.  A talented artist debuted his artwork at the MCCAAM last Saturday. Ernso Brown, a 29-year-old artist from Indianapolis, Indiana, gave a brief talk Saturday about several of his paintings now on display at the MCAAM for the next month.  Brown said he draws from …

Theft rampage ends with arrests

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By Sidhartha Wakade staff writer A man and woman were arrested last Sunday morning around 7a.m. on June 16, 2019, on marijuana and prescription drug charges after being tied to a spree involving 31 cases of burglarized cars across Morgan and Newton counties. Nicholas Hall, 31, and Erica Babcock, 22, both from Newton County, were arrested after deputies from the Madison Police Department responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle , according to reports.  Madison Police Department officers allegedly found the two in a Nissan Altima with a damaged …

‘They had a gun pointed right at us’

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By Sidhartha Wakade staff writer If you walked into Happy China for a meal or some takeout on Saturday evening, nothing would give away the fact that a 90-year-old man was pistol-whipped across the head, a woman in her 60s was hospitalized after being shoved and struck over the head or that the store and its customers were robbed last Monday night. The restaurant was open again after closing for one day after the robbery. Music played over the sound system, a mix between Asian and instrumentals of Western classics …

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Foster house sold

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Sarah Wibell staff writer One of Madison’s historic gems that fell into disrepair years ago has been sold, giving hope that the Foster Thomason Miller House will be restored to its former glory once again.  The Foster-Thomason-Miller House is scheduled to close on Thursday, June 20, according to Madison-Morgan Conservancy Executive Director Christine McCauley. McCauley presented plans for the house and property to the Historic Preservation Commission on June 11 to make sure no future problems could be discerned before showing the plans to the Georgia Trust for the same …

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HPC struggles with application to place ‘saddlebag’ house

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) was asked to comment on a zoning matter by the Morgan County Planning and Zoning Commission. Applicant Alex Newton is seeking a variance in order to move an accessory building onto his property. In January of this year, Newton informed the HPC members of his mission to move a late 19th century cabin onto a lot he owns on 4th Street in Madison. This lot retains a late 19th century saddlebag house – “A two-room house with a central chimney …

City/ County working on 2020 Census

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By Tia Lynn Ivey manging editor  Morgan County government and the City of Madison are joining forces to get the word out about the upcoming 2020 Census.  Every 10 years, the United States conducts a census to count every person living in America in “the right place” as prescribed in the United States Constitution.  “This is a very important time for us to be engaged civically,” said Janet Lee, a partnership specialist for the Atlanta Regional Census Center. Lee appeared before the Morgan County Board of Commissioners and the Madison’s …

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Madison Police Department

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On June 15 Alex Craig Waterman, 23, Macon was arrested and charged with hit and run, driving while license suspended and possession of open container. According to reports, an officer was called to the intersection of U.S. 441 and the Madison by-pass at 8 a.m.and spoke with two persons who alleged that their vehicles had been struck from behind by a black Hyundai Accent driven by a white male. The Hyundai fled, reports state, towards Monticello Highway after the incident. At 6:10 p.m. the same day an officer observed a …