Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On Aug. 30, a revised shoplifting and giving false name report was re-filed with the Madison Police Department. According to reports, following an earlier report charging Deondra Letetra Jackson, 27, with giving false name following an alleged shoplifting, an officer was contacted by Deondra Jackson who told the officer that a Daniell Faust, no age, no address given, had called her and told her she had used her name during the arrest. The officer was able to confirm the information and has issued an obstruction warrant against Faust.  On Aug. …

Morgan County Sheriff's Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On  Sept. 1 a battery complaint was filed at a Monticello Road residence. According to reports, a woman said while she was working at a dairy, she observed her estranged husband with another woman. The complainant said after she observed the man with the woman, she tried to leave the area but the other woman allegedly followed her and struck her in the back of her head and then in her face. The complainant also alleged that the other woman has beaten her in the past and threatened her with …

Bulldogs rally topples Greene 28-15

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Things did not look promising for the Morgan County Bulldogs last Friday night.  They were on the road, in a rivalry game and on the first play of the second quarter Bulldog starting quarterback Trent Folds went down with an elbow injury.  It got worse.  Shortly after the injury to Folds, Greene County drove 66 yards for a touchdown and then the Tigers tallied a two point conversion after a muffed snap.  That gave them an 8-6 lead but Morgan’s problems weren’t over yet.  With …

Bullpups pull off 18-12 second half win

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s Middle School football team made a thrilling come-from-behind second half effort to outlast the Carver (Monroe) Wildcats 18-12 by scoring two touchdowns in the final 16 minutes Wednesday.  Zach Moore stole the show by scoring both touchdowns in the half on long passes from quarterback Talan Fuller (three TD passes for the afternoon) while also making a key interception on the final last gasp drive by the kittens.  It was a thrilling finale. It was all Carver in the first half.  The …

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Bulldogs take on Class 5A opponent Walnut Grove

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer For the second time in three weeks the Bulldogs move up in class to take on a school two classifications above them.  Morgan travels to Walnut Grove High School in Loganville to take on the Warriors in what should prove to be an interesting contest.  Last year Morgan County scored on the final play of regulation when Trent Folds hit Seth Robertson in the back of the end zone on the final play in regulation to force a tie.  The Bulldogs scored a field goal …

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Lady Dogs move into first with four 8-AAA wins

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The 2019 version of Morgan County volleyball is on a roll with four Region 8-AAA wins this week over East Jackson (2), Hart County, and Monroe Area.  MOCO failed to lose a set the entire week!  They defeated Monroe 25-13, 25-23, East Jackson 25-15, 25-11, East Jackson 25-15, 25-9, and Hart County 25-18, 30-28 all in straight sets.  Those four wins put the Lady Dogs into the 8-AAA lead early in the season.  The team is looking to repeat as 8-AAA Area Champions in …

Hice speaks at Founder’s Day event

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Georgia Congressman Jody Hice was the featured speaker at least week’s Founder’s Day Dinner, but President Donald Trump was the star of the show.  The Morgan County GOP hosted a Founder’s Day Dinner last Thursday at the Farmview Cafe in Madison, as Hice and other republicans praised Trump and urged the audience to reelect in him in 2020.  Allyson Thompson, Morgan County GOP chairman, introduced Hice, noting his previous work as a pastor and conservative radio host who regularly “exposes the democrats’ socialist  agenda.” …

Sara T. Mills

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Sara T. Mills, 90, formerly of Florence, Alabama, passed away August 3, 2019 at Grace Health Care in Franklin, Tenn. She was a member of Northwood United Methodist Church. Visitation was held Thursday, August 8 at Geenview Funeral Home. Her funeral service followed at 3 p.m. in Greenview Memorial Chapel with burial following the service in Greenview Memorial Park. Officiating was the Rev. Scott Coats. Mrs. Mills was born March 3, 1929 to John Frank Tumblin and Ruth Tanner Tumlin.  She was a graduate of Madison High School. Mrs. Mills …

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Ben Alexander Griffith

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Ben Alexander Griffith, age 58 of Covington, passed away on August 24,  2019.  He was born in Walton County on January 29, 1961 to the late  Bennie Robert Griffith and Martha Brown Griffith Waters. Surviving are, his wife, Cathy Griffith; his mother, Martha Brown Griffith  Waters; sisters, Linda Anderson, Ann Sheffield, Judy Chandler, Elaine  Carter, and Tina Griffith; brothers, Ricky Griffith and Richard Griffith; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. Funeral Services were held on Wednesday August 28 at 2 p.m. at the  Chapel of Meadows Funeral Home with the Rev. …

Youth learn safety

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor This year’s Public Safety Day was a huge success and as Morgan County families acquaibnted themselves with local public safety worker, from policemen to fireman to medical emergency responders.  The event was held last Saturday at the Morgan County Alternative Education Building.  The festival featured tours of fire trucks, police cars, and ambulances.  Kids were able to play on bouncey houses and sit inside of safety vehicles.  The event featured food, ice cream, and prizes.  The event aims to get the community familiarized with …

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HPC disputes role in Foster Park project

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor A new housing development is underway in the heart of Madison’s historic district, which has faced criticisms and obstacles every step of the way since its inception more than three years ago. Now, there is a new objection to the project.  Site work has begun for Foster Park, a 19-house subdivision set to be built behind the historic Foster-Thomason-Miller House on Main Street.  While design plans have been approved for the first two houses to be built and roadwork has already begun, one Historic …

‘400 years of triumph…’

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor A small ship carrying the first African slaves sailed to the shores of Virginia 400 years ago on August 20, 1619, beginning America’s shameful and brutal history of institutionalized slavery and the long, arduous struggle for emancipation, justice and equality in the “Land of the Free.” Last week, Americans across the country reflected on the 400-year anniversary with grief over the past, wisdom for present, and hope for the future.  St. Paul’s AME Church in Madison hosted a special forum last week featuring local …

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Company promises millions

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor In wake of recent reports highlighting the use of a carcinogenic gas linked to cancer in Madison and Covington, millions have been earmarked to reduce emission rates.  BD Bard, a medical sterilization company, announced this week that the company will spend $8 million to reduce ethylene oxide emissions at the Madison and Covington plants.  The federal Environmental Protection Agency deemed ethylene oxide a carcinogen and lowered limits on emission in 2016. The use of the gas has come under scrutiny in recent months after …

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DiLetto out, Latham in

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Municipal elections are slated for November 5, but there will be no contested races this time around.  When the qualifying window closed this week, no one threw their hat in the race to challenge any of the incumbents. However, there will be some new faces in local elected positions.  Madison City Councilman Joe DiLetto is retiring, opting not to run again for the Madison District 3 city council seat. Ed Latham, Chairman of Madison’s Downtown Development Authority, will assume the seat this November.  Incumbents …

Rosa new director at Convention Bureau

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By Dianne Yost staff writer Jennifer Rosa, whose wealth of experience in marketing, communications and the travel industry, was named director of the Madison-Morgan Convention & Visitors Bureau. She began her new position Tuesday.  Rosa is excited to have the opportunity to lead the Madison-Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau.  “This is such a breathtaking community with so much natural beauty and historic value to share. I’m delighted to be able to help develop new avenues for tourism and share the area’s story and attractions with new visitors.  My background …

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Real estate sales for week top $3 million

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Compiled by Dianne Yost staff writer August 16, 2019 • The Estate of James Milton Stanley of Leesburg,  to Jack W. Sockwell of Good Hope,  1090 Blue Springs Court, 1.01 acres, Buckhead, $55,000. • David G. Newton of Griffin,  to Michael Kevin Van Horn of Social Circle,  Godfrey Road, 1630 Godfrey Road, Madison, $126,000. August 19, 2019 • Virgil Paul Brady, Jr. of Eatonton to Janey M. Rosales of Madison, 1412 Glades Road, Madison, $340,000. • Mathis Land Group, LLC of Monroe to Justin Durham of Bishop, Sandy Creek Road, …

Filming continues for ‘Charming Hearts’

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Filming continues this week in Madison for “Charming the Hearts of Men,” starring Kelsey Grammer. This week  film crews descended upon the Brady Inn on North Second Street and the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center to shoot scenes for the movie. The film is expected to be the second longest movie shoot ever conducted in Morgan County, with plans to film off and on until mid-September.  Sean Astin, who starred in Lord of the Rings, Rudy, Stranger Things and The Goonies, is rumored to join the …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On Aug. 24 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Micha Way residence. According to reports, a woman said that between 7:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. someone pushed in a window and, possibly, entered her apartment. Reports state that blinds were torn and a window screen was found on a bush under the damaged window. The woman said nothing appeared to be missing. On Aug. 23 an identity fraud complaint was filed at a Commerce Drive location. According to reports, a man alleged that someone had used his information …

Morgan County Sheriff's Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Aug. 26 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Davis Academy Road, Rutledge residence. According to reports, a Morgan County deputy was contacted by the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office in regards to finding the owner of a truck that had been wrecked and abandoned in Oconee County. The deputy located the owner who told her that he had been spending time with a relative in an Athens hospital and did not realize his truck was missing. The man said he leaves keys in all his vehicles because …

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Planning commission says yes to requests

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By Patrick Yost editor  The Madison Planning Commission on Thursday unanimously approved two applications, one that would pave the way for a pest company to occupy a building on Eatonton Road and the other to allow construction of a residential house with a variance on the front yard set back. Dennis Mitchell, speaking on behalf of Bughouse Pest Control, told the commission that the business continues to grow in Morgan County and for the third time he needed more space for technicians and office staff. Mitchell hopes to move to …