JDA gets more hits from new project

Tia Lynn Ivey News

The Joint Development Authority (JDA), a four-county board – Morgan, Newton, Walton, and Jasper – charged with the task of developing Stanton Springs, a 1,600-acre mixed-use community, awaits Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Shire Pharmaceuticals. After closing on a deal with Facebook, the newest corporate entity, construction for the data center is underway. Jobs for both Shire and Facebook are being advertised with the former having had two open houses and the latter posting positions on the “Newton Data Center” Facebook page. Emphasizing commercial availability near Interstate 20, …

Fire fighters get city raise

Tia Lynn Ivey News

The Madison Mayor and City Council unanimously approved a pay-scale increase to $20 per call for the city’s volunteer firefighters at last Monday’s regular meeting.  The raise will go into effect at the beginning on the next fiscal year on July 1, 2018. “Since 2008, the rate has been $15 per call and per drill,” said City Manager David Nunn, who stressed the rate has not increased in a decade. “The budgetary impact is not that great. It’s a very small price to pay for the dedication and the work …

Georgia State Patrol in heavy recruiting phase

Sarah Wibell News

Have you ever considered a career as a Georgia State Patrol trooper? Are you curious if you have what it takes? Post 8 of the Georgia State Patrol (GSP) located in Madison is recruiting candidates who are interested in making a difference in the safety of drivers. With fewer people applying to the GSP now than in the past, a recruiting office was established in the last year and a half to inform the public of both training requirements and career compensation benefits. “We are offering a physical fitness test …

Chasing the Wild Geese of Moonshine Swamp

Jesse Walker Alvin Richardson, Community

As youthful hunters we were always on the lookout for new adventures and we found an opportunity when goose season opened one cold winter day the year of which escapes me.  It seems that it was about 1975.  I’m able to put an approximate date on the proceedings because I was about halfway through college, quite full of myself and remember that I had discovered the manliness of a big chaw of tobacco which is crucial to the story. The ambush point was a swamp on the backside of our …

The best week in the history of America?

Jesse Walker Community

Last week, North Korea released three American prisoners who arrived back in the United States. When President Trump met the released prisoners at Andrews, he announced that the first-ever meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader would be held in Singapore on June 12. Then, North Korea announced that it will dismantle its nuclear test site in less than two weeks in a dramatic event that would set up leader Kim Jong un’s summit with President Trump.  North Korea’s Foreign Ministry announced that all of the …

Letter to the Editor

Jesse Walker Community

Farwell to the beloved Fred Bright To the Editor: On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Fredric D. Bright, longtime former district attorney for the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit, and my dear friend on his recent and very untimely passing. During his distinguished career of 37 years in the legal profession, Fred was the chief prosecutor in Baldwin, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Jones, Morgan, Putnam and Wilkinson (where his Cinda serves as the Clerk of Court) counties …

Mayor/Council respond to ‘transparency’ charges

Tia Lynn Ivey News

The Madison Mayor and City Council fired back against accusations of secrecy and lack of transparency during Monday evening’s regular meeting. Cathy Andrews approached the council, claiming to speak on behalf of numerous city residents, criticizing the recent approval of a C4 Text Amendment that paves the way for Love’s Truck Stop at the Highway 83 intersection with Amtico Road in Madison. After chastising the council for approving a rezoning the Foster-Thomason Miller House property to accommodate a 19-house subdivision, Andrews took aim at the council’s public notice process for …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

Jesse Walker Law Enforcement

On May 11 a forgery complaint was filed at Burger King, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an employee said that a gray 4-door SUV driven by a white, teenage male came through the drive-through and ordered two chocolate and two strawberry milkshakes. The employee said the teen attempted to pay for the order with a counterfeit $20 bill. The employee took the bill but did not apply it to the order. The teen asked for the bill back but the employee refused to give it back. The teen asked that …

Morgan County Sheriff's Department

Morgan County Sheriff’s Department

Jesse Walker Law Enforcement

On May 14 Thomas Lyndal Bronston, 46, Marietta, was arrested and charged with speeding and driving while license suspended. According to reports, Bronston was stopped while allegedly driving 85 mph in a 70 mph zone on Interstate 20. Consequent to the stop the deputy learned that Bronston’s license had been suspended for child support obligations. A passenger in the vehicle told the deputy she had a valid license but when the deputy checked on the license status he learned the the passenger also had a suspended license but had not …

HEARTBREAK

Sports Reports Featured, Sports

With thoughts of a first-ever State Championship for the Morgan County Diamond Dogs, the biggest crowd in the storied history of the baseball program gathered at Tracy Brown field Monday night.  They came away disappointed that the doubleheader didn’t end the way they would have liked.  Morgan lost both games of the doubleheader to Lovett in run-rule fashion 13-3 and 11-1.  It was a heartbreaking way to end what many would argue was the best season in the annals of MCHS baseball. Lovett was simply better than the Dogs on …

Hubbard shines for Lady Dogs at State Track Meet

Sports Reports Sports

In her final high school track event, Aris Hubbard went out with a bang.  The four-year all-around sports star garnered 11 points for the Lady Dogs as they took 13th place out of 58 AAA high schools across the state.  Hubbard has been a force for the MCHS track team since arriving on the scene her freshman season.  She will be sorely missed not only in track, but as an All-Region pick in both volleyball and basketball. The State Track Meet for boys and girls was held at Hughes-Mills Stadium …

Victory in Elite Eight for Diamond Dogs

Sports Reports Sports

If you had said that the Morgan County Diamond Dogs would get beat 10-0 in run-rule fashion in game two, but won the series 2-1, there would have been many doubters.  That’s what happened not only in this series with the Pike County Pirates, but also in the Pace Academy series where the Dogs lost 19-4 in the first game.  This is a special team that may have Lady Luck, or destiny, on their side. Game one of the Pike series didn’t get off to the start the Dogs would …

Former Lady Dog teammates grab All-Conference honors

Sports Reports Sports

It wasn’t that long ago that Sarah Couch and Alisha Frierson were leading the Lady Dogs to a deep run in the State Softball Tournament at Morgan County High School.  The two former teammates are now making their mark at the collegiate level and competing in the same Division II Peach Belt Conference.  Couch is a freshman at Georgia College and State University and Frierson is a sophomore at North Georgia University.  The twosome was recently honored by earning All-Conference honors in the Peach Belt this past season. Couch is …

Learning together

Tia Lynn Ivey Community

A banquet for Morgan County fourth graders was held at the Methodist Church last week to give children the chance to show off their newly learned etiquette skills. The annual etiquette banquet is the brainchild of Morgan County Elementary School Teacher Angie Fowler who orchestrated the afternoon tea for the second year in a row. This year, 230 students participated, along with 35 local leaders attending last week’s event. “We hope the children take away the concept that manners and etiquette skills are vital in their every day life, and …

Coldwell Banker makes Habitat donation

Jesse Walker News

Special to the Citizen Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty/Lake Country presented a $2,500 donation to Greene County Habitat for Humanity on April 19. The check was officially given during the Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty/Lake Country GCHFH Build Day. “The spirit of the donation is given for both the opportunity to provide financial support, as well as the unbending belief in the value of the program and local volunteers who continually give of their time and expertise,” Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty/Lake Country President and COO, Tom Martin said. A …

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City of Madison building permits issued May 8–11

Dianne Yost News

City of Madison Building Permits Issued May 8-11 May 8, 2018 • Historical Residential Addition/Remodel, Owner Connie Hughes, 351 North Main Street, Contractor Chad Roling, $75,000. May 9, 2018 • Plumbing, Owner Donald Whitley, 390 Johnson Street, Contractor Horace Wimpey, $2,000. • Mechanical HVAC, Owner Plainview Properties, Inc., Contractor Daniel Campbell, Jr., $3,400. • Mechanical HVAC, Owner Juanita Nash, 531 Hough Circle, Contractor Jeanne Walden, $3,300. • Historical Residential Addition/Remodel, Owner Terry Grund, 546 Foster Street, Contractor Homeowner, $42,500. • Accessory Building-Residential, Owner Terry Grund, 546 Foster Street, Contractor Homeowner, …

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Real estate transactions total $6,532,095

Dianne Yost News

May 1, 2018 • Crown Ridge Homes, LLC of Rutledge to Michael Talaga of Huntertown, Id., 532 Village Road, Madison, $545,500. • Crown Ridge Homes, LLC of Rutledge to Kenneth P. Grant of Madison 548 Village Road, Madison, $399,900. • David Neuhart of Columbus, Ga. to Knock Homes, LLC of San Francisco, 1220 Westminster Way, Madison, $314,000. May 2, 2018 • Doris A. Vandergriff of Cumming, to Samuel J. Lamont of Oxford, 1601 Sugar Creek Trail, Buckhead, $405,000. • Anne Hayes Tanner of Franklin, Tenn. to Jeremy Everett Durden of …

The Similarity of a Mother to Christ

Jesse Walker Community

UNION SPRINGS   Greetings from The Springs!  I hope that all moms had a Happy Mother’s Day.  I know that for some whose mothers have passed on, the day can be bittersweet, yet God’s love can grace us through anything! Awesome, awesome, awesome message on Mother’s Day Sunday, May 13.  Pastor Robert L. Terrell, Jr. had a different perspective for us to look at when it comes to our mothers and their significance as women.  Before we were called to be mothers, we were called to serve our husbands.  This …

I want to say thank you to Brownwood Baptist

Jesse Walker Community

SUGAR CREEK   I‘ve got to begin by praising God for such a great day on Sunday.  I did not hear anyone saying anything about the weather, just a beautiful day filled with love everywhere you looked. Our church was about packed out and ready to hear a great Mother’s Day sermon and Butch did not disappoint. He took his message from John 16:21; Isaiah 49 and 66, “A Love Compared to God’s Love”.  The only example God gave was the unconditional love of God.  And he used the example …

MERCIFUL GRACE MINISTRY

Jesse Walker Community

Message from God   Greetings to you all. Hope you are all well and blessed. This week I would like to share some poems and blessings with you all, which I have written. I’m not worthy of His love, but He covered me with His blood. A life filled with sin and shame, Not worthy to even speak His name. Guilty was my only plea, But Jesus came down and took the nails for me.       Rp. 8-27-16 It’s a beautiful day.  God is awesome and amazing. Praise …