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County gets 72 new voting machines

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor Morgan County is among the first in Georgia to receive its fleet of new voting machines. As of Dec. 19, just 25 counties out of 159 Georgia counties received the new voting equipment. Morgan County received 72 new voting machines on Dec. 20.  “It’s a lot,” said Jennifer Doran, election supervisor for Morgan County.  In all, the county received 72 touchscreen tablets and 72 printers.  “One of each makes a voting machine,” said Doran.  The county also received 10 ballot boxes, 10 precinct scanners …

New era of leadership for Madison fire department

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor As three veteran firefighters retire this year, with a combined 94-years experience between them, the Madison Volunteer Fire Department is entering into a new era of leadership. Madison Fire Chief Tim Carter, Frank Nesbitt, and Ray Gilbert are hanging up their helmets and hoses, retiring after more than 30 years of service each. The trio leaves behind big boots to fill but three young men are set to slip into them and carry on the legacy on into the future. Brooks Pennington IV, a …

Farmer finds evidence in back pasture

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By Patrick Yost, Editor A Buckhead farmer found two shirts, including a distinctive hoodie, that investigators believe are connected to a two state crime spree that ended with a Buckhead man being shot and car-jacked. According to Sgt. Chase Young, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, the farmer found the wet and soiled clothing in a pasture area on Dec. 26 off Parks Mill Road that was directly in line with a stolen car the two suspects had left on Interstate 20 and the Alford Lane residence of 72-year-old Raymond McCullough. Tre’ …

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Dec. 22 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Centennial Road, Rutledge residence. According to reports, a deputy arrived and observed a man and woman walking away from their neighbor’s property line. The woman told the deputy that the property line had been in dispute and, recently, there was an issue with where she had placed her family’s Christmas decorations.  On Dec. 22 Dwayne Blocker, 47, Forest Park was arrested and charged with driving while license suspended. According to reports, a deputy was responded to a reckless driver …

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On Dec. 19 Bradley Allan Cobb, 34, Eatonton was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and driving while license suspended. According to reports, an officer was called to Walmart at 3 p.m. regarding a man slumped over in his vehicle. Reports state when the officer arrived he observed Cobb passed out and sweating profusely. The officer also noticed two small axes in the seat next to Cobb. The officer opened the door and made several attempts to get Cobb to recognize him, reports state. When Cobb raised up the …

Dogs get vital region win over Jackson County

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By R. Alan Richardson When it comes to region tournament seeding, every game is important as teams start jockeying for position in the early going of the 8-AAA schedule.  The Morgan County boys picked up their second region win of the season with a victory over Jackson County last Tuesday.  The home matchup places the Dogs in fifth place in the region at 2-3 and gives them a 2-8 record on the season.  The Bulldogs lost to Villa Rica 56-40 this past weekend and will travel to Tallahassee, FL for …

Lady Dogs finish 2-1 for week while grabbing third 8-AAA win

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By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor It was a solid week for the MOCO basketball girls going 2-1.  Wins over Jackson County 54-39 and Tucker High School 45-42 highlighted the action with a loss on Saturday to Carver Columbus 87-51 to end the week in the Peach State Holiday Classic at Westlake.   The wins moved the Lady Dogs to 6-7 overall and 3-2 in 8-AAA play with the Jackson County victory. The girls played their third and final contest of the tournament this past Monday.  Results of that contest …

Dementia support group offers hope

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By Kurston Smith, Intern It is said that with age comes wisdom. However, for some, age can also mean a diagnosis of dementia.   The reality of a dementia diagnosis can be difficult to navigate – especially when it involves a loved one or friend, co-worker, or employee.  Developed by the Alzheimer’s Society in the United Kingdom, Dementia Friends USA is a “global movement” that is changing the way people think, act, and talk in regards to dementia.  Georgia, along with many other states, offers the Dementia Friends Program through …

Don’t miss Chris Cook’s ‘Pop-up’ gallery

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By Kurston Smith, Intern There is a new “Pop-Up” Art Gallery in downtown Madison featuring the artwork of Madison’s very own local artist, Chris Cook, owner of Madison Studios.  Cook is an American artist, born in Atlanta, who is considered a Southern Artist and Expressionist. He has had art exhibits all over the state of Georgia and his artwork is even featured in museums. The Jubilee Museum located in Columbus, Ohio and the Georgia Writers Museum in Eatonton.  Chris enjoys painting with a Southern outlook. He paints spiritual and religious …

Esther Curry and Effie Powell go to Washington

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor The Christmas season at the White House is a notoriously grand and elegant affair, but few Americans ever see it in person. But two Morgan County natives, twin sisters Esther Curry and Effie Powell, were both selected to serve as docents this year during the annual Christmas tours at the White House in Washington D.C.   “Personally I feel it was an honor to be given the opportunity to do something fun and to serve in such an important place in that small way and …

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Obituaries for the Week of December 26, 2019

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The family of Lester G. Jarvis Jr. announces his passing on Wednesday, December 11, 2019.  After more than a three-year challenge with Lewy Body Dementia and heart disease, Lester joined his father, mother and sister, Ella Katherine Merritt (2014) to be with his Lord and Savior with his wife Lynda and family by his side.  Lester was born on March 16, 1942 to Lester Gulley Jarvis Sr. and Myrrha Moody Jarvis, in Louisville, Mississippi.  Lester was raised near Prentiss, Mississippi where he met his lifelong best friend and wife Lynda …

Empty Stocking Fund brings joy to Morgan families

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By Patrick Yost, Editor More than 100 families representing 250 children aged infant to 12-years-old had a merrier Christmas last Friday thanks to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Empty Stocking program. Parents and guardians who had signed up for the program through an application published in the Morgan County Citizen arrived throughout the day at the Morgan County Public Safety Center where trustees and volunteers delivered large bags of toys for the parents to take home, wrap and deliver to children on Christmas day. The toys have either been donated, according …

Behold, a Christmas Miracle

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor Edward and Angela Binion turned the key to their home of 17 years to discover nothing less than a Christmas miracle this week.  Earlier this year, the Binion family fell on hard times, with their Hough Circle house falling into severe disrepair and the couple’s three children put into foster care as a result.  Struggling financially and out of options, Edward and Angela feared all hope was lost to fix their home and put their family back together. “We didn’t know what we were …

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor Santa and his helpers ushered in the biggest Christmas celebration in Madison last weekend. The Annual Holiday Parade and Caroling by Candle Light was held in Downtown Madison last Saturday.  The Holiday Parade featured floats, walking groups, vintage cars, horses, dogs, dancers, and the award winning MCHS Marching Bulldog Band, all decorated to this year’s theme, ‘Up On The Rooftop, Click, Click, Click…’ After the parade, people sang medleys of holiday music in Town Park by candlelight. This event was orchestrated by Madison Main …

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On Dec. 15 a burglar complaint was filed at a Beaverdam Road residence. According to reports, a man told a deputy that someone had entered his property and broken several windows and doors along with glass cups and bowls, a heater, children’s toys, a radio a DVD player, a door frame and a pipe to a wood burning stove. The man also said he as missing a blue Yamaha power wheel children’s toy, a four wheeler and a Poulin chainsaw. A neighbor told police he had observed two white male …

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On Dec. 16 Adam Carl Wade, 44, Bethlehem was arrested and charged with simple assault. According to reports, officers were called to the Budget Inn regarding a domestic dispute. A woman alleged that Wade had been verbally abusive towards her and would not let her sleep. Reports state that Wade was “very intoxicated. The woman said she was concerned that Wade’s blood sugar level was off and, in an officer’s presence, she checked and it was normal and “… that Mr. Wade was likely just intoxicated. The officer left and …

MOCO Lady Dogs take win over East Jackson

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By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor It was all Dogs at East Jackson this past week as both varsity and JV teams brought home the wins.  The Lady Dogs came away with a hotly contested 45-42 victory on the road before losing at Jefferson Friday 68-47 and again on Saturday at Newton 51-39.  It was an eerily similar week for the girls and boys.  The girls fought out a close one at EJ before losing by an almost identical score at Jefferson before playing well against a much bigger Newton …

Dogs get first win at East Jackson

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By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor It was a great night for Morgan’s hardcourt boys as they garnered their first victory and Region win of the 2019-20 season.  The win over East Jackson was a nail biter this past Tuesday on the road with the Dogs winning 63-61.  Improvement continues to be the name of the game for this Jamond Sims led squad.  They may have backslid a little at Jefferson against a veteran group ranked 23rd in AAA.  In 8-AAA Hart continues to lead the pack at number two …