Indictments given in robberies

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By Patrick Yost editor A Morgan County Grand Jury returned criminal indictments against two men charged in separate incidents of robbery. Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Stephen Bradley presented evidence against Jose Montijo, 44, Greensboro regarding Montijo’s alleged armed robbery of the River Store, Greensboro Highway. The Grand Jury returned an indictment for armed robbery against Montijo. Montijo was arrested less than a day after he allegedly shoved a clerk at the River Store into a cigarette display counter and emptied the store’s cash drawer. Morgan County Sheriff reports state …

Valedictorian, Salutatorians announced

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor If the future is female, this year’s crop of top students at Morgan County High School is a testament to that fate. Morgan County High School (MCHS) announced this year’s Valedictorian and two Salutatorians at a special assembly last Friday, Mar. 1.  MCHS Senior Callaway Pederson, 17, earned the top slot of Valedictorian, earning the highest ranking academic achievement for the Class of 2019. Emma Alligood, 17,  and Mackenzi Ward were both named Salutatorians after both students tied in grades. The last time MCHS …

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Real estate sales top $800,000

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Compiled by Dianne Yost Feb. 22, 2019 • Oconee Acquisitions, LLC of Knoxville, Tenn. to Robert L. Raynor of Covington, 1080 Dockside Drive, 1.24 acres, Buckhead, $150,000. • Julius Floyd Adcock of Madison to 871 North Main, LLC of Loganville, 871 North Main Street, 0.51, Madison, $250,000. Feb. 25, 2019 • Sharon L. Jarrell of Covington to Crown Ridge Homes, LLC of Rutledge, 1005 Crape Myrtle Drive, Madison, $25,000. Feb. 26, 2019 • Leroy G. Hunt of Rutledge to Natasha Matts of Rutledge, 1100 Reese Road, Rutledge, $280,000. • Sandra …

Madison City Council considering raise

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  After 24 years of stagnant pay, the Madison Mayor and City Council is considering giving themselves a raise.  The mayor and council discussed options for raising the respective salaries of the mayor, mayor pro tem, and council members. The last increase was passed in 1996.  City Manager David Nunn, presented numbers based on the Consumer Pricing Index (CPI) which is used to determine pay scales for all other city employees. According to the CPI, if the council were to adopt the increased rate for …

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Joyce wants Madison to get tough on noise

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Madison Councilman Eric Joyce wants city police to step up noise ordinance enforcement, particularly to crackdown on noise from loud cars, trucks, and motorcycles.  Joyce originally sought to completely overhaul the City’s noise ordinance, but after researching how surrounding cities handle noise complaints, Joyce believes Madison’s ordinance only needs a little tweaking to empower local law enforcement to deter disruptive, excessive noise.  “Changing the ordinance is not quite as important as the desire to enforce the regulations we already have,” said Joyce at the …

Morgan County Sheriff's Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On March 4 a larceny from mailbox complaint was filed at a Seven Islands Road residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that any items placed in her mailbox that appear to be a check are opened and gone through. The complainant said at this point the behavior was more of a nuisance than criminal but recently her daughter sent her a check and the envelope had been opened and the check had been removed. On March 3 Craig Andre Burke, 25, Covington was arrested and charged with operating without …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On March 2 a financial transaction card fraud complaint was filed at an East Lane residence. According to reports, a woman said she requested additional credit cards for employees on Feb. 14 and Feb. 19. The complainant said she received the card requested with the Feb. 14 request but not the card from the Feb. 19 request. That card, reports state, was used to make 13 fraudulent charges, primarily in the Covington and Conyers area, totaling $3,417. The woman said the credit card issuer had agreed to reimburse her and …

Madison PD makes pitch for tag readers

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Madison Police Chief Bill Ashburn has asked the Mayor and City Council to consider at $66,000 purchase for four tag-readers, that would be installed in four city police vehicles, to detect passing license plates reported for criminal activity or civil violations.  According to Ashburn, the tag-reader technology will help law enforcement agencies work together to catch stolen vehicles, suspected kidnappers, murderers, thieves, as well as detect vehicles with expired tags or drivers with suspended licenses.  “It would benefit Madison and help with a lot …

Trees planted for Arbor Day

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer Rutledge Mayor Bruce Altznauer signed a proclamation last Friday setting March 1 as Arbor Day for the city. In commemoration of the event, the Rutledge Garden Club in conjunction with the Rutledge Tree Board purchased and planted two Glowing Embers Japanese Maples from Gralan Farms in front of City Hall. Ann Pitner, Rutledge Garden Club president, stated, “The Rutledge Garden Club is a group of women many of you are probably familiar with seeing around town…We wear our green aprons proudly…In the last several years, …

C’mon Dogs-One More Time!

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor  For the fourth time in five years under Coach Jamond Sims, the Morgan County Bulldogs will take a shot at winning a State Basketball Championship Title.  This time it will be against an old Region 8-AAA rival Hart County that they will face.  This time will be the final shot for seniors Alec Woodard, Tyrin Lawrence, and Stevin Greene.  This time will be for all the marbles at the Macon Centreplex at 8 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 7.  The Bulldogs rode the outstanding play of …

Fifth straight Final Four under Sims

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor On a night when the ultra-talented Morgan County Bulldogs didn’t play their best game of the season, it was senior guard Tyrin Lawrence who paced the Dogs to the victory.  His 30 points were almost half of Morgan’s winning total of 62-52 to advance to the Final Four.  Coach Jamond Sims has now taken his teams to five straight Final Four’s in his five-year stint as the Head Coach.  It’s been an amazing run of skill, talent, heart, and coaching that most programs would …

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Diamond Dogs take down Hebron Christian

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor In a week or two of nothing but rain, rain, rain, the spring outdoor sports have pretty much been put on hold.  The Diamond Dogs got in a couple of games earlier last week against Hebron Christian Monday and Eastside Wednesday.  Almost every other contest, including Friday’s game at home against Walnut Grove was cancelled. Last week’s student-athlete of the week, Tristan Stapp, earned that honor for his recent play on the diamond for MOCO.  The sophomore was instrumental in the win over Hebron …

New Soccer Complex officially open

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor County officials gathered to celebrate the completion of the new $1.9 million Soccer Complex near Morgan County High School last Saturday, March 2. The soccer complex spans across 15 acres on Old Buckhead Road across from Bill Wood Park. Soccer is a popular sport in high-demand throughout the county and now, players will have three brand-new regulation fields on which to play. Morgan County families will now be able to enjoy the new fields this spring. The state-of-the-art complex will also draw numerous tournaments …

Clarke Adair Newsome

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Clarke Adair Newsome, 60 of Madison, died February 28, 2019. Clarke was the son of Chunk Newsome and Beryl Adair Newsome. He was born February 7, 1959 in Athens. Clarke spent his entire life in Morgan County graduating from Morgan County High School. He was married to Pamela Bell and worked for Ingles.  Clarke enjoyed hunting and spending time outdoors. He loved his family and was proud of his son, Bobby. Clarke Newsome is survived by his wife, Pam Newsome and their son, Bobby Newsome and wife, Andrea. Clarke is …

Mary Alice Cheatham

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Mary Alice Cheatham, age 95, passed away Sunday, February 24, 2019 in Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital. Alice was born in Bogart and had lived in Athens for most of her life. She was a graduate of Demonstration High School and was a member of Edwards Chapel Baptist Church, where she was a member of the Senior Adult Sunday school class. Alice spent most of her time raising her children and helping with her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Alice was an avid reader and enjoyed writing in her journal. She was …

Fostering Fellowship

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer Jean Holder and Fran Holmes founded Jesus’ Helpers Ministries, a social group for mentally challenged people, in April 2004 under the auspices of First United Methodist Church. The group not only continues to be active with meetings on the second Saturday of each month, day outings and occasional overnight trips, but also welcomes participation outside of FUMC as well. Holmes said, “We started with six people, and that has grown to 26 now. People have become more active in helping us. It has been a …

Dogs punch ticket to fifth straight Final Four under Sims

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By R. Alan Richardson Sports Editor On a night when the ultra-talented Morgan County Bulldogs didn’t play their best game of the season, it was senior guard Tyrin Lawrence who paced the Dogs to the victory.  His 30 points was almost half of Morgan’s winning total of 62-52 to advance to the Final Four.  Coach Jamond Sims has now taken his teams to five straight Final Four’s in his five-year stint as the heead coach.  It’s been an amazing run of skill, talent, heart, and coaching that most programs would …

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Stanton Springs brings revenue

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Morgan County is poised to receive over $141,000 dollars in 2020—a 15 percent share of the first tax revenues generated from Stanton Springs through Takeda, a $1.2 billion biopharmeceutical company that setup shop in the industrial park. Stanton Springs is managed by the Joint Development Authority (JDA). Morgan is one of the four counties with a seat the on the JDA, along with Newton, Walton, and Jasper counties.  The JDA anticipates a total of $945,000 from the first year of tax revenues generated through …

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$3.5 million parkway approved

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor A parkway extension project is underway, which could further benefit Morgan County.  The Joint Development Authority (JDA), the four-county board tasked with the development of Stanton Springs Industrial Park, voted to accept a $3.546 million bid to extend the Stanton Springs Parkway all the way into Morgan County last Tuesday.  The JDA voted unanimously to accept the bid from Plateau Excavation, which only accounts for the construction costs. The JDA tabled the proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 to calculate exactly how much …

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Early voting for TSPLOST begins

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Early voting for a special local election, a referendum on TSPLOST, (a Transportation Special Project Local Option Sales Tax) kicked off last Monday.  “We are ready to go,” said Jennifer Doran, elections supervisor for the Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration at the last regular meeting on Thursday, Feb. 21.  TSPLOST is another one-penny sales tax proposed to garner more revenue exclusively to fund transportation-related projects and expenses, such as road repairs, paving, and maintenance, as well as purchasing and maintaining equipment and …