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JV season ends in victory over Hart

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Young coaches seem to always bring the energy to the game.  Such is the case with the Junior Varsity football coaches at MCHS.  Coaches Carter Shultz and Marvin Mathis have a passion for football and for coaching young men that is obvious in their tone.  The two community coaches have an obvious respect for one another and couldn’t say enough about their counterpart.  We sat down with these two after the JV football season to assess their success after a 6-1 campaign.  Their insight …

Chili Cook-Off a hit!

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Locals and out-of-town visitors chowed down on Madison’s finest selection of home cooked chili last Saturday at the 15th Annual Downtown Chili Cook Off and Fall Festival.  With 785 wristbands sold, Town Park was packed with attendees enjoying the fall weather while savoring samples of fresh chili.  This year’s winners were announced and awarded at the end of the festival. The CASE Georgia State Champ went to Veni Miller of Douglasville, Ga. The Showmanship Award went to Kenny Stewart for Sheriff. There were three …

Building today for tomorrow

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The Morgan County Branch of the NAACP held the 49th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet last Saturday, Oct. 26 at Morgan County High School.  Every year, the Morgan County NAACP honors local members with an array of awards for community service, celebrating with a dinner and speakers to deliver an uplifting message aimed at creating a better future.  This year’s keynote address was delivered by Michael Thurmond, a Dekalb County CEO. Mr. Avery Jackson, a Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration member, served as …

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Mary Alice Kent Pound

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Funeral services for Mary Alice Kent Pound age 87 will be conducted Thursday at 12 noon in Williams Funeral Home Chapel of Milledgeville with Rev. Larry Glover officiating. Interment will follow at 1 p.m. at the Georgia Veteran Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home from 11 a.m. until the service hour. Mrs. Pound was a native of Warren County and was raised in Hancock County and had made her home in Baldwin County all of her adult life. She was predeceased by her husband William …

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J.B. Long

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J.B. Long, 95 of Apalachee, died October 21, 2019.  He was born September 15, 1924 in Jasper, GA.  He was the son of Homer Reid Long and Omia Moss Long.  Mr. Long served in the U.S. Army in WWII.   After the war, Mr. Long farmed cotton and later he worked at Wellington Puritan Mills as a machinist.  He enjoyed gardening, especially growing tomatoes.  He also loved to fish and share his catch with his family and friends. Mr. Long was a long-time member of Apalachee Baptist Church. Mr. Long …

Housing choices hinder growth

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor “Do we want to be a community of old people?” That was the question posed by Rope Roberts, with Georgia Power, at the 2019 Economic Summit last week. Roberts argued that Madison and Morgan County need to embrace growth by cultivating a community in which young professionals can affordably work, play and live.  The event, sponsored by the Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce, and attended by officials from Morgan County, the City of Madison, the City of Rutledge, the City of Bostwick, and the Morgan …

Supremacist event sparks call for community action team

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor After a branch of the KKK held a small two-day gathering in Morgan County on Aqua Lane, replete with a lighted cross, local citizens took to social media to not only decry the group’s presence, but also how law enforcement handled the situation in regards to notifying the public. Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley, after consulting with a group of local pastors prior to event, decided to call in 60 officers to patrol the area during the International Keystone Knights (IKK) meeting without alerting …

Man cops to child porn

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By Patrick Yost editor A Rutledge man arrested a year ago and charged with five counts of sexual exploitation of children pled guilty but mentally ill Monday morning in Morgan County Superior Court. John Blake McLeod, 50, was arrested on Oct. 2, 2018 at his Dickson Road residence in Rutledge after members of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) executed a search warrant on McLeod’s residence. Previous published reports stated that law enforcement officers found four images of child pornography …

Police, eyewitness alleged man pushed woman out of car

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By Patrick Yost editor A Madison man faces aggravated assault and battery charges after he allegedly shoved a woman out of a moving car on Cox Road last week. According to Lt. Brandon Sellers, Morgan County Sheirff’s Office, Michael Glen Nix, 46, was arrested after an eye witness told police that he observed a woman pushed out of a car at approximately 3:30 p.m. last Wednesday. Sellers said authorities found the woman on the side of the road near the intersection of Cox Road and Carmichael Drive with injuries to …

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Bard, short term rentals discussed at Town Hall

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Local citizens voiced their opinions and concerns at Town Hall hosted by District 2 Madison City Councilman Eric Joyce. About 50 people showed up to discuss a wide range of topics, including the recent fears over ethylene oxide emissions of the local BD Bard Plant in Madison in light of the State of Georgia pursuing legal action to temporarily shutdown the BD Bard Plant in Covington.  ““After months of failed negotiations, empty promises, and misleading reports of ethylene oxide leaks, we have filed a …

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Kangaroo sightings move to Madison

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Another kangaroo sighting has been alleged by an anonymous Madison woman this week.  Near in the intersection of Jasper and Dixie avenues, the local woman went outside at 10:30 p.m. to gaze at the stars, but she saw something unexpected.  “I startled a kangaroo,” she said. The woman claims the frightened kangaroo leapt and then took off hopping into some nearby heavy underbrush.  Last month, a kangaroo was caught on video bouncing back and forth through a Covington back yard. The video emerged on …

Marvin Ruark this year’s ‘Cotton King’

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By Sarah Jones Granddaughter of  Marvin Ruark “There are few greater honors than being Marvin Ruark’s granddaughter. And if you know him, you probably feel the same is true of being his friend.  But this fall, the honor is his. Marvin Ruark is this year’s Bostwick Cotton Gin Festival’s Cotton King. This is the 30th Annual Bostwick Cotton Gin Festival.  Being the son of a farmer and having a mother with a green-thumb, it is no surprise that my grandaddy grew up to be a farmer. His family has tended …

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Rash of vehicle break-ins

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By Patrick Yost editor  Madison Police are investigating a rash of car break-ins that occurred sometime between Oct. 12 and Oct. 13. In total, nine vehicles, all unlocked, were entered at three different locations between Harper Street and Carriage Lane. According to Madison Police Department reports, the first incident was reported at a Harper Street residence at 8:52 a.m. A Harper Street resident told authorities that three vehicles parked in his driveway were all entered but only one wallet was taken. At Harris Street a woman said her Chrysler Town …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On Oct. 10 an information report was filed at Perk Avenue, West Jefferson Street. According to reports, a woman said a former employee pushed over an outdoor flower pot as she was leaving, knocking the flowers out of the pot. The pot was not damaged. On Oct. 14 Lakashia Rena Willis, 22, Madison was arrested and charged with criminal trespass. According to reports, Willis allegedly rented a room for one night at the Budget Inn and checked out at check out time the next day. However, reports state, a Budget …

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Oct. 21 Denise Mathis Cooper, 63, Madison was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. The incident allegedly occurred at the intersection of Bostwick and Head roads. No other information regarding the arrest was available. On Oct. 20 Tiffany Nicole Morgan, 34, no address given, was arrested and charged with criminal trespass. According to reports, an officer observed all the windows open at a Mallard Court residence with candles lit inside the house. An officer confronted Morgan who told him the homeowner was currently incarcerated and had given her permission …

Dragons maintain hold on first place

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor It was a beautiful night for football at Jefferson’s Memorial Stadium Friday, and for a half the Morgan County Bulldogs met their surroundings with some beautiful play.  Had it not been for a couple of things that went against the Dogs, Morgan could have been tied with the Dragons at the intermission.  However, those mishaps proved to be part of the Bulldog downfall, and the second half Jefferson showed why they hold the number three ranking in AAA this week. As some in the …

JV slips past Jackson County 30-26

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County JV football team continued their winning ways with an entertaining 30-26 victory over Region foe Jackson County last week.  The play of Jay Eubanks, Pratt Spivey, Rogers Clark, DJ Smith, and Javier Laguin sparked the offense to the win.  The see-saw battle started with the Dogs taking the lead on their first possession.  They marched 68 yards in only six plays to draw first blood.  Running back Eubanks, putting together a fine season, was again the leading ground gainer in the …

Spike Dogs end season in Sweet 16

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor It wasn’t that long ago that a Sweet 16 appearance for the Lady Spike Dogs was unheard of.  Now, it’s commonplace; a spot that the program has become accustomed to being in.  What’s not unheard of is facing another high-profile private school in that round and finding out how difficult it is to compete against schools that have an advantage in finances, resources, facilities, and…did anyone mention…players?   It’s like a broken record for some of the Morgan County sports teams.  Morgan County (22-11) …

Community stands against bullying

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By Tia Lynn Ivey editor  More than 200 people arrived at the largest Morgan County Sheriff’s Office Anti-Bullying Social last Saturday. The sixth annual event sponsored by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office was open to Morgan County youth aged 8-years-old to 15-years-old. The event ran from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and was held at the Morgan County Recreation Department. According to Olivia Laborn, Anti-Bullying Social event, the event included “motivational speakers, food, games and prizes.” A live DJ, Darren Ballard, also entertained the youth. Ministers, educators, law enforcement officers …

Spin For Kids

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By Tia Lynn Ivey editor  About 500 cyclists and 150 volunteers gathered at Camp Twin Lakes last Sunday for the annual Spin for Kids fundraiser.  Spin For Kids raises money for Camp Twin Lakes’ Camper Scholarship Program. These funds ensure each of the 10,000 children and teens served annually at Camp Twin Lakes have the opportunity to participate in year-round, transformative camp programs, regardless of the families’ ability to pay.  For more than 25 years, Camp Twin Lakes has provided life-changing camp experiences to thousands of children and teens just through …