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$500k missing from house

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Police arrest housekeeper in massive gold theft By Patrick Yost Editor  A Rutledge cleaning business owner is currently in jail on charges that she removed and sold more than $500,000 in gold and other precious metals and cash from a Madison customer. According to Det. Andre Johnson, Madison Police Department, Kimberly McMickle, 56, was arrested on Friday, Dec. 18 on one count of exploitation of an elderly person and one count theft by taking. Johnson said warrants allege that in an approximately two year period, McMickle removed gold coins, silver …

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6,500 early votes and counting

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  About 6,500 Morgan County voters have cast their ballots early ahead of the January 5 runoff election, in which Georgia’s two coveted U.S. Senate Seats hang in the balance between Incumbent Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler and Democratic Challengers Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock.  The last chance to cast your ballot early is this week. Early voting ends, Thursday, Dec. 31. Early voting hours til then, are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration, located …

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Polling sites shut down

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Board says lack of poll workers cause of closures By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Just one week before the highly-anticipated Senate runoff elections, Morgan County is closing down two polling places on Election Day, January 5, after a wave of COVID cases and COVID quarantines hit local poll workers.  The Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration (BOER) held an emergency special-called meeting, announced just hours before convening on Tuesday, Dec. 29, in which only three board members attended, voting to close Morgan County’s two smallest precincts—Clack’s Chapel and …

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Madison Men charged with heroin possession

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By Patrick Yost Editor  Two Madison men were charged with possession of heroin and other drug-related charges after a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office narcotic investigation. According to Lt. Brandon Sellers, Investigations Division, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Beason Randall Franklin, 32, and Joshua Shane Slaughter, 27, were both arrested on Thursday, Dec. 17 at approximately 4 p.m. after investigators executed a search warrant on a Slaughter-Veasley Road residence. Franklin was charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, possession of heroin and possession of marijuana, less than an ounce …

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Madison puts 2020 behind, looking to 2021

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  As 2020 comes to a close, Madison officials are looking back at the goals they accomplished throughout the year and looking ahead to 2021 as they tackle a new slate of goals to work on in the coming year.  Madison Mayor Fred Perriman reflected on the challenges and difficulties faced in 2020 and encouraged citizens to persevere as 2021 begins.  “Despite the COVID-19 we have been facing the last nine months, Madison has been doing extremely well,” said Perriman. “We ask all of our …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On Dec. 18, a report of theft by taking and criminal trespass was made at Walmart. According to reports, the manager on duty said the store used battery storage cage had been damaged and all batteries had been removed. Surveillance video showed a white four door sedan back up to the battery cage and a male occupant cut the cage and loaded the batteries into the vehicle and left the scene ten minutes later. The manager stated a total of 31 batteries valued at $12 each were stolen and estimated …

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Dec. 27 a burglary complaint was filed at Valero Gas Station, Newborn Road. According to reports, a deputy responded to a an alarm at 1:24 a.m. at the store. He observed that a glass front door had been shattered and the store had been ransacked. Reports state that deputies reviewed video that showed a man damaging the door with a crow bar. The man then entered the store and damaged a cash register with the crow bar and a safe. Damages to the items were approximately $1,300. Nothing was …

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Bulldogs Well Represented on All-Region Squad

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By Alvin Richardson Sports Editor  The Morgan County football team made a good showing on the All-Region 4AAA team selected last week. On the offensive first team the Bulldogs placed three linemen and a running back. On the defensive first team Morgan placed two linemen, two linebackers and a pair of defensive backs. Morgan also had seven players listed in the Honorable Mention category including an offensive lineman, a wide receiver, a defensive lineman, two defensive backs, an h-back and a punter.  In total Morgan County was represented by 17 …

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Runoff voters rival presidential election

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor Morgan County voters are flocking to the polls to cast their ballots early in the immensely consequential U.S. Senate run-off election. The two Senate seats at stake in Georgia will not only determine the political fate of Georgia, but the political fate of the entire nation. In the first week of early voting, 2,725 voters cast their ballots in Morgan, with 628 voters showing up on the first day. As of press time on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 3,548 voters have cast ballots. That’s nearly 20 …

Covid Death Spurs Toy Drive

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Taylor Atwater turns her grief into good to remember her father, Tony Atwater By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor A young woman decided to turn her grief into generosity this Christmas after losing her father to COVID-19 over the summer.  Taylor Atwater, 19, took to Facebook to orchestrate a toy giveaway in honor of her late father’s memory, Tony Atwater, a lifelong Madison resident who passed away in August. Tony, at the age of 53, was hospitalized for the coronavirus hours away from his family and loved ones at a …

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Two wrecks claim two local lives

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By Patrick Yost Editor  A 63-year-old man was struck and killed while driving a Moped scooter on West Jefferson Street Tuesday, December 15 and a Bostwick man died in a two vehicle wreck Monday, December 21. According to Georgia State Patrol reports, Ben Cain was pronounced dead at Morgan Medical Center at approximately 6:30 p.m. following the incident. Reports state that Cain was driving a Moped east on West Jefferson Street at approximately 6 p.m. when a 2004 Ford Super Duty truck driven by Robert Zachary Greer, 18, Monroe pulled …

Rundown on the Runoffs: Loeffler vs. Warnock

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Raphael Warnock By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Revered Raphael Warnock, born in 1959, holds the pulpit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s church, Ebenzer Baptist in Atlanta.  Warnock grew up in Savannah, along with 12 siblings and is the son of a military veteran, preacher and small business man. He is a graduate of Morehouse College. According to Warnock, he threw his hat in the race for U.S. Senate, to fight on behalf of “the least of these,” a biblical term for society’s most vulnerable, oppressed and exploited.   Warnock …

Rundown on the Runoffs: Loeffler vs. Warnock

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Kelly Loeffler By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Senator Kelly Loeffler, born in 1970, is a newbie to the campaign trail even though she is a sitting senator.  Loeffler was never elected to office, but appointed by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp in 2019 after Senator Johnny Isakson stepped down due to health issues. Loeffler was born, raised and educated in Illinois, earning an MBA from DePaul University. She relocated to Georgia in 2002, becoming a lead executive for the Intercontinental Exchange. She married the CEO of the company, Jeff Sprecher. …

Rundown on the Runoffs: Ossoff vs. Perdue

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David Perdue By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Sitting Senator David Perdue is Georgia’s senior Senator, born in Macon, Ga. in 1949. After graduating from Georgia Tech, he rose to become the CEO of Reebok, senior vice president of Sara Lee Corporations, CEO of Pillowtex and CEO Dollar General before venturing into politics. He was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2014.  As he campaigns around the state for reelection, he regularly characterizes his democratic opponents as “radical socialists” out to “destroy democracy.”  Perdue’s critics accuse him of unethically …

Rundown on the Runoffs: Ossoff vs. Perdue

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Jon Ossoff By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Jon Ossoff, born in 1987 in Atlanta, Ga., has never held public office, but served as a national security aide for Congressman Hank Johnson and was also interned for the late Georgia Congressman John Lewis.  Ossoff made a name for himself as an investigative journalist and CEO of a media company after earning a BS from Georgetown University and MS from the London School of Economics.  On the campaign trail, Ossoff unpacks his various policy positions including supporting a $15 minimum wage, …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On Dec. 11, officers responded to a report of property damage at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Ward Road. According to reports, a white semi-truck had entered the parking lot of the church and struck two trees and the brick sign, causing an estimated $5,000 in damages. The driver was located at the end of Lakeview Street and received a citation for failure to report striking a fixed object. An hour later, a resident of Highland Avenue reported that a semi-truck matching the same description drove …

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Dec. 20 an information report was filed at a Academy Lane, Rutledge residence. According to reports, a woman said after she had been picked up by a friend from her ex-husband’s house because of an argument, she woke up the next morning and realized two of her tires had been cut. The woman said she drover her 2013 Kia to Valero Convenience Store and observed that two of the tires on the vehicle had been cut. On Dec. 18 a lost property report ws field at Walmart, Eatonton Road. …

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Bulldogs lose one to COVID

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Exposure to Coronavirus forces game cancellation Sports Staff The Morgan County High School Bulldogs cancelled a Saturday night game against Salem High School after a player and two staff members were exposed to Coronavirus. According to Bulldog Head Coach Jamond Sims, the game was cancelled after a player, a coach and the team’s bus driver all reported exposure to COVID-19. Sims says practice last week was also cancelled “out of prudence” and that the Bulldogs were able to get back into the gym on Monday and Tuesday for practice. “As …

Filling Stockings In Morgan

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Christmas is just around the corner and one local law enforcement agency is doubling as Santa’s helpers this season to “fill stockings” with new toys for boys and girls in Morgan County.  The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office held its annual Empty Stocking Fund, distributing presents to 94 Morgan County families, comprised of a total of 217 children. Eight volunteers help distribute the toys to each family last week.  “We don’t just give each child a present, we give them their whole Christmas,” said Olivia …

Richard Lee Stewart, Sr.

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Richard Lee Stewart, Sr., age 67, of Rutledge, GA, died Monday, January 4, 2021 at his residence surrounded by his loved ones.  Born in Madison, GA on August 23, 1953, he was the son of the late J. C. Stewart and Essie Ellis Stewart. Ricky attended Morgan County High School.  On May 28, 1993, he married the former Susi McNair of Greensboro and most recently they celebrated their twenty-seventh wedding anniversary.  He was the owner and operator of Stewart’s Logging.  Watching ball games and westerns were a favorite pastime. Ricky …