Caught between Kemp and Coalition

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By Tia Ivey managing editor  Morgan County is at the center of a heated legal battle between Governor Brian Kemp and the Coalition for Good Governance, revolving around the issue of election security in the State of Georgia and “missing votes” in the Georgia Lieutenant Governor race during the November 2018 Midterm election.  The Coalition for Good Governance, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that focuses on election transparency and verifiability, notified the Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration (BOER) of a soon-to-be-served subpoena requesting access to electronic data and records, …

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Commissioners approve 441 event facility

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer  The Morgan County Board of Commissioners approved a request for a conditional use permit to operate an event facility on 58.55 acres at 2761 Athens Highway after a 3 – 1 vote with Commissioner Ben Riden in opposition. The request had been tabled last month to examine safety logistics expressed by concerned neighbors. Previously, a few community members issued concerns over impacts on traffic and accidents as well as the possibility of shooting-related events. Applicant Edward McDuffie responded last month that the planned facility, which …

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Corridor Commission approves truck stop

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Plans for a truck stop have been approved by the City of Madison at the intersection of Highway 83 and Amtico Road. Last week, the Corridor Design Commission approved site plans for Love’s Travel Plaza and Country Store with certain conditions.  According to the Corridor Design Commission, which granted Love’s Travel Plaza a Certificate of Appropriateness, certain conditions must be met on the 47-acre site. Those conditions include landscaping changes, prohibiting band lighting, and demanding review of all materials used for the windows, entry …

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Real estate tops $4 million

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Compiled by Dianne Yost staff writer April 17 • Mark A. Widener of Atlanta to Kenneth Freeman of Buckhead,1660 Apalachee Woods, 1.39 acres, Buckhead, $669,500. • Andrew L. O’Connell, III of Inlet Beach, Fla. to Michael W. Fender of Madison, 1339 Cedar Drive, Madison, $337,000. April 18 • Martin C. Spears of Bonifay, Fla. to James Meyer of Rutledge, 1270 Weaver Jones Road, 9.94 acres, Rutledge, $285,000. • RBC Homes, LLC of Madison to Ansley Floyd of Madison, 1160 Bell Circle, Madison, $149,900. • Dennis Lee Stewart of Madison to …

Arrest follows man’s stabbing

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  A Madison man has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly stabbed another man twice behind the Sunflower Convenience Store. According to Det. Wes Thompson, Madison Police Department, Alex Tolbert, 32, was detained at a Commerce Street residence at approximately 9:30 p.m. after officers conducted an interview with a man who alleged that Tolbert had stabbed him following an argument the two men had after the victim had allegedly urinated in front of Tolbert’s girlfriend. Reports state that at approximately 8:30 …

Pair arrested for Madelyn Lane burglary

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By Patrick Yost editor  Neighborhood cameras and a wide investigative effort led to the arrest of two people in connection with a burglary in the Madelyn Lane neighborhood. According to Chief Deputy Keith Howard, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Jeremy Bryan, 29, Covington and Stephine Reyes, 28, were both arrested in connection with the Friday, April 26 burglary of the residence. Bryan and Reyes were arrested on Sunday, May 5 after Morgan County investigators tracked the couple down to an Econo Lodge in Conyers. A Honda dirt bike valued at $4,000; …

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Madison Police Department

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On May 2 a criminal damage to property complaint was filed at a Overlook Drive residence. According to reports, two woman reported that they walk by the vacant residence every day and noticed that someone had kicked in a garage door. A front column had also been damaged and was lying on the ground. On May 3 Tavaris Anton Reid, 29, Madison was arrested and charged with simple battery. According to reports, a woman alleged that Reid came to her Morgan Circle residence and accused her of “being out with …

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On May 6 Desmond Deneen Harris, 29, Rutledge was arrested and charged with criminal damage to property. According to reports, officers were called to a Hollis Street residence and spoke with a man standing with Harris on the street. The man alleged that Harris had broken all four windows out of a woman’s car and damaged the side mirrors on the car. Reports allege that at the time Harris appeared to be “intoxicated” and had an alcoholic beverage in his hand. The vehicle’s owner said Harris became upset with her …

Landmarks ‘ramble’ historic churches

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By Joyce Morehouse special to the citizen On Saturday, April 27th, members of Morgan County Landmarks Society gathered at St. Paul AME Church in Madison to begin our “Ramble” by coach to six historic churches in Morgan County, each with its own unique history and architecture.  While riding on the coach, members were introduced to each church by Ken Kocher and Terry Tatum, who prepared us for an actual tour of the churches themselves. “Ramblers” were greeted at each of the churches by either the minister or another person on …

Spring Training Starts

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The Morgan County High School Football team took to the field Monday afternoon to begin the process of getting the next group of students ready to don the Bulldog red. For the next two weeks Morgan County High School Football coaches will put the players through various drills and conditioning like those pictured below for the 2019 Bulldog Football campaign.

Lane named 8-AAA Player-of-the-Year

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor When baseball coach Merritt Ainslie was asked about Hunter Lane’s career, he told this story, “In his first game as a freshman on Feb. 17, 2016 at Jackson High School, he did not start.  I brought him on in relief in a tight game with the bases loaded and no outs.  Most freshmen would have folded under that kind of pressure.  Hunter had ice water in his veins and showed no anxiety or nervousness at all.  He got us, out of the jam and …

Derby Day in Madison

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor After a one-year hiatus, Derby Day–the sole annual fundraiser of the Madison-Morgan Conservancy (MCC)– returned last weekend. Derby Day is a lavish viewing party of the Kentucky Derby in which attendees wear traditional fancy wide-brimmed hats while sipping bourbon and dining on delicious cuisine. This year, Derby Day was supposed to be held at the historic Foster-Thomason-Miller House, but was moved to the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center last minute due to inclement weather. But attendees were still treated to a special evening at the while …

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River group holding May 11 fundraising float

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By Sarah Wibell staff The Apalachee River Hidden Gem event taking place on May 11 hopes to bring in around 50 participants and inspire them to become river and land stewards. The event organized by non-profit organizations, Georgia River Network and Oconee River Land Trust, is part of Georgia River Network’s Hidden Gems Series. These Hidden Gem events highlight local up-and-coming water trails, providing opportunities for people to rediscover some of the hidden gems on Georgia’s waterways and learn how they can get involved in river protection and enjoyment in …

Charmaine Minniefield Gallery Talk

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer Atlanta-based artist Charmaine Minniefield, whose work is garnering national and international attention, gave a gallery talk at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center on Sunday, May 5. Her work, currently on display at MMCC as part of the Connexus exhibit, draws upon a spiritual connection with ancestors, emancipation, and feminism. In particular, the pieces that are part of Minniefield’s Black Angel collection reference, reflect, and are inspired by Ring Shout, which she explained during her talk. “I actually travelled back to West Africa, to the region where …

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Geraldine Lowe Carter

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Geraldine Lowe Carter was born October 13, 1932 in Sharon to the late Jimmy Lowe and Lenora Revere Lowe. At an early age she joined Thankful Baptist Church, where she was a faithful choir member. She was united in holy matrimony to Deacon Sam Carter, who preceded her in death in addition to one sister and four brothers. Geraldine transitioned to eternal rest on Friday, April 19, 2019. Her memory will live on in her two children, Pastor Aaron Carter Sr. (Valenteena) and Juanita Miller (Clifford); one sister, Bessie L. …

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Joel Henry Johnston

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Joel Henry Johnston Joel Henry Johnston, 90, of Rutledge, went home to be with the Lord, on May 3, 2019. He was a native of Newborn, where he was one of five children of the late Eugene and Sadie Williams Johnston. Growing up he enjoyed roping on his horse, Rawhide. He served in the United States  Army, where he was stationed in Germany during the Korean War from 1950-1952 as a Medic. He received medals for expert shooter with the M-1 carbine and also expert shooter with the 45 cal. …

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Troy Lee Dobbs

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Troy Lee Dobbs, 92 of Bostwick, died May 6 2019. Mr. Dobbs was born April 17, 1927 in Walton County to DeWitt and Viola Roberts Dobbs. He was married to the late Juanita Dobbs. Mr. Dobbs served in the United States Army during WWII and the Korean War. He was retired from the Schnadig Corporation where he was the quality assurance manager. Mr. Dobbs was a member of Gibbs Memorial Baptist Church. He enjoyed working his garden. He liked to fish and hunt and loved to play softball. He was …

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Jimmy Jones

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Jimmy Jones, 64 of Madison, died May 3, 2019. Jimmy was the son of the late, Brady and Lillie Cobb Jones. He had worked as a truck driver and also for Morris Wrecker Service. Jimmy was married to Shelby Johnson. He enjoyed racing, fishing and watching wrestling. He loved his dogs and his grandchildren. Jimmy Jones is survived by his wife, Shelby and their children, Pamela Jones, Spencer Jones and Mandi, Ricki Nelms and Chris. He is also survived by grandchildren, Javier, Bri and Aiden Tirado, Easton Poole, Jessie Jones …

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Tom Franklin

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Tom Franklin, age 100, of Madison passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2019. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 10 at 11 a.m. at Springfield Missionary Baptist Church, 2410 Bethany Church Road, Madison. There will be a visitation on Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Jones and Turner Funeral Home Chapel, 484 Burney Street, Madison. Jones and Turner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Tour Of Homes

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Approximately 1,000 visitors descended upon Madison last weekend for the annual “Madison in May” Spring Tour of Homes. This year’s tour featured five historical houses, one condominium, one new home, five historic churches, and three historical attractions.  The “Madison in May” Spring Tour of Homes is sponsored by the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC).  According to Elsie Monk, Chair of the “Madison in May” Spring Tour of Homes, “the tour allowed visitors to experience the living history of Madison while strolling through a collection of …