Access to the polls is easy due to absentee ballots, free rides

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To the Editor: Having attended both public meetings of the Board of Elections and Registration, I too have a few comments. Comments made that $19,000 to $35,000 in savings are insignificant sounds like Washington speaking. Detractors said the Board had not been asked by the Commissioners to reduce expenses. Since when do public officials have to be asked to be fiscally responsible? Some attendees claimed that some voters would be unable to, or hampered in voting due to the elimination of some polling places. One can actually vote in person …

Precinct closings are a logical decision, not an emotional one

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To the Editor: I attended the second meeting relating to consolidation of nine voting precincts into five. In my humble opinion, it is a matter of logic versus emotions. The Election Board has found that it is logical to reduce the number — to simplify voting and save money. Those who want to keep the nine precincts want to do so for emotional reasons: they like the status quo for various personal reasons. The argument that reducing the number will make it too hard for some people to vote is …

Writer apologizes for misunderstandings regarding Jackson Bailey’s legacy

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To the Editor: I would like to express my regrets to the family of Jackson Bailey who have recently sent a Letter to the Editor. I was requested to write a piece on the artist for the Rutledge column and did this as a favor. I took my information from the internet and from correspondence with Mrs. Beverly Bailey herself. I had limited information available to me and at the time I wrote the piece was living overseas. Futhermore, I would like to apologize to Mr. Bailey III for my …

Law Enforcement: Aug. 8, 2013 edition

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Madison Police Department On July 31 a larceny from auto complaint was filed at a South Main Street location after a man reported that someone had entered his unlocked Ford F-150 pickup truck and removed his wallet. The man reported that he had $700 cash and debit and credit cards in the wallet. On July 31 a larceny from auto complaint was filed at a Flash Foods, Eatonton Highway, after a woman reported that someone had removed her purse from her unlocked Honda. The woman said the purse contained $150 …

Former Bostwick man indicted in the murder of his grandfather

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  By Patrick Yost Editor A former Bostwick resident has been indicted by a Cobb County Grand Jury for the murder of his grandfather. According to a story published Friday in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Casey Collins, 30, and Sarah Cook, 23, were both indicted in the stabbing death of 78-year-old Edward Smith. Collins and Cook were indicted for malice murder, felony murder, four counts of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault and for concealing the death of another, the story states. Collins and Cook were both arrested in May, …

Man attempts to fleece Madison auto parts store: Suspect busted with careful records of returns made to O’Reilly Auto Parts

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By Patrick Yost Editor A Riverdale man faces several criminal charges after he allegedly attempted to return stolen merchandise to a Madison O’Reilly’s Auto Parts store. According to Madison Police Department reports, Troy Durham Wise, 42, was arrested on July 26 at approximately 6:20 p.m. after an employee at the store on Eatonton Road alerted police that a man in the store was attempting to return merchandise that had allegedly been stolen from another O’Reilly’s location. Reports state that an officer observed the man attempting to leave the store’s parking …

Biz Buzz: A movie theater in Madison? Yes, please!

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  By Dianne Lively Yost It’s ding dang HOT y’all! And I ain’t just talkin’ ‘bout the weather! That’s ‘cause my hot, hot, hot pepper patch is flat ROCKIN’ it out of the garden! Lord have MERCY! Momma and I have flat out done ourselves this summer! That means we are all set to WIN, WIN, WIN this year’s 9th Annual Madison Chili Cook-Off! It ain’t never too soon to start preppin’ for this international event that’s held right here at Town Park! It’s slated for Saturday, Oct. 5! Y’all …

Volleyball team courts new players at camp

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By Nick Nunn Staff Writer This year the Morgan County High School (MCHS) volleyball team included a new addition to their preseason schedule: a three-day camp at MCHS on July 29-31, just before team tryouts took place on Aug. 1. Twenty-two potential candidates for the volleyball team participated in the three days of the camp, which began at 8:30 a.m. and stretched to 2 p.m. For the athletes, the camp was primarily centered on practicing the fundamentals of offensive and defensive techniques, said MCHS Volleyball Coach Pam Hooten. Both new …

The last hurrah of the Greater Rutledge Sportsman’s Club

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By Alvin Richardson In 1971 Lake Oconee was just a gleam in the eye of the Georgia Power Company. There were, however rumors out there that the river was on its way to semi-extinction and that a big dead lake would take its place. The Greater Rutledge Sportsman’s Club, a loosely affiliated group of miscreants, scoundrels, reprobates and un-convicted felons (of which I was the junior member) took the news badly. This band of brothers fancied themselves outdoorsmen, and so, for old times sake, voted to take one last rafting …

Schools to hold beginning-of-the-year events

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By Kathryn Schiliro Managing Editor Morgan County public school students begin the school year Thursday, Aug. 8, but Meet the Teacher and open house events continue after that date. Morgan County Primary School (MCPS) will hold their Meet the Teacher date on Wednesday, Aug. 7, the day before school starts. Parents of Pre-K students should come to the school from 9-10 a.m. that morning for orientation and a chance to meet their student’s teacher. Parents of Kindergarten students should report to MCPS to meet teachers from 3-4 p.m.; and parents …

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Howard E. Pickett

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Howard E. Pickett of Madison passed away July 31, 2013 at Madison Health and Rehab. He was 91 years of age. He was born October 27, 1921 in Covington and was one of eight children. He joined the Navy when he was 22 years old where he served in the Pacific Arena and Pearl Harbor. Mr. Pickett married Betty Jo Pierce in 1943. Betty Jo passed away in 1963. He married Wilma Yancey Allison in 1965 and in 1972 they moved to Madison to be closer to his job at …

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Betty Joe Smith

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Funeral service for Betty Joe Smith will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 10 at Springfield Missionary Baptist church. The body will lie in state from noon until hour of service. Family and friends please assemble at Dellie Franklin residence at 12:15. Visitation will be held Friday, August 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Jones and Turner Chapel.

William J. “Bill” Griffin

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Asheville – William J. “Bill” Griffin, 90, of Asheville, died Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at the Charles George VA Medical Center. A native of Bostwick, he was a son of the late Henry and Era Williams Griffin. He was also preceded in death by an infant son, James Griffin. While growing up on the family farm in Georgia, he showed a strong aptitude towards anything mechanical. In addition to helping work the farm and selling produce, he had his own bicycle shop and repaired watches and cars as a teenager. …

Leroy “Lee” Binion, Jr.

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Leroy “Lee” Binion, Jr. was born August 28, 1929 in Madison to the late Leroy and Sallie Ree Binion in Madison. He entered into a peaceful rest Saturday, July 13, 2013 with his family gathered around him. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Charlie and Talmadge Binion; five sisters Lurene, Eva Cara, Josephine, Mary and Leona and a daughter, Linda Davenport. He was married to Eloise Greene in 1949 and to this union nine children were born. He attended the public school in Morgan County in …

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Ralph Emerson Burky, Jr.

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Our Daddy, Ralph Emerson Burky Jr.(Sonny), age 66, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday July 31, 2013.  Services will be held Saturday August 10, 10 a.m. from the chapel of Moores Funeral Home in Milledgeville. Sonny was a native of New Philadelphia, Ohio, but made his home in Putnam County to fulfill his dream of owning a dairy farm.  He loved the outdoors, early crisp mornings, and the smell of a freshly mowed hay field. He was preceded in death by his father Ralph Emerson Burky, Sr., …

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Lorene Miller Jordan: January 10, 1925 – August 2, 2013

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Lorene Miller Jordan went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Friday, August 2, 2013. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family. Mrs. Jordan was born January 10, 1925 in Gainesville to Joseph Richard and Ruby Harper Miller. She was married to the late Robert Lewis Jordan and they spent their life together as dairy farmers in Morgan County. She was a member of Sugar Creek Baptist Church but in her later years faithfully attended Sandy Creek Baptist Church with her family. Her greatest joy was …

Looking through the eyes of God

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Union Springs News By T. Adrienne Terrell Greetings from The Springs! There is truly more excitement in the air now that revival 2013 is here! There’s still time for you to join us this week. We will meet nightly at 7:30. If by chance you miss Revival I will be sure to update you on all that transpires. Aris Hubbard made it back from the national meet in North Carolina and we all agree that she and her teammates did very well. Although they did not place in the meets, …

School to start once again; pray for a safe year

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Brownwood News By Margie Ward The church was almost full Sunday for Homecoming of 153 years. Many visitors were present including Rev. and Mrs. James Ashe who was pastor of Brownwood from 1960 – 1970 and Rev. and Mrs. Hoyt Johnson who was Interim Pastor before Bro. Ron came. We thank all our visitors for coming it was so good to have you all with us and hope you were blessed today and will come be with us again soon as God leads. Our doors and hearts are always open …

Rutledge: It’s like taking a step back in time

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Rutledge News By Donna Myers Taking my pen in hand is the direct result of a request from Joellen Artz to write a few words about what it’s like to be a transplant to the state of Georgia. My name is Donna Myers and my husband Dennis and I relocated to Georgia last October after residing in northern Indiana for 65 years. We wanted to escape the northern winters and had a daughter and son-in-law plus two grandchildren located in Greensboro. Our son-in-law is a realtor and suggested we might …

Summer comes to an end for schoolchildren

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Buckhead News By Betty Moore Well it certainly doesn’t seem like it, but summer for the school children is all but over. I hope that it will be a good year for not only the children but for the school teachers and all of those in charge. I pray God’s blessing on all of you. We have no grandchildren to attend school. Monday the last Buckhead Friendship Club was held to honor Peggy Armour who is moving to sun City, Arizona. Peggy, we wish the very best happiness for you. …