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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. …

Heavy fog in August foretells winter’s first frost in October

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TriBee News By Rachel Harper I have been told that on this past Saturday, August 3, there was a heavy fog here on Baldwin Dairy Road.  It was gone by the time I got up, so it must have burned off fairly quick.  But that means that on or about October 3 we will have our first frost, which is early.  Mark it down!   We will see what comes to pass. The Cronic and Porter families were saddened this past week when one of the Cronic sisters, Nell Porter, passed …

Wonderful revival week, great singing, preaching, friends; who could ask for more?

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Sugar Creek News By Mae Buice Big news flash! I got my boot off today  (Monday) and it feels wonderful.  Doctor said it has healed and I will not have to have surgery. Ain’t God Good! Yea, it’s good news for me and yet I think that I am so thankful that I didn’t break a hip, back, yes thank you Lord. We’ve had a wonderful week of revival, packed church about every night,  good singing,  preaching and good friends. Who could ask for more? Ralph Baker preached the Word and had a …

Best of the Best: A-maize-ing corn

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By Cathy Best According to the USDA’s 2013 report, issued in late June, it’s estimated U.S. farmers planted a record 97.4 million acres of corn this year; a record held since 1936. Corn stands firmly in the number one spot, out of all row crops, for most acres planted. The National Corn Growers Association reports the U.S. leads the world in corn production, growing 32 percent of all corn on the globe. 10.8 billion bushels were harvested in 2012 at a value of $79.8 billion. Those numbers make quite an …

Precinct reduction a divisive issue

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By Patrick Yost Editor A proposal by the Morgan County Board of Elections to consolidate voting precincts from 11 locations to five was met with both derision and affirmation at a public hearing on the plan last Thursday. More than 50 people attended the hearing at the Board of Elections office to hear both the specifics of the plan and what is driving the board to consider eliminating six voting precincts. Board Chairman George Holt said voting had changed dramatically recently with the introduction of early voting (currently 21 days prior …

Hodges announces candidacy for council seat

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By Nick Nunn Staff Writer Chris Hodges announced her candidacy in the Madison City Council District 5 race on Monday, July 29. Hodges, the daughter of City of Madison Mayor Bruce Gilbert and Judy Gilbert, was “born and raised” in Madison and has been an agent for Madison Realty, Inc. since October of 1995. Running for public office is something that Hodges says she has “been thinking about for a long time.” Hodges stated during an interview Monday afternoon that Madison needs to “look at what we are doing right …

5,000 gallons of diesel stolen: Two Atlanta-area men arrested, charged with theft

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By Patrick Yost Editor Two Atlanta-area men have been arrested and charged with the theft of nearly 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel from the Pilot Truck Stop on Eatonton Road. Quentin Anthony Harris, 42, and Oland James Stevenson, Jr., 40, were both arrested on Thursday, July 25 at approximately 3:30 a.m. at the Pilot Truck Stop and charged with two felony counts of theft by taking and four misdemeanor counts of theft by taking in relation to more than 10 thefts of diesel fuel. According to Madison Police Department reports, …

School board approves rollback millage rate

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By Kathryn Schiliro Managing Editor The Morgan County Board of Education (BOE), with little discussion, voted unanimously to approve both the fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget and the current year’s rollback millage rate of 18.213 at a called meeting Thursday, July 25. The budget calls for expenditures of near $26.6 million, most of which goes to direct instruction, or teachers’ salaries, and revenues of more than $25.8 million, with an estimated more than $13.8 million coming from state sources and a projected more than $11.6 million coming from local property …

Rutledge goes rollback rate of 3.734

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By Leila Dycus Intern The Rutledge City Council, at a meeting July 25, voted unanimously to set the city’s millage rate to the rollback rate of 3.734. “We really have had no discussion of raising it or anything,” said Mayor Pro Tempore Brenda Thompson, who officiated over the meeting as Mayor Spencer Knight was absent. “And also we’ve already done the budget based on this millage rate, and everything looks good so we don’t see any reason to bother it.” “We’re in good shape for who we are, for a …

Councils OK millage rates: Bostwick approves 1.47 mils; Buckhead, 3.331

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By Les Bessenger Intern The Bostwick City Council voted to set their millage rate to the previously discussed and advertised rollback rate of 1.47 mils at a meeting July 25. At a meeting earlier this month, Mayor John Bostwick said that the approval of the rollback rate will bring in the same amount – $10,010 – of funds that last year’s millage rate did. Council Member Ken Johnson motioned for the new millage rate and Council Member Damon Malcom seconded the motion. The new millage rate was approved unanimously with no objections …

Citizens express concerns with minority performances at Morgan County schools

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  By Nick Nunn Staff Writer A dozen Morgan County citizens expressed concern about the performance of African-American students at Morgan County schools during a Morgan County Board of Education (BOE) District 1 town hall meeting held at Calvary Baptist Church on Friday, July 26. Erica Veasley, the representative for District 1 on the BOE, began the meeting by describing some of the training sessions that she has attended since being voted into her seat on the BOE last November, including the required 15 hours of training for all new …