Nunnsense: One-way ticket on the money train goes to das Prison

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By Nick Nunn Before I begin, I’d like you to know that one was hurt during the execution of this nunnsensical act. In Germany, the use of train transportation is much more common than here in the states. The German train system is owned by a company called “Deutsche Bahn,” and it is, by and large, a very reliable way to travel. I loved using trains to get back and forth to the school that I was at in Germany, and, thanks to my student ticket, it was quite affordable. …

Newspapers will never die, just evolve

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  By Congressman Jack Kingston I cannot think of a time in my life when newspapers were not present. From my father reading one at the breakfast table or mom referring to an article she read to debates with my sisters over which comic strip was best, they have always been a staple in the Kingston household. As Athenians we subscribed to the Athens Daily News and the Athens Banner-Herald. My parents also liked to read the Atlanta papers and columns of Furman Bisher and Lewis Grizzard. As teenagers we …

With embassy closings, the War on Terror comes roaring back

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By Fred Johnson Less than three months ago, President Obama told an audience at the National Defense University in Washington that after the death of Osama bin Laden and his top lieutenants, al Qaeda has been decimated, scattered across the North Africa and the Middle East and able to launch only small-scale attacks. Senior administration officials went further by telling reporters that Mr. Obama wanted to jettison the whole mindset that the U.S. is still engaged in a war on terrorism. Now the Obama administration has announced that we are …

Parents are key to child’s success in school

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To the Editor: I feel the need to address the issue of schools meeting the needs of students. As an example I will cite Avery Jackson. I taught Avery in 1968-69. He was a wonderful student and a joy to teach. I wish as a teacher I could claim credit for his success as an adult. But the truth is that most of it was due to the support and reinforcement of his parents Kate and Robert Jackson. They helped and encouraged him every day and he was always prepared. …

Closings will save a few dollars, but at what price?

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By Columnist Jim McManus I am ignorant of the source and, therefore the motivation, of this rather widespread movement in Georgia to effect changes in our election laws. The shrinking of the total number of polling stations, as suggested at the two recent local Board of Elections hearings, is only the latest in a series of moves by public officials statewide. I find the firm insistence that saving money lies at the heart of the matter to be less than candid. Emmie Smock’s impassioned plea that we all see the vote …

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., …