More than $3 million in real estate sold to end 2019

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Compiled by Dianne Yost Dec. 18, 2019 • Karl Fossum of Forsyth,  to Tina Clay of Rutledge, 4541 Davis Academy Road, Rutledge, $320,000. • New Leaf Homes, LLC of Greensboro,  to Leslie J. Watkins of Madison, 1600 Westminster Way, Madison, $325,000. • RBD Development Company, LLC of Greensboro,  to New Leaf Homes. LLC of Greensboro, 1430 Westminster Way and Buckhead Manor Phase 6-B lot 107, Madison $55,000. • Rachel J. Bargo AKA Rachel J. Glover as Executor of the …* of Greensboro,  to MADH1 LLC of Covington, 1331 Atlanta Highway, …

Lady Dogs get split decision at Classic City Clash

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By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor The Morgan County girls’ basketball squad got a win over River Ridge (Woodstock), but fell to the host team North Oconee Lady Titans in the Classic City Clash over the weekend.  The split decision brings the girls’ record to 7-9 heading into the second half of the schedule after the holiday break.  According to Coach Timothy Roop, the improved effort from the free throw line was instrumental in the victory over River Ridge as the team made good on all but five attempts.  He …

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County gets 72 new voting machines

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor Morgan County is among the first in Georgia to receive its fleet of new voting machines. As of Dec. 19, just 25 counties out of 159 Georgia counties received the new voting equipment. Morgan County received 72 new voting machines on Dec. 20.  “It’s a lot,” said Jennifer Doran, election supervisor for Morgan County.  In all, the county received 72 touchscreen tablets and 72 printers.  “One of each makes a voting machine,” said Doran.  The county also received 10 ballot boxes, 10 precinct scanners …

New era of leadership for Madison fire department

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor As three veteran firefighters retire this year, with a combined 94-years experience between them, the Madison Volunteer Fire Department is entering into a new era of leadership. Madison Fire Chief Tim Carter, Frank Nesbitt, and Ray Gilbert are hanging up their helmets and hoses, retiring after more than 30 years of service each. The trio leaves behind big boots to fill but three young men are set to slip into them and carry on the legacy on into the future. Brooks Pennington IV, a …

Madison officials to oppose state’s housing code bill

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor  Madison City officials are sending state legislators a message to scrap a bill that would dictate uniform building codes across the State of Georgia. The proposed bill has City of Madison leaders, a local governments across the state, worried about the erosion of local control. The Madison Mayor and City Council unanimously passed a resolution at the Dec. 9 regular meeting opposing House Bill 302, which aims to establish statewide building and design codes to which local governments cannot add.  “It would preclude the …

City celebrates huge land gift

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor An anonymous donor is gifting 40 acres of land to the City of Madison that is potentially worth more than $400,000. The Madison Mayor and City Council voted unanimously to accept the gift at the Dec, 9 regular meeting.  “To my knowledge, it’s the largest land gift the city has ever gotten,” said City Manager David Nunn. “This is a nice piece of property and a very generous gift.” The parcel is located off Bass Road in Madison, near 441 North and is currently …

County acquires new rescue truck for $200

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor Just $200 bought the Morgan County Fire and Rescue (MCFR) a military truck and generator with a combined worth of $132,000.  According to Fire Chief Jeff Stone, the new equipment from the a federal surplus program, could “easily cost between $250,000 to $300,000 [for the truck] and $75,000 [for the generator].” The new truck, which must be transformed by the county into a proper apparatus for the fire department, will replace one of the aging “knocker” trucks. The county is hoping more trucks from …

Madison to move forward on $136k water project

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor  The City of Madison voted to spend $136,000 in labor costs to complete the second phase of the Buckhead Road Water Main project. The city will also purchase the materials for the project, bringing the total cost to about $250,000.  “It’s a good clean project,” said City Manager David Nunn.  The first phase of the project extended the Buckhead Road Water Main to the new soccer complex. The second phase will extend the water main another 7,000 feet, all the way down to Buckhead …