Lady Dogs finish 2-1 for week while grabbing third 8-AAA win

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By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor It was a solid week for the MOCO basketball girls going 2-1.  Wins over Jackson County 54-39 and Tucker High School 45-42 highlighted the action with a loss on Saturday to Carver Columbus 87-51 to end the week in the Peach State Holiday Classic at Westlake.   The wins moved the Lady Dogs to 6-7 overall and 3-2 in 8-AAA play with the Jackson County victory. The girls played their third and final contest of the tournament this past Monday.  Results of that contest …

Dementia support group offers hope

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By Kurston Smith, Intern It is said that with age comes wisdom. However, for some, age can also mean a diagnosis of dementia.   The reality of a dementia diagnosis can be difficult to navigate – especially when it involves a loved one or friend, co-worker, or employee.  Developed by the Alzheimer’s Society in the United Kingdom, Dementia Friends USA is a “global movement” that is changing the way people think, act, and talk in regards to dementia.  Georgia, along with many other states, offers the Dementia Friends Program through …

Don’t miss Chris Cook’s ‘Pop-up’ gallery

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By Kurston Smith, Intern There is a new “Pop-Up” Art Gallery in downtown Madison featuring the artwork of Madison’s very own local artist, Chris Cook, owner of Madison Studios.  Cook is an American artist, born in Atlanta, who is considered a Southern Artist and Expressionist. He has had art exhibits all over the state of Georgia and his artwork is even featured in museums. The Jubilee Museum located in Columbus, Ohio and the Georgia Writers Museum in Eatonton.  Chris enjoys painting with a Southern outlook. He paints spiritual and religious …

Esther Curry and Effie Powell go to Washington

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor The Christmas season at the White House is a notoriously grand and elegant affair, but few Americans ever see it in person. But two Morgan County natives, twin sisters Esther Curry and Effie Powell, were both selected to serve as docents this year during the annual Christmas tours at the White House in Washington D.C.   “Personally I feel it was an honor to be given the opportunity to do something fun and to serve in such an important place in that small way and …

Empty Stocking Fund brings joy to Morgan families

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By Patrick Yost, Editor More than 100 families representing 250 children aged infant to 12-years-old had a merrier Christmas last Friday thanks to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Empty Stocking program. Parents and guardians who had signed up for the program through an application published in the Morgan County Citizen arrived throughout the day at the Morgan County Public Safety Center where trustees and volunteers delivered large bags of toys for the parents to take home, wrap and deliver to children on Christmas day. The toys have either been donated, according …

Behold, a Christmas Miracle

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor Edward and Angela Binion turned the key to their home of 17 years to discover nothing less than a Christmas miracle this week.  Earlier this year, the Binion family fell on hard times, with their Hough Circle house falling into severe disrepair and the couple’s three children put into foster care as a result.  Struggling financially and out of options, Edward and Angela feared all hope was lost to fix their home and put their family back together. “We didn’t know what we were …

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor Santa and his helpers ushered in the biggest Christmas celebration in Madison last weekend. The Annual Holiday Parade and Caroling by Candle Light was held in Downtown Madison last Saturday.  The Holiday Parade featured floats, walking groups, vintage cars, horses, dogs, dancers, and the award winning MCHS Marching Bulldog Band, all decorated to this year’s theme, ‘Up On The Rooftop, Click, Click, Click…’ After the parade, people sang medleys of holiday music in Town Park by candlelight. This event was orchestrated by Madison Main …

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On Dec. 16 Adam Carl Wade, 44, Bethlehem was arrested and charged with simple assault. According to reports, officers were called to the Budget Inn regarding a domestic dispute. A woman alleged that Wade had been verbally abusive towards her and would not let her sleep. Reports state that Wade was “very intoxicated. The woman said she was concerned that Wade’s blood sugar level was off and, in an officer’s presence, she checked and it was normal and “… that Mr. Wade was likely just intoxicated. The officer left and …

MOCO Lady Dogs take win over East Jackson

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By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor It was all Dogs at East Jackson this past week as both varsity and JV teams brought home the wins.  The Lady Dogs came away with a hotly contested 45-42 victory on the road before losing at Jefferson Friday 68-47 and again on Saturday at Newton 51-39.  It was an eerily similar week for the girls and boys.  The girls fought out a close one at EJ before losing by an almost identical score at Jefferson before playing well against a much bigger Newton …

New hospital allows for growth of health services

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor Morgan County’s new hospital turns one-year-old this December, but the vision for the Morgan Medical Center was more than 15 years in the making.  Hospital leaders are celebrating the one-year anniversary since the Morgan Medical Center, a $35 million replacement hospital, opened its doors to the public .  “The past year has been a positive one, from a growth perspective as well as financially.  We are excited to enter 2020 with a continued commitment to grow and expand the services we are able to …

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 …

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On Dec. 1 a damage to property complaint was filed at Red Roof Inn, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an officer was dispatched to the motel regarding a man bleeding. Reports state that a 42-year-old man told the officer he had cut his hand after punching a picture frame. The man said he was upset at the time of the punch. On Nov. 28 a theft of lost or mislaid property complaint was filed at Walmart, Eatonton Road. According to reports, a Walmart employee reported that she had left her …

Peters wins Senior Center raffle

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Special to the Citizen For years now, from January through November, you’ll find a group of hard-working talented Morgan County residents, all members of its Senior Center, hunkered in the center’s ceramics room, busily painting and firing hundreds of items for that year’s ceramics and craft sale.  Most of their output is Christmassy in nature but, being so close to Athens, a lot of their designs end up Bulldog Red and Black with big Gs on them.  They also make doll clothes, quilts, and home décor such as candlesticks. All …

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Board of Commissioners Seeking Volunteers

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Staff Report The Morgan County Commission met last Tuesday to discuss vacancies on various boards, building upgrades including a roof replacement for the Morgan County DFCS and Health Department, participation in the Complete Count Committee for the upcoming census, and proposals by the Georgia General Assembly to regulate design standards on a statewide level.  The commission’s first order of business was the approval of November’s financial report which included payables to the General Fund in the amount of $457,459, TSPLOST in the amount of $130,431, SPLOST in the amount of …

Warrants, search leads to meth arrests in Rutledge

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By Patrick Yost, Editor Police attempting to execute an arrest warrant on a Centennial Road resident ended up adding drug charges to both the suspect and a woman at the residence. According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, Avery Lee Long, 28, Rutledge and Brittany McCoy, 31, Rutledge were both arrested at 9 a.m. on drug charges after officers serving the arrest warrant also performed a Fourth Amendment search on Long’s residence, a camper trailer parked behind a residence off Centennial Road. Inside the camper, reports state, where a black …

Following Sherman’s March to the Sea

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By Patrick Yost, Editor An Akron, Ohio patent attorney has donned a Civil War era Union soldier uniform and is attempting to follow Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s army’s route during the 1864 March to the Sea. On Monday, Ray Slatterly walked from Rutledge to Madison and was hoping to get to the Apalachee River before calling it quits for the night. Slatterly, who also participates in Civil War reenactments, said he is trying to follow the route that his Great-great grandfather John Slatterly walked as part of the 149th New …

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 …

Sunflower gets second chance

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor After a stern rebuke from the Madison Mayor and City Council meeting last month, the Sunflower Convenience Store in Madison may get a second chance.  Madison Police Officer Philip Malcom, who originally urged the city council to enact a 7-day suspension of alcohol sales at Sunflower, had a change of heart, asking the council on Monday night for leniency–with some strings attached. Malcom repeatedly witnessed Sunflower patrons loitering outside of the store, consuming alcohol on the premises illegally, and worried the situation could lead to more …

Morgan Dems join statewide voting petition

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor The statewide election security debate over voting machines rages on as the Democratic Presidential Primary fast approaches in March of 2020. Morgan County Democrats joined other election security advocate groups to sign a petition requesting new rules for the State Election Board to better ensure free and fair elections.  The new petition aims to reduce voting lines, protect ballot secrecy and improve security to ward against hacking, technical malfunctions, or other tampering attempts. The petition also calls for the state to adopt the new …