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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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 …

Love Light fundraiser continues success

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor Morgan Medical Center’s annual premier fundraiser brought in over $12,000 this year. The Love Light Tree fundraiser, held last Thursday, Dec. 5, was particularly special.  “Our hospital lobby was filled with joy and light as our Auxiliary celebrated the 20th reception for our Love Light Tree!” said Jodie Schmidt, the 2019 Love Light Chair.  “A cheerful crowd gathered as we honored friends and loved ones through this annual tradition of fellowship.  Our Auxiliary members should be truly proud of the efforts through the years that …

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 …

Hunting the elusive Mallard

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By Alvin Richardson, Staff Writer Duck hunters will mostly tell you that their gold standard is the mallard.  This wily and elusive trophy is one of the most sought after prizes of waterfowl hunters all over the country.  The male (drake) makes an impressive mount and is a worthy adversary especially as the season wears on and they have been hounded and shot at a few times.  The mallard is typically 20-26 inches long with an average wingspan between 32-39 inches and a body weight between 1.5 and 3.5 pounds.  …

Fiery collision on Bostwick Highway

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By Patrick Yost, Editor An Athens man remains in the intensive care unit at Grady Memorial Hospital after a truck he was driving west on Sandy Creek Road burst into flames following a violent collision last Wednesday. According to Georgia State Patrol reports, Larry Edwards, 68, was airlifted to Grady following the 9:13 a.m. incident at the intersection of Sandy Creek Road and Bostwick Highway. Reports allege that Edwards stopped at the intersection and then drove his 2016 Nissan Frontier into the path of 2011 Ford Superduty truck hauling a …

Seizure Cash Pays for New Pistols

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By Patrick Yost, Editor Drug forfeitures and seizures are paying for the purchase of new pistols for deputies with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. According to Chief Deputy Keith Howard, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office has purchased 44 new pistols that are all 9mm caliber Glock weapons. The $27,000 purchase, he said, is a “transition to modernize our weapon.” Currently, deputies carry two primary duty weapons, a .40 caliber Glock and a .38 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver. Those weapons allow for 51 total shots but also utilize different ammunition.  …

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Week of November 28 On Nov. 23 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Mission Road residence. According to reports, a man said someone entered his property and took a blue Yamaha 450 motorcycle valued at $7,000 and a green Kawasaki 450 motorcycle valued at $3,500. The man also advised deputies that he had received information that someone had observed an associate of the complainant driving towards Rutledge in a pickup truck that contained two motorcycles. On Nov. 22 a financial identity fraud complaint was filed at a …

Hice jumps into Bard controversy

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor In response to growing fears surrounding the prevalent use of ethylene oxide, a cancer-causing gas, Morgan County’s very own Jody Hice, Republican House Congressman for Georgia’s 10th District, formed a task force to push for greater oversight and regulation of the carcinogen gas from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “The well-being of our constituents must always be our first priority – and it is a responsibility that extends across party lines and political ideologies,” Hice said in a statement announcing the task force. …

Bethany Road ‘R-CUT intersection work to begin

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor Despite an unanimous local push for a traffic light at the Bethany Road Intersection in Madison the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is moving forward with an alternate temporary solution for “the most dangerous intersection in Morgan County.” GDOT will spend nearly a quarter million dollars to install an R-CUT near the Bethany Road Intersection, in hopes that new turning lane system will enhance driver visibility and safety. Construction begins in early December 2019.  “We anticipate crews beginning work on the median cut items …

You’re invited: Thanksgiving for all at high school

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor The public is invited to the annual Thanksgiving Day Community Meal at Morgan County High School, orchestrated by Calvary Baptist Church and Saint Paul’s AME Church. The meal is a 35-year-long tradition, which seeks to ensure everyone has the opportunity to eat a traditional Thanksgiving meal among friendly faces.  Over the years, individuals, businesses and other churches have donated resources to help with the cost of the event. The high school cafeteria staff prepares the meal and volunteers show up to serve the people …

Lady Diamond Dogs Honored At Banquet

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By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor The 2019 Morgan County softball team held their end-of-the year banquet to honor the accomplishments of the individuals and team after another successful season.  Several players were recognized for their All-Region performances that included first-teamers Avery Kinnett and Zoey Brown and second-teamers Parker Spain, Hannah Callaway, and Maeson Tanner. Coach Jason McBay said, “Avery was without a doubt our most explosive hitter at the plate. She led the team in home runs with 5. Around mid-September, no one could get her out. She brings …

Alchemical Divide at Cultural Center

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By Kurston Smith, Intern The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center welcomed Corrina Sephora to close out her solo exhibition, Alchemical Divide on Nov. 9  There was a reception held Friday and Saturday to bring the running exhibit to an end. Sephora delivered an artist talk in which she spilled all the details behind the inspiration for the exhibit.  Alchemical Divide spans over two bodies of work and has served as her latest project—one she has worked on for almost two years.  “In this exhibition I merge universal and personal themes of loss …