Celebration at Springfield

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

The celebration of Black History Month continued with a religious program led at Springfield Baptist Church last Sunday with Kendrick Simmons Sr., president of the local branch of the NAACP, featured as the guest speaker. The annual event is a tradition meant to inspire people to learn about black history and to continue making history that future generations will be proud to celebrate.

Authorities aid in abduction arrest

Jesse Walker News

By Sarah Wibell managing editor Morgan County authorities last Wednesday played an integral role in a multi–state manhunt that led to the arrest and detention of a recently released South Carolina felon who stands accused of kidnapping a 4–year–old girl and severely beating the child’s mother in what local authorities are describing as a “stranger on stranger” crime. Thomas Lawton Evans, 37, was apprehended on Wednesday, Feb. 14, the same day Morgan County authorities worked a burglary and theft case at a Davis Academy Road residence that led Federal Bureau …

State’s largest bond deal made in Morgan Co.

Jesse Walker News

Morgan County made history last week when a Morgan County Superior Court Judge approved a $42 billion bond deal—the largest bond issuance ever recorded in the State of Georgia. “As far as we know, this is the largest bond validation in Georgia’s history,” said Shane Short, the executive director of the Development Authority of Walton County. On Wednesday, Feb. 14, Judge Amanda Petty signed off on the $42 billion Industrial Revenue Bonds for the Joint Development Authority (JDA), which is the four-county board tasked with overseeing the development of Stanton …

Barrow talks on gerrymandering

Tia Lynn Ivey News

The Morgan County Democratic Party crammed into Chophouse last Thursday evening to hear John Barrow, a former U.S Representative for Georgia’s 12th District and current candidate for Secretary of State, speak about the controversial practice of gerrymandering. Gerrymandering is the drawing of voting districts in such a way to unfairly favor the political party in power. According to Barrow, who served as a congressman from 2005 to 2015, gerrymandering is one of the most pressing political problems of our era. “It’s the most pernicious political problem in America that we …

Kemp comes to Morgan

Jesse Walker News

Brian Kemp, Georgia Secretary of State and one of five Republican candidates for Governor, dropped in on the Morgan County Republican Party’s annual President’s Day celebration at Bonner’s Restaurant in Buckhead last Monday. Kemp, who is currently on a 10-day bus tour through 50 Georgia cities, made his case to earn Morgan County republicans’ votes in the primary election on May 22. Kemp touted his record as a former Georgia State Senator and current tenor as Georgia Secretary of State to cement his conservative credentials to the crowd. Kemp cited …

Police warn of fake bills, shoplifting

Dianne Yost News

On Tuesday, local downtown Madison merchants were armed with information on how to outsmart sneaky criminals passing fake currency or shoplifting. The Madison Main Street Program merchants meeting featured City of Madison Police Officer Wes Thompson to update retailers on strategies criminals are using today. “There’s a lot of counterfeit money going around.” Indeed, five cases were reported last week. Thompson said most counterfeit money comes from criminal manufacturers in large cities, and some of it comes from the Internet. “Right now you can buy $10,000 worth of fake $100 …

Reynolds charged after woman beaten

Patrick Yost News

A Morgan County man faces several charges including false imprisonment and aggravated assault after he allegedly held a 61-year-old woman against her will in her Brownwood Road residence. Kenneth Lamar Reynolds, 43, Madison. was arrested on Sunday, Feb. 18 around 6 p.m. after Morgan County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Brian Collins arrived at the Brownwood Road residence. Authorities had been called by a neighbor who reported that Reynolds was at the residence, despite being served a no trespass notice approximately one month ago. Reports state that the neighbor reported he could …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

Jesse Walker Law Enforcement

On Feb. 18 Larry Donell Carter, 30, Madison was arrested and charged with burglary and obstruction. According to reports, officers responded to Purcell’s Truck Wash, Eatontonton Road in reference to a suspicious person. When they arrived they observed Carter. An officer advised Carter to stop and Carter fled across the highway to the Deerfield Inn. He was subdued, reports state, in the parking lot of a vacant convenience store. On his person was a large rock and rolling papers. A video allegedly showed Carter making six attempts to enter the …

Morgan County Sheriff's Department

Morgan County Sheriff’s Department

Jesse Walker Law Enforcement

On Feb. 18 a damage to property complaint was filed at a Lion’s Club Road location. According to reports, a man said while he was traveling north on Lion’s Club Road a shovel fell off a trailer being hauled in front of him. The shovel, the man said, struck his 2008 Ford F250 on the hood and windshield. The complainant estimated the damage at $1,000. On Feb. 17 an unruly juvenile complaint was filed at a Speed Lane residence. According to reports, a couple said their daughter had gone to …

Dogs move to Sweet Sixteen

Sports Reports Featured, Sports

This one was over before it started.  North Hall came into the Lions’ Den Saturday, but didn’t walk away unscathed like old Daniel did in Biblical times.  The Trojans got mauled by a team that seemed more focused on their goal than a week ago in the Region Tournament as the Dogs took the 61-29 win. Anthony Cooper and Alec Woodard got the party started in the first quarter scoring 13 of the team’s first 15 points while Tyrin Lawrence added six in the first eight minutes of play.  Morgan …

Lady Dogs take 64-52 win over North Hall

Sports Reports Sports

From scores of 6-6 to 50-50, the Morgan County vs. North Hall basketball game was one of ties and changing leads until the fourth quarter.  With 4:50 left in the final period and the game knotted at 50-all, the Lady Dogs’ basketball team, and sophomore Taylor Wilson with seven points, went on a 14-2 run that put the Lady Trojans away.  The late run could have been due to exhaustion on the part of the visitors in having to contend with the tenacious man-to-man full court pressure exerted by Morgan …

Lady Dogs fall to Walnut Grove 5-2

Sports Reports News

Junior Cat Usry scored both goals for Morgan County’s girls’ soccer team, but it wasn’t enough against a potent Walnut Grove offense.  With the loss the squad moved to 2-2 on the young season.  Coach Anne Stamps only has two seniors on the roster, and one of them, Morgan Walker, is still playing basketball.  The other is Mackenzi Barrett.  The young team features 10 players in either the ninth or tenth grade so this squad will only get better with experience. Usry showed her offensive potential right off the bat …

Dogs go to 2-1 with wins over Oconee and Jefferson

Sports Reports Sports

The season opener featured the Diamond Dogs facing a team that will rejoin 8-AAA in 2018-19, the Jefferson Dragons.  Morgan came up short in this one managing only three scattered hits over seven innings in the 4-0 loss.  Starting pitcher Hunter Lane showed why he was the 8-AAA pitcher-of-the-year in 2017 by holding Jefferson to a measly three hits in four innings of work on the mound.  However, it wasn’t easy for the senior right-hander as he had to pitch his way out of jams in the first, third and …

Girls get first Region win in tennis

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In tennis action this week, both teams had three matches with Madison County in their first home match, Oconee County on the road, and East Jackson in a first of several Region 8-AAA matches. Although they fell to the Red Raiders and Warriors, the girls got a sweep over East Jackson for their first Region win.  Coach Stacy Dearing was upbeat about her teams saying, “We had a great week in tennis last week.” In a match that was partially covered in last week’s issue, the boys fell to Madison …

All student art show a success

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

  Morgan County students summoned all of their creative juices for this year’s “A Funky Little Art Thing,” (AFLAT), the annual system-wide eclectic art exhibit at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC). “These kids amaze me every year,” said Ty Manning, art teacher at MCHS. “The art came pouring in as it does every year. They really came up with some incredible stuff this year.” AFLAT has been a community favorite for more than 15 years. Parents, friends, and community members explored the extensive exhibit during the opening reception last Thursday …

Dorothy Christine Pruitt

Jesse Walker Obituaries

Dorothy Christine Pruitt, 84, of Social Circle, died on Feb 17, 2018. She was born in Walton County on July 18, 1933 to the late Roberta Peters Studdard and the late Pierce Studdard. She was preceded in death by her husbands, the late Bobby Horne, the late Roland White, and the late Ed Pruitt. She was an employee of Dairy Queen for 34 years and provided elderly care for 25 years. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Vincent and Rita White of Monroe, Danny Horne of Social Circle, …

Jimmy Conner

Jesse Walker Obituaries

Jimmy Conner, 68 of Madison, died February 18, 2018.  Mr. Conner was born Dec 12, 1949 in Madison to Charlie Warren Conner and Mabel Moss Conner. He was married to Debbie Hawk.  They made their home in Madison. Mr. Conner was a member of the Dewald Masonic Lodge in Rutledge. He worked for General Motors Lakewood Plant for 15 years.  He then opened Conner Mobile Home Sales.  Later he started Jimmy Conner Grading and was also a partner in Madison Mini Warehouse Storage.  Jimmy was a “self-made man”.  He loved …

W.C. ‘Doug’ Christian

Jesse Walker Obituaries

Mr. W.C. ‘Doug’ Christian, age 75 of Conyers, died Friday, Feb 16, 2018.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Cephus and Myrtice Christian and brother, Jerry ‘Danny’ Christian.  He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary ‘Doatsy’ Lane Christian; children, Nina and Ray Hill, Robby and Jennifer Christian; grandchildren, Landon and Lauren Hill, Jenna and Adam Stevens, Terrell and Holly Christian, Rebekah and Craig Jarrell, Kloe Christian; great-grandchildren, Clay Christian, Denver Jarrell, Terrah Christian, baby Stevens due to arrive soon; brother and sister-in-law, Tommy and Lou …

Mary Claire Parham

Jesse Walker Obituaries

Mary Claire Parham of Covington, age 16 months, went to Heaven on Feb 16, 2018, and is now being rocked in the arms of her Mamaw. Affectionately known as “Prize Number-Nine Grandbaby”, Mary Claire was full of love and wonder. Her playful spirit was abundant, and she loved to run, and dance and sing. Always quick to show affection, Mary Claire loved to give hugs and kisses. She adored kittens, puppies, and horses, and she loved candy – especially M & M’s. Survivors include her parents, Brad and Anna Parham; …

‘Never going to end’

Tia Lynn Ivey News

“This is never going to end,” lamented Kathy Zickert, an attorney representing the controversial Foster Park housing development project, at the end of Monday night’s Madison Mayor and City Council meeting. Earlier, Madison Mayor Fred Perriman publicly expressed hopes that Monday’s long-awaited votes on two zoning applications for the 19-house development proposal would put the matter to rest once and for all. “We have heard from both sides tonight and we know this particular project has been before us for probably about 18 months…I think our council has had ample …