Fatality on I-20

Patrick Yost News

A Grandbury, Texas man died tragically after the tractor trailer truck he was driving on Interstate 20 burst into flames after colliding with a box truck. According to Georgia State Patrol reports, Scott Edward Bartley was pronounced dead at the scene by a Morgan County coroner after he was trapped in the truck following the wreck. Reports state that a Ford F–550 pulling a trailer and driven by Marvin E. Escobar–Matias, 38, Hogansville was driving west on Interstate 20 when it crossed the grass median and struck a 2018 International …

System-wide Teacher of the Year awarded

Tia Lynn Ivey Community

The District Teacher of the Year has been named. Heather Jackson, a teacher at Morgan County Middle School for over 10 years, has been chosen to represent the entire school district and will be considered among the other Georgia District Teacher of the Year winners for the state Teacher of the Year. Jackson was thrilled when she selected as Teacher of the Year for the middle school. “It’s a wonderful honor. It’s just great to be able to represent MCMS and my community,” said Jackson. Now, Jackson has received a …

Rezoning paves way for Starbucks, pawn shops downtown

Jesse Walker News

Two recommendations from Madison’s Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC) may pave the way for a Starbucks to set up shop in Madison as well as pawn shops downtown, which Madison has never allowed. Last Thursday, The PZC voted unanimously to recommend approval for a zoning change that is necessary in order for Starbucks to open a store at the company’s preferred location beside the Steak N’ Shake on U.S. 441. The PZC also voted to allow for pawn shops in the C1 District of the City of Madison, with member …

Thanksgiving Community Meal to be held Nov. 23

Jesse Walker Community

Every year, Calvary Baptist Church partners with Morgan County High School (MCHS) and other local churches and organizations to host a Thanksgiving Community Meal to ensure everyone has a place to go with good food to eat on this beloved holiday. If you need a place to go this Thanksgiving, on Thursday, Nov. 23, head over to Morgan County High School’s cafeteria, located at 1231 College Dr., Madison, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., where you can dine on traditional Thanksgiving cuisine courtesy of local community volunteers and churches. “It’s …

School system makes progress in readiness

Tia Lynn Ivey News

More students than ever from Morgan County are prepared for higher education and future careers. Morgan County schools have made impressive strides of improvement in the area of College and Career Readiness, according to Chipp Meyer. The results are in for the 2017 College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI), rating Morgan County Schools significantly higher than in previous years. Meyers gave a report to the Morgan County Board of Education (BOE) reporting the index’s findings. According to the Georgia Department of Education, “CCRPI is a comprehensive school improvement, accountability, …

SPLOST to be on 2018 ballot

Jesse Walker News

Next year, the citizens of Morgan County will be asked to vote on the next Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), a one-penny sales tax used to fund capital outlay projects. The Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) has begun the planning process for the next Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), which will be placed on a referendum ballot to be voted upon on May 22, 2018. The BOC is eager to educate the public on the importance of SPLOST and how it could affect property taxes …

Commission revamps ‘event facility’ regs

Tia Lynn Ivey News

During a lengthy meeting last Thursday, members of the Morgan County Planning Commission voiced frustration over proposed changes to the county’s event facility ordinances. The Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) requested changes be considered after hearing numerous complaints voiced by county residents objecting to new event facilities popping up throughout the county. While the County’s Planning Commission unanimously voted to recommend approval for the revised ordinance, they added several stipulations that essentially eliminated the main proposed changes. “We are trying to fix something that is just not broken,” said …

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Jesse Walker Law Enforcement

On Nov. 19 warrants for obstruction, driving while license suspended, open container and driving with no tag were issued against Reuben Gary Vandiver, 42, Madison. According to reports, a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputy was observing traffic on North Main Street, Madison when a red Ford pickup with no license tag drove by the deputy. The deputy pulled in behind the truck and confirmed that the vehicle had no tag. The deputy then attempted to stop the truck but the truck pulled into a residential driveway and the driver fled. …

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Madison Police Department

Jesse Walker Law Enforcement

On Nov. 19 an aggravated assault complaint was filed at an East Jefferson Street residence. According to reports, a woman said after she denied her 15–year–old son’s request to use a phone to call his grandmother, the son allegedly grabbed a large kitchen knife and stabbed the kitchen wall several times before throwing the knife at the woman. The juvenile then allegedly went outside and grabbed a brick and threw it through the windshield of a woman’s car. The juvenile was held and transported to Sandersville Youth Detention Center. On …

2017 Morgan County Football Wrap Up

Jesse Walker Featured, Sports

The 2017 edition of Morgan County’s Bulldogs etched their name in the record books of school history by winning back to back region titles for only the fifth time since 1948.  Along the way they posted a record of 9-2 and set a school record for most points averaged per game (35.27).  The Morgan County community may have set a record for attendance at a single game when they stormed the gates for the Bulldogs contest versus Monroe Area on October 13th, a game in which the Dogs upset the …

MCHS Fishing Club hosts B.A.S.S. Nation High School Tournament

Sports Reports Sports

Between the fog, high winds, and less than ideal temperatures, it wasn’t the kind of weather you would have hoped for.  Especially if you’re hosting the first-ever Morgan County High School Fishing Club bass tournament at Lake Oconee right in your back yard.  However, Mother Nature couldn’t keep 173 teams (boats) and over 300 determined young fishermen from 45 different middle and high schools from competing in the tough conditions. Team Captain (Coach) Gregg Thomas has been instrumental in getting things off the ground for this first year in existence …

MCRD recognizes volunteers, sponsors

Sports Reports Community

It was a night of food, fellowship, and fun as the Morgan County Recreation Department held its annual Sponsor-Volunteer Recognition Banquet at Camp Twin Lakes.  According to Ricky Cochran, who worked for the MCRD in 1980 after graduating from college, the first Recognition Banquet of this type was held during that summer.  He recalled how he became the Director of Recreation for Social Circle when the Morgan County/Madison department joined forces with our neighbors.  Cochran said, “I remember it well.  Bill Wood and I sent out invitations and about 35 …

Mat Dogs Compete at Collins Hill

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For the second weekend in a row Donovan McElligott led the Bulldog Wrestling squad with another first place finish in the 170 pound division.  Morgan went to war at the Collins Hill Defensive Soap Invitational and had a very strong showing, according to head coach Dusty Sidwell.  He said, “We were in competition with teams from all around the state from Lowndes County to several Gwinnett County schools.  Several of the schools were teams that were recent top four teams in the state, as well as recent state championship team …

Boys Open Season with 84-79 overtime win

Sports Reports Featured, Sports

Morgan’s boys opened up their season competing in the Craig Sager Memorial Basketball Tournament held at Dacula High School this week and over the weekend.  The Dogs are coming off the 2016-17 season where they played in the State Championship game for the fourth straight time.  They are 2-2 during that stretch losing to Pace Academy in the finals last season.  MOCO returns a litany of talent from that team and have high expectations for this year.  Many anticipate that the Dogs could return for a fifth straight time, but …

Pancakes for pups

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

The Humane Society of Morgan County (HSMC) held its annual Pancake Supper fundraiser last week, raking in about $4500. The supper was held at the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) of Madison and drew about 250 people throughout the evening. All proceeds from the event go toward operational cost of the HSMC, a no-kill shelter. “The supper went very well,” said Tim George, director of HSMC. “We are so grateful for the community’s help. We are funded solely through donations. We do not get any money from the government to …

Carol Deiner Swarner

Jesse Walker Obituaries

Carol Deiner Swarner, 75 of Rutledge, died November 11, 2017. Mrs. Swarner was born January 8, 1942 in Lorain, Ohio. Her parents were the late Carl Howard Deiner and Loretta Moler Deiner. Mrs. Swarner was married to the late Bill Swarner. The Swarners moved to Morgan County in 1998. Mrs. Swarner is survived by her three sons, William Mark Swarner and Carolyn, Robert Stephen Swarner and Autumn and Jonathan Davis Swarner and Jaime. She also leaves two grandchildren, Laura Swarner and Jeremy Swarner. The family received friends on Tuesday from …

Charles Oscar Strange

Jesse Walker Obituaries

Charles Oscar Strange, 62, died November 8, 2017. He was the son of the late Oscar and Agnes Nard Strange. He was born in Covington on January 26, 1955. He was a graduate of Morgan County High. School. He worked as a dairyman until his retirement. Mr. Strange enjoyed his work as well as hunting and fishing. He especially enjoyed rabbit hunting. His joy in life was his grandchildren. Mr. Strange is survived by his wife of 36 years Terresa Meadow Strange and their children, Lori Astin and Dallas, Emily …

Holidays at Honeymoon

Andrea Gable Community, Featured

Gracing the southern end of Madison’s historic district, “Honeymoon” stands as an ambassador to the grandeur of the town’s signature Antebellum homes. Nicknamed by one of its earlier owners in honor of her childhood home, the 1851 Greek Revival is now the second home of Jimmy Stanton and Patrick Greco.  As owner of Stanton Home Furnishings in Atlanta’s west side design district, Stanton has transformed the iconic home into a veritable showroom, mixing his signature style of traditional and modern. This year, Stanton and Greco are opening their home for …

Historic Site in Madison in ‘Peril’

Tia Lynn Ivey Featured, News

An historic site in Madison has been placed on the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s  “Top 10 Places in Peril” list for 2018.  The Historic Foster-Thomason-Miller House on Main Street in Madison, which has sat unused and in disrepair nearly 20 years, made The Trust’s 2018 list chronicling Georgia’s 10 historical site in desperate need of attention. The Thomason-Miller House, which was built in 1883, and renovated in the 1990s, fell into severe disrepair after a devastating fire in 2001. The current owners, Friesen Real-Estate Holdings, have been trying to …

Foster Park development vote postponed

Tia Lynn Ivey Featured, News

Although the matter was expected to be settled once and for all at last Monday’s Mayor and City Council meeting, the saga of the controversial Foster Park Development will live on. In a last-minute turn of events, Developer Brad Good, who filed a rezoning request that would allow him to build 24 houses behind the historic Thomason-Miller house on Main Street in Madison, asked the council to postpone the highly-anticipated vote after reaching a compromise with the Historic District residents opposed to the project. According to Good’s attorney, Kathy Zickert, …