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Thu
19
Oct

South Carolina man arrested on drug charges

Wesley Spencer Smith 

T. Michael Stone

michael@lakeoconeenews.us

 

A Columbia, South Carolina, man was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and theft by receiving stolen property last week after he was pulled over on I-20 in Greene County for having window tint on his BMW that was too dark.

Wesley Spencer Pough, 32, had five plastic bags containing suspected marijuana, digital scales and a jar of THC gummies in a bookbag in the backseat of the BMW.

Deputy Patrick Paquette saw the BMW traveling westbound near the Greensboro exit and made the traffic stop to check the windows, according to the incident report.

Paquette made contact with the driver and immediately noticed the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Thu
19
Oct

ER scammer

Investigators with the Greene County Sheriff's Office charged Dustin James Funk, 32, of Carrollton, with 11 counts of first degree forgery and 11 counts of obtaining prescription drugs by fraud on Oct. 12.

The charges stemmed from a months-long investigation into Funk's use of false names during several emergency room visits to obtain prescriptions for medication. Funk was arrested in the emergency room on Thursday without incident following his 11th visit to St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital under an assumed name.

Thu
12
Oct

Ditch the Desk: Flexible seating at MCES

Kimberley Jaynes teaches math to students D.J. McPherson (left) and Alexia Reid, who sit in wobble stools that are part of the "Ditch the Desk" campaign.

 

James M. Morton

james@lakeoconeenews.us

 

Students in Mrs. Kimberley Jaynes' fourth grade class at Morgan County Elementary School are tired of sitting in desks.

 

That was the thought behind Jaynes’ $2,500 grant for new seating in her math class that allows students to pick between several different unconventional seats.

 

“Flexible seating is a concept that is sweeping across the nation,” Jaynes told members of the Morgan County Board of Education Tuesday night. “Look on Pinterest. It’s everywhere.”

 

Jaynes said that she has seen an improvement in grades among her students since she installed the new seating.

 

Thu
12
Oct

Citizens object to postponement of public hearing on controversial zoning issue

Celia Murray (left) and Elizabeth Bell confer during Monday’s city council meeting.

Michael Stone

michael@lakeoconeenews.us

 

The controversial Foster Park rezoning issue wasn’t on the Madison City Council agenda Monday night, but opponents of the plan showed up to argue that it should have been.

Before council could get far into its agenda, Elizabeth Bell and Celia Murray challenged the city’s right to delay a vote on the zoning change until after the election.

Bell and Murray said the public hearing scheduled to discuss the zoning issue had been advertised in the Morgan County Citizen legal section for the Oct. 9 meeting, requiring the city to settle the matter Monday night.

City attorney Joe Reitman said that the applicant requested the postponement, and said that holding the public hearing with his presence wouldn’t be fair to him and could invite a lawsuit.

Thu
12
Oct

Plat request for Horseshoe Bend approved

Dave Brown/Staff

Rylen Jones, of CBJ Preschool, is resplendent in a blue bow tie Tuesday at the Greene County Board of Commissioners meeting. Jones, who later led the Pledge of Allegiance, is joined by his grandmother, Deborah Hall, as well as Damoni Rhodes and Skyla Rose Wright


By Dave Brown

dave@msgr.com

A preeminent property planned for Reynolds at Lake Oconee finally came to fruition Tuesday when the final plat request for Horseshoe Bend was approved by the Greene County Board of Commissioners.

The 13.5-acre site that includes 12 spectacular single-family lots sits on a peninsula jutting out into Lake Oconee.

In addition to providing some top shelf home sites, the property taxes Horseshoe Bend will most certainly enrich the county coffers.

“This is an extension of what we’ve been platting the last few years,” said Craig Johnson, a land planner for Reynolds at Lake Oconee.

“Horseshoe Bend is at the very end of the peninsula. Actually, it will be the premiere property for Reynolds.”

Fri
06
Oct

Blood drives scheduled for Oct. 10, Oct. 12

Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood.

The Rotary Club of Morgan County is sponsoring a blood drive in Madison on Oct. 10 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Madison Presbyterian Church, 328 Main St. Each pint donated can save up to three lives.

To schedule an appointment visit www.redcrossblood.org

and enter sponsor code: MADCOM or call 1-800-RED-CROSS

Thu
05
Oct

Thieves strike in Buckhead area

 

T. Michael Stone

michael@lakeoconeenews.us

 

Last week thieves targeted vehicles within the city limits of Madison.

This week they broadened their horizons.

On Sept. 26, a resident of Pintail Lane in Madison, reported that someone apparently forced open his gate and entered through a sliding glass door at the read of his home.

He told Sergeant Brian Collins of Morgan County Sheriff’s Office that he found several dresser drawers open and clothes disturbed as he made his way through the house.

Thu
05
Oct

Short Term Rental amendment passed by Greene Commissioners

Jim and Jean Paddock arrived a little early to the Greene County Board of Commissioners called meeting Monday to get a good seat and view the proceedings.

 

By Dave Brown

An amendment to the zoning ordinance addressing the issue short term rentals – otherwise known as Vacation Rentals By Owner – passed by a 3-2 margin at a called meeting Monday by the Greene County Board of Commissioners.

The amendment was proposed on the basis that permanent homeowners in Greene County were being infringed upon by people visiting the county, and more specifically renting out homes in lakefront communities, who disturbed the peace and tranquility with loud noise late at night, leaving trash in the area and ultimately driving down property values.

Thu
28
Sep

LOA Named AP Merit School for 2017

Students are accepting the challenge of the AP courses available to them at LOA. In 2017, LOA was named an AP Merit School; a school with at least 20 percent of the population taking AP exams, and at least 50 percent of all exams earning scores of 3 or higher.

 

The Advanced Placement® (AP®) program at Lake Oconee Academy (LOA) has continued its trend of high achievement on AP exams resulting in scores that ranked higher than the state, national and global mean for the 2016-17 school year.

 

The AP program is administered by the College Board and offers college-level coursework to high school students. Colleges and universities will often grant course credit and advanced placement for qualifying scores on exams. LOA offered nine AP courses for students in grades nine through eleven in the 2016-17 school year. AP exams are scored on a scale from 1 to 5: 5 - extremely well qualified; 4 – well qualified; 3 – qualified; 2 – possibly qualified; 1 – no recommendation.

Thu
28
Sep

Big road projects discussed at Lake Oconee

 

 

By Dave Brown

dave@lakeoconeenews.us

Some local drivers may have grumbled about delays on Highway 44 this week as traffic was delayed at the bridge going into Putnam County.

However, Greene County Commission chairman Gary Usry was more than happy to welcome the Georgia DOT’s governing State Transportation Board to Lake Oconee last week.

“It was great to have the DOT come down and talk about our road projects,” said Usry.

“We’re going to benefit greatly in the coming years. The 44 Project is going to be big, but there are other roads projects, too.”

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