The Madison County boys’ tennis team held serve in Region 8-AAAA recently, smashing aces and backhands past area foes and repeating as region champions. “The boys all played well throughout the tournament,” said Red Raider coach Keith Strickland. Madison County 19-2 and 13-0 also advanced to the state tournament for the third-straight ...
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A Madison County man was severely injured in an accident on Rogers Mill Road recently.
Heath Patrick, 29, of Hudson River Church Road, was helping a friend do some shingle work on his roof April 16. He had reportedly laid down the last shingle as it was getting dark when he fell roughly 20 feet and suffered severe injuries.
His aunt, Vicki Drake, said that her nephew is in the Athens Regional Intensive Care Unit. He suffered a severely bruised brain, a broken pelvis, facial fractures and bruised lungs. He is breathing on his own, she said.
“He’s an all around good guy, always wanting to help people,” said Drake. “He’s always in a good mood and I’ve never heard a bad word or ugly thing toward anybody from his mouth.”
Patrick and his wife Stacy have three girls: Diamond, 8; Kelsey, 4; and Payton, 2.
The Madison County High School graduate, who does heating and air work, is the sole provider for his family. Drake said a fund-raising effort is underway to help his wife and children in a time of need.
Anyone wishing to help Patrick and his family can make a donation to the “Heath Patrick Fund” at any First Citizens Bank.
Madison County principal Dr. Chad Stone announced to his staff Monday that he is stepping down from his position to take a middle school principal’s post in south Georgia.
Stone is leaving to be closer to his family due to a medical situation.
“I have an illness in the family and I need to be closer to help deal with it,” he said.
Stone said that he will serve as principal of Eighth Street Middle School in Tifton.
The third-year MCHS principal said it will be hard to leave Madison County. He said the high school students and staff at MCHS are wonderful.
“We appreciate Madison County welcoming us with open arms,” said Stone. “My family loves Madison County.”
Stone is entering his second year of a two-year contract. So, the county school board must vote on allowing him out of that contract. That vote is expected at the board’s May 8 meeting.
Madison County Superintendent Dr. Allen McCannon said no decisions have been made on who will replace Stone, adding that the board must vote on allowing Stone out of his contract before a replacement can be considered.
Stone and his wife will welcome their third child into the family in June.
The man who allegedly robbed the First Citizens Bank inside of Ingles Wednesday morning was arrested Friday.
Madison County Sheriff Kip Thomas said James Edward Lawson, 46, Athens, has been charged with armed robbery. He was arrested at a hotel in Claxton by the Claxton Police Department and the Evans County Sheriff’s Department.
Lawson is being transported back to Madison County today.
Thomas said that two people recognized the surveillance photo of Lawson that was posted on local media sites and contacted the sheriff’s department with Lawson’s identity.
The sheriff said it’s a relief to have the alleged bank robber in custody. He noted that it’s stressful for bank employees when a bank robber is on the loose.
“It takes a lot of stress off everyone,” said Thomas. “Everyone gets a little on edge.”
WINDER – Shirley Clark Deaton, 72, died Tuesday, April 24, 2012. Born in Atlanta, she was the daughter of the late Dallas and Irene Deaton Clark. She was retired from Barrow County Schools where she was a parapro. She was a member of Winder First Baptist Church where she was a faithful worker, and a member of a Red Hat Club. Survivors include ...
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