The past 12 months provided plenty of headlines near and far. There was a presidential election that dominated news coverage. There was continued strife in war-torn areas, celebrity deaths, a Pokemon craze, a clown craze and much more.
And, of course, there was much to report in Madison County. Here’s a month-by-month look at news in this county in 2016:
•Madison County commissioners voted not to reduce the pay of the county board of assessors. District 5 commissioner Jim Escoe questioned why the pay for the assessor board wasn’t cut in half when the meetings were reduced from two to one per month. Those voting in favor of keeping the pay the same noted that the assessor board has done well in getting the tax digest out in time.
•Two people were charged with child molestation in Madison County. Paul Bryan Cartwright, 64, of Nicholson, was charged with five counts of sexual exploitation of children and one count of child molestation. Meanwhile, Jerry Dwayne Fowler, 35, of Comer, was charged with two counts of child molestation and a probation violation.
•Keefer Spence of Texas was reunited with his stolen dog, “Maggie,” who was found in Colbert.
•A Madison County man was sentenced to 15 years in confinement for trafficking methamphetamine. Paul Leonard Hodge, 40, Hull, was found with 28 grams of methamphetamine in January 2015.
•The Madison County Board of Education unanimously agreed at its January meeting to send a letter to the Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) concerning the need for a traffic light at the new Hwy. 72 Comer bypass.
•A Commerce man was sentenced to 10 days in jail and 12 months of mandatory probation after he pled not guilty to violating the city of Danielsville’s animal cruelty ordinance in city court for transporting a live cow strapped “spread eagle” on the back of a flatbed trailer in late November. The man was released after only five days served due to jail overcrowding.
•Madison County leaders were reminded at a meeting that the county library is “a selling point for Madison County” and they were asked to fund it as such.
•The Journal ran a feature on various scam efforts that are seen locally. From identity theft to online and phone scams, Facebook schemes and Internet dating websites, the ways are many and varied when it comes
to channels criminals use to try and take your money and sometimes your financial identity. And according to Madison County Sheriff’s Investigator Doug Martin, the methods criminals use are changing all the time, often faster than law enforcement can keep up with. “All these things like online shopping, dating, social media, even pre-loaded credit cards from the IRS at tax time are making things more convenient for us – but there is a price, and that price is that it is opening us all up to more fraud,” said Martin.
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