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 Community Podcast 6-1-23 Thursday

 Publish Date 5-31-23 Wednesday

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From the Ingles Studio, Welcome to The Community Podcast.

This Podcast brings you the top stories from the Rockdale-Newton Citizen and the Morgan Citizen

   Today is Thursday, June 1stth and happy 86th birthday to actor Morgan Freeman  

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I’m Brian Giffin and here are your top stories presented by  Drake Realty


UPDATE: One man killed in domestic shootout in Newton County


Rockdale County holds hearing for proposed rodeo development


And Three arrested, one sought in April murder


Plus, Leah McGrath of Ingles Markets joins our Bruce Jenkins to talk about high grocery prices,

And  a little later in the show Gary Crawford of the USDA touches on that same topic


These stories and more are coming up in today’s edition of the Community Podcast for Rockdale, Newton, and Morgan Counties!


Break 1:  Drake


STORY 1: domestic


A domestic incident on Memorial Day resulted in the death of one man and the arrest of another in Newton County. Ja'quavious Lackey, 19, was shot and later died at a local hospital. Jacarie Justice, 20, was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter. The shooting occurred during a child custody exchange, with Justice being the brother of the child's mother and Lackey being the child's father. The Newton County Sheriff's Office responded to the incident on East Lawn Way in Covington. Further details about the case have not been provided at this time. Check back at rockdalenewtoncitizen.com for updates on this story.



STORY 2: rodeo


The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing regarding a special use permit for the development of an entertainment and exhibition venue on Hightower Trail. The applicants, Brandon and Fidel Cabrera, seek to operate an outdoor rodeo and recreation facility on the site. The Rockdale County Planning Commission recommended denial of the request, citing concerns about zoning, development standards, animal safety, and environmental risks. The Board of Commissioners outlined 27 conditions under which the permit could be approved. They will make a final decision on June 13 and continue to accept questions and concerns until then. The proposed conditions address various restrictions, including zoning compliance, setback standards, and signage limitations. The applicants have previously held rodeos on the site and plan to host three additional shows.


Story 3 : 3 arrested


Three suspects have been arrested, and a fourth suspect is being sought in connection with a shooting incident that occurred on April 3 in Newton County. Deputies responded to a shooting in the Wildcat Creek Estates subdivision, where they found 20-year-old Braxton Singleton dead inside his vehicle. Another 21-year-old man, who was seriously injured, was dropped off at a hospital. The Newton County Sheriff's Office has obtained a murder warrant for a third man, Julius Dennis, who was also shot during the incident. Information on Dennis's whereabouts should be reported to Investigator Joshua Hicks at 678.625.1455.......back in a moment


BREAK 2:  ESOG 60 -  Detox Mom


Story 4: Gallery


The Madison Artists Guild Gallery is hosting its 2023 Annual Meeting of Membership on June 9, followed by the opening reception for the "Home Is..." juried show featuring work from 27 regional artists. The meeting will review the past year and discuss future plans, including voting for new board members and recognizing the Volunteer of the Year. The public is invited to attend the meeting and the catered reception with live music. The exhibition will be on display until July 8. The Madison Artists Guild is a nonprofit organization supporting local artists through MAGallery. For more information, visit TheMadisonArtistsGuild.org or call 706-342-9360.


STORY 5:  awards


Living Life Team, Inc. has awarded scholarships to graduating seniors from Morgan County High School. The scholarship, worth $1,000, is given annually, and this year the application process required attending a Living Life Team support group meeting and submitting an essay on coping with blindness. In 2023, three students applied, and their exceptional performance led the Board of Directors to make a special decision. Peyton Triplett received the $1,000 scholarship, while Trinity Sanders and Natalie Ross were each awarded $500 scholarships. This recognition highlights their achievements and contributions.


Story 6: camp


Morgan County High School Basketball Head Coach Cody Anderson has announced the "Hoop Dogs Basketball Camp," scheduled from June 5 to June 9. The camp is open to children from rising second to eighth grade and will focus on fundamentals and fun. It will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon each day, with drop-off available at 8 a.m. at the Morgan County High Competition Gym. The camp will offer daily competitions, fundamental practices, live games, and an awards ceremony. Each camper will receive a commemorative T-shirt, and there will be a camp store on-site. The registration fee is $75 per camper, and interested individuals can contact Coach Anderson at Cody.anderson@morgan.k12.ga.us for a registration link.


 Story 7: future stars


Five talented youth football players from the area have been selected to participate in the Future Stars Football Games, an event that showcases the top middle school players from Georgia and Florida. In the sixth-grade game, running back Karter Lumpkin from Covington and running back Wayne Jenkins from Conyers will be representing their respective cities. Defensive end Camron Middleton from Covington will be playing in the seventh-grade matchup. In the eighth-grade game, defensive back Jerome Anderson from Covington and offensive lineman Timothy Harvey from Conyers will be showcasing their skills. The games are scheduled to take place on June 16-17 at Savannah State University….we’ll be right back


Break: Ingles 8


STORY 8: Leah


And now, Leah McGrath of Ingles Markets joins our own Bruce Jenkins to discuss healthy dinner ideas


Final thoughts after this


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