Local heroes avert tragedy

Patrick Yost Community, Featured

Just two days before the 1986 basketball team was to be honored at the Morgan County basketball game, one of those team members came within minutes of not being at the event. Former star Bulldog, Denny Wyatt, was saved by neighbors while fishing on a local lake after his boat capsized.  Had it not been for the quick thinking and actions of Mark Grubaugh and Herb Payne, Wyatt would have succumbed to hypothermia and/or possibly drowning. Wyatt said, “It was an act of God, and these two men were the …

5 Perspectives

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA) and the Morgan County African American Museum (MCAAM) held a joint art exhibit opening last weekend, with both museums displaying provocative works of art from five Georgia artists. The exhibit, entitled “5 Perspectives,” pays homage to Black History and the current struggle for racial equality in America. Works from each of the five artists, Kevin Cole, Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier, Kevin Sipp, Shanequa Gay, and Alfred Conteh, will be on display at both the STMA and MCAAM through March. “We are very happy with the …

MLK Day Celebrated in Morgan

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, two local services were held on Monday to honor the legacy of iconic Civil Rights leader on the 50 years after his assassination. Local pastors, elected officials and community leaders gathered at Source of Light ministries in Madison for the annual Martin Luther King. Jr. (MLK) breakfast, followed by a service to honor his memory and press forward toward a future of human equality and justice. Both events were orchestrated by the Morgan County Branch of the NAACP. Local pastors, civic leaders, …

Baker announces retirement from Morgan County Library

Tia Lynn Ivey Community

The Morgan County Library celebrated the career of Miriam Baker last week in honor of her retirement.  Baker, who worked as the library’s manager for the last 15 years, was beloved by her colleagues and played a pivotal role in the life of the library’s operations and programming. The library’s meeting room is being named after Baker to honor her legacy. “I am so excited they decided to name the meeting room after me. It’s quite an honor,” said Baker. “It’s been my pleasure to work there for the last …

Ruben Walker retires from Tax Assessor Board

Tia Lynn Ivey Community

Ruben Walker, long-time tax commissioner retired from the Morgan County Tax Assessor Board at the end of December after 19 years of service. “I enjoyed serving the people of Morgan County as one of  the members of the tax assessor board,” said Walker. “We always tried to do what was right and fair for the citizens of Morgan County.” While Walker will miss serving on the board, he trusts the leaders he is leaving behind. “The board is filled with good and honest people who want to do what is …

Perspectives

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

A new art exhibit entitled “5 Perspectives” will be on display at both the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA) and the Morgan County African American Museum (MCAAM) in a collaborative effort to celebrate of Black History Month through a diverse collection of art that is being described as an homage to “contemporary social justice.” According to the MCAAM and STMA, the exhibit will feature works by five of “Georgia’s most vibrant and exciting contemporary artists.” Artwork from Kevin Cole, Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier, Kevin Sipp, Shanequa Gay, and Alfred Conteh will …

MMCC hosts the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Tia Lynn Ivey Community

The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC) continued the organization’s longtime holiday tradition of hosting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) for an annual Christmas concert in December. According to Rebecca Bonas, performing arts director at the MMCC, the concert sold out within two weeks. “We had a full house,” said Bonas, noting 400 people attended on Friday, Dec. 22 to hear the ASO perform a variety of holiday favorites. “This was the 39th annual year the ASO has performed a holiday concert for the Center. The center is celebrating its 41st season …

Happy New Year, Baby!

Jesse Walker Community, Featured

With a new year comes to new life. The Morgan County Citizen would like to welcome Kennedy Rose Hawk to the world and wish all of our readers health, happiness and prosperity in the coming New Year! 

A YEAR IN SPORTS 2017

Jesse Walker Community, Featured

By Elizabeth Lanier staff writer January • The Lady Dogs finish fourth at Sweet South Classic. They started out by winning their first round of the Sweet South Tournament at home, ripping through Eastside 59-29. With a chance to advance to the championship game, the Lady Dogs took on Mill Creek High School in the second round. Unfortunately, their chance for a trip to the finals was squashed by the Lady Hawks with a final score of 55-48. With a loss to Mill Creek, Morgan then took on Luella in …

THE YEAR THAT WAS 2017

Jesse Walker Community, Featured

By Elizabeth Lanier staff writer January • The Morgan County Board of Commissioners elected Ben Riden Jr. and Philipp Von Hanstein to replace Ellen Warren and Philip Clack who vacated their seats at the end of 2016. • Morgan Memorial Hospital (MMH) officials presented the details of the recent USDA loan approval to fund the construction of a $35 million new hospital to the Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC). • A new free program in Morgan County offered another pathway for people to earn their high school diploma. The …

Santa visits Morgan County

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

With the Holiday Season in full swing, it seems Santa Claus has spent more time in Morgan County than in his workshop at the North Pole. Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their band of helper elves have been spotted all over Morgan County throughout the month of December during various community Christmas celebrations. Just this past weekend, Good Ole’ Saint Nick flew in on his sleigh to Hard Labor Creek in Rutledge to surprise the children in attendance. Santa also made a stop at the Madison Morgan Boys & Girls Club …

Sheriff’s Office serves more than 100 families at Christmas

Patrick Yost Community

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office completed its annual Empty Stocking Fund Program, distributing stockings full of gifts for 126 families throughout Morgan County. “It was another successful year that was only made possible by all our generous donors and volunteers,” said Olivia Laborn, chairperson of the Empty Stocking Fund. The Empty Stocking Fund was started under the former Sheriff Ken Pritchett and taken over by Sheriff Robert Markley when he was elected to the office in 2001. “This is a long-time treasured tradition of the Sheriff’s Office,” said Laborn. “Our …

Twas the Night Before Christmas, Bulldog Rendition

Jesse Walker Community, Sports

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the land Not a creature was stirring, ‘cept the Bulldogs and fans. Their unis were hung by the lockers with care, In hopes that Saint Billy soon would be there. The players were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of championships danced in their heads. And Woodall in Dog Hat, and Bell in his cap, Had been working their brains on a reverse and a trap. When out on the field there arose such a clatter, They sprang from the …

Most memorable Christmas – a bittersweet goodbye

Jesse Walker Community

By Cam Smoak I could write about happy light-filled childhood memories, or the thrill of coming home to a decorated house after a tough semester of college (like in the Folger’s commercial), or even the many Christmases spent in Italy learning new traditions during the holidays.  But by far, my most memorable Christmas was last year when our sweet Grandmother, Marie Ponder, passed away. Christmas 2016 was to be a milestone Christmas for my family in Madison.  We were to celebrate the arrival of two new grandchildren (Annabelle Smoak, and …

The Pagetts tropical vacation

Jesse Walker Community

By Jessie Padgett In December of 2014 I had one of my favorite Christmas memories. My parents did an exceptional job each year making something stand out and giving us a special memory. My favorite Christmas memory of all time is when my whole family including my aunt, uncle, cousins and grandparents went on a cruise to the Bahamas. We were gone for 10 days and even spent Christmas morning on the ship. At first we were not so thrilled about missing the “normal” Pagett Christmas where we would attend …

Christmas On Dixie

Jesse Walker Community, Featured

By Elizabeth Lanier staff writer Christmas on Dixie lights up Morgan County for the fifth year in a row. This annual festivity brings people from near and far to enjoy the display located on the corner of Dixie Highway and Wilson Road in Madison. According to Shane Seabolt, one of the founders of the exhibit, the idea of this yearly display of lights arises from a tradition he started with his daughters as they were growing up. Seabolt explains, “My daughters and I would always add a new decoration every …

My Most Memorable Christmases

Jesse Walker Community

By Carolyn Carter I was asked to write about my most memorable Christmas.   None of my Christmases stand out as the most memorable; each one was memorable in its own way. My first memories are of Christmas on South Milledge Avenue in Athens, Ga.  My brother, sister, and I of course were so excited on Christmas Eve that we couldn’t sleep.  At the crack of dawn, we all ran into the living room to see what Santa had left.  I remember my mother’s wonderful coconut cake and fruitcake.  She …

First Christmas

Jesse Walker Community

By Clay E. Fears, III Christmas memories have always been good for us.  Growing up in families who loved to decorate and celebrate, home was filled with cheer and light.  The backdrop of the story of the Christ child combined with Mr. Dickens tales of Christmas Past, Present, and Future to create a comforting celebration.  Presents seemed always to be abundant, and while you never got everything you wanted, there was always enough. We all grow up and maybe perspective changes; the desire to be a giver develops.  The joy …

A Christmas Memory

Jesse Walker Community

By Jennie Newton First published in 1994 Mother didn’t buy her usual Scotch Pine Christmas tree that year. She left the well-worn red and green glossy glass balls, the traditional satin ornaments, and the elegant jeweled velvet doves packed away in marked cardboard boxes in the third- floor attic at Boxwood. It must not have felt much like Christmas that year to her. Her youngest son stopped by briefly on the afternoon of the day before Christmas Eve on his way to see in-laws in Charleston. She knew not to …

The Connelly’s Most Memorable Christmas

Jesse Walker Community

By Johnny Connelly The quote from Lonely Planet had sustained me for years: “If you can’t laugh while bumping your head against the roof of a truck, you shouldn’t be in Africa.” We shouldn’t have been here. It was Christmas Eve, 2010 and we’d been bouncing along Ethiopian dirt roads for several days. The boys were restless, I was disappointed and Janice was seething because of a sign she’d spotted at our hotel: “Visit the rock hewn churches of Lalibela and assure your place in heaven.” It made her cringe. …