MCHS students to appear on WSB-TV

Tia Lynn Ivey Community

Several students from Morgan County High School’s (MCHS) Academic Bowl team are set to appear on WSB-TV this Saturday, March 17 at 12:30 p.m. when the second round of the High-Q competition airs. The team is led by Karl Scott and Lisa Hamilton at MCHS. This year’s contestants are: Cameron McCanless, this year’s salutatorian, Jacob Gasque, senior, Claudia Sims, senior, and Abigail Crawford, a junior. “There is a special excitement when we go to the WSBTV studios to tape these episodes,” said Scott.  “I love watching our students compete against …

The arts will explode at MCHS on April 3

Jesse Walker Community

By Sarah Wibell staff writer The arts round out the school experience and encourage expression of self, ideas, and emotions. “Arts transcend all cultures and bring us all together,” said Karisa Seymour, Morgan County Middle School band director. For one night, the Morgan County K-12 students will showcase that message during the 2018 Arts Extravaganza on April 3 at 7 p.m. in the Morgan County High School Gymnasium. Art, music, dance, chorus, and theater are all highlighted as soloists and ensembles take the stage on the gym floor. The color …

Qualifying ends, all local races unopposed

Tia Lynn Ivey Community

The 2018 election will present Morgan County voters with a ballot of unopposed candidates running in local races. The qualification period ended last Friday and while no candidates are squaring off for the same office, there is one new face running for the Board of Education District 5 slot. The current BOE member Brad Evans opted to forgo running for reelection. Forest Pagett will now run for the slot, uncontested, as a Republican. Andy Ainslie III is running for reelection unopposed as a Republican for the District 4 seat on …


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  By Sarah Wibell staff writer All over Morgan County, people are finding painted rocks. Images or inspirational words appear on one side. On the other are notes saying “Find us on Facebook” with instructions to re-hide the rock after sharing a photo on Instagram at #livelikebritt and #allinlikemichael. Last April, the deaths of Michael Rhodes, 18, and Brittany Smith, 19, in a car accident deeply affected the Morgan County community. The teenagers had been dating for three years. “They were amazing kids, goofy, and made everyone happy. They would …

Second Annual Balloon Release March 25

Jesse Walker Community

By Sarah Wibell staff writer Jonathan’s Bench, located in the Uncle Remus Regional Library’s Laughin’ Place Garden, is dedicated to Jonathan Marshall Morris who lost his struggle to mental illness in 2014. The bench, hand-built by sculptor Tom Prochnow, is engraved with, “My son, my sunshine, Jonathan Marshall Morris, for him and all the sons of the world, then, now and forever.” Last year, Jonathan’s mother, Beverly Morris, wanted to do something special for his birthday and invited anyone who had similar experiences to release balloons in honor of those …

‘5 Perspectives’ artists discuss the complexities of race and religion at artists forum

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What does it mean to be black in America? What are the unique lived experiences of African-Americans here and now, who are balancing the weight of the past, the work of the present, and the hope for the future? Those are some of the themes discussed among five Atlanta-based artists last weekend who gathered at the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA) for a special symposium. The event was the culmination of the 5 Perspectives exhibit, which featured the diverse artwork of five artists, Kevin Cole, Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier, Kevin Sipp, …

Hice met with cheers, jeers

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  By Sarah Wibell staff writer While U.S. Rep. Jody Hice visited Madison last week, a demonstration was held by a small group of dissatisfied constituents protesting for an in-person town hall meeting. Hice, who represents Georgia’s 10th district, had been invited to learn more about the local economy and other issues that concerned the community’s industry and small business leaders on Friday, Feb. 23. “This visit has been an opportunity to get thoughts, ideas, and input. Madison is a treasure. It’s been an absolute thrill to be here,” Hice …

Kelly Products: a humble beginning to successful agribusiness enterprise in Morgan County

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  For a quarter of a century, Kelly Products, a holding company for 12 operating companies, has provided a broad range of agricultural merchandise and services to Morgan County and surrounding areas.  Kelly Products is behind beloved local businesses such as Farmview Markets in Madison and the Rock House Creamery. Keith Kelly, founder of Kelly Products, opened for business as a small manufacturing facility in Covington in 1992. Now, 25 years later, Kelly Products has morphed into a regional agricultural empire, employing 200 people across a dozen companies, supplying customers, …

Celebration at Springfield

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The celebration of Black History Month continued with a religious program led at Springfield Baptist Church last Sunday with Kendrick Simmons Sr., president of the local branch of the NAACP, featured as the guest speaker. The annual event is a tradition meant to inspire people to learn about black history and to continue making history that future generations will be proud to celebrate.

All student art show a success

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  Morgan County students summoned all of their creative juices for this year’s “A Funky Little Art Thing,” (AFLAT), the annual system-wide eclectic art exhibit at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC). “These kids amaze me every year,” said Ty Manning, art teacher at MCHS. “The art came pouring in as it does every year. They really came up with some incredible stuff this year.” AFLAT has been a community favorite for more than 15 years. Parents, friends, and community members explored the extensive exhibit during the opening reception last Thursday …

Diamond Masquerade, Mardi Gras Gala 2018

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The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA) held its annual Diamond Masquerade Mardi Gras Gala earlier this month at Empire Mills. According to the STMA, the even, which featured The Atlanta Seventeen Big Band, was a huge success, raising about $15,000 for the STMA. “The evening was a huge success all the way around – Empire Mills provided the perfect setting and Hallie Jane’s New Orleans-themed fare was delicious. The silent auction and diamond ring raffle ticket sales alone brought in almost $10,000,” said Patricia DuBose, with the STMA.  “We …

Morehouse College Glee Club comes to Cultural Center

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The world-famous Morehouse College Glee Club performed last weekend at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC) for a special concert sponsored by the Morgan County African American Museum (MCAAM). “This is a chance to work with our cultural center to bring more diverse talent to our community and to bring more people into the center,” said Madison Mayor Fred Perriman and MCAAM board member. Morehouse College, a historically African-American college for men in Atlanta, boasts of a longstanding glee club founded in 1911. Throughout its history, The Morehouse College Glee Club …

Journey to Light Gala held at Cultural Center

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The Living Life Team, a blind/visually impaired support group, held a gala at the end of January to raise awareness and funds for the organization. The event was the second annual gala for the group, called the “Journey to the Light Gala.” This year’s featured Speaker was David Furukawa, of Foresight Augmented Reality. Various community leaders attended event, including Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley and Reverend Hoke Smith. Attendees wore special glass to simulate being blind. The event also featured a raffle drawing, a skit, a dance performance, and dinner.

Contemporary Ceramics exhibit at MMMC

Jesse Walker Community

By Sarah Wibell staff writer Walk through the galleries of the Contemporary Ceramics in Georgia exhibit at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC) and get ready to be impressed. Colors – earthy, vibrant, or subdued. Texture – smooth, rough, or intricately patterned. The functional and the decorative are set side by side or combined as one. Everyday objects are reimagined, and the art both displays and evokes emotion. These reactions are exactly what Mitzi Prochnow, MMCC Visual Arts Chairperson and curator of the exhibit, wants visitors to experience. Bringing the work …

Valedictorian, Salutatorian named

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Morgan County High School has named this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian. This year’s honorees are MCHS Seniors Mackenzi Barrett, as valedictorian, and Cameron McCanless, as salutatorian. “We are very proud of Mackenzi and Cameron,” said Superintendent James Woodard. “They have both modeled the level of academic achievement we expect from all of our students.” “The entire high school is celebrating Mackenzi and Cameron’s honor!” said Assistant Superintendent Sarah Burbach.  “They will continue to make our community proud as they represent Morgan County in all of their future endeavors.” Both Mackenzi and …

Fortson for the future

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  Last week we remembered the legacy of one of Morgan County’s very own civil rights leaders, Laura Wilson Butler, who died last year and has sealed her place among many who lived their lives to uplift the African-American community and the community as a whole. This week, we look toward the future, as the current generation continues that work in our very own community. A new coach at Morgan County High School, Coach Aubrey Fortson, is not just focused on fostering students’ athletic potential, but cultivating well-rounded students with …

Paying it Forward

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A Morgan County family opened up their home last week to feed volunteer firefighters who saved their barn from being burned to the ground in mid-January. A blazing barn fire broke out behind the Coleman family’s home during a rare snowstorm on January 17 in the wee hours of the night. Casey and Donna Coleman are they owners of a property on Fairplay Road in Rutledge. The couple has two children, Claire, 17, and Jackson, 10, who both attend Morgan County schools, and who were both at home at the time …

Remembering Laura Butler

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Americans all across the nation are turning their attention to Black History Month this February to honor the contributions, achievements and struggles of African-Americans and to inspire a new generation marching forward to create a better future for all citizens. Here in Morgan County, we are remembering the life and legacy of Laura Wilson Butler, former president of the Morgan County Branch of the NAACP, to begin our month-long celebration of Black History Month.  Butler, who passed away last September, served as a local voice for civil rights, social justice, …

A place to call home

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A mother and daughter celebrated moving into a brand new home in Madison this week that they helped build with their own two hands. Cetorrie Hitchcock and her young daughter were selected as the latest recipients of a Habitat for Humanity house on White Hall Street in Madison. Over the last year, more than 30 volunteers, including Hitchcock, worked tirelessly to construct the brand new three-bedroom, two-bathroom house. “They built it from the ground up,” said Mike Conrads, board member for the Morgan County Habitat for Humanity. “Their entire family …