Historic Site in Madison in ‘Peril’

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An historic site in Madison has been placed on the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s  “Top 10 Places in Peril” list for 2018.  The Historic Foster-Thomason-Miller House on Main Street in Madison, which has sat unused and in disrepair nearly 20 years, made The Trust’s 2018 list chronicling Georgia’s 10 historical site in desperate need of attention. The Thomason-Miller House, which was built in 1883, and renovated in the 1990s, fell into severe disrepair after a devastating fire in 2001. The current owners, Friesen Real-Estate Holdings, have been trying to …

Foster Park development vote postponed

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Although the matter was expected to be settled once and for all at last Monday’s Mayor and City Council meeting, the saga of the controversial Foster Park Development will live on. In a last-minute turn of events, Developer Brad Good, who filed a rezoning request that would allow him to build 24 houses behind the historic Thomason-Miller house on Main Street in Madison, asked the council to postpone the highly-anticipated vote after reaching a compromise with the Historic District residents opposed to the project. According to Good’s attorney, Kathy Zickert, …

Teachers of the year named at BOE meeting

Jesse Walker Community, Featured

Morgan County School System has announced four Teachers of the Year, one for each of Morgan County’s schools. Ashley Wegmann was selected as Morgan County High School’s (MCHS) Teacher of the Year. Heather Jackson was selected at Morgan County Middle School’s (MCMS) Teacher of the Year. Lisa Layne was selected as Morgan County Elementary School’s (MCES) Teacher of the Year. Hillary Stapp was selected as Morgan County Primary School’s (MCPS) Teacher of the Year. The four were honored at Monday night’s Morgan County Board of Education Board meeting. “I was …

East Hall Eliminates Bulldogs 50-36

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  Morgan County dominated the first seven minutes of Friday night’s game against the East Hall Vikings and it looked like the Bulldogs were on their way to the second round of the state playoffs.  The Dogs led 14-0 with 5:54 left in the first quarter after a lightning-like three play 70 yard drive to open the game, a stop of the high powered East Hall offense and a 69 yard, 11 play drive that resulted in another score. But then Austin Parker and his receiving corps got warmed up. …

Morgan salutes the Veterans

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  Local veterans and their families gathered at Morgan County High School (MCHS) last Friday, the day before Veterans Day, to be celebrated by the local community for their bravery, sacrifice and unyielding patriotism. The Morgan County High School Chorus sang special renditions of the National Anthem and “God Bless America,” bringing some of the veterans and families to tears. This year’s event was led by Jim NeSmith, commander of Post 37 of the American Legion, and featured remarks by veteran and State Representative Dave Belton, and LTC. Derrick Dailey. …

Dancing for a cause

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  Madison’s most famous “stars” took the stage of the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center last week, dazzling the crowd with an evening of fancy footwork all in an effort to raise money for the Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club. And these dancers did not disappoint! The sixth annual Dancing With the Madison Stars (DWMS) garnered more thsn $95,000, which will be used to sponsor 20-plus children’s memberships at the club. “It’s a record-breaking year!” said Nancy Vaughan, co-chair of the Madison- Morgan Boys & Girls Club. Indeed, this year’s event raked …

Perriman, Hodges, Joyce win election

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” template=”default” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] The people of Madison and Rutledge have spoken. The results are in for the four contested local races. Incumbent Fred Perriman was reelected for a second term as Madison’s Mayor, beating out contenders Robert Lanier and Kathi Russell. “I am so grateful to the people of Madison,” said Madison Mayor Fred Perriman after learning of his victory. Although Perriman was up against two other candidates, he still managed to win in a landside, earning 72.6 percent of the vote, receiving 845 ballots. Robert Lanier …

Dogs Claw Jackson Panthers 31-12

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The Morgan County Bulldogs put the finishing touch on their regular season with a workmanlike 31-12 win over tenacious region foe Jackson County.  The Bulldogs won for the ninth time in ten outings but the Panthers made the Dogs work for this win on Senior Night at Jackson County High School. The Bulldogs actually fell behind in the first quarter.  Morgan opened the scoring with a 22 yard field goal from Andrew Watkins following an interception by Tuke Robinson that he returned to the Panther 12 yard line.  On the …

Fest Success

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      Bostwick’s annual Cotton Gin Festival is one of the county’s most beloved events of the year and this year’s festival did not disappoint. “We had more people than we had parking,” said Angie Howard, a Bostwick City Councilwoman who helps orchestrate the festival every year. “It was the largest crowd we ever had!” Some estimated that more than 7,000 people came through Saturday’s Cotton Gin Festival. The festival kicked off with a parade, led by this year’s Cotton King, Earl Nunn, who is a life-long Bostwick resident …

Madison Trick or Treating 2017

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  Madison was overrun with fanciful creatures, immortal monsters, brave superheroes, and famous “celebrities” last week. Crowds of tiny ghouls, goblins, and pretty princesses  scurried from house to house, scowering for candy on Halloween. Children and parents, donned in creative and spooky costumes, wandered the neighborhoods of Madison, knocking on doors hoping to get a treat instead of a trick. The weather was ideal for an evening of traditional trick-or-treating. The Halloween Spirit was alive and well as parents flashed their cameras to capture priceless memories of their children laughing …

All Hail The Cotton King

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In 1956, when Earl Nunn was cycling out of his commitment to the U.S. Navy, he had a meeting with a superior who was going to explain Nunn’s options for the rest of his career. Nunn says he had enjoyed his time in the service, had enjoyed the exotic ports of call he had experienced in the Far East, but he cut the man, and his sales pitch, short. “I told him there was no use talking to me anymore cause I’m going home.” Of course he was. Home was …

Bullpups Stroll into Championship Game with 30-0 Win

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It was another day at the office for the unbeaten Morgan County Middle School football team as they moved one step closer to their goal of a conference championship.  The Dogs have taken the Piedmont Athletic Conference by storm this season, but this one was not that easy.  Once again, the defense stood tall while the offense scored 24 second half points to take the win. Morgan faced off Wednesday with archrival neighbor Greene County (Carson Middle School) in the semifinal round of the PAC Championship at Bill Corry Stadium.  …

No Drama as Dogs Pound Franklin County 42-17

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With a second consecutive region title in their grasp the Morgan County Bulldogs quickly dispatched Franklin County last Friday night by scoring 42 unanswered points in the first half and limiting the Lions to a paltry pair of first downs.  The Dogs laid siege to the Franklin County end zone by scoring on their first six possessions and ended up on the one yard line as time expired in the first half when Head Coach Bill Malone refused to pile on the helpless Lions. Meanwhile the Bulldog defensive unit forced …

Trick or Treating at Bill Wood Park

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The Morgan County Recreation Department held its annual Fall Fun Fest last Saturday at Bill Wood Park in Madison. The event featured hay rides, fireworks, carnival games, snow cones, Fall photography scenes, a dunking booth, candy, door prizes and a live performance from the musical group “The Apostles of Bluegrass.” The event was sponsored by LOVE Madison and the Fireworks show was sponsored by Chick-fil-A of Madison.

Madison-Morgan Cultural Center Honors Robert M. Turnell

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Special to the Citizen Friends, family and Cultural Center supporters gathered on the new brick patio in front of the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 4 p.m. for the unveiling of a special memorial in honor of Robert M. Turnell, founder and first Board of Trustees chair of the Morgan County Foundation which administers the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center. Kim Brown, Director of the Cultural Center, welcomed everyone and spoke about the exciting improvements at the Center as a result of the current capital campaign “Sustaining a …

Candidates square off in political forum

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Candidates running in the upcoming City of Madison elections on Nov. 7 gathered for a forum last Thursday to make their case to the public to vote for them. Sponsored by the Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce and the Morgan County Citizen, seven candidates answered a series of policy questions in front of a packed crowd at the City of Madison’s meeting hall. On the panel sat Madison Mayor Fred Perriman, Kathi Russell, who is running for mayor, Robert Lanier, who is running for Mayor, City Councilwoman Chris Hodges, Woody Burriss, …

Dogs sneak past Hart County 20-7

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By Alvin Richardson sports writer The Morgan County Bulldogs didn’t exactly steamroll Hart County Friday night but they put a “W” on the board with a 20-7 victory.  That was enough to put the Bulldogs squarely in control of their own destiny with regard to Morgan’s Region 8AAA region championship aspirations.  Head Coach Bill Malone was more or less in agreement with that statement and said, “An ugly win is better than an ugly loss.  We had three really poor practices leading up to the Hart County game – probably …

Lady Dogs fall to Phoenix/Sonoraville

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor  Amid one of the most unusual plays you’ll ever see in softball or baseball, the Lady Diamond Dogs almost pulled off a second game win that would have kept them alive to fight another day.  In Wednesday’s nightcap of a double header in the two-of-three series against the Sonoraville Phoenix, the game ended 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh when Morgan walked in the winning run.  Or so it seemed.  Head Coach Jason McBay and assistant Billy Dooley quickly noticed that the batter …

Take a stand, lend a hand

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office held  the fourth annual Antibullying Rally last weekend, which brought out about 200 attendees. The event is a team effort between law enforcement officials, educators, ministers, and elected officials to deter Morgan County students from engaging in bullying. The four-hour event featured encouraging words from four speakers, a group prayer, a basketball game, a talent show, a DJ, and drawings for various prizes. Every child who attended the event also left with a fidget spinner as a prize. “We …