‘No’ to Hotel/Motel Tax increase?

Tia Lynn Ivey Featured, News

Despite the Madison Mayor and City Council narrowly passing a two percent increase to the Hotel/Motel tax this month, Morgan County’s delegation, State Representative Dave Belton and Senator Burt Jones are refusing to present the measure to the state legislature to enact. Belton was pressed on the matter during a public legislative session in Madison on Tuesday, January 15. According to Belton, both he and Senator Jones agree that the locally approved Hotel/Motel tax increase from 5 percent to 7 percent should not be brought for the state legislature this …

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 …

Smith family home up in flames

Patrick Yost Featured, News

When the Smith family settled into their Heidi Trail home for a quiet chilly evening Sunday, they never expected that just a few short hours later they would be watching their family home being engulfed by flames. According to Morgan County Fire and Rescue (MCFR), when one of the parents attempted to use the gas fire place, some kind of malfunction occurred causing a sudden explosion, blowing out the back of the house and catching the rest on fire. The explosion had enough force to blow the mounted television above …

Dogs to host powerhouse Newton Saturday

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The Morgan County Bulldogs will get tested this week.  Like really tested.  Putting their undefeated record on the line against two highly ranked AAAAAAA teams in Meadowcreek (number six) Monday and Newton (number five) Saturday will give the boys some big-time competition to say the least.  On top of that, the team will go on the road to take on 8-AAA foes Jackson County Tuesday and Franklin County Friday. The week starts off on Martin Luther King Holiday vs. the Mustangs at Morehouse College in a venue that will also …

Lady Dogs get two region wins

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Over the past couple of weeks, the Morgan County Lady Bulldogs have been the victim of some very close losses.  Their luck turned in the opposite direction this week with wins over East Jackson and Monroe Area by big margins.  It was junior guard Lou Reid who turned her game up a notch to lead the way for MOCO scoring 24 against the Lady Eagles in a 74-32 rout that looked more like a layup drill.  She turned around three days later to post a season-high 28 Friday vs. the …

JV Girls get two wins, boys fall to Monroe

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It was a great week for our JV girls’ basketball team as they took wins over East Jackson 37-35 in a squeaker and Monroe Area 39-13. Coach Candy Wyatt’s group has shown vast improvement over the first games as was evidenced in their final minute win over the Lady Eagles. Both teams started cold and ended the first quarter 5-2.  Before the half the Lady Dogs had a 10-point run that was somewhat quieted when East Jackson hit a late three to make the score 15-10 at intermission.  With Morgan …

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, …

Dogs survive week of close games

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Get first 8-AAA wins If your record is still unblemished in January, you still hold the number one spot in the state, haven’t been beaten in Region play in five years, won six Region Championships in a row, and have been to the AAA Finals four straight years, you can bet you’ll have a target on your back.  That target means you are the team to beat.  You become the marquee game that’s highlighted in red on all your opponents’ schedules.  Who wouldn’t want to be the team to topple …

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 …

Healthy Progress

Tia Lynn Ivey Featured, News

The $35 million hospital replacement project is moving full steam ahead. With the Morgan Memorial Hospital Authority  (MMHA) $4 million into construction phase, the long awaited new hospital is finally underway—reaching a 20 percent completion milestone. In coming days and weeks, the public will be able to see “the bones” of the new hospital taking shape along the Madison bypass, in between the Bethany Road Exchange and Highway 441. “A new hospital for the citizens of Morgan County is a project that has been in the works for over a …

Huff says ‘yes’ to Spartans

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Morgan County’s all-purpose athlete Jordan Huff has just made the Michigan State coaching staff very happy with his commitment to play football for the Spartans in 2019.  The rising senior was instrumental in the Bulldogs’ 9-2 record that led to a second straight Region 8-AAA Championship in 2017. Huff’s numbers speak for themselves.  Playing multiple positions on an offense that set the school record for most points averaged per game at 35.27 points, Huff made an impact in a number of areas.  His 48 receptions at receiver set a school …

Girls take second at Sweet South Classic

Jesse Walker Featured, Sports

The Morgan County Lady Dogs entered the 2017 Sweet South Classic with a 2-7 record against some stout competition.  Oddly enough, they had the same record at this point a year ago and some were already counting them out.  They were wrong.  All that team did was win a fourth straight 8-AAA Championship as they rode a wave of emotion into the Class AAA Final Four.  Can this year’s team duplicate that success?  After a fine showing in their annual Christmas Tournament, they might just do that. Josh Reeves’ squad …

How Sweet It Is-Dogs take Sweet South Classic Title

Jesse Walker Featured, Sports

For the third time this season the Morgan County Basketball team entered a tournament, and for the third time came away unscathed and carrying home the hardware.  Earlier this season the Bulldogs took the title at The Craig Sager Memorial Tournament at Dacula.  They then traveled to Tallahassee for the Capital City Classic coming away with two straight wins against some of Florida’s best.  This past week they polished off the trifecta by taking the championship of their own Sweet South Classic. 5’7” junior point guard Stevin Green was a …

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 …

New MCHS and CCA

Tia Lynn Ivey Featured, News

The construction project for the new Morgan County High School (MCHS) and College and Career Academy (CCA) campus is nearly 30 percent of the way completed. According to Dr. James Woodard, superintendent of Morgan County Schools, as of Dec. 15, the construction project reached 29 percent completion.  “Construction continues to progress on time,” said Woodard.  “Most of the concrete on grade has been poured and a section of the second level concrete is poured.” This portion of the construction project, which has “the bones” of the buildings on display, is …

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 …

Lady Dogs still in driver’s seat

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It was all hands on deck at Morgan County Middle School this week as the teams played before a packed house.  The cheerleaders and dance team joined in the fun to help fire up the Dogs in back-to-back conference wins for both the boys and girls against Youth and Putnam County.  Earlier in the week the teams traveled to Social Circle for another Piedmont Athletic contest. Monday’s event against the neighboring Redskins saw the girls get the win.  The boys lost a close one in overtime by a single point …