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 …

Family Fun for Rutledge

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Downtown Rutledge was overrun with ghouls, goblins, superheroes, and other beloved iconic characters during the city’s annual Spooky Fall Festival last Saturday. Local residents and out-of-town visitors gathered in Rutledge’s “spooky” square for a day of magical family fun. On a perfect fall day, dozens of families celebrated in the downtown square while children showed off their creative costumes, played in the park, and feasted on hotdogs and candy. The festival featured a costume contest, haunted hayride, an inflatable slide, a bouncy house, a …

Morgan County High School Homecoming 2017

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The students of Morgan County High School celebrated Homecoming last week, with a jam-packed schedule of games, competitions, dress-up days, projects, a parade, a powder-puff football match, and ample amounts of school spirit. This year’s pep-rally featured a surprise flash-mob, comprised of all teachers, dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller as the crowd of students went wild! Homecoming Week culminated with the most anticipated football game of the season, at which our Bulldogs reigned supreme over opponents from Monroe Area. The game drew a record …

School construction underway

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The new Morgan County High School and College and Career Academy (CCA) are nearly a quarter of the way finished as of this week. “I was told this week that we are 23 percent of the way done,” said Dr. James Woodard, superintendent of the Morgan County Charter School System.  “The entire site is being transformed before our very eyes.” The new high school and CCA comprise $26.7 million of the school system’s consolidated campus project. The entire project is estimated to cost $46.1 million and will include a new …

State playoff bound FOR TWO TEAMS

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan’s Lady Spike Dogs may have backed up a little in the 8-AAA Area volleyball tournament last week, but their goal of making it to the AAA State Tournament will become reality Wednesday when they take on Coahulla Creek High School in Dalton. The girls lost to third-place regular season finisher East Jackson in the first round of the Area tournament in the best-of-five format before besting Hart County in the consolation match. Jackson County breezed through the tournament as they did the regular …

Shakarah Boswell’s transplant a success

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor How many times does a person save someone’s life? In the case of former Morgan County all-around superstar, Shakarah Boswell, she didn’t just save someone’s life, she saved the life of her Daddy, as she calls him, by donating a kidney last month. “It was like I was supposed to do this,” said Boswell. “I wasn’t nervous at all.” Boswell is remembered around Morgan County for her prowess on the softball, basketball, cross-country, and soccer fields. She’s also remembered for her accolades as a …

Chili Champions

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The Chili Cook Off has grown from a modest event started in 2004 to an event attracting thousands of locals and tourists to our downtown,” said Ann Huff, Main Street Director. “We had a record number of chili teams and a huge public turnout this year! It’s events like this that make Madison such a special place to live, work and play.” The appetizing scent of fresh homemade chili wafted through the heart of downtown Madison, as over a thousand attendees enjoyed the beautiful …

History Maker & Historian

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There can be no question about Vince Dooley’s place in history. A living legend, Dooley sealed his legacy as a head football coach when he led the University of Georgia Bulldogs to a National Championship to round out the 1980 season. During his 25-year coaching career at Georgia (1964 to 1988), Dooley won six SEC championships, the National Championship, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994. At the time of his retirement, he was second only to Alabama’s Paul “Bear” Bryant as the “winningest coach” …

Dogs Trounce East Jackson 56-6

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By Alvin Richardson sports writer The Morgan County Bulldogs hit East Jackson Eagles with a 56 point barrage in the first half and coasted through the final two quarters on their way to victory in their Region 8AAA opener played at Commerce.  It was the most points scored by a Bulldog squad since a 56-14 win over Oconee County in 2012.  The school record for points in a game is 75 against Hancock Central in 1989. Morgan County again displayed a balanced offense with 211 rushing yards and 190 passing.  …

Lady Diamond Dogs State Bound – Again

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Highlights, controversy surround Monroe series In a series that saw Katee Finney throw a no-hitter in game one, a controversial ruling in game two that helped decide the win, and a hitting clinic in game three by Alissa Webb and Madison Henry, the Monroe series win was one you didn’t want to miss.  On top of all that, the win catapulted Morgan into the State Tournament with at least a fourth place finish in the 8-AAA Tournament.  The Lady Dogs will now face Jackson …

Strike up the Band

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Congratulations are in order for the Morgan County High School (MCHS) Band. The stellar ensemble of young musicians earned an impressive accolade at a competition in Milledgeville last weekend.  According to Band Director Jeffrey Rowser, The Bulldog Marching Band won Class4A in Band, Colorguard, Drumlilne and Drum Majors.   “The crowd response to the ‘An American in Paris’ show was well received, especially as the Eiffel Tower was lifted during the opening measures of the show,” said Rowser. “Over 6,000 people were present for the …

Way to go Woody

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor A beloved Madisonian reached an impressive milestone this week. Woody Williams, founder of the Morgan County Archives and heroic World War II veteran, celebrated his 95 birthday last Sunday among family, friends, and the local community. The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center will honor Woody this coming Friday, Oct 6 during the Glenn Miller Concert. The Madison Historic Coalition held a small celebration for Woody on Monday, inviting the community to drop-in and celebrate the occasion. Woody’s son, Phil Williams, hopes the community will appreciate his father’s …

BULLDOGS RIP LAMAR COUNTY 41-21

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By Alvin Richardson sports writer Morgan County took another positive step forward in the 2017 campaign by going to Barnesville and spearing the Lamar County Trojans with a high-powered offense and a stingy defense.  The Dogs led 28-14 at the half and stretched their advantage to 41-21 early in the fourth quarter before Head Coach Bill Malone pulled the plug on his starters.  Had it not been for a couple of unfortunate plays the Bulldogs would have had this one salted away by halftime. The game wasn’t as close as …

Local celebrities raise funds for United Way

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The Seventh Annual United Way Celebrity Dinner was held at Chophouse Grill in Madison last Monday, bringing in approximately $10,500 for the United Way of Morgan/Greene County.  “It’s the tops so far,” said Joe Houston, advisory board member for the United Way. Houston noted that this year’s fundraiser brought in $2500 more than last year’s event. “We are up about 25 percent from last year,” said Houston. “We had more auction items and sold 113 tickets this year.” Houston praised the local community for …

Work & Play

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor All four Morgan County schools participated in “Professional Dress Day” last week. Students across all four schools dressed in their best professional garb as part of a “KA$H Culture” effort, to teach students how to be successful in their future careers. “Professional Dress Day is designed for our teachers, staff, and students to practice an essential element of the expectations of a professional work environment,” said Superintendent James Woodard. “So often our students are asked, “What do you want to be when you grow …

Morgan Buries Rival Putnam County 41-6

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By Alvin Richardson sports writer Morgan County thumped Lake Country rival Putnam County for the fifth time in the past six encounters with a combination of big plays on offense and a defense that completely throttled the War Eagles.  Playing at Bill Corry Stadium the Bulldogs bolted out to a 27-0 halftime lead and tacked on two more touchdowns in the third quarter to build a 41-0 advantage before calling off the Dogs midway through the third period.  Morgan outgained Putnam 402 to 135 on the night. The Bulldog defense …

Miracle comeback highlights busy weekend for Lady Dogs

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Miss Irma put a big damper on sports action earlier in the week, but she couldn’t stop the MOCO softball team from playing six games over a three-day span over the weekend.  From Thursday through Saturday it was nonstop play at Morgan’s home field as well as Bill Wood Park. The Lady Dogs played host to 8-AAA region foe East Jackson Thursday and followed that up with the Lady Dog Invitational Friday and Saturday.  16 teams visited Madison to compete in a pool play …