The Lions Club Fair comes to Morgan County.

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The annul Lions Club Fair was a hit among families hoping to have some fun after a stressful week of recovering from Hurricane Irma. The sound of children laughing as they spun round and round on the ferris wheel could be heard while smiling parents look on with glee. This year’s fair included an array of rides and games, along with traditional fair foods, like funnel cakes, and featured a petting zoo, replete with cow rides.

Legacies celebrated

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Four outstanding African-Americans were honored at the annual Living Legacy Gala last weeked, an event of the Morgan County African American Museum. This year’s honorees were Maxie Jones, James Edwards, Rev. Hoke Smith,  and Henry Veasley. The Living Legacy is a series that honors those who have persevered in spite of tremendous odds. Living Legacy Gala, an event orchestrated by the Morgan County African American Museum (MCAAM), which aims to highlight the work and achievements of local older African Americans while they are still …

Morgan Falls to Oconee county 30-22

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By Alvin Richardson sports writer Morgan County got off to a horrible start last Friday night as Oconee County took advantage of some early errors and bolted out to a 23-0 lead at the end of one quarter.  The Dogs outscored the Warriors 22-7 the rest of the way but in the end it was too big a hole to climb out of.  As a result the Bulldogs fell for the first time on the campaign to give them a record of 2-1 going into a rivalry game against an …

Young Team Shows Promise

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor In a game against a more experienced Youth team, the Morgan County Middle School Lady Diamond Dogs’ softball team came up short.  The roster for the young team is dominated by underclassmen, including a majority of sixth graders.  On the other hand, Youth, located in Walton County, does not allow sixth graders to participate.  Their roster sports predominately eighth graders and the age and size difference between the two teams was apparent.  Morgan’s squad is still looking for their first win, but the future …

MCHS graduate Jess Royal nominated for Emmy in set design.

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Jess Royal, a Morgan County High School graduate,  walked the red carpet in Los Angeles last Sunday, hoping to take home an Emmy for her set design work on the smash hit Netflix series, “Stranger Things.” Royal lost out to “The Crown,” but was honored to be nominated alongside such renowned designers and shows. “Stranger Things,” which debuted in 2016, unexpectedly took the world by storm, becoming the third most-watched series on Netflix within a month of its debut.  “Stranger Things” follows the story …

Rock House Creamery rises to the top

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By Dianne Lively Yost staff writer There was just no better way to spend Saturday, Sept. 9, than touring Rock House Creamery (RHC) in Newborn, Ga. The day was perfect: bright sunshine, a slight chill in the air, and gusty winds passing through the large oaks that lined the fields. In a word it was: beautiful. What makes RHC so special is that its a locally owned and family operated dairy farm with about 100 cows, 48 of which are milking to provide Morgan County’s Farmview Market customers with the …

Morgan Knocks off North Oconee 28-13

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By Alvin Richardson sports writer Morgan County used a big play passing game and a stingy defense to stop Class AAAA North Oconee 28-13 last Friday night in Watkinsville.  Playing in front of a full stadium MCHS outgained the Titans 433 to 202 and defeated North Oconee for the second straight season.  Senior quarterback Trey Patterson completed 19 of 36 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns, Tre’mon Moore rushed for 101 yards, Anthony Cooper caught touchdown passes of 53 and 50 yards and Jordan Huff played a brilliant game …

Cross Country Teams Run at Jekyll Island

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s high and middle schools traveled to the Georgia Coast Saturday to participate in the Jekyll Island Invitational.  The 5k race was held at the Great Dunes Golf Course on Jekyll Island.  The competition was stout and the teams were numerous, but the Dogs gave it their best shot and did not disappoint Coach Erin Spinks.  She said, “Saturday was great!  We went down to Jekyll Island for their invitational.  It was a great team bonding experience and lots of great memories were …

A family in need of land

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Local Photographer Brandy Angel is on a mission to help build a new home for an Eatonton family who has fallen on financial hardship after their daughter was diagnosed with cancer. Her organization, Be The Change Brandy Angel Foundation, has partnered with the Rotary Club of Greene and Putnam Counties and Andy Schulze, who will serve as executive director for the build, and they are in the beginning stages of securing a new home for the Fox Family, hoping someone in the community will …

Living Legacy Honoree: Mr. Henry Veasley

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Special to the Citizen Mr. Henry Veasley is a child of God, a product of the late Mr. Jim Veasley and Centurion Ms. Ida (‘Big Ma’ to the family). To grow up as the youngest of seven boys and three girls affords one the privilege of doing a few lighter chores such as giving milk to the calves and milking the heifers. Of course, it also means that you got the least favorite pieces of the chicken; although I believe the feet are considered delicacies in some cultural settings today. …

DOGS DOMINATE IN 49-20 WIN

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By Alvin Richardson sports editor Showing superiority in all three phases of the game, Morgan County used an offense that was clicking on all cylinders, a stingy and turnover producing defense, and one of the best kicking games seen in recent memory to stymie Greene County early.  The Dogs traveled to Greensboro to avenge a 13-12 loss from a year ago in which the Tigers used the big play to nip the home team in a barnburner that came down to the final play.  A year later Morgan County struck …

Spikers finish week on high note

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Volleyball action this past week saw the girls come up short on Tuesday against Athens Academy and Madison County only to rebound with two big wins on Thursday.  The Lady Dogs got a revenge win over Madison County on the Lady Raiders’ home court before besting a strong East Hall squad in the tri-match. Coach Greg Thompson discussed the week’s games.  “I was disappointed in the way we played Tuesday against two quality opponents. We came out in the first set of each match …

Steffen Thomas Museum hosts 20th Anniversary Celebration

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Special to the Citizen On Thursday, August 24, the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art celebrated its 20th Anniversary with an Annual Meeting, Founders’ Day Celebration, and Champagne Reception marking the opening of its newest exhibition, Steffen Thomas: A Legacy in Atlanta. The annual meeting was punctuated with awards given for Volunteer of the Year (Kate Roberts and Louise Lauderdale) and first officers of the Museum (Andrew Hayes, Hathia Hayes, and Mary Nell McLauchlin). To conclude the meeting, Lisa Thomas Conner, youngest daughter of master artist Steffen Thomas, delivered a heart-warming …

Living Legacy Gala, Honoree: Maxie Jones

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor Growing up, Maxine Jones always imagined herself in the courtroom as a practicing lawyer, but she ended up in the classroom as a teacher who touched the lives of hundreds of children throughout her educational career. “You settle in life where you are supposed to be,” said Jones. “And I was supposed to be with those kids.” Jones is being honored in the education category at this year’s Living Legacy Gala for her relentless dedication to educating the children of Morgan County.  Jones, who …

Morgan County Renews border War with Greene county Friday Night

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By Alvin Richardson sports editor (Authors note: As a graduate of Morgan County High School and a former head football coach at my alumni, I am somewhat of an expert on this topic.  Some of my fondest memories are of this game between these two great rivals.  I had the distinct honor of coaching against my old high school basketball coach (Tom Temple) and one of Georgia’s all-time greats (Charlie Winslette).  The memories are rich and burn brightly in my mind to this day.)     When Morgan County’s Bulldogs …

Festival of Friends draws a crowd

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The Morgan Memorial Hospital Auxiliary held their annual Festival of Friends fundraiser last Saturday. Hospital leaders are still tallying final totals, but have surpassed $28,000, with funds still coming in. “This year’s event was another fun and exciting success!” said Megan Morris, director of community and public relations for Morgan Memorial Hospital (MMH). “The success was truly a community effort!  We are grateful for the 65 individuals involved as dinner hosts, over 200 attending as dinner guests, over 100 local businesses and community members …

Living Legacy Gala

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honoree: Reverend Hoke Smith By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor Reverend Hoke Smith, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Madison for the last 30 years, is among this year’s honorees at the annual Living Legacy Gala this September. Hoke is being honored in the religion category this year for his dedicated service and spiritual guidance to the local community. “It’s a honor to be recognized especially from my peers in Morgan County,” said Reverend Smith. Smith stressed how grateful he is to all the friends, family, and parishioners who supported …

Bulldogs Sharp in Opening Scrimmage

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By Alvin Richardson sports editor Morgan County blew out an overmatched Monticello squad last Friday night by using a surgical offense and a swarming defense as the Bulldogs raced out to a 21-0 lead and then began to substitute freely in the later part of the second quarter.  The Dogs struck through the air for 205 yards and finished with 136 rushing to tally 341 total yards in just two periods of play.  Defensively Morgan limited the Purple Hurricanes to 34 yards rushing on 21 attempts and allowed just two …

Cultural Center to host celebration

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC) will be celebrating its members at the end of the month, while hoping to recruit even more. The event, called “The Star of the Season is You!” is meant to encourage current members’ continued support and to attract new members.  “The Star of the Season is You! You, our members are our greatest asset.  The arts inspire us, foster creativity, and bridge the gap between people in the community.  The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center provides programming in the arts that …

A weekend of music & art

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor Summer days are still here as locals and out of town visitors enjoy music and art throughout Madison and Morgan County.  This week, Rutledge helds another concert as part of their summer concert series. The Appalachian Traveler gave  a soulful performace from the city’s gazebo as the audience lounged in folding chairs and children played in the nearby park in downtown Rutlege.  The Madison Artists Guild debuted new artwork for the community to enjoy. Local artist, Carol Lindquist gave a meet and greet at …