Christmas On Dixie

Jesse Walker Community, Featured

By Elizabeth Lanier staff writer Christmas on Dixie lights up Morgan County for the fifth year in a row. This annual festivity brings people from near and far to enjoy the display located on the corner of Dixie Highway and Wilson Road in Madison. According to Shane Seabolt, one of the founders of the exhibit, the idea of this yearly display of lights arises from a tradition he started with his daughters as they were growing up. Seabolt explains, “My daughters and I would always add a new decoration every …

Forever Bulldogs

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

A memorial bench honoring the legacy of a fallen Morgan County High School student, Michael Rhodes, has been erected in a special garden beside another memorial bench honoring Seth Stapleton, a fellow MCHS student who died in 2015. The two granite benches have been placed near the main entrance of the Bill Corry Stadium to honor the two young football players taken too soon from this world. Both Rhodes and Stapleton were killed in tragic car accidents. Michael’s jersey, number 72, and Seth’s jersey, number 71, have both been retired …

Council passes controversial rezoning

Tia Lynn Ivey Featured, News

In a 4-to-1 vote, the Madison Mayor and City Council approved a controversial rezoning request in the Historic District for Alex Newton’s property located at 406 South Main Street on Monday, Dec. 11. Newton requested the property be rezoned from a Large Lot Residential District 1 (R1) zone to a Medium Lot Residential District 2 (R2), which reduces the minimum acreage from .75 acres to .5 acres and could potentially allow for Newton to subdivide the land into a total of four buildable lots. The council voted to approve the map …

A hometown Christmas

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

Madison’s annual Hometown Christmas Parade and Caroling by Candlelight events ushered in the holiday season last weekend as hundreds of people gathered in downtown Madison to watch decked out floats, sing Christmas songs, and meet the one and only Santa Claus. “The sun came out just in time for the parade,” said Colleen Hall, event coordinator for the City of Madison. “It was cold, but pretty. We were happy to see so many people come out to celebrate the holiday season with us.” The parade featured floats, walking groups, vintage …

Love Light Tree celebration

Tia Lynn Ivey Featured, News

Morgan Memorial Hospital (MMH) raked in $10,000 so far during its annual Love Light Tree Celebration fundraiser. “And the money is still coming in,” said Megan Morris, Director of Development and Community Relations. “We are so grateful for the dedication and hard work shown by our auxiliary members who come together to pull off such a successful fundraiser each year. Our Love Light Co-Chairs, Sally Hoge and Anne Trulock, did a phenomenal job once again!” “The people of Madison and Morgan County never fail to come through in support of a …

Judge denies murder suspect’s bond

Patrick Yost Featured, News

Photo by Jesse Walker Justin Sandiver Slaughter, a 22-year-old Madison man charged with killing his mother, Paula Slaughter, 54, and a family friend, Colin Smith, 53, appeared nonplussed Thursday during a first appearance hearing before Morgan County Magistrate. In fact, he smiled. During the hearing, Judge Connie Holt asked the suspect if he understood his rights, what he had been charged with, and the next steps in the process. She addressed Slaughter’s court-appointed attorney, Darell Mitchell, after the hearing. “Your client smiled at me,” Judge Holt said. Mitchell shrugged his …

Son arrested after double murder

Patrick Yost Featured, News

Photo by Josiah Connelly A 22–year–old Madison man faces two counts of murder after he allegedly killed his mother and a family friend with a .20 gauge shotgun. Justin Slaughter was detained in a wooded area Monday night behind his family’s Slaughter Veasley Road residence after members of the Walton County SWAT team deployed a flash bang grenade which, Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley said, stunned Slaughter long enough for officers to detain the suspect. Markley said authorities have charged Slaughter with killing Colin Smith, 53 and Paula Slaughter, 54. Officers …

Dogs Rolling, Undefeated, Ranked #1

Sports Reports Featured, Sports

This team is pretty good folks.  In fact, they can be scary good as witnessed in the first half against an always tough and highly ranked AAAAA Cedar Shoals Jaguars squad.  Morgan made it look easy as they ran out to a 42-19 first half lead and coasted home from there.  The transition game was in high gear as the Dogs put on a highlight reel show featuring thunder dunks, slashing layups, alley-oops, and three-pointers.  Ty Lawrence had his game-face on from the opening tip.  After hitting an opening trifecta, …

Lady Dogs take win over LaGrange

Sports Reports Featured, Sports

There’s no rest for the weary the saying goes.  Such is true for Morgan County’s hardcourt Dogs as they start the season by playing five games in their first 10 days against some stout competition.  The Lady Dogs are coming off another Region 8-AAA Region Championship in 2017 to make it four-in-a-row.  To repeat that performance won’t be easy, but what this team may lack in experience, they certainly make up for in grit and determination.  Only three seniors return for their final hoorah and the graduation of quality scorers, …

2017 Holiday Tour Of Homes

Jesse Walker Community, Featured

By Bob Hughes president chamber of commerce This year’s Tour of Homes was a great success with over 2,400 visitors over the 3 days of the tour. Of course, the weather cooperated with only foggy and overcast conditions, but all of our visitors had a wonderful time seeing the sites and shops of Madison and Morgan County. Our attendance was on track with previous years and included visitors from as far away as Texas and California with a couple from Germany who bought tickets for another tour but saw Madison …

Dogs Ranked #1 After Colorful Win

Jesse Walker Featured, Sports

The 2017-18 version of Morgan County basketball is off to a colorful start after winning the ‘plaid’ bracket of Dacula High School’s first annual Craig Sager Memorial Basketball Tournament.  With the tournament victory and another over Westlake this past Friday, the Dogs now hold the number one ranking in the state for class AAA at 4-0 on the young season and for good reason. Jamond Sims’ team has been the cardiac kids to this point with their largest margin of victory coming in the 67-61 defeat of Westlake.  The three …

Schools recognized for healthy eating

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

Morgan County Schools’ Nutrition Program is earning praise from state authorities, winning Georgia’s Golden Radish Award earlier this year. Morgan County was one of 75 school districts across the state honored for incorporating locally-produced and healthier menu options into schools’ cuisines. “Georgia’s Departments of Agriculture, Education and Public Health, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and Georgia Organics came together at the historic Georgia Railroad Freight Depot to celebrate over 40 percent of Georgia school districts with outstanding farm to school programs,” said a press release from the Golden Radish board.  …

2017 Morgan County Football Wrap Up

Jesse Walker Featured, Sports

The 2017 edition of Morgan County’s Bulldogs etched their name in the record books of school history by winning back to back region titles for only the fifth time since 1948.  Along the way they posted a record of 9-2 and set a school record for most points averaged per game (35.27).  The Morgan County community may have set a record for attendance at a single game when they stormed the gates for the Bulldogs contest versus Monroe Area on October 13th, a game in which the Dogs upset the …

Boys Open Season with 84-79 overtime win

Sports Reports Featured, Sports

Morgan’s boys opened up their season competing in the Craig Sager Memorial Basketball Tournament held at Dacula High School this week and over the weekend.  The Dogs are coming off the 2016-17 season where they played in the State Championship game for the fourth straight time.  They are 2-2 during that stretch losing to Pace Academy in the finals last season.  MOCO returns a litany of talent from that team and have high expectations for this year.  Many anticipate that the Dogs could return for a fifth straight time, but …

Pancakes for pups

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

The Humane Society of Morgan County (HSMC) held its annual Pancake Supper fundraiser last week, raking in about $4500. The supper was held at the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) of Madison and drew about 250 people throughout the evening. All proceeds from the event go toward operational cost of the HSMC, a no-kill shelter. “The supper went very well,” said Tim George, director of HSMC. “We are so grateful for the community’s help. We are funded solely through donations. We do not get any money from the government to …

Holidays at Honeymoon

Andrea Gable Community, Featured

Gracing the southern end of Madison’s historic district, “Honeymoon” stands as an ambassador to the grandeur of the town’s signature Antebellum homes. Nicknamed by one of its earlier owners in honor of her childhood home, the 1851 Greek Revival is now the second home of Jimmy Stanton and Patrick Greco.  As owner of Stanton Home Furnishings in Atlanta’s west side design district, Stanton has transformed the iconic home into a veritable showroom, mixing his signature style of traditional and modern. This year, Stanton and Greco are opening their home for …

Historic Site in Madison in ‘Peril’

Tia Lynn Ivey Featured, News

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

Tia Lynn Ivey Featured, News

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

Sports Reports Featured, Sports

  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. …