Former Morgan County Resident Covers Olympics

Editor Featured, News Leave a Comment

By Tia Lynn Leorchick staff writer Kevin Liles, a photographer based out of Griffin, is halfway across the world preparing to cover the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia for USA Today Sports Images. The opening ceremony will commence on Feb. 7 and the Olympics will last for 17 days. “My role here for USA Today Sports Images (USATSI) involves a lot more than just taking pictures — I am working as a technician, helping wire the venues for our photographers…as well as working as a photo editor when the …

Butler B&G Club Youth of the Year

Editor Featured, News Leave a Comment

By Tia Lecorchick staff writer The Madison-Morgan County Boys and Girls Club has announced their choice for Youth of the Year. Artelia Butler, a 14-year-old Morgan County High School (MCHS) freshman and member of the Boys and Girls Club since 2008, was selected for her remarkable dedication to her academic pursuits and aspirations as well as for her compassionate spirit toward people. “Madison-Morgan County Boys and Girls Club is so proud of Artelia as she is a great example of its mission to enable all young people to reach their …

Local Residents to Model in Advantage Health Systems Show

Editor Featured, News Leave a Comment

By Tia Lynn Lacorchick staff writer The Third Annual Friends of Advantage Designer’s Challenge & Top Model Competition will be held on Thursday, Feb. 6 at Athens Technical College Auditorium in the Kenneth Easom Building at 7 p.m. This event is open to the public. Tickets cost $25 and can be reserved by calling (706) 296-8086. The event is a fundraiser showcasing formerly out-of-date clothing updated and reworked to fit today’s latest fashion trends. The outfits modeled will be sold on the lower level of the Georgia Square Mall in …

Robotic Visionaries Prepare for Competition

Editor Featured, News Leave a Comment

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick STAFF WRITER Morgan County High School’s Robotics Team is in the middle of their annual six-week build session preparing for The Peachtree Regional Competition on March 27-29 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. With a pricey $13,000 budget, 23 MCHS students are devoting 20 hours per week during the build session to create a state-of-the-art robot that can successfully pick up and pass an exercise ball and shoot it into a goal that is about 10 feet off the ground. The MCHS Robotics Team, …

Orr STAR student, Shuman STAR teacher

Editor Featured, Front Page Leave a Comment

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer Morgan County High School (MCHS) selected Clark Orr, 17, a senior at MCHS as the STAR Student of the Year as part of the STAR Program (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition). In turn, Orr was given the opportunity to select MCHS’s STAR Teacher of the Year. He chose Deana Shuman, his French teacher of the last four years. Orr was picked because of his academic diligence and scoring a 2330 on his SATs. According to the STAR program, to obtain the STAR nomination, high school …

Sixth Grader Mahoney wins county spelling bee

Editor Featured, News Leave a Comment

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer Morgan County students, from fourth grade to eighth grade, participated in The Annual Doris Bray Spelling Bee on Jan. 25. The bee was held at the Board of Education (BOE) building. Jack Mahoney, MCMS sixth grader, won first place, while Joseph Hill, MCMS seventh grader was the runner up. Mahoney will go on to compete in the Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) District 7 bee on March 1 at Putnam Middle School in Eastonon. The system-wide spelling bee at the BOE this past Saturday …

Former Bostwick Council Member Troy Dobbs honored for service

Editor Featured, News Leave a Comment

  By Nick Nunn staff writer The Bostwick City Council honored Troy Dobbs, former city council member, for his 49 years of dedicated service to Bostwick during a ceremony held at the Bostwick City Hall last Saturday, Jan. 25. Mayor John Bostwick described the roles that Dobbs had played in the city, beginning in 1964, when Dobbs started working for the city as a water meter reader. The next year, 1965, Dobbs was elected to the position of council member for the city of Bostwick, a post that he would …

Dogs vindicate early region losses with home wins this week

Editor Featured, Sports Leave a Comment

By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) Hoop Dogs and Lady Dogs were able to make good on their sole region losses of this season last week with wins over Elbert County and North Oconee, respectively. Early in the season, the Elbert County Blue Devils beat the Dogs in Elberton, but Morgan County repaid the favor with a 57-52 win last Saturday, Jan. 25. Similarly, the Lady Dogs defeated the Lady Titans this week 47-41 to pay them back for the Morgan County loss earlier this …

Mat Dogs to hot 1-AAA Area Tournament this Weekend

Editor Featured, Sports Leave a Comment

  By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) Mat Dogs will be taking the first step towards the 2014 Georgia High School Association (GHSA) State Tournament this weekend at the 1-AAA Area Tournament, held at the MCHS gym. The Area tournament this Saturday will determine who will move on to the AAA Eastern Sectionals, which will be held at MCHS as well on Saturday, Feb. 8, and ultimately the State Tournament, beginning on Feb. 13 at the Arena at Gwinnett. The competition begins this Friday, Jan. …

Brown commits verbally to Mississippi State

Editor Featured, Sports Leave a Comment

By Nick Nunn staff writer Last week, the Morgan County basketball program announced that Tookie Brown has verbally committed to play with the Mississippi State University Bulldogs after his graduation in 2015. Mississippi State University’s basketball program is a Division I program with four SEC West Division Titles in the past decade – 2004, 2007, 2008, and 2010 – and four appearances in the NCAA Tournament in the past decade as well. Morgan County High School (MCHS) Head Boys’ Basketball Coach Charlemagne Gibbons stated that Brown’s agreement is not binding …

Lake Oconee Living Announces Reader’ Choice Award winners

Editor Featured, News Leave a Comment

  Staff Reports The red carpet was rolled out Saturday at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center as Lake Oconee Living magazine celebrated its fifth-annual Readers’ Choice Awards. More than 300 guests from throughout the Lake Oconee area came out to honor the winners of 35 various categories during the Red Carpet Awards Gala. They arrived on the red carpet in style, via limo provided by A Classic Limousine of Madison. In keeping with the art theme of the magazine’s current issue, the Cultural Center’s Hall was transformed into a temporary gallery, …

Permission t oDream: Morgan County NAACP hosts MLK Day programs

Editor Featured, News Leave a Comment

  By Nick Nunn & Photos by Jesse Walker “King gave us a permission to dream,” said Rev. David Powers, Pastor of the Madison Presbyterian Church, speaking at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Birthday Celebration Community Breakfast, which was hosted by the Morgan County Branch of the NAACP and Source of Light Ministries, International, last Monday, Jan. 20. “He called us and gave us permission to dream something new,” continued Powers. “I wonder what that dream is for us.” Powers discussed Dr. King’s choice of the mountaintop as …

Almost Home: Tucson woman’s cross country trek nearly complete

Editor Featured, News Leave a Comment

By Dianne Lively Yost, Staff Writer Eight and a half months ago her journey began. To be exact it was May 8 in a place on the Pacific coast called Ocean Shores, Wash. There was no car, no train, no plane, no one accompanying her — only a small cart with supplies and gear. Three thousand eight-hundred miles stretched out ahead of her. That was where she took her first step. Stacie Eichinger of Tucson, is only 29 but she’s one of those old souls. Fearlessly positive might be a …

It’s Here: Lake Oconee Living gala Saturday

Editor Featured, News Leave a Comment

Staff Reports Lake Oconee Living magazine invites the community to celebrate the “Best of Lake Oconee” during its annual Red Carpet Awards Gala on Jan. 18 at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, winner of this year’s “Best Art Gallery.” Other winners of the magazine’s fifth-annual Readers’ Choice Awards will be revealed during the gallery-style awards ceremony that matches the winter issue’s “Work of Art” theme. Local artists will have their work on display, transforming the Hall into an art gallery for the evening.This year’s event will include an exciting live auction …

Lifted from the Debris of Misfortune

Editor Featured Leave a Comment

    By Patrick Yost, Editor On May 1, 2011 the modular home of Lucille Taylor took a body blow from a nasty storm that swept through Madison. The Cook Hill house was rocked on it’s foundations but, in the coming daylight, it stood. On April 27, 2011, the house took a direct shot to the head. When a tornado raged through the Cook Hill/ Green Meadows area Taylor’s house was in a direct path for destruction. Sitting in a warm vehicle on the lot on what used to be …

Habitat for Humanity celebrates another Groundbreaking Event

Editor Featured Leave a Comment

Leila Dycus staff writer Morgan County’s Habitat for Humanity has been busy the past few months celebrating a groundbreaking and a note burning. On Thursday Dec. 12 Habitat for Humanity of Morgan County (HFHMC) members gathered at the site of their newest build to break ground. The new home will be located on Hayes Street. The groundbreaking is a ceremony done at the start of a new home. It was a cold evening; members were wrapped in coats, assembled around a sign with the distinct Habitat logo on it. Behind …

The BEST Christmas Pageant EVER

Editor Featured Leave a Comment

By Leila Dycus, Staff Writer As the cast appeared on the stage for their final bow singing at the top of their lungs the truth of the title was evident to the audience – this was “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” “There are no small parts, just small actors,” said the Sunday school teacher Cassidy Hofer. While the play did feature a few small actors this year’s production was all about the Morgan County Middle School’s (MCMS) eighth-grade students. On Thursday, Dec. 5, the Morgan Theater presented “The Best Christmas …