Russell’s plan OK’d: HPC approves plan for 200 W. Washington

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer Tuesday night, after almost four hours of deliberation, the Madison Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) approved an amended version of Kathi Russell’s application for the deconstruction and reconstruction of the former Mapp-Gilmore building at 200 W. Washington, including the condition that Russell provide Historic American Building Survey (HABS)-level records of the existing structure before building the new structure according to documentation of the former building, using as many salvaged bricks from the current building as possible. Russell will have to return to the HPC to receive a …

Dress for success: Local celebrities get costumed for a cause

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By Kathryn Schiliro, Managing Editor Let’s call it cosplay for charity. The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA), in Buckhead, has enlisted local celebrities to play a grown-up, dress-up game in an effort to raise funds for the museum’s children’s art programs. To that end, 16 well-known local residents, and couples, have channeled Halloween a little early and put on costumes to shoot photos that the public is invited to pay to vote on – hence the fundraising – in an effort to name a contest winner. The locals participating? Babs and …

Massacre in Morgan: November is the 200th anniversary of massacre of settlers by Creek Indians in Hard Labor Creek State Park

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Where is the Grave? A marker had been placed by the grave of Mrs. Brantley (wrongly identified as her husband) and was seen at the park as late as the 1980s. The grave marker has since disappeared and the location of the grave is unknown. Anyone with information is urged to call Park Manager Daniel Schay at 706-557-3001. Special to the Citizen This report, about Lewis Brantley, who was massacred by the Creek Native Americans in Morgan County in 1813, was submitted to the Citizen by Don Schultz, of Athens, who …

World Champion: Local Keegan Pollard winner of NBHA Youth World

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By Leila Dycus, Intern During the week of July 21, hundreds of young barrel racers from across the world flocked to Perry, Ga., for the National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) Youth World Championship. Among them was Morgan County’s own Keegan Pollard, who lives in Newborn. Pollard was one of over 900 riders that qualified to compete at Youth World. Pollard not only qualified for the event, but with a time of 15.705 seconds, he beat out all of the riders and went on the win the NBHA’s Youth World Championship. …

The Before Picture: Construction begins on new $1M-plus Morgan County Fire and EMS station

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  By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer Right now, the 12,800 square feet of unfinished space located near the back of the Morgan County Public Safety Complex (PSC) looks like just a few dusty walls spotted with heaps of raw materials, but, in just a few months, the room will be transformed into the new headquarters for the Morgan County Fire Department, as well as the Morgan County station for National EMS. Kevin Price General Contractors will be in charge of the construction project, which will be funded by more than …

Rocky Road: Morgan County Varsity softball has a bumpy start to the 2013 season

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  By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) varsity softball team compiled a 1-2 record in just under 24 hours to begin their 2013 season. After a 1-10 loss to Walnut Grove last Friday night, the Lady Dogs lost to Mary Persons High School 3-7 for the first game of the Morgan Diamond Day on Saturday. The Dogs turned it around for the second game of the Morgan Diamond Day, beating Alcovy 4-0. Walnut Grove quickly took the upper hand over the varsity Dogs last Friday, …

New Faces: Introducing the newest crop of teachers, a counselor and a principal

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Compiled by Kathryn Schiliro, Managing Editor With the beginning of the new school year last week, we present to you, reader, our annual tradition of meeting the county’s new teachers in print. Enjoy! Morgan County Primary School Sarah Ball will teach Pre-Kindergarten at Morgan County Primary. Do you have prior experience in education? I’m a first-year teacher! I completed my student teaching in a kindergarten classroom in Clarke-County at J.J. Harris Elementary Charter School during the fall of 2011. After graduating, I married Sam Ball, we moved to Madison, and I began …

A good, Old Time: Old Time Wrestling Federation’s family-friendly entertainment in Buckhead

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By Leila Dycus Intern When it comes to professional wrestling, most people only know the sport by what they see on television, but there is a professional wrestling association that hosts events right here in Morgan County. The combined experience between Tim Lowe, Billy Jack and “Vicious” Vic Roze, tied together with a few hometown roots, led to the idea to create the Old Time Wrestling Federation (OTWF) which has been calling Buckhead home for several years. “How we got started in Buckhead, was last March a year ago. There …

Fore a good cause: Tournament raises money for Bill Cochran, Jr. scholarship fund

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By Nick Nunn Staff Writer Last Friday, July 19, the Morgan County Touchdown Club held its annual golf tournament fundraiser, which was held at The Creek at Hard Labor Golf Course. Twenty-five, four-man teams came out to support the Touchdown Club at $75 per player. Additionally, there were 40 hole sponsors for the event. Danny Tillery, Jason Singleton, Jonathan White and Jason Powell made up the team that won first place in the Gross Division, with a score of 56. First place in the Net Division was won by the …

New space, new faces: Morgan County High School opens the doors of its $2.94M-plus, new classroom building, to house Freshman Academy, to incoming ninth graders this school year.

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  By Kathryn Schiliro Managing Editor Morgan County High School’s (MCHS) incoming freshmen will be treated to new digs come August, as the school will open the doors of its new classroom building, which will house the Freshman Academy, this school year. The building is 25,000 square feet and holds 10 classrooms and two science labs. Planning began in 2011, and construction, by Kevin Price General Contractors, has been in progress for a year. Along with the classrooms and fully equipped labs, the large room at the front of the …

Cause for Cakes: Kylie Anderson sells homemade cakes to fund Outward Bound trip

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By Stephanie Johns Staff Writer Rising Morgan County High School freshman Kylie Anderson, 13, baked a variety of pound cakes to send herself to camp this summer. “It’s pretty expensive to go,” she said. Between cake sales and donations, Anderson said she raised about $1,000 to attend the Outward Bound camp in Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina. Cakes were homemade – no mixes were used – and some took over an hour to bake. She charged $15 to $30 per cake and offered such treats as gluten free, organic, …

Local zoo? Vaden, Killmer get nod from county Planning Commission for zoo proposal

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By Stephanie Johns Staff Writer Morgan County may get its own zoo, thanks to two business partners: Michael Vaden and Bill Killmer. Vaden currently raises exotic birds such as hornbills, cranes, jays, toucans, kookaburras, and storks, at his aviary in south Morgan County off of Highway 83. He said he’s become “pretty well known” for raising birds others aren’t capable of raising. Among those he’s helped: the Atlanta, San Diego, Nashville, and Audubon zoos and the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park in Florida. Also, he’s working with a bird …

Ye Olde Colonial closes Saturday

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By Stephanie Johns Staff Writer A downtown Madison staple, Ye Olde Colonial Restaurant will close its doors after 59 years this Saturday. Looking around the building, the smell of breakfast in the air, Manager Jimmy Cunningham, son of the restaurant’s founder, Joe, said the restaurant holds many more good memories than bad ones. Asked why the restaurant is closing now, Jimmy replied, “It’s just that time.” Jimmy said Joe had an Economy Auto store at the site where the restaurant now sits. Joe added a sandwich counter around 1953 or …