Meet the Dancers of the Stars

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Taylor, Elise & Victoria Faust Carline Jones & Sam Cooper Troy & Kathleen Bryant Mike Torino & Dana Kibbey Staff Reports Staff Reports The event mirrors the popular “Dancing With The Stars” television show. The Boys and Girls Club use this popular event as a primary fundraiser for the club. Twelve dance teams have signed up to participate in the event. Tickets for the event are $50 per person and are available online at www.dancingwithmadisonsstars.com and at Pure Bliss Spa & Shop, 131 West Jefferson Street; Amelia’s, 172 South Main …

Boo-Tastic Fun!

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The Cub Scout Tiger Den 2 of Morgan County’s Pack 91 won the 2013 “Boo-tastic” Award for Best Booth at the annual Halloween Pack Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 24. The scouts are pictured in front of their winning Spider Toss game. Pictured are Pheonix Miller, Marcus Brown, Brantly Hicks, Addrian Lawrence, Strat Fielding, Kenneth Hawk, Leader Mandy Reese and Kyler Reese.  

Boo-Tastic Fun!

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You Want Fries With That? Emerson Clark and Lexie von Hanstein had Steak n’ Shake on their minds when they decided n a Halloween costume. The Morgan County girls worked out the outfits and convinced the Athens Steak n’ Shake to create name tags. Photo Contributed

Boys and ghouls enjoy running the Trick or Trot!

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County Elementary School held their second annual Trick or Trot 5K and Fun Run this past Saturday, Oct. 26 in downtown Rutledge. The races attracted a total of 455 runners, with 169 registered runners competing in the 5K. The total of 455 runners shows a marked increase in participation. Only 325 runners registered to compete in the first Trick or Trot last year. “We definitely think that last year’s success helped us to build more awareness this year,” …

Boo! Rutledge Holds Spooky Fall Fest

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The City of Rutledge held their annual Spooky Fall Fest last Saturday, Oct. 26, and children (and some adults) came out in costume to participate in the Trunk-or-Treat and hayride as well as costume contest, among other things. Call it a Halloween warm-up, if you will. Photos by Josiah Connelly

Speer to serve as Cotton Queen at Saturday’s festival

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Special to the Citizen Special to the Citizen Meet Sara Ann Nunn Speer, this year’s Cotton Queen: I was born in 1935 the only daughter of Sam and Ethel Nunn with five brothers. At a young age I quickly learned that in order to survive in a household of five brothers I had to stand my ground. I think I did. We had wonderful caring parents who instilled in us always try to make the right choices in life. My Daddy was a cotton farmer as most families were in …

house Bootiful

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By Andrea Gable & Photos By Josiah Connelly Beware: Halloween is not just for trick-or-treaters anymore. Shifting from a traditionally kid-centric holiday, Halloween has grown to provide just as much appeal for adults. For one night of the year the kid in all of us is able to let loose our inhibitions as we put on a different persona with the flip of a mask. It’s much the same with a house. For a change of pace, living spaces can temporarily become both stylish and spooky, as long as you’re …

Slice o’ Love: Local lunchroom patrons are eating more varied, homemade dishes than ever

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Menus are online! Go to the system’s website, www.morgan.k12.ga.us, and click on the “School Nutrition” tab. By Katie Walker, Staff Writer “Woke up in the Mornin’, put on my new plastic glove. Serve some reheated salisbury steak, with a little slice of love. Got no clue what the chicken pot pie is made of. I just know everything is doin’ fine down here in… Lunchlady Land.” Adam Sandler’s 1993 homage to the noble denizens of school lunchrooms may be a classic, but in terms of school nutrition, the song is showing …

East and western: Madison’s Southern Cross wins top awards

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About the Awards Southern Cross Guest Ranch, of Madison, received two awards from DudeRanch.com this year. The ranch was named “Top Eastern Dude Ranch” and one of the “Top Winter Dude Ranches.” There were 14 ranches nominated for the “Top Eastern Dude Ranch” award. Voting occurred near summer’s end and Southern Cross received the awards in mid-August. By Leila Dycus, Intern Madison’s Southern Cross Ranch was granted a noteworthy award recently, as it was named “Top Eastern Dude Ranch” as part of DudeRanch.com’s “Signature Ranch Awards.” Southern Cross was one of …

Boom! Lady Dogs topple Monticello, Oconee Co. in “offensive explosion”

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Final Game The Lady Dogs will play their final regular season game Tuesday, Oct. 1, 5:55 p.m. at MCHS. Their opponent: East Jackson. By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School Lady Dogs beat region opponent Oconee County 10-4 on Tuesday, Sept. 17, but lost to 8-AAA region leader Franklin County 4-6 last Thursday, Sept. 19. On Monday, the Dogs traveled to Monticello where they picked up an 11-4 win over the Hurricanes. Lady Dog Head Coach Doug Connelly described Morgan County’s game against Oconee as an “offensive explosion,” which …

Farm to table: Camp Twin Lakes is sowing the seeds of sustainability

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By Leila Dycus, Intern The seeds have been sown, sprouting the farm-to-table initative at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge. What started out as a small organic garden at the camp has blossomed into a full farm program, with even more room to grow. The farm-to-table initiative is part of Camp Twin Lakes’ move to be more sustainable. The camp hosts people of all ages year-round and, just as the campers and their families are constantly changing, so are the crops available on the farm. The idea for the initiative started …

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 …