Rec department brings it on home

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By Nick Nunn Although it passed by unnoticed by many of Morgan County’s citizens, the Morgan County Recreation Department (MCRD) worked hard this year to be able to host two events: the Georgia Recreation and Park Association (GRPA) Sixth District A/B/C Class swim meet, which was hosted at the Morgan County Aquatic Center on July 6, and the Class C Junior Girls Fastpitch Softball State Tournament, which was hosted at Heritage Park on July 10-13. Not only did it require a concerted effort on the part of the members of …

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 …

Fellowship: Four members of the MCHS football team discuss recent FCA camp

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    By Nick Nunn Staff Writer Tired and still sweating immediately after the end of Monday morning’s two-hour weight training and practice session, Garrett Bone, Trey Chapman, Sam Couch and Tevin Waller set aside a few minutes to relax in the coach’s office of the fieldhouse and discuss this year’s FCA camp, which took place at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro on July 15-17. After leaving that Monday morning for Statesboro, the athletes fell into the routine of the camp quickly, although the weather played havoc on the schedule, …

Cardwell breaks state record at meet

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  By Nick Nunn Staff Writer The Morgan County Marlins swim team competed in the 2013 Georgia Recreation and Park Association Class B/C state swim meet in Tifton last Friday and Saturday. The team posted 24 finishes in the top eight positions. One member of the Marlins, Mary Claire Cardwell, even set a state record in an event. “The team performed well,” began Marlins Coach Andy Dunston. “We had a few minor mistakes, but they served as excellent learning moments and I think the swimmers who were affected certainly remember …

Tie a yellow ribbon around the old oak tree

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By Alvin Richardson The year was 1971 and I was in the 11th grade. That meant, given the fact that there was no kindergarten back in those days, I had been going to school thirteen years and graduation was most likely less than a lustrum (five years) away if I could ever pass trigonometry. Ah the memories of those days are rich and plentiful. There are very few things I can recall from my high school years more poignant than gatherings under a huge oak tree on our campus. That …

No Diamond for old men

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By Nick Nunn I don’t often listen to the radio during my five-minute drive to work in the morning because my 1991 Buick Park Avenue only picks up a couple of stations, and, frankly, I’ve grown tired of listening to the same songs day after day for the same short window. On a personal note, it may partially be my fault that the antenna in the car is busted; when my cousins and I were younger, we would walk by the car and flip the antenna, no matter how many …

Nine year-old sinks hole in one

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By Nick Nunn Staff Writer On July 10, while attending a golf camp at Hard Labor Creek, 9-year-old Jackson Stone accomplished a feat that few amateur golfers accomplish during decades of play: Stone hit a hole in one. Jackson, who has been playing off and on since he was two, made his ace on the fourteenth hole at Hard Labor Creek, which is a par three, but the normal length of the hole had been shortened because of the golfers’ ages. David Stone, Jackson’s father, says that, although Jackson was …

Hey Coach! Milfred Franklin, Athletic Director

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By Nick Nunn Staff Writer Milfred Franklin was born in Madison on August 12, 1979. Coach Franklin played baseball and cross country at the Morgan County High School before majoring in Middle Grades education at Piedmont College. Coach Franklin has been teaching in Morgan County for seven years, and he is now a Physical Education and Health teacher at the Morgan County Middle School, where he is also the Athletic Director and coach for the MCMS football and boys basketball teams. In his free time, Coach Franklin enjoys cooking on …

The life skills learned in the rural South build character

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By Alvin Richardson Growing up in rural Georgia helped me acquire certain skills that have made me a much more productive citizen.  Many of those lessons I learned have also been helpful in honing my meager outdoor talents.  I should point out to begin with that if you grew up in a city you probably haven’t participated in most of these activities thus depriving you of a decent upbringing or at least making these superior character traits much harder to obtain. So let’s take a look at some of the …

Touchdown Club to host golf tourney in memory of Cochran, Jr.

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By Nick Nunn Staff Writer The Morgan County Touchdown Club will hold this year’s golf tournament fundraiser in memory of Bill Cochran, Jr., which will take place at The Creek at Hard Labor beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 19. A portion of the funds raised at the event will be dedicated to the Bill Cochran, Jr. Scholarship Fund. The scholarship goes to the best all-around member of the Bulldogs, with qualifications including skill, leadership, attitude and participation. The remaining funds goes directly to the football program to help …

Lady Dogs begin preseason training

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By Nick Nunn Staff Writer The Morgan County High School Lady Dogs softball team is gearing up for preseason events before school starts in the next couple of weeks. Last Saturday, members of the Lady Dogs got together at Heritage Park to raise funds for the MCHS softball booster club. On July 22 and 23, the varsity and junior varsity Lady Dogs will be traveling to Dahlonega to take part in the Dan Davis Invitational, with games being held at the University of North Georgia and the Lumpkin County High …

Hey Coach! Dusty Sidwell, Defensive Coordinator

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By Nick Nunn Staff Writer James Dustin Sidwell was born on Feb. 8, 1986 in Athens, Ga., but attended Morgan County High School where he competed on the football and wrestling teams. Coach Sidwell was named an All-State linebacker during his senior year at MCHS, and he won two state championships in wrestling for his junior and senior years. After beginning college at Georgia Military College, Sidwell received his undergraduate degree in Special Education. Following his undergraduate work, Sidwell earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Grand Canyon College …

Touchdown Club to host golf tourney in memory of Cochran, Jr.

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By Nick Nunn Staff Writer The Morgan County Touchdown Club will hold this year’s golf tournament fundraiser in memory of Bill Cochran, Jr., which will take place at The Creek at Hard Labor beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 19. A portion of the funds raised at the event will be dedicated to the Bill Cochran, Jr. Scholarship Fund. The scholarship goes to the best all-around member of the Bulldogs, with qualifications including skill, leadership, attitude, and participation. The remaining funds goes directly to the football program to help …

Dogs I have known

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By Alvin Richardson Ever since I can remember there have been one or two dogs hanging around the house. Some of them we owned, some owned us, and some were just passing through. I’ve loved most of them, raised a few, and even let one or two ride in the front seat of my truck. One thing I learned is that each possessed a unique set of personality traits, some of which were endearing, some that were irritating, and a few that were downright infuriating. Through it all there have …

C. Jones No. 10

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By Nick Nunn Last Friday night, Chipper Jones, former third baseman for the Atlanta Braves – in the unlikely event that you didn’t know – headed out onto the field again after almost one year of retirement from professional sports. “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne played Chipper’s way to the plate, as it had for almost 20 years, but he wore a gray suit instead of the signature jersey bearing the number “10.” “10” had a busy night on its own, being laid to rest with the likes of 3, …

Columnist travels to Los Angeles: Clash of the cultures

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I send you greetings from the left coast of our good old USA. To be a little more specific my actual location is sunny, glitzy Los Angeles where the stars are out even in the daytime and where, as I’ve discovered, a distinctly different culture exists. Some of the contrasts are good, some bad and some exceedingly ugly. I’m not really sure why I thought my country self would enjoy Southern California but here I am. Upon touching down at LAX and getting off the plane I first noticed a …

Coach Joshua Reeves owns a lot of shoes

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By Nick Nunn Staff Writer Joshua Michael Reeves was born in Thomaston on June 25, 1982, and raised in Concord. He attended Pike County High School in Zebulon, where he played baseball and basketball. Coach Reeves began his undergraduate studies at Gordon College but graduated from the University of Georgia majoring in Pre-Law and Political Science. Later, Coach Reeves returned to the University of Georgia to earn a Master’s Degree in Social Science Education. On July 15, 2006, Reeves married his wife, Randi. Their son, Matthew, will turn two this …

Biting the hand

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By Nick Nunn A federal court judge will soon rule on the question of whether or not the anti-trust suit Ed O’Bannon, former UCLA baseball star, has filed against the NCAA should be considered a class-action lawsuit. Although the fine legal points of the suit would probably be difficult to understand or express within the limits of a short column, the lawsuit boils down to this: the NCAA makes billions of dollars each year by using images and representations of college athletes in television broadcasts, video games, merchandise, etc., and …

Mat Dogs complete summer schedule

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By Nick Nunn Staff Writer Last Thursday, the Morgan County High School Mat Dogs held their last duals of the season. In addition to the Dogs, who hosted the event, the match included teams from Social Circle, Dublin, Westside, Central, and West Laurens. The summer schedule competitions, which allowed the wrestling team to get in almost a half-season of experience, was “very” productive according to MCHS wrestling coach John Robbins. Coach Robbins described the summer season’s purpose in terms of the program as a whole by saying that the summer …

Meeting softball, JV baseball coach Doug Connelly

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By Nick Nunn Staff Writer Jeffrey Douglas Connelly, Jr. was born in Athens, but attended the Monroe Area High School where he played middle infielder for the school’s baseball team. After high school, Coach Connelly attended Georgia Southern University, where he earned his undergraduate degree in Sports Management with a minor in Business. Later, Coach Connelly earned a Master’s Degree in Social Studies Education from the University of Georgia. Coach Connelly married his wife, Ivey, in April of 2005, and they have two children: Trace, who is almost four years …