‘Originals’ wrap up filming

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The hit television series, The Originals, returned to Madison last week to film scenes for the fifth season of the show in Town Park. Last October, the cast and crew swept through town, transforming Town Park into a New Orleans style marketplace. They returned once more last Friday to recreate the same marketplace once again in Town Park. The production company, Bonanza Productions, worked with the City of Madison, as well as local business owners, to compensate them for any negative or disruptive impact …

Obituaries

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Charlotte Anne Pace Charlotte Anne Pace, 87 of Rutledge, died August 17, 2017.  Mrs. Pace was born in Mansfield, on February 2, 1930 to David and Lottie Maude Hays Hitchcock.  She was married to the late Carter Pace.  Mrs. Pace was a homemaker and was talented with her hands.  She painted and drew and enjoyed sewing and gardening.  She played the piano and sang and loved to build.  A beautiful woman with a beautiful heart has reached a beautiful place.  Anne Pace, our beloved Mother carried herself with a heart …

Busy summer for MCHS teams

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Yes, the 2017 school year has ended and summer is upon us.  What a year it was for high school athletics at Morgan County.  However, most of the teams started working toward their next season as soon as school let out.  If you think that these players and coaches get to slack off during the summer months, you are sorely mistaken.  The never-ending work of high school and middle school players to hone their craft continues and a lot is going on as fall …

Unbreakable Bloodline

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Students at Morgan County Middle School (MCMS) were treated to a special concert last Friday as part of an effort to reward and inspire students. “The purpose is to to acknowledge students for good attendance and good behavior and to help create a positive school climate where students who do the right thing are acknowledged,” said Sarah Burbach, assistant superintendent. The event was part of a grant initiative to encourage innovative learning methods for students. Luke McFarland, a gifted English/Language Arts teacher at MCMS, …

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Patricia Gilbert Smith Patricia Gilbert Smith, 73, of Gainesville, Florida died peacefully May 23, 2016. She was born, September 13, 1942 in Rutledge, the daughter of George Robert Gilbert and Lena Mae Adcock Gilbert. She was a graduate of Morgan County High School and Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville. She was married to Colonel Joseph S. Smith of Gainesville, Georgia who preceded her in death. Mrs. Smith is survived by her son Kenneth Sanders Smith of Melbourne, Florida and daughter Kelli Smith Hall  (Gary) of Gainesville, Florida; five …

Like sands through the hourglass…

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There are those precious commodities of life that are valuable in nature and limited in amount. TIME is one of these commodities. We only have a set amount of time each day. Yet, the demands for our time seem to grow exponentially by the hour. Time is constantly moving and once it passes it is gone. As a parent of four young children I become more keenly attuned to this with every passing year. We just celebrated our youngest child’s second birthday this week. Inevitably I remarked, “It seems like …

Date set for annual Georgia Mountain trip

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We’ve set the date for our annual Georgia Mountain trip to Hiawassee.  We plan to leave early on Tuesday, October 13, and stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables at a North Georgia roadside stand, then eat buffet style in Hiawassee before catching Sammy Kershaw at the music hall at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds.   This will be a full but rewarding day for those attending.  It is one of our best attended trips as a rule, and we expect this year to be no exception. On Friday, the 9th,  we …

It seems like have been in hibernation

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Everything is saturated around here with all the rain we have had and to anyone that has had or does have cows knows all about the mud associated with them.  They can really cut up a barnyard.  This summer we will probably be praying and hoping for some rain, but God knows best.  This is the last full week of March and I don’t want to jinx anything, but we have had very little “March wind.”  Now, I am very thankful for that; I do not like a fierce, cutting …

Phase II of 911 System Upgrade

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick Managing Editor The Morgan County Fire Department is preparing to enact Phase II of the 911-System Upgrade, which will cost approximately $100,000, and is set to be completed in the next six months. Fire Chief Mark Melvin presented Phase II to the Morgan County Board of Commissioners at the Feb. 17 meeting. The goal of the Phase II upgrade is to install better radio coverage for firemen and policemen. Two antennas will be erected on top of water towers, one in Rutledge and one south of …

2014 Rutledge Outstanding Person of the Year: Chilton

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The temperature is 56 degrees at 5:40 pm Saturday, January 17th as the left hand turn is taken from Walter Sheppard Road onto Chilton Woods Road in Rutledge. On the west side of this corner the lawn is immaculately kept and lined with young green giants. The sun is setting on the crest of the horizon behind giant oak trees with the beautiful blue sky and fluffy white and gray clouds serving as the backdrop. Turning into this particular driveway the most obvious feature is the variety of large metal …

Varsity Lady Dogs Beat East Jackson 61-31

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Jamison Hooks (Staff Writer) The Morgan County High School (MCHS) Varsity Lady Dogs brought home the win in their game against East Jackson last week with a final score of 61-31. The Lady Dogs played a solid game where they found their groove in the second half. “We played excellent in the second half of the game,” said Head Coach Josh Reeves. The Morgan County Lady Dogs had been preparing for East Jackson’s reputation as a solid team. “East Jackson has a solid team and they are very well coached, …

Mayor declares Madison as a Purple Heart City

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchck (managing editor) The Madison Mayor and City Council unanimously voted to deem Madison a “Purple Heart City” at the January 12 meeting. Local Purple Heart veterans attended the meeting to witness the declaration delivered by Fred Perriman, mayor of Madison, including Morgan County Commissioner Donald Harris. “We are especially honored tonight to have our veterans here with us,” said Perriman. “It is a very special evening.” Perriman called the present veterans up to gather around the American flag as he praised their unparalleled bravery, sacrifice, and …

Madison’s Canterbury Apartments are sold

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer David and Karen Griffith, who own 26 properties throughout Morgan County, purchased the Canterbury Apartments, the first apartments ever to be built in the county, from owner Betty Ervin, 83, a prominent business owner in Madison. “We appreciate all the contributions the Ervin Family has made to Madison’s business community,” said Fred Perriman, mayor of Madison. “Betty Ervin is known as a strong, successful business woman.  She led her family through tough economic times.  She couldn’t have picked anyone better than Karen and Dave …

Madison, Morgan County Christmas Memories: Steve Abercrombie

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  Most of my favorite childhood Christmas memories involve my Uncle Dan and Aunt Lolly. They are a generous pair that always treated me like I was their son. One year I heard Santa rustling around in my living room in the middle of the night, so I snuck out of bed to catch a glimpse, only to see Uncle Dan’s truck pulling away. I thought it was too cool that Uncle Dan gave Santa a ride.

Love Light Fundraiser Sets New Record for MMH

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick Managing Editor Morgan Memorial Hospital’s (MMH) annual Love Light Fundraiser, organized by the MMH Auxillary, raked in a total of $11,100 last week, the most ever raised during the fundraiser’s history. In years prior, funds raised were between $6500-$8000, and last year’s Love Light raised a record-breaking $9700. MMH never expected to beat last year’s total. “This is an all-time record for us!” said Megan Morris, director of development and community relations for MMH. According to Morris, all of the money that the auxiliary raises will …

Morgan County Middle School Wrestling Begins

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By Zachary Parker Staff Writer Middle School Wrestlers are off to a good start this season. Morgan County Middle School finished third at Georgia Military College’s Middle School Takedown Tournament Saturday, Nov. 8. Morgan County brought fifteen wrestlers to the tournament and eight of them placed. Griffin McAlister, Hunter Morris, and Mason Adams finished in fourth place. Cole Howell finished in third place. Blake Campbell finished in second place. Finn Williams, Levi Reusmann, and David Walls finished in first place in their weight classes. This season MCMS will be traveling …

Retired educators honored by BOC

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Tia Lynn Lecorchick managing editor Chairman of the Morgan County Board of Commissioners, Andy Ainslie, followed Governor Nathan Deal’s lead, who declared Sunday Nov. 2 as Georgia Retired Educators Day. Ainslie encouraged the community to recognize the retired educators in their churches, families, and neighborhoods in honor of this day. “These are wonderful people whose service to the community we are grateful for,” said Ainslie. Ainslie read a Retired Educators Proclamation to pay homage to the retired teachers of Morgan County. “As a former educator myself, I have worked along …

Spooky Fall Fest

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick Managing Editor Downtown Rutledge was overrun with ghouls, goblins, superheroes, and other beloved iconic characters during the city’s annual Spooky Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 25. On a perfect Fall day, dozens of families celebrated in the downtown square while children showed off their creative costumes, played in the park, and feasted on hotdogs and candy. “The kids just love it,” said Ed Hogan, owner of the Caboose in Rutledge. “We had a really good turn out,” said Malcolm Gillis, president of the Merchants’ Association. “We …

MCHS Coach William James (Bill) Corry Has Died

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William James (Bill) Corry, 89 of Madison, Ga, passed away August 22, 2014. Born May 27, 1925 in Union Point, GA, he was the son of the late William Joshua Corry and Velma McKinley Corry. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Julia Corry Kendrick and Anna Corry Younker and a brother, Kenneth Corry. Educated in the Union Point school system, he attended North Georgia College for one year prior to enlistment in the United States Navy for service during World War II. He served as a radio operator …