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 …

When is your Independence Day?

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Centennial News By Julie Phillips We have so much going on at Centennial right now, we are truly blessed that God has seen fit to bless us through so many of our faithful church family!  You all turn out when help is needed, just because the Lord is laying it on your hearts to do so!  Vacation Bible School was a great success…High Attendance was 385!  We had a great turnout, children were everywhere and the teachers and helpers were amazing!  They taught the children and made it a fun …

Best of the Best: Jewels, not tools

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By Cathy Best As I type my hands taunt me; unlike the lead dog, the view never changes. Rough, dry, cracked, artic angler hands, gold leaf thin nails, and cuticles I can’t discuss glare back at me. The nails peel like cheap nail polish, hangnails run rampant and I neurotically fiddle with my cuticles. My husband has deemed the nail clippers my passie, if this tells you anything. No, I don’t have magazine model hands; I have medical journal hands. For a number of years, I spent beaucoup dinero hiding …

You blue it when you planted those super waxy hostas

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By Stephanie Hudak Hostas and ferns have always been my favorite plants. I could own every variety available and still search for more. So wouldn’t you know, my house sits on an acre of land with no trees. The only ones that are growing here now are what I’ve planted and it will be years before they can give any measureable shade. So I can only yearn for the treasured ones I used to have and lust after all the new varieties available. But for those of you who do …

MCHS Class of 1983 celebrates 30th reunion: About 60 people attended 30th reunion events; sports team members recognized

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By Stephanie Johns Staff Writer About 35 members of the Morgan County High School (MCHS) Class of 1983 celebrated their 30th reunion last Saturday. According to Jeff Hood, one of the 1983 graduates, they had “a pretty good turnout.” They had about 60 people in all, including graduates, spouses, and teachers. Coach Steve Cisson, who was the girls’ basketball coach in ’83 as well as three members of that team – Thelma Brown, Cynthia Dennis, and Sylvia Wilson – were present. Hood said they were recognized for being part of …

Elderly Bostwick man beaten and left: 70-year-old victim recovering in Athens hospital

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By Patrick Yost Editor Morgan County Sheriff’s Office investigators have identified suspects in a brutal attack that left a 70-year-old Bostwick man lying in a pool of blood. Thomas Gary Etris was found by a business partner on the floor of the carport at his Bostwick Highway home last Sunday at approximately 5 p.m. According to reports, Etris had been badly beaten and was unresponsive when authorities arrived. He was transported to Athens Regional Medical Center, said Capt. Chris Bish and is recovering from injuries that include a fractured eye socket …

1943 class celebrates 70th reunion

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By Stephanie Johns Staff Writer Nine graduates of Madison High School will get together in July to celebrate their 70th reunion. Eunice Stewart Smith of Albany said they graduated during the war. “Our big class trip was to Rock Eagle,” she said. Louise Morris Washburn of Hendersonville, N.C. said because of the war they couldn’t go away. “We got on Robert Wood’s old farm truck without sides,” she said, mentioning a fellow classmate. “We had a good time. … It was a good trip, though.” Smith explained that they met …

City mixed-residential development to be vetted by Planning Commission

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By Kathryn Schiliro Managing Editor To receive the go-ahead for a new development, made of mixed residential units, in the Madison area known as Town Walk Circle and in the city’s West Washington Street Gateway, a change to the Planned Residential District (PRD) must be vetted by the county Planning Commission and approved by the Madison City Council. The PRD is located off of Fifth Street, near the historic Central of Georgia Depot, which the city’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is in the process of working to relocate and restore. …

Woman not driving in crash that killed her baby, boyfriend

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By Patrick Yost Editor A Morgan County woman whose 19-year-old boyfriend and 6-month-old son were killed in a May 10 I-20 crash was not driving the 1994 Honda at the time of the incident, Georgia State Patrol reports state. According to the results of a Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT) report, Edi Rodriquez was driving the Honda at the time of the fatal crash. Despite various media reports to the contrary at the time of the crash, the SCRT investigation found no evidence of racing during the crash. Rodriquez and …

Nunnsense: Need some bones?

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By Nick Nunn Columnist Hard times have befallen the Council Bluffs, Iowa chapter of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF). Apparently, IOOF – pronounced “ih-OOF” – decided that Council Bluffs isn’t odd enough to keep their chapter open any longer and revoked the branch’s charter. In an attempt to boost Council Bluffs’ odd-factor, Dave Burgstrum attempted to sell an antique oak coffin, which had been used during the chapter’s initiation rituals to represent death, on a website for $12,000. Oh, I forgot to mention that the coffin comes with …

Ideas are not property

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By Greg Morin Columnist The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously this past week that human genes may not be patented. That was a good decision. However those in support of this ruling are by and large hypocrites. They vociferously decried the negative consequences of upholding such patents (limiting research, higher costs, limited choice) but then fail to acknowledge these same deleterious consequences occur for ALL patents. It’s not like these bad things don’t occur for “legitimate” patents but do occur for “illegitimate” ones. Patents are the problem, not their “legitimacy.” …

Zoo in Morgan County?

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By Kathryn Schiliro Managing Editor You heard right: a zoo is being proposed for Morgan County. The county Planning Commission, this Thursday, will hear a proposal for both a text amendment allowing zoo facilities in the county as well as a proposal, submitted by Michael Vaden, 1021 River Farm Run, Madison, on Highway 83, south of the Williams Dairy, for a conditional use request allowing him to put a zoo on his 33.5-acre property, which currently houses his private aviary and taxidermy business for exotic animals as well as his …

Insider Threat Program hearkens to ‘1984’

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By Fred Johnson Columnist When I was in high school, we studied Halley’s Comet which passes near earth every 75 years. In 1910 the view was spectacular because the comet came so close, the earth passed through its tail. Our teacher told us, “You students will see this spectacular sight again in 1986.” But when 1986 came, the comet and the earth were on opposite sides of the sun creating the worst viewing circumstances in 2,000 years. Most people, including me, never even spotted the comet. Another thing we studied …

Body hears proposal to move College St. house to Pearl St.

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By Kathryn Schiliro Managing Editor Madison’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has been approached by IV Henry and Leon Peters about repurposing the house at 787 College Street, Madison, near the water tower, City Planning Director Monica Callahan told the body at their meeting last Thursday, June 20. An asbestos survey report and quote to remove asbestos-laden materials from the property was prepared for the DDA by Norcross-based Peachtree Environmental. For $8,500-plus Peachtree Environment would remove and dispose of the transite siding – $3,100-plus of the total – and wall board and joint …

Depot relocation depends on power easements, zoning change

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By Kathryn Schiliro Managing Editor Progress on moving the Central of Georgia Railroad depot continues as Madison’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) voted to endorse a $67,000 contract with Curtis Whitsel, contractor, to move the depot across the railroad tracks. The contract includes relocation of the depot onto a new foundation and stabilization, and doesn’t exceed what the authority has already reviewed as far as this aspect of the project, City Planning Director Monica Callahan told the DDA at their meeting last Thursday, June 20. Related to the move, topsoil will …

We love you too, MCMS band!

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To the Staff at Morgan County Citizen: Thank you so much for covering the events and activities of the band program this year. I appreciate the positive support and the press for the benefit of the students. They are always excited to see their picture and/or name appear in the paper. I know there are many events for you to cover but I wanted to express my gratitude for the coverage this school year. Your articles have helped make our program a more visible entity in the community. Thank you …

Country music star Trisha Yearwood films in Madison

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By Dianne Lively Yost Staff Writer Trisha Yearwood, one of the highest-selling female artists in country music, two-time New York Times bestselling cookbook author and Georgia native, was in Madison last week filming an episode of TLC Network’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” at The James Madison Inn. TLC spokesman Dustin Smith confirmed the local star’s visit to Madison via email. TLC has ordered eight new hour-long episodes of the Emmy-nominated reality series “Who Do You Think You Are?” which reveals the hidden backstories of today’s biggest celebrities. Smith …

Former educator sees odd priorities of state legislators

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By Patricia Stokes Nothing is more precious to me than my children and my grandchildren. Second to that, the children who attend public school in Morgan County have been precious to me since 1996 and always will be. I know that since 1996 some of the Morgan County High School graduates are now young adults who run our banks, work in our healthcare facilities, invest our money, and generally keep our fabulous cities and county moving forward. We have long heard that investing in our children is investing in our …

Local woman goes missing while kayaking, found 20-plus hours later

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By Patrick Yost Editor After more than 20 hours, a Buckhead woman who had become separated from a companion while kayaking on the Apalachee River was found near the Greene County line by rescue workers last Sunday. According to Capt. Chris Bish, Criminal Investigations Division, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Jacqueline Bernard, 48, was found by rescue workers at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. Bish said a man who had been kayaking with Bernard on Saturday reported near Apalachee Road and Trimble Bridge that his companion was missing at 8 p.m. …

Independence Day events around the county set for July 3 and Fourth of July: Celebrations in Madison, Bostwick, Buckhead

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Compiled by Staff Independence Day celebrations around the county abound – beginning June 30 on through the big day itself, families can take part in a variety of festivities, from inflatables to bbqs to fireworks. Centennial Baptist Church in Rutledge will hold its Annual Starlight Spectacular beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday. The event will include local live music, food – hotdogs, drinks, popcorn, peanuts, and snow cones – as well as inflatables and fireworks. Be sure to take your own lawn chairs and blankets. For more information, call 706-557-2120. On …