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 …

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 …

Dairy duties mean milking your vacation if you can

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TriBee News By Rachel Harper I had an early deadline this week; this past Friday to be exact, so the news is a little scarce!  I just hope I remember to do it again this coming weekend! Everyone is busy going on vacation or getting ready to go on vacation, it seems.  Someone told me that one family got up really early to start out, like 3:30 in the morning; well that brought back some memories!  Daddy milked cows when I was growing up, even after I married, for a few …

Helianthus annus blooms bright

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Rutledge News By Nicole Tilde The Sunflower Farm Festival scheduled for this weekend has me thinking about flowers and their myths and meanings. Why were the Greeks so melodramatic with that old story of Clytie, the young girl who turned into a sunflower while swooning over Apollo? What a sad story for such a happy flower. The sunflower, also known as Helianthus annus, with her bright yellow east facing petals, has always seemed like a symbol of happiness to me, not sorrow as in Clytie’s story. But in Greek legends …

Best of the Best: Red, white and blueberries

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  By Cathy Best Flags, John Philip Sousa, fireworks, barbeques, picnics and hand-shaking politicians are all the makings for an Independence Day celebration. Whether it’s a community event, lakeside gathering or entertaining family in the backyard, July 4th reminds me of what it means to live in this country and in this community. It’s one of my favorite holidays and not just because we make homemade ice cream. The city, and surrounding communities, pulls out all the stops to insure we enjoy our freedom. This is how we do it. …

VBS has good turnout and fellowship

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Brownwood News By Margie Ward This has been a very good week of Vacation Bible School at Brownwood; so far the average attendance has been 45 children along with several adults every night. Friday night the commencement service will be held afterwards and everyone will enjoy ice cream and cookies. Thanks to Christy Brown director and all the teachers and workers for a job well done. July items for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes are miscellaneous – stickers, balloons, flashlights, extra batteries sunglasses and coloring books. Thanks for all your donations. …

George Ray McNair Sr.

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George Ray McNair Sr. died Friday, June 28, 2013. He was born May 10, 1933 in Wrens. He was a son to James and Clara Dye McNair. He retired from General Motors after 32 years. Mr. McNair also served in the United States Army. He was widowed by Evelyn McNair. He is survived by his wife Eleanor and his children, George McNair Jr. and Mildred, Theresa Dulaney, Billy McNair and Marsha and Patricia Keener; four grandchildren and siblings Leisha Peel, Ann Shefield and Lewis McNair. The family received friends from …

Jessie Hildred Wagnon Adair

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Jessie Adair, 88 of Fairplay, died June 25, 2013. She was the daughter of the late Lavic Pierce Wagnon Sr. and Carrie Ada Ruark Wagnon. She was born June 14, 1925 in Bostwick. She was a graduate of Bostwick High School where she played basketball. She was a lifelong resident of Morgan County and was the oldest member of Prospect United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Malcom Adair. Mrs. Adair is survived by her daughter Bonita Benkoski and Bobby; grandchildren Jim Benkoski and Julie …

Dorothy Bowie Stewart

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Dorothy Bowie Stewart, 94, of Madison, formerly of Stone Mountain, died at home June 22, 2013 under the care of St. Mary’s Hospice. She was born in Willimantic, Connecticut on January 19, 1919 to Alexander G. and Laura L. Bowie. A veteran of World War II she served as an Operating Room Nurse in the Army Nurse Corps with the 39th General Hospital in the Pacific Theater from November 1942 until the end of the war in 1945. Mrs. Stewart is survived by her son Charles W. (Chuck) Stewart Jr. …

Whiteflies are obnoxious ornamental plant-killing pests

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By Stephanie Hudak Along with our beloved magnolias and honeysuckle, those of us who live in the South love our gardenias, both for their brilliant, white waxy flowers and the heavenly scent that wafts around the entire garden. But with all that pleasure comes trouble – in the form of whiteflies and the black sooty mold that grows on the honeydew they produce. Make no mistake though; whiteflies don’t only visit your gardenias. They are happy to take up residence on many different plants. And if that isn’t confusing enough, …

Enjoy barbecue and fireworks tonight

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Buckhead News By Betty Moore Don’t forget the chicken barbecue on July 4th at the Buckhead fire department. It will be a half chicken, slaw, bread, chips, tea and a dessert. It will be served from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be raffles and games for all plus live music. Tickets for the barbecue will be $8 each. There will be fireworks at dark. Y’all come! I was sorry to see Imogene Martin’s death in the paper. I send my sympathy to the family. When I was about 10 …

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 …