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Ann Reaves Fennegan Wells

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Ann Reaves Fennegan Wells, 94, passed away peacefully in the home of her daughter where she had lived for her care since 2001. Her funeral service and celebration of life will be held Saturday, February 16 at 11 a.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Madison. A lunch reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations for her beloved university where she spent the majority of her career teaching and from which she retired as Professor Emeritus. Donation information is below. Ann was a native …

Put on your dancing shoes

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The Morgan County Recreation Department hosted the Annual “Ties and Tiaras,” a semi-formal dance for fathers and daughters.  The event was held last Saturday in the Morgan County Recreation Department’s gym. Morgan County families dressed in their best for event, as Morgan County fathers treated their daughters to a night out on the town. Morgan County families were treated to an evening of lively music, dancing. and food.  Even Disney Princesses made a special appearance as fathers and daughters danced the night away. 

Connexus exhibit opens at MMCC

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer The opening of the Connexus exhibit at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center on Friday night, February 8, encouraged discourse among visitors. Literally meaning a coming together, Connexus features a collaboration of museums and artists displaying various perspectives on African-American history, culture, and activism. The MMCC has partnered with the Morgan County African-American Museum and Steffen Thomas Museum of Art for this exhibit in which each museum has a room dedicated to an artist or artists who have created vibrant art using varying mediums. “Every opening elicits …

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Child sets house fire

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor A mobile home on Maple Street in Madison caught fire and was decimated last week after a young child reportedly got a hold of a lighter and accidentally started a fire beneath a mattress in one of the bedrooms, according to City of Madison Fire Officials.  “It’s a terrible thing,” said City Fire Marshall Gene Porter. “It is so important to talk to your kids about fire safety and keep lighters and matches up and away from small children.” According to Porter, a mother …

Holocaust Survivor speaks

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Upon the front door of Dot Sparer’s home in Athens, Ga. hangs a sign that reads, “Please ring bell. Do not knock.” Even in her late eighties, one loud knock on the door can transport her back to a horrific moment from her early childhood—when Nazi fists and boots busted down the door of her home in the middle of the night to carry her father off to prison for the “crime” of being Jewish in 1930s Germany.  Dot, born Dorothy Sachs, shared that …

Facebook outs Walmart robbery suspect

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By Patrick Yost editor A man wanted for robbing a WalMart cashier with the threat of a pistol turned himself into authorities last Wednesday, the same day his picture and identifiers were published in the Morgan County Citizen. According to Det. Wes Thompson, Travis Quinn Holland, 27, Buckhead came to the Madison Police Department, Main Street at 5 p.m. and was taken into custody. An arrest warrant for Holland had been issued by the Madison Police Department on Monday, Jan. 28, three days after Holland had allegedly given a cashier …

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Benny Andrews exhibit opens at MCAAM

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By Sarah Wibell staff  writer An exhibition of work by the Madison native artist, illustrator, and activist Benny Andrews will be on display at the Morgan County African-American Museum Saturday, February 16-23. Andrews was born November 13, 1930, and grew up with nine siblings in Plainview, an African-American community of Madison, Georgia, in the segregated south. His father, George, was a folk artist and his mother, Viola, a minister. After serving in the Korean War, Andrews used the GI Bill to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On Feb. 2 an information report was filed at Morgan County Primary School. According to reports, an officer was called to the school at 7:30 p.m. in response to an unresponsive person. Reports state that the office met with the unresponsive person’s daughter at the school who told the officer she believed the unresponsive woman had overdosed. The officer located the woman in a classroom lying next to a desk. The officer attempted to revive the woman with sternum rubs but got no response. The officer then administered 4mg of …

Morgan County Sheriff's Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Feb. 2 Richard A. Reid, 26, Eatonton was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended license, defective equipment, possession of marijuana, less than an ounce and possession of controlled substance. Christopher Kitchens, 23, Eatonton was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, less than an ounce and possession of drug related items. According to reports, the arrests came after a vehicle driven by Reid was stopped for having a broken windshield. Consequent to the stop, reports state, an officer reported that there was a smell …

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County/ Chamber push value of special tax

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Three public forums have been held to educate the public on the upcoming referendum on TSPLOST (Transportation Special Project Local Option Sales Tax), another one-penny sales tax to garner more revenue exclusively to fund transportation-related projects and expenses, such as road repairs, paving, and maintenance, as well as purchasing and maintaining equipment and buildings used for transportation needs. On Tuesday, Feb. 5, The Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) officially adopted a resolution confirming the TSPLOST ballot that will be put up for a …

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‘Faces in Time’ features powerful art work

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  A new collaborative exhibit entitled “Faces in Time,” opened at the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA) featuring powerful artwork of the late Steffen Thomas, a renowned sculptor and namesake of the museum, Leanna Leithauser Lesley, a revolutionary needle-pointer, and Chris Cook, a local designer who produces paintings of ”fine art with a Southern flavor.”  Each artist immortalized influential historical figures through their various creations. The STMA board believes the works of Lesley and Cooks perfectly compliment the art and vision of Thomas, for …

Mat Dogs host 6-AAA Area Tournament

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County Wrestling team will be sending seniors Donovan McElligott, Finn Williams, Mason Adams, and Trevor Craft to the 2019 Sectionals after placing at this weekend’s Area Tournament.  The 6-AAA event was hosted by Morgan County Saturday bringing in dozens of wrestlers and several high-powered teams from the area to compete for rights to make the trip to Jefferson and the Traditional Tournament Sectionals. Coach Carter Shultz said, “I’m proud that these four seniors have punched their ticket to the next round.  It’s …

Dogs, Lady Dogs prepare for Region tourney

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s varsity basketball teams finished up their regular season schedule with wins over Monroe Area this past Tuesday on the road.  Both squads are now gearing up for the Region 8-AAA Tournament, and hopefully a deep run in the State playoffs beyond that. The Lady Dogs disposed of Monroe Area handily 56-46 to post a regular season record of 18-6 and 9-3 in Region play.  Coach Josh Reeves said, “The Monroe game was not our best effort but a win none the less.  …

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JV boys finish runner-up in Tournament finale

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor It was a fitting end for the Morgan County JV boys’ basketball team as they came up just short of taking home the Championship Trophy losing to Franklin County 38-26 in the finals of the Region JV Tournament.   In the words of Coach Milfred Franklin, “After the game I told the players we did exactly what you are supposed to do throughout a season…get better as the season goes on and play your best in the playoffs. It doesn’t matter how you start, …

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Bulldog Bytes: quick, digestible tidbits from high school sports

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Tennis:  Coach Stacy Dearing will again head up the boys’ and girls’ tennis programs this spring.  After losing four of the top girls from last season’s Region 8-AAA Runner-up squad, she said, “We have a lot of new faces and terrific talent!  Last year we did well with a second place finish for the girls.  We lost our first round playoff match in a close one, so this will be a building year for us.  I am excited about this rising talent.”  The teams …

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Primed and positive about upcoming track season

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s High School track program is headed in the right direction according to second-year boys’ head Coach Aubrey Fortson and first-year girls’ head Coach Patrick Kicklighter.  As most track coaches will tell you, it’s all in the numbers.  The sport is driven by getting as many quality athletes out to participate as you possibly can.   Convincing those stars from other sports like football, basketball, cross-country, swimming, volleyball, and others is a key ingredient to being successful in AAA track. Fortson commented, “We’re …

MCHS hosts Godspell

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Morgan County High School (MCHS) drama students took on the legendary musical “Godspell,” the 1970s classic, which retells the Gospel of Matthew through music a modern day setting in New York.  Leanae Rose, the new drama director at MCHS, was eager and honored to take on the project, and believes all the hard work to prepare the students for the big show paid off.  “This show was absolute magic!” said Rose. “The students really stepped up and delivered a close to perfect performance each …

Untold Stories

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By Brittany Whitley staff writer In the world of research, it is commonly agreed that Americans are now living to be older than history once proved. According to some researchers, individuals over 90 years old constitute a larger population than other older age groups. It is believed that most individuals over 90 live alone or in nursing homes, and are widowed white women, high school graduates, and have one or more disabilities. The only demographic feature characterizing 93-year old Madison native Ruth Binion is being a woman.   Born by …

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No day in court for Foster protesters

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Foster Park, a proposed 19-house subdivision planned for Madison’s Historic District, has been in limbo for more than two years as a series heated public proceedings and legal challenges unfolded to halt the project. However, opponents of the project, a group of Historic District residents who object to the housing development and the City of Madison’s rezoning allowance to accommodate it, may be out of options. The lawsuit originally launched by the Historic District resident alleged that the City of Madison did not follow …

Belton boasts Georgia’s future bright

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer Georgia’s future is bright, according to State Representative Dave Belton, who believes under the leadership of the new Governor, Brian Kemp, Georgia will continue to expand and diversify its booming economy while improving the quality of education and job training opportunities across the state.  Belton met with constituents on January 23 at Madison Chophouse Grille to share information about Georgia’s current state and upcoming legislation as well as to respond to questions from the attendees. Afterward, County Manager Adam Mestres shared information about an upcoming …