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By Sarah Wibell staff writer Have you ever been driving on a road and had a car speed up and pass you? Shortly afterward, you see that same car stopped at a red traffic light. Before the light turns green, you catch up to it. What was the point of the other driver’s rush when no time was actually saved? This was the analogy Lillie Franklin made when describing the life of her mother, Lessie Lawrence. Born in Madison, Georgia, on August 3, 1922, Lessie was the 12th of 14 …

Spelman Glee Club gives inspiring show

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By Brittany Whitley staff writer The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center and the Morgan County African American Museum joined artistic efforts last Saturday in the MMCC auditorium to present Madison with a choral group holding more than 90  years of excellence in African American history, The Spelman College Glee Club.  Performing in places like Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center, with people like “world renowned singer” Jessye Norman and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and for people like President Barack Obama in 2016, The Spelman College Glee Club brought their talents to …

Dr. Edward Lloyd Lewis

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Dr. Edward Lloyd Lewis died peacefully on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at Greene Point Health Care and Rehabilitation in Union Point. “Ed” Lewis grew up in Greensboro, before going into medical practice and raising his family in Athens,  and finally retiring to Greene County in 2003. Beloved by family, friends and patients alike, he leaves behind a legacy of good work, good people and good will. He was 81. Born in Greensboro, on September 16, 1937, to the late Judge Edward Lloyd Lewis and Kathleen McCowen Lewis, Ed excelled academically …

Martha Laurene Hopkins

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Martha Laurene Hopkins, 97 of Griffin, formerly of Athens, passed away Sunday, February 3, 2019 in Griffin where she lived with her son and daughter-in-law for the past eight years. Born July 12, 1921 in Jefferson to Roxie Potter and George Sanford Potter, she married L. G. Hopkins Jr. on December 20, 1941. She worked at Puritan Cordage Mills retiring after 38 years. Mrs. Hopkins was a lifelong faithful member of Edwards Chapel Baptist Church and later attended First Baptist Church in Griffin. She was preceded in death by her …

Walter Douglas Buchanan

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Walter Douglas Buchanan, 74, of Newnan, passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2019.  He was born on September 15, 1944, in Woodbury. Walter was a wonderful husband, father and friend.  He was a godly man, who loved the Lord, his family and his friends, and had a sweet spirit that was evident to everyone he met.  He was quick with a smile, a compliment and a laugh; his, truly, was a life well lived. He met the love of his life, Linda, in third grade.  They married in the fall …

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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 …