From the desk of the 2018 Valedictorian

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To the Class of 2018: If you are reading this right now, take a big deep breath in and exhale slowly. No, this isn’t a yoga class with Coach Stamps, nor are you about to sing a song. Although if you feel like singing, I certainly won’t stop you. With May 25, 2018 quickly approaching, we have the perfect excuse to celebrate and sing. Our high school days are numbered, and that number quickly approaches zero. If you’re anything like me, you never thought the day would come that we …

From the desk of the principal

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Dear Class of 2018, Congratulations to you on completing the journey through your high school years!  It has been a time of learning, growing, forming relationships and beginning to pave the path into your future. This year, as we have broken ground and watched the progress of the new school in our current backyard, we claimed “what’s your plan?” as our theme.  We have all been able to witness the amount of planning and forethought that is necessary with such a large project.  Your progress through school has also been …

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From the desk of the Superintendent

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Seniors of 2018, Congratulations!  You have reached a very important milestone in your life.  Leaving Morgan County High School with a high school diploma is a very special day for you and your family.  Numerous adults have worked tirelessly to help you achieve this moment.   Alex Haley, an American writer and the author of the book Roots: The Saga of an American Family, wrote, “ Anytime you see a turtle on top of a fence post, you know he had some help.” The support you receive from all aspects of …

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The following students are designated as honor graduates.

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Cum Laude Joel Alcarez Clara Arienzo Yusuf Baig Hailey Brawner Lauren Broach Bryson Burch Bryson Burke Timothy Christian Rachael Dickson Julia Draegar Jayson Fryzel Jenna Grantham Tyra Green Chloe Haggard Cassidy Hofer Austin Hoopengardner Morgan Howell Emma Hughes Brittany Jackson Ethan Jensen Hannah Knight Brandon Knight Jazmyn Lietch Kitty Ligon Sarah Grey Ligon Lillian McMillan Dylan Meyer Allyson Parris Trey Patterson Evan Peppers Mariella Plumley Jamie Puckett Caroline Rittenhouse Nicholas Seymour Claudia Sims Brandon Smith Jacob Walls Anderson Wells   Magna Cum Laude Mattie Allen Melissa Braxley Mary Trent Chandler …

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Oh, the places you’ll go

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Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Chloe Haggard Adelphi University Erik Riedlinger Agnes Scott College Claudia Sims Athens Technical College Margaret Stell Augusta University Merrit Rountree Auburn University Lauren Broach Clark Atlanta University Tailynn Warren Clayton State University Armonee’ Beverly Natianna Baker Emory University Harshit Patel Fort Valley State University Nikiha Vinson George Washington University Grace Bray Georgia College Ansley Baldwin Hailey Brawner Madison Farmer Madison Gasque Mary Hawkins Jamie Puckett Natalie Smith Emerson Woodham Georgia Institute of Technology Cameron McCanless Jacob Gasque Aria Huff Georgia Military College Anthony Cooper Charles Patterson …

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Shire up for sale

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A leading global pharmaceutical company, Shire, is on the cusp of an historic acquisition by a Japan-based company, Takeda Pharmaceutical, for an unprecedented $62 billion dollars. Shire, an Ireland-based company with branches in more than 100 countries, bought out Baxalta International in early 2016 for $32 billion, taking over the $1.2 billion biopharmaceutical manufacturing plant with an adjacent $14 million Georgia BioScience training center located in Stanton Springs Technology Park, an industrial site governed by the four-county Joint Development Authority (JDA). Should Shire shareholders approve the sale, control of the …

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Chasing the Wild Geese of Moonshine Swamp

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As youthful hunters we were always on the lookout for new adventures and we found an opportunity when goose season opened one cold winter day the year of which escapes me.  It seems that it was about 1975.  I’m able to put an approximate date on the proceedings because I was about halfway through college, quite full of myself and remember that I had discovered the manliness of a big chaw of tobacco which is crucial to the story. The ambush point was a swamp on the backside of our …

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The best week in the history of America?

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Last week, North Korea released three American prisoners who arrived back in the United States. When President Trump met the released prisoners at Andrews, he announced that the first-ever meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader would be held in Singapore on June 12. Then, North Korea announced that it will dismantle its nuclear test site in less than two weeks in a dramatic event that would set up leader Kim Jong un’s summit with President Trump.  North Korea’s Foreign Ministry announced that all of the …

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Letter to the Editor

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Farwell to the beloved Fred Bright To the Editor: On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Fredric D. Bright, longtime former district attorney for the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit, and my dear friend on his recent and very untimely passing. During his distinguished career of 37 years in the legal profession, Fred was the chief prosecutor in Baldwin, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Jones, Morgan, Putnam and Wilkinson (where his Cinda serves as the Clerk of Court) counties …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On May 11 a forgery complaint was filed at Burger King, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an employee said that a gray 4-door SUV driven by a white, teenage male came through the drive-through and ordered two chocolate and two strawberry milkshakes. The employee said the teen attempted to pay for the order with a counterfeit $20 bill. The employee took the bill but did not apply it to the order. The teen asked for the bill back but the employee refused to give it back. The teen asked that …

Morgan County Sheriff's Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Department

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On May 14 Thomas Lyndal Bronston, 46, Marietta, was arrested and charged with speeding and driving while license suspended. According to reports, Bronston was stopped while allegedly driving 85 mph in a 70 mph zone on Interstate 20. Consequent to the stop the deputy learned that Bronston’s license had been suspended for child support obligations. A passenger in the vehicle told the deputy she had a valid license but when the deputy checked on the license status he learned the the passenger also had a suspended license but had not …

Coldwell Banker makes Habitat donation

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Special to the Citizen Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty/Lake Country presented a $2,500 donation to Greene County Habitat for Humanity on April 19. The check was officially given during the Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty/Lake Country GCHFH Build Day. “The spirit of the donation is given for both the opportunity to provide financial support, as well as the unbending belief in the value of the program and local volunteers who continually give of their time and expertise,” Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty/Lake Country President and COO, Tom Martin said. A …

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The Similarity of a Mother to Christ

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UNION SPRINGS   Greetings from The Springs!  I hope that all moms had a Happy Mother’s Day.  I know that for some whose mothers have passed on, the day can be bittersweet, yet God’s love can grace us through anything! Awesome, awesome, awesome message on Mother’s Day Sunday, May 13.  Pastor Robert L. Terrell, Jr. had a different perspective for us to look at when it comes to our mothers and their significance as women.  Before we were called to be mothers, we were called to serve our husbands.  This …

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I want to say thank you to Brownwood Baptist

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SUGAR CREEK   I‘ve got to begin by praising God for such a great day on Sunday.  I did not hear anyone saying anything about the weather, just a beautiful day filled with love everywhere you looked. Our church was about packed out and ready to hear a great Mother’s Day sermon and Butch did not disappoint. He took his message from John 16:21; Isaiah 49 and 66, “A Love Compared to God’s Love”.  The only example God gave was the unconditional love of God.  And he used the example …

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MERCIFUL GRACE MINISTRY

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Message from God   Greetings to you all. Hope you are all well and blessed. This week I would like to share some poems and blessings with you all, which I have written. I’m not worthy of His love, but He covered me with His blood. A life filled with sin and shame, Not worthy to even speak His name. Guilty was my only plea, But Jesus came down and took the nails for me.       Rp. 8-27-16 It’s a beautiful day.  God is awesome and amazing. Praise …

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“The Love of a Mother”

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BROWNWOOD BAPTIST   Our community was saddened on Friday to hear of the death of David Dickson. He was our neighbor for 50 years. We could not have asked for any better neighbor anywhere than he and his wife Sarah.  They would do anything they could to help us in any way, or for anybody that needed them.  He will be missed by anyone that knew him. Our prayers go out to his family during this time. On Mother’s Day attendance was good with members and visitors. It was so …

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Where the Spirit of the Lord Dwells

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GREATER MOSES BAPTIST CHURCH Praise God, On Sunday, April 29, this was a fifth Sunday and Pastor Williams candidly asked everyone to dress down like it was old times, and  asked that when we entered the church to come in full swing of singing and praising God.  It gave the resemblance of back-in-the-day.  It was such a high-spirited feeling, something different, yet unique.  Pastor Williams asked everyone in the Sanctuary to give a personal testimony, stating that no one left in this world is alive today without having been through …

Rock Eagle to get both ‘Wild & Wet’

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Special to the Citizen Tadpoles, and dragonflies, and crayfish oh my! Join the Rock Eagle Environmental Education team as we discover what kinds of organisms live in the lake and stream as we explore our “wet and wild watershed”. Be prepared to get WET! Participants will use dip nets to collect and identify organisms found in the headwaters of Rock Eagle Lake. While in the stream, we will learn about watersheds, discuss watershed health, and what we can do in our community to keep our water clean and beautiful. Cool …

Landmark doll show at Cottage captivates viewers

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Special to the Citizen On May 4th and 5th, during the Madison in May Tour of Homes, the restored Richter Cottage was adorned with well-loved dolls and Teddy bears, each with a history of its own. Over 125 dolls were displayed, filling every space and piece of furniture in the cottage. Twenty-seven different owners shared personal stories of their favorite dolls, some hand-made by family members, some over 100 years old, some bought as a collection from popular movies, fairy tales, and children’s stories of the time – “The Wizard …

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“If this were my last day I’m almost sure I’d spend it working in my garden.  I would dig about my little plants, and try to make them happy, so they would endure long after me.  Then I would hide secure where my green arbor shades me from the sky, and watch how bird and bee and butterfly came hovering to every flowery lure.  Then, as I rested, perhaps a friend or two, lovers of flowers would come, and we would walk about my little garden paths and talk of …