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A clear choice ahead

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In the recent past, it has been axiomatic that in a presidential election the candidates swing to the middle, making it difficult to decide what the candidate’s true beliefs are. For example, presidential candidates Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump all promised to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. After the election, the newly elected presidents (except for Donald Trump) forgot that campaign promise. Both democrat and republican candidates typically promise immigration reform, which also never happens after the election. But this year promises to be …

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BROWNWOOD BAPTIST

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Memorial Day and Graduation celebrations   Attendance was good on Sunday morning for the worship service. Some members were out due to sickness, we pray they are feeling better soon and able to be back with us.  Visitors were with us and we are so thankful for them coming. We had recognition for our graduate, Amber Hawn, during morning worship.  We wish the very best for her as God leads. Pastor Cottrell’s message, “Living a Sacrificed Life,” Romans 12:1-2.  Paul is making a plea here to the believers in Rome and …

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UNION SPRINGS

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Stay the Course   Greetings from The Springs!  I missed writing to you last week.  I took a little time off for a long weekend to see some sites.  We all need rest from time to time, but I plan to be with you for a while (or until my next break!) Check this out!  Community churches in Rutledge are hosting the “Dare Rutledge” Student Event and Vacation Bible School.  The kick-off and registration evening is Saturday, June 9 at 6 p.m. in Rutledge City Park on the square including …

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MERCIFUL GRACE MINISTRY

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Thank you and for now, goodbye   Hello and greetings to everyone. I hope you are all well and blessed. I would like to say thank you to the “Citizen” for allowing me to share this ministry and the message from God with all of you. Thank you to all of the readers who have taken time and interest in this ministry and receive these messages. Thank you for all of your support. I have truly enjoyed sharing what God has given me with you all. It has been a …

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BUCKHEAD BAPTIST

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Upcoming Vacation Bible School   Vacation Bible School will be at the Buckhead Baptist Church on June 10-14. Daisy Benford has Wings and Chips at her Soul Food Restaurant in Buckhead on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The Brotherhood and WMU will be on June 12 at Lake Oconee Baptist Chapel. They will have a Red Cross Blood Drive on June 15 from 2 to 5 p.m. A singing will be held on June 24 at the evening service. Bill and Linda Kincaid visited the Moores on Sunday. My husband …

David A. Harris

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David A. Harris Sr., 85, peacefully passed in his Madison Lakes home surrounded by family and friends on May 22, 2018. Born October 26, 1932 to Floyd and Alva Harris, he was a loving husband of Susan Swilley Harris. He is survived by his wife, Sue, two sons David Jr. and Derek, and three grandchildren Eliza, Austin and Chandler. He is survived by Sue’s son Jean-Paul Swilley and as a loving grandfather to Renee, Autum, Breanna, Nick, Erica, Trey and Hunter. David helped raise two loving stepsons, The Honorable Clyde …

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Ethel Marian Cochran Tolhurst Norrell

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Ethel Marian Cochran Norrell, 94, of Collegedale, Tenn. Passed away Saturday, March 31 of natural causes. Though she had slowed down physically, she remained mentally alert and full of life. Ethel was born February 5, 1934 in Boynton, Fla, to the late Marion and Leona Cochran. She lived in Concord, N.C. before the family moved to her father’s hometown of Apalachee, where she attended grade school. She later graduated from high school in Bostwick in 1939. She attended Madison Business School and became a secretary before attending Southern Junior College, …

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Gerlinde Pöschko Baldwin

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Gerlinde Pöschko Baldwin, 75, of Macon, passed away on Friday, May 18, 2018. A graveside service was held on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 2:00 P.M., at Madison City Cemetery, in Madison, GA. Born August 27th, 1942 in Kaplitz, Czechoslovakia. She was the youngest of five children. Her family moved to Germany after WWII. She met her husband Pierce Burney Baldwin III who was an American soldier at a dance in 1962. He would ride his bike seven miles from where he was stationed in Germany to see her and …

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Darlene Haymore

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Darlene Haymore, 65 of Rutledge, died May 23, 2018.  Mrs. Haymore was married to Ricky Haymore.  She was retired from Cub Foods.  She enjoyed life on the family farm, raising beef cattle. Mrs. Haymore is survived by her husband, Richard Haymore and children, Terry (Yvonne) Haymore, Todd (Christy) Haymore, Stacey Haymore and Richard (Janet) Haymore.  She also leaves 10 grandchildren. The family received friends on Thursday, May 24 from 6-8 p.m. at A.E. Carter Funeral Home.  The funeral service was Friday, May 25 at 11 a.m. in the chapel.  Interment …

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Top Ten Outdoorsmen of All Time

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Outdoorsmen come in all shapes and sizes, from all eras and walks of life.  It is only fair to say that most of these gentlemen have varying degrees of faults as well.  Most men of adventure have at least one or two flaws and in some cases their liabilities outweigh their accomplishments but we won’t dwell on that too much.   I have attempted today to select the cream of the crop and have tried to place some historical perspective on it by choosing from as many different periods of …

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Georgia: Is Hate the state of the State?

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Watching the Primary debates Sunday was pretty unsettling. There are two Democratic candidates, both women, and both brilliant.  Whether either one of them can be heard above the noise of the Republican rants is doubtful.  Evans is a logical, soft-spoken woman who makes a great deal of sense, but quiet logic has not carried the day lately.  Abrams, also a highly-competent candidate with governmental experience and a moderate outlook, might have the best chance to be heard. The question is one of getting out the vote. There were five Republicans …

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The Wedding “the last shall be first”

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It is the day before the big wedding. Friday, May 18. It is also my youngest grandson’s eighth birthday! Still, back to the wedding. It is exciting and interesting! We have all the usual preparations and hustle and bustle times a million or zillion. The security plan is in place, the food prepared and the carriages ready. The bridesmaids and their dresses are chosen and it is decided what parts the children will play. The time and place, the priest, the wedding dress, the wedding cake,the music, the guests…all has …

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Letters to the Editor

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Stamp Out Hunger The National Association of Letter Carriers and its national partners, National Rural Letter Carriers Association, UFCW, United States Postal Service, AFL-CIO, AARP Foundation, Valpak, Valassis and United Way again sponsored their annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive on Saturday, May 14 and WOW was it successful? The people of Morgan County were asked to set bags of non-perishable food items by their mail boxes and they responded with love and overwhelming generosity. The Caring Place, Morgan County’s Food Bank, was the recipient of the canned goods and …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On May 19, a burglary complaint was filed at Purcell’s Truck Wash, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an employee said sometime during the night of May 18, someone entered the business and took a cash box from a file cabinet and a cash jar from a refrigerator. The complainant said when workers left the night before, all bay doors were locked and secure, but when they arrived in the morning, one door was unsecured from the inside. On May 16, a forgery complaint was filed at Kentucky Fried Chicken, Eatonton …

Morgan County Sheriff's Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Department

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On May 18, a warrant for burglary and forgery was issued for Steven Mark Almand, 26, Madison. According to reports, the warrant was issued after deputies were called to an Apalachee Road residence after someone had damaged a rear basement door and apparently entered the residence. A woman at the residence contacted deputies and told them that Almand was attempting to cash a $300 check at her local bank and that she had not written a check to Almand. On May 20, Athena July Dahlhaus, 36, Athens, was arrested and …

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BROWNWOOD BAPTIST

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All gave some, some gave all Many attended the funeral of David Dickson on Monday morning, May 14 at Centennial Baptist Church.  Rev. Wilburn Hill officiated and burial followed in the Centennial Baptist Cemetery.  Our heartfelt prayers continue to go out to his family.  We know they will trust God for comfort, peace and love during this time. Sunday morning attendance was good for worship service, with members and faithful visitors.  We welcome each one to come and be with us as God leads. You’re always welcome to any of …

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Buckhead

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That was some good fish Vacation Bible School will be at Buckhead Baptist Church June 10 – 14. AWANA had a party on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The young people had a blessed time for the end of the year. I talked to Daisy Benford at Buckhead at the Soul Food Restaurant. She said she is open Thursday- Saturday at 5 p.m. She serves wings and fries. Many will enjoy this. She is still open despite the fact that the building has been sold. She has a lease. Lake Oconee …

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GREATER MOSES BAPTIST CHURCH

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A special thank you Praise God, On Sunday, April 22, the congregation was in full swing with the youth as they came forward leading devotion and service, singing and praying and praising God united like never before heard.  The youth brotherhood committee was in charge of lifting the offerings and it  was such a joy to see the young men and women being trained in the house of the Lord.  Proverbs 22:1 states to train up a child in the way the he should go, and when he is old, …

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Nursing Home Ministry

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Saturday was a beautiful day Saturday was a beautiful day. We are having much needed rain in some places. Thank God for whatever he sends our way if it’s only two drops. We had a few of our members out due to sickness, but others came in to help out. Praise God for their coming. Mother Rebecca Hubbard surprised us on Saturday. She had not been with the group in a while. Glad to see her back. Sister Amber Goss presided; Evangelist Lizzie Stokes had the opening prayer; Resident Hazel …

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MERCIFUL GRACE MINISTRY

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Message from God Hello and greetings to you all. I hope you are all well and blessed. Matthew 24:35, “Heaven and Earth shall pass away, but my Words shall not pass away.” I Corinthians 3:19, “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.” God’s book is more important than Facebook. Ten percent of everything belongs to God, not just money but time also. There are 24 hours in a day; 10 percent of that adds up …