Lady Dogs fall to Phoenix/Sonoraville

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor  Amid one of the most unusual plays you’ll ever see in softball or baseball, the Lady Diamond Dogs almost pulled off a second game win that would have kept them alive to fight another day.  In Wednesday’s nightcap of a double header in the two-of-three series against the Sonoraville Phoenix, the game ended 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh when Morgan walked in the winning run.  Or so it seemed.  Head Coach Jason McBay and assistant Billy Dooley quickly noticed that the batter …

Loss ends Lady Dogs’ run in Sweet Sixteen

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s volleyball squad fell to Westminster Academy (University) in a valiant effort last week to end their season.  It was much closer than many thought it would be as the girls went down in three sets 25-15, 25-15, and 25-13 in the final hoorah for the Lady Bulldog’s five seniors.  Lexi Forton, Katie Hill, Natalie Baddour, Aris Hubbard, and Madison Gasque may have all played their final set for MCHS, but will be remembered for their 2017 run to the Sweet Sixteen and …

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Morgan County Football Preview

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By Alvin Richardson sports editor Historically speaking the Franklin County Lions have been a thorn in Morgan County’s side – a statement only a handful of teams can make.  Franklin leads the all-time series 5-7-1 going back to 1970 when the teams’ first met.  The Lions also hold a 4-3 edge dating back to 2006 including a four game winning streak against Morgan between 2006 and 2009.  Even though the Lions have a historical edge, Morgan County has restored order to the series by winning the past three contests.  They …

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Junior Varsity takes undefeated Hart County to the limit

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The final score didn’t indicate the effort given by Morgan’s JV football squad last Thursday in a 43-31 loss to Hart County on the road.  Coach Marvin Mathis didn’t let it go unnoticed on his young troops.  “After the game we made sure that the young men knew that their effort was great, but to never be satisfied with a loss in anything you do. Always keep fighting until you get the results you want.” Offensively for Morgan it was Kobridgette Lumpkin that came …

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Middle School competes at Cross-Country State Championships

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County Middle School cross-country teams competed at the Georgia State Middle School Championships in Cochran Saturday. According to Mile Split writer Bruce Taylor, this was the 11th version of the Georgia Middle School State Cross Country Championships hosted by Bleckley County HS. The meet began back in 2006/2007 with a modest beginning including 120 runners, maybe 8-9 schools and just 2 races. It has come a long way since, as this season with attendance of 5000 or more, including 2200 runners registered, …

Cross-Country teams take first, second place on senior night

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s boys’ cross-country team took first place in their final meet of the season that featured both the last home meet and senior night.  The girls finished in second place to end their season on a positive note.  In an earlier event the same afternoon the Morgan County Middle School boys also finished first and the girls came in second. Coach Erin Spinks, as always, wasn’t shy about expressing her pride in the Bulldogs.  “I cannot begin to express how proud I am …

Take a stand, lend a hand

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office held  the fourth annual Antibullying Rally last weekend, which brought out about 200 attendees. The event is a team effort between law enforcement officials, educators, ministers, and elected officials to deter Morgan County students from engaging in bullying. The four-hour event featured encouraging words from four speakers, a group prayer, a basketball game, a talent show, a DJ, and drawings for various prizes. Every child who attended the event also left with a fidget spinner as a prize. “We …

Ellison Franklin Whitehead Sr.

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Ellison Franklin Whitehead, Sr. of Madison died October 21, 2017.  He passed peacefully at his home.  Mr. Whitehead was born January 20, 1933 in Greene County to Hugh and Pauline Stone Whitehead.  He was married August 19, 1955 to Jane Goss.  Together they raised a son, Ellison Franklin Whitehead, Jr.  Mr. Whitehead was retired from Georgia Pacific, where he worked as a forester.  He was a longtime member of Beacon Heights Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon.  Mr. Whitehead was an avid sports fan.  He especially enjoyed coaching …

Humane Society receives $5,000 donation

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By Dianne Yost staff The Humane Society of Morgan County received a $5,000 anonymous donation from a local family, which enabled it to build two, outdoor, shaded meet-and-greet pens. The pens provide a comfortable, quiet space for individuals or families to meet and interact with their potential forever dog. The Humane Society also has an outdoor recreation space for animals to spend playtime together outdoors. Prior to the meet-and-greet pens, that space served as both a recreation area for the animals and a meeting space. “This is great because it …

Family Fun for Rutledge

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Downtown Rutledge was overrun with ghouls, goblins, superheroes, and other beloved iconic characters during the city’s annual Spooky Fall Festival last Saturday. Local residents and out-of-town visitors gathered in Rutledge’s “spooky” square for a day of magical family fun. On a perfect fall day, dozens of families celebrated in the downtown square while children showed off their creative costumes, played in the park, and feasted on hotdogs and candy. The festival featured a costume contest, haunted hayride, an inflatable slide, a bouncy house, a …

Morgan County High School Homecoming 2017

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The students of Morgan County High School celebrated Homecoming last week, with a jam-packed schedule of games, competitions, dress-up days, projects, a parade, a powder-puff football match, and ample amounts of school spirit. This year’s pep-rally featured a surprise flash-mob, comprised of all teachers, dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller as the crowd of students went wild! Homecoming Week culminated with the most anticipated football game of the season, at which our Bulldogs reigned supreme over opponents from Monroe Area. The game drew a record …

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Tony M. Saffold

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Tony M. Saffold, 77 of Buckhead, died October 9, 2017.  Tony was the son of the late Seaborn and Doris Jones Saffold.  He was born February 1, 1940 in Buckhead.  Tony served in the U.S. Air Force and later worked as a manager for Wellington-Puritan Mills.  Tony was a long-time member of Buckhead Baptist Church. Tony Saffold is survived by his children, Sandi Saffold of Winterville and Brian Saffold of Chattanooga, Tenn.  He also leaves a sister, Dottie Saffold and two brothers, S.J. Saffold and Dot and A.T. Saffold and …

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Vivian Marie Huff Hinckley

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A graveside service will be held for Vivian Marie Huff Hinckley at 11a.m. on October 21 at Swords Cemetery. Marie was born in Buckhead, on Dec 2, 1942 and died August 19, 2017 in Ormond Beach, Florida. She is survived by her children and their spouses Karen and Robert Palpant, and Rob and Elizabeth Hinckley, grandchildren Tessa and Larissa Gehringer and Vivian Hinckley, by her sisters and brothers: Bonnie Bubenheim, Jewell Thompson, Billy Huff and Michael Huff and their families.  The service will be handled by AE Carter Funeral Home.

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Gladys Samples Armistead

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Gladys Samples Armistead of Conyers, went home to be with the Lord on October 13, 2017 at 83 years of age. Mrs. Armistead spent most of her life caring for the family and home, and in later years was caregiver to family members in need. However, she had an earlier career in business and insurance, and was one of the first women in the state of Georgia to have her insurance license at a time when that was a very rare achievement. She was a member of Gethsemane Baptist Church …

Leonard Powell McElhannon, Sr.

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Leonard Powell McElhannon, Sr. of Union Point passed away on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at Boswell Parker Health & Rehabilitation in Greensboro, at the age of 79.  Leonard was born in Greensboro, on October 6, 1938 to the late Johnny McElhannon and Ursula Weatherford McElhannon. He attended Greensboro High School and on October 11, 1959 he married the former Sarah Sellers. He worked for Athens Regional Engineering Department as a painter. He loved to travel, especially in the mountains, watching sports, and NASCAR. Leonard was a member of the Union …

School construction underway

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The new Morgan County High School and College and Career Academy (CCA) are nearly a quarter of the way finished as of this week. “I was told this week that we are 23 percent of the way done,” said Dr. James Woodard, superintendent of the Morgan County Charter School System.  “The entire site is being transformed before our very eyes.” The new high school and CCA comprise $26.7 million of the school system’s consolidated campus project. The entire project is estimated to cost $46.1 million and will include a new …

Courthouse hits the big screen in “American Made”

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Morgan County is adding to its Yallywood movie credits with the recent release of the Tom Cruise blockbuster “American Made,” filmed in Madison in July 2015 under the working name “Mena.” The interior of the Morgan County Courthouse got a huge close up in the film and is also showcased in the movie’s trailer (which can be watched online on the Morgan County Citizen’s Facebook page). Cruise brings to life the true 1970’s story of Barry Seal, a daredevil pilot who worked off the books for …