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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 …

Martha Conner Plunkett

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Martha Conner Plunkett, age 91 of Bishop, died May 19, 2018.  Born in Gainesville to Thomas and Mellie Conner, she grew up in Apalachee and Madison, and graduated from Madison High School in 1945.  Following graduation, she started her 20-year career with Southern Bell Telephone Company in Atlanta, where she was one of the first female managers.  She married Charles Edward Plunkett of Lithonia in 1963. Surviving are her daughters, Lisa Rawls of Bishop, Mary Ryan of University Place, Wash., sons Charles Plunkett, Jr of Tacoma, Wash. and Russell Plunkett …

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Evelyn Ruark Coggin

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Evelyn Ruark Coggin of Bostwick passed away on May 16, 2018. She was born in Bostwick on July 26, 1924 to James Russell Ruark and Katie Inez Jones Ruark. She was born in the home of her grandparents, “Papa Charlie and Mother Emma”. She graduated from Bostwick High School as Salutatorian in May of 1943. She married Theodore Lewis Coggin of Conyers on March 19, 1945. They settled in Decatur after their marriage and started a family. In 1959, they moved to Avondale Estates where Evelyn became a very active …

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From the desk of Coach Ainslie

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Morgan County Diamond Dawg Fans, On behalf of my coaching staff and players I wanted to take a moment to let you know how memorable you helped make the 2018 baseball season for our team and school community.  Your support and enthusiasm during our playoff run and the entire season was inspiring.  I hope the boys and our team made you proud to be a Morgan County Bulldog!  The large crowd turnout, the high school band, red out shirts, noise shakers, music, you don’t get that at many places outside …

Thoughts from a Senior Mom

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By Margaret Ligon This past year has been full of lasts. I have thought a lot lately about Brad Paisley’s song, “Last Time for Everything.”  I could write my own version. Homecoming  pep rally with fog in the gym. Watching my cheerleaders on the sidelines, sittin’ next to Tim. Prom Dress shopping and spring break with friends, Dressing up for Younglife Club looking like twins… There’s a last time for everything. Then there are the last weeks of school — last awards night, last IB Dinner, last day of high …

From the desk of the 2018 Salutatorian

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Somebody once told me, the world was gonna roll me.  Personally, I tend to disagree; Life is tough, it’s hard to get through sometimes, but it will only beat you down if you let it.  No matter how difficult the task (like writing a speech to give in front of thousands of people), you can always meet it with a straight back and a level gaze, and give it your best effort. To quote a good friend of mine, “I wish the people in my life a mountain of struggles, …

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 …