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William Edwin Hughes

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William Edwin Hughes, 94, of Newborn, passed away Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at his residence. “Ed” Hughes was born in Milledgeville on September 17, 1923.  He was a lifelong resident of Newborn.  His parents were the late William Bunyan Hughes and Bertha Jane Martin Hughes. Ed Hughes served in the U. S. Army Air Forces during World War II.  He married the late Evelyn Blackwell Malone Hughes on December 12, 1948. He owned and operated Franklin Veneer Mill in Farrar for over 25 years.  Ed Hughes was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.  He enjoyed …

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UNION SPRINGS NEWS

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Greetings from The Springs!  The 2018 USBC Youth Week was an outstanding success.  Our youth had numerous accomplishments over the past school year and our high school graduates are moving on to college as they advance to the next stage of their lives.      Sunday, June 17, 2018 was Father’s Day and I pray that all the men out there had a great day with their families.  This was also Youth Day at USBC and it was celebrated with enthusiasm. The Youth Department was in charge of the entire …

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BROWNWOOD BAPTIST NEWS

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Sunday attendance was good for Father’s Day. We still have members out for different reasons. We know God knows each condition or need and will be with them in His time. God is good! Our faithful visitors continue to come and bless our hearts.  We pray each one will be blessed and will feel welcome each time they come worship with us. The call to worship was “Sing to the King”, by the choir.  Later, the choir special was “Redeemed.” Special music was “Just Keep It Between the Lines, sung …

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SUGAR CREEK NEWS

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My but these weeks are running by so fast. Seems only yesterday it was June 1st. Now over half way through. Soon the kids will be returning to school. Sure, wish it was still as it was when I was a kid, after Labor Day. We felt like we had summer days. The weather has been beautiful, some storms, but my flowers, etc. seem to be prettier than they’ve been in years. I have two gardenia bushes, both from my mama’s bush from years ago and they have just out bloomed …

Council approves Hodges art initiative

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The City of Madison is hoping to incorporate more art in public spaces throughout the city. At the last regular meeting Monday evening, The Madison Mayor and City Council unanimously voted to approve the establishment of a Public Arts Commission to oversee the creation and installation of artwork in public spaces throughout the City of Madison. “We are very excited about this,” said Councilwoman Chris Hodges, who first proposed the idea. Hodges has desired to see public artworks throughout the city for years, and now it will soon be a …

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The Muscovy Duck Update

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My e-mail has been running hot with folks who want to find out how Matilda the Muscovy Duck and her brood of little Muscovites have fared over the past few months.  If you didn’t keep up with that soap opera style saga from last summer suffice it to say that we had a domesticated duck named Matilda who decided to lay and hatch her eggs in a number three washtub full of potting soil on our back deck.  Along the way we had to perform nightly bed checks on the …

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Letter to the Editor

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Morgan County School System Thank You Celebration To the Editor: The Chamber of Commerce Partners in Education Committee in conjunction with the Board of Education held the second end of year celebration on May 30. This year’s event was held at the High School gym due to threatening weather and was once again catered by Farmview. A wonderful, two protein barbeque with all the fixings was served. There were 28 sponsors this year and over $ 7,600 in door prizes were given out. Of the 490 plus attendees representing all …

Helen Olivia Bishop Bell

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Surrounded by the sounds of sweet hymns sung by her children and loved ones, Helen Olivia Bishop Bell, 90, of Hull, entered into the presence of her Lord and Savior, on June 5, 2018. She loved The Lord and loved serving Him through The Good News Club, teaching Sunday School, and was a dedicated prayer warrior. She was a long-time member of the loving fellowship of Colbert First Baptist Church. Born in Morgan County, Georgia, she was the daughter of Melvin Stephen Bishop and Leila Martha King Bishop. In addition …

John Kirby Biddy Jr.

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John was the son of John Kirby Biddy and Omega Nelson Biddy, Father of Kathryn (John) Maguire, Dianne (David) Saia and John Kirby Biddy III (Stacey), Grandfather of Kelley Maguire, Stella Van Dyke and Holden Biddy, Uncle of John Kirby Murdock (Jill) and Great Uncle of John Kirby Murdock Jr. John was a native son of Madison and was a life-long member of Madison Baptist Church. At an early age he began his work career alongside his father at the family farm. He graduated from Madison High School and began …

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GREATER MOSES BAPTIST CHURCH NEWS

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Praise God, On Sunday the congregation celebrated Family and Friends Day. It was such a blessing and so wonderful to see many of the faces that we haven’t seen in quite some time.  We were honored to have out of state visitors from Texas and Florida, as well as here local from Loganville, and a host of other cities. Truly, we are humbled by the surrounding and embraced them with gratitude and love.  As the congregation began to sing, “When all God’s Children get together”.  What a time we had …

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BROWNWOOD BAPTIST NEWS

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Attendance was off on Sunday morning for worship service. We know that some are out due to surgery, family additions and get-togethers. Each one was missed and we trust God all will be able to come back soon. The Call to Worship, by the choir was “Sing to the King.” Then the special music was, “Wherever He Leads I’ll Go.” It was sung by the choir and led by Patsy Allen. Patsy is a blessing to us all and is a great Music Director! Pastor Cottrell’s message was “Giving Courage”, …

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UNION SPRINGS NEWS

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Greetings from The Springs!  If you live in Rutledge, you probably received a knock on your door inviting you to the Community Vacation Bible School from June 10-14. The kickoff event is this Saturday, June 9 at 6 p.m. in Rutledge City Park.  Don’t miss it! Greetings from The Springs!  Wow!  Summer has started with a bang.  USBC Youth Week is here.  Scheduled activities include a day at the Fisher’s ranch horseback riding and a mid-week trip to the beach.  Friday concludes the week with practice for Youth Day, which …

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Roy Odell Wilson

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Roy Odell Wilson, 92 of Apalachee, died June 1, 2018 at his home.  He was a native of Barrow County, born September 3, 1925 to William Dilmus Wilson and Mollie Wilburn Wilson.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline.  Mr. Wilson was retired from Golf Course maintenance.  He loved his family and enjoyed playing his guitar. Mr. Wilson is survived by his children, Remonia Stovall and Randy, Ricky Wilson, Louis Wilson and Staffone Wilson.  He also leaves numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. A graveside service was held for …

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Betty Jean Wilkins

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Betty Jean Wilkins, 86 of Madison, died June 2, 2018.  Mrs. Wilkins was born on June 4, 1931 in Paonia, Col. to Andrew and Alice Campbell McIntyre.  She was married to the late Robert Wilkins.  Mrs. Wilkins served overseas in the mission field for several years before moving to Madison.  Here, she worked until retirement for the Source of Light Ministries.  Mrs. Wilkins was a member of Beacon Heights Baptist Church. Mrs. Wilkins is survived by a brother, Ed McIntyre and other friends and family. The family received friends on …

Sheriff’s Office make arrests following meth investigation

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      Morgan County Sheriff’s Office investigators made two drug-related arrests following a two week long investigation into the activity surrounding a Monticello Road, Madison residence. According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, investigators arrested Lee Stone, 45, Madison after officers arrived at the residence to serve search warrants and allegedly located needles, spoons,  mirrors with methamphetamine residue in a bedroom used by Stone. Stone was also charged with obstruction after he allegedly attempted to flee from officers when they arrived at the residence on Thursday, May 24 at …

Class of 2018 walks across the stage

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The Morgan County High School (MCHS) Class of 2018 threw their caps in the air after receiving their long-awaited high school diplomas last week. A total of 210 students walked during Friday night’s graduation ceremony. The graduates were surrounded celebrated by their families, friends, and teachers as they said goodbye to MCHS and celebrated their academic achievements. The Class of 2018 listened to Valedictorian Mackenzi Barrett and Salutatorian Cameron McCanless before finally turning their tassels. Barrett encouraged her classmates to savor the little time they had left together before departing …

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These are a Few of My Favorite (and not so favorite) Things

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One of my all time favorite country singers is the legendary Tom T. Hall.  His songs always carry messages that make sense to me.  One of those songs entitled Faster Horses (The Cowboy and the Poet) lists the mysteries, and therefore the best things (in his opinion) life has to offer, in this order: 1) Faster Horses 2) Younger Women 3) Older Whiskey 4) More Money While some members of my home community probably believe that those are my preferred activities it’s not really true.  In actuality I’m kind of …

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General Assembly has fully funded QBE

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The 2018 Legislative Session ended back in March and we accomplished many of the goals we had for under the Gold Dome in 2018. When we adjourned Sine Die at 12:12 a.m. on Friday, March 30, 2018, we had debated more than 250 total pieces of legislation during the session. In our final week, both chambers agreed to the conference committee report for House Bill 684, which is the General Budget for the 2019 Fiscal Year. While I shared with you earlier this year some of the budget allocations that …

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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 …