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Chasing the Wild Geese of Moonshine Swamp

Staff Written Alvin Richardson, Community

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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Don’t Get “Hooked” on Fishing

Sports Reports Alvin Richardson, Community

If I ever write a book I’ll call it Truth’s, Half Truth’s and Downright Lies mainly because I can’t remember which category all my little adventures fall under.  But today I offer you the painful details concerning an incident that is carved into my memory (so to speak). It is a true and accurate account of an episode the details of which I have never before revealed to anyone (except a certain doctor friend). It was embarrassing, discomforting, distressing and historically without precedent.  I hope you don’t think less of …

Wrestling star Mitchell signs with Rinehardt

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County Bulldogs continue to pile up scholarships for the next level.  The latest is 18 year-old senior wrestler Luke Mitchell who signed on to help start a brand new program at Rinehardt University in Waleska, Ga. for the upcoming season.  He was only the sixth signee that the Eagles offered. Mitchell wrestled for Coach John Robbins for four years and competed in the 145 pound class his senior season.  He is a two-time state placer finishing fourth his junior year and fifth …

Precious Life- Cherished Memories

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By Alvin Richardson Sports Writer The death of Morgan County High School’s Seth Stapleton was a lightning bolt of cold reality to all who knew and loved him. He was, by all accounts, a beloved member of the student body, a leader on the football team, a trusted friend to his buddies and a salt of the earth guy. That he died at such a tender age serves as a poignant reminder of how precious and fleeting life can be. It also serves as an instrument to help us all …

Reclassification for GHSA Includes “Big 44” and the 3% Rule

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By Alvin Richardson If you follow high school sports closely you may have noticed that the Georgia High School Association has recently decided to add another classification for 2016-17. It will be known as the Big 44 and is set to include the top 10 percent of schools in Georgia as reported through their FTE count. Without going into the minutia of that acronym, an FTE count is simply how many students a school has enrolled. This decision was made to address a specific problem. In Class 6A there was …

Junk Food Junkie

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By Alvin Richardson, Columnist My wife and I have two separate lifestyles when it comes to eating. The long and short of that statement is that she consumes healthy food and I don’t. It’s not that I’m the anti-fruits and vegetables guy – it really comes down to three things: • There are a lot of foods that my notoriously funky stomach will not tolerate • I like junk food • There are hundreds of scientific studies out there that warn us against certain foods which can be conflicting and …

On love songs and unrequited love

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By Alvin Richardson, Columnist The music industry has made scads of money on songs that feature stories about relationships between men and women. The splendor and often times raucous nature of bonds between the sexes is a natural fit for song lyrics because most people have at least a passing interest in it and everyone has an old love story to tell. Many of those stories are either fondly or painfully revisited when a familiar melody comes over the airwaves. No portion of the music business takes on this topic …

Morgan County Vaults Into the Final Four – Dogs Blow Out South Atlanta in Second Half

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By Alvin Richardson Staff Writer In front of a packed house the Morgan County basketball squad broke open a close road contest against South Atlanta High School with a 17-0 outburst early in the third period of Thursday night’s game and cruised to a 78-50 win. That victory over the third ranked Hornets catapulted Morgan into the Final Four of Georgia’s Class AAA basketball tournament. MCHS guard Tookie Brown had another stellar night scoring 37 points and made shots from every conceivable spot on the floor. Morgan County’s defense was …

Just call me Old Gremlin Ear

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By Alvin Richardson, Columnist I have to visit the doc pretty regularly these days because there’s lots of parts that seem to be wearing out on me. My body is kind of like a ’55 Chevy – it needs plenty of TLC to stay in running order. The latest episode involved a mad skin doctor (aka dermatologist), a sympathetic nurse, loud power tools, a carving knife, and a bunch of blood. The end result was not what one would refer to as a cosmetic miracle or a walk on the …

Dogs Advance to Elite Eight

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The Morgan County Bulldogs flexed their muscles this past week easily running past an overmatched Lumpkin County team by a score of 82-33 on Thursday afternoon and then turning back a determined squad from Central Macon High School in a 69-61 win this past Saturday night. Those two wins put the Dogs into the quarterfinals of the state tournament. They are set to go up against the South Atlanta High Hornets on Wednesday, February 25th. The Hornets are 27-4 on the season and ranked 3rd in the state polls. Since both teams were region champions and number one seeds a coin flip will determine home court advantage.

The blunt truth about Mary Jane

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By Alvin Richardson, Columnist This is not a gossip column so the title may be somewhat misleading. Just bear with me. Today’s offering is more akin to going out on the proverbial limb or venturing onto a slippery slope. I do this in the name of public debate but don’t send me any critical e-mails on the choice of topic. Somebody’s got to say it so why not me? There are a couple of moves afoot in our country that revolve around the legalization of marijuana in both recreational and …

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Musically disinclined

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I will never forget the morning that I climbed into bed with Mama, scrunched up close to her and in a small voice pleaded, “Mama, can I please quit taking piano lessons”? She could not bear to see her sweet little boy in such obvious pain and relented. It probably cost her something because she wanted all of her young ruffians to have at least a smidgen of culture. Alas that was not to be the case with me and the end of those music lessons marked the conclusion of …

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Messes of the Masses

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Alvin Richardson columnist After some reflection I’ve concluded that a goodly portion of my life has been consumed with picking up stuff. If you tally time spent on things like cleaning up behind untidy children, picking up clutter following visits from kinfolk, taking out the trash, picking butterbeans out of Daddy’s garden, cotton out of his field and hay out of his pastures, cleaning up a yard full of shredded paper after the dogs got in an untended trash can and other such incidents it accounts for a lot of …

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Adventure in Fashion

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I’ll just come out and say it up front: I AM NOT A CLOTHES HORSE. For those who may not be familiar with that particular term the Urban Dictionary defines a clothes horse as one who is passionate about new and fashionable clothes and consequently spends a lot of money on them. I don’t really have to do this because I can make anything look good. Unfortunately my wife is in total disagreement with that statement and I know this because each morning I have to undergo inspection before I’m …

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Boat toting and other forms of fishing obsession

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Alvin Richardson columnist I looked up the term obsessive-compulsive disorder the other day because my friends have hinted strongly that there’s something wrong with me. They say I’m always going fishing, talking about going fishing, planning to go fishing or describing my latest exploits for their benefit. At first I disagreed with them but after looking it up there’s not much doubt that I am stricken with this particular malady. The medical dictionary describes an obsessive-compulsive affliction in this manner: A mental disorder typically characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce …

Dove hunting a ritual of Fall

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(Author’s note: For most of my adult life we have had a dove shoot on the first day of hunting season. It is a time when family and friends have gathered to share fellowship, food and a day of outdoor life. This is a story about one of our exploits.) General Patton could not have prepared the battleground with more care and precision. Right after Memorial Day the earth was mowed, and tilled. The millet was sown and fertilized. The summer showers took care of the rest. When the crop …

Character building 101

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By Alvin Richardson, Columnist Today’s class is now in session and our topic will be how one can build character through the use of adversity. For our purposes we will hang around the lighter side of the equation which is to say we will not delve into the more maudlin aspects of the subject. Hey, this is supposed to be fun so we’ll keep it enjoyable but nonetheless instructive. Included in our discussion may be an occasional reference to the Richter Scale of Adversity and Character scientology which can be …

Little House on the Prairie Taught Life Lessons

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By Alvin Richardson, Columnist My wife told me the other day that Karen Grassle recently turned 71. For many of you, that tidbit of information may be meaningless but it reminded me of a television show that put a lot of valuable ideas in my head. Karen Grassle played the role of Carolyn Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie and along with her husband Charles Ingalls (played by Michael Landon) and their family portrayed in a nineteenth century rural setting in the upper Midwest. Charles Ingalls is still one …

Generationally Speaking . . .

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By Alvin Richardson, Columnist It is a universally accepted fact that every older generation believes the next or younger generation is on the fast track to Perdition – Going to hell in a hand basket and all that. There are many reasons for this phenomenon. Perhaps the most influential of all is that each distinct age bracket has its own unique set of life experiences and historical occurrences that make them think in a particular way. I guess it’s kind of a cause and effect thing. Ya’ll pretty much know …

College Education’s Minefield of Dangers

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By Alvin Richardson, Columnist Today’s lesson is based on my personal journey through the minefield of getting a college degree. My fervent hope is that this story will help the younger generation to steer clear of some of the pitfalls and realize that, while worth the effort, the path to your own sheepskin is fraught with danger. I actually breezed through high school with relative ease. The only glitches I remember were relatively minor ones. There was one trivial incident with the school principal who also doubled as my girlfriend’s …