A new beginning

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

In just over a month, hospital leaders will be handed the keys to a completed Morgan Medical Center, the $35 million new hospital in Madison. By mid-October, construction will be finished as hospital staff begins stocking the new state-of-the-art hospital with equipment and furniture, as well as undergo training to operate the new facility. Patients will be welcomed in by mid-December into the brand new hospital, which more than doubles the size of the current hospital, coming in at 72,000 square feet with 25 licensed hospital beds. “Our completion date …

Madison Artists Guild hosts New Exhibit

Brittany Whitley Community

Immediately to the left, an elegantly poised mule rests on a wall. Ahead, a voluminous, spring-kissed bouquet stands erect in its vase. Over-the-shoulders to the right, a deep nocturnal forest waits mysteriously. The three realities are among a vast collection of life-portraying canvases that compose the “Jones, Jones, Andreottola” exhibition at the Madison Artists Guild in downtown Madison. Twilight rays and eager locals poured into the gallery Friday night to honor and view countless distinct, yet uniquely and unintentionally linked creations by Bev Jones, Trish Jones, and Alice Lee Andreottola. …

A glimpse inside Greene Habitat’s inaugural Showcase of Homes tour

Andrea Gable Community, Featured

For anyone who has swung a hammer with fellow volunteers, rinsed a paint brush or two, or watched a homeowner being presented a key to their new house, there is a sense that Habitat for Humanity is about more than just building homes – it’s about building hope. It’s this understanding that prompted Greene County Habitat for Humanity (GCHFH) to create a tour event that highlights the area’s best in building and design while bringing awareness to Habitat’s mission of providing new homeowners an opportunity for success – building on …

Folk festival comes to Madison

Brittany Whitley Community

Every piece of art has a story and The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art is dedicated to making them known. The Great Folk Art Parade: Down the Lane to the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art is an exhibition spotlighting the unconventional beauty of folk art and its importance – the story behind the art. The exhibit will commence with an opening festival on the lawn of the museum on Sunday, September 23 at 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over 100 contemporary folk artists constitute the largest self-taught exhibit in the …

Rescue dogs return favor

Tia Lynn Ivey Community

When Thomas and Lisa Wagner rescued two dogs from the Humane Society several years ago, they never expected that Petey and Zeus would be the ones saving them. A ravenous fire broke out at the Wagners’ Parks Mill Road home in Buckhead around 4 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30. The Wagners and their teenage son Jack were fast asleep unaware of the deadly flames raging above them in the attic. But Petey and Zeus could sense the danger and started barking incessantly from the downstairs living room. “All that barking …

The last jam

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

  One last hoorah will be held in the Morgan County High School Auditorium in October before it is demolished. The Last Jam, a fundraiser to benefit the fine arts and band programs at Morgan County High School, will be held on Friday, Oct. 19 at 5:30 p.m. The event will feature 15 acts, comprised of current and past Morgan County High School students. Former MCHS Principal Mark Wilson will emcee as the best local talent rocks the house one last time for a good cause. The concert will surely …

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Car show to support Humane Society

Brittany Whitley Community

Bark your calendars for the Morgan County Humane Society’s Piston for Paws Charity – Car and Motorcycle Show on Sunday, September 16. Cars, trucks, and motorcycles of all types and years will occupy the path of West Jefferson Street in Downtown Madison from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. To those who believe their hot rod is hot enough to scorch the competition in categories like Best Chevy, Best Ford, Best Mopar, People’s Choice, Best Motorcycle, Top Ten, and Best in Show, sign up as soon as registration begins, the day …

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Parts of high school for sale before destruction

Brittany Whitley Community

Don’t miss your chance to purchase a little piece of history while supporting the local school system. The Morgan County Retired Educators Association invites you to take a walk down memory lane on September 28 as they sell Morgan County High School memorabilia at the old high school gym. The sale begins at 10 a.m. and ends at the conclusion of the Homecoming football game later that night. Expected collectables to be sold include old trophies by the decade, photographs of specific parts of the school, ceiling tiles painted by …

High profile film comes to Madison

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

  Another high-profile filming project came to “Y’allywood.” This week, you may have noticed a roadblock on Foster Street in Madison with a large film crew huddled outside a historic home for a couple of days. Topanga Production, Inc., out of Covington, is shooting a pilot for a new Showtime series called Queen Fur, starring Lily Mae Harrington (“Some Freaks”), Michael Mosley (“Seven Seconds”), Kim Dickens (Fear the Walking Dead) Jon Foster (“Like Father”), Joshua Mikel (“The Walking Dead”), Keith Machekanyanga (“Timeless”) and Spencer Howell (Ithaca). The beautiful house on Foster …

Rutledge wraps local concert series

Staff Written Community

By Brittany Whitley staff writer Under a peeking moon, many sat before the sunset’s watercolor backdrop, enwrapped in ribbons of acoustic melodies, to experience the end of a good thing. Instantly charming the audience with her soulful voice, Sarah Zúñiga concluded this year’s Rutledge Summer Concert Series (RSCS) at City Park in downtown Rutledge with grace. Since 2014, the Downtown Rutledge Merchants Association (DRMA) has annually sponsored and booked a variety of local and national artists to perform weekly during the months of June, July, and August in downtown Rutledge. …

Reid shatters stained glass ceiling

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

Mary Magdalene was the first to preach the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Priscilla was an evangelist. Phoebe was a deacon. Huldah was a prophet. Deborah was a warrior judge. Junia was called an apostle. Despite the Bible being rife with stories of female leaders, Christian church leadership has traditionally been a male-dominated field. But last Sunday, a local church broke with tradition and chose a woman to lead the congregation. After 150-year history in Morgan County, Pleasant Grove Baptist Church named its first-ever female head pastor, Carrie Peters-Reid. Reid, a …

PAC’s first public art to go in Town Park

Staff Written Community

By Brittany Whitley staff writer Public art is at the forefront of the city of Madison’s newest board, the Public Arts Commission (PAC), which met for the second time last Thursday to iron out the details of the group’s first project. Town Park in downtown Madison will soon display the first of many public art works to come to Madison, according to the PAC. In keeping with the commission’s purpose of introducing public art to a variety of public spaces throughout Madison, the council decided that Town Park would be …

Farmview Market hosts BBQ competition

Staff Written Community, Featured

By Brittany Whitley staff writer Beneath clear blue skies and sunny weather, Farmview Market held the annual Southern Classic BBQ Competition last Saturday which featured music, crafts, and of course, local southern-style barbecue. Close to 4,000 barbeque-lovers gathered to delight in a variety of finger-licking-good meats offered at this past Saturday’s competition. Twenty-seven teams faced off to earn cook up various BBQ dishes, including chicken, pork, and beef tips. After hours of attendees taste-testing tender barbeque dishes, two groups were named the winners for their perfected recipes. Pots BBQ took …

A man, a dog and and amazing friendship

Staff Written Community

By Brittany Whitley staff Just west of the Madison’s Family Dollar Store, Willie Cooper stuffs a battery charger in his worn, dark-brown leather knapsack and starts down the familiar cracked concrete sidewalk of Eatonton Road. As the cool wind embraces his skin and gently combs through her fair-hair, Cooper and his beloved pet Ginger, embark on their daily travel in his one-seater electric wheelchair.     Following his chronic arthritis and rheumatism diagnosis, the 84-year-old relinquished his 16-year Atlanta residency, and has since spent the last eight years in Madison …

Enlivening MoCo spirit

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

Last weekend, a Community Pep Rally was held at the Bill Corry Stadium football field at which the Morgan County High School Marching Band and cheerleaders performed for their fellow classmates, parents, and community members to inspire that ONE Morgan spirit for the highly anticipated football season. Denise Frost, a cheerleading coach at Morgan County High School, organized the event. “The community pep rally has been an idea that I, as the cheer coach, have had for a few years,” said Frost. “The band annually holds a parents’ potluck supper …

Biscuits are served

Jesse Walker Biz Buzz, Community

What the? I flat can’t get Petey the Poodle to stop smilin’! I mean he’s ‘bout as happy as a dog chasin’ a squirrel off leash!  What’s that Petey? You need to bark slower ‘cause my poodle interpretation skills are right slow. Got it! Petey says he’s smack happy ‘cause his canine choppers aren’t hurtin’ him no more! That’s right y’all. We recently took Petey to Main Street Vet located at 1311 Eatonton Road in Madison, to see their Dental Tech Dave Shuey.  Shuey ended up havin’ to extract some …

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Farmview hosts BBQ competition Saturday

Staff Written Community

By Brittany Whitley staff writer Is it true that the best barbeque is found in the South? You will find out  Saturday if you attend the 2nd Annual Southern Classic BBQ Competition from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m at Farmview Market in Madison. Thirty teams will be ready to rumble early Saturday morning to grill some of the best meats they have ever grilled! The competition will feature three meat categories: chicken, beef tri-tip, and pork ribs, with the winner of all three categories receiving a Grand Prize of $2,000. …

25 years later family given time capsule

Sarah Wibell Community

When JoAngela Fierman and her husband, Marty, planned to have work done on their house, uncovering a time capsule last week was not something that she anticipated. Yet that is exactly what one of the workmen found in the crawlspace. The house on Dixie Highway was built in 1992 by Bob and Rose Mary Hughes and sold by them to the Fiermans. When the current owners called Rose Mary on August 10 to see if she knew about the time capsule, the Hughes family recollected that the item had been …

Fundraising for a cause

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

  The 18th Annual Festival of Friends, one of Morgan Memorial Hospital’s premier fundraisers, was smash hit last weekend, according to hospital officials. ““We are so appreciative of our auxiliary members for the time an energy they have put in to making this event so successful for the past 18 years and to the community members who continue to support us in our quest to become a patient-focused center of excellence.  Such support is instrumental to our continued success,” said Ralph Castillo, CEO of Morgan Memorial Hospital (MMH). This year’s …

Swingin’ with the Medallions

Jesse Walker Community

  Over 200 supporters helped make the Swingin’ Medallions concert on August 11, 2018 a huge success, according to David Land, President of the Historic Madison-Morgan Foundation (HMMF). The HMMF sponsored the fundraiser/concert in support of the ongoing restoration of the 1901 Central of Georgia Railroad Depot in downtown Madison. The mission of HMMF is to help preserve Madison’s and Morgan      County’s historic architectural and natural resources. “Our first project was the publication of Madison, A Classic Southern Town, and the restoration of the abandoned depot was a …