Morgan County celebrates Veterans Day

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

  Local veterans and their families gathered last Friday to celebrate Veterans Day in the brand new Morgan County High School. The community celebrated local veterans for their bravery, sacrifice and unyielding patriotism.  About 2,000 people turned out for the event, which featured patriotic songs performed by the MCHS Chorus and Band, and a special guest speaker, Colt Savard, who has served in the United States Air Force for the last five years. Lieutenant and Colonel Derrick Dailey, who is a senior flight instructor and part of MCHS’s ROTC program, led …

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Dancing with the Stars fundraiser is Nov. 8

Brittany Whitley Community

The Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club (MMBGC) is inviting you to come and enjoy a night with the stars. The Madison Stars specifically. The Seventh Annual Dancing with the Madison Stars (DWTMS) is back with 10 new sparkling groups who are sure to dance you right out of your seats the evening of November 8 at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center Hall. The dancers this year are as follows: Jeny Lauderdale and Avery Williams, Maddox and Mary Holis Pugmire, Sherree Evans and Terry Evans, The Fierce Foursome, Zach and Sydney Floyd, …

Halloween in Madison

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

Spooky ghouls and goblins collided with superheros and princesses at Town Park in Madison last Wednesday as families gathered to celebrate Halloween. A special parade with live music marched downtown that concluded with families in their creative costumes receiving loads of candy. According to the City of Madison, “On Halloween this year costumed trick-or-treaters up to age 12 and costumed pets on leashes – along with their families – were invited to join us for a free parade in and around the park.” Prizes were awarded for exceptional kid (and …

Cotton Gin Festival draws record numbers

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

  The 29th Annual Cotton Gin Festival in Downtown Bostwick drew an unprecedented crowd last Saturday to this year’s event. Angie Howard, who organizes the event, estimated at least 7,200 people attended Saturday’s parade and afternoon of music, food, and family-friendly fun. Thousands lined the streets to cheer on this year’s Cotton King, John Nunn.  Nunn, 88, is a fourth generation farmer with his family home on Wellington Street in Bostwick.  Nunn served in the Navy before carrying on his family’s cotton farming legacy. He married his hometown girlfriend Ona Malcom …

The Last Jam!

Staff Written Community, Featured

  Special to the Citizen A big thanks to everyone, who helped make The Last Jam concert at the auditorium of Morgan County High School, a big success and a lot of fun!  We planned for 14 bands and five hours of live music…and it happened!  But, not without a lot of help from the following people: Thanks to Eric Dodd, recently named CMT Indie Artist to Watch, and well-known local boy (MCHS Class of 2003), who came home and not only performed two musical numbers, but then jammed with …

Anti Bully Rally brings record numbers

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

The Fifth Annual Anti-Bullying Rally, sponsored by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, was held last weekend, drawing over 225 people. “It was the biggest and best one we have ever had,” said Olivia Laborn, administrative assistant for the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. During Saturday’s event, children ages 8-15 gathered for a variety of fun activities and educational lessons on the devastating effects of bullying. “By all accounts it was the best one yet,” said Whitney Robinson, with the Sheriff’s Office. “We definitely had the most participation this year. It’s a …

Chili Cook-off fills downtown

Tia Lynn Ivey Community

  The 14th Annual Chili Cook Off and Fall Festival drew hundreds of people to Madisonís Town Park last Saturday. People enjoyed the family-friendly event with cool Fall temperatures. Festival attendees were treated to samples of Madisonís finest batches of chili cooked fresh by locals competing in Saturdayís cook off. The afternoon was filled with food, crafts, face-painting, and music. Attendees voted for their favorite chili dishes before the winners were announced at the end of the day.

Raffle to benefit local woman battling breast cancer

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

  A local couple, Gigi and Hal Gerhardt, have teamed up with local businesses to hold a raffle drawing on November 1 to raise money for their daughter, Deanna Raymond, who is currently battling a rare type of breast cancer. Deanna was first diagnosed with Triple Negative breast cancer, a rare condition, three years ago at age 29. “She went through a double mastectomy, radiation, and chemo,” said Deanna’s mother Gigi. “Even after all that, it’s back again.  She has Stage Four Cancer.” According to the Gerhardts, they want to …

Out with the old and in with the new

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

  The new Morgan County High School is here! Students bid farewell to the old school last week before Fall Break and returned Tuesday morning to a brand new state-of-the-art high school. The new high school, of which the exterior features architecture reminscient of Classical Greek architecture, is the latest completion in a multiphase $56 million consolidated campus project. The new high school also houses the much-anticipated College and Career Academy. The new facilities  are part of Morgan County’s effort to revamp education, according to Dr. James Woodard, superintendent of …

School system earns state leadership award

Patrick Yost Community

The Morgan County Charter School System last Wednesday was honored with the Georgia Charter System Leadership Award at the Georgia Charter System Foundation award luncheon in Athens. The honor came with a $10,000 check and an accolade that Dr. James Woodard, superintendent, Morgan County Charter School System, comes from the school embracing “innovation” and from a board of education that allows creativity and growth in education. “The charter school system innovation aspect allows us to really open up and allow our teachers to be innovative.” The Morgan County Charter School …

Educators awarded for excellent service

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

Teachers dedicate their lives to educating other people’s children to become the next generation of prepared leaders and productive members of society. It can be a thankless job at times, but The Morgan County School System makes an effort each year to honor the teachers most beloved by their students. The Teachers of the Year were announced last week, with each of Morgan County’s four schools choosing a teacher to honor. Morgan County High School (MCHS)  named Wendy Malcom as this year’s Teacher of the Year. The Morgan County Middle School …

Art Dogs host send off party at MCHS

Brittany Whitley Community

Most times its less about the art than it is about what inspired the art. In the case of current and past students of Morgan County High School (MCHS), the inspiration behind their art is a who. Ty Manning, who has been teaching art at MCHS for going on 18 years, celebrated the completion of his current students’ rendition of famous Artist Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the High Museum by hosting what he referred to as an “Art Dog reunion” Thursday evening in his soon-to-be-demolished classroom. “I’ve had …

Grants Awarded at Farewell to Spark Morgan

Sarah Wibell Community, Featured

Spark Morgan, formerly known as the Morgan Fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, awarded over $50K in grants to ten non-profits operating in or benefitting Morgan County for the final time on Tuesday, October 2. Recipients included the Boys & Girls Club of North Central Georgia (BGCNCG), Camp Twin Lakes, Inc., Habitat for Humanity of Morgan County, the Morgan County African American Museum (MCAAM), Morgan County Foundation for Excellence in Public Education (MCFEPE), Rainbow Community Center, Humane Society of Morgan County, Steffen Thomas Museum of Fine Art (STMA), …

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Shaintar Legends Awaken: Rangers of the Greenway Road

Sarah Wibell Community

Campaign Report 117: “With any hope of the team infiltrating the warband impossible, we were left with few options. One, we could simply walk away and report the size and location of the horde. Of course, by the time we accomplished said feat, Grendel and Ranna would be dead or converted and the Guardian Gather of Fylg or Char already under siege. Two, we could charge headlong into the enemy camp, which would be suicide. Three, put our fate in the hands of the werewolf.” Online reports, such as the …

One of a kind treasures find their new home

Brittany Whitley Community, Featured

  Dolly the Goat finally found the perfect platform to tell her story. So did the Tin Man and the Politician’s Jug. Purposed only to unveil hidden stories without profit in mind, the three profound works of art are among over 250 uniquely expressed creations that compose The Great Folk Art Parade: Down the Lane to the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art exhibit in the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art. Around 300 people flooded the museum’s folk art speckled lawn to explore the tangible stories for sale and on display …

Homecoming Week!

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

  The students of Morgan County High School (MCHS) 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. The One Morgan Spirit was emanating throughout the halls of MCHS, as students celebrated the last Homecoming week to be held at the Old High School before the new high school opens after Fall Break. Homecoming Week culminated with the most anticipated football game of the season, at which our Bulldogs reigned supreme over opponents …

Author encourages youth

Sarah Wibell Community, Featured

  Corporate defense attorney, author, and advocate Elizabeth “Liz” Huntley shared her personal story that led to her memoir More Than A Bird at a luncheon fundraiser for the Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club (MMBGC) on September 18. “I’m the ‘why’ behind the ‘how you can do what you can do’ to impact the lives of children who are going to turn around and impact your community,” Huntley stated at the fundraiser. A wife and mother of three, Huntley also serves on the Board of Trustees for Auburn University, her …

Time to hit the dance floor

Brittany Whitley Community

Twilight disco rays glittered Town Park’s grassy dancefloor as 250 copasetic locals boogied down Saturday night. Madison is sure not to forget the far out funky 70’s aroma left from the Saturday in the Park: 1970’s Dance Party. “It’s such fun to see the lawn used as a dance floor,” said Special Events Director Colleen Hall. “The DJ was excellent and really in sync with the crowd – if a song wasn’t working he would just segue to another. The crowd was happy and having a great time in Town …

‘Dearly Beloved’ opens Sept. 20 at high school

Brittany Whitley Community

A new theatre company is on the rise, and they are planning to tickle their way into your hearts. The Morgan County Players will be performing Dearly Beloved written by the popular playwright trio, Jones Hope Wooten, beginning Thursday, September 20 at 7 p.m. in the Morgan County High School auditorium. Love, marriage, sisterhood, gospel music, and humor are tightly woven together to create this laugh-out-loud production. This will be the final community performance at the old high school before its demolition. Dearly Beloved is “a comedy set in Texas …

A growing collection and collector: Jesse Nelson

Sarah Wibell Community

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a museum in the area dedicated to military history? A place where younger generations could engage with history, stories could be shared, and important documents and artifacts preserved and displayed. Jesse Nelson thinks so and dreams of making that idea a reality. Jesse, a 14-year-old Newborn resident, has collected WWII memorabilia, among other categories, since he was five. That’s when he found an old lighter on his parents’ property. “My interests grew from there,” he stated. Jesse has several thousand items currently stored in …