Fire destroys Bostwick house

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  A house on Price Mill Road in Bostwick was engulfed in flames on the early morning of Monday, July 27. A neighbor called emergency services at 8 a.m. to report a fire had broken out at the residence located at 1565 Price Mill Road.  “The house was about 20 to 30 percent engulfed at the time of the call,” said Morgan Fire Chief Jeff Stone.  By time the first firefighters arrives from Bostwick eight minutes later, the house was about 60 percent engulfed in …

Virus stops annual Morgan County Children’s Camp

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By Trinity Martin Staff Writer After running for 60 years strong, the coronavirus pandemic has forced the beloved Morgan County Association Children’s Camp at Hard Labor Creek State Park’s Camp Daniel Morgan to shut down for the summer.  On April 17, pastors with the MCA met to discuss what effects COVID-19 would have on the association’s annual camp. After serious consideration, they decided to skip a summer in an effort to keep all who participate safe and healthy.  “Everyone is sad and disappointed,” Rodney Allgood, camp director, said. “But in the …

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Back to School rally cut

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  School is still slated to reopen on Thursday, Aug. 6, despite the Back to School Rally being cancelled last week due to concerns over the coronavirus.  Organizers of the annual Back to School Rally, which distributes free backpacks and schools supplies to families every year, was cancelled last minute by the Morgan County Family Connection. This year more than 500 packsacks were purchased to give out to school students.  “With the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Morgan (and surrounding counties) over the past …

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Ministry food giveaway changing locations

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  The weekly Grocery Giveaway, orchestrated by the Morgan County Ministers Union, is changing locations this week. On Saturday, Aug. 1, boxes of good will be handed out from the old Morgan County Middle School, located on Pearl Street in Madison, from 11 a.m. to noon.  More than $30,000 has been spent thus far on groceries for needy families struggling through the coronavirus pandemic. The Conrads Foundation donated a $10,000 matching grant, which the Ministers Union has surpassed with donations from the community.  “We exceeded …

MCHS practicing a medley of precaution during band camp

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By Trinity Martin staff writer As students and teachers begin navigating through plans for the upcoming school year, Morgan County High School’s One Morgan band is taking action to create a new normal.  This past week, the One Morgan band gathered together to take part in this year’s social distancing band camp. Band directors, Duncan Lord and Jeffery Rowser, have created routines and procedures to ensure students remain safe at all times. “We have to be more cautious than ever before,” Rowser said.  Some of these new procedures include mandating …

Schools get set for 1st day back

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Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  At least 16 percent of Morgan County students will learn completely virtually when school reopens this August. Morgan County, like other school districts across the state, are experimenting with how best to reopen schools in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Morgan County Board of Education landed on a hybrid plan, offering both virtual and in-person learning for the upcoming school year. While students are given the option, teachers and staff cannot opt out of in-person instruction, according to school officials.  In recent …

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Madison Produce making the move to former Perk Avenue on Jefferson St.

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By Trinity Martin Staff Writer Downtown produce shop and deli, The Madison Produce Company, is leaving its current location on Washington Street to take over the former Perk Avenue spot on the corner of West Jefferson.  What started as a simple produce stand in 2010 has become one of Madison’s most raved about restaurants 10 years later. With popularity continuing to skyrocket for the local sandwich shop, more space is a must.   “We are trying to take the next step,” said owner Andy Oller.  Oller announced a few weeks …

Corrias Family bringing unique atmosphere to Madison as Dolce Caffe

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By Andrea Gable Senior Editor  After establishing Da Corrado Ristorante as one of the top restaurants at Lake Oconee, Corrado Corrias and his wife, April, are expanding into their hometown of Madison, adding a bit of the “sweet” life to the downtown square.  Their newest endeavor, Dolce Caffe, is set to open in early August and will offer a different atmosphere to the town’s culinary scene. Focusing on American fare for lunch and brunch, the café will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will …

Lillian Mozelle Gilbert – Woman, Mother, Nurse, Extraordinaire

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By Trinity Martin Staff Writer Eighty-two-year-old Lillian Gilbert, also known as Mozelle, has finally hung up her scrubs after 50 years of service in the medical field.  Born May 17, 1938, to Lattie Mae and Arthur James Gilbert in Morgan County, Gilbert says she was raised to work. At the age of 10, her mother taught her how to cook, clean, iron, wash, and care for children. She also worked on her grandmother’s farm doing chores from harvesting to tending animals.  When Gilbert was 13, she dropped out of school …

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Back to school rally ‘drive–thru’ this year

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Every Year, the Morgan County Family Connection and Morgan Medical Center orchestrates the Back to School rally to equip families with the supplies and information they need for the upcoming school year.  “ We are in the process of planning for the 2020 Back to School Rally.  As you know this is your collaborative’s annual summer event which brings together ALL sectors of the community to help the children in our county be prepared to start the school year successfully,” said Velde Hardy, a director of Morgan …

Our Stories: My Life During the Pandemic

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by Carson Monk My life during the pandemic has been different than my life before the pandemic.  It has changed a lot these past five months.  I didn’t have school and I had to learn from home for about one hour a day with my mom and dad.  I have been doing a lot of soccer on my own and at training camps with other players and coaches.  I have been visiting my grandma and grandpa a lot and swimming in our friend’s pool.  We have taken care of their …

A Happy Fourth in Morgan

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Morgan County is known for its many annual Fourth of July Celebrations to honor the founding of the United State of America.  Every year, local citizens gather as a community to don patriotic attire, sing patriotic songs, and huddle close with loved ones beneath sparkling fireworks lighting up the night sky.  But this year, all the community Independence Day events were cancelled due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus pandemic.  This year families may have had to celebrate in a more solitary fashion, …

Fourth fizzles under COVID concerns

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Usually, there is no shortage of patriotic celebrations for Independence Day in Morgan County, but this is not a usual year. The fireworks have fizzled out this year. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, all of the Morgan County’s annual Fourth of July celebrations have been cancelled. For some, it’s the first cancellation in more than 50 years.  Every year since 1976, The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center hosts a lavish lawn party held every July 3, to celebrate Independence Day, featuring patriotic music, festive picnic …

Artist Guild making big move to E. Jefferson

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West Side Story, West Jefferson Street that is. Right so the other day I was just shoppin’ downtown, mindin’ my own ding dang business when all of a sudden I saw a gaggle of people movin’ boxes, display cases and whatnot from Main Street to West Jefferson! Shoot Fire! That big ole Curiosity Bug flat bit me in the Boomwacker! Bullseye! Ouch! Shoot Fire! I smack had no choice but to channel my inner spy and clandestinely follow ‘em! What the?  They disappeared into an empty storefront! So I just …

Our Favorite “Great American”

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By Patrick Yost  editor  On a waist-high table overflowing with gifts for retiring Morgan County School Superintendent, Dr. James Woodard, was an American flag embossed on wood. The Morgan County “M” logo replaced the stars on the flag and underneath it read simply: ‘To our favorite Great American.” To anyone who knows Dr. Woodard, and that army is legion, knows Dr. Woodard’s catchphrase. “You’re a great American,” he says after a meeting, after lunch, after a telephone conservation. So last Wednesday, in the sparkling center of the almost brand-new Morgan …

Our Stories: Life Blooms On in a Pandemic

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By Amanda Campbell Bennett Amanda Campbell Bennett, Vice President of Horticulture and Collections for the Atlanta Botanical Garden Since graduating Morgan County High School in 1997 and The University of Georgia in 2001, life has been pretty normal.  Go to work, leave to pick up kids, go home, have supper with the family.  Maybe pick up supper or go out to eat occasionally.  Nothing crazy.  I’ve never had to quarantine for any reason.  Never had to wear a facemask for daily interactions.  Never had to work full time from home, …

Our Stories: Our story during the pandemic

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By Mark and Terry Bowers Although the pandemic has kept Terry and I from our passion for traveling, it has been an eventful period in our lives.  We became grandparents for the first time. Our oldest son Dillon and his wife Anne, blessed us with the birth of a grandson Cullen Terrell Bowers on March 15th (Ides of March). We were able to travel to Long Island, N.Y. to see Cullen a few days after his birth. We spent six days with them in Hampton Bays before the pandemic began …

Morgan youth hold peaceful protest march through town

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Morgan County High School students organized a youth-led march through downtown Madison last Friday to protest racial injustice. In solidarity with thousands of protesters across the country, about 75 teens and supportive adults, including Madison Mayor Fred Perriman, gathered in Town Park with signs to listen to speakers and march to Hill Park, which features a controversial Confederate monument. While the group marched from Town Park to Hill Park, they chanted slogans like “No Justice, No Peace,” “Black Lives Matter,” “Equal Opportunity”  and “Say …

NAACP prayer vigil calls for unity, prayer, love

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Prayer, unity, and love was the message at Saturday’s NAACP prayer vigil in Town Park.  The Morgan County Branch of the NAACP gathered local pastors, politicians, activists and everyday community members to pray and talk together about overcoming racism last Saturday morning.  Each speaker urged the crowd to lean on faith, prayer, and love as they carry on the work of justice and creating a better society for all people.   “This is the first phase of what we hope will birth a community that …