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FUMC, Amici’s join to serve

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  For the entire month of April, the First United Methodist Church of Madison and Amici’s Italian Cafe are partnering to feed people in need as the rampant coronavirus has not only caused severe illnesses across the state and country, but has put millions of people out of work. Every Monday to Friday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., people can pickup prepared meals in the Methodist Church parking lot, located between Old Post Road and Academy Street in Madison.  FUMC is funding the program …

Life goes on

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By Quinn Rafferty staff writer Madison native Katie Powers, 31, married Ben Tidwell, 28, on March 21 with her parents and judge Mike Bracewell in attendance. The couple hasbeen together just shy of a year and a half. They were engaged as of July 2019.  Their love story began when the couple met on a dating app, Hinge. Though both were apprehensive about online dating, they had a feeling the other was special. They got together at Revival Decatur, an Atlanta restaurant with southern-styled food after Powers had mentioned the …

Our Stories: COVID-19, Storm within a Storm

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By Laurie Davis Lewis The coronavirus for my family has been a storm within a storm.  My son, Dillon, was life- flighted to Atlanta Medical Center after an accident on our local bypass almost three years ago. Since that time I have spent my days between Madison and rehabilitation facilities, first in McDonough, and now at Restore in Roswell, Ga. My husband, Chic, took an early retirement from his job when Dillon was moved to Roswell.    Before that we were only able to be together Saturdays and part of …

Our Stories: Liberating leftovers banished to die

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By Jamie Miles Nothing like a national crisis to heighten one’s appreciation to everyday blessings. The dogwood’s bloom, a child’s laughter and the epicurean delight found in a can of green beans. With the seriousness of the COVID-19 outbreak and its ease of transmission, I decided, as all good patriots, to live off the bounty found in the outer regions of our pantry and the dark frozen tundra of our freezer — liberating leftovers banished to die.  The other night after readying a Chicken Noodle Casserole: frozen chicken breasts, open …

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Our Stories: We miss you and can’t wait to see you soon

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By Kathleen Bryant Friday, March 13 we received an email from our administration that the schools would be temporarily closed and we would be notified if it would be longer than a week. I was off balance that Friday and scrambled to put in lessons on Google classroom for the week.  Ask my colleagues, I was not putting it all together at that point.  I had a million questions running through my head. How will we serve students who do not have access to technology?  I remember that our 7th …

Our Stories: Adjusting and Praying

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By Kevin Walker Like most of you, life as we know it has really changed over the last couple of weeks.  I work from home every day anyway, so that has not changed.  My wife, Sarah, is not working outside the home right now, so that has not changed either, but almost everything else has.  We have had to make several adjustments, but like everyone else, we are coping with it and we are hoping and praying this will soon be over.  A couple of weeks before the “stay at …

Our Stories: Morgan County, ALL of us are in this together

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By Jeannie Rice When I was asked to write this essay, I was honored, and a little intimidated.  The temptation is to paint a rosy picture at all times. But the truth is, my children aren’t the least bit impressed by being “homeschooled” by the Morgan County Teacher of the Year.  When we first heard that we were closing school and enforcing social distancing, I will admit that I grieved for the loss of some seriously cool lesson plans.  District leaders and teachers across the county scrapped our Professional Learning …

Our Stories: When life throws you a detour, enjoy the scenery

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By Pastor Robert Terrell Well, my wife Toni and I had been talking about a staycation, but this is not exactly what we had in mind.  I’m not much of a shopper, so my gift to my family every year is an all-expense paid vacation in which we all get together, go somewhere and just do nothing but love on each other for a week.  Well, I usually get right back in the saddle when we get back home and go full speed ahead. I am a bi-vocational pastor/timberman.  As …

Our Stories: Learning to value this pace

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By Father Dann Brown These have been days unlike any I could have imagined when I first entered Advent’s nave to lead worship that Sunday, March 21, 2010.  It was the Fifth Sunday in Lent and a strong turn-out added to the smiles up and down the aisle.  After the dismissal I was chatting with some worshippers —I can’t remember who— and that was when I first heard about the Community Palm Sunday Procession that had been led for several years by one of Ellen Warren’s donkeys, a bagpiper, and …

Our Stories: Reflections

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By MCHS tennis coach Stacy Manger This is a disappointing time for coaches and athletes, but it is a time to reflect and grow. In times of uncertainty we find out who we really are. This past week has made me extremely grateful. I’ve reflected on and cherished each and every moment I’ve had with the MOCO Tennis Team. I know this time will make our players stronger and more resilient than ever. It’s a tough time, yes, but it is also a great time to have us reflect on …

Our Stories: God will heal our land

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By Angela Wilson What’s it all about?  In the last couple of months, the world has been bombarded with the coronavirus (COVID-19).  The entire world is at its wits end.  We don’t know exactly what to do and are looking for answers everywhere.   We’re glued to our televisions for daily updates and instructions.  When we all learned about corona, I don’t think we took it as seriously as we should.  Most people kept up their daily lives and routines.  Oh, it’s not that serious.   We’ve got everything under …

Coronavirus can’t stop community care

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Self-quarantining doesn’t amount to selfishness in Morgan County. Amidst a global pandemic, that has brought to Georgia 1,026 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 32 deaths, local citizens and businesses are determined to care for one another.  While groceries and sanitation products are flying off the shelves faster than stores can restock them, Madison’s local Ingles is reserving items weekly for those who need them most. Beginning on March 20, Ingles in Madison is looking out for its elderly and medically-fragile customers as well …

In times of trouble I come back home

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By Jeff Hood It’s early morning on Sat.March 21, and there’s evidence spring is in the air.  The azaleas are blooming, pollen laces the ribbon of asphalt outside of my home in Oconee County and a brilliant blue sky awaits today’s journey I call life.  I’m an avid runner. My typical Saturday (when I’m in town) begins alongside dozens of my closest friends in Clarke County in a group we call the Athens Road Runners. We meet briefly, take a photo for Facebook, then burn up the blacktop on our …

Fear, sure but there is also the opportunity for joy

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By Forest Pagett To say that this past week has been crazy would be an understatement.  We live our lives in Madison enjoying what we all consider to be an incredible life in small town Georgia.  The coronavirus has been in the news for the past few months as we have watched from a distance hoping it would stay out of the U.S. and our “little world.”   This all changed not in a matter of months but weeks as we saw the number of cases go from one to …

Really, I miss my teammates more than anything

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By Ethan Stamps The corona virus has impacted many people as we know. It has impacted sports, the way we live, and in my case, my senior year. Even though our school facilities are shut down during this break I can’t just sit back and not work on the game I love. I haven’t been doing much other than working on baseball. I have been going to my personal  trainer three times a week so that I can keep my body in shape. I have to be ready if the …

A front line report from Madison’s world travelers

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By Ed and Martha Price During the last few months, we have been fortunate to have traveled to Europe and Australia/New Zealand.  The European trip was in June and the Australia/New Zealand was in February – March.  We returned from “down under” as the USA and the world began to try and contain or understand the coronavirus.   Now with the concern about the coronavirus, it would be easy to decide that our travels are over for a spell.  Well let’s think about our past experience and then decide about …

My heart sinks for students missed opportunities

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By Angie D. Howard Education with the possibility of a COVID-19 out break in a small town is different from what we are accustomed to at Morgan County Middle School.  Are we surviving? Sure we are! We have a community full of faith based residents, a dedicated school system and 21st century students.   However, as a teacher, my heart sank when the word came that the annual eighth grade trip to Savannah would be canceled for the first time in some 23 years.  This comes as a result of the …

Take this time to unplug and get back to basics

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By Penny Moore Eighteen and a half years ago, life as we know it as Americans changed.  I remember it like it was yesterday.  My husband and I had just learned the week before that we were expecting our first child, and we could not have been more excited.  That alone was a life-changing event. However, this particular day was different.  It was a Tuesday; I was working in a single-wide trailer on the building site of a hotel down at Lake Oconee while John was commuting back and forth …

Navigating a desolate Atlanta leaves ‘eerie’ feeling

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By Beth Bradley On March 18, Atlanta was a ghost town. On this date my husband, Brad, had eye surgery. We drove in the dark of night to make sure we would not be late to the 7 a.m. appointment and miss the daily Atlanta traffic. We soon realized the people of the State of Georgia had listened to the warnings and stayed home. During this difficult time, I am very proud of everyone complying with the restrictions, but it turned the highways into a ghost town.  When we arrived …