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Baptist group steps up for Clothes Closet

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  For over 35 years, the Clothes Closet has served families in need throughout Madison and Morgan County by providing free clothes and household items donated from the community. The charitable organization, located in at 195 East Jefferson Street in Downtown Madison, was in danger of closing down due to a deteriorating building owned by Morgan County government. But the Clothes Closet will stay put, thanks to a  deal between Morgan County government and the Morgan County Baptist Association, which oversees the Clothes Closet.  The …

‘Non-traditional’ but full of pride and glory

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Morgan County High School’s Class of 2020 graduated last week. About 210 seniors received diplomas and praise over the course of a three-day non-traditional graduation ceremony.  To reduce the spread of the coronavirus, each graduating senior was celebrated “individually” at the high school, among their family, teachers, school faculty, and even their pets.  “On behalf of the faculty and staff of MCHS, congratulations and we can’t wait to see what you do! It has been a privilege to be a part of your journey,” …

Hannah Knight has photo in ‘USA Today’

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Ethel Lytton rutledge correspondent  I first became aware of Hannah as a photographer when I saw her photo shoot on Facebook.  I set up an interview with her and during the interview process she was contacted by a Sports Media Program at University of Georgia (UGA). They were asking permission to use her football shot in a USA Today article (May 20, 2020) about Morgan County High School (MCHS). She said YES!  Another milestone for her will be on July 9, 2020 when she graduates from Georgia Military College. Q: …

AFLAT goes virtual

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By Tia Lynn Ivey  managing editor  Every year, creative students from all four Morgan County schools submit art pieces for the annual A Funky Little Art Thing (AFLAT) exhibit. School leaders had to improvise this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. But instead of cancelling, art teachers created an online website to showcase this year’s student artwork for the entire community to enjoy. “AFLAT is a tradition that my Art Dogs and I look forward to every year,” said Ty Manning, art teacher at Morgan County High School (MCHS).  “In …

Our Stories: Reflections

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By Ellen Beckham As I reflect over the last few weeks, I would like to go back to Thanksgiving Day, 2019 when all was well. I gathered with my family at our Mother’s home and everyone was happy and carefree. I remember Thanksgiving night I was so thankful for another wonderful day with my whole family. Little did I know, the next day would begin change. I knew it was coming but not so quickly. Clifton called to let me know that Mama would be entering a nursing home and …

Our Stories: A wakeup call

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By Carol Seabolt Not quite sure when it all began but one day I found myself thrust into an ever changing, ever evolving world of a pandemic called Covid-19.  It seemed to innocently sneak into our lives and begin to upset normal life and daily routines. As the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases started to rise and schools, churches, restaurants, and workplaces began to close and/or adapt to change, it dawned on me that this pandemic thing was getting too close to my world. For weeks I had heard the …

Our Stories: The days from which my memories come

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By Kathryn Foskey Reflections on the COVID-19 pandemic by three sisters who grew up on a farm in Madison. Kathryn Foskey is retired from Pennington Seed, Carol Seabolt is Vice President of  Finance, Central Garden & Pet Inc. and Ellen Beckham is a retired Kindergarten teacher and current employee of Bank of Madison. Reflections from Kathryn Foskey: Everyone has been affected by the pandemic in one way or another. As I put my thoughts on paper, I realize it’s just another phase of a spiritual journey for me. My faith …

Our Stories: It’s The Laughter We Will Remember

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By Lydia Bell Norburg I am a hugger. So you know this whole pandemic shutdown ordeal has not been easy for me. Especially when it has meant being away from my favorite fellow-hug enthusiasts, my five grandchildren. Well, it may be a stretch to say that the oldest two (who are in that stand-offish no-PDA preteen phase) have actually missed GiGi’s hugs. Even so, four months is too long to go between hugs for anybody, even preteens. And won’t they be excited when GiGi arrives to make up for her …

Our Stories: What opportunities am I grasping?

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By Pat Leming As you read this we are in day 81 of Shelter in Place (SIP) at the Leming household with 22 more days until the governor sets us elderly types free. That’s 103 days total – 2,472 hours – 148,320 minutes. How can we make that much time count?  There is no doubt this nasty Covid-19 virus has robbed us of things we value:  freedom to go where we want when we want; large group gatherings, everything from church services to concerts to family holiday celebrations; businesses operating …

HERE COME OUR GRADUATES

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Morgan County Seniors Rokeya Williams, Michael Peters, Susan Bishop, Davis Moore, Erin Bloomer, and Taylor Benford pose in masks and graduation garb as they prepare to receive their hard earned diplomas this week. RIGHT: Family and friends gather to cheer on seniors at a graduation practice held on Monday, May 18 at Morgan County High School.   Morgan County High Schoolís special ìindividualî graduation ceremonies will be split over the course of three days for more than 200 graduating seniors. The graduation extravaganza kickoffs Wednesday, May 20 at 3 p.m., …

Ministers Union gives again!

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The Morgan County Ministers Union, which is partnering with other local churches and volunteers, distribute food boxes last Saturday at Morgan County High School. The Ministers Union is planning to continue the food drive every Saturday at the high school while the coronavirus pandemic leaves local families financially struggling to make ends meet. The pick-up is drive-thru only to help reduce contact during the pandemic.

Calvary leads community response to people in need

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Calvary Baptist Church in Madison partnered with other local churches and volunteers to assemble and distribute 500 boxes of food and “corona care packages” to families in need throughout Morgan County during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Reverend Hoke Smith, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, and his wife Ann Smith, were happy to see all community come together to help those in need.  “It was just fantastic. This was truly a community effort,” said Rev. Hoke Smith. Smith noted the Calvary Baptist partnered with the the …

From the desk of the valedictorian

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Hello, my name is Michael Peters, and I am the valedictorian of the Class of 2020 at Morgan County High School. As we now begin to embark on our journeys following our graduation this week, I would like to end this school year with some final remarks. However, before I begin, I would like to thank the outstanding teachers, counselors, and faculty for supporting me and enriching my learning environment with your work at Morgan County High School. I owe it to the faculty of Morgan County High School for …

From the desks of the salutatorians

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I think my story at Morgan County High School is the same as most others in my graduating class. Before I entered the high school’s doors for the first time, I hardly spoke a word, but now, I’m much more comfortable with speaking in groups large or small. Not everyone in the Class of 2020 has had my problem, but I can say with certainty that every single person graduating in my class has persisted through their problems to succeed regardless of whether or not there was an easier path …

From the desks of the salutatorians

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Dear Morgan County, First of all, I would like to thank the administration of Morgan County High School for letting me come to the school from out of county. Without them, I could not be here–literally–and I certainly would not have enjoyed my time at MCHS as much.  When I first came to Morgan County, in the ninth grade, I was pleasantly surprised by the sense of community and caring that teachers showed for their students’ success. I came from Montessori School of Covington, a small private school, and as …

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From the desk of the Superintendent

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Seniors of 2020, On behalf of the Morgan County Board of Education and the nearly 500 employees in the Morgan County Charter School System, I want to say “Congratulations!” on your momentous achievement. High school graduation is an important milestone in your life, and I hope you are taking time to enjoy the moment! Leaving Morgan County High School with a high school diploma is a very special day for you and your family.  Numerous adults have worked tirelessly to help you achieve this moment.   Alex Haley, an American writer …

From the desk of the principal

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Dear Class of 2020,  Unprecedented.  It is the word that has become a staple in our collective vocabulary over the past several months as we’ve been experiencing a pandemic. It is a useful adjective to describe the uncertainty of this time. Due to this uncertainty, there have been a lot of changes in your senior year – activities have been postponed, restructured, and cancelled. You have handled yourselves with remarkable maturity and understanding through this season and we’re really proud of you for it.  Unprecedented.  Because of its very definition, …

Madison honors top volunteers at meeting

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Every year, the City of Madison honors the service of volunteers who play a critical role in the life of the community during National Volunteer Month. This year, the city announced three volunteer award recipients: Joe Smith, Chris Cook, and Melissa Piche.  Normally, the city hosts an award dinner and other festivities, but the usual celebrations had to be cancelled due to the  COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the Madison Mayor and City Council paid homage to the award recipients at Monday’s regular meeting. “Even though we couldn’t …

Teachers of the year honored

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The Morgan County Charter School System has announced each school’s Teacher of the Year. Alec Johnson is the Teacher of the Year for Morgan County High School. Jodie McMichael is the Teacher of the Year for Morgan County Middle School. Karen Spence is the Teacher of the Year for Morgan County Elementary School. Bobbi Hart is the Teacher of the Year for Morgan County Primary School.  ” The Teacher of the Year program recognizes teachers who are the best in their field,” said Dr. …

Our Stories: Time to reflect

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By April Monahan Corrias This has been one of the most beautiful Springs that I can remember. Truly, it has been amazing. The dogwood and azalea blossoms seem bigger and brighter, the sky seems bluer, the birds chirpier. Or maybe it’s because I’ve actually had the time to watch it delicately unpack and unfold itself into Madison. In recent Springs since I’ve had children, I’ve desperately tried to capture it and to appreciate it properly. It hasn’t been possible for me in years because Springtime is also the time of …