Concerts fill the air around Music Fest

Patrick Yost Community

Spring is here and so is the music. Two more concerts were held last week as part of the ongoing 16th Annual Chamber Music Festival through the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center. The festival runs through June 10. On Saturday, May 19, the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art hosted a performance by the Christiania Quartet, which features Chris Rex, David Coucheron, Julie Coucheron and new member Julianne Lee. “The beautiful Steffen Thomas Museum of Art sets the stage for a perfect afternoon concert,” said the MMCC. The Christiania Quartet’s program included renditions …

Top Ten Outdoorsmen of All Time

Jesse Walker Community

Outdoorsmen come in all shapes and sizes, from all eras and walks of life.  It is only fair to say that most of these gentlemen have varying degrees of faults as well.  Most men of adventure have at least one or two flaws and in some cases their liabilities outweigh their accomplishments but we won’t dwell on that too much.   I have attempted today to select the cream of the crop and have tried to place some historical perspective on it by choosing from as many different periods of …

Georgia: Is Hate the state of the State?

Jesse Walker Community

Watching the Primary debates Sunday was pretty unsettling. There are two Democratic candidates, both women, and both brilliant.  Whether either one of them can be heard above the noise of the Republican rants is doubtful.  Evans is a logical, soft-spoken woman who makes a great deal of sense, but quiet logic has not carried the day lately.  Abrams, also a highly-competent candidate with governmental experience and a moderate outlook, might have the best chance to be heard. The question is one of getting out the vote. There were five Republicans …

The Wedding “the last shall be first”

Jesse Walker Community

It is the day before the big wedding. Friday, May 18. It is also my youngest grandson’s eighth birthday! Still, back to the wedding. It is exciting and interesting! We have all the usual preparations and hustle and bustle times a million or zillion. The security plan is in place, the food prepared and the carriages ready. The bridesmaids and their dresses are chosen and it is decided what parts the children will play. The time and place, the priest, the wedding dress, the wedding cake,the music, the guests…all has …

Letters to the Editor

Jesse Walker Community

Stamp Out Hunger The National Association of Letter Carriers and its national partners, National Rural Letter Carriers Association, UFCW, United States Postal Service, AFL-CIO, AARP Foundation, Valpak, Valassis and United Way again sponsored their annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive on Saturday, May 14 and WOW was it successful? The people of Morgan County were asked to set bags of non-perishable food items by their mail boxes and they responded with love and overwhelming generosity. The Caring Place, Morgan County’s Food Bank, was the recipient of the canned goods and …

BROWNWOOD BAPTIST

Jesse Walker Community

All gave some, some gave all Many attended the funeral of David Dickson on Monday morning, May 14 at Centennial Baptist Church.  Rev. Wilburn Hill officiated and burial followed in the Centennial Baptist Cemetery.  Our heartfelt prayers continue to go out to his family.  We know they will trust God for comfort, peace and love during this time. Sunday morning attendance was good for worship service, with members and faithful visitors.  We welcome each one to come and be with us as God leads. You’re always welcome to any of …

Buckhead

Jesse Walker Community

That was some good fish Vacation Bible School will be at Buckhead Baptist Church June 10 – 14. AWANA had a party on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The young people had a blessed time for the end of the year. I talked to Daisy Benford at Buckhead at the Soul Food Restaurant. She said she is open Thursday- Saturday at 5 p.m. She serves wings and fries. Many will enjoy this. She is still open despite the fact that the building has been sold. She has a lease. Lake Oconee …

GREATER MOSES BAPTIST CHURCH

Jesse Walker Community

A special thank you Praise God, On Sunday, April 22, the congregation was in full swing with the youth as they came forward leading devotion and service, singing and praying and praising God united like never before heard.  The youth brotherhood committee was in charge of lifting the offerings and it  was such a joy to see the young men and women being trained in the house of the Lord.  Proverbs 22:1 states to train up a child in the way the he should go, and when he is old, …

Nursing Home Ministry

Jesse Walker Community

Saturday was a beautiful day Saturday was a beautiful day. We are having much needed rain in some places. Thank God for whatever he sends our way if it’s only two drops. We had a few of our members out due to sickness, but others came in to help out. Praise God for their coming. Mother Rebecca Hubbard surprised us on Saturday. She had not been with the group in a while. Glad to see her back. Sister Amber Goss presided; Evangelist Lizzie Stokes had the opening prayer; Resident Hazel …

MERCIFUL GRACE MINISTRY

Jesse Walker Community

Message from God Hello and greetings to you all. I hope you are all well and blessed. Matthew 24:35, “Heaven and Earth shall pass away, but my Words shall not pass away.” I Corinthians 3:19, “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.” God’s book is more important than Facebook. Ten percent of everything belongs to God, not just money but time also. There are 24 hours in a day; 10 percent of that adds up …

Cub Scouts hold Crossover Ceremony

Tia Lynn Ivey Community

A crossover ceremony for Morgan County Cub Scout Pack 91 was held last Friday in the Morgan County Boy Scouts Troop 91 hut to celebrate each cub scout’s advancement to a new level within the club. Cub Scouts is “a year-round program that offers fun activities that promote character and leadership development.” The cub scouts work with children from first grade to fifth grade, while the Boy Scouts work with children from sixth grade to 12th grade. Each cub scout grade works on earning a new patch every year, including …

Thoughts from a Senior Mom

Jesse Walker Community

By Margaret Ligon This past year has been full of lasts. I have thought a lot lately about Brad Paisley’s song, “Last Time for Everything.”  I could write my own version. Homecoming  pep rally with fog in the gym. Watching my cheerleaders on the sidelines, sittin’ next to Tim. Prom Dress shopping and spring break with friends, Dressing up for Younglife Club looking like twins… There’s a last time for everything. Then there are the last weeks of school — last awards night, last IB Dinner, last day of high …

From the desk of the 2018 Salutatorian

Jesse Walker Community

Somebody once told me, the world was gonna roll me.  Personally, I tend to disagree; Life is tough, it’s hard to get through sometimes, but it will only beat you down if you let it.  No matter how difficult the task (like writing a speech to give in front of thousands of people), you can always meet it with a straight back and a level gaze, and give it your best effort. To quote a good friend of mine, “I wish the people in my life a mountain of struggles, …

From the desk of the 2018 Valedictorian

Jesse Walker Community

To the Class of 2018: If you are reading this right now, take a big deep breath in and exhale slowly. No, this isn’t a yoga class with Coach Stamps, nor are you about to sing a song. Although if you feel like singing, I certainly won’t stop you. With May 25, 2018 quickly approaching, we have the perfect excuse to celebrate and sing. Our high school days are numbered, and that number quickly approaches zero. If you’re anything like me, you never thought the day would come that we …

From the desk of the principal

Jesse Walker Community

Dear Class of 2018, Congratulations to you on completing the journey through your high school years!  It has been a time of learning, growing, forming relationships and beginning to pave the path into your future. This year, as we have broken ground and watched the progress of the new school in our current backyard, we claimed “what’s your plan?” as our theme.  We have all been able to witness the amount of planning and forethought that is necessary with such a large project.  Your progress through school has also been …

James Woodard

From the desk of the Superintendent

Jesse Walker Community

Seniors of 2018, Congratulations!  You have reached a very important milestone in your life.  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 and the author of the book Roots: The Saga of an American Family, wrote, “ Anytime you see a turtle on top of a fence post, you know he had some help.” The support you receive from all aspects of …

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The following students are designated as honor graduates.

Jesse Walker Community

Cum Laude Joel Alcarez Clara Arienzo Yusuf Baig Hailey Brawner Lauren Broach Bryson Burch Bryson Burke Timothy Christian Rachael Dickson Julia Draegar Jayson Fryzel Jenna Grantham Tyra Green Chloe Haggard Cassidy Hofer Austin Hoopengardner Morgan Howell Emma Hughes Brittany Jackson Ethan Jensen Hannah Knight Brandon Knight Jazmyn Lietch Kitty Ligon Sarah Grey Ligon Lillian McMillan Dylan Meyer Allyson Parris Trey Patterson Evan Peppers Mariella Plumley Jamie Puckett Caroline Rittenhouse Nicholas Seymour Claudia Sims Brandon Smith Jacob Walls Anderson Wells   Magna Cum Laude Mattie Allen Melissa Braxley Mary Trent Chandler …

Oh, the places you’ll go

Jesse Walker Community

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Chloe Haggard Adelphi University Erik Riedlinger Agnes Scott College Claudia Sims Athens Technical College Margaret Stell Augusta University Merrit Rountree Auburn University Lauren Broach Clark Atlanta University Tailynn Warren Clayton State University Armonee’ Beverly Natianna Baker Emory University Harshit Patel Fort Valley State University Nikiha Vinson George Washington University Grace Bray Georgia College Ansley Baldwin Hailey Brawner Madison Farmer Madison Gasque Mary Hawkins Jamie Puckett Natalie Smith Emerson Woodham Georgia Institute of Technology Cameron McCanless Jacob Gasque Aria Huff Georgia Military College Anthony Cooper Charles Patterson …

Art unveiling at Farmview

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

Every year, Morgan County Crossroads students, working with the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA), construct a work of public art to gift to a local non-profit and this year, Farmview Market in Madison was chosen. A reception was held to celebrate the art installation and the students who created it. “Farmview was chosen for two reasons: one, their philosophy of the importance of giving back to the community aligns with that of the Crossroads program and master artist Steffen Thomas whose long career included donations of public art, and …

Chasing the Wild Geese of Moonshine Swamp

Jesse Walker Alvin Richardson, Community

As youthful hunters we were always on the lookout for new adventures and we found an opportunity when goose season opened one cold winter day the year of which escapes me.  It seems that it was about 1975.  I’m able to put an approximate date on the proceedings because I was about halfway through college, quite full of myself and remember that I had discovered the manliness of a big chaw of tobacco which is crucial to the story. The ambush point was a swamp on the backside of our …