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MAGallery to host Valentine book-signing event

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Special to the Citizen The Madison Artists Guild will host a joint Valentine’s weekend book-signing with local romance authors, Tarrant Smith and Crystal Jackson, on Friday, Feb. 12, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. during Madison Mainstreet’s “Loving Local First” event.  Tarrant Smith, 2020 Georgia Romance Independent Author of the Year, has been entertaining readers with her complex and character-driven storylines since 2010 — first with her award-winning “Darkly” series and more recently with her “Legends of the Pale” series. …

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Boys and Girls Club springs for lucrative grant

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By Tia Lynn Ivey The Morgan County Boys and Girls Club is banking on a hefty grant opportunity to remodel its new headquarters at the Pearl-Burney campus, which is the former Morgan County Middle School and historic Pearl-Burney Street School.  The Morgan Boys and Girls Club is working with the City of Madison’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to apply for a $750,000 grant in hopes of using the money to renovate three buildings on the Pearl-Burney Campus. The grant is offered through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA). The …

‘Seedhouse’ getting energy-efficient transformation

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With help from The 1772 Foundation and The City of Madison, plans for the transformation of the “Seedhouse” in downtown Madison by the Madison-Morgan Conservancy are moving forward with innovative new technologies to bring the blighted property into an energy and water efficient asset. Bolstered by a recent grant from The 1772 Foundation, the Madison-Morgan Conservancy plans to employ several sustainable technologies in their rehabilitation of a c. 1899 cotton seed house in Madison’s downtown commercial core, transforming the blighted property into a 1,200-square-foot energy and water efficient commercial space. The …

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Church denied at Hundred Acre Farm

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By Patrick Yost Editor The Morgan County Board of Commissioners denied a request by the owners of Hundred Acre Farm, Greensboro Highway, for a conditional use approval to continue indefinitely allowing church services in a historic church on 19.79 acres of its property. According to Morgan County Senior Planner Tara Cooner, Ellis and Crystal Johnson’s request was denied by the Morgan County Planning Commission. Cooner told the Morgan County Board of Commissioners Tuesday that in 2015, the former Sugar Creek Church was relocated to the site on the property and …

Therapy dog brings stress relief to middle schoolers

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It’sMo’ time Special to the Citizen As students walk past Sarah Robertson’s office, they are often greeted with wet kisses, handshakes, and a request for belly rubs. MoCo, or Mo for short, is the four-legged friend who often makes those requests. Mo, a therapy dog, is part of the counseling program at Morgan County Middle School.  This year, as students navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, Robertson said Mo has provided students with a bit of peace in the midst of an ever-changing environment at home and at school.  “Mo is calming …

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Morgan COVID count cracks 1,000, variant strain found in and around Atlanta area

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Morgan County’s official coronavirus case count topped 1,000 cumulatively since the pandemic broke out in March 2020. Across the state of Georgia, a rapid spike of new coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths are unfolding while a new, and possibly deadlier, mutant-strain of the virus has been detected in the Peach State, prompting health officials to warn of a possible “super-spreader” situation that could lead to overcrowding at Georgia hospitals.   As of press time on Tuesday, Feb. 2, the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) reported a …

Zeb Grant’s Second Shop in Madison

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Zeb Grant, a local designer with a floral shop in Downtown Madison, has opened up a second shop in town, devoted to interior design.  Zeb Grant Design Home is now open, offering patrons a wide selection of bespoke home furnishings, lighting, bedding, bath, art, custom upholstery, drapery and accessories.  Just a couple doors down from Grant’s full-service floral design shop, the new interior design store is located at 123 South Main Street in Madison. Grant, a Georgia-native, is excited to bring “his love of design and …

Madison Produce Thrives in New Locale

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By Tia Lynn Ivey When General William Tecumseh Sherman spared Madison amidst his fiery March to the Sea during the Civil War, he probably never imagined that 150 years later a favorite local delicacy would be a sandwich named in his honor. The ‘Burnin’ Sherman,’  a delicious jalapeno  pimento cheese sandwich with spicy pepper jelly, is just one of the popular menu items at the Madison Produce Company, a unique Downtown eatery that features a fresh produce section, a full deli, and sit-down dining. Patrons can choose from a menu …

Community Connection

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Crossroads students installed a new photography art exhibit outside of the school, after months of honing their new skills through a program offered by the Madison Artists Guild.  The Madison Artists Guild tried a new project this year with students, using some creativity to continue the annual art project in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The new exhibit is called “Community Connection.” The aim of the project was to help students focus on “the elements of being connected, as humans, to ourselves and …

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Town’s fate rests with city council

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  A controversial proposal will be decided by Buckhead’s Town Council that could double the size of the town and open the door for massive commercial and residential developments.  The Morgan County Planning Commission handed down mixed recommendations at a crowded special meeting last Tuesday, Sept. 22.  Over 75 people gathered to hear the Morgan County Planning Commission discuss a new text amendment that would create a new zoning category in Buckhead to facilitate a variety of development projects.  Public comment was split, with some wanting …

In Remembrance

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  All across the country, Americans are mourning the loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died last week at the age of 87 after numerous battles with cancer. Ginsburg was the second woman to ever serve on the Supreme Court, appointed in 1993 by former President Bill Clinton. About 50 people gathered on the steps of the Morgan County Courthouse last Sunday night to honor the life and legacy of Justice Ginsburg, who rose to become a feminist icon and one of …

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Buckhead next epicenter of development?

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  A controversial proposal currently being considered would nearly double the size of the Town of Buckhead and create a new zoning district that would allow for massive residential and commercial developments.  On Tuesday evening, the Morgan County Planning Commission considered three separate, but related, proposals from five land owners, seeking to annex .68 square miles into the Town of Buckhead, pass a new text amendment to create a new Interstate Mixed Use zoning district, and to rezone the annexed land in that new zoning …

Movies come back to Madison

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Y’allywood returns to Madison this week with a film production setting up shop at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center. The coronavirus pandemic has slammed the brakes on most entertainment projects in 2020, but the film industry is slowly tapping the accelerator, ramping up movie and television productions in Georgia once again.  The latest film project to come through Madison comes from Storyteller Studios, of Newnan, Ga., called Forgotten. The production crew has set up camp at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center and the movie is filming …

The Flea Market Pickers take it outside

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By Dianne Lively Yost Staff  The Flea Market Musicians (also known as the Flea Pickers), a bluegrass band comprised of local musicians, are now playing every Saturday afternoon from noon until 2 p.m. in downtown Madison in the covered outdoor space across from the Morgan County Courthouse at the corner of Hancock and Jefferson Streets. While the band’s original afternoon stage was located inside the Madison Flea Market, the band and its fans are better able to social distance in an outdoor setting.   Band member Jim Winkler said the …

First annual Virtual 5K for Mental Health

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  In the age of the coronavirus, it is not only people’s physical health at risk, but their mental health as well. Between economic hardships, shutdowns, quarantines and separation from loved ones while the world wrestles with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, depression and other mental health issues are on the rise. Local Madison City Councilwoman Carrie Peters Reid and Reasha Daniels, of Pretty Girls Fitness are orchestrating a virtual 5K race to get people outdoors exercising and to raise awareness about mental health in the …

MAG knitting for breast cancer survivors in October

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which begins in October, the Madison Artists Guild (MAG) is launching a new program to give breast cancer survivors with a unique gift. The “Knit a Tit” program invites crafty knitters to create “beautiful, lightweight, cotton prostheses for women to use shortly after mastectomies while their incisions heal, as options until they receive breast implants, or if implants have failed.” According to MAG, “The finished items will be donated to Knitted Knockers, a non-profit organization that distributes them for …

Pistons for Paws

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By Trinity Martin Staff Writer The Humane Society of Morgan County hosted its third annual “Pistons for Paws” charity parade this past Sunday. With 62 cars participating in the event, crowds lined the streets of  downtown Madison and were treated to the sight of antique vehicles and Crowe’s BBQ.  The event raised more than $4,500 through the help of Countryside Dealership, Scoops, Lowe’s, Walmart, Conner’s Napa, Nu art, the city of Madison police and sheriff departments, and all the volunteers. All profits will be used for the daily care of …