Madison Fair comes to town

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The Madison Lions Club 60th Anniversary of the annual  Madison Lions Club Fair was held last week from October 8 to the 12. Families explored the fairgrounds together, winning prizes, eating funnel cake, and spinning on the traditional carnival-style rides. 

Sweet Sacrifice

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  “It was all worth it!” giggled Cindy Aaron after taking a big bite of a free cookie dough blizzard from Madison’s local Dairy Queen. And all it cost her was a kidney.  When Ernest Fulton, a 49-year-old husband, a father of four, and the assistant manager at the Madison Dairy Queen, was told he only had six months to live in 2018, he thought his time in this world would soon be over.  Ernest was diagnosed with Stage 3 prostate cancer in addition to …

A Roast, Toast, and Tribute to Christine Lambert

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By Tia Lynn Ivey editor  At her 90th Birthday “Roast, Toast, and Tribute,” Christine Lambert may have been the butt of the jokes for the evening, but her legacy is no laughing matter. Since Lambert arrived in Madison over 50 years ago, she rose to become a vital pillar of the community, wielding her wealth and influence to protect public education, historic homes and landmarks, green space, and create a thriving local art venue through the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC). Since Lambert played a pivotal role in founding the MMCC, …

Fourth Annual Shoot For Seth

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The memory of Seth Stapleton, a Morgan County high school football player who tragically died in 2015, lives on as his family and friends carry on what he loved to do in his honor.  The Fourth Annual Shoot for Seth was held last weekend at Old Hudson Plantation in Sparta. The Sporting clay tournament included 100 targets and was open to both adults and kids. The event featured a live auction, a silent auction, games and raffle tickets. All funds raised will go to …

Kiddy Land Learning Center is sold

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By Patrick Yost editor  After nearly 30 years of serving thousands of Morgan County children and families, Marie Singleton, the owner of Kiddy Land Early Learning Center announced Monday that she had sold the business. Singleton said she has sold the Morgan County mainstay to Paul and Nina Lemon. The Lemons, she said, will continue to operate the center with its current employees. Shasta Singleton, Marie’s daughter, will remain as director.  The name, however, will change to Lemontree Academy. In a letter to friends and customers, Singleton said she conceived …

Homecoming Week

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By Tia Lynn Ivey editor  Morgan County High School students spent all last week celebrating Homecoming.  In preparation for the big Homecoming Football game, in which the Morgan County High School Bulldogs reigned supreme, students dressed up each day, marched in a parade and spent Friday afternoon competing and cheering in the annual pep rally. GO DOGS!

Kangaroo caught on video

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor After multiple sightings reported in Morgan County, a video filmed near Covington confirms that a Kangaroo was indeed on the loose. The video, which circulated on social media, seemed to lend credence to kangaroo sightings in Morgan County, but don’t hop to conclusions just yet, Mason Ray, a Rutledge man who posted a video of frantic kangaroo bouncing through a Covington back yard, says the kangaroo is being kept by his girlfriend’s mother, a zoologist, and has never escaped. Ray declined to identify the …

Nine decades, one amazing woman

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managaing editor  The year was 1929. President Herbert Hoover was inaugurated as the United States 31st president and “Black Tuesday” sent the Wall Street Stock Market crashing, triggering the Great Depression of the 1930s. Sport fans cheered baseball player Lou Gehrig hitting three consecutive home runs out the park and radio listeners sang along to popular tunes like Singin’ in the Rain, Tiptoe Through the Tulips, and Happy Days are Here Again. This was the year Christine Davis Lambert came into the world—a time many of …

Pistons For Paws

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managaing editor  For the second year in a row, the community has gathered to support our local furry friends through the fundraiser Pistons for Paws.  Last weekend, the Humane Society of Morgan County (HSMC) orchestrated a downtown car, truck and motorcycle show that also featured  food trucks, craft vendors, live music and face-painting.  More than 35 cars lined the downtown Madison streets.  “The 2nd annual Piston for Paws Charity car show for HSMC was a SUCCESS!” said Beth Bradley, organizer of the event.  “All monies raised …

Teacher Of The Year

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Don’t complain about the problem, become part of the solution. That is the story of Jeannie Rice,  Morgan County’s System Teacher of the Year.  Rice addressed the Morgan County Board of Education last Monday, Sept. 9 to share about her experiences as a teacher and the goals for her students. Rice decided to become a teacher after noticing deficiencies in her child’s own classroom.  “I first became a teacher because I didn’t like some of the things that were happening in my daughter’s pre-K …

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Humane Society’s Pistons for Paws is this Sunday

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Don’t miss the opportunity to help local furry friends without a home by attending Sunday’s Pistons for Paws charity event to benefit the Humane Society of Morgan County. The event, slated for Sunday, Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. will be held in Downtown Madison on West Jefferson Street, featuring an array of motorcycles, trucks, and cars on display amidst other fun activities.  “This is a family event for everyone to enjoy,” said Beth Bradley. “Come have lunch with us and enjoy …

Art for Life

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  First Fridays are back at the Madison Artists Guild in downtown Madison.  To celebrate the event, the Madison Artists Guild and students from Crossroads unveiled a new art display called “Art for Life” last Friday, Sept. 6 The Crossroads’ art program called “Art for Life” an innovative art program for their students guided by the Madison Artists Guild.  ” Art for Life: Building Creativity, Community and Connection is an innovative art program that will merge art experiences with social-emotional learning. The entirely donor funded …

Living Legacy

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Milledge Gordon, Jr. Milledge Gordon, Jr. is the son of the late Milledge Gordon, Sr. and Irene Gordon. He is the fifth of 13 children. Milledge served in the US Army and is a Vietnam War veteran. Milledge is married to Beverly Binion Gordon. They have been married for 36 years. They have four daughters; the late Donnis Davenport, Kim Binion, Catrina Edwards and Yosmia Johnson. Milledge is a deacon at Springfield Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Kenneth Jones. Milledge Gordon, Jr. is the owner of Gordon Mobile Home Carrier, …

Hice speaks at Founder’s Day event

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Georgia Congressman Jody Hice was the featured speaker at least week’s Founder’s Day Dinner, but President Donald Trump was the star of the show.  The Morgan County GOP hosted a Founder’s Day Dinner last Thursday at the Farmview Cafe in Madison, as Hice and other republicans praised Trump and urged the audience to reelect in him in 2020.  Allyson Thompson, Morgan County GOP chairman, introduced Hice, noting his previous work as a pastor and conservative radio host who regularly “exposes the democrats’ socialist  agenda.” …

Youth learn safety

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor This year’s Public Safety Day was a huge success and as Morgan County families acquaibnted themselves with local public safety worker, from policemen to fireman to medical emergency responders.  The event was held last Saturday at the Morgan County Alternative Education Building.  The festival featured tours of fire trucks, police cars, and ambulances.  Kids were able to play on bouncey houses and sit inside of safety vehicles.  The event featured food, ice cream, and prizes.  The event aims to get the community familiarized with …

‘400 years of triumph…’

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor A small ship carrying the first African slaves sailed to the shores of Virginia 400 years ago on August 20, 1619, beginning America’s shameful and brutal history of institutionalized slavery and the long, arduous struggle for emancipation, justice and equality in the “Land of the Free.” Last week, Americans across the country reflected on the 400-year anniversary with grief over the past, wisdom for present, and hope for the future.  St. Paul’s AME Church in Madison hosted a special forum last week featuring local …

Festival of Friends

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The Annual Festival of Friends fundraiser was last Saturday, August 19 to benefit Morgan Medical Center (MMC).  The event was held at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center with over 275 people in attendance.  The hospital is still calculating how much money the event raised but leaders were thrilled with the turnout.  “It was most certainly a successful evening!” said Megan Morris, public relations director for MMC. “Proceeds from the event will be used towards the purchase of a ventilator and a portable ultrasound machine, both …

Farmview hosts BBQ Competition

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Farmview Market hosted the Southern Classic BBQ Competition last weekend, which featured local teams cooking off in various categories to compete for cash prizes. About 5,000 attended the event, sampling barbecue, listening to live music, and creating crafts.  “This year’s event was the best one yet!” said OKeyla Smith with Farmview Market. “The weather held out for us most of the day and we had the honor of hosting several thousand of our friends and neighbors and introducing them to some of the best BBQ around. …

There’s hidden treasures everywhere

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Get the banjo Momma! Get the Guitar, Pawpaw! I got the washboard! Somebody out there play the spoons! Hot ding dang dog! Hit it! You get a line and I’ll get a pole honey. You get a line and I’ll get a pole babe. You get a line and I’ll get a pole, we’ll go down to the crawdad hole, honey, babe, mine! Little biddy baby nine days old honey. Little biddy baby nine days old, sweet thang. Little biddy baby nine days old, stuck his finger in a crawdad …

Where art meets academics

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA) is making the effort to invest in the education of young people. The STMA is stepping up its educational efforts with a series of programs designed to incorporate art with educational lessons.  Lisa Thomas Conner, the daughter of an artist and an educator, is the perfect candidate to oversee the STMA’s educational programming. She started all the educational programming at the STMA.  Lisa’s father was Steffen Thomas, a prolific artist whose art is honored at the STMA …