Humane Society to hold ‘Puppy Bowl’ April 28

Tia Lynn Ivey Community

Don’t miss the chance to support one of Morgan County’s local non-profits who rescue, care for, and find homes for our adorable furry friends. The Humane Society of Morgan County (HSMC) is hosting a “Puppy Bowl” at the Madison Airport on Saturday, April 28 at 5 p.m. to raise funds for the organization. According to Julie McGinnis, president of the HSMC, the Puppy Bowl will be a terrific event with fun for the entire family. “This is a night of great food, drinks, a great band and a cornhole tournament …

Mock Tragedy at MCHS

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

The Freshman Academy took advantage of a unique opportunity to imagine their futures, for better or for worse last week. At the Fifth Annual Teen Maze, a Morgan County 4-H event designed to demonstrate the dire consequences of poor life choices, students visited various stations acting out real-life scenarios teenagers with which teenagers are commonly confronted. Teens explored the possible outcomes of drug-use, underage drinking, domestic violence, teen pregnancy, distracted driving, sexual activity, and peer pressure during the all-day event last Friday. Volunteers acted out various worst-case scenario outcomes, such …

Medical Wellness Center to open April 26

Patrick Yost Community

The Navicent/ Cowles Clinic is proud to announce the grand opening of the lake area’s new opportunity for primary care, The Medical Wellness Center of Georgia. Recognizing the growing need for primary care in the community, The Medical Wellness Center of Georgia provides a unique brand of healthcare to meet the active lifestyle of the Lake Oconee area. Both residents and out of town visitors will receive convenient and expert medical services. These include family medicine from seniors to pediatrics, preventive and acute care, chronic disease management, sports physicals, and …

College connections at STMA

Jesse Walker Community

Graduating seniors from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia will gather with fellow students, friends, family and members of the community at The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art on Sunday, April 15 to celebrate the fourth annual COLLEGE CONNECTIONS exhibit: Placing the Capstone ART SPEAKS. COLLEGE CONNECTIONS is an integral part of the Museum’s wide-ranging educational outreach programs, and features ongoing creative collaboration between the Museum and seniors from area colleges and universities. This year’s program, under the guidance of Dr. Leara Rhodes, …

Let the games be fun!

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

  Morgan County High School held its annual One Morgan Special Olympics last week, celebrating diversity and the capabilities of students with disabilities for the seventh year in a row. Fifty-five student athletes participated in this year’s event, ranging from ages 3 to 19. Over 70 high school students volunteered to help orchestrate the event. “I feel it is important to celebrate these individuals every day of the year, but One Morgan Special Olympics highlights what they can do; not what they are not able to do,” explained Meredith Holloway, …

Safety workers to battle at Saturday event

Tia Lynn Ivey Community

You won’t want to miss the 1st Annual Public Safety Competition, Guns N’ Hoses, on this Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All local public safety agencies will compete in a friendly series of games as friends, family and community members cheer them on! The proceeds will be donated to Code Green Campaign, an organization designed to help public safety officers affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Officers and other public safety personnel will square off against each other in a cornhole tournament, a game of …

Black History Parade April 21

Patrick Yost Community

The annual NAACP Black History Parade and festivities will be held at Town Park on Saturday, April 21st The parade will begin at 1 p.m. and the events at Madison’s Town Park will last from noon to 5 p.m.. The NAACP is celebrating 109 years. The Morgan County Branch of the NAACP iscelebrating 49 years. Our theme this year is “African Americans in Children Literature.” The NAACP wants Morgan County to get creative this year. We want to see floats, decorations, etc. in accordance with the theme to represent authors, …

‘Biggest ever’ for Bark for Life

Sarah Wibell Community

Pups and people alike enjoyed their Saturday at the 6th Annual Bark for Life. Supporting both Relay for Life and the Morgan County Humane Society, family fun was available for all. “This was the biggest year ever,” Bark for Life organizer and cancer survivor Beth Bradley said. “We had 49 registered dogs and many more who stopped by to enjoy the event!” Multiple dogs were registered for the event and wore the bandanas received in their goody bags as they took the opening lap of the field at Bill Wood …

Arts Extravaganza

Sarah Wibell Community, Featured

Over 500 students from K-12 showcased the arts through music, dance, theatre, and, yes, art during the 2018 Unity through the Arts Extravaganza. People from the community watched the free event that took place in the new Morgan County High School Gymnasium April 3. “It was a packed house! It was awesome!” Karisa Seymour, Morgan County Middle School (MCMS) band director, shared. “One of the great things about art is that you give of yourself to others and find satisfaction because it is not just an individual thing.” Seymour, who …

Steffen Thomas opens ‘Hanging Beauties’

Sarah Wibell Community

Take a stroll through the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art and look and feel – yes, feel – the newest exhibit, Hanging Beauties: Quilt Show 2018! The Lake Oconee Quilt Guild will display 69 quilts from almost 40 quilters until June 2. “A lot of people make quilts as gifts and then they’re gone,” explained exhibit curator and guild member Linda Huggins. “So, we are lucky these quilts are what people had in their houses when we put the exhibit together.” Different from other museum artwork, people are encouraged to …

Old Buckhead Days

Sarah Wibell Community, Featured

With runners and walkers participating in a 5K road race, Old Buckhead Days kicked off a fun event for all ages. Parade participants waved to onlookers who gathered at the Fire Department to listen to music from a live band, bid on homemade cakes, play on the jungle gym, enjoy an ice cream cone or funnel cake, and explore the vendors. With the sound of a dance-worthy cover of ‘Under the Boardwalk’ filling the air, handmade jewelry and crafts were displayed as were painted animal skulls and yarn from an …

Southern Living Names Madison ‘Best Small Town in Georgia 2018’

Sarah Wibell Community, Featured

Once again, Madison has grown in the hearts of people who visit it, blossoming as the city that has been awarded the title of Best Small Town in Georgia 2018 by Southern Living. Southern Living boasts the qualities of the best towns in each state that have “preserved and reimagined” their past “with historic downtowns that now beckon visitors to art galleries, bookstores, and farm-to-table restaurants. They have genuine character and charm. Perhaps most of all, they have a sense of community and local pride that’s palpable.” It’s no wonder …

Be The Change. Fundraising for the Fox family

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

Sarah Wibell staff writer A wonderful aspect of small communities is that they can really pull together to help the people in them who are facing challenges. From the moment nine-year old Cadence Fox was diagnosed with two germinoma brain tumors in 2015, the Fox family felt that support from the community. This support is exactly what brought people out to Milledgeville on Saturday, March 24, to raise funds to build a new house for the Fox family. The family moved from Warner Robbins to the lake area seven years …

Madison Art in Athens

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

A local art teacher was celebrated last weekend in Athens at a trendy coffee bar, Hendershots. Hendershots displayed a “very personal” collection of art created by Ty Manning, a Morgan County High School (MCHS) art teacher, for an entire month before holding a closing reception last Saturday, selling off Manning’s art. Manning sold 8 of the 12 paintings available and performed with his band, the Slawdog Biscuits. “The nigh was awesome,” said Manning. “I made enough money to finance buying vinyl records for his new album, set to be released …

Easter Traditions

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

  Morgan County families celebrated two annual traditions last week to celebrate Easter’s arrival this Sunday, April 1. The Morgan County Recreational Department facilitated the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Bill Wood Park last Saturday. Families with small children descended upon the park with colorful baskets to find hidden Easter eggs with small prizes inside of them. The Madison’s Episcopal Church of the Advent orchestrated the annual Palm Sunday processional, which attracted over about 200 people to march through downtown Madison.  Participants waved palm leaves while following behind a wooden …

Early History of Madison’s Canaan Neighborhood

Patrick Yost Community

By Patsy Harris The Morgan County Landmarks Society and The Morgan County African-American Museum Special to the Citizen Using recent census and voter data, an estimated 607 people (88% African American) now live on the 202.5 acres of Land Lot 42 (LL42). 70 (15 percent African-American) live in the approximately 46.5-acre portion south of the railroad tracks. 537 people (100 percent African-American) live in the 156-acre portion of LL42 on the north side of the railroad tracks. The story begins with land and people, bought and sold. From Indian Land …

A hero returns

Patrick Yost Community, Featured

The community is mourning the loss of Chris McGlauchlen, 31, who died this week of cancer. McGlauchlen was a marine, a volunteer firefighter in Morgan County, and a graduate of Morgan County High School. He served two tours in Iraq. He was also a husband and father and a member of Sandy Creek Baptist Church. The local Madison fire department honored McGlauchlen by bringing out the ladder truck to Main Street and draping the American flag over it as the  ìangel rideî transported McGlauchlenís body to A.F. Carter Funeral Home. …

MCHS Students participate in national movement

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

Morgan County High School (MCHS) students joined tens of thousands of students across the country who walked out of school on Wednesday, March 14, as part of the national “March for Our Lives” movement to protest gun violence and demand action from government leaders on various gun control measures. The March for Our Lives rally in Washington D.C. is happening this Saturday, March 24. About 150 MCHS students walked out of class on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. for a 17-minute silent protest in remembrance of the 17 victims of the …

Bark For Life set for April 7th

Patrick Yost Community, Featured

  By Sarah Wibell staff writer Want to celebrate your four-legged family member while supporting cancer research and the Humane Society? There’s a fun way to do this right here in Madison! Bark for Life takes place April 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Bill Wood Park (formerly Heritage Park) with activities for the whole family. Yes, that means the ones without tails, too! “It’s a celebration of your four-legged, tail-wagging family member. There are things for the dogs to do and things for the people and their …

MCHS students to appear on WSB-TV

Tia Lynn Ivey Community

Several students from Morgan County High School’s (MCHS) Academic Bowl team are set to appear on WSB-TV this Saturday, March 17 at 12:30 p.m. when the second round of the High-Q competition airs. The team is led by Karl Scott and Lisa Hamilton at MCHS. This year’s contestants are: Cameron McCanless, this year’s salutatorian, Jacob Gasque, senior, Claudia Sims, senior, and Abigail Crawford, a junior. “There is a special excitement when we go to the WSBTV studios to tape these episodes,” said Scott.  “I love watching our students compete against …