Independence Day around Morgan County

Sarah Wibell Community, Featured

Morgan County residents, family, and friends celebrated Independence Day throughout the county in high spirits. With mixing and mingling across the newly landscaped lawn of the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center on July 3, people picnicked and enjoyed a live concert by the Athens Classic City Band with Uncle Sam as the emcee. The Morgan County High School Color Guard presented the colors as the national anthem was sung by Ansley Baldwin. Those in attendance may have even caught a glimpse of Captain America or the Statue of Liberty who made guest …

Celebrating 20 years

Whit Carpenter Community

The local Habitat for Humanity is celebrating 20 years in Morgan County and plans to continue build decent and affordable houses for families in the future. “We average about one home per year,” said Christie Jones, the volunteer coordinator. In total, Habitat for Humanity has built over 20 houses in the county. The organization is currently constructing a new residence on Whitehall Street. Habitat broke ground in May, and it started construction in June. “We’re finishing up the interior walls. Next will be the roof trusses,” Jones said. “We plan …

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Back to school, backpack rally set for July 21

Whit Carpenter Community

The Morgan County Family Connection is hosting a backpack drive for disadvantaged families leading up to the annual back to school rally. “Our goal is that every student that comes to the rally will receive a backpack,” said Velde Hardy, a coordinator at Family Connection. “We want students to be healthy and have the supplies they need.” Morgan County Family Connection is a partnership of over 15 local organizations that researches and addresses the needs of children and families in the county, according to its website. “We’ve been doing this …

Beloved Music and testimonials in Town Park

Sarah Wibell Community, Featured

Music and testimonials filled Town Park in Madison Thursday, June 21, as Beloved hosted the Summer Party in the Park Concert. Danielle Copeland, the event organizer, explained, “Beloved is a group that was created by a group of women from different churches in the area who wanted an event for women where they could come together, press pause on their lives, and soak up God’s love and fellowship with other women. We chose the name Beloved because it includes everyone. We want women to feel loved, cherished, and heard, and …

Leaving a trail of service in his wake

Sarah Wibell Community, Featured

  “You ain’t going through this life but one time!” Troy Dobbs, 91-year-old New Hope native and Bostwick resident, will tell you without hesitation. “You don’t get nowhere by lying; you tell the truth, and you’ll come out on top.” And so he has. Mayor John Bostwick and the City Council of Bostwick recently named a local trail after Dobbs for his lifetime of service and commitment to the community, whether reading water meters or serving on the city council from 1964-2014. Dobbs recalled, “I was on the city council …

‘Families Belong Together’

Whit Carpenter Community

Over 50 people arrived in Madison Town Park last Sunday evening to protest President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy, which has resulted in separating over 2,000 children from their parents at the border since May. Jeanne Dufort, a member of the Morgan County Democrats, and other community leaders organized the rally. “It really came out of a bunch of us talking,” Dufort said. “Just a bunch of concerned citizens that were bothered by this.” Sujata Gupta Winfield, an immigration attorney in Athens,  was invited to speak at the event. “The …

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Stories from the Rubber Chicken Circuit

mindfirellc Community

Down through the years I’ve always enjoyed listening to coaches and other personalities from the world of sports spin their yarns and spit out classic one-liners at speaking engagements.  I’ve been lucky enough to hear dozens of these guys talk about stuff that’s happened to them over the course of their careers and these tales make for a hilarious evening.  Of course the name “rubber chicken circuit” comes from the fact that at most of these functions the entertainment is of a much higher quality than is the food that’s …

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Letters to the Editor

mindfirellc Community

Rural resident view on new sanitation system To the Editor: The front page story, “Sanitation System Gets Cleaned Up” could have easily had a different headline, “County Commissioners Begin Move to Remove Benefit for Rural Residents.”  A much better assessment of this “problem” is needed, relying on citizens’ experience rather than the suggestions of outside vendors. After 30 years in Madison, we moved “out in the county” a couple of years ago and have enjoyed it thoroughly.  I regularly use two different dumping stations in the western part of the …

Rolling her way to a better tomorrow

Whit Carpenter Community

The 23-year-old woman on a solo rollerblading journey has now skated up and down the East Coast since her visit through Madison earlier this year. After reaching New York City, Yanise Ho is resting in South Carolina. “I decided South Carolina would be a nice place to take a break by the ocean,” said Yanise. “I made it to New York in 91 days.” Yanise began her 6,000-mile trip in Miami at the beginning of March to raise money for The Bladress Scholarship. Through the charity One Girl Can, the …

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Local students receive scholarships

Whit Carpenter Community

  Four local students each received $1,000 from the Whitey Whitehead Memorial Scholarship. Tre’mon Moore, 18, will attend LaGrange College and study sports management. He will also play football for the LaGrange College Panthers. Andrew Watkins, 18, will pursue logistics management at Georgia Military College and transfer to Kennesaw State University to complete his education. Grace Ward, 18, will go to Georgia Southern University. She plans to obtain a biology degree and become an obstetrician, a doctor that works with pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. Ward will also join the Southern …

Thousands raised with all that jazz

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

If you were in Downtown Madison Saturday evening, you may have heard a soulful rendition of “Proud Mary” reverberating out from Town Park. An Evening of Jazz rocked the park Saturday evening, drawing a couple hundred people for a night of music, dancing, and celebration. The event featured the music styling of Rufus Hope Jr. and the 3X Jazz Band with a special appearance by “De-Bo-Rah” Norris who belted out classic hits throughout the evening.  Ron Atwaters wailed on the saxophone accompanying De-Bo-Rah’s high-energy vocals. Rufus Hope Jr. kept the …

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Traditions, history and events

Sarah Wibell Community

The Fourth of July is almost upon us; how will you be celebrating? Perhaps watching fireworks in town, out-of-town, or on television? Maybe barbequing with family and friends? Possibly enjoying some watermelon on the side? These activities are practically iconic with the date that commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Interesting how none of them technically are “American”. Let’s start with the big one – that big booming flash, crackle, and pop of color: fireworks. Although historically gunpowder-filled fireworks have been used in many parts of …

Casting the net of brotherhood

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

Last week, The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art held a private opening for a new art display that is now open to the public. “Casting the net of Brotherhood” will be on display through September 1 at the STMA. The artwork highlights Steffen Thomas’ commitment to exploring the universal human spirit that transcends all religious, political, social, or ethnic differences. According to Patricia DuBose, director of the STMA, “The exhibition features rarely-seen works by the artist heralding Thomas’ belief that ‘This world is too small for less than brotherhood, too …

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Letter to the Editor

Patrick Yost Community

Thank you to the Madison Volunteer Fire Department To the Editor: I have always appreciated those in our community who are charged with keeping us safe.  Recently, in the middle of the night, we experienced first-hand the great work of our Madison Volunteer Fire Department. We awoke to an electrical problem.  Briefly, it necessitated two calls to the Fire Department,  The first established that we had a problem for Georgia Power and contacted them.  The second call because of smoke in the house. The firemen worked diligently to identify the …

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Surviving Childhood Injuries and Bullies was a Challenge

Sports Reports Community

I’m amazed that my friends, relatives and yours truly got through the maze of accidents, injuries, disasters, and near misses of our youth without prematurely finding a spot in the Rutledge cemetery.  Equally astounding was the fact that none of us fell victim to the gauntlet of bullies that dotted the school yard and the landscape in general.  It was a minefield through which I have no desire to travel again any time soon. I actually looked up the pre-puberty injury rates for rural children during the 1960’s in Rutledge, …

High School near completion

Whit Carpenter Community, Featured

  The construction of the system’s new high school is now 66 percent complete, according to the weekly project update provided by Parish Construction Group. “It’s moving along well,” said Nelson Hale, chairman of the Board of Education. “Hopefully, everything is on track for the October move in.” The new high school will open over fall break, with students returning to a brand new state-of-the- art building when classes resume. Construction on the middle school will begin soon after and will be completed in December of 2019, according to Dr. …

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UNION SPRINGS NEWS

Jesse Walker Community

Greetings from The Springs!  The 2018 USBC Youth Week was an outstanding success.  Our youth had numerous accomplishments over the past school year and our high school graduates are moving on to college as they advance to the next stage of their lives.      Sunday, June 17, 2018 was Father’s Day and I pray that all the men out there had a great day with their families.  This was also Youth Day at USBC and it was celebrated with enthusiasm. The Youth Department was in charge of the entire …

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BROWNWOOD BAPTIST NEWS

Jesse Walker Community

Sunday attendance was good for Father’s Day. We still have members out for different reasons. We know God knows each condition or need and will be with them in His time. God is good! Our faithful visitors continue to come and bless our hearts.  We pray each one will be blessed and will feel welcome each time they come worship with us. The call to worship was “Sing to the King”, by the choir.  Later, the choir special was “Redeemed.” Special music was “Just Keep It Between the Lines, sung …

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SUGAR CREEK NEWS

Jesse Walker Community

My but these weeks are running by so fast. Seems only yesterday it was June 1st. Now over half way through. Soon the kids will be returning to school. Sure, wish it was still as it was when I was a kid, after Labor Day. We felt like we had summer days. The weather has been beautiful, some storms, but my flowers, etc. seem to be prettier than they’ve been in years. I have two gardenia bushes, both from my mama’s bush from years ago and they have just out bloomed …

Juneteenth Celebration in Madison

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

  The Morgan County African-American Museum (MCAAM) hosted the annual Juneteenth Celebration last weekend, drawing around 50 people to the museum for an afternoon of music, history, and celebration of freedom. According to MCAAM Director Cheryl Bland, Juneteenth is an African-American holiday, recognized in 45 states, commemorating news of the Emancipation Proclamation reaching the last of the slaves in Texas. “Even though the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in September of 1862 and to be enacted on January, 1 of 1863, not all the slaves across the country knew about it …