$10k grant jump starts food pantry

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  The new food pantry in Madison is asking the community for financial help to keep providing this crucial service for families in need as the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep across the state.  That Madison-Morgan Community Food Pantry is weekly food pantry out of the original Middle School, located on Pearl Street in Madison, to gather, assemble and distribute grocery boxes for families in need every Saturday morning. The food pantry was born out of the Morgan County Ministers Union’s grocery giveaway ministry, which …

Born in 1918, Kay VanDyke reflects on 102

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Maanging Editor  World War I had just ended when Katherine’s world had just begun.  Katherine VanDyke, known as Kay, celebrated a rare milestone this week. She turned 102-years old. Living for a century and then some, Kay has just about seen it all. The defining moments of America most of us read about in history books, Kay has lived through firsthand. But through all the wars and socials movements, through all the economic booms and recessions, through all the presidents and politicians pursuing power,  through all …

Humane Society parade is this Sunday, September 20

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By Trinity Martin Staff The Morgan County Humane Society holds its third annual “Pistons for Paws” charity parade this Sunday, September 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Vehicles will line up at the Walmart Super Center parking lot, while golf carts will line up in the Napa and yoga studio parking lots. The parade will then proceed into downtown Madison. The lineup consists of trucks, motorcycles, and golf carts.  To enter, a $20 fee is due along with a donation of liquid laundry detergent, bleach, Purina dry puppy food, …

Bicycle-friendly signs pop up in Morgan

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Morgan County government recently spent $1,100 for 14 new bike signs posted along county roads at the suggestion of a regional non-profit cycling club. The Covington, Conyers Cycling Club, known as the C4 Cycling Club, presented the idea to the Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) about purchasing signs to enhance biker safety throughout the county.   “The county was approached at the beginning of the year by C4 regarding designated bike routes on the west end.  Since the cycling club has conducted organized …

New exhibit opens this Thursday at Steffen Thomas

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  A new exhibit will be on display at the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA) beginning on Thursday, Sept. 17.  The new display is entitled “Elements: Expressions in Wood, Metal and Stone.” The art display will feature the creative works of regional artists in Georgia. The new exhibit will honor the legacy of the museum’s namesake, Steffen Thomas.  “Steffen Thomas was a master of all materials, but his roots as an artist began as a sculptor. In this exhibition, we will honor Steffen’s legacy …

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Morgan County real estate sales top $7 million mark

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Compiled by Dianne Lively Yost Staff Aug. 18, 2020 • Barefoot Boats, LLC of Greensboro, Ga. to John Freeman of Buckhead, 1671 Fraction Bottom Road, 1.47 acres, Buckhead, $121,750. • Linda Ann Thomas of Madison to Darlena Kinnett of Rutledge, 228 Thomason Street, Madison, $100,000. Aug. 19, 2020 • Elgen Homes, Inc. of Rutledge to Jennifer M. Payne of Rutledge, 130 Nunnally Street, 0.54 acre, Rutledge, $287,000. • Double Platinum Investments, LLC of Madison to Jesse Mitchell of Newborn, Old Mill Road (012-114), (001-114Z), (012-115A), Rutledge, $47,000. Aug. 20, 2020 …

Love’s Travel Stop has official opening

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By Patrick Yost Editor  With the fanfare of a chamber of commerce ribbon cutting, Love’s Travel Stop on Monticello Highway held its official grand opening on Thursday. The truck stop, the largest in the 530 unit truck stop chain, has been open for the last three weeks but on Thursday General Manager Allen Roberts welcomed business and community leaders to tour the massive complex. Roberts said the company has been ecstatic with the reception it has received and with the local employees it has hired for its more than 90 …

Community mourns loss of tireless servant

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  A local giant, Jim Boyd, has passed away at the age of 82. His passing came suddenly according to family and colleagues.  James W. Boyd Jr. was the founder and senior partner of Jim Boyd & Associates, the insurance agency located on Madison’s historic square.  Boyd died in the evening on Thursday, Sept. 3. “It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my friend and colleague Jim Boyd,” said Esther Peters, chief financial officer for Jim Boyd & Associates. “Jim founded …

Madison designer featured in Cashiers Showhouse

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By Dianne Lively Yost Staff  Madisonian Zeb Grant is among 14 interior designers participating in this year’s 23rd Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse at Silver Run Reserve in North Carolina, hosted by the Cashiers Historical Society. According to the event’s organizers, “all volunteers, sponsors, event partners, and designers have worked to create a Showhouse that perfectly reflects the understated casual luxury of the modern mountain cottage at Silver Run Reserve, a responsible development meant to maintain native beauty without creating too much density.”   Grant designed one of the showhouse’s prominent …

Keith Rex opens antiques location in Rutledge

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By Dianne Lively Yost Staff  Keith Rex recently opened his third shop in Morgan County — a new antique store J&K Fleas An’Tiques Rutledge and it’s filled to the brim with treasures both old and new. The new 3,000-square-foot shop, housed in the former Markets on Main space at 119 East Main Street, is conveniently located in downtown Rutledge within walking distance of The Caboose, Yesterdays Café, Rutledge Hardware and the public park in the town square.  Rex also operates two shops in Madison including J&K Fleas An’Tiques and The …

Bulldogs Get Set to Open 2020 Season-Malone Begins his 14th Campaign at the Helm

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By Alvin Richardson Staff Writer Bill Malone has been around the Morgan County football program for a long time. The veteran coach, who is one of the longest tenured in Class AAA and in the top 25 longest tenured in the state, has been at Morgan since 1994.  He started as an assistant coach on Kenny Moore’s staff and was named head coach in 2007.  Over the span of 13 years as head coach, Malone has compiled a record of 77-62 with two region titles to his credit. He’s seen …

Grocery giveaway grows into food pantry

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  What began as a one-time grocery giveaway has evolved into a blossoming food ministry. The Morgan County Ministers Union is opening up a food pantry out of the old middle school on Pearl Street in Madison.  The Madison-Morgan Community Food Pantry will serve as a non-profit organization to ensure local families can put food on the table during these unprecedented times brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, which has wrought widespread financial hardship due to lay-offs and shutdowns.   The Morgan County Ministers Union, along with other local churches and …

Community welcomes Dillon Lewis home after catastrophic crash

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By Trinity Martin Staff Writer After three years in rehabilitation centers and hospitals, 28-year-old Dillon Lewis is welcomed home. On July 9, 2017, Lewis was struck by a tractor-trailer on the US 441 bypass. He suffered severe internal injuries and has been recovering in hospitals and rehabilitation centers ever since. To celebrate his homecoming, as well as his 28th birthday, a parade was thrown at the Madison Methodist Church on Friday. “It was a wonderful night for all of us,” said Laurie Lewis, Dillon Lewis’s mother.  Cars lined up around …

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Youth injured in crash coming home

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By Trinity Martin Staff  Dillon Lewis, 27, is returning home after a three-year recovery from a horrific wreck he experienced when he was just 24-years-old. Lewis, who is from Madison, will finally be reunited with his family full-time. To celebrate, his family is hosting a “drive-by” parade in his honor on Friday, August 28 outside the Wesley Building of Madison First United Methodist Church in Madison from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For the last three years, Lewis has navigated a difficult road, living in different rehabilitation centers, after suffering severe …

MCHS Engineering program gets creative

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By Trinity Martin Staff Morgan County High School’s engineering program continues to amaze the community with their skills and donations of service. Engineering teacher, Brian Johnson, has used his two years as an educator to teach students real world skills they will need in the engineering field. Some of these skills include, designing and operating equipment.  When MCHS had a need for metal signs in certain areas of the school, Johnson was quick to sign his class up to take on the project. The engineering lab at the high school …

Covid can’t keep us down

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Education in the age of the coronavirus poses unique challenges for teachers and students to balance safety and health with continuing academic progress. But Morgan County is up to the task, say school officials.  Superintendent of Morgan Schools Dr. Virgil Cole is praising teachers and staff for going above and beyond to educate students in the midst of new safety protocols and additional work of adding virtual learning programs for students. Cole praised students for their positive attitudes and compliance with wearing masks and …

Kim Brown resigns as head of Cultural Center

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Kim Brown, executive director of the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC) for the last six years, has announced her resignation.  Brown submitted a letter of resignation to the MMCC Board on Aug. 10, writing that her last day as director would commence on Aug. 31.  “July 14, 2020 marked my six-year anniversary with the Center. In this time I and my responsibilities have grown. It is time for something new!” wrote Brown. “While here, I have worked with an accomplished exiting director, three board chairs …