MMCC chair exhibition outSTANDING success

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor A new exhibit at the Madison Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC) opened to fanfare last weekend as droves of people showed up for the opening reception of the Chair Show.  “This juried exhibit celebrates and explores the ubiquitous CHAIR. The show represented a wide range of styles and interpretations of chairs through multi-media art,: said a rep from the MMCC.  “Last night was full of delight and surprise at the opening reception of The Chair Show!” wrote the center on Facebook after the event. “Thank …

Morgan police and medics practice Active Shooter Training Drill

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By Quinn Rafferty staff writer  EMS Education Program, Adaptive Training, held a training session at the old Morgan Memorial Hospital building this past Friday to fuse together police enforcement and EMT training. Cofounders Crystal Shelnutt and Ben Ewing began Adaptive Training in 2017 with the goal to save more lives when it comes to intentional violent incidences.  Shelnutt and Ewing have a combined 45 years of experience in EMS. Shelnutt served as a Program Chair for EMS Education at a technical college before launching Adaptive Training. Ewing has served as …

Gala raises $15,000 for Humane Society

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By Quinn Rafferty staff writer A young and attractive crowd attended the Winter Gala at Oconee Brewery in Greensboro, Ga Jan. 31 hosted by The Humane Society of Morgan County where they raised over $15,000 for the animals.  Over 100 attendees enjoyed a night of food, music, and fun in raising money for the Humane Society. According to Director of Operations Miranda Johnson, “We raised $8,000 from the silent auction and with sponsors and tickets sold, we raised over $10,000.” All the money fundraised goes right back to the shelter.  …

A life of faith and family

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor “It’s all about taking one day at a time,” said Frances Williams with a broad smile. “That’s what I do and how I live my life. Take each day as it comes and make the most of it.” After battling and beating breast cancer recently, Frances, 73, more than ever, appreciates each day and makes a point to focus on what’s most important.  Frances is a lifelong Morgan County resident and believes the simple things in life are the most wonderful. Family and faith …

New interior store opens and Pizza Hut closes

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New Shop in town! I visited Madison’s newest shop and it’s flat fabulous! It’s called Archambault Interiors and it’s a mother-daughter owned, full-service interior design firm for new construction, remodeling, renovation and residential design projects! Amanda Archambault, the principle designer, actually launched her company in 2015 after graduating from design school. Her momma and co-owner Sharon Archambault is the CEO and Interior Consultant. The shop/office opened in Madison at 217 West Jefferson Street right down from Teal! Ok so I popped in there to check it out and it’s just …

MCHS presents: Beauty And The Beast

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Rave reviews poured in for Morgan County High School’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast last week. Packed audiences filled with children dressed as Princess Bell and other characters were swept away by the magical classic tale, one as old as time. The Morgan County High School Drama Dogs pulled off a riveting performance of the broadway musical, bringing the story’s iconic characters to life.  “Unbelievable. Way better than the movie,” wrote Morgan County High School Principal Dr. Miki Edwards, who said the …

Together in life

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The oldest black-owned business in Morgan County is celebrating its 65th anniversary this month.  The Jones and Turner Funeral Home opened its doors in 1955–during an era when black and white Americans were segregated even in death.  “Back then, someone from our community had to step up to do this for our people because a white mortician wouldn’t do it,” said William R. Justers, 41, who is next in line to take over the family business when his parents, William and Thelma Justers, retire.  …

GWM Features Madison Writers Feb. 13

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On Thursday, February 13, Georgia Writers Museum launches an exciting new program called “Georgia’s Very Own” (GVO), featuring two local writers from Madison at its inaugural event.  GVO is one way for the Museum to deliver on its commitment to encourage and promote current Georgia writers of all genres by offering a forum for two to three lesser-known published writers to present their work in a place where famous Georgia writers are celebrated every day. Initially, GVO will be a quarterly event.   The evening event features authors Jim Halloran and Stephen Huggins of Madison. A retired educator and author of several professional, college and high school textbooks, Halloran combined his education and writing backgrounds to author Baseball and America.  A lifelong student and lover of the game, Halloran writes about the game’s 150 years in American history, how it sustained …

Time To Help Is Now

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  For over 35 years, the Clothes Closet has served families in need throughout Madison and Morgan County by providing free clothes and household items donated from the community. But now, it may be up to the community to help the Clothes Closet, located in downtown Madison directly behind the Morgan County Courthouse.  The building, owned by Morgan County, is in dire need of a new roof—a project expected to cost anywhere from $30,000 to upwards of $50,000. Currently, the several dedicated volunteers at the …

The Living Life Team helps the visually impaired reclaim their lives.

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Silverware clanked cautiously as diners carefully attempted to reunite their forks with the food on their plates. The usually easy task became far more difficult without the gift of sight. At the Fourth Annual Living Life Team Gala, the 135 attendees were given glasses to simulate blindness during the meal–an exercise meant to give people a mere taste of what a life of blindness entails. The Living Life Team is Madison’s first support group for the visually-impaired, helping the blind reclaim their lives. The …

Dr. King remembered at NAACP breakfast event

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor More than 50 years after his death, Martin Luther King Jr. is still inspiring millions to make his infamous dream of justice, peace, and racial equality a reality.  Local leaders gathered on Monday to remember the life of Martin Luther King Jr. at the annual MLK Breakfast at Source of Life Ministries in Madison.  This year’s keynote speaker, Bob Mackey, the CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia, urged the crowd to carry on King’s legacy today.  “On this day …

Paschal, and Hooten named Star Student and Teacher Of The Year

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Morgan County High School announced this year’s STAR Student and Teacher at a special assembly last Friday. Senior Will Paschal earned the prestigious title of STAR Student. He then chose Pam Hooten, his math teacher, as this year’s STAR Teacher.  Paschal earned the honor by excelling academically, known as the resident math whiz at MCHS. To be named a STAR Student, graduating high school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the SAT and be in the top 10 …

Take a seat

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By Quinn Rafferty staff writer There’s a question as old as time itself. Which are there more of in the world, chairs or people? That question is left up for debate. However, chairs is up a leg with the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center chair exhibition coming up in February. You may be asking yourself, why a chair? Chairs are ubiquitous objects. They exist in every culture and civilization. They’re made in various ways, with different types of materials. There are an exorbitant number of ways to create and interpret a chair …

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Crossover to close at Bethany Road intersection

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor The Bethany Road Intersection on Madison Highway 441 will no longer allow a crossover option, and only allow a right turn onto the bypass. According to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), “Bethany Road at U.S. 441 median crossover will close Monday, Jan. 13. “When Pittman Construction’s work begins at Bethany Road, traffic will be in the final Reduced Conflict U-Turn (RCUT) configuration meaning right out only onto the Bypass. Drivers will have to use the two median cuts downstream to U-turn if they …

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Five car crashes on I-20

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By Quinn Rafferty, Staff Writer A sudden downpour last Friday caused a series of accidents on Interstate 20. According to Sgt. Justin Howard, Georgia State Patrol, nine cars were involved in accidents on Friday, Jan. 3 on I-20 east near mile marker 106. Between the nine cars, there were five crashes with various minor injuries. Time of the accidents spans from 11:17 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. According to Howard, the first incident involved a vehicle which  “lost control of the vehicle due to hydroplaning. The vehicle traveled off the road …

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Man held for drug possession

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By Quinn Rafferty, Staff Writer A domestic violence call resulted in the arrest of a Morgan County man for drug possession.  On Dec. 30, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call reporting a physical domestic altercation but when police arrived, the male subject had departed the residence. The male subject, Deyondray White, 19, was reported to be driving a black Ford Explorer and headed towards Madison on Greensboro Highway.  Morgan County officer Stubbs located and pulled White over and quickly detected a marijuana odor. Officer Stubbs then asked White …

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Drive-by shooting causes damage to residents’ vehicles

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By Quinn Rafferty, Staff Writer A drive-by shooting in Rutledge on Dec. 30 resulted in damage to two vehicles with no injuries. The shooting took place on Newborn Road around 11 p.m. Suspects in the shooting have not been identified. According to Lt. Brandon Sellers, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, investigators have collected and are observing surveillance camera footage from businesses near the shooting to attempt to identify the suspect or suspects. Sellers said two women who owned the vehicles said there was no apparent dispute that occurred leading up to …

Service awards for Morgan County

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The Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) presented awards of service to Ron Zay and the late Ruben Walker for their service to the county.  Zay and Walker’s wife, Hazel Walker, accepted the awards at Tuesday morning’s regular BOC Meeting. Walker served on the Morgan County Tax Assessors Board for two decades and the Development Authority. Zay served over 20 years on the Morgan County Tax Assessors Board. “Your dedication and service to the citizens of Morgan County are greatly appreciated,” read the certificates from Morgan County. Photo by Tia Lynn …

More than $3 million in real estate sold to end 2019

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Compiled by Dianne Yost Dec. 18, 2019 • Karl Fossum of Forsyth,  to Tina Clay of Rutledge, 4541 Davis Academy Road, Rutledge, $320,000. • New Leaf Homes, LLC of Greensboro,  to Leslie J. Watkins of Madison, 1600 Westminster Way, Madison, $325,000. • RBD Development Company, LLC of Greensboro,  to New Leaf Homes. LLC of Greensboro, 1430 Westminster Way and Buckhead Manor Phase 6-B lot 107, Madison $55,000. • Rachel J. Bargo AKA Rachel J. Glover as Executor of the …* of Greensboro,  to MADH1 LLC of Covington, 1331 Atlanta Highway, …

Teen goes on road rampage

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By Quinn Rafferty, Staff A high-speed chase unfolded over the weekend, beginning in Morgan County, racing through Walton County and then back to Morgan again. Morgan County Deputy Christopher Lash pursued four juvenile males in a white hatchback on Sunday, Jan. 5, around 2 a.m. The driver, a 16-year-old male, led police on a wild chase through two counties.  The chase began when Lash noticed the vehicle speeding by his patrol unit at 64 miles per hour when he was conducting traffic enforcement. After initiating pursuit of the vehicle, the …