CHURCH OF CHRIST

Jesse Walker Community

Have you obeyed the truth of God that makes men free? By Jake Padgett Pilate was not the first person to ask this question (John 18:38), and he has not been the last. The importance of this question is seen in this statement from Jesus, “and ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).  From this passage we learn three simple facts about truth.  First there is such a thing as truth.  Some claim there is not, but Jesus says there is.  God, Christ, and …

MERCIFUL GRACE MINISTRY

Jesse Walker Community

Message from God By Regena Pittman Greetings to you all. Hope you have had a blessed week. Do you have enough fire insurance to stay out of hell? Do you have full coverage or maybe a little piece but not enough? John 14: 6, “Jesus said, I am the way, the truth and the life no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Jesus Christ is the only way. The best insurance policy we can have. The premium is paid in full for all of eternity. All you have …

Local veteran revisits Vietnam

Sarah Wibell Community, Featured

Imagine it: a war zone. People killing each other – gunshots, bombs, chemical warfare. A soldier follows orders and does what is needed to survive, to get home, to be safe once again with family and friends. Photographs in the soldier’s pocket serve as a reminder of what is being fought for, a reminder to attack the enemy who also has orders to follow and photographs of loved ones from a different home, from a different country. David Land, current Madison resident who fought in the Vietnam War in 1968 …

The Color Run

Tia Lynn Ivey Community

  The Madison Kiwanis Club sponsored the Second Annual Color Run in Bill Wood Park last Saturday, April 28. Colored chalk was thrown at the participants of both the 5K and the 1-Mile Fun Run

Madison Fest floods downtown

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

  Hundreds of people gathered in Town Park last Saturday for the annual Madison Fest. “Saturday was a beautiful day! We tend to dream big and hope that all of the groundwork we’ve laid–the musicians, vendors, speakers, attendees and even food–all align, but in the end the weather is always a wild card. But Mother Nature came through and gave us a great day for community bonding and memory making in Town Park,” said Colleen Hall, event coordinator for the City of Madison. “Plus, we enjoyed great live music all …

Amici opens at new location

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

Amici Italian Café of Madison is officially open at its new location on Jefferson Street in the historic Livery building. The iconic building, which used to house Madison Hardware & Supply Store, has been restored and transformed into a new-and-improved Amici’s Italian Café. The 10,000 square-foot building has tripled the size of Amici’s previous location. Mike Torino, owner of Madison’s Amici’s Italian Café, hopes the new location, which is right across the street from Town Park, will become the new “social hub” of Madison. “Our old place was known as …

Annual NAACP parade rolls through Madison

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

The annual NAACP Black History Parade and Festival drew its largest crowd ever, according to organizers. Hundreds of people gathered to watch the literary-themed parade last Saturday, followed by a lively festival in Town Park, featuring food, live music, crafts, educational resources, and health screenings. Madison Mayor Fred Perriman served as the parade’s grand marshal. Reverend Hoke Smith, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Madison, served as honorary grand marshal during the parade. “It was an honor to serve as the grand marshal for this year’s parade,” said Perriman. “It …

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 …