Out with the old and in with the new

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

  The new Morgan County High School is here! Students bid farewell to the old school last week before Fall Break and returned Tuesday morning to a brand new state-of-the-art high school. The new high school, of which the exterior features architecture reminscient of Classical Greek architecture, is the latest completion in a multiphase $56 million consolidated campus project. The new high school also houses the much-anticipated College and Career Academy. The new facilities  are part of Morgan County’s effort to revamp education, according to Dr. James Woodard, superintendent of …

School system earns state leadership award

Patrick Yost Community

The Morgan County Charter School System last Wednesday was honored with the Georgia Charter System Leadership Award at the Georgia Charter System Foundation award luncheon in Athens. The honor came with a $10,000 check and an accolade that Dr. James Woodard, superintendent, Morgan County Charter School System, comes from the school embracing “innovation” and from a board of education that allows creativity and growth in education. “The charter school system innovation aspect allows us to really open up and allow our teachers to be innovative.” The Morgan County Charter School …

Educators awarded for excellent service

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

Teachers dedicate their lives to educating other people’s children to become the next generation of prepared leaders and productive members of society. It can be a thankless job at times, but The Morgan County School System makes an effort each year to honor the teachers most beloved by their students. The Teachers of the Year were announced last week, with each of Morgan County’s four schools choosing a teacher to honor. Morgan County High School (MCHS)  named Wendy Malcom as this year’s Teacher of the Year. The Morgan County Middle School …

Art Dogs host send off party at MCHS

Brittany Whitley Community

Most times its less about the art than it is about what inspired the art. In the case of current and past students of Morgan County High School (MCHS), the inspiration behind their art is a who. Ty Manning, who has been teaching art at MCHS for going on 18 years, celebrated the completion of his current students’ rendition of famous Artist Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the High Museum by hosting what he referred to as an “Art Dog reunion” Thursday evening in his soon-to-be-demolished classroom. “I’ve had …

Grants Awarded at Farewell to Spark Morgan

Sarah Wibell Community, Featured

Spark Morgan, formerly known as the Morgan Fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, awarded over $50K in grants to ten non-profits operating in or benefitting Morgan County for the final time on Tuesday, October 2. Recipients included the Boys & Girls Club of North Central Georgia (BGCNCG), Camp Twin Lakes, Inc., Habitat for Humanity of Morgan County, the Morgan County African American Museum (MCAAM), Morgan County Foundation for Excellence in Public Education (MCFEPE), Rainbow Community Center, Humane Society of Morgan County, Steffen Thomas Museum of Fine Art (STMA), …

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Shaintar Legends Awaken: Rangers of the Greenway Road

Sarah Wibell Community

Campaign Report 117: “With any hope of the team infiltrating the warband impossible, we were left with few options. One, we could simply walk away and report the size and location of the horde. Of course, by the time we accomplished said feat, Grendel and Ranna would be dead or converted and the Guardian Gather of Fylg or Char already under siege. Two, we could charge headlong into the enemy camp, which would be suicide. Three, put our fate in the hands of the werewolf.” Online reports, such as the …

One of a kind treasures find their new home

Brittany Whitley Community, Featured

  Dolly the Goat finally found the perfect platform to tell her story. So did the Tin Man and the Politician’s Jug. Purposed only to unveil hidden stories without profit in mind, the three profound works of art are among over 250 uniquely expressed creations that compose The Great Folk Art Parade: Down the Lane to the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art exhibit in the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art. Around 300 people flooded the museum’s folk art speckled lawn to explore the tangible stories for sale and on display …

Homecoming Week!

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

  The students of Morgan County High School (MCHS) celebrated Homecoming last week, with a jam-packed schedule of games, competitions, dress-up days, projects, a parade, a powder-puff football match, and ample amounts of school spirit. The One Morgan Spirit was emanating throughout the halls of MCHS, as students celebrated the last Homecoming week to be held at the Old High School before the new high school opens after Fall Break. Homecoming Week culminated with the most anticipated football game of the season, at which our Bulldogs reigned supreme over opponents …

Author encourages youth

Sarah Wibell Community, Featured

  Corporate defense attorney, author, and advocate Elizabeth “Liz” Huntley shared her personal story that led to her memoir More Than A Bird at a luncheon fundraiser for the Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club (MMBGC) on September 18. “I’m the ‘why’ behind the ‘how you can do what you can do’ to impact the lives of children who are going to turn around and impact your community,” Huntley stated at the fundraiser. A wife and mother of three, Huntley also serves on the Board of Trustees for Auburn University, her …

Time to hit the dance floor

Brittany Whitley Community

Twilight disco rays glittered Town Park’s grassy dancefloor as 250 copasetic locals boogied down Saturday night. Madison is sure not to forget the far out funky 70’s aroma left from the Saturday in the Park: 1970’s Dance Party. “It’s such fun to see the lawn used as a dance floor,” said Special Events Director Colleen Hall. “The DJ was excellent and really in sync with the crowd – if a song wasn’t working he would just segue to another. The crowd was happy and having a great time in Town …

‘Dearly Beloved’ opens Sept. 20 at high school

Brittany Whitley Community

A new theatre company is on the rise, and they are planning to tickle their way into your hearts. The Morgan County Players will be performing Dearly Beloved written by the popular playwright trio, Jones Hope Wooten, beginning Thursday, September 20 at 7 p.m. in the Morgan County High School auditorium. Love, marriage, sisterhood, gospel music, and humor are tightly woven together to create this laugh-out-loud production. This will be the final community performance at the old high school before its demolition. Dearly Beloved is “a comedy set in Texas …

A growing collection and collector: Jesse Nelson

Sarah Wibell Community

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a museum in the area dedicated to military history? A place where younger generations could engage with history, stories could be shared, and important documents and artifacts preserved and displayed. Jesse Nelson thinks so and dreams of making that idea a reality. Jesse, a 14-year-old Newborn resident, has collected WWII memorabilia, among other categories, since he was five. That’s when he found an old lighter on his parents’ property. “My interests grew from there,” he stated. Jesse has several thousand items currently stored in …

New High School to open doors in October

Brittany Whitley Community, Featured

Students will return from Fall Break to a brand new high school this October. Construction for the new high school, part of a $55 million new consolidated campus project, is in its final month and moving as planned. “Every day walking in, there’s always something new,” CTAE Director Jennifer Butler stated as she led members of the high school faculty and Board of Education around the rapidly developing building Monday. The high school is expected to be complete and prepared to function for student attendance on October 16. Much of …

Living Legacy Gala Dinner

Brittany Whitley Community, Featured

Someone must first walk the path before it is paved. Since the abolition of slavery, generations of courageous African-American men and women, seeking just opportunities, have defied fear and reached heights untouched by their ancestors. The deep value of this historical noble groundwork is annually acknowledged by the Morgan County African American Museum (MCAAM) through their Living Legacy Gala. Ladies and gentlemen from all over Georgia, robed in graceful evening gowns and crisp black suits, filled the charming hall of the Madison Cultural Center Annex to celebrate the achievements of …

A new beginning

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

In just over a month, hospital leaders will be handed the keys to a completed Morgan Medical Center, the $35 million new hospital in Madison. By mid-October, construction will be finished as hospital staff begins stocking the new state-of-the-art hospital with equipment and furniture, as well as undergo training to operate the new facility. Patients will be welcomed in by mid-December into the brand new hospital, which more than doubles the size of the current hospital, coming in at 72,000 square feet with 25 licensed hospital beds. “Our completion date …

Madison Artists Guild hosts New Exhibit

Brittany Whitley Community

Immediately to the left, an elegantly poised mule rests on a wall. Ahead, a voluminous, spring-kissed bouquet stands erect in its vase. Over-the-shoulders to the right, a deep nocturnal forest waits mysteriously. The three realities are among a vast collection of life-portraying canvases that compose the “Jones, Jones, Andreottola” exhibition at the Madison Artists Guild in downtown Madison. Twilight rays and eager locals poured into the gallery Friday night to honor and view countless distinct, yet uniquely and unintentionally linked creations by Bev Jones, Trish Jones, and Alice Lee Andreottola. …

A glimpse inside Greene Habitat’s inaugural Showcase of Homes tour

Andrea Gable Community, Featured

For anyone who has swung a hammer with fellow volunteers, rinsed a paint brush or two, or watched a homeowner being presented a key to their new house, there is a sense that Habitat for Humanity is about more than just building homes – it’s about building hope. It’s this understanding that prompted Greene County Habitat for Humanity (GCHFH) to create a tour event that highlights the area’s best in building and design while bringing awareness to Habitat’s mission of providing new homeowners an opportunity for success – building on …

Folk festival comes to Madison

Brittany Whitley Community

Every piece of art has a story and The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art is dedicated to making them known. The Great Folk Art Parade: Down the Lane to the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art is an exhibition spotlighting the unconventional beauty of folk art and its importance – the story behind the art. The exhibit will commence with an opening festival on the lawn of the museum on Sunday, September 23 at 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over 100 contemporary folk artists constitute the largest self-taught exhibit in the …

Rescue dogs return favor

Tia Lynn Ivey Community

When Thomas and Lisa Wagner rescued two dogs from the Humane Society several years ago, they never expected that Petey and Zeus would be the ones saving them. A ravenous fire broke out at the Wagners’ Parks Mill Road home in Buckhead around 4 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30. The Wagners and their teenage son Jack were fast asleep unaware of the deadly flames raging above them in the attic. But Petey and Zeus could sense the danger and started barking incessantly from the downstairs living room. “All that barking …

The last jam

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

  One last hoorah will be held in the Morgan County High School Auditorium in October before it is demolished. The Last Jam, a fundraiser to benefit the fine arts and band programs at Morgan County High School, will be held on Friday, Oct. 19 at 5:30 p.m. The event will feature 15 acts, comprised of current and past Morgan County High School students. Former MCHS Principal Mark Wilson will emcee as the best local talent rocks the house one last time for a good cause. The concert will surely …