Easter brought to life

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Billions of Christians around the globe celebrated the most sacred holiday of the faith last week to commemorate their belief in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ more than 2,000 years ago.  St. James Catholic Church put on a special Good Friday event to bring Christ’s journey to the cross to life–literally. The church, joined by several other local church denominations in town, presented the “Living Stations of the Cross” through downtown, recreating the end of Jesus’ life.   Traditionally, the Stations of …

Mainstreet Vet has 10th year celebration

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By Dianne Yost staff writer Despite the rainy day, more than 200 people, some with their furry friends, gathered Saturday at Main Street Vet to celebrate the business’ 10th anniversary in Madison. The community event included complimentary pet treats and accessories, a complimentary lunch from Crowes BBQ, tours of Main Street Vet, a “teddy bear” surgery demonstration, balloon animals for the kids, a jumpy house, and even an Easter Egg Hunt for dogs!  In addition, Main Street Vet hosted a raffle and dessert auction that raised more than $1,000 to …

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Habitat’s bird box auction goes live

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By Sarah Wibell staff  Habitat for Humanity of Morgan County’s Project Bluebird online auction is now live. People may bid on a selection of handcrafted birdhouses through 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27. The birdhouses, bat houses, and duck houses will be on display at MadisonFest in Madison’s Town Park on Saturday. Ribbons will be awarded for Best in Show and 21 individual categories including Most Creative, Most Whimsical, Largest, etc.  The auction is open to bids nationally. The highest bidders will be notified after the auction closes; shipping can be …

Cultural Center’s Chamber Music Festival begins

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center is pleased to announce that the 17th Annual Madison Chamber Music Festival is underway. While chamber music often includes classical performances, this category is quite broad as it is defined as any type of music utilizing a small ensemble of musicians or performers without need for a conductor. Traditionally, the music was performed in a large room or a chamber. This year’s program, under the artistic direction of Christopher Rex, retired principal cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, features a variety …

Spring Tour Of Homes: A sneak preview

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Special to the Citizen The first weekend in May arrives soon and just like every year that means that Madison will open its arms and doors to hundreds of visitors. The “Madison in May” Tour of Homes runs from 10am to 5pm on Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4. Seven private homes will be open, and the price of admission also includes five historic sites that are normally separately ticketed and five historic churches dating from the 1840s to 1914. Tickets are available from the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, sponsor …

Bark For Life

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The seventh annual Bark for Life raised about $7,900 on April 13 to be split evenly between Relay for Life and the Humane Society of Morgan County.  “This year was lucky number seven,” said Beth Bradley, creator and organizer of the event. “We had a great crowd that grew a little larger than last year’s and it was wonderful to receive the support from this community.” Over 100 people, plus their dogs, participated this year’s Bark for Life at Bill Wood Park, an annual …

Jake ‘Junior’ Rogers February 21, 1940 – April 16, 2019

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There are people who wander this earth that have no category. They are neither great athletes, titans of industry or political giants. They are just good people. And if there is a hierarchy to this group Jake “Junior” Rogers sits at the head table. Junior was love. He was goodness and kindness and an enigma of a man I never figured out. If you have lived here any time at all, you know Junior and his trademark ‘Purty, day, ain’t it” phrase. Junior was a consummate volunteer in this community. …

Child abuse numbers drop, leaders pledge commitment

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Civic and community leaders gathered on the front lawn of the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) to publicly pledge themselves to stand against child abuse last Thursday. The ceremony included a garden of blue and silver pinwheels to symbolize each child in Morgan County that has suffered from abuse. Event organizers believe pinwheels are the perfect symbol to represent these children, because even though the wind blows hard against them, they still thrive.   “This year’s Proclamation and Pinwheel Ceremony was another overwhelming …

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MCHS Special Olympics

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Morgan County students competed in the 8th Annual Morgan County Special Olympics last week at the Morgan County High School football stadium. Students in the special education program from all four Morgan County schools enjoyed a day of friendly competition, games, and celebration.  The 2019 Morgan County Special Olympics went very well. Everything was organized and all of the teachers and participants seemed to have a blast. The weather held out for us and we were grateful for that,” said Lindsey Smith, a Morgan …

AN ‘UNSHAKEABLE WILL’

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By Dianne Yost staff writer There are profound points in life where time begins to be measured before an event and after it. If you’re lucky, the realm between the before and the after holds the space where miracles manifest. Thursday, March 28 started out like an ordinary beautiful day in Madison for Tyler Boyd, a husband, father of two girls and owner of Madison-based Torchlight Home Inspections. He drove over to a local Madison home to perform a home inspection, set up his ladder against the side of a …

Balloon release to remember loved ones set for April 21

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer The Annual Balloon Release in Madison will occur on Easter Sunday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in remembrance of lost loved ones and as a way to release grief. Balloons will be provided at the recently restored Jonathan’s Bench, located in the Uncle Remus Regional Library’s Laughin’ Place Garden at 1121 East Avenue. Dedicated to Jonathan Marshall Morris who lost his struggle with mental illness in 2014, the bench was commissioned by his mother Beverly Morris and hand-built by sculptor Tom Prochnow. …

Ride For Hope

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Morgan County Fire and Rescue (MCFR) raised $3,000 last Saturday for one of their own volunteer firefighters in need of help with medical expenses for her soon-to-be-born son, who will need heart surgery after his birth in May.  Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician Danielle Crist took leave from the MCFR after doctors discovered her baby, Bentley, has a defective valve in his heart. But her MCFR “family” is determined to help Crist with the expenses Bentley’s medical condition will incur.  MCFR organized an All-You-Can-Eat …

MCHS Band celebrates with a road trip

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The Morgan County High School (MCHS) Band celebrated an exemplary school year, marked by impressive achievements, with a group trip to Canada last week.  From March 29 to April 2, The MCHS Band toured Toronto and other parts of Ontario, Canada, including Niagara Falls. MCHS Band Director Jeffrey Rowser led the trip with several other teachers and chaperones.  “Toronto and Niagara Falls allow our students to experience international culture in one of the safest places on earth,” said Rowser, who notes the trip provided …

The Dirt Girls

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer For 15 years, the Rutledge Garden Club has made digging in the dirt look fun as their group has grown in both size and purpose for the community. “I laughed, I kind of got tickled,” shared President Ann Pitner. “I looked back at the original charter the other night, and it was saying the purpose was to share gardening ideas and techniques and to organize social activities to promote friendships. I thought, ‘Gosh, we’ve expanded since then.’ We really do a lot of community service …

Opening weekend of FFA Plant Sale a blooming success

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By Catherine McGregor intern On Friday, March 29, the annual Morgan County High School FFA Plant Sale, held in Morgan County High School’s new greenhouse, opened its doors for amateur and master gardeners alike. The first weekend sale, extending to Saturday, March 30, made $700 in just the first half of the first day.  The sale will reopen on Monday, April 8 from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., and continue throughout the week, closing on Friday April 12. The MCHS FFA holds this plant sale every year to raise money …

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‘Affordable housing’ new city initiative

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor In an effort to create more affordable housing options in the City of Madison, the Mayor and City Council unanimously adopted a new zoning ordinance which reduces the minimum square-footage for new houses built in certain areas of the city, as well as allowing criteria to reduce the minimum lot size for certain qualifying properties.  According to City Planner Mollie Bogle, the zoning ordinance change will only apply to the Urban Redevelopment Area (URA), which includes the Canaan District and surrounding neighborhoods primarily north …

Manning finalist in ‘High Five’

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By Dianne Yost staff writer Morgan County High School art teacher Ty J. Manning of Madison, known for his infectious love of art and music and his keen ability to make any occasion a song (with a chorus of students in tow, of course), will soon star on a major Atlanta television station as one of five exceptional high school educators. Specifically, Manning is a finalist in FOX 5 Atlanta’s High Five for Teachers contest, which spotlights exceptional high school teachers in the Atlanta metro area.  He was one of …

‘Do Tell!’ storytelling festival a big success

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By Brittany Whitley staff writer For six years the Madison Morgan Cultural Center wove the community together through the Do Tell! Storytelling Festival, and the success of the 7th Annual Storytelling Festival held last weekend reflects that through the numbers with almost 600 attendees present.  “Storytelling is one of the oldest art forms still in existence today,” MMCC Executive Director Kim Brown said, “and we love the idea of keeping the art of writing and telling stories and creating programming opportunities for families of all ages to come together and …

Jensen headlines dancing event

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By Dianne Yost staff writer Madisonian Kim Hires Jensen loves to dance—so much so that she’s kept up a demanding practice schedule of two-to-three hours, five-days-a-week since January with dance partner and Athens Tango instructor Faud Elhage.  They will be performing a Tango together Saturday, April 6 at the Athens Classic Center Theatre in Dancing With The Athens Stars along with nine other teams to benefit Project Safe, a non-profit organization that works to end domestic violence through crisis intervention services in the region, including Morgan County. Dancing has always …

Benefit breakfast, ride set for baby Bentley

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer  The Morgan County Fire Rescue is hosting a pancake breakfast and motorcycle ride on April 6 to benefit Firefighter Danielle Crist’s baby, Bentley, who will require heart surgery soon after he is born in May. After Crist, a member of the fire department and an Emergency Medical Technician, found out that her son has a defective valve in his heart, she realized she would require a medical leave. “When Danielle first came to the office and said ‘I need to take a leave because of …