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Madison Produce making the move to former Perk Avenue on Jefferson St.

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By Trinity Martin Staff Writer Downtown produce shop and deli, The Madison Produce Company, is leaving its current location on Washington Street to take over the former Perk Avenue spot on the corner of West Jefferson.  What started as a simple produce stand in 2010 has become one of Madison’s most raved about restaurants 10 years later. With popularity continuing to skyrocket for the local sandwich shop, more space is a must.   “We are trying to take the next step,” said owner Andy Oller.  Oller announced a few weeks …

Corrias Family bringing unique atmosphere to Madison as Dolce Caffe

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By Andrea Gable Senior Editor  After establishing Da Corrado Ristorante as one of the top restaurants at Lake Oconee, Corrado Corrias and his wife, April, are expanding into their hometown of Madison, adding a bit of the “sweet” life to the downtown square.  Their newest endeavor, Dolce Caffe, is set to open in early August and will offer a different atmosphere to the town’s culinary scene. Focusing on American fare for lunch and brunch, the café will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will …

Lillian Mozelle Gilbert – Woman, Mother, Nurse, Extraordinaire

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By Trinity Martin Staff Writer Eighty-two-year-old Lillian Gilbert, also known as Mozelle, has finally hung up her scrubs after 50 years of service in the medical field.  Born May 17, 1938, to Lattie Mae and Arthur James Gilbert in Morgan County, Gilbert says she was raised to work. At the age of 10, her mother taught her how to cook, clean, iron, wash, and care for children. She also worked on her grandmother’s farm doing chores from harvesting to tending animals.  When Gilbert was 13, she dropped out of school …

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Back to school rally ‘drive–thru’ this year

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Every Year, the Morgan County Family Connection and Morgan Medical Center orchestrates the Back to School rally to equip families with the supplies and information they need for the upcoming school year.  “ We are in the process of planning for the 2020 Back to School Rally.  As you know this is your collaborative’s annual summer event which brings together ALL sectors of the community to help the children in our county be prepared to start the school year successfully,” said Velde Hardy, a director of Morgan …

Our Stories: My Life During the Pandemic

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by Carson Monk My life during the pandemic has been different than my life before the pandemic.  It has changed a lot these past five months.  I didn’t have school and I had to learn from home for about one hour a day with my mom and dad.  I have been doing a lot of soccer on my own and at training camps with other players and coaches.  I have been visiting my grandma and grandpa a lot and swimming in our friend’s pool.  We have taken care of their …

A Happy Fourth in Morgan

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Morgan County is known for its many annual Fourth of July Celebrations to honor the founding of the United State of America.  Every year, local citizens gather as a community to don patriotic attire, sing patriotic songs, and huddle close with loved ones beneath sparkling fireworks lighting up the night sky.  But this year, all the community Independence Day events were cancelled due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus pandemic.  This year families may have had to celebrate in a more solitary fashion, …

Fourth fizzles under COVID concerns

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Usually, there is no shortage of patriotic celebrations for Independence Day in Morgan County, but this is not a usual year. The fireworks have fizzled out this year. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, all of the Morgan County’s annual Fourth of July celebrations have been cancelled. For some, it’s the first cancellation in more than 50 years.  Every year since 1976, The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center hosts a lavish lawn party held every July 3, to celebrate Independence Day, featuring patriotic music, festive picnic …

Artist Guild making big move to E. Jefferson

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West Side Story, West Jefferson Street that is. Right so the other day I was just shoppin’ downtown, mindin’ my own ding dang business when all of a sudden I saw a gaggle of people movin’ boxes, display cases and whatnot from Main Street to West Jefferson! Shoot Fire! That big ole Curiosity Bug flat bit me in the Boomwacker! Bullseye! Ouch! Shoot Fire! I smack had no choice but to channel my inner spy and clandestinely follow ‘em! What the?  They disappeared into an empty storefront! So I just …

Our Favorite “Great American”

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By Patrick Yost  editor  On a waist-high table overflowing with gifts for retiring Morgan County School Superintendent, Dr. James Woodard, was an American flag embossed on wood. The Morgan County “M” logo replaced the stars on the flag and underneath it read simply: ‘To our favorite Great American.” To anyone who knows Dr. Woodard, and that army is legion, knows Dr. Woodard’s catchphrase. “You’re a great American,” he says after a meeting, after lunch, after a telephone conservation. So last Wednesday, in the sparkling center of the almost brand-new Morgan …

Our Stories: Life Blooms On in a Pandemic

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By Amanda Campbell Bennett Amanda Campbell Bennett, Vice President of Horticulture and Collections for the Atlanta Botanical Garden Since graduating Morgan County High School in 1997 and The University of Georgia in 2001, life has been pretty normal.  Go to work, leave to pick up kids, go home, have supper with the family.  Maybe pick up supper or go out to eat occasionally.  Nothing crazy.  I’ve never had to quarantine for any reason.  Never had to wear a facemask for daily interactions.  Never had to work full time from home, …

Our Stories: Our story during the pandemic

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By Mark and Terry Bowers Although the pandemic has kept Terry and I from our passion for traveling, it has been an eventful period in our lives.  We became grandparents for the first time. Our oldest son Dillon and his wife Anne, blessed us with the birth of a grandson Cullen Terrell Bowers on March 15th (Ides of March). We were able to travel to Long Island, N.Y. to see Cullen a few days after his birth. We spent six days with them in Hampton Bays before the pandemic began …

Morgan youth hold peaceful protest march through town

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Morgan County High School students organized a youth-led march through downtown Madison last Friday to protest racial injustice. In solidarity with thousands of protesters across the country, about 75 teens and supportive adults, including Madison Mayor Fred Perriman, gathered in Town Park with signs to listen to speakers and march to Hill Park, which features a controversial Confederate monument. While the group marched from Town Park to Hill Park, they chanted slogans like “No Justice, No Peace,” “Black Lives Matter,” “Equal Opportunity”  and “Say …

NAACP prayer vigil calls for unity, prayer, love

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Prayer, unity, and love was the message at Saturday’s NAACP prayer vigil in Town Park.  The Morgan County Branch of the NAACP gathered local pastors, politicians, activists and everyday community members to pray and talk together about overcoming racism last Saturday morning.  Each speaker urged the crowd to lean on faith, prayer, and love as they carry on the work of justice and creating a better society for all people.   “This is the first phase of what we hope will birth a community that …

Community care alive and well

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  As the coronavirus pandemic drags on, community care efforts are still unfolding to ensure needy families have essential supplies. Two community groups joined forces last weekend to give away 700 boxes of fresh produce to needy families.  The Madison Lions Club and The Living Life Team, a support group for the visually-impaired, collaborated to procure a massive donation from Collins Brothers Produce in Atlanta.  Rita Harris, president of both the Madison Lions Club and the Living Life Team, spearheaded the effort for the produce …

Lambert Park an immediate success

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By Patrick Yost  editor  On what would have been its namesake’s 95th birthday, Madison officials held a “soft” opening of Lambert Park, a glorious addition to the city’s shared greenspace. The park, located at the corner of College Avenue and North Main Street, encompasses a four acre facility filled with a walking trail, proposed playground and dog park, exercisestations and growth of mature pecan trees providing shade in a lawn area. The park is named in memory of Ezekiel Roy Lambert, Jr., “one of Madison’s most stalwart citizens,” a brochure …

Tickled Pig BBQ to open soon in Madison

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Dine Small Y’all! As y’all know, most of our restaurants are open and running and honey we’re just about fixin’ to get another dining’ option in Morgan County! Trust me: a little piggy told me all ‘bout it! I’m talkin’ all about the soon-to-open Tickled Pig BBQ located at 270 West Washington St.! This new small, family-owned business is gonna take off before July 4th so keep watchin’ this column and the Citizen’s FB page for opening updates! Hey and the Tickled Pig BBQ also has its own FB page …

Library offering curbside pickup

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By Tia Lynn Ivey  managing editor  For a fun family outing, head over to the Morgan County Library. The local library is getting creative and finding ways to stay connected to the public while continuing to service the people’s educational and leisure reading needs.  The Morgan County Library is not open to the public due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but library staff is still working hard to ensure patrons have access to books and other vital public services.  For the last three weeks, the Morgan County Library has been …

Fathers make the best memories

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No offense ladies, but it’s true. Fathers, Dads, and Granddads do make the best memories. Why? Because they’re the adventurous ones. They’re the livin’-on-the-edge ones. Yep, they’re the ones who take us off on those epic trips into the unknown, the wilderness, and beyond. Moms actually care about the safety of their children. Sometimes…well…to be honest…Dads don’t.  I’m just kidding. Dads really do care. It’s just that they love to live in the extreme. They love and live to give their kids that pure rush of adrenaline. Don’t believe me? …

Our Stories: It’s been a time to pray for others

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By Dottie Barrett May those who do not know Christ see something in the way we live our lives and love others that draw them to Christ.  In my 85 years, I have never experienced a time like we are living in today. I am thankful that I live in Morgan County during this pandemic. I feel so blessed that all four of our children also live in Morgan County, as well as two of the four grandchildren and four of the six great grandchildren. Two grands are in the …

Our Stories: Such a different time. We have never had times like these

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By Anne Young How often have we heard these statements over the past three, nearly four months? Charles and I, as official retired senior citizens, spend February each year in Florida. When we returned home from our month down south, it was time for the annual Medicare physical.  News was spreading that a pandemic had hit our country. I asked my doctor if the Coronavirus was a real concern. She stressed that the virus absolutely is very real and horrible, as well as deadly, and instructed that Charles and I …