Annual ‘Bark For Life’ to be held April 13

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By Brittany Whitley staff writer It’s that time of the year again. Warm enough to plant those new flowers you purchased and beautiful enough to bring the dogs out to the 7th Annual Morgan County Bark for Life event on Saturday, April 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bill Wood Park.   Bark for Life is a fundraiser that benefits the American Cancer Society and the Humane Society of Morgan County. The community is invited to bring the entire family, especially the “four-legged tail wagging family members” as seen …

Rose Ann Weaver, the very first female doctor in Madison

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer March is Women’s History Month, and the Morgan County Citizen is taking this opportunity to share the story of one of the remarkable women who live in our community. It was not that long ago that career choices for women often limited them to becoming teachers, nurses, or secretaries. Talk to Dr. Rose Ann Weaver, a longtime Madison resident and recently retired doctor, and she’ll tell you how opportunities for women have changed in her lifetime. As the very first female doctor to practice in …

Dinner hosted for Humane Society

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By Brittany Whitley staff writer Well over 100 furry creature lovers packed the walls of The Hall on Foster Street to chow down at the Spayghetti Dinner hosted by the Humane Society of Morgan County Tuesday night.  The dinner, catered by Da Corrado’s Ristorante in Lake Oconee and sponsored refreshments by Oconee Brewing Company, HSMC Board of Directors Vice President Jim Jones, and HSMC Board of Directors Member Keith Davis, served as a fundraiser for the shelter and brought in approximately $1500.  “On average,” explained Humane Society Director Courtney Bryson, …

Stewart Cink: Greater than self

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By Patrick Yost editor It was early, but Buddy Clarke was already having a good day. Clarke, a 73-year-old retired CPA, was standing outside the bag drop area of The Creek Club at Reynolds Lake Oconee, waiting for his golf partner to arrive. PGA professional Stewart Cink, a friend of Clarke’s for the past few years, was coming to play a round and Clarke couldn’t have been happier.  Clarke zipped up a pullover in the morning chill, laughed and squinted into the sharp winter sun. He was ready to play. …

Growing our workforce through the WBL program

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Growing our workforce through the Morgan County High School Work Based Learning (WBL) program: Question and Answer session with Piedmont Equine Associates-Angie Sims and high school student intern, Bailey Shultz- 1: How has the Work Based Learning program provided a service to Piedmont Equine Associates? Bailey Shultz is a senior at Morgan County High School.  Bailey is an intern during one of our busiest times of the year as well as busiest times of the day from 7:30-9:00am.  2: Do you find value in hosting a Work Based Learning Internship …

STAR Student announced at MCHS

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By Brittany Whitley staff writer  The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition program, sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, chooses only one student per participating high school every year to be honored for their academic achievement reflected in their GPA, SAT scores, and class ranking. Morgan County High School Senior David Rachkovskiy, holding a weighted Grade Point Average of 4.5 and striking a high of 1500 on the SAT, takes the 2019 STAR Student title for the county.  “I feel good about it,” Rachkovskiy shared. “I’m not gonna lie, I …

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Local Artists to be featured in Atlanta art show

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer The prestigious American Craft Council’s annual three-day show in Atlanta this year will feature two local artists: Kipley A. Meyer and Molly Lesnikowski. The March 15-17 show at the Cobb Galleria Centre will feature 230 exhibitors from around the country who have been selected by a jury comprised of current exhibitors and art professionals. Founded in 1943, the ACC is the leading nonprofit organization focused on craft. In addition to Atlanta, annual shows are hosted in Baltimore, St. Paul, and San Francisco. The ACC asserts …

Valedictorian, Salutatorians announced

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor If the future is female, this year’s crop of top students at Morgan County High School is a testament to that fate. Morgan County High School (MCHS) announced this year’s Valedictorian and two Salutatorians at a special assembly last Friday, Mar. 1.  MCHS Senior Callaway Pederson, 17, earned the top slot of Valedictorian, earning the highest ranking academic achievement for the Class of 2019. Emma Alligood, 17,  and Mackenzi Ward were both named Salutatorians after both students tied in grades. The last time MCHS …

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Joyce wants Madison to get tough on noise

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Madison Councilman Eric Joyce wants city police to step up noise ordinance enforcement, particularly to crackdown on noise from loud cars, trucks, and motorcycles.  Joyce originally sought to completely overhaul the City’s noise ordinance, but after researching how surrounding cities handle noise complaints, Joyce believes Madison’s ordinance only needs a little tweaking to empower local law enforcement to deter disruptive, excessive noise.  “Changing the ordinance is not quite as important as the desire to enforce the regulations we already have,” said Joyce at the …

Trees planted for Arbor Day

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer Rutledge Mayor Bruce Altznauer signed a proclamation last Friday setting March 1 as Arbor Day for the city. In commemoration of the event, the Rutledge Garden Club in conjunction with the Rutledge Tree Board purchased and planted two Glowing Embers Japanese Maples from Gralan Farms in front of City Hall. Ann Pitner, Rutledge Garden Club president, stated, “The Rutledge Garden Club is a group of women many of you are probably familiar with seeing around town…We wear our green aprons proudly…In the last several years, …

New Soccer Complex officially open

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor County officials gathered to celebrate the completion of the new $1.9 million Soccer Complex near Morgan County High School last Saturday, March 2. The soccer complex spans across 15 acres on Old Buckhead Road across from Bill Wood Park. Soccer is a popular sport in high-demand throughout the county and now, players will have three brand-new regulation fields on which to play. Morgan County families will now be able to enjoy the new fields this spring. The state-of-the-art complex will also draw numerous tournaments …

Fostering Fellowship

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer Jean Holder and Fran Holmes founded Jesus’ Helpers Ministries, a social group for mentally challenged people, in April 2004 under the auspices of First United Methodist Church. The group not only continues to be active with meetings on the second Saturday of each month, day outings and occasional overnight trips, but also welcomes participation outside of FUMC as well. Holmes said, “We started with six people, and that has grown to 26 now. People have become more active in helping us. It has been a …

Madison Chophouse celebrates 25 years

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer  The Madison ChopHouse Grille recently celebrated 25 years since its opening on February 14, 1994. Not always called the ChopHouse, the restaurant has changed names and ownership over the years. Today it is known not only for its food but also for the family atmosphere among the staff and for their desire to give back to the community. Originally owned by Apple South Inc., later Avado Brands, Inc., the restaurant operated as Gianni’s Little Italy from 1994-1995 when it was converted to Tomato Rumba Pastaria …

Mardi Gras in Madison

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA) held its annual Mardi Gras Gala, an evening of “masks and mayhem,” to raise funds for the museum.  The lavish party was held at Empire Mills in Madison last Saturday, Feb. 23. According to STMA Director Patricia DuBose, the Gala was a magical event that reaped in the proceeds for the museum.  “Saturday evening’s Mardi Gras Gala was a huge success for the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art, and we are grateful for all the support we …

Landmarks learn about Madison’s ‘pit gardens’

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By Patrick Yost editor  On Sunday, February 17th, a large and enthusiastic audience was treated to a survey and discussion of Madison’s historic “pit gardens,” otherwise known as “green houses” or “hot houses.” The presentation, given by Rick Crown and Richard Simpson, included photos of existing “pit gardens” that go back over a hundred years. Some of the current owners of the gardens were in the audience – Mike and Ruth Bracewell, Jack and Nancy Miles and Carol Winslow, ready to share information about their current use. Anne-Marie Walsh, Vice-President …

Robert Terrell

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By Brittany Whittley staff writer In the early 1900’s, many Georgia-born African Americans were children of sharecroppers. Picking cotton was the way of life, farm duties were second nature, and making ends meet were primary concerns for the entire family, including the children, which means education was near last on the priority list. All any one of them could do was take what they were given and make it their own – to embrace the life with joy, tactfully find a way out, or ambitiously find a way up. Alex …

Untold Stories

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By Brittany Whitley staff writer “Thank You for our history and for those who lost their lives for us for we know, Heavenly Father, that if we lose our lives for You we will gain our lives,” shouted Pastor Bobby Patman, a NAACP member, in heartfelt prayer and thanksgiving to the Lord from the Bethlehem Baptist Church pulpit at the Black History & Founder’s Day Religious Program Sunday night.  Members from several churches across the county, youth, fellow pastors, officers and commissioners in the community, most serving additionally as NAACP …

Nashville Rocks!

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It is 8:30 a.m. on Friday.  My girlfriends, Connie Sheppard Slate, Jackie Segars Wheat and I along with our favorite boyfriend, Jeff Hood, are in the Chevy on our way to Nashville.  Jeff has planned a fun and exciting day in Nashville to top it off with an evening at the Grand Ole Opry.  We are headed down I-20 at a brisk pace and fighting all that insane Friday Atlanta traffic (who in their right mind would want to deal with that every day?).  We get onto I-75 and survived …

Connexus exhibit opens at MMCC

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer The opening of the Connexus exhibit at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center on Friday night, February 8, encouraged discourse among visitors. Literally meaning a coming together, Connexus features a collaboration of museums and artists displaying various perspectives on African-American history, culture, and activism. The MMCC has partnered with the Morgan County African-American Museum and Steffen Thomas Museum of Art for this exhibit in which each museum has a room dedicated to an artist or artists who have created vibrant art using varying mediums. “Every opening elicits …

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Benny Andrews exhibit opens at MCAAM

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By Sarah Wibell staff  writer An exhibition of work by the Madison native artist, illustrator, and activist Benny Andrews will be on display at the Morgan County African-American Museum Saturday, February 16-23. Andrews was born November 13, 1930, and grew up with nine siblings in Plainview, an African-American community of Madison, Georgia, in the segregated south. His father, George, was a folk artist and his mother, Viola, a minister. After serving in the Korean War, Andrews used the GI Bill to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago …