Schools recognized for healthy eating

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Morgan County Schools’ Nutrition Program is earning praise from state authorities, winning Georgia’s Golden Radish Award earlier this year. Morgan County was one of 75 school districts across the state honored for incorporating locally-produced and healthier menu options into schools’ cuisines. “Georgia’s Departments of Agriculture, Education and Public Health, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and Georgia Organics came together at the historic Georgia Railroad Freight Depot to celebrate over 40 percent of Georgia school districts with outstanding farm to school programs,” said a press release from the Golden Radish board.  …


Marching through the seasons

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Football Half-Time Shows are not the only opportunities for the Morgan County High School Marching Band to shine. This December is a busy month for the band, with a number of special holiday performances. The MCHS Marching Band (MCHS) is headed to Atlanta this Saturday, Dec. 2, to perform in the annual Children’s Christmas Parade. The parade will be televised on WSB-TV2 (ABC) between 10 a.m. and noon. Tune in to support the Bulldog Marching band in the annual Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta parade as our students play music to …

System-wide Teacher of the Year awarded

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The District Teacher of the Year has been named. Heather Jackson, a teacher at Morgan County Middle School for over 10 years, has been chosen to represent the entire school district and will be considered among the other Georgia District Teacher of the Year winners for the state Teacher of the Year. Jackson was thrilled when she selected as Teacher of the Year for the middle school. “It’s a wonderful honor. It’s just great to be able to represent MCMS and my community,” said Jackson. Now, Jackson has received a …


Thanksgiving Community Meal to be held Nov. 23

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Every year, Calvary Baptist Church partners with Morgan County High School (MCHS) and other local churches and organizations to host a Thanksgiving Community Meal to ensure everyone has a place to go with good food to eat on this beloved holiday. If you need a place to go this Thanksgiving, on Thursday, Nov. 23, head over to Morgan County High School’s cafeteria, located at 1231 College Dr., Madison, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., where you can dine on traditional Thanksgiving cuisine courtesy of local community volunteers and churches. “It’s …


MCRD recognizes volunteers, sponsors

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It was a night of food, fellowship, and fun as the Morgan County Recreation Department held its annual Sponsor-Volunteer Recognition Banquet at Camp Twin Lakes.  According to Ricky Cochran, who worked for the MCRD in 1980 after graduating from college, the first Recognition Banquet of this type was held during that summer.  He recalled how he became the Director of Recreation for Social Circle when the Morgan County/Madison department joined forces with our neighbors.  Cochran said, “I remember it well.  Bill Wood and I sent out invitations and about 35 …

Pancakes for pups

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The Humane Society of Morgan County (HSMC) held its annual Pancake Supper fundraiser last week, raking in about $4500. The supper was held at the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) of Madison and drew about 250 people throughout the evening. All proceeds from the event go toward operational cost of the HSMC, a no-kill shelter. “The supper went very well,” said Tim George, director of HSMC. “We are so grateful for the community’s help. We are funded solely through donations. We do not get any money from the government to …

Holidays at Honeymoon

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Gracing the southern end of Madison’s historic district, “Honeymoon” stands as an ambassador to the grandeur of the town’s signature Antebellum homes. Nicknamed by one of its earlier owners in honor of her childhood home, the 1851 Greek Revival is now the second home of Jimmy Stanton and Patrick Greco.  As owner of Stanton Home Furnishings in Atlanta’s west side design district, Stanton has transformed the iconic home into a veritable showroom, mixing his signature style of traditional and modern. This year, Stanton and Greco are opening their home for …

Teachers of the year named at BOE meeting

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Morgan County School System has announced four Teachers of the Year, one for each of Morgan County’s schools. Ashley Wegmann was selected as Morgan County High School’s (MCHS) Teacher of the Year. Heather Jackson was selected at Morgan County Middle School’s (MCMS) Teacher of the Year. Lisa Layne was selected as Morgan County Elementary School’s (MCES) Teacher of the Year. Hillary Stapp was selected as Morgan County Primary School’s (MCPS) Teacher of the Year. The four were honored at Monday night’s Morgan County Board of Education Board meeting. “I was …

Morgan salutes the Veterans

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  Local veterans and their families gathered at Morgan County High School (MCHS) last Friday, the day before Veterans Day, to be celebrated by the local community for their bravery, sacrifice and unyielding patriotism. The Morgan County High School Chorus sang special renditions of the National Anthem and “God Bless America,” bringing some of the veterans and families to tears. This year’s event was led by Jim NeSmith, commander of Post 37 of the American Legion, and featured remarks by veteran and State Representative Dave Belton, and LTC. Derrick Dailey. …

Dancing for a cause

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  Madison’s most famous “stars” took the stage of the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center last week, dazzling the crowd with an evening of fancy footwork all in an effort to raise money for the Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club. And these dancers did not disappoint! The sixth annual Dancing With the Madison Stars (DWMS) garnered more thsn $95,000, which will be used to sponsor 20-plus children’s memberships at the club. “It’s a record-breaking year!” said Nancy Vaughan, co-chair of the Madison- Morgan Boys & Girls Club. Indeed, this year’s event raked …

Fest Success

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      Bostwick’s annual Cotton Gin Festival is one of the county’s most beloved events of the year and this year’s festival did not disappoint. “We had more people than we had parking,” said Angie Howard, a Bostwick City Councilwoman who helps orchestrate the festival every year. “It was the largest crowd we ever had!” Some estimated that more than 7,000 people came through Saturday’s Cotton Gin Festival. The festival kicked off with a parade, led by this year’s Cotton King, Earl Nunn, who is a life-long Bostwick resident …

Madison Trick or Treating 2017

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  Madison was overrun with fanciful creatures, immortal monsters, brave superheroes, and famous “celebrities” last week. Crowds of tiny ghouls, goblins, and pretty princesses  scurried from house to house, scowering for candy on Halloween. Children and parents, donned in creative and spooky costumes, wandered the neighborhoods of Madison, knocking on doors hoping to get a treat instead of a trick. The weather was ideal for an evening of traditional trick-or-treating. The Halloween Spirit was alive and well as parents flashed their cameras to capture priceless memories of their children laughing …


Veterans to get a free day of dentistry Nov. 10

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Lake Oconee Dentistry will be hosting “Stars, Stripes and Smiles,” a free day of dentistry solely for our servicemen and servicewomen, on Friday, Nov. 10.  Drs. David and Patti Bradley and Dr. Shelly Pound, as well as Lake Oconee Dentistry hygienists, dental assistants and other team members, will provide veterans with their choice of a free extraction, filling or cleaning that day. Dr. David Miller, an oral surgeon and owner of Lake Oconee Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center, will also be donating his time, along with his team, in order to help as …

Trick or Treating at Bill Wood Park

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The Morgan County Recreation Department held its annual Fall Fun Fest last Saturday at Bill Wood Park in Madison. The event featured hay rides, fireworks, carnival games, snow cones, Fall photography scenes, a dunking booth, candy, door prizes and a live performance from the musical group “The Apostles of Bluegrass.” The event was sponsored by LOVE Madison and the Fireworks show was sponsored by Chick-fil-A of Madison.

Madison-Morgan Cultural Center Honors Robert M. Turnell

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Special to the Citizen Friends, family and Cultural Center supporters gathered on the new brick patio in front of the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 4 p.m. for the unveiling of a special memorial in honor of Robert M. Turnell, founder and first Board of Trustees chair of the Morgan County Foundation which administers the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center. Kim Brown, Director of the Cultural Center, welcomed everyone and spoke about the exciting improvements at the Center as a result of the current capital campaign “Sustaining a …

Candidates square off in political forum

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Candidates running in the upcoming City of Madison elections on Nov. 7 gathered for a forum last Thursday to make their case to the public to vote for them. Sponsored by the Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce and the Morgan County Citizen, seven candidates answered a series of policy questions in front of a packed crowd at the City of Madison’s meeting hall. On the panel sat Madison Mayor Fred Perriman, Kathi Russell, who is running for mayor, Robert Lanier, who is running for Mayor, City Councilwoman Chris Hodges, Woody Burriss, …


Chain stores looking at Bi–Lo center

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor A popular shopping chain may be headed to Madison, according to Bob Hughes, president of the Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce. “A national clothing store and a national hardware store are looking at retail space in Madison out on the Eatonton Highway,” said Hughes. “This is just another part of the further commercial development along the 441 corridor.” According to Hughes, the real estate arm of the company is considering taking up residence at the old Bi-Lo building in the Madison Crossing Shopping Center. “They …


Kathi Russell: ‘We can and we will’ if elected

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Change is the message of Kathi Russell’s campaign. Russell, owner of the Madison Tea Room, is on the upcoming Nov. 7 election ballot, running for Madison Mayor against Incumbent Fred Perriman and Candidate Robert Lanier. According to Russell, it is with much trepidation and preparation that she seeks the office of mayor in Madison. “Stepping up and running for any political office is not done without great thought and much prayer.  When deciding to run for mayor, on the day I filed, I was …

Take a stand, lend a hand

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office held  the fourth annual Antibullying Rally last weekend, which brought out about 200 attendees. The event is a team effort between law enforcement officials, educators, ministers, and elected officials to deter Morgan County students from engaging in bullying. The four-hour event featured encouraging words from four speakers, a group prayer, a basketball game, a talent show, a DJ, and drawings for various prizes. Every child who attended the event also left with a fidget spinner as a prize. “We …