The 20s roar again

Staff Written Community, Featured

By Andrea Gable staff writer Winners of this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards, presented by Lake Oconee Living magazine, were recognized this weekend in true Roaring 20s fashion during the Best of Lake Oconee awards gala at the Oconee Brewing Company in Greensboro.  More than 4,000 votes were cast to determine the Best of Lake Oconee in categories ranging from food and dining to arts and culture. Winners were revealed during the awards ceremony and are featured in the current issue of Lake Oconee Living, on stands now. The Roaring 20s-themed …

Hollywood sets eyes on Bostwick

Staff Written Featured, News

By Tia Lynn Ivey A new filming project is sweeping through Morgan County this week for a reboot television series of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi/horror “Amazing Stories,” with shooting locations in Rutledge, Bostwick and right outside of Madison.  Filming begin on Monday, Jan 14 off Highway 83 outside of Madison and then moved to Bostwick, behind the Cotton Jin on Mayor John Bostwick’s farm. Downtown Rutledge is getting a full makeover this week for the filming project, which will shoot on Friday, Jan 18 and run into the wee hours of …

Huff’s final game ends in victory

Sports Reports Featured, Sports

By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Senior Jordan Huff played the final game of his basketball career at MCHS Friday.  The 6’2” 182 pound senior is headed for early enrollment as a scholarship football player for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets this semester.  He will be missed.    This two-sport standout has played a vital role in back-to-back Region Championships in football his sophomore and junior seasons and was voted in as an 8-AAA All-Region defensive back his senior year.  Huff is also known for his tenacious and unrelenting defense …

New art exhibit opens at STMA

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

By Tia Lynn Ivey A new art exhibit, entitled Faces in Time, will feature the compelling works of three artists who have immortalized influential historical figures through their art at the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA) later this month.  The STMA will present select works of Steffen Thomas, a renowned sculptor, Leanna Leithauser Lesley, a revolutionary needlepointer, and Chris Cook, a local designer who produces paintings of ”fine art with a Southern flavor.”  According to the STMA, the exhibit will feature “works-on-paper, fiber art portraits, and sculptures of renowned …

Caboose goes green

Sarah Wibell Community, Featured

Sarah Wibell The red Caboose in Rutledge has gone green. Well, greener than it was. One of the most significant alterations is the elimination of Styrofoam. All of the to-go cups, lids, and straws are now Greenware, a product made entirely of plants that is 100 percent compostable in industrial facilities. “We have wanted to do this for a long time,” said Molly Lesnikowski, who co-owns and operates the Caboose with her husband Ed Hogan. “We use as little disposable as possible, and all of the disposable items are recyclable.” …

2018, a year in review!

Staff Written Community, Featured

By Sarah Wibell  and Brittany Whitley staff writers January Guy Rogers became Morgan County’s new tax assessor. Rodgers previously worked for the county two decades ago. The “5 Perspectives” art exhibit opened. The collaboration between the Morgan County African American Museum and the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art highlighted work by five contemporary artists celebrating black art. A hotel/motel tax was passed 3-to-2 by Madison’s city council but blocked by State Representative Dave Belton and Senator Burt Jones. The resolution intended to increase a local tax from 5 to 7 …

Spence a National Champion

Sports Reports Featured, Sports

By R. Alan Richardson sports editor For Stewart Spence, winning a National Championship for Valdosta State University (VSU) was anything but easy.  It was a road full of pit stops, hard work, injuries, rehab, and more.  Throughout the process, he never doubted himself.   And neither did his parents or big brother.  If you ask him if it was worth it, he’d give you a resounding, “Yes.”  The record-breaking, Division II Championship season culminated in VSU defeating Ferris State in McKinney, Texas 49-47 in a high-octane thriller that went down …

Lady Dogs take home Sweet South trophy

Sports Reports Featured, Sports

By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s Lady Bulldog basketball team captured the 2018 Sweet South Championship by lapping the field in wins of 29, 38, and 14 points over Apalachee, Lambert, and Veterans respectively.  The final scores were 64-35 over Apalachee, 70-32 over Lambert, and 69-55 in the Championship game over Veterans.  The girls are starting to flex some muscle and show why they will again be a force to contend with in the AAA Region and State Tournaments.  They are now 11-3 overall with the meat of …

Team of the Decade

Sports Reports Featured, Sports

By Alvin Richardson staff writer On Tuesday, December 11. Morgan County was one of several schools honored at Mercedes Benz Stadium as a “Team of the Decade” and the school was represented by Otha Knight, Eugene Sidwell and Richard Jones in a ceremony between games at the Georgia high school football championships.  The prestigious distinction was given to Morgan County for their incredible run of success between the years of 1955 to 1962 when the Bulldogs won five state titles in eight years and compiled an unheard of record of …

Dogs demolish Jackson Co. 83-23

Staff Written Featured, Sports

By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Tuesday’s game at Jackson County High School wasn’t pretty.  For the Panthers, that is.  The Morgan County Bulldogs put up 83 points against an outgunned and overmatched Region 8-AAA foe to push their record to 7-1 on the season and 4-0 in league play.  Alec Woodard had a game-high 28 points on 11-15 shooting going 5-7 from three-point land.  He also grabbed six rebounds, had three assists, and picked off six steals in the 50-point victory. After two somewhat lackluster performances last week at …

Defense key in win over Jackson Co.

Sports Reports Featured, Sports

By R. Alan Richardson sports editor What a difference a half makes.  A close first half turned into a runaway second half as the Lady Dogs went on the road to defeat the Jackson County Lady Panthers in Region 8-AAA basketball action this week.  With Morgan holding on to a slim 30-24 lead at halftime, the home team eventually folded under the relentless full court man-to-man pressure from MOCO.  The girls outscored Jackson County 20-5 in the third period to run out to a 50-29 advantage to get a 63-34 …

Out with the old and in with the new

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

“When the staff first wheeled me in to the new hospital this morning I felt like I was in a hotel!” exclaimed Carolyn Stewart, a retired Middle School teacher who was the first patient to be admitted to the new Morgan Medical Center.  On Wednesday, Dec. 19, hospital leaders transferred patients into the new $35 million hospital and officially closed the doors of Morgan Memorial Hospital, which was established in 1959. Thirteen patients were moved from the old Morgan Memorial Hospital into the brand new Morgan Medical Center, a bittersweet …

A new home for Christmas

Brittany Whitley Community, Featured

B Habitat for Humanity of Morgan County celebrated the completion of a newly constructed house that volunteers are calling “blessed”. “I came in one day and somebody had written on the walls and two by fours in the floor,” Mary DiLetto, a member of Habitat for Humanity, told the audience of supporters. “And I’m going ‘what in the world!’” She pointed at Syreeta Lumpkin, joyous in gratitude, and her mother, Doris Lewis. “These two ladies came in with sharpies and put biblical verses on the two by fours and little …

HEROES HONORED

Tia Lynn Ivey Featured, News

A pregnant woman was saved from a burning vehicle after crashing into a guardrail on I-20 in Morgan County in July. Now, the two men who saved her life, Jeffrey Hill and Demetrice Moore, have been recognized by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department with a Heroism Award.  Hill and Moore received a Heroism Medal and plague to commemorate their selfless efforts to save the life of a complete stranger.  “It was a huge honor to be recognized by the Sheriff’s Department and I am very, very humbled by it,” said …

Meteorology at MCHS

Sarah Wibell Community, Featured

By Sarah Wibell Morgan County High School (MCHS) is standing out from other high schools across Georgia in a new way. Offering a science course in meteorology, students at MCHS are engaged in hands-on learning that aims to give back to the community through truly local weather forecasts. “I think there are about three high schools in the state that currently teach a class in meteorology,” MCHS science teacher and alumna Michelle Ozburn said. “Because it’s a new class and it’s something different, the engagement among our students has been …

New middle school breaks ground

Tia Lynn Ivey Featured, News

The last piece to create a $46 million consolidated school campus is underway with Morgan County School officials breaking ground on the construction of the new middle school. The new middle school is set to be completed in December of 2019, erected on the site of the old high school. The consolidated campus will feature the new middle school along side the already completed new high school, College and Career Academy, and Transportation facility. School leaders gathered on Monday, Dec. 10 to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony for the new middle …

Swim Dogs take second at home meet

Sports Reports Featured, Sports

By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County Swim Team hosted their first meet of the season Friday coming away with a second place finish for both the boys’ and girls’ squads.  Competing schools included Morgan, Clarke Central, George Walton Academy, and Athens Academy.  Head Coach Jennifer O’Neal talked about the event, “We had a great meet this week.  I’m very proud of the team spirit our swimmers showed.  Even the judges complimented us about it.  Way to go!  Clarke Central came in with about 40 swimmers to take …

Mat Dogs host Christmas Classic

Sports Reports Featured, Sports

By R. Alan Richardson sports editor It was another great weekend of wrestling for the Morgan County High School Mat Dogs as they hosted their annual Christmas Classic.  Sixteen teams came to Madison to compete in the event that drew great crowds and teams from around the state.  The squad made a strong showing finishing fifth against some of the best competition that were drawn and invited to the event.  Donovan McElligott and Finn Williams again paced the Dogs by finishing first and second respectively in their weight classes.  McElligott …

Morgan Medical hosts ribbon cutting

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

After 15 years of dreaming, reorganizing, planning, applying, and constructing, the new $35 million Morgan Medical Center, the much anticipated replacement hospital on Lions Club Road in Madison, is finally completed. Hospital officials and local leaders celebrated the completed project last Sunday, with a traditional ribbon cutting and community tour to show off the brand new state-of-the-art, modernized hospital fit for 21st century healthcare. “It is a glorious day for all involved, but especially for the citizens of all the communities we serve. What a great Christmas present for you …

Employers show appreciation

Sarah Wibell Community, Featured

Our story begins about six months ago: A trip for employees who were not to know what their bosses had planned till shortly before adventures began with surprises galore… For almost two years Nancy and George Launius, owners of Thrifty Mac Pharmacy, had wanted to do something special for their employees who are like a family to them. In July, they began to plan a weekend trip to New York City (NYC). “Life is short,” Nancy asserted. “I’m a firm believer in making memories along the way and sharing opportunities …