‘Plein Air’ artists invade Morgan County

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Artists from all over the state of Georgia gathered in Madison and Morgan County this past weekend for the Georgia Color Plein Air event. You may have seen painters set up around town creating art in real time.  “This past weekend, over a span of four days, Steffen Thomas Museum of Art joined the Olmsted Plein Air group to present the Georgia Color Plein Air Event.  The 40 invited Plein Air artists from throughout Georgia explored and captured the beauty and essence of our …

Madison Honors Our Veterans

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor   The community gathered to celebrate local veterans last Monday at Morgan County High School in honor of Veterans Day.  Every year, Morgan County High School opens its doors and welcomes veterans and their families as students, teacher, and guest speakers pay homage to their brave service and sacrifice for the good of country.  The Morgan County High School sung a moving rendition of the National Anthem at Monday morning’s event.  State Representive Dave Belton spoke at the event.  “Generations of people all around the …

Dancing With The Madison Stars

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By Tia Lynn Ivey editor  Madison’s “stars” sashayed across the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center stage last week for the Eighth Annual Dancing with the Madison Stars, the premier fundraising for the Madison-Morgan Boys and Girls Club.  “It’s a packed house for the big night!” said a Boys and Girls Club representative of the sold out event.    “I was just amazed at the talent of all of our dance teams! The time and sacrifice that the teams make on behalf of our Club and our kids is just amazing!” Said Karen …

Fire destroys Peppers Road residence

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor A Bostwick house on Peppers Road went up in flames last week, resulting in a total loss. The house belongs to Lenita Franklin, a beloved community member known for her generosity and volunteerism.  According to Fire Chief Jeff Stone, the house was almost fully engulfed when firefighters arrived as they scrambled to put the fire out.  “Our guys moved fast once they got there,” said Stone. The fire was extinguished by 28 Morgan County firefighters and seven firefighters from Walton County. According to Stone, …

Morgan stops East Jackson 45-31

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County didn’t play their best football game of the season last Friday night when they traveled to Commerce, but eventually posted a wild 45-31 win over East Jackson to move to 4-1 in region play and 7-2 on the season. The Dogs used a crushing ground attack that accounted for 330 yards on the night to eventually subdue a feisty, much improved Eagle squad.     That rushing attack was led by junior Kobridgette Lumpkin who had a monster game.  The junior running back …

Cotton Gin Fest a hit!

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor   Over 6,000 people descended upon Bostwick’s Downtown for the Annual Cotton Gin Festival last Saturday.  Beneath clear blue skies amidst the crisp Fall weather, hoards of people lined the streets shouting and waving as a massive parade of tractors, firetrucks, and police vehicles slowly drove through town. This year’s Cotton King, Marvin Ruark served as the parade’s grand mashall, leading the way through Downtown Bostwick.  Dozens of vendors set up camp selling crafts, food, and other local treasures.  Over 75 artists and crafters attended …

Back in time

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Y’allywood is back to shoot an ambitious high-profile television series right in the heart of Madison.  The Underground Railroad, an 11-episode Amazon  limited series directed by Oscar Winner Barry Jenkins and produced by Brad Pitt’s company Plan B, will bring to life the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Colson Whitehead.  Whitehead’s bestselling novel The Underground Railroad follows the story of “Cora,” a young slave girl a cotton plantation in Georgia.  “Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast …

New season brings on new challenges

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Some observers might believe that the 2019-20 version of Morgan County Bulldog basketball will be in a rebuilding mode.  The members of the team and coaching staff might believe otherwise.  Every new season brings about new challenges, and this Jamond Sims’ led squad is no different.  The graduation of four starters and one key substitute from the 2019 Class AAA State Champions will certainly be hard to replace (all five are playing at the college level this season), but Sims feels that the Dogs …

Chili Cook-Off a hit!

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Locals and out-of-town visitors chowed down on Madison’s finest selection of home cooked chili last Saturday at the 15th Annual Downtown Chili Cook Off and Fall Festival.  With 785 wristbands sold, Town Park was packed with attendees enjoying the fall weather while savoring samples of fresh chili.  This year’s winners were announced and awarded at the end of the festival. The CASE Georgia State Champ went to Veni Miller of Douglasville, Ga. The Showmanship Award went to Kenny Stewart for Sheriff. There were three …

Building today for tomorrow

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The Morgan County Branch of the NAACP held the 49th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet last Saturday, Oct. 26 at Morgan County High School.  Every year, the Morgan County NAACP honors local members with an array of awards for community service, celebrating with a dinner and speakers to deliver an uplifting message aimed at creating a better future.  This year’s keynote address was delivered by Michael Thurmond, a Dekalb County CEO. Mr. Avery Jackson, a Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration member, served as …

Marvin Ruark this year’s ‘Cotton King’

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By Sarah Jones Granddaughter of  Marvin Ruark “There are few greater honors than being Marvin Ruark’s granddaughter. And if you know him, you probably feel the same is true of being his friend.  But this fall, the honor is his. Marvin Ruark is this year’s Bostwick Cotton Gin Festival’s Cotton King. This is the 30th Annual Bostwick Cotton Gin Festival.  Being the son of a farmer and having a mother with a green-thumb, it is no surprise that my grandaddy grew up to be a farmer. His family has tended …

Dragons maintain hold on first place

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor It was a beautiful night for football at Jefferson’s Memorial Stadium Friday, and for a half the Morgan County Bulldogs met their surroundings with some beautiful play.  Had it not been for a couple of things that went against the Dogs, Morgan could have been tied with the Dragons at the intermission.  However, those mishaps proved to be part of the Bulldog downfall, and the second half Jefferson showed why they hold the number three ranking in AAA this week. As some in the …

JV slips past Jackson County 30-26

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County JV football team continued their winning ways with an entertaining 30-26 victory over Region foe Jackson County last week.  The play of Jay Eubanks, Pratt Spivey, Rogers Clark, DJ Smith, and Javier Laguin sparked the offense to the win.  The see-saw battle started with the Dogs taking the lead on their first possession.  They marched 68 yards in only six plays to draw first blood.  Running back Eubanks, putting together a fine season, was again the leading ground gainer in the …

Community stands against bullying

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By Tia Lynn Ivey editor  More than 200 people arrived at the largest Morgan County Sheriff’s Office Anti-Bullying Social last Saturday. The sixth annual event sponsored by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office was open to Morgan County youth aged 8-years-old to 15-years-old. The event ran from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and was held at the Morgan County Recreation Department. According to Olivia Laborn, Anti-Bullying Social event, the event included “motivational speakers, food, games and prizes.” A live DJ, Darren Ballard, also entertained the youth. Ministers, educators, law enforcement officers …

Spin For Kids

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By Tia Lynn Ivey editor  About 500 cyclists and 150 volunteers gathered at Camp Twin Lakes last Sunday for the annual Spin for Kids fundraiser.  Spin For Kids raises money for Camp Twin Lakes’ Camper Scholarship Program. These funds ensure each of the 10,000 children and teens served annually at Camp Twin Lakes have the opportunity to participate in year-round, transformative camp programs, regardless of the families’ ability to pay.  For more than 25 years, Camp Twin Lakes has provided life-changing camp experiences to thousands of children and teens just through …

Spike Dogs move to State Playoffs

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The MCHS Spike Dogs punched their ticket to the State Volleyball Championship with a win over Monroe Area this past week.  The victory pushed Morgan into the 8-AAA Region Championship Final Four.  A loss to Jefferson and a win over Hart County gives them the third slot from the Area.  This means they will travel to Westminster Schools Saturday, Oct. 19 to face the second seeded team out of Area 6-AAA, North Murray.  Times have yet to be determined.  Ringgold will be the number one seed at 25-15 for the …

Sweet Sacrifice

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  “It was all worth it!” giggled Cindy Aaron after taking a big bite of a free cookie dough blizzard from Madison’s local Dairy Queen. And all it cost her was a kidney.  When Ernest Fulton, a 49-year-old husband, a father of four, and the assistant manager at the Madison Dairy Queen, was told he only had six months to live in 2018, he thought his time in this world would soon be over.  Ernest was diagnosed with Stage 3 prostate cancer in addition to …

IKK ‘hate group’ comes to Morgan

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor A cross covered in Christmas lights shone in darkness off of Aqua Road in Morgan County last weekend. But the festive lights could not disguise the startling message beneath—a message of hate, racism and white supremacy, according to local law enforcement and concerned neighbors.  The International Keystone Knights (IKK), a chapter of Ku Klux Klan, gathered at a local private residence on Aqua Lane for a two-day event on October 4-5, advertised as a board meeting, and a barbecue with speeches. According to local …

A Roast, Toast, and Tribute to Christine Lambert

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By Tia Lynn Ivey editor  At her 90th Birthday “Roast, Toast, and Tribute,” Christine Lambert may have been the butt of the jokes for the evening, but her legacy is no laughing matter. Since Lambert arrived in Madison over 50 years ago, she rose to become a vital pillar of the community, wielding her wealth and influence to protect public education, historic homes and landmarks, green space, and create a thriving local art venue through the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC). Since Lambert played a pivotal role in founding the MMCC, …

Fourth Annual Shoot For Seth

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The memory of Seth Stapleton, a Morgan County high school football player who tragically died in 2015, lives on as his family and friends carry on what he loved to do in his honor.  The Fourth Annual Shoot for Seth was held last weekend at Old Hudson Plantation in Sparta. The Sporting clay tournament included 100 targets and was open to both adults and kids. The event featured a live auction, a silent auction, games and raffle tickets. All funds raised will go to …