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Gov. issues plea for ‘stay at home’ Thanksgiving

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“The most important thing is that we want to keep each other safe, our families safe and our community safe.” – Fred Perriman  Mayor of Madison By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor Thanksgiving is upon us, but many of the beloved traditions will be sacrificed this year as the ongoing coronavirus spikes across the nation.  As of press time on Tuesday Nov. 24, Morgan County has reported a total of 572 coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Seven people have reportedly died from the coronavirus in Morgan County …

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Morgan vote recount now complete

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Numbers remain virtually unchanged as national spotlight lands on Georgia By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Morgan County has completed a by-hand recount of all ballots cast in the 2020 Presidential Election—yielding virtually identical results to the outcome tabulated on Election night on Nov. 4.  According to Morgan County Elections Director Jennifer Doran, the recount results differed by just two votes when poll workers completed the process on Monday, Nov. 16.  “The audit results were just two votes short of the certified results,” said Doran of the completed manual recount …

Unity Vigil held to stand against racism

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  We are here to be a light in the darkness,” said Crystal Ross, one of the organizers of last week’s Unity Vigil held outside of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Madison.  About 60 community members gathered outside of the church to address racism in Morgan County, prompted by the recent racist messages exchanged between Morgan County High School students in a private social media chat group that went viral two weeks ago. “We know what has happened and we are on it, but we want …

In the Nick of Time

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Pennington Seed partners with Greene County Habitat to build a new home for a local family in time to celebrate the holiday season By Tia Lynn Ivey Staff Writer When the lights are strung, the wreath is hung and the tree is lit, a family in need will celebrate this Christmas in their very own new home, thanks to a unique partnership between The Greene County Habitat for Humanity and Pennington Seed of Madison. Candice Butts, a single-mother of three, is counting the days until she can settle into her …

High School Volleyball

A Season To Remember

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Morgan County High School Spikedogs volleyball team prevailed as runner-up in the AAA State Championship Coach Kathleen Goodwin was reflective and proud at the outcome of the championship. “It was a tough loss, and of course we would have loved another outcome, but at the end of the day I am still so proud of what these girls accomplished together. This season they won their area without dropping a set; they made it to the Elite Eight, the furthest any Morgan County team has ever been before, and then they just …

Breaking News: MCHS Spike Dog volleyball advances to Final Four

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The juggernaut that is the 2020 Morgan County High School Spike Dog volleyball team defeated third ranked Lafayette High School Tuesday night to advance to the Final Four of the AAA State Volleyball Championship. Morgan, ranked fourth in the state in AAA, defeated the third ranked LaFayette team 3-1. The win sets up a noon semi-final game against Sandy Creek High School. The match will be played at Morgan County High School this Saturday, Oct. 31. Tickets are $8 at the door. LaFayette won the first match 25-20 but after …

Early voting explodes in Morgan County

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By Tia Lynn IveyManaging Editor  The phone rang nearly 10 times before a frazzled employee answered the phone at the Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration. “We’re swamped right now,” the employee said as Morgan County voters were pouring in to cast their ballots early for the 2020 Presidential Election on the second day of early voting.  The rate of early voters is shattering previous early voting records.  On the first day early voting opened, Monday Oct. 12,  704 people cast their votes in-person at the election office in …

Riding For A Cause: Spin For Kids Event

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor The 15th Annual Spin for Kids, a bicycle race for Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, has raised over $409,000.  Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge provides special needs children with a one-of-a-kind away camp experience for an entire week.  “It’s still climbing,” said Brittany Dubay Gaddis, communication specialist of the donations pouring in. “Fundraising will remain open through October 30, and the total will continue to be updated at www.spinforkids.org. This money will go directly to camper scholarships! Camp subsidizes 70 percent of the cost of …

Georgia Color Plein Air Competition

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Fall is in full swing, making the local scenery the perfect subject for local artists to paint. Dozens of Georgia artists will be painting at various outdoor locations, including in Madison, for the annual Georgia Color Plein Air Competition from Thursday, Oct. 22 through Sunday, Oct. 25.   “Georgia’s top recognized masters of plein air from Ellijay to Savannah and in between, will converge on the local scenery of Georgia’s Historic Heartland as they paint the local scenery during the second  Georgia Color Plein …

A Queen is Crowned

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A fall favorite tradition in Morgan County is the annual Homecoming week which culminates in the crowning of a new Homecoming Queen to reign for the rest of the year. Morgan County High School Senior Jessy Young was chosen as the standout from this year’s Homecoming Court and crowned the coveted title of Homecoming Queen at last Friday’s Homecoming Football Game.

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County to let Buckhead decide its fate

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  As the Town of Buckhead considers a large land annexation that would double the size of the town and new zoning designation to accommodate massive commercial and residential developments, the county commissioners are reluctant to get involved.  “There won’t be much input from us. It is a Town council decision,” said Adam Mestres, county manager, at the Morgan County Board of Commissioners regular meeting Tuesday morning.  However, County Commissioner Ron Milton offered his personal thoughts, despite county leadership as a whole declining to voice …

A Morgan Homecoming

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  A Fall favorite tradition arrived last week as Morgan County High School students celebrated Homecoming Week.  All week long, students celebrated with a slew of activities, showing off their creativity and school spirit.   With pep rallies and parades, the Morgan County Bulldog Marching band played lively music as students marched and cheered and showed off their one-of-a-kind signs and floats.  The cheer squad led students in jubilant chants while showing off some new moves.  After a week all the school spirit shown at …

Football Comes Home

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With all the fanfare of a football Friday night the Morgan County Bulldogs came home under the lights for a big win against Monticello High School Friday night. Fans came out and cheered the Dogs on as they won their first game of the season after dropping the two way contests. The Bulldogs face the 6A Lakeside Panthers this Friday night, October 2, at Bill Corry Stadium. The Dogs used an explosive offense to dominate the Monticello game and bring life to the stands. For more on the Dogs’ big …

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Cotton Gin Festival canceled

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By Patrick Yost Editor  The nearly 200 tractors that rumble down Bostwick’s Main Street every fall will be silent this year. Because of fears of COVID-19 organizers for the annual Bostwick Cotton Gin announced last week that the event, the largest annual festival in Morgan County, has been canceled this year. “It is with great sadness that the City of Bostwick has declared that it will not host the annual Cotton Gin Festival this year on Nov. 7, 2020,” Chairperson Angie Howard said in an email. “This decision comes as …

In Remembrance

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  All across the country, Americans are mourning the loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died last week at the age of 87 after numerous battles with cancer. Ginsburg was the second woman to ever serve on the Supreme Court, appointed in 1993 by former President Bill Clinton. About 50 people gathered on the steps of the Morgan County Courthouse last Sunday night to honor the life and legacy of Justice Ginsburg, who rose to become a feminist icon and one of …

Born in 1918, Kay VanDyke reflects on 102

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Maanging Editor  World War I had just ended when Katherine’s world had just begun.  Katherine VanDyke, known as Kay, celebrated a rare milestone this week. She turned 102-years old. Living for a century and then some, Kay has just about seen it all. The defining moments of America most of us read about in history books, Kay has lived through firsthand. But through all the wars and socials movements, through all the economic booms and recessions, through all the presidents and politicians pursuing power,  through all …

Community mourns loss of tireless servant

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  A local giant, Jim Boyd, has passed away at the age of 82. His passing came suddenly according to family and colleagues.  James W. Boyd Jr. was the founder and senior partner of Jim Boyd & Associates, the insurance agency located on Madison’s historic square.  Boyd died in the evening on Thursday, Sept. 3. “It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my friend and colleague Jim Boyd,” said Esther Peters, chief financial officer for Jim Boyd & Associates. “Jim founded …

Grocery giveaway grows into food pantry

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  What began as a one-time grocery giveaway has evolved into a blossoming food ministry. The Morgan County Ministers Union is opening up a food pantry out of the old middle school on Pearl Street in Madison.  The Madison-Morgan Community Food Pantry will serve as a non-profit organization to ensure local families can put food on the table during these unprecedented times brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, which has wrought widespread financial hardship due to lay-offs and shutdowns.   The Morgan County Ministers Union, along with other local churches and …

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School quarantine number rises

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Editor  A total of 165 Morgan County students, across all four schools, have been sent home to quarantine after being exposed at school to COVID-19, the highly contagious coronavirus. Since school reopened on Aug. 6, a total of 21 students and seven staff members have tested positive for coronavirus.  According to school officials, everyone who has come into “close contact” with infected individuals have been sent home to quarantine for two weeks. Close contact is defined as coming within six feet of an infected person for …

City Enacts Mask Mandate

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Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Masks are now mandatory in public buildings in the city of Madison. The Madison Mayor and City Council met Wednesday morning, Aug. 19 to discuss and vote on the citywide mask mandate. The move comes on the heels of Governor Brian Kemp’s new executive order, signed on August 15, concerning the coronavirus pandemic. While the order stops short of introducing a statewide mask mandate, the order allows certain Georgia cities and counties the ability to mandate masks to be worn in public.   Governor Kemp had previously …