Morgan’s Finest

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Over the next three weeks, our Morgan’s Finest series will continue with a three-part story of a trio of great athletes from Morgan County High School.  The uniqueness of this feature finds three athletes attending the same college after graduation from MCHS.   While at Piedmont College, these three friends find themselves as the only three students attending there from MOCO with scholarships in three different sports.  In the spring of 2001, each student-athlete is awarded the Most Valuable Player Award in each of their respective sports.  This first week’s …

Art unveiling at Farmview

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

Every year, Morgan County Crossroads students, working with the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA), construct a work of public art to gift to a local non-profit and this year, Farmview Market in Madison was chosen. A reception was held to celebrate the art installation and the students who created it. “Farmview was chosen for two reasons: one, their philosophy of the importance of giving back to the community aligns with that of the Crossroads program and master artist Steffen Thomas whose long career included donations of public art, and …

Opposing opinions on DiLetto

Tia Lynn Ivey Featured, News

Supporters and opponents of City Councilman Joe DiLetto clashed at Monday night’s regular meeting as citizens packed the meeting hall, some to support Theresa Bishop’s push for DiLetto’s resignation and others to vouch for DiLetto’s right to remain in office. Theresa Bishop addressed the Madison Mayor and City Council on Monday evening to further press the council to comment on her request for Councilman Joe DiLetto to resign due to allegations of bias, threats of bodily harm, and bullying. “I feel his actions toward me have been rude, threatening, sexist, …

HEARTBREAK

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With thoughts of a first-ever State Championship for the Morgan County Diamond Dogs, the biggest crowd in the storied history of the baseball program gathered at Tracy Brown field Monday night.  They came away disappointed that the doubleheader didn’t end the way they would have liked.  Morgan lost both games of the doubleheader to Lovett in run-rule fashion 13-3 and 11-1.  It was a heartbreaking way to end what many would argue was the best season in the annals of MCHS baseball. Lovett was simply better than the Dogs on …

Blue birds find home in Madison

Sarah Wibell Community, Featured

  See that flash of blue go by? Hear that raspy purring call? Bluebirds around Madison are multiplying and that’s not just because of those birds and the bees in the springtime trees. Betsy Wagenhauser has been sharing her love of bluebirds around town, and that has led to the creation of her very own bluebird trail – an endeavor she hopes others will duplicate. “A couple of years ago, I started thinking a lot about bluebirds,” stated Wagenhauser, resident of Bonar Hall, that beautiful historic home with the city …

Sorohan new face of AT&T campaign

Tia Lynn Ivey Featured, News

A new AT&T national ad campaign aiming to warn against distracted driving features the story of Caleb Sorohan, a Morgan County teenager who died in 2009 during a car accident in which he checked his phone to read a text message before veering into the oncoming lane of traffic.    The slogan for the campaign is “No Distraction is Worth a Future.” The commercial explores what the lives of Caleb Sorohan and Forrest Cepeda, another victim of distracted driving, would be like today. AT&T took a bold approach to get …

Bulldogs making history

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If you missed the Morgan County vs Pace Academy baseball series this past week, you are probably kicking yourself right about now.  It was, unquestionably, one of the great comebacks in Diamond Dog history as they took down the Knights in a best-of-three series to advance to the Elite Eight for only the third time in school history.  According to local historians, the only two teams to advance this far were the 1980 and 1997 teams.  The 1980 squad went to the Final Four, eventually losing to State Champions Lee …

Garden Museum debuts at Cultural Center

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

  The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC) recently underwent an extensive, exterior $1. 8 million makeover, hiring an Atlanta-based landscaping firm tasked with the restoration and greening of the main building, along with improvements to the drainage system. “We are building for the future,” said MMCC Director Kim Brown. “We are hoping to build for a larger, more diverse, audience, and trying to make the center more welcoming.” Over the last few years, the MMCC has been raising money through a capital campaign for the project, so far raising $1.5 million. …

Local veteran revisits Vietnam

Sarah Wibell Community, Featured

Imagine it: a war zone. People killing each other – gunshots, bombs, chemical warfare. A soldier follows orders and does what is needed to survive, to get home, to be safe once again with family and friends. Photographs in the soldier’s pocket serve as a reminder of what is being fought for, a reminder to attack the enemy who also has orders to follow and photographs of loved ones from a different home, from a different country. David Land, current Madison resident who fought in the Vietnam War in 1968 …

Diamond Dogs roar into round two

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After a disappointing first round loss in 2017, the Morgan County baseball team left no doubt in this series by taking two straight over East Hall to move into the second round of the State Playoffs.  Hunter Lane got the nod in game one, coming away with a 6-1 win, while Ethan Stamps pitched a complete game shutout in the second game bringing home a 2-0 victory for the Bulldogs.  Both pitchers seemed to have an edge about them.  Lane said before the game, “I’ve been waiting on this for …

Madison Fest floods downtown

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

  Hundreds of people gathered in Town Park last Saturday for the annual Madison Fest. “Saturday was a beautiful day! We tend to dream big and hope that all of the groundwork we’ve laid–the musicians, vendors, speakers, attendees and even food–all align, but in the end the weather is always a wild card. But Mother Nature came through and gave us a great day for community bonding and memory making in Town Park,” said Colleen Hall, event coordinator for the City of Madison. “Plus, we enjoyed great live music all …

GA’s first countywide Conservancy blossoms this spring

Patrick Yost Featured, News

By Christine McCauley Watts executive director, madison-morgan conservancy The Madison-Morgan Conservancy has been protecting Morgan County’s special places since its founder executed the first conservation easement in Morgan County in 2004.  That easement permanently protects half an acre behind a historic house in Madison’s Historic District – the half acre that led to thousands. Thanks to the Conservancy’s work over many years, thousands of acres of wildlife habitat, open space, farmland, and forests in Morgan County are permanently protected through voluntary, donated conservation easements.  Three important historic structures have also …

Rolling across the country

Tia Lynn Ivey Featured, News

A young woman on a solo cross-country skating trek rolled through Madison last week. Nearly 800 miles into her journey, Yanise Ho, 23, is traveling with nothing more than a pair of rollerblades, a big backpack, and even bigger dreams as she skates from town to town across America spreading a message of “trust and love” while raising money for underprivileged girls in Uganda and Kenya to receive an education. Her latest adventure is entitled “The Wondrous Voyage of Yanise,” a 6,000-mile journey from Miami to California and back to …

Amici opens at new location

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

Amici Italian Café of Madison is officially open at its new location on Jefferson Street in the historic Livery building. The iconic building, which used to house Madison Hardware & Supply Store, has been restored and transformed into a new-and-improved Amici’s Italian Café. The 10,000 square-foot building has tripled the size of Amici’s previous location. Mike Torino, owner of Madison’s Amici’s Italian Café, hopes the new location, which is right across the street from Town Park, will become the new “social hub” of Madison. “Our old place was known as …

Annual NAACP parade rolls through Madison

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

The annual NAACP Black History Parade and Festival drew its largest crowd ever, according to organizers. Hundreds of people gathered to watch the literary-themed parade last Saturday, followed by a lively festival in Town Park, featuring food, live music, crafts, educational resources, and health screenings. Madison Mayor Fred Perriman served as the parade’s grand marshal. Reverend Hoke Smith, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Madison, served as honorary grand marshal during the parade. “It was an honor to serve as the grand marshal for this year’s parade,” said Perriman. “It …

Girls soccer wins against East Jackson

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The Morgan County soccer teams got two wins last week over Region opponent East Jackson.  The girls posted a dominating 5-1 score while the boys got their win in overtime fashion that was finally decided on penalty kicks. The score in the girls’ match might not have seemed like a blowout, but the time of possession and field position details told another story.  East Jackson’s Lady Eagles didn’t even mount a true threat until 16:51 remaining when McKenzie Larate was awakened from her nap in the goal.  She made a …

Mock Tragedy at MCHS

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

The Freshman Academy took advantage of a unique opportunity to imagine their futures, for better or for worse last week. At the Fifth Annual Teen Maze, a Morgan County 4-H event designed to demonstrate the dire consequences of poor life choices, students visited various stations acting out real-life scenarios teenagers with which teenagers are commonly confronted. Teens explored the possible outcomes of drug-use, underage drinking, domestic violence, teen pregnancy, distracted driving, sexual activity, and peer pressure during the all-day event last Friday. Volunteers acted out various worst-case scenario outcomes, such …

Let the games be fun!

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

  Morgan County High School held its annual One Morgan Special Olympics last week, celebrating diversity and the capabilities of students with disabilities for the seventh year in a row. Fifty-five student athletes participated in this year’s event, ranging from ages 3 to 19. Over 70 high school students volunteered to help orchestrate the event. “I feel it is important to celebrate these individuals every day of the year, but One Morgan Special Olympics highlights what they can do; not what they are not able to do,” explained Meredith Holloway, …

Buzzkill for DiLetto

Tia Lynn Ivey Featured, Front Page, News

A local citizen is demanding the resignation of Madison City Councilman Joe DiLetto. Theresa Bishop, a local shop owner, appeared before the Madison Mayor and City Council Monday evening, with several other citizens echoing support for her case, asking for DiLetto to immediately resign from the council and for the Mayor and City Council to join her in asking for his resignation. However, DiLetto did not resign nor did the council take a stance, but asked for more time to consider Bishop’s allegations. “I am not going to respond to …

‘If one child is abused it is one too many.’

Tia Lynn Ivey Featured, News

  Child abuse rates in Morgan County have fallen below the State of Georgia’s average, but there is still much work to be done, according to Velde Hardy, director of Morgan County Family Connection. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and local community leaders gathered for the annual Pinwheel Ceremony last week to formally recognize the local victims of child abuse and to recommit themselves to the work of keeping children safe and families strong. “Each of us here today have come to stand together in unity to ensure our …