Fourth fizzles under COVID concerns

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Usually, there is no shortage of patriotic celebrations for Independence Day in Morgan County, but this is not a usual year. The fireworks have fizzled out this year. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, all of the Morgan County’s annual Fourth of July celebrations have been cancelled. For some, it’s the first cancellation in more than 50 years.  Every year since 1976, The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center hosts a lavish lawn party held every July 3, to celebrate Independence Day, featuring patriotic music, festive picnic …

Our Favorite “Great American”

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By Patrick Yost  editor  On a waist-high table overflowing with gifts for retiring Morgan County School Superintendent, Dr. James Woodard, was an American flag embossed on wood. The Morgan County “M” logo replaced the stars on the flag and underneath it read simply: ‘To our favorite Great American.” To anyone who knows Dr. Woodard, and that army is legion, knows Dr. Woodard’s catchphrase. “You’re a great American,” he says after a meeting, after lunch, after a telephone conservation. So last Wednesday, in the sparkling center of the almost brand-new Morgan …

Morgan youth hold peaceful protest march through town

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Morgan County High School students organized a youth-led march through downtown Madison last Friday to protest racial injustice. In solidarity with thousands of protesters across the country, about 75 teens and supportive adults, including Madison Mayor Fred Perriman, gathered in Town Park with signs to listen to speakers and march to Hill Park, which features a controversial Confederate monument. While the group marched from Town Park to Hill Park, they chanted slogans like “No Justice, No Peace,” “Black Lives Matter,” “Equal Opportunity”  and “Say …

Lambert Park an immediate success

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By Patrick Yost  editor  On what would have been its namesake’s 95th birthday, Madison officials held a “soft” opening of Lambert Park, a glorious addition to the city’s shared greenspace. The park, located at the corner of College Avenue and North Main Street, encompasses a four acre facility filled with a walking trail, proposed playground and dog park, exercisestations and growth of mature pecan trees providing shade in a lawn area. The park is named in memory of Ezekiel Roy Lambert, Jr., “one of Madison’s most stalwart citizens,” a brochure …

Library offering curbside pickup

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By Tia Lynn Ivey  managing editor  For a fun family outing, head over to the Morgan County Library. The local library is getting creative and finding ways to stay connected to the public while continuing to service the people’s educational and leisure reading needs.  The Morgan County Library is not open to the public due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but library staff is still working hard to ensure patrons have access to books and other vital public services.  For the last three weeks, the Morgan County Library has been …

Fathers make the best memories

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No offense ladies, but it’s true. Fathers, Dads, and Granddads do make the best memories. Why? Because they’re the adventurous ones. They’re the livin’-on-the-edge ones. Yep, they’re the ones who take us off on those epic trips into the unknown, the wilderness, and beyond. Moms actually care about the safety of their children. Sometimes…well…to be honest…Dads don’t.  I’m just kidding. Dads really do care. It’s just that they love to live in the extreme. They love and live to give their kids that pure rush of adrenaline. Don’t believe me? …

Morgan Marches

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Chants of “No Justice, No Peace” could be heard ringing through the downtown streets of Madison last Saturday, as hundreds of people peacefully marched more than three miles from the historic courthouse to the Morgan County Public Safety Complex to protest police brutality and systemic racism.  The Madison March was just one of thousands of protests happening around the world in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police.  Four women organized the Madison March, which drew hundreds of people, comprised …

Love in the time of COVID

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By Tia Lynn Ivey  managing editor Weddings drum up all kinds of iconic imagery, from elegant white gowns to velvety tiered cakes, from fancy centerpieces atop fine linens to rings of gold exchanged between the bride and groom in front of all their loved ones. But when a worldwide pandemic puts the kibosh on large gatherings, what becomes of a wedding then? One couple found out that a dream wedding could happen without all the traditional trappings and still be the most magical moment of their lives.  Sammi and David …

Mayor calls for calm

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Madison Mayor Fred Perriman felt compelled to speak out about the tumultuous wave of civil, social and racial unrest flooding the country, resulting in scores of nationwide protests, demonstrations, riots, and police brutality last weekend.  The death of George Floyd, an unarmed African-American male, at the hands of Policeman Derek Chauvin on May 25, served as the flashpoint incident to ignite racial and social tensions, long simmering beneath America’s cultural and political landscape.  The following is a message to all citizens from Mayor Perriman.  …

Community coming together

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By Tia Lynn Ivey  managing editor  The weekly Grocery Giveaway, orchestrated by the Morgan County Ministers Union, will continue throughout the summer at Morgan County High School for families in need due to a new $10,000 matching grant from the Conrads Family Foundation.  Madison Mayor Fred Perriman and Reverend Robert Terrell, both members of the Ministers Union, are thrilled with the generous grant donation and urge the community to step up and donate to maximize the full grant’s potential.  “If the community gives $10,000, the Conrads Foundation will match it,” …

Woman’s unhappy meal turns into a McPanic

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By Patrick Yost editor  An apparent lack of sauces in a McDonald’s order is leading to the arrest of one woman and juvenile complaints being filed for aggravated assault against a 16-year-old girl. According to Madison Police Department reports, Kenya Shanell Rivers, 28, Madison entered the restaurant on Eatonton Road at noon after ordering food in the drive-through. Reports state that Rivers approached the front counter and said, “Y’all (expletive) didn’t give me my sauces.” A 15-year-old McDonald’s employee told her manager she thought she had put the sauces in …

‘Non-traditional’ but full of pride and glory

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Morgan County High School’s Class of 2020 graduated last week. About 210 seniors received diplomas and praise over the course of a three-day non-traditional graduation ceremony.  To reduce the spread of the coronavirus, each graduating senior was celebrated “individually” at the high school, among their family, teachers, school faculty, and even their pets.  “On behalf of the faculty and staff of MCHS, congratulations and we can’t wait to see what you do! It has been a privilege to be a part of your journey,” …

AFLAT goes virtual

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By Tia Lynn Ivey  managing editor  Every year, creative students from all four Morgan County schools submit art pieces for the annual A Funky Little Art Thing (AFLAT) exhibit. School leaders had to improvise this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. But instead of cancelling, art teachers created an online website to showcase this year’s student artwork for the entire community to enjoy. “AFLAT is a tradition that my Art Dogs and I look forward to every year,” said Ty Manning, art teacher at Morgan County High School (MCHS).  “In …

HERE COME OUR GRADUATES

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Morgan County Seniors Rokeya Williams, Michael Peters, Susan Bishop, Davis Moore, Erin Bloomer, and Taylor Benford pose in masks and graduation garb as they prepare to receive their hard earned diplomas this week. RIGHT: Family and friends gather to cheer on seniors at a graduation practice held on Monday, May 18 at Morgan County High School.   Morgan County High Schoolís special ìindividualî graduation ceremonies will be split over the course of three days for more than 200 graduating seniors. The graduation extravaganza kickoffs Wednesday, May 20 at 3 p.m., …

Teachers of the year honored

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The Morgan County Charter School System has announced each school’s Teacher of the Year. Alec Johnson is the Teacher of the Year for Morgan County High School. Jodie McMichael is the Teacher of the Year for Morgan County Middle School. Karen Spence is the Teacher of the Year for Morgan County Elementary School. Bobbi Hart is the Teacher of the Year for Morgan County Primary School.  ” The Teacher of the Year program recognizes teachers who are the best in their field,” said Dr. …

Remembering Fred Mills on the MCHS Gridiron

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer On April 22nd Morgan County lost one of their native sons.  The passing of Frederick Lee Mills was mourned by all who knew him and beautifully memorialized in his obituary in the April 30th edition of the Morgan County Citizen. He was also remembered in a separate article in which his life-long friend Reverend Robert Terrell noted that not only was Mills a true friend but also a force on the Morgan County High School football teams for which he played. Fred’s family and friends …

The giving goes on

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  For the last two weeks, the Morgan County Ministers Union has been doling out groceries to families need due to the impact of the coronavirus hitting people’s employment and finances. But now, as more churches and community groups join forces with the Ministers Union to provide help to struggling families, a new aspect on the efforts is slated to begin this week: paying for prescription medicine.  Chris Kennedy, secretary for Redeemer Church in Madison, has volunteered to take calls on Thursday, May 7, from …

Community coming together

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Over a dozen pastors and 35 volunteers joined forces last weekend to give away groceries to needy family in Morgan County. The Morgan County Ministers Union gathered in Madison’s Town Park last Saturday, distributing 100 boxes full of groceries in less than 45 minutes.  Reverend Robert Terrell, pastor of Union Springs Baptist Church in Rutledge, suggested the idea to help meet a critical need he and his pastor colleagues saw in the community.  “This turned into a tremendous community effort,” said Terrell. “We saw …

Madison Lakes honors graduates

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  When Morgan County seniors left school on Friday, March 13, they thought they’d be back in the classroom with their friends and teachers Monday morning. Little did they know, school would be shutdown for the rest of the year due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus sweeping across the country. Seniors have missed out on spring sports, band concerts, and even prom. And now, school officials are unsure when a proper graduation ceremony can be held. But one community, Madison Lakes, decided to …

Morgan County gets an ‘F’ in social distancing

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Morgan County received an “F” rating from Unacast, a group of data scientists and doctors measuring efforts of social distancing to slow the spread of coronavirus. According to Unacast’s national scorecard, which utilizes an A through F grading system, Morgan County earned a failing grade, with surrounding counties also earning low marks and Georgia as a whole receiving a “D+” grade.  The conclusions are based on reviewing cell phone data from each state and each county across America.   “Unacast determined a person’s average time …