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 …

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Georgia now leads nation in coronavirus spread, says Harvard, Ga Tech. studies

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By Patrick Yost Editor  The first COVID-19 death has been reported in Morgan County by the Georgia Department of Public Health this week as confirmed coronavirus cases continue to rise in the county and across the state of Georgia.  While coronavirus cases have been on the rise in Morgan County, the reported death toll remained at zero until this week. COVID-19 is the highly contagious and potentially lethal upper-respiratory coronavirus currently sweeping  across the state, country and most of the world.  The Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) has not …

“Dairy splash” held at library

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Morgan County school children gathered on the lawn of the Morgan County Library for a special Back to School event last Saturday.  The Morgan County Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers orchestrated the “Dairy Splash” event to demonstrate dairy farm practices including a live cow milking demonstration. Attending Children were given tickets to get free Ice Cream from Scoops, a local Madison ice cream store that volunteered for the event.  The event was designed to follow CDC guidelines in light of the ongoing Coronavirus …

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COVID-19 hits Morgan County Middle

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Two test positive, 20 to 30 students sent home to quarantine By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Just four days into the new school year, two Morgan County Middle School  (MCMS) students have tested positive for COVID-19, and between 20 and 30  students have been sent home to quarantine for two weeks.  According to Dr. Virgil Cole, superintendent of Morgan County Schools, while student cooperation with COVID-19 rules at school has been “impressive,” there’s no way to guarantee coronavirus cases won’t crop up. “The students’ compliance has been outstanding so …

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Local officials collaborate to reassure county residents as school year begins

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By Patrick Yost Editor  As coronavirus cases continue to rise in Morgan County, in surrounding counties, and throughout the State of Georgia, local officials are working on a Public Service Announcement to reassure citizens during the ongoing pandemic.  “We have a plan,” said Morgan County Adam Mestres.  Mestres informed the Morgan County Board of Commissioners during a regular meeting on Tuesday Aug. 4, that the county partnered with the City of Madison, The Chamber of Commerce, the Morgan County School System, and the local medical community to create a public …

Man, woman arrested after road rage incident on 441

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By Patrick Yost Editor  A Greene County woman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and reckless driving and her alleged boyfriend was charged with reckless driving after the woman allegedly rammed her vehicle into the man’s vehicle several times during an early morning car chase that started in Greene County and ended near the Rainbow Convenience Store in Morgan County. According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, a Madison Police Department officer at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 30 reported to dispatch that he was driving north on U.S. …

We are in this together

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor The Morgan County Ministers Union continues to give away groceries every Saturday to help families struggling amidst the coronavirus pandemic.  This week, the group and its volunteers changed locations to the old Morgan County Middle School on Pearl Street in Madison.  The group distributed about 150 boxes full of groceries to families in a drive-thru line outside of the old Middle School.  The group will give groceries away every Saturday morning from the old Middle School from 11 a.m. until noon. It’s first come, …

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COVID cases explode

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  In one month’s time, Morgan County’s confirmed case count of the coronavirus has tripled, rising to 175 cases as of press time on Tuesday, July 28.  The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Morgan County was discovered on March 24.  It took the next three months for Morgan County’s confirmed coronavirus cases to near 50. Last month, On June 29, Morgan County was up to 49 confirmed cases. Today, that number has more than tripled to 175 confirmed cases, with 11 hospitalizations and zero …

Three MCHS football players test positive

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  School has not even resumed yet, but Morgan County students are already testing positive for COVID-19. Morgan County High School’s football practice has been cancelled after three players tested positive for COVID-19, the highly-contagious and potentially lethal coronavirus. According to school officials, six other players may have been exposed, and their parents have been notified. “Last week, the Morgan County Football team had three confirmed positive cases of COVID-19,” said Assistant Superintendent Jay Homan. “Additionally, we identified six other players who may have had …

MCHS practicing a medley of precaution during band camp

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By Trinity Martin staff writer As students and teachers begin navigating through plans for the upcoming school year, Morgan County High School’s One Morgan band is taking action to create a new normal.  This past week, the One Morgan band gathered together to take part in this year’s social distancing band camp. Band directors, Duncan Lord and Jeffery Rowser, have created routines and procedures to ensure students remain safe at all times. “We have to be more cautious than ever before,” Rowser said.  Some of these new procedures include mandating …

Morgan’s Lee Nunn named Georgia’s 2020 Farmer of the Year

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  At the age of 30, Lee Nunn of Bostwick decided to take a leap of faith into a new career as a farmer.  “I started from scratch,” remembered Nunn. “I dipped my toe into the water and never came back out.” Now, 15 years later, Nunn has been named Georgia’s 2020 Farmer of the Year.   “It’s kind of a humbling achievement to be judged by your peers and be chosen for this award,” said Nunn, who was congratulated in person by Georgia Governor Brian …

GMC Madison campus has special graduation

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  An in-person graduation was held for Georgia Military College students from the Madison campus last week in Milledgeville. Madison Mayor Fred Perriman delivered an inspiring commencement speech to the 20 graduates, donned in caps and gowns while social distancing during the ceremony.  Usually, Georgia Military College holds a huge graduation ceremony for all students from the Milledgeville and Madison campus, along with online students. But this is not a usual year. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, GMC opted to hold five smaller graduation …

A Happy Fourth in Morgan

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Morgan County is known for its many annual Fourth of July Celebrations to honor the founding of the United State of America.  Every year, local citizens gather as a community to don patriotic attire, sing patriotic songs, and huddle close with loved ones beneath sparkling fireworks lighting up the night sky.  But this year, all the community Independence Day events were cancelled due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus pandemic.  This year families may have had to celebrate in a more solitary fashion, …

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 …