Morgan falls in State Playoffs

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County bowed out of the state playoffs with a 40-7 loss to a very solid Lovett squad who dominated the game from start to finish.  The Lions rushed for 310 yards and passed for 203 more while holding the Bulldogs to just 91 total yards on the night. Lovett junior quarterback Blaine McAllister burned Morgan for 93 rushing yards and 203 through the air while accounting for three touchdowns.  Morgan had no answer for the tough Lovett defense, managing just five first downs on …

Morgan County celebrates Veterans Day

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  Local veterans and their families gathered last Friday to celebrate Veterans Day in the brand new Morgan County High School. The community celebrated local veterans for their bravery, sacrifice and unyielding patriotism.  About 2,000 people turned out for the event, which featured patriotic songs performed by the MCHS Chorus and Band, and a special guest speaker, Colt Savard, who has served in the United States Air Force for the last five years. Lieutenant and Colonel Derrick Dailey, who is a senior flight instructor and part of MCHS’s ROTC program, led …

Stars light up the dance floor

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For the seventh year in a row, the Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club (MMBGC) brought the stars to Madison, and the stars brought the heat in the club’s most notable and highly awaited Dancing with the Madison Stars fundraiser. The evening commenced with the most important stars of the night, the MMBGC youth, whose outstanding Bruno Mars and Michael Jackson inspired moves burst the packed gallery of the Cultural Center annex into action. MMBGC Youth of the Year Ar’Mond Wright’s speech added the sparkle atop the youth’s performance as he …

Inside the lives of ‘Drug Court’ participants

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The Morgan County Citizen presents a four-part series on drug courts. These specific accountability treatment courts offer alternative means of addressing addiction and mental illness instead of sentencing offenders to prison. This is the third installment of that series. “I have seen individuals give up their freedom, children, families for a drug, which to me is just mind-blowing how that can happen. But, for some people, the addiction is that great.” said Judge Amanda Petty, Ocmulgee Circuit of the 8th Superior Court District of Georgia “Addiction goes on forever, but …

Bulldogs rally for overtime win

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By R. Alvin Richardson staff writer On a cool, blustery night at Pete Herndon Stadium Morgan County rallied from a two touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter and ultimately fought their way to a 35-34 overtime win over the Hart County Bulldogs to give Morgan the region’s third seed.  With the victory Morgan County will enter the state playoffs and go up against Region 5AAA second seeded Lovett next Friday night in Atlanta. A proud Bill Malone said, “The most telling thing I can say about our kids is that …

Halloween in Madison

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Spooky ghouls and goblins collided with superheros and princesses at Town Park in Madison last Wednesday as families gathered to celebrate Halloween. A special parade with live music marched downtown that concluded with families in their creative costumes receiving loads of candy. According to the City of Madison, “On Halloween this year costumed trick-or-treaters up to age 12 and costumed pets on leashes – along with their families – were invited to join us for a free parade in and around the park.” Prizes were awarded for exceptional kid (and …

Cotton Gin Festival draws record numbers

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  The 29th Annual Cotton Gin Festival in Downtown Bostwick drew an unprecedented crowd last Saturday to this year’s event. Angie Howard, who organizes the event, estimated at least 7,200 people attended Saturday’s parade and afternoon of music, food, and family-friendly fun. Thousands lined the streets to cheer on this year’s Cotton King, John Nunn.  Nunn, 88, is a fourth generation farmer with his family home on Wellington Street in Bostwick.  Nunn served in the Navy before carrying on his family’s cotton farming legacy. He married his hometown girlfriend Ona Malcom …

Abrams & Kemp vie for votes

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The bright campaign buses of Georgia’s gubernatorial candidates stopped in Madison last Monday as both Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp made a mad dash across the state to gain more ground in an already neck and neck race before the Midterm Election this Tuesday, Nov. 6. Kemp, current Georgia Secretary of State and Republican contender for governor, held a campaign rally at Amici’s Madison Monday afternoon while Abrams, the former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives and Democratic candidate for governor, held a campaign rally at Madison’s City …

A hard sentence of hope

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“Please, Judge,” begged a woman clad in an orange jump suit and handcuffs. “Please let me back into drug court.” Superior Court Judge Amanda Petty listened, reminded the woman of her shortcoming, sat firm and considered the options she had. “I’m sorry,” she told the woman. “I’ve got to go with my gut on this one.” Her gut was to send the woman back to prison until a spot in a state-sponsored rehabilitation center might come available. Drug Court for this woman, so far, had not worked. For many others, …

Lady Spikers cruise into Sweet 16

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County moved into the Sweet Sixteen of the Volleyball State Playoffs with an easy three-of-five sets win over Haralson County 25-12, 25-16, and 25-12.  Area 5-AAA only has four teams that compete in volleyball this year, so Haralson pretty much made the tournament by default with a 2-16 overall record while going 1-5 in Area play.  They were no match for the 8-AAA winners of Morgan County who play in a highly competitive Region. As expected the Lady Dogs ran out to a …

The Last Jam!

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  Special to the Citizen A big thanks to everyone, who helped make The Last Jam concert at the auditorium of Morgan County High School, a big success and a lot of fun!  We planned for 14 bands and five hours of live music…and it happened!  But, not without a lot of help from the following people: Thanks to Eric Dodd, recently named CMT Indie Artist to Watch, and well-known local boy (MCHS Class of 2003), who came home and not only performed two musical numbers, but then jammed with …

Anti Bully Rally brings record numbers

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The Fifth Annual Anti-Bullying Rally, sponsored by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, was held last weekend, drawing over 225 people. “It was the biggest and best one we have ever had,” said Olivia Laborn, administrative assistant for the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. During Saturday’s event, children ages 8-15 gathered for a variety of fun activities and educational lessons on the devastating effects of bullying. “By all accounts it was the best one yet,” said Whitney Robinson, with the Sheriff’s Office. “We definitely had the most participation this year. It’s a …

Raffle to benefit local woman battling breast cancer

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  A local couple, Gigi and Hal Gerhardt, have teamed up with local businesses to hold a raffle drawing on November 1 to raise money for their daughter, Deanna Raymond, who is currently battling a rare type of breast cancer. Deanna was first diagnosed with Triple Negative breast cancer, a rare condition, three years ago at age 29. “She went through a double mastectomy, radiation, and chemo,” said Deanna’s mother Gigi. “Even after all that, it’s back again.  She has Stage Four Cancer.” According to the Gerhardts, they want to …

Out with the old and in with the new

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  The new Morgan County High School is here! Students bid farewell to the old school last week before Fall Break and returned Tuesday morning to a brand new state-of-the-art high school. The new high school, of which the exterior features architecture reminscient of Classical Greek architecture, is the latest completion in a multiphase $56 million consolidated campus project. The new high school also houses the much-anticipated College and Career Academy. The new facilities  are part of Morgan County’s effort to revamp education, according to Dr. James Woodard, superintendent of …

Ambulance delays sound alarm

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  Ambulance service in Morgan County is under scrutiny from several residents who worry just two ambulances cannot sufficiently handle the medical needs of the community after personally experiencing long wait times during dire emergencies. Since November of 2017, Morgan County Dispatch called out-of-county ambulances a total of 88 times to respond to emergencies when Morgan County’s two designated ambulances from National EMS were either tied up on other calls or needed more assistance on the scene. After two recent controversial cases, one in which a woman died after waiting …

Bulldogs Hammer Franklin Co. 40-21

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer The Morgan County Bulldogs traveled to Carnesville last Friday night to take on the Franklin County Lions and came home with another big Region 8AAA win.  This one was a total team effort.  Trent Folds led the offensive onslaught with touchdown passes to four different players and the Bulldog defensive unit surrendered just a single touchdown over the first three quarters of play.  Morgan County’s special teams got into the act as well when D.J. Jones blocked a punt for a safety as Morgan bullied …

Educators awarded for excellent service

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Teachers dedicate their lives to educating other people’s children to become the next generation of prepared leaders and productive members of society. It can be a thankless job at times, but The Morgan County School System makes an effort each year to honor the teachers most beloved by their students. The Teachers of the Year were announced last week, with each of Morgan County’s four schools choosing a teacher to honor. Morgan County High School (MCHS)  named Wendy Malcom as this year’s Teacher of the Year. The Morgan County Middle School …

Grants Awarded at Farewell to Spark Morgan

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Spark Morgan, formerly known as the Morgan Fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, awarded over $50K in grants to ten non-profits operating in or benefitting Morgan County for the final time on Tuesday, October 2. Recipients included the Boys & Girls Club of North Central Georgia (BGCNCG), Camp Twin Lakes, Inc., Habitat for Humanity of Morgan County, the Morgan County African American Museum (MCAAM), Morgan County Foundation for Excellence in Public Education (MCFEPE), Rainbow Community Center, Humane Society of Morgan County, Steffen Thomas Museum of Fine Art (STMA), …

Fast start keys Region win for Dogs

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County’s Bulldogs came blazing out of the gate last Friday night, scoring 20 first quarter points on their way to a key Region 8AAA win over Jackson County’s Panthers.  Led by Seth Robertson, Trent Folds and Denver Laughlin, Morgan scored on their first three possessions of the night to run out to a 20-0 advantage.  That lead held up all night but Jackson County managed to make it a one score game when they scored a touchdown 20-14 with 5:52 left in the third …

One of a kind treasures find their new home

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  Dolly the Goat finally found the perfect platform to tell her story. So did the Tin Man and the Politician’s Jug. Purposed only to unveil hidden stories without profit in mind, the three profound works of art are among over 250 uniquely expressed creations that compose The Great Folk Art Parade: Down the Lane to the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art exhibit in the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art. Around 300 people flooded the museum’s folk art speckled lawn to explore the tangible stories for sale and on display …