Hice, Jones face statewide backlash

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor In the wake of the U.S. Capitol siege, in which five people died and dozens were injured, Georgia elected officials are facing backlash and calls to resign due to their efforts to overturn the November Presidential Election in favor of President Donald Trump.  U.S. Congressman Jody Hice and State Senator Burt Jones, Republicans whose districts include Morgan County, are coming under fire for touting accusations of election fraud in Georgia, seeking to object to the Electoral College certification, and using inflammatory rhetoric in the …

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Unsolved road rage murder being revisited

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By Patrick Yost Editor  Forty years ago on Nov. 16, 1980, Chief Deputy Keith Howard says a man shot and killed 23-year-old James Keith Fullwood while Fullwood stood on the side of the road near the intersection of Plantation Road and U.S. 441. The killing, Howard says, was part of a road rage incident in which a vehicle Fullwood was a passenger and another vehicle were trying to pass a silver Mustang. During the event, someone in the Mustang threw a bottle and struck one of the two vehicles. A …

Education board selects new chairman, vice

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor At the first Morgan County Board of Education meeting of 2021, new school board members were sworn in, and a new chairman and vice chair were selected.  Democratic re-elected member Cheryl Bland was sworn in Monday night, along with two new members elected in November, Republicans Joe Slaughter and Brad Hawk.  After Judge Charles Merritt presided over the swearing in ceremony on Monday, Jan. 11, the entire board voted on which members to elect as chairman and vice chair. The BOE unanimously voted for …

Priority population to be first for vaccine

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Special to the Citizen Effective Jan. 11, people ages 65 and older and first responders, including law enforcement, will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Previously, the vaccine was only available to healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities. Due to the limited quantity of vaccines, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has recommended that certain priority population groups receive the vaccine first. This tiered method of vaccine distribution will prioritize frontline workers and most vulnerable populations.  In order to meet the increased demand resulting from …

Lady Dogs begin with a win

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MCHS Lady Bulldogs open region play with a close win By Tom White Contributing Writer The Morgan County High School Lady Bulldogs opened region play Friday night at home with a 49-45 win against the visiting Lady Rebels from Hephzibah High School.  The Lady Dogs entered the game with a 5 and 4 record after a quiet holiday break and a postponed game at Thompson earlier in the week, while Hephzibah was looking to improve on their 1 and 3 record.  A mix of speed, power and finesse made this …

Covid Death Spurs Toy Drive

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Taylor Atwater turns her grief into good to remember her father, Tony Atwater By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor A young woman decided to turn her grief into generosity this Christmas after losing her father to COVID-19 over the summer.  Taylor Atwater, 19, took to Facebook to orchestrate a toy giveaway in honor of her late father’s memory, Tony Atwater, a lifelong Madison resident who passed away in August. Tony, at the age of 53, was hospitalized for the coronavirus hours away from his family and loved ones at a …

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? …

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 …

Non-traditional Easter celebrations in Morgan

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The most sacred celebration in Christianity is Easter Sunday, with over two billion Christians across the globe worshipping in churches together to remember and honor the belief in the Resurrection of Jesus of Christ. But the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, which has resulted in quarantines, lockdowns, and limits on public gatherings across the globe, made traditional Easter services impossible for many churches this year. Forgoing the usual church service with pews packed with pastel-clad parishioners was disheartening for many Christians. However, while modern-day believers have grown …

Taking Bulldog pride in new Middle School facility

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By Patrick Yost editor Morgan County Middle School English and Language Arts teacher Danielle Bruce is excited. Bruce, a bright-eyed 14-year veteran teacher, spent Monday unpacking posters and supplies in her new space at the new Morgan County Middle School.  The large window at the rear of her classroom is allowing sunlight to flood into the clean room with white walls, white ceilings and a large smart video panel waiting for use. Bruce plans on placing her desk near the window which overlooks the high school football field. The 2002 …

Lawrence commits to Commodores

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Former Morgan County basketball superstar and four-star recruit Tyrin (Spank) Lawrence has recently decided to take his talents on the hardwood to Vanderbilt University. The 6-4, 170 pound combo guard finished out his high school career by simply being one of the very best in history to don the red and black uniform. The 2019 squad brought home a State Championship and he was named as the AAA Player-of-the-Year joining Tookie Brown and Jailyn Ingram as the only three MCHS players to have garnered …

Send us your thoughts!

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We realize this time has been a struggle. The stay-in-place rules have created claustrophobia and anxiety. But we also, all of us, realize this too shall pass. So we want to know. When it’s all over and we can go out again, go to church again, play games again, what’s the first thing you are going to do? Send us your thoughts with a name and phone number (the phone number will not be published) and we are going to share your joyful expectations with our readers. Send a picture, …

‘Madison’s living room’ is closed

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By Patrick Yost managing editor  In a quiet room, over a cup of coffee, Jolene Bush remembers the week that brought sudden upheaval to her life – the week that forged her determination and settled her into becoming a successful downtown business owner.  That week, Bush managed to negotiate out of partnership agreements with what is now Perk Avenue, on the heels of reconstruction surgery after enduring and surviving breast cancer. That was on a Tuesday. On Thursday she walked into the city of Madison and filed a business application …

School officials honor seniors with personalized yard signs

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  When the school bells rang and Morgan County students left their classrooms to go home on Friday, March 13, they never dreamed it would the last time they walked those halls this school year.  Morgan County school officials closed the school in mid-March, hoping to return in early April. Due to the continuing spread of COVID-19, the highly contagious and potentially lethal upper-respiratory coronavirus, Gov. Brian Kemp announced on April 2 that schools would be closed for the rest of the year.  Local educators, …

Coach Ignoffo doing special things in special times

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Teachers are doing some very special things during our troubled times. We all need to be appreciative of their extra efforts. Being a teacher has never been easy. We should all be thankful in these days for the advancements in technology that allow our children to use social media and other avenues to continue their education. What would we have done 30 or 40 years ago in a crisis like this? It’s for sure the American people are a resilient group. We will come …

New Series: Our Stories

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Stories from your fellow Morgan Citizens on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting us all. These can be found in the weekly print edition and under the Community section on our website.