Y’allywood returns

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Y’allywood has come a-knocking once again. If you see mysterious “1964” signs around town, you have not fallen into a time-warp, but are near the latest film project shooting in Madison.  Another blockbuster film—‘Charming the Hearts of Men’ starring Kelsey Grammar— has set up shop in Madison and Morgan County this week and will be shooting scenes off and on until mid-September.  Grammer, who is best known for his role as Dr. Fraiser Crane on NBC’s hit show Cheers and subsequent spin-off sitcom Fraiser, …

Morgan nips Jeff Davis 14-13

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County and Jeff Davis High School (Hazelhurst) competed in the campaign’s opening scrimmage this past Friday night at Bill Corry Stadium.  The teams played their front line personnel in the first half and the Bulldogs sneaked past the Yellow Jackets 14-13 in those two periods.  In the second half, played by the second units and B-teams with a running clock and no kicking game, Morgan came out on top 12-2. Head coach Bill Malone was particularly pleased with the turnout and said, “I really …

STMA passes torch to MAG for Crossroads Arts Outreach Program

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By Angelina Bellebuono For 17 years, students attending Morgan County Crossroads School have painted, sculpted, woven, tie-dyed, spray-painted, and built wooden things in an art class every week, and for the past 13 years, they have created an annual public art inspired by the art and philosophy of Steffen Thomas to be displayed in various settings throughout the community. Part of the arts educational outreach of the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art and the brain-child of Thomas’ daughter and former Museum Director Lisa Thomas Conner, the program has changed and …

Renowned Artist Contributes Paintings

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Special to the Citizen A local Madison artist recently created three art pieces for the the Georgia Writers Museum in Eatonton.  The Georgia Writers Museum received a surprise donation from renowned regional artist Chris Cook, who also  owns and operates Madison Studios.  The Georgia Writers Museum released a press release thanking Cook for his generous donation.  “Notorious for his paintings of famous people, Cook painted a 30 x 40-inch portrait of authors Alice Walker, Joel Chandler Harris and Flannery O’Connor.  The three portraits now hang on display in the museum …

Morgan faces Jeff Davis in pre-season scrimmage

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer The Morgan County Bulldogs kick off their 2019 campaign with a scrimmage against the Jeff Davis Yellow Jackets on Friday, August 9th at Bill Corry Stadium.  The scrimmage begins at 7:30.  Coach Bill Malone’s squad posted an overall record of 5-6 and a region mark of 4-2 in 2018 placing third in Region 8AAA.  They lost in the first round of the state playoffs to Lovett.  The Dogs won back to back region titles in 2016 and 2017 the first time that had happened since …

Ohh…we’re half way there!

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By Tia Lynn Ivey editor  The last piece of the $47.5 million new consolidated school campus is nearly halfway done. The new Morgan County Middle School is currently being constructed beside the newly finished Morgan County High School, College and Career Academy, and Transportation Facility.  According to the project manager for Parrish Construction, Alex Johnson, the new middle school is 42 percent of the way complete.  Heavy rains had delayed constructions, but Superintendent Dr. James Woodard is pleased with the pace.  “We are pleased with the progress of the construction …

Firefly lights up Town Park

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By Tia Lynn Ivey editor  Clear skies prevailed for the annual two-day Firefly Festival last weekend in Madison’s Town Park.  The first evening, Friday, July 26, was all about the kids.  Children ran wild from activity to activity, enjoying icy treats, bouncy houses, arts and crafts, furry creatures, balloon animals and face painting.  The second evening, on Saturday, July 27 was geared for the adults to have a relaxing date night. Town Park was decorated with elegant lighting as couples and familes enjoyed music and dancing to the funky grooves …

Pearl High School celebrates 50th reunion

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By Tia Lynn Ivey editor  It’s been 50 years the graduating class of Pearl Sreet High School turned their tassels and walked proudly into the world with high school diplomas. The Class of 1969 was reunited this past weekend to walk down memory lane as they celebrated their 50th Class Reunion.  James Sanders, who helped organize the reunion, described the gathering as a “true homecoming.”  The weekend began at the Morgan County Middle School, which used to house, Pearl Street High School, an all African-American school before the era of …

Cops quick thinking saves life

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by Sidhartha Wakade staff writer The Madison Police Department plans to honor an officer with a Lifesaving Award for helping to revive a woman after she fainted and stopped breathing. Officer Jordan Fincher responded to a call in June about a woman who was unconscious and was not breathing on Garnett Street, according to reports. Fincher said he arrived at the address before emergency services. “I went over to the lady that was passed out and not breathing and checked her pulse,” he said. “She didn’t too much have a …

EMS debate revived

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor “But is it good enough?”  That was the core question hotly debated at the last Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting during a presentation on the county’s ambulance service. National EMS Director Huey Atkins and county officials argued two ambulances are enough to meet Morgan County’s emergency medical needs, citing that National EMS continually meets the “contractually-obligated” response time rate of 9 minutes and 59 seconds at least 90 percent of the time for Priority 1 and Priority 2 calls. Atkins presented a …

When girls played pro baseball

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By Jim Halloran columnist The end of the League was inevitable. The nineteen fifties were decades before the current era recognition of the female athlete. The soldiers returned home, among them over 500 major league players and 3000 minor leaguers and the spotlight quickly turned to them.  It was also the end of rationing ,which was a boom to other forms of entertainment and allowed people to travel. Televisions were appearing in households across America which replaced going out to the local ballpark. In addition to this, the league was …

Elder buzzes back to Tech

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Special to the Citizen Former Georgia Tech player B.J. Elder, a standout member of the Yellow Jackets’ 2004 NCAA runner-up team, has joined the men’s basketball staff at his collegiate alma mater, Georgia Institute of Technology, as associate director of player personnel, head coach Josh Pastner announced. A veteran of 10 years in European professional basketball following his stellar Tech career, Elder, 38, joins the staff following three seasons as assistant boys’ basketball coach at Clarkston High School. He will serve as the basketball staff’s liaison with academic services, campus …

Back To School Rally

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By Sidhartha Wakade staff writer The Morgan County Family Connection Collaborative (MCFCC) distributed backpacks from their second annual backpack drive during the Back to School Rally last Saturday. According to Velde Hardy, coordinator for the MCFCC, this year’s turnout for the rally was a success. About a 400 kids showed up with their families, she said. The backpack drive resulted in over 400 backpacks being given out at the rally, Hardy Explained. “It went really well,” Hardy said. “We had 42 exhibitors that came out to share resources and give …

Dancin’ the night away

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor   Experienced and novice swing dancers gathered in Madison’s Town Park last Thursday for a special Swing Night.  Attendees were encouraged to put on their most comfortable dancing shoes for the adventurous dancing party.  Partners jumped, flipped, spun and twirled the night away. Profession swing dancers performed routines and then offered lessons to the newbies.  Attendees enjoyed a lively evening beneath the majectic columns of Town Park. 

When Girls Played Pro Baseball

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by Jim Halloran columnist Times have changed. The sexist headlines and descriptions of the girls in 1943 would not be appropriate in 2019. Headlines such as “ They Look Like Girls but They Play Like Men,” “ The Lipstick League,” “What’s a Ballgame Without Curves,” “The World’s Prettiest Ballplayers,” were common and attracted attention, but bottom line – these girls could play baseball. South Bend sportswriter Jim Cosun penned the following after witnessing the first game ever played on May 30, 1943.  None of the girls on either team is …

Lights for Liberty

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor A mother was hurrying to Walmart wearing sweats to pick up medicine for her sick son when flashing red and blue lights suddenly lit up her rear view window. What was supposed to be a five minute trip to the store turned into a five-month nightmare locked away from her husband and children in a migrant detention facility in Irwin, Georgia. According to Cherith Johnson, a volunteer for Casa Colibri, a hospitality house facilitating visits to detained migrants in Irwin, this young mother was initially …

The lighter side of Steffen Thomas

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By Sidhartha Wakade staff writer The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art held it’s Lighter Side of Steffen Thomas exhibit as a part of its Fall showing on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. The exhibit featured paintings by Steffen Thomas that were made using luminescent paints and glow under a black light. The first day was a VIP opening for members of Steffen Thomas museum, while the public opening on July 11, according to Roland Lewan, the acting director of the museum. The Lighter Side exhibit will run until August 3, he …

The Fourth was with us

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor There was no shortage of patriotic celebrations this year for the Fourth of July to honor America’s official founding in 1776.  The manicured lawn of the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center was lined with red, white, and blue last Wednesday as patriotic locals gathered for the annual Independence Day Concert and Picnic on July 3. Uncle Sam mingled with attendees waving flags as the Athens Classic City Band, Georgia’s longest operating community band, played American tribute songs. The cuisine was provided for by Pot’s Barbeque and …

Bostwick’s Annual Bar-B-Que a huge, delicious success

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor About 900 people showed up to this year’s annual Bostwick Fourth of July Barbecue last week at Riden Grove in Downtown Bostwick.  “It was a tremendous success. I met people tons of new people and saw people who I have seen my whole life, who have been coming the last 20 or 30 years. It’s quite a reunion” said David Nunn, a lifelong Bostwick resident and one of the event organizers.  “The weather was great. It was hot, but we had some shade with …

High speed chase ends on Speed Lane

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By Patrick Yost editor A Madison man faces a host of traffic violations and other charges after he allegedly led a Madison Police Department on a high-speed chase that began on West Washington Street and ended when the man’s 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee quit running near Speed Lane. Justin Wade Parker, 30, was charged with habitual violator, DUI, fleeing and attempting to elude, reckless driving, driving while license suspended or revoked, possession of open container, failure to stop at a stop sign, Georgia hands free act, improper passing and failure …