Seizure funds released

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The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office successfully claimed a 50 percent stake in more than $100,000 worth of items and cash seized by law enforcement officials during the execution of search warrant on the Hestertown Road residence of Clinton Thomas on May 31, 2018. The search warrant, according to court documents produced a host of items allegedly associated with the sale of narcotics including guns, marijuana, THC edibles, LSD, mushrooms and more than $97,000 in cash and coins. Because of the search warrant and the items discovered, Thomas, 37, was indicted …

Oconee Co. drops Morgan 20-0

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  By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County put forth a gritty effort against an Oconee County team that was loaded with weapons but could never solve the Warrior defense and fell 20-0 last Friday night in Watkinsville.  Defensively the Bulldogs bottled up a highly touted Warrior passing game yielding just 77 yards and eight completions out of 22 attempts for the highly recruited Max Johnson. Oconee made most of their hay on the ground where they rushed for 200 yards and scored on runs of 32 and 24 yards …

Morgan’s Finest, Mark Argo

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Last month we focused on one of Morgan’s Finest Clifton Hanes with 38 years behind the camera for the Bulldogs.  This week it’s all about long-time educator, math teacher, and the Voice behind the mic Mark Argo who spent years as the announcer for the Dogs. The 61 year-old started his background while in high school where he ran the scoreboard at home football games.  The MCHS graduate returned to his alma mater as a teacher around 1978, and principal James Hagin asked him …

A new beginning

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In just over a month, hospital leaders will be handed the keys to a completed Morgan Medical Center, the $35 million new hospital in Madison. By mid-October, construction will be finished as hospital staff begins stocking the new state-of-the-art hospital with equipment and furniture, as well as undergo training to operate the new facility. Patients will be welcomed in by mid-December into the brand new hospital, which more than doubles the size of the current hospital, coming in at 72,000 square feet with 25 licensed hospital beds. “Our completion date …

A glimpse inside Greene Habitat’s inaugural Showcase of Homes tour

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For anyone who has swung a hammer with fellow volunteers, rinsed a paint brush or two, or watched a homeowner being presented a key to their new house, there is a sense that Habitat for Humanity is about more than just building homes – it’s about building hope. It’s this understanding that prompted Greene County Habitat for Humanity (GCHFH) to create a tour event that highlights the area’s best in building and design while bringing awareness to Habitat’s mission of providing new homeowners an opportunity for success – building on …

Dogs score as time expires to force overtime but fall 34-31 to Walnut Grove

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer In a wild and wooly game that featured 14 points scored in the final 37 seconds of regulation, Morgan County lost an overtime thriller to the Walnut Grove Warriors by a final score of 34-31 at Bill Corry Stadium. Morgan County’s junior quarterback Trent Folds fired a bullet to the back line of the end zone into Seth Robertson’s waiting arms as time expired to force overtime but Walnut Grove prevailed by scoring an overtime touchdown on fourth and goal from the one yard line …

MS volleyball ‘sets’ up for a successful season

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County Middle School Spike Dogs are off to a great start for the 2018 season. On August 18 the team competed in the pre-season jamboree for the conference they compete in. All 11 teams participated in the jamboree with superior competition throughout the day of play. The A squad went 3-0 with wins over Malcom Bridge, George Walton Academy, and Oconee County Middle Schools.  Coach Alan Shultz said, “Our girls showed a lot of heart with the Malcom Bridge win, overcoming a …

The last jam

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  One last hoorah will be held in the Morgan County High School Auditorium in October before it is demolished. The Last Jam, a fundraiser to benefit the fine arts and band programs at Morgan County High School, will be held on Friday, Oct. 19 at 5:30 p.m. The event will feature 15 acts, comprised of current and past Morgan County High School students. Former MCHS Principal Mark Wilson will emcee as the best local talent rocks the house one last time for a good cause. The concert will surely …

High profile film comes to Madison

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  Another high-profile filming project came to “Y’allywood.” This week, you may have noticed a roadblock on Foster Street in Madison with a large film crew huddled outside a historic home for a couple of days. Topanga Production, Inc., out of Covington, is shooting a pilot for a new Showtime series called Queen Fur, starring Lily Mae Harrington (“Some Freaks”), Michael Mosley (“Seven Seconds”), Kim Dickens (Fear the Walking Dead) Jon Foster (“Like Father”), Joshua Mikel (“The Walking Dead”), Keith Machekanyanga (“Timeless”) and Spencer Howell (Ithaca). The beautiful house on Foster …

Reid shatters stained glass ceiling

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Mary Magdalene was the first to preach the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Priscilla was an evangelist. Phoebe was a deacon. Huldah was a prophet. Deborah was a warrior judge. Junia was called an apostle. Despite the Bible being rife with stories of female leaders, Christian church leadership has traditionally been a male-dominated field. But last Sunday, a local church broke with tradition and chose a woman to lead the congregation. After 150-year history in Morgan County, Pleasant Grove Baptist Church named its first-ever female head pastor, Carrie Peters-Reid. Reid, a …

Morgan outlasts Greene County

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County’s Bulldogs used an early 80 yard touchdown pass from Trent Folds to Seth Robertson and a 95 yard kickoff return from Kobridgette Lumpkin in the second half to help subdue a much improved Greene County team this past Friday night at Bill Corry Stadium.  In addition to those two big plays Morgan’s defense came up with some key stops against a sharp Tiger offense. Jordan Huff picked off a pass in the end zone in the first quarter after Morgan had fumbled deep …

Farmview Market hosts BBQ competition

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By Brittany Whitley staff writer Beneath clear blue skies and sunny weather, Farmview Market held the annual Southern Classic BBQ Competition last Saturday which featured music, crafts, and of course, local southern-style barbecue. Close to 4,000 barbeque-lovers gathered to delight in a variety of finger-licking-good meats offered at this past Saturday’s competition. Twenty-seven teams faced off to earn cook up various BBQ dishes, including chicken, pork, and beef tips. After hours of attendees taste-testing tender barbeque dishes, two groups were named the winners for their perfected recipes. Pots BBQ took …

Steffen Thomas Museum elects new members

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  The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA) held its annual meeting Thursday, August 23, to elect new board members, review the financial status, look at accomplishments of the past year, and inform those in attendance of plans for the coming year. Former STMA President Wilson DuBose passed the gavel to the new President Roland Lewan. STMA elected Carol Jones, Rebecca Rakoczy, and Don Roman as new directors and recognized Mary Jones and Mary Ann Orr whose terms on the board ended. Additionally, the 2018 Volunteers of the Year was …

Enlivening MoCo spirit

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Last weekend, a Community Pep Rally was held at the Bill Corry Stadium football field at which the Morgan County High School Marching Band and cheerleaders performed for their fellow classmates, parents, and community members to inspire that ONE Morgan spirit for the highly anticipated football season. Denise Frost, a cheerleading coach at Morgan County High School, organized the event. “The community pep rally has been an idea that I, as the cheer coach, have had for a few years,” said Frost. “The band annually holds a parents’ potluck supper …

Morgan rallies but falls to Loganville

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer In a bizarre football opener Morgan County went on the road twice and that is not a misprint.  They traveled to Loganville once on Friday night and then finished the final two quarters on Saturday morning in Loganville after officials ruled that a lightning storm 31 miles away constituted a dangerous situation.  The particulars of that seemingly illogical decision are discussed in another part of this sports page. Nonetheless it was an entertaining two days of football. The coaching staff weighed in on the game …

Spike Dogs dig out two wins in home opener

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan’s Lady Bulldog volleyball team got off to a great start for the 2018 season by taking wins over Lake Oconee Academy (Class A public school) and Gatewood (Class AA GISA private school).  The girls defeated LOA 25-16/26-24 in straight sets while besting Gatewood 25-13/25-21.  The young team has only two seniors on their roster (Bailey Shultz and Nijah Young), but the sophomore class is loaded with talent.  Emma Silvey, Anna Cox, Brooke Butler, and Mckenzie Larate in particular showed why this group will …

Fundraising for a cause

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  The 18th Annual Festival of Friends, one of Morgan Memorial Hospital’s premier fundraisers, was smash hit last weekend, according to hospital officials. ““We are so appreciative of our auxiliary members for the time an energy they have put in to making this event so successful for the past 18 years and to the community members who continue to support us in our quest to become a patient-focused center of excellence.  Such support is instrumental to our continued success,” said Ralph Castillo, CEO of Morgan Memorial Hospital (MMH). This year’s …

How to identify common drugs and their warning signs

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  As the Opioid Crisis is sweeping across the country devastating lives, and in many cases ending them, parents are increasingly concerned about their children using drugs. In Georgia, along with the rest of the country, marijuana continues to be the most popular drug of choice, with cocaine following second, and opiates third, though opiates abuse is growing at an alarming and deadly rate. The abuse of prescription drugs is also prevalent. According to Georgia’s Attorney General’s office, between 1999 and 2015, more than 560,000 people in this country died …

Judge says no trial

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A 23-year-old man charged in the cold-blooded killing of his mother and a family friend was deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial Friday and was sent immediately to a Georgia mental facility. Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Allison Burleson made the ruling at the request of District Attorney Stephen Bradley during a brief hearing at the Morgan County Courthouse. Judge Burleson agreed, she said, with the diagnosis of a doctor who had interviewed Justin Sandiver Slaughter and determined that Slaughter is “incompetent to stand trial.” Slaughter was arrested on …

Morgan’s Finest

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Over the next several weeks we will occasionally be sharing some of Morgan’s Finest Behind the Scenes Volunteers over the past many years.  This week’s choice was an easy one.  Clifton Hanes was the man behind the football camera for 38 years (to the best of his recollection).  From 1970 as a MCHS graduate until 2008 he only missed a handful of games taking care of the filming for the Morgan County Bulldogs. Hanes mentioned a few others that could also be considered as some of the greatest volunteers in …