Lady Dogs getting better by playing the best

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Lady Dogs took on the number one ranked team in AAAAA and number three ranked team in the entire State this week, the Lady Wolves of Buford.  They are the reigning State Champs from this past season, and only seem to reload even after graduating three Division-I players from a year  ago.  Morgan lost the contest 62-36, but in the mind of Coach Josh Reeves, “The game did what it was supposed to do.”  Pressing him on that statement, he said, “Certainly, we …

Sims notches win 200 with victory over Gainesville

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor In typical Jamond Sims humble fashion, he didn’t even let the cat out of the bag about his 200th win with his team until after the “W”.  He said, “I didn’t want to tell them because I was more focused on our performance instead of the importance of the outcome.”  The 43-year-old Head Coach, in his 11th season at the helm, got the milestone after taking down AAAAAA opponent Gainesville High School at the North Georgia University Showcase Tournament this past weekend 55-49.  If …

Community effort = complete success

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

  This year’s Holiday Tour of Homes, orchestrated by Heritage Hall this year, brought about 2300 visitors to wander through some of Madison’s most luxurious historical homes, museums, and churches. “It was the second largest tour we have ever done,” said Pat Leming, president of Heritage Hall. “If the weather had been nice on Saturday, we probably would have set a new record.” This year’s tour featured 12 privately-owned historic homes, three museums houses, three museums, and five churches. Visitors strolled the streets of Madison during the day and evening …

A Christmas concert in Madison

Brittany Whitley Community, Featured

The Madison Morgan Cultural Center dashed into December with their well anticipated Community Holiday Concert on Sunday. The historical auditorium held a full audience of supportive locals and staged a variety of talented members throughout the community of all age ranges. Emceed by Dan and Heather Mathews, the concert featured group performances from the Morgan County Middle School (MCMS) Jazz Band, Calvary Majestic Choir, Pointe of Grace Dance Academy Tap II Class, MCMS Chorale, First United Methodist Church Women’s Ensemble, and Angelic Voices. While Derek Scoggins & Sophie Barnes, Fulton …

Bulldogs open season with two wins over ranked opponents

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor When it comes down to the 2018-19 hardcourt Dogs, Morgan County will look to senior guards Alec Woodard, Tyrin Lawrence, and Stevin Greene to do what they are expected to do.  The opening weekend put those expectations on exhibition as the “Big Three” scored 129 of the Bulldogs’ 152 points offensively to lead the attack.  The Bulldogs traveled to Holy Innocents for the Holiday Hoopsgiving Tournament taking their first two wins.  The opposition was no slouch as MOCO disposed of Pebblebrook (ranked 13th in …

A guide to all things Christmas in Morgan County

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

  Lights are being strung, wreaths are being hung, and bells will soon be jingling. The Christmas season is upon us and there is no shortage of local holiday activities on the horizon for Morgan County families to enjoy. From crafts to concerts, from parades to festivals, there is surely something for everyone to do to get into the holiday spirit. Cookies with Santa at Mint Juleps Kitchen on Thursday, Nov 29 at 4 p.m. Saint Nick himself will kick-off the Christmas season in Madison this year, making an early appearance …

Students learn the joys of giving

Brittany Whitley Community, Featured

First there was Thanksgiving Thursday, then Black Friday, then Cyber Monday, but then there was Giving Tuesday. In honor of this fairly new global holiday, Morgan County Primary School (MCPS) is running a week-long – Tuesday until Friday – Giving Market hosted by Brian Kimball from Booster for the students. Booster, a school solutions company based in Alpharetta, is dedicated to serving schools by reinventing the execution of fundraisers and infusing character skills such as integrity and leadership into the students through their events. The Giving Market aims to foster …

Woodard signs with Austin Peay

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor After committing earlier to Austin Peay State University in Clarkesville, Tennessee, Alec Woodard made it official this week by signing on the dotted line to play for the Governors next season.  When asked why he chose the school, he told the Morgan County Citizen, “I thought it was a good fit for me.  First, the new coach (Matt Figger) has only been there for one year, and had a winning record last year.  He was also Coach-of-the Year in the conference (Ohio Valley Conference).  …

MCRD celebrates volunteers and sponsors at annual banquet

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor If you’re not on the VIP list to attend the Morgan County Recreation Department’s Volunteer Award Banquet, you don’t know what you’re missing.  As part of a tough sportswriter’s beat, my job is that of being “required” to attend this event.  It’s sad. I know that Patrick Yost forces me to go to the banquet each year that includes a T-bone steak that would feed a family of four, a baked potato as big as your head, and all the fixin’s that go along …

Community comes together for Thanksgiving

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

On Thanksgiving Day, this Thursday, Nov. 22, the annual Community Thanksgiving Meal will be held at the new Morgan County High School in the cafeteria from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Calvary Baptist Church in Madison has been partnering with the school system and other community groups for decades to ensure everyone has the opportunity to eat a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Last year, nearly 300 people throughout Morgan County took advantage of the free Thanksgiving meal made possible by Calvary Baptist Church and the Morgan County Board of Education. About …

Time to Shop, Sip, and Stroll through Madison

Dianne Yost Community, Featured

Downtown Madison’s restaurant and retail destinations were in their full Holiday glory Saturday during Madison Main Street’s first Shop, Sip & Stroll promotion that attracted scores of shoppers from the local community and from surrounding cities like Athens, Atlanta, Covington and the Lake Oconee area. Shoppers got their first taste of the Holidays and experienced a true, small town Holiday outing in a charming setting outside of the ubiquitous big-box experience. Local shops were decorated to the hilt with Christmas lights, trees, wreaths, greenery and holiday decorations alongside refreshments and …

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

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

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

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

  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, …