Couch shines in debut softball season; Named freshman-of-the-week

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Sarah Couch is not doing what most freshmen should be doing in her inaugural season as a softball player for the Georgia College and State University Lady Bobcats.  She’s only second in the Peach Belt Conference in on-base-percentage at .533, third in batting average at .437, and has 15 out of 16 stolen base attempts that puts her in sixth place.  If that’s not enough, she was also named the freshman-of-the-week this past week for her on-field performances in four games against USC Aiken and Lander.  Oh yeah, did we …

Arts Extravaganza

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Over 500 students from K-12 showcased the arts through music, dance, theatre, and, yes, art during the 2018 Unity through the Arts Extravaganza. People from the community watched the free event that took place in the new Morgan County High School Gymnasium April 3. “It was a packed house! It was awesome!” Karisa Seymour, Morgan County Middle School (MCMS) band director, shared. “One of the great things about art is that you give of yourself to others and find satisfaction because it is not just an individual thing.” Seymour, who …

Old Buckhead Days

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With runners and walkers participating in a 5K road race, Old Buckhead Days kicked off a fun event for all ages. Parade participants waved to onlookers who gathered at the Fire Department to listen to music from a live band, bid on homemade cakes, play on the jungle gym, enjoy an ice cream cone or funnel cake, and explore the vendors. With the sound of a dance-worthy cover of ‘Under the Boardwalk’ filling the air, handmade jewelry and crafts were displayed as were painted animal skulls and yarn from an …

DEA raids West Morgan storage facility

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) executed a search warrant on a storage unit at the West Morgan Storage facility in Rutledge. Agents were at the facility in hazard material suits as they took items from the unit on Tuesday around noon. Local law enforcement officers aided in the search. Federal officials had not returned phone calls for comment by press time Tuesday. Photo by Jesse Walker

Southern Living Names Madison ‘Best Small Town in Georgia 2018’

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Once again, Madison has grown in the hearts of people who visit it, blossoming as the city that has been awarded the title of Best Small Town in Georgia 2018 by Southern Living. Southern Living boasts the qualities of the best towns in each state that have “preserved and reimagined” their past “with historic downtowns that now beckon visitors to art galleries, bookstores, and farm-to-table restaurants. They have genuine character and charm. Perhaps most of all, they have a sense of community and local pride that’s palpable.” It’s no wonder …

Region Champions

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It’s been quite a while since the Morgan County baseball program has gone back-to-back winning Region Championships.  Coach Merritt Ainslie and his assistants have done an outstanding job of putting the Bulldogs on the statewide baseball map in AAA.  Two wins over Hart County last Friday gave the Dogs enough to clinch their second Region trophy in so many years.  Morgan took on the orange and black Bulldogs from Hartwell in a home double header coming away with 4-0 and 6-3 victories to secure the title. Overall the Dogs are …

Be The Change. Fundraising for the Fox family

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Sarah Wibell staff writer A wonderful aspect of small communities is that they can really pull together to help the people in them who are facing challenges. From the moment nine-year old Cadence Fox was diagnosed with two germinoma brain tumors in 2015, the Fox family felt that support from the community. This support is exactly what brought people out to Milledgeville on Saturday, March 24, to raise funds to build a new house for the Fox family. The family moved from Warner Robbins to the lake area seven years …

Madison Art in Athens

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A local art teacher was celebrated last weekend in Athens at a trendy coffee bar, Hendershots. Hendershots displayed a “very personal” collection of art created by Ty Manning, a Morgan County High School (MCHS) art teacher, for an entire month before holding a closing reception last Saturday, selling off Manning’s art. Manning sold 8 of the 12 paintings available and performed with his band, the Slawdog Biscuits. “The nigh was awesome,” said Manning. “I made enough money to finance buying vinyl records for his new album, set to be released …

Easter Traditions

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  Morgan County families celebrated two annual traditions last week to celebrate Easter’s arrival this Sunday, April 1. The Morgan County Recreational Department facilitated the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Bill Wood Park last Saturday. Families with small children descended upon the park with colorful baskets to find hidden Easter eggs with small prizes inside of them. The Madison’s Episcopal Church of the Advent orchestrated the annual Palm Sunday processional, which attracted over about 200 people to march through downtown Madison.  Participants waved palm leaves while following behind a wooden …

A hero returns

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The community is mourning the loss of Chris McGlauchlen, 31, who died this week of cancer. McGlauchlen was a marine, a volunteer firefighter in Morgan County, and a graduate of Morgan County High School. He served two tours in Iraq. He was also a husband and father and a member of Sandy Creek Baptist Church. The local Madison fire department honored McGlauchlen by bringing out the ladder truck to Main Street and draping the American flag over it as the  ìangel rideî transported McGlauchlenís body to A.F. Carter Funeral Home. …

MCHS Students participate in national movement

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Morgan County High School (MCHS) students joined tens of thousands of students across the country who walked out of school on Wednesday, March 14, as part of the national “March for Our Lives” movement to protest gun violence and demand action from government leaders on various gun control measures. The March for Our Lives rally in Washington D.C. is happening this Saturday, March 24. About 150 MCHS students walked out of class on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. for a 17-minute silent protest in remembrance of the 17 victims of the …

Golf teams start season strong

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What a week it was for the Morgan County High School’s golfers.  Not only did Bailey Smith shoot a 78 at the UGA Golf Course in the Athens Classic High School Invitational, but Madison Walley also won the Girls’ High School Water Wheel Tournament Saturday.  On top of the individual honors by these two team leaders, the boys team went to 3-0 on the season with wins at Cherokee Run and at home vs. Loganville and Monroe Area. The UGA event saw Coach Josh Reeves take two of his top …

Morgan Memorial Hospital celebrates a construction milestone with ceremony

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  Morgan Memorial Hospital (MMH)  celebrated last Friday with a “Topping Out” ceremony to commemorate a new milestone for the $37 million replacement hospital project. “The Topping Out ceremony signifies that the main structure of the building is complete. The last beam has been placed,” said Megan Morris, director of development and community affairs. “The bones” of the new hospital are on full display at the new site, located along the Madison bypass, in between the Bethany Road Exchange and Highway 441. Hospital employees were invited to a luncheon on site Friday afternoon …

Bark For Life set for April 7th

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  By Sarah Wibell staff writer Want to celebrate your four-legged family member while supporting cancer research and the Humane Society? There’s a fun way to do this right here in Madison! Bark for Life takes place April 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Bill Wood Park (formerly Heritage Park) with activities for the whole family. Yes, that means the ones without tails, too! “It’s a celebration of your four-legged, tail-wagging family member. There are things for the dogs to do and things for the people and their …

MOCO ROCKS

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  By Sarah Wibell staff writer All over Morgan County, people are finding painted rocks. Images or inspirational words appear on one side. On the other are notes saying “Find us on Facebook” with instructions to re-hide the rock after sharing a photo on Instagram at #livelikebritt and #allinlikemichael. Last April, the deaths of Michael Rhodes, 18, and Brittany Smith, 19, in a car accident deeply affected the Morgan County community. The teenagers had been dating for three years. “They were amazing kids, goofy, and made everyone happy. They would …

One Morgan Capital Campaign

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The Morgan County Charter School System (MCCSS) is launching a new capital campaign with $1.5 million goal to raise the remaining costs for the new Morgan County High School, the College and Career Academy, and the new Morgan County Middle School. The fundraiser aims to ensure the school moves “Beyond the Basics” that are already funded through state and ESPLOST funds and acquire the extra funds needed to “Invest in Innovation” in order to provide the most efficient and advanced learning environment possible for Morgan County students. The school system is …

‘5 Perspectives’ artists discuss the complexities of race and religion at artists forum

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What does it mean to be black in America? What are the unique lived experiences of African-Americans here and now, who are balancing the weight of the past, the work of the present, and the hope for the future? Those are some of the themes discussed among five Atlanta-based artists last weekend who gathered at the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA) for a special symposium. The event was the culmination of the 5 Perspectives exhibit, which featured the diverse artwork of five artists, Kevin Cole, Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier, Kevin Sipp, …

Spring is coming and so are the SNAKES

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By Dianne Yost staff writer With Spring around the corner, the snakes will soon be out and about in Morgan County. We checked in with local Naturalist David Burke who has a special interest in Herpetology – especially Morgan County’s native species. He has studied and handled snakes since his early teens. Burke says that because of myths and wrong information on snakes he seeks to help people understand just a bit more about what surrounds them. “Of Georgia’s 41 species of snakes, six of them are venomous.” And, if …

Hice met with cheers, jeers

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  By Sarah Wibell staff writer While U.S. Rep. Jody Hice visited Madison last week, a demonstration was held by a small group of dissatisfied constituents protesting for an in-person town hall meeting. Hice, who represents Georgia’s 10th district, had been invited to learn more about the local economy and other issues that concerned the community’s industry and small business leaders on Friday, Feb. 23. “This visit has been an opportunity to get thoughts, ideas, and input. Madison is a treasure. It’s been an absolute thrill to be here,” Hice …

Dogs explode in second half for win

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For three quarters of basketball, Towers High School gave Morgan’s Bulldogs all they wanted and then some.  Unfortunately for the Titans, it takes four to complete a game.  The Dogs took full advantage of it outscoring the visitors 18-7 over the final eight minutes to grab a 64-49 win and a fifth straight trip to the AAA Elite Eight.  That game will be played Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 7:00 p.m. in Madison after Morgan won the “universal toss” by the GHSA that applied to all remaining teams in the tournament.  …