Untold Stories

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By Brittany Whitley staff writer In the world of research, it is commonly agreed that Americans are now living to be older than history once proved. According to some researchers, individuals over 90 years old constitute a larger population than other older age groups. It is believed that most individuals over 90 live alone or in nursing homes, and are widowed white women, high school graduates, and have one or more disabilities. The only demographic feature characterizing 93-year old Madison native Ruth Binion is being a woman.   Born by …

Belton boasts Georgia’s future bright

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer Georgia’s future is bright, according to State Representative Dave Belton, who believes under the leadership of the new Governor, Brian Kemp, Georgia will continue to expand and diversify its booming economy while improving the quality of education and job training opportunities across the state.  Belton met with constituents on January 23 at Madison Chophouse Grille to share information about Georgia’s current state and upcoming legislation as well as to respond to questions from the attendees. Afterward, County Manager Adam Mestres shared information about an upcoming …

Girls rip Jackson Co. on Senior Night

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor It was a tough week for Morgan’s girls with games against the number one ranked Jefferson Lady Dragons on Tuesday, Jackson County and Senior Night on Friday, and another game with Hart County Saturday.  All of these games had major 8-AAA Region and even State implications.   The girls lost to Jefferson 68-55 Tuesday, but had a big loss in that one.  Starting point guard Lou Reid went down to a shoulder injury that may keep her out for some time.  She did not …

Space Day at Kiddy Land

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor All the stars aligned to bring together Morgan County High School students with young early learning students at Kiddy Land Early Learning Center for a special collaborative project that allowed for a group of high school students to teach young children a little bit about the universe.  Science Teacher Alec Johnson, who worked with NASA last summer, teamed up with Kaleigh Sidwell, a teacher running the one of the high school’s pathway career programs training students who want to become teachers.  “I think it …

Cultural Center hosts Rosie Revere, Engineer

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center’s (MMCC) Student Series brought a special show to the stage on Friday, Jan. 25.  According to the MMCC, in the show, “Ms. Greer’s classroom includes three inquisitive out-of-the-box thinkers.  Rosie Revere has big dreams. Iggy Peck has a relentless passion for architecture. And Ada Twist’s curiosity can drive her teacher crazy.” According to the cultural center, the show is  “a fun new musical based on the books Rosie Revere, Engineer, Iggy Peck, Architect, and Ada Twist Scientist by Andrea Beaty …

A viral sense-ation

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer A video went viral early this month of 11-month old Scarlet Benjamin, a local baby who had just received hearing aids, laughing at the sound of her older sister’s voice. The video has been viewed over 19 million times. “It has been a LONG and emotional experience,” Scarlet’s mother, Carol Dianne Benjamin, stated in a Facebook post. “She reacted to most sounds so we thought she could hear fairly well. After what I witnessed today, it was not as well as I thought.” Born three …

Dogs take down Newton in epic war

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor When it comes to elite teams, players, and coaches, Saturday night’s contest at Newton High School had all the makings of a great one from the time it was scheduled a year ago.  Two teams ranked in the top 10 state-wide, outstanding soon-to-be college players on both sides, and two coaches with 20 plus wins per season over the past decade and beyond.  It was simply a “War” and one of the best high school games you’ll ever see. Morgan came into the evening …

Morgan celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Nearly 51 years after his death, Martin Luther King Jr. is still inspiring millions to make his infamous dream of justice, peace, and racial equality a reality.  Local leaders gathered on Monday to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. at the annual MLK Breakfast at Source of Life Ministries in Madison and for a religious service in the evening at Calvary Baptist Church in Madison.  During the evening service at Calvary Baptist Church, Keynote Speaker Reverend Robert Terrell preached a sermon on rediscovering the message …

That’s a wrap in Rutledge

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The City of Rutledge received a 19th Century makeover while Steven Spielberg himself roamed around town while directing a film shooting for an episode of “Amazing Stories,’ a reboot series of his shortlived1980s sci-fi/horror show. Actor Dylan O’Brien, who starred in the Maze Runner trilogy and Teen World, was also spotted performing scenes in Rutledge during the film shoot.  Scenes for Amazing Stories were shot last week in Downtown Rutledge, as well as in parts of Bostwick and Madison.  Filming begin on Monday, Jan …

The 20s roar again

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By Andrea Gable staff writer Winners of this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards, presented by Lake Oconee Living magazine, were recognized this weekend in true Roaring 20s fashion during the Best of Lake Oconee awards gala at the Oconee Brewing Company in Greensboro.  More than 4,000 votes were cast to determine the Best of Lake Oconee in categories ranging from food and dining to arts and culture. Winners were revealed during the awards ceremony and are featured in the current issue of Lake Oconee Living, on stands now. The Roaring 20s-themed …

Hollywood sets eyes on Bostwick

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By Tia Lynn Ivey A new filming project is sweeping through Morgan County this week for a reboot television series of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi/horror “Amazing Stories,” with shooting locations in Rutledge, Bostwick and right outside of Madison.  Filming begin on Monday, Jan 14 off Highway 83 outside of Madison and then moved to Bostwick, behind the Cotton Jin on Mayor John Bostwick’s farm. Downtown Rutledge is getting a full makeover this week for the filming project, which will shoot on Friday, Jan 18 and run into the wee hours of …

Huff’s final game ends in victory

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Senior Jordan Huff played the final game of his basketball career at MCHS Friday.  The 6’2” 182 pound senior is headed for early enrollment as a scholarship football player for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets this semester.  He will be missed.    This two-sport standout has played a vital role in back-to-back Region Championships in football his sophomore and junior seasons and was voted in as an 8-AAA All-Region defensive back his senior year.  Huff is also known for his tenacious and unrelenting defense …

New art exhibit opens at STMA

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By Tia Lynn Ivey A new art exhibit, entitled Faces in Time, will feature the compelling works of three artists who have immortalized influential historical figures through their art at the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA) later this month.  The STMA will present select works of Steffen Thomas, a renowned sculptor, Leanna Leithauser Lesley, a revolutionary needlepointer, and Chris Cook, a local designer who produces paintings of ”fine art with a Southern flavor.”  According to the STMA, the exhibit will feature “works-on-paper, fiber art portraits, and sculptures of renowned …

Caboose goes green

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Sarah Wibell The red Caboose in Rutledge has gone green. Well, greener than it was. One of the most significant alterations is the elimination of Styrofoam. All of the to-go cups, lids, and straws are now Greenware, a product made entirely of plants that is 100 percent compostable in industrial facilities. “We have wanted to do this for a long time,” said Molly Lesnikowski, who co-owns and operates the Caboose with her husband Ed Hogan. “We use as little disposable as possible, and all of the disposable items are recyclable.” …

2018, a year in review!

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By Sarah Wibell  and Brittany Whitley staff writers January Guy Rogers became Morgan County’s new tax assessor. Rodgers previously worked for the county two decades ago. The “5 Perspectives” art exhibit opened. The collaboration between the Morgan County African American Museum and the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art highlighted work by five contemporary artists celebrating black art. A hotel/motel tax was passed 3-to-2 by Madison’s city council but blocked by State Representative Dave Belton and Senator Burt Jones. The resolution intended to increase a local tax from 5 to 7 …

Spence a National Champion

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor For Stewart Spence, winning a National Championship for Valdosta State University (VSU) was anything but easy.  It was a road full of pit stops, hard work, injuries, rehab, and more.  Throughout the process, he never doubted himself.   And neither did his parents or big brother.  If you ask him if it was worth it, he’d give you a resounding, “Yes.”  The record-breaking, Division II Championship season culminated in VSU defeating Ferris State in McKinney, Texas 49-47 in a high-octane thriller that went down …

Lady Dogs take home Sweet South trophy

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s Lady Bulldog basketball team captured the 2018 Sweet South Championship by lapping the field in wins of 29, 38, and 14 points over Apalachee, Lambert, and Veterans respectively.  The final scores were 64-35 over Apalachee, 70-32 over Lambert, and 69-55 in the Championship game over Veterans.  The girls are starting to flex some muscle and show why they will again be a force to contend with in the AAA Region and State Tournaments.  They are now 11-3 overall with the meat of …

Team of the Decade

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer On Tuesday, December 11. Morgan County was one of several schools honored at Mercedes Benz Stadium as a “Team of the Decade” and the school was represented by Otha Knight, Eugene Sidwell and Richard Jones in a ceremony between games at the Georgia high school football championships.  The prestigious distinction was given to Morgan County for their incredible run of success between the years of 1955 to 1962 when the Bulldogs won five state titles in eight years and compiled an unheard of record of …

Dogs demolish Jackson Co. 83-23

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Tuesday’s game at Jackson County High School wasn’t pretty.  For the Panthers, that is.  The Morgan County Bulldogs put up 83 points against an outgunned and overmatched Region 8-AAA foe to push their record to 7-1 on the season and 4-0 in league play.  Alec Woodard had a game-high 28 points on 11-15 shooting going 5-7 from three-point land.  He also grabbed six rebounds, had three assists, and picked off six steals in the 50-point victory. After two somewhat lackluster performances last week at …

Defense key in win over Jackson Co.

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor What a difference a half makes.  A close first half turned into a runaway second half as the Lady Dogs went on the road to defeat the Jackson County Lady Panthers in Region 8-AAA basketball action this week.  With Morgan holding on to a slim 30-24 lead at halftime, the home team eventually folded under the relentless full court man-to-man pressure from MOCO.  The girls outscored Jackson County 20-5 in the third period to run out to a 50-29 advantage to get a 63-34 …