Out with the old and in with the new

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

“When the staff first wheeled me in to the new hospital this morning I felt like I was in a hotel!” exclaimed Carolyn Stewart, a retired Middle School teacher who was the first patient to be admitted to the new Morgan Medical Center.  On Wednesday, Dec. 19, hospital leaders transferred patients into the new $35 million hospital and officially closed the doors of Morgan Memorial Hospital, which was established in 1959. Thirteen patients were moved from the old Morgan Memorial Hospital into the brand new Morgan Medical Center, a bittersweet …

A new home for Christmas

Brittany Whitley Community, Featured

B Habitat for Humanity of Morgan County celebrated the completion of a newly constructed house that volunteers are calling “blessed”. “I came in one day and somebody had written on the walls and two by fours in the floor,” Mary DiLetto, a member of Habitat for Humanity, told the audience of supporters. “And I’m going ‘what in the world!’” She pointed at Syreeta Lumpkin, joyous in gratitude, and her mother, Doris Lewis. “These two ladies came in with sharpies and put biblical verses on the two by fours and little …

HEROES HONORED

Tia Lynn Ivey Featured, News

A pregnant woman was saved from a burning vehicle after crashing into a guardrail on I-20 in Morgan County in July. Now, the two men who saved her life, Jeffrey Hill and Demetrice Moore, have been recognized by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department with a Heroism Award.  Hill and Moore received a Heroism Medal and plague to commemorate their selfless efforts to save the life of a complete stranger.  “It was a huge honor to be recognized by the Sheriff’s Department and I am very, very humbled by it,” said …

Meteorology at MCHS

Sarah Wibell Community, Featured

By Sarah Wibell Morgan County High School (MCHS) is standing out from other high schools across Georgia in a new way. Offering a science course in meteorology, students at MCHS are engaged in hands-on learning that aims to give back to the community through truly local weather forecasts. “I think there are about three high schools in the state that currently teach a class in meteorology,” MCHS science teacher and alumna Michelle Ozburn said. “Because it’s a new class and it’s something different, the engagement among our students has been …

New middle school breaks ground

Tia Lynn Ivey Featured, News

The last piece to create a $46 million consolidated school campus is underway with Morgan County School officials breaking ground on the construction of the new middle school. The new middle school is set to be completed in December of 2019, erected on the site of the old high school. The consolidated campus will feature the new middle school along side the already completed new high school, College and Career Academy, and Transportation facility. School leaders gathered on Monday, Dec. 10 to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony for the new middle …

Swim Dogs take second at home meet

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County Swim Team hosted their first meet of the season Friday coming away with a second place finish for both the boys’ and girls’ squads.  Competing schools included Morgan, Clarke Central, George Walton Academy, and Athens Academy.  Head Coach Jennifer O’Neal talked about the event, “We had a great meet this week.  I’m very proud of the team spirit our swimmers showed.  Even the judges complimented us about it.  Way to go!  Clarke Central came in with about 40 swimmers to take …

Mat Dogs host Christmas Classic

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor It was another great weekend of wrestling for the Morgan County High School Mat Dogs as they hosted their annual Christmas Classic.  Sixteen teams came to Madison to compete in the event that drew great crowds and teams from around the state.  The squad made a strong showing finishing fifth against some of the best competition that were drawn and invited to the event.  Donovan McElligott and Finn Williams again paced the Dogs by finishing first and second respectively in their weight classes.  McElligott …

Morgan Medical hosts ribbon cutting

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

After 15 years of dreaming, reorganizing, planning, applying, and constructing, the new $35 million Morgan Medical Center, the much anticipated replacement hospital on Lions Club Road in Madison, is finally completed. Hospital officials and local leaders celebrated the completed project last Sunday, with a traditional ribbon cutting and community tour to show off the brand new state-of-the-art, modernized hospital fit for 21st century healthcare. “It is a glorious day for all involved, but especially for the citizens of all the communities we serve. What a great Christmas present for you …

Employers show appreciation

Sarah Wibell Community, Featured

Our story begins about six months ago: A trip for employees who were not to know what their bosses had planned till shortly before adventures began with surprises galore… For almost two years Nancy and George Launius, owners of Thrifty Mac Pharmacy, had wanted to do something special for their employees who are like a family to them. In July, they began to plan a weekend trip to New York City (NYC). “Life is short,” Nancy asserted. “I’m a firm believer in making memories along the way and sharing opportunities …

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 …