Oconee drops Morgan 34-6

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Something had to give in the Morgan County football game versus Oconee County.  It was Friday the 13th, there was a full moon and just for good measure Mother Nature decided to throw in a pretty good dash of lightning.  Ultimately the beneficiary of all that karma turned out to be Oconee County as the Warriors held off a determined Morgan County squad in the first quarter and then seized control of the game.   The Bulldogs were in charge of the early going against …

Dogs oust Hart in extra inning thriller

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Anytime you can get a win, it’s a good day.  It’s a good day when it’s against a Region 8-AAA opponent.  It’s still a good day when it comes in extra innings and an even better day when it’s a walk-off win.  What makes it a great day is when it’s against the Hart County Lady Bulldogs of the orange and black variety.  Bulldogs are not supposed to be orange and black.  They are red and black. That’s just what the Morgan County Lady …

Pistons For Paws

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managaing editor  For the second year in a row, the community has gathered to support our local furry friends through the fundraiser Pistons for Paws.  Last weekend, the Humane Society of Morgan County (HSMC) orchestrated a downtown car, truck and motorcycle show that also featured  food trucks, craft vendors, live music and face-painting.  More than 35 cars lined the downtown Madison streets.  “The 2nd annual Piston for Paws Charity car show for HSMC was a SUCCESS!” said Beth Bradley, organizer of the event.  “All monies raised …

Teacher Of The Year

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Don’t complain about the problem, become part of the solution. That is the story of Jeannie Rice,  Morgan County’s System Teacher of the Year.  Rice addressed the Morgan County Board of Education last Monday, Sept. 9 to share about her experiences as a teacher and the goals for her students. Rice decided to become a teacher after noticing deficiencies in her child’s own classroom.  “I first became a teacher because I didn’t like some of the things that were happening in my daughter’s pre-K …

Bulldogs hammer Walnut Grove 35-14

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County ran their season record to 3-0 on the 2019 campaign with a 35-14 drubbing of Walnut Grove last Friday night at Warrior Stadium.  The Bulldogs cruised to a 35-0 halftime lead as the offense scored on five straight possessions and the defense held Walnut Grove without a first down over the opening two quarters. Morgan’s ground game led the way as the offensive line controlled Walnut Grove’s front seven.  They rolled up 10 first downs in the first half and finished the contest …

Art for Life

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  First Fridays are back at the Madison Artists Guild in downtown Madison.  To celebrate the event, the Madison Artists Guild and students from Crossroads unveiled a new art display called “Art for Life” last Friday, Sept. 6 The Crossroads’ art program called “Art for Life” an innovative art program for their students guided by the Madison Artists Guild.  ” Art for Life: Building Creativity, Community and Connection is an innovative art program that will merge art experiences with social-emotional learning. The entirely donor funded …

Living Legacy

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Milledge Gordon, Jr. Milledge Gordon, Jr. is the son of the late Milledge Gordon, Sr. and Irene Gordon. He is the fifth of 13 children. Milledge served in the US Army and is a Vietnam War veteran. Milledge is married to Beverly Binion Gordon. They have been married for 36 years. They have four daughters; the late Donnis Davenport, Kim Binion, Catrina Edwards and Yosmia Johnson. Milledge is a deacon at Springfield Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Kenneth Jones. Milledge Gordon, Jr. is the owner of Gordon Mobile Home Carrier, …

Bulldogs rally topples Greene 28-15

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Things did not look promising for the Morgan County Bulldogs last Friday night.  They were on the road, in a rivalry game and on the first play of the second quarter Bulldog starting quarterback Trent Folds went down with an elbow injury.  It got worse.  Shortly after the injury to Folds, Greene County drove 66 yards for a touchdown and then the Tigers tallied a two point conversion after a muffed snap.  That gave them an 8-6 lead but Morgan’s problems weren’t over yet.  With …

Bullpups pull off 18-12 second half win

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s Middle School football team made a thrilling come-from-behind second half effort to outlast the Carver (Monroe) Wildcats 18-12 by scoring two touchdowns in the final 16 minutes Wednesday.  Zach Moore stole the show by scoring both touchdowns in the half on long passes from quarterback Talan Fuller (three TD passes for the afternoon) while also making a key interception on the final last gasp drive by the kittens.  It was a thrilling finale. It was all Carver in the first half.  The …

Hice speaks at Founder’s Day event

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Georgia Congressman Jody Hice was the featured speaker at least week’s Founder’s Day Dinner, but President Donald Trump was the star of the show.  The Morgan County GOP hosted a Founder’s Day Dinner last Thursday at the Farmview Cafe in Madison, as Hice and other republicans praised Trump and urged the audience to reelect in him in 2020.  Allyson Thompson, Morgan County GOP chairman, introduced Hice, noting his previous work as a pastor and conservative radio host who regularly “exposes the democrats’ socialist  agenda.” …

Youth learn safety

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor This year’s Public Safety Day was a huge success and as Morgan County families acquaibnted themselves with local public safety worker, from policemen to fireman to medical emergency responders.  The event was held last Saturday at the Morgan County Alternative Education Building.  The festival featured tours of fire trucks, police cars, and ambulances.  Kids were able to play on bouncey houses and sit inside of safety vehicles.  The event featured food, ice cream, and prizes.  The event aims to get the community familiarized with …

Farmview hosts BBQ Competition

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Farmview Market hosted the Southern Classic BBQ Competition last weekend, which featured local teams cooking off in various categories to compete for cash prizes. About 5,000 attended the event, sampling barbecue, listening to live music, and creating crafts.  “This year’s event was the best one yet!” said OKeyla Smith with Farmview Market. “The weather held out for us most of the day and we had the honor of hosting several thousand of our friends and neighbors and introducing them to some of the best BBQ around. …

Morgan on the rise

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Morgan County is moving on up, according to local and state officials who gathered at the annual State of Morgan forum this week.  Officials bragged on Morgan County’s new schools, new industries, and new hospital along with rising property values, falling unemployment rates, lower taxes, safer streets, and improved quality of life.  “We are fortunate to live in a community where people can come together, work together, and  live together,” said Madison Mayor Fred Perriman.  “One Morgan we are and we are all proud …

Volleyball action spikes into play

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County High School volleyball squad has lined up against some of the toughest competition they will face all season in their first week of play.  The matches have all been close with the Lady Dogs winning two of their first six contests.  The two wins were against Oconee County in three sets and Flowery Branch in straight sets.   In the absence of head coach Olivia Daniell, who is on maternity leave, varsity assistant Carrie McClain is at the helm and leading …

Lady Diamond Dogs gain momentum

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor After a few losses during the first week of the season, Morgan’s softball team has been on a winning streak, now with six wins and only three losses.  Wins over Monroe Area 9-8, Hart County 5-4, Grovetown 5-2, and North Oconee 15-7 give us the idea that this team will again compete for the Region Championship after all is said and done.  That time is a long way off, but the experience and newcomers to the team are paying off in the early going. …

Where art meets academics

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA) is making the effort to invest in the education of young people. The STMA is stepping up its educational efforts with a series of programs designed to incorporate art with educational lessons.  Lisa Thomas Conner, the daughter of an artist and an educator, is the perfect candidate to oversee the STMA’s educational programming. She started all the educational programming at the STMA.  Lisa’s father was Steffen Thomas, a prolific artist whose art is honored at the STMA …

Y’allywood returns

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Y’allywood has come a-knocking once again. If you see mysterious “1964” signs around town, you have not fallen into a time-warp, but are near the latest film project shooting in Madison.  Another blockbuster film—‘Charming the Hearts of Men’ starring Kelsey Grammar— has set up shop in Madison and Morgan County this week and will be shooting scenes off and on until mid-September.  Grammer, who is best known for his role as Dr. Fraiser Crane on NBC’s hit show Cheers and subsequent spin-off sitcom Fraiser, …

Morgan nips Jeff Davis 14-13

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County and Jeff Davis High School (Hazelhurst) competed in the campaign’s opening scrimmage this past Friday night at Bill Corry Stadium.  The teams played their front line personnel in the first half and the Bulldogs sneaked past the Yellow Jackets 14-13 in those two periods.  In the second half, played by the second units and B-teams with a running clock and no kicking game, Morgan came out on top 12-2. Head coach Bill Malone was particularly pleased with the turnout and said, “I really …

STMA passes torch to MAG for Crossroads Arts Outreach Program

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By Angelina Bellebuono For 17 years, students attending Morgan County Crossroads School have painted, sculpted, woven, tie-dyed, spray-painted, and built wooden things in an art class every week, and for the past 13 years, they have created an annual public art inspired by the art and philosophy of Steffen Thomas to be displayed in various settings throughout the community. Part of the arts educational outreach of the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art and the brain-child of Thomas’ daughter and former Museum Director Lisa Thomas Conner, the program has changed and …

Renowned Artist Contributes Paintings

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Special to the Citizen A local Madison artist recently created three art pieces for the the Georgia Writers Museum in Eatonton.  The Georgia Writers Museum received a surprise donation from renowned regional artist Chris Cook, who also  owns and operates Madison Studios.  The Georgia Writers Museum released a press release thanking Cook for his generous donation.  “Notorious for his paintings of famous people, Cook painted a 30 x 40-inch portrait of authors Alice Walker, Joel Chandler Harris and Flannery O’Connor.  The three portraits now hang on display in the museum …