The nature of healing

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By Andrea Gable staff writer Sunlight filtered through towering trees and soft winds carried bird song and sounds of water to a tranquil new trailhead at Hundred Acre Farm in Madison on Friday, where a group gathered in reverence to celebrate the nation’s first certified forest therapy trail.  The gently-sloping, mile-long trail winds through the woods, along the Apalachee River and Lake Oconee, offering “invitations” to connect to nature, explore your senses, discover wildlife, and meditate outdoors. It was designed to be more than a nature walk or hike. Visitors …

The Dirt Girls

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer For 15 years, the Rutledge Garden Club has made digging in the dirt look fun as their group has grown in both size and purpose for the community. “I laughed, I kind of got tickled,” shared President Ann Pitner. “I looked back at the original charter the other night, and it was saying the purpose was to share gardening ideas and techniques and to organize social activities to promote friendships. I thought, ‘Gosh, we’ve expanded since then.’ We really do a lot of community service …

Opening weekend of FFA Plant Sale a blooming success

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By Catherine McGregor intern On Friday, March 29, the annual Morgan County High School FFA Plant Sale, held in Morgan County High School’s new greenhouse, opened its doors for amateur and master gardeners alike. The first weekend sale, extending to Saturday, March 30, made $700 in just the first half of the first day.  The sale will reopen on Monday, April 8 from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., and continue throughout the week, closing on Friday April 12. The MCHS FFA holds this plant sale every year to raise money …

Project Bluebird is a go!

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer Habitat for Humanity of Morgan County’s Project Bluebird has fully fledged with over 200 birdhouses expected to be sold and auctioned off at MadisonFest on April 27. Project Bluebird is a fundraiser in which students and members of the community can build and donate various types of birdhouses, birdfeeders, or birdbaths to Habitat. Proceeds from all of the items will fund the 2019 Habitat build. “The homes we’re making to help the birds will help the recipient of the next Habitat home,” stated Lori Williams, …

Rose Ann Weaver, the very first female doctor in Madison

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer March is Women’s History Month, and the Morgan County Citizen is taking this opportunity to share the story of one of the remarkable women who live in our community. It was not that long ago that career choices for women often limited them to becoming teachers, nurses, or secretaries. Talk to Dr. Rose Ann Weaver, a longtime Madison resident and recently retired doctor, and she’ll tell you how opportunities for women have changed in her lifetime. As the very first female doctor to practice in …

Parade of champions

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Morgan County High School celebrated the recent victories of the Bulldogs Basketball team, cheerleading team, and Wrestler Donovan McElligott, who all earned championship titles this year. MCHS put together a parade through Downtown Madison, ending at Town Park, to celebrate the achievements of this year’s crop of star athletes. A special honorary ceremony was held for the winners in Town Park after the parade.  The MCHS Bulldogs basketball team won the championship trophy after defeating region rivals Hart County for the title. MCHS Bulldogs …

Stewart Cink: Greater than self

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By Patrick Yost editor It was early, but Buddy Clarke was already having a good day. Clarke, a 73-year-old retired CPA, was standing outside the bag drop area of The Creek Club at Reynolds Lake Oconee, waiting for his golf partner to arrive. PGA professional Stewart Cink, a friend of Clarke’s for the past few years, was coming to play a round and Clarke couldn’t have been happier.  Clarke zipped up a pullover in the morning chill, laughed and squinted into the sharp winter sun. He was ready to play. …

Dogs show how it’s done

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor  The rain and weather have not been kind to the Morgan County baseball team’s schedule thus far.  The Dogs have not been so kind to the Hart County Bulldogs over the past week either.  After MOCO took care of business Tuesday by defeating their baseball team 8-5, the basketball squad downed them in the State Championship game later in the week.  It’s been a long week for the orange and black. The Diamond Dogs ran away with the Hart County game after a huge …

Dream season ends in state title

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Upon entering the Macon Centreplex around 5 p.m. Saturday, it seemed as if the entire town of Hartwell and surrounding Hart County had made the three-hour trip to see both their boys and girls play for a AAA State Basketball Championship.  Charter buses, school buses, church buses, Winnebago’s, limousines, SUV’s, and every other mode of transportation that included Vega’s, VW vans, and horse-drawn carriages arrived by the dozens.  It was a veritable sea of orange that took over the Coliseum awaiting an imminent State …

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A SEASON TO REMEMBER

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Nov. 24, Nov. 25 Holiday Hoopsgiving Tournament Pebblebrook  HS  St. Francis Fans got a chance to see how special the 2018-2019 version of the Morgan County Bulldogs could be after they travelled to Holy Innocents and dispatched 7A Pebblebook (ranked 13th in the state at that time) 70-64 followed by a win against St. Francis 82-67. St. Francis was then-ranked number one for private schools when they met the Dogs. Morgan was coming off a scrimmage loss against Shiloh High School and Coach Jamond Sims liked what he saw from …

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Local Artists to be featured in Atlanta art show

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer The prestigious American Craft Council’s annual three-day show in Atlanta this year will feature two local artists: Kipley A. Meyer and Molly Lesnikowski. The March 15-17 show at the Cobb Galleria Centre will feature 230 exhibitors from around the country who have been selected by a jury comprised of current exhibitors and art professionals. Founded in 1943, the ACC is the leading nonprofit organization focused on craft. In addition to Atlanta, annual shows are hosted in Baltimore, St. Paul, and San Francisco. The ACC asserts …

C’mon Dogs-One More Time!

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor  For the fourth time in five years under Coach Jamond Sims, the Morgan County Bulldogs will take a shot at winning a State Basketball Championship Title.  This time it will be against an old Region 8-AAA rival Hart County that they will face.  This time will be the final shot for seniors Alec Woodard, Tyrin Lawrence, and Stevin Greene.  This time will be for all the marbles at the Macon Centreplex at 8 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 7.  The Bulldogs rode the outstanding play of …

New Soccer Complex officially open

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor County officials gathered to celebrate the completion of the new $1.9 million Soccer Complex near Morgan County High School last Saturday, March 2. The soccer complex spans across 15 acres on Old Buckhead Road across from Bill Wood Park. Soccer is a popular sport in high-demand throughout the county and now, players will have three brand-new regulation fields on which to play. Morgan County families will now be able to enjoy the new fields this spring. The state-of-the-art complex will also draw numerous tournaments …

Fostering Fellowship

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer Jean Holder and Fran Holmes founded Jesus’ Helpers Ministries, a social group for mentally challenged people, in April 2004 under the auspices of First United Methodist Church. The group not only continues to be active with meetings on the second Saturday of each month, day outings and occasional overnight trips, but also welcomes participation outside of FUMC as well. Holmes said, “We started with six people, and that has grown to 26 now. People have become more active in helping us. It has been a …

SWEET REVENGE

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor A packed house.  A sea of red and black.  A heavyweight fight.  A raucous crowd.  Two heavyweight contenders.  Ali vs. Foreman.  The “Thrilla in Manilla.”  Number 1 vs. number 2.  What else could you ask for?  It was an epic rematch between the top two teams in the State.  Not this time baby!  The Dogs never trailed in this one to avenge that bitter loss from 2018 by defeating GAC 67-54.  It was more than SWEET!  After taking an early 5-0 lead, the Morgan …

STATE CHAMPS!

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Special to the Citizen The Morgan County High School Cheerleaders were crowned Game Day Champions at the Inaugural GHSA Game Day Competition.  This competition is new to the state of Georgia and was held at Putnam County High School in partnership with Varsity Brands, Inc. on Saturday, February 23.  The competition focused on game day skills that would be used at football or basketball games.  The teams competed in three preliminary rounds containing the fight song, a band chant, and a crowd-leading cheer each lasting less than one minute.  The …

Mardi Gras in Madison

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA) held its annual Mardi Gras Gala, an evening of “masks and mayhem,” to raise funds for the museum.  The lavish party was held at Empire Mills in Madison last Saturday, Feb. 23. According to STMA Director Patricia DuBose, the Gala was a magical event that reaped in the proceeds for the museum.  “Saturday evening’s Mardi Gras Gala was a huge success for the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art, and we are grateful for all the support we …

Win sets up grudge match with GAC

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Playoff basketball has its quirks.  We got a little taste of that with the girls this week as they got an at-large bid and defeated Kendrick.  An upset in the Region playoffs can throw a monkey wrench into any team’s plans.  Greater Atlanta Christian was upset in the Region Championship game a little over a week ago.  This put them into the State playoffs as a number two seed.  After winning their first round State playoff game vs. Coahulla Creek 74-41, they are now …

Untold Stories

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By Brittany Whitley staff writer “Thank You for our history and for those who lost their lives for us for we know, Heavenly Father, that if we lose our lives for You we will gain our lives,” shouted Pastor Bobby Patman, a NAACP member, in heartfelt prayer and thanksgiving to the Lord from the Bethlehem Baptist Church pulpit at the Black History & Founder’s Day Religious Program Sunday night.  Members from several churches across the county, youth, fellow pastors, officers and commissioners in the community, most serving additionally as NAACP …

Untold Stories

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By Sarah Wibell staff writer Have you ever been driving on a road and had a car speed up and pass you? Shortly afterward, you see that same car stopped at a red traffic light. Before the light turns green, you catch up to it. What was the point of the other driver’s rush when no time was actually saved? This was the analogy Lillie Franklin made when describing the life of her mother, Lessie Lawrence. Born in Madison, Georgia, on August 3, 1922, Lessie was the 12th of 14 …