Lady Spikers cruise into Sweet 16

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County moved into the Sweet Sixteen of the Volleyball State Playoffs with an easy three-of-five sets win over Haralson County 25-12, 25-16, and 25-12.  Area 5-AAA only has four teams that compete in volleyball this year, so Haralson pretty much made the tournament by default with a 2-16 overall record while going 1-5 in Area play.  They were no match for the 8-AAA winners of Morgan County who play in a highly competitive Region. As expected the Lady Dogs ran out to a …

The Last Jam!

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  Special to the Citizen A big thanks to everyone, who helped make The Last Jam concert at the auditorium of Morgan County High School, a big success and a lot of fun!  We planned for 14 bands and five hours of live music…and it happened!  But, not without a lot of help from the following people: Thanks to Eric Dodd, recently named CMT Indie Artist to Watch, and well-known local boy (MCHS Class of 2003), who came home and not only performed two musical numbers, but then jammed with …

Anti Bully Rally brings record numbers

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The Fifth Annual Anti-Bullying Rally, sponsored by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, was held last weekend, drawing over 225 people. “It was the biggest and best one we have ever had,” said Olivia Laborn, administrative assistant for the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. During Saturday’s event, children ages 8-15 gathered for a variety of fun activities and educational lessons on the devastating effects of bullying. “By all accounts it was the best one yet,” said Whitney Robinson, with the Sheriff’s Office. “We definitely had the most participation this year. It’s a …

Raffle to benefit local woman battling breast cancer

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  A local couple, Gigi and Hal Gerhardt, have teamed up with local businesses to hold a raffle drawing on November 1 to raise money for their daughter, Deanna Raymond, who is currently battling a rare type of breast cancer. Deanna was first diagnosed with Triple Negative breast cancer, a rare condition, three years ago at age 29. “She went through a double mastectomy, radiation, and chemo,” said Deanna’s mother Gigi. “Even after all that, it’s back again.  She has Stage Four Cancer.” According to the Gerhardts, they want to …

Out with the old and in with the new

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  The new Morgan County High School is here! Students bid farewell to the old school last week before Fall Break and returned Tuesday morning to a brand new state-of-the-art high school. The new high school, of which the exterior features architecture reminscient of Classical Greek architecture, is the latest completion in a multiphase $56 million consolidated campus project. The new high school also houses the much-anticipated College and Career Academy. The new facilities  are part of Morgan County’s effort to revamp education, according to Dr. James Woodard, superintendent of …

Ambulance delays sound alarm

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  Ambulance service in Morgan County is under scrutiny from several residents who worry just two ambulances cannot sufficiently handle the medical needs of the community after personally experiencing long wait times during dire emergencies. Since November of 2017, Morgan County Dispatch called out-of-county ambulances a total of 88 times to respond to emergencies when Morgan County’s two designated ambulances from National EMS were either tied up on other calls or needed more assistance on the scene. After two recent controversial cases, one in which a woman died after waiting …

Bulldogs Hammer Franklin Co. 40-21

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer The Morgan County Bulldogs traveled to Carnesville last Friday night to take on the Franklin County Lions and came home with another big Region 8AAA win.  This one was a total team effort.  Trent Folds led the offensive onslaught with touchdown passes to four different players and the Bulldog defensive unit surrendered just a single touchdown over the first three quarters of play.  Morgan County’s special teams got into the act as well when D.J. Jones blocked a punt for a safety as Morgan bullied …

Educators awarded for excellent service

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Teachers dedicate their lives to educating other people’s children to become the next generation of prepared leaders and productive members of society. It can be a thankless job at times, but The Morgan County School System makes an effort each year to honor the teachers most beloved by their students. The Teachers of the Year were announced last week, with each of Morgan County’s four schools choosing a teacher to honor. Morgan County High School (MCHS)  named Wendy Malcom as this year’s Teacher of the Year. The Morgan County Middle School …

Grants Awarded at Farewell to Spark Morgan

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Spark Morgan, formerly known as the Morgan Fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, awarded over $50K in grants to ten non-profits operating in or benefitting Morgan County for the final time on Tuesday, October 2. Recipients included the Boys & Girls Club of North Central Georgia (BGCNCG), Camp Twin Lakes, Inc., Habitat for Humanity of Morgan County, the Morgan County African American Museum (MCAAM), Morgan County Foundation for Excellence in Public Education (MCFEPE), Rainbow Community Center, Humane Society of Morgan County, Steffen Thomas Museum of Fine Art (STMA), …

Fast start keys Region win for Dogs

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County’s Bulldogs came blazing out of the gate last Friday night, scoring 20 first quarter points on their way to a key Region 8AAA win over Jackson County’s Panthers.  Led by Seth Robertson, Trent Folds and Denver Laughlin, Morgan scored on their first three possessions of the night to run out to a 20-0 advantage.  That lead held up all night but Jackson County managed to make it a one score game when they scored a touchdown 20-14 with 5:52 left in the third …

One of a kind treasures find their new home

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  Dolly the Goat finally found the perfect platform to tell her story. So did the Tin Man and the Politician’s Jug. Purposed only to unveil hidden stories without profit in mind, the three profound works of art are among over 250 uniquely expressed creations that compose The Great Folk Art Parade: Down the Lane to the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art exhibit in the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art. Around 300 people flooded the museum’s folk art speckled lawn to explore the tangible stories for sale and on display …

Homecoming Week!

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  The students of Morgan County High School (MCHS) celebrated Homecoming last week, with a jam-packed schedule of games, competitions, dress-up days, projects, a parade, a powder-puff football match, and ample amounts of school spirit. The One Morgan Spirit was emanating throughout the halls of MCHS, as students celebrated the last Homecoming week to be held at the Old High School before the new high school opens after Fall Break. Homecoming Week culminated with the most anticipated football game of the season, at which our Bulldogs reigned supreme over opponents …

Morgan falls 39-0 in Region opener

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Monroe Area’s Chandler Byron showed why he is a Player of the Year candidate this year.  The Hurricane’s dual threat quarterback rushed for 130 yards on 13 carries, scored four rushing touchdowns and threw a 59 yard scoring strike on his first snap of the third quarter in a 39-0 whitewashing of Morgan County last Friday night in Monroe.  The win kept the third ranked Purple Hurricanes undefeated at 5-0 on the season and 1-0 in region play while the Bulldogs dropped to 1-4 overall …

Lady Dogs get win over Rockdale 8-2 on Senior Night

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Senior Alissa Webb and sophomore Reign Williams came up big on Senior Night producing five of the team’s eight runs.  The duo combined to go 6-8, score four runs, and drive in two more.  Webb had doubles in both outfield gaps to go along with another single in the sixth inning.  Williams’ three singles helped get Webb across three times.  Pinch runner Carlie Lane ran for catcher Williams to score a run and steal three bases in the win.  McKenzie Torbush also singled twice …

Author encourages youth

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  Corporate defense attorney, author, and advocate Elizabeth “Liz” Huntley shared her personal story that led to her memoir More Than A Bird at a luncheon fundraiser for the Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club (MMBGC) on September 18. “I’m the ‘why’ behind the ‘how you can do what you can do’ to impact the lives of children who are going to turn around and impact your community,” Huntley stated at the fundraiser. A wife and mother of three, Huntley also serves on the Board of Trustees for Auburn University, her …

Spikers take down Jefferson to remain number one in 8-AAA

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It would only be fitting if this week’s Morgan County High School volleyball update started out with a big “OOPS” from this sportswriter.  For the past two weeks the old geezer has been calling Brooke BUTLER by the name of Brooke Randall.  How I got this confused is beyond me.  I know both of these stellar athletes at MOCO.  Randall is a superstar soccer player while Butler is one of the mainstays for the highly successful volleyball squad under Coach Olivia Daniell.  Butler is one of the main reasons for …

Busy week for Lady Diamond Dogs

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Six games in three days is no easy task.  The Lady Diamond Dogs did just that coming away with a third place finish at the Morgan County Lady Dogs Invitational this past weekend and going 3-3 for the week.   The girls are still far from full speed playing without the services of All-State players shortstop Alissa Webb and catcher Madison Henry.  Nonetheless the team is holding their own against some of the best competition the state has to offer over the past week. Thursday evening the Lady Dogs fell …

New High School to open doors in October

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Students will return from Fall Break to a brand new high school this October. Construction for the new high school, part of a $55 million new consolidated campus project, is in its final month and moving as planned. “Every day walking in, there’s always something new,” CTAE Director Jennifer Butler stated as she led members of the high school faculty and Board of Education around the rapidly developing building Monday. The high school is expected to be complete and prepared to function for student attendance on October 16. Much of …

Living Legacy Gala Dinner

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Someone must first walk the path before it is paved. Since the abolition of slavery, generations of courageous African-American men and women, seeking just opportunities, have defied fear and reached heights untouched by their ancestors. The deep value of this historical noble groundwork is annually acknowledged by the Morgan County African American Museum (MCAAM) through their Living Legacy Gala. Ladies and gentlemen from all over Georgia, robed in graceful evening gowns and crisp black suits, filled the charming hall of the Madison Cultural Center Annex to celebrate the achievements of …

Seizure funds released

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The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office successfully claimed a 50 percent stake in more than $100,000 worth of items and cash seized by law enforcement officials during the execution of search warrant on the Hestertown Road residence of Clinton Thomas on May 31, 2018. The search warrant, according to court documents produced a host of items allegedly associated with the sale of narcotics including guns, marijuana, THC edibles, LSD, mushrooms and more than $97,000 in cash and coins. Because of the search warrant and the items discovered, Thomas, 37, was indicted …