“Click it or Ticket”

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Special to the Citizen: To highlight the importance of safe driving and safe boating as the unofficial start of summer draws near, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is once again partnering with the Department of Natural Resources and Georgia State Patrol to add an impaired driving message to its Memorial Day Click It or Ticket campaign. This year, Georgia boaters and motorists were warned to choose their ride. Whether they’re drunk behind the wheel of their boat or their car, they will be caught and they will go to …

Discipline, Courage and a Piece of Paper

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By Jamie Miles This February I approached Morgan County’s Alternative Education Program (AEP) Director, Greg Thompson about leading a creative writing workshop with Crossroads students. At the time, I wasn’t sure what avenue the class would take. Then by chance, I came across the Pongo Writing Method online. Using Pongo’s structured poetry prompts, students find it easier to dive into the creative process of thinking about and expressing emotion. When asked about general misconceptions of AEP students Thompson shared, “A lot of people think these are bad kids. They are …

Downtown Dance brings Beachy Vibes to a Chilly Night

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Leila Dycus staff writer Nothing says summer has arrived like a night of dancing under the stars in Town Park even a chilly forecast couldn’t keep Morgan County residents out of the park. On Friday, May 16 people poured into Town Park for the annual Downtown Dance. This year’s event featured the band Grains of Sands, a beachy Motown group hailing from Athens. Attendees brought their lawn chairs and claimed their spots in the grass adorned with their picnics and drinks of choice they bared the chilly night for some …

We’ve got Goosebumps!

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The town is set to begin filming at night. Chairs are overturned as chaos strikes. Onlookers watch as a scene is being set up. The street is closed as the production crew of ‘Goosebumps’ begins to roll the camera. Lead actor Jack Black on the scene.

HPC Approved

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By Tia Lecorchick staff writer The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) approved Kathi Russell for a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA), after more than a year of stalled negotiations, with certain conditions. “I am delighted,” said Russell. “We will start construction right away.” Russell, owner of the historic Mapp-Gilmore building located at 200 West Washington Street in Madison, and her team of representatives, which included Joe Reitman, the Madison city attorney, appeared before the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) on May 13, to present her latest design proposal for the currently demolished building’s …

4-H team prepares for National Competition

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By Nick Nunn staff writer With a pair of state titles under their belt, the Morgan County 4-H Senior Recurve and Senior Compound archery teams have begun preparing for their next stage of competition: the National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitation, which will be held in Grand Island, Neb., on June 25-29. According to Morgan County 4-H archer coach Nick Nicholson, this is the first time that both state-winning archery teams have come from the same county. The teams have a number of challenges ahead of them, with one of the …

2014 Relay for Life raises over $34,000

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By Nick Nunn staff writer “We are fighting back!” said Beth Bradley, chair for the 2014 Morgan County Relay for Life during the opening ceremony last Friday, May 9, at the DuPree Track and Field. Thanks to Morgan County’s 2014 Relay for Life, themed “Life is Sweeter Without Cancer,” the American Cancer Society will be able to fight back against cancer with an additional $34,000. Despite threatening clouds last Friday evening, a solid crowd of cancer survivors and supporters turned out to the DuPree track for the survivor’s dinner and …

Decision Day at MCHS

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Bringing Awareness: The Morgan County High School 4-H Club hosted the first “Teen Maze” program for the Freshman Academy at MCHS on Tuesday, May 6. The event is designed to help young students see the possible consequences of their actions as they begin to take on more responsibilities in high school and beyond.

One Morgan Special Olympics brings smiles to participants’ faces

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By Leila Dycus intern This year’s One Morgan Olympics brought students from all Morgan County schools together for a day of socialization and smiles. “The reason this day is such an important day is because it allows for their abilities to shine, taking away their disability while doing some healthy competition at each event,” said BEST Club teacher sponsor Meredith Holloway. On Friday, May 2, special needs students from across the county gathered in the MCHS stadium to participate in the One Morgan Olympics. The games were a chance for …

Madison in May

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer he Morgan-Madison Cultural Center (MMCC) held its early Madison In May fundraiser on May 1-3. Madison in May is the yearly spring tour throughout Madison, which includes historic homes, landmarks and churches. Tickets were $25 for members, $30 for non-members and $15 for students. “It was a wonderful event. We had over 1000 attendants, and over 200 volunteers and docents. Final ticket sales have not been all tallied yet,” said Erin Garrett, development director for the MMCC. “Our goal is to raise between $25,000 …

Teen Maze held at High School

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick The Morgan County High School (MCHS) hosted a 4-H Club event called Teen Maze on May 5-6. Teen Maze is a series of scenes in which participating students are asked to make decisions about drugs, alcohol, and sex and then are shown where those kind of decisions can lead. The maze features are a party scence, a car accident scene, a jail scene and even a death scene. The event combined the goals of The Youth Development Strategy, The Drug and Alcohol Free Youth Strategy and …

Winds tear through town

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Trees Take The Brunt Of The Storm…The first round of a series of massive spring storms ripped through Madison and Morgnan County Tuesday morning. High winds and earlier heavy rains left several large trees, including this one on Main Street across from Heritage Hall, susceptible to damage. Another round of heavy, dangerous weather was expected for Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.  photo by Jesse Walker

Camp Twin Lakes holds Community Day to highlight ongoing and upcoming projects

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By Nick Nunn Staff Writer Camp Twin Lakes’ Rutledge location held a Community Day last Sunday, April 27, inviting both members of the public and potential campers to see the camp’s facilities, as well as its ongoing projects. “Every spring, we have an ‘open house’ for our campers and their families to tour the camp and participate in a few camp activities like paddle boating and archery,” said Meghan Hauser, development manager at Camp Twin Lakes. Hauser said that campers were allowed to tour the camp’ Medical Lodge and some …

Madison Fest draws about 2,000 people

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The city hosted its annual Madison Fest on April 26 in Town Park. According to Madison’s website, “Madison Fest features solutions for living a considered and ‘greener’ life. This day-long festival in Town Park features: amazing plants for sale, handmade arts and crafts for buying and browsing, great live music, and a great day for the whole family.” “It was a huge success,” said Ann Huff, special events coordinator for the city. Colleen Hall, an event coordinator for the city, who has helped plan the last four Madison Fests, estimated …

The thrill of the hunt

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It’s That Time Of Year: Grace Wells snatches a hidden egg Sunday during the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Madison Baptist Church. Churches across Morgan County celebrated Easter Sunday with a variety of events and messages to mark the day. Grant Peaster (right) takes a moment to admire a basket full of found eggs during the Easter Egg Hunt.

MCHS soccer beats Elbert in final games

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By Leila Dycus intern The MCHS Varsity Soccer teams wrapped up their regular season last week with wins over Elbert County. On Wednesday April 16, the Bulldogs took on the Blue Devils in their last match of the regular season. The last home game was also senior night where fans and teammates celebrated student’s accomplishments on and off the field. Both teams were determined to end the season on a positive note. With playoffs out of the question for the boys, they could have chosen to not finish off the …

New Fire Station opens

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By Patrick Yost Editor Last Friday’s ribbon cutting of the new Morgan County Fire Station was covered by a long, drenching rain. No problem, now. Participants simply walked inside the expansive, three–bay garage of the station to enjoy a quick tour of the $1 million addition to Morgan County’s Public Safety Center. With the official opening, Morgan County Fire Chief and 911 Director Mark Melvin said the 12,000 square foot facility would add efficiencies to a growing department. “We are excited about the location,” Melvin said. “The location is really …

First class of the Morgan Works Certification Program celebrates graduation.

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer The Morgan Works and Workplace Fundamental Skills Certification program, which offers free classes training the unemployed to become better equipped to land a job, held its first graduation ceremony for seven students who completed this first-time offered course on April 10 at the James Madison Inn Conference Center in downtown Madison. This collaborative program is spearheaded by the Morgan County Family Connection, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), the Madison-Morgan Board of Commissioners, and the Northeast Workforce Investment Board. The Workplace Fundamentals Skill Training program …