Clear Cutting Raising Questions

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Morgan County Planning Director Chuck Jarrell stated last week that the clearcutting taking place on the east side of Highway 441 at Morgan County’s border with Oconee County is a timbering operation on 70 acres owned by Log Creek, LLP, from Athens. According to Jarrell, Georgia Pacific Timber Company has pulled a timber permit to clear the 70 acres on behalf of Log Creek, LLP. Jarrell stated that the county is “monitoring the site” and that the operation is in compliance with the best management practices of forestry and agriculture. …

Mat Dogs send three wrestlers to the State this weekend

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By Nick Nunn staff writer After tough competition during the day-long AAA Eastern Sectionals that took place last Saturday, Feb. 8, three Morgan County Mat Dogs wrestlers – Jacob McAlister, Jeremy Worth, and Zack Jenkins – secured a spot in the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) State Finals bracket. McAlister, Worth, and Jenkins will compete against the remaining AAA competitors this Friday, Feb. 14, at the Arena at Gwinnett with AAA quarterfinal matches beginning at 1 p.m. MCHS Head Wrestling Coach John Robbins expressed his satisfaction with each of the …

MCMS Hoop Dogs take PAC championship in Monticello

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By Leila Dycus News Intern The stands were packed Saturday with fans from across the area there to cheer their respected teams to victory in the 2014 Piedmont Area Conference Basketball Championship. Monticello may have gone into the championship game in the number one spot with home court advantage but the MCMS Bulldogs were not going to let them have without a fight. On Saturday Feb 8 at 6:30 MCMS took on the Jasper County Hurricanes in the 2014 Piedmont Area Conference Basketball Championship. The jump ball at the start …

Weather delays 8-AAA region basketball playoff

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By Nick Nunn, Reporter By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) Hoop Dogs put the final touches on the2013-2014 regular season last week with games against region opponents Oconee County and Franklin County. The boys’ team came out of the week with two additional wins, while the girls beat the Oconee County Warriors, but fell to the Franklin County Lions. As a result, the boys will enter the region tournament this week at the top of the region, while the girls dropped to the number-two spot. …

Flambeau to add 100 new jobs at Madison Site

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By Patrick Yost editor Flambeau Inc announced Monday that it would immediately add approximately 100 new jobs to its Atlanta Highway manufacturing site. According to Gene Luepkes, operations manager, the injection molded manufacturing plant has secured several new lines of components and is adding machinery from a Weldon, N.C. plant that will facilitate the need for new hires. Flambeau, a privately–held company based out of Baraboo, Wis. manufactures a wide range of products, from tackle boxes to duct systems for automobiles. Luepkes said the company had recently been awarded a …

Dogs to last region games after losses to Buford

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By Nick Nunn staff writer The Buford Wolves avenged early-season losses against the Morgan County basketball teams with wins in Buford this past Saturday, Feb. 1. With only two region opponents left to face this week, the Morgan County varsity basketball teams are quickly approaching the postseason, with the region tournament leading the Dogs toward the 2014 state playoffs. The Lady Dogs were neck-and-neck with Buford after the first quarter of the game, trailing by a single point 9-10. By halftime, Morgan County had fallen back to a 10-point deficit …

MCMS boys advance after PAC “Super Saturday”

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  By Leila Dycus Intern It’s a weekend the middle school basketball teams have been working towards all season: the Piedmont Conference Basketball Tournament. The stands were packed with supporters from the area, all there to cheer on their respective teams. First up were the boys, after a canceled game on Wednesday the boys were ready to take on Loganville. The past two meetings of the teams had gone in the favor of the Dogs. MCMS was the first to put points on the board. However, Loganville managed to pull …

Flambeau adding 100 new jobs at Madison Manufacturing Site

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By Patrick Yost editor Flambeau Inc announced Monday that it would immediately add approximately 100 new jobs to its Atlanta Highway manufacturing site. According to Gene Luepkes, operations manager, the injection molded manufacturing plant has secured several new lines of components and is adding machinery from a Weldon, N.C. plant that will facilitate the need for new hires. Flambeau, a privately held company based out of Baraboo, Wis. manufactures a wide range of products, from tackle boxes to duct systems for automobiles. Luepkes said the company had recently been awarded …

Former Morgan County Resident Covers Olympics

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By Tia Lynn Leorchick staff writer Kevin Liles, a photographer based out of Griffin, is halfway across the world preparing to cover the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia for USA Today Sports Images. The opening ceremony will commence on Feb. 7 and the Olympics will last for 17 days. “My role here for USA Today Sports Images (USATSI) involves a lot more than just taking pictures — I am working as a technician, helping wire the venues for our photographers…as well as working as a photo editor when the …

Butler B&G Club Youth of the Year

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By Tia Lecorchick staff writer The Madison-Morgan County Boys and Girls Club has announced their choice for Youth of the Year. Artelia Butler, a 14-year-old Morgan County High School (MCHS) freshman and member of the Boys and Girls Club since 2008, was selected for her remarkable dedication to her academic pursuits and aspirations as well as for her compassionate spirit toward people. “Madison-Morgan County Boys and Girls Club is so proud of Artelia as she is a great example of its mission to enable all young people to reach their …

Local Residents to Model in Advantage Health Systems Show

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By Tia Lynn Lacorchick staff writer The Third Annual Friends of Advantage Designer’s Challenge & Top Model Competition will be held on Thursday, Feb. 6 at Athens Technical College Auditorium in the Kenneth Easom Building at 7 p.m. This event is open to the public. Tickets cost $25 and can be reserved by calling (706) 296-8086. The event is a fundraiser showcasing formerly out-of-date clothing updated and reworked to fit today’s latest fashion trends. The outfits modeled will be sold on the lower level of the Georgia Square Mall in …

Robotic Visionaries Prepare for Competition

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick STAFF WRITER Morgan County High School’s Robotics Team is in the middle of their annual six-week build session preparing for The Peachtree Regional Competition on March 27-29 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. With a pricey $13,000 budget, 23 MCHS students are devoting 20 hours per week during the build session to create a state-of-the-art robot that can successfully pick up and pass an exercise ball and shoot it into a goal that is about 10 feet off the ground. The MCHS Robotics Team, …

Orr STAR student, Shuman STAR teacher

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer Morgan County High School (MCHS) selected Clark Orr, 17, a senior at MCHS as the STAR Student of the Year as part of the STAR Program (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition). In turn, Orr was given the opportunity to select MCHS’s STAR Teacher of the Year. He chose Deana Shuman, his French teacher of the last four years. Orr was picked because of his academic diligence and scoring a 2330 on his SATs. According to the STAR program, to obtain the STAR nomination, high school …

Sixth Grader Mahoney wins county spelling bee

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer Morgan County students, from fourth grade to eighth grade, participated in The Annual Doris Bray Spelling Bee on Jan. 25. The bee was held at the Board of Education (BOE) building. Jack Mahoney, MCMS sixth grader, won first place, while Joseph Hill, MCMS seventh grader was the runner up. Mahoney will go on to compete in the Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) District 7 bee on March 1 at Putnam Middle School in Eastonon. The system-wide spelling bee at the BOE this past Saturday …

Former Bostwick Council Member Troy Dobbs honored for service

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  By Nick Nunn staff writer The Bostwick City Council honored Troy Dobbs, former city council member, for his 49 years of dedicated service to Bostwick during a ceremony held at the Bostwick City Hall last Saturday, Jan. 25. Mayor John Bostwick described the roles that Dobbs had played in the city, beginning in 1964, when Dobbs started working for the city as a water meter reader. The next year, 1965, Dobbs was elected to the position of council member for the city of Bostwick, a post that he would …

Dogs vindicate early region losses with home wins this week

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By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) Hoop Dogs and Lady Dogs were able to make good on their sole region losses of this season last week with wins over Elbert County and North Oconee, respectively. Early in the season, the Elbert County Blue Devils beat the Dogs in Elberton, but Morgan County repaid the favor with a 57-52 win last Saturday, Jan. 25. Similarly, the Lady Dogs defeated the Lady Titans this week 47-41 to pay them back for the Morgan County loss earlier this …

Mat Dogs to hot 1-AAA Area Tournament this Weekend

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  By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) Mat Dogs will be taking the first step towards the 2014 Georgia High School Association (GHSA) State Tournament this weekend at the 1-AAA Area Tournament, held at the MCHS gym. The Area tournament this Saturday will determine who will move on to the AAA Eastern Sectionals, which will be held at MCHS as well on Saturday, Feb. 8, and ultimately the State Tournament, beginning on Feb. 13 at the Arena at Gwinnett. The competition begins this Friday, Jan. …