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. …

Brown commits verbally to Mississippi State

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By Nick Nunn staff writer Last week, the Morgan County basketball program announced that Tookie Brown has verbally committed to play with the Mississippi State University Bulldogs after his graduation in 2015. Mississippi State University’s basketball program is a Division I program with four SEC West Division Titles in the past decade – 2004, 2007, 2008, and 2010 – and four appearances in the NCAA Tournament in the past decade as well. Morgan County High School (MCHS) Head Boys’ Basketball Coach Charlemagne Gibbons stated that Brown’s agreement is not binding …

Lake Oconee Living Announces Reader’ Choice Award winners

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  Staff Reports The red carpet was rolled out Saturday at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center as Lake Oconee Living magazine celebrated its fifth-annual Readers’ Choice Awards. More than 300 guests from throughout the Lake Oconee area came out to honor the winners of 35 various categories during the Red Carpet Awards Gala. They arrived on the red carpet in style, via limo provided by A Classic Limousine of Madison. In keeping with the art theme of the magazine’s current issue, the Cultural Center’s Hall was transformed into a temporary gallery, …

Permission t oDream: Morgan County NAACP hosts MLK Day programs

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  By Nick Nunn & Photos by Jesse Walker “King gave us a permission to dream,” said Rev. David Powers, Pastor of the Madison Presbyterian Church, speaking at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Birthday Celebration Community Breakfast, which was hosted by the Morgan County Branch of the NAACP and Source of Light Ministries, International, last Monday, Jan. 20. “He called us and gave us permission to dream something new,” continued Powers. “I wonder what that dream is for us.” Powers discussed Dr. King’s choice of the mountaintop as …

Almost Home: Tucson woman’s cross country trek nearly complete

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By Dianne Lively Yost, Staff Writer Eight and a half months ago her journey began. To be exact it was May 8 in a place on the Pacific coast called Ocean Shores, Wash. There was no car, no train, no plane, no one accompanying her — only a small cart with supplies and gear. Three thousand eight-hundred miles stretched out ahead of her. That was where she took her first step. Stacie Eichinger of Tucson, is only 29 but she’s one of those old souls. Fearlessly positive might be a …

It’s Here: Lake Oconee Living gala Saturday

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Staff Reports Lake Oconee Living magazine invites the community to celebrate the “Best of Lake Oconee” during its annual Red Carpet Awards Gala on Jan. 18 at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, winner of this year’s “Best Art Gallery.” Other winners of the magazine’s fifth-annual Readers’ Choice Awards will be revealed during the gallery-style awards ceremony that matches the winter issue’s “Work of Art” theme. Local artists will have their work on display, transforming the Hall into an art gallery for the evening.This year’s event will include an exciting live auction …

Lifted from the Debris of Misfortune

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    By Patrick Yost, Editor On May 1, 2011 the modular home of Lucille Taylor took a body blow from a nasty storm that swept through Madison. The Cook Hill house was rocked on it’s foundations but, in the coming daylight, it stood. On April 27, 2011, the house took a direct shot to the head. When a tornado raged through the Cook Hill/ Green Meadows area Taylor’s house was in a direct path for destruction. Sitting in a warm vehicle on the lot on what used to be …

Habitat for Humanity celebrates another Groundbreaking Event

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Leila Dycus staff writer Morgan County’s Habitat for Humanity has been busy the past few months celebrating a groundbreaking and a note burning. On Thursday Dec. 12 Habitat for Humanity of Morgan County (HFHMC) members gathered at the site of their newest build to break ground. The new home will be located on Hayes Street. The groundbreaking is a ceremony done at the start of a new home. It was a cold evening; members were wrapped in coats, assembled around a sign with the distinct Habitat logo on it. Behind …

The BEST Christmas Pageant EVER

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By Leila Dycus, Staff Writer As the cast appeared on the stage for their final bow singing at the top of their lungs the truth of the title was evident to the audience – this was “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” “There are no small parts, just small actors,” said the Sunday school teacher Cassidy Hofer. While the play did feature a few small actors this year’s production was all about the Morgan County Middle School’s (MCMS) eighth-grade students. On Thursday, Dec. 5, the Morgan Theater presented “The Best Christmas …

Learning to Legislate: 59 MCHS Students Participate in 69th Georgia Youth Assembly

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  By Tia Lynn Lecorchick Staff Writer The Georgia Youth Assembly is a three-day student government conference run by The Georgia Center for Civic Engagement, a program sponsored by the State YMCA of Georgia. Georgia high school students from across the state gather to form a mock legislature, debating current political issues and passing bills. Students can choose between posing as senators, state representatives, lawyers, lobbyists, or media representatives. Students can even run for election for leadership positions in the executive and legislative branches. “GYA is one of the most …

Humane Society holds annual “Bow Wow Breakfast”

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By Leila Dycus, Staff Writer The Morgan County Humane Society (HSMC) put their own twist on Black Friday this year by hosting their annual Bow Wow Breakfast. “I loved feeding people, loved watching people get excited about the auction items, and watching Santa with the children and pets just made my heart sing,” said humane society director Belinda Bell. On Friday, Nov. 29 humane society staff, board members and volunteers gathered at the Morgan County Lion’s Club building on Fairgrounds Road to host the Bow Wow Breakfast. The breakfast was …

Donations, applications flooding in-Sheriff’s Office Empty Stocking Fund helping hundreds

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick By Tia Lynn Lecorchick Special to the Citizen The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office is conducting their annual Empty Stocking Fund, accepting donations of new toys to be distributed to underprivileged children this Christmas. “It benefits many children and needy families. We don’t just give one gift, we usually fill children’s entire wish-lists full most years. It just depends on how many donations we receive,” said Olivia Laborn, administrative assistant to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, who has participated in the Empty Stocking Fund for the past …

Christmas Came to Buckhead

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    By Tia Lynn Lecorchick, Staff writer Christmas came to Buckhead with the arrival of Santa Clause and the lighting of the town’s tree. “I think it’s great for the community to come together to celebrate the Christmas season,” said resident Erin Miller. On Sunday Dec. 1 residents of Buckhead gathered to celebrate the season through the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree. People brought chairs and warm blankets as they stood listening to Christmas themed music. Even Santa and Mrs. Clause made an appearance. Mayor Ricky Walker welcomed …