Madison-based Ferst Foundation achieves huge milestone

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Special to the Citizen: Local nonprofit organization Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy achieved an important milestone by mailing its four millionth book in October. For Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy 2014 is a banner year when it comes to making a difference in the lives of children across the state through increased literacy. After all, this month, the organization will mail its 4 millionth book! “We are encouraged by what we do – every day – and current research supports our efforts,” says Betsy Wagenhauser, the foundation’s president. “No other …

History behind Madison Drug Co.

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick Managing Editor The Madison Drug Company’s presence in Morgan County stems back even further than first thought. “It’s a shame more people don’t know the full history of Madison Drug,” said Bobby Crawford, the previous owner of Madison Drug, who made partner in the business back in 1966. Crawford also worked in the store as a teenager before then. “I spent most of my life at Madison Drug. We haven’t always saved a lot of our history because people didn’t keep good records back then, but …

Madison Soccer Star Gets Chance At Olympic Goal

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick Morgan County High School’s resident soccer-star, Anslyn Stamps, 16, was chosen to be one of 25 players from across the state on the Olympic Development Program’s (ODP) Georgia State soccer team last month. Over 80 girls born in 1998 tried out for the team. Anslyn’s position is a forward and plays outside midfield. “I’m one of the players that gets to score goals. It’s fun,” said Anslyn Stamps, now a junior at MCHS. “I love soccer,” said Anslyn Stamps. “I’ve been playing for years and this …

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Pilot at fault in fungicide spread, DOA says

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer Dept. of Agriculture says chemicals applied illegally in bird deaths The Department of Agriculture findings lend credence to Michael Vaden’s claims that a neighboring dairy farm’s crop dusting practices led to the sickness and death of over 20 exotic birds that were to be a part of the coming Georgia Zoo and Safari Park next spring. Michael Vaden, one of the founders of the coming zoo, blames the crop dusting, spread via airplane, from Everett Williams’ dairy farm for contaminating his property, the River …

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Man shot in leg

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By Patrick Yost editor A 62–year–old Madison man was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and discharging a firearm while under the influence of alcohol after he allegedly shot a man in the leg. Willie Thomas Clower was arrested at his Holland Springs Road residence at approximately 8:15 p.m. after deputies responded to a report of a person being shot. When officers arrived they observed Clower sitting on the porch of the residence with a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber pistol next to Clower. They also observed a 52–year–old man …

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Tax appeal completed

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer A tax appeal yielded big savings for Morgan County and the Morgan County Board of Education. The Morgan County Board of Education appealed the 2013 Sale Ratio Study from the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts earlier this year. The results yielded big savings for the county. Now that the county ratio has been adjusted up to 36.22 percent, from 34.84 percent originally, the estimated savings amount is $123,000 for the school board in tax money and an estimated $10,000 for the county. The …

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County’s planning commission decison still burns city leaders

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer Director of City Planning, Monica Callahan, appeared before the city council on Friday, Oct. 3 to report on the recent Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ (GDCA) designation for Madison as a PlanFirst community last week. Callahan relayed the perks this designation yields to the city, as well as noting how few communities receive this honor. Callahan was bemused by the timing of the award, considering the recent decision of the Morgan County Board of Commissioners to remove Madison from the joint planning commission as …

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Madison council seeks to close loop holes in car law

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick managing editor The Madison City Council discussed revising the Junk Vehicle Ordinance to close existing loopholes and create a smoother appeal process for those challenging junk vehicle citations. “We always try to work with people, so ideally there are no citations written,” began City Manager David Nunn. “But I have charged the police department to revise our Junk Vehicles Ordinance to fix some of the loopholes. A vehicle needs to be in running condition and legally tagged. We want the ordinance to be clearer on that: …

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MCHS Robotics teams RoboRide fundraiser gears up Saturday

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick managing editor The first ever RoboRide is almost here! The Morgan County High School (MCHS) Robotics Team is putting on the this fitness-centered fundraiser, RobRide, a bicycle ride event through Morgan County on Oct. 11 at 9 a.m., starting at MCHS. Registration for the event is open until the hour before the ride begins. It’s $40 to register. Visit www.active.com to sign up. The registration fee buys you a spot in the RoboRide, as well as a free t-shirt and gift-bag filled with coupons and advertisement …

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Rec Dept. to hold movie night this Saturday

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By: Mauli Desai The Morgan County Recreation Department (MCRD) will be hosting its’ first “Movie and Picnic in the Park” on Saturday Oct. 11 at the Heritage Park. The first feature is the Lego Movie, which will start between 7:30-7:45 p.m., but the Rec Dept. has planned games and activities for kids, such as face painting, starting from 6:30 p.m.. The movie is free of charge and open for everyone to attend, and concessions will be sold separately by the MCRD. Movie goers are recommended to dress for the weather, and bring blankets or other accommodations for sitting.   Chris Sides, the MCRD program supervisor, is excited about this …

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Morgan County Public Safety night set for Oct. 14

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By Jamison Hooks and Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writers Mark your calendar because The Morgan County Public Safety Community Night Out is coming up on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 6 pm. The event will be held at the Morgan County Fairgrounds, next to Wal-Mart. The Morgan County Board of Commissioners encouraged the public to take advantage of this event, to support all public safety departments and to learn about how those departments function. According to Robert Markley, Morgan County Sheriff, “All public safety departments will be represented and it’s an …

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County’s Fire Chiefs Council meeting held

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By Zachary Parker The Morgan County Fire Chiefs Advisory Council held their monthly meeting Monday evening at the Public Safety Complex to discuss upcoming events, classes, and plans for the future. Led by County Fire Chief Mark Melvin, representatives from each of the County’s fire stations discussed recruitment of volunteers, EMT and Firefighter classes, and an upcoming community events. A recent grant by the Georgia Trauma Commission has allowed for six students, each from Morgan, Greene, and Oconee Counties, to participate in EMT classes where they will receive National and …

Morgan County Celebrates Home Coming

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By: Tia Lynn Lecorchick The students of Morgan County High School 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. Home Coming Week culminated with the selection of homecoming queen at Friday’s home football game and homecoming king at Saturday’s high school dance. Hayden Massey, a MCHS senior, won the coveted honor of homecoming queen. She was crowned before kickoff, as the crowd cheered her on. Tookie Brown was crowned Homecoming King at the …

Harvest of the Heart Fundraiser huge success

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick Staff Writer By Tia Lynn Lecorchick Staff Writer Last weekend, Harvest of the Heart Gardens raffled off a full cow, donated by Moonshine Farms, to raise money for its new cannery that operates out of the Gilmore House in Madison. Harvest of the Heart Gardens raised between $7000 and $8000. The raffle yielded five winners, with the grand prize winner taking home half of the cow, and the remaining four winners splitting the other half. The cow was a locally-raised and grass-fed animal, which became premium …

Get Your Pink On

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By: Tia Lynn Lecorchick Morgan Memorial Hospital (MMH) is encouraging women to have mammograms throughout the month of October by conducting the “Get Your Pink On,” promotion, which gives out a free pink scarf or pink lunch bag whenever a woman comes in to MMH for a mammogram. MMH is also selling “Get Your Pink On” t-shirt to raise money for breast cancer awareness. Megan Morris, director of community affairs for MMH, explained MMH’s breast awareness strategy. “We are giving an insulated lunch tote to anyone having a mammogram during …

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Firefighters Fall 5K and 10.2K October 11

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By: Jamison Hooks Join the Friends of Madison Firefighters as they host the 9th Annual Firefighters Fall 5K and 10.2K on Saturday October 11th. Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in either the 5K or 10.2K race, which will follow a scenic course through historic downtown Madison. Approximately 250 runners are expected to participate in the race, which will start and finish near Town Park. Registration and packet pickup begins at 6:30 am while the 5K begins at 7:30 am and the 10.2K starts at 8:30 am. Awards will be …

Tale of Two Survivors

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By: Tia Lynn Lecorchick My name is Melissa Ward and I am a cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with breast cancer on February 1, 2011.  I would have never thought at the age of 31 that I would be told I had breast cancer.  In January of 2011, I was scheduled to meet with the gynecologist to discuss having a second baby.  The following month of February that same year, we were discussing dates for having a double mastectomy.  Life definitely throws some curve balls.    I found my lump on …

10th Annual 10th Annual

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Jamison Hooks Staff Writer Secret home recipes and picture perfect weather lured impressive numbers of Morgan County residents and visitors from afar to The 10th Annual Madison Downtown Chili Cook-off. “It’s hard to keep track of how many people came out but I’d say there were about 1500 to 2000 people who attended this weekend,” said Special Events Coordinator Colleen Hall on the impressive crowd at Saturday’s event. The day was filled with activities for all. Face painting and bounce houses for the kids and chili sampling and shopping for …

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Morgan Elementary hopes to raise $1,000 with fundraiser

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick managing editor Morgan County Elementary School (MCES) students dressed-up like Duck Dynasty cast members, the AE hit reality show, last week to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund. According to Principal Ty Snyder, this event raised about $800 last year, and the goal this year was to raise $1000. Snyder gave the students extra incentive to participate by promising to allow the students to dump a bucket of ice water of his head if they met the $1000 fundraising goal. The total amount raised …