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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 …

Madison Drug Company Reopens Under New Ownership

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick Unexpected Dream comes True for two Madison business owners. he new owners the Madison Drug Company, Gary and Luanne Whetzel, have finally achieved a lifelong dream to run a store of their own that serves the community. The Madison Drug Company, located on Main Street in downtown Madison, is an iconic establishment that holds a special place in the hearts of longtime Madison citizens. The nearly century-old store, previously owned by City Councilman Bobby Crawford for 30 plus years, has been a staple of Madison since …

Local Soccer Star Gets Chance At Olympic Goal

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Anslyn practices in hopes of being selected by the Olympic Development Program’s regional team. 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 …

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County caught city by surprise, leaders say

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By: Tia Lynn Lecorchick The City of Madison leadership reacted to the Board of Commissioner’s (BOC) decision last week to split up the Planning Commission, a joint advisory board between all four cities in the county for planning and development, with dismay and disappointment. The decision, to take effect January 1, 2015, will retain a Morgan County Planning Commission that absorbs the smaller cities of the county under its jurisdiction (Buckhead, Bostwick, and Rutledge), but will no longer include Madison’s planning and zoning process, leaving Madison to create its own …

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Bird deaths climb

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By: Patrick Yost The director of the Georgia Zoo and Safari Park has filed more complaints with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office regarding the death of rare and exotic birds at the zoo’s River Farm Run aviary. Michael Vaden, reports indicate, is blaming the deaths and sickness of the birds to chemicals sprayed on nearby agricultural fields by a crop dusting planes. “We’re likely going to lose everything that’s exposed, which is likely our entire flock,” he said. Vaden, director of the Georgia Zoo and Safari Park which is slated …

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Dollar General eyes Apalachee

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By: Jamison Hooks The Morgan County Planning Commission approved the request from SW Bostwick, LLC to rezone approximately 2.16 acres near the corner of the Athens Highway and Apalachee Road, from Agricultural to General Commercial. This approval will allow for the construction of a Dollar General retail store on the site. Concerns for this addition to Apalachee include loitering and the likelihood of other retail stores moving to the area. The decision to approve this request was met with opposition from lifelong Apalachee resident Faye Jordan. “Apalachee is a farming, …

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Madison gets PlanFirst nod

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By: Tia Lynn Lecorchick The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (GDCA) designated Madison a PlanFirst Community, which recognizes a community’s “hard work and successful comprehensive plan implementation. Madison’s inclusion in the department’s program will provide access to a number of incentives and opportunities. Madison is one of 10 communities statewide to receive the title. “Good planning by local communities is the hallmark of economic growth,” said Gretchen Corbin, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. “These are communities that can serve as statewide models for others in how to …

Politics At Perk Avenue

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By Jamison Hooks: Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston visited Madison to speak on behalf of District 112 State Representative Dave Belton and the upcoming elections on Nov. 4. Dozens of interested Madison locals gathered at Perk Avenue for an opportunity to meet with several Georgia politicians, including Jody Hice and Doug Holt. The crowd was eager to hear what they had to say. Speaker of the House David Ralston spoke on behalf of Belton and his capabilities. “I have gotten to know Dave and I am looking forward to …

Horror At Ricky D’s

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick: The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA) launched their month-long Horror Poster Parody Contest with a Hollywood-style red carpet bash for the public to mingle with the local “stars” of the recreated iconic horror movie poster on Thursday at Ricky D’s in Madison. STMA unveiled the posters for the first time and opened voting for the contest. Voting will continue online for the rest of the month until the winner is announced at the Golden Ghoul Awards on Oct. 25, held at STMA from 7 pm to …

Steffen Thomas Museum Launch Party at Ricky D’s

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By: Tia Lynn Lecorchick Managing Editor Local musician, Carrie Bowen of Monroe, is set to have a music video premier at Ricky D’s Retro Theater in Madison on Oct. 14 at 7 PM. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased through Eventbrite.com. A portion o   f the sales will be donated to i-care4.org, an organization that is building a restoration home for women and children that are victims of human trafficking. Bowen, 38, sings Christian music and is looking forward to showing the music video of her new love …