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  State Champions: The Morgan County High School basketball team poses Monday morning with their trophy and medals after winning the state championship with a stunning defeat of Buford Saturday at the Macon Centreplex. For more on the team, see our expanded coverage on pages A1, A6 and B1. PHOTO BY J. WALKER

ONE MORE TIME!

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MCHS Basketball Coach Charlemagne Gibbons celebrates Saturday night’s victory over the Johnson Atom Smashers. The team will be up against Buford for the AAA State Championship in Macon this Saturday. For more details on the Bulldogs’ win, see page B1. photo by: josiah connelly  

Lady Dogs fall to St. Pius in state quarterfinals

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By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) Lady Dogs’ 2013-2014 season came to a heartbreaking end last Wednesday with a 38-51 loss to the St. Pius X Lions in the quarterfinal game of the state playoffs. The Lady Dogs finished their season with a 12-2 record in the region, 23-5 overall, and accomplished what MCHS Head Girls Basketball Coach Joshua Reeves stated was the team’s goals for this year: “to finish top two in the region and host state playoff games.” “I am proud of our …

AFLAT Paints the hall red…and blue…and green… and yellow

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By Nick Nunn staff writer Still going strong in its eleventh year, Morgan County’s student-led A Funky Little Art Thing (AFLAT) art show filled the walls of the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center’s Hall for its opening reception last Thursday, Feb. 27. Marjean Meadow, art teacher at the Morgan County Middle School (MCMS), said that this year’s AFLAT festival was “another successful show,” estimating that attendance for the opening was somewhere between 400 and 700 people. Morgan County High School’s art teacher, Ty Manning, seconded Meadow’s comment saying that “it feels like …

MCHS secures Region Championship on the march toward Macon

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By Nick Nunn staff writer In a whirlwind week for Bulldog basketball, the Morgan County High School (MCHS) Hoop Dogs and Lady Dogs stood tall as the 8-AAA Region Champs after defeating Franklin County and Elbert County, respectively, before pushing their way through the first round of the state tournament. Monday night, the Lady Dogs made it to the Elite Eight with a 67-55 win over Dawson County, and, Tuesday, the boys were preparing to face East Hall for their ticket to the state semifinals. Last Tuesday, Feb. 18, the …

Diamond Dogs complete first week with 2-1 record

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By Nick Nunn staff writer After beating Clarke Central 10-6 at home on Monday, Feb. 17, to begin the 2014 season, the Morgan County High School varsity Diamond Dogs completed the first week of play with a 10-0 win at home against Oglethorpe County and a 3-6 loss against Rockdale County for the team’s first away game of the year. Morgan County’s game against Oglethorpe began with a single run for the Dogs in the bottom of the first inning, when Max Wadsworth drove Cody Harper in with a sacrifice …

Flashback! Steffen Thomas Museum recreates classic album covers for fundraiser

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  By Nick Nunn staff writer If these album covers don’t initially look exactly like you remember them looking back in the 60s, don’t bother rubbing your mind’s eye to get a clearer picture: they feature Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA) supporters, who have taken a trip back to the love generation to stand in the shoes of that decade’s greatest musical artists, all to raise money for the STMA’s Peace, Love, and Rockin’ Art fundraiser. The Peace, Love, and Rockin’ Art fundraiser, which will take place on Saturday, …

13th Annual Madison Antique Show & Sale

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Showcasing American Antiques & Accessories By Tia Lynn Lecorchick STAFF WRITER The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC) held its annual Madison Antiques Show and Sale on Feb. 21- Feb. 22. According to Ruth Bracewell, director of the MMCC, the event brought in almost 900 visitors to Madison. The MMCC website states that “the Madison Antiques Show and Sale showcases American antiques and accessories with many southern pieces, and attracts nationally-recognized dealers from around the country.” The event featured American antiques including furniture, pottery, art, silver and textiles. “The quality and quantity …

Black History Month Profile: Henry & Katherine Veasley

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick STAFF WRITER Madison Mayor Fred Perriman, president and co-founder of the Morgan County African American Museum, came to this newspaper with the idea of choosing four married couples in the community to be spotlighted during Black History Month in February. Henry Veasley, 76, and Katherine Veasley, 74, have been married for 58 years, raising their family here in Morgan County. The Veasleys met at the old Morgan County High School, Pearl Street High School in Madison, and married before Katherine finished, when she was just 16-years-old. …

MCHS soccer teams compete in second round of the Trojan Cup tourney

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By Leila Dycus intern By Saturday the snow on the ground had melted enough to allow the MCHS Varsity soccer teams to travel south to continue competing in the second round of the Trojan Cup in Lamar County. The tournament began earlier in the week but, on Saturday Feb. 15, the boys and girls teams took on their second opponents in Lamar County. After losing to Pike County earlier in the week, the girls were ready to take back the field against the Rutland High School Hurricanes Saturday morning. The …

We’re Still Here: The Morgan County NAACP celebrates Black History Month at Union Springs

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By Nick Nunn Union Springs Baptist Church Pastor Robert Terrell and his wife Toni Terrell welcomed the visitors to the service, on behalf of the church, and Kendrick Simmons, third vice president of the Morgan County NAACP, greeted the congregation on behalf of the NAACP. Indian Creek Baptist Church Pastor Bobby Patman read from the 24th chapter of the book of Joshua, culminating with the passage, “but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Madison Mayor Fred Perriman gave a prayer during the ceremony, urging attendees …

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Your Olympic Moment

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Morgan County High School graduate Kevin Liles is in Sochi as a free lance photographer covering the 2014 Olympic Games. During the games Liles is going to send us photos per week of the games. On Monday Liles was covering the speed skating competiton for USA Today. He got this image: Michel Mulder of the Netherlands celebrates his gold medal in the men’s speed skating 500m race two during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Adler Arena Skating Center. Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Alligator found on Jasper Street in Madison

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By Nick Nunn staff writer An alligator missing after a November 2013 Maxey Lane fire has been found, with its toe nails partially painted, its owner David Burke said. According to Madison Animal Control Officer Cindy Weimann, the 3.5 foot alligator was located near water off Foster Street last Friday. Weimann said a homeowner contacted Morgan County Dispatch regarding the alligator and Weimann called the animal’s registered owner David Burke. Burke was the Maxey Lane resident who lost approximately 25 snakes when a shed on his property that housed his …

Morgan Middle School’s Principal Norburg resigns

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By Tia Lecorchick staff writer The Morgan County Board of Education (BOE) unanimously accepted Morgan County Middle School Principal Lydia Norburg’s resignation on Feb. 10. Norburg has been the MCMS principal for two years and will finish out the rest of this school year. Superintendent Ralph Bennett regrets losing Norburg, but wishes her the best for the future. “Mrs. Norburg has been a highly effective principal during her tenure. Her primary charge was to address climate and culture at the middle school. She has nurtured the growth of a positive …

Shared Saving Plan saves system more than $100,000

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By Tia Lecorchick staff writer Libby Whitaker, internal auditor for the Morgan County Charter School System, gave a positive report to the Morgan County Board of Education (BOE) on the Shared Savings Program, a plan she proposed last September in which non-certified school employees are given the option to acquire health insurance outside of the school system’s health insurance plan, which has yielded $183,322 in savings on health insurance costs for the school system. The school system saved $104,122 and school system employees saved $79,200. “The school system offers our …

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. …