New Faces: Introducing the newest crop of teachers, a counselor and a principal

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Compiled by Kathryn Schiliro, Managing Editor With the beginning of the new school year last week, we present to you, reader, our annual tradition of meeting the county’s new teachers in print. Enjoy! Morgan County Primary School Sarah Ball will teach Pre-Kindergarten at Morgan County Primary. Do you have prior experience in education? I’m a first-year teacher! I completed my student teaching in a kindergarten classroom in Clarke-County at J.J. Harris Elementary Charter School during the fall of 2011. After graduating, I married Sam Ball, we moved to Madison, and I began …

A good, Old Time: Old Time Wrestling Federation’s family-friendly entertainment in Buckhead

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By Leila Dycus Intern When it comes to professional wrestling, most people only know the sport by what they see on television, but there is a professional wrestling association that hosts events right here in Morgan County. The combined experience between Tim Lowe, Billy Jack and “Vicious” Vic Roze, tied together with a few hometown roots, led to the idea to create the Old Time Wrestling Federation (OTWF) which has been calling Buckhead home for several years. “How we got started in Buckhead, was last March a year ago. There …

Fore a good cause: Tournament raises money for Bill Cochran, Jr. scholarship fund

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By Nick Nunn Staff Writer Last Friday, July 19, the Morgan County Touchdown Club held its annual golf tournament fundraiser, which was held at The Creek at Hard Labor Golf Course. Twenty-five, four-man teams came out to support the Touchdown Club at $75 per player. Additionally, there were 40 hole sponsors for the event. Danny Tillery, Jason Singleton, Jonathan White and Jason Powell made up the team that won first place in the Gross Division, with a score of 56. First place in the Net Division was won by the …

New space, new faces: Morgan County High School opens the doors of its $2.94M-plus, new classroom building, to house Freshman Academy, to incoming ninth graders this school year.

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  By Kathryn Schiliro Managing Editor Morgan County High School’s (MCHS) incoming freshmen will be treated to new digs come August, as the school will open the doors of its new classroom building, which will house the Freshman Academy, this school year. The building is 25,000 square feet and holds 10 classrooms and two science labs. Planning began in 2011, and construction, by Kevin Price General Contractors, has been in progress for a year. Along with the classrooms and fully equipped labs, the large room at the front of the …

Cause for Cakes: Kylie Anderson sells homemade cakes to fund Outward Bound trip

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By Stephanie Johns Staff Writer Rising Morgan County High School freshman Kylie Anderson, 13, baked a variety of pound cakes to send herself to camp this summer. “It’s pretty expensive to go,” she said. Between cake sales and donations, Anderson said she raised about $1,000 to attend the Outward Bound camp in Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina. Cakes were homemade – no mixes were used – and some took over an hour to bake. She charged $15 to $30 per cake and offered such treats as gluten free, organic, …

Local zoo? Vaden, Killmer get nod from county Planning Commission for zoo proposal

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By Stephanie Johns Staff Writer Morgan County may get its own zoo, thanks to two business partners: Michael Vaden and Bill Killmer. Vaden currently raises exotic birds such as hornbills, cranes, jays, toucans, kookaburras, and storks, at his aviary in south Morgan County off of Highway 83. He said he’s become “pretty well known” for raising birds others aren’t capable of raising. Among those he’s helped: the Atlanta, San Diego, Nashville, and Audubon zoos and the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park in Florida. Also, he’s working with a bird …

Ye Olde Colonial closes Saturday

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By Stephanie Johns Staff Writer A downtown Madison staple, Ye Olde Colonial Restaurant will close its doors after 59 years this Saturday. Looking around the building, the smell of breakfast in the air, Manager Jimmy Cunningham, son of the restaurant’s founder, Joe, said the restaurant holds many more good memories than bad ones. Asked why the restaurant is closing now, Jimmy replied, “It’s just that time.” Jimmy said Joe had an Economy Auto store at the site where the restaurant now sits. Joe added a sandwich counter around 1953 or …