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Local musician to have music video premier 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 of 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 song …

MCMS Band Performs at the High School Football Game

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By Jamie Miles Contributor During last weekend’s rivalry game against Greene County, 65 Morgan County Middle School 8th-grade band members experienced marching band­­­­­­­­ football fever firsthand. In what has become a tradition each fall, MCMS Band Director, Karisa Seymour and her students sat alongside the Bulldog Band to fire-up the Friday Night Lights faithful. This wasn’t just a show-up-with-your-horn and play function. Participation was part of students’ semester grade. The Wednesday before the game, the 8th-graders traveled to the high school and joined the band for a practice during school …

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Big Break participants announced

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Special to the Citizen Golf Channel today announced the field of 40 former ‘Big Break’ competitors who will go head-to-head in full tournament conditions for the first time this fall at the inaugural Big Break Invitational Reynolds Plantation, a four-day invitational tournament airing live Tuesday, Sept. 30 – Friday, Oct. 3 from 3-6 p.m. ET. Taking place at the Great Waters Course at Reynolds Plantation near Greensboro, Ga., the field of 40 (20 men and 20 women) represent 20 seasons of Big Break, including several of the series’ most memorable …

Roboride Bike Giveway

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By Jamison Hooks To kick off their upcoming cycling fundraiser, called Roboride 2014, The Morgan County High School Robotics team presented a new bicycle to a member of the Boys and Girls Club. Fourth-Grader Cailyn Franklin, who will be celebrating her ninth birthday on August 22, was the lucky recipient of the shiny new hot pink bike. Franklin was brought to Morgan County High School (MCHS) on Wednesday, Aug. 13 and surprised with the bike by the MCHS Robotics Team. “We chose Cailyn to be the recipient of this bike …

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MCES kicks off first Book Fair of the year

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By Jamison Hooks Staff Writer Books, posters, and games galore! Morgan County Elementary School (MCES) has kicked off their first Scholastic Book fair on August 18 for the new school year. Students are excited to browse for their favorite books, posters, and markers among other fun items. “The Bookfair is set up by the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and put on by volunteers. A big part of our job as volunteers is helping students manage their money when they’re making their purchases,” said volunteer Kelly Whitlock. The book fair isn’t …

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Dr. Kramer offering services in Madison

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Special to the Citizen: Dr. Andrew Kramer, a general surgeon at Eastside Medical in Snellville, is offering his services right here in Madison every two weeks. Kramer, 48, opened a timeshare office, located at 1550 Eatonton Highway, to do screenings and consults for other physicians’ patients in the Madison-area, in order to determine if their patients need general surgery. “My goal is to provide the Madison community with high quality, compassionate surgical care and evaluation and follow up close to home,” said Kramer. “In speaking to some of my medical …

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‘Creature and Critters’ lives up to promise

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By Jamison Hooks staff writer The Madison Artists Guild (MAG) hoped to host an eclectic exhibit that could feature the talents of all its members. Creatures and Critters did just that. MAG experienced a successful turnout to its anticipated opening reception of The Creatures and Critters exhibit at the Plaza Arts Center in Eatonton on August 14. Artists, such as Janet Rodekohr of Bishop, attended the exhibit and brought family and friends to view the show as well. Members and viewers alike gathered around the various forms of art displayed …

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September Programs at Hard Labor Creek

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Special to the Citizen: September is the beginning of fall. Temperatures start to cool, days are getting shorter, and it is a great time to enjoy the outdoors. Come out and explore Hard Labor Creek State Park. For more information on Hard Labor Creek State Park, or other Georgia Parks, visit www.gastateparks.org/Hard Labor Creek “Labor Day Weekend Night Kayak Paddle”—Friday, August 29, Sunday August 31, 8:30-10 p.m. – Lake Rutledge is a great place to enjoy the night sky. Join this ranger-led tour of the lake and enjoy night sounds, …

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Amici Announces Promotions to Management

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Special to the Citizen: In its continuing effort to bring the finest food and service to its guests, Amici is proud to announce several promotions to its management team. Julie Harvey has been promoted to the position of Manager of Accounting and Administrative Services. In her new position, she will manage all administrative and HR services as well accounting and banking functions. Clint Bell has been promoted to position of Regional Operations Manager where he will now assume overall general management duties at both the Amici restaurants in Madison and …

Madison native works aboard missile submarine

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Special to the Citizen: A 2010 Morgan County High School graduate and Madison, Ga. native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of a crew working aboard one of the world’s most advanced ballistic missile submarines, USS Alaska (SSBN 732). Petty Officer Cameron Richard is an electronics technician serving aboard the Kings Bay-based boat, one of 14 Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines. Measuring 560 feet long, 42 feet wide and weighing more than 16,500 tons, a nuclear-powered propulsion system helps push the ship through the water at more than 20 …

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Let’s Do Lunch! The Madison Produce Co.

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By Debbie Smith Staff Writer I recently visited with Andy Oller, owner, at the Madison Produce Co., and we talked about his journey to owning a business in Madison. Andy has been a purveyor of produce since he started working for Kroger when he was 16. After a 17-year career with that grocery chain he went to work for a wholesale distributor of plants and flowers headquartered in Half Moon Bay, Calif. His territory was the Midwest and his clients were many grocery chains and Home Depots, all the while …

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Morgan Memorial Hospital’s Festival of Friends

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick Staff Writer Morgan Memorial Hospital (MMH) Auxiliary is gearing up for its 14th Annual Festival of Friends fundraiser this Saturday, Aug 23. A swanky cocktail party will be held at the James Madison Inn at 6 p.m., where guests can mingle before heading off to one of nine themed-dinner parties throughout Madison. The themes range from a country hoe down to a lavish Hollywood bash. Festival of Friends will also feature a silent auction before dinner, selling over 100 items, which include: vacation to Antigua and …

BOE to appeal state’s tax assessment

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By Jamison Meriwether Hooks staff writer The good news for Morgan County property tax owners: according to a state report, property in Morgan County is selling higher than the assessed value. The bad news: that same report may cost taxpayers and the Morgan County school system money. On Monday, the Morgan County Board of Education voted to appeal the 2013 Sales Ratio Study from the Department of Audits and Accounts, which placed Morgan County in the bottom five counties across the state for property sales compared to their assessed values. …

SCRIMMAGE The Rain didn’t Stop the Bulldogs

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Leila Dycus Staff Writer The rainy afternoon didn’t stop the Morgan County High School football team from playing their scrimmage against Apalachee Friday night, Aug. 8. Scrimmages are meant to be learning experiences for the team before the regular season begins and Friday night’s game fit the bill. The Bulldogs hit the field at 7 p.m. for their first scrimmage of the school year. It wasn’t the first time that the team has faced opponents this year, but it was the fans’ first real chance to see the team in …

19-year-old twin brothers who graduated from Morgan County High School realize a lifelong dream

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick Bailey and Austin Ross, 19-year-old twin brothers who graduated Morgan County High School (MCHS) in 2013, will realize a lifelong dream later this month when they begin studying at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana as pre-health majors. Both brothers plan on becoming orthopedic surgeons in the future. “We are the first people in our entire family to get accepted into Notre Dame,” said Bailey Ross. “We finally fulfilled this multigenerational dream of going there.” “I am super pumped. It’s what I have been working …

Woodard named new school chief

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By Patrick Yost editor The Morgan County Board of Education (BOE) held a specially-called meeting on July 31 to announce the top candidate for superintendent to the public. The BOE has chosen James Woodard, the current CEO/principal of the Newton College and Career Academy in Covington, a charter high school that equips students for postsecondary education and career-skills. “We have interviewed many qualified candidates, but at this point, we are choosing to announce a single candidate for superintendent, Mr. James Woodard,” said Nelson Hale, chairman of the BOE. “We look …

The MCHS football team prepares for the 2014 season

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By Leila Dycus staff writer The MCHS Football team is one step closer to the season. Last week, the team participated in an in-house camp and this week, they are preparing a scrimmage. “The kids enjoyed the time they got to spend together at camp,” said Head Football Coach Bill Malone. “The weather also made practice more bearable.” On Aug. 1-3, the MCHS varsity football team participated in the annual Camp Morgan. Football camp was a time for the boys to continue their preparation for the coming season. Coach Malone …

A Huge Hit!

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer he City of Madison held its annual end-of-summer celebration weekend, the Firefly Festival, in Town Park on July 25-26. “It was a huge success,” said Ann Huff, special projects coordinator for the city. “It was the largest turn out we’ve had. We are very pleased.” According to Colleen Hall, events coordinator for the city, Friday night’s portion of the festival brought in 300 adults, plus children and Saturday’s portion of the festival brought in 1500 adults, plus children. “Everyone loved it,” said Hall. “It …

32 teachers inducted in the MC School System

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer The Morgan County School System hosted a Teacher Induction on July 24 for the newly hired teachers and school staff starting this year, 32 in all. According to Sarah Burbach, assistant superintendent, representatives from each school delivered presentations on “what makes us special,” to the new teachers. “We had a great orientation for our 32 new teachers,” said Burbach. “These newly hired teachers are so excited to begin working with our students.  We are all impressed with the skills and professionalism they bring to …

BAND CAMP

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer Morgan County High School’s (MCHS) annual summer band camp kicked off Monday, July 21 and will commence on July 31, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., with 154 band members signed up to participate. “We are going to do all we can to endure and survive the heat,” said Jeffrey Rowser, MCHS band director, of the outdoor band rehearsals during camp. “These kids will put themselves through a lot to show their school spirit.” Under the direction of Rowser, the school …