The BEST Christmas Pageant EVER

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By Leila Dycus, Staff Writer As the cast appeared on the stage for their final bow singing at the top of their lungs the truth of the title was evident to the audience – this was “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” “There are no small parts, just small actors,” said the Sunday school teacher Cassidy Hofer. While the play did feature a few small actors this year’s production was all about the Morgan County Middle School’s (MCMS) eighth-grade students. On Thursday, Dec. 5, the Morgan Theater presented “The Best Christmas …

Learning to Legislate: 59 MCHS Students Participate in 69th Georgia Youth Assembly

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  By Tia Lynn Lecorchick Staff Writer The Georgia Youth Assembly is a three-day student government conference run by The Georgia Center for Civic Engagement, a program sponsored by the State YMCA of Georgia. Georgia high school students from across the state gather to form a mock legislature, debating current political issues and passing bills. Students can choose between posing as senators, state representatives, lawyers, lobbyists, or media representatives. Students can even run for election for leadership positions in the executive and legislative branches. “GYA is one of the most …

Humane Society holds annual “Bow Wow Breakfast”

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By Leila Dycus, Staff Writer The Morgan County Humane Society (HSMC) put their own twist on Black Friday this year by hosting their annual Bow Wow Breakfast. “I loved feeding people, loved watching people get excited about the auction items, and watching Santa with the children and pets just made my heart sing,” said humane society director Belinda Bell. On Friday, Nov. 29 humane society staff, board members and volunteers gathered at the Morgan County Lion’s Club building on Fairgrounds Road to host the Bow Wow Breakfast. The breakfast was …

Donations, applications flooding in-Sheriff’s Office Empty Stocking Fund helping hundreds

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick By Tia Lynn Lecorchick Special to the Citizen The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office is conducting their annual Empty Stocking Fund, accepting donations of new toys to be distributed to underprivileged children this Christmas. “It benefits many children and needy families. We don’t just give one gift, we usually fill children’s entire wish-lists full most years. It just depends on how many donations we receive,” said Olivia Laborn, administrative assistant to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, who has participated in the Empty Stocking Fund for the past …

Christmas Came to Buckhead

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    By Tia Lynn Lecorchick, Staff writer Christmas came to Buckhead with the arrival of Santa Clause and the lighting of the town’s tree. “I think it’s great for the community to come together to celebrate the Christmas season,” said resident Erin Miller. On Sunday Dec. 1 residents of Buckhead gathered to celebrate the season through the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree. People brought chairs and warm blankets as they stood listening to Christmas themed music. Even Santa and Mrs. Clause made an appearance. Mayor Ricky Walker welcomed …

Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader?

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer ow many sides does a trapezoid have? Where did the Civil War begin? What is on the “tails” side of a nickel? If you know the answers, you might be as smart as a fifth grader, or at least a worthy competitor at the second annual “Are You Smarter Than A Morgan County Fifth Grader?” held on Nov. 21 at the Wesley Building of Madison’s First United Methodist Church. Partners In Eduction, a group of community businesses and organizations partnering …

MCHS holds anti-bullying week of events

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  By Leila Dycus, Staff Writer Leila Dycus Staff Writer This past week the Anti-Bullying Organization at MCHS sponsored a week of activities for students to bring awareness to the issue of bullying. Last week students at MCHS participated in activities that revolve around keeping bullying out of Morgan County schools. The clubs student leaders have been working alongside of their advisors to plan the event. Students participated in a special activity each day of the week. “I am looking for the very best out of each and every day,” …

Winners of the Stars

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    Rob Hanselman and Jill Meeler tear up the dance floor. Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer The Madison-Morgan Boys and Girls Club held the second annual Dancing with the Stars fundraiser on Nov. 14 and raised over $35,000 dollars. Three-hundred people attended the event, held at hall of The Madison Morgan Cultural Center. “I am still pinching myself. We are so lucky to be part of this amazing community we have,” said Anne Trulock, one of the volunteers who coordinated this year’s event. Trulock danced in last year’s event …

Humane Society Dog Trainers

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  By Leila Dycus, Staff Writer Leila Dycus Staff Writer he Morgan County Humane Society’s newest edition is working to keep dogs out of shelters and in their homes. “We truly want to support, through education, ways that people can help themselves and their dog,” said Linda Lethbridge. Lethbridge began volunteering at another area rescue a year ago when she came across the Morgan County Humane Society. After volunteering at the HSMC, the director Belinda Bell offered for Linda to attend a dog-training seminar with an organization called Sit Happens …

Veterans Day Memorial Ceremony at MCHS

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  By Tia Lynn Lecorchick, staff writer Morgan County High School hosted a Veterans Day Memorial Service on Nov. 11 to honor past and present servicemen and servicewomen. The auditorium was packed full with students, from kindergarten to high school seniors, teachers, community members, and local veterans and their families. MCHS Principal Jim Malanowski estimated that around 2,500 people attended the ceremony. “It is significant to realize just how many people are affected by this day. These services started out very small years ago, and now look at it,” said …

Teachers of the Year

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By Leila Dycus, Staff Writer (Photos by Jesse Walker and Josiah Connelly Leila Dycus Staff Writer ach year teachers in public schools across the state nominate their peers to represent their school as teacher of the year. According to the Georgia Department of Education’s website teachers of the year inspire students and play an active role in the school and community. To be eligible to be a teacher of the year the educator must be on active teaching status and plan to continue teaching. Recently, the four Morgan County Public …

High School students “Show Hope” to orphaned children

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By Leila Drycus, Staff Writer By Leila Dycus Staff Writer Local high school student MaCayla Cook is working to raise money for an organization that is showing hope to orphans and the families that wish to adopt them. Recently, MaCayla established the first Movement Club in the state of Georgia at Morgan County High School. The Movement Club is part of Show Hope, an organization established by contemporary Christian singer Steven Curtis Chapman. The first meeting of the Movement Club at MCHS attracted over 50 students. “We had to move …