A Home on the Horizon

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Staff Writer Five years ago, Cadence Fox was diagnosed with cancer and given just six months to live. Today, she’s 13 years old, cancer-free and will soon be moving into a new home with her family, thanks to the relentless efforts of the “Be The Change” foundation, started by photographer Brandy Angel, formerly of Morgan County.  “Cadence is stable, there is no evidence of the cancer left, but she still has some challenges from the tumors,” explained Tara Fox, Cadence’s mother.  While Cadence has been in …

Dementia support group offers hope

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By Kurston Smith, Intern It is said that with age comes wisdom. However, for some, age can also mean a diagnosis of dementia.   The reality of a dementia diagnosis can be difficult to navigate – especially when it involves a loved one or friend, co-worker, or employee.  Developed by the Alzheimer’s Society in the United Kingdom, Dementia Friends USA is a “global movement” that is changing the way people think, act, and talk in regards to dementia.  Georgia, along with many other states, offers the Dementia Friends Program through …

Esther Curry and Effie Powell go to Washington

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor The Christmas season at the White House is a notoriously grand and elegant affair, but few Americans ever see it in person. But two Morgan County natives, twin sisters Esther Curry and Effie Powell, were both selected to serve as docents this year during the annual Christmas tours at the White House in Washington D.C.   “Personally I feel it was an honor to be given the opportunity to do something fun and to serve in such an important place in that small way and …

Behold, a Christmas Miracle

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor Edward and Angela Binion turned the key to their home of 17 years to discover nothing less than a Christmas miracle this week.  Earlier this year, the Binion family fell on hard times, with their Hough Circle house falling into severe disrepair and the couple’s three children put into foster care as a result.  Struggling financially and out of options, Edward and Angela feared all hope was lost to fix their home and put their family back together. “We didn’t know what we were …

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor Santa and his helpers ushered in the biggest Christmas celebration in Madison last weekend. The Annual Holiday Parade and Caroling by Candle Light was held in Downtown Madison last Saturday.  The Holiday Parade featured floats, walking groups, vintage cars, horses, dogs, dancers, and the award winning MCHS Marching Bulldog Band, all decorated to this year’s theme, ‘Up On The Rooftop, Click, Click, Click…’ After the parade, people sang medleys of holiday music in Town Park by candlelight. This event was orchestrated by Madison Main …

Following Sherman’s March to the Sea

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By Patrick Yost, Editor An Akron, Ohio patent attorney has donned a Civil War era Union soldier uniform and is attempting to follow Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s army’s route during the 1864 March to the Sea. On Monday, Ray Slatterly walked from Rutledge to Madison and was hoping to get to the Apalachee River before calling it quits for the night. Slatterly, who also participates in Civil War reenactments, said he is trying to follow the route that his Great-great grandfather John Slatterly walked as part of the 149th New …

Love Light fundraiser continues success

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor Morgan Medical Center’s annual premier fundraiser brought in over $12,000 this year. The Love Light Tree fundraiser, held last Thursday, Dec. 5, was particularly special.  “Our hospital lobby was filled with joy and light as our Auxiliary celebrated the 20th reception for our Love Light Tree!” said Jodie Schmidt, the 2019 Love Light Chair.  “A cheerful crowd gathered as we honored friends and loved ones through this annual tradition of fellowship.  Our Auxiliary members should be truly proud of the efforts through the years that …

Lady Diamond Dogs Honored At Banquet

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By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor The 2019 Morgan County softball team held their end-of-the year banquet to honor the accomplishments of the individuals and team after another successful season.  Several players were recognized for their All-Region performances that included first-teamers Avery Kinnett and Zoey Brown and second-teamers Parker Spain, Hannah Callaway, and Maeson Tanner. Coach Jason McBay said, “Avery was without a doubt our most explosive hitter at the plate. She led the team in home runs with 5. Around mid-September, no one could get her out. She brings …

Shoo Shoo in the Christmas tree

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Special to the Citizen A grandchild is a beautiful gift from God.  They love you , don’t ask for much except your love, don’t argue with you and then they go home to their parents, as needed.  Bruce and I have been blessed with seven grandchildren , one for every year for seven consecutive years. Vivian, the oldest is 17 years ago.  Like a lot of grandparents , I have an ornament  with their sweet little faces framed in the Christmas ornament, one for each child, one for each grandchild.  …

May we never forget that Christmas is about giving

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Special to the Citizen I remember being a little boy riding around town in the truck with my granddaddy, looking at all the illuminating lights and Christmas decorations. We were on the way to Walmart, and as I was ready to show him what to tell Santa Claus I wanted for Christmas. I never really thought about giving Christmas gifts away but instead always getting them for myself, as any other little spoiled child. Now that I’m older, I realize people always seem to forget what Christmas is about: giving. …

The importance of the spirit of giving on Christmas

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Special to the Citizen It would be easy to talk about one of my many wonderful Christmas’s that my parents provided to my brother, sister and I when we were growing up.  As children we never knew we had it so good until we became adults and better understood life a little more.  Life experiences have shown me that my life has been very blessed.                 But, my Christmas memory might be a little different than most.  Back in the early 1990’s while working the night shift on the road …

Blessed with a bridal gown for my Toni doll

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Special to the Citizen “No, you can’t get up yet.  The heater has to warm up the house, and I have to turn on the porch light so Grandmother Welch and Daddy Harper know it is time to come over. “ “But, Mama, it’s six o’clock, and you SAID we could get up at six!” “I said we couldn’t get up UNTIL six.  Now we have to wait until the house is warm and the Welches have gotten here.” It was the Christmas of 1952, ten months after my Daddy …

I fought the tree and the tree won

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By Patrick Yost Editor This is how my month has been going. I got in a fight with a Christmas Tree last week and didn’t win. In fact, the tree wiped up the floor with me. Granted, it was  a tough tree, but had I been feeling better and had my wife not been on the tree’s side, I think I could have taken it. Tree’s are fast and they can swat at you with a lot of different appendages, but once they’ve been cut down they lose all their …

Morgan Memorial receives $1 million ‘challenge grant’:needs to raise $1 million from private donors to qualify for matching funds

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Morgan Memorial Hospital and Morgan Memorial Healthcare Foundation have received a Challenge Grant for $1 million that will help pave the way for a new hospital facility in Morgan County. This challenge grant dovetails with the foundation’s $3 million capital campaign MMH: Building Now for our Future and presents an incredible opportunity to multiply the impact of gifts to the foundation. To receive the challenge grant Morgan Memorial Healthcare Foundation must raise $1 million from private individuals, businesses, or foundations by December 1, 2015. “The positive response we have been …

School Supplies – What you’ll need to bring to school

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Kindergarten 1 book bag with no wheels (full size); 3 boxes of Kleenex tissues; 1 roll of paper towels; 1 box of 24 Crayola Crayons; 1 nylon/fabric zipper pencil pouch; 1 pkg EXPO markers (fine tip black dry erase); 1 spiral notebook wide ruled; 2 large Elmer’s glue sticks; 1 quart or gallon size Ziploc bas; 1 pkg of Clorox wipes; 1 set of headphones or ear buds; 1 pkg #2 wooden yellow pencils; and 1 three-fold sleep map (red & blue thin size). First Grade 1 book bag with …

Madison’s Meals on Main Program

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Special to the Citizen: The Meals on Main program is an ecumenical outreach serving hot meals to the needy of our community each Friday, from noon until 1 p.m. This program was started in 2009 inspired by community volunteer Ginger Beverly in response to a sermon she heard on stepping up to meet the needs of those in the community who were struggling with homelessness and hunger. Volunteers have been the backbone of this outreach. Those in the community who come for these meals are treated as guests, being served …

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Activities centered around the season

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We are so thankful for the friends in our community that have helped our Family Ties group at this season. Our Celebration was Monday night the 15th.  The Methodist Church’s outreach group prepared a stocking for each of the children that included many goodies and unique gift ideas.  Apalachee Baptist church furnished a turkey for each family.  Jane Whitehead donated boxes of candy canes.  Our host for the evening, Fusion Church,  served a delicious supper after an inspirational program and cookie decoration session.  The gift-giving was the last item on …