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 …

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MAG to hold Gingerbread competition

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Special to the Citizen: The Madison Artists Guild is seeking entries for its first Gingerbread House Competition for creators 16 years old and older! Individuals or teams, put on your creative chefs’ caps and build a delicious confectionary abode! 1st prize gets a local merchants gift basket. Deadline to register is November 21st. Gingerbread House entries due at MAGallery by 2 p.m. on December 5th. Entry fee is $15 or FREE if you allow your Gingerbread House to be auctioned to support the 14th annual gingerbread Workshop for children. Select …

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Halloween celebrated with high schoolers

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Senior Moments: We had a wonderful week last week, as evidenced by the  picture  on the right and our tired staff.   We had a great group of young people from the High School come and help us celebrate Halloween, by playing games with us and helping us enjoy “treats” .  Thank you to Sonya Meyer and Merritt Ainslie for sharing their day and students with us. As you know,  it is impossible to have a good service program without good volunteers.  This year we were fortunate to have two new …

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Boat toting and other forms of fishing obsession

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Alvin Richardson columnist I looked up the term obsessive-compulsive disorder the other day because my friends have hinted strongly that there’s something wrong with me. They say I’m always going fishing, talking about going fishing, planning to go fishing or describing my latest exploits for their benefit. At first I disagreed with them but after looking it up there’s not much doubt that I am stricken with this particular malady. The medical dictionary describes an obsessive-compulsive affliction in this manner: A mental disorder typically characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce …

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Come fly with me

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Greg Morin columnist Media bias is often subtle. Those that know the whole story are aware when a slanted viewpoint arises from omitted information. Then again, there are times the “reporter” simply is unable to contain his zeal and so takes aim at his subject with all the adjectival and adverbial firepower he can muster. I don’t normally do this but I came across just such a hyperbolically biased story this week and can only perform a proper critique in blow-by-blow style. The editorial, err, I mean news story concerns …

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Why do Democrats fear business people?

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Fred Johnson columnist We saw it in 2012 when we had a successful businessman run against a community organizer for president. The businessman was accused of being too rich, not caring about the middle class and not being “one of us.” So we elected the community organizer and we got Cash for Clunkers, Shovel (not) Ready Jobs, Fast and Furious, the Solyndra scandal, soaring deficits, tax increases, a stagnant economy and strangling rules and regulations. Our government agencies such as the IRS, VA hospitals, EPA, Bureau of Land Management, Department …

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Famed animator Ed Murrieta drops in on local art class

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By Jamie Miles special to the citizen People have a hard time saying “no” to illustrator Melindia Burnett. Just ask her art students and celebrated artistic friends like famed animator Ed Murrieta. Recently, Murrieta braved the drive from Atlanta to Morgan County – on a weekday afternoon no less – to lead a workshop for Burnett’s middle school and high school art students. Murrieta, a longtime friend of Burnett, has worked with all of the animation greats including Walt Disney, Warner Bros., Nickelodeon and the Cartoon Network. Introducing himself to …

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Georgia Mountain Fair and fresh vegetables

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We were skeptical of last Tuesday’s weather, and rescheduled our mountain trip for Wednesday.  Almost everyone that had planned to go Tuesday went Wednesday, and were not drenched by downpours.  We saw Ronnie McDowell instead of John Conlee, but Ronnie put on a good show, and we all had a good time touring the festival grounds and enjoying the music.  The fresh vegetable stand had been hurt by the weather, and they were out of some of our favorites, but we got good tomatoes and some other fresh veggies, and, …

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A simple way to protect America from Ebola

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By: Fred Johnson columnist When President Obama visited the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta last month he assured us that the “odds of the Ebola virus making it to the U.S. were “extremely low.” And in the unlikely event that the virus does come to America, “we’ve taken new measures so that we’re prepared here at home. We’re working to help flight crews identify people who are sick, and more labs across our country now have the capacity to quickly test for the virus. We’re working with hospitals to …

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Morgan Emergency Services creates outside interests

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Special to the Citizens Morgan County Emergency Services recently hosted five communications officers with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, for a tour and overview of the new upgraded Emergency 911 Communication System that was put into place earlier this year. The visitors were interested in the system and how effective it has been thus far, as they are seeking ways to improve their communication systems for public safety as well. The system was explained as a high band radio system which has “greatly increased radio coverage for all Public Safety …

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Last fishing trip for the season is Friday, Oct. 17

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The turnip patch was hit last week for about 14 families and if the weather holds this week, we will make another trip for fresh turnip salad and mustard greens.  These fresh vegetables are healthy, and can’t be better than when they go from field to sink to pot.  We’re planning a ceramic buying trip this week to get more greenware for our craft sale coming up in November.  We like to provide a variety of items, and the greenware suppliers are ready to meet the need.   We will be …