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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 …

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Vegetable soup, peas, cornbread, and strawberry shortcake

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We fed about 80 vendors and participants at our Health Fair Friday with vegetable soup, peas, cornbread, and strawberry shortcake.  A lot of information was shared, and health screenings done.  Thanks to all those involved in helping make the event a success.  Next on our calendar is the monthly out to lunch and shopping trip which is Tuesday the 30th to Conyers.  Our October calendar is out and is highlighted by our annual mountain apple trip to Hiawassee, where we will eat and take in a show with John Conlee …

Politics At Perk Avenue

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By Jamison Hooks: Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston visited Madison to speak on behalf of District 112 State Representative Dave Belton and the upcoming elections on Nov. 4. Dozens of interested Madison locals gathered at Perk Avenue for an opportunity to meet with several Georgia politicians, including Jody Hice and Doug Holt. The crowd was eager to hear what they had to say. Speaker of the House David Ralston spoke on behalf of Belton and his capabilities. “I have gotten to know Dave and I am looking forward to …

Horror At Ricky D’s

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick: The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA) launched their month-long Horror Poster Parody Contest with a Hollywood-style red carpet bash for the public to mingle with the local “stars” of the recreated iconic horror movie poster on Thursday at Ricky D’s in Madison. STMA unveiled the posters for the first time and opened voting for the contest. Voting will continue online for the rest of the month until the winner is announced at the Golden Ghoul Awards on Oct. 25, held at STMA from 7 pm to …

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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Rutledge Concert Series brings Two Artists Back

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Leila Dycus Staff Writer For the past 10 weeks the Rutledge Gazebo has been jamming out with various artists- this week the summer concert series featured two artist that have graced the stage in previous weeks. “I want to thank everyone for coming out to last week’s concert,” said Concert Director Terry Reeves. “We hope to have more people come out to this coming week’s show.” This week was different the show was split into two parts- artists Craig Neidlinger and Horace Reeves played their own sets. During Craig’s pervious …

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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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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 …

Bike rewards brings big smiles at MCPS

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By Leila Dycus staff writer The last day of school has finally arrived at the primary school and for some extraordinary students their reading has earned them new bikes. On Friday May 23 members of the Madison Masonic Lodge 376 F and AM made their way to the Morgan County Primary School media center to award five students new bicycles. The Bike giveaway has become a tradition around the primary school encouraging students to read. Read to Ride began in 2006. The program awards students bikes two times a year. …

Class of 2014 Steps into their Future

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Leila Dycus staff writer Every Morgan County child dreams of the day that they will gather on the field, walk across the stage receive their diploma and turn their tassel. Last Friday, May 23, this year’s Class of 2014 embraced their inner child, focused on high school memories and were encouraged to remember who they are. “As MCHS grads we expect great things, remember who you are, make good choices, do what it takes, One Morgan,” said principal Dr. Malanowski. It was the Morgan County High School class of 2014’s …