The life skills learned in the rural South build character

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By Alvin Richardson Growing up in rural Georgia helped me acquire certain skills that have made me a much more productive citizen.  Many of those lessons I learned have also been helpful in honing my meager outdoor talents.  I should point out to begin with that if you grew up in a city you probably haven’t participated in most of these activities thus depriving you of a decent upbringing or at least making these superior character traits much harder to obtain. So let’s take a look at some of the …

Touchdown Club to host golf tourney in memory of Cochran, Jr.

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By Nick Nunn Staff Writer The Morgan County Touchdown Club will hold this year’s golf tournament fundraiser in memory of Bill Cochran, Jr., which will take place at The Creek at Hard Labor beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 19. A portion of the funds raised at the event will be dedicated to the Bill Cochran, Jr. Scholarship Fund. The scholarship goes to the best all-around member of the Bulldogs, with qualifications including skill, leadership, attitude and participation. The remaining funds goes directly to the football program to help …

Lady Dogs begin preseason training

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By Nick Nunn Staff Writer The Morgan County High School Lady Dogs softball team is gearing up for preseason events before school starts in the next couple of weeks. Last Saturday, members of the Lady Dogs got together at Heritage Park to raise funds for the MCHS softball booster club. On July 22 and 23, the varsity and junior varsity Lady Dogs will be traveling to Dahlonega to take part in the Dan Davis Invitational, with games being held at the University of North Georgia and the Lumpkin County High …

Hey Coach! Dusty Sidwell, Defensive Coordinator

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By Nick Nunn Staff Writer James Dustin Sidwell was born on Feb. 8, 1986 in Athens, Ga., but attended Morgan County High School where he competed on the football and wrestling teams. Coach Sidwell was named an All-State linebacker during his senior year at MCHS, and he won two state championships in wrestling for his junior and senior years. After beginning college at Georgia Military College, Sidwell received his undergraduate degree in Special Education. Following his undergraduate work, Sidwell earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Grand Canyon College …

Touchdown Club to host golf tourney in memory of Cochran, Jr.

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By Nick Nunn Staff Writer The Morgan County Touchdown Club will hold this year’s golf tournament fundraiser in memory of Bill Cochran, Jr., which will take place at The Creek at Hard Labor beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 19. A portion of the funds raised at the event will be dedicated to the Bill Cochran, Jr. Scholarship Fund. The scholarship goes to the best all-around member of the Bulldogs, with qualifications including skill, leadership, attitude, and participation. The remaining funds goes directly to the football program to help …

Dogs I have known

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By Alvin Richardson Ever since I can remember there have been one or two dogs hanging around the house. Some of them we owned, some owned us, and some were just passing through. I’ve loved most of them, raised a few, and even let one or two ride in the front seat of my truck. One thing I learned is that each possessed a unique set of personality traits, some of which were endearing, some that were irritating, and a few that were downright infuriating. Through it all there have …

C. Jones No. 10

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By Nick Nunn Last Friday night, Chipper Jones, former third baseman for the Atlanta Braves – in the unlikely event that you didn’t know – headed out onto the field again after almost one year of retirement from professional sports. “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne played Chipper’s way to the plate, as it had for almost 20 years, but he wore a gray suit instead of the signature jersey bearing the number “10.” “10” had a busy night on its own, being laid to rest with the likes of 3, …

Columnist travels to Los Angeles: Clash of the cultures

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I send you greetings from the left coast of our good old USA. To be a little more specific my actual location is sunny, glitzy Los Angeles where the stars are out even in the daytime and where, as I’ve discovered, a distinctly different culture exists. Some of the contrasts are good, some bad and some exceedingly ugly. I’m not really sure why I thought my country self would enjoy Southern California but here I am. Upon touching down at LAX and getting off the plane I first noticed a …

Coach Joshua Reeves owns a lot of shoes

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By Nick Nunn Staff Writer Joshua Michael Reeves was born in Thomaston on June 25, 1982, and raised in Concord. He attended Pike County High School in Zebulon, where he played baseball and basketball. Coach Reeves began his undergraduate studies at Gordon College but graduated from the University of Georgia majoring in Pre-Law and Political Science. Later, Coach Reeves returned to the University of Georgia to earn a Master’s Degree in Social Science Education. On July 15, 2006, Reeves married his wife, Randi. Their son, Matthew, will turn two this …

Biting the hand

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By Nick Nunn A federal court judge will soon rule on the question of whether or not the anti-trust suit Ed O’Bannon, former UCLA baseball star, has filed against the NCAA should be considered a class-action lawsuit. Although the fine legal points of the suit would probably be difficult to understand or express within the limits of a short column, the lawsuit boils down to this: the NCAA makes billions of dollars each year by using images and representations of college athletes in television broadcasts, video games, merchandise, etc., and …

Mat Dogs complete summer schedule

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By Nick Nunn Staff Writer Last Thursday, the Morgan County High School Mat Dogs held their last duals of the season. In addition to the Dogs, who hosted the event, the match included teams from Social Circle, Dublin, Westside, Central, and West Laurens. The summer schedule competitions, which allowed the wrestling team to get in almost a half-season of experience, was “very” productive according to MCHS wrestling coach John Robbins. Coach Robbins described the summer season’s purpose in terms of the program as a whole by saying that the summer …

Meeting softball, JV baseball coach Doug Connelly

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By Nick Nunn Staff Writer Jeffrey Douglas Connelly, Jr. was born in Athens, but attended the Monroe Area High School where he played middle infielder for the school’s baseball team. After high school, Coach Connelly attended Georgia Southern University, where he earned his undergraduate degree in Sports Management with a minor in Business. Later, Coach Connelly earned a Master’s Degree in Social Studies Education from the University of Georgia. Coach Connelly married his wife, Ivey, in April of 2005, and they have two children: Trace, who is almost four years …

Murphy’s Law applied to life

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By Alvin Richardson You’ve all heard of it. Murphy’s Law is a common theory and simply stated says that if something can go wrong it will. I have expanded on this premise and call it Murphy’s Law of Inverse Proportionality and Disastrous Results which will henceforth be referred to as MLIPDR so you won’t have to read all those words again. I feel comfortable dabbling in mathematical equations because I got half the answers right when I took trigonometry in high school. A cool 50 percent and was exceedingly proud …