Our Stories: Liberating leftovers banished to die

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By Jamie Miles Nothing like a national crisis to heighten one’s appreciation to everyday blessings. The dogwood’s bloom, a child’s laughter and the epicurean delight found in a can of green beans. With the seriousness of the COVID-19 outbreak and its ease of transmission, I decided, as all good patriots, to live off the bounty found in the outer regions of our pantry and the dark frozen tundra of our freezer — liberating leftovers banished to die.  The other night after readying a Chicken Noodle Casserole: frozen chicken breasts, open …

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Our Stories: We miss you and can’t wait to see you soon

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By Kathleen Bryant Friday, March 13 we received an email from our administration that the schools would be temporarily closed and we would be notified if it would be longer than a week. I was off balance that Friday and scrambled to put in lessons on Google classroom for the week.  Ask my colleagues, I was not putting it all together at that point.  I had a million questions running through my head. How will we serve students who do not have access to technology?  I remember that our 7th …

Our Stories: Adjusting and Praying

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By Kevin Walker Like most of you, life as we know it has really changed over the last couple of weeks.  I work from home every day anyway, so that has not changed.  My wife, Sarah, is not working outside the home right now, so that has not changed either, but almost everything else has.  We have had to make several adjustments, but like everyone else, we are coping with it and we are hoping and praying this will soon be over.  A couple of weeks before the “stay at …

Our Stories: Morgan County, ALL of us are in this together

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By Jeannie Rice When I was asked to write this essay, I was honored, and a little intimidated.  The temptation is to paint a rosy picture at all times. But the truth is, my children aren’t the least bit impressed by being “homeschooled” by the Morgan County Teacher of the Year.  When we first heard that we were closing school and enforcing social distancing, I will admit that I grieved for the loss of some seriously cool lesson plans.  District leaders and teachers across the county scrapped our Professional Learning …

Our Stories: When life throws you a detour, enjoy the scenery

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By Pastor Robert Terrell Well, my wife Toni and I had been talking about a staycation, but this is not exactly what we had in mind.  I’m not much of a shopper, so my gift to my family every year is an all-expense paid vacation in which we all get together, go somewhere and just do nothing but love on each other for a week.  Well, I usually get right back in the saddle when we get back home and go full speed ahead. I am a bi-vocational pastor/timberman.  As …

Our Stories: Learning to value this pace

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By Father Dann Brown These have been days unlike any I could have imagined when I first entered Advent’s nave to lead worship that Sunday, March 21, 2010.  It was the Fifth Sunday in Lent and a strong turn-out added to the smiles up and down the aisle.  After the dismissal I was chatting with some worshippers —I can’t remember who— and that was when I first heard about the Community Palm Sunday Procession that had been led for several years by one of Ellen Warren’s donkeys, a bagpiper, and …

Our Stories: Reflections

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By MCHS tennis coach Stacy Manger This is a disappointing time for coaches and athletes, but it is a time to reflect and grow. In times of uncertainty we find out who we really are. This past week has made me extremely grateful. I’ve reflected on and cherished each and every moment I’ve had with the MOCO Tennis Team. I know this time will make our players stronger and more resilient than ever. It’s a tough time, yes, but it is also a great time to have us reflect on …

Our Stories: God will heal our land

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By Angela Wilson What’s it all about?  In the last couple of months, the world has been bombarded with the coronavirus (COVID-19).  The entire world is at its wits end.  We don’t know exactly what to do and are looking for answers everywhere.   We’re glued to our televisions for daily updates and instructions.  When we all learned about corona, I don’t think we took it as seriously as we should.  Most people kept up their daily lives and routines.  Oh, it’s not that serious.   We’ve got everything under …

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White Bass spawning run underway

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer One fishing trip you might want to consider this season is the white bass spawning run on the Oconee and Apalachee Rivers.  It’s currently going on and the action is hot. Actually whites and hybrids can be caught in significant numbers with the right approach and the scenery in both places is pretty rewarding as well.  There are some things you need to know if you have never gone after these two game fish during this time of year but once you have had some …

KEMP TO ISSUE SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDER, SHUT DOWN K-12 SCHOOLS

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By Dianne Lively Yost & Capitol Beat Reporter Beau Evans Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced today at a 4 p.m. press conference held outside at Liberty Plaza at the Georgia State Capitol that he plans to issue a statewide shelter-in-place order that will go in effect from Friday, April 3 until April 13. Gov. Kemp also is issuing an order today that closes Georgia K-12 schools for the remainder of the school year, keeping online learning. On Thursday, Kemp will sign the shelter in place order, and he is planning …

SBA Will Forgive Paycheck Payroll Protection Loans for Small Businesses that Keep Employees on Payroll

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Here’s what you need to know By Dianne Lively Yost While the COVID-19 pandemic has already battered stock markets and played havoc on businesses both at home and across the nation, help from the U.S. Government is on the way. Morgan County small businesses can now apply for Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans that are eligible for loan forgiveness. The Federal government has authorized up to $349 billion for the PPP loan program to help small businesses. The SBA will forgive these PPP loans if: 1) …

Madison declares local state of emergency; city-wide shut downs

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Photos by Jesse Walker By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  On the heels of Morgan County’s first confirmed case of the coronavirus and Gov. Brian Kemp’s new mandatory public restrictions for the next two weeks, The Madison Mayor and City Council declared a local state of emergency Monday evening and grappled with a new local ordinance aimed to curb the spread of COVID-19. The council unanimously voted to enact a two-week emergency ordinance, beginning Tuesday, March 24 at noon until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April. 6. The council may extend …

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Morgan gets first COVID case

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The first known case of the coronavirus in Morgan County has been confirmed. According to the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH), Morgan County now has one confirmed case of COVID-19 as of press time on Tuesday, March 24.  GDPH has reported as Tuesday, March 24, at noon that Georgia has a total of 1,026 confirmed cases of the coronavirus that has resulted in 32 deaths.  No information has been released about the infected person in Morgan County—neither how severe the case is nor …

State shuts down Hard Labor containment facility

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  The isolation camp at Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge was closed late last week, less than one month after opening to quarantine patients infected with COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus.  “The trailers at Hard Labor Creek are being moved to Monroe County,” announced State Representative Dave Belton on Friday, March 20.  On Friday, Morgan County government announced the quarantine camp at Hard Labor Creek State Park, which took local leaders by surprise and upset many Rutledge residents, would be closed.  “At …

BOE names new MCES principal

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Morgan County Elementary School (MCES) is getting a new principal. On Tuesday, March 24, the Morgan County Board of Education held a virtual special-called meeting to unanimously vote to approve Linda Smith, currently an assistant principal in Rockdale County, as the new principal of MCES.  “I am ready to take the reins at the end of the school year,” said Smith, who begins on July 1. “Morgan County has such a great reputation—not just here, but throughout the state. I am just glad to …

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Mouth swabs in Rutledge ends with county citations

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Five persons were cited for a Morgan County peddling ordinance in Rutledge after citizens complained that the group was going door-to-door and taking both mouth swabs and personal information. According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, the group was stopped at the intersection of Fairplay Road and Dixie Avenue in downtown Rutledge by Morgan County Deputy Timothy Saye.  Complainants told deputies that the group came to their homes and said they were either collecting mouth swabs to check for the COVID-19 virus, were collecting …

School system gets high ranking

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Morgan County Charter School System was named 29th top school district in the State of Georgia this month.  “Our priority as a school system is ‘to create a performance culture focused on student achievement,’” said Dr. James Woodard, superintendent of Morgan County Schools.  “We are excited that our system was recognized in the top 30 school districts in the state.  This ranking validates that we are focused on creating a culture with students, parents, and staff which makes a positive difference for our students.” Morgan …

Coronavirus can’t stop community care

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor  Self-quarantining doesn’t amount to selfishness in Morgan County. Amidst a global pandemic, that has brought to Georgia 1,026 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 32 deaths, local citizens and businesses are determined to care for one another.  While groceries and sanitation products are flying off the shelves faster than stores can restock them, Madison’s local Ingles is reserving items weekly for those who need them most. Beginning on March 20, Ingles in Madison is looking out for its elderly and medically-fragile customers as well …

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On March 13, a theft by taking complaint was filed at TA Truck Stop, Eatonton Road. According to reports, a woman reported that two trucks and a flatbed trailer were missing. The woman said the vehicles had not been used for “sometime” and had been left at the truck stop. The woman said the last time the equipment was seen was Feb. 25.  On March 3, Terrance Kennedy, 25, Columbia, S.C. was arrested and charged with speeding and possession of marijuana. According to reports, a vehicle Kennedy was driving on …

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On March 21, a trash left behind complaint was filed at an Athens Highway residence. According to reports, a man said that someone had placed a sofa, mattresses and bed frames inside a dumpster he had placed outside the residence while he was remodeling. The complainant said he passed by the residence at 4:15 a.m. and there was nothing in the dumpster and at noon he noticed the discarded furniture. On March 20, a burglary complaint was filed at a Clack Road residence. According to reports, a man reported that …