MERCIFUL GRACE MINISTRY

Jesse Walker Community

Message from God Hello and greetings to you all. I hope you are all well and blessed. Matthew 24:35, “Heaven and Earth shall pass away, but my Words shall not pass away.” I Corinthians 3:19, “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.” God’s book is more important than Facebook. Ten percent of everything belongs to God, not just money but time also. There are 24 hours in a day; 10 percent of that adds up …

Martha Conner Plunkett

Jesse Walker Obituaries

Martha Conner Plunkett, age 91 of Bishop, died May 19, 2018.  Born in Gainesville to Thomas and Mellie Conner, she grew up in Apalachee and Madison, and graduated from Madison High School in 1945.  Following graduation, she started her 20-year career with Southern Bell Telephone Company in Atlanta, where she was one of the first female managers.  She married Charles Edward Plunkett of Lithonia in 1963. Surviving are her daughters, Lisa Rawls of Bishop, Mary Ryan of University Place, Wash., sons Charles Plunkett, Jr of Tacoma, Wash. and Russell Plunkett …

Evelyn Ruark Coggin

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Evelyn Ruark Coggin of Bostwick passed away on May 16, 2018. She was born in Bostwick on July 26, 1924 to James Russell Ruark and Katie Inez Jones Ruark. She was born in the home of her grandparents, “Papa Charlie and Mother Emma”. She graduated from Bostwick High School as Salutatorian in May of 1943. She married Theodore Lewis Coggin of Conyers on March 19, 1945. They settled in Decatur after their marriage and started a family. In 1959, they moved to Avondale Estates where Evelyn became a very active …

Cub Scouts hold Crossover Ceremony

Tia Lynn Ivey Community

A crossover ceremony for Morgan County Cub Scout Pack 91 was held last Friday in the Morgan County Boy Scouts Troop 91 hut to celebrate each cub scout’s advancement to a new level within the club. Cub Scouts is “a year-round program that offers fun activities that promote character and leadership development.” The cub scouts work with children from first grade to fifth grade, while the Boy Scouts work with children from sixth grade to 12th grade. Each cub scout grade works on earning a new patch every year, including …

Morgan’s Finest

Sports Reports Featured, Sports

Over the next three weeks, our Morgan’s Finest series will continue with a three-part story of a trio of great athletes from Morgan County High School.  The uniqueness of this feature finds three athletes attending the same college after graduation from MCHS.   While at Piedmont College, these three friends find themselves as the only three students attending there from MOCO with scholarships in three different sports.  In the spring of 2001, each student-athlete is awarded the Most Valuable Player Award in each of their respective sports.  This first week’s …

Middle School completes spring practice

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It’s said that a good coach recognizes his weaknesses, but a great one improves on them.  Such is the case with returning Head Football Coach Aaron Paul at Morgan County Middle School.  His main focus will be to improve in areas he sees as deficient and get his graduating class of 2019 ready to step into a varsity role. The Middle School finished up a week of spring football practice last Friday with around 60 players participating.  Paul was excited with the results. He commented, “We had 23 returning players …

Lake Oconee Fishing Report – now’s the time

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The fishing report for this month goes something like this.  It’s gonna be hot and humid.  If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen (and get on the water).  Get out early if you want to beat the heat and catch a heap of fish.  The early morning bite is hot like the temperature. If May is any indication of what’s coming up in June, the fishing on Lake Oconee should be looking good for all species as the summer continues to heat up along with the …

2018 Season Schedule and Results

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2/13 Jefferson (Jefferson) (L) 4 – 0 2/14 @ Oconee County (Watkinsville) (W) 3 – 2 2/16 @ Jefferson (Jefferson) (W) 3 – 0 2/19 @ Mary Persons (Forsyth) (W) 20 – 3 2/21 Oconee County (Watkinsville) (W) 11 – 1 2/26 @ North Oconee (Bogart) (L) 13 – 3 3/25 North Oconee (Bogart) (L) 4 – 2 3/5 @ Prince Avenue Christian (Athens) (L) 1 – 0 3/7 Mary Persons (Forsyth) (L) 6 – 5 3/8 Prince Avenue Christian (Athens) (W) 2 – 0 3/9 Jackson County (Jefferson,)* (L) 12 – 8 3/9 Jackson County (Jefferson)* (W) 9 – 0 3/13 @ Jackson County (Jefferson)* (W) 5 – …

From the desk of Coach Ainslie

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Morgan County Diamond Dawg Fans, On behalf of my coaching staff and players I wanted to take a moment to let you know how memorable you helped make the 2018 baseball season for our team and school community.  Your support and enthusiasm during our playoff run and the entire season was inspiring.  I hope the boys and our team made you proud to be a Morgan County Bulldog!  The large crowd turnout, the high school band, red out shirts, noise shakers, music, you don’t get that at many places outside …

Thoughts from a Senior Mom

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By Margaret Ligon This past year has been full of lasts. I have thought a lot lately about Brad Paisley’s song, “Last Time for Everything.”  I could write my own version. Homecoming  pep rally with fog in the gym. Watching my cheerleaders on the sidelines, sittin’ next to Tim. Prom Dress shopping and spring break with friends, Dressing up for Younglife Club looking like twins… There’s a last time for everything. Then there are the last weeks of school — last awards night, last IB Dinner, last day of high …

From the desk of the 2018 Salutatorian

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Somebody once told me, the world was gonna roll me.  Personally, I tend to disagree; Life is tough, it’s hard to get through sometimes, but it will only beat you down if you let it.  No matter how difficult the task (like writing a speech to give in front of thousands of people), you can always meet it with a straight back and a level gaze, and give it your best effort. To quote a good friend of mine, “I wish the people in my life a mountain of struggles, …

From the desk of the 2018 Valedictorian

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To the Class of 2018: If you are reading this right now, take a big deep breath in and exhale slowly. No, this isn’t a yoga class with Coach Stamps, nor are you about to sing a song. Although if you feel like singing, I certainly won’t stop you. With May 25, 2018 quickly approaching, we have the perfect excuse to celebrate and sing. Our high school days are numbered, and that number quickly approaches zero. If you’re anything like me, you never thought the day would come that we …

From the desk of the principal

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Dear Class of 2018, Congratulations to you on completing the journey through your high school years!  It has been a time of learning, growing, forming relationships and beginning to pave the path into your future. This year, as we have broken ground and watched the progress of the new school in our current backyard, we claimed “what’s your plan?” as our theme.  We have all been able to witness the amount of planning and forethought that is necessary with such a large project.  Your progress through school has also been …

James Woodard

From the desk of the Superintendent

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Seniors of 2018, Congratulations!  You have reached a very important milestone in your life.  Leaving Morgan County High School with a high school diploma is a very special day for you and your family.  Numerous adults have worked tirelessly to help you achieve this moment.   Alex Haley, an American writer and the author of the book Roots: The Saga of an American Family, wrote, “ Anytime you see a turtle on top of a fence post, you know he had some help.” The support you receive from all aspects of …

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The following students are designated as honor graduates.

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Cum Laude Joel Alcarez Clara Arienzo Yusuf Baig Hailey Brawner Lauren Broach Bryson Burch Bryson Burke Timothy Christian Rachael Dickson Julia Draegar Jayson Fryzel Jenna Grantham Tyra Green Chloe Haggard Cassidy Hofer Austin Hoopengardner Morgan Howell Emma Hughes Brittany Jackson Ethan Jensen Hannah Knight Brandon Knight Jazmyn Lietch Kitty Ligon Sarah Grey Ligon Lillian McMillan Dylan Meyer Allyson Parris Trey Patterson Evan Peppers Mariella Plumley Jamie Puckett Caroline Rittenhouse Nicholas Seymour Claudia Sims Brandon Smith Jacob Walls Anderson Wells   Magna Cum Laude Mattie Allen Melissa Braxley Mary Trent Chandler …

Oh, the places you’ll go

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Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Chloe Haggard Adelphi University Erik Riedlinger Agnes Scott College Claudia Sims Athens Technical College Margaret Stell Augusta University Merrit Rountree Auburn University Lauren Broach Clark Atlanta University Tailynn Warren Clayton State University Armonee’ Beverly Natianna Baker Emory University Harshit Patel Fort Valley State University Nikiha Vinson George Washington University Grace Bray Georgia College Ansley Baldwin Hailey Brawner Madison Farmer Madison Gasque Mary Hawkins Jamie Puckett Natalie Smith Emerson Woodham Georgia Institute of Technology Cameron McCanless Jacob Gasque Aria Huff Georgia Military College Anthony Cooper Charles Patterson …

Art unveiling at Farmview

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

Every year, Morgan County Crossroads students, working with the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA), construct a work of public art to gift to a local non-profit and this year, Farmview Market in Madison was chosen. A reception was held to celebrate the art installation and the students who created it. “Farmview was chosen for two reasons: one, their philosophy of the importance of giving back to the community aligns with that of the Crossroads program and master artist Steffen Thomas whose long career included donations of public art, and …

Opposing opinions on DiLetto

Tia Lynn Ivey Featured, News

Supporters and opponents of City Councilman Joe DiLetto clashed at Monday night’s regular meeting as citizens packed the meeting hall, some to support Theresa Bishop’s push for DiLetto’s resignation and others to vouch for DiLetto’s right to remain in office. Theresa Bishop addressed the Madison Mayor and City Council on Monday evening to further press the council to comment on her request for Councilman Joe DiLetto to resign due to allegations of bias, threats of bodily harm, and bullying. “I feel his actions toward me have been rude, threatening, sexist, …

Shire up for sale

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A leading global pharmaceutical company, Shire, is on the cusp of an historic acquisition by a Japan-based company, Takeda Pharmaceutical, for an unprecedented $62 billion dollars. Shire, an Ireland-based company with branches in more than 100 countries, bought out Baxalta International in early 2016 for $32 billion, taking over the $1.2 billion biopharmaceutical manufacturing plant with an adjacent $14 million Georgia BioScience training center located in Stanton Springs Technology Park, an industrial site governed by the four-county Joint Development Authority (JDA). Should Shire shareholders approve the sale, control of the …

Tree ordiance for city?

Tia Lynn Ivey News

The City of Madison is considering a new tree ordinance that could implement restrictions on private property owners’ rights to cut and remove trees on their own properties. During a public comment discussion about tree protection throughout the city at the Mayor City Council’s regular meeting, Councilwoman Chris Hodges announced a new tree ordinance is being considered and will be reviewed at this month’s Greenspace Commission on Tuesday, May 15 and eventually come to the council for a vote. “We are working on a new tree ordinance,” said Councilwoman Hodges …