School system has plans to focus on literacy: About 50 percent of local students require remediation in college

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By Kathryn Schiliro, Managing Editor It seems many of the county’s students are not up to meeting the challenges presented by entering college or technical school, much less the workforce. System administration has noticed, and they intend to do something about it. About 50 percent of Morgan County students require some form of remediation in college for reading or math, Superintendent Dr. Ralph Bennett told the Board of Education (BOE) at their meeting Aug. 12, something that, unlike public school, students and their parents are paying for in tuition fees. …

Greene County in Morgan’s headlights

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Next Up The MCHS Dogs play arch-rival the Greene County Tigers this Friday, Sept. 6 at Bill Corry Stadium, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 at the door. By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer “It’s a one-week season,” says MCHS football Head Coach Bill Malone, who pauses to see if he needs to explain himself. He does. This is what he means: during the course of the 2013 football season, the coaching staff and athletes are taking the perspective of looking at each game as its own little season. The 35-7 victory over Monticello …

They call it “Labor” Day

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By Nick Nunn It has been pointed out more than once that naming a holiday, which most people use as an excuse to get out on their boats or backyards to enjoy the heat of the quickly cooling summer, “Labor Day” is more than a little ironic. Well, for most people, that is; your loyal Citizen staff is (or was, by the time you read it) at 259 North Second Street on this holiday. Feel free to thank us later. Anyway, staring out the window and imagining the world outside …

Richardson recommends camping to relieve stress levels

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By Alvin Richardson Sometimes I just need to soothe my frayed nerves. I normally can accomplish this by pretending to be a fishing guide (for no pay) or playing a little golf with my buddies (for money). When these two activities don’t work I always have my go to strategy. Break out the camper and head for the hills. This is a sure-fire method for lowering blood pressure and smoothing out my anxiety issues. As usual my instincts were right. This camping trip did the trick. There’s nothing like communing …

Best of the Best: The Isle of Capri, and its inspiration

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By Cathy Best According to her website, European fashion designer, Sonja de Lennart, sketched Capri pants in 1948 as part of her Capri Collection. Named after Italy’s Isle of Capri, the three-quarter-length pants fall anywhere from mid-calf to high-rise ankle. Grace Kelly elegantly wore them on the Isle, ensuring their popularity. Audrey and Marilyn, among other famous fashion celebrities, followed suit. If I could wear capris and, in any way shape or form, resemble any one of those fashion icons I’d never take them off. But, capris do not work …

Fannie Lee Heard Cannon

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Fannie Lee Heard Cannon, 78, died August 21,2013. She was born in Morgan County on March 24, 1935 to Corry and Fannie Taylor Heard. She was affectionately known as “Sista” by all who knew her. She was a member of Little Indian Creek Baptist Church. She was married to Willie A. Cannon. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brothers and sisters Lacrisse Heard, Nuna Bell Heard, Rebecca “Dolly” Heard, David Carter Heard, Butler Heard, Corry Heard Jr. Carrie Mae Heard and Eddie Heard. She is survived …

Alonzo Wadsworth Sumpter

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Deacon Alonzo Wadsworth Sumpter died Friday, August 30, 2013. He was born September 21, 1922 to the late Samuel and Leona Crowdler Sumpter in Love Joy, Illinois. He joined the First Corinthian Baptist Church at an early age and began working in the vineyard of the Lord. He accepted Christ as his person Savior and was later ordained as a deacon. He served faithfully at Progressive Church of God in Christ while he was in Somerset, New Jersey. After moving to Georgia he began serving at Grace Missionary Church, where …

October a busy month at church

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Union Springs October Calendar Choir Extravaganza Saturday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. African-American Museum Concert Oct. 24 Hallelujah Fest Oct.26, 12 noon to 4 p.m. Pastor’s Appreciation Day Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. By T. Adrienne Terrell Greetings from The Springs! It is not too early to start telling you about all the scheduled events coming on our campus in October. Choir Extravaganza: Saturday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. African-American Museum Concert: Thursday, Oct. 24 Hallelujah Fest: Saturday, Oct.26, 12 noon to 4 p.m. Pastor’s Appreciation Day: Sunday, Oct. 27 …

“Quiet, country living” in Rutledge

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Music in the Park David Clemens, guitar and vocals. This concert was previously rescheduled due to rain. This is the make-up performance. Friday, Sept. 13, 7-9 p.m. By Elizabeth Rockhill When we moved from Atlanta to Rutledge, I had some lifestyle adjustments to make and my friends in Atlanta, while supportive, looked at me like I was crazy to give up the Hotlanta life. Recently I was asked how I was taking to the “quiet country life in a small town?” I just smiled and gave them a taste of what …

Columnist: Where has this year gone?

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New Apostles in Concert Sept. 14 at Sugar Creek Baptist Church, at the corner of Greensboro Highway (278) and Sugar Creek Church Road, 6 p.m. The public is invited. By Mae Buice Wow! Already September 2013. Where has this year gone? Seems only yesterday we were having a Jan. 1st wedding here. Now, only a few more weeks until the Christmas season. And today, Labor Day, I pray each of you will have a safe and happy last summer weekend of 2013. On Sunday we still had a great crowd even …

Centennial hosts GriefShare group

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By Tim Reed Let me share with you some things about GriefShare and how it could possibly be for you. You may ask…do I qualify for this program? Yes! GriefShare is for people grieving the death of a loved one. There are also other life situations that bring grief… separation, divorce, estrangement or even loss of custody of a child, etc. If you are struggling with a loss not due to a death, GriefShare is not designed to meet your needs for healing. We encourage you to ask your pastor …

A lesson in what Labor Day means: “Labor Day is a holiday honoring working people”

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By Margie Ward Today being the first Sunday in September I was in the nursery at church therefore I do not have any news from the morning service. This being Labor Day weekend someone said to me just write about Labor Day. I got out the World Book Encyclopedia and it said Labor Day is a holiday honoring working people. It is observed as a legal holiday on the first Monday in September throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. Labor organizations sponsor various celebrations but for most people …

“We are thankful to have something to labor over…”

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By Rachel Harper I hope everyone had a happy Labor Day and didn’t labor too hard! We enjoyed having our crowd along with Mama and Daddy over for some ribs and trimmings which everyone else brought. The menfolks worked the morning getting some cows feet trimmed and manicured and then after lunch everyone went back to “laboring” with different kinds of chores. We are thankful we have something to labor over and are able to labor. Praise the Lord! One day this week, Raegan came from school telling me that if …

Massacre in Morgan: November is the 200th anniversary of massacre of settlers by Creek Indians in Hard Labor Creek State Park

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Where is the Grave? A marker had been placed by the grave of Mrs. Brantley (wrongly identified as her husband) and was seen at the park as late as the 1980s. The grave marker has since disappeared and the location of the grave is unknown. Anyone with information is urged to call Park Manager Daniel Schay at 706-557-3001. Special to the Citizen This report, about Lewis Brantley, who was massacred by the Creek Native Americans in Morgan County in 1813, was submitted to the Citizen by Don Schultz, of Athens, who …

Russell going back to HPC: Will again address plans for old Mapp-Gilmore building

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer More than a dozen citizens attended a meeting of the Merchants Hall Preservation Society (MHPS), held by Kathi Russell on Thursday, Aug. 22 at the Madison Tea Room, to discuss the condition of Merchants Hall – formerly the Mapp-Gilmore Funeral Home, located at 200 West Washington Street – and her plans to go before the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) during their September meeting in order to resubmit her plan, which she stated during the meeting, “has never changed.” Russell’s plan, as outlined during the MHPS …

Group home at Camp Twin Lakes recommended

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By Leila Dycus, Intern The Planning Commission met last week to explore, among other items, a proposed text amendment for Agricultural Residential (AR) zoning and a conditional use permit at Rutledge’s Camp Twin Lakes, in order to build a group home at their property at 1391 Keencheefoonee Road. “The object is to build a group home for adults with developmental disabilities,” said Charles Baldwin, a Camp Twin Lakes board member who presented the request to the planning commissioners, along with representatives from Jewish Family and Career Services and Hand in Hand …

Candidates qualify for local offices this week

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer As of noon Tuesday, only five candidates for public office had qualified for elections at the Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration. Chris Hodges and Michael Naples, incumbent, qualified for the Madison City Council District 5 race, which is the only contested race at this point. Madison Council Member Fred Perriman has qualified for the position of Mayor of Madison. Mayoral incumbent Bruce Gilbert announced earlier this month that he will not be seeking reelection for office. In Rutledge, Joellen Artz has qualified to …

Incumbent Michael Naples running for Dist. 5

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer Michael Naples, incumbent, has announced that he is running for reelection for the District 5 seat on the Madison City Council. Naples, who has served on the council since 2005, stated that he has “done a conscientious job for both the city at large and [his] district in particular” while living up to his original campaign promises, which included: coming prepared to every meeting, speaking up for his district, pursuing impact fees as a way of keeping down taxes and urging the hiring of a …

County commissioners: Purchase of $58,000 asphalt paver OK’d

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer During a special called meeting following a work session of the Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC), the commission voted in favor of purchasing a 2013 LeeBoy 1000F Asphalt Paver for $58,500. Roads & Bridges Supervisor Greg Pennington expressed his interest in Roads & Bridges having the ability to do resurfacing projects, stating that a savings of 50 to 70 percent could be achieved by doing such work in house. Another benefit of the county owning its own paver will be that Roads & Bridges …

Greenspace Commission prepares trail study for council

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer On Aug. 20, the Greenspace Commission (GSC) held a meeting to discuss a presentation of the GSC’s Founder’s Trail Network Study, which will be presented to the Madison Mayor and City Councils’ work session on Sept. 23. The Founder’s Trail Network Study is a plan outlining the construction of eight interconnected trails, which would involve a total length of more than 10 miles in downtown Madison, only 5.4 of which would actually need to be constructed. The remainder would be made up of existing right …