The pursuit of happiness: You “get it” or you don’t

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Rutledge News By Joan Ekstrom Rutledge has a slogan: “Rutledge… Small but Special.” And when you visit Rutledge you either “get it” or you don’t. The folks who “get it” come back again and again. I believe part of the reason is the small and simple things in life bring happiness. Yours truly is a visitor to a small country this summer, and whether it’s Rutledge or Denmark, maybe size really doesn’t matter and sometimes less really is more. Although Denmark is small geographically (about one-third the size of Georgia), …

Columnist: “We’re justified by faith, peace with God…”

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Brownwood News Margie Ward A good attendance was present for the morning worship service. We still have some out due to sickness, jobs etc. Our prayers continue to be with each of these. We are thankful for all our visitors that come worship with us week after week. We pray you all will be uplifted and blessed in a special way for coming and know you are welcome to come anytime we have service. It is our blessing to have you with us. The choir’s special was, “It is well …

Master Gardeners’ plans have changed!

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Madison News By Monaray Powers The families of the late Thomas M. Gilbert and Fannie Lou Gilbert had their annual get together Sunday under the big pecan trees at the home of Mike and Pam Gilbert. Pork barbecue and stew were served to those present along with side dishes prepared by those in attendance. Thanks to the ones that stayed up all night cooking the barbecue. Robin Benkoski is recuperating at her home following knee surgery Monday. Sympathy is extended to Rev. Charles Smith and family in the death of …

A very happy 95th birthday to the one-and-only, original Mrs. TriBee

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TriBee News By Rachel Harper The original Mrs. Tri-Bee had a very big birthday this past weekend.  She was and is very blessed to have celebrated her 95th birthday! Although she isn’t able to live at her home anymore, she is happy and content down at The Lake Oconee House. Of course who wouldn’t want to be home and she did indeed love her “2×4 split-level house,” but when the time came for her to move to a handicap-accessible place of living, she willingly went. On Sunday after church, she, along with …

Calling “Mama” on trip west to Colorado

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Buckhead News By Betty Moore I was shocked today to learn of the death of Jimmy Alford of Eatonton. I had known him all of his life. At one point we lived next door to he and his family As a matter of fact his mother was my mother’s first cousin. I send my sympathy to the family. Any of the Harper families in the county were kin to him I presume because his mother was a Harper. The Buckhead Baptist Church sold the parsonage and there is a new …

Centennial Student Ministry has busy summer

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Centennial News By Allen Brown We have had an AWESOME summer in the Centennial Student Ministry.  CBC students spent the last week of June at PowerLife Camp in Johnson City, Tenn., growing closer to the Lord and one another.  Several of our students volunteered as Student Counselors at our Morgan County Baptist Association Children’s Camp.  We have also led several students to volunteer their time in service over the summer break.  It has been an action-packed summer at ‘WNR’ as well.  We have just finished our annual ‘WNR GAME NIGHT,’ a …

Beautiful day and music, great crowd and message for Homecoming last Sunday

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Sugar Creek News By Mae Buice I am just a very happy person this Monday morning. After such a wonderful weekend, seems I look forward to each rewarding day as I get a day older. I truly do have so much to be thankful for. We had a beautiful day for Homecoming on Sunday, a great crowd, beautiful music and a great message. After listening to the Sonrise Trio, enjoyed by all, who can give you a message from song, Butch took his message from a favorite passage of scripture, …

Living Yes!: Local author Randy Gregg pens book, “Living Yes in a No World,” stemming from Facebook discussion

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By Leila Dycus Intern Madison resident Randy Gregg, author of the book Living Yes in a No World, is much more than just your everyday author. He has started a Facebook community, which chooses to “live yes.” Gregg started the journey towards writing his fourth book by posting a few simple ideas on Facebook, which would later evolve into much more, including a retreat, webinars and a community of people who come together to share their life stories. “I had an idea, or dream, to write a book, for some …

Spotlight on high school’s International Baccalaureate Diploma earners

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By Nick Nunn Staff Writer Among the 2013 International Baccalaureate (IB) class at the Morgan County High School (MHCS), which included a total of 29 IB Diploma candidates, 18 students earned an IB Diploma. Among the requirements for earning the IB Diploma are: compiling 24 or more points on six IB exams, completing an Extended Essay project, writing a Theory of Knowledge paper and completing 150 hours of service in the Community, Action, Service (CAS) program. The maximum total points that a candidate can earn on the exams is 45, …

Roadside flowers: Beautiful gifts from Mother Nature

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By Stephanie Hudak One of the benefits of being a passenger in a vehicle is that you get to see all the things along the roads and highways. I don’t have that luxury much anymore, but when I’m driving my eyes still manage to catch the bright colors in the roadside shoulders and ditches – and I don’t mean the never ending supply of cans, bottles and paper. I mean those beautiful bursts of color from the wildflowers that take up residence there. This parade of color starts in early …

BOC OKs lease with lumber company: Agreement to use space at the Public Safety Complex will bring the county $10,000-plus per month

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By Nick Nunn Staff Writer During a special called meeting of the Morgan County Building Authority on July 16, the Building Authority – the county commission – approved a lease with Brand-Vaughan Lumber Co., Inc. as well as a contract for the payment of brokerage fees to Joseph Terrell Interests, Inc., DBA Highgate Partners by Morgan County. The lease states that Brand-Vaughan will pay the Morgan County Building Authority a rate of $2.50 per square foot for the use of 48,500 square feet of the Morgan County Public Safety Complex, which …

Man found dead on I-20

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By Patrick Yost Editor A Morgan County deputy discovered the deceased body of a white male in the backseat of a Ford Bronco on Interstate 20 Tuesday morning. The man, according to Capt. Chris Bish, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office’s Criminal Investigations Division, died from a single gun shot. Bish said a 9mm pistol was located in the 1996 Bronco. The vehicle was locked and the windows were rolled up, Bish said. The 56-year-old male, Bish said, appears to have taken his own life. “All evidence indicates it’s a self-inflicted gunshot …

BER preps for precinct consolidation hearings

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By Nick Nunn Staff Writer The Board of Elections held a meeting on July 18 to prepare for public hearings on the board’s proposed precinct consolidation plan, which will take place on July 25 at 7 p.m. and July 30 at 7 p.m. at the Board of Elections building. The proposed precinct consolidation plan would involve reducing the number of current voting precincts in Morgan County from 11 precincts to five precincts, whose boundaries would map onto the current dividing lines of the five districts in Morgan County. Board Member …

BOC adopts millage rate increase

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By Nick Nunn Staff Writer Last week, the Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) held two public meetings on a proposed 2013 millage rate increase. At a special called meeting on July 23, the BOC adopted the tax increase, which raised the millage rate by an additional .242 mills for a total millage rate of 9.49 for 2013. During the two public hearings, which were held at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on July 16, the commissioners discussed the proposed tax increase, which, according to the BOC’s notice, will increase …

Council sets city, downtown district, corridor millage rates: Madison City Council votes to set millage rate for city at 6.565; downtown district, 1.464; and corridor, 1.432

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By Nick Nunn Staff Writer Last Thursday, during a called meeting by the City of Madison Mayor and Council, the council members voted to adopt millage rates for the City of Madison and special taxes for the downtown and corridor districts. The council unanimously voted to approve the rollback millage rates of 6.565 for the City of Madison, 1.464 for the downtown district, and 1.432 for the corridor. The taxes for the downtown and corridor districts are special taxes, which are levied in addition to the standard millage rate in …

Planning Commission revisits tennis court lighting during work session: Board expected to vote on matters Thursday

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By Nick Nunn Staff Writer The Morgan County Planning Commission held a work session last Friday, July 19 to discuss several issues, including a petition for a text amendment of a City of Madison zoning ordinance, which would allow tennis court illumination on residential properties or 2.5 acres or more. The text amendment, which was originally proposed to the Planning Commission almost a month ago, was filed by attorney Ben Whidham on behalf of Von and Christy Friesen, who built tennis courts with lighting structures despite existing ordinances prohibiting such …

Green card issues force Madison resident Lauren Bell back to the UK

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By Nick Nunn Staff Writer Last September, the Morgan County Citizen published a report about Lauren Bell, a young woman who was facing deportation on her birthday at the end of January 2013. Lauren Bell, moved to the United States with her parents and younger sister from Great Britain in 2003. In 2012, after almost 10 years of attempting to apply for a green card, Lauren and her family found out that she faced deportation on her twenty-first birthday if she was not able to obtain a valid visa before …

Local man drowns while canoeing the Chattooga River

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By Patrick Yost Editor A 64-year-old Madison man drowned while canoeing on the Chattooga River in South Carolina on Monday, July 15. Ralph Neal Head was pronounced dead at the scene by Oconee County, S.C. Coroner Karl Addis after the 5:40 p.m. accident. According to Addis, Head was in a canoe by himself when the boat capsized. Head was with a friend during the incident, Addis said, and the friend reported that he saw Head floating in the water and apparently under no distress. However, Addis said, when the friend …

Nunnsense: (Brick) House, M.D.

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By Nick Nunn Scene: a woman sits alone in an examination room. The door opens, and a doctor walks in holding a chart. The doctor has a very serious look on her face. “What is it, doctor?” asks the woman. “Is it serious?” The doctor is slow to respond, but, finally, he looks right at the woman and says, “Yes. I’m afraid you have a bad case of ghetto booty.” Stage goes black. The previous scene, while only a fictionalization created for the stage – perhaps the best one-act play …

Writer believes columnist betrays political values with Trayvon Martin commentary

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To the Editor: A libertarian is a person who espouses freedom especially when it concerns one’s thoughts or deeds. Free will is the essence of a libertarian. In the July 18 edition of the Citizen, self-proclaimed libertarian, Greg Morin, criticized the leaders of the black community. He characterized them as “race baiters” for their response to the not guilty verdict for the defendant in the death Trayvon Martin. Morin described the leaders as “self-appointed,” as indicative of their lack of credibility or validity. However one feels about the verdict for …