Morgan wins one, loses one at Lady Dog Invitational

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School varsity Lady Dogs beat opponent Locust Grove 5-2 during Saturday’s Lady Dog Invitational Medal Games before losing to Social Circle 5-11. Earlier in the week, the Dogs beat region opponents Jackson County and Elbert County 7-6 and 9-0, respectively. The win over Jackson County went 10 innings. The game was tied at 6-6 until the bottom of the 10th, when a sacrifice fly by Alisha Ellis gave Morgan County a walk-off win. The Dogs kicked off their game against the …

Mad-town Skate-boys (and girls)

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By Nick Nunn A couple of weeks back, at a Madison City Council meeting, Chad Foster spoke to the council about the possibility of building a skateboard park at one of Madison’s existing parks. In broad terms, Foster outlined what a proposed skate park would require as far as construction, area and cost; noted that Rutledge and many cities near Madison already have skate parks; and repeatedly described skateboarding as a “safe” activity for individual athletes. It was only at that point – his insistence that skateboarding is safe – …

MCHS cross country competes in E. Jackson Eagle Invitational

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At E. Jackson Boys 5K (Sixth of 14) Jeremy Craft, 16th place; Dalton Shaw, 27th place; Luke Zimmerman, 33rd place Girls 5K (Ninth of 12) Yakira Chapman, 44th place; Carolina Zant, 47th place By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) cross country team competed in the Seventh Annual Eagle Invitational, which was held at East Jackson High School last Thurs., Sept. 12. As a team, the MCHS boys placed sixth out of 14 teams in the Varsity Boys 5K race, with an average time of 18:37.68. …

Spike Dogs defeat Prince Avenue, Jackson County on the road

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By Leila Dycus, Intern The Morgan County High School Spike Dogs were on the road last week, traveling to different area schools. The varsity team took on Prince Avenue and Jackson County at Prince on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The varsity and JV Dogs traveled to Hart County Sept. 14. And, while the varsity team took Saturday off, the JV team headed to Oconee County for a Play Day. The varsity Spike Dogs fought Prince in a three-set match on Sept. 12. Prince Avenue took the first set, edging out Morgan …

For the trophy-hunting outdoorsman, size matters

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By Alvin Richardson I caught my first trophy bass at around the age of six and I’ll never forget that day. The big fish hit a plastic worm that I was inexpertly dragging along the bottom of our small pond. The day had been slow to that point and my attention to detail had no doubt waned somewhat in the hot summer sun. A few minutes after the bass actually struck I realized the line was going sideways so I feverishly tightened up the line and set the hook. After …

MCMS beats Monticello 32-18

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Next Up The MCMS Dogs took on Loganville this Wednesday, Sept. 18, and play the Putnam War Eagles next Wednesday at home, 4:30 p.m. By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County Middle School Bulldogs beat the Monticello Purple Hurricanes 32-18 last Wednesday, Sept. 11, in Jasper County. The victory marks the Dogs’ second win of the season for a 2-0 record so far. Morgan County received the opening kickoff but held onto the ball for only three plays before punting back to the Hurricanes. Monticello ran an eight-play drive before …

Columnist is “singing the praises of the petunias”

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By Stephanie Hudak Last week I talked about the thugs in the pots. This week I want to sing the praises of the petunias. Well, not all of them, but a few have been outstanding and you need to know about them so that next year you might consider using them in your containers or garden. If you have been checking out the containers then I probably don’t need to tell you that Supertunia Vista ‘Bubblegum’ is working hard to impress. Actually, I don’t believe that Bubblegum ever works hard… …

Obituary: Glenda Wilson Hodges

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Glenda Wilson Hodges, 67, of Madison, and formerly of Bainbridge, passed away on September 14, 2013, after a long and courageous battle against breast cancer. She was born in Americus,  on June 3, 1946 and was valedictorian of the 1964 class at Webster County High School in Preston. She graduated from Georgia Southwestern College in Americus, in 1966, and worked as a secretary at the Georgia Department of Labor in Albany, and United Trust Life Insurance Company in Albany. Later in life, she worked as a paraprofessional at Decatur County …

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Obituary: Annette D. Wilkes

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Annette D. Wilkes, 78, of Watkinsville passed away on Friday, September 13, 2013. Born March 24, 1935 in Watkinsville, she was a lifelong resident of Oconee County and was preceded in death by her husband, George A. Wilkes and her eldest son, Richard A. Wilkes. She was a dedicated and loving mother and grandmother with a strong faith in the Lord. She was a member of Antioch Christian Church and also attended Cornerstone Christian Center. She is survived by five children: Debbie Wilkes Fielding (George) of Nicholson, Jennifer Lewis (the …

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Obituary: Joseph Blackwell

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Joseph Ben Blackwell, age 77, of Newborn, died on September 11, 2013. He was born in Jasper, on February 23, 1936 to the late Audie Chumbly Blackwell and the late Joe Blackwell. He was preceded in death by his wife, the late Dorothy Blackwell, and sons, the late Terry Blackwell, the late Joseph Blackwell, and stepsons, the late Clayton Sims, and the late Eddie Sims. Surviving are: daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Mike Thurmond of Newborn, Brentsie Walton of Monroe, Beth and Thomas Pate of Monroe; sons and daughters-in-law, Gary …

Best of the Best: “Riding the lines, a Wisconsin ramble”

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By Cathy Best I was working in Belles Beaux & Gifts, in downtown Madison, this summer when a couple came in from Houston, Texas. “What brings you to Madison?” I inquired. “Madison,” they replied. Turns out, they read about Madison and decided a long weekend was in order; they had no other reason to be in the state. It’s fun to get out and see the countryside, and discover something new, even if it’s just riding along the lines in this column. Who knows? This may be just the nudge …

“The Prayer of Thanksgiving”

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By T. Adrienne Terrell Greetings from The Springs! I shared with you previously all of the events scheduled for the month of October. Well one more has been added. The next USBC Women’s Conference will be a two-day occasion. The first session will be on Friday, Oct. 11 starting at 7 p.m. and the second session will be on Saturday, Oct. 12 beginning at 12 noon. All ladies in the community are invited to attend. Whether you can get to both or just one part of this exciting series Come!Sunday, …

The Co-Op: Home to the Rutledge Pickers

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By Tim Ferguson You have GOT to go to the Co-Op in Rutledge. Go over the railroad tracks, pull up to the famous stop barrel and look to your right, then look to your left, then look right again and you’ll see the Co-Op in an old brick building with lots of plants and trees on the sidewalk out front. After looking once again for traffic and pedestrians, proceed and find a parking space, then head on in to discover the secrets inside the building. The Co-Op gets its name …

Training children in the “old-fashioned ways”

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By Mae Buice I love changing of the seasons. We are never bored with the Southern way of doing things. Just think, in a few weeks God’s paintbrush will be working double time, hitting every leaf and most of them different colors. What a wondrous Lord we do serve. And He especially pays attention to all our beautiful and different trees in Georgia. A lot of toes were stepped on with Butch’s sermon on Sunday, but we need that. Some may get offended but I like to be reminded when …

Difficult times? Trust the Word of God!

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By Rev. Donnie Compton “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.” (Jeremiah 29:11, 12) “So,whenever we are in need, we should come bravely before the throne of our merciful God. There we will be treated with undeserved kindness, and we will find help.” (Hebrews 4:16) “Live under the protection of God Most High …

Memories of driving The Salamander

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By Rachel Harper It has really been hay weather this past week!  My men were getting up hay close to Bob Bennett’s house this past week and on this particular day, his daughter, Leigh, with her little boy, were visiting him.  They both enjoyed watching them in the hayfield with all their equipment coming and going.  Leigh told her daddy that she was going to pray that it didn’t rain until they got the hay up.  The next day, Leigh called Bob and said, “Daddy, is it raining down there?  …

Ladies Spenzalot, Leisure and Sweet Pea host event

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By Betty Moore The Belles of Buckhead enjoyed lunch at the Cracker Barrel recently. The hostesses were Lady Spenzalot, Lady Leisure, and Lady Sweet Pea. Several also had a farewell with Peggy Armour before she moved to Arizona. Gene and Claire Smith celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary recently. God blessed them with four children, 13 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. They are so thanksful! Dennis and Julie Godbee and Dink and Sandra Dominey had a nice camping trip last week. Benny Smith has a birthday on September 20th. Happy birthday …

Bro. Ron on “The Spiritual Man”

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By Margie Ward Sunday morning our attendance was down due to vacations, work, sickness and reunions. We hope all had a good day and will be back soon. Our visitors are always welcome. Our prayer is they all will receive a blessing when they come worship with us and we hope they will come back soon. We invite anyone that lives in or around our community and does not have a regular church home to come visit with us. The choir’s special Sunday was, “I Know Whom I Have Believed,” …

Russell’s plan OK’d: HPC approves plan for 200 W. Washington

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer Tuesday night, after almost four hours of deliberation, the Madison Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) approved an amended version of Kathi Russell’s application for the deconstruction and reconstruction of the former Mapp-Gilmore building at 200 W. Washington, including the condition that Russell provide Historic American Building Survey (HABS)-level records of the existing structure before building the new structure according to documentation of the former building, using as many salvaged bricks from the current building as possible. Russell will have to return to the HPC to receive a …

Woman indicted in fatal accident: Grandmother had eight drugs in her system

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By Patrick Yost, Editor A 51-year-old Monroe woman was indicted by a Morgan County Grand Jury last week on two counts of homicide by vehicle in the first degree in a Jan. 28 wreck that claimed the life of her 4-year-old grandson. Cynthia Lynn Miller was also indicted for two counts of serious injury by vehicle, one count of drug container violation, nine counts of driving under the influence, one count failure to maintain lane and one count seatbelt violation. According to the indictments, Miller was “then and there under …