Joseph’s Coat in new home: Neighboring agencies Joseph’s Coat, Caring Place, Action, Inc. and Harvest of the Heart Garden work together to benefit people

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  By Stephanie Johns Staff Writer Joseph’s Coat is settling into its new home at 1140 Monticello Highway in Madison. The charitable location relocated there in January. An outreach of the Madison Episcopal Church of the Advent, Joseph’s Coat has been in business for years. Manager Sue Benefield said they offer name-brand clothing for the whole family as well as books, toys, and housewares. “It’s a very nice shopping experience because our clothing is sized and labeled with the price,” she said. Not only do they sell items at a …

Law Enforcement: July 11, 2013 edition

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office On July 5 a disorderly conduct complaint was filed at an East Main Street, Rutledge location after a man reported observing a black male walking on East Main Street waving a pistol. According to reports, a deputy and Georgia State Patrol trooper responded to downtown Rutledge and confronted a black juvenile and white juvenile at the Gazebo. Reports state that a deputy located an air soft gun in the black male’s pants pocket. The weapon had been painted black including over the orange safety tip. Reports …

Peach season at CJ Orchards

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By Leila Dycus Intern Georgia may be known for its peaches, but in Morgan County, there is only one place to find the state’s offical fruit– that’s at CJ Orchards in Rutledge. “Morgan County used to be a big peach county back in the day, but it’s moved down a bit further south and that’s probably due to the weather,” said Jim Markley, the owner of CJ Orchards. Jim Markley, a grain seller who studied agriculture at Clemson, came to Rutledge in 1983 in hopes of starting a pecan farm. …

Biz Buzz: Ricardo’s Kouzzina open, H. Porkington’s offers breakfast

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By Dianne Lively Yost It’s happenin’ y’all! The wait is flat OVER! That’s right! Ricardo Casillas has opened his brand spankin’ new restaurant, Ricardo’s Kouzzina at 271 West Washington St., in Madison right across from Town Park (formerly the location of The Ice House restaurant)! Ricardo wanted me to tell all y’all that he’s hostin’ a “soft openin’” from now until July 15 while he waits for his liquor license to be finalized which should be very, very soon! In the meantime, we get to try out the new space …

Council considers rollback millage rate

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By Stephanie Johns Staff Writer Members of the Bostwick City Council discussed accepting the rollback millage rate during their July meeting. Mayor John Bostwick said if they accept the rollback rate of 1.47 mils it will bring in the same $10,010 in taxes that the current millage rate of 1.42 did. “I propose to set the rate at the rollback,” he said. “It’s what we’ve always done.” Council members voiced their agreement. Bostwick said they will set the millage rate on July 25. Bostwick then told the council that the …

Hey Coach! Dusty Sidwell, Defensive Coordinator

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By Nick Nunn Staff Writer James Dustin Sidwell was born on Feb. 8, 1986 in Athens, Ga., but attended Morgan County High School where he competed on the football and wrestling teams. Coach Sidwell was named an All-State linebacker during his senior year at MCHS, and he won two state championships in wrestling for his junior and senior years. After beginning college at Georgia Military College, Sidwell received his undergraduate degree in Special Education. Following his undergraduate work, Sidwell earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Grand Canyon College …

Touchdown Club to host golf tourney in memory of Cochran, Jr.

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By Nick Nunn Staff Writer The Morgan County Touchdown Club will hold this year’s golf tournament fundraiser in memory of Bill Cochran, Jr., which will take place at The Creek at Hard Labor beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 19. A portion of the funds raised at the event will be dedicated to the Bill Cochran, Jr. Scholarship Fund. The scholarship goes to the best all-around member of the Bulldogs, with qualifications including skill, leadership, attitude, and participation. The remaining funds goes directly to the football program to help …

Dogs I have known

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By Alvin Richardson Ever since I can remember there have been one or two dogs hanging around the house. Some of them we owned, some owned us, and some were just passing through. I’ve loved most of them, raised a few, and even let one or two ride in the front seat of my truck. One thing I learned is that each possessed a unique set of personality traits, some of which were endearing, some that were irritating, and a few that were downright infuriating. Through it all there have …

Columnist graduates to a big girl bike

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By Cathy Best Nine years ago, I graduated from driving a moped to riding passenger on a Ducati Multistrata 1000 DS motorcycle with my husband. The moped is a Mother’s Day gift from my sons and husband; I take it on spins around the farm and throttle it up to run errands. In nice weather, my husband and I ride the moped, two-up, around town and on local back roads. Yes, it looks just as goofy as it sounds. Wave when you see us. Our family is deeply entrenched in …

Artists collaborate, help young artists: Bellebuono, Noland use collective talents to teach up-and-coming artists

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By Stephanie Johns Staff Writer Two local artists, Angelina Bellebuono and Julie Noland, have a unique collaboration in which the former teacher of one, Bellebuono, helps the other, a teacher in her own right, to the benefit of young artists. “The gift of connecting – through art, shared experiences – is what drives me as a writer and photographer,” Bellebuono said. “I can’t put enough emphasis on what connecting can do for people.” Bellebuono explained that years ago she taught Noland in a creative writing class. Noland currently teaches young …

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Frances S. Mathis

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Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Frances S. Mathis, 77 of Jefferson, who passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Mrs. Mathis was born in Madison a daughter of the late Roy and Desi Parr Stephens. She retired from Buhler Quality Yarn Company in Jefferson after 25 years of service, where she was a spinner. She was a member of Lebanon United Methodist Church. Mrs. Mathis was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Loyd Henry Mathis, her sons Timothy Mathis and Jerry Mathis and a brother Jack Stephens. …

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Raymond Franklin Harper

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Ray Harper, 61 of Madison, died July 6, 2013. He was the son of Raymond and Lizzie Mae Harper. He was born July 17, 1951. He was a lifelong resident of Morgan County. He was a member of Brownwood Baptist Church. Mr. Harper was a talented man, working in construction most of his life. He enjoyed working with his hands. He liked to repair small equipment and build bird houses and rabbit boxes. He is survived by his siblings, Janice Cronic, Shirley Sidwell, Vivian Walker and Ralph, James Harper, Kenny …

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Beatrice Malinda Clark Russell

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A Homegoing Celebration for Beatrice Clark Russell, 82, of Madison, will be held on Saturday, July 13 at 1 p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church, 336 East Main St., Rutledge Pastor James A. Hawkins will be the eulogist. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Beatrice Malinda Clark Russell was born on Sept. 21, 1930 in Rutledge.  She was the seventh child born to the late Charlie Clark, Sr. and Annie Kemp Clark. At an early age she joined the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Rutledge. She united in marriage to …

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Geraldine Stephens Warfield

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Geraldine S. Warfield, 84, wife of 62 years to Harold B. Warfield, died Wednesday, July 3, 2013. A native of Sarasota, Fla., she was the daughter of the late Early D. and Anne Hill Stephens. She was a homemaker and member of Briarwood Baptist Church. Gerry will always be remembered for her strong faith in the Lord and her untiring servant heart.  She had a contagious passion for Missions.  She volunteered along with Harold for over 18 years serving locally, throughout the U.S. and internationally. Numerous trips to Brazil and …

Connection to future “Antiques Roadshow”

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TriBee News By Rachel Harper The expression “It’s hotter than a firecracker on the Fourth of July” couldn’t be said this year! It was really quite pleasant except the intermittent rain showers dampened things a little bit. Bruce said a good line this past week, “We have lived in a desert and now we are living in a rain forest and we haven’t even left our place.” Someone else said we can imagine we live in Hawaii! That is the truth! But isn’t everything beautiful and green? I don’t think …

Rutledge’s new front door

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Rutledge News By Frankie Beers Welcome! If you haven’t taken a trip to Rutledge lately you’re missing out. We have a new “front” door– the new mural at the train depot taking you back to a simpler life, when passenger trains were the norm in a small Southern town like Rutledge. Members of the Rutledge Garden Club support the promotion of Rutledge and have funded the different murals around town. Garden Club member Cindy Ferguson suggested to the club that a mural for the train depot was needed to welcome …

Hills celebrate 50th anniversary

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  Centennial News On June 29, 2013, family and friends of Rev. Wilburn and Mrs. Sara Hill of Rutledge, gathered to honor them on their 50th Wedding Anniversary.  The celebration was held at Centennial Baptist Church, where the afternoon was highlighted by a beautiful Wedding Vow Renewal Ceremony, officiated by Rev. Donnie Compton.  The godly values that have been the couple’s foundation in their marriage for the last 50 years, is a testament to their faithfulness to God and Family.  Many lives have been touched by the Hill’s faithful ministry, …

Sympathy goes out to the family of George Ray McNair Sr.

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Brownwood News By Margie Ward Tragedy struck our community Friday, June 28 when George Ray McNair Sr. was killed instantly in a farming accident on his farm off Brownwood Road. He died doing what he loved to do. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him. Margie Ward visited Millie, George and Joseph McNair at A.E. Carter Funeral Home Monday night. Memorial service was held Tuesday afternoon at A. E. Carter Funeral Home Chapel. Brownwood’s Pastor Ron Swann was the officiating minister. Burial was in Madison City Cemetery. …

Columnist urges readers: Never doubt the power of God

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Union Springs News By T. Adrienne Terrell Greetings from The Springs. I know. There is a burning question that you want to ask me. Where has Minister Derrick Worrell been lately? All over the place! In the month of June he preached first and third Sundays at New Enon Baptist Church. On the second Sunday he gave words of encouragement at Barrow’s Grove Baptist Church for their Youth Day Program. To wrap up his tour on fourth Sunday he delivered the message at Flat Rock Baptist Church in Siloam. Whew! …

Ladies hold patriotic tourney

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Madison News By Monaray Powers The Ladies Golf Association at The Creek at Hard Labor held their patriotic Golf Tournament Tuesday, June. 25. A very interesting format using red, white, blue and gold tee boxes was used. All players dressed in Patriotic colors. Winners were Flight 1: first place Irene Paul and Gerald Cathey and second place Rosie and John Coleman; Flight 2: first place Mary and Bob Lawton and second place Betsy and Sandy Morehouse; Flight 3: Linda Horton and Susanne Perkerson and second place Gaylene Campbell and Jean …