MCHS competition cheerleaders gearing up for region meet Nov. 9

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer Last Saturday, Oct. 19, the Morgan County High School (MCHS) competition cheerleading team competed in a meet at the Loganville High School, where they competed against region opponents, such as Hart County and Oconee County. MCHS Competition Cheerleading Coach Christen Seabolt said that the team’s score from the meet suffered due to mistakes in the pyramid element of the team’s routine. In order to receive top marks for a pyramid, the pyramid must include two or more structures with two or more entries into an …

Shutout in the rain: JV Dogs win 18-0 over East Jackson in season ender

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) JV football team beat East Jackson in Commerce last Thursday, Oct. 18, ending the 2013 season with a 18-0 shutout against the Eagles. The JV Dogs, a handful of devoted parents, and the JV cheerleader squad endured the cold rain that fell throughout the entire game. The soaked fans and poncho-wearing cheerleaders didn’t let the rain dampen their spirits; Morgan County’s attendance matched or exceeded that of the home team’s from beginning to end. Morgan County’s defense held East …

Lady Dogs crush St. Pius X in first round of playoffs

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer On Wednesday, Oct. 16, the Morgan County High School (MCHS) varsity Lady Dogs traveled to the St. Pius X Catholic High School for the first round of state playoffs. The Dogs beat St. Pius X Golden Lions in back-to-back games, 10-1 and 9-0, to progress to the next round of state playoffs, where they will face the Buford Wolves, who have a 31-1 record this year. The Lady Dogs came out showing the Lions no mercy. Morgan County scored three runs in the first inning. …

Season records set at Oglethorpe Patriot Races

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) cross country team took part in the Oglethorpe Patriot Races, hosted by Oglethorpe High School in Lexington, last Thursday, Oct. 17. “It was an interesting and remarkably fast meet,” said MCHS Cross Country Coach Brandon York. “We saw almost everyone set a season record (and in many cases a personal best) at Oglethorpe. Morgan County runners competed in the Varsity Boys’ 5K, the Varsity Girls’ 5K, and the JV Boys’ 5K. Wyatt Howard led the Dogs in the Varsity …

Don’t throw me in the briar patch with Brer Alan

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By Alvin Richardson Author’s note: In my youth November always meant quail season was close at hand. This is a story about some of those memories. You may remember the story from Uncle Remus of American folklore literature. Brer Fox laid a trap for Brer Rabbit by inducing him to get stuck in a Tar Baby and thus had finally captured his long time nemesis. Had him right where he wanted him and began to debate with the trapped rabbit about how he was going to bring about his demise. …

Gardening columnist on weeds: “They may actually be valuable”

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By Stephanie Hudak Have you been a good gardener and already put out your pre-emergent to keep those winter weeds at bay? Well, you may have missed an opportunity to make some money. “What?” you say. Well, here is the whole story. I attended a wonderful program at the State Botanical Garden in Athens recently. BTW, if you aren’t a member (“Friend” as they call us) you are missing a great opportunity to spend time with nature, attend a wealth of great classes and much, much more. Membership is so …

Columnist speaks to health concerns related to deodorants

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By Dr. Haley Lance Of all the products we read labels on, deodorants and antiperspirants rarely make the list. However, there are some considerations to take into account when choosing a deodorant/antiperspirant formula, and learning to read the labels can yield long-term health benefits. The active ingredients in most antiperspirant/deodorant forumulas are aluminum-based compounds. These compounds create a “plug” that blocks the sweat ducts and stops the flow of sweat to the skin. These compounds, called xenoestrogens, are absorbed into the skin and mimic estrogen in our bodies. Xenoestrogens act …

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Obituary: Julia Constance Bryant

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Connie Bryant, 52 of Buckhead, died Monday, October 14, 2013. She was the daughter of the late Paul Adams Bryant and Joy Flamm Bryant. She was born March 26, 1961 in Baltimore, Maryland. She was a registered nurse and a graduate of Georgia Baptist Nursing School. Ms. Bryant is survived by a son Charles Edwin Gulley Jr. as well as her mother Joy Bryant and a brother Steve Bryant. She was preceded in death by a brother Thomas Bryant. A graveside service was held Thursday, October 17 at the Buckhead …

Columnist: “What does it mean to rest?”

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By Jennifer Smith Recently our Sunday school lesson was about “Balancing Work and Rest.” I learned some significant truths about why it is important to take “Sabbaths” in our lives. There are spiritual, physical and emotional reasons that make a Sabbath necessary in order to maintain a balanced life. In Exodus 16:22-30, God is giving the Israelites instructions about the collection of manna, which was God’s provision for them when they were wandering in the wilderness. Manna was food that fell from the sky each day and God gave just …

Spin for Kids draws hundreds of cyclists to Rutledge area

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By Leila Dycus, Intern Camp Twin Lakes was overtaken by cyclists this past weekend, racking up miles and raising money to send kids to camp. More than 800 bike riders made their way to Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge this past weekend, Oct. 19 and 20. The riders were at the camp to participate in the Eighth Annual Spin for Kids event. Camp Twin Lakes is a place where children with serious illnesses and disabilities can come and have a summer camp experience of their own. With the help of …

Flip the switch and prepare for the frost!

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By Rachel Harper Well, I flipped the switch and turned on our heat this morning; it was a nippy 47 degrees when I walked into the kitchen.  I have down tomorrow, the 22, as a possible day of frost and also this coming Saturday, the 26, on my calendar.  We may have frost this week!  I know all of you are sick and tired of hearing about fogs, frosts and the dairy industry survey… I will try to get on another subject! Morgan County lost one of its finest citizens …

On the Holy Spirit

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Selfishness Americans used to say, “Give me liberty.” Today they just say, “Give Me.” The perfect gift for the person who has everything – a burglar alarm. Too many people live cafeteria style – self-service. No one is so empty as when he is filled with thoughts of himself. Selfishness makes Christmas a burden; love makes it a delight. The man who has a good opinion of himself is usually a poor judge. If we want an increase of Christ, there must be a decrease of self. Time spent pitying …

Sympathy to the family of Connie Bryant

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By Betty Moore I send my sympathy to the family of Connie Bryant. My girls went to Rutledge Academy with Connie. She was a cute young girl. Linda rode to ballgames with Connie and her mother Joy. After high school she studied to become a nurse. She worked for St. Mary’s Home Health Care. She married Chuck Gulley and had one son C. J. Gulley. I was told that Connie had a beautiful voice and used to sing in the choir at the Buckhead Baptist Church. At times she sang …

Rutledge Hardware is one of Rutledge’s “best-kept secrets”

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By Joan Ekstrom Tucked away inside a hardware store from a by-gone era is one of the town of Rutledge’s best kept secrets. Built in 1891, Rutledge Hardware stands as a testament to time. A time that perhaps moved a little slower, a time when handmade items were the standard and a thing well-made could last generations. Approaching on Fairplay Street, as you cross the railroad tracks, look to your right and you may see Paul Jones, owner of ye olde hardware store. Herbs, vegetables and flowers rotate by season …

“Beyond the Battleground of the Mind to the Battleground of the Heart”

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By T. Adrienne Terrell Greetings from The Springs! We have a great day planned for next Sunday, Oct. 27. We will celebrate Pastor’s Appreciation Day for our shepherd, Rev. Robert L. Terrell Jr. If his ministry has touched you in any way this would be a fantastic time to come and fellowship with us. Immediately following the morning service we will host the annual Hallelujah Fest and cookout. So dress casual and come spend the day with us. Let’s keep Bro. Ronald Reams in our prayers as he travels to …

On Hebrews’ “faith chapter”

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By Mae Buice Here I am after 3 p.m. on news day and this pea brain of mine is not concentrating. I guess I have so much running through my mind, but will try to “git ‘er done.” Seems we may be on our way to colder days. I love all seasons, but as I get older I seem to not favor the winter months so much. Beautiful weekend in and around the area, services were good on Sunday as Butch brought a great message from Hebrews 11:6. Called the …

LOST negotiations now lost? Court ruling hurries a LOST decision; county offers keeping current allocations

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County Proposal Following Tuesday’s executive session, the county suggested keeping former LOST rates through Dec. 2014. That means Madison gets 22 percent; Rutledge, 4 percent; Bostwick, 0.6 percent; Buckhead, 0.4 percent; and Morgan, 73 percent. By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer On Sept. 17, Morgan County and the City of Madison went before Superior Court Judge Robert S. Reeves in order to obtain a judicial decision, which would settle the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) negotiations that have been going on between the county and the city since last year. Now, …

Graham Ponder’s legacy

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Memorial Service  Visitation is Friday, Oct. 25 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Church of the Advent Parish Hall. A memorial service is on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Church of the Advent at 11 a.m. A reception will follow. Staff Reports William Graham Ponder, Sr., 89, died on Sunday, Oct. 13. Ponder, the venerated former publisher of The Madisonian newspaper in Madison, died at his residence at Marsh’s Edge on St. Simons Island. Ponder and his wife, Adelaide, purchased The Madisonian in 1957 and, for the next …

Council addresses Stanton Springs contract

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Joint Contract Provides natural gas to industrial development. Madison responsible for 25 percent of project; Social Circle and Covington, 37.5 percent each. By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer During the Oct. 14 meeting of the Madison Mayor and City Council, the council discussed a supplemental contract between the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia and the City of Madison regarding a joint service project between Madison, Social Circle and Covington to provide natural gas for the Stanton Springs development. A vote on the contract was postponed until the council’s next meeting since …

International fugitive to be extradited to county

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By Patrick Yost, Editor Morgan County authorities are awaiting clearance from Texas officials to extradite a British citizen who is not only wanted by the Madison Police Department, but also an international fugitive. According to Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley, local officials have approved the extradition of Christopher Bartholomew, 47, to Morgan County from San Antonio, Texas. Bartholomew is wanted by Madison police on an outstanding credit card fraud warrant. He is also wanted by British officials on a similar fraud conviction, Markley said. Markley said Bartholomew has been wanted in …