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 …

Weather seems to be hot topic of conversation today

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Sugar Creek News By Mae Buice I think I heard the weather report that we were going to have more rain. So what else is new? Have you ever known a summer this wet for this long? I don’t think I have. Seems the weather is the favorite topic of conversation these days. Any day the Lord gives us is a day to be thankful for, rain or shine. We had an early deadline last week, and I don’t have an excuse for not having an article except that I …

So many birthdays on and around the Fourth of July

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Buckhead News By Betty Moore Happy birthday to Gail Wade! Her birthday was July 3. Her family celebrated with her at her home. Then on July 4 they were all there to celebrate the festivities at the fire department. They had an enjoyable time and so did Gail! Gail Wade’s sisters carried her to Wolf Mountain to celebrate her birthday. Then she and John spent the night with Susan and Jack Johnston. We have some more birthdays. Pat had one on July 5. Tammy had one on July 6. Little …

July heat and drought bring new tasks to the garden

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By Stephanie Hudak July normally brings us unrelenting heat and days on end with no rain, but as I write this the weather man is reporting that we will have a continuous line of storms coming our way, probably even as you are reading this. Too much rain brings its own set of problems to the garden but since we still have a lot of summer ahead of us, we should talk about what needs done when it is too hot to go outside. When this rain does end you …

Commission OKs Sanford’s Madison development: Proposal now goes before Madison council for approval

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By Stephanie Johns Staff Writer Members of the Morgan County Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of changes to an existing Planned Residential District (PRD) in Madison that includes all properties in Town Walk Circle. Commissioner Scott Campbell, who serves on the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Depot Committee, recused himself. City Planner Bryce Jaeck explained that there have been three houses built and are occupied in this PRD. He noted that the changes to this PRD include modification of boundaries, density and type of units. Property owner Sandy Sanford said …

Man dies in bush hog accident: 80-year-old man struck and killed while mowing on incline

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By Patrick Yost Editor An 80-year-old Morgan County man died tragically last Friday while running a bush hog on McNair Lane. According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, George McNair, McNair Lane, Madison, was found dead by his wife at approximately 12:30 p.m. Reports state that McNair was using a tractor and bush hog at approximately 10 a.m. and when his wife, Eleanor Couture, checked on the man, she found him lying behind the bush hog. Reports state that McNair, apparently, had slid off the tractor while mowing near a …

City council writes off more than $185,000 in utilities

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By Stephanie Johns Staff Writer During their special called meeting last Friday morning, members of the Madison City Council voted to write off a total of $185,414.16 in utilities. Madison Finance Officer Karen Guinn said this amount represents uncollected money from part of 2010 through May of this year. The list includes terminated accounts, overdue 120 days, that are considered uncollectible. Most are rental accounts, some are businesses, she said. Last done in 2010, this list is “considerably less” than then. Guinn said: “It’s pretty good.” City Manager David Nunn …

Hospital projects increased revenue: Morgan Memorial’s now-approved FY14 budget totals $25 million

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By Stephanie Johns Staff Writer Members of the Morgan County Hospital Authority reviewed the fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget during the group’s June meeting. The proposed budget calls for more than $25 million in total gross patient revenue for Morgan Memorial Hospital (MMH). The hospital’s CFO, Courtney Moore, noted that the same number for FY2013 was more than $23 million. Of that $25 million, CEO Ralph Castillo said they expect to see about $12.7 million. Morgan County will contribute $600,000 to MMH for FY 2014, down $100,000 from the county’s …

Whip it on out

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By Nick Nunn Since the requirements for what one must prove in the state of Georgia before one can get a driver’s license have become more stringent, a lot of people have complained. During one of my two visits to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) last year, I saw numerous people turn away from the counter, shaking their head as they realize that they didn’t have the paperwork necessary to renew their drivers license for the first time since the requirements changed. One man’s attempt failed because the bank …

The times, they are a changin’

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By Greg Morin There is nothing quite like a Supreme Court decision to add fuel to the fire of politicized hyperbole. One example: the recent US Supreme Court decision (http://goo.gl/xOyFp) regarding the Voting Rights Act set aside just a single section (Section 4) as no longer applicable as written – but the “sky is falling” remarks of those opposing the decision would have us believe the entire bill was voided AND that from now on the KKK would be in charge of voter registration. “Return to Jim Crow!” – “Rampant …