Ready tropical porch plants to come inside

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By Stephanie Hudak Well, it’s time to think about those beautiful tropical plants that have been on the porch all summer. You can bet they will be kicking and screaming as you drag the pots into your hot and dry home, but they will thank you for it when those cold days finally reach us. Admittedly we can have a mild winter and even the tropicals will tolerate the cooler temperatures for a while. But if “My Precious” is out there you might want to start the process of bringing …

“Grandma’s back in business!”

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By Rachel Harper No frost on the 3rd!  I think we are all glad of it, too! I do know one thing: there is a heavy fog most every morning and there are more spider webs than I have ever seen;  you run into them all the time.  I wonder if they are a sign of something to come… The school children are on fall break this week and this Monday morning this Grandma is back in business!  Maggie and Karalynn came in and wanted to know why I didn’t …

Sugar Creek Fall Festival set for Oct. 19

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Fall Festival at Sugar Creek Baptist Church Oct. 19, 1000 Sugar Creek Church Road, Madison, 5-8 p.m. Too many activities to name them all: cake walks for adults and children, face painting, popcorn, hair “fixin,” funnel cakes, hay rides, music, games By Mae Buice Did everyone get wonderful, refreshing showers on Sunday night? Just completed a perfect weekend. All services were good with a few out for one reason or another, but the church house was warm with spiritual preaching from Isaiah 53, with the message of how much God loves …

The Creek: Golf course is the crown jewel of Rutledge

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By Tim Ferguson Whenever I venture outside Morgan County and tell people I’m from Rutledge, the most common response I get is: “Oh, that’s where Hard Labor Creek State Park is. I’ve played the beautiful golf course there.” That beautiful golf course is The Creek at Hard Labor Creek State Park, a tremendous asset to Rutledge. Thousands of people come to play the course year-round, many coming from metro Atlanta and throughout the southeast. Their busiest time of the year is Masters week, when golfers come from all over the …

Rev. Butler begins revival with message, “The Lost Love”

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By Margie Ward Sunday morning attendance was down for our first Revival service. We pray for all who weren’t present today maybe they will be back soon. We were pleased to have visitors again to come and be with us. Our prayers are for them that they may be blessed by coming and will follow God’s will as to what He would have them to do. Our community was saddened when we heard of the sudden death of Nancy Bruce. Our Christian sympathy goes out to her family during this …

Dean Strange coming home!

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By Betty Moore Praise God! Dean Strange is coming home on Tuesday of this week! God has brought him a long way and he has yet a long way to go. But he has progressed enough to stand up and take one step or two with the walker! All of this is a miracle after he was so extremely sick! Thanks to all of you that prayed and were so sweet to the family. Please continue to pray for them. Dean is married to the former Cathy Lawrence. She happens …

“Dedicate your temple as a House of Prayer”

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By T. Adrienne Terrell Greetings from The Springs! Let’s get things started by telling you about the fantastic Choir Extravaganza held on last Saturday night. Dr. Kathy Hubbard organized a great line up of the best solo and group talents around in this area. Bro. Anthony Williams of New Beginnings Baptist Church was the Master of Ceremony and he kept the program going as we enjoyed his choir along with The Madisonaires, Centennial Baptist Church Men and soloist, Sandra Bailey to name a few. What a great night or praise, …

HSMC to host “Catsby” Howl-o-Ween Pawty Oct. 31

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By Leila Dycus, Intern People and pets are coming together to plan the Humane Society of Morgan County’s (HSMC) Howl-O-Ween Pawty, set for the end of the month. “That’s why a fundraiser of this sort is not only for the community to understand we not only help animals, but we’re helping people. We don’t get funding from anywhere else,” the HSMC’s Betty Straw Brown said. This year’s event will be hosted at the Madison Tea Room on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 6:30-9 p.m. The theme for the evening is “The …

Misunderstanding about “leaky gut”

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By Dr. Haley Lance Leaky gut – also known as “intestinal permeability” – is a fast becoming a popular buzzword in healthcare circles these days. Yet, while the term is being used with increased regularity, there is still a general misunderstanding about exactly what leaky gut is and what can be done about it. Leaky gut is not a single disease or syndrome, but rather a means by which a number of different conditions can develop. The small intestine is the body’s largest organ and its lining is the body’s …

County commission: $160k-plus milling project?

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) discussed a plan to mill roads at Grayson Pointe and Morgan Estates for a total of more than $164,000. After discussion, the matter was placed on the agenda for the Oct. 3 BOC meeting. According to Gregg Pennington, Morgan County Roads and Bridges/Sanitation supervisor, the project will involve milling the existing asphalt and then using the milled material as a substrate for new paving on the surface. “We’ve cut the bill in half,” said Pennington, looking at the …

Bostwick cell tower passes Planning Commission

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About the Tower Intersection of Highway 83 and Hardeman Mill Road American Tower Corporation will construct and own the 195-foot monopole tower American Tower owns 50-60 percent of the county’s existing towers By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County Planning Commission held their regular meeting last Thursday, Sept. 26. During the meeting, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend the approval of a conditional use permit for the construction of a cell tower at the intersection of Highway 83 and Hardeman Mill Road, north of Bostwick city limits. Providence …

James Bratcher, Joellen Artz to square off in election: Bratcher has experience on city council

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer James Bratcher has been a resident of Rutledge for over 20 years. In 1990, he built a home for himself and his wife, Linda, and, for the past eight years, Bratcher has served as a member of the Rutledge City Council. Bratcher was prepared to seek re-election for his city council position – his term would expire this year – but decided to run for the mayor’s position when Spencer Knight, current mayor of Rutledge and “long-time friend” of Bratcher, told him that he would …

James Bratcher, Joellen Artz to square off in election: Artz disapproves of Rutledge’s management

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer As a Rutledge resident since spring of 2004 and the owner of Lily Beth’s, a general store and home decor shop in downtown Rutledge, Joellen Artz said that she has gotten a good chance to “see a lot of what is going on” in Rutledge. What she has seen has caused her to run for the office of mayor in Rutledge. “I signed up to run against the last eight years of mayor and city council,” said Artz regarding the impetus for her candidacy. Artz …

BOC discusses reducing biannual solid waste free week to once yearly

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer During the Sept. 24 work session of the Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC), Gregg Pennington, Morgan County roads and bridges/sanitation supervisor, expressed his interest in reducing the number of times that the county hosts a free turn-in week for solid waste from twice yearly to only once. Pennington explained to the BOC that each free turn-in week costs the county a substantial amount of money – more than $9,500 during the free week that began on Oct. 15, 2012, according to Pennington – and …

Morgan Memorial’s net income $102k below budget in August

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For Breast Cancer Awareness Month “Pink Out” at the MCHS football game this Friday. MMH is selling shirts to be able to finance free mammograms for those in need. Free gift for MMH mammography patients all month Free mammograms for patients without health insurance, a partnership between MMH and local physicians By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer Kyle Wilkinson, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Morgan Memorial Hospital (MMH), gave a report to the Morgan Memorial Hospital Authority (MMHA) during their Aug. 29 meeting, indicated that MMH suffered a net loss of more …

Meeting to explain assessments to parents: MAP Information Night, then BOE meeting to be held at MCHS

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Parent Info Night MAP assessments explicated prior to the monthly Morgan County Board of Education meeting. Monday, Oct. 14 6 p.m. at the MCHS Auditorium. By Kathryn Schiliro, Managing Editor In an effort to inform parents, the county Board of Education (BOE) will hold their October meeting at the Morgan County High School Auditorium, as an explication of the Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) testing now going on in Morgan County schools is part of the agenda for the night’s meeting. The MAP Parent Information Night will be held at …

Happy Birthday!

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By Nick Nunn It’s been a year since my search for good Nunnsense began, and, believe you me, I’ve found Nunnsense, both far and near. And the sad thing is, the closer Nunnsense gets to home, the farther I have to stay away from it. Anyway, Nunnsense began, as many of you know, with that sad, Oregonian pig farmer who ultimately watched over what ate him. Good fortune sent a befitting anniversary Nunnsense, signaling to me that what goes on in this column each week is nothing less than the …

Thanks to creative community

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To the Editor: The Artist Community of Morgan County hosted a very special event on Saturday, September 14th.  At this Open Art event, my family had the privilege of exploring four museums, each providing a unique presentation and venue for many fascinating works of art. The event was organized, and the staff at each museum was enthusiastic and well-informed.  My children initially were most excited about the free cookies at each venue. We enjoyed the “Masterworks on the Move” at the Cultural Center, along with the other displays of art …

www.Healthcare.gov

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By Patsy Harris Our Governor may have denied his constituents the benefits that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would bring to Medicaid, but just as every other American in the United States, each of us Georgians now can buy great health insurance at amazingly low rates through the ACA’s Health Insurance Marketplace. On Tuesday, millions of Americans began comparison shopping for a variety of quality, affordable plans that will best meet their health care needs. Out of every 10 people who do not have health insurance today, six will be …

On product rules, regs and being “in the dark”

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By Greg Morin As a small business owner I have had the unique misfortune of being exposed to a wide array of state-imposed roadblocks. Whereas the individual may only be disturbed by the occasional run in with their tax bill or prohibition against engaging in activities frowned upon by our wise overlords, a business is daily confronted by a multitude of meddlesome intrusions (and I am not speaking of regulation of efficacy or safety, such standards would still exist in an insurance driven, rather than regulation driven, free market framework). …