MCHS Swim Dogs will hold tryouts next week

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) Swim Dogs will be holding tryouts for the team on Monday, Oct. 21 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Morgan County Aquatic Center. During the tryouts, swimmers will be required to swim freestyle uninterrupted for 1,000 yards with flip-turns in under 20 minutes. Swimmers must also be able to exhibit the proper technique for each the butterfly stroke, breaststroke, and backstroke over a distance of 100 yards. Practices for the swim team will begin the day after tryouts, …

MCMS Dogs win 21-14 over Youth Warriors

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County Middle School (MCMS) football team defeated the Youth Middle School Warriors 21-14 last Wednesday, Oct. 2. As of the win against Youth, the Bulldogs were undefeated with only one game remaining in the season. MCMS played against Social Circle yesterday, Oct. 9, for the last game of the regular season before the Piedmont Athletic Conference (PAC) playoff and championship games, which are set for Oct. 16 and Oct. 23, respectively. Youth pulled no punches, right from the beginning of the game. The …

JV Bulldogs play dead against North Oconee Titans

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) JV Bulldogs lost to the North Oconee Titans 0-42 last Thursday, Oct. 3 at the North Oconee High School. Today, the JV Dogs face the Greene County Tigers for the final JV season home game. Several Morgan County JV starters have been injured recently, which led to more players getting playing time during the North Oconee game. “We have been bit heavily by the injury bug at both the varsity and JV levels,” said Coach Todd Peaster. “This provided …

Will trade mower for a goat herd

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By Alvin Richardson Buckhead, Georgia was inundated with 24.4 inches of rain during the months of June, July and August of this year, a record that should stand the test of time and change flood insurance rates for eternity. Given the resulting proliferation of grass and weeds on my plantation I thought it a propitious moment in history to discuss the effects of this dramatic climate shift and briefly discuss the history of grass cutting as it applies to your average guy. Up front I should say that my summer, …

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Obituary: William Larry Mauldin, Crawford

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William Larry Mauldin, 72, died Friday, October 4, 2013. A native of Greensboro, he was the son of the William Earl and Lucia Camella Jackson Mauldin.  He attended the University of Georgia and was a member of Antioch Baptist Church where he was Chairman of the Deacons.  He retired from Oconee State Bank as the Compliance Officer and Vice President after 11 years and had worked for 36 years for Citizens Union Bank of Greensboro.  Larry was the City Clerk of Woodville for more than 40 years, served as treasurer …

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Obituary: Nancy Lee Inglett Bruce

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Nancy Bruce, 65 of Madison, died unexpectedly Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. She was born April 30, 1948 in Augusta to Sam and Rosa Lee Knox Inglett. She was married to John Bruce. She was a homemaker but as long as she was able she enjoyed helping her husband with his grading business. She spent many days driving a dump truck. Mrs. Bruce also enjoyed sewing and antiquing. Growing up she spent many summers waterskiing with her sisters. She liked to travel and adored her grandchildren. Mrs. Bruce is survived by …

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Obituary: Jackson Hamilton Boles

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Jackson Hamilton Boles, 82 of Bostwick, died Tuesday, Oct.2, 2013. He was the son of Lonnie and Elizabeth Little Boles of Atlanta. He was born January 14, 1931. Mr. Boles was a veteran of the United States Army having served from 1948 – 1952. He later went to work for the John Harland Company as a graphics technician. He spent 25 years there before going to work for the University of Georgia as a printer. He was married to Joanne Stowe who preceded him in death. He was a faithful …

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Obituary: Fern Elizabeth Worthington

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Fern Elizabeth Worthington (nee Work), 95, passed away October 1, 2013 in Eatonton. She was born in Coudersport, Penn. on May 21, 1918 the daughter of Royal Work and Mary Smith Work. She married Robert Worthington on June 20, 1941 and thereafter lived in both Pennsylvania and New York states. He was a pastor and he and Fern served at many churches in Eddyville, New York, Portville, New Pork, Perth, New York and Champlain, New York. She taught Bible classes for many years, including later in her life when she …

Shop to help the MCHS Robotics Team

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By Katie Walker, Staff Writer A mustard-colored rotary phone, mini tripod, silver creamer set, two tennis rackets and a three-headed dog are among the materials the Morgan County High School 3600 Clockwork team will use to build a robot to conquer all others. The Robotics team is not devising a Rube Goldberg contraption to enter into competition. The sundry items listed above are for sale at the team’s fund-raising booth at the Morgan County Flea Market, located across the street from Youngblood Motors. The flea market offers free monthly booth …

Debut of Madison Chamber Singers

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By Kathryn Schiliro, Managing Editor The vocalists among us without a musical home – or maybe those who want another outlet – are in luck, as are music lovers throughout Morgan County. Community-based choral ensemble, the Madison Chamber Singers, “dedicated to preserving the joy of music-making with audiences in Madison and beyond,” has started performances in the area, including one last Thursday night, Oct. 3, with Morgan County Middle School choruses. “Music-making can be an enormously powerful experience, and this can be witnessed through the many wonderful musical traditions around the …

Best of: OMG (Oh My Goodness)

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Best of the Best Website All you need to know about Donna Hay, http://www.donnahay.com.au App “Donna Hay” magazine can be purchased and downloaded from the Food & Drink category of iTunes. By Cathy Best Aussie TV food personality, and author of 18 cookbooks, Donna Hay is an award-winning chef. She hosts Donna Hay, Fast, Fresh, Simple on Australia’s LifeStyle network. In addition to writing a weekly food column for newspapers in her native land, she’s editor of the bi-monthly publication, Donna Hay magazine. As Barnes & Noble’s top-selling international food …

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 …