Celebration at Springfield

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The celebration of Black History Month continued with a religious program led at Springfield Baptist Church last Sunday with Kendrick Simmons Sr., president of the local branch of the NAACP, featured as the guest speaker. The annual event is a tradition meant to inspire people to learn about black history and to continue making history that future generations will be proud to celebrate.

All student art show a success

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  Morgan County students summoned all of their creative juices for this year’s “A Funky Little Art Thing,” (AFLAT), the annual system-wide eclectic art exhibit at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC). “These kids amaze me every year,” said Ty Manning, art teacher at MCHS. “The art came pouring in as it does every year. They really came up with some incredible stuff this year.” AFLAT has been a community favorite for more than 15 years. Parents, friends, and community members explored the extensive exhibit during the opening reception last Thursday …

Diamond Masquerade, Mardi Gras Gala 2018

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The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA) held its annual Diamond Masquerade Mardi Gras Gala earlier this month at Empire Mills. According to the STMA, the even, which featured The Atlanta Seventeen Big Band, was a huge success, raising about $15,000 for the STMA. “The evening was a huge success all the way around – Empire Mills provided the perfect setting and Hallie Jane’s New Orleans-themed fare was delicious. The silent auction and diamond ring raffle ticket sales alone brought in almost $10,000,” said Patricia DuBose, with the STMA.  “We …

Morehouse College Glee Club comes to Cultural Center

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The world-famous Morehouse College Glee Club performed last weekend at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC) for a special concert sponsored by the Morgan County African American Museum (MCAAM). “This is a chance to work with our cultural center to bring more diverse talent to our community and to bring more people into the center,” said Madison Mayor Fred Perriman and MCAAM board member. Morehouse College, a historically African-American college for men in Atlanta, boasts of a longstanding glee club founded in 1911. Throughout its history, The Morehouse College Glee Club …

Journey to Light Gala held at Cultural Center

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The Living Life Team, a blind/visually impaired support group, held a gala at the end of January to raise awareness and funds for the organization. The event was the second annual gala for the group, called the “Journey to the Light Gala.” This year’s featured Speaker was David Furukawa, of Foresight Augmented Reality. Various community leaders attended event, including Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley and Reverend Hoke Smith. Attendees wore special glass to simulate being blind. The event also featured a raffle drawing, a skit, a dance performance, and dinner.

Contemporary Ceramics exhibit at MMMC

Jesse Walker Community

By Sarah Wibell staff writer Walk through the galleries of the Contemporary Ceramics in Georgia exhibit at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC) and get ready to be impressed. Colors – earthy, vibrant, or subdued. Texture – smooth, rough, or intricately patterned. The functional and the decorative are set side by side or combined as one. Everyday objects are reimagined, and the art both displays and evokes emotion. These reactions are exactly what Mitzi Prochnow, MMCC Visual Arts Chairperson and curator of the exhibit, wants visitors to experience. Bringing the work …

Valedictorian, Salutatorian named

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Morgan County High School has named this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian. This year’s honorees are MCHS Seniors Mackenzi Barrett, as valedictorian, and Cameron McCanless, as salutatorian. “We are very proud of Mackenzi and Cameron,” said Superintendent James Woodard. “They have both modeled the level of academic achievement we expect from all of our students.” “The entire high school is celebrating Mackenzi and Cameron’s honor!” said Assistant Superintendent Sarah Burbach.  “They will continue to make our community proud as they represent Morgan County in all of their future endeavors.” Both Mackenzi and …

Fortson for the future

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  Last week we remembered the legacy of one of Morgan County’s very own civil rights leaders, Laura Wilson Butler, who died last year and has sealed her place among many who lived their lives to uplift the African-American community and the community as a whole. This week, we look toward the future, as the current generation continues that work in our very own community. A new coach at Morgan County High School, Coach Aubrey Fortson, is not just focused on fostering students’ athletic potential, but cultivating well-rounded students with …

Paying it Forward

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A Morgan County family opened up their home last week to feed volunteer firefighters who saved their barn from being burned to the ground in mid-January. A blazing barn fire broke out behind the Coleman family’s home during a rare snowstorm on January 17 in the wee hours of the night. Casey and Donna Coleman are they owners of a property on Fairplay Road in Rutledge. The couple has two children, Claire, 17, and Jackson, 10, who both attend Morgan County schools, and who were both at home at the time …

Remembering Laura Butler

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Americans all across the nation are turning their attention to Black History Month this February to honor the contributions, achievements and struggles of African-Americans and to inspire a new generation marching forward to create a better future for all citizens. Here in Morgan County, we are remembering the life and legacy of Laura Wilson Butler, former president of the Morgan County Branch of the NAACP, to begin our month-long celebration of Black History Month.  Butler, who passed away last September, served as a local voice for civil rights, social justice, …

A place to call home

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A mother and daughter celebrated moving into a brand new home in Madison this week that they helped build with their own two hands. Cetorrie Hitchcock and her young daughter were selected as the latest recipients of a Habitat for Humanity house on White Hall Street in Madison. Over the last year, more than 30 volunteers, including Hitchcock, worked tirelessly to construct the brand new three-bedroom, two-bathroom house. “They built it from the ground up,” said Mike Conrads, board member for the Morgan County Habitat for Humanity. “Their entire family …

STAR Student and Teacher recognized

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This year’s STAR Student and STAR Teacher have been named at Morgan County High School. Cameron McCanless, a senior at MCHS, was chosen as the STAR Student, and in turn, he chose the teacher who had the greatest impact on him as this year’s STAR Teacher, P.T. Hooten, a math teacher at MCHS. According to the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) Program, to obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the three-part SAT and be in the top 10 …

House fire destroys all

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A local Morgan County family lost everything after a chimney explosion set fire to their home in Buckhead earlier this month, destroying the entire house and most of the family’s belongings inside—including all of the four children’s recent Christmas presents. Kelly and Clint Smith, originally from Conyers, sat down by their cozy fireplace beside their two youngest children on Sunday evening, January 14. The couple anticipated spending a quiet, relaxing evening at home, never suspecting that just in a few short hours, their house would go up in flames—twice. “It …

There’s no day like a snow day

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    Madison and Morgan County sparkled beneath a blanket of thick snowfall last Wednesday, Jan. 16. Local citizens awoke Wednesday morning to find a picturesque winter wonderland outside their doorsteps. Children bundled up to build snowmen and wage snowball fights with friends instead of heading off to school. Last-minute shoppers descended upon the local Ingles in Madison, eager to purchase all of the staple supplies to make it through the sudden snow-apocalypse. “We were well stocked, but we were swamped for quite a while,” said Robin Best, who noted …

Local heroes avert tragedy

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Just two days before the 1986 basketball team was to be honored at the Morgan County basketball game, one of those team members came within minutes of not being at the event. Former star Bulldog, Denny Wyatt, was saved by neighbors while fishing on a local lake after his boat capsized.  Had it not been for the quick thinking and actions of Mark Grubaugh and Herb Payne, Wyatt would have succumbed to hypothermia and/or possibly drowning. Wyatt said, “It was an act of God, and these two men were the …

5 Perspectives

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The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA) and the Morgan County African American Museum (MCAAM) held a joint art exhibit opening last weekend, with both museums displaying provocative works of art from five Georgia artists. The exhibit, entitled “5 Perspectives,” pays homage to Black History and the current struggle for racial equality in America. Works from each of the five artists, Kevin Cole, Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier, Kevin Sipp, Shanequa Gay, and Alfred Conteh, will be on display at both the STMA and MCAAM through March. “We are very happy with the …

MLK Day Celebrated in Morgan

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In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, two local services were held on Monday to honor the legacy of iconic Civil Rights leader on the 50 years after his assassination. Local pastors, elected officials and community leaders gathered at Source of Light ministries in Madison for the annual Martin Luther King. Jr. (MLK) breakfast, followed by a service to honor his memory and press forward toward a future of human equality and justice. Both events were orchestrated by the Morgan County Branch of the NAACP. Local pastors, civic leaders, …

Baker announces retirement from Morgan County Library

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The Morgan County Library celebrated the career of Miriam Baker last week in honor of her retirement.  Baker, who worked as the library’s manager for the last 15 years, was beloved by her colleagues and played a pivotal role in the life of the library’s operations and programming. The library’s meeting room is being named after Baker to honor her legacy. “I am so excited they decided to name the meeting room after me. It’s quite an honor,” said Baker. “It’s been my pleasure to work there for the last …

Ruben Walker retires from Tax Assessor Board

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Ruben Walker, long-time tax commissioner retired from the Morgan County Tax Assessor Board at the end of December after 19 years of service. “I enjoyed serving the people of Morgan County as one of  the members of the tax assessor board,” said Walker. “We always tried to do what was right and fair for the citizens of Morgan County.” While Walker will miss serving on the board, he trusts the leaders he is leaving behind. “The board is filled with good and honest people who want to do what is …