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.

Dogs move to Sweet Sixteen

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This one was over before it started.  North Hall came into the Lions’ Den Saturday, but didn’t walk away unscathed like old Daniel did in Biblical times.  The Trojans got mauled by a team that seemed more focused on their goal than a week ago in the Region Tournament as the Dogs took the 61-29 win. Anthony Cooper and Alec Woodard got the party started in the first quarter scoring 13 of the team’s first 15 points while Tyrin Lawrence added six in the first eight minutes of play.  Morgan …

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 …

Region Champions!

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After checking off their first goal of going undefeated in Region play, the Bulldogs put a second checkmark by another by winning the 2017-18 Region Tournament Championship Saturday night over a very game Hart County in double overtime at Emmanuel College This one was anything but easy.  In fact, it was in doubt until the final buzzer sounded after 40 minutes of basketball in a game that saw the Bulldogs trail for much of the contest.  As has been par for the course over the past several games, Morgan jumped …

Dog gone it! Girls finish second

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An upset of monumental proportions almost became reality Saturday night in the Championship bout of the 8-AAA Region basketball tournament.  The Morgan County Lady Dogs came close to winning their fifth straight Region Tournament against undefeated and second-ranked Franklin County (27-0), but came up short in a valiant effort 63-54.  The final score doesn’t indicate the tenacity and guts the girls played with against a talented opponent; nor does it show how close this one really was. With only 1:45 remaining in regulation, senior forward Aris Hubbard went above the …

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.

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 …

Busenitz visits Diamond Dogs as season looms

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Some say practice makes perfect.  Others believe that perfect practice makes perfect.  Coach Merritt Ainslie made sure his guys were getting in a little perfect practice by inviting a special guest pitcher to toss a little batting practice.  This wasn’t your normal BP.  Nope, it was going up against a Major League Baseball pitcher by the name of Alan Busenitz of the Minnesota Twins.  I’d say that makes for perfect practice.  If you can hit him, 8-AAA pitching should be no problem. Alan Busenitz is no stranger to the area …

Four wrestlers advance to State Tournament

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  After qualifying seven for the East Wrestling Sectionals for AAA, the Morgan County Mat Dogs will now send four of those wrestlers to the State Wrestling Tournament.  Matches begin Friday, Feb. 9 and continue into Saturday with champions being crowned the second day of competition. The following is a synopsis of the Sectionals action of each wrestler given to us by Coach Dusty Sidwell. 106 – Griffin McAlister started the tournament right out of the gates and faced the Area Champ from Area 1-AAA.  He had a hard fought …

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 …

Mat Dogs qualify seven for Sectionals

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The Morgan County wrestling team hosted the Area 4-AAA Traditionals this past weekend and came up big by sending seven wrestlers to the State East Sectionals this Saturday at Greater Atlanta Christian High School.  Should these men finish in the top four of their respective weight class at GAC, they will then be headed to Macon for the State Championships.  The biggest news coming out of the weekend for MOCO was Garner Drummond’s first place finish at 152 to grab the Area Championship Award. Coach Dusty Sidwell talked about the …

Dogs continue dominance in region play

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  With wins over Hart County 56-38 and East Jackson 69-41, the Morgan County Bulldogs have extended their 8-AAA Region record to 8-0 with only two games remaining.  This past Tuesday the Dogs played Jackson County at home in their final regular season game on senior night (details not available at press time) and will finish up the regular season schedule with Monroe Area Friday, Feb. 2.  MOCO has wrapped up the number one seed going into the Region Tournament even before these two games are played.  They have also …

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 …

Morgan Boys flexing their muscle

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It was a game that lived up to all the hype and fanfare it was billed to be.  It was a game that was played like a state championship battle between two of the best teams in the state.  From the over capacity crowd, to the intensity of play on every possession, to the fans hanging onto the edge of their seats on every pass, shot, steal, and rebound, it was a humdinger of a game.  It was a game that was being played for bragging rights between two neighboring …

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 …