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Sorohan family focus of MTV anti-texting campaignBy Leila Dycus Staff Writer The Sorohan family has been carrying out their oldest son Caleb’s legacy of changing people lives since his death in 2009- now a public service announcement tells their story. After speaking at the 2010 National Highway Safety Conference Alex Sorohan was approached by a woman who later she would learn, had begun working for MTV’s It Can Wait Campaign. MTV was looking for young people that had been affected by texting while driving and the woman thought of Alex’s story. Alex joined 15 other affected teens. Eventually, the list was narrowed down to three and Alex was among the final three. “It was a completely different experience than I’ve ever had,” said Alex. “I’ve been interviewed by news people multiple times but this was so much bigger.” In July, a crew from MTV arrived at the Sorohan’s home in Rutledge. Alex and her mother Mandi described their first encounter with the crew. The crew wanted to see everything so the family showed them around the house. Their equipment consumed the home filling up their entire living room. Alex went on to describe how the producer and director sat down to interview her before coming up with different scenes to shoot for the PSA. “I think it was kind of their goal to really get to know us, our family and our story before they even decided what to do,” said Alex. Alex’s brother Caleb was killed in a tragic car accident in 2009. Caleb was home for his winter break from college. He was texting while driving when he swerved lanes hitting another car head on. “I think they had an idea of the theme for it because they knew the work I had done,” said Alex. The work that Alex is referring to is the time after her brother’s death when her family and friends had come together to lobby for a law that would ban texting and driving in the state of Georgia. Caleb’s Law was passed five months after his death. After the law was passed, the Sorohan family turned their attention to bringing awareness to the dangers of texting and driving. Alex and her younger brother Griffin have traveled across the country speaking at schools and conferences. Alex’s It Can Wait PSA features images of her at the state capital petitioning for the law, as well as scenic shots from Rutledge. The video captures pictures of Caleb, the roadside memorial, and the Sorohan family coming together as Alex encourages people to sign the pledge to not text and drive. “It’s hard to believe that they put that much into making a one minute video,” said Mandi Sorohan. “They were really good at making us feel comfortable.” Mandi described how by the end of the two days, the family felt a tie to the crew. As the crew said their goodbyes each member thanked the family for sharing their story. “I usually have a hard time liking seeing myself on tv, or hearing myself on a phone interview, but I really enjoyed what they made of it,” said Alex. “I think they picked the absolute most perfect things and put them together in the perfect way. I definitely commend them.”

By Leila Dycus Staff Writer The Sorohan family has been carrying out their oldest son Caleb’s legacy of changing people lives since his death in 2009- now a public service announcement tells their story. After speaking at the 2010 National Highway Safety Conference Alex Sorohan was approached

Donna Sheldon makes campaign stop in Madison

  Staff Reports As part of her district–wide launch of her run for Georgia’s 10th Congressional District, former State House GOP Caucus Chair Donna Sheldon stopped in Madison last week. Sheldon, a conservative candidate seeking the seat, said she would combat what she called an “acute case

Is Fluoride really worth it?

  There’s an old riddle that asks: Name a poison people ingest on a daily basis. The answer? Fluoride. Fluoride is most notably found in toothpaste and municipal drinking water. But it can also be found in certain foods. While most of us aren’t necessarily ingesting fluoride

Lack of participation shames veteran

To The Editor: I read the results of the Rutledge voters yesterday. It’s a crying shame that 251 voters or 41.5 percent of voters didn’t bother to vote in Rutledge. Why even register to vote if you’re not taking a few minutes to cast a ballot in any

MCHS students prepare for a week of ‘anti-bully’ activities

By Leila Dycus Staff Writer Morgan County High School’s Anti-Bullying Organization has been hard at work the past few weeks in preparation for Anti-Bullying Week. In August, the Anti-Bullying Organization and MCHS began planning for one of it’s biggest events of the year- Anti-Bullying week, which takes

Law Enforcement: Madison Police Department

On November 11 a larceny from auto complaint was filed at a Burney Street location. According to reports, a man stated that someone had entered his 1998 Honda Accord and removed a Kodak K5000 camera valued at $35. On November 8 a larceny complaint was filed at

Law Enforcement: Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

  On November 5 Ruby Mancini, 36, Madison, was arrested and charged with burglary. According to reports, a woman alleged Mancini entered her Confederate Road residence and took two boxes of food and prescription medicine. On November 10 a battery complaint was filed at a Briar Creek

Wrap up good and warm for this week

Marshall White from Canada visited his father, Charles in Hartwell. They came to visit Frieda White one day last week. Teresa Wallace and the youth at Lake Oconee Baptist Chapel have been publishing a nice paper each month. It is placed at different places. You should get

St. Mary’s Good Samaritan holds open house for lake hospital

By Nick Nunn Staff Writer St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital held a community open house for its new facility at 5401 Lake Oconee Parkway, Greensboro, last Sunday, Nov. 10 from 2 to 5 p.m. After holding a brief ceremony, which included speeches by St. Mary’s Good Samaritan

There’s no real reason to go elsewhere when you can shop locally

By Dianne Lively Yost, Columnist Momma’s got PawPaw’s fine binoculars and her birdin’ britches on! And you know what that means: She’s tendin’ to her nest egg! Let’s spy on her for a bit from the kitchen window! There she is now . . . right over