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Hot dog! Festival of Friends Aug. 24

By Dianne Lively Yost, Biz Buzz columnist No doubt: The heat and humidity of a Morgan County summer hits its peak each August with soaring temperatures, the Perseid Meteor Shower, freshly grilled hot dogs (more on that later) and special traditions like the beginning of school and the

BOH on school-based flu vaccines, sex ed materials

By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer During the August meeting of the Morgan County Board of Health (BOH), the board discussed the Morgan County Health Department’s school-based flu program, which will offer free influenza vaccines to all Morgan County students on Oct. 22 and 23. According to Leah

Enrollment hovering around 3,200

By Kathryn Schiliro, Managing Editor The Morgan County School System kicked off the new school year Thursday, Aug. 8 with more than 3,200 students in the system. However, that number is in a daily state of flux – a “moving target,” Assistant Superintendent Sarah Burbach said – as

Rocky Road: Morgan County Varsity softball has a bumpy start to the 2013 season

  By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) varsity softball team compiled a 1-2 record in just under 24 hours to begin their 2013 season. After a 1-10 loss to Walnut Grove last Friday night, the Lady Dogs lost to Mary Persons High

Back to School: Local students started the new year last Thursday, Aug. 8

Photos by Jesse Walker, Staff Photographer Morgan County students headed back to school on Aug. 8, before and after multiple orientations and Meet-the-Teacher events. For our coverage of the first day of school in photos, click here.

There be dragons…

By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer Come one, come all to kickstart the Morgan County Bulldog (pre)season! The Dogs take on the Jefferson Dragons today, Thursday, August 15 at Bill Corry Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Admission is only $5. There will be no pre-sales and no reserve seating.

Dispatches from the Oregon Trail, part II

By Nick Nunn Nietzsche said, “Poets are shameless with their experiences: they exploit them.” Maybe that applies a little bit to reporters, so here I go again. For those of you who weren’t tuned in last week for the enthralling tale regarding the beginning of my vacation

Fishing pro is no match for Alvin Richardson, fishing jinx

By Alvin Richardson Last summer I had the opportunity to go fishing on Lake Strom Thurmond (Clarks Hill) with perhaps the best guide on the planet. Jonathon Herndon, also known as the Sultan of Slime, is a professional catfish fisherman. He and his wife Cindy have a

Co-workers host fundraiser to fund treatment for fellow employee’s cancer

By Kathryn Schiliro, Managing Editor Buckhead resident Bonnie Brinegar was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer, which has spread throughout her body, about a month ago, and her fellow Lowe’s employees not taking the diagnosis lying down– instead, they are hosting fundraisers to help her to pay

Be on the lookout for Fall Armyworms

By Lucy Ray, Morgan County Extension Agent They’re back! We officially have armyworms here in Morgan County again this year. In addition, they are turning up in Newton and Jasper counties. In late summer and early fall, armyworms invade pastures, hay fields, and turfgrass throughout the state.