Community

Thu
11
Jan

Local studio brings home the gold

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Creative Director Chris Cook holds the trophy awarded to Madison Studios for innovative website design in the medical field. The monitor behind Cook shows an original water color used on the plastic surgery website that he entered in the yearly W3 competition

 

Shellie Smitley

shellie@lakeoconeenews.us

Madison Studios received the 2017 gold award for website design in the medical field from world- wide web consortium, W3.

“W3 is the watchdog and sets standards for the whole world-wide web,” Creative Director Chris Cook said.

It is the innovative approach of featuring original water-color paintings on a website designed for Gumucio Plastic Surgery, Athens, Georgia, that won the local web design and digital marketing company the honor.

“We just took a totally unique approach,” Cook said.

Thu
30
Nov

Madison-Morgan BGC names Youth of the Year

Josh Wade

 

For Josh Wade, 2017 has been a heavy year of loss within his family. He isn’t shy about sharing his story of struggles with depression, bullies and, most recently, losing his sister to dating violence.

A Morgan County High School senior, Josh could have easily caved to the pressures of life’s unfortunate events. However, he praises the MMBGC for being the support system he has needed throughout his life.

Recently, Josh was selected as this year’s Youth of the Year for Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club and the award has truly touched his life.

“The phrase sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt you never lived in my neighborhood,” Josh said. “I felt like I was never going to be anything. I was depressed, but I found my happy place. The club was my happy place. “

Wed
22
Nov

Iconic horses have moved to the Madison Morgan County Cultural Center

Two horses formerly housed by the Madison Artists Guild Gallery have moved down the street.

 

“We are so thrilled to share with the community the joy these horse sculptures have brought us,” said Christine McCauley, Executive Director of the Madison-Morgan Conservancy. “Mama Blue Horse and Papa Red Horse were donated to the Conservancy in 2015 by the very generous Ben Carter. The horses are for sale, and until they are sold, they will travel around Morgan County bringing joy to all who see them. They have spent the last year in the Madison Artist Guilds Gallery in downtown, and now for the foreseeable future, they will be part of the Cultural Center’s new sculpture garden and part of the landscape restoration currently underway there.”

 

Wed
22
Nov

BankSouth COO receives lifetime service award

BankSouth COO David Cowles.

 

The Community Bankers Association of Georgia (CBA) recognized David Cowles, executive vice president and COO of BankSouth, recently for 31 years of dedicated service to the community banking industry. CBA’s President & CEO, Rob Braswell with family, friends and co-workers present, presented this prestigious award.

 

Thu
09
Nov

Bostwick Cotton Gin Festival celebrates town’s rich history

Bostwick Cotton Gin Festival celebrates town’s rich history

 

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The town of Bostwick celebrated its rich agricultural history last weekend at the annual Cotton Gin Festival. Visitors from near and far flocked to the town on Nov. 4 for the daylong event. Each year, the town’s cotton gin opens to tourists, giving them a front row seat to how cotton goes from the field into bails.

 

Beyond exploring the gin, festivalgoers weaved their way through arts and craft vendors situated in a pecan grove. The annual antique tractor parade was led by the 2017 Bostwick Cotton Gin Festival Cotton King Earl Nunn and followed by numerous tractors, vehicles and civic groups.

 

Thu
02
Nov

Never Forgotten Mural plaque

Rutledge Garden Club members unveil the Never Forgotten Mural plaque, including RGC members (front l-r) Elizabeth Rockhill, Pam Stapp, Nancy Greene, Carol Altznauer, Joyce Gunn; (second row l-r) Cindy Ferguson, Rena Holt, Mary Friddell, Margaret Mitchell, Frankie Beers; (back row l-r) student artists Hannah Duggan, Garrett Ray, Gunnar Tarsa, Professor Joseph Norman, Young Lim Lee; Dr. William Behrndt and RGC members Michelle Strott and Laurie Dickerson. The plaque is located on the southeast corner of the “Stop Sign” barrel and East Main Street and was unveiled Oct. 25. The large wall mural was commissioned by the Rutledge Garden Club (a.k.a. The Dirt Girls). Club president Pam Stapp recognized and thanked UGA Art Professor Joseph Norman and his students for their artistic work and Dr. William Behrndt for the mural site and art supplies.

 

Thu
26
Oct

Grace Fellowship and ATLAS Ministry will host the annual Trunk or Treat in Greensboro

 

Each year Grace Fellowship has been excited to host hundreds of children and parents for their annual Trunk or Treat.

 

Grace Fellowships is especially excited to partner with ATLAS Ministry in providing this fun-filled and safe-for-all celebration.

 

The festival is for children ages 3-12, but the whole family is invited to enjoy watching their little ones get treats from all the decorated trunks in the parking lot.

 

Thu
05
Oct

ATLAS Center plowing right ahead

Dave Brown/Staff

Paris Crowder of Oconee Construction Services operates an excavator at the new ATLAS Center building site.

Dave Brown/Staff

Rob Mitchell, the executive director, has been involved with ATLAS Ministry for the past 11 years.

By Dave Brown

dave@lakeoconeenews.us

After two years of fundraising, ATLAS Ministry has broken ground and moved earth at its building site adjacent to Greene County schools on Highway 44.

“The site was challenging in a number of ways, but we have a talented group of architects and engineers dealing with the issues,” said ATLAS Ministry executive director Rob Mitchell.

According to Mitchell, construction of the 15,000-square feet ATLAS Center is slated to begin later this month.

In addition to housing the offices of ATLAS Ministry, the state-of-the-art building will have classrooms for programs and multi-purpose meeting spaces as an open facility for student-focused organizations.

“The reason we chose this site as the location for (ATLAS Center) is that students from either the high school, middle school or elementary school can easily walk back and forth to the Center,” said Mitchell.

Thu
21
Sep

A friend in need

The City of Madison is asking the community to rally around Lucille Simmons who had a tree fall on her home and car during the tropical storm. Mayor Fred Perriman, left, said Simmons (standing next to the mayor) and her plight bring out the best in community of Madison. City council member Carrie Peters-Reid who represent the district where Simmons lives said the city was looking at the possibility of getting grant money to help repair Simmons’ home. City council member Chris Hodges said the city is exploring creative ways to get Simmons back in her home. She has been staying with relatives since the home was damaged.

Thu
21
Sep

LOA honors legacy of founding board member James Brooks

A long-time member of the Lake Oconee Academy (LOA) family, Board of Governors founding member James Brooks, age 80, has passed away. Mr. Brooks joined the LOA Board of Governors in 2007. He was an avid supporter of quality education and strongly believed in the mission of LOA. He was instrumental in the passage of the initial charter to bring LOA to Greene County. Without his efforts, the vision of LOA may not have come to fruition. His friendly demeanor, generous nature and thoughtful actions will be missed by the LOA Board, faculty and students.

 

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