Community

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.

 

Fri
08
Sep

Glenn Miller Orchestra swings into Madison

The world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra swings into Madison on Friday, Oct. 6. The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center will host the Glenn Miller Orchestra as the first event of its 2017-18 performance series. The event will be held in the Hall on Foster Street. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Join the MMCC for a night of dancing to all your favorites from the Swing Era.

 

The Glenn Miller Orchestra is the most popular and sought after big band in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world. Nick Hilscher is the orchestra’s present music director.

 

Thu
24
Aug

Sun defeats Moon in epic celestial battle

BankSouth CEO Harold Reynolds and his wife Lesley watch the eclipse.

The moon did its best to blot out the sun Monday afternoon, but the star of our solar system was having none of it.

Despite 97 percent coverage by the moon, darkness never fell on Lake Country even at maximum sun blockage, which occurred at 2:38 p.m.

BankSouth held an eclipse party in its parking lot but ran out of eclipse glasses due to the large crowd.

Dock 103.9 FM was on hand for the event with station general manager Chip Lyness handing out Moon Pies and spinning tunes like “I Can See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash, “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler,” “Blinded by the Light” by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band and other songs of that ilk.

BankSouth CEO Harold Reynolds joked that he partnered with NASA to arrange the eclipse so the bank could host the party.

To check out a photo gallery from the BankSouth eclipse viewing party, click here.

Thu
24
Aug

99 candles

 

Greensboro resident William G. Blevins celebrated his 99th birthday on Aug. 22. He says his secret to longevity is staying active both mentally and physically, keeping a positive attitude and calm temperament, maintaining a strong faith in God and being married to a good woman!

Thu
24
Aug

Resident physicians coming to Greene County

Kyle Walker, MD

Akhil Reddy, MD

 

Resident physicians coming to Greene County

 

Graduate medical education is coming to the greater Greene County area, thanks to St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital and the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership. Starting this summer, resident physicians will be practicing at Good Samaritan Hospital and TenderCare Clinic.

 

Resident physicians are doctors who have graduated from medical school and are completing the final stage of their medical training. Highly educated and fully capable physicians, they work side-by-side with physician faculty in an intensive three-year program to prepare them to become board-certified internal medicine physicians.

 

Thu
10
Aug

Reynolds supports UGA Vets

Larry Hone, long-time president of the Reynolds Veterans Association, presents scholarship check to Ted Barco (left) retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, Reynolds Lake Oconee resident and director of UGA’s Student Veteran’s Resource Center.

 

Special to the Lake Oconee News

 

For Mandy Enloe, an Air Force veteran and former U2 crew chief, there was no question she would eventually wind up at the University of Georgia. “I’ve always been a Dawg,” she said.

 

Enloe, one of 250 veterans enrolled at the university, has received a 2017 Reynolds Veterans Association scholarship. She has also been named president of the UGA chapter of Student Veterans of America.

 

Wed
09
Aug

Lowe’s partners with Boys & Girls Club to build great futures

If you’ve been looking for ways to get involved locally with Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club, then here’s your chance.

As a part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National campaign, Lowe’s is partnering with Madison-Morgan’s local club to build greater futures together.

The campaign will help generate funds that will directly impact the local club’s growth and programs geared toward helping the community prosper together.

From August 8 until September 5, Madison’s Lowe’s will be hosting an in-store fundraising campaign where customers are invited to donate $1, $5 or $10 at the register.

Employees at the local store understand first hand the impact Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club has on its youth.

Store clerk Elinda Binion’s son is a Boys & Girls Club alumni and she says she couldn’t be more excited about the partnership.

Fri
04
Aug

Back to school rally helps support local students prepare for school year

080417 Back Kids shoot basketballs in the center of the field.

By Leila Scoggins

leila@lakeoconeenews.us

 

The 2017 Community Health Fair and Back to School Rally drew a crowd of more than 500 to the Morgan Memorial Hospital lawn on Saturday, July 29.

The event is a joint effort put on by Morgan Memorial Hospital and the Morgan County Family Connection. The two organizations have been hosting the event jointly since 2008. The collaboration has strengthened the event and added efficiency.

“We want to ensure that all citizens have access to the resources they need to be successful- whether at home, at work or at school,” said MMH Director of Development and Community Relations Megan Morris. “While this isn’t something we can accomplish on our own, when we work together with our community partners we make great strides in improving outcomes.”

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