Community

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.”

Fri
04
Aug

Firefly kids night

Madison resident Madison Evans as the festival’s eponymous insect showing young townspeople her dance moves.

Rain may have interrupted the first night of Madison’s annual Firefly Festival this year, but the threat of a mild drenching was not enough to dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd that took to Town Park to partake in the festivities.

 

The festival’s first night, Friday, July 28, was designated “Kid’s Night,” and the activities on offer, from face-painting to a gigantic inflatable water slide, were definitely tailored to the under-12 crowd. The children of Madison (and visitors from out of town) could take to the stage to perform as part of an impromptu dance troupe, conjure giant soap bubbles, high-five a juggler on stilts or pet a potbellied pig.

 

Because children can’t have all the fun, the following evening, christened “Date Night,” catered to grown-ups with live music and dancing.

 

Fri
04
Aug

Firefly date night

The dancing didn’t stop when The Sensational Sounds of Motown took the stage.

The Sensational Sounds of Motown provided the perfect background for the Firefly Festival date night- as swarms of couples danced the night away. The second evening of Firefly Festival brought couples to the park for an evening of dancing and singing. Date Night took place on Saturday, July 29 in Madison’s Town Park. The band played classic renditions of crowd favorites keeping the dance floor packed through out the evening.

 

To view pictures from the Firefly Festival, click here.

Thu
03
Aug

Exciting New FUMC garage sale pre-sale set

Greensboro First Methodist Church members, Gail Collier and Emiline Brown, prepare the huge selection of clothing and accessories that will be offered at the Aug. 11-12 Garage Sale Pre-Sale. A small selection of tools will be available for sale as well.

 

Attention all fashion bargain hunters. The First Methodist Church of Greensboro, which annually stages the area’s largest garage sale, is this year offering a new and exciting pre-sale event on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11-12. Shop from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church’s South Campus, 4741 Carey Station Road. The sale is in the church’s spacious Fellowship Hall, is handicap accessible, easy to find and has lots of free parking

Thu
20
Jul

Color Morgan

Ella Boyd shows off her finished rock.

Leila Scoggins

Leila@lakeoconeenews.us

A new community project, Color Morgan, is sweeping across the county aiming to bring positivity and joy for all ages.

Color Morgan creator Sarah Boyd was inspired after a visit to her her sister’s house of Morganton, N.C.

“She asked me if I wanted to go find some rocks,” said Boyd. “I looked at her a little funny but ended up having such a good time.”

Sarah learned the project, called Color Burke, had people searching for rocks across the area. Once they found the rocks they were asked to post a picture to the ColorBurke Facebook page and re-locate the rocks to a place for someone else to find. The idea originated from another group in Wilkesboro, N.C. Boyd decided to bring the concept to Morgan County after returning from Morganton.

Thu
20
Jul

Chinese students visit Madison and Morgan County

Brad Rice talks to the visitors about one of the MMCC’s historic artifacts.

Students from Dalian University of Technology pose with a banner

 

 

Madison was host to some special out-of-town visitors last weekend, as about 100 students from various universities in China arrived to take in the sights rural Georgia has to offer.

 

The annual event is sponsored by Georgia Tech professor emeritus Ellis Johnson and his wife Crystal. Johnson, who taught industrial and systems engineering at the university, also is the owner and operator of 100-Acre Farm and Farmhouse Inn in Madison, where the students spent the night. The program is managed by Georgia Tech professor Goutong Zhou, who teaches in the school of electrical and computer engineering. In addition to visiting Madison’s pleasant rural enclave, the program also gives students the opportunity to take summer classes at the Atlanta institute.

 

Thu
20
Jul

MMCC holds annual meeting

Past, present and new MMCC trustees pose in front of the center.

Leila Scoggins

leila@lakeoconeenews.us

The Madison Morgan Cultural Center hosted its annual meeting this week, recognizing an outstanding volunteer, welcoming four new trustees and passing the gavel to a new chairman.

The annual meeting was held on Monday, July 17, in the center’s auditorium at 2 p.m. The assembly happens once a year and is their only board meeting that is open to the public. Outgoing Chairman David Buck led Monday’s meeting.

It featured updates from various committee chairs including Strategic Planning Committee Chair Neil Horstman, Funding and Development Chair Alla Campbell, Capital Campaign Chair Chris Lambert, Programming Chair Brad Rice, Advisory Board Chair Lyn Hunt, Governance Committee and Nominations Chair Betsy Morehouse as well as updates from Director Kim Brown, and reflections from Wayne Vason. Buck gave the treasurer’s report in the absence of Treasurer Mary Jones.

Thu
06
Jul

Buckhead Barbeque and Fireworks dodge the rain

Rain couldn’t stop the Buckhead Fire Department’s annual barbeque and firework display. The town celebrated Independence Day on July 4, 2017. Residents and area citizens flocked to the Buckhead Fire Department for the event which featured barbeque chicken plates, raffle drawings, music and events for children.

Kids made their way between The Morgan County 4-H sponsored pony rides, dunk tank, bounce house and face painting. Adults stuck out their claims on prime firework watching real estate and chatted with family and friends. Fire department members, families and volunteers worked tirelessly to serve the community and cultivate the hometown pride for all the guests.

To check out a collection of pictures from the Buckhead fireworks show, click here.

- Leila Scoggins

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