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Grand Jury indicts on fraud, theft

By Patrick Yost editor A Madison woman was indicted on 36 criminal counts ranging from financial transaction card fraud to theft by taking to identity fraud last week by a Morgan County Grand Jury. Melissa Shawn Stephens, 29, Madison, was initially arrested on December 26, 2013, arrest

Lights Out

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick managing editor A nasty one-vehicle car wreck on North Main Street in downtown Madison took down a utility pole and state sign on Friday afternoon, Dec. 12, that resulted in a small, localized power outage from that initially affected 598 customers at 4

State association honors Morgan BOE

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick managing editor The Morgan County School Board has been named a “2104 Quality School Board” by the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA). According to the GSBA, the recognition program was designed to showcase best practices in school governance and leadership. GSBA recognizes good

Pot plants found in Lake Oconee house basement

By Patrick Yost editor In a joint investigation, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office investigators and Madison Police Department investigators halted a marijuana growing operation at an Apalachee Woods Trail residence and arrested a woman allegedly behind the operation. According to Captain Chris Bish, criminal investigations division, Morgan County

Man flees bank after fraud attempt exposed

By Patrick Yost editor Alert bank officials were able to stop a man from cashing a $5,750 fraudulent check and the man, after a brief chase through downtown Madison, was arrested. According to Madison Police Department reports, Kenneth Bobby Burdette, 44, Dewey Rose, Ga., was arrested on

MCHS alumnus Greta Pritchett returns to sing

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick managing editor An A Cappella singing group from Georgia College and State University, called the Max Noah Singers, stopped by Morgan County High School this week during their Christmas Tour. The Max Noah Singers featured a former MCHS alum, Greta Pritchett, 23, who

Musically disinclined

I will never forget the morning that I climbed into bed with Mama, scrunched up close to her and in a small voice pleaded, “Mama, can I please quit taking piano lessons”? She could not bear to see her sweet little boy in such obvious pain and

Look at the flowers…

Greg Morin Columnist The release this past week of the Senate’s “Study of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program” has exposed the dark underbelly of intelligence gathering to the bright daylight of public opinion. This is a good thing (the exposure, not the torture). The release of

Perspective on mental health

Peter Wibell Columnist Two months ago I authored an article in this newspaper entitled “Ceremony Sheds Light on County’s Mental Health”.  It was a commentary on a need for mental health resources spawned by the memorial bench ceremony in remembrance of former resident Jonathan Morris. In order

Parade for Pooches

Jennifer Hendrix, with Team Hendrix rides with her two dogs Mai Mai and Purdy in the Christmas Parade.   Cathy Best, Columnist The city of If you missed it- you missed it. The annual Madison Holiday Parade rolled, marched, walked, danced, clopped, trotted and padded through town