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200 jobs coming to Morgan County

By Patrick Yost editor Mannington Mills announced Monday that it will further expand its Madison operations to include expanded facilities that would also, eventually, create another 200 new jobs. According to Betsy Amoroso, director of Corporate Communications, the official announcement of the expansion will come on Thursday,

MCHS Band takes first place

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick managing editor Morgan County High School (MCHS) achieved three first place wins at the 37th Annual Greater Atlanta Marching Festival (GAMF) at Rockdale County High School in Conyers, Ga. The MCHS Band won first place in the Class 4A category, which is for

Ebola risk small local officials say

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick managing editor With the Ebola Virus dominating national news and whipping segments of the American population into a panicky frenzy over possibly catching the deadly disease, local hospitals and healthcare facilities are taking proactive measures to prepare themselves for the unlikely case of

Judge George retirement marks end of era

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick managing editor A pioneer female judge, Hulane George, has announced her retirement, effective as of December 31, 2014. George is the first-ever, and only, woman to be appointed as a Superior Courts Judge in the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit, which is an eight-county jurisdiction

Demolition request denied by HPC

By Jamison Hooks staff writer The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) denied a demolition request for a deteriorating home, a historic African-American property located at 477 E. Washington Street, owned by Seaborn Johnson. The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) met to consider Johnson’s appeal. “I want to get rid

DDA has applicants for Caanan Corner Store project

By Jamison Hooks staff writer The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) might be close in securing a tenant for the vacant Caanan Corner Store. “As everyone is aware we have received a 6-month-extension to find a different business applicant. We’ve had two couples come forward that are interested

Large turnout expected for November general election

By Jamison Hooks staff writer The Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration (BOER) is optimistic for a big turnout in this year’s Nov 4 General Election. In the first two days of early voting, 380 ballots have been cast. “We have the potential of 3,000 early

City plans to make Main Street intersections safer

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick managing editor The City of Madison is in the planning stages of creating safer Main Street intersections through redesigning crosswalks and installing new and up-to-date signage in the area. The primary intersections of focus are the intersection near the ChopHouse Grille of Burnett

Buckhead Council struggles with speed bump initiative

By Zachary Parker staff writer Buckhead Mayor Ricky Walker asked the City Council Monday to reconsider last month’s decision to place speed bumps on Buckhead Road, to instead go talk to people and see if they really want them or not. “I think that there may be

National School Lunch Week

Morgan County Schools celebrated National School Lunch Week from Oct. 13 to Oct. 17 to encourage lifelong healthy habits of balanced nutrition for students. Mayor Fred Perriman and Middle School Principal Darrell Stephens stepped up to the lunch line to serve students with MCMS’s healthy food choices