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By Jamison Hooks staff writer Morgan County schools are now collaborating with the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) in School Based Supervision (SBS) in order to monitor youths’ behavior and academic progress. Juvenile Probation Parole Specialist Mary Nunn will work in collaboration with Morgan County Schools in

Madison City Council approves North Main Car Lot Appeal

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick, Managing Editor The Madison City Council approved a zoning text amendment to allow a used car lot within city limits, two zoning applications for two new duplex units, and reversed a dangerous dog designation at their meeting on Monday, Oct. 13. The city

Pilot at fault in fungicide spread, DOA says

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer Dept. of Agriculture says chemicals applied illegally in bird deaths The Department of Agriculture findings lend credence to Michael Vaden’s claims that a neighboring dairy farm’s crop dusting practices led to the sickness and death of over 20 exotic birds that

Man shot in leg

By Patrick Yost editor A 62–year–old Madison man was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and discharging a firearm while under the influence of alcohol after he allegedly shot a man in the leg. Willie Thomas Clower was arrested at his Holland Springs Road residence at approximately

Tax appeal completed

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer A tax appeal yielded big savings for Morgan County and the Morgan County Board of Education. The Morgan County Board of Education appealed the 2013 Sale Ratio Study from the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts earlier this year. The results

County’s planning commission decison still burns city leaders

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer Director of City Planning, Monica Callahan, appeared before the city council on Friday, Oct. 3 to report on the recent Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ (GDCA) designation for Madison as a PlanFirst community last week. Callahan relayed the perks this designation

County caught city by surprise, leaders say

By: Tia Lynn Lecorchick The City of Madison leadership reacted to the Board of Commissioner’s (BOC) decision last week to split up the Planning Commission, a joint advisory board between all four cities in the county for planning and development, with dismay and disappointment. The decision, to

Bird deaths climb

By: Patrick Yost The director of the Georgia Zoo and Safari Park has filed more complaints with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office regarding the death of rare and exotic birds at the zoo’s River Farm Run aviary. Michael Vaden, reports indicate, is blaming the deaths and sickness

Dollar General eyes Apalachee

By: Jamison Hooks The Morgan County Planning Commission approved the request from SW Bostwick, LLC to rezone approximately 2.16 acres near the corner of the Athens Highway and Apalachee Road, from Agricultural to General Commercial. This approval will allow for the construction of a Dollar General retail

Madison gets PlanFirst nod

By: Tia Lynn Lecorchick The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (GDCA) designated Madison a PlanFirst Community, which recognizes a community’s “hard work and successful comprehensive plan implementation. Madison’s inclusion in the department’s program will provide access to a number of incentives and opportunities. Madison is one of