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Trailer permit denied

By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend the denial of two conditional use permits to allow the placement of manufactured homes on 701 Eliza Morris Street and 815 Pearl Street, Madison, after several members of the public spoke in opposition

Exotic birds die

By Patrick Yost editor Two exotic birds destined for the Georgia Zoo and Safari Park have died and a third is ill and expected to die, according to a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office report. The report, filed on July 21, states that one of the zoo’s principal’s,

Belton takes Brooks in run–off

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer The unofficial results are in for the July 22 run-off election, with Dave Belton, of Morgan County, beating out Aaron Brooks, of Newton County, becoming the official Republican candidate for the District 112 State Representative race, with 50.95 percent of the

Vendor says BOE can save $4.8 million

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer Rick Higginbotham, a representative from ABM, a facility management service provider, pitched an energy efficiency presentation to the BOE to save money spent on ever-rising energy costs on July 21 at their monthly meeting. ABM conducted a preliminary financial analysis to

School taxes stay flat

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer The Morgan County Board of Education (BOE) adopted the rollback millage rate, as advertised, at 16.477, reduced from 2013’s millage rate of 18.213, on July 21 at their monthly meeting. The new millage rate was rolled back from 2013, but results

County commissioners identify top 2015 projects

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer Morgan County Manager Michael Lamar presented the results of the Board of Commissioners’ (BOC) 2013 Strategic Planning goals to enact throughout 2014 at their monthly meeting on July 15. Lamar identified the seven highest priorities of the BOC determined in 2013

City continues airport expansion plans

By Nick Nunn staff writer The Madison City Council voted to approve a $36,000 task order for Jacobs Engineering Group to conduct services related to the acquisition of land related to the city’s Madison Municipal Airport (MMA) expansion plan. Jacobs will manage the city’s grants, which represent

Knife fight leads to jail

By Patrick Yost editor Two people were reportedly cut with the same machete after an argument in a Budget Inn Motel room last Wednesday allegedly over sex turned violent. Tamaro Gadson, 34, Montgomery, Al. and Priscilla Lovette Evans, 32, Madison, both have been charged with aggravated assault

Tax rate is set

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer The Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) unanimously voted to adopt the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 millage rate at 9.49 mills on July 15, the same millage rate in effect for FY 2014. The rollback rate for the county was calculated

Low voter count expected Tuesday

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer As the July 22 runoff election approaches, the Morgan County Board of Elections (BOER) is encouraging local voters to participate, with several key state races occurring, including the local face off between Republican candidates, Dave Belton, of Morgan County, and Aaron