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Grant ‘down to wire’

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer The Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) made a last minute revisal to their application for the USDA $80,000 Rural Business Enterprise Grant for the coming Farmers Market on Aug. 5, just two days before the application deadline on Thursday, Aug.

Shooting has gang connection?

By Patrick Yost editor Madison authorities are investigating a possible gang connection with a shooting on Overlook Drive last week. According to Lt. Colin Campbell, Madison Police Department, the department is investigating a 9 p.m. shooting where a bullet struck a car and shattered a window of

Hole–in–Wow at the Creek at Hard Labor

By Patrick Yost editor The first thing Tom Metzger did on the way home from The Creek at Hard Labor Creek golf course Sunday was stop and buy a lottery ticket. Metzger says he never plays the lottery, see’s it as a fool’s game. But this time

GBI raids stores

By Patrick Yost editor Cash and “coin operated amusement machines” were seized from five Morgan County convenience stores and a pool hall last week and the owners of the establishments were arrested. In a coordinated raid between the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Commercial Gambling Unit, the

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