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Housing development clears Planning hurdle

By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve an application to rezone the property at 555 Fifth Street, which is being proposed as the site of a senior housing development by Parallel Housing, Inc., from Limited Commercial/Professional (P2) to Planned Residential

The thrill of the hunt

It’s That Time Of Year: Grace Wells snatches a hidden egg Sunday during the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Madison Baptist Church. Churches across Morgan County celebrated Easter Sunday with a variety of events and messages to mark the day. Grant Peaster (right) takes a moment to admire

Morgan County deputy arrested by Newton cops

By Patrick Yost Editor A Morgan County Sheriff’s Deputy was arrested Monday, April 21 by Newton County authorities and charged with aggravated child molestation. According to a press release isued by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Daniel McGinnis was arrested and charged and is currently suspended

DUI suspect strikes tow truck operator

By Patrick Yost Editor Youngblood Motor Co. President and Co–owner Scott Youngblood was severely injured Saturday after a Columbia, S.C. woman struck Youngblood as he was operating a tow truck on Interstate 20. According to TFC Patrick Prosser, Georgia State Patrol, Youngblood was struck in the face

2000 Baxter jobs expected by 2014; tourism numbers set to soar

By Nick Nunn staff writer Bob Hughes, president of the Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Director, gave an economic development update during a work session of the Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) last Tuesday, April 15. While Hughes was generally optimistic about the growth

Audit: school system ‘highest quality institution possible’

By Nick Nunn staff writer Last week, the Morgan County Charter School System was recommended by an external review team to receive accreditation from AdvancED, a non-profit organization that accredits both primary and secondary schools both in the United States and internationally. Dr. Cheryl Allread, the lead

SHERIFF ENDS HIGH SPEED CHASE

Danger Stopped: Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley brought a high–speed chase to an end Thursday when the suspect attempted to pass Markley on Confederate Road in Madison and was rammed into a ditch. According to Markley, Jeffery Legree Rivers, 45, (right) initiated the chase in Walton County

Crash kills Morgan fire fighter

By Patrick Yost editor A Morgan County fire fighter was killed Sunday after a head–on collision with another volunteer fire fighter on Pierce Dairy Road that Georgia State Patrol officials said came during a game of “chicken.” Michael Keith Arnold, 26, Mansfield, was pronounced dead at Athens

Chamber’s city funding reworked

By Nick Nunn staff writer The Madison City Council looked at an amended contract between the city and the Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce, which, according to City Manager David Nunn, would put a “finer point” on the expectations that the city has of the Chamber of Commerce.

Man dies in single car crash

By Patrick Yost editor A 37–year–old man was killed Monday after the vehicle he was driving struck a tree off Nolan Store Road. According to Georgia State Patrol reports, the man, who has yet to be identified pending notification of his next of kin, was driving a