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Crawfords retire, sell Madison Drug Store

By Nick Nunn staff writer Bobby Crawford, city councilman and long-time owner of Madison Drug Company, retired on May 1 and sold his share of the business to Gary Whetzel, the co-owner of the business for the last 14 years. Luanne Whetzel, Gary Whetzel’s wife, will be

Winds tear through town

Trees Take The Brunt Of The Storm…The first round of a series of massive spring storms ripped through Madison and Morgnan County Tuesday morning. High winds and earlier heavy rains left several large trees, including this one on Main Street across from Heritage Hall, susceptible to damage.

City’s budget nears $20 million mark

By Nick Nunn staff writer The Madison City Council held their first budget workshop for the fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget last week, giving council members their first look at the proposed budget for 2015, which totals nearly $18,500,000. The proposed budget marks an increase of more

Movie to start filming

By Dianne L. Yost staff writer The Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce is moving its Visitor Center next Monday and Tuesday to make room for the production crew of the Sony Pictures Entertainment film Goosebumps, starring Jack Black. The Visitor Center will be relocated to the Town Park

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