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Law Enforcement- Madison Police Department

On July 4 Willie Siouxast Hardge, 25, Social Circle, was arrested and charged with shoplifting. According to reports, a loss prevention manager at Wal Mart, Eatonton Road, said that at 11:55 p.m. he observed Hardge take six DVD movies from the electronics department and then he heard

Law Enforcement- Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

On July 5 an affray complaint was filed at a Fairplay Street, Rutledge, location. According to reports, a woman told officer that she was having a July Fourth celebration but that she and her boyfriend had begun to argue so she asked the participants to leave. Another

Travel writers drawn to Madison’s Historic District

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer The city of Madison experienced a wave of statewide publicity in the last week, with three separate tourism promotional projects taking place in town. “Our partnership with the state is an integral component of keeping our community on the ‘map’ as

Honesty is the Best Policy…

I was recently asked by a parent about how much detail should we share with our children. I was reminded of a specific Sunday afternoon when I had to take our then-four year old son to the hospital emergency room after church, because he fell in the nursery

Local illustrator Lindy Burnett hosts summer art camps

By Nick Nunn staff writer During the month of June, local illustrator Lindy Burnett hosted “Camp Colorwheel,” four art camps dedicated to separate age groups, at her barn studio at 1970 Enterprise Road, Madison. The camps included a number of different skill-building activities, focusing on leadership skills,

County property taxes to rise 15 percent

By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) held a public hearing to set the 2015 millage rate at their July 1 regular meeting. At the meeting, County Manager Michael Lamar acknowledged that the county will be increasing the millage rate above the

BOE budget is $26.5 million

By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County Board of Education (BOE) voted to approve the advertisement of a proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2015, showing total expenditures of more than $27,800,000 and total revenues of approximately $27,565,000. The proposed expenditures for FY 2015 would be

Man gets 25 years after striking then running from GSP

By Patrick Yost editor A man who attempted to impersonate a U.S. soldier while transporting narcotics was sentenced to 25 years last week, with 15 years to serve in prison. Adrian Anthony Johnson, 33, Ridgeland, S.C. pled guilty to one count possession fo methylone (molly), one count

Even with rollback rate, city property taxes to rise

By Nick Nunn staff writer The City of Madison is proposing adopting the rollback millage rate of 6.127 for fiscal year (FY) 2015. An increase in the gross tax digest for Madison from roughly $213,000,000 in 2013 to approximately $233,000,000 in 2014 allowed the rollback millage rate

Morgan Memorial records $113k profit for May

By Nick Nunn staff writer Morgan Memorial Hospital (MMH) received a positive net income of more than $113,000 during May, despite a drop in average daily census from 18.7 in April to 16.6 in May. MMH Chief Financial Office Kyle Wilkinson said that “collections are still holding