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2013 Year in Review – January

January Madison earned a positive audit report, exceeding the city’s liabilities by almost 30.8 million while the city’s assets increased by almost 240,000. In effort to combat declining high school attendance rates, the school system adopted the three-pronged initiative the ABC’s (Attendance, Behavior and Curriculum) to refocus

2013 Year in Review – February

February Horace Martin Guinn, who faced more than 100 charges of child exploitation and sexual molestation, opted for a plea agreement, in which he pled guilty to 15 counts, resulting in a sentence of 40 years incarceration with 20 years to serve. Bostwick demolishes their community center

2013 Year in Review – March

March The Madison Police Department worked in conjunction with the U.S. Secret Service to arrest four out-of-town men using bleached, reprinted bills to purchase goods at the local Wal-mart. A Certificate of Need (CON) for a five-bed expansion with an estimated cost of $140,000 was approved for

2013 Year in Review – April

april Morgan Memorial Hospital continued to wait for $151,000 in Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) funding from the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH), despite having met all preliminary requirements. The Morgan County Planning Commission unanimously voted to recommend approval for a conditional use permit for Lifeline

2013 Year in Review – May

May The 16th annual Madison Fest in Town Park drew in almost 2,000 people for food, drinks, and live music on a sunny spring day. Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Madison Chapter honored their founding regent, Sue Reid Walton Manley. The Morgan County Middle and High

2013 Year in Review – June

JuNE Though the Planning Commission recommended to reject applications for a Bethany Rd. development in May, the Madison City Council approved the zoning requests, which clearing the path for an affordable housing development. Morgan Memorial Hospital forgoes $100,000 from the county so those funds could be allocated

2013 Year in Review – July

July Madison City Council writes off more than $185,000 in utilities, an amount reflecting uncollected money from part of 2010 through May of 2013. A rescued dog from the Humane Society, adopted by Nurse Colleen Jones, returned the favor by rescuing his owner during a hives breakout

2013 Year in Review – August

AUGUST Heated debates persisted surrounding the Morgan County Board of Elections to consolidate voting precincts from 11 locations for five.More than 50 people gathered at August’s meeting to voice their opinion on that proposal. Chris Hodges, daughter of Madison Mayor, Bruce Gilbert, and Judy Gilbert, announced her

2013 Year in Review – September

September Board of Commissioners approved a $459,000 bid by Pittman Construction to pave and stripe 2.7 miles of Weaver Jones Road. Madison City Council proposed a expansion plan for the Madison Municipal Airport, featuring an extended runway of 5,000 feet, a parallel taxiway and relocation of hangars

2013 Year in Review – October

October The Morgan County Planning Commission passed a recommendation for a conditional use permit for the construction of a cell tower at the intersection of Highway 83 and Hardeman Road, north of Bostwick city limits. More than a thousand people poured into Madison for the first-ever Cotton