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Woman faces 75 theft, fraud charges

By Patrick Yost Editor A Madison woman turned herself into authorities a day after Christmas on 75 felony counts of theft. According to Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent In Charge J.T. Ricketson, Melissa Shawn Stephens, 28, turned herself in to Madison Police Department authorities at the

Memo to Board of Commissioners: 2013 a banner year for ‘proactive’ policies

Nick Nunn, staff writer Morgan County Manager Michael Lamar sent an interoffice memorandum to the Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) on Dec. 18 outlining county projects and initiatives that were handled during 2013. The memorandum listed almost two dozen initiatives, including the Mannington plant expansion, 911

Here comes Ricky D’s

Downtown cinema to open in February

By Leila Dycus Staff Writer Progress is being made on Madison’s newest form of entertainment: Ricky D’s retro cinema. “We are moving along, we have the wine bar installed, we have all of the seating and everything ready to go in the dining area,” said owner Dana

Several public service posts for city are open

By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer Openings for public service appointments are currently available for the City of Madison’s Cemetery Stewardship Commission, Greenspace Commission, and Historic Preservation Commission. According to Monica Callahan, Madison Planning Director, there are two openings on each commission open at this time. Applicants must

Holiday feast for two

By Nick Nunn Nature is a relatively emotionless place. As much as Disney movies would like us to believe that foxes and hounds can really be friends, it just isn’t so. In fact, human nature is really so far away from the natural order that the rest

“Resolutionary” wars, past and future

By Alvin Richardson, Columnist Even though we are getting ready pronounce our New Year Resolutions I bet you don’t know the real historical background. Now don’t hold me to this ‘cause some embarrassing errors might be found but this is what I heard. It all got started

Minority Report

Greg Morin, Columnist This past Friday (December 27) a federal judge ruled that it is perfectly fine for the NSA to collect and review your phone and Internet records ( HYPERLINK “” . Why is that? Well, those records don’t actually belong to you. This ruling

Law Enforcement: Madison Police Department

On December 23 a burglary complaint was filed at a East Jefferson Street location. According to reports, a woman reported that someone had forced entry into her apartment by the back door and removed an Acer computer, a Sony PlayStation 3, two bottles of perfume that had

Law Enforcement: Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

On December 28 a simple battery cokmmplaint was filed at a Bostwick Road location. According to reports, a 39-year-old woman told a deputy that she had engaged in a physical altercation with her 61-year-old husband. The woman said that when the couple arrived home, the man accused