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MCHS Basketball Coach Charlemagne Gibbons celebrates Saturday night’s victory over the Johnson Atom Smashers. The team will be up against Buford for the AAA State Championship in Macon this Saturday. For more details on the Bulldogs’ win, see page B1. photo by: josiah connelly  

Farmer’s Market gets BOC approval

By Nick Nunn staff writer Morgan County Manager Michael Lamar announced during the regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners (BOC) on Tuesday, March 4, that the county will be taking part in a public/private partnership with Keith Kelly, owner of Kelly Products, Inc., of Covington, in

MMH has big month

By Nick Nunn staff writer During the February 27 meeting of the Morgan Memorial Hospital Authority (MMHA), Kyle Wilkinson, CFO for Morgan Memorial Hospital (MMH), informed the board of the hospital’s positive net income of almost $194,000 for the month of January 2014. Wilkinson stated that a

LeClair, Mahoney earn valedictorian, salutatorian

By Nick Nunn staff writer Jack LeClair, 17, a senior at Morgan County High School (MCHS), was named the 2014 valedictorian. Elizabeth Mahoney, 17, a senior at MCHS, was named the salutatorian. Principal Jim Malanowski announced their achievement during a specially called assembly for seniors. “These are

Georgia Zoo hopes to relocate to Interstate 20 location

By Tia Lynn Lacorchick staff writer After months of standstill, the proposed zoo in Morgan County is officially moving forward with a new location and anticipated opening date for the Spring of 2015. Owners Michael Vaden and Bill Killmer have secured a property with 395 acres at

Board makes ‘Purple Heart County’ official

By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) issued a proclamation on Tuesday, March 4, designating Morgan County as a “Purple Heart County,” making Morgan the first county in the state of Georgia. BOC Chair Andrew Ainslie described the “excitement in the air”

Morgan deputy now has new narcotics partner

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer Brad Vaughn, a newly certified canine deputy and school resource officer at Morgan County schools, completed a 180-hour program offered through the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office to handle a yellow Labrador Retriever trained to sniff out illegal narcotics. Vaughn was paired

Agritourism sign ordinance presented, Sheriff says staff level is low

By Nick Nunn staff writer During the March 1 meeting of the Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) Morgan County Planning Director Chuck Jarrell presented a draft for an agritourism directional signs ordinance The ordinance would create or modify definitions for “agricultural tourist attraction,” “directional signs,” “illegal

Acres, Evans qualify for BOE seat

By Tia Lyn Lacorchick staff writer Brad Evans, 37, a local attorney in Madison, has announced his candidacy for the Board of Education (BOE) District 5 . Dave Belton is vacating his seat on the BOE to run for state representative. “I have been looking for an

Here comes Ricky D’s! Dianne Lively Yost biz buzz columnist

Momma! I’m home! I brought you a brand spankin’ new . . . Oh My Ever. Livin’. GOSH! Yoda! Ironman! Indiana Jones! What in the Sam Hill is goin’ on? Whoa! Did somebody slip psychedelic mushrooms in my tea? Momma y’all can’t play poker with our shoppin’