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Man flees vehicle, leaves children

By Patrick Yost, Editor A routine traffic stop on Saturday turned into more serious charges after a man allegedly fled the vehicle, leaving behind a 3-year-old male and 2-year-old female child. According to Madison Police Department reports, Corp. Jeremy Hoffman allegedly observed Stephen Christopher Warren, 22, make

School board’s general fund total comparable to FY13

By Kathryn Schiliro, Managing Editor The Morgan County Board of Education (BOE) last Monday, Sept. 9 approved a financial report with a general fund ending balance of more than $1.7 million for the month of August. The system’s general fund began last month with near $3 million,

Buckhead council working to repair playground

By Leila Dycus, Intern Repairs to Buckhead’s town playground, not in compliance with certain safety requirements, are on their way. At Monday’s Buckhead City Council meeting, Councilwoman Robin Bone and City Clerk Cheryl Safford shared that they talked to Gary Timberlake, a local playground builder who has

911 Advisory Board discusses radio system, PowerPhone updates

By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer During the September meeting of the Morgan County 911 Advisory Board, the board discussed updates having to do with the county’s VHF radio and PowerPhone projects. The board stated that the PowerPhone system, a software-based protocol system designed to handle most emergency

Council discusses crosswalks with Madison Police Chief

By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Madison City Council discussed the topic of crosswalk safety with the Madison Police Chief Bill Ashburn during their Sept. 13 work session. Chief Ashburn stated during the meeting that crosswalk safety is “one of our biggest topics” and that the responsibility

Teachers to look for another AP Econ text

By Kathryn Schiliro, Managing Editor Morgan County High School teachers and administrators will look for another textbook to suggest for Board of Education (BOE) approval following BOE member Dave Belton’s opposition to a proposed Advanced Placement (AP) Economics textbook last month. The proposed book was called “Krugman’s

Horse: RV with legs

By Nick Nunn If you were going to ride a horse 600 miles to your brother’s wedding, what would you pack to take along on the horse? Water? Food? Toiletries? A map? Money? Patrick Neal Schumacher, 45, apparently decided that none of these things were essential for

The meaning of “American Exceptionalism”

By Dave Belton “American Exceptionalism” is a term that has been used a lot lately, both by Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin. That a Soviet dictator misuses the term is not very surprising. That our own President does, however, is sad. For most of human history, oppression

“What war would Jesus start?”

By Greg Morin For a supposedly Christian nation that was presumably founded upon Christian values, the United States has a rather bellicose history that is entirely incongruous with the Christian message of loving your enemy and turning the other cheek. As easy as it was for most

Local interior designer to be featured on television show

By Dianne Lively Yost, Staff Writer Local interior designer Shane Meder is headed for television fame this month! Meder, the owner and principal designer at Atlanta-based Black Sheep Interiors who also occupies a large retail space at Madison Markets in Madison, will star later this month on