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More frequent maintenance allows for older bus fleet, saves money

By Kathryn Schiliro, Managing Editor The Morgan County School System’s bus fleet has found the Fountain of Youth. Or so it seems. In all seriousness, the system bus’ average age is 10 years, compared to Oconee County’s 20 to 25 years, system Director of Transportation Brad Frink

Traffic stop leads to arrest for meth, marijuana

By Patrick Yost, Editor A traffic stop last Thursday, August 29, led to the arrest of a Madison man for possession of both marijuana and methamphetamine. According to Madison Police Department reports, Richard Scott Smith, 31, was arrested after the 1 a.m. stop on U.S. 441. Reports

Corridor Design Commission approves DQ plans at special called meeting

By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer During a special called meeting held on Sept. 3, the Corridor Design Commission (CDC) approved the construction plans for a Dairy Queen (DQ) at 1940 Eatonton Road, Madison, as part of the first phase of a three-phase development at 1910, 1920 and

Morgan Memorial maintains accreditation

By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer Morgan Memorial Hospital (MMH) underwent its triennial inspection by The Joint Commission (TJC) on Aug. 12 and 13 in order to maintain its Critical Access Hospital (CAH) accreditation. MMH passed the TJC’s top 10 most challenging clinical and non-clinical standards, with only

Teen arrested and charged with obstruction, possession

By Patrick Yost, Editor A 16-year-old male was arrested on August 22 after a 200 yard foot chase and charged with receiving a stolen vehicle, giving false information, obstruction and possession of controlled substances. According to Madison Police Department reports, officers were dispatched to the parking lot

MMH suffers $350k net operating loss in July

By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan Memorial Hospital (MMH) experienced a net operating loss of about $350,000 during July. The net operating loss was caused largely by net patient revenue being under budget by approximately $462,000 and revenue deductions being over budget by more than $160,000.


By Nick Nunn Regular readers of Nunnsense should know, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that I am still very much an adolescent boy at heart. It’s true. As an adolescent boy – particularly of the Southern variety – I’ve done a lot of unnecessary, idiotic things

BOE member on scores, budget, teachers

By Dave Belton Every now and then, I write a column to update what is happening in our schools. This year started very well, with very little of the complications that usually arise. Quite to our surprise, Assistant Superintendant Debra White unexpectedly left for family reasons and

Columnist: “Protect the franchise”

By Celia Murray President George W. Bush opened his second term with a vow to promote democracy around the world. The United States has long proclaimed its commitment to equal rights and broad democratic participation. Equal access to the franchise – the right to vote – is

A model for freedom… in Detroit?

By Greg Morin If you could distill the essence of the morning hangover and turn it into a city, that city would be Detroit. Everything seems “OK” during the party as both booze and money are consumed in excess. But as with all such excesses we are