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Man attempts to fleece Madison auto parts store: Suspect busted with careful records of returns made to O’Reilly Auto Parts

By Patrick Yost Editor A Riverdale man faces several criminal charges after he allegedly attempted to return stolen merchandise to a Madison O’Reilly’s Auto Parts store. According to Madison Police Department reports, Troy Durham Wise, 42, was arrested on July 26 at approximately 6:20 p.m. after an

Biz Buzz: A movie theater in Madison? Yes, please!

  By Dianne Lively Yost It’s ding dang HOT y’all! And I ain’t just talkin’ ‘bout the weather! That’s ‘cause my hot, hot, hot pepper patch is flat ROCKIN’ it out of the garden! Lord have MERCY! Momma and I have flat out done ourselves this summer!

Aggressive Dogs: Gearing up, MCHS football team dons pads to prep for 2013 season. Dogs play rough, after all.

By Nick Nunn Staff Writer It’s almost here. August has arrived, and Morgan County football is less than 30 days away. The first of the month means the first days in full pads for the Bulldogs, who are in the final stages of preparation before their scrimmage

Volleyball team courts new players at camp

By Nick Nunn Staff Writer This year the Morgan County High School (MCHS) volleyball team included a new addition to their preseason schedule: a three-day camp at MCHS on July 29-31, just before team tryouts took place on Aug. 1. Twenty-two potential candidates for the volleyball team

Greetings from the Oregon trail

  By Nick Nunn This week, I’m doing a little remote reporting from Oregon, visiting the family of my girlfriend, Alayna Fisher. We’re planning on making a whirlwind trip of some of the sights in Oregon, including Crater Lake, the redwoods along the coast, the Oregon caves,

The last hurrah of the Greater Rutledge Sportsman’s Club

By Alvin Richardson In 1971 Lake Oconee was just a gleam in the eye of the Georgia Power Company. There were, however rumors out there that the river was on its way to semi-extinction and that a big dead lake would take its place. The Greater Rutledge

On Point: MCHS Marching Band preps this football season’s “Lion King”-themed halftime show during band camp

  By Leila Dycus Intern Last week some of Morgan County High School’s (MCHS) best musicians made their way back to school early… for band camp. “First of all, we’re doing an exciting show featuring music from Disney’s The Lion King. That’s always a crowd-pleaser; it’s always

Schools to hold beginning-of-the-year events

By Kathryn Schiliro Managing Editor Morgan County public school students begin the school year Thursday, Aug. 8, but Meet the Teacher and open house events continue after that date. Morgan County Primary School (MCPS) will hold their Meet the Teacher date on Wednesday, Aug. 7, the day

Howard E. Pickett

Howard E. Pickett of Madison passed away July 31, 2013 at Madison Health and Rehab. He was 91 years of age. He was born October 27, 1921 in Covington and was one of eight children. He joined the Navy when he was 22 years old where he

Betty Joe Smith

Funeral service for Betty Joe Smith will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 10 at Springfield Missionary Baptist church. The body will lie in state from noon until hour of service. Family and friends please assemble at Dellie Franklin residence at 12:15. Visitation will be held