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Health & Wellness-New vaccine requirements

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick Staff Writer As the back-to-school hustle and bustle comes into full swing this week, parents need to be aware of a few key changes to the immunization requirements and recommendations for school students, particularly beginning seventh-graders. Beginning this year, students entering the seventh


Thursday, August 7 • Madison AA meetings every Sunday and Thursday Call (706-318-1551) for more information. • Coffee and Creations from 9 am to 10:30 am. Open studio time to gather with creative friends over coffee. $5.00 per person. Bring your own creative projects and just have fun together. If

GBI raids stores

By Patrick Yost editor Cash and “coin operated amusement machines” were seized from five Morgan County convenience stores and a pool hall last week and the owners of the establishments were arrested. In a coordinated raid between the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Commercial Gambling Unit, the

Trailer permit denied

By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend the denial of two conditional use permits to allow the placement of manufactured homes on 701 Eliza Morris Street and 815 Pearl Street, Madison, after several members of the public spoke in opposition

Exotic birds die

By Patrick Yost editor Two exotic birds destined for the Georgia Zoo and Safari Park have died and a third is ill and expected to die, according to a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office report. The report, filed on July 21, states that one of the zoo’s principal’s,

Shepeard Blood Drive this Saturday, August 2

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick Staff Writer Shepeard Blood Center is hosting a local Blood Drive to benefit Morgan Memorial Hospital (MMH) will be held outside of Wal-Mart in Madison, on Aug. 2 from 12 PM to 5 PM. The “bloodmobile” will be parked outside of Wal-Mart and

Anthony International Moves Jobs to Conyers

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick Staff Writer The Madison branch of Anthony International, a glass specialty manufacturing company located at 1101 Sovis Road, has announced that the company will move an estimated manufacturing 150 jobs to Conyers, about 30 miles away, later this year. “It’s never a good

Joanie Bruce book signing

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick Staff Writer Joanie Bruce, 56, a local painter and author, appeared at the Madison Artists Guild (MAG) on July 26 to sign copies of her two novels, “Alana Candler, Marked for Murder,” and “A Memory Worth Dying For.” Bruce, born in Memphis, Tennessee,

BAY Foundation Provides School Supplies for Families

By Leila Dycus staff writer One Morgan County family is taking the death of their relative and using it to bring awareness and hope to area students- last weekend the BAY Foundation provided kids with school supplies. “There are a lot of unfortunate people out here,” said

150th anniversary of Stoneman’s Raid on Madison this week

By Nick Nunn staff writer This week marks the 150th anniversary of General Stoneman’s Raid on Madison. The raid, which resulted in the death of one Madison resident, James Smith, was one of the stops on the cavalry’s way toward Athens. In July of 1864, Major General