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New Faces: Introducing the newest crop of teachers, a counselor and a principal

Compiled by Kathryn Schiliro, Managing Editor With the beginning of the new school year last week, we present to you, reader, our annual tradition of meeting the county’s new teachers in print. Enjoy! Morgan County Primary School Sarah Ball will teach Pre-Kindergarten at Morgan County Primary. Do you have

Former Extension Agent Bobby Smith says thank you to the county

  By Bobby Smith As I look back on my career thus far, that day I moved to Morgan County was special. It was the end of May in 2000. I was moving from my home in Auburn where I managed the University Dairy for the past

Zoned for a Zoo: It’s all in black and white – board OKs zoo proposed on Vaden’s Highway 83 property

By Patrick Yost Editor After a 90-minute hearing on a request to allow a conditional used permit for a zoo on more than 30 acres of River Farm Road, Ellen Warren, chairwoman, Morgan County Board of Commission, broke tradition. As chairwoman she is not tasked with offering

Second suspect is arrested in Bostwick beating incident

By Patrick Yost Editor A second suspect has been arrested and charged in the brutal beating of a 70–year–old Bostwick man. David Gunner McCullough, 19, Greensboro, was arrested and charged with aggravated battery and robbery in relation to the beating of Thomas Gary Etris. Etris was found

Mayor Gilbert wants out, Perriman wants in

By Patrick Yost Editor Madison Mayor Bruce Gilbert said Tuesday that he would not seek another term. The announcement came on the heels of current Madison Mayor Pro Tem Fred Perriman stating that he would seek the position. Perriman, 65, has been a 30-year Madison City Council

String of thefts from cars plagues Madison

By Patrick Yost Editor In two days five different vehicles were entered and items were stolen last week. According to Madison Police Department reports, the thefts, which occurred on July 31 and August 1, had a recurring theme. None of the vehicles were locked. “It’s imperative that

CRCT scores hit five-year high, White credits Common Core: Grades 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 break records for exceeding required score in reading

By Kathryn Schiliro Managing Editor CRCT, or Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, results are in, and Morgan County test-takers hit some five-year highs last school year. On the Reading CRCT, third, fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade students broke five-year records as far as percentages of students exceeding the

Results are in: Number of MCHS AP scholars is up

By Nick Nunn Staff Writer Forty-seven Morgan County High School (MCHS) students qualified as Advanced Placement (AP) scholars after receiving the AP exam scores from the 2012-2013 school year. Additionally, two of the 47 AP Scholars this year qualified as National AP Scholars During the last year,

Commission OKs rezoning for landscaping, business on 441 Bypass, tennis court lights

By Nick Nunn Staff Writer During the July 25 meeting of the Morgan County Planning Commission, the commission voted unanimously to rezone a 1.88 acre plot of land at the intersection of Bethany Road and the Highway 411 bypass in Madison to General Commercial (C2), and grant

Hot debate over precincts: Voters, board consider closing more than half

By Patrick Yost Editor A second hearing by the Morgan County Board of Elections regarding a proposed consolidation of voting precincts in Morgan County from 11 current precincts to five produced similar affirmations and dissent last Tuesday. While proponents of the plan, primarily Republican voters, lauded the