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Columnist: Our generals are gone

By Fred Johnson Four battle-seasoned generals have been forced from the service by Barack Obama. The first to go was Gen. David McKiernan, the four-star who lead U.S. ground forces during the successful lightning Iraq invasion. He was asked to resign command of allied forces in Afghanistan

Visitor to Madison appalled by city’s lack of utilities debt collection

To the Editor: I spent July Fourth weekend with family friends who live in Madison. The James Madison Inn distributes copies of your newspaper and I was horrified by the July 4 article “City council writes off more than $185,000 in utilities.”  I understand the reasoning behind

Commissioners table setback variance request for Buckhead pool, patio

By Stephanie Johns Staff Writer Members of the Morgan County Commission unanimously voted to table a setback variance request from Candace Carlson and her clients, William and Renee Pritchard. The Pritchards want to build a home, a garage, and a pool on a lake lot located off

Council OKs GMC move to Main: City, county LOST litigation moved to Sept.

By Stephanie Johns Staff Writer Members of the Madison City Council approved a conditional use zoning request to allow Georgia Military College (GMC) to move into the old Citizen building located at 235 S. Main St. Councilman Joe DiLetto recused himself, noting that his wife works for

Council adopts budget after losses in fiscal year 2013

By Nick Nunn Staff Writer Last Thursday, the Rutledge City Council held their final meeting regarding the city’s budget for the fiscal year 2014, which the attending council members unanimously voted to adopt. The fiscal year 2014 budget reflects decreasing expectations regarding the general fund, whose budgeted

Joseph’s Coat in new home: Neighboring agencies Joseph’s Coat, Caring Place, Action, Inc. and Harvest of the Heart Garden work together to benefit people

  By Stephanie Johns Staff Writer Joseph’s Coat is settling into its new home at 1140 Monticello Highway in Madison. The charitable location relocated there in January. An outreach of the Madison Episcopal Church of the Advent, Joseph’s Coat has been in business for years. Manager Sue

Law Enforcement: July 11, 2013 edition

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office On July 5 a disorderly conduct complaint was filed at an East Main Street, Rutledge location after a man reported observing a black male walking on East Main Street waving a pistol. According to reports, a deputy and Georgia State Patrol trooper responded

Peach season at CJ Orchards

By Leila Dycus Intern Georgia may be known for its peaches, but in Morgan County, there is only one place to find the state’s offical fruit– that’s at CJ Orchards in Rutledge. “Morgan County used to be a big peach county back in the day, but it’s

Biz Buzz: Ricardo’s Kouzzina open, H. Porkington’s offers breakfast

By Dianne Lively Yost It’s happenin’ y’all! The wait is flat OVER! That’s right! Ricardo Casillas has opened his brand spankin’ new restaurant, Ricardo’s Kouzzina at 271 West Washington St., in Madison right across from Town Park (formerly the location of The Ice House restaurant)! Ricardo wanted

Council considers rollback millage rate

By Stephanie Johns Staff Writer Members of the Bostwick City Council discussed accepting the rollback millage rate during their July meeting. Mayor John Bostwick said if they accept the rollback rate of 1.47 mils it will bring in the same $10,010 in taxes that the current millage