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Celebrity burglar strikes Madison? Thefts of silver range from Charleston to Belle Meade, Tenn.

By Patrick Yost, Editor A man dubbed “Burglar to the Stars” may have been involved in the theft of more than $20,000 of antique sterling silver from a Madison resident. According to Madison Police Chief Bill Ashburn, the recent arrest of Blane Nordahl in Florida due to

Tractor-trailer wreck shuts down I-20: Driver flown to Grady with third-degree burns

By Patrick Yost, Editor A Fort Worth, Texas man continues to cling to life at Grady Memorial Hospital after he suffered third-degree burns over 60 percent of his body following an Interstate 20 tractor-trailer wreck on Thursday, Aug. 29. According to TFC Alex Starling, Georgia State Patrol,

2013 Local Elections: Who’s on the ballot?

Qualified Candidates Madison Mayor Fred Perriman (current city councilman) Madison Council, D1 Carrie Peters-Reid Madison Council, D2 John Stratton Hicky and Bobby Crawford Madison Council, D5 Chris Hodges and Michael Naples (incumbent) Rutledge Mayor Joellen Artz and James Bratcher (current city councilman) Rutledge Council, D1 Timothy J. Smith and William

BOC OKs $459k bid to pave and stripe Weaver Jones Road

By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer During the Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting on Aug. 3, the BOC approved a bid by Pittman Construction for $459,000 to pave and stripe the 2.7 miles that make up Weaver Jones Road. BOC Chair Ellen Warren said during the

$1.8M property bill for airport expansion

Plans for the City’s Airport Expansion Extending the runway to 5,000 feet, creating a parallel taxi-way, and relocation of the hangars and fueling system By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer During an Aug. 30 work session, the Madison City Council discussed future expansion plans for the Madison Municipal Airport,

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