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Belton: “Republicans need to unite”

By Dave Belton “We don’t have a domestic spying program,” says the President. Then why is the NSA keeping trillions of phone calls and emails of average Americans? “We’ve seen the deficit cut in half,” he says. Then why is Obama’s deficit spending vs. GDP triple that

“The social cost of horse manure”

By Greg Morin Imagine the following: It is the year 1700 and growth in the American colonies is threatening an economic and environmental catastrophe. Human and equine populations are expanding rapidly in tandem. The horse is integral to the economic engine that drives all economic output. But

Then don’t vote, if it becomes a hassle

To the Editor: In his recent column published in this newspaper Jim McManus states that four to 10 eligible voters failed to help select our president. He suggests that this lack of participation is due to the hassle experienced by voters. I say fine with me. If

CRCT and Common Core

To the Editor: I did not know Georgia had implemented common core. Ms. White is assuming that test scores have improved because of Common Core. I would like to know what Ms. White is basing her assumption on. From my educational experience, education has evolved into teaching

Law Enforcement: Aug. 15, 2013 edition

Madison Police Department On August 9 a larceny complaint was filed at a Veranda Park Drive location after a man reported that someone entered his unsecured garage and took two mountain bikes. One bike was a red Trek valued at $375 and the other was an orange,

Hot dog! Festival of Friends Aug. 24

By Dianne Lively Yost, Biz Buzz columnist No doubt: The heat and humidity of a Morgan County summer hits its peak each August with soaring temperatures, the Perseid Meteor Shower, freshly grilled hot dogs (more on that later) and special traditions like the beginning of school and the

BOH on school-based flu vaccines, sex ed materials

By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer During the August meeting of the Morgan County Board of Health (BOH), the board discussed the Morgan County Health Department’s school-based flu program, which will offer free influenza vaccines to all Morgan County students on Oct. 22 and 23. According to Leah

Enrollment hovering around 3,200

By Kathryn Schiliro, Managing Editor The Morgan County School System kicked off the new school year Thursday, Aug. 8 with more than 3,200 students in the system. However, that number is in a daily state of flux – a “moving target,” Assistant Superintendent Sarah Burbach said – as

Rocky Road: Morgan County Varsity softball has a bumpy start to the 2013 season

  By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) varsity softball team compiled a 1-2 record in just under 24 hours to begin their 2013 season. After a 1-10 loss to Walnut Grove last Friday night, the Lady Dogs lost to Mary Persons High

Back to School: Local students started the new year last Thursday, Aug. 8

Photos by Jesse Walker, Staff Photographer Morgan County students headed back to school on Aug. 8, before and after multiple orientations and Meet-the-Teacher events. For our coverage of the first day of school in photos, click here.