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Carole Ann Hellyer

Carole Ann Hellyer, 75 of Madison, died August 13, 2014 at her home. She was the daughter of the late Lewis and Rose Lydia Gifford. She was born May 1, 1939 in Summerville, Mass. She worked as a caregiver most of her life. She loved to help

Tammy Beal

Tammy Beal, 77 of Madison, died August 12, 2014. She was a native of Adkins, Ark. She was born September 27, 1936 to Bud and Alta Patrick. She worked as a beautician. She enjoyed sewing and reading and she loved her family. Ms. Beal is survived by

BOE to appeal state’s tax assessment

By Jamison Meriwether Hooks staff writer The good news for Morgan County property tax owners: according to a state report, property in Morgan County is selling higher than the assessed value. The bad news: that same report may cost taxpayers and the Morgan County school system money.


Places Everyone… Trucks, talent, production crews, cameras and filming equipment descended once again on Downtown Madison Saturday only this time for a documentary produced by State Line Films for the ION Network. The documentary is about a U.S. war veteran who lost his legs in Afghanistan and

‘Goosebumps’ to offer early, free screening

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer Goosebumps, the film based on R.L. Stine’s popular children’s horror fiction novels , wrapped up shooting in Madison a couple weeks ago. As a “thank you” to Madison for allowing scenes from the movie to be filmed downtown, Sony will arrange

Council rejects family’s request

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer The Madison City Council voted down two hotly-debated zoning applications from one applicant, Robert Benford, after a three-hour heated public hearing, in which family members, neighbors and prominent community members argued for and against the applications, on August 11. The applications

Health Dept. takes hit

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer Back in July, the state of Georgia lost the federal Title X grant of the Public Health Service Act, which funds the family planning services of public or private nonprofit organizations across the county. For Georgia, it’s an $8.4 million loss in

James Madison Inn gets top national rating

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer The James Madison Inn, located at 260 W. Washington Street in Madison, was named the third best wedding venue in the country by, a national site that rates a myriad of travel destinations for quality, comfort, and prestige. The recognition,

School year begins with 32 new teachers

By Jamison Hooks staff writer Although the summer heat is still upon us, summer vacation for Morgan County students has once again come and gone. The Morgan County Board of Education (BOE) has been hard at work in order to prepare for the new school year. Assistant

Rising sixth grade students have a chance to acclimate

By Leila Dycus staff writer The rising sixth-graders had their first chance to navigate the middle school hallways last week as they prepared for the transition from elementary school to middle school at the annual Bullpup Training Camp. “Parents- remember this is a transition time,” said Morgan