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Lessons from the Nativity

Dr. Michael Stovall In the birth of Jesus, God identifies with us at our deepest point of need, our humanity. “Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King! Let every heart prepare Him room. And heaven and nature sing. And heaven and nature

Now it’s murder

By Patrick Yost editor A teen’s aggravated battery and aggravated assault charges will likely be upgraded to murder after the victim died. According to Madison Police Chief Bill Ashburn, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation autopsy on the body of Willie Paul Russell, 52, showed that Russell death

Church youth teams up with museum to bring awareness to local hunger issues

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick managing editor Charity has never been so creative. The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA) has teamed up with the youth groups of Madison Baptist Church and Madison Presbyterian Church, to collect food for the needy and to raise awareness about hunger through

Madison appoints its new planning board

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer The Madison City Council appointed seven members to the new Madison Planning and Zoning Commission that will come into effect on January 1, 2015 and modified a text amendment to establish the new commission. Council Members Bobby Crawford, Carrie Peters-Reid, Rick

Rowser named County Teacher of the Year

By Jamison Hooks Staff Writer Jeffrey Rowser, who was named Morgan County’s System Teacher of the Year, was recognized by the Board of Education (BOE) at their regularly meeting on Monday, Dec. 8. Rowser spent a great majority of his Thanksgiving holiday working on his application for

Dave Belton Board of Education Reception

Jamison Hooks Staff Writer Family, friends, and associates of Dave Belton gathered to recognize the end of his time serving on the Morgan County Board of Education (BOE) and the beginning of a new chapter serving as State Representative for District 112. “We’re sorry to be losing

City creates new housing commission

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick managing editor Creating sustainable and affordable housing in the city of Madison is moving to the front and center of priorities. The Madison City Council appointed seven members to the new Housing Opportunity Commission (HOC) as part of the requirements of participating in

Gilmore House site of cannery class

By Zachary Parker staff writer Local non-profit Harvest of the Heart Gardens held a Christmas Cannery class last Thursday at the Gilmore House where attendants were taught how to make and can goods for the holiday season. Led by Canning Director Sharon Douglas, the class offered a

Messes of the Masses

Alvin Richardson columnist After some reflection I’ve concluded that a goodly portion of my life has been consumed with picking up stuff. If you tally time spent on things like cleaning up behind untidy children, picking up clutter following visits from kinfolk, taking out the trash, picking

“It stops today” Eric Garner, hero

Greg Morin columnist “Please just leave me alone” – these final words of Eric Garner contain much more than a plaintive request. They embody the spirit of his final actions: independence, resistance, and finally resignation. Eric Garner exited this world exhibiting the universally lauded virtue of willing