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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

Morgan County Schools achievements of 2014

Dave Belton Morgan GOP Vice Chair Every year, I write a column summarizing the past school year. The big news, of course, is our recent ranking as the 10th best school system in the state. That puts Morgan in the stratospheric heights of top 5 percent of

Cat attack puts woman in hospital

By Patrick Yost editor A December 5 cat attack at a Tuell Court residence sent a woman to the Morgan Memorial Hospital where she received medical care for injures to her left eye, head, arms, upper chest and left hand, including receiving seven staples to seal a

Willie Paul Russell

Willie Paul Russell, 51, died November 23, 2014. He was born in Morgan County on February 19, 1962 to the late Ralph Russell Sr. and Anna Mary Simmons-Russell. He was preceded in death by both parents, a brother Ralph Russell Jr. and four sisters Mary Russell-Williams, Laura

County/ city call in the experts

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick editor The city of Madison and Morgan County recently requested the aid of state tourism experts to evaluate the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) tourism model and make recommendations for improvement sometime in January. Bruce Green, a tourism expert from the Georgia Department

Madison Police Department

On December 7 Ashton Phillipi Coates, 27, Athens, was arrested and charged with shoplifting after he allegedly attempted to take a Carehart jacket from Wal Mart, Eatonton Road. According to reports, Coates and a female were in the store and Coates tried on the jacket and then

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

On December 28 a harassing phone call complaint was filed at a Mallard Ridge Road residence after a woman said that the girlfriend of her ex brother-in-law had been calling her house a minimum of two to three times a day and either screams obscenities or leaves