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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

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