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Court rejects appeal

By Patrick Yost editor On Monday, May 5, the Georgia Supreme Court published an order denying a petition by Ron Mastrogiovanni for an appeal in his March, 2012 conviction on 11 counts of sexual exploitation of children. The order, according to Ocmulgee Judicial Assistant District Attorney Alison

Morgan Memorial Hospital kicks off national Hospital Week with luncheon

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer The Morgan Memorial Hospital (MMH) kicked off the nationally-recognized Hospital Week on May 12 to show appreciation for healthcare workers by recruiting The Varsity Truck from Atlanta to set up shop on the MMH lawn, serving hospital employees their notorious hotdogs

City budget ‘alarming’ council member says

By Nick Nunn staff writer During the second budget workshop held by the Madison City Council concerning the fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget, Madison Finance Director Karen Guinn stated that the city’s budget fund balance is currently at 15.8 percent. “We do not anticipate dropping below this,” said

It’s astounding. Time is fleeting. Madness takes its toll.

Ding Dang Momma! Don’t tell me we’re gonna hike down this Hard Labor Creek State Park trail! Nobody goes down there . . . Some even say it’s flat enchanted! I’m talkin’ spooky, haunted! Shoot fire! Why’s the air gettin’ all blurry? WHOOOOA Momma! Hold on! We’re

First annual Mommies and Poppies festival attracts over 500 visitors

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer Sunflower Farm in Rutledge held its first ever Mommies and Poppies festival over Mother’s Day weekend to celebrate motherhood with two days of food, music, an art exhibit, gardening advice, and of course, poppies. Part of the proceeds will go benefit

Man arrested and charged with cocaine possession

By Patrick Yost Editor A 17–year–old man who was the victim of an alleged gang beating last week was arrested and charged with cocaine possession and obstruction Saturday, May 10. Laronte Jackson, Madison, was arrested and charged after police were called to a Bramblewood drive residence with

Law Enforcement- Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

On May 2 Joseph Benjamin Morris, 32, Buckhead, was arrested and charged with cruelty toward children. According to reports, a 5-year-old child’s father told authorities that when he had visitation of his daughter, he noticed several contusions on the child’s buttocks and legs. She allegedly told the

Law Enforcement- Madison Police Department

On May 2 a recovered stolen handgun report was filed at a Penor Street location. According to reports, officers had arrived at a Penor Street residence as part of a multi-jurisdictional arrest warrant sweep. While searching the residence, an officer located a pistol grip 12 gauge shotgun

4-H team prepares for National Competition

By Nick Nunn staff writer With a pair of state titles under their belt, the Morgan County 4-H Senior Recurve and Senior Compound archery teams have begun preparing for their next stage of competition: the National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitation, which will be held in Grand Island,

Hoop Dogs receive State Champ rings

The Morgan County High School Hoop Dogs received their 2014 AAA state championship rings last Thursday, May 8, at the Chop House. photo by dianne yost