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Woodard named new school chief

By Patrick Yost editor The Morgan County Board of Education (BOE) held a specially-called meeting on July 31 to announce the top candidate for superintendent to the public. The BOE has chosen James Woodard, the current CEO/principal of the Newton College and Career Academy in Covington, a

Grant ‘down to wire’

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer The Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) made a last minute revisal to their application for the USDA $80,000 Rural Business Enterprise Grant for the coming Farmers Market on Aug. 5, just two days before the application deadline on Thursday, Aug.

Shooting has gang connection?

By Patrick Yost editor Madison authorities are investigating a possible gang connection with a shooting on Overlook Drive last week. According to Lt. Colin Campbell, Madison Police Department, the department is investigating a 9 p.m. shooting where a bullet struck a car and shattered a window of

Hole–in–Wow at the Creek at Hard Labor

By Patrick Yost editor The first thing Tom Metzger did on the way home from The Creek at Hard Labor Creek golf course Sunday was stop and buy a lottery ticket. Metzger says he never plays the lottery, see’s it as a fool’s game. But this time

Indigent care drags hospital’s annual income down

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer Morgan County Hospital Authority (MCHA) held its monthly meeting on July 31 to review the financial developments for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 budget-cycle, which ended on June 30. The hospital had an unaudited net income loss of $205,322 for the

‘Goosebumps’ completes Madison filming

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 on Jul. 30-31, capturing various aerial shots with the use of a helicopter. “I think overall it has been a very positive experience,”

MMH’s Castillo tapped for state board slot

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer Ralph Castillo, CEO of Morgan Memorial Hospital (MMH), is set to serve a three-year term on the Georgia Hospital Association Center for Rural Health board, a statewide board representing 68 rural hospitals across Georgia. Castillo will begin his tenor in this

Durrett draws a crowd

By Leila Dycus staff writer Perhaps one of the most well-known artists, Diane Durrett, graced the Rutledge Gazebo last week, drawing in quite the crowd. “She sold a lot of CDs, which is a good indication that people liked her,” said Terry Reeves, concert series director. The

Bostwick Council hears concerns regarding water

By Leila Dycus staff writer On Monday, Aug. 4, the Bostwick City Council held its monthly meeting, discussing the ongoing pavement project with Garrett Paving, projected to cost the city $32,407. Mayor John Bostwick said the city is moving forward on the project. The council also decided

City consider’s adopting ‘movie policy’ for film shoots

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer In the wake of the recent films being shot in Morgan County, particularly Goosebumps in Madison and Selma in Rutledge, the city is considering adopting a new written policy to put a foundational practice in place for possible future movie and