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City’s budget nears $20 million mark

By Nick Nunn staff writer The Madison City Council held their first budget workshop for the fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget last week, giving council members their first look at the proposed budget for 2015, which totals nearly $18,500,000. The proposed budget marks an increase of more

Movie to start filming

By Dianne L. Yost staff writer The Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce is moving its Visitor Center next Monday and Tuesday to make room for the production crew of the Sony Pictures Entertainment film Goosebumps, starring Jack Black. The Visitor Center will be relocated to the Town Park

Housing development clears Planning hurdle

By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve an application to rezone the property at 555 Fifth Street, which is being proposed as the site of a senior housing development by Parallel Housing, Inc., from Limited Commercial/Professional (P2) to Planned Residential

Avado to become assisted living facility

By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of a conditional use permit for a congregate personal care home at 150 Hancock Street, Madison. The applicant, Patrick Reams, is proposing to use the existing building at 150 Hancock Street as

Thirty years in the pulpit at Sandy Creek Baptist

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer Butch Lee, 64, pastor of Sandy Creek Baptist Church in Madison, has ministered to the community for the past 30 years. Lee has balanced his commitment and passion for local and foreign ministry seamlessly as he has dedicated his life to

JDA gauging Baxter International impact

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer The Joint Development Authority (JDA), a board representing four neighboring counties, Morgan, Jasper, Walton, and Newton, held their monthly meeting last week to arrange an on-foot tour for the board members of the soon-to-be constructed $14 million Georgia BioScience Training Center,

Rep. Holt won’t make an endorsement in 112 race

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer Stating that “I find it necessary to publicly state my position on the race to fill the District 112 State House seat”, State Representative Doug Holt clarified his stance on the contest. “It has been my intent to leave the decision

City hopes to restore Horse Branch

By Nick Nunn staff writer The City of Madison issued a public notice last week stating that the city will be requesting a variance to state environmental law in order to begin a stream bank restoration project on Horse Branch in Madison. City Manager David Nunn stated

MCES Relay event raises more than $1,600

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer Morgan County Elementary School (MCES) held their annual Relay For Life Marketplace fundraiser on Apr. 17. Jennifer Evans, MCES’s Relay for Life chairwoman and third grade teacher, said the she was overwhelmed by the support of students, parents and community members.

Law Enforcement- Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

On April 24 an affray complaint was filed at a Hollis Street, Rutledge location. According to reports, deputies responded to a report of juveniles fighting. When they arrived, reports states, several juveniles fled the area. Deputies were given identification of the juveniles by neighbors and a deputy