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Lake murder shocks community

By Patrick Yost editor There was a single topic of conversation this past week at every coffee club, lunchroom counter or other public gathering place. Who killed and beheaded Russell Dermond, 88, and where is his wife Shirley? And, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said during one

HPC Approved

By Tia Lecorchick staff writer The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) approved Kathi Russell for a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA), after more than a year of stalled negotiations, with certain conditions. “I am delighted,” said Russell. “We will start construction right away.” Russell, owner of the historic Mapp-Gilmore

Woman held for three days

By Patrick Yost Editor A 61–year–old Madison man was arrested Wednesday, May 7, and charged with false imprisonment after he allegedly held a 36–year–old woman against her will for three days and demanded sex, reports state. Alfred Joseph Duncan was arrested and charged after the woman told

Rutledge mayor has mild stroke

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer The Mayor of Rutledge, James Bratcher, 71, suffered from two mild strokes last week and is currently staying at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens awaiting further test results. Julie Bratcher, James Bratcher’s daughter, said her father did not feel right on

New principal named at Morgan Middle

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer The Morgan County School Board voted to accept the resume of Darrell Stephens, who will become the new principal for Morgan County Middle School (MCMS) to replace resigning Principal Lydia Norburg, at their monthly meeting on May 12. According to Stephens,

Board rejects home–schoolers plea to join band

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer A Morgan County home-schooler, Karen Mullins, petitioned the Morgan County School Board for a second time on May 12 to request that her son, who will be a high schooler this fall, be allowed to join the Morgan County High School

Health Department board votes to submit $160k budget request

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer The Morgan County Health Department board met on May 12 to vote to approve the proposed budget request for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 for $160,000, which will be submitted to the county commissioners for approval. “I think our requests are

Council approves zoning for senior development

By Nick Nunn staff writer The Madison City Council approved a rezoning application by Parallel Housing, Inc., to rezone portions of tax parcels M08-043 and M08-041 at 555 North Fifth Street from Professional/Limited Commercial (P2) to Planned Residential District (PRD). After approving the application for the rezoning

Hicky questions councils’ ethics on Reams app

By Nick Nunn staff writer During a public hearing regarding an application by Patrick Reams for Morgan Capital Investments for a conditional use permit for a congregate care home at 150 Hancock Street, Stratton Hicky, Madison resident, questioned whether Mayor Fred Perriman and three city council members

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