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Joanie Bruce book signing at Barnes and Noble

Mama, Daddy, (Blanche and Jake Wilson) and I had a real treat on the 4th of July as we were invited over to Evelyn Hanes home in Winterville for a BBQ.  Evelyn’s father, Jack, has been making his home with Evelyn for the past few years.  Well,

Ten reasons why you should love your church

Starting your column this week I want to thank God for a beautiful day on Saturday. The weather was perfect for a yard sale. Next I want to thank everyone that came and made the day a success. I got to see a lot of people that

Honesty is the Best Policy…

I was recently asked by a parent about how much detail should we share with our children. I was reminded of a specific Sunday afternoon when I had to take our then-four year old son to the hospital emergency room after church, because he fell in the nursery

Local illustrator Lindy Burnett hosts summer art camps

By Nick Nunn staff writer During the month of June, local illustrator Lindy Burnett hosted “Camp Colorwheel,” four art camps dedicated to separate age groups, at her barn studio at 1970 Enterprise Road, Madison. The camps included a number of different skill-building activities, focusing on leadership skills,

County property taxes to rise 15 percent

By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) held a public hearing to set the 2015 millage rate at their July 1 regular meeting. At the meeting, County Manager Michael Lamar acknowledged that the county will be increasing the millage rate above the

BOE budget is $26.5 million

By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County Board of Education (BOE) voted to approve the advertisement of a proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2015, showing total expenditures of more than $27,800,000 and total revenues of approximately $27,565,000. The proposed expenditures for FY 2015 would be

Man gets 25 years after striking then running from GSP

By Patrick Yost editor A man who attempted to impersonate a U.S. soldier while transporting narcotics was sentenced to 25 years last week, with 15 years to serve in prison. Adrian Anthony Johnson, 33, Ridgeland, S.C. pled guilty to one count possession fo methylone (molly), one count

Even with rollback rate, city property taxes to rise

By Nick Nunn staff writer The City of Madison is proposing adopting the rollback millage rate of 6.127 for fiscal year (FY) 2015. An increase in the gross tax digest for Madison from roughly $213,000,000 in 2013 to approximately $233,000,000 in 2014 allowed the rollback millage rate

Morgan Memorial records $113k profit for May

By Nick Nunn staff writer Morgan Memorial Hospital (MMH) received a positive net income of more than $113,000 during May, despite a drop in average daily census from 18.7 in April to 16.6 in May. MMH Chief Financial Office Kyle Wilkinson said that “collections are still holding

Program seeks HPC’s help in identifying projects

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer The Transferable Development Rights (TDR) pilot-program in Madison is calling upon the in the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) to assist in designating candidates for the TDR program in the historic district. A TDR is a market-based ordinance, which would promote the