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By Patrick Yost editor When 21–year-old Donald Justin Lee shuffled into the Morgan County Magistrate Court at the Morgan Public Safety Center, his feet and legs shackled, he was crying. Just moments before Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley escorted Lee into the courtroom for a brief arraignment

Planning board to hear zoo request

By Leila Dycus intern The Morgan County Planning Commission met for a work session on Friday, March 21, to discuss two applications related to relocating the zoo that is being planned for Morgan County. Chuck Jarrell presented the first request from Mike Conrads to rezone three parcels

City seeks $200k for Pearl Street

By Nick Nunn staff writer The Madison City Council voted in favor of a resolution to submit an application for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for neighborhood revitalization. The application will list eight dilapidated or substandard properties on Madison’s Pearl Street that will receive rehabilitation funds

Congressman recognizes Reidlinger

By Tia Lyn Lecorchick staff writer Paul Broun, the Republican U.S Representative for Georgia’s 10th Congressional District, presented Dillon Riedlinger, a 17-year-old Morgan County High School (MCHS) senior, with a special certificate of recognition for his acceptance into United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point in

Middle School bands get top ratings at competition

By Tia Lyn Lecorchick staff writer The Morgan County Middle School (MCMS) bands performed at the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) Large Group Performance Evaluations at Salem High School in Conyers, scoring well. earlier this year, and received a “superior rating” for their performances, in the categories

County considers adding ‘wellness’ program to plan

By Tia Lyn Lacorchick staff writer The Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) is currently considering a proposal for a county employee wellness program. County Manager Michael Lamar presented the proposal at the March 18 BOC meeting. Over the past few weeks, Lamar and other county representatives

Board of Commissioners renews county transportation program

By Tia Lyn Lacorchick staff writer The Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved the application to renew funding from the Department of Human Services (DHS) on March 18, which reimburses Morgan County for the cost of coordinated trasportation services for citizens in Morgan and Jasper counties.

Farmer’s Market taking shape, to open in 2015

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer Keith Kelly, owner of Kelly Products, Inc. located in Covington, has released updated information regarding the development of his private-public partnered farmers market, along with an agricultural tourism site, to be located at at 2620 Eatonton Road. The county signed on

Board of Elections approves $71k election fund budget

By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration (BOER) approved a $71,300 budget request from the county’s general fund for fiscal year 2015. The BOER’s budget request does not include amounts for employee salaries, benefits, and additional miscellaneous costs, which will be

DDA approves revised Urban Renewal plan

By Nick Nunn staff writer The Downtown Development Authority of Madison (DDA) recommended the approval of an amendment to their Urban Renewal Plan (URP) during their March 20 meeting. The proposed amendment would change the URP, which maps out the West Washington Street Gateway, to accommodate the