2013 Year in Review – February

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February

Horace Martin Guinn, who faced more than 100 charges of child exploitation and sexual molestation, opted for a plea agreement, in which he pled guilty to 15 counts, resulting in a sentence of 40 years incarceration with 20 years to serve.

Bostwick demolishes their community center and replaces it with a parking lot. Death of a local 4-year-old boy during a motor vehicle accident inspired local officials to raise awareness about proper use of car seats and updated Booster Seat Law that went into effect in 2011.

The Madison Goodwill opened to a packed parking lot full of an eager crowd.

Immunization rates hit a three-year low in the county, dropping from 3,400 patients in 2009 to 2,300 in 2012.

Madison received nearly $44,000 courtesy of the Local Maintenence And Improvement Grant (LMIG) from the Georgia Department of Transportation to fund the city’s transportation projects which are mainly comprised of road resurfacing plans.

The Madison City Council continued to debate the allowance of limited-tourism in residential areas. Morgan County Commissioners postponed the creation of a Citizens Budget Committee to allow time for more research by gathering information about similar groups from surrounding counties.

Teen pregnancy statistics were released, showing the number of teen pregnancies throughout Morgan County dropped from a high of 55 births in 1991 to a low of 18 in 2011.

District Health Director Claude Burnett announced the four top priorities designated by the Georgia Department of Public Health: obesity, tobacco use, infant mortality, and immunizations.

The two-day auction of the Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum collection netted more than $9.1 million, as hundreds of people from all over the world gathered at the museum to bid on an array of classic cars.

The long-time Morgan County Elementary School Principal Jean Triplett decided to retire after 35 years as an educator.

The Trail of Trees program came to Morgan County Elementary School in honor of Arbor Day. Tom Womick taught the kids facts about trees using games and props.

Mike Ivy of Bostwick and Phillip Von Hanstein of Madison were elected to the Southern States board, and Lee Nunn of Bostwick was elected chairman of the local board.

Expelled student, Erice Williams of Madison, was tazed and arrested, charged with two counts of disruption with the operation of a school and two counts of obstruction of law enforcement officers.

Sandra Deal, Georgia’s First Lady, visited local pre-K and kindergarten students to read them a poem and story.

The Morgan County Middle and High schools were denied the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy planning grant, applied for in December.

The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center’s Yearly Antiques Show & Sale drew about 500 people to Madison.

Buckhead resident Denny Bleau won the Georgia Lottery of $1 million.

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