2013 Year in Review – January

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January

Madison earned a positive audit report, exceeding the city’s liabilities by almost 30.8 million while the city’s assets increased by almost 240,000. In effort to combat declining high school attendance rates, the school system adopted the three-pronged initiative the ABC’s (Attendance, Behavior and Curriculum) to refocus themselves on those basic principles to achieve academic success for students.

Grace Fellowship launched a new “broad umbrella” ministry called Celebrate Recovery for those struggling with “hurt, habit, or hang-up.” The ministry aims to help people deal with their pasts and equip them to make wise decision for their future.

Central Ga. EMC donated $1,500 to the Harvest of the Heart Garden, a local organization committed to growing, maintaining, and harvesting community gardens, freely donating fresh vegetables to the elderly, the disabled, the unemployed, or financially-stressed recipients. Central Ga.

EMC also donated $1,500 to the Morgan County Humane Society, an organization that rescues and cares for stray cats and dogs and seeks out adoptive homes for them. Sheriff’s Office receives a $50,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to reduce the number of fatal or injurious motor vehicle accidents in Morgan County.

The then newly-elected State Senator Burt Jones tours Morgan County Schools to better familiarize himself with the Morgan County Charter School System, one of just 16 charter school systems across the state of Georgia. Richard and Dana Kibbey donated 2,000 books from their book, theater and bar business, Retro Cinema & Books, to the Morgan County Library.

Georgia Piedmont Technical College selects Dr. Jacquelin Echols as the head of the Department of Adult Education of the college, which has the largest adult education program in the state of Georgia.

Dave Belton, who represents District 5 on the Morgan County School Board, along with 109 Delta employees, made his second trip to a Peruvian orphanage, La Sagrada Familia to work among the children.

Bill Ashburn was named the new chief of the Madison Police Department, chosen out of 50 other candidates who applied for the position.

Jim Malanowski was unanimously voted by the Morgan County Board of Education to become the new principal of Morgan County High School.

After working for 39 years for the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, Roger Webb retired and was honored with a reception at the Georgia Farm Bureau Office.

City of Madison and Morgan County officials face-off over the terms of distribution for the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) monies, a 1 percent sales tax levied by the county and distributed among the county to its four municipalities: Bostwick, Buckhead, Madison and Rutledge.

Morgan County School System’s Financial Report benefited from state reimbursements of funds, totaling more than $4.4 million. Madison City Council received zoning training during a special work session based on the information in “Making Good Zoning and Land Use Decision,” presented by Frank Jenkins.

The Morgan County Branch of the NAACP celebrated a very special Dr. Martin Luther King that coincided with President Obama’s inauguration.

Nate Conn is named STAR Student and Latin teacher, LaReece Reynolds is named STAR teacher.

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