2013 Year in Review – March

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March The Madison Police Department worked in conjunction with the U.S. Secret Service to arrest four out-of-town men using bleached, reprinted bills to purchase goods at the local Wal-mart.

A Certificate of Need (CON) for a five-bed expansion with an estimated cost of $140,000 was approved for Morgan Memorial Hospital.

Morgan Memorial Hospital becomes one of 11 hospitals named to the Chairman’s Circle by the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA), earning between the 80th and 90th percentile for patient safety.

Morgan County High School student Mitcham Tuell was named a National Merit finalist, one of 8,300 finalists out of 1.5 million entrants. Morgan County High School JROTC color guard finishes fifth at the Air Force JROTC Georgia State Drill Team Competition.

Morgan County and the city of Madison began monthly tornado siren testing to ensure all sirens remain in working order.

Morgan County High School students Lillie Chupp and Kathryn Gailey qualified for the international thespian competition.

The Madison Historic Preservation Commission denied a demolition request for the old Mapp-Gilmore Funeral Home located at 200 W. St. Nearly 60 people showed up to the hearing and the commission ultimately decided the building’s significance and information provided did not justify a demolition.

Two undercover officers arrest Ezekiel Thomas Spell of Bostwick, who previously fled from police in a high-speed chase, at a traffic light, and charged him with the sale of methamphetamine.

Madison City Council unanimously approved an increase of the natural gas base charges, the first installment occurring in 2013, and the second increase to occur in 2014, in order to stabilize the city’s gas system.

Madison council continued to work through proposed exemptions for tourism in residential zones. City staff added a special license that offers exemptions for one-time tours, such as tours led by the Georgia Trust or the Chamber of Commerce.

Morgan County Board of Education sets new precedent with approving the 2013 school-year to begin on an earlier date, August 1.

Storyteller Renee Hannah continued entertaining Morgan County children at the county library for the 12th year in a row.

Statistics reveal that half of the Morgan County students receive free or reduced-price meals through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)-administered National School Lunch Program.

Madison had 94 percent of budgeted property tax collected.

Eight freshman girls from Morgan County High School (MCHS) attended the HerWorld Program sponsored by DeVry University to help them consider careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Madison Community Theater put on a riveting version of the popular play, “Music Man” for local audiences. The Fifth Annual Poetry Contest was opened to Morgan County citizens, in honor of National Poetry Month, sponsored by East Metro Atlanta Christian Writers.

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