2013 Year in Review – May

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The 16th annual Madison Fest in Town Park drew in almost 2,000 people for food, drinks, and live music on a sunny spring day.

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Madison Chapter honored their founding regent, Sue Reid Walton Manley.

The Morgan County Middle and High School choruses presented their Spring Choral Concert, featuring music from musicals and several renditions of classical and popular music.

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office files a request for $4.3 million for both their office and the jail for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, a 25 percent increase over the previous year’s budget.

County budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 was projected to have a nearly $2 million shortfall, partly because of continuing reduction in property values.

The Madison in May Spring Tour of Homes & Garden drew almost 1,000 visitors, some from across the country and world, according to the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center.

All 10 fifth grade classes at Morgan County Elementary School visited Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge to learn about programs for the disabled in the great outdoors.

Chief Master Sergeant Robert Nash Allwine honored for teaching service with the AFJROTC Outstanding Instructor Award from the Airforce Junior ROTC (AFJROTC) and Air Education & Training Command (AETC).

National Day of Prayer service was held in front of the Morgan County Courthouse, sponsored by the Ministerial Association.

The 11th annual Madison County Chamber Music Festival was music to everyone’s ears.

The Morgan County Relay For Life raised $12,800, bringing Athens-based American Cancer Society’s total to $40,000.

The Madison City Council unanimously voted to deny a request from the Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration to use the city’s Municipal Complex as a polling place and the two government bodies continued to rigorously debate precinct consolidation.

Morgan County Middle School teachers offer assistance to non-English speaking parents, guiding them through the Tell Me More English language tutorial program.

County Insurance Broker Amy Meisch, with Northewestern Benefit Corp., recommended the county switch their medical insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia to Aetna, estimating $123,000 in savings.

The Morgan County Planning Commission voted 6-2 to recommend against four applications pertaining to the Parallel Housing development on Bethany Rd., which would have rezoned the area from Planned Professional District (PPD) to a Planned Residential District (PRD).

A new classroom building at Morgan County High School, originally budgeted at $3.029 million, comes up $88,000 under budget.

Rutledge holds its annual Country Fair and Madison holds its annual Boogie in Town Park event. Hundreds of members of the Morgan County High School Class of 2013 graduate.

Morgan County honored Memorial day with an estimated 1,000 motorcyclists and parade participants for the annual Memorial Day Parade. About 1,200 people were present at the ceremony held at Town Park to honor veterans.

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