2013 Year in Review – November

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NOVEMBER The results from the College & Career Ready Performance Index were released and out of a 100 point system, Morgan County Primary School scored 95.5; Elementary School, 96.9, Middle School, 83.8; and High School, 75.8.

The Madison-Morgan Boys and Girls Club held the second annual Dancing with the Stars fundraiser on Nov. 14 and raised over $35,000 dollars. Three-hundred people attended the event, held at hall of The Madison Morgan Cultural Center. Local high school student MaCayla Cook worked to raise money for an organization for orphans and the families that wish to adopt them.

The Morgan County High School (MCHS) competition cheerleading team took second place at Oconee County High School’s cheerleading competition.

The City of Bostwick held its 24th annual Cotton Gin Festival, drawing the biggest crowd in its history, and the most runners, 218 runners this for its Gin Run.

The Morgan County Board of Commissioners voted in favor of exploring alternate funding for the purpose of bringing the county’s current retirement plan with the Government Employees Benefit Corporation of Georgia (GEBCorp) to 100 percent funding.

In perhaps the largest voter turn–out in a Madison City Council race, District Five challenger Chris Gilbert Hodges defeated incumbent District Five Council Member Michael Naples 127 votes (64 percent) to 72 votes (36 percent).

In the District Two City Council race, former Madison City Council Member Bobby Crawford defeated Stratton Hicky 150 votes (66 percent) to 78 votes (34 percent). Morgan County High School hosted a Veterans Day Memorial Service on to honor servicemen and servicewomen.

Madison City Council voted to approve a modified version of the proposed zoning text amendments related to non-residential tour uses.

Amy Saylor BeMent, a MCHS teacher for 11 years, was chosen as Morgan County’s Teacher of the Year. Other nominees included Angela Stapleton, Lamb Eggers, and Connie Cunningham.

The Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved of a request for loan proposals in the amount of $2,500,000 for the purpose of fully funding the county’s unfunded pension liability.

The Downtown Development Authority of Madison (DDA) adopted a five year bond resolution for $1,110,000 at 1.5 percent interest rate, which will allow the city of Madison to refinance the remaining debt on the Town Park project.

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