2013 Year in Review – October

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October The Morgan County Planning Commission passed a recommendation for a conditional use permit for the construction of a cell tower at the intersection of Highway 83 and Hardeman Road, north of Bostwick city limits.

More than a thousand people poured into Madison for the first-ever Cotton South Fine Arts Festival, held in and around Town Park. Madison’s Southern Cross Ranch was granted a noteworthy award, named “Top Eastern Dude Ranch,” as part of DudeRanch.com’s “Signature Ranch Awards.”

Mannington Mills announced that it would expand its Madison operation, investing $50 million into the project to increase its Madison operation and increase its workforce by more than 200 jobs.

The Madison Chili Cook-off and Fall Festival brought in record crowds, selling 600 wristbands in just 40 minutes.

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation held its Fall Ramble, titled “Madison Unseen,” in Madison and Morgan County, drawing about 600 people to the event.

Morgan County and the City of Madison sought the a ruling from the Superior Court Judge Robert. S. Reeves to settle the ongoing dispute over the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) negotiations, but a decision by the Supreme Court of Georgia ruled that such a decision is outside the bounds of judicial review.

The Morgan County School System spent nearly $270,000 to purchase three new school buses. The Education Local Option Sales Tax funded the purchase.

The original Amici’s restaurant celebrated its 20th anniversary of operating in Madison. Morgan Memorial Hospital teamed up with local Chik-fil-A to raise awareness during Breast Cancer Week.

Morgan County and the City of Madison settled the distribution of the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) funds, continuing to allocate 22 percent of the LOST funds to Madison and 73 percent of the funds to the county.

Madison City Council approved a supplemental contract between the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia (MGAG) and the City of Madison concerning the Stanton Springs joint service project between the Cities of Covington, Social Circle and Madison.

A group of eight investigators from East Georgia Paranormal came to Madison to work along side Melissa Piche, owner of North Georgia Tours and host of Haunted History Tours in Madison, to investigate three sites to for paranormal activity.

Morgan County High School celebrated the 2013 Homecoming with a series of powder puff football games between grades and culminated with a festive parade for 2014 high school seniors down College Avenue.

Locals gather to participate in Rutledge’s annual Spooky Fall Fest, which featured a Trunk-or-Treat, hayride, and costume contest.

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