2013 Year in Review – September

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September Board of Commissioners approved a $459,000 bid by Pittman Construction to pave and stripe 2.7 miles of Weaver Jones Road.

Madison City Council proposed a expansion plan for the Madison Municipal Airport, featuring an extended runway of 5,000 feet, a parallel taxiway and relocation of hangars and fueling system, that would cost $1.8 million dollars.

The Corridor Design Commission approved plans for a Dairy Queen at 1940 Eatonton Road.

Data released revealed that the Morgan County Memorial Hospital experienced a net operating loss of about $350,000 for the month of July, caused largely by net patient revenue being under budget by approximately $462,000 and revenue deductions being over budget by more than $160,000.

The Morgan County School System was named a recipient of a $25,000 grant given by the Board of Directors of the Georgia Leadership Institute. The Morgan County School system announced a renewed focus on improving literacy among students, in light of statistics that show nearly 50 percent of Morgan County High School graduates need remedial classes in college.

Over 100 people attended Build Day for the Washington Park Playground over Labor Day Weekend, 50 of them were volunteers.

After nearly a four-hour deliberation, the Historic Preservation Committee approved an amended version of Kathi Russell’s application for the deconstruction and reconstruction of the former Mapp-Gilmore building at 200 W. Washington St.

John Stratton Hicky, Historic Preservation Commission member, and Bobby Crawford, a Morgan County native with council experience, announced their candidacy for Madison’s District 2 elections for the Madison City Council.

The Morgan County School System went under review for reaccreditation by AdvancED, the parent company of SACS (Souther Association of Colleges and Schools). This review takes place every five years.

The Morgan County Grand Jury indicted Kaleb Jordan Moss and David Gunner McCullough for three counts of aggravated assault, one count robbery, and one count burglary in the beating and robbery of a 70-year-old Bostwick man.

Analysis of 2013 local ACT scores show that county students aren’t meeting the ACT-prescribed scores that indicate college readiness in Mathematics or Science, but are better than the state averages.

Madison City Council approved three $8,000 tourism grant contracts for the Morgan County African-American Museum, the Morgan County Historical Society, and the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center.

The Board of Commissioners approved the 2013 Performance Partnership Agreement between the Georgia Emergency Management Agency-Homeland Security (GEMA-HS) and Morgan County, which states that GEMA-HS will provide state and federal resources in response to major emergencies and disasters, as well as training and exercise programs and other critical situational information.

The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art, in Buckhead, enlisted local celebrities to play a don costumes in a an effort to raise funds for the museum’s children’s art programs.

Superior Court Judge Robert S. Reeves heard testimony regarding the contested Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) allocation between Morgan County and the City of Madison in the upper courtroom of the Morgan County Courthouse.

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