Council approves $1.2 million bond issue for Town Park

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By Nick Nunn Staff Writer The Madison City Council approved a resolution during a called meeting last Friday requesting the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to issue a lease revenue bond in an amount not to exceed $1,200,000 in order to finance the acquisition of Town Park. The City of Madison will pay the debt service on the bond through lease contract payments over the next five years. The resolution also states that the Mayor of the City of Madison will be authorized to negotiate the terms of the lease contract …

Sweet God, No!

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By Nick Nunn, Columnist Stop the presses! Hold the news! This is worse than a government shutdown: a lawsuit is threatening to close the Huy Fong factory in Irwindale, Ca., that produces Sriracha! (If you don’t know what Sriracha is, stop reading now. We aren’t friends anymore.) A group of rather self-centered individuals forced the city of Irwindale to level the lawsuit against Huy Fong, simply because they think that the chili odor that comes from the factory is a “public nuisance.” They want the factory closed until the company …

Watching history repeat itself

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By Fred Johnson, Columnist At my age it seems that I have seen it all and nothing is new. Back in the 1970s, America watched President Nixon stare into the TV and say that his administration had nothing to do with the Watergate break in. Later, as the facts unfolded, members of his staff served jail terms and Nixon resigned in disgrace. Then in the 1990s, we watched President Clinton stare into the TV and say, “I did not have sex with that woman. Not once!” It turned out that …

Lost in translation

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by Greg Morin, Columnist Like millions of Americans you probably have received a letter like this (see below) from your health insurance provider (for both individual or group plans). As the farmer said to the pigs about to be slaughtered, “We’re going to be transitioning you to an environment free of worldly concerns.” Reading between the lines and politically correct doublespeak is critical to making informed decisions, therefore, toward those ends I offer a translation of the following typical “we’re dropping your plan due to Obamacare” letter: Dear Subscriber: The …

‘Who pays for it” matters more in Obamacare debate

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To The Editor: “How Georgians Pay for Obamacare” is a fitting sequel to Patsy Harris’ column last week. She virtuously lauds many provisions of Obamacare while ignoring a critical component: “Who pays for it?” Even I, as a Republican, took with a grain of salt many predictions of conservative pundits that Obamacare would be funded at the expense of current health plan participants and expansion of current government programs. They warned of higher costs to the commercial insurance industry, to be passed on to patients, and, expansion of current government …

Cotton Gin Festival had ‘another great year’ organizers say

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer By Nick Nunn Staff Writer During a Nov. 4 meeting, the Bostwick City Council discussed the previous weekend’s Cotton Gin Festival. City Council Member Angie Howard heads up the Cotton Gin Festival each year, and she described this year’s festival as “another great year.” Howard stated that a number of food and craft vendors came up to her and thanked her for being able to take part in the festival, noting that the vendors “made a ton of money.” “The vendors were happy,” said Howard. …

Law Enforcement – Madison Police Department

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On October 30 a disorderly conduct complaint was filed at a Micha Way location. According to reports, a woman said her 6-year-old son had been playing football in the street in front of her residence. Reports state that the woman said her son was tackled by another boy and following the tackle the 6-year-old allegedly punched the boy who made the tackle. The woman said later when the 6-year-old left the house to retrieve a portion of his Halloween costume from the street, a 12-year-old boy confronted him and a …

Law Enforcement – Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On November 3 a missing person report was filed at a Malcom Road, Bishop location. According to reports, a man stated that his wife had told him she was going to the Bostwick Cotton Gin Festival the day before but had not returned. On November 3 a disorderly conduct complaint was filed at a Kelly Street, Rutledge location. According to reports, a woman, who told authorities that she suffered from heart problems, said that her intoxicated son had argued with family members during a family gathering. The complainant said the …

High School students “Show Hope” to orphaned children

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By Leila Drycus, Staff Writer By Leila Dycus Staff Writer Local high school student MaCayla Cook is working to raise money for an organization that is showing hope to orphans and the families that wish to adopt them. Recently, MaCayla established the first Movement Club in the state of Georgia at Morgan County High School. The Movement Club is part of Show Hope, an organization established by contemporary Christian singer Steven Curtis Chapman. The first meeting of the Movement Club at MCHS attracted over 50 students. “We had to move …

Biz Buzz Bucks the Trend and Heads To Cowboys in the Country!

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by Dianne Lively Yost, Biz Buzz Columnist Yeehaw y’all! Momma’s all geared up in her cowboy boots and hat! Let’s head over to the barn and the ridin’ yard to watch her break Pappy – Morgan County’s meanest, baddest Pony! I’m talkin’ he bites, kicks, bucks, rears up and runs like a hyper hyena! Pappy’s goin’ down today! Go Momma! Show Pappy who’s the boss! Whoa Nelly! Pappy’s done bit Momma on the bowhonker and she’s as mad as a mule eatin’ bumblebees! I’m talkin’ steam is pourin’ from her …

Dogs fall to Hart County with 8-26 loss

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By Nick Nunn and Photos by Josiah Connelly By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) varsity football team lost to region opponent, the Hart County Bulldogs 8-26 last Friday, Nov. 1, for Morgan County’s final home game of the regular season. Morgan County’s region record now stands at 3-3 (6-3 overall), with one game remaining in the regular season. This Friday, Nov. 8, the Morgan County Bulldogs will travel to Jackson County to take on the Panthers, who are 3-3 in the region but 3-6 overall …

6-3 Dogs are battling for playoff spot

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By Nick Nunn By Nick Nunn staff writer This Friday, Nov. 8, in Jefferson, the Morgan County High School (MCHS) Bulldogs will battle the Jackson County Panthers for the fourth-ranked spot in 8-AAA and a place in the state playoffs. Although the Dogs still have a chance to extend their year through the regular season’s 10 games, Head Football Coach Bill Malone is still somewhat “disappointed about where we are” at this point in the season. Malone points to quarterback Trent Hawk’s mid-season knee injury and “untimely penalties” as two …

MCHS Cheerleaders take second place at Oconee competition

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By Nick Nunn By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) competition cheerleading team took second place at Oconee County High School’s cheerleading competition last Saturday, Nov. 2. The MCHS cheerleading team is gearing up for their region meet, which is set to take place this Saturday, Nov. 9, at Putnam County High School. “It was a great competition,” said MCHS Cheerleading Coach Denise Frost about the Oconee County competition. “We still have room to improve our score and we will be working hard to do that this …

MCHS Cross Country Season Ends At Region Meet

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Junior Jeremy Craft led the Morgan County High School cross country team, Photo by Josiah Connelly By Nick Nunn By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) cross country teams competed in the 8-AAA Region meet on Thursday, Oct. 31 to finish the 2013 season. The MCHS varsity boys came in sixth out of the eight teams in the region with an average time of 18 minutes and 55 seconds in the 5K, while the girls placed sixth out of seven teams, averaging 23:45.61 in their 5K …

A Sunny Day In Cotton Country

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Young farmer waves to the crowd. By Nick Nunn By Nick Nunn staff writer he city of Bostwick could not have asked for a more pleasant day to hold their 24th Annual Cotton Gin Festival this past Saturday, Nov. 2. More visitors made their way to the little town at the north end of Morgan County on the first Saturday in November than ever had before, ready to take in a little sunshine and see some fluffy, white cotton. Although Angie Howard, Bostwick city council member and head of the …

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Thursday, Nov. 7 • Please join the Madison Artists Guild for the opening of MAG’s XLG Show, “Vessels and Views,” at Town 220 Restaurant & Gallery from 6-8 p.m. The public is invited to meet the artists, share a glass of wine, and enjoy light refreshments. Landscape artists that will be part of the show are Bill Turner, Tom Crowther, Dana Johns and Greg Benson. Not only will this show feature several artists displaying landscape paintings in oil and acrylics, a special exhibit of three-dimensional artwork is also included. Clay …

Obituary

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Holland Studdard Adams Holland Adams, 76 of Rutledge, died November 3,2013. He was born in Social Circle on May 22, 1937 to Ralph David Adams and Eula Pearl Studdard Adams. He was retired from General Motors. Mr. Adams was a member of Social Circle First Baptist Church. He was an avid gardener and cook. Both of these talents were part of his ministry to his community. He always planted enough to share with others. He will long be remembered for his cheese straws and cinnamon rolls that he cooked for …

Trick or Trot and Trunk or Treat

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By Tim Ferguson, Columnist Rutledge, what a great place to live. There are lots of events going on in this community. Saturday, October 26, two exciting, fun and meaningful events took place in Rutledge. The first event, which took place in the morning, was the Trick or Trot. The second event, the Trunk or Treat took place in the evening. The Trick or Trot is a 1 mile fun run and a 5k run to raise money for technology enrichment for the Morgan County Elementary school. This event could not …

God Would Rather Die Than be Without You

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By T. Adrienne Terrell, Columnist Greetings from The Springs! Sometimes I think that I should change the opening address for this article. I am a creature of habit, though. Also, I must say that it is such an honor for me to have the opportunity to address you all each week. God has truly given me one of the desires of my heart. On second thought, perhaps I should just leave well enough alone, so GREETINGS! Congratulations to Young Miss Justina Hubbard who made the basketball team for Social Circle. …