Regional Library System board discusses new state funding formula

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer During an Oct. 10 meeting of the Uncle Remus Regional Library System (URRLS) board, board members discussed the state’s new grant funding formula, which will reevaluate professional, state-paid librarian positions will be allocated to library systems beginning in 2015. In June of 2013, the library directors for the 63 public library systems in Georgia held a fill-day discussion to develop a new state funding formula. The directors indicated that funding state-paid positions was a top priority, and that the number of positions to be funded …

Rema Tip Top celebrates 60 years in N. America with event at Madison facility last week

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By Kathryn Schiliro, Managing Editor Rema Tip Top, a German-based industrial rubber and tire repair materials company, celebrated 60 years in North America with an event at the company’s Madison facility last week. About 60 guests, including customers from around the United States, Canada, Mexico and Russia as well as Rema Tip Top’s Global Managing Director, Mr. Reiff, and North American President, Olafur Gunnarsson, joined with the Madison plant’s 50 employees in celebrating the 60-year milestone. The company is a “big supporter of the community,” Rema Tip Top/North America Manager …

HPC discusses “big PR problem” at October meeting

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer After adjourning from the October meeting of Madison’s Historic Preservation Commission (HPC), the HPC members discussed what Flynn Clyburn described as the HPC’s “big PR problem.” Clyburn began the conversation by noting that the public only discussed the HPC in a negative way although HPC members feel like they are doing nothing wrong in their roles on the HPC. “We know that what we are doing is interpreting the requests based on the guidelines,” said Clyburn. “We always offer suggestions. We’re getting treated like we …

School board spends near $270,000 on new buses

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ELOST Spending for September Total $459,140.85 High School: $47,122.70 Largest purchase was $31,394 to Great Estates Landscaping Systemwide: $4,503.70 Largest purchase was $2,853.70 to Morgan County Tax Commissioner Technology: $138,115.90 Largest purchase was $114,750 to ANS Computer Division – Fiber Optic Network Transportation: $269,398.55 Single purchase to Rush Truck Center By Kathryn Schiliro, Managing Editor Near $270,000 went toward the purchase of three new school buses for the county school system, according to a report from Monday’s Morgan County Board of Education (BOE) meeting. The purchase was funded by ELOST, or Education …

Quiero

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By Nick Nunn Taco Bell is bad. Why do we continue to go back again and again, only to remind ourselves that the food really is not that good at all? I hope that I’m not the only person that does that. I know it can’t just be me. There has to be some scientific basis for the phenomenon. There must be something that the FDA allows them to put in their food to keep us coming back for more. However they induce repeat business, their method apparently worked a …

So, what’s government’s return policy?

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To the Editor: Patsy Harris’ giddy comparison of buying ObamaCare to shopping on Black  Friday at Walmart is incomplete.  Walmart doesn’t force you to shop there.  They won’t send you a bill if you don’t or can’t buy something.  And if what you do buy doesn’t perform as promised, or if you are dissatisfied for any reason, Walmart will cheerfully refund your money. David Boardman Madison Via e-mail

Bad math

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To the Editor: My grandson asked me to take him to Tractor Supply to buy a toy tractor. He said it only cost $10. I told him if he would give me $20, I would give him $10 and I would pick out which tractor he could buy. He said that doesn’t make sence. Do you think I’m crazy? I explained to him that we send $100 to Washington and they send back $50 and tell us how to spend the money. He said y’all must be crazy. Those 4-year-olds …

Biz Buzz: Eatin’ and a-shootin’

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By Dianne Lively Yost Y’all come on in! We’re in the kitchen so take a seat and grab some of this fresh coffee! Momma’s cookin’ up a storm! There just ain’t nothin’ like Momma’s famous creamy, cheesy, garlic grits on a cool fall day! Mercy! As a matter of fact, the only thing better than grits is a big old SHOT GUN! That’s right y’all! Grits & Guns are the PERF combo if there ever was one! You’re darn shootin’! That’s why we all need to go to this year’s …

Government is “barracading liberty”

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By Greg Morin “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can” said a National Park Service Ranger in Washington, DC recently. The revelation of this directive has only served to add more color to the canvas of a feckless presidency. What sort of leader seeks to augment, rather than minimize, the impact of a deleterious event upon those he putatively serves? The behavior of the Obama administration during this current government “shutdown” is reprehensible and petty. The deliberate closures of a number of “public” parks …

School board OKs AP Econ text for comment: Previous suggestion opposed by school board member

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By Kathryn Schiliro, Managing Editor It seems the Advanced Placement (AP) Economics class at Morgan County High School might have found an acceptable textbook. The county’s Board of Education (BOE) voted unanimously Monday night to table the 2012 book, Economics: Principles, Problems, and Policies, by C.R. McConnell, S.L. Brue and S.M. Flynn, for public comment. Tabling textbooks for public comment is accepted practice for the BOE before approval of books. AP Economics staff and high school administration put forth another book, Krugman’s Economics for AP, in August. Then, BOE member …

Original Amici restaurant, in Madison, celebrates 20 years

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By Leila Dycus, Intern Happy 20th birthday, Amici! Last Thursday, Oct. 10, marked 20 years for the local restaurant. Amici opened its doors on Oct. 10, 1993 in Madison. “We’ve had a great community-support following that has really made it feel like home for us here. That’s inspired us to carry forward all these years. I never really anticipated being in business anywhere for this long,” Owner Chris Torino said. Although some things may have changed at the café, much has stayed the same, specifically the core concept, being a …

Law Enforcement: Oct. 17, 2013 edition

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Madison Police Department On October 5 a warrant was issued for Brandon Patrick Ford for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. According to reports, Ford was stopped at 4:34 a.m. while driving on Eatonton Road. Consequent to the stop, reports state, an officer located a loaded .22 pistol in the glove compartment of the vehicle. Ford was not cited at the scene but after the officer consulted with Morgan County Magistrate Judge Connie Holt, a warrant was issued. On October 9 Brian Michael Robbins, 32, Siloam, was arrested …

Marching Dogs rock tournament

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By Kathryn Schiliro, Managing Editor Turn it up, Marching Bulldogs! The 132-member Morgan County High School marching band took to the road Saturday, Oct. 5, to participate in the Tournament of Bands – a high school marching band competition – hosted by River Ridge High School in Woodstock. Of the seven Georgia bands competing, the band, colorguard, drum line and Drum Major Dylan Jaynes earned “Superior” ratings – that’s the best possible – and, as far as rankings at the tournament, the band, colorguard and drum line came in second overall while …

Dogs take measures to “get back on track”

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) Bulldogs’ unexpectedly overwhelming loss against the Elbert County Blue Devils last Friday was a tough blow to sustain for both the team and the coaching staff. As MCHS Head Football Coach, Bill Malone is keenly aware of the effect that such a loss can have on the team. Malone said worrying about his athletes’ frame of mind, even while such a game is going on, “haunts” him, but he noted that the team handled the loss better than he …

Losing hurts

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By Nick Nunn It has been a tough week for most of the sports fans in the area. The Braves were booted out of the playoffs a little over a week ago. UGA lost, Tech lost, and Morgan County’s JV and varsity football teams lost. In fact, one of the only teams that didn’t suffer a loss in the last week was the Morgan County Middle School football team, who will be going into the Piedmont Athletic Conference playoffs undefeated. We’ve all had the opportunity to lose in our lives …

JDogs drop final home game to Greene 24-32

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) JV Bulldogs lost their final regular season home game to the Greene County Tigers 24-32 last Thursday, Oct. 10. Today, Oct 17, the JV Dogs play their last game of the regular season against the East Jackson Eagles in Commerce. Morgan County began the game with possession of the ball, but an early fumble gave the Tigers the ball deep in Morgan County territory, and they were able to score after five plays, going ahead of the Dogs 7-0 …

Playoff Bound: MCHS Lady Dogs place third in region, continue to state playoffs

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer Last Thursday, Oct. 10, the Morgan County High School (MCHS) Lady Dogs softball team traveled to Jackson County High School to compete in the 8-AAA region tournament. The Lady Dogs fell to Region leader Franklin County 0-4 in the semifinal game of the tournament but came back to beat Oconee County 2-1 in the tournament consolation game to finish third in the region. The score remained tied at 0-0 against Franklin County in the semifinal game until the bottom of the third inning, when Franklin …

Perfect Record

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County Middle School (MCMS) Bulldogs beat the Social Circle Redskins 25-6 on Wednesday, Oct. 9, to come out of their regular season with a perfect record. On Oct. 16, the Dogs played against Youth Middle School at home in the first round of the Piedmont Athletic Conference (PAC) playoffs. Results for that game were not available by printing, but, should the Dogs have won, they will play in the PAC championship game next Wednesday, Oct. 23. The Dogs took an early lead over …

Boating mishaps can dampen the fisherman’s spirit

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By Alvin Richardson Today’s lessons in avoidance of maritime disasters come courtesy of long painful experience that includes various dunkings, dumpings, divings, and even a few Olympic style backflips. Hopefully my errors in judgment will help you steer clear of similar disasters and predicaments as you launch your craft into the ponds, rivers, lakes and oceans of the world. Rule number one is to never, under any circumstances, allow your girlfriend of two weeks into your john boat on a fishing excursion. It is very likely that she is only …

Slice o’ Love: Local lunchroom patrons are eating more varied, homemade dishes than ever

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Menus are online! Go to the system’s website, www.morgan.k12.ga.us, and click on the “School Nutrition” tab. By Katie Walker, Staff Writer “Woke up in the Mornin’, put on my new plastic glove. Serve some reheated salisbury steak, with a little slice of love. Got no clue what the chicken pot pie is made of. I just know everything is doin’ fine down here in… Lunchlady Land.” Adam Sandler’s 1993 homage to the noble denizens of school lunchrooms may be a classic, but in terms of school nutrition, the song is showing …