Madison officials to oppose state’s housing code bill

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor  Madison City officials are sending state legislators a message to scrap a bill that would dictate uniform building codes across the State of Georgia. The proposed bill has City of Madison leaders, a local governments across the state, worried about the erosion of local control. The Madison Mayor and City Council unanimously passed a resolution at the Dec. 9 regular meeting opposing House Bill 302, which aims to establish statewide building and design codes to which local governments cannot add.  “It would preclude the …

Sunflower gets second chance

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By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor After a stern rebuke from the Madison Mayor and City Council meeting last month, the Sunflower Convenience Store in Madison may get a second chance.  Madison Police Officer Philip Malcom, who originally urged the city council to enact a 7-day suspension of alcohol sales at Sunflower, had a change of heart, asking the council on Monday night for leniency–with some strings attached. Malcom repeatedly witnessed Sunflower patrons loitering outside of the store, consuming alcohol on the premises illegally, and worried the situation could lead to more …