Raising Seagraves Lake to full pool could be a $500,000 proposition for the county industrial authority. And the group can’t afford to take such a measure, says industrial authority executive director Marvin White.
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Officers were summoned to a dispute at a home on Jot-Em-Down Road last week. They found the front door open and no one around. After announcing they were from the sheriff’s office, they went inside and noted several things broken in the kitchen area.
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The Madison County High School graduation rate was above the state average for 2015.
A total of 286 MCHS students graduated out of class of 321, or 89.1 percent. In Georgia, 98,465 students graduated out of a class of 124,892, or 78.8 percent
Most local high schools were above the state graduation rate this year.
The overall state rate went up significantly in 2015, from 72.5 percent in 2014 It was the first time in recent years that students were not required to take a state graduation test. The state recently decided to retroactively give high school diplomas to students who failed the graduation test over the last two decades.
Superintendent Allen McCannon said this was a 62.5 percent increase over the graduation rate ten years ago. Madison County’s graduation rate stood at just 72 percent as late as 2007.
The new rate places Madison County in sixth place in the Northeast Georgia RESA (Regional Education Service District), which is comprised of 13 school districts. Commerce city schools topped this year’s graduation rate at 94.3 percent, followed by Oconee County at 93.6 and Jefferson city schools at 93.5.
McCannon said he expects the county’s graduation rate to continue to rise.
“This will change our culture, our community and our children’s lives forever,” McCannon said.
The 12th-annual Madison County Emergency Services Toy Ride and Car Show will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Madison County Memorial Park.
Registration will begin at 9 a.m. for the motorcycle ride and car show. The ride will begin at 11 a.m. The car show will begin once the ride is complete at approximately noon.
“We will have concessions available, T-shirts, door prizes, a 50/50 drawing and great fellowship,” said Madison County Sergeant Jason Luke. “I’m asking anyone who would like to come regardless if you have a motorcycle or car to enter in the show. All proceeds derived from this event will directly benefit needy children and families in our community. We would truly be grateful for any support we can gain from the community. Rest assured, the smiles on all the children’s faces that benefit from our event, will prove to be a most worthy cause. Every child deserves to have presents to open on Christmas morning. Help us, make this possible for the less fortunate members of our community!”