Questions dealing with crime – in particular drugs – were on the minds of those attending the sheriff’s candidate forum April 19 in the high school’s theatre. The Chamber of Commerce sponsored the forum.
Incumbent Madison County sheriff Kip Thomas and his challengers David Larkins and Michael Moore introduced themselves and then fielded a number of chosen questions from the audience.
Thomas, who is running for his third term as sheriff, told the audience that he has “moved the sheriff’s office forward a great deal from what it was” when he took office.
“I enjoy this job; I love this job,” Thomas said, adding that if you didn’t love it, it would “beat you down and break you.”
Thomas said over his past 7.5 years as sheriff, his administration has worked with the board of education and placed resource officers in the middle and high schools, established a training room for officers, moved the firing range from near the animal shelter to behind the sheriff’s department, installed a simulator with six instructors, obtained $750,000 in grants and equipment, started an inmate work detail in 2011 that uses local inmates (which he said saved the county $1,000s), established quarterly sex offender compliance checks, worked 327 drug cases in 2015, joined the Northeast Georgia Drug Task Force, expanded the jail by 32 beds, established an inmate medical program, performed house checks for citizens out of town or on vacation, conducted Firearms for Females classes and social media classes for high schoolers. [Full Story »]
We, the conservative electorate, are furious! It’s hard to know where to even start, but let’s begin with the economy of this country. When president Obama entered office the economy was in shambles, banks had closed, huge entities like AIG, even General Motors for crying out loud, were on the brink of collapse. [Full Story »]
Madison County’s baseball team will open the Class AAAA playoffs at Troup County with a doubleheader Friday and a third game Saturday, if needed. The winner will play the victor of the Eastside/Cairo series. The Raiders wrapped up the regular season at 20-6 overall and 11-5 in Region 8-AAAA, earning the number four seed in the region. The ...
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The Madison County Board of Education has been asked to consider a $70,000 loan to the Madison County Touchdown Club for the purchase of an electronic scoreboard for the Raider field.
Superintendent Allen McCannon recommended the board approve the loan at its April meeting but the board decided to table the matter for further consideration.
In his recommendation, McCannon noted that the Club agreed to pay a minimum of $10,000 each fiscal year back to the school system. In the “memorandum of understanding,” it stated the scoreboard would be the property of the school system, who would assume all electrical requirements and maintenance responsibilities, as well as the advertising for bids and selecting a vendor to provide the scoreboard.
Assistant superintendent Bonnie Knight said the board wanted to table the issue until they are further along in next year’s budgeting process and that she expects it won’t come up again for consideration until the June business meeting. [Full Story »]
The county school board approved replacing the roof at Danielsville Elementary School April 19 and a portion of the roof at the high school at a cost quote from Charles Black Construction not to exceed $938,101.
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ROYSTON - Miss Velma Lilla Thompson, 93, passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Miss Thompson was born in Royston on May 9, 1922. She was the daughter of the late Leonard Walter Thompson and Pearl Phillips Thompson. She was a seamstress having worked for Oxford Industries. Miss Thompson was a member of the New Hope Worship Center in ...
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