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Fri
12
Jan

City Council tables zoning issue, increases motel tax

Shellie Smitley/Staff

City Council members, excluding recused Councilwoman Chris Hodges and opposing Councilman Joe Diletto, vote to postpone a final decision.

hellie Smitley

shellie@lakeoconeenews.us

 

The zoning saga continues.

The Madison City Council city decided Monday night to postpone a final decision regarding Brad Good’s request for 80 zoning variances to move forward with his Foster Park project.

Councilwoman Chris Hodge recused herself from the public hearing held before a packed chamber.

“I had registered it on the website about 16 months ago,” she said. “I will remain recused.”

Fri
12
Jan

Two men arrested on meth trafficking charge

Dustin Kyle Norris

John Clayton Brantley

T. Michael Stone

michael@lakeoconeenews.us

 

Greene County deputies arrested two men Dearing men on meth trafficking and weapons charges on Jan. 4.

According to an incident report obtained from the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Patrick Paquette conducted a traffic stop on a green Infiniti traveling eastbound on I-20. Paquette said the vehicle failed crossed over into the fog line as it passed him near mile post 131.

Paquette followed the vehicle and observed it drifting in and out of its lane.

After Paquette activated his emergency lights, the vehicle did not immediately stop, and the passengers sat up and began moving around in the vehicle.

Thu
11
Jan

Cleanup event scheduled for Monday

By Dave Brown

dave@lakeoconeenews.us

 

Keeping Greene County Beautiful is organizing a litter and trash pickup event (on steroids) for Martin Luther King Day.

Thu
11
Jan

Easley cleared, re-assigned to Federal Task Force

By Dave Brown

dave@msgr.com

After months of having his character questioned and professionalism impugned, Conrad Easley has been exonerated of any wrong-doing from a tragic shooting that killed a Woodville man.

A grand jury cleared the Greene County Sheriff’s Office deputy for actions during a traffic stop last summer that led to the death of Charles David Robinson.

Ocmulgee district attorney Stephen Bradley said the grand jury believed Deputy Easley’s actions were justified and recommended no further action be taken.

Greene County sheriff Donnie Harrison said any loss of life is tragic and offered his condolences to the Robinson family.

Harrison also said the grand jury’s decision was informed and correct.

“I think it took a lot of presentation of facts and evidence, and I think (the grand jury) came to an informed decision,” said Harrison.

Wed
10
Jan

Easley cleared, re-assigned to Federal Task Force

By Dave Brown

dave@msgr.com

After months of having his character questioned and professionalism impugned, Conrad Easley has been exonerated of any wrong-doing from a tragic shooting that killed a Woodville man.

A grand jury cleared the Greene County Sheriff’s Office deputy for actions during a traffic stop last summer that led to the death of Charles David Robinson.

Ocmulgee district attorney Stephen Bradley said the grand jury believed Deputy Easley’s actions were justified and recommended no further action be taken.

Greene County sheriff Donnie Harrison said any loss of life is tragic and offered his condolences to the Robinson family.

Harrison also said the grand jury’s decision was informed and correct.

“I think it took a lot of presentation of facts and evidence, and I think (the grand jury) came to an informed decision,” said Harrison.

Thu
21
Dec

Homeless situation improving fastest in Georgia

By Dave Brown

dave@msgr.com

 

Just because the sight -- or actually unseen examples – of homeless people affects us more during the holiday season with bells and kettles serving as a back drop to scenes of soup kitchens and sleeping in doorways, don’t be too dismayed.

Thu
21
Dec

Homeless for the holidays: New ordinance aimed at addressing issue


 

By Dave Brown

dave@msgr.com

 

Greensboro recently approved an ordinance to provide police with defined and legal means of dealing with homeless people in a municipality replete with white-column mansions and lavish lakefront homes worth millions of dollars.

Thu
21
Dec

Starbucks, Bojangles and now Dunkin Donuts making plans to move to Madison

T. Michael Stone

michael@lakeoconeenews.us

 

Motorists traveling through Madison on the interstate may soon see the familiar Starbucks siren beckoning them to stop for a latte or a cup of joe.

The Madison City Council recently approved a Dual-Locate Site ordinance that clears the way for the beverage retailer’s return to Madison.

The new Starbucks is set be constructed on the 1.5 acre site currently occupied by Steak ‘n Shake at 2001 Eatonton Road.

The ordinance creates an avenue for the location of two hotels or restaurants in the C-4 land use district only.

It allows a lot of record to “have more than one primary building and more than one primary land use.”

Thu
21
Dec

Starbucks, Bojangles and now Dunkin Donuts making plans to move to Madison

T. Michael Stone

michael@lakeoconeenews.us

 

Motorists traveling through Madison on the interstate may soon see the familiar Starbucks siren beckoning them to stop for a latte or a cup of joe.

The Madison City Council recently approved a Dual-Locate Site ordinance that clears the way for the beverage retailer’s return to Madison.

The new Starbucks is set be constructed on the 1.5 acre site currently occupied by Steak ‘n Shake at 2001 Eatonton Road.

The ordinance creates an avenue for the location of two hotels or restaurants in the C-4 land use district only.

It allows a lot of record to “have more than one primary building and more than one primary land use.”

Fri
15
Dec

Greene brings home $3.15 million grant for C&CA

Members of the local contingent included, from left, Dr. Otho Tucker, John Ellenburg, Larry Kludt, Mike Lynch and Dr. Chris Houston. 

By Dave Brown

dave@msgr.com

The contingent from Greene County, including the College and Career Academy steering committee and governance board, prepared for the big day like they were going on a game show – except the stakes were a $3.15 million dollar grant.

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