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20
Apr

Keeping it green in Greensboro

A forklift hauls bales of cans through the Novelis plant.

 

Katherine Klimt

katherine@lakeoconeenews.us

Since 1980, the Novelis recycling plant in Greensboro has helped the city and surrounding areas not only through collecting and reusing aluminum, but also by providing employment opportunities and engaging in charitable works.

 

Novelis’ large rural facility (the site it total encompasses 40.6 acres, and the recycling plant measures 153,000 square feet) is nestled in Greensboro’s outskirts. From the outside, towers of crushed, multi-colored cans can be seen.

Thu
20
Apr

New Morgan Memorial Hospital clears final hurdle

T. Michael Stone

michael@lakeoconeenews.us

 

The plan to build a new hospital in Morgan County cleared a final hurdle recently when John Anton agreed not to continue litigation aimed at stopping the project. The Morgan County Hospital Authority agreed to pledge never to ask the county for additional money beyond the $1million annual subsidy in the county budget and to have authority chairman Terry Evans resign in June when his term is up.

The agreement clears the way for a new facility.

The hospital authority has long held that no tax increase would be required to support the new facility which will be financed by a loan of $35 million from the USDA which was approved by last December.

The new hospital will be constructed on 24 acres donated by the Ream Corporation. The property is located on the Hwy 441 bypass near Ag South.

Thu
20
Apr

KFC razed

 

The Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on Eatonton Road met its maker early this week as crews began demolition of the Madison eatery.

By Tuesday after noon the building was no more than a pile of rubble between Wendy’s and the Raceway Station.

But the restaurant will return.

Savannah-based franchise owner Inman Hodges presented his plans for a complete teardown and rebuild to the Corridor Design Commission in January.

He said the store was more than 20 years old and the existing structure was overdue for replacement rather than mere revamping.

Thu
20
Apr

KFC razed

The Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant has completed the first step towards rebuilding: demolition.

 

The Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on Eatonton Road met its maker early this week as crews began demolition of the Madison eatery.

By Tuesday after noon the building was no more than a pile of rubble between Wendy’s and the Raceway Station.

But the restaurant will return.

Savannah-based franchise owner Inman Hodges presented his plans for a complete teardown and rebuild to the Corridor Design Commission in January.

He said the store was more than 20 years old and the existing structure was overdue for replacement rather than mere revamping.

Thu
20
Apr

Tattoo parlors get Greene light

The Greensboro City Council voted to allow tattoo parlors on a limited basis in areas outlined in pink.

 

 

Mark Engel

engel@msgr.com

 

Greensboro City Council Monday approved an ordinance that would allow tattoo parlors to be established inside the city limits.

 

Thu
20
Apr

Entering auto arrests made

 

 

Chief Ossie Mapp of the Greensboro Police has reported that three arrests have been made in connection with recent vehicle break-ins.

On Monday, April 3, Officers responded to Soto Creations located at 301 East Broad Street, Greensboro, in reference to an entering auto complaint.

The complainant stated that on Saturday April 1, three male subjects wearing hoodies and ball hats were observed on video surveillance entering six vehicles at the shop around 1:21 a.m.

After further investigation, officers arrested Javius Tyrek McCommons, 21, of 1510 MLK Jr. Drive, Greensboro. McCommons was charged with loitering/prowling and being a party to a crime.

Thu
13
Apr

Greene Schools taken off low performance list

 

 

Mark Engel

engel@msgr.com

 

Parents of students at Greene County High School and Greensboro Elementary School got some good news last week.

 

The Georgia Department of Education removed GCHS and GES from lists of the state’s lowest performing schools. Seventy-two other schools in the state also improved enough to be taken off the lists.

 

“Today is a day to celebrate,” said Greene County Schools Superintendent Dr. Chris Houston. “Our schools have worked hard over the past few years to make the improvements needed in order to be removed from both the Focus and Priority Schools lists.”

Thu
13
Apr

Disgruntled Madison citizen voices grievances at city council meeting

George Warren gives the Madison City Council his opinion.

Katherine Klimt

Katherine@lakeoconeenew.su

 

During Monday city council meeting, Madison resident and former state senator from DeKalb County, George Warren, took to the floor to express his dissatisfaction with recent decisions made by the local government regarding his efforts to redraw one of his property lines. In particular, he critiqued city planning director Monica Callahan, and what he sees as her undue influence in zoning ordinance decisions.

 

Thu
13
Apr

Greene courthouse going blind?

The Greene County Commission listens to a presentation on The Victory Train from Theresa Kemp: (left to right) Ms. Kemp, Commissioners Angela Deering (Dist. 1) and Jeffrey Smith (Dist. 2), County Manager Byron Lombard, Chairman Gary Usry, Commissioners Jonathan Human (Dist. 3) and Ernie Filice (Dist. 4).

 

 

 

Mark Engel

engel@msgr.com

 

They’ve done everything possible to keep the current system working,” Greene County Manager Byron Lombard told the Commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting. “But, they’ve run out of duct tape.”

Thu
06
Apr

Habitat breaks ground for two new homes and a park

 

 

T. Michael Stone

michael@lakeoconeenews.us

 

Morgan County Habitat for Humanity held a groundbreaking ceremony on Whitehall Street last Friday at the site of what will soon be two new homes and “tot” park.

Olivia Laborn got the event off to spirited start with an enthusiastic invocation and Reverend Cotton of St. Paul AME followed the ceremony with a blessing.

Habitat for Humanity board member Mike Conrads said the Morgan County branch of habitat had been inactive to some degree but was now gearing up for several projects over the next several years.

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