Area Breaking News

County hires firm to oversee 911 center upgrades

by Kate Shunney The Morgan County Commission last week chose a Jane Lew firm to oversee planned upgrades to the county’s E911 equipment and its new center. Communication Consulting Services, run by Joe Gonzalez, will charge the county $15,000 to help prepare project bids, track FCC requirements for new communications equipment and guide the county’s…

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Farmland Protection Board to add 120 acres to county program

by Kate Shunney County officials last week approved the purchase of a conservation easement on a 120-acre farm as part of the county’s Farmland Protection program. The easement, which prohibits the working farm from being developed for non-agricultural uses, will cost $216,000, said Farmland director Ginger Johnson. Once the easement purchase is finalized, Morgan County…

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Widmyer Elementary adds split kindergarten/first grade classroom

by Kate Evans Some Widmyer Elementary kindergarten and first grade students will have a new experience this year with a split kindergarten/first grade classroom. Widmyer Elementary Principal Rhett Beckman said that the decision was made during personnel planning season last school year to hire a split kindergarten/first grade teacher for the school. The move was…

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