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"Proclamation supporting adoption, foster families issued at City Council meeting"

The Madison City Council recognized the need for support of foster families during their second meeting of the month Tuesday.
Mayor Damon Welch issued a proclamation recognizing National Adoption Month in the city. Welch presented the proclamation to Michelle Smoot with the Indiana Department of Child Services. Smoot detailed some of the statistics concerning foster families in the area, and encouraged residents to support the children in need, either by taking in a foster child or supporting foster families.
In other meeting news, City Councilman Dan Hoffman reported to the council on the first meeting of a select committee to review the city’s pain management clinics ordinance concerning a proposed suboxone clinic for the city. Hoffman said that committee will meet again in the month of January, and is asking for anybody with perspective on the issue to come to that meeting.
The Madison City Council will next meet December 5.


"Drivers advised to use caution when driving for Thanksgiving festivities"

The Indiana Department of Transportation reminds Hoosiers to travel safely and plan more driving time during the busy Thanksgiving travel holiday. AAA projects 50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving from November 22 through November 26, a 3.3 percent increase over last year. Hoosier Helpers sponsored by State Farm will patrol urban interstates in Indianapolis, Northwest Indiana and Southern Indiana near Louisville during heavy travel periods this holiday.
Most highway maintenance activities and construction projects will halt work this holiday weekend to increase roadway mobility and safety. INDOT directs its contractors to pull back barriers and barricades to the safest extent possible to accommodate the anticipated increase in traffic. Some restrictions will remain in place due to ongoing road construction.
Learn about traffic and road conditions, crashes and construction on state highways by visiting INDOT's website, calling 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or dialing 511 from a mobile phone.


"Crash on State Road 56 claims life of Borden woman"

A woman is killed in a Jefferson County Crash Monday.
According to the Indiana State Police, on November 19 at approximately 12:30 p.m. ISP troopers and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle head-on crash on State Road 56 near State Road 62 that ultimately claimed the life of a Clark County woman.
The initial investigation by the ISP-Versailles Crash Reconstruction Team indicated that a car being driven by Jason Tucker of Lexington was traveling westbound on State Road 56. For an unknown reason, Tucker’s vehicle crossed the centerline into the path of an eastbound car being driven by 68-year-old Patricia Farmer of Borden. The vehicles collided in the eastbound lane of State Road 56 then came to rest in the roadway.
As a result of the collision, Farmer sustained fatal injuries. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office. Tucker sustained non-life threatening injuries in the crash, but was flown from the scene to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment.
Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be a factor in this collision, although toxicology results are pending. The investigation is ongoing.


"Board of Public Works approves final bids for city sewers Long Term Control Plan"

The Madison Board of Public Works and Safety met for their second meeting of the month Monday.
The board approved the awarding of contracts for the final phase of the city’s Combined Sewer Overflow Long Term Control Plan, which city Utilities Director Brian Jackson said has been in development for about 15 years. Engineer Rob Bellucci of Commonwealth Engineers recommended the two bids be awarded to the lowest bidder, Thieneman Construction, Inc., which the board did pending the securing of financing. The bids are for work on the WPCF and Collection Systems, and Bellucci said the bids came in under budget. Jackson said the work will lead to some traffic disruption on Vaughn Drive from January to May, but the project should be completed by December of 2018.
The board also voted to complete an ordinance amendment approved by the Madison City Council. The council previously amended part of the city’s nuisance ordinance, calling for enforcement to be carried out by a Board of Public Works designee. The board named the city’s building inspector as that designee unless the inspector is unavailable.
In other meeting news, a street closing was approved for the Very Merry Madison Christmas Parade, which will make its way down Main Street on December 2. The parade will close portions of Jefferson Street and the city parking lot at Second and Jefferson streets from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day, while Main Street will be closed between Jefferson and Mill streets from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. City Community Relations Director Andrew Forrester said entries for this year’s parade are up, so some of the set up may spill on to Main Street.
The Madison Board of Public Works and Safety will next meet December 4.


"Santa Claus is coming to town to light up Madison"

Christmas preparations are underway in the city of Madison with the placement of the city Christmas tree at Broadway and Main streets. This year’s tree was donated by Jim Crone of Hanover and was carried downtown with a police escort by Heitz Sign Company.
On Friday, November 24th, Mayor Damon Welch & Santa Claus will officially recognize the start of the Christmas season in Madison by lighting up the city Christmas tree and the lights on top of downtown buildings. The event will start at 6:00 p.m. at the Christmas tree by the Broadway Fountain. Santa and the Mayor will welcome community members of all ages as they will “flip the switch” to turn on the Christmas lights in Madison.
Prior to “Light Up Madison” the Madison Public Library will host Santa and members of the public for Christmas caroling and readings at 5:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be available.
Santa will be available to talk to kids after the event at Santa’s cottage, which will be located again this season in front of the Comfort Station on Main Street. Santa will be in his cottage on December 3rd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, and 23rd. You can also catch Santa at the Breakfast With Santa event at the Old Market on Main Saturday, December 2nd, at 8:30 a.m.
Letters to Santa can be dropped off to the dropbox inside the door of City Hall or by emailing A list of Santa’s hours can also be heard by calling 1-305-70-SANTA (1-305-707-2682).


"WORX/WXGO, German American Bank teaming up for annual coat drive"

Support the Salvation Army of Madison and Jefferson County and help somebody stay warm this winter.
WORX and WXGO are teaming up with German American Bank once again for the annual Keep Warm Coat Drive. Donations of clean and gently used jackets and coats are now being accepted to be distributed by the Salvation Army to those in need.
Drop-off sites include the German American Bank locations in Downtown Madison, on the Madison Hilltop, in Hanover, and in Carrollton. Coats can also be dropped off at the Madison Kroger.
Clean out your closets to help the Salvation Army assist those in need this winter. Bring the gift of warmth with the annual Keep Warm Coat Drive.




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