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was disapointed that the liqour store on walnut is recieving a pace grant.some families have lost members do to drunk drivers. some families lived a life of hell due to alcohol.now their tax dollars will go to a liqour store. the pace grants are easily scammed. i posted this before but a working couple on first street stayed at belterra while taxpayers fixed their house [about 2013] this same couple takes numerous mini vacations a year and 3 weeks in florida every year.we are rewarding people to sit on their butts and let taxpayers cover them.

Added: April 12, 2021, 02:14, PM
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Tickets are now available for purchase online. This year’s general admission ticket will gain admittance in both the Madison Regatta and Rooster tail Music Festival. Now through April 30th general admission tickets are $30; May 1st through June 26th tickets are $40; and beginning June 27th tickets are $50 and will only be available at selected locations and/or the gate

Added: April 12, 2021, 11:38, AM
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Still pondering the situation w/ innkeeping in Madison: Great to see defunct Meese, Inc. being revived into Marriot - ha, Meese into Marriot! - but has Madison suffered from a shortage of rooms-for-rent in past yrs?? Genuine question; no rhetoric stated or implied. New Marriot will be only few blocks from Hillside Inn and Riverboat Inn plus several hilltop motels. I'm sure builders/investors/operators of Marriot have studied the demographics and performed the due diligence. But it seems like overkill. Quien sabe ( who knows )?? But, again, it is great to have this section of the city revamped and reinvigorated. Pass The Peace And Peace Be With You.

Added: April 12, 2021, 11:03, AM
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To Madison Regatta,
Matt True said the Regatta has an economic impact well over $1.2M. He didn't say it makes $1.2M.

With that said, I agree completely that neither the City nor JCBT should be giving that organization money so to sponsor a boat race and music festival. The Regatta needs to operate without direct cash from our local governments. I don't mind the added security and clean-up costs but come on.

Madison is not a 4th of July destination anymore. Attendance at the Regatta is next to nothing and all of the boat teams get everything free. We've now turned that weekend into another drunken fest with the crappy music festival


Added: April 12, 2021, 10:50, AM
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Madison Regatta
has allegedly lied yet again folks. No contract has been signed with H1 Unlimited. So basically the city's money. YOUR TAX MONEY. Has been given up to an organization that has no deal in place for H1 Unlimited boats on the water currently. As stated below in the article from WHAS11. Matt True (committee member) has said the event costs $563,000 but yet brings in $1.3 million dollars in revenue. Why does the Regatta need tax payer money from the City Hall if they make roughly $737,000 after the event is paid for? I will note that the Regatta comes no where near this close in revenue a year..
WHAS11 article here:
https://www.google.com/.../417-b8824551-8234-4283-bf09...


Added: April 12, 2021, 10:11, AM
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I’m not sure what to say about regatta except there was a turf war between them and VMI. VMI wanted to take them over a year or so ago. They basically have less than 20 grand in the bank. They didn’t have the money to pay for h1 or anything else because sponsors have cut or withdrawn support entirely and there were expenses paid out last year before they knew the race was cancelled .

My guess is the business community is worn out with the mismanagement of funds and missing dollars over the years. The event has truly struggled not just from money mismanagement but also two cancelled races in recent years. One due to river and another for covid. People lost a lot of faith when Welch promoted buying tickets just a few days before the race and he knew they were cancelling. It pissed a lot of people off. Covid was just another mail in the coffin.

The current board has major hurdles. The least of which is local perception the event is “crooked” and power boat racing is a dying sport. Then there’s the fact the 5X5 people and regatta don’t work out their differences. 2 boat races is a waste of money. The events need to be combined since 5x5 doesn’t draw any real visitors and not many locals.

It’s past time to reinvent 4th of July in Madison or risk losing the brand that grew over the last 50 years.


Added: April 12, 2021, 09:39, AM
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On behalf of the staff and especially the gardening team at Lanthier Winery & Distillery- you are welcome. This year we’ve already had a record number of visitors and photographers. We are deeply touched by the many locals who visit and stop to comment and will continue to expand and enhance the gardens in years to come. Thanks again. The Blond Lady.

Added: April 12, 2021, 09:13, AM
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Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. what is equally true is every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on. This is a quote from sixties by Robert Kennedy. Does this apply to Madison? Just curious what readers think.

Added: April 12, 2021, 05:46, AM
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In the Hood. Things on East First have calmed down a little bit. With the restore of the old cotton mill the homeless ant the gangsters have left our end of town. The old cotton mill seems to be coming alive with the major re-hab.

Soon, on our end of First all the telephone poles will have American flags on them.

SSo, what's up on your end of town?


Added: April 10, 2021, 03:33, PM
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The grounds at Lanthier Winery are amazing.
Thank you from my mom and I.


Added: April 10, 2021, 02:13, PM
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