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Commissioners to assess the City Manager’s performance

Nancy Taylor: Greene Publishing, Inc. The Madison City Commission will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 5:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the City Hall. The purpose of this meeting is to conduct/discuss City Manager Tim Bennett’s employment evaluation. This meeting may also determine what/if any action is taken concerning Bennett’s employment agreement. The Madison City Hall is located at 321 SW Rutledge St., in Madison. City residents are encouraged to attend this meeting.

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Town of Greenville: Greenville Town Council Seat finally vacated

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. It took several months and the legal advice and opinions of several attorneys and judges, but members of the Greenville Town Council who had been adamant about Kovacherich Arnold holding onto his seat on the Greenville Town Council have finally conceded that the seat is vacant. This came after newly hired Town Attorney John Reid informed the Council that after he had consulted many attorneys, judges, etc. the seat formerly occupied by Arnold had been vacated due to excessive absences. This is based on a…

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LOCAL: Deloris Jones nominated for Women of Distinction Award

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. Deloris Jones, a resident of Madison County, has been nominated for the Women of Distinction Award. Nominated alongside multiple college professors and government officials, Jones stands tall in her belief that she has done good for her beloved community. Inspired nationally by the Girl Scouts Council, the Women of Distinction Award honors women from across the Panhandle who faithfully stand up and stand out for their commitment to their community. Jones is retired from the Madison County Extension Office. Jones says much of her time…

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The Double Edged Sword

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. Much has been made recently of the “opioid epidemic” sweeping the nation. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others. These drugs are chemically related and interact with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the body and brain. Opioid pain relievers are generally safe when taken for a short time…

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