Ducks Unlimited chapter set for banquet

John Willoughby: The Madison County Ducks Unlimited Chapter is preparing to host their first dinner banquet, and they’re inviting you to join in on the excitement! On Thursday, Oct. 24, join other Ducks Unlimited enthusiasts as you enjoy a catered steak and shrimp dinner. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., there will be a live auction with firearms, hunting and fishing trips, and other top-shelf items to bid. The evening offers other raffles and a separate silent auction with things you don’t want to pass up. Single tickets are…

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Founder’s Day postponed

John Willoughby: For the first time in its 29 year history, Hickory Grove United Methodist Church has decided to postpone its annual Founder’s Day Celebration. This decision to move the celebration back one week comes on Friday, Oct. 18, in preparation for a tropical cyclone swiftly moving toward the Gulf Coast of Florida. These annual festivities are forecasted to halted by rain as the sixteenth tropical system is expected to pass through parts of North Florida, effecting Madison County at a minimum. Dan Buchanan of Hickory Grove United Methodist…

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Cowboys Gameday: Homecoming

Rick Patrick: This homecoming game will not be like most games for the Cowboys of Madison County High School (MCHS). The festive events leading up to tonight’s game have been familiar, but the game itself will likely have a different feel. When looking at the opponent for the Cowboys, one almost needs a French pronunciation guide to read the player’s names. Many of the players for the Clearwater International Academy (CIA) Knights are French Canadian players attending the private boarding school in Clearwater, Fla. The Knights are coming to…

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Sherri Howell faced cancer with faith

Mickey Starling: In January of 2018, Sherri Howell detected a lump under her arm that had suddenly appeared. She made a quick trip to the doctor, who had four biopsies done. All of them came back negative. Doctors decided to remove the lump and discovered that it was a cancerous tumor. Further testing brought even more bad news. Howell had stage 2-B Triple Negative Breast Cancer, which is a very aggressive form of the disease and it had spread to her lymph nodes. Even before this dreaded diagnosis was…

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