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Local arrested on drug charges

Major David Harper of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Tuesday, May 16, at 8:06 p.m., Sergeant Jarrod Lauth stopped a gold SUV on SR 145 for committing a traffic violation. Sergeant Lauth made contact with the driver (identified as Tonya Marie Randall, of Madison) and explained the reason for the traffic stop. While Sergeant Lauth was taking enforcement action, Sergeant Bobby Boatwright deployed canine “Leo” to conduct a free air sniff on the exterior of the SUV. Canine Leo gave a positive indication to the presence of…

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Caffeinated killer: Energy drinks

Selina Iglesias: Greene Publishing, Inc. We live in a fast-paced world, and often, we rely on caffeine to get us through the work day. Some people choose coffee or tea, and others choose soft drinks and energy drinks. Energy drinks have become increasingly popular throughout the years; in the United States, sales increased by 60 percent between 2008 and 2012. It is estimated that 68 percent of adolescents, 30 percent of adults and 18 percent of children under the age of 10 consume the beverages. These energy drinks are marketed…

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Hold the fertilizer… County considers ordinance to limit fertilizer use

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. During the regular meeting of the Madison County Board of County Commissioners on Wednesday, May 24, the Commissioners considered an upcoming ordinance regarding the application of fertilizer on residential lawns, golf courses, etc. According to County Attorney Tom Reeves, the county is required to enact an ordinance because of the presence of Blue Springs in the county. The ordinance must be adopted before Saturday, July 1. The ordinance is an attempt to limit the amount of nutrients washing off and causing problems with an over-abundance…

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Saving our schools… Another look at the legislature

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. This is the 12th in a series of articles about the challenges facing our school district, and the measures proposed to meet those challenges. In a last-minute move by the Florida legislature, the legislators have consolidated much of what they were proposing in individual bills and combined them into one large bill. House Bill 7069 (HB 7069) which started out as a six-page bill titled “Best and Brightest Teachers and Principals,” has now turned into a massive 278 page bill with the same title, but…

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