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Local: Confederate monument guarded

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. Acting on a tip passed along from Domestic Security Intelligence Analysts, the Madison Police Department (MPD) stood watch all day and night Friday, Aug. 18, guarding Four Freedoms Park and specifically the Confederate monument located in the park in downtown Madison. According to MPD Chief Reggie Alexander, several north Florida communities received alerts about potential vandalism at Confederate monuments. Other affected communities included Jefferson County, Woodville, Tallahassee, Suwannee County and Lake City in north Florida. Alexander was informed Thursday, Aug. 17 at approximately 8:10 p.m….

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natural phenomenoN: All eyes on the sky

Lynette Norris: Greene Publishing, Inc. A solar eclipse happens somewhere in the world every 18 months.  That’s how long it takes for everything, from the moon’s position relative to the sun and earth, to the phase of the moon, to the moon’s distance from the earth, to swing into position like a dreamily choreographed ballet.  What makes a solar eclipse so memorable is the rarity with which it occurs over the place where you happen to live, or can travel to – the earth is a pretty big place after…

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SPORTS: Former Cowboy to play football in France

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. Madison, Fl. is certainly a long way from St. Ouen l’Aumône in France. But that is where former Madison County High School (MCHS) Cowboy Brandon Crawford will be heading in order to play football. Crawford has signed with Global Pro Athletes to play football for the French team. The 6’2”, 285 lb. Madison native played for the University of Buffalo after a stellar career as a Cowboy. While at MCHS, he was named All-State Second Team as a junior. During his senior year at MCHS,…

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Weather: Forecasters update hurricane season

Lazaro Aleman: Greene Publishing, Inc. Weather forecasters are revising their earlier predictions about the 2017 hurricane season in accordance with new information. Due to changing conditions in the tropical Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is now indicating that the season could be “extremely active” for tropical storms and hurricanes. In a revised forecast issued last week, the agency indicated that the chance of an above-normal season is now 60 percent, up from its May prediction of 45 percent. The agency has also…

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