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Family in need after house fire

Nancy Taylor: Greene Publishing, Inc. On Saturday, Dec. 9, Bobby and Tarnisha Thompkins lost their home, along with all of their possessions, in a fire that resulted in a total loss. Since the fire, Kristin Searcy has begun collection drives to replace as many items as possible for the Thompkins family in time for Christmas. Many around Madison know Bobby Thompkins for his commitment to a local organization, Boyz to Kings, which promotes teaching local boys the value of motivation, dedication and perseverance to help them achieve success and stay…

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Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. Madison County High School (MCHS) head football coach Mike Coe is not one to concentrate on post-season honors. His philosophy is, “do your job to the absolute best of your ability and people will take notice.” For Coach Coe and MCHS running back Derrick Staten, Jr., people have taken notice. It was recently announced that Staten has been named the Class 1A Football Player of the Year by the Florida Dairy Farmers High School Sports Awards Program. Coach Coe has also been named the Class…

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Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. Whenever sports teams win championships, it is customary for the entire community to come out and celebrate the accomplishments of their teams. With their history-making State Championship win in the Class 1A State Football Playoffs, the Cowboys have given Madison a good reason to celebrate. A State Championship celebration and parade has been planned to take place on Sunday, Dec. 17, beginning at 12 p.m. at the Madison County Courthouse. Included in the celebration will be a proclamation from the Madison County Board of County Commissioners…

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Heading to All-Star game

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. When Madison County High School (MCHS) Cowboy senior running back Derrick Staten, Jr. carries the ball in Saturday’s Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) All-Star game, he will no doubt enjoy seeing offensive lineman Ta’Ronn Johnson helping to clear the way for him. Johnson recently learned he will be playing in the annual game when it was decided that Madison County quarterback Tre Adams will not be able to play in the game, due to an injury sustained earlier this year. Adams played the final two…

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