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Law Enforcement: New K-9’s protect the streets of Madison County

Chris Jones: Greene Publishing, Inc. Two local law enforcement officers recently completed four months of specialized K-9 patrol training to become certified K-9 units. Officer Anthony Land, with the City of Madison Police Department (MPD), and Deputy Marcus Holbrook, with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), commuted to Tallahassee, four days a week, from December 2016 to April 2017. The school teaches biting, recalls, and obedience, and the 480 hours of instruction are designed to make both the officer and their K-9 partner proficient and comfortable with one another. The…

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Community: Post Office aims to “Stamp out Hunger”

Chris Jones: Greene Publishing, Inc. In the days leading up to Saturday, May 13, letter carriers from all Madison County post offices will join the rest of the country’s carriers in an annual food drive, called “Stamp out Hunger.” The drive, which is sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers and led by city carriers, takes place on the second Saturday in May. City carriers join forces with their rural counterparts and other postal employees and volunteers to collect non-perishable food items. 100 percent of the food collected in…

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Fundraiser: “Step on Cancer” event to help Madison local

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. In 2014, Brandie Kay Littleton had just moved to Wisconsin with her husband and gave birth to her third child. Soon after, Brandie Kay began to experience some health problems. At first these were attributed to normal issues that often occur after a pregnancy. However, when these problems persisted, further investigation was needed. In 2016, tests revealed that Littleton had Stage III colon cancer. After seven months of chemotherapy and two surgeries, the aggressive cancer has metastasized, meaning it has progressed to other organs in…

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Education: Saving our schools… The career & technical alternative

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. This is the tenth in a series of weekly articles about the challenges facing our school district, and the measures proposed to meet those challenges. As many high schools nationwide have turned their focus toward preparing students for college and university, programs traditionally known as “Vocational Education” have often been left by the wayside. This track of education has now become known as “Career and Technical” education. The idea behind this type of educational program has traditionally been to prepare students not planning on college…

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