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Education: Will your child be attending a charter school?

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. “We will be slammed somehow, there will be some impact,” said School Board Chairman Bart Alford. “The only way to avoid that is to turn these schools around, and do it quickly.” During the regularly scheduled meeting of the Madison County District School Board on Tuesday, April 18, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Pickles informed the Board of several bills making their way through the Florida Legislature. The bills causing the most concern among the School Board members have to do with Charter Schools. Some…

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County Commission: CSX charges $60,000+/- to county

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. During the regularly scheduled meeting of the Madison County Board of County Commissioners on Wednesday, April 12, the commissioners heard from County Road Department Coordinator Lonnie Thigpen, who informed the Board that CSX Railroad had sent an invoice for repairs to the railroad crossing at CR 255 in Lee. The invoice was for approximately $60,000 more than the estimate given to the County. Thigpen will keep the Board informed about the negotiations. Thigpen also asked the Board to consider paying for a maintenance map for…

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Interstate 10: Nude, lewd and lascivious

Chris Jones: Greene Publishing, Inc. On Tuesday, April 18, at approximately 6 p.m., the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) received reports of a naked driver harassing other motorists on Interstate 10. The driver, later identified as Carl Bohlae Schmidt, age 60, of Montgomery, Al., was traveling eastbound on I-10 in a 2009 Toyota Sequoia. Callers reported that Schmidt was pacing next to other drivers and performing lewd and lascivious acts on himself. FHP Troopers caught up to the man in Madison County and noticed that he was indeed naked. The trooper…

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Local: Down Home Days this weekend

Chris Jones: Greene Publishing, Inc. Madison’s annual Down Home Days Festival started Thursday, April 20. Hopefully, you did not miss the announcement of the Cupcake Creations Bake-off winner, the pet contest, or the Madison Boys Choir performance, which all took place on Thursday. If you did, do not fret, as there are plenty of fun and exciting events scheduled for Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22. Friday at 5:45 p.m., the Citizen of the Year will be announced. Then at 6 p.m., Becky’s Dance Steps Studio will perform a…

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