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From the sunny side… A small town Friday night

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. There are times when a feeling hits me, and I take it upon myself to attempt to use my words to paint a picture of what I see, and what I am feeling. Sometimes that can pose a challenge all on its own. Often, you end up simply saying, “You just had to be there.” I find myself now in one of those types of situations. Last Friday evening, I was at the Madison County High School baseball game. That, in and of itself, is…

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Letter to the Editor: Senator Montford reflects on 2018 legislative budget

The State of Florida experienced many trials in the past several months. Hurricanes swept across the state leaving unprecedented destruction in their wake. A school shooting devastated families in Broward County and shook the foundation of our state and country, forcing us to reckon with the severe mental health crisis and safety precautions in our schools. Opioid drug use skyrocketed into a crisis demanding that the legislature take a holistic approach to find proactive and timely solutions. These all put a necessary strain on the state budget. However, Florida remains…

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Fitness Run registration now open

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. North Florida Community College’s (NFCC) annual Fitness Run is set for Saturday, April 21, in conjunction with the 37th annual Down Home Days festival. Proceeds from the Fitness Run will support Relay for Life. Registration is now open and if you register by 5 p.m., on Friday, April 13, you will receive a Fitness Run t-shirt. Participants have two choices: sentinel sprint 5K, beginning at 8 a.m. and the one-mile fun run/walk, beginning at 9 a.m. The sentinel sprint 5K has an entry fee of…

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Madison County student wins storytelling scholarship

Story Submitted Madison County Florida Storytelling is pleased to announce that Riley Browning, daughter of Bailey and Leigh Ann Browning; and granddaughter of Edwin and Faye Browning, has won a 2018 Virginia Rivers Scholarship competition from the Florida State Storytelling Association. Riley, a student at Madison Creative Arts Academy, and eight other Madison County students were featured tellers on the stage at the Fourth Annual Tellabration! at O’Toole’s Herb Farm in November of 2017. Local video-historian John Ludwig volunteered to film the event and then edited the young tellers’ stories…

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