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Education: Excel School goes charter

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. During the regular meeting of the Madison County District School Board on Tuesday, May 2, the Board voted to enter into contract negotiations with Rite of Passage to operate the Excel School. During a workshop meeting on Monday, April 24, the Board heard presentations from two charter companies with proposals for the operation of the Excel School. Jeff McSpadden from Twin Oaks Juvenile Development, Inc. addressed the Board with his proposal. McSpadden proposed using the Greenville Hills location near Greenville as a site for the…

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Sports: Ironhead Gallon chosen by Arizona Cardinals

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. The weekend of April 29-30 is one that Deshawntee “Ironhead” Gallon will not likely forget any time soon. Like many young recent college football players, he was watching the draft boards for the various teams of the National Football League (NFL). Although Gallon was not drafted, he was quickly picked up as an undrafted free agent by the Arizona Cardinals. There are some who believe it is better to be an undrafted free agent than to be drafted in the late rounds of the NFL…

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School Board: Citizens defend Principal

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. In the wake of major administrative changes within the Madison County School District, an overflow crowd packed into the School Board meeting room for the regular meeting of the Madison County District School Board on Tuesday, May 2. Many of those present were there to speak on behalf of Pinetta Elementary School (PES) Principal Beth Moore. Moore has been asked to move to a position as Assistant Principal in charge of Curriculum at Madison County Central School (MCCS). It is the hope of Madison County…

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Town of Lee: Are water days coming to Lee?

Chris Jones: Greene Publishing, Inc. The Town of Lee held its regularly scheduled monthly town meeting on Tuesday, May 2, at 7 p.m. The majority of the meeting focused on a proposal from Cassie Young, who, along with her husband Clay, owns Big Bend Bouncers. Her request was to bring inflatable bounce houses with water features to the Town of Lee throughout the summer, once a month, on Saturdays, for a community-wide water day. The slides range from 18 to 20 feet long, and have pools at the end. The…

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