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Business Spotlight: Madison Automotive

Chris Jones: Greene Publishing, Inc. On a dry-erase board hanging on the wall of Madison Automotive owner John May’s office, a simple sentence is handwritten in blue. It states “Do what’s right, not what’s easy. – J. Mays.” From the open door of his office, Mays has a clear view of the four full-time employees – each with an average of 15 years of experience – changing oil, replacing engines and transmissions, running diagnostics, servicing suspensions, and working on air conditioning and heating systems. Since his shop opened at 1411…

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History 

Like a phoenix, Merchants Hotel rises from the ashes after 1907 fire

Jacob Bembry: Greene Publishing, Inc. A shudder of horror thrilled the crowd as they watched the pride of Madison go up in flames. Renovated and reopened only a little over five years earlier, the Merchants Hotel had become one of the most popular places for Florida’s weary travelers to rest their heads and for locals and guests from surrounding towns to come and enjoy dining out. It would be snuffed out on the night of Thursday, January 3, 1907. The alarm had been sounded with cries of “Fire! Fire!” and…

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School 

New Testament Christian School students travel to Atlanta

Nancy Taylor: Greene Publishing, Inc. On Thursday, March 30, the 7th – 12th graders from New Testament Christian School (NTCS) traveled to Atlanta, Ga. to take in several sites. Teachers Debbie Starling and Ondria Hanks accompanied the students. Parents Shannon and Jason Kinsey also went with the group. During their trip, the group stayed with Mrs. Hanks’ parents (Greg and Elaine Sloan) in Lilburn, Ga. On Friday morning, the group started their day with breakfast and a devotional led by Elaine Sloan.  Next, the group traveled to the Kensington Station…

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Sports 

Changes ahead in high school football playoffs

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. There will be a new playoff system in place for Florida Class 1A schools next football season. The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) has eliminated districts. Instead the state will be divided into four regions. Madison County High School (MCHS) will be in Region 3 in Class 1A. Other schools in Region 3 include: Bell, Branford, Chiefland, Dixie County, Hamilton County, Hilliard, Lafayette, Trenton, and Union County. Playoff berths will be based on a point system. Points are awarded not only on wins and…

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