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Kind gesture returns double

Rick Patrick rick@greenepublishing.com There is a Bible verse that says if you “Cast your bread upon the waters, you will find it after many days.” [Ecc. 11:1, NKJV] This idea of a good deed coming back was made evident recently for young Lane Keeling and the Hickory Grove 4-H Club. A year ago, Keeling was dealing with a sick pig he had hoped to enter into the annual livestock show. Keeling had worked all year raising this pig and it seemed that at the last minute, all his efforts were…

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Fifth-generation farmer reflects on 38 years

John Willoughby reporter2@greenepublishing.com Since 2004, Joe Reams Jr., affectionately known as Joe Ball to those in Greenville, has been retired from the hard work that is tobacco farming. But it was an important thing for the 74-year-old southern man to carry on the legacy that was started generations prior to him, by his great-great-grandfather, Calvin Joshua. The lineage of Reams farmers once contributed to North Florida’s status as one of the largest areas for growing tobacco. The operation was handed down to Albert Reams, Calvin Joshua’s son; and then to…

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A new team captain: Basford takes over Emergency Management Department

Rick Patrick rick@greenepublishing.com As a former Madison County High School (MCHS) Cowgirl and North Florida Community College (NFCC) Lady Sentinel softball player, Leigh Basford knows first-hand the importance of teamwork. That is just one of many attributes she brings to her new role as the Director of Emergency Management for Madison County. Basford takes over for Alan Whigham, who recently resigned from the department. When the job became open, Basford seemed like a perfect fit for the position, having served in the department for nearly 10 years, most recently as…

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Farmer Spotlight: Buck Carpenter

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. Buck Carpenter has been in the farming field since 2001, and it all started on Richard Cone’s farm. Today, he manages nearly 500 acres in Lee, and has been a figure in the agricultural industry in Madison County for years. His mission  is to help raise awareness that agriculture in Florida goes beyond the farmland. Since 2015, Carpenter has served as the Madison Soil and Water Conservation District technician, serving not only Madison County, but Jefferson and Taylor Counties as well. Carpenter has promoted natural…

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