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Akerman takes the reigns at JMPHS

Mickey Starling: Greene Publishing, Inc. As students return to classes at James Madison Preparatory High School (JMPHS) in the Fall, they will see a new face in the principal’s office. Madison native Mark Akerman is the new principal and he is excited about returning to his hometown after spending many years as a parochial school principal in Florida, North Carolina and Alabama.  Akerman has also held a number of teaching positions and his career in education began in Madison County, as a reading and math instructor for fifth through eighth…

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Midnight blaze leaves man in need

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. On Monday, June 17, Sirmans Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD) firefighters and Madison Fire Department (MFD) firefighters responded to a midnight fire that caused the total loss of a mobile home, located on SW Mt. Olive Church Rd., in the Sirmans community in southwest Madison County. MFD received the call at 11:36 p.m. and arrived at approximately 12:12 a.m. Upon battling the fire and helping Sirmans extinguish the flames, MFD cleared the scene at approximately 3 a.m. MFD Chief Bruce Jordan reports no injuries. Friends and…

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Process begins for Sunday alcohol sales

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. During the regular meeting of the Madison County Board of County Commissioners on Monday, June 10, the commissioners considered drafting an ordinance that would allow for alcohol sales on Sundays. Discussion of the matter was the result of vendors in Pinetta and Cherry Lake informing the commissioners that they were losing revenue due to not being able to sell beverages such as beer on Sundays. “These retailers are there, they’re paying taxes, they’re paying insurance, they’re paying salaries; and they’re losing revenue, especially in Cherry…

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Four Freedoms Monument dedicated 75 years ago today

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. Just days after the D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1944, the City of Madison welcomed the Governor of Florida Spessard Holland and First Lady Mary Agnes Groover Holland to unveil the Four Freedoms Monument installed at its new home. Today, on the 75th anniversary of its dedication, the centerpiece in beautiful downtown Madison stands tall as a reminder of the four freedoms all Americans should enjoy. If you’ve stopped at the intersection of N Range St. and US Hwy. 90, you’ve probably noticed the large…

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