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One dead in multi-vehicle pile-up

Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) troopers and local first responders sped to the scene of a multi-vehicle pile-up on Interstate 10 on Thursday, Aug. 15, at approximately 9 p.m. One person is dead after an alleged wrong-way driving incident claimed their life and also injured a local Madison resident. Five vehicles were involved in the pile-up at the Interstate 10 mile marker 240, around the overpass that sees traffic over Highway 150, in Greenville. One of the involved was Madison-resident Susan Maultsby, who was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital with serious,…

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Lake Frances closed: Local health officials warn of algal blooms

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. Residents are being asked to be cautious of the waters of Lake Frances as algal blooms were reported to local health officials. As officials await testing, residents are asked to stay away from the freshwater lake in Madison until further information is provided. Kimberly Allbritton, health officer/administrator for the Florida Department of Health – Madison County, informed the City of Madison that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) sampled surface water at Lake Frances for cyanobacteria (blue-green algae), after an algal bloom was reported…

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Reno Jesse is 4-H State Champion

Story Submitted: Beth Moore, Madison County 4-H Agent The words “Public Speaking” often strike fear in the hearts of many adults. Just the thought of standing in front of an audience and giving a presentation leaves many people frozen in fear. This is not the case for one of Madison County’s senior 4-H members. Reno Jesse has been participating in public speaking for several years and, this year as a senior 4-H’er, was able to attend and participate in Florida 4-H University competitive events on Monday, July 29. At the…

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MCI officer arrested

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. A Madison Correctional Institute (MCI) employee who serves as a correctional officer has been arrested after attempting to enter the local correctional facility with contraband. On Sunday, July 14, at approximately 10:48 a.m., Madison County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Deputy K. Goins was dispatched to MCI in reference to a correctional officer introducing contraband into the facility. A Sergeant with the local Florida Department of Corrections facility informed Dep. Goins that Officer Shondale Jose Bennett, 20, of Valdosta, was attempting to clear the metal detector inside…

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