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Coming Soon: Twin Oaks Manufacturing

Rick Patrick Twin Oaks Manufacturing, LLC is well on its way to opening a proposed manufacturing facility in the old “Blue Building” on SW Pinckney St., next to the Madison County Jail. Twin Oaks has made a commitment to the Madison County Commission to invest a minimum of $1,000,000 in the facility. In addition, Twin Oaks plans to provide 50 full time jobs for the manufacturing facility. These jobs are expected to pay above the average wage for this area. According to information provided by Twin Oaks, they “plan…

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Contraband investigation leads to arrest

John Willoughby The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) announced on Wednesday, Nov. 6, the arrest of a former Madison correctional officer, who is facing multiple charges including conspiracy to introduce contraband and unlawful compensation following a contraband introduction investigation that dates back to the beginning of 2019. Christopher Joshua Cooks, 23, of Madison, turned himself into the Madison County Jail on Sunday, Nov. 3, prior to his same-day release on bond. Cooks was charged with unlawful compensation, disclosure or use of confidential criminal justice information, unlawful use of a…

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Truck wraps tree

John Willoughby Firefighters worked diligently to free an entrapped man, after being involved in a single-vehicle accident that saw a 2008 GMC Sierra symmetrically-wrapped around a tree on Thursday, Oct. 31. Madison Fire Department (MFD) and a number of volunteer firefighters from around the county responded to the incident where 79-year-old John Sumner, of Valdosta, became entrapped in his vehicle along County Road 14, just northeast of the Taylor County line near Callahan Loop, around 4:51 p.m. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) reports that Sumner was traveling southbound on…

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MCSO set to begin 5th Toys for Tots drive

John Willoughby The time has come for the Madison County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) to begin their fifth annual Toys for Tots toy drive, sponsored by the United States Marine Corps (USMC), to benefit children and families in Madison County this Christmas season. The Toys for Tots program originated in the 1940s as a program implemented by the USMC Reserve. The program’s mission is to collect new, unwrapped toys leading up to and during the holiday season. The toys will be distributed as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in…

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