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Debate continues over SROs

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. During a workshop meeting of the Madison County District School Board on Monday, May 7, debate over School Resource Officers (SROs) continued among members of the Board. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Pickles informed the Board of discussions she has had with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) to provide additional SROs to provide security for all the schools in the district. In the aftermath of February’s school shootings in Parkland, the Florida legislature appropriated funds for each school district to provide security officers in…

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Playoff dates changed

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. Due to the inclement weather threatening the State of Florida over the next several days, the Florida High School Athletic Association has postponed this week’s scheduled state play-off softball games. Aucilla Christian Academy’s Class 2A semi-final game will now take place on Monday, May 21, at 10:35 a.m. The Madison County High School Class 1A semi-final game has also been changed to Monday, May 21 at 2:20 p.m. The Class 2A championship game is set for Tuesday, May 22, at 11:05 a.m. The Class 1A…

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CITY COMMISSIONER CHARGED WITH OBSTRUCTION OF AN OFFICER

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. On Friday, April 20, a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) trooper was dispatched to the scene of a single-vehicle crash involving a City of Madison Commissioner and Live Oak City Councilman and left by issuing a notice to appear in court. According to a report by the FHP, Trooper Llanes was dispatched to the crash around the area of Gooseberry St., and Gladioli Dr., in Lee. When he arrived, he observed a white Ford F-250 on the right shoulder of the roadway, facing west. Both passenger…

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City employee arrested on grand theft

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. At the beginning of May, a City of Madison employee was arrested on grand theft after stealing two items from city inventory and illegally placing an invoice under the City of Madison’s name. On Tuesday, April 24, Madison City Manager Sarah Anderson informed the Madison County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) that City of Madison Purchasing Agent Darrell Lashawn Graham, 43, of Greenville, had placed an invoice under the City of Madison’s name that was unauthorized. The invoice was for a trenching machine rental for the Graham’s…

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