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Madison County prepares for Hurricane Michael: schools close; shelter opens

John Willoughby Greene Publishing, Inc. Ahead of Hurricane Michael, currently a Category 1 storm developing near the Yucatan Peninsula and strengthening as it travels in a northeasterly direction toward the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend, Madison County is among many other counties preparing for the possible impact. On Sunday, Oct. 7, Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for Madison County, as well as Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, Taylor, Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Columbia, Gilchrist, Levy…

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Fellowship of Christian Athletes sponsors Fields of Faith

Mickey Starling: Greene Publishing, Inc. Students from Madison County will join thousands of other youth on athletic fields across the nation on Wednesday, Oct. 10, to share their Christian faith with fellow students during the 15th annual national Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ (FCA) Fields of Faith event. This rapidly growing, interdenominational outreach event, will be held at more than 500 locations throughout the nation. The Madison event will be held at Boot Hill Stadium, on the Madison County High School (MCHS) campus, at 7 p.m. While many Christian rallies are…

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West Nile confirmed in Suwannee County

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. Last week the Florida Department of Health in Suwannee County (DOH-Suwannee) reported an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in the Suwannee County area. Specifically, a human case of West Nile illness has been confirmed and, according to DOH-Suwannee County, there is a heightened concern that additional residents will become ill. DOH-Suwannee is reminding their residents and visitors to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes by taking basic precautions which would help limit the exposure to mosquito-borne illness. According to the Florida Department of Health, the West…

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MCSO deputies assaulted by Lee resident

Story submitted On the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 3, a Lee resident was arrested and later contained with additional restraints after forcefully fighting Madison County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) deputies. According to a report from Maj. David Harper of the MCSO, on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at approximately 9:28 p.m., MCSO Deputy Roy Miller observed the driver of a blue Chevrolet sedan (later identified as Joslyn Rena Richards, 36, of Lee) commit two separate traffic violations in the area of County Road 255 and Magnolia Dr., in Lee. Richards turned west onto…

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