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County Commission: County approves purchase of new grapple truck

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. During the regular meeting of the Madison County Board of County Commissioners on Wednesday, Sept. 13, the Commissioners voted to purchase a new grapple truck for the Solid Waste Department. This truck will replace a truck that was totaled in a wreck earlier this year. Solid Waste Dept. Coordinator Jerome Wyche informed the Board that he was in desperate need of a new truck, especially with the added work of clean-up after Hurricane Irma. The Board discussed the pros and cons of leasing versus purchasing…

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WRECK: Semi jackknifed on I-10

Chris Jones: Greene Publishing, Inc. According to Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) spokesperson Sergeant Brad Johnson, on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at approximately 10:45 p.m., near mile marker 268 on Interstate 10, 28-year-old Ryan Scott Johnson, of Parker, Co., was driving a 2016 semi-truck, with trailer in tow, in the eastbound lane when it ran off the road in the median of the roadway. The truck struck a guardrail, veered back into the eastbound lane and jackknifed, blocking both eastbound lanes. The semi-truck also carried 24-year-old passenger Brandon Tony Benson, of Lake…

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FUNDRAISER: Fundraiser set for Brandon Bailey

Chris Jones: Greene Publishing, Inc. A benefit has been planned for Brandon Bailey, who recently lost his leg due to an automobile accident. Brandon is the son of Pastor Jeff and Janet Bailey, of Greenville. The fundraiser will be held on Friday, Sept. 22, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Madison City Park gazebo. Donations of at least $6 will provide supporters with BBQ chicken dinners consisting of chicken donated by Pilgrim’s Pride; baked beans and cole slaw, courtesy of TNT restaurant in Greenville; bread, provided by Martin…

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County Commission: Commissioners consider new budget

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. On Wednesday, Sept. 6, the Board of Madison County Commissioners held a public hearing for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-2018 tentative budget for the county. The budget numbers are based on a tentative millage rate of 10.00 (the maximum rate allowed), health insurance at a five percent increase, a retirement contribution rate change effective 07/01/2017, and a zero percent cost of living adjustment. In each fund, the revenues and expenditures balanced. A recap of the FY 2017-2018 shows that revenues and expenditures from the general…

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