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National: App helps parents protect kids

Chris Jones: Green Publishing, Inc. A new phone application, called Family Time, can help parents monitor the texts and phone calls of their children’s phones, and much more. The app helps parents limit the amount of time kids spend on the phone by setting time limits and limited access outside of specific time periods, such as homework time or bedtime. Parents can also use geo-fencing to receive alerts when their children’s phones go to locations set by the user. Detailed location history is also available to let parents know where…

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Local: Hickory Grove Rd. speeding raises concerns

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. During the regular meeting of the Board of Madison County Commissioners on Wednesday, July 5, concerns were raised about increased traffic and speeding on Hickory Grove Rd. During the public input portion of the meeting, Joan Keene expressed gratitude for the paving on Hickory Grove Rd., but she said along with the newly paved road, traffic had increased, and people have been speeding on the road. The posted speed limit is 35 m.p.h. “People go 50, 60, or even 70 miles an hour,” said Keene….

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Madison County High School: Furor drives away principal

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. Citing personal family reasons, the new principal at Madison County High School (MCHS), Kip McLeod, has vacated the position. McLeod’s recommendation for the job has caused a firestorm of controversy since before the School Board voted to approve his appointment on a 3-2 vote during the Tuesday, June 6 meeting of the Madison County District School Board. VeEtta Hagan and Reginald Davis were the two School Board members who voted against his confirmation. Despite his confirmation, several citizens continued to voice opposition to McLeod’s appointment….

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Local: Cousins prepare for International Finals

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. Two Madison County cousins, Jarrett Briggs and Cody Davis, are making plans to head to Shawnee, Ok. for the International Finals Youth Rodeo (IFYR). The IFYR is an annual, event that brings the top young rodeo competitors from around the world together to compete in a wide variety of rodeo events. The IFYR is known as the richest youth rodeo event in the world with upwards of $250,000 in prize money up for grabs this year. This year is the 25th anniversary for the IFYR,…

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