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EDUCATION: School Board considers lower millage levy

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. During the regular meeting of the Madison County District School Board on Tuesday, Sept. 5, the Board considered the new millage rate to be levied in the district. This was a public hearing on the rate. The proposed total millage rate for Fiscal Year 2017/2018 is 6.591. This is lower than the rate for 2016, which was 6.921. The gross taxable value for operating purposes is $738,377,832. This is almost a two percent increase over the gross taxable value for operating purposes for 2016, which…

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Madison County Shelters

New Testament Christian Center will be opening tonight (Friday) at 6:00 p.m. for anyone seeking shelter.  New Testament is located at 2558 East Hwy 90 East, in Madison. The Madison County Central School (MCCS) will open as a risk shelter and special needs on Saturday, Sept 9 at 5:00 pm for people living in Madison County that need a safe place to ride out the storm. MCCS is located at 2093 US 90, in Madison.

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Hurricane Irma: Florida braces for impact

Lazaro Aleman: Greene Publishing, Inc. As of Thursday morning, Florida was in a high state of alert, with Gov. Rick Scott warning Floridians that Hurricane Irma could wreck more havoc than Hurricane Andrew, a Category-5 storm that devastated the Greater Miami area in 1992. As of late Wednesday, Scott had declared a statewide emergency, suspended road tolls across the Sunshine State to facilitate evacuations, activated the National Guard, and ordered state offices closed on Friday. At the same time, the Red Cross had dispatched 1,000 volunteers to the state; the…

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Madison braces for impact

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. During a special meeting of the Madison County Board of County Commissioners on Wednesday, Sept. 6, the Board declared a local state of emergency for Madison County. This declaration will extend for seven days. At the end of those seven days, the Board will reassess the situation and determine if another declaration is warranted. The declaration simply allows the county to streamline many operations and cut through much of the “red tape” that would be encountered in normal situations. It also allows different departments and…

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