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North Florida: Budget cuts would stop Amtrak’s return

Chris Jones: Greene Publishing, Inc. Over a year ago, on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, Madison citizens welcomed the arrival of an Amtrak train into the small station at 1000 Range St. It was the first time in 11 years that a train pulled into that station. Off of that train stepped Amtrak spokespersons, government officials, and news crews, announcing to the gathered crowd that train service would soon return to Northwest Florida. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed sections of the Amtrak track, and passenger rail service has not returned to…

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Hurricane Season: Are you prepared?

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. Are you prepared for another hurricane season? With the warm temperatures, the smell of outdoor grills, and the sound of children enjoying the family pool, comes yet another hurricane season for the Sunshine State. The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season in the Northern Hemisphere officially began on Thursday, June 1 and will continue until Thursday, Nov. 30. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this season is expected to be a busy one. NOAA is predicting between 11 and 17 named storms during the…

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Local: Fieldwork to take place on Cherry Lake

Story Submitted: The Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) has contracted with Greenman-Pederson, Inc. (GPI) to conduct elevation surveys of key environmental attributes on and around Cherry Lake that will be used in the development of Minimum Lake Levels, as directed by Chapter 373.042 of Florida Statutes. The District’s Minimum Flows and Minimum Levels (MFLs) program is a means to ensure water availability for the present and future and to prevent significant harm to the area’s natural resources. Surveys of Cherry Lake will be conducted by GPI from now until…

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City of Madison: Financial health holding steady

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. According to a recent financial report by Powell & Jones, Certified Public Accountants for the City of Madison, for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2016, the City’s financial health is holding steady. The City continues to face financial challenges in providing needed services such as fire and police protection. Highlights of the report showed that “assets of the City exceeded its liabilities at the close of the most recent fiscal year by $10,395,418. Of this amount, $751,308 may be used to meet the…

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