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Apply for your free smoke detector

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. Madison Fire Rescue (MFR) and the American Red Cross (ARC) have teamed up to provide safety, security and peace-of-mind to you this winter. The North Florida Home Fire Campaign (NFHF) and MFR are helping to save lives by installing free smoke alarms and detectors in homes that do not have them. MFR requests that residents who do not have smoke detectors and alarms should fill out a form, given to them by the ARC, and a representative with the  MFR will come to the home…

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CSX issues arising once again

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. Freight trains, operated by CSX, have been blocking crossings throughout Madison County. Specifically in one area, where there is only one way in and one way out. Madison County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Sheriff Ben Stewart says, “I’m not through with it. There’s no excuse for this.” On Tuesday, Jan. 30, a train was stopped on the tracks, with no one aboard, due to a hazmat situation in Gadsden County. The cars were moved from the roadway of the Madison Golf and Country Club, but not…

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MFR to flush hydrants

Madison Fire Rescue will begin flushing fire hydrants on Monday, Feb. 5. This process normally takes up to two weeks but occasionally takes longer to complete depending on department call volume. The department does not flush hydrants during the weekends or after 5 p.m. Hydrant flushing signs will be posted in the areas where flushing is occurring. Fire Chief Bruce Jordan says the department flushes hydrants for many reasons: Flushing out the rust and debris that accumulates in the cities water system during the year that could cause potential problems;…

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Life comes full circle for Cain

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. It would appear that life has come full circle for Madison County High School (MCHS) grad Lorenzo Cain. Cain, a standout baseball player for the MCHS Cowboys, has been playing for the Kansas City Royals until his contract ended. Cain became a free agent at the end of the 2017 season. According to a report in MLB.com, Cain has just recently signed a five year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers worth an estimated $80 million. Cain began his major league baseball career with the Brewers…

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