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When PTSD hits home

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. “PTSD: It’s not the person refusing to let go of the past, but the past refusing to let go of the person.” That is a quote in a picture that everyone sees when they visit the Facebook page “When PTSD Hits Home.” Sarah Leigh McGraw, a dispatcher with Madison County Communications has had a first-hand experience with the reality of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); not with herself, but with a family member who served in the military, with a tour overseas. This event motivated her…

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Moffses named Department of Health Administrator

Mickey Starling: Greene Publishing, Inc. The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has announced the appointment of Madison native, Thomas Moffses, Jr., as the Administrator for the DOH in Columbia and Hamilton Counties, effective Wednesday, March 21. Moffses will be responsible for overseeing all operations, including planning, directing, developing and coordinating public health programs and activities. Moffses has served as an Emergency Management Planner for the DOH over Columbia and Hamilton Counties since 2017. Moffses has over 30 years of experience serving the public in the areas of military operations and…

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Davis sentenced for manslaughter

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. After multiple attempts to find guilt or innocence, Nicholas Rashawn Davis, 28, of Greenville, pled guilty to lesser charges, for the death of Travis Lavonte Solomon, and was sentenced to the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) on Thursday, March 15. Back on April 20, 2016, investigators obtained a “first-degree murder while armed” warrant and a “possession of firearm by convicted felon” warrant for Davis, in connection to the murder of 21-year-old Solomon. One day after unsuccessfully trying to locate Davis, investigators received a tip that…

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Tight budget for district schools

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. In his regular monthly financial report to the Madison County District School Board on Monday, March 19, District Chief Financial Officer Walter Copeland informed the Board of an adjustment of the district’s fund balance downward. This adjustment goes back to the fiscal year 2016-17 audit. The beginning fund balance at July 1, 2017, was adjusted down from $1,927,912 to $1,701,106 as the result of a June 30, 2017, audit adjustment. According to the report provided by Copeland, “In finalizing the fiscal year ending June 2017…

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