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LOCAL: Are you ready to trick-or-treat?

Cheltsie Holbrook: Greene Publishing, Inc. What are you going to be for Halloween? A ghost? Zombie? Princess? Superhero? The  possibilities are endless on Halloween when kids can become anything they like. On Tuesday, Oct. 31, the Madison Police Department will host their annual Downtown Halloween event starting at 6 p.m. in downtown Madison. Children are invited to dress up and come downtown to trick-or-treat where local businesses and individuals will be set up passing out candy. New to the event this year will be a costume contest. The categories for…

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COUNTY COMMISSION: Budget and millage rate adopted

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. The Board of Madison County Commissioners have passed a balanced budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-2018. During a special public hearing on the tentative millage rate and final budget for FY2017-2018 on Wednesday, Sept. 27, the Commissioners adopted the budget for the county for the next year. According to a recap of the budget total revenues from Ad Valorem (property) taxes and other sources total $10,334,720. The budget also includes $1,842,766 for solid waste and $601,571 for fire services. The solid waste and fire services…

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LOCAL: Local couple scammed nearly $2,000

Debbie Snapp: Greene Publishing, Inc. Recently, just before Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc in Madison County, a very caring and loving local couple received a call on their house phone from an attorney claiming to represent their grandson. The attorney informed them that their grandson had broken his nose in an auto accident in Atlanta, Ga., and the woman in the other vehicle had been taken to the hospital. Because the couple’s phone line had terrible static, they asked if they could call the caller right back from a different phone…

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HEALTH: Another Lowndes County sewage spill

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. Another sewage spill in Lowndes County, Ga. has raised concerns for the Withlacoochee River. On Saturday, Sept. 23, approximately 25,000 gallons of untreated sewage entered into a ditch that flows into the Withlacoochee River. The incident occurred in Lowndes County, on Val-Tech Rd., approximately 1.2 miles south of Wiregrass Technical College, just north of the City of Valdosta. The cause of the spill was a split in the 16” force main pipe that runs along Val-Tech Rd. The spill lasted approximately four hours, and the…

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