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Sports: Staten to play in All-Star game

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. Derrick Staten, Jr., the exciting star running back for the Madison County High School (MCHS) Cowboys has recently received an invitation to play in the 63rd Annual Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-Star Game. The game will take place on Saturday, Dec. 16, at The Villages. Staten will join teammate Tre Adams in the contest, which features some of the best senior athletes from throughout the state. Previous Cowboys who have played in the game include Ironhead Gallon, Kevin Kegler, Zack Sprenkle, Eric Bright, Tevin Rountree,…

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Local: Crime is down in Madison County

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. On Wednesday, Nov. 22, counties in the state of Florida received the 2017 Semi-Annual Uniform Crime Report (UCR) from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). The UCR report highlights the months of January through June. According to the UCR report, crime in Madison County is down by 12.5 percent in 2017. From the month of January to the month of June, FDLE reported 279 crimes in Madison County. Within the crimes reported, 88 crimes committed were aggravated assault and four crimes were rape. No murders…

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Funeral Arrangements for Sheriff David Hobbs

The funeral arrangements for Jefferson County Sheriff David Hobbs are as follows. The visitation will be held 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at Beggs Funeral Home, 485 East Dogwood Street, Monticello, FL. The service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the First Baptist Church, 325 West Washington Street, Monticello, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Florida Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches, Post Office Box 2000, Boys Ranch, FL, 32064.

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State: FDLE releases state crime rates

Story Submitted Crime continues to fall across the state of Florida, according to the 2017 Semi-Annual Uniform Crime Report (UCR). The report shows Florida’s crime volume dropped two percent or roughly 6,300 fewer reported index crimes compared to the first six months of 2016. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) began tracking crime statistics in 1971. In 2016, from January to June, the total crime rate in Florida was at 313,113, which included 43,438 violent crimes. The report shows that in the first half of 2017, Florida’s crime rate dropped two…

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