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Local: Former Madison County Clerk and County Commissioner passes away

Jacob Bembry: Greene Publishing, Inc. Alfred Welch, 78, former Madison County Commissioner and Clerk of the Court, passed away Friday evening, July 28, 2017, surrounded by the family he loved and who loved him. He served as the Madison County Clerk of the Court for 12 years and served as the District 5 County Commissioner for four years. Welch was born Dec. 30, 1938 in Lee. He graduated from Madison High School and Florida A&M University. He was a veteran, having served ten years in the Florida National Guard. He…

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Local: Jobless rate rises locally as state’s rate drops

Lazaro Aleman: Greene Publishing, Inc. Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.1 percent in June, another 0.2 percentage point drop from 4.3 percent in May and 0.3 percentage point lower than the national rate of 4.4 percent. The 4.1 percent rate is the lowest that it’s been in Florida since June 2007, right before the start of the Great Recession. In Madison County, the jobless rate rose to 4.7 percent, up from the 4.2 percent recorded in May. In Jefferson County, the rate rose to 4.5 percent in June,…

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Local: Late night chase ends with crash

Chris Jones: Green Publishing, Inc. If you live near SW Parramore Ave., between SW Pinckney St. and Sinclair Ave., in Madison, you may have heard a ruckus outside on Monday, July 24, around 11 p.m. Several units from the Madison Police Department (MPD) were involved in a pursuit with a 1999 Honda Civic, driven by 28-year-old Rysharde Thompson, of Madison. According to MPD spokesperson Lieutenant Heather Whitfield, MPD Sergeant Tony Mashburn observed Thompson’s vehicle run through a stop sign at the intersection of SW Smith St. and SW Parramore Ave….

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School Board: Citizen calls for unity on School Board

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. During the public comments portion of the regular meeting of the Madison County District School Board on Monday, July 17, a local citizen, Gwen Hubbard, spoke of the need for unity among the board members. Previously, Hubbard was a critic of the recommendation of former Hamilton County High School Principal Kip Mcleod for the position of principal at Madison County High School (MCHS). The level of opposition from certain members of the community led McLeod to resign his position as principal at MCHS. McLeod had…

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