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Relay For Life is this Friday night

The annual Madison County Relay For Life will be held this Friday evening, May 8. Come join the fun as all local teams, of Madison County, will be gathered at the Madison County High School football field for the relay against cancer. The fun-filled festivities kick off Friday night at 6 p.m. with the Cancer Survivors taking the “opening lap.” Food, fun and fellowship (along with the great effort of fighting cancer) will continue all night until midnight. Relay For Life is a family-oriented team event where participants can walk…

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New initiative inspires tobacco users in Madison to quit and tell

Tobacco Free Madison Partnership raises awareness about free quit services during Tobacco Free Florida Week The Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida Program and Tobacco Free Madison Partnership are launching a new initiative called Quit and Tell to celebrate Madison residents who have quit tobacco and inspire more people to join them. The Quit and Tell initiative launch aligns with the seventh annual Tobacco Free Florida Week from April 27 to May 3. It is part of a statewide effort to raise awareness about the three Free and Easy…

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Mosquito budget gets bit

Budget cutbacks have been detrimental to mosquito control programs throughout the state of Florida. Our neighbors in Jefferson County are facing the possibility of canning their program altogether, as Jefferson County Mosquito Control is now without a home. The program’s director, Kim Albritton, was forced to confront the Jefferson County Commission at their April 7 meeting and seek a solution– either the county coughs up funding or the program dies. Conversation included the possibility of another department, possibly the fire or sheriff’s department taking on the task; one present at…

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Still singing the blues – Blue Bell Ice Cream recall expanded

So far, 2015 has been a Rocky Road for Blue Bell. The 108-year-old ice cream company out of Brenham, Texas, has had to contend with listeria contamination cropping up in several of its products. Earlier this year, the CDC found a rare strain of listeria contamination in single-serving ice cream products very similar to the rare strain that caused listeriosis sickness in five patients in a Kansas hospital. Three deaths resulted. The strains were found in three product lines from a single machine in the company’s Brenham, Texas plant. Blue…

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