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Masonry in Madison County

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. The world’s largest and oldest-running fraternity, Freemasonry is quite a phenomenon veiled in allegories, symbolism and brotherly love, so old that no one knows for certain how or when the fraternity was formed. Over multiple centuries, freemasonry has grown into a brotherhood comprised of four million men striving to be better and help others do the same. Freemasonry was once restricted to actual stonemasons but as the building industry in the 17th century declined, non-stonemasons were accepted as members, keeping the fraternity alive and true to…

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The beginning of Black Friday

Savannah Reams: Greene Publishing, Inc. Black Friday is an annual occurrence that is popular among millions of U.S. citizens. Many go to bed early Thanksgiving night, with intentions of waking in the wee hours of the morning to begin shopping the various Black Friday sales at stores throughout each city. Some even begin shopping the night of Thanksgiving, refusing to cease throughout the night. The rest stay home, avoiding the crowds while they digest the day’s feast. But, how did this begin? How did the day after Thanksgiving become the…

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C.D. Agner: a true patriot

Mickey Starling: Greene Publishing, Inc. I spent much of my early childhood in Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church and, frequently, Mr. C.D. Agner would be called upon to close a service in prayer. What stands out in my mind is the booming voice that would flow from Agner’s lips as he prayed for the sick. His prayers blessed the congregation as they prepared to leave. I always suspected that Agner was praying on behalf of several area churches because I was certain they could hear him from their locations. He…

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August 15, 1958 (60 Years Ago) Mr. A.H. Hancock, age 75, died early Monday morning at Madison County Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. Mr. Hancock was owner-manager of Hancock Hotel. Rudy Hamrick Jr., twelve-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. O.R. Hamrick had the misfortune to fracture his right arm in an accident at play at the 4-H Camp at Cherry Lake, last Wednesday. He was brought to the local hospital for treatment and is recovering satisfactory from injury. County Agent Rudy Hamrick’s 1957 Chevrolet was badly damaged in a…

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