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County Commission rescinds request to save oaks in park

Jacob Bembry: Greene Publishing, Inc. The beautiful oaks that surround the Four Freedoms Park offer visitors a respite from the blazing sun in summers and a place to relax and reflect in the autumn months, as well as in spring and winter. In 1963, though, the trees were almost cut down not by a fierce hurricane but by progress. In September of that year, the Madison County Commission voted to rescind a previous request it had made to the Florida Department of Transportation. They had asked the state to realign…

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Greenville School goes up in blaze

Jacob Bembry: Greene Publishing, Inc. A fire destroyed the elementary school in Greenville on Wednesday afternoon, February 26, 1964. Frank Merritt, the principal of the school, attributed the possible cause of the blaze to an overheated gas heater. The fire left between 350 to 400 students temporarily without a school. One of the school teachers was on the school grounds when the fire was noticed at approximately 5 p.m. The teacher observed smoke pouring out from under the roof. All textbooks and the teachers’ registers were lost in the fire…

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Baileys chosen as Outstanding Farm Family of 1960

Jacob Bembry: Greene Publishing, Inc. The Kelley R. Bailey Family was named the Outstanding Farm Family of the Year for Madison County at the Farm Bureau banquet held in the autumn of 1960. Kelley, his wife, Mary, and 13-year-old daughter, Norma Jean (Jeanie) lived on a 110-acre farm two miles from Sirmans. Kelley, a native of Madison County, lived in the same house where he was born on the Bailey homestead. The home was a six-frame wood home, equipped with modern appliances. Mary kept a vegetable garden, large enough to…

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Labor Day… why and how we celebrate

Story Submitted: When you think of Labor Day, what comes to mind? For many, it’s the last long weekend before school starts. It’s a weekend with picnics and barbecues, and maybe a parade. For some, it’s the start of the fall season and anticipation of football. Like many other holidays, Americans enjoy the day off but have lost sight of what it was originally created to celebrate. Whether you work in a job or run a home business, Labor Day was created to honor and celebrate the social and economic…

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