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The events of which you are about to read commenced September 27, 1942.

The following segment was written by the late Dale Leslie, former Clerk of the Court and a Madison County native. He offers fascinating descriptions of the events that occurred during a recovery mission off the waters of Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands during World War II. His bravery and heroic actions saved the lives of numerous soldiers. This is the first of six installments of his memoir that will serve to commemorate both the anniversary of his plane being shot down and the 40 days he spent surviving in the…

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Daddy’s passing

Savannah Reams: Greene Publishing, Inc. Bill Hutto is a Madison County native and grew up in Greenville, Fla. In his memoir titled “Country Living,” he describes in detail times gone by, his old family farm place and the fond, and sometimes sad, memories of his boyhood. The following is an excerpt from the first volume of “Country Living,” titled “Farm Work.” Bill Hutto, born in 1938, is the eldest son of Alcus and Belle Hutto. His siblings include Marjorie, Norman, Darrow and Sammy Hutto—all familiar names in Madison County. Hutto…

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Fun day turns deadly in Madison streets

Mickey Starling reporter3@greenepublishing.com On Thursday, Nov. 18, in 1909, the citizens of Madison had just enjoyed a wonderful afternoon being entertained by the John Robinson Circus, which was in town. As Range Avenue bustled with travelers making their way home, shots rang out in front of the law office of Council Black Ashley. Ashley was a prominent citizen who was responsible for building the Ashley Building, which is still a central figure in downtown Madison. Ashley’s office was located in the vicinity of where Norris Cafe is currently. Ashley was…

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Harris tells of the end of WWII

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. There are many of things Morgan “Sonny” Harris could flip to in his scrapbook when asked about World War II and his ties to the transition between war and peace. But two small photos of foreign administrators have stayed with him for years and are always a talking point when discussing the history of the infamous war. Harris has held onto photos of Mamoru Shigemitsu, Japan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Prime Minister General Hideki Tojo for years. These delicate photos show details of who…

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