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1988: Tornado devastates County

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. On this day, April 20, 1988, Greene Publishing, Inc. reported on a deadly tornado that ripped through Madison County in the pre-dawn hours of April 19, 1988. It was dubbed as the worst tornado to hit Madison County in decades. This was no ordinary storm as cars were piled on top of each other, chicken houses were destroyed, and Grace Presbyterian Church was obliterated. Rick Patrick, who was living in Perry at the time, was taking evening graduate classes at Valdosta State College. He stated…

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April 18, 1958 (60 years ago) The Madison Elementary School was broken into last Thursday night by persons who cut through Masonite boards into four classrooms. A locked filling cabinet in one of the rooms was broken open but contained nothing of value to the vandals, and its contents remained unmolested. Less than $2 in small change was obtained from the four rooms. However, the floors were strewn with school supplies and the rooms left in a general mess. Sheriff Moore and Chief of Police Cherry who made the investigation said…

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St. Johns Seminary of Learning

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. At the corner of Duval St. and Base St., where CVS Pharmacy now stands, was once a building known as the St. Johns Seminary of Learning. St. Johns Seminary of Learning was founded in 1850 after eight acres of land was acquired. The Seminary was founded upon a cornerstone, laid by the Free and Accepted Masons of Madison Masonic Lodge Number 11. There is speculation as to what exactly was offered at the Seminary, but in 1886, the Seminary became the basis for Madison High…

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April 11, 1958 (60 Years Ago) New officers of the Woman’s Club were elected Tuesday as follows: 1st Vice Pres., Mrs. J. B. Davis; 2nd Vice Pres, Mrs. Clyde Cantey; recording secretary, Mrs. Marshall Hamilton; corresponding secretary, Mrs. S. H. Moore; treasurer, Mrs. T. C. Gibson. The office of president has not been filled. A rabid dog last week bit Elmore Williams, his son Ken Williams, of the Blue Springs community, and Bevan Meeks of Hamilton County. The dog roamed between Elmore Williams’ place to Allen Kinard’s place. Mr. Kinard…

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