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Ghost stories of bovine proportions

Mickey Starling: Greene Publishing, Inc. This flashback from Madison County’s past comes to The Madison Enterprise-Recorder courtesy of E.B. Browning’s book, The Florida Scene, which is available for reading in the Treasures of Madison County Museum, a place where Madison County history is alive and well. Browning recalls a conversation with a man many years ago who met up with frightful circumstances when walking along an old plantation road around noon. Upon looking up on one occasion, he saw in the distance something of an unknown substance flailing briefly in…

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Dr. Goodman presents Inglis history

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. After church on Sunday, April 28, at approximately 2 p.m., multiple Madison County residents gathered together in the old First Baptist Church sanctuary, built in the late 1800s, for a presentation by Dr. Josh Goodman on Madison County’s own, John Livingston Inglis. Dr. Goodman, local due to his upbringing in Taylor County, is a graduate of Florida State University and currently serves as a historian for the Florida State Library and Archives, whose parent company is the Florida Department of State. This is not Dr….

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From Morocco to Marzuq The history of Shriners in Madison County

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. For 72 years, Shriners in Madison County have been committed to helping crippled children walk by promoting the Shriners Hospitals for Children network. With over 90 local shriners, their mission remains the same. The fraternity, promoting fun and fellowship for Master Masons, was formed in 1870 by Walter Fleming and William J. Florence. Mecca Temple Shriners, members of the world’s first Shrine temple, met in 1872, in New York City. The first Imperial Session of the Shriners was held in Portland, Ore., in 1920. During…

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Santa Claus: the man behind the red suit

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. It’s a phenomenon that’s unable to be explained and it’s a tradition that has lasted for years past and will last for years to come. On Tuesday, Dec. 25, Santa Claus will begin his trek from the North Pole to each and every country on God’s green earth to deliver presents to children around the world. But just who is Santa Claus? Besides the silky, white beard and the plush-like red suit, an image which was virtually cemented in the minds of people by Norman…

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