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April 25, 1958 (60 years ago) Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lacone entertained a group of children Sunday at their home south of Madison in honor of their son Al’s fourth birthday. Refreshments and games were enjoyed and all had a wonderful time. Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Sherrod are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, April 27, from 3 to 5 p.m. at their home in Mayo. All friends are cordially invited. Mrs. Van H. Priest was elected chairman of the Department of Community Service of the Florida Federation of…

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World War II observation tower in Madison County

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. As a way of keeping eyes in the skies, The United States Army Ground Observer Corps organized the Aircraft Warning System (AWS), a civilian service instated during World War II (WWII) to keep watch for enemy aircraft planning sneak attacks on American military aircraft. During World War I, aircrafts were not utilized with long-range weapons. Beginning in 1919, spanning to the beginning of WWII, the heavy bomber was created, capable of reaching great distances and carrying a dangerous dose of explosives. It became clear that…

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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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