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Meteor explosion startles Madison County residents

Jacob Bembry: Greene Publishing, Inc. Citizens in Madison County were startled on the night of May 29, 1859 at approximately 10 o’clock by what they thought was a tremendously loud clap of thunder, but they pondered how it could be so on the night when the heavens in the sky above were crystal clear and cloudless. Later investigation, according to The Dixie Messenger newspaper of Madison, found it to be the report from the explosion of a meteor. Those who did see the “luminous body” which burst asunder described it…

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Murder in May of a minstrel and a woman

Jacob Bembry: Greene Publishing, Inc. As the lazy month of May began to skip, instead of dragging itself, into the month of June and the summer months, the news during its final week was not all good. In fact, two murders, at opposite ends of the county, were reported in the June 1, 1905 edition of The New Enterprise. One of the murders happened at the eastern end of the county in Ellaville. An African American woman named Annie Fields was shot and killed on Sunday, May 28. Her assailant…

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Play Ball! Madison’s “Lolly Coolers,” “Peacherinas,” and “Heavy Hitters” drain Lake City

Jacob Bembry: Greene Publishing, Inc. In 2017, baseball is as popular in Madison County, as it ever was before. With fans rooting on the home high school and middle school teams, as well as watching their children play Babe Ruth League baseball and softball, it is no wonder that the game invented by Abner Doubleday is America’s pastime. Who would have known in May 1903, the big-league games would be broadcasted on cable television and that viewers could pretty much see any team they wanted with an MLB cable network…

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Legendary lawmen search for wrong man, find right man

Jacob Bembry: Greene Publishing, Inc. Whether people loved them or hated them, they would be hard pressed to deny that Simmie Moore and Joe Peavy were legends in Madison County law enforcement, and, arguably, in Florida law enforcement. Moore served as Madison County Sheriff for 24 years, and Peavy, his heir apparent, served for 28 years before his record as longest-reigning Sheriff in the state was eclipsed by Gadsden County Sheriff W.A. Woodham, who served 33 years. Moore and Peavy had made quite a team for a while. The younger…

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