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Through the lens of power: Astronomy club reaches for the stars

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. The night sky is an extraordinary thing. Even focusing past the visibly bright stars, the naked eye can see a cluster of others as they float in the void. Space is a topic of interest to Dr. Guenter Maresch and members of the local North Florida Community College (NFCC) astronomy club. Inside the Morris G. Steen Science Building, one can find the largest telescope in North Florida, which rests in the lobby until it’s rolled into the parking lot for use. In a long classroom,…

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MCAA holds graduation

Mickey Starling: Greene Publishing, Inc. Madison Creative Arts Academy (MCAA)  honored 35 graduates in ceremonies held on Monday, May 20, at the Van H. Priest Auditorium, in Madison. Claire Carpenter offered a devotion for the program and Riley Browning and Katie Krell provided special music. Leigh Ann Browning presented Caroline Wynn with the American Citizenship Award and Willa Branham presented Riley Browning, Katherine Krell, Kathryn Poirrier and Ethan Myers with Presidential Academic Excellence Awards. Before the salutatorian and valedictorian addresses, Darren Webb, President of the Board of Directors, gave words…

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Will Madison County arm teachers?

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. On Wednesday, May 8, Gov. DeSantis signed Senate Bill (SB) 7030 into law. SB 7030 implemented legislative recommendations of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission. The new law expands those who may serve as school guardians. According to a summary of the bill, it: • Requires sheriffs to assist district school boards and charter school governing boards in complying with safeschool officer requirements, including providing guardian training either directly or through a contract with another sheriff’s office under specified circumstances. • Requires district…

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Commercial Driver’s License certification course begins June 7, at NFCC

Story Submitted The North Florida Community College (NFCC) Career and Technical Education Center is working to get potential students ready to begin NFCC’s Commercial Driver’s License (CDL-Class A) certification program in June and on track to a new career in the trucking industry. To be considered for the program, potential students must be at least 18-years-old and must attend an orientation session in April or May at NFCC to determine program and scholarship eligibility. Training can be completed in less than five months and focuses on basic driving skills; material…

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