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Lake Frances closed: Local health officials warn of algal blooms

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. Residents are being asked to be cautious of the waters of Lake Frances as algal blooms were reported to local health officials. As officials await testing, residents are asked to stay away from the freshwater lake in Madison until further information is provided. Kimberly Allbritton, health officer/administrator for the Florida Department of Health – Madison County, informed the City of Madison that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) sampled surface water at Lake Frances for cyanobacteria (blue-green algae), after an algal bloom was reported…

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Safety first: MFD Chief offers outdoor burning tips

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. As the summer approaches, North Florida has experienced above average and record temperatures already. The weekends can entail beach trips or swimming parties to cool down, while some are preparing to clean property from growing bushes, branches and other yard debris that has accumulated naturally now that winter is gone. An easy way to get rid of such debris is with controlled burning. Madison Fire Department’s (MFD) Chief Bruce Jordan would like to remind everyone that as the heat progresses, it’s important to be aware,…

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Madison Ace Hardware dubbed “coolest hardware store”

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. Since Madison Ace Hardware’s opening in 2015, honesty and integrity has been the motto for the McDonald family as they’ve continually strived to make their store a place of convenience and comfort. Recently, Ace Hardware Corporation named Madison Ace Hardware as one of 2019’s two “coolest hardware stores” in the nation. The McDonalds and one of their employees, Rodney McKinley, were honored at the Ace Hardware 2019 Pinnacle Conference, in Las Vegas, on Jan. 14-16. “Madison Ace and the family here; the story had to…

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Verizon to honor veterans

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. Round Room L.L.C., the nation’s largest Verizon Authorized Wireless Retailer, announces it will recognize veterans at more than 550 of its TCC stores in honor of Veteran’s Day, including their Verizon Store in Madison. On Monday, Nov. 12, Verizon Wireless, of Madison, will host a Veterans Appreciation Event, distributing service pins and recognizing each veteran for their service. The store will open at 10 a.m. Employees will be on-site answering questions about service contracts and identifying qualifying promotions, as well as signing up active service…

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