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T. H. “Tom” Burns

T. H. “Tom” Burns, 84, of Live Oak, passed away at his home on Friday, May 18, with his loving wife by his side. Tom was born in Madison County and retired as a foreman from Florida Power after 38 years. He served in the U.S. Army, was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church of Madison and attended Live Oak Christian Church. Mr. Burns is survived by his wife of 60 years, Rosa Croft Burns; daughter, Catherine (Bobby) Hicks; and brother, Jimmy (Cindy) Burns. Funeral services were held at 10…

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Local EMTs and Paramedics honored

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. This year, the 44th Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week is celebrated from Sunday, May 20 to Saturday, May 26. In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation’s communities. Back then, EMS was a new profession and was just becoming recognized as a critical component in the medical field. During this week, communities are encouraged to honor those EMS workers who tirelessly work to provide lifesaving services to those in need. The Madison…

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Madison kidnapper captured

Story submitted Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), along with the Madison Police Department (MPD), the FBI and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) announced charges against Jason Lenard Hayling, 44, in connection with the 2016 kidnapping of 7-year-old Bryan Williamson. The child was kidnapped from Gibson Trailer Park on April 17, 2016, between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. and dropped off in Jacksonville between 5:00 and 7:00 a.m. on April 18, 2016. Hayling was arrested out of state in February of 2018 for an unrelated Jacksonville capital…

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St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church welcomes new pastor

Mickey Starling: Greene Publishing, Inc. St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church (SJMBC) welcomed Bryant Thigpen as their new pastor on Sunday, March 11. Thigpen has spoken at SJMBC several times since May of 2017 but didn’t have pastoring on his mind. However, it became clear to Thigpen that the Lord did have that on His mind. The day after Christmas, Bryant found it odd that he couldn’t get the church off of his mind. “So, I called Jessica Ratliff, who had been a member of LifeSong for years and coincidentally was…

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