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State Representatives visit M.C.I.

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. On  Thursday, Jan. 26, members of the Florida House of Representatives Justice Appropriations Sub-committee met with representatives from the Madison Correctional Institution (M.C.I.) This meeting was arranged by District 7 Representative Halsey Beshears, from Monticello. District 7 includes Madison County. Beshears is not on the Justice Appropriations Sub-committee, but he is concerned about the well-being of Correctional Officers, especially in light of the fact that several Correctional Institutions are located within his district. The purpose of this meeting was simple and straightforward. “These Correctional Officers…

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Postmaster warns of shipping scams

Chris Jones: Greene Publishing, Inc. According to Alison Crutchfield, Postmaster at the U.S. Post Office in Lee, Fl., selling items online and subsequently shipping them to other countries is a scam that local residents have fallen for.  Crutchfield has been at the Lee Post Office for 11 years, and has been the Postmaster since 2013. “I’ve seen it all,” Crutchfield says. She witnessed one individual attempting to send a phone to Africa to someone he referred to as his girlfriend. However, Crutchfield was unable to send this particular package. Crutchfield…

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Farm Bureau grant funds local school project

Story Submitted A grant from the  Florida Farm Bureau will support a special learning experience for a group of students at Madison County Excel School.  The grant has been awarded for the 2016-2017 academic year under Farm Bureau’s statewide, competitive Ag in the Classroom Program. Linda McFarland, a teacher at Madison County Excel School, earned the funding by submitting a successful application for a project that involves a salad garden.  These students will get the soil ready, plant the garden and nurture and care for the garden until it is…

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Deadly weekend storms hit region

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. Over the weekend of Jan. 21, the North Florida and South Georgia region was racked with severe thunderstorms, several of which spawned deadly tornadoes. The worst of these hit Adel, Ga. about 20 miles north of Valdosta. At around 3 a.m., an EF Scale 3 (136 – 165 m.p.h.) hit a mobile home park in Adel, with devastating effect. According to Georgia Emergency Management, eight people were killed in Cook County, which includes Adel. Another two people were killed in Brooks County, which includes the…

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