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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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Chris Jones joins staff

Chris Jones has joined the staff of Greene Publishing, Inc. as a reporter. Chris graduated from Bradwell Institute High School in Hinesville, Ga. and from Valdosta State University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice.  Chris has served in the United States Coast Guard Reserves since 2003, and is  currently a Boatswain’s Mate First Class stationed at USCG Station Destin. Chris worked as a substitute teacher for the Madison County School Board before replying to a solicitation for the reporter position.  He is married to Michelle Jones…

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MCHS graduation rates climbing

Lazaro Aleman: Greene Publishing, Inc. In keeping with a statewide trend, Madison County High School’s graduation rates have been rising steadily during the last five years,  with slight slips here and there. Information released recently by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) shows Madison County graduation rates have climbed from 66.3 percent in the 2011/12 school year, to 80.1 percent in 2015/16 — an overall increase of 13.8 percent. The climb, however, hasn’t been without some slips. Consider: In 2012/13, the rate dropped from the 66.3 percent in 2011/12 to…

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NFCC one step closer to name change

Story Submitted In Nov., North Florida Community College announced plans to select a new name for the College after receiving approval from the State Board of Education to begin offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the college’s first baccalaureate level program. On Tuesday at the NFCC District Board of Trustees’ regular scheduled meeting, the NFCC Board voted on and approved North Florida College as the new name they would like NFCC President John Grosskopf to take forward to the Florida Legislature in Feb. for approval. If approved by the…

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