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Recent House Votes: Review Federal Regulations for Repeals – With a vote of 254-174 and 14 not voting, the House passed a bill that establishes a nine-member commission to review federal regulations and identify those that should be repealed in order to reduce costs on the U.S. economy – including those that should be immediately repealed and those that should be repealed over time through a new regulatory “Cut-Go” system under which agencies could not issue new rules unless the cost of a new rule was offset by repealing existing…

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Greenville appoints new town manager

Although the agenda was short, with only three items up for discussion, the council members had much to talk about during the town council meeting of Greenville on Monday, Jan. 11. After the approval of the minutes for the Dec. 14 meeting, Grants Consultant Jim Parrish took to the podium to inform the council members about the loan agreement with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for the wastewater treatment plant improvements. This loan would cover Phase II of the new wastewater treatment plant and after approval would go out…

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James Edward Hardee, Jr.

James Edward Hardee, Jr., 78, died Friday, Jan. 1, in his home. Graveside funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6 at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Visitation was held on Tuesday, Jan. 5 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Beggs Funeral Home. He was born in Valdosta, Ga. and raised in Madison before moving to Marietta, Ga., and later moved back to Madison. He was owner of Auto Parts Company and was a CPA. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Madison. He is…

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National Security: Buffer zone

The recent downing of a Russian SU-24 Fencer fighter by two Turkish Air Force F-16s brought to mind the importance of buffer zones and airspace management. Aviators routinely deal with this business, whether they are flying combat or through peacetimes skies, but the problem intensifies and becomes more risky under wartime conditions. I first became acquainted with buffer zones flying in Korea four decades ago. You did not want to stray into North Korean airspace; they would as soon shoot as look at you. Accordingly, we had a buffer zone…

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