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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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DADSS: Technology to prevent drunk driving

In 2008, a partnership between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS) was born in the hopes of bringing groundbreaking technology into the fight against drunk driving. The world’s leading auto manufacturers, such as Honda, Ford, Toyota, BMW, Porsche and Subaru among many others, are financially backing the partnership. Every year, an estimated 10,000 lives are claimed by drivers under the influences, and through DADSS, in their own words, they hope to “Invent a world without drunk driving.” So what is DADSS?…

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Ratliff, Braswell, Jenkins named County Tropicana Speech Contest Winners

Students from public and private schools, in grades fourth through sixth, competed in the Madison County 4-H Tropicana Speech Contest on Thursday, Nov. 19. At stake was a chance for all first place winners to win a scholarship to 4-H Camp Cherry Lake and for all first and second place county winners to compete at the District IV Events Competition on May 7, 2016. The District Events will be held in Taylor County.  Abby Ratliff, a student at Madison County Central School, won first place for the sixth grade for…

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