Farm & Outdoors 

Keep a lookout for manatees in motion this spring

Story Submitted In spring weather, it is a seasonal ritual for manatees to abandon their winter retreats and head north along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and inland waters. For boaters, it is a critical time to be on the lookout for manatees, to avoid colliding with these large, slow-moving aquatic mammals. From April 1 through Nov. 15, seasonal manatee zones require boaters to slow down in certain areas to prevent manatees from being struck by motorboats or personal watercraft. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) law enforcement officers…

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MCCS to host guest speaker

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. On Monday, April 3, Madison County Central School (MCCS) will be hosting noted speaker and educator, Dr. John Hodge. Hodge is the president and co-founder of the Urban Learning and Leadership Center (ULLC), an organization focused on student achievement and reduction of the achievement gap. He has served as a teacher and school administrator, as well as the Director of the An Achievable Dream Academy. An Achievable Dream Academy is a high performing, high poverty, inner city school that has received numerous national awards. Hodge…

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Staffing cuts ahead for school district

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. On Tuesday, March 21, the Madison County District School Board held a workshop meeting ahead of their regularly scheduled meeting. The purpose of this workshop meeting was to finalize the Staff Allocation Manual for the schools in the district. Notable in the manual were personnel cuts for Madison County Central School (MCCS) and Madison County High School (MCHS). The positions listed in the staffing manual are positions paid for out of the General Fund. Other positions paid from grants or other special funding sources were…

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Multiple agencies respond to fire off I-10

Chris Jones: Greene Publishing, Inc. On Monday, March 20, at approximately 12:25 p.m., the Florida Highway Patrol received a report of a fire on the side of Interstate 10, near mile maker 259, north of the westbound lane. Madison Fire Rescue (MFR) arrived on scene first, and started combatting the fire, which, at that time, had only spread to the wooded area between the interstate and SE Bandit St. Before MFR could contain the fire, it jumped to SE Bandit St. and spread towards the property owned by Terrapointe, LLC.,…

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