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Tonya Watts: Feeling blessed

Rick Patrick: For Tonya Watts, there was no reason to feel a routine physical exam in February of 2018 would be anything other than ordinary. She did not feel bad and had no real symptoms of anything being out of the ordinary. But when a small mass was discovered in her breast (too small to have been found with a self exam), it was enough to catch the attention of her attending physician. A mammogram was ordered and a subsequent biopsy was performed. When the results returned, it must…

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Thomas Leonard Moore Sr.

Thomas Leonard Moore Sr., 86, passed away on Monday, Oct.14, 2019, in Lee, Fla. He was born on Feb. 19, 1933, in Andalusia, Ala. to Dewey and Bonice Moore (Leonard). He was a dedicated Christian and a member of Lee First Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon for many years, as well as a Sunday School Teacher and Brotherhood Director. He was a humble servant of God who loved people. He enjoyed spending time with his family and was the greatest husband, father and Papa. Thomas worked as…

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From the sunny side… Happy Thanksgiving, eh!

Rick Patrick: Columnist This morning I took a glance at the calendar on the wall of my cozy little cubicle and noticed that this past Monday was Canadian Thanksgiving Day. I’m not sure of the reasoning behind having a different day for Thanksgiving in different locales. It probably should not come as a surprise that different places have different days for different things. Perhaps it comes down to a cultural thing. I wonder when they have July the Fourth in Mexico. In Canada, Thanksgiving is always the second Monday of…

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Gov. Desantis appoints Shirley Joseph

John Willoughby: After five months of serving as the interim, Shirley Joseph has officially been appointed the Superintendent of Schools in Madison County by Governor Ron Desantis. The move was announced by the District School Board of Madison on social media on the afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 16. Joseph was appointed interim Superintendent after Dr. Karen Pickles submitted her letter of resignation to the Madison County School Board in the Spring, stating that she no longer felt effective due to disagreements with the elected school board. Joseph has many years…

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