Emerald’s Gem Box: Growing up in the newspaper business

Emerald G. Parsons I never had to wonder what I wanted to do when I “grew up.” I grew up doing what I knew I wanted to do for the rest of my life – the newspaper business. When you wake up each morning and dread the job that lies ahead of you, then it’s time to change jobs.  When you wake up each morning and find joy in what lies ahead of you, then you know you have the right job for you.  I wake up happy each day!…

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Leona B. Gay

Leona B. Gay, age 98, went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 21, 2017. She was born and raised in the Hickory Grove Community of Madison County. As a child, she attended Hickory Grove Methodist Church. Throughout her life, she attended church faithfully, and upon her death was a member of First Baptist Church of Madison. Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 25 at 11a.m. at Beggs Funeral Home, with a burial at MacClenny Cemetery, in MacClenny, Fl. Visitation was held on Monday, April 24, from 5 p.m. to…

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William Wesley Rudd, III

Mr. William Wesley Rudd, III, age 54, of Monticello, passed away on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in Tallahassee, after a brief illness. He was born on July 5, 1962, in Thomasville, Ga. He lived most of his childhood life in Aucilla, Fl., before moving to Madison. He graduated from Madison High School in 1980, and attended North Florida Junior College. He was a self-employed contractor, and previously worked for the Department of Corrections and Norfolk Southern Railway. Rudd was a member of Faith Baptist Church. He loved golf, fishing, NASCAR…

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Community News 

Madison native managing Orlando Fisher House

Chris Jones: Greene Publishing, Inc. Madison County native Teresa (Terri) Turner is the new manager of Orlando’s Fisher House. Fisher Houses provide lodging for comfort providers of veterans being treated by Veteran’s Affairs (VA) hospitals. The Orlando Fisher House is projected to complete construction in November 2017, and see its first guest the following month. It is a 16-bed accessible facility, with a small library, patio, and family room. Guests of the Fisher House stay free of charge, as long as their loved one is being treated in the adjacent…

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