Mary Augusta (Lucas) Bailey

Mary Augusta (Lucas) Bailey passed away peacefully on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at the Pensacola home of her daughter and son-in-law, Norma (Jeannie) and Ed Muller. She died of complications after hip surgery. Mrs. Bailey had just celebrated her 99th birthday on Sunday, Aug. 25. She was born in Lamont, Fla. in 1920 to Solomon David and Bessie (Ward) Lucas, and attended school in Aucilla where she graduated at the top of her small class. She was happily married for 65 years to Kelley R. Bailey, who predeceased her in…

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Learning As I Go: Geometric Love Letters

In this week’s column, I wanted to have a little fun. As a former math teacher, I have an odd sense of humor and wanted to give you a little peek into my silly, educational mind. I hope you enjoy these love letters between shapes. My Dearest Rhombus, Shall I compare you to any other polygon? No, indeed. Your attributes are far greater still. Four vertices-two acute, two obtuse; oh, no other is as perfect as you. Two sets of parallel lines and four equal sides. What geometric shape even…

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Emerald’s Gem Box: I’m tired of haggling

I’ve never been one to “hold anything back” and usually speak my mind, on almost any subject. However, I have been debating, for quite some time, on whether or not to write a column about people who try to haggle with me on my advertising prices. You see, the newspaper business is, in all senses, a public service. We love our job. We love to inform our community about what is happening in our corner of the world. We love to spotlight our neighbors, our neighbors’ farms, our neighbors’ businesses…

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Healthcare Hero Lisa Algarin

John Willoughby It’s safe to say that nursing home administration is in the blood of Madison Health and Rehabilitation’s newest administrator Lisa Algarin. From growing up around the industry to becoming a certified administrator, the well-being of her respective facility is Algarin’s top priority. Originally a native of Alabama, Lisa Algarin grew up around the industry of independently-owned healthcare facilities. So much so, she detailed that her stepfather opened the first licensed nursing home in Mississippi in the 1960s. Algarin attended the University of North Florida and later graduated…

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