Hopewell Baptist Church welcomes new pastor

Mickey Starling: Greene Publishing, Inc. Hopewell Baptist Church celebrated Easter on Sunday, April 21, with a new pastor. Billy Rice preached a sunrise service and the morning service for his first official duties as their new pastor. Rice comes to Madison after serving for two years as the minister to youth and children at First Baptist Church of Locust, N.C. This is Rice’s first time serving as a senior pastor. The path to Florida for Rice and his family seems almost coincidental. It wasn’t too many months ago that Rice…

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Summer McLeod to take part in National Youth Leadership Forum

Story Submitted This summer, Summer McLeod from Madison, will join outstanding students from across the state to take part in a unique academic and career-oriented development experience, the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Pathways to STEM, taking place in Lakeland, Fla. Summer was nominated to attend the forum by her third-grade teacher, Mrs. Copeland, at Madison Creative Arts Academy. NYLF Pathways to STEM is one of the Envision family of programs ( that enable students to explore their interests and experience learning beyond the classroom. Summer is the daughter of…

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Robert Justin Phillips

Mr. Robert Justin Phillips, 30, passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Live Oak, Fla. Robbie was born on Oct. 18, 1988 in Madison, Fla., to Robert Turner Phillips and Carol Ellen Odom Phillips. He attended Madison High School and worked as a Freelance Tattoo Artist. In his spare time he enjoyed skateboarding and riding motorcycles. Robbie was preceded in death by his mother, Carol Ellen Odom and a brother, Josh Odom. He is survived by a daughter, Nevaeh Ellen Phillips, of Madison; father, Robert T. Phillips, of Cross…

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Richard Wayne “Dick” Haviland

Mr. Richard Wayne “Dick” Haviland, 91, of Lee, Fla., passed away on Thursday, May 16, 2019 in Madison, Fla., following a brief illness. Mr. Haviland was born on March 29, 1928 in Harvey, Ill. to Wayne Stewart Haviland and Marjorie Alvina Kings Haviland. He honorably served our country in the United States Navy for eight years, beginning his service near the end of WWII. He was of the Methodist faith and was a member of Lee United Methodist Church. He worked as a crane operator for Occidental Phosphate Mines for…

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