Community News 

Recall Alert: Target dressers recalled

Lynette Veit: Greene Publishing, Inc. Target has issued a recall for a four-drawer dresser in its popular Room Essentials furniture line. A Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report states that the dressers are unstable unless firmly anchored to the wall, and pose a tip-over/entrapment danger for children.  The CPSC has received 12 reports of the dressers tipping over or collapsing, including tipping over on two three-year-old children, but fortunately, there were no reported injuries. The item in question is a four-drawer Room Essentials dresser, 41 7/8 inches tall, 31 1/2…

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History 

County Commission rescinds request to save oaks in park

Jacob Bembry: Greene Publishing, Inc. The beautiful oaks that surround the Four Freedoms Park offer visitors a respite from the blazing sun in summers and a place to relax and reflect in the autumn months, as well as in spring and winter. In 1963, though, the trees were almost cut down not by a fierce hurricane but by progress. In September of that year, the Madison County Commission voted to rescind a previous request it had made to the Florida Department of Transportation. They had asked the state to realign…

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School 

Teacher Spotlight: Cindy Vega

Nancy Taylor: Greene Publishing, Inc. Cindy Vega’s name is probably familiar to most readers. She was Madison’s Teacher of the Year for 2016-17, as well as a recent recipient of the Governor’s Shine Award. Vega is in her seventh year of teaching in Madison County, but she taught two years in Georgia before making the switch. While in Georgia, she taught pre-kindergarten; however, since her move to the Madison County School District, Vargas has been entirely dedicated to first-graders. Vega comes from a family of educators. Her father taught high…

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School 

Search for the Sparkle

Story submitted by: Savannah Reams This year marks my third year of teaching elementary students. As an educator, I have learned that many challenges, set-backs, and changes are inevitable. However, in any career where children are involved, the benefits far outweigh the inevitabilities. The moments I have spent cheering as a student grasps a concept, holding my breath during their first Tropicana Speech competition, or crying as my very first 5th Grade class graduated are life changing. These moments have given me a reason to press on a little harder,…

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