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School District: Financial health improving

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. It was news that fell on welcome ears at the regular meeting of the Madison County District School Board on Tuesday, June 6, when interim Financial Officer Mary Loughran informed the Board that the fund balance for the district is expected to rise to 4.59 percent by June 30. This is still below the Board’s self-established goal of five percent, but it is an improvement over the 3.72 percent reported earlier this year. This fund balance can be thought of as “savings” or reserve funds…

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Cherry Lake First Baptist Church plans yard sale

Nancy Taylor: Greene Publishing, Inc. Cherry Lake First Baptist Church will be having a yard sale on Saturday, July 1, beginning at 8 a.m. and lasting until about 2 p.m.  All proceeds from this sale will go to missions. The sale will be held inside the church’s fellowship hall where shopping will be comfortable. Rain or shine the sale will go on!  There will be many different items to choose from. Donations are coming in from church members, friends, family and the community. When the sale is over, any items collected…

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Genesis Timber awards scholarship

Nancy Taylor: Greene Publishing, Inc. Genesis Timber recently awarded a scholarship to Steven Walden, of Madison. Walden is a recent graduate of Madison County High School, and currently attends North Florida Community College (NFCC) and works with Bryan McHargue at MW Land and Cattle Company. Walden plans to transfer to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in January and major in diversified agriculture. This scholarship is for $2,500 and is renewable annually (up to $10,000) provided Walden maintains a specified level of performance. This scholarship is for young people interested in…

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Isn’t increasing private sector employment preferable to increasing food stamp and welfare rolls?  Over the last eight years the workers participation rate has been spiraling downward to 62%.   That means 38% of the people who are eligible to work are not working! When President Trump took office, it was the worst it has been in 35 years.  Over the last eight years food stamp and welfare rolls have increased by a whopping 50%.  This last 8 years was a disaster for families that had their bread winners looking for…

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