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Local: Two-car crash causes road blockage

Emerald G. Parsons: Greene Publishing, Inc. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, on Wednesday, May 31 at approximately 5 p.m., a 2015 Kia Optima, driven by Pamela Alexander, of Madison, inadvertently ran a stop sign on SR 14, in Madison. Nathaniel Whitaker, of Valdosta, Ga., who was driving a 2007 Pontiac G6, was traveling on SR 14 and was unable to stop in time in order to avoid the collision. The front left of the Kia Optima collided with the front right of the Pontiac G6. No injuries were…

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Editorials 

Passing Parade: Florida bill could set national tone

Nelson A. Pryor: Guest Columnist What do you do if the Florida State Supreme Court cuts the heart out of the “Stand Your Ground” law, as they did in 2015? The court ruled that the defendant has the burden of proof before trial, if a “Stand Your Ground” defense, is pursued. A bill, sponsored by State Representative Bobby Payne, Republican of Putnam County, would undo that burden by shifting that burden to prosecutors. That bill was made a priority by the Republican Legislators of Florida. It passed both houses, and…

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NFCC, CareerSource North Florida partner to offer new Commercial Driver’s License certification course

Story Submitted: Full tuition scholarships may be available; class begins Sept. 5. North Florida Community College and CareerSource North Florida are working together to bring a new Commercial Driver’s License-Class A certification program to the College. Regional companies, including Gray Logging, Genesis Timber, M.A. Rigoni, Suwannee Timber Management, Gilman Building Products, and Johnson & Johnson, have also helped NFCC shape the new program to meet local and regional workforce demands. “Creating the new CDL program at NFCC has been a team effort,” said David Dunkle, Associate Dean of Economic Development…

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NFCC Correctional Basic Recruit Academy to host orientation for potential students June 19

Story Submitted: Mandatory orientation for individuals planning to enroll in corrections class. The North Florida Community College (NFCC) Public Safety Academy is planning its next Correctional Basic Recruit class and invites potential students to an orientation session on Monday, June 19 at 5 p.m. The upcoming class, expected to begin in August, needs at least 12 students enrolled to begin training. Classes are held Monday-Thursday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and the program takes approximately six months to complete. Attending an orientation through the Public Safety Academy is mandatory…

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