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Local: Fatal three-vehicle crash

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. On Thursday, July 13, at approximately 4:20 p.m., the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) responded to a three-vehicle crash on US Hwy. 90, near Lee. According to a report by the FHP, a 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis driven by Kendrick Jermaine Stokes, 30, of Quitman, Ga. was traveling westbound on US Hwy. 90 when Stokes’ Grand Marquis veered into the eastbound lane. The front left of the Grand Marquis struck the trailer and tires of a semi trailer driven by Gary Lee Graham, 60, of Jasper,…

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State: Florida citrus harvest lowest in decades

Story Submitted The final forecast of the 2016-2017 season for Florida’s struggling citrus industry shows the orange crop falling 16 percent from the previous season — which, itself, had been at a five-decade low. After a season of severe drought, combined with the continued fight against a deadly citrus disease and the expansion of residential development, the news wasn’t any better for grapefruit farming, where production dropped 28 percent from the prior year. Agriculture Commissioner and gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam, who grew up on a farm in Polk County, expressed…

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State: Disabled first responders to get tax relief

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. Because of legislation passed by the Florida Legislature in May, and signed into law by Gov. Scott on June 15, first responders who are injured in the line of duty could be eligible for a 100 percent tax exemption of their property taxes. According to information provided by the Madison County Tax Appraiser’s Office, any real estate owned and used as a homestead by a “person who has a total and permanent disability as a result of an injury or injuries sustained in the line…

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Region: May brings greater than average rainfall

Lazaro Aleman: Greene Publishing, Inc. Most counties in the Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) received more than their normal rainfall during May, with the overall district averaging 3.78 inches, or about a half- inch above the long-term average of 3.27 inches for the month. So indicates the district’s latest hydrologic conditions report. “Rainfall amounts were highest in the Aucilla River Basin, with local monthly totals above eight inches,” the report states. The highest gauged monthly rainfall total was 7.72 inches, recorded at Sneads Smokehouse Lake in Jefferson County, while…

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