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Down Home Days festival this weekend

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. Madison’s 37th annual Down Home Days festival takes place this weekend and is full of exciting and fun events you do not want to miss. On Thursday, April 19, you can enjoy the always entertaining pet contest, presented by Top Tier K9. On Friday, April 20, beginning at 6 p.m., Becky’s Dance Steps Studio will perform a recital after the Citizen of the Year is announced. The Down Home Days street dance, which is free and open to the community, will take place that evening…

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Drew Annett signs with Flagler College

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. Madison County High School (MCHS) Cowboy Drew Annett signed a Letter of Intent to play baseball for Flagler College, in St. Augustine on Wednsday, April 11. Annett, a senior, has a .279 batting average so far this season to go along with six RBIs for the Cowboys. Annett has played varsity and junior varsity baseball for the Cowboys for four years. Off the baseball diamond, Annett has excelled in the classroom as well. Annett is dual enrolled at MCHS and North Florida Community College (NFCC)…

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Emerald’s Gem Box: Love Your Neighbor As Yourself

Matthew 22:34-40 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Instead of writing a column…

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National Security: IG

Often in the news, the term ‘inspector general’ or IG will pop up with reference to an internal government agency investigation. This isn’t common in the private sector, but in government circles, every agency has an IG. The IG (police agencies call them internal affairs) is supposed to do internal investigations and remain outside the chain-of-command so that the findings are not subject to political favor or partiality. The idea is that the IG is supposed to “call the shots and let the chips fall where they may.” During my…

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