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City of Madison: Tennis Courts open

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. Those residents of Madison who desire to get in a couple sets of tennis, now have brand new courts on which to enjoy the game. The new tennis courts, located at Lanier Field have now been completed and are open to the tennis-playing-public. The tennis courts were completed with grants from the Florida Recreational Development Assistance Program (FRDAP) and an $11,300 grant from the United States Tennis Association (USTA). Construction on the tennis courts began in July of this year. The FRDAP program was developed…

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Wreck in Pinetta: Log truck vs. SUV

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. A two-vehicle collision occurred Friday, Sept. 15 at the intersection of CR 145 and CR 150, in Pinetta. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, at approximately 1:55 p.m. Gabriel K. Gibson, 26, of Greenwood, In., was driving southbound on CR 145 (Valdosta Hwy) in a 2012 Ford Escape.  He began to slow down to make a left turn at the intersection of CR 145 and CR 150. Behind Gibson’s vehicle, also traveling southbound, was a 1997 Mack semi-truck being driven by Darryl Evan Axson,…

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Wreck @ Winn-Dixie: Truck vs. Pedestrian

Chris Jones: Greene Publishing, Inc. On Wednesday, Sept. 13, at approximately 11:30 a.m., 80-year-old Flossie Blackshear, of Madison, was sent to the Madison County Memorial Hospital emergency room due to injuries she sustained after being struck by a vehicle in front of Winn-Dixie located at 729 W. Base St., in Madison. Madison Police Department (MPD) Sergeant Tony Mashburn responded to a call received by dispatch at 11:23 a.m. He arrived on scene moments later and discovered that a 2000 Ford Ranger, driven by 63-year-old David Rygwalski, of Lee, struck Blackshear’s…

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County Commission: County approves purchase of new grapple truck

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. During the regular meeting of the Madison County Board of County Commissioners on Wednesday, Sept. 13, the Commissioners voted to purchase a new grapple truck for the Solid Waste Department. This truck will replace a truck that was totaled in a wreck earlier this year. Solid Waste Dept. Coordinator Jerome Wyche informed the Board that he was in desperate need of a new truck, especially with the added work of clean-up after Hurricane Irma. The Board discussed the pros and cons of leasing versus purchasing…

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