Community News 

Lifelong musicians: Arlen Favors and Jackson Dickinson

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. Arlen Favors and Jackson Dickinson are both musicians in the Madison County area who grew up together playing everything and anything they could. Mainly a songwriter and guitarist, Favors’ father passed away in 1986, when Arlen was only five-years-old. “I got infatuated [with the guitar],” said Favors. Favors’ father, Allen Favors, was also a musician who played guitar. “He inherited [the guitar playing] from his father,” said his mother, Christine Peters. At age eleven, Favors and Dickinson played in a band together; eventually growing up…

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Farm & Outdoors 

Upcoming 2018 acreage reporting dates

Story Submitted In order to comply with Farm Service Agency (FSA) program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit the Madison/Taylor County FSA Office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline. The following upcoming acreage reporting date for 2018 crops is applicable for Madison and Taylor counties: Monday, Jan. 15 – fall seeded small grains (including winter grazing) and blueberries The following exceptions apply to the above acreage reporting date: If the crop has not been planted by the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be…

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Mary Elizabeth Brown

Mary Elizabeth Brown passed away at her home Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 just shy of her 84th birthday.  She was born Jan. 19, 1934 in Monticello, to the late Reuben and Mary Hartsfield Brown. She was the step-daughter of Alan Lightsey, whom her mother married after the passing of her father. Mary graduated from Aucilla School as Valedictorian then learned Shorthand and worked in Tallahassee for the State of Florida as an Administrative Assistant. After retirement she returned to Monticello to care for her mother and step-father. Mary’s life centered…

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Helen Jean Masemore

Helen Jean Masemore, 82, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 9, in Live Oak. Helen was born Feb. 26, 1935, in Berks County, Pa., to Hendry Jacob Lutz and Lillie Irene (Berger) Lutz. Masemore was of the independent faith and was a member of Grace Brethren Church in Myerstown, Pa. She worked as an insurance agent for six years and enjoyed reading and gardening in her spare time. Helen was preceded in death by her father, Henry Jacob Lutz; mother, Lillie Irene (Berger) Lutz; six brothers: Warren Lutz, Ralph Lutz, Lester…

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