20 years later, memories of downtown fire still charred in memories

Jacob Bembry: Greene Publishing, Inc. The evening of April 18, 1997 was supposed to have been a night of celebration, not of disaster and near tragedy. There were not supposed to have been firefighters from near and far counties who had to come fight what our local heroes valiantly tried to fight themselves. It was not supposed to have ended with people in shock and business owners in tears over what they had lost as their hopes and dreams went up in flames along the 200 block of South Range…

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Community News 

Earth day and every day, American farmers and ranchers are stewards of the Earth

Story Submitted Farmers and ranchers are stewards of the Earth. Understanding the fragility of the land, agricultural producers want to sustain and protect the land they operate on to ensure its availability generations to come. According to the 2012 Agriculture Census, there are 3.2 million farmers and ranchers in the United States. These producers are always looking for new and sustainable ways to operate to help preserve our natural resources. Through their voluntary participation in the various conservation programs the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) oversees, farmers…

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First grade students visit marine lab

Debbie Snapp: Greene Publishing, Inc. The first grade students at Aucilla Christian Academy went on a field trip to the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab in Panacea on  Friday, April 7. They learned about the many different types of sea life at the aquarium. Students were able to hold sea pansies, sea pork, starfish, different types of crabs, and many other interesting creatures. Sharks, stingrays, octopus, and seahorses were all a part of the students’ learning experience. After a tour of the aquarium, the students traveled to Wooley Park for lunch…

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Front Page 

Education: Saving our schools…. Outside the classroom

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. This is the ninth in a series of weekly articles about the challenges facing our school district, and the measures proposed to meet those challenges. Much attention has been given to the performance of students within the classroom, and no doubt much more attention and discussion on that topic is yet to come. Lately, most of the focus in improving the academic success of students has focused on the traditional “three R’s” of reading, writing, and arithmetic. One can add science and technology to that…

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