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Local: Former Madison County Clerk and County Commissioner passes away

Jacob Bembry: Greene Publishing, Inc. Alfred Welch, 78, former Madison County Commissioner and Clerk of the Court, passed away Friday evening, July 28, 2017, surrounded by the family he loved and who loved him. He served as the Madison County Clerk of the Court for 12 years and served as the District 5 County Commissioner for four years. Welch was born Dec. 30, 1938 in Lee. He graduated from Madison High School and Florida A&M University. He was a veteran, having served ten years in the Florida National Guard. He…

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Local: Jobless rate rises locally as state’s rate drops

Lazaro Aleman: Greene Publishing, Inc. Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.1 percent in June, another 0.2 percentage point drop from 4.3 percent in May and 0.3 percentage point lower than the national rate of 4.4 percent. The 4.1 percent rate is the lowest that it’s been in Florida since June 2007, right before the start of the Great Recession. In Madison County, the jobless rate rose to 4.7 percent, up from the 4.2 percent recorded in May. In Jefferson County, the rate rose to 4.5 percent in June,…

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Make Madison Great Again

The year is 33 CE.  It’s Sunday, the first day of the week, and Jesus has just appeared to Mary Magdalene. Upon seeing Jesus, Mary immediately runs to the Wardlaw Smith Goza house where the disciples were mourning and weeping. When they hear the news of Jesus’ resurrection they refuse to believe it.  Instead, the disciples decide to break bread and drink a glass of wine in remembrance of the life and ministry of their Lord. Paul heads to the wine chiller to grab a bottle of wine but discovers…

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Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ Is Now Unconstitutional, [Again].

A Miami judge has ruled that a new provision in the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law is unconstitutional because the legislature overstepped its rightful authority when it increased protections for defendants in self-defense cases. Earlier this year the Florida legislature passed an amendment to its 2005 Stand Your Ground law. The amendment SB 128 (re-instated) that the prosecution carries the burden of proof in pre-trial hearings, of self-defense incidents. “Innocent until proven guilty” has always been a foundational tenet of the United States justice system. Well, that is until last week [again]….

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