Watch for Manatees when out on the water

The summer season has arrived and that can mean crowded conditions on Florida’s waterways. Save the Manatee Club encourages the boating community to watch for manatees when out on the water. “Last year was a record year for manatees killed by watercraft in Florida, and many more manatees suffered injuries from boat strikes,” said Patrick Rose, Save the Manatee Club Executive Director. “Watercraft-related manatee mortality is the leading identified cause of manatee death in Florida.” Manatees usually swim about three to five miles per hour. Because they are slow-moving, need…

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2017 acreage reporting dates

In order to comply with 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 acreage reporting dates are applicable for Madison and Taylor counties: Saturday, July 15:  All other crops (except fruits and vegetables covered by NAP), including Corn, Soybeans, Peanuts, Cotton, Grain Sorghum, Millet. Tuesday, August 15:  Peppers (transplanted only) for planting period July 1 to August 15, Tomatoes for planting period July 1 to August 15, Sweet Corn for…

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NFCC graduates honored at Spring 2017 ceremony

North Florida Community College (NFCC) awarded 127 students with degrees or certificates at the conclusion of its Spring Term 2017. Graduates were honored at NFCC’s Spring 2017 Commencement Ceremony on Tuesday, May 2 at Van H. Priest Auditorium. Robert S. Mixon, Public Affairs Manager for Foley Cellulose/ Georgia–Pacific LLC, was guest speaker at the commencement ceremony. Mixon congratulated the graduates and shared how knowledge, service, leadership and character are crucial to their success moving forward. “Cultivate your mind with a constant quest for knowledge; concern yourself with giving back to…

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Pastor Spotlight: Jerry Alexander

Rev. Jerry Alexander is the senior pastor of Greater Community Baptist Church, which is located at 189 SE President St., in Madison. Alexander has been a pastor for 14 years. “A strong calling from God,” is what led him into the ministry. “ I enjoy studying, preaching and teaching God’s word,” said Alexander. He further stated that he is motivated to build the Kingdom of God “one block at a time.” His favorite verse of scripture is Matthew 6:33, But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things…

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