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STATE: Hurricane Irma

Lazaro Aleman: Greene Publishing, Inc. Coming on the heels of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Tx., and with its force strengthened to a Category 5 storm early Tuesday morning, Florida officials are taking no chances with Hurricane Irma, which appears to be headed for this state. On Monday, Sept. 4, Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for the state’s 67 counties, including Madison County. “Today, given the forecasts and the intensity of this storm, I have declared a state of emergency for every county in…

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CRIME: Bank robbers started in Georgia

Chris Jones: Greene Publishing, Inc. According to the Thomas County Ga. Sheriff’s Office Chief Investigator Tim Watkins, the suspects who robbed the Wells Fargo Bank in Madison on Friday, Aug. 25, also visited two banks in Thomasville, Ga., earlier that morning. Surveillance photos have been released showing two suspects who are, according to authorities, men dressed as women. They visited two banks in Thomasville: The FMB on E. Washington St. and the Suntrust on Williamsburg Ave. The Thomasville Police Department was called, and officers were dispatched to both banks in…

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LOCAL: Hurricane Harvey – How can you help?

Story Submitted According to Madison County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) spokesperson Major David Harper, the MCSO has received numerous requests from concerned citizens that have expressed a desire to offer donations to those who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The Sheriff’s Office has been in the planning stages since the beginning of this event. On Wednesday, Aug. 30, the MCSO received information from the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA) and the Florida Division of Emergency Management that the State of Texas has yet to identify or request any items needed and…

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Attorney General Bondi warns of disaster-relief charity scams following Harvey

Story Submitted: As Texas continues to feel the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey, Attorney General Pam Bondi is asking Floridians who want to help to use caution when donating. Scammers will often use natural disasters to prey on the good intentions of others, but there are steps consumers can take to protect against charity-related scams. “As Floridians, we know all too well the destruction a massive hurricane can cause and how vital charitable donations are in helping communities recover—but before you give, please take steps to ensure your donation will…

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