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Home destroyed by fire

Chris Jones: Greene Publishing, Inc. On Sunday, April 9, a Greenville family lost everything when an electrical outlet caused their home to catch fire and burn. At approximately 10 a.m., a structure fire was reported at 4517 NW Lovett Rd. The mobile home is owned by Diane Kinsey. Mike Kinsey and Danielle Kinsey live at the residence, along with Danielle’s eleven-year-old daughter and three-year-old son. Volunteer Fire Departments from Hamburg and Pinetta responded to the blaze, along with Madison Fire Rescue and Madison EMS. The home was not able to…

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Man injured in ATV wreck

Emerald G. Parsons: Greene Publishing, Inc. A 22-year-old Lee man suffered serious injuries when his ATV overturned last Thursday evening, April 6. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) report, Trace Mendheim was driving a 2001 Honda TRX 250 east on the south grass shoulder of SE Balboa Drive.  He traveled northeast across the east and westbound lanes and onto the north grass shoulder.  Continuing to travel northeast, the ATV traveled through the drainage ditch and overturned.  Mendheim was ejected onto the north grass shoulder. He was transported to Tallahassee…

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Semi vs truck, one injured

Emerald G. Parsons: Greene Publishing, Inc. On Thursday, April 6, at 7:15 p.m., a semi versus truck collision on Interstate 10, near the 263 mile marker, sent one to the hospital with injuries. According to the Florida Highway Patrol report, 49-year-old William Grady Leeth, of Houston, Tx., was traveling westbound in the right-hand travel lane, in a 2015 Kenworth Semi. At the same time, a 1995 Chevy 1500 pick-up truck, driven by 54-year-old Cynthia Maria Ponders, of Arlington, Ga., was also traveling westbound in the right-hand travel lane.  As Leeth’s…

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Saving our schools… Bridging the achievement gap

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. This is the eighth in a series of weekly articles about the challenges facing our school district, and the measures proposed to meet those challenges. For many years there seems to have been a stark difference between groups of students in terms of school success. Regardless of how that success is measured, the difference seems to be present. Many have termed this difference as the “achievement gap.” In an effort to close this “achievement gap” between students, in 2012, the Florida State Board of Education…

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