Hold the fertilizer… County considers ordinance to limit fertilizer use

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. During the regular meeting of the Madison County Board of County Commissioners on Wednesday, May 24, the Commissioners considered an upcoming ordinance regarding the application of fertilizer on residential lawns, golf courses, etc. According to County Attorney Tom Reeves, the county is required to enact an ordinance because of the presence of Blue Springs in the county. The ordinance must be adopted before Saturday, July 1. The ordinance is an attempt to limit the amount of nutrients washing off and causing problems with an over-abundance…

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Saving our schools… Another look at the legislature

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. This is the 12th in a series of articles about the challenges facing our school district, and the measures proposed to meet those challenges. In a last-minute move by the Florida legislature, the legislators have consolidated much of what they were proposing in individual bills and combined them into one large bill. House Bill 7069 (HB 7069) which started out as a six-page bill titled “Best and Brightest Teachers and Principals,” has now turned into a massive 278 page bill with the same title, but…

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SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans available in Florida following Secretary of Agriculture Disaster Declaration for drought

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in Florida as a result of the drought that began on Tuesday, May 9. The loans are available in the following counties: Baker, Columbia, Hamilton, Jefferson, Madison and Nassau in Florida. “These counties are eligible because they are contiguous to one or more primary counties in Georgia. The Small Business Administration recognizes that disasters do not usually stop at…

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Sports 

Cowboys get royal send-off

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. On Tuesday, May 23, the Madison County High School (MCHS) Cowboys loaded up on a charter bus to head to the State Class 1A baseball playoffs. This is the first time in school history the Cowboys have been to the state finals. The City of Madison lined the street to send the young athletes off in style as they departed for Ft. Myers. “Thank you Madison County for the love today. You made our Cowboys feel so special; they will never forget today. These are…

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