Sunshine Protection Act aims to make daylight savings permanent

Daylight savings time is something we all struggle to get used to, but a new bill that has been proposed could make the dread of daylight savings disappear; turning back those clocks will come to an end if the bill is passed. Representative Kristin Jacobs introduced the bill, aptly named the Sunshine Protection Act to the State Senate on Friday, Dec. 4, which proposes that Florida should have daylight savings time all year long. Jacobs reasoned that, because Florida is called the Sunshine State, it should be kept sunny annually….

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Low rainfall in district during October

Rainfall district wide was 1.43 inches in October, about half the long-term average of 3.10 inches for the month, according to the latest hydrologic conditions report from the Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD). Only two areas of the district, in fact, received above average rainfall in October. And for Jefferson County, it was the fourth month in a row that it received the least amount of rain in the district. The average rainfall across the district for the 12-month period ending Oct. 31 was 52.4 inches, compared to the…

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Opinions on tractor-trailer parking during Madison City meeting

It was a rather fervid conference at the Madison City Commission meeting held Wednesday, Dec. 9. The room was packed as citizens of Madison crowded in to express their opinions of the ordinance clarification regarding the parking of tractor-trailers being allowed to park in areas that had been zoned as residential. The ordinance stated that an owner/operator of a tractor-trailer vehicle would be allowed to park 24/7 within 300 feet of his/her residence, which, depending on the residential area, could involve parking in front of a neighbor’s residence. Pat Lightcap…

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County Commission presented dividend check

There was much to be discussed during the Madison County Commission meeting held Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 9 a.m. The agenda was adopted after roll call, and the public hearings for special exception application by Tri-County Electric Co-Op and C4 Towers, LLC were both postponed for the next meeting. Public input opened up, and a representative from the American Heart Association took to the podium to inform the board of a new program called Healthy Food Financing, which is a campaign to provide additional access to healthy foods in small…

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