Arson suspected in house fire

REWARD OFFERED Madison Fire Rescue received a structure fire call for a vacant building located at the corner of Pawnee Avenue and Francis Street at approximately 4:06 p.m., on Thursday, July 9. According to Chief Bruce Jordan, the fire was set intentionally and is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal. A sign has been placed on the entrance of the house and requests that anyone with knowledge of the fire to call 1-877-662-7766. The Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention is offering rewards up to $2,500 for information leading to…

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S.R. 53 South construction to begin

On July 8, the Madison County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the resurfacing and reconstruction of S.R. 53 South; from Midway State Street to the Lafayette County line. The project is being funded through the Florida Department of Transportation’s SCRAP (Small County Road Assistance Program) which assists small county governments in resurfacing or reconstructing county roads. S.R. 53 South has suffered serious weathering and deterioration; breaking down in places and remaining a rough commute for travelers. The project will begin as soon as possible. For more information,…

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Florida Lottery scam

The Florida Lottery is warning citizens of a lottery scam in which scammers are sending emails to the public in an effort to obtain personal and financial information. The email includes the Florida Lottery logo and uses the Florida Lottery headquarters’ address as part of the letterhead. In further efforts to appear legitimate, the email references other companies, including: LinkedIn, Microsoft, Google and eBay. The email states that the recipient has won a prize and should contact the listed “Contact Person” to claim his or her prize. The email asks…

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One injured in wreck

A two-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 90 sent one to the hospital with injuries on Tuesday, July 7 at 2:34 p.m. According to the Madison Police Department report, Yvonne Chaney Platt, 68, of Madison was stopped at the driveway of O’Neal’s Country Buffet. Platt stated that a vehicle was attempting to turn into the driveway so she decided to pull out onto Hwy. 90 and travel west. She pulled out into the road and into the path of Brandon Malcom Leming, 25 of Newberry, Fl., who was traveling west on…

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