Community News 

Regional Planning Council proclaims Oct. 6 as Manufacturing Day

Story Submitted Oct. 6, 2017 was proclaimed as Manufacturing Day by the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council at their meeting on Thursday, Sept. 28, held in Lake City.  Oct. 6 has been designated to celebrate Manufacturing Day.  Manufacturing Day is an effective way to highlight the importance of manufacturing in the North Central Florida region and support those manufacturing and school programs that prepare the workforce.  Over 300 manufacturers provide jobs for over 12,000 citizens throughout the region creating products ranging from pulp and lumber products to orthopedic implant…

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Farm & Outdoors 

Reasons to shop farmers’ markets

Story Submitted A farmers’ market is likely coming to a field or open parking lot near you — if there isn’t already one operating nearby. Buyers who are not yet familiar with farmers’ markets can examine the following seven reasons to break the ice. Enjoy fresh, seasonal foods. Foods at farmers’ markets tend to be limited to in-season offerings. Some nutritionists suggest eating seasonally available foods is better for your body, because humans ate seasonal produce for thousands of years before shipping and refrigeration changed how people received the majority…

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School 

Teacher Spotlight: Maryssa Block

Nancy Taylor: Greene Publishing, Inc. Maryssa Block is in her third year of teaching, and she teaches in the Access Classroom (for students with special needs) at Madison County High School where she works with all high school grade levels. Block was inspired to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a teacher. She holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education. Every day, she loves seeing each child’s personality, and noticing how unique and special each child is. She has learned, that in spite of their special situations, they each…

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Sports 

Cowboys gameday… Avoiding the “trap”

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. On the surface, the Madison County High School (MCHS) football game against Pensacola Catholic should be a game in which the Cowboys are heavily favored. The Crusaders of Pensacola Catholic are 1–5, while the Cowboys are coming into Pensacola with an unblemished record and on top of the Class 1A rankings. The game has become a great rivalry game over the years, and rivalry games tend to have a life of their own, regardless of current records. MCHS Head Coach Mike Coe is certainly not…

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