City of Madison meeting… surveys, budget, sewage and buzzards discussed

Nancy Taylor: Greene Publishing, Inc. Tuesday evening, Feb. 7, the Madison City Commission held a special meeting for the purpose of planning and goal setting for both short-term and long-term projects. City Manager Tim Bennett distributed a handout from Scott R. Koons, AICP, of the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council, which indicates “the engineering costs for the preparation of plans and specifications for the Federal Fiscal Year 2016 Florida Small Cities Community Development Block Grant application.” The costs for these services included $47,586 for sanitary sewer improvements (excluding sewer…

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Legislative delegation meets with locals

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. On Monday, Feb. 6, State Senator Bill Montford from Senate District 3, and State Representative Halsey Beshears from House District 7, traveled to Madison to meet with constituents from Madison County. This meeting gave local citizens the opportunity to voice their concerns to their elected state representative ahead of the upcoming legislative session, which gets underway on Tuesday, Mar. 7. Among those addressing the legislators was Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart who asked the legislators to offer some guidance for local law enforcement with the…

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Conservative Corner: BRAVO! Judge Gorsuch

Nelson A. Pryor: Guest Columnist Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s nominee to succeed Justice Antonin Scalia, is a native Coloradan and avid outdoorsman. He clerked for a federal appellate judge and two Supreme Court justices and spent a decade practicing law before his appointment in 2006, at age 39, to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Is this the type of person one would want to be on the U.S. Supreme Court? Once nominated by the President, the nominee looks to the U.S. Senate, for confirmation, as is,…

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From the sunny side… Being single

Rick Patrick Let me start by saying that I have never been married. I’ve been what you would probably call “a confirmed bachelor” my entire life. I’ll not try to speculate as to whether that is good for me, or better for any potential mates I may have had over the years. It’s just the way life has worked out, so far. More often than not, my singularity is not something to which I pay much attention. There are many times I quite enjoy the fact that it’s “just me…

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