New security at the Madison County Courthouse

The Madison County Courthouse now has a x-ray machine and metal detector installed at the entrance. The implementation of this process is to further provide the highest level of security not only for the courthouse staff but to the public as well. The machines were installed last week. The security at the courthouse has been a public concern for a while. Over a year ago, the Madison County Courthouse closed all of the entrances except one in an effort to increase security. At the Dec. 10, 2014 meeting, the County…

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2nd Congressional lawmakers update

Among the recent issues that Congress addressed were child pornography, the Keystone XL pipeline and small business tax extenders. Here is how Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio and House Representative Gwen Graham, of the 2nd Congressional District, voted on these issues. Child Pornography, Victims Restitution: The Senate voted 98 to zero, with two abstentions, to pass a bill expanding restitution for victims of child pornography. The bill would expand a victim’s losses to include medical services, therapy, rehabilitation, transportation, childcare and lost income. It would also allow defendants who…

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Emerald’s Gem Box: Happy Birthday, Mom!

Tuesday, March 10 was my mother, Mary Ellen Greene’s, 76th birthday. I wanted to take my column space this week to write a special “Happy Birthday” to her. In growing up, as a child, we all learn different aspects of life from our parents. The mother’s role and the father’s role are two totally different teachings. I have written, in my columns before, how from my father I learned how to work hard, save a penny and that I inherited his life’s aggression to always strive for better. However, from…

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National Security: Remagen

Seventy years ago today, soldiers of the U.S. First Army were crossing the Rhine River over the Ludendorff Bridge near the town of Remagen, not far from the city of Bonn. The rail bridge had been captured, damaged but intact, four days before, on March 7, 1945, by advanced elements of the 9th Armored Division. Two years earlier, Allied commanders and planners realized the formidable barrier represented by the Rhine River running primarily to the north from Switzerland to Holland, emptying into the North Sea. Germany had last been invaded…

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