New initiative inspires tobacco users in Madison to quit and tell

Tobacco Free Madison Partnership raises awareness about free quit services during Tobacco Free Florida Week The Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida Program and Tobacco Free Madison Partnership are launching a new initiative called Quit and Tell to celebrate Madison residents who have quit tobacco and inspire more people to join them. The Quit and Tell initiative launch aligns with the seventh annual Tobacco Free Florida Week from April 27 to May 3. It is part of a statewide effort to raise awareness about the three Free and Easy…

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Madison native, Bill Cherry, leads Vanguard tennis team to regional championship

Madison native and 1970 graduate of Madison County High School, Bill Cherry, has been teaching at Vanguard High School in Ocala, Fl. for 10 years and coaching the Varsity boys’ tennis team for seven. This April, the Vanguard Knights won the district and regional championships, progressing to state for the first time in 13 years. “The team simply had a desire to get there,” said Cherry. “We have been watching other teams, working hard and improving every year. The team became unstoppable.” Not only is Cherry’s group of athletes driven…

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Free Timber Sale Basics workshop

Have you been approached by a logger who wants to buy your timber, but are not quite sure of their experience level or reputation? Are you planning on thinning, or harvesting your timber in the near future? Are you new to the forestry aspect of property ownership? Please join the Florida Forest Service for a workshop on “Timber Sale Basics.” This comprehensive workshop will include information on determining the right time to cut your timber, timber marking and the basics of conducting a timber sale. Reforestation cost-share opportunities will also…

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$2 million in profits returned to local farmers, Farm Credit of Northwest Florida members

Farm Credit of Northwest Florida is set to give $2 million dollars back to nearly 850 members this year, who primarily live, operate or own farms in our northwest Florida rural communities. This refund is the equivalent of approximately 15.6 percent of the interest earned on each member’s loan during the last year, and is paid entirely in cash. “We’re delighted that our Association is in such a strong financial position that we’re able to return a substantial refund to our members again this year,” said Farm Credit of Northwest…

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