From the sunny side… Remembering Herbie

I have been very blessed in my life to have had the opportunity to meet some very fascinating people. People from literally all walks of life, from all over the world. I remember very well the first time I met Herb Allen. “Herbie,” as most of us knew him, was one of those fascinating people who could make an instant and lasting impression on anyone whose path he crossed. A man of immense talent, Herbie was the first musical director for the international group, Up With People. As some of…

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Jessie Bell James

Mrs. Jessie Bell Thompson James, 99, finished her earthly course on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. A lifelong Madison County resident, she was a retired plywood factory employee and a longtime member of Allen Chapel. Among her survivors are her daughters: Homer Jean James and Mable (Freddie) Lucas; one son, Calvin James; three grandsons raised as her own: Michael Blue, Ronald James and Reginald Florence; sister, Louise Green; brother, Willie James Thompson; sister-in-law, Dorothy James; 21 grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren; and 25 great-great grandchildren; as well as a host of other loving…

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Jacobus DeJonge

Jacobus DeJonge, 78, was born in Zaan Dam, Holland, on Feb. 8, 1940 and passed away at home on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Lee. After graduation from the Dutch Merchant Marine Academy, he co-captained ships around the world for twenty years. Jacobus moved to the United States in 1978, where he captained the Afternoon Delight Charter yacht and maintained all of the equipment for the Krispy Kreme Doughnut Company, in Tampa. He married Sharon Stilwell DeJonge in 2003, and settled in North Florida. He is survived by his wife,…

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Community News 

Down Home Days Parade applications now accepted

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. The Madison County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism invites you to join them in the 37th Annual Down Home Days Parade, on Saturday, April 21, at 10 a.m. The Down Home Days Parade has always been one of the most anticipated events of the festival, and your participation will make it all the more memorable. This year’s theme will be announced soon. Applications to be in the parade are now being accepted. Decisions for parade line-up will be made on a first-come, first served basis…

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