Madison County, FL

Madison firefighters battle blaze

According to a Madison County Fire Rescue report, on Wednesday, June 28, at approximately 3:15 p.m. firefighters from the Madison Fire Department, Madison County Fire Rescue, volunteers from the Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department and the Florida Forest Service, were dispatched to Tadpole Circle, in western Madison County. The responding units spent nearly two hours fighting a brush fire that also torched several cars.
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MCHS FFA attends the end of the year FFA state convention

Madison County High School's FFA had 17 members attend the 94th Florida FFA State Convention from June 14-17, which officially wrapped up the FFA year. The Madison County High School's FFA students attended sessions to listen to guest speakers, state officer retiring addresses, and recognize the award winners. The FFA members listened to Nick Tokman, from the Deadliest Catch, on the first night, encouraging the FFA members to “Be Yourself” at the FFA State Convention. While at the FFA State Convention, MCHS FFA had seven members receive their State FFA Degree: Mackenzi Bochnia, Shelby Burt, Olivia Galbraith, Carter Gore, Bailey Hackle, Peyton Pierce, and Abby Ratliff. The State FFA Degree is the highest degree the state can award. Madison County High School's FFA also had two members serve as delegates voting for new state officers and making decisions on concerns for the state association.
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Greene Publishing, Inc. presents “Know Before You Vote” forum

Madison County voters will have an opportunity on Thursday, July 28 to learn about the candidates running for Madison County District School Board seats. Greene Publishing, Inc. will be sponsoring a political forum in the Madison County Courthouse, located at 125 SW Range Ave., in Madison. The event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
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“Bucket list” surprise leads to coach and player reunion

For years, former Madison County High School (MCHS) baseball coach Terry Barrs had an item on his “bucket list.” That was to see a baseball game at the iconic “Busch Stadium” in St. Louis, Mo. As a surprise gift from his wife, Revonda, she managed to get tickets for a game in St. Louis. But, it wasn't just any game. Revonda wanted to get tickets to a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers. The obvious reason being that one of Coach Barrs' former players is none other than Lorenzo Cain, center fielder with the Brewers.

“Pop Up Shop” needs to be stopped

Sheriff David Harper has released a report regarding an online scam being spread around Madison County:. “The Madison County Sheriff's Office has been contacted by officials within the City of Madison as well as the Madison County Chamber of Commerce in reference to a Facebook flyer circulating on social media. The flyer is advertising two upcoming events at the Four Freedoms Park in Madison. These events are unauthorized by the City of Madison and the Madison County Chamber of Commerce. The investigation has determined this to be a scam that originated from South Africa. Please do not respond or spend any money! If you have previously responded or have sent money, contact the Madison County Sheriff's Office at (850) 973-4001 for reporting purposes.”

Ms. Toneika Michelle Footman 1976 – 2022

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. ~Matthew 5:4. Toneika Michelle Footman was born on May 12, 1976, to Wilbert Footman, Sr. and Debra Ling. She grew up with her siblings in the Leon County community during her early years but relocated to Madison County many years ago.

Fellowship hosts food drive

On Tuesday, June 21, Fellowship Baptist Church held a food drive led by Christy Adams and other volunteers. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the church was open to any and all citizens to receive several bags of fresh vegetables as well as canned goods. Adams was thrilled with the turnout as well as the food options. “We have more fresh food than ever,” she said with a smile. “But the big goal is not even about the food, it's about making sure people know they are appreciated.” Adams went on to note that the “food is just an added bonus.” The drives held by Adams and her volunteers are meant to help connect more with the community, which is something that she takes pride in. “I try to make conversation with every person that stops by here,” and that is exactly what she did. Every car that came up to the tents at Fellowship Baptist Church was greeted with a smile by the entire staff, who also helped load the vehicles. The group tries to host these drives once a month and will always be open to new visitors.

Madison Fire Rescue hosts Business After Hours

On Tuesday, May 16, Madison County Fire Rescue (MCFR) served as host for the monthly Madison County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event. It was an opportunity for those in attendance to see up close some of the emergency vehicles used by MCFR while they are busy saving lives and property in Madison County. It was also an opportunity for MCFR to inform more citizens about the work performed by MCFR, as well as giving tips everyone can use to minimize the risk of fire damage.

10U baseball team is Small League Champions

The Madison County Babe Ruth 10 and under baseball team gave their dads a great Father's Day present by returning home as Small League Champions on Sunday, June 19. This group of all-stars played in three tournaments over the past weeks, and are now bringing home a ring to show their victory. The players included: Bryce Robinson, Ben Rogers, Brady Boan, Jackson Churchwell, Luke Keeling, Brayson Thompson, Lucas Miller, Christian Robinson, Tucker Odiorne, Ja'khi Wilson and Braxton Willoughby. The team was coached by Brad Robinson, Adam Odiorne, Steve Odiorne and Doug Brown, who also received help from Josh Boan and Matt Thompson throughout the season.

Woman with Madison ties battles cancer for third time

Ask any cancer survivor and they can tell you that battling cancer can be one of the most difficult struggles anyone can face. The disease itself can be devastating. Add to that the fact that treatments can be physically and financially grueling on not only the patient, but the family as well. Now imagine going through that ordeal, not once, or even twice, but three times and the harsh impact can be difficult to fathom.

Rotarians hear about emergency management

During the regular meeting of the Madison Rotary Club on Wednesday, May 18, Leigh Basford, Madison County Emergency Management Director, spoke to the club about what her department does and how citizens can better prepare for emergencies. During her presentation, Basford explained the many services that fall under the emergency management umbrella. Much of her work centers around preparedness for weather events, such as hurricanes. In the past couple of years, however, the COVID pandemic took much of the attention of Basford and her office. Basford worked closely with the Madison County Health Department to ensure local health facilities had adequate personal protection equipment (PPE), such as gloves, face coverings, etc.

MM 6.22: Three-star class of 2023 defensive back Jonathan Akins commits to Maryland football

Class of 2023 defensive back Jonathan Akins committed to Maryland football, he announced Monday night. Akins hails from Madison, Florida, and currently attends Madison County High School. He is rated as a three-star recruit per the 247Sports Composite. He is ranked as the 178th best player in the state of Florida, but has generally flown under the radar due to the fact that he plays at a high school in a relatively rural region of Florida that only enrolls approximately 500 students.