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Perry Man arrested for setting school on fire days before new school year. A man in Perry has been arrested after allegedly setting a school on fire just days before the new school year. An administrator for the school said the offices were destroyed and will have to be rebuilt.

Bilingual volunteers needed for JCSO

One of the best things about America is our diversity. The United States truly is a melting pot of a vast variety of cultures, races, ethnicity, and languages. In fact, according to Translators Without Borders, there are between 350 and 430 languages spoken in the United States, making it one of the most linguistically diverse countries in the world. In Jefferson County, about 92 percent of residents speak English, while a little over seven percent are fluent in other languages, the most common being Spanish. Some Spanish-speaking residents come from families or households that do not speak English as a primary language, and this can pose a dangerous problem when it comes to emergency situations.
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Victim Advocacy in Jefferson County

With every crime that is reported in the United States, a case is opened. Some crime cases are closed swiftly, while others may remain open for months or even years without resolution. With every case that is opened, there are innocent lives that have been impacted, sometimes irreparably. Victims or survivors of crimes often are thrown into unfamiliar legal territory, or may be unaware of their rights, and may be uncertain as to how to navigate criminal or court processes. They may be unaware of how to seek emergency services or who they can call during a critical situation in order to receive assistance. Marie Rigdon, the Victim Services Practitioner with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, has been helping victims to find the help they need since June of 2016.

Car Thieves, Kudzu, and the Chamber of Commerce

It all started a little over one hundred years ago. In 1919, residents of Jefferson County gathered to create a local body of individuals and merchants who could work together to promote the county. “The Chamber of Commerce was organized Friday afternoon,” announced the Monticello News on September 26, 1919. A good number of people turned out for the first meeting, and officers were elected. Charles A. Simpson was chosen as president, W. H. Bulloch served as the first secretary, and Paul R. Whitaker became the treasurer.

County Commissioners consider impact fees

For several months now, the topic of resurrecting impact fees keeps surfacing at Jefferson County Commission meetings. The interest began in April, when Planning Official/County Coordinator Shannon Metty first mentioned the issue. Metty noted that the county was only collecting the impact fees for fire and emergency medical service, which together amounted to $110.02.

New York murder suspect arrested in Madison County

MADISON COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) - The Madison County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man in connection to a murder that happened in New York City. On Thursday, law enforcement learned that a murder suspect wanted in New York City might be in Madison County, on Oak Hill Road, according to deputies.

Madison man convicted of trafficking meth

On Thursday, Aug. 5, John Pippin was convicted of trafficking methamphetamine during his trial at the Madison County Courthouse. The illegal substance was discovered after Pippin was pulled over by Madison County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Investigator Eddie Brannon for running a stop sign on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. After...

Man police say set fire to Perry church arrested on arson charges after K-9 search

The Perry Police Department has arrested a man who they say intentionally set fire to the Crosspoint Baptist Church on Thursday morning. Joshua Gipson, 34, was charged on two counts of arson, two counts of burglary, one count of criminal mischief, one count of larceny and violation of probation, according to a summary of charges and evidence from the State Fire Marshals Office.

JCES supports teachers with $550 VyStar grant

Jefferson County Educational Foundation (JCEF), a local 501c (3) that supports the local school district, announced it has received a grant for $500 from VyStar Credit Union. VyStar believes in doing good and leading by example, especially when it comes to supporting local education foundations and their efforts to celebrate and elevate teachers in their communities. The JCEF utilized grant funds to provide breakfast donuts and a personal pan pizza lunch to 85 teachers and staff at the Jefferson County School District.

Human smuggling arrests made in Jefferson County

Last Saturday, a traffic stop on Interstate 10 in Jefferson County developed into two arrests related to human smuggling. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) report, at 8:04 a.m. on Aug. 6, troopers stopped a tan SUV at mile marker 225, eastbound on I-10 in Jefferson County, for following too closely. The driver was a 35-year-old male resident of Guatemala named Gildardo Sanchez-Morales, and the passenger was a 24-year-old resident of Guatemala named William Vasquez-Barrios. While troopers were speaking to the occupants, it was discovered that the driver was transporting the passenger from Waco, Texas, to Immokalee, Fla. The report states that the driver knew the passenger was an illegal immigrant.

Citrus and Specialty Crop Expo Starts Wednesday?

The 2022 Citrus and Specialty Crop Expo starts Wednesday, August 17th, at the Lee Civic Center in Fort Myers, Florida. “We’re really looking forward to the 2022 Citrus and Specialty Crop Expo,” said show director Josh McGill. “This is a terrific event for growers to come out and get some great CEU (continuing education unit) credits, hear some great seminars and visit the trade show to see the exhibitors.”

Man arrested for setting fire to a church in Taylor County

PERRY, Fla. (WCJB) - The man suspected of setting fire to a church in Taylor County was arrested by state law enforcement officers after he was found watching the crime scene. Florida Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of Joshua Gipson on Monday for two counts of arson, two counts of Burglary, one count of Criminal Mischief, one count of Larceny, and Violation of Probation.

New Faces, Different Places: Price Harris hopes to maintain Madison standard

MADISON, Fla. (WCTV) - Ominous skies over Boot Hill. It’s almost fitting as Madison County hits the field for its second week of fall camp. The Cowboys have been nothing less than the oncoming storm for just about anyone who stand in their way, five state titles in six seasons will give you that reputation and even after the off-season departure of Mike Coe, first year Head Coach Price Harris hopes his team can shake down the thunder just like he did when he wore Maroon and Silver 30 years ago.

SRWMD approves water resource funding

The Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) Governing Board on Tuesday approved funding for five water resources projects across North Florida. According to an SRWMD press release, the Board approved $865,803 for the projects through the upcoming Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Regional Initiative Valuing Environmental Resources (RIVER) cost-share program and Alternative Water Supply program.

Early voting begins Saturday

The start of early voting for the primary election is just around the corner, with voters soon getting a chance to choose their political party bearers for three state races and outright picking a winner in at least one of three local races. Early voting for the primary election, which...

August 9, 2022

Rick Patrick, Although the ultimate fate of the Confederate monument in Four Freedoms Park, in Madison, is not set in stone, a significant step has been taken. On Wednesday, Aug. 3, the First District Court of Appeal for the State of Florida ruled against an appeal from a group of citizens who sought to […]

LifeSong reunion concert set for August 20 in Madison

The LifeSong reunion concert is set to take place in Madison on Saturday, Aug. 20, at New Home Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Admission is free!. LifeSong began in 2008 when three friends decided to get together and perform one concert together. Little did they know that would be the start of a music ministry that would spend the next 11 years touring the southeast, singing to crowds of all ages.