DANIELSVILLE - Elizabeth James Hammond, 80, passed away Wednesday, August 20, 2014. She was born September 2, 1933, the daughter of the late Judge James and Frances James. She was a native of Madison County and a member of Moons Grove Baptist Church. Mrs. Hammond was a homemaker and a very patient, loving mother, grandmother and ...
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On July 4, 1775, the Continental Congress met to cast their final votes and sign the Declaration of Independence, in the finished document, Congress identified “The laws of nature and nature’s God” as the authority for their action.
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Madison County school bells rang Friday morning, Aug. 15, and 4,714 children and teens filled classrooms at the county’s seven schools.
That enrollment number was down slightly from last year.
“When comparing numbers of students registered to last year, our total is lower than the first day last year by about 130 students — many of those being at the high school,” said assistant superintendent Bonnie Knight.
However, Knight said students are still registering.
“We are expecting some of the numbers to grow,” said assistant superintendent
Knight noted that Danielsville Elementary School had a large fifth grade class last year but is smaller this year. Meanwhile, Hull-Sanford Elementary School has picked up 50-plus students over the last day of school in 2013-14.
“All our class sizes are below the state maximum class sizes,” said Knight. “We have two that are right at the maximum we are watching but remember part of being a charter system is a class size waiver allowing us flexibility in this area.”
First-day enrollment at Madison County schools was as follows: Colbert Elementary School, 402; Comer Elementary School, 385; Danielsville Elementary School, 434; Hull-Sanford Elementary School, 570; Ila Elementary School, 452; Madison County Middle School, 1,106; and Madison County High School, 1,312.
While traffic in Danielsville was bad on the first day of school, Superintendent Allen McCannon said the flow has been better over the past few days.
“Traffic around MCHS has greatly improved,” he said. “We want to thank parents for learning and following the new plan.”
The dress rehearsal is over. Now, it’s time for the real show. Madison County will kick off its 2014 season Friday at home versus Johnson of Gainesville at 7:30 p.m. Red Raider head coach Chris Smith, whose team is coming off a 4-6 2013 campaign, watched film of Johnson’s scrimmage with East Jackson Friday. “They definitely did some good ...
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COMMERCE - Annie Ruth Stephens, 87, died Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at Northridge Medical Center. Mrs. Stephens was born in Maysville, the daughter of the late Hubert and Zelma Jacks Reynolds and was a homemaker. Mrs. Stephens was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Stephens, Jr. Survivors include a son, Dennis Stephens, Commerce; ...
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Aleta Walley and Cynthia Layton looked forward to the sound of children’s voices this summer.
“The lunch bus is here! The lunch bus is here!” children would shout as the two showed up on in a Madison County school bus with sacked lunches.
Madison County’s Summer Meal Program provided nutritious meals throughout the summer to kids in need, summer campers and other youth at a variety of locales.
Walley and Layton were among several workers who distributed the food, which was prepared every weekday morning in the Madison County Middle School cafeteria. The food included entrees such as hamburgers and chicken sandwiches, as well as vegetables, fruits and milk.
Layton sat in the back of the bus and passed out the meals.
“It made me feel like I was accomplishing something,” she said. “They’d come running to the bus. They would sit there and wait on us to get there with the bus. It was just a joy for me. I rode in the back of the bus. It was just fun. I would learn who everybody was. It was just a joy to know those kids were looking forward to us coming through to take care of them.”
Layton said she felt a bond with the children.
“There were two little boys that touched my heart,” she said. “They were sort of the Opie Taylor type boys. They were just precious. They actually hugged my neck and told me they were going to miss me on my last day.”
Walley also enjoyed providing the meals to kids.
“They were polite,” said Walley of the kids. “Everyone of them said thank you. We had a good reaction to everything. They were just super kids.” [Full Story »]