— This article was written by Brian Everstine and published May 7 in The Air Force Times.
Three combat controllers, including one from Madison County, Ga., who refused to let their team be taken during a September battle in Afghanistan, were recently honored during a ceremony in Pope Field, N.C.
Senior Airman Dustin Temple, from Madison County, who dragged a wounded soldier through gunfire in a clearing and repeatedly placed himself in harm’s way to resupply his team, received the Air Force Cross.
The valor award is the second highest possible for an airman, behind only the Medal of Honor. Temple, the son of Perry Temple and Kim and David Butler of Danielsville, is one of only seven airmen since 9/11 who have received the Air Force Cross.
Tech. Sgt. Matthew Greiner and Senior Airman Goodie Goodman received Silver Stars, the third highest valor award, at the Wednesday ceremony. [Full Story »]
Danielsville leaders approved a newly revised city animal control ordinance May 11. The ordinance contains provisions to regulate dangerous animals and strays and to protect animals from cruelty.
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HULL - James M. Ramsey, 68, passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Mr. Ramsey was the son of Homer Dock and Ida Mae Ramsey and was preceded in death by his brothers, Johnny, Alivin and Joseph Ramsey. Survivors include his wife, Judy Patrick Croya; son, Todd Ramsey; daughters, Kimberly Ramsey and Sonya Ramsey (Steve) Tittle; and step son, Bobby ...
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Madison County High School’s James Willis took third place in the state 400-meter dash this past week in the Class AAAA meet at Jefferson High School. He shattered the school record with a time of 48.42. “As a coach I was really proud of James’ work ethic this entire season,” said track coach Jamie Sims. “Coach (Marty) Tate and coach ...
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A Madison County Memorial Day weekend tradition enters its third decade this week.
The 30th annual LZ Friendly military reunion and campout will be held Friday, May 22, at 7 a.m., and end Monday, May 25, at the “Landing Zone” Friendly camp on Johnny McElroy Road in Danielsville.
The event provides camaraderie for veterans of all wars. There is a flag retirement ceremony set for Saturday and a candle light service at sundown Saturday evening to honor military men and women who have passed on at the “Gone But Not Forgotten” Wall.
The event will include music from the Country River Band Friday night and the Common People Band Saturday night. LZ Friendly’s DJ JamnJimi will play hits from A.F.V.N. radio. And camp goers can bring their own instruments and join in.
The camp fee is $40 per adult for the entire weekend. Kids under 12 get in free. The annual dues is $20 and can be paid when participants register for the campout.
The Madison County Board of Education recognized 17 retiring school system personnel May 12, the last meeting before the end of school, held for this special occasion in the new high school cafeteria.
Former high school assistant principal Ramona Booth, who serves as the membership chairman of the Madison County Retired Educators, presented an invitation to each member of the retirees, encouraging them to join the MCRED and the state Retired Educators in order to continue to have their voices heard.
Those retiring this year include: Sandra Ash, who has served as a Comer Elementary paraprofessional for 20 years; Virginia Austin, who served as a bus driver for 13 years; Joan Baird, who served as student services director for 28 years; Susan Beckham, who served as a payroll and benefits clerk for 14 years; Regina Benson, who served as a Danielsville Elementary teacher; Marianne Boggs, who served as a kindergarten teacher for 30 years at Ila Elementary; Tammy Bowman, who served as a special needs preschool language pathologist for 12 years; Cynthia Cox, who served as a Comer Elementary teacher for 15 years; Sheree Greene, who served as an Ila Elementary teacher for 28 years; Brenda Hill, who served as a middle school teacher for 20 years; Leslie Barrett-Jones, who served as a high school literacy coach/reading specialist for seven years; Kerry Nash, who served as a Danielsville Elementary teacher for 23 years; Kathy Perry, who served as assistant principal at Colbert Elementary; Tina Smith, who served as a Danielsville Elementary teacher for 30 years; Helen “Ba” Steedman, who served as a Hull-Sanford teacher for 10 years; Janie Strickland, who served as a bus driver and Constance Washburn, who served as a middle school special education teacher for 16 years. [Full Story »]
COLBERT – John Albert Crumley, 89, died Monday, May 18, 2015. He was a native and lifelong resident of Madison County, and was the son of the late James Franklin and Annie Dora Sorrow Crumley. He was preceded in death by brothers, Ralph Franklin and George Loden (G.L.) Crumley; and sister, Annie Mae Draper. Mr. Crumley was a member of the ...
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