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  • A ban on burning in Jefferson County is in effect immediately.
  • Four City of Madison police officers and a fire department captain were recognized for life-saving and valor at Tuesday’s meeting of the Madison City Council.
  • Caldwell sworn in as Hanover’s town marshall
    Shane Caldwell was behind his desk this morning as the new town marshall of Hanover.
  • Annual Chautauqua festival is music to Madison’s ears
    Apparently Midwestern art lovers have an insatiable, if somewhat inexplicable, affinity for the Chapman stick. It’s a 10- or 12-string instrument played by tapping instead of strumming or plucking. Bob Culbertson travels from California every year to play his stick at our Chautauqua festival. 
  • $30K bid on Victoria Inn lien
    Jefferson County held its annual delinquent property tax sale Wednesday with a total of 13 agents bidding $77,557.86 on 38 of the 47 deeds up for auction — including a $30,000 bid on the Victoria Inn in downtown Madison.
  • A Madison man has reached a plea agreement for his role in the alleged June 19 kidnapping and battery of a 14-year-old Jefferson County girl that will see two 16-year-old females tried as adults in the case.
  • Jefferson County is one of more than 50 counties in the state experiencing drought, according to a recent update to the U.S. Drought Monitor from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • Honoring vet without family
    In today’s obituary section, you will find the name James Jerry Corzine.
  • The City of Madison is not among the thousands of state, local and tribal governments who last week reached a proposed $12 billion settlement with Purdue Pharma and its owners over a class action lawsuit related to the national opioid crisis.
  • Forrest “Michael” Hunt, commander of the Major Samuel Woodfill American Legion Post No. 9, watches over the Legion’s 100th birthday celebrations Saturday at Bicentennial Park.
  • A Broadway reunion...
    The 25th Broadway School reunion and block party Saturday drew more than 100 people in an evening full of music, food and familiar faces.
  • Road crews are halfway done with a box culvert replacement project on State Road 7 in Jennings County that has disrupted traffic since late July.
  • Number of suicides in county showing a decline
    As of Monday, Sept. 9, there had been seven deaths from suicide in Jefferson County so far this year. The total number of suicide deaths for all of 2018 was 14.
  • The board meeting of Madison Consolidated Schools and public hearing on its budget for next year Wednesday night drew an audience of about two dozen as the school administration presented to the board a budget with a maximum tax levy for 2019-2020 estimated at $5,850,268 and a property tax rate of 83 cents.
    Eight years after being recruited by Damon Welch as the mayor’s liaison to the Madison community and all the various groups and organizations working to make life better, Andrew Forrester spent his final day at City Hall Friday before embarking on a new career as Gov. Eric Holcomb’s director of intergovernmental affairs.
  • Madison native Floyd Gibson was one of the last students to ever attend the segregated Broadway School in downtown Madison.
  • Teddy Schenkman started our conversation with a viola joke. “You know the difference between a trampoline and a viola?” he asked. “You take your shoes off before you jump on a trampoline.” To paraphrase Rodney Dangerfield, “Violas don’t get no respect.”
  • Property owners in Trimble County will now pay an extra 2.2 cents per $100 of property value, as decided at a special Trimble County Board of Education meeting Thursday night. 
  • Improvised weapon adds to county jail inmate’s sentence
    A Jefferson County Jail inmate has been sentenced to 18 months probation in connection with a sharpened piece of steel that was recovered from his belongings in July of 2017.
    Volunteer firefighters from Hanover and Kent responded to a small field fire at 6303 W. New Bethel Road near Chelsie on Tuesday, catching the blaze before it could spread to nearby crop fields and structures. 
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