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Monday, July 25, 2016

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Madison County High School students will get real world work experience thanks to new program enhancements in the works.

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On Tuesday, June 14, 2016 members of the Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force (BRNGTF) and Madison County Sheriff’s Office executed a drug search warrant at a residence in Haywood, VA (Madison County) and located a methamphetamine laboratory.

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More than 50 Madison and Orange residents attended the June 8 Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing at the Madison County High School about permit VPA00076, which would grant Synagro Central, LLC permission to spread class B biosolids on 2,048 acres in eight different locations in Madison County.

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For Julie Haines and Dave Fulton the rolling hills surrounding their historic Madison farm are a stark contrast to the harsh environments that the couple has worked in for the last decades.

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Greater lines of communication needed

We recently became aware that the Madison County School Board voted at its October meeting to extend school superintendent Dr. Matthew Eberhardt’s contract for an additional year, through June 30, 2018. And while we have faith in the superintendent and think he does a great job tackling what has to be an extremely difficult role, we can’t help but question the timing of the board’s vote. Two new board members will take office in January, both of whom ran unopposed in the November election and both of whom have extensive backgrounds in education as former school employees.

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Local farmers turning to hops growing

Craft beer, long favored in other parts of the world is growing in popularity here in Virginia. All beer, whether it is brewed by Budweiser or at a small local brewery, is brewed with grain, hops, yeast and water. Hops are a key component in beer and with commercial hops producers uninterested in selling small quantities to small breweries, hops can be a high-value crop for local farmers. 

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