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"In God We Trust" causes board snafu

By KANE KASHOUTY, Madison Eagle

Tempers flared and voices were raised at last Tuesday’s Madison County Board of Supervisors meeting during a heated discussion regarding the display of the national motto “In God We Trust” in the Madison County Supervisors’ chambers.

VaNews April 16, 2015

Madison supervisors seeks prayers at board meetings

By DON RICHESON , Madison Eagle

A member of the Madison County Board of Supervisors wants to immediately start having a Madison minister open each board meeting with a prayer, but other supervisors have yet to speak up in support of the proposal.

VaNews March 8, 2014

Madison supes to Congress: reopen Shenandoah National Park

By ALLISON BROPHY CHAMPION, Culpeper Star Exponent (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Like all businesses around Shenandoah National Park, closed for going on 11 days, Graves Mountain Lodge in Madison County is feeling the negative real world consequences of the federal government shutdown. According to a resolution adopted Wednesday by the Madison County Board of Supervisors asking Congress to reopen SNP - a major attraction for the county - October is the national park's peak tourist season with about 25 percent of its annual traffic visiting this month to experience the autumn foliage.

VaNews October 11, 2013

County OKs creating new fulltime, paid ambulance medic position

By DON RICHESON, Madison Eagle

Madison County officials took steps last week to bridge gaps they see developing in the county’s ambulance service. County supervisors voted unanimously Sept. 10 to increase the county’s ambulance medic staff, which will now grow to 15 full-time, paid positions, up from the current 14. The vote came after supervisors listened to the county’s administrator and EMS coordinator each say the county could likely no longer provide reliable adequate ambulance call coverage using just overtime or part-time medics to staff certain overnight and weekend shifts.

VaNews September 19, 2013

A Case for Virginia

By CECILIE ROHWEDDER, Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)

In McLean, Va., Jean and Steve Case live in a nine-bedroom mansion along the Potomac River that once was the childhood home of Jacqueline Kennedy. But when Mr. Case, co-founder of AOL, and his wife visit their winery in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Madison, Va., they curl up in a 1,400-square-foot, one-bedroom cottage, a small gray house with a white porch out front and a patio in back.

VaNews September 20, 2013

Madison deputy exempt from leave pay

By AARON RICHARDSON, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

Madison County is off the hook on paying a chief deputy and longtime Sheriff’s Office employee almost $200,000 in accrued leave time, officials said Wednesday. Madison supervisors in the spring set aside $200,000 in a contingency fund in case the county was liable for the payout. But officials have determined that the employee is exempt. T

VaNews July 12, 2013

Madison could owe deputy $200K

By AARON RICHARDSON, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

A longtime Madison County Sheriff's Office employee could collect almost $200,000 in pay for unused leave when he retires, officials said Monday.... Madison County adopted a policy in 2008 limiting maximum accrued leave to 240 hours. That policy is similar to those followed in Albemarle County and Charlottesville, according to officials in those localities. However, the Madison County Sheriff Erik Weaver opted his office out of the unused leave limit, Hoch said.

VaNews June 18, 2013

Culpeper making good on 1929 Hoover promise to Madison residents

By ALLISON BROPHY CHAMPION, Culpeper Star Exponent (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

The town of Culpeper supports Madison County’s plea for a public entrance to Shenandoah National Park to finally make good on a presidential promise from nearly 84 years ago. The Culpeper Town Council last week unanimously endorsed the initiative to re-establish entrance to the park via Route 649, the Quaker Run and Rapidan Road near Criglersville.

VaNews March 18, 2013

Orange, Madison, Culpeper boards OK resolution against school-grading initiative

Orange County Review

In a rare move, three area schools board met simultaneously Monday night approving a resolution opposing the state’s recent education initiatives. Last month, the General Assembly approved measures that would both assign grades to schools based on performance and allow “failing” schools to be placed under state control.

VaNews March 13, 2013

Use of Madison Free Clinic increases

By MARILYN COX, Associated Press

With the lingering downturn in the economy, the Madison Free Clinic is seeing an increase in two to six new patients a week this year. The nonprofit organization enables uninsured residents ofMadison County who meet certain guidelines to be provided with medical care and medications. The clinic also provides limited dental and eye care.

VaNews September 4, 2012