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City recognizes employees
The city of Madison has recognized the following employees with service pins: Marvin Baker, mayor's office, 15 years; Steve Wilkerson, police, five years; Kenny Palmer, police, 15 years; Mike Allen, police, 10 years; Monique Johnson, public works, 10 years. Mayor Jan Wells presented the service pins to the employees.
Huntsville ranks third in national best places to live and work
Adding to the list of recognitions for economic stability and desirability, Huntsville achieved the third ranking of best places to live and work in America in Employment Review Magazine's eighth annual index.
The national publication basis its list on community economics, substantial job growth, good schools, recreation, cultural events, along with other factors.
Huntsville was described as a highly prosperous city with affordability being cited as the key. The city was also credited with maintaining a stable economy during unstable times and being a leader in technological advancement.
Another determining factor contributing to the city's high ranking was the average annual salary per employee – second only to Atlanta in the south as well above state and national averages. The Huntsville metro area's favorable cost of living index information and a 17 percent growth rate to 2008 added to its attractiveness in overall competition for the top spots.
The ranking is the latest addition to a lengthy list of national designations garnered by the Huntsville/Madison County region.

Harvest

Johnson repeats win in American Legion oratory

Madison

Petition for city manager special election being resubmitted after being dismissed

Madison

Barney, a facility dog, comforts and reassures students

Madison

Playground revamps underway for Madison elementaries

Madison

Large turnout expected for All-Girls State Chess Championship

Business

Goldfish Swim School opens in Madison, plans to host free Community Family Swim Event Feb. 3

Madison

Mill Creek Robo-Crew take Breakthrough Award at UAH

Liberty Middle School

Liberty Lionettes awarded in hip-hop, pom at regionals

Bob Jones High School

American Legion Baseball organizing for new season

Discovery Middle School

Gifted Specialists fill broad needs of 20% of students

Madison

Mill Creek Greenpower Team motors to first place in Oxford

James Clemens High School

James Clemens Competition Cheer Team takes fourth state title

Madison

The celebration continues: Madison Street Festival awards grants to 16 Madison educational programs

Events

The Loomis Brothers Circus returns this weekend

James Clemens High School

Wyche earns full-tuition scholarship from Cameron Education Foundation

Madison

ReadyFest returns to underscore need for preparedness

Madison

Winter Knights Chess Tournament sets record attendance

Harvest

Delta Sigma Theta plans exciting evening with ROUGE – A Go Red Event

Events

Burritt on the Mountain to host Shane Adkins for Coffeehouse Concert series

Bob Jones High School

Sponsors essential to achieving Madison Street Festival’s traditions

Madison

Registration opens to vie for seat in pre-kindergarten

Huntsville

Former doctor from Madison sued for overdose death

James Clemens High School

Donaldson piloting James Clemens as Acting Principal

Madison

Discovery of woman’s body in Hazel Green leads to investigation of possible murder-suicide

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