Group Title: Calhoun-Liberty Journal (Bristol, Fla.).
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Liberty Journal
Place of Publication: Bristol, Fla
Publication Date: December 23, 2009
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Kids share their Santa Letters and tell us why they deserve their gifts....rages o, o, f a f.






by Teresa Eubanks,
Journal Editor
A family who moved to
Sumatra four months ago
lost their home in a fire
Thursday afternoon.
Ron and Gretchen
Brown, who shared the
single-story residence on
Hwy, 22 with their two
adult sons Kenny and
Austin, were out hunting
that afternoon when the
blaze began, according to
Sumatra Fire Chief Kevin
Shiver. .-: .
Firefighters efforts ere.
hampered by a county lide
water shutoff that day, he
said.: ,
"We couldn't even fill up
the firetrucks," according to
Shiver,who explained, "We
went to a pond a half mile
away and drafted water."
He said he was told the
water outage was due to a
state inspection.

continued on page 3


Visitors to the annual Christmas for the Children program stand in front of one of the many lighted
buildings featuring foods, crafts and visits with Santa on Dec. 15 at the Panhandle Pioneer
Settlement. Each child got a gift and a night full of memories. For more on this annual event
sponsored by the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office, please see page 17.



to hiring

by Teresa Eubanks,
Journal Editor
Longtime Liberty County
School Board member
Doobie Hayes was hired by
a 4-1 vote during a special
meeting of the Liberty
County Commission last
Thursday. Hayes was to
begin work for the county
as a dump truck driver the
following Monday at $9.90
an hour.
The one commissioner
who voted against his hiring
was vocal in his displeasure
-at how it was handled.
-After telling" Ha) e'.
''Doobie, I think you're a
fine fellow," Commissioner,
Jim Johnson went on to
point out to that there were
many other applicants for
the same position who

continued on page 3

Woman searching for cell phone reception

dies after walking in path of car on SR 69

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor
A woman who left a bar and walked
across State Road 69 in search of cell
phone reception was killed when she
stepped into the path of an oncoming
car Friday night.
The fatality was identified as 50-year-
old Donna Basford, a Blountstown
native who had moved back to the area
just a couple of months earlier.
According to the Florida Highway
Patrol report, Rebecca Clemmons, 31,
also of Blountstown, was traveling south
when Basford stepped into the path of
her 2003 Toyota Highlander around 9:30
p.m. The collision happened at 9:30
p.m. at the intersection of S.R. 69 and
N.E. Parrish Lake Road, in front of the
Swampy Tonk Bar.
After impact, Clemmons pulled
onto the west shoulder of the road and
stopped. Basford was pronounced dead
at the scene.

FHP Trooper Matt Mattingley
said Basford was wearing dark
clothing and the driver who hit her
"probably didn't have any time to
react." The accident knocked the
victim 100 feet back from the point ;
of impact, Mattingley said.

Bar owner Lee Alday said Donna
had been at the Swampy Tonk for
two or three hours that night, where
she had been hanging out with
friends and playing pool. "She's a
pretty good pool shooter," he said.
He said it's not unusual for the
busy bar to have a lot of people going
in and out. "The cell phone service is
so bad out there, people come and go
out of that door and spend time outside
trying to find a signal," he said, adding
that usually bar patrons walk around
the building until they find a spot where
they can complete their calls.

.w r, se- el-iB .. t.. ago n a pholo
ta)nen with Lacy Van Zant, whose sons lound
Lynyrd Skynyrd.
said she'd gotten a text or
.phone call and there was no service in

the bar, so she went outside. She had
to walk across the road to the stop sign
to have service," said Donna's sister,
Marilyn Vincent. She said that the
approaching vehicle was a small one
and not very loud, and what little noise it
might have made was probably obscured
by the band playing at the bar.
The friends that brought Donna to the
bar tried to get her to leave with them
three different times but she wanted to
slay, according toAlday. He said she has
been known to walk to and from the bar
from a nearby residence where she had
been staying with relatives.
Alday's son, Neil, said Donna
wasn't t heavily intoxicated and did
not request .a ride home, nor did she
mention she was leaving before going
outside. "It was just tragic. Our best

continued on page 3

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Search continues for missing

duck hunter on Lake Seminole

The search is continuing for an Albany, GA
man who was swept through a lock at the Jim
Woodruff Dam on Sunday and disappeared
in the rain-soaked and swollen Apalachicola
Investigators with the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
say John Mark Slappey, 34, was duck hunting
in Lake Seminole from a float tube when he
drifted toward the dam.
His half-brother Andrew Dismuke, 25, also
ofAlbany, dropped off Slappey in the float tube
about 800 yards north of the dam just before
12:40 p.m. EST. Dismuke headed up the lake

in his boat to scare up ducks and run them
by Slappey.
"Workers at the dam saw Slappey headed
toward the dam's open locks and knew he was
in trouble," said FWC Lt. Scott Pearce. "They
threw him a life ring and tried to pull him to
safety but he apparently lost his grasp."
A number of agencies, search-and-rescue
personnel and volunteers were at the scene
on Monday. They included the'FWC,
Chattahoochee Police Department, Jackson
County Sheriff's Office, Wewahitchka Search
and Rescue and Bay County Search and

Large reward for python release

The capture of a 12-foot-long
Burmese python a week ago
from a lawn in Port of Tampa
was the "last straw" for many
reptile owners. Spurred by more
negative publicity of a Burmese
python on the loose, several
dozen reptile owners have come
together to offer a reward for
information leading to the arrest
and conviction of the person, or
people, responsible for releasing
the snake or allowing it to escape.
The reward is $18,400.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC)
has been dealing with released
and wild Burmese pythons,
listed as a reptile of concern,
for the past several years. While
some pythons are known to have
escaped into the wild, others may
have been intentionally released.
The Burmese python may reach
a length of 26 feet and a weight
of more than 200 pounds. All
reptiles of concern, when in the
wild, can prey on native wildlife
and potentially can be dangerous
to, people. Several permitted
reptile dealers and owners have
assisted the agency in capturing
wild Burmnese pythons on state-
managed areas in South Florida
since July.

With heightened public
awareness, calls to the FWC
about the large snakes have
increased significantly, and many
reptile owners are concerned that
the public's image of them is
Michael Cole is a reptile dealer
in Central Florida. He owns and
operates Ballroom Pythons South.
"Most people. who own
Burmese pythons and other
reptiles of concern are very
responsible pet owners and would
never release them or inadequately
cage them," Cole said. "It is not
fair to categorize us as a bad
group of people. We care for our
pets, and we care for Florida's
wildlife and ecosystems."

The FWC enacted rules in
January 2008 regulating reptiles
of concern. Reptiles of concern are
the Burmese python, African rock
python (northern and southern),
amethystine python, reticulated
python, green anaconda and the
Nile monitor lizard. To own one
of these animals, an FWC permit
is required. The permit costs
$100, and a questionnaire must
be completed. In addition, the
animal must be micro-chipped;
it is required to be caged, and the
cage must meet certain caging
requirements. A disaster plan
for securing or evacuating the
animal must be written, and
the FWC will make on-site and
unannounced inspections.

December 15
*Tisha Lashon Williams, disorderly conduct,
*Darius Brown, child support, CCSO.
*Kenneth Klotz, child support, CCSO.
*Kristin Ivory, VOP, CCSO.
*Andra Dewayne Peterson, VOSP, CCSO.
December 16
*Albert (Jap) Milton, disorderly intoxication,
December 17
*Anthony Edward Powell, trespass after warn-
ing, CCSO.
*Gregory Pierce, VOCP, CCSO.
*Starla Christmas, VOP (Bay County), CCSO.
December 19
*Bobby Sanders, VOCP (warrant), CCSO.

December 15
*Tisha Lashon Williams, holding for CCSO,
December 16
*John Wesley Carroll, lewd and lascivious bat-
tery, LCSO.
*Theodore Black, VOSP, CCSO.
*Bradley Trickey, (warrant) harassing commu-
nication, CCSO.
*Seanathon Jeffery Haire, domestic battery,
December 17
*Earnest Pearson, VOCP, LCSO.
December 18
*Tracey Pullam, from court (possession and sale
of marijuana), LCSO.
*Travis William Allen, VOSP, LCSO.
December 19
*Wade Cavanaugh, VOSP, LCSO.
*Haley Thompson, disorderly conduct, LCSO.
Listingsincludenamefollowedbychargeandidentifcaionofarrestingagency The namesaboverepresent
those charged. We remind our readers that all are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Blountstown Police Dept. A
Dec. 14 through Dec. 20, 2009
Citations issued: .
Accidents...............02 Traffic Citations..................02
Special details (business escorts, traffic details)....102
Business alarms.....03 Residential alarms..........00
Complaints.......................... .. ........... 99

"He Knows if You've

leen Uad or hood,

so be Good for

Goodness Sake!"

Merry Christmas

from Chief

Glenn Kimbrel
and the
staff of the

Blou ntstown




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The Miami Dolphins take
on Houston, Sunday,
Dec. 27 in Miami.
Air time 12 noon (CT)
immediately following the
Gateway Baptist Church
broadcast on K102.7.


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DONNA mA cntinued:rom the ront:pag

wishes go to all of her friends and
family," he said.

Vincent remembers her sister
as a fun-loving free-spirited girl
who loved life and had a big
"She moved back here from,
Alabama just-a couple of months
ago. She was trying to find work
and get her life back here in
Calhoun County," she said..
Vincent said her sister was a
big fan of the southern rock band
Lynyrd Skynyrd and "would have
been beaming to know" that band
leader Johnny Van Zant called
the family to express the band's

condolences on her death.
She said Van Zant planned to
send a clip to be included into a
video tribute to Donna with him
saying, "May you be a Free Bird
forever," a reference to the band's
iconic hit song.
"She was the biggest Lynyrd
Skynyrd fan," Vincent said. "The
highlight of her life was meeting
the band a few years ago in
Jacksonville." She said her sister
spent the weekend with the band
and came home with a photo of
her sitting with Lacy "Pappa" Van
Zant. A picture ofher holding one
of the band's gold records was
featured in "The Van Zant Family

didn't already have, one job employees, including themselves,
like Hayes does. School board a $200 Christmas bonus.

members currently receive
$23,247 per year.
"There's no way I can vote
yes on that.'There's people that's
applied for the job that don't
have one; Mr. Hayes does have
a job with the county already,""
Johnson said.
Clerk of Court Robert Hill.
verified that there are currently 24
applications onfile fora countyjob.
Johnson also questioned if
there was a conflict of interest
since the motion to hire Hayes
was seconded by Kevin Williams,
who works for the school board
as a teacher.
The only other item considered
at Thursday's meeting was
holiday bonuses for county
employees. The commission
agreed to give the county's 73

* The special meeting was not
advertised in the newspaper;
instead, a notice was posted on a

Southern Music Scrapbook."
"You had to have known
Donna to appreciate her sense of
humor and personality. She lived
life to the fullest," said her oldest
sister, Barbara Moneyham.
Services are scheduled for 11
a.m. on Dec. 23 at Peavy Funeral
Home Chapel in Blountstown.
Burial will follow at Dykes
Cemetery in Sneads.
Donna Basford is survived by
two children, five siblings, five
grandchildren, four aunts, one
uncle and many special friends.
Her complete obituary appears
inside on page 22.

bulletin board at the courthouse.
Hill said the only notice required
is that an announcement be posted
on the courthouse bulletin board
48 prior to the meeting.

The fire started around 2 p.m. and volunteers remained on the
scene until 8 p.m.
Shiver said it was his understanding there may have been a wviring
problem in the attic of the home but is awaiting final word from the
State Fire Marshal's office.
Gretchcn Brown said she and her family came to Sumatra in late
August from Dade City near Tampa. The home they moved into was
built in 2007.
The family is currently staying at a mobile home at the Sumatra
Assembly of God Church.

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Give your

time this


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James McDaniel
and Melba Compton

*Weight Loss Support Group,
1:30 p.m., Shelton Park Library.
*Boy Scouts Troop 200, 6:30
p.m., Mormon Church Bristol.
*AA, 7 p.m., Calhoun County
Old Ad Bldg. east door, in front of
the jail.


Ryan Goff and
Tera McDowell

*AA, 7 p.m., basement of the
Calhoun County Courthouse.


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Jaden Emilee Potter
and James Duggar

*American Legion Dance--7-11
p.m., Legion Hall in Blountstown.

The Calhoun-Liberty Journal is
published each Wednesday
by the Liberty Journal Inc.,
Summers Road, P.O. Box 536,
Bristol, FL 32321.
Annual subscriptions are $18.
Periodicals postage paid at Bristol, FL
POSTMASTER: Send address corrections
to: P.O. Box 536, Bristol, FL 32321.

Attend the church of
your choice this Sunday.

*Walk-A-Weigh Program, 9 a.m.,
Veterans Memorial Park Civic Center
*Altha Boy Scouts, 7 p.m. at the
Altha fire department
*AA meets 6: p.m., Altha Community

Jamie Williams

That's how many copies of
The Calhoun-Liberty Journal
were distributed last week, ensuring
plenty of coverage for your
community announcements
and great response for our
business advertisers!

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by Yolanda Rodriguez,
AARP Florida Volunteer
Most Americans are busy in
December looking for just the right gift
for friends and family. It's the "holiday
season" so we dig into our pockets and
donate toys for children and drop money
into kettles as we leave stores.
This. year, why not give the gift of
time to your community? Nonprofit
and service organizations have a need
for volunteers to help them meet
the demand for services. Goods and
money help them provide services
such as health care or food to the
community, but nothing can replace the
value that volunteers bring to service
Floridians are no strangers to
volunteerism. According to recent study
by the Corporation of National and
Community Service, in Florida alone,
2.8 million volunteers donated more
than $8.7 billion of service work hours.
Imagine how much more Florida
could do if everyone donated just five
hours or one day of their time.
To help people of all ages answer the
call to serve, AARP launched Create
the Good (
earlier this year. Create The Good
is a network of people sharing tools
and ideas to help make a difference
in communities across Florida and
America. The Web site helps connect
current and potential volunteers who
are not engaged or who are looking for
new and different opportunities.
It's easy to find a place to volunteer.
Some of the current needs highlighted
on the Create The Good web site are:
co-executive directors for StandUp for
Kids in South Florida, volunteers to
provide care with the Florida Medical
Reserve Corps in St. Petersburg during
times of emergency and administrative
volunteers for the Tallahassee Fire
Department volunteer division.
The web site allows you to type in
your zip code and find ways to volunteer
in your community.
We urge you to get involved in
your community. Give the gift of
time this holiday season. Visit www. to find a way
to give back to your community or
post your organization's volunteer

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The Liberty County 4-H Krafty Kritters Club
made holiday stockings this year to share with
some of our local citizens that are homebound and
in local nursing centers.
The club is lead by Yvonne Watson and Ruth
Wade. Shown above are some of the 4-H Teens
from the Liberty County Teen Club having a holiday

visit with Maxwell Harrell and sharing one of the
stockings that the girls made in the their club.
Next year the 4-H program hopes to expand
this event to more of our older Liberty County
ABOVE from left: Ande Andrews, Brittany Johnson, Max
Parrish, and J. T. Steverson with Maxwell Harrell.

Lions Club feeds at least 250 families in

North Fla. area with holiday food baskets

BRISTOL The Bristol Lions
Club distributed Christmas Food
Baskets on Dec. 19 in District
35F which includes the area
between Lake City to Pensacola.


Liberty County
Rd Frontage
From $4,995 per acre
$1000.00 Total Down
No Qualifying
R. E. Broker
Phone (813) 253-3258

This volunteer program provided
at least 250 families in the North
Florida area a Christmas dinner
and some extras as well. For
the families with small children,
small gifts were also distributed.
According to Lion William
Smith, Club President of the
Bristol Lions Club, "Money raised
on several local projects allowed
Lions to meet pressing needs in
our community including the
food baskets, eye examinations,
eye glasses, cataract surgery and
more." Lions members thank
everyone who contributed to this
important work. You are truly
helping Lions make a different
in our communities.
The Bristol Lions Club has
19 members and meets every
2nd and 4th Tuesday at 8 p.m.
at the Apalachee Restaurant in

Bristol. Lions Clubs are a group
of men and women who identify
the needs within the community
and work together to fulfill those
For more information or to get
involved with the Bristol Lions
Club, contact Lion William Smith
at (850) 379-3001.
Lions Clubs International is
the world' largest service club
organization with nearly 1.4
million members in over 46,000
clubs in 202 countries around the
world. Since 1917, Lions clubs
have aided the blind and visually
impaired and made a strong
commitment to community service
and servingyouth throughout the
world. For more information on
Lions Clubs International visit
the website at www.lionsclubs.

Order of the Eastern Star donates $100 to

Calhoun & Liberty Counties Sheriff's Dept.
Blountstown's Chapter Order of the Eastern Star presented a check for $100 to the Liberty and Calhoun Sheriff's
Department to help provide needy children some joy at Christmas time by purchasing toys. Christmas is for sharing
and remembering that Jesus is the reason for the season. To all our friends in Calhoun and Liberty Counties who
support our events, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year from all of us
at Blountstown's Chapter Order of the Eastern Star.

"For unto us a child is born" Isaiah 9:6
This Christmas season remember the absolute Greatest
Gift of All The Gift of Everlasting Life came in a very
small package. That beautiful package was Baby Jesus.
Enjoy Christmas, it's His Birthday. Enjoy Life, It's His Way.
In the New Year, remember Wise Men Still Seek HIM.
Thank you for allowing us to provide your eye care and
be your friend.
Barry & Sherry Edewaard and Betty Pitts

Dr. Barry Edewaard
17521 MAIN ST. N Blountstown 674-2020
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Cloture leads to a dysfunctional Senate

- Article I, Section 3 of the Constitu-
tion which created the Senate doesn't.
-mom mention cloture and the 60-vote rule,
0 so 4 ---aso don't blame the Founding Fathers;
blame the French, the English and
President Woodrow Wilson.
The cloture procedure started in the
French National Assembly and then
was adopted by the United Kingdom
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SWilson urged the Senate to change its rules to thwart
w what he called a "little group of willful men," to which
- the Senate responded by introducing cloture in the form
of Rule 22 on March 8, 1917. Cloture was invoked for
-_a the first time on November 15, 1919, during the 66th
- Congress, to end filibuster on the Treaty of Versailles.
., Thanks to President Wilson and the 60-vote rule, the
__ Senate is a dysfunctional organization.
In some ways, I can understand need for cloture to
end a filibuster. Sooner than later, senators should stop
M o talking and do something beneficial for the American
m- u f people. But, in my view, the requirement to have 60
votes to even bring up a bill in the Senate, and the re-
quirement for 60 votes to pass a bill is wrong.
The congressional procedural process of dealing with
the issues should be one that best serves the interest of
the people. But both political parties use the procedural
-- -process, particularly in the senate, for political purposes.
- In the healthcare debate, it is clear that the Repub-
licans are going to do everything possible to defeat
- healthcare reform. Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) stated
.. --- the GOP's intent in July when he stated that derailing
W ,- w healthcare reform was a priority for the GOP. DeMint's
* words were, "If we're able to stop Obama on this, it will
S be his Waterloo. It will break him." So much for the
^ __ GOP's interest in the American people.
The Democrats don't have clean skirts in this health-
care debate either. Because of the 60 vote rule, Demo-
cratic Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Independent
Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut have been hold-
ing the senate hostage. They both refused to vote for the
healthcare bill until they extracted their pound of flesh.
-- As a result of the Republican and Democratic de-
mands, the healthcare bill is ugly as a dog's breakfast.
I read a 14 page summary, but recognize that some of
the provisions have changed due to the hostage taking

by Republicans and Democrats. In my
view, the healthcare bill in its present
form shouldn't be passed.
Both sides should let it go and start
all over with a. simple approach. The
Republicans have nothing to offer in the
healthcare debate except fear monger-
ing. So, the Democrats with majorities
in both houses should ignore the Repub-
licans and figure out how to save Medi-
care, Medicaid and Social Security.

President Obama is correct when he says that in due
course a substantial portion of the national budget will
be consumed by. the cost of Medicare and Medicaid.
At some point, the Medicare services that people now
receive will have to be reduced. It's a numbers game.
The government can't continue to borrow money to fund
these programs. People receiving healthcare services ei-
.ther have to pay more or receive less.
I think that the Democrats bit off more than they can
chew in this healthcare debacle. There are a couple of
things certain in America's political process. The Re-
publicans are always going to resist anything, anybody,
any plan that they think might increase their taxes or "in-
crease the size of government."
When it comes to healthcare, the Republicans in
.congress are hypocrites of the first order. In 2003, the
Republicans rammed the Medicare Part D prescription
drug plan through the congress. This program is more
expensive than the current proposed healthcare plan and
increased the size of government significally. This pro-
gram is only going to get more expensive in its present
form because the Republicans prevented the U.S. gov-
ernment, meaning Medicare/Medicaid, from using its
buying power to negotiate a lower cost of drugs from
the pharmaceutical companies. So, thanks to the Re-
publicans, the government pays market prices for Part
D drugs.
While the Republicans protect their corporate buddies
in the healthcare industry, the Democrats just can't stand
success so they overreach and write 2,000 page bills
which the public will never understand. The Republi-
cans then have a heyday beating the Democrats over the
head with their own healthcare bill.
The American people are the losers in this confronta-
tion between Republicans and Democrats. This is just
another instance of the government's inability to cope
with a serious issue, in the best interest of the American

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gift giving
Merry Christmas my friends. Has a nice ring to it,
doesn't it? And I mean it. However, I would like to
relate an event that occurred recently that put me in
one of my tail spins (and it seems the older I get, the
more easily I find myself in those tailspins.)
I was listening to our local radio Swap Shop last
week. A lady phoned in to sell an item. She went
to great lengths
to explain the
value of this The View from
item, both
and sentimen- Hew tt Flats
tal. She then by Jim Pruette
added that Jim Pruette is a native of Mobile, AL and lives
the only rea- in Calhoun County with his wife, Rita Smith
Pruette. They operate Granny Smith Farms
son she was on Willard Smith Road. He is retired from the
selling it was U.S. Air Force, where he served as an avionics
technician with the Department of Defense.
because she Nowadays, he enjoys life as the
was "desper- self-proclaimed Mayor of Hewitt Flats.
ate for Christ-
mas money."
And that was when the Christmas spirit dimmed a
bit in my heart.
It has been apparent for many years that "Christ-
mas shopping" has become a true and real economic
burden for a vast number of families in the United
States. How can this be? A wonderful time of the
year when folks traditionally gave much thought to
family and friends as well as spiritual renewal. A
time when the idea of giving a gift to someone was
the result of much thought and consideration about
the individual the gift was being given to. Some
things we used to consider might be "Is this person
an outdoors type person or an indoor type person?"
"Is this person young or old?" "What kind of things
does this person like to do?"
I think that now days, most people think about
what is the most popular thing that we can give that
would not only be "cool" to give because the receiver
got a hot new item, but it would make us look good
too because we were hip enough to give it.
How did we get to this state? To me it seems
pretty simple. *Many years ago we started letting
other people do our thinking for us. Might I sug-
gest that those people were not really interested in
our well being but rather marketing their product in
the most effective way in order to maximize profits?
Television, radio and other marketing tactics did our
thinking for us and soon a parent was almost guilty
of child abuse if that child did not receive some, if
not all, of the latest and greatest under the Christmas
tree each year.
What does this teach our children? Look around
you, and the answer is all in your face.
I am asking that starting immediately after Christ-
mas this year that we as parents begin to teach our
children that giving a gift (no matter what the occa-
sion might be) is not about how much the gift costs
but rather how much it means, both to the giver
and the receiver. It is too late for these lessons to
be taught this year but we can begin to correct this
problem very soon.
The lady on the Swap Shop is a micro example
of the macro situation our country now faces. We
spend ourselves into a hole we cannot climb out of.
The time to stop is now.
Each year many families place themselves so
deep in debt over Christmas that many are not able
to pay off that debt before the next Christmas season
has arrived. You cannot spend your way out of debt
although that seems to be a lesson lost on most, all
the way to the White House.


Hi Everyone!
My name is Ra-
chel. I don't cel-
ebrate Christmas.
I celebrate Hanuk-
kah. At Hanukkah
we light a menorah
one time a day for
eight days because
Hanukkah lasts for
eight days. At Ha-
nukkah we give gifts
to each other. Then we eat like a
meatball soup and something like
bread. Hope you enjoyed learning
about Hanukkah.
Sincerely, Rachel

Dear Santa,
How are you? My favorite sea-
son has finally come! How are your
elves? Because they better get ready,
to make -some toys even though I
can only name one, but wait I'm
going to have a lot of presents for
your elves to make. So now with
my number one present I want for
Christmas is a DSI! I've been good
I've done my work at home I'm go-
ing to church I doing good in school
one time my mom said clean my
room and when she got back my
room was spotless! I love Christ-.
Sincerely, Nina

Dear Santa
Hey Santa it's me Daisha and
this is what I want for Christmas.
What I want for Christmas is a little
bulldog for Christmas and a lava
lamp and a jacket with a fur hood
and a DSI. And the reason I think I
deserve them presents is because I
make good grades and I listen to my
parent. Why just the other day my
dad told me to take out the trash and
I jumped out of bed and rushed out
that door and dropped it in. Then
dashed back into the house.
Sincerely, Daisha

Dear Santa,
My name is JaMarius. Have your
elves been working hard making all
those toys? Do you have the sleigh
ready? I hope so. For Christmas
I would like a Xbox 360. I think I
deserve a Xbox 360 because I have
been the best boy in the whole class
and done all my chores. Well just
the other day my mom told me to
take out the trash and I did it as
quick as a flash.
Your Friend, JaMarius

Dear Santa, .
Yeah, hi! My name is Reyna.
You pronounce it (Rain-a). What I
want for Christmas is a skate board!
Black, make it black! With a yel-
low, red & orange dragon! The rea-
son I think I should get that skate-
board is because I got all (A's),
cleaned the house and took care of
my brothers! One time I took care
of my brother for free that's a BIG
sacrifice! My brothers are always
looking for trouble. They eat all the
food in the cabinet! I get in trouble
for it! I really should get a skate
Love, Reyna

Dear Santa,
How are you, Santa? I have wait-
ed all year for for you to come! Here
is one thing I would like for Christ-
mas. I would like a blue DSI. Santa,
I have been a very good girl this
year. I have been going to church,
I have listened to my mom and dad
and I have listened to my teacher
and worked hard. For example, I
got all A's on my report card and my
papa gave me $5. I took it on my
trip to Disney World. Santa, please
come by my house and leave some
Love, Paxton

Dear Santa,
My name is 'Brandon! I really
want a Wii. I want it blue with the
wireless controller. I think I de-
serve it because I cleaned up the
pond in Blountstown. There, was

a lot of plastic in it. So I cleaned
it out, I make good grades. I do
what the teacher says. My teacher
asked me to take a note to the fourth
grade pod. I was back in flash. She
thanked me. Santa, I hope you have
a Merry Christmas. I will see you
on December 24th.
Sincerely, Your friend,
Brandon Hall

Dear Santa, .
I Hi, my name is Nicholas Penny,
well. How are you, Santa Claus? For
Christmas I want a Wii. I think I de-
serve it because I have been the best
student I could be. For instance, my
Grandma hung my report card on
the wall because I made straight A's.
I'll be waiting for you this Christ-
mas. I'm so excited.
Love, Nick

Dear Santa,
I would like the Lego Indiana
Jones 2 for Playstation 3. I have
been nice so I deserve it. I have
dusted the TV, walked the dog,
washed the dishes and I've even
done good in school! Just the other
day, Mrs. Ridley asked me to go to
the teacher's lounge to go get her a
bottle of water, and I did! She said
I was a very responsible student; I
feel like I deserve that game.
Sincerely, Tyler L.

Dear Santa,
Hi, my name is Kristopher Blake
Bailey and I was wondering how
your reindeer are doing? I hope
they're doing okay. And Mrs. Claus?
And of course, you too! All I want
for Christmas is for all of my family
to be happy. I think I deserve that
because I have made A's and B's
and I've helped my grandmother,
Diane Evans out as much as I can.
Sincerely yours,
Kristopher Blake Bailey

Dear Santa,
Are you doing good? Is Ru-
dolph's nose still bright? My name
is Annika. I really want you to bring
me a Wii. Don't worry I would share
it with the rest of the family. Some
anyway! I feed the dog sometimes
and get the mail a lot. I listen to my
-teacher in school. I study very, very
hard so I can make good grades.
Which I do make straight A's. So
I really think I should get a Wii. I
have a question, does it take a long
time to get to my house? Because I
really think you should take time to
eat cookies and drink the milk I left
for you. Merry Christmas.
Please, Annika Milligan

Dear Santa,
How are you doing? I would like
a Scoop. These are five reasons I
should get it. I did all of my chores.
I did what I was supposed to. I did
my home work, I helped my mom,
I got good grades and I am good in
Sincerely, Hunter

Dear Santa,
What I want for Christmas is a
Playstation 3. Four reasons I deserve
it is because I've been good all this
year, let the dog out, gave the dog
a bath and I did what mom asked.
Last week my mom told me to clean
my room. I went back there and it
looked like a jungle but I cleaned.
When my mom went back there it
was spotless. I felt good!
Your friend, Jeff

Dear Santa,
Hi, my name is Cassie Brooks. How

are you, Santa? Are
the elves busy? I've
been waiting for this
all year. All I want
S j for Christmas is a lap-
top computer to play
3s at games on. Please put
ry_ internet on it so I can
Itay email my friends what
I'm doing for Christ-
mas. I think I deserve
it because I have been
nice. For instance I went to my
friend's house to play and they told
me to clean up the front yard and I
did it. They.were so proud of me: I
hope you come to see me.
Love Cassie

Dear Santa,
My name is Tehya Nicole Man-
ning, how are you Santa? I have
waiting for you to come back for
Christmas this year. This is what I
want for Christmas, I would like a
Dippin Dot machine. The reason I
deserve it is because I have been do-
ing things for Mrs. Goodman. Just
the other day she asked me to orga-
nize her sight word boxes and she
said I was wonderful. I felt won-
derful, that's why I deserve a Dip-
pin Dot machine.
Sincerely, Tehya

Dear Santa,
Hi my name is Jherico Jones and
I have been waiting for Christmas
to come again and this year I want
a camera. I have been a good lit-
tle girl, I did my chores, I've been
helping the old folks walk, swept
the dirt, took out the trash, cleaned
my room and made good grades in
school. One time my mom told me
to go sweep the floor. I ran speedy
quick and swept the floor like a Ze-
bra eating chocolate. She was very
amazed, I hope you seen I've been
good. Santa I have a few ques-
tions to ask, is the Elf's ok? Is Mrs.
Clause ok?
Sincerely Jherico

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It's just days before Christmas and all through the
town, we see happy people; not even one frown.
It's great to see folks who show so much care for
their friends and their neighbors today it's so rare.
So we'd like to thank-you this time of the year
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Chipola College
alumnus Bill Montford
has made his choice
to pursue a seat in the
Florida State Senate
as a representative for
District 6.
A native of
Blountstown, Montford
was a student at Chipola
inthe 1960s and moved
to Tallahassee to attend
Florida State University
in 1967. While at
FSU he received his
Bachelor of Science
Degree in Mathematics
Education and Master
of Science Degree in
Administration and
Supervision. He also
received an Honorary
Doctorate of Laws B
from Flagler College.
Montford began his teaching
career as a math teacher at
Belle Vue Middle School in
Tallahassee in 1969. He served
as a school administrator for 26
years and spent 18 of those years
as a high school principal. He
was elected Superintendent of
Leon County Schools in 1996.
Montford is currently the Chief
Executive Officer of the Florida
Association of District School
Bill lives in Tallahassee with
his wife Jane, who is a first
grade public school teacher in
Leon County. Jane also attended
Chipola and that is where they
met in a speech class. Bill said,
"That was the most enjoyable
class I ever had." Bill and Jane
have two children, William J.
Montford, IV (Bill) and Katherine

Montford Peters. Bill (IV) and
wife Emily have two children,
William J. Montford, V and Henry
James Montford. Katherine
and husband Kevin have one
daughter, Eleanor Jane.
Montford said, "Growing
up in North Florida, hard work
and community service have
always been a large part of my
life. That's how I was raised,
and how Jane and I raised our
children. I am proud of my
professional accomplishments
and community involvement, and
I stand by my record of public
service. Someone once said of
me, "He is one of us!" That is
the best compliment that I could
ever receive."
- Montford also servedtwo terms
as Leon County Commissioner

and is very active in a
number of professional
and civic organizations.
Montford serves on the
Board of Directors for the
Mary Brogan Museum of
Art and Science, Challenger
Learning Center, the Florida
-Center for Performing
Arts and Education, and
The Village Square. He
was also appointed by
Governor Crist to the
Governor's Council on
Physical Fitness, and the
Legislative Committee
on Intergovernmental
Montford has received
numerous awards and
recognition for his
dedication to education
and the community. Bill
was honored as Florida
Superintendent of the Year
in 2002.
In 2008, the Leon County
School Board named William
J. Montford, III Middle School
in his honor. Montford said,
"Throughout my 40-year
career as a teacher, principal,
superintendent, county
commissioner, and CEO of the
state superintendent's association,
I have demonstrated my ability
to build consensus and reach
responsible compromises to get
the job done, and at the same time
stand firm on my convictions
and principles. At the end of the
day, what matters most is that
you accomplish the goals you
set out to achieve for those you
For information about
Montford's career, visit www.


As millions of Americans
strive to deal with the economic
downturn, loss of jobs,
foreclosures, high cost of gas
and the rising cost of prescription
drugs, Charles Myrick, the
President ofAmerican Consultants
Rx, announced the re-release
of the American Consultants'
Rx Community Service Project
which consist of millions of'
free discount prescription cards
being donated to thousands of
not-for-profit hospitals, schools,
churches, etc. in an effort to assist
the uninsured, underinsured and
seniors deal with the high cost of
prescription drugs.
One of the main locations in
the Stuart area that received an
initial donation of free discount
prescription cards is the First
Methodist Church of Stuart.
The American Consultants Rx
discount prescription cards are to
be given free to anyone in need
of help curbing the high cost of
prescription drugs..
Due to the rising costs, unstable
economics, and the mounting
cost of prescriptions, American
Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX)
a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta-based
company was born in 2004. The
ACRX discount prescription card
program was created and over
25 million discount prescription
cards were donated to over 18k
organizations across the country
to be distributed to those in need
of prescription assistance free of
charge since 2004.
The ACRX cards will offer
discounts of name brand drugs of
up to 40% off and up to 60% off of
generic drugs. They also possess
no eligibility requirements, no
forms to fill out, or expiration
date as well. One card will take
care of a whole family. Also note


The Bob A. Geiger family
would like to thank everyone
who helped in our time of need.
The flowers and food, visits, and
sweet words of encouragement
helped to ease our loss. We
appreciate the generosity and
kindness from family and friends.
We would especially like to thank
the Big Bend Hospice nurses
and staff and the Liberty County
Sheriff's Office for their service
and support.
May God bless you all.
The Bob A. Geiger family

that the ACRX cards will come
to your organization already pre-
activated. The cards are good at
over 50k stores from Walgreens,
Wal-mart, Eckerd's, Kmart,
Kroger, Publix, and many more.
Any one can use these cards but
ACRX is focusing on those who
are uninsured, underinsured, or
on Medicare. The ACRX cards
/ are now in Spanish as well.
American Consultants Rx
made arrangements online for
the ACRX card to be available
at where
it can also be downloaded. This
arrangement has been made to
allow organizations an avenue to
continue assisting their clients in
the community until they receive
their orders of the ACRX cards.
ACRX made it possible for cards
to be requested from online for
individuals and organizations
free of charge. Request for the
ACRX cards can also be made
by mailing a request to: ACRX,
P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA
30321, faxing a written request,
to 404-305-9539,or calling the
office at 404-767-1072. Please
include name (if organization
please include organization and.
contact name), mailing address,
designate Spanish or English,
amount of cards requested and
telephone number.
American Consultants
working diligently to assist as
many people and organizations as
possible. It should be noted that
while many other organizations
and companies place a cost on their
money saving cards, American
Consultants Rx does not believe
a cost should be applied just
to assist our fellow Americans.
American Consultants Rx states
that it will continue to strive to
assist those in need.
For more information:
American Consultants Rx
Inc., Dorothy Weathers, P.O.
Box 161336, Atlanta, GA 30321,
USA, Phone: (404)767-1072,
Fax: (404)305-9539, www.
americanconsultantsrx. com.

Rev. Charles Smith and the
Blountstown United Methodist
Church members invite the
community to spend a special time
with Our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ on Dec. 24 for a special
Christmas Eve Communion-
The sanctuary will be open and
the sacraments offered between
the hours of 6 and 7 p.m. (CT). In
the glow of the 'Chrismon Tree'
families and friends are welcome
to come at their leisure, enjoy the
sounds of the organ and reflect on
the true meaning of Christmas.
In the hustle and bustle of the
season we share with you a place
of peace and reverence on this
Most Holy Night.

The Prayer Chainer's Mission of
God Church would like to extend
an invitation to an Ordination
Ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 27 at
12 noon with Apostle Geraldine
Sheard, pastor.
Sister Dineasi Mosley will be
ordained minister. There will be
a youth missionary ordained also.
Come witness the movement
of God in this Holy Ordination
The church is located in
the Hugh Creek Community
in Blountstown. For more
information call 674-8683 or

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Thursday, Dec. 24
7:30 a.m. 6 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 25
Saturday, Dec. 26
8 a.m.- 1 p.m.
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Doug Harrell of Blountstown is shown with five-
month-old Paisley, a chocolate double-dapple mini-
dachshund. The double-dapple label applies to animals
with four or more patterns in their coat; Paisley has six,
which creates a unique look, hence her name.
She may be cute and tiny, but Harrell warns: "She's
meaner than snot." The pup shares a household with
Harrell, his wife, Patti, two cats, a rat terrier and a
two-year-old dachshund, Wolfgang. Paisley's chew-
ing habit has reduced her wicker bed to about half its
size, but she still finds it comfortable to sleep in. She
is waging an ongoing battle with the broom, which she
attacks whenever it's in use. She also enjoys rough-
housing with her roomie, Wolfgang. Her favorite toy?
"Any piece of paper that hits the floor. She shreds it,"

Harrell says.
"Dachshund are very smart but they have a mind of
their own," according to Harrell, explaining that the tiny
dog understands several words, including 'out,' 'ball'
and 'biscuit.' Harrell adds, "She also knows what 'no'
means, but she ignores it."
When the couple sit down to enjoy a t.v. program,
Paisley joins them, climbing up to lay against the back
of Doug's neck, stretching from shoulder to shoulder.
Paisley also enjoys watching Elmo videos on YouTube
with the Harrells' grandkids.
The Harrells both teach 11th grade at Liberty County
High School. He teaches science and she is an English
instructor. Doug also serves as chief of the Westside
Volunteer Fire Department. SHARON AUSTIN PHOTO

December 21-27

Winter Solstice

Christmas Day


ecember 21
Sis the shortest
day of the year. The
afternoon daylight
is already length-
ening, however,
and by the second
week in January,
the sunrises will begin coming ear-
lier, too. St. Thomas, patron saint

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of masons and architects, has his
feast day on the 21st. In some ru-
ral aread, employers are expected
to give small, monetary gifts or a
celebratory drink to their laborers
on this day. St. Thomas received
money to build a great palace. In-
stead, he spent the money on the
poor, "thus erecting a superb palace
in heaven."

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arters Law Enferement

On Friday, December 18, 2009 Blountstown Police Chief Glenn Kimbrel gave
the Officer's Oath to BPD's newest officer- Eddie Eagle. Third, Fourth and Fifth
Graders from Blountstown
Elementary School stood Notice of Meeting
as witnesses as Officer o
Eddie Eagle pledged to The City of Blountstown, Florida will conduct an An-
uphold the laws of the nual Retreat on January 9, 2010, at the City Coun-
State of Florida as well cil Chambers located at 17262 N. W. Angle Street,
as spread the message Blountstown, Florida. The Meeting will start at 10
of Firearms Safety to a.m.
the young people of our The purpose of the retreat is to provide time to dis-
area. cuss and set priorities for the coming New Year.



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*(Please note: Residents and Businesses located in the City
Limits of "Blountstown and Altha" are not part of the service.)

*EWS will start service Saturday, January 2nd by picking up the
homes which normally would have been collected on Friday -
but will not be on Friday, January 1st due to the New Year's
holiday. Normal collection days will begin on Monday, January
4th, 2010. Service will remain once per week for residential col-
lection and as appropriate for businesses.
*Starting December 14th, EWS will begin delivering new
96-gallon carts to residents. If you are an existing collection
customer, we will deliver the cart to your curbside. All carts will

be delivered by December 30th.

*If you are not currently signed up for the collection service,
please do so immediately to avoid future penalties for non-
compliance with the new Mandatory Solid Waste Collection
*Our intention is to maintain the same service collection
days. However, it is possible there could be a change. In
the event, we will notify you in advance.
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consumer p
Congressman Allen Boyd
(D-North Florida) voted to
improve consumer protections
and eliminate the irresponsible
practices of big banks that
contributed to the country's
economic recession by supporting
the Wall Street Reform and
Consumer ProtectionAct of 2009.
(H.R. 4173). The bill passed the
U.S. House of Representatives
"This legislation puts the
interests of consumers ahead
of those of Wall Street and big
banks by creating vital new
protections and accountability
measures," said Congressman
Boyd. "No longer will consumers
be called upon to bail out failed
corporations or unknowingly
fall victim to deceptive industry
practices such as predatory
lending, hidden fees disguised
within small print, or temporary
low rates that later skyrocket
to unsustainable levels. The.
steps taken to protect those that
suffer most during an economic
downturn-our families and small
The Wall Street Reform

and Consumer Protection
Act safeguards taxpayers by
increasing the accountability and
transparency of large financial
institutions and preventing them
from becoming "too big to fail."
The legislation also puts in place
the strongest consumer protection
rules in history to ensure that
financial products such as bank
loans, mortgages and credit cards
are affordable, competitive and
understandable for consumers.
Additionally, the legislation:
Protects American's
retirement funds, pensions and
college savings from unnecessary
Ensures that taxpayers are
never again held responsible for
Wall Street's failures by ending
taxpayer-financed bailouts;
Allows shareholders a vote
on executives' compensation to
better align the interns of CEOs
with shareholders.

Liberty County

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Wakulla Bank extends their warmest wishes during this holiday season and
invites you to stop by either location to enjoy coffee and cookies.

20734 Central Ave. East
(850) 237-2800

(Located in the Piggly Wiggly)
(850) 237-2500

10911 NW SR 20
(850) 643-2500

from Kenny Griffjn,
Chipola Regional Workforce Board
In November 2009,
Liberty County has the lowest
unemployment rate at 6.1 percent,
followed by Monroe County at
7.3 percent, Jackson and Wakulla
at 7.8 percent. Flagler County
had the highest unemployment
rate in the state at 16.8 percent.
Each of the 5 counties that
makeup the Chipola Regional
Workforce Board Region, showed
a slight increase in unemployment
rates for November. According
to the Agency for Workforce
Innovation, Florida's seasonally
adjusted unemployment rate for
November 2009 is 11.5 percent.
This represents 1,056,000 jobless
out of a labor force of 9,202,000.
The unemployment rate is up 0.2
- percentage point from the revised
October rate of 11.3 percent and
up 4.3 percentage points from the
November 2008 rate.
The state currentunemployment
is 1.5 percentage points higher
that the national unemployment
of 10.0 percent. November's rate
is the highest since May 1975
when it was 11.9 percent.

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Trenton Lee Hires will cel-
ebrate his fourth birthday on
Dec. 26. Trenton is the son of
Darryl and Tiffany Hires of Te-
logia. His grandparents are
Debra and the late Jerry Coon
of Telogia, Dan and Tootsie
Henthorne and the late Bob-
by Hires of Hosford. His
maternal great-grandparents
are Robert and Dale Rogers
and the late Gene and Myrtle
Coon. His paternal great-
grandparents are Addie and
the late Roberts Hires and
the late Jake and Myra Finch.
Trenton -enjoys hunting and
fishing with his parents, play-
ing in the mud, going to Wal-
mart and spending time with
his sister Brooke.

Angelina. Noel Skipper will
celebrate her fifth birthday on
Dec. 29. She is the daughter
of David and Kim Buchanan
Skipper of Boydton, VA. She
has a brother, Grayson and
two sisters, Isabella and Jo-
sefina. Her grandparents are
Annie Buchanan of Tallahas-
see and Clyde Buchanan of
Graceville and the late Tony
and Terry Skipper of Virginia
Beach, VA.


Carmen Martin celebrated
her fifth birthday on Dec. 21
with family and friends. Car-
men is the daughter of Aman-
da Phillips and Casey Martin
of Bristol. Her grandparents
are Nicky and Faye Phillips
and Rocky and Judy Martin,
all of Bristol. Carmen enjoys
going to school and playing
with friends.

Gregory Adam Sewell will be
celebrating his 11th birthday
today, Dec. 23. He is the son
of Adam Sewell and Stepha-
nie Phillips. His grandparents
are Albert and Faye Sewell,
Steve and Patricia Whitfield
and Vernon and Nell Ross.
His great-grandparents are
Norman and Barbara Whit-
field. Greg plays football,; soc-
cer and baseball. He loves to
go to school and read lots of
books. Greg is shown here
with 'Branches' his first wall
hanger, killed last Dec.

Ridge Lucas Faircloth
celebrated his fourth birthday
on Dec. 1. He is the son of
Ryan and April Faircloth of
Bristol. His grandparents
include Donnie and Annette
Phillips, Rickey and Donna
Faircloth, Raymond and
Margaret Faircloth, Wright and
Joyce Alexander and Daisy
Hilton. Ridge loves life and
plays each day to the fullest.

Mickynzee Fine celebrated
her fourth birthday on Nov.
23. She- is the daughter of
Kimberly Fine of Hosford.
Her grandparents are Mitch-
ell and Naomi Fine of Hosford
and Chuck Benton and the
late Bonnie Benton of Bris-
tol. She enjoys being with
family and playing with all her
cousins, Madyson, Krislyn,
Zaylee, Gabriel and Brandon
and her big sister, Kelby. She
celebrated her birthday with a
Dora party at home with fam-
ily and friends, then a trip to
Sam Atkins park. She loves
to sleep with her Nanna while
watching Barney and loves
her Paw-Paw to push her in
the wheelbarrel but Mommy
is still her biggest fan.

Christmas Abide'
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We would like to wish all of our
customers a very Merry Christmas!
May God bless each and every one of
* you throughout this holiday season.
Clifford & Paula Goodman, Howell & Cheryl
Goodman & Staff of Golden Pharmacy

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Proctor, Peacock to wed Feb. 20

Joey and Cyndi Proctor of
Bristol andAlan and Kim Peacock
ofAltha announce the engagement
and upcoming wedding of their
children, Joanna Lee Proctor to
Trey Alan Peacock.
The wedding is set for Feb. 20,
2010 at Pine Grove Baptist Church
/in Greensboro at 4 p.m. (ET). The
reception will immediately follow
at the W.T. Neal Civic Center in
Joanna's paternal grandparents
are Veatrice Proctor and the late
Leon Proctor of Greensboro. Her
maternal grandparents are Jimmy
and Yvonne Hindman, also of
Trey's paternal grandparents
.are John K. and Jeanette
Peacock of Altha. His maternal
grandparents are Donnie and Gail
O'Bryan'of Blountstown and the
late Dan Hassig of Denver, CO.
Joanna is a 2005 graduate of
Liberty County High School. She
has received an AA degree from
Tallahassee Community College
and just received an RN degree
from their nursing program.
She is currently employed at
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.
Trey is a 2004 graduate from
Blountstown High. School. He
attended Chipola College where
he received a Firefighter and

EMT license. He is currently
employed with Calhoun EMS.
.The two plan to reside inAltha.

No local invitations are being
sent, however, all friends and
family are welcome.


Hogans-Mathews receives Master's in Medical Sciences
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I 'TheparentsofMarcusMathews in religion. He is currently in an underserved area. She is also
l | and his spouse, Shermeeka M. charge of the Music Department actively involved in her church
Hogans-Mathews are pleased' to at Deliverance Temple Church of at Deliverance Temple Church
announce the graduation of their God in Christ in Gretna. Marcus of God in Christ in Gretna and

children from TCC and USF.
Marcus Mathews is the son
of Pastor Jesse F. Mathews and
First Lady Gussie M. Mathews
of Blountstown. Shermeeka
Hogans-Mathews is the daughter
of Dallas F, Hogans, Jr. and
Patricia M. Hogans of Bristol.
Marcusand Shermeeka
currently have two sons, Marcus,
age 7 and Aidan, age 2 and are
expecting their third son in March
Marcus Mathews received his
AA degree this December from
Tallahassee Community College
while earning a 4.0 GPA his final
semester. He has been accepted
to Florida State University
and currently plans to major

also owns his own business,
Praise Station, LLC and sells
Christian music and items.
Shermeeka M. Hogans-
Mathews is a graduate of
Florida State University with a.
Bachelor's of Science degree
in Biological Science and a
minor in Chemistry and Public
Health. She earned a Master's
degree from the University of
South Florida this December in
Medical Sciences. Shermeeka
is currently employed as a high
school chemistry teacher at West
Gadsden High School. She plans
to attend medical school in the
near future and hopes to be able
to return to her roots in Liberty
or Gadsden County to practice in

participates in several church
Shermeeka is the founder
and owner of Star Academic
Consulting and Tutoring Service,
LLC also known as Star A.C.T.S.
"I believe that my success should
encourage other disadvantaged
students to persevere to reach
their aspirations in life. I hope
that through the success of others,
our youth become motivated to
reach their full potential in life
by breaking the cycle of poverty
and disparity so often seen in
underserved areas. All things are
possible through Christ for those
who have faith and are willing to
work to make their dreams come
true," Shermeeka states.


erserved areas. All things are
possible through Christ for those
who have faith and are willing to
work to make their dreams come
true," Shermeeka states.



Give the gift that children can't
outgrow: a college education
TALLAHASSEE- Kids can't smart to redirect some of those
outgrow it. It won't wear out. It dollars to what children will
can't get lost or broken. And, it need for their future, a college
doesn't require batteries, education," says Tom Wallace,
A Florida College Investment Florida Prepaid College Board
Plan* is the perfect holiday gift executive director. "Starting to
for a child or grandchild. save for college or enhancing
As parents and grandparents existing college savings for your
consider what presents to buy children and grandchildren may
children this holiday season, the be the most meaningful gift you
Florida Prepaid College Board give this holiday season."
encourages families to put college Give your loved ones
savings on their gift list. something they'll never outgrow
According to "Try Christmas. higher education. A Florida
Saving, Not Christmas College Investment Plan is the
Shopping," a recent Wall Street ideal gift for the holidays and
Journal feature, the annual spike any special occasion. Once a
in spending around the holidays,;:_ child is enrolled in a Florida
is.about $65 billion nationwide, College Investment Plan, friends
or roughly $600 per household, _.and family are able to easily add
But the real cost is even higher, to help pay for a multitude of
because the true value of money college expenses.
is what you would have, if you The Florida College Investment
had saved it. If a family saves Plan offers a range of investment
that $600 every ;year instead of options and flexibility that can be
spending it on gifts, after ten used to pay for qualified higher
years they'd probably have an education expenses such as fees,
extra $7,700. After 35 years, it books, off-campus housing and
would add up to $51,000.. tuition.
Wall Stgeet Journal analysts Florida Prepaid College
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children and letting family and gift certificate for. your child
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sports equipment is fun, but it's order an Enrollment Kit.

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and best wishes for a
Merry Christmas and
Happy New Year.
May ou be safe and
receive manq blessings
during these holidays and
throughout the year.
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There was a gift
for everyone when
families gathered for
the annual Christmas
for the Children
event, sponsored by
the Calhoun County
Sheriff's Office, at

BELOW: Ayoungster
selects a new present.
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the floor to enjoy a
holiday puppet show.
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Dear Santa,
Christmas is the most
wonderful holiday of the
year to me because of our
Lord's birthday. I will tell
you what I want for Christ-
mas. I want an electric
scooter because mine got
burnt in my shed fire about
four months ago. I deserve
this thing because I make
good grades, I help my par-
ents clean up around the
house and after the fire, I
helped clean up the ashes.
Man are you talking about
.dirty junk! I was covered in
it. I looked like I had been
burnt too! The way I make
good grades is because I
listen to my teachers. I will
tell you my grades. In Math
I have a B. In Science I
have an A. In Social Stud-
ies I have an A. I have an A
in Reading and Language
Arts. My mama was so joy-
ful over my grades and so
was I. Santa, I believe all
throughout my heart that I
will see my scooter under
my Christmas tree.
Sincerely, Brittany Bell

Dear Santa,
It is almost Christmas
and I want PSP because
my first is gone and I been good
all year. I did what I was told. I did
my chores and please, I just want a
Sincerely, Jesse Boyd

Dear Santa,
The last holiday of the year is
finally here! I love Christmas holi-
days. All I want for Christmas is a
BB gun that looks like a shotgun.
The reason why I deserve it is be-
cause I do my chores without being
told and I listen. Here is a time... this
year when I fed my dog for almost
a whole month. Starting on the first
day of the month, I told myself that
if I fed the dog without being told,
I can get more money in my allow-
ance. So I did it and my mom and
dad were so proud that they did give
me a raise in my allowance. I feel
good whenever I do things without
being told to. I'll leave cookies and
milk under the tree for you.
Sincerely, Tylor Brock

Dear Santa,
How are you doing? I am writ-
ing this letter because I am going to
tell you what I want for Christmas.
I want a Wii. The reason I deserve
a Wii is because I've been good all
year long. I help my mom, around
the grass I pick up trash and I even
clean my room. I remember one
time, before my mom told me to
clean my room, I did it before she
told me. When she saw how clean
it was, she said, "Wow, Travis did a
fantastic job." I felt so proud of my-
self. Santa, I will leave you cookies
under the tree. If you need a map to
my house, I will send you it. Well,
got to go.
Sincerely, Travis Lee Deloach

Dear Santa,
I've been thinking about some
things that I want for Christmas this
year. These are the main three...a
Wii, a dirt bike and a Nintendo DS.
The reasons I deserve three things
is because I've been doing all of
my chores every day and those are
cleaning the living room, my room,
the kitchen, the dining room and
feeding the two dogs. When I do
those chores, my mom gets pleased.
That's why I deserve those three
Sincerely your friend,
Malic Deveaux

Dear Santa,
There are many things I want
for Christmas but I know money is
tight this year. These are the three
main things I want for Christmas. It

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is a phone, a DSI and a laptop. They
reason I want them is because they
all have games and I've been goode
all year long. Just yesterday my
poppy and marshee were coming
all the way from Jacksonville to our
house. We only had two hours be-
fore they got here. We had to clean
everything! When they got there,
we had a little bit of dirt when they
came into the house. I've been nice
yearbut ifandve been naughty, I'ngll change
quick. Mear I wasy.Christmas.
Sincerely, a nice boy,
Rocky Honrinc

Whaaaaahoooo! Christmas is
here. I send the whole list to Santa,

purses and hunting clothes. I want
a BB gun because I need to practice
shooting so I'd be good when I go
hunting. Last time I went hunting, clothes. I
I shop nothing at all. I'd be glad if
my parents got me this gift. I want
purses because I've been good all
year and I need to put things in it.
All year I washed dishes, cleaned
the kitchen, folded clothes, cleaned
the yard and the whole house. I'm
so excited. I want hunting clothes
because 1 massaged my mama's
back so I deserve hunting clothes. Ip
hope i get all them presents. That's
why I want all them presents.
Emily Hood

Dear Santa Claus,
I can't believe it's already De-
cember. Christmas is not about pres-
ents. It's about Jesus' birthday and
seeing your family. This Christmas.
I want an Ipod. I want an Ipod bep
cause while I'm on the school bus, I
can listen to all my music like Jerk,
for can be jamshelf and other people, by folding clothes

have putting themrry inChristmas and Happyfeel
New Year.
Sincerely, Nicole Hunter

I've been thinking about what I
want for Christmas and these are myt
three things I want for Christmas...a
laptop, a dirt bike. and a go-cart.
My first thing I want is a laptop
because I work very hard for it by
cleaning my room. All year long I
lean my room by putting thmade toys
in the toy box, by putting my games
on the shelf and by folding clothes
and putting them in my room. I feel
grateful when I do something for

bike because I made the A/B honor
roll last week at school. We got our
report cards. I saw that I made the
A/B honor roll. I feel proud when I
do something great. My last thing I

want is a go-cart. I want a go-
cart because I wash dishes at
my grandmom's retreat. Every
Sunday I go to my grandmom's
retreat to wash dishes. I feel
great when I do something for
my grandmom. Those are my
three things I want for Christ-
mas. And don't forget it. I will
leave you some cookies and
milk. Merry Christmas.
Your friend, Zackary Lee

Christmas is the best holi-
day of the year. This is what I
want the most this year. A go-
cart because I have been good
this year. Every week I go and
clean my room without some-
one telling me to do it. Like
one time, my parents weren't
home yet so I wanted to excite
them. I went in my room and
started to clean it.. That made
me feel proud. Another thing
I want this year is a laptop be-
cause I have gone one month
without my apple pulled. Like
this month, I have been doing
.good. I haven't been getting
my apple pulled. By doing my
work, helping keep the class
clean, by being polite to peo-
ple, by keeping quiet when we
have a visitor. Like one time a
visitor came in the room, I just
sat here with my head down
not talking. That makes me feel fan-
tastic doing stuff I'm supposed to
do. Here is another thing I want is a
Wii because I have been helping my
mom by watching my brother. One
time my mom went to the store.
She asked me if I would watch my
brother for a few minutes so I didn't
argue with her. It makes me feel so
good when I do stuff for my mom.
Merry Christmas!
Michael Parker

Yippic! Christmas is finally here.
I've been thinking about what I'm
going to ask Santa for Christmas.
Here are three things I thought of
...Wii, dirt bike and a phone. The
only reason I want a Wii is because
of the new UFC game that.has
Chuck Liddell on it. Oh how I wish
I was Chuck Liddell so I could beat
up my older brother, Hunter Price. I
really want a Wii because I am mak-
ing straight As and feel proud of my-
self. Now I want a dirt bike because
if a coyote comes into our yard, all
I have to do is get on my dirt bike
and ride away! I really deserve one
because I've been good all year and
I haven't fought with my brothers. I
need a phone. I really deserve one
because I've been good all year. Ev-
ery time my room gets dirty, I clean
it up before my mom tells me to.
My mom feels great.when I do that.
I wish you a Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year.
Your friend, Will Price

It's only 20 days till Christ-
mas. Can you believe that? This
year came and gone and stopped at
Christmas. Here are the three things
I want for Christmas. I want a Tay-
lor Swift doll, Wii and a DS. I want a
DS because I was good all year long
like yesterday I.helped my mom
wrap boxes of toys. My mom had a
little box for me. I think it was a DS
because it was so small. That it gave
me a hint. I feel good when I see
that small, small box. I want a Wii
because I have done good all year
long. For example, my dad needed
help doing things in the kitchen last
night. Like it was dishes, putting
dishes up. "That is why you need a
Wii, Victoria," he said, "you work
so hard in school." I felt good when
he said that. I want a Taylor Swift
doll because I do homework every
day and I am a good person. I do a
lot of things for people and they pay
me $10 each day. I have about $88

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saved up for my Taylor Swift doll.
For example, my aunt needed help
in the yard and I helped her rake
the leaves and she gave me $30 for
that. And those are the three things I
want for Christmas.
Victoria Rollins

Dear Santa,
Yay! It's Christmas. I hope you
got my list of things I want. I want
a Wii, laptop and a flatscreen TV. I
deserve a Wii because I've done my
chores. For example, last Thursday,
I washed the dishes without being
told by my parents. I also deserve
a laptop because I had good grades.
Yesterday I brought graded papers
home and they were good grades.
One more thing I want is a flatscreen
TV. I deserve it because I obey my
parents. Last nite my mom told me
to turn -off the computer and I did
without arguing. That's the three
things I want for Christmas.
Love, Briana Walker

Dear Santa,
I can't wait for Christmas to
come because I want two things for
Christmas. I would like a phone be-
cause I like to text my friends and
sometimes I am bored. That's why
I want a phone for Christmas. I also
want.a laptop for Christmas. I de-
serve a laptop because I am respon-
sible. I am responsible by taking
care of my brother when my mom
is busy. Just the other day my mom
was on the phone, my brother was
making too much noise. I took him
outside so he wouldn't bother mom.
When my mom got off the phone
she said, "Thank you, Daisja, that
was a very important phone call
from my boss. I appreciate you tak-
ing your brother outside so I could
talk." I was glad that I could help
my mom. Santa, I hope you leave a
phone and a laptop.

Your friend,
Daisja Wal-

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It's Christ-
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and I are sit-
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wants. I remember
said, "Can you wa
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I could see my refli
said, "Wow, Destin

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ing how high the your heart into those dishes." I like phone because I'"
tacked when we being helpful to my mom. Santa, year by helping fe
started thinking now you see that I've been a good ing out of my mo
et for Christmas. girl all year and please bring those yelling. I feel gra
endo DS because presents. Merry Christmas! something good. T
. I made the A/B Love, Destiny Williams deserve is a bike. I
) like a game for because I've mad
because I've been Dear Santa, thing I want is a 1
'be some money Isn't Christmas the most won- laptop. -I want th
my chores, like derful time of the year. This year I helped my grand
sh, doing dishes my whole family will get together. I granny by putting
om. Just last Sat- know this year will be extra special, mas decorations. J
roked like a pig- Santa. These are the three things I I walked over to in
a clean my room want the most: an American Girl, and she had a big
Killing me. When Julie, Taylor Swift platinum edition most prettiest de
my room was he CD and Princess and the Frog DS said, "Granny, can
delightful. Have a game. The reason I deserve all these tons on the tree?'
nd a Happy New thing is because I've been good all you can." So I star
year. I've fed my pets and I fold the orations up and I s
aterman clothes. For example, I had to fold decoration ever. It
clothes Sunday. Three baskets full. ball. I shook it and
istmas is finally Talk about work! When my dad in it. I tried to twis
,ill put the things came home he said, "I can't be- m iv. ITed to twis
under the tree this lieve you finished all that laundry. move. Then I pulled
get in the Christ- I'm so proud of you." Not only do it split into Wa
iristmas I really I fold clothes, I also feed my pets. everywhere! Then
g, golf cart and I have three cows and one dog. My and said, "What w
all these things dad tells me, "Madison, you need to just opened a deco
parents and I do feed your dog and your cows." First "Why did you opi
my parents so I I fed my dog. Then I fed my cows. said, "I don't kno
son. Then Santa I went int6 the house and asked dad because I wanted
personally and I if there was anything I needed to in it." "Well, pick
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when my mom Santa. of the Warheads a
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tell me twice. I
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Dear Santa,
Christmas is the most wonderful
day of the year! Christmas is coming

picking up all or t
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soon and I
can't wait.
SSo you
better be
good for
sake! The
first thing
I want is
a phone.
I want the
ve been good all
ed the dogs, stay-
*m's way and not
ratified when I do
The second thing I
I deserve the bike
e all A's. The last
aptop. I want the
e laptop because
any. I helped my
up all the Christ-
Just last Saturday,
my granny's house
g box full of the
corations ever. I
I put the decora-
' She said, "Yeah
ted to put the dec-
found the biggest
was a metal round
it had something
t it but it wouldn't
d on it and BAM!
heads candy flew
i granny came in
as that?" I said, "I
oration." She said,
en it and how?" I
w and I opened it
to see what was
up all these War-
So I picked up all
nd finished deco-
oy that was a job
he Warheads. I'll
milk out for you.

Hooray Christmas has finally ar-
rived. What I want for Christmas
is some money, a 4-wheeler and a
golf cart. I want some money be-
cause I can buy my own things. I
deserve money because I obey my
parents. Just last Saturday, I helped
my mom move the TV out of the
room and I helped clean the room.
I want a 4-wheeler because the one
at the house is broken. I deserve a
4-wheeler because I do what my
parents say. Like last Tuesday, she
told me to go out and rake the yard
and put some water on the plants.
I want a golf cart because I make
good grades in school. On Thanks-
giving day, my parents came to
check my grades in reading. They
found out that I had good grades.
They were excited when they saw
them. I was so proud all my hard
work paid off. I plan to make good
grades on-my next report card. Have
a Merry Christmas.
Love, Kevon

Christmas is right around the cor-
ner. A few more days until Christ-
mas. Christmas is the best day of my
life because you can get all kinds of
stuff. What I want for Christmas is
a Wii and a golf cart. I want a gold
cart so if it's boring I can ride on it
and play with my friends. We can
still have fun outside and we aren't
even inside. I think I deserve a golf
cart and a Wii because I do chores
sometimes without my mama tell-
ing me to. I wash the dishes, rake
the yard and take out the garbage.
Last night after I got done eating, I
was washing the dishes without my
mama telling me to. That's why I
deserve a Wii.
Love, Denzel Washington


Community's eldest citizens honored with banquet

The W.T. Neal Civic Center was filled with big smiles
and colorful holiday sweaters in red and green as
Calhoun County's eldest citizens gathered for the
annual holiday KISS banquet, sponsored by the
Calhoun County Sheriff's Office. KISS which
stands for Keeping Independent Seniors Safe
- is.a program through which members of the "a
sheriff's department keep in touch with the older
residents in the area. Following last Thursday's
dinner, guests were each given gift bags filled with
something special to go under their Christmas


Altha Wildcats come up short against SPOpLRTS N\FWS

Popular Spings at
by Jim Mclnlosh
DECEMBER 15-Falling behind
24 19 at halftime, the Altha
Junior Varsity Wildcats kept
hanging around and they made
a fourth quarter run but came up
short against the Poplar Springs
Atomics, 43-39.

Liberty Rec still
seeking players
for basketball
by Richie Smith, Liberty Co.
Rec. Department
The Liberty County Recreation
Department is still seeking boys
and girls interested in playing,
basketball. Registration is still
open at Veterans Memorial Civic
Center for boys and girls ages
6-13 and will continue through
the end of December.
Registration fee is $30 and
will cover the cost of jersey and
league fee. Depending on the
number of participants the league
will be broken into age groups
6-7yrs, 8-10yrs and 11-13yrs.
Game sites will be determined
based onthe numberofparticipants
throughout the county., For
further information please call
the Liberty County Recreation
Department at (850) 643-2175
-Also, anyone interested
in coaching one of the youth
basketball teams should contact.
the Recreation office as soon as>-

Spring Baseball/Softball/T-Ball

registration set to begin Jan. 4
The Liberty County Recreation Department will begin baseball,
softball and T-Ball registration on Jan. 4 and will continue through
Jan. 31.
Registration information will be sent to Hosford and Tolar schools
and will be available Jan. 5. Registration will start Jan1 4 from 9
a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Civic Center and will run
through the end of the.month during the same hours.
No further registrations will be taken after Jan. 31. Cost will
be $50 dollars per participant. Please call the Recreation Office at
(850)643-2175 for further details.
Any interested coaches for the baseball/softball/t-ball league should
contact the Recreation office as soon as possible.

Dec. 15 game
The Wildcats (1-5) jumped
out to a 11-5 first quarter lead but
the Atomics put up double-digit
quarters in the second and third
periods to hold off Altha.
Leading the Wildcats in the
scoring column was Ryan Wood
with 14 points (including 3 of
4 from beyond the arc). Caleb
Chew was good for 6 points.
Jeremy O'Bryan and Kent Rogers
both added 5 points apiece. Both
Jae Fielder and Tyler McClellan
scored 3 points the old-fashioned
way. Sharlyn Smith knocked
down her first 3-pointer of the
Looking for their first win of
-the.season the varsity Wildcats
(0-6) found themselves trailing
the Atomics 29-20 at the break.
At the end of the third stanza
Altha was only 6 points behind,
37-31 but that was as close as
the Wildcats would get as Poplar
Springs went on to win, 45-37.
The leading scorer for the
Wildcats was Jacob Warner with
17 points. Tyler Hamilton and
Will Rogers each had 8 points.
Rounding out the scoring was
Ethan Ellis and Terry Wyllie who
chipped in 2 points apiece.
After their Christmas holidays
the Wildcats will be back on the
hardwood in Malone on January
5 taking on the Tigers.
The Junior Varsity game is
slated for a 5 p.m. start with
varsity) action getting underway
at 6:30 p.m.

The Blountstown Middle
School Boys Basketball
team captured a Conference
Championship to finish the season
10-1. BMS game highlights
BMS vs Altha- In the first
game of the season, the Tigers
defeated Altha 46-14. Bryan
Middlebrooks led in scoring with
12 points. Javakiel Brigham
added 11 and Jay Williams
chipped in 9. Hunter Jordan
grabbed 9 rebounds.
BMS vs Hosford-The Tigers
would then run their record to
2-0 by defeating Hosford 44-4.
Hunter Jordan led all scorers
with 10 points followed by Jay
Williams 8, Anthony Jones 7, and
Andrew Bennett 6.
BMS vs Franklin-In the
third game of the year, the Tigers
faced off against Franklin County
to win by a margin of 36-11.
Javakiel Brigham and Anthony
Jones led in scoring with 8 points
each. Hunter Jordan led the
rebounding charge with 9.
BMS vs Tolar-The Tigers
defeated Tolar 36-19 to up their
record to 4-0. Hunter Jordan led
the scoring charge with 11 points.
Anthony Jones added 8 and Bryan

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Middlebrooks had 7. Dimitri
Simmons had 6 rebounds.
BMS vs St. Joe-The Tigers
hit the road to take on the Sharks
and suffer their only loss of the
season. The game was tied with
25 seconds left on the clock
only to see the Sharks take a
41-39 lead. The Tigers were
led by Bryan Middlebrooks
12 points, Anthony Jones 10
points, and Javakiel Brigham 7.
Hunter Jordan grabbed another
9 rebounds.
BMS vs Marianna-The
Tigers defeated the Bulldogs in
a thrilling triple overtime game
40-38. Anthony Jones scored
10 points and Corin Peterson
added 6. Dimitri Simmons had
7 rebounds.
BMS vs Tolar-The Tigers
would host Tolar and win 50-24
advancing their record to 6-1.
Javakiel Brigham led all scorers
with 12 points. Hunter Jordan
had 11 points along with Ased
Farooqi's 4. Demitri Simniions
and Hunter Jordan had 7 rebounds
a piece.
BMS vs St Joe-The Tigers
would avenge their only loss of
the season by defeating the Sharks
51-29. Bryan Middlebrooks led

the scoring charge with 10 points.
Jay Williams added 8 points
along with Corin Peterson's 6.
Javakiel Brigham and Hunter
Jordan grabbed 8 rebounds.
BMS vs Wewa-In the final
regular season game the Tigers
would defeat the Gators 44-19.
Hunter Jordan led all scorers
with 12 points. Dimitri Simmons
added 7 along with Andrew
Bennett andAsed Farooqi scoring
6 each.

BMS vs Altha-The Tigers
defeated Altha 45-28 to advance
to the Panhandle Conference
Championship. Javakiel Brigham
led the scoring charge with 9
points and Ased Farooqi added
7. Andrew Bennett and Corin
Peterson had 4 rebounds.
BMS vs St Joe-In the
championship game the Tigers
would overpower the Sharks 50-
25 to claim the tournament title.
Anthony Jones led all scorers
with 18 points. Javakiel Brigham
added 10 points along with Jay
Williams' 9. Hunter Jordan led
the rebound charge with 8 and
Dimitri Simmons added 6.


BMS B-Team on front row from left: Shon Peterson, Derek Eberly'ind Cole Skipper.
Back row: Hayes Reddoch, Zehante Nevzurff, Josh VanLierhp.` Aybrs Hassig and
Coach Tranum McLemore. The B-Team went 6-3 for the year.,

A N-X %- L V X T v V V

BMS A-Team on front row from left: Corin Peterson, Andrew Bennett, Dimitri Simmons, Jay Williams and Ased Farooqi.
Back row: Hunter Jordan, Anthony Jones, Javakiel Brigham, Bryan Middlebrooks and Coach Tranum McLemore.

BMS Boys Basketball captures conference

championship & finishes the season 10-1


BLOUNTSTOWN-Donna Jean Basford, 50, of
Blountstown, passed away Friday night, Dec. 18,
2009 in Blountstown. She was born in Marianna
and had lived in Calhoun
R County for most of her
life. She was a waitress
and was of the Baptist
LV Survivors include one-
Whte son, John Cameron Stokes
and a daughter, Bridget
Lynn Stokes, both of
Gulfport, MS; three broth-
ers, Wayne Basford and
his wife, Cathy of Grand
Ridge, Darryl Basford of
Blountstown and Glenn Basford and his wife, Tra-
cy of Altha; two sisters, Barbara Moneyham and
her husband, Michael of Grand Ridge and Marilyn
Vincent and her husband, Terry of Blountstown;
five grandchildren, Sean Lee, Loren Lee, Micah
White, Rylee Stokes and Jamie Stokes; four aunts,
Shirley White and her husband, Charles, Geneva
Pitts and Carolyn Gomillion, all of Blountstown
and Jenell LeMaster and her husband, Tommy of
Albertville, AL; one uncle, Marion Pitts and his
wife Bonnie ofAltha; special friends, Jackie Bran-
ning, Reuel Smith, Peter Linton and several nieces
and nephews.
Services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 23
at 11 a.m. (CT) at Peavy Funeral Home Cha-
pel with Reverend Allen Nichols officiating.
Interment will follow in the Dykes Cemetery
in Sneads.
Peavy Funeral Home in Blountstown is in
charge of the arrangements.

HOSFORD-Lockie Ilona Pitts, 61, of Hosford,
passed away Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009 in Tallahas-
see. She was born on Feb. 7, 1948 in Quincy and
had lived in Hosford for most of her life. She,
along with her husband, were fish bait distributors
in Florida and Georgia. She had a great passion
for reading and enjoyed fishing. She was a mem-
ber of the Baptist faith.
She is preceded in death by her-husband, Ellis
Pitts and her loving mother and father, Mack and
Paula Mae (Beck) Mercer and a son-in-law, Tony
Survivors include -one son, Greg Pitts of Hos-
ford; three daughters, Lora Shelton of Altha, Pa-
tricia Johnson and her husband, Greg and Loretta
King and her husband, Kenny, all of Hosford;
two brothers, Tony Mercer and his wife, Sherryl
of Blountstown and Bryan Mercer and his wife,
Samantha of Hosford; four sisters, Anita Sumner
and her husband, Nelson and Maxine Mercer, all
of Tallahassee, Lawanna Bradley of Hosford and
Donifan Anders and her husband, Curtis of Bristol
and eight grandchildren.
A memorial service was held on Sunday, Dec.
20 at Peavy Funeral Home Chapel in Blount-
Peavy Funeral Home in Blountstown was in
charge of the arrangements.

BLOUNTSTOWN-Doris Datz, 86, of Blount-
stown passed away Monday, Dec. 14, 2009 at her
home. She was born in Elmer, NJ and moved to
Blountstown in 1980.
Survivors include a daughter, Sandi Datz of
Blountstown; a brother, Eugene Applegate of
Melbourne; a. sister, Jessica Bishop of Elmer, NJ;
one grandchild, Deana Rasmussen; and five great-
grandchildren, Krystie and Kirah Rasmussen,
Emma Fernau, Casey Fox and Megann Dillinger.
Memorialization is by cremation.
Adams Funeral Home is in charge of the ar-

TALLAHASSEE-Margaret Helon Clark We-
and, 87, known to all as Helon, passed away on
Dec. 17, 2009 in Tallahassee.
Helori -was born July. 14,
1922 in Blountstown. She
graduated from the Mon-
treat College near Ashville,
-S J NC. She met the then Mas-
ter Sergeant Arnold E. We-
and of Dale Mabry Field
and they were married Oct.
24, 1942. The Weands re-
N sided in Blountstown after
the war where she worked
for the school system as an
accountant. They moved to Tallahassee in 1970.
She continued her accounting career working
for the Leon County School Board and the Leon
County Tax assessor. She was retired from the
Leon County School Board. Helon and Arnold
were members of St. Paul's United Methodist
Church. She was an active Elkett and served as
President 1981-1982. She was'an accomplished
artist and loved to sew with the Bernia Connection
She was preceded in death by her parents
Charles Dennis Clark and Maggie Messer Clark,
a sister, Corrie, two brothers C.L. and Herman and
two grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband, Arnold and her
children, Lynda Makin and her husband, Wayne
of Tallahassee and COL (USA Ret) Arnold "San-
dy" Weand Jr. and his wife, Carol of Huntsville,
AL. She is further survived by her grandchildren:
Melissa Makin of Tallahassee; Joshua Weand,
currently in Afghanistan; CW2 Caleb Weand,
Ft. Lewis, WA and his wife, Jennifer and Joanna
Weand of Huntsville, AL. She is also survived by
her brother, William Burton "Jargo" Clark and his
wife, Eunice of Madison..
Services will be Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 11
a.m. at Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home
and Memorial Park on Timberlane Road in
Tallahassee. Donations may be made to the Big
Bend Hospice or the Ed Wynn Sunday School.
Class. Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home
and Memorial Park is in charge of the arrange-

BRISTOL-Terri Brown Berry, 52, of Bristol,
passed away Mondhy, Dec. 14, 2009. She was a
resident of Bristol for approximately 11 years and
previously lived in Port St. Joe, where she was
raised. She loved fishing and playing pool with
family and friends. She enjoyed working for Lib-
erty Correctional Institute and the comradery of
her fellow workers.
She is preceded in death by her father, Horace
Greeley Brown and a brother, James Jonathan
(Jodie) Brown.
Survivors include her husband, John Joseph
Berry; her mother, Mary Brown, a brother, Jerome
F. Brown and his wife, Geanise; a nephew, Jona-
than Brown and his wife, Jennifer; a great nephew,
Brayden Brown and an uncle, Ricky Williams.
Services were held Thursday, Dec. 17 at the
First Baptist Church in Port St. Joe with Rev. Da-
vid Fernandez officiating. Interment followed in
the family plot in Holly Hill Cemetery.
Comforter Funeral Home in Port St. Joe was in
charge of the arrangements.

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In Memory of Mrs. Elizabeth Conyers Stull

August 27, 1953 December, 23, 1999

On this day, ten years ago, Liz entered
that Holy City. It was then a friend/co-
worker wrote a poem in her memory.
On this day of remembrance, maybe
you have some special memory of Liz. .
Please take a moment to recap them.
In her loving memory,
Liz's Family
"An everyday Hero"

Conversation with lots of laughs
She smoothed our days'
beginning tasks. (I
Walking the halls with quiet grace
Helping others to keep apace.

I'm not the one who knew her best f
And yet, I feel as all the rest
She was a pleasure in our day 4
A steady smile, her lips to play i
Kindness settled on her brow
With gentle words she would avow .
The cancer spreading in her limbs
T'would be curtailed in the end.
The ups and downs of
, long disease i

Could have led her heart to freeze.
To blame and curse the
wicked Fates
And pour the shadow on her mates.

But Liz knew better than
most I guess
That hatred leads to Nothingness.
And strength in Righteousness
and Love
Falls in favor with He above.

She feasts His buffet
Whilst her flesh does fall away.
And we are left to come and go
Remembering Liz, an
everyday hero.

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For a breath of spring in winter, try paperwhite narcissus

by Theresa Friday,
Horticulture Extension Agent,
\ Santa Rosa County
cold and gray, there's noth-
ing like flowers to brighten
up your day. While there are
a variety of spring-flowering
bulbs that can be grown in
containers for indoor display,
paperwhites are perhaps one
of the easiest bulb to "force"
Forcing a bulb simply
means that you entice it to
flower outside of its normal
blooming season.
While most spring-flower-
ing bulbs require chilling pri-
or to flowering, paperwhite
bulbs don't need chilling,
making this the perfect plant
for the younger or less expe-
rienced gardener.
The paperwhite narcissus
is a daffodil relative with
short, cup-like flowers that
originated in the Mediterra-
nean region. Narcissus is the
Latin or botanical name for
all daffodils, just as Ilex is for

To the
a r e "
"poly- 0 j
group" --
of small
or orange
on 12-
to 18-
inch tall
stems .
What paperwhites lack in
size, they make up for in fra-
grance and charm. They are
extremely fragrant and their
scent can fill a room. The
white flowered type has a

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whelming scent. The yellow
flowered types smell very
Bulbs are usually available
in stores in November and
December. Buy several and
start a group each week to
extend the time of blooming.
To reduce the possibility of
encountering, problems from
basal rot, purchase bulbs that
are free of blemishes and-firm
to the touch.

A pot-
ting mix
for pa-
does not
need to
be es-
rich but
ao should
be well
from a
Sclay pot
to a fancy
will do to
hold the
as long as
it's 3 to
5 inches
deep, and
has holes
in the bottom for drainage.
Plant the bulbs with their
pointed ends up. Plant enough
bulbs in the pot to fill it with-
out the bulbs touching each
other and make sure the tips
of the bulbs are exposed.
Keep the pot in a sunny,
cool location preferably
outside. Grown too warm
or with too little light, the
leaves and flower stalks will
be tall and tend to flop over.
This frequently occurs when
people try to grow paper-

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whites in a warm room in-
doors on a windowsill. Bring
the pot inside on those nights
when freezing temperatures
are predicted. When the first
flower buds open, move the
pot indoors to enjoy the fra-
grance (but realize that some
people find the smell over-
Paperwhites may also be
grown in decorative con-
tainers filled with pebbles.
Choose a shallow, decora-
tive bowl and fill it half full
of gravel, pebbles or marble
chips. Place the bulbs on the
surface and add enough rocks
so that the bulbs are two-
thirds covered. Add enough
water to touch the bottom
of the bulbs, and maintain
the water at this level. From
this point, treat the bulbs the
same as you would for potted
So 'brighten up gray winter
days by forcing some paper-
whites indoor.
Theresa Friday is the Residen-
tial Horticulture Extension Agent
for Santa Rosa County. The use of
trade names, ifused in this article,
is solely for the purpose ofprovid-
ing specific information. It is not a
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All interested parties within Liberty County are hereby advised
that Liberty County Board of County Commissioners/Liberty
County Transit is applying to the Florida Department of Transpor-
tation for a capital grant under Section 5310 and/or Section 5311
of the Federal Transit Act of 1991, as amended, for the purchase
of two (2) Minivans vans including all safety equipment, and a
phone system for the provision of public transit services within
Liberty County.
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some get a bike!) from BPD
School Resource Officer Warren Tanner spoke with students at Blountstown Elementary
School on Friday about the dangers of ignoring some basic bicycle safety rules.
Tanner, shown above, demonstrated proper techniques for seat height adjustment,
tire inflation and
j n tm o r some rules of the
road. Thanks to
some generous
the Blountstown
Police Dept,
along with BES
Staff were able
to have a prize
drawing for
several new
bicycles. The
winners are
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State negotiates safer toy standards,

just in time for the holiday season

by Gina Presson
TALLAHASSEE It was the week before
Christmas and all through the state, parents
finish their shopping and kids can't wait!
Almost five million toys have been
recalled this year, but in Florida there has
been toy safety progress, according to
Assistant Attorney-General Sandi Copes.
She says a new law that limits lead and toxin
levels and certifies toy safety goes into effect
in February, but Florida is part of a multi-
state settlement with the major toymakers
Mattel and Fisher Price to put safer toys on
the shelves now.
"We actually worked with Mattel to
ensure even better standards for their toys
than were going to be required by this
new federal law. Mattel agreed, through
our negotiations, to make those changes
immediate, so they actually were able to
bring themselves into compliance with the
federal law, many months in advance."
Copes says Mattel voluntarily recalled
two million toys made in China in recent
months, largely because of lead content.
However, some unsafe toys remain on store
shelves, and she cautions parents to do their

homework before they buy. The Consumer
Product Safety Commission(CPSC) has a
recalled toys list, and there are other popular
lists of unsafe toys online.
Copes says some toys that would in fact
be dangerous for babies and toddlers are
sold as "appropriate for all ages," meaning
it's up to adults to do more research before
they buy.
"Do research on the Internet, check with
the Consumer Products Safety Commission;
they keep an up-to-date list of all the toy
recalls. If you're purchasing toys for very
small children, make sure that there is no
choking hazard. Just be cognizant; make
sure that you're buying safe toys for your
The CPSC recorded 10 deaths in the past
two years of children who choked on toy
Another resource for safety information is
the 24th annual "Trouble in Toyland" report
by CALPIRG, a California research group
that lets people look up a particular toy on
their cell phones while they shop.
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Dear Santa,
Christmas is almost
here, *I know you have'
to read all the letters that
boys and girls send but I
have one. I want a com-
puter. There are a' few
reasons why I think I de-
serve it. I deserve it be-
cause I do well in school,
behave and am helpful to
my friends. One reason is
that I deserve it because
I'm well in school. I make
good grades, I listen in
class and study for tests
that I barely know and I made a
hundred. Another reason I think
I deserve a computer is I am well
behaved. I'm well behaved be-
cause I help around the house,
help my pawpaw and my daddy. I
love to help my family. One more
reason I think I deserve a com-
puter is helpful to my friends. I
help my friends because they ask
for advice and I give them advice.
Santa, I know I have done a couple
of naughty things but I have you a
couple of reasons I think I deserve
a computer.
A good girl, Brianna Summerlin

Dear Santa,
Merry Christmas! How are
you this year? I.know a lot of kids
ask for a lot of presents but I'm
just asking for one...a youth bow.
I have been a good girl this year.
I have made some outstanding
grades in school. I made A honor
roll and been good to all the other
people in my school. Not have I
just been good in school, but I have
been behaving at home helping
my mom clean and been respect-
ful to my mom and dad. I think
I really deserve this youth bow.
Last but not least, I have believed
in you all my life, never giving up
on you and if I get this youth bow,
I will only believe in your more so
please don't forget to stop by my
house Christmas eve.
A good girl, Abby Bailey

Dear Santa,
Hi, Santa. I know boys and
girls don't ask you what you want
for Christmas. I will. Santa, what
do you want for Christmas? A
break or a vacation? What do you
want for Christmas? Well; I want
a dirt bike for Christmas because I
do well in school. I make A, B and
C's on my report card but Santa, I
will get the C to a B or A. I read
very good on chapter books. I
do very well on my math. That's
my favorite subject in 4th grade.
Santa, I do all my house work. I
clean up the bathroom, my room
and take out the garbage when it
needs to be took out. I wash my
mom and dads cars every Friday.
Santa, if you do bring me a dirt
bike, I will ride with a helmet and
boots so I can be safe. That's why
I deserve a dirt bike.
Your friend, Johnnie D. Henry

Dear Santa,
Every year all you probably
hear is I want, I want. Does that
get boring? There's only one thing
I want for Christmas is a Mon-
goose bike that's white with black
racing stripes. Here are several
reasons I should get a bike. One
reason is that I've been doing
good in school. On my last report
card, I made all A's. I also have
been studying hard. Another rea-
son is I have been helping around
the house. I clean my room, the
kitchen and the living room. I
mow the lawn and weed eat. One
more reason I should get the bike I

want is that I've been good. I nev-
er got my apple pulled in school.
I have not got in trouble in a long
time so that's why I should get my
bike that I want.
A good boy, Manuel Holliday

Dear Santa,
I know Christmas is the busiest
time of year for you and everyone
wants a lot. Well, I just want one
thing for Christmas this year and
that's a pug. Even though I've
done one or two naughty things
this year, I still think I deserve
this gift because I do very well in
school, but notjust that, I do all my
chores without even getting asked
and I am a miracle worker with
dogs. Santa, to wrap all this up,
like I said, I only want one thing
for Christmas this year and that's
a pug. I deserve this gift because
I'm helpful at home, I do well in
school and I'm a miracle worker
with dogs. I think I deserve this
gift. Merry Christmas.
A good boy, Kyle Skipper

Dear Santa,
Most people in my family don't
believe in you but I know you're
real. It would be extraordinary
nice for Christmas if I had a Veri-
zon touch cell phone. The reasons
I deserve this gift is every time I
get home, I do my chores right
away. Ever time my friends have a
problem, I always fix it. I remem-
ber one time my friend, Cassie
and I were playing a game and we
got stuck. Then I said, lets use that
pole, then we weren't stuck any-
more. When my mom tells me to
do something I do it right away.
Don't forget that I've ben really
good this year.
A sweet girl, McKenzie Brown

Dear Santa,
My family sends you letters but
they never think about you and
what you want for Christmas! But
what I wanted most for Christmas
is an XBox 360. Here is a reason I
should be able to get it for Christ-
mas. I help at home. Like I clean
my room. I do chores when I get
home from school. I find the ani-
mals. Also I clean the house for my
mom because she has broken legs
and can't do much. The next rea-
son is I am well in school. I make
A's and B's on my report card. I
pay attention to the teachers when
they tell me to do something. I re-
member this one time we have to
write and Trinity was not paying
attention and did not know what to
do. My final reason is I have been
well behaved. When we go some-
where I don't ask for anything at
all. I don't embarrass my mom. To
sum it all up, Santa.
A good little boy, Floyd Burke

Dear Santa,
Get up, Santa. It's that time of
year again, Christmas! This year
I have many things I want. Also,
I have many reasons I deserve a
crimson red Nintendo DSI because

I do well in school, I'm helpful at
home and because I share. Santa,
I know you didn't forget I do well
in school. I'm great in math. I have
all A's in math, science, social
studies, reading, writing and pe.
Don't forget I have been helpful
at home. I always clean my room,
follow my parents rules and clean
up behind myself. Are you happy
when I share? I share my toys all
the time with my brother, cousins
and friends. I share all the time to
be polite. I never fuss. I remember
last year when you brought me a
Titanic..ship model. It was awe-
some. Santa, I think I deserve a
Nintendo DSI because I have been
a magnificent boy this year by do-
ing well in school, being helpful at
home and because I share. Merry
Christmas, Santa!
A terrific boy, Drew

Dear Santa,
Thank you for all the stuff you
gave me last year. I really appre-
ciate it. For Christmas this year,
I would like a DS. I have always
wanted one. I think I deserve this
because I do really good in school.
I have also been waiting for one
since last year.
A good boy, Austin Causey

Dear Santa,
I know that all the lioys and
girls are asking you.for gifts for
Christmas. I am going to do the
same thing but tell you why I de-
serve it. So what I want is a Play-
station 3 and the reason I deserve
it is...I have been getting good
grades. For an example, my report
card was B, C, B, B, C. Another
reason- is I always take out the
trash.., You may think the best rea-
son is that I always give you your
favorite cookies, chocolate chip
A good boy, Jayce Cain

Dear Santa,
Well it looks about that time of
the month again. The most thing
I want for Christmas is a laptop
is because I am doing good in
school. I am making good grades
in science and I am helpful around
my house. Every time when my
mom tells me to do something, I
do it. Don't forget that I have al-
ways been good. Santa, to sum it
all up, remember that I have been
good this year and I really think I
deserve a laptop.
A sweet girl, Alicia Barrett

Dear Santa,
December is a great month to
begin with. Christmas is in De-
cember. To be good and get stuff
for Christmas, I study and do my
homework, do my chores at home
and make good grades at school.
What I want for Christmas is a
laptop, Santa. I am really hoping
that you would bring me a laptop
cause that's what I wanted for so
many years. It was one wintery
December and it was Christmas,
I wanted a Cheetah Girl bus. It

plays music too and I dreamed
that I had one. So I woke up that
morning and you just can't be-
lieve it, a Cheetah Girl bus sitting
right there. It looked sooooo mag-
Your terrific friend, Trinity Hall

Dear Santa,
Our class is writing these let-
ters to you to show that we appre-
ciate all the nice things that you
gave us for Christmas. last year.
What I want most for Christmas is
a Wii. I deserve a Wii because I
do well in school. I got my apple
pulled once. I always make good
grades and never make the teacher
mad. Another reason I am help-
ful at home, I clean up my room
whenever it needs to be cleaned
and do my chores whenever they
need to be done. I help whoever is
cooking dinner, I do my brother's
chores whenever they need to be
done if they can't do them. I have
been nice to other people. I have
asked other people if they need
help with their work or needed
help cleaning something up cook-
ing. Santa, I think I deserve a Wii
cause I have been a magnificent
A good boy, Alexander Buggs

Dear Santa,
I know that a lot of children
send you a lot of letters to read
but I hope you get to mine soon.
I would like a cat for my other
cat because I need a boy cat for
my girl cat where they can have
kittens. I like to have little cats. I
would like a four-wheeler but put
gas in it before you send it to me
because I don't want to get a job.
I am not old enough. Nobody will
hire me. Kids should have the right
to work but, oh well. I only want
one more thing for Christmas. I
want a cage for the cat where she
will not try to run out every time
I open the door. And something to
play with because I am going to
dress my cat for Christmas. I want
my cat to join Christmas with my
family. Thank you, Santa.
Sincerely, Casey Hill

Dear Santa,
Merry Christmas, Santa. What I
want most for Christmas is a PSP.
The reason I deserve it is because
I am helpful. I'm very helpful in
school, church and home. Ever
where I'm good, Santa. I'm also
well behaved. I am tame, respect-
ful, kind and hard working. Also,
I know money is little this year.
So Santa, please, please, I want a
PSP because I'm helpful to a lady
and to work people. So all I want
for Christmas is one PSP. Merry
Christmas and a Happy New Year,
Your friend, Keyon Hammond

Dear Santa,
I know every year when you
come here you deliver presents
for Christmas for every boy and
girl. It must take a long time to get

to everyone at one night.
How can you get to every-
one at one night? There is
a lot of children around the
world. I hope you can get
to me soon. I have been
doing good on my report
card. What I wanted was a
Nintendo DSI, camera and
a phone but I don't care if
I get any one like clothes.
My mom said. that I do
need clothes anyway but
anyway the only thing I
want is to share Christmas
with my family.
Sincerely, Kimberly Kent

Dear Santa,_
Do you know how many peo-
ple leave cookies and milk out
for you? .Well, I think millions of
people do. What I want for Christ-
mas is a pink poodle E Pet. I de-
serve this gift because I do well
in school, and am well behaved
but if you want to know the most
important reason, I love helping
my friends. Not only have I been
helping my friends, I have been
behaving at home. I will believe
in your forever. I have made the
AB honor roll. I've been helping
at the house. This is the reasons I
should get this gift. To put it real
simple, I've been a good girl.
A smart little girl,
Brittnay Smith
P.S. What do you want for Christ-

Dear Santa,
What kind of cookies do you
like? Do you like them home-
made? Santa, I know a lot of
kids ask you for presents and it
would be great if you could drop
by my house and drop off a pair
of Browning boots. I have three
reasons why I should get them. I
am very well in school. I made a
four on my writing test. I am also
very helpful and I like to clean. I
wash dishes and clean the house. I
am very well mannered. I say yes
ma'am, no ina'am and yes sir and
no sir. Santa, to sum it all up, I am
smart and very well mannered. '
A smart little girl, Hadley Tolley

Dear Santa,
What do you want for Christ-
mas? A Wii is what I want for
Christmas. I have been good in
school and helpful in science
class. I should get the Wii because
I have been good at home, clean-
ing my room when I am told to
and help people when they need
help. I hope you get something
Christmas that you want.
A good boy, Tinorio Ziggler

Dear Santa,
Oh, what do you want for
Christmas? I know how every-
one asks you what you want for
Christmas. I want a regular guitar
with guitar colors. I deserve this
because I'm good in school. I'm
also good at basketball and I'm
nice to everyone. I remember my
report card was A, A, A, B. I also
remember the time I saw the ball
and it bounced up, hit me in the
head and made swish. That's why
I deserve this guitar.
Thank you, J.D. Mullins

Dear Santa,
Thank you for all the gifts in
the past. The electric scooter was
great. I need a new charger for it.
One day it is there, the next day it
is gone. Can you help me? I know
what you do. Thank you. It is me,
Weston Sites.
Your friend, Weston Sites


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stand, very nice, in great condi-
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Wood burning cast iron fire-
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Jazzy motorized wheel chair,
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Call 643-2070. 12-23, 12-30

Bow Flex Tread Climber, one
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Hand tools starting at $1 each (30
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-Sony mini DVD camcorder, like
new, with 5-disk, battery, battery
charger, $75 OBO. Call 237-
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Shark Steam Mop, used once,
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$50. Call 674-4770. 12-16, 12-23

Two exercise bikes, $50 for both;
handmade Amish baby cradle,
$100. Call 643-5751 before 5
p.m. or 643-6439 after 5 p.m.
12-16, 12-23

Original Xbox with 2 controllers,
steering wheel and 26 plus games,
$125. Call 643-6230. 12-16, 12-23

Heritage Series Sunbeam Mix-
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sign, $130 negotiable. Call 674-
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Name brand girls clothes,
over 60 items to choose from,
0-9 months, new with tags, 9-18
months excellent condition, all
items between $1 and $5; boys X-
large navy blue Browning jacket,
$40. Call for more information
643-5905. 12-16, 12-23

Two 19' TVs, $20 each; men's
tennis shoes, New Balance, size
13W, silver color, brand new, $25.
Call 762-5190. 12-16.12-23

Miscellaneous dolls and toys,
will trade or sale cheap. Call 674-
3264. 12-16, 12-23

Singer 401 slant-o-matic sewing
machine with cabinet, $150. Call
933-4968. 12-16,12-23
Tippmann A-5 paintball gun with
two hoppers, two 3000 psi nitro
tanks, 1-9 oz. C02 tank, new e-
grip, new flatline barrel, anti-fog
lens Proto mask, adjustable stock,
new C02 coil, 320 ammo pouch,
4-pods, over 30 piece parts kit
and many more extras;,$600. Call

762-3245 or 272-0726. 12-16,12-23

Mickey Mouse musical Christ-
mas item, $100; brown pitcher,
$20. Call 674-3264. 12-16,12-23

PSP System, with 1 year warranty
and 1 game, with carrying case,
$200 OBO. Call 237-1785. 12-16,1223

Three Graco high chairs, great
condition. Call 379-8176 for infor-
mation and price. 12-16,12-23


1986 Suzuki Samurai SUV, new
.pressure plate, new clutch',' new
exhaust, new timing belt and tim-
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good, $1,200 OBO. Call 693-
0273. 12-16,12-23

1967 Mustang Coupe, V8, au-
tomatic, lots of options, runs and
drives fair, $4,800 OBO or possibly
trade and cash. Call 227-4881.
12-16, 12-23


1999 Dodge 1500 half-ton,
matching front & rear end. Call
510-0593. 12-23, 12-30

1988 R-model Mack Truck with
4-bolster log trailer, good condi-
tion, serious inquires only. Call
(850) 443-2299. 12-23,12-30

2002 Dodge Ram 1500, red,
4x4, 360 engine, PW/PL & power
seats, 4 door, tilt, cruise, AM/FM/
CD, good condition, $8,200. Call
209-4618. 12-16, 12-23

1995 Toyota 4-Runner, asking
$5,500 or will trade for camper of
equal value. Call 643-2975.
12-16, 12-23

1989 Dodge Ram Charger, 4x4
truck, white with maroon interior, 6
1/2" lift, 35" tires, like new condition,
$5,500. Call 379-3445. 12-16,12-23

1998 Chevy Silverado extended
cab, 3-door, high miles (224K)
many are highway miles, well
maintained, synthetic oil every 4K
miles or less, power everything,
Michelin Radials, diamond toolbox
and bedliner, looks good and runs
great, $3,800. Call 566-7994,
leave message, serious inquires
only. 12-16,12-23


Set of four ITP 4-wheeler tires
without rims, size 25x10-12, in
great shape, lots of tread, $300
OBO. Call 251-1416. 12-23,12-30

Dune Buggy/Go-Kart Hammer-
head 150. Good shape, great
running condition, canvas top
and is wired for music. Garnet in
color. Great Christmas present for
10-year-old to adult. Paid $3,500
new. Asking $1,250 firm. Call 674-

8071 or (850)896-0333. 12-23,12-30

2004 Honda CRF150F great con-
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8689 days, 674-4046 nights.

1992 Honda Goldwing 1500 As-
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miles, CB radio, trailer hitch, fully
loaded, many extras, $5,000 ne-
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tor, excellent condition, paid $900
asking $385. Call 643-2525.

Go-Kart, 6.5 hp, 2-seater, with roll
bars, $650. Call 447-1549.
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five miles S. of Altha, $20,000 firm,
prime property; Approximately 1/2
acre on Black Bottom Road, four
miles S. of Altha, $10,000 firm. Se-
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Big lot on Chipola River, located in
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Honda 3500 generator, $400.
Call 379-8419. 12-16.12-23
55-gallon steel drums with lids,
25, $10 and up, excellent storage.
Call 592-5780. 11-18 thru 12-23


Deer dogs, three Tree Walker &
Black 'n Tan, two Tree Walker &
Beagle all running, two will bay,
$100 each. Call 510-0593.

Kitten, 3 mor'Ae had shots
and woP jox trained,
comes oox and toy. Call
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Free medium size dog, white with
brown spots on ears and body,
very friendly. Call 237-1384.

American Pit Bulldogs, three
adult females and puppies, have
had shots and wormed, $50-$100
each. Call 866-593-6462 (deaf re-
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Black Lab and Rotweiller mix,
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good home. Call 237-1785.
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Others recall your laughter and
smile, Aries, but lately you
haven't had people at ease. Think
about how you've been projecting
and make a change.
TAURUS -Apr 21/May 21
It's okay to feel worn out, Taurus.
You have been keeping up a pace
not many others can manage. In
a few days you'll be able to slow
down and enjoy some rest.
GEMINI May 22/Jun 21
Someone in your life turns your
schedule topsy-turvy, Gemini.
Luckily youare able to bounce back
quickly and get on track. Take a
look at your finances on Wednesday.
CANCER Jun 22/Jul 22
Sometimes a look in the mirror can
be a real eye-opener, Cancer. And
there can be moments when you
don't like just what you see. Luck-
ily you can always make a change.
Take care with the words you say,
Leo, because someone takes them
the wrong way and you're left in
a pot of hot water. It'll take some
back-pedaling to recover.
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22
There's so much you want to get
accomplished, Virgo, but you
find that there's just not the time.
Fortunately this week you can find
some hours for your chores.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23
Stop complaining about the things
you can't change, Libra, and start
changing the things you can. Get
your mind wrapped around a proj-
ect and other thoughts will vanish.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
It's not like you to be indecisive,
Scorpio. When you are called upon
to make a decision you should
have a firm answer ready. Spend
some time considering the options.
You may feel like running away
from your problems, Sagittarius, but
they'll just be here when you return.
Facing them head-on will enable
you to move on to other things.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
Enlist the help of a friend to tackle
some busy work that has been
piling up, Capricorn. Don't be
compelled to micromanage, either.
Just find a trustworthy helper.
AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
You can't blame others for your
shortcomings, Aquarius. It's time
you owned up to your decisions
and take responsibility for the ac-
tions you have made.
PISCES Feb 19/Mar 20
It'll take a lot of effort to wipe
the smile off your face this week,
Pisces. You'll find you're in a
super mood.
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Bulldog mix, black in color, born
Oct. 13. They have been wormed
and eating puppy chow. Parents
on premises, free to a good home.
Call 643-5771 leave message.
12-16, 12-23
Six kittens, mostly white, two with
bobbed tails, free to a good home.
Call 674-1838. 12-16,12-23
Free Bulldog puppies, five weeks
old. Call 237-1223. 12-16,12-23


LOST: 8-month-old Beagle puppy,
last seen in Clarksville area near
CR1, 5 and 4, $1,000 reward, no
-questions asked. Puppy belongs
to 16-year-old boy with severe
medical problems. Would like dog
home when he returns from hospi-
tal. Call 814-5405 or 819-4579.
12-16, 12-23


Red Nose Beagle dog,
Call 674-3264.

14' fiberglass or plywood
Call 509-8191 or 379-843

Junk cars and trucks, any
We pay cash. Call 762-8459
1126 cell.


1987 50Hp Force boat
excellent condition, $55
447-3275, serious inquire

Marlin XL7C 270 rifle, wi

would like to wish you all a

Merry Christmas

S& Happy New Year!
We will be closed Thursday, Dec. 24
and Friday, Dec. 25 so that our
employees may have time to
celebrate the holidays with their families
Dempsey Barron Road, Bristol (ott Hwy. 12 N)
Phone (850) 643-5995

3x9x40 scope, $350; paddle boat,
$350. Call 762-8785.
12-16, 12-23

female. Remington B/A rifle model 700,
12-16,12-23 .270 win. syn. stock, excellent
condition $275; Ruger Mini 14 ri-
od boat. fle, .223 cal blue bbl., wood stock,
32. scope, all as new, $475; Mossberg
12-16,12-23 model 835 shotgun, .12 ga. 3 1/2,
28" ported bbl., syn. stock, $165.
condition. Call 379-8334, leave message.
or 272- 12-16, 12-23

: motor,
0. Call 24 ft. Goose-neck trailer, en-
s only. closed with side and rear doors,
12-23,12-30 $4,500 OBO. Call 643-7296.
ith Tasco
Kodiak 5ft. Bush hog, 5ft box
blade, $500 together, willing to
split. Call 643-6589. 12-23,12-30


1989 Satellite Camper trailer,
24 ft. long, excellent condition,
$2,750 serious inquires only. Call
447-3275. 12-23, 12-30

Camper 32 ft., no title but it would
be good for hunting camp or to live
in. Call 643-3806 or 447-0468.
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Time on Saturday. Non-business ads run FREE for 2 weeks.

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Animal Hospital

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Monday.- Thursday.
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Grooming -Vac-
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Check-ups -Spay
and Neuter pro-
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Office Phone: (850) 627-8338


Lunch Buffet

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PHONE (850) 643-3333
FAX (850) 643-3334

im left: Susan Barfield, J. D. Godwin, Becky Trickey-Smith, Lisa Britt, Cheryl Mayo and Margaret Jenkins.

The Calhoun County Tax Collector's Office
Becky Smith, Tax Collector
The Tax Collector's Office will be closed
for the holidays on Thursday, Dec. 24,
Friday, Dec. 25 and Friday, Jan. 1.






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State Parks announce 25 signature

events to mark 75th Anniversary

preparation for its 75th
Anniversary next year, the Florida
Department of Environmental
Protection's (DEP) Florida Park
Service today announced 25
signature events that will take
place-statewide throughout 2010.
The year-long celebration and
signature events will highlight
three quarters of a century of
preserving the past while looking
to the future.-
"Since 1935, millions of
visitors have experienced the
magnificence of Florida's white
sandy beaches, vast open prairies,
lush semi-tropical forests, cultural
sites and crystal clear springs at
Florida State Parks and we are
proud to celebrate this milestone,"
said DEP Deputy Secretary for
Land and Recreation Bob Ballard.
"Affordable family friendly
activities such as swimming,
hiking, bicycling, paddling,
diving, fishing, camping, birding,
events and ranger-led tours are
just a few ways.people enjoy our
natural resources."
The 25. signature events
taking place throughout 2010
to commemorate the 75th
Anniversary will highlight
individual parks' histories,
as well as the history of the
state park system as a whole.
From Franklin D. Roosevelt's
Civilian Conservation Corps,
who constructed Florida's first
state parks, to the individuals who
helped Florida acquire more than
700,000 acres and create one of the
country's premier park systems;
2010 will be a celebration of
Florida State Parks' rich history
and promising future.

"The 75th Anniversary of
the Florida state park system
represents an important milestone
in the state's history, showing the
foresight of Florida's early leaders
to preserve valuable pieces of the
state's landscape," said DEP's
Florida Park Service Director
Mike Bullock. "We are very
grateful for the overwhelming
support of Florida's citizens and
visitors over the last 75 years and
also to the staff and volunteers
who maintain the state park
system on a daily basis."
The schedule of 75th
Anniversary signature events is
as follows:
Saturday, Jan. 2 Sunday,
January 3: Dade Battle
Reenactment at Dade Battlefield
Historic State Park, Bushnell.
Tuesday, Jan. 26: Lu the
Hippo's 50th Birthday Bash at
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs
Wildlife State Park, Homosassa.
Friday, Feb. 12- Sunday,
February 14: 34th Annual
Reenactment of the Battle of
Olustee at Olustee Battlefield
Historic State Park, Olustee.
Saturday, Feb. 27: Flight to
Freedom at Fort Mose Historic
State Park, St. Augustine.
Friday, March 5- Sunday,
March 7: Azalea Festival at
Ravine Gardens State Park,
Friday, March 19- Saturday,
March 20: Wakulla Wildlife
Festival at Edward Ball Wakulla
Springs State Park, Wakulla
Wednesday, April 7: Florida
State Parks Day at the Florida
Capitol Building, Tallahassee.
Saturday, April 24: Burial of

Time Capsule at O'Leno State
Park, High Springs.
Sunday, May 16: Armed Forces
Appreciation Day Free entry to
all state parks except Skyway
Fishing Pier State Park.
Friday, May 28- Sunday,
May 30: Florida Folk Festival
at Stephen Foster Folk Culture
Center State Park, White
Thursday, June 17: 75th
Anniversary Celebration at the
Florida Museum of History,
Monday, June 21:
Environmental Days at Ravine
Gardens State Park, Palatka.
Sunday, July 4: Old Fashioned
4th of July Picnic at The Barnacle
Historic State Park, Coconut
Saturday, July 17: National
Recreation and Parks Month -
Free entry to all state parks except
Skyway Fishing Pier State Park.
Launch of Geocaching program
at Jonathan Dickinson State.Park,
Southeast District.
Saturday, Aug. 7: National
Lighthouse Day Celebration at
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State
Park, Key Biscayne.
Saturday, Aug. 28- Sunday,
August 29: Former Mermaid
Show at Weeki Wachee Springs
State Park, Weeki Wachee
Thursday, Sept. 9: State Park
Literacy Month, Butterfly Story
Time event at Washington Oaks
Gardens State Park, Palm Coast.
Friday, Sept. 10- Sunday, Sept.
12: State Park Literacy Month -
Free entry to all state parks except
Skyway Fishing Pier State Park.
Saturday, Sept. 18- Sunday,
Sept. 19: Spanish American War
Event at Fort Clinch State Park,
Fernandina Beach.
Oct. (all month): Fall Harvest
Days at Dudley Farm Historic
State Park, Newberry.
Saturday, Oct. 16: Fall Festival
at Wekiwa Springs State Park,
Saturday, Nov. 6: 25th Annual
Civilian Conservation Corps
Festival at Highlands Hammock
State Park, Sebring.
Thursday, Nov. 11: Veterans
Day Free entry to all state parks
except Skyway Fishing Pier State
Saturday, Dec. 4: Camellia
Christmas celebration at Alfred
B. Maclay Gardens State Park,
Friday, Dec. 10: 50th
Anniversary Celebration of John
Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
at John Pennekamp Coral Reef
State Park, Key Largo.
To learn more about 75th
Anniversary events, contests
and discounts visit www., and follow
us on Twitter at www.Twitter.
Createdin 1935 by the Florida Legislature,
Florida : state parks have grown from eight
to 160 parks over the last 75 years, and are
overseen by the DEP Florida Park Service.

All the best to you and
yours wherever you
go this holiday season.
Thank you kindly for I
your loyal support.



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My name is Bailey. How are you
Santa? Have you and your elves
been working lately? Well, I hope
you have because you will have .a
present at my house.
This is what I want for Christ-
mas. I want horse grooming sup-
plies. This is why I deserve groom-
ing supplies. Because I make good
grades in school. I deserve getting .
my present for working hard. For
instance, in the last nine weeks I
made 'A's' and I got a blue ribbon.
I can't tell you how happy my mom
and dad were. I will be waiting at
my house for you Santa.
Love, Bailey

Dear Santa,
One of the things I really, really
want for Christmas is a Nintindo
D.S.I. The color I want it in is
black. Black is my favorite color.
An Nintindo D.S.I. has a camera on
the inside and outside. The reason
why I think I deserve this is because
I have been good all year, I listened
to my mom and dad, I do what my
mom and dad ask when they tell me

to do it and I make good grades.
For example, yesterday my mom
told me to go clean my room. I
zipped to my room and cleaned
my room faster than she could say,
hello! So Santa, I hope I get what I
wanted, Merry Christmas.
Sinserelly, Cydney

Dear Santa,
How are you doing, cold I guess
up there in that cold, cold, weather.
I want a Ripstick for Christmas. I
would like it to be blue and have
white wheels. I think I deserve it
because I have been good all year.
I've taken out the trash, cleaned out
the dogs water, filled up holes in the
drive way with dirt, cleaned out our
gold fish tank and fed the dogs for
the past seven month. In fact yester-
day night I had to run out in the rain
and feed the dogs. And that's why I
think I deserve the Ripstick. By the
time I was back inside I was drip-
ping water from my nose. I asked
my mom for a towel and when she
gave it to me she said good job Har-
dy. I hope I get my Ripstick.
Sincerely, Hardy


Mrs. Forsberg B.E.S. 4th grade
class letters continued from page 8






The Liberty County Board of
County Commissioners will ac-
cept sealed bids to be turned in at
the Liberty County Clerk of Courts
Office, P.O. Box 399, 10818 NW
SR 20, Bristol, FL 32321.

Bids must be turned in no later
than 4:00 P.M., E.T. on Monday,
January 4th, 2010.

On the outside of the sealed en-
velope please mark SEALED BID

The bid concerns a number of
hydro-pneumatic storage/pres-
sure tanks owned and operated
by Liberty County Water Depart-

The bid will require that all Hydro-
pneumatic tanks listed have ac-
cess manhole removed and the
inside of tank cleaned to remove
bio-growths, calcium or iron/man-
ganese deposits, and sludge from
inside the tanks; and shall be in-
spected for structural and coating
integrity by personnel under the
responsible charge of a profes-
sional engineer licensed in the
State of Florida. Disinfection of
tank when inspection is complet-
ed. Install new rubber gaskets in
the man-ways.

Pro-oharge the tank with air and
fill tank with water.

After the inspection a bound re-
port that includes color pictures
which itemizes and describes
the condition of the tank interior
(and exterior as applicable), the
inspection findings, and general
recommendations such as time
for re-inspection or recoating of
the tank, shall be given to Liberty
County Water Department, which
shall be signed and stamped by
your FL PE.

Hosford Telogia
Lake Mystic
Rock Bluff


11 x15
11 x15
14x 18

The Liberty County Board of
County Commissioners reserves
the right to accept or reject any or
all bids which they deem to be in
the best interest of the Board.

If you have any questions con-
cerning this bid, please contact
Aaron Elkins at (850) 545-1370.
12-16 & 12-23-09



USDA Forest Service
Apalachicola National Forest
Franklin, Leon, Liberty, and
Wakulla Counties, Florida

Gopher Tortoise Habitat Improvement

The Forest Service proposes to
use herbicide and hand tools on
under- and midstory hardwoods.
This treatment would begin and
continue habitat restoration and
improvement within areas that
have suitable soils for gopher tor-
toises. Most areas already offer
appropriate habitat as the result
of effective prescribed burning.

Smaller subsets (priority acres/
areas) would be identified for her-
bicide and hand tool treatment
within the suitable acres. Treat-
ment areas would be separated
by time and space. There are two
alternatives for this proposal: the
Proposed Action, and the No Ac-
tion. No other alternatives were
developed. The Apalachicola Na-
tional Forest received grant money
from the National Fish and Wildlife
Foundation for this project..

The current priority areas being
considered are: the Black Creek
Tract and stands to the west up to
State Route 375, (T2S, R4W, Sec
13, 18, Leon County), 2000 acres
in the Munson Sandhills, (T2S,
R1W, Sec 6, 7 and T2S, R2W, Sec
1, Leon County), and the Bradwell
Game Farm, (T1S, R4W, Sec 19,
20, 30 and TiS, R5W, Sec 24,
25, Liberty County). All acreages
are preliminary estimates. As the
project goes through time and
funding is available other priority
acres with suitable soils would be
identified and treated.

The herbicide application would
be managed by a Forest Service
employee that is a Certified Pes-
ticide Applicator and also certified
to- oversee contracts. Selective
methods would be used and could
include: directed foliar spray, stem
injection, basal spray, cut-surface
treatment, and soil spot treat-
ments. No broadcast, aerial, or
aquatic applications would be
involved. Herbicides being con-
sidered for use include hexazi-
none, glyphosate, imazapyr, and
triclopyr. Once the herbicide has
achieved the desired conditions
(more than one treatment may be
needed), prescribed fire would be
used for maintenance and further

An Environmental Assessment
(EA) is currently available for re-
view and comments. The EA is
available by request or on the
internet at
r8/florida. It is anticipated that a
Decision Notice will be prepared
in accordance with the Forest Ser-
vice Handbook 1909.15, Section

Pursuant to 36 CFR 215.5, the
Responsible Official is seeking
comments on this proposal. Com-
ments need to be as specific as
possible and must be postmarked
or received within 30 days after
this publication. Oral or hand-
delivered comments must be re-
ceived within our normal business
hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday to Thursday and 8:00 a.m.
to 4:00 p.m. on Fridays, closed on
federal holidays. Comments may
be mailed electronically to our of-
fice, in a common digital format, at
comments-southern-florida-apala- or can be sent
to: District Ranger, 57 Taff Drive,
Crawfordville, FL 32327. For more
information on this proposal con-
tact Susan Fitzgerald, 850-643-
2282 ex. 1531 or sfitzgerald@

Sonja Durrwachter
Timber Management Assistant
Apalachicola National Forest
11152 NW State Road 20
Bristol, FL 32321

850-643-2282 ext 1511



CASE NO. 09-134-CA

acting through the United States
Department of Agriculture, Rural
Development, f/k/a Farmers Home







NE Blueberry Trail, Telogia, FL

Basswood Road, Telogia, FL

Telogia, FL 32360

YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an ac-
tion to foreclose a mortgage re-
garding the following property in
Liberty County, Florida:

Commence at a railroad iron mark-
ing the Southeast corner of Sec-
tion 35, Township 1 South, Range
6 West, Liberty County, Florida,
and thence run North 1414.93 feet,
thence run North 05 degrees 46
minutes 39 seconds West 659.22
feet to the Southerly right-of-way
boundary of State Road No. 67,
thence run along said right-of-
way boundary as follows: North
68 degrees 56 minutes 36 sec-
onds West 51.85 feet to a point of
curve to the thence Northwesterly
along said curve with a radius of
3769.83 feet thru a central angle
of degrees minutes 42 seconds
for an arc distance of 539.20 feet,
thence leaving said right of way
boundary run South 01 degree 36
minutes 21 seconds West 224.14
feet to a re-rod for the Point of
Beginning. From said Point of
Beginning, continue South 01 de-
gree 36 minutes 21 seconds West
235.63 feet, thence run North 86
degrees 51 minutes 02 seconds
East 286.75 feet to a point on the
Westerly right-of-way boundary
of a 60.00 foot access easement,
said point lying on a curve con-
cave to the Easterly, thence run
along said right of way boundary
as follows: Northwesterly along
said curve with a radius of 807.92
feet thru a central angle of 11 de-
grees 18 minutes 36 seconds for
an arc distance of 159.48 feet, the
chord of said arc being North 08
degrees 54 minutes 03 seconds
West 159.22 feet, thence North 03

degrees '14 minutes 49 seconds
West 43.40 feet to a point of curve
to the right, thence Northwesterly
along said curve with a radius of
1157.85 feet thru a central angle
of 01 degree 37 minutes 59 sec-
onds for an arc distance of 33.00
feet, the chord of said arc being
North 02 degrees 25 minutes 49
seconds West 33.00 feet, thence
leaving said right of way boundary
run South 86 degrees 51 minutes
02 seconds West 251.60 feet to
the Point of Beginning. -

TOGETHER WITH A non-exclu-
sive Easement for Ingress and
Egress being more particularly
described as follows:

A foot Easement, lying and being
60 feet East of the following de-
scribed Survey Line:

COMMENCE at a railroad iron
marking the SE Comer of Section
35, Township 1 South Range 6
West, Liberty County, Florida, and
thence North 1414.93 feet, thence
run North 05 degrees 46 minutes
39 seconds West 659.22 feet, to
the Southerly right of way boundary
of State Road No. 67, thence run
along said Right of Way boundary
as follows: North 68 degrees 56
minutes 36 seconds West 51.85
feet to a point of curve to the left,
thence Northwesterly along said
curve with a radius of 3769.83
feet thru a central angle of 04 de-
grees 16 minutes 02 seconds for
an arc distance of 280.76 feet, the
chord of said arc being North 73
degrees 29 minutes 31 seconds
West 280.70 feet, for the POINT
OF BEGINNING, AND a point be-
ing on the West Right of Way line
of a 60.00 foot roadway, thence
run Southerly along West Right of
Way line of a 60.00 foot roadway
and along the East Right of Way
boundary of lands described in
O.R. Book 131, Page 427, Public
Records of Liberty County, Flori-
da, to a point which is the South-
east Comer of lands described in
O.R. Book 131, Page 427, and
the Northeast Corner of the lands
being deeded to Donna Chastain,
thence continue in a Southerly
direction along the West Right of
Way of the 60.00 foot Right of Way
-and the East Right of Way of lands
being deeded to Donna Chastain,
a distance of 60.00 feet to the ter-
minus of said Easement.

has been filed against you and
you are required to serve a copy
of your written defenses, if any, to
JR., Esquire, Attorney for Plaintiff,
Boswell & Dunlap LLP, 245 South
Central Avenue, Post Office Draw-
er 30, Bartow, FL 33831, within
thirty (30) days after the first publi-
cation of this Notice Of Action, and
file the original with the Clerk of
this Court either before service on
Plaintiff's attorney or immediately
thereafter; otherwise a default will
be entered against you for the re-
lief demanded in the Complaint or


- s

TELEPHONE (863) 533-7117,
PAIRED, (TDD) 1-800-955-8771,
OR VOICE (V) 1-800-955-8770,

DATED on this 11 day of Decem-
ber, 2009.

Clerk of Circuit Court
P. 0. BOX 399

By: Melissa Potter
Deputy Clerk
12-23-09 & 12-30-





File No. 09-26CP


The administration of the estate of
Douglas R. Davis, Jr., deceased,
File Number 09-26CP, is pend-
ing in the Circuit Court for Liberty
County, Florida, Probate Division,
the address of which is P.O. Box
399, Bristol, Florida 32321. The
names and addresses of the per-
sonal representative and the per-
sonal representative's attorney
are set forth below.


All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or
demands against decedent's es-
tate must file their claims-with this

All other creditors of the decedent
and persons having claims or de-
mands against the decedent's es-
tate must file their claims with this


The date of the first publication of
this Notice is December 23, 2009.

Attorney for Personal Representa-
Carol D. Peacock
Fla. Bar. No. 0710067
27513 SR 71 N.
Altha, Florida 32421
Telephone: (850) 272-4396

Personal Representative:



Tallahassee charity receives statewide

award for improving health of Floridians

Foundation awarded Tallahassee's
We Care Dental Network an
"Hondrable Mention Award" at
its Sapphire Awards ceremony,
that carries with it a $25,000
cash award. Dr. Walt Colon,
Chair of our Dental Advisory
Committee and Ashley Crowley,
Dental Program Coordinator were
there to accept the award on behalf
of the CMS Foundation. The
We Care Dental Network is a
component of the Capital Medical
Society Foundation and operates in
partnership with the Leon County
Dental Association.. This award
recognizes the We Care Dental
Network as among the state's best
.nonprofits addressing access to
"This is a tribute to local dentists
who have worked together with
the local medical community
to donate dental care to low-
income, uninsured patients in
the four-county area surrounding
Tallahassee," said Ashley Crowley,
Program Coordinator for the We
Care Dental Network. "I salute
ourvolunteer dentists who give so
much of their time and expertise
to help at risk patients," said Ms.
We Care Dental Network
increases access to dental care
for low-income, uninsured adult
patients in the Tallahassee area
by organizing volunteer dentists
and local dental organizations
to provide donated care. Since
its inception, the dental network
has grown from its original 13
volunteers to 51 volunteers,
representing half of the dentists
in practice in Tallahassee and the
surrounding area. It has provided
$525,122 in donated dental care.
"Our program has really evolved
in the past year and we could
not have done that without the
collaboration that exists between
dentists in private practice, the
Leon County Health Department

and the physician community",
said Dr. Walt Colon, a periodontist
in Tallahassee.
This is the second year in a row
The Blue Foundation has given
an award to the Capital Medical
Society Foundation's We Care
Network. Last year, the award
focused on donated specialty
medical care, provided by local
Seven ofFlorida's top nonprofits
received awards for their work in
improving the health of Florida's
uninsured and underserved
at The Blue Foundation for a
Healthy Florida's 2009 Sapphire
Award ceremony. The Sapphire
Award is.Florida's only statewide
award that recognizes and
promotes organizations that
have demonstrated excellence in
addressing health disparities within
their communities.
More information about the
Sapphire Award & The Blue
Established in 2005, The
Sapphire Award recognizes and
rewards nonprofit community health
programs that have demonstrated
success and high merit and have
a record of improving the health
of their community through
measurable outcomes.
"These small, large and
grassroots organizations play a
huge role in bettering the health
and wellbeing of their community
members who need help the
most," said Susan Towler, vice
president, The Blue Foundation for
a Healthy Florida. "The ways they
accomplish their goals should serve
as models for similar nonprofits
across the state and country."
To be eligible for The Sapphire
Award, organizations must be tax-
exempt under section 501(c)(3)
of the federal tax code; officially
reside and be incorporated in
the state of Florida; and have
programs that are involved with
health-related services. Programs,

From left: Walter Colon, DMD; Chair ofthe Dental Advisory Committee; Edward
Zapert, DMD, Dental Director for the Leon County Health Department; Karen
Wendland, MS; Executive Director for Capital Medical Society; Rosemary
Evans, Program Coordinator for the We Care Network and Shannon Dent,
Marketing Assistant for the CMS Foundation. (seated) Alina Perez-Stable,
chair, The Sapphire Award Selection Committee; Ashley Crowley, Program
Coordinator for the We Care Dental Network and Randy Kammer, president,
board of directors, The Blue Foundation for a Healthy Florida.

are nominated by three persons
familiar with the organization and
are reviewed by an independent
selection committee made up of
medical, public health and health
communication experts frbm across
the country and Florida. A total of
30 organizations were nominated
for the 2009 Sapphire Award.
Including the 2009 nominees
and honorees, a total of 214
nonprofits and health programs
have been nominated for excellence
in community health programming.
Of that number, 11 Winners,
.six Awards of Distinction, 11
Honorable Mentions and four
Finalists were recognized and
shared $1.8 million in award
The Blue Foundation for a
Healthy Florida is a separate,
philanthropic affiliate of Blue Cross
and Blue Shield of Florida (BCBSF)
incorporated in the state of Florida.
The Blue Foundation for a Healthy
Florida, and its parent, BCBSF, are
independent licensees of the Blue
Cross and Blue Shield Association,
an association of independent Blue
Cross and Blue Shield companies.
For more information on The Blue
Foundation for a Healthy Florida,
please visit its web site at www.

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