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Federal intervention in nutrient !
cleanup unneeded, says SRWMD t, '


Suwannee River Water Management District Executive Director David Still said the EPA-
imposed standards will not achieve the desired effect if they are not based on science and
unique to different parts of the state. "It is very difficult to set one standard for the whole
state," he said. "The standard will not be achievable if it is not based on science and unique
to different districts and different parts of the state."


Hamilton

High

salutes

honor

roll

students


By Paula G. Williams
A list of all honor roll
students in Hamilton
public schools will be
published in a future
edition of the Jasper
News.
The A and A/B
honor roll students
enjoyed a break from
their busy schedules
recently. Mr. Howell





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TOP, BELOW and BOTTOM: Hamilton High
honor roll students recently enjoyed a
much-deserved reward for their hard work.
- Courtesy photos


thanked the students
for their work ethic and
for taking their
education seriously.
He also challenged
them to aim high
during the next grading
period.
The students were
treated to a hotdog
social with all the
trimmings, and enjoyed
music provided DJ
Lofton.
A special thanks to
all the staff members
for their support of this
event and our PTO
president.


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ABOVE: David Still (SRWMD), Chuck Aller
(FDACS), Eric Draper (Audubon), Jerry Brooks
(DEP). LEFT: Crowd applauding answers by
panel participants. Photos: Stephenie Livingston
By Stephenie Livingston
stephenie.livingston@gaflnews.com
This is the second of two parts in our
coverage of a recent forum in Branford on
water issues facing North Florida. The forum
was attended by Suwannee River Water
Management District officials and others.
A panel of experts spoke out Monday
night in opposition to a decision allowing
the federal Environmental Protection
Agency to set surface water pollution
SEE WATER WARS, PAGE 2A


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to begin for

city election
Staff
The city of Jasper will hold an
election for City Council seats in
districts 1 and 5 on Tuesday, March 2,
2010.
Potential candidates must pick up
their qualifying packets in person in
order to receive filing instructions and
other information from City Clerk
Jennifer Pomeroy at City Hall.
Packets will be available Friday,
Dec. 4. Qualifying period ends at noon
on Jan. 4, 2010.


Author Jessie Wise holds

book signing in Jasper
By Louise Sheddan
Accompanied
by her publisher,
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Rose Heart
Publishing, ,,
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author Jessie
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Hamilton
County residents
with a book-
signing event for
her latest effort,
"Searching For
Peace," at
SunSations Gifts
on Nov. 19. The
event was a huge
success and all
the books
available were
sold, but Author Jessie Wise, left, with publisher Cissy Hassel at SunSations
SunSations' Gifts in Jasper. Photo: Louise Sheddan
owner Cathy
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soon. by "Tainted Blood" and "Mender of
Wise, a former Jasper resident, now Souls." Visit www.jessiewise.net for
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2009


Federal intervention in nutrient
cleanup unneeded, says SRWMD


Continued From Page 1A

standards for Florida -
the first time any state's
standards have been
overridden in this
manner.
A U.S. district judge
had earlier that day
approved the
agreement between five
environmental groups
and the EPA to give the
federal agency final say
in setting state
standards for surface
water pollution.
"The EPA needs to


allow Florida to stand
up, take control of this
process and do it right,"
said Chuck Aller,
Director of Agriculture
Natural Resource
Management for the
Florida Department of
Agriculture and
Consumer Services.
The EPA stepped in
after a lawsuit by
environmentalists who
argued the Florida
Department of
Environmental
Protection hadn't
complied with a 1998


EPA decision that states
set numerical limits for
nutrients in farm and
urban runoff.
State officials and
scientists from several
state agencies and at
least one environmental
group, Audubon of
Florida, said Monday
night that they agree
Florida needs numeric
standards to control
excess nitrogen and
phosphorus levels
(nutrient pollution can
lead to harmful algae
blooms and low-oxygen


"dead zones," as well as
declines in wildlife) in
bodies of water, but
wish to put science-
based standards in place
themselves, while
warning of the dangers
of being overly hasty in
setting those standards.
"The State of Florida
recognizes that there
needs to be numeric
limits," said Jerry
Brooks, Director of
Environmental
Assessments and
Restoration with DEP.
Florida has studied
nutrient concentrations
and ecological change
more than any other
state, he added.
"However, we are
opposed to one that is
not based on science,"
said Suwannee River
Water Management
District Executive
Director David Still. Still
said the new standards


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in Branford.
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will not achieve the
desired effect if they are
not based on science
and unique to different
parts of the state. "It is
very difficult to set one
standard for the whole
state," he said. "The
standard will not be
achievable if it is not
based on science and
unique to different
districts and different
parts of the state."
Officials warned
about 200 residents at
the forum that meeting
the "conservative"
standards proposed by
the EPA could cost
billions of dollars
during already difficult
economic times.
Speakers at the forum
also said EPA is setting
unreachable standards
that require duplication
of efforts the state has
already made to study
and clean Florida
waterways. The state
has spent $20 million on
these efforts to date.
The panel also called
the agreement unfair,
saying Florida is a
national leader in water
cleanup.
Some were also
concerned the
agreement could require
cleanup of other states'
runoff as well, putting
Florida farmers at a
competitive
disadvantage.
"Florida's agriculture
is going to get slammed
compared to other
states," said Aller.
Still, the EPA says
nutrients cleanup
cannot wait.
"Despite Florida's
widely recognized
efforts, substantial
water quality
degradation from
nutrient over-
enrichment remains a
significant chAllerge for
the State," said
Assistant Administrator
Benjamin H. Grumbles
in a letter to DEP
Secretary Michael Sole,
"and one that is likely to
worsen with continued
population growth and
environmental and
land-use changes. EDA


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has determined that
numeric nutrient water
quality criteria are
necessary."
The new agreement
says EPA must propose
rules by January 2010.
Florida Farm Bureau
Director of Government
and Community Affairs
Staci Braswell calls the
deadline hasty and said
they were set for the
wrong reasons. "These
are litigation-driven
deadlines," she said.
"Farmers, families, state
government ... everyone
will face economic
hardship. Utility bills as
well as taxes will
increase."
Monica Reimer, an
attorney for the
environmental groups,
said opponents haven't
yet seen the EPA
standards and will have
an opportunity to
chAllerge them once
they're set, according to
an Associated Press
report.
In federal court
Monday, the five groups
- the Florida Wildlife
Federation, Sierra Club,
Conservancy of
Southwest Florida,
Environmental
Confederation of
Southwest Florida and
St. Johns Riverkeeper -
argued that nutrient
pollution was
responsible for large
outbreaks of algae in
Florida's inland and
coastal waters.
David Guest, the
environmentalists'
attorney, showed U.S.
District Judge Robert
Hinkle poster-sized
photos of waterways
clogged with lime-green
scum, according to an
Associated Press report.
Information posted on
the Web site of Save Our
Suwannee indicates
algae is four feet thick in
places on the river. The
group also attributes the
problem to an excess of
nutrients in runoff.
Still, scientists and
state officials don't plan
to back down. "This is
the first scrimmage in
what will be a very long
battle," said Aller.
"DEP made proposals
before the EPA got
involved," said Aller.
"DEP's proposal was
more reasonable. The
state has already
invested time and
money into this."
No matter whose
standards are eventually
adopted, Agricultural
Engineer Mike
Halloway said the state
is going to pay a steep
price for the cleanup.
"There is going to be a
cost no matter if DEP or
EPA comes up with
something," said
Halloway. "The stakes
are high. Billions of
dollars could be lost."


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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2009


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Sings to be Be thanks that we are a small town, where you
TI Thankful for know your neig s, where folks still congregate at
in White churches, at restaura at the post office, at school
-Springs: and do not feel that ey ar among strangers. Oh we
SBe thankful for the have our problems, but even be thankful for those, be-
spring after which this cause they are the small problems of a small town, not
a Town was named. Had the overwhelming ones that sometime come with life
h--it not been for the in the big city. Here, in a small town, one's efforts can
spring, a town might still make a big difference. It's just a matter of wanti-
not even have been built here, there would have been ng to.
no early tourists, and today we would not have the Be thankful that we have been entrusted with our
wonderful historic legacy, the old buildings, the mul- little patch of the "original Florida", the Suwannee
ti generational families, all things for which we River and the surrounding protected public lands that
should be thankful. Even today, though it flows no belong to all of us. The great outdoors is not so great
more the spring calls out to us, reminding us that the in a lot of places in Florida any more. In many of our
gift of water is precious and finite. We should be cities, all traces of the original Florida have been al-
thankful for that reminder, and that people once tered beyond recognition and though many of us be-
again are starting to listen to nature, even to a spring moan the loss of "Old Florida", it still goes on. We
that, of late, lies silent and still. have a treasure here, so much so that folks from afar


Spring classes begin January 6 at NFCC

NFCC begins registrationfor Spring Term 2010

Schedule of classes available at www.nfcc.edu


Submitted
MADISON, FL--
North Florida Commu-
nity College begins
open registration for
Spring Term 2010 on
November 23 and with
classes beginning Janu-
ary 6, now is the time to
enroll. The Spring Term
2010 schedule of classes
is available online at
www.nfcc.edu or from
NFCC Enrollment Ser-
vices located on the


NFCC campus in Madi-
son, Florida, Building 3.
In addition to regular
academic and career
courses, NFCC is offer-
ing evening courses in
Jefferson, Madison,
Suwannee and Taylor
counties; a variety of on-
line courses; and "TGIF"
Friday courses. Students
enrolling in at least six
credit hours of select
"TGIF" Friday courses
can receive a scholar-


ship to use toward tu-
ition. NFCC also has a
new "Enroll Now, Pay
Later" tuition payment
plan available to quali-
fying students.
The NFCC campus
will be closed Novem-
ber 26-27 for the
Thanksgiving holiday
and December 16-Janu-
ary 3 for holiday break.
Following holiday
break, the campus re-
opens Monday, January


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spend considerable time and money to come to White
Springs to experience a Florida that is more similar to
what Native Americans and the early settlers knew.
Be thankful and be responsible.
Be thankful for the Stephen Foster State Folk Cul-
ture Center. Were it not for some luck, good fortune
and some visionary people, it would not have been
built at all. Be thankful that, when writing the song,
Stephen Foster crossed out Peedee and wrote in
Swannee. That stroke of the pen set in motion some
mighty events. The land was originally platted out to
be a residential area and then was deeded to the Town
of White Springs when plans were being made to
build an airport there in the 1930's. The "Florida
Boom" broke about that time and the airport was nev-
er built. Even recessions have silver linings and we
can be thankful for that. The land was deeded in the
1940's to the Stephen Foster Memorial Commission
and the rest is history. Today, many events in the
park broaden our horizons and enrich our lives.
Be thankful for our small town businesses. In an
age when many of the shops in small towns have
boarded up windows, we still have a lot of locally
owned stores and restaurants, owned by folks who
live nearby and work here, that have a stake in White
Springs. They support the local schools, care about
the local charities, employ the local folks and they do
so much for the local economy. When you spend
your money with them, you are investing in White
Springs too. Be thankful that some of them are strug-
gling to stay open rather than throwing in the towel
and closing up shop during these difficult economic
times.
Be thankful for this newspaper. The Internet is all
fine and well but nothing informs you about what
goes on in your neck of the woods better your small
town newspaper. The sad thing is, many small towns
donit have a newspaper or even a column anymore.


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Submitted by NFCC C.t!,,. of College
Advancement

MADISON, FL-- North Florida
Community College is giving students
an extra incentive to enroll in its
"TGIF" Friday classes. Students who
enroll in at least six credit hours of
"TGIF" classes for Spring Term 2010
will receive a $240.60 scholarship to
help cover tuition fees.
With six select courses to choose
from Computer Applications I, Com-
puters Everything Google, Teaching
Diverse Populations, Freshman Eng-
lish II, American History II, College
Algebra, and Man and the Environ-
ment I the "TGIF" scholarship oppor-
tunity is a great way for students to get
needed classes and save a little money
too.
"TGIF" scholarships will be award-
ed to all students who enroll in at least
six credit hours of the select Friday
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or withdraws from courses, he or she
will be responsible for repaying the
scholarship amount.
To find out more about the "TGIF"
scholarship opportunity at NFCC, vis-
it www.nfcc.edu or contact Dr. Sharon
Erle at (850) 973-1603 or
ErleS@nfcc.edu. NFCC's complete
Spring Term 2010 class schedule is also
available online, www.nfcc.edu or by
contacting NFCC Enrollment Services
at (850) 973-1622 or
admissions@nfcc.edu.
Students can register for Spring
Term 2010 and the "TGIF" classes be-
ginning November 23. Classes begin
January 6. Academic advising is going
on now. The NFCC campus will be
closed November 26-27 for the
Thanksgiving holiday and December
16-January 3 for holiday break. Fol-
lowing holiday break, the campus re-
opens Monday, January 4 and open
registration continues through January
5. Late registration for Spring Term
2010 is January 6-12 (late fees apply).


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Dig Safely.

If you plan to dig or move, call 1-800-432-4770 at least two
days before digging so the Utilities Protection Center (UPC)
can mark underground utility lines.
If you do not call and you hit an underground line, you could be
hurt or killed. You may also be held liable for costly damages.

Here are some simple excavation safety steps:
* Survey and Mark Survey proposed excavation areas and
mark the dig sites in white paint
* Call BeforeYou Dig It is the law! At least two working days
prior to starting work 1-800-432-4770
* Wait the Required Time Allow the UPC the time to locate
and mark the lines
* Respect the Marks Maintain visibility of the marks and
safely follow them when digging
* Dig with Care Hand excavate within 24-inches of each side
of the lines

If Your Equipment Contacts a Gas Line:
* Leave equipment; don't turn off engines or generators
* Warn others and leave the area quickly
* Do not operate any gas pipeline valves or stop the flow of
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In a natural gas emergency, call 911, then City of Jasper
386-792-2211, 386-792-1130, 386-792-1212
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2009


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Norris Notes



By Lillian Norris


Good Morning, this
will be short as we
have an early deadline
for this week, so all
can get ready for
Thanksgiving.
Our family will all
be at Ben and Leigh


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was good to receive the
call, he is a very busy
man. He had met
some friends from
Hamilton County and
around the area, Talla-
hassee, etc., and they
were happy that FSU
won the football game
on Saturday. I even
caught up on some
news from folks from
Jennings and Hamilton
County, from Terry.
Hope to hear from you,
also.
I missed the Thanks-
giving Service on Sun-
day night, had intend-


ed to go, but thought I
was developing a sore
throat (it seems to be
better this morning), I
know the service was
good, I wanted to hear
Reverend Young, have
only heard him once
before but he is a very
dedicated minister and
Hamilton County is
fortunate to have him
relocate in our area.
Thanks to whoever
in the City is responsi-
ble for seeing that the
lights are up along the
streets, it is very festive
and makes us feel like
it is time to get ready
for the season, and let
us not forget "The Rea-
son for the Season".
A HAPPY THANKS-
GIVING TO ONE AND
ALL!
Lillian Norris
792-2151
norrislw@windstream.net


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ing Day, Marybeth,
Kaleb and Jordan will
be over from Lake But-
ler.
I am sure you will be
having company, trav-
eling or maybe just
having a quiet holiday,
however you spend it,
we all have much for
which to be thankful.
Last night I received
an unexpected call
from Terry Bennett, he
usually sends an email
and I had not heard
from him recently, it


AGENDA
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS,
HAMILTON COUNTY, FLORIDA
Room 112 Courthouse 207 Northeast First Street
Jasper, Florida
MEETING DATE: DECEMBER 1, 2009
THE AGENDA ITEMS LISTED BY NUMBER WILL BE TAKEN IN ORDER FROM THE
BEGINNING OF THE MEETING REGARDLESS OF TIME. HOWEVER, THE TIME CERTAIN
ITEMS LISTED WITH SPECIFIC TIMES WILL COMMENCE AT THE SPECIFIED TIME.
LISTED ITEMS
COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC UNAGENDAED APPEARANCES (*)
CONSENT AGENDA APPROVAL
2008-09 CDBG PROGRAM
REPORT ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS AND REQUESTS
APPROVE BILLS
CORRESPONDENCE AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
ADJOURN
TIME CERTAIN ITEMS
9:00 A.M. CALL TO ORDER INVOCATION PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG
9:05 A.M. COUNTY ROAD PROJECTS STATUS REPORT
9:15 A.M. 2ND PUBLIC HEARING LDR 09-3 ORDINANCE ENACTMENT
9:25 A.M. 2ND PUBLIC HEARING = LDR 09-4 ZONING ATLAS CHANGE
9:35 A.M. FOLLOW UP REVIEW OF PCS PHOSPHATE WHITE SPRINGS 2008 ANNUAL
PROGRESS REPORT AND 2009 ESTIMATES FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY ISSUE
DUE TO PUBLICATION DEADLINE, THIS AGENDA MAY NOT CONTAIN ALL MATTERS
BEFORE THE BOARD ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009. A COMPLETE COPY OF THE
AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED AFTER 1:00 P.M. FROM THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF
CIRCUIT COURT, COURTHOUSE, JASPER, FLORIDA ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2009.
Persons appearing before the Board are requested, if possible, to submit in writing the subject matter of
their appearance before the Board not later than Tuesday prior to the Board Meeting the following
Tuesday.
(*) NOTICE: Persons appearing before the Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners, not
having given notice in time to be included and shown on the Agenda, and desiring to make a
presentation, will be limited to five (5) minutes, in the interest of meeting time. The Board of County
Commissioners will hear and listen to persons appearing whose subject has not been shown on the
agenda; however, action by the Board on any such matter can only be taken upon determination of an
emergency situation. Any identifiable group of three (3) persons or more shall be limited to a total of ten
(10) minutes per topic.
In accordance with Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, notice is given that if any person decides to appeal
any decision made by the Board, agency or commission, with respect to proceedings and that, for such
purpose, he/she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record
includes testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based.
NOTIFICATION: IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT,
PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION FOR ATTENDANCE
AT THIS MEETING SHOULD CONTACT THE CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT, ROOM 106, 207
NORTHEAST FIRST STREET, JASPER, FLORIDA, TELEPHONE (386) 792-1288, NOT LATER
THAN 72 HOURS PRIOR TO THE PROCEEDINGS. IF HEARING IMPAIRED, TDD (386) 792-0857.
NEXT REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2009 AT 6:00 P.M.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
HAMILTON COUNTY, FLORIDA
CONSENT AGENDA
DECEMBER 1, 2009
1) MINUTES APPROVE: November 3, 2009 Regular Meeting
2) DEPARTMENT HEADS -ACTION ITEMS:
3) DEPARTMENT HEADS INFORMATION ITEMS:
ROAD DEPARTMENT:
Fuel Reports October 2009 file
4) APPROVE PAYMENT OF THE FOLLOWING INVOICE FROM PENNINGTON, MOORE,
WILKINSON, BELL & DUNBAR, PA.:
Invoice No. 101579 -Attorney General's Opinion $173.82 555492-F


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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2009


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Mention this ad for free delivery


Community Calendar


Nov. 2-Dec 10 Children's Home Society of Flori-
da's Mid-Florida Division (605 NE 1st Street,
Gainesville) is asking for new, unwrapped gifts for
children ages 0-17. Call 866-427-5451 for information
on drop-off locations, kinds of gifts, and angel tree
ornaments.

Nov. 22-until Annual Christmas Spectacular
light display by the Daniels and Hawkins families
located at 4110 SW 100th Avenue, north of Jasper.

Nov. 27-29 Empowering Tabernacle House of
Prayer's 3-day revival at Jasper Civic Center, 1129
4th St SW, Jasper. 7pm on 27th & 28th, 11 am to 6pm
on 29th.

Nov. 28 The Jasper First Methodist Clothes Clos-
et will be open from 1-5pm at 405 Central Avenue.
Clothes for the entire family and some toys are avail-
able. Call 792-8453 for further information.

Dec. 8 Christmas Celebration with Colbert and
Joyce Croft. 7 p.m. at H&F Restaurant in Jasper. Call
792-2293 for more information.

Dec. 9-13 NFCC CHRISTMAS AT THE MAN-
SION "Christmas Spectacular" OPEN HOUSE -
Wednesday-Saturday, Dec. 9-12, 2009 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
OPEN HOUSE Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009 I 1 p.m.-4
p.m.


Driver license and

vehicle inspection


checkpoint
The Hamilton Coun-
ty Sheriff's Office will
be conducting driver li-
cense and vehicle in-
spection checkpoints
during the weeks of
November 5, 2009 until
December 31, 2009 in
Hamilton County.
Recognizing the dan-
ger presented to the
public by defective ve-
hicle equipment,
deputies will concen-
trate their efforts on
vehicles being operated
with defects such as
bad brakes, worn tires,
and defective lighting
equipment. In addition,


attention will be direct-
ed to drivers who
would violate the dri-
ver license laws of
Florida.
The Sheriff's Office
has found these check-
points to be an effec-
tive means of enforcing
the equipment and dri-
ver license laws of
Florida while ensuring
the protection of all
motorists.
The checkpoints will
be: US-41, CR-145, NW
16th Avenue, CR-751,
CR-25A, SR-6W, SR-6E,
CR-141, CR-143, CR-51,
CR-249 and SR-129.


COOKIES WITH SANTA Saturday, Dec. 12, 10
a.m.-1 p.m. (sponsored by the Junior Auxiliary of
Madison County)

Dec. 12 Small Town, Ya'll Come, Christmas Pa-
rade in historic White Springs at 5:30 p.m. On US 41
from Ogburn Field to Stephen Foster Center. For
more information on, or to participate in, the parade
call 386-397-2310.

Dec. 12-31 Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center
State Park hosts "Festival of Lights". Open daily
from dusk to 9 p.m. $2.00/person (children under 3
free). 386-397-4331 or
www.FloridaStateParks.org/StephenFoster.

Dec. 19 The Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection's Stephen Foster Folk Culture
Center State Park will host the Swingin on the
Suwannee, West Coast Swing Dance. Located on US
41, White Springs. For more information call the
park at 386-397-1920.

Monthly Happenings:
The Jasper Revitalization Committee meets the 3rd
Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Jasper City
Hall.
Bible Baptist Church opens their clothes closet on
the 2nd Saturday of each month from lp.m-3p.m.
Call 792-0720 for more information.


Need Your High

School Diploma?


Attend Hamilton
School District's


County
FREE ABE


and GED Prep Courses


Adults who have not
received a high school
diploma may register
and enroll at the class
site in Jasper at the
JREL Complex, Build-
ing 1, Room 8. This is
your ISecond Chancei
to earn a high school
diploma.
Class Registration:
Every Wednesday at
1:30 p.m.
1. Need a copy of
your Social Security
card.
2. Students, ages
16-17, must provide a
copy of their withdraw-
al form from the last


FIRST ADVENT CHRISTIAN
N.W. 15th Avenue Jasper
Rev. Fran Wood
Sunday
Sunday School.......................10:00 a.m .
Morning Worship.............11:00 a.m.
Wednesday
Prayer Fellowship............... 6:30 p.m.
500892-F

NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH
SR 6 West, 6592 NW 48th St.,
Jennings, FL 32053
938-5611
Pastor:Jeff Cordero
Sunday School................................10:00 a.m .


Mornir
Sunday
RA's,
Suppe
Prayer
Youth
Van pi


school attended.
3. Registration, in-
cluding Locator Test
will take 1 hour.
TABE Class Entrance
Test: Every Thursday
at 1:30 p.m.
1. Only for adults
without a high school
diploma.
2. Must have com-
pleted registration.
3. Test takes ap-
proximately 3 hours
and will start promptly
at 1:30 p.m.
Call Rex Mitchell
(792-6571) or Evelyn
Davis (792-6529) for en-
rollment details.


CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH
1/2 mile East on Hwy. 6, Jasper, Fl 32052
792-2275
Sunday
Sunday School.....................10:00 a.m .
Morning Worship... ..........11:00 a.m.
Children's Church................. 1 :00 a.m.
Church Training................... 6:00 p.m.
Evening W orship... ...............7:00 p.m.
Wednesday
Prayer Meeting.......................7:00 p.m .
500893-F

CHURCH OF CHRIST
N.W. 3rd St., Jasper
BIda: 792-2277


Revival

November

27th through

29th
Empowering Tabernacle House of
Prayer will host a 3-day revival Novem-
ber 27-29 at the Jasper Civic Center, 1129
4th Street SW, in Jasper. Services begin
on the 27th and 28th at 7 p.m. Services
on the 29th will be held from 11 a.m. un-
til 6 p.m.



WELCOME z

I CHRISTMAS^

CELEBRATION
WITH
COLBERT AND JOYCE CROFT
















TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8,2009
H&F Restaurant
Jasper, FL
Special Music by Colbert & Joyce Croft
Sounds of Faith
Ken Williams/Benny Daniels
Ronnie Price
Christmas Buffet $7 per person
7:00 p.m.
FOR MORE
INFORMATION
CALL
386-792-2293
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FIRST UNITED METHODIST
CHURCH
405 Central Ave., Jasper, FL
Pastor- Dale Ames
Phone -386-792-1122
Sunday
Sunday School.............................. 9:45 a.m .
.1,:I in. : .1,:, : : 1:, 11:00 a.m .
Wednesday
Bible Study.................................... 4:45 p.m .
Choir Practice................................6:00 p.m.
Family Night Dinner 3rd Wednesday
Clothes Closet 4th Saturday 1-5pm
500902-F
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ig Worship............................11:00 a.m. Suny BURNHAM CHRISTIAN CHURCH
ay Evening Worship, Youth Happening, SCR 146, unay
GA's ......................................6:00 p.m. Sunday School........................9:30 a.m. 4520 NW CR 146, Jennings, FL 32053
Morning Worship........................10:30 a.m. 938-1265
Wednesday Evening Worship.........................6:00 p.m. stor:Roda rter
e r .............................................6:00 p.m S u nday
r Meeting, Discipleship class for adults, Wednesday Sunday School............................... 9:45 a.m.
activities, Children's Choirs.....6:30 p.m. Evening...... ........... 6:00 p.m. W orship........................................ 11:00 a.m.
ck-up upon request 500897-F Evening Service............................. 6:00 p.m.
500896-F Wednesday
Prayer Meeting.......................... 7:00 p.m.

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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
204 N.W. 3rd Avenue, Jasper, 792-2258
Pastor: Rev. Parrish Jones, 792-8412
SUNDAY
Sunday School ............................10:00 a.m .
W worship Service........................... 11:00 a.m.
WEDNESDAY
Prayer in Fellowship Hall...............9:00 a.m.
Choir Practice...............................7:00 p.m.
500898-F

ST. THERESE CATHOLIC CHURCH
Three miles north of Jasper U.S. 41
P.O. Box 890, Jasper, FL 32052
Rectory U.S. 90 E., Live Oak, FL
(386) 364-1108
Sunday MASS 8:00 a.m.
500901-F

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To list your church on our church directory, please call Nancy at 1-800-525-4182

To place your ad inside

the Church Directory

please call

Louise at

386-792-2487


Alumni and friends are
invited to the Hamilton
County FAMU Alumni
Chapter Annual
Holiday Gala!!

Thursday, December 3, 2009
6:30 p.m.
Guang Dong Chinese Restaurant
(in the Lake City Mall)
2469 W. US Hwy 90, Lake City, FL

Please join us as we observe and celebrate
Founder's Day (FAMU 1887-2009)

Kindly RSVP no later than November 30th:
Darcy Broadnax (386) 362-5818
Gene Chandler (386) 792-1154
Edna Daniels (386) 792-2816
Harold Lumpkin (386) 397-2780

Don't forget to bring a gift!!


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THE JASPER NEWS, Jasper, FL


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2009


HCHS' Air Force Junior ROTC very active lately


Submitted by C/Major
Jonathan Banks, Group
Deputy Commander

AFJROTC Unit FL-943
has been working over
actively the past couple
of weeks. Under the cur-
rent instruction of Lt.
Col. Darrel Davis and
now MSgt. Keith Snipes
our unit has grown to a
count of 90 cadets.
Recently the HCHS
hosted its Annual Veter-
ans' Day Program on
Monday, November 9,
2009; as usual ROTC
was called to immedi-
ately serve by post the
colors and perform a
flag folding ceremony.
The following cadets
posted colors: C/Capt.
Cameron Hawkins,
C/2d Lt. Andrea Whit-
more, C/MSgt. Daylon
Phelps, and C/A1C
Alex Lee. During the
flag folding ceremony,
C/Capt. Bria Davis read
the symbolism of each
fold as C/Major
Jonathan Banks, C/2d
Lt. Andrea Whitmore,
C/MSgt. Daylon Phelps,
C/MSgt. Walter Jones,
and C/CMSgt. Corey
Dudley folded the flag.
During the middle
school program C/CMS-
gt. Dudley presented the
flag to Veteran and
Dean of Students Mr.
Bernard Perry; C/Major
Banks presented the flag
to Mr. Isaac Chandler a
World War II Veteran
during the high school
program.
Also on Tuesday, No-
vember 10, 2009, the
Color Guard marched in
the White Springs Pa-
rade. Those cadets were:
C/Lt. Col. Karisa Jones,
C/Capt. Cameron
Hawkins, C/2d Lt. An-
drea Whitmore, and
C/SMSgt. Matthew Fol-
som. In addition,
AFJROTC participated
in the Veterans Day Cer-
emony on November 11,
2009 at the Hamilton
County Courthouse. The
unit's color guard pre-
sented colors and a
flight of 26 cadets made
an appearance to show
their respects and honor
those who have served.


Overall AFJROTC did
an outstanding job hon-
oring those Veterans,
and a job well done
showing service before
self.


Hamilton County High
School's Air Force Junior
ROTC participated in many
Veterans' Day 2009 cele-
brations throughout the
county.
Photos submitted:


GS Troops 1162 and


Mrs. Daniels with Girl Scouts Troops 1162 & 519.
Photos: submitted


Everyone Wins When You

Make Charitable Gifts


It's Thanksgiving time again.
Like everyone else, you probably
have many things in your life for
which you are thankful. And you
may want to show your
appreciation for what you have by
making a gift to a charitable
organization. If you do, both you
and the charitable group can come
out ahead.
Of course, it's no secret that
2009 has been an unusual year for
the economy, with most of us
feeling the effects of the recession
in one way or another.
Consequently, you may believe
you can't really afford to make
charitable gifts right now. But
there's probably never been a more
urgent need for these gifts, as the
distressed economy has led to a
decline in contributions for
charities across the country.
Furthermore, your charitable gift
can provide you with some distinct
economic advantages.
Specifically, by making
charitable contribution, you can
gain these tax benefits:
You can take an immediate tax
deduction. If you itemize your
taxes, you can deduct your
contributions to charitable
organizations as long as they are
"tax-qualifed." (Be sure to ask the
organization if it has tax-qualified
status.) Your tax deductions for
charitable contributions are
generally limited to 50% of your
adjusted gross income. (If you
want to claim a deduction for the
2009 tax year, you'll need to make
your contribution before Jan. 1.)
You can avoid capital gains
taxes. If you want to support a
charitable group, you're not
limited to making cash
contributions you can also donate
other assets, such as stocks or real
estate. If you've held these assets
for a long time, their value may

A Josh Akers
Financial Advisor

Lake Park, GA 31636
229-559-0127
559.


have risen considerably. If you
were to sell appreciated assets,
you'd have to pay capital gains
taxes on your profits. But if you
donated these assets, you could
avoid the capital gains liability
while still claiming the tax
deduction.
You can remove assets from
your taxable estate. In 2010, the
estate tax is repealed, but it will
be back in 2011. Estate taxes can
be heavy, and if your heirs aren't
prepared for them, they may have
to sell assets to pay them. To
possibly help avoid this problem,
you may want to reduce the value
of your taxable estate. One way
to do this and also receive an
immediate income tax deduction
is to donate assets, such as
investments and property, to a
charitable group. If you want to
still enjoy the benefits of these
assets while you're alive, you
could transfer them to a
charitable remainder trust, which
would then sell them and reinvest
the proceeds, out of which you
could receive an income stream
for life. Upon your death, the
charity you have designated will
receive the remainder of the
trust's assets. (To properly
establish this type of trust, you'll
need to work with a qualified
legal advisor.)
As you can see, the old saying
"when you give, you also
receive" is certainly true when it
comes to making charitable
donations. So during this holiday
season, be as generous as
possible to charitable groups
and to yourself.

This article was written by
Edward Jones for use by your
local Edward Jones Financial
Advisor Edward Jones does not
provide tax or legal advice.


www.edwardjones.com MemberSIPC
B

565-F


Submitted by Leslie
Carter, Troop 1162 leader
Mrs. Ida Daniels,


519 learn about food safety


Hamilton County
Schools Food and Nutri-
tion Coordinator, speaks
to Jasper Girl Scout
troops 1162 and 519 on
food safety which pre-
pared them for their
chili/soup kitchen they
held on Wednesday,
November 25th at the
Jasper Civic Center.
Troop 1162 thanks Mrs.
Ida for her time and her
support of their event.


Thank you from Jasper GS Troop 1162


Submitted by Leslie Carter, Troop Leader
Girl Scout Troop 1162 of Jasper would like to thank
everyone in the community, the Agape Sunday School
class at 1st Baptist, Daisy GS troops 289, Cadet GS
troop 519, First Baptist of Jasper, Calvary Baptist, D&S
Signs, the city manager, Mrs. Ida Daniels and Foodway
for helping support the Canned Food Drive as well as
their service project "Fill the Community with Kind-
ness and Food held yesterday, Wednesday, November


25th.
The canned food drive was a great success with a to-
tal of 85+ canned foods and 15 boxes of crackers. A
HUGE thank you goes out to all those who took the
time to help make this event successful. There are so
many and we would hate to miss someone, so if you
are not listed above and you helped in someway please
know that what you did was greatly appreciated and
did contribute to the success of this community event.


Lady Trojans Basketball is back!


Submitted by Coach Greg Taylor
The Lady Trojans opened their basketball season
with a win over the Branford Buccaneers 62-42 in a
Tip-off Classic. Scoring was Jasmine Jackson with 13
points, Chelsea Gravin 18 points, Tia Ingram 15
points, Kiante Hagon 3 points and Kentaicha Ander-
son 13 points.



CITY OF JASPER


ELECTION NOTICE

The City of Jasper will hold an Election for City
Council Seats representing Districts 1 & 5
On Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Candidates interested in qualifying to run for
office must pick up their qualifying packets in
person in order to receive filing instructions
and information from Jennifer Pomeroy,
City Clerk at City Hall.
Packets will be available on
Friday, December 4, 2009.

The qualifying period begins at Noon on
December 4, 2009 and ends at Noon on
January 4, 2010.
563369-F


On November 16th the Lady Trojans traveled to
Fort White and again won 68-39. Scoring was Jas-
mine Jackson with 13 points, Chelsea Gravin 24
points, Kiante Hagon 9 points, Tia Ingram 10 points,
Cameron Hawkins 2 points, lesha Crawford 3
points, Markeshia Brown 2 points, and Kentaicha
Anderson with 5 points.
Please come out and support your Lady Trojan
basketball team as we look for a great year!!



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UW Suwannee Valley approaches halfway point in campaign




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United Way Suwannee Valley Hamilton County campaign
chair Joy Howell. Howell acknowledged PCS Phosphate-
White Springs, "not only for use of the conference center
but also for the incredible support PCS provides to our
community."


Staff

United Way Suwan-
nee Valley campaign re-
port luncheons provide
a chance to learn more
both about local United
Way community impact
initiatives and the local
United Way affiliated
agencies that receive
support through our
United Way. On
Wednesday, Nov. 16 the
group met at PCS in
White Springs to hear
from Scott Owens,
whose employer, the
Target Distribution Cen-
ter, not only conducts an
outstanding workplace
giving campaign, but
whose employees partic-
ipate in projects to assist
the community agencies.
United Way agencies
last year provided $14
million in services. In
banking terms, funds
provided to our local
community agencies


through the annual Unit-
ed Way community
fundraising campaign
provide an incredible re-
turn on your investment
in your community.
The Hamilton County
campaign team works
with businesses to pro-
vide a video and volun-
teer speakers bureau
member for workplace
campaign meetings or
civic or social group pre-
sentations.
The United Way vol-
unteer Campaign Cabi-
net recognized the eco-
nomic environment
would make its goal of
$680,000 difficult, but
noted that need in the
community has only
been heightened by the
economic downturn.
As of last Wednesday,
the 2009-10 campaign
contributions and
pledges booked totaled
$318,714 (47 percent of
goal).


Hamilton County High School students (from left) Amber Laffoon, Britney Lambert and Jonathan Banks were speakers at
the United Way of Suwannee Valley Report Luncheon held at PCS Conference Nov. 18. The students told of their experi-
ence while visiting UWSV agencies. Pictured with the students is Joy Howell, Hamilton County campaign chair and First
Federal Bank financial specialist. See photos online in our photo gallery at nflaonline.com.
- Photos: Staff


Arrest

Reports

Editor's note: The
Jasper News prints the en-
tire arrest record each
week. If your name ap-
pears here and you are lat-
er found not guilty or the
charges are dropped, we
will be happy to make note
of this in the newspaper
when judicial proof is pre-
sented to us by you or the
authorities.
The following abbre-
viations are used below:
DAC Department of
Agriculture Commis-
sion
DOA Department of


Children's Home Society of

Florida's 2009 holiday drive seeks

donations for 1,600 local children


Agriculture
DOT Department of
Transportation
FDLE Florida De-
partment of Law En-
forcement
FHP Florida High-
way Patrol
FWC Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission
HCDTF Hamilton
County Drug Task Force
HCSO Hamilton
County Sheriff's Office
ICE Immigration and
Custom Enforcement
JAPD Jasper Police
Department
JNPD Jennings Po-
lice Department
OALE Office of Agri-
cultural Law Enforce-
ment
P&P Probation and
Parole
SCSO Suwannee
County Sheriff's Office
WSPD White Springs
Police Department

Nov. 16, Wayne Adam


Whisnant, 23; 7010 SW
Highway 14, Madison,
Florida; grand theft III;
HCSO
Nov. 16, Lazaro
Lopez, 43; 2020 Hamil-
ton Avenue, 133, Jen-
nings; retail theft; HCSO
Nov. 17, Augustine
Sanchez Lopez, 37; 1942
Horace Avenue, Valdos-
ta, Georgia; FHP
Nov. 17, Tenorio
Emilio Mendoza, 36;
1426 Sardis Road, Lake
Park, Georgia; no valid
drivers license, flee &
evade; HCSO
Nov. 17, Celma Marie
Capresecco, 43; 15060
NE 88th Street, Silver
Springs, Florida; driving
under the influence,
trafficking Fentaryl;
JNPD
Nov. 17, Lovie Folmar,
27; 16967 Mill Street,
White Springs; disorder-
ly intoxication; WSPD
Nov. 18, Peter Laga,
62; 504 SE 2nd Avenue,
Jasper; battery; JAPD


Nov. 18, Collins Ed-
ward Jones, Sr., 56; PO
Box 125, White Springs;
violation of probation;
Nov. 18, Edward
Dwayne Byrd, 28; 11085
NW 38th Way, Jasper;
violation of probation;
HCSO
Nov. 18, Bertha Lee
Daniels, 44; 1451 Berry
Street, Jennings; viola-
tion of probation;
Nov. 20, Clarence
Lemar Dye, 32; 11944
SW CR 249, Jasper; in to
serve weekend; HCSO
Nov. 20, Roger Dennis
Smith, 27; 417 2nd Av-
enue NW, Jasper; do-
mestic battery; JAPD
Nov. 21, Alphonso
Alonzo Thomas, 44;
16744 Branch Street,
White Springs; violation
of injunction; HCSO
Nov. 22, Eugene
Toney Smith, 36; 377
Westchester Boulevard,
E-3, Atlanta, Georgia;
possession of counterfeit
labels (22 counts); DTF


Submitted
Children's Home Society of Florida's
Mid-Florida Division, serving children
and families in 18 counties, is seeking
the community's support in securing
holiday gifts for more than 1,600 local
children. Many of these children are in
foster care after suffering abuse, ne-
glect or abandonment, while others are
from families that struggle to keep
food on the table. Without the commu-
nity's support, these children will not
have a single gift to open this holiday
season.
Children's Home Society of Florida
asks for new, unwrapped gifts for chil-
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dents with no band in-
struments who are eager
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of funding to purchase
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ment at home and you
want to get it out of the
closet, or if you wish to
donate funds to pur-
chase necessary items
for the music depart-
ment, please call 792-
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weight management
treatment program for
children and their par-
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THE JASPER NEWS, Jasper, FL


Jasper Legals
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND
FOR HAMILTON COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2009-CP-000069

IN RE: ESTATE of
WILBUR GENE SELPH,

Deceased.

NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION

The administration of the estate of
WILBUR GENE SELPH, deceased,
whose date of death was September 13,
2009, File Number 09-CP-069 is pending
in the Circuit Court for Hamilton County,
Florida, Probate Division, the address of
which is Hamilton County Courthouse,
207 N.E. 1st Street, Room 106, Jasper,
FL 32052. The names and addresses of
the co-personal representatives and the
co-personal representative's attorney are
set forth below.

ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NO-
TIFIED THAT:

All persons on whom this notice is served
who have objections that challenge the
Qualifications of the personal representa-
tive, venue, or jurisdiction of this Court
are required to file their objections with
this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF
THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF
THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NO-
TICE OR THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE
DATE OF SERVICE OF A COY OF THIS
NOTICE ON THEM.

All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is served within three
months after the date of the first publica-
tion of this notice must file their claims
with this court WITHIN THREE MONTHS
AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUB-
LICATION OF THIS NOTICE.

ALL CLAIMS, DEMANDS AND OBJEC-
TIONS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREV-
ER BARRED.

The date of the first publication of this No-
tice is November 19, 2009.

/s/Charlotte Selph Shirey
CHARLOTTE SELPH SHIREY
Co-personal Representative
304 Ibis Avenue
Sebring, Florida 33870

/s/Vickle Selph
VICKIE SELPH
Co-personal Representative
5614 Maple Road
Sebrlng, Florida 33875

/s/Thayer M. Marts
THAYER M. MARTS
Attorney for Co-Personal Representatives
Florida Bar No. 0143045
Law Offices of Thayer M. Marts
Post Office Box 1814
Tallahassee, Florida 32302
(850) 224-1258 Fax: (850) 656-5923
11/19, 11/26

PUBLIC AUCTION

Date: 12-10-2009
Time: 8:00 AM

2003 Utility Trailer
Vin# 1UYVS25323U940720

Location: Dennis Garage
8109 CR 146 NW
Jennings, FL 32053
11/26

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
HAMILTON COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File No. 09-65-CP

IN RE: ESTATE OF
JOHN PAUL COLLINS,

Deceased.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS

The administration of the estate of JOHN
PAUL COLLINS, deceased, whose date
of death was August 1, 2009; Number 09-
65-CP, is pending in the Circuit Court for
Hamilton County, Florida, Probate Divi-
sion, the address of which is 207 NE 1st
Street, Room 106, Jasper, FL 32052. The
names and addresses of the personal
representative and the personal repre-
sentative's attorney are set forth below.

All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate, on whom a
copy of this notice is required to be
served, must file their claims with this
court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF
SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE
ON THEM.

All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate must file their
claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS
AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUB-
LICATION OF THIS NOTICE.

ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SEC-
TION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PRO-
BATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.

NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERI-
OD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AF-
TER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF
DEATH IS BARRED.

The date of first publication of this notice
is: November 26, 2009.

James H. Burgess, Jr.
Attorney for Personal Representative
Florida Bar No. 280763
Burgess, Harrell, Mancuso,
Olson & Colton, PA.
1776 Ringling Blvd.


SUWANNEE-

HAMILTONA
TECHNICAL CENTER


Sarasota, Florida 34236
Telephone: 941-366-3700

LORRIE BEATRICE
Personal Representative
5901 Java Plum Lane
Bradenton, Florida 34203
11/26, 12/3

LEGAL NOTICE

The Suwannee River Economic Council,
Inc. Board of Directors will hold a meeting
of the Board of Directors on Monday, De-
cember 7, 2009, 6:00 PM. at the Suwan-
nee River Economic Council, Inc., Senior
Center Building in Live Oak, Florida.
11/26

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT,
THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR
HAMILTON COUNTY
CASE NO.: 2009CA000497

FLORENCE GORNTO,

Plaintiff

V.

W. B. LEWIS, PAULINE LEWIS,
RICHARD R McPHERSON, MARY V.
McPHERSON,
And all unknown parties claiming by,
through, under or against the herein
named Defendants, who are not known
to be dead or alive, whether said un-
known parties claim as heirs, de-
visees, grantees, assignees, lienors,
creditors, trustees, spouses, or other
claimants,

Defendants.

COMPLAINT TO QUIET TITLE

Comes now Plaintiff and alleges:
1. This is an action to Quiet Title and con-
firm title of Plaintiff in and to real property
located in Hamilton County, Florida pur-
suant to Florida Statutes 65.061.

2. The Plaintiffs are the owners of the fol-
lowing real property: SEE EXHIBIT "A"
ATTACHED HERETO AND MADE A
PART HEREOF
EXHIBIT "A"

Begin at the southeast corner of Lot 12,
Block 102, according to Lang's Map of the
City of Jasper, in Section 6, township 1
North, Range 14 East, Hamilton County,
Florida, which said Point of Beginning is
also the Southwest corner of lands de-
scribed in that certain Warranty Deed to
Cecil L. Gornto and Florence Gornto, his
wife, dated February 28, 1977, recorded
in Official Record Book 132, Page 868;
thence run West, along the North right of
way line of Rice Street (also known as 3rd
Street, Southwest), a distance of 100.00
feet; thence run North, parallel with the
East line of said Lot 12, a distance of
210.00 feet, more or less, to the South
line of lands of Jasper Laundry and Dry
Cleaners, Inc.; thence run East along the
said South line of lands of Jasper Laun-
dry and Dry Cleaners, Inc., to the North-
east corner of said Lot 12, which is also
the Northwest corner of the land de-
scribed in the aforesaid deed to Cecil L.
Gornto and Florence Gornto, his wife,
recorded in Official Record Book 132,
Page 868; thence run South, along the
East line of said Lot 12, being also the
West line of the lands described in the
aforesaid deed to Cecil L. Gornto and Flo-
rence Gornto, his wife, recorded in Official
Record Book 132, Page 868, a distance
of 200.00 feet, more or less, o the POINT
OF BEGINNING; and being bounded as
follows: On the East by the lands of Cecil
L. Gornto and Florence Gornto, his wife;
on the South by Rice Street which is also
known as 3rd Street, Southwest; on the
West by other lands of Grantor; and, on
the North by lands of Jasper Laundry and
Dry Cleaners, Inc.

Plaintiffs are residents of Hamilton Coun-
ty, Florida and claim title to said property
and deraigns title as follows:

(a) Certificate of Title executed by Clerk of
Circuit Court of Hamilton County, Florida
to Cecil L. Gornto and Florence Gornto,
his wife recorded July 26, 1991 in Official
Records Book 288, Page 183 in the Pub-
lic Records of Hamilton County, Florida

(Exhibit "B").

4. Plaintiff has paid taxes on the subject
property and has possessed, maintained,
enjoyed the use of and otherwise have
had open, exclusive and continuous pos-
session of said property since July 26,
1991 and has had no challenge or dispute
from any person or persons as to their
ownership of the property

5. Any and all claims, right, title or interest
of Defendants to the real property de-
scribed herein above have been extin-
guished by the Certificate of Title de-
scribed herein; and Plaintiff is the true
record title owner to the real property and
the legal and equitable owner thereof in
fee simple, and as such, are entitled to
have their title to the real property quieted
and confirmed by the court under provi-
sions of Florida Statute 65.061.

6. Defendants' last known addresses are:

(a) W. B. Lewis, unknown
(b) Pauline Lewis, unknown
(c) Richard P McPherson, unknown
(d) Mary V. McPherson, unknown

7. Plaintiff has made a diligent search and
inquiry to ascertain the whereabouts of
Defendants and have discovered that
there is no current known address for De-
fendants and Plaintiff has been unable to
locate them. (See Affidavit of diligent
Search and Inquiry attached hereto as

Exhibit "C").

8. It is not known whether Defendant(s)
are dead or alive. All defendants are over
the age of eighteen years.

9. The subject property was conveyed to
W. B. Lewis and Pauline Lewis by virtue of


Warranty Deed recorded April 18, 1944, in
Deed Book 196, Page 27, of the Public
Records of Hamilton County, Florida (Ex-
hibit "D"). Thereafter, a Life Estate interest
was conveyed by Mallory and Mae Belle
Tuten to Defendant, Richard P McPher-
son and his wife, Mary V McPherson, by
virtue of Warranty Deed recorded Sep-
tember 24, 1948, in Deed Book 33, Page
272, said Public Records of Hamilton
County, Florida (Exhibit "E"). After diligent
search of the Public Records of Hamilton
County, a deed to deraign title to Mallory
and Mae Belle Tuten, cannot be located,
which creates a cloud on the title of the
subject property Also, a deed relinquish-
ing the life estate interest of Defendant,
Richard P. McPherson and Mary V.
McPherson, could not be located which
creates a cloud on the title to subject
property

10. Plaintiff is the proper person to have
the property in her name in fee simple and
be free of any cloud on title.

WHEREFORE, Plaintiff prays as follows:

A. That upon final hearing the fee simple
title to the above described property be
adjudged to be in Plaintiff;

B. That Defendants, each of them, be re-
quired to set forth the nature of their
claims in and to said property and that all
adverse claims by Defendants or those
claiming by, through, under or against
them be determined by judgment of this
court be null and void;

C. That all right, title and interests of De-
fendants and those parties claiming by,
through, under or against them be forever
quieted and confirmed in Plaintiff;

D. That Defendants and those parties
claiming by, through, under, or against
them be perpetually enjoined from ascer-
taininn any rinht title or interest in and to


the above described p


property;


E. That this Court grant such other relief
as it deems appropriate.

Under penalties of perjury I declare that I
have read the foregoing and the facts al-
leged are true, to the best of our knowl-
edge and belief.

Signed October 18, 2009.

/s/Florence Gornto
Florence Gornto

/s/Branden Strickland
Branden Strlckland
Attorney for Plaintiff
Strlckland Law Firm, PL.
430 Almerla Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
FL Bar #12169
786-553-4099
11/05, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26

NOTICE OF INTENT TO USE UNIFORM
METHOD OF COLLECTING
NON-AD VALOREM ASSESSMENTS

The Hamilton County, Florida (the "Coun-
ty") hereby provides notice, pursuant to
section 197.3632(3)(a), Florida Statutes,
of its intent to use the uniform method of
collecting non-ad valorem special assess-
ments to be levied within the County, for
the cost of providing fire protection ser-
vices, emergency medical services, and
solid waste services commencing for the
FiscalYear beginning on October 1, 2010
and continuing until discontinued by the
County The County will consider the
adoption of a resolution electing to use
the uniform method of collecting such as-
sessments authorized by section
197.3632, Florida Statutes, at a public
hearing to be held at 6:30 p.m. on De-
cember 15, 2009 in the Board Meeting
Room, 207 NE 1st Street, Jasper, Florida.
Such resolution will state the need for the
levy and will contain a legal description of
the boundaries of the real property sub-
ject to the levy. Copies of the proposed
form of resolution, which contains the le-
gal description of the real property sub-
ject to levy, are on file at the Office of the
Clerk of Court, 207 NW 1st Street, Room
106, Jasper, Florida. All interested per-
sons are invited to attend.

In the event any person decides to appeal
any decision by the County with respect
to any matter relating to the consideration
of the resolution at the above-referenced
public hearing, a record of the proceeding
may be needed and in such an event,
such person may need to ensure that a
verbatim record of the public hearing is
made, which record includes the testimo-
ny and evidence on which the appeal is to
be based. In accordance with the Ameri-
can with Disabilities Act, persons needing
a special accommodation or an inter-
preter to participate in this proceeding
should contact the Office of the Clerk of
Court, Hamilton Count, at (386) 792-
1288, 72 hours prior to the date of the
hearing.

Board of County Commissioners
Hamilton County, Florida
11/19, 11/26, 12/03, 12/10

TO: JONATHAN RYAN MATTHEWS

You have been identified as the biological
father of BABY GIRL HAND, born to
Kylelgh Hand on October 17, 2009, in
Chatham County, Georgia. The natural
and legal mother of this child has surren-
dered her parental rights and custody to
this child to Covenant Care Services, Inc.
for adoption. If you have any interest in
this child, please contact Covenant Care
Services, Inc., 3950 Ridge Avenue, Ma-
con, Georgia 31210, (478) 475-4990 or
toll free 1-800-226-5683. If you do not file
a petition to legitimate this child pursuant
to Georgia Code Section 19-7-22 within
thirty (30) days of your receipt of this no-
tice and provide a copy of the petition to
legitimate to me as attorney for Covenant
Care Services, Inc., you will lose all rights
you may have in and to this child and you
will neither receive notice nor be entitled
to object to the adoption of the child, pur-
suant to Official Code of Georgia Annotat-
ed Section 19-8-12.


415 S.W. Pinewood Dr
Live Oak, FL 32064

386-647-4200 A


NOTICE OF HEARING

YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that coun-
sel of record for Covenant Care Services,
Inc., will bring its Petition to Terminate
Parental Rights on for hearing before the
Superior Court of Bibb County, Bibb
County Courthouse, 601 Mulberry Street,
Macon, Georgia, at 12:00 noon on Mon-
day, January 11, 2010. THIS IS THE
ONLY NOTICE YOU WILL RECEIVE OF
SAID HEARING.

H.J. STRICKLAND, JR.,
Georgia Bar No. 004450
Attorney for Covenant Care Services, Inc.
435 Second Street, PO. Box 6437
Macon, Georgia 31208-6437
(478) 745-2821
11/12, 19, 26

NOTICE OF PUBLIC EXPLANATION
OF PLANNED ACTIVITY IN A
FLOODPLAIN OR WETLAND AND
CONCURRENT NOTICE

NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO
SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND
NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST
RELEASE OF FUNDS

Date of Notice: November 26, 2009
Name of Responsible Entity: Hamilton
County Commission
Address: 1153 US Hwy 41, Suite 2
City, State, Zip Code: Jasper, FL 32052
Telephone Number: 386-792-6639

These notices shall satisfy three separate
but related procedural requirements for
activities to be undertaken by the Hamil-
ton County Commission.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC EXPLANATION
OF PLANNED ACTIVITY
IN A FLOODPLAIN OR WETLAND

The Hamilton County Commission in-
tends to undertake a project to be funded
by a Florida Small Cities Emergency Set
Aside Community Development Block
Grant. The proposed project (Florida DCA
CDBG Contract #10DB-4N-03-34-01-
NE2) Repair or replace a minimum of nine
(9) eligible owner occupied homes that
were damaged by the March/Aril severe
storms as outlined in Executive Order 09-
81 issued by Florida Governor Charlie
Crlst on April 1, 2009. It has been deter-
mined that it has no practicable alternative
other than to proceed with the work. This
activity will have no significant impact on
the environment for the following reasons:

The repair or replacement of single family
dwellings without increasing the original
size of the structure is categorical exclud-
ed under 24 CFR 58.35.

Although the project is located in the 100-
year floodplain, the improvements cannot
be undertaken in any other location due to
the scope of the project. There is, there-
fore, no practicable alternative.

The proposed improvements conform to
applicable floodplain protection stan-
dards. The proposed action will not affect
natural or beneficial floodplain values, and
residents of the community will benefit
from the project. The improvements will
replace already existing substandard
housing. Failure to provide these improve-
ments could result in the owners to be
without shelter.

Additional agencies involved in this pro-
ject include the Florida Department of
Community Affairs, Federal Emergency
Management Agency, Florida Department
of Environmental Protection and the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Devel-
opment.

Written comments must be received by
the Hamilton County Commission at the
following address on or before December
7, 2009: Hamilton County Commission at
1153 US Hwy 41, Suite 2: Jasper, FL
32052. A more detailed description of the
project and the FIA flood maps are avail-
able for citizen review at the office of the
Hamilton County Coordinator, Danny
Johnson, at 1153 US Hwy 41, Suite 2;
Jasper, FL 32052.

REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS


On or about December 8, 2009 the Hamil-
ton County Commission will submit a re-
quest to the Florida Department of Com-
munity Affairs for the release of Commu-
nity Development Block Grant funds un-
der Title I of the Housing and Community
Development Act, as amended, to under-
take the previously described project at
an estimated cost of $646,992 (HUD pro-
vided funding).

FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT

The Hamilton County Commission has
determined that the project will have no
significant impact on the human environ-
ment. Therefore, an Environmental Im-
pact Statement under the National Envi-
ronmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is
not required. Additional project informa-
tion is contained in the Environmental Re-
view Record (ERR) on file at the Hamilton
County Commission offices at 1153 US
Hwy 41, Suite 2; Jasper, FL 32052 and
may be examined or copied weekdays
from 9 A.M. to 4 PM.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Any individual, group, or agency may sub-
mit written comments on the ERR to the
Hamilton County Commission's Environ-
mental Certifying Officer at 1153 US Hwy
41, Suite 2; Jasper, FL 32052. All com-
ments must be received by December 7,
2009. Comments will be considered prior
to the Hamilton County Commission re-
questing a release of funds. Comments
should specify which notice they are ad-
dressing.

RELEASE OF FUNDS

The Hamilton County Commission certi-
fies to the Florida Department of Commu-
nity Affairs and HUD that Randy Ogburn
in his capacity as Chairman of the Hamil-
ton County (FL) Commission consents to
accept the jurisdiction of the Federal
Courts if an action is brought to enforce


responsibilities in elation to the environ-
mental review process and that these re-
sponsibilities have been satisfied. The
State's approval of the certification satis-
fies its responsibilities under NEPA and
related laws and authorities and allows
the Hamilton County Commission to use
the Emergency Set Aside CDBG funds.

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE FUNDS

HUD will accept objections to its release
of funds and the Hamilton County Com-
mission's certification for a period of fif-
teen days following the anticipated sub-
mission date or its actual receipt of the re-
quest (whichever is later) only if they are
on one of the following bases: (a) the cer-
tification was not executed by the Certify-
ing Officer of the Hamilton County Com-
mission; (b) the Hamilton County Com-
mission has omitted a step or failed to
make a decision or finding required by
HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58; (c)
the grant recipient has committed funds or
incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR
Part 58 before approval of a release of
funds by the State; or (d) another Federal
agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part
1504 has submitted a written finding that
the project is unsatisfactory from the
standpoint of environmental quality Ob-
jections must be prepared and submitted
in accordance with the required proce-
dures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76) and
shall be addressed to the Florida Depart-
ment of Community Affairs, CDBG Pro-
gram, 2555 Shumard Oaks Boulevard,
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2100. Poten-
tial objectors should contact the Hamilton
County Commission to verify the actual
last day of the objection period.

Name and Title of Local
Government's Certifying Office
Randy Ogburn,
Hamilton County Commission's
Certifying Officer/ Chairman of the
Hamilton County Commission
11/26


Life in White Springs


Continued From Page 3A


A subscription makes a
wonderful Christmas
gift.
I could spend the en-
tire column on thankful-
ness but, thankfully
mind you, there are other
things to report. Recent-
ly, life long citizen of
White Springs, Earnes-
tine Johnson was feted
with a birthday dinner
hosted by her daughters,
Rhonda Johnson, Jacque-
line Williams and Vickie
Bulger. Grilling was
done by her son in law
John Williams. It was a
joyous, blessed occasion
where Earnestine was
surrounded by her
friends and family in-
cluding grandchildren
and great grandchildren.
Happy birthday Earnes-
tine!
Janet Moses is hosting
a Christmas Open House
at her Folk Art Gallery
across from the Post Of-
fice on Saturday, No-


vember 28 from 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Come and en-
joy gourmet teas, re-
freshments and live en-
tertainment by Sam and
Sally Worley. Janet's
shop is a joy to behold
and she and her cheerful
friends, family and staff
always will make you
feel so welcome that
shopping will be a plea-
sure.
So in closing, I am
thankful for this day. As
this paper hits the streets,
like many of you, Merri
and I will be surrounded
by brothers and sisters,
sons and daughters and
grandchildren. (We love
you Lily Grace!) We are
thankful that we have
been blessed with the
love of friends and fami-
ly and the enjoyment of
knowing and living life
in White Springs.
Let me hear from you.
Walter McKenzie
,if, ihi;,l1it,. -p i'il;.s
@gmail.com
386-269-0056


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Farm Bureau president:


THE JASPER NEWS, Jasper, FL

As I see it


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2009


Florida agriculture is Fall ramblings: A season

economic bulwark in recession for everything wild


Submitted
(Gainesville, Fla.) -
The leader of Florida's
largest general agricul-
tural organization re-
minded his audience
that agriculture has re-
mained a "pillar" of eco-
nomic activity, despite
the deep recession of the
past year. While speak-
ing at Florida Farm Bu-
reau's 2009 Annual
Meeting Oct. 28-30 in
Daytona Beach, Presi-
dent John Hoblick ac-
knowledged that many
citizens have faced the
"toughest times since
the Great Depression."
But farm operations
have helped to sustain
this state's people and
their standard of living
in the midst of record
declines in tourism and
construction.
Hoblick noted that
Florida Farm Bureau
has intensively focused
on supporting family
agricultural operations.
Such a focus has includ-
ed the message of
"Strong Family Farms,
Strong Florida." He
promised that in 2010
the organization will
follow the same strate-
gy. In addition, Farm
Bureau will aggressively
pursue rural develop-
ment. "Our members
are a powerful force for
economic stability and
recovery," he said. The
challenge lies in repeat-
edly "convincing the
people who make public
policy how important
(farmers and ranchers)
are to the Sunshine
State. I think we can do
that."
The farm leader also
praised members for
their efforts at grass-
roots lobbying during
the past year. The orga-


nization was successful
in lowering workers'
compensation costs and
ensuring that injured
workers receive more
compensation that attor-
neys obtain from fees.
Farm Bureau also pro-
tected the University of
Florida's Institute of
Food and Agricultural
Sciences against dispro-
portionate budget cuts.
Farm Bureau members
have helped to sustain
county Extension offices
in the wake of declining
revenues for local gov-
ernment. Above all,
members have been
guardians of private
property rights the
foundation of citizen-
ship in our republic.
Hoblick emphasized
that Farm Bureau mem-
bers oppose two major
proposals now before
the Congress. The cli-
mate change measure
(cap and trade) current-
ly under consideration
would add substantial
expenses to agricultural
producers and most oth-
er citizens without a
demonstrable benefit.
The Clean Water
Restoration Act would
give the U.S. Environ-
mental Protection
Agency control over
every body of water in
the nation including
water in roadside
drainage ditches.
He said Farm Bureau
members will rally their
fellow citizens around a
"Don't Cap our Future"
campaign to defeat the
climate change legisla-
tion and will collaborate
with county commis-
sions to reject the Clean
Water Restoration Act.
"We have a powerful
organization, built on
the grassroots," Hoblick


declared. "Now, more
than ever, farmers and
ranchers need Florida
Farm Bureau to repre-
sent the interests of agri-
culture."


Need Your

High

School

Diploma?
Adults who have
not received a high
school diploma may
register and enroll at
the class site in Jasper
at the JREL Complex,
Building 1, Room 8.
This is your "Second
Chance" to earn a high
school diploma.
Class Registration:
Every Wednesday at
1:30 p.m.
1. Need a copy
of your Social Security
card.
2. Students, ages
16-17, must provide a
copy of their with-
drawal form from the
last school attended.
3. Registration,
including Locator Test
will take 1 hour.
TABE Class En-
trance Test: Every
Thursday at 1:30 p.m.
1. Only for
adults without a high
school diploma.
2. Must have
completed registra-
tion.
3. Test takes ap-
proximately 3 hours
and will start prompt-
ly at 1:30 p.m.

Call Rex Mitchell
(792-6571) or Evelyn
Davis (792-6529) for
enrollment details.


NOTICE

F Tax Impact of Value Adustment Board


County of Hamilton
Members of The Board


Tax Year 2009


Honorable Rrandy Ogburn Honorable Mike Adams
Board of County Commissioners District No. Four Board of County Commissioners District No. Two


Honorable Joyce Shaw
School Board District No. Four


Citizen Member Susan Goodin
Business owner within the school district


Citizen Member Bill Hunter
Homestead property owner

The Value Adjustment Board (VAB) meets each year to hear petitions and make decisions relating to property
tax assessments, exemptions, classifications and tax deferrals.

Summary of Year's Actions

Number of Parcels Reduction Shift in
in County T
Typef Exemptions Assessments* Both Taxable TaxesDue
Type of Value Due to Board
Property Granted Requested Reduced Requested Withdrawn to Board Actions
or Resolved Actions
Residential 0 1 0 0 0 $0 $0

Commercial 0 0 0 0 0 $0 $0
Industrial
and
Miscellaneous 0 0 0 0 0 $0 $0

Agricultural or
classified use 0 0 0 0 0 $0 $0

High water
recharge 0 0 0 0 0 $0 $0
Historic
commercial or
nonprofit 0 0 0 0 0 $0 $0

Business
machinery and
equipment 0 0 0 0 0 $0 $0
Vacant lots
and acreage 0 0 0 0 0 $0 $0

TOTALS 0 1 0 0 0 $0 $0
All values should be county taxable values. School and other taxing authority values may differ.
*Include transfer of assessment difference (portability) requests.
If you have a question about these actions, contact the chair or the clerk of the Value Adjustment Board


Chairperson


RANDY OGBURN
Name
GREG GODWIN
Name


386-792-1288
Phone
386-792-1288
Phone


562715-F


By Rodney Barreto,
Chairman, Florida Fish and I\ idily..- Con-
servation Commission

Snowbirds migrating to Florida
might be the most obvious signs of the
onset of fall for some full-time resi-
dents of the state, but wildlife is also
keenly reactive to the accompanying
seasonal changes that include shorter
days and cooler weather. We've
written before about cold fronts and
their effects on migratory birds, but al-
most all wildlife responds to fall sea-
sonal changes, though sometimes in
dissimilar fashion. So do people.
As for birds, Neo-tropical migrants
are setting up shop locally for the win-
ter or fueling up for a longer trip to the
Caribbean or South America. Local
bird feeders are being visited by many
species, and increased numbers of
ducks, other migratory waterfowl and
wading birds dot our large lakes,
rivers, beaches and freshwater ponds
and tidal marshes.
As for birds of prey, northern harri-
ers can be seen actively gliding over
marsh areas, and Cooper's hawks will
be on the prowl for the new feeding op-
portunities brought on by the vast mi-
gration of smaller bird species into
Florida. Eagles are engaged in spectac-
ular aerial courtships, while their os-
prey cousins rebuild nests, high on a
wide variety of naked perches close to
their fishing sites.
Not surprisingly, people react to
these fall migrations too, by putting
out backyard feeders to attract birds.
But don't be surprised if your backyard
bird feeder creates an ambush point for
birds of prey like Cooper's hawks.
That's Mother Nature -- sort of.
Bird feeders also can create health
problems for migrating birds, so don't
forget to clean your bird feeders regu-


larly with a 10-precent solution of chlo-
rine bleach to help prevent the spread
of disease. We owe it to these tiny mi-
grating birds, some having survived a
grueling 2,000-mile journey punctuat-
ed by bad weather and other life-
threatening issues, not to let them to
become victims of reckless human
kindness by feeding them in unsani-
tary conditions.
To top off the aerobatic bird festival,
majestic sandhill cranes and white pel-
icans add to the variety of air show per-
formers taking up winter residence.
Remember, there are good reasons not
to feed either of these species, neither
of which benefit from the practice. De-
liberately feeding pelicans at fish-
cleaning stations is illegal. Feeding
sandhill cranes anywhere is illegal.
As for reptiles, including native
snakes, alligators, turtles and a variety
of other cold-blooded animals, the sea-
son for high activity is winding down.
Just don't forget that though the meta-
bolic rates of cold-blooded animals de-
crease with temperature, alligators are
still capable of acting as apex preda-
tors, and all cautions in the FWC's
"Living With Alligators" brochure,
need to be observed with due respect.
On the other hand, mammals are
quite active during the fall, and that in-
cludes the Florida black bear. Although
black bears don't hibernate in Florida,
they prepare for it by entering a period
of activity in the fall, called hyperpha-
gia. Hyperphagia is a behavior in all
black bears that causes them to feed at
twice the normal daily rate they need
to maintain themselves. This behavior
is likely the result of a gene that causes
bears to put on weight in preparation
for a hibernation period that, in Flori-
da, never comes. Here, the caution to
residents living in bear country is to se-
cure all trash and pet food in places
and in ways that cannot attract a bear.
Appreciating wildlife from a distance
beats appreciating it from inside your
lanai or garage, especially if it's a bear.
Deer, hogs and squirrels are feeding
actively, and of course, that signals the
onset of hunting season. Hunters
were the first conservationists, and like
all conservationists, hunters have a
vested interest in seeing that all
wildlife, whether it is hunted or not,
continues to proliferate. Obeying the
letter and the intent of the law, and in-
sisting your hunting partners do the
same, is a great starting place from
which to build an appreciation of all
wildlife.
Be you a snowbird, bird watcher,
hunter, all around nature lover, pet
owner or just somebody who appreci-
ates living in the Sunshine State, fall is
a time of thanksgiving and of wildlife.
Enjoy!


NOTICE

Hamilton County Class III Landfill

& Recycling Center


CLOSED

Thursday, Friday & Saturday

November 26-28, 2009

In Observance of Thanksgiving Holiday
The Landfill/Recycling Center will not be open Saturday, November 28, 2009




Notice of



Certification



of Tax Roll


Pursuant to Sections


193.122 and


197.323,


Florida Statutes, David H. Goolsby, Jr., Property

Appraiser for Hamilton County, Florida hereby

gives notice that the final certification for the
2009 Hamilton County Tax Roll was made to
the Tax Collector on November 20, 2009.


David Goolsby, Jr. CFA
Property Appraiser
562721-F




THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2009


to our customers


These area businesses wish to express their thanks


to you, their
& wish you




Betty's Upholstery
& Gift Shop
16529 Hamilton Ave., White Springs
Specialized-Personlized-Custom Handmade Gifts

386-397-2243






Dance Works
Ages 3-17
Ballet Tap Jazz
Kinderdance Acrobatics


114 Hatley St., Jasper
386-590-0535


Shannon McCook,
Owner/Teacher


valued customers, for your patronage
a happy and bountiful Thanksgiving.


Bass's Furniture
& Appliance Warehouse
Sales & Service
303 NW Hatley St., Jasper, FL
386-792-2725
Carolyn Cindy Jay
See us for your appliance parts
Happy Thanksgiving
from the entire staff at:

Jasper

Foodway


Brown's Flowers
& Gifts
For All Occasions
106 SW 1st St., Jasper
386-792-1120
Margie & Carlton Brown, Owners

SIJWANNE E
IIARWI)IARE & FEED
S 16660 Spring St.
White Springs
386-397-2551


lrcwi g Creations
Florial Designs for all occasions


Delivery &
ConsultationS
AN t I LI b&


16842 Spring St.
White Springs, FL
386-397-2142


HAPPY 4
-T T A TT/-r-/- FTI T#T
I Fil-vINI\D3uI V ItNU


BUILDING CENTER
386-792-2443 HARDWARE
386-792-1052


LAWN & GARDEN
386-792-1135


Jasper Hardware
& Supply Co., Inc.
202 Northwest Central Ave.,
Jasper, FL 32052
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
to all our customers!

W. Benjamin
Norris, Jr., DMD
107 1st Avenue, Jasper, FL
386-792-1190
1-877-476-1740
Dr. Norris, Dr. Burbank and the
entire staff wishes everyone a

R44N T4IISGVlG


205 SE 2nd Ave.,
Jasper
386-792-1316


JENNINGS

MINI f
MARKET
J& 3apU hatkh injwq joOiN!
1186 Hamilton Ave., Jennings, Florida
Store Hours: 6 a.m. 9 p.m. Monday Thursday
6 a.m. 10 p.m. Friday Sunday
386-938-2953


THE JASPER NEWS, Jasper, FL


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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2009


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