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LIBRARY OF FLORIDA HISTORY
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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
GAINW 3'VILLE, FL. 32611
Farm Service Desalination
Agency Election Need Growing
Results In State
Story, Page 3 Editorial, Page 4
Story, Page 6
Story, Page 12
137TH YEAR NO.18,50 CENTS Published Wednesdays & Fridays
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2005
THE BLOCK north of the
is expected to undergo a
the county vacates three
big change when
of the buildings.
Operations to be move are the Tax
Collector, Property Appraiser and State At-
torney. (News Photo)
County To Sell
Plan Calls For Moving To
New Place By Year's End
Senior Staff Writer
Commissioners plan to sell three
coutr -owned buildings in the
downtown district and use the
money to renovate the newly ac-
quired buildings at the former high
The three buildings the county
plans to sell are those occupied by
the operations of the Tax Collector,
Property Appraiser and Assistant
Commi; -ioneris reached agree-
nmefit on the sale of the buildings
during a two-hour workshop Tues-
day morning. Not everyone, how-
ever, was satisfied with the decision
to use sealed bids as the mechanism
for the sale.
Several participants, including at
least one commissioner, argued that
selling the buildings b\ way of real-
tors would bring a better price. And
two audience participants argued for
restricting the sale to retail busi-
Commissioners established at the
onset of the workshop two basic
goals. One, they wanted to accom-
plish the move of the appropriate
county operations into the high
school buildings by the end of the
year, if at all possible.
Two, they wanted the sale of the
downtown buildings to precede the
"I don't want to leave these build-
ings vacant on the front side of
Monticello," Commissioner J. N.
"Junior" Tuten said, expressing a
general concern of the board.
Given the two basic goals, Tuten
argued that sc-aled bids were the best
way to go. Not only would sealed
bids get the county a good price on
the buildings, it would speed up the
process and provide the county with
the necessary money to begin reno-
vating the high school buildings, he
"I think you'll shortchange your-
self on value if you put this out on
sealed bids," Extension Office Di-
rector Larry Halsey offered. "Have
you considered giving this to a real-
tor to sell with a trip value on it?"
Tuten discounted the idea. Getting
realtors involved would not only ex-
tend the process, it would also limit
the number of potential buyers and
incur an additional cost to the
county in the form of the realtors'
fee, he said.
Not necessarily so, Commissioner
Jerry Sutphin countered. He thought
realtors could actually get the
county a better price on the build-
ings, given their knowledge of the
market and their greater ability to
What's more, realtors' fees were
negotiable, he said.
"We could let the brokers in the
county bid on what they would take
this for and they .would have the
burden of advertising," Sutphin
Another possible alternative,
Halsey suggested, was for the
county to borrow the money.
"I know that the timing of getting
into the high school buildings is the
primary driver of this," Halsey said.
"I also know that this commission
has a pathological fear of bonding
indebtedness. But why not borrow
the money against the value of the
buildings you, plan to sell and use
that money to renovate the high
(See Downtown Page 12)
DEPARTMENT HEADS got to share with
commissioners their ideas of how the
county should proceed with the sale of the
vacated buildings. From left, Building In-
spector Wallace Bullock, Planning Official
Bob Arredondo and Extension Services Di-
rector Larry Halsey. (News Photo)
Assignment Of Buildings
City Moves Forward
On Internet Project
Senior Staff Writer
City officials continue pursuing
the idea of the city establishing its
own high-speed Internet service for
residents and businesses.
Earlier this month, City Superin-
tendent Don Anderson informed the'
City Council that AT&T had sub-
mitted the only bid for the fiber op-
tic cable service -- a critical compo-
nent of the system.
Anderson said AT&T's monthly
charge for the service "came right at
what we expected."
He then asked the council for per-
mission to advertise for bids on the
equipment needed for installation of
the system. Depending on the prices
quoted, Anderson said the commit-
tee would recommend whether to
proceed with installation of the sys-
He said if the decision was to go
forward with the system, it could be
up and running by March,
The council is scheduled to re-
view the bids Tuesday night.
The idea of becoming a provider
of wireless broad band service to lo-
cal customers is part of an Action
Plan developed by the city "to create
economic vitality while preserving
the area's rich cultural heritage and
The plan is the product of a coop-
erative effort that solicited input
from the county government, the
school system, businesses and hun-
dreds of citizens. It outlines a vari-
ety of economic development initia-
tives, "including the provision to
make wireless broad band connec-
tivity available countywide."
States the project's vision state-
ment: "Although there is spotty
availability of broad band in areas of
Monticello and the surrounding
county, the aggressive plan devel-
oped by city staff will seek to fulfill
locally the mission statement of the
Federal Communications Commis-
sion and President Bush's directive
that each household in America will
have access to affordable high-speed
"By filling the gap in broad band
availability that the private sector
cannot -- or will not -- provide, the
city. has committed to eliminate the
disparity between technological in-
frastructure in urban and rural
"This is to be accomplished by the
installation of a municipally-owned
system providing both first tier
minimum-speed broad band for
causal users, as well as increased-
speed tiers of service for users re-
quiring advanced technological ap-
Among the primary beneficiar-
ies of the system will be the city it-
,self, according to proponents.
"By incorporating wireless tech-
nology into its water and sewer sys-
tems, the city will eliminate the
manual reading of water wells,
sewer lift stations and 1,200 water
meters, thereby freeing several days
of labor and fiundreds of miles of
vehicle usage every month," goes
The accompanying software,
moreover, will allow city personnel
to monitor water and sewage usage
in "real time", either directly from
City Hall or from any location after
The city will also be able to better
safeguard critical infrastructure .sites
in compliance with federal Home-
land Security guidelines.
Again quoting from the vision pa-
per: "To meet the requirement of se-
curity alarms at infrastructure sites,
the city has been compelled to pay
for outside monitoring. But with the
installation of its own monitoring
systems through the city's intranet,
tied directly to the police
department, security will be pro-
vided at a quicker response time and
in a more cost-efficient manner."
Police officers also will benefit
S(See Internet Page 12)
Senior Staff Writer
Unwilling to jeopardize $300,000
the county is seeking from the Leg-
islature for an Emergency Operation
Center, commissioners Tuesday
changed their minds about moving
Emergency Management (EM) to
the high school site.
Commissioners decided that EM
will remain at its North Jefferson
Street location, at least for the time
EM pays a monthly rent of $1,200
for office space. That money, how-
ever, comes from the state -- a deter-
mining factor in commissioners'
Commissioners also decided that
the Grants Office, which previously
was to remain at its South Jefferson
Street location, will now move to
the high school. That leaves the
Grants Office building for the use of
the Solid Waste Department.
Commissioners next revised the
earlier assignment of buildings. Ac-
cording to the latest thinking, the
Planning and Building Inspections
departments will occupy the former
guidance building; the Tax Collector
will occupy the D-wing; the Prop-
erty Appraiser, the C-wing; and the
State Attorney and environmental
health and the Public Defender and
the Grants Office will split B-l and
The Extension Services, mean-
while, will remain at its present lo-
cation on Mulberry Street. The plan
calls for the services to occupy the
entire buildings, once the Planning
and Building Inspections operations
Finally, Fire Rescue will return to
the fire station on US 19 South, next
to the Road Department. The idea is
to put a mobile unit there.
The move is one Fire Rescue
Chief Larry Bates has been seeking
for a long time, as it will put him in
proximity to his personnel.
CAROL ELLERBE, director of Emergency discuss the Emergency Operation Center
Management, and Dick Bailar, a member of and its possible funding by the Legislature.
the county's legislative lobbying committee, (News Photo)
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CARRYING the banner for the JES Boys,
Girls Club in the Step Up Florida Relay are
from left, Samiria Martin, Christina Shiver,
and Amy Myers.
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KIM BARNHILL, right, spoke
to the audience about the im-
portance of maintaining a
healthy lifestyle. (News
JAMIE ROGERS demon-
strates warmup exercises be-
fore the Relay. (News Photo)
JROTC COLOR GUARD presented the Colors
:and led the Pledge of Allegiance prior to the
beginning of the Step Up Florida Relay. L-R:
SKEET JOYNER, County Commission Chair, reads the offi-
cial proclamation of the event at opening ceremonies of
the Step Up Florida Relay. At right is Kim Barnhill, Health
Department Coordinator, and Quashia Franklin JROTC ca-
det. (News Photo)
Jason Felix, Kim Gilley, Tabatha Smith,
Heather Miller, and Allen Kent.
The Jefferson County
Committee will meet
at 9:00 a.m.
March 9, 2005,
Jefferson County .
275 North Mulberry
Fear or Favor
:LEADING JES Boys and Girls
:Club members in a walk to
:the courthouse are Charmane
::Crumitie, left, and Gerrold
:DONNA DICKENS, left, and
:Phil Yon, represented People
*with Disabilities in the Relay
with hand pedaled bikes.
Did YOU know the average person saves
$(500 a year by carpooling 3 days a week!
or visit our Website at
Already carpooling or vanpooling?
Ask about the guaranteed ride home program.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
Effective March 1, 2005, Economic Self-Sufficiency will begin providing
services on the first three Tuesdays of each month from 8:30 A.M. to
12:00 P.M. and 1:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. and on the fourth Tuesday of
each month from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. and 1:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.
at the Jefferson County Health Department located at 1255 West
Washington Street, Monticello, Florida. Services will no longer be
available at the old office.
If you have any questions regarding available services, please call the
following toll-free number, 1-866-325-6021.
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Leader supervises student Kary Kelly and Boys and
Farm Service Agency
Farm Service Agency Director
Mark Demott reports the results of
In area 1, representing NE Jeffer-
son County, Kenneth Sasser was se-
lected as committee person.
For area 2, South Jefferson
County, Benjamin Bishop was se-
lected as committee person.
For area 5, Wakulla County,
Hugh McCallister was selected
In related Farm Service Agency
news, Demott reminds farmers to
know their land before planting.
To ensure that-farmers retain eligi-
bility for USDA benefits, it is im-
portant to know before planting
2005 crops, whether the land has a
Highly Erodible Land (HEL) or
wetland determination made.
Crops planted on HEL must be in
accordance with a signed conserva-
Land that is classified as a wet
area, and was manipulated after
Dec. 23, 1985, cannot be planted to
Planting areas that were drained
after this date by someone other
than the operator does not excuse
The Jefferson Soil and Water Con-
servation District (SWCD) rents
conservation equipment to County
landowners so they can install con--
servation practices on their farm.
Contact the SWCD office at 997-
4058, or Danny Monroe III, equip-
ment custodian, to schedule the
equipment, or for answers to your
Required fees include: Prime Dirt
Pan (3.5 cu. yd) 130 + PTO HP re-
quired, $75 per day, plus $50 set up
;elly, as they are stationed at the
d Girls Club Welcome Station.
the farm operation from a violation,
if they planted the converted area.
Farmers are advised to acquire an
official wetland determination be-
fore planting, if there is any doubt.
Once a crop is planted in violation
of the HEL or wetland requirements,
it is too late.
You will be ineligible for all
Amcco Trrace Plow 130 + PTO
HP required, $75 per day, plus $50
set up free.
GP No-till drill 10 foot(RC&D)
60+PTO HP required, $7 per acre,
plus $50 set up fee.
Aerway Pasture Aerator, 8 foot,
60 PTO HP required, $4.50 per
acre, minimum $75 plus set up fee.
n Case Of Emergency
VFW Post 251 will hold a free
workshop for veterans and their
family members 10 a.m. Saturday,
Feb. 26 at the Learning Center, 490
South Marvin Street.
Presenters for this workshop will
be Byron Bamhart, Raymond
Henry, and Henry McKinney, Post
"This will be a hands on
workshop. We will help people fill
out their paperwork, so they can ap-
ply for the benefits they have
Hopefully, when they leave here,
all they will have left to do is to mail
the paperwork," explains Barnhart.
Participants will need to bring any
Proof of Service records.
Presenters will be on hand to an-
swer any questions.
MONTICELLO, (FL), NEWS, FRI., FEBRUARY 25, 2005 PAGE 3
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Social Security and the clamor to reform it has dominated the
headlines. With the Baby Boomers starting to retire and people
living longer, many fear that Social Security .-. ,i !iil in the near'
future. To learn more about what the future of Social Security
may hold, please join us for a special video presentation,
which will discuss:
I The factors driving Social Security reform
I Possible solutions to reform Social Security
I How these solutions may affect you
To reserve a seat for yourself and a relative or friend, please
call or stop by. If you are unable to join us, please contact our-
office for other viewing opportunities.
Tuesday, March 1, 2005
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Homestead Exemption or
Agricultural Classification for 2005
Your filing Deadline is March 1, 2005
Please file your applications at the
Jefferson County Property Appraiser's
150 North Jefferson Street
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PAGE 4, MONTICELLO, (FL), NEWS, FRI., FEBRUARY 25, 2005
(SSN 0746-5297)-USPA 361-620)
Published by Monticello Publishing Co., Inc.
P iMEMBrE RON CICHON
Senior Staff Writer
Published Wednesdays and Fridays Twice Weekly
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Out of State $52.00 per year.
POSTMASTER send addresses to: Monticello News
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Growing in State
Desalination is often touted as one
solution to the world's water woes,
but current desalination plants .tend
to hog energy.
Now University of Florida re-
searchers have developed a technol-
ogy that can tap waste heat'from
electrical power plants as its main
source of energy, an advance that
could significantly reduce the cost-
of desalination in some parts of the
"In the future, we have to go to
desalination, because the freshwater
supply at the moment can just barely
meet the demands of our growing
population," said James Klausner, a
UF professor of mechanical and
aerospace engineering, whose re-
search was funded by the U.S. De-
partment of Energy.
"We think this technology could
run off excess heat from utility
plants and producee millions of gal-
lons each day." -said Klausner, -lead
author of an article on the system
that appears in the current issue of
the Journal of Energy Resources
Technology. He CO-invented the
technology with fellow UF me-
chanical engineering professor Ren-
More than 7,500 desalination
plants operate world ide. with two-
thirds of them in the Middle East.
where there often is no other alter-
native for fresh water, Klausner
said. The technology is less com-
mon in North America, with plants
located mostly on Florida and the
Caribbean producing only about 12
percent of the w orld's total volume
of desalinated water, he said. U.S.
Residents consume more fresh water
from desalination plants, he said.
The need for desalination is likely
to grow, however. as the population
increases and residents consume
more fresh water. In Florida, for ex-
ample, desalination has-been touted
as one solution for metropolitan ar-
eas where freshwater resources are
becoming ever more scarce. With
more than 97 percent of the Earth's
water supply composed of salt
water, desalination is even more ur-
gent in de eloping nations, such as
China, Klausner said.
"China has a large and growing
demand, Japan has a large demand,
the Middle East, Sub Saharan Africa
-I look at it as a worldwide
problem," he said.
Most commercial desalination
plants now use either distillation or
reverse osmosis, Klausner said. Dis-
tillation involves boiling and evapo-
rating salt water and then condens-
ing the vapor to produce fresh
water. In reverse osmosis, high pres-
sure pumps force salt water through
fine filters that trap and remove wa-
terborne salts and minerals.
Boiling the vast amounts of water
needed for the distillation process
requires large amounts of energy.
Reverse osmosis uses less energy)
but has other problems, including
mineral buildup clogging the filters.
That's the main technical issue
plaguing the largest desalination
plant in the United States, Tampa
Bay Water's $108 million plant in
Apollo Beach. Although it was sup-
posed to produce 25 million gallons
of: freshwater each day, the plant.
beset by technical and financial
problems since opening in 1999,
currently is shut down.,
Employing a major modification
to distillation, Klausner's technol-
ogy relies on a physical process
known as mass diffusion, rather than
heat, to evaporate salt water.
In a nutshell, purnps move salt wa-
ter through a heater and spray it into
the top of a diffusion tower a col-
umn packed with a' polyethylene
matrix that creates a large surface
area for the water to flow across as
it falls. Other pumps at the boom
of the tower blow warm, dry air up
the colunm in the opposite direction
of the flowing water. As the trick-
ling salt water meets the warm dry
air, evaporation occurs. Blowers
push the now-saturated air into a
condenser, the first stage in a proc-
ess that forces the moisture.to con--
dense as fresh water.
Klausner said the key feature of
his system is that it can tap warmed
Water plants have used to cool their
machines to heat the salt water in-
tended for desalination, turning a
waste product into a useful one.
He has successfully tested a small
experimental prototype in his lab,
producing about 500 gallons of
fresh water daily.
Get Special Treatment
BY CARL D. BOATWRIGHT
Clerk of Court
Q: What if the courthouse burned
to the ground. Would the Clerk's re-
cords be lost?
A: The Clerks of the Circuit Court
- have been mandated by the Florida%
Constitution to be the keepers of all
official documents and records. We
take this task quite seriously, and
take all steps available to us to en-
sure records are not lost.
In the past, before the age of tech-
- nolog.v, records were tragically lost
,due to fire, flood or other cata-
Sstrophic events, much to the frustra-
tion of people looking to recreate
their family tree or trying to recon-
struct history for whatever reason.
Fortunately, we live in a great age
in which such loss is virtually im-
Physical records are stored in
climate-controlled, steel encased
vaults located off-site, away from
the courthouse to insure their preser-
In addition, records are now stored
on computer-generated software
with back-up procedures which en-
sure they will never be lost. Increas-
ingly, even historic records across
the state are being scanned and
If the courthouse were to be de-
stroyed, you can rest assured that the
records would be safe!
If you have any questions or com-
ments about this column, please for-
ward them to: Carl D. Boatwright,
Clerk of the Court, County Court-
house, Room 10, Monticello, Fl
From Our Photo File
S -1 7r
NEWLY INSTALLED officers of the Woman's
Club, in May,in 1988 include: L-R: Edna
Eleazer, Bonnie McClellan, Bobbi Krebs,
Lottie Berry and Louise Chitwood. Installing
Officer was Donna Wiehaus, back to
camera. (News File Photo)
Opinion & Comment
C, Short Takes & Other Notions
BY RON CICHON
Rotary International celebrates its-
100th anniversary this week. The lo-
cal Rotary Club was chartered in
1983 with Mike Sims serving as the
first president. Over the years, the
club has donated more than
$100,000 to community groups and
A delegation of Rotarians %ere In
hand Wednesday night at the big
100th anniversary dinner held at the
University Club. Dr. Wes Scoles
serves "as current president of the
What about this? According to the
Department of Education, 61 per-
cent of low income families have no
books in their homes for their chil-
dren. Additionally, more than 80
percent of the preschool and after
school programs serving at risk chil-
dren have no books at all.
I often wonder if we're overstating
the importance of computers in ele-
mentary school. Young people have
applied for work at this newspaper
touting their computer skills yet they
could not write a simple declarative
sentence. Something is wrong with
Pam and Barry Kelly sponsoring a
dance tonight at Opera House with
proceeds going to the Relay for
Life. They join a number of organi-
zations and individuals raising
money for the fight against cancer
Put your dancing' shoes onr and join
in the fun.
Didja know life insurers are
among the largest holders of un-
claimed money? Hundreds of mil-
lions of dollars in policy benefits go
unclaimed and unpaid every year
upon the deaths of the insured be-
cause beneficiaries aren't aware that:
The top-ranked hospital is Johns
Hopkins. Mayo Clinic ranked sec-
ond ,and Massachusetts General
third. Rankings are based on a na-
tionwide survey of doctors and an
analysis of death rates and staff
among other areas.
A 1950s study reported that 95
percent of diets fail. Similar findings
in 1992 from National Institutes of
Health gives the impression that it is
almost impossible to, lose weight
and keep it off. New surveys indi-
cate that success rates are much
On average, those who make a
concerted effort to lose weight man-
age to'keep off about "5 percent 6f
the pounds for two ears. After five
years, most have kept off at least 50
Our county had a good delegation
at the North West Florida Legisla-
tive Day Wednesday... Seems like
there are more and more semis rum-
bling through town.
Americans 55 and older control 70
percent of the country's personal
wealth. Unfortunately, fraud com-
plaints to the Federal Trade Com-
mission by older Americans in-
creased by 80 percent last year.
Quotable quotes from Ben Frank-
lin: "Wisdom goes not by years."
"Learning is a treasure that accom-
panies its owner everywhere." "Bad
news travels fast." "You cannot run
with the hare and hunt with the
hounds." "Oppbrtunity seldom
Kiplinger reports "irrational exu-
berance" is worrying the Federal
Reserve Board again. Chairman
Alan Greenspan wants to curb
.speculative buying of housing and
other- assets .including public stock
The hard work is ahead for Iraqis.
They must produce a draft constitu-
tion by August 15 and it must be ap-
proved in a referendum on Oct. 15.
If the document does not win ap-
proval, they go back to the drawing
board and start over.
I like the new angle parking
spaces downtown. Visibility is
greatly enhanced. Please let City
Clerk Emily Anderson know how
you feel about the new angles be-
cause spaces on U.S. 90 and 19 are
targeted for the change.
Three Digit Codes For Services
BY BRAULIO L. BAEZ
Viruallh even telephone user.
knows that dialing the digits 8-0-0
to initiate a call insures a toll-free
. phone call. Equally recognizable are
the digits 9-1-1, which when dialed,
codes are used in many communities
in Florida to provide a range of
services. Those codes and their ap-
plication are outlined below.
211 Community information and
referral services are provided via
this code in some communities in]
Florida.' Potential users should in-
quire locally or, alternatively, can
an.htm for a listing of active 2iil
If a community service agency,"
which may provide social or health-
services, wishes to acquire this num-.
ber, it must make a request to the
Agency for Health Care Administra-
There are 11 active 211 regional
and local call centers serving 33 of
Florida's 67 counties, supplying 211
services to 75 percent of the state's
311 This code is reserved for non-
emergency police and other govern-
mental services. In communities
where this code is in use, it provides
residents with a simple way of gain-
ing access to local law enforcement
in circumstances that lack urgency
or to local government services
deemed appropriate by city or-
In extreme circumstances, such as
hurricanes, the 311 code may be,
used when local 911 emergency
numbers are overloaded.
411 Most consumers recognize
this code as providing local direc-
tory assistance. At one time, calls to
411 were free. However, customers
should check to determine what
ineir calling plan charges for this
511 The Florida Department of
Transportation implements and ad-
ministers the 511 service in the
state, which, like the 211 code, is
not in use statewide. In parts of
Florida where the code is in use -
mostly major markets callers can
receive travel information.
611 This code is assigned to local
-phone companies to provide cus-
tomers access to telephone repair
711 This number is used to gain
access to the Florida Telecommuni-
cations Relay Service.
This system, created by the Legis-
lature in 1991, provides access to
the telecommunications network for
individuals with speech, hearing or
dual sensory disabilities.
811 The 811 code.currently pro-
vides access to the business offices
of the local service company, but
this may change in the next few
Through the Pipeline Safety Im-
provement Act of 2002, Congress
mandated the establishment of a
three-digit nationwide toll-free num-
ber for states to use for a one-call
notification system. An advisory
group to the Federal Communica-
tions Commission has recommended
the use of 811.
911" Probably the most recognized
of the three-digit codes, 911 is for
emergency services only.
Swallowing Disorders Targeted
BY JILL PEASE
University of Florida
A University of Florida research-
team will evaluate the effectiveness
of a new therapy for the treatment of
Led by Michael Crary, Ph.D., a
professor of communicative disor-
ders at the UF College of Public
Health'and Health Professions,. the
team will investigate how useful
electrical stimulation is in treating
patients who are unable to swallow
food or drink following disease or
The therapy involves taking elec-
trodes that emit very low electrical
currents and placing them on the pa-
tient's neck, with the goal stimulat-
ing inactive muscles.
Electrical stimulation has been
used for years in physical therapy
and other rehabilitation medicine
fields, Crary said. Although it has
shown promise for the treatment of
swallowing disorders, electrical
stimulation has never been evalu-
ated scientifically for its effective-
ness with this condition.
"Electrical stimulation may be a
good technique, and it certainly is
supported by a lot of anecdotal evi-
dence, but we need to systematically
study the outcomes of the therapy
and identify who might benefit most
from this approach," Crary said.
An estimated 15 million Ameri-
cans suffer from swallowing disor-
ders. The condition can affect pa-
tients with stroke, Parkinson's dis-
ease, traumatic injury, or head and
Researchers will test VitalStim,
the only electrical stimulation de-
vice approved by the United States
Food and Drug Administration for
this use, with funding from the
Chattanooga Group, the device's
Following an evaluation of swal-
lowing ability, participants enrolled
in the study will receive electrical
stimulation therapy five days a week
for up to three weeks. At the end of
treatment, the patient's swallowing
ability will be reevaluated to meas-
ure his or her progress.
Researchers also will conduct two
national surveys of swallowing
therapists to gather information on
(See Swallowing Page 5)
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MONTICELLO, (FL), NEWS, FRI., FEBRUARY 25, 2005 PAGE 5
of animals in house, and the num-
bers of incoming and outgoing
pets, as their. meeting Monday
Member Tina Ames had both
good new and bad for the group.
"My name is Pete and I am a good hunting dog. You think
I can't catch that rabbit? Why, just give me a good home
and take good care of me. Then watch my dust!" (News
'Pete' Humane Society
Adoptable Pet Of Week
The County Humane Society has-
named "Pete" as its adoptable pet of
Pete is a full-blooded Pointer, neu-
tered male, and all his immuniza-
tions'are current. His date of birth is
Shelter caretaker Cheryl Bautista
said it appears that Pete is a former
(Continued From Page 4)
how many people are using electri-
'cal stimulation for their patients and
the outcomes of the treatment.
. "Eating and drinking at gatherings
,with family and friends and business
functions is so important in our-cul-
ture," Crary said. "People who"in
longer have that ability are separated
from others and may become shut-
ins. Anyone who has significant re-
striction or loss of swallowing
ability will experience a total change
in his or her life. It is very important
that we find the most effective treat-
ments for swallowing problems."
To be eligible to participate in the
study, candidates must be between
the ages of 21 and 90 and ha'e ex-
perienced swallowing difficulties for
at least six months. Interested par-
ticipants can contact Crary at 352-
273-6159 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
hunting dog that received no loving
"He seems lonely and needs a lot
of TLC," she said. "He's very strong
and loves to run, it might be best for
him to go back to hunting."
She added that he does not get
along well with other, animals and
likes to dig.
To adopt Pete as a full-time, life-
time hunting partner, or to adopting
any of the many other animals at the
shelter, contact the shelter at 342-
.Metal Roof is optional
Toll Free 1-8
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Members of the Humane Society
received an update on the number
Ames added that she was able to
get the shelter's spot at the Pet Su-
per Market back for cats. Since then,-
two had been adopted and three are
currently housed there.
Foster Committee Chair Martha: ,
Jean Martin advised that there are
22 foster homes in the program, 16
of which are currently active.
In those homes, 28 animals, in-
cluding six dogs, 12 puppies, eight
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President Caroline Carswell ad-
vised that the membership drive
continues and encouraged all mem-
bers to get at least one new member
Membership Chair Martha Ca-
-nady informed that there were pres-
ently 205 members of the society
and that all incoming mail to the
organization, is now logged.
Ames said the shelter was still
badly in need of fence repair and
that the front gate, which was re-
cently destroyed, needed to be re-
placed as soon as possible.
She stressed the necessity of
scheduling a shelter workday 8
.a.m, Saturday, March 12, until the
'necessary work was completed.
Ames urged volunteers to plan to
be present for the workday.
She added that several adoption
booths were soon coming and vol-
unteers were needed for transporta-
tion, manning the booths and
animal bathing before hand.
Ames said she was also attempt-
ing to organize a Monticello booth
Adoption booths being conducted
for March are PetCo, 10 a.m. to 4
p.m., March 5 and 6, and at
Petsmart, 11 a.m.to 4 p.m, March
Members were reminded that the
WCTV spot was scheduled for
March 17 and the next Board of Di-
rectors meeting is March 7.
The general membership meeting
is scheduled for March 21. Both
meetings are 7 p.m. at the shelter.
To volunteer, foster, become a
member or adopt one of the many
animals in need of homes at the
shelter, call 342-0244.
She said that during their last regu-
lar WCTV spot, the puppy they
featured was adopted the same day
and the other puppies from the
same litter, were all adopted a day
or two later.
During January, 22 animals were
adopted, including eight kittens,
eight puppies, four adult dogs and
two adult cats.
Six of those adoptions were from
the shelter and 16 were through
other sources such as adoption
Though 22 animals were adopted
for the month, a total of 39, 24 ca-
nines and 15 felines, came in. Cur-
rently there are 28 canines and 27-
felines housed at the shelter.
"We are at what I call 'critical:
mass' on our canines," said Ames.
"We are unable to accept any more
dogs or puppies until further notice.
"I have contacted several rescue.
groups to try to get some of them
out of here," she said. Ames asked
for assistance with fostering, adop-
tion booths and spreading the word.
"Just pick out one dog or puppy
and make it your job to find them a
home," said Ames. "I do not want
to euthanise any of our animals, so
please, help me with this."
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Post 49 Shrimp
American Legion Post 49 and the
Ladies Auxiliary held a successful
Shrimp Dinner recently at the Le-
120 tickets were sold in advance
at $7.50 each. Extra shrimp was
cooked to allow ticket sales at the
Shrimp was served with a huge
oven baked potato, garden salad,
homemade cakes for dessert, and
In other club news: at the February
meeting, attendees were greeted by
Speaker Michael Bishop, County
Veterans Affair Officer. His pro-
gram centered around health bene-
fits, and just who is eligible to
He spoke briefly on the various
categories and explained what is
available to the veterans and their
family members. He encouraged,
veterans to use the services of the
Veterans Hospital or Clinic.
Funds from the sale of the "Ball
Drop" tickets, a charity event to
benefit the County Special Olym-
pics, were collected.
The goal of the members was to
sell 100 tickets for this event, to be
held the end of February. There are
several prizes to be won with the
grand prize, a 2005 Ford Escape.
The Ladies Auxiliary were cred-
ited for the toiletries they collected
and donated to the Veterans Hospi-
tal, during the Christmas season.
The Auxiliary is currently collect-
ing stocking caps and white socks
for the hospital veterans.
Anyone wishing to donate for this
purpose, may contact President
Sheila Slik at 997-8103.
A Fish Fry is tentatively planned
for the Biker Weekend of Mar. 18
Edward Jones To Host
'Future Of Social Security'
SHEILA SLIK, president, takes money for
tickets at the.Saturday Shrimp Dinner Fund-
raiser for the American Legion Post 49 Aux-
iliary, which sold more than 120 dinners,
from Martha and Lee Canady. (News Photo)
Edward Jones investment repre-
sentative in Monticello, Robert Dav-
ison, will host a free one hour
satellite broadcast titled "The Future
of Social Security" noon, Tuesday,
March 1, at the Edward Jones office
located at 205 East Washington
With- Social Security and the
clamor to reform it dominating the
headlines, and baby boomers start-
ing to retire, and people living
longer, many individuals fear Social
Security will fail in the near future.
Edward Jones specialists will ex-
plore the factors driving the Social
Security reform; possible solutions
to reforming Social Security; and
how these solutions may affect in-
This interactive event is presented
at select Edward Jones branch of-
fices nationwide via the firm's pri-
vate video network.
To reserve a seat or for more in-
formation about the Tuesday pro-
gram, call Davison at
If you are unable to attend, addi-
tional viewing opportunities are
Business Community I church NewsI
TAMMIE PECK, with children Cinnamon and
Autumn, enjoy the shrimp dinner served by
JCHS PTSO To
Meet February 28
Jefferson County High School
PTSO meets 6 p.m. Monday, Feb.
28, in the Media Center at the
Principal Michael Bryan and Cur-
riculum Coordinator Marguerite
Bulloch will present a program on
how the Department of Education
calculates school report cards.
All interested parents and citizens'
are encouraged to anend.
The Florida Coiprehensive As-
sessments Test (FCAT) will be ad-
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the American Legioi Poost 49
Fundraiser, Saturiay. (News Photo)
ministered from Feb. 28 through
FCAT Reading for grades 9 and
10 takes place Feb. 28.
FCAT Math for grades 9 and 10
takes place March 1.
Students who are retaking FCAT
Reading and Math will be tested on
March 2 and 3.
FCAT Science will be taken on
March 7 for students in grade 11.
Students who have a 3.0 average'
for the third six weeks will be in-
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The Camellia Garden Circle met
recently at the home of Jennifer
French, where they participated in a
program of pounding pansies to
transfer the design.
The program was presented by
member Jane Davis, who demon-
strated how to get the colors of the
pansies to transfer to note cards,
paper, cloth, and the like.
This is done by placing the flow-
ers face down onto the item to be
decorated, and placing a white sheet
of paper on top of the flowers, used
as a guard to keep the flower from
With a hammer, gently pound and
rub over the guard page over the en-
Lift the paper and the flower from
the item that is meant to be deco-
rated. The colors from the flower
will be transferred directly to the
item meant to be decorated.
The ladies enjoyed trying this
technique, as there was much
talking and laughter during the
pounding. Some even chose to keep
the guard paper, as it made a beauti-
ful, colorful piece of artwork.
A variety of colorful flowers and
greenery was used for the demon-
stration, allowing the ladies to create
some colorful creations.
The artwork was all signed by the
individuals before members chose a
few of the floral note cards to be ad-
dressed and sent to members that
could not attend due to illness.
Jenifer French was the hostess for
this month's meeting with all the
members bringing in snacks and
treats to share.
A brief meeting took place, with
Chairman Isabelle de Sercey in-
forming the membership about the
recent Board Meeting and upcoming
The Monticello Garden Club is
still in need of a President and 1st
Vice President for the new year. The
Club is planning to donate benches
to the Oakfield Cemetery.
In other news, Green Industries in-
vited any Garden Club member to
attend a Landscape and Design
Workshop on Feb. 24.
Camellia Circle member Becky
Bermundz will be moving in April
to Nicaragua. She will be sadly
missed by all of her friends.
DeSercey also mentioned that the
Circle might want to give some
thought to setting up a booth for
Bike Week beginning on Mar. 18.
This will be brought up for discus-
sion again at the next meeting,
which will be on Sunday, Mar. 6.
The March 6 meeting will be held
at the home of Master Gardener,'
Lynn McGrady. The program will
be 'Pressing Flowers' and the pre-
senter will be Becky Bermundz.
A Field Trip to Toby's Farm, in
Quitman, Georgia'is scheduled for
Sunday, Mar. 20. Jean Brenner will
be the hostess for this trip. Members
. ; ...
will meet and carpool. There will be
more discussion about this trip at the
Mar. 6 meeting.
On a final note, dues are due now
in order to be listed in the Club rec-
MONTICELLO, (FL), NEWS, FRI., FEBRUARY 25, 2005 PAGE 7
HOLDING a completed note card, Isabelle de Sercey
watches Carolyn Milligan peel a pounded flower from her
note card design.
ISABELLE de SERCEY dis-
plays color flowers used to
make transfer designs.
Gerrold and Yolanda Austin cel
brated their 15th Wedding Annive
sary with a quiet dinner.
Gerrold and the former Yoland
Howard were married Feb. 1"
1990, in San Antonio, TX.
His is a retired. US Army SS(
and currently employed as Direct(
of the Monticello Boys and Girl
Club, as a Technology Leader.
iThic- are members ofGrejier Fel
lowship MB Church. ;o: ;,'
The couple has three children
Gerrold II, Charlene and Sam III.
They will renew their vows
His parents \,.ere man-ied Feb. 1"
The County Health Department
will host a chili lunch noon until
2 p.m., Friday, to benefit the
Count's 2005 Relay For Life "A
Blast From The Past".
Cost is $5 per meal and includes
a heart bowl of chili, freshlI
baked golden cornbread, and an ice
Scold soft drink
The meal is a carry out affair, but
the team is also offering to deliver
to businesses with five or more
The teamnencourages residents not
e- to miss this taste-tempting event.
r- To place an order call 342-0170
and press #3 for the clinic or fax to
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Is) The Aucilla SHARE program has
announced its schedule for the
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Registration will be from 10 a.m.,
' untiil no' on on Saurda, Feb. 26 and
:Saturday, Mar. 5 at the Central Bap-
tist Church and at the Library.
Distribution will be from 9 until
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adoptables of the week.
Jack and Jim are longhair domes-
tic male felines both neutered, im-
munizations up to date bor June,
Jack is gray and white and Jim is a
They are described as being very
loving and playful. "They're more
loving than anything else," said
shelter caretaker Cheryl Bautista.
"They love loving."
Jack and Jim are believed to be,
brothers and they must be adopted.
together, therefore, there is a special.
adoption fee for the pair, is $100.
"They are two awesome cats,"
said Bautista. "They get along ex-
ceptionally well with everybody,
adults, children, other cats and they
even love dogs."
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Jack and Jim or any of the many
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Homes Of Mourning
Rodney M. Hamm
Rodney M. Hamm 20, a student
died Saturday, February 19, 2005 in'
The Memorial Discourse service
will be at 2:00 p.m. EST Saturday
February 26, 2005 at the Kingdom
Hall of Jehovah's Witness, Monti-
Survivors include his Father and
Mother, Roosevelt and Katie
Hamm, his brothers Jason and
Kevin Hamm and his sisters, Jac-
queline H. Bowdry and Kathy H.
Jones, and his grandmother, Lee
Anna Hamm all of Monticello.
Lucille Kinsey Miller
Lucille Kinsey Miller, 86, died
Tuesday, February 22, 2005 in Tal-
The service will be held at 10 a.m.
EST Friday, February 25, 2005 at
graveside at Woodville Cemetery in
Interment at: Woodville Cemetery
10 a.m. Woodville, Florida.
Memorial contributions may be
made to: Lighthouse Children's
Home, 7771 Mahan Drive, Tallahas-
see, Florida 32309; Meals on
Wheels, 2518 W. Tennessee St.,
Tallahassee, Florida 32304.
She was born in Monticello, and
had resided in Tallahassee for over
sixty years. She was of the Pente-
costal faith and was a member of the
Four Square Gospel Church. She
was also a devoted business woman.
She is survived by: 3 sons Buck
Miller and wife Pamela of Monti-
cello. Gary Miller and wife Sherrie
of Ochlocknee Bay. Steve Miller
and wife Liz of Madison. Sister, Vi-
ola Tully of Medark. 9 Grandchil-
dren, 1 Great-grand child.
She was preceded in death by her
husband B.B. Miller.
Beggs Funeral Home of Tallahas-
see, Florida is in charge of all ar-
Conrad Norton, Sr.
Conrad Norton, Sr. 90, a Retired
School Bus Driver, died Monday
February 21, 2005 in Tallahassee.
The service will be at 1:00 p.m.
EST. on Saturday, February 26,
2005 at St. Phillip AME Church
(Highway 27 S.) in Monticello, with
the Reverend J.W. Tisdale, pastor,
Viewing will be from 2:00 p.m. to
7:30 p.m. on Friday February 25,
He was a native and lifelong Resi-
dent of Jefferson County, Mr. Nor-
ton was a staunch member of Sr.
Phillip AME Church where he had
served as a steward, trustee and
class leader. Most recently, he had
served as Steward Emeritus. He re-
tired from the Jefferson County
School District as a 20 year school
bus driver. In prior years, he had
worked at Elberta Crate Factory in
He was survived by his wife of 67
years, Nettie Ransom Norton.
Others left to honor his memory
and to treasure his love are his sons,
Joseph Norton and wife, Willie
Mae, of Crawfordville, Fl, Conrad
Norton, Jr. And wife, Lucille, John
M. Norton and wife, Nancy, and
Jerome Norton, and his daughters,
Gloria Norton and Pauline Norton
Hayes and husband, Curtis, Sr. all of
Monticello, and his two sisters, Mil-
lie Mae Wilson and Susie Mae Pugh
and a sister-in-law, Rosa Lee John-
son, all of Monticello; 15 grand
children and 16 great grandchildren,
along with a host of nieces,
nephews, and other relatives and
Mrs. Flowerzell Thompson
Mrs. Flowerzell T. Saffo, 91, a Re-
tired Homemaker, died Thursday
February 17, 2005 in Gainesville,
The service will be at 11:00 a.m.
on Saturday, February 26, 2005 at
Greater Fellowship Missionary Bap-
tist Church, Monticello, Fl with the
Reverend Wilson Hall, officiating.
.With burial at Springfield Cemetery
in Lloyd, Fl.
Viewing will be from 2:00 p.m. to
5:00 p.m. Friday, February 25, 2005
at Tillman Funeral Home with a
wake being held at Casa Bianca
Missionary Baptist Church Friday
evening from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30
She was a native of Jefferson
County, Mrs. Saffo spent all of her
life in Monticello, except for the last
month or so, she lived in Gainesville
with her youngest daughter.
She was a member of Casa Bianca
Missionary Baptist Church where
she served diligently as a church
Mother Saffo will be sadly missed
by her large and extended family, to
whom she was the matriarch.
To treasure her love and her leg-
acy, she is survived by two sons,
Henry Roberts of Tampa and Willie
Saffo and wife, Catherine, of Monti-
cello, Fl., her four daughters, Lav-
eme R. Mack and husband, the
Reverend James, Pearlye Ann Gal-
lon and husband, James, both of
Monticello and Altameaser Harmon,
Rufus, of Jacksonville, Fl and
Gwendolyn Saffo, of Gainesville, a
sister-in-law, Pearlie M. Thompson
of Madison, Fl, 13 grandchildren, 14
great grand children and a host of
nieces, nephews, and other relatives
Janie Gallon West
Janie Gallon West, 71, a Retired
Head Start Teacher, died Friday,
February 18, 2005 in Valdosta, Ga.
The service will be at 2:00 p.m. on
Saturday February 26, 2005 at Shi-
loh Missionary Baptist Church,
Greenville, Florida, with the Rev.
J.B. Duval, Pastor, officiating with
Viewing will be from 3:00 to 7:00
p.m. on Friday February 25, 2005 at
the church (Shiloh) with Family re-
ceiving friends. Other services, from
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
She was a Greenville native, Mrs.
West lived in Rochester, NY for
many years before retiring to Green-
ville in 1981. She was employed be-
fore Retiring as a teacher in the
daycare Head Start business. She
was a member of Shiloh Missionary
Baptist Church, in Greenville.
To cherish her beautiful life are
her husband, Reginald A. West of
Greenville, her daughters Evonne
Manor, Alycia Manor, and Carol
Hamilton, of Greenville, and Bessie
Elaine. Thomas and husband, Mal-
colm, and Genel Sinkler and hus-
band, Levi, both of Rochester, NY,
her son Larry J. Manor and wife,
Tewana of Rochester, her mother,
Mrs. Bessie Jones Gallon of Green-
ville and her sister, Dorothy Gallon
Griffin of Madison, Fl, 14 Grand-
children and five great-
grandchildren. Mrs. West was.
preceded in.death by her Father,
James Gallon and son, Willie
Senior Staff Writer
Rainfall for the county in January
was below the level for the same pe-
riod last year and well below the av-
erage for this month, according to
the latest report from the Suwannee
River Water Management District
Even so, the rainfall here and in
Dixie County was the highest in the
The hydrologic conditions report
shows that the county got 1.28
inches of rainfall last month, com-
pared with 1.61 inches the previous
year and 4.87 inches on average
The average rainfall for the dis-
trict, meanwhile, was 1.35 inches
last month, 1.58 inches last January,
and 4.18 inches overall.
The rainfall deficiency is gener-
ally reflected in declining ground-
water and lake levels across the
River levels, meanwhile, generally
fluctuated around average levels in
The SRWMD continues to recom-
mend water conservation.
Ghost Tours Filling
Fast For Bike Week
Slots are filling fast for Haunted
Tours of the Big Bend Ghost
Trackers during the weekend of
March 18, and 19, when Monticello
will host more than 1,000 cyclists
participating in an annual bike tour.
BBGT Founder Betty Davis said
the request to conduct the tours
was originally made by Opera
House Director Jan Rickey and
members eagerly anticipate the
"We're going to be set up under a
canopy tent all day those days, pre
selling tickets for the tours," said
Davis. She said that members will
be doing two tours per night, with
the first at 7 p.m, and the second at
If demand is exceptionally high as
it is expected to be, the BBGT will
add an additional midnight tour.
BBGT members will be dressed
in the clothing of the era and go all
out, performing skits, such as: the
ghost of a soldier visiting his
mourning wife, confederate sol-
diers walking the streets and the at-
tack of a carpetbagger.
Tours will be led by lighted lan-
terns, as the haunted history and sto-
ries of the sites, along with BBGT
investigation findings are revealed.
The tours are $10 for adults and
$5 for children.
Davis said recently, that the
BBGT has discovered interesting
facts about resident Scottie Ebber-
bach's home, as well as the loca-
tion of the grave site of the Henry
Perkins family in Roseland Ceme-
With these findings, the route of
the haunted tour changes and the
Perkins grave site will more than
likely be an attraction during the
BBGT workshop ghost hunt seg-
ments in the old 1827 Cemetery.
To make reservations for the tours
call the BBGT at 562-2516.
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ACA JV Girls
Lady Warriors JVs defeated
Madison Academy, 13-7, for 3-0
Coach Frank Brown said it was a
much harder fought game than the
Lady warriors would have wanted.
"After our two wins, they
(Madison) knew we were a good
strong playing team, and they
played at the top of their game,"
Madison gave up 15 hits to ACA,
which included 10 singles, four
doubles and one triple. The Lady
Warriors had a total of 12 RBI's
and 12 stolen bases during the
"We got off to a slow start and
then the girls realized that they
can't take it easy here and came'
back to life," said Brown.
Paige Thurman went three for
four, had three singles, one double,
two RBI's and four stolen bases.
Linsey Day went three for four
with one single, two doubles, four
RBI's and one stolen base.
Brown added that one of her dou-
bles was within an arm's length of
going over the fence, flying high
and hitting the bottom of it.
There's only been two hit out of the
park in three years and that hit was
a close one to going out," Brown
Mallory Plaines went one for four
with a long-drive triple that hit the
fence, three RBI's and two stolen
bases; Tristen Sorensen went one
for four with a single; Hannah
Sorensen went two for four with
two singles, one RBI; Katelyn
Levine went one for four with one
single and two stolen bases; and
Erin Kelly went two for three with
one single, one double, two RBI's
and one stolen base.
Thurman pitched the game, strik-
ing out five batters and giving up
11 hits and seven walks.
KAITLIN JACKSON demonstrates her skill during an ACA
practice session, with her two handed return, a skill she
carries over into her play on the court. (News Photo)
ACA Varsity Tennis Team
Loses To Munrde 1-6
The Aucilla Christian Academy
varsity tennis team lost a very hard-
fought battle against Munroe, 1-6,
for 0-2 season
In singles action, Amanda Sapp
lost to Mandy Clark, 1-8; Courtney
Connell lost to Meg Summerford,
1-8; and Kaitlin Jackson won over
Jessica Joyner, 8-2.
Elizabeth Shirley lost to Anna
Donner, 1-8; Rebekah Aman lost to
Elizabeth Bridges, 5-8; Ramsey
Revell and Ivie Thomas couldn't
get past the 8-9 score and Revell
lost the tiebreaker, 7-8.
In doubles action, Sapp and Con-
nell lost a hard-fought 7-8 battle
against Clark and Summerford; and
Jackson and Shirley lost a hard-
fought 5-8 battle to Joyner and
The Lady .Warriors play John
Paul, 4 p.m., Thursday, there.
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ACA Loses 74-55
Warriors lost the second round
in the semifinals in district play to
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ard possibly the third best record
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blocked shots, one steal. He shot at
11 "i percent from the field.
Daniel Roccanti, three points,
r. o assists, one rebound, three
steals; Jeremy Tuckey, five points,
one assist,. six rebounds; and Kyle
day, five points, five rebounds.
Coach Roccanti concluded that.
the Warriors were shooting at only
40 percent from the field, where
they normally average about 50
percent, and averaging 20 percent
from the three-point area, where
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Simply Smashing Wins One Match
Simply Smashing ladies tennis
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ACA JV Girls
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND
FOR JEFFERSON COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE.: 05-46-CA FAMILY LAW.
DIVISION NIKKI RANSOM.
TRAMMELL, Petitioner, and JEFFERY
WAYNE TRAMMELL, Respondent.
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR
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JEFFERY WAYNE TRAMMELL 550
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YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has
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defenses, if any, to Petitioner's Attorney,.
C. Erica White, Esq., whose address is 290
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file the original with the clerk of this,
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WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family
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automatic disclosure of documents and
information. Failure to comply can result
in sanctions, including dismissal or
striking of pleadings. Dated: 02/15/05.
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT By:
Jeri B Pearson, Deputy clerk
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Sold Lakefront 16.54 acres on Lake Hall
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New Waterfront Property 4.6 wooded
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Near US 27 big doublewide with additions
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Income Property On US 90 in town Retail
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South near Pizza Hut and Jefferson Build-
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for rent $650mo
Antique Shop & Home on US 19 near
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Tornado Safety Tips For
Hazardous Weather Week
With Hardous Weather Aware-
ness Week, Feb. 20-26, the national
Oceanic and local Emergency Man-
agement officials offer tips for tor-
When tornado conditions are a real
possibility in an area, a tornado
watch is declared.
Stay alert to danger signs which
include severe thunderstorms with
strong, gusty winds, a "funnel"
(dark column spinning from sky to
ground) and a loud, roaring noise,
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school buildings in one swoop. The
timing quits being an issue then and
you can sell the buildings to best ad-
Commissioners dismissed the sug-
gestion out of hand. But Commis-
sion Chairman Felix "Skeet" Joyner,
at least, was open to the idea of util-
izing realtors for the sale, provided
all were given an equal chance to
compete for the business.
County Attorney Buck Bird, a late
arrival to the meeting, immediately
put an end to that part of the discus-
sion. He pointed out the statute did
not allow for realtors, although that
didn't preclude them from repre-
senting potential bidders.
Bird also recommended that com-
missioners get a commercial ap-
praisal of the .property prior to
The discussion next delved into
whether restrictions should be put
on the sale of the buildings.
It was the suggestion of Mayor
Julie Conley, acting as a representa-
tive of the Economic Development
Council, and Dick Bailar, a strong
proponent of economic
development, that the sale be limited
Their concern, they said, was that
investors would purchase the build-
similar to a freight train.
A tornado warning is issued when
a tornado has been sighted and may
Protect yourself and your family
by seeking shelter immediately.
When at home, go to a storm shel-
ter or basement or go to rooms near-
est to the center of the house.
In high rises or other public build-
ings such as schools, hospitals, nurs-
ing homes, etc., move to the interior,
preferably a stairwell or hallway.
If you're in the car, stop, get out,
lie flat in a low area and cover your
head and in open country, lie face
down in a low area such as a ditch
ings and leave them vacant, defeat-
ing the vision of a vibrant and viable
The two's suggestion bordered on
heresy, in the thinking of commis-
"You can't do that," Joyner said.
"You can't limit the buyers. If you
take the investors out of the picture,
you depreciate the value of the
buildings by two-thirds: If yofu limit
it to retailers and the economic don't
work, there's no way you can keep
"So we're just.going to hope that
somebody doesn't buy it and board
it up," Conley said.
No fear of that happening, Tuten
said. If an investor purchased the
properties, that person would have
every incentive in the world to get
the buildings occupied as soon as
possible, he said.
"The buyer will pursue occu-
pancy, have no worry of that,"
In the end, commissioners agreed
to the commercial appraisal and to
time periods of 60 days for the clos-
ing of the deal and 90 days for the
vacating of the buildings.
Commissioners formalize the
agreement at the 9 a.m. meeting
or ravine, if nearby and cover your
Do not stay in a mobile home,
seek other shelter elsewhere, do not
try to outrun a tornado on foot or in,.
your car and do not open windows.
School should hold pre-season and
periodic in-season severe weather
drills to ensure that staff and stu-
dents know what to do when a tor-
nado or severe thunderstorm ap-
with all necessary standby power
generation equipment, fully
equipped ambulances, and a staff
trained to respond to natural hazards
Shelter areas, usually the lower
floors, inside corridors, and bath-
rooms should be designated, and
staff members trained to know their
,locations and the best access to
Beds should be moved to: inside
walls of rooms and blocked if there
is time before the tornado strikes.
Patients can also be shielded with
thick blankets. In an extreme emer-
gency, patients may take refuge in
Spotters should be posted at social. closets or under beds.
and athletic events to provide ample Develop a plan for internal dis-
advance warning and dismissal with semination of tornado and severe
take-shelter instruction if danger ap- "thunderstorm watches and warnings.
pears imminent. Assign key personnel and alternates,
Gymnasiums and auditoriums to this task.
with wide-span roofs are unsafe in Select and mark shelter areas
such situations. As many person as t ithir the facili,. Establish special
possible should be sheltered in rela- 'ila'rm signals. and have 'secondary
tively safe areas like pa.itage nnrenels system aj\ liable in case. of pov'er
under solid stands, in basements and .t-ialure:,
inner hall\ jI ,s. '. Appoint storm spotters and have
School buts lise or ronue proce- '.them ready to. nmotie outdoors
dures should be set up and dri.er: whenever a watch or \naming is is-
drilled t.:- help children rake ci:o er in sued lienn s\cere weather ap-
a shelter. ditch, or rj\ inc. il the.bua:,proaches. Nlake sure someone
is cauLlht in the open b; a tmormndo. ,, monitors radio jnd tele\ vision for ad-
Other insiirtutiun ish uld be readd, dilional severe % either inform action.
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from the service, proponents say.
"For officers on the street, the
availability of Internet access at
their fingertips will allow immediate
access to criminal information and
"Additionally, in a region fraught
with weather emergencies, and since
Monticello is considered a major
evacuation route for coastal resi-
dents, information on hurricanes,
tornadoes, floods, roads closings
and other critical emergency infor-
mation can be broadcast quickly to
citizens on the local Internet net-
Other expected beneficiaries of
the system will be the county, the
school system and the local work
"Expanding opportunities for
higher education will also play a
crucial role in the development of
the county's work force," goes the
argument. "Although Monticello is
located is within 75 miles of two
major universities and several com-
munity colleges, transportation chal-
lenges to attend college often prove
prohibitive for the county's wage
"By providing availability of video
streaming, partnerships can be de-
veloped with FSU, UF and NFCC
for distance learning centers. In fact,
the city of Monticello, in partner-
ships with the school system, antici-
pates that such a center could be
located at the original 1852 Jeffer-
son County High School, which is
now being renovated and wired for
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