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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2006,
mCity To Graybar:
'Hit Road, Jack'
Senior Staff Writer
City officials continue talking
about imposing a system's charge on
new water users.
A system's charge, as consultant
engineer Robert George explained it
to city officials back in June, is a
fancy name for an impact fee. The
charge would apply to new resi-
ilences corffecting to the city's water
The money from the system's
charge would be kept in a separate
account that could only be used for
capital improvement projects.
Imposition of the system's charge
has been awaiting the completion of
a study that George has been doing
Senior Staff Writer
If city officials get their way,
sidewalks will line both sides of US
19 and US 90 from one end of the
town to the other.
snow-like effect. Fortunately, the frost does-
n't last long, once the sun rises. This field is
located just outside the city. (News Photo)
that it can be done on a temporary
Leinback promised to research the
matter and report his findings back
to the council at the January
City Superintendent' Don Ander-
son, meanwhile, suggested upping
the city's tap-in fees, which are cur-
rently $550 each for sewer and wa-
ter service inside the city and higher
for users outside the city.
"We can justify that increase,"
Anderson said. "The last time we
raised the tap-in fees was about 15
Mayor Julie Conley questioned us-
ing the tap-in fees for capital im-
"I don't think we should rely on
the tap-in fees to build a rainy day
(See Water Page 2)
ays 19, 90
The city justified its request on the
grounds of population growth, con-
nectivity of existing and emerging
neighborhoods, and the desire to
promote healthy lifestyles.
States the resolution, in part,
"Whereas the city and county are
experiencing population growth
both by in-fill development as well
as planned subdivisions... and a
complete sidewalk system along US
19 and US 90 is critical to the over-
all transportation network of the city
to reduce vehicle congestion and (to
promote) safe physical activity,..be
City Clerk Emily Anderson ex-
plained that the CTST, a joint city
and county group that works closely
with the DOT to eliminate commu-
nity traffic safety hazards, decided it
would be best if the city sought the
funding directly from the DOT.
Anderson said Kim Barnhill, di-
rector of the Health Department,
supported the project and would
write a letter to that effect. She
pointed out that the Health Depart-
ment is interested in promoting
walking as an activity that can lead
to improved health.
Anderson said she would try to
get county officials to sign on to the
The council approved the measure
for some time now. Indeed, in the
minds of some council members, the
study has been taking too long.
To Bear Chargel
"Let's set a number and get
started with the system's charge,"
Councilman Luther Pickels recom-
mended recently. "We keep putting
it off and putting it off. Whatever
we need to do to get it started, let's
City Attorney Bruce Leinback ad-
vised against a rash action.
"I'm not sure we can do that,"
Leinback said of Pickels' proposal.
"There has to be a basis for the
charge. That's the reason for the
study. But I'll see if there's a way
Based on the recommendation of
the Community Traffic Safety Team
(CTST), the City Council on Dec.
6 adopted a resolution asking the
Department of Transportation
(DOT) to install sidewalks "along
all federal highways within the city
City Still Open To Idea
Of Providing Service
Senior Staff Writer
The City Council on Dec. 22 offi-
cially asked Graybar Electric Com-
pany to remove its-equipment from
city property, putting an end -- at
least for the time being -- to the
city's idea of becoming an Internet
The decision came in an early
morning special meeting that lasted
all of 20 minutes.
City Attorney Bruce Leinback
briefly informed council members
of the latest developments in the ne-
gotiations with the company's attor-
Leinback reminded the council
that following the city's ultimatum
io Graybar to make the system oper-
able or remove it, Graybar had of-
fered to substitute another system.
The substitute system, however,
was slower than the high-speed sys-
tem that the city had ordered, Lein-
back pointed out.
He said it was the opinion of the
TO 25 Youths
Senior Staff Writer
For Breawnna Haugen, a fourth
grader at Jefferson Elementary
School, Christmas came Dec. 23, as
it did for 24 other kids in the county.
It didn't matter either that Santa
came in the guise of Councilman
Gerrald Austin, Sheriff David
Hobbs and school nurse Gladys Ro-
ann, founders of the newly-formed
Kids 'n' Cops program.
Whatsat mattered was that the kids
got spanking new, multicolored
Huffy bicycles, complete with bike
helmets donated by the Health De-
"Godsend, that's what it is," said
Stephanie Haugen, choking back
tears Friday morning as Breawanna
took possession of her new bicycle
in a brief ceremony at the Sheriffs
A single mother, Haugen had been
working 10-hour shifts to ensure a
nice Christmas for her three
children, when Roann called to in-
form her that her family had been
selected to receive two bicycles.
(The other bike went to her son,
who did not attend Friday's brief
Kids 'n' Cops is the brainchild of
Austin, who for the last six years
has been taking Jefferson County
kids over to Leon County to receive
free bicycles from that county's
"They get 600 bicycles and give
15 to Jefferson County, or five to
each of the three Boys and Girls
clubs here," Austin said last week.
"That doesn't even begin to make a
dent in the number of disadvantaged
kids here. As a community that
cares, I decided we needed to step
(See Bikes Page 3)
city's technological committee, as
well as that of the FSU consultant
the city had hired, that the system
Graybar was proposing had the po-
tential for technological problems.
"Ultimately, the committee's rec-
ommendation is that we tell Graybar
that it's doubtful that the system it is
proposing will work and that the
company should remove its compo-
nents from the city," Leinback said.
Councilman Brian Hayes moved
immediately to follow the commit-
tee's recommendation, expressing
disbelief that a Fortune 500 com-
pany such as Graybar, with reported
annual sales of $9.4 billion, could
blunder so badly.
"The company obviously makes
mistakes like everyone else," Hayes
said. "It's disappointing. But the fact
is that they didn't perform to con-
tract. That's puts us back to where
The city gave Graybar a maxi-
mum of 30 days to remove its
equipment from city property. But it
left the door open to the possibility
that it would purchase some of the
i .'- '.
system's components, should Gray-
bar be willing to part with these at a
Meanwhile, the city continues
paying a monthly fee of $2,500 to
AT&T for the Internet service con-
nection. The council approved the
contract with AT&T in September,
when it appeared that Graybar's sys-
tem would be operable within a mat-
ter of weeks, if not sooner.
Hayes has suggested in past
council meeting that the city might
want to seek recompense from
Graybar for the monthly charges,
which the city has been paying since
October. Hayes, however, did not
raise the issue at the Dec. 22 meet-
City officials aren't shutting the
door completely on the idea of be-
coming an Internet provider. They
still see a need for the service -- and
a possible way of, generating reve-
nues for the city -- if it can be done
Next time they explore the possi-
bility, however, city officials are
sure be more cautious and ask more
questions, rather than accepting the
vendor's representations at face
value, as they did the first time
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BREAWANNA HAUGEN takes possession of her new bicy-
cle, compliments of the Kids 'n' Cops program. With Brea-
wanna are Sheriff David Hobbs and school nurse Gladys
Roann. (News Photo)
COUNCILMAN GERROLD AUSTIN plays Santa at the bike
giveaway on Dec. 23. Receiving bicycles are Joe Daniels,
on left, and Azende Thompson. (News Photo)
138TH YEAR NO.01, 50 CENTS
A WINTER WONDERLAND it's not, but the
recent nippy mornings have been frosting
fields with a thin blanket of ice, producing a
City Eyeing increase
Of Water Users Fees
City Will Ask State T<
Sidewalks On Highw;
CITY OFFICIALS plan to ask the Department of Transporta-
tion to install sidewalks on both sides of the federal high-
ways within the city. (News Photo)
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RESIDENT Aretha Glenn prepares to open her Christmas
- gift at the Jefferson Nursing Center annual Christmas
Party. See additional photos, page 10. (News Photo)
Plans Solidify For MLK
Plans are underway and applica-
tions are being accepted for the
NAACP 26th Annual Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. Memorial Cere-
mony, Parade and Festival.
Events will begin 3 p.m., Sunday,
Jan. 15, with an MLK Memorial
service, at the MB Church with
guest speaker Rev. Issac Manning of
Beth Page M.B. Church. The Beth
Page Choir will provide music.
The MLK Parade will be held 10
a.m., Jan. 16, beginning on South
Jefferson Street and proceeding to
the Recreation Park.
Spokesperson Glyndell Presley
says coordinators expect the same
.participants in last year's parade
and more, to take part in the event.
A greater number of spectators is
Last year, there were approxi-
-mately 50 entries in the parade,
Call J.G. Wentworth's
Annuity Purchase Program
chaired by Gerrold Austin.
Scheduled to be in the parade and
also at the platform events in the
recreation park, which will imme-
diately follow the parade, are: the
Jefferson County High School
Band and Rickards High School
Austin added that coordinators
are also trying to recruit additional
area high school bands.
There will be many vendor
booths, food booths and activities
and games for the children.
Vendors will sell everything from
barbecue chicken and ribs, to cloth-
ing and jewelry, to bric-a-brac and
homemade comforters and pillows.
Activities will include the football
throw, face painting, and the bub-
To register for the parade call
Austin at 997-1180 or 997-8817, to
register to set up a booth at the park
for only $30, call Presley at 997-
6712 or Austin.
Progress Energy is cosponsoring
the Celebration at the Park.
The Jefferson Nursing Center held
its annual Christmas Dinner and
Party Saturday drew a full house.
Administrator Paul E. Kovary wel-
comed all and thanked them for
spending their valuable time with
the residents and staff.
A holiday meal of baked chicken
and ham was enjoyed by all.
Mae Kyler, director of social
services and Voncell Edwards, ac-
tivities director invited the guests to
help with the distribution of gifts.
They also expressed their thanks
to all for the Christmas gift dona-
tions, the food, cards, and fruit bas-
Those donating to the residents
Christmas Party include: Sandra
Boltz, Branch Street Funeral
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fund," Conley said.
Still, she agreed that the tap-in
fees warranted reviewing, especially
in light of Leinback's point that the
fees should reflect costs not pres-
ently factored into the considera-
tions. Such costs, Leinback
suggested, were things such as the
cost of fuel and the cost of social se-
curity payments per employee.
"Is the fee now covering the
cost?" Leinback asked.
Anderson alsQ promised to work
up the figures and report his find-
ings to the council at the January
As for Pickels, he had a word for
"Next time we to talk to Robert,
let's tell him to speed things up,"
The January meeting of the coun-
cil was scheduled for 5 p.m. Tues-
day (Jan. 3) -- rather than the usual
7 p.m. time -- so that it wouldn't
conflict with the Orange Bowl game
between FSU and Penn State.
Home, Polly Brown, Linda Demott,
Eastern Star Chapter 24 and C.H.
Herny, the Department of Correc-
tion in Madison and in Tallahassee,
Gelling's Floral Design and Erika
Imbrunone, the Jefferson County
4-H and John Lilly, the Jefferson
County Key Club, Mona Macken-
zie, Judge Bobby Plaines, Mt.
Ararat Church and Rev. T.R. Hous-
ton, Tillman Funeral Home and Al
Hall, Melva and Sloan Walker, Dr.
John Ward, Mary Watkins, Wau-
keenah Methodist Church and
Paula Mathews, and Dianne West-
Also attending to celebrate, offer
gifts, and sing Christmas caroles
were the Ladies Auxiliary of
American Legion Post 251.
They included: Alberta Barnhart,
Mary Blair, Willie Ann Dickey,
Shirley Washington, and District
President Sara Griffin.
Financial Workshop Set
Robert Davison, an Edward Jones
investment representative Monti-
cello, will host at "Financial Work-
shop for Individual Investors, 6:30
p.m., Jan. 12 through Feb. 9.
The five week workshop will as-
sist individuals in setting financial
and investment goals.
The class will provide an in-depth
look at the many different types of
investments available to, and suit-
able for investors who are working
"Whether you are interested in
strategies designed to help you en-
hance your long term investment re-
turns, reducing your income taxes or
income strategies, you should plan
to attend this informative class,"
Classes meet Thursdays for five
weeks, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the
Jefferson County Library. Enroll-
ment fee is $14 per person, which
includes all course materials.
For more information, or to re-
serve a seat, contact Davison at 997-
Edward Jones offers its clients a
variety of investments, including
certificates of deposits, taxable and
non-taxable bonds, stocks an mutual
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The meeting will be held at the
Desmond M. Bishop Administration Building
Monday, January 9, 2006
at 6:00 p.m.
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1490 W. Washington Street, Monticello, FL.
Monday through Friday between the hours of
8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. A copy of the school board
packet will be available for review at the district office.
will meet at 9:00
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CITY WORKERS opened the fire hydrant at Street. Opening the hydrant prevented resi-
Fred's to relieve water pressure so repairs dents from having their water turned off.
could be made to a water leak on Main (News Photo)
County Christmas Drive
Surpasses All Expectations
(Continued From Page 1)
Austin proposed his idea to
Hobbs, who readily embraced it and
came up with the name Kids 'n'
Cops. The only problem was that
Austin's proposal came on Dec. 2,
and the agreed upon giveaway day
was set for Dec. 23.
* "The goal became 21 bikes in 21
days," Austin says.
The power of the media to pro-
mote an idea: The two appeared
briefly on WCTV the following
Monday morning, asking for dona-
tions. And by Tuesday evening,
enough money had been raised to
buy 25 bicycles.
Roann then provided the names of
families deemed economically dis-
The plan now is to double the
number of bicycles to be distributed
next Christmas, if not do better than
that. Toward that end, Hobbs plans
to open a special bank account at
Farmers & Merchants Bank, where
folks can make tax-deductible dona-
tions to the Kids 'n' Cops program.
Slobbs is enthusiastic about the
program. He wants it to outlive his
tenure as sheriff, if possible.
If a two-minute appearance on
television can produce such a re-
sponse, imagine the results when the
program has a year to advertise it-
self, he says.
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The Annual County Christmas
Drive proved to-be a huge success,
helping the largest number of peo-
ple in the community, to date, to
have a joyous Christmas.
The goal each year, is to supply
each child with two new toys. This
year, each child received at least
three or more toys.
All together, 74 households, 146
children and 16 senior citizens re-
ceived gift certificates, articles of
clothing, books and toys.
Co-coordinator Gladys Roann
said that following the final article
in the News when the deadline for
donations was merely four days
away, the flood gates opened and
donations began to pour in.
"The people of Monticello really
came through," said Roann. "They
opened their hearts and their pock-
etbooks, they really outdid them-
selves this year."
"Recipients were so grateful and
appreciative," said Roann. "I got
to experience the good part, seeing
their faces light up and eyes fill
with tears of joy.
"Being able to see that makes me
have a good Christmas, too," she
added. "They'll all have something
to smile about on Christmas morn-
Roann related that there was one
instance when she was at a county
dumpster unloading her trash.
"A woman with three children in
the car, pulled in behind me and
asked me if I needed help, and I
told her no," she said. "She told
me that she wanted to scavenge the
dumpster when I left, so I asked her
what she was looking for.
"When she said toys I told her to
follow me," said Roann. "When we
got to the office I told the children
to go and pick out a toy that they
wanted, and they did."
She added that the woman con-
tacted her the next day and relayed
that her children were so happy
with their new toys, that they slept
with them that night.
Two weeks after the drive began,
there were 32 families with 87 chil-
dren, but the donations merely
The list was expected to grow,
but it appeared that donations were
slow because of the severity of this
year's hurricane season and the
desperate need for donations, that
only the most needy of those on the
list would receive gifts.
That number quickly grew to 40
families with 106 children. At the
end of the drive, there was a total
of 74 households, 146 children be-
tween the ages of six months and
16 years, and 16 seniors.
Roann said there were many
goodhearted people who undertook
the major job of sorting, dividing,
and wrapping the donations in time
She concluded that she would like
to thank the many volunteers and
all of the donors who gave so gen-
"It's all so appreciated and could-
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Anytime of year can be the right
time to resolve to make changes in
your life particularly when these
changes concern money.
Here are are five resolutions that are
likely to improve your financial
Resolved: I will elirhinate re-
volving debt. Start by buying only
what you can afford. Paying off pur-
chases made with credit cards and
the interest that accompanies them
can sap the life the cash from a
personal savings system.
Resolved: I will create an emer-
gency fund. This can come .under
the rule of "pay yourself first."
Start by saving 5 to 10 percent of
Your paycheck until you have a
cushion of three to six months salary
If self discipline is an issue, ask
your bank to automatically with-
draw the amount you want and de-
posit it in a savings account.
Resolved: I will open an Indi-
vidual Retirement Account (IRA)
and make the maximum contribu-
IRAs make it possible to accrue
tax-deferred earnings on your retire-
Depending on the kind of IRA ac-
count you open, there may be addi-
tional benefits, which can add to
your incentive to catch up on your
In addition, the federal govern-
ment recently increased IRA contri-
bution limits to $4,000 or $4,500 if
you are age 50 or older.
Resolved: I will start a college
savings plan for my child. With the
increases in college costs outpacing
most annual raises, it's never too
early to start a college savings plan.
Consider the tax advantages of-
fered by an Education Savings Ac-
count (ESA). This type of account
can be a valuable ally in the battle
against rising tuition costs.
Resolved: I will create a will.
Without a will it can be difficult to
guarantee your family and depend-
ents will be cared for in the manner
you desire after you are gone.
You will also need a durable
power of attorney and a living will
to ensure your wishes are carried out
should you become terminally ill or
critically injured in an accident.
The guidance of financial profes-
sionals can often be useful when
making resolutions such as these.
From Our Files
From Our Photo File
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WHEN mail carrier Clyde Strickland, left,
showed up for work in June, 1990, then
postmaster Tom Braswell presented him a
plaque for driving a million accident free
miles over 36 years. (News File Photo)
Opinion & Comment
New Year's Plans Often Fade
BY RON CICHON
If you made a New Year's resolu-
tion, congratulations are in order.
Resolutions for a New Year are kind
of like diets, we tend to stray rather
A survey team checked with 213
adults in Pennsylvania to see how
they made out with resolutions the
past two years, and the results tell
you how quickly we abandon those
well intentioned resolutions.
A whopping 77 percent of the
people polled kept their resolutions
for one week, 55 percent a month,
and 40 percent six months. Only 19
percent kept their resolutions for
You may have already abandoned
your New Year's resolution.
I haven t made a iew Year's'reso-
lution in so many years I just can't
recall the last one. New Year's reso-
lutions are not my thing..
If I've got to break a habit or do
something newv which is in my best
interest, then why not decide to do it
on September 23rd or July 7th?
Why wait for a New Year'?
This is my logical mind at-work. I
know, but waiting for a New Year to
quit smoking, or diet, or take a night
course, or exercise regularly doesn't
make sense to me. If those things
are noble pursuits, then they are
worthwhile any time of the year.
But if New Year's resolutions
make sense to you, then have at it.
I've got a host of friends who
started diets right after Jan. 1. I
know, 'cause they told me they
Some told me at a buffet table at
parties, others told me while holding
a plateful of food on their laps, and
still others told me as they were
wolfing down a second dessert.
Do I believe them when they say
"come the Ne.w Year, I'm going to
get serious about losing weight?"
No I don't. Of course, I never say I
don't believe it.
Once in a great while somebody
comes along who really does what
they say they'll do. I'd hate to be the
one who discouraged them when
they announce their plans...
Surveys show that half of the
adults make resolutions with 70 per-
cent of them health related.
If you are in the half who do make
resolutions, you have my wishes for
If you are in the half who don't
plan to make resolutions, you have
my congratulations for honesty. You
probably know you won't keep any
resolutions you make anyway.
I would imagine by now you've
heard a lot of conversation from co-
workers and friends about resolu-
tions. It's the thing to talk about
right after the New Year holiday.
That kind of talk usually fades in a
week or two as the resolutions are
A few hints for resolution-makers
are in order.
Psychologist Ronald G. Nathan
advises setting one 'goal and work-
iig"' toward small but lasting
changes. He says' doing that will
help stay on target.
Psychologist John C, Norcross
says you'll have more luck if you re-
alize a lapse is not a relapse. If
you're trying to quit smoking but
take a few puffs, it doesn't mean you
should give up.
TEN YEARS AGO
. December 27, 1995
Jefferson County is one of several
North Florida counties that will
form a district for workforce devel-
opment so that it is ready to make
the best use of these federal funds
,when they are released.
The high-profile trail of the defen-
dants in the trooper Jimmy Fulford
murder case and the British tourist
-,case dominated the first half of
1995, along with the demise of the
;controversial Colonial pipeline pro-
:,ject and renewed efforts by county
.officials to complete the courthouse
The closure of the old landfill has
begun and is proceeding smoothly,
according to Enviromental Consult-
;ant Frank Darabi, the engineer over-
seeing the project.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
December 24, 1985
County Commissioners are being
-asked by the state to sign a $1,555
railroad crossing maintenance agree-
City officials have decided to ap-
ply for federal funds to reimburse
the city for expenses incurred in
cleaning up debris left behind by
Many farmers in Jefferson County
depend on spray irrigation to pro-
duce their crops. A new program is
looming on the farm horizon, as wa-
ter conservationists think meters
should be placed onri wells used in
THIRTY YEARS AGO
December 25, 1975
The folks down at Affiliated of
Florida, Inc., located in Tampa, are
very excited about the plans 'for
opening a new supermarket.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Turner of
Ocala are spending the holidays
with her parents, Mr. and.Mrs. John
Ms. Lorene Barton was the recipi-
ent of a surprise birthday party
Tuesday, Dec. 23.
FORTY YEARS AGO
December 24, 1965
Steve Andris announced that the
JCKC will donate the entire amount
of $2,298.91 raised by the track at
its annual Charity Night which will
go to Jefferson County causes.
The Tigers defeated Jasper last
night by a score of 64-52.
Robin Hampton was honored as
the outstanding lineman and Travis
Collins as the outstanding quarter-
FIFTY YEARS AGO
December 23, 1955
The Presbyterian Men entertained
at their annual Christmas banquet at
the Woman's Club.
Miss Robert Large, who is teach-
ing in Tampa, arrived to spend the
holidays with her parents.
SIXTY YEARS AGO
December 21, 1945
Luther Davis and Louis Poindex-
ter have been placed on the honor-
able mention list on the all state
Pvt. Wilson Shepherd, U.S. Army
Air Corps arrived home from Pawl-
Schools: How Did We Get Here?
Editor's Note: This is the first of a and keeping the populace ignorant and not "Mathematics." There was- successfully in our advancing soci-
three part series on education, guaranteed order according to their n't any call or practical use for the ety, new and less important other
wishes. average student to waste valuable subjects were incorporated under the
BY DENNIS FOGGY Indeed, prior to the war of seces- time learning the meaning of "X." guise of "broadening the- students
Columnist sion in the United States, slaves There grew, of course, the need to education."
The lack of education among the
masses has always been a gift to
those fortunate enough to be literate.
It hasn't been until recent centuries
in most of the civilized world that
significant numbers of citizens be-'
In the past, the key to acquiring
and maintaining wealth and power
was through obtaining an education.
In pre-modern Europe, receiving an
education and being able to read and
write fluently was reserved for the,
upper class and priests. Essentially,
the very ability to become liieat'c
was a clear threat to the powerful
were forbidden by law from learn-
ing to read and write. There could
be only one conclusion drawn from
such a law, that an educated slave
was a dangerous slave.
Educating the masses was a less
daunting task in past years. There
wasn't that much that one had to
learn to successfully function as an
educated person in society. The pri-
mary ability to read and write in-
stantly set one apart from most other
Accordingly, educators focused
primarily on teaching three subjects:
Reading, Writing and Arithmetic.
Notice I used the word "arithmetic"
broaden a student's education
through the introduction of geogra-
phy and history. These concentrated
subjects, combined with the funda-
mental "three R's" produced a well
rounded graduate of the day.
Unencumbered by the deluge of
subject material poured on today's
students, the educated student was
capable of communicating intelli-
gently both verbally and in writing
on subjects of the times.
Somewhere along the line, educa-
tion quite innocently headed down
the proverbial "slippery slope." In-
stead of concentrating on the very
fundamentals essential to function
Almost overnight, art
appreciation, theater, physical edu-
cation, band, home economics,
shop, marketing, business education,
drafting, choir, biology, algebra,
physics, chemistry, dance, world
history, psychology, American lit-
erature and social studies filled a
Anycasual observer would have
easily seen that a student's time nor-
mally devoted to mastering the fun-
damentals, had to now be equally
shared tackling assignments in other
If you were blessed with above
average intelligence and involved
(See Schools Page 5)
Recognize Faces Of History
Think quickly. Who's on Mount
Rushmore? If you can't answer,-
you've got plenty of company. Re-'
search reveals 87 percent of Amheri-
cans can't name all four U.S.
presidents featured on the national
In addition, a recent telephone sur-
vey questioning more than 1,000 re.
spondents, discovered that almost
one-third of those surveyed did not
know there are four presidents -
George Washington, Thomas Jeffer-
son, Abraham Lincoln and Theo-
dore Roosevelt featured on the
However, if given an option, peo-,
ple surveyed said they knew who
they'd like to see on Rushmore.
Twenty-two percent chose John F.
Kennedy Jr., followed by Ronald
Reagan (21 percent) and Franklin
Roosevelt (15 percent).
Don't plan on seeing any of these
new faces anytime soon though the
national monument will never add
another president, due to an agree-
ment with the family of Gutzon Bor-
glum, the sculptor of the Mount
Rushmore National Memorial.
While worrying if people can
name the presidents on Mount Rush-
more may seem like making a
mountain out of a molehill, educa-
tors say it does point to a larger
Many students are not learning
American history or lessons about
the country's founding fathers. The
"Jeep Commander in History" essay
contest may help change that.
The educational program rcwards
children for learning about Ameri-
can history and the commanders in
"With this survey, we identified
the need to promote civics and na-
tional history education," said Jeff
Bell, vice president, Jeep, the com-
pany that sponsored the study.
"We think this initiative is a good
opportunity to reach the younger
generation and instill an interest in
our nation's past."
The contest is open to seventh
graders, an age when American his-
tory is a central part of the curricu-
Students are invited to submit a
350-word essay with, their thoughts
on the following two subjects:
Choose one of the Mount Rush-
more presidents and explain what
you feel was his most important
contribution to the history of the
What advice would you give the
current president and future com-
manders in history that would sup-
port America's ideals of freedom?
Students essays can be submitted
by parents, guardians or teachers at
om or by mail. Essays must either
be postmarked or submitted online
by Friday, Feb. 3, 2006.
The grand-prize winner will be an-
nounced on Monday, March 6,
2006, one day after the bill was
signed in 1925 granting permission
for Mount Rushmore to be carved.
The author of the grand-prize-
winning entry will be awarded a
family vacation for up to seven peo-
ple to visit Mount Rushmore Na-
tional Memorial in celebration of the
monument and the Jeep brand's 65th:
Letters to the Editor Welcomed
500 Words or Less I
Letters must be signed
phone number of writer,
Ron cl, Won
Rezoning Officials Deserve
Civility, Resident Writes
My goodness sakes alive! Some
:,folk in this old-fashioned Southern
:county speak longingly of past
times, but seem to have forgotten
some aspects of those days of yore.
Gentle persons of upbringing and
manner didn't resort to public rheto-
Sric and letters couched in diatribe
and invective, when personal views
were not upheld.
In those supposedly good old
days, such actions might have re-
| suited in a "back-of-the barn" meet-
" Fortunately, those times of pugna-
, cious confrontation are gone, even
e' though surely no one in Jefferson
, County would ever engage in such
Nevertheless, I marvel at the pa-
0 tience and forbearance of our pre-
Ssent day commissioners when
Constantly challenged in print and
meetings by angry people who think
their position is so rooted in right-
eousness that it allows them to be
,cruelly uncivil and mean-spirited,
and closed to any ameliorative dis-
I daresay such an attitude is
counter productive because the one
under attack ultimately must get to
the point where, come hell or high
,water, he'll vote against that
Case in point was the recent re-
zoning of the 377 acre plot near
.Waukeenah. Gentle readers should
know that the state realizes that
times and land uses change and
therefore demands periodic reviews,
-and provides for twice annual
amending of Comprehensive Plans.
However, those plans were labori-
ously crafted by committed citizens,
and any changes should be thor-
oughly examined, and even then,
they will only stringently be granted
by the Department of Community
Wendy Moss, of the Planning
Commission, read the proposed
amendment, including a nine point
rationale, and the melee was on.
Apparently, a few were listening
to her, myself included, because
person after person stepped up to
the podium to make essentially the
same protest: no growth, no high
density, only ill-intentioned people
(sic commissioners) would consider
such an aberration, etc.
I made my own philosophically
brilliant plea to be cautious and
change the comp plan only upon
compelling reasons, which to that
point, I had not heard.
At that time, and in response to
Commissioner Tuten's question,
Bob Arredondo stepped up and gave
a very compelling reason.
As the comp plan presently reads,
the developer could build at least
204 units (and potentially as many
as 298) with no rezoning, period.
By going through the laborious
process of rezoning, however, the
developer would gain flexibility in
designing compatible community,
even though, in that process, he
might be allowed a lesser number of
sites because of land characteristics
and DEP rulings.
Mr. Arredondo also pointed out
that when the developer comes be-
fore the Planning Commission and
County Commissioners for a devel-
opment permit, granting that DCA
approves the amendments. all of
these general concerns would have
to be specifically addressed, one by
Then Commissioner Joyner stepped
up to the plate, with another, very
compelling and pragmatic reason:
The land would be developed. The
county could not prohibit the sale
and, if not rezoned, the sites would
be scattered all over the entire plot
in order to achieve maximum return.
Such scattering could also lead to
an area of extremely high density,
low cost housing.
Commissioner Joyner's really
compelling reason was to manage
growth and rural ambiance, by
changing the :zoning to allow clus-
tering and conservation easements.
To me, it had to be one of his finest
I celebrate, agree, and will support
Commissioner Monroe's reluctance
to amend the Comp Plan.
To do so, I will try to be better in-
formed, more active in comp plan
considerations, and I will continue
to evaluate any future amendments
on the same criteria of "compelling
reasons: for change.
The problem is that such reason-
ing calls for an open mind, and
sometimes I find that mine, and per-
haps that of others, is not always so
You've heard the: "Don't confuse
me with the facts, my mind is made
My friends, what's at stake is man-
aging the future of our county, and
that calls for vision, patience, pru-
dence, and above all civility.
Let us agree to disagree amicably.
Increasing Development Raises
Citizens' Demand For Services
There has been a great deal of
- concern, both pro and con, related to
the last year's activity by the present.
.county commissioners and their
band of sycophants (the county
planning administrator, the planning
commission, and their attorney.)
Their current decision making is
based on the promise of increased
tax dollars, more business, and real-
tor and developer profits while ig-
noring individual landowners' prop-
Let's take a look in the mirror and
evaluate our future prospects.,
Leon County, years ago, went
through the same growth situation,
apparently based on the same rea-
, soning used by our commissioners.
The municipal/county drain fields
placed in service based on commis-
sioners' approval, are now being
found to pollute Wakulla Springs.
An area in the northeast part of the
county (a Killeam subdivision) is
now compelled to install a central
sewer system, and septic tanks must
be removed from each resident's
This area was developed based on
approval by then county commis-
sioners, as well as state/federal regu-
lators who obviously relied on expe-
diency rather than long term conse-
The taxpayers and individual
property owners are paying for the
mistakes of nearsighted commis-
sioners and government regulatory
agencies. The realtor, developer and
builders have moved on to greener
The Jefferson County individuals
thrusting this same kind of develop-
ment on our citizens are demonstrat-
ing the same lack of character, in-
tegrity, courage and responsibility
shown by our Leon County neigh-
In examining their conscience be-
fore casting their vote, they either
do not care about the taxpayers
(electorate) in the county, or they
seek absolution by passing the re-
sponsibility on to regulators at an-
It is reasonable to assume that in-
dividuals considering relocating in
Jefferson County are attracted by
lower taxes. Yet unregulated
growth, such as being advocated by
our current commissioners, will re-
sult in an increase of as much as 30
percent to the entire tax base, due to
increased demand for services.
The commissioners cite "inevita-
ble change and landowner's rights"
as their reasons for approving recent
"spot zoning" applications.
Citizens Should Be
Part Of Solution
This is in response to some recent
letters and ads which sgem to be at- '
tacking the integrity of our Board of
. There have been insinuations of
dishonesty. I personally know com-
missioners Tuten and Jovner.
I know them to be fair minded,
hardworking, and above all, honest.
I consider them both friends and'
support them as my voice on the
I am sorry that they can't seem to
make everyone happy, but that is
not their job, nor was it their inten-
tions when they decided to run for
They want to do their very best to
manage Jefferson County. I, espe-
cially, don't always agree with them,
but I stand by their decisions.
Commissioner Tuten will be the
first to tell you that he is commis-
sioner and not a politician.
I will be the first to tell you that I
consider the jabs, barbs, and innuen-
does that are thrown their way a slap
in my face as well, because I do
trust and support them.
I have supported the Board mem-
bers in the past, and I will support
them in the future. I suggest that
anyone unhappy with the Board of
County Commissioners, stop the ac-
cusations and name calling, and try
to get to know the board on a one on
one basis, and then find out what
you can do to help constructively!
In the words of the late John F.
Kennedy, "Ask not what your coun-
try can do for you...ask what you
can do for your country."
I believe that more can be accom-
plished with this attitude and we
will all be a little better off.
This is an unsolicited letter.
Wm. J. Leskanic.
When the Comprehensive plan
was being studied, debated and ap-
proved in the early 1990's every citi-
zen had the opportunity to be heard.
It is reasonable to assume that
landowners who participated in the
adoption of the plan, or who pur-
chased land subsequent to the Comp
Plan approval, knew how their land
was impacted by zoning regulations.
Now the commissioners and their
band of followers are disregarding
the rights of most landowners to
benefit a few who wish to circum-
vent the plan to enrich themselves.
My questions are these: Do land-
owners who have expectations of
garnering huge sums of money by
development of property through re-
zoning amendments have more
rights than other landowners?
Is local government for sale to the
highest bidder? Do you, as the elec-
torate, want to continue to support
and rely upon this kind of govern-
It seems to me a few people will
make windfall profits. They'll take
their money and run. The rest of the
residents of Jefferson County will
remain to pick up the pieces and pay
a debt not of their making.
Keep litter out of our water-
ways. Recycle plastics and
fishing line. Boat safely.
(Continued From Page 4)
parents, mastering multiple subjects
successfully was not only possible,
but highly beneficial.
Regrettably, the essential educa-
tion of low average and below aver-
age students in the fundamentals
began to suffer. Rather than recog-
nizing this burdensome dilemma, in-
ept educators mistakenly believed
that students were just becoming
more lazy and disinterested in their
After all, Mary Lou was doing
quite well because she was a "good
student." This was the only proof
that was needed to justify the need
for, broadening a students educa-
tional base, while simultaneously
explaining the shortcomings of the
less "interested," albeit capable stu-
Suddenly, a whole group of stu-
dents started to be left behind. There
were no programs put in place to re-
solve the problem. Consequently,
more students began to feel disen-
franchised from the education proc-
ess and started dropping out.
Sadly, the educational reply to this
national dilemma has turned into a
worse predicament referred to as
America's "dumbing down" of the
In typical fashion, rather than at-
tacking the problem head on, educa-
tion "experts" elected to treat the
problem by lowering standards
rather than using brain power to find
a remedy to the root cause.
So are we held hostage by this
overwhelming and complicated cir-
cumstance or can this situation be
corrected in our public schools? Part
2 of this series on education will ex-
plore possible changes that could
make a difference.
(Dennis Foggy is a retired Army
Lt. Colonel, former school teacher
and Jefferson County resident.)
In the Dec. 21, page 1 News story
on the adoption of the revised ani-
mal. control ordinance and the certi-
fication of three animal control
officers, Vince Little was incorrectly
identified as being employed by the
Solid Waste Department. Little actu-
ally works for the Road Department.
The News regrets the error.
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BENJAMIN 'BENNY" BISHOP, Farm Service
Agency County Committee Chairperson pre-
sents Arthur "Paul" McClellan with a ce
cate of recognition for 52 years of service
McClellan Honored For 52
Years Of Farm Agency Servi
The Jefferson County Farm Serv-
ice Agency honored Arthur "Paul"
McClellan with a party to celebrate
his 52 years of continuous service
with USDA's Farm Service
Local resident Benny Bishop pre-
sented McClellan with 1- Certificate
Starting as a reporter with what
was then called the Agricultural
Stabilization and Conservation
Service agency (ASCS) in June of
1953 at the age of 22, McClellan
began his career making $4 a day.
He remembers his responsibilities
at the time were measuring crops
such as tobacco, peanuts, corn, soy-
Measurements were done in the
field by using a tape 66 feet long.
EHis workday did not stop when
he left the office.
There was work to be done on the
farm each day until way after dark.
McClellan became a County Of-
Robert Lewis Williams
Services for Robert Lewis Wil-
laims of Monticello were at 11:00
a.m. on Saturday, December 31,
2005 at First Presbyterian Church in
Thomasville where he was a mem-
ber. The Rev. Daniel Smoaks offici-
Mr. Williams died December 17,
2005 at Archbold Memorial Hospi-
tal. Born June 16, 1915 in Michigan
he was the son of the late Ralph and
Edna Williams. He was married to
Katherine Williams who preceded
him in death. Mr. Williams was a
veteran of the United States Coast
Guard serving during World War II.
He was a retired Communications
Coordinator for Detroit Edison Co.
Survivors include a son, Donald F.
Williams and daughter-in-law, Ce-
celia E. Williams of Beulah, MI. In
lieu of flowers memorials may be
made to First Presbyterian Church,
225 E. Jackson St., Thomasville,
GA 31792. Visitors may sign the
online guest register at
Katherine Towry Freeman
Katherine Towry Freeman age 86,
a retired Dress Shop manager died
Tuesday December 27, 2005 in
Visitation was held December 28,
2005 from 6:00 to 7:00 at Beggs Fu-
neral Home Monticello Chapel.
Katherine is survived by one
daughter Jo Freeman of Tallahassee,
one grandson Scott Freeman of Tal-
lahassee, two great grandchildren,
four great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by Hus-
band Frank Freeman of Monticello,
one son David Freeman of Monti-
cello, one sister Helen Summers all
of Inverness, Florida.
Ashley Parramore Beggs Jr.
Ashley "Appie" Parramore B6ggs
Jr. age 52, a sales representative for
Dyke Industrial died Saturday De-
cember 24, 2005 in Monticello.
Funeral services were held 2:00
p.m. on Wednesday December 28,
2005 at Christ Episcopal Church in
fice Director (CED) in 1967 and
soon after gaining that title re-
ceived an award for most improved
office in the district.
Several program assistants and
field persons worked with him
through the years.
They included: Freda Bradley,
Jackie Day, Trudy Stokley, Nell
Davis, Norman Newman, and Ken-
neth Boykin to name just a few.
He retired as a CED in 1987 and
was elected to the County Office
Committee the very next year.
He served as a dedicated member
When asked what his memorable
moments were he smiled as he re-
calls many years ago the agency
used to issue tung oil loans.
One particular loan was so large
the amount would not fit on the
What did they do?
The office had to issue the
amount in two loans.
In the 52 years with ASCS/FSA,
McClellan has seen many changes
in agricultural methods.
His own farming has scaled down
Monticello. Family received friends
on Tuesday December 27, 2005 at
Beggs Funeral Home Monticello
Chapel from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Inter-
ment followed at Roseland Ceme-
tery. Those that wish may make
contributions to Christ Episcopal
Church, 425 North Cherry, Monti-
cello, Florida 850-997-4116.
Appie was bom in Thomasville,
GA. A former resident of Madi-
son, he spent most of his life in
Monticello. He was an avid golfer
and he loved to hunt. He was for-
mally associated with Beggs Funeral
Home as a Funeral Director. He was
a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and
also a member of Madison Lodge
He is survived by his wife Louise
"Sissy" Beggs of Monticello, one
son Lee Alligood of Monticello, two
daughters Rosemary Alligood and
Elizabeth Beggs both of Monticello,
Father Ashley P. Beggs and wife
Martha of Madison, his mother
Mary Ann Smiley of Lake Park,
Georgia, Judson Beggs and wife
Maury of Madison, one sister Ans-
ley Rogers and husband Lee of
over the years but he still ha
diverse interests such as a
of animals which include a
Along with his wife Bil
family, he continues to hold
ditional McClellan "cane gr
event every Thanksgiving w
at the farm.
His knowledge and fo
have been a great benefit
Members of the Mignonette Gar-
den Circle met recently for their
holiday celebration"at the home of
Co-hostesses for this Christmas
party and meeting were Joanne
Overly and Jan Wadsworth who
organized the luncheon and deco-
rated the tables.
As members arrived with their
gifts for exchange in hand, they
were given one half of a holiday
card. The other half of the card was
Triple L Club members met for a
Christmas Celebration Tuesday,
Dec. 20, at the First Baptist Church
Fellowship Hall, and enjoyed a
Speakers for this special event
were Edna Eleazer and Phyllis
Weldon, who introduced a program
of seasonal songs.
Pastor Thermon Moore com-
mented about the "Reason for the
Season" and offered a Christmas
Santa Claus paid a surprise visit,
bearing gifts for all.
Hostesses Ethel Strickland, Mary
Helen Andrews, Mona Mackenze,
and Weldon decorated the hall I
with centerpieces of pine and can-
dles adorning the tables.
Monticello/Jefferson Boys and
Girls Club Director Gerrold Austin
recently spent the day shopping for
gifts with Jackie Thompson for 11
of her 16 grandchildren.
This shopping trip was made
possible through a gift from First
American Title, in memory of
Board Member Greg McCray, who
died this past summer in an auto-
mobile accident, to share with the
Boys and Girls Clubs.
McCray was very dedicated to
rtifi- the Boys and Girls Clubs and to the
.e. children in the community.
He was an employee of First
American Title. They are proud to
honor his memory in this way.
Each county in the Big Bend area
e was allotted $3,000 to spend on a
C local family in need, for the
s many Thompson has been raising her
variety grandchildren in the absence of
Scamel their parents and will continue to
do so for an undetermined amount
lie and of time.
inding" She said the grandchildren living
weekend with her now, range from ages one
to 15, the others have left and are
)resight on their own now.
to the The shopping was done at the
WalMart on Apalachee Parkway, in
placed on a package for an ex-
change later during the meeting.
The wrapped gifts were collected
and piled under the tree in the
The Circle will meet noon
Wedine dp:,, Jan. 11, at the Monti-
cello> \\c.nrani's Clubhouse, on
A Plant Exchange will take
place with tips on the care and
planting of the individual treasures.
Scheduled hostesses for this
meeting are Mary Ellen Given and
Jackie Langford. RSVP to 997-
A Brown Bag Lunch is planned.
Members brought in their favorite
holiday foods to share.
Other activities enjoyed by the
group during the month of Decem-
ber were: a trip to Lake Lanier and
Callaway Gardens, and dining at
Cracker Barrel Restraunts along the
way by 18 of the members.
Also, a tour of the Tallahassee
Christmas lights and decorations
dazzled some 20 plus members.
The next meeting is scheduled for
10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24.
The program will include the
Southern Pines Kitchen Band en-
tertaining in their own unique style.
Hostesses will include Minna
Curtis, Thelma Birdwell, Dorothy
Stokley, and Barbara Sheats.
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McKinney and Adam of Shady
Grove, FL. announce the engage-
ment and upcoming wedding of
their daughter and sister Jamie
Lynn McKinney to Daniel Nix of
The bride elect is the grand-
daughter of the late Frank Sr. and
Candy Morgan; Sue Smith of Perry
and the late Bill Smith; and George
McCranie of Aucilla River.
She is a 2003 graduate of Taylor
High School and is currently at-
tending college at Taylor Tech in
McKinney is currently employed
with Martin Electronics in Perry.
The groom elect is the son of
Hazardous Weather Awareness
Poster Contest Now Ongoing
ond and third from posters through- radio. The values of the gift certifi-
FRAN HUNT out Florida along with a regional cates are: first place, $1,000 second
Staff Writer runner-up within each of the seven place, $500, third place $250, and
State Emergency Management Ar- the regional runner-up, $100.
The 2006 Hazardous Weather eas. First, second, third and regional
Emmitt and JoAnne Nix, and the
grandson of Emmitt Sr. and Flossy
Nix, both of Perry.
He is a 2003 graduate of Taylor
Tech and is currently employed
with J & J Equipment in Perry.
The wedding is, planned for 2
p.m. Saturday, January 7, 2006 at
the Mt. Gilead Baptist Church in
A Reception and Bridal Shower
will follow in the church social
hall. (The couple are registered at
At 6 p.m. a "Send-Off' party
with another Bridal Shower will be
held in honor of the couple at the
home of the bride's parents. (A
covered dish will be welcomed.)
Jamie McKinney To
Marry Daniel Nix
Awareness Poster Contest is cur-
rently underway, in recognition of
Hazardous Weather Awareness
,Wppeek Feb 1)2-18
$ The contest is for students en-
rolled in fourth and fifth grades
5dluring the 2005-06 school year.
SPosters must be submitted on
" poster or illustration board with the
overall dimensions 15 inches by 20
All artwork must be original and
may be of any media desired with
the exception of pencil, chalk, char-
coal or glitter.
Stenciled, traced, computer-
generated or commercially manu-
factured stick-on lettering or
graphics are not allowed.
Posters will be judged on both the
clariry of the preparedness message
-and the quality of the art, and post-
ers with misspelled words will be
The Hazardous Weather Aware-
ness Poster Contest has two catego-
Category one is for students
whose posters are ranked first, sec-
Residents at Brynwood Center
^extend a heartfelt thank you for the
,many acts of kindness shown them
#during the Christmas season.
Friday, Dec. 23 the Center cele-
: ;brated a Christmas holiday with a
party for the residents.
The community brought gifts to
share with their "adopted".
The festive party, attended by
many, included heavy hors d' hors
and soft drinks.
Friends, family, and community
members helped to entertain the
residents with songs of the season
and with an assortment of gifts.
Those helping by sharing or giv-
ing to the residents and staff of the
Center included: Memorial MB
Church and Jane Cox, the Shady
Grove PB Church, the House to
Category two is for teachers
whose students' posters are ranked
first, second and third from posters
throughout Florida along with re-
gional runner-up of the seven State
Emergency Management Areas.
The student first place winner will
receive a $1,000 Office Depot gift
certificate, an all expense paid trip
to the State Capital to mark the be-
ginning of the 2006 Hazardous
Weather awareness Week for the
winner and his/her parents, a $100
US Savings Bond and one NOAA
The student second place winner
receives a $500 Office Depot gift
certificate, a '$50 US Savings Bond
and an NOAA weather radio, the
student third place winner will re-
ceive a $250 Office 'Depot gift cer-
tificate, a $25 US Savings Bond
and an NOAA weather radio, and
the regional runner-up will receive
a $100 Office Depot gift certificate
and an NOAA weather radio.
The teacher of the winners each
will receive an Office Depot gift
certificate and an NOAA weather
House Prayer Band Inc. of Mt. Mo-
rilla, the Greater. Elizabeth MB
Church, members of the County 4-
H, Daniel Myers & Christian
Friends, members of the VFW Post
251, the C. H. Henry Chapter #24,
members of the County Republican
Party, local Girl Scout troop mem-
bers, employees of the Jefferson
and the Federal Correctional Insti-
tutions, volunteers from Elder Af-
fairs, Elizabeth Baptist and First
Baptist Church members, along
with the staff of the Brynwood
"This holiday affair was an abso-
lute success because of the gener-
osity and kindness of those
attending and donating, and be-
cause of the fellowship they
shared," says Brenda Thompson,
activity director for the Center.
"An effort made for the happi-
ness of others lifts us above our-
selves," she said.
runner-up posters will be displayed
in the Rotunda of the State Capital
during Florida's Hazardous
Weather Awareness Week.
On the back of each entry must be
the artist's name, age, grade, home
address, telephone number and
names of parents, as well as the
school's namni ..ddress, telephone
number, anid the name of the art in-
structor and/or classroom teacher.
Posters must be packed, wrapped
flat and mailed to the: American
Red Cross, 187 Office Plaza Dr.,
Tallahassee, FL, 32301 and post-
marked on or before Monday, Feb.
They must arrive at the Ameri-
can Red Cross office no later than
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2006. Winners
will be notified by telephone.
State of Florida Division of
Emergency Management and State
of Florida Department of
The Jefferson County Transporta-
tion Disadvantaged Coordinating
Board meets 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan.
12, at the Jefferson County Emer-
gency Management Office.
The agenda will include a review
of the complaint and grievance pro-
cedures, a review of the bylaws, the
CTC report and the staff report.
Persons requiring special accom-
modations at the meeting because of
a disability or physical impairment,
may contact Vanita Anderson at
When you invest in our community
through United Way, the returns are
enormous-healthier kids, more active
seniors and teens turning their lives
around. It's a dividend that builds a
The Jefferson County Recycling Program accepts
the following items for recycling:
All plastic bottles soda bottles (any size), milk jugs, water bottles,
laundry detergent bottles, etc.
All type cans Tin cans food cans, dog food cans, cat food cans, etc.
Aluminum cans soda cans, beer cans etc.
Newspapers, Magazines, etc.
All cardboard products grocery bags, cereal boxes, food boxes,
laundry detergent boxes, shipping boxes, etc.
All glass bottles, jars etc. (clear, brown & green)
Residents can bring these items directly to the Recycling Center located at
1591 Waukeenah Street or they may drop them off at any one of the collection
sites in the County.
Remember, every time you recycle you are extending the life of our Landfill and
saving your County dollars in Tipping fees. How could you go wrong?
Additional items accepted at the collection sites:
*Waste Tires (not accepted at the Recycle Center)
*White Goods (which consist of) Refrigerators, freezers, washing machines,
dryers, air conditioner units, etc. (not accepted at the Recycle Center)
Used Oil & Oil Filters
Household Hazardous Waste pesticides, swimming pool chemicals, paint,
paint thinner, etc. (Please have all containers clearly marked to identify
**The Recycle Center Household Hazardous Waste Office will accept medical
& pharmaceutical waste. These items must be turned into an employee of the
facility and not just dropped off.
Please take notice to all of the signage posted in the
collection site for the proper disposal of above items.
The City of Monticello offers Curbside pick-up for city residents
for recyclable items on each Wednesday morning. For further
information on other items for disposal in the City, please call
Don Anderson at 342-0154.
Please visit the Jefferson County web page
http://www.cojefferson.fl.us/SolidWaste.html for the locations &
hours of operation for each individual site. For further information
please call the Solid Waste Department at 342-0184.
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MONTICELLO, (FL), NEWS, WED., JANUARY 4, 2006 PAGE 7
baptized Dec. 4, and St. Margaret's Catholic Church. At left
is Jearine Morthier, the baby's mother. Grandparents are
Pat and Art Morthier.
JAMIE McKINNEY AND DANIEL NIX
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PAGE 8, MONTICELLO, (FL), NEWS, WED., JANUARY 4, 2006
WHILE awaiting barbecue to be served to
celebrate the re-opening of the Cherry
Street Gym, Charlett "Scooter: Carter, left,
Cherry Street Gym Reopens
In Former Howard Academy
and Tamia Young spar on the ground
Following a long hiatus, the
Cherry Street Gym officially re-
opened Monday, so that youth in
the community may continue ,to
learn boxing and discipline.
S. Trainer Troy Carter said that the
reason behind the gym being closed
for so long was a large number of
children coming in daily and the
need for insurance to cover any
possible liabilities at the gym.
Since coming up with the funds
for the insurance, the gym had been
repainted, plumbing installed and
last minute touchups were com-
pleted over the weekend.
Carter is very enthusiastic, and in
s. the process of making plans to host
a boxing tournament at the old
JCHS High School.
He said that Brandon Gilbert will
defend his Jefferson County title
belt and as the Co-main event, Dus-
tin Matthews, who is sponsored by
Jefferson Builders Mart, will also
Carter added that he is making
plans for youngsters to compete in
tournaments, as he had done
Due to losing the equipment at the
former location, Carter has resorted
to building a homemade ring for
No longer boxing at the gym, is
Daisy "The Black Widow" Cru-
mity, who has moved to Tallahas-
Carter announced that the gym's
new female prodigy is 10 year-old
Charlett "Scooter" Carter.
"She does practice against the
boys in the gym, but when she goes
to tournaments, she will be boxing
He said Sgt. Stratford of the US
Army will be assisting him on trips
to tournaments, therefore giving the
females a chance to compete.
Practices are held every day from
2:30 p.m. until approximately 8:30
Carter said that though donations
of both exercise and weight equip-
ment have been made, he encour-
ages anyone having equipment they
no longer use, to donate it to the
"It will definitely go to good use,
these kids are eager and I look for
good things from them," he said.
For further information call the
gym at 997-6269.
The gym is located in the former
Howard Academy, on Mamie Scott
Warrior Boys Fall
To Branford 58-47
The Aucilla Christian Academy
varsity boy's basketball team lost
to Branford 58-47 the second night
of play in the Christmas Tourna-
ment, dropping them to a 7-4 on
Coach Dan Nennstiel did not
have all of the statistics available,
but was able to give a synopsis of
"We started out strong and took
an early lead," said Nennstiel. "We
were leading at the half, but after-
ward, Branford came back strong
and.oput-shot ;us from the outside."
He added that Branford scored
most of their points in the third
"It was a close game, and a nail-
"It was a hard loss for us," he
said. "We went in thinking that we
could beat them this time. We
have to play Branford one more
time, later in the year and when we
do,. we have got to slow down their
Leading the score for the Warriors
were Stephen Griffin with 15
points. He was also named to the
Alternative Team, and given an
"He did an outstanding job shoot-
ing," said Nennstiel "Fifteen
points that night and 16 the night
before He also had a lot of re-
bounds both nights. He was really
deserving of the award."
Ben Grantham scored 14 points;
Stewart Williams scored nine
points, his greatest number of
points during a game this year.
"And he scored those points in
only two quarters, the second and
fourth," Nennstiel added.
Luke Sadler scored four points;
and Wade Scarberry scored five
The warriors began practicing
again last Wednesday, preparing
for the upcoming games.
"We have a really tough schedule
coming tip," said Nennstiel. "Four
out of five teams we have to play
are in the state top ranking.
"We have to play John Paul
twice, Apalachicola once and
FAMU one more time. So, we
have a rough road ahead."
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Lady Warriors Named All
Big Bend Cross Country
Recently Lady Warriors, Olivia
and Sarah Sorensen, were named
to the second team of the All Big
Bend Girl's Cross Country team.
Tristan Sorensen received honor-
Olivia, a freshman, is ranked at
the number three girl's runner in
District 2-IA, with an average time
of 20:09 wrapping up the season.
Sarah, a seventh grader, is ranked
at sixth in District 2-IA with the
average time of 20:25.
The Sorensen girl's led the Lady
Warriors throughout the season, al-
ways finishing with fastest times.
Olivia with 22:03, improved over
last year by 20 seconds. Tristan;
with 22:25, tied last year, arid
Sarah, with 23:34, improved over
her best time by four and a half
Coach Dan Nennstiel said that
though the season is over for the
girls, most are continuing to run. ..
"I'm looking forward to another
successful year next year, God has
been good to us," concluded Nenn-
Warriors Lose To
WARRIOR Ben Grantham shoots for the basket during an
ACA game with Branford in which he scored 14 points.
Mood Swings Report
Monticello Mood Swings ladies
tennis team report their schedule
for the second half of the season.
All match times are at 9:30 a.m.
The A-league ladies will resume
racket action against the Golden
Eagle Talons, Jan. 5, Tom Brown
The Split Steps, Jan. 12, Forest
Meadows; Killearn Lucky Stars,
Jan. 19, Tom Brown Park; Swing-
ing Aces, Jan. 26, Forest Meadows';
Capital City Deuces, Feb. 2, Capi-
tal City Country Club; and Bain-
bridge, Feb. 9, Tom Brown.
Sassy Smashers, Feb. 16, Win-
thrup Park; Ace Kickers, Feb. 23,
tom Brown Park; Glen Arvin Clas-
sics, March 2, Glen Arvin Country
Club; Golden Eagle Wings, March
9, Golden Eagle Country Club; and
Glen Girls, March 16, Tom Brown
Off for Spring Break, March.23;
Sets In The City, March 30, Forest
Meadows; Off for spring break
April 6; Thomasville Ace-N-U,
April 13, Thomasville City Courts;
and Killearn Special-K, April 20,
Tom Brown Park.
Capital City Aces, April 27, Tom
Brown Park; and the season ending
Round Robin, luncheon, awards
ceremony and awarding of trophies
at Capital City Country Club.
Aucilla Christian Academy fell
to Apalachicola 86-42, in recent
"They (Apalachicola) are a very
good team, and they're very
strong," said Coach Dan Nennstiel.
"It wAs a pretty lopsided score, but
I was pleased with our effort."
ACA got 42 points on the board.
"They had eight thlree-pointers in
the third and outscored us by 15,"
said Nennstiel. "That hurt us the
He said that all of the Warrior
substitute players were able play
and they played pretty well.
"We'll play Apalachicola again
after the New Year and I hope that
we can make a few adjustments,"
Leading the score for the Warri-
ors was Wade Scarberry with 12
points, four rebounds and one
Ben Grantham, ten points, five
assists, six rebounds, one steals, six
blocked shots; Stephen Griffin,
seven points, two rebounds and two
assists; Luke Sadler, five points,
one assist; Casey Gunnels, four
points, two assists, two steals; Stu-
art Williams, two points, three re-
bounds, three steals; Jim Stephens,
two points; and Justin Payne, one
TRISH WIRICK, left, and Linsey Taylor are members of the
A-5 team of Monticello Mood Swings ladies tennis team.
JCHS Ladies Honored In
All Big Bend Volleyball
Two Lady Tigers, Shaumese
Massey, and Loren Cox, recently
earned honors in All Big Bend Vol-
leyball, both with honorable men-
When the Lady Tigers wrapped
up the season, the JCHS record was
8-9 for the year.
Massey and Cox were both
named weekly in the lists of Big
Bend Leaders; Massey in digs,
blocks and kills, Cox, for assists.
Both received school awards dur-
ing the annual athletic banquet,
Cox was also awarded MVP.
Massey dominated the Lady Ti-
gers for digs, blocks and kills, aver-
aging three digs, three blocks and
two to three kills per game
throughout the season.
Cox, averaged ten assists per
game throughout the year.
Jefferson County High Falls
TO Lincoln, NFC, In Tourney
The varsity Tiger boys lost two
basketball games in the Elks Tour-
nament at Lincoln High, recently.
When JCHS faced Lincoln, the
Tigers lost 80-62.
Demario Rivers led the charge
with 35 points.
James Skipworth, ten points; La-
markus Bennett, two points; Tim
Crumity, one 'point; Jitavin
Bennett, seven -points; Lucius
Wade and Paul Huggins, three
points; and Jordan Blair, one point.
In the second game, the Tigers
lost to NFC 86-51.
Rivers, who was playing on a se-
verely sprained ankle, scored seven
Skipworth, four points; Lamarkus
Bennett, 14 points; Crumity, two
points; Jitavin Bennett, five points,
Marko Kapor had his best game of
the season with ten points; Lucius
Wade, five points; and Anthony
Johnson, four points.
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Humane Society President
Updates Shelter Activities
Humane Society President Caro-
line Carswell presented a shelter
operation update, at a recent meet-
"The shelter is onen to accent
Member Jane Cleveland said she
would take over the duties of the
treasurer until a permanent replace-
ment was found. Cleveland also
offered to serve as the Humane So-
ciety's new membership chair.
Carswell said that goals included
increasing Humane Society mem-
bership by 100 percent, to continue
we are s
.. stray and unwanted animals, and to develop existing fundraising JHSI
has hired more part-time employ- our community can and wili help advance
ees to care for the animals in shel- control the animal population," said Carsw
ter custody, and the shelter is still Carswell. "This will benefit all of combine
-' seeking a qualified individual to us, animals and people alike. ducted 7
serve as treasurer," said Carswell. "Asour organization grows, we oice
I Ten Tips TO Minimize
Morris and Doris have been
named as adoptable felines Pets of
the Week, by the Humane Society.
They are orange tabbies with
white marking. Morris is a male,
and Doris, a female.
Their markings are almost identi-
p'al, partially white on the nose and
Upper right lip and white around
SThe only difference is the white
'ring around Morris' neck is thicken
and blazes down his chest, and his
chin is also white. Doris has an or-
Morris is neutered and Doris is
spayed, vaccinations for both are
up to date.
Shelter Caretaker Cheryl Bautista
describes them as being
very playful and lovable, and both
are high-energy animals.
To adopt these, or any other of
the wide variety of pets available at
the shelter, call 342-0244.
on a learning curve," said
1. "Through trial and error,
thriving for excellence. Only
ur help, can we achieve our
all have the opportunity to
rate the compassion and
e mutually share for our
ged friends," said Carswell.
needs you and thank you in
for your support in 2006."
yell concluded that the next
d -meeting would be con-
7 p.m., Jan. 9 at the shelter
because of the MLK
Stress In Auto Accidents
According to the National Safety
Council, approximately 20 million
drivers, nearly ten percent of all US
drivers, will be in an auto accident
With this in mind, Ten Top Tips
to help prevent injury, save time,
money and minimize the stress in-
volved in an auto accident follow:
Stay Calm. Avoid tendencies to-
ward Road Rage, and stay calm if
you encounter another driver who
is behaving irrationally.
When these confrontations esca-
late, they can often lead to danger-
ous driving and crashes. There is
no slight, vulgar gesture or foolish
behavior that is worth endangering
your life, your car .and the lives of
Protect yourself. Be alert to
traffic scams that seem like "acci-
dents", such as when driving on a
lightly traveled road, particularly at
night, and being tapped from be-
Predatory criminals do this to get
the driver to exit the car and either
rob the driver or steal the car.
If 'you are suspicious of the cir-
cumstances, stay in your vehicle
and drive to a police station or
heavily populated area for assis-
Stop. If you are in an accident,
do not leave the scene until you
have spoken with the other driver
or the police.
* Take steps to prevent further ac-
cidents. If practical, move the car
and all passengers safely to the side
of the road, preferably to the right
It's simple. Look for the
ENERGY STAR to reduce
your home energy use.
To learn more, go to
by teUS Evionena
If functioning, turn your emer-
gency flashing lights on and, if
available, set out a flare on the road
for nighttime accidents.
Call the police from the scene
or ask someone to call for you. It
is usually best to have the police
address any traffic infractions, as-
sist with injuries, and document the
occurrence for the record.
Request medical assistance if
needed. If you, or others, are
bleeding, feel lightheaded, or are
suffering any physical injury, al-
ways err on the side of calling for
Unless trained in emergency
medical assistance, do not attempt
to move injured persons or perform
medical procedures yourself.
Do not admit fault or discus the
accident with anyone except the
police, or your auto insurance com-
pany' Call your insurance company
as soon as possible.
Write down pertinent informa-
tion such as the other driver's
name, addresses telephone number,
license plate and driver's license
number and the time of the acci-
Note the names, addresses and
phone numbers of any witnesses,
the badge number of any police of-
ficers and where to obtain a copy of
the police report and any other per-
tinent information about the scene,
such as exact location, the issuance
of any tickets by the police, and
any recollections of your vehicle's
handling or mechanical functioning
just prior to the accident.
Carry an emergency kit in your
car, which includes; a road flare or
traffic triangle, brightly colored
cloth to tie to your radio antenna or
driver's side door handle, a flash-
light with fully charged batteries, a
first aid .kit with duct tape and a
pen and paper.
Have a copy of your insurance
company ID card in your glove
compartment and have with you,
your driver's license and car regis-
Assist others. If you come
upon an auto accident that you are
not a party to, and wish to offer as-
sistance, pull your car off the road
ahead of the accident scene.
Do not park in back of the acci-
dent, which will make your vehicle
vulnerable to oncoming traffic and
block the view of emergency or po-
lice vehicles looking for the scene.
When arriving at the scene of an
accident, first determine if there are
any injuries. If there are, immedi-
ately' call for medical assistance.
Unless trained in emergency medi-
cal assistance, do not attempt to
move injured persons or perform
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Founders Garden Circle mem-
bers Linda Caminez, Edna Fendley,
Joan Linn, and Toni Lane, made
the holiday wreaths decorating the
doorways of the Wirick-Simmons
The Wirick-Simmons house is
the headquarters of the Jefferson
County Historical Society, located
across the street from the Post Of-
fice in downtown Monticello.
Garden Club members have been
decorating the house for some
years now, and have always en-
joyed the opportunity to do so.
There was a time when groups
went all out to decorate the facility
inside and out, but volunteers to do
so are now in short supply.
holiday, the third Monday of the
month would not be available.
events and develop new methods of
drawing community support and
Also on the list of goals for the
year are: continuing education for
employees of the Humane Society,
and the development of a spay/neu-
"JCHSI would like to thank all
volunteers and supporters," said
Carswell. "The task of rebuilding
the shelter, and the organization it-
self, has been difficult, but reward-
"There is a light at the end of the
tunnel," she added. "That light
represents healthy animals going to
loving families. It is also a de-
crease in feral, sick and abandoned
animals living in terrible
conditions, with no hope for a bet-
"With persistence and dedication
The Business Community Prayer
Breakfast will be held 7 a.m. Thurs-
day, Jan. 5, at Christ Episcopal Fel-
Guest speaker is George
All are encouraged to attend and
to bring a friend.
Causes a Fracture
SPINE Causes posture change,
height loss, and often chronic pain.
Fighting Osteoporosis & Promoting Bone Health
National Osteoporosis Foundation 2001
MEMBERS of the Founders Garden Circle
decorated the Wirick Simmons House, home
of the Historical Association, with home-
made wreaths. L-R: Linda Caminez, Edna
Fendley, and Joan Linn. Toni Lane is not in
Humane Society Names
.Feline Pair Pets Of Week
PAGE 10, MONTICELLO, (FL), NEWS, WED., JANUARY 4, 2006
Healthy Start Outlines Problems
In County, Seeking Solutions
The Healthy Start Coalition of
Jefferson, Madison, and Taylor
Counties held a followup meeting
Dec. 13 to the Oct. 25 presentation
on the analysis of health problems
in the County .
Many of the 43 community mem-
bers who attended the previous
meeting were shocked by the statis-
tics for infant mortality and child
welfare for Jefferson County, and
thus moved to be part of the solu-
As a result, two additional meet-
ings, where held, as much of the
feedback gathered after the forum
provided the framework for two
The first group of issues related
to resources and access to those re-
sources, which was the discussion
for the December meeting.
A discussion on issues related to
social and cultural norms is slated
for Tuesday, Jan. 24.
George Hinchcliff, executive di-
rector for the Coalition, began the
presentation by highlighting the
statistics presented at the October
meeting, relating that Jefferson is
ranked in the bottom third of Flor-
Florida is ranked in the bottom
third of United States, and the US
is ranked in the bottom third of de-
veloped countries in terms of issues
related to infant death, low birth
weight, child safety, nutrition, and
Hinchcliff discussed child pov-
erty; and demonstrated how the
DCF/Economic Services office clo-
sures have intensified the problem.
An average of 87 households
dropped from the food stamp pro-
gram, and 22 households ceased to
receive cash assistance and food
These were not seasonal trends,
- Staff Writer
Donna Hagan, Contract Manager
- for the Healthy Start Coalition
shares some valuable information
from the National Center for Health
Statistics about Bipolar Disorder
and Suicide Prevention.
For many people the holiday sea-
- son brings more than holiday cheer,
but rather seasonal depression often
associated with bipolar disorder.
Research indicates that this time
of year is considered the difficult
for those who suffer with depres-
Early recognition and treatment
of bipolar disorder may prevent
years of needless suffering and
death by suicide.
80 to 90 percent of people who
have bipolar disorder can be treated
effectively with medication and
The death rate for untreated bipo-
He explained that the online sys-
tem of applying for benefits was
hard to navigate for most families,
because it is written at literacy lev-
els comparable to the Harvard Law
Beyond the difficulty in navigat-
ing the system, and lack of techni-
cal assistance is the issue of
actually locating a computer to use.
The overall social costs to Jeffer-
son County are that nearly 272
children go to sleep hungry and go
to school hungry; 109 families
can't provide basic necessities; and
there is a direct relation to the in-
crease in abuse and neglect, and in-
creased juvenile and adult criminal
Much floor discussion ensued as
to the bureaucratic nature of the
problem, citing funding cuts and
the need to involve legislators at
the core of the problem.
Gladys Roann, district school
nurse, reported having firsthand ex-
perience with children who are
coming in the nurse's station for
stomach aches related to hunger.
School Board officials promised
to address the issue of hungry chil-
dren in the school immediately.
It was recognized that the need
was to develop a long-term strategy
for addressing such problems in
The presentation continued with
statistics for other resources, in-
cluding Workforce Development
Severe funding cuts have forced
office closings in Jefferson, Ham-
ilton, and Lafayette counties.
There has been a more than 50
percent reduction in staffing over
the last few years, and a 57 percent
overall reduction in funding since
With these cutbacks, it seems im-
possible to develop a workforce
that will attract industry and busi-
nesses to the area to provide jobs.
Currently, 63 percent of Jeffer-
lar patients is higher than that of
many types of heart disease and
Studies of bipolar patients indi-
cate that 25 to 30 percent of per-
sons with this illness make at least
one suicide attempt.
Studies indicate that most bipolar
patients who die by suicide com-
municate their suicidal state to oth-
ers, most often through direct and
specific statements of suicidal in-
Hopelessness, a family history of
suicide and previous attempts indi-
cate bipolar patients at highest risk
.Maintaining treatment for bipolar
illness is critical.
The suicide rate in the first year
of treatment is 20 times that during
Early and accurate diagnosis of
bipolar disorder and aggressive
professional treatment are essential
in preventing suicide.
son's workforce is employed out-
side Jefferson County.
Floor discussion ensued as to the
obvious relation between develop-
ing a skilled workforce and the
economic development that follows
when industry moves in and jobs
Transportation as a barrier to ac-
cessing services, including medical
care, was discussed; a graph illus-
trating the growing increase in
community responsibility for un-
funded medical trips demonstrated
that Jefferson County will soon not
be -able to provide transportation
through the coordinated system for
Medicaid transportation, due to re-
ductions initiated by the Florida
Agency for Health Care Admin-
The current match for this defi-
ciency is through the North Florida
Workforce Development Board.
Further, there are no funds for al-
cohol, drug abuse, or mental health
allocated for the county's children.
Jefferson County's adults, espe-
cially those in the Corrections Sys-
tem, are receiving the Department's
fair share of these dollars for serv-
Jefferson County's children make
up .07 percent of the state's popula-
tion, and there are no funds being
allocated in the state budget of
$177.6 million to serve the
county's non-Medicaid children.
'he meeting concluded with floor
discussion on the importance of in-
creased advocacy through the legis-
lature for solutions to these
problems; a resurrection of a previ-
ous visioning process for Jefferson
County was discussed at length as
well as a future, comprehensive
plan for submission to the legisla-
The next meeting of the coalition
will conclude the presentation of
the issues and is slated for 9:30 a.m.
Jan. 24 at the County Public
Bipolar Disorder is classified as a
type of affective or mood disorder
that goes beyond the day's ordinary
ups and downs.
Manic depression is characterized
by periodic episodes of extreme
elation, elevated mood, or irritabil-
ity (also called mania) countered by
periodic, classic depressive symp-
Studies indicate that the best way
to prevent suicide is through the
early recognition and treatment of
depression and other psychiatric ill-
nesses that lead to suicidal tenden-
Because people who want to die
by suicide almost always suffer
from isolation and loneliness, you
can help by simply reaching out,
listening, and letting them know-..
Often, with time and the help of
others, suicidal feelings do pass.
Suicide is a permanent "solution"
to what is most likely a temporary
SERVING dinner at the Jefferson Nursing
Center annual Christmas Party are staff
Center annual Christmas Party are staff
members: Doris Howard,. Zona Russell,
Karlissa Johnson, and Jennie Simmons.
CENTER Social Service Director, Mae Kyler, help to distribute gifts to volunteers at the "
left, and Activities Director Voncell Edwards annual holiday party. (News Photos)
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NOTICE OF SALE The District School
Board of Jefferson County will receive
sealed bids on a surplus relocatable in the
office of the school superintendent,
Desmond M. Bishop Administration
Building, 1490 W. Washington Street,
'Monticello, FL 32344 until 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 25, 2006 at 2:00 p.m.
,The bids will be opened publicly at that
-time. No bid will be received after that
time. Please mark on envelope "Surplus
Relocatable Sale." Bids will be presented
*t the School Board at the regular board
lMeeting on February 13, 2006 at 6:00
p.m. The bid will be awarded to the
highest bidder at that time. The Board
reserves the right to reject any or all bids.
Please call Donald Johnson, Maintenance
Director at 850.342.0142 to set up an
appointment to inspect the relocatable.
Relocatable must be removed from the
school board premises within thirty (30)
days after bids are awarded. Room:
99-004. Sq. Ft. 864, Description: 24 x 36,
Yr. Constructed: 1971, Bldg. 00017.
NOTE: The Relocatable will be sold "AS
IS". The relocatable includes a "wall
Hung" A.C. Heat Pump System. NOTE:
Minimum Bid for the 24 x 36 relocatables
12/28, 12/30, 01/04, 01/06, 01/11, 01/13,
01/18, 01/20, c
NOTICE OF SALE The- District School
Board of Jefferson County will receive
sealed bids on surplus vehicles in the office
of the school superintendent, Desmond M.
Bishop administration Building, 1490 W.
Washington Street, Monticello, FL 32344,
until 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 25,
2006. No bid will be received after that
time. Please mark on envelope, "Surplus
Vehicle Bid." Bids will be tabulated at
3:00 p.m. and presented to the School
Board at the regular board meeting
Monday, February 13, 2006 at 6:00 p.m.
Please call Willie Carr, Transportation
Supervisor at 850-342-0136 to set up an
appointment to inspect the vehicles. The
Board reserves the right to reject any or
all bids. Vehicles must be removed from
the school board premises within ten (10)
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The Jefferson County Planning
Commission is canceling its regular
monthly meeting but will hold a workshop
concerning subdivision issues including lot
clustering on January 26, 2006 at 7:00
p.m. The meeting will be held in the
Courtroom of the Jefferson County
Courthouse located at the intersection of
US Highway 19 and US Highway 90 in
Monticello, FL. The meeting may be
continued as necessary. Information
concerning the meeting is available at the
Jefferson County Planning Department,
445 W. Palmer Mill Road, Monticello, FL
32344, Telephone 850-342-0223. From the
Florida "Government in the Sunshine
Manual". page 36, paragraph c: Each
board, commission, or agency' of this state
or of any political subdivision thereof shall
include in the notice of any meeting or
hearing, if notice of meeting or hearing is
required, of such board, commission or
agency, conspicuously on such notice, the
advice that, if a person decides to appeal
any decision made by the board, agency (;r
commission with respect to any matter
considered at such meeting or hearing he
or she will need a record of the
proceedings, and that, for such purpose,
he or she may need to ensure that a
verbatim record of the proceedings, is
made which record includes the testimony
and evidence upon which the appeal is to
NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given
that the School Board of Jefferson County,
Florida, located 1490 W. Washington
Street, Monticello, Florida 32344 will
receive bids on or before 2:00 p.m. on
Tuesday, January 31, 2006 for the sale of
the following described property owned by
the School Board of Jefferson County,
Florida: OLD ADULT EDUCATION
SCHOOL 700 EAST DOGWOOD
STREET LOCATED ON THE CORNER
OF DOGWOOD AND EAST
MONTICELLO, FLORIDA. PROPERTY
APPRAISER PARCEL ID NUMBER
00-00-00-0370-0000-0101 This property is
being sold "as is" and no representations
are made or implied as to zoning, access,
or its suitability for any intended or
specific purpose. The parcel is situated in
the City of Monticello in Jefferson County,
Florida. MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE BID
- $325,000.00 Bids will be publicly opened
at 2:00 p.m. In the board room of the
district office located at 1490 West
Washington Street, Monticello, Florida.
No bid will be opened if received after 2:00
p.m. Please mark on the envelope,
"Surplus Property Sale Bid Opening 2:00
p.m. January 31, 2006." Anyone desiring
information on the procedure for
submitting bids should contact Hal Wilson
at (850) 342-0100. It is anticipated that the
highest bid will be presented to the School
Board for approval on Monday, February
13, 2006. The School Board of Jefferson
County reserves the right to reject any or
all bids. By Fred Shofner, Chairman
Jefferson County School Board, Phil
Barker, Superintendent Jefferson County
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transportation and love animals.
Kalan Kennels Holiday help needed:
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animals, be over 18, and willing to
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Let 2006 be the year you come back to
church. Christ Episcopal Church,
three blocks N of the courthouse.
Sunday service at 10 am. 997-4116-
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buff colors. Pineywoods/Casa Bianca
area. 694-1179, 997-4627 REWARD
1/4,6, 11, 13, pd
Dog German shorthair pointer liver
and white. 997-7458.
New Home-1288 Sq. Ft. Living Area,
3 bedroom, 2 bathzattached garagein
town. Call 850-509-0849.
11/30, 12/2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30,
Lovely 3 bedroom 2 bath home in
great area. 2000 sq. ft. on 1.3 acre
close to downtown. $154,900. 251-
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Payments on Good Cars & Trucks
2 and 4 Door Model As Low As $750
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1977 Olds Cutlass,89,252 miles,$3500
CASH. Clean, New tires,call 997-2646
1978 GMC Pick-up/Camper shell,
long wheel base, good motor, tires,
runs good, $3,000, 997-5701. Leave
I14,6, 11, 13, pd
Seeking Mature Responsible
Man with experience managing
crews. Must speak Spanish &
English. Excellent Salary, Paid
Vacation, Bonus Benefits -
available if qualified.
lBd, IBth $500.00/month. 997-6653.
12/21, 28, 01/04, 6, pd
Country Living.1 bed, 1 bath, $500 -
1/4,6, 11, 13, pd
2 or 3 bedroom $450 $650 per
month near JCKC or 1-10 421-3911.
12/2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, pd
Spacious 3 bedroom 2 bath with den,
sun room, garage, large yard. Lovely
neighborhood. $900 plus security.
Commercial Building Available 1900
sq. ft. Downtown Monticello 321-2263
'A, 6, pd
Margaret and Louie Mills have
shelled pecans for sale. 1276 Clark
12/9 30, c
Red Roosters $10 each. Beautiful
Purebred Limousin bull, 14 months
old, Call 997-0901, leave
Products on Sale
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Center, PT Position; Flexible
Hours 15 20 hrs. 2-3 days/
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Preferred: Competitive Wages
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KELLY & KELLY
215 N. Jefferson St.
Monticello, FL 32344
* .20 acres on the Sopchoppy River for great
week-end getaways. $ 70,000
S'2 acres on N. Jefferson prime Bus/Res with
frontage on Hwy 19 N. adjacent .60 acre
available, & must be purchased together.
* Kylee Dr. 5 acres with beautiful pecan trees.
High & dry. $ 95,000
* 6 acres great location on Whitehouse Rd.
mixed pines/hardwoods. $111,000
* 6.42 acres Pretty acreage with Ig. stocked
pond. $ 89,880
* 9.25 acres Lots of privacy on Gamble Rd.
Convenient to Tallahassee. $ 155,000
* Beautiful waterfront property 16.50 acres
with frontage on Lake Miccosukee. Mostly
wooded, with small creek.. $ 288,750
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Mixed Use Property 12 plus partially
cleared acres on US 19 south near Dennis'
Trading post only
$16,500 per acre
New Listinq!.- Under Contract Big 4 bed-
room 2 bath double wide on 2.39 acres in
Aucilla Forest & Meadows only $49,995
Choice Buildinq Lots in Cooper's Pond
Area cleared and ready to build on, nice
trees, paved road $27,500 each
Look at This! Comfortable 4 bedroom 3 bath
home on five fenced acres w/guest house/
playhouse w/ bath, big shop, 2 car garage,
pasture, 100 pecan trees and a nice pool a
real dream for a growing family $400,000
Hard to Find 5 choice acres on hillside with-
planted pines on quiet graded county road.
Traditional House in Town 3 bedroom home
in town at East Anderson St. $155,000
Horse Farm 29 acre horse farm big doublewide
w/ fireplace, stables, round pen in remote, oaks,
pond, north of Greenville only $295,000
Quiet Location 2 adjacent lots on Partridge
Lane off Rocky Branch Road and Sunset Street
100'x220 in the City $15,500 each
On the Top of the Hiqh Hill Lovely 3 bed-
room 2.5 bath yellow brick home circled with 10
year old planted pine near US 90 and SR 59, 50
acres in planted pines, swimming pool, detached
garage, barn nice field near US 90 and SR 59
Choice Buildinq Lots in Town on Morris
Road call for details $10,000 to $40,000
Look at the Price-5 wooded acres on Blue
Lake Road only $22,500
Check Out This One! -8 acres with big double-
wide and small house on a pretty old hillside
close to Leon County off Julia Road $160,000
Prime Commercial Property US 19 South
near Pizza Hut Mart $650,000
Nice Hillside Location 10 acres on the east
side of town high and dry in quiet location
with lots of game $12,000 /acre.
Home Site close to town on West Grooverville
Road only $14,500
2/1.5 mobile home on 2 ac $450
3/2 mobile home Lloyd Ac $650
3/2 mobile home Christmas Ac $650
2/1 home on Dogwood St $850
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Family and Consumer Sciences
Extension Agent Heidi Copeland
stresses the importance of proper
hand washing in preventing not
only colds, but other communicable
According to the Center For Dis-
ease Control, hand washing is the
single most important factor that
can be controlled and help reduce
By frequently washing your
hands, you wash away surface
germs that you have picked up
from other people, contaminated
surfaces, animals and animal waste.
If you do not wash you hands fre-
*quently, you pick up germs from
other sources and then you can in-
fect yourself when you touch your
eyes, your nose or your mouth.
You can also spread germs di-
rectly to others or onto surfaces
that other people touch.
In addition to colds, some seri-
ous diseases, like hepatitis A, men-
ingitis, and infectious diarrhea,
Ecoli, can easily be prevented by
making a habit of washing the
hands regularly and thoroughly.
You should wash your hands of-
ten, because you can't see germs
with the naked eye or smell them,
so you do not really know where
they are hiding.
It is best to wash your hands with
soap and water but when water isn't
available, you can use alcohol-
based products made for washing
Times to wash your hands in-
clude before preparing or eating
food, after going to the bathroom,
after cleaning up a child who has
gone to the bathroom, when tend-
ing to someone who is sick, after
handling uncooked foods, particu-
larly raw meat, poultry or fish, after
blowing your nose, coughing or
sneezing, after handling an animal
or animal waste, after handling gar-
bage and when treating a cut or
To wash hands thoroughly:
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FOURTH, FIFTH GRADE school winners in the speech con- SIXTH GRADE classroom winners in the 4 H speaking con-
test are: L-R: Hadley Revell, Tres Copeland, and Casey De- test are from left, Austin Shrley, Keli Dollar, and Tyler
SIXTH GRADE school winners in the speech contest are: L-
R: Shelby Witmer, Levi Cobb, and Keli Dollar.
4-H Tropicana Public Speech
Contest classroom and school win-
ners have been named.
At Jefferson Elementary School
Fourth Grade Classroom winners
and their topics are: Aimee Love,
"My Sister;" first place; Kayla Ful-
'ford, "Memories of Mamaw's
House," second place; Matthew
Hutcheson, "The Battle of Gettys-
burg," third place.
Fifth Grade Classroom winners
and their topics include Hadley
Revell, "Country Girl',first place;
Jay Finlayson, "Sharks," second
place; Brooke Kinsey, "My Brother
the King," third place.
For the Aucilla Christian Acad-
emy Fifth Grade Classroom Hon-
orable Mention went to Michaela
Jefferson Elementary School
Sixth Grade Classroom winners
'are: First Place,. Austin Shirley,
'Skateboard Park;" Second Place,
Keli Dollar,'"Reasons To Have Sis-
ters; Third Place, Tyler Jackson,
tain and Abel Auburn and Geor-
Aucilla Christian Academy
Sixth Grade Classroom Honorable
Mention went to: Trent Roberts,
"My Christmas;" Sunnie Sorensen,
"Battlefield;" and Shelby Witmer,
"Notes From the Third Pew."
Jefferson Elementary School
Place hands together under wa-
ter (warm water if possible).
Rub your hands together for at
least 20 seconds (with soap if pos-
sible). Wash all surfaces thor-
oughly, including wrists, palms,
back of hands, fingers and under
Clean the dirt from under your
Rinse the soap from your
Dry your hands completely
with a dry towel if possible (this
helps remove germs).
However, if towels are not avail-
able or if they are shared by many
people, then it is acceptable to air
dry your hands.
Pat your skin together rather
than rubbing to avoid chapping and
If you use a disposable towel,
throw it in the trash so that no one
else can get your germs.
"Washing your hands regularly
can certainly save a lot on medical
bills," said Copeland. "Because it
costs less than a penny, you could
say this penny's worth of preven-
tion can save your life."
Fourth and Fifth Grade Schooi
winners and their topics include:
Hadley Revell, "Country Girl," first
place; Tres Copeland, "What My
Dad and I Do Together," second
place; Casey Demott, "Scariest
Day of My Life," third place.
Sixth Grade School winners and
their topics include: Shelby
Witmer, "Notes From the Third
-Pew," first place; Levi Cobb," My
Christmas," second place; Keli
Dollar, "Reasons To Have Sisters,"
All 4-H members in the competi-
tions received a Certificate of par-
ticipation and the winners received-
Students will now complete in:
the Countywide Speech Contest.
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