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140th Year No. 1 Wednesday, January 2, 2008 50 f 46 +40


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Mayor Julie Conley talks with City Attorney Bruce Leinback
following a meeting in 2005 when the Internet was discussed. In
the background is Councilman Luther Pickles is the background.


Anatomy Of A Costly


City Boondoggle

(Part one of five-part series)
LAZARO ALEMAN
Senior Staff Writer
Although it still has a few supporters, city officials pretty
much conceded on Dec. 4 that the city's Internet experiment as
it presently stands might well be labeled a fiasco, or in the
words of Mayor Julie Conley, "a train wreck." True, wrecks
often occur out of the blue. But sometimes, there are warning
signs along the way that either go unnoticed or unheeded. In
the case of the city's Internet venture, the warning signs began
early
Indeed, some city officials began voicing doubts and con-
cern about the enterprise almost from the start, including Con-
ley, Councilman Tom Vogelgesang, and Councilman Brian
Hayes, who later became one of the project's biggest supporters.
Yet; when it came to voting, these same individuals would vote
for moving forward with the project each time, despite their
stated misgivings. Possibly, they were "going along to get
along." Or maybe they were hoping for the best and also being
swayed by the enthusiasm of the project's more ardent support-
ers. Technology is an area that requires expertise, and in many
instances, city officials deferred to experts who later proved less
than capable.
The point is that, whether because of a lack of a business
plan, proper marketing, leadership, commitment or thorough
research, as officials now concede, the experiment has cost city
Please see ANATOMY, Page 2



County Expects Prescription

Drug Discount Cards Soon


LAZARO ALEMAN
Senior Staff Writer
Uninsured and underin-
sured Jefferson County resi-
dents will soon be able to take
advantage of a prescription
drug discount program that
the Jefferson County Health
Department initiated about
two months ago.
Clerk of Court Kirk
Reams reported on Thursday,
Dec. 27, that he had signed the
contract with the National
Association of Counties
(NACo) and ordered 5,000 of
the discount cards, which he
expects will arrive in late
January or early February.
NACo is sponsoring the pro-
gram in partnership with
Caremark.
Once the cards arrive, the
Jefferson County Health De-
partment will distribute them
to participating-pharmacies.
Designed for uninsured and
underinsured individuals, the
cards allow eligible partici-
pants to save an average of 20
percent off the full retail cost
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Nelis, operations and man-
agement consultant manager
with the Jefferson and Madi-
son Counties Health Depart-
ments, the program has
several advantages. Among
the advantages:
Ease of participation.
There are no enrollment fees,
forms to fill out, age or in-
come requirements or med-
ical condition restrictions. In
fact, the entire family is cov-
ered with one card and virtu-
ally all commonly prescribed
medicine is covered.
Right pricing. There is no
cost to the county, county tax-
payers or consumers to par-
ticipate. Caremark negotiates
the discounts directly with
the participating pharmacies.
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Monticello News Photos by Fran Hunt,
December 27, 2007
Above: The first victim re-
moved from the 2000 RV by recue
personnel, was Patti Delcambre,
48, of Lafayette, La., who sus-
tained serious injuries of two
.. broken ankles and.
multiple lacerations.


At right: This 2000 Fleetwood
RV, carrying five inside, collided
with multiple pines trees,
snapping off some and
uprooting others.


FRAN HUNT
Staff Writer
Five Louisiana persons sustained injuries,
one seriously, the others sustaining minor in-
juries, Thursday morning, Dec. 27, resulting
from a crash into multiple pine trees, while en-
route to Disney World for a family vacation.
FHP reports that at 9:55 a.m., Keith Delcam-
bre, 51, of Lafayette, LA, was driving a 2000
AMHE Fleetwood motor home, and pulling a
2005 Pontiac, eastbound on 1-10. Passengers in-


LAZARO ALEMAN
Senior Staff Writer
Work has started on the en-
hancement of the Sgt. Ernest
"Boots" Thomas memorial on


cluded his wife, Patti, 48, and their sons, Devin,
13, and Derek, 18, and his friend, Todd Patin, 18,
of Carencro, LA.
At mile marker 232, just west of the Madi-
son County line, the right-front tire of the RV
sustained a blowout and Delcambre lost control
of the vehicle, which traveled down the south
embankment and collided with multiple pine
trees, snapping several of the trees and uproot-
ing others.
Please see FIVE INJURED, Page 2


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installation of the sidewalk
completed and the first batch
Please see MONUMENT,
Page 3 o f


Noted Expert

To Give

Talk On Tax

Structure
LAZARO ALEMAN
Senior Staff Writer
Jefferson County resi-
dents interested in learning
about the tax structure and
how it affects them will get an
opportunity to have their
questions answered by an ex-
pert on Jan. 8.
S. Curtis Kiser, a former
Florida state senator and rep-
resentative and present resi-
dent of Jefferson County, will
hold a symposium on the sub-
ject 7 p.m. Tuesday at the pub-
lic library on Water Street,
compliments of the Friends
Please see TAX, Page 2


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Jefferson Co Living 4-5
Legals 8
Sports 6-7
Viewpoints 2-3
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ANATOMY

taxpayers upwards of $200,000. And while
it's also true that parts of the system may
yet be salvageable in a downscaled ver-
sion (there was talk of this at least at the
Dec. 4 council meeting), a dramatically
changed council takes office Jan. 8, with
new visions and new priorities.
As for assigning responsibility for
the debacle, almost all who had a part in
the enterprise are now gone from city
employment or will soon be gone from
office, with the exception of Vogelgesang,
(Emily) Anderson, and Councilman
Gerrold Austin. Still, it's instructive to
reexamine. the process, if only to gain
hindsight and so hopefully avoid a repeat
of history. As Mark Twain said, "history
may not repeat, but it often rhymes".
It's all to underscore the importance
of public participation in the government
process, lest well meaning but ill-advised
or otherwise distracted officials bungle
into costly projects and policies. If a
review of the facts prompt citizens to be
more vigilant and active next time
around, then possibly the costly experi-
ment has a silver lining.
How long the idea of the city entering
the broadband field was in gestation or
whose brainchild it was is impossible to
document at this juncture. The idea first
surfaced officially at a City Council meet-
ing in September 2004, brought to the
table by a committee that reportedly had
been exploring it for at least a year.
.Members of that committee included City
Superintendent Don Anderson, (Emily)
Anderson, Vogelgesang, and technical
services engineer Charlie Colvin, then
lauded as a "computer guru" and subse-
quently terminated from city employ-
ment for alleged dereliction of duty.
At the time, city officials, caught in
the excitement of the Internet, reasoned
that they could provide the service faster
and cheaper than more established
providers such as Sprint and AOL, based
on the enthusiastic representation of the
committee members.
"We're really excited, about it,"
(Emily) Anderson told the council. "We
feel this is a real opportunity for us."
Among the vaunted advantages of the
system, it would provide revenues for the
city, allow it to monitor its water and
sewer operations electronically via an
intranet system, and reduce the costs of
the city's telephone and long distance
calls.
Monticello would be on the cutting
edge of cities, it was stated.
"A lot of big cities are doing this,"
Anderson continued. "But in Florida,
we're one of the first small cities looking
at this."
In November, largely on the recom-
mendation of (Don) Anderson and
Colvin, the City Council adopted a reso-
lution stating its intention to provide
broadband services, a move that effec-
tively blocked Tri-State Broad Band from
becoming the area's designated broad-
band provider.
At the time, Tri-State had published a
legal notice in the paper stating its inten-
tion to apply to the federal government
for designation as the area's broadband
provider.


TAX


of the Library. The event is
free to the public and
promises to be informative
and timely. .
Kiser served in the
Florida House of
Representatives from 1972-
82 and as Republican
minority leader from 1978-
82. He served as a
Republican member of the
Florida Senate from 1984-


cont from Page 1

"This is a blocking move," Colvin
explained to the council. "It says to the
feds that we want to be considered too
and don't want to be blocked out of the
designation. This resolution is to pre-
serve our ability to become a broadband
provider should we choose."
On Dec. 7, 2004, the city took another
step in the process and authorized the
solicitation of proposals for the design
and construction of an Internet wireless
service.
(Don) Anderson early emerged as one
of the project's leading proponents. When
Hayes questioned the rosy pictures that
proponents were painting in January
2005 of the boundless benefits that the
city could reap from the system,
Anderson assured him not to worry.
"This is a pretty big step we're fixing
to take," Hayes said. He wondered if a
feasibility study wasn't warranted.
He was plowing old ground,
Anderson informed him. The committee
assigned to study the project had already
considered and addressed all the relevant
issues, he said.
"There's lending companies that are
hoping to lend the city money right now,"
Anderson told the council. Frank Luft, of
Graybar Financing, an arm of Graybar
Electric Company, which ultimately sold
the city the system, backed Anderson's
assertion. He assured council members
that his company was ready to commit
$250,000 to the city and defer the first,pay-
ment until nine months after the installa-
tion of the system.
In February 2005, (Don) Anderson
pushed for advertisement of bids for the
installation of the system, saying it could
be operational by March of that same
year. In March, a bill was coming up in
the Legislature that aimed to make it
impossible for municipalities to enter the
broadband business. Even so, Anderson
requested permission to proceed with the
solicitation of bids for the financing of
the system as soon as the fate of the leg-
islative bill was known.
At the same time, Tom Love, a citizen
and Internet enthusiast, applauded the
city's move to get into the Internet busi-
ness. But he wanted to make sure that
city officials had done their homework,
insofar as the workability of the venture
and the risks that the city was assuming,
among other things.
"I'd like for there to be some meetings
where citizens can be assured that this is
a workable venture," Love said.
Conley thought the suggestion was a
good one and one that warranted follow-
up. She, for one, didn't rightly under-
stand the proposed system or its work-
ings, she admitted.
She called for the scheduling of
another public forum so that citizens
could have their questions and concerns
addressed.
"Sounds to me like we're moving
backwards," (Don) Anderson said,
reminding the council that the project
had been ongoing for almost two years
already and that previous workshops had
drawn little public participation.
For whatever reason, the workshop
that Love suggested never took place.


cont from page 1


94 and was assistant gener-
al counsel for Gov. Claude
Kirk in 1970.
Frequently voted
"Most Effective
Legislator" during his
tenure in the House and
Senate, the Miami Herald
ranked Kiser the top legis-
lator in the Senate in 1994.
Among his many
accomplishments, Kiser


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chaired the Commission
on Long-Term Care, which
conducted a two-year
study of Florida's nursing
homes in the mid 1990s and
hr also chaired the 1995
Sesquicentennial
Commission celebrating
the state's 150th year of
statehood.
A noted champion of
environmental concerns,
Kiser has been received
numerous awards for his
efforts on behalf of the
environment, including
the Florida Conservation
Award, the Legislative
Excellence Award and the
Florida Wildlife Award. In
2000, 1000 Friends of
Florida honored him with
the Bill Sadowski Award
for his years of service on
environmental issues.
Kiser is a member of
the Florida Bar and the
American Bar
Association. He is also a
member of the Florida
Association of
Professional Lobbyists,
the Board of 1000 Friends
of Florida, and chairman
of the Leroy Collins
Center.


A Trip Down Memory Lane


Mark Wills sings a
song entitled "19
Something" that makes
me smile/laugh every
time I hear it. The song is
truly a trip down memory
lane to the 1970's and
1980's. /
I was born in 1969 (I'm
38, for those of you who
are about to start count-
ing on your fingers), so
my "growing years" were
the late 1970's on through
the 1980's. I graduated
high school in 1987 and
college in 1989.
I heard this particular
song, again, the other day
as I was driving back to
Madison from Monticello,
and I thought what a cute
column that would make -
"A Trip Down Memory
Lane." Everything in that Emerald is
song, I can relate to, and I
thought it might be fun for others to smile
while remembering the "19 Somethings."
I saw Star Wars at least eight
times,
Had the Pacman pattern
memorized
And I've seen the stuff they
put inside Stretch Armstrong
Well I was Roger Staubach in my
S.backyard,
C iHad a shoebox full of baseball
cS ards,
fl'"nd a couple ofEvel Knievil
scars on my right arm
Well I was a kid when Elvis died,
And my mama cried.
It was 1970 somethin', in the
world that Igrew up in.
Farrah Fawcett hair-do days,
bellbottoms and 8-track tapes.
Looking back now, I can see me.
Oh man, did I look cheesy.
I wouldn't trade those
days for nothin',
Oh, it was 1970 somethin'.
Star Wars My brothers and I (they
had to let me "tag" along back then) saw
all the Star Wars movies over, and over,
and over. We had the light sabers, that
Pauth).ader.,. Jue; Skyiwalkexp, andKYoda.
had. Of course I liked to pretend I was
Princess Lei; .- --. ---. :
I did have the Pacman pattern memo-
rized. My father had built and opened a
game room in Madison, so that the young
teens would have somewhere to go, and
something to do besides going to Valdosta
or hanging out in the streets. I spent my
time on that Pacman machine and had a
high score of somewhere around 500,000.
Stretch Armstrong now that was a
cool toy. You could stretch him in any
direction and tie him in knots. One day,
however, Staci Hammond and I stretched
a little too much, and I, in fact, did get to
see the stuff they put inside Stretch
Armstrong.
Roger Staubach and Evel Knievil I
grew up with two older brothers. Older
brothers DON'T play with dolls, or
Barbies, or other girlie things. If I want-
ed a playmate then I played football, bas-
ketball, wrestled, or played Evil Knievil
with our bicycles.
Elvis dying rocked my world too. I
loved Elvis Presley.
William and Harvey had Farrah
Fawcett posters hung on their walls, in
their rooms. )
And 8-track tapes oh wow you do
have to smile. How often do you actually
think about 8-track tapes? They were the
thing back then, though.


FIVE INJURED


A passerby, an
unnamed member of the
Coast Guard, stopped to
help, while a witness to the
crash telephoned for assis-
tance.
Trooper Bill Grubbs
was the first of emergency
personnel on the scene. He
realized there was some-
one inside and questioned
the state of the passengers.
"The Good Samaritan
was helpful and answered
questions, such as: Is she
breathing? Is she con-
scious?" said Grubbs.
"When rescue personnel


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It was the dawning of a
new decade,
When we got our first
microwave.
Dad broke down and
finally shaved them
old sideburns off.
I took the stickers off
my Rubik's cube,
Watched MTV all
afternoon.
My first love was
Daisy Duke in them
cutoff jeans.
Space shuttle fell out
of the sky,
And the whole world
cried.


r I remember our first
microwave. Daddy bought
it for Mom. It was black,
blisher and was HUGE and
BULKY. But, oh, it was so
neat. The thought that you could just
pop something in there and heat it up in
just a minute.
Rubik's Cube I loved it. The year after
they hit society so hard, the Solutions
Book came out. My Mom got me one of
those books and I could solve my Rubik's
Cube by doing the "steps" in the right
sequence. Thing is when you do it over
and over, it works out how you memorize
it. (Kinda like memorizing the Pacman
pattern.) So, I was one of the few that
could pick up the Rubik's Cube and total-
ly solve it within a few minutes. I found
my Solutions Book not long ago, and still
sit and play with my Rubik's Cube.
I never really watched MTV but I
remember when HBO started and became
24 hours a day. I would sit up for hours on
end and watch movies on HBO.
Got to admit Daisy Duke did nothing
for me but Bo sure was a cutie.
My, oh my, the Space Shuttle. That is
a memory. You've got to know if I could
just snap my fingers and become any-
thing I wanted (with no education or
training) I would just LOVE to be an
astronaut. To fly in the space shuttle
would be my ultimate, dream. The day
that the space shuttle blew up (January
28, 1986), I was a junior in high school (at
Aucilla Christian Academy) and I remem-
ber watching it in Coach Ray Hughes'
office. I stood stunned, as they kept re-
playing it over arid'oVr on the television.
It -'was 1980 somethin', in the ..
world that I grew up in.
Skating rinks and black Trans-
Ams, big hair and
parachute pants.
And looking back now,
I can see me.
And oh man, did I look cheesy.
I wouldn't trade those
days for nothin',
Oh it was 1980 somethin'.
Skating Rinks Madison had a skat-
ing rink back then, and every Friday
night I was there.
Big hair funny thing is that I still
have that same big hair. I guess I've
never really come out of the 80's.
Parachute Pants mine were red. (Is
that really something to brag about?)
Now I've got a mortgage
and an SUV
But all this responsibility.....
Don't we all?!!
Thanks for taking this trip with me
down Memory Lane.
May all your dreams for 2008 come
true.
Until then...I'll see you around the
town.


cont from page 1


transported to Tallahassee
Memorial Hospital for
treatment of their injuries.
"They (passengers)
were very lucky that the
vehicle didn't flip over or
catch fire," said Grubbs.
"There was spilled diesel
fuel, which has a flash-point
a lot higher than gasoline.
So it could have been a lot
worse than it was"
Also responding to the
scene and assisting were
Jefferson County Sheriffs
Deputies and Madison
County EMS personnel.
"We had to get those
people out," said Grubbs.
"All rescue personnel,
County Fire Rescue,
Jefferson Sheriffs
deputies, additional FHP
troopers, and Madison
County EMS, put forth an
excellent effort to get those
people out. It was a good
effort and we all worked
very well together."
Both vehicles were reg-
istered to LA businesses.
The RV was a total loss of
$200,000 and the Pontiac
sustained $5,000-$8,000 in
damage.


arrived, I was then able to
inform them of the injuries
inside."
Upon arriving at the
scene, one of County Fire
Rescue responders
climbed a tree to gain
access to the RV and assist
victims inside. "It was so
high up, we couldn't get
inside," said Grubbs.
After assessing the vic-
tims, Patti, who suffered
the most serious of the
injuries consisting of two
broken ankles and multi-
ple lacerations, was low-
ered through the\ window
on a backboard, into the
waiting hands of addition-
al rescue personnel, who
then maneuvered her onto
to the roof of the Fire
Rescue truck, backed in
just below the window.
She was then carefully
lowered to the ground and
into the awaiting ambu-
lance.
Others exited also
from the broken window,
with assistance from res-
cue personnel. All were on
foot with contusions and
lacerations. They were


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Wednesday, January 2, 2008


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Anthony Lamar Newbon, 39, of 550
Hagan Street, was arrested Friday, Dec.
21 and charged with Knowingly Driving
With License Suspended or Revoked. He
was transported to the County Jail and
bond was set at $250. He bonded out the
same day.
Donald Howard, 30, of 246 SW Wolford
Way, Lamont, was arrested and charged
with Writ of Attachment, Failure To
Appear.. Bond was set at $50 and he bond-
ed out shortly afterward.
Jenny Marie Mills, 24, of 1697 E.
Washington St., was arrested Sunday,
Dec. 23 and charged with Domestic
Battery. Bond was set at $500 and she
bonded out the following day.
Arlie Gregory Campbell, 33, of 28
Campbell Rd, Lamont, was arrested


Tuesday, Dec. 25 and charged
Driving With License Suspende,
Revoked and Reckless Driving. Bond
set at $500 and he bonded out the
day.
Nemesio Ramirez Hernandez, 2
840 N. Jefferson St., was arrm
Wednesday, Dec. 26Fand charged wit
Drivers License, Attaching Tag
Assigned, and Failure To Pro
Registration. He was transported t
County Jail and bond was set at
Hernandez bonded out the same day
Dempsey Tramble, 58, of 111
Dogwood St., was arrested Wedne
Dec. 26 and charged with Burglary
Petit Theft. Bond was set at $1,50C
Friday, Dec. 28, he remained in resic
at the jail.


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test to a lesser crime
and been given proba-
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Commissioners
Should be hearing next
Month if the
SDepartment of
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agree to take over the
Section of SR-59 between
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5, 1968
Mrs. Jake
nd children
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ing community.
The Fire Protection
Committee of the City-
County Government
Study panel will go on
record as opposing
efforts by the county to
Create a separate county
fire department.
The City of
Monticello joined hands
With the Jefferson
County Economic
Development
Corporation Tuesday
night, agreeing to the
EDC's request for sup-
port for downtown revi-
talization.

THIRTY YEARS AGO
January 5, 1978
Construction in
Jefferson County
jumped almost $1.5 mil-
lion in 1977 over the pre-
vious yea according to
permits issued by B.J.
SCooksey, building
inspector.
Hall Properties,
developers of Jefferson
Square, have sold the
shopping center to
August Urbanek of Fort
Lauderdale, an
investor.
Dave Cone,
SJefferson County
Ambulance Service
Director, reported a
quiet New Year holiday
with no fatalities.


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MONUMENT
of bricks soon to be ordered.
That was the word on Thursday, Dec. 27, from Dr.
Jim Sledge, who along with Health Department Director
Kim Barnhill and landscape architect Lee Winston, is
spearheading the project. Dr. Sledge is the founder and
longtime keeper of the memorial.
Dr. Sledge said the sidewalk installation was pretty
much completed, with the exception of a small access
walk that had yet tobe put in. He said the next step was
to install the water fountain, which was either on order
or about to be ordered.
As for the commemorative bricks, he said he would
be ordering the first batch of 100 during the first week of
January. The bricks must be ordered from the company
in increments of 100. As of Thursday, Dr. Sledge said he


had received 106 requests. It was possible, however, that
brick requests would be accepted until the end of the
week, he said. The bricks cost $50 each and allow for the
inscription of the name, rank, branch of service or dates
of service of those being commemorated. The bricks will
form a patio in front of the monument.
The full project calls for the placement of new flags
and flagpoles on either side of the monument, which
flags will be illuminated with either sunken or elevated
spotlights, and the planting of shrubbery on the north
side of the monument to block the view of the adjacent
road and buildings.
Additionally, the description on the backside of the
monument is to be removed and inscribed on a plaque
that will be mounted on a granite stone in front of the


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memorial, and a picnic table and two trash containers
will be placed on the side for people who wish to picnic
there. A water fountain and a granite bench will com-
plete the setup.
Dr. Sledge said the goal is to complete the project in
time for Memorial Day in May, so that a dedication cer-
emony can be held at the site.
Thomas, a Jefferson County native, was a partici-
pant in the Marines first flag-raising over Mount
Suribachi on Feb. 23. 1945. He was killed in battle a few
days after the flag raising, just shy of his 21st birthday.
Dr. Sledge, a boyhood friend of Thomas, took it upon
himself to honor the memory of his friend by pursuing
the erection of the monument, which went up in the late
70s.


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Sallie Timmons. It was
Mrs. Timmons' birth 1
day.
Paul Peters visited
over the holidays in St.i
Petersburg with friends
and relatives.
Mr. and Mrs. Bob
Hughes spent a couple
of days in Fort
Lauderdale visiting
with their son and fami-
ly. i
FIFTY YEARS AGO I
January 5, 1958 1
J.S. Cooper, son of i
Mr. and Mrs. A.EI
Cooper, is in extremely:
serous condition at
Tanner Memorial
Hospital, Carrolton
GA, following an auto1
mobile accident
Christmas day. 11
SIXTY YEARS AGO
January 5, 1948
The Monticelld I
Woman's Club will celej
brate the 31st anniver1i
sary of its organizatio i
at the clubhouse at i
p.m. Tuesday afternoon.
Jan. 6.
Monticello lads and
lassies opened their bas-1
ketball season play
Cross City in Perry'i-.
Wednesday night at 71 l
p.m. and playinng-
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Managing Editor
Sheriff David Hobbs
expressed his apprecia-
tion, Thursday, Dec. 27, to
all the individuals and
groups in the county that
supported the charitable
feff&rts'; of thf-:'Biirifffs
'"Deparrtm6nt duririg' the
Christmas season. "I par-
ticularly wish to thank
District School Nurse
Gladys Roann and
Councilman Gerrold
Austin," he said.
Hobbs also took the
opportunity to recognize
county resident Tina
McElhenny, vice-president
of K-Mc Sports
Foundation, Inc., a non-
profit organization created
in memory of her son, Kris


McElhenny.
This was the third year
that the Sheriffs
Department provided bicy-
cles for children in need.
"Last year we distributed
75 bikes, and this year we
distributed 71,"'Hobbs stat-
'd. LHe then expIained that
the K-Mc ""'Sports
Foundation requested the
ages and gender of children
involved and provided
each of them with appro-
priate gifts.
"These were higher
end sports related gifts,"
Hobbs continued. In addi-
tion, the foundation adopt-
ed two grandparents who
were raising their grand-
children and provided
them with gifts of clothing
and other items of need.


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Describing the history
of the Foundation,
McElheny related that on
SMay 8, 2002, her 18 year old
son, Kris, was killed in a
motorcycle accident. Her
husband, Skip, is the presi-
dent of the foundation, and
they have a daughter
Kelsie.
The Foundation holds
fundraisers to generate the
monies needed for its oper-
ation. Among the fundrais-
ers are a golf tournament
and Poker Run, in addition
to donations from the com-
munity, and other events.
The purpose of the
Foundation is to keep alive
the memory of a lost child,
and to do good deeds in his
name. The Foundation


interacts with Leon and
Gadsden Counties and
neighboring organizations,
such as Big Brother, and a
scholarship at Lincoln
High, in Tallahassee has
been established in memo-
ry of Kris McElhenny.
His mother told how
the family loaded Itheir
vehicle with Chri mas
gifts, and sat in Winn ixie
parking lot Christmas Eve,
distributing the gifts.
"A future goal of the
Foundation, is to secure
the use of a hall or other
facility large enough to
accommodate the recipi-
ents of the gifts, and to
have a 'Christmas Party'
for them," McElhenny
said.


Club 'Tall meetings
DEBBIE SNAPP
Staff Writer
Dessie Harvey, counselor for the Jefferson County
Refuge House presented the October program of the
Woman's Club, in recognition of Domestic Violence
Awareness Month.
She spoke about domestic and sexual violence, and the
effects it has on the family. She gave an overview of the
services offered by Refuge House, and answered questions
from the group concerning domestic/sexual violence, and
what can be done about it.
A $100 donation was made to the County Refuge House
in support of its mission, plus a $10 personal donation from
the club.
The November members enjoyed a meal prepared and
served by hostesses Betty Bard, Teresa Kessler, and Linda
Riche.
District HI Director Ina Putman was in attendance, at
the November meeting of the Woman's Club, as was Pat
Miller, who has not been able to attend several meetings.
Putman congratulated the club for its increased mem-
bership and read a letter from FFWC Member-at-Large
Charlene Bevis Reese about the retirement of State
President Pat Keel. Funds will be collected to present her
with a gift at the end of her term in office.
Putman also urged attendance at the state convention
in the spring of 2008, and the district meeting in February,
which will include the Arts and Crafts Competition. She
explained the LEAD Competition. Of the nominees from
each district, one will be selected to attend a leadership
seminar.
She announced that she had handmade holiday cards
and tags for sale from the Mayo Woman's Club, the.pro-
ceeds of which go to that club's projects.
Speaker Linda Hamedani, director of the Jefferson
County Library, presented a program on the services
offered at the Library. These services include courses in
computer literacy, an employment kiosk, help in genealogy
research, book and magazine exchange, and a literacy pro-
gram to combat the 33 percent illiteracy rate in the county.
The club's Holiday Fruit Cake fundraiser was off to a
great start, with cakes selling as quickly as they could be
baked. Proceeds are used for scholarships, to help local
seniors continue their education.
Members collected $105.56
for the County Christmas
Drive.
At the December meeting,
a Christmas Auction was
held. Auctioneers Pam Kelly
and Nikki Shepherd made
sure that everything up for
auction was sold. There were
many holiday wreaths and
holiday decorations to bid on,
as well as scarves, blankets,
soaps perfumes: Gloria
away witWthe
first item up for bid, a holiday
wreath, her bid was $18.
Treasurer Betty Bard kept up
with the receipts.
Each member brought in
her own special holiday food
item to share, in a potluck
luncheon.
Picture submitted Members of the club con-
Monticello Woman's tinue to make heart-shaped
Club members Jan pillows for heart patients, and
Wadsworth and Toni crochet caps for newborns.
Lane decorated the club- These items are delivered to
house Christmas tree for local hospitals. Many were
the December meeting brought in to the December
and auction fundraiser. meeting.
The tree is surrounded The MWC meets at noon on
with donated gift items the first Tuesday of each
for the auction. month for lunch and a meet-
ing.


Picture submitted
Monticello Woman's Club President Jan Wadsworth
(left) and member Amanda Ouzts collected heart-shaped
pillows for heart patients and crocheted caps for new-
borns at the monthly club meetings.


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January 2 meeting. Contact Diane
Kiwanis Club meets Potter for more informa-
every Wednesday at tion at 386-2131.
noon at the Jefferson
Country Club on Boston January 3
Highway for lunch and a AA meetings held 8
meeting. Contact p.m. on Thursdays at
President Rob Mazur at Christ Episcopal Church
559-8956 for club infor- Annex, 425 North
mation. Cherry Street. For more
information call 997-
January 3 2129, 997-1955.
Relay For Life
Committee Meeting 5:30 January 4
p.m. Thursday; Team Rotary Club meets
Captain Meeting 6:30 every Friday at noon at
p.m. Thursday at the the Monticello/
Rare Door Restaurant. Jefferson Chamber of
Contact Jo Morris at 997- Commerce on West
4985 for more informa- Washington Street for
tion. lunch and a meeting.
Contact President
January 3 Judson Freeman at 997-
Prayer Breakfast is 0370 for club informa-
held 7 8 a.m. on the tion.


first Thursday of each
month for breakfast and
a meeting. First Baptist
Church, Monticello will
host this month's gath-
ering. Speaker will be
Matt Brown from
Tallahassee. For more
information contact
coordinator L. Gary
Wright at
lgwright39(@,embarq-
mail.com
January 3
Girl Scout leaders
and volunteers meet 6:30
p.m. on the first
Thursday of every
month, at the Eagle's'
Nest on South Water
Street, for a general


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January 5
AA meetings are
held 8 p.m. Saturday at
Christ Episcopal Church
Annex, 425 North
Cherry Street. For more
information call 997-
2129, 997-1955.
January 6
VFW Post 251 meets
5 p.m. on the first
Sunday of each month at
the Memorial
Missionary Baptist
Church on South
Railroad Street, in the
annex building, for a
business and planning
meeting. Contact Sr.
Vice Commander Byron


Barniart at 251-0386 tor
more information.
January 7
AA Women's Meeting
Sis held 6:45 p.m. on
Mondays; AA and Al-
Anon meetings are held at
8 p.m. Christ Episcopal
Church Annex, 425 North
Cherry Street. For more
information call 997-2129,
997-1955.
January 7
SVFW Post 251 Ladies
Auxiliary meets 6:30 p.m.
on the first Monday of
each month at the
Memorial Missionary
Baptist Church Teen
Center on South Railroad
Street. Contact President
Mary Madison at 997-4504
or 210-7090 for member-
ship applications or for
more information.
January 7
Boy Scout Troop 803
meets 7 p.m. every
Monday at the Eagles Nest
on South Water Street. For
information contact Scout
Leader Paul Wittig at 997-
1727 or 997-3169.
January 8
AA classes are held
every Tuesday evening at
8 p.m. for those seeking
help. Located at 1599
Springhollow Road in the
Harvest Center. Contact
Marvin Graham at 212-
7669 for more informa-
tion.


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Frances Seabrooks Byrd, age 75, went
home to be with the Lord on Sunday,
December 23, 2007 at Jefferson Nursing
Center in Monticello.
A well-known native and lifelong res-
ident of Monticello, Mrs. Byrd had been a
staunch member of Greater Fellowship
Missionary Baptist Church where she
had served in numerous capacitives,
including Financial Secretary; President,
Senior Usher's Ministry; Chairperson,
Culinary Ministry and members of the
Missionary Board. She was also a mem-
ber of the United Sons and Daughters of
Joshua, Sunday Morning Lodge No.10
and of Macon Branch, Welcome Branch
and New Bethel Pallbearer Lodges. She
was retired from the Jefferson County
Health Department where she was a
clerk.
Funeral service was held from
Greater Fellowship Missionary Baptist
Church on Saturday, December 29, 2007,
at 11:00 am with her godson, the


Reverend Reginald Edwards, Sr., officiat-
ing. Burial followed at Texas Hill
Cemetery in Monticello, Family received
friends at the wake service held Friday,
December 28, 2007 from 6:00 7:30 pm at
the church. Arrangements are being
handled by Tillman Funeral Home (850-
997-5553).
Among Mrs. Byrd's survivors are her
three sons, Nathaniel Byrd (Myra) of
Jacksonville, FL, Rawleigh Byrd, Sr. of
Perry, FL and Timmy Byrd of Monticello;
daughter, Annie Byrd of Tallahassee;
mother, Mrs. Annie "Chippie" Alexander
Seabrooks; brother, Leroy Seabrooks, Jr.
(Lillia) of Monticello; sister, Annie
Larkins of Winter Haven, FL; grandchil-
dren, Tomura Byrd, Kerrick Crumity,
Parrish Armster, Earnest Bailey, Felicia
Byrd, Navarra Byrd and Rawleigh Byrd,
Jr. all of Monticello.
Mrs. Byrd was preceded in death by
her husband, Dennis Byrd and her father,
Leroy Seabrooks, Sr.


Herbert Hall
Deacon Herbert Hall, age 71, of in Gainesville, FL.
Tallahassee's Miccosukee Community, Funeral services are being planned by
passed away Tuesday, December 25, 2007 Tillman Funeral Home (850-997-5553).


Evelena Parker
Evelena Williams Parker, age 71, Parker's death are her loving daughter,
passed away Saturday, December 22, Katie McCloud (William "Mike") of
2007 in Tallahassee. Thomasville, GA and her granddaugh-
Mrs. Parker was a native 'of ter, whom she loved dearly, Shannon
Tallassee and had been a Monticello res- Carrie McCloud at Statesboro, GA; three
ident for many years. She had been a sisters, Mary Blake and Geraldine
housekeeper at Brynwood Nursing Williams of Tallahassee and Linda
Center before her retirement and she Williams Scott of Lake Wales, FL; four
was a devoted member of Monticello's bothers, Sammy Williams of Monticello,
Greater Fellowship Missionary Baptist King Williams, Jr. of Lake Wales, FL,
Church where she had been a dedicated Willie Williams and Charles Williams of
servant of the Ushers' Ministry. Tallahassee; a first cousin who was like
Funeral service was held Friday, a sister, Diane Colson of Tallahassee, an
December 29, 2007 at Greater especially close friend and confident,
Fellowship. Burial followed at Oakfield Hettie Macon Green of Monticello and a
Cemetery in Monticello. host of loving nieces, nephews, other rel-
Viewing/Visitation was heldoon atiyes and friends. .
Thursday, DeCemriber 27, 2007 from 2p '. Evelena was prgeded i death, l y
7:30 pm' at Tillman Funeral Home her parents, King Sr. and Florida
Monticello Chapel (850-997-5553). Robinson Williams; her son, Kenneth
Among those mourning Mrs. Parker and a sister, Alice Williams.


Judy Spencer
Judy Elizabeth Sutera Spencer, age Cherry Street, Monticello. Beggs
64, passed away Tuesday, December 25, Funeral Home is handling arrangements
2007 in Monticello. (850-997-5612).
Mrs. Spencer was living in Miami "Mrs. Spencer is survived by her hus-
and was employed as a nurse for Dr. Joel band Lewis M. Spencer of Miami; one
Schapiro. She was a very loving wife, son, Jody Spencer DVM of Monticello;
mother, grandmother and friend and she two grandchildren, Jessica Winters
will be greatly missed. She was an avid (Joe) of Pensacola, FL, Loring Spencer of
reader, loving all kinds of books. A very Monticello, one sister, Vicki McGroarty
generous loving and giving person. She of Miami; one brother, Johnny Sutera of
was a graduate of Jacksonville Arizona; one niece, Kellee Endara of
Memorial Nursing School. Miami and one nephew, Ryan
A memorial service was held McGroarty of Atlanta, GA.
Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 2:00 pm She was preceded in death by one
at Christ Episcopal Church, 425 N. grandson, Ryan Slusaski.

Alfonso Washington


Monticello News Photo by Debbie Snapp, Oct. 10, 2007
Monticello/Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce members welcomed J.T.
Surles and the Splash-N-Dash Car Wash team during an Open House and Ribbon
Cutting Ceremony on Oct. 10.


The Elder Alfonso Washington of
Greenville, passed on Monday, December
24, 2007 in Tallahassee.


Funeral arrangements are being
planned by Tillman Funeral home (850-
997-5553).


I nCu Py r a


DEBBIE SNAPP
Staff Writer
The January
Community Prayer
Breakfast will be held
7am-8am on Thursday,
Jan. 3 at the First Baptist
Church fellowship hall, in
downtown Monticello.
Guest speaker is Matt
Brown, president and CEO
of Premier Bank in
Tallahassee. He is a native


of Monticello but he and
his family reside in
Tallahassee. He is a grad-
uate of Florida State
University.
The Community
Prayer Breakfast is held
on the first Thursday of
each month, and is open to
all. There is always a
speaker, usually music,
and a meal prepared and
served by the host church.


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SPORTS

Aucilla Christian Academy Middle School Boys' Season Stats


Monticello News Photo by Emerald Kinsley, Dec. 20, 2007
The ACA middle school boys' basketball team stands 7-3 on the season. Pictured left to right (back row): Coach
Mac Finlayson, Cody Kelly, Tres Copeland, Tyler Jackson, Corey Burrus, Jay Finlayson, and Jared Jackson. Front
row, left to right: Sammy Ritter, Anthony DeLaTorre, Hans Sorensen, Marcus Evans, and Cody Allen. (Not pictured:
TrentRoberts)


FRAN HUNT
Staff Writer
Having played ten games so far
this season, the Aucilla Christian
Academy middle school boys
stand 7-3 on the season.
The young Warriors downed
Maclay in the season opener, 25-
17; fell to Brookwood, 34-26; edged
Munroe, 25-24; and were defeated
by Community Christian, 33-21.
ACA downed Madison
Academy, 29-18; fell to Georgia
Christian, 29-29; and clobbered:
Steinhatchee, 34-15, Munroe, 24-16,
Steinhatchee, 35-12, and Madison
Academy, 19-11.
Corey Burrus led the charge
throughout the season racking up
87 points, nine three-point buck-
ets, 23 steals, five rebounds, and
two blocked shots.
Trent Roberts earned 47
points, two three-point shots, 70
rebounds, and ten blocked shots.
Hans Sorensen pulled in 40
points and five rebounds; and
Tyler Jackson, 24 points, four
three-point shots, and two assists.
Cody Kelly scored 19 points;
Jared Jackson, 16 points, six
rebounds and three steals; Marcus
Evans earned three points and
eight rebounds; and Cody Allen,
Tres Copeland, Anthony
DeLaTorre, and Sammy Ritter,
each earned two points.


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Aucilla Christian Academy Middle School Girls Season Stats


Monticello News Photo by Emerald Kinsley, Dec. 20, 2007
ACA middle school girls' basketball team stands at a 6-4 season. Pictured left to
right (back row): Coach Derrick Burrus, Alexis Burkett, Audrey Waters, Stacie Brock,
Megan Lee, Michaela Metcalf, Pamela Watt, and Brooke Kinsey. Front row, left to right:
Christy Colvin, Shelby Witmer, Skyler Hannah, Brooke Kinsley, and Ashli Cline. (Not
pictured: Michaela Metcalf)


FRAN HUNT
Staff Writer
The Aucilla Christian
Academy middle school
girls have played ten
games since the season
started, resulting in six
victories, four losses.
The young Lady
Warriors lost the season
opener against Maclay, 12-
8; were defeated by
Brookwood, 43-14; and
came back to win 24-15
over Community
Christian.
ACA downed Munroe,


18-16; and Madison
Academy, 23-15; and fell to
Georgia Christian, 22-17;
and Steinhatchee, 12-6.
The team won over
Munroe, 24-5,.
Steinhatchee, 24-19, and
Madison Academy, 36-7.
Leading the way on the
hardwood for the young
Lady Warriors was Skyler
Hanna, who racked up 63
points, 19 rebounds, and 19
steals in two separate
games.
Pamela Watt chalked
up 51 points, six rebounds,


and four steals; and
Brooke Kinsley earned 19
points, five rebounds, and
three steals.
Brooke Kinsey earned
13 points; Shelby Witmer
scored 12 points and
pulled down four
rebounds; Vicki Perry
bucketed ten points and
snagged six rebounds;
Stacie Brock netted eight
points; Ashli Cline earned
four points; and Alexis
Burkett and Michaela
Metcalf, and Megan Lee,
each racked up two points.


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Lady Warriors JVs Season Stats


FRAN HUNT
Staff Writer
JV Lady Warriors, as of Dec. 14.
downed 10 of 11 opponents to stand 10-1
on the season.
ACA opened the season with a 37-35
defeat of Chiles; downed Branford 12-9;
Peat Maclay, 22-18; and downed
Branford, 16-10. q, : .
The Lady Warriors defeated Liberty
County, 40-14; clobbered Munroe, 35-7;
and won over FAMU, 43-30.
Aucilla downed Maclay for the sec-
ond time during the season, 34-26; won
against FAMU, 24-19; lost to Maclay, 30-
26; and came back to down Atlantis, 34-


Leading the score for the Lady
Warriors during the season is Kaitlin
Jackson, with 72 points, 20 steals, and
15 rebounds; Tiffany Brasington, 59
points, ten rebounds, eight assists, and
three steals; and Cheltsie Kinsley, 55
:points.. .
Taryn Copeland raked in 42 points
and five steals; Sarah Sorensen, 34
points, three steals and five rebounds;
and Abigail Vasquez, 28 points.
Dana Jane Watt scored 15 points, six
rebounds; Nikki Hamrick, 14 points and
five rebounds; and Brittany O'Brian, 12
points.


Monticello News Photos by Emerald Kinsley, Dec. 11, 2007
The JV Lady Warriors downed FAMU 43-30 and 24-19 in separate
games. At left: Sarah Sorensen goes up for the ball to steal from the
FAMU Rattlers. At right: Tiffany Brasington and Cheltsie Kinsley block
their FAMU opponent from passing the ball. ACA presently stands 10-1
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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.


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All Cardboard Products grocery bag, 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:

Household garbage

*Waste Tires (not accepted at the Recycle Center)

Batteries

*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 pesticide's, swimming pool chemicals,
paint, paint thinner, etc. (Please have all containers clearly marked to
identify contents)

**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.coiefferson.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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LEGALS


THE JEFFERSON COUNTY
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Announces the regular school board meeting
to which the public is invited. The meeting
will be held at the Desmond M. Bishop
Administration Building on
Monday, January 14, 2008 at 6:00 p.m.
Agendas may be picked up at the district office
at 1490 W. Washington Street, Monticello, FL.
Monday through Friday between 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 on
January 7, 2008.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC
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THE DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD
OF JEFFERSON COUNTY ANNOUNCES
A WORKSHOP TO WHICH THE PUBLIC
IS INVITED
DATE: January 8, 2008
TIME: 6:00 P.M.
PLACE: 1490 W. Washington Street
Monticello, FL 32344
SUBJECT: Tangible Personal Property Disposal

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING:
The District Board of Trustees of North Florida Community College will
hold its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 5:30 p.m.
in the NFCC Student Center Lakeside Room, NFCC, 325 NW Turner
Davis Dr., Madison, FL. A copy of the agenda may be obtained by writ-
ing: NFCC, Office of the President, 325 NW Turner Davis Dr., Madison,
FL 32340. For disability-related accommodations, contact the NFCC
Office of College Advancement, 850-973-1653. NFCC is an equal
access/equal opportunity employer.
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The City Council of the City of Monticello proposes to adopt the follow-
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ORDINANCE NO. 2008-01 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAP-
TER 58 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF
MONTICELLO, FLORIDA TO CREATE SECTION 58-13 REGU-
LATING GARAGE SALES; PROVIDING FOR ENFORCEMENT;
PROVIDING FOR A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; AND PROVID-
ING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE
The entire text of the ordinance may be inspected at City Hall, 245 S.
Mulberry Street, Monticello, Florida between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and
5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Public hearing on the ordinance will
be held on Tuesday, January 8, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. at Monticello City Hall.
Interested persons may appear at the meeting and be heard with respect to
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(int1ta '/tiau Wednesday,January 2, 2008


Annual Finlayson Sing


A Great Success


Yet The Inward Man Is


Renewed Day By Day


2 Corinthians 4:16
In his letter to
the Corinthian
church, Paul
acknowledges that
the life of a
Christian is suscep-
tible to trials,
attacks and even
personal failures.
However, he does
not give us license
to wallow in self
pity or quit living
for Christ. He says
our inward man is
renewed day by day.
Renewal is a day by
day advancement
from where we were. We can
choose to focus on the temporary
setbacks and be defeated, or we
can choose to keep an eternal
perspective allowing God to show
through our hope. We know our
Heavenly Father loves us and
will set things in order so we can
rebound in hope.
There are problems which
come unexpectedly. As children
of God, we know there is noth-


ing in our lives
that God can't
use. He created
us for a purpose,
and He can use
our life experi-
ences, even bad
experiences, to
reveal His hand in
our lives.
We can manage
our lives accord-
Sing to God's will
to avoid self-
imposed trouble
and drama. We
must remain dis-
ciplined in prayer,
devotion, and min-
istry being sensitive to the
Spirit to avoid distraction and
derailment. God has given us
such opportunity to glorify Him
and share His love! When we
invite trouble into our lives, we
hinder God's work in us. We are
renewed day by day by day by
day forgetting the accomplish-
ments and failures of yesterday,
so He can do today's work in us
and through us.


WILLIAM SMITH
Staff Writer
The annual Finlayson
Christmas sing-along was held on
Wednesday 'Dec. 5, to celebrate
the holiday season and provide
fellowship with friends and fami-
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The sing-along was held at
the house of John and Marjorie
Finlayson, members of the First
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Staff Writer
First grade students, and their teachers, from
Aucilla Christian Academy presented a musical
program for the Triple L Club members and their
guests on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the First Baptist
Church Monticello.
Music Director Debby Demott coordinated the
program, making sure the young voices of her stu-
defits sounded angelic, and that their presence was
well received.
The children began the program with "Jingle
Bells," and continued with songs such as "Rudolph
the Red Nosed Reindeer," "Santa Claus is Coming to
Town," "Up On A Housetop," "Away in the Manger,"
and "Joy to the World."
Teacher Tonya Roberts' class of students pre-
sented "My Favorite Things" in their own words
and their own thoughts, drawing much laughter
from the crowed meeting hall.
Teacher Debbie Stephens' class of students
offered "Christmas is..." adding smiles to the faces
of the many seniors in the fellowship hall.
Student Ryan Jackson recited "Silent
Night" and everyone sang "Happy Birthday Jesus."
The children concluded the program with "We
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prepared especially for the children consisting of of the Triple L Club on
corn dogs and lots of other goodies. Gift bags filled corndog lunch and bag
with sweet treats were given to each of the students.


ACA first grade student Caroline Taylor visits with her great-grand-
mother Emily Taylor during a visit to the Triple L Club meeting at the
First Baptist Church Monticello on Dec. 11.


Monticello News Photo by Debbie Snapp, Dec. 11, 2007
ts from ACA presented a musical Christmas program for the members
Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 11. Afterwards the children were treated to a
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Wednesday, January 2, 2008


If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you
are more blessed than the million who won't survive this week.
If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness
of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pangs of starvation, you
are ahead of 20 million people
around the world. Fi
If you attend a church meeting
without fear of harassment, arrest,
torture, or death, you are more
blessed than almost three billion I
people in the world.
If you have food in your refrig- Sunday Scho
erator, clothes on your back, a roof Sunday Mor
over your head, and a place to sleep, Sunday Ever
you are richer than 75 percent of Wednesday I
this world. Children's C
If you have money in the bank,
in your wallet, and spare change in
a dish someplace, you are among Chr
the top 8 percent of the worlds 425 C
wealthiest.
If your parents are still married
and alive, you are very rare, espe- Sunday Holy
cially in the United States. Sunday Scho
If you hold up your head with a Sunday Mor
smile on your face and are truly Tuesday Bib]
thankful, you are blessed because Wednesday E
the majority can, but most do not.
If you can hold someone's hand, First
hug them or even touch them on the
shoulder, you are blessed because 29
you can offer God's healing touch. www.m
If you can read this message,
you are more blessed than over two
billion people in the world that can-
not read anything at all.
You are blessed in ways you We
may never even know.


rst Baptist Church Cody Pentecostal
25 West Washington Street Holiness Church


Monticello 997-2349
'astor Thermon E. Moore


ol......................................... 9:45AM
ning Worship..................11:00 AM
ring Worship ......................6:00 PM
3ible Study ........................... 6:30 PM
aurch Ages 4 6............11:30 AM
Nursery for all services

ist Episcopal Church
herry St. Monticello 997-4116
Father Mal Jopling

Eucharist........................... 8:30 AM
ol........................................... 9:45A M
ning Worship...................11:00 AM
le Study.. ............. ...........8:30 AM
evening Prayer...................6:00 PM

Presbyterian Church
)0 E. Dogwood St. 997-2252
onticellopresbyterianchurch.org
Rev Sharon Schuler

Sunday School 9:45 AM
Worship 11:00AM
dnesday Fellowship 5:30 PM


Casa Bianca Missionar
Baptist Church
Highway 259 Monticello 997-5018
Min. Tobbie Berrian III, Pastor

Sunday School........... ............................ 30A
Morning Worship.................................11:00 AM
Thursday Bible Study ...........................7:30 PM


To add your church services to this directory,
please contact Jon Fisher at Monticello News,
997-3568.


3862 Tram Rd. Monticello 997-6774
Pastors Donnie and Nancy Thomas

Sunday School............................10:00 AM
Sunday Morning Worship.........11:00 AM
Sunday Evening Worship ............6:00 PM
Wednesday Worship.::...............7:00 PM
Wednesday Youth Worship...........6:30 PM


First Baptist Church
of Lloyd
124 St. Los St. Lloyd 997-5309
Pastor George L. Smith

Sunday
Praise & Worship..............."....8:30 A
Bible Study .....................................9:45 AM
Praise & Worship............i 11:00 AM:
AWANA (3yrs 6th Grade).............5:00 PM
Praise & Worship ... .............6:00PM

Wednesday
Rock Solid Youth (Grades 7-12
6:30 PM Supper
7:00 PM Praise & Worship, ible Study
Extreme Games
Joyful Sounds Childrns Choir
..--"""7:00 PM (K-6th Grade)
Prayer Meeting/Bible Study
7:00 PM



Restored Glory
Christian Center
1287 S. Jefferson St. Monticello- 997-025
Pastors Eddie and Veronica Yon .
www.restoredglory.org

Sunday ........................................ 10:00 AM
Monday ForRealVille (Teen Mins)....7-8 PM
Thursday....................................... 7:00 PM


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The monthly Community Prayer
Breakfast will be held 7am 8am Thursday,
Jan. 3, 2008 at First Baptist Church
Monticello.


Abundant Life Harvest
1206 Springfield (off Hwy 59)
Lloyd 997-0048
Pastor Chris Peterson

Sunday Morning Worship...................10:30 AM
Sunday Childreins Church..................10:30 AM
Wednesday Worship...... ...........................7:00 PM
Nursery Available

First United Methodist Church
325 W Walnut St- Monticello 997-5545
Pastor Daid L. Hodges.

Suday Praise & Worship........ 8:30AM
Sunday School.... ...............9:45 AM
Traditional Worship ..............................11:00AM
Youth Group...............................................5:30PM
Wednesday
Adult Bible Study....... ...................... PM
siPrayer Groupi...............................5:30 PM
S;Fellows.p Meal :......................... 6:00PM

Harvest Christian Center
1599 Springhollow Rd Monticello
Pastor Marvin Graham

Sunday Discipleship Class. .................... 30 AM
Sunday Worship......... ......... 10:30 A
Wednesday Bible Study..........................7:00 PM
Wed. Young People Bible Study .............7:00PM
Wednesday Counselling .............5:30-8:30 PM
New Life Ministry
Tuesday Bible Study................ .........7:00PM:
Sunday ship ................. .......2 -4PM
Thursday Jail Ministry ....................7- 9PM
AA Tuesday ..........................:0...... ...... PM

Wacissa Pentecostal
: Holiness Church
152 Tram Rd. Wacissa, FL 9974636
Rev John Wesley Cain

Sunday School.........................................10:00 AM
Morning Worship...................................11:00 AM
Evening Worship...................................... 6:00 PM
Wednesday Evening Worship & Messiahs
Messengers Youths ................................ 7:00 PM


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Guest speaker will be Matt Brown, presi-
dent and CEO of Premier Bank in
Tallahassee.
The Community Prayer Breakfast is held
on the first Thursday of each month, and is
open to all who are interested in attending.


St. Margaret Catholic Church
1565 E. Washington Monticello 973-2428.
(One mile east of the Court House on US 90)
Fr. John Gordon
Sunday M ass............................................ 11:00AM
Wednesday followed by Novena ................7:00 PM
Saturday followed by Adoration &
Sacramentof Reconciliation.................... 9:00 AM
Spanish Mass Sec.Sat. of the mth ............ 7:00PM
CapitalHeights Baptist Church
7150 Apalachee Pkwy Tallahassee
Chbaptistchurch.org
Pastor Derrick Burrus
8 850-345-0425
Youth Pastor Ron Thrash
850-459-6490
Sunday School.................. ....1..0:00 AM
Sunday Worship... ........................ 11:00 AM
Children's Chapel................. 11:00 AM
Sunday Evenin i............ ..6:00 PM
Wednesday Evening .......................7:00 PM
Prayer Meeting and Bible Study
Classes for Students
New Hope Ministries Church
of God
415 E Palmer Mill Rd. Monticello 997-1119

Pastors David & Paige Rapson
Sunday School .......... ............ 10:00 AM
Sunday Worship......................................11:00AM
Sunday Prayer ........................ ......... .6:00PM
Wednesday Family Training Hr ...........7:00 PM

Waukeenah United Methodist
81 Methodist Church Rd
W"i^i aukeenah' 997-2171
Pastor Ralph L.Wrightstone

Sunday School.........................9:45AM
W orship..... ........... ................................11:00AM
Youth Group ..................................7:00 PM
Wednesday
Choir Practice...........................................7:00 PM
Youth Group ...............................................7:00 PM
Family Fellowship 2nd Thursday of each month


There is always a speaker, usually music, and
a meal prepared and served by the host
church.
For more information about this time of
fellowship, contact L. Gary Wright at
lgwright39@embarqmail.com or, 997-5705.


St. Phillip AME Church
Hwy 27 S (1 mile south of Hwy 59).
Monticello 997-4226
Reverend J.W Tisdale
Sunday Scho ................................... 9:30 AM
Sunday Worship ....................................11:00AM
Wednesday
Prayer & Bible............................................7:00 PM

Calvary Baptist Church
285 Magnolia St. Monticello 997-2165
www.cbcflorida.org
Dr. David E. Walker, Pastor

Sunday School...........................................9:45 AM
Sunday M orning............................... .....11:00 AM
Sunday Evening ........................................ 6:30 PM
Wednesday Evening.................................7:00 PM
TRAC Club for teens...(Wednesday..... 7:00 PM)

Wacissa United Methodist
Church
14492 Waukeenah Hwy / PO. Box 411
Wacissa 997-2179 / 997-1769
Rev Howard R. Grimmenga

Sunday School.................................. 9:45AM
SudayMorning.................................:00 AM
Wednesday
Prayer M eeting.........................................6:00 PM
Youth Groupi.........................................6:00 PM
.Choir Practice..............................7:30 PM

Indian Springs Baptist Church
5593 Veterans Memorial Drive (Hwy 59)
STallahassee 850-893-5296
wwwindianspringsbaptistchurch.com
Rev Greg Roberts

Sunday School...........................................9:45 AM
Sunday Worship .....................................11:00 AM
Children's Worship.................................11:00 AM
Wednesday
Fellowship Meal ........................................7:00 PM
Prayer Meeting..........................................7:45 PM


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Nancy Banks has been the
organist at the First Presbyterian
Church in Monticello for some
seven or eight years, and also sings
in the choir, accompanied by FSU
music student Sung Ah Lee.
Banks began to study the piano
when she was eight years old.
When she was 15, she won a contest
in Ohio, which awarded her the
opportunity to play at a then
famous hotel in Columbus, for two
weeks.
She recalls playing a pump
organ in a Lutheran Church.
"Sometimes I'd forget to pump, and
the sound would die out, but I soon
learned how to avoid that," she
recalled.
Banks has a piano and a key-
board with a pipe organ "voice," in
her home, which she uses when she
prepares for Sunday Service.
While Banks plays hymns on the
organ,, Lee plays the piano to com-
bine the sound of the two instru-
ments.
Her favorite kind of music is
easy listening and semi-classical,
"pieces in three quarter time that
one can march or waltz to," she
explained.
When she left home in her
twenties, Banks did not touch a
piano for the next 35 years. "I had
no access to the instrument," she
relates.
Later when she once again
owned a piano, it took her about
three years to regain her expertise.
"I love to play in church, and I
like the discipline," she said. "I
know I have to be prepared for
Sunday service and I make it my
business to be prepared."
Banks relates the story of how
when in the company of former
Pastor Carl Hanks, at a social
affair, she inquired about playing
the organ at First Presbyterian.
"I'm not as bad as some," she
told Hanks, "but I'm not as good as


Nancy Banks


Sissy Kilpatrick." (an accom-
plished pianist/organist at First
Baptist Church,) she told Hanks at
the time.
"I played a few hymns for him
and the next time I saw him short-
ly after, he handed me the key to
the church. It was Dec. 9, and that
is my anniversary date.
Banks is a registered nurse and
spent 21 years working at the
Health Department in Jefferson
County, prior to her retirement.
She has been married to her
husband Bert for 35 years and
raised nine children.
"Music is the love of my life,
and it stirs my soul," she remarks.
It's been said that when we sing we
pray twice, and Banks loves to sing
as much as she loves to play and
"make a joyful sound."








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Monticello News 9


Salvation In Reformed Theology


WILLIAM SMITH
Staff Writer
Reformed theology, which was
born out of the tumultuous period
known as the Protestant
Reformation, is a unique set of
beliefs about the Christian faith that
has both united and divided the fol-
lowers of Christ for many centuries.
Men, such as John Calvin, are
responsible for many of the views
held by reformed scholars today.
They are admired for their part in
spreading this faith throughout
Eurdpe, and eventually America.
This interesting set of ideas,
which is defended by denominations
such as the Presbyterian Church,
S includes distinctive views on many
controversial issues.
One of the more divisive matters
that is debated across theglobe is the
reformed view of salvation, which
many label "predestination".
Detractors of reformed theology see
predestination as a non-Biblical
view that excludes much of
mankind from the grace of Christ,


but many, such as Reverend Sharon
Schuler, think that the belief is mis-
understood.
Schuler, who leads the First
Presbyterian Church in Monticello,
explains that the essential view of
salvation is based upon a universal
foundation of Christianity "Jesus
Christ is Lord and Savior", stated
Schuler.
The basic idea of salvation in
reformed theology as explained by
Schuler, can be understood through
the acronym TULIP, which refers to
total depravity, unconditional elec-
tion, limited atonement, irresistible
grace, and the perseverance of the
saints.
Each of these terms represents
an aspect of salvation, and all work
together to achieve spiritual deliver-
ance.
Total depravity refers to the
reformed belief that mankind is
inherently sinful, and will naturally
choose to sin against God. Without
Christ's death, there can be no salva-
tion from these transgressions. "We


are sinful creatures," said Schuler,
"there is nothing that we can do to
save ourselves."
Unconditional election is the
belief that there is no provision that
can be made by man to merit God's
salvation, but that He has divinely
chosen who will be moved to accept
Christ's payment for sins, according
to His perfect will. This internal stir-
ring of the soul is a work of God, not
of man.
Limited atonement is the belief
that Christ's death was for a specific
group of people. According to
Schuler, "Christ came to atone for all
who believe." The reformed view of
Christ's death holds that he came to
die for those who believe in him, not
necessarily all of mankind.
Irresistible grace refers to the
idea that the grace given by God in
the process of salvation cannot be
thrown aside, but is a constant com-
panion to all Christians. "God's
grace is there, and if we truly
believe, we cannot turn that grace
away" Schuler said


Reverend Sharon Schuler
Perseverance of the saints, the
final aspect of TULIP, is the belief
that Christians will be "urged on" by
God in their spiritual endeavors
throughout their lives. Schuler
relates that the true Christian will
continue to be "transformed" until
the day of their death. "We contin-
ue to travel down this road of faith,
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and the Holy Spirit continues to "re-form" us, creating a new creation."
said Schuler.
The essential idea of the TULIP doctrine, and the reformed view of
salvation, is the sovereignty of God in all aspects of saving grace. This
sovereignty is found in nearly every facet of the TULIP doctrine, but is
most important in the actual process of salvation. A sinful man or
woman must have the unmerited grace of God in order to choose to
accept Jesus' sacrifice. According to Schuler, "God has chosen those who
believe." Schuler believes that this dominion applies to God's plan for
time, but does not exclude the ability of man to choose Christ. "We do
have a free will" explained Schuler.
Schuler relates that this does not alter the age old adage of, "salvation
by grace through faith", but rather explains how the faith of the unbe-
liever is achieved.
The fact that Reformed scholars believe that God has already chosen
who will come to Christianity throughout history has raised several
questions from the many opponents of predestination. One of the most
widely used arguments is the issue of the need for continued evangelism,
if God has determined who will be saved and carries the work of salva-
tion to completion in the individual's life.
Schuler responds to this question by stressing the need for Christians
to "have a good hope for all." Although Reformed thinkers believe that
the issue of salvation for true believers is ultimately decided by God, the
means by which God brings his plan to fruition is through evangelism.
"We are to continue to evangelize." related Schuler.
While views on the means of faith and grace may be hotly debated by
Christian theologians the world over, all followers of God can agree on
the need for evangelism, and this is an idea that Schuler says those who
follow Reformed doctrine are committed to. Christians should continue
to reach out to share their faith with all people.





A priest was asked to dinner by one of
his parishioners.
When he sat down at the table, he
noticed that the dishes were the dirtiest
that he had ever seen in his life.
"Were these dishes ever washed?" he
asked his hostess, running his fingers over
the grit and grime.
She replied, "Of course they were
cleaned Father. They're as clean as
soap and water could get them."
He felt a bit apprehensive, but .
blessed the food anyway and they all;
started eating. The meal was delicious U
and he paid his compliments in spite'
the dirty dishes.
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Managing Editor


and is known as a place whereI
people in difficulty can get
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Among the outreach the
church provides is the Food
Pantry, which .provides emer-
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and families each year.
The Pantry is stocked by
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organizations, and other
churches, as well as the contri-
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