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City Man

Arrested

For Grand

Theft
FRAN HUNT
Monticello News
Staff Writer

Stephen
Anthony



was ar-
rested
Stephen
Anthony Sims April 22
and
charged with grand
theft.
The arrest stemmed
from an incident on De-
cember 2, 2007, when Jud-
son Freeman, vice
president of Jefferson
Builders Mart (JBM), re-
ported to Major Bill Bul-
lock that an employee
came to him with con-
cerns about suspicious
ticket sales generated by
Sims, who was also an
employee. Sims was the
Please See Grand
Theft Page 2A


Man Arrested

After Car

Chase
FRANHUNT
MonticelloNews
Staff Writer
A driver of a'stolen car,
faced multiple charges follow-
ing a car chase on 1-10 by FHE
It was reported that Sgt.
William Griesbaumwas work-
ing an Aircraft detail on 1-10
and CR-59, when pilot, Lt. Tom
Mallow called out a westbound
white sedan at 83 miles per
hour in a 70 mile per hour
zone.
Griesbaum attempted to
stop the vehicle, and the driver,
later identified as Allen
Lathan Wade, 33, of 24805 Bar-
tram Rd., Astor, FL, slammed
onhis brakes infrontof Gries-
baum's vehicle in an attempt
to make him lose control
The sedan then U-turned
through the median and fled.
Mallow, who kept visual con-
tact with the vehicle, reported
the sedanhadexitedI-10toCR-
59, and had fled southbound.
Troopers Ryan Shaw, Bill
Harrell, PJ Shaw, and Gries-
baum, followed Mallow's di-
rections as to where the sedan
was traveling. The sedan trav-
eled into the Citgo parking lot
off of CR-59 and came to a stop.
Wade exited and was placed
under arrest.
A computer check re-
vealed that the vehicle had
been stolen in a carjacking in
St. Petersburg, FL. Wade was
also in Lake County for viola-
tion of probation.
A loaded .22 caliber rifle
was concealed on the back
seat, and Wade was charged
with grand theft auto, posses-
sion of a firearm by a con-
victed felon, aggravated
assault on a law enforcement
officer, driving on a suspended
driver license, and unlawful
speed.


Three Injured In Crash


Photo Submitted by Ashville Area Volunteer Hretiglter Knsta Story
This twisted wreckage was the result of a crash between two pickup trucks. A Georgia woman was trapped inside with
gas leaking from the boat the vehicle was towing. Two Georgia residents and one Monticello resident received serious to crit-
ical injuries.


FRAN HUNT
Monticello News
Staff Writer
A Monticello man and
two Georgia residents
were injured in a two ve-
hicle crash April 20.
Florida Highway Pa-
trol reported that at Sun-
day, 8:30 p.m. Sunday,
Jimmie Clark, 21, of Mon-
ticello was driving a 2007
Ford F-150 pickup truck


southbound on Boston
Highway
Mark Dewayne Beck-
ham, 46, of Boston GA,
was driving a 2003 Ford F-
150 .pickup truck north-
bound on Boston
Highway with Denise
Debra Connell, 39, of
Thomasville, as a passen-
ger.
Clark drove partially
onto the west shoulder


and then came back onto
the roadway, overcor-
rected his steering and
went into the northbound
lane, where his vehicle
collided with the oncom-
ing truck.
Clark was critically
injured and transported
to Tallahassee Memorial
Hospital for treatment.
Beckham and Connell re-
ceived serious injuries


and were transported to
Archbold Memorial Hos-
pital.
Fire Rescue Chief Jim
Billsberry described the
severity of the-scene and
commended all respond-
ing personnel:
"I've been in law en-
forcement for 30 years,
and when I arrived at the
Please See
Crash Page 3A


United Way Of Big Bend Donates To Project Lifesaver
FRAN HUNT
Monticello News
Staff Writer
The Jefferson County
Human Care Planning
Committee of the United
Way met in February to
discuss human care serv- ,. -
ices needed in the county.
Among the needs dis-
cussed were care of eld-
erly, teen pregnancies,
transportation, and low-
income housing.
The Committee was
allocated a sum of money
by the United Way of the
Big Bend and were to de-
cide how this money
should be spent for best
advantage to the county.
These funds were in addi-
tion to the $51,000 raised
locally Monticello News Photo By Fran Hunt, April 18, 2001
At this meeting, Sher- Presenting a generous check from the United Way of the Big Bend, Mary Carol Kaney, left
Please See presents the check to Project Lifesaver representatives, left to right, Dean Jerger, Nan Baugh
United Way Page 3A man, Steve Baughman, Bobbie Krebs, and Sheriff David Hobbs.


Subdivision Hearing Focuses

On Merits Of Water System


LAZARO ALEMAN
Monticello News
Senior Staff Writer
County commissioners on
Thursday, April 17, narrowly ap-
proved the site plan for the Mill
Creek Ridge subdivision in the
Lloyd area, but not without a lively
discussion on the merits of the Jef-
ferson Communities public water
system and the alleged unfairness


and precedent-setting nature of the
board's decision not to require the
developer to connect to the system.
"Gentlemen, you haven't been
fair to the other developers," Com-
mission Chairman Felix "Skeet"
Joyner charged after the 3-2 vote,
citing previous instances when the
board had required other develop-
ers to tie into the system.
He was referring specifically to


the Sanctuary and Turner Heritage
Homes subdivisions, Joyner said.
What's more, in the case of the
Sanctuary, the board had made the
developer string three-quarters of a
mile of piping alongside a state
road to access the public water. And
now the board was going to give the
developer for the Mill Creek Ridge
Please See
Water System Page 2A


Man Charged

With Aggravated

Child Abuse
FRAN HUNT
Monticello News
Staff
Writer
Arthur
Elliott
Williams,
26, of 1638
Thomp-
son Val-
ley Rd.,
was ar- =Arthur Elliot
rested williams
April 22
and charged with aggra-
vated child abuse.
The arrest stemmed
from an incident on Feb.
29, when Deputy Steven
Pearson was called to re-
spond to Jefferson Ele-
mentary School in
reference to a possible
child abuse.
Upon arrival, Pearson
met with Department of
Children and Families
caseworker Kathleen
Please See
Child Abuse Page 2A

Wreck Injures

Two Local

Women
FRAN HUNT
Monticello News
Staff Writer
A Tallahassee man was
cited for careless driving
after rear-ending a vehicle
carrying two Jefferson
County women, Wednes-
day April 16.
The Monticello Police
Department reported that
Gloria Kathleen Neely, of
Monticello, was driving a
1988 Mercury on South Jef-
ferson St., in the north-
bound lane, with a
passenger, Shanekia La-
trice Bright, of the same
address, who was report-
edly eight and a half
months pregnant.
James Jacob Atkinson,
26, of Tallahassee, was fol-
lowing behind Neely also
in the northbound lane on
S. Jefferson St., in a 1987
Jeep.
Neely stopped at the in-
tersection of Seminole St.,
and engaged the turn sig-
nal to make a left-hand
turn. Atkinson, who was
traveling at an estimated 45
MPH in a 35 MPH posted
zone, failed to see Neely
stop, and rear-ended
Neely's vehicle, pushing it
across both southbound
lanes, over the curb, be-
tween a power box and
pole, and into a grassy lot,
southwest of the initial lo-
cation of impact.
Bright was transported
to Tallahassee Memorial
Hospital with possible in-
juries, and Atkinson was
charged with careless driv-
ing.
The Neely vehicle sus-
tained $1,500 damage and
the Atkinson vehicle sus-
tained $1,000 damage.


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IEWPOINTAS NINS
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Letters to the Editor are typed word for word, comma for comma, as sent to this newspaper.

NFCC President States Academics Take Precedence Over Athletics


Dear Editor,
I appreciate everyone's concern regarding the sus-
pension of intercollegiate athletics here at North Florida
Community College. This action was necessary as a
result of budget cuts levied by the Florida legislature
caused by a severe shortfall in State revenue. For NFCC,
we are facing a $590,000 reduction in our budget as we
enter the 2008-09 school year. All State agencies are fac-
ing significant reductions to their budgets.
No one, and I mean no one, hates this action more
than I do. I have a longer association with NFCC athletics
than anyone affiliated with the College because I was on
the very first NFCC intercollegiate athletic teams, men's
basketball in the fall of 1960 and the men's track team in
1961. I regret that this task falls on my shoulders because
if I could delay it for a year I would. But my task is to
prepare a budget as required by State statute to ensure
fiscal sustainability. It falls directly on my shoulders. I
can't pass it to someone else.
To save intercollegiate athletics for the 2008-09 school
year, I would have to make deep cuts in our academic
programs i.e. English & Humanities, Math & Science,


History and Social Sciences, Registered Nursing and
Allied Health and in all vocational programs. I am not
willing to cut those programs because they are our core
mission which has been established by the NFCC Board
of Trustees, each of whom was appointed by the
Governor of Florida.
Intercollegiate athletics are not in our mission. I am
not arguing that intercollegiate athletics are unimportant,
they are very important! But in a climate of severely
declining resources, something has to give. In our case,
the priority goes to protecting our academic programs.
With regard to the impact this has on NFCC athletes,
we will continue to honor scholarship commitments to
athletes who remain academically eligible if they choose
to continue their education here at NFCC.
I hope this explanation helps in understanding why we
are suspending athletics. Understanding yes, but I know it
does not ease the pain and I feel great pain in this action.
Sincerely,
Morris G. Steen, Jr.
President


Citizen Enjoys Living Here In Mayberry


Dear Editor:
What a great job with the newspaper. The color really got
my attention. It is so pretty. Thank you.
Thank you for your Jan. 16 column: "Isn't it great to live
in Mayberry?" I like Mayberry. It's peaceful and quiet and
nice to see kids riding their bikes. Oh, childhood!
People sit in their rocking chairs in front of businesses
and watch the passing scene.
When I walk into a store, people light up with a smile and
a "Hello," and they know you by name.
There are-many fine places to go to eat. "Someone once
teased me saying "She doesn't know what she wants." "Oh,
yes I do, and she repeated what I always love. She does indeed
know what I want," I said.
So we don't have a stop light, so? I'm not against growth,
and plenty of it is happening, if you have noticed the traffic,
new businesses, and subdivisions.
But on Friday, April 11, we read about a superhighway!
Someone's been in the sun too long!
To ease Georgia traffic they should build another lane to
handle Georgia's traffic.


Grand Theft


retail-purchasing agent for JBM.
Conine had been receiving cash on delivery (COD) cash
sales tickets that were generated by Sims.
Conine became suspicious because the customer was pay-
ing cash for the items inside the store and picking up the prod-
uct on site. The transactions would have been generated as a
cash sale with the customer receiving a pick ticket to present
to the yard manager. The pick ticket shows Conine that the
customer has paid for the item and is ready to pick up their
product. COD tickets produce a delivery ticket, where pay-
ment is made upon delivery.
Conine also noticed that all of the COD tickets Sims gener-
ated were paid for with cash. Sims generated the purchases
that were paid for with a check or charge account correctly.
On Dec. 1, 2007, Freeman monitored Sims' work activity
and he discovered that Sims voided seven COD cash sales
transactions for a total of $470.08. Sims accepted payment from
the customers, provided them with a delivery ticket, and then
voided the transactions. Sims then reportedly stole the money
from the voided transactions. He prevented the sales from
showing up in the daily sales calculations generating the pur-
chases a COD cash sale and voiding the transaction.
On Dec. 3, 2007, Sims gave sworn statement and admitted
that he had been stealing money from JBM by voiding COD
cash sales transactions. He said that he acted alone and he


Water System


subdivision a free ride?
"Gentlemen, that's unfair," Joyner repeated.
Commissioner J. N. "Junior" Tuten took Joyner to
task.
"Mr. Chairman, badgering the board will not change the
vote," Tuten said.
"I just want to make it clear," Joyner rejoined.
"I think you have," Tuten said.
The split vote to approve the 71-lot Mill Creek Ridge
subdivision without requiring that it connect to the public
water system followed a lengthy discussion that focused
more on the merits of the Jefferson Communities Water
System than on the development.
It all started Feb. 21, when the County Commission at
Joyner's insistence requested that the developer connect
to the Jefferson Communities Water System, instead of
installing separate water wells on each lot. The developer
reported to commissioners on April 17 that he had worked
out an understanding with the Jefferson Communities
Water System in the interim, but he had yet to finalize the
agreement.
"Over the next month, we should have an agreement,"
the developer said.
That's when Tuten voiced his objection. He could not,
he said, support any action that would require the develop-
er to connect to the water system as a condition of approval,
given that the water system could not provide for fire pro-
tection.
"This is where the tire meets the road," Tuten said.
"The county can not make this requirement because we
can't guarantee performance. I won't support this require-
ment because the playing field is not level."
Commissioner Jerry Sutphin concurred, if for a differ-
ent reason.
"This developer has crossed his t's and dotted his i's,"
Sutphin said. "We haven't changed the ordinance to require
that he must get water. We would be stepping over the line
and setting up a precedent."
"I understand your concerns," Joyner said. "But this
development is in my district and I'm going to stand by this
requirement."
Joyner then asked for the legal opinion of consultant
planning Attorney Drew Parker.
"I'm glad you want my opinion; the last time you dis-
agreed with my opinion," Parker said, referring to Joyner's
leading opposition to the controversial horserace track
application several months earlier, despite the attorneys'
legal advice that it met all the pertinent requirements.
In the present case, it was the attorney's opinion that
requiring developers to connect to the existing water sys-
tem was not only in the county's authority, but the board
had done so at least twice previously, Parker said.
Moreover, it was in the country's interest .to promote the
centralized water system, as public water was always safer
than private wells, he said.
He dismissed Tuten's objection as invalid, saying that
the water system's purpose from the beginning was to pro-
vide potable water, not to provide fire protection.
It was point that Joyner hammered on, relating the his-
tory of the system from its inception some 15 years ago to


We didn't' miss out on anything but a lot of expense and
upkeep.
How will that make the air better with 100,000 cars and
their fumes? Sounds like bad air!
Thank goodness Thomas County officials have turned a
collective cold shoulder toward the idea. It would be detri-
mental to urban areas, a real burden on Thomas County,
more road to maintain, more expense.
Jefferson County faces budget cuts. They want to spend
millions on roads that would come through the small places,
with many exits, and a lot of upkeep, from work crews
already overburdened.
Why not spend some of these funds on people in the coun-
ty, like seniors who have lived and worked here and aren't
able to do so now.
Do you want to put in more roads, or help the people who
need it? We have an interstate. We don't need a superhigh-
way.
Elizabeth Messer.


Cont. From Page 1


had been stealing the money for at least the past year, more fre-
quently Oct. 2007 through Dec. 2007. Sims said that it was a
criminal opportunity and he used the money to buy various
things in every day life. Sims also said he recently used some
of the money to purchase Christmas presents worth about
$500.
Simms looked through the voided transactions from Dec. 1,
2007, and some transactions prior to that date and he had initi-
ated many that were a part of the scheme. He also showed the
process of how he was manipulating the system to avoid detec-
tion. He waited until the customer left the store and other
employees were out of sight, to void the transaction and steal
the money.
Sims was terminated and he sent Freeman an email plead-
ing for leniency, and he apologized and told Freeman that he
would repay all of the money, even if it took him the rest of his
life.
Freeman pulled financial reports beginning in June 2006
and the documents were turned over to the Department of Law
Enforcement for analysis. The analysis compiled all of the
information into a data report, which showed that the scheme
was consistent beginning with June 12, 2006, and that the
scheme consisted of a total of 767 transactions for $46,331.55
Bond was set at $10,000 and Sims bonded out of jail the
same day.


Cont. From Page 1


the present. The purpose of the system from the beginning
had been to provide safe drinking water, not to provide fire
protection, Joyner said. And if the commission couldn't
support the county's existing infrastructure, "that was a
shame," he said. Not only a shame, but it was also unfair to
the two earlier developers, he repeated.
"He's a businessman," Joyner said of the developer.
"He's going to do the cheapest thing possible (given a
choice)."
He dismissed Sutphin's argument that requiring the
connection would set a precedent, reminding his colleagues
that they had already set the precedent when they had
required the two other developers to connect to the water
system. If the commission were to make an exception in
this instance, it might well open the county to a lawsuit,
Joyner said.
That prompted Sutphin to remark that the board had
"opened the floodgate to a potential lawsuit" several
months ago when it had rejected the horse track, "but
nobody had seemed concerned about a lawsuit then".
What's more, the board had had plenty of time since the
approval' of the Sanctuary to change the ordinance and
require connection to the public water system, if that's
what the board desired, but it had done nothing, Sutphin
said. So the board really had little choice but to approve the
application under the present rules, he concluded.
"We're going to keep having this issue come up until we
fix the ordinance," Sutphin said.
The developer expressed disappointment with the split
vote, which he said gave the perception of something being
wrong with the development. The fact was that he wasn't
opposed to connecting to the public water system, he said. In
fact, he was committed to connecting to the system, he said.
That's because he wanted the best possible development and
the availability of centralized water undoubtedly made for a
better development, he said. His concern was that by requir-
ing upfront that he install public water as a condition of
approval, the commission put him at a disadvantage in the
negotiations with the public water system, he said.
Precisely the reason for his objection, Tuten said. He
encouraged the developer to hook up to the system, but he
also wanted to give the latter maneuverability in the negoti-
ations, he said.
Others to speak at the public hearing included two near-
by property owners. One expressed concern about the
increase traffic that would result from a 71-lot subdivision
and urged commissioners to reduce the number of lots. A sec-
ond citizen spoke to the slipperiness of language, especially
as loosely as it was being used in the discussion, leaving the
developer excessive wiggle room.
"We throw words around," the individual said. "But this
is a semi-judicial proceeding and words count. As it stands
now, the developer has three choices."
County officials originally approved the Mill Creek
Ridge subdivision in 2004 as a 58-lot development, which
wetlands considerations subsequently reduced to 51 or 54
lots. The-current developer purchased the 372-acre property
off Lloyd Creed Road from the original developer and decid-
ed to increase the lots to 71, which is what triggered the cur-
rent reevaluation.


Emerald Greene, Publisher


It's All In The Attitude


You know, life is full of
love, joy, and happiness. But
life is also full of misfortunes,
hardships and unhappiness.
There's the saying "Life is
made up of 10% of what hap-
pens to us and the other 90% is
how we react to it."
Sometimes it's really hard
to keep that thought in mind,
and even harder to learn to
live life that way. This is
something that I have really
begun trying to apply to my
everyday life. It is truly amaz-
ing, but so true, the way a situ-
ation affects you'is HOW you
ALLOW it to effect you. It is
all in the attitude.
Everyone has the tenden-
cy to be negative. We spend
more time thinking about what
is wrong in our lives, than we
do thinking about the good
things in our lives. It's true....
think about it. At the end of
the day when sharing your
daily happenings with some-
one, or even just recounting
them in your own mind, the
tendency is there to re-hash
the bad points and unhappi-
ness, than to share all the good
things and the many blessings
that were presented to you
during the day.
We go to bed saying
prayers like "Lord, please
change him/her/them." "Lord,
please help me make it
through another day."
Instead, shouldn't we be


giving thanks for all the good
things? We should be saying,
"Lord, thank you for allowing
me to wake up and be alive for
another day." "Lord, thank
you for blessing me with my
children/family." "Lord, thank
you for providing me with a
house and food at the end of
the day."
We have to learn to be pos-
itive ON PURPOSE. This is
what I am learning to strive
for each and every day.
We CHOOSE what we
think on! Do we CHOOSE to
think on the good things, or do
we CHOOSE to think on/about
the bad things. Life deals us
both hands it is up to each
one of us to decide which hand
we want to play.
We each get to decide if
we want to be "an adder" or
"a sub'tractor." Do we want
to "add" to our relationships,
or do we want to "sub-
tract/take away" from our
relationships?
It is all in our attitudes.
It is our attitude on life and
how we perceive it. 'Stinking
Thinking Yields A Stinking
Life.'
"Life is made up of 10% of
what happens to us and the
other 90% is how we react to
it."
Think about it and then
begin to live it!!!
Until then..... I'll see you
around the town.


Child Abuse Cont. From Page 1

Caldwell, who stated that she had received a report that
a child had been choked by. Arthtr Williams. Pearson
met with the child and observed that the child had bruis-
es and abrasions on the neck. The child reported to
Caldwell that Williams was mad because (the child) for-
got to get his/her books and jacket at the school, and he
then grabbed the child by the neck.
Caldwell contacted the mother of the child, who then
came to the school and reported that the previous day,
when she got home, Williams started yelling at her and
the kids, but eventually calmed down and they all went
to her mother's home.
The mother reported that after leaving her mother's
home to go to Tallahassee, Williams became angry again
and balled up his fist like he was going to hit her.
The mother said he then reached into the back seat
and grabbed the child by the neck.
Photos were taken of the injuries to the child's neck
for evidence.
Bond was withheld and Williams remained at the
County Jail April 28


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Sin April of 199. From left, Bowden, Gary Wright, Dick Bailar, and Jack Hamilton.



Crash Cont. From Page 1


scene, I was sure there would be at least
one fatality, possibly two," said
Billsberry. "But, I have to commend the
area volunteers who responded, as well
as the Fire Rescue personnel
Apparently, Beckham had just
fueled the boat he was pulling and there
was gas leaking and fumes, therefore
presenting the possibility of fire. It was
dark, and the only light we had were
headlights and flashlights, which made
it even more difficult and dangerous.
"The woman (Connell) was trapped
in the vehicle. Her ankle was pinned
and we couldn't get her out. But volun-
teers did an outstanding job, especially
Ashville.
"They have a female firefighter
(Krista Story) who was small enough
that we -practically stuffed her into the
vehicle and she was able to reach down
and free the victim's ankle," said
Billsberry. "I'm very proud of her.
Krista is a brave little camper. If it


weren't for her, the trapped woman,
who had already been trapped for about
30 minutes, would have been trapped in
the vehicle for another 30 minutes.
"That scene could have been very
ugly," said Billsberry. "Those people
(volunteers) put themselves in harms
way and don't get paid a dime for it, and
I commend them for their service to the
community, not only do they take away
from their families to respond to emer-
gency scenes, they also take their per-
sonal time to attend training courses
and do whatever else is needed."
FHP said the crash was not-alcohol-
related, and all involved were hearingg
seat belts.
Clark's vehicle sustained $20,000
damage and Beckham's vehicle sus-
tained $25,000 damage. Jefferson
County deputies and County Fire
Rescue, as well as Monticello and
Ashville Area volunteers, assisted FHP
at the scene. Charges are pending.


Loies Revel


Lois began working for the "Monticello In her spare time, Lois enjoys outdoor
News" in February, 2007 as a member of the activities and flower gardening. She also has
clerical staff and her responsibilities have grad- been a beekeeper, and enjoys the outdoor ani-
ually increased. She is a bookkeeper, circula- mals that live on their small farm.
tion supervisor, and handles specific types of She enjoys the variety of activities her job
ads, as the need arises, provides, as multi-tasking is her forte, and her
She and her husband George have a son, expertise includes data entry and keeping
George I, better known as Bubba, who is in track of the monthly billing process, state-
the Navy Submarines in Pearl Harbor and has ments and answering any questions about
earned numerous conmmendations while in them.
the service. Her plans are to continue in her current
Her previous experience includes general position, which she enjoys, and at the same
office work, data entry, and related office time looks forward to retirement when that
duties. time rolls around.


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United Way Cont. From Page 1


iff David Hobbs discussed
another need in Jefferson
County where many suffer-
ing from Alzheimer's, demen-
tia, Downs Syndrome, and
Autism are seriously at risk.
When these citizens wander
off, many fears surface. Did
they get in a car with a
stranger? Have they wan-
dered into the woods? Have
they fallen? Or, are they just
hiding and afraid? How do
we find them?
Thanks to Hobbs, a part-
nership was formed with the
Jefferson County Sheriffs
Office and Executive Director
of the Jefferson Senior
Citizen's Center, to bring
Project Lifesaver into the
county.
This program is a search
and rescue operation. A
transmitter is placed on the
recipient and should they
wander, the caregiver places
a 911 call and the search and
Rescue Team goes into opera-
tion. The lost victim is locat-
ed by utilizing radio technol-
ogy.
Funding for the program
is dependent upon donations.
After discussion, the commit-
tee members felt this was
something that would benefit
many different people in
Jefferson County, other than
just the victim, and prompted
their donation to Project
Lifesaver.
Families and caregivers
would be first to feel the
relief. The Sheriffs
Department would have
saved many endless hours of
sometimes unsuccessful
searches and it would spare
the citizens of Jefferson
County many lost dollars in
revenue.
."Thanks go out to the
United Way of the Big Bend
from the committee, the
Sheriffs department, the
Senior Citizens Center, and
the people of Jefferson
County for donating this
additional money for this
program," states Steve
Baughman Volunteer Project
Coordinator for Project
Lifesaver.
Jefferson County has had
trained law enforcement offi-
cers on call 24 hours a day,
seven days a week, since the
Project Lifesaver equipment
was purchased in November
and had all of the deputies
trained and certified in its
use.
Commander Captain
Rick Knowles and Assistant
Commander Sgt. Ray Lacey
head the teams. Funding for
the program comes from pri-
vate donations, corporations,
civic clubs, and governmen-


tal grants when available.
All contributions are used
directly for the program's
operations, including res-
cues, equipment, and educa-
tion.
Hobbs said he heard
about the units and
researched them extensively
and determined the program
would be an asset here, not
only for the county, but also
for the Sheriffs'Department,
for several reasons:
Radio technology provides
tracking through a wristband
worn by the participant, 24
hours a day, seven days a
week, which transmits a sig-
nal over several miles. Each
participant has an individual
signal specifically for him or
her. If they wander, they can
be quickly located.
"And, if a resident from
here wanders off in
Tallahassee, we can call
Tallahassee, give them the
proper signal for the wander-
ing person and they can
quickly locate them," said
Hobbs.
He added that the coun-
ties presently using the
Project Lifesaver program
include Jefferson, Leon,
Wakulla, and Franklin.
The device cuts down on
both the extensive use of
man-power and man-hours
normally used during a
search; It cuts down on the
time that a wandering victim
may become hurt, injured, or
find themselves in a danger-
ous or deadly situation;
Search times are reduced
from hours and days to min-


utes.
Project Lifesaver is
important because statically
speaking, approximately five
million Americans have
Alzheimer's and related dis-
orders, and by 2030, there will
be an estimated 15 million.
Of these, 59% will wan-
der during the course of the
disease, and 72% of those will
do it repeatedly. Many wan-
der at night, when usual
search operations are diffi-
cult. They can also become
paranoid and actually hide to
avoid rescue. This technolo-
gy can locate any wanderer
during the day or night, in
any weather, even if he/she is
not cooperating in his/her
own rescue effort.:
If a victim is not found
within 24 hours, there is only
a 50% chance they will be
recovered alive. Lost victims
wearing the Project Lifesaver
device are recovered in an
average of less than 30 min-
utes.
Presentations of the program
are available to Local clubs,
churches and civic organiza-
tions.
Caregivers or those
knowing someone who may
benefit from this program, or
who have any questions, or
wish to set up a presentation,
are asked to contact Program
Directors Nan or Steve
Baughman at 556-7279.
Contributions may be
made payable to the Jefferson
Senior Center/Project
Lifesaver, care of Nan
Baughman, PO Box 853,
Monticello, FL, and 32345.


TEN YEARS AGO
April 29, 1998
Property owners in the northwest
Quadrant of the county (west of US
S'Highway 19 and north of 1-10) should be
aware of four proposed zoning changes
that would significantly affect the area.
Rumors that Jefferson Correctional
Institution will be turned into a private
prison in the near future remain just
* that rumors, according to JCI
Superintendent Dinah Poore.
Janet Ferris has announced she is a
candidate for judge on the Second
Judicial Circuit. Ferris will seek to fill
the seat held by Judge J. Lewis Hall,
who will retire at the end of his present
term.
County Officials have decided to
hold off on a request from the Florida
Association of Counties that the county
contribute some $3,000 for the financing
of a public education campaign.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
April 27, 1988
A proposal being debated by
Congress that would increase the mini-
mum wage from its current $3.35 to over
$5.00 would have a damaging effect on
county farmers.
Jim Anderson, City Council mem-
ber and head football coach and science
teacher at Aucilla Christian Academy,
resigned his post recently to become ath-
letic director and head football coach at
Bell High School, Bell, FL.
Big payoffs of every betting form
continue to highlight Monticello's grey
hound racing action.
Sub-standard fill material and a
plumbing leak which remained unde-
tected for more than a year were blamed
for the deteriorating condition of the
County Health Department building.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
April 27, 1978
After a careful review of the 201
Facilities Plan for Monticello by a local
advisory group, state environmental
officials and city and county rpresenta-
tives, it was decided that a plan for a new
.sewage treatment plant costing $3.3 mil-
lion over the next 230 years, be recom-
mended to the City Council for approval.
A lack of communication between


city officials and owner of the Artistic* '
Apron House appears to be the major.
problem in the controversy about city-
water and its availability to the Apron
House facilities. -
FORTY YEARS AGO
April 27, 1968
Gordon Roberts was elected president
of the Jefferson County Jaycees last week,
Jim Messer was elected State Vice-
President Pro Tem for the District Il of the
Florida Jaycees at the Region I Conference
held in Perry on April 20 and 21.
Miss Cassie Kelly, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. John Kelly, and a freshman at
Marymount College in Boca Raton has
been named to that college's dean's list for
the fall semester.
Rev. Doyle Davis and family arrived
in Monticello last week and he will serve
as pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church on
E. Dogwood St.
Mrs. John Counts and Alan Counts of
Florence, Al., were overnight guests of
Mrs. Thomas B. Bird Thursday, enroute
home from Gainesville.
FIFTY YEARS AGO
April 27, 1958
A.E. Cooper, owner of Cooper
Chevrolet, who has been ill for several
weeks, underwent surgery at a
Thomasville hospital last Thursday.
Mary Frances Gramling, FFA sweet-
heart for the local chapter, was chosen i
FFA Sweetheart for the sub-district in the
sweetheart contest which was held in
Pinetta last Friday.
William J. Bulloch, Jr., son of Mr. and
Mrs. William Bulloch, has been assigned
to company B 7th Battalion, Second
Training regiment at Fort Jackson, S.C.,
for his basic infantry training.
SIXTY YEARS AGO
April 27, 1948
Friends of Mrs. J. Leonard Davis
will be glad that she is recuperating in
her home near Monticello, following a
recent operation in Archbold Memorial'
Hospital.
Friends of Mrs. P.D. Faglie will be-
glad to learn that she has returned to::
her home after an operation performed;
at Archbold memorial Hospital,' '
Thomasville, Ga








4A Monticello News


Wednesday, April 30, 2008


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Grant Writing Workshop


Set For May 9th


DEBBIE SNAPP
Monticello News
Staff Writer
The American Society
for Concerned Citizens
(ASCC) will host a half-day
Grant Writing Workshop
"The ABC's Of Grant Writ-
ing" May 9, at the Hampton
Inn in Tallahassee.
Participants will be pro-
vided a step-by-step approach


to the identification of fund-
ing needs, funding sources,
obtaining a request for pro-
posal, preparing a winning
proposal, and ,laying the
groundwork for successfully
completing the grant project.
Registration is $79.
For more information
contact Art Brown at
abrown4698()excite.com or
284-3250.


'Alibis' Opens Friday


At Opera House


The Opera House
Spring Dinner Theatre
production, "Alibis"
opens 7 p.m., Friday, May
2. Performances continue
May 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17.
Reservations are required
and can be made by call-
ing the House at 997-4242.
Doors open at 6:30
p.m. Ticket prices are $40
for adults and $35 for
members.
Scenes of the play al-
ternate with courses of
the dinner. The menu fea-
tures an appetizer of an
international cheese plat-
ter with assorted fruit
and a fresh spring mix
salad.
.The entree is a
seafood paella with
shrimp, pork, peas and as-
p'aragus with a yellow
rice base, followed by a
home made dessert. (If


you have special dietary
needs, let us know when
you make your reserva-
tions.)
Imagine: multiple
murders, bizarre charac-
ters, thunder and light-
ning, howling winds,
slamming doors, piercing
screams, and everyone
has an alibi.
In other Opera House
stage news, auditions for
"Don't Trash Your Mother
Earth" are set 3 p.m. Satur-
day May 3, and Sunday May
4, on the Opera House stage.
There are parts for chil-
dren, teens, and adults, in-
cluding singers, dancers
and actors. Many parts are
available.
The show will be
staged in June, with the
Watermelon Festival. Just
show up for auditions, or
call 997-4242.


Covenant Hospice Celebrates National

Healthcare Decision Day


DEBBIE SNAPP
Monticello News
Staff Writer
Covenant Hospice cele-
brated the inaugural Na-
tional Healthcare Decision
Day (NHDD) Wednesday,
April 16, and organized an
Advance Care Planning
Seminar in the Tallahassee
Memorial Hospital Audito-
rium.
Speaking at the seminar
and making themselves
available for questions were
Dr. Leonard Hock, DO, sen-
ior vice president of Med-
ical Services for Covenant
Hospice; John Galloway,
TMH Chaplin; Nicholas
Weilhammer, Elder Law At-
torney; Paul Malley, Presi-
dent of Aging with Dignity
and Chuck Cascio, Heritage
Healthcare Center Admin-
istrator.
A free copy of Five
Wishes, a booklet created by
Aging with Dignity, was dis-
tributed to attendees.
Five Wishes is the first
living will of its kind that
addresses personal, emo-
tional and spiritual needs as


Photo Suhmitted
Speaking at the Covenant Hospice Advance Care Planning Seminar on April 16, 2008, in cele-
bration of the inaugural National Healthcare Decision Day are from left to right Dr. Leonard Hock,
DO, senior vice president of Medical Services for Covenant Hospice; Nicholas Weilhammer, Elder
Law Attorney; Paul Malley, President of Aging with Dignity John Galloway, TMH Chaplin; and Chuck
Cascio, Heritage Healthcare Center Administrator.


well as medical wishes.
Although several states
have advance directive
awareness events, only a
minority of Americans
have their wishes in writ-
ing.
An annual event such
as NHDD addresses the im-


portance of advance health-
care planning.
For more information,
visit www.nationalhealth-
caredecisiondayorg or
www.covenanthospice.org
The focus of Covenant
Hospice is to enable its pa-
tients to live as fully and


comfortably as possible, to
provide dignified palliative
care, to assist patients' loved
ones in coping with end-of-
life issues and the eventual
death of the patient, and to
improve care for all patients
at the end of their lives by
example and education.


Monticello Letter Carriers

To Collect Food Items


FRAN HUNT
Monticello News
Staff Writer
Monticello letter carriers
will collect food items May 10 in
the annual Stamp Out Hunger
campaign, which collects non-
perishable food items for local
pantries, to combat hunger in
the county
Though the exact amount
of food collected last year, could
not be recalled, Monticello Post
Office Post Master Jim Bennett
said, "It was a record-setting
amount that took myself and an-
other employee all day to load
and distribute to our local food


pantries." He added that even
though the economy is pretty
tight for everyone this year, he is
sure that the people of Jefferson
County will continue to be gen-
erous with their donations dur-
ing the campaign.
"We will not have a dona-
tion bin in the front of the post
office as we have in past years,
but donations can be brought in
to our tellers during regular
business hours." he said.
There are four post offices
in Jefferson County, however, the
Monticello Post Office will be the
only employees gathering dona-
tions for the Stamp It Out cam-


paign
Lloyd and Wacissa post of-
fices do not have letter carriers
that can participate in the drive,
and Lamont Post Office Post
Master Gerald Bailey said, "We
tried it one year, but were over-
whelmed. We quickly discov-
ered that not only did we not
have the vehicles or actual man-
power needed to collect the food
items, we also discovered that
our post office was not big
enough to store the food until it
was delivered." He added, how-
ever, that county postal employ-
ees who do not participate in the
Stamp Out Hunger, they do sup-


port those in the community in
other techniques of giving. 'This
year, we have a team and are
going to be walking in the Relay
For Life," said Bailey
On Saturday May 10, resi-
dents can leave bags of nonper-
ishable foods at the mailboxes for
pickup by carriers when the
mail is delivered, or they may
contribute at the Monticello Post
Office windows.
"The food drive is the hall-
mark of the union's tradition of
community service," said NALC
President William H. Young, "a
very rich tradition that includes
numerous heroic acts by carri-
ers as they deliver mail along
their routes, the year-long cam-
paign to collect funds for the
Muscular Dystrophy Associa-
tion, and watching out for the
elderly through the Carrier
Alert program."
On the day before Mother's
Day this year, letter carriers will
focus their efforts on restocking
the community food banks,
pantries and shelters that mil-
lions of American families will
rely on throughout the summer
The union settled on the sec-
ondSaturdayof Mayfortheannual
drive since food bank donations
tend to wane after the winter holi-
days. This dropoff is particularly
troublesome sincethehungtrprob-
lem is usually at its most critical
during the summer when school
break- fast and lunch programs,
often the only source of stable nu-
trition for millions of children, are
suspended.
The challenge this year is es-
pecially daunting. Allsigns pointto
a deepening recession, and with
gasolinepricesflirtingwith$4agal-
ion, more and more families, in-
cluding those of carriers, are
looklngeverywhereforwaystosave
money This economic squeeze
comes while 35 million Americans
are experiencing what the federal
government refers to as "very low
foodsecurity"aeuphemisticwayof
saying people are either already
going hungry orare worried about
where their next meal will come
from.
In light of these conditions,
President Young has asked each
NALCbranchto make aspecialef-
fort to increase collection totals
over last year
"The need is very great, with,
many food pantries reporting
record numbers of men, women
and children seeking assistance,"
said Young. 'And it will only get
worse if our economy continues to
decline."
In 2007, the drive delivered
70.7 million pounds of non-per-
ishable items donated by patrons
to local food organizations, the
fourth consecutive year the total
surpassed 70 million pounds.
Last year's figure brought
the overall total for the nation-
wide drive's history to 836.2 mil-
lion pounds.
Additional information is
available at www.helpstan-
pouthungercom.


Used cars to be sold for as low as


$5.00 Saturday, May 3rd!
Thomasville, GA Dreams of buying your own vehicle will come true for
some lucky people on Saturday, May 3rd. The area's largest and most
successful Toyota dealer will be selling used cars for as low as $5. Many
others will also be available at unheard of savings!
Billy Clements, of Thomasville Toyota said "Due to the success of our
new Toyota sales, our preowned department is flooded, and Toyota is still
sending us a very large inventory to keep us stocked on new Toyotas".
The sale begins at 9 A.M. on the Thomasville Toyota property, located at
14724 US 19 south in Thomasville.
The $5 dollar sale is to kick off the clearance of every new and used car
on the lot. Prices will be slashed on the scene Saturday morning at 10:00
A.M. There will be another slasher around 2:00 PRVM. The last time the
slashed will walk the lot is at 4:00 RM. Customers are advised to arrive
early to get the car they want. All Automobiles are on a first come first
served basis.
Customers will relax behind the wheel until the "Price Slasher" comes
out to mark the one time clearance price on the windshield.
Those sitting in the car when the "slasher" comes out, get to buy the
car at the radically reduced price, as low as $5, but all will be marked
thousands below normal. Appraisers will be on hand to give absolute top
dollar for your trade.
We want to give our friends and neighbors a chance to save money
rather than take these cars off to a "dealers only" sale. During this event,
most cars will be sold for thousands below Kelly Blue Book value.
"Everyone interested in a used car will find a vehicle just right for their
budget, even if it is only five dollars" according to used car manager
Dave Broadway. "All applications will be accepted and all application fees
will be waived during this sale, even if you think you do not qualify for
credit, our Special Finance Department promises that they will fight to
get you the car you deserve." Stated Dave-
Thomasville Toyota is famous for its philosophy of guaranteeing the
lowest price in South Georgia and North Florida. They're loaded with
quality preowned cars and they need to be sold quickly, regardless of the
profit margin. "When we built this facility, we did not realize that we
would have people bringing trade-ins from 150 mile radiuses to deal with
us. We have simply run out of room, and must sell the used cars to make
room for our new Toyotas" exclaimed Lee Graham, Sales manager at
Thomasville Toyota.
This event is one day only, and parking is limited, so be sure to arrive
early. The doors open at 9:00 A.M. For more information, call the friendly
folks at Thomasville Toyota at 229-228-0555 or visit them online at
www.ThomasvilleToyota.com
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Lafayette Wright Jones (Fate), age 95,
died Friday, April 25, 2008, at Southern
Pines Retirement Community in
Thomasville, GA.
Funeral services were held Tuesday,
April 29, 2008 at the First Baptist Church
in Monticello at 11:00 a.m. Interment fol-
lowed the service at Roseland Cemetery in
Monticello. The family received friends
Monday, April 28, 2008, at Beggs Funeral
Home Monticello Chapel from 6:00-8:00
p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be
made to Florida Baptist Children Home,
8415 Buck Lake Road Tallahassee, Florida
32317 850-878-1458.
Mr. Jones was a resident of Monticello
all his life, he was born on September 14,
1912. A member of a pioneer County Fam-
ily, his grandfather William Wright was a
Justice of the Peace and County Commis-
sioner after the Civil War. His parents Ollie
and Charles L. Jones were long time resi-
dents of Monticello.
Fate was a graduate of Jefferson
County High School and attended the Uni-
versity of Florida. He was a veteran of
World War II, having served in the U.S.
Navy He was employed by and retired from
the U.S. Postal Service. He served the Mon-
ticello Police Department as a dispatcher


DEBBIE SNAPP
Monticello News
Staff Writer
The Jefferson Nursing
Center will present a Vol-
unteer Celebration Ban-
quet 6 p.m. Saturday, May
3 at the JNC location 1780
North Jefferson Street,
hosted by Mae Kyler, so-
cial services director and


before beginning his next career with the
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office as a
court bailiff where he gained a reputation
though his friendliness and helpful man-
ner to persons attending court.
He was known for his knowledge of
the history of Jefferson County and as-
sisted greatly in writing of the past events
of the county.
He was an avid collector of Florida
turpentine and sawmill commissary to-
kens and was a founding member of the
Florida Token Society He was a longtime
member of the First Baptist Church of
Monticello and a member of the Men's
Sunday School Class. His love of people
and hobbies included the field of photog-
raphy and several conversations with the
Florida novelist Marjorie Kinnon Rawl-
ings.
His beloved wife Pearl Tindell Jones
predeceased him in death, as well as his
brother Hugh Lawson Gray and Sister Es-
ther Gray Hamrick. He is survived by his
son Charles Jones (Charlie), daughter in
law Mary Jones, two granddaughters
Angel Jones and Deborah and her husband
Kevin Tilbury, three great grandchildren
Amna, Ben and Marissa, one niece Janet
Diskson and a nephew Pope Hamrick Jr.


Voncell Thomas, activities
director.
The banquet is in con-
junction with Volunteer
Week: The Heart of the
Community, andis open to
community merchants.
Never doubt that a
small group of thoughtful
and committed people can
change the world. Indeed


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in order to bring cheer,
music, conversation, and
worship to the lives of the
residents there.
Local businesses are
asked to make a donation,
which will be presented as
a door prize, offered in the
business name, to the par-
ticipants during the
evening affair.
JNC appreciates the
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Monticello/Jefferson County North Cherry Street. The
Chamber of Commerce. This event is hosted by Main
is a "brown bag" lunch meet- Street Inc. vendors are wel-
ing. Contact the Chamber at come.
997-5552 for date changes and There will be a Mariachi
more information. Band, Margaritas, festive
May 1 beers, and lots of food. For
Girl Scout leaders and more information contact the
volunteers meet 6:30 p.m. on Chamber at 997-5552.
the first Thursday of every Cinco De Mayo (5th of May,)
month, at the Eagle's Nest on commemorates the victory
South Water Street, for a gen- of the Mexican Militia over
eral meeting. Contact Diane the French army at The Battle
Potter for more information Of Puebla in 1862.
at 386-2131. May 2
May 2 Ashville Area Volunteer
Cinco de Mayo will be Fire Department meets 6:30
celebrated on Friday begin- p.m. on the first Friday of each
ning at 4 p.m. in front of the month, at the fire station. Con-
Mexican Rancho Grande tact Fire Chief John Staffieri
Restaurant, and throughout at 997-6807 for more details.

ly Celebration May 1


May 1
VFW Post 251 and Ladies
Auxiliary will host a Loyalty
Day Ceremony 2 p.m. Thurs-
day at the Jefferson Nursing
Center, honoring local veter-
ans. The public is invited and
encouraged to attend.
May 1
Prayer Breakfast will be
held 7 8 a.m. at First Pres-
byterian Church.Scheduled
speaker is Bill Miller.
For more information
contact Coordinator L. Gary
Wright at lgwright39(imem-
barqmail.com or 933-5567.
May 1
Monticello Main Street
meets at noon on the first
Thursday of the month at the

Loyalty Da
FRAN HUNT
Monticello News
Staff Writer
The Veterans of For-
eign Wars Post 251 and
Ladies' Auxiliary invite the
community to join them as
they conduct an American-
ism- Loyalty Day Cere-
mony, 2 p.m., Thursday,
May 1, at Jefferson Nursing
Center.
Loyalty Day originally
began as Americanism Day
in 1921,to counter the Com-
munist Annual May 1 cele-
bration of the Russian
Revolution.
On May 1, 1930, 10,000
VFW members staged a
rally at New York's Union
Square to promote patriot-
ism. Through a resolution
adopted in 1949, May 1
evolved into Loyalty Day.
Observation actually
began in 1950 on April 28
and climaxed May 1, when
more than five million peo-
ple across the nation held
rallies. In New York City,
more than 100,000 people
alone, rallied for America.
"This May 1, 2008, we
will celebrate the 50th an-


their complete loyalty to
the United States of
America, but especially to
those who have served
this country
In related VFW news,
Madison reports that
since it is the end of the
fiscal year, Comrades and
Ladies will be attending
the District 2 Convention,
Saturday, May 3 in Bristol
at the Veterans Memorial
Park building. The build-
ing is located on highway
21 in Bristol. VFW Post
12010 will host the event.
SThe opening session
starts at 11 a.m., and at
12:45 both VFW and Aux-
iliary members will as-
semble for the Annual
Awards Banquet and
luncheon.
The District Patriot's
Open and Voice of
Democracy winner will
deliver their speeches and
the District 2 Teacher of
the Year will be honored.
Madison said there would
be remarks from visiting
State Representatives, and.
a high ranking special
guest would speak briefly


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niversary of Loyalty Day,"
said Mary Madison. She
said that in 1958 Congress
enacted Public Law Act 85-
529 proclaiming Loyalty
Day as a permanent fixture
on the nation's calendar.
"Old Glory, the US
Flag, can be seen flying
everywhere across the na-
tion to indicate a symbol of
unity; a symbol to remem-
ber the men and women
serving in our military and
to remember those who
died for our country
"As citizens, it is right
that we should take stock
of how we have evolved as
a nation of free people if
only by recognizing and
celebrating the legacy of
democracy passed on to
us," said Madison. "
Madison reported that
though it was a bit late to
talk about Loyalty Day, she
just wanted to get the mes-
sage out about the worthy
day and invite all veterans
and their families, local
governmental officials,
politicians, and all Ameri-
can citizens, to join Post
251as they publicly affirm


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American Safety School, LLC Kiwanians Learn About
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FRAN HUNT
Monticello News
Stafft Writer
American Safety
School, LLC, operated by
Quentin Mitchell opened
here in March, at 292 W
Dogwood St., next to the
Elections Office.
Mitchell, a county resi-
dent, said he opened the
business because of a need
for it in the community, and
offers many services that
residents would previously
have sought in Tallahassee.
"We have a thorough
staff of professional blood
alcohol technicians, and
professional urine collec-
tors," said Mitchell. "We
offer both DOT and non-
DOT drug and alcohol test-
ing on the grounds of
reasonable suspicion, re-
turn to duty follow-ups, pre-
employment, post-accident,
and random."
He explained that DOT
testing was for companies
regulated by the Depart-
ment of Transportation to
regularly test their employ-
ees for misuse of drugs that
may affect their safety sen-
sitive duties; and the non-
DOT testing was for
companies that want to en-
force a drug-free workplace;
especially when it comes to
pre-employment and work-
ers compensation.
Companies that imple-
ment efficient drug-free
workplace programs are el-
igible for incentives.
Mitchell said that com-
panies that implement effi-
cient drug-free workplace
programs typically will:


Monticello News Photo By Fran Hun
Operator of the American Saft
Quintin Mitchell, stands in front o
ness, which offers a wide variety
the community. The business is Ic
Dogwood St., next to the Election
hire better employees; ex-
perience less employee
turnover; realize higher
productivity; reduce em-
ployee absenteeism/lost
time; improve employee
safety; enjoy better compli-
ance with regulatory agen-
cies; earn credit on workers
compensation premiums;
decrease workers compen-
sation claims; reduce the
number of approved claims
because positive test results
can prove a causal relation-
ship between the claim and


.the drug
and/or alco-
Shol.
ho^) "When we
r TRAFF handle confi-
P dential and
personal data
and materials,
rest assured
that your
anonymity is
never compro-
mised," said
Mitchell. "For
hospitals and
institutions, a
rigorous pick-
up and trans-
trl fer protocol is
employed.
This protocol
consists of se-
cured and
bonded trans-
porters."
Additional
services in-
t, March 27, 2008 sude testing
ety School, LLC of urine,
)f the new busi- breath, speci-
of services to men collec-
ocated at 292W. tion service,
s Office. breath alco-
hol testing,
child sex offender checks,
and urine analysis.
Mitchell also teaches
the use of Cardio Pul-
monary Resuscitation
(CPR) and Automated Ex-
ternal Defibrillator (AED)
and First Aid Course.
Both the CPR/AED
Course and the First Aid
course provide hands-on
experience needed to feel
confident in helping save a
life in case of emergency.
"Whether it is for em-
ployment or personal gain,
this knowledge will come
in handy," said Mitchell.
All participants will re-
ceive a two-year certifica-
tion upon completion.
American Safety


School also offers Blood
Bourne Pathogen (BBP)
training, which is designed
to prepare and educate em-
ployees who have a consid-
erable health risk from
occupational exposure to
blood or other potentially
infectious bodily fluids and
materials.
All participants will re-
ceive a two-year certifica-
tion upon completion.
Also offered is a Defen-
sive Driving Course. "De-
fensive Driving is beneficial
to all who are involved in
mobile transport," said
Mitchell. "This includes
pedestrians as well as vehi-
cle motorists" He said the
contents of the course pro-
vide tips prior to and fol-
lowing driving.
Mitchell said the course
improves skills by helping
participants becoming
more alert and safe drivers
under any conditions. It
also omits points on driver
licenses, by preventing li-
cense suspension or the li-
cense being revoked.
The hours of operation
are Monday through Friday
8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Sat-
urday, 8 a.m. until noon, for
drug and alcohol screening;
CPR/AED, 6 p.m. until 10
p.m., Thursday and Satur-
day mornings at 7 a.m.;
First Aid, 6 p.m. Tuesday
nights, and noon, Satur-
days; and BBP. 3 p.m. until 5
p.m., Saturday afternoons.
CPR/AED, First Aid, and
BBP courses are also avail-
able by appointment.
Traffic school is con-
ducted 6 p.m., Monday and
Wednesday evenings, or by
appointment. To contact
the school for appointments
or for further information,
call 997-SAFE (7233) or
Mitchell at 519-0515.


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DEBBIE SNAPP
Monticello News


Staff
Writer
Guest
speaker at
the Monti-
cello Ki-
wanis
meeting
April 23
was
Jacquelyn
Ledbetter,
manager
of Special
Projects
for the
PACE Cen-
ter for
Girls.
PACE
is a non-
residential
program
for girls
ages 12 to


Photo Submitted
Guest speaker at the Monticello
Kiwanis meeting April 23 was
Jacquelyn Ledbetter, manager of
Special Projects for the PACE Cen-
ter for Girls.


18 who are experiencing
difficulty or conflict in
school or at home.
The Center is located
in Tallahassee and is
available, by referral, to
girls from the Jefferson
County community.
Referrals primarily
come from the Depart-
ment of Juvenile Justice,
the Department of Chil-
dren and Families, area
community agencies, pub-
lic school professionals,
and concerned families..
Reasons for referral


quency,
substance
abuse, tru-
ancy, phys-
ical abuse,
and sexual
abuse.
Led-
better
shared her
personal
story with
the club
members,
and is a
successful
PACE
"gradu-
ate".
She
also noted
that the
program's
successes


include:
88 percent of the PACE
students have increased
their academic function-
ing, and 91 percent of the
PACE students have not
committed crimes after
leaving the program.
The Kiwanis meet at
noon on Wednesdays for
lunch and a meeting at
the Jefferson Country
Club on the Boston High-
way
Contact Rob Mazur,
club president, at 907-
5138 for more informa-
tion.


Humane Society Activity Update


FRAN HUNT
Monticello News
Staff Writer
During the March 15
meeting of the Jefferson
County Humane Society,
member Margaret McMur-
ray acting in the absence of
Shelter Director Xan
Buzbee, reported that adop-
tions were up this year,
thanks to a new group of
volunteers.
February adoptions in-
cluded: Petsmart, one adult
dog, one puppy, one adult
cat, and two kittens. She
said the adoption held in


front of Monticello Post Of-
fice found five puppies lov-
ing homes.
March Adoptions as of
March 17, included: Pets-
mart one kitten, from the
shelter, three adult dogs and
one puppy, and the current
population was 88 animals:
including 50 adult cats,
seven kittens, nine adult
dogs, and 22 puppies, 15 of
which were less thair six
weeks old.
McMurray also gave the
facility update report She
said there were some out-
side dog kennels that
needed repair so that the
dogs could get outside for
some exercise, and specifi-
cally, help was needed to lay
fence on ground at the
perimeter then cover it with
dirt. She said the van that
was donated to the shelter
was in need of repair be-
cause it keeps stalling out,
and she reminded that the
van is used to transport an-
imals to Petsmart for adop-
tion days.
"A digital camera is on
our wish list, or someone
who can come to the shelter
to take pictures for our web-
site,' she said.
The Garage Sale will be
7 a.m. until noon, Saturday,
May 3, at the shelter. Those
having items to donate are
asked to please take them to
the shelter, located at 1250
'Mamie Scott Dr, Monti-
cello.
The shelter is open from
10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Wednes-
day through Saturday We


will be having a pricing
party at the shelter on
Wednesday, April 30, start-
ing at 6:30 p.m. We will also
need volunteers on Satur-
day to help set up, cashier,
and clean up," she said.
During the April meet-
ing, McMurray advised
that the current bank bal-
ance was $170.00, and that
the 2007 Horse Show check
was received in the amount
of $13,000, $500 more than
the 2006 show. Final pro-
ceeds from the Bless the
Beast Benefit were $10,291,
$2000 more than 2007 Bene-
fit, and thus far this year,
the Society had received
$1,550 from adoptions
Society President Caro-
line Carswell offered the
shelter report to members.
She said an adoption booth
was set up on Saturday,
April 19th during the Music
Festival. Our policy is to
have animals
spayed/neutered before
adopting," she explained.
A full-time staff mem-
ber was let go and was re-
placed with a part-time
member. Carswell said
Buzbee had been on part-
time status since the birth
of her baby. "To save costs
she has agreed to stay on as
part time, to save additional
costs and try to help deter
people dropping animals
after hours," she said
It was decided to rent
one of the buildings to one
of the full-time staff mem-
bers, and members were ad-
vised that Penny Brant,
who also had a computer
that she would donate as
well, donated a digital cam-
era and all it's accessories.
Mark Kessler said he
would assist in implement-
ing the repairs. Members
were also advised that a
water pipe was reported
broken, and Carswell said
she would get it fixed.
"We are unable to have


the Hay Pond Classic this
year due to date conflict,"
said Carswell. "We need to
do what we can to replace
the $13,000 that it netted last
year.
The lack of funding and
the need to secure substan-
tial monies for the balance
of the year prompted sev-
eral fundraisers to be dis-
cussed, and member were
advised that plantation
owners had been con-
tacted.
Additional fundraisers
discussed included the Fun
Horse Show, chaired by Mc-
Murray (545-1840), and a lo-
cation was currently being
negotiated. Details are to be
finalized, but some high-
lights include: any horse,
any saddle, different
"horsey" games with rib-
bons to the winners (age
unlimited). Additional in-
formation will be forthcom-
ing. The discussion was
tabled until the May gen-
eral meeting.
The recycled ink car-
tridges, chaired by Teresa
Kessler (997-4540), and if of-
fices can start collecting
(any brand), someone from
the Humane Society could
pick them up.
As for the Golf Tourna-
ment, chairpersons were
needed. Members are to
gather information from
other people that have run
Golf Tournaments. Mem-
bers agreed they wanted to
have the tournament in
early fall. Details will be fi-
nalized during the May gen-
eral meeting.
And, the final
fundraiser discussed was
the pre-selling of smoked
Boston butts. The butts are
slated for pick up May 8, the
location, time and price are
to be determined.
The next meeting of the
Humane Society will be 7
p.m., May 20, the location
to be determined.


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Monticello News
Staff Writer
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Lady Tiges Wrap Up Season, 2-13


FRAN HUNT
Monticello News
Staff Writer
Jefferson County Mid-
dle High School Varsity
Softball Head Coach
Regina Crews, in speak-
ing of the 2008 softball
season, reported that she
is looking for better re-
sults than this year's 2-13
record.
"Although this season
was not filled with many
wins, we built a stronger
more cohesive team gear-
ing up for next season,"
said Crews. She added
that the Lady Tigers have
three graduating seniors
on the team, including
centerfielder Shanice
Brooks, left or right
fielder Natoria Gilley, and
Shortstop Chandra
Tucker.
"With these three
starters leaving the field,
we have quite a few un-
derclassmen willing and
able to fill these spaces,"


she said.
Crews said that those
Lady Tigers returning to
the team next year will be
the teams pitchers, Ja-
maria Cuyler, and Ireshia
Denson, along with first
baseman
Chanta
Brooks,
who will be
the Lady
Tigers
starting
seniors;
along with
second
baseman
juniors Ma-
lika Nor-
ton, and
Asia
Walker;
and sopho-
mores out-
fielder Misty Watson,
La'Ashlee Norton.
"The younger players,
who were a wonderful
asset to our team in-
cluded third baseman or


catcher Jana Barber, and
anywhere you play her,
Taylor Clements, and re-
lief varsity pitcher Alyssa
Lewis," said Crews.
"Although we did not
claim a victory after
every
game,
we con-
tinued
to im-
prove
each
time on
the
field,"
she
added.
"The be-
ginning
of the
season
was
rough;
shifting players to posi-
tions where they dis-
played their skills the
best. Everyday throwing,
catching, and stopping
groundballs, made it easy
to create a defensive in-
field.
"Catching fly balls
and throwing balls in-
field, and being sure the
balls reach their destina-
tion, our outfield began to
come together, therefore
completing a good looking
team to begin our 2009
season," said Crews.
"However, with teach-
ing and improving skills,
some of our competition
teams were more than we
could handle," she added.


"Throughout the season,
some of the teams had
better control of the game
than the Lady Tigers did.
Adding careless errors to
the games made us not as
successful as we would
have like to have been."
Crews added that com-
pleting the season 0-4 in
the district encouraged
the Lady Tigers to im-
prove skills and become a
better team.
"Next school year, we
hope to attend some skills
camp to help out girls be-
come better," she said.
"Hopefully, we can get
someone to work with our
pitcher and catcher for
the upcoming season.
The entire team will be
building up their strength
with weight room work-
outs, and we will also be
practicing in the batting
cage to better our batting
record. We are looking
forward to a more suc-
cessful, rewarding season
next year.
"I am encouraging all
players who are inter-
ested in representing the
Lady Tigers softball team
next year, to come out to
the field in January will-
ing and ready to dig,
throw, catch, hit and run,
to make a good team
great. I would also like to
thank all the parents and
fans who came out and
rallied for our team, and
who always gave a help-
ing hand," she concluded.


FRANHUNT
Monticello News
Staff Writer
Athletes from Aucilla
Christian Academy were
named to the list of Big
Bend Leaders, Friday,
April 25, in softball and
baseball.
In baseball action,
Matt Bishop stands at #17
in hitting with 31 hits out
of 71 trips to the place, for
an average of .437, and is
at #5 in homeruns with
five.
Bishop stands at #7 in
runs scored with 33, and
Elliot Lewis is at #9 with
31; and at #8 in runs batted
in with 28.
Bishop stands at #6 in
stolen bases with 14; and
Lewis is at #8 with 12.
On the mound, Marcus
Roberts stands at #8 in


pitching with 56 innings
pitched, with 49 hits, 28
earned runs, and an
earned run average of
2.62.
Stephen Dollar and
Roberts stand tied at #7 in
win/loss record with 5-2, a
.714 percentage rate.
Roberts also stands at
#10 in strikeouts, with 52.
In softball action,
Lindsey Day is at #5 in hit-
ting with 28 hits out of 56
trips to the plate for an av-
erage of .500.
In pitching, Taryn
Copeland is at #13 with
76.2 innings pitched and
an earned run average of
4.13; and is at #9 in
win/loss record with 10-5,
a .661 percentage.
Copeland also stands
at #11 in strikeouts with


WARRIORS TAKE DISTRICT liTLE


FRAN HUNT
Monticello News
Staff Writer
The Warriors took the District Title for the fifth
year of the last six years. ACA downed Munroe, 11-9
in the semi-finals, Tuesday, April 22.
Coach Ray Hughes said the Warriors collected 12
hits during the contest and Marcus Roberts was
named the winning pitcher.
At the plate, leading hitters included Matt Bishop,
who went two for
three and ripped a
three-run home
run; Roberts, two
for three with a
double; Casey
Wheeler, two for
four; Clark Christy,
two for two; Rob
Searcy, two for four;
and Casey Ander-
son and Stephen
Dollar, both had
one hit.
Aucilla took the
District.. Champi-
onship Thursday,
April 24, after inch-
ing by John Paul,
9-8.
Hughes said the Warriors held a good lead but
slipped in the fifth inning to give up six runs. He
added that Stephen Dollar was named at the team's
winning pitcher.
At the plate, Elliot Lewis went three for four; and
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hit.
Aucilla goes into the Region half-final with the
home field advantage against the Jacksonville team
who is the runner up in district four, Tuesday, April
29.


Spring Sports



Scores At Park


FRAN HUNT
Monticello News
Staff Writer
Recreation Director
Kevin Aman has reports
the scores of recent
spring sports at the park.
In T-ball action, Ro-
tary slammed Jefferson
Builders Mart, 23-4; Capi-
tal City Bank downed
Bishop Farms. 20-17; Ro-
tary defeated the Farm-
ers, 21-9; and the Bankers
downed the Builders, 18-
16.
In Coach Pitch ac-
tion, Kiwanis downed
Masonic Lodge 19-10;
C&F Fencing beat
Chicken Delite, 15-8; Ki-


wanis won over
Chicken Delite 18-16; and
the Fencers defeated the
Lodgers, 24-9.
In Cal Ripkin Little
League, Farmers and
Merchants Bank de-
feated Monticello
Milling, 13-8; Jefferson
Farmers Market inched
by Williams Timber, 15-
14; Williams Timber
squeaked by the Millers,
6-5; and the Bankers wal-
loped the Farmers, 12-3.
In softball action,
Joyner's Travel Center
inched by Jackson's
Drug Store, 12-11; and
Joyner's fought to a 9-1
win in the second game.


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come (AGI) limits ($75,000 for singles and $150,000 for
married couples).
When? The IRS will begin mailing Stimulus Act rebate
checks in May. If you've selected the "direct deposit" op-
tion for receiving your 2007 income tax refund, your
Stimulus Act rebate will be placed in the same account
that you've chosen for your refund.
Investment Choices
Here are a few possibilities for investing your rebate:
Traditional or Roth IRA Suppose that you are a joint
filer and did receive the full $1,200 rebate. If you put that
$1,200 in an investment that earned a hypothetical 7 per
cent return, and that investment were placed in a tradi-
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$9,000 in 30 years. (This figure does not include fees,
commissions or expenses, all of which would reduce your
investment returns.) Keep in mind that traditional IRA
withdrawals are taxable, whereas a Roth IRA's earnings
have the potential to grow tax free, provided you don't
begin taking withdrawals until you're at least 59-1/2 and
you've had your account for at least five years.) All in-
vestments within these accounts do fluctuate in price, so
it is possible to have more, less or the same amount when
you sell your investments.
Section 529 savings plan In a Section 529 college sav-
ings plan, you put money in a specific mix of investments.
Section 529 plans are tax deductible in some states for
residents who participate in their own state's plan. All
withdrawals will be free from federal income taxes if the
money is used for a qualified college or graduate school
expense of your child or grandchild. (Withdrawals for
other reasons may be subject to federal, state and penalty
taxes. Also, Section 529 distributions will appear as in
come on the child's tax return, which could affect finan-
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Wednesday, April 30, 2008


Monticello News 9A


CHOOL


NFCC Art Festival Awards


Photo Submitted Photo Submitted
This color pencil drawing by Ramsey Revell, entitled Left to right, Shane Westberry, the merit award for his
"Labrador dog with duck", received the first place ribbon drawing with color of a pastel sunset; and Ramsey Revell,
in her division, and it also received a merit award, first place and a merit award for her Labrador with duck.


Photo Submitted
Left to right, Alfa Hunt, honorable mention for color pencil
drawing of a woman in an elegant dress; Taylor Baez-Pridgeon,
second place for her painting of three chuck-close style faces;
Shane Westberry, the merit award for his drawing with color of a
pastel sunset; Ramsey Revell, first place color pencil drawing
and merit award for Labrador with duck; and Paige Thurman, re-
ceived two honorable mentions, one for a portrait, and the sec-
ond for fantasy art of abstract trees. Revell and Westberry also
received a trophy and $10.


FRAN HUNT
Monticello News
Staff Writer
Art students from Au-
cilla Christian Academy,
Madison, Suwannee,
Hamilton, Branford, and
Taylor counties, partici-
pated in the North
Florida Community Col-
lege Spring Art Festival,
April 10, which produced
a number of winners in
the various medias of art-
work.
Overall, Suwannee
won first place and Bran-
ford took second, but each
individual county did
take home ribbons,
awarded to second and
third place winners as
well as artists receiving
honorable mentions, and


first place winners who
took home trophies, rib-
bons, and $10 for each
first place art work.
Aucilla took three
first place wins, five sec-
ond place, three third,
and nine honorable men-
tions; and Madison took
two second place wins
and four honorable men-
tions.
Suwannee took home
17 first place wins, 11 sec-
ond, 18 third, and 30 hon-
orable mentions;
Hamilton took one second
place win and two honor-
able mentions; Branford,
eight first place, nine sec-
ond place, six third, and
20 honorable mentions;
and Taylor brought back
five first place wins, one


second, three third, and
five honorable mentions.
ACA Art Instructor
Renee Smith said ACA
senior art students pres-
ent during the judging,
said that when it came to
Suwannee getting the ma-
jority of winners, "It was
noticeable that we were
outnumbered by a much
larger school."
Art students from
ACA and Madison win-
ning for their pieces, in
12th grade included: Ram-
sey Revell (Aucilla) tak-
ing first for her Labrador
dog with a duck, and sec-
ond for a drawing of ba-
bies, in drawing with
color, and Alfa Hunt
(ACA), an honorable men-
tion for her drawing of a


woman in an elegant
dress.
In painting, Courtney
Connell (ACA), third
place for her Triptych
three panel painting of
blooming trees; and Paige
Thurman (ACA) received
two honorable mentions,
one for a portrait and one
for fantasy art of abstract
trees.
Connell received an
honorable mention for her
hand sculpture, which
was abstract, painted; for
wheel-thrown pottery,
Whitney Scarberry (ACA)
took second place.
In mixed media, Lydia
Hernandez (Madison)
took second place, and in
photography, she took sec-
ond place; in grade 11,


Brandon Poole (Madison)
received an honorable
mention for drawing with
color; and in the 10th
grade, ACA and Madison
received no awards (ACA
has no 10th grade art
class).
In ninth grade medias,
Clark Christy (ACA) won
first place for his sunset
with subliminal message;
Chelsey Kinsey received
an honorable mention;
Taylor Baez-Pridgeon
(ACA), won second place
in painting for her three
chuck-close style faces;
and Christy won an hon-
orable mention for a pas-
tel sunset; and Katherine
Hogg (ACA) took third
place for her sculpture,
stone carving of broken


heart, and she received an
honorable mention for her
wire sculpture entitled,
"flower with busy bee".
In photography, Sarah
Sorensen (ACA) took first
place for her hands with a
peace symbol; Hogg took
second for her close-up of
a flower; and third for her
flower with a bee. She
also received an honor-
able mention for her color
flower with black and
white background.
Merit Awards were.
also given to Shane West-
berry (ACA) for his draw-
ing with color of a pastel
sunset; Hernandez for her
mixed media piece; and
Revell, for her drawing
with color of the
Labrador with a duck.


ACA Spring Auction May 3


FRAN HUNT
Monticello News
Staff Writer
Aucilla Christian
Academy's Annual Spring
Auction will be held begin-


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ning 6:30 p.m., Saturday,
May 3 at the First United
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The silent auction will
begin 6:30 p.m., dinner will
begin 7 p.m., and the live
auction will begin .7:30
p.m.
Tickets for the event
are $25 each and will in-
clude pork loin, garlic
mashed potatoes, garden
salad, bread, dessert, and
iced tea or coffee. Raffle
tickets for several differ-
ent themed gift baskets
will also be raffled at $5
per ticket. The baskets are


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Register for your chance to
win L2 tickets to
Wild Adventures Theme Park.
One winner will be drawn at
random.
Deadline for entry is 6-15 Noon.


similar to those of the an-
nual ACA Fall Festival,
which include a Vera
Bradley basket, valued at
$500; a Taylor County mer-
chant gift certificate bas-
ket valued at $2,100; and a
Madison, Jefferson, and
Taylor county merchant
gift certificate, basket val-
ued at basket $700.
Approximately 100
items have been donated
for the live auction and
about the same amount of
items have been donated
for the silent auction.
Silent auction items
will be placed on tables
throughout the room, and
when the silent auction
closes and the live auction
begins, such items as
beach, mountain and
Steinhatchee River vaca-
'tions, agricultural and
nursery items, golfing and
airplane outing, hunting
and fishing packages and
trips for deer, turkey, quail
hunts and several fishing


charter expeditions, sport-
ing goods, general mer-
chandise such as tool
boxes and furniture, jew-
elry and handbags, serv-
ices of painting, electrical,
trench work, plumbing
and the like, as well as
school class art projects
created by each class, will
be up for bids, as well as
other items, including
homemade items, foods
and services, FSU football
tickets, shotgun, and one
four-person full-day quail
hunt, meal included at
Pickney Hill Plantation,
and one four-person full-
day quail hunt, meal in-
cluded at Dixie Plantation.
On average, the An-
nual Spring Auction raises
approximately $35,000 and
coordinators hope to raise
at least that amount again
this year. All proceeds go
toward capital campus im-
provements. To purchase
tickets contact the ACA
front office at 997-3597.


Jefferson Elementary School


VPK Application Process


Jefferson Elementary
School will hold its Volun-
tary Pre-kindergarten
(VPK) application process 8
to 10 a.m., Wednesday May


*Social Security Card
*Birth Certificate (certi-
fled)
*Immunizations to date
*Physical exam
*VPK Eligibility Certifi-


Any child registering cate
for VPK must have the fol- *VPK Child Application
lbwing paperwork before *Proof of Residence
he/she can be enrolled. *Utility bill or driver's
The child must be four license, voter's registration
years old on or before Sept. card, lease of mortgage
1, 2008. payment.


ACA May Calendar


FRAN HUNT
Monticello News
Staff Writer
As the 2007-2008 school
year draws to a close, Aucilla
Christian Academy Principal
Richard Finlayson reports the
month's events.
May 2, three-week reports
issued; May 3, Annual Board
Auction, 6:30 p.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, lo-
cated at 395 W Palmer Mill
Rd.; May 8, May Day at 7:00
p.m. in gymnasium; May 9,
Academic Awards Program
for grades 7-12 at 8:30 a.m. in
the auditorium; May 16, se-
niors last day; and May 17,Ath-


letic Awards Banquet at 6:00
p.m.
May 20, last day for PK-3,
P-K4 and K-5; May 20, kinder-
garten graduation at 7:00 p.m.
in the auditorium; May 21-23
semester exams; May 22-23,
early release at 1:00 p.m.; May
22, Academic Awards Pro-
gram for grades 1-6 at 8:30 a.m.
in the auditorium; May 22, end
of 6t" six-week period; May
23, last day for students.
May 23, Baccalaureate at
7:00 p.m. in auditorium; May
24, senior graduation at 7:00
p.m. in auditorium; May
26, Memorial Day holiday; and
May 27-29, post planning.


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Monticello News 11A


Wednesday, April 30, 2008


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR JEFFERSON COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2007-310-CA
CAPITAL CITY BANK,
Plaintiff,
vs.
GREGG S. DIEHL, REGINA M. DIEHL,
JEFFERSON COUNTY, FLORIDA and
UNKNOWN TENANT(S),
Defendants.

NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45
NOTICE is given pursuant to a Final Judgment of Fore closure
dated April 16, 2008, in Case No. 2007-310-CA, of the Circuit Court of
the Second Judicial Circuit, in and for Jefferson County, Florida, in which
CAPITAL CITY BANK is the Plaintiff and GREGG S. DIEHL, REGINA
M. DIEHL and JEFFERSON COUNTY, FLORIDA are the Defendants,
I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the North door of the
Jefferson County Courthouse in Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida at
11:00 a.m. on May 15, 2008, the property set forth in the Final Judgment
of Foreclosure and more particularly described as follows:
DESCRIPTION (OFFICIAL RECORD BOOK 447, PAGE 127)
The North One-Half of the following described lands:
Commencing at the Northwest corner of the Northeast Quarter of the
Southwest Quarter of Section 29, Township 2 North of Range 5 East and
run North 401 .0 feet to the Northern right of way line of State Road Num-
ber 10, thence Westerly on a curve along said right of way line, 212.85
feet, thence South 89 degrees and 20 minutes West, along said right of
way line, 42.3 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING, thence South 89 de-
grees and 28 minutes West, along aforementioned right of way line, 209.0
feet, thence North 321.48 feet and to the Southern boundary line of State
Road Number 146, thence North 89 degrees and 32 minutes East 209.0
feet along said Southern boundary line of State Road Number 146, thence
South 321.48 feet to the Point Of Beginning. Said land being situated in
the Northwest Quarter of Section 29, Township 2 North of Range 5 East,
County of Jefferson, State of Florida and containing 1.542 acres.
Containing .75 acres, more or less.
DATED: April 18,2008
KIRK. B. REAMS
Clerk of the Circuit Court
BY: Tyler Sherrod
Deputy Clerk
Garvin B. Bowden, Esq,
Gardner, Bist, Wiener, Wadsworth & Bowden P.A.
1300 Thomaswood Drive
Tallahassee, Florida 32308


4/30,5/7/08,c.


EGALS


Notice of auction to the highest bidder;
Under the authority of the Self-Storage Facility Act, Section 83:805, the
described below has been seized for nonpayment of rent and other
incurred expenses;
Unit A-5 GORDON ARUNDEL, A-9 ED LESKANIC, B-13 RITAi
WILSON, D-6 & D-7 FRANK WARD
Household goods
SAuction date; May 3, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at
Register's Mini Storage
315 Waukeenah Hwy
Monticello, Fl
4/30,5/2/08,c.


Jefferson County, Florida
Request for Proposals for
Program Administration Services
FFY 2008 Community Development Block Grant
Economic Development Category

Jefferson County requests proposals from individuals or firms to provide
he following services for grant funded projects in the 2008 Fiscal Funding
Year: At least one Florida Small Cities Community Development Bloc
Grant will be sought for the 2008 application year. The County anticipates
applying for a CDBG grant in the Economic Development (ED) category.
Similarly, additional services may be included in the project on an ongoing
basis to be covered by other public grant/loan funding sources at the dis-.
cretion of the County Commission. Additional information concerning the
proposed services being requested and the ranking criteria to be used to
evaluate the proposals may be obtained from Roy Schleicher, County Co-
ordinator, at (850)- 342-0287; or Julie Conley, Director, Jefferson County
Economic Development Council, at (850) 997-7999. An original and five
(5) copies of sealed proposals, marked "SEALED PROPOSAL FOR
IRANT SERVICES", Must be received by 5:00 PM on Monday, May 12,
r2008, at the County Courthouse, Room 10, Monticello, FL 32344. Jeffer-
son County supports Equal Opportunity Employment, Fair Housing and
Providing Handicapped Access.
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
2N JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
JEFFERSON COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO: 2005-239-CA

BEN WALTON AND JERRY P. WALTON, SR.,
Plaintiffs,
vs.
GIBERT LEE PARRIS, DOREATHA BEVERLY
PARRIS, STATE OF FLORIDA, DEPARTMENT
OF REVENUE AND TERESA SMITH,
Defendants.

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated the 15T day of APRIL, 2008, and entered in Case No.
05-239-CA, of the Circuit Court of the 2ND Judicial Circuit in and for Jef-
ferson County, Florida, wherein BEN WALTON AND JERRY P. WAL-
TON, SR. are the Plaintiffs and GIBERT LEE PARRIS, DOREATHA
BEVERLY PARRIS, STATE OF FLORIDA, DEPARTMENT OF REV-
ENUE, AND TERESA SMITH are the Defendants. I will sell to the high-
est and best bidder for cash at the NORTH DOOR OF COURTHOUSE at
the Jefferson County Courthouse, in Monticello, Florida, at 11:00 a.m. on
the 13T day of MAY, 2008, the following described property as set forth
in said final judgment, to wit:

DESCRIPTION (TRACT 6)
Commence at the Northeast comer of Section 18, Township 1 North,
Range 6 East Jefferson County, Florida and run North 89 degrees 59 min-
utes 52 seconds West, along the Section line, 840.22 feet to the POINT OF
BEGINNING, thence from said Point Of Beginning run South 00 degrees
22 minutes 30 seconds East 874.57 feet to a point, thence South 44 degrees
50 minutes 34 seconds West 386.12 feet to a point on the East right of
way line of State Road 257, said point being on a curve concave to the
East, thence run in a Northwesterly direction along said right of way line
and curve, having a radius of 1877.08 feet, through a central angle of 34
degrees 17 minutes 58 seconds, for an arc length of 1123.69 feet, chord of
said are being North 18 degrees 37 minutes 00 seconds West 1106.99 feet
to a point, thence North 01 degrees 28 minutes 01 seconds West, along
Said right of way line, 99.33 feet to a point, thence South 89 degrees 59
ing 12.75 acres, more or less.

SUBJECT TO AND TOGETHER WITH a 10 foot utility easement 5 feet
left and right of all property lines.

ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM
THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF
THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60
DAYS AFTER THE SALE.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA),
because of their disabilities, disabled persons who, need the ADA Coor-
dinator at Room 10, Monticello, FL 32344 or Telephone (850) 342-0218
prior to such proceeding special accommodation to participate in this pro-
ceeding should contact 800-955-8770 or 800-955-8771.
Dated this 17h day of April, 2008.
KIRK B. REAMS
Clerk of the Circuit Court

By: Tyler Sherrod
Deputy Clerk


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12A Monticello News


Wednesday, April 30, 2008


ARM & UTDOORS


Farm Programs Available To Novices, Old-Timers Georgia And orida ing

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Larry Halsey
County Extension Director
The Extension Small
Farms program at Live Oak
invites new and experi-
enced growers to its annual
Twilight Field Day, Tuesday,
May 13.
The Suwannee Valley
Farm, six miles northeast
of Live Oak is the home of
UF/IFAS activities for alter-
native farm enterprises.
Sessions begin at 4 p.m.
and will run through din-
ner, finishing around 8 p.m.
Registration is $15, $20 after


The Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission (FWC) on April 9 ap-
proved the Gopher Tortoise
Permitting Guidelines, the first
major step in launching the go-
pher tortoise management
plan approved by the commis-
sion last September The FWC
reclassifiedthe gopher tortoise
to a threatened species last
year, andthemanagementplan
serves as a blueprint to con-
serve the species.
This 62-page document is a
framework for helping Florida
meet the management plan ob-
jective of decreasing gopher


Imiay z, anll iInciu.les a mea11t1.
Tours will include fruit
and nut orchards (blueber-
ries, stone fruit, persim-
mons, and others) and
alternative enterprises (cut
flowers, shiitake mush-
rooms, hydroponics sys-
tems, and designer veggies)
for newer growers looking
for a possible crop for their.
farms.
Sessions to expand
knowledge of more experi-
enced growers include
greenhouse culture; field
vegetable production (espe-


tortoise mortality on lands pro-
posed for development. The
guidelines are intended to be a
single source for all policies
and protocols associated with
the FWC's gopher tortoise per-
mitting system.
Under the permitting
guidelines, gopher tortoises
must be relocated out of
harm's way by an authorized
agent, who will obtain a permit
from the FWC. All permits will
require some type of mitiga-
tion contribution; in the past,
some permits were at no cost.
The new permitting sys-
tem is designed to create incen-


cJauy c .C.UILu O s11h YeVU--
melons) and stone fruit pro-
duction (peaches and
nectarines.)
Contact the Jefferson
County Extension Office at
342-0187 for a flyer describ-
ing the tours and sessions.
The flyer has registra-
tion information and form
as well as driving instruc-
tions.
Let the Extension Office
know if you plan to attend
so that some carpooling can
be arranged in this time of
high gas prices.


tives for those who relocate go-
phertortoises to protected land
and thereby provide higher
conservation value for the tor-
toises. In other words, those
permit holders who move tor-
toises to protected, high-quality
managed habitat, will con-
tribute the least for permits.
That's because the higher qual-
ity the habitat, the better
chance the tortoises will have
to perpetuate the species,
which is the goal of the man-
agement plan.
The permitting system
also is designed to help provide
incentives to landowners to
manage their land for gopher
tortoises and other native
wildlife species. Landowners
who do so may qualify for hav-
ingtheir land certified and per-
mitted as protected recipient
sites eligible for receiving dis-
placed gopher tortoises.
The Gopher Tortoise Per-
mitting Guidelines may be ed-
ited and updated as needed in
the future. Proposed changes
will be reviewed annually by
an FWC standing team and a
public stakeholder advisory
group. All changes require ap-
proval from the FWC executive
director, who will coordinate
with the FWC chairman to de-
termine when changes to these
guidelines are substantive and
warrant full review by FWC
commissioners.
The Gopher Tortoise Per-
mitting Guidelines are avail-
able at
MyFWC.com/permits/Pro-
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Wildslife/jemits.htn
tortoise.


An agreement between Florida and
Georgia that allows senior citizens from
either state to hunt and fish in fresh
water without licenses in both
states is about to end.
The agreement, which
dates back to 1981, is set
to end June 30.
Georgia officials
announced in May
2007 that economic
realities have ren- s
dered the reciprocal
agreement no longer
feasible for hunting,
and it will come off the
books.
The nature of the agree-
ment requires that Florida follow suit.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-


tion Commission (FWC) voted Wednesday
to end the reciprocal agreement concern-
ing freshwater fishing, as well.
The agreement never has
exempted nonresident
seniors from either
state from saltwa-
ter fishing license
requirements.
Senior citi-
zens who are
Florida resi-
dents may con-
tinue to hunt and
fish in Florida
without purchasing
a Florida license, al-
though the FWC encour-
ages seniors to purchase licenses
to support conservation.


Red Snapper Sport Sason Reopens n Guf aters- With Changes


The recreational red per regulations.
snapper fishing season in The red snapper bag
Florida waters in the limit for sport anglers in
Gulf of Mexico reopened the Gulf has been low-
April 15 and will remain ered from four fish daily
open until Nov. 1. Florida per person to two fish per
waters extend nine nauti- person, and the captain
cal miles from shore in and crew of for-hire ves-
the Gulf. sels in the Gulf may not
While Florida's Gulf keep the recreational bag.
red snapper season is limit.
opening as usual this In addition, the recre-
year, there have been ational red snapper fish-
some recent, significant ing season in Gulf federal
changes to Gulf red snap- waters has changed and


FWC Approves Lobster R


The Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission (FWC) amended its
lobster management rules
during a public meeting in Tal-
lahassee on April 10. The new
rules take effect July 1.
The amended rules extend
the current moratorium on re-
ducing the number of traps in
the lobster fishery until July 1,
2009. This will give the FWC
time to work with stakehold-
ers to find ways to limit the
number of traps used to har-
vest lobsters in Florida.
The rules also allow the
display of two spiny lobster
endorsement numbers from
one vessel so that two com-
mercial lobster license holders
can fish from the same vessel.
This will help new lobster
license holders who don't own
a vessel yet to work their lob-
ster traps.
In addition, the rules pro-


hibit the harvest and posses-
sion of egg-bearinglobsters of
any species, which will help
ensure the health of all lobster
populations in Florida.
No other, changes to lob-
ster regulations will be made
for the 2008-2009 harvest sea-


will now open on June 1
and close on Aug. 5. Gulf
federal waters extend
well offshore beyond state
waters.
The minimum har-
vest size for recreational
red snapper in the Gulf
remains unchanged at 16
inches total length.
SMore information
about red snapper man-
agement and regulations
is available online at
MyFWC.com/marine/.


le Cahuges

son. The regular commercial
and recreational lobster har-
vest season will reopen on
Aug. 6 as usual, and the special
two-day sport season for recre-
ational lobster harvesters this
year will take place on July 30
and 31.


Gopher Tortoise Permits


Guidelines Approved


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