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NEWS


140th Year No. 52 Wednesday, December 24, 2008 50 + 46+


News, Ad

Deadlines

For Weeks Of

Christmas,.

New Years
Both the Monticello
News and the Jefferson
Journal will be pub-
lished as usual the weeks
of Christmas and New
Years.
The Jefferson Jour-
nal will be' printed
Wednesday Dec. 24.
Deadlines for this edition
are noon Tuesday, Dec.
23, for news; and 4 p.m.
Dec. 23 for advertising.
The week of New
Years, the Monticello
News will be printed
Monday Dec. 29. Dead-
lines for this edition are
noon Wednesday Dec. 24,
for news; and 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 24, for
advertising.
The Jefferson Jour-
nal will be printed
Wednesday, Dec. 31.
Deadlines for this edition
are noon Tuesday, Dec.
30, for news; and 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 30, for ad-
vertising.

County Won't

Fence Off

Wacissa Diving

Board
LAZARO ALEMAN
Monticello News
Senior Staff Writer
Residefits who may
be wondering why no
fence has been put up
around the diving board
at the head of the
Wacissa River as Jeffer-
son County officials an-
nounced on Dec. 4, it's
because of new infor-
mation- that came to
light after the meeting.
That ,'new informa-
tion was that tat the diving
board is actually on
property other than the
10 acres that the county
recently purchased. The
board, in fact, is located
on the adjacent prop-
erty . owned by the
Suwannee River Water
Management District
(SRWMD).
"We don't feel it's in
our benefit to mess with
it, since it belongs to the
water management dis-
trict," County Coordina-
tor Roy Schleicher
reported to commission-
ers on Thursday night,
Dec. 18.
Schleicher added
that,SRWMD personnel.
had been informed
about the district's own-
ership of the diving
board and the response
had been that they knew
and weren't worried
about it.
County officials ul-
timately will have to
Please See
Diving Board Page 4A


Murder Indictments


Sama Pleas
Samaj Pleas


FRAN HUNT
Monticello News
Staff Writer
Indictments for first-
degree murder charges
and armed robbery were
handed down to two
Monticello men last
month for a Sept. 9, 2008,
robbery and shooting
which resulted in the
death of a former Mon-
ticello man.
State Prosecutor


Frank Allman said both
men, Samaj Pleas, 18
,and Timothy Stebbins,
24, have remained in the
Leon County Jail since
their original arrests in
September. Both are
held without bond.
The pair was tied,
into the Tallahassee
case, through a com-
pletely different inci-
dent here, just a few
days prior. According to


Handed
MPD, on Sept. 5, officers
at MPD received com-
plaints from two people
who stated that 18-year-
old Semaj Pleas had as-
saulted them.
The first victim
complained she was as-
saulted by Pleas outside
Blue Heron Caf6 during
the previous night. She
complained that Pleas
Please See
Indictments Page 4A


County Still Waiting For

Federal Reimbursements,


Illonticello Neus Photo By Laz Aleman, Seplember 22, 2008
A FEMA disaster team spend more than a week here after Fay, helping people
who had suffered damage in the storm complete the necessary paperwork for gov-
ernment relief.


LAZARO ALEMAN
Monticello News
Senior Staff I writer
.In the absence of any
reimbursement thus far
from the federal gbovern-
ment for the expenses that
the county has incurred
in the repair of roads
damaged by tropical


storm Fay in August,
county officials' jitteri-
ness is increasing.
Especially as it is now
the third time that Federal,
Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA) person-
nel have assessed the local'
damage and reworked.(or
are in the process of re-


Limited Bus Service Set To


Shuttle Will
Take. Riders To
Tallahassee
LAZARO ALEMAN
Monticello News
Senior Staff Writer
Starting Monday,
Jan. 5, local residents
will be able to access the
capital city via a limited
new bus service that
will take riders from
here to the bus terminal
in Tallahassee.
Big Bend Transit,
Inc., will be providing
the service Monday
through Friday.
The way the pilot
program will work, the
service will be offered to
the public on a first-
come first-serve basis,
with a limit of up to
nine seats available per
trip . one seat for the
wheelchair-bound and
the remainder for the


ambulatory
, Cost of the ride is $1
per trip, or $2 roundtrip.
The first bus will ar-
rive on the parking lot
of the public health
clinic on West Washing-
ton Street about 6:30
a.m. each weekday and
the second about 9 a.m.
The bus will take riders
to the C.K. Steele termi-
nal on Tennessee Street
in Tallahassee, from
where passengers can
get transportation to
other points in the capi-
tal city
On the return trip,'
the buses will leave the
Tallahassee terminal at
noon and 2:30 p.m. each
weekday.
Every morning, a
designated person at the
Health Department will
post the ,number of
available seats on each
bus, as the elderly, dis-
abled, ADA and Medi-


work ing the cost figures
and associated paperwork
the implication being
that' the earlier damage
*assessments "and paper-
'work were somehow off
the mark.
Nor have county offi-
cials heard word on
whether the, state will


Begin Jan, 5
caid eligible get prefer-
ence. Any remaining va-
cant seats will.be made
available to the general
public on, a first-come
basis when the bus ar-
rives at the clinic or the'
terminal.
Not surprisingly,
Kim Barnhill, director
of the Jefferson and
Madison counties
health departments, is
behind the initiative.
"Big Bend Transit
gets. the same amount of
money, no matter how
many patients they
transport," Barnhill
said. "I asked about the
number of empty seats
on average on the buses
and was told that it was
about nine seats. I said,
'how about if we create
a program to make the
empty seats available to
the public.'".
Please See
Bus Service Page 4A


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grant the 12 '/2 percent
waiver that the county is
seeking for the repairs
cost. The way the reim-
bursement 'formula
works, FEMA pays 75 per-
cent of the repairs, the
state contributes 12 % per-
cent and the county is re-
sponsible for the last 12 ./2
percent.
"We think they're
going to be fair," County
Coordinator Roy Schle-
icher tried to assure
county commissioners on
Thursday night, Dec. 18,
after reporting that
FEMA personnel were
conducting their third
evaluation of the damage,
which assessment was ex-
pected to last through Jan-
uary
"We'll just do the best
we can," "Schleicher added
mildly of the county
staff's cooperativeness
with the effort.
Notwithstanding the
,public expressions of
good will, FEMA's han-
dling of the project and re-
peated, redoing of the
paperwork is producing
local frustration.
"It's an arduous
process," '
Please See
FEMA Page 4A


Down


Timothy Stebbins


Officials Agree
To Revisit
Impact Fees
Public Hearing On
Issue Set For Jan. 15
LAZARO ALEMAN
Monticello News
Senior Staff Writer
Responding to the
request of a citizens
group that is calling for
a reevaluation of impact
fees, county officials on
Thursday, Dec. 18, sched-
uled a public hearing to
revisit the issue.
The hearing will
take place during the
commission's next regu-
lar evening meeting.
which i.s -et to begin A
p.m. Thursday, Jan 15.
Realtor Steve
Walker requested the
hearing on behalf of
Citizens for a Strong
Economy,' a group that
formed only recently or
at least came into public
notice only recently
Taking the idea a
step further. Commis-
sioner Hines Boyd sug-
gested the formation of
a citizens' task force to
examine not only im-
pact fees but also related
zoning and other issues
that acted as impedi-
ments to growth and de-
velopment.
Please See
Impact Fees Page 4A


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Wednesday, December 24, 2008


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S3tezp 3aeIs Ft Ifme


TEN YEARS AGO
December 23, 1998
The County Commission
i gave Peter Brown Construction
Company the go-ahead
Thursday night to proceed with
'the completion of the adminis-
trative section of the new jail.
Due largely to the initiative
of Thx Collector Frances
Walker, her department is now
self-supporting. What's more,
her operation generated
enough money last year to con-
tribute about $301,000 to the
county.
James Gaudette, math
department chairman at
Jefferson County High School,
is upset by the recent spate of
bad publicity generated by local
students' poor performance on
the HSCT (High .School
Competency Test). Gaudette
blames himself and the school
in part for the bad publicity.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
December 23, 1988
School Board officials
okayed a grant application to
the state last Wednesday which
may provide up to $5,000 for a
new program at the high
school. If the grant money is
received the new program will
be implemented into the cur-
riculum of the '89-'90 school
year.
The 7th and 8th grade boys'
basketball team of Aucilla
Christian Academy has three
games under their belt, one win
and two losses.
Thirty years of Jefferson
County Kennel Club (JCKC)
tradition continues as charita-
ble contributions totaling more
than $16,000 to numerous
organizations throughout the
county are announced.
Architect Bill Douglas, of
Elliott, Marshall, P.A., asked
for and received permission
from the School Board
Wednesday morning to go
HI ahead with some additional
- work for the Howard Middle
"School renovations..
' THIRTY YEARS AGO
December 23, 1978
SSkills of students in the
county school system have
--improved, according to the
Results of the statewide
assessment test.
SProviding trash contain-
ers for the use of pedestrians
/7' inl downtown Monticello is a
'continuing problem, accord-
ing to acting City


Superintendent Bo
Underwood.
A recently passed ordi-jt l\
nance by the Jefferson�'
County Commission that pro-,
hibits the use of boat motors ,
on Lake Miccosukee duringA i
duck hunting season is appar- I
ently not being enforced,
according to local duck
hunters.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Ritch, of
Hialeah will be visiting their
daughter and her family, Mr.
and Mrs. Ron Cichon and
daughters, Tammy and
Jamie, for the holidays.
FORTY YEARS AGO
December 23, 1968
Mr. and Mrs. Al Applegate'i
were hosts Saturday night at
supper-bridge at their coun-
try home on Lloyd Road.
The annual Christmas
Dance sponsored by the Beta
Sigma Phi will be held this
Saturday night beginning at
9:30 p.m.. at the Jefferson
Country Club.
The frame house of Sam
Austin on North Magnolia
Street in Monticello was
destroyed early , Tuesday
morning by fire.
The Joy Sunday School
Class of the First Baptist
Church entertained their hus-
bands and guests at their
annual Christmas party
Saturday evening in the fel-
lowship hall of the church.
FIFTY YEARS AGO
December 23, 1958
The National Society of
the Sons of. the American
Revolution has announced
that Charles C. Anderson,
Insurance Commission attor-
ney, and Ike Anderson, Clerk
of the Circuit Court, resi-
dents and natives of
Monticello have been admit-
ted to membership in the
Tallahassee chapter of its
Florida society.
SIXTY YEARS AGO
December 23, 1948
In the home decorating" ,;
contest winners are Mrs."
Clyde Sauls, Mrs. J.R.,
Cooksey, Jr., Mrs. S.D. Clark,;
Mrs. W.L. Hunter, Mrs. Tomn
M. Braswell and Mrs. E.S. ,,-
Blair.
Col. William Patterson of,
Greenville, S.C., is spending aV� j
furlough with his parents.
Sharon Blair. USN. of San"
Diego. will arrive home for , c
the holidays.
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The Christmas
Season is once again
upon us. Shopping,
cooking, parties, Santa
Claus, and family gath-
erings seem to take
precedence over our
lives.
It is all too easy, dur-'
ing this season, to forget
WHY/WHAT we are
actually celebrating.
Christmas is a time
to celebrate the birth of
Jesus. This celebration
can be easily hidden
behind Santa Claus
unless we make it a
point to bring it to the
forefront of our lives. I
also believe, as parents,
it is our responsibility to
make sure we teach pur
children to keep Jesus
as "the reason for the
season."
But, Christmas is


always such 'a fun time
of year too. The excite-
ment can be found in
both children and
adults.. Christmas Eve
is always such a fun
experience to watch....
children counting the
hours down until they
can go to sleep, so that
Santa Claus will visit
their house; cookies and
milk left out and only
crumbs and an empty
glass left for the chil-
dren to find the next
morning.
We always had "spe-
cial" reindeer food that
Cheltsie and Brooke
sprinkled .in our front
yard; so that the rein-
deer could smell it and
see it (we had glitter in
the food (oatmeal) so
that the sparkling would
catch the reindeer's eye


as they flew over our
house.)
Traditions and fami-
ly gatherings make this
a special time for all.
Always remember that
today's happenings are
tomorrow's memories.
Make them good!
During the
Christmas holidays let's
not forget to keep our.
American Soldiers in
our prayers, also.
Christmas Day, as we sit
with our -children and
family opening,presents
and having a feast for
Christmas lunch (or din-
ner); OUR soldiers are in
a desert defending OUR
country and fighting for
OUR freedom (and for
others' freedoms.)
Merry CHRISTmas!!!
Until then....see you-
around the town.


Natalie Eades Needs Your Help


DEBBIE SNAPP
Monticello News
Staff Writer
At a time of good
cheer and miracles, some
bad news comes our
way. Natalie Eades, the
one-year-old daughter of
Chelsie and Jason Eades
was diagnosed on Dec, 18
with a rare form of
leukemia, AML.
AML has a very low
survival rate, but there
is always hope.
Natalie has already
received surgery to begin
her chemo treatments.
Family and friends of
this young family ask for
your prayers, for. her
strength and speedy
recovery. Prayers also
requested for her doctors
and nurses, so they may
have the wisdom to cure
this little angel.
Chelsie and Jason
found out just recently
that they are expecting
their second child,
adding even more physi-
cal, emotional, and finan-
cial stress to the sce-
nario.
Both parents are
employed in Monticello;
Chelsie at Farmers and
Merchants Bank and
Jason is store manager at
Advance Auto Parts,
The family could use
the help of this communi-


ty of friends to combat
this awful disease.
To make a financial
donation to help with
travel and other expens-
es for this family, checks
should be memoed to
Natalie Eades and made


out to FMB or Jason and
Chelsie Eades, and post-
ed to FMB Customer
Service, P.O. Box 340,
Monticello, FL 32345.
For more' information
contact the bank at 997-
2591.


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Established 1869
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PINIONS


Merry Christmas


B\: Debbie Snapp
AMonticello VNews



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Jin and Lynn liier retired to the area four years ago
f rm Mcotana. by vyipf Deltoila, FL.
. Lynn's. family -members are -lonfg-
tivme residents of Jefferson CouLty and the,
surrourididg.4rea,. .'i oirtfTe otlier hand
whs born and raised. iti New York.
Jim 'is retired fromiethe USAir Force
after 24 years. afL\ i as si'y'ears in
the US Arf ly' ; :.
Their hobbies arsuiilitar in that 'the
re both very active in thpir chutich. First Bapti'st Chiji Mfon-,
tibelloe They teach. Sunday Scho61 classes arid sing irnlle'
choir. They Idve to read. Lypn enjoys crafts and crocheting.
and Jim enipys handiwork at, home and at church.
They have four children, one is serving in Iraq: and they
totally enjoy their eight grandchildren.
., Theytravel together and just enjoy each other's com-
pany..: and' havef-or 27 years. They celebrated another annj\er-
sary on October 24 ..2008.







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Monticello News * 3A


PINIONS


DuIDm O1W~w?


History in a Christmas Carol:


One Christmas Carol
that has always baffled
me. What in the world do
leaping Lords, French
hens, swimming swans,
and especially the
partridge who won't come
out of the pear tree have to
do with Christmas?
Well just read on:
From 1558 until 1829,
Roman Catholics in
England were not
permitted to practice their
faith openly. Someone
during that era wrote this
carol as a catechism song
for the young Catholics. It
has two levels of meaning,
the surface meaning plus a
hidden meaning known
only to 'members of their
church.
Each element in the
carol has a code word for a
religious reality which the
children could remember.


1. The partridge in a pear
tree was Jesus Christ.
2. Two turtle doves were
the Old and New
Testaments.
3. Three French hens stood
for faith, hope and love.
4. The four calling birds
were the four gospels of
Matthew, Mark, Luke and
John.
5. The five golden rings
recalled the Torah or Law,
the first five books.
6. The six geese a-laying
stood for the six days of
creating.
7. Seven swans a
swimming represented the
sevenfold gifts of the Holy
Spirit--Prophesy, Serving,
Teaching, Exhortation,
Contribution, Leadership
and Mercy.
8. The eight maids a


milking were the eight
beatitudes.
9. Nine ladies dancing
were the nine fruits of the
Holy Spirit--Love, Joy,
Peace, Patience, Kindness,
Goodness, Faithfulness,
Gentleness, and Self
Control.
10. The ten lords a leaping
were the Ten
Commandments.
11. The eleven pipers
piping stood for the eleven
faithful disciples.
12. The twelve drummers
drumming symbolized the
twelve points of belief in
The Apostles Creed.
So there is your
history for today. I found
it interesting and
enlightening and now I
know how that strange
song became a Christmas
Carol.......


Abraham
Lincoln faces to
the right on a
penny while all
the other
presidents face
to the left on
US coins.


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In the Friday, Dec. 12,
edition of the Jefferson
Journal front-page story
titled "Construction
Begins Finally on
Emergency Operation
Center", it was stated that
the new building would be
4,400 sq. feet. It will actual-
ly be.2,400 square feet.


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Wednesday, December 24, 2008


OUND


EFFERSON


COUNTY


Diving Board


deal with the issue, how-
ever, as the SRWMD plans to
lease the adjacent 22 acres
to the county eventually for
the creation of a public
park at the head of the
Wacissa River.
The issue of the diving
board surfaced at the Dec. 4
commission meeting when
Schleicher and County At-
torney Paula Sparkman ex-


pressed concerns about the
county's exposure to liabil-
ity now that it had acquired
the property. The two ad-
vised that the county should
dismantle the diving board
or at the least put up warn-
ing signs to alert users of
the potential danger.
The officials were ini-
tially reluctant to tamper
with the diving board in


FEMA


Schleicher conceded later
in the discussion. "If we
weren't in a public meet-
ing, I'd call it something
else."
Commissioners so far
are trying to remain hope-
ful, if but barely clinging to
FEMA's stated commit-
ment in the immediate
wake of Fay that the
county would be reim-
bursed for at least 75 per-
cent of the costs that it
incurred in the repair of
the storm-damaged infra-
structure. But concerns
about how much. money,
and how soon, FEMA will
reimburse the county have
been there almost from day
one.
Commissioner Felix
"Skeet" Joyner has been es-
pecially vocal in expressing
those concerns. Last
month, Joyner called for a
cap to be placed on the re-
pair expenditures until it
was known exactly how
much the federal govern-
ment .would be reimburs-
inig . the county. His
concern, he said, was that
the county would be left
holding the bag, if the fed-
eral- government reim-
bursements weren't
forthcoming.
Joyner reiterated his
concerns and the call for
cap on Thursday night.
"In light of the uncer-
tainty of the FEMA fund-
ing, I think we need to put
the (restoration) project on
hold until we know for cer-
tain about the FEMA
money," Joyner said. "I'm
concerned about us getting
our money refunded."
He noted that based on
FEMA's initial commit-
ment, the county had
opened a $500,000 line of
credit at Capital City Bank,
of which $366,000 had al-
ready been used to repair

Impact Fees

"We're in special
times," Boyd said. "Con-
ditions have changed
dramatically (since the
impact fees . were
adopted). We want to
make sure that we're not
laying down roadblocks
that disallow reasonable
development from taking
place in this county. Im-
pact fees are just one of
the issues."
As he saw it, the task
force would examine all
aspects of the situation
and come up with recom-
mendations that the
County Commission
could then consider, he
said.
Not everyone was
amenable to the idea.
Commissioner Felix
"Skeet" Joyner pointed
out that the Planning
Commission was the
rightful body to consider
zoning and related mat-
ters.
"I personally think
that we need to keep the
impact fee separate from


the damaged roads. But he
wanted the line drawn on
spending any more money
on repairs now that all the
roads had been made pass-
able, he said.
Schleicher assured the
board that he, Road Depart-
ment Superintendent
David Harvey and others
involved in the restoration
effort shared Joyner's con-
cern and that for all practi-
cable purposes, all repairs
had ceased for the time
being.
"We're all very con-
cerned," Schleicher said.
His update on FEMA's
third round of evaluations
followed the news that the
Natural Resources Conser-
vation Service (NRSC) had
denied the county's request
for a 25 percent waiver.
"We got a letter from
the NRSC telling us that
they were denying our re-
quest for the 25 percent
waiver," Schleicher said.
"They will pay only the 75
percent." ' . ,.
. The cost of $669,000 for
nine .projects was tossed
about, with the county's
purported share - for
which it was seeking the 25
percent waiver - repre-
senting $157,000. It was not
made clear, however, if the
$157,000 was. part of the
$669,000 cost, or if it was in
addition to the $669,000. It
was also not made clear
how the NRCS funding re-
lated to the FEMA funding,
or if it was even related.
Schleicher was unavail-
able on Friday morning,
but John McHugh, assis-
tant to the coordinator,
was. '
McHugh explained that
the NRCS funding was sep-
arate from the FEMA fund-
ing but related to the
tropical storm damage. The
FEMA funding was di-


zoning issues, because
we have a Planning Com-
mission for that," Joyner
said.
In the end, commis-
sioners decided to forego
the task force idea, at
least for the time being.
Boyd, meanwhile, prom-
ised to have more infor-
mation on his task force
idea.at the Jan. 15 meet-
ing.
First mention of Citi-
zens for a Strong Econ-
omy occurred Nov. 6,
when businessman Paul
Michael approached the
County Commission
seeking clarification on
some questions he said
the group had relative to
impact fees.
"We've got some 200
people who are inter-
ested in this issue,"
Michael told the commis-
sioners at the time.
He said the impact
fees by their very nature
placed a burden on the
local business commu-
nity. But more telling,


Cont. From Page 1


any way, feeling that such
tampering would stir "a
hornets' nest" of contro-
versy, given the diving
board's long history at the
site. In the end, however,
they relented, based on
Sparkman's legal advice.
But it appears that they
were spared the conse-
quences - for the time
being at least.


Cont. From Page 1


rected to the repair of dam-
aged roads, while the NRCS
funding was directed to the
repair of storm-damaged
drainage systems, he said.
McHugh wasn't sure if
the $157,000 was part of the
$600,000 or in addition to it.
On Thursday night, Schle-
icher indicated that he,
Commissioner Danny Mon-
roe (who also has been very
involved in the restoration
project) and other county
representatives planned to
travel to the main office of
the NRCS in Gainesville
after the New Year and ap-
peal the waiver denial in
person.
Schleicher explained
that the waiver was based
on the consideration of
three requirements, two of
which the county met. He
said the county met the
housing costs and salaries
requirements, but failed to
meet the unemployment
requirement because the
local unemployment rate
was lower than both the
state, and the national
rates.
He said the county's ar-
gument was going to be
that.the statistics failed to
take into account the un-
deremployed, of which the
county had more than a
fair number. He defined the
underemployed as people
. who were working but still
weren't making enough to
pay the bills and meet
other necessary expenses.
"We're going to try and
convince the NRCS folks
that we have many under-
employed who should
count for the waiver,"
Schleicher said. "Commis-
sioner Monroe thinks they
will listen."
* For the time being,
however, all storm-related
projects were pretty much
on hold, he reiterated.

Cont. From Page 1

the fees had come at a
bad time, when the na-
tional economy was ail-
ing.
"Some of our busi-
nesses here are off by as
much as 50 percent,"
Michael said.
He said before the
group solidified its posi-
tion, its members wanted
to understand the issue
better. Michael then pro-
ceeded to ask a series of
questions, promising at
the end that he and other
members of the group
would return in the fu-
ture, once they ingested
the information.
The county at present
has impact fees for am-
bulance service, fire pro-
tection, transportation
and law enforcement. Im-
pact fees are one-time
charges that government
entities levy against new
construction as a way to
finance future capital
improvements necessi-
tated by population
growth.


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dented her car earlier in
the evening and she con-
fronted him outside the
caf6 about the incident.
The victim said Pleas
pulled up his shirts and
displayed a handgun
tucked into his waistband.
She stated that Pleas
grabbed her and she
fought him off, arid that as
she and her .sister were
leaving, Pleas fired the
handgun.
The following day, the
victim's sister was outside
the Subway when she was
confronted by Pleas. The
victim stated that Pleas
approached her driver's
door and reached through
the window of the vehicle
and struck her. An associ-
ate of the two grabbed
Pleas and removed him
from the area. Following
the incident, the two sis-
ters decided to filed a po-
lice report.
MPD Sgt. Rick Colson
investigated the shooting
incident and Officer Bran-
don Abbott investigated
the sister's complaint.
Both began searching for
witnesses and conducting
interviews to obtain
enough evidence to re-
quest arrest warrants.
At approximately 2
a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 9, TPD
responded to gunshots at-
2098 Wednesday Court in
Tallahassee, and upon ar-
rival officers discovered
the body of 38 year-old Ty-
rone Macon, deceased out-
side of his home in the
front yard. Macon had
been shot several times
and the death was ruled a
homicide.
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Crimes Unit collected

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is another way to meet the
local needs and it costs
nothing except for a little
administrative and man-
agement time. In this kind


physical evidence from the
scene and began an ex-
haustive search for
Macon's killerss. The in-
vestigation led to 24 year-
old Timothy Stebbins of
Monticello, arrested Tues-
day night Sept. 10 and
charged with felony mur-
der. He admitted being at
the scene of Macon's mur-
der and Stebbins ex-
plained to investigators
that he arranged to pur-
chase' illegal drugs from
Macon and rob him during
the drug buy.
When interviewed,
Stebbins implicated Pleas,
known by his street name,
"Smoke". According to
Stebbins, Pleas went to the
.drug deal with him and
they planned to rob Macon
during the deal. Stebbins
stated that Pleas shot
Macon during the robbery
On Tuesday morning,
Sept. 9, Tallahassee Police
investigators contacted
MPD about a murder,
which occurred in their
city earlier that morning.
The victim in that case
was former Monticello
resident Tyrone Macon.
Later in the day, TPD
called MPD with informa-
tion on possible' suspects
from Monticello, one of
which was Samaj Pleas
(the second suspect was
Timothy Stebbins).
Chief Fred Mosley,
Capt. Roger Murphy and
Investigator Alkota Byford
began running down leads
on the suspects. Murphy
obtained arrest warrants
on Pleas for the two inci-
dents that occurred in
Monticello. The warrants
charged domestic battery,
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firearm, and burglary o0 a3
conveyance. with person
assaulted.
TPD investigators
along with members of
the regional Violent Fugi-
tive Task Force met with
MPD officers and began
searching for Pleas.
The following day,
Wednesday, Sept. 10, MPD
Lt. Mack Norton and Mur-
phy both received inde-
pendent information that
Pleas was hiding out at a
residence in Tallahassee.
Norton, through a rel-
ative of Pleas, was able to
talk to Pleas on the tele-
phone while Pleas was in
Tallahassee and he was
able to convince Pleas to
surrender to him at a loca-
tion in Tallahassee.
Norton notified TPD
and Pleas met with Norton
as agreed and he was
taken into custody by TPD
on the Monticello war-
rants without incident.
At. approximately 6
p.m. Sept. 10, investigators
interviewed Pleas about
the murder and he ini-
tially denied involvement
in the murder of Macon
and attempted to blame
the murder on a third per-
son.
TPD investigators con-
tinued to follow leads re-
ceived from the public,
and were eventually able
to determine that no third
person.was involved in the
crime.
When confronted with
the facts of the case Pleas
finally confessed to mur-
dering Macon during the
robbery by shooting him
several times.
A court date in the
case has yet to be set.


Cont. From Page 1


of economy, we all have to
pull together and look for
opportunities. If it helps
even two people a week, I'll
be happy"
For the number of


available seats on any given
day, call Willie Ann Dickey
at 997-1323 the day before
the intended day of travel.
Dickey is with Big Bend
Transit, Inc.


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DECEMBER 24 - 31
Members Show and
Coral Reef display 2 to 4 p.m.
Saturday at Jefferson Arts
Gallery This exhibit will be
up the entire month of De-
cember. Jefferson Arts, Inc.
exhibits are free and open to
the public at the Gallery lo-
cation 575 West Washington
Street. The Gallery is open 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday
and Saturdays or by appoint-
ment. Jefferson Arts, Inc. is a
non-profit group with a goal
of promoting art and art ed-
ucation in the Monticello
area of North Florida and
South Georgia. For more in-
formation, contact the
Gallery at 997-3311 or visit
www.jeffersonartsgalleryco
m
DECEMBER 27
Winter Rest - Day of
Quiet 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satur-
day at One Heart Earth Cen-
ter. A light, warm lunch will
be served and eaten in si-
lence. Hot tea and muffins
will be available. The gar-
dens will be available for
meditation as well as the cot-
tage and the labyrinth for
walking. Call Sallie Worley at


John "Buddy" Yates,
age 87,. passed away on
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
at North Florida Regional
Medical Center.
He was born in Nar-
coossee, FL. Coming from
Drifton and Monticello, FL
he had lived in Shady
Grove for the past 50 years.
He worked as an Aircraft
Inspector. He was an active
member of the Midway
Baptist Church. He retired
from the U.S. Air Force
after 23 years of service
where he served during
WWII and Korea, served in
China, Japan, and India.
He enjoyed reading and
music.
Survived by his wife of
63 years. Hilda (Brannen)
Yates of Shady Grove, FL;
two sons, Lewis Yates of
Shady Grove, Wayne Yates


997-7373 or
sallieindia@yahoo.com to
make reservations.
DECEMBER 27
AA meetings are held 8
p.m. Saturday at the Christ
Episcopal Church Annex, 425
North Cherry Street. For
more information, call 997-
2129 or 997-1955.
DECEMBER 29
Martin Luther King
Community Center meets 6
p.m. on the last Monday of
each month at the MLK Cen-
ter. Contact Charles Parrish
at 997-3760 for more informa-
tion.
DECEMBER 29
AA Women's Meetings
are held 6:45 p.m. Monday;
AA and Al-Anon meetings
are held 8 p.m. Christ Episco-
pal Church Annex, 425 North
Cherry Street. For more in-
formation call 997-2129 or 997-
1955.
DECEMBER 29
Boy Scout Troop 803
meets 7 p.m. every Monday at
the Eagles Nest on South
Water Street. For more infor-
mation, contact Scout Leader
Paul Wittig at 997-1727 or 997-
3169.


of Tallahassee, FL; two
daughters, Martha Dryden
of Live Oak, FL and
Vanessa Knowles of Perry,
FL; one brother, George
Yates of Monticello, FL;
two, sisters, Dorothy
Stokely of Drifton, FL and
Helen Johnson of Monti-
cello, FL; eight grandchil-
dren, eight great
grandchildren and a host
of nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services were
held at Pleasant Grove Bap-
tist Church on Friday, De-
cember 19, 2008 at 11:00 am
with Bro. Danny Lundy of-
ficiating. Interment fol-
lowed at the Church
Cemetery Family received
friends at the Church from
10:00 to 11:00 am (1 hour
prior to the service.).
Proceeded in death by a
son, John T. Yates.


DECEMBER 30
AA classes are held
every Tuesday evening 8 p.m.
for those seeking help; Lo-
cated at 1599 Springhollow
Road in the Harvest Center.
Contact Marvin Graham at
212-7669 for more informa-
tion.
JANUARY 2
The WILD Bookmobile
will be in the area on Friday
at the Lloyd Post Office, 7
Main Street, from 3:30 to 4
p.m.; and at the Lamont
Chevron Fast Track, high-
way 27, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.;
and Union Hill AME Church,
off highway 259 in Wacissa,
from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Services
are made possible by a State
of Florida Communities in
Caring Grant.
JANUARY 2
Ashville Area Volunteer
Fire Department meets 6:30
p.m. on the first Friday of
each month at the fire sta-
tion. Contact Fire Chief John
Staffieri at 997-6807 for more
details.
JANUARY 6
Monticello Woman's
Club meets on the first Tues-
day of every month at noon
at the clubhouse on East
Pearl Street for lunch and a
meeting. Contact President
Jan Wadsworth at 997-4440
for more information.
JANUARY 4
VFW Post 251 meets 5
p.m. on the first Sunday of
each month at the Memorial
Missionary Baptist Church
on South Railroad Street in
the annex building for a busi-
ness and planning meeting.
Contact Sr. Vice Commander
Byron Barnhart at 251-0386
for more information.
JANUARY 4
Girl Scout Troop 187
meets 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the
first Sunday of each month.
Contact the Council of the
Apalachee Bend at 386-2131
or www.gscab.org
JANUARY 5
VFW Ladies Auxiliary
Post 251 meets 6:30 p.m. on
the first Monday of each
month at Memorial MB
Church. Contact Mary Madi-
son at 210-7090 for m6re in-
formation.
JANUARY 7
Monticello Kiwanis Club
meets every Wednesday at
noon at the Jefferson Coun-
try Club on Boston Highway
for lunch and a meeting. Con-
tact President Katrina Wal-
ton at 997-5516 for club
information.
JANUARY 8
Founder's Garden Circle
meets at noon on the second
Thursday of the month. Con-
tact Chairman Suzanne
Peary at 997-4043 for meeting
location and for more infor-
mation.
JANUARY 8
The Jefferson Soil and


Water Conservation Board
will meet 11:30 a.m. on the
second Thursday of the
month in the Jefferson
County Extension Office con-
ference room, per Dorothy
Lewis, secretary/treasurer.
This meeting is open to the
public.
JANUARY 8
Altrusa meets at noon on
the second Thursday and at 6
p.m. on the fourth Thursday
of each month for a meal and
a meeting. Contact the Cham-
ber at 997-5552 for more infor-
mation.
JANUARY 8
Workforce Mobile Career
Lab is stationed across from
the street from First Baptist
Church, Monticello 9 a.m.- 4
p.m. on the second Thursday
of each month. Services in-
clude job search, resume as-
sistance, assessments, and
labor market information.
For more information, con-
tact Employment Connection
Director Cheryl Rehberg at
673-7688, or volunteers Paul
Kovary at 997-2313, or Mike
Reichman at 997-5100, or SW
Ellis at 567-3800. or 866-367-
4758.
JANUARY 8
AA meetings are held 8
p.m. on Thursdays at the
Christ Episcopal Church
Annex, 425 North Cherry
Street. For more information
call 997-2129 or 997-1955.
JANUARY 9
Monticello .Rotary Club
meets every Fridayat noon at
the Monticello/Jefferson
Chamber of Commerce on
West Washington Street for
lunch and a meeting. Contact
President James Muchovej at
980-6509 for club information.
JANUARY 10
The Scarlet O'Hatters of
Monticello meet at 11:30 a.m.
on the second Saturday of
each month for lunch and a
program. Contact Mona
Mackenzie at 342-1449 for
more information.
JANUARY 12
Masonic Lodge #5 meets
7:30 p.m. on the second and
fourth Monday at the Hiram
Masonic Lodge, 235 Olive
Street in Monticello. Contact
Roy Faglie at 933-2938 for
more information.
JANUARY 13
Jefferson Elementary
School is on the move with
an SAC meeting scheduled
for5 p.m. and a PTO meeting
at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the
school in the media center.
Discussion will be on the
Spring Carnival, fundrais-
ing, and ways to improve the
school. Parents, and con-
cerned tax paying residents
are welcomed and encour-
aged to attend.
JANUARY 13
Monticello/Jefferson
County Chamber of Com-
merce's general meeting is


held at noon on the second
Tuesday of each month and
includes lunch. Contact Di-
rector Mary Frances Gram-
ling at 997-5552, or
monticellojeffersonfl.com
JANUARY 13
American Legion Post 49
and Ladies Auxiliary will
meet 7 p.m. on the second
Tuesday of each month for a
,business meeting at the Otto
Walker Post on South Water
Street. Contact President
Fred Shofner at 997-3234 for
more information.
JANUARY 14
Mignonette Garden Cir-
cle meets at noon on the sec-
ond Wednesday of the month
for a meeting and program.
Contact Chairman Jan
Wadsworth at 997-4440 for
meeting location and for
more information.
JANUARY 17
Girl Scouting is fun, and
builds girls of courage, confi-
dence, and character, who
make the world a better
place. Join with other girl's
ages 8 to 12, Junior Troop 150,
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the first
and third Saturday of each
month at the Greenville
United Methodist Church to
learn more about Girl
Scouts. For more informa-
tion contact co-leaders Jan-
ice and Sean Carson, at
948-6901 or contact the Coun-
cil of the Apalachee Bend at
386-2131.
JANUARY 18,
,.. Jefferson -.. -County
NAACP ::holds its) ,regular
meeting 4 p.m. on the third
Sunday of each month at the
Martin Luther King Com-
munity Center. Contact
Charles Parrish at 997-3760
for more information.
JANUARY 18
Camellia Garden Circle
will meet at 2 p.m. on the
third Sunday for a program
and light luncheon. Contact
Isabelle de Sercey at 997-2170
for location information.
JANUARY 19
Magnolia Garden Circle
*meets at noon on the third
Monday of the month for a
meeting and program. Con-
tact Chairman Pam Kelly at
997-5010 for more informa-
tion.
JANUARY 20
Humane Society meet-
ings are held 7 p.m. on the-
third Tuesday of every-
month at the Wag the Dog
Thrift & Treasure Shop. For
volunteer information, con-
tact Teresa Kessler at 997-
4540 or
teresa@kesslerconstruction-
llc.com
JANUARY 20
Jefferson County Repub-
lican Party meeting will be
held 7 p.m. at Willow Pond


Farm on the third Tuesday
,of each month. Contact
Clyde Simpson at 997-0641 or
chairman@jeffersongop.co
m for more information and
to make reservations. A din-
ner is served at 6 p.m. for $10;
proceeds go to the local party
JANUARY 22
JC Health Disparities
Task Force will meet 10:30'
a.m. Thursday at the Learn-
ing Center on Marvin Street,
with guest speakers and a
program. Contact Cumi
Allen at 342-0170x2101 for
more information. Commu-,
nity residents are encour-
aged to attend.
JANUARY 22 - 23
USDA Commodities and
Second Harvest will wel-
come volunteers to bag food
packages 6:30 p.m. Friday for
distribution 9-11 a.m., Satur-
day at the New Bethel AME.
Church, 6496 Ashville High-
way Contact Essie Norton at
997-5683 for information.
JANUARY 27
Triple L Club meets at
10:30 a.m. on the fourth Tues-
day of each month in the fel-
lowship hall of the First
Baptist Church Monticello
for a meeting with a pro-
gram, speaker and potluck
lunch. Contact the church at
997-2349 for more informa-
tion.
JANUARY 27
Jefferson County Com-
munity Coalition meets 9:30
a.m. on the last Tuesday of
the month in the public li-
brary conference ,room,- For
more information contact
Cindy Hutto, Business Man-
ager for Healthy Start Coali-
tion of Jefferson; Madison &
Taylor Counties, Inc. at 948-
2741 or cjhutto@ healthys-
tartjmtorg Following are the
tentative dates for the 2009
Coalition meetings in Jeffer-
son County; please, mark
your calendar! All meetings
will be held at the Jefferson
County Public Library,
9:30am unless otherwise
stated on the notices issued
each month.
January 30
Family Skate Night is
held 7 p.m. on the last Friday
of each month at the Church
of the Nazarene on 1590
North Jefferson Street. This
event is free,.as are the skates
if needed. There is a small
charge for snacks
January 31
The regular last-Satur-
day-of-the-month meeting of
the Tallahassee Crochet
Guild will be held 10 a.m. - 2
p.m. at the Jefferson Arts
Gallery, 575 West Washington
Street. This is a free meeting.
Bring your own projects or
work on some of the Talla-
hassee


JOHN YATES


THE JEFFERSON COUNTY
SCHOOL BOARD
Announces the regular school board meeting to which
the public is invited. The meeting will be held at the
Desmond M. Bishop Administration Building on
Monday, January 12,200.9 at 6:00 p.m.

Agendas may be picked up at the district office at
1490 W. Washington Street, Monticello, FL. Monday
through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
A copy of the school board packet will be available
for review at the district office on
Tuesday, January 6, 2009.


NOTICE OF PUBLIC
MEETINGS

THE DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD OF JEFFERSON
COUNTY ANNOUNCES TWO WORKSHOPS TO
WHICH THE PUBLIC IS INVITED

DATE: January 6, 2009 '
TIME: 6;00 p.m.
PLACE: Desmond M. Bishop Administration Bldg

SUBJECT: SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES



DATE: January 12, 2009
TIME: 5:00 p.m.
PLACE: Desmond M. Bishop Administration Bldg


SUBJECT: CAREER ACADEMIES


NOTICE

Superintendent Brumfield will be holding a meeting
with all parents at the Jefferson County Middle/High
School on Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 9:00 a.m.
This will be a proactive strategy for establishing
expectations for student behavior. Judge Bobby
Plaines, Sheriff David Hobbs, Assistant State
Attorney Phil Smith arid Principal Geraldine
Wildgoose will be addressing the assembly along
with the Superintendent. The Superintendent will
clearly lay out those expectations.

In order to comply with the Florida Sunshine Law,
this notice is given that the School Board Members
have been invited to attend and there may be more
than one member in attendance, however, this is not
an official meeting and there will be no official action
taken by the School Board. The public and the
Monticello News are invited to attend.

All parents of middle/high school students are
urged to be present.









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Wednesday, December 24, 2008


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DEBBIE SNAPP
Monticello News
Staff Writer
BJ Babb, marketing ac-
count executive for
Guardian Medical Moni-
toring, visited with resi-
dents at Heritage Manor
Apartments, offering a
presentation of the home
monitors offered through
her agency.
The emergency re-
sponse systems give com-
fort to the user, the user's
family, and neighbors. She
demonstrated the
Guardian Lockbox, the
safest and most effective
key storage available; the
MedLink, a medication dis-
pensing unit that organ-
izes, reminds, and tracks
the delivery of prescrip-


1. Local Native To Studg In Florence


ACA Youth


FRAN HUNT
Monticello News
Staff Writer
Youth in grades K-4
through sixth at Aucilla
Christian Academy prac-
ticed the gift of giving to
those less fortunate when
they collected approxi-
mately $450 in less than a
two-week period, to be do-
nated to the Jefferson
County Sheriff's Office
Christmas bicycle drive.
Second grade teacher
and project coordinator
Debbie Love said the stu-
dents have given to differ-
ent charities throughout
the years during the
Christmas season, includ-
ing filling shoeboxes with
gifts to be distributed.
"This year, we wanted
to do something a little
closer to home and I knew
that there were children
right- here in Jefferson
County, who would benefit
from it," said Love. She
spoke of ACA's teachings
of Christianity and giving
to the children, and said it
is one lesson, which al-


Jefferson Journal,
Photo By Debbie Snapp,
December 16, 2008
Travis King will travel
to Florence, Italy, In
January, to spend a
semester under the
umbrella of the
International
Program at FSU.


practice Giving
ways tugs on their litt
heartstrings and bring
out the very best in their
"We asked each child
to bring in $2, some forge
and some chose to do s
much more," said Lov
"We had one little boy wt
went home, spoke his fee
ings to his parents ar
brought in $100, and there
was one who brougl
money and had planned 1
go out and by a bicyc:
with his own money, 1
give to the drive."
She added that man
of the children not on]
asked their parents for th
money for the project, bi
they also dug deep in1
their piggy banks so the
may give just that little b
more. "Most of them we]
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outcome of this first ai
nual drive program an
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dren .paticipate in
again next year.


RAY CICHON
Monticello News
Managing Editor
Travis King, son of
George and Linda King, and
the late Tami DePalmn, is a
student at Florida State Uni-
versity, who will spend a se-
mester in Florence, Italy,
studying the Classics.


King is a graduate of
Florida High and a jun-
ior/sophomore at FSU, ma-
joring in classical studies.
He particularly enjoys the
study of philology, the study
of language, which sheds
light on cultural history, and
has studied Latin, Greek,
and Russian, thus far.


His study trip to Flo-
rence is part of the Interna-
tional Program at FSU. He
will be abroad for the semes-
ter spanning January
through April. 'Florence
was his choice of location,
because King will have the
opportunity to see the coun-
try, obtain a general


overview, and view the great
art of the area..
Upon graduation, King
plans to teach, or work for
the government in the disci-
pline of linguistics. He
plans to continue his studies
after graduation, "and I
could do this while I teach,"
he explained.


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Monticello News
Staff Writer -
Founders Garden Cir-.
cle members held their No-
vember meeting at the
home of Diane Johnson.
Members discussed the
types of decorations for the
Christmas tree they will
decorate for display in the
downstairs area of the
Monticello Opera House.
A lunch of homemade
soup and chili was served
with cornbread, followed
with a members holiday
cookie swap. The cookies


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gourmet chefs in atten-
dance.
Coffee and ice cream
punch accompanied the
homemade cookies, as well
as fun and fellowship.
Hostess Diane Johnson
offered a tour of her lovely
home, and a trip into the
past with a nostalgic.visit
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Monticello News Photo By Lena Odom
County Council members and 4-H staff singing Christmas carols at Jefferson Nursing Center. Left to right:.Arsenio
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break to be with our sweet chil-
dren, very supportive hus-
bands and extended families
this holiday season.
Tupelo's wishes everyone
a Merry Christmas and a very
peaceful and happy new year.
We will be closed begin-
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opening on Tuesday, Jan. 6,
2009.
We look forward to a great
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Part of the duties
and responsibilities of
the Jefferson County 4-
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community service. The
council visited Bryn-
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and sang Christmas car-
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They hand delivered
greeting cards to each
room, and extended a
big thank you to the
staff at. the Nursing
Centers for their kind-
nesses.


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Janelle , Bassa, Leno


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nicipal bonds. And right now, these types of bonds may be
more appealing than they've been in many.years.
Essentially, a municipal'bond is a debt security issued byi a-4tat'
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rate bonds. (The yield is the return you will receive on your
bond if you'hold it until maturity.) But what you may not re-
alize is that if you are in one of the upper tax brackets, the tax
savings you receive from your municipal bonds may be enough
to provide you with a higher yield than you'd get from a com-.
parable Treasury or corporate bond.
Furthermore, in recent months, we've seen something that
rarely occurs: municipal bonds yielding as much as, or more'
than, Treasury bqnds - even without taking the tax benefits
into account. Why has this happened? For a variety of cir-
cumstances, the market has become somewhat "glutted" with
municipal bonds; this oversupply has led to lower prices. And
bond prices are inversely related to yields, so the drop in thu-
nicipal bond prices has led to the higher yields.
Thus far, we've seen that today's municipal bonds feature tax
'advantages, low prices and relatively high yields. Yet like all in-
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* Credit risk - During difficult economic times, munic-
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meeting their financial obligations - such as sched-
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it receives from an independent rating agency, such as
Moody's or Standard & Poor's.
* Call risk - When market interest rates.are falling, a
municipality may want to buy back.- o.r"cadll" - its
.bonds so that it can reissue new ones at the lower
rates. Obviously, if your bond is called, your .income
stream will be disrupted. Thak's 1y -you may want to
look for municipal bonds that offer call protection - a
period of time during which the issuer cannot call the
bond.
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to the alternative minimum tax (AMT), so, before investing
in a muni, consult with your tax advisor.
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DEBBIE SNAPP
Staff Writer
Monticello News
The Kate Dilworth
Scott 2496 Chapter of the
United Daughters of the
Confederacy held their
monthly meeting on Mon-
day, Dec. 8, at the Monti-
cello/Jefferson County
Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to holding a
Christmas luncheon, mem-
bers collected items, which
will be donated to the vet-
erans at the VA hospital in
Lake City, FL.
Chapter members in at-
tendance were Polly
Brown, Betty Rose Foun-
tain, Mary Frances Gram-
ling, chapter vice
president, Jewel Hagan,
Eleanor Hawkins, Bettie
Hogle, chapter president,
and Elizabeth Robinson, all
from Monticello; Wanda
Cash, Jo Ann Sadler, and
Mary Yarbrough, all from


Perry.
Special guests at the
meeting were Annette Har-
rell, president of the Anna
Jackson Chapter 224 in Tal-
lahassee, and Myrt Mayne,
registrar of the Anna Jack-
son Chapter 224 and Dis-
trict I Director of the
Florida Division of the
UDC.
The Kate Dilworth
Scott Chapter meets
monthly on the second
Monday, usually at the
Chamber.
All women with Con-
federate ancestry are in-
vited to attend a meeting,
learn about the organiza-
tion, how to document
their ancestry, and apply
for membership.
Contact Eleanor
Hawkins, registrar, at
eleanor.hawkins@net-
tally.com for more informa-
tion.


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row: Polly Brown, Elizabeth Robinson, Eleanor Hawkins, MaryYarbrough, Jo Ann Sadler, and Bettie Hogle, chapter pres-
ident; Left, front row: Betty Rose Fountain, Wanda Cash, and Jewel Hagan.


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Wednesday, December 24, 2008


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COUNTY


Preventing Poisoning in Pets


FRAN HUNT
Monticello News
Staff Writer
Local Vet Tech Diana
Hayes, of Veterinary Asso-
ciates, relates that they get
occasional animals who
have been poisoned unin-
tentionally. Often this is
caused by plants, and
items such as chocolate.
Other cases include
animals, which eat rat or
roach traps. Many resi-
dents are not aware that
Tylenol is poisonous to ca-
nines, but they administer
it to the animals, and then
wonder why they become
worse than they were to
begin with.
Animal Medical Clinic
Vet Tech Rene Smith re-
lates that their office sees
more poisoning of dogs
from owners giving them
table foods, especially
around- the holidays.
Foods such as turkey and
chicken bones, foods con-
taining garlic and onions
or raisins, grapes or
macadamia nuts, choco-
late, and the like are all
harmful to pets.
How would you know
and what would you do if
your pet got into some of
your medicine? Or chewed
on the leaves of a poison-
ous plant? Or drank some-
thing harmful found in
your garage, garden, or
home?
Precautions to take to
keep your pet healthy are:


structed to by your veteri-
narian. Any medicine,
even one tablet, could
cause problems, whether
prescription or over-the-
counter. Aspirin and as-
pirin substitutes can be
fatal to cats and dogs. Keep
all medicines in secure,
high places. When dis-
carding old medications
down the toilet, remember
to flush several times until
all the medication is gone.
Cleaning Products -
Some cleaning prod-
ucts can cause vomiting or
burn a pet's mouth. Be-
cause animals may sample
any liquid if they are
thirsty, remember to move
or empty the mop bucket.
Household Plants -
Many household
plants are toxic to dogs
and cats. Know the names
of plants found inside and
outside. A nursery or gar-
den center can assist iden-
tifying a particular plant.
Plants are usually identi-
fied on printed tags with
care instructions. Save
these tags for future refer-
ence.
Chocolate -
Never give chocolate
to dogs or cats. It can
cause vomiting, seizures
and even death. Be partic-
ularly careful around holi-
days like. Halloween,
Valentine's Day, Christ-
mas, and Easter, when
candy is sure to be plenti-
ful.


Nicotine/Tobacco
In the House: Products -
Medications - Never Cigarettes, cigars,
give your pet "human" chewing tobacco and
medications unless in- patches or gum used to


help curb smoking urges
can cause severe symp-
toms, including seizures
and sometimes death, if
eaten by pets. Keep ash-
trays, "spit cups" and all
things containing even a
trace of tobacco out of
your pet's path.
Mothballs -
One mothball is
enough to be potentially
toxic. Do not put moth-
balls anywhere that pets
can get to them, including
' the yard.
Alkaline Batteries -
Batteries contain acid
that can burn and irritate
your' pet's mouth and
stomach if chewed or
eaten. They could become
lodged in the throat or
swallowed. If stuck in the
.stomach or intestines,
they would have to be sur-
gically removed. Discard
old batteries promptly,
where pets cannot find
them.
In the Garage: ,
Antifreeze and
Windshield Wiper Fluid
- Automotive fluids, if
swallowed, can be poten-
'tially life threatening.
Many of these products
have a "sweet" taste and
pets will readily drink
them.
Petroleum Products
- Liquids like mineral
; spirits and gasoline,
spilled or leaked on the
garage floor, can burn
pet's skin. Some chemi-
cals can be absorbed
through the 'skin, espe-
cially if it is broken or ir-
ritated.
Paint -


Lead based paint,
sometimes found in old
buildings and homes, can
cause lead poisoning if a
pet eats enough all at once
or over a long period of
time.
In the Garden:
Pesticides - Products
such as mole and cricket
powders, chinch bug prod-
ucts and weed killers, for
example, should be used
as directed. Keep pets out
of the treated areas until.
the product dries com-
pletely. If the product is in
pellet or bait form, do not
use in areas pets are likely
to be. Never leave insecti-
cide bags on the ground
because it is easy for pets
to tear open the bags and
eat the contents.
Plants -
Sticks, leaves and
pinecones can cause chok-
ing or blockage to a pet's
stomach and intestines.
Acorns contain 'tannic
acid and can produce se-
vere vomiting and diar-
rhea. Wild mushrooms
are difficult to identify
and should always be con-
sidered extremely poison-
ous. Some mushrooms
can cause liver and kid-
ney failure.
Pet Products:
Flea Powders -
Shampoos, heartworm
medications or other pet
products should be used
according to directions.
Some of these are only for
older animals and may.
not be safe for puppies or
kittens. Many times a pet
may lick his coat or skin
after a pet medication or


flea product has been ap-
plied. If you have any
questions about a prod-
uct's safety, consult your
veterinarian before it is
used.
Pet Toys -
Some pet toys may not
be suitable for all pets.
Rawhide pieces can swell
. and cause choking. Cow
hoofs can splinter and
puncture the stomach or
intestines. Supervise your
pet when introducing a
new toy. Make sure it is
sturdy enough to with-
stand chewing,
If You Think Your Pet
Has Been Poisoned:
Keep the. number of
the poison information
center handy (1-800-222-
2122). Carefully
trained specialists can
often assist in pet poison-
ings or refer you to an an-
imal poison center if
necessary.


Find out if your vet-
erinarian has emergency
hours. If riot, locate the
closest animal emergency
clinic. Many poisonings
occur at night or on holi-
days when regular vet
services may not be avail-
able.
Keep a bottle'of Hy-
drogen Peroxide, 3 per-
cent solution, available at
all times. Hydrogen Per-
oxide is used to induce
vomiting, but DO NOT in-
duce, vomiting unless in-
structed to by a
veterinarian or a profes-
sional at a poison center.
In some cases this attempt
can cause more harm
than good, making the
poison accident more se-
rious.
Do not hesitate to call
the poison center for help
and advice if you think
your pet has been , poi-
soned.


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Kiwanis Club Donate Toys
DEBBIE SNAPP R >" %


Staff Writer
Monticello News
Felix Johnston, mem-
ber of the Monticello Kiwa-
nis club delivered
gift-wrapped Christmas
packages from the Kiwanis
Club, to the Emergency
Management Center on
Wednesday, Dec. 17.
The gifts will be passed
dh to local children in need
(ff "a little something" on
Christmas day.
Carol Ellerbe was on
hand to accept the donation
from the Kiwanis on behalf
4f the Jefferson County
Christmas Drive.


Carol Ellerbe, Emergency Management Center, accepts a donation of toys from
Felix Johnston, on behalf of the Monticello Kiwanis Club, Wednesday, Dec. 17.


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Monticello News, Photo By Fran Hunt, December 1-8, 2008
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ALFA HUNT
Monticello News
Staff Writer
The spring of 1865
had turned into a time
of chaos for the South.
Lee had surrendered
in early April meaning
the Confederacy had
collapsed. The Florida
government was for-
bidden to function nor-
mally by United States
Army
It wasn't until two
months after the assig-
nation of Lincoln that
newly elected Presi-
dent Andrew Johnson
decided to reconstruct
the Southern States.
Congress still highly
debated the decision to
restore the Confeder-
ate states to the US and
eventually, Congress
was able to bypass the
President's plan to fix
the South and enforce
its own plan.
It was during this
time that residents of
Jefferson County
awaited their brothers,
sons, husbands, and fa-
thers.. The men were
forced to return home
mainly by foot as there
was no public trans-
portation in the South-
ern states any more.
Northerners had
ripped up most of the
railroads attaching the
Confederate cities to
one another. Most if
not all horses and
mules had been either
killed or confiscated by
the US government.
The men would ar-
rive home months later
and be greeted with
overly enthusiastic
families. They would
soon realize that their
home was in desperate
need of aid. Regardless
of the fact that the po-
litical, economic, and
social situations had
drastically changed,
the seasons had not.
Winter was quickly ap-
proaching and if they
wanted food for those
long months, it was
time to plant crops.
General John New-
ton who briefly served
as the commander of
the United States occu-
pation forces stationed
in Florida, gave an
order that called on the
former enslaved work
.force to remain on
their plantations, but
work for wages. New-
ton hoped the classic
case of supply and de-
mand.would soon take
effect and turn into a
guide for creating a
system of recompense
for labor. He suggested
that one-fourth of the
crop, food, and housing
would be a good stan-
dard to follow.
The action was sup-
ported by the leaders
of the Freeman's Bu-


reau and the state leg-
islature who also hoped
that this would be a
way to working out a
system of wages with-
out slavery. Some of
the slaves left Jefferson
County altogether.
Most remained in their
old homes with their
old masters working
for wages.
Northern forces
were constantly mov-
ing through Monticello
as they were being re-
assigned to Tallahassee
or other areas nearby.
Soldiers were sent to
Jefferson County usu-
ally in response to re-
quests made by the
Freeman's Bureau.
After General Ed-
ward McCook had ar-
rested Acting
Governor Allison and
forbid the state legisla-
ture from congregat-
ing, local and state
governments were
practically non-exis-
tent at this point. Pres-
ident Johnson was able
to present his plans for
Reconstruction in June
of 1865 with William
Marvin as provisional
governor.
Marvin traveled
with General John G.
Foster who was to as-
sume command of the
Army in Florida. They
arrived August 1865.
Marvin was expected
to oversee voter regis-
tration as well as an
election of delegates
who become a part of a
convention to write a
new constitution
which would renounce
slavery, secession and
debts received to sup-


port the Confederacy
The convention met in
October, 1865 with
William C. . Bird,
William B. Cooper, and
Asa May representing
Jefferson County Mar-
vin told these men that
if they met the listed
requirements as well
as guaranteed civil
rights to former slaves,
more than likely they
would not be asked to
extend suffrage to
freed slaves.
Most of the dele-
gates present during
the convention had
been slave owners and
everyone of them lived
,in a society where the
black man was not
equal to a white. The
delegates weighted
their choices and at
first met with some
hesitation regarding
the cancelation of
debts owed to them.
The men finally agreed
to the conditions.
A committee was
soon appointed to
study the current
statutes and notify the
first' legislature what
was needed by these
acts to meet the re-
quirements of emanci-
pation. The committee
included Charles H.
DuPont supreme court
judge from Gadsden
County, Mariano D.
Papy, a Tallahassee
railroad executive, and
Anderson J. Peeler, a
lawyer from Bailey's
Mills.
The new state con-
stitution was ratified
placing David S.
Walker as governor as
well as creating a new


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state government. Fer-
dinand McLeod won
the seat in Congress
and the legislature
.elected Wilkinson Call
and William Marvin to
the Senate. Marvin
gave full control of the
state to the new gover-
nor Walker at the be-
ginning of 1866.
Even though it
seemed things would
finally convert from
martial law back to
civil law, it was evident
that military com-
manders kept a tight
grasp on their author-
ity in the state. Con-
gress even refused to


accept the -new repre-
sentatives to Congress
from Florida as well as
other Southern States.
Jefferson County
was fortunate due to
the fact that it had not
suffered any battles
fought on its own soil.
Many high class fami-
lies of the county had
lost their wealth to
support the war, but
many still had their
land and some of their
personal positions.
The 408 white men who
were liable for taxes
had a land worth equal
to $1,416,887, bank and
railroad stock equal to


$28,994, and merchan-
dise which was valued
at $156,070.
These men also had
a sum of $96,586 loaned
at interest and pos-
sessed notes worth
$103,399. Thirty seven
of these men filed Fed-
eral Income tax state-
ments in 1866.
The rebuilding ef-
fort was not as stress-
ful as in other
counties. Jefferson' re-
construction effort lay
more on the social and
political side rather
than physical rebuild-
ing. So this was a for-
tunate situation.


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Wednesday, December 24, 2008


PORTS


Hans Sorensen


ACA Changes



Sports Awards Procedure


Lady Tigers Drop 2; Stand 0-7 On Season


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The Jefferson County Lady Tigers fell to Madison County 54-34 on December 12.


FRAN HUNT
Monticello News
Staff Writer
Aucilla Christian Acad-
emy Principal Richard Fin-
layson announced last
week that the way ACA had
been awarding their young
champion athletes each
year, has changed.
In the past, both varsity
and junior varsity football
players received awards for
best offensive player, best
defensive player and most
valuable player, shortly
after the end of the season,
while athletes in all other


sports were awarded dur-
ing the annual Sport Ban-
quet, held at the First"
United Methodist Church
Fellowship Hall every year.
"Due to the size of the hall
and the numerous athletes
and their family members,
this year, all junior varsity
athletes will receive their
awards after each particu-
lar sport during the regular
school year, rather than at
the banquet, and the var-
sity football players will
this year, receive their
awards during the banquet.
With the changes in


mind, the junior varsity
football players receiving
awards this year in-
cluded, Hans Sorensen,
best offensive player;
Jared'Jackson, best de-
fensive player; and
Bradley Holm, most valu-
able player.
Finlayson said he, the
coaches and staff send
congratulations to these
fine young athletes for
their fine performances
during the season and
their representation of
Aucilla Christian Acad-
emy.


FRAN HUNT
Monticello News
Staff Writer
The Lady Tigers fell to
0-7 on the season, after
dropping their last two
games. Dec. 9, and Dec.
12.
Jefferson fell to
Maclay 67-31, Dec. 9.
Coach Steve Hall reported
that the Lady Tigers fell
behind early in the first
half, and just couldn't pull
the score up.
Scoring for Jefferson
were, Keneshia Coates
with 6 points, 3 assists


and 5 rebounds; Alicia
Smith, 8 points, 6 assists;
Latoya Footman, 9 points,
6 rebounds, and 2 assists;
Samiria Martin, 7 points,
10 rebounds, 3 steals, 4 as-
sists..
The Lady Tigers trav-
eled to Madison County
and were defeated 54-34,
by the Cowgirls, Dec, 12,
Hall reported that the
Lady Tigers came out
slow and were outscored
26-7 in the first half. "The
Lady Tigers came back
and had a great second
half, outscoring Madison,


26-17.
Adding points to the
Jefferson board were
Smith with 6 points, 6 as-
sists; Coates, 9 points, 4
assists, 5 rebounds; Mar-
tin, 4 points, 2 assists, 8
rebounds and 2 blocked'
shots; Emily Howell, 4
points, 4 rebounds, 3 as-
sists; Footman had 10
points, 5 rebounds, and 2
assists.
The Lady Tigers
faced-off against Chiles,
Monday, Dec. 15, but sta-
tistics were not available
prior to press time.


Var ity


Drop


FRAN HUNT
Monticello News
Staff Writer
The Jefferson varsity
Tigers dropped their last
two games to stand 1-6 on
the season.
Madison downed the
Tigers 63-42 Friday, Dec. 12.
Jefferson inched by Madi-
son in the first quarter, 11-
10, and dropped the second
quarter 20-9, ending the
half with a 30-20 Jefferson
deficit. Madison beat the
Tigers 16-5 in the third and
the teams tied the fourth at
17-17.
Making their mark dur-
ing the game were Chris
Mays with 4 points; Dean-
dre Tucker, 4 points, and 4


rebounds; Harold Ingram,
Jr., 4 points, 5 rebounds and
1 blocked shot; Denzel
Whitfield, 4 points, 6 re-
bounds and 1 blocked shot;
Jacari Johnson, 4 points;
Rodreguis Johnson, 12
points; Kimyrian Kirksey
scored 6 points.
On Tuesday, Dec. 16, the
Tigers fell to West Gadsden,
75-65. Though the first half
was fiercely fought, the
Tigers fell behind during
the second half to suffer a
loss.
West Gadsden took the
first quarter, 13-11 and Jef-
ferson came back to take
the second, 20-18, leaving
the two teams at a 31-31 tie
at the half.


Timjers


Two


Jefferson was leading
19-18 in the third and
dropped the fourth quarter,
25-16. Scoring for Jefferson
were, Mays with 18 points,
4 rebounds; Tucker, 4
points, 5 rebounds, and 1
blocked shot; and Ingram
with 10 points, 2 blocked
shots and 1 steal.
Whitfield, 8 points, and
2 blocked shots; J. Johnson,
11 points, 5 rebounds, and 5.
steals; R. Johnson, 14
points, and 1 rebound;
Shayne Broxie, 3 points;
and Kirksey, 1 rebound.
The Tigers face off
against Leon County, 7:30
p.m., Jan. 6, 2009, there in
their first contest of the
new year.


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Wednesday, December 24, 2008


PORTS


Mike Holm, Recreation Park Director -B;' : . - " . '-


FRAN HUNT
Monticello News
Staff Writer
Mike Holm, a long-time
athlete, coach, and as the
new Recreation Depart-
ment Director; he has a
good grasp of the position,
which he began Dec. 1,
2008. He foresees changes,
which would greatly bene-
fit citizens in the county.
The responsibility of
the Recreation Park Direc-
tor includes youth sports
registrations, maintaining
playing fields, courts, park
upkeep, required mainte-
nance, being responsible
for trash pickup, setting up
coaches and umpires for
local activities, reporting
results to the News, mow-
ing, serving as umpire if
necessary, checking fields
and courts for playability
during particular seasons,
checking concession
stands, making sure the
park is operating
smoothly.
Holm said he looks for-
ward to obtaining comput-
ers so sports registrations
can be taken care of online,
and medical information
such as allergies, medica-
tions, emergency contacts,
and the like, can be easily
entered by parents and/or
guardians. He said the
park has an AED (Auto-
matic Electronic Defibera-
tor, and he is getting
recertified in CPR (Cardio
Pulmonary Recessitation),
and trying to get the serv-
ing umpires certified as
well.
And he also wishes to
take first aid 'classes. "I
want to be able to know
what to do in case of an
emergency," said Holms. "I
remember being on the
sidelines when ACA foot-,
ball player Matt Bishop
was seriously injured, and
I felt useless because I did-
n't know what to do in that
kind of situation. I want to
know what to do in case it
is needed on the field at the
Park; I want all the train-
ing I can get."
Holm also plans to pro-
mote the park, look into
new ideas and try to get
more community involve-
ment." As possible addi-
tions to programs already
offered, Holm . said he
would be looking at the
possibility of also adding
such programs as tackle
football, cheerleading,
youth basketball, possibly
adult basketball, adult soft-
ball, and adult flag football,
outdoor concerts, try to get
volleyball courts and lights
for the basketball courts,
try to double the size of the
playground, which re-
cently added new equip-
ment about a month ago,
and trying to get programs
for seniors, maybe activi-
ties such as shuffle board,
lawn bowling, botchy ball,
and the like.
He added that the Babe
Ruth League will be play-
ing on the new field located
behind the park off of Gold-
berg Road; he extended


Mike Holm
youth soccer registration
by one week and acquired
more than 100 players for
this years program' which
is specifically for young
athletes K-5 through eighth
grades.
T-ball and baseball reg-
istrations will be taken at
the park in February, and*
the Step Up Florida pro-
gram, sponsored by the
Jefferson County Health
Department, will also be
setting up health related
booths and health screen-
ings in the park in Febru-
ary.
"I would possibly like
to get Fire Rescue in to
give residents demonstra-
tions of the rigs and equip-
ment, and maybe get the
Monticello Police Depart-
ment or the Jefferson
County Sheriffs Office to
come out and conduct pro-
grams such as youth bicy-
cle safety programs and
the like," said Holm.
He added that if adult
softball and flag football
programs were added with
possible, addition of adult
basketball, he would like to
participate. "What can I
say," said Holm. "I've al-
ways had a little bit of a
competitive streak in me."
Holm is one of the
many county residents
who play and coach area
sports. He has been in-
volved in sports since the
age of eight, when he began
playing baseball in the
Recreation Park in
Chaires.
Later, Holm played
baseball at Lincoln High
for two years, and in 1979
at the age of 17, he began
playing in the softball
league at the Recreation
Park, here.
* After 28 years of play-
ing ball, his love for the
sport continues to grow.
"What keeps me enthused
about the game, is that I
like being with a good
bunch of guys,, and the
competition,' said Holm.
"It's also a lot of fun going
out of town to play, and I
just love coaching the chil-
dren."
He began coaching at
the age of 22, when he
coached his cousin's soft-
ball and baseball teams,
for several years. The
teams he has coached lo-
cally include: Monticello
Merchants softball team,
with Rodney Roberts and


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JV Jefferson County Tigers


Bert Teasley, for ten years;
C & F Fence for two years;
assisted the Monticello Lit-
tle League for one year;
coached the Farmers and
Merchants flag football
team for the past three
years, and he intends to
coach FMB again this
year. He has also coached
several teams in Tallahas-
see for his stepson.
He has also played in
the Watermelon Festival
softball tournament for the
past 17-22 years. The team
took the second place win
last year. Holm also played
for the Church Softball
League, and coached the
Elizabeth Baptist team for
eight years.
He has played flag foot-
ball for Realty Corp. in
Tallahassee for 26 years,
where he played receiver
and safety. Holm also
played for the
Thomasville YMCA for
three years for the RSC
Bulldogs, however, he did
not play that much last
year due to an injury. "I
probably won't do that
anymore," said Holm.
"Time is so hard to come
by these days."
His team won the
league in Tallahassee
(softball) three years ago,
and second in Thomasville
(flag football) the same
year.
In the past, Holm was
so actively busy that he
would finish playing the
season with Tallahassee
(softball), get about one
week off, then go and play
for Thomasville (flag foot-
ball).
Holm added that his
new responsibility at the
Park would not affect his
coaching local teams, due
to his hours being flexible
from. day to day and week
to week.
Though he has a fam-
ily, his wife of 16 years,
Sandy, and sons, Bradley,
14 and Brandon, 12, he'
makes time to play his fa-
vorite sports and involve
his family.
"On weekends that I
have to play out of town,
most of the time, I take my
wife and boys with me,
and we turn it into a mini,
vacation," said Holm.
"We've traveled as far as
El Paso, Texas, Tennessee,
all of the states in the
southeast," he said. "I
also have a grown son,
Dayne Parker, 27, who
also enjoys playing soft-
ball," said Holm.
Holm added that his
sons also get very much
into sports, following in
his footsteps. "I'm blessed
that they like sports as
much as they do," said
Holm. He added that
Bradley was named the
ACA MVP for this year's
JV football team.
Holm concluded that
he would eagerly accept
any suggestions about pro-
gram and sports additions
at the park from local res-
idents. .Call 342-0240 to
offer suggestions.


FRAN HUNT
Monticello News
Staff Writer
The Jefferson junior
varsity Tigers basketball
team lost its two most re-
cent games to stand 0-7 on
the season.
Jefferson squared off
against Madison County
Friday, Dec. 12 and. was
defeated 50-21. Madison
outscored Jefferson in all
four quarters. Madison
took the first quarter 12-3
and the second, 18-7, leav-
ing the Tigers at a 30-10
deficit at the half. Madi-
son took the third, 6-3 and
the fourth, 14-8.
Scoring for the Tigers
were, Lenorris Footman,
9 points; Allen, 2 points;
T. Jackson, 2 points;
Ramez Nealy, 3 points;
and Gene Noel, 3 points.
The Tigers went to'
the hardwood against
West .Gadsden Tuesday,
Dec. 16 and were downed


1'


51-31. West Gadsden took
three of four . quarters,
Jefferson inching the
first, 9-8;, and dropping
the second, 13-8 to end the
half at a 21-17 deficit.
West Gadsden took' the
third, 9-6 and the fourth,
21-8.
Scoring for the Tigers


were Footman with 3
points; , Shelderrick
Duhart, 4 points; Allen, 4
points; Noel, 1 point;
Nealy, 17 points; and
Francis scored 2 points.
The Tigers, return to
the hardwood against
Leon County, 6 p.m., Jan.
6, 2009, there.


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NOTICE OF RECEIPT OF STORM\WATER APPLICATION
Notice is hereby given that pursuant to Chapter 373, Florida Statutes
and Chapter 62-346, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), the follow-
ing application for an Individual Stormwater Permit has been received by
the Northwest Florida Water Management District:
Application #537 received December 3, 2008, from the Jefferson
County Board of Codnty Commissioners for construction of the Jeffer-
son' County Livestock and Horse Arena on tax parcels 34-2N-4E-0110-
0000-1730 and 27-2N-4E-0110-0000-1600, Monticello. Project includes
construction of a show arena, a 2,400 sq. ft. portable classroom and rest-
room building, grassed parking and access and a stormwater management
facility.
Interested persons may comment upon these applications or submit a writ-
ten request for a staff report containing proposed agency action regarding
the application by writing the Northwest Florida Water Management Dis-
trict's ERP Office, 800 Hospital Dr., Crestview, FL. Such comments or
requests must be received by 5:00 p.m. within 14 days from date of pub-
lication.
No further public notice will be provided regarding these applica-
tions. Persons wishing to remain advised of further proceedings or to re-
ceive a copy of the Technical Staff Retort should request that in writing
to the address above or by e-mail to ErpPermits@nwfwmd.state.fl.us.
Substantially affected persons are entitled to request an administra-
tive hearing, pursuant to Title 28, Florida Administrative Code, regarding
the proposed agency action by submitting a written request after review-
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FROM JEFFERSON COUNTY CHILDREN



Local Santas Share Their Experiences


FRAN HUNT
Monticello News
Staff Writer
Several county residents
have volunteered over the
years to offer their services
and become Santa's helpers,
as they stand in for Jolly Old


Quaneshi
St. Nick, in and around the
.county
As Santa 'they have dealt
with crying babies, infants,
grabbing their glasses, tug-
ging at their beards, asking a
multitude of questions, and
even those who were afraid,
to sit on their laps.'
One would think it's a
life full of HO, HO, HOs when
volunteering as one of
Santa's helper. It very often
proves to be not only full of
HO, HO, HOs,, but also HA,
HA, HA, and OH NOs!
Regardless of what hap-
pens, they highly enjoy their
duties and plan to continue
doing them.
Ron Slik has been por-
traying Santa Claus for
nearly 20 years, both locally
and at Governor's Square
Mall, in Tallahassee. He said
that though many Santas at-
tend Santa School, he hasn't
done that. "It's a tough job
and you have to know exactly.
what to say," said Slik. He
added that it is very hard
work when you have a lot of
children and you're contiriu-
ally lifting them to your lap.
Slik began experiencing leg
pains and was informed by
his doctor that lifting affects
the legs. "You'd think it
would be your back bother-
ing you," he said.
Through the years, he
has had many experiences;
some mishaps and some
cute, funny, and heartwarm-
ing. Slik recalls that two
years ago, a little girl visiting
from China came to see him.
"She spoke English very
well, so I asked her what she
wanted for Christmas? She
asked me, what's is Christ-
mas? Then I asked her what
would you like to have more


than anything else in the
world? She thought about it
really hard, you could almost
see the smoke coming out of
her ears, and then she
blurted out, 'Macaroni and
cheese!' Her mother said she
could handle that."


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He said that last year, one lit-
tle girl who came to see him,
and moved him. She told
Santa she had a lot and didn't
really need anything, but her
friend at school in Tallahas-
see had lost her house and
her family was sleeping in a
car. The girl asked Santa to
get her friend a warm blan-
ket because it was going to be
really cold.
There was one little boy
about four years old, who
wore a frilly shirt, knickers
and tweed jacket and spoke
the perfect King's English.
The boy said: "Santa, I have
a problem. I liked all the
presents I got last year, but I
didn't ask for them. This
year, could you bring me a
sack of money and my mom
and I will go shopping and
buy what I want?" Slik re-
sponded, "Santa Claus does-
n't deal with money and he
can't print it. I deal with
toys." The boy said he
thought he would give it a
shot anyway.
Several years ago, on a
very busy night with a very
long line of parents and chil-
dren, a little girl about three
to five years old bypassed the
line and crawled into his lap.
"She kept saying 'St. Nico-
las', and playing with my
beard. Then I was informed
that she was from Russia and
had only been in the country
for three days." Slik said
that he had learned to speak
Russian before he learned to
speak English, so he spoke to
her in Russian. "She was
thrilled to know that Santa
Claus could speak Russian,"
said Slik.
He recalls that there was
one occasion when a little
boy brought him a gift bag.


"I was polite and didn't open
it until he left. Inside,
.wrapped in tissue paper,
there was a big sugar cookie
with one bite taken out of it.
SI guess he wanted to ensure
that Santa got a good
cookie," quipped Slik. "I still
have that cookie."
Slik said he has the same
family come and see him
every year. "I have. a large
number of college students
come by to see me ard this
one boy wanted to send a pic-
ture of his girlfriend to his
mother, so he figured the best
picture would be one with
her and Santa Claus. They
came back every year after
that.
One year, they informed
him that they were married
now. And when they had
their first baby, they came to
see me. The man told me it
had become a family tradi-
tion to be photographed with
Santa, telling me, 'It works!'
He remembered yet an-
other cute story Slik said he
was working in a flower shop
and two little girls outside
were talking when one asked
the other, "Where does Santa
Claus live?" The other girl
answered, "Monticello,
Florida," just at the moment


Slik departed the flower
shop. The second girl
pointed toward Slik and said,
"See, I told you that Santa
lives in Monticello!"
Over the years, Slik has
had many mishaps as Santa.
He said babies are fascinated
with his beard and reach for
it. He had one instance when
a teenage boy sat on his lap
reached over and grabbed
his beard and pulled to watch
it come off. "He almost
yanked my face off," said
Slik. He has had many ba-
bies spit up on him and dia-
pers leaking in his lap.
"That's why I have sev-
eral costumes, just in case
one has to be dry-cleaned,"
said Slik. He added that the
biggest problem playing
Santa is the children ages six
months to, about two years.
"They have always come to
know Santa in pictures or on


TV, and he's real small. But
when their parents drag
them to the mall to get their
first photo with Santa, they
begin screaming bloody mur-
der."
As Santa, Slik has also
had senior citizens have
their photos with him. "I re-
member last year, there was
this 93 year-old woman in a
wheelchair. She told me that
her children were all grown
now, but when they were
small, every year there was a
photo taken with Santa. She
said she thought it the best
thing to do to take a photo of
herself with Santa and send
it to her children."
Recalling another senior,
he remembers an 83 year-old
woman who had fallen and
broken her vertebra and had
Lo wear this brace that came
up like a box on both sides of
her head. "She said she
thought a photo with Santa
would help her to remember
being alive during this or-
deal," said Slik.
As a citizen visiting re-
tailers, he has had many chil-
dren stare at him over the
years. Parents have often
told him that he needs to
come around more often,
that the children have a ten-


dency to behave when he's
around.
Slik also portrays Santa
Paws for pet lovers who like
photos of their little furry
family members with Santa.
"I don't have a problem with
the dogs, but for some rea-
son, I have trouble with the
cats, they don't seem to like
me, There have also been
families who wanted photos
taken of their children and
pets together with me and
those are really fun. The pet
will sit still and the kids are
jumping up and down, ex-
cited because 'Santa is going
to hold my dog.'
Burt Banks has por-
.trayed Santa since 2001 and
recalls some of his cutest or
funniest moments. His au-
thentic "Santa Claus" beard
has come in handy on many
of those occasions.
"There was one year


during the Downtown
Christmas when I played
Santa for one day and one
night. One little boy came in
hnd told me that he wanted a
fire truck for Christmas,"
said Banks. "He came back
about three more times while


the door." Banks notes that
he was not in his "uniform"
at the time. "One man .ap-
proached me at the salad bar
and he told me that his son
had told him he thought the
gentleman near the salad bar
was Santa. So I asked him


Ashton & Austin Narezo


I was there, and he kept
telling me that he wanted a
fire truck for Christmas. I
guess he was trying the make
sure I wouldn't forget.
"I remember one time,
when I was Santa at Little
Angels in Training," said
Banks. "There was this one
little girl who was so excited
when she got home, she ran
through the house and told
her mother, 'I saw the real
Santa Claus today, and it was-
n't Mr. Larry'
He recalled one instance
when he was called to do a
job in Virginia. "I would eat
dinner every night in a
restaurant near my hotel
room," he said. "I walked in-
one night and sat near the
salad bar where I could see


his son's name and he said
Sean, so I got a little more in-
formation..
"Shortly after, I walked
up behind him and tapped
him on the shoulder and said
hello Sean, have you been a
good boy," said Banks. "Sean
had a miraculous look on his
face when he looked up and
saw me. He kind of hesitated
and stuttered 'yes'. Then I
asked him what happened in
school last week and he was
suddenly dumbfounded."
Banks said Sean's dad then
told -him, "I told you he
(Santa) could see you." "I re-
ally had a lot of fun with it,"
he added.
- He has had many in-
stances of children tugging
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LETTERS


Local Santas Share Their Experiences


Continued From Page 1A
on his beard, just to make
sure it was real. "It has con-
,vinced many that I was the
real deal," said Banks.
There are instances as
the jolly old soul, when chil-
dren become frightened. "I
went to Freedom Church in
Tallahassee and went to visit
with the children in .the
nursery. Some of the chil-
dren started crying and
some refused to sit on my
lap," said Banks. "It hap-
pens from time to time."
As Santa, one also has to
be very quick on his feet
coming up with clever
-answers to the children's
-questions. "You have to be
able to figure out what the
children are asking and give
them the answer they are


looking for. If you don't they
figure out that it's not really
Santa."
Some ask him where his
sled is and he replies, "There
is no snow here, so when
we're here, we ride in a red
Jeep." Many have asked
how many reindeer he has
and he tells them, "Eight, but
on those foggy nights when I
use Rudolph, I have nine."
Children have asked him
how many elves he has and
he tells them a variety of
answers, including, "I'm hir-
ing and firing all year round,
so I really don't know how
many are working for me
now." On occasions, he has
been asked, 'Do you pay the
elves? How do you get the
money?' At times, he tells
them the money is donated,


at other times he tells them
that he feeds them and gives
them a place to live, so they
work for free.
Banks recalls that last
year he went to a Chinese
restaurant in Madison for
some seafood. "There are
some Spanish people who
worked there and one couple
had a little girl. The parents
told me that she thought I
looked like Santa and I told
them I was Santa. I told
them that I would be back in
uniform the following night
at 7 p.m. As all the children
came in they thought it was
great to see that Santa had
stopped by for dinner."
Banks greeted each with
"Feliz Navdad" and gave
them candy canes.
He has snuck into his


grandchildren's room on
Christmas Eve to deliver
bicycles and shortly before
leaving, he let out a loud,
"Ho, Ho, Ho", awakening the
children. "My grandson
grabbed the camera and took
a picture of me with infrared
film. The funny thing was,
the red suit didn't show up."
Banks has had many
children, adults and those
who are heavy, sitting on his
lap, but it doesn't bother
him. "I can take it," he
relates. He concluded, "I've
been very, very lucky. I want
to keep playing Santa. I love
to see the look on the kids'
faces. There's nothing like
it."
Larry Bates, Sr. has been
playing Santa Claus since
the 1990's. He relates that


there are many memorable
occasions, some mishaps
and just enjoying the expres-
sion on children's bright lit-
tle faces when they see him.
"I have had little babies
hands getting entangled in
my beard, and I have had
babies grab my glasses and
pull them off,' said Bates.
"I try to be quiet around
the little kids, holding back
on the HO, HO, HOs, to keep
from- scaring them," said
Bates. "The worst part about
playing Santa is when I get
ready to leave, the older kids
follow me and I have a hard
time getting out of their
sight."
He has portrayed Santa
on many occasions and said
that some of those who come
to get photos with him or just


tell what they wanted for
Christmas. He has even had
a few bring in their family
pets for photos with him.
Bates said the cutest
kids are those who are
amazed with the sight of
Santa and they can't take
their eyes off him. "They are
so amazed, they don't want
to leave."
He recalls his funniest
story. "When my grandson
was little, he told his grand-
mother, 'I wish Grandpa
would stop pretending to be
Santa Claus.'
Both Banks and Bates
say they have been fortunate
and not had any mishaps
with babies spitting up on
them or leaky diapers. They
haven't had that particular
problem, "yet."


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Have the merriest
of holidays!

Greetings
from
County Judge
Robert Plaines
* jr-i


Merry Christmas & A
Happy New Year!




From your friends at
Thomas B. Scott
Septic Tank & Land Clearing
850-997-5536 or cell 850-933-3620
339 Alexander Rd. * Lamont, FL 32366
Lot Preparing & Land Clearing * Septic Tank
Complete Septic Service and Repair


Let Us
Adore
Him


As we celebrate the season, may we
be reminded of the wondrous gift God
sent to earth. A blessed Christmas to you
and yours.
T. Buckingham Bird,
Paula M. Sparkman
& Bruce Leinback, P.A.
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Glad tidings to all our friends, both near and far.
Many thanks for including us in your travels.

FARM BUREAU
Freddy Pitts, Jimmy King, Glen King
and Lance Braswell
Serving Madison, Taylor and Lafayette Counties
SW An


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"Blessed are the peacemakers;
for they shall be called the children of God."
- Matthew 5:9
May your home and family be blessed during
this holiest of seasons.

Register's Mini-Storage
SR 159 Waukeenah Hwy * Monticello
1/4 Mile off US 19 S


997*2535


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aeat ,* suaeea for as,/
Aopeayour ho l, s ^a remer and
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Tommy Surfes State Farm Agent
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HARDEE, P.A.


(850) 997-8181
1307 S. JEFFERSON STREET
MONTICELLO, FLORIDA 32344
The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that
should not be based solely upon advertisements.
Before you decide, ask the lawyer to send you free
written information about their qualifications
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Shift Into Holiday Gear!

Everyone here is all revved up to wish you
a high-powered holiday celebration,
where everything runs smoothly!

Dunham Body Shop
1630 E. Jackson St.
Thomasville, GA
(229) 226-2077


To our many good friends:
We hope your Christmas is
bright with love and joy.

Bush Bab
&
Books Beca
Serving Jefferson County for
280 & 290 N. Cherry S
997-5639


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To All Our Customers,
Friends and Family:
We wish you the warmest Christmas ever
full of joy and delight as we revel in the
true meaning of Christmas.
Merry Christmas &

Happy New year!

AMERIGAS
US 19 S. at CR 259* Monticello
997-3331


Wednesday, December 24, 2008







In the spirit of the season,
we offer you our sincerest
holiday wishes and deepest
gratitude. Thank you for your
business. We appreciate everyone's
* choice to shop locally.



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Stevire Walker Reentalty
250 rrh lefferson S t.
Moraicello, FL
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A cheery helo to you,
our manyfrienads, om a lthe staffat

Steve Walker Realty
250 S. Jefferson St.*- Monticello
use 850-997-4061
www.SteveWalkerRealty.com
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