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141th Year No. 2 Wednesday, January 7, 2009 50f 460+4

City To Get Bonus Of Nearly $82,000

Tax Revenues Were Distributed Wrongly

Monticello News
Senior Staff Writer
Monticello recently,
received word from the
Florida Department of,
Revenue (FDOR) that it
will receive nearly
$82,000 in additional
communications service
tax revenues beginning
in February
Only it appears that
the city may have al-
ready started receiving
the money


Five constitutional (
day, Jan. 5. From left, Ji
newly elected; Sheriff Da
Kirk Reams, reelected; a

City Clerk Emily
Anderson said the
FDOR letter informing
the city of the funding
bonus arrived Nov. 2.
She said the letter ex-
plained that the depart-
ment had erred in the
distribution of the com-
munications service tax
revenues and was cor-.
recting the error.
Anderson explained
that the tax is levied on
all communications
equipment, including

phones, cable, and
broadband. She said the
state collects the tax and
distributes the monies
according to the users'
places of residence. But
apparently, errors in the
database caused the de-
partment to distribute
some of the monies in-
"The state did an
audit and determined
that some people got too
Please See;
Bonus Page 4A

City Clerk
Emily Anderson has
good news to report.

FHP Investigates ATV

Accidents Over Weekend

Monticello News
Staff Writer
The holiday week-
end kept the troopers of
Florida Highway Patrol
busy in the county with
ATV mishaps involving
The first of two inci-
dents occurred Dec. 31
at 4:39 p.m. when' FHP
responded to 5865 Au-
cilla Road concerning
an ATV accident.
Florida Highway Pa-
trol reported that a 12
year-old youth was oper-
ating a 2007 Honda
Recon 250 on private

property and when the
minor attempted to
drive up an embank-
ment, the ATV over-
turned, landing on top
of the minor.
The youth was
transported to Tallahas-
see Memorial Hospital
for treatment of minor
injuries. The minor was
not wearing a helmet,
the ATV sustained $100
damage, and charges are
pending in the case.
The second incident
occurred Jan. 1 at 5:00
p.m., when FHP re-
Please See ATV.
Accidents Page 4A

Progress Reported On

Map Updating Project

Monticello News Photo by Laz Aleman, January 5, 2009
officers take the oath of office at a special ceremony at the courthouse 6 p.m. Mon-
udge Bobby Plaines, who administered the oath; Property Appraiser Angela Gray,
avid Hobbs. reelected; Elections Supervisor Marty Bishop, reelected; Clerk of Court
nd Tax Collector Lois Howell-Hunter, reelected.

Monticello News
Senior Staff Writer
The Northwest
Florida Water Manage-
ment District
(NWFWMD) is report-
ing progress on its re-
gional remapping
initiative and projecting
that Jefferson County's
revised floodplain maps
will be available for
local review by the latter
part of 2009. "
The district expects
the county's finalized
product will be available
by September 2010. :
The effort is part of
a FEMA (Federal Emer-
gency Management
Agency) funded initia-
tive that aims to mod-
ernize the country's
topographical maps.
The project entails tak-
ing the current mono-
chromatic and largely
outdated floodplain
maps and converting
them into state-of-the-

art digital documents,
complete with aerial
photography, GIS spatial
referencing, and accu-
rately delineated eleva-
tions, floodplains and
wetlands, among other
topographical features.
Ultimately, the up-
graded maps are in-
tended to serve as the
foundations for the over-
lay of other databases,
so that the documents
will contain a wealth of
facts about each
county's topography, el-
evations, soils, zoning
and political districts,
among other pertinent
The remapping also
could affect flood insur-
ance rates for a percent-
age of property owners,
with some who cur-
rently don't carry flood-
plain insurance having
to carry it and others
who presently carry it
Please See
Map Project Page 4A

Senior Citizens Center Gets Another $800,000

Funding Will Allow
For Completion Of

Monticello News
Senior Staff Writer,
Almost a year to the
date after completion of
phase 1 of the renova-
tion and expansion proj-
ect at the Jefferson
Senior Citizens Center
(JSCC), the organization
received wordon Nov. 30
that that the funding
has been approved for
phase 2.
"We got a state grant
for $873,427 from the
Florida Department of
Elder Affairs," JSCC Di-
rector Bobbie Krebs in-
formed the News on
Monday, Jan. 5.
Indeed, crews from
Riley Palmer Construc-
tion Company the

Monticello News Photo by Laz Aleman, January 5, 2009
Crews from Riley Palmer Construction Company, the contractor doing the work,
have been busy doing site preparation work at the Jefferson Senior Citizens Center
for the last couple of weeks.

contractor doing the job
- have been at the cen-
ter for the last couple of

weeks, doing the site
preparation work for
the installation of the

circular driveway, addi-
Please See
Senior Center Page 4A

Tourist Development Group

Eying Promotional Projects

Two Big Events Set For March and Apri-
LAZARO ALEMAN the Drive' would soon be
Monticello News carrying an ad extolling
Senior Staff Writer the community un-
The Board of the spoiled natural beauty
Tourist Development and encouraging visi-
Council (TDC) had a lot tors to come and partake
of ground to cover at its of the pleasures. She re-
first meeting of the New ported also that she was
Year on Monday, Jan. 5. providing calendars of
For those not famil- events to the various
iar with the organiza- lodging facilities in the
tion, the TDC is one of county and asking them
several quasi-judicial to share the information
groups trying to make a with their visitors. And
difference in the com- come Jan. 21, she and
munity Specifically, the TDC Chairwoman
TDC is charged with fos-" Gretchen Avera would
tering tourism and eco- be traveling to the Vil-
tourism by promoting lages retirement com-
the city and county's munity near Orlando to
natural, cultural and distribute literature pro-
historical resources. moting Monticello and
Toward that end, Jefferson County, she
TDC Coordinator Nancy said.
Wideman shared with The group also dis -
the group that AAA's Please See
travel magazine 'Worth Tourist Page 4A

Around Jeff. (

2 Sections, 24 Pages

Co. 4-9A Legals 11A
10A Obituaries 5A
12A Viewpoints 2-3A

W d 65/40


A widely scattered shower or thun-
jerstorm is possible early.

Thu 69/38

Sunny. Highs in the upper 60s and
lows in the upper 30s.

Fri 65140

Mainly sunny. Highs in the mid 60s
and lows in the low 40s.



2A Monticello News

Wednesday, January 7, 2009



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

Dear Editor, Develop
Many of your readers (EDC).
are aware of the growing we're s
controversy regarding attract
impact fees in Jefferson EDC we
County. Impact fees are a huge di
tax on building virtually ating ai
anything in the county This
applying to homes, busi- seems
nesses, even churches. decide
Everyone remembers want r
how real estate was boom- places
ing wildly a few years ago, here in
the economy was growing, don't b
and construction was ram- impact
pant. It was in this envi- do buil
ronment that county man- enjoy
agers across the state enue ye
seized an opportunity to future.
create a new tax to erty ta:
increase revenues in this county
unbelievable period of will no
growth that appeared to be business
without end. locate
The impact fees they these hi
created are not, small. In As
Jefferson County commis- leader
sioners passed four sepa- ing fees
rate taxes that total more ure." C
than $3100 on any home county
(site built or mobile home i
home); and, a schedule of high ii
fees was approved for busi- Leon C
ness structures that can cost to
easily run over $100,000. structu
Consider these facts: times h
Jefferson County has other
been losing businesses for region
decades. There was a time than ev
when Monticello had two So
car dealerships and a business
movie theater. Fast for- rather
ward to the present and Just as
we've recently lost both like wi
The Courtyard and Jakes boom p
restaurants,. Dunn's being r
Furniture and Radio the stat
Shack. (which
In recognition of the cessful
fact that we need business busine,
:and employment to impact
remain healthy, leaders Wakull
.have been trying to attract other
new business by funding taken
the Economic them.

Mason 's

Elect New I

Monticello News
Staff TWriter
The Hiram Masonic
Lodge 115 elected new offi-
cers Dec. 8, with the instal-
lation set for 7:30 p.m.,
Jan. 12 at the Lodge locat-
ed on Olive Street.
2008 officers are: i
Worshipful Master Bob
Montpellier; Senior
Warden Mike Willis;
Junior Warden John
Michalski; Treasurer John
Gebhard; and Secretary
Roy Faglie.
2009 officers include all
2008 officers retaining
their posts, except the
Senior Warden. Officers
are: Worshipful Master
Bob Montpellier; Senior
Warden Jim Billberry;
Junior Warden John
Michalski; Treasurer John
Gebhard; and Secretary
Roy Faglie.


pment Council
So at the same time
pending money to
business with the
have put in place a
disincentive by cre-
i impact fee tax.
s is senseless. It
leaders need to
whether or not they
residents to have
to work and shop
the county. If folks
build there is no
fee revenue. If they
d, the county will
property tax rev-
ear after year in the
We need the prop-
x revenue to fund
operations that
)t be available if
sses choose to
where they avoid
uge upfront fees.
one prominent
noted, "front load-
is a recipe for fail-
"urrently the cost of
fees to construct a
.s nearly twice as
n Jefferson as in
County, while the
build a business
re is many, many
higher here. All the
counties in our
are far cheaper
en Leon.
why would any
ss locate here
than next door?
impact fees spread
ld fire during the
eriod, they are now
reversed all across
:e. Madison County
has been very suc-
attracting new
ss) never had an
fee, while Leon,
a, Nassau, Bay, and
counties have all
action to reverse


The largest part of the
impact fees in Jefferson
just went into effect in
June and building permit
applications have been
minimal ever since. Some
may think the economy
will rebound, things will
get back to "normal," and
impact fees will not hurt
There are two prob-
lems with that logic. First,
the real estate bubble we
experienced was not nor-
mal and is unlikely to be
repeated in most of our
Second, for the same
reason folks shop .at
Walmart most. business
and homebuilding will go
where it's most economi-
cal. As long as it's cheaper
to do business in sur-
rounding counties we will
remain a .last place eco-
nomic contender.,
This will mean even
fewer jobs in an already
weak economic environ-
* ment, fewer places to shop,
and less property tax rev-
enue to the county. It is
now imperative that our
leaders avoid defending
actions of the past and not
make decisions based on
hopes and dreams.
With the economy now
in recession it's more
important than ever for
the future of Jefferson
County that our leaders
address this issue based on
economic realities. I
encourage everyone to call
your commissioner and let
them know you stand for
Jefferson County and
against impact fees.

Paul Michael

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Established 1869
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be they past, present or future residents.
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January 6, 1999
The Department of
Corrections expects to release the
findings of its investigation into
the death of Jefferson
Correctional Institution inmate
Christine Elmore in mid January.
For the third year in a row, the
Jefferson County Shrine Club
donated tricycles to the annual
Christmas Drive. This year's
donation was 15 tricycles.
Speeders and would-be bad
guys beware. Ressa-Anne Annie,
Alias "Sheila," is on the lookout,
one hand on the radar gun, the
other on the steering wheel of her
patrol car, ready to spring into
action at a moment's notice.
Commissioners are consider-
ing a program that would provide
affordable legal services to county.
January 4, 1989
The owner of a proposed
paper-processing plant and his
engineers were in the county.
recently looking at possible sites
on which to locate the industry.
A Tallahassee attorney and
developer who, in conjunction
with his son, purchased some 391
acres of the old Melear Dairy prop-
erty back in October is playing it
close to the chest as far as what he
intends to do with the property.
The county received a new
garbage truck December 6, which
should, according to Landfill
,ilyDirector Dixon Hughes, make
-garbage pickup throughout the
county less of a headache. The
Knew truck was put on the route for
, 'first time December 21.
January 4, 1979
The John Miles Palmer House,

Red Hats Mil

To Vote

For Queen lho

Monticello News ,
Staff Writer /
Red Hat members will
vote for a new Queen Mum
for the new year during
the 11:30 a.m. Saturday, END 0
Jan. 10 meeting, at the
Chamber of Commerce.
Hostesses are Mary
Connell and Irene Evans.
For more information
contact Connell at 997-2772
or Evans at 997-3724. M-H 1

625 Palmer Mill Road, has been
officially listed on the National
Register of Historic Places, accord-
ing to a spokesman of the depart-
ment of State's Division of
Although the total valuation of
construction projects in Jefferson
County was slightly less in 1978
than 1977, figures released by
Building Ipspector B.J. Cooksey's
office indicate that this area is
experiencing a steady growth.
After a rather lengthy debate,
the City Council agreed Thursday
to consider the purchase of two
bays in the Monticello Opera
House, if the January 8h' referen-
dum, which,would enable the city
to borrow money at low interest
rates, passes.
A letter from Attorney Jon
Caminez demanding. that ambu-
lance personnel be paid for holi-
days was discussed at the
December 20t' County Commission
January 4, 1969
Most outstanding members of
the JCHS football squad were
named: Scott Baker, Billy
Lasseter, Harold Reams, Bill
Rabon, Blair Armstrong, Lois Bee
and Howard Drawdy.
January 4, 1959
A fire caused by a defective
light in the Winn Dixie store
Saturday caused an, estimated
$1,000 damage.
January 4, 1949
Ralph H. Groom was elected
chairman of the Board of Public
Ardney J. Boland is the newv
Superintendent .- of Public
,, A'.,

IMeet Your


Don and Naomi Helle

Don and Naomi Helle have
been Jefferson County residents
for 28 years, and have been deliv-
ering the Tallahassee Democrat
for almost 19 of those years.
They are also one of the
many vendors set up at the newly
established 7th Heaven Flea Mar-
ket on South Jefferson Street, sell-
ing lemons, trinkets, and trash.
They came to the area from .1
Hampton, in Bradford County, FL. "We just followed the
bees," says Don, as they were in the "bee business" at one
Time; and still dabble in it as a hobby. They also enjoy gar-
dening and caring for their citrus trees.
They have three daughters, one son, and four grandchil-
Don and Naomi will celebrate 50 years together on
Sunday, March 29, 2009.h

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4A Monticello News

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


ATV Accidents

sponded to Chinquapin
Road in Jefferson County,
also concerning an ATV
FHP reported that
Paul Lynn Clark, 38, was
driving an Arctic Cat 400
ATV westbound on Chin-
quapin Road with his 10
year-old son, riding as a
passenger, and Clark lost
control of the vehicle.
The ATV overturned

Map Projects

being able to drop it.
Which is the reason
that the results of the
remapping project will be
made available to the pub-
lic for viewing and that
public hearings will be
held to allow for chal-
lenges and correction of
the findings if war-
ranted before the prod-
uct is finalized and
forwarded to FEMA for
FEMA mandated
Florida's revised flood-
plain mapping effort be-
cause the agency holds
that the state's vulnerabil-
ity to hurricanes and
flooding make it critical
that communities and
property owners have ac-
curate, up-to-date infor-
mation about the flood
risks; Among the agency's
stated reason for the man-
date: knowledge of flood
risks help communities
better situate residential
and commercial develop-,

Senior Cente

tional parking spaces
and landscaping. Phase2
also will allow for .the
completion of the new
building's interior and
exterior and the renova-
tion of the original cen-
Phase 1, which was
accomplished with a
$393,795 federal grant, es-
sentially allowed for the
erection of the building
shell and the partial sid-
ing of its exterior walls.
As such, phase 1 repre-
sented a calculated risk
on the part of the cen-
ter's administration and
governing board, as nei-
ther could be absolutely
certain that the organiza-
tion would secure the
phase-2 funding. What
the administration and
governing board knew
was .that the center
would lose the federal
funding it had already re-
ceived if the money was-
n't used by a day certain.
It was the calculation
that going ahead with the
partial construction


much and others got too
little," Anderson said.
"The state deter-
mined that the city
would get $81,700 extra."
She said the city typi-
cally receives between
$12,000 and $15,000
monthly from the tax.
Sometimes, the amount
dips to $10,000, but nor-
mally it stays in the
$12,000 to $15,000 range,
she said. In December,
however, the city re-
ceived $35,000, which
leads her to think that
the redistribution may
have. already started, de-
spite the DOR's stated in-
tention of beginning the

one complete time in the
westbound lane of the
road and as the vehicle
was in the process of
overturning, Clark and
his son were ejected.
Clark came to rest on
the northern edge of the
roadway and the vehicle
came to rest on top of,
him, causing., serious in-
Clark's son came to

ments so as to dramati-
cally reduce long-term
flood losses; most flood
maps in the state are out-
dated and lack sufficient
detail to effectively, assess
and manage flood risks;
and many counties and
communities lack the re-
sources to undertake the
remapping on their own.
The NWFWMD is con-
ducting its study of Jef-
ferson County in
conjunction with the
Suwannee River Water
Management System Dis-
trict (SRWMD), which
also shares jurisdiction
over the county .
The two water man-
agement districts share
responsibility with local
officials for the protection
of citizens and properties
from natural disasters, in-
cluding flooding. But ulti-
nmately, it's the
responsibility of local of-
ficials :to. manage flood-
plaineylppment, which

would use up the federal
money and also present a
compelling argument for
the financing of the re-
mainder of the project.
Still, it was a relief to the
administration and the
governing board when
they. learned that the
phase-2 funding had been
-Once completed, the
6,757 sq. foot addition on
the north side of the orig-
inal center which it-
self will be renovated
with this latest funding
- will have an exercise
room, a physician's
room, a dining room, a
large kitchen with a
freezer, and an adult day-
care center something
that the present facility
lacks and that few cen-
ters its size can boast.
The effort to renovate
and expand the center
began more than five
years' ago. About four
years ago, Krebs was able
to secure the nearly
$400,000 grant from the
federal government,

redistribution in Febru-
ary, she said.
Anderson could not
say exactly how or over
what period of time the
nearly $82,000 would be
"I'm not sure how
this will wash out," An-
derson said. "It says in
the letter that it will be
prorated over time."
She also didn't know
what, if any, impact the
redistribution might
have on the county's
share of the monies. It
could be, she said, that
the errors involved areas
that the city had an-
nexed, and where the

Cont. From Page 1

rest on the north shoulder
of the road and received
minor injuries. Both occu-
pants were transported to
Tallahassee Memorial
Hospital for treatment of
their injuries.
Clark was not wearing
a helmet, however, his son
was wearing one. The
ATV sustained $300 dam-
age and charges are pend-

Cont. From Page 1

the updated maps will
help to do.
The districts therefore
encourage counties and
communities to adopt
flood damage prevention
ordinances that contain
the minimum standards
for obtaining the required
permits of all proposed
construction or other de-
"Floodplain manage-
ment is accomplished by
various methods, includ-
ing a rigorous plarining
process, adoption of zon-
ing/subdivision regula-
tions, and enactment and
enforcement of local flood
damage prevention ordi-
nances," 'states the
NWFWMD website. "The
NWFWMD is encourag-
ing and supporting the ef-
forts of local officials to
increase the level of flood
protection in their com-
munities by exceeding the
minimum standards es-
tablished by FEMA."

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thanks to the assistance
of Congressman Allen
Boyd. Ever since,, she has
been trying to get the re-
mainder of the money
needed to complete the $1
million plus expan-
sion/renovation project.
The reason for the ex-
pansion is simply that
the clientele has out-
grown the present ac-
"We probably have
some 200 clients," Krebs
has said in the past. "Our
clientele has increased
and we have run out of
Among its many serv-,
ices, the center provides
educational, and nutri-
tional programs to its
clients, as well as onsite
meals. It also provides
shopping assistance,
transportation, prescrip-
tion drugs pickup and
housecleaning and hy-
gienic services to the
housebound elderly.
The center is located
at 1155 North Jefferson

Cont. From Page 1

revenues had erro-
neously gone to the
Whatever the case,
the bonus was welcomed
news, Anderson said. Es-
pecially given the cur-
rent budgetary
constraints, she added.
All things consid-
ered, however, the city is
doing well with the
budget, she said.
"Even though some
revenue sources like the
sales tax are sliding
slightly, we're doing
okay," Anderson said.
"We've been holding
down expenses and con-
trolling costs."

January Birth Defects

Prevention Month

January is Birth De-
fects Prevention Month.
About 120,000 babies (1 in
33) in the United States are
born each year with birth
defects. A birth defect is
an abnormality of struc-
ture, function or metabo-
lism (body chemistry).
present at birth that re-
sults in. Birth defects are
the leading cause of death
in the first year of life.
What causes birth de-
fects? Both genetic and en-
vironmental factors, or a
combination of these fac-
tors, can cause birth de-
fects. !However, the causes
of about 70 percent of.
birth defects are unknown
. Some drugs and medica-
tions can contribute to
birth defects.
Certain infections can
result in birth defects
when a woman contracts
them during pregnancy.
About 40,000 babies a year
(about 1 percent of all
newborns in this country)
are born with a viral in-
fection called cy-
tomegalovirus (CMV).,
About 1 in 10 infected ba-
bies develop serious dis-
abilities, including mental
retardation and loss of vi-
sion and hearing. Preg-
nant women often get
CMV from young children
who have few'or no symp-
Sexually transmitted
infections in the mother
also can endanger the
fetus and newborn. For ex-
ample, untreated syphilis
can result in stillbirth,
newborn death or bone de-
About 1,900 babies are
born with a serious heart
defect called transposition
of the great arteries each
year. Many more babies
are born with other seri-
ous heart defects.


cussed two coming events
that promise to bring thou-
sands of visitors into the
The first, Bike Florida,
is expected to bring up-
wards of 800 bicyclists
here on March 31 and April
1. As it turns out, the group
will be staying overnight at
the new high school south
of town, which will present
some transportation prob-
lems. It's expected that
school buses will have to be
used to shuttle the bicy-
clists back and forth from
the high school to the dif-
ferent activities in the
town. There's also a ques-
tion of who or what organ-
ization will pay for the
buses. But overall, the TDC
is pleased with the event.
The second set for
April 16-18th is the 2nd an-.
nual Southern Music Ris-
ing festival, which
promoters expect will draw
between 4,000 and 5,000 vis-
The TDC, in fact, ap-
proved donating $2,500 to-
ward the promotion of the
event, with the stipulation
that the money must be
used to advertise outside
the local area.
Southern Music Ris-
ing's request was actually
for $5,000, the same as the
TDC contributed last year.
But after much discussion,
the TDC decided to-reduce
the contribution to half the
requested amount.

There are a number of
steps a woman can take to
reduce her risk of having
a baby with abirth defect.
One important step is
a preconception visitwith
her health care provider.
During this visit, the
provider can identify, and
often treat, health condi-
tions that can pose a risk
in pregnancy, such as high
blood pressure or diabetes.
The provider can pro-
vide advice on lifestyle fac-
tors, such as quitting
smoking and avoiding al-
cohol, and occupational
exposures that can pose
pregnancy risks. The
provider also can make
sure that any medications
a woman takes are safe
during pregnancy. All of
these steps help prevent
birth defects.
A preconception visit
is especially crucial for
,women with chronic
health conditions, like dia-
betes, high blood pressure
and epilepsy, which can af-
fect pregnancy For exam-
ple, women with diabetes
who have poor blood sugar
control are several times
more likely than women
without diabetes to have a
baby with a serious birth
However, if their blood
sugar levels are well con-
trolled starting' before
pregnancy, they are almost'
as likely to have a healthy
baby as women without di-
All women who could
become pregnant should
take a daily multivitamin
containing 400 micro-
grams of the- B-vitamin
folic acid. Studies show
that taking this vitamin
before and during early
pregnancy reduces the
risk of having baby with
neural tube defects. .

Southern Music Rising
is a nonprofit group that
formed a little more than
year ago for the expressed
purpose of preserving and
promoting traditional
American music and mak-
ing Monticello a music cap-
ital of sorts, a la Nashville
or Memphis.
Relative to other activi-
ties that the group is pur-
Wideman reported that
Original Florida, which
promotes older parts of the
states, was sponsoring an-
other writers' tour, this one
centered on the theme of
geo-caching. Geo-caching
involves concealing items
in specified locations
across the state, for which
travelers must search. The
idea is to draw tourists to
these specified locations as
they follow the clues to the
cache sites.
Wideman said the
three sites in Monticello
are the Jefferson Arts
building, the Wirick-Sim-
mons House, and the
Wacissa River. The idea is
that once the writers visit
these sites, they will write
about them in travel publi-
cations and so draw other
travelers here.
Clyde Simpson, a
TDC board member and
owner of Willow Pond
Plantation, presented his
. idea for creating a museum
on his property that would
showcase the community's

If a woman already
has had a pregnancy af-
fected by birth defects, she
should consult her
provider before preg-
nancy about how much
folic acid to take. A
woman who is pregnant or
planning pregnancy
should avoid drinking al-
cohol, smoking and using
All of these can cause
birth defects and other
pregnancy complications.
She should not take any
medication (prescription,
over-the-counter or
herbal) without first
checking with her health
care provider.
She should also avoid
changing the cat's litter
box or eating raw or un-
dercooked meat. These are
possible sources of an in-
fection called toxoplasmo-
sis that can cause birth
However, even when'a
fetus has a condition for
which prenatal treatment
is not yet possible,, prena-
tal diagnosis permits par-
ents to prepare
themselves emotionally,
and to plan with their
provider the safest timing,
hospital facility and
method of delivery.
Couples who have had
a baby with a birth defect,'
or who have a familyhis'-'
tory of birth defects;
should consider consult-
ing a genetic counselor.
These health profes-
sionals help families un-
derstand what is known
about the causes of a birth
defect, and the chances of
the birth defect recurring
in another pregnancy.
Genetic counselors
can provide referrals to
medical experts as well as
to appropriate support
groups in the community.

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historical, cultural and
natural assets. Simpson
said the idea was still in its
conceptual stages and he
would need help to realize
"It's something that I
want to give back to the
community but I don't
know if I have the re-
sources to realize it," he
The brochure com-
mittee, consisting of Simp-
son and Merry Ann Frisby,
reported that they were
making progress in the for-
mulation of a brochure
that will be used to pro-
mote the city and county
and literally put Monti-
cello and Jefferson County
on the map in terms of
tourist visibility.
The group also briefly
discussed the problems it
is having distributing the
brochures and other pub-
licity pamphlets that
presently exist.
The billboard com-
mittee, consisting of TDC
board member Pat Inman,
owner of the John Denham
House, and non-voting
member Arun Kundra,
owner of the Quality Inn
Monticello in Lloyd, re-
ported on the possible in-
stallation of a billboard
advertising Monticello
alongside 1-10. Inman said
she would try to bring a
contract for the billboard
to the next meeting of the

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


Monticello News 5A



Virginia Simmons Car- Delta Pi Sorority, The Talla-
swell, age 83,,died Thursday, hassee Garden Club and
January 1, 2009, in Talla- other organizations.
'hassee. A memorial service She was a loving
will be held Friday, January Mother. All four of her chil-
9, 2009 at 2:30 pm at St. dren survive her: daughters
John's Episcopal Church, Ramsay Carswell Parham
211 N Monroe St., Tallahas- (L. James) and Nan Car-
see, FL. A reception will swell Cherry; sons George
follow at the Church, Harrold Carswell, Jr. (Caro-
Born on November 9, line) and Scott Simmons
1925, in Bainbridge, GA, Carswell (Julie). Grand-
Virginia was the daughter children are Virginia Pon-
of the late Sarah Scott Simn- der (Perry), Lesley Proctor
mons and Jack Whiteford (Robert), Sarah Nan Haney
Simmons of Tallahassee. (Mark), Meredith Carter
She lived in the Tallahassee (Trent), Bryan Cherry,
area most of 'her life, grad- Bette Lynn Carswell,
uated from Leon High Woody and Buddy Vollert-
School, and attended sen, Scott Jr. and Jack Car-
Florida State College for swell. Great grandchildren
Women. are Will and Grace Proctor,
Virginia married the Peyton and Nicolas Ponder,
late George Harrold Car- Taylor, Kendall, and Alyssa
swell at Trinity Methodist Haney, and Ava and Ella
Church in Tallahassee on Carter. She is also
September 5, 1944. survived by a special
She was always inter- cousin and friend, Betty
ested in projects concern- Scott James.
ing children, volunteering In lieu of flowers, the
at area schools and hospi- family requests donations
tals. She was active in the to the Big Bend Hospice,
community, serving in lead- 1723 Mahan Center Blvd.,
ership roles with the Talla- Tallahassee, FL 32308,
hassee, Junior League, St. Covenant Hospice, 1545
Mary's Circle of St. John's, Raymond Diehl Rd., Talla-
Cotij.lo,Club of Tallahas-. hassee, FL 32308., or a f-
see, Girl Scouts, Alpha vored charity :'' -



Edna Brittle Harkness,
age 84, passed away on
Sunday, December 28, 2008.
Funeral Services held
at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January
2, 2009 at the Wacissa Pen-
tecostal Holiness Church
located on Tram Road, in-
terment followed at Beth
Page Cemetery in Wacissa,
FL. The family received
friends and extended fam-
ily at the" church one hour
before the service.
Edna attended Em-
manuel College in
Franklin Springs, Geor-
gia. She then became an
ordained minister at the
young age of 23 and contin-
ued in the ministry
throughout her life. The
legacies she will leave be-
hind are the7 untold num-
ber of lives that were
changed. through her life
and .ministry. Even
through her bouts of ill-
ness, in and out of health
centers, she found the op-
portunity to testify and
share the gospel of Jesus
Christ. Through her out-
standing leadership and
anointed ministry she was
elected and served as Pres-
ident of the Women's Aux-
iliary for the Florida
Conference from 1952-1955.
Edna was a retiree of the
Florida Education Associa-
tion United. She was an ac-
complished pianist who
accompanied and directed
many choral groups,
soloists and used these
same talents at many con-

ferences and conventions.
In ,her love for' music, she
instructed many to minis-
ter in song. Edna had a gift
for teaching God's Word
and' instilled a great pas-
sion and intensity to those
who sat under her min-
Edna was preceded in
death by her husband, An-
drew Wilson Brittle; her
Mother, Ethel Register
Boland; her father, Joseph
Pinkney Boland; and her
sister, Hilda Boland Can-
non. She is survived by her
husband, Ellis Vance Hark-
ness; two daughters Car-
lotta Brittle Hanney
(Clayton) and Angela Brit-
tle Turner (Jon); three sis-
ters, Madge McLeod, Willie
Gus Chancy, Joy Howard
(Tom); one brother, Charles
Boland (Andrea); five
grandchildren, Amber
Phillips (Jerry), Michael
Turner (Elizabeth), Peter
Penrose (Nicki), Ashley
McCall (Thomas), and Jes-
sica Taggart (Jason); and
eleven great grandchil-
dren. In addition, she is
survived by three step-
sons: Mark Harkness
(Rhonda), Sam Harkness
(Rosie), and Steve Harkness
Serving as honorary
pallbearers are her
nephews: Chuck Cannon,
Tommy Chancy, Tony
Fendrick, Dana Jackel,
Joey McLeod, Mack
McLeod, Dairen Martin,
and Marty Martin.



Carl "Jabo" Granger,
age 89, of Wacissa, passed
away Friday morning, Jan-
uary 2, 2009 at Tallahassee
Memorial Regional Med-
ical Center. '
Funeral services were
held Monday, January 5,
2009 at 2:00 p.m. at Cody
Pentecostal Holiness
Church, Tram Road,
Wacissa, FL. The family re-
ceived friends Sunday, Jan-
uary 4, 2009 from 5-7 p.m. at
Beggs Funeral Home Mon-
ticello Chapel, 485 E. Dog-
wood St. Interment
followed the service at Beth
Page Cemetery.
Jabo was a lifelong res-
ident of Wacissa. He was a
veteran of World War. II
serving in the South Pa-
cific. During his lifetime,
he farmed and logged for a
living. Jabo retired from
the Jefferson County'
School Board with 31 years
of service, of which four-
teen was driving a school
bus, where he was loved
and respected by everyone.
Jabo, was a member of the

VFW of Monticello, and a
member of Cody Pente-
costal Holiness Church for
over fifty years and a
Trustee at the church.
Jabo is survived by his
loving wife Willie Mae
Granger of 61 years, who
has also been his caregiver.
They have three children,
Martha Ann (Hubert) High-
tower-of Waukeenah, Ted
(Margie) Granger of Talla-
hassee, Renee' (Kevin)
Walker of Waukeenah, and
his beloved cat "Tiger". He
is also survived by seven
grandchildren and eight
great-grandchildren, and
three brothers, George
"Dick" Granger of
Woodville, FL, Ralph (Reba)
Granger of Tallahassee,
and Donald Granger of
Jabo was preceded in
death by his parents Jack
and Nellie Gerrell Granger;
brothers Clyde andHarvey
Granger, sisters Rochelle
Chancy, Jeanette Chesser,
Crystelle and Geraldine



William "Willie" Har-
ris, age 80, of Monticello,
died at home on Monday,
December 29, 2008, follow-
ing a lengthy illness.
Funeral Service was
held at 11:00 a.m. on Satur-
day, January 3, 2009, at the
old Jefferson County High
School Auditorium in
Monticello with burial at
Spring: Field Cemetery
(Casa Blanca). Visitation
was from 2:30 until 7:30
p.m. on Friday, January 2,
2009 at Tillman Funeral
Home (850-997-5553) in
Mr. Harris was born in
Camden, NJ, and had been
a resident of Monticello-
for many years. He was re-
tired from the Florida De-.
partment of
Transportation as a high-
way maintenance techni-
cian. He was a member of
Sweetfield Missionary Bap-
tist Church.
Mourning his passage

are his wife, Josie Ransom
Harris; sons, the Reverend
Nathaniel (Bernice) Har-
ris, William Harris Jr.,
Willie Walker, Eddie
Walker, daughters, Barbara
(Richard) Moore, Martha
(Robert) Tuccillo, Debra
(Maceo) Campbell, Sandra
(Pastor Milton) Stubbins,
Sharon Harris, Patricia
(Evan) Ferrell, Linda (Min-
ister Lucius) Wade, Tammy
(Benny) Harris, Brenda
(Samuel) Howard, Doris
(Jonathan) Howard, Car-
olyn Walker and Kimberly
Walker; two sisters, Eather
Mae Hall and Lillie Mae
Ford; 76 grandchildren, 64
great grandchildren, 21
and one great-great-great-
grandchild, along with nu-
merous other relatives and
The family is grateful
to the hospice for their un-
tiring care and support of
Mr. Harris is his final days.


Henry James Wilson,
also known as "Lank" or
"Buddy", age 74, died in
Monticello on December 24,
Graveside service was
held at 2:OQ p.m. Saturday,
January 3, 2009 at Texas
Hill Cemetery in Monti-
cello. Military honors were
performed. Viewing-yisita-
tion was at 2:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Friday, January 2, 2009 at
Tillman Funeral Home
(850-997-5553) in Monticello.
A native .of Miccosuk-
kee, Mr. Wilson was a long-
time resident of Monticello

where he had been a la-
borer. He was a U.S. Air
Force Veteran of the Ko-
rean era.
Survivors include his
son, Henry A. Wilson; three
daughters, Priscilla W (An-
thony) Barnes, Veronica
Wilson and' Joyce W.
Pertelle; a brother, Thomas
Wilson; and three sisters,
Annie Bell Wilson, Rosa
Brown and Betty Jean
McKinzy; seven grandchil-
dren; three great-grand-
children; along with
numerous other relatives
and friends.

Body & Paint Work Frame Straightening

1630 E. Jackson St. Thomasville, GA
(located behind Langdale Auto Mall)

Sinclair Miller Sr., age
84, died on Thursday, De-
cember 25, 2008 in Jack-
sonville, FL.
An ordained deacon,
Mr. Miller was a native and
longtime resident of Madi-
son County. He was a vet-
eran of the U.S. Army,
having served during the
WW II in Germany. He was
a devoted member of New
Hope Primitive Baptist
Church in Sirmans. .
The funeral service
was held at 11:00 a.m. Sat-
urday, January 3, 2009 at
New Hope Primitive Bap-
tist Church, burial with
military honors, followed
at Wigginsville Community
Cemetery. Viewing-visita-
tion was 2:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Friday, January 2, 2009 at
Tillman Funeral Home
(850-997-5553) in Monticello.
, Survivors include, his
devoted wife of 47 years,
Minnie Lee Miller; three
sons, Melvin Miller, Donnie
(Sylvia) Miller and Sinclair
(Janie) Miller Sr.; two step-
sons, Larry Bryant and Ty-
rone Bryant; two
daughters, Annie Pearson
and Jacqueline (Derrick)
Richburg; one stepdaugh-
ter, Tyrane Smith; a sister,
True-Love Smith; two
granddaughters he raised
as his own, Yolando and
Veronica R. Bryant; and a
host of grand, great-grand,
and great-great-
grandchildren and other
relatives and friends.


Quentine Lee Starling,
age 33, of Tallahassee died
at home on Monday, De-
cember 29, 2008.
Funeral Service was
held at 1:00 pm on Friday,
January 2, 2009 at Life De-
liverance Ministries, 3377
Jim Lee Road, in Tallahas-
see, FL. Burial followed at
Walker Ceme.tery in Lam-
ont, FL. Viewing/visitation
1wasl'20' T9hufrsdy, Jtiary
1, 2009 froi' 2:307:00 pm at
Tillman Funeral Home
(850-997-553) in Monticello.
Mr. Starling was born
in Perry, FL and grew up in
Lamont. He graduated
from Madison County High
School. He had lived in Tal-

lahassee since 2004.,
Survivors include his
mother, Joyce Starling Hue-
witt; stepfather, James
Howard; maternal grand-
mother, Aletha Starling;
sisters, Letitia Crumity,
Kenyata Frazier, Katherine
(Robert) Jenkins of San
Mateo, FL, Lorene Howard
and Earnestine Howard of
Monticello; brothers, Fred-
erick Frazier, Sam' (Marie)
Howard', Jrn, Norris (Mary
Alice) Howard and Patrick
(Doris) Howard all of Mon-
ticello and Leonard (Cur-
ley) Howard of Tallahassee
and numerous nieces,
nephews, other relatives
and friends.


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
Guardian ad Litem Vol-
unteer Training beginning 6
to 9 p.m. Thursday at the DOT
Burns Auditorium, 605
Suwannee Street in Talla-
hassee. Courtroom and-com-
munity advocate help is
needed for Jefferson
County's abused children, by
becoming a volunteer you
can make, a difference. A
total of 30 hours is required,
which may include reading,
interview, court observation
and Practice Activities. Reg-
ister by .contacting Leigh
Merritt, assistant circuit di-
rector, at or
JCM/HS parents are en-
couraged to attend a meeting
9 a.m. Thursday at the
school. Superintendent Bill
Brumfield, Judge Bobby
Plaines, Sheriff David
Hobbs, Assistant State Attor-
ney Phil Smith, and Princi-
pal Geraldine Wildgoose will
be addressing the assembly.
This is a proactive strategy
for establishing expectations
for student behavior.
The Business Commu-
nity Prayer Breakfast and
meeting will be held 7 to 8
a.m. Thursday this month at
First Methodist Church,
Monticello in the family min-
istry center on the corners of
Walnut and Water streets.

The SonRise Quartet will
present some good old-fash-
ioned music. Plan to attend,
and bring a friend. For more
information contact Coordi-
nator L. Gary Wright at 997-
5705, 933-5567, or
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-
The Jefferson Soil and
. Water Conservation Board
will meet 11:30 a.m. on the sec-
ond Thursday of the month
in the Jefferson County Ex-
tension Office conference
room, per Dorothy Lewis, sec-
retary/treasurer. This meet-
ing is open to the public.
Altrusa meets at noonon
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-
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-


6A Monticello News

Wednesday, January 7, 2009




Christma At Health, Rehabilitation Center

Monticello News Photos By Debbie Snapp, December 22, 2008.
Performing a selection of holiday music for the Jefferson Health and Rehabilitation
Center Residents Christmas Party are members of the St. Rilla Youth Group. From left
are: Mae Eva Kyler, social service director for JHRC, Ashantie Henry, Pricilla Henry, Jara
Baker, and Jamel Baker.
Financial Fo-

Enjoy One-year Holiday from
Required Minimum Distributions
Provided by Robert J. Davison 1S

Although it sounds strange, you may encounter sit-
uations in which you have to accept money even if
you'd rather not. Such is the case with required min-
imum distributions (RMDs) from your traditional
IRA, 401(k) or other employer-sponsored' retirement.
plan. But thanks to recent legislation, you_ cart'i' g
nore the "required" part of RMDs at least for a
Specifically, lawmakers recently placed a one-year
moratorium on taking (RMDs) for 2009. If you're
not familiar with the rules governing RMDs, here's
a little background: Generally, the IRS requires you
to begin taking RMDs in the year in which you turn-
70-1/2, or no later than April 1 of the following
year. For example, if you turn 70-1./2 in 2009, .you
would normally be required to take your first RMD
by April 1, 2010. You must also think about RMDs
if you are a beneficiary of someone else's IRA,
401(k) or other retirement account, because when
the accourit owner dies, regardless of age, you must
generally begin taking RMDs. And this is also true
if you are the beneficiary of a Roth IRA, even
though Roth IRA owners are never required to take
But thanks to the new legislation, you can skip the
required 2009 distribution if you reach 70-172 in
2009 or if you're a beneficiary currently required to
take RMDs. You also have until Dec. 31, 2010, to
accept the 2010 RMD which will be based on your
retirement account balance at the end of 2009.
Why did Congress decide to provide this RMD "hol-
iday for 2009? For the answer,' you need' look no
farther than your IRA or 401'(k) account balance.
As you are well aware, 2008 was not a stellar year for
the stock market. Consequently, as 2008 draws to a
close, the market value of your IRA or 401(k) is
probably considerably lower than it was in earlier
years. This could have been a problem for you if you
had to start taking RMDs in 2009, because these dis-
tributions are based, in part, on your account bal-
ance at the close of the previous year.-- which
means you may well have had to sell some stocks or
other investments in your retirement plan when
their price was down. To help people avoid having
to "sell low," Congress acted.
Ultimately, you will have to end up taking distribu-
tions again'. But before that happens, take some time
to decide how large a distribution you should accept
each year. If you need the money, you might have to
take out more than the RMD. But if you can get by
on just the minimum distribution, you may want to
do so, thereby keeping as much of your retirement
account as possible in a tax-deferred account.

But for now, if you have
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Monticello News
Staff Writer
Jefferson Health and
Rehabilitation Center held
its annual Christmas
Party for residents, 'their
families, and friends, Mon-
day, Dec. 22, in the dining
area of the facility to a
standing room only crowd.
A selection of holiday
music was presented by
the St. Rilla Youth Group.
The dietary staff at the
center offered a luncheon
meal, and Santa was on
hand to greet all in atten-
dance and help to pass out
gifts to the residents.
JHRC Administrator
Paul Kovary, Social Serv-
ice Director Mae Eva
Kyler, Voncell Edwards,
and the staff at the center
wish to thank all who do-
nated the gifts and helped
to make the program a fes-
tive event for all.
Donors are: AJ Smith.
Calvary Baptist Church.

Monticello News Photos By Debbie Snapp, December 22, 2008.

JHRC Activity Assistant Patricia Byrd takes a brief
break from the residents Christmas Party to pose With

Clerk of Court Kirk
Reams, County Commis-
sioner Felix Skeet Joyner,
Jefferson Department of
Corrections, and Joanne
Norton, Victor Barber,
Josephine Kyler, Beverly
Moore, and Joyce Siplin,
Tallahassee Department
of Corrections and Tina
Hayes, Dianne and Buddy
Westbrook, Doug Pyle,
Evelyn Murphy, Felicia
and Hagen Alexander,
Fred Goodrow, Jefferson
County 4-H, Jefferson
County Head Start, Jeffer-
son County Pre-K,
Josephine Turner, Judge
Bobby Plaines, Little An-
gels in Training, Marilyn
Watson, Mr. and Mrs. Hen-
riette Gardner, Mr. and
Mrs. Nancy Chapman, Mt.
Olive Youth and Molzelle
Hawkins, New Hope

Church of God, Phyllis
and John Sommers, Prop-
erty Appraiser Angela
Gray and family, Retired
Veteran Mary Hill, Sher-
iff David Hobbs, School
Board members Sandra
Saunders and Shirley
Washington, School Su-
perintendent Bill Brum-
field, St. Rilla Youth
Group and Pricilla Henry,
and Tekila and Angel in
The CMS just recently
rated JHRC "5" (above av-
erage) for excellence.
"This is due to the hard
work of the staff," says
Kovary. "We listen and
communicate with each
other, the residents, the
families, and the commu-
nity. It takes everyone to
make this possible," he

Monticello News Photos By Debbie Snapp, December 22, 2008.
Visiting with her dad, WT Lewis, at a Christmas Party
held for the residents of JHRC, is Carolyn Lewis Campbell,
and Santa.

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Monticello News Photos By Debbie Snapp, December 22, 2008.
Riley Jane Donalson visits with Santa during the JHRC
Christmas Party. She came in from Oklahoma on this day
to visit with her great-gramma Margaret Winstead, a resi-
dent at JHRC.

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Founder's Garden Circle HoldsHoliday

Photos Submitted
Those in attendance to the Holiday meeting of the Founder's Garden Circle wereTerri
punn, Gloria Brown, Beulah Brinson, Ardis White, Suzanne Peary, chairman, Edna Fend-
ley, Nicki Little, JC Smith, Joan Lynn, Claudette McRae, Carmen Rosa, guest, Becky Clay-
ton, Toni Lane, Dianne Johnson, Anne Mara, Leonia Maresch; and Caminez.

Monticello News
Staff Writer
Founder's Garden Cir-
cle members met at the
home of Linda Caminez on
Thursday, Dec. 11 for a taste
of the holidays.
Hostess Caminez of-
fered a spread of holiday
treats for her guests, in her
home creatively decorated
for the Christmas season.
Members also added to
the variety by bringing
samples of their favorite
treats to the meeting.
Those in attendance in-
cluded Beulah Brinson, Glo-

ria Brown, Caminez, Becky
Clayton, Terri Dunn, Edna
Fendley, Dianne Johnson,
Toni Lane, Nicki Little,
Joan Lynn, Anne Mara,
Leonia Maresch, Claudette
McRae, Suzanne Peary,
chairman, Carmen Rosa,
guest, JC Smith, Ardis
In lieu of a gift ex-
change this year, members
opted to use the funds they
would have spent, to pur-
chase much needed per-
sonal gift items for the less
fortunate residents at the
Brynwood Nursing Center.
"So many don't have

families to buy for them or
to spend the holidays with
them," says Gloria Brown.
"It's really so sad, they do
enjoy the visits and gifts."
Every Founder's mem-
ber joined for the visit to the
Nursing Center, and en-
joyed the time immensely,
as did the residents.
In other Foun'der's
news, members gathered
over the holiday to decorate
the Wirick-Simmons House,
and decorated a Christmas
tree at the Monticello Opera
House with dried orna-
ments of herbs, grasses,
flowers, and the like.

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The Jefferson County

Recvclina Proaram accepts

the following items for recycling:

All plastic bottles soda bottles (any size), milk jugs, water bottles,
laundry detergent bottles, etc.

All type cans Tin cans food cans; dog food cans, cat food cans, etc.
Aluminum cans soda cans, beer cans etc.
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Newspapers, Magazines, etc.




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All Cardboard Products grocery bag, cereal boxes, food boxes,
laundry detergent boxes, shipping boxes, etc.

All glass bottles, jars etc. (clear, brown & green)

Residents can bring these items directly to the Recycling Center located
at 1591 Waukeenah Street or they may drop them off at any one of the
collection sites in the County.

Remember, every time you recycle you are extending the life of our
Landfill and saving your County dollars in Tipping fees. How could you go

Additional items accepted at the collection sites:

Household garbage

*Waste Tires (not accepted at the Recycle Center)


*White Goods (which consist of) Refrigerators, freezers, washing
machines, dryers, air conditioner units, etc. (not accepted at the Recycle

Used Oil & Oil Filters

Household Hazardous Waste pesticides, swimming pool chemicals,
paint, paint thinner, etc. (Please have all containers clearly marked to
identify contents)

**The Recycle Center Household Hazardous Waste Office will accept
medical & pharmaceutical waste. These items must be turned into an
employee of the facility and not just dropped off.

Please take notice to all of the signage posted in the
collection site for the proper disposal of above items.

The City of Monticello offers Curbside pick-up for city residents
for recyclable items on each Wednesday morning. For further
information on other items for disposal in the City, please call
Steve Wingate at 342-0154.

Please visit the Jefferson County web page for the locations &
hours of operation for each individual site. For further information
please call the Solid Waste Department at 342-0184.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009






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. :Grammy's Girls To Hold

Monticello News,
Photo by Debbie
December 22,

Ruth Ann
Scurry, left,
continue to
for the
Army until
Eve, in front
of the Winn
Dixie store
on South

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Monticello News
Staff Writer
* Grammy's Girls will
Meet on Friday, Jan. 9 at the
home of Grammy Fannie
Bemis to then travel out
. and into the community to
collect sponsors for a spe-
cial Rock-A-Thon planned
*for leukemia victim baby
* Natalie Eades on Friday,
SJan. 16.
The girls call the event
*"Rockin' For Natalie" and
* they hope that the commu-
nity will sponsor them to
rock for contributions to
0 send to Shand Hospital in
* Gainesville, FL to help with
Natalie's medical treat-
* Most of the girls know
*Natalie very well and are
extremely dedicated to
* helping in any way they
* can.
With the help of con-

in' For Natalie

cerned citizens
in the county,
enough rocking
chairs have
been collected
so that all girls
in the club and
the three Gram-
mys can rock
for this special
The club
members are
confident that
they can raise -
enough money
to really help
with Natalie's
care and hope
that the com-
munity will
support them in
this cause.
Grammy's ..
Girls hope that
the community
will continue to join them
in praying for baby Natalie

Eades. They know that
prayer is the best thing any
of us .can do.

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Staff Writer
Members of the Jef-
ferson County Fire Res-
cue and Hiram Masonic
Lodge #5, joined forces
last week to provide a
Christmas meal for a
local deserving family,
and provide Christmas
gifts to the children,
who otherwise may
have had none.
Rebecca Goldfarb,
the mother of one son
Joseph, and legal
guardian of two addi-
tional children she re-
cently took into her
home this year, Conrad
and Quinn -Diehl, was
chosen 'to receive the.
Making this presen-
tation possible, Fire
Rescue Chief Jim Bill-
berry explained that
Fire Rescue personnel
all have $5 per pay pe-
riod deducted from
their paychecks, and
that money is placed
into a fund called the
Sunshine Fund, which
is used for purchasing
such equipment for the
fire house which is not
provided by the county,
such as sofas, TVs, lazy
boys, refrigerators, and
the like.
This year, Fire Res-
cue personal opted to
take a portion' of that
fund and purchase items
for the. family as Christ-
mas gifts, a plethora of
things such as sporting
equipment, fishing
poles, games, bikes and
the like.
When the items were
delivered Christmas Eve
morning, ten members
of Fire Rescue, along

with Hiram Masonic
Lodge #5 Worshipful
Master Bob Montpellier
who represented the
Lodge and provided a
full Christmas. dinner
for the family, drove to
the home located far out
into the county. This is
the 24t annual Christ-
mas family meal 'pre-
sented to a deserving
family in the county,
from the Lodge in con-
junction with Winn
After presentations
and numerous photo op-
portunities, Fire Chap-
lain Howard
Grimmenga, AKA "Pas-
tor Howie" asked the
Lord to bless the family
and others like them for
the holidays, and he
thanked God for giving
has only begotten son to
saye the world and those
living in it.
Goldfarb thanked
the donors and said,
"You all have no idea
how you have just
blessed me and my fam-
ily. We thank you for
the dinner and the toys
and we just want you all
to know that this means
so very much to us."
After she spoke, the
children circled through
the group personally
hugging and thanking .
each individual present.
Fire Rescue person-
nel present during the
presentation were Dex-
ter Walker, Lucille
Hunter, Chaplain
Howard Grimmenga,
Mike Elbert, Fire Res-
cue Chief Jim Billberry,
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community, great
views, lots of options,
only $99,500, owner

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that Marvis D. Day the holder of
the following certificates has filed said certificates for a tax deed issue
The certificate numbers and years of issuance, the description of the
property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate 167 Year of Issuance 2002
Description of Property
PARCEL NUMBER: 10-1N-3E-0810-0000-0390 4'.60 Acres
PT Lot 39 Hiawatha Farms Subd.
Plat Bk B Pg. 88 ORB 156 P 549

Name in which assessed

Donato A. & Maureen Castano

All of said property being in the County of Jefferson State of
Florida.Unless such certificate or certificates shall be redeemed accord-
ing to law the property described in such certificate or certificates will
be sold to the highest bidder at the court house door on the 27th day
of January. 2009, at 11:00 AM.
Dated this 10th day of December 2008.
Signed Kirk B. Reams
Clerk of Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Florida.

12/17,24,31/08, 1/07/09,C

There will be a Public Hearing before the Jefferson County Board of
County Commissioners on Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 6:30 P.M. to
discuss the current impact fees. The meeting will be held at the Courtroom
at the Jefferson County Courthouse not at the Courthouse Annex.
Kirk Reams
Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners

The Jefferson County Economic Development Council will conduct a
planning workshop on Monday, 1/12/09, at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will be
held at the EDC Office located at 492 West Walnut Street, Monticello,
Florida (County Government Complex). The meeting is open to the pub-

Capital Health Plan Proudly Presents

A series of lunch and learn programs for older adults who want to learn
more about creating and maintaining healthy, happy, and active lifestyles.

f in us Thursday, January 15, at 12:00 p.m.

at the Monticello Opera House
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Recharge Yourself with

Personal Health Resolution
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L 1

Melissa is a Registered and
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Health screenings and
exhibitors will be available
before and after the program. ,

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Te Scmuato FiL a d o FeAid

Portrait of the famous Margaret (Peggy) Eaton Portrait of Governor John Henry Eaton of Florida

Monticello News
Staff Writer
Margaret O'Neale,
also known as Peggy,
was born in Washing-
ton, DC in 1799. Thel
lively, attractive, flirta-
tious young woman
grew up among some
of the great figures of
her day. After she re-
ceived a formal educa-
tion at an exclusive
New York finishing
school, she returned to
her father's home.
She was known to
have developed a sharp,
incisive mind and 'was
able to argue politics
with a keen wit. She
knew every man of
consequence in Wash-
ington and .soon be-
came a confidante of
senators, congressmen,
and cabinet officers.
She preferred the com-
pany of men which
raised the brows of the
ladies in society.
At the age of 18,
Peggy met John Tim-
berlake, who was
known to have been a
tall, dark, and hand-
some young purser in
the US Navy Her par-
ents approved her mar-
riage to him in June
1817. Meanwhile, two
O'Neale house visitors
were becoming good
friends of the family
They were Andrew'
Jackson and John
Eaton. Jackson was
well aware that gossip.
had plagued Peggy

even after her mar-
riage; nonetheless he
praised her virtues in
writing to his wife,,
"kind, sweet, amiable,
and much maligned".
He noted "her grasp of
human nature is- sur-
prising in, one .so
young." Eaton was also
impressed with Peggy,
and helped her hus-
band to acquire a
purser's position on the
U.S.S Constitution.
Peggy by now had two
young daughters.
Eaton was one of
Jackson's closest
friends, and had fought
beside him in the In-
dian Wars. While Tim-
berlake was at sea,
Eaton often escorted
Peggy to social func-
tions and would occa-
sionally take the family
on carriage rides. Even
though the relationship
was strictly proper, it
only fueled more out-
landish gossip about
Peggy This gave rise to
an incident involving
Captain Richard Keith
Call, the current
Florida territorial dele-
gate who was visiting
in the O'Neale home.
During his stay, Call
had formed an ill opin-
ion of Peggy
One day, when he
found Peggy alone in
the parlor, he grabbed
her and tried to force
her onto the settee.
Peggy managed to grab
the fireplace tongs and
hit him over the head,

forcing him from the
room. Andrew Jackson
returned to the O'Neale
home, finding Peggy in
tears, and, after much
struggle, "was able to
get her to tell him what
had happened.
After hearing her
words, Jackson called
Call into his suite to
give the man a verbal
beating. Call admitted
to the act, saying that
he thought her "a
woman of easy virtue
and familiar with oth-
ers." Jackson shouted,
"What others?" to
which Call replied
Call was asked if he
had any proof of this,
but he had none to give.
Call would later write
to his friend, William
B. Lewis, accusing
Eaton of having an af-
fair with that "notori-
ous" woman.
Later, Peggy's hus-
band would die at sea
from a pulmonary dis-
ease. A year later, be-
fore Jackson's
first-term inaugura-
tion, Eaton would
marry Peggy Now that
the two were married,
Eaton's friendly allies
in the cabinet turned
on him.
The cabinet mem-
ber's wives found it po-
litically advantageous
and morally proper to
ignore Mrs. Eaton at
social gatherings. The
gossip relating to
Peggy's adulterous

habits, even though un-
proven, had intensified
as John C Calhoun's
partisan set in motion
a complicated scheme
to discredit Eaton.
However, the plan
Jackson was sensi-
tive to slander. He leapt Peggy's defense,
challenging her detrac-
tors to offer evidence
of her adultery, and
when they were unable
to, they let them go.
Jackson initiated an
investigation which
cleared the Eaton's of
any misconduct.
Meanwhile, Eaton
had been elected to suc-
ceed Florida's first ap-
pointed governor,
William Duval, who de-
cided to return to his
Kentucky home after
serving 12 years.
When she first ar-
rived in Tallahassee,
Peggy had taken ill and
was tired, but this did
not stop her from get-
ting out of bed to greet
Mrs. Richard Call. She
did so in order to avoid
any hint of vindictive-
ness. Amazingly, the
two women soon be-
came close friends.
Peggy did not re-
lease the information
about her new friend's
husband for Mary Call
was none the wiser
about what her hus-
band had done in
Call was appar-
ently very grateful for

Peggy's silent choice.
Eaton had to strain his
patience in order to
deal with the friend-
ship. He was able to
maintain a correct re-
lationship with Call,
.but the two always had
a grudge between
Peggy enjoyed her
new home in Florida.
The climate had re-
plenished her failing
health and she did
what she could in the
line of social occa-
sions by casting aside
social inhibitions and
enjoying the lively po-
litical and social dis-
cussions with her new
male acquaintances.
She took special
care when it came to
the tutoring of her two
young daughters and
would often take them
swimming in the lake
adjoining the Gover-
nor's Mansion, in the
19th Century, no public
swimming was a rule
not be broken by
women. Luckily for
her, the frontier was a
long distance from
Washington's social
rules. By pure acci-
dent, Peggy discovered
that the suntan one in-
herited from living in
the south, enhanced
her natural beauty
and began taking reg-
ular sunbaths. This,
too was considered a
rebellious move on her
part for the rays of the
sun were considered

harmful and a lady of
class did not go out in
the sun without her
When she went on
state business to Pen-
sacola, a city that was
still thriving under
Spanish influence,
Peggy adopted Span-
ish dressing for the
outside of her car-
riage and was mis-
taken as a lady of
Spanish descent.
Then, in 1836, Jackson
would reward Eaton
for his services in
Florida by making
him ambassador to
Upon leaving
Florida, it seemed a
tradition that Peggy
and her family leave
on a note of scandal.
Peggy and her hus-
band had always
viewed slavery with
large distaste and they
despised that all of the
help in the mansion
were slaves. So, before
lshe left for Spain,
Peggy freed all seven
blacks who served on
her personal staff. The
people were so out-
raged over the matter
that Peggy must have
deeply enjoyed it.
Gene Burnett ends
Peggy's story on this
note, "At least one of
Florida's first ladies
would now be long re-
membered, for better
or ill, not only in
Florida but American
history as well."

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009 B Section

Yeat- In RpvieW

2008' Brings Progress--Despite conomi Woes
Several Longstanding Projects Come To Fruition
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. ; Monticello News
Senior Staf Writer
The year 2008 will likely be
remembered for two history-
making national events: the
election of Barack Obama, the
first African-American presi-
,.' dent: and the official recogni-
tion of an economic recession
that experts say harkens back
to the dark days of the Great
The two events were not
without local effects, as ,t.he
first gave many here cause to
celebrate and the hope of bet-
er.-days ahead, at the same
time that the second caused

of the ledger: the city's Inter-
net experiment failed: county
officials set the foundation for
a potentially costly lawsuit
with their rejection of the
equestrian racetrack; and
tropical storm Fay destroyed
or damaged many county
That said. the year was not
without some significant ad-
vancements. in terms of sev-
eral longstanding projects that
finally came to fruition. Two
that immediately come to
mind are the purchase of the
headwaters of the Wacissa
River, wiuch county officials
want to titn into a premier
public park and which goal
they had been pursuing up-
wards of 15 years; and the
commencement of construc-
tion on a storm-hardened
Emergency Operations Center

at the industrial park another
long-sought goal that many in
the community had been pur-
suing for years.
Speaking of the industrial
park, county officials also took
steps near the end of 2008 to
lay the groundwork for infra-
structure improvements that
promise to bring two new busi-
nesses to the park in 2009.
Another long-term project
that showed significant
progress in 2008 was the Jef-
ferson Communities Water-
System. Inc.. which started a
$2.7 million extension that is
expected to raise (he system's
customer base to 1,350 and add
40 miles of water lines to the
existing 94 miles.
On the city side of the
equation, at least three impor-
tant long-term projects came
to fruition. These were the

conversion of a near aban-
doned playground on Pearl
Street into a state-of-the-art
community park: the enhance-
ment and coinersion of the
Sgt. Ernest "Boots" Thomas
monument site into more uni-
versal veterans' memorial
park: and the beautification of
the courthouse circle., a project
that wasn't without some con-
Of significant economic
and or cultural impact also:
the Beau Tiu-ner Youth Con-
servat ion Center opened on US
19 South. promising to become
a state ide model and attract
visitors: Southern Music Ris-
ing staged two music festi-
vals events that promise to
become annual affairs. draw-
ing thousands of visitors:
and Bike Florida made Mon-
ticello a stopping point on its

regional tours, bringing
hundreds of bicyclists here.
Less grand but signifi-
cant nonetheless in overall
effect. county officials took
steps to streamline and make
more effective the county's
operations and they put re-
newed effort into economic
development and tourism
promotion. And on the city
side, Monticello became a
designated golf cart city: of-
ficials initiated a campaign
to spruce up abandoned lots
and curb the problem of
stray animals; and officials
took steps to purchase a
property that they hope to
turn into a state-of-the-art
ecotourism park.
Following is a more de-
tailed month-by-month sum-
mary of the happenings of


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

^s/Tb/b JANUARY 2008

Emerald Greene

Call for Show Schedules

Monticello News Photo By Fran Hunt, January 8, 2008
: This Sheriff's Department vehicle, driven by Deputy
Toby Ward, was rear ended by a semi, with the driver Carl
Lawson, charged with careless driving.

The Anatomy of a
Costly City Boondoggle is
the first of a five part
series detailing how the
City's Interment experi-
ment might well be labeled
as a fiasco, or in the words
of Mayor Julie Conley, a
train wreck.
Uninsured and under-
insured Jefferson County
residents were soon to be
able to utilize a prescrip-
tion discount program
that the Jefferson County
Health Department initiat-
ed two months ago.
Five Louisiana per-
sons sustained injuries,
Dec. 27, resulting from a
crash into multiple pine
trees while enroute to
Disney World. Keith
Delcambre was driving a
Fleetwood motor home
and pulling a 2005 Pontiac
eastbound on 1-10, when
the right front tire of the
RV blew out and the driver
lost control'of the vehicle.
Work proceeded on the
Sgt. Ernest "Boots"
Thomas Memorial on West
Washington Street, with
the installation of the side-
walk completed and the
first batch of bricks ready
to be ordered. The dedica-
tion of the monument was
planned for Memorial Day.
Residents heard a pres-
entation about the pro-
posed new tax structure
and how it would affect
them, if voters approve it
on the January ballot.
Presenter was Curtis
Kiser, former state senator
and present resident of
Jefferson County.
Ron Cave announced
his candidacy for Sheriff,
Jan. 4. He was Law
Enforcement Captain with
the Division of Alcoholic
Beverages and Tobacco, at
the time he announced his
Impact fees for trans-

portation and law enforce-
ment, with the goal on
newcomers to pay the cost
of growth, were expected
to be completed within two
Both -Sheriff David
Hobbs and Police Chief
Fred Mosley agreed that
Big Bend Crime Stoppers
were an' essential tool to
law enforcement in solv-
ing local crimes.
Judge Bobby Plaines
swore in newly elected
City Council members:
John Jones, Idella Scott,
Linda Butler, and Police
Chief Fred Mosley.
Clerk of Court Kirk
Reams, Benjamin
Grantham, Kyle Barnwell
and Taylor Grantham
plead no contest to a hunt-
ing violation.
Mark Matthews, Fire
Rescue Chief, informed
county commissioners
that. he planned to step
down as chief, and assume
the responsibilities of a
The decision on the
horse track proposal in
Lloyd, was up in the air,
after the Planning
Commission voted 5-4 to
reject the staff's recom-
mendation for' approval,
and the County
Commission was sched-
uled to hear the controver-
sial issue.
In one of its last official
actions, Jan. 7, before the
change in composition of
the City Council, that
launched the city provided
Internet service, the coun-
cil voted unanimously to
call a moratorium on new
signups for the service.
The American Cancer
Society Relay for Life
Jefferson County kicked
off, Jan. 24, at the Opera
Three women were
injured in multiple crash-

es, Jan. 18, caused by
a Thomasville woman
named Debra Ryan.
Investigations continued.
Florida Lt. Gov. Jeff
Kottkamp was the guest
speaker at the Chamber of
Commerce meeting, and
spoke about issues con-
cerning Jefferson County
and surrounding areas.
The annual Martin
Luther King, Jr. celebra-
tion began with a
Memorial Service Jan. 20,
with the parade and festiv-
ities following Jan. 21.
Angela Gray pre-quali-
fied for the office of
Property Appraiser in the
2008 race.
After a 7.5-hour meet-
ing, Jan. 17, county com-
missioners voted 4-1 not to
approve the controversial
Jefferson Downs quarter-
horse racetrack near
Lloyd, drawing thunder-
ous applause from hun-
dreds of opponents in the
The City Council
expressed its intention,
Jan. 8, to disperse funds to
two semi-private local
organizations-the Main
Street Program, and the
Economic Development
City officials decided
to proceed with an envi-
ronmental assessment
and survey of the 21- acre
parcel off South Water
Street, they want to pur-
chase and convert it into a
Building permits
dropped significantly in
December, at 27, com-
pared to 51 issued inl
Longtime District
School Board Member
Beverly Sloan died at age
59. Gov. Charlie Crist was
to appoint someone to fill
out the rest of her term on
the Board.

The 113th Continental
Field Trials at Dixie
Plantation got underway
Jan. 21, with 128 dogs in
the trials.
County resident
Roberta Maddox ceased
her affiliation with the
Red Cross, as the result of
the firing of Director
Chris Floyd. Many volun-
teers in surrounding
areas also resigned.
County officials
approved two commercial
uses of agricultural land,
near the unincorporated
community of Fanlew.
One was a project by
Natural Woodlands
Outdoors Project, and the
other a project by the"
Florida Home Builders
spurred by the possibility
of three new businesses
locating here, set a per
acre price for land at the
Industrial Park of $20,000,
near the jail, Jan. 17, and
agreed to revisit the issue
at a later date.
Monticello satisfied
the requirements of two
consent orders that the
Florida Department of
Environmental Protection
issued against the city last
year, because of spills and
related sewage problems.
County officials sub-
mitted a request for feder-
al funds of nearly $1 mil-
lion, Jan. 17, to fund two
projects. Ond project was
to construct at 2,000 sq. ft.
office and storage building
at the Solid Waste
Department. The other
was to extend sewer and
water facilities at the
Industrial Park,
Ian March of Jefferson
County was one of ten to
ever receive the US Air
Force Combat
Commendation Medal,
Jan. 25.


Monticello News Photo By Fran Hunt, January 21, 2008
Tiger Battalion of Jefferson County High School
JROTC, lead the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade.

Monticello News Photo By Laz Aleman, February 26, 2008
Commissioner Gene Hall presents Mary and Sam
Madison, Sr. a plaque for their son Sam, Jr. in recognition
of his accomplishments in the sports world.

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Hal Bennett

Freddy Pitts

Local officials braced
fpr more tax cuts, after the
passage of the property tax
amendment on the Jan. 29
ballot. Earlier planning
and cutbacks were expect-
. ed to make the effect of the
cuts more manageable.
The City continued to
discuss the fluoridation of
city water, Jan. 18, and City
Manager Steve Wingate
was expected to present a
detailed report to the
Council shortly.
A request by Gadsden
Council to use the County's
Mobile Health Unit for a
few months met with hesi-
tation, and the suggestion
that' if this were approved,
a county official should
oversee the activity.
Additional discussion was
set for Feb. 7.
City Ordinance regu-
lating the conducting and
frequency of garage sales
took effect Feb. 1.
The county was due to
receive $100,000 in grants,
when it completes the vari-
ous land use related docu-
The Beau Turner
Youth Conservation
Center off US 19 South,
near US 27, in Jefferson
County was set to hold its
grand opening March 8,
though it has been in oper-
ation for several weeks. 37
youths and their parents
took, part in a waterfowl
hunt, Feb. 2.
The 113th Continental
Field Trials at Dixie
Plantation ended Feb. 2
'with the two top dogs win-
ning a combined $15,000,
'and earning points towards
the National
Championship in
Tennessee, set. for late
Building permits were
up slightly in January,
from the previous month,
but not up to the levels ear-
lier in 2007.
City Council adopted
an ordinance increasing
the required deposits for
water and sewer service,
Feb. 4
Progress was reported
on two city park/project
upgrades, with the $400,000
that was received by the
City last summer. The
upgrade is for the Pearl
Street Park, and officials
are negotiating with the
School Board for the pur-
chase of property on Water
Street near the Legion Hall.

Jefferson County
Middle/High School senior
Lucius Wade signed to play
football for Miles College in
Birmingham, AL., Feb. 6.
CP Miller announced
his candidacy for County
Commissioner Feb., 8.
The City's Internet
faced the possibility of get-
ting, a new infusion of
money via a federal grant
that would finance the con-
tinuation of the service.
Johnny Jackson was
named District Employee
of the Year and awarded a
plaque and basket of snack
items by Superintendent
Phil Barker. Jackson is a
Maintenance Specialist II.
The question of locat-
ing a racetrack in Lloyd,
voted' down 4-1 by the
County Commission Jan.
17, resurfaced, and a meet-
ing was scheduled Feb. 21
to discuss the issue further.
The issue of the city
charging for overtime and
other costs associated with
parades held here, contin-
ued to reverberate, and a
workshop was scheduled
for Feb. 25 for further dis-
Aimee Love, sixth
grader at ACA was the
winner of the Countywide
Spelling Bee, when she cor-
rectly spelled the word
Lena Vance racked up
several charges Feb. 11,
when her vehicle drove
into Joyner's Travel
Center, in Lloyd. Her
brakes failed when she
attempted to park her vehi-
Downtown parking
remained an issue as city
officials continued to
receive conflicting
requests relative to the
parking situation in the
downtown district. The
city engineer was looking
into the situation.
C o u n t y
Commissioners J.N.
Junior Tuten and Jerry
Sutphin decided not to run
for reelection. Tuten said it
was time for him to do
other things and Sutphin
was to run for State
Local Boxer Carnell
Cooksey, 21, of the Cherry
Street Gym, won his sec-
ond state title, Jan. 19, at
the Cuban Club in Ybor
Jason Grant and Carl
Shuler were arrested by

US Federal Marshals, Feb.
15, on multiple drug
Commissioners were
scheduled to adopt the con-
solidated ordinance for
fire protection, ambulance,'
law% enforcement, and
transportation impact fees,
Feb. 21.
With 12 local offices up
for election in November,
18 candidates have pre-
qualified, though the offi-
cial qualification date is
not until the middle of
The City prepared to
impose design standards of
the Courthouse Square,
with one of the require-
ments that the structures
be built to line or abut the
sidewalk, with parking in
the rear. The goal is to give
the square a definite look
and character.
Dr. Sonia McNelis,
Health Department physi-
cian, explained, Feb. 21,
that incidences of the flu
and related illnesses here
are due to season vari-
ables, according to weekly
reports issued by the CDC.
A three-member com-
mittee appointed by the
County Commission to
evaluate the economic
development effort, with
an eye to improving the
process, presented its find-
ings to the Commission,
Feb. 7.
The new City Council,
with three new members,
was expected to address
some long standing and
unresolved issues.
Budget shortfalls and

freezes, at the state level
were affecting elderly
services here, Senior
Center Director Bobbie
Krebs reported Feb. 27.
The City deferred a
decision on the fluorida-
tion issue, after City
Manager Steve Wingate
recommended the City not
fluoridate its water, citing
equipment and testing
costs, among the reasons.
Officials decided to
spare an oak tree on
Hartsfield Road, which
was originally scheduled
for removal for road
improvement,. when the
90-year-old tree was
declared in healthy condi-
Property Appraiser
David Ward presented the
County Commission, Feb.
27, with potential implica-
tions of Amendment I,
which he said would cause
the county to lose a mini-
mum of.about $850,000, in
tax revenues.
County officials
approved the law enforce-
ment and transportation
impact fees, minus the
economic development
and affordable housing
exemptions, Feb. 21.
C o u n t y
Commissioners pro-
claimed Feb. 21 Sam
Madison, Jr. Day, in
honor of his accomplish-
ments in the world of
The contract for phase
one of the Emergency
Operations Center, was
approved Feb. 21, by the
County Commission.

Monticello News Photo By Fran Hunt, February 11, 2008
Lena Vance drove her vehicle into Joyner's Travel
Center, Feb. 11, when the brakes failed. The door and
frame of the building had to be removed so that the vehi-
cle could be pushed out.

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Monticello News Photo By Fran
Hunt, March 12, 2008
Signs like this were
placed at the entrances to
the city honoring Sam
Madison, Jr. as a member
of the 2007-2008 New York
Giants Super Bowl

E c o n o m i c
Development Head Julie
Conley reported to County
Commissioners, March 5
the consultant engineer
Frank Darabi had submit-
ted a sketch for the pro-
posed division of the
Industrial Park acreage.
County officials
received oversight of
Green Industries Property,
off US 90 West, formerly
the site of University of
Florida, agricultural
research center, which
gave the county more
options for the future.
Garrett Robinson, of
Boston, GA. rolled over his
vehicle on Waukeenah
Highway, Feb. 29, when he
applied the brakes. He 'was
cited for careless driving
and an expired tag;
Phillip Shiflett, inmate
at the county jail, was sen-
tenced to 25 years 'in
prison, after being found
guilty of burglary of a
dwelling while armed, Feb.
The Jefferson County
Mobifet'Health Unit will not
be shared with Gadsden-
COUtyU. commissioners
decided. The use of the
vehicle was requested for
two months, and commis-
sioners advised it would
have to under the supervi-

sion of a local staff mem-
ber. Gadsden County did
not comment further.
Thomas Richards, II,
confessed to robbery of
Envison Credit Union, in
Tallahassee, March 5,
when he was caught on a
surveillance video camera.
Gregory Hawkins, of
Parker Road was jailed,
Feb. 28, on sex charges,
under a warrant issued by
Judge Bobby Plaines.
Consumers expressed
preferences, caused, Riley
Palmer to reconfigure lots
in the Crooked Creek
Development, on the west
side of Monticello, increas-
ing the number of lots in a
particular section from 14
to 28 lots. Lots originally
8/10 acre, were reduced to
4/10 acres, and approved
by the City Council March
Indy Mack, instructor
at Jefferson Elementary
School, was named District
Teacher of the Year, March
6. She was surprised in her'
classroom, when
Superintendent Phil
Barker, accompanied by
District personnel, present-
ed her with roses and bal-
Four people were seri-
ously injured in a crash,
March 8 when Cheri
Varley, 19, of Leland, MI
turned into the path of
Michelle White, 25, of
Monticello. Varley was not
injured, and White, and an
unnamed woman and two
children were taken to
County residents
escaped the brunt of the
storm, which brought high
winds and rain, March 7.
The City will continue,
to charge for services relat-
ed to parades, but at a
reduced price. If major
roads .such as US 19 and 90
were to be closed, cost is
$400; if only city streets
were to be closed, cost is.
JCHMS 'allegedly
administered the 'FCAT'
Writing Test improperly,
and this was reported to
DOE by an unknown party.
The allegation was that

writing prompts on the test
were very similar to those
used in practice sessions.
The District conducted
a fact finding exercise and
submitted its findings to
DOE, which was then
scheduled to conduct its
own fact finding process.
County department
heads eyed cutbacks, in
view of a projected mini-
mum shortfall of $850,00Q,
because of property tax
reforms and other poten-
tial cost reductions.
Property Appraiser
David Ward reported to the
City, March 14, that he
expected a' $71,00 loss in
property tax revenue to the
city, because of the proper-
ty tax reform amendment
approved by voters.
A Lamont man was
injured in a single vehicle
crash March 10, when he
lost control of his vehicle
and hit a stand of small
trees and the airbag
deployed. He was trans-
ported to TMH.
The County Road
Department proposed a 22
percent cut from its budget,
freezing vacant .positions
and their associated pay-
roll taxes, as well as hold-
ing down expenditures by
cutting back on operations.
Malfunctioning equip-
ment lead to another raw
sewage spill in the City,
when a pump burned out
March 19, after a heavy
rainfall. The City Council
decided to solve the prob-
lemn by replacing the pump
with a larger capacity one,
and also replacing a second
pump as well.
The Post Office
announced a rate increase
that would push a first
class letter to a minimum
of 42 cents, beginning May
The County Solid
Waste Department pro-
posed cuts March 6, which
did not fly well with com-
missioners. Among the
proposed cuts were closing
somtU-edlldfion sifke "andd"
not picking up tires and
white goods.
Mayor Gerrold Austin
announced his candidacy

for School Board District 2,
March 21.
Building permits
reflected a weak construc-
tion industry, judging from
the latest number from the
Building Inspector's office,
March 4
County Coordinator
Roy Schleicher presented a
comparison of constitu-
tional officers budgets with
those of county .depart-
ments to illustrate the fact
that the former may need
to be scaled back as well.
Heretofore constitutional
officers budgets remained
The City Council decid-
ed to focus on fluoridation
and hear more from
experts before deciding
whether to fluoridate city
water once again.
Library Director Linda
Hamedani resigned March
31 and Fire Rescue Chief
Mark Matthews made
known his intention to step
down, though to remain
with the department.
Commissioners were seek-
ing replacements for these
department heads.
CityIPolice investiga-
tors solved a four-year-old
brutal robbery of L & F
Grocery Store, and
Jeramie Atchsion was
charged with the crime. He
was picked up in
Columbus, GA when his
accomplice, Crystal
Blue, ratted him out.
Motorists noticed an
increased police pres-
ence when Chief Fred
Mosely divided the 'city
into two zones and sta-
tioned officers accord-
Ed Vollertsen, School
Board District. 1 incum-
bent, declared his candi-
dacy for re-election.
The county's incon-
sistent holiday policies
created problems with
employees, when some
were off work and others
were not, and residents
found some offices open
afdd' others closed, Tforced'
County Coordinator Roy
Schleicher to address the
issue with Department


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Monticello News Photo By Debbie Snapp, March 6, 2008
'Superintendent Phil Barker congratulates Indy Mac6'
as the District Teacher of the Year. Mack is a teacher ,t
Jefferson Elementary School, and was"present&Cf roses ..
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Earlene Knight was
appointed, April 1, as
District 2 School Board
member to fill out the term
vacated by the death of
Beverly Sloan in January.
Jefferson County
native Heather Johnson
was named. Madison
County 4-H agent. She is
the daughter of Bonnie and

arguments on both sides at
the City Council meeting
April 1. Michael Bonfanti
came to speak at the meet-
ing. and was told by Mayor
Gerrold Austin that he had-
n't signed up to speak. A
workshop was set for April
15 to discuss the issue fur-
Marianne Arbulu

Monticello. News Photo By Laz Aleman, April 8, 2008
Clerk of Court Kirk Reams, left, discusses with
Commissioners J. N. Tuten and Danny Monroe, potential
budget cuts in his department.

Jay Littlefield.
Hundreds of bicyclists
were set to converge here
April 5-6 as part of the Big
Bend Cycling Festival and
Atomic Downtown criteri-
im perimeter races that
were expected to become
annual events.
The area's water short-
age triggered restrictions
on the use of water in the
The budget crunch led
the city to tighten up on
services, in an attempt to
balance the budget.,
Fire Rescue Chief Mark
Matthews was concerned
that his department's
resources were being
stretched too thin, in, part
because of the increasing
number of the accidents on
the Interstate.
City officials approved,
April 2, the purchase of a
second pump for the
Hickory Street lift station,
to help prevent sewage
spills in the future.
Fluoridation proved a
contentious issue with

announced her candidacy
for School Board District 4,
the seat held by Franklin
Hightower who had yet to
announce whether or not
he would run again.
The unemployment sit-
uation remained the same
in the county at 3.3 percent
as in previous months.
James Elliot was hired
as library director, April 3,
to replace outgoing direc-
tor, Linda Hamedani. He
was to assume the position
in early May.
Monticello readied for
the Bluegrass Music
Festival set for the week-
end of April 18-19.
Sheriff David Hobbs
reported that the County
crime rate dropped by 2.6
percent. In addition the
county was number two in
the state with the percent-
age of crimes solved, which
was 55.8 percent.
Georgia DOT planned a
super highway through
Monticello, to connect with
1-10. A meeting was set
April 21 to solicit input, and

provide information.
Building Inspector
Wallace Bullock reported
that Building Permits for
March were steady but
slow, with the overall trend
Nancy Benjamin
announced her campaign
for District 4 School Board
Member, a position held by
incumbent Franklin
Parents had an oppor-
tunity to get photos made of
their children to appear in
the paper at no cost from
Interpress Studios. Photos
were to be published as
"Tomorrow's Leaders."
The School Board
approved the lease of the
former Howard Middle
School to the Care Charter
School of Excellence, with
the understanding that
terms and conditions were
agreed upon by all parties.
The long awaited
Southern Music Rising
Festival was set to kick off
Friday, April 18 with a
Gospel concert at the Opera
House and continue
through April 19.
The Beau Turner
Youth Conservation
Center opened April 9, on
US 19 South.
The consensus of opin-
ion of the City Council,
April 15,' was that it would
not pursue the reintroduc-
tion of fluoride into the
Monticello water supply.
Superintendent Phil
Barker sought his third
term, and cited accom-
plishments realized to
date, April 18.
County Commission
met for the first time in
what was to be their new
meeting place, the court-
room of the newly renovat-
ed government complex on-
Water Street.
Fire Rescue and ambu-
lance service received a
new chief, James "Jim"
Billberry, approved April
17 by the County
The City Coundil took
action against abandoned,
overgrown lots, April 1,

when it declared 10 private
properties as sanitary nui-
Nan Baughman was
named most Outstanding
Neighboring County
Volunteer, by the United
Way of Big Bend, for her
efforts on its behalf and for
her overall community
J. Luis Rodriquez;
chief executive officer of
the Trans Tech
Agriculture Corporation
and a cattle rancher in the
county was appointed to
the governing board of the
Northwest Florida Water
Management District.
Cancer survivors were
honored at a Survivor's
dinner, April 25, at the
Opera House. They were
honored at the Relay for
Life Weekend April 25, 26,
at the Jefferson County
High School Track, on
Water Street.
County officials select-
ed for the construction of
the Emergency Operations
Center, a business model
which is supposed to sim-
plify the building process
and assure greater product
quality and reliability.
The structure will be locat-
ed at the Industrial Park.
Stephen Sims, 27, was
arrested April 22 and
charged with grand theft
because of a ticket sale
fraud he orchestrated at
Jefferson Builders Mart.
The United Way of the
Big Bend donated a sum of
money to Project
Lifesaver, designed to
keep track of elderly or
other citizens who wander
County Commission
approved the site plan for
the Mill Creek Ridge sub-
division, in the Lloyd area,
April 17, but without
requiring connections to
the county water system.
Arthur Williams, 26,
was arrested April 22 and
charged with aggravated
child abuse when choke
marks were found on a
child's neck at Jefferson
Elementary School.

Monticello News Photo By Fran Hunt, April 8, 2008
Mayor Gerrold Austin presents Carnell Cooksey with
a Key to the City and declared April 3 Carnell Cooksey.
Day, after Cooksey won two state championship belts.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

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IV its members from 10 to 5,
and become more proac-
4 tive.
Three. roads were
scheduled for improve-
ment with funds from
FDOT. These include:
West Lake Road, Ashville
Highway, and CR 158B.
icello, FL Roads were scheduled for
3 widening, resurfacing, or
The county fared bet-
ter than, expected with the
Legislature, and County
Coordinator Roy
Schleicher assessed the
situation as "Bad, but not
as bad as expected."
Former JCI inmate
Steven Gambles who
attacked Correctional
Officer Randall Handley,
last year, was set for trial

Company requested a con-
tract to purchase an acre
at the Industrial Park, and
nticello, FL Economic Development
2 Director Julie Conley
reported that, the topo-
graphical survey was, in
progress, which would

'. a,' MonticelloNews Photo By Fran Hunt May 29, 2008

Southern Music Rising representatives presenting check to various groups
include, from left: Brenda Wilfong, $250 for- the Historical Association to Beulah
Brinson; Chamber Director Mary Frances Gramling accepts a check for $500 for the
Watermelon Festival from Katrina Walton. Back from left, Mike Lynch, presents a check
for $250 for the Humane Society to President Caroline Carswell; Jack Carswell and
Opera House Dirctor, Jan Rickey, accepts a check for $1,000 from Barry Kelly.

As of April 30, there
were 33 candidates vying
for office and who have
prequalified for 12 local
offices, with the primary
set for Aug. 26 and general
election set Nov. 4.

The Economic
Development: Council
weathered its recent iden-
tity crises and remained
relatively unchanged, as a
private efitity, with the
stipulation that it reduce

allow the engineer to fin-
ish designs for the exten-
sion of sewer and water
lines and the roadway at
the Park.
County officials and
Jefferson County Water

System appeared to iron
out their differences in
that the Water System was
designed to provide water,
and not fire suppression
capabilities, despite the
existence of hydrants to
flush the system.
Jefferson County
deputies were credited
with assisting Madison
County and detaining sus-
pects in a drive by shoot-
ing case in Greenville,
Monday, May 5. Three
suspects were detained for
Madison County official
Lawmakers spared the
Health Department servic-
es, and cost cuts affected
cost based Medicare reim-
bursements. Rather than
the $55 million funding cut
proposed by the House or
$30 million cut proposed
by Senate. Instead the
Department was cut $9.2
.William Wade, 20, 2007
graduate of Jefferson
County Middle/High
School was killed in a
crash May 15, when his
vehicle left the road and
hit a tree.
Commissioner Jerry
Sutphin reported that
newly appointed Fire
Rescue Chief Jim.
Billberry, was proving his
worth, referring to
Billberry's securing from
the Division of Florida
several trucks and an
ambulance from Gadsden
County Fire Rescue.
County Comm-
issioners proclaimed May
15 as Beau Turner Day in
recognition of his contri-
butions to the youth of the
county, and presented him
with a plaque of recogni-
The Sheriffs
Department and two state
agencies were investigat-
ing the dumping of toxic
chemicals at a garbage col-'
lection site. The chemical
turned out to be Super-10,
and highly toxic.
A heavy machine fire
caused-a logging company
$200,000 in the loss of a
piece of equipment which
burst into flames while
under repair.
The City voted 4-1
against fluoridation with
Mayor Gerrold Ausitin
the only yea vote.
Members believed the neg-
ative side of fluoridation
was worse than its posi-
tive effects.
Stephen Fulford pre-
qualified as a Republican

candidate for the County
The search for a miss-
ing Tallahassee woman,
Rachael Hoffman, 23,
whose body was found in
rural Taylor County, near
the Jefferson County line,
May 9, began in Wacissa
the previous afternoon.
The City Council voted
May 6 that there were to
be no exceptions to the
parade fees for closing
streets, and that the fees
were due upfront along
with the request.
A fire at 2 East Capps
Highway destroyed a
building on the property,
and became a multiple
alarm blaze when it began
in a large pile of mulch in
the mulch production
complex. Firefighters bat-
tled the blaze from 4:30 to
11 p.m.
An independent audi-
tor of Monticello's finan-
cial records for the fiscal
year ending Sept. 30,
found the city's govern-
ment and businesses
activities were doing well.
The City began to get
tough with developers
who have failed to live up
to their commitments.
May 6 consultant engineer
Robert' George informed'
the City Council that he
planned to mail letters to
developers which would
identify items they needed
to correct, and request
that they renew their let-
ters of credit. P
Lloyd Subway
Manager William J. Collis
was arrested for grand
theft, May 12, when it was
discovered that he was not
depositing the full amount
of the day's take in the
safe, and was skimming
cash receipts.
I A city family of seven
was left homeless follow-
ing an early morning fire,
May 13. The family lost
everything, and the Red
Cross contributed $1,325 to
the family for clothing,
food and shelter. '
City Clerk Emily'
Anderson proposed repeal
of the business tax, since
there was no way of
enforcing it, but the coun-
cil took it under advise-
ment, considering putting
more teeth into enforcing
the tax.
John Tolbert Van IV
was arrested for molesting
a child and turned himself
into the county jail May 9.
The City continued to
campaign to clean up

abandoned and overgrown
lots, especially those with
abandoned vehicles and
derelict structures, often
scenes of illegal activity.
The City Council voted
to end the City Internet
service June 1, when the
contract with AT&T came
up for renewal.
Economic Develop-
ment Director Julie
Conley received the OK
from Commissioners to
send a contract to Graham
Tweed, owners of two
businesses potentially
locating to the Industrial
Park. The contract was to
include conditions for
occupying the Park. .
The Suwannee River
Water Management
District governing board,
voted May 14 to cancel a
Phase II Water Shortage
Advisory, and reinstated a
Phase I Advisory calling
for- voluntary water
restrictions districtwide,
and urged all to conserve
and avoid wasteful use of
County officials select-
ed Riley Palmer to be man-
ager for the construction
of the Emergency
'Management Operation
Center, May 15.
Patricia Johnson
announced her candidacy
for School Board, District
Commissioner J.N.
Tuten voiced his ire, at the
May 15 meeting, about the
unfinished ball field at the
Recreation Park that has
been an issue for years. At
the meeting Chair "Skeet"
Joyner authorized County
Coordinator Roy
Schleicher to do what it
takes to get the field use-
Two middle school stu-
dents were expelled from
JCMHS on a charge of a
firearm and/or weapon on
school property, May 12.
; Dr. Joel K. Shugar, of
Perry, died in a skydiving.
accident in Arizoha; Iay'
TIe Whole Ch'illd
Group shared its findings
with about 50 citizens.
The county has to
change the way it
reviewed valuation peti-
tions to include two citi-
zen members, one appoint-
ed by the County
Commission and one by
the School Board.
The County signed a
Mutual Aid Agreement
with its neighboring juris-

JUNE 2008

The Watermelon
Festival Little King and
Queen Pageant, June 14, saw
10 contestants competing.
County Coordinator Roy
Schleicher requested depart-
ment heads to provide com-
missioners with ammuni-
tion for the latter's budget
negotiations with constitu-
tional officers.
County Coordinator Roy
Schleicher reported that
county employees would

soon be sporting ID cards,
which he said would be most
important in the event of a
,disaster or emergency to
document who they are.
Former local resident,
John Grosskopf, was named
Acting President of North
Florida Community College.
Six candidates competed
in the Queen's Pageant of the
Watermelon Festival, June
14, and four were to vie for
Festival Princess.

With budget cutbacks in
abundance, officials raised
the question of whether the
county was becoming a place
only suitable for the well off,
as the county has no com-
mercial or industrial tax
Representatives of the
Suwannee and North
Florida Water Management
District and Jefferson
County officials and staff,
met to continue updating
and digitalizing the flood
insurance rate maps.
County officials dis-
cussed fencing the retention
pond at the Industrial Park,
after a child drowned in a
similar situation, in
City Officials reaffirmed
the use of credit cards for
The Emergency
Operation Center moved for-
ward another step, when
county officials. authorized
the possible expenditure of
$8,325 to Riley Palmer
Construction Company to
work up a guaranteed maxi-
mum price to construct the
Councilwoman Idella
Scott presented four city
employees with long over-
due certificates of recogni-
tion. They are Greg
Seabrooks, Raymond Clark,
Roger Black, and Rochester
City provided Internet
service ceased June 1.
The Second phase of the
Jefferson County
Community water system
was to begin June 24.
Principal Juliete
Jackson and Assistant
Principal Ranston Chandler
were not reappointed at
Parents received a letter
from Superintendent Phil
Barker with an update on

the JCMHS FCAT boondog-
gle. DOE was considering a
grade of "I" (Incomplete)
because the FCAT writing
scores were potentially taint-
The School Board voted
to approve a lease with the
CARE Charter School, con-
trary to Superintendent Phil
Barker's recommendation.
Chair Charles Boland was
the lone nay vote. Board
Members Earlene Knight,
Shirley Washington,
Franklin Hightower, and Ed
Vollertsen voted in favor.
Franklin Hightower
announced his candidancy
for School Board District 4.
A ban on duck blinds
seemed almost certain and
county waterfowl hunters
accustomed to hunting from
blinds on Lake Miccosukee
expected to learn that this
practice would no longer be
The Traffic Division of
the Clerk of Court's office
relocated to the newly reno-
vated government complex
on Water Street.
The siding installed on
the unfinished portion of the
Senior Center was the final
part of the Phase I work,
funded by a $400,000 Grant.
Director Bobbie Krebs was
hopeful of receiving addi-
tional funds in the next
grant cycle to begin in July.
Caitlin Harrison was
crowned 2008 Watermelon
Festival Queen, and Mikayla
Fillyaw was the Festival
The Chamber of
Commerce announced new
procedural rules for the tra-
ditional political candidates
forum, designed to make the
event more informative.
The major change is that
written questions will be
taken from the audience,
after all candidates speak,

and they will remain on
hand to answer.
Beau Turner planned to
create an alternative energy
park, south of Monticello,
near Capps, where all activi-
ties will be solar powered.
County officials selected
a consultant firm to help
them seek an economic
development grant for
enhancement of, the.
Industrial Park's infrastruc-
ture. Some $750,000 in feder-
al funding was available.
Along with cleaning up
overgrown lots, demolition
of abandoned buildings, and
towing junk vehicles, the
capturing of stray dogs has
been added to the list. City
Manager Steve Wingate
reported that the City pur-
chased a dart gun, along
with other measures to curb
the problem.
The traditional Fourth
of July fireworks celebra-
tion will not be held this

year, partly because
fundraising activities last
year left Bullock
Pyrotechnics short some
$5,000 of the cost of the
The State pledged $5 mil-
lion for road improvements
in the County in the 2009 fis-
cal year, which begins July
After the salmonella
scare, the Food and Drug
Administration cleared
tomatoes grown in 19
Florida counties, including
Jefferson, Madison, Leon
and Gadsden Counties.
Work was scheduled to
begin Tuesday, June 24, on
the expansion of the
Jefferson Communities
Water System, expected to
cost $2.7 million.
Jefferson County's
unemployment rate rose to
4.1 percent in May, an
increase of 0.6 percnet over
April's rate of 3.5 percent.

2008 Watermelon Festival Princess Mikayla Fillyaw,
and First Runner-up Mallory Register.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

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As the price of gasoline
exceeded $4 per gallon, the
cost of fueling medical,
fire, law enforcement, and
road maintenance equip-
ment reached budget-
breaking proportions.
Portions of Jefferson
County received above
normal rainfall in May,
but the rest of the
Suwannee River Water
Management District
received only 50 percent of
its normal rainfall.
There was one horse in
the county reported with
Eastern Equine
Encephalitis, as of July 1.
FWC busted a local pot
grower, as a result of a
detail in Wacissa, when
Jason Cook tried to escape
law enforcement, who
attempted to stop him for
speeding, and lead them to
his home where he was
growing the pot.
Jose Meraz was killed
in a farm accident at
Walker and Sons Dairy,
when he was run over by a
tractor, which began to roll
away. from him after he
Building permits
dropped in June from the
previous two months, pos-
sibly because of the newly
implemented law enforce-
ment and transportation
impact fees.
Three Jefferson
County families: John Mac1
Finlayson, Cissy and Allen
Boyd, and Linda and
Herbert Demott, were
among those recognized
for the land stewardship

practices they implement-
ed on their properties.
Three county athletes
and one Madison County
athlete who play for the
Tallahassee Bullets were
headed to the US Fast Pitch
Association World Series
in Panama City, July 12.
County Economic
Development Director,
Julie Conley planned to
mail the contract for pur-
chase of land at the
Industrial Park, to
Graham Tweed, who
planned to relocate two of
his companies here.
The quick response of
county services avoided a
severe potential disaster,
July 9, when a semi truck
carrying chemicals used in
making gun powder,
caught fire in the heart of
the city, as it rounded the
It took 17 hours to
clean .up the site from a
chemical spill that result-
ed when several of the con-
tainers ruptured, and for
the cargo to be off loaded
and the badly burned semi
hauled away.
Former News
Publisher, Daniel Carr
Settle was inducted into
the Florida Press Hall of
Fame in June. He owned
the paper from 1958 to 1971.
County officials were
in a quandary about how
they would go about elect-
ing a citizen to sit on the
Value Adjustment Board,
per the new state require-
Monticello was to

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Monticello News Photo By Debbie Snapp, March 18, 2008
Marcia Willis, District School CFO, prepares the
spread sheet for the 2008 District School Budget which
was presented at a public hearing, July 28. School taxes
decreased by .2 mills.

spend $5,430 to learn the
cause, and extent of the
structural damage respon-
sible for the bowing and
cracking of the walls at the
waste water treatment
plant, and to inspect its
three water towers.
The School Board
approved new administra-
tors at JES and .JCMHS,
July 14. At JES, Melvin
Roberts was named
Principal, and Linda Ward'
was' named Assistant
At JCMHS, Geraldine
Wildgoose was named
The first of the

Candidates Forums, spon-
sored by the 'Chamber of
Commerce, was held July
12 with the Clerk of Codrt,
Property Appraiser,
Sheriff and their chal-
lengers on the dais.
Expected revenue loss-
es because of Amendment
One appeared to be over-
stated. Actual losses were
put at $111,000, rather than
the $850,000 to $1 million
The second of the
Candidates Forms spon-
sored by the Chamber of
Commerce featured
incumbents and chal-
lengers for Tax Collector

and School
Superintendent, July 15.
Constitutional officers
were targeted for cuts,
when Commission Chair
Skeet Joyner proposed the
share a bigger portion of
budget cuts.
E c o n o m i c
Development was the topic
which dominated the
County Commission forum
July 21.
Jefferson County's sea-
sonally unadjusted unem-
ployment rate rose to 4.7
percent in June, and

increase of 0.6, and an
increase of 1.2 percent
from April's rate of 4.1 per-
The School Board
advertised its tentative
budget, July 25, which lev-
eled a total millage of
7.2357, a derease of .2' from
7.4357 in 2007.
City Manager Steve
Wingate reminded resi-
dents that the area is still
under drought conditions
and urged citizens to adopt
voluntary water .conserva-
tion measures.

tb^ob* AUGUST 2008 <&ob/b

Monticello New
sought answers from polite
cal candidates with ques
tions provided, the answer
to which will be published
in the Aug. 22 edition,
Superintendent Phi
Barker. reported that th
rising "fuel costs woulI
impact school bus route
and stops, by combininE
and revamping the routes.
The fourth political
forum looks at Schoo
Board Races with 10 of 1
candidates participating
July 22.
Dick Bailar wa
appointed to the Valu
Adjustment Board by th
County Commission. Th
School Board had yet t(
make its choice.
County Commissioner
balanced the budget wit]
thd Sheriff's Departmen
and Road Department tak
ing the biggest hits. Th'
Sheriffs Department wa
hit hardest of the five coan
stitutional offices, with
$125,000 hit.
1 William "Vins" Harre]
announced his candidacy:
for Commission District
A former JCI 'officer
inmate, and visitor wer
arrested on drug charges
Officer Latoya William
brought the drugs into th
prison, to inmate Clarenc

s final word on construction
i- costs.
3- Chuck Sarkisian
s- announced his candidacy
d for the District 1 County
Commission seat.
l Lois Howell Hunter
e announced she would seek
i another tenrinas tax collec-
s tor. -
g Early voting for the
Aug. 22 primary began Aug
l 11, Supervisor of Elections
l Marty Bishop reported.
1 Construction finally
;, began, Aug. 8, on West Lake
Road and A'shville
s Highway.
e Tougher animal con-
e trol was discussed with
e stray and roaming packs of
o dogs terrorizing citizenry.
The City Council was to
s decide how to handle the
h problem, given that fund-
t ing was limited.
;- Tax Collector Lois
e Howell Hunter violated the
s public records law, and was
i- ordered by the judge to pro-
a duce records in a suit
brought by her opponent
1 Caroline Carswell.
y The City Council set
1 the tax rate at 6.3303 for the
coming year.
r, Barry Wayne Wyche,
e local developer was
3. charged with two counts of
s grand theft resulting from
e business dealings with
e local customers.

Monticello News Photo By Debbie Snapp, August 14, 2008
Healthyways, Inc. and the Gerry family are very con-
cerned with health issues, and donated $4,000 to Project
Lifesaver to be used to purchase Lifesaver bracelets.
Left, Nan Baughman, Sheriff David Hobbs, Steve
Baughman, Jana Grubbs, David Ward.

Steward. Crystal Jackson.
was the go-between getting
the money to Williams.
Groundbreaking for
Emergency Operations
Center, was expected in
September, as county offi--
cials waited to hear the

Fire Rescue Chief Jim
Billberry presented County
Commissioners with a five
year plan for his depart-
Members of the City
- Council's street and law
enforcement committees

held a joint workshop to
discuss possible ways of
addressing the city's stray
dog problem.
The city continued to
move forward on plans buy
a 20 acres on the west side
of town west of the old high
school campus on Water
Street, to be developed'into
a water park.
Solid Waste
Department Director Beth
Thorne reported that the
collection of recyclables
was down, but the sales
revenues were up slightly,
as the prices paid for the
recyclable material rose
Brian Connell was
killed in a single car crash
on Wacissa Springs Road,
Aug. 23, when he lost con-
trol of his car during
Tropical Storm Fay and
-struck a tree.
County officials
showed foresight in the
advent of Tropical Storm
Fay, when they declared a
state of local emergency,
during the weekend of
Aug. 23-24. This is neces-
sary to qualify for federal
funding, should FEMA
declare a disaster area.
Tropical Storm Fay
lashed the county Aug. 24,
when the brunt of the
storm caused major flood-
ing, multiple power out-
ages, road closures, and
traffic crashes
Downed power lines
and other Tropical Storm
Fay related outages, left
nearly half the county
without electricity Aug. 23-
24. Some 3,744 of the coun-
ty's 8,123 customers.
Bob Perry, a self-
appointed advocate for the
disabled, took it upon him-
self to ensure that the city
abides by the American
Disabilities Act, signed
into law in 1990, to make
society more accessible to
people with disabilities.
Lois Hunter, tax collec-
tor; Danny Monroe, county
commissioner, District 5;
Kirk Reams, clerk of court;
Ed Vollertsen, school
board, District 1, were re-
elected, with seven other
races to be decided in the
November election.
Gary Gooch
announced his candidacy,
as a Republican, for
County Commission,
District 3.
Lake Miccosukee over-
flowed across Highway 90,
in the aftermath of Topical
Storm Fay, causing the
closing of a portion of the
Brandon Abbott
totaled a police cruiser,
when he collided with two
cows in 'the roadway,
which he could not avoid.

>>^ SEPTEMBER 2008 -<

FCAT reading scores
were released from the test
taken during the 2008
school year. The list
included students in
grades 3' through 10 and
their scores in Level I or II.
Tropical Storm Fay
was responsible for nearly
$600,0.00, of damage in the
county, and the county
hoped to get federal assi-
Monticello began the
water reuse project, with
the water to be reclaimed
for use at Simpsons
Nursery. The efforts was
undertaken to save water
and to save the city money.
Charles Back, 66, of
Monticello was killed in a
double vehicle fatality,
Aug. 28. He was the owner
of the Lazy Days Motel and
managed the Parkway
Pines trailer park on US,
FEMA declared the
county eligible for federal
money, and storm damage
was still being assessed
Sept. 5, after Tropical
Storm Fay stuck the area
the weekend of Aug. 29 and
Despite Tropical
Storm Fay, which.helped,
the drought continued in
the area. Officials report-
ed the area 5.5 feet below
the normal rainfall during
a 10 years period.
The -county was noti-
fied of a potential $1 mil-
lion+ I racetrack-related
suit, which alleged illegali-
ty and impropriety on the
part of country commis-
Suzanne Van Wyk was
hired by county commis-
sioners as a private attor-
ney for the Value
Adjustment Board, as part
of state mandated changes
in procedure.
DOE denied
Superintendent Phil
Barker's. appeal of the
school grade for JCMHS.
The grade was an "I" for
some allegedly irregular
activity on the FCAT
Writing Test. The investi-
gation continued.'
Dennis Dildne, 28, for-
merly of Wacissa, was
charged with vehicular
homicide in an accident
occurring here in 2006, and
sentenced to three years in
the DOC and seven years
Suspects in the murder
of Tyronne Macon, Sept. 9,
Semaj Pleas, and Timothy
Stebbins, were Jefferson
County residents. Macon
C o u n t y
Commissioners met Sept.
11, and gave Riley Palmer
Construction Company,
the go ahead to begin work

on the Emergency
Operation Center:
Two more Candidates
Forums were set, Sept. 22
for Property Appraiser,
Sheriff and School
Superintendent, and a sec-
ond for Sept. 29 for District
I and 3 -'-County
:Commission races and
nonpartisan Districts 2
and 4 School Board.
Library Director
James Elliot resigned his
position Sept. 11.
Reportedly he was given
the option of resigning or
being terminated.
Friday, Sept. 12
brought a mass panic at
the gas pumps when the
word spread that several
key refineries had been
shut down because of
Hurricane Ike expected to
hit Texas, and prices were
alleged to rise $1.80 before
day's ends.
New construction
remained in a slump in
August, with only three
new constructions record-
ed. Repairs and additions
remained the dominant
activities, although at a
reduced level.
With the exit of Mayor
Gerrold Austin from the
City Council, his col-
leagues reviewed the pro-
cedure for selecting a new
mayor. Austin resigned to

run for a seat on the
School Board, and lost the'
County residents!
whose homes were dam-
aged in Tropical Storm
Fay were eligible for assis-
tance from FEMA, if they,'
met -required criteria, a9
the county was declared a
disaster area.
Embarq was 'set to
expand high speed
Internet service here in
areas of the county which
lacked access to the high
speed service, barring
unforeseen circum-
It was, to. cost the city
$15, 000 to have a structur-
al engineer design a solu-
tion to the bowing and
cracking walls at the
wastewater treatment
plant on Mamie Scott
Democratic candidate
C. P. Miller challenged the
winning of Democratic
candidate Hines Boyd in
the Aug. 26 primary elec-
tion. Miller alleged in
court that Supervisor of
Elections Marty Bishop
and his office failed to
compy with the provision
of law that require elec-
tion officials make and
keep an accurate list of all

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Tommy Surles

Tim Barfield


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

ba"a^ SEPTEMBER 2008 F

dents, soliciting cus-
tomers for its water test-
ing services.
The City Council
adopted a millage rate of
*6.2 mills and a budget of
$7,323,176 for the coming
A candidates' forum
focused on the property
appraiser, sheriff, and
school superintendent
races on the November

A mother and son,
Cynthia Jones and
Damian Jones, were
arrested, Sept. 18, for
robbery of money they
said was owed them for a
drug buy.
The County held its
first hearing on the
budget and millage rate.
Proposed millage rate
was 8,3226 mills, and the
proposed budget was

Monticello News Photo By Fran Hunt, September 9, 2008

Jeffeson County was declared a disaster area after
Tropical Storm Fay and as such qualified for FEMA funds
for those eligible.

Continued From Page 5B

persons voting in each
'precinct and that such
lists be certified to the
canvassing board.
Tropical Storm Fay
brought the rainfall across

the district to 13.77 inches,
the highest August aver-
age since 1932,
An overwhelming
response from the commu-
nity and environs to the
downsizing of the Humane
Society Animal Shelter,

saved animals from
euthanasia. Financial
shortfalls forced the cut of
four employees and a
severe reduction of ani-
mals at the shelter.
eDistrict schools were
preparing an anti-bullying
policy resulting from
cyber bulling that carried
over into the schools. All
schools in the state were
to have such a policy in
effect by Dec. 2008.
FWC ban imposed on
duck blinds in

Miccosukee which was
not popular with duck
hunters, who called it a
"sad day."
The city cracked down
on stray, loose animals
and imposed a "no toler-
ance policy concerning
free roaming dogs and
City officials "alerted
readers of a scam ongoing
by Southwest Water
Services, Inc., a private
for profit company, was
mailing flyers to resi-

Monticello News Photo By Fran Hunt, September 9, 2008

Sheriff David Hobbs hands the cruiser keys to Police
Chief Fred Mosley, to replace a MPD cruiser totaled in an
accident. Hobbs said the department had a vehicle to

&MW&& OCTOBER 2008

Monticello News Photo By Fran Hunt, October 20, 2008
A tornado touched:down Oct. 8, at the home of Pierce Tudor, in Lloyd, smashing his
gazebo and knocking over trees.

Jefferson and Madison
were to share a VA Officer,
Oliver Bradley, of
Madison. The counties
were already sharing
Buildings Inspector
Wallace Bullock.
With the construction
of the horse arena stalled,
and the time for comple-
tion of the structure set to
expire in nine months,
commissioners took action
Sept. 18 to ensure the proj-
ect gets back on track and
the county doesn't lose the

$200,000 it received for the
Clerk of Court Kirk
Reams saved the county
money by combining the
insurance of county
employees with the same
company used by the
Sheriff's Department.
Fire Rescue received
surplus state laptops,
which will help improve
service. The surplus lap-
tops acquired by Property
Appraiser David Ward
from the state, were updat-

ed with county informa-
tion useful to the depart-
ment and especially to new
County resident
Marchaun Andrews, 23,
was picked up by deputies
on a Leon County warrant
for vehicular homicide.
Sheriff David Hobbs
confronted the County
Commission when his
budget was cut $125,000
without his being fore-
Defendants in election
suit filed by CP Miller,
Hines Boyd, and Jefferson
County Canvassing Board,
moved to dismiss the suit.
A Tallahassee man,
Robert Cook, 54 was arrest-
ed for criminal use of per-
sonal identification.
Damage from Tropical
Storm Fay, aggravated a
longstanding road issue,
concerning roads in the
Industrial Park closed to
residents of a private sub-
division, west of the park.
Resident Nita Howard
voiced her frustration to
the County Commission,
after the storm raised
havoc with the single pri-
vate road to the subdivi-
sion, damaged in the
storm. No action was
County Atty. Buck
Bird was to advise county
officials about a potential
suit over the rejected quar-
ter horse racetrack by the
Fire Rescue Chief Jim
Billberry, explained the
Department's fire safety
inspection policy to the
County Commission. In
essence, he said inspec-
tions would be made as
required by law, but not on
a wholesale or automatic
Douglas Shiver, of
Monticello was seriously
injured when he failed to

negotiate a curve, and
struck a telephone pole
and junction box. He was
transported to TMH.
City Council planned
to adopt an ordinance to
make Monticello a Golf
Cart City.
A grand jury indicted
Miguel Oyola for the mur-,
der of a Tallahassee man,
whose body was dumped
off Tram Road in the coun-
ty. Oyola was incarcerated
on unrelated charges,
when the indictment
came down, and Jefferson
C6l' had a detaining
orde't pIced obn him.
The cost of repairing
the city treatment plant
wall was determined to be
$165,804. The city had no
choice but to borrow the
money for the repairs.
Food, music, and a
parade were some of the
events planned for Oct. 18,
with King Possum to lead
the revelers.'
Mayor Gerrold Austin
who resigned his City
Council seat to run for the
School Board, and was
defeated, sought to retain
the Council seat, for which
he would apply as would
other interested parties.
City Council gave the
go-ahead to the
Courthouse Circle update,
and awarded the contract
to the low bidder, B&S
A host of new traffic
laws went into effect which
were bound to affect
motorists significantly.
Monticello man
swerved to avoid a deer in
the road and hit a tree.
Greg Hagan, 23, was trans-

ported to TMH for treat-
Firefighters were on
the hop Oct 15 with a cloth-
ing fire at Ginny's Jeans &
Bling on North Jefferson.
They no sooner put the fire
out when they were called
to a truck fire on the
Interstate when a wheel
overheated and caused the
A Jefferson County
man died in an early morn-
ing accident Oct 18.
Quantez Francis, a passen-
ger in a vehicle driven by
Anthony Brockman,
which ran a stop sign and:
collided with a semi
pulling a trailer.
A dedication ceremony
was planned for the update
of the Boots Thomas
Memorial on West
Washington Street, Nov.
Jefferson County's
unemployment rate was at
5.3 percent for September,
while Florida's seasonally
unadjusted unemployment
rate climbed to 6.8 percent.
Former Property
Ashville Area Property
Owner's Association presi-
dent Gail Joubert, was
arrested Oct. 16, and
charged with grand theft
more than $20,000, and for-
Pecan Hills
Subdivision expansion
stalled again when devel-
opers failed to show up for
a review with the
Planning Commission,
Oct. 14.
The county's solved
crimes increased for the
second consecutive year,
as reported by the FDLE
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annual crime report.
The city was to decide
whether to spend the con-
structing a new sewer
plant, or to repair the
existing facility. In both
-cases the .money would
have to be borrowed and
the cost to repair the exist-
ing system exceeded
$165,000, just for the bow-
ing walls.
County Commission
approved Road
D e p a r t m e n t
Superintendent David
Harvey -to hire additional
workers' so that thesttmhi-
damage from Fay,'. in'
August, could be repaired
in house.
Superintendent Phil
Barker received a letter
from the Commissioner of
Education, Dr. Eric J.
Smith, Oct. 22, stating that
all staff at JCMHS had
been cleared in the FCAT
Investigation stemming
from allegations that the
testing in March was done
The county bought the
head of the Wacissa River
and the closing was Obt.
28. The effort to make the
purchase went on nearly
two decades.
The Go-Kart Track
here remained controver-
sial with neighbors com-
plaining of the noise from
motorcycles racing on the
track. Commissioners
asked County Coordinator
Roy Schleicher to speak to
the owners, and advise
them that they were not
allowed to do as they
pleased. Motorcycles are
not go-karts, was the

Photo Submitted
The Greene Family on the day they purchased what would be come the new
Monticello News and Jefferson County Journal building on the Courthouse Circle. From
left, Cheltsie Kinsley, Brooke Kinsley, Emerald Greene, and Tommy Greene.

Derrick Alexander

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009


^ NOVEMBER 2008 *

Monticello News Photo By Laz Aleman, November 24, 2008
Commissioner Skeet Joyner presents J. N. "Junior"
Tuten" with a plaque of recognition for his service at
County Commissioner for eight years.

The economic down-
turn was hurting some
here, as reflected in the col-
lection of city'utility bills
and the growing shut off
list. Tri County Electric
serving rural areas of the
county saw little change,
but Progress Energy, serv-
ing a larger part of the
state, reported nine per-
cent of its customers
behind in payment.
County officials set
Legislative priorities with
a new Fire Rescue Station
at the Industrial Park top-
ping the list.
Skeet Joyner. County
Commissioner Chair pre-
sented outgoing
Commissioner Jerry
Sutphin with his official
photograph arid name plate
at the Oct. 16 meeting.
A second landowner
who stood to gain from the
establishment of the
Jefferson Downs Racetrack
in the Lloyd area, is threat-
ening to file a lawsuit
against the county for
alleged damages is an ami-
cable resolution can't be
worked out.
Nathaniel Howell,, 52,
of Jefferson County was
arrested Nov. 1 and
,charged with drug posses-
sion charges and a

weapons charge stemming
from a routine traffic stop.
City officials were
informed of a federal pro-
gram, Nov. 3, which was
designed to help reduce
foreclosures. Details were
sketchy by the city consid-
ered seeking the funding.
Robert Castillo was
arrested Nov. 1 and
charged with 'aggravated
assault with a deadly
weapon and throwing a
deadly missile into an
occupied vehicle.
The city postponed a
decision on a golf cart ordi-
nance, Nov. 3, and contin-
ued the final hearing until
next month.
Emnbarq held a signup
for high speed Internet
service, and a dinner with
the signup event.
Jefferson County went
from one park, the Mamie
Scott Drive Park, to three
parks. The other two are
the Head of the Wacissa
River, and the "Horse
Arena" near Green
Industries on US 90 West.
Construction began on
the beautification project
of the courthouse circle,
under the auspices of Main
Street, with the pavement
cut back to allow planting
of trees and plants.

Filling the vacant City
Council seat caused by the
resignation of Gerrold
Austin to run for School
Board, a seat he lost,
proved to be difficult.
It was decided that the
acting Mayor, Tom
Vogegelsang, would nomi-
nate one name at a time,
until the Council could
come up with a majority
vote for a nomination.
Lloyd was approved to
get its own Ambulance
unit, Fire Rescue Chief Jim
Billberry reported to the
County Commission, as he
described his plan to make
this happen.
The inauguration of
Veterans Memorial Park
dedication ceremony at the
Sgt. Ernest "Boots"
Thomas memorial, on West
Washington St., drew hun-
dreds from near and far,
including the Marine Band
from Albany, GA.
County Coordinator
Roy Schleicher reported to
the County Commission
that three or four applica-
tions for Librarian and
about 10 applications for
Recreation Park Director.
He listed the committees
that will interview for each
Commissioners were
reluctant to give the go
ahead for the Emergency
Operations Center build-
ing, until the $214,000
promised from FEMA was
in hand. Contractor Riley
Palmer warned that the lat-
est the work could begin to
be finished on time, was
Dec. 1.
Monticello Local
Planning Agency recom-
mended a proposed build-
ing design code for the
business district, to pro-
mote architectural harmo-
ny and integrity to the City
Council, Nov. 13, and no
action was taken at that
The Council approved
the start of the next phase
of a major city sewer
upgrade which will cost
more than $5 million.

Building permits in
October remained in the
low 30s, a sign of the down-
ward spiraling of the econo-
Councilwoman Idella
Scott headed a citizens
committee which was
exploring the viability of
school district owned prop-
erty that the city wanted to
purchase for a park.
As of Nov. 21, the elec-
tion suit of County
Commission Candidate CP
*Miller, because he failed to
sign within the 10 days
after the election, as
required by law.
The suit of Caroline
Carswell versus Tax
Collector Lois Hunter
about timely producing
requested documents,
remained in limbo, as
Hunter was re-elected after
her challenge by Carswell.
Bill Brumfield was
sworn in as the new
Superintendent of Schools,
having defeated Phil
Barker, who held the post
for eight years.
Marianne Arbulu and
Sandra Saunders were
sworn in as .new Board
members, and Ed
Vollertsen was sworn in for
another term.
The County awaited
funding from FEMA for
storm damage caused by
Tropical Storm Fay, having
already spent $500,000. The
county requested $118,403
for damage repair.
After more than a year
of communication with the
British entrepreneur who
is thinking of moving his
two California based com-
panies here, Economic
Development Director
Julie Conley finally met in
person and Conley said the
meeting was positive and
encouraging, arid that
Graham Tweed was ready
to come here sooner rather
than later.
Gene Hall was elected
County Commission chair,
and accepted the gavel
from outgoing Chair Skeet
Joyner. Hines Boyd andl

Stephen Fulford were
sworn in as new commis-
sioners and Danny Monroe
was sworn in for his sec-
ond term.
The County Christmas
Drive began with dona-
tions collected Nov. 28 and .
29 on the Courthouse
Wallace "Bubba"
Bullock implied that the
Fourth of July fireworks
may be back on again but
nothing was definite. The
crux of the matter lies in
who collects the funds to
pay for the event.
Embarq reported suc-
cess with its recent high
speed Internet signup, with
more than 75 customers
placing orders.
Michael Holm was
hired as the new
Recreation Park Director,
replacing Kevin Aman who
retired Nov.30. Aman was
presented a plaque by
County Commisison Chair
Gene Hall in recognition of
his 30 plus years df service.

The county planned a
celebration at the Head of
the Wacissa River, now
that it owned the property.
The even was set for Dec.
J. N. "Junior" Tuten
resigned after eight years
on the County Commisson
and was emotional in his
farewell speech noting it
was a pleasure to work
with his colleagues on the
By contrast Jerry
Sutphin who was forced to
resign to run for the office
of state representative,
(and failed in that bid) was
caustic and accusatory in
his parting remarks claim-
ing lack of support of his
Latorya Williams, 32,
of Perry, FL, was sen-
tenced to two years in
DOC, followed by three
years probation on each of
two'charges of introducing :
contraband into a state
correctional facility, and'
unlawful compensation.


The Jefferson County
unemployment rate rose
slightly in October, as
Florida's rate his a 15 year
high. ,
A Lakeland, FL man,
John Hampton was
charged with fleeing and
eluding law enforcement
officials, Nov. 27, in
Jefferson County.
The Courthouse Circle
construction neared com-
pletion, with trees, and
grass islands added to the
city's focal point. The go4a
was not only to beautify the
circle, but also to give it an
earlier look.
Miguel Oyola was
arraigned in court Dec. 1 in
the 2007 murder case of
Tallahassee landscaper
Michael Lee Gerrard,
whose body was found
dumped here on Tram
The County Horse
Arena's new name was
determined to be College
Park, after a request for cit-
izens to submit names was
The Courthouse Circle
was to be closed Dec. 15-19
to allow landscapers to
complete the planting of
trees and such during the
allotted time.
A group of Lamont res-
idents were interested in
restoring the community's
historic school building
and approached the
County Commission for
financial help. They were
told it would take a cost
estimate of getting the
building back up to stan-
dard before they could con-
sider the request.
George Evans was
elected to the City Council
to fill the position vacated
by the resignation of
Gerrold Austin, who ran
for the School Board, and
lost the election.
The City adopted a new
building code for the busi-
ness district with the goal
of restoring the city's his-
toric look.
Monticello welcomed
the Christmas season with
the Downtown Christmas
event and the arrival of
Santa, and Bethlehem in
Monticello, both of which
drew an appreciative

City officials commit-
ted to borrow a minimum
of $3 million for the com-
pletion of a citywide sewer
rehabilitation project. The
completed project was
expected to cost some $7
Golf carts may operate
legally on city streets when
the City Council approved
an ordinance permitting
the carts on city streets,
and designated crossings at
the two major highways.
After months of discus-
sions, city officials were
ready to buy 20 acres of
school district owned land
for a water park.
Economic Develop-
ment Director Julie Conley
impressed upon County
Commissioners that the
relocation of two business-
es with which she has been
wooing for more than a
year, depends directly on an
Industrial Park upgrade,
specifically the paved road-
way, and the extension of
sewer and water to the site.
Construction began on
the Emergency Operations
Center at the Industrial Park
with a groundbreaking cere-
mony held Dec. 8. The efforts
to secure the $800,000 plus
began more than five years
earlier, before all the pieces
came together.
Nearly 2000 citizens vis-
ited the tenth annual
Bethlehem in Monticello,
Christmas gift to the county
from First United Methodist
The county was to fence
off the Wacissa diving board,
and the head of the river, on
property recently purchased
by the county. The issue was
the liability involved, as the
board was reportedly 50
years old. The action was
supposed to be temporary.
County officials contin-
ued their search for a new
library director, preferably
one with credentials in
library science
A heavy rain, wind
storm Dec. 11 tore off sec-
tions of the roof on the
future home of the
Monticello News and
Jefferson Journal, the for-
mer Jakes' restaurant on
the Courthouse Circle.

Owner Emerald Greene said
there were five leaks in the
building,' but no other dam-
age except that the roof had
to be replaced in toto.
About 100 people attend-
ed a Saturday morning, Dec.
13 ceremony, celebrating
the county's purchase of the
land at the head of the
Wacissa River. ,
,Building permits
dropped to a record low in
November, at 21, the lowest
in at least the past 16
A county, man, Dale
Raymond Watson was
arrested Dec. 10 for manu-,
facturing methampheta-
mine and distributing same
at a mobile home located in
the county with small chil-
dren living there.
The State closed the
Little University Day Care
here, Dec. 18, because of
repeated fire code violations.
Officials visited the facility
and presented in writing
what needed to be corrected,
but it was not done.
The misuse of the ambu-
lance service by nursing
centers was finally resolved
when arrangements with
Big Bend Transit, Inc. were
made to transport center res-
idents back and forth for
routine medical care.
The Tourist
Development Concil looked
forward to the New Year
with a Bike Event and
Travel Fair among the
events planned.
The Courthouse Circle
was closed for a week dur-
ing the day to allow land-
scapers to plant trees and
shrubs in the area sur-
rounding the perimeter of
the Circle. DOT mandated
the route be reopened at
night one workers finished
for the day.
Indictments for first
degree murder charges
and armed robbery were
handed down for Samaj
Pleas, and Timothy
Stubbins, for the Sept. 9,
2008 robbery and shooting
of a former Monticello
man, Tyronne Macon.
The county continued
to await federal funding for
expenses incurred to roads
by Tropical Storm Fay,
back in August.

Limited bus. service
was set to begin Jan 5 for
local residents to access to
the bus terminal in
Tallahassee, via Big Bend
Transit. Cost was set at $2
round trip. Nine seats and
one for the wheelchair
bound were available on a
first come first served
It was discovered that
the Wacissa Diving Board
was not located on County
property at the head of the
river, .but rather of adjacent
property owned by Suwannee
River Water Management
The Planning
Commission approved the
installation of an Alltel
Tower in the Waukeenah
area, at the end of
Rainbows End.
County officials decid-
ed Dec. 18 to spend up to
$75,000 to extend the
infrastructure at the
Industrial Park, a neces-
say step to get two
California businesses to
relocate here.
County Commission-
ers J.N. "Junior" Tuten
was honored, as one of
three for their contribu-
tions to the Aucilla Area
Solid Waste
Administrative Board,
the entity which governs
the four county regional
The Beau Turner
Youth Conservation
Center on US 19 South
was officially designated
as commercial used,
allowing public access to
the 900 acre property.
The highlight of the
December School Board
meeting was the reaffirma-
tion of Phil Barker as a
physical education
teacher at Jefferson
Elementary School, by a 3-
2 vote. Barker was named
to the position Nov. 10, and
began teaching Nov. 18.
The November vote was 4-
1, but two new Board
members took office
Nov. 18.
Board Member
Shirley Washington
requested an agenda
item to reconsider the
personnel issue at the
December meeting.

Monticello News Photo By Laz Aleman, December 24, 2008
Construction began on the Emergency Operation
Center at the Industrial Park, and officials agreed to
spend $75,000 to extend infrastructure to allow two more
businesses to located at the park.



N. Jeffersioni'S"T.lYlticello, FL
Theasal & Linda Perry

Emerald Greene

8B Monticello News

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

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