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County Hires Special Counsel In Potential Racetrack Lawsuit

Monticello News
Senior Staff Writer
The County Com-
mission on Tuesday,
Jan. 6, approved the hir-
ing of a special counsel
to represent the board in
the potential -lawsuit
arising out of officials'
denial of the Jefferson
Downs racetrack almost
exactly a year ago.
Based on the recom-
mendation of Attorney
Scott Shirley, who regu-
larly advises county

Two Plaintiffs Seeking $2+ Million in Damages

staff and officials on
planning and zoning
inatters, the commis-
sion approved the hiring
of David Theriaque, of
the law firm of Theri-
aque, Vorbeck and
Spain, which has offices
in Tallahassee, Destin
and Orlando.
Theriaque, who is
based in Tallahassee,
primarily practices in
the areas of land-use

planning, growth man-
agement, and environ-
mental permitting. He
reportedly has repre-
sented public and pri-
vate entities in
comprehensive plan pro-
ceedings and land-use
regulations and been in-
volved in state and fed-
eral litigation and
administrative hearings
concerning environ-
mental and land-use is-

Theriaquie's hourly
fee is $200, which
Shirley said was more
than he himself charged
the, county but reason-
able given Theriaque's
level of expertise.
Shirley said the rea-
son he .couldn't repre-
sent the county on the
matter was-because he
had a conflict of inter-
est. That conflict

stemmed from the fact
,that he had advised
county staff and offi-
cials on. the Jefferson
Downs' application.
What's more, his legal
advice which county
commissioners had cho-
sen to reject in denying
the application was
that the racetrack met
all the applicable re-
"The board made a

decision different than
the staff recommenda-
tion," Shirley told the
News on Wednesday,
'Jan. 7. "I can't represent
the board on this be-
cause it would be a dif-
ferent position than the
one I took at the hear-
Shirley told officials
at Tuesday's meeting
that they had no choice
but to proceed with the
-hiring of counsel be-
Please See
Lawsuit Page 4A

Amendment 4 Proponent Is

Briefed On Local Concerns

Measure Goes
Into Effect
Jan. 1, 2010

Monticello News
Senior Staff Writer
Members of the Jef-
ferson ,Legislative Com-
mittee on Wednesday,
Jan. 7, got to voice their
concerjis about ,Amend-
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ment 4 to one of the key
authors of the constitu-
tional amendment -
Preston Robertson, vice
president for conserva-
tion and general counsel
to the Florida Wildlife
Federation (FWF).
It was Robertson
who drafted the lan-
guage contained in the
ballot initiative that 68
Please See Amend-
ment 4 Page 4A .

Monticello News Photo by Laz Aleman, January 7, 2009
Preston Robertson, of the Florida Wildlife Federa-
tion, speaks with members of the Jefferson Legisla-
tive Committee on Wednesday, Jan. 7. From left, John
Finlayson, a representative of Dixie Plantation, which
currently has about 8,900 of its 9,000+ acres in con-
servation easements; Dick Bailar, secretary of the JLC;
and Robertson, the key author of the Amendment 4
ballot initiative.

Amendment's Impact

Could Exceed $1M

County's Uniqueness Said To Make
It Esneciallv Vulnerable

Monticello News
Senior Staff Writer
While local govern-
ment officials generally
acknowledge that
Amendment 4 is a good
and needed measure
that will promote con-
servation and growth
management in the
state, they worry about
the amendment's unin-
tended consequences on
Jefferson County, given
its almost unique situa-
In an email to mem-

bers of the Jefferson
Legislative Committee
(JLC) and lawmakers on
Friday, Jan. 9, JCL secre-
tary Dick Bailar under-
scored the actual and
potential unintended
consequences of the
amendment, which he
said would impact Jef-
ferson County more
deeply than any other
county in the state.
One major consider-
ation, Bailar noted, is
that not only is Jefferson
Please See
Impact Page 4A

JCI Inmate
Assault Deadly

Shawn Frazier

Monticello News Photo by Laz Aleman, January 6, 2009
Newly appointed Councilman George Evans took the oath of office prior to
the City Council meeting on Tuesday night, Jan. 6. Judge Bobby Plaines, right, ad-
ministered the oath.

County To Revisit

Impact Fees Issue

Monticello News
Senior Staff Writer
County officials are
scheduled to revisit the
issue of impact fees at a
special public hearing
6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan.
15. in the 2n.d floor of the
The hearing comes
at the request of a
group calling itself Cit-
izens for a Strong Econ-
omy. The group holds
that the impact fees.
which the county levies
on new construction to
help pay for the cost of
the increasing services

demanded by growth,
are hindering local eco-
nomic development.
The group wants offi-
cials either to tem-
porarily suspend or do
away with the impact
fees: which the county
collects in the areas of
emergency medical
service, fire protection.
law enforcement and
At the same time.
Commissioner Hines
Boyd wants the board
to discuss the forma-
tion of a blue-ribbon
citizens advisory com-
mittee that would study

Monticello Man Slapped With

Monticello News
Staff Writer
A Monticello man
was arrested Jan. 9 and
charged with three
drug-related charges.
stemming from a case
last year.
According to the Jef-
ferson County Sheriffs
Office, May 15. 2008. the

Jefferson County Drug
Unit. with the assis-
tance of proven reliable
informants, conducted a
controlled drug opera-
tion in the area of
Allen's Bar and the Blue
Heron Cafe'.
Investigators met
with the informants and
discussed the operation
procedures, and the in-

not only impact fees.
but also all the other
variables that may im-
pinge on development.
including zoning and
planning regulations.
As Boyd envisions
it. the advisory com-
mittee would return
with its findings and
recommendations to
the County Commis-
sion.- Planning Com-
mission and other
appropriate boards and
agencies. Boyd plans to
give a fuller and more
detailed explanation of
his proposal at the

Drug Charges
formants were told to go
to the area of Allen's
Bar and the Blue Heron
Cafe' and purchase con-
trolled substances from
anyone openly willing to
sell them.
The informants and
vehicle were searched
prior to the operation
Please See Drug
Charges Page 4A

Monticello News
Staff Writer
A Jefferson Correc-
tional Institution in-
mate was charged Dec.
31 with aggravated as-
sault with a deadly
weapon, stemming from
an incident which took
place at the institution
in 2006.
According to re-
ports, On July 15, 2006 at
11:45 a.m., Correctional
Officer Isaac Redding at- -
tempted to take inmate
Shawn Frazier into cus-
tody for a violation of
departmental policy and
procedures, when Fra-
zier took off and ran
Please See
Assault Page 4A

Crash Here




Monticello News
Staff Writer
A Kissimmee man
was seriously injured
Jan.11, in a single-vehi-
cle crash here.
Florida Highway Pa-
trol reports that Arturo
Hernandez-Benites, 20,
was driving a 1995
Chevrolet pickup truck
at 11:56 p.m., traveling
west on 1-10 in the inside
lane, at the Turkey
Scratch overpass, six
miles east of Monti-
The vehicle traveled
Please See
Crash Page 4A

3 Sections, 30 Pages
Around Jeff. Co. 4-7A Legals 13A
Classifieds 12A School 8A
History 9A Sports 10A-11A
Home Improvement 14A Viewpoints 2-3A

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009



Letters to the Editor are typed word for word, comma for comma, as sent to this newspaper.
Resident Decries Lack Of Courthouse Holiday Decorations

Dear Editor,
For most of my life I've been a
Jefferson County resident. This is the
first time I can remember our courthouse
having no Christmas decorations.
There was no Christmas tree, nothing
at the entrances, not one red ribbon or
Christmas light.

Who goofed? Was this an economic
cut back? Or was someone just lazy?
Whatever the reason, I missed the
usual pretty decorations and hope it does-
n't happen again.
Marceline Hamilton

Hot Chocolate Sale To Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Dear Friends and
I would like to
announce my 6th annual
hot chocolate sale to bene-
fit the. Cystic Fibrosis
It will be held from 8
a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday,
Jan. 17, in Greenville on
Hwy 221 one block South
of US 90 at Witmer Realty.
e -

I started having this
sale to help my sister Abby
who is six, and has cystic
fibrosis as well as all the
other CFers around the
country. -
With your help we
have raised nearly
$10,000.00 since we started
this in 2004. Abby, my
other sister Chloe, family
members, friends and I
will be serving coffee and

doughnuts and my famous
hot chocolate.
All the money that is
raised will go to the Cystic
Fibrosis Foundation to
help find a cure. So I hope
to see you there to help
support Abby and other
CFer's that have to fight
this disease every day.
; Sincerely,
Kelsi Reams

Your Input

Too many times in that we
life we get caught up in stay abl
our "own world" and we news a
forget the importance of that w
the thoughts and ideas of same i
others. We are all guilty you.
of this, from time to time. As
In the "business someti]
world" this holds true, know
also. Whatever our job that mi
may be, sometimes we in the
forget to step back and would
-really look at what oth- every:
Ors might see, or think, our of
I'd like to take this know i
time to thank our read- opening
ers, and patrons, for the like (or
telephone calls, letters, covered
and Letters To The best to
Editor, that we. receive, it to the
Whether the intention is ty..
positive, or negative, it is Let
good to hear from "the are enc
public" and lets us (the our
newspaper) know what "Stinge
you like, and don't like.' lish in
We try our best, as your n
your local hometown I k]
newspapers, .to serve the please
public in the best way commu

Matters To Us

e can. We try to
>reast of the local
nd happenings so
e may pass that
information on to
hard as we try,
mes, we just don't
eight be coming up
community. I
like to encourage
ne to please call
fice and let us
f an event is hap-
, that you would
think needs to be)
d. We will do our
be there and cover
e best of our abili-
ters To The Editor
;ouraged as well as
new feature
ers" that we pub-
each edition of
now that we can't
everyone in our
nity. With each

story that is printed,
some will like it some
will not. "We don't make
the news, we just report
it" has become my
favorite quote; as it holds
the same for all media. It
is our job to' let the citi-
zens of Jefferson County
know what is -happening
in Jefferson County. The
good, the bad, and the
ugly are all a part of that
Thank you for your
patronage and please feel
free to call our office at
any time. We truly
appreciate your thoughts
and ideas and welcome
any suggestions that you
might have. We especial-
ly look forward to learn-
ing of events happening
in our county that we
might not know about.
Have A Great Week!
Until then....see you
around the town.

Photo Submitted
Reams sisters, and family members, will sell hot chocolate, coffee and doughnuts,
Jan. 17, to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. From left, Chloe, 7; Kelii, 12; and
Abby, 6, all students at ACA.

By: Debbie Snapp
Monticello News
Staff Writer
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I Buddy Entzminger

Buddy Entzminger has lived in the
for nine years. He was born in Ken-
.t 'y and came to Jefferson County by
w of Manatee County, FL.
He's the single brother of local pi-
a Sissy Kilpatrick. They are both mem-
b of the SonRise Quartet.
He attends the Church of the Z- .
arene in Monticello, and enjoys ~
spreading the word of God through song in '
h aritone singing voice.
His hobbies include yard work, caring for others, anda
c ch activities. He is employed at the Winn Dixie store oI
S'h Jefferson Street.



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January 13, 1999
Commissioners are becoming
concerned with the red tape they are
encountering in their pursuit of a $4
million low-interest loan from the.
federal government to pay back the
money they borrowed locally to con-
struct the jail.
The annual Miss ACA and Jr.
Miss ACA pageant will be held 7 p.m.,
'Saturday, Jan. 16 in the Aucilla
Christian Academy auditorium.
A longtime former county com-
missioner was robbed at gunpoint in
his Aucilla home Saturday evening.
Figures released recently by the
Monticello Police Department show
a marked decrease in the number of
violent crimes reported in the ,vicini-
ty of the Roostertown Community
January 11, 1989
It took some doing and a flip of
the coin to settle part of the matter
but City Council last Tuesday night
decided to keep Ike Anderson as
mayor another year and to elect
Councilman Ernest Larry vice
County Commissioners, after
saying how much confidence they
had in Project Engineer for Road
Paving Jim Ward and how thorough
his work is, decided to go against
Ward's recommendation to award
the contract for the paving of Blue
Lake Road in Aucilla to the highest
bidder. After lengthy debate; com-
missioners decided since all contract
specifications had been met the con-
tract would be awarded to the lowest
bidder, saving the county over
$15,000 in the process.
The quick thinking of Lloyd
Acres resident Kathy Beazey was
credited by firefighters Friday morn-
ing as being what saved her home
from possible destruction.
i Jerry Grubbs, owner of Grubbs
Petroleum Sales on East Pearl Street
..'didn't exactly get off to the best start
jfor the new year. His 1978 Ford pick-
-up truck (valued at about $2,000) was
stolen New Years' Eve and driven
.through the fence and gate at his
-business causing an estimated $200-
'$300 damage. The good news is. he
',received news January 3 that his
' truck- had been located and was
Being returned to Monticello.

January 11, 1979
The Arthur Watson Industrial
Park on LUS 19 south has been expand-
ed 9.23 acres. The land adjacent to the
park was recently purchased by the
Jefferson County Industrial'
Development Corporation.
The county commissioners,
approved payment for the draperies
in County Judge Charles Anderson's
office at last Wednesday's meeting
but also authorized Eleanor
Hawkins, clerk, to write to the county
officials and department heads advis-
ing them that the purchase of any
items not included in the budget must
be approved in advance.,
The first order of business at
Tuesday night's City Council meeting
was the swearing in of the newly re-
elected members, Eddie Miles and
Vaughn Evans. This was done by
Judge Charles Anderson.
A handful of city voters turned
down a referendum Monday which
would have permitted -the City
Council to borrow money at low
interest rates from the federal gov-
January 11, 1969
Mrs. Eleanor B. Hawkins official-
ly took office Tuesday morning in the
office of Clerk of Circuit Court.
C.J. Reams was seated as a new
member of the School Board and L.G.
Morris was re-elected chairman of
the board.
Norman Hartsfield was named
chairman of the board for the county
January 11, 1959
Mrs. Cecil Stover was installed
last Tuesday as president of Jefferson
County Homes Demonstration
Council. Serving with her for the:
year are Mrs. David Walker, Mrs.
Josie Braswell, Mrs. B.L. Clayton.
Mrs. Ben Buzbee, Mrs. Audrey Casey,,
and Mrs. V.K. Watson.
Safety awards were awarded at a,
dinner given for Florida Power
Corporation employees last Monday.
A special recognition was given Roy
Hefner and his crew of nine men for
an eight year safety record. James C.
Nix received an award for '12 years;
Roy Hefner for 21 years; John W.-,_
Summit, 18 and Ralph Norman 33-

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Monticello News
Staff Writer
Shane Holland, 37, of
Jefferson County was
arrested Dec. 31 and
charged with violation of
probation, forgery, viola-
tion of probation, uttering,
and violation of probation,
exploitation of elderly.
Bond was withheld and he
remained at the County
. Jail Jan. 12.
Shawn Frazier, 28, of
Jeffersoff Correctional
Institution, was arrested
Dec. 31 and charged with
aggravated assault with a
deadly weapon. Bond was
set at $10,000 and he
remained at the County
Jail Jan. 12.
Jose Maria Tobar Diaz,
27, of Grand Prairie, TX,
was arrested Jan. 2 and
charged with no valid driv-
er license. Bond was set at
$250 and he bonded out of
jail the same day.
Tyler Lee Champion,
. 19, of Jefferson County,
was arrested Jan. 3 and
charged with battery
(domestic). Bond was set
at $500 and he bonded out
of jail the following day
Dempsey Tramble, 59,
of Monticello, was arrested
Jan. 5 and charged with
violation of probation, bur-
glary of a structure. Bond
was withheld and he
remained at the County
Jail Jan. 12.
Brian Dewayne
Amerson, 22, of Jefferson
County was arrested Jan. 6
and charged with battery,
burglary of a building, and
grand theft. Bond was
withheld and he remained
at the County Jail Jan. 12.
Kenneth Henry
Forton, 19, of Calhoun, GA,
was arrested Jan. 6 and
charged with violation of
probation, dealing in
stolen property, and viola-
tion of probation, posses-
sion of burglary tools.
Bond was withheld and he
remained at the County
Jail, Jan. 12.
Wadell Fredrick

Finney, 46, of Lakewood,
-CA, was arrested Jan. 6
and charged with failure to
appear, no motor vehicle
registration, failure to
appear, possession of drug
paraphernalia, failure to
appear, driving while
license suspended, and fail-
ure to appear, failure to
register a motor vehicle.
Bond was. set at $1,500 and
he remained at the County
Jail Jan. 12..
Theresa Michelle
Olson, 27, of Tallahassee,
was arrested Jan. 9 and
charged with petit theft.
Bond was set at $100 and
she was released on her
own recognizance Jan. 12.
Cheneil Jabber Scott,
31, of Jefferson County,
was arrested Jan. 9 and
charged with burglary of a
conveyance and grand
theft. Bond was set at $1,250
and ,she bonded out of jail
the same day.
Willie James Leonard,
28, of Monticello, was
arrested Jan. 9 and charged
with possession of marijua-
na with intent to sell with-
in 1000 feet of a place of
worship, sale of marijuana
within 1000 feet of a place of
worship, and petit theft.
Bond was set at $4,750 and
he remained at the County
Jail Jan. 12.
Samaj Bernard Pleas,
18, of Monticello, was
picked up from the Leon
County Jail to face local
charges. He appeared in
court Jan. 12 and was
indicted on charges of
aggravated assault with a
firearm, burglary of a con-.
veyance with person
assaulted, battery, and
attempted first-degree

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Everyone I've spoken
to thinks that it would
look ridiculous to clog
up our beautiful
historic town with
these "Retirement
Village" carts
especially constructing
special lanes for them
would take away from
the wonderful
ambiance that we now
enjoy in town. Why not
ask for the feelings of
our people instead of
leaving it up to the
"commission" We are
not a retirement

Sedit to] rus!

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murder. Bond was with-
held and he awaited trans-
port back to Leon County
to face first-degree murder
charges there.
Robert J. Scott, 44, of
Jefferson County, was
arrested Jan. 9 and charged
with violation of probation,
fleeing or attempting to
elude, violation of proba-
tion, driving while license
permanently revoked, and
kidnapping for ransom or
hostage. Bond was with-
held and he remained at
the County Jail, Jan. 12.
Ronekia Shamber
Mitchell, 31, of
Tallahassee, was arrested
Jan. 10 and charged with
violation of probation, pro-
viding false information to
a pawnbroker. Bond was
withheld and she
remained at the County
Jail Jan. 12.
John Paul Peters, 35, of
Crawfordville, FL, was
arrested Jan. 10 and
charged with driving while
under the influence. Bond
was set, at $500 and she
bonded out of jail the same
Christopher Alan
Steele, 30, of Monticello,
was arrested Jan. 11 and
charged with battery,
domestic. Bond was set at
$500 and he remained at
the County Jail Jan. 12.
Joseph Kriech, 18, 'of
Fort Walton Beach, FL,
was arrested Jan. 11 and
charged with resisting
arrest without violence,
possession of cannabis less
than 20 grams, and driving
while license suspended or
revoked. Bond was set at
$500 and he bonded out of.
jail the same day.

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Cont. From Page 1

Amendment 4

Cont. From Page 1

cause they had made "an ir-
revocable decision" that
stemmed from their rejec-
tion of the racetrack on
Jan. 17, 2008:
Why an irrevocable de-
Shirley explained to the
News on Wednesday that
the decision was irrevoca-
ble because the developer
had chosen to take his proj-
ect to Gadsden County,
where it was now under
construction. Hence, the
board could not undo its de-
cision, even if it wanted to.
At the same time, two plain-
tiffs were claiming that the
board's decision had caused
them financial harm by de-
priving them of the sale of
their lands at a profitable
price, he said.
"At this point, they have
no choice but to defend
their position," Shirley said
of the commissioners on
At the Tuesday meet-
ing,' Commissioner Hines
Boyd, who was not on the
board when the racetrack
was denied, questioned
how much the litigation


County designated a fis-
cally constrained county
because of its limited abil-
ity to raise ad-valorem
taxes, but it is also located
in a geographic area offi-
cially recognized by the
state as a Region of Seri-
ous Economic Concern.
"Especially worrisome
to local officials, 21 per-
cent of all the privately
held conservation lands in
Florida are in Jefferson
County. This translates
into 36,000 acres of conser-
vation easements that are
currently assessed at an
average of $3 per acre.
Once part 1 of Amend-
ment 4 takes effect in 2010
and these 36,000 acres go
off the tax rolls, it will
mean a combined annual
loss of $216,000 to the
county and school district.
That's because part 1 ex-
empts from property taxes
those lands that are in per-
manent conservation ease-

might cost and where the
money would be coming
Clerk of Court Kirk
Reams noted that the com-
mission had budgeted
$80,000 to $100,000 for con-
sultant fees, which money
could be applied to the at-
torney's fees. But it mat-
tered also when the
payments started and how
long the litigation lasted, he
said. He suggested that
commissioners might have
to budget more funds in the
coming fiscal year, if the lit-
igation proved protracted.
Reams also expressed
concern that the county's
insurance carrier might
want to hire a different at-
torney than the county's to
represent its interests.
Shirley advised that the
county could demand that
the insurance company
.hire the same attorney as
the county, thereby sharing
the cost. But ultimately the
county had no choice but to
spend money, Shirley said.
Meaning that the county
could either choose to pay
the attorney to defend its

But there is also a part
2 to Amendment 4, and
part 2 proposes to exempt
from property taxes those
lands that are put into
temporary conservation.
Depending how lawmak-
ers craft the language of
part 2, it can mean that up
to an additional $840,000
are lost to the county and
school district each year.
Bailar points out that
Jefferson County has an-
other 40,000 acres of plan-
tation lands that are
currently assessed at
about $3 per acre, but that
are potentially eligible for
conversion into conserva-
tion land, depending how
the language is crafted for
part 2.
Were these lands to be
put into conservation in
part or in whole, it could
mean, the annual loss of
$240,000 to the county and


southwest into the grassy
median, and rotated clock-
wise three quarters of a
turn. It then traveled
across both eastbound
lanes of the Interstate and
traveled southwest onto the
south shoulder of the road.
The left side of the Ve-
hicle collided with a con-
crete pillar underneath
the Turkey Scratch Road
overpass, located on the

south shoulder of the In-
The vehicle then ro-
tated one quarter of a turn
clockwise and came to a
rest facing east against the
concrete pillar,
was removed from the ve-
hicle and transported to
Tallahassee Memorial
Hospital via Life Net for
treatment of serious in-

Drug Charges

and no contraband was
found. The informants
were then issued money to
purchase the controlled
substances. The in-
formants and vehicle were
equipped with an audio
and video transmitting de-
vice so investigators could
monitor and record events.
The informants arrived
in the area of Allen s Bar
and made contact with two
black male suspects. A
brief conversation took
place between the inform-
ants the purchase of mari-

juana or crack cocaine, and
the informants were in-
structed to circle around
the block and come right
back and once back in the
area, Willie James,
Leonard, 28, of Monticello
approached the inform-
ant s vehicle and sold them
two bags of marijuana.
The informants then
gave Leonard a ride to Jef-
ferson Arms Apartments,
where he was to purchase
crack cocaine for them, but
he fled on foot.
The informants re-

position, or it could pay the
plaintiffs the more than $2
Million that they are seek-
ing in compensation.
The two property own-
ers Jamaro, Inc., and
Richard B. Baker, are seek-
ing a combined $2,451,900
in damages. The twos'
claims are based on real-es-
tate purchase agreements
that they signed with
Equestrian Land Holdings,
LLC, the developer of the
Jefferson Downs. Those
agreements were contin-
gent on the county approv-
ing the racetrack
Both landowners cite
the Bert J. Harris Private
Property Rights Protection
Act as the basis for their
potential lawsuits. Adopted
by the Florida Legislature
in 1995, the Harris Act pre-
vents local governments
from inordinately burden-,
ing, restricting, or limiting
private property rights and
provides for compensation
for the actual loss to fair
market value of real prop-
erty, if the loss is caused by
a government action.

Cont. From Page 1

school district, Bailar
Then there is an esti-
mated 100,000 acres of
pinelands that the timber
companies own and could
elect to turn into conser-
vation easements, again
depending on the imple-:
.mentation language of
part 2.
Should the average $3
per acre assessment be
lost on the 100,000 acres, it
would represent another
$600,000 loss to the county
and school district annu-
ally, Bailar said.
'Worse case scenario,
the county and the school
district could lose a com-
bined $1,056,000 annually,
he said. Hence, it is crucial
that the drafting of the im-
plementation language for
part 2 be done right and
takes into consideration
Jefferson County's situa-
tion, goes. the local argu-

Cont. From Page 1

Jefferson County Fire
Rescue and deputies from
the Jefferson County Sher-
iff's Office assisted FHP at
the scene.
The crash was not
deemed alcohol-related
and Hernandez-Benites
was wearing a seatbelt.
The truck sustained
$10,000 damage and
charges are pending.

Cont. From Page 1

turned to the predeter-
mined location where the
marijuana was collected
and a presumptive field test
was performed with posi-
tive results.
Leonard was arrested
Jan. 9 and charged with
possession of marijuana
with intent to sell within
1000 feet of a place of wor-
ship, sale of marijuana
within 1000 feet of a place
of worship, and petit theft.
Bond was set at $4,750 and
he remained at the County
Jail Jan. 12.

percent of Florida voters
approved in the 2008 gen-
eral election. Amendment 4
essentially encourages the
conservation of natural
lands by offering tax relief
to property owners who do
not develop their lands.
Simply put, the state will
exempt from property
taxes those lands that pro-
prietors put into perma-
nent or temporary
conservation easements.
The concern here is
twofold. Foremost, local of-
ficials worry that with
36,000-plus acres already in
conservation easements,
Jefferson County which
is recognized as a fiscally
constrained county be-
cause of its limited ability
to raise ad-valorem taxes --
could well lose between
$200,000 and $400,000 annu-
ally in revenues.
Equally problematic is
the amendment's provision
allowing for the temporary
placement of lands in con-
servation. easements. Locl
officials worry that human
nature being what it is,
property owners will take-
advantage of the provision
to avoid paying taxes for a
while, then will drop the ex-
emption and capitalize on
the sale of their lands
when the time is oppor-
Local officials well un-
derstand that the devil's
often in the details, or more
specifically, in the language
that lawmakers will put
into the implementation
Slahguagb in the coftiing ses-
sionYThus, they want to en-
sure that lawmakers and'
other interested parties
having input into the for-
mulation of the implemen-
tation language are aware
of Jefferson County's
unique situation and take
steps to hold the county
harmless or somehow re-
imburse it for any losses.
Robertson assured the
gathering which in-
cluded State Representa-
tive Leonard Bembry, aides
to State Representative
Michelle Rehwinkel
Vasilinda, and Neil Fleck-
enstein, planning coordina-
tor for Tall Timbers Land
Conservancy that it was
never the ,intent of the
amendment's sponsors to
harm any county Rather, it
was the intent to protect
and preserve Florida's nat-
ural resources and quality
of life, so that everywhere
in the state didn't come to
reflect overdeveloped Or-
ange County home of
Walt Disney World Resort.
Robertson conceded
that Jefferson County's was
a unique situation. In fact,
if the rest of the state
looked like Jefferson
County, Amendment 4
would never have come to
be and the discussion they
were. having would not be
taking place, he said. But
the reality was that Florida
was being overdeveloped,
and absent a measure such
as Amendment 4, the state
would eventually end up an
impermeable wasteland.
Robertson differed with
some locals' interpretation


into the kitchen of the com-
pound chow hall.
Redding pursued Fra-
zier into the kitchen and
found him in possession of
a large metal lid from a
food can. Frazier had bent
the lid in half with the
sharp edge facing outward,

that houses and other im-
provements on conserva-
tion easements would also
be exempted from property
taxes and referred every-
one to the actual language
of the ballot initiative.
Lawmakers, of course,
would ultimately deter-
mine how Amendment 4
was implemented, he said.
But it was never his or the
other sponsors' intent for
the measure to exempt
houses and improvements,
he said. Arid if the legisla-
tors adopted his version of
the implementation lan-
guage, such structures
wouldn't be exempted, he
__ "In my present draft, if
it's paved, it's taxed,"
Robertson said. "If it's im-
permeable, it's not conser-
The question to him
was not whether structures
in conservation easements
should be taxed; they
should, he said. The ques-
tion to him was rather how
much of the conservation
land surrounding these
structures should also be
taxed? Of course,. his was
only one of several ver-
sions that lawmakers
would be considering, he
Robertson disagreed
with the criticism that the
amendment was intrinsi-
cally unfair because it al-
lowed individuals to take
lands off the tax rolls,
which lands they would
continue to reap .financial
benefits from. The alleged
unfairness ,was precisely
the aim of the amendment,
Robertson argued. Other-
wise, who would voluntar-
ily strip away the
marketability of their land
in perpetuity, if not for the
incentive that they could
continue to reap financial
benefits from the land
through farming, ranch-
ing, silvaculture and other
agriculture activities, he
"Someone who con-
serves their land and strips
away 90 percent of the com-
mercial value needs to be
rewarded," Robertson said.
"Nobody would put land
into conservation if they
couldn't make money"
He offered that the flip-
side of the equation was
that conservation lands
that weren't paying taxes
also weren't being devel-
oped and therefore weren't
causing local governments
to have to expend money to
provide services.
But he understood and
sympathized with the local
concerns and repeatedly of-
fered assurances that he
and the measure's other
sponsors were on the
county's side. The ones
who needed to be con-
vinced were the lawmak-
ers, and particularly the
Republican lawmakers who
would be driving the
agenda, he said. He encour-
aged the committee to get
as many big players on
their side as possible, such
as the Florida Association
of Counties and the Florida
Farm Bureau, among oth-

and as he held the lid in a
threatening manner ap-
proximately five feet away
from the officer, he verbally
threatened Redding and
stated "Ya'll going to earn
your paychecks today"
The incident was also
witnessed by Correctional

As for ways to recom-
pense or reimburse the
county, Robertson offered
that the CARL (Conserva-
tion and Recreation Lands)
Program represented a
good, possibility CARL
compensates counties with
annual payments in lieu of
taxes for lands taken off
the tax rolls. In his version
of the proposed implemen-
tation language, Robertson
said he provided a mecha-
nism for compensating Jef-
ferson County through
CARL. The possibility of
tying the reimbursements
to the fiscally constrained
monies was also discussed.
But he added the caveat
that CARL and other fund-
ing sources were tied to
trust funds that were them-
selves vulnerable in the
current economic crisis.
Robertson would not be
pinned down on divulging
the particulars of his ver-
sion, other than to say that
his plan addressed the local
. concerns. In his version,
the county also would be
given the authority to en-
sure compliance with the
requirements of conserva-
tion easements, he said.
As for the second con-
cern, the temporary place-
ment of land in
conservation easements to
avoid taxes, Robertson said
his version was modeled on
Georgia's and would re-
quire a minimum of 10 to
15 years that the lands had
to remain in conservation.-
As he saw it. the tempprary;
optiW aiwas an alterpatjMte
to the green belt exemp-
tion, he said. But he didn't
see where a great many
people would choose the
temporary conservation
over the green belt exemp-
'tion, which was renewable
As for the permanent
conservation, remember
that it meant stripping land
of its marketability forever,
he said. And always, there
were" federal and state cri-
teria that conservation
lands had to meet; it wasn't
a matter of simply desiring
it and getting the designa-
tion, he said.
In the end, the commit-
tee agreed that it would
continue to identify and re-
cruit into its lobbying ef-
fort other groups that were
sympathetic to the county's
plight. The committee also
agreed to get copies of the
different drafts of the pro-
posed implementation lan-
guage being circulated in
order to be able to apply
pressure where necessary.
, As Curt Kiser a for-
mer Florida senator, Jef-
ferson Legislative
Committee member and at-
large director of the Board
of Directors of the FWF
put it, the drafts would
allow the group to praise
committees that were on
the right track, or
metaphorically place a
well-needed kick in the
pants of those committees
deemed to be heading in
the wrong direction, inso-
far as the drafting of the
implementation language.

Cont. From Page 1

Officer Richard Smith,
who eventually talked in-
mate Frazier into relin-
quishing the weapon, and
Frazier was taken into cus-
Frazier remained
housed at the County Jail
Jan. 12, 2009.


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The Savvy Senior
monthly outreach program
will begin at noon Thurs-
day at the Monticello Opera
House. Speaker Melissa
Dancer-Brown, RN, LD/N
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George H. Kaschmitter,
age 89, passed away
Wednesday, January 7,2009.
Memorial Mass will be
held at 7:00 pm Wednesday,
January 14, 2009 at St. Mar-
garet Catholic Church in
Monticello, FL.
Mr. Kaschmitter was
born in Iowa then moved to
Tampa, FL and then to
Monticello. He was a Vet-
eran with the Air Force
after 28 years, he had
Ophie S. Johnson, age
98, a retired nurse passed
away Saturday, January
10, 2009, at Jefferson Nurs-
ing Home in Monticello,
Memorial Services
will be at 11:00 Saturday
January 17, 2009 at Mace-
donia Freewill Baptist
Church in Monticello.
-Mrs. Johnson was na-
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wal"al6ra resident of Tal-
lahassee, FL, Calkoun
County, GA, and Monti-
cello. She was a retired

served in the World War II
and Korea War.
Mr. Kaschmitter is sur-
vived by son, Jack E
Kaschmitter (Elaine),
grandson Jack E Kaschmit-
ter (Mindy), and Thomas G.
Kaschmitter (Becca); four
great grandchildren, Bre-
anna, Thomas (Ben), Waytt
and Sophie; -two brothers,
Otto Kaschmitter, and Joe
Kaschmitter both from
nurse working for Dr.
Martin in Edison then
moving to Albany, GA and
she was also an Eastern
Star of Georgia and a
member of the Baptist
Survivors include one
son Bobby Ray Johnson
(Helen) of Monticello, six
grandchildren, six great
grandchildren and two great
great grandchildren 'arid
many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death' by
two sons Donald and Clif-
ford Johnson.

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meets every Friday at noon
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Chamber of Commerce on
West Washington Street for
lunch and a meeting. Con-
tact President James Mu-
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Grammy's Girls will be
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meeting 4 p.m. on the third
Sunday of each month at
the Martin Luther King
Community -Center. Con-
tact Charles Parrish at 997-
3760 for more information.
Camellia Garden Circle
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Ganzy Completes

Basic Combat Training
DEBBIE SNAPP mony, marching, rifle
Monticello News marksmanship, armed and
Staff Writer unarmed combat, map read-
Army Spec. Kar- ing, field tactics, military
sharhonda K. Ganzy has courtesy, military justice
graduated from basic com- system, basic first aid, foot
bat training at Fort Jackson, marches, and field training
Columbia, SC. exercises.
During the nine weeks She graduated in 2003
of training, the soldier stud- from Jefferson County High
ied the Army mission, his- School in Monticello, and re-
tory, tradition and core ceived her bachelor's degree
values, physical fitness, and in 2008 from the University
received instruction and of West Florida in Pen-
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skills, military weapons, She is the daughter of
chemical warfare and bayo- Fontella Green, of Monti-
net training, drill and cere- cello.

Brooks Graduates

From Basi
Monticello News
Staff Writer
Army Reserve Pvt.
Shanice L. Brooks has
graduated from basic com-
bat training at Fort Jack-
son, Columbia,'SC.
During the nine weeks
of training, the soldier
studied the Army mission,
history, tradition and core
values, physical fitness,
and received instruction
and practice in basic com-
bat skills, military

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weapons, chemical warfare
and bayonet training, drill
and ceremony, marching,
rifle marksmanship,
armed and unarmed com-
bat, map reading, field tac-
tics, military courtesy,
military justice system,
basic first aid, foot
marches, and field training
She is a 2008 graduate
of Jefferson County Mid-
dle/High School and the
daughter of ,Chanta
Brooks, of Monticello.

Will New Administration Affect
Your Investment Moves?
Provided by Robert J. Davison
Next week, President-elect Obama will 'become President.
Obama. Like people across the country, you will no doubt be
greatly interested in how his actions will affect a wide variety
of domestic and foreign-policy issues. But from a personal point
of view, you may also be thinking about what an Obama Ad-
ministration will mean for youi investment strategy.
In reality, the actions of any administration generally have only
a limited impact on the financial markets. In our complex, in-
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the potential ramifications of who's in charge in Washington.
Nonetheless, you may still want to pay some attention to po-
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e New legislation- You may want to follow the progress of new
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can carry the loss forward to future years.
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Staff Writer
Jordon Michael Blair
graduated from basic re-
cruit camp with Second
Battalion Hotel Company
at Parris Island, SC on Fri-
day, Dec. 12, 2008 as a Pri-
vate. He received a warrant
for promotion and is now a
Private First Class.
He is currently in ad-
vanced combat training at
Camp Lejeune, NC.
Blair is a 2007 honor
graduate of Jefferson
County Middle/High
School, and the son of
Mary and Donald Blair, of
Monticello, FL.

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Monticello News Photo By Fran Hunt, December 4, 2008
Big Bend AHEC Smoking Cessation Consyultant Pre-
ston Mathews prepares the Carbon Monoxide Monitor to
take the reading of each of the class participants prior to
each class.

Monticello News,
Staff'Writer "''o'
The second locally offered sni6king cessationfil-si{
currently, underway, and participantts are still beihghbcL
cepted, so it's not too late to join the free course.
The course provides a plethora of information in-
cluding how to identify the triggers of the smoking habit,
how to avoid those triggers, how to begin detoxifying the
body prior to the actual quit date, and beginning usage of
free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) which includes
patches, Commit lozenges and nicotine gum for the first
The course and NRTs are funded by the state and pro-
vided through a partnership of Florida Health Educators
Centers (Florida AHEC), Florida Department of Health,
Quit Smoking Now, and Quitline (1-877-822-6669).
Class participants also learn how not to beat them-
selves up if a brief failure occurs, how to avoid weight-
gain after quitting, developing healthy eating and
exercising habits, and how to keep from reaching for a
cigarette, strictly from force of habit.
Florida Big Bend Area Health Education Centers
(AHEC) Smoking Cessation Consultant Preston Mathews
begins each by taking a carbon monoxide monitor read-
ing from everyone in the class, which serves the purpose
of participants actually being able to see the results of
their efforts since the previous class.
Mathews often has participants talk about their goals,
speaks of the medical problems caused in both men and
women due to smoking, the many poisons of cigarette
smoke, and the effects on our loved ones around us when
they breathe our second hand smoke.
Each participant is provided with a water bottle,
stress ball, and learns the importance of drinking a large
amount of water to help purify and detoxify the system
in preparation for the actual quitting date.
The Jefferson County class, is offered at the County
Library, 6 p.m. on Tuesday nights for a six-weeks period
The class began Jan. 6. To enroll in the class and for
further information contact Preston Mathews at 728-5479
or email at

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Pioneer Certificates Awarded Dr. Martin Luther Kin
After completing the annual applica- bank, to descendent Nancy Lee Eaton W i
tion process and review, the Florida State Shiver, of Monticello.
Genealogical Society has awarded The prestigious awards were pre- 1
Florida Pioneer Certificates for State Pi- sented at the Nov. 2008 Annual Confer- J r. C eleb ratio n S et
oneers: James Richard Eubank, Stephen ence Pioneer Banquet, held in Maitland,
Jackson Eubank, William Jackson Eu- FL. DEBBIRR SNAPP nm ThurdrJv .Tan 15. King.Tr.'s "TI Hvp. Drpeam"

NFCC Artist Series Presents

"An American Portrait" Jan. 22
Concert features pianist Mac Frampton
and vocalists Sam Hagan and Dawn-Marie

North Florida Community
College Artist Series pres-
ents An American Portrait
on Thursday, Jan. 22 at Van
H. Priest Auditorium. Be-
ginning at 7 p.m. Jan. 22,
the concert celebrates two
centuries of American
milestones as our country's
story is told through the
songs that united and in-
spired its people.
An American Portrait
is a stirring, evocative hom-
age to our homeland .that
comes alive through the leg-
endary pianism of Mac
Frampton and the powerful
voices of Sam Hagan and
Dawn-Marie. This dynamic
trio, backed by a live
rhythm section of percus-
sion and bass, performs
songs such as "America the
Beautiful," "Here's to the
USA," "New York, New
York," as well as favorite
classics by Scott Joplin, Irv-
ing Berlin and George
Gershwin, and much more.
Listen to the joy of
America awakening to a
newfound independence;
the laments that expressed
aur-pain; the battle, cries
that tore us apart; the inspi-
rational songs that recon-
ciled us. Visit our nation's
diverse regions through the
music that captures their
essence. And finally regale
in pure patriotism as Amer-
ica's most beloved anthems
are- performed with elo-,
quence and majesty.
Renowned pianist Mac
Frampton brings over 30
years of experience as a
concert pianist to the stage.
A native of South Carolina,
he has produced over 25
recordings and has been
balled "an immensely tal-
$nted pianist" by Billboard
Magazine. Frampton has
been a quest soloist with
such orchestras as the

Boston .Pops, Mantovani,
Cincinnati, Atlanta and St.
Louis and is founder and
conductor of The Holly-
wood Hills Orchestra. Merv
Griffin called him. "Dyna-
mite!" and The Atlanta
Constitution exclaimed:
"How one man can bring
the rafters down in Sym-
phony Hall as if a full or-
chestra were playing is a
feat in itself. It's consum-
mate musicianship. Electri-
fying!" -
Sam Hagan is one of
the Southeast's finest
tenors. He has become a
well known soloist not only
in his hometown of At-
lanta, Georgia but around
the USA and the world.
Hagan has twice sung for
Pope John Paul II and sang
for the inauguration of
President Jimmy Carter. He
has also performed as a fea-
tured soloist with some of
America's' best orchestras
including the Atlanta Sym-
phony, Cleveland, Cincin-
nati, and the Flagstaff
Festival Orchestras, and at
the world-famous Spoleto
,Dawn-Marie, Mezzo So-
prano, is one of Jamaica's
premier classical perform-
ers. Now a resident of At-,
lanta, she has performed
extensively with The At-
lanta Opera since 1989. A
high honors graduate in
music from the University
of Windsor (Ontario,
Canada), Dawn-Marie
boasts many awards, in-
cluding Jamaica's 2002
Edna Manley Award for Ex-
cellence in Classical Per-
formance and a JAMI
(Jamaican Music Industry
Award) for Best Vocal Per-
former in Classical Music
among others.
Join the NFCC Artist
Series Thursday, Jan. 22
and enjoy the music and

voices of these talented per-
formers. Tickets for An
American Portrait are on
sale now and available from
the NFCC Office of College
Advancement. Call (850)
973-1653, email Artist- or visit (keyword
Artist Series) for more in-
formation. Other upcoming
performances include The
Ritz Chamber Players on
Feb. 19 and Barrage: High
Strung on March 31.

Monticello News
Staff Writer
The Tabernacle Mis-
sionary Baptist Church
Youth Department, in Tal-
lahassee, will present "Cel-
ebrating the Life of Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr." 6

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This special tribute
will be through praise, wor-
ship, and spoken word from
the Tabernacle MB Church
Second Annual Oratorical
The speech topic will
be: What Dr. Martin Luther

speech means to me in
Contact Sis. Faye
Spencer or Claudia Camp-
bell at 942-4916 for more in-
formation and directions.
Rev. Stanley L. Walker
Sr., pastor.,5e


The Jefferson County Recycling Program accepts
the following items for recycling:

Vocalists Sam Hagan & Dawn-Marie

Thurs, Jan.22
7:00 p.m.
Van H. Priest Auditorium
Madison, Florida

Tickets on Sale Now!
$12 adults/$6 Child
2/19: The Ritz Chamber Players
3/31: Barrage: High Strung

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The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon
advertisements. Before you decide, ask the lawyer to send you free written information
about their qualifications and experience.

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

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

Newspapers, Magazines, etc.

All Cardboard Products grocery bag, cqrepl boxes, food. boxes,
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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 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
Center) .

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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Monticello Residents Make North Florida
Community College President's List
Two Jefferson County students were Students earning a grade point aver-
named to the President's List at North age of 3.8 to 4.0 are eligible for the Pres-
Florida Community College for the fall ident's honor list. Students must take at
2008 term. least 12 credit hours during the semes-
Benjamin C. Cremeans, and Rachel ter or, as part-time students, and com-
S. Frey were recognized for their high plete a 12-credit hour segment during
academic achievement, the term.

Coins For A Cause


Photo Submitted
First Row: left to right; Jose Romero and Janiya Graham. Second Row: left to right; YuNijha
Cooper, Mark Prevatt and David Sysskind. Third Row: left to right; Edna Henry, Dean Jerger, Judy
Allen, Tremurris Parrish, and Nan Baughnman. Kids from Jefferson Elementary School collected
pennies, nickels and dimes for their "Coins for a Cause" effort as part of the local United Way of
the Big Bend. In just a week and a half, they collected $80.19, which will help the Jefferson com-
munity try to reach their goal of $50,000. Although the goal hasn't been reached yet, it's not too
late to pitch in your "two cents." If anyone would like to make a contribution for the local UWBB
campaign, which helps local people in Jefferson County, call Nan Baughman at 997-3825.


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Jorden Baker, left, and
Hunter Boland open
their presents during
the Christmas party
gift exchange at
Monticello Christian
Academy. They are in
teacher Carol Lewis'

Monticello News
Staff Writer'
Simeria Alexander is a
fourth grader at Madison
County Central School
where her smile and her ac-
ademic achievements con-
tinue to shine brightly.
She received a perfect
score recently in reading 5
and Math 5 testing, and she
is the only one of her class-
mates to read on a seventh
grade level.
SLast year she received a
perfect score in Reading
and missed only one ques-
tion in the math portion of
the testing. This placed her
in the highest percentile of
the students tested.

Receives Perfect Score
Simeria is known for Sim Alexander formerly of
her contagious and ex- Monticello, now living in
traordinary disposition Madison, FL.
that matches her academic She is the granddaugh-
excellence. It pleases her to ter of Rosa Hayes Brown of
help her classmates and Monticello, FL.
other students with their ..
Last year marked a
number of significant ac-
In her words, "The only
way to learn is to pay atten- '-
She is to be congratu-
lated on her efforts in her .' i:
schoolwork proving what's
possible when family and
community get behind
good talent.
Simeria is the daughter
of Renea Hayes and Rev. SimeriaAlexander

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Jackie Cochran

Monticello News
Staff Writer
Cochran was born into
the extreme poverty of
North Florida and rose
to become one of the
nation's most famous
female pilots.
She never knew
her real parents; when
she was an infant, she
was adopted by a poor
white family who
made their living from
the mill town circuits.
in Florida's panhan-
dle. Among the milling
companies littering
the panhandle were
Sampson, Panama
City, Bagdad, Mil-
Iville, as well as oth-
She had no shoes
until she: was eight
years old; her bed was
a simple, floor pallet,
and her diet consisted
of mullet, sowbelly,
and beans. Her
mother, father, and
two brothers were
paid by the sawmill
company in. wood
"chips" which were re-
deemable only at .the
company commissary,
and they never made.
enough "chips." on
payday to meet" the
week's deductions.
The company's mid-
w.ife,charged extra for
delivering babies, so
Cochran became a
mhidwife at an tArly
"I delivered babies
before I even knew
that the stork was a
bird," she says.
When it came to
her schooling,
Cochran says that she
first learned her ABCs
'by watching the rail-
road cars and soon she
began to figure out
In this environ-
ment, Cochran grew
up tough and prema-
turely. At age 10, she
was supervising 15
other children in a
Georgia "sweatshop"
cotton mill. After a
long employee strike,
Cochran decided' to
strike out on her own
and was taken in by a
beauty shop owner
who began teaching
her the trade.
By the time she was
15, Cochran had
earned enough money
to buy a Model T Ford
and go to nursing
school for three years.
After nursing school,
she returned to
Florida and worked as
a nurse in Bonifay.
She soon returned to
her career and earned
enough money to buy
half interest in a Pen-
sacola beauty shop.
She would eventu-
Sally sell this and head
for New York city,
talking her way into a
career with Antoine's
Sak's Fifth Avenue
Salon. She impressed
her boss to the point
that he sent her to his
salon in Miami Beach
each winter season. It
was there that she met
her future husband,
Floyd Odium, who
would eventually in-
troduce her to the love
of flying.

It was in the sum-

mer of 1932 when
Cochran began taking
her first flying lessons.
By applying her deter-
mination, Cochran
soloed in three days
and obtained her pilot-
ing license in three
weeks. Immediately,
she bought her first
Travelair for $1,200
and made her way to
Montreal for her first
air meet.
Next, she pur-
chased a new Waco for
,$3,200 and took it to
London for the Lon-
don-Australia race.
She was forced to drop
out of the race when
her supercharger
failed over Europe.
In the early 30's,
jobs as pilots would
fall to men, and only a
few thousand people
had pilot licenses. Fly-
ing was still an experi-
mental and dangerous
sport. In light of these
facts, Cochran was one,
of a kind.
Cochran was
known to have taken a
fabric covered plane to
an unheard of 33,000
feet without any heat,
pressure, or an oxygen
mask. She ruptured a
sinus blood vessel
from the pressure and
almost froze to death.
In the incident, she be-
came so dizzy from the
lack of oxygen that it
took her an hour to re-
gain her orientation
enough to land prop-
erly. Luckily for fu-
ture pilots, such
pioneering led to the
mandatory pressuriz-
ing of cabins and wear-
ing of oxygen masks.
In those- days,
nearly every pilot had
a few crashes, includ-
ing Cochran. Once her
engine caught fire
while she was flying at
an altitude of 10,000
feet, she was forced to
crash land at the run-
way's end. She leapt
from the fire and only
suffered a broken toe.
Another time, her en-
gine failed just after
takeoff when she was
traveling with some
passengers. She was

able to land in a pas-
ture and luckily no
one was injured, but
the plane was totaled.
In 1935, after exert-
ing a great effort,
Cochran managed to
persuade Bendix Air
Race authorities to
open' the' rae ` to
women for the first
time. In her first try,
she lost her radio an-
tenna which caught on
a runway fence after a
low take off. In 1938,
she finally was able to
win the Bendix race
while flying a Sever-,
sky pursuit plane, hav-
ing to fly it all the way
with the wing tank
tilted to feed the en-
gine due to the fact the
manufacturer left the
tissue paper in the
During this time of
races and record-set-
ting, Cochran found
the time to marry her
fiance Floyd Odlum
and they made their
home at a 1,000 acre
ranch in Southern Cal-
ifornia. Cochran was
also creating a, cos-
metic business, which
would become a na-

tionally known indus-
try in 20 years-
Jacqueline Cochran
Cochran would
bring her close friend,
Amelia Earhart, out to
stay at the Odlum
ranch to rest and pre-
pare forher round-the-'
world flight in 1937;
Cochran reported that
she had a strong, omi-
nous premonition
about the flight that
she bought Amelia a
bright-colored kite
that could be spotted
by rescuers,'a set of
fish hooks, lines, and
an all-purpose knife.
She was stunned when
news arrived. that
Amelia had failed to
arrive at Howland Is-
land in the Pacific. A
search was organized.
Planes and ships failed
to locate the missing
Amelia and no trace
has been found of her
Cochran had al-
ready earned distinc-
tion by the time WWII
broke out. Regardless,
she was still excited
when General -H.
"Hap" Arnold made

her part of the British
Ferry Command,
which brought badly
needed bombers into
England. Her connec-
tions with Lord
Beaverbrook and
Churchill, and her
meetings, with per-
sonal friends. in Ehg
land, prompted
President Franklin D
Roosevelt to invite her
to lunch in order to
discuss the British sit-
The honor was ex-
tended a few days later
when Mrs. Roosevelt
invited her to discuss
the recruitment of fe-
male pilots for Eng-
land and the formation
of a service similar to
Britain's, in case of
need. When the US en-
tered the war, Cochran
was called from the
Ferry Command and
made director of the
WASP, Women's Air
Force Service Pilots.
The service per-
formed the vital func-
tion in both the
training of pilots and
the release of pilots for
active duty. Due to her
directing of the WASP,
Cochran received an
official commenda-
This service also
led to the venture of
checking the immedi-
ate post-war scene
commissioned by the
Army and a maga-
zine's foreign corre-
spondent credentials.
After she witnessed
the execution of Gen-
eral Yamashita,
Japanese occupier of
the Philippines,
Cochran became the
first American women
to set foot in Japan
after the war.
From here, she flew
to several interviews
in China: Madame
Tse-Kai-shek, wife of
the Generalissimo,
and the Communist
leader Mao Tse-Tung.
After which she trav-
eled to Iran to inter-
view the Shah, then to
Greece to speak with
Queen Frederica, and
then to the Nurem-

burg War Crimes trial
of top Nazis.
After exploring
Hitler's crypt in
Berlin's Reich chan-
cellery bunkers,
Cochran made her
way to Russia and
Spain. When she com-
pleted her final inter-
view with the sultan of
Morocco, she returned
to America.
At this time, her
cosmetic business was
now booming, but
Cochran's interest
still lay with flight, es-
pecially with the new
jet-propulsion idea. At
the time, all jets were
owned by the US Air
Force, but Cochran
managed to receive
the permission of Gen-
eral Van Vandenberg
first, and went to great
lengths to get Cana-
dian manufactures to
send her one for test-
ing. She was soon set-
ting speed records for
both men and women
over the California
desert. Her flight com-
panion, Chuck Yeager,
was the first man to
dive through the
tremendous shock
waves of the sonic bar-
rier and live to tell
about it. Several other
test pilots tried such a
stunt and were not as
lucky. 'Cochran was
determined to be the;
first women to attempt
such a deadly feat. ''
One sunny day,
Cochran crawled into
her jet and climbed it
to 45,000 feet. Then, in
a full powered thrust,
she tipped the nose
and headed straight
down for the airport
hangar below. By the
time her speed had
passed the speed of
sound, the shock
waves were so violent
that the jet's nose
tried to pull com-
pletely under. Even
under the extreme
pressure of knowing
that she could meet
death within a few
seconds, Cochran
managed to gently,
pull the controls so
that she could level
out before passing
18,000 feet. If she
would have waited
and pulled out below
the 18,000 level, the jet
would have been liter-
ally pulled to pieces
due to the heavier air.
The determined
Cochran would later
top this achievement
with a new altitude
record of 48,000 feet.
For this and other
test records, Cochran
received her highest
flying honor, the In-
ternational Flying
Organization's gold
medal for the out-
standing accomplish-
ment by any pilot,
man or woman, in
Even those who
are born into poverty
and the simple life
can rise out of the cir-
cumstances they have
been born into and
become national he-
roes. Jackie Cochran
was born to the life of
a refugee from Saw-
dust Road, but grew

up to be the first fe-
male pilot. --

Jackie Cochran sitting in her beloved jet with which she set the record as the
first woman to break the sonic barrier.

Jacqueline "Jackie" Cochran in her WASP,
Woman's Air Force Service Pilot, uniform.


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ACA MSBoys ACA MS Girls Beat Maclay 29-27
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Down macilay

Monticello News
Staff Writer
After downing Maclay
32-28 on Jan. 6, the Aucilla
Christian Academy middle
school boys' basketball team
remained undefeated at 8-0
on the season.
"We are not usually the
bigger players on the court,
but Maclay had some pretty
small players," said Coach
Mac Finlayson.
"They were small, but
,they were quick though they
didn't really play that well.
And we did not do well at all
at the free-throw line. We did
a good job getting there, but
of 27 attempts, we only sunk
Hans Sorensen led the
young Warriors with 12
points; Jay Finlayson scored
7 points, which included two
three-point shots; and Jared
Jackson scored 6 points,
which included going four of
six at the free-throw line.
Bradley Holm racked up
four points. "Bradley had re-
ally come along and I am see-
ing considerable
improvement in his abilities
every day," said Finlayson.
Tres Copeland scored 2
points; and Jared Turner
scored 1 point.



SMonticello News Photo by Emerald Greene.January6, 2009
Ashli Cline goes airborne against Maclay Tuesday, Jan.
6 to score two of her eight points for the night.

Monticello News
Staff Writer
The Aucilla Christian
Academy middle school
girls defeated the Maclay
Marauders, 29-27 Tuesday
Jan. 6, in overtime, to re-
main undefeated at 6-0.
Maclay was first to
score but the first quarter
ended with Aucilla on top 7-
4. The second quarter was
closer with Aucilla squeak-
ing by Maclay 8-7. In the
third quarter, Aucilla
inched past Maclay 4-3, and
Maclay rallied in the
fourth, scoring 10 to Au-
cilla's 5 and tying the game,
forcing the competition
into overtime.
The Lady Warriors
stepped up their game and
scored two buckets from
the field and one free-throw
to Maclay's single three-
point bucket and won the.
game by two.
Scoring for the young
. Lady Warriors were
Brooke Kinsley leading the
charge with 9' points.
Pamela Watt made 4 steals,
one three-point bucket.
: Michaela Metcalfe
made 5 steals and scored 2
points; Ashli Cline scored 8
points and made 4 re-
bounds; Brooke Kinsey
scored 5 points; and Ashley
Schofill scored 2 points.

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Monticello News Photo by Emerald Greene January 6, 2009
Brooke Kinsley shoots for the bucket and leads the
young Lady Warriors against Maclay Jan. 6, bringing in a
total of nine points for the contest.

Tigers, 58-34
Monticello News
Staff Writer
The Leon County High
School Lions downed the Jef-
ferson varsity Tigers in
hardwood action, 58-34, Jan.
6.' The Tigers nbowstand 1-8
'on the season.
The.Tigers were downed
in the first three quarters, 13-
9 in the first, 14-5 in the sec-
ond, and 21-9 in the third.
They squeaked by the Lions,
11-10 in the fourth. Leon lead
Jefferson 27-14 at the end of
the first half.
Leading the charge for
the Tigers was Chris Mays
with 16 points; Harold: In-
gram Jr., scored 9 points; and
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lecre- Break for the Jefferson Staff Writer overtime for the second
and Leon county teams, The Aucilla Christian time in a week.
High- there will be no matches A academy middle school In overtime the young
Glen played; April 9 is Spring girls, remained undefeated, Lady Warriors scored four
Club; Break for the Thomasville hen they downed Maclay to Maclay's one
12 at and Bainbridge teams so vl 15-12, Friday, Jan. 9. "Obviously when a
12 at and Bainbridge teams so Brooke Kinsley was competition is decided in
action no matches will be played; first to score putting two on overtime, the game is excit-
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ation Park; April 23 is in the first quarter while teams do that twice in a
Spring Break for all cutting up five points, week, you know they are
M teams; and Capitol City thMomentum shifted as well matched and evenly
Deuces, April 30 at the the Maclay Marauders talented."
ess. Capital City Country .scored four in the second Brooke Kinsley scored 4
Club. quarter keeping Aucilla points, made 9 steals, and 5
Scoreless. The third quarter rebounds; Michaela Met-
The fregu al matches of brought two more points for calfe scored 4 points and
the played against th e Glen ucilla while Maclay had 5 rebounds; Ashli Cline
played against the Glen scored none. scored 3 points; Brooke Kin-
Arvin Talons, May 7 at the Maclay would not go sey and Pamela Watt each
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Lady Tigers Lose Two

'Monticello News.
SStaff Writer
The varsity Lady Tigers
were defeated twice last week
:to fall to 0-11 on the season.
Jefferson fell to West
!Gadsden, 46-42, Jan. 7. "The
'ladies played hard but came
:up short," said Coach Steve
:Hall. "They missed several
:free throws that would have
:made all of the difference in
6the outcome of the game."
Scoring for the Lady
iTigers were Alicia Smith
,with 13 points, 7 assists and 1
,steal;. Keneshia Coates, 11
-points, 7 rebounds and 4 as-
,sists; Latoya Footman, 1
:point, with 7 rebounds, 2 as-
,sists and 1 block; Samiria
:Martin 4 points, 9 rebounds
tand 1 assist.
Emily Howell, 2 points, 5
rebounds and 2 assists; Bri-
!anna Miller, 11 points and 12

rebounds for a double double,
3 assists, and 3 blocked shots.
The Lady Tigers traveled
to Tallahassee Jan. 8 to take
on the North Florida Chris-
tian Lady Eagles, and were
defeated 46-28. Jefferson was
at the short end of a 32-15
deficit at the end of the half.
"The Lady Tigers made
too many turnovers to stay in
the game, but they kept on
fighting," said Hall. "They
shot poorly and the score re-
flected it."
Scoring, for Jefferson
were Smith with 1 point, 3 as-
sists and 1 steal; Coates, 6
points, 4 rebounds and 4 as-
sists; Footman, 2 points, 7 re-
bounds and 1 blocked shot;
Martin, 2 points, 4 rebounds
and 2 assists; Howell, 2
points, 4 rebounds and 1 as-
sist; Miller,. 13 points and 10
rebounds for a double-dou-
ble, and 9 blocked shots.

Monticello News Photo By Emerald Greene.December 19, 2008
Lady Warrior Abigail Vasquez rounds the defensive
player of Chiles to go for the lay-up, which netted her two
of her seven points for the evening.

Monticello News Photo By Emerald Greene December 19, 2008

Nikki Hamrick heads down the court rounding her de-
fense and going for the bucket, scoring two of her three
points for the evening against Chiles.

ACA JV Girls Win 1;

Lose 2 In Tournament

Monticello News
Staff Writer
.AThe Aucilla Christian
Academy JV girls' basket-
ball team stands 8-4 on sea-
In their last game be-
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the young Lady Warriors
walloped Branford, 32-13,
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ACA downed Branford,
12-0 in the first, 10-0 in the
second, was downed by
Branford 11-4 in the third
and came back to take the
fourth, 6-2.
Leading the scoreboard
for Aucilla were Nikki
Hamrick with 12 points and
shooting 100 percent from
the free-throw line. Sarah
Sorensen scored 10 points
and also shot at 100 percent
from the free-throw line;
Cheltsie Kinsley scored 8
points; and Abigail
Vasquez scored 2 points.
The young Lady War-
riors then had the opportu-
nity to play in the
basketball tournament
hosted at Lincoln High
School, and Coach Mac Fin-
layson, said it would be a
very good experience for
the girls to play teams from
much larger schools than
On the first day of the
tournament, Jan. 2, the
young Lady Warriors faced
off against Chiles and in
what Finlayson referred to
as an interesting twist of
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"We have had the op-
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Chiles twice, and both
games ended with us win-
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during the tournament, I
guess Chiles was making
up for their previous losses,
so they downed us in'a dou-
ble-overtime to even the
score," he said.
In the first quarter, Au-
cilla was down 11-9 and
came back to take the sec-
ond, 11-7 to leave the score
at ACA 20 and Chiles 18, at
the half. Both teams scored
three points in the third,
bringing the score to Au-
cilla 23 and Chiles, 21.
Chiles took the fourth
quarter, 4-2 to tie the score
at 25-25 sending the game
into the first overtime.
Both teams scored 5 points
in the first overtime, send-
ing the game into the sec-
ond overtime, at which
point Chiles outscored Au-
cilla 8-0 to take the win.
"We almost had the
game during the first over-
time," said Finlayson. "But
Chiles hit a three-point
shot within the last five sec-
onds to tie the score at 30
each, sending us into the
Scoring for ACA were
Sorensen with 10 points,
which included two three-
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throw line.
Vasquez scored 7
points; Kinsley scored 6
points; Tiffany Funder-
burke scored 4 points; and
Hamrick scored 3 points.
On the second day of
the tournament Jan. 3, the
young Lady Warriors took
on Godby High School at
1130 a.m. and emerged with
a 32-23 victory
"Some of Godby's play-
ers were as big as I am, but
we played good defense and
in actuality, it was our de-
fense that Won the game for
us," said Finlayson. "We
didn't give them too many
opportunities to take it to
the hoops." He added the
young Lady Warriors did a
good job taking the ball to
the free-throw line, but of
31 opportunities, they only
bucketed 12. "We need to
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the line," said Finlayson.
Aucilla outscored Godby in
three of four quarters, tak-
ing the first, 10-5, the sec-
ond, 7-4 and the third, 7-5.
Godby took the fourth
quarter squeaking by Au-
cilla, 9-8.
Scoring for the young
Lady Warriors were
Sorensen with 11, which in-
cluded one three-point
bucket; Kinsley scored 6
points; Hamrick scored' 7
points; Funderburke
scored 3 points; Finlayson
scored 2 points shooting at
100 percent from the free
throw line; and Vasquez, 1
At 2:30 p.m., ACA
squared off against Lin-
coln High School and was
dropped for a 32-27 loss.
"We had the lead at the
half, but the third quarter
defense really stunk and
lost us that lead," said Fin-
layson. "We played man-to-
man during the fourth, and
were able to come back and
bring it to five."
Scoring for the young
Lady Warriors were Kins-
ley' leading with 8; Funder-
burke scored 7 points;
Sorensen scored 6 points;
Anna Finlayson scored 4
points; and Vasquez scored
2 points.
"This was a good expe-
rience for us to be able to
play against the bigger
schools," said Finlayson.
"We received several
compliments on our team.
The Lincoln coach said our
girls were full of scrap and
hustle and ready for ac-

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