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141th Year No. 8 Wednesday, February 18, 2009 50 46 +44

Bill Brumfield

Among Guests On


Radio Show
Monticello News
Managing Editor
Superintendent Bill
Brumfield was one of
five area school superin-
tendents invited to par-
on the
"Per -
Superintendent day, Feb.
Bill Brumfield 12. Other
area superintendents
were: Reginald James,
of Gadsden
Please See Brum-
field Page 4A

Five Vehicle

Crashes on 1-10
Monticello News
Staff Wiiter
A two-car crash on
.the Interstate Friday,
Feb. 13, caused four addi-
tional crashes.
Florida Highway Pa-
trol reports that at 4:25
p.m. near mile marker
217 at the construction
zone, Carrie A Helms, 34,
of Destin, FL was driv-
ing a 2005 Toyota two-
door, and Mary Q.
Guidinger, 65, of
Greenville, FL was driv-
ing a 2008 Honda van
with a one year old, and
two year old as passen-
Both drivers were
traveling eastbound on I-
10 in the inside east-
bound lane inside of the
construction zone.
Guidinger stated that
she was slowing due to
other traffic ahead back-
ing up due to a lane clo-
sure further east of the
area of collision.
Both vehicles had
just topped the hill over
SR-59 and Helms was un-
able to stop before the
left front of her vehicle
struck the right rear of
Guidinger's vehicle.
FHP reported that
this crash set into mo-
tion other vehicles hav-
ing to slow suddenly and
caused four other
crashes almost immedi-
ately behind the original
The crash was not al-
cohol-related and all in-
volved were wearing
seatbelts. Helms and
Guidinger both received
minor injuries, the chil-
dren were unharmed.
FHP reported that
no serious injuries were
involved in any of the
five crashes.
Helms' vehicle sus-
tained $5,000 damage
and Guidinger's vehicle
sustained $3,000 damage.


Monticello News
Senior Staff Writer
The Green In-
dustries Institute
(GII) is back, de-
claring new lead-
ership and
direction; new,
"greener" and
broader program
offerings; and
new or better
said, renewed -
determination to
make its presence
known and valu-
able in the com-

As testament Waukeenah.

of its new direc-
tion and commitment,
the Green Industries In-
stitute, which is a satel-
lite branch of North
Florida Community Col-
lege (NFCC), on Feb. 5
signed a contractual
agreement with Jeffer-
son County for the long-
term lease of the 82-acre
parcel that the facility
occupies and oversees
off US 90, about four
miles west of Monti-
cello. The agreement is
flexible, to the degree
that it allows for future
reconfigurations of the
leased property, should
the county ever have

Three County
Monticello News
Senior Staff Writer
Florida's-budget cut-
backs and revenue
losses aside, Jefferson
County continues to
benefit from state fund-
ing, thanks to two pro-
grams that the Florida
Department of Trans-
portation (FDOT) ad-
ministers and that are
specifically earmarked
to assist small counties
with road improvement
The two are the
Small Counties Road
Assistance Program
(SCRAP) and the Small
Counties Outreach Pro-

Monticello News
Senior Staff Writer
The Suwannee
River Water Manage-
ment District (SRWMD)
continues to receive
below average rainfall,
with January's average
rainfall almost an inch
below the historical
January average, and
the district experienc-
ing a 12-month rainfall
deficit of minus 1.76
Figures released by

Recreation De-
partment and the
Division of
Garner worked
eight months at
the Gil site
shortly after grad-
uating from col-
lege in 1975, when
the institution
was part of what
is now the UF
North Florida Re-
search and Educa-
tion Center in
Quincy Garner,
who returned to

the area from
South Florida in
1996, currently resides
in Waukeenah.
Garner acknowl-
edges that GII has had
its problems and failed
Sto live up to expectations
in the past. But she says
that she and NFCC are
committed to reviving
the facility and making
it more vital and viable,
with offerings that are
more varied, relevant
and attuned to the needs
of the community.
Garher quotes the
institution's motto,
which is "small college,
Please See Green
Industries Page 4A

GA, for $436, 446.78. The
Fulford Road is a
SCRAP project.
awarded the contract
for the completion of
the resurfacing of the
Lake Road to the Ander-
son-Columbia Construc-
tion Company, which is
based in Lake City, FL.
bid $999,786.30 to do the
job, which is also a
SCRAP project.
Commissioners also
awarded Anderson-Co-
lumbia the contract for
the resurfacing and
widening of the South
Please See County
Roads Page 4A

need to locate some of
its operations on the 82,
Patricia Garner is
GII's new director, hav-
ing come to the job in
October 2008. A Leon
County native and fifth-
generation Floridian
With deep roots in what
she calls "ruralism" (her
grandfather was a log-
, ger in taylor County),
Garner has a Bachelor
of Science in horticul-
ture, a Masters in land-
scaping and a work
history that. includes
lengthy stints with the
Sarasota Parks and

Roads To See
gram (SCOP), which to-
gether account for more
than $25 million of road
improvement projects
in Jefferson'County dur-
ing the last five or so
On Feb 5, the
County Commission
awarded three contracts
totaling nearly $3.5 mil-
lion to two construction
companies for the resur-
facing, or resurfacing
and widening, of Ful-
ford, Lake and South
Salt roads.
The contract for the
resurfacing of Fulford
Road, also known as CR-
58, went to the Scruggs
Company of Valdosta,

Conditions Keey

the SRWMD on Wednes-
day, Feb. 4, show that the
district's average rain-
fall in January was 2.70
inches, or .96 inches
below the historical
monthly average of 3.66
inches. Meanwhile,
over the last 12-month-
period, the district has
recorded an average
rainfall of 52.92 inches,
or 1.76 inches below the
historical 12-month av-
erage of 54.68 inches.
Figures in the re-
port show that the


change in annual
deficits began in 1998.
Over the last 24 months,
the district shows a
rainfall deficit of 16.95
In Jefferson County,
the average rainfall in
January was 1.41
inches, compared with
3.46 inches in January.
2008 and the historical
January average of 4.35
inches. Jefferson
County has received
54.61 inches during the
last 12 months.

Monticello News
Senior Staff Writer
The Aucilla River
Chapter of Ducks Un-
limited (DU) is sched-
uled to hold its annual
fundraisingbanquet on
Friday evening, Feb. 20,
at the Willow Pond Plan-
tation, with the social
hour to begin at 6 p.m.
and the dinner at 7 p.m.
The event also will
include an auction and a
silent auction, with all
proceeds to go towards
the Florida Wetlands
Conservation Initiative
and other conservation
Tickets for the event
are $60 for singles and
$90 for couples at the
door, and $50 for singles
and $75 for couples if
purchased early For
tickets and other infor-
mation about the
fundraiser, call (850) 997-
2516 or (850) 997-0585.
A national organiza-
tion with representation
in all 50 states and

Canada and Mexico,
DU's mission is to con-
serve, restore and man-
age wetlands and
associated habitats for
North American water-
fowl. Since its inception
in 1937, the organization
has conserved nearly 12
million acres of habitat
for waterfowl and other
wetlands dependent
wildlife throughout
North America, accord-
ing to the DU website.
In Florida, DU has
reportedly conserved
more than 23,000 acres
on both public and pri-
vate lands since 1987, in-
cluding projects in the
St. Marks National
Wildlife Refuge and the
Hickory Mound Im-
poundment, among oth-
ers in north Florida.
The organization has 70
chapters in Florida and
a membership of about
Per the DU website:
"Florida is part of the
Please See Ducks
Unlimited Page 4A

The Monticello News and Jefferson Jour-
nal is enhancing your news experience even
further, as we now have our own website.
To catch up on all the latest Jefferson
County news, sports, school, and other
county activities please visit
http://www.ecbpublishing.cor. Go vote on
the Question of the Week, Meet The Staff,
email Stinger's directly to us, or just catch up
on the events happening around Jefferson
County. There is plenty of information to
keep you informed and much more to come!

Gripping Area
In adjoining Madi- decreases, remaining
son County the average below their long-term
rainfall in January was average levels but not
1.90 inches, compared registering any record
with 4.17 in January lows.
2008 and the historical "Groundwater lev-
average of 3.93 inches. els decreased in 68 per-
Madison County has re- cent of the district's
ceived 58.07 inches dur- monitored wells, drop-
ing the last 12 months. ping by an average of 0.2
Overall, river levels feet," the report states.
across the district re- "Fifty-four percent of
main below normal or the levels were above
have experienced signif- the 25th percentile (nor-
icant drops. Lake levels mal range), compared to
in 16 monitored lakes Please See
likewise showed slight Drought Page 4A

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-Wed Thu 66/34 Fri
Wed 72/54 66/34562
2/18 219 2/20
Scattered thunderstorms. Highs in Times of sun and clouds. Highs in Mainly sunny. Highs in the mid 50s
the low 70s and lows in the mid the mid 60s and lows in the mid and lows in the low 30s.
50s. 30s.


Sets Its Annual


Patricia Garner, Gil's new director, came
to the job in October 2008. A Leon County
native and fifth-generation Floridian, Garner
returned to the area in 1996 and now lives in

2 Sections. 24 Pages
Around Jeff. Co. 4-9A School
Classifieds 14A Sports
History 11A Valentines Day
Legals 15A Viewpoints

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2A Monticello News

Wednesday, February 18, 2009



In life, sometimes, we
all tend to get caught up
with our own emotions
and problems and we
seem to let those emotions
run our lives.
About a year ago I
took up the habit of writ-
ing sayings on "post-it-
notes" and sticking them
up on my mirror, at home,
so that I would continual-
ly read them when I was
getting ready in the morn-
ing. I then carried this
habit over into my office,
at work.
I've learned that some-
times it just helps, to sit
back and re-read a lot of
these ponderous
Life is too short to wake up
with regrets.
Love the people who treat
you right.

By: Debbie Snapp
Monticello News
Staff Writer


Forget about the ones who.
Believe everything hap-
pens for a reason.
If you get a second chance,
grab it with both hands.
If .it changes your life, let
Nobody said life would be
They just promised it
would be worth it.
When God leads you to the
edge of the cliff, trust Him
fully and let go. Only 1 of 2
things will happen, either
He'll catch you when you
fall, or He'll teach you how
to fly!
When we stand before God,
on Judgment Day, He will
not ,ask us how other peo-
ple treated us; He will ask
us how we treated other

Ret Yo

Do not worry about tomor-
row, for tomorrow will
worry about itself. Each
day has enough trouble of
its own.
Remember there's blue
sky behind the blackest
My attitude is NOT a feel-
ing my attitude is a
It's good to have money
and the things that money
can buy, but it's good, too,
to check up once in awhile
and make sure that you
haven't lost the things that
money can't buy.

Have A Great Day!
Until then.....see
around the town.



Tom Hogle

Tom Hogle has been a Certified Public Ac-
c tant for 41 years, and a registered investment
a or representative for the Genwoith-Financial d.
S cities Corporation.
He is a graduate of Florida State Univer-
si ith a degree'in geology, and is an avid
nole fan.
Tom and Bettie moved to Monticello six
y ago from the Orlando area. They have two
d hters, Susan Taylor and Ellen McLemore, four grandchildren, a
t baby boy, a six-year-old standard poodle, Stryder.
Hogle is a Viet Nam veteran, and his hobby is collecting coins
He may be contacted at 997-0438 for all tax and accounting
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February 17, 1999
If the new commissioner of edu-
cation has his way, the standardized
testing of students in reading and
Smathematics-now confined to
Grades 4, 5, 8 and 10-may be expand-
ed to include grades 3, 6, 7, and 9.
The county has plans to further
tap into the revenue source that is
Represented by the five major high-
ways that cross it-US highways 19,
27, 90, 98 and 1-10.
If you travel US Highway 90 west
Sof town, you've probably noticed the
Large, white rectangular shapes with
Speaker tops standing in a field just
south of the highway. Property of
Sthe Agriculture Research and
SEducation center, University of
SFlorida. The rectangular shapes, if
You've wondered, are traps for the
SAsiatic ladybird beetle.
February 15, 1989
After holding a special meeting
with Department of Environmental
Regulations (DER) representatives,
county commissioners are no closer
to having the answers to meeting
DER regulations at the county land-
Sfill, the correct route for the county
Sto take in disposing of garbage and
how the county would pay for what-
!:..ever needed to be done than they
were six months ago.
Despite the fact that Patty
Fowlers has left the director's posi-
tion at Jefferson Senior Citizens
Center she vows to continue to
Remain active and involved in pro-
Sgrams and issues affecting the elder-

ly. After all, as she says. "NMy job is
the only thing moving to ;
February 15, 1979
The new TG&Y store in Jefferson
Square mall will hold its grand open-
ing on Thursday, February 22, and
manager Don Ross is not nervous-
February 15, 1969 i
Winners at the first annual.
Science Fair were: senior biological
division, first Terry Rome and
Martha Ward, second place patsy
Fulford and David Wimberly; physi-
cal division first place Jackie
Braatz, second place Jeff Boland,
third place Chris Stanton, Charles
Crocker and Calvin Reid.
February 15, 1959
A.D. Demott has been chosen by
the Monticello Junior Chamber of
Commerce as its nominee for
Outstanding Young Farmer of 1958.
He will compete with others across
Florida for the privilege of repre-
senting Florida in the contest.
Laurence C. Crampton presented
the choir of Sardis Memorial
Methodist Church with twenty-four
new choir robes.
February 15, 1949
Mrs. Butler Walker has begun
work as P.E. Director for girls in the
Monticello schools.
Monticello has been chosen by
Florida State University for teacher
intern training.

Relay Fundraiser Friday

The Memorial Missionary Baptist Church is
having a Fish Fry to raise money for Relay for Life
on Friday, 2/27/09. The starting time is 11:00
a.m. until they are sold out. The church is located
on the corner of Martin Luther King St. and 2nd
Street in Monticello. The cost is $7.00 per plate or
$5.00 for a fish sandwich. For more information
you may contact Lucretia Brown at 997-4039.
Fish is "brain food" y'all and you know it's gonna


FRIENDS: Never ask for
Always bring the food.
FRIENDS: Will say 'hello.'
Will give you a big hug
and a kiss.
FRIENDS: Call your
parents Mr. and Mrs.
Call your parents Mom
and Dad.
FRIENDS: Have never
seen you cry.
Cry with you.
FRIENDS: Will eat at your
dinner table and leave.
Will spend hours there,
talking, laughing, and just
being together.
FRIENDS: know a few
things about you.
Could write a book with
direct quotes from you.
FRIENDS: Will leave you
behind if that's what the
crowd is doing.

Will kick the whole
,crowds' backends who left
FRIENDS: Would knock
on your door.
Walk right in and say, 'I'm
FRIENDS: will visit you in
will spend the night in jail
with you.
FRIENDS: will visit you in

the hospital when you're
will cut your grass and
clean your house then
come spend the night with
you in the hospital.
FRIENDS: have you on
speed dial.
have your number
FRIENDS: Are for a while.
Are for life.


The City of Monticello Historic Design Review
Board will conduct a public hearing on applications
for certificates of appropriateness for the following
properties located within the Monticello Historic

485 E. Washington Street roof replacement
450 W. Madison Street erection of fence and wall

The public hearing will be held on February 26, 2009
at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall, 245 S. Mulberry Street,
Monticello. For more information, contact City Hall.



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1215 North
Jefferson Street
Monticello, Florida
Fax 850-997-3774
E.mail: monticellonell's


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Monticello News
Staff Writer
Jonathan Lee M
21, of Tallahassee, wa,
tenced in court Feb. 9
days to be served ii
County Jail on charge
burglary of a stru
and grand theft.
Ryan E. Sweene3
of Boca Raton, FL,
arrested Feb 10
charged with violati
probation 6n the chain
possession of a contr
substance within a cc
tional facility., Bond

*I wish Winn Di:
would utilize mo
than two of the
checkout lanes, n

everyone enjoys
spending 45 minutes in
line trying to purchase
their groceries!

*I hate when
restaurant staffstarts
clearing dishes away
when not everyone has
finished eating --
leaving the one person
at a table offour to feel
bad they haven't
finished yet.
Iam sorry I decided
not to advertise in the
Jefferson Journal
Hometown Connections
Picked up a copy at
the Chamber this
weekend, and I have to
say I was very
impressed! It was so
informative and will be
very useful throughout
the year. I will
definitely be
advertising in this
issue next time around.
Good job and kudos to
the staff at the News
S office!
-P.S. The website looks
great! Keep up the good

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withheld and he remained sam(
at the County Jail Feb. 16. J
A minor was arrested of Je
[ears, Feb. 10 and charged with arre
s sen- simple battery and bat- char
Sto 90 tery. The teen was canr
n the released the same day. gran
ges of Jarvis Morel Proctor, para
cture 20, of Jefferson County, set a
was arrested for criminal for
y, 33, mischief Feb. 11. Bond and
was was withheld and he nalia
and remained at the County but c
on of Jail Feb. 16. J
rge of A minor was arrested Milto
rolled Feb. 1. and charged with Feb.
orrec- violation of probation on Gads
I was the charge of battery on ness
juvenile justice staff. The their
minor was released the Gadi

Fulford At Meet
Monticello News Fulf
Staff Writer coni
Mt. .Pleasant: AME then
Church will host. a public. happy
Forum 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. and
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)re 125 Groover Road, in the him
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ged with possession of
iabis less than 20
ns and possession of
phernalia. Bond was
it a total of $750, $500,
the cannabis charge
$250 for the parapher-
a charge. He bonded
)fjail the same day.
[ohn C. Miller, 27, of
on, FL was brought in
12 and housed for
sden County as a wit-
in a murder trial
e. He was returned to
sden County Feb. 16.

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rict 1 Stephen
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stituents to update
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will any answer ques-
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County Roads Cont. From.Page 1 Green Industries Cont. From Page 1

Salt Road, which runs
from Lamont to the Taylor
County line. The company
bid $1,996,960.60 for the
project, which is being
funded by SCOP.
On a somewhat related
topic, county officials on
Feb. 5 also decided to re-
submit to the federal gov-
ernment via Congressman
Allen Boyd's office a re-

quest for nearly $1 mil-
lion. Boyd's office staff,
which asked local officials
to resubmit the request,
conceded that it was
highly unlikely that any
funding would be ap-
proved, given the current
fiscal climate in Washing-
ton D.C. By the same
token, they offered that the
county had nothing to lose


percent last month. Sixteen
percent were below the 10th
percentile, considered ex-
tremely low. Three record
monthly lows were ob-
Per the report, the
coastal river basin of the
Aucilla is in moderate hy-
drologic drought, as char-

acterized by the US Geolog-
ical Survey, based on seven-
day average stream flow.
Meanwhile, "long-
range outlooks from the
National Weather Service
Climate Prediction Center
show drought development
is likely through April, and
that below normal precipi-

Ducks Unlimited

Atlantic Flyway, which pro-
vides an important winter
habitat for migrating wa-
terfowl from the prairies,
Great Lakes and eastern
Canada. The state's coastal
and interior wetlands pro-
vide important habitat for
a significant numbers of
blue-winged teal, green-
winged teal, ring-necked
ducks, northern pintails
and wood ducks. Florida is
also unique 'among At-


County; Jackie Pons, of
Leon County; Dr. Summers
of Liberty County; and
David Miller, of Wakulla
Trimmel Gomes, host
of the show, remarked that
the intent of the show was
to "take the temperature of
the surrounding counties,"
concerning the financial
cuts and adjustments made
during the special legisla-
tive session, and what im-
pact they would have on
specific districts.
He said that Florida
lawmakers broke a prom-
ise they made to hold edu-
cation harmless, and
Florida schools are being
forced to cut programs,
teacher salaries, and are
even contemplating closing

lantic Flyway states in that
its wetlands and interior
prairies offer habitat to the
native mottled duck."
DU points out that
hunting, fishing and
wildlife activities con-
tribqte more than $6 bil-
lion to the- Florida's
economy each year, and
that four million Floridi-
ans, or 25 percent of the
state's population, partic-
ipate in these activities

Commenting about the
radio program, Brumfield
said Friday, that plans were
in the works for four
county Town Meetings, in
the counties of Jefferson,
Leon, Wakulla and Gads-
den. This will be planned
while lawmakers are in
The purpose on these
meetings is to enlighten
residents about what is
happening to public educa-
tion in Florida, and to urge
them to rally their legisla-
tors to support public edu-
cation. These will be
evening meetings and
when plans are solidified,
the media will be notified
and provide appropriate
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Brumfield stated. He also
stated it was his under-
standing that a group from
Broward County is plan-
ning to circle the capitol in
protest during the Legisla-
tive session.
Brumfield learned that
a -15 percent cut is pro-
jected for the next school
year. "This represents
more than $1 million for
Jefferson County I don't
know how we can possibly
make this cut," he stated.
He also said that he
was informed by other su-
perintendents that the Dis-
trict's student transfer
policy to other counties is
"way too easy. We will need
to revisit our policy"
In a related, yet sepa-
rate matter, Brumfield said
that DOE was expected to
present within the next
two weeks, their plans for
how the District would
handle its finances, based
on their study.
"I plan to meet with all
employees and discuss the
plan with them, when we
have that information,"
Brumfield noted.
In yet another related,
but separate matter, Brum-
field dispelled the rumor
that the school system was
soliciting supplies, and/or
money for them. "What
happened," he said, "was
when .it was printed in the
paper how desperate we
were for office supplies, cit-
izens and groups stepped
up to the plate to make do-
Among those donating
to date were: Bill Douglas,
the Health Department, Ed
Vollertsen, First United
Methodist Church, and the
South County Ministerial
Association which donated
$300 to the cause. The
Adult School also shared
some of its materials.
Brumfield promised
updates as developments

big possibilities". She fol-
lows up with the GII mis-
sion, which is "to be a
vibrant student-centered
institute providing quality
teaching, learning and sus-
tainable community stew-
Green, sustainable and
stewardship are important
concepts to Garner, in that
.she wants the Institute to
offers programs that lead
students to sustainable
livelihoods in agriculture
and agriculture-related in-
dustries that are also pro-
moting of the
She notes that the-
plans for the Institute and
its offerings are still
largely in the development
stage. She wants to take
time to meet with commu-
nity leaders, groups and or-
ganizations in the coming.
weeks and months and con-
duct informal surveys to
learn what it is that the
community wants, in
terms of the Institute's
specific programs.
At the same time, she
points out that the overar-
ching goal of the curricu-
lum will be to focus on
agriculture science, natu-
ral resource conservation
education, and Green En-
ergy Workforce Training.
Toward that end, the facil-
ity will offer environmen-
tal horticulture,
sustainable forestry, and
energy conservation,
among other related
Also planned are dual-
enrollment courses, tradi-
tional academic classes
that lead to Associate Arts
(AA) or Applied Science
(AS) degrees, vocational
type two-year programs
that lead to certification
and hopefully to employ-
ment in specific areas, and
community education
courses on green living
and sustainability.

The latter courses
could range from cake dec-
orating to organic garden-
ing to fly-fishing. Garner
encourages anyone who
wants to teach a particular
course, or who wants to see
a particular course offered,
to contact her at (850) 973-
1668 or garnerp@(
She talks of working in
tandem with the local
school districts in the six
counties that NFCC serves,
possibly providing literacy
and GED classes, holding
summer camps, and also
working with community
groups such as the eco-
nomic development agen-
cies to develop specific
She mentions a web-
conferencing program that
is being installed on the
site and that will allow stu-
dents at GII to participate
in real time with classes
being offered at the NFCC
campus in Madison
"The software will
allow the students to see
the professors and the pro-
fessor to see them," Garner
Likewise, the classes
that the Green Industries
Institute offers will be
available to students in the
other five counties served
by the NFCC, Garner says.
But it won't be all online
classes, she adds.
"It'll be a mix," Garner
says of the GII curriculum.
"You can't excel in agricul-
ture without hands-on ex-
perience. We're trying to
cast a larger net. We're try-
ing to broaden the service
She concedes that agri-
culture is changing and
possibly diminishing in
importance in places such
as Jefferson County. But
she maintains that the in-
dustry as a whole is still-vi-
able and promises plenty
of opportunities for those

in the agro-science indus-
"Nobody's making a lot
of money right now but
agriculture is doing well,"
Garner says. "People just
have to work a lot smarter.
That's where the technol-
ogy comes in. Folks edu-
cated in the green sciences
will be able to have jobs
that are sustainable."
As for the possibility
of funding cutbacks to
Green Industries Institute
as a result of the greater
funding cutbacks being
made to education in gen-
eral because of the current
recession and the state's
plummeting revenues,
Garner concedes that the
possibility is always a con-
"We'll just have to be
innovative and nimble in
our offerings, and we're
doing that," she says. "The
(NFCC) president is en-
gaged. And I'm committed,
to this institute and this
county. I believe in rural-
ism. There is great value
in ruralism and living in
community that has open
land. I'm thrilled to be
here and committed to see-
ing this thing through and
I'm opened to feedback
from the 'community. I
don't have all the answers.
I'm trying to reach out to
the community and listen
and put. together a pro-
gram that meets the local
needs and that is real."
At the same time, she
reminds the community
that GII is lean, consisting
solely of her "several-hats-
wearing self", an OPS per-
son, and a maintenance
Come March, however,
the facility expects to issue
a calendar of up-and-
coming programs; and
come June, it expects to be
offering some of those pro-
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Dewey K. "Buddy" Herold, Jr., passed away Sunday,
February 15, 2009 at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. He
had been a resident of Jefferson Nursing Home for 14
Buddy was born December 22, 1945 in Tallahassee, FL.
He was a member of Elizabeth Baptist Church, Monticello,
FL. He was predeceased by his father, Dewey K. Herold, Sr.
and Step-mother, Ernestine P Herold of Conroe, TX;
Grandparents: Rudolph and Emma Popp Herold and James
M. and Walla A. Jordan both of Miccosukee, FL.
Survivors include his mother: Mary Alice Senterfit;
sisters: Jane Herold Demott and Deborah J. Dyer, of
Panama City Beach, FL; Aliza S. Brown, Locust Grove, GA,
Kathryn Herold Dowhey, Arlington, TX and Kimba Herold
Wingard, McKinney, TX; Brother: Jack Cofer, Infield, CT;
four nieces, eight nephews, many dear aunts, uncles and
A memorial service will be held 2:00 PM. Saturday, Feb-
ruary 21, 2009 in the Chapel of Abbey-Riposta Funeral
Home,'with Buddy's uncle Eugene Goodman, officiating.
The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. prior to the
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in
Dewey's memory to the Youth Fund of Elizabeth Baptist
Church, 4124 Bassett Dairy:Road, Monticelo,i FL 32344:, ':

Emett Jewel Smith, age 71, passed away in Tallahas-
see, FL Friday, February 13, 2009.
A Celebration of Life was held Tuesday, February 17,
2009 at 11:00 a.m. at Beggs Funeral Home Monticello
Chapel. The family received friends from 5:00-9:00 pm,
Monday, February 16, 2009 at Beggs Funeral Home Mon-
ticello Chapel.
Mr. Smith was a native of Strengthford, Mississippi
and had lived in Kingwood, West Virginia; Vivian,
Louisiana; Waynesboro, Mississippi; and Fort Myers,
Florida before moving to Monticello in 1979. Mr. Smith
was self employed as a carpenter. He served our country
in the U.S. Army
He is survived by his wife; Peggy Smith of Monticello;
two sons Tommy Smith and Warren "Bug" Smith of Mon-
ticello; three daughters; Teri Mann of Monticello, Wanda
Gibson and Emily Hagan; three brothers C.J. Smith of
Laurel, Mississippi, David Smith of Waynesboro, Missis-
sippi and George Smith of Texas; four sisters Marie Wal-
ters of Clara, Mississippi, Irene Cherry and Alene Cherry
of Waynesboro, Mississippi, Olean Smith of Gilbertown,
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his parents, War-
ren and Eunie Mae Stevens Smith and siblings Willie
Smith and Ethel Mae Harrison.

If you've had any change in home
ownership in the last year, make
sure you have applied for
Homestead Exemption.

Applications are being accepted throughout February.
Deadline is Monday, March 2, 2009. Applicants need
two forms of Florida identification (driver's license,
voter registration card, vehicle tag numbers) and the
Social Security numbers of all applicants. You may
apply by visiting the Property Appraiser's Office at
480 W. Walnut Street (behind the old historic High
School on West 90). Between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00
p.m. Monday through Friday.

For further information,
call the Jefferson County
Property Appraiser's
Office 997-3356 or visit

Angela Gray
Property Appraiser

forum 7 p.m. Friday at the
church location, 125
Groover Road, in the Dills
Community. County Com-
missioner for District 1
Stephen Fulford will meet
with constituents with
questions or concerns. He
may be contacted at 509-7049
for more information.
Monticello Rotary Club
meets every Friday at noon
at the Monticello/Jefferson
Chamber of Commerce on
West Washington Street for
lunch and a meeting. Con-
tact President James Mu-
chovej at 980-6509 for club
Wacissa Volunteer Fire
Rescue will hold its annual
Fish Fry and Cake Raffle 5
to 7 p.m. Saturday at 14496
Waukeenah Highway in
Wacissa. The menu will in-
clude mullet, cheese grits,
fresh slaw, hush puppies,
homemade desserts, cold
tea and hot coffee. Meals are
eat-in or carry-out. $8
adults, $5 children 12 and
under. Raffle tickets will sell
for $2 each or $5 for three.
All proceeds will benefit the
Wacissa Volunteer Fire-Res-
cue, an all-volunteer fire de-
partment. For more
information, contact Joey
Bryan at 997-1384 or Lou
Giles at 997-0631.
February 21
Jefferson SHARE vol-
unteers will be stationed at
the Church of 'the
Nazarene, 1590 North Jef-
ferson Street from 8 to 9:30
a.m. Saturday with the
monthly food delivery or-
ders. Turn in registration
'copy when picking up or-
ders. Cash donations will be
accepted for the cost of fuel
for the volunteers. Contact
Martha Creel at 445-9061 for
more information. To learn
more about SHARE go to
February 21
AA meetings are held 8
p.m. Saturday at the Christ
Episcopal Church Annex,
425 North Cherry Street.
For more information call
997-2129 or 997-1955.
Girl Scouting is fun, and

builds girls of courage, con-
fidence, and character, who
make the world a better
place. Join with other girl's
ages 8 to 12, Junior Troop
150, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the
first and third Saturday of
each month at the
Greenville United
Methodist Church to learn
more about Girl Scouts. For
more information contact
co-leaders Janice and Sean
Carson at 948-6901 or con-
tact the 'Council of the
Apalachee Bend at 386-2131.
Camellia Garden Circle
members will meet 2 p.m.
Sunday for a program and
snacks. Contact Isabelle de-
Sercey at 997-2170 for loca-
Buddy Liles, renowned
baritone/bass singer, will
be in concert at the Church
of the Nazarene 10:45 a.m.
Sunday. A spaghetti dinner
will be served following the
musical worship service.
Jefferson County His-
torical Association will host
a winter membership meet-
ing 7 p.m. Monday, in the
Gerry Hall at Christ Episco-
pal Church. Guest speaker
for this first 2009 member-
ship drive meeting will be
David Avant III, historian
and author. His scheduled
topic will be "The Practice
of Dueling During North
Florida Territorial Days."
Hors d'oeuvres, wine, and
soft drinks will be served.
For more information about
this meeting, membership
call 997-2465.
February 23
Martin Luther King
Community Center meets 6
p.m. on the last Monday of
each month at the MLK
Center. Contact Charles
Parrish at 997-3760 for more
AA women's meetings
are held 6:45 p.m. Monday;
AA and Al-Anon meetings
are held 8 p.m. Christ Epis-
copal Church Annex, 425
North Cherry Street. For
more information call 997-
2129 or 997-1955.

February 23
Boy Scout Troop 803
meets 7 p.m. every Monday
at the Eagles Nest on South
Water Street. For more in-
formation, contact Scout
Leader Paul Wittig at 997-
1727 or 997-3169.
AA classes are held
every Tuesday evening 8
p.m. for those seeking help.
Located at 1599 Springhol-
low Road in the Harvest
Center. Contact Marvin
Graham at 212-7669 for more
Masonic Lodge #5
meets 7:30 p.m. on thesec-
ond and fourth Monday of
the month at the Hiram Ma-
sonic Lodge, 235 Olive Street
in Monticello. Contact Roy
Faglie at 933-2938 for more
Free and confidential
HIV testing willbe held 1 to
3 p.m. on the second and
fourth Tuesday at Harvest
Christian Center, 1599
Springhollow Road, at Wau-
keenah Highway. Dollar
General gift cards will be
given to all participants. For
more information contact
Jamie at 656-2437 ext. 237, or
510-9343, or Melissa at 544-
Triple L Club meets at
10.:30 a.m. on the fourth
Tuesday of each month in
the fellowship hall of ,the
First Baptist Church Monti-
Scello for a meeting with a
program, speaker and
potluck lunch. Contact the
church at 997-2349 for more
Jefferson County Com-
munity Coalition meets 9:30
a.m. on the last Tuesday of
the month in the public li-
brary conference room. For
more information contact

Cindy Hutto, Business Man-
ager for Healthy Start Coali-
tion of Jefferson, Madison
and Taylor counties at 948-
2741 or cjhutfo@healthys-
Employment Connec-
tions Career Coach Mobile
Lab is scheduled for 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Wednesday across
from the First Baptist
Church. Services include
job search, resume assis-
tance, assessments, and
labor market information.
For more information, con-
tact Employment Connec-
tion Director Cheryl
Rehberg at 673-7688, or vol-
unteers Paul Kovary at 997-
2313, or Mike Reichman at
997-5100, or SW Ellis at 567-
3800 or 866-367-4758.
Monticello Kiwanis
Club meets every Wednes-
day at noon at the Jefferson
Country Club on Boston
Highway for lunch and a
meeting. Contact President
Katrina Walton at 997-5516
for club information.
A member of Congress-
man Allen Boyd's staff will
visit the Jefferson County
Public Library 9:30 to 11:30
a.m. on the fourth Wednes-
day of every month to af-
ford local citizens an
opportunity to discuss is-
sues of concern.
AA meetings are held 8
p.m. on Thursdays at the
Christ Episcopal Church
Annex, 425 North Cherry
Street. For more informa-
tion call 997-2129 or 997-1955.
Altrusa meets at 6 p.m.
on the fourth Thursday and
at noon on the second
Thursday of each month for
a meal and a meeting. Con-
tact the Chamber at 997-5552
for more information.

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Retired Educators 2008-09

Monticello News
Staff Writer
Jefferson County Re-
tired Educators Associa-
tion (JCREA) Publicity
Chairman Mary Madison
recently reported on activi-
ties of the JCREA for 2008-
The year began in Sept,
2008 with the regular
monthly meeting, which in-
volved the District 2 Lead-
ership Workshop,
committee updates, ap-
proval of the year's pro-
grams, and
announcements as the top-
ics of discussion.
Sept. 16 the Florida Re-
tired Educators Associa-
tion (FREA) District 2
Leadership Workshop was
held in Tallahassee at the
Bethel AME Church. Dis-
trict Director Daniel Hall
presiding, and the
Leon/Wakulla was the host
Jefferson Members in
attendance included: Presi-
dent Willard Barnhart; Cul-
tural .Affairs Chairman

Dorothy Barnhart; Secre-
tary Mary Madison; Treas-
urer Louiza Larry;
Literacy Chairman Car-
olyn White; Community
Service Chairman
Josephine Perry; Member-
ship Chairman Flossie
Buggs; Computer/Media
Specialist Maythe Mc-
Cloud; Legislature Chair-
man Henry Mitchell; FREF
District Trustee Dr. Lettie
White; Hospitality Chair-
man Almada Lane; Nancy
Benjamin; Willa
Seabrooks; and Beatrice
The Oct. 9 monthly
meeting focused on infor-
mation and protective serv-
ices; and Nov. 16 Governor
Charlie Crist proclaimed
Retired Educator's Day.
JCREA celebrated with a
recognition ceremony held
at Memorial MB Church.
The speaker for the event
was Minister OJ Sloan. A
candlelight ceremony was
held for deceased members
including: Catherine Bai-
ley, Raleigh Cox, Joseph
Early, Doris Herring,



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helly Lane, Geoffrey sented the group with an
ynch, and Rosa Sloan. outstanding look into Proj-
Certificates were pre- ect Lifesaver. All members
ented to the Charter mem- present were enlightened
ers or a family member and informed pertaining to
or: the late Rosa L. Sloan, the project and it's useful-
lartha Hall, Almeda Lane, ness and necessity within
Villa Seabrooks, Emma the county and each made a
nd Maggie Stokes, Phenah contribution toward the
Vormaack and District II continuation and expan-
)irector Nina Williams. sion of the program. The
The Dec. 9, monthly meeting was adjourned
meeting focused on cul- and refreshments were
rural affairs and the annual served.
children's Book Project The topics for discus-
resentation to the Jeffer- sion during the Feb. 10
on County Christmas Con- monthly meeting will focus
.ection. Madison reported on the Cultural Affairs ex-
hat at the time, 303 books hibit and scholarship appli-
vere collected during the cations.
meeting. with additional March 10's monthly
ook donations pending. meeting will include dis-
The Jan. 10 meeting cussions on community
icked in the New Year's services and the literacy re-
ctivity with the JCREA ports.
Annual Dinner, held in The April 14 monthly
'homasville, at Mary's meeting will focus on the
'lace; and Jan. 13 was the Retirement Planning Pro-
[ealth Committee Pro- gram; and on April 18, the
ram with Maggie Stokes Unit will celebrate their an-
'hairman and Mary Madi- nual fish fry at the home of
on, assistant. Sam and Mary Madison.
Nan Baughman pre- During 'the May 12

Peanut Butter Safety

In Girl Scout Cookies

Monticello News
Staff Writer
The Girl Scout Council of the Apalachee Bend wants
to assure the public and especially its loyal Girl Scout
cookie customers that the peanut butter used in Taga-
longs and Do-Si-Dos cookie products is not sourced from
Peanut Corporation of America, the supplier recently im-
plicated by the FDA in its ongoing investigation
.of a Salmonella outbreak.
Food safety is of the utmost im-
portance to the Girl Scout Coun-
cil, as they continue to work
closely with all ingredient
suppliers to ensure they
continue to exceed food in-
dustry operating standards
as part of their goal to bake
safe, great tasting Girl
Scout Cookies.
In addition to their expec-
tations of ingredient suppli-
ers, suppliers are subject to
rigorous food safety audits
from independent
third party au-
~ The peanut
butter sup-
plier for
the Girl Scout Cookies has a
history of excellent audit re-
To order Girl Scout Cook-
ies contact Troop 1007
.:' Leader Vicki Adams at 386-
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group -will discuss travel
plans for the 55th annual
Delegate/Assembly and
Convention slated for May
27-29 at the Hilton Bayfront
Hotel in St. Petersburg; and
The June 9 meeting will
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Meetings are held
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Florida Health Care Association

Hires New Executive Director

Monticello News
Staff Writer
The Florida Health
Care Association (FHCA,)
the state trade association
representing Florida's
nursing homes, announces
that J. Emmett Reed, CAE,
has been hired as the Asso-
ciation's new executive di-
Reed will serve as
FHCA's chief executive
where he is responsible for
overall operations and di-
recting Association staff to
implement the goals and
objectives set forth by the
Board of Directors.
"I am incredibly ex-
cited about the opportu-
nity," says Reed, who
previously served as the
CEO of the Florida' Home
Builders Association. "My
goal is to continue leading
FHCA on an upward trend,
strengthening our member
relations, building success-
ful coalitions to accomplish
our legislative priorities
and promoting new and ex-
isting initiatives to help
meet our members' needs."
Reed achieved a num-
ber of professional accom-
plishments during the 11
years he served with the
Florida Home Builders As-
sociation (FHBA.) In 2008
the National Association of
Home Builders named him
New Executive of the Year.
He played a lead role in
expanding FHBA's trade
show to become the largest
in the southeast. Reed se-
cured a significant land do-
nation for Florida Home
Builders Foundation and
established the Future
Builders of America Train-
ing Camp, a workforce de-
velopment program that

J. Emmett Reed

introduces students to the
home building industry
and in turn strengthens its
future workforce.
Prior to FHBA, he
worked as Director of
Membership for the Lake-
land Chamber of Com-
merce. Reed is a Certified
Association Executive and
a graduate of Florida State
University. !
The FHCA is a federa-
tion which serves nearly
1,000 members and repre-
sents over 500 long term
care facilities that provide
skilled nursing care, short-
term rehab, assisted living
and other services to the
frail elderly and individu-
als with developmental dis-
abilities in Florida.
FHCA was founded on
the premise that its mem-
bers have a moral obliga-
tion to the residents they
serve, and since 1954 the
Association has worked
diligently to improve qual-
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life for the state's growing
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Gray To I
Monticello News
Staff Writer
Property Appraiser An-
gela Gray will be stationed
in front of the Winn Dixie
Store on South. Jefferson

Collect Exempt Cards

Street all day Saturday, Feb.
She will be collecting
homestead and agriculture
exemption cards, and offer-
ing assistance to those
needing help.

Exemption notices
have been mailed out and
will need to be turned in by
March 1, 2009.
For more information
contact her at the Property
Appraisers Office 997-3356.

Rebecca Burkart To Perform

At Ball State University
Dr. Rebecca Burkart, of
Monticello, and head of the I
Music Program at North
Florida Community Col-
lege, in Madison, has been
invited to.perform a harp-
sichord concert, at Ball
State University, in Muncie
Indiana, Sunday, Feb. 15.
In her final prepara-
tion for this concert, she
gave a parlor recital for a
group of invited friends
on Sunday afternoon, Feb.
1, at her home, in Monti-
cello, the Bishop- Burkart
house on Dogwood Street.
Among the guests were
Tom and Helen Love, Katie
Anderson, Tom and Julie
Conley, Scott and Pamela '
Hubert, Martha Creel, Pat
Foster, and Janis Courson.
Courson performed a
soprano solo, accompanied
by the harpsichord.
Refreshments were en-
joyed following the pro-

Legendary Kingsmen Quartet In Concert

By Bryant Thigpen
A Special From
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The legendary Kings-
men Quartet will return to
Madison, 7 p.m. Thursday,
Feb. 19, at Bible Deliver-
ance Church. A $7 dona-
tion is requested at the
door plus a free-will offer-
ing will be received.
When it comes to quar-
tet singing, look no further
than the Kingsmen Quar-
tet. Celebrating more than
50 years in Gospel music,
this quartet has come to be
known as one of the pio-
neer groups in Gospel
music, and has led the way
for newcomers.
In 2000, the Kingsmen
were inducted into the
Gospel Music Hall of
Fame, and in 2008, they
were inducted into the
Christian Music Hall of
Fame. Ray Reese
(owner/bass vocalist) was
inducted into the Southern
Gospel Music Hall of Fame
in 2008, and is celebrating
over 40 years of touring
with the group.
Down through the
years, the Kingsmen have
produced some of the top
musicians, singers and
songwriters. They have

witnessed countless hits
such as, "Beulah Land,"
"Glory Road," "Old Ship
Of Zion," "Go And Tell
Somebody," "I Made A
Covenant," "Wish You
Were Here," "He Touched
Met" Look For Me At Jesus
Feet," "The Judgment" and
many more! The month of
February in 2009 brought
about another number one
song for the Kingsmen ti-
tled, "When God Ran,"
which is currently playing

on radio stations across
the nation.
The Kingsmen consists
of Legendary Ray Reese,
Bryan Hutson, Brandon
Reese, Harold Reeds and
Phillip Hughes.
Make plans now to at-
tend! Reserved seating
For more information,
call (850) 464-0114 or (904)
472-7865, or visit

Used cars to be sold

for as low as

$5.00 Saturday,

Feb. 21st!

Thomasville, GA -, Dreams of buying your
own vehicle will come true for some lucky
people on Saturday, Feb. 21st. The area's
largest and most successful Toyota dealer will
be selling used cars for as low as $5. Many
others will also be available at unheard of
Billy Clements, of Thomasville Toyota said,
"Due to the success of our new Toyota sales,
our preowned department is flooded, and
Toyota is still sending us a very large inven-
tory to keep us stocked on new Toyota's. The
sale begins at 9 A.M. on the Thomasville Toy-
ota property, located at 14724 US 19 South
in Thomasville.
The $5 dollar sale is to kick off the clear-
ance of every new and used car on the lot.
Prices will be slashed on the scene Saturday
morning at 10:00 A.M. There will be another
slasher around 2:00 P.M. The last time the
slasher will walk the lot is at 4:00 P.M. Cus-
tomers are advised to arrive early to get the
car they want. All Automobiles are on a first
come first served basis.
Customers will relax behind the wheel until
the "Price Slasher" comes out to maik the
one time clearance price on the Windshield.
Those sitting in the car when the "slasher"
comes out, get to buy the car at the radically
reduced price, as low as $5, but all will be
marked thousands below normal. Appraisers
will be on hand to give absolute top dollar for
your trade.
We want to give our friends and neighbors
a chance to save money rather than take
these cars off to a "dealers only" sale. During
this event, most cars will be sold for thou-
sands below Kelly Blue Book value. "Every-
one interested in a used car will find a vehicle
just right for their budget, even if it is only five
dollars" according to used car manager Dave
Broadway. "All applications will be accepted
and all application fees will be waived during
this sale, even if you think you do not qualify
for credit, our Special Finance Department
promises that they will fight to get you the car
you deserve." Stated Dave.
Thomasville Toyota is famous for its
philosophy of guaranteeing the lowest price
in South Georgia and North Florida. They're
loaded with quality preowned cars and they
need to be sold quickly, regardless of the
profit margin. "When we built this facility, we
did not realize that we would have people
bringing trade-ins from 150 mile radiuses to
deal with us. We have simply run out of room,
and must sell the used cars to make room for

our new Toyotas" exclaimed Lee Graham,
Sales manager at Thomasville Toyota.
This event is one day only, and parking is
limited, so be sure to arrive early. The doors
open at 9:00 A.M. For more information, call
the friendly folks at Thomasville Toyota at
229-228-0555 or visit them online at

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Pearl Street Park Dedication Historical Association Schedules

-. Membership Meeting
DEBBIE SNAPP in the Gerry Hall at Christ Hors d'oeuvres, wine,
Monticello News Episcopal Church. and soft drinks will be
Staff Writer Guest speaker for this served.
,o ,, .Jefferson County His- first 2009 membership Plan to attend, and
torical Association head- drive meeting will be renew your membership.

quartered at the
Wirick-Simmons House
on North Jefferson Street
in Monticello will host a
winter membership meet-
ing 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23


New BI

David Avant III, historian For
and author. about tl
His scheduled topic bership
will be "The Practice of Greek
Dueling During North Simmoi
Florida Territorial Days." 2465.

Mhic Design &

isiness In Coi

more information
his meeting, mem-
,or about the 1831
Revival Wirick-
ns House, call 997-



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'Monticello News
StaffT writer
The City of Monticello
and CSAW, Inc. invite the
public to the dedication of
Jordan Park, located at 965
East Pearl Street in Monti-
The dedication, in
memory of Dr. Reginald
David Jordan, DVM, is
scheduled for 2 p.m. Satur-
day, Feb. 28.
Speakers will be the
Mayor Tom Vogelgesang,
Dr. Robert Michael Purvis,
DVM, and Winston Lee,

All proceeds
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Monticello News
Staff Writer
The latest business to
open within the county is
Metamorphic Design & Beads,
owned by county resident Bar-
bara Graham and located at 7th
Heaven Flea Market and
Bazaar on South US-19. Hours
of operation are Monday
through Thursday, 10 a.m.
until 5 p.m.
Graham's finely detailed
work has a long history behind
it, as she displays her many
talents. Her work has been
shown in different galleries
around the area and she has
featured her works at Peddler's
Market Place and the Prickly
Pear Railroad Square in Talla-
Her Work features hand-
crafted jewelry jewelry re-
pairs, and she specializes in
silver work, beads and beading
Graham began working
with beads and beadwork in
1994 then she created Meta-
morphic Design & Beads and
then she began working with
minerals as opposed to glass
beads in 2003.
"My mother taught me
how to sew and my mother-in-
law taught me to tailor," said

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Graham. "We couldn't afford
embellished clothing, so I
turned to making them. When
my children were young I
made their' clothes, embroi-
dered them, learned to make
lace, then fine crocheting then
moved to fine beadwork with
seed beads, and began making
different items such as
pouches, handbags, hairpins
and additional items."
SGraham recalls that
arthritis began taking over in
her hands so the fine bead-
work was then out of the pic-
"After a' couple years in
hiatus my husband noticed
that I was getting restless and
took me to a beginners metals
class with the Florida Society
of Gold 'Smiths and I fell in
love with working with the
metal, and from there, it's all
history. I taught myself Nor-


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wegian filigree, rock wraip-
ping, and other related arts.
And now I am able to offer a
variety of unique various seed
bead work, crochet purses and
-I also work with minerals and
all-types of stone. All my clo-
sures are handmade and I take
the metal and my findings to
create hand crafted jewelry
that is totally unique."
She said she offers rings,
necklaces and necklaces with
fastening in the front for the
elderly who need to see what
they are doing, earrings, neck-
laces that be worn three differ-
ent ways. She offers all kinds
of pearls ranging from single-
strands of pearls, to sapphires,
emeralds and rubies.
"I use minerals which are
very highly finished and each
is a unique stone," she said. I
Shave amethysts, agate, a slice
of stalactite formed from a
geode, which is made into a
pendant, I have a 72-inch
strand of pearls which can be
worn as a belt a warp, any-
thing with multiple layers. I
have creations with pearls and
.rubies, a gorgeous imperial
argot with crystal boundary
necklace," she said.
She describes one of her
works, a pin, named the Earth
Below as being shaped like a
mountain range, a stone argot
rectangle topped with
amethysts points and the argot
is striated like a geological
slice of land.
Her works also include a
pearlized abalone with a stag-
gered design necklace, she also
has one with quartz and small
quartz, one with pearl and rose
quartz, and one in turquoise,
as well and numerous other
Residents are invited to
come and see her works at the
7th Heaven Flea Market &
Bazaar or call her at 545-5396.


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Girl Scout Join The Journey Girl Scouts Pick Up Cookies

MontiCello News
Staff Writer
Girl Scouts will hold a "Join the
Journeys" workshop 6 to 9 p.m. Thurs-
day, Feb. 19.
Junior Leader Training has been
added to the training schedule.

Participants must finish Orienta-
tion Online and New Leader Basic
Training before the Join the Journeys
For more information contact Train-
ing Manager Anne Hallman at 873-3999
or 1-888-271-8778.
Discover, Connect, Take Action!

Annual Fish Fry, Cake Raffle

Monticello News
Staff Writer
The Wacissa Volunteer
Fire Department will hold
its annual Fish Fry and
Cake Raffle 5 to 7 p.m. Sat-
urday, Feb. 21, at 14496
Waukeenah Highway in
The menu consists of

mullet, cheese grits, fresh
slaw, hush puppies, home-
made desserts, cold tea and
hot coffee.
Meals will be offered
eat in or carry out, and will
cost $8 adults, $5 children
12 and under.
The raffle tickets will
sell for $2 each or $5 for

All proceeds will bene-
fit the Wacissa Volunteer
Fire Department, an all-
Volunteer fire department.
Tickets will be sold in
advance or will be avail-
able at the door.
For more information,
contact Joey Bryan at 997-
1384 or Lou' Giles at 997-

Monticello News
Staff Writer
The annual Girl Scout
Cookie Sale has been un-
derway since early Janu-
ary, with local girls selling
cookies to meet their troop
Cookies came in Satur-
day, Feb. 14 so keep watch
for scouts selling boxes of
cookies for $3.50 each.
Inspired by the theme
Imagine If...We Could
Change The World, this
year's sale continues the
tradition of providing a
quality product, while
teaching valuable skills.
The cookie product
program provides the girls
with an opportunity to
learn business skills in-

cluding customer service,
budgeting, and planning.
Through the Gift Of
Caring program, girls take
action through service
projects directly benefit-
ing others, giving cus-
tomers the option to
purchase cookies to donate
to identified organiza-
New this year to the
cookie lineup is the Dulce
de Leche cookie. Inspired
by the classic confections
of Latin America, these
sweet, indulgent cookies
are rich with milk caramel
chips and stripes.
Also available will be
the ever popular Thin
Mint, Samoas, All Abouts,
Tagalongs, Do-Si-Dos, Tre-
foils, Chocolate Chip (sug-

arfree,) and Lemon Chalet
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services of the Girl Scout
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Bend teach girls to dis-
cover, connect, and take
action, while building
courage, confidence, and
character, to make the
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Lady Tigers Softball Schedule

Monticello News
Staff Writer
Jefferson County
Middle/High School re-
ports the roster for the
2009 varsity softball sea-
son. Leading the Lady
Tigers as coach this
year is Howard Marx
and the assistant coach
is Hattie Jordan. All
games are at 4 p.m., un-
less otherwise specified.
Action begins
around the diamond
against Rickards, Feb.
17, here; East Gadsden,
Feb. 18, there; Maclay,
Feb. 19, there; West.
Gadsden, Feb. 25, here;
and FAMU High, 5 p.m.,

Feb. 27, there.
Franklin County,
March 6, there; West
Gadsden, March 11,
there, a double-header
against North Florida
Christian, March 16,
here; Maclay, March-23,
here; East Gadsden,
March 25, here; and
FAMU High, March 26,
Franklin County,
April 7, here; John Paul
II, April 9, here; and
wrapping up the regular
season, Rickards, 6:30
p.m., April 17, there.
The Class 2-A Dis-
trict Tournament, 4
p.m. and 5 p.m. April 21
and 23 at Franklin

County High;
The Regional
April 28
through May 5,
time and loca-
tion to be an-
nounced; and
*the FHSAA
State Finals,
May 13-14, 12
p.m. and 4 p.m.,
in the Plant
City Florida
The roster -
and positions i"
for the Lady '
Tigers has not
yet been deter-
mined but will
be forthcoming.

Tiger Track Schedule

Monticello News
Staff Writer
Jefferson County
Middle High School re-
ports the schedule for the
2009 Tiger track team.
Serving as head coach
and returning to the
school this year is Harry
Athletes take their
marks, at Rickards, de-
parture at 2:30 p.m., Feb.
24; Bay High in Panama
City, departure, 5:30
a.m., Feb. 24; Bay High in
Panama City, departure,
5:30 a.m., Feb.28; Lin-

coin, departure,
2:30 p.m., March
2; Chiles, depar-
ture, 7 a.m., March
7; Jefferson, 4 p.m.,
March 11;
versity, de-
parture 7
a.m., March
14; and Jef-
ferson, 4 p.m.,
March 17.
departure 6 a.m.,
March 21; FSU
Relay, time to be an-
nounced, March 27 and
28; Jefferson, 4 p.m.,
April 2; Florida relays
hosted in Gainesville,
departure, 10 a.m., April
3; Chiles, departure 7
'a.m., April 11; District,
hosted at Maclay, depar-
ture 7 a.m., April 18; Re-
gional, time and location
to be announced; and
State, hosted in Orlando,
departure 10 a.m. April
30, meet held on May 1.

Tiger Baseball Schedule




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Monticello News
Staff Writer
Jefferson County Mid-
dle High School has re-
leased the schedule for the
2009 varsity Tigers base-
ball season. The head
coach this year is Alfred-
die Hightower and the as-
sistant coach is Jim
Norton. All game times
are at 4 p.m. unless other-
wise specified.
Action begins on the
diamond against North
Florida Christian, March
5, there; Maclay, March 17,
there; FAMU High, 6 p.m.,
March 19, here; Franklin
County, March 24, there;

North Florida Christian,
March 26, here; and Brook-
wood, March 26, there.
FAMU High, 1 p.m.,
April 4, there; Albany at
FAMU, 4 p.m., April 4;
Franklin County, 3:30 p.m.;
April 9, here; Maclay, April
14, here; West Gadsden,
April 16, here West Gads-
den, April 21, there; and
wrapping up the regular
season, Brookwood, April
23, here.
Apfil 27-30 the District
Playoffs will be hosted-at
Franklin County High.
The roster and posi-
tions have not yet been de-
termined but will be

Search On For

Gridiron Coaches

Monticello News
Staff Writer
SAs temperatures
slowly begin to rise
and spring rapidly ap-
proaches the area, so
does the need for head
football coaches at
both Jefferson County
Middle/High School
and Aucilla Christian
Superintendent of
Schdols Bill Brumfield
reports that since they
began advertising the
position, they had 45
applicants apply and
have since, narrowed
them down to about 15.
"We had applicants
from everywhere,"
said Brumfield, "In-
cluding several from
Ohio, several from Al-
abama, Georgia, south
Florida, some locals,
and even one from
New York."
He added that some
of the applicants just
did not meet specific
He explained that
the plan now is to get a
committee of three out
of town people,
JCMHS Principal
Geraldine Wildgoose
and himself and have

that committee come
to town for a two-day
period in which all of
the applicants would
go through a 30-45
minute battery of
"We will ask all of
the remaining appli-
cants the same ques-
tions so no
accusations of preju-
dice or favoritism can
arise," said Brumfield.
Following the com-
mittee meeting, which
he hopes to take place
during the first week
of March, the commit-
tee will determine the
top five and the. deci-
sion would be made
from that point.
Brumfield stated
that his goal was to
have a new head foot-
ball coach determined
and named by the mid-
dle of next month at
the latest.
The first day of
football spring prac-
tice is May 5.
Aucilla Christian
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009


JES Kindergarten

Students Present

Amber McClellan

WinnAr Of Ha7ardnnIs

Program Honoring """ "'- """

February Events Weather Essay.Contest

Photo Submitted

JES Physical Education Coach Eddie Thompson
and Champions staff member work with fourth
grade students to improve flexibility and motor

CHP Champions Program

Comes To Jefferson Elementary

Jefferson Elementary
School Kindergarten stu-
dents presented a pro-
gram, Feb. 10, at the
monthly PTO meeting
held in the JES media
center. The focus of the
program was important
events in the month of
Students in Ms. Ja-
Hanna Daniels' class
greeted family members,
friends and faculty with a
West African dance and
,song, "Fungi Alafia,"
which means "We Wel-
come you with Peace."
Following the musical
entertainment, in cele-
bration of Black History
Month, students is Daph-
ney Jeune's class pre-
sented a're-enactment of

the Montgomery Bus
Boycott, in which Rosa
Parks. refused to give up
her bus seat for a white
The event ultimately
led to a year-long boycott
within the black commu-
nity of Montgomery, AL
Following a presenta-
tion of Martin Luther
King's famous "I Have a
Dream" speech, students
gave their renditions of
speeches made by George
Washington and Abra-
ham Lincoln, in honor of
President's Day.
The evening con-
cluded with students in
Sara McClellan's class
presenting a collection of
favorite Valentine's Day

Amber McClellan
Jefferson County
Middle/High School con-
gratulates Amber McClel-
lan, a senior, as the
winner of the Emergency
Management District #2
Hazardous Weather Sur-
vival Week Essay Con-
Amber is the daugh-
ter of Kevin and Lynn
McClellan of Waukeenah.
Students in grades 9- 12

in each of seven emer-
gency management areas
participated in the
statewide essay Contest to
tell us a story of survival.
The essay contest is
part of an annual public
awareness campaign
which included the essay
contest, distribution of
the "Florida Hazardous
Weather Guide", chil-
dren's books. in the ele-
mentary school and a
poster contest for 4th and
5th grade students.
The theme of the essay
was "Imagine that a dev-
astating natural disaster
has occurred in your
community" Tell the
story of how having a
plan would help you; your
family and your pet sur-
vive the disaster.
Amber's prizes in-
cluded a pass to Walt Dis-
ney World and an "All
Hazards Weather Radio."
She is the student of
Gloria Norton.

Jefferson Elementary
students in grades 1-5 Phys-
ical Education classes
began participating in the
CHP Champions program,
Feb. 2.
This is a student fitness
program initiated by Capi-
tal Health Plan to promote
regular physical activity
and healthy lifestyle
The program is avail-
able at no charge and aims
to get students moving, ex-
periencing the benefits .of
regular exercise, and devel-
oping healthy lifestyle
The Champions circuit
training program is based
on principles and tech-
niques developed by Titus

Sports Academy, and de-
signed to improve a stu-
dent's gross motor skills,
flexibility, posture, balance,
and coordination, using a
long-term physical develop-
ment approach to fitness.
The aim is to engage
students in a fun, positive
environment, and as they
become more confident
with their physical :skills;
they will become more
likely to lead a healthy, ac-
tive lifestyle.
Champions staff mem-
bers work in collaboration
with JES Coach Eddie
Thompson to provide posi-
tive role models and offer
children the opportunity to
experience a healthy life
today and tomorrow.

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North Florida Fairgrounds
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February 21 & 22
For info call 850-222-2218
Ochlockonee River Kennel Club

Local Resident Named

To Samford Dean's Lst

Photo Submitted

Participants In Bus Boycott Re-enactment included
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passenger (Ryan Long), Rosa Parks (Khloe Jennings), Po-
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Itsiah Walls: Tcllda's Black FMideuE

Portrait of Josiah Walls. Photo taken in 1871.

precinct returns that
the state canvassing
board had first
thrown out as fraud-
Unfortunately for
Niblack, Walls ran
against him for a
second term and
won by 1,662 votes.
The Conservatives
didn't contest the
outcome this time.
During the next
few years, Walls was
also busy in other
pursuits. He had
studied different
subjects, passed
exams, and was ad-
mitted to the Florida
Bar. Along with two
other black acquain-
tances, he formed a
law firm. He had also
served brief terns as
Gainesville's mayor
and as county com-
missioner. He was
also named
brigadier general in
the Florida State
Most of his sav-
ings were invested'

the former Confeder-
ate General, Jesse
Finley by a margin
of 371 votes. Finley
contested the out-
come. The House
committee ended up
finding "irregulari-
ties" in one black
precinct sufficient to
void its terms, which
included 588 votes
given to Walls. As a
result, Walls was un-
seated in
While he served
in Legislature, Walls
sought to be respon-
sive to all the state's
needs. He boosted
Florida's appeal to
new settlers, in-
vestors, a secure
railroad system, wa-
terway, and other in-
t e r n a 1
improvements. He
pushed to improve
the state's mail sys-
tem and, above all, to
increase the educa-
tional opportunities
for blacks. I n
one of the times he

eral education bill,
he declared that if
education were left;
solely to the states,:
blacks would suffer.'
He successfully was
able to secure 90,000:
acres of public land;
in Tallahassee for
Florida Normal Col-:
lege, which is now
Florida A&M.
In one Tallahas-
see newspaper, Walls
was termed as "able,
clearheaded, hon-
est". As far away as
St Louis, the newspa-:
per "The Globe"-
called him "an effec-:
tive, tireless worker,
tactful, foresighted,
and practical."
When power
began to return to
the Democrats in
1880, Walls retreated
from "ineffective"
political activities.
With the death of his
wife and his own
failing health as well
as financial ruin
after his citrus
groves were wiped

Monticello News
Staff Writer
"He rose from
slavery to become
Florida's first black
politician of na-
tional prominence at
a time when it was
risky business for
any man, especially
a black man, to be in
politics at all," stated
Gene Burnett in his
article about Josiah
Walls was born to
slave parents near
Winchester, VA, Dec.
30, 1842. He attended
school in Harris-
burg, PA. He was
later forced to serve
under the Confeder-
ate banner against
the Union. He was
eventually captured
and freed by Union
forces in 1862 at
Yorktown. Shortly
after his capture,
Walls joined the
third infantry regi-
ment, also known as
the United States
Colored Troops, and
soon became corpo-
ral. He served
through the war
until his discharge
as a sergeant major.
at Jacksonville, FL
in 1865.
He moved to the
farmlands of
Alachua County,
near Gainesville. He
met and married the
young Helen Fergue-
son. Luckily, he was
able to obtain a

teaching job in
nearby Archer due
to some early school-
ing on his part and
an intense self-tutor-
ing program.
With the military
beginning Recon-
struction in March
of 1867, the newly
freed men began
flocking to Florida's
Republican Party,
also referred to as
Lincoln's Party. In
Alachua, black vot-
ers far outnumbered
white. Many conser-
vative white voters
resented the domi-
nating Northern
forces flooding in
from the North
whom they gave the
name "carpetbag-
gers" and they re-
fused to sponsor

Walls wa
delegate to
though he
himself v
radical Re

or even

is elected
the con-
and al-
ith the

faction, he voted for
the, somewhat mod-
erate state constitu-
tion, which was
finally adopted.
Walls felt that it was
important for the
politicians to keep a
black presence in the
mainly white politi-
cal structure as well
as seek out future al-
liances with whites
such as Ossian B.
Hart and Marcellus
Stearns, both of

whom later became
Upon returning
home, he discovered
that he had a "solid"
political base in
Alachua among the
whites and blacks.
He easily won elec-
tion was a legislator
in the lower state as-
sembly (the House)
in 1868. Later in the
year, he won a state
senate seat.
Walls decided to
run for a higher of-
fice seat. In 1870, he
squared off against
the Conservative
candidate, Silas L.
Niblack who was a
Confederate veteran
and former slave
owner, in a race for
Congress. During
the election, Niblack
made sure to make
an issue of Walls
self-educated and ex-
slave background.
Walls won by a
627-vote margin and
took his seat in the
House of representa-
tives March 4,,1871.
The US House
Committee on Elec-
tions held a lengthy
witness hearings on
the matter of
Niblack contesting
the election earlier
in the year. The wit-
ness hearings were
so lengthy, that they
finally took
Niblack's side on the
matter in Jan., 1873
by accepting three
Duval County

Portrait of U.S. Congress Silas Leslie Niblack. Photo taken around 1871.

into a 1,175 acre
farm, and he eventu-
ally became one of
the state's most suc-
cessful truck farm-
In 1874, Walls won
his third congres-
sional term against

raced for a political
seat, he argued that
Southern lawmakers
used the "state's
rights" to deny both
blacks and poor
white children edu-
cation. Arguing for
the state's first fed-

out in -the 1895
freeze, Walls was
prompted to move to
Tallahassee where
he became the direc-
tor of the Florida
Normal College
farm until his death
May 15,1905.

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