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46 + 4 Tax=500

Greene Publishing, N I nc. a-tyrrie
Madison, Florida

Greenville Woman Killed

By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
A Greenville woman
was killed on Tuesday
evening, Sept. 8, on
County Road 150, two
miles north of U.S. 90.
According to a Flori-
da Highway Patrol re-
port, Latoya Renee
Harville, 22, of
Greenville, was travel-
ing north on CR 150
when she lost control of
the vehicle.
The 2004 Chevrolet
four-door traveled onto
the west shoulder of CR
150, rotated counter-
clockwise, and over-
turned twice.
The vehicle then
struck a fence and a
The driver was ejected from
the vehicle.
Harville was pronounced

ureene rubnisning, Inc. -noto ny -merala ureene, september u, zuus
dead at the scene. Greenville Volunteer Fire De-
The Madison County Sher- partment assisted at the scene.
iff's Office, Hamburg-Lovett Vol- FHP Trooper J.T. Leohner
unteer Fire Department and was the investigating officer.

Madison Board Approves Proposed

Budget And Millage Rate

By Ginger Jarvis
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The Madison City Commission-
ers have approved a $7,761,129 bud-
get for 2009-2010. City Manager
Harold Emrich presented the bud-
get for its first reading and public
hearing at the board's regular meet-
ing on Sept. 8; hearing no questions
or public comment, Commissioners
Judy Townsend and Jim Catron
moved to accept the first reading.
The budget will be considered for fi-
nal approval at a special meeting on
Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 5:30 p.m.
The board also approved a tax
rate of 6.0484 mills for the next fis-
cal year. This will also receive final
consideration on Sept. 22. The meet- Jim C
ing is open to the public.
In other business, the board discussed ap-
pointments to the city's new Code Enforcement
Board. Emrich, referring to the ordinance estab-
lishing the board, explained that the board
should consist of five to seven members, that
those members should live within the city limits,
and that they should include an architect, an en-


nessperson and a realtor, if possi-
ble. Commissioners submitted
four names of prospective mem-
bers, but did not make them pub-
After some discussion, the
board decided to ask those four
and other potential members to
meet with Emrich and City Attor-
ney Clay Schnitker within the
next two weeks to fully under-
stand the duties and responsibili-
ties of the Code Enforcement
Board. The commissioners will de-
cide on the size of the board and
appoint its members at the special
meeting on Sept. 22.
One agenda item was the
tanley brainchild of Mayor Jim Stanley.
He suggested that the commission-
ers set some guidelines to allow them to choose
local business bids for some materials, even if
other bids are lower. The commissioners dis-
cussed whether they should set a three percent or
five percent difference in bids, and what parame-
ters would establish a business as local. They de-
cided to bring definite ideas to the Oct. 13

gineer, a contractor, a sub-contractor, a busi- meeting for action.

By Bryant Thigpen
Greene Publishing, Inc.
It has been proven that life can change in a split
second, and it did for the Gallon family Young and
healthy Travis Gallon was living in Gainesville and
during the weekend of the Fourth of July, when his
residence was invaded. Travis was shot in the face.
Because of the impact the bullet made to Gal-
lon's face, doctors said that Travis will be perma-
nently blind. This has turned the
world of his family around.
Travis is now living in Madison
with his parents, Wesley and
Tommie Gallon, who take care
of him.
Travis' mother, Tommie,
is not able to work due to
having to care for
Travis, and it has made
things extremely tough
for the family
With trips back and
forth to Gainesville, the
family is in need of fi-
nancial assistance to get
Travis back and forth to
To donate gas cards,
money, or assistance,
please call (850) 948-8224.
Readers are encouraged
to step up to the plate
and help the Gallon fam-


Meeting To Be Held

To Review

Assistance For

April Flood Victims
Madison County Emergency Management,
along with The Florida State Division of Emer-
gency Management (FDEM), is pleased to announce
an open meeting for the public to review
and discuss potential assistance programs
for victims of the severe flooding of April 2009.
Some of the programs that will be discussed are
the "Flood Mitigation Assistance Program," the
"Hazard Mitigation Grant Program" and the Repet-
itive Flood Claims and Severe Repetitive Loss pro-
grams. All programs have guidelines and eligibility
The meeting will be held Friday, September 11,
at 1 p.m. at the Madison County Emergency Opera-
tions Center, 1083 SW Harvey Greene Drive, in Madi-

Since 1985, Bern and Jan Smith
(and son, Mack) have partnered to
continuously improve their Sunset
Hills Farm property here in Madi-
son County and they've succeeded
admirably. Using a combination of
available resources from a diversity
of sources over the years, but most-
ly their own hard work, the couple
has created an example of what can
be done with perseverance, dili-
gence, and assistance from many
willing collaborators.
In recognition of their efforts
and successes, and to give others in-
terested in following their example
an opportunity to meet, interact,
and learn from the Smiths and
many of their collaborators, the
University of Florida's IFAS Exten-
sion office has scheduled a Forest
Stewardship tour of some of the
highlights of the Smith's property.
The tour is scheduled to occur
on Tuesday, September 15, at the
Smiths' Sunset Hills Farm at 845
NE Rocky Springs Church Road,
Madison, Florida 32340. It will be-
gin at 9 am with a complimentary
lunch to be served at noon, cour-
tesy of several sponsors of the
The Florida Forest Stewardship
Program is a voluntary program be-
gun in 1990 for landowners who own
at least 20 acres of forestland and
are interested in multiple land use

objectives. It requires no contractu-
al obligations from participating
landowners; provides a detailed,
written management plan; and on-
going as-needed assistance with
specific management practices.
Once certified, Forest Stewards
also receive a sign for their proper-
ty, a plaque, and local publicity (if
desired). The Smiths are being re-
certified again this year for the
second time. A small awards presen-
tation will be made to recognize
this event during the tour.
Madison County has a long his-
tory of participation in the Forest
Stewardship Program and one of
the highest participation rates in
the State. The county recently sur-
passed 100,000 acres enrolled in
Madison County. If you'd like to see
if your property qualifies for the
Forest Stewardship Program (or
need any other assistance related to
managing your Madison County
timberland), contact the Madison
County Forester by phoning
850.973.5115, emailing to flem-, or visiting
the Division of Forestry's excellent
web-site at
To sign up to participate in the
September 15 tour of the Smiths'
Sunset Hills Farm property, call the
Madison Extension office at
850.973.4138. Space is limited, so en-
roll early.

Lee Library Committee

Still Seeking Funds

By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The Lee Library
Committee has already
seen an influx of $23,755.
The funds will go to-
wards furnishing the
new library, being con-
structed just off High-
way 90, next to Lee
Elementary School, in
"That is a conserva-
tive figure," Danny
Hales, Suwannee River
Regional Library Direc-
tor said, since the com-
mittee has not heard
from some people on
their pledges.
The committee de-
cided to do a bulk mail-
ing of a one-page
condensed request form,

By Bryant Thigpen
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The Madison County High School
Band program has just begun their
first fundraiser for the 2009-10 school
year. The band is offering a smoked
boston butt roast for $25 each. The
pick up date for each order is set for
Monday, October 5, from 3-6 p.m. in the
band room.
The band, under the direction of
Geoff Hill, has an extensive travel

composed of some of the
intro letter and a simpli-
fied version of the dona-
tion form that they are
currently using.
Frank Mercer and
Cheryl Archambault are
working on getting the
forms taken care of. If
you can help, call Lee
City Hall at (850) 971-
The committee is go-
ing to be ordering about
$8,000 worth of wood,
laminate, glue, saw
blades, sandpaper and
other items. The Hamil-
ton County Correctional
Institution's carpentry
program will use these
items. Kenny Hall is the
supervisor of the car-
pentry program.

Hales urges that
everyone who pledges
send in their donations.
"Although fundrais-
ing will continue past
the end of September,
we do need a good pic-
ture of how many dol-
lars we will have by very
early October," Hales
If more forms are
needed for donations,
they can be picked up at
the Lee, Greenville or
Madison libraries or
printed out online at
The Kiwanis has ex-
tended their drawing for
the Lee Library, due to
Please see Library,
Page 4A

schedule, with performances in Talla-
hassee, Orlando and Kissimmee, as
well as local concerts and events. The
money raised from the fundraiser
goes to help the band maintain instru-
ments, cover monthly expenses, and
also cover traveling expenses to games
and competitions.
Any reader interested in support-
ing the band through this fundraiser
is encouraged to call (850) 973-5061,
ext. 240, to place an order.

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Friday, September 11, 2009


Smooth Stones
Then he took his staff in his hand; and he chose
for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and
put them in a shepherd's bag, in a pouch which he
had, and his sling was in his hand. And he drew
near to the Philistine. 1 Samuel 17:40 (New King
James Version)

I know what you're probably thinking: "Jacob
has written a lot about stones lately. Does he have
rocks in his head?" The answer would be "No. I
don't think so, but I have found a lot of lessons to
be learned from stones."
One might have thought when David fought
Goliath that he had rocks in his head, but I beg to
differ. David was astute and observant and David
had done his homework. He KNEW that with his
faith in God, he could do anything, but he also took
precautions. Such was the case with the five
Why did he pick up the five stones when it only
took one to knock Goliath down? Wasn't he faithful
enough to believe that God would help him?
Yes, he was but David also knew to be pre-
pared. He had probably studied how the Philistines
fought and knew that when one person was killed,
another member of their family would probably
step up to exact revenge. In 2 Samuel 21: 19-22, we
learn about Goliath's brothers. They were not only
brothers they were also GIANTS just like Go-
David had earlier tried Saul's armor, but Saul's
armor was too heavy and too uncomfortable for
him, so he took what he was comfortable with. He
took his sling, his staff and those five smooth
Approaching the giant, David let one of the
rocks fly and Goliath crumpled to the ground. Run-
ning forward, David took the sword from the giant
and cut Goliath's head off. All around him, the oth-
er Philistines ran. I like to think that they were
saying, "Oh, no, he's got five more stones left. Get
outta here."
I wish that I had rocks in my hand like David,
the boy who would be king, and I wish that I had
the faith that he possessed. May God bless you all,
in Jesus' name.

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-Since 1865-
"Telling it like it is with honesty and integrity."
cThe mTabison Enterprise-Recorter
Madison Recorder established 1865
New Enterprise established 1901
Consolidated June 25, 1908
Published weekly by Greene Publishing Inc., 1695 S
SR 53, Madison, FL 32340. Periodicals postage PAID at
Madison Post Office 32340. Publication No. 177.400.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Madison
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the management, will not be for the best interest of the coun-
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Well, most of the na-
tion was in turmoil r
about Obama's "brain- OI
washing" speech to our absurd
children, as was I... and ad absurdum
this will flabbergast
most of you... but I liked enrci
his speech. It was in-
structive, yet forceful,
and full of good advice. I will, however, say that I do
not in any way believe that was the first one written.
I think it was changed some... maybe a lot... after all
the flak he took. I was, at first, not going to allow my
boys to be "forced" to listen to it, then write an essay
and a letter to pledge allegiance to Obama like it was
rumored to be done. After reading the "new" speech
on Monday I figured coming from the President they
may listen. (I have a fithteen year old that won't do
his homework!) But he has my full agreement on
what he did say and he gained two points on my
scale. I thought of an old saying, most of you will
agree... "When I was six my father was the smartest
man on earth. When I was sixteen he didn't know
squat. When I was 26 he was the smartest man on
earth, and gets smarter every day".
I remember... (I'm telling my age)... when we had
only two channels on TV.. one was fuzzy... so if the
President was on you were basically screwed. No
Hawaii 5-0 I remember sitting in class and watch-
ing a fuzzy picture of a man walking on the moon. I
have no problem with Obama telling my boys to do
their homework... I'm tired of saying it. But I am
leery of anyone preaching political views or trying
to indoctrinate them with a political agenda or so-
cialist ideas. But this he did not... for now anyway.
If any of you have seen "Ride with the Devil" it
has a particular insightful piece when the soldiers
were eating dinner at "the big house." It was never
that I knew to be in the box office but included some
big names, like Tobey Maguire, Jewel, and others. It
was produced by Ang Lee, incidently not an Ameri-
can native, which made it all more poignant when it
was said. The character played by Tobey Maguire,
who was fighting for the Confederacy, was asked,
"How are you boys doing?" He replied that Robert E.
Lee was winning in the North and General Forrest
was winning in Tennessee. He said, "I think we will
win this war". (Quotes only from memory) It was
said to him, "Son, you have already lost." He replied
again how Lee was winning and so was Forrest. He
was asked, "Did you hear what happened in Kansas
last week? They built a public school house. Now
they can teach the children what they want them to

learn. Now the cause for
which you fight is al-
ready lost". And it took
someone from another
country to put it in a
Sa movie.... so much for our
Hollywood "heros".
The new word of the
last two weeks is "trig-
ger" (from the "Obama-aid
health plan). So here's the
"trigger"... You've seen in
the last few papers and
news about the ban on
prayers in schools, the
principals fired for praying, the coaches ordered
NOT to pray, here in Madison, there is a whine
about firing the coaches because there was prayer at
Friday's game (not led by them but by the fans), a
music and dance teacher in California, Kathy Vil-
lalobos, fired because she played a baroque piece by
Johann Sebastian Bach, "Dona Nobis Pachem,"
which is sung in Latin, or, "O Si Funi Mungu,"
which is sung in Swahili, which is translated as
"Praise God". Before her being fired she had a flaw-
less record, but once playing a masterpiece by Bach,
that refered to God, she was fired. BUT... on Tues-
day.. our President, at the end of his speech, says,
"God bless you, and God bless America". I was so
glad to hear our Muslim president say that, whether
he meant it or not, the children heard it. BUT... if
all the coaches and teachers got fired because it was
public school, but our kids were "forced" to watch
his speech at public school, then was it not a school
function??? Why is Obama not getting fired ? I'm
not requesting it...just asking is he going to back the
hardworking school teachers and coaches that did
the same thing? I'm glad he said it... but what about
them, the ones that took care of our kids till the
ACLU and other Nazis said we can't pray? Will he
step up and support our Constitution that states
"Freedom of Religion"? You elected him... he swore
to protect the Constitution... will he come to the aid
of those teachers now that he has done the same
thing ??? Think about it....

sine die

William M Greene
c/o Greene Publishing
PO DR 772
Madison FL 32340


The Town of Lee has tentatively adopted a BUDGET FOR 2009/2010.
A public hearing to make a FINAL DECISION on the budget AND TAXES will be held on:

Date: September 15, 2009
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Lee City Hall
286 NE County Road 255 Lee, Florida
Town: Town of Lee

A FINAL DECISION on the proposed tax increase and the budget
will be made at this hearing.

Town of Lee Fiscal Year 2009/2010

Millage Per $1,000
General Fund 6.38







$ 0.



$ 28,386.


$ 77,304.
$ 2,135.
$ 500.
$ 16 250

$ 69,908.

$ 11,493.

$231,229. $4,239,879.


$ 0.

$ 47,000.

$ 95,808. $ 124,194.


$ 77,304.
$ 2,135.
$ 18,132.
$ 500.
$ 16250

0. $ 95,808.

$ 0.

$ 321,068.

$335,475. $4,806,583.

$ 40,716.

F&A $117,505.
RESERVES $ 69.908.

$ 95,808.

$ 0.

$ 40,716.
$ 213,313.
$ 2,500.
$ 0.

$4.228,386. $4,228,986.
$4,228,386. $ 0. $ 95,808. $4,485,515.
$11.493. $ 0. $239,667. $ 321,068.

$4,239,879. $

0. $ 335,475.



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Madison Enterprise-Recorder 3A

Learn About

Food Safety
September is National Food Safety Month, a nation-
al campaign of the Partnership for Food Safety Educa-
tion aimed at teaching consumers about safe food
handling. I find in my experience food safety is a difficult
topic to get people excited about. Often you can't see,
taste or smell the bacteria that cause what we commonly
call food poisoning. There are many different invisible
germs that cause different illnesses that most people dis-
miss as a 24 hour bug.
During National Food Safety Month, USDA and the
Partnership for Food Safety Education follow the four
steps of food preparation to prevent food-borne illness in
your home.
Clean everything! -- Cleanliness is a major factor
in preventing food-borne illness. Anything that touches
food should be clean. Wash your hands, often; before you
prepare food and after you contact raw meat, poultry,
seafood and eggs. If you answer the phone, help your
child with homework or pet the dog, wash your hands be-
fore you resume cooking. Make sure countertops, uten-
sils, and all food preparation surfaces are frequently
Keep Foods Separate-- The concern here is cross-
contamination. Harmful bacteria from raw meats poul-
try and fish can be left on cutting boards and utensils
then transferred to other foods. For example, you cut up
raw poultry and then slice vegetables for a salad without
washing the cutting board. You have contaminated the
salad with bacteria that can cause illness.
Use a food thermometer -- You can't tell food is
cooked safely by a visual check. A food thermometer al-
lows you to determine the internal temperature of a food
which will determine if the food is completely cooked.
Harmful bacteria; like Salmonella or E coli are destroyed
at certain temperatures and there are different recom-
mended temperature for different food. USDA recom-
mends steaks and roasts and fish be cooked to an
internal temperature of 1450F, pork and ground beef and
egg dishes to 1600F, chicken breast to 170OF and whole
poultry to 180OF
Use the 2 hour rule --Chill leftovers within two
hours of cooking. Leaving food on the counter until it
reaches room temperature is not a recommended prac-
tice. Most people are under the false impression that food
needs to be at room temperature before it is put into the
refrigerator, but that is not the case. The Danger Zone --
temperatures between 40 and 140 F, is unsafe because
harmful bacteria grow rapidly Food left to cool on the
countertop is in this temperature range for a long time!
A large quantity of food, like soup or a casserole
should be stored in several smaller containers and placed
in different areas of the refrigerator to promote rapid
cooling. Placing a large container of hot food or stacking
several smaller containers on top of each other in the re-
frigerator will slow the cooling process. This also keeps
food in the danger zone for an extended period of time,
increasing the growth of bacteria.
Following the four recommendations offered by the
National Food Safety Education Partnership will help
you keep your food safe to
eat and drastically reduce
your family's risk of food-
borne illness. For more in-
formation on food safety
contact the Madison Coun-
T ty Extension Service.
The University of Flori-
da Extension Madison
County is an Equal Employ-
"jE ment Opportunity Affirma-
tive Action Employer
authorized to provide re-
search, educational infor-
VISA mation and other services
only to individuals and in-
stitutions that function
without regard to race, color,
Tas sex, age, handicap or na-
tional origin.



Mr. and/ Mrs.

Even though his
health problems would
floor most of us, he al-
ways has time to listen
to all who need to dis-
cuss theirs and ask for
guidance. Before he was
sent as pastor to Lee
Methodist Church,
many others came be-
fore him: however, most
served a set time and
were sent elsewhere.
But, I'm sure not only
his parishioners, but
the Lee Community res-
idents added their voic-
es in asking that he be
allowed to stay, includ-
ing the Lee Volunteer
Fire Dept. of which he
is not only a member
but the department's
I, mysel,f have more
than once been the re-
cipient of his guidance
and help: it makes no
difference to Rich a
name everyone affec-
tionately uses that I am
of the Baptist faith. One
night, several years ago,
I dialed 911 (my heart
was racing) and Rich
was the first one at my
door. There was a time
when we were both on
the Lee Town Council.
When my health
caused me to stop going
to church, my church-
after one visit never
came to see me. The one
time the pastor and a

David Metvbin Agner, Sr., of Lee, are, pLea4d to- anwvnoutce the,
upcoingAnT narr~age, of their da& ghter, NoraBeth
RoISeMareAgner, to- B utck M itchell C arpertter,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Gwuy MitchellCarpern-
ter, Sr., of Gre~eivle.
NoraBeth is the, grddutghter
of rev. ad Mrs. JanesCarroULAgn-
er, Sr. a"d&thelateMr. andMrs.
WaUia*an M. Sobo-l, of Lee'. She/is4a,
2007 Vgaduatelof M adG ,,s/omCo-uwn-
tyHgh# Sco&o ban&d is employed
4Y Dawcws& Ktnd~er Acadeny as a,
cei'ted chiadca~re, provider.
Buck isb the, gra1tdso of Mr.
a 4rd Mrs. Burtor Melviv Carpeynter
of Leca~into-, and the, l ate Mr. and
Mrs. Roa-Ld' Grumnbligt, of Ivwerntew.
B1cg g- dated fronv, Taahahee' Conv-
1CcUtyCOU-e, &v'2008 wth anvAsscitee of
Art's DWegree. e s& ekinpLoyed by R ,chard Coe,

NNoraBetv and B uckl w ill marwwry oc Satur-
day, Septe4enbr 19, 2009, at 2:00 p.nv. at
Landmark Baptist Ch"rch, Located on1 U.S.
Hwy. 90 West, &iy Mador.
The., recepttonr wil follo& w & v the FellUowsilp
ftall Frte'rtds a&d f yanyr are, &yvted to share,
rin th4is celebratbor.

The Best Neighbor In

The Neighborhood

deacon stopped by, I was
at a council meeting so
they came back the next
Tuesday evening and I
could barely get them
inside the door. I of-
fered them a seat. They
said "No, Thanks,
we're fine," and short-
ly thereafter left with-
out even mentioning
having prayer. I've
never heard from them
But if I call Rich
for anything, he asks,
"Can we have prayer?"
That's what I feel is
not only a good neigh-
bor but one who is do-
ing what the Lord sent
him to do "doing unto
others." I'm sure he is
not doing any of it for
"show" either, but he
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everyday life?

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Given to me by God
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duct with a minor. Bays faces a maximum penalty of
sixty years in federal prison.
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a plan for Stickney to travel from Washington, D.C.
to the Orlando area in order to have sex with a child
whom Bays knew and had access to. During the
course of the plan, Bays offered Stickney two differ-
ent children for sex. Agents with the Federal Bureau
of Investigation (FBI) discovered the plan, and, on
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at the Orlando International Airport. Bays was ar-
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the campus of the North Florida Community College,
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9:00 A.M. and the business meeting will convene at
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September 9, 1949
Arnie Tate led all other E-R newsboys in
street sales of this newspaper last week. Fol-
lowing is the list of salesmen and the number
of copies each sold: Arnie Tate, 25; John
Havron, 24; Wayne Coody, 21, Terry Wells, 20;
Stompy Naughton, 13; Freddie Burnett, 18;
Gary Rowell, 18; James Kearse, 17; Nat Nor-
fleet, 15; Bobbie Rye, 13; Ben Wells, 13; Marvin
Edmiston, 12; June Bug, 11; Rhett Craig, 10; Pat
Buie, 9; Jimmy Busby, 6; Isaiah Span, 3; Calvin
Bodenstein, 2; Jeffery Jacobs, 1; Lawrence
Rowell, 1; and Lorenzo Davis, 1.
The Beers-Barnes Circus, which will show
in Greenville this Saturday, writes this paper
that they have Congo Alice, largest performing
elephant on the road this year, with them.
The Madison Lions softball team defeated
the Madison Rotary team Tuesday with about
15 runs to spare.
Miss Betty Sue McCullough left Saturday
for Cleveland, Tenn., where she is a student at
Lee College.
September 11, 1959
Carl Bevis has bought John Henry Plant's
grocery on South Duval Street and is now in
charge of same.
Coach Dick Brown of Madison High School
gave a rundown on the school's football team
at the Lions Club meeting Tuesday. He report-
ed 59 members of the squad and said they
showed the best attitudes of the teams he had
coached here, though not the greatest speed or
Mike, Maurice and Diane Register were
visiting their grandmother Saturday in
Playing at the Madison Drive-In next Sun-

Collis, Sr.
Mr. Richard Wayne
Collis, Sr., age 62, died
Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, at
his home in Lee.
Graveside funeral
services will be held
Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, at
11 a.m. at Midway
Cemetery, Lee. The fam-
ily received friends
Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009,
from 6-9 p.m. at Beggs
Funeral Home.
Mr. Collis was born
in Atlanta, Ga. on June
30, 1947 and lived in
Tampa 36 years where
he was an installer for
G.T.E./Verizon Tele-
phone Co. before he re-
tired to Lee in 2003.
before moving to Lee in
2003. He loved to read,
collect antiques, collect
stamps, watch movies
and he restored the
house he lived in.
He is survived by
his wife, Gloria Collis
of Lee; three sons,
Richard Wayne Collis,
Jr. and (Stephanie) of
Lincoln, Neb., Lloyd
Collis II of Birming-
ham, Ala., and John
Wesley Collis of Lee;
one daughter, Ashley
Jordan Collis of Lee;
one brother, Ronald
Vincle Collis, of
Cartersville, Ga.; three
sisters, Joyce Starling
of Mayo, Kathleen
Albritton of Lee and
Christine Brooks of
West Va.; four grand-
children: Pamela Col-
lis, Christopher Collis,
Maria Collis and
Alexander Collis; one
great-grandchild; and
several nieces,
nephews and great-
nieces and great-



day and Monday, No Time for Sergeants, star-
ring Andy Griffith and Nick Adams.
September 12, 1969
A surprise birthday party was held for
North Florida Junior College President and
Mrs. Marshall Hamilton. It was given by their
daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur
Hoffman, of Brooksville, on Sunday in the Stu-
dent Center of NFJC.
Winn-Dixie price check: Steak, $1.19 a
pound; fryers, 33 cents a pound; chuck roast, 59
cents a pound; and Maxwell House coffee, 59
cents a pound.
Mr. George Motz of Atlanta, Ga. visited his
aunt, Mrs. Fred Hardee, at the Happy Rest
Home last week.
A revival is in progress this week at New
Home Baptist Church, Wednesday through
Sunday. Dinner on the grounds Sunday in con-
nection with Tuten family reunion.
September 14, 1979
Roy Pinson had a leg broken in two places
when hit by a car which didn't stop. He is in a
Gainesville hospital. He lay by the side of the
road overnight.
Johnny Wright, 21, died in a fire that de-
stroyed his small home in the Conway Quar-
ters early Saturday. Damages were about
$21,000. The fire might have been started by a
burning cigarette, officials said.
South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta,
Ga. lists the following baby born on August 18,
1979: Harrison Grady Guess to Gene and Ra-
mona Guess, Madison, Fla.
Friday night, the ACA Warriors play host
to their district foe, the Greenville Pirates.
Clarence Demps, Rocky Kinsey and Greg Bru-
ton are among the stars for the Pirates.

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A review of Return to Sawyerton
Springs by Andy Andrews
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
I never get to go anywhere, but over the Labor Day
Weekend, I returned to a small town in Alabama near Fo-
ley and Dothan called Sawyerton Springs. I returned, al-
though I had never been there in my entire life.
I got to do some interesting things over the weekend.
On Friday night, I slept in a haunted house. Well, I intend-
ed to sleep in there until someone began telling the story
"Who Stole My Golden Arm?" and gave reports about how
an ax murder had occurred in the attic of the house years
I met the beautiful high school English teacher, Miss
Wheeler. I hope she doesn't find out that I was one of the
people who helped the guys climb to the top of the flagpole
and drop old car tires over it.
One of the funniest things I saw was a baseball prac-
tice. The coach pronounced his "L's" like "R's" and he kept
trying to explain that is was not the fault of a boy who had
to go play for another team. The team tried to stifle their
laughter about the coach's speech impediment and began
crying. He then began crying; telling them it was not their
fault, either.
Probably the highlight of my Labor Day Weekend, if
you believe it or not, was a funeral. It was just not any fu-
neral but the biggest funeral ever held in Sawyerton
Springs. It was held for the town's biggest Elvis Presley fan,
who was 94-year-old Michael Ted Williams. Mr. Michael
Ted had his hair dyed jet black and wore a gold tuxedo. The
singer who sang at the funeral sang, "You Aren't Anything
But a Hounddog," because (as she put it) using improper
grammar in church was not right. When she got through,
she said, "Thank you. Thank you very much.' As the cas-
ket was rolled out of the church, the preacher told every-
one that they could go home because "Michael Ted has left
the building."
I hope teachers will be able to read this report about
my Labor Day Weekend to their classes, because, as you
see, my trip to Sawyerton Springs was taken through the
magic of a book written by Andy Andrews, a motivational
speaker and author. Mark Lowry a Christian comedian,
has deservedly called Andrews 'America's best storyteller
since Mark Twain."
Return to Sawyerton Springs is available at any major
bookstore or online at Take a trip to a
small town in Alabama, that will remind you of Madison
or Lee or Pinetta or Greenville, or any other small town
where you have lived. It is definitely worth the $19.99 price.

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By Michael Curtis
Greene Publishing, Inc.
According to a recent press release, Workforce,
which is headquartered in Madison, has announced
the addition of the Town of Greenville to its Mobile
Services schedule. Beginning Sept. 28, the Mobile
Career Lab will be near 1623 SW Main Street (City
Hall) in Greenville, and will return on the fourth
Monday of each month thereafter.
The mobile units feature the same state-of-the-
art technology available in the Workforce Service
Center. Jobseekers will be able to perform critical
employment tasks, such as building a resume, as
well as conduct job searches, and submit online ap-
plications. Until recently, these mobile units served
the other five North Florida Workforce counties:
Suwannee, Taylor, Hamilton, Lafayette and Jeffer-
In addition to job search and resume assistance,
the Mobile Career Lab offers career consulting, la-
bor market information, assessments and much
more. Representatives will also be available to refer
users to educational and training opportunities. The
range of services including resources to support
retraining and obtain professional certifications is
very impressive and remains an extremely valuable
service to all jobseekers in the region.
The Mobile Career Lab is open to the public
from 9 a.m. until noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For
more information, please call (850) 973-WORK (9675),
or toll-free at (866) 212-9618.
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Garden Club Grows

Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Bryant Thigpen, September 3, 2009
The Garden Club was excited to welcome new guests and members at the September monthly meeting.
Pictured left to right are: Jean Brandies, Leslie Joiner, Elizabeth Sullivan, Carolyn Rowe, Teresa Rutherford,
Jennifer Funk, Jewell Gossett, and Eula Donaldson.

By Bryant Thigpen
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The Madison Garden Club
met at the Woman's Club on
Thursday, September 10, at 11:30
a.m. The meeting came to order
with a warm welcome by club
president Dolly Ballard.
A spiritual devotion was
presented by Chaplain Inda Tin-
ney before the pledge of alle-
giance was said. The next item
of business was the introduc-
tion of guests, as well as the wel-
come of nine new members.
Joining the Garden Club are:
Jean Brandies, Jackie Johnson,
Carolyn Rowe, Leslie Joiner,
Frances Sanders, Elizabeth Sul-
livan, Betty Williams, Teresa
Rutherford and Eula Donaldson.
The guests for the meeting were
Jewell Gossett and Jennifer
The special guest speaker
for the meeting, 15-year-old
Kelsey Varn, was up next. She
gave a presentation on, "What
does a bee do with its life?" At
the age of 15, Varn captured the

heart of the audience with a
stellar performance that has
made her a recipient of the first
place award at a speech competi-
tion. Varn was well received, as
many of the club members
made it a point to congratulate
her and offer a pat on the back
for a job well done. Please visit for
a preview video of the speech.
After the presentation by
Varn, it was time to break for
lunch. Club members and guests
joined in prayer before enjoying
a catered meal by Shelby's
Restaurant. The meal included
ham, green beans, sweet pota-
toes, biscuit or corn bread,
sweet tea and desert.
Following the delicious
meal, it was time to move for-
ward and discuss business,
which began with recognizing
birthdays. President Dolly Bal-
lard went down the list and dis-
cussed upcoming events for the
Garden Club. On Thursday, Oc-
tober 8, the Garden Club will be
joining with the Woman's Club

for the annual meeting. The Dis-
trict Three Meeting will be held
at the Church of God in Live
Oak on Friday, October 9. The
Garden Club will also be taking
advantage of the Farmer's and
Friends Festival held downtown
Madison on Saturday, October
31. The club will have a plant
sale and bazaar to help raise
funds for the club's activities.
An exciting event is sched-
uled for January 21, 2010, as the
club will celebrate its 60th an-
niversary. Planning for this
event is underway to make it an
exciting and memorable event.
The club also discussed the
plans for the Christmas at the
Mansion, the sale of calendars,
as well as heard announcements
from the floor.
The final activity for the
meeting was a drawing for door
prizes, which is also used as a
fundraiser for the club.
A successful meeting was
adjourned, and club members
await for the next Garden Club

Local Woman Donates

Hair To Locks Of Love

By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Malisa Kent, of Madison, made a gracious donation
to Locks of Love when she had a tremendous portion of
her flowing blonde
hair cut off. Locks of
Love has wigs made
out of hair that is do-
g nated to them.
Kent's hair was
estimated to be
three-feet long be-
fore it was cut.
Janice Looka-
bill, of Roebuck
Beauty and Barber
Shop, was awestruck
by Kent's long hair.
"I have never
cut anyone's hair
that is so long," she

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Malisa Kent's hair mea-
sured approximately 36 inches
before it was cut.

Kent, who is the
mother of one boy
and an expectant
mother of another
child, said that she
had contemplated
donating her hair to
Locks of Love before
her first child was
According to the
Locks of Love mis-
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donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair
prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children. The
children receive hair prostheses free of charge, or on a
sliding scale, based on financial need."
Donors should be able to donate at least 10 inches of
hair for Locks of Love.
After Kent's hair was cut (well above the 10-inch
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Grandparents' Day!
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To The Senior Citizens
of Madison County

The City of Madison,
Harold Emrich, City Manager


By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Grandparent's Day will be this Sunday, Sept.
13. This writer would like to share some personal
observations on his grandparents:
I never knew my pater-
nal grandfather. He died
nine years before I
was born. My only
association with
him is through
the bloodline
and my only
familiarity '
with him is
through pho-
tographs I
have of him
and stories
that my fa-
ther and his
and sisters
have shared.
When I see
photos of him,
I see glimpses
of my own fa-
ther and my *
brother, Danny. I
proudly bear his first
name, Eugene, as my
middle name and family
member's call me by the name he was called
My paternal grandmother, Iduma Conine Be-

Of MAy randparents
mbry, I remember very well. When I was small, she eight-ounce Coke and waiting for things to settle
had traces of brown hair, still in her head, but as I down before he returned home to my Granny
got older, it went totally white. She wore false Granny Sealey was strict, but loving. She
teeth, but before she got them, I remember her cared for her children, her grandchildren and her
teasing me that she wanted me to make her a set of great-grandchildren. I always kind of suspected,
false teeth out of wood, like George Washington however, that of me, my brothers
had. Sometimes, she would come and stay with and my sisters, that Debbie
us for a while. Most of the time, she would was her favorite. That was
stay with my Aunt Nina and her family I all right with me. After
was going to Florida State University in all, Danny was the fa-
1987 when she died over the Valen- vorite of my great-
tine's Day weekend. I told my sister, grandma Linton and
Abbie, that we would never see my Mammaw. I loved
"Mammaw" (as she was called Granny, although
because when I was little I she was very super-
couldn't pronounce "grand- stitious and she
ma") again. Abbie, (who used to scare me to
would talk more at the time death telling me
than she does now) after re- about the time she
turning from visitation at the and her parents
funeral home, told me, "I saw d a and brother, Gra-
Mammaw" I asked her if she / son, lived in the
saw "Maw Maw" (our great Drew Mansion
grandmother Linton) and she when they were chil-
told me, "No. I saw Mammaw" I dren.
learned to never tell Abbie any- I miss all of my
thing that I couldn't prove again. grandparents very bad-
My grandfather Jake Sealey was one ly I wish that I had tape-
of my heroes growing up. Unfortunately, I recorded or videotaped
think I inherited my bowlegs from him. I also conversations with them or at
inherited grumbling from him. It's odd that I least had transcribed the conver-
would inherit two of the things that I find most dis- sations to paper. There are things that
turbing about myself from a man that I loved so they told me that I wish that I could remember in
much. I remembered when he was upset, he used detail. I encourage everyone to value the time they
to go off in a huff. One day, I discovered where he have with their grandparents and great-grandpar-
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By Lea MacDonald
"Calling All Angels! Calling All Angels!"
Went out his thunderous plea.
"I am thy Lord beseeching my horde to assemble in front of me!"
In a flash the angels did dash to gather at His feet,
And hear His plan to help all man by use of Heaven's elite.
"The Devil's made a play this September day to hurt the ones I love,
He's loosed upon earth his demonic worth
now push has come to shove.
I'll not stand by and have good men die
without awareness in their heart,
So this day in my plan-full way a battle I'm going to start."
"Gabriel old friend to this end welcome every woman and man,
That'll come our way this fateful day who died by Satan's hand.
And before you go you need to know a few
you'll bring straight to me,
Firefighters all now standing tall known as The Three-Forty-Three."
With Gabriel gone and quiet the throng they wondered at His plan,
To send and quell the flames of hell by use of mortal man.
All manner of doubt filled the strongest
and stout of Heaven's holy array,
And fear fell upon the heavenly throng
at the plan the Lord set this day.
"I can sense in thy heart's hesitation
to start a battle you don't understand,
But confused as you Satan is too and that is the heart of my plan.
Fear yea not for what I've wrought I'll ask none here to face his fork,
But I'll send into hell those who fell the firefighters from New York!"

Then Lord raised his staff and began to laugh in roaring thunderous glee,
And in a booming blaze they stepped from a haze The Angelic Three-Forty-Three.
They fell into line in very short time making perfect formations of rows,
And the Lord caused to slip onto every man's hip a golden heavenly hose.
"The gravest mistake Satan did make when he struck down these men so brave,
Thinking idle I'd stand not extending my hand and their souls I would not save.
Have no fear for the men standing here the way to his place they know well,
For verily each day they've collected their pay by stepping into hell.

These men know their task now angels I ask that you hasten straight to earth,
Then comfort their friends when the tally begins
and they start to question their worth.
Console them with wings and all heavenly things
on their shoulder your head is to rest,
Send whispers of thanks from our heavenly ranks, say:
'God knows you did your best."'

eAm/em e'in6.( 9-177
By Bryant Thigpen and flight crew fought to regain control of the
Greene Publishing, Inc. plane, which was headed toward Washington,
The setting is New York City The time, a mo- D.C. All passengers aboard the four planes lost
ment that no one will ever forget. The event is one their lives, as well as many workers in the World
that forever changed the lives of Americans. It's Trade Center.
remembered as 9-11. According to CNN, the number of deaths
On Tuesday September 11, 2001, numerous from the 9-11 attacks were 2,973.
suicide attacks were planned by Al-Qaeda that This attack on America began a war where
would include taking down the Twin Towers in many American soldiers gave their life for the
New York City as well as smashing into the Pen- freedom and protection of America. Under the
tagon in Arlington, Virginia. The fourth plane leadership of President George W Bush, America
crashed in a field in Pennsylvania after it was hi- conquered its values by bringing Iraq under sub-
jacked. The crash was caused when passengers jection.

Impacted By 9-11
By Bryant Thigpen
Greene Publishing, Inc.
September 11, 2001 shaped and formed the lives of millions of Americans.
Many lives were impacted by the loss of loved ones, many were torn with dis-
belief, and others were touched of how thousands of Americans pulled togeth-
er as a nation. It was a time that every single American was impacted, and it
will never be forgotten.
All across the nation, citizens of this great country paid tribute to the fall-
en Americans of 9-11. Some created statues, burned candles, laid flowers, or
created picture memorials. But one particular country music artist Alan Jack-
son paid tribute by writing a song titled, "Where Were You?"

Where were you when the world stopped turning
that September day
Out in the yard with your wife and children
Working on some stage in LA
Did you stand there in shock at the site of
That black smoke rising against that blue sky
Did you shout out in anger
In fear for your neighbor
Or did you just sit down and cry
Did you weep for the children
Who lost their dear loved ones
And pray for the ones who don't know
Did you rejoice for the people who
walked from the rubble
And sob for the ones left below
Did you burst out in pride
For the red white and blue
The heroes who died just doing what they do
Did you look up to heaven for some kind of answer
And look at yourself to what really matters
Where were you when the world stopped turning
that September day
Teaching a class full of innocent children
Driving down some cold interstate
Did you feel guilty cause you're a survivor
In a crowded room did you feel alone
Did you call up your mother and tell her you love her
Did you dust off that bible at home
Did you open your eyes and hope it never happened
Close your eyes and not go to sleep
Did you notice the sunset the first time in ages
Speak with some stranger on the street
Did you lay down at night and think of tomorrow
Go out and buy you a gun
Did you turn off that violent old movie
you're watching
And turn on "I Love Lucy" reruns
Did you go to a church and hold hands
with some stranger
Stand in line and give your own blood
Did you just stay home and cling tight to your family
Thank God you had somebody to love
I'm just a singer of simple songs
I'm not a real political man
I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell you
The difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith hope and love are some good things he gave us
And the greatest is love
Where were you when the world stopped turning
that September day

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Weekly ACA Fish Fry Changed

To Sept. 14-Next Week

Special from
Jefferson Journal
The Aucilla Christ-
ian Academy (ACA)
weekly fish fry, hosted
every Tuesday through-
out the football season

has changed to Monday
next week, 6:30 p.m.,
September 14, outside
the football field be-
cause of the junior var-
sity football team
having a game against
North Florida Christ-

Patrons will have
their choice of fried
mullet or chicken, along
with cheese grits, hush-
puppies, salad, iced tea
and dessert. The cost is
$8 per person, with all

proceeds going to bene-
fit the ACA Football
Boosters. Warriors'
fans are urged to come
out and support the
team and all of their
gallant efforts in repre-
senting Aucilla and Jef-


ferson County
In related news, a
fully cooked Boston
butt fundraiser is being
hosted, which will ben-
efit the entire ACA foot-
ball program. Tickets
are $25 each and can be

purchased from any
Booster member or
football player. The
pick-up day for the
butts is Friday, Sept. 18,
from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.
at the Aucilla football

Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Emerald Greene
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garde, right, at the ACA fish fry.

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Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Emerald Greene
Robert Ledford, pastor of Landmark Baptist Church in Madison, is pictured
with Greg and Cindy Watts at the ACA fish fry fundraiser.

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By Bryant Thigpen
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The 2009-10 school
year is promising to be a
great year for the staff
and members of the High
Tech Club. Several events
are underway in the plan-
ning stages such as con-
ventions and more. To
kickoff the year, club
sponsors, Mary Coody
and Mike Radel, will be
taking off to Tallahassee
on September 8 for annu-
al training.
At 8 a.m. on Wednes-
day, September 9, Coody
and Radel will join lead-
ers from 35 other High
Tech programs across
the state for the confer-
ence at the Doubletree
Hotel in Tallahassee.
Coody will be facilitating
a breakout session on
Wednesday morning re-
garding High Tech pro-
grams and school based
services. The session will
end on Thursday, Sep-
tember 10, at 3 p.m.
The school year has
officially begun, and the
High Tech Club has great
things in store for this

Photo Submitted
The MCHS High Tech Club is excited about the
2009-10 upcoming events. Pictured are Mary Coody
(left), and student Aaron Gibson, who worked dili-
gently to prepare for a canned food drive as a part of
last year's community service project.

During the 2008-2009 school term,
Ke'Shauni Johnson, a third grader in
Ms. Katrina Aikens' class at Madison
County Central School, earned nearly
300 points in the Accelerated Reader
(A.R.) program. At the end of the year,
Johnson had the highest number of
points of all students in kindergarten
through fifth grade.
Johnson is the daughter of Tara
Oliver and they both realize the im-
portance of reading. In school, John-
son would read book after book after
she completed her class work, during
her lunch hour, and after school dur-
ing special A.R. reading days. In addi-
tion to those times, she would visit the
Public Library to check out additional
Each year, Ms. Aikens encourages
her students to read as many books as
possible in an effort to increase both
the love for reading and comprehen-
sion skills. Her third grade class read
nearly 5,000 books at school and at
home by keeping reading logs to track
their progress.
"Reading is fundamental and it is
very important that all students work
hard and learn to love reading as
much as Ke'Shauni does," stated Ms.

Ke'Shauni Johnson
Aikens. "I was very proud of all of my
students for their efforts."
Second place readers to Johnson
were her classmates Ortavious Hodge
and Jaylon Reaves, earning over 200
points each. Other classmates ranged
from 50 to 150 A.R. points.
As the new school year begins,
Johnson also encourages other stu-
dents at Madison County Central
School to "Just Read, Broncos!"

Ke'Shauni Johnson

Recognized For Reading


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Friday, September 11, 2009

"Catch the Spirit" D 1

By Lilla Howerton
Here is a verse to practice us-
ing during these challenging times
and always: "Whatever is true, what-
ever is honorable, whatever is just,
whatever is pure... If there is anything
worthy of praise, think about these
things." Philippians 4:8
August was a busy month at the
Gathering Grounds. There were two
free movie nights and more movie
nights are planned for the near future.
On August 23, Preston Brown, Aaron
Pitts and Devin Reams preformed
their first concert to about 35 people
there. Don't forget to meet your
friends at the Gathering Grounds
Monday through Friday 9 4:30 and
also for special events.
The HomeBuilders Bible Study
will meet at the Gathering Grounds
Sept. 13 from 5:30 7:30. They will meet
there every other Sunday and you are
invited to attend. Homebuilders is a
small Bible Study group helping to
make your family all that God intend-
ed it to be. Whether you've been mar-
ried for years or are newly wed, this
series will help you and your spouse
discover timeless principles from
God's Word that you can apply to your
marriage. Learn to Master Money is
the topic they will begin and books are
$8. Contact Jerry or Kim Borgert at
929-9925 for more information.
First United Methodist Church
will host a Bible Bee on Saturday, Sept.
12, for our 32 registered young people
from our county We need judges and
volunteers! If you can help, please call
Ruth Ann Latner at 973-4650.
This Sunday, Sept. 13, is Promo-
tion Sunday and the children who at-
tended Vacation Bible School are
invited to join our Alpha Singers sing
one of the songs during the Promotion
Program. The children are also invit-
ed to sing the song during the 11:00
Worship Service. Come to church this
Sunday and hear our children sing.
You'll be blessed.
The United Methodist Women in-
vite you to join them on Monday, Sept.

14 at noon in the fellowship hall.
Lunch will be served and an interest-
ing program will follow.
Did you know that A Women's
Pregnancy Center helps many girls in
our area each year? Now we have the
opportunity to help them by attending
their Benefit Banquet on Tuesday,
Sept. 15, at 6:00 p.m. at Divine Events.
For more information, please call Deb-
bie Hunter at 673-7551.
Our church is growing so fast that
it's time to update our church directo-
ry. Pictures will be taken between
Sept. 15 and Sept. 19. Dianne Sullivan
is coordinating this important event,
so if you're not scheduled for your pic-
ture, give Dianne a call. Susanne Grif-
fin is our layout coordinator for
activity pictures. So please contribute
your pictures to this worthwhile
Now that a new school year has be-
gun, this is a perfect time to join us at
First United Methodist Church for
Sunday School at 9:45. There's a class
just perfect for you and we have two
worship services for your conve-
nience. Our 8:30 service offers commu-
nion every Sunday and our 11:00
service has an assortment of beautiful
music to prepare our hearts to receive
the powerful message of our paster,
Rev. Bob Laidlaw.
We're excited about the Combined
United Methodist Worship Service on
Sunday, Oct. 4 at the Van H. Priest Au-
ditorium at 11am. All seven United
Methodist Churches in Madison Coun-
ty will unite to worship together. We
invite you to help us fill up the audito-
rium as we worship our Lord and Sav-
ior and hear our District
Supertindent, Tony Fernandez, give
the message. The Bethune Cookman
College Inspiration Gospel Choir
singers will perform for this special
worship service.
As you can tell, there's enthusi-
asm for serving and glorifying our
Lord Jesus and we want YOU to join
our family of faith and "catch the

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Harmony Baptist Church will hold homecom-
ing on Sunday, Sept. 13, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
There will be singing from 10:30-11:20 a.m.
with Jacqueline Ratliff and Jessica Pickles. For-
mer Pastor Larry Gandy of Moultrie, Ga. will be
the guest speaker.
Dinner and fellowship will follow the morn-
ing services.

Madison a :
First Baptist
By Kristin Finney
"Come now is the time to worship, come now is the time to give your heart.
Come just as you are to worship."
Sunday morning service began with Jim Carey singing a beautiful piece,
the lyrics had a beautiful message reading "Whatever it takes, that's what I'll be
willing to do." This was followed by Steve Bass saying the offertory prayer. The
worship choir followed his prayer by singing "Goodbye World, Goodbye." Pastor
Ferrell's message came from Acts 2 and John 14, 16. He spoke of the work of the
Holy Spirit in a believers life He stated that we are a temple of the Holy Spirit
and we should be a beacon of His light.
The following events will be happening for Madison First Baptist in the
coming months: September 9 began the AWANA program for the year, AWANA
will continue every Wednesday at 6 p.m. There will be an Associational Sunday
School Training Saturday September 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Also September
19th at 7:00p.m. There will be a time of prayer for our Fall revival which will be-
gin August 20th.
We would like to invite you to join us for our services! Our worship sched-
ule is as follows: Sunday school 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship 11:00
a.m.-12:00 noon. Sunday Evening Worship 6-7 p.m. followed by youth dinner and
fellowship until 8:00p.m. Wednesday evening services begin at 6:00p.m.for both
the adults and youth and lasts until 8 p.m.
We would like to pray this week for our community as well as its leaders.
This new school year has brought on many new beginnings and we pray that the
leaders of our community make wise and Christ-like choices. We also would
like to pray for everyone who is sick or is not feeling well, we pray that God
keeps his hand over our community and keeps everyone safe.

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944 W. Brevard St.
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Gov. Charlie Crist
has appointed two board
members to serve on the
Suwannee River Water
Management District's
Governing Board.
James "Jay"
Fraleigh, of Madison,
and Carl Meece, of
O'Brien, were appointed
to serve a term that will
end March 1, 2013. The
appointments require
confirmation by the

Florida Senate.
Both Fraleigh and
Meece will serve as at
large members. The two
replaced John Paul
"J.P." Maultsby, of Madi-
son, and Louis C. Shiver,
of Mayo.
Fraleigh has owned
and operated a whole-
sale nursery in Madison
for 10 years. He attended
Lake City Community
College where he re-

Board Members To SRWMD

ceived training in land-
scape design and opera-
tion. Fraleigh sat on the
board of directors for
Madison County Farm
Bureau from 2006-08 and
currently serves on the
Horticulture Advisory
Committee for Florida
Farm Bureau Federa-
tion. He is also a mem-
ber of the Florida
Nursery Growers and
Landscape Association.

Meece retired as the
vice president of ad-
vanced programs at
Pratt & Whitney, a com-
pany that designs and
builds aircraft engines,
gas turbines and space
propulsion systems. He
also served as the vice
president of engineer-
ing at Swagelok, a com-
pany that manufactures
fluid system products.
Meece attended the Uni-

versity of Florida where
he earned a degree in
aerospace engineering.
Meece is a past member
of the Society of Auto-
motive Engineers and
the American Institute
of Aeronautics and As-
Gubernatorial ap-
pointments to the Dis-
trict's Governing Board
serve four-year terms
without compensation.

fishermen are helping
the government reel in
information on the
health of the ocean and
ug ac yg wits ecosystems. This role
is likely to become even
more important as ef-
ill fortss increase to restore
and protect our oceans.
A new initiative,
called the Marine Recre-
OVER ational Information Pro-
,1.99 oUIDfS gram, or MRIP, is
Vt ag improving the way the
.,1 A ilo government estimates
how many people are
fishing, how often, and
what's being caught.
"Catch and effort" fig-
ures, as these estimates
are known, are based on
information collected by
anglers and voluntarily
provided to the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric
,FT FOR aY Administration, or
C eASI a NOAA. Getting this in-
formation as accurate as
possible is essential, as
they are the building
blocks of ocean policy.
Anyone who has ever
tried to estimate how
many grains of sand
make up a beach can ap-

According to GORP, a renowned national outdoors and gaming
guide that can be viewed online at, Madison
County has a variety of excellent fishing sources. Several are noted
to be good spots through September, so grab a pole and catch a mess
while the getting is good.

Cherry Lake
Cherry Lake (479 acres) is located 10 miles north of Madison;
turn right on SR 253 for approximately 1-1/2 miles. Cherry Lake has
excellent bass fishing for the smaller fish; however, a few 10 pounders
are caught each year. The water is clear; therefore light line is a
must. The best baits are blue, green, black and purple plastic worms.
The peak season is February and March.
Bluegill and redear fishing is fair with most fish being taken
with live bait fished on or near the bottom. The best fishing period is
May, June and July. Sunshine bass are a local favorite and are caught
on live shiners, trolled spinners and deep diving lures. The peak sea-
son for sunshine is November through February.

Access is located at Blue Springs off SR 6. The river offers limit-
S ed success for largemouth bass. The best baits to use are small black
or purple worms fished near shoreline cover. The peak season is Feb-
ruary through May. Redbreast sunfish are caught near fallen trees
and stumps from March through September. The best baits are small
spinners and live crickets.

Suwannee River
There are numerous access points. The Suwannee River offers
excellent largemouth bass fishing throughout the year for small
yearling-sized bass. Most fish are two pounds or less. The best baits
are small float-diving type lures and purple or black plastic worms.
Each of these should be fished near the shoreline and around fallen
trees or stumps. Redbreast sunfish are by far the most abundant
game fish in the river and are easily caught on small spinners fished
near fallen trees and stumps. Another good method is to use a long
limber cane pole and live crickets. The bait is fished along the shore-
line as the boat drifts downstream, thus the local term of "throw fish-
ing." The peak season is from May through September.

preciate the challenge.
Actually, using a combi-
nation of math and sta-
tistical sampling,
scientists have come up
with a way to approach
the problem.
Very similar tech-
niques are used to an-
swer an equally complex
yet far more consequen-
tial question: How many
fish are there in any giv-
en area of ocean? Fisher-
men are the key to
finding the answer. They
know better than anyone
what they're catching
and how frequently
they're out on the water.
The question itself is
so important because


knowing to the best of
our ability the size and
health of fish stocks is
the linchpin in devising
policies that safeguard
our oceans' many boun-
ties-food, livelihoods,
recreation, environmen-
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Friday, September 11, 2009

Parasites On The Sidelines:

The Credit Default Swap

Imagine someone
walking up to a betting
window in Las Vegas
and placing a bet on the
likelihood of his or her
neighbors defaulting on
their mortgage loans.
The terms of the bet are
simple. The one placing
the bet pays a stated
amount each month and
the payoff is equal to
the face amount of the
For example, sup-
pose the bet is being
placed around a $100,000
mortgage. The one bet-
ting might pay $200 (or
more or less, whatever
the agreed terms) per
month and would re-
ceive $100,000 if the
mortgage holder de-
faults. It's that simple.
But here's where simple
changes to lethal.
Although this bet is
tied to a specific mort-
gage, which is refer-
enced on the documents
for the bet, it is a com-
pletely separate trans-
action. It is a side bet. Of
course, the entity hold-
ing the mortgage, say a
bank, might offer the
bet as "insurance" to
another party who is
buying the mortgage as
an investment (mort-
gage originators often
sell mortgages in what's
called the "secondary
In other words, the
investor buying the
mortgage might take
the bet to cover their ex-
posure in case the mort-
gage holder defaults. If
the mortgage holder

doesn't default, the in-
vestment is less prof-
itable, but the big loss is
covered. The bet actual-
ly creates extra incen-
tive for the investor to
buy the mortgage, and
the overall return is
still relatively good, es-
pecially for many for-
eign investors. Keep in
mind that many of
these mortgages pay
high interest rates. Still
sounds somewhat rea-
sonable, right? Well
grab your socks folks,
cause now the bomb is
about to drop.
The entity issuing
this Credit Default
Swap, as this bet is
called, isn't required to
set aside a penny in case
the mortgage holder de-
faults on the
loan...nothing. The par-
ties making the bet
aren't even required to
have an interest in the
mortgage. There are no
regulations on the CDS
whatsoever. It is practi-
cally like a child mak-
ing a million dollar bet
with a friend on a foot-
ball game. These uncov-
ered bets were simply
attached to bundles of
mortgages being sold as
investments around the
world. The same bank
would be buying and
selling different CDS's
on the same day There
wasn't even a computer-
ized market for them
like the stock exchange.
Communication was
mostly by email.


to a

that's $50 trillion mar-
ket in just a few years,
and the commissions
were off the charts, as
banks and fund man-
agers made record prof-
its. Making matters
worse, the mortgage in-
dustry had been notori-
ously cutting corners,
making the likelihood of
default that much high-
At the end of the
day, more than any sin-
gle feature causing the
meltdown of the finan-
cial services industry
related to mortgages
and the housing indus-
try, including giants like
Bear Sterns, Merrill
Lynch and A.I.G., was
the Credit Default Swap.
Warren Buffet called it
a "Financial Weapon of
Mass Destruction."
Hedge fund managers
made billions from it,
literally sucking for-
tunes out as the system
fell to ruins.
One such manager
pocketed $3.5 billion
personally in 2008 alone,
as his fund returned
over 600 percent all
this while the rest of
hard working America
was watching their re-
tirement and savings
and jobs disintegrate.
Keep in mind that prior
to the CDS, the only ex-
posure would be the
homeowner being fore-
closed upon and banks
repossessing the home.
Now, in addition to that
tragedy is the travesty
of trillions owed to pay

off these side bets. The
financial institutions
could likely have ab-
sorbed the defaulted
loans, but they could
not payoff the bets,
many of which were
again, sold overseas.
Many strongly op-
pose government regu-
lation and their
involvement in private
enterprise and competi-
tive markets, so when
the Financial Services
Modernization Act of
1999 was passed, along
with the Commodity Fu-
tures Modernization
Act of 2000 that created
the CDS, Wall Street and
Main Street celebrated.
Now America could en-
joy the benefits of in-
vestments no longer
under the strict supervi-
sion and regulation of
government. All agree -
even the conservative
Alan Greenspan who
was at the height of his
power when the legisla-
tion was enacted that
it didn't work.
The legislation was
so out of bounds that it
would have been illegal
in most states to trans-
act under gaming and
gambling laws, until
Congress gave Wall
Street the exemption in
the legislation noted
above. In other words,
special laws had to be
passed so that state laws
wouldn't prohibit the
CDS as gambling. The
CDS was simply pre-
sented as another "fi-
nancial derivative". As
noted though, the par-

ties buying and selling
the CDS need not have
any relationship to the
original mortgage, and
proving their ability to
pay off in case of de-
fault was not required.
Still, some attempt-
ed to pose the CDS as an
insurance policy, such
as automobile insur-
ance. The huge and glar-
ing difference, however,
is that the automobile
insurance industry is
well- regulated and re-
quires insurers to place
specified amounts in re-
serve to cover potential
losses. And both parties
have a direct interest in
the exchange. It's not
like two people betting
whether or not a neigh-
bor would have a wreck,
especially if one neigh-
bor were allowed to bet
more than he could pay
So when the trillions
came due, there wasn't
remotely sufficient cap-
ital to cover it. The re-
sulting meltdown is the
rest of the story and the
American taxpayer was
left holding the bill
while the CDS winners

made trillions and the
brokers working the
betting window make
commissions that would
choke a horse.
So, dispel the ru-
mors that the mortgage
meltdown was due to re-
laxed lending standards
stemming from the Com-
munity Reinvestment
Act of 1977 (empirical
evidence has shown
these loans actually de-
faulted at a much lower
percentage than inde-
pendent loan sources
did), or that it was sim-
ply the result of a gener-
ally dead real estate
market. The reality is
that the catalyst to the
breakdown that led to
the biggest bailout in
American history was
due to parasites on the
sidelines. Well, maybe
the ones misrepresent-
ing the creditworthiness
of the mortgages should
be thrown in the adja-
cent cell as well. Worse
yet, it's still happening.
Michael Curtis can
be reached at

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