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THE SPIRIT OF MADISON COUNTY
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By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
After residents voiced
concern over youth traveling
on roads on all-terrain vehi-
cles (ATVs), the Madison
County Commission opted
to go with the state's law for
ATV enforcement in lieu of
Florida law says that no
one can operate an ATV, un-
less it is on a county road,
where the posted speed limit
is 35 miles per hour or less.
An adult, either riding on the
ATV with them or on anoth-
er ATV at the same time and
at the same place, must ac-
Public Works Supervisor
Jerry McClune said that it is
disturbing for motorists to
Please See Four-Wheeler,
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The Lee Town Council
heard a presentation from the
Florida Rural Water Associa-
tion on Tuesday evening, De-
The council is considering
a rate-hike for the town's water
usage. There has been no in-
crease in water rates in eight
The council also recog-
nized Pete and Donna Mueller
for donating antiques to the
Town of Lee to be placed in
the McMullen House, which
stands in the field behind city
The Muellers also donated
money to the Town of Lee to
help with the Christmas-light
decorating contest. Judges will
be out picking their favorites
on the evening of December
Please See Lee, Page 2A
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
A man, who was arrested
December 5, on
was released on
having to live Jason
with his parents West
Other pre-trial conditions
ordered for Jason Robert West,
20, were having no computer
access except for his college
classes and having no unsuper-
vised contact with anyone un-
der age 18.
According to the Florida
Department of Law Enforce-
ment (FDLE), West was arrest-
ed Tuesday, December 5, at his
Hayden Road apartment.
In November, an investi-
gator contacted FDLE with the
Florida Attorney General's
Child Protection Cyber Crime
Please See Child Pornogra-
phy, Page 2A
Nestle Settles Lawsuit With Madison County
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Nestle Waters, N.A. has
agreed to settle a lawsuit
against Property Appraiser
Leigh Barfield, the Madison
County School Board and
Madison County out-of-court.
Nestle, which had been ar-
guing over how it had been as-
sessed, agreed to be assessed
at $30,000,000 in taxes for
2004 and 2005; $31,000,000
in taxes for 2006; and
$44,000,000 in taxes for 2007.
Nestle agreed to pay the
millage on the assessed taxes,
plus eight percent interest for
each year on the taxes owed.
In return for Nestle's set-
tlemrent the County Commis-
sion and the School Board
agreed not to impose an extra
18-percent penalty for the tax-
Clay Schnitker, who sat in
for County Attorney Tom
Reeves and Barfield's attorney
Tom Findlay said that 18 per-
cent was never an issue. The
most the county would have
imposed would have been 12-
percent. The eight percent was
School Board Member
Clyde Alexander made a mo-
tion to accept the agreement.
His motion was seconded by
Bart Alford and passed 3-1,
with VeEtta Hagan-Smith cast-
ing the dissenting vote.
School Board Member
Susie Williamson was not pre-
sent, because she was under-
going hand surgery.
Ricky Henderson's motion
was seconded by Alfred Mar-
Please See Nestle, Page 3A
Chain Gang Saves County $1 Million
By Janet Schrader
Greene Publishing, Inc.
When you see Madison
Correctional Institution pris-,
oners .on the side of the roads
dressed in blue, working on
cleanup, mowing and general
roadside maintenance, you're
only seeing the tip of the ice-
berg. These guys save Madi-
son County taxpayers over $1
million a year with all that
they do for this county and
neighboring counties as well.
According to figures from
MCI Warden Greg Riska, the
over 100 workers that leave
the institution on a daily basis
for work, save the county
$3,690 a day. That's based on
minimum wage. Added up for
the month, that's $73,800. For
the year, we're talking
$885,600. Throw in the super-
visory personnel's wages,
equipment the correctional in-
stitute provides, transporta-
tion, fuel, etc. you're looking
at well over one million dol-
lars of work the county gets
And these prisoners are
not just mowing the side of the
road. A crew of inmates is cur-
rently remodeling the Madi-
son Police Department.
"We're doing everything,"
Riska said. "From construc-
tion, tile setting, sheet rock,
everything. We have some
very talented inmates."
Inmate labor recently fin-
ished a project for the Madi-
son County Health Depart-
ment. They built a nature trail,
installed the exercise equip-
ment around Lake Francis,
maintain Lake Francis and
much, much more.
The crew is overseen by
Riska, but the two men who
supervise it on a daily basis
are Lt. James Bryan, the Out-
side Squad Lieutenant and
Sgt. Kassalando Brooks.
Bryan has been, with the De-
partment of Corrections for 18
years but on this job for three.
Please See Chain Gang, Page
Semi Totaled By Fire
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Cardboard boxes, which caught fire and set a semi truck's cab on fire, are pictured
on the ground outside the truck, as a firefighter surveys the scene. (Greene Publish-
ing, Inc. Photo by Jacob Bembry, December 6, 2006)
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
A United Van Lines semi
became fully engulfed by a
fire on Wednesday, December
According to Madison
Fire and Rescue Firefighter
Bruce Jordan, Shannon
McMahon, of Bedford, Texas,
was traveling west when the
cab of the truck caught on fire
at the 259-mile marker.
McMahon had reportedly
stacked cardboard boxes next
to the smokestack on the
truck. The boxes caught on
fire and the fire got into the
cab of the truck.
The 1997 Freightliner's
cab was totaled in the fire.
The Lee Volunteer Fire
Department assisted at the
scene, as did Madison County
EMS, the Madison County
Sheriff's Office, the Florida
Department of Transportation,
the Florida Highway Patrol
and the Department of Agri-
Pin Number Reversal Email An Urban Legend
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
A phony claim (urban leg-
end) has been making the
rounds via email, saying that
you can enter your pin number
in reverse, should you be held
up at an ATM machine.
The text of the message
"PIN NUMBER REVER-
SAL (GOOD TO KNOW)
"If you should ever be
forced by a robber to with-
draw money from an ATM
machine, you can notify the
police by entering your Pin #
in reverse. For example if your
pin number is 1234 then you
would put in 4321. The ATM
recognizes that your pin num-
ber is backwards from the
ATM card you placed in the
machine. The machine will
still give you the money you
requested, but unknown to the
robber the, police will be im-
mediately dispatched to help
"This information was re-
cently broadcasted on TV and
it states that it is seldom used
because people don't know it
"Please pass this along to
Mary Ann Sanders, man-
ager of the Bank of America,
said that she doubted the ve-
racity of the claim.
"If it's so, it's new to us,"
Howard Phillips, of Madi-
son County Community Bank,
said that there is no truth to the
emails. He said that if a person
is approached at an ATM, they
should not do anything to
alarm the would-be robber in
"Give them the money,"
he said, "and wait until you
know you are safe. Then, you
can call the authorities."
Joni Hughey, of Wachovia
Bank, also added that the Pin
Number Reversal does not
"If you enter your PIN
number wrong three times,"
she said, "then a block will be
put on your card."
Evelyn Pridgeon, manag-
er of Capital City Bank, said
that she would hate it if the
general public accepted the
email as fact.
According to the website
Please See ATM, Page 4A
Prison Warden Greg Riska, Lt. James Bryan and Sgt.
Kassalandro Brooks, pictured left to right, are in charge
of the Madison Correctional Institution work crews.
(Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Janet Schrader, De-
cember 1, 2006)
Elijah Terrell, left, introduced Greg Marshall, right, to
the county commission at their regular meeting held
Wednesday. Marshall, Lafayette County's full-time
forester, has replaced the late Stephen Whitney until a
full-time forester can be found for Madison County.
(Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Jacob Bembry, De-
cember 6, 2006)
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Elijah Terrell, Madison
County Forest Supervisor, was
present at the Wednesday, De-
cember 6, meeting of the
Madison County Commission
to address them about the Di-
vision of Forestry's annual re-
Terrell has served in the
supervisory capacity since Au-
gust when the former supervi-
sor Roger Gill, who is also in
the military, was deployed to
Kuwait. Gill is scheduled to
serve there until December
2007. When he returns, he will
be transferred to the Live Oak
-as c, -
^ C,, -
area in the Division of
Terrell introduced Greg
Marshall, who is serving as the
county forester until a replace-
ment can be found for Stephen
Whitney, who recently died.
Marshall serves full-time as
the forester for Lafayette
Terrell said that in the last
year, the Division of Forestry
had helped fight 32 fires,
which had burnt just 74 acres.
"I credit that to the quick
response of the Division of
Forestry, as well as the Madi-
son fire department and the
Please See Report, Page 2A
3 Sections, 36 Pages
Around Madison Co........5-7A
Crime ... ........................ 4A
Editorial......... ............ 2-3A
Health ..................Section B
Legals.. ..................... 15A
School.. ..................... 8-9A
2A Madison County Carrier
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Letters to the Editor are typed word for word,
comma for comma, as sent to this newspaper.
A Special Thanks For All
Who Decorated The Mansion
My husband and I visited the MANSION Sunday afternoon
to see the Christmas decorations, this year called "Christmas
Around the World". ,The decorations were absolutely beauti-
ful!! As we went form one room to the next, each room was
more outstanding than the last!!!
The downstairs main hall and the second floor hallway
were also exceptionally decorated in the "Around the World"
theme. I am writing to thank everyone who made this display,
(in one of Madison's "treasurers") a special Christmas event for
my husband and for me. We appreciate your talent and hard
Margaret and Bill Throgmorton
cont from Page 1 A
An interlocal agreement was approved between the Town of
Lee, the Town of Greenville, the City of Madison and Madison
County for the infrastructure along the I-10 corridor.
The council approved an interlocal agreement with the City
of Madison. The Town of Lee' will be doing the billing for the
city's wastewater charges at Interstate 10 and County Road 255.
Lee will be billing Madison's rates for the service.
The council is looking at delinquent water accounts,and pur-
suing collecting money from people who left town, skipping out
on their water bills.
cont from Page 1A
volunteer units in Madison County," he said.
Terrell said that Madison County's volunteers are some of
the finest in the state. .. ... .
.. Terrell also noted that theDOFhad leased skid tankers to
every fire department in the county, except for the Sirmans Vol-
unteer Fire Department.
cont from Page 1A
Unit who was working to identify persons trafficking child
pornography over the Internet. Further investigation developed
evidence that pointed to West as one who was receiving and dis-
tributing child pornography. On Tuesday agents with FDLE's
Tallahassee Regional Operations Center, FDLE's Florida Com-
puter Crimes Center (FC3) and the Tallahassec Police Depart-
ment served a search warrant on West's apartment. A search of
West's computer produced additional evidence.,
The FDLE said that they believe that West had no contact
with children away from his computer.
FDLE spokesperson Phil Kiracofe said: "We don't have any
indication to believe that it was more than possession and distri-
The nearly five-minute long video that had been shared over
the Internet was pornographic in nature and showed three un-
derage boys in a hotel room.
West was arrested and taken to the Leon County Jail
charged with one count each of possession of child pornography
and distribution of child pornography,, both third-degree
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Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Madison County amrer ,A
VIEWPOINTS & OPINIONS
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
The Lee Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual
Christmas program for children on Saturday, December 16, be-
ginning at 6 p.mn. Santa will ride into town at 7 p.m. to give out
presents to meet all of the little boys and girls in the Lee area at
the Lee City Hall.
Midway Church of God will host its annual Christmas play,
A Cowboy Christmas, on Sunday evening, December 17, be-
ginning at 6 p.m.
Margie Phillips and Lenora Pate will be in charge of this
year's Christmas play, as children from the church always de-
light audiences with their energetic productions.
Everyone is invited!
Amanda Doyle, who turned 11 on Friday, December 8, was
feted with a birthday party at her home.
Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Tommy Pate,
who will celebrate his big day on Wednesday, December 13.
James Cressley" will celebrate his birthday on Thursday, De-
cember 14. Sharon Cressley will celebrate her birthday on Fri-
day, December 15. Howard Mosier and Leroy Rutherford will
celebrate their birthdays on Tuesday, December 19.
Belated birthday wishes are extended to Danny Thompson,
who celebrated his birthday on Sunday, December 3, and to
Mrs. Dot Thompson, who celebrated her birthday last Wednes-
day, December 6.
That's all the news for this week! Have a great week and a
beautiful forever! May God bless each and every one of you!
Ashley Vanscooter -v- David Ray Crosby Domestic In-
Caretha Williams -v- Eddie Will Tooley Repeat Domestic
Shonerica Wilson and DOR -v- Michael Cooks Other Do-
Lisa Umphenour and DOR -v- Douglas Vickers Support
In Re: Name Change Maykel Iglesias
Nicole Wilson -v- Eddie Wilson Domestic Injunction
Citimortgage -v- Laquetta Anderson Mortgage Foreclo-
U.S. Bank -v- Laurel Mailten Mortgage Foreclosure
Wells Fargo Bank -v- James Edward Deas Mortgage Fore-
Eddie Lee Wilson -v- Nichole Wilson Domestic Injunc-
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cont from Page 1A
come up on a child operating an ATV on a road.
It was also brought out that ATVs could damage roads.
Marianne Green, a local citizen, said that it was heart-
breaking as .an "older driver" to come up on a child on an
"You just hope you have the luck and the reflexes to
stop in time," she said. "Maybe the children could find a
person' with a farm big enough for them to ride their four-
Commissioner Ronnie Moore said that he road a four-
wheeler himself and that there are times, when he is work-
ing on his family's farm, that it is necessary to get on the
unpaved road to go from one place to another.
The commission voted unanimously to go along with
the state law.
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The case was dismissed without prejudiced after all the bod-
ies concerned consented to the terms of the agreement.
"I am pleased that Nestl6 Waters has reached a fair and rea-
sonable agreement with the Madison County Property Appraiser
on the taxable value of our bottling facility," Rob Fisher, Direc-
tor of Supply Chain Operations for the local Nestle plant said.
Nestl6 Waters strives to be a responsible neighbor in the commu-
nity and we expect to pay our fair share of taxes. We are satis-
fied that the agreement is fair to Madison County, to other tax-
payers and to our company."
Clerk of the Court Tim Sanders said, "I'm glad we can get
this all behind us. Nestle is a good neighbor and it makes us
proud, knowing that there is a company that is bottling water and
distributing it nationally."
Nestle's bottling facility, located in Lee, distributes the Deer
Park label, as well as flavored beverages. Over 200 people are
employed at the location.
Name: Alison Hayes
Family: Husband, Eugene and one son
Title: Deputy Traffic Clerk
Main responsibility: Ticket data entry
Spare time: Singing
Name: Renata Keeling
Family: Husband, Jason and soon to be
Title: Deputy Traffic Clerk
Main responsibility: Ticket data entry
Spare time: Photography, shopping and
spending time with family
Name: LaGretta Woods
SFamily: Husband, Johnnie and two chil-
dren Xeryus and Johnnae
Title: Deputy Criminal Traffic Clerk
S Main responsibility: Traffic court, enter-
ing tickets, processing payments and as-
S'.. sisting customers
Spare time: Spending time with family
Name: Judy McGhee
Family: Three grown daughters, eleven-
year-old niece, two grandchildren
Title: Deputy Felony Clerk
Main responsibility: All paperwork for
felonies, performing jury witness manage-
ment, attending felony court and jury trials
Spare time: Spending time with family and shopping
Name: April Herring
Family: Husband, Sean, two boys, Drew
and Zane and one of the wa.
Title: Deputy County Civil Clerk
Nlain responsibility: County civil small
claims and issuing marriage licenses
Spare time: Spending time \\ith familN
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Say what you will about George Bush, but when it comes to
the subject of Iraq, the man has been amazingly consistent about
the involvement of our troops. For more than four years, he has
stated, "our troops will not return home until victory is achieved,
until the mission is complete." That leads to an interesting and
thought provoking question: what is victory, along with the fol-
low-on question, now that victory is defined, is it achievable?
A review of our nation's history reveals that "victory" in
war has meant different things to different generations of Amer-
icans.. At the time of the Revolutionary War, victory meant that
the British would leave us alone. It took seven years of conflict
to achieve that state and then another round thirty years later
during the War of 1812. Over time and blood, American inde-
pendence was assured.
Our 19th Century wars against the Indians and Mexicans
were about westward expansion of the American nation. At the
end of the century, our brief foray into colonialism brought
about'the Spanish-American War.. In each case, more lands were
the objective and victory was achieved when those lands were
Objectives were different and changed during our great Civ-
il War of 1861-65. To the people of the South, victory meant a
separate nation and could be achieved through negotiation. To
the North,. victory was about preserving the Union. After the
blood-letting of 1862, negotiation was all but impossible; in-
stead, one side or the other had to be defeated. That was
achieved by unconditional surrender after four years of Ameri-
ca's most costly war.
When America entered World War I in April 1917, the war
had consumed Europe for three years. The addition, of two mil-
lion American soldiers tipped the balance in favor of the Allies,
however an armistice was declared with Germany still occupy-
ing Allied soil. The resulting negotiated settlement at Versailles
was a disaster and was in part responsible for the follow-on war
one generation later.
As was the case in the First World War, World War II start-
ed without the United States. After two years of bloody conflict,
we joined the fray after the Japanese attack initiated the Pacific
phase of the war. At Casablanca in January 1943, President
Roosevelt surprised his British counterpart Winston Churchill
be proclaiming that the Allies.objective was unconditional sur-
render. Churchill understood the implications of such a dracon-
ian measure. Still. FDR's object e stood and both the Germans
and Japanese were defeated' nconditiontaly. In turn, the peace
which followed was maigatt1mous -foiobATh defeated nations.
We had learned our lesson from the failure of.Versailles.
In Korea, we sought a negotiated settlement to return to the
status quo, a divided Korea along the 38th Parallel. In Vietnam,
the issue was a good deal more complicated. First, we sought to
defeat an insurgency from within South Vietnam and then an in-
vasion, by the Communist North. We accomplished the former
and succeeded in the latter three times before withdrawing
American support. All the time, we were hoping that the gov-
ernmept of South Vietnam would gain sufficient strength and
confidence to repulse the North. It didn't happen and the fourth
Northern invasion in the Spring of 1975 succeeded.
In the first Gulf War of 1991, the objective was simple -
kick the Iraqi Army out of Kuwait. In the second begun in
March 2003, the objective was more complicated overthrow
the rogue regime of Saddam Hussein and install a new govern-
ment based on democratic ideals. The defeat of the Iraqi mili-
tary was relatively simple. An insurgency led by al-Qaeda was
followed by the current situation of Sunni-Shi'ite sectarian vio-
In looking back over this history, it seems that when the ob-
jective is relatively simple and the means are primarily within
our disposal, that victory is clearcut and achievable. Where we
get into trouble is when the objective is more complicated and
we are dependent on the actions of others. The latter is the sit-
uation today in Iraq.
Frankly, I don't know whether or not we will achieve 'vic-
tory' in Iraq as George Bush sees it. Clearly the American peo-
ple are getting fed up with the situation when victory is not in
sight after nearly four years of fighting and most of the violence
today is one Iraqi group against another. The fact that Syria and
Iran are feeding this insurgency is not uncommon and immater-
ial to the situation at hand.
Quite possibly, a more achievable objective would be to
prevent Islamic Jihadists like al-Qaeda from gaining a foothold
and letting the Iraqis sort out their internal differences without
our interference. Above all, let us not lose sight of the fact that
the difference between Sunni and Shi'ite definitions of Islam be-
gan in the 8th Century, fully ten centuries before American
democracy began to take root.
4A Madison County Carrier www.greenepublishing.com Wednesday, Decemeber 13, 2006
LOCAL & REGIONAL CRIME BLOTTER
Eleven Charged With Scheming To
Steal From Public Assistance
The Florida Department of Law En- Scott was located and arrested on Bond set
forcement (FDLE) has charged 11 per- Tuesday at Florida A&M University with
sons involved in a scheme that siphoned the assistance of the FAMU Police and Quiana M
thousands of dollars from a state program taken to the Leon County jail. 17 counts
to aid the homeless. The investigation by 1 count of
FDLE's Tallahassee Public Assistance Charged in connection with the investiga- Bond seta
Fraud (PAF) squad identified the individ- tion are:
uals as involved in a plot that diverted Kenneth I
funds from the Emergency Financial As- Carlos Jamal Scott, 21, Tallahassee 14 counts
sistance for Housing Program (EFAHP). 101 counts of Public Assistance Fraud 1 count ol
The fund provides assistance for persons (3rd degree felony) Bond set:
whlo are either without shelter or face the 1 count of Offenses Against Intellectual
loss of housing due to non-payment, of Property (3rd degree felony) Tarica Ni(
rent or mortgage. One-time payments are 1 count of Organized Scheme to Defraud 5 counts o
issued, directly to the landlords of quali- (2nd degree felony) 1. count oj
fled clients in order to prevent eviction or 1 count of Grand Theft (2nd degree Bond set;
to get homeless clients into housing. felony)
In July, the Department of Children Bond set at $136,000 Eboni Lal
and Families (DCF) became aware of ir- 2 counts
regularities in cases handled by Carlos Terrius Karl Bruce, 22, Tallahassee 1 count ol
Jamal Scott who at that time worked for 24 Counts of Public Assistance Fraud Bond seta
the agency as a clerk specialist and 1 count of Scheme to Defraud
processed applications for assistance. 1 count of Grand Theft Regina Ja
DCF contacted FDLE and requested that Bond set at $28,5 00 2 counts
a full investigation be conducted. Scott's 1 count o:
employment with DCF was terminated in Tajadin Ibn Rabbani Muhammad, 21, Tal- Bond set:
FDLE's investigation showed that 17 counts of Public Assistance Fraud Chaquita
Scott created files for fictitious appli- 1 count of Scheme to Defraud 2 Counts
cants then recruited accomplices from 1 count of Grand Theft 1 count o:
outside DCF who would claim to be the Bond set at $19,000 Bond set
"applicants'" landlords. Once the appli-
cations were processed and checks were Jarvis Demetrik Williams, 21, Tallahassee FDLI
mailed to the accomplices, Scott would 11 counts of Public Assistance Fraud lic assist
go back into the system and change or 1 count of Scheme to Defraud vestigate'
delete the payee information in an at- 1.count of Grand Theft committii
tempt to destroy evidence. In total, Bond set at $15,500 felony ch
$40,400 in fraudulent payments were is- '" sentence,
sued on behalf of 101 fictitious clients Domonique Lato. McLaughlin. 20. Talla- wishing t
between August 2005 and July 2006. hassee is encour
DCF's Office of Inspector General 6 counts of Public Assistance Fraud apartment
worked in conjunction with FDLE to pro- 1 count of Scheme.to Defraud Assistanc
vide assistance to the investigation. 1 count of Grand Theft 7500.
onique Hart, 19, Tallahassee
of Public Assistance Fraud
Lee Crowell II, 21, Atlanta
of Public Assistance Fraud
f Grand Theft
chelle Epps, 22, Tallahassee
)f Public Assistance of Fraud
f Grand Theft
kail Law, 23, Tallahassee
of Public Assistance Fraud
f Grand Theft
nea Dawson, 21, Tallahassee
of Public Assistance Fraud
f Grand Theft
Lanae Wesley, 24, Tallahassee
of Public Assistance Fraud
f Grand Theft
E works in partnership with pub-
nce agencies to aggressively in-
public assistance fraud. Persons
ng public assistance fraud face
arges, which can carry a prison,
fines and restitution. Anyone
o report public assistance fraud
aged to contact the. Florida De-
Squad at (850) 410-
Suwanne County Drug Task Force
Discovers Marijuana Grow Site
According to the Suwannee
County Sheriff's Office, on Tues-
day, November 28, the Suwan-
nee County Drug Task Force re-
ceived information of suspicious
activity at 2771 212th Street in
Live Oak, Florida. Upon arrival,
Task Force Investigators discov-
ered what they believed to be a
marijuana grow site. A warrant
was issued to search the premises
and 61 marijuana plants, approx-
imately 4 feet in height, were dis-
covered along with additional
The plants, whose estimated
value was approximately
$61,000.00, and grow related
equipment, 'valued at approxi-
mately $20,000.00, and 1 vehicle
Arrested at the scene was
Lazaro A. Rocha, 39-year-old
male, from Lake City. From this
arrest additional information was
gathered, which led investigators
to believe another possible grow
site was located on a nearby
street in Columbia County, Flori-
da. Investigators went to 3305
206th Terrace where they discov-
ered another grow operation in
progress. 42 marijuana plants,
approximately 16 inches in
height, were seized along with
additional grow related items.
Arrested was Lazaro J. Montero.
With this discovery, Co-
lumbia County Drug Task Force
Investigators were notified of
the other possible location in
Columbia County. Columbia
County Investigators responded
to addresses. on Daisy Road
where they found what they be-
lieved to be an active grow op-
eration similar to the ones locat-
ed in Suwannee County.
While waiting for. a warrant
to search these premises, three
suspects arrived on scene and
were detailed until the warrant
was executed. The discovery of
this grow lead to the location of
another possible grow site ap-
proximately 2 1/2 miles north of
this address, and another one
back in Suwannee County. The
site in Columbia County was
later confirmed. Investigators
snopes.com which helps
email users know if the email
is true or false: "This seem-
ingly helpful heads-up began
circulating on the Internet in
September 2006. However,
'seemingly' is the best that
can be said of it at this point,
in that entering one's Person-
al Identification Number
(PIN) in reverse at Automat-
ed Teller Machines (ATMs)
does not summon the police.
"Such a system was first
imagined in 1994 and patent-
ed in 1998 by Joseph
Zingher, a Chicago business-
man. His SafetyPIN System
would alert police that a
crime was in progress when a
cardholder at an ATM keyed
went to the third possible site in
Suwannee County, but discov-
ered that a mobile home on the
property had recently burned.
However, it appeared that there
had been plants growing in a
room of this mobile home prior
to the fire.
The following day, addi-
tional information was gath-
ered which revealed the loca-
tion of three more grow sites
in Columbia County. The in-
vestigation, to date, has re-
sulted in 10 arrests with pos-
sible additional arrests ex-
pected to follow. Nine sus-
pected grow sites were locat-
in the reverse of his personal
identification numbers. The
flip-flopped PIN would serve
as a "panic code" that sent a
silent alarm to police to noti-
fy them that an ATM cus-
tomer was acting under
duress. Because palindromic
PINs (e.g., 2002, 7337, 4884)
cannot be reversed, Zingher's
system included work-
arounds for such numeric
"However, Zingher has
had little success in interest-
ing the banking community
in SafetyPIN despite his
pitching it to them with great
persistence over the years.
He did in 2004 succeed in
getting the Illinois General
ed, and approximately 300
high, grade marijuana plants
were seized, as well as a large
amount of grow associated
The investigation was a
joint effort, which included
members of the Suwannee
county Drug Task Force; the
Suwannee County Sheriff's
Office, the Live Oak Police
Department, Columbia Coun-
ty Drug Task Force, Colum-
bia County Sheriff's Office,
Lake City Police Department,
Florida Department of Law
Enforcement, and the Drug
Assembly to adopt a "reverse
PIN" clause in SB 562, but
the final version of the bill
watered down the wording so
as to make banks' implemen-
tation of the system optional
rather than mandatory: 'A
terminal operated in this
State may be designed and
programmed so that when a
consumer enters his or her
personal identification num-
ber in reverse order, the ter-
minal automatically sends an
alarm to the local law en-
forcement agency having ju-
risdiction over the terminal
"In 2006, Michael Boyd
pressed the Georgia State As-
sembly to pass a law requir-
cont from Page 1A
"I love it," Bryan said. "It's different. I get out there and
make relationships with the agencies we serve."
Brooks has worked for the Department of Corrections for 15
years and as Public Works Supervisor for 12. He said he loves it
too and Bryan said all the public agencies they deal with love
Brooks. "They love Sgt. Brooks," Bryan said. "They're always
asking me to send out Sgt. Brooks."
The approximately 100 inmates that go .out every day are
broken down into nine 10-man work crews. Seven of them han-
dle Madison County, one goes to Live Oak every day and one is
a Department of Transportation squad. They go out and clean up
1-10 and the other, state highways.
The work crews handle all of the road clean up and mainte-
nance around the county. They also take care of fire depart-
ments, ambulance facilities, the Madison County Library, the
Agriculture Center, the Senior Citizen's Center and much more.
They do projects in Lee and Greenville. They take care of the
landfill, the recycling center and there is a man that takes care of
the waste water plant in. Madison. The work crews perform ba-
sic janitorial services for every public building in Madison and
in the summer do maintenance and repair projects at all schools.
It's really a ton of work and they do it all for free.
"We've got agencies calling every day wanting us to do
more," Riska said.
Working on one of the crews is not an inmate right. The in-
mates that are on these crews are carefully screened. "It's a priv-
ilege to go outside to work," Bryan said. "It helps integrate them
back into the community."
"It gives them a sense of worth," Brooks said. "Some of
them are even glad to be giving back to the community."
Each inmate's record 'is carefully reviewed before they are
allowed on the work crews. A team of Bryan, Brooks and a clas-
sification officer' reviews each prisoner before they can work.
Only non-violent offenders and non-sex offenders can work out-
side. Each inmate has to have less than five years to go on their
sentence before they can go out. They have to have a good dis-
The inmates aren't paid, but they do receive gain-time for
their work. Up to 15 percent of their sentence can be worked off.
The law says they have to serve at least 85 percent of their sen-
tence so 15,percent is all they can accrue.
Before the prisoners are allowed 'outside the gates, they
work on the roads and do maintenance around the prison. They
are carefully observed for 90 days before they can go into the
outside world. The inmates on the work crew learn job skills and
how to behave in a regulated job-like environment. "They wake
up in'the' morningn. niake ihetr'bunk, 'eat breakfast 'aid go to
u\ rk," Riska said. '" .,.,. ..,: . :' . ..... ,', ^ ,'^
Some of the inmates learn new 'skills. "I've seen'guys that
have never used a weed eater or held post hole diggers or mowed
a lawn," Brooks said.
According to Bryan, the prisoners appreciate the opportuni-
ty to work outside the fence. "Sitting behind the fences, your day
is really long," Bryan said.
The agencies that get help from the MCI work crews are
happy with the work and all the help they receive. "The agencies
do not take us for granted," Riska said. "They are really grate-
ful. There is no way some of them could survive without inmate
labor. We've got people beating on our door trying to get us to
The work crews only work on state, county or city-owned
projects. They save Madison County a ton of money each year
and over the almost 20 years they have been in business. So
when you see the crews working on the side of the roads, feel re-
assured. The inmates are thoroughly screened before being al-
lowed out there and they are performing a great service for
cont from Page 1A
ing banks to create ATM pan- dustry seems to want the
ic codes that would operate technology. The banks argue
the machines normally while against its implementation,
also alerting police. His wife, not only on the basis of cost
Kimberly Boyd, was killed but also because they doubt
on 12 September 2005 after such an alert would help any-
being carjacked by convicted one being coerced into mak-
sex offender Brian O'Neil ing an ATM withdrawal.
Clark and forced to withdraw Even if police could be sum-
cash at an ATM. (She died moned via the keying of a
when Clark crashed her SUV special 'alert' or 'panic' code,
while being followed by a they would likely arrive long
civilian who ultimately shot after victim and captor had
Clark to death afterwards.) departed. There is also the
"Such a bill is before the very real possibility that vic-
Georgia Senate, having been tims' fumbling around while
placed there on 29 December trying to trigger silent alarms
2005. But nothing has hap- could cause their captors to
opened on SB 379'since then." realize something was up and
Snopes goes on to say: take those realizations out on
"No one in the banking in- their captives. Finally, there
is the problem of quickly
conjuring up the accustomed
PIN in reverse. Even in situa-
tions lacking added stress,
mentally reconstructing one's
PIN backwards is a difficult
task for many people. Add to
that difficulty the terror of
being in the possession of a
violent and armed person,
and precious few victims
closure OK! might be able to come up
with reversed PINs seamless-
ly enough to fool their cap-
tors into believing that every-
thing was proceeding accord-
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AROUND MADISON COUNTY
Otto Lee Ledsome passec
away suddenly on Monday,
Nov. 20, 2006 in Andersen,
S.C., after being stricken with
acute leukemia. He was born
Dec. 10, 1939 in Left Hand, W.
Mr. Ledsome graduated
from CFCC and also attended
Ohio University and majored
in journalism. He worked for
E.I. Dupont in. Washington,
W.Va., prior to moving to
Florida. He was a computer
programmer for many years
for Honeywell in St. Peters-
burg, and moved from St. Pe-
tersburg to Dunnellon in 1971,
where he retired from Florida
Power Plant in Crystal River.
He served on .the Advisory
Board and was PTA President
at Dunnellon High School. He
taught Young Adult Sunday
School. He lived in Cherry
Lake for 14 years, and was
president of the Cherry Lake
Water Board in North-Florida.
-He was an associate mem-
ber at the Grace Presbyterian
Church in Madison. He was an
avid Civil War collector, as
well as a train collector and en-
thusiast He also had a love for
He is survived by his wife
and best friend of 46 years,
Janet Ledsome of Dunnellon;
two.sons, Michael 0. Ledsome
(Sarah) of Mooresboro,.N.C.,
and Brian F. Ledsome of Sara-
sota; three grandchildren,
Justin Michael Ledsome of
Mooresboro, N.C., and Tanner
Lee Ledsome of Crystal River.
Funeral services were con-
ducted on Saturday, Nov. 25, at
Roberts Funeral Home of Dun-
nellon. Interment followed at
Dunnellon Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may
be made to the Grace Presby-
terian Church in Madison.
Arrangements were made
by Roberts Funeral Home of
Coleen 0. Bunker, age
92, of Tallahassee, died Tues-
day, December 5,,2006 in Tal-
Funeral services were held
Friday, December 8, 2006, at
11 a.m. at Beggs Funeral
Home Apalachee Chapel in
Tallahassee, with Interment at
Oak Ridge Cemetery, in Madi-
She was born in Baton
Rouge, La. and was a previous
resident of Madison, before
moving to Tallahassee in 1969.
She was a member of the First
Church of Christ Scientist of
Tallahassee. Coleen was also a
member of the United Daugh-
ters of the Confederacy and an
avid life master of duplicate
She is survived by; one
daughter, Teena Ash and hus-
band, David of Tallahassee;
three grandchildren, Jack
Bunker of Arlington, Va.; Con-
nie Martin of Colorado
Springs, Co.; and Anne
Matthews of Alien, Tx.; and
six great-grandchildren. She.
was preceded in death by her
husband, William V. Bunker,
Sr.; and her son, William V.
Earl Darrow Hutto, age
65, died Tuesday, December 5,
2006 in Greenville.
Funeral services,. were
Thursday, December 7, 2006 at
3:00 p.m. at Beggs Funeral
Home, Madison Chapel, with
burial following in Evergreen
Cemetery, Greenville. The
family received friends
Wednesday, December 6, 2006
from 6-8 p.m. at Beggs Funeral
He was born in Greenville,
Florida, where he was a life
long resident. He was a Tim-
ber Broker for many years with
Sherrod Lumber Company in
Greenville, and Hood Lumber
Company in Metcalf, Ga. He
was a former Mayor of
Greenville where he supported
many civic and community ac-
tivities and events. He was a
member of Greenville Masonic
Lodge. He was a deacon and
member of Greenville Baptist
He is survived by his wife,
of 46 years, Shirley Lunsford
Hutto of Greenville; one son,
Earl Hutto (Holly) of Claxton,
Ga.; one daughter: Emily Eliz-
abeth Hutto Nichols (Daniel)
of Moultrie, Ga.; his mother,
Belle Hutto Roath of
Greenville; two brothers: Sam-
my Hutto of Greenville, and
Billy Hutto of Pensacola; one
sister: Marjorie Johnson of Tal-
lahassee; and several grand-
children and great-grandchil-
Sf( n ]J v e ( 9t t (9
Jailyn Javieon Cooks is 1 today! He is the son of Tamisha Ealy and saac
Cooks, Jr. of Madison. His maternal grandparents are Richard and Sheryl I
Ealy of Fredericksburg. Va. His paternal grandparents are Issac Cooks and
- Mar\ WVilliams of Madison. Jailyn's great-grandparents are Carson and the ]
late Beltt Ealy. Mar\ Kier, and Jaime
Straughter. all of MNadison. He has a special
Time %% ith his itwo special aunts. Sharon Ealy. -
Sof Tallahassee and Kim Livingston. of Nladi-
son. JailN n lo' es pla.,ing %%ith his two special
couins, Al-exxis and Rayahna Jailvn cele-
brated his birthday on Saturday. December 9
ith a host of family and friends. Jail n. %%e
love you and %%e %%ish you a ver. happ and
blessed Ist birthday
.' Loc .4h/n a vs.
AtMomn. Dad. Auntie Bvw'. Alh..ixis.
N"and IRaahlNa 0
ff ltl .-.
Clifton "Killer" Edward
Clark, age 73 died, Tuesday,
December 5, 2006 in
Funeral services were Sat-
urday, December 9, 2006 at
3:00 p.m. at Madison Church
of God, Madison, with burial
following in Macedonia
The family received
friends Friday, December 8,
2006 from 6-8 p.m. at the
Madison Church of God.
He was born in Avon Park,
and moved to Madison in
1955. He was a member of
Madison Church of God, and
was involved in Christian con-
solidated ministries. He was
an Army veteran during the
Korean Conflict. He worked
for Owens-Illinois for 41 years
He is survived by his wife,
Roberta Clark, of Madison;
two sons, Steven D. Clark
(Melinda) of Avon Park, and
Michael L. Clark (Cynthia) of
Sebring; one daughter, Misty
M. Clark (Brandon) of Ocala;
four stepdaughters Terry.
Cumbess (Tony) of Ft. whitee
Vicky Thomas of Ft. White,
Melinda Williams (Dale) of
Lee, and Angela Bimonte
(Pete) of North Carolina; one
brother, Richard Wayne Clark
(Gwen) of Thomasville, GA.;
one sister Bobbie Jean God-
win, of Lake City; 13 grand-
children and four great-grand-
He was predeceased by a
brother, Lorenzo Clark.
"Touched By A Child,
Touched By A King,"
The Hanson U.M.C.
Chancel Choir presents the
Christmas Cantata: -Touched
By A Child. Touched By A
King,"" ai 2 p.m. The Cantata
is dedicated to the memory of
Bonnie Shadrick. Immedi-
ately following the Cantata
there will be a song service,
then Santa \\ill visit the chil-
dren. and there will be a gift
exchange. Men bring a
man's gft to exchange and
women bring a w oman's gift.
Each family \\ ill bring a gift
for their own children with
their names on them. After
the gift exchange, there will
be refreshments of finger
foods in the Fellow ship Hall.
%\here \ye \% ill haxe fun and
fellowship %with each other.
Everyone is welcome. We
would like to w ish each and
eter, one of you a Merry
Christmas and a Blessed and
happy New\ Year.
on a cup of warm hot choco-
late, all while supporting your
local scouts, Cub Scout Pack #.
626 and Girl Scout Troop #63.
You can even have your pic-
ture taken with Santa! And
don't forget that Christmas -is
fast approaching, so why not
do a little shopping in one of
the stores? For more informa-
tion contact Gary Mack at 251-
"This Little Child," is a
Community Christmas Con-
cert Presented by The Madison
First Baptist Church Chancel
Choir, Chamber Orchestra and
the Children's Choirs Saturday
Evening 6 p.m. And a second
performance on Sunday
Evening 6 p.m. Everyone is In-
The annual Christmas Par-
ty for the Lee. area residents
will be held at 6 p.m. at the Lee
Fire Department Building.
Santa will arrive around 7 p.m.
Children from infants thru age
12 will receive gifts. Food will
There's help for Medicare
beneficiaries who want assis-
tance in filling .out paperwork
to ,enroll in the prescription
drug plan. NFCC is offering a
free workshop Saturday, Dec.
16th at the Madison campus.
NFCC Allied Health nursing
students and Dr. Phillip
Mantzanas, coordinator of the
Education Prep Institute, will
be on hand from 10 until 2
p.m. in the Business Education
Building (#7). The session is
slated for a Saturday, so park-
ing should not be a problem
for campus visitors. For fur-
ther information, contact Dr.
Mantzanas by telephone: 973-
9493 or email
MantzanasT@ nfcc. edu.
The Jeslamb African
Methodist church will be hav-
ing their annual Missionary/
YPD Candlelight service at 6
p.m. The speaker of the hour
will be Rev. Dozier J. Balloon,
Jr. Please come out and join us
in celebrating the birth of our
Savior, Jesus Christ.
Ned el wthyur pel
Sa m Long
The meeting of the 55 Plus
'Club will meet at the United
Methodist Cooperative Com-
munity Center at Noon with a
free lunch of soup, sandwich-.
es, desserts and iced tea. Lee
United Methodist Church is,
the host this month. This is a
ministry for seniors 55 years
old, and above of any faith,.
who live in NMadison County.
Reservations are not necessary
and there are no fees of any
kind. The program for the
month will be presented by
"Debbie Bass and :Friends"
who will entertain those gath-
ered with Old Time Christmas
Carols! We certainly look for-
ward to some beautiful Christ-
mas music! The United
Methodist Community Center
is. located 5 miles North of
Madison on Highway 145. For
more information about 55
Plus Club or any outreach min-
istry of the UMCM contact the
Coordinator, Linda Gaston at
Diane Douglas,' of the
Madison County Extension
Office, will be at Senior Citi-
zens Council of Madison to as-
sist senior citizens of Madison
County who want to enroll or
are not happy with whom they
have now in regards to pre-
scription drug prograni. The
dates are: December 11, 13,
18, 20, and 27 from 10 a.m.-
Noon. Call Joan Beck for more
Winter Wonderland at Fort
Mack from December 14-17
from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Lots of
fun for all ages! Donations and
non-perishable foods will be
accepted at the gate for admis-
sion. Help ,us help the needy!
Enjoy all the colorful lights,
feast on a bowl of chili, and sip
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BIG BEND HOSPICE
Farmers & Merchants Bank
Madison County Big Bend
Community Bank s
Madison your hometown hospice, licensed since 1983
Make a contribution to place an Angel, Bell or Bow
on the Tree of Remembrance ift honor or memory
of your loved ones at one of the locations listed.
For more information, call (850) 973-8131
6A Madison County Carrier www.greenepublishing.com Wednesday, December 13, 2006
AROUND MADISON COUNTY
Big Bend Crime Stoppers Serves Madison County
By Jessalyn Covell There are over 1,000 Crime Stoppers programs in the
Greene Publishing, Inc. United States Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, South
Big Bend Crime Stoppers tries to increase the safety of Africa, Bahamas, British West Indies, Micronesia, and other
the Big Bend Community by assisting law enforcement agen- countries
cies in removing undesirable individuals from the communi- Madison County Police Department Investigator Ben
ty Ebberson stated, "The Madison Police Department really ap-
Big Bend Crime Stoppers serves Madison, Franklin, preciates the cooperation of all the citizens who help law en-
Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla counties. forcement solve crimes through Big Bend Crime Stoppers.
Madison County has always been affiliated with Big The program is just another avenue to solve crime in the com-
Bend Crime Stoppers, but was just recently informed by Ex-.munity."
ecutive Director Allen Stucks Sr. that Crime Stoppers is now Crime Stoppers works with tippers whooffer law en-
available to take cases from Madison County and post them forcement the knowledge that someone other han the crimi-
in the program with various means of tipping. nal has information that can solve a crime. This way of solv-
Crime Stoppers was established in 1976. Due to members _ing crime was created to combat three leading, concerns faced
of a local community, in partnership with the media and law by law enforcement, fear of reprisal, an attitude of apathy and
enforcement, had a strong desire to provide crime-solving as- reluctance to get involved.
distance to law enforcement. Crime Stoppers resolves these particular problems by of-
The Crime Stoppers program has received great success. fearing anonymity to people who provide information about
The program has a conviction rate of 95. percent on cases .' crimes and paying rewards when the information supplied
solved by Crime Stoppers' tips. The Crime Stoppers programs .. leads to arrests.
worldwide have solved over a half a million crimes and re- To provide law enforcement a tip please call, 1-888-876-
covered over three billion dollars worth of stolen property and 8477(TIPS). To contact Big Bend Crime Stoppers please call,
narcotics. Allen Stucks, Sr. (850) 222-9109.
Kiwanis Hold Weekly Luncheon And Meeting
By Jessalyn Covell
Greene Publishing, Inc.
On Thursday, December
7, the Madison County Kiwa-
nis Club held their weekly
meeting and luncheon.
The club welcomed ,guests
from the Jefferson County Ki-
wanis Club including George
Hinchcliff, Ferd Naughton,
Phil Barker, Max Belinski and
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Local Cub Scout Pack #626 &r
Girlrcott Troop #6 3 !
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tall and proud to be Kiwanis members. (Greene Publish-
ing, Inc. Photo by Jessalyn Covell, December 7, 2006)
Ki\\anis announced the December 3..
December birthdays of mem- IKjanis members %\ere
bers Christina Vaught and politely reminded by Ro,.Ellis
George Willis on December 1 that all orders for citrus fruit
and member Pat Cantey on needed to be turned in by
Thursday, December 7.
The Kiwanis Club en-
joyed a delicious meal pre-
pared by George Willis and he
noted to members that for the
i upcoming year, members may
want to form a committee to
prepare the luncheons for each
I "The guest speaker for
C k Thursday's meeting was
Healthy Start employee
George Hinchcliff who spoke
2006 a little bit about the program
and then spent the majority of
the presentation on the status
of families and children.
Hinchcliff gave a in-depth
power point presentation of
astounding percentages that
." deal with Madison. He noted
that hunger is no longer used
-.... and the politically correct term
is "foodcinsecurity." In 2003,
22.3 percent of people in the
county in one week went with-
Also, he lectured mem-
o n. actions and &
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lwitffbe accepted at the
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cent of homes that were built
before 1939. Out of these nine
percent of homes, 2.6 percent
of the houses do not have suf-
ficient plumbing, totaling 203
houses. Also, 2.2 percent of
Madison County homes do not
have a kitchen, totaling 172
Hinchcliff wowed mem-
bers which a scary statistic
that one in five. Madison citi-
zens do not have health insur-
There was one good sta-
tistic in the midst of the pre-
sentation. Only four percent
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of the population were juve-
nile offenders and the adult
crime index which refers to
serious crimes went down 3.6
percent from 2005.
Altogether, it was a pow-
erful and much needed pro-
gram that opened the eyes of
Madison Kiwanis members.
Hopefully, it will open the
eyes of more Madison County
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day, January 31 at 9:30 a.m. at
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Local Libraries Hold Fire Safety Program For Preschoolers
By Jessalyn Covell
Greene Publishing, Inc.
With Christmas approaching soon, the Greenville and
Madison Fire Departments decided that it would be beneficial
to Madison County preschoolers to put on a fire safety pro-
On November 29, Greenville Fire Department's Fire Chief
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Madison County Youth Services Coordinator Judy
Smith helped one of the preschoolers out of the
Greenville fire truck. (Photo submitted by Judy Smith)
Curtis Dennis visited preschoolers from the Greenville area to
offer information regarding what to do and what not to do in
case of a fire. Also, he spoke on the different safety procedures
to prevent fires from beginning. Curtis brought the fire truck
from the station for preschoolers to tour. There were approxi-
mately 20 preschoolers in attendance.
On November 30, Madison County Fire Department's Fire
Madison preschoolers showed off their Madison Fire
Rescue hats that Fireman Archie gave to them. (Photo
submitted by Judy Smith)
Greenville Public Library Aide Linda Waldron explained the importance of fire safe-
ty to preschoolers with the help of Mr. Small, who was present at both of the local li-
braries to preschoolers. (Photo submitted by Judy Smith)
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tation to Madison preschoolers regarding fire safety for chil-
dren and their parents. Fireman Archie showed preschoolers
one of Madison's fire trucks and answered all of their questions
to provide better knowledge of how tragic fires can be. The 25
preschoolers who were present learned that in case. of a fire,
"stop, drop, cover their eyes and roll."
Preschoolers at the Madison County Public Library
practiced how to stop, drop, cover and roll with their par-
ents and library employees assistance. (Photo submitted
by Judy Smith)
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Preschoolers, parents, library personnel and Madison County Fire Inspector Archie
Strickland pose for the camera in front of Madison's very own fire truck. (Photo sub-
mitted by Judy Smith)
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B\ Jes;-d\ n Lovell
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On Thursday, November 7, the Madison County Central
School (NICCSi featured a first-ever Enhancing Education To
Technology (EETT) Presentation Day Program. Madison Coun-
ty Schools received an $800,000 grant to improve the use of
technology while teaching students. -
The grant funded laptops for 11 different classrooms, a lot
of training for teachers and the hiring of teachers from New York
to help students learn how to properly use the laptops. Also, the
11 classrooms received projectors, digital cameras and video
cameras. Five classrooms at MCCS, three classrooms at the high
school, one classroom at Lee Elementary School and one class-
room at Pinetta Elementary School were fortunate enough to re-
ceive all of these advanced learning tools for their day-to-day
Superintendent of Madison County Schools Lou Miller wel-
comed and introduced guests at the program and EETT Coordi-
nator introduced the EETT program to guests.
MCCS elementary classes were the first group to give their
presentations. Polly Day's class presented "As American as Ap-
ple Pie-Symbols, Vickie O'Quinn's class presented "Communi-
ties within the United States" and Carroll Ryals's class present-
Lee Elementary School's Susan Phillips's class wowed the
crowd with the "Lee Galactic Travel Agency."
Peggy Ross's class at Pinetta Elementary School showed
their knowledge of EETT by presenting "The History Behind
Symbols of America."
MCCS's Audrey James is class presented "Geography and
Energy." Heather Welch's class featured "Time Traveler."
Madison County High School's Steve Bass's class present-
ed "Clean Energy for Survival," Lea KalinoVyski's class present-
ed "Civil War ,II" and Rose McHugh's class performed "Saving
Last, but not least, Madison County Alternative Excel
School's Patrick Irvine's class presented "Natural Disasters" and
Danny Webb provided guests closing remarks through a show
project on di-spl,..
The EETT program is desigfied to teach students m a differ-
ent way. Instead of lecturing and taking notes, Madison County
students study the same subject matter, but use an Individual In-
struction Model (IIM) as a research tool. The instruction model
consists of the seven steps of research method and uses an as-
sortment of advanced technologies. The EETT Presentation Pro-
gram Day was to show class peers, teachers, staff and parents the
product of their research and hard work.
EETT Coordinator Danny Webb stated, "The kids did a su-
per job of presenting during the program. We will put on anoth-
er presentation in January and at the end of the school year. I
think the program went exceptionally well. The program showed
some of the things that the students learned. When they present-
ed their topics, they really.knew the material. All of the students
are very proud of their projects and so are we."
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tainment, fashion, medical and music. (Greene Publish-
ing, lhc. Photo by Jessalyn Covell, December 7, 2006)
MCCS seventh graders Ashley Duran (left) and Cam-
mie Frakes did the honors of handing out programs for
the EETT Presentation Program Day. (Greene Publishing,
Inc. Photo by Jessalyn Covell, December 7, 2006)
Wednesday, December 13, 2006 www.greenepublishing.com Madison County Carrier 9A
SCHOOL & EDUCATION
MCCS To Hold
"Surviving The Unthinkable"
School Safety Program
By Jessalyn Covell
Greene Publishing, Inc.
During school emergencies, especially in rural counties,
parents often hear about it before the scene is secure, and re-
spond to the school. Sheriff's office officials say that this cre-
ates more danger for everyone involved and would ask parents
not to respond to the school. In the event that something like
this happens it is important for parents to go to a designated lo-
cation where their children will be delivered to them and infor-
mation will be provided. In this case, the sheriff's office and
emergency services have designated Lanier Field as the staging
area for parents.
The program will be on January 5th, beginning at 8 a.m. in
the NFCC auditorium. Following the morning sessions partici-
pants will meet at MCCS to participate in a mock school shoot-
ing scenario. During this scenario, a single shooter will enter the
school and injure several people. After the sheriff's office tacti-
cal unit secures the scene, emergency service workers will enter
the school and treat the injured.- Those injured critically will be
air lifted by Air Medic One before being returned to the school.
MCCS guidance counselor and Coordinator of "Surviving
the Unthinkable" said, "We hope we never have to use this train-
ing, but we cannot walk around with blinders on. I am very
thankful for a Superintendent who has the leadership and vision
such as Mrs. Miller.. Once this training was suggested, Mrs.
Miller was.very eager and supportive, as always."
Superintendent of Madison County Schools Lou Miller stat-
ed, "Just as we train for the latest educational trends, we also
have to train for critical incidents that occur in the school sys-
tem. Our effort is the safety for all students and employees so
practicing what to do in a crisis will be valuable training for us."
NFCC Welcomes Julie Townsend
As Nursing Instructor
The' North Florida Com-
munity College Board of
A ". Trustees approved the ap-
pointment of Julie
Townsend as an instructor
for the NFCC Registered
Townsend, a resident of
Madison County, Fla., be-
S. gan her new faculty position
on Oct. 30:
"J am. eited about the
new challenges this position
brings," said Townsend. "I
hope to inspire students to
*r' not only learn nursing, but
Julie Townsend to be passionate about their
Townsend has a bachelor's degree in nursing from the Uni-
versity of Florida and is licensed as a registered nurse in Flori-
da. Prior to joining the NFCC faculty, Townsend worked as a
charge nurse at Archbold Ambulatory Surgery in Thomasville,
Ga. and held positions at Archbold Memorial Hospital in
Thomasville and Shands Teaching Hospital in Gainesville.
Townsend and husband Brian have a two-year-old son, Zachary.
For more information, contact NFCC College Advancement
at (850) 973-1653 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOSA Trains Students For A
Career In The Health Field
By Jessalyn Covell
Greene Publishing Inc.
Health Occupations Stu-
dents of America (HOSA) at
the Madison County High
School is led by Monica Dyke
for the second year in a row.
HOSA provides students
who are interested in the
health field, informative facts
through teaching and voca-
tional classes. There are four
main classes that Dyke teach-
es at the high school that are
essential to HOSA. Medical
Skills is an elective class,
which is not required for stu-
dents to take. The requisite
classes are Health Science I
and II arid Applied Health.
These are all classes that will
prepare students in the HOSA
program for a career in health.
Students who join the
Health Science-HOSA Part-
nerships recognize the impor-
tance of training far beyond
the basic technical skills
needed for eligibility and en-
try into the health care field.
Not only does this specific'
program train students with
great technical skills, but it
also instills people-oriented
characteristics and boosts the
significance of playing a lead-
ership role as a member of a
health care team.
This program is a little bit
more distinct than any other
S . .
HOSA students learn about career opportunities in the health field. Pictured left to
right, December Webb, Heather Olson, Renarda Cherry and Krystal Umphenour.
(Greene Publishing Inc. Photo by Jessalyn Covell, December 11, 2006)
organization or club that the
high school offers. There are
approximately 35 students in-
volved in HOSA and unlike
most clubs, there are no offi-
cers needed. Every student in
HOSA acts as an officer for
themsel es, taking advantage
of what they learned and gain-
ing leadership skills.
HOSA is funded through
the high school and fundrais-
ers. During Career Day and
Down Home Days, HOSA
sets up a booth to educate out-'
siders on what they represent
and to ask them if maybe
HOSA or a, career in health
would be right for them.
Additionally, HOSA part-
ners up with the health depart-
ment and anything, HOSA
does is usually sponsored by
them. They partner up with
programs regarding absti-
nence, drinking and driving
and much more.
. The Health Occupations
Students of America (HOSA)
is an outstanding student or-
ganization affiliated with all
careers in the medical field.
This establishment is en-
dorsed by the United States
and Florida Departments of
Education and the Health Oc-
cupations Education Division
of the Association for Career
and Technical Education.
READING IS GIVING
Mrs. Jennifer Copeland's second grade class at Madison Academy has com-
pleted the Scholastic Book Clubs Classrooms Care. The class had to read 100
BOOKS and chart them on a poster. When the class reached their goal, they con-
tacted Scholastic Book Clubs. Now, with other charity partners, Scholastic will do-
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Mrs. Copeland's second grade class show off the books that they have read!
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campus of North Florida Community College, students will be
issued parking decals to display on their cars beginning the
spring term Jan. 8th. Decals are not required for cars parking on
campus after 5 p.m. or on weekends.
Mary Anne Wheeler, Dean of Enrollment Services, an-
nounced that parking decals are required for campus parking
weekdays 8 to 5. There is no charge for initial decals, but re-
placements are $5.
Campus security will issue warnings the first two weeks of
spring classes, but tickets will be issued starting Monday, Jan.
Students can request decals from the Administrative Ser-
vices Building, #2, weekdays now through Dec. 15 and after the
winter break, Jan. 3 12. To receive a decal, students must have
a NFCC ID, driver's license, license tag number and description
For information contact Claudette Alexander, 973-9429.
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Allyce Rutherford as-
sisted with the Hentges
goal against Rickards.
By Janet Schrader
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Cowgirl soccer played
their first home
game of the sea- -So
son Monday, came ou
December 4 ginning
ag ai n s t minute o
was also the first game ever
for the Cowgirls at Madison
County High and under the.
lights at Boot Hill Stadium.
The Cowgirls beat the Lady
"The girls wanted this
Ashley Collis is Madi-
son's goalkeeper. Collis
made three saves against
win badly since at their last
meeting Rickards beat the
Cowgirls 0-1," said coach
at this game the Cowc
t at full power from the
and scored in the 1
f the first half." Smith sai
Donn Smith. Smith added
that he felt the girls had actu-
ally outplayed Rickards at
their last meeting. .
"So at this game the
Cowgirls came out, at full
power from the beginning
and scored in the 28th minute
of the first half," Smith said.
Madison scored a second
time in the 29th minute of the
second half, and Rickards'
only score came in the 38th
Unique Gann scored first
for Madison with an assist
from Emily Hentges. Hentges
scored the second goal with
an assist from Allyce Ruther-
ford. Goalkeeper Ashley Col-
lis totaled three saves.
The win puts the Cow-
girls at 3-4-1 for the season
(still 1-2 in the district).
Look for the Cowgirls at
home again tomorrow night,
Unique Gann scores
first goal for Madison
Thursday, December 14,
against Wakulla. Game time
is 6 p.m. Tog up in some long
johns and come out to
girls watch the girls play.
be- Cowgirl soccer
28th played Florida High
id. Tuesday, December 5.
and suffered a bad
loss. When the game hit 8-0
Florida High in the second,
half and the FHSAA mercy
rule ended the game early.
The loss puts the Cowgirls at
3-5-1 for.the season and 1-3
in district play.-
Emily Hentges scored
the second goal for Madi-
son against Rickards and
assisted with the Gann
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Aucilla Warriors Drop One To Munroe
By Janet Schrader with 11 points. Walker also snagged eight re-
Greene Publishing, Inc. bounds.
The ACA Warriors played Munroe No- Stephen Griffin had 11 points on the night
vember 30. The Warriors lost the game 52-41 with seven rebounds. Luke Saddle scored
making them 1-3 for the season. eight points. Kyle Barnwell scored four points
Reggie Walker led the Warriors in scoring and Prateen Patel scored two points.
Aucilla Warriors Lose Big To Bell
By Janet Schrader points and had four steals.
Greene Publishing, Inc. Wade Scarberry had eight points and five
ACA continues to stumble as they drop a rebounds, three of them offensive rebounds.
game 67-35 to Bell. The loss puts the Warriors Scarberry had four steals.
at 1-4 for the season. Reggie Walker scored seven points, had
Stephen Griffin led the scoring for the seven rebounds and three steals.
Warriors with 11 points. Griffin handled four Prateen Patel scored three points and had
rebounds and made five steals. one rebounds.
Luke Saddler was the man under the bas- Kyle Bamwell scored four points, made
ket with 12 rebounds. Saddler also scored two four rebounds and had six steals.
The ACA Warrior Basketball l
Team Wins One And Loses One
By Janet Schrader Kyle Barnwell. Reggie Walker scored nine
Greene Publishing, Inc. points
The ACA Warrior basketball team is Scarberry led the scoring again against ,
having a tough year. They are currently 2-5, Apalachicola. Scarberry scored 13 points
after. beating Westwood Christian 58-44 and with six steals. Rebound totals for the War-
losing to Apalachicola 58-31. riors against Apalachicola were poor.
Wade Scarberry came alive against Stephen Griffin led in rebounds with ~nly
Westwood leading the scoring with 14 eight. Kyle Barnwell had five rebounds
points and six steals. Stephen Griffin scored Reggie Walker scored eight points, Nlichael
13 and had eight rebounds. Luke Saddler Kinsey scored five, Griffin three and Barn-
scored 10: points against Westwood, as did well scored one along with Sadler.
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. gb ACA Lady Warriors Basketball
.A Team Wins Two More
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The Aucilla Christian Academy 2006-07 seventh/eighth grade girls' basketball
team. Back row left to right: Skyler Hanna, Taryn Copeland, Sarah Sorensen, Brit-
tahy O'Brien, Anna Finlayson and Elizabeth Riley. Front row left to right: Kaitlin
Jackson, Nikki Hamrick, Shelby Witmer, Vicki Perry and Taylor Pridgeon. (Greene
Publishing, Inc. Photo by Emerald Kinsley, December 6, 2006)
I ' ACA
By Janet Schrader
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Lady Warrior basketball
marches on, adding two more
wins on the home court to
their season total. Aucilla
Christian girls' basketball is
now 7-2 for the season.
The Lady Warriors played
Westwood Christian Monday,
December 4. ACA took the
win 42-29 with a double/dou-
ble by Lindsey Day. ACA was
up 12-10 at the end of the first
quarter and up 25-16 at the
half. The Lady Warriors had
Westwood 35-22 at the end of
three and finished them off
Day scored 14 points and
had 10 rebounds. Day also
had three steals and two as-
sists. Bethany Saunders
scored seven, had two assists
and three steals. Lisa Bailey.
and Mallory Plaines both
scored six. Nicole Mathis
scored five and had four re-
bounds. Caitlin Murphy had
four rebounds. Brittany
Hobbs scored four points with
The Lady Warriors hosted
Apalachicola Tuesday, De-
cember 5, and took the win
against them 47-30. ACA led
after one 6-5. Both teams
came alive in the second, but
the Lady Warriors led 24-15 at
the half. By the end of three
ACA was up 35-15, holding
Apalachicola out of the scor-
ing for the entire period.
Coach Daryl Adams emptied
the bench. All the Lady War-
riors saw time on the court.
Plaines led the scoring for
the Lady Warriors with 18
points. Day had 10 points and
nine rebounds. Saunders had
nine points, three rebounds
and two assists. Bailey had
two points, but had six assists
and two steals. Hobbs scored
four and had six steals, three
rebounds and four assists.
Mathis had three points and
five rebounds. Hannah Soren-
son scored one, Murphy had
four rebounds, .Courtney
Brasington had three re-
bounds and Rikki Roccanti
had two steals.
Lady Warriors Are
2-2 On The Year
By Janet Schrader
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Aucilla Christian Academy's seventh and eighth grade
girls' basketball team is currently 2-2 for the season. Coach
Max Finlayson said his team has more experience this year
and he's hoping for a good season.
"The eighth-grade girls have a lot more experience than
last year," Finlayson said.
The. middle school Lady Warriors beat Muinroe twice,
lost to Georgia Christian and lost to Madison Academy.
Eighth-grade team members include Nikki Hamrick,
Taryn Copeland, Sarah Sorenson, Anna Finlayson, Kaitlyn
Jackson, Taylor Baez-Pridgeon, Lisa Kisamore, Elizabeth
Riley and Brittany O'Brien.
Seventh-grade team members include Kali Dollar,
Skyler Hanna, Shelby Witmer and Vickie Perry.
2006 JV Madison Cowgirl Basketball Team: Back row I to r: Keshanna Weather-
spoon, Kristina Akins, Chante Graham and Terri Gee. Middle row I to r: Brook Bezick,
Elizabeth Cottrel, Holly Brown and Jessica Williams. Front row I to r: Ariel Blanton,
Myeshin Tucker and Brooke Turner. (Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Janet Schrader,
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The Cowboy Mystique
What Makes The Cowboys Mystique?
By Janet Schrader
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Everybody knows the Madi-
son Cowboy football team is
good. In fact they are so good,
there is a laundry list of teams
within a 100-mile radius that just
won't play them anymore.
Wakulla County High won't play
Madison unless they have to be-
cause they are in the same dis-
trict. Lafayette County, Hamilton
County and none of the Tallahas-
see schools like Godby or Chiles
will play the Cowboys. Madison
has to drive all over the state and
go into Georgia to fill their sched-
ule. Why is this? What makes the
Cowboys so special?
According to senior Cowboy
Brandon Sirios, "We're not self-
ish. We believe in teamwork."
Senior Tony Straughter said,
"The coaches give us good moral
values. We have character and
Senior B.J. Solomon said,
"We're like family."
"Our kids believe 100 per-
cent in Cowboy football," head
football coach Frankie Carroll
Defensive coordinator Rod
Williams said, "The players love
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Front row I to r: #52 B. J. Solomon, #1 Bernard Brinson, #44 Tony Straughter, #21 Shavar Akins, #3 Andrew Ed-
wards, #47 Derrian Lewis, #62 Trampus Camp. Back row I to r: Drew Douglas, #4 Robert Brown, #60 Brandon Sirios,
#79 Jay Culpepper, #8 Tony Brown, #6 Mike Livingston, #71 Paul Webb, #9 D.J. Folsom, #58 William Evans and #51
this game. When they come out our kids," Carroll said. "I tell
on the field, they have great ex- them, if you want to go to col-
pectatibns. It starts here in the lege, we'll get you in somewhere.
Dave Galbraith League and by It may not be a full scholarship,
the time they are Cowboys, they but we will get them in a school."
have big expectations." The Madison mystique starts.
The 'Cowboys `have 12 in 'the liave eGadbraith Pee'Wee
straight district titles to their cred- football league and moves right.
it and 25 former Cowboys cur- into the middle school for these
rently attending college and play- kids. The Broncos football team
ing football. That figure includes out of Madison County Central
three at FSU and one at Clemson. School uses the same basic of-
Madison has Cowboys on teams fense and defense as the Cow-
in Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, boys. "We try to start teaching the
California, South Carolina, Ten- program in middle school," Car-
nessee, and as Carroll would say, roll said. "That is the lifeline of
a bunch more places. 'Every se- the program. In the future, we're
nior football.player on.the Cow- going to try to work more with
boy team said he wants to go to the middle school."
college. How do they do this? The Cowboy coaches pre-
"The coach makes calls and sent themselves as a unified force
sends out films for us," Straugh- to the players. "We try to make it
ter said. like a family," Carroll said.
The seniors said the coaches "These kids aren't stupid. Our
provide them with a study hall staff is together on things. The
and tutors to bring up their kids see the coaches are all on the
grades. "We get extra work at same page, we all get along, and
practice if we get a bad grade," they follow suit."
senior Mike Livingston said. Carroll is a special kind of
"As they begin to get the ex- coach. He's been coaching at
perience of being a Cowboy, 90 Madison : County High for 20
percent of them improve their years and been the head coach for
grades and even their behavior, at five years. Before he was head
home," Williams said. coach he taught Special Ed and
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those kids," Carroll said. "The
things we, think matter, don't real-
"He's a great coach," said
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like a brother to me and trusted
me from day one."\
Coe came to Madison Coun-
ty High football four years ago.
He said one of the things he sees
that makes the Cowboys different
is the importance of Cowboy
football to the community. "The
administration is behind us 100
percent," Coe added. "And the
Booster Club does a tremendous
job of getting us whatever we
Carroll said he believes in
competition. "All of our coaches
are real competitive," Carroll
said. He said the coaches com-
pete amongst themselves and
they hate to lose. Some of that
must rub off on the players, be-
cause they don't like losing ei-
"I hate to lose," Coe said.
"But as long as we believe the
kids played their hardest, we're
Pride in being a Cowboy
and a member of the Madison
football program also drives the
kids, according to Carroll.
"Each senior class feels a lot of
pride in what they are and what
they have accomplished. They
don't want to let themselves
down and want to make sure
they are better than the class that
went before them," he said.
Coe said the Cowboys prac-
tice hard and have a great work
ethic: "The way we practice
makes us different," said senior
Bernard Brinson. "The coaches
push us hard."
"Most of the time, the real-
ly good programs just out-work
you," Coe said about hard ptac-
tices and getting the players in
shape. "One of the really differ-
ent things about the kids here is
their work ethic."
"Our kids love to play foot-
Sball," Carroll said "There's not
a lot else 'to do in Madison
County." Football players in
Madison County work out as a
team all year in the weightroom
and running. They are always in
top condition. Many Cowboy
football games have been won
in the fourth quarter.
Coe said the Cowboy foot-
ball program provides a lot of
for the players as well as body-
building. In the spring, the se-
niors went to Camp Skyline, a
leadership camp, in Northern
Alabama. Carroll and his staff
load the players on a bus during
football season and take them to
FSU to watch games and just to
hang out with the Seminole
football players during their
practices. He said the kids are
comfortable there, know some
of the coaches and of course,
there are three Cowboys on the
FSU team. Every Wednesday,
Coe said he has the offensive
linemen over to his house for
According to Coe, one of
the Cowboys' strengths is their
lack of a race problem. "Our
kids see our staff getting along
and they follow. There are no
race issues here," Coe stated.
One of the things that
makes Carroll happy is not just
the number of his kids that go on
to play at college, but the num-
ber that come back on their va-
cations from college and during
the summer to work with the
kids. "Once you're a Cowboy,
you're always a Cowboy," Car-
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Cowgirls Rope Lady War Eagles
#14 Shontavia Huggins takes the ball down court.
Huggins scored 13 points against Wakulla. (Greene
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By Janet Schrader
Greene Publishing, Inc.
It was pack-the-gym night atMadison County High School
and the gym was filled to watch the Cowgirls stomp the Lady
War Eagles 59-40. Lateska Brown led the Cowgirls putting on a
show for the fans. Brown scored 22 points against the War Ea-
The two teams appeared fairly even through the first quar-
ter. Wakulla was ahead at the end of the first 9-8. But the Cow-
girls got warmed up in the second and led 25-22 going into the
half. Wakulla came out fresh after the halftime break. The game
was tied at 29 with five minutes left to play in the third period.
Brown took off in the last minutes of the third, hammering
Wakulla with eight unanswered points. The Cowgirls were up
39-31 at the end of the third, and Madison wore out the Lady
War Eagles in the fourth. Wakulla's bench was pretty thin. Every
girl on the Madison team got to play in the last minutes of the
game. The final score was 59-40, with the Cowgirls posting their
first victory of the season.
Brown led with 22. Jennifer Hopkins and Shontavia Hug-
"-gins both had 13 points each. Sasha Turner had -five points and
Fredisa Williams and Ashley Haynes had four points. Haynes is
new to basketball, coming off the varsity volleyball team to try
'her hand at b-ball.
"The team started slow but picked it up on defense in the
second half," said coach Chris Neal. "It was a total team effort."
Look for the Cowgirls at home again on January 9 when.
Madison hosts the Hamilton basketball program in another
pack-the-gym night. The JV girls start things rolling at 3:30 p.m.
with the JV Cowboys, the varsity Cowgirls and the final game
of the night the Cowboys against the Hamilton County Trojans.
Come out and support the Madison County High School basket-
ball program. Go Cowboys!
Miami Northwestern Top School
In 6-A, Lakeland wins 5-A
In Double Overtime
By Janet Schrader
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Miami Northwester took home top honors in Class 6-A Sat-
urday with a 34-14 win over Lake Brantley. The game was
. played Saturday, December 9, in Dolphin Stadium. The Miami
V Northwestern Bulls won their first state title since 1998. It was
*,their head coach Roland Smith's first state title.
In Class 5-A Lakeland lived up to the hype surrounding
them all year, but just barely. Lakeland took home the Class 5-
A state title in two overtime periods, beating St. Thomas
, Aquinas 45-42. St. Thomas Aquinas scored 21 unanswered
Points late in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime.
The Lakeland Dreadnaughts went on to win in dramatic double
Plant took home the state title over Nease in Class 4-A.
' Plant quarterback Robert Marv threw a touchdown pass with 18
seconds left in the game to win 25-21.
Glades Central took home the state title in Class 3-A win-
ning 39-27 over Pine Forest. Glades Central came from behind
in the second half to take the win. It was the first state title since
2000 for Glades Central.
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Madison County Carrier 15A
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR MADISON COUNTY, FLORIDA
THOMAS J. BEGGS, IV
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q NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Pursuant to SS 336.09 and 336.10, Florida Statutes, the Board of County Com-
missioners of Madison County, Florida hereby giveshnotice thaatat 9:00 a.m. during its reg-
tslar meeting held December 20, 2006 at the Board of County Commissioner's Room,
| Room No. 107, Madison County Courthouse Annex, 229 SW PinckneN Street. Madison,
Florida, the Board will hold a public hearing to consider vacating, abandoning, discontin-
uing and closing certain roads located in Northeast Madison County, Florida, more specif-
ically described as follows:
Warren Street: \. hi.on .,n thI 'la.Lof Hanionn. iinji north of tht norih
S.':.',' right-of-way line of NE %,prn Sirri.L iBlair Streei per plati. and suih i.l th-
north line of said Plat of Hanson, as recorded in the Public Records of Madi-
son County, Florida.
Gramling Street: That portion lying west of the west right-of-way line of
Railroad Street and east of the west line of said plat, as shown on the Plat of
Hanson, as recorded in the Public Records of Madison County, Florida.
YOU WILL PLEASE BE GOVEREND ACCORDINGLY.
If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to
any matter considered at such meeting he or she will need a record of the proceedings, and
that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the pro-
ceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal
is to be based.
Dated this 1st day of December 2006.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OF MADISON COUNTY, FLORIDA
BY: Allen Cherry, Interim County Coordinator.
All interested parties may appear at this hearing and be heard regarding this matter.
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, THIRD
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
MADISON COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2006-109-CP
IN RE: ESTATE OF
ARTHUR HUBBARD, JR.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of ARTHUR HUBBARD, JR., deceased, whose
date of death was November 12, 2004; is pending in the Circuit Court for Madison County,
Florida, Probate Division; File Number 2006-109-CP; the names and addresses of the
personal representative and the personal representative's attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other persons, who have claims or demands
against decedent's estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, and who
have been served a copy of this notice, must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A
COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent and other persons who have claims or
demands against the decedent's estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated
claims, must file their claims with this court WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIMS FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF
DEATH IS BARRED.
THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE IS December
Attorney for Personal Representative:
/s/ Clay A. Schnitker
Clay A. Schnitker
Fla Bar No.349143
Davis, Schnitker, Reeves & Browning, P.A.
Post Office Drawer 652
Madison, Florida 32341
/s/ Arthur Hubbard, III
Arthur Hubbard, III
171 Gllltslee Street
Madison, Florida 32340
JOE THOMAS, a/k/a JOSEPH THOMAS; MARY THOMAS; UNKNOWN TENANT NO.
1; UNKNOWN TENANT NO. 2; and UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING INTERESTS
BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST A NAMED DEFENDANT TO THIS ACTION,
OR HAVING OR CLAIMING TO HAVE ANY RIGHT, TITLE OR INTEREST IN THE
PROPERTY HEREIN DESCRIBED,
NOTICE OF ACTION
To: i All Above Named Unknown Defendants, including Unknown Tenant No.1 and
Unknown Tenant No. 2,
.YOU, ALL ABOVE NAMED UNKNOWN DEFENDANTS, INCLUDING UNKNOWN
TENANT NO. 1 AND UNKNOWN TENANT NO. 2, ARE NOTIFIED that an action seek-
ing foreclosure and other relief on the following property in Madison County, Florida:
Parcel Identification Number: 31-1N-11-6227-012-000; (Lee Farms 12)
A portion of Section 31, Township 1 North, Range 11 East, being more particularly de-
scribed as follows:
Commence at a rebar marking the Southwest corner of said Section 31; thence South 89
Degrees 55 Minutes 28 Seconds East along the South line of said Section 31 a distance of
708.49 feet to the centerline of a 60 foot access easement, said point also marking the
Southwest corner and POINT OF BEGINNING of the following described parcel; thence
North 00 Degrees 16 Minutes 31 Seconds East along said centerline a distance of 474.06
feet; thence North 89 Degrees 54 Minutes 32 Seconds East a distance of 1058.55 feet;
thence South 00 Degrees 17 Minutes 20 Seconds West a distance of 477.10 feet to the South
line of said Section 31; thence North 89 Degrees 55 Minutes 47 Seconds West along said
South line a distance of 441.68 feet to a concrete monument; thence North 89 Degrees 55
Minutes 28 Seconds West along said South line a distance of 616.74 feet to the POINT OF
-BEGINNING. Containing 11.55 acres, more or less.
SUBJECT TO AND TOGETHER WITH those easements for ingress, egress and utilities
as more particularly described in the Official Records for Madison County, Florida Offi-
cial Record Book 672 Pages 331 and 332 and labeled easement "A" and Official Record
Book 674, Page 260 and Official Record Book 674, Pages 262 and 263.
AND ALSO SUBJECT TO those Lee Farms Property Owners Association Articles and
Protective and Restrictive Covenants as more particularly described in Official Record
Book 674, Pages 289 through 296 of the Official Records of Madison County, Florida.
Said lands situate, lying and being in Madison County, Florida.
has been filed against you, and each of you, are required to serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, to it on Scot B. Copeland,.the plaintiff's attorney, whose address is 174
East Basit Sirr r. Madison. Florida 32341) on or before January 12, 2007, and file the orig-
inal with the clerk of this court either before service on the plaintiff's attorney or imme-
diately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded
in the complaint or petition.
Dated this 7th day of December, 2006.
As Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Ramona Dickinson
As Deputy Clerk
CASE NO: 2006-534-CA
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What All Parents Should Have In Their Medicine Cabinets
If you haven't heard that it will become part of has grown resistant to have used to treat cuts
of MRSA methicillinn your vocabulary in the common antibiotics; this scrapes for years.
resistant Staphylococcus near future. MRSA is a includes the triple antibiot- These opportuni
aureus), there is no doubt type of staph bacteria that ic ointments that parents bacteria cause severe,
to provide quality care,
'- Marsha NMiler, RN
"I've worked at South Georgia
NkJical Center for over 27 years,
and I've been a RN for the past 10.
I've seen mnny changes here,
however, the one thing that hasn't
changed is the dedication of the
nurses I work with.
\Ve continue to provide quality
.:arc, while cuonifi ring _ur patients.
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and potentially deadly, staph' ment and have skin con-
infections when an oppor- tact, which are both com-
stic tunity like broken skin or a mon causes of infection.
and weakened immune system A new product by Tec
presents itself. Labs gives parents a dif-
Historically, staph ferent way to treat cuts,
infections occurred among scrapes and abrasions.
persons in hospitals and StaphAseptic .prevents
healthcare facilities but infection, without antibi-
now they are rapidly otics, by killing over 99.9
spreading into the general percent of MRSA.
,- population and are easily MRSA can cause
spread from person to per- skin infections that may
son. This trend look like a
M.. is causing alarm spider bite
among expert or boil and
and the Center can be
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i Control _- swollen
(CDC). a n d
According painful or
to the CDC, have pus.
"The increas- If left
ing frequency untreated,
of antimicro- they can
bial resist- '- e become
a n c e deadlyh. If
a m n g ou think
infectious N ou have MRSA,
organisms is of see your doctor immedi-
great concern to both ately.
medical providers and The best way to pre-
the general public." vent MRSA skin infec-
,. Experts outside the CDC tions is to practice good
J also agree that parents Jhygiene.
need to be alerted to this Keep your hands.
potentially devastating clean
threat. Avoid contact with
"It's very clear we
are in the middle of a
MRSA epidemic now,"
says Dr. Robert Daum,
professor of pediatrics at
Hospital. "Both in our
emergency room and our
inpatient service, we are
admitting patients by the
flocks with this."
MRSA can be picked
up just about anywhere,
from schools and work-
places to your own
kitchen or bathroom. Any
open wound, even a
scraped knee or a minor
cut, is susceptible to
infection. Kids playing
sports are at greater risk
because they share equip-
other people's wounds or
bandages, and avoid
sharing personal items
such as towels or razors.
sports gear and equip-
Keep cuts and
scrapes clean and cov-
ered with a bandage until
StaphAseptic is the
only wound care treat-
ment available over-the-
counter for MRSA pre-
vention. For more infor-
mation on MRSA and a
free sample packet of
or call (800) 482-4464
for a free brochure.
Madison County Carrier Wednesday, December 13, 2006 5B
Take Preventive Measures To Ward Off Colds & Flu
It's hard to stay healthy
during the winter months.
Everyone from your kids to
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Exercise Aids In
If you exercise on a regular
basis, recent research shows that
your skin may heal up to 25 per-
cent faster than if you were
sedentary. This finding comes on
the heels of a study in which sci-
entists delivered a small punc-
ture wound to sedentary men
and women between the ages of
55 and 77. Half the group of 28
people was then asked to exer-
cise on a treadmill, ride a sta-
tionary bike,- and perform
strength training three times per
week, one hour per session, for
three months. The other half of
the group remained inactive. At
the end of that time, the skin
wounds healed an average 10
days faster (29 days versus 39)
among those who exercised.
Your body can benefit
numerously from regular exer-
cise. However, always consult
with your physician before-
beginning any exercise regimen.
When you require the care of a
OGY & SKIN SURGERY. Our
office is conveniently located at
114 NW 76th Drive and we can
be reached by calling 352-332-
4442. New patients are wel-
P.S. Exercise increases circula-
tion and helps regulate the
immune system and the hor-
mones that influence the healing
your co-workers seems to
be sniffling, coughing and
sneezing. Not only is being
sick unpleasant, the cost
adds up fast there's
missed time .from work or
school, doctor's visits and
medication. As the old say-
ing goes, an ounce of pre-
vention is worth a pound of
cure, so take steps now to
ward off winter illness.
One of the easiest ways
to avoid colds and flu is to
be scrupulous about wash-
ing your hands and to
train your family to follow
your lead. Use soap and
water and scrub for at least
20 seconds. An easy way to
help kids scrub long enough
is to have them sing the
ABCs while they wash. Use
a paper towel to turn off the
water and open the bath-
room door to avoid re-con-
Eating right and getting
plenty of rest are also
important tools in the well-
ness arsenal. Plenty of
nutritious food is essential
to building a healthy
immune system. A well-
balanced diet provides
sources of energy.and nutri-
tion. Lack of sleep can
lower the immune system's
ability to react when need-
ed. Without sufficient sleep,
the immune system is hard-
pressed to keep up with its
nightly repair work. This
creates the opportunity for
disease processes to begin.
Augment your diet by
adding vitamins and other
supplements to your daily
routine. Vitamin C is com-
monly mentioned as being
useful in warding off colds,
but there are other supple-
ments that you should con-
sider as well. Bioactive
Nutrients, a Spooner, Wisc.,
company that has been in
the business of helping peo-
ple live healthier lifestyles
since 1995, has a number of
products that can help you
stay healthy this winter.
Boost super antioxidant
blend neutralizes free radi-
cals and boosts the immune
system, both important
components of staying
well. Antioxidants, such as
vitamins E and C and beta
carotene, slow the activity
of free radicals which leads
to oxidation, a natural
process that causes cell and
tissue damage. While oxi-
dation is a natural process,
it is speeded up due to fac-
tors such as pollution, use
of alcohol and smoking.
Berry Boost contains a
blend of seven natural fruit
and herb seed flours that
combine for a super rich
blend of antioxidants.
A daily supplement
that provides essential vita-
mins and minerals for opti-
mum health is also an
important part of your win-
ter health regimen. The
ingredients in BioPLUS
will help prevent colds and
flu, thanks to a healthy
dose of antioxidants. It
also contains B vitamins
which assist the body in
utilizing the food you eat
and support the nervous
and immune systems, as
well as essential trace ele-
ments to guard against dis-
ease. The formula includes
vitamin D, a critical hor-
mone involved in many of
the body's processes, such
as regulating cell growth,
the immune system and
blood pressure, and in pro-
ducing insulin, brain
chemicals and bone.
Emerging research indi-
cates that vitamin D -is
more important to our
health than previously
helps promote digestive
health and improved
immune function. This
custom probiotic blend is a
combination of seven
strains of probiotic organ-
isms and whole cranberry
seed powder. Probiotic-
CSP promotes the growth
of good bacteria in your
system. Probiotics are also
important if you are taking
antibiotics this winter.
Antibiotics kill off all the
bacteria in your system,
both good and bad;
Probiotic-CSP helps pro-
mote good bacteria.
Thanks to a special cold-
press processing method,
the ingredients in
Probiotic-CSP retain their
original nutritional proper-
ties and phyto-elements,
unlike other products man-
ufactured using high heat
and chemical solvents.
Taking a few preven-
tive measures now will
ensure better health this
winter. For more informa-
tion on these supplements,
Nutrients.corn or call (800)
"Brush Up" On Smile Care To Prevent Colds
According to the
American Academy of
Periodontology, there are
more than 300 species of
bacteria in the mouth.
Bacteria levels can
increase when teeth are not
brushed, creating a breed-
ing ground for viruses that
can travel through the
bloodstream to other body
parts. Recent research sug-
gests that bacteria found in
the throat, as well as bacte-
ria found in the mouth, can
be drawn into the lower
respiratory tract; the area
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where the common cold is
up on oral care routines
can help keep colds at bay.
Here are some tips to get
Fresh apples, especial-
ly Red Delicious, are
known for cleaning teeth
and strengthening gums, as
well as being excellent
detoxifiers. Moreover, a
serving of 100 percent
apple juice has been
shown to help destroy
viruses in the body. It's
also a good means of pro-
viding essential fluids to
Fight More than Just
Plaque with your
has evolved significantly.
These days they not only
taste better, but they also
kill more germs than ever.
A new compound has been
proven to inhibit mouth
bacteria, in the form of
plaque, significantly better
than the typical sodium
fluoride toothpaste for
over 24 hours.
Step it up to Power
Step up your brushing
routine by trading in your
manual toothbrush for a
power toothbrush like the
Oral-B Vitality. You can
keep your teeth and gums
healthy by brushing twice
a day for two minutes, and
focusing on the area above
the gumline to stimulate
Keep Those Bristles in
Tip Top Shape
According to the
Centers for Disease
Control, even after being
rinsed visibly clean, tooth-
brushes can remain con-
taminated with potentially
pathogenic organisms. To
avoid infection, after rins-
ing, dry the toothbrush
upright in a well ventilat-
ed, but protected area.
This year, keep your
mouth and body healthy
6B Madison County Carrier Wednesday, December 13, 2006 www.greenepublishing.com
Go Back To The Basics For A Healthier Lifestyle
Every New Year, mil-
lions of Americans resolve
to lead healthier lifestyles.
This can often seem like a
daunting task, as many peo-
ple say that they don't have
the time or are too over-
whelmed to incorporate
healthy choices into their
But forming a new
healthy habit can be as easy
as committing yourself to it
for two weeks. For exam-
ple, a recent study published
in the "Journal of
that people who flossed
with Glide floss twice daily
for two weeks reduced gin-
gival bleeding by up to 42
The key is to return to
the basics and make a few
small changes to your at-
home care routine that can
make a big difference in
Eat breakfast every
morning Breakfast eaters
are champions of good
health, but unfortunately,
not many of us do it. By
starting your day off with a
nutritious breakfast, you
will be less likely to crave
fattening snacks and will
give your metabolism the
energy boost it needs to
accomplish tasks through-
out the day.
Practice good dental
hygiene In his -book
"RealAge", Dr. Michael F.
Roizen suggests that floss-
ing daily can add 6.4 years
to your life. As brushing
alone can miss up to 30 per-
cent of the tooth, surface,
flossing becomes a critical
part of the oral care routine.
- With today's superior tech-
nology, there are no more
excuses for skipping floss-
ing due to tight teeth or tight
timing. Glide offers its
Deep Clean floss in to-go
packs, so no matter how
busy your lifestyle, you can
take this healthy habit with
you. Glide Deep Clean is
fashioned from Gore-tex
material that resists shred-
ding and slides comfortably
between the teeth, and
leaves your mouth feeling
Park it in the back -
Everyone knows that exer-
cise has a number of bene-
fits from increasing energy
levels and burning fat to
reducing stress. Even if you
can't make it to the gym,
make a habit of incorporat-
ing new and- innovative
ways to get your dose of
exercise for the day. Choose
a remote spot in the parking
lot when running errands.
The extra distances will get
your heart pumping espe-
cially when carrying all
those shopping bags back to
the car on the way out!
Wash your hands ...
and the things you handle -
Mom always said to wash
your hands, and she was
germs can easily be trans-
ferred to foods, surfaces and
other people. It's also help-
ful to keep antibacterial
wipes handy so you can reg-
ularly disinfect your cell
phone, key board and com-
puter mouse there's no
point in washing your hands
if you are going to touch a
dirty surface immediately
Develop healthy sleep
habits Rest is vital for a
person's health, growth and
development. Quantity and
quality is important with
most adults needing
between 7.5 and 8.5 hours
of uninterrupted sleep a day.
This will help you wake up
feeling refreshed without
the use of an, alarm clock,
while feeling energetic all
When making changes
for a healthier lifestyle,
revert back to the basics to
keep it manageable and
Five Small Steps To Prevent Diabetes
If its a romantic moment, not to worry. But if a health
problem does the same thing. it s important to get the right
care. The medical staff of Shands Live Oak includes
pulmonolog:sts who specialize in diagnosing and treating a
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You can prevent dia-
,/ betes with just a few simple
steps. Researchers say that
people at risk for type 2 dia-
betes can reduce their risk
by making just a few small
The key .to diabetes
prevention is taking small
steps toward living a
healthier life, according to
the U.S. Department of
Health and Human
Services' National Diabetes
(NDEP), which is jointly
sponsored by National
Institutes of Health (NIH)
and the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention and
has the support of more
than 200 partner organiza-
tions, including the NMA.
If you are over 45 and
overweight, you are at
increased risk for predia-
NDEP and the NMA
recommend these five small
steps you can take today to
live a healthier life and pre-
vent or delay diabetes:
Find out if you are
at risk. Talk to your health
care provider at your next
Set realistic goals
and start by making small
changes. For example, try
to get 15 minutes of physi-
cal activity a day this week.
Each week, add five min-
utes until you build up to
the recommended 30 min-
utes a day, five days a week.
Try to eat more
fruits and vegetables, beans
and grains. Reduce the
amount of fat in your diet.
Choose grilled or baked
foods instead of fried.
Keeping a food
diary is one of the most
effective ways to lose
weight and keep it off.
Review this diary with your
health care provider.
Making even mod-
est lifestyle changes can be
tough in the beginning. Try
adding one new healthy
change a week. The key is
just to keep at it.
If you have predia-
betes, the NDEP has infor-
mation to help you. To get a
free copy of "Small Steps.
Big Rewards. Your Game
Plan for Preventing Type 2
Diabetes," call (800) 438-
5383 or visit
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Be A Savvy Senior: Tips For Staying Happy & Healthy This Winter
The upcoming winter
months can be a tough time
for anyone, but for older
adults this time of year is not
only treacherous, but stress-
ful. According to the
Association's 2006 Stress
Survey, the number one
stressor is a sick family
member. And, stress can
lower your resistance to
infection and increase the
intensity of illness. But
don't stress yet! Now's the
time to prepare to fight the
effects of the upcoming win-
ter season. Be a savvy senior
and use the following tips:
Practice an Ounce of
According to the U.S.
Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, 35 to 50
million Americans get the
flu each year. And of the
20,000 deaths associated
yearly with the flu, the eld-
erly are the most suscepti-
ble. Make this year different
by adding an ounce of pre-
Flu season runs from
mid-October through mid-
March, with the height of
the season from January
through March. So be sure
to get a flu shot before the
season arrives. You can eas-
ily get the vaccination at
your doctor's office or
check with your local Board
of Health for flu clinics
offered at community loca-
With the windows and
doors sealed tightly to keep
cold drafts out, it also keeps
cold and flu germs inside the
home. Utilize products that
are focused on stopping the
spread of germs safely and
naturally, such as the Germ
Guardian UV-C room air
sanitizer. This product helps
eliminate potentially harm-
ful airborne germs from
your' home and is proven
effective against 99.9 per-
cent of targeted airborne
cold and flu-causing viruses
and other germs. It harness-
es the power of naturally
occurring UV-C light tech-
nology, the same technology
used in hospitals, making it
a safe way to kill germs
without the use of chemi-
cals. For more information,
smoking as it can make you
more prone to bacterial and
viral infections. Since
smoking damages the lin-
ings of the nose and throat,
smokers tend to have more
frequent and severe colds
Secondhand smoke can also
lower one's natural defens-
es,. so breaking the habit
will not only help your
health, but those around you
Avoid Slips and Falls
Walking in a winter
wonderland can be a dan-
gerous excursion for sen-
iors. According to the
National Safety Council,
falls are the leading cause of
unintentional injury in or
around the home for
Americans 65 and older.
Take some precautions
this year to make the out-
door walks a bit safer.
Always wear flat, rub-
ber-soled shoes to gain tread
on slick surfaces.
Purchase a walking
cane for added assistance.
Keep Warm and Safe
More home fires take
place during the winter
months than any other time
of the year due to the
increased use of wood-
burning fireplaces and
space heaters. Eliminate
risks while you're staying
warm and toasty by taking
into account the following:
Have your chimney
professionally cleaned and
always use a sturdy fire-
place screen to protect your
home from flying embers
that could catch fire.
Portable heaters are
the leading cause of home
fires in the winter months.
Be sure that electric space
heaters have significant
room around them so they
do not catch fire to nearby
blankets, couches or cur-
Indoor humidity can
be extremely low in the
winter, which can dry out
your skin and mucous mem-
branes, making you more
susceptible to getting sick.
Humidifiers can help with
keeping the air in your
house from getting too dry.
By following these
simple tips, you'll be on
your way to a healthy,
happy winter season. If you
do happen to catch a cold or
the flu this winter, remem-
ber to stay hydrated, don't
skimp on sleep and call
your doctor if your symp-
toms last longer than 10
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Do You Know Where Your Medical Records Are?
If you need some
information from a doctor
you have not seen in a few
years, how likely is it that
you will be able to get that
information? A correspon-
dent recently wrote to an
advice columnist about
her experience in trying to
locate old medical
records, only to find that
her doctor's practice had
closed and her medical
records had been
"It's important to
know the record retention
policy of each of your
says Denise Pozen, attor-
ney and creator of the So
Tell Me... personal health
such as Medicare and
Medicaid have record
usually five or six years;
but state requirements
vary, and some states have
no requirement. Also, the
method of tracking time
can vary; for doctors it is
usually from the date of
last treatment, while for
hospitals, nursing or reha-
bilitation facilities, it may
be from the date. of dis-
In addition, records
can also be destroyed by
fire or natural disasters.
So, how do you protect
yourself and make sure
your medical information
is available when you
need it? Pozen suggests a
stay in touch with your
healthcare providers, and
maintain your own abbre-
viated health record.
Stay in touch
"Most providers will
try to contact you before
they destroy records or x-
rays so that you can either
ask them to continue to
keep the records, or take
possession of them your-
self' says Pozen. "Ask
each of your healthcare
providers -- primary care
doctor, eye doctor, dentist,
and any specialists --
about their record reten-
tion policy. Then make
sure your healthcare
providers have your cur-
rent address, so they can
contact you if necessary. If
you move within the same
city or town, send all your
healthcare providers a
change of address notice
so they can reach you. If
you move out of town, ask
your healthcare providers
to forward your records to
your new doctors."
Keep your own record
A personal health
record combines personal
information such as emer-
gency contacts, insurance
information and health
directives with summaries
of medical information
such as doctor visits, med-
ical procedures, and lab
reports. "I strongly urge
everyone to keep some
form of a personal health
record," says Pozen. "I
created the So Tell Me...
personal health organizer
because of my role as
caregivers for my parents,
but you don't have to be a
caregiver or in poor health
to benefit from using it. A
personal health record
will not only help you get
more effective treatment
from your healthcare
providers, but it will act
as a back-up in case some-
thing happens to the
records kept by your
If you're creating a
personal health record,
including four types of
information. "A PHR
should include four cate-
gories of information,"
she says, "personal: such
as name, address, contact
doctor visits, ER visits,
diagnostic tests and sur-
geries; medicinal: your
prescriptions and supple-
ments; and observational:
such as notes from doctor
visits, diet or exercise
records, reactions to med-
ications, research notes,
Motherly Love And Determination A Recipe For A CURE
By Jenna Martin
When Susan Axelrod
and several other mothers
started Citizens United for
Research in Epilepsy
(CURE), it was more than
just motherly love that
fueled their mission, but an
intense determination to
find a cure for epilepsy.
Like many mothers of
children with epilepsy,
Axelrod has watched her
daughter, from the time she
was 7 months of age, suffer
countless seizures a day.
Now 24 years old,
Axelrod's daughter, Lauren,
Ciftsas Uifled far Harswlft
has been on every conceiv-
able epilepsy treatment
ranging from Phenobarbital
to invasive neurosurgery.
Although within the past
few years they have been
able to control her seizures
with a mixture of anti-
epileptic medications, the
damage to her brain has
In 1998, after 20 differ-
ent medications, the keto-
genic diet, vagal nerve stim-
ulation and a neurosurgical
procedure-all the while
watching her developing
brain deteriorate from
uncontrollable seizures I
made a decision. I didn't
want anyone else to have to
go through this. I decided
that epilepsy needed the
same research efforts as
cancer and other better-
funded diseases because I
saw the devastating effects
it had on my daughter and I
knew its potentially life-
threatening consequences. I
wanted the suffering to stop,
not just for my family but
for all families. That's when
we started CURE," said
Since its inception in
1998, CURE has raised over
$3 million to fund research
and other initiatives dedi-
cated to finding a cure for
epilepsy. CURE awards
seed grants to young and
established investigators to
explore new areas and col-
lect the data necessary to
apply for further funding by
the National Institutes of
Health. To date, CURE has
awarded over 30 research
When asked what is
still needed to raise public
awareness about epilepsy,
Axelrod sighed and said,
"One of the biggest miscon-
ceptions is that epilepsy is
benign and easily treated.
But the truth is there are so
many people with
intractable epilepsy, so
many who cannot lead 'nor-
mal' lives. If we continue to
portray epilepsy as a 'non-
problem' why then would
funding be directed towards
finding a cure? What we
truly need is a celebrity
well-known by the media
and politicians who can
champion the epilepsy
cause and bring the severity
and prevalence of epilepsy
out of the closet. With more
attention on a national level
we can increase our
momentum in finding a
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sound sleep and less stress
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matter what your age.
"Women have other special-
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game at every age.
Your 20s and 30s
Eat right now: Aim
for five to nine daily servings
of fruits and vegetables.
Along with fruit, other good,
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whole grains such as whole-
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and limit your intake of high-
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Big Bend Hospice Patient & Family Volunteers Are The Essential Piece
Comfort, Compassion, Caring, Companionship Big Bend Hospice Volunteers Enrich Lives
"Being a patient volun-
teer for Big Bend Hospice
has been more rewarding
than I could have ever
imagined," said Louise
Strickland. "I started out
making a one-year commit-
ment and that was 12 years
ago. Big Bend Hospice
training and support has
helped me help many hos-
Madison County citi-
zens have the opportunity
to comfort patients by
becoming a hospice patient
volunteer. Big, Bend
Hospice provides a. two-
day training session at the
office in Madison. The
office is located at 225
S.W. Smith Street, across
the street from the Madison
County Health Department.
If you are interested in
becoming a trained volun-
teer, call Marilyn Nations,
Volunteer Coordinator at 1-
"Being a hospice vol-
unteer is not for everyone,"
said Wilma Dickey who
has been a Big Bend
Hospice patient volunteer
for 12 years. "It is for
those who want to share a
very special time and to
give compassion and sup-
port. I am so proud to be a
part of Big Bend Hospice
care team. The team nurse,
home health aide and fami-
ly support counselor pro-
vide the professional sup-
port the patient needs and I
provide the companionship
and support needed."
The training session
offers all the background a
volunteer needs to support
the volunteer in helping
Big Bend Hospice patients
and to meet all the state and
federal requirements of
being a patient volunteer.
Volunteers are asked to
make a one-year commit-
ment. "Big Bend Hospice
provides initial training,
quarterly update sessions
and on-going support. We
work to make sure our vol-
unteers have the assistance
they need," said Marilyn
Nations, Madison County
Madison County has
very active volunteers."
These volunteers are well
known throughout the
county and are active com-
munity as well as volun-
teering. for Big Bend
Hospice. They could use
your help! As the requests
for volunteers in Madison
County continue to grow,
so does the need for trained
volunteers. From visiting
homes, nursing homes,
hospitals or even being a
telephone-buddy, the won-
derful volunteers in
Madison County make up
the heart and soul of Big
Big Bend Hospice has
been your hometown hos-
pice since 1983. When the
doors opened the first day,
the census was one. Today,
the average daily census is
now usually greater than
280. In 1986, hospice serv-
ices became a Medicare
When this became effec-
tive, the federal govern-
ment required that volun-
teers provide 5 percent of
all hands on patient care.
Big Bend Hospice is very
proud to brag that we
exceed this, averaging 8-10
Our pool of volunteers
at Big Bend Hospice ranges
in age from 18 to 80 some-
thing! They are college stu-
dents who originally were
looking for a few volunteer
hours and end up staying
active throughout their
entire college career. They
are stay-at-home moms
looking for something*
rewarding to do with free
hours, and businesspersons
who manage to squeeze us
into their already cramped
schedules. They are retirees
looking' to enrich their
retirement years and give
something back to their
community. They are men
and women from all walks
of life who are willing to
get out of bed in the middle
of the night to sit with a
patient that is imminently
dying. They are people
who cheerfully sit out in
90-degree weather at vari-
ous fairs and festivals to
get the word out about our
organization and the servic-
es we provide.
These members of
your county give, give, and
yet always cheerfully reply,
"Yes!" the next time they-
are asked to take on anoth-
er task. Each volunteer has
special stories to share.
One volunteer reported that
as she entered the room of
.her patient, she could see
that the lady was in
extreme pain. When the
patient realized her volun-
teer was there with her, she
raised her arms and told her
that she was the sunshine in
her morning! This affected
the volunteer more than
anything else a patient had
ever told her. Volunteers
say they receive a lot more
that they give.
If you are interested in
becoming the essential
piece for Big Bend
Hospice, please call
Marilyn Nations. You can
reach her toll-free at 1-800-
772-5862 ext. 274. Your
life will be enriched.
Volunteers Are An Essential Piece...
Big Bend Hospice volunteers provide support and
companionship when they are needed most.
They lend a hand, lend an ear, and lend their hearts.
1 .Hospice volunteers help patients and families live every
day to the fullest- and make a difference in their lives!
To become a volunteer, call 973-8131 or (800) 772-5862 today.
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12B Madison County Carrier Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Don't Let Stress Make A Mess Of Work And Home Life
By Eugene Baker, Ph.D.
Statistics don't lie. The
facts are in and research
suggests that stress is mak-
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ing Americans sick.
According to the National
Institutes of Health, 80 to
90 percent of all illnesses
are either directly or indi-
rectly caused by stress.
In another study, con-
ducted by the Center for
the New American Dream,
researchers found that
more than 50 percent of
Americans would be will-
ing to take a day off work
without pay in an effort to
feel less stressed and have
more time with their fami-
And ongoing public
opinion research finds that
the majority of stress that
people feel is directly relat-
ed to work issues such as
time management, dead-
lines, and dealing with dif-
Fortunately, there are
action steps that people can
incorporate into their daily
routines to help them
regain control of their
Here are some tips for
relieving workplace stress.
Eat Right. Avoid eat-
ing unhealthy snacks.
Eating healthy food can
increase your energy.
Drink Less Caffeine.
Drinking lots of coffee and
-sodas can increase your
stress levels. If you can't
cut out caffeine beverages
completely, try to alternate
your caffeine intake with
healthier beverages or
Exercise. Exercise is
a great way to relieve
stregs, so try to take a brisk
10-minute walk during the
day, even if it means a
walk around the office or
building. Walking will help
to get your blood moving
and give you a mental
break from your tasks.
can help to relieve stiff
muscles, which can hold
tension and make you feel
Think Positive. Take
a few minutes to reflect on
the good things in life.
Taking stock of what you
have can instantly improve
your mood and outlook.
Breathe. When we
are stressed, we have a ten-
dency to take shallow
breaths, which can result in
feeling more' tense. Start
by inhaling deeply through
the nose for a count of
eight, then exhaling slowly
for a count of 16.
Concentrate on your count-
ing and breath.
Rest. Be sure you are
getting enough sleep at
night. Not feeling rested
can add to your stress level
and make you feel- more
overwhelmed. If you have
been experiencing recur-
ring sleepless nights, con-
sult your physician for
Do Things You
Enjoy. Try to do something
you love every day to give
yourself something to look
Most stress arises due
to feelings of life being out
of control. By taking time
to get yourself organized,
and taking care of yourself,
you can begin to gain con-
trol and ensure that your
workday is as relaxed as
Eugene Baker, Ph.D.,
is the vice president for
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grams for United
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