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Title: Madison County carrier
Alternate Title: Carrier
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tommy Greene
Place of Publication: Madison Fla
Publication Date: January 9, 2008
Copyright Date: 2009
Frequency: weekly
Subject: Newspapers -- Madison (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Madison County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Madison -- Madison
Coordinates: 30.466389 x -83.415278 ( Place of Publication )
Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Aug. 5, 1964.
General Note: Co-publisher: Mary Ellen Greene.
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 32, no. 15 (Nov. 22, 1995).
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Volume ID: VID00092
Source Institution: University of Florida
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"Incubator" Hatching
First Success Story
Page 7A


Madison EMS Reports
2007 Results To
County Commission
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Suspected Serial

Killer Brings

Stricter Safety


By Tyrra B Meserve
GreenePublishing, Inc.
After the recent kidnapping and
murder of Cheryl Dunlap, whose body
was discovered days later in the
Apalachicola National Forest, there
was speculation as to whether a serial
killer was on the prowl in the area. The
Florida Department of Law Enforce-
ment was contacted and a spokesperson
eased tension by stating that a serial
killer was not suspected of the crime,
however, awareness of possible danger
and the fact that the killer has re-
mained at large increases the need for
public awareness.
Although not officially deemed a se-
rial murder, Cheryl Dunlap's death still
leaves the public with unanswered
questions, along with an overall sense
of foreboding.FeW details are being re-

Rising Gas Prices

Due To Speculation
By Tyrra.B Meserve
Greene Publishing, Inc.
With gas prices continuing to rise,
apparently with no end in sight, the
economy is starting to panic. Accord-
ing to authorities on the subject, much
of the price inflation is due to specula-
tion. The free market is set up to pro-
tect consumers, however, when specu-
lators' rule reaches from trading stock
to vital commodities, such as oil, it is
none other than the consumer that
pays the speculated price.
NYMEX, or the New York Mercan-
tile Exchange, has become the price-
setting mechanism for oil. Oil prices
have risen over the past year and will
continue to rise according to their
speculations. Yet, there may be no rea-
son for it. On Monday, crude oil
dropped once more for a third day in a
row. Still, at the pump, gas prices rose
overnight, once again, to a national av-
erage of $3.106 a gallon, according to
AAA afid the Oil Price Information
This'is due to a number of factors.
The West's standoff with Iran growing
into a wider confrontation last year
was just one factor that raised the
price of gas. Oil's jump back into
record territory is another, as is the oil
workers' strike in Venezuela. Also
weighing on oil prices is a stronger
dollar. As the dollar rises and falls,
crude futures bought and sold in dol-
lars, are more attractive to
vestors. Analysts believe that a weak-
ened dollar drew speculative investors
into oil markets that drives the oil'
prices above $100 a barrel, and
NYMEX sets the margin requirement,
or "good faith" deposit.
The most significant factor in de-
termining gasoline prices is the price
of crude oil. a publicly traded com-
modity Retail gas prices vary and are
determined by a number of factors.
These factors include transporta-
tion costs, competitive mix, location

Five Cowboys Involved In- Wreck

By Tyrra B Meserve
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Returning from San Antonio, Texas,
on Friday, where they had been taking
part in an invitation-only scouting
event for top junior football players, As-
sistant coaches Travis Hodge (picture
not available), Mike Coe and Jeremy
Carroll, as well as players Chris Thomp-
son and Jacobbi McDaniel were in-
volved in a crash on Interstate 10.
The five members of Madison Coun-
ty High School's football program were
driving back from San Antonio in one of
the high school's vans and had reached
Louisiana, just outside of Crowley,
when the crash occurred.
Marilyn Womack, of New Orleans,
was passing the van on the left when
her vehicle had a tire blowout and her
vehicle slammed into the left side of the
van, causing it to run off the road into
an embankment.
The van flipped over, rolling numer-
ous times before finally crashing into a
tree. Both McDaniel and Carroll were
knocked unconscious, while Hodge was

were taken to area hospitals. Coe, Mc- said to be doing better.
Daniel and Thompson were released Frankie Carroll, Madison County
shortly after 2 a.m., Saturday morning. Head Coach, drove to Louisiana late Fri-
Coe, McDaniel and Thompson, checked day night to pick up the four members
into a hotel room where they waited un- who had been released. He commented
til Carroll was released later that morn- that the victims of the accident were do-
ing. ing better. All are waiting for Hodge to
Hodge, another assistant coach for be released as soon as possible.
the Cowboys is still being held in a Marilyn Womack, 32, was dited for
Louisiana Hospital where he is expected careless driving and for driving without
to be released later this week. His in- a license.

Children Survive, One Passenger

Killed In 1-10 Rollover
By Michael Curtis
Greene PuNiishing,
According to
the accident re rt
from the Florida
Highway Patrol,
driver Isabel
Ramirez (59) of
Cape Coral lost
,control of her
Ford SUV while
traveling east on I-
10, resulting in the
vehicle rolling
over several times
and the subse-
quent death of pas-
senger Irmo Mari-
no (88), also of
Cape Coral. An-
other passenger,
Dayana Caballero-
Duarte (25), was
ejected from the
car during the
wreck, but she and
the remaining four
passengers sur- Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Jacob Bembry, December 29, 2007
vived. They, too, --- i
Local fireman,Jason Givens, holds Zion Estrada, a passenger
- CONTINUED ON in the fatal car crash, as fireman Eric Powell looks on.
PAGE 2A are The deadly car crash left one dead and four injured.

Greenville Man Arrested

After High Speed Chase

By Tyrra B Meserve
Greene Publishing, Inc.
On Sunday January 6, Patrick O.
Hampton was arrested after leading po-
lice on a high-speed chase down Main
Street in
o-2 Greenville, that re-
sulted in his over-
turning the vehi-
cle he was driving.
0 Cpl. Kevin Odom,
the officer in-
volved in the
chase and subse-
Squent arrest of
BHampton, was al-
Patrick Hamptn most struck as
Patrick 0. Hampton Hampton tried to
elude capture. Dis-
patched to the scene after an anony-
' mous tip informed police that Hampton
was wanted in the county, and in the
area, Cpl. Odom was able to make the
arrest only after a chase that lead to
Hampton being charged with aggravat-
ed assault on an officer and resisting

with violence.
Sunday evening, dispatch advised
Cpl. Odom that Hampton, who was
wanted in the county, had been seen in a
white sports car off Ray Charles and
Ormond streets. Upon arrival, Odom ob-
served the vehicle backing in on the
west side of the old Boom Boom Room.
Odom notified dispatch of the vehicle's
location and then proceeded to ap-
proach the vehicle with caution.
Three subjects were seen in the ve-
hicle and Patrick Hampton, the occu-
pant in the rear passenger seat was
identified. Hampton tried to exit the ve-
hicle in what appeared to be an attempt
to flee. Cpl. Odom advised Hampton to
stop before he was forced to use his
tasor, however, "Fluffy" Hampton was -
unresponsive. Hampton climbed into
the front driver's seat, unheeding the
Officer's commands to stop, and pro-
ceeded to put the can in gear to flee.
Almost striking Cpl. Odom in the
process, Hampton accelerated rapidly

TDC Reviews



By Michael Curtis
Greene Publishing, Inc.
During their monthly meeting; held
on January 3, the Madison County
Tourism and Development Council re-
viewed several promotional tools, deter-
mining some should stay, some should
go and others should be introduced
soon. Among the items, the one receiv-
ing the most debate was the decision to
no longer participate in the "Original
Florida" program. More information
about the program may be found at
County Commissioner Ricky Hen-
derson, serving as liaison to the coun-
cil; gave a brief history about the affili-
ation with the program, which Clerk of
the Court Tim Sanders detailed more
extensively The project is designed as a
multi-county tourism promotional tool
that a majority of current TDC nmem-
bership has now determined to be a
greater expense than benefit. The situ-
ation was aggravated by the fact that
the actual contract is between. the
Board of County Commissioners and
Original Florida, meaning that the for-
mality of canceling the membership

Fact-Finding Committee

To Review County

Extension Complaints
By Michael Curtis
Greene Publishing, Inc.
On December 11, a fact-finding com-
mittee will meet at 1:00 in the Board of
County Commissioner's meeting room
to discuss complaints levied against
County Extension Director Diann Dou-
glas. Several of these complaints were
made public during the December 19
BOCC meeting. High turnover was
mentioned among the protests.
In order to review the topics, a fact-
finding committee was formed. Com-
mittee members will review the com-
plaints in an effort to restore confi-
dence in the agency Historically, the
achievements in the various areas that
the local office covers have included
numerous awards and public recogni-
tion. Conversely, in this particular in-
stance, it was the large number of pub-
lic protesters that set this process in

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The report stated that the vehicle drifted off the
right shoulder of the interstate, over-corrected back to
the left, turning over on its right side as it went into
the median, where it then rolled over several times.
The report showed charges of "Careless Driving" were
Marino was officially pronounced dead on New
Year's Day at Shands Hospital in Live Oak. Seriously.
injured passenger Imperia Torres (34) was also taken to
Shands, although ejected passenger Duarte was deliv-
ered to Tallahassee Memorial.
Counted among the blessings of this horrible inci-
dent is that the three children on board, Israel Torres
(7), Victoria Torres (2) and Zion Estrada (1) escaped
with minor injuries.
Trooper Gus Smyrnios was the Crash Investigator
for the Florida Highway Patrol.


Continued from page 1A
The committee will consist of Donny Salter, who with
his wife Mickie, has championed the cause for the public
they represent; Dr. Clint Rogers; Madison County Coordi-
nator Allen Cherry; IFAS District Director Dr. John Bald-
win and Douglas.
"Our first priority is to support the needs of those we
are set up to serve. The safety and development of our chil-
dren, for instance, is a top priority To that end, I'm very
happy to announce that the new 4-H Agent for Madison
County has been hired. Her name is Heather Johnson and
we look forward to her contribution," Baldwin explained.
Douglas agrees. "Until we meet and discuss the issues,
it's difficult to reply t9o te specifics that will be detailed in
the fact-finding committee: :As this process is happening,
however, we will.continue to:'maintain the work and
progress of the office," noted Douglas. Many of the
achievements of the Extension Office were recently out-
lined during the annual report to the BOCC on January 2.
Historically and by design, the County Extension Of-
fice serves several areas. The three main program focus ar-
eas are Agriculture & Livestock, Family & Consumer Sci-
ences, and 4-H Youth Development.
"I started with the Extension Service in the early 70's
as a livestock agent in Madison County As District Direc-
tor, my position now covers 16 counties, including Madi-
son, but I will always remember those first affiliations
there, and want to continue to build positive relationships
going forward," said Baldwin.
Michael Curtis can be reached by email at

"Nell" Hammock

Resides- Madison/Pinetta Border
Age- 88 years old, will celebrate 89th birthday
May 19th
History- Moved here with husband when the pa-
per mill opened.
Family- One sister, 84, Two Daughters, Debbie
and Martha
Husband, Albert who was a Madison native, has
been gone for 36 years and is missed
Favorites- memories fishing with husband, cro-
cheting and cooking when able to.

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

There Is A Special Place

Reserved For You...
Dear Editor,
On Friday January 4,2008, someone decided to aban-
don all sense of human decency and shoot a defenseless
dog named Sam that happened to belong to me. It truly
takes a low-rent person to shot someone's pet. What
makes it even worse is that she wore a collar with a
nametag, not to mention that she would never hurt a
Sam was shot somewhere in the vicinity of Atwater
Way and Martin Luther King, but being determined, she
made her way home. Thanks to Doctor Lewis she made
it, although he had to amputate her front right leg.
To the low rent who shot her, SATAN has a seat saved
for you right next to him and I hope you enjoy every sin-
gle minute of your tenure with him. If anyone has any
information on who shot Sam, please contact me at 850-
Ben Jones


Continued from page 1A
must go through the BOCC, rather than simply being ex-
ecuted directly by the TDC.
There was also discussion regarding the proposal to
publish and distribute a glossy, high-end, multi-purpose
brochure/magazine capable of serving as the premier
calling card for the county Designed to attract both
tourism and economic development, the brochure will be
placed in key commercial locations throughout the coun-
ty, in relevant kiosks throughout the state, distributed to
targeted recipients as a marketing tool and finally tied to
the new TDC website that is nearing completion. A col-
laboration between the TDC, the Chamber of commerce
and Greene Publishing, the brochure will provide a year-
round advertising solution as it showcases participating
businesses and parties in a style on par with the:highest
quality publications and promotions in the market today.
Michael Curtis can be reached by email at



Oon pBaxrks (nguSrtexiousr ^SIngSr
There's a popular quote that says 'God will never
give you more burdens than you can possibly handle.'
I also believe that since God doesn't speak to us ver-
bally, He uses others to speak to us for Him.
Such was the case for me, last week.
While I was opening my Monticello News mail, there
was a small envelope with the Monticello News address,
Att: Emerald, and no return address. Inside the enve-
lope was a small piece of paper with a poem typed on

God hath not promised
Skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways
All our lives through;
God hath not promised
Sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow,
Peace without pain.
But God hath promised
Strength for the day,
Rest for the labor
Light for the way,
Grace for the trials,
Help from above,
Unfailing sympathy
Undying love....
Then a short handwritten note that said, "Hi Emer-
ald, I thought I should pass this lovely poem to you as it
has been passed down through our family." with no sig-
I'm not sure who mailed me this letter but I would
just like to say, "Thank you!" The day I opened that let-
ter was the day I needed to read that poem the most.
God works in mysterious ways. He works through
us, to help others. no
If we all would stop, listen, and take ~ iet to do
God's will, what a blessing it becomes to someone else.
Something so small (such as a small envelope) may
menan sn mucih +n ln-Mnnnnn aloe 11V11 b 1I1U+.. LO II -.
Until then..... I'll see you around the town.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008 Madison County Carrier 3A


From Okinawa
James and Margie Phillips and Annie Laura
Thomas have returned to Madison County after a trip to
Okinawa, where they visited James and Margie's daugh-
ter, son-in-law and grandchildren. We welcome them
Gracie Galbraith will celebrate her birthday on
Thursday, January 10.
Zane Herring will celebrate his sixth birthday on
Friday, January 11. Also celebrating birthdays that day
will be Hunter Vickers and Margaret Rutherford.
My cousin, Mozella Phillips, will celebrate her birth-
day on Sunday, January 13. Sarah Kauffman will also
celebrate her birthday the same day.
Logan Groover will turn 12 years old on Tuesday,
January 15. Drew Herring will turn seven that day
Casey Hooker will also celebrate a birthday that day.
Happy birthday wishes go out to John and Tisha
Phillips' twins, Jacob and Justin. My two buddies had a
birthday last Saturday, January 5. Their uncle, Roy
Phillips, had a birthday on Wednesday, January 2.
Eleanor Mauldin, Ed Przbyla, Jamie Phillips, Kevin
Buck, Stephanie Sanders, Brad Sanders and John
Canone celebrated their birthdays on January 6.
Jonathan Penny had a birthday on January 7. Matt
Cherry celebrated his birthday the same day
Happy anniversary wishes go out to Dale and Melin-
da Williams, who celebrated their big day on January 7.
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!

Kristine Schrader and DOR vs. Jacob A. Hobbs- sup-
Joyce A. Hazzard vs. Tracy Durant- domestic injunc-
Origin Financial, LLC vs. Alfred H. Hollie- contracts
Wells Fargo Bank vs. Carie Roberge- mortgage fore-
Roy W Thomas and Cheryll E. Thomas vs. David
Gutierrez- mortgage foreclosure
David H: Walker and Nancy P. Walker vs. Marvin
Morris- mortgage foreclosure
Julie A. Combass and DOR vs. Derek E. Mendheim-
other domestic
Wallace G. Hill, Sr. and DOR vs. Donald L. Colvin-
other domestic
Wallace G. Hill, Sr. and DOR vs. Melissa I. Colvin-
other domestic
Burnell W Ivory and DOR vs. Henry J. Fead, Jr.- oth-
er domestic
Melanie M. Bogle and DOR vs. Patrick L. Bennett-
other domestic
Terry E. Kendrick vs. Madison County Sheriff- auto
Levy Thomas vs. Jennie J. Thomas- dissolution of
Marcena Smith vs. Victoria Solomon- repeated do-
mestic injunction
Sharika L. Craddock vs. Victoria Solomon- repeated
domestic injunction

p Yo vnw.!

I'm not a big
fan of biogra-
phies and autobi- NiOI n l
ographies for cer-
tain I find them Security
more often than
not to be self-serv- Joe Boyles
ing. But I made G t olu i
an exception with
Cl arence
Thomas' autobi-
ography or more
appropriately, memoir "My Grandfather's
Son" (Harper Collins, New York, 2007) for
two reasons. First, I am an admirer of the
Supreme Court justice and wanted to
learn more about this quiet, thoughtful
man. Second, I wanted to understand how
a southern Black youngster my age could
overcome so many obstacles to rise to the
top of his profession. In the process, I
hoped to better understand how the
American dream can be achieved by
every citizen regardless of race, color or
When the book was released several
months ago, I heard Justice Thomas do
several interviews which piqued my in-
terest all the more. Although I didn't hear
his "60 Minutes" interview, some told me
that there were "demons" in his back-
ground. All the more reason for me to
read the book and judge for myself.
I don't know that "demons" is the
right word, for that suggests that someone
is possessed, but there is no question that
Clarence Thomas has overcome many ob-
stacles that would have stopped most of us
far short from achieving our potential.
Many of these obstacles were simply the
territory he acquired by birth: race;
poverty; fatherless; and segregation. But
many more obstacles were those he creat-
ed: failed marriage; alcoholism; losing
faith; radicalism; and bankruptcy
So how did Thomas do it? The secret
lies in the title, "My Grandfather's Son."
From the time Clarence and his younger
brother Miles were youngsters, they were
reared by their maternal grandparents,
Myers and Tina Anderson. Myers Ander-
son was a tough-minded, strong, success-
ful entrepreneur. He owned a fuel oil dis-
tributing business and did other odd jobs
to support his family To keep his grand-
sons off the rough streets of Savannah,
he built a farm house on a 60 acre plot of
family land and put the boys to work. The
Andersons stressed education and their
Catholic religion which meant the boys
attended parochial schools.
"Daddy" and the nuns practiced

tough love and
enforced disci-
pline. Clarence
Sdid well in his
studies but one
of his early
mentors coun-
seled him that
his Geechee lan-
guage the di-
alect of low
country Blacks
- would hold his progress back.
Clarence took this to heart and worked
hard to improve his language skills.
After a year in seminary, Thomas
transferred to Holy Cross and did well
enough to earn a slot at Yale Law. Grad-
uating in 1974, he found that his presti-
gious law degree did not open many
doors most hiring firms assumed that
his degree was a product of affirmative
action rather than accomplishment. At
that point, Thomas found a mentor the
young Missouri attorney general John
Danforth. Danforth saw promise in the
young attorney and would continue to
play an important role in the rise of
Clarence Thomas.
As he continued to make a mark for
himself in his professional life, his per-
sonal life became a shambles. Somehow
he weathered the difficulties of a mar-
riage breakup, estrangement from his
grandfather, and financial woes. Shortly
after Ronald Reagan took office in 1981,
Thomas was appointed chairman of the
Equal Employment Opportunity Com-
mission (EEOC), a position he held with
distinction for nearly eight. years. In
1990, President George H. W Bush ap-
pointed Thomas to the DC Court of Ap-
peals. Barely a year later, he was nomi-
nated to become an associate justice of
the Supreme Court where he sits today.
The book ends with his bruising con-
firmation fight, an event which restored
the faith that he had lost as a young man
- when so many turn on you in such a vi-
cious, personal way, where else do you
turn for answers and strength but to
God. In the end, the love of his second
wife Virginia, a close circle of friends,
faith, and the lessons taught him by his
Grandfather so many years before car-
ried him through a crisis that he didn't
ask for and would have humbled most
If you have an opportunity to read
"My Grandfather's Son," I recommend it
to you. It is a remarkable story of tri-
umph against long odds.

/hy get just a part

hen you can get it all?
Vhen you get your news from other sources, it's
nly part of the whole picture. We know you want
all in one convenient place and we've committed
urselves to serving as your complete guide to
>cal news, weather, sports, entertainment and
To one else can give you what you want-
fl of the news!

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Justice Thomas

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4A Madison County Carrier Wednesday, January 9, 2008


The Florida Highway Patrol with the assistance of
other state law enforcement agencies conducted a sobri-
ety checkpoint on Friday December 28th, 2007, from 8:30
p.m. until 11:30 p.m.
The checkpoint resulted in one DUI arrest, four oth-
er misdemeanor arrests, 31 citations, 11 warnings and
two faulty equipment notices. A total of 409 vehicles
were checked during the operation hours of the check-
The Florida Highway Patrol uses sobriety check-
points to not only enforce the DUI laws of the state, but
to educate the public about the dangers of driving under
the influence.

a yearly
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McCollum: Make New

Year's Resolution to Get

Free Credit Report
~ 2007 was a record yearfor theloss or theft ofpersonal data,
and credit reports can help monitor personal information ~
Attorney General Bill McCollum today issued a con-
sumer advisory encouraging Floridians to make a New
Year's resolution to get their free annual credit report at
the only official source for free annual reports, The website works in
conjunction with Equifax, Experian and TransUnion, the
three national credit reporting companies. Because identi-
ty theft is a significant problem threatening Florida, many
citizens seek credit reports to monitor their personal in-
formation and ensure that they have not been unknowing-
ly victimized by identity theft.
Consumers have the option of ordering one compre-
hensive report or one report from each company, although
authorities recommend spacing the reports out every four
Last year, the loss or theft of personal data such as
credit-card and Social Security numbers dramatically in-
creased. Major incidents in 2007 included a breach at TJX
Companies, Inc. that compromised millions of personal
records, lost data disks with bank account numbers in
Britain, a hacker attack of a U.S.-based online broker's
database and a scam that unveiled resume contact infor-
mation from a U.S. online jobs site. Under a June agree-
ment negotiated by Attorney General McCollum, TJX
agreed to provide an additional notice to consumers who
were affected by an earlier data breach. TJX is the parent
company of TJ Maxx, Marshalls, AJ Wright and Home-
Goods stores.
The Attorney General also warned that many of the
"free" credit report offers available online are often far
from being free of charge. Numerous websites offer "free"
reports or credit scores that are tied to offers of credit
monitoring and/or other services. These offers often re-
quire payment and the consumer is usually unaware that
he or she is paying for a service. Additionally many web-
sites offer trial memberships that require consumers to
cancel within 30 days or they will be charged a monthly
fee. Should consumers choose to enroll in a credit moni-
toring service, the Attorney General recommends docu-
menting telephone calls when canceling subscriptions and
follow up in writing when they choose to cancel.
Consumers with complaints about a credit reporting
service may call the Attorney General's Fraud Hotline at 1-
866-9-NO-SCAM (1-866-966-7226). They may also visit the At-
torney General's website at
where information is available on obtaining free credit re-
pprts.and combating identity theft.

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Robert Harris Hart,
age 80, died January 2,
2008, in Madison.
A memorial service
was held at 2 p.m., Satur-
day, January 5, at Beggs
Funeral Home in Madison.
Donations may be
made to the Good Samari-
tan Fund, First Methodist
Church, P.O. Box 294, Madi-
son, Fla. 32340.
Born in Tallahassee,
he lived in Fernandina
Beach before moving to
Madison in 1992. He
served in the Navy during
World War II. He received
his Master's Degree in me-
chanical Engineering from
Georgia Tech, where he
was a member of Kappa
Alpha, Pi Tau Sigma Me-
chanical Engineering Fra-
ternity and Tau Beta Pi
Fraternity. He was presi-
dent of Robert H. Hart &
Associates until his retire-
He is survived by his
wife, Billie Morgan Hart of
Madison; three sons, Gor-
don Hart of Tacoma, Was.;
Arthur Hart of Chat-
tanooga, Tenn. and Robert
Hart of Alachua; one sis-
ter, Sara Mathis of Mariet-
ta, Ga.; four grandchil-
dren, Ann Mae Hart,
Robert Cary Hart, Jr., Ed-
ward Hart and Phillip
.He :was preceded in
death by a son, Christo-
pher Hart.

Verdie Virginia
Holland Nitschke
Verdie Virginia Kelly.
Holland Nitschke, age 86,
died January 2, 2008, in
Memorial services will
be held at a later date.,
She was born in Val-
dosta, Ga. on May 10, 1921,
to Henry Albert Kelly and
Mary Magdalene Wiggins
Kelly. She worked as a
seamstress making dress-
es and worked on a produc-
tion line at Earls Candy
Company in Macon, Ga.
She also worked in
housekeeping at Azalea
City Motel in Valdosta and
at Riverside Medical Cen-
ter in housekeeping in
Jacksonville. -She and her
husband were involved
with and lived at Grassy
Pond Military Recreation-
al Reservation Park for
many years.
She is survived by two
sons, Johnny Holland of
Jacksonville, and Jack
Duke Holland of Key West;
two daughters, Sue Lee of
Pinetta, and Florence Eu-
genia Nitschke of Talla-
hassee; eight grandchil-
dren; and seven great-

Henry Green,
Capt. USN (Ret.)

William H. Green
died December 27, 2007, at
the VA Medical Center in
Lake City, of complica-
tions from Pick's Disease.
He was 76.
The son of William and
Betty Green, Captain
Green was born in Miami
on November 8, 1931. He
began his Navy career at
the U.S. Naval Academy af-
ter a year at the University
of Florida, where he met
his future wife, Marianne
A graduate in the Class
of 1956, Captain Green
served in ship assign-
ments, achieving ship com-
mand as well as ship
squadron command. As-
signments ashore in ad-
ministrative and training
positions included NROTC
instructor at Brown Unhi-
versity, Pr6vid eirc, 'Rhod'e
Island. For service as Chief
of the Navy Section, Mili-
tary Assistance Advisory
Group Dhahran, he was
awarded the Legion of
Merit for guiding expan-
sion of the Saudi Arabian
Navy and in recognition of
his personal success ad-
vancing diplomatic rela-
tions between the two
countries. The subsequent
request by the Saudi gov-
ernment to manage their
training and military pur-
chases contracts led to sev-
eral years of Pentagon-
based assignments. Com-
mand of the Western Dis-
trict NJROTC San Diego,
Calif., preceded retirement
in 1986.
Bill is sadly missed by
his wife, Marianne; their
son, Bill and his wife,
Sarah; a son, James and
daughter, Beth Tweddle
and her husband, Chris;
five grandchildren, Mor-
gan, Reilly and Jack Twed-
die, Clayton and Annabelle
Green; many friends; and
Naval Academy class-
mates;, and sisters-in-law,
Patty B. Olson and Leila
Memorial services and
inurnment will be at the
United States Naval Acade-
my, Annapolis, MD., on
April 4, 2008, at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the fam-
ily requests condolences
be contributions to the U.S.
Naval Academy Founda-

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Madison Lodge #11 F. & A.M. Installs 2008 Officers

Photo submitted by Roy Hibbs, January 3, 2008
The 2008 officers for Madison Lodge #11 are (front row, left to right): Brent Whitman, Junior Deacon; R.W. Roy
Hibbs, Senior Warden; W. Ted Beggs, Worshipful Master; Opie Peavy, Junior Deacon; and Jason Stanley, Junior
Steward. (Back row, left to right): R.W. Richard Terry, Installing Marshall; R.W. Jim Stanley, Secretary and Installing
Officer; and Lee FerDon, Current and Installing Chaplain.

By Michael.Curtis
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Prior to the regular meeting of Janu-
ary 3, family and friends gathered at
Madison Lodge #11 for dinner and in-
stallation of new officers. The ladies of
the Order of the Eastern Start #109 gra-
ciously served the meal that included a
variety of delicious dishes and desserts.

Following dinner, everyone was invited'
up to the meeting room for the installa-
tion ceremony
Before installation commenced, sev-
eral recognition awards were presented.
Brother Billy Beggs received a 40-year
Service Certificate from his son, incom-
ing Worshipful 'Master Ted Beggs.
Brother Lee FerDon, who serves as

Photo submitted by Roy Hibbs, January 3, zuuu
Sister Karen FerDon of the OES #109 receives a Cer-
tificate of Appreciation and an accompanying gift from
Right Worshipful Roy Hibbs.

Pnoto sunmiten ny noy nLois, January -, Luuo
Brother Billy Beggs (left) receives his 40-year Service
Certificate from his son, Worshipful Ted Beggs.

Chaplain, was presented a Perpetual
Membership Certificate from Right Wor-
shipful Jim Stanley, who is entering his
28th year as Secretary of the lodge; Fer-
Don's wife, Sister Karen FerDon of the
OES #109, received a Certificate of Ap-
preciation and an accompanying gift
from Right Worshipful Roy Hibbs, who
will be serving as Senior Warden for

The remaining officers installed that
evening were Brent Whitman, Junior
Deacon; Opie Peavy, Junior Warden and
Jason Stanley, Junior Steward. Right
Worshipful Richard Terry served as In-
stalling Marshall.
Michael Curtis can be reached by
email at ihichael~agreenepublishing.comr

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Wednesday, January 9, 2008 Madison County Carrier 7A


Lee Business "Incubator" Hatching First Success Story

By Michael Curtis
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Starting from the mo-
ment one lands at the
website one
will notice the colorful
display of the site and
the attention to detail.
Offering a wide range of
products, but focusing on
a niche in shipping sup-
plies, that niche being
bubble packaging, the
company has grown from
"a desire to get some-
thing at a better price"
into a unique success
story in Lee. Conse-
quently, the Lee Business

"Incubator" Project is
about to watch its first
success story leave the
Jason and Misti Ar-
chambault, owners of
Fastpack Packaging, Inc.,
have acquired a site just
off 255 near 1-10, where
they plan to move Fast-
pack this coming year.
The new facility will
be 10,000 square feet of
warehouse and offices.
Currently Fastpack is
packed into 6000 square
feet of the Lee Business
Complex, which is the
name under which the
Lee Business Incubator

"Four years ago, Lee
Town Councilman Doug
McNicol noticed how
much my home-based
business had grown. Re-
alizing I needed more
space than my home
could provide, he had a
great idea for me. As it
turned out, it was also a
great idea for the aban-
doned Lee Elementary
School. The idea McNi-
col had was simple, con-
vert the old elementary
school into an affordable
office space to "incu-
bate" new businesses.
We've been working out
of the there since, and
now we've grown to the
point we're ready for our
own place," Archambault


chambault launched
Fastpack because he had
to pay so much for ship-
ping supplies to send
CDs he was selling on
Ebay. He-then bought
and resold these supplies
to others like himself
also operating on Ebay.
But as the company
grew, family time was a
huge sacrifice. After
careful consideration,
and of course a conver-
sation or two .with wife
Misti, Archambault left
his profession as a fire-
fighter and joined Misti
fulltime at the Fastpack
"Being with my wife
and two daughters has
been the greatest reward.
They sacrificed as much
as me in this effort. We
couldn't be more
pleased," Archambault
The family business
is fast gaining speed and
a reputation in its mar-
ket. In fact, they have
just taken on the awe-
some step of creating
their own unique brand.
"We have grown to
the point that our suppli-
er now manufactures
customized packaging in
our name. Color bubble-
wrap, for instance, is es-
sentially an item we are
bringing first to the re-
tail market. We've al-
ready fulfilled orders to
numerous companies
that are household
names and our "Bling
Envelopes" are truly one-
of-a-kind!" Archambault
Excitement and hard

ulrenll ruuisllllly, in ;. rolutus by IVlllcnll lurIui, uu llc u r 3 I, .UU
Misti and Jason Archambualt are proud parents of
Fastpack Packaging Inc., located in the Lee "Incubator."

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8A Madison County Carrier Wednesday, January 9, 2008


Madison EMS Reports 2007 Results To County Commission

By Michael Curtis
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Consider the num-
bers first. Last year the
Madison Emergency
Medical Services re-
sponded to 2,962 calls.
This was a slight de-
crease from the previous
year's total count, but
with the elimination of
non-emergency trans-
port, it was actually the

busiest emergency year
on record. "That's 246
calls monthly," EMS Di-
rector Juan Botino said
during his opening com-
ments to the Board of
County Commissioners
at their Annual Report
held on January 2. '
"Overall, revenues
generated by emergency
services increased only
slightly to $577,414 dol-

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lars for the 2006-2007 peri-
od, however, our infra-
structure development is
progressing. Among ac-
complishments, three of
our E.M.T.s completed
paramedic training.
These are local residents
who agreed to a two-year
service contract in ex-
change for covering their
cost and time of certifica-
tion. In doing so, we can
finally add an additional
Advanced Life Support
team, comprised of lo-
cals, in about a year,"
Botino explained.
This and other signif-
icant achievements in
front of the camera have
been exemplary, but the
action behind the scenes
is equally impressive.
Among these administra-
tive achievements, cer-
tainly the various grants
the department has re-
ceived are also notewor-
"We received a total
of $175, 827 in new grant
money for the period.
Much of this went into
the communications and
911 infrastructure, mak-
ing those elements of the

Madison EMS among the
finest in the state," Boti-
no added. Madison EMS
shared this progress; as-
sisting neighboring coun-
ties in their growth ef-
forts, especially in ac-
quiring life-saving med-
ical equipment.
Among state-of-
the-art features in the de-
partment, all ambulances
are generator powered,
the first in Florida.
These units provide bet-
ter reliability, patient
comfort, safety, and are
more economical when it
comes to replacement be-
cause emergency mod-
ules can be remounted on
a new chassis for one half
the price of a new ambu-
lance. Madison EMS also
has 12 lead defibrillator
monitors with capnogra-
phy, pulse oxymetry, pac-

Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Michael Curtis, January 2, 2008
Madison EMS Director Juan Botino is committed to,
meeting the emergency medical needs of Madison Coun-
ty now and in the future.

ing and non-invasive vi-
tal signs monitoring.
The Madison County
EMS Department oper-
ates a full time Advanced
Life Support service with
two fully manned ALS
units on call 24/7 and one
Basic Life Support Unit
available Monday-Friday,
8:00 am to 5:00 p.m. Madi-
son EMS is staffed with a

Director, 14 full time field
personnel, six reserve
employees and one
billing specialist. They
can be contacted at (850)
973-4001, but of course al-
ways dial "911" in case of
an emergency.
Michael Curtis can be
reached by email at
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Wednesday, January 9, 2008 Madison County Carrier 9A


gStff To Stop the SMU flef s lh

By Tyrra B Meserve
Greene Publishing, Inc.
With the weather
running hot and cold
lately, many Floridians
are experiencing nasal
problems of one sort or
the other. From nose-
bleeds to sinus conges-
tion, breathing freely
may have become a luxu-
ry that many people take
for granted.
Seeing such a pletho-
ra of over-the-counter
medications can leave a
body dizzy trying to de-
cipher which one solves
the basic problem of
lack of oxygen.
Once again, the an-
swer could lie within
reach of Mom's kitchen
cupboard. A couple of
simple ingredients can
have you back on your
feet and kicking the
wheezies in no time,
without an expensive
bottle of hard to chug
blue-green liquid leav-
ing rings in your sink
and a bad taste in your
Home remedies have
been used since time un-
told to cure those basic
ailments that get one
down before the doctor
was called. Ranging for
simple to scientific,
Grandmas from around
the world really did
know what they were
talking about when they
said "Hold on child, I've
got something that will
fix you right up."
S In Japan, it was sug-
gested that anyone suf-
fering sinus congestion
take a healthy spoonful
of horseradish. Though
a bit harsh, this treat-
ment is also said to work
for allergies.
Another trick of the
Japanese that's a bit less
extreme is to drink some
basil tea. Not only is the
aroma soothing, but also
oils such as thymol and
camphor found in the
plant help open clogged
S passages. Used by 16th

century Europeans as
well, steep 5 grams of
fresh basil in a cupful of
water, then drink. It is
told this will eliminate
stuffiness caused by in-
flamed membranes.
Siberians suggest a
person with sinus prob-
lems tilt their head back

and place one teaspoon
of onion juice in each
nostril. Though the pro-
cedure can be repeated if
necessary, once should
do the trick. This reme-
dy, however, is recom-
mended only be used by
the serious onion lover.
Mexicans, whose hot
chili peppers are a sta-
ple of local cuisine, use
these little fed power::
packers not only as a si-
nus-cleansing aide, but
also as an excellent
source of vitamin C.
Munch enough of these
and you'll be breathing
easy in no time. Your
taste buds, though,
might need a few mo-
ments to recover.
Africans also rely on
pepper for their nasal
and sinus disturbances,
however, instead of chili

peppers, they use
cayenne. A snootful of
this powder will send
the sufferer into a sneez-
ing fit, clearing both the
nasal passages, as well
as the room.
Shepherds Purse,
which gets its name
from the shape of its

try boiling one quart of
water. Then add either a
few drops of pine
essence, or a handful of
pine needles. Stir in two
tablespoons of apple
cider vinegar and place
on a table in a closed
room, inhaling the
steam for ten to fifteen
minutes. Peppermint or
Eucalyptus can also be
used in the same fashion
as pine, or can be used
as an herbal tea.
For a sinus relief
bath, fill the tub with
very warm water and
add four drops each of
eucalyptus, lavender,
and peppermint. Close
the door, stir with hand
immediately before get-
ting in and enjoy what is
soon sure to be more re-
laxed breathing.
So for those out there
struggling to get a breath
in edgewise, take some
tips from the days of old.
You might be surprised at
the help you have laying
around the house.
As Giovanni Papini once
said, "Breathing is the
greatest pleasure in

seedpods, is employed to
stop bleeding. The
French make a strong
infusion of two handfuls
of the fresh herb mixed
into one liter of boiling
water. Cooled, the liquid
can then be drawn up
the nose, or perhaps
more comfortably, ap-
plied to a clean plug of
gauze then inserted into
the nostrils. This also
works for hemorrhoids
as well as varicose
Brigham tea, primar-
ily a blood purifier, is an
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needed. Must be a team player,
able to handle multiple tasks, and
be able to cover a variety of stories.
Experience in writing/reporting
preferred, computer experience re-
quired. Must have an excellent
knowledge of English grammar and
its proper usage. Apply in person
only at the Madison County Carrier
newspaper office, located at 1695
South SR 53.







The Henry & Rilla White Founda-
tion seeks to fill the following posi-
tions at our boys residential pro-
gram located in Jasper, FL:

Case Manager to provide goal-
oriented and individualized support
to the youth at Sawmill Girls Acad-
emy, a residential facility. Assess-
ment, planning, advocacy and coor-
dination of service activities to pre-
pare for youth's discharge are a few
of the responsibilities of this posi-
tion. Bachelor's degree in a human
service related field and at least one
year experience working with ado-
lescents with serious emotional dis-

Dorm Secretary Responsible for
all clerical functions, including typ-
ing and filing correspondence, fa-
cility forms, etc. Will function as
facility receptionist receiving all in-
coming phone calls and greeting
v i s i t o r s .
This staff member is expected to
provide scheduling support to the
Program Director and other facility
staff. The Dorm Secretary will
keep the facility supplied with all
necessary administrative forms and
office supplies and assists with
quality' assurance and fiscal man-
agement. HS diploma or equivalent
and at least 3 years experience in a
clerical or secretarial capacity with
strong computer skills.

Residential Counselors Respon-
sible for the direct supervision and
daily care of the residents in accor-
dance with the established philoso-
phy, goals and policies of the Foun-
d a t i o n
The Residential Counselor's basic
tasks are to be an instructive guide
offering individual residents per-
sonal support and encouragement.
This position supervises guides and
assists residents in day-to-day liv-
ing activities, and in the general ad-
justment to group living. High
School diploma, or equivalent with
at least one year experience work-
ing with adolescents. $10/hour
starting wage.

Registered Nurse- needed to work.
closely and in conjunction with
Program Director regarding the im-
plementation of quality training of
health services and medication ad-
ministration for the program. Du-
ties include, but are not limited to:
completing a health screening upon
each youth's admission, mainte-
nance of health files and medical
records, monitor inventory and is-
sue medication, scheduling any
outside medical or dental appoint-
ments for youth, provide training to
program staff on important health
topics, etc. Florida licensure,
strong organizational skills, and
ability to communicate with vary-
ing levels of professionals and
youth, required.

Maintenance- Responsible for
maintaining and repairing facilities,
vehicles and/or equipment, moder-
ate carpentry work, general yard
maintenance, etc. Five years of ex-
perience in a responsible mainte-
nance position preferred. Knowl-
edge of procedures and methods
used in the repair and maintenance
of buildings and equipment, re-
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clude 401k. Favorable background
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the position of regular part-time Li-
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approximately 8 hours per week
regularly and also be used as. a sub-
stitute during other days of the
week when needed. Minimum
qualifications include graduation
from a standard high school, ability
to type and experience with Internet
and computer software. Library ex-
perience is desired. Salary is $6.80
to $10.24 per hour depending on
qualifications and experience. In-
terested applicants may obtain an
application at the Greenville, Lee or
Madison Public Libraries, or at the
Suwannee County Administrative
Services Department, 224 Pine
Ave., Live Oak, FL 32064, tele-
phone (386) 362-6869. Applicants
are encouraged to submit resumes,
letters of reference and other bio-
graphical information with their ap-
plications. All applications must be
returned to the Administrative Ser-
vices Department in Live Oak. Po-
sition will remain open until filled.
The Suwannee County Board of
County Commissioners is an equal
employment opportunity employer
that does not discriminate against
any qualified employee or applicant
because of race, color, national ori-
gin, sex, including pregnancy, age,
disability, or marital status. Span-
ish speaking individuals are en-
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18 years of age, possess a valid
Florida. Drivers License, high
school diploma or GED, and pass
a drug test, background check and
physical examination. We would
prefer someone with at least one
year of field experience in pipe fit-
ting or gas related work.

Job applications and descriptions
of work required may be picked up
at City Hall between the hours of
8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Monday
through Friday. We will be accept-
ing applications for this position
from December 31, 2007 until Jan-
uary 18, 2008. No applications
will be accepted for this position
after 5:00 p.m. on January 18,

The City of Madison is an Equal
Opportunity Employer and recog-
nizes veteran's preference.

PART-TIME. 305-807-0190

Payroll clerk / Office Assistant
Manager. Approximately 6-7 hours
per day, Monday Friday, hours are
flexible. Office & general comput-
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CASE NO. 05-16-DP



DOB: 01/25/2006
DOB: 01/25/2006
DOB: 03/02/2007


TO: Adrian Chandler
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that a petition under oath has been filed in the
above -styled court for the termination of parental rights and the permanent com-
mitment of A.C., A.C., and R.A.C., a female/female children born on 01/25/2006 and
01/25/2006, in Ware County, Georgia, and a male child born on 03/02/2007 in Duval
County, Florida to the State of Florida, placing agency, for subsequent adoption and
you are hereby to be and appear in the above court atthe Madison County Court-
house, Madison, Florida 32344 on Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 1:00 P.M., for a Ter-
mination of Parental Rights Advisory Hearing and to show cause why said petition
should not be granted. You must appear on the date and time specified.
1219. 12/21.16.12/26.21/2. 1/4. 1/9, 1/11



CASE NO.; 2008-03-CA

MARVIN MORRIS, deceased and his
DANIEL MORRIS and any unknown
spouse, heirs, devisees, grantees,
creditors, and all other parties claiming
by, through, under, or against him and
Small unknown natural persons if alive,
and if dead or not known to be dead or
alive, their several and respective
unknown assigns, successors in interest,
trustees, or any other persons claiming
by, through, under, or against any
corporation or other legal entity named
as defendant; and all claimants,
persons, or parties, natural or
corporate, or whose exact legal status is
unknown, claiming under any of the
above named or described defendants
or parties or claiming to have any
enortorthe land hereafter


YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose an Agreement for Deed
on the following described property located in Madison County, Florida: Lot 42,
TWIN RIVER OAKS, a subdivsion per plat thereof filed at Plat Book 1,
Page "T" of the Public Records of Madison County, Florida.
TOGETHER WITH Doublewide mobile home (Country) and contents
located thereon has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of
your written defenses, if any, to it on CARY A. HARDEE, II, the plaintiffs' attomey,
whose address is 170 S.W. Pinckney Street/Post Office Drawer 450, Madison, Florida
32341 on or before FEBRUARY 11, 2008, and file the original with the Clerk of this
Court either before service on the Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; oth-
erwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demand in the complaint.

DATED on January 2,2008.

TIM SANDERS, Clerk of Circuit Court *
By: Christy R. Wilson, Deputy Clerk

m m 's.ui/io. u......-....
Under the authority of the Self-Service Facility Act, Section 83.805, the following
property has been seized for nonpayment of rent:
Mandisa Dunbar Unit 11 Household items

Diane Fead -

Unit 12 Household items

Patricia McBride Unit 34 Household items
Chelsea White Unit 35 Household items
The property will be sold at a public sale on Saturday, January 26,2008, at 9:00 a.m.
at the McWilliams Realty Mini-Storage, Hwy. 14 South. For further information,
call 850-973-8614.

Man Arrested

Continued from page 1A

and fled the scene. Odom, then followed Hampton in
his patrol car, emergency lights activated, down
Grand Street, to Old Mission Road and across the rail-
road tracks. The vehicle that Hampton was driving
then turned right on Main St. and continued driving
at unsafe rates of speed through a residential section.
Swerving erratically, the vehicle drove west on
Overstreet Ave. reaching speeds of over 100 mph.
Hampton lost control of the vehicle several times be-
fore finally overturning the car in a ditch. Cpl. Odom
once again approached the car, tasor drawn, and wit-
nessed Hampton trying to crawl out of the passenger
window. After commanding Hampton several more
times to stop evading, Odom was forced to deploy his
tasor, hitting Hampton in what he later found out to
be the right rib cage.
After placing Hampton under arrest, Odom called
dispatch to send out an EMS.
Once EMS arrived, Hampton was transported to the
Madison County Emergency Room, where X rays
showed no injuries. Hampton was then transported to
Madison County Jail for processing.
This reporter can be reached at

Serial Killer

Continued from page 1A

leased because of the investigation,
however, not knowing if this was in-
deed a serial killing, a crime of pas-
sion or a crime of- opportunity
makes it difficult, not only for the
police to solve the crime, but for the
public to continue on as well.
Adding to these difficulties is the
fact that average citizens do not con-
sistently follow precautions that will
in the long run help keep themselves
safe if they are-presented with a par-
ticularly dangerous situation.
In this day and age of advanced
technology becoming mainstream, it
is almost unthinkable to travel with-
out a cell phone, for instance. It is
imperative that they be used, not as
a means of idle chitchat as the miles
pass in the rear-view mirror, but as a
life link to authorities.
"Let someone know where you
are going and what time you ex-
pect to be there," said Sgt. Baxter
of the Leon County Sheriff's Of-
fice, where the Dunlap case is be-
ing investigated. "Keep a cell
phone on you and make sure it is
charged. Keep an extra battery
pack in your car if need be," he
When asked if Cheryl had a
cell phone on her when she was
abducted, Sgt, Baxter stated that
she did have a phone, but police
are not sure if it was inactive, in-.
accessible or if she simply was
unable to make a call before she
was abducted.
"It's possible that she was ab-
ducted so quickly she didn't have
a chance to call for help," Baxter
goes on to say, "She may just not
have had time."
The fact that Cheryl Dunlap
went missing on December 1st,
yet wasn't reported until the 3rd,
allowed time to pass that the
killer could use to his advantage.
Able to tamper with evidence and
alter the crime scene added even
more difficulties to the already
daunting task detectives have of
trying to track down her killer.
Without many details, it is im-
perative the public be on guard as
to its safety without succumbing
to widespread panic. A law-abid-
ing citizen must train himself or
herself to think and act with safe-
ty always at the forefront of their
minds. A criminal already has a
plan and the only way to stop his

actions from coming to fruition is
to constantly be aware of one's
surroundings and guard against
any situation that leaves one vul-
nerable and unable to fight back.
Without classifying this as a
serial kill and linking it to other
similar unsolved murders in near-
by areas, police are hard at work
to apprehend Dunlap's murderer.
Anytime a crime of this magni-
tude is discovered, there is a ten-
dency to relate it to other heinous
crimes that usually stay buried in
the recesses of one's darkest
nightmares. A public outcry to
find Cheryl's murderer puts
added pressure on the police, as
well as their already mounting
burden of sorting out the clues
left behind. The public can take
some of the power back by educat-
ing themselves on what leads up
to some of these crimes and how
not to leave themselves suscepti-
ble to a predator's intentions.
As safety is becoming more of
an issue daily, it is the responsi-
bility of the media to alert its
communities not only of those
dangers, but, more importantly,
how to protect themselves against
risks in case they find themselves
faced with the unexpected.
Madison County Sheriff Pete
Bucher and Madison Chief of Po-
lice Rick Davis were asked for
their suggestions regarding safety
measures that the general public
can adopt to keep themselves and
their loved ones out of harm's
way. Both stated that first and
foremost, be aware of your sur-
roundings. If something doesn't
look or feel right, contact authori-
ties immediately.
"We would rather come out for
a call that turns out to be a false
alarm, than to be called out later
for another reason," Bucher said.
It is always better to be safe than
"Be sure of what you're do-
ing," he continued. "Be alert and
cognizant of yourself and your
surroundings. That first feeling
tends to be accurate, so if some-
thing seems out of place, alter
your pattern and go somewhere
"Call a friend or relative,
someone who can go with youif
possible, or, if not, let someone

know where you are going and
what time you expect to arrive.
The more time that elapses while
out of contact, the greater the
danger. Always let someone know
your plans so if something goes
awry there is enough time to re-
Chief Davis, has advice on
what to do if you find yourself
broken down.
"If possible, try to park in
someone's yard, or in a well-lit
area nearby," he tells the public.
"There are still some nice peo-
ple out there, so if somebody pulls
over to assist, just keep some dis-
tance between you and them. I had
a lady.who blew a flat tire on US-
90 that used her bumper as a
guard between herself and a guy
that stopped to help. Anything
that gives you space and time to
"You can buy over the counter
chemical spray to put on your key-
chain." Davis adled, "Keep it on
you, and if you break down, cell
phones are invaluable. Call the po-
lice or a friend that can get to you
in a hurry."
While it is legal in the state of
Florida to carry a weapon in your
car, it must be properly stored,
and registered. Take a weapons
safety class first, to ensure that
you know how and when to defend
yourself. Contact the local sher-
iff's office to get information on
the nearest weapons or self de-
fense class and if none are avail-
able they can direct you on how to
get one started locally.
Though investigators have not
entirely ruled out the possibility
of this being a serial murder, for
the time being it is being handled
as a murder investigation that
bares no similarities to other on-
going cases. It is therefore of the
utmost importance that the public
remembers, time and clear head-
edness is of the essence. Always
keep your wits about you, be
aware of your environment, and
guard yourself against the unex-
pected perils that may arise. You
have the power to keep you and
your family safe as long as you are
aware of the dangers that are
This reporter can bereached at

Gas Prices

Continued from page 1A

and volume pumped. According to
the EIA, or Energy Information
Administration, the price con-
sumers pay is based on those four
major components. The approxi-
mate percentages in calculating
the cost of a gallon of gasoline are
Crude oil at 49%, Federal/State
and Local taxes at 26%, refining at
15%, and marketing/distribution
and profits at 10%./ Federal excise
taxes are 18.4 cents per gallon
while the state of Florida also
levies 14.1 cents per gallon in mo-
tor fuel taxes. Local governments
can levy anywhere from 9.6 to 17.5
cents in some counties, which cre-
ates a range from 42.1 to 52.29 cents
in total fuel taxes and inspection
fees. Add to that the fact that Flori-
da does not have a refinery, which
creates higher distribution costs.
Most of Florida's gasoline barged
in from the Gulf Coast.
This leaves the consumer pay-
ing mostly for speculation, as re-
tailers of Florida's gas only report
an average of between 5 to 10 cents
per gallon. Cutting fuel consump-
tion is a strategy that may help
ease the burden of the average con-
sumer, and additives that suppos-
edly deliver better gas mileage for
your car, may actually harm your
vehicle. As gas is a significant ex-
pense for many Floridians, cutting
fuel consumption may be the only
answer that many consumers are

left with.
To cut fuel consumption, try
these tips to save at the pump.
First, avoid aggressive driving and
keep the speed down. Each 5 mph
above 60 is going to cost approxi-
mately 10 extra cents per gallon at
the pump. Aggressive driving can
lower your vehicle's mileage up to
33% on the highway and 5%
around town. This translates any-
where from 23 cents to $1.10 per
Next, keep your vehicle tuned
properly. Replace air and oil filters
regularly as clogged air filters can
increase fuel consumption up to
ten percent and a poorly tuned en-
gine can increase consumption up
to four percent. Fixing a faulty
oxygen sensor can improve
mileage as much as 40% which can
lead to a savings -of as much as 20
cents per gallon.
Always make sure to use the
recommended grade motor oil for
your vehicle. One with "energy
conserving" on the label is pre-
ferred. This can improve gas
mileage one to two percent, saving
you two to four cents at the pump.
Keep all tires properly inflated
as under inflated tires cause fuel
consumption to increase more
than 3%. Proper inflation levels,
which can be found either in the
owners manual or on the drivers
side doorjamb, can save up to 7

cents per gallon.
Eliminating junk in your trunk
that weighs your car down can
raise mileage 2% for. each 100
pounds removed. Avoid carrying
large iteins on the roof of the vehi-
cle, which can decrease mileage 5
percent. Your vehicle can save 14
cents per gallon by eliminating
both a roof item and 100 pounds
from the trunk.
Cruise but don't idle, and com-
bine your trips.. Taking several
shorts trips from a cold start can
use twice as much fuel as one trip
covering the exact same distance
when the engine is warm. Use your
car's cruise control, as it also im-
proves fuel economy, but don't idle.
Turn off your engine if you'll be
sitting a while as idling gets 0
miles per gallon.
If you own more than one vehi-
cle, try to use the one that gets bet-
ter gas mileage and don't overbuy
fuel. Unless your vehicle requires a
higher-grade gas, buy regular. Con-
trary to some beliefs, costlier high-
octane fuel does not improve the
performance of your vehicle.
There are other more radical
.changes you can make to further
increase your savings at the pump,
but this few tips should get you on
the road to savings until those
speculations take a new turn.
This reporter can be reached at
tyrra @greenepublishing. corn.

Madison County Carrier 11A


Wednesday January 9 2008


12A Madison County Carrier Wednesday, January 9, 2008


By Fran Hunt
Special from the Monticello
As of Dec. 14, the Aucil-
la Christian Academy ju-
nior varsity boys' basket-
ball team played nine
games, and lost them all.
Brandon Dunbar led the
Warriors on the hardwood.
He dropped in 20 of 53 from
the field, one of two from
the three-point zone, and six
of ten from the free-throw
line for 49 points. He has
collected four assists and 18
offensive and 24 defensive
rebounds, 14 block/steals,
and 32 turnovers.
Kent Jones bucketed 12
of 36 from the field, and
three of eight from the free-
throw line for a total of 27
points, seven assists, ten of-
fensive and 26 defensive re-
bounds for a total of 36, he
has accumulated 11 block-
steals, and 14 turnovers.
SMatthew Harrington
*. racked up nine of 31 from
the field, and one of three
from the three-point zone
for a total of 21 points, three
assists, ten offensive and 16
defensive rebounds, five
block/steals, and 14

Clark Christy dropped
in eight of 25 from the field,
andfour of 11 from the free-
throw line, five assists, 11 of-
fensive and 16 defensive re-
bounds, five block/steals,
and 13 turnovers.
Marcus Roberts hit four
of 22 from the field, three of
27 from the three-point zone,
one of five free-throws, five
assists, three offensive and
six defensive rebounds for a
total of nine, 14
block/steals, and 31
Trent Roberts hit seven
of 20 from the field, three of
ten from the free-throw line,
one assist, three offensive
and five defensive rebounds,
and four turnovers.
Joe Mizell dropped in
four of 16 from the field,
one of 15 from the three-
point zone, and four of nine
from the free-throvw line, 11
assists, seven offensive and
eight defensive rebounds,
nine block/steals, and 40
Middle school team
Corey Burrus had one offen-
sive and one defensive re-
bound and one block/steal.


Fran Hunt
Special from the Monticello
Lady Warriors stand
10-3 on the season, as of
Dec. 20
The Lady Warriors
opened the season down-
ing Chiles, 35-28; defeating
Branford, 36-10.
They downed Maclay,
30-24; beat Branford, 44-28;
and squeaked by Liberty
County, 36-34.
ACA suffered the first
loss of the season, 36-34, to
Brookwood; the Lady war-
riors came back hard to'
drill John Paul II, 41-18;
downed Munroe, 35-29; and
walloped Georgia Christ-
ian, 56-28.
FAMU downed Aucilla
twice, 55-17, and 57-19. The
girls walloped Carter Par-
rambre; 50-12; and defeated
Westwood, 56-45.
Mallory Plaines leads
the field with 138 points,
including one three-points
bucket; 128 rebounds, 42
assists,. 37 steals, and 11
blocked shots.
Lindsey Day comes in
a close second with 136
points, 103 rebounds, 19 as-
sists, 25 steals, and 13
blocked shots.

Bethany Saunders
earned 65 points, includ-
ing seven from the three-
point zone, 21 rebounds, 27
assists, 20 steals, and one
blocked shot.
Michelle Mathis
racked up 57 points, in-
cluding, four, three-point
baskets, 47 rebounds, 21
steals, six assists, three
blocked shots.
Michelle Bradford
chalked up 21 points, 25 re-
bounds, five steals, and
two blocked shots.
Stephanie Dobson
dropped in 14 points,
pulled down 30 rebounds,
one steal, and five blocked
Courtney Brasington
earned 13 points, snagged
47 rebounds, 23 steals, two
assists, and two blocked
Hannah Sorensen had
ten points and three re-
bounds; Miranda Wider
raked in nine points, seven
rebounds, ten steals, and
one assist; Savannah
Williams had seven points,
18 rebounds, two steals,
and one blocked shot; and
Michaela Roccanti scored
six points and two blocked

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Cowboys Beat

Suwannee Bulldogs
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The Madison County High School Cowboys im-
proved their season record to 3-8 with a 50-45 win over
the Suwannee High Bulldogs in a basketball game
played on Tuesday evening, December 18, in Madison.
The Cowboys took a 16-13 first quarter lead, which
was extended to 28-23 at the half.
Suwannee fought back and had the game tied at 33,
33 at the end of the third quarter before the Cowboys
pulled away in the fourth quarter for the win.
Xavier Tillman led the Cowboys in scoring with 10
points. He also had eight rebounds, four blocks and two
Jordan Johnson had nine points.
DeAngelo Tucker had eight points, including a
three-pointer. Tucker also had three steals in the game.
Arelius West had six points in the game. He also had
two steals.
Jermaine Hart and Solomon Griffin had five points
each in the game.
Mar'Terrius McDaniel had four points in the game.
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Take Advantage of Employee
Financial Education
Provided by Brad Bashaw, Edward Jones
In the old days, if you worked for a company, your retire-
ment income would likely have been in the form of a pension,
with the amount based on your income level and years of serv-
ice. Apart from those factors, you had little control over the size
of your pension benefits. That pension model is still around, but
it's riot as prevalent as it once was..
Today, many employers offer 401(k) plans,which give you
the responsibility of choosing the right investment mix for your
risk tolerance and retirement goals. Yet, along with their
401(k)s, many employers also provide some level of financial
education so you'll want to take full advantage of it.
As you peruse your company's financial education pro-
gram and materials, however, keep one thing in mind: Your
employer is not going to advise you on your investment deci-
sions. In some cases, an employer may provide you with
accessto a financial advisor, but it's your decision as to whether
to use this financial advisor, find one on your own or make your
own 401(k)-related investment decisions independently.
Nonetheless, whichever route you choose, you may find
that your employees' financial education materials can
be helpful. Pay close attention to the following:
Descriptions of investments Your 401(k) plan might offer
a dozen or more investment options, including accounts made
up of stocks, bonds and money market instruments. You may
also be able to invest in your company stock. Study these
investment choices carefully as you put together your 401(k)
portfolio, and make sure you understand exactly the potential
advantages and disadvantages of each individual investment.
Ideally, you'll want to diversify your holdings. While
diversification, by itself, cant guarantee investment success,
it may be able to help you reduce the effects of market
volatility, which can hit investors especially hard if all their
investments are tied up in just one type of asset. And, as you
build and maintain your 401(k) portfolio, be aware that most
401(k) participants are probably not aggressive enough in
their investment options, putting too many dollars into fixed-
income vehicles and too few 'dollars into stock-based
accounts. You,will likely be investing in your 401(k) for sev-
eral decades long enough to not get caught up with the
daily fluctuations of the market and give yourself a chance for
a "buy-and-hold" strategy to work.
"Nuts and bolts" of your plan 401(k) plans can vary
quite a bit in how they are administered and what services
they offer, so it pays to take some time to really understand
how your plan works. What fees, if any are involved in your
401(k)? How often can you change your investment alloca-
tion? Can you reach live customer representatives during
working hours only, or are they also available at night and on
weekends? How often will you get statements? Will you have
access to a Web site that provides customized information on
your investments' performance? These are the types of ques-
tions you'll want answered as you explore your plan.
Your 401(k) can be an excellent 'retirement-savings
vehicle. Your earnings have the potential to grow on a tax-
deferred basis and your pre-tax contributions can lower your
annual taxable income. To get the maximum benefits
from your plan, however, you'll need to fully understand
how it works so take a close look at those employee
education materials.

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