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Title: Madison County carrier
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tommy Greene
Place of Publication: Madison Fla
Publication Date: February 13, 2008
Copyright Date: 2009
Frequency: weekly
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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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Dirt Bike Vs. Dump Truck

Teenager Critically Injured

By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
A 16-year-old was critically injured
in a dirt bike accident on Friday
evening, February 9, at 9:30 p.m.
According to reports, Stephen
Rusinko was riding on a friend's dirt
bike when he ran into a dump truck that
was parked off Old Blue Springs Road.
Rusinko, a sophomore who plays ju-
nior varsity baseball at the high school,

Sending A

Crystal Methage

Greene Publishing, Inc.
A collaborative effort is needed
throughout society to halt an epidemic
that is wasting lives, killing children
and' increasing violent crime at an as-
tounding rate. Still, it has remained
undiscussed and underestimated by po-
lite company. Perhaps thought to be an
isolated problem, this plague has en-
gulfed the community, from big city to
rural America, leaving emaciated, blis-.
tered shells of what was once human in
its wake. The cries of a child as their
parents are taken from them, choosing to
dance with the Devil instead, cannot be
silenced any longer With crystal meth's
highly stimulative. effects, all too often
this is a dance to the death. Do not be
fooled by Crystal's alluring face when
she offers an innocent her candy. It is, in
fact a highly toxic, extremely addictive,
caustic poison that is eating civilization
alive. A crystal.methage that leads to the
According to a recently released
survey, the number one problem facing
* many communities across the country
today is not marijuana, heroin, or co-
caine, but methamphetamine. A syn-
thetic drug that is easily manufactured,
highly addictive and extremely caustic,
has been cited as 58 percent of the drug
problem that 500 law enforcement agen-
cies surveyed, face. Dwarfing all other
drug problems combined, 70 percent
said that robberies or burglaries have
increased because of meth use, 62 per-
cent report increases in domestic vio-
lence, as well. Regionally coined
"Suwannee River Slimfast," crystal
meth's reach has now stretched to
Madison County
SAccording to Regina Watkins, a vic-
tims' counselor at the Refuge House,
there have been cases where, crystal
meth has been suspected, however,
these cannot be confirmed.
"My suspicion," states Watkins, "is
that crystal meth may very well be a
large contributing factor in the domes-
tic violence cases we see; however, all of
our information is self-reported. The
victims tell us their circumstances and
most times they do not initially report
meth abuse. We have seen an increase
in alcohol being an initiating factor
where crystal meth may be suspected,
but without police involvement, we
can't prove it."
Alcohol and drugs can act as trig-
Please See Crystal Methage, Page 4A

had stopped at a friend's residence to
ask him to weld something. While there,
Rusinko noticed a dirt bike that be-
longed to the friend, Cooper Welch. He
asked Welch if he could ride the dirt
bike and Cooper said "no" at first.
Rusinko kept asking to be allowed to
ride the bike and Welch finally relented.
Welch and his friends, Will Culpep-
per, Bryant Tuten, and James and Sky-
lar Thompson, watched Rusinko go off

on the dirt bike. According to reports,
they had heard a fourth gear change
when suddenly they heard a thud. They
went to see what happened and found
The boys, not realizing how serious-
ly injured Rusinko was, put him imme-
diately into Welch's truck.
Will Culpepper called his father,
Jack Culpepper, and told him what had
Please See Injured, Page 4A

By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing,
An 81-year-old
Madison woman was
killed in a traffic acci-
dent in Thomas Coun-
ty, Ga. on Friday after-
noon, February 8.
According to a
Phyllis Jean Florida Highway Pa-
Spears trol report, at approxi-
mately 1:30 p.m., Phyllis Jean Spears, 81,
of Madison, was traveling south on
Georgia Highway 300 in the right lane.

By Michael Curtis
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Ten years ago, hun-
dreds of Madison County
residents brought their
opinions and their ideas
to a county planning
process called Vision 2010.
As the name implies, resi-
dents joined local leader-
ship to develop a strategic
plan fro growth. Initially,
it was primarily focused
on economic develop-
As the process ma-
tured however, it quickly
became obvious that eco-
nomic planning must in-
clude a very broad range
of issues. Simply put, vir-

The driver of a Peterbilt tractor-trailer
was stopped in the right lane, awaiting
traffic to make a right turn into a private
Spears did not notice the truck
stopped in front of her and ran into the
rear of the trailer with her car.
Spears was pronounced dead follow-
ing the crash.
The Georgia State Patrol investigat-
ed the accident. 4
Spears, a member of Fellowship Bap-
tist Church, was a widow.
Jacob Bembry, editor, can be reached

tually every aspect of the
needs and resources of
the county overlap each
other, and therefore must
be addressed collectively.
Beyond this visioning
process, as far back as
1985 the state passed legis-
lation requiring counties
to develop and participate
-in this type of regional
planning for its Compre-
hensive Plan require-
ments. In a nutshell, each
county has a formal Com-
prehensive Plan it main-
tains regarding many of
the same categories that
will be prevalent in Vision
The Vision 2010

process yielded an excel-
lent overview of both
challenges and opportuni-
ties. In the end though,
these strategies led to nu-
merous successes, per-
haps the most notable of
which was the completion
of the eight million dollar
water and development
infrastructure along the
corridor of interstate in-
terchanges running from
Lee thru Madison to
Greenville. So now, ten
years later, the process be-
gins for Vision 2020.
The involvement of
the residents throughout
Please See Vision 2020,
Page 4A

MCDC Hears Property Proposal

By Michael Curtis
Greene Publishing, Inc.
During their monthly
meeting held February 5,
the Madison County De-
velopment Council
(MCDC) heard a 90-minute
presentation from a Jack-
sonville-based commer-
cial real estate company
proposing to list the 50
acres, owned by the coun-
ty near the Lee inter-
change. The proposal in-
cluded commitments to
"grow with the communi-
ty" and several reminders
that "we have a strong at-
tachment to Madison,"
but, in the end, several
members expressed reser-
vations and two local real
estate firms wanted an op-
portunity to throw their
hats into the ring.

The acreage being dis-
cussed was sold to the
county via the MCDC and
is intended to serve as a
pilot-property in the coun-
ty developmental process.
It sits near the inter-
change of 1-10 and SR 255,
straddling Dale Leslie Dri-
ve, the recently built
paved service road that
runs adjacent to the north
side of 1-10, commonly re-
ferred to as the new "in-
frastructure". Among
other features, the proper-
ty is essentially ready-to-
Paul Parsons and
Charles Revels, both sales
associates with Colliers
Dickinson Commercial
Real Estate office in Jack-
sonville, conducted the
presentation. Both are

also graduates of North
Florida Community Col-
lege. The duo touted the
great fit and benefits their
firm could bring to the
table, citing numerous ad-
vantages for the MCDC to
align with an extensive
network that included the
Jacksonville Port Authori-
ty and Japanese trading
The membership in at-
tendance appreciated the
firm's reputation, al-
though several members
noted the pair's newness
to Colliers, one joining in
2005 and the other in 2008.
Ultimately, additional
reservations surfaced that
the associates were over-
reaching in their expect
Please See Property,
Page 4A

Sex Offender


From Prison

By Jacob Be-
Greene Pub-
lishing, Inc.
Jackson, a
registered sex
offender, has
been released
from prison
and now
makes his
home in Jeffery Jackson
Jackson's address is 139 Redshank
Terrace Northwest in Greenville.
Jackson, 42, is a 6'2" tall, 183-pound
black male. His identifying marks in-
Please See Sex Offender, Page 4A

Sexual Predator


Address --

By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing,
Robert Lee Bay-
nard, a registered
sexual predator has
changed his address
According to the
Madison County
Sheriff's Office, Robert Lee
Robert Lee Baynard, a Baynard
5'11" tall, 244-pound black male, regis-
tered with a new address listed at 231
SE Moore Street in Madison. In the Fri-
day, February 8, edition of The Madison
Enterprise-Recorder, Baynard's address
was listed as 269 SW Sumatra, Apt.7, in
Baynard's qualifying offense was
sexual battery by an adult on a victim
under 12 years of age.
Jacob Bembry, editor, can be reached

Michael Curtis

Appointed To

Lee P&Z
By Ted Ensminger
Greeae Publishing,
Inc I


During the Lee
Town Council meet-
ing held on February
5, the council voted
unanimously to ap-
point Michael Curtis
tothePlanningand Michael Curtis
Zoning Board. The position opened on the
bodrdfollowing the appointment of Roger
Parsons to the town council, filing the va-
cancy created by the resignation of long-
time councilmember, Thelma Thompson.
Curtis brings both experience and en-
thusiasm to the position, having served as
Regional Manager for American Manage-
ment Services out of their Orlando office.
Among other services, the firm specializes
in business development consulting that
includes close collaboration with munici-
palities as a part of planning and growing
Operating as a Florida Director for
their PartnerAmerica program, a public-
private partnership sponsored by the Unit-
ed States Conference of Mayors, Curtis de-
livered solutions to the types of planning
and growth challenges currently facing
Please See Curtis, Page 4A

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Around Madison County
Community Caldendar

6-7A Dental Health
10A Valentine's Day
10B Health
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County Residents Strongly Urged

To Attend Vision 2020 Meeting

February 13., 2008
VOL. 44 NO. 28 Wednesday : I I I

2A Madison County Carrier

Wednesday, February 13, 2008 ;


With The Publisher
Mary Ellen Greene

Let's Demand Honesty

In The White House
I wrote a column in the February 4, 1998, edition of
the Madison County Carrier, which was titled, "Let's
Demand Honesty In The White House." As I was think-
ing about what to write this week, I read over that col-
umn, and thought, "Hey, this is still relevant. We must
again demand honesty of the candidates still out
Back then, the increasingly soap-opera tale was that
of President Bill Clinton's current crisis of his infideli-
ty, and it was the talk of the press and the nation at that
It bothered me then, that a few people shoved Clin-
ton's crisis off by saying, "His personal life is his own."
It also bothered me that the president and his wife
were crying "right-wing conspiracy."
Hillary Clinton's insincerity in playing the conspir-
acy card was understandable, given that this was her
habit, and, given the alternative, which was to discuss
the facts......those known and those still concealed by
her husband.
It is a lawyer's axiom: "If you have the law on your
side, argue the law; if you have the facts on your side,
argue the facts. If you have neither, pound on the
Hillary Clinton's, table-pounding about the vast
"conspiracy" continued into the Wednesday morning
afterwards when she said on ABC, "I am interested in
what the facts are, and we know very few facts right
The man she was married to surely had lots of per-
tinent facts right then.
As chief executive, Clinton was the one in charge of
seeing that the laws of this land were faithfully execut-
So, why were he and his wife furious at the press,
and at everyone else for wanting honest answers and a
chief executive who didn't lie-under oath? e.:...
America at that time took a- hard look, at'the mes-
sage that this was sending our young people; pass
our chief executive's life-style and answers to such a
life-style off as a "conspiracy"
I found it appalling when the news reporters
showed the Clintons, many years ago when he was Gov-
ernor of Arkansas (or just out of office), as he was be-
ing questioned about the Gennifer Flowers affair
(which he denied), and Mrs. Clinton said then, "Why is
everyone so concerned about this 'one of the 10 Com-
mandments?' There are 9 others!"
Was her answer then, that we could break the Com-
mandants, or laws, as we wish, as long as we keep the
I say, a man, or woman, who lies and cheats on his or
her -family, or their loved ones, will lie and cheat on
strangers, and a Nation!!
Now, go forward to 2008, and we have the same
woman demanding honesty in the White House, only
now, "she" wants the White House. "She" wants to be
the one in charge.
Whoever is the nominee for the Democratic Party
has to come back to Florida in November.
At least we still have two Republicans out that who
are far more conservative than Clinton is, or has ever
been, Frankly, I liked Mitt Romney the best, because he
was the most conservative of them all, but maybe Sen.
John McCain and Mike Huckabee will come through for
the ones of us who remember the Clinton days in office.
How could we forget them?
Let's hope we don't have four. more years of that to
remember !!!
'Nuff said....Bye for now... See 'ya.

Happy Valentine's Day

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, the
smell of love fills the air. Whether it's love for your
spouse, your children, or your parents everyone has
someone that they can share a small token of love with.
Even though many people feel that holidays were in-
vented by the retail industry of the world, we still all go
rushing out to buy something special for that "special
It's amazing how even the smallest token of
love/appreciation can make someone feel. Everyone has
the desire, deep down inside, to feel loved and appreciat-
ed. It's a "need" that God planted in us when he made
Adam and Eve.
A simple gesture, sometimes, is all it takes to bring a
smile to someone's face. A simple.card or a box of can-
dy could truly make someone's day.
As we go around in this crazy world/life of
ours....sometimes it's easy to forget about everyone else
but ourselves. It is so easy to get wrapped up in our own
feelings and in our own problems. Valentine's Day is
one day that is made to step back and think of someone
I encourage every one of you to find someone to send
something special to. Try to think of someone that
might not get a gift from someone else.....your neighbor,
a co-worker, a friend, or the widow down the street.
What if the only thing that they get, is your gift? Imag-
ine the smile on their face!
Isn't that what love is all about?
Until then..... I'll see you around the town.

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In 1999, John McCain
and co-author Mark
Salter published the sena-
tor's family memoir
"Faith of my Fathers."
Shortly after it was pub-
lished, a family member
gave me a copy to read I
was impressed. Recently,
I fished the volume out of
my library and reread it.
In light of the recent rise
of his star on the presi-
dential campaign trail, I
wanted to find out what it
was in McCain's back-
ground that makes him
John McCain hails
from a great military fam-
ily with origins in Scot-
land and Mississippi.
Two military installa-
tions in Mississippi
(Camp McCain in Grena-
da County and McCain
Field near Meridian) are
named for famous mem-
bers of his family. Before
the senator's grandfather,
the family was known for
their contributions in
land warfare.
John Sidney McCain
Sr. graduated from the
United States Naval Acad-
emy at Annapolis in 1906
and rose through the
ranks to become a great
carrier admiral in World
War II. ", lew" ,McCain
didn't learn to fly until he
was past the age of 50 but
he understood naval avia-
tion better than any of his
contemporaries. Begin-
ning with Guadalcanal
and ending with the late
drive through the Central
Pacific, Slew was a fight-
ing admiral to his core.
The war killed him. Four
days after witnessing the
Japanese surrender
aboard the USS Missouri,
McCain returned to his
family in California and
the next day, died of a
heart attack at the age of
61 during a reception held
in his honor.
John Sidney McCain
Jr. matriculated to An-
napolis graduating with
the Class of 1931. Unqual-
ified to fly, he became a
submariner and com-
manded three boats in
World War II. Like his fa-
ther, he was a fighting
skipper. Following his
wartime service, "Jack"
McCain rose steadily
through the Navy's ranks
to four stars and boss of
the premier operational
command, CINCPAC -
Commander of the Pacific
Johnlm Sidney McCain
III, the current senator
and presidential candi-
date, followed in the foot-
steps of his famous
grandfather and father ...
to a point. He graduated
from Annapolis with the
Class of 1958 ... barely
(class ranking fifth from
the bottom). He became a
naval aviator flying attack
aircraft. As a junior offi-
cer, he was blown from the
sky over North Vietnam
in October 1967 and spent

the next five and a half
years as Hanoi's most fa-
mous prisoner-of-war. His
wounds, poor medical
treatment and subsequent
torture nearly killed him.
When his captors offered
early release, McCain re-

VM Cain

fused his honor required
him to deny favor by the
enemy. Following his re-
lease in 1973, he spent
eight more years in the
Navy before retiring to en-
ter political life. For the
past quarter century, he
has represented Arizona
in the House and Senate.
"Faith of my Fathers"
covers the history of the
McCain family through
his incarceration at the
hands of the North Viet-
namese, so there is no in-
formation on his subse-
quent political career.
And like any autobiogra-
phy, it tells the story from
his vantage point, hardly
an unbiased source. Still,
I think I gained greater
understanding of the
maverick by reading this
Think about the per-
sonal characteristics at-
tributed to McCain: stub-
born; courageous; poor
listener; independent;, pu-
gnacious; straight-talker.
By his own admission,
you can trace these char-
acteristics, to his earliest
days as a youth, midship-
man, junior officer and
prisoner. I wouldn't be
surprised if many of
these traits are inherited
from his mother who is a_,
spry 96 and active cam-
paigner for her son. He
did things as a Naval
Academy midshipman
that I wouldn't have
dreamed of doing during
my days as a cadet.
Here is an amazing
thing to consider John
McCain walked, crawled,
and swam away from four
major aircraft crashes.
That's incredible! I would
imagine that he and I
have approximately the
same flight experience:
flight hours and similar
type of aircraft. I was
never involved in a single
major accident and Mc-
Cain survived four. The
guy has more lives than a
proverbial cat. Six
months ago, we were writ-
ing his political obituary;
believe me ... he has come
back from the "dead"
more than once, literally.
Don't ever count this guy
One of the things that
bothers me involves his
description of being a
POW and how important
information and commu-
nication was to him and
his fellow prisoners. Yet
he co-sponsored the Mc-
Cain-Feingold Campaign
Finance Reform bill that
infringed on political
speech. I find that trou-
bling and inconsistent.
Free speech is important
in a democratic system at
every level.
I admit that I am
drawn to John McCain.
We come from similar
backgrounds: service
academy; fighter avia-
tion; Vietnam veteran; officer. I was-
n't a POW but I know
many and admire them
fiercely. Still, Senator Mc-
Cain has infuriated me on
more than one occasion. I
suppose it is a little like
those sweet and sour dish-
es from the Orient that I
enjoy eating so much.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008 Madison County Carrier 3A


Congratulations To a ..

Lee Day Honorees
Congratulations are extended to all of the people who
have been nominated and have received honors from the During a special
Town of Lee for Lee Day, which will be held Saturday,
April. "._., Christmas Party at the
Tammy Webb was chosen Lee's Citizen of the Year. Christmas Party at the
Joe Odom was named Lee's Founding Forefather. Marge Madison Elk's Lodge,
Heatter has been chosen this year's Honorary Miss Lee. Lodge,
Superior Trees has been named the grand marshal for Santa Claus asked Kris-
the Lee Day Parade. Vten Rutherfordwhat she
Bryan Phillips filled the pulpit for Rev. Dennitt Cruce ten Rutherford what she
this past Saturday at Midway Baptist Church. I hear that wanted f Chri
Bryan did an outstanding job. wantedfor Christmas.
Please remember my brother, Danny, in your prayers.
He was hospitalized on Sunday "
Also, please remember Stephen Rusinko and his fam-,
ily in your prayers. Stephen was injured critically in a
dirt bike accident this past Saturday From the Madison County Carri-
That's all the news for this week! Have a great week
and a beautiful forever! May God bless each and every '. er Archives, December 24, 1997
one of you! a tp

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

How many more of
our children need to suffer
before we stand up and do
something about it?
Recently, I was made
aware of a few startling

-Dbo ybu know that
there are 'more then
500,000 registered sex of-
fenders living among us
today, more than 46,000 in
Florida alone, and that
number is increasing dai-
ly? These are the ones
that we know about. The
scary thing is that there
are many more out there
that we do not know
about. How many chil-
dren will they harm be-
fore we stop them?
-Do you know that the,
most abused age group for
children is between 5 7
years of age? Most ex-
perts agree, however, that
the true age is lower.
Younger children often do
not possess the communi-
cation skills necessary to
tell someone what has
happened, so the crime
goes unreported and the
abuse continues.
-Do you know that
more children die each
year from accidental in-
juries than all diseases

As a caring parent, I
felt I needed to do what
other parents did to try to
protect their children. We
had the fingerprint ID kits
done along with the Chil-
dren's ID card. It helped
me think I was doing
enough to keep my child
safe. Don't get me wrong,
they are important to
have, but really think
about when they will be
used. They don't accom-
plish a thing until AFTER
your child goes missing!
By then it's too late! Un-
fortunately these are "re-
active" tools. As parents
we need to change our
ways of thinking.. We
need to decide to have a
more "proactive" ap-
proach to a child's safety
Children's safety is a par-
ent's biggest concern and
we need to do more about
it! We need to teach our
children how to keep
themselves safe BEFORE
something happens.

As a mom, one of the
challenges I faced was
how to teach my ,young
child about these scary sit-
uations without leaving
them afraid to do any-
thing. I wanted to help
them have confidence and
know What to do in differ-
ent situations and sur-
roundings. It is every
child's right to have a safe
and happy childhood. I
wanted to ensure that they
would be safe. We want
our children to be able to
play outside and have fun
without being afraid that
every person they see will
take them away from
Mommy and Daddy Do
they know what to do if a
stranger approaches them
and tries to take them
away? Does your child
know how to identify a
stranger? It's not as sim-
ple as when we were kids.
Does your child under-
stand that anyone, even
someone they know,
should be considered a
stranger if they do not
have 'permission to go
with them? Does your
child truly understand
about the importance of
getting permission? We
think we've talked to our
children about safety
enough for them to know
better, but does your child
know the proper way to
cross the street? You may
have told them to look
both ways, but did you
show them?
Our world as it is to-
day is not as simple as it
was when we were grow-
ing up. I knew that I had
to do something more!
While looking for ways to
keep my child safe, I was
introduced to an organiza-
tion that has been teach-
ing children's safety in the
Northeast for many years.
Lil' Iguana's Children's
Safety Foundation
(LICSF) is a non-profit
children's safety organiza-
tion dedicated to empow-
ering children with the
safety knowledge they
need to survive in today's
world. Their mission of
empowering children with
"learned" safety protec-
tion techniques is as fun-
damental to their develop-
ment as learning their
ABC's or counting 1, 2, 3!!

It needs to be heard and
practiced EVERYDAY!
Lil' Iguana engages the
child to learn using up-
beat music and live inter-
active stage shows to teach
important child safety
skills in a fun, non-threat-
ening environment.
Music has long been
considered the best
method for teaching chil-
dren in a way that helps
them to retain the mes-
sages. I'll bet you remem-
ber "Schoolhouse Rock"?
Who could forget "Con-
junction Junction" or "I'm
Just a Bill"? Just as we re-
member these fun songs,
our children can retain
the messages found in Lil'
Iguana's songs such as
"Buckle Up, Click Click,"
"Who's A Stranger?"
"Harm Alarm," and "Run,
Yell & Tell."
This program is in-
credible and works like no
other. Engaging and inter-
acting with our children
using music and repeti-
tion helps instill in them
ways to communicate
their feelings more effec-
tively, which helps them
be more comfortable
telling ani adult when they
are abused. This is
tremendously important
with younger children,
who often ,lack the ability
to communicate effective-
ly. The program also
teaches children how to
conduct themselves if
they are abducted us-
ing proven "Run, Yell and
Tell" techniques. By
teaching these "more in-
tense" topics alongside the
more day-to-day topics
such as buckling up, wear-
ing a bike helmet and al-
ways getting permission,
the children incorporate
the "more intense" mes-
sages into their daily lives,
identifying them as just
another part of staying
safe. LICSF's primary fo-
cus is working with chil-
dren between the ages of 2
to 8. Proven studies find
that this age group is most
ready to accept and retain
the safety messages.
It is time, and long
overdue, that we bring this
effective, time-proven pro-
gram to the State of Flori-
da. Our State currently
has over 46,000 registered

sex offenders living in our
neighborhoods. Remem-
ber these are only the ones
we know about! Many
more are just waiting for
the perfect opportunity to
steal away the innocence,
maybe even the life, of an-
other young child. A child
predator doesn't have to
kill a child to destroy their
life! Victims of child ab-
duction and abuse suffer
long-term effects even if
they return safely to their
families. Tragically, the
suicide rates among vic-
tims of child abduction
and abuse are significant-
ly higher. Feelings of
shame, an inability to
trust, and having difficul-
ty adjusting to a normal
healthy relationship are
just some of the long-term
effects suffered by victims
of sexual abuse and/or ab-
ductions. Many victims
wish they hadn't even sur-
vived the abduction. This
is unacceptable!
We have an obligation
to protect our children.
We must commit to em-
powering them with the
safety skills they need
keep themselves safe. Par-
ents, police, teachers and
child-care professionals
all understand that we
cannot be with our chil-
dren 24 hours a day, 7 days
a week. While they are
outside of our care they
need to know what to do if
a predator approaches
them. They need to know
how to make safe choices.
while away from home.
I have been blessed
with the opportunity to be-
come involved with this
time-proven children's
safety educational pro-
gram. I feel it's the best so-
lution available for par-
ents that are looking to
keep their children safe!
Lil' Iguana's Chil-
dren's Safety Foundation
has helped save
many young lives in the
Northeast. With your help,
I want to bring this pro-
gram to all of the young
children in the State of
Florida. Please join my
cause and help me bring
this program to our State.
If you don't help, who
Susan Payne
Sarasota, FL 34241

Little Known Yet True
John Trousdale, the father, and William, the elder
son, too old to serve as soldiers in George Washington's
army rendered assistance in the creation of the Ameri-
can Republic. They rendered assistance by providing
food, finance, and uniforms to the cause.
Out of the younger sons of John, Capt. James Trous-
dale, served in the army of George Washington with the
leadership of Marvin, the "Swamp Fox." Capt. James.
Trousdale received a severe wound by a saber cut at
quilford and finished the war with the surrender of
Cornwallis at Yorktown
The Trousdale family deeded 600 acres for the devel-
opment of University of North Carolina. Service and
Little known yet true Scottish-Irish American. histo-

Robert E. Trousdale

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will eat themselves

if they can't find
any food!

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Injured cont from Page 1A
happened. Jack told the boys not to move Rusinko, but
when Will told him they already had, Jack instructed them
to head toward State Road 6 and wait for law enforcement
"and ambulances to arrive.
In the meantime, Welch, Tuten and the Thompsons
kept pressure on Rusinko's wounds.
"Though it's never recommended you move a victim,
this is one of those times when it might have helped, be-
cause if the boys had left Stephen there, he would probably
have died," a medical professional told this reporter.
Rusinko was flown by helicopter to Tallahassee Memo-
rial Hospital, where he underwent open-heart surgery to
repair a ruptured aorta.
"It looks much better now than it did earlier," one of
the boys' parents, who wished to remain anonymous, said.
"It's going to take a long time, but, thanks to the boys help-
ing him that night, he should be all right:"


tion that they could become a substantial business-re-
cruiting tool for the county, instead serving little more
than a customary real estate listing function, albeit
within a more substantial industrial/commercial client
"We put money into this community, pay taxes in
this community and our companies have the capacity to
represent the property as well," RE/MAX associate
Stephen Pike stated, referring to himself, RE/MAX own-
er Debbie Copeland and United Country owner Vivian
Searcy who were in attendance. The council agreed, ul-
timately voting to give all local brokers an opportunity
to petition for the listing at next month's. meeting. Sim-
ilar to Colliers however, but for different reasons, sever-
al members respectfully questioned the local firm's
qualifications to serve the business client niche as well.
In contrast, the remaining guests at the meeting re-
ceived outspoken and unanimous acceptance. Peggy
Conklin, President/CEO of the Capital Region YMCA
gave a brief presentation regarding the possibility of
bringing a YMCA to Madison. Two MCDC members, Ed
Meggs and Morris Steen, made very positive immediate

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

cont from Page 1A

responses, which included a suggestion by Steen to con-
sider a collaboration with NFCC in light of the planned
five million dollar renovation the college is planning for
its recreation/fitness facilities. Meggs had actually pro-
moted the YMCA previously, again stating his commit-
ment to move the process forward. All agreed that a
YMCA would be a timely and essential addition to the
content of the county.
The last guest introduced was from Enterprise
Florida. The Regional Manager for International Trade
Development, Larry Bernaski, cited several compelling
statistics regarding foreign trade .in and out of Florida.
This included references to investment and income op-
portunities throughout the region, even for smaller
firms and rural counties. Council member Brad
Bashaw, who asked several poignant questions earlier
during the listing discussion, requested specifics on the
procedure to formally place the MCDC interests direct-
ly in the Enterprise Florida network. Bernaski replied
very favorably, stating his intention to do so. Staff
writer Michael Curtis can be reached at

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Madison Fire Department

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25 minutes or until done.
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gers in a domestic violence situation. According to stud-
ies, meth is different. According to the FDLE, "the ex-
treme agitation and paranoia" associated with meth use
many times leads to "situations where violence is more
likely to occur."
The DEA states that chronic use of meth can cause
delusions and auditory hallucinations that can them-
selves precipitate violent behavior. More studies have
shown that crystal meth shuts off the part of the brain
that tells an individual to stop attacking. In all mam-
mals, this response is witnessed. Seen in action when
dogs are fighting, the submissive dog will roll over on its
back as a gesture of surrender. The other, more domi-
nant dog will then cease the attack. Meth short-circuits
this response, elevating already violent situations into'
much worse scenarios.
To outsiders, the "tweaking" stage of a meth users'
*binge is the most dangerous period to approach the user.
Tweaking occurs at the end of the binge cycle, is un-

When Changing Jobs, Don't
Shortchange Your 401K
Provided by Brad Bashaw, Edward Jones
Your 401(k) plan can be a major source of your
retirement savings. As you know, your 401 (k) offers
several different investment options and the
chance to accumulate tax-deferred earnings. But
what will happen to your 401(k) if 'you leave your
job5 before6 you' retire? You've got seve&l chlbi6ce' -
and it's really important that you make the 'right
one, because your decision can have a major
impact on your retirement lifestyle.
What are the main options regarding your
401 (k)? Let's take a look.
You could cash out your plan. You could cash
out your plan. If you need the money, liquidating
your plan is an option. Caution: if you cash out,"
your company will likely pay you 80 percent of your
account value, withholding the rest for federal
taxes. And if you're younger than 59-1/2, you may
well be slapped with a 10 percent tax penalty. Even
worse, you'll have lost a key source of your retire-
ment income. Avoiding this option has its benefits.
You could leave the money in your company's
plan. Not all companies offer this option, but many
of them do. If you like the investment options avail-
able in your plan, then leaving the money alone
may not be a bad idea. On the other hand, since
you will no longer be employed by the company,
you might fall "out of the loop" as far as 401 (k) plan
administration, so you might be caught by surprise
if the company decides to change investment
You could move the money into your new
employer's plan. If your new employer has a 401 (k),
and allows transfers, you could roll the money over
from your old plan to the new one. This might be an
attractive option if you like the investment accounts
offered in your new employer's plan.
You could roll the money over to an IRA. You
may find several advantages to rolling your 401(k)
over to an IRA. First, your money can continue the
potential to grow on a tax-deferred basis. Second,
you can invest your funds in virtually any invest-
ment you choose stocks, bonds, government
securities, Certificates of Deposit, etc. Third, if you
have more than one 401(k) account going, you
could find it advantageous to consolidate them into
a single IRA, thereby making it easier to allocate
and monitor your retirement assets. And fourth,
IRAs give you greater flexibility, if you're planning
on passing money to your children. In fact, if your
children inherit an IRA, they can stretch with-
drawals over a long period of time over their entire
life spans, if they choose rather than take the
money as a lump sum. Obviously, this ability can
help them control their taxes and their income
If you do decide to move your 401 (k) to an IRA,
make sure to request a "trustee-to-trustee" trans-
fer. The money will then be moved directly to an
IRA, minimizing the risk of mistakes and keeping
your money invested the entire time.
Before making any moves with your
401(k), consult with your tax and financial
advisors. By choosing the right path for your
individual needs, you'll help yourself on your
long-term journey toward your important
financial goals.

Brad Bashaw
Investment Representative


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comfortable, and the user will often turn to alcohol,
heroine or more meth if available to ease the feeling of
emptiness and dysphoria. When tweaking, a meth
users' whole existence revolves around avoiding tlhe
crash, and their actions are dangerous and unpre-
dictable. The tweaker does not need provocation for vio-
lence, and confrontation increases the chance of a vio-
lent reaction. If the tweaker has chosen to ease his dis-
comfort with alcohol, he becomes disinhibited and even
more difficult to identify or reason with. If a strong
odor of alcohol is present but there are no outward
signs of inebriation, the person should be approached
with caution until the situation is assessed.
Tweakers often participate in spur-of-the-moment
crimes such as purse snatching, robberies; burglaries
and assaults with a weapon. Paranoid and hallucinat-
ing, meth abusers are often armed both in their auto-
mobile and in their homes, posing an even greater
threat to law officers and authorities. Methampheta-
mine is psychologically addictive, leaving its users un-
predictable. When tweaking, a user may not have slept
or eaten in three to 15 days, creating a grave danger to
law enforcement officers, family members and whole
Crystal meth has so far shown no sign of slowing its
deadly spread across the United States. Called the most
insidious drug of the new millennium, it has a relapse
rate of 94% according to a recent study done by UCLA,
and long term use leads to aggressive behaviors. Do-
mestic violence and other crime rates are continuing to
climb as the US struggles to fight this new epidemic
yWth children paying the highest price.
To contact the,Florida Drug and Alcohol Rehabilita-
tion Program and Addiction Treatment Center, please
call 1-800-559-9503.
Staff writer Tyrra B Meserve can be reached at

Sex Offender cont from Page 1A
elude two gold teeth, a scar on his upper shoulder and,
upper left arm and scars on his lower left arm and on
his right arm.
Jackson's qualifying crime is sexual battery with a
weapon or with force.,
Jacob Bembry, editor, can be reached by email atja-.

Vision 2020 cont from Page 1A

the county is central and critical to the making this
process a success because when it's all said and done,
it's the resident's plan," County Planner Jeanne Bass
noted. "The first of four meetings will be held on Feb-
ruary 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with the doors open-
ing and refreshments provided starting at 5 p.m.," Bass
In order to accommodate all that choose to share his
or her view, organizers selected the new indoor firing
range at North Florida Community College for the Feb-
ruary 26 initial gathering. The easiest way to get to the
facility is to go north on SR 53 from US 90 and turn left
onto the roadway that runs directly to the range. Signs
will be prominently posted.
The remaining three meetings, which will be orga-
nized based on findings from the initial meeting, will be
held at the NFCC Student Center on March 4, 18 and 25
at the same times. Specialists from the University of
Florida will be assisting throughout the process.
Staff writer Michael Curtis can be reached at
michael( f

Curtis cont from Page 1A
Lee and Madison County especially in light of the substan-,
tial investment the county and Lee just put into infrastruc-
ture along the 1-10 corridor.
"It's an honor to serve the community and especially to
be able to work with Mayor Kinsey and the Town Council,
as well as Town Manager, Cheryl Archambault. This is an
exciting time for our community and being part of a great
team that's committed to turning these opportunities into
reality is phenomenal," Curtis noted.
Curtis resides in Lee with his wife Angelina and their
four children; Jacob (8), Rachel (7), Cianna Jane (3) and
Isaac (1). He also has four older children from a previous
marriage who reside in Orlando. AssociatePublisher Ted
Ensminger can be reached at ted2(,greenepublish ng.oom.

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February 14
Christian Heritage
Academy will be hosting
a Valentine's Day Ban-
Cquet on Thursday, Feb-'
'ruary 14, starting at 6:30
p.m. A suggested dona-
-ion of $10 is requested
for adults and $5 for chil-
%dren. Please RSVP by
-Feb. 8, by calling 948-
2068. Great-food, enter-
tainment, door prizes,
and kid's good bags for
children up to the 5th
February 14
The "Third Thurs-
'day" Men's Fellowship of
North Florida is excited
'io bring RV Brown to the
Madison area for some
special events. Thurs-
day, February 14, 6:30
p.m. Join us at Fellow-
Wship Church for a Valen-
,ine's Day Banquet.RV'
and his wife Frances
"will be speaking on Mar-
'iiage issues. Please call
-(850) 973-3266 for more
info. Please R.S.V.P. we
only have room for 150
February 15
The "Third Thurs-
'day" Men's Fellowship of

Zora E.

Zora E. Jones, age 87,
died Wednesday February
61 2008 at home after a bat-
tfe with- cancer
She was born in
Arkansas on August 12,
1920. She moved to Clewis-
ton and then to Miami
Where she met and mar-
ried Ida C. Jones. The
Jones family moved to Lee
in 1961, where she became
a member of Midway Bap-
fist Church and continued
to be a member there until
her death.
She was preceded in
death by her husband, Ida
t. Jones; three brothers;
-four sisters; and a great-
She is survived by one
'gon, David Jones and wife
Lou of Live Oak; one
daughter, Mary (Jan)
Reams of Lee: nine grand-
children, Cindy Rice, Sher-
ry Hope, Leisa Erwin and
husband Earl. Keith John-
'son. Carol Johnson. Lee
Ann Lasseter and husband
John, Angie Johnson, Don-
tia Rice and Gloria Sim-
mons and husband Joey; 17
great-grandchildren; and
'-iumerous nieces and
Tiephews and their fami-
Memorial services will
be held on Saturday Febru-
ary 16, at Midway Baptist
Church. Presiding pastor
.,ill be Rev. Dennett Cruce.

North Florida is excited
to bring RV Brown to the
Madison area for some
special events. Friday,
February 15, at 7 p.m.,
join us at the Van H.
Priest Auditorium as RV
challenges us to step up
and be the Godly men
that we are called to be.
Worship will be led by
the Brotherhood Cross-
cultural choir. Call (850)
973-3266 for more info.
February 15
A Red and White
Valentine's Ball will be
held Friday, February
15, starting at 8 p.m. at
the Greenville Madison
Multi-purpose Center.
For more information,
please call (850) 556-0278
or (850) 508-3699.
February 16
The Browders will be
in concert at Bible Deliv-
erance Church on Satur-
day, February 16, at 7
p.m. Admission is free,
but. a free-will offering
will be received during
the concert. The Brow-
der's are known for their
national top 10 song,
"Stand Up For Jesus,"
and many others. For
more information,
please call (850) 973-4622
or (850) 973-0114.
February 16
The Hanson United
Methodist Church will
have a special showing
of Facing The Giants for
the young people in our
community on Saturday
night, February 16, be-
ginning at 6 With a
hotdog/corndog supper
with all the trimmings
plus dessert and soft
drinks. Popcorn will
also be served during
the movie. All eats and
the movie are free of
charge. Adults are invit-
ed also.
Feburary 16
The "Third Thurs-
day" Men's Fellowship of
North Florida is excited
to bring RV Brown to the
Madison area for some
special events. Saturday,
February 16, from 8-10
a.m., follow up and small
group training. We will
wrap things up at Fel-
lowship. Come and get
connected with other
guys in your area and
find out about all the
benefits of being in a
small group.
February 16
The Senior Citizens
Board is sponsoring
Celebrity Night Event at
Yogi Bear's Jellystone
Park on Saturday, Febru-
ary 16, at 6 p.m. Partici-
pants in this event are
leaders of the communi-
ty. Tickets are $20.00
each, dress attire is ca-
sual Western. Dinner
will consist of a choice

of roast beef or baked
chicken with the trim-
mings including coffee
and tea. For more infor-
mation, please call (850)
February 16
The Pine Tree Quil-
ters Annual Brunch and
Quilt Show will be held
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at
the Co-operative
Methodist Ministries
Meeting Hall. There will
be a drawing for 2 door
prizes, delicious food,
and crafts and quilts for
sale. Donations go to
help their mission to
keep as many needy ba-
bies warm as we can.For
more information,
please call (850) 973-4266
or (850) 929-4938.
February 17
Madison County His-
torical Society will meet
Sunday, February 17, at
2:30 p.m. at Elmer's Ge-
neology Library.
February 18
The Madison County
4-H Relay for Life Team
will be sponsoring a
booth at the Anhual
North Florida Livestock
and Sale held at the
Agricultural Center in
Madison. They will be
there starting at 6 p.m.
on February 18-21. All
proceeds go to the Madi-
son County Relay for
Life Event.
February 19
There will be a
medicare presentation
given by Lee Harvey on
Tuesday, February 19, at
3 p.m. The meeting will
be held at the Senior Cit-
izens Council building
in Madison. Come and
learn more about be-
coming a savvy gro-
cery shopper. For more
information, please
call (850) 973-4241.
February 22
"Girlfriend to Girl-
friend: Lovin' Ugly
Betty" Women's night
out will be held Febru-
ary 22, from 6-9 p.m.'
Guest speaker will be
Dr. Sylvia Tomberlin.
Special guests for the
evening will be
Cooshie Mae Dan-
galanger. Childcare
not available.
February 22
Holy Mother of God
Greek Orthodox
Church will be having
their annual greek
chicken dinner to ben-
efit the Philoptochos
Society (Friend of the
Poor) on Friday, Feb-
ruary 22, from 4-8:30
p.m. For more infor-
mation, please call
(850) 878-0747. The cost
is $12 per plate.
February 22
Dan Schall will be
in concert on Friday,

February 22, at 6 p.m.
at the Hanson United
Methodist Church. Ad-
mission is free, but a
love offering will be
received during the
concert. Refreshments
will be served after
the program.
February 23
Apalachee Beekeep-
ers Assn. will sponsor
an Introduction to
Beekeeping short
course on Feb. 23, at
the Leon County Ex-
tension Office. Learn
the basics to get start-
ed in this fascinating
hobby. Cost is $20 per
individual or $25 per
family. For more infor-
mation, call (850) 997-
3974, or online at
February 23
Tipelo's Bakery
and Cafe in Monticello
will offer a basic
bread baking class fea-
turing rustic breads.
It is "hands on" so
bring an apron. You
will take hopme
recipes and tips plus
your fresh baked
bread loaf. $50 non re-
fundable class fee. For
more information, call
(850) 997-2127.
February 28
Day Hike with the
Suwannee Chapter of
the Florida Trail Asso-
ciation on Feb 28, for
either 3 miles or 6
miles on the Ellaville
Section of the Florida
National Scenic
Trail's Black Tract
and Mill Creek sec-
tions. This hike will
be in celebration of
Florida Hiking Trails
Month. Contact Andre
Marcil at (386) 362-
7308 for details where
to meet.
March 14-15
The Florida High-
waymen Florida Hall
of Fame Landscape-
Artists invites you to
meet the artists and
view the works of
Robert Lewis, Isaac
Knight, Willie Reagan,
Mary Ann Carroll, and
Curtis Arnett, origi-
nal Florida Highway-
men Artists. A private
reception, silent auc-
tion fundraiser, and
preview Friday
evening with artists,
6:30-8:30 p.m., on

March 14.. $5 per per-
son admission. Public
exhibit and art sale 9
a.m. to 4 p.m., Satur-
day, March 15, during
the White Springs An-
nual Azalea Festival.
Exhibit will be located
in the beautiful, his-
toric Carillon Tower
in Stephen Foster Folk
Culture Center State
Park, White Springs;
For more information,
please call (386) 234-
8043, or email-
March 29
ReignSong of Chat-
tanooga, Tenn. will be
in concert at Yogi
Bear's Jellystone Park
on Saturday, March 29,
at 7 p.m. Admission is
free, however a love of-
fering will be received
during the concert.
For more information,
please call (850) 973-
Every Tuesday -
The Diamonds in
the Ruff Adoption Pro-
gram at the Suwannee
Valley Humane Soci-
ety is open every Tues-
day through Saturday
from -10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
It is located on 1156
S.E Bisbee Loop Madi-
son FL, 32340. For a'
healthy lifestyle,
adopt an animal and
they will make your
life more fulfilled. For
more information, or
directions, call (866)
236-7812 or (850) 971-
Third Tuesday of
Each Month
The Greater
Greenville Area Dia-
betes Support Group is
a free educational ser-
vice and support for
diabetes and those
wanting to prevent di-
abetes. The group
meets the third Tues-
day of each month at
the Greenville Public
Library Conference
Room at 312 SW
Church Street,
Greenville, 11 11:30
a.m. Everyone is wel-
Third Wednesday of
Each Month
The Madison Coun-
ty Health Education
.Club is holding a free
educational service
and support group for
people interested in

preventing or control-
ling diabetes, high
blood pressure, elevat-
ed cholesterol levels,
obesity, and other
chronic health condi-
tions. The club meets
the third Wednesday of
each month at the
Madison Public Li-
brary Conference
Room at 378 NW Col-
lege Loop, Madison,
12:15 12:45 p.m.
Everyone is welcome
to bring their own
Third Wednesday of
Each Month
The Madison Coun-
ty Diabetes Support
Group is a free educa-
tional service and sup-
port group for dia-
betes and those wanti-
ng to prevent diabetes.
The group meets the
third Wednesday of
each month at the
Madison Public Li-
brary Conference
Room at 378 NW Col-
lege Loop, Madison,
11:45 a.m. 12:10 p.m.
Everyone is welcome
is bring their own
lunch! Details: contact
Marcia Kazmierski at
386-752-2461 or Lor-
raine Miller at 386-752-
Fourth Wednesday
of Each Month
An informational
meeting for those in-
jured and needing help
returning to work will
be held the fourth
Wednesday of each
month from 12-3 p.m.
at the Madison County
Extension Office locat-
ed on 184 College Loop.
The meeting is free
and open to the public.
For more information,
please call.(850) 245-
Every Friday Night
Area line dancers
& any others that
would like to come are
invited to join in line
dancing open to the
public at the new Elks
Club in Valdosta, Ga.
each Friday night
from 7:30-11:30 pm. It
is located about a mile
west of 1-75 on the
Quitman Hwy., 2309
Hwy. 84 West. Cover
charge will be $5 per
person at the door to
the dancehall. Call
(229) 455-2267 for more

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Auto, Life, Health, Home

Freddy Pitts, Agency Manager

Jimmy King, Agent; Glen King, Agent

233 W. Base St. Madison (850) 973-4071

Freddy Pitts

105 W. Anderson St. Monticello (850) 997-2213

Freddy Pitts

813 S. Washington St. Perry (850) 584-2371

Lance Braswell, Agent

Lafayette County Mayo, FL (386) 294-1399

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6A Madison County Carrier

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


Rotary Club Introduced To Pine Tree Quilters T Hol

"Common Cause

The Madison Rotary
Club opened with an invo-
cation by Chief of Police
Rick Davis and the Pledge
of Allegiance to the flag
was led by insurance
mogul Jack Proctor. Lar-
ry DiPietro, Nathan
Kendrick, Wendy Bran-
ham, Diedre McRory New-
man and Roberta Agner
were introduced as guests I
of the club by past-district
governor Jargo Clark,
Sargeant-at-arms. DiPi- Ben Wilcox, Executive
etro, a Rotarian from the Director of "Common
Tallahassee Sunset Rotary Cause," spoke to the Rotar-
Club, was a guest of Rotar- ians during their February
ian Darlene Hagen of the monthly meeting.
Capital City Bank Group,
and Roberta Agner has been proposed as a new Rotari-
an by Ed Meggs, President of the Madison County Com-
munity Bank.
Because of the unsettling weather, Rotarian Jim
Stanley was given time to talk about impending weath-
er conditions. He spoke passionately about the need for
citizens to own their own weather-alarm radio. "Bad
weather often comes up when you least expect it and a
weather-alarm radio can save your life," Stanley noted.
The speaker for the day was Ben Wilcox, Executive
Director of "Common Cause," a group dedicated to re-
form in the government of Florida. "The Goal
of 'Common Cause,'" said Wilcox, "is to make govern-
ment open, honest, and accountable to the people of
Florida." He spoke to the club about the importance of
reform in the political process of 'redistricting', and
told of some of the abuses inflicted upon Florida citi-
zens by the process of gerrymandering-commonly
done by the legislature of Florida. Those interested in
better government were urged to visit the website for further information.
On February 13, Rotarian Harold Emrich, Madison
City Manager, has invited Warden Steve Wellhausen
from the Madison Correctional Institute to be the guest
Rotarians meet weekly at the Parish Hall of the St. Vin-
cent Catholic Church and gfests are always welcome. People
wanting further information about Rotary are urged to con-
tact Captain Morris Steen (USN-Ret.) or the club secretary
Jim Catron, Madison City Commissioner.

Brunch And Quilt Show

The Quilters will hold a draw-
ing for two door prizes. Everyone
is invited to go and see their beau-
'tiful quilts, eat delicious food and
buy crafts and quilts.
The brunch and quilt show

By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The Pine Tree Quilters will
host their 12th annual brunch and
quilt show on Friday, February 15,
from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Senior Citizens

For A Celebrj

By Tyrra B Meserve
Greene Publishing. Inc.
The Senior Citizens Council if
Madison County Board of Direc-
tors are sponsoring a Celebrity
Night on February 16, at 6 p.m. Dig
out those cowboy boots as the dress

will be western casual. $20
son buys a dinner with c
roast beef or chicken
dessert and either tea or c
The funds received fi
event will be used for a ne
center, so come join the (

will be held at the United
Methodist Cooperative Ministries
Center, located at the corner of
Colin Kelly Highway (State Road
145) and 135 NE Dill Street, north
of Madison.

Gearing Up

ity Night
per per- Night Funmd Raiser at Yogi Bear's.
choice of Call the Senior Center Council for
, sides, more details or to order tickets at
offee. 973-4241. Come join the fund.
rom this Staff writer Tyrra B Meserve
w senior can be reached at
Celebrity tyrra


Get A Healthy Start With

Free Childbirth Classes

By Tyrra B. Meserve p.m. until 5:00 p.m. All expectant will be there to lend a hand and
Greene Publishing, Inc. mothers are invited to come down useful information for those at-
The Healthy Start program at for the free class and learn tips and tending.
Madison County Health Depart- helpful aids to ease their birthing For more information or to reg-
ment is hosting free childbirth experience. Mothers may come ister for the class, please call Brid-
classes for expectant mothers. alone or are invited to bring a get Gamble, CPCE at (850) 973-5000,
Classes will be held January 31, friend, family member or a part- extension 214. Don't forget fot ring
February 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 3:30 ner. A certified childbirth educator a friend.

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By Tyrra B Meserve
Greene Publishing, Inc.

'As life runs on, the
road grows strange
with faces new, And
near the end
the milestones into
headstones change
'Neath every one a
- James Russell Lowell -

The history of ceme-
teries and burials has, for
centuries, been rooted
with mankind. The art of
preserving the dead and
respecting the life of man
that has come before can
be traced back almost as
long as he has walked the
earth. Perhaps, originally
simply a means to keep
the beloved from being
desecrated by predators,
gravestone carvings serve
as examples of some of
America's earliest folk-
art. A quiet walk through
a cemetery can be an edu-
cational experience not
only in genealogy, but also
in local trends in architec-
ture, art, and local history
From the young to the old,
rags to riches, cemeteries
provide the future a
veiled, yet reflective
glimpse into the past,
buried side by side,
brethren in death, await-
ing new life.
People have marked
graves and commemorat-
ed their dead since the
earliest of times. Between
20,000 and 75,000 years
ago, Neanderthals began
to bury their dead with
spears and other personal
effects to accompany

Tombstones Of Madison

them through their jour-
ney from this life, into the
next. Gravesites evolved
from there to churches
and their courtyards as
places for the dead to rest
facing east awaiting the
rising sun. Laid out with
both social and devotional
status in mind, North,
South, East, and West po-
sitioning told not only of
the person's life but often
the circumstances sur-
rounding their death as
well. Later, as the church
cemeteries began to be-
come overcrowded, soci-
ety saw the emergence of
the garden cemeteries.
Designed as a place that
families could go and
peacefully visit their de-
parted loved ones in a
beautiful natural setting,
the garden cemetery soon
gained in popularity
spreading from Europe,
across the ocean to Amer-
The first garden, or
rural, cemetery in the US
was founded in Cam-
bridge, near Boston, by
leaders of the Massachu-
setts Horticultural Soci-
ety It was based, in large
part, on burial plans
brought from England
and France, most espe-
cially Pere Lachaise
Cemetery in Paris, fa-
mous for its innovative
design. Mount Auburn
was then followed by Lau-
rel Hill in Philadelphia in

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Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Tyrra B Meserve, February 7, 2008
An Angel Guards Her Wards

1836, Green Mount in Bal-
timore in 1838, Mount
Hope Cemetery in
Rochester and Green-
Wood Cemetery in Brook-
lyn in 1839. These began
the trend that would later
spread garden cemeteries
across the U.S.
With the church ceme-
teries sometimes difficult
to travel to, local families

Lee Volunteers Fry For Funds

By Michael Curtis
Greene Publishing,
The Lee Volunteer
Fire Department held
a fish fry on February
2 to raise funds for op-
erations. The depart-
ment receives only
$12,000 per year from
the county so
fundraising efforts
like the fish fry play
anl integral role in sup-
porting services.
Combined with peri-
odic grants, and a
whole lot of commu-
nity and volunteer
support, the Lee
VFD is among the

Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Michael Curtis, February 2, 2008
Tiffany Szostek, Judy Ritter, susan Phillips, Lori Dowdy and
Shirley von Roden, pictured here left to right, served up fish din-
ners in support of the Lee VFD.

very best of its class anywhere.
"We have a great group of firefighters in the department and the recent addition,
Jason Archambault, has been great, considering his firefighting background. Our ju-
niors in training are making great progress too. But really it's the whole community
and this council that makes it all possible," Jim von Roden explained to the Lee Town
Council during their monthly meeting of February 5. Von Roden, who is also a Lee
Volunteer and Fire Board member, also praised the hard work of Chief Reese Thomas.
During a recent interview regarding the status of firefighting vehicles and equip-
ment in the county, Madison Fire And Rescue Chief Alfred Martin had tremendous
praise for the Lee VFD, as well as all the volunteer professionals throughout the coun-
Staff writer Michael Curtis can be reached


Voting EQuipment Public Logic and Accuracy Test

In accordance with Florida Statute, Section 10 1.56 12, a pre-election test of the auto-
matic tabulating eQuipment, which will be used to tabulate the votes cast in the Town of
Greenville, to be held on March I 1,2008 will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb-
ruary 22,2008, at the Supervisor of Elections Office, 229 SW Pinckney St., Room 1 13,
Madison, Florida.

The purpose of the test is to ascertain that the eQuipment will correctly count the votes
cast for all candidates and offices.

For the test, the Canvassing Board will convene and the test is open to all candidates,
candidate representatives with written authorization, the press and the public.

jada Woods Williams
Supervisor of Elections
Madison County, Florida

often buried their loved
ones. in plots reserved and
designed to accent the
landscape of their estates.
Often these family ceme-
teries provided the pic-
turesque mode prevalent
in so many of their Euro-
pean predecessors. Open
meadows, curving path-
ways and ornamental fea-
tures gave visitors a more
"Heavenly" reminder of
their beloved's final rest-
ing place. Meant to be
more living friendly, gone,
soon, was the gothic
tombstone representa-
tions of bones and death
heads, replaced by angelic
mourners and floral to-
kens of remembrance.
With the rapid growth
of urban socialization
and the passing of genera-
tions, many of these
'cemeteries of old found
themselves overgrown
and forgotten. Churches
m6ved, families relocated
and only the past was left
behind, rendering rural
cemeteries back to the
earth from which they

ally, one will stumble
upon a tiny family plot,
all but forgotten as the
small clutch of trees once
planted for aesthetics
grows into a forest cover-
ing the footsteps that man
once made on his way to
leave flowers behind for a
dearly departed. More of-
ten than not, as the years
pass, these family plots
are lost in the shuffle of
property owners passing
deeds, hand to hand, not
having any relation to the
original dwellers.
As time marches on,
society has a tendency to
ever be looking forward,
forgetting what has been
left behind. An immense
amount of history can be
discovered under the
tombstones of Madison
County As this article
will be reoccurring peri-
odically in this paper, any
additional examples un-
earthed can be sent to this
reporter at the address be-
To lose entirely the
lessons of ago could be a
great tragedy indeed.
Staff writer Tyrra B
Meserve can be reached at

Saving Critters Before

They Become A Nuisance

By Tyrra B Meserve fixed, cutting down on animal overpop-
Greene Publishing, Inc. ulation, disease and in some cases, im-
Pets without homes, as an unfortu- prove the pets' behavior.
nate outcome from owners not having When Katie Rooney first opened
their animals spayed or neutered, often North Florida Paws in November, she
become a nuisance if not a danger to and her associates were thinking of
society. Often left to their own de- ways that could help the communi-
vices, these animals become ty. not only for today, but for to-
feral as they wander from morrow, as well. Since they
place to place, looking for first opened their doors,
their next meal. Crossing North Florida Paws has
streets and highways, served somewhere be-: -
they can get hit, be- tween 40 to 60 animals,:
coming a threat to mo- i per week. At that rate,:
tourists. Digging tens of thousands of :
through trash and pets have been saved-:
refuse heaps, they be- from an already over:
come walking ports of taxed problem, cut-
filth. Wandering .ting back on so many:
through woods and animals having to be '*
fields, they pick up par- put to sleep. Now, work--
asites that harbor dis- ing with Jamie
eases such as rabies and Willoughby, the new ani- :
Lyme disease that are a mal control officer, Rooney
threat to individuals is dedicated to educat-
and children. North Florida Paws President, ing pets and pet owners>
North Florida Paws, Katie Rooney, Poses For Purpose so a less stressful rela- "
with the help of the tionship can be enjoyed

communities it serves, plays a key role
in keeping these risks under control.
Having a pet spayed or neutered
does more than just help keep unwant-
ed litters off the street. It can also help
to control the spread of some diseases
and animal attacks, while staying with-
in a tight budget. A non-profit organiza-
tion, North Florida Paws now serves
Madison County, as well as Jefferson
County With no income or residency
restrictions, the family pet can receive
all necessary shots, along with being

by both.
"These pet problems exist," Rooney
says "not because people don't want to,
its that they can't afford to."
At North Florida Paws, everybody
feels better once they've been checked
out. To make an appointment or to get
more information, please call 386-938-
4092. Help North Florida Paws help
communities enjoy their pets the safe,
responsible way.
Staff Writer Tyrra B Meserve can be
reached at

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By Tyrra B Meserve
Greene Publishing Inc.
One way Webster's Dictionary de-
fines tenor is "to hold, an uninterrupted
course." This may be a more accurate de-
finition of opera tenor Paul Pitts than
merely "a graceful and brilliant male
voice that is strong, but not heavy"
Pitts, who has been compared to
such greats as Pavarotti, Caruso, and Pla-
cio Domingo, under whose coach he is
now studying, began singing early in life.
Placed atop the family piano by his elder
sister when he was still very young, Pitts'
voice has been trained and honed into a
vocal version of his "love for people."
Reaching out through church concert
halls and opera houses around the world,
Pitts has now sung over 5,000 perfor-
mances. With a compassionate love for
Jesus and a message that he has spread
to over seven continents, Pitts sang a pri-
vate performance in Madison for Greene
Publishing employees before continuing
on his journey, with an upcoming concert
soon leading him to the Holy Land.
The 56-year-old tenor was only four
years old when his powerful voice was
first recognized. His sister, Ruth, came to
him one day, picked him up, and sat him
on top of their large upright piano.
"Now I'm going to play for you," his
sister stated matter of factly ".and you
are going to sing for me."
Sing, he did, and from there, his sis-
ter and mother began his lessons. Soon,
he began to sing for congregations.
"My mother and my sister both
taught me a lot." Pitts shared, "Music is
an avenue that I can use to touch lives."
Featured as a soloist for the Concert
of Peace, held in Belfast, Ireland in 1998,
Pitts' voice has impressed over one bil-
lion people, bringing praise from both the
President of the United States and the
Queen of England.
"It is at the center of why I get up in
the morning," Pitts explained, "The peo-
ple I might be able to touch that day is

Greene Publishing, Inc PIh
Paul Pitts in a private performance for Greene Publishing, Inc. sings to Tyrra

what I live for."
Pitts, himself, is no stranger to loss. A
widower, he knows the pain and heart-
break that life can sometimes bring. Try-
ing to connect with his fellow humans is
what has driven Pitts, turning his perfor-
mances into a personal median. He uses
his voice to dirQct those who feel lost, and
without hope.
"People need desperately to know
that their creator loves them and cares
about them," Pitts enlightens, He is
His talent has breached the gap be-
tween Christian Gospel and traditional
opera, as he has been compared to many
of the great tenors who have walked the
stage before him. He has been re-
ferred to as a "new world class tenor with
Godly anointing," his voice has reached
octaves angelic as his feet are rooted
earth bound.
Having shared the stage in the past
with motivational speakers such as Zig
Ziglar, Charles Stanley and John

Maxwell, he has also performed at the
T.D. Waterhouse Arena, Cypress Gardens
and Opryland USA.
Pitts was in Madison in 2003 to per-
form at a benefit for the Madison Shrine
Club. Joining him at the benefit was
Travis Harvey, the son of Wakulla Coun-
ty Sheriff Harvey. Pitts was asked to be
the entertainment at potentate Tommy
Greene's ball in the spring of 2004, and
with a performance that was so well re-
ceived, he was then asked to sing in the
2005 Mahi Shrine Potentate's Ball.
Pitts has played the part of Rodolfo in
La Boheme, sung the part of Don Jose in
Carmen and left audiences spellbound
with his role of Benjamin Franklin
Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly. A critic
reviewing a performance in New York of
Pagliacci, in which Pitts sang the role of
Canio, stated that he "has one of the
most beautiful voices in existence today,
with impeccable diction and admirable,
declamatory skills. In short, he is the
Canio of our time."

With a range that is emotional, Pitts
plans to fulfill a request in the near fu-
ture to sing at the Vatican as well.
A family man in his spare time, Pitts'
love for his family is equally affectionate.
Already, his youngest daughter, Eliza-
beth; who is only 11 years old, just did a
show with him. She accompanies her fa-
ther to the majority of his performances,
always within earshot of her Daddy's
melodic voice. Bowing out only when
scenes become too passionate, she cannot
bare to watch her beloved suffer, even
when the anguish is just an act. Watching
from the balcony, a part in which Pitts'
character was tortured then killed, for
hours following, Elizabeth was almost in-
"It was just pretend, darling," Pitts
explained to his tenderhearted one, but to
no avail. From then on, he says, they
guide her to the greenroom until the
heartache is past.
Professing to have always being fasci-
nated with the Holy Land, Pitts recently
found himself with dual offers to per-
form in Jerusalem, November 13, for a
promotional video concert. Pitts will be
realizing another dream of connection at
that time. Joining the Jerusalem Sym-
phony Orchestra for 19 days, Pitts will be
using his tenor gift to once more reach
ears abroad. A soloist for the symphony,
it is obvious how thrilled Pitts is to be a
part of the promotional project.
When asked what one message that
he would wish ensured that his audience
worldwide could share, it is this:
"This sovereign God, who created
you," Pitts expresses, "loves you more
than you can imagine. Nothing is more
Pitts will be performing in concert at
the Church of the Nazarene, Sunday
March 2, at 7:30p.m. A beautiful voice, not
to be missed, the church welcomes those
who wish to attend.
Staff writer Tyrra B Meserve can-be
reached at tyrra@greenepublishing.comn

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Madison County Carrier 9A


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Serving the good people of Madison since 1935
.1607 US Hwy. 90 Madison, FL

Supports The
People of Greenville

Wrong Way

Turned Runway

Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Michael Curtis, February 5, 2008
Essie Norton is pleasedto offer the Madison Learn-
ing Center; a multi-purpose facility located in Greenville,
to all residents of Madison County.
By Michael Curtis
Greene Publishing, Inc.
A very common, in fact epidemically common, com-
ment made by residents and concerned parents of Madi-
son County, is that there is simply "nothing around for
IR kids to do." And unfortunately these comments typi-
cally lead into stories about the alternatives of drug,
alcohol, crime or school problems.
Fortunately, Otis and Essie Norton are doing some-
thing about it. In Greenville, at 1376 SW Grand Street,
the Nortons have opened the Madison Learning Cen-
ter, a multi-purpose center, where kids and adults can
participate in programs ranging from game and movie
night and karaoke to GED prep, in addition to full ban-
quet and party facilities.
One program that is really getting attention is the
Wan Bark Character and Modeling Enrichment pro-
gram. The program is designed to promote positive
character through creative means. In essence, the pro-
gram uses the strong draw of modeling to get kids to
establish broader skills and character development,
including education and citizenship, even etiquette.
Program founder, organizer and instructor, Wanda
Barkley, has already received notable recognition, win-
ning the 2006 21st Century Award for Best Character
Education After School Program in the state of Flori-
da, this for her work with the Havana Elementary
School. "It's like turning kids from the wrong way to
the runway," Barkley noted.
The program is very affordable. Interested parties
should phone (850) 948-9932 for details. Additionally,
since many candidates are -from economically-chal-
lenged conditions, donations and sponsors are ex-
tremely appreciated. Lastly, Essie Norton has recently
spoken to the Madison County School Board regarding
a creative FCAT preparation and practice program.
Under the planning of a Board of Directors, the
Greenville Madison Learning Center is developing pro-
grams for all members of the family From sponsored
programs to karaoke night parties, there is definitely
going to be something to do.
Staff writer Michael Curtis can be reached at
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By Michael Curtis
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The Greater Greenville Area Health Support Group
Meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, February 19 at 11:00
a.m., will be discussing "Smart Shopping for Groceries."
This timely meeting will address the rising con-
cerns about the negative health effects of buying ready-
to-eat and heavily processed foods that many consumers
actually think are good for them.
"Learn more on becoming a savvy grocery shopper!"
organizers say. This meeting is a free service of the
Madison and Jefferson County Health Departments.&
Greenville Public Library, which is where the meeting
place is being held.
Staff writer Michael Curtis can be reached at

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Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Michael Curtis, February 5, 2008
Timothy Dennis (left) and Kovacherich Arnold, both
Greenville Town Councilmen and Greenville VFD fire-
fighters, are pleased to see valuable resources come to
their community.
By Michael Curtis
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Fed-
eral Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) award-
ed a $217,000 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG)-to
the Greenville Volunteer Fire Department.
Timothy Dennis, Assistant Chief of the Greenville
Volunteer Fire Department, who is also a Greenville
Town Councilman, stated the money would be used:to
buy a much needed tanker truck.
There are a variety of challenges facing rural vol-
unteer fire departments. One is money and, surpris-
ing to some, the other is water. "This tanker truck Will
allow us to get water into fires that might be otherwise
unavailable, or at least not in sufficient quantities,"
Dennis noted.
Fellow firefighter and town councilman, Ko-
vacherich Arnold, shares the excitement and is proud
that Greenville's infrastructure continues to grow. -
Arnold and Dennis also praised the ongoing efforts
of Billy Delahunt and all he has done as Chief of the
Greenville VFD. George Blevins, Assistant Chief- of
the Sirmans VFD, was also instrumental in processing
the grant, which is written through an Alabama based
grant writing company specializing in the firefighting
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been instrumental in building capacity and providing
needed resources for our nation's firefighters. From
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By Johnette Duff,
During a radio-talk show appearance, a caller told
me about his unfortunate brush with the legal fiction of
common-law marriage. He had been living with a
woman for several weeks when he came home one
evening to find the woman, his TV and assorted other
property missing. He called the police, who mistakenly
informed him that the woman was his common-law wife
and so they couldn't help him.
What qualifies as a common-law marriage?
Take your pick:
Leaving too many clothes at your girlfriend's house?
Living together six months? Living together seven
years? Chances are you picked the third answer, but all
three responses are equally wrong. A common miscon-
ception is that the length of cohabitation creates com-
mon-law status. This is not true.
Three elements are necessary and none relate
to a time-frame. A couple must:
Live together. Agree between themselves to be mar-
ried. Represent themselves as married (also called
"holding-out.") The agreement in the second element
does not have to be written; it can be implied by the be-
havior of the parties. Signing leases as husband and
wife or filing joint income tax returns are examples of
the proof used to imply a common-law marriage.
In the example above, the police, as are most
people, were woefully misinformed.
Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas,
Montana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Rhode Island,
South Carolina, Texas, Utah and D.C. recognize com-
mon-law marriages. Ohio repealed its recognition in
1992. Pennsylvania has just now abolished it. Other
states may recognize an informal marriage if it was
originally contracted within one of these states.
In the past, common-law marriage was often seen on
the lower socio-economic rungs of the ladder. However,
celebrities often make the news with claims by their
live-ins of this status.
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Just think of being in front of a warm cracking fire
with you partner in your hands, with a kiss and a cud-
dle. But have you ever thought about why people kiss? It
could be a greeting or a sign of affection, but we all kiss.
Origin of the kiss
The strangest theory on the history of the kiss that I
have heard finds its roots in the age of the cave man. It
is thought that in primitive times that a mother pre-
chewed the food for her baby and transferred it 'in a
kiss'. Although this could never be proved, it would ex-
plain why the kiss is a sign of affection, between moth-
er and child and later, adults.
Another theory that I found was that the kiss was re-
flected in the Ziller Valley of Central Europe, where the
exchange of pre-chewed tobacco between a male and a
female was common. The young man would let a tip of
the piece of tobacco, or spruce resin, etc., rest between
his closed teeth and invite the girl to grasp it with her
teeth which of course obliged her to press her mouth
firmly on that of the young man -- and pull it out. If a
girl accepted the wad of pre-chewed tobacco, it meant
she returned the boy's love.
The third theory that I found was from a religious or
sacred origin. There have been examples from around
the world as early as 2000 BC, that show that people
could have brought their faces together to symbolise
spiritual union. Even in the culture of Indians, it was
believed that the exhaled breath was part of the soul,
and by two people bringing their mouths together,
showed the joining of their souls. (Another variation on
this believed that kissing evolved from the smelling of a
companion's face as an act of greeting.)
Kiss through history
Even without fully knowing where the kiss came
from, it is well known that the kiss has been with us for
a long time.
In the sixth century in France, dancing was one way
to display affection, but every dance was ended in a kiss.
Apparently, Russia was the first to incorporate the
kiss into the marriage ceremony, where q promise was
sealed with a kiss.
The Romans kissed to greet each other. One Roman
emperor showed a person's importance by what part of
his body they were allowed to kiss, from the cheek to the
In 16th century England, the clove-studded apple
originated. An apple was prepared by piercing it with as
many cloves as the fruit could hold and then a mafd then
carried the apple through the fair till she spied a lad she
thought'worth kissing. She would offer him the apple,
and once he'd selected and chewed one of the cloves,
they would share a kiss. After that, the apple passed into
the man's possession, and he would venture off in
search of another lass to continue the game with.
At one stage it was even thought that people found
kissing pleasurable because when the two lips met dur-
ing kissing, an electric current was generated.
A kiss is a kiss
Now days, kisses range from small pecks on the
cheeks as a greeting, to the use of the lips and tongue as
a sign of passion. It is that action that when two people
embrace, causes hormones to be released into the blood
stream, inducing a sense of euphoria that you feed in
the sweetness of your lovers mouth.
It's a kiss that brings every fibre of your being alive,
turns your stomach over, sends goosebumps up your
spine. It's a kiss that forgives your misdemeanours and
smiles at your mistakes. Ingrid Bergman puts it togeth-
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A Little Slice Of Paradise In Madison

Housing local artists' work, known for their di-
verse qualities, there is so much to see inside, true
Treasures of Madison County Art Guild and Gallery.
Every couple of months the gallery reworks its con-
tents to allow the artists to be showcased. Art re-
mains on display until it is sold or until the next
showcase opens, allowing one-on-one relations to be
developed, making the guild attractive to both artists
and collectors.
Although special invitations do occur, the art dis-
played in the gallery is for the most part reserved for
guild members. Single membership to the art guild
however, is only $30 per year in hopes of allowing
even the most starving artist access.
A list of artists whose work is shown include
Janet Moses and Ray Williams with acrylics; Mar-
shall Norris, Sara Adams, Lena Wood, Kenny Harper
and Joy Hartsfield who all work mixed media; Marsha
Pokorny and Ann Waring who display photography
skills; Janet Wentz's oil paintings; Marjorie Brown's
cards; Art Guild President Mary K. Blume who con-

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Greene Publishing Inc.
"The many great gardens of the world, of litera-
ture and poetry, of painting and music, of religion and
architecture, all make the point as clear as possible:
The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden. If
you don't want paradise, you are not human; and if
you are not human, you don't have a soul."
-Thomas Moore
On a dainty stretch of road, in the center of
downtown Madison, there sits a humble art gallery. It
is not pretentious, cold, or supercilious, like some of
the galleries found in the bigger cities, appearing
larger than they need to be. This modest gallery, as
comfortable as it is,,warm, friendly and inviting to
any that may happen by. Yet, inside, it holds some-
thing enormous that reflects the native soul. Art by
locals, who take what they see around them, blending
their individual talents into a tapestry of everyday
life. A little slice of paradise, viewed through unas-
suming eyes.

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Long ago roads not to be forgotten.
tributes paper art and jewelry; Pat Jones with stained
glass and Roger Crabtree's wonderful metal sculp-
tures. Vice President Ina Thompson contributes her
pen and ink, pictures, acrylic and cards, and the re-
markable work of the late Ouida Canaday is being
carried over from a previous showcase and featured,
along with Ray Williams in this one.
"Our volunteers and members are so important to
us," said VP Thompson "We all work together. It is a
collaborative effort and all members will have an op-
portunity to display their art."
"Last month almost $3,000 in art was sold and we
ard excited about the future," added Treasurer Kenny
As varied as the artists that show, the gallery at-
tracts the eye of ventures as they make their way
down Madison's downtown streets. Taking in the
world around, the artists that call it home leave a lit-
tle bit of paradise behind.
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Greene Publishing, Inc.
With the school testing period fast ap-
proaching, school leadership is working
hard throughout the county to get stu-

dents as prepared as possible.
In his February 2008
EXCEL TIMES! Newsletter,
Principal Maceo Howell, Jr.
briefs parents regarding
testing dates and details, in-
cluding a section entitled,
"Test Taking Tips to Re-
Make sure your child
attends school regularly
Give your child en-
See that your child has
a well-rounded diet.

MaKe sure your cnui is wen rested
on school days.
Try not to be overly anxious about
test scores.
Find out which tests your child will
take and why

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See that your child completes home-
work assignments
Meet your child's teachers) as often
as possible.
Ask the teachers) to suggest activi-
ties for you to do at home with your child.

* Make sure your child ar-
rives on time for school.
* See that your child dresses
* If your child wears a hear-
ing aid or glasses, be sure
he/she uses them.
* Make sure your child re-
ceives all necessary test-tak-
ing accommodations.
* Make sure your child gets
extra rest and a healthy
breakfast on test days.

On behalf of the entire School Board,
Chair VeEtta Hagan joins School Board Su-
perintendent, Lou Miller, in wishing all the
students of Madison County a great testing
Staff writer Michael Curtis can be
reached at michael(greenepublishing. com.

By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Christian Heritage Academy will host a fundrais-
er at the school, located on Highway 90 West and US
221 at the First Baptist Church of Greenville, on Good
Friday, March 21.
The school will be selling smoked hams for $30
each. People can call the church or school at 948-2068
to place their orders.
Jacob Bembry. editor, can be reached at j.a-

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They learned about
children who have cancer
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that they undergo, as well
as the effects on their bod-
As each child brought
in their cap, they placed it
on a beautiful, live Christ-
mas tree in the classroom.
The tree had no other
ornaments; it was decorat-
ed only with the bright, col-
orful caps.
When their tree was
full, they wrote letters of
encouragement to the pa-
tients who would receive
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Just before Christmas,
mothers of the first graders
drove them over to Tallahas-
see to deliver their warm,
fuzzy items. They were
greeted at Big Bend Hospice
by Ms. Laurie Ward, Direc-
tor of Public Relations. Ms.
Ward talked to the children
about Hospice House and
how it serves the patients.
For everyone involved,
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How do children learn, and what strategies can
teachers use to more effectively help children learn?
Recently, Madison County School District's teachers
participated in an all-day in-service training entitled,
"Hear Our Cry: Boys in Crisis," conducted by Jim Lit-
S tlejohn, a national consultant with Aha Process, Inc.
Drawing from a book of the same title written by Paul
Slocumb, teachers looked at how male and female stu-
dents process information differently, how:boys some-
times turn their feelings into rage for instance, and
how teachers can take this knowledge to the class-
room to help boys learn better. Teachers received a
copy of the book Hear Our Cry: Boys in Crisis as part
of this in-service.
Superintendent Lou Miller stated, Hear Our Cry
Boys in Crisis is one part of understanding how our
students learn, and what we can do to better prepare
P them to receive instruction. We were excited about
Jim Littlejohn's message and that our teachers could
take part in this nationally-known speaker's train-
Other in-services this year have included presen-
tations centered around, Classroom Instruction that
Works, by Robert Marzano; Frameworks for Under-
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Gail Washington Named

District Teacher Of The Year

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Standing left to right, Lewis Christmas, Cheri Williams, Lou Miller, Beth Moore, Gail Washington of Pinetta Elementary School poses proudly with her District
Kenny Hall, join Amy Kandrick and Linda Sapp, sitting left and right, to celebrate with Teacher of the Year plaque and her family; daughter and son-in-law, Wendy and Jason
District Teacher of the Year, Gail Washington, seated center. Spell (left), and mother, Frances Cantrell.

By Michael Curtis
Greene Publishing, Inc
Among the tears and cheers, laughs and love, Gail Wash-
ington, first and second grade teacher from Pinetta Elemen-
tary School, accepted the 2008-2009 District Teacher of the
Year award. Last year's recipient, Karla Molnar, presented
the award to a symphony of cheers and applause.
The festive event, organized by the Madison County
Foundation for Excellence in Education (MCFEE), under
the supervision of President Faye Browning, was held in
the Madison County High School cafeteria. The Future Ca-
reer and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) student
representatives, sponsored by Monteze Walker and Robin
Smith, generously waited tables, making sure glasses were
full and diners were happy.
During her welcoming comments, Browning gave big
thanks to Progress Energy, "for being the Golden Apple of
support for the activities of the MCFEE, including tonight's
Teacher of the Year Banquet." Additional banquet benefac-
tors were Bank of America, Wachovia Bank, North Florida
Community College, Citizens State Bank and Madison
County Community Bank, whose President, Ed Meggs, was
the lucky winner of a cake door prize provided by District
School Board member, Bart Alford.
Following the opening comments, Superintendent Lou
Miller gave a passionate invocation. Diners then helped
themselves to a tasty buffet of roast beef, mashed potatoes,
glazed carrots, fresh biscuits and a creative strawberry
shortcake dessert cup. The Madison" County High School
Jazz Band, directed by Geoff Hill, provided some toe-tap-
ping dinner music, as virtually every plate was swept clean.
As dinner concluded, Jo Willis came to the podium,

praising all the participants of the Take Stock in Children
(TSIC) program, the delivery arm of the MCFEE that orga-
nizes and supervises the scholarship process in Madison
County She proudly noted that several members of the Jazz
Band, as well as the champion and runner-up from the re-
cent District Spelling Bee, are TSIC scholars.
As the award's announcement approached, a fresh buzz
came over the crowd. Rev. Oliver Bradley, serving as the
evening's Master of Ceremonies, first introduced last year's
District Teacher of the Year, Karla Molnar. An instructor at
Madison County High School, Molnar extolled her col-
leagues and administrators, stating that her success and
recognition was truly a team effort. Effervescent to the end,
Molnar turned the microphone back over to Bradley in or-
der to recognize the seven Golden Apple Teachers of the
Year, each representing their respective school within the
Each school's principal introduced the student who
nominated the teacher, who in turn said a few words about
the nominee. Student comments visibly moved the audi-
ence, who in themselves represented a special success story.
The award winners were apparently as proud of the intro-
ducing students as they were of their award. In fact, the
most common sentiment among all the winners was an im-
movable and unending belief in the possibilities of children
of all ages, races and cultures, as well as enduring faith that
they were called to teach. The student nominators were
shining examples, living testimonies, of that belief.
The Teacher of the Year, school, student nominator and
principal, in order of appearance, are as follows:
Stacey Frakes, Madison County Central School, Keny-
atta Thomas, Sam Stalmaker

Traci Jones, Greenville Elementary School,
Kelvionna Thomas, Melvin Roberts
Lea Kalinowski, Madison County High School,
Brittany Davis, Ben Killingsworth
Emily Mathews, Madison County Central School,
Conner Ginn, Sam Stalnaker
Joyce Taylor, Madison County Excel School,
Calvilisha Collins, Maceo Howell
Gail Washington, Pinetta Elementary School,
Alyssa Odom, Beth Moore
Tonya Watts, Lee Elementary School,
Cearra Williams, Larry Alderman
Following the individual announcements, the sense of
anticipation was fierce. While waiting for the announce-
ment, Mark Branham, who had earlier played an excellent
trombone along with the students of the Jazz Band, treated
everyone to a powerful rendition of You Raise Me Up. His
captivating lyrics brought a tear to many in the crowd, in-
cluding this reporter, framing the sentiment of the lives
touched by these teachers.
The moment at hand, last year's winner Molnar made
the announcement, "The winner of the 2008-2009 District
Teacher of the Year is.. .Gail Washington."
Washington stepped to the microphone, tears streaming
down her rosy cheeks, and described the incidents that
shaped her as a teacher. She praised those from her earliest
years and celebrated with her current colleagues.
Her comments closed the evening and strongly under-
scored the timeless philosophy echoed throughout the night,
"know and love the children first, teaching will follow."
Staff writer Michael Curtis can be reached at

Take Stock In
Children District Co-
ordinator, Jo Willis,
reads from the long
list of people and or-
ganizations that
make the scholarship
program a success.

Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By
Michael Curtis, February 7, 2008

Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Michael Curtis, February 7, 2008
Stacey Frakes (left) Teacher of the Year from the lower grades at Madison County
Central School, receives her recognition plaque from Principal Sam Stalnaker and her
student nominator, Kenyatta Thomas.

Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By
Michael Curtis, February 7, 2008
Reverend Oliver
Bradley served as Master
of Ceremonies for The
Golden Apple Teacher
Recognition Banquet.

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Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By
Michael Curtis, February 7, 2008
Last year's District
Teacher of the Year, Karla
Molnar, gave an entertain-
ing review of her accom-
plishments, giving praise
to colleagues, administra-
tors and students.

Congratulations, Gail Washington,
Madison County's District

Teacher of The Year!
You are an exceptional person, as well as a model teacher,
great motivator, and promoter of positive attitudes
and creativity. We are proud of your achievements and
are well-represented by your selection as Teacher of
The Year. Thank you for all you do on behalf of
Madison County's children and youth.


District School Board Of Madison County

Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Michael Curtis, February 7, 2008
Tonya Watts (left) Teacher of the Year from Lee Elementary School, receives her
recognition plaque from Principal Larry Alderman and her student nominator, Cearra


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Wednesday, February 13, 2008 Madison County Carrier 3B


Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Michael Curtis, February 7, 2008
Lea Kalinowski (center) Teacher of the Year from Madison County High School, re-
ceives her recognition plaque from Principal Ben Killingsworth and her student nomi-
nator, Brittany Davis, who is also Student Body President.

Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Michael Curtis, February 7, 2008
Emily Mathews (left) Teacher of the Year from the upper grades at Madison County
Central School, receives her recognition plaque from Principal Sam Stalnaker and her
student nominator, Conner Ginn.

Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Michael Curtis, February 7, 2008
Traci Jones (left) Teacher of the Year from Greenville Elementary School, receives
her recognition plaque from Principal Melvin Roberts and her student nominator,
Kelvionna Mays.

Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Michael Curtis, February 7, 2008
Prior to being named District Teacher of the Year, Gail Washington (right) was
named Teacher of the Year from Pinetta Elementary School, receiving her recognition
plaque from Principal Beth Moore and her student nominator, Alyssa Odom.

Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Michael Curtis, February 7, 2008
Joyce Taylor (center) Teacher of the Year from the Excel School, receives her recog-
nition plaque from Principal Maceo Howell and her student nominator, palvilisha

Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Michael Curtis, February 7, 2008
2007-2008 District Teacher of the Year, Karla Molnar (left) and 2008-2009 District
Teacher of the Year, Gail Washington (center) stand with Madison County District Su-
perintendent Lou Miller, whom both ladies proudly praised as part of their support

Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Michael Curtis, February 7, 2008
U.S. Congressman Ander Crenshaw sent his aid Nathan Riska to recognize each
Teacher of the Year from the Madison District, seen here giving the award to District
Teacher of the Year, Gail Washington.

to Gail Washington,
District Teacher of the Year
and to all other teachers who
were nominated.

From Bart Alford
Madison County School Board Member
District 5


Kenny Hall
Madison County School Board Member
District 2

4B Madison County Carrier


Wednesday, February 13, 2008


Sports Complex New Home To Broncos

By Michael Curtis
Greae Publishing, Inac
The Madison County Recreation Complex is home to the
Madison County Central School baseball and softball teams.
Kicking off the season's home openers, both teams play on
February 12, starting at 5:00 p.m. Coach Clayte McWilliams
and Assistant Coach Tonia Briggs invite the community to
come out and support the team.
The multi-field facility also plays host to high school and

college games, along with tournaments for those groups, as
well as leagues throughout the region. In fact, national level
competitions are expected, considering the content and quali-
ty of the facility which even includes a playground to keep
younger siblings occupied.
Parks and Recreation Director, Tommy Garner, has very
effectively applied the hundreds of thousands of FRDAP
grant dollars designated for the facility creating an complex
that now serves as both a recreational and revenue source for

me community
On February 2, the complex was home to a college softball
tournament. Sales from the concessions at this and future
events will be a vital funding source for the Broncos, being
used to purchase uniforms, umpires .and other essentials for
the teams. Again, the community is urged to come out, enjoy
the comforts of the facility and of'course support the Broncos.
Staff writer Michael Curtis can be reached at

Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Michael Curtis, February 2, 2008
Brent Henderson (front left), who plays baseball for the MCCS Broncos, appreci-
ates the support from concession volunteers like Kisha Tolar, Renae Williams and Brid-
gette Gudz (pictured left to right beside Henderson), as well as Greg Oliver (back).

Pinetta Elementary School

Celebrates Ecology Day

The Madison County Natural Re-
sources and Conservation Services de-
partment did soil experiments and pre-
sentations at the NFCC Ecology Day for
third graders of the County
These activities were lead by Bern
Smith, District Conservationist, Robbie
Robinson, Soil Technician and Bob
Weatherspoon. SoiLSuryey party leader.
9i Jerome Wyche from the Madison
County Recycling office spoke to the
children about the importance of recy-
cling and explained what items can and
can't be recycled.

College Goal

"I learned that they recycle money
"said DaShawn Hatton of Lee Elemen-
tary "I learnedthey recycle tires "said
another third grader.
"The six topics explored during
Ecology Day explain how nature is bal-
anced and how man can operate as part
of that balance" said Mr. Barnhart.
Ecology Day helps arm the children
with knowledge and respect for the en-
vironment so they can be victorious
against the damaging motive of
progress and profit that often harms the
natural world.

Sunday Helps

Submitted By the NFCC Office of College
Advancement and FDOE
Need money for college? Mark Feb.
24th on your calendar. Volunteers from
North Florida Community College are
hosting College Goal Sunday sites in
Hamilton, Suwannee and Madison coun-
ties. The open-to-the-public event pro-
vides expert assistance in filling out the
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA), so prospective students can
qualify for financial aid to attend college.
This is the third year NFCC has coordi-
nated the drive in the local area.
Trained volunteers will be ready to
help students from 2 until 5 p.m. at the
Hamilton County High School Media
Center in Jasper, the Suwannee High
School Media Center in Live Oak and at
NFCC's Marshall Hamilton Library in
"We launched this program to help
students who dream of going to college
gain better access to millions of dollars in
financial aid," said Commissioner Eric J.
Smith, Florida Department of Educa-
tion. "In just one day, anyone who wants
to learn about the financial aid process
can get one-on-one help from the experts."
Returning students, high school se-
niors and current college students are en-
couraged to attend. A $500 scholarship,
valid for any college, will be awarded at
each site to a student who attends the
event. Winners of scholarships from 2007
were Jarred Blanton from Madison,
LaMarkus Bennett from Monticello, and
Amethyst McMillian from Live Oak.
Not only will students have a chance
to win an on-site scholarship, they will
also receive credible and reliable infor-
mation about grants, work study pro-

grams and scholarships to pay for col-
According to the Florida Office of
Student Financial Assistance, college-
bound students who complete the FAFSA
could qualify for thousands of dollars in
federal and state need-based financial
aid. Gaining access to free or low-interest
money is an alternative to high interest
loans and huge debts after graduation.
Last year more than 4,600 students
and families participated in College Goal
Sunday events. Dozens were from north
Florida counties.
"Money is available for college, but if
you've never been through the financial
aid process, it can be overwhelming,"
said Chancellor Holcombe. "Florida's
College Goal Sunday program is back to
give students help in navigating the
For more details about the process,
visit v.
To complete the FAFSA form, be sure
to bring:
Driver's license or Alien Registra-
tion Card
Social Security Number or Card
2007 Income 1040 Tax Return and W-
2 Statements
2007 Untaxed income records (social
security, VA benefits, TANF, welfare).
"We need community volunteers at
each site," said Nancy Lillis, director of
NFCC Student Support Services. "No ex-
perience is necessary and we'll provide
training just before the sessions start.
What better way to help young people in
your area?"
Those interested in helping out can
contact Lillis by telephone 850.973-1661 -
or email



Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Michael Curtis, February 2, 2006
The Madison County Recreation Complex, which is home to local school and re-
gional competition, also serves as a great revenue source from its weekend tourna-
ments that bring visitors in for overnight stays.

I N r ;

SIs Business Booming Or Going

Bust In Madison County?
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Some businesses are completing construction, while others
have been put on hold for now in Madison County.
When asked how business is booming in Madison County
the word from the County Commissioners office is -Right now.

Plans for a proposed Wal-Mart have apparently been put on
hold, because the property has not closed yet.
Sf "Wal-Mart has requesLed an extension on the property." ,
Sherilyn Pickels, Madison County's Administrative Officer
ly ^ Manager, said.
Pickels said that the county has no word on if the business is
BJ actually coming to the county.
A truck stop, located on County Road 255. south of Interstate G0
10, should be finished around the end of April. Pickels said. The
Love's Truck Stop should be a full-featured auto truck plaza,
complete with an Arby's Restaurant.
WFast Track, located north of the interstate, on Highway 53
South. is scheduled foir completed around the end of April or the
first of May Pickels said.
The full-service auto truck plaza will feature a Wendy's, a 0
Dairy Queen and a Subway Restaurant inside. Currently, appli-
cations are being accepted for the truck plaza and the restau-
crants there. a
Jacob Bembryh editor, can be reached at jia-
coba gfreeneipublishivei.Ccomin.

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College-Bound Students

Qualify For Financial Aid
Sites are open Feb. 24from 2 until 5 in Hamilton, Suwannee and Madison Counties

Wednesday, February 13, 2008 Madison County Carrier 5B


'Fresh From Florida Kids' To Help Infants

And Toddlers Develop Healthy Eating Habits

Program Provides Educational Materials And Tools To New Mothers

Cookbooks designed to help mothers incorporate
healthy foods into children's diets have been increasingly
popular over the last year. Several popular releases have
featured sneaky and deceptive ways to get kids to eat fruits
and vegetables. But a new program unveiled today by
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles H. Bronson is
intended to teach toddlers healthy eating habits before par-
ents have to trick them later in life.
The "Fresh From Florida Kids" program teaches
mothers of children under age three how to quickly and
easily prepare healthy baby foods at home using fresh
fruits and vegetables. Introducing these fresh, healthy
foods at an early age can help infants and toddlers develop
a preference for them instead of sweet or salty processed
foods that can lead to health problems later in life.
"Studies have shown that taste preferences and eating
habits are developed by the time a child is three," Bronson
said. "That's why it is so important to instill healthy eating
habits in children as early as possible. A healthy start will
help them avoid many health risks later in life such as
obesity heart disease and diabetes that are associated
with poor eating habits."
Mothers will be recruited for participation in the pro-
gram through Healthy Start Coalitions in five regions of
the state. A total of 3,000 participants will receive a kit
containing health and nutrition information, recipes and
instructions on how to prepare healthy foods for their
child and family, a food grinder, bib, storage container and
freezer tray In addition, Publix will provide those partici-
pants with incentives for purchasing fresh fruits and veg-
"Healthy Start is honored and delighted to be a part of
the 'Fresh From Florida Kids' project," said Christine
Dreps, director of community relations for the Capitol
Area Healthy Start Coalition. "We now have a way to
show our families how to provide fresh fruits and vegeta-
bles to the children at an early age. It is one thing to tell
new moms how important proper nutrition is, but being
able to provide the tools, ideas and practical knowledge
makes all the difference."
"We are proud to be the exclusive supermarket of the
'Fresh From Florida Kids' program," said Maria Brous,
Publix director of media' and community relations. 'As a
retailer committed to being the supermarket of choice for
parents and families, Publix aligns ourselves with nutri-
tional programs that educate, encourage and foster
healthy eating habits in children. 'Fresh From Florida

By Mindy Hermann, R.D.
A number of nutrition
experts recommend eating
every 2 or 3 hours for a con-
stant supply of energy and
to avoid overeating. My fa-
vorite snack is cereal be-
cause it satisfies my craving
for something slightly sweet
and crunchy. And whole-
some options like Total of-
fer vital nutrients for my
body and mind. Here are 10
ways to enjoy cereal beyond
the breakfast bowl:
1. Pour one serving
into a cup and enjoy it plain

or mix it with plain popped
popcorn and a tablespoon of
mini-chocolate chips.
2. Top plain or fruit
yogurt with cereal and a
drizzle of honey.
3. Mix cereal with
raisins, chopped dried apri-
cots and nuts.
4. Stir cereal into light
ice cream or frozen yogurt.
5. Spread banana or
apple slices with peanut.
butter and roll in crushed
6. Spread celery slices
with a small dab of peanut

Kids' compliments our Publix Preschool Pals program for
toddlers age 2 to 5."
The "Fresh From Florida Kids" program is divided
into three phases over 2 1/2 years. Each phase represents
specific developmental periods in a child's eating behav-
ior. At the end of each phase, parents will fill out a ques-
tionnaire' describing their child's and family's eating
habits. This information will allow for evaluation of the
program's success. In exchange for completed surveys,
parents will receive a new information packet along with
incentives to encourage continued participation.
"Parents are essentially the prime influence over their
child's nutrition and development," Bronson said. "Until
a child reaches maturity it is the parents who determine
what foods will be eaten and kept as staples in the house-
hold. This program shows mothers how to introduce their
child to a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables so that
healthy eating becomes the norm and not the exception. If
children grow up enjoying healthy foods from the start,
parents won't have to resort to tricking or coercing them
to eat healthy foods later on."
A web site
- contains all of the program's educational materials and
updates and will help facilitate communication and in-
volvement. Anyone can access the web site and benefit
from the online recipes, cooking and storage tips, and nu-
tritional information.
Following the initial rollout in Tallahassee, the pro-
gram will recruit a total of 3,000 participants throughout
the coming months in Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa and
Orlando. Bronson hopes the program will help reverse the
rising number of obese children and adults as healthy eat-
ing habits replace poor ones early in life.
"Many of the unhealthy eating habits of today's adults
were developed in early childhood," Bronson said. "In-
fants and young children who are exposed primarily to
processed foods that are high in sugar, salt or fat often fa-
vor these types of foods as they grow older. A diet of un-
healthy foods can lead to severe health problems later in
It is estimated that one in five children may be obese by
2010. Currently 26 percent of 2- to 5-year-olds are at risk of
becoming overweight. Nearly 11 percent of high school
students are overweight, and an additional 14.4 percent are
at risk for being overweight. Only 26.2 percent of Florida
adults eat the recommended five servings of fruits and veg-
etables daily while only 21.9 percent of high school stu-

butter or whipped cream
cheese; sprinkle crushed ce-
real over top.
7. Mix together three
or four different cereals for
an all-cereal trail mix.
8. Top minimuffin or
banana bread batter with
crushed cereal before bak-
9. Top fruit salad with
cereal and chopped nuts.
10. Stir up a batch of de-
licious Crunchy Cranberry-
Almond Snack mix, cour-
tesy of the Betty Crocker

Mindy Hermann,
M.B.A., R.D., is a nutrition
writer for women's, health
and fitness magazines. She
is the co-author of "Change
One" and the American
Medical Association's
"Family Health Cookbook."

dents and 22.0 percent of middle school students reported
eating the recommended amount. Obesity-related medical
expenditures for adults in Florida total over $3.9 billion,
with over half of the costs financed by Medicare and Med-
As part of its ongoing "Fresh From Florida" program,
the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices promotes the consumption of fresh fruits and veg-
etables and the development of healthy eating habits
through a variety of educational, informational and mar-
keting initiatives. For more information, visit
Healthy Start Coalitions are non-profit organizations
dedicated to improving the health of pregnant women and
babies in a community The state's 33 coalitions are part-
nerships made up of local public and private medical pro-
fessionals, hospitals, schools, charities, social services
agencies, the United Way, the March of Dimes and individ-
uals. Healthy Start works to reduce infant mortality and
the number of low-birth-weight babies, and promotes opti-
mal prenatal health and developmental outcomes for all
pregnant women and babies in Florida. For more infor-
mation, visit
Publix is privately owned and operated by its 148,000
employees, with 2006 sales of $21.7 billion. Currently Pub:
lix has 926 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Al-
abama and Tennessee. The company has been named one
of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For in America"
for 10 consecutive years. In addition, Publix's dedication to
superior quality and customer service is recognized as
tops in the grocery business, most recently by an American
Customer Satisfaction Index survey For more informa-
tion, visit


We have a sliding-fee program for
those who qualify at
Tri-County Family Health Care
Elizabeth Hengstebeck, DO
Board Certified Family Physician
You may save $ on your prescriptions
from us, when filled at Jackson's Drugs

Please call 850-948-2840
for more information

193 NW US 221 Greenville, FL 32331
Mon., Wed., Fri. 8am-5pm; Tues. 10am-5pm; Thurs. 10am-7pm
North Florida Medical Centers, Inc.

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y We Put You On The Fast Track
SFrom bumps. bruises and bug bites, to flu and fever. you never
know when you'll need medical attention. But whenever you do.
the Fast Track program in the newly expanded Shands Live Oak
Emergency Department makes it easier to get that care, quickly.
Available from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. Fast Track has
S its own dedicated patient space and special medical team ready to
treat your minor injuries and illnesses. So you can get the care you
S need and get on your way with less worry because no emergency
feels minor when it happens to you or someone you love.

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6B Madison County Carrier

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Publishing, Inc.

Dedicated To Bringing

Madison County

News To You

Stop foreclosure!
Keep your home, keep your
credit good, call for free


Three Rivers Legal *
will offer FREE civil legal ser-
vices to low-income and other eli-
gible citizens at the
Madison County Courthouse on
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
11:00 am 12:30 pm
Please call 1-800-495-0039 to
schedule an appointment.
Areas of practice include:
Landlord/Tenant, Foreclosure, So-
cial Security, Unfair sales prac-
tices, Contracts

We clean houses, offices,
apartments, rentals, etc.
Give us a call 850-971-5684

I build sheds, decks,
exterior carpentry work, win-
dow and'
door replacement.
Call Bob: 850-242-9342

We can help you get a loan quick-
ly, easily,
Call 850-673-9.102

850 973 2959
AU691-Col.Ron Cox

2007 Toyota Yaris;
black; tinted windows; AC;
Auto; 4Dr; Am/FM/CD; 40,000
miles excellent cond;
$15,000. firm
Call 850-464-1230
or 850-929-4959

FREE Rat Terrier 3yrs old,
15 lbs, Black & Tan, really
sweet, not good with other dogs
Free to good home only.
948-5482 or 973-0344.

Lawn Mower Repair
New & Used Parts
2089 NE State Road 6
Madison, FL 32340

To Place Your

Ad Here

Call Debra at


2003 Chaparell 180 SS boat;
inboard; v-6 excellent cond;
very very low hours;
cover kept; $14,000 firm
Call 850-464-1230 or

WANDA SHEA 850-464-1883
or 850-973-2213

25 lbs. of
Clean Newspapers
just $2 a bundle


Need 10-20 chickens.
Maybe a rooster or two
also guineas and peafowls.
Wanted Farm land for long term
(5+years) lease to grow perennial
native warm season grasses for
seed and hay. Excellent food and
cover for doves, quail and deer.
Contact Joe Reams, III

Tea cup female and male yorkie
puppies for adoption, one for
$400. akc reg, potty train and
comes with good vet record, con-
tact me now at
for more enquiry

Cambridge Manor
Apartments designed for Senior's
and Disabled. 1BR ($409.)
2BR ($435.) Subsidy available
at times. HUD vouchers accepted
Call 850-973-3786 -
TTY Acs 711.
404 SW Sumatra Road, Madison
Equal Housing Opportunity
1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments.
Subsidy available at times.
Call 850-973-4934
TTY Acs- 711
339 SW Parramore Ave. Madison
Equal Housing Opportunity

For Rent: 3BD, Mobile
home, quiet residential
area. $600.00 per month,
$300.00 deposit
Call for info 850-869-0916

C'outhem Villas of
C,^adison O apartments

Rental assistance may be available.
HUD vouchers accepted. 1, 2, & 3
BR HC & non-HC accessible apts.
Call 850-973-8582, TDD/TTY
711. 315 SW Lawson Circle, Madi-
son, FL 32340. Equal Housing Op-

( reenville Pointe

1, 2 & 3 BR HC & non-HC acces-
sible apts. Rental assistance may be
available. HUD vouchers accepted.
Call 850-948-3036. TDD/TTY
711. 192 NW Greenville Pointe
Trail, Greenville, FL 32331. Equal
Housing Opportunity

3bd 1.5bth House in Lee
$550.00 Per Month
850-973-4606 or

House for rent 2br/lbth
Completely Remodeled.,

2 bedroom/1 bath mobile home in
park, $135/week, electric included
depending on unit, $350 deposit'
and first week rent in advance, no
Call owner at 850-570-0459.

with state highway frontage-23
acres, Corner lots. Fronts both
Harvey Greene Drive and High-
way 53 South. Natural gas line,
8 inch water main, access to city
utilities, fire hydrant, and ser-
vice from two power companies.
Property has easy access to I-10,
via SR 53 & SR 14. Will build to
suit tenant.
Call Tommy Greene

$500 DOWN
With your land
Factory Direct Prices
No Middle Man!
Prestige Home Center
Lake City Florida

With as little as
$500 Down
Prestige Home Center
Lake City, Florida

rmetta 11.8 Acres+
3/2 2000 sqft Home. workshop,
pond, greenhouse, By Owner,
$275k. Call for Appt: 850-929-
2074. Details at:
3/4 Acre land in town, zoned
residential, available to build
on. $16,500 in Madison.
Call 347-267-8350

3 BR/2 BA Doublewide
Factory Direct
Prestige Home Center

For Sale By Owner

5 acres, Pinetta, Oak Hill Rd,
near Valdosta/Lake Park, restric-
tions $42,995. $5000 down

5 acres Lee, North of Hwy 6,
Cayenne Rd. rolling hills, re-
strictions, $39,995, $5000 down

4.7 acres Lee, county graded
road, $39,995, restrictions,
$5000 down, 325/mo.

Madison, North of Hwy 6, Cac-
tus Rd., restrictions
7.5ac $54,995
8.6ac well/septic $64,995
14.8ac $99,995

Larger tracts available

Call Chip Beggs

326 SE Vera Ave., Madison, FL
1,152 sq. ft. 3 bedrooms/2baths /.50
Acre Lot. Price $30,000 or make
offer. Call (850) 402-8015.
Realtors Welcome

Mobile Home For Sale
Dblwide, 3br-2bth,
Must Move
$17,000 OBO
850-464-4230 850-973-3625

3 BR/2 BA Doublewide
Factory Direct
Prestige Home Center

$500 DOWN
With your land
Factory Direct Prices
No Middle Man!
Prestige Home Center
Lake City Florida

The District Board of Trustees
invites applications from innov-
ative and visionary leaders for
the President of North Florida
Community College.
The College is in its 50th year
of serving six rural counties in
North Florida. See our Web
Site at for details
and qualifications. EOE

Advent Christian Village
658-JOBS (5627)
Do more than work,
join a family!

LPN direct long-term care staff
PT/FT positions, nonrestricted FL
License required: experience
preferred: shift differentials
for evenings/weekends

Childcare Worker
Pre-schoolers / newly renovated
facility: must be CDA certified or
willing to obtain certification.

LPN Home Care
Nonrestricted FL License required:
experience in home health care
Benefits include health, dental,
life, disability, savings. AFLAC
supplemental policies, access to
onsite daycare and
fitness facilities.
EOE Drug Free Workplace, Crimi-
nal background checks required.
Apply in person at ACV Personnel
Department Mon thru Fri, 9:00 am
until 4:00 PM Carter Village Hall,
10680 Dowling Park Drive, Dowl-
ing Park FL: fax resume to (386)
658-5160: or visit

Publishing, Inc. -,
Greene Publishing, Inc. is now ac-
cepting applications for current as
well as future position openings.
Experience is preferred.but we will
train the right individuals. Working
at the newspaper is fun rewarding,
fast paced and requires a person
that is outgoing and capable of
working easily under stress and
deadlines. No two days are ever the
same. Key full time or part-time
positions include:

Advertising Sales Associates
Layout & Design (Experience re-

If you're a responsible adult, punc-
tual, and have a great attendance
record, please fax your resume to
Ted at 850-973-4121, email to: or ap-
ply in person at our office on Hwy
53, just south of Madison. We wel-
come those who want to grow
with us.

Management Career Fair
Wanted: Great people needed for
management positions for new
Travel center 'located on 1-75 in
Madison, Great Pay, Great Bene-
fits, Great Company. Experienced
C-store and Quick Service Restau-
rant General Managers, Assistant
Managers and Shift Leaders please
apply at out Management Career
Fair on Friday, February 15, 2008
at the Madison County Employ-
ment Connections Center located at
200 W. Base St 2nd Floor, Madi-
son, Florida, 32340. Please call
(850) 973-9675 for information. If
you cannot attend the Career Fair
you may send your resume to
burgess @ fasttrackstores,com

Maintenance Tech Seeking a mo-
tivated individual for a 76 unit
complex HVAC cert. Carpentry,
Electric, Plumbing, Painting and
Grounds Upkeep. Competitive
Salary. Background & Drug
Screen Required. Apply in person
150 SW Bumgardner Dr. Madi-
son, FL or Fax Resume
850-973-4597 E.O.E.

$ AVON $
Start Today. Earn 50%
on your very first order.
Start-Up Kit Only $10.
Call ISR Dorothy Christ

Buy Sell Or Trade

In The Classifieds

Call 850-973-4141

Florida Department
of Transportation has a vacancy
in Taylor County
for the following position:

Position Number: 55004474

Working Title: Senior Heavy
Equipment Operator

Closing Date: 2/21/08

Contact Person: Summer Hayden
or Theresa Kuhn at 850-838-5800.

For more information concerning
job descriptions requirements and
to apply online, go to
logon.htm You may also call 1-
877-562-7287. If you need an ac-
commodation because of a disabili-
ty in order to participate in the ap-
plication/selection process, please
notify the contact person in ad-
vance. We hire only U.S. citizens
and lawfully authorized alien work-
ers. For applicants claiming Veter-
ans Preference, please fax your DD
214 to People First at 904-636-
2627.The Department of Trans-
portation is an Equal Employment
Opportunity, Affirmative Action,
Drug Free Workplace employer.

FT Coordinator Community Life
Programs & Services Advent
Christian Village
658-JOBS (5627)
Must be creative, organized, ener-
getic, a self starter, and enjoy
working with geriatric populations
to plan, implement, and coordinate
therapeutic activities programs for
long-term care residents, incorpo-
rating nursing and social services.
Bachelor degree in healthcare, so-
cial service, or relevant field de-
sired. Knowledge of LLTC regula-
tions / documentation requirements
required. HSD or equivalent re-
quired. Prior relevant experience

Competitive wages and benefits
(health/dental/life/disability ins.,
403b, AFLAC, access to onsite
daycare & fitness facilities). EOE;
Drug Free Workplace, Criminal
background checks required.

Apply in person at ACV Personnel
Department Mon thru Fri, 9:00
a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Carter Village
Hall, 10680 Dowling Park Drive,
Dowling Park, FL fax resume to
(386) 658-5160; or visit

Qualified in Home Health Care,
Experienced in Home and Office Cleaning,
Very Dependable with References.
Please call 973-2331.

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arthritis, back pain
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Medtronic has pulled its Sprint Fidelis defibrillation leads from the market
after fractures in the leads were linked to five patient deaths. Patients
with these leads may have received a warning letterfrom the manufacturer,
Afractured lead "can cause the defibrillator to deliver unneces-
sary shocks or not operate at all."
If you have a Sprint Fidelis lead, your Patient ID card should contain one of
the following four sets of numbers:
6930 6931 6948 6949
(These numbers may be shown at the beginning of a longer set of numbers on your ID card.)
In addition, the St. Jude Riata defibrillator lead' has been reported to
punch holes in the heart and has been linked to at least
one death.
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Madison County Carrier Wednesday, February 13, 2008 -


CASE No. 2008-57-CA

The unknown spouse of Norman Barfield&
The unknown spouse of Deneen Barfield;
any and all unknown parties claiming by, through,
under, and against the herein named individual
defendants) who are not known to be dead or
alive, whether said unknown parties may claim
an interest as spouses, heirs, devisees, grantees,
or other claimants; Tenant #1, Tenant #2,
Tenant #3, and Tenant #4 the names being
fictitious to account for parties in possession,


To the above-names Defendant(s) and all others whom it may concern

YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following de-
scribed property in Madison County, Florida, to-wit:


Has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written de-
fenses, if any, to it on Plaintiff's attorney and counsel of record, THE LAW OFFICES
OF MONICA TAIBL, P.L., P.O. Box 836, Madison, Florida, 32340, within thirty 30
days after the first publication of this Notice of Action, and file the original with the
Clerk of Court, Honorable Tim Sanders, whose address is Madison County Court-
house, 125 SW Range Avenue, Madison, Florida, 32340, either before service on the
Plaintiff's attorney or immediately thereafter. If you fail to answer, defend or otherwise
plead to this action to foreclose a mortgage, a Default will be entered against you for
relief demanded in the Complaint. This Notice of Action is executed and published pur-
suant to the provisions of 49.08, et seq.. Florida Statutes.

DATE: January, 2008
As Clerk of Circuit Court

By: Ramona Dickinson
As Deputy Clerk
2/6. 2/13/08

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as Mortgage,

CASE NO.: 2008-56-CA

The unknown spouse of Michael W. Tyre&
The unknown spouse of Donna L. Tyre;
any and all unknown parties claiming by, through,
under, and against the herein named individual
defendants) who are not known to be dead or
alive, whether said unknown parties may claim
an interest as spouses, heirs, devisees, grantees,
or other claimants; Tenant #1, Tenant #2,
Tenant #3, and Tenant #4 the names being
fictitious to account for parties in possession,


To the above-names Defendant(s) and all others whom it may concern

YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following de-
scribed property in Madison County, Florida, to-wit:

Lot 4, Yellow Pine Subdivision, as recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 52, of the
Public Records of Madison, County, Florida.

Has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written de-
fenses, if any, to it on Plaintiff's attorney and counsel of record, THE LAW OFFICES
OF MONICA TAIBL, P.L., P.O. Box 836, Madison, Florida, 32340, within thirty 30
days after the first publication of this Notice of Action, and file the original with the
Clerk of Court, Honorable Tim Sanders, whose address is Madison County Court-
house, 125 SW Range Avenue, Madison, Florida, 32340, either before service on the
Plaintiff's attorney or immediately thereafter. If you fail to answer, defend or otherwise
plead to this action to foreclose a mortgage, a Default will be entered against you for
relief demanded in the Complaint. This Notice of Action is executed and published pur-
suant to the provisions of 49.08, et seq.. Florida Statutes.

DATE: January, 2008

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as Mortgagee,



The unknown spouse of Charles Houstoh&
The unknown spouse of Mary Houston;
any and all unknown parties claiming by, through,
under, and against the herein named individual
defendants) who are not known to be dead or
alive, whether said unknown parties may claim
an interest as spouses, heirs, devisees, grantees,
or other claimants; Tenant #1, Tenant #2,
Tenant #3, and Tenant #4 the names being
fictitious to account for parties in possession,


To the abot-tname, Ddtfndanin i and all others whom it may concern .

YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following de-
scribed property in Madison County, Florida, to-wit:

.48 Acres BEG AT SE COR OF NE4 OF NW4 RUN N 663' W 125'TO POB
THEN RUN SW 17' W 76' N 341' E 32'

Has been filed against you and you are required' to serve a copy of your written de-
fenses, if any, to it on Plaintiff's attorney and counsel of record, THE LAW OFFICES
OF MONICA TAIBL, P.L., P.O. Box 836, Madison, Florida, 32340, within thirty 30
days after the first publication of this Notice of Action, and file the original with the
Clerk of Court, Honorable Tim Sanders, whose address is Madison County Court-
house, 125 SW Range Avenue, Madison, Florida, 32340, either before service on the
Plaintiff's attorney or immediately thereafter. If you fail to answer, defend or otherwise
plead to this action to foreclose a mortgage, a Default will be entered against you for
relief demanded in the Complaint. This Notice of Action is executed and published pur-
suant to the provisions of 49.08, et seq.. Florida Statutes.

DATE: January, 2008

As Clerk of Circuit Court

By: Ramona Dickinson
As Deputy Clerk
2/6. 2/13/08


as Mortgagee,

CASE NO.:2008-55-CA

The unknown spouse of Eliza Hawes &
The unknown spouse of Tawanha Hawkins;
any and all unknown parties claiming by, through,
under, and against the herein named individual
defendants) who are not known to be dead or
alive, whether said unknown parties may claim
an interest as spouses, heirs, devisees, grantees,
or other claimants; Tenant #1, Tenant #2,
Tenant #3, and Tenant #4 the names being
fictitious to account for parties in possession,


To the above-names Defendant(s) and all others whom it may concern

YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following de-
scribed property in Madison County, Florida, to-wit:

From the southeast corner of the West half of the Southeast quarter, sec-
tion 28, township north Range 9 East, run North'21.94 chains, thence West 14.31
chains to a POINT OF BEGINNING thence run North 1.59 chains, thence run West
1.59 chains, thence run South 1.59 chains, and thence run East 1.49 chains to POINT
OF BEGINNING, containing acre, more or less.

Has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written de-
fenses, if any, to it on Plaintiff's attorney and counsel of record, THE LAW OFFICES
OF MONICA TAIBL, P.L., P.O. Box 836; Madison, Florida, 32340, within thirty 30
days after the first publication of this Notice of Action, and file the original with the
Clerk of Court, Honorable Tim Sanders, whose address is Madison County Court-
house, 125 SW Range Avenue, Madison, Florida, 32340, either before service on the
Plaintiff's attorney or immediately thereafter. If you fail to answer, defend or otherwise
plead to this action to foreclose a mortgage, a Default will be entered against you for
relief demanded in the Complaint. This Notice of Action is executed and published pur-
suant to the provisions of 49.08, et seq.. Florida Statutes.

DATE: January, 2008
As Clerk of Circuit Court

By: Ramona Dickinson
As Deputy Clerk
2/6. 2/13/08

As Clerk of Circuit Court

By: Ramona Dickinson
As Deputy Clerk


Notice is hereby given that the Board of County Commissioners of Madison County,
Florida will be accepting sealed bids for the following: One (1) New Current Model
Tandem Drive Motor Grader, Heavy Duty Category: Caterpillar No. 12H or John
Deere 670D or Equivalent for Lease/Purchase, and known as Bid Number 2008 03.

Sealed bids may be submitted to the Board of County Commissioners by depositing
same at the Board office located in the Madison County Courthouse Annex, Room 219,
112 East Pinckney Street, Madison, Florida 32340, or Post Office Box 539, Madison,
Florida 32341, anytime prior to 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 19, 2008. ANY BID
SIDERED. Sealed bids must be clearly marked as a sealed bid and the bid number
must be printed on the outside of the front of the envelope: One (1)New Tandem Drive
Motor Grader for Lease/Purchase, Bid Number 2008 03. BID MUST CONTAIN A

Bid Specifications, as well as other pertinent documents, may be obtained from the
Madison County Public Works/Road Department office located at 2060 NE Rocky
Ford Road (C-591), 2 miles north of Madison, telephone # 850-973-2156, beginning
February 6, 2008. Copies of Specifications are available for inspection at the County
Commission Office during regular office hours.

Madison County reserves the right to waive any informality or to reject any or all bids.

Bids will be opened at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 after which all bids
will be available for public inspection. Bid Award by the Board of County Commis-
sioners will be during their regularly scheduled meeting to be held on Wednesday,
March 5, 2008. All vendors will be notified in writing of the successful bidder.

February 6. 8. 13 and 15. 2008


a Florida corporation,
CASE NUMBER: 2007-424-CA




NOTICE is hereby given that, pursuant to an Order or a Final Judgment of
Foreclosure in the above-captioned action, I, Tim Sanders, Clerk of the Circuit
Court, will sell the property situated in Madison County, Florida, described as:
Lot 11, of SPRING HAMMOCK SUBDIVISION, as more particularly de-
scribed in Declaration of Restrictions and Protective Covenants as recorded in Offi-
cial Records Book 120, pages 1 through 19, inclusive, in the Official Records of Madi-
son County, Florida, at public sale, to the highest and best bidder for cash, at the
west entrance of the Madison County Courthouse, located at 125 SW Range Ave., in
Madison, Florida, at 11:00 a.m. on the 29th day of February, AD, 2008.
Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must file a claim within 60 days
after the sale.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court this 31 day of Jan=a, 2008.

Attorney for Plaintiff
P.O. Box 358041
Gainesville, FL 32635
(352) 373-2598
Florida Bar No. 749753

Clerk of the Circuit Court
BY: Ramona Dickinson
As Deputy Clerk

If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to
participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of
certain assistance. Please contact the Court Administrator for the Third Judicial
Circuit, 145 N. Hernando St., PO Box 1569, Lake City, FL 32056, (386) 758-2163,
within 2 working.days of your receipt of this notice; if you are hearing or voice
impaired, call 1-800-955-8778.

2/6, 2/13/08


CASE NO.: 07.525-CA

a Florida limited liability partnership




NOTICE IS GIVEN that pursuant to a SUMMA-
AWARD OF ATTORNEY'S FEES dated February 5,
2008, in the above styled cause, I will sell to the highest
and best bidder for cash at the front steps of the Madison
County Courthouse, 125 S.W. Range Ave., Madison,
Florida 32341-0237, at 11 AM on March 7, 2008, the fol-
lowing described property:

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as Mortgage,

Attorney for Personal Representative;

/s/ E. Bailey Browning. IIH
E. Bailey Browning, III
Fln Bar No.0083630
Davis, Schnitker, Reeves & Browning, P.A.
Post Office Drawer 652
Madison, Florida 32341

Personal Representative:

Is/ Jan Louise Green
Jan Louise Green
Post Office Box 603
Madison, Florida 32341

2/13/2008 02/20/2008

A portion of the East Half (E 1/2) of the East Half
(E 1/2) of Section 4, Township 2 South, Range 6 East,
Madison County, Florida, being more particularly de-
scribed as follows;
COMMENCE at a concrete monument marking
the southeast comer of said Section 4; thence South
89"58'23" West along the south line of said Section 4 a
distance of 1337.24 feet to a concrete monument marking
the southwest corner of said E '/2 of E 1/2; thence North
00'31'56" West along the west line of
stuid E 1/2 of E V/2 a distance of 1781.76 feet to the inter-
section of said west line with the approximate centerline
of a county graded road, said point marking
ihe southwest corner and POINT OF BEGINNING of the
following described parcel; thence continue North
00'31'56" West along said west line a distance of 718.24
feet; thence North 89'28'04" East a distance of 640.65
feet; thence South 00'00'00" East a distance of 662.12 feet
to said approximate centerline; thence South 84'24'37"
West along said centerline a distance of 636.98 feet to the
SUBJECT TO existing county road rights-of-way.
Also known as Lot 39, Auciila Haven, an unrecorded sub-
division in Madison
County, Florida.

WITH DISABILITIES ACT, persons needing special ac-
commodations to participate in this proceeding should
contact the Office of the Court Administrator at 125 S.W.
Range Avenue, Madison, Florida 32341-0237, telephone
(850) 973-1500, no later than seven (7) days prior to the
proceeding. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call
Florida Relay Services at (800) 955-8770.


Dated this 6th day of February 2008.

Clerk of Court

By:Ramona Dickinson
As Deputy Clerk

2/13/08 2/20/08


Notice is hereby given that the Board of County Commissioners of Madison County,
Florida will be accepting sealed bids for the following: Two (2) New Current Model
Tandem Drive Motor Graders, Heavy Duty Category: Caterpillar No. 12H or John
Deere 670D or Equivalent, and known as Bid Number 2008 02.

Sealed bids may be submitted to the Board of County Commissioners by depositing
same at the Board office located in the Madison County Courthouse Annex, Room 219,
112 East Pinckney Street, Madison, Florida 32340, or Post Office Box 539, Madison,
Florida 32341, anytime prior to 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 19, 2008. ANY BID
SIDERED. Sealed bids must be clearly marked as a sealed bid and the bid number
must be printed on the outside of the front of the envelope: Two (2)New Tandem Drive
Motor Graders, Bid Number 2008 02. BID MUST CONTAIN A COPY OF THE

Bid Specifications, as well as other pertinent documents, may be obtained from the
Madison County Public Works/Road Department office located at 2060 NE Rocky
Ford Road (C-591), 2 miles north of Madison, telephone # 850-973-2156, beginning
February 6, 2008. Copies of Specifications are available for inspection at the County
Commission Office during regular office hours.

Madison County reserves the right to waive any informality or to reject any or all bids.

Bids will be opened at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 after which all bids
will be available for public inspection. Bid Award by the Board of County Commis-
sioners will be during their regularly scheduled meeting to be held on Wednesday,
March 5, 2008. All vendors will be notified in writing of the successful bidder.

February 6. 8. 13 and 15. 2008

CASE NO. 07-293 CA




NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure
dated 2-5-08 and entered in Case No. 07-293 CA, of the Circuit Court of the Third
Judicial Circuit in and for Madison County, Florida, wherein WELLS FARGO
TENANT # 1; UNKNOWN TENANT # 2; are the Defendants. I will sell to the high-
est and best bidder for cash at, at 11:00 a.m. on March 6, 2008, the following de-
scribed property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit:

Begin at the intersection of the West line of Northwest quarter of Northeast
quarter of Section 32, Township I South, Range 7 East with the center line of
State Road 360, thence run East down the center line of said State Road 360,210
feet for point of beginning, thence run South at right angles with said State Road
360, 420 feet, thence run East parallel with said State Road 360, 105 feet thence
run North at right angle with said State Road 360 to the center of said State Road
360, 420 feet, thence run West down the center of said State Road 360, 105 feet to
point of beginning, containing I acre, more or less, and being a part of Northwest
quarter of Northeast quarter of Section 32, Township 1 South, Range 7 East.

Subject to that certain Mineral Right Resolution contained in O.R. Book 39, Page
319, of the Public Records of Madison County, Florida.

Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must file a claim within 60 days
after the sale.
.... : "" .- . TIM SWDERS|
As Clerk of the Couri
By: Ramona Dickinson
As Deputy Clerk
Dated this 6 day of February, 2008

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a rea-
sonable accommodation to participate in this proceeding should, no later than seven
(7) days prior, contact*the Clerk of the Court's disability coordinator at (904) 958-
2163, PO BOX 1569, LAKE CITY FL, 32056. If hearing impaired, contact (TDD)
800-955-8771 via Florida Relay System.


CASE NO. 2008-08-CP




The administration of the estate of THEODORE ROBERT GREEN, deceased, k
whose date of death was October 5, 2006 ; is pending in the Circuit Court for Madi-
son County, Florida, Probate Division; File Number 2008-08-CP; the names and ad-
dresses 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 copy of this notice, must file their claims with this court
All other creditors of the decedent and other persons who have claims or
demands against the decedent's estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliqui-
dated claims, must file their claims with this court WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS







8B Madison County Carrier





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baby's mouth during the first
few da\s after birth. Wipe
your baby's gums %%ith a
clean gauze pad after each
feeding to remove plaque and
residual food that can harm
erupting teeth.
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infants should finish their
bedtime and naptime bottle
before going to bed.
If you use a pacifier, use
a clean one. Never give a
baby a pacifier dipped it in
sugar or honey.
With sour child's first
birthday, begin regular dental
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Maintain a balanced diet for your child by
selecting foods from the five main food groups-
fruits, vegetables, meat, grains and dairy.
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snack choose nutritious foods from the main food
groups rather than cookies, candy and other
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Never use a dental visit as a punishment or threat.
Do try to make your child's dental visit an
enjoyable outing.
Set a good example by taking care of your oral
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fluoride toothpaste for chil-
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Replace toothbrushes
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