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VOL. 45 NO. 49 Lk Madison County's Award-Winning Newspaper

School District Receives $2,917,388 Grant

$729,347 per year for four years
By Michael Curtis
Greene Publishing, Inc.
In this challenging economy, virtually every deci-
sion regarding programs and staffing for the Madison
County School District is greatly dependent upon ,
funding, as budget cutbacks underscore this harsh re- .
ality Recently, however, a very significant financial re-
source was added to the county, amounting to almost
$3 million over a four-year period.
During the school board meeting of July 21, Dr. J
Cheryl James, School Improvement/grants Manage-
ment Coordinator, was pleased to announce the "Pro-
ject SAFE ZONE" grant had been awarded to the
"Madison County School District was one of 29 -
federal grants awarded throughout the United States .'
out of 422 applications reviewed. Out of the 29 grants
awarded, Madison County School District was the .*.
only one awarded in the State of Florida," James not-
ed. "The grant is intended to provide students, schools,
and communities the benefit of enhanced comprehen-
sive educational, mental health, social services, law I
enforcement, and as appropriate, juvenile justice sys-
tem services that can promote healthy children devel- UD
opment and prevent violence and alcohol and other
drug abuse."
The program will create internal and external po-
sitions supporting five key elements: Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Michael Curtis, July 27, 2009
SSafe School Environment and Violence Preven-
tion Activities The superintendent and board celebrated the official award of the Project SAFE ZONE grant during the
SAlcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Prevention Madison County School Board meeting of July 21. Pictured left to right: Bart Alford, Lou Miller, Cheryl
Please see School, Page 4A James, VeEtta Hagan, Kenny Hall, Susie Williamson and Clyde Alexander.



The Suwannee River
Water Management Dis-
trict (District) Govern-
ing Board approved a
tentative budget of $56
million for Fiscal Year
2009-10 at a meeting July
14. By comparison, last
year's budget was set at
$70 million. The board
also approved a pro-
posed ad valorem mill-
age of 0.4399.
For the 20th consec-
Please see SRWMD,
Page 2A

A Few
New Laws
July 1
The Florida Legisla-
ture passed new legisla-
tion this session, which
took effect on Wednes-
day, July 1:
SB360 Growth
Management: The leg-
islation removes some
state government tools
to manage growth, re-
quire road improve-
ments and prevent
Please see New Laws,
Page 4A

Public Reviews

Local Mitigation

Next public review scheduled for August 19
following the county commission meeting

Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Michael Curtis, July 23, 3009
Matthew Preston (left) and Director Vicki Brown assist visi-
tors during the Local Mitigation Strategy meeting. Tony Sessions
and Renee Demps (right) were among them.
By Michael Curtis
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Over a decade ago, a Local Mitigation Strategy work group
was formed consisting of a few dozen local representatives
from various professional backgrounds, including public safe-
ty, government, civic and business leadership to review emer-
gency management planning for Madison County. In
subsequent meetings, the group identified priorities, which
were then recorded and later referenced as funding opportuni-
ties arose. One notable example of this process is the recent
construction of the Emergency Operations Center on Harvey
Greene Drive in Madison.
On July 23, Emergency Management Director Vicki Brown
hosted one of several public review sessions scheduled this
year. After reading the LMS workbook, visiting residents were
encouraged to provide his or her feedback. As the gathering
concluded, there was a distinct consensus with the project pri-
In addition to Brown's oversight, the effort benefited great-
ly from the assistance of Matthew Preston, a visiting intern
from the Master's program in Urban and Regional Planning at
Florida State University Since arriving, the LMS plan update
has been his primary focus, which Brown acknowledged as es-
Please see Mitigation, Page 4A

Madison County

Citizens Are

Calling 2-1-1
Madison County residents are part of a na-
tional trend to call the easy 3-digit 2-1-1 telephone
number offered by 2-1-1 Centers throughout the na-
tion for information and referral. In 2008, the num- of Madison County citizens calling 2-1-1
increased by 92 percent over the prior year. Residents
: Madison County call 2-1-1 to reach the 24-hour crisis
aI inwl information hotline, Helpline 2-1-1, operated by 2-1-1 Big
Beind During the past 12 months, callers using their home
ph:on-s. Libuiness phones, pay phones and cell phones have
called the hotline to access hotline counseling, crisis intervention,
Please see 2-1-1, Page 4A

International Space Station

Flies Over Madison County

Photo by Pat Lightcap
The International Space Station (ISS) and the docked Space Shut-
tle flew over Madison County, Sunday, July 26, right on time from 9:27
p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time. The array came in from the North North-
west and exited viewing in the East Northeast. The photos were tak-
en with a 15 second exposure at f2.8 at an ISO of 100. A Canon A95
digital point-and-shoot camera was used on a tripod mount. It is
amazing to think that the point of light has the largest crew aboard
in the history of the project.
Please see Space, Page 4A



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Classifieds 16A Crime 4A 29 73 31 .
Legals 17A Health & Nutrition 14-15A Partly to mostly cloudy with a Scattered thunderstorms possible. Slight chance of a thunderstorm. Slight chance of a thunderstorm.
Bridal 12A Money & Finance 11A chance of thunderstorms. High

2A Madison County Carrier

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


The World, And Especially His Listeners,

Will Greatly Miss Walter Cronkite

"To everything, there
is a season," are the begin-
ning words of one of my
favorite Bible verses.
Those were the words
that first came to my mind
when I heard that Walter
Cronkite had passed away
Walter Leland
Cronkite, Jr. passed away
July 17,2009. Cronkite was
an American broadcast
journalist, best known as
the anchorman for the
CBS Evening News, for 19
years, (1962 81). He was a
little too liberal for The
Husband and my conserv-
ative manner, but none-
the-less, he was one of the
most memorable news-
casters that have been on
CBS over the years.
The Husband and I got
married in 1962, and we
had a very small TV at the
time, since we lived in a
small apartment. (Our
"first" home was on the
top floor of the Crandall's
Apartments, which is still
standing, on Livingston
Street.) I was teaching sev-
enth, eighth, and ninth
grade English at Madison
High School at the time, as
well as a class in "Speech,"
and "The Husband" was
farming and planting pine
trees on his family's
Greene Farm, south of
I remember hearing
Cronkite bring the news to
us every evening, and we
listened to him on our little
TV During the heyday of
CBS news in the 1960's and
1970's, he was often cited in
the viewer opinion polls as
"the most trusted man in
America," because of his
professional experience
and kindly demeanor.
Although Cronkite re-
ported many events from
1937 to 1981, which includ-
ed such stories as the
bombing in World War II,
the Nuremberg trials, the
combat in the Vietnam
War, the death of Presi-
dent John F Kennedy, Wa-
tergate, and the Iran
Hostage Crisis, he was
probably best known for
his extensive TV coverage
of the U. S. Space program.
From Project Mercury to
the Moon landings, (which
he shared with co-host
Wally Shirra), to the Space
Shuttle, Cronkite was the
only non-NASA recipient
of a Moon "rock award."
Why, even The Beat-
les' first American TV
broadcast was with Walter
Just a little history
about Cronkite is that he
was born November 4,
1916, in Saint Joseph, Mis-
souri, the son of Helen
Lena (nee Fritsche) and Dr.
Walter Leland Cronkite, a
dentist. He had remote
Dutch ancestry on his fa-
ther's side, the family sur-
name originally being
Walter lived in Kansas
City, Missouri until he was
ten years old, when his
family then moved to
Houston, Texas. Cronkite
attended junior high
school at Lanier Junior
High School (now Lanier
Middle School), and then
high school at San Jacinto
High School, where he
edited the high school
newspaper. This is the way
many journalists started
their careers. I, too, was in-
troduced to journalism at
Madison High School,
where I worked on the
school newspaper under
Mrs. Alice Brown.
Cronkite was a mem-
ber of the Boy Scouts, a
group I have high regard
for, and which our two
sons enjoyed for many
years. Harvey and William
both became Eagle Scouts,

the highest honor a Scout
can attain, and both have
many great memories of
their scout trips with

Wandering With
The Publisher

Mary Ellen Greene

Scoutmasters, Howell Ed-
wards, and Leland Moore,
and with other scouts, as I
know Walter Cronkite had
as well.
Scouting is, to me, one
of the most prestigious of
all groups young men can
become a part of. Why, our
grandson Daniel, who is
serving in the Marines to-
day overseas (please keep
him and all our troops in
your prayers), was told
when he joined the
Marines, and they found
out he had been a Boy
Scout, advanced immedi-
ately up the scale of the
normal advancement, to
the top. They asked him
how far he had gotten in
scouting, and he told them

to "Life," which is just
above an "Eagle," and they
were immediately em-
Cronkite attended col-
lege at the University of
Texas at Austin, UT, where
he worked on the Daily
Texan, and became a mem-
ber of the Nu chapter of
the Chi Phi Fraternity He
was also a member of the
Houston chapter of DeMo-
lay, a Masonic fraternal or-
ganization for boys.
While attending UT,
Cronkite had his first taste
of performance, appearing
in a play with fellow stu-
dents Eli Wallach and Ann
Cronkite dropped out
of college in his junior
year, in 1935, after starting
a series of newspaper re-
porting jobs, where he cov-
ered news and sports. He
later entered broadcasting
as a radio announcer for
WKY in Oklahoma City,
Ok., and it was in 1936 that
he met his future wife,
Mary Elizabeth Maxwell.
Her nickname was "Bet-
sy" He was working at the
time as the sports an-
nouncer for KCMO (AM)
in Kansas City, Missouri.
They were married March
30, 1940, nearly 65years be-
fore she died in 2005. The
couple had three children:
Nancy Cronkite, Mary
Kathleen (Kathy)
Cronkite, and Walter Le-
land (Chip) Cronkite III
(who is married to actress
Deborah Rush). The cou-
ple also had four grand-
Cronkite's broadcast
name at the time was
"Walter Wilcox." Cronkite
would later explain that
the radio stations at the
time did not want people to
use their real names for
fear of taking their listen-
ers with them if they left.
In Kansas City,
Cronkite joined the United
Press in 1937. He became
one of the top American
reporters in World War II,

covering battles in North
Africa, and Europe.
Cronkite was one of
eight journalists selected
by the United States Army
Air Forces to fly bombing
raids over Germany in a B-
17 Flying Fortress. He also
landed in a glider with the
101st Airborne in Opera-
tion Market-Garden and
covered the Battle of the
After the war,
Cronkite covered the
Nuremberg trials and
served as the United Press
main reporter in Moscow
for two years.
It was in 1950 that
Cronkite joined CBS News
in its young and growing
division recruited by Ed-

ward R. Murrow, who had
previously tried to hire
Cronkite from UP during
the war. He began working
at WTOP-TV the CBS affil-
iate in Washington D. C.
He originally served as an-
chor of the network's 15-
m i n u t e
late-Sunday-evening news-
cast Up To the Minute,
which followed "What's
My Line," at 11:00 p.m. ET
from 1951 to 1962.
It was on July 7, 1952
that Cronkite was known
as an "anchor," a name
conined to describe
Cronkite's role at both the
Democratic and Republi-
can National Conventions,
which later marked the
first nationally-televised
convention coverage.
Cronkite anchored the
network's coverage of the
1952 presidential election,
as wellas later conventions.
It was in 1964, (the year The
Husband and I opened our
first newspaper, The Madi-
son County Carrrier," when
we were a mere 24 years
old) that he was replaced by
the team of Robert Trout
and Roger Mudd. This lat-
er proved to be a mistake,
and Cronkite returned to
the anchor chair for future
political conventions.
It was from 1953 to 1957

(the year The Husband and
I graduated from Madison
High School) that Cronkite
hosted the CBS program
"You Are There," which
reenacted historical events,
using the format of a
news report. His famous
last line for these programs
was: "What sort of day was
it? A day like all days, filled
with those events that alter
and illuminate our
times....and, you were
there." How profound that
has become in all of our
In 1971, the show was
revived and redesigned to
attract an audience of
teenagers and young adults
on Saturday mornings. He
also hosted The Twentieth
Century, a documentary se-
ries about important his-
torical events of the
century comprised almost
exclusively of newsreel
footage and interviews. It
became a long-running hit.
Cronkite also hosted It's
News to Me, a game show
based on news events.
One story that touched
me, an English teacher, was
that Cronkite once angered
the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco
Company, the show's spon-
sor, by grammatically cor-
recting its advertising
slogan. Instead of saying
"Winston tastes good like a
cigarette should," verba-
tim, he substituted "as" for
Another feather in
Cronkite's life was that he
was the lead broadcaster of
the network's coverage of
the 1960 Winter Olympics,
the first-ever time such an
event to be televised in the
United States. He replaced
Jim McKay who had suf-
fered a mental breakdown.
I could go on, and on,
about other highlights in
Cronkite's life, but there is
never enough space to tell
about the life of a man so
well known for his journal-
istic abilities. But, I can still
hear him ending his
evening broadcasts with
the phrase......"And, that's
the way it is," followed by
the date.
I also remember listen-
ing to him as he took off his
eyeglasses, looked over the
bulletin given him, and say-
ing: "From Dallas, Texas,
the flash apparently official
is that President Kennedy
died at 1 p.m. Central Stan-
dard Time,"
Yes, we will all miss
Cronkite. Like many oth-
ers we have known in our
lifetime that have gone on
before us, they will all live
in our hearts and minds
There were values that
Cronkite embodied that
more people need to have -
- excellence, integrity ac-
curacy, fairness, objectivity
and decency We should all
try to instill these values in
our children and students
today, and every day
And, That's The Way
It Is! Today, July 29,2009.
'Nuff said....Bye for
now... See 'ya.


cont from Page 1A
utive year, the District has not raised the millage rate.
Under a 0.4399 rate 43.99 cents for every $1,000
of assessed property value the owner of a home as-
sessed at $100,000, claiming $50,000 homestead exemp-
tion, would pay $22 in property taxes to the District.
Taxes fund numerous public services, including
access to public lands, springs protection, water mon-
itoring programs and water supply planning.
The District will hold its first public hearing on
the proposed budget Sept. 8 at 5:30 p.m. The public
hearing will immediately follow the governing
board's regular monthly meeting, which will be held
in September at a special time, beginning at 3 p.m.
A final public hearing will be held Sept. 22 at 5:30
p.m. Both meetings will take place at the District's
Headquarters at the corner of US 90 and CR 49, just
east of Live Oak. For more information call 800-226-
1066 or 386-362-1001.

Madison County


Madison Woman

Arrested For Drug

A Madison woman was ar-
- rested for possession of mari-
juana, less than 20 grams on
Wednesday, July 22.
According to a Madison Po-
lice Department report, Sgt.
Chris Cooks conducted a traffic
-Ai stop on a Chevrolet pickup.
A search of the vehicle
found a marijuana cigarette.
Kimberly Suzette Cooks placed Kimberly
Howell Suzette Howell, 39, under ar-
rest for possession of marijuana less than 20 grams
of marijuana.

Empty Promises VS.

Real Solutions
By Congressman Ander Crenshaw
America has the highest quality health care of any
country in the world, but
when millions of Ameri-
cans can't afford it and are
left on the outside looking
in, we've got a crisis. If cost
and access are the two
roots of the crisis, pro-
posed reform must speak
to both.
I've been listening to
Floridians. All raise con- Ander Crenshaw
cerns about how proposed
reforms will impact them. Will I get to choose my health
plan or doctor? Will health care cost more? Will the gov-
ernment take over health care?
Now, I want to clearly respond to what is being pro-
posed in Washington and how it will affect every Ameri-
can. On the table: the Democrats' proposal for
government-run health care versus the Republican alter-
native that offers more choices at less cost.
For a crisis characterized by high cost and lack of ac-
cess, the Democrat plan is befuddling. First, with a price
tag of $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years, the plan actual-
ly increases health care costs. Doug Elmendorf, the Di-
rector of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office,
commented: "The way I would put it is that the [cost]
curve is being raised." That's right, Democrats actually
want to increase the cost of health care, expanding the
deficit by $239 billion over 10 years.
As if that was not enough, Democrats are increasing
the deficit on the backs of the very Americans who are
key to our economic recovery: small business owners.
Since the mid-1990s, small businesses have created 60 to 80
percent of the net new jobs. But small businesses often op-
erate at the slimmest of profit margins-a third of all
small businesses go out of business within the first two
years. Nevertheless, House Democrats propose that if
small businesses can't afford to offer insurance, they
must pay a penalty of an 8 percent payroll tax.
Instead of crushing small business with a burden
they can't bear, Republicans take the cost-effective ap-
proach of proposing that small businesses, the self em-
ployed, and others band together and purchase health
insurance at lower costs resulting in coverage for more
people. And no insurance plan can reject a consumer be-
cause of a pre-existing condition. Moreover, Republicans
would attack high costs by implementing comprehensive
medical liability reform. The practice of defensive medi-
cine costs an estimated $100 billion-plus each year, ac-
cording to the American Academy of Orthopaedic
Surgeons. We must eliminate costly, unnecessary defen-
sive medicine being practiced by doctors trying to protect
themselves. In the end, lower cost equals more access.
Democrats promise more access by introducing a
government-run health care plan that will 'keep private
companies honest,' but it's an empty promise. Any gov-
ernment plan subsidized by taxpayers inevitably means
it can control prices and undercut private plans, running
them out of business. With price controls and a monopoly,
Americans will end up with one choice: the government
which is really no choice at all. Why don't you hear this
from Democrats? Because they don't want you to know.
Republicans offer true choice by allowing individu-
als and families to choose their own doctor and get the
treatment they need when they need it. If we really want
to 'keep private companies honest,' let's increase trans-
parency in the health care system so consumers know
what they are getting.
Plans that provide quality care for a fair price will
survive and thrive, while plans that demand hefty pre-
miums with little benefits will fall by the wayside. This
is a formula imbedded in the fabric of America: choice
breeds competition which spurs innovation and value.
And it does not raise taxes or the deficit by a single
There are clear problems with the system the way

it is-health care in this country is on an unsustain-
able fiscal path. But any change is not necessarily good
change-certainly not change that increases cost,
hurts small businesses, and decreases access. With a
plan that will affect every American, rich or poor, Con-
gress needs to take the time to get it right. Only the Re-
publican plan gets to the heart of the health care crisis
by slashing costs through competition and increasing
access through choice and transparency


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Madison County Carrier 3A


Happy Campers

And Boiled Peanuts

Bethany Phillips gave a short, yet powerful testi-
mony while telling about what happened at church
camp in Live Oak. The others also shared their expe-
riences at the camp. Pictured left to right: Bethany
Phillips, Tiffany Phillips, Forest Greene and Erika
The teens returned to Midway Church of God this
past week, excited after a week at church camp in Live
Oak. Next week, the juniors will enjoy camp. Three of
the teens who went to the camp and one who went to the
evening services at Live Oak Church of God spoke about
their experience at the camp. You can see the four videos
featured on
Midway Church of God will host its 25th annual
peanut boil on Saturday, August 1, beginning at 6 p.m.
The Reflectsons, from Trenton, will be the special musi-
cal guests. Everyone is welcome to go out and enjoy deli-
cious boiled peanuts, desserts and soft drinks, provided
by Elvoye and Betty Thomas and their crew. Everything,
as always, is free. A love offering will be received for the
Happy birthday wishes are extended to Vernelle
Allen, this Friday, July 31, and Samantha Phillips, this
Saturday, August 1.
Please remember Jimmy Phillips and Willie Carter
in your prayers. Jimmy is recovering from a bout with
pancreatitis and is still in a great deal of pain. Willie is re
covering from a wreck in Jacksonville and is undergoing
therapy at home. They are both unable to work at this
time and they need our prayers and support.
That's all the news for this week! Have a great week
and a beautiful forever! May God bless each and every
one of you!

May L. Choice vs. Dallas R. Choice domestic
John Alexander vs. Wilhemina Pride domestic
Lisa C. Roland vs. Leon Roland domestic in-
Kevin James Odom vs. Monica L. Lookabill -
other domestic
Chatell Mansfield vs. Daniel Wells Jennings -
domestic injunction
William Turner III vs. Peter C. Bucher, et al -
other civil
Maria C. Lewis vs. Greenville Partnership -
other civil
Green Tree Services vs. Oscar A. Henderson, et
al other civil
Tonji Crumity vs. Twin Oaks Juvenile Develop-
ment, Inc. other civil
Walter Mortgage Company, LLC vs. Emma Lee
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The number one
topic on Capitol Hill this
week is Health Care Re-
form. The President
and Liberal Democrats
are trying to ram
through a reform bill
that will fundamentally
change our health care
system, possibly forever.
And they are trying to
do this in record time be-
fore they lose political
momentum. Let's exam-
ine some of the key is-
sues in this legislative
The central focus of
the liberal statists is a
public or government
option. This will bring
on "socialized medi-
cine" typical of many
western European coun-
tries and closer to home,
Canada. It won't happen
overnight, but it will be
the inevitable result of
this bill. Democrats love
this idea; Republicans
hate it.
The President says
that the public option is
necessary to "introduce
competition" but don't
you believe it. There are
nearly 1300 insurance
companies that current-
ly provide health insur-
ance for Americans. Do
you really believe that
when you add an ele-
phant (government) into
the room with the cats,
dogs and mice (private
insurance), you have
competition? Closer to
home, Florida run prop-
erty insurance is run-
ning private insurers
like State Farm out of
our state. If we get hit
with a big storm this
hurricane season, we're
gonna find out first hand
how dumb this public
option really is. Govern-
ment is a monopoly by
The President says
that the public option is
necessary to "bring
down costs." Don't
make me laugh. When
has government ever re-
duced costs? When
Medicare was enacted in
1965, the advocates said
that the total cost in 25
years would be $9 bil-
lion. The true cost by
1990 was $66 billion. The
non-partisan Congres-
sional Budget Office
(CBO) released a report
and testified last week
that Obama's Health
Care Reform would not
only NOT reduce health
care costs, it would add

to the burgeoning
Do you really be-
lieve that when you look
at the costs and quality
of care of Medicare,
Medicaid, and the Veter-
ans Administration,
that it is a good idea to
put the government in
charge of more of our
nation's health care? Is-
n't Medicare on track to
be bankrupt by 2017?
The President says
that "if you are satisfied
with your doctor and
your health insurance,
you can keep them."
That is a classic half-
truth. Sure you can
keep your doctor and
health insurance ... as
long as they are still
available. A public op-
tion will end most of the
private insurance indus-
try within five years and
gobble up more than 100
million Americans who
currently have private
The idea behind
"public option" is to cov-
er some if not all 47 mil-
lion who are currently
not insured. Who are
these people? Well,
about ten million are il-
legal aliens. Do you real-
ly want to pony-up your
tax dollars to pay for
non-Americans to get
health insurance? How
many more will that
bring from south of the
border? When Republi-
cans tried to amend the
bill in committee to ex-
clude non-Americans,
Democrats defeated the
The uninsured are
not poor people because
they are covered by
state-run Medicaid. In
fact, most of the unin-
sured are healthy young
people with higher pri-
orities than buying a
health insurance policy,
like beginning their ca-
reer, paying off student
loans, buying their first
car, etc.
Liberals see Health
Care Reform as an op-
portunity to push their
agenda, such as abor-
tion. Nothing would

cause more glee among
Liberal politicians with
dollar signs in their
eyes. Republicans tried
to exclude tax payer
abortion funding from
the bill and were beaten
back by Liberal Democ-
rats. The President told
the Pope that he wanted
to see abortions decline,
but it is more important
to watch what he does
rather than what he
says. Tax payer funded
abortions is an impor-
tant part of his agenda.
If the President was
truly interested in bi-
partisanship rather than
merely paying lip-ser-
vice to the idea, he could
have a bill completed
quickly which would re-
ceive support from both
democrats and republi-
cans. It would focus on
proven ideas that reduce
health care costs like
market competition, lia-
bility reform, health sav-
ings accounts, etc. With
lower health care costs,
more people could afford
insurance coverage and
the bill for existing poli-
cy holders would go
This whole business
is really misnamed.
What we are talking
about is actually "med-
ical care." Health Care
in more than 95 percent
of the cases is a matter
of personal choice and
individual responsibili-
ty If you live a healthy,
safe lifestyle, you are
taking care of your
health. Most of your
health care costs will be
back-end loaded to your
final, declining years.
This is where rationing
like we hear of in Eng-
land and Canada comes
into play The 90 year
old patient isn't going to
get a pacemaker. Oh,
they'll have insurance,
but a lot of good that
will do them. Instead,
they'll be put on an end-
less waiting list and sent
home. When they stop
calling in, their name
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overdevelopment. Accord-
ing to some reports, the
state may no longer man-
date that most local govern-
ments require developers
to pay for road improve-
ments needed to handle
traffic their projects gener-
ate. And among other
changes, very large devel-
opments may no longer be
subjected to broad studies
of their effect on neighbor-
ing communities.
SB344 Seat Belts:
The Dori Slosberg and
Katie Marchetti Safety Belt
Law will allow police offi-
cers to pull drivers over for
not wearing their seat belts
and is predicted to save
hundreds of Floridians'
lives. The new law makes it
a primary charge not to be
using a seat belt while dri-
ving. Previously a motorist
could only be issued a tick-
et for that offense if they
had been stopped for a sep-
arate moving violation. A
ticket will be $93. Child re-
straint fines now start at
SB762 University
Tuition and Fees: The bill
authorizes all llstate uni-
versities to charge a tuition
differential, subject to ap-
proval by the Board of Gov-
Seventy percent of the
tuition differential must be
used to enhance under-
graduate education and 30
percent, or the equivalent
amount from private
sources, must be used to
provide financial aid to un-
dergraduate students with


financial need. The bill al-
lows for an increase in tu-
ition each year until
Florida's fees reach the na-
tional average. The bill is
designed to help Florida's
higher education system
counteract cuts that have
reduced course offerings,
increased class sizes and
resulted in more classes
taught by graduate assis-
tants instead of professors.
Florida's undergradu-
ate tuition is among the
lowest in the country Nev-
ertheless, the higher cost
will not be covered by
Bright Futures Scholar-
ships. Opponents to the bill
said this is not the time to
raise tuition because of the
strain students and fami-
lies already face due to the
national recession. Fur-
thermore, many opponents
say this change will make
college unaffordable for
many middle-class and
poor people. Supporters of
the legislation said it is im-
possible to maintain a qual-
ity higher education
system with budget cuts
strangling programs and
chasing away faculty.
SB2108 Court
Fees: Among the bevy of
fee increases the Legisla-
ture approved this year to
fill budget gaps are in-
creases in court filing fees.
Over the past two years,
the Florida court system
budget has been cut by
about 10 percent and had
nearly 300 jobs eliminated.
The budget for the past
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Student Behavioral, Social, and Emotional Sup-
Mental Health Services
Early Childhood Social and Emotional Learning
Oversight will be provided by the Project SAFE
ZONE Core Management Team, which will consist of
Lou Miller, Madison County School District Superinten-
dent; Ben Stewart, Madison County Sheriff; Rick Davis,
City of Madison Police Chief; Sharon Neelands, Chief
Juvenile Probation Officer, 3rd Judicial Circuit; Barbara
Herring, Apalachee Center, Inc.; and Kim Barnhill,
Madison County Health Department.
The combination of personnel and targeted pro-
grams will provide vital support that translates into a
better environment for teaching and learning.
"To achieve and maintain progress in school, stu-
dents must have an environment free from influences
that destroy their ability and desire to learn. The Project
SAFE ZONE grant is an invaluable resource to achieve
that goal and build on the progress we have already rec-
ognized. I want to complement Cheryl and all the leader-
ship that brought this wonderful tool to the district."
Superintendent Lou Miller said.
The board was exceptionally pleased and eager to im-
plement the program, particularly in light of noted bud-
get cutbacks.
This reporter was also appreciative of the thanks he
received for editing the grant proposal prior to final re-
view demonstrating something James has noted on
numerous occasions in the end, teamwork is the recipe
for success.
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mental health support and help, and inform the public
about emergency services and shelters during a disaster
such as a hurricane or flooding. When there is a hurri-
cane, people are frequently evacuating to this part of the
state and using their cell phones to seek information. The
cell phone access to 2-1-1 will be essential in these in-
stances because of the mobility of the callers. 2-1-1 Big
Bend is a United Way agency and receives support from
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Human beings are really up there and we can
see the light reflected off their craft as they fly over
Another flyover was scheduled for Monday
night (July 27) beginning at 9:53 p.m at about 32 de-
grees above the horizon and track it through a max-
imum elevation of 69 degrees and it will disappear
in the SSE at about 51 degrees. Good luck in spot-
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pecially helpful.
"The Local Mitigation Strategy is a
very important part of our planning process
and having Matt here has been a tremen-
dous help. Besides the planning benefits,
those items that are included on the list of
LMS projects receive more favorable treat-
ment for funding, particularly grant finding.
I can't thank him enough for his valuable
The LMS plan addresses eight public
safety hazards: tornadoes, hurricanes,
floods, wildfires, winter storms/freezes,
drought, sinkholes and earthquake. The
planning essentially sets initiatives that
would lead to solutions that better deal with,
or preferably eliminate, the bigger threats.
The water system serving 1-10 and State
Road 53, a Lee VFD Pumper Truck,
Greenville emergency generators and more
fire hydrants around the county are among

compared to $491 million
the prior year. The court
fee changes approved in-
clude a $505 increase in
graduated filing fees for
civil and family cases in-
volving sums between
$50,000 and $250,000. It will
increase by $1,505 for
sums in excess of $250,000.
There also is a $115 in-
crease in probate filing
fees, and a $100 increase in
filing fees for non-family
civil cases.
SB 462: Prescription
Drugs: The bill autho-
rizes the creation of a pre-
scription drug monitoring
system in the Florida De-
partment of Health. Rep-
resentative Kelly
Skidmore, D-Boca Raton,
a sponsor of the legisla-
tion, said, "It will help end
the prescription drug
abuse epidemic that has
devastated many Florida
families and given our
state a reputation as the
nation's pill mill."
SB1840 Tobacco
Surcharge: After a three-
year effort by Representa-
tive Jim Waldman,
D-Coconut Creek, and oth-
ers, the Legislature agreed
to raise the fee on cigarettes
by $1 per pack. Florida
presently spends over $1.25
billion on tobacco related
illnesses. This fee will raise
nearly one billion dollars in
new revenue, which will be
matched by $2 billion from
the federal government
and will be used for Medic-
aid programs. Statistics
show that for every 10 per-
cent increase in the price of
cigarettes there are an esti-
mated seven percent fewer
youth who will begin smok-
ing. Less youth smoking
may mean lower Medicaid
costs due to a decrease in
tobacco related illnesses in
the future.

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spectrum, the Town of Lee wastewater pro-
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serves emergency goals, as well economic
The Federal Emergency Management
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by Craig Fugate who made numerous visits
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five years. The extensive documentation
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July 29-August 2
The LATMA Christ-
ian Center and the Over-
coming Saints of God
invite you to Campmeet-
ing 2009! Join us Mon-
day night, July 27,
through Sunday after-
noon, August 2. Services
begin at 7:30 p.m. on
Monday night and con-
tinue all day and night
through the August 2.
Nightly services begin at
7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3
p.m. All services will be
held at LATMA Christ-
ian Center-491 SW Cap-
tain Brown
Road/Madison. Prophet-
ess Emily
Spencer, pastor. The
week's activities include:
Vacation Bible School,
Adult and Youth Work-

shops, nightly services,
and prayer around the
clock! Baptism on Sun-
day Apostle A.T Mobley
is the Pastor and
Founder of the Over-
coming Saints of God!
For more information,
call 973-2359.
July 31-August 2
The Mosley/Hodge
Family Reunion II will
be held in Madison, July
31-Aug. 2, at the United
Methodist Church recre-
ation center All descen-
dants and relatives of
Tom Mosley and Rosa
Hodge (of West Farm)
are invited to this event.
Contact John E. Turner
(301) 808-2693 for more in-
August 2-8
Camp Weed Sum-
mer Camp for Rising
7th, 8th and 9th graders
will take place Aug. 2-8.
for a brochure, registra-
tion and scholarship
forms. Join in the Fun in
the Sonshine at our 85th
consecutive summer
camp. A ministry of the
Episcopal Diocese of
Florida for children and
young people of any (or
no) denomination. For
more information, call
888-763-2602, Ext. 16.
August 3
Open House Host-
ed by State Representa-
tive Leonard Bembry of
the Florida House of
Representatives All in-
vited 4-7 p.m.- Madison
District Office Hors D'
Oeuvres and Refresh-
ments will be served -
304 NW Crane Avenue
(Near NFCC) Madison -
August 15
Excellence Dance
Studio, Inc. presents

King of the Grill show-
down and Art on Wheel
Exhibition, Aug. 15,
noon-4 p.m., Madison
County Recreation Cen-
ter, Hwy 360A. For more
information, call (850)
August 29
The Florida DEP's
Stephen Foster Folk Cul-
ture Center State Park
will host a Container
Gardening Workshop on
Saturday Aug. 29. Partic-
ipants will learn how to
avoid many of the pests
and diseases associated
with summertime gar-
dening in containers and
explore warm weather
flower and vegetable gar-
dening. The class will
cover proper grouping of
plants, choosing the
right container, selecting
the right plants to grow
for each season and
touch on annuals, peren-
nials and ferns. Bring
your pruners and take
home some cuttings.
This is a hands-on work-
shop and fees are $5 per
workshop, including
park admission. For ad-
ditional information or
to register for the work-
shops, please call (386)
397-1920 or visit
Redemptive Recov-
ery Classes/Support
Group is held every
Thursday in the old First
Baptist Church sanctu-
ary and is for addicts and
the family of addicts
who are seeking to recov-
er and need help. The
class is free, and starts at
7 p.m. For more informa-
tion, please call (850) 464-

The Florida DEP's
Stephen Foster Folk Cul-
ture Center State Park
will host an ongoing
wood carving workshop
on Thursday through
Monday, from noon un-
til 4 p.m. Participants can
create figure carvings,
wood spirits, spoons,
bowls, relief carvings
and more during this
four-hour class. Work-
shop fees are $15 per ses-
sion and include park
admission. For addition-
al information or to reg-
ister for the workshops,
please call (386) 397-1920
or visit
Each Weekday Except
The Senior Citizens
Center offers computer
classes to seniors 60 and
older each weekday ex-
cept Tuesday For more
information or to sign
up, please call (850) 973-
4241. A regular instruc-
tor is needed to teach
these classes. Interested
individuals should ask to
speak with Sharon con-
cerning the opening at
the number above.
The Diamonds in the
Ruff Adoption Program
at the Suwannee Valley
Humane Society is open
every Tuesday through
Saturday from 10 a.m. to
2 p.m. It is located on 1156
SE Bisbee Loop, Madi-
son, FL 32340. For more
information, or direc-
tions, call (866) 236-7812
or (850) 971-9904.
Second and Fourth
Saturday of Each
The Madison Chu-
rch of God hosts a free

soup kitchen the second
and fourth Saturday of
each month at the
Greenville Senior Citi-
zens Center. Lunch is
served from noon to 1
Third Tuesday of
Each Month
The Greater
Greenville Area Dia-
betes Support Group is
a free educational ser-
vice and support for dia-
betes and those wanting
to prevent diabetes. The
group meets the third
Tuesday of each month
at the Greenville Public
Library Conference
Room at 312 SW Church
St., Greenville, 11-11:30
a.m. Everyone is wel-
Every Wednesday
and Friday
The Senior Citizens
Center's sewing club for
seniors 60 and older
meets every Wednesday
and Friday For more in-
formation or to sign up,
please call (850) 973-
Third Wednesday of
Each Month
The Madison Coun-
ty Health Education
Club is holding a free
educational service and
support group for peo-
ple interested in pre-
venting or controlling
diabetes, high blood
pressure, elevated cho-
lesterol levels, obesity
and other chronic
health conditions. The
club meets the third
Wednesday of each
month at the Madison
Public Library Confer-
ence Room at 378 NW
College Loop, Madison,
12:15-12:45 p.m. Every-
one is welcome to bring
their own lunch.



Mrs. Margie
Wooten Waldrep, age 64,
died Friday, July 24,
2009, in Valdosta, Ga.
Graveside funeral
services were held Sun-
day, July 26, 2009, at Con-
cord Cemetery,
Greenville. Visitation
was held Saturday, July
25, from 6-8 p.m. at Beg-
gs Funeral Home, Madi-
son Chapel.
Donations may be
made to Big Bend Hos-
pice, 1723 Mahan Center
Blvd., Tallahassee, FL
32308 or the Shriners
Children's Hospital,
Marzuq Shrine Center,
PO. Box 37130, Tallahas-
see, FL 32315.
Margie was born in
Ashburn, Ga. Margie
was a member of Con-
cord Baptist Church.
She was also the secre-
tary for Florida-Georgia
Wholesale Tire Co. in
Cherry Lake.
She is survived by
her husband, Donnie
Waldrep; three sons:
Anthony Gaskins and
(Lori) of Valdosta, Ga.;
Donnie Waldrep, Jr. and
(Brandi) of St. Augus-
tine; and Barrett Wal-
drep and (Ashley) of
Lincoln, Neb.; and three
grandchildren: Court-
ney Gaskins, Ryleigh
Waldrep and Payton


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Seeks Donors
The Board Members of Excellence Dance Stu-
dio, Inc is seeking 10 donors who are willing to give
a tax deductible donation of $20 in support of our
Generation of Excellence Dance team. Our goal is
to raise $1,000.
What Your Donation Will Provide
Some of the proceeds will help Excellence con-
tinue its mission of inspiring at-risk, underprivi-
leged youth in the surrounding counties with an
opportunity to learn the art of dance for free and
provide dance uniforms for our students to partici-
pate in our summer dance program.
Who Are We?
Excellence Dance Studio, Inc a 501(c) 3 non prof-
it corporation originated in Madison, since 2006.
Our mission is to innovate and inspire young and
old through the creative medium of performing
arts. We serve in rural and inner city areas of Madi-
son, Leon and Gadsden counties. We strongly be-
lieve in the importance of performing arts in a
child's life and the impact that it has in their physi-
cal, mental, and spiritual development. Performing
arts positively contributes to one's self esteem,
character and cultural understanding. It is also a
fun, wholesome program for all and a way to build
social relationships within our community
What Do You Get For Your Donation?
Complimentary tickets to a FSU Theatre Show
Complimentary Lasagna Dinner with drink
Excellence Newsletter
Free entry to our Annual Dance Recital held
August 29, 2009 at Auditorium on North Florida
Community College campus
Name listed on our website & in our Annual
Dance Recital Program
Reference Seeds of Faith on check or money or-
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009


PROPOSED MILLAGE LEVY Fiscal Year 2009-2010
Critical Operating Needs Millage Levy 0.2500
TOTAL 7.9450


Federal 50,000 3,312,847 3,362,847
State Sources 13,494,441 25,800 246,000 37,032 13,803,273
Local Sources 4,671,132 284,200 2,400 1,010,582 5,968,314
TOTAL REVENUE 18,215,573 3,622,847 248,400 1,047,614 23,134,434

Transfers In 297,000 32,305 329,305

Nonrevenue Sources
FUND BALANCE July 1,2009 2,524,600 213,205 681,302 3,419,107

BALANCES 21,037,174 3,655,152 461,605 1,728,916 26,882,846


Instruction 10,379,895 1,247,069 11,626,964
Pupil Personnel Services 552,567 172,771 725,338
Instructional Media Services 228,967 170,850 399,817
Instructional & Curriculum Services 806,251 242,241 1,048,492
Instructional Staff Training 161,954 443,459 605,413

Instruction Related Technology 172,948 13,663 186,611
Board of Education 257,825 257,825
General Administration 973,136 120,799 1,093,935
School Administration 1,476,468 857 1,477,325
Facilities Acquisition and Construction 12,322 9,950 332,445 354,718
Fiscal Services 355,665 355,665

Food Services 17,008 1,220,615 1,237,623
Central Services 342,832 12,877 355,709
Pupil Transportation Services 1,635,717 676,371 2,312,088
Operation of Plant 2,209,058 2,209,058
Maintenance of Plant 291,724 291,724
Administrative Technology 204,580 204,580

Community Services 0
Debt Service 230,000 230,000

TOTAL EXPENDITURES 20,078,918 3,655,152 230,000 1,008,816 24,972,887

Transfers Out 32,305 297,000 329,305
JUNE 30, 2009 925,950 231,605 423,099 1,580,655

BALANCES 21,037,174 3,655,152 461,605 1,728,916 26,882,846


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2003 2004
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Madison County Carrier 7A


The Madison County School Board will soon consider a measure to
impose a 1.5 mill property tax for the capital outlay projects listed

This tax is in addition to the school board's proposed tax of 6.445
mills for operating expenses and is proposed solely at the discretion
of the school board.


The Capital Outlay tax will generate approximately $1,010,582 to be
used for the following projects:

Safety Corrections
District Wide Renovations and Repairs
High School Renovations and Repairs
Motor Vehicle Purchases:
Purchase of Three (3) School Bus
New and Replacement Equipment:
Purchase of Security Equipment
Purchase of Food Service Equipment
Purchase of School Wide Equipment
Furniture and Equipment
School Technology

Payment of Premiums for Property and Casualty
Insurance Necessary to Insure the Educational and
Ancillary Plants of the School Districts

All concerned citizens are invited to a public hearing to be held on

August 3, 2009, at 6:00 p.m.
The Madison County School Board Office
210 N.E. Duval Ave.
Madison, Florida. 32340

be made at this hearing.


The Madison County School District will soon
consider a measure to increase its property tax

Last year's Property tax levy
A. Initially proposed tax levy................. $5,420,756

B. Less tax reductions
due to Value Adjustment Board
and other assessment changes............$ 17,352

C. Actual property tax levy..................... $ 5,403,404

This year's proposed tax levy..............$ 5,634,436

A portion of the tax levy is required under state
law in order for the school board to receive
$12,057,657 in state education grants. The
required portion has decreased by 4.14 percent,
and represents approximately 7 tenths of the total
proposed taxes.

The remainder of the taxes is proposed solely at
the discretion of the school board.

All concerned citizens are invited to a public
hearing on the tax increase to be held on Monday,
August 3, 2009, at 6:00 P.M., at the Madison
County School Board Office 210 N.E. Madison,

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


Covenant Bible College & Seminary

The Madison Campus of
Covenant Bible College & Seminary
is planning for an exciting fourth
year as they begin classes on Tues-
day, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. at New Life
Christian Church International lo-
cated on US 90 West in Madison. Stu-
dent Orientation will be held at New
Life on Tuesday, August 4, at 7 p.m.
Covenant Bible College and Sem-
inary (CBCS) was founded in 1998 by
Dr. William C. Morris. CBCS is ac-
tively training leaders across the na-
tion to impact the world for Christ.
Designed to help individuals find
and discover their spiritual gifts,
prepare them for their future, and
equip them to walk into their des-
tiny. CBCS offers a variety of cours-
es and educational opportunities.
Through the inspiring teaching of
seasoned and anointed professors,
students will embark on a journey
that will change their life forever.
CBCS offers a Bible-based educa-
tion for individuals of every level
through both audit and degree based
programs of study. One could earn a
diploma, an Associate degree, an Ad-
vanced Associate degree, a Bachelor
degree, a Master's degree, a Doctor
of Ministry degree, and a Doctor of
Philosophy degree in either Biblical
Studies, Theology, Pastoral, or Coun-
seling. The affordable, pay-as-you-go
program offers nine one-month long
courses plus Ministry Practicum per

o Begin Fourth Yea
academic year. Ministry Practicum well as many Bible Schools and
is a volunteer ministry in any area Bible Institutes. CBCS also offers ad-
of church work in which students vanced academic standing based on
are required to give an average of prior formal ministry experience.
two hours per week, or a minimum High school seniors are also eligible
of 72 hours of volunteer service to for dual enrollment with CBCS.

Photo Submitted
John Peterson, left, Connie Peterson, center, Directors of the college,
and William C. Morris, right, Chancellor of Covenant Bible College and
Seminary, invite students to register for the fall term.
their local church or ministry. CBCS is accredited with the
Covenant Bible College & Semi- world's largest non-governmental
nary accepts transfer credits from accrediting agency, Accrediting
other colleges and universities as Commission International(ACI) and

is also a member of Dr. Peter Wagn-
er's Apostolic Council for Educa-
tional Accountability (ACEA). The
main campus of CBCS is located in
Tallahassee and serves as headquar-
ters for numerous campuses world-
Guided by three standards: Ex-
cellence, Faith and Integrity, CBCS
is a place where dreams are realized
and ministry is birthed. Many peo-
ple have begun a college career, or
dreamed of going to college and, for
whatever reason have not been able
to fulfill their dreams. Because
CBCS has classes one evening per
week, you are able to see your
dreams fulfilled. Whether you are
called to full-time ministry or just
want to learn more about the Word
of God to help you in your daily life,
CBCS is the place for you. With a
Bible College education from CBCS,
you can realize your dreams and
positively impact the Kingdom of
Covenant Bible College and Sem-
inary is currently accepting applica-
tions for August courses. Students
may enroll and begin classes during
any month. Courses are also avail-
able by correspondence if a student
is unable to attend the onsite class-
es. For more information, you may
contact Connie Peterson, National
Director of Campuses, at (850) 973-
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Daniel Godwin (left) and Cyrus Bachari, of the Madison Water Department,
work on the grounds at Four Freedoms Park, where more spigots are being in-
stalled for future events.

Turning On The Spigot

Of Opportunity
Four Freedoms Receives Water System Upgrade

By Michael Curtis
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Madison County has a rich history
of festivals and gatherings at Four Free-
doms Park, and although these events
typically attract lots of visitors, there
was a feature that was lacking. That
missing feature was water spigots. Con-
sequently, the City of Madison, in a pro-
ject that involves minimal expense, is
installing spigots throughout the park
with help from the Roads and Water De-
On an everyday basis, just a few
spigots were sufficient, being located in
the corners of the park. During festivals,
however, food and beverage vendors re-
quiring water were limited to those
spaces, making it impossible to spread
things out as desired. The new configu-
ration will therefore allow much better
use of the park during these events and

also promote more vendor participation.
Over the past year, the number of
actual and proposed events in the park
has increased significantly The addition
of the Farmers and Friends Festivals, as
well as other popular venues, economi-
cally justifies the improvement. The
Madison County Chamber of Com-
merce and Tourism continues to pro-
mote new activities as well, as do local
churches and service agencies.
Officials and planners are pleased
that the bottom line may now be im-
proved by the new water line. In the end,
each organization has the common goal
of creating a more prosperous and
stronger county, where opportunities
and fun events may flow as easily as
turning on a spigot.
Michael Curtis can be reached by
email at michael@greenepublishin-

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Madison County Carrier 9A


JCKC: Come Join The Excitement!

Photo Submitted
AND THEY'RE OFF! Greyhounds at Jefferson County Kennel Club race to the finish with races nightly.

By Amber Acree Treadwell
Specialfrom the Monticello News
Built in 1958, the Jefferson County Kennel Club
held its inaugural meeting in June of 1959, making
JCKC one of the longest running dog tracks in the State
of Florida. Located in northern Jefferson County, just
minutes from the Georgia state line, JCKC attracts pa-
trons from all over North Florida and South Georgia.
JCKC operates year round and has a maximum occu-
pancy of 4,200.
General admission to JCKC is $1. The JCKC track
provides entertainment for all ages, and the dogs race
rain or shine. In addition to greyhound racing, JCKC
has the famous Poker Room, as well as fine dining in
the world renowned Turf Club. This is what makes
JCKC a fun place for the whole family
JCKC is a major economic stimulus, employing a
large number of people and attracting many visitors.
Owner Steve Andris has been a strong corporate citizen
of Jefferson County for all these years.
Many of the staff have worked there for years, and
most are close like family For visitors, they appreciate
the closeness and "true southern hospitality" JCKC
brings. Minors are allowed when accompanied by a par-
ent or legal guardian and families are always wel-
comed. By state law, minors are not allowed near
betting windows.
Staffers always have a smiling face and work hard
to make sure visitors feel comfortable. Many winners
have come and gone, but the look on their faces says it
all. This is the winningest place to be.
The biggest attractions at JCKC are, of course, the
greyhounds. The dogs chase a lure (traditionally an ar-
tificial hare or rabbit) on the track until they arrive at
the finish line. The one that arrives first is the winner.
If a visitor bets to win, a payoff is collected only if their
selection finishes first. The same applies to other races

Hiriam Brown, employee of 12 years, is pictured
employee of 42 years.
if betting for the second or third place. This wager is
available in all races and there are many different se-
lections for betting. Greyhound racing is conducted for
enjoyment and the dogs are cared for with the utmost
compassion. They come in a variety of sizes and colors,

and make
wonderful pets
for the entire
family Grey-
hounds are al-
ways available
for adoption at
JCKC. For ad-
ditional infor-
mation on
adoption, con- ,
tact the JCKC
racing office at
(850) 997-2421.
viewing the
races, stop at
the concession -' ,
stand between '
bets or soft '^
drinks, ham-
burgers, chips,
pizza, wings,
candy and so _
much more.
Beer and cock-
tails are also
available for -
persons 21
years of age Wanda Byington, cashier at the 1
and older. Kids
love to visit the races, see the dogs race and eat a chili
dog or nachos with cheese. This is a great place for a
family outing with good food and great people.
The latest edition to JCKC is The Poker Room. The
Poker Room opened it's doors in May of 2004 with an
overwhelming response. Patrons
can play Texas Hold'em, Omaha
and 7-Card Stud. All games are
table stakes. Cash does not play
and all players must be at least 18
years of age to enter the room. An
ATM machine is located on the
ground floor and in the Poker
Room. Cash advances are wel-
comed by going to the informa-
tion window to obtain cash with a
Visa, Mastercard, Discover or
ATM card. Offered while playing
poker, are beverages and conces-
sion items for the convenience of
the players.
The Poker Room is open
Monday through Saturday from
noon until midnight. Texas
Photo Submitted Hold'em tournaments are every
with Betty Conner, Friday and Saturday starting at
7:30 p.m. Registration for tourna-
ments must be in person only,
starting at noon on Monday for the upcoming week.
The Texas Hold'em Tournament entry fee is $50. The
stakes can get high, and so
can the excitement.
JCKC's restaurant,

Photo Submitted
Turf Club is pictured with Steve Andris, Owner/CEO.
the Turf Club, is a fine dining facility with a full menu
and a wide variety of beverages. The Turf Club has
great food ranging from filet mignon and shrimp, to
spaghetti with meat sauce. Gourmet meals include
crab, steak, and scallops with fresh green salads and
homemade desserts. All tables have a front row view of
the races. Just the ticket for a night of great entertain-
There is a $5 per person food or beverage mini-
mum. To make reservations in the Turf Club, call (850)
997-2561 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Give the exact num-
ber of persons in the party and management will leave
a pass for free admission. The Turf Club opens at 7 p.m.
and patrons must be in the club room by 7:30 p.m. The
food alone is worth the visit to JCKC, and the Turf Club
is just the place for a romantic date, or dinner with the
The Jefferson County Kennel Club is open Monday
through Saturday
On Tuesday the Turf Club is closed and there are
no live races. The gates open at 7 p.m. JCKC is located at
3079 North Jefferson Street. From Tallahassee: Take I-
10 East to Exit #225, turn left on US 19 N. JCKC is eight
miles north on US 19. JCKC will be on your left. From
Thomasville: Go 15 miles south on US 19. JCKC will be
on your right.
For information on one of these exciting features
that the Jefferson County Kennel Club offers, call 850-
997-2561 for more information.
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Chldrens Choice School Of The Arts

Oper3 In Madison

Beginning this year with 4K-Kindergarten

By Michael Curtis
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Already well known for their exceptional
restaurant, The Wild Plum, owners Kevin O'Mal-
ley and Marina Greenwood have added a new item
to their community menu: a new school. Opening
this August to coincide with the public school
year, the Children's Choice School of the Arts will
initially serve younger students grades 4K and
Kindergarten with the anticipation of expand-
ing the school through grade 2 the following year,
further if possible.
"We are opening this school as a way to sup-
port the arts in our community. We also believe
there is a need for a school in the area that has a
focus on the arts in addition to academics," O'-
Malley noted. "Our goal is to continue expanding
the school through grade 12 as a preparatory
school, while retaining our focus on the Arts, and
make this a standard for educational excellence in
the area at minimum."
O'Malley conveyed that he and Marina always
had a personal interest in the arts, having been ex-

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posed to them throughout childhood via parents
and school. They further noted that those experi-
ences made a constructive and lasting impact on
both of them. Validated through research, chil-
dren exposed to the arts at an early age have the
opportunity to develop better cognitive skills at
an earlier age.
The school is being set up as a non-profit cor-
poration to facilitate growth through grants, gifts
and sponsorships, including the hope of servicing
those who might otherwise have no access to the
arts, although a premium will be placed on college
preparation as well.
"One of the other gifts we want to offer the
community with the school, is to offer academic
and needs based scholarships in the future. We
think there are plenty of children in the area that
would benefit from this type of educational expe-
rience that may not have the means to get it, hence
the charitable aspects of the organization," O'-
Malley added.
The school's Mission Statement is: We exist to
give children the opportunity to learn, explore
and grow through academic enrichment and artis-
tic expression.
"We also realize that learning can and should
be fun. By setting the example for children
through a curriculum that sparks their imagina-
tions, allows them to think rather than digest and
recite, and teaches them individuality and re-
spectful cooperation with others, we intend to
build an environment that sets up a lifelong desire
to learn and excel," he went on to say.
The central theme of the school will be to pre-
sent each of the academic lessons through activi-
ties that rely on one or more of the arts in their
presentation. Counting and doing math can be
achieved with the aid of
music or visual art. For
example, since associa-
rtion has been acknowl-
edged as one of the best
ways to remember
things, why not learn
math with a song or by
counting butterflies on
a mobile?
Beyond the intro-
A duction of art with

each subject, there will be hours and/or classes de-
voted to art and music appreciation, with actual
drama, music and art classes each week during
both regular school hours and during after school
Other features of the school include:
The same calendar year as the public schools
in Madison County
Hot lunches provided daily Snacks too! (Pre-
pared daily by Wild Plum)
Accreditation as soon as the law allows

Safe learning envi-
ronment with Accredit-
ed and FDLE screened
staff members
Full academic
course curriculum
(more than the 3R's)
Single fee per
month per child tuition
base (no additional
charges other than the
initial application fee)
After school class-
es weekly in dance, dra-
ma, music (collective
and individual) & the vi-
sual arts
Fun, fun, fun for
everyone involved.
The school may be
reached by email at chil-
drenschoice - and the
phone number is (850)
973-6781. For informa-
tion regarding enroll-
ment, employment,
volunteering or contri-
butions, simply call and
leave a voicemail. Cur-
rently, contact by phone
is via voicemail only, al-
though all inquiries will
be responded to ASAP.
Michael Curtis can
be reached at

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Madison County Carrier 13A


CARS Program Launched

Cash For Clunkers Program Hoped To Spark Economy

By Michael Curtis
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The CAR Allowance Rebate
System (CARS) is a $1 billion gov-
ernment program that helps con-
sumers buy or lease a more
environmentally friendly vehicle
from a participating dealer when
they trade in a less fuel-efficient
car or truck. The program is de-
signed to energize the economy,
boost auto sales and put safer,
cleaner and more fuel-efficient ve-
hicles on the nation's roadways.
Consumers will be able to take
advantage of this program and re-
ceive a $3,500 or $4,500 discount
from the car dealer when they
trade in their old vehicle and pur-
chase or lease a new
one. To safeguard S ',
fraud, the Na-
tional High-/
wa y /

Traffic Safety Administration es-
tablished a toll-free 24-hour hotline
at 1-800-424-9071.
The eligibility requirements
for the Car Allowance Rebate Sys-
tem (CARS) are as follow:
Qualified consumers may par-
ticipate in the CARS Program be-
tween July and Nov. 2009 until
authorized funds are no longer
Qualified consumers will re-
ceive a credit of $3,500 or $4,500 for
an eligible trade-in toward the pur-
chase of lease of an approved vehi-
cle under CARS Program.
Qualified consumers will re-
ceive the $3,500 or $4,500 credit at
the time they purchase their new
> Dealers must provide con-
sumers with any other
advertised rebates
or discounts in ad-
I/ edition to the credit
f they receive
through the CARS
S Program.
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should ex-
pect to con-
duct their
deals at their
dealership of choice, not
on the Internet.

Consumers should expect the
dealers to provide their best esti-
mate of the scrap value for their el-
igible trade-in vehicle. Dealers are
allowed to deduct $50 from this val-
ue for their administrative costs.
Consumers should expect that
all information collected through
the CARS Program would be kept
confidential. Social Security mem-
bers are not required for a CARS
What to bring to the
Dealer to qualify:
One year Proof of Insurance.
If insurance card does not cover
the entire year preceding the trade
in, one will need other proof of in-
surance. Simply have insurance
company provide evidence of one
year's worth of insur-
ance. The form must
include, at a mini-
mum, the insurance
company, policy
number, VIN, and
start and end date
of insurance (show-
ing at least one
Proof of Reg-
istration going
back at least one
year. '
"Clear" title. This
means the title must be free of

any liens or other encumbrances.
If liens exist, they must be cleared
prior to going to the dealer. This
may include evidence on the face
of the title showing no lien; that
the title has been cleared (signed
and stamped accordingly), or with
an attached lien release from the
lien holder.
The vehicle manufacturer
date found on the driver's door or
doorjamb is less than 25 years old
when trade it in occurs.
For more information, one may
visit online, or
phone 1-866-CAR-7891.
Michael Curtis can be reached

Dow Climbing Back

By Michael Curtis
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Last Thursday, July 23, The Dow Jones Industrial
Average the most popular stock market indicator -
closed above 9,000 for the first time since January
Paving the way for the rally were better-than-expected
earnings from Dow giants like Ford Motors, AT&T,
eBay and 3M. A report of new home sales rising for
the third straight month motivated buying as well.
The Nasdaq which measures a larger number of
stocks trading on the NADAQ exchange has also
performed well in July, achieving 11 consecutive win-
ning sessions. A Standard and Poor's technical ana-
lyst noted that the index has achieved that feat only 10
other times in the past 50 years. Many Wall Street
watchers believe that a higher stock market could lift
consumer confidence and help the economy get back
on its feet.
The Wall Street Journal reports Ford Motor

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Co. returned to profitability in its second quarter and
slowed its cash burn amid speculation that it may is-
sue more equity to reduce its debt. The automaker re-
ported a net income of $2.3 billion or 69 cents a share
compared with a loss of $8.67 billion, or $3.89 a share
for the same period a year earlier. Ford's profit came
largely from a $3.4
billion gain it re-
ceived related to
actions in April. Ex-
cluding the one-
time gains, the
company would /
have narrowed its
quarterly loss to
$424 million com-
pared with a loss of
$1.03 billion a year
There was also a
political influence
in this rally, as Pres-
ident Obama sig-
naled support for a
proposal to impose B S1 IS 5
fees on some of the
nation's largest fi- \h I
nancial firms to
cover losses from -
risky transactions
and avert another

July 2009

Information from Madison County Community Bank and SPF to help keep your financial life in balance

Consumer Sense

Rethinking Retirement
You did everything right. You planned
for your retirement by properly
diversifying your investment portfolio,
and even scrimped in order to
maximize contributions to your
retirement plans. However, after a
year of some of the biggest stock losses
since the Great Depression, you might
be wondering whether your shrunken
nest egg will be enough to carry you
through retirement. Before drawing
any premature conclusions, it's
important that you first take charge of
your situation by asking and answering
these four critical questions.
Where do I currently stand?
Take inventory of where your
retirement accounts are held and how
they're invested. These would include
IRA's, employer sponsored accounts
(401k's, etc.) and other accounts
earmarked for retirement. Although it
might be discomforting, gather up your
latest statements from these accounts
and total how much they're worth.
The losses may seem astonishing but
do not let that discourage you.
Understanding where things stand
I Source:
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The Wall Street Journal. Complete
Retirement Guidebook: How to Plan It,
Live It and Enjoy It by Glenn Ruffenach,
Kelly Greene. As you think about
retirement, you've got facts to face,
planning to do, decisions to make and
numbers to crunch. With the experts at The
Wall Street Journalto guide you, you'll
learn how to tailor a financial plan for the
lifestyle you want.

today will help you determine how
much you will need to save for your
Can I get help with understanding
my situation?
With all of the economic tumult of
the past year, a thorough review of
your financial plan should be
considered mandatory. Whether
with the advisor who helped you put
together your plan prior to the market
downturn or another advisor who
might be a better fit, it's important to
tap into the knowledge and
experience of a financial professional
who will take the time to understand
your goals and speak to you directly
and realistically about where you
stand and what you should expect
going forward. He or she may be
able to help you in simplifying your
financial life without reducing your
retirement goals.
Should I plan on receiving Social
Security benefits?
If you have not already done so, you

may want to become familiar with
your Social Security benefits options
as part of your overall income
strategy. In order to help maximize
your social security income, pay
special attention to the date when
you begin withdrawing Social
Security benefits. According to the
Social Security Administration,
lifetime income benefits will
generally be higher the longer you
wait to take your first withdrawal.
For more information on your
benefits as well as information on
income planning tools, visit the
Social Security website
Get Help from our financial
Our financial professionals can help
you determine the financial path to
follow in pursuit of your near- and
long-term financial goals. He will
work with you to identify and
understand your investment goals
and then develop a well structured
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Call me to set an appointment to review your
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market meltdown. Oba-
ma, at a White House
news conference on July
22, said the U.S. might
need a mechanism simi-
lar to the Federal Deposit
Insurance Corp. for firms
that engage in "some of
these other far-out trans-
actions" that put the fi-
nancial system at risk.
"So if you guys want
to do them, then you've
got to put something into
the kitty to make sure
that if you screw up, it's
not taxpayer dollars that
have to pay for it, but it's
dollars coming out of
your profits," he said. The
president also said execu-
tives at firms that have re-
ceived government
bailout money should
"feel a little remorse and
feel embarrassed" about
taking million-dollar
There is still worry
enough for everyone on
Wall Street, but as some
of the old school in-
vestors would say, "The
market always climbs a
wall of worry," implying
that as the market climbs,
there will be plenty of re-
ports warning of poten-
tial doom.
Michael Curtis can
be reached at

Own a Business? Put

Retirement Plan in Place

Provided by Brad Bashaw, Edward Jones

If you own a small business, you have a lot to think about:
sales, expenses, marketing, cash flow, competition the
list goes on and on. However, by spending so much time
on the issues of today, you may overlook the concerns of
tomorrow. That's why, if you haven't already done so, you
need to choose a retirement plan for your business.

Which plan is right for you? It depends on different fac-
tors, such as how many employees you have and how
much you can afford to contribute each year. Let's take a
look at some popular retirement plans for small business-

Owner-only 401(k) Also known as an individual
401(k), an owner-only 401(k) offers you many of the same
advantages of a traditional 401(k): a range of investment
options, tax-deductible contributions and tax-deferred
earnings growth. You may even be able to choose a Roth
option for your 401(k), which allows you to make after-tax
contributions that can grow tax free. In 2009, you can con-
tribute up to $49,000 to your owner-only 401(k) or
$54,500 if you're 50 or older. (To make deductible contri-
butions for the 2009 tax year, you'll need to set up your
plan by Dec. 31, 2009.)
Solo defined benefit plan -You may have thought
you had to work for a big company to participate in a tra-
ditional pension plan, also known as a defined benefit
plan, but you can set one up for yourself if you're self-
employed or own your own business. This plan has high
contribution limits, which are determined by an actuarial
calculation, and your contributions are typically tax-
SEP IRA If you have just a few employees or are
self-employed with no employees, and you're looking for a
low-cost, low-maintenance retirement plan, you may want
to consider a SEP IRA. You'll fund the plan with tax-
deductible contributions, and you must cover all eligible
employees. (Employees themselves cannot contribute.)
You can contribute up to 25 percent of compensation (if
you're an employee of your own corporation) or 20 per-
cent of income if you're self-employed, up to $49,000
annually. And you can fund your SEP IRA with virtually
any type of investment you choose.
SIMPLE IRA As its name suggests, a SIMPLE IRA
is quite easy to set up and maintain, and it can be a good
plan if your business has fewer than 10 employees. As the
business owner, you must contribute in one of two ways:
a dollar-for-dollar match of up to 3 percent of salary or a
contribution of 2 percent of employees' salaries (up to
$4,900 per year). Employee contributions are tax-
deductible, and your matching contributions are generally
deductible as a business expense. Still, while a SIMPLE
IRA may be advantageous for your employees, it's less
generous to you, as far as allowable contributions, than
an owner-only 401(k), a defined benefit plan or a SEP
IRA. For 2009, your annual contributions are generally
limited to $11,5000, or $14,000 if you're 50 or older by the
end of the year. You can also make a matching contribu-
tion of up to 3 percent to yourself.

To determine which plan is best for you, consult with your
tax advisor and a financial advisor who has experience
with small businesses. But don't wait too long to get start-
ed you're moving closer to retirement all the time.

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local
Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

Brad Bashaw
Investment Representative


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P.O. Box 631 Madison, FL 32341
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009


The High Cost

Of Cheap Food

Obesity and diabetes threaten
children, particularly in

minority communities

By Michael Curtis
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Madison County is
among the worst coun-
ties in Florida in its in-
stance of diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes was
virtually unheard of in
children a generation
ago, but now many
young people are new-
ly diagnosed with type
2 diabetes each year -
a diagnosis much more
common among His-
panic and African
American children.
At current rates, it
is estimated that one in
three children born in
the year 2000 will even-
tually develop dia-
betes. And it's not just
the diabetes cardio-
vascular disease, kid-
ney and eye damage,
and other complica-
tions can follow uncon-
trolled diabetes. And
parents unintentional-
ly make the problem
While more than
half of the children di-
agnosed were over-
weight, it's interesting
that only 10 percent of
parents reported that
they thought their chil-
dren were overweight,
perhaps because many
of the parents are over-
weight themselves. So,
is this merely a case of
children inheriting

bad genes? No.
As part of
screening, health
providers ask parents
about the factors caus-
ing children to gain
weight. The data that
has been accumulated
is startling:
About 31 percent
of the children con-
sume fast food more
than twice a week.
86 percent watch
more than two hours
of television.
Among the obese
and overweight chil-
dren, television watch-
ing was more than
three hours a day.
The parents them-
selves reported being
too busy with work to
prepare home-cooked
Of course, parents
also eat unhealthy
foods, and the children
follow their parents,
but the good news is
that when adults are
asked to change their
lifestyle, they're more
likely to be receptive if
it involves helping
their children.
Is Your Child At
Risk For Diabetes?
Is your children
African-American or
Does your child
have a sister or broth-
er with diabetes?

Does your child
have a parent or
grandparent with dia-
Has a health care
provider told you your
child is overweight or
do you feel your child
is overweight?
Does your child
(between ages 10 and
19) get little or no ex-
Does your child
have a dark skin patch
around the neck or in
the armpits?
Has a doctor said
your child has high
blood pressure?
Has a doctor said
your child has high
Has your daugh-
ter had irregular peri-
ods, excess facial hair
or unusual weight
If you answered
yes to two or more
questions, your child
may be at risk for hav-
ing or developing dia-
betes. You should talk
to a health care
provider. In Madison
County, concerned
parents may contact
the Health Depart-
ment at (850) 973-5000
for more information.
Michael Curtis can
be reached by email at

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Health Insuranc

By W Adam Clatsoff
The cost of employee health in-
surance is one of, if not the largest
expenditure a small businessperson
faces. Most small business owners
buy health insurance poorly. Luckily,
the situation can be improved 70-80 %
of the time. By purchasing health in-
surance properly, it is possible to dri-
ve thousands, even tens of
thousands of dollars to the bottom
line. Imagine how many pizzas
cooked, lawns cut, or cars washed a
small business would have to deliver
to put $10,000 on the bottom line.
Here are 10 health insurance savings
tips for the small business owner
with 1 to 10 employees.
1. Purchase Health Insurance
Properly. It is not the responsibili-
ty of insurance agents to teach their
clients how to buy health insurance
properly It is not the responsibility
of accountants to advise their em-
ployers. This is a task for the busi-
ness owner and the business owner
alone. A business owner should in-
vest the time to consider all options.
2. Think Individual Health
For small business owners,
group insurance will always end up
being far more expensive than indi-
vidual health insurance will ever be.
Avoid group insurance and purchase
a rate-regulated individual medical-
ly underwritten policy. Consider
buying individual health insurance
yourself, and if applicable, give your
employees money toward the pur-
chase of their individual policies. If
you buy medically underwritten
policies for your employees, you can-
not deduct the premiums as a busi-
ness expense and will have to include
it in the employees' income. You
could, however, set up a health re-
imbursement plan.
3. Avoid First Dollar
Plans & Co-Pays The origi-
nal purpose of health insur-
ance is to pay for the more
catastrophic (and ex-
pensive) care that
most consumers
can not afford.
Why focus on
physician co-
pays? Insurance
think they are
getting a good deal with
$10 or $15 co-pays, yet
consider that the in-
surer may overcharge
on the insurance premium to pay all
of those small claims based on the
low co-pays. If you avoid co-pays and
take care of your smaller healthcare
bills yourself, your health insurance
plan can be structured to pay for the
major medical issues when you real-
ly need them.
4. Beware of the Lowest Cost
You get what you pay for. Some
plans, called out-of-state or associa-
tion plans, are able to sidestep Flori-
da state regulations, charge a low
price to attract you, do very little un-
derwriting up front, and then at the
time of claim, underwrite with an
eye toward denying the policy
and/or raising premium rates
through the roof in the future when
their low rates can't hold up.

5. Judge the Insurer Carefully
Beware of illegitimate programs
targeted to small businesses that of-
fer low premiums and easy enroll-
ment that are marketed through a
professional organization or associa-
tion that does not answer to state reg-
ulations. Be sure the company is
recognized by the State of Florida.
You can verify an insurer's license
by calling (800) 342-2762.
6. Know the Difference between
a Policy & Certificate
Take a look at the document you
receive when you have been ap-
proved for coverage. A Policy is a
unilateral contract between you and
the insurance company It outlines
the binding promises that the insur-
ance company makes to you as the
policy owner. A Certificate is nothing
more than a description of a master
policy that exists between a third
party and the insurance company,
and is not a contract.
7. Consider a Consumer Dri-
ven Health Plan
The program consists of a quali-
fying high deductible health insur-
ance policy with a minimum $1,150
deductible for an individual ($2,300
for a family) and a maximum out-of-
pocket spending cap of $5,800 for an
individual and $11,600 for a family, as
well as a separate health savings ac-
count limited to maximum contribu-
tions of the lesser of the policy
deductible above or $3,000 for an in-
dividual and $5,900 for a family
8. Choose your Deductible
Self insure from the routine,
non-threatening expenditures, and
save the insurance for major medical
issues. Determine what deductible is
right for you. Estimate how much
you spent last year in all cate-
gories of care including pre-
scriptions, dental and
vision. Subtract that
from the savings in
premium for a high
deductible health
policy. See how
much you overpaid
for your low de-
ductible health insur-
ance. Is this money
better in your pocket
Sor the carrier's?
9. Understand
Each Insurer's
Be careful to un-
derstand in network vs. out
of network terms. Does out
of network coverage mean a percent-
age of what the physician charges or
of what the insurer says the service
is worth? Also, compare PPO (Pre-
ferred Provider Organizations) dis-
counts. It is not the higher discount
that is as important as what is even-
tually paid on your behalf when you
have a claim.
10. Don't Buy Health Insur-
ance on the Internet
You will almost always buy ab-
solutely the wrong coverage. Health
insurance rates are regulated. The
rate is the same wherever you buy it.
Educate yourself and purchase it
from a live person.
If you are well informed, health
insurance can often be remarkably

Madison County Tourist Development

Council Board Vacancies

The Madison County Board of County Commissioners seeks new volunteer
members to serve on the Madison County Tourist Development Council.
Openings exist in two categories: A) Individuals involved in the tourist industry
and subject to the tax (collects the tax), and B) individuals involved in the tourist
industry and not subject to the tax. This Board is also looking for individuals
to serve as alternate members. The Board usually meets once a month on
the first Thursday at 4:00 PM at the Madison County Courthouse Annex.

Responsibilities include board decisions on requests for Tourist Development
Grants, advertising on behalf of Madison County, and recommendations for
promoting Madison County to visitors from outside Madison County.

Interested parties should send their name and contact information, along with
a brief resume to Mr. Allen Cherry, Madison County Coordinator, PO Box 539,
Madison, FL 32341 or email to madisonbocc@ Deadline for
applications is July 30, 2009 at 4:00 PM.

Local Cardiology Office

Now Open

Dr. Shezad Sanaullah, MD, FACC

at 293 West Base Street

Call 973-8600 for an appointment

Florida Coastal Cardiology

Now Open to Schedule


Get your heart and vascular tests

and evaluation done locally

Services performed in office

Nuclear stress test to check for blockages
in the arteries of the heart

Evaluation for the risk of a heart attack

Ultrasound of the heart and heart valves

Ultrasound of the blood supply to the brain

Ultrasound of the blood supply to the legs

Ultrasound to check for aneurysms

Monitors for heart rhythm problems

Most Insurance Accepted Including:
Medicare, United Healthcare,
Blue Cross/Blue Shield & Vista



Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Madison County Carrier 15A


Are You Predisposed To Cancer?

Many Americans are turning to new
technologies to learn if they are at risk for
cancer, as medical researchers have con-
cluded that the risk of developing certain
types of cancer runs in families.
New types of genetic tests that simply
require a blood or urine sample can help
determine if you are predisposed to such
cancers as breast cancer, leukemia, lym-
phoma, bladder cancer, prostate cancer and
Once armed with the knowledge of
whether or not you are predisposed to cer-
tain cancers, you can work closely with
your doctor to plan for regular screenings
and to lower risks by modifying diet or be-
"Some kinds of cancer run in families,
in genes that are the blueprints of our bod-
ies. Genetic tests look for inherited alter-
ations in genes that may increase your risk
for a certain cancer," says Robert Gaspari- ula,
ni, President and Chief Scientific Officer of
NeoGenomics Laboratories which specializes in
cancer genetics testing.
In the case of breast cancer, for instance, up
to 10 percent of all breast cancer sufferers have
an inherited form of the disease, according to
the National Cancer Institute.
"But having an inherited mutation in a gene
that predisposes you to a cancer doesn't neces-
sarily mean you will develop that cancer,"
stresses Gasparini.
Indeed, a number of medical experts believe
many cancers require patients to have a predis-
position -- such as an inherited genetic mutation
-- and then a trigger mechanism must come into
play for cancer to develop. Triggers can include
poor diet, smoking, drinking in excess, or even
such factors as where you live, with some re-
search indicating that living in polluted areas,
near high power lines or radiation can trigger
Learning if you are predisposed to certain
types of cancer can help you and your doctor
plan for how often you should be screened, what
lifestyle modifications you should make, and
even can provide you with information about
cancer risk for other family members and your
"Of course, accurate testing is even more
important when a patient already has developed
suspicious symptoms. And once symptoms have
appeared, speed is critical," says Gasparini.
Nearly everyone has had this experience:
The doctor spots something suspicious and or-
ders additional tests. Now comes the hard part:
waiting days or weeks for results that can bring
a sigh of relief or massive life upheavals. Each
day lost waiting can make a difference in treat-
ment effectiveness and outcome.
Put simply: for many cancers, the faster you

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are diagnosed and begin treatment the
better chance of survival.
This is why you should make sure
your doctor is sending your tests to labs
with both accurate and fast turn-
arounds. With this in mind, NeoGe-
nomics has initiated diagnostic services
that cut test result turnaround time in
half. The company's labs specialize in
genetic and molecular testing that com-
bines advanced equipment with innova-
tive analytic algorithms that return test
results to the doctor faster.
"Quality is expected in a high-com-
plexity cancer-testing laboratory. Turn-
around time becomes the single most
important factor when a doctor orders a
test for a patient who has a symptom of
cancer," Gasparini emphasizes.
For more information on cancer and
testing, visit the National Cancer Insti-
tute at

Food Scares Multiply:

How To Choose

Safe Food For Kids

From cookie dough to peanut butter to vegeta-
bles, food scares continue to abound. It sometimes
seems you can't go a week without hearing about
another tainted food being recalled or another
harmful chemical in packaging.
Many parents these days are closely consider-
ing a number of factors when shopping for their
children's food.
"When feeding their families, health and well-
ness are top of mind for all parents," says Carl
Rooth, food and beverage category director for 0-I,
the world's largest glass packaging manufacturer.
"With so many concerns about contamination and
chemicals in our food, we found that parents often
pay attention to a food's packaging and the brand,
as well as what's inside the jar or bottle."
New research from Ipsos, a global research
firm, shows the majority of parents choose food
based on:
Brand Name: Parents believe that reputable
brands will provide high-quality, safe foods for
their children.
Freshness: Food freshness is of vital impor-
tance to all parents. For instance, glass keeps prod-
ucts fresh and safe while preventing bacteria
growth and allows parents to easily see the fresh
food inside. Health and Wellness: Parents gravi-
tate toward products they believe provide health
and wellness benefits to their babies and contain
added nutrients, such as DHA (which can help
with eye and brain development).
Price: Parents are willing to pay more for
brand-name, healthy and fresh baby foods.
Even with all of these considerations, you may
still wonder which food to choose. Here are a few
tips to consider before going to the store:
Know Your Source: Buy only from stores and
brands you trust. Know where your food was
grown, manufactured and packaged. Trustworthy
stores will remove food from shelves should there
be safety alerts or recalls. You can review food re-
calls yourself at
Packaging Matters: Many parents are rightly
concerned about harmful chemicals such as
bisphenol-A (BPA) leeching from plastics. Glass
bottles and jars are recognized by the FDA as being
safe, and the transparency of glass allows parents
to view the freshness of the product inside. They
also are perfect for resealing and storing unused
portions. This way parents don't waste food and
keep it fresh from bacteria.
Condition Is Critical: Don't purchase cans


that are dented or bulging. Pay close attention to
the vacuum-sealed lids on glass jars and consider
avoiding plastic containers with dented bottoms.
Choose containers with clean labels.
Go Green: Whenever possible choose food in
recyclable packaging. Glass packaging is particu-
larly environmentally-friendly, as it is 100 percent
and endlessly recyclable. Also, jars and bottles can
easily be washed out and re-used. Don't purchase
foods with extraneous packaging if you have other
Check Expiration Dates: Be sure to check
dates before purchasing. Also, check how long a
bottle or jar of food can be stored after opening.
Write the date you opened it directly on it to keep
track. Make life easier by purchasing foods with
long shelf lives, such as dried fruits or bottled
sauces, especially when you know your kids like
Store Food Correctly: Keep food at the proper
temperature at home. After opening a jar of baby
food, it should be refrigerated as soon as possible
after use. Glass jars can be re-used after they are
washed out.
"From baby food to after-school snacks, you
can't be too careful about your child's food and the
containers in which it is packaged," stresses

Question: Is it true that toothaches hurt
worse in airplanes.

Answer: I have heard patients talk about
toothaches in airplanes and scuba diving. I
wouldn't advise either. The idea with scuba
diving is that diving down to greater depth and
pressure can actually relieve the pressure
within a toothache and make it feel better. That
works fine until you run out of air and it is time
to come to the surface. Wow, then the pain will
come back with a vengeance.

Airplanes are the opposite. Toothaches will
suddenly start as the planes climbs and the
pressure drops. Talk about making for a long
miserable trip. I had one patient that had a
toothache and he was piloting his own plane.
Toothaches and airplanes are a bad combi-
nation. For that matter, toothaches with any-
thing is a bad combination.

If you like to scuba dive, get a check up. If
you travel in airplanes regularly, get a

Roderick K Shaw III, DMD, MAGD
Master of the Academy of General Dentistry
Let us feature your questions. Contact us at
(850) 250-5964 or
Ask the Dentist is devoted to answering your
questions about the Art and Science of Dentistry.

oojlkR III

16A Madison Enterprise-Recorder

www. reenepublishin .com

WednesdayJuly 29, 2009

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Call Bob
Now selling steel
buildings, garages,
barns and carports

6/10, rt, cc

Wanted: Chickens, turkeys,
guineas and peafowl.
rtn, n/c

CALL 850-973-4004. IF NO
rtn, n/c

Diamond Plate Alum. Pick-
up truck tool boxes.
Various sizes. $50 each. Call
973-4172 8am-5pm M-F
5/6-rtn, n/c
at Creatures Featured Pet
Shop! 7/31/09 thru 8/8/09.
Hook some GREAT deals!
Play with the Discount
Ducks! 850-973-3488
7/29, 8/5, c

Watermelons .50 cents each
782 NE Nixon HWY.
Madison, Fl
7/29, pd
Educational Grants, Business
Loans and Bad Credit
7/29,- 8/19, pd
I Do Housekeeping
Rentals, Offices, Apartments
and home. Weekly, Bi-
weekly or monthly
7/15, pd

Family Garage Sale
Saturday and Sunday
8:00 am @ Country Kitchen
Rt 255 in Lee. Children's
clothing, furniture, toys,
housewares, electronics, etc

White English/iit
puppies 1 male $
ready now

White English/Pit
puppies 2 males 1 fe
$100 each ready n

2 bedroom 1 bath m
home near NFCC, No
No Children. Non sr
only 850-843-09

Clean as new. Two st
BR, 2.3 baths, formal
DR. 1705 Sq. Ft. N
Kitchen, Range, Ref,
G/D. Oak Floor down
Heart Pine upstairs. 2 (
H&A. Yard maint. inc
$900 rent and deposit
credit req. 205 NE Shel
Madison. Call Georg
8583 or 557-099z

2 bedroom 1 bath m
home near NFCC, No
No Children. Non sr
only 850-843-09

House for Rent
1BR/lbath. No Pets
per month, $250 de

new R & Refg, Oak
Rent $685 plus dep
No pets. Good credit
432 NE Horry Ave.,
son. Call George 973
or 557-0994.

North of Perry
3 BR/2 BA D/V
2BR/2 BA D/W with
ft comm bldg.
40 x 80 horse barn w
for lease
800 sq ft comm of
Full service RV s
Call 850-838-61:

6/24, 7/1

Cambridge Manor
Apartments designed for
Senior's and Disabled.
1BR ($409.)
2BR ($435.).
HUD vouchers accept-
ed Call 850-973-3786 -
TTY Acs 711.
404 SW Sumatra Rd,
This institution is an
Equal Opportunity
Provider and Employer

121 &

1, 2 & 3 BR HC & non-
HC accessible apts.
Rental assistance may be
available. HUD vouchers
accepted. Call 850-948-
3056. TDD/TTY 711.
192 NW Greenville
Pointe Trail, Greenville,
FL 32331.
Equal Housing
rtn, c

&o them llas of

Ckadison C1partlments

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,
Madison, FL 32340.
Equal Housing
rtn, c

Modular Sales
F.G.B.C. Certifying Agent,
Pat Riley, is now in Lake
City 386-344-5024
7/15, rt, c
Needs Minor Work
3 bedroom 2 bath dou-
blewide only $9,900
Call David
7/15, rn, c

100 NEW 32 X 80
4 bedroom, loaded
w/upgraded options. Turn
/8, 8/5, pd Key... ready to move in in-
Bull cluding well, septic, wiring,
male & closing cost on your own
ow land. $533.33 a month w/ no
money down & 620 or better
7/8, rtn, n credit score Call Lynn
^7/15, rtn, c
1 Trade in's & Repos Available
Call Eric for a list of our
mobile homes available at discount-
Pets & ed prices, many to choose
nokers from! (386) 719-5560
smokers 7/29 8/29,c
17,7/22, pd Let my 20 years experience
negotiate the best buy.
ory, 3 386-344-5024
LR&7/15, rtn, c
D/W, Want to buy a home?
stairs, call David for government
Central housing assistance programs
:luded. 386-719-0044
o pets. 7/15,rt, c
lby Ave. 1 Acre, paved road, 3 bed-
e 973- room 2 bath workshop, fire-
4. place only $499.00 monthly
5/8- rtn, c call David 386-719-0044
7/15, rtn,c
mobile "Brand New""
Pets & 1500 sq. ft. 3/2 to many up-
nokers grades to list, all this for only
80 $42,843.00 Call Eric to set
up appointment
729, 8/5, pd (386) 719-5560
7/29 8/28, c

posit MOBILE HOMES 1990
7/15, rtn, c
floors. Tired of being turned down
)NY. because you have no money
?osit. or credit score is too low but
t req. you own your own land? I
Madi- have solutions
3-8583 Call Lynn Sweat
rtn, c 7/15, rtn, c

Own your home
V for less than rent and receive
200 sq up to $8,000 bonus! Infor-
mation Call
/50 ac. 1-800-769-0952
7/15, rtn, c
fice "WOW"
*ite $150.00 and your property
24 puts you in a home today
call Eric at
,7/8, 7/15 c (386) 719-5560
7/9 8/28, c

$361,000 Available to loan
41 for home purchase at .5 LTV
I, A 386-365-8549
,A- 7/15. rtn. c

"1st time home buyers"
We have several programs to
help 1st time home buyers
plus GOUT assistance up to
$8,000 $$$
Call Eric for details
(386) 719-5560
7/29 -8/28, c
First Time Home Buyer...
Special financing program I
can help you own a home
Call Bobby at
7/15, rtn, c
4 bedroom 2 bath ready to
move in call
7/15, rtn, c
5 Bedroom 3 Bath Home
New with zero down
$595.00 per month call
Mike 386-623-4218
7/15, rtn, c

Land/Home easy Qualify -
$8000 Tax Credit 5% inter-
est 386-344-5024
7/15, rtn, c

28 X 80 5 Bedroom
Reduced $15,000 for quick
sale call Mike
7/15, rtn, c
Work for the County or
special financing for home
purchase call
7/15, rtn, c

For Sale:
House & Lot
In the Town of Suwannee
was $135,000, Now $99,000.
2 BR/1 BA. Fully Furnished,
New Metal Roof, and New
Paint. Utility Building with
Washer and Dryer. Nice Fruit
Trees. 386-719-0421
rtn, n/c
Fantastic Lake
and Mountain Views
from this 2 Bed/ 2Bth Home.
Open and Covered Decks,
Large Screened Porch, Gas
FP, CH/A, Oak Floors & Cab-
inets, and Appliances.
Offered Furnished at
$179,900. Call BJ Peters at
rtn, n/c
Completely Remodeled
3 BR/ 1 Bath, new roof,
carpet, central heat & air,
new kitchen cabinets, new
bathroom, new 200 amp
electrical, approximately
1300 sq. ft. $84,000
Oak Estates Sub Division
McWilliams Realty
(850) 973-8614
6/3,rtn, c

Brick 3 BR, 2 Bath, and
1604 SQ. FT., Carport, Patio,
1.76 Avres, Fenced Yard,
Cement Circular Drive,
Sidewalks, recent Appraisal.
Corner lot on Houck Road
@ 3281 Sullivan Road, Per-
ry. Call for info or appt.
or 407-791-0246
7/22, 8/12, pd

Classifieds Work
$12 (for 20 words or less)
Wednesday and Friday.
Your ad will also
be on our website
FREE of charge


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across street from
Post Office, Courthouse,
and Courthouse Annex.
(Old Enterprise Recorder Office)
111 SE Shelby St., Madison;
Newly renovated
back to the 1920's era
Call 973-4141
with state highwayfrontage.
Corner lots. Fronts both
Harvey Greene Dr.
& Highway 53 South.
Enterprise Zone
Natural gas line, 8 inch wa-
ter main, access to city utili-
ties, fire hydrant, and service
from two power companies.
Property has easy access to
1-10, via SR 53 & SR 14.
Will build to suit tenant or
short or long term lease.
Call Tommy Greene 850-
rtn, n/c

Earn 50%, only $10 for
starter kit! Call Today
850-570-1499 or visit
5/13 -rrm, c

AMIKIDS- Functional Fami-
ly Therapy seeking qualified
Case Manager to join our
expanding program. They are
responsible for in-home
comprehensive services to at
risk youth and families. Suc-
cessful candidates must poss-
es a B.A. and require
competencies of writing, the
ability to work as a team
member as well as indepen-
dently, conducting intakes,
family assessments, meet
specific time frames and sup-
port clinical staff. Fax re-
sume to (386)755-1486

7/29, 8/5, c
AMIKIDS-Functional Fami-
ly Therapy seeking qualified
Clinicians to join our ex-
panding program to provide
intensive in-home therapy for
at risk youth and families ex-
clusively through evidence
based model. Functional
Family Therapy training and
related travel expenses paid.
Successful candidates must
posses a MSW or MA/MS in
a clinical discipline and/or
BSW/BA/BS with three
years experience working
with families. Fax resume to
7/29, 8/5, c

The Board of County Com-
missioners of Madison Coun-
ty, Florida is accepting
applications for

Emergency Management
Program Coordinator

High School Diploma or
equivalent GED required
Bachelors Degree preferred,
but may be substituted by
equivalent experience

The Emergency Management
Program Coordinator shall
possess a minimum of four
(4) years administrative expe-
rience, preferably in business,
government, or emergency
services. Must be proficient
in computer skills, in use in
use of spread sheets, Word
documents and e-mail com-
munication. Must be skilled in
planning, research and have
the ability to prepare and pre-
sent technical reports.

The Emergency Management
Program Coordinator will as-
sist the EM Director in coor-
dinating preparation for,
response to, and recovery
from any natural technologi-
cal or civil disasters in Madi-
son County. The Program
Coordinator will be "on-call"
24 hours/7days, and will assist
the Director in emergency re-
sponse efforts. In addition, the
EM Program Coordinator
will: assist in the development
and implementation of re-
quired State and Local Emer-
gency Response Plans; be
responsible for the timely sub-
mission of financial reports
and requests for grant funds;
assist in the development and
implementation of programs
to increase public awareness
of emergency preparedness.

Applications and job descrip-
tion may be picked up from
the Madison County Coordi-
nators Office located in the
Courthouse Annex, 229 SW
Pinckney Street, Room 219,
or at the Madison County
Emergency Operations Cen-
ter, 1083 SW Harvey Greene
Drive in Madison, Florida.

Application deadline is Fri-
day, August 7, 2009 at 5:00
pm. For further questions
please contact Vicki Brown,
Emergency Management Di-
rector at 850-973-3698.

Madison County is an Equal
Opportunity Employer and a
Drug Free Workplace.
7/29, c

Dental Assistant
Golden Opportunity! Do you
posses a sunny, energetic atti-
tude? Are you detailed and or-
ganized? Our dental practice
is seeking an outstanding indi-
vidual to provide concierge
level service for our patients
in the assisting area. Dental or
medical experience a plus but
not mandatory. Is cosmetics
important to you along with
helping others? If you have a
can-do attitude, you are orga-
nized, and self motivated with
a good sense of humor, then
you should apply. Call 290-
5785 to hear a message from
Dr. Roderick Shaw's office
with more details about the
position and instructions on
how to apply for this position.
7/29, rm, c
Page Designer/Layout
Needed for the Madison
County Carrier and the
Madison Enterprise-
Recorder. Must be a team
player, able to handle multi-
ple tasks, and have experi-
ence with Quark Express
and/or Photoshop. The posi-
tion includes designing and
laying-out approximately 12
pages, per paper. Apply in
person only at the Greene
Publishing/Madison County
Carrier building, located at
1695 Highway 53 South.
Please if you're not sure how
an alarm clock works or you
average more than two dra-
matic incidents in your life,
per week, or simply only
work because you are bored,
or fill that you must com-
plain on a daily basis or fight
with co-workers, please do
not apply.
7/15, rtn, nc
Shop Mechanic Wanted
for the Jefferson County _
Road Dept. Must have gas
and diesel, light and heavy
equipment experience. A
high school diploma or GED,
Clean Florida driver's li-
cense of Class A or B pre-
ferred. Apply at the dept. or
pick up an application At the
Human Resource office in
the Clerk's office. Deadline
for applications are July 31,
2009. Call 997-2036 for
7/22, 7,29,c

I, James J. Bennett am no
longer responsible for any
debts incurred by anyone
other than myself, as of this
date, July 23, 2009
7/29, pd

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Madison County Carrier 17A


Notice is hereby given that the Board of County Commissioners of Madison
County, Florida will be accepting bids for the following:
Furnishing all necessary materials, equipment, labor and supervision to
construct the Boundary Bend Boat Launch Facility improvements as shown
in the construction plans prepared for Madison County and designated as
Boundary Bend Boat Launch Facility Construction Plans, dated May. 2008
and known as Proiect # FY 2009 04: and furnishing all necessary materi-

for Madison County and (
tv Construction Plans. dat

Bids may be submitted to the Board of County Commissioners by deposit-
ing same at the Board office located in the Madison County Courthouse An-
nex, Room 219, 112 East Pinckney Street, Madison, Florida 32340, or Post
Office Box 539, Madison, Florida 32341 anytime prior to 5:00 PM on Mon-
clearly marked with the project numbers printed on the outside of the front
of the bid envelope as follows: Boundary Bend Boat Launch Facility. Project
# FY 2009 04 and Cherry Lake Boat Launch Facility. Project # FY 2009 -
05. Bidders may bid one or both projects.
Bid Specifications and Construction Plans, as well as other pertinent bid
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 July 22, 2009. Each
contractor interested in bidding these projects is strongly urged to obtain
copies of the bid packages immediately in order to have time to review them
and visit the project locations prior to the pre-bid conference referenced be-
Please be advised that a pre-bid conference will be held on Tuesday, August
4, 2009 at 2:00 pm in the County Commission Meeting Room located in the
Madison County Courthouse Annex Building, 112 E. Pinckney Street in
Madison, Florida. Madison County reserves the right to waive any infor-
mality or to reject any or all bids.
Bids will be opened at 9:00 am on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 after which all
bids will be available for public inspection. Award by the Board of County
Commissioners is scheduled for Wednesday, September 2, 2009, and all bid-
ders will be notified in writing of the successful bidder.
Please Note: Bid award shall be made to the lowest responsible bidder
meeting bid requirements and project specifications, and who possesses the
experience required for this type of construction.

7/22, 7/24, 7/28, 7/31

Notice is given that the city of Madison is conducting a program to remove
dilapidated structures causing a public nuisance within the city. With per-
mission and release of liability granted by owners of unoccupied dilapidated
structures, the city may remove the structure and clear the property.
The program is limited to available funds, therefore interested owners/ par-
ties should not delay inquiries.
For more information regarding this program call, Charles Hitchcock, City
Building Official.
Madison City Hall
(850) 973-5081


Woman To Start Professional

Tug-Of-War League
BEXAR COUNTY- Mary Ann W. applied Thera-Gesic pain
creme to her sore shoulder and hands and felt so great she
decided to start a professional tug of-war league. When asked
who would be the target audience for the new TOW league, she painlessly
replied, "None of your dang business!"
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The Town of Lee is considering applying to the Florida Department of Com-
munity Affairs (DCA) for a Small Cities Community Development Block
Grant (CDBG) of up to $600,000.00. These funds must be used for one of
the following purposes:
1. To benefit low and moderate income persons; or
2. To aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight; or
3. To meet other community development needs of recent origin having a
particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate
threat to the health or welfare of the community and where other financial
resources are not available to meet such needs.
The categories of activities for which these funds may be used are in the ar-
eas of housing, neighborhood revitalization, commercial revitalization, or
economic development and include such improvement activities as acquisi-
tion of real property, loans to private-for-profit business, purchase of ma-
chinery and equipment, construction of infrastructure, rehabilitation of
houses and commercial buildings, and energy conservation. Additional in-
formation regarding the range of activities that may be undertaken will be
provided at the public hearing.
For each activity that is proposed, at least 51% of the funds must benefit
low and moderate income persons.
In developing an application for submission to DCA, the Town of Lee must
plan to minimize displacement of persons as a result of planned CDBG ac-
tivities. In addition, the Town of Lee is required to develop a plan to assist
displaced persons.
The public hearing to receive citizen views concerning the community's eco-
nomic and community development needs will be held at Town Hall, 226 NE
County Road 255, Lee, FL, on Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. For in-
formation concerning the public hearing contact Cheryl Archambault, Town
Manager, 226 NE County Road 255, Lee, FL, 32059 (850) 971-5867.
The public hearing is being conducted in a handicapped accessible location.
Any handicapped person requiring an interpreter for the hearing impaired
or the visually impaired should contact Cheryl Archambault at least five
calendar days prior to the meeting and an interpreter will be provided. Any
non-English speaking person wishing to attend the public hearing should
contact Cheryl Archambault at least five calendar days prior to the meeting
and a language interpreter will be provided. To access a Telecommunication
Device for Deaf Persons (TDD) please call (800) 955-8771. Any handi-
capped person requiring special accommodation at this meeting should con-
tact Cheryl Archambault at least five calendar days prior to the meeting.
A Fair Housing Workshop will be conducted immediately after the public
hearing on the same date and at the same location.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that proposed Ordinance No. 2009-2, bear-
ing title as follows, will be considered Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 5:30 p.m.
at City Hall, Madison, Florida.
A copy of the proposed Ordinance is available for public inspection at City
Hall, Madison, Florida during regular business hours. At the meeting, all
interested parties may appear to be heard with respect to the proposed Or-
dinance. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the City, the
person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is
made, including testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be
BY: /S/Lee Anne Hall
City Clerk



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The Chairman, the Honorable Roy W. Vickers, of the Board of County
Commissioners of Madison County, Florida, and members of said Board,
will hold a Special Meeting of the Board of County Commissioners on
Thursday, July 30,2009, at 9:00 a.m. in the County Commissioners' Meeting
Room, Courthoase Annex, Madison, Florida.
Th piapose of this meeting is Budget Workshop for FY 2009-2010.
THE BOARD BY CALLING 1-800-955-8771.
The public is invited to attend.
Dated and posted this 27th day of July, 2009 at 10:00 a.m.
Tim Sanders, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Madison County, Florida


Notice of Public Hearing
The Madison County Board of County Commissioners is applying to the
Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA) for a grant under the
Florida Emergency Set-Aside Disaster Relief Program in the estimated
amount of $750,000. For each activity that is proposed, at least 70% of the
funds must benefit low and moderate-income persons. The activities, dollar
amounts and estimated percentage benefit to low and moderate-income per-
sons for which the County is applying are as follows:

Housing Revitalization
Temporary Relocation
Total Estimated Project Cost

Estimated Cost%LMI



The proposed project is to provide assistance to those qualified homeowners
residing within the unincorporated area of Madison County who suffered
serious property damage as a result of flooding which occurred in March
2009, and as covered in Executive Order Number 09-81, State of Florida,
Office of the Governor. Under the Small Cities Community Development
Block Grant (CDBG) Program, each assisted household must meet income
and other related requirements, as established by the Federal Department
of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) low and moderate income
(LMI) limits.
The percentage benefit to low and moderate-income persons from the pro-
posed project activities will be in excess of 70%.
The Madison County Board of County Commissioners plans to minimize
displacement of persons as a result of planned CDBG funded activities in
accordance with the adopted Madison County Anti-Displacement Policy
that provides for procedures concerning potential displaced persons. No
permanent voluntary or involuntary displacement is anticipated for this
A public hearing to provide citizens an opportunity to comment on the ap-
plication will be held on Wednesday, August 5, 2009, at 9:00 a.m., or as soon
as possible thereafter, in the County Commissioner Meeting Room, Court-
house Annex, 229 SW Pinckney Street, Madison, Florida. A draft copy of
the application will be available for review at that time. A final copy of the
application is anticipated to be submitted to DCA on or before August 7,
2009, and a copy of the final application will be available in the Madison
County Coordinator's Office, 2nd Floor, Courthouse Annex, 229 SW Pinck-
ney Street Madison, Florida, on Monday through Friday between the hours
of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. after the anticipated August 7 submittal date. To obtain
additional information concerning the application and the public hearing
contact Mr. Allen Cherry, Madison County Coordinator, at 850-973-3179.
The public hearing is being conducted in a handicapped accessible location.
Any handicapped person requiring special accommodation at this meeting
should contact Mr. Cherry at least three (3) calendar days prior to the meet-
ing. Any handicapped person requiring an interpreter for the hearing im-
paired or the visually impaired should contact Mr. Cherry at least three (3)
calendar days prior to the meeting and an interpreter will be provided. Any
non-English speaking person wishing to attend the public hearing should
contact Mr. Cherry at least three (3) calendar days prior to the meeting and
a language interpreter will be provided. To access a Telecommunication De-
vice for Deaf Persons (TDD) please call 850-973-3698.
Pursuant to Section 102 of the HUD Reform Act of 1989, the following dis-
closures will be submitted to DCA with the application. The disclosures will
be made available by Madison County and DCA for public inspection upon
request. These disclosures will be available on and after the date of submis-
sion of the application and shall continue to be available for a minimum pe-
riod of six years.
1. Other governmental (federal, state and local) assistance to the
project in the form of a gift, grant, loan, guarantee, insurance payment, re-
bate, subsidy, credit, tax benefit, or any other form of direct or indirect ben-
efit by source and amount;
2. The identities and pecuniary interests of all developers, contrac-
tors, or consultants involved in the application or assistance or in the plan-
ning or development of the project or activity;
3. The identities and pecuniary interests of any other persons with
a pecuniary interest in the project that can reasonably be expected to exceed
$50,000 or 10% of the grant request (whichever is lower);
4. For those developers, contractors, consultants, property owners,
or others listed in two (2) or three (3) above which are corporations, or oth-
er entities, the identification and pecuniary interests by corporation or enti-
ty of each officer, director, principal stockholder, or other official of the
5. The expected sources of all funds to be provided to the project
by each of the providers of those funds and the amount provided; and
6. The expected uses of all funds by activity and amount.



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