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Began Aug. 5, 1964.
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Wed. December 18, 2013VOL. 50 NO. 18 www.greenepublishing.com 50 cents Index2 Sections, 28 Pages Local Weather Viewpoints 2A Around Madison4-6A Christmas Ideas 8-11A School 12-13A Classieds 14A Legals 15A Health 16A Path of Faith Section B Lee Woman Arrested For Child Abuse And Cooking MethMadison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Thursday night, Dec. 12, at approximately 9:38 p.m., Madison County Sheriffs Ofce deputies were dispatched to 4750 CR 255 South in Lee to respond to a complaint of a domestic dispute. During the course of the investigation, deputies discovered an active meth lab inside the residence. The residence was deemed unsafe and evacuated. Due to the size of the lab; Investigators with the Hamilton County Sheriffs Ofce Drug Task Force, who are specially trained in meth lab dismantling, were called to assist the Madison County Sheriffs Ofce investigator. Once the lab was safely dismantled, a disposal response team from Jacksonville responded to assist with the lab clean up. Kim Anderson, 45, of Lee was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, battery and child abuse. Kim Anderson Man Arrested After Complaint About Minor Receiving Sexually Explicit MaterialMadison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Tuesday, Nov. 26, the Sheriffs Ofce received a complaint involving a minor female receiving sexually explicit material on her cell phone from a possible adult male suspect. Special agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Live Oak Field Ofce assisted the Madison County Sheriffs Ofce Criminal Investigative Division with the investigation. The investigation determined the suspect was in fact an adult over the age of eighteen (18). See Man Arrested On Page 3A James TutenFormer FMB Employee In NeedBy Debbie SnappGreene Publishing, Inc. Randi Lynn Brannan Goff, former assistant branch manager for Farmers & Merchants Bank in Greenville, needs help from her neighbors and friends. She is just 28 years old, and has been a role model to so many. She has also provided customer service to many people in Greenville, and in the surrounding counties.Randi has spina bifida. She was born with it in 1985 and has undergone several spinal surgeries through her years and has recuperated without many complications. But, after a spinal surgery on March 11, she was left paralyzed, and with severe nerve damage. The hope was that she would improve, but the doctors are now saying that this may be a longterm healing process due to the lack of nerve regeneration. This ending result has left her with no job and no health insurance. She had been working for the State of Florida. Her husband, Troy Goff, has health insurance; however, it only pays 50 percent of her medical costs. Spina bifida is a type of birth defect. It is a problem with how the spine and spinal cord develops. It can begin to develop in a fetus before the mother even knows she is pregnant. In some cases, structures that should be inside the spinal canal can slip out. The structures affected may include membranes that surround the spinal cord, or nerve roots that connect nerves to the spinal cord, and the spinal cord or vertebra (back bones) may be deformed. The cause of Spina bifida is not known. There is a strong genetic factor for some with spina bifida. This means there is a problem with the bodys blueprint. Randi just recently went through a Neuro Stimulator and is a candidate for the equipment. The equipment will have to be implanted into her spine. The cost for this equipment is $40,000. Her medical treatment is a must, and she has lots of co-payments; and then theres medications needed on a regular basis because of severe nerve pain. Her family is asking for the communities to come together to help their loved one with her needs. A benefit account has been established for her much needed financial help at the Farmers and Merchants Bank. Donations may also be posted to: 1175 East Washington Street, Monticello, FL. 32344. Randi Lynn Brannan Goff needs your help and continued support; anything would be greatly appreciated. Randi and her family thank you in advance for whatever help you can provide. For more information contact her mother, Bonnie Brannan, at 850-322-2212. Cherry Lake Church To Hold Christmas DinnerBy Jacob BembryGreene Publishing, Inc. Mount Zion A.M.E. Church, located at 407 NE Mount Zion Church Avenue, will host the second annual Hanson, Pinetta and Cherry Lake Christmas Community Outreach Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Everyone is asked to join them as they enjoy fellowship together, greet friends and loved ones while they share a Christmas meal. There is no charge. Bring friends! Mount Zion A.M.E. also asks that all community churches donate desserts. They also ask that all items be brought to the church no later than 8:45 a.m. the day of the dinner. The church will be-See Christmas Dinner On Page 3ABeckys Dancing Elves Wrapping Presents In The ParkGot a lot of presents to wrap and very little time to wrap them? Take a breather, go to the park and let the Dancing Elves from Beckys Dance Steps Studio take care of it for you, while you wait...or drop everything off, go run errands and pick it all up later.The Dance Competition Team at Beckys Dance Steps Studio will be at the gazebo in Four Freedoms Park, starting Friday, Dec. 20, wrapping presents for donations, from 1 p.m. Man Critically InjuredBy Jacob BembryGreene Publishing, Inc. Aman was critically injured in an automobile accident on Interstate 10 near the 241-mile marker on Sunday, Dec. 15. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, George Allen Kratzer, 61, of Ocala, was traveling westbound in the inside lane on I-10 when he lost control of his 2007 Pontiac Solstice, causing it to rotate clockwise while crossing the outside lane, exit the ramp and the emergency lane. See Elves On Page 3A See Critical On Page 3A Citys Sanitation Ordinance Could Be AmendedBy Jacob BembryGreene Publishing, Inc. At their Tuesday, Dec. 10, meeting, City Manager Tim Bennett told the Madison City Commission that he would present a roughdraft amendment to the Citys sanitation ordinance at the January 2014 meeting. The amendment would address the disposal of large nonhousehold garbage and yard debris. Bennett said he would also present a public information plan so that the citizens can be aware of the orSee Amended On Page 3ABeautiful Rainbow Appears Over Madison SkyGreene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Lynette Norris December 12, 2013As a storm cloud approached Madison just before noon last Tuesday, a shot of sun through the clouds made a rainbow over Madison for a few minutes. Because of the suns low angle in the December sky, the rainbow appeared in the north, as seen here from SR 53 at the intersection of SW Harvey Greene Drive, looking north. 4H Sewing Class Celebrates Christmas! See Page 6A

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Christmas time is supposed to be a time for reflecting in Christs love and a time for giving to others. Why is it then that so many people have lost that spirit and have replaced it with such greed and selfishness? My frustrations began months ago when I heard the first I know what I want you to give me for Christmas. Had it been a child, that would have been one thing; but, it was an adult. (Still a child in many aspects, but an adult nonetheless.) Yet still, this was an item that she could buy herself, if she wouldnt spend her money on the frivolous things that I know she buys. I have also listened carefully to others words and thoughts, for the last few months/weeks/days, and it has left me feeling a little hopeless about the Christmas Spirit of most folks. So please, during these last seven days before Christmas please keep an eye on your Christmas Spirit and see where it truly lies. Are you more excited about giving something special to a loved one or do you spend your time wondering what others are going to give you? Do you spend your time planning for a special Christmas Day or spend your time dropping subtle hints about things you need and want, so that others will go buy it for you? Make Christmas be about Jesus and His birth and His love for all of us. Make Christmas be about family, friends and fellowship. Make Christmas be about showing love and giving to others out of love and kindness. Furthermore, teach your children these same aspects; for what they learn now will follow them into adulthood. Merry Christmas to all of our faithful readers. May God bless each and every one of you! Until then.see you around the town. There is an organization that pops up every now and then to defend religious freedom in the military or so it claims. The acronym MRFF stands for Military Religious Freedom Foundation and is the brainchild of Mikey Weinstein, a lawyer and 1977 graduate of the Air Force Academy. MRFF and Mr. Weinstein seem to be against all things Christian in the military. Most recently, they objected to a Nativity scene constructed at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by volunteers. Apparently, the scene, highly appropriate for the season, was quickly pulled down. Weinstein seems to have that effect on the military, particularly his (and my) alma mater. There seem to be more stories like this because it is the Christmas season where we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Dont tell me there isnt a war on Christmas. MRFFs website is very professional and like many, highly geared to financial contributions. Im told that they rake in more than a half million dollars a year. Five staff members are listed, two of which are Weinstein and his wife. The avenue to litigation for organizations like MRFF is a 1962 Supreme Court decision that codified the wall of separation between church and state. Over time, for all intents and purposes, religious expression has been banned from the public square. Of course, thats not how the First Amendment to the Constitution begins. It states, Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. Note it makes no mention of a wall of separation. That statement came in an 1802 letter from our third President, Thomas Jefferson, to the Baptists of Danbury, Conn. The clear intent of our Constitutional framers was to prohibit a state religion such as Englands and many other nations around the world at that time. America was founded on the principle of religious freedom, but the modern interpretation is freedom from religion. I do not believe this has made us a better or stronger society. Most of us support the freedom to express our religious beliefs in an appropriate manner, but we dont consider Satan an object of worship. A small minority object and often get officials and judges to support their position. This represents, in my opinion, a tyranny of the minority. America is a nation under Gods protection and guidance, founded upon JudeoChristian values and principles. We belie our heritage when we allow a few to turn us away from our roots. Im glad that I live in a community where religion plays a respected and important role. Yes, I am a Christian to the core, but I believe that non-Christians should have equal access to be able to express their religious beliefs. I truly embrace the second clause in the first amendment that no one should be denied the freedom to express their religious beliefs. How often this is over-www.greenepublishing.com Wednesday, December 18, 2013 2A Madison County CarrierVIEWPOINTS& OPINIONS National SecurityJoe Boyles Guest Columnist MRFFTurnips seem to be one of those vegetables that you either love or hate; its a vegetable with hardly any shades of gray. I like turnips, but never seem to eat a lot of them. What I remember mostly about eating turnips, are the greens. My mom would cook them down in a big pot that was accompanied by a generous supply of some fatty pork meat and they would be served alongside a cast iron skillet of homemade cornbread. I cant remember the cooked turnips showing up on the table very often, but I have a feeling they did and I just didnt like the turnips well enough for them to make an impression upon me. Cooking as an adult, I have tried turnips in a variety of ways. I have added them to the greens while they cooked, mashed them in potatoes with butter, added them into a soup and eaten young turnips raw in a salad. I liked the turnips in the different ways I had eaten them, but never seemed to nd enough reason to revisit any of the dishes. A few days ago, my mother and I stopped on the side of a road where a man was selling large bundles of fresh turnips from the back of his truck. After purchasing a large bunch, my mom generously gave me the greens to cook and kept the roots for herself. The next day when she was over for dinner, she brought me some of the turnip roots. I held them several days, pondering over how I would cook them. Not nding any inspiration, I turned to the large recipe index on the Internet. I nally found something that piqued my interest and after a few tweaks, found a turnip recipe that I would call a keeper. The recipe is extremely simple and uses everyday ingredients, which is a bonus, and very versatile. I used only turnips since that was the original recipe, but I think a combination of root vegetables, to accompany the turnips, would be outstanding. My sister will be in at the end of this week and I plan on making the recipe for her, using not only the turnips but sweet potatoes and beets as well. You could add onion, carrots or parsnips too. If you havent been friendly with turnips, you might give this recipe a try. Have fun with whatever root vegetables you happen to have and like me, you may nd yourself planning to cook with the forgotten vegetable a little bit more. CARMELIZED TURNIPS 3 c. turnips, peeled and diced1/3c. chicken or vegetable stock 1 tsp. salt tsp. black pepper 1 tbls. butter 2 tbls. sugar Place turnips, stock, salt and pepper in a medium skillet over medium heat. When mixture boils, reduce heat and simmer uncovered until turnips are tender and liquid is evaporated, about 10 to 15 minutes. Add butter and sugar and gently stir. Cook until butter and sugar melts and forms a coating over the turnips, about ve minutes. Serve hot.Becoming Friendly With Turnips Rose Klein Columnist Searching For Ambrosia Emerald's Gem BoxDo You Have The True Christmas Spirit? Or Are You Full Of Greed?Emerald Greene Publisher

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Submitted by Dwight Barber, American Legion Post 224The American Legion is the nations largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans. Founded in 1932, Sons of The American Legion exists to honor the service and sacrifice of Legionnaires. SAL members include males of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the U.S. military and were eligible for American Legion membership. Since 1988, SAL has raised more than $5 million for The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation. SAL members have volunteered over 250,000 hours at veterans hospitals and raised over $915,688 for VA hospitals and homes. The American Legion Auxiliary is the worlds largest womens patriotic service organization. Any mother, wife, daughter, sister, granddaughter, greatgranddaughter, or grandmother of members of The American Legion, and deceased veterans who served during wartime are eligible to join. While originally organized to assist The American Legion, the Auxiliary has achieved its own unique identity working side-byside with veterans who belong to The American Legion. Members of The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of The American Legion comprise the Legion family, which has a combined membership of nearly 4.2 million. American legion Post 224 is a very active service organization right here in Madison County. Located in northern Madison County on beautiful Cherry Lake, we exist to promote patriotism within this community. If you employ the same beliefs, you are encouraged to join our post. We are having a membership drive on Dec. 28, come join us. For more information you can call the Post at 929-2953 or Dwight Barber at 9294908. www.greenepublishing.com Wednesday, December 18, 2013 Madison County Carrier 3AWorld NewsBy Rose Klein Christmas Tree Sparks Family Fight In Spartanburg, S.C., three female relatives were involved in a family fight that required authorities to make a trip to their home. The Spartanburg County Sheriffs office said the three women, ages 76, 61 and 24 were arguing because two of the women had decorated their Christmas tree while the third woman was at work. During the fight, a 41year-old male relative arrived and tried to calm the women down but instead all four family members admitted to pushing each other and getting in each others faces. The fight produced no injuries but the 76-year-old woman was examined due to her concern about her blood pressure. After police arrived, the family members apologized to each other. No arrests were made. Man Steals Money And Leaves IOU In Yiwn, China, police arrested a man known as Peng, and charged him with stealing about $3,270 from a strangers home and leaving an IOU. Pengs parents contacted him and requested money so they could buy a house. He arranged to borrow money from a man in a nearby village but accidentally went to the wrong home. Peng took the money from the house and left his name, address and cellphone number on an IOU. When arrested, Peng told the police he didnt think he had broken any laws because he had left the IOU. Rude Customers Pay More For Coffee At Caf In Southern France, a caf charges customers more for their cup of java if they are rude. La Petite Syrah alerts customers on their menu board that by ordering a coffee their cost will be about $9.50, if they order a coffee please they will pay $6 and if they order a Hello, a coffee please it will cost them only $2, creating a substantial incentive to be nice. Manager Fabrice Pepino said the sign started as a joke because people would come in at lunchtime very stressed and would sometimes be rude; the posting was a way to tell them to keep calm. Pepino said his customers took note of the sign and he hasnt had to enforce his pricing system. Most of my customers are regulars and they just see the funny side and exaggerate their politeness, he said. They started calling me your greatness when they saw the sign. But people are more relaxed now and theyre smiling more. Thats the most important thing. AROUNDMADISONCOUNTY Established 1964 A weekly newspaper [USPS 324 800] designed for the express reading pleasure of the people of its circulation area, be they past, present or future residents. Published weekly by Greene Publishing Inc. 1695 South SR 53, Madison, FL 32340. Periodicals postage PAID at the Post Ofce in Madison, FL 32340. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to MADISON COUNTY CARRIER, P.O. Drawer 772, Madison, FL 32341-0772. This newspaper reserves the right to reject any advertisement, news matter, or subscriptions that, in the opinion of the management, will not be for the best interest of the county and/or the owners of this newspaper, and to investigate any advertisement submitted.All photos given to Greene Publishing Inc. for publication in this newspaper must be picked up no later than 6 months from the date they are dropped off. Greene Publishing, Inc. will not be responsible for photos beyond said deadline. P.O. Drawer 772 Madison, FL 32341 (850) 973-4141 Fax: (850) 973-4121 2013E-mail Information:News news@greenepublishing.comAdvertisement ads@greenepublishing.comClassifieds / Legals classifieds@greenepublishing.comWeb Site: www.greenepublishing.com PublisherEmerald GreeneSenior Staff WriterJacob BembryStaff WritersLynette Norris, Rose KleinGraphic DesignersTori SelfAdvertising Sales RepresentativesJeanette Dunn, Shanna SwopeBookkeeping Brooke Kinsley Classified and Legal AdsCheltsie KinsleyDeadline for classieds is Monday at 3 p.m.Deadline for legal advertisements is Monday at 5 p.m. There will be a $7 charge for affidavits.Circulation DepartmentSheree MillerSubscription Rates:In-County $35 Out-of-County $45 E-Edition $25 ($5 add on to existing subscription) (State & local taxes included) Christmas Toy Giveaway Hosted By Boothill MCBy Rose Klein Greene Publishing, Inc.Boothill Motorcycle club is a not-for-profit organization that provides service to the community by hosting projects within Madison County for families and individuals in need. The Christmas Toy Giveaway follows their recent gifts of Thanksgiving dinner baskets to families throughout the county.Boothill will be hosting two toy giveaways this Saturday, Dec. 21. The first giveaway will be in Greenville at Haffeye Park between 10 a.m. noon. The second giveaway will be in Madison at Sumpter A. James Park between 12:30 p.m. Two toys will be provided per child, ages one through twelve, while supplies last.until dark, roughly about 5:30 p.m. And then, theyll be back Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Dec. 21-23, again from 1 p.m. until 5:30-ish. Bring your presents to the Gazebo and enjoy cookies, hot chocolate and music while you relax and wait, or wander around the park and admire the decorations. The Dance Competition Team is raising funds to travel to competitions in Jacksonville and Mobile, Ala., and hopefully even the nationals at Myrtle Beach, S.C. Donations in any amount will be appreciated. Elves Cont. From Page 1A Critical Cont. From Page 1AWhile rotating clockwise, the Pontiac then traveled onto the north shoulder of the roadway. After leaving the roadway, the left rear of the vehicle collided with a large tree. The impact caused the vehicle to rotate counterclockwise and come to a nal rest in a ditch lled with water. The Madison County Sheriffs Ofce, Greenville Volunteer Fire Department and Madison County EMS assisted at the scene. FHP Trooper Warren Tyre was the investigating ofcer. dinance requirements. In other business, the Commission approved the rst reading of the Water Conservation Ordinance (Ordinance 2013-6) and Bennett said he would bring the names of potential nominees to the Police Pension Board to the Commission. Amended Cont. From Page 1A Man Arrested Cont. From Page 1AOn Tuesday, Dec. 10, a probable cause afdavit was presented to the Circuit Court of the Third Judicial Court, in and for Madison County Florida and an Arrest Warrant for one James Bryant Tuten was obtained and executed on the same day without further incident. Tuten, 24, of Greenville, was charged with transmission of material harmful to a minor by electronic device or equipment and traveling to meet a minor. Christmas Dinner Cont. From Page 1Agin xing dinners to deliver to community residents at 9:15 a.m. Walk-ins are welcome from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Anyone who is interested in helping with this community event is welcome to go serve with them. If anyone is in need of transportation to go and fellowship at the church or if they are sick or shut-in and need a meal delivered to them, they are asked to please call Brother Johnnie Woods at (850) 929-4141. Mount Zion is asking that community residents who will be delivering meals to others to please have their list ready at the time they pick up the meals. If anyone has any further questions, please call Savilla Murphy at (850) 929-4386. What The Sons Of The American Legion And The American Legion Auxiliary Do

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www.greenepublishing.com Wednesday, December 18, 2013 4A Madison County CarrierAROUNDMADISONCOUNTY Obituary December 18 The First Baptist Church of Madison will go caroling at 6 p.m. Prayer meeting for those not caroling at 6:30 p.m. at the church. December 18 Madisons historic St. Marys Episcopal Church will host an Ordination and Celebration of New Ministry on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. The Right Reverend John Howard, 8thBishop of the Diocese of Florida, will ofciate at the service and install David Joseph Boyles as priest and vicar of St. Marys. This is St. Marys rst ordination since Advent 1992. A reception will follow. The public is cordially invited to attend and participate in this important event in the life of St. Marys. December 21 Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, 407 NE Mt. Zion Church Avenue in Cherry Lake, will hold a Hanson, Pinetta and Cherry Lake Community Christmas Outreach Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 12:303:30 p.m. Meals will be delivered to community residents beginning at 9:30 a.m. Anyone interested in helping with the event is welcome to go serve with them. Anyone needing transported to the church or who is sick or shut-in can call Brother Johnnie Woods at (850) 929-4141. For more information, please call Savilla Murphy at (850) 929-4386. December 21 Live Nativity from 5-7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Madison. Please join them in the church parking lot as they go back in time to the village of Bethlehem and what the rst Christmas might have looked like. December 21 A Hallelujah Christmas at Lee Town Hall on Saturday, Dec. 21, beginning at 6 p.m. to raise money for the Salvation Army. Featured artists include Mortal Mission and MJB. George Blevins, with the Salvation Army, will speak. Jacob Bembry will serve as emcee. December 22 Childrens pageant under the direction of Martha Beggs and Martha Register, 11 a.m., at the First Baptist Church in Madison. December 22 Midway Baptist Church will present their Christmas cantata, Glory to the Newborn King, on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 6 p.m. Midway Baptist Church is located at 338 SE Midway Church Road. December 22 Midway Church of God will present their childrens Christmas play on Sunday, December 22, at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited. Midway Church of God is located at 2849 SE Midway Church Road in Lee. December 24 Christmas Eve candlelight service and Lords Supper in the 1898 Sanctuary at the First Baptist Church in Madison. Community Calendar Clifford Elvoye WilliamsClifford Elvoye Williams was called home to be with the Lord on December 11, 2013. He was born in Pavo, Ga. on June 7, 1944 and moved with his parents, Johnnie Jarmon Williams and Agnes Phillips Williams, to Lee shortly after his birth. After being discharged from the military, he married Nina Bembry (currently Nina Dodd). He was a loving father and grandfather to their three children and eleven grandchildren. He will be truly missed. Later, he remarried and had stepchildren and step-grandchildren. His current wife, Janice, and her family will hold a private memorial service. In lieu of owers please send donations to Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Gift Processing Administrator, 18251 Quantico Gateway Drive, Triangle, VA 22172. It Pays To AdvertiseAnd theres no better place than the newspaper. Call one of our representatives today. Sam Smith or Sherry Swift can help you on the way to a great advertising plan. 555-12341400 N. Main St. And theres no better place than the newspaper. Call one of our representatives today. They can help you on the way to a great advertising plan. 973-4141(Fax) 973-4121P.O. Drawer 772 Madison, FL

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www.greenepublishing.com Wednesday, December 18, 2013 Madison County Carrier 5AAROUNDMADISONCOUNTY Dear Editor, I am concerned about the abuses of the federal government, are you? The government regulates things they have no business controlling, theres a massive imbalance between federal and state power, and the spending and debt is out of control. But theres hope! For the rst time in many years, the people and states have a chance to check the runaway train of the federal government. Article V of the Constitution provides a way for the states to call a convention for the purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution. Mark Levin has explained the Convention of States process in his bestselling book The Liberty Amendments, and now theres an organization that can turn an Article V Convention of States into a reality. Citizens for SelfGovernance (CSG) recently launched the Convention of States (COS) Project with the expressed purpose of urging and empowering state legislators to call a Convention of States. Under the COS Project plan, this convention would be called for the purpose of limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government. Only amendments that fall under this category would be germane and up for debate. I wholeheartedly support the COS Projects plan, and I hope you will as well. I believe a Convention of States is our last chance to halt the runaway power of the federal government and restore the Founders vision. This will be the most important project of this generation, and I hope youll consider getting involved! This past Saturday (December 7) there was an assembly of 32 states in Mt. Vernon, Virginia to discuss this very issue. Florida State Senator Alan Hays was in attendance and was very encouraged. Florida Legislators will be asked to consider SM 476: Amendments to the Constitution of the United States. You can view its progress here: http://senate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/0476 If youd like more information, you can talk to me or visit their website at www.conventionofstates.com. Sincerely, Judy Hentges, Patriot When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Natures God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. ~ Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 and the other 55 signersConcerned About The Abuses Of The Federal Government Letter To The EditorLetters to the Editor are typed word for word, comma for comma, as sent to this newspaper. Sheriffs Ofce And Family Celebrate ChristmasBy Jacob BembryGreene Publishing, Inc. The Madison County Sheriffs Ofce celebrated Christmas with their families at Jellystone Park on Thursday evening, Dec. 12. Everyone enjoyed a special meal and the children got a chance to visit with Santa.Photo by RUSSELL Parker Gilbert chats with Santa Claus at the MCSO Christmas party held Thursday, Dec. 12, at Jellystone Park. Photo by RUSSELLLucas Bass enjoys talking with Santa during the Christmas party. Photo by RUSSELL Will Bass gives Santa his Christmas list at the Christmas party. Photo by RUSSELL The Harper family enjoyed the fun, food and fellowship at the Christmas party held at Jellystone Park.

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www.greenepublishing.com Wednesday, December 18, 2013 6A Madison County CarrierAROUNDMADISONCOUNTY 4H Sewing Class Celebrates ChristmasBy Lynette NorrisGreene Publishing, Inc.Miss Dolly Ballards 4H sewing class, which meets every Friday after school at the County Extension Ofce, has been learning to sew everything from quilt squares to simple pieces of clothing; but with Christmas coming up, they took a little break from sewing at their Dec. 6 class meeting. Some of their regular members were absent, but that didnt stop those who were there from having a blast, as they decorated the Extension Ofces Christmas tree with ornaments they had made, learned how to make even more Christmas ornaments from construction paper and glitter, and enjoyed cupcakes and ice cream.Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Lynette Norris, December 6, 2013Deck the halls...or at least the tree in the hall. Pictured counterclockwise, Erik Wolfer, Nadia Waller, Violet Waller and Olivia Graham hold up some of the hand-sewn ornaments made in Miss Dollys sewing class. Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Lynette Norris, December 6, 2013Trimming a tree is serous business, requiring proper equipment, so the kids brought out the ladder and got right to it, singing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer while they worked. Left to right: Erik Wolfer, Violet Waller (partially hidden behind Nadia), Nadia Waller and Olivia Graham.Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Lynette Norris, December 6, 2013Pinetta Elementary teacher and former 4H leader Heather Johnson stopped in for a visit with her two daughters, future 4H-ers Aiden (four) and Aria (two). Here, she helps Aiden frost a cupcake with green icing.Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Lynette Norris, December 6, 2013Cupcakes and ice cream, anyone? Taking a break after the tree-trimming, Erik Wolfer, Nadia Waller, Olivia Graham, Violet Waller and future 4H-er, two-year-old Aria Johnson, enjoy the Christmas treats Miss Dolly served.Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Lynette Norris, December 6, 2013Nadia Waller (center) demonstrates making ornaments from construction paper and glitter, something she learned at school. Gathered around watching are (counterclockwise from left) Dolly Ballard, Olivia Graham, Violet Waller and County Extension Agent Diann Douglas, holding a nished ornament in her hand.Greene publishing, Inc. Photo by Lynette Norris, December 6, 2013Voila! Holding their nished construction paper ornaments are (rst row) Nadia and Violet Waller and (second row) Erik Wolfer and Olivia Graham. HEY! WERE ON FACEBOOK!Check us out and become a fan of our page![ Greene Publishing, Inc. ]Its never been easier to share your local news with friends and family!

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www.greenepublishing.com Wednesday, December 18, 2013OUTDOORS SRWMD Assists 12 Area Farmers With Water-Saving TechnologiesMadison County Carrier 7ATwelve agricultural producers within the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) have been approved to receive cost-share funds from the District to implement water conservation technologies, irrigation retrofits, and other water-saving projects. These projects will reduce groundwater irrigation pumpage in the Santa Fe Basin by 0.57 million gallons of water per day (gpd) and reduce pumpage in the Suwannee Basin by 0.39 million gpd. The producers received a total of $186,100 in cost-share funds for the improvements. The District set aside $1.5 million for the program this fiscal year and this marks the first round of those funds. The funds will pay for the following costshare projects: Twenty-two retro- fits to center pivot irrigation systems to water more efficiently. One Global Posi- tioning System (GPS) end-gun shut off, which is designed to eliminate watering of non-target areas. Four new irriga- tion controller panels that provide greater efficiencies in irrigation and nutrient application, among other capabilities. One pump up- grade, which will provide greater irrigation efficiency. The District is pleased to assist agricultural producers in reducing groundwater pumping, and would like to congratulate participating farmers for their interest in improving sustainability and obtaining better practices and technologies to protect our water resources, said District Executive Director Ann Shortelle. This is the second year the District is offering the cost-share program. To date, 89 agricultural producers have benefited from the program, which has resulted in a reduction in groundwater pumping by about 6.2 million gallons per day. Agricultural producers within the District have until Jan. 10, 2014 to apply for costshare funds for the next funding cycle. Funds will be awarded through a ranking process based on various criteria, including the effectiveness of the proposed project to protect, conserve, or restore water resources. The funds will pay for projects that increase irrigation efficiency and water conservation and assist with nutrient management technology. Interested parties may apply online through the Districts Agriculture webpage at www.mysuwanneeriver.com/agriculture or apply in person at District Headquarters, 9225 CR 49, Live Oak FL 32060. For more information, contact Kevin Wright at (386) 362-1001 or toll free at 1 (800) 226-1066 (FL only). Second Chance Gets DeerMarty Lookabill took a deer down in the woods on Saturday, Dec. 7. He said that he missed the rst shot and the deer just stood there, while he chambered another round. The next shot was accurate. The Lord wanted me to have this deer, Lookabill said. wens Propane, Inc Service With A Smile Serving North FloridaMADISON, JEFFERSON, SUWANNEE& HAMILTONCOUNTIES SIMPLY EVERYDAY FAIR PRICING W e A r e H e r e T o E a r n Y o u r B u s i n e s s & K e e p Y o u r B u s i n e s s FREE TANK SETS HEATER SERVICE NEW HEATERS TANKLESS WATER HEATERS GAS LOGS PRICE COMPARISONS Madison Office137 SW Shelby Avenue Madison, Florida 32340(850) 253-3761 $3.19 PER GALLON NO DELIVERY FEES NO SEASONAL PRICES NO GIMMICKS (Ask For Becky) CallForAFREEConsultation.NoFeesorCostsUntilRecovery TollFree877-997-8181 www.CaminezLaw.com MonticelloOffice1307S.JeffersonSt.850-997-8181 TallahasseeOffice1882CapitalCircleNE,Suite103 JonD.Caminez,BoardCertifiedCivilTrialAttorney ShannonBrown,ParalegalScottL.Wolf,AttorneyBarneyStallworth,Investigator WWW.CAMINEZLAW.COM Thehiringofalawyerisanimportantdecisionthatshouldnotbebasedsolelyuponadvertisements. Beforeyoudecide,askustosendyouwritteninformationaboutourqualificationsandexperiences.AutoAccidents Truck&Tractor TrailerAccidents MotorcycleAccidents WrongfulDeath DefectiveProducts MedicalNegligence/ Malpractice Slip&Fall PremisesLiability NursingHome Negligence Accidents-Injury-DeathCases PracticingPersonalInjuryLawSince1972

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By Lynette NorrisGreene Publishing, Inc.Its the Christmas season, that most wonderful time of the year, when were all in a state of good cheer and ready to celebrate. But before everyone gets too to caught up in the celebrating, theres something else to consider: Identity thieves never take a rest, and the holiday season is a most wonderful time of year for them as well. They come like the Grinch, in the night and in broad daylight, to steal Christmas, but instead of taking the presents and the tree, theyre after the smart phones, iPads, checkbooks, thumb drives and nancial documents, as well as the usual purses and wallets. Consider the average Christmas party. Many people celebrate the holidays by having parties large and small in their homes, never imagining that one of their friends or acquaintances might be after personal nancial information. In this state of denial, party hosts might think nothing of simply closing the door to the home ofce or den without locking away the bills lying on the desk, and might not even notice the credit card statement on the nightstand where a curious visitor might detour on the way to the bathroom. Its hard to admit that someone we know might be such a lowlife, but in a high-tech, electronic data-driven society, locking away all electronic devices, including cell phones, iPads, thumb drives and all nancial documents and bills before inviting people into our homes for holiday gatherings is a sine qua non. Electronic devices and nancial documents are the purses and wallets of an electronic world. With just a few pieces of information, an acquaintance could rob their host blind with a few taps on a keyboard. It seems out of character with the Christmas season, but assume the worst and gather up all your devices and documents and lock them away until the partys over. Then you can relax and have a great time with your guests without worrying. What about all those nifty presents you ordered online or from the traditional mail order catalogues for family and friends? They arrive via Fed Ex and UPS while youre out, and sit on your doorstep, out in the open, for hours until you get home. Package deliveries are way up during the holiday season, and thieves know this. Theyre cruising the neighborhoods on the lookout for them. Not only do they love getting their hands on the goodies inside, but the shipping labels on these packages often contain valuable information that can help them help themselves to even more. The solution is to have your packages shipped to your work address if this is okay with your employer. That way, there will always be someone available during the day to receive the items, even if youre not immediately available. If your work address is not an option, get a P.O. box for the holidays, or have the item shipped signature required so that the box cant just be dropped off unless someone is there to sign for it. Of course, most people have known about safeguarding their mail-order packages for years, but now, pay attention to those shipping labels, too. Keep them in a safe place until youre sure the item is satisfactory and wont need to be returned; then, destroy the labels dont just toss them out in the trash where dumpster divers can nd them. Shopping at the mall is a part of nearly everyones holiday experience and smart shoppers already know about not leaving valuables in their car in plain sight, and keeping their purses and wallets closely guarded, but during the holidays, identity thieves are looking for much more. Theyre looking to hack into your online accounts while you enjoy the free Wi at Starbucks or try to see what numbers you enter on the keypad when you use your debit card. Theyre looking for forgotten electronic gadgets left behind in cafes and on counters during the holiday rush. Before you go out to the mall, lighten your electronic load. Carry only your mobile phone and one or two credit cards with you. Leave all your other electronic data storing devices safely at home and locked away. If you must carry other devices with you, log out of all your online accounts before you go shopping and keep your purse zipped and your wallet tucked into an inside pocket. Keeping everything in pockets is better than in a purse, and pass on the wi hot spots; thieves are drawn to those like moths to a ame. Do your online business in the privacy of your ow n home and make sure your phone, iPad and laptop are all password protected in case they are lost or stolen. If you use a debit card, cover the keypad with one hand while you punch in your PIN number. Remember that in todays world, it isnt just physical objects that can be stolen. Its our personal information and nancial data, and thats what data thieves are mainly after. If they get their hands on it, they can not only ruin Christmas, they make your life a nightmare for a very long time. The average identity theft case takes three years or longer to resolve. Stay safe, stay alert, and have a wonderful holiday season. www.greenepublishing.com Wednesday, December 18, 2013 8A Madison County CarrierCHRISTMASGIFTIDEAS Dreaming Of A Safe Christmas

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www.greenepublishing.com Wednesday, December 18, 2013 10A Madison County CarrierCHRISTMASGIFTIDEAS The Town Of Santa ClausBy Alfa HuntIt was 1852 and the Christmas Eve church service had just concluded in the Nameless Town of Spencer County in Southern Indiana. Since the whole town was present, it was a good time to hold the final town meeting of the year. The small town had been known as the Nameless Town because settlers, who were mostly of German decent, could not decide on a name. Everyone was gathered around the pot-bellied stove, including the towns children who were mostly quiet and not participating in the towns meeting. As the frustrating discussion of naming the town continued, a chilly December gust blew open the wooden doors of this small log church, and the adults fell silent as the youngsters came to life. With a magical scene of snowflakes glistening on black velvet, mysterious sleigh bells were heard through the picture-framing doorway. It was then the children, almost in one, simultaneous voice exclaimed, Santa Claus, its Santa Claus! It was soone Christmas Eve, over 150 years ago, the little nameless town finally got its name. Santa Claus, Indiana as it is still called to this day. This is how Mark Bulleit, a resident of Santa Claus, Ind., explains how his hometown received its name. The small town has a population of just over 2,000 residents who are immersed in Christmas. From the towns name to the names of the streets, as well as the dcor, the holiday spirit is very evident in this town. All the streets and shops have holiday related names and they light up the town with Christmas decorations starting two weeks before Thanksgiving. Each year around Christmas, hundreds of thousands of letters arrive at the towns post office. This post office handles more mail during the holidays than it does during all the other months of the year combined. These letters are mostly written with crayons and addressed to only one man: Santa Claus. The townspeople help to answer the mail and write back to the children. So, this holiday season when your child or grandchild asks you for a postage stamp so that they can mail their heart-felt message to Santa Claus, you can honestly agree that their letters will most likely find its intended destination says Bulleit who also mails thousands of personalized letters from Santa Claus to children worldwide through his website LettersfromSantsClaus.com.

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By Rose KleinGreene Publishing, Inc.Its the week before Christmas and you nd yourself short on time and money, but your list of names on your gift list is still unnished. Instead of pulling out existing credit cards or taking up one of those credit offers that come owing in the mail this time of year, why not use a little creativity and give a gift as unique as the person youre giving it to. Pick something from the list below or let it inspire you and create your own gift outside the box. Gifts of service: baby sit, house sit, pet sit, car wash, house cleaning, mow lawn, shovel snow, organize a home ofce, organize closets, dog wash, grocery shop or run errands for someone unable to get out, pressure wash the outside of someones home, offer dog walking services, offer to do laundry or ironing for a specied amount of time, mend clothes and sew on buttons on all clothes in someones closet, give someone a hair cut (or pay for one). Gifts that cost little or nothing: prepare home-cooked dinners for a specied time, give a homemade cake/cookies/candy, give a gardener some plant cuttings or seedlings in some repainted pots, create an indoor herb garden for an avid cook, make homemade pet treats, make homemade spa items (such as a sugar or salt scrub), make a picture album and include written memories beside the pictures, use old clothes or pieces of scrap fabric to create unique pillows or purses, create a family cookbook, create a calendar using family photos, make bookmarks out of fabric pieces and old jewelry, paint a room (or two), a bouquet of owers from your yard inside one of the many vases you have with some pretty ribbon tied around it, pass down an heirloom early so you can see the recipient actually enjoying the gift. Gifts that cost a little more: plant a winter garden, buy magazine subscription(s), search thrift stores for unique heatproof containers and make your own candles, create a personalized kit for a specic hobby or interest (sewing, baking, beauty, cleaning), pay a bill for someone, give a philanthropic gift in someones name (such as a cow, goat or honeybees) to a third-world family through Heifer International. www.greenepublishing.com Wednesday, December 18, 2013 Madison County Carrier 11ACHRISTMASGIFTIDEAS Baytree Rd. 229-333-0344 Valdosta Exit 5, I-75 229-559-1106 Lake Park We have all the holiday spirits you need for a season of entertaining. SMITTY S 2 L O C A T I O N S T O S E R V E Y O U 2 L OCATIONS TO SERVE YOU Beer Liquor Wine. Great S election, Great Price! 842621 VISIT OUR TOY DEPARTMENT HURRY BEFORE THEYRE GONE! NOW IN STOCK! Madame Alexander Dolls Doll House Police Set Toads & Teacups Childrens Shop Clothing Department Puddle Jumpers, Lamore, Angel, Ga Boot, Wee Squeak, Pediped, Keds, Chooze, Willets & Riley RoosSHOE DEPARTMENTSHOE DEPARTMENT Remember Nguyen Frumpy Rumps Rosalina Young Colors Petite Ami Bailey Boys Mud Pie229-244-72201601 Baytree Rd., Suite B2 Valdosta229-244-7220 www.toadsandteacupschildrensshop.comChristmas Gifts Outside The Box

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www.greenepublishing.com Wednesday, December 18, 2013 12A Madison County CarrierSCHOOL Christmas In The Park, Madison Academy StyleBy Lynette Norris Greene Publishing, Inc.Once again, Van H. Priest Auditorium was packed to overflowing for Madison Academys annual Christmas program of skits and musical numbers. This year, with Christmas in the Park, the students delivered again, with warmth and charm. The loose framework story, told in a series of short skits between musical numbers, concerns a difference of opinion among the towns leading citizens as to how Four Freedoms Park should be decorated. Both sides conduct campaigns to win over votes from the citizens, only to discover in the end that Christmas isnt about the decorations in the park downtown, but about a child in a manger in another small town. Merry Christmas from Madison Academy.Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Lynette Norris, December 6, 2013Mrs. Rose Bush (Kaylie Rogers), Mrs. Inda Pendance, (Kali Lancaster), Judge Noah D. Law (Bailey Browning) and Mayor Bill Loney (Skyler Dunn) ponder the Christmas decorating dilemma.Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Lynette Norris, December 6, 2013Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas to the third grade class.Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Lynette Norris, December 6, 2013Danica Cook and Charlie Blanton are looking for some votes for their team.Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Lynette Norris, December 6, 2013The rst graders just want their two front teeth.Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Lynette Norris, December 6, 2013Joy to the World from the fourth graders.Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Lynette Norris, December 6, 2013The sixth grade performs an interpretative dance to We Are the Reason.Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Lynette Norris, December 6, 2013The second grade sings Let There Be Peace on Earth. Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Lynette Norris, December 6, 2013Whos The Happiest Little Christmas Tree in the 5K class?

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www.greenepublishing.com Wednesday, December 18, 2013 Madison County Carrier 13ASCHOOL MCCS And MCCB Partner With Students For Financial LiteracyBy Rose KleinGreene Publishing, Inc.The Madison County Central School and Madison County Community Bank are forging a business partnership in order for MCCS students to improve their nancial literacy. The partnership will provide a school-wide banking program that will give all MCCS students an opportunity to open a savings account and the possibility of serving in a banking position. The banking program will include positions of President, Vice President, Customer Service, Teller, Head Teller and Marketing Director and will be manned by seventh and eighth graders who will be selected through a random drawing. The selected students will go through an intense training program with school training ofcers and a banking ofcer will provide support during banking hours. The program will be open two days a month and students will be able to withdraw funds two times within the year. The program is intended for students to develop a habit of saving and to begin to develop life-long decision-making skills needed to become effective citizens, investors, consumers and employees. Staff at the Central School and Community Bank president Ed Meggs has great enthusiasm for the project and both are looking forward to the new banking adventure. The grand opening for the program will be Jan. 15, 2014. MCCS Teacher Of The WeekBy Michelle Duvall This weeks Teacher of the Week for Madison County Central School is Michelle Duvall. In her own words, Ms. Duvall shares her teaching journey.Iam a career changeling. I decided to leave a much beloved 25year career, veterinary medicine, to pursue another dream, teaching. I first became interested in teaching eight years ago and then spent two years studying reading education and pursuing a position in teaching. With my background and education, I was qualified to teach biology and science to middle and high school children. Why would I welcome the chance to teach middle school? Middle school was the place I started towards my future career plans. I dont remember avowing to become a veterinarian, but by the inscriptions in my yearbook, that was the impression I made on my teachers. I have had so many wonderful teachers to inspire me that I wanted to do the same for our future citizens. My philosophy is to instill a love of learning something new as long as you walk the planet. I still try to learn new things myself, which is evident by my sorry piano playing skills. Nevertheless, I bring my passion for the night sky to my students in science who hasnt taken the time to seriously look up. I would say that my three greatest strengths are practical experience, creativity and perseverance. My most satisfying moments as a teacher are the smile and obvious delight in my students faces when they get the answer correct! The part of teaching I look forward to most is listening and interacting with my students. You can learn so much just by listening to what someone wants to learn. I hope my students describe me as someone who cares and is encouraging and tolerant. I look up to all of my fellow teachers and co-workers who are the most caring and qualified individuals I have ever had the pleasure to work with. I have landed at the right place at the right time and I am eternally grateful for this opportunity. Did You Know...FREE GASOLINE ...FROM OBAMACAREThis Email Rumor has Resurfaced Again. The email claims that Obamacare will provide free gas. Is this email true? The answer is NO, this is not true

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Size 14 (child's size 14 but dress is for a teen division approximately 13-15) GORGEOUS lime green dress, strapless but with spaghetti straps that criss cross across the back, sequins spotted across the entire gown, built-in crinoline absolutely gorgeous. $250.Call Emerald Greene (850) 973-3497 Leave a message. Ofce Building For Rent Across the street from the Courthouse, on Shelby Street. (between Owens Propane and Burnette Plumbing) Newly Renovated 1120 square foot. Call Emerald Greene 850-973-4141.10/16 rtn, n/c Madison Heights Apartments 1,2,3 & 4 bedroom apts. Section 8 Housing designed for low income families 150 SW Bumgardner Dr. Madison, FL Phone 850-973-4290 TDD 711 Equal Housing Opportunity6/22, rtn, c Deadline For Classieds (850) 973-4141 3:00 p.m. Every MondayQuest Training offers a professional CNA prep class taught by a registered nurse. High pass rates on state test. No GED or Diploma required if age18 yr. Day and evening classes. 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Prior experience a plus. Competitive pay, access to onsite daycare and tness facilities. Apply in person at Personnel Ofce Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., or fax resume/credentials to (386) 658-5160. EOE / Drug-Free Workplace / Criminal background checks required.12/13, 12/18, c NOTICE OF FINAL AGENCY ACTION BY THE SUWANNEE RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT Notice is given that the Districts Final Agency Action is approval of the application for a Permit to serve Industrial/Commercial activities. The total authorized withdrawal is 1.6132 million GPD and total annual allocation is 588.8180 million gallons. The project is located in Madison County, FL. The permit applicant is Nestl Waters North America, Inc. whose address is 690 NE Hawthorn Ave., Lee, FL 32509. The Permit No. is 2-98-00025.006. The le(s) pertaining to the project referred above is available for inspection Monday through Friday except for legal holidays, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Suwannee River Water Management District, 9225 CR 49, Live Oak, FL 32060. NOTICE OF RIGHTS Any person whose substantial interests are affected by the Districts action regarding this matter may request an administrative hearing in accordance with Sections 120.569 and 120.57, Florida Statutes (F.S.), and Chapter 28-106, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), of the Uniform Rules of Procedure. A request for hearing must (1) explain how the substantial interests of each person requesting the hearing will be affected by the Districts action, or proposed action; (2) state all material facts disputed by each person requesting the hearing or state that there are no disputed facts; and (3) otherwise comply with Chapter 28-106, F.A.C. A request for hearing must be led with and received by the Agency Clerk of the District at the Districts address, 9225 CR 49, Live Oak, FL 32060 within 21 days of publication of this notice. Failure to le a request for hearing within this time period shall constitute a waiver of any right such person may have to request a hearing under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S. Because the administrative hearing process is designed to formulate nal agency action, the ling of a petition means that the Districts nal action may be different from the position taken by it in this notice of agency action. Persons whose substantial interests will be affected by any such nal decision of the District in this matter have the right to petition to become a party to the proceeding, in accordance with the requirements set forth above. 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www.greenepublishing.com Wednesday, December 18, 2013 Madison County Carrier 15A All Legals are posted on line at www.greenepublishing.com L e g a l s 12/11, 12/18 12/11, 12/18 12/11, 12/18 12/11, 12/18 NOTICE: The District School Board of Madison County Florida, will hold a public hearing on Tuesday January 21, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the School Board Meeting Room of the Superintendents Ofce 210 N.E. Duval Avenue, Madison, FL. Revision to: Policy 4.032 Section 504/ADA Prohibition against Discrimination Based on Disability The proposed document may be viewed at the School Board Ofce, 210 NE Duval Ave, Madison, Florida. Statutory Authority: 120.54, 1001.43 F.S. IF A PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE BOARD, WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT THIS MEETING OR HEARING, HE/SHE WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE, HE/SHE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS MADE, WHICH RECORD INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED.12/18 12/18, 12/25

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www.greenepublishing.com Wednesday, December 18, 2013 16A Madison County CarrierHEALTH Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 53,196 Americans died from colon cancer. The disease affects slightly more men than women, and risk increases with age. Excluding very rare types, colon cancer develops in the cells lining the inside of the colon and/or rectum. The colon, or large intestine, is a curving structure that continues the digestion of food from the small intestine and carries it down to the rectum for elimination. While there is no specific cause of colon cancer, certain factors can increase risk of developing the disease. These factors include genetics, diet and health. Individuals with a family history of colon cancer, especially if more than one relative has had the disease, are at increased risk. Also, two genetic syndromes, known as familial adenomatous polyposis and Lynch syndrome, have been associated with colon cancer. A diet rich in fat and red meat may increase disease risk. In addition, heavy alcohol use as well as smoking may contribute to a colon cancer diagnosis. Health factors such as obesity, diabetes and lack of exercise are associated with increased risk. Moreover, inflammatory disease such as other types of cancer or conditions such as ulcerative colitis can increase the likelihood of developing colon cancer. These risk factors, however, do not guarantee a diagnosis of colon cancer. As with many cancers, colon cancer develops from the complex interplay of many factors, and no two individuals are the same. Symptoms that may indicate the presence of cancer cells in the colon or rectum include blood in bowel movements, weight loss, stomach pains, and constipation or diarrhea. Often, individuals will not experience any symptoms of colon cancer until it has become advanced. For this reason, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that all individuals ages 50 to 75 undergo routine screening. Colon cancer screening tests may include an at-home stool test, called high-sensitivity fecal occult blood testing (FOBT); flexible sigmoidoscopy (Flex Sig); and colonoscopy. Flex Sig and colonoscopy exams are performed by a physician. They involve the insertion of a thin tube into the rectum and/or colon to check for cancerous tissue. Screening exams are so effective that undertaking these tests could prevent sixty percent of colon cancer deaths, according to CDC estimates. Colon polyps are small growths on the inside lining of the colon or rectum. Most colon cancers begin as polyps. If a diagnosis of colon cancer is made, treatment is determined by the stage of the disease. In other words, earlier stages in which the cancer is small and localized may require less intervention. Typically, surgery can effectively remove small tumors and chemotherapy is prescribed to kill any remaining cells. Chemotherapy drugs commonly used for colon cancer include irinotecan, oxaliplatin, capacitabine and 5-fluorouracil. More advanced cancers in which the disease has metastasized, or spread, throughout larger areas of the colon or to other parts of the body may require removal of whole sections of the large intestine. Often, the remaining colon can be reconnected to the rectum, but if the cancer has also infected the rectum, a colostomy may be needed. In this procedure, a surgeon creates an opening in the abdomen and attaches a colostomy bag. Waste collects in the bag instead of passing through the rectum. Chemotherapy and radiation are then prescribed to kill remaining cancer cells, and control as much as possible the spread of the disease. Although there is no scientific evidence to show that alternative treatments can treat or cure colon cancer, certain therapies can improve the quality of life of cancer patients. Activities such as art, dance and music can shift focus away from the disease and the treatment process, and help reduce stress. In addition, exercise and meditation can improve mood and appetite. Support groups are also a helpful resource for coping with colon cancer. Information on local groups can be found through organizations including the Colon Cancer Alliance, Cancer Care and the American Cancer Society. D i d Y o u K n o w . Frank NathanFormer Executive Director Lake Park of Madison Health & Wellness Tips How Medicare Covers Alzheimers Disease Dear Savvy Senior, What all does Medicare cover when it comes to Alzheimers disease? My wife was recently diagnosed with early stage Alzheimers and I would like to nd out whats covered and whats not. Researching Spouse Dear Spouse,Most medical costs to treat beneciaries with Alzheimers disease are covered by Medicare, but unfortunately longterm custodial care costs that most patients eventually need are not. Heres a breakdown of what Medicare does and doesnt cover when it comes to Alzheimers disease, along with some tips that can help you plan ahead. Medical care: For the most part, ongoing medical care to diagnose and treat Alzheimers disease is covered by Medicare Part B, including visits to primary care doctors and specialists, lab tests, speech and occupational therapy, home health care and outpatient counseling services. Medicare pays 80 percent of these costs, and you will be responsible for the remaining 20 percent after youve met your annual $147 Part B deductible. Inpatient hospital care is also covered under Medicare Part A with a $1,216 deductible and coinsurance. And, as part of health care reform, Medicare is also covering 100 percent of annual wellness visits, which includes testing for cognitive impairment. Medications: Most Alzheimers medications are covered under Medicares Part D prescription drug plans, but plans vary on copayments. If you have a Part D plan, use the Medicare Plan Finder tool at medicare.gov/nd-a-plan to compare your plans total drug costs against other plans to be sure youre getting the best coverage. The Alzheimers Association offers a chart on coverage for common Alzheimers drugs go to alz.org and type drug chart in the search eld to nd it. Long-term custodial care: Many seniors are surprised to learn that Medicare does not cover long-term custodial care. This includes nursing home care, the costs of assisted living facilities and adult day care. Medicare does, however, pay for some shorter-term nursing home care, but only up to 100 days following a three-day inpatient hospital stay. Hiring home help for bathing, toileting and dressing (this is known as custodial care) is not covered by Medicare either unless your wife is also receiving skilled-nursing care or physical or occupational therapy to help with the recovery from an illness or injury. To help with these costs, you may want to consider a long-term care insurance policy. Or if your income and assets are very limited, you may qualify for Medicaid. See longtermcare.gov for a breakdown of long-term care planning options. Hospice: In the nal stages of the disease, Medicare Part A covers nearly all aspects of hospice care, including doctor services, nursing care, drugs, medical equipment and supplies, physical and occupational therapy, homemaker services, counseling and respite care. To qualify, a doctor must certify that a patient has six months or less to live. Other Insurance: If you dont have a Medigap (Medicare supplemental insurance) policy, you should consider getting one. A Medigap plan will help pay for things that arent covered by Medicare like copayments, coinsurance and deductibles. To search for plans in your area, visit medicare.gov and click on Supplements & Other Insurance or call Medicare at 800-633-4227 and ask them to mail you a free copy of the Choosing a Medigap Policy publication 02110. Or, if youre enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan (like an HMO or PPO), your plan must give you at least the same coverage as original Medicare does, but make sure your doctors are in your insurers network to avoid excess costs. Also nd out whether you need a referral or prior authorization before getting care. Financial Assistance: If you cant afford your Medicare out-ofpocket costs, or need help with medication expenses, there are government programs that can help. Go to benetscheckup.org to search, or contact your Eldercare Locator (800677-1116) who can refer you to local services to assist you. BAILEY MONUMENT CO 740252

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Madison County Carrier Wednesday, December 18, 2013 3B Path of Faith For the longest time I thought a Hail Mary was a desperate, last-ditch throw at the end of a football game; a frantic attempt to win at the final second. Having been raised in one of the more contrary factions of Protestantism, you cant blame me. I was taught to avoid Catholicism with the same amount of fierceness as avoiding card-playing and dancing. They were all equal spawns of the same Satan, or so I was instructed. Well, all these years later, I havent picked up the habit of praying the Rosary, but I have come to appreciate it. And I understand why some believers find the Hail Mary, or Ave Maria, so gripping. Hail Mary, full of grace. Our Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus, comes straight from the Christmas text of Luke. It is Gabriels announcement that Mary will give birth to the Christ child, the Son of God. There are plenty of divine births in religious literature. God (or the gods) comes down from heaven, assumes physical form, has intercourse with some fair maiden, and the resulting pregnancy is a mix of the human and divine demigods we call them. This is a common narrative, and is especially true of the Greeks. Greek mythology is filled with tales of classic heroes who claimed paternity from the gods, but were birthed by human mothers (Theseus, Perseus, and Heracles to name a few). In most cases the divine father is Zeus who was nothing short of a cosmic philanderer with children scattered all over the Mediterranean and Mount Olympus. This is not the nature of Marys pregnancy. What happens with her is unique in literature and in religion. That Gods spirit would come upon her reminiscent of Gods Spirit moving across the waters in the primal act of creation is a Jewish concept with its own flavor. And it has given Christianity the virgin birth. Yet, Luke puts little emphasis on Marys celibacy, hardly any at all. Lukes emphasis is on Marys compliance to Gods will. Marys response to her miraculous motherhood is profound; it is an act of complete surrender, as she says to Gabriel, I am Gods slave. Let it be done to me according to your word. Let it be. Now, where have we heard those words before? The song Let it Be might be Paul McCartneys finest work. He wrote at a difficult time: The Beatles were on the skids, individually they were suffering from their success, and Paul was a mess. He was lost, drunk, and confused. He began to feel this wrenching misery, longing for the comfort of his mother her name was Mary who had died when he was fourteen. It was during this time that Pauls mother came to him in a dream, he says. And she said to him, most supportive, Paul, let it be. McCartney awoke, went to the piano, and wrote the now classic song: When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me; Speaking words of wisdom, let it beThere will be an answer, let it be. When Mary the mother of Jesus, not the mother of Paul said, Let it be, she wasnt despairing of life. She was willingly receiving the way of God for her life. She was admitting that her designs for living would be set aside so that Gods design for her life would come to fruition in and through her. Hers, like Pauls, was a song of surrender, not of apathy or hopelessness. It was a song of submission to a higher and better way. Now, this sounds like losing, like we are giving up, but we lose nothing. We gain everything. By accepting how the world actually is, accepting who we really are, and accepting what God wants for us, we move forward with peace. We collapse into the strength and will of the Almighty. Let it be. To confess such a thing is to indeed be full of grace. Ronnie McBrayer is a syndicated columnist, pastor, and author. His newest book is The Gospel According to Waffle House. You can read more at www.ronniemcbrayer.me. L e t I t B e

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By Jacob Bembry Greene Publishing, Inc. A Hallelujah Christmas will be held as musicians Mortal Mission, Marvv Truth and MJB ring in Christmas week with their musical stylings on Saturday evening, Dec. 21, beginning at 6 p.m. The concert will be held at the Town Hall Pavilion in Lee. Funds will be raised for the Salvation Army during the event. George Blevins will speak on behalf of the Salvation Army. Jacob Bembry will be the events emcee. Madison County Carrier Wednesday, December 18, 2013 5B Path of Faith Cherry Lake Church To Hold Christmas Dinner By Jacob Bembry Greene Publishing, Inc. Mount Zion A.M.E. Church, located at 407 NE Mount Zion Church Avenue, will host the second annual Hanson, Pinetta and Cherry Lake Christmas Community Outreach Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Everyone is asked to join them as they enjoy fellowship together, greet friends and loved ones while they share a Christmas meal. There is no charge. Bring friends! Mount Zion A.M.E. also asks that all community churches donate desserts. They also ask that all items be brought to the church no later than 8:45 a.m. the day of the dinner. The church will begin fixing dinners to deliver to community residents at 9:15 a.m. Walk-ins are welcome from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Anyone who is interested in helping with this community event is welcome to go serve with them. If anyone is in need of transportation to go and fellowship at the church or if they are sick or shut-in and need a meal delivered to them, they are asked to please call Brother Johnnie Woods at (850) 929-4141. Mount Zion is asking that community residents who will be delivering meals to others to please have their list ready at the time they pick up the meals. If anyone has any further questions, please call Savilla Murphy at (850) 9294386. A Hallelujah Christmas To Benefit Salvation Army

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Path of Faith 6B Madison County Carrier Wednesday, December 18, 2013 On a Christmas several years ago I received as a gift a very nice terrycloth bathrobe. I was pleased to receive it for I had often wanted one. I looked for the size of the bathrobe and discovered that it said, one size fits all. Well those of you who know me are already grinning from ear-toear. There was no way that I was ever going to fit into a bathrobe that claims to fit all. Bathrobes must necessarily come in different sizes; I ended up exchanging my gift for a size ye gads! Words are a lot like that too. We in the English-speaking world often use words that are one size fits all. Im thinking especially of the word love. We love a lot of things. We love our families, we love to fish, we love onion rings, and we love certain programs on television. This one size fits all over-usage of the word love often has little real meaning on the subject of our affections. In fact it could even have a deleterious effect on our relationships. Most men, for example, tend to shy away from the word love. Oh, were not afraid of affection and devotion to another, but somehow declaring love somehow gets in the way of our real emotions. Love connotes a warm, squishy and fuzzy feeling that is difficult for most men to conjure. We prefer words that are more concrete and words that are less apt to be misconstrued. As an example, it has become fashionable these days for a man to tell another man that I love you, man. Most of us are still uncomfortable with that one. That one comes attached to male purses and earrings. Love is used a lot in the church too. We hear of Gods love and we learn that we are to love one another even as God has loved us. And heres the point I want to make: A lot of men hear these words and theres a disconnect with the meaning. A man going around loving everyone in the modern sense of the word would soon find himself on the-outside-looking-in, so to speak. We need a clearer understanding of the word love if most men are going to live out the Gospel in their lives. Gods love for us could be better understood if we talked of Gods mercy and grace. Its through mercy and grace that Gods love is manifested toward us. We who are sinners yet claim the hope of true peace and joy through Jesus Christ are standing in the middle of Gods mercy and grace. What of our Lords admonition that we are to love one T h e P u l p i t By Rev. Lee FerDon, United Methodist Church L o v e ...Story Cont. On Page 7B

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Madison County Carrier Wednesday, December 18, 2013 7B Path of Faith another. We cannot extend much mercy to others; most of us are not in a position to do so. If I were standing before my good friend Judge Wetzel Blair I would be hoping and praying for mercy, but most of us are in no position to offer mercy to anyone. What about peace? If we were able to offer peace to the world we wouldnt have our children in harms way in the Middle East and Korea. If our forefathers knew how to do peace there wouldnt have been two World wars in the 20th Century and 12-million innocent dead in Europe during Hitlers regime. Perhaps our love for one another could best be described by the words justice and charity. By justice I mean that we treat each other the way Jesus commanded us to. Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. Feed the poor, clothe the naked, and provide shelter for the homeless. The word charity means sharing our gifts with others. We can offer warmth and affection. We can extend hope and joy to others. Opening our homes to others is great but opening our arms to others is the greatest gift we can give. Jesus said, As you have done unto the least of theseyou have done unto me. 2014 will be a new year for every one of us. It hasnt yet been marred by evil. Let us love one another, even as God has loved us. The Pulpit Cont. From Page 6B

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Wed. December 18, 2013VOL. 50 NO. 18 www.greenepublishing.com 50 cents Index 2 Sections, 28 Pages Local Weather Viewpoints 2A Around Madison4-6A Christmas Ideas 8-11A School 12-13A Classieds 14A Legals 15A Health 16A Path of Faith Section B Lee Woman Arrested For Child Abuse And Cooking MethMadison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Thursday night, Dec. 12, at approximately 9:38 p.m., Madison County Sheriff's Ofce deputies were dispatched to 4750 CR 255 South in Lee to respond to a complaint of a domestic dispute. During the course of the investigation, deputies discovered an active meth lab inside the residence. The residence was deemed unsafe and evacuated. Due to the size of the lab; Investigators with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Ofce Drug Task Force, who are specially trained in meth lab dismantling, were called to assist the Madison County Sheriff's Ofce investigator. Once the lab was safely dismantled, a disposal response team from Jacksonville responded to assist with the lab clean up. Kim Anderson, 45, of Lee was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, battery and child abuse. Kim Anderson Man Arrested After Complaint About Minor Receiving Sexually Explicit MaterialMadison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Tuesday, Nov. 26, the Sheriff's Ofce received a complaint involving a minor female receiving sexually explicit material on her cell phone from a possible adult male suspect. Special agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Live Oak Field Ofce assisted the Madison County Sheriff's Ofce Criminal Investigative Division with the investigation. The investigation determined the suspect was in fact an adult over the age of eighteen (18). See Man Arrested On Page 3A James TutenFormer FMB Employee In NeedBy Debbie SnappGreene Publishing, Inc. Randi Lynn Brannan Goff, former assistant branch manager for Farmers & Merchants Bank in Greenville, needs help from her neighbors and friends. She is just 28 years old, and has been a role model to so many. She has also provided customer service to many people in Greenville, and in the surrounding counties.Randi has spina bifida. She was born with it in 1985 and has undergone several spinal surgeries through her years and has recuperated without many complications. But, after a spinal surgery on March 11, she was left paralyzed, and with severe nerve damage. The hope was that she would improve, but the doctors are now saying that this may be a longterm healing process due to the lack of nerve regeneration. This ending result has left her with no job and no health insurance. She had been working for the State of Florida. Her husband, Troy Goff, has health insurance; however, it only pays 50 percent of her medical costs. Spina bifida is a type of birth defect. It is a problem with how the spine and spinal cord develops. It can begin to develop in a fetus before the mother even knows she is pregnant. In some cases, structures that should be inside the spinal canal can slip out. The structures affected may include membranes that surround the spinal cord, or nerve roots that connect nerves to the spinal cord, and the spinal cord or vertebra (back bones) may be deformed. The cause of Spina bifida is not known. There is a strong genetic factor for some with spina bifida. This means there is a problem with the body's blueprint. Randi just recently went through a Neuro Stimulator and is a candidate for the equipment. The equipment will have to be implanted into her spine. The cost for this equipment is $40,000. Her medical treatment is a must, and she has lots of co-payments; and then there's medications needed on a regular basis because of severe nerve pain. Her family is asking for the communities to come together to help their loved one with her needs. A benefit account has been established for her much needed financial help at the Farmers and Merchants Bank. Donations may also be posted to: 1175 East Washington Street, Monticello, FL. 32344. Randi Lynn Brannan Goff needs your help and continued support; anything would be greatly appreciated. Randi and her family thank you in advance for whatever help you can provide. For more information contact her mother, Bonnie Brannan, at 850-322-2212. Cherry Lake Church To Hold Christmas DinnerBy Jacob BembryGreene Publishing, Inc. Mount Zion A.M.E. Church, located at 407 NE Mount Zion Church Avenue, will host the second annual Hanson, Pinetta and Cherry Lake Christmas Community Outreach Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Everyone is asked to join them as they enjoy fellowship together, greet friends and loved ones while they share a Christmas meal. There is no charge. Bring friends! Mount Zion A.M.E. also asks that all community churches donate desserts. They also ask that all items be brought to the church no later than 8:45 a.m. the day of the dinner. The church will be-See Christmas Dinner On Page 3ABecky’s Dancing Elves Wrapping Presents In The ParkGot a lot of presents to wrap and very little time to wrap them? Take a breather, go to the park and let the Dancing Elves from Becky's Dance Steps Studio take care of it for you, while you wait...or drop everything off, go run errands and pick it all up later.The Dance Competition Team at Becky's Dance Steps Studio will be at the gazebo in Four Freedoms Park, starting Friday, Dec. 20, wrapping presents for donations, from 1 p.m. Man Critically InjuredBy Jacob BembryGreene Publishing, Inc. Aman was critically injured in an automobile accident on Interstate 10 near the 241-mile marker on Sunday, Dec. 15. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, George Allen Kratzer, 61, of Ocala, was traveling westbound in the inside lane on I-10 when he lost control of his 2007 Pontiac Solstice, causing it to rotate clockwise while crossing the outside lane, exit the ramp and the emergency lane. See Elves On Page 3A See Critical On Page 3A City’s Sanitation Ordinance Could Be AmendedBy Jacob BembryGreene Publishing, Inc. At their Tuesday, Dec. 10, meeting, City Manager Tim Bennett told the Madison City Commission that he would present a roughdraft amendment to the City's sanitation ordinance at the January 2014 meeting. The amendment would address the disposal of large nonhousehold garbage and yard debris. Bennett said he would also present a public information plan so that the citizens can be aware of the orSee Amended On Page 3ABeautiful Rainbow Appears Over Madison SkyGreene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Lynette Norris December 12, 2013As a storm cloud approached Madison just before noon last Tuesday, a shot of sun through the clouds made a rainbow over Madison for a few minutes. Because of the suns low angle in the December sky, the rainbow appeared in the north, as seen here from SR 53 at the intersection of SW Harvey Greene Drive, looking north. 4H Sewing Class Celebrates Christmas! See Page 6A

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Christmas time is supposed to be a time for reflecting in Christ’s love and a time for giving to others. Why is it then that so many people have lost that spirit and have replaced it with such greed and selfishness? My frustrations began months ago when I heard the first “I know what I want you to give me for Christmas.” Had it been a child, that would have been one thing; but, it was an adult. (Still a child in many aspects, but an adult nonetheless.) Yet still, this was an item that she could buy herself, if she wouldn’t spend her money on the frivolous things that I know she buys. I have also listened carefully to others’ words and thoughts, for the last few months/weeks/days, and it has left me feeling a little hopeless about the Christmas Spirit of most folks. So please, during these last seven days before Christmas please keep an eye on your Christmas Spirit and see where it truly lies. Are you more excited about giving something special to a loved one or do you spend your time wondering what others are going to give you? Do you spend your time planning for a special Christmas Day or spend your time dropping subtle hints about things you need and want, so that others will go buy it for you? Make Christmas be about Jesus and His birth and His love for all of us. Make Christmas be about family, friends and fellowship. Make Christmas be about showing love and giving to others out of love and kindness. Furthermore, teach your children these same aspects; for what they learn now will follow them into adulthood. Merry Christmas to all of our faithful readers. May God bless each and every one of you! Until then….see you around the town. There is an organization that pops up every now and then to defend religious freedom in the military … or so it claims. The acronym MRFF stands for Military Religious Freedom Foundation and is the brainchild of Mikey Weinstein, a lawyer and 1977 graduate of the Air Force Academy. MRFF and Mr. Weinstein seem to be against all things Christian in the military. Most recently, they objected to a Nativity scene constructed at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by volunteers. Apparently, the scene, highly appropriate for the season, was quickly pulled down. Weinstein seems to have that effect on the military, particularly his (and my) alma mater. There seem to be more stories like this because it is the Christmas season where we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Don’t tell me there isn’t a ‘war on Christmas.’ MRFF’s website is very professional and like many, highly geared to financial contributions. I’m told that they rake in more than a half million dollars a year. Five staff members are listed, two of which are Weinstein and his wife. The avenue to litigation for organizations like MRFF is a 1962 Supreme Court decision that codified the “wall of separation between church and state.” Over time, for all intents and purposes, religious expression has been banned from the public square. Of course, that’s not how the First Amendment to the Constitution begins. It states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Note it makes no mention of a wall of separation. That statement came in an 1802 letter from our third President, Thomas Jefferson, to the Baptists of Danbury, Conn. The clear intent of our Constitutional framers was to prohibit a “state religion” such as England’s and many other nations around the world at that time. America was founded on the principle of religious freedom, but the modern interpretation is ‘freedom from religion.’ I do not believe this has made us a better or stronger society. Most of us support the freedom to express our religious beliefs in an appropriate manner, but we don’t consider Satan an object of worship. A small minority object and often get officials and judges to support their position. This represents, in my opinion, a tyranny of the minority. America is a nation under God’s protection and guidance, founded upon JudeoChristian values and principles. We belie our heritage when we allow a few to turn us away from our roots. I’m glad that I live in a community where religion plays a respected and important role. Yes, I am a Christian to the core, but I believe that non-Christians should have equal access to be able to express their religious beliefs. I truly embrace the second clause in the first amendment that no one should be denied the freedom to express their religious beliefs. How often this is over-www.greenepublishing.com Wednesday, December 18, 2013 2A € Madison County CarrierVIEWPOINTS& OPINIONS National SecurityJoe Boyles Guest Columnist MRFFTurnips seem to be one of those vegetables that you either love or hate; it’s a vegetable with hardly any shades of gray. I like turnips, but never seem to eat a lot of them. What I remember mostly about eating turnips, are the greens. My mom would cook them down in a big pot that was accompanied by a generous supply of some fatty pork meat and they would be served alongside a cast iron skillet of homemade cornbread. I can’t remember the cooked turnips showing up on the table very often, but I have a feeling they did and I just didn’t like the turnips well enough for them to make an impression upon me. Cooking as an adult, I have tried turnips in a variety of ways. I have added them to the greens while they cooked, mashed them in potatoes with butter, added them into a soup and eaten young turnips raw in a salad. I liked the turnips in the different ways I had eaten them, but never seemed to nd enough reason to revisit any of the dishes. A few days ago, my mother and I stopped on the side of a road where a man was selling large bundles of fresh turnips from the back of his truck. After purchasing a large bunch, my mom generously gave me the greens to cook and kept the roots for herself. The next day when she was over for dinner, she brought me some of the turnip roots. I held them several days, pondering over how I would cook them. Not nding any inspiration, I turned to the large recipe index on the Internet. I nally found something that piqued my interest and after a few tweaks, found a turnip recipe that I would call a “keeper.” The recipe is extremely simple and uses everyday ingredients, which is a bonus, and very versatile. I used only turnips since that was the original recipe, but I think a combination of root vegetables, to accompany the turnips, would be outstanding. My sister will be in at the end of this week and I plan on making the recipe for her, using not only the turnips but sweet potatoes and beets as well. You could add onion, carrots or parsnips too. If you haven’t been friendly with turnips, you might give this recipe a try. Have fun with whatever root vegetables you happen to have and like me, you may nd yourself planning to cook with the “forgotten” vegetable a little bit more. CARMELIZED TURNIPS 3 c. turnips, peeled and diced1/3c. chicken or vegetable stock 1 tsp. salt tsp. black pepper 1 tbls. butter 2 tbls. sugar Place turnips, stock, salt and pepper in a medium skillet over medium heat. When mixture boils, reduce heat and simmer uncovered until turnips are tender and liquid is evaporated, about 10 to 15 minutes. Add butter and sugar and gently stir. Cook until butter and sugar melts and forms a coating over the turnips, about ve minutes. Serve hot.Becoming Friendly With Turnips Rose Klein Columnist Searching For Ambrosia Emerald's Gem Box Do You Have The True Christmas Spirit? Or Are You Full Of Greed?Emerald Greene Publisher

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Submitted by Dwight Barber, American Legion Post 224The American Legion is the nation’s largest wartime veteran’s service organization, committed to our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans. Founded in 1932, Sons of The American Legion exists to honor the service and sacrifice of Legionnaires. SAL members include males of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the U.S. military and were eligible for American Legion membership. Since 1988, SAL has raised more than $5 million for The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation. SAL members have volunteered over 250,000 hours at veteran’s hospitals and raised over $915,688 for VA hospitals and homes. The American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization. Any mother, wife, daughter, sister, granddaughter, greatgranddaughter, or grandmother of members of The American Legion, and deceased veterans who served during wartime are eligible to join. While originally organized to assist The American Legion, the Auxiliary has achieved its own unique identity working side-byside with veterans who belong to The American Legion. Members of The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of The American Legion comprise the Legion family, which has a combined membership of nearly 4.2 million. American legion Post 224 is a very active service organization right here in Madison County. Located in northern Madison County on beautiful Cherry Lake, we exist to promote patriotism within this community. If you employ the same beliefs, you are encouraged to join our post. We are having a membership drive on Dec. 28, come join us. For more information you can call the Post at 929-2953 or Dwight Barber at 9294908. www.greenepublishing.com Wednesday, December 18, 2013Madison County Carrier € 3AWorld NewsBy Rose Klein Christmas Tree Sparks Family Fight In Spartanburg, S.C., three female relatives were involved in a family fight that required authorities to make a trip to their home. The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s office said the three women, ages 76, 61 and 24 were arguing because two of the women had decorated their Christmas tree while the third woman was at work. During the fight, a 41year-old male relative arrived and tried to calm the women down but instead all four family members “admitted to pushing each other and getting in each other’s faces.” The fight produced no injuries but the 76-year-old woman was examined due to her concern about her blood pressure. After police arrived, the family members apologized to each other. No arrests were made. Man Steals Money And Leaves IOU In Yiwn, China, police arrested a man known as Peng, and charged him with stealing about $3,270 from a stranger’s home and leaving an IOU. Peng’s parents contacted him and requested money so they could buy a house. He arranged to borrow money from a man in a nearby village but accidentally went to the wrong home. Peng took the money from the house and left his name, address and cellphone number on an IOU. When arrested, Peng told the police he didn’t think he had broken any laws because he had left the IOU. Rude Customers Pay More For Coffee At Caf In Southern France, a caf charges customers more for their cup of java if they are rude. La Petite Syrah alerts customers on their menu board that by ordering “a coffee” their cost will be about $9.50, if they order “a coffee please” they will pay $6 and if they order a “Hello, a coffee please” it will cost them only $2, creating a substantial incentive to be nice. Manager Fabrice Pepino said the sign started as a joke because people would come in at lunchtime very stressed and would sometimes be rude; the posting was a way to tell them to keep calm. Pepino said his customers took note of the sign and he hasn’t had to enforce his pricing system. “Most of my customers are regulars and they just see the funny side and exaggerate their politeness,” he said. “They started calling me ‘your greatness’ when they saw the sign. But people are more relaxed now and they’re smiling more. That’s the most important thing.” AROUNDMADISONCOUNTY Established 1964 A weekly newspaper [USPS 324 800] designed for the express reading pleasure of the people of its circulation area, be they past, present or future residents. Published weekly by Greene Publishing Inc. 1695 South SR 53, Madison, FL 32340. Periodicals postage PAID at the Post Of“ce in Madison, FL 32340. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to MADISON COUNTY CARRIER, P.O. Drawer 772, Madison, FL 32341-0772. This newspaper reserves the right to reject any advertisement, news matter, or subscriptions that, in the opinion of the management, will not be for the best interest of the county and/or the owners of this newspaper, and to investigate any advertisement submitted.All photos given to Greene Publishing Inc. for publication in this newspaper must be picked up no later than 6 months from the date they are dropped off. Greene Publishing, Inc. will not be responsible for photos beyond said deadline. P.O. Drawer 772 Madison, FL 32341 (850) 973-4141 Fax: (850) 973-4121 2013E-mail Information:News news@greenepublishing.comAdvertisement ads@greenepublishing.comClassifieds / Legals classifieds@greenepublishing.comWeb Site: www.greenepublishing.com PublisherEmerald GreeneSenior Staff WriterJacob BembryStaff WritersLynette Norris, Rose KleinGraphic DesignersTori SelfAdvertising Sales RepresentativesJeanette Dunn, Shanna SwopeBookkeeping Brooke Kinsley Classified and Legal AdsCheltsie KinsleyDeadline for classi“eds is Monday at 3 p.m.Deadline for legal advertisements is Monday at 5 p.m. There will be a $7 charge for affidavits.Circulation DepartmentSheree MillerSubscription Rates:In-County $35 Out-of-County $45 E-Edition $25 ($5 add on to existing subscription) (State & local taxes included) Christmas Toy Giveaway Hosted By Boothill MCBy Rose Klein Greene Publishing, Inc.Boothill Motorcycle club is a not-for-profit organization that provides service to the community by hosting projects within Madison County for families and individuals in need. The Christmas Toy Giveaway follows their recent gifts of Thanksgiving dinner baskets to families throughout the county.Boothill will be hosting two toy giveaways this Saturday, Dec. 21. The first giveaway will be in Greenville at Haffeye Park between 10 a.m.– noon. The second giveaway will be in Madison at Sumpter A. James Park between 12:30–2 p.m. Two toys will be provided per child, ages one through twelve, while supplies last.until dark, roughly about 5:30 p.m. And then, they’ll be back Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Dec. 21-23, again from 1 p.m. until 5:30-ish. Bring your presents to the Gazebo and enjoy cookies, hot chocolate and music while you relax and wait, or wander around the park and admire the decorations. The Dance Competition Team is raising funds to travel to competitions in Jacksonville and Mobile, Ala., and hopefully even the nationals at Myrtle Beach, S.C. Donations in any amount will be appreciated. Elves Cont. From Page 1A Critical Cont. From Page 1AWhile rotating clockwise, the Pontiac then traveled onto the north shoulder of the roadway. After leaving the roadway, the left rear of the vehicle collided with a large tree. The impact caused the vehicle to rotate counterclockwise and come to a nal rest in a ditch lled with water. The Madison County Sheriff’s Ofce, Greenville Volunteer Fire Department and Madison County EMS assisted at the scene. FHP Trooper Warren Tyre was the investigating ofcer. dinance requirements. In other business, the Commission approved the rst reading of the Water Conservation Ordinance (Ordinance 2013-6) and Bennett said he would bring the names of potential nominees to the Police Pension Board to the Commission. Amended Cont. From Page 1A Man Arrested Cont. From Page 1AOn Tuesday, Dec. 10, a probable cause afdavit was presented to the Circuit Court of the Third Judicial Court, in and for Madison County Florida and an Arrest Warrant for one James Bryant Tuten was obtained and executed on the same day without further incident. Tuten, 24, of Greenville, was charged with transmission of material harmful to a minor by electronic device or equipment and traveling to meet a minor. Christmas Dinner Cont. From Page 1Agin xing dinners to deliver to community residents at 9:15 a.m. Walk-ins are welcome from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Anyone who is interested in helping with this community event is welcome to go serve with them. If anyone is in need of transportation to go and fellowship at the church or if they are sick or shut-in and need a meal delivered to them, they are asked to please call Brother Johnnie Woods at (850) 929-4141. Mount Zion is asking that community residents who will be delivering meals to others to please have their list ready at the time they pick up the meals. If anyone has any further questions, please call Savilla Murphy at (850) 929-4386. What The Sons Of The American Legion And The American Legion Auxiliary Do

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www.greenepublishing.com Wednesday, December 18, 2013 4A € Madison County CarrierAROUNDMADISONCOUNTY Obituary December 18 The First Baptist Church of Madison will go caroling at 6 p.m. Prayer meeting for those not caroling at 6:30 p.m. at the church. December 18 Madison’s historic St. Mary’s Episcopal Church will host an Ordination and Celebration of New Ministry on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. The Right Reverend John Howard, 8thBishop of the Diocese of Florida, will ofciate at the service and install David Joseph Boyles as priest and vicar of St. Mary’s. This is St. Mary’s rst ordination since Advent 1992. A reception will follow. The public is cordially invited to attend and participate in this important event in the life of St. Mary’s. December 21 Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, 407 NE Mt. Zion Church Avenue in Cherry Lake, will hold a Hanson, Pinetta and Cherry Lake Community Christmas Outreach Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 12:303:30 p.m. Meals will be delivered to community residents beginning at 9:30 a.m. Anyone interested in helping with the event is welcome to go serve with them. Anyone needing transported to the church or who is sick or shut-in can call Brother Johnnie Woods at (850) 929-4141. For more information, please call Savilla Murphy at (850) 929-4386. December 21 Live Nativity from 5-7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Madison. Please join them in the church parking lot as they go back in time to the village of Bethlehem and what the rst Christmas might have looked like. December 21 “A Hallelujah Christmas” at Lee Town Hall on Saturday, Dec. 21, beginning at 6 p.m. to raise money for the Salvation Army. Featured artists include Mortal Mission and MJB. George Blevins, with the Salvation Army, will speak. Jacob Bembry will serve as emcee. December 22 Children’s pageant under the direction of Martha Beggs and Martha Register, 11 a.m., at the First Baptist Church in Madison. December 22 Midway Baptist Church will present their Christmas cantata, Glory to the Newborn King on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 6 p.m. Midway Baptist Church is located at 338 SE Midway Church Road. December 22 Midway Church of God will present their children’s Christmas play on Sunday, December 22, at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited. Midway Church of God is located at 2849 SE Midway Church Road in Lee. December 24 Christmas Eve candlelight service and Lord’s Supper in the 1898 Sanctuary at the First Baptist Church in Madison. Community Calendar Clifford Elvoye WilliamsClifford Elvoye Williams was called home to be with the Lord on December 11, 2013. He was born in Pavo, Ga. on June 7, 1944 and moved with his parents, Johnnie Jarmon Williams and Agnes Phillips Williams, to Lee shortly after his birth. After being discharged from the military, he married Nina Bembry (currently Nina Dodd). He was a loving father and grandfather to their three children and eleven grandchildren. He will be truly missed. Later, he remarried and had stepchildren and step-grandchildren. His current wife, Janice, and her family will hold a private memorial service. In lieu of owers please send donations to Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Gift Processing Administrator, 18251 Quantico Gateway Drive, Triangle, VA 22172. It Pays To AdvertiseAnd there's no better place than the newspaper. Call one of our representatives today. Sam Smith or Sherry Swift can help you on the way to a great advertising plan. 555-12341400 N. Main St. And there’s no better place than the newspaper. Call one of our representatives today. They can help you on the way to a great advertising plan. 973-4141(Fax) 973-4121P.O. Drawer 772 Madison, FL

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www.greenepublishing.com Wednesday, December 18, 2013Madison County Carrier € 5AAROUNDMADISONCOUNTY Dear Editor, I am concerned about the abuses of the federal government, are you? The government regulates things they have no business controlling, there’s a massive imbalance between federal and state power, and the spending and debt is out of control. But there’s hope! For the rst time in many years, the people and states have a chance to check the runaway train of the federal government. Article V of the Constitution provides a way for the states to call a convention for the purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution. Mark Levin has explained the Convention of States process in his bestselling book The Liberty Amendments, and now there’s an organization that can turn an Article V Convention of States into a reality. Citizens for SelfGovernance (CSG) recently launched the Convention of States (COS) Project with the expressed purpose of urging and empowering state legislators to call a Convention of States. Under the COS Project plan, this convention would be called “for the purpose of limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.” Only amendments that fall under this category would be germane and up for debate. I wholeheartedly support the COS Project’s plan, and I hope you will as well. I believe a Convention of States is our last chance to halt the runaway power of the federal government and restore the Founder’s vision. This will be the most important project of this generation, and I hope you’ll consider getting involved! This past Saturday (December 7) there was an assembly of 32 states in Mt. Vernon, Virginia to discuss this very issue. Florida State Senator Alan Hays was in attendance and was very encouraged. Florida Legislators will be asked to consider SM 476: Amendments to the Constitution of the United States. You can view its progress here: http://senate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/0476 If you’d like more information, you can talk to me or visit their website at www.conventionofstates.com. Sincerely, Judy Hentges, Patriot When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. ~ Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 and the other 55 signersConcerned About The Abuses Of The Federal Government Letter To The Editor Letters to the Editor are typed word for word, comma for comma, as sent to this newspaper. Sheriffs Of“ce And Family Celebrate ChristmasBy Jacob BembryGreene Publishing, Inc. The Madison County Sheriff’s Ofce celebrated Christmas with their families at Jellystone Park on Thursday evening, Dec. 12. Everyone enjoyed a special meal and the children got a chance to visit with Santa.Photo by RUSSELL Parker Gilbert chats with Santa Claus at the MCSO Christmas party held Thursday, Dec. 12, at Jellystone Park. Photo by RUSSELLLucas Bass enjoys talking with Santa during the Christmas party. Photo by RUSSELL Will Bass gives Santa his Christmas list at the Christmas party. Photo by RUSSELL The Harper family enjoyed the fun, food and fellowship at the Christmas party held at Jellystone Park.

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www.greenepublishing.com Wednesday, December 18, 2013 6A € Madison County CarrierAROUNDMADISONCOUNTY 4H Sewing Class Celebrates ChristmasBy Lynette NorrisGreene Publishing, Inc.Miss Dolly Ballard’s 4H sewing class, which meets every Friday after school at the County Extension Ofce, has been learning to sew everything from quilt squares to simple pieces of clothing; but with Christmas coming up, they took a little break from sewing at their Dec. 6 class meeting. Some of their regular members were absent, but that didn’t stop those who were there from having a blast, as they decorated the Extension Ofce’s Christmas tree with ornaments they had made, learned how to make even more Christmas ornaments from construction paper and glitter, and enjoyed cupcakes and ice cream.Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Lynette Norris, December 6, 2013Deck the halls...or at least the tree in the hall. Pictured counterclockwise, Erik Wolfer, Nadia Waller, Violet Waller and Olivia Graham hold up some of the hand-sewn ornaments made in Miss Dollys sewing class. Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Lynette Norris, December 6, 2013Trimming a tree is serous business, requiring proper equipment, so the kids brought out the ladder and got right to it, singing Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerŽ while they worked. Left to right: Erik Wolfer, Violet Waller (partially hidden behind Nadia), Nadia Waller and Olivia Graham.Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Lynette Norris, December 6, 2013Pinetta Elementary teacher and former 4H leader Heather Johnson stopped in for a visit with her two daughters, future 4H-ers Aiden (four) and Aria (two). Here, she helps Aiden frost a cupcake with green icing.Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Lynette Norris, December 6, 2013Cupcakes and ice cream, anyone? Taking a break after the tree-trimming, Erik Wolfer, Nadia Waller, Olivia Graham, Violet Waller and future 4H-er, two-year-old Aria Johnson, enjoy the Christmas treats Miss Dolly served.Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Lynette Norris, December 6, 2013Nadia Waller (center) demonstrates making ornaments from construction paper and glitter, something she learned at school. Gathered around watching are (counterclockwise from left) Dolly Ballard, Olivia Graham, Violet Waller and County Extension Agent Diann Douglas, holding a “nished ornament in her hand.Greene publishing, Inc. Photo by Lynette Norris, December 6, 2013Voila! Holding their “nished construction paper ornaments are (“rst row) Nadia and Violet Waller and (second row) Erik Wolfer and Olivia Graham. HEY! WE’RE ON FACEBOOK!Check us out and become a fan of our page![ Greene Publishing, Inc. ]It’s never been easier to share your local news with friends and family!

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www.greenepublishing.com Wednesday, December 18, 2013OUTDOORS SRWMD Assists 12 Area Farmers With Water-Saving TechnologiesMadison County Carrier € 7ATwelve agricultural producers within the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) have been approved to receive cost-share funds from the District to implement water conservation technologies, irrigation retrofits, and other water-saving projects. These projects will reduce groundwater irrigation pumpage in the Santa Fe Basin by 0.57 million gallons of water per day (gpd) and reduce pumpage in the Suwannee Basin by 0.39 million gpd. The producers received a total of $186,100 in cost-share funds for the improvements. The District set aside $1.5 million for the program this fiscal year and this marks the first round of those funds. The funds will pay for the following costshare projects: Twenty-two retro fits to center pivot irrigation systems to water more efficiently. One Global Posi tioning System (GPS) end-gun shut off, which is designed to eliminate watering of non-target areas. Four new irriga tion controller panels that provide greater efficiencies in irrigation and nutrient application, among other capabilities. One pump up grade, which will provide greater irrigation efficiency. “The District is pleased to assist agricultural producers in reducing groundwater pumping, and would like to congratulate participating farmers for their interest in improving sustainability and obtaining better practices and technologies to protect our water resources,” said District Executive Director Ann Shortelle. This is the second year the District is offering the cost-share program. To date, 89 agricultural producers have benefited from the program, which has resulted in a reduction in groundwater pumping by about 6.2 million gallons per day. Agricultural producers within the District have until Jan. 10, 2014 to apply for costshare funds for the next funding cycle. Funds will be awarded through a ranking process based on various criteria, including the effectiveness of the proposed project to protect, conserve, or restore water resources. The funds will pay for projects that increase irrigation efficiency and water conservation and assist with nutrient management technology. Interested parties may apply online through the District’s Agriculture webpage at www.mysuwanneeriver.com/agriculture or apply in person at District Headquarters, 9225 CR 49, Live Oak FL 32060. For more information, contact Kevin Wright at (386) 362-1001 or toll free at 1 (800) 226-1066 (FL only). Second Chance Gets DeerMarty Lookabill took a deer down in the woods on Saturday, Dec. 7. He said that he missed the rst shot and the deer just stood there, while he chambered another round. The next shot was accurate. “The Lord wanted me to have this deer,” Lookabill said. wens Propane, IncService With A SmileŽ Serving North FloridaMADISON, JEFFERSON, SUWANNEE& HAMILTONCOUNTIES SIMPLY EVERYDAY FAIR PRICING We Are Here To Earn Your Business&K ee p Your Business€FREE TANK SETS € HEATER SERVICE € € NEW HEATERS € TANKLESS WATER HEATERS €€ GAS LOGS € PRICE COMPARISONS € Madison Office137 SW Shelby Avenue  Madison, Florida 32340(850) 253-3761 $3.19 PER GALLON  NO DELIVERY FEES   NO SEASONAL PRICES  NO GIMMICKS  (Ask For Becky) CallForAFREEConsultation.NoFeesorCostsUntilRecovery TollFree877-997-8181 www.CaminezLaw.com MonticelloOffice€1307S.JeffersonSt.850-997-8181 TallahasseeOffice€1882CapitalCircleNE,Suite103 JonD.Caminez,BoardCertifiedCivilTrialAttorney ShannonBrown,ParalegalScottL.Wolf,AttorneyBarneyStallworth,Investigator WWW.CAMINEZLAW.COM Thehiringofalawyerisanimportantdecisionthatshouldnotbebasedsolelyuponadvertisements. Beforeyoudecide,askustosendyouwritteninformationaboutourqualificationsandexperiences.€AutoAccidents €Truck&Tractor TrailerAccidents €MotorcycleAccidents €WrongfulDeath €DefectiveProducts €MedicalNegligence/ Malpractice €Slip&Fall €PremisesLiability €NursingHome Negligence Accidents-Injury-DeathCases PracticingPersonalInjuryLawSince1972

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By Lynette NorrisGreene Publishing, Inc.It’s the Christmas season, that most wonderful time of the year, when we’re all in a state of good cheer and ready to celebrate. But before everyone gets too to caught up in the celebrating, there’s something else to consider: Identity thieves never take a rest, and the holiday season is a most wonderful time of year for them as well. They come like the Grinch, in the night and in broad daylight, to steal Christmas, but instead of taking the presents and the tree, they’re after the smart phones, iPads, checkbooks, thumb drives and nancial documents, as well as the usual purses and wallets. Consider the average Christmas party. Many people celebrate the holidays by having parties large and small in their homes, never imagining that one of their friends or acquaintances might be after personal nancial information. In this state of denial, party hosts might think nothing of simply closing the door to the home ofce or den without locking away the bills lying on the desk, and might not even notice the credit card statement on the nightstand where a curious visitor might detour on the way to the bathroom. It’s hard to admit that someone we know might be such a lowlife, but in a high-tech, electronic data-driven society, locking away all electronic devices, including cell phones, iPads, thumb drives and all nancial documents and bills before inviting people into our homes for holiday gatherings is a sine qua non. Electronic devices and nancial documents are the purses and wallets of an electronic world. With just a few pieces of information, an acquaintance could rob their host blind with a few taps on a keyboard. It seems out of character with the Christmas season, but assume the worst and gather up all your devices and documents and lock them away until the party’s over. Then you can relax and have a great time with your guests without worrying. What about all those nifty presents you ordered online or from the traditional mail order catalogues for family and friends? They arrive via Fed Ex and UPS while you’re out, and sit on your doorstep, out in the open, for hours until you get home. Package deliveries are way up during the holiday season, and thieves know this. They’re cruising the neighborhoods on the lookout for them. Not only do they love getting their hands on the goodies inside, but the shipping labels on these packages often contain valuable information that can help them help themselves to even more. The solution is to have your packages shipped to your work address if this is okay with your employer. That way, there will always be someone available during the day to receive the items, even if you’re not immediately available. If your work address is not an option, get a P.O. box for the holidays, or have the item shipped “signature required” so that the box can’t just be dropped off unless someone is there to sign for it. Of course, most people have known about safeguarding their mail-order packages for years, but now, pay attention to those shipping labels, too. Keep them in a safe place until you’re sure the item is satisfactory and won’t need to be returned; then, destroy the labels don’t just toss them out in the trash where dumpster divers can nd them. Shopping at the mall is a part of nearly everyone’s holiday experience and smart shoppers already know about not leaving valuables in their car in plain sight, and keeping their purses and wallets closely guarded, but during the holidays, identity thieves are looking for much more. They’re looking to hack into your online accounts while you enjoy the free Wi at Starbucks or try to see what numbers you enter on the keypad when you use your debit card. They’re looking for forgotten electronic gadgets left behind in cafes and on counters during the holiday rush. Before you go out to the mall, lighten your electronic load. Carry only your mobile phone and one or two credit cards with you. Leave all your other electronic data storing devices safely at home and locked away. If you must carry other devices with you, log out of all your online accounts before you go shopping and keep your purse zipped and your wallet tucked into an inside pocket. Keeping everything in pockets is better than in a purse, and pass on the wi hot spots; thieves are drawn to those like moths to a ame. Do your online business in the privacy of your ow n home and make sure your phone, iPad and laptop are all password protected in case they are lost or stolen. If you use a debit card, cover the keypad with one hand while you punch in your PIN number. Remember that in today’s world, it isn’t just physical objects that can be stolen. It’s our personal information and nancial data, and that’s what data thieves are mainly after. If they get their hands on it, they can not only ruin Christmas, they make your life a nightmare for a very long time. The average identity theft case takes three years or longer to resolve. Stay safe, stay alert, and have a wonderful holiday season. www.greenepublishing.com Wednesday, December 18, 2013 8A € Madison County CarrierCHRISTMASGIFTIDEAS Dreaming Of A Safe Christmas

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www.greenepublishing.com Wednesday, December 18, 2013 10A € Madison County CarrierCHRISTMASGIFTIDEAS The Town Of Santa ClausBy Alfa HuntIt was 1852 and the Christmas Eve church service had just concluded in the ‘Nameless Town’ of Spencer County in Southern Indiana. Since the whole town was present, it was a good time to hold the final town meeting of the year. The small town had been known as the ‘Nameless Town’ because settlers, who were mostly of German decent, could not decide on a name. “Everyone was gathered around the pot-bellied stove, including the town’s children who were mostly quiet and not participating in the town’s meeting. As the frustrating discussion of naming the town continued, a chilly December gust blew open the wooden doors of this small log church, and the adults fell silent as the youngsters came to life. With a magical scene of snowflakes glistening on black velvet, mysterious sleigh bells were heard through the picture-framing doorway. It was then the children, almost in one, simultaneous voice exclaimed, ‘Santa Claus, it’s Santa Claus!’ “It was so…one Christmas Eve, over 150 years ago, the little nameless town finally got its name. Santa Claus, Indiana as it is still called to this day.” This is how Mark Bulleit, a resident of Santa Claus, Ind., explains how his hometown received its name. The small town has a population of just over 2,000 residents who are immersed in Christmas. From the town’s name to the names of the streets, as well as the dcor, the holiday spirit is very evident in this town. All the streets and shops have holiday related names and they light up the town with Christmas decorations starting two weeks before Thanksgiving. Each year around Christmas, hundreds of thousands of letters arrive at the town’s post office. This post office handles more mail during the holidays than it does during all the other months of the year combined. These letters are mostly written with crayons and addressed to only one man: Santa Claus. The townspeople help to answer the mail and write back to the children. “So, this holiday season when your child or grandchild asks you for a postage stamp so that they can mail their heart-felt message to Santa Claus, you can honestly agree that their letters will most likely find its intended destination…” says Bulleit who also mails thousands of personalized letters from Santa Claus to children worldwide through his website LettersfromSantsClaus.com.

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By Rose KleinGreene Publishing, Inc.It’s the week before Christmas and you nd yourself short on time and money, but your list of names on your gift list is still unnished. Instead of pulling out existing credit cards or taking up one of those credit offers that come owing in the mail this time of year, why not use a little creativity and give a gift as unique as the person you’re giving it to. Pick something from the list below or let it inspire you and create your own gift “outside the box.” Gifts of service: baby sit, house sit, pet sit, car wash, house cleaning, mow lawn, shovel snow, organize a home ofce, organize closets, dog wash, grocery shop or run errands for someone unable to get out, pressure wash the outside of someone’s home, offer dog walking services, offer to do laundry or ironing for a specied amount of time, mend clothes and sew on buttons on all clothes in someone’s closet, give someone a hair cut (or pay for one). Gifts that cost little or nothing: prepare home-cooked dinners for a specied time, give a homemade cake/cookies/candy, give a gardener some plant cuttings or seedlings in some repainted pots, create an indoor herb garden for an avid cook, make homemade pet treats, make homemade spa items (such as a sugar or salt scrub), make a picture album and include written memories beside the pictures, use old clothes or pieces of scrap fabric to create unique pillows or purses, create a family cookbook, create a calendar using family photos, make bookmarks out of fabric pieces and old jewelry, paint a room (or two), a bouquet of owers from your yard inside one of the many vases you have with some pretty ribbon tied around it, pass down an heirloom early so you can see the recipient actually enjoying the gift. Gifts that cost a little more: plant a winter garden, buy magazine subscription(s), search thrift stores for unique heatproof containers and make your own candles, create a personalized kit for a specic hobby or interest (sewing, baking, beauty, cleaning), pay a bill for someone, give a philanthropic gift in someone’s name (such as a cow, goat or honeybees) to a third-world family through Heifer International. www.greenepublishing.com Wednesday, December 18, 2013Madison County Carrier € 11ACHRISTMASGIFTIDEAS Baytree Rd. 229-333-0344 Valdosta Exit 5, I-75 229-559-1106 Lake Park We have all the holiday spirits you need for a season of entertaining. SMITTY S 2 L O C A T I O N S T O S E R V E Y O U 2 L OCATIONS TO SERVE YOU Beer Liquor Wine. Great S election, Great Price! 842621 VISIT OUR TOY DEPARTMENT HURRY BEFORE THEYRE GONE! NOW IN STOCK! Madame Alexander Dolls Doll House Police Set SHOEDEPARTMENT Toads & Teacups Childrens Shop Clothing Department SHOE DEP Puddle Jumpers, Lamore, Angel, Ga Boot, Wee Squeak, Pediped, Keds, Chooze, Willets & Riley RoosSHOE DEPARTMENT SHOE DEPARTMENT Remember Nguyen € Frumpy Rumps € Rosalina Young Colors € Petite Ami € Bailey Boys € Mud Pie 229-244-72201601 Baytree Rd., Suite B2 € Valdosta 229-244-7220 www.toadsandteacupschildrensshop.com Christmas Gifts Outside The Box

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www.greenepublishing.com Wednesday, December 18, 2013 12A € Madison County CarrierSCHOOL Christmas In The Park,Ž Madison Academy StyleBy Lynette Norris Greene Publishing, Inc.Once again, Van H. Priest Auditorium was packed to overflowing for Madison Academy’s annual Christmas program of skits and musical numbers. This year, with “Christmas in the Park,” the students delivered again, with warmth and charm. The loose framework story, told in a series of short skits between musical numbers, concerns a difference of opinion among the town’s leading citizens as to how Four Freedoms Park should be decorated. Both sides conduct campaigns to win over votes from the citizens, only to discover in the end that Christmas isn’t about the decorations in the park downtown, but about a child in a manger in another small town. Merry Christmas from Madison Academy.Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Lynette Norris, December 6, 2013Mrs. Rose Bush (Kaylie Rogers), Mrs. Inda Pendance, (Kali Lancaster), Judge Noah D. Law (Bailey Browning) and Mayor Bill Loney (Skyler Dunn) ponder the Christmas decorating dilemma.Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Lynette Norris, December 6, 2013Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas to the third grade class.Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Lynette Norris, December 6, 2013Danica Cook and Charlie Blanton are looking for some votes for their team.Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Lynette Norris, December 6, 2013The “rst graders just want their two front teeth.Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Lynette Norris, December 6, 2013Joy to the WorldŽ from the fourth graders.Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Lynette Norris, December 6, 2013The sixth grade performs an interpretative dance to We Are the Reason.ŽGreene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Lynette Norris, December 6, 2013The second grade sings Let There Be Peace on Earth.Ž Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Lynette Norris, December 6, 2013Whos The Happiest Little Christmas TreeŽ in the 5K class?

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www.greenepublishing.com Wednesday, December 18, 2013Madison County Carrier € 13ASCHOOL MCCS And MCCB Partner With Students For Financial LiteracyBy Rose KleinGreene Publishing, Inc.The Madison County Central School and Madison County Community Bank are forging a business partnership in order for MCCS students to improve their nancial literacy. The partnership will provide a school-wide banking program that will give all MCCS students an opportunity to open a savings account and the possibility of serving in a banking position. The banking program will include positions of President, Vice President, Customer Service, Teller, Head Teller and Marketing Director and will be manned by seventh and eighth graders who will be selected through a random drawing. The selected students will go through an intense training program with school training ofcers and a banking ofcer will provide support during banking hours. The program will be open two days a month and students will be able to withdraw funds two times within the year. The program is intended for students to develop a habit of saving and to begin to develop life-long decision-making skills needed to become effective citizens, investors, consumers and employees. Staff at the Central School and Community Bank president Ed Meggs has great enthusiasm for the project and both are looking forward to the new banking adventure. The grand opening for the program will be Jan. 15, 2014. MCCS Teacher Of The WeekBy Michelle Duvall This week’s Teacher of the Week for Madison County Central School is Michelle Duvall. In her own words, Ms. Duvall shares her teaching journey.Iam a career changeling. I decided to leave a much beloved 25year career, veterinary medicine, to pursue another dream, teaching. I first became interested in teaching eight years ago and then spent two years studying reading education and pursuing a position in teaching. With my background and education, I was qualified to teach biology and science to middle and high school children. Why would I welcome the chance to teach middle school? Middle school was the place I started towards my future career plans. I don't remember avowing to become a veterinarian, but by the inscriptions in my yearbook, that was the impression I made on my teachers. I have had so many wonderful teachers to inspire me that I wanted to do the same for our future citizens. My philosophy is to instill a love of learning something new as long as you walk the planet. I still try to learn new things myself, which is evident by my sorry piano playing skills. Nevertheless, I bring my passion for the night sky to my students in science who hasn't taken the time to seriously look up. I would say that my three greatest strengths are practical experience, creativity and perseverance. My most satisfying moments as a teacher are the smile and obvious delight in my student's faces when they get the answer correct! The part of teaching I look forward to most is listening and interacting with my students. You can learn so much just by listening to what someone wants to learn. I hope my students describe me as someone who cares and is encouraging and tolerant. I look up to all of my fellow teachers and co-workers who are the most caring and qualified individuals I have ever had the pleasure to work with. I have landed at the right place at the right time and I am eternally grateful for this opportunity. Did You Know...FREE GASOLINE ...FROM OBAMACAREThis Email Rumor has Resurfaced Again. The email claims that Obamacare will provide free gas. Is this email true? The answer is NO, this is not true

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$199 Move-In Special!! 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 Opportunityrun, c MOBILE HOMES FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR RENT FOR RENT HELP WANTED WANTED TO BUY www.greenepublishing.com SERVICES Classifieds . . . . . LEGALS 14A Madison County Carrier Wednesday, December 18, 2013 FLORIDA PRESS SERVICES, INC. STATEWIDE CLASSIFIED PROGRAM STATEWIDE CLASSIFIED ADS FOR 12/16/2013 THROUGH 12/22/2013 I am a retired nurse; and want to do private duty work with the elderly. If you can use me, I am available for any shift. Excellent references. 464-7276 (Cell).12/18 rtn, n/cPageant and Prom Dresses For Sale:Size 3 children's white long dress, worn as ”ower girl dress, sequin/beadwork all on bodice, sequin/beadwork/ appliques on bottom, built-in crinoline. $50. Size 4 children's off white dress, worn as ”ower girl dress, lace work around bodice, pretty lace work at bottom, cap sleeves $25. Size 7-8 children's off white dress, worn as a ”ower girl dress, overlay of lace over entire dress, probably knee to calf length $25. Size 8 children's white, long dress, lace around neck with decorative bodice $25. Size 8 Teen Dress A fuchsia strapless gorgeous dress. The dress has gathers up the bodice and a sequined design down the left side and laces up half the back. There is also a train on this dress and a split up one leg. $200.Size 16 pre-teen size white long pageant gown, cap sleeves, white sequin work across entire bodice and sleeves $100. Size 10 Teen Dress A beautiful, elegant, ”owing emerald green dress. Has eye-catching beaded straps that criss cross in the back along with a beaded design in the front of the dress. Beautiful ”owing train. $200. Size 14 (child's size 14 but dress is for a teen division approximately 13-15) GORGEOUS lime green dress, strapless but with spaghetti straps that criss cross across the back, sequins spotted across the entire gown, built-in crinoline absolutely gorgeous. $250.Call Emerald Greene (850) 973-3497 Leave a message. Of“ce Building For Rent Across the street from the Courthouse, on Shelby Street. (between Owens Propane and Burnette Plumbing) Newly Renovated 1120 square foot. Call Emerald Greene 850-973-4141.10/16 rtn, n/c Madison Heights Apartments 1,2,3 & 4 bedroom apts. Section 8 Housing designed for low income families 150 SW Bumgardner Dr. Madison, FL Phone 850-973-4290 TDD 711 Equal Housing Opportunity6/22, rtn, c Deadline For Classieds (850) 973-4141 3:00 p.m. Every MondayQuest Training offers a professional CNA prep class taught by a registered nurse. High pass rates on state test. No GED or Diploma required if age18 yr. Day and evening classes. Next classes Jan. 6 (day) and Jan. 20 (night) 386-362-1065.12/4 12/25, pd1/4 inch coat galvanized steel cable for sale .15 cent a foot. We have as much as you need. (850) 464-3041.4/10 rtn, n/cWasher And Dryer For Sale! Kenmore series 70 washer, top load. Series 80 dryer, front load (door opens from top down). White in color and both are in perfect working order. $400 “rm. Call (229) 460-5296. Newspaper Bundles For Sale $1 each Greene Publishing, Inc. 1695 S. SR 53 in Madison (850) 973-4141.6/19 rtn, n/c Asphalt Milling For Sale $350 for 18 ton load (850) 464-1230.One Person Cabin On Farm $395/month. Background check required. Call (850) 673-1117.10/16 rtn, cCASH FOR FLORIDA LICENSE PLATES! $1000 for Madison Co enamel Tags dated 1911-17, $100 each for FL tags starting with #35 for years 1938, 39, 40, 43, 49, and 54. Jeff Francis gobucs13@aol.com or 727 424 1576.www.”oridalicenseplates.com10/23 -12/25, pdNew and Repo Homes 25 to pick from. Come to Lake City the dual makers at Freedom Homes. Mike (386) 623-4218.11/20 rtn, cNov and Dec special 4/2 28x80 home only $49,900 cash deal only. Call Magic Mike at Freedom Homes (386) 623-4218.11/20 rtn, cBeen turned down? Have 10k to 15k? Call me I can make a deal. Call Magic Mike (386) 623-4218.11/20 rtn, cLand home package with 10k down in Lake City Florida. We do the deals. Call Magic Mike (386) 623-4218.11/20 rtn, cIn house “nancing with 10k down on used or repo houses. Call Magic Mike (386) 623-4218.11/20 rtn, cTriple wide $29,900 as is. Wholesale price, hardwood ”oors, ceramic tile. Call Tish (386) 755-5355.11/20 rtn, cReduced $10,000 Lot Model 4/2, new 2014. 2,016 square feet. Call Tish (386) 755-5355.11/20 rtn, cCASH special up to $5,000. Reduced price on new or used quali“ed models. Call Tish (386) 752-5355.11/20 rtn, cUltimate home 2,027 square feet 3/2 $69,900. Beautiful new home with “replace. Call Tish (386) 752-5355.11/20 rtn, cLive Oak or Merit Homes. Low prices. Freedom Mobile Homes. Call Tish (386) 752-5355.11/20 rtn, c Ad Builder/Graphic Artist needed for the Madison County Carrier and the Madison EnterpriseRecorder. Must be a team player and able to handle multiple tasks. Experience with Adobe Photoshop a must, experience with Quark Express a plus. Apply in person only at Greene Publishing, located at 1695 South SR 53, in Madison.11/20 rtn, n/c Set of four (4) WeldŽ (Mountain Crusher) billet aluminum wheels. 8 lug with bolt on center caps. Fits Dodge or Chevy. $400 OBO. Call 229-460-5296.12/11 rtn, n/c CDL Class A Truck DriverRuns mostly SE extended area. 2 years driving experience. Good 2 year MVR. Home weekends and some during the week. (850) 973-2747.12/11 rtn, cAdvent Christian Village Current JOBS Line Advertisement call 658-5627 or visit www.acvillage.net 24 hrs/day, 7 days/week EMT … Part Time For local area community for night time & weekend shifts. Current valid Florida EMT certi“cate and DL required with good driving record. Prior experience a plus. Competitive pay, access to onsite daycare and “tness facilities. Apply in person at Personnel Of“ce Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., or fax resume/credentials to (386) 658-5160. EOE / Drug-Free Workplace / Criminal background checks required.12/13, 12/18, c NOTICE OF FINAL AGENCY ACTION BY THE SUWANNEE RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT Notice is given that the Districts Final Agency Action is approval of the application for a Permit to serve Industrial/Commercial activities. The total authorized withdrawal is 1.6132 million GPD and total annual allocation is 588.8180 million gallons. The project is located in Madison County, FL. The permit applicant is Nestl Waters North America, Inc. whose address is 690 NE Hawthorn Ave., Lee, FL 32509. The Permit No. is 2-98-00025.006. The “le(s) pertaining to the project referred above is available for inspection Monday through Friday except for legal holidays, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Suwannee River Water Management District, 9225 CR 49, Live Oak, FL 32060. NOTICE OF RIGHTS Any person whose substantial interests are affected by the Districts action regarding this matter may request an administrative hearing in accordance with Sections 120.569 and 120.57, Florida Statutes (F.S.), and Chapter 28-106, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), of the Uniform Rules of Procedure. A request for hearing must (1) explain how the substantial interests of each person requesting the hearing will be affected by the Districts action, or proposed action; (2) state all material facts disputed by each person requesting the hearing or state that there are no disputed facts; and (3) otherwise comply with Chapter 28-106, F.A.C. A request for hearing must be “led with and received by the Agency Clerk of the District at the Districts address, 9225 CR 49, Live Oak, FL 32060 within 21 days of publication of this notice. Failure to “le a request for hearing within this time period shall constitute a waiver of any right such person may have to request a hearing under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S. Because the administrative hearing process is designed to formulate “nal agency action, the “ling of a petition means that the Districts “nal action may be different from the position taken by it in this notice of agency action. Persons whose substantial interests will be affected by any such “nal decision of the District in this matter have the right to petition to become a party to the proceeding, in accordance with the requirements set forth above. Mediation pursuant to Section 120.573, F.S., to settle an administrative dispute regarding the Districts action in this matter is not available prior to the “ling of a request for hearing.12/18 Coord for XCEL-IT Program/ Clinical Coord/Maintenance Equipment Specialist/ Staff Assistant See www.nfcc.edu .12/18, 12/25, c Adoption UNPLANNED PREGNANCY? Adoption-A brave & sel”ess choice. Medical, living & counseling expenses paid. Choose the loving & “nancially secure family. Compassionate Atty. Lauren Feingold 24/7 866-633-0397 www.fklhearttoheart.net #0958107. A childless, young, successful woman seeks to adopt. Will be HANDS-ON Mom! Financial security. Expenses paid.Visit: www.jodi2adopt.webs.com /, call Jodi 1-800-718-5516 or text 609-770-1255. Adam Sklar #0150789. Help Wanted DRIVER TRAINEES NEEDED NOW! Learn to drive for US Xpress! Earn $700 per week! No experience needed! Local CDL Training. Job ready in 15 days! (888) 368-1964. Heavy Equipment Operator Training! Bulldozers, Backhoes, Excavators. 3 Weeks Hands On Program. Local Job Placement Assistance. National Certi“cations. GI Bill Bene“ts Eligible. 1-866-362-6497. Experienced OTR Flatbed Drivers earn 50 up to 55 cpm loaded. $1000 sign on to Quali“ed drivers. Home most weekends. Call: (843) 266-3731 / www.bulldoghiway.com EOE. Miscellaneous AIRLINE CAREERS begin here … Get FAA approved Aviation Maintenance Technician training. Housing and Financial aid for quali“ed students. Job placement assistance. Call AIM 866-314-3769. Schools & Instruction You can become an expert in HVAC installation and repair. Pinnacle Career Institute Online HVAC education in as little as 12 months. Call us today: 1-877-651-3961 or go online: www.HVAC-OnlineEducation.com. 200 9 Hometown ContentSudoku Puzzle #3123-MMedium123 3456 478 27 19 9841 4725 1 47 2837 691 Sudoku Puzzle Of The Day

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www.greenepublishing.com Wednesday, December 18, 2013Madison County Carrier 15A All Legals are posted on line at www.greenepublishing.com ----Legals ---12/11, 12/18 12/11, 12/18 12/11, 12/18 12/11, 12/18 NOTICE: The District School Board of Madison County Florida, will hold a public hearing on Tuesday January 21, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the School Board Meeting Room of the Superintendents Of“ce 210 N.E. Duval Avenue, Madison, FL. Revision to: Policy 4.032 Section 504/ADA Prohibition against Discrimination Based on Disability The proposed document may be viewed at the School Board Of“ce, 210 NE Duval Ave, Madison, Florida. Statutory Authority: 120.54, 1001.43 F.S. IF A PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE BOARD, WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT THIS MEETING OR HEARING, HE/SHE WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE, HE/SHE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS MADE, WHICH RECORD INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED.12/18 12/18, 12/25

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www.greenepublishing.com Wednesday, December 18, 2013 16A € Madison County CarrierHEALTH Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 53,196 Americans died from colon cancer. The disease affects slightly more men than women, and risk increases with age. Excluding very rare types, colon cancer develops in the cells lining the inside of the colon and/or rectum. The colon, or large intestine, is a curving structure that continues the digestion of food from the small intestine and carries it down to the rectum for elimination. While there is no specific cause of colon cancer, certain factors can increase risk of developing the disease. These factors include genetics, diet and health. Individuals with a family history of colon cancer, especially if more than one relative has had the disease, are at increased risk. Also, two genetic syndromes, known as familial adenomatous polyposis and Lynch syndrome, have been associated with colon cancer. A diet rich in fat and red meat may increase disease risk. In addition, heavy alcohol use as well as smoking may contribute to a colon cancer diagnosis. Health factors such as obesity, diabetes and lack of exercise are associated with increased risk. Moreover, inflammatory disease such as other types of cancer or conditions such as ulcerative colitis can increase the likelihood of developing colon cancer. These risk factors, however, do not guarantee a diagnosis of colon cancer. As with many cancers, colon cancer develops from the complex interplay of many factors, and no two individuals are the same. Symptoms that may indicate the presence of cancer cells in the colon or rectum include blood in bowel movements, weight loss, stomach pains, and constipation or diarrhea. Often, individuals will not experience any symptoms of colon cancer until it has become advanced. For this reason, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that all individuals ages 50 to 75 undergo routine screening. Colon cancer screening tests may include an at-home stool test, called high-sensitivity fecal occult blood testing (FOBT); flexible sigmoidoscopy (Flex Sig); and colonoscopy. Flex Sig and colonoscopy exams are performed by a physician. They involve the insertion of a thin tube into the rectum and/or colon to check for cancerous tissue. Screening exams are so effective that undertaking these tests could prevent sixty percent of colon cancer deaths, according to CDC estimates. Colon polyps are small growths on the inside lining of the colon or rectum. Most colon cancers begin as polyps. If a diagnosis of colon cancer is made, treatment is determined by the stage of the disease. In other words, earlier stages in which the cancer is small and localized may require less intervention. Typically, surgery can effectively remove small tumors and chemotherapy is prescribed to kill any remaining cells. Chemotherapy drugs commonly used for colon cancer include irinotecan, oxaliplatin, capacitabine and 5-fluorouracil. More advanced cancers in which the disease has metastasized, or spread, throughout larger areas of the colon or to other parts of the body may require removal of whole sections of the large intestine. Often, the remaining colon can be reconnected to the rectum, but if the cancer has also infected the rectum, a colostomy may be needed. In this procedure, a surgeon creates an opening in the abdomen and attaches a colostomy ‘bag.’ Waste collects in the bag instead of passing through the rectum. Chemotherapy and radiation are then prescribed to kill remaining cancer cells, and control as much as possible the spread of the disease. Although there is no scientific evidence to show that alternative treatments can treat or cure colon cancer, certain therapies can improve the quality of life of cancer patients. Activities such as art, dance and music can shift focus away from the disease and the treatment process, and help reduce stress. In addition, exercise and meditation can improve mood and appetite. Support groups are also a helpful resource for coping with colon cancer. Information on local groups can be found through organizations including the Colon Cancer Alliance, Cancer Care and the American Cancer Society. Did You Know...Frank NathanFormer Executive Director Lake Park of Madison Health & Wellness Tips How Medicare Covers Alzheimers Disease Dear Savvy Senior, What all does Medicare cover when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease? My wife was recently diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s and I would like to nd out what’s covered and what’s not. Researching Spouse Dear Spouse,Most medical costs to treat beneciaries with Alzheimer’s disease are covered by Medicare, but unfortunately longterm custodial care costs that most patients eventually need are not. Here’s a breakdown of what Medicare does and doesn’t cover when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease, along with some tips that can help you plan ahead. Medical care: For the most part, ongoing medical care to diagnose and treat Alzheimer’s disease is covered by Medicare Part B, including visits to primary care doctors and specialists, lab tests, speech and occupational therapy, home health care and outpatient counseling services. Medicare pays 80 percent of these costs, and you will be responsible for the remaining 20 percent after you’ve met your annual $147 Part B deductible. Inpatient hospital care is also covered under Medicare Part A with a $1,216 deductible and coinsurance. And, as part of health care reform, Medicare is also covering 100 percent of annual wellness visits, which includes testing for cognitive impairment. Medications: Most Alzheimer’s medications are covered under Medicare’s Part D prescription drug plans, but plans vary on copayments. If you have a Part D plan, use the Medicare Plan Finder tool at medicare.gov/nd-a-plan to compare your plan’s total drug costs against other plans to be sure you’re getting the best coverage. The Alzheimer’s Association offers a chart on coverage for common Alzheimer’s drugs – go to alz.org and type “drug chart” in the search eld to nd it. Long-term custodial care: Many seniors are surprised to learn that Medicare does not cover long-term custodial care. This includes nursing home care, the costs of assisted living facilities and adult day care. Medicare does, however, pay for some shorter-term nursing home care, but only up to 100 days following a three-day inpatient hospital stay. Hiring home help for bathing, toileting and dressing (this is known as custodial care) is not covered by Medicare either unless your wife is also receiving skilled-nursing care or physical or occupational therapy to help with the recovery from an illness or injury. To help with these costs, you may want to consider a long-term care insurance policy. Or if your income and assets are very limited, you may qualify for Medicaid. See longtermcare.gov for a breakdown of long-term care planning options. Hospice: In the nal stages of the disease, Medicare Part A covers nearly all aspects of hospice care, including doctor services, nursing care, drugs, medical equipment and supplies, physical and occupational therapy, homemaker services, counseling and respite care. To qualify, a doctor must certify that a patient has six months or less to live. Other Insurance: If you don’t have a Medigap (Medicare supplemental insurance) policy, you should consider getting one. A Medigap plan will help pay for things that aren’t covered by Medicare like copayments, coinsurance and deductibles. To search for plans in your area, visit medicare.gov and click on “Supplements & Other Insurance” or call Medicare at 800-633-4227 and ask them to mail you a free copy of the “Choosing a Medigap Policy” publication 02110. Or, if you’re enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan (like an HMO or PPO), your plan must give you at least the same coverage as original Medicare does, but make sure your doctors are in your insurer’s network to avoid excess costs. Also nd out whether you need a referral or prior authorization before getting care. Financial Assistance: If you can’t afford your Medicare out-ofpocket costs, or need help with medication expenses, there are government programs that can help. Go to benetscheckup.org to search, or contact your Eldercare Locator (800677-1116) who can refer you to local services to assist you. BAILEY MONUMENT CO 740252

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Madison County Carrier € Wednesday, December 18, 2013 € 3B Path of Faith For the longest time I thought a “Hail Mary” was a desperate, last-ditch throw at the end of a football game; a frantic attempt to win at the final second. Having been raised in one of the more contrary factions of Protestantism, you can’t blame me. I was taught to avoid Catholicism with the same amount of fierceness as avoiding card-playing and dancing. They were all equal spawns of the same Satan, or so I was instructed. Well, all these years later, I haven’t picked up the habit of praying the Rosary, but I have come to appreciate it. And I understand why some believers find the “Hail Mary,” or Ave Maria, so gripping. “Hail Mary, full of grace. Our Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus,” comes straight from the Christmas text of Luke. It is Gabriel’s announcement that Mary will give birth to the Christ child, the Son of God. There are plenty of “divine births” in religious literature. God (or the gods) comes down from heaven, assumes physical form, has intercourse with some fair maiden, and the resulting pregnancy is a mix of the human and divine – demigods – we call them. This is a common narrative, and is especially true of the Greeks. Greek mythology is filled with tales of classic heroes who claimed paternity from the gods, but were birthed by human mothers (Theseus, Perseus, and Heracles to name a few). In most cases the divine father is Zeus who was nothing short of a cosmic philanderer with children scattered all over the Mediterranean and Mount Olympus. This is not the nature of Mary’s pregnancy. What happens with her is unique in literature and in religion. That God’s spirit would come upon her – reminiscent of God’s Spirit moving across the waters in the primal act of creation – is a Jewish concept with its own flavor. And it has given Christianity the virgin birth. Yet, Luke puts little emphasis on Mary’s celibacy, hardly any at all. Luke’s emphasis is on Mary’s compliance to God’s will. Mary’s response to her miraculous motherhood is profound; it is an act of complete surrender, as she says to Gabriel, “I am God’s slave. Let it be done to me according to your word.” Let it be. Now, where have we heard those words before? The song “Let it Be” might be Paul McCartney’s finest work. He wrote at a difficult time: The Beatles were on the skids, individually they were suffering from their success, and Paul was a mess. He was lost, drunk, and confused. He began to feel this wrenching misery, longing for the comfort of his mother – her name was Mary – who had died when he was fourteen. It was during this time that Paul’s mother came to him in a dream, he says. And she said to him, most supportive, “Paul, let it be.” McCartney awoke, went to the piano, and wrote the now classic song: “When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me; Speaking words of wisdom, let it be…There will be an answer, let it be.” When Mary – the mother of Jesus, not the mother of Paul – said, “Let it be,” she wasn’t despairing of life. She was willingly receiving the way of God for her life. She was admitting that her designs for living would be set aside so that God’s design for her life would come to fruition in and through her. Hers, like Paul’s, was a song of surrender, not of apathy or hopelessness. It was a song of submission to a higher and better way. Now, this sounds like losing, like we are giving up, but we lose nothing. We gain everything. By accepting how the world actually is, accepting who we really are, and accepting what God wants for us, we move forward with peace. We collapse into the strength and will of the Almighty. “Let it be.” To confess such a thing is to indeed be full of grace. Ronnie McBrayer is a syndicated columnist, pastor, and author. His newest book is “The Gospel According to Waffle House.” You can read more at www.ronniemcbrayer.me. Let It Be

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By Jacob Bembry Greene Publishing, Inc. “A Hallelujah Christmas” will be held as musicians Mortal Mission, Marvv Truth and MJB ring in Christmas week with their musical stylings on Saturday evening, Dec. 21, beginning at 6 p.m. The concert will be held at the Town Hall Pavilion in Lee. Funds will be raised for the Salvation Army during the event. George Blevins will speak on behalf of the Salvation Army. Jacob Bembry will be the event’s emcee. Madison County Carrier € Wednesday, December 18, 2013 € 5B Path of Faith Cherry Lake Church To Hold Christmas Dinner By Jacob Bembry Greene Publishing, Inc. Mount Zion A.M.E. Church, located at 407 NE Mount Zion Church Avenue, will host the second annual Hanson, Pinetta and Cherry Lake Christmas Community Outreach Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Everyone is asked to join them as they enjoy fellowship together, greet friends and loved ones while they share a Christmas meal. There is no charge. Bring friends! Mount Zion A.M.E. also asks that all community churches donate desserts. They also ask that all items be brought to the church no later than 8:45 a.m. the day of the dinner. The church will begin fixing dinners to deliver to community residents at 9:15 a.m. Walk-ins are welcome from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Anyone who is interested in helping with this community event is welcome to go serve with them. If anyone is in need of transportation to go and fellowship at the church or if they are sick or shut-in and need a meal delivered to them, they are asked to please call Brother Johnnie Woods at (850) 929-4141. Mount Zion is asking that community residents who will be delivering meals to others to please have their list ready at the time they pick up the meals. If anyone has any further questions, please call Savilla Murphy at (850) 9294386. A Hallelujah ChristmasŽ To Benefit Salvation Army

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Path of Faith 6B € Madison County Carrier € Wednesday, December 18, 2013 On a Christmas several years ago I received as a gift a very nice terrycloth bathrobe. I was pleased to receive it for I had often wanted one. I looked for the size of the bathrobe and discovered that it said, “one size fits all.” Well those of you who know me are already grinning from ear-toear. There was no way that I was ever going to fit into a bathrobe that claims to fit “all.” Bathrobes must necessarily come in different sizes; I ended up exchanging my gift for a size “ye gads!” Words are a lot like that too. We in the English-speaking world often use words that are “one size fits all.” I’m thinking especially of the word “love.” We love a lot of things. We love our families, we love to fish, we love onion rings, and we love certain programs on television. This “one size fits all” over-usage of the word “love” often has little real meaning on the subject of our affections. In fact it could even have a deleterious effect on our relationships. Most men, for example, tend to shy away from the word “love.” Oh, we’re not afraid of affection and devotion to another, but somehow declaring “love” somehow gets in the way of our real emotions. “Love” connotes a warm, squishy and fuzzy feeling that is difficult for most men to conjure. We prefer words that are more concrete and words that are less apt to be misconstrued. As an example, it has become fashionable these days for a man to tell another man that “I love you, man.” Most of us are still uncomfortable with that one. That one comes attached to male purses and earrings. “Love” is used a lot in the church too. We hear of God’s love and we learn that we are to love one another even as God has loved us. And here’s the point I want to make: A lot of men hear these words and there’s a disconnect with the meaning. A man going around “loving” everyone in the modern sense of the word would soon find himself on the-outside-looking-in, so to speak. We need a clearer understanding of the word “love” if most men are going to live out the Gospel in their lives. God’s love for us could be better understood if we talked of God’s mercy and grace. It’s through mercy and grace that God’s love is manifested toward us. We who are sinners yet claim the hope of true peace and joy through Jesus Christ are standing in the middle of God’s mercy and grace. What of our Lord’s admonition that we are “to love one The PulpitBy Rev. Lee FerDon, United Methodist Church Love ...Story Cont. On Page 7B

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Madison County Carrier € Wednesday, December 18, 2013 € 7B Path of Faith another.” We cannot extend much mercy to others; most of us are not in a position to do so. If I were standing before my good friend Judge Wetzel Blair I would be hoping and praying for mercy, but most of us are in no position to offer mercy to anyone. What about peace? If we were able to offer peace to the world we wouldn’t have our children in harm’s way in the Middle East and Korea. If our forefathers knew how to do “peace” there wouldn’t have been two World wars in the 20th Century and 12-million innocent dead in Europe during Hitler’s regime. Perhaps our love for one another could best be described by the words “justice and charity.” By justice I mean that we treat each other the way Jesus commanded us to. “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” Feed the poor, clothe the naked, and provide shelter for the homeless. The word charity means sharing our gifts with others. We can offer warmth and affection. We can extend hope and joy to others. Opening our homes to others is great but opening our arms to others is the greatest gift we can give. Jesus said, “As you have done unto the least of these—you have done unto me.” 2014 will be a new year for every one of us. It hasn’t yet been marred by evil. Let us love one another, even as God has loved us. The Pulpit Cont. From Page 6B

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