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National Security Former Arms Control director Ken Adelman has written a new book about an important event three decades ago: Reagan at Reykjavik: 48 Hours that Ended the Cold War. The subject deals with a mini summit between President Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev in the fall of 1986 at the halfway mark in Icelands capital. Well into his second term as president, Ronald Reagan was criticized because he didnt meet with his Soviet counterpart. Reagan passed this off with the quip, Id like to meet the other fellow, but they keep dying on me, a reference to the fact that three Soviet leaders had died in quick succession. That calculus changed with the elevation of Gorbachev in 1985 who was a younger, more robust leader. At Gorbachevs suggestion, Reagan agreed to meet with him at Reykjavik in the North Atlantic to air out their differences. It was supposed to be a quick meeting (arranged in less than a month) between the two leaders who had met the previous year at a large arms control conference in Geneva. Reagan arrived with minimal staff while Gorbachev came with full entourage. Over a weekend in mid-October, they sat across from each other and directly negotiated. Reagan wanted an arms reduction agreement while Gorbachev was determined to stop Americas missile defense program. Three years before, President Reagan had launched SDI the Strategic Defense Initiative which his detractors dismissed as Star Wars. Reagan was something of a paradox: while he promoted nuclear modernization (B-1 bomber, MX missile, and Trident submarines), he hated these destructive weapons and instinctively rejected the concept of MAD, mutually assured destruction, as a Cold War strategy. If America could defend itself against the most destabilizing weapons, nuclear tipped missiles, then logic followed that we would require fewer of these costly strategic weapons. Reagan went so far to alter the terminology, changing the limitation in SALT to reduction in START; he was not satisfied to limit nuclear weapons growth but actually reduce them. SDI frightened the Soviets because they felt it was destabilizing. While they were far ahead in strategic ICBM missiles, their technology and economic problems could not match Americas ability to develop strategic defense. Essentially, what Reagan envisioned was a system like Israels Iron Dome now being used to intercept incoming Hamas rockets from Gaza. While it is more complicated to shoot down an incoming ICBM than a short range rocket, the concept of a bullet hitting another bullet is identical. For two full days during the weekend of 11 and 12 October, the two leaders sat across from each other in a small conference room on the second floor of Hofdi House and debated the issue of nuclear arms. During the intervening evening, the arms control experts negotiated the areas where the leaders had agreed. They made great progress following decades of intransigence. The area where they could not agree was SDI. Gorbachev wanted the development limited to the laboratory which Reagan knew would kill the program. He wouldnt budge. Gorbachev accused the US of using SDI to violate the antiballistic missile treaty; Reagan countered that the Soviets had already violated that Nixon-era treaty. On Sunday night, the two leaders departed with no agreement. Reagan was furious. Gorbachev was disappointed. But they had established enough progress and trust to renew arms reduction talks with vigor. The next year in Washington, the two leaders signed an agreement to rid Europe of intermediate nuclear missiles. This broke new ground as an entire class of weapons was slated for destruction. Two years later, the Soviet Union imploded, just as Reagan predicted in the 1970s during his first national campaign. The western press excoriated Reagan for his intransigence on SDI, but he was right. A nation should have the ability to defend itself from any kind of destruction, beginning with nuclear missiles that once fired, cannot be recalled. Reagan practiced peace through strength. As a result, today there are fewer nuclear weapons in the world and the United States has a limited missile defense capability. Reagan was a dedicated anti-communist from his days as a democrat in the late 1940s. He had witnessed the communist influence in the Screen Actors Guild in Hollywood when he served as the unions president. Many argue that Reagan was an opportunist and the credit for ending the Cold War should go to others. But that belies history. Reagan was the man who stood in front of the Berlin Wall and called out, Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall to the exalt of freedom-loving people everywhere. Adelmans book about the Reykjavik Summit is well crafted and worth the read. But, if youre convinced that Ronald Reagan was a lightweight suffering from dementia and unconvinced by facts and logic, then dont bother; it would be a waste of your time. History is ultimately the judge and in that regard, Reagan is on solid ground. Compared to the current occupant of the White House, he accomplished great things in foreign policy during his presidency. The other day a friend and I were discussing yard work and planting owers (and the fact that I dont like to do that) and she brought up an old column I had written many years ago explaining exactly why I dont like doing those womanly things. I pulled that old column up on my computer and re-read it. It brought back all the memories of the years and years of torment I put myself through, in my younger years, trying to be someone that I wasnt. For years I thought something was wrong with me and I tried my hardest to try to be like other women. Theres something to be said about that old adage with age comes wisdom for I have learned a lot in my old age. And my wisdom grew from this .. I went through my early 20s trying to be a normal woman. Im not quite sure what I thought a normal woman should be, but I just felt that I didnt match that mold. Growing up, as a young girl and teenager, I worked on my Dads farm and in the newspaper business. I didnt stay home and learn to cook, clean and sew; I got up early every morning (and/or after climbing off the school bus) and learned how to brand cows, plant pine trees, hoe, pick vegetables, can vegetables, sell advertising, type, lay-out a newspaper and run a printing press. When my Dad said, Cmon boys, that meant me too. So, there I was at 20 years old, out on my own, and suddenly felt un-womanly. I could put in an 80-hour-week with the best of them, but didnt know how to do anything but boil eggs and put a pizza in the oven. I quickly learned how to cook Hamburger Helper and learned to cook it often. To this day I hate Hamburger Helper; I cooked it so much back in those days I could go the rest of my life and never eat it again. I went grocery shopping with a friend one day. As we traveled the aisles and put things in our carts, I came to the Hamburger Helper, and of course put several boxes, of different avors, in my cart. She said to me (in a condescending voice), You cook that? Yes, I said (unaware there was something wrong with that.) To which she replied, I dont cook anything that comes in a box. To which my reply was, I cant cook anything that doesnt come in a box. I had another friend back in those days, who painted/made shirts. Oh, they were beautiful. She made several for me and even some for my Mom. So, I decided one day I should learn how to make shirts, for that seemed womanly. I went to a local store and bought all the paint, brushes, glitter and t-shirts. I made ONE shirt and realized how that was not fun to me and not how I wanted to spend my time. I tried to learn to sew; but found that sewing was also not my thing either. I had already known that fact for several years (about 15 years) when we (the mothers) were all handed patches to sew on our childrens Babe Ruth Little League softball shirts. Several of my friends that knew me well, offered to sew Cheltsies on, for me. I politely declined, for I should be able to do this; I was, in fact, her mother and a woman. I sat in bed for two hours sewing that darn patch on that sleeve, but nally got it on. However, when the next year rolled around and someone offered to sew Cheltsies patch on, I jumped at the chance. I said, Yes, thank you very much, and gladly passed that chore on to someone else. I think my younger years hoeing, picking, shelling and canning ruined me from ever wanting to grow my own garden, and a daylily is the only ower I can plant and it actually live. I have learned to cook through the years; and actually do enjoy it to an extent. However, I dont like to bake, dont enjoy baking, and I dont bake anything hard. I can, however, make a mean brownie. I dont want to grow my own food; I would rather buy it from a store or go to a restaurant and let someone serve it to me. I dont want to make my own clothes; I would rather go to a store and buy them. But Ive learned through the years that God gives each us our own strengths and weaknesses. He doesnt make us good at everything. It is up to each one of us to determine what our strengths and weaknesses are and then to go forth and utilize what we have been given. I might not be a normal woman but Ive decided thats ok. Ive learned that I dont need to be normal. I am who I am, and am happy with that. I was taught to work, growing up. To this day, I would rather work than sit on my couch and watch T.V. doing nothing. I would rather be up washing cloths, doing dishes, organizing a closet, riding horses, or mowing the grass, than sitting and watching T.V. I can balance a checkbook to the penny, and prefer to have it balanced to the exact penny. I can pinch a penny till theres no penny left to pinch and I can make a monthly budget and stick to it. While Im asking my friends to hem my slacks and my daughters jeans, I have friends asking me to help them come up with a household budget and/or help them to learn how to balance a checkbook. I can type 75 wpm correctly, I have good English and Grammar skills (although I do make mistakes, just in case youre proof-reading this column as you go), and I have a fairly good business head on my shoulders. The important thing in life is for us to learn to love ourselves for whom we are, and for whom God made us to be. We should quit concentrating on our weaknesses and concentrate on our strengths. If your God-given weakness (such as gardening or singing) is a three (on a scale of 110) and you try hard everyday to perfect it, you might bring it up to a ve. However, if your God-given strength (such as cooking, bookkeeping or playing the piano) is a seven, and you concentrate on it and practice to perfect it, then you can bring it up to a nine or ten. I believe that is Gods true hope and desire for us; quit concentrating on the bad and start concentrating on the good. Quit wishing you were like someone else or more of a normal person. Truth be known, that same person is looking at you and prob ably wishing that they were more like you. Until then..... Ill see you around the town. (P.S. I have learned to do Pinterest some but trust me I do not pin the do-it-yourself projects or the home and garden projects. My pins are about recipes, vacation spots, motorcycle trip destinations and Cheltsies upcoming wedding. Ill leave all the gardening and arts and craft projects to all the normal women.)www.greenepublishing.com Wednesday, July 16, 2014 2A Madison County CarrierVIEWPOINTS& OPINIONS Emerald Greene Publisher Joe Boyles Guest Columnist Emerald's Gem Box ReykjavikIm Not A Normal Woman T u t e n s F a r m P r o d u c e Squash String Beans Potatoes Cucumbers (850) 251-5463From Greenville Hwy. 221 S., Turn on Hwy. 360 4 to 5 miles on RightFrom Madison Hwy 14 Turn on 360 5-6 miles on Left.Mon Sat. 7:30 am 5:00 pm Closed On Sundays
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I also believe that those people who choose careers in Education, Law Enforcement, and Fire Rescue are somewhat akin to those who serve in the Ministry as these professions; careers are a "calling." On Sunday, July 13, my ve year old son, Zion, wanted to inquire about a tour of the Madison County Fire Department. He and I went by to ask about scheduling a tour. IMMEDIATELY AND WITHOUT HESITATION, Lieutenant LaMendola and J.C. Jimenez went above and beyond in granting his wish. They allowed Zion to hold the water hose, dress up in re gear and gave him an opportunity to sit inside a re truck. During the visit, he was also given a re helmet and "badge." Their selessness absolutely made my son's day! His gratitude for their genuine generosity lasted until bedtime when he fell asleep. He, nor I, will ever forget how accommodating Lieutenant LaMendola and J.C. Jimenez were. Lieutenant LaMendola and J.C., we both thank you so much! LaShawn D. Moorea Letters to the Editor are typed word for word, comma for comma, as sent to this newspaper. All submitted letters must be 600 words or less Actions Are Louder Than WordsWhen Congressman Steve Southerland showed up at the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting in Key West last week, shermen expected to hear the same old rhetoric about his plan for government to interfere with the public process for managing sheries. After all, it is Congressman Southerland who wants to tie the hands of the Council by eliminating management options that help small family shing businesses like my own. So when we heard him praise the Council for their good work, I admit I was surprised. Congressman Southerland went on to talk about the need for better stock assessments and better data to be used to manage the Gulf's sheries. And I don't disagree. As a commercial sherman, I rely on accurate science to tell me how many sh I can catch each year without hurting the red snapper population in the long term. I understand the need to set limits for conservation and to live within those limits. I also understand that stock assessments cost money, and the National Marine Fisheries Service needs more funding to improve stock assessments. If Congressman Southerland really is committed to improving sheries data, he'll back up his words with actions and he will deliver funding to NMFS for annual stock assessments for red snapper and the rest of the Gulf's sh species. Fishermen don't need another politician pointing out the problem we need our federal leaders to actually help fund the solution. Captain Jim Zurbrick Commercial sherman, Steinhatchee, Florida Fish for America LLC In Response To:My niece, Justina Cone, has sent me an article titled the Pioneers of Madison County in which you covered Fountain Cone and Spencer Cone. It is very good coverage of these two pioneers. I wanted to let you know that I have been studying this, (my family) for about 25 years and it is very hard to get information and you often hit that ole brick wall. My contacts have provided me with coverage of their father, Isaiah Cone, who came to Madison Co., with them and settled in the Concord Area of Madison Co. He became a Charter Member of the Concord Baptist Church. I have coverage of him and his family, Fountain Hayne Cone Sr., William Spencer Cone, Elizabeth Cone Triplett and Jesse Cone who all accompanied him from North Carolina, Sandersville Ga., Leon Co., Fl., and nally Madison Co., Fl. Several years ago, I gave a copy of my work to Elmers Library there in Madison Co., Fl., which has all of this information therein. It is always a pleasure to give and to receive and this is truly especially in Family History. I have worked my family history for over 25 years and was graciously assisted by Cousin, Irene Cone Waldroff (now deceased). I nd your article very factual and is very valuable to the residents of Madison County. My book covers all four of Isaiah's children and is very lengthy. Jesse Cone stopped off with his family and settled in Grady Co., Ga. while Fountain and Spencer settled in Madison Co., along with their sister, Elizabeth Triplett who married Eli Triplett. Eli Triplett Sr., while serving in the Seminole Indian Wars, was shot and scalped at Fort Downing in S. Madison Co., and his son Eli Jr., was killed in the Battle of Natural Bridge in the Conict with the Union Soldiers while they were attempting to conquer the State Capitol (Tallahassee). He was the 3rdConfederate of a total of ve who perished in this battle. His name is on the marker at this National Park. If you should desire to pursue this family further, I will be glad to possibly ll in some blanks for you. I am honored to be the bearer of a Florida Pioneer Descendant Certicate in honor of William Spencer Cone Sr. (my line). As you may already know, this is a feather in my cap! I have hinted several times to Justina to pursue this goal, also. I graduated from Greenville High School in 1953 and have served with the Ga. Foresty Commission and served one enlistment in the Navy. I have lived in Warner Robins, Ga. since 1960 and still miss my home town. I have heard it said many times that anytime you hear the name CONE in Madison Co., then you can almost be certain that this person descended from Isaiah! I was glad to get your article in the news paper and would like to hear from you if you so desire. Sincerely, Jim ConePioneers Of Madison County Fountain Hayne And Spencer Cone
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www.greenepublishing.com Wednesday July 16, 2014Madison County Carrier 5AAROUNDMADISONCOUNTY Obituaries Wedding AnnouncementsHamrick AbshireWayne Hamrick and Beverly Hamrick of Greenville announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter Jessica Nichole (Nikki) Hamrick to Austin Edward Abshire. The parents of the groom are Julie Lynn of Orlando and Rusty Abshire of Orlando. Maternal grandparents of the bride are J.M. (Squeaky) Cone and Beulah Ann (Bootsie) Cone of Greenville. Paternal grandparents of the bride are P.K. Hamrick and Toni Hamrick, also of Greenville. Maternal grandparents of the groom are Mrs. Erlene (Nomi) Lynn and the late Willard Lynn of Orlando. Paternal grandparents of the groom are Jack and Mary Jo Abshire of Port Orange, Fl. The bride to be is a 2011 graduate of Aucilla Christian Academy of Monticello and is currently enrolled at Tallahassee Community College as a surgical technician. The groom to be is a 2009 graduate of Boone High School in Orlando and a 2014 graduate of Tallahassee Community College of Nursing with a RN degree. He is currently employed with Shafeld Building Specialties, Inc. in Tallahassee. The wedding will be held Saturday, August 2 at 5 p.m., at Landmark Baptist Church in Madison. No local invitations are being sent but all friends and relatives of the family are invited to attend. A RSVP to (850) 5092418 will be gratefully appreciated by July 21. Ronald E. BoyerRonald E. (Ron) Boyer, 66, of Darien, Ga., passed away, Tuesday, June 24, while vacationing on Great Guana Cay, Abacos, Bahamas. Ron was born January 20, 1948, in Ottawa, Kan. He graduated from Ottawa High School in 1966, where he held records in football and track and eld. He served in the United States Navy from 1968 until 1972 attaining the rank of ADJ 3rdClass. While in the Navy, he received the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Following his military service, Ron settled in Brunswick, Ga., where he worked for Watch Security, later moving to Darien, where he worked for Alltel while building his landscaping business, McIntosh Lawn Service. Of all his interesting hobbies, Ron will perhaps be best remembered for his woodworking skills and culinary skills. His handcrafted clocks and cutting boards are true works of art, and anyone who has a piece of his handcrafted outdoor furniture is fortunate indeed. He not only enjoyed this hobby very much, but he also enjoyed giving the items to friends and family and enjoyed participating in arts and crafts festivals. Those who knew Ron know how he loved to cook. He loved cooking for a crowd, especially outdoor cooking. Many of his friends received jars of his home-canned tomatoes, salsa and pickles, as well as his famous homemade party mix and beef jerky. Tournament shing was another hobby he enjoyed with the Roadrunner Fishing Team. Ron was known as, and will be remembered as, a hard worker with a heart of gold. He always tried to give back to his friends and his community in any way he could. He was a past member of the Jaycees and the Lions Club and was a football coach at The Boys Club in Glynn County. Ron was preceded in death by his parents: Reddell and Nina Boyer; a son, Casey Eugene Boyer; and father-in-law, Clayton (Buddy) McWilliams, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Linda McWilliams Boyer; step-daughter, Carley Luke; step-son, Jake Luke, all of Darien; daughter, Julie Toler (Joe) and granddaughters: Piper and Phenix of Mt. Pleasant, Ga.; son, Brian Boyer (Theresa) and grandsons: Luke and Brody Boyer and step-granddaughters: Callie and Alyssa, of Brunswick; son, Justin Boyer of Darien and granddaughter, Alayziah, of Brunswick; daughter, Liz Ferrell (Justin) and grandson, Preston and granddaughter, Sophie, of Brunswick; sister, Connie Morris (Steve) and niece, Amanda Morris, of Florence, Colo.; and mother-inlaw, Jean McWilliams of Madison. The family received friends at Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home in Brunswick, Ga., on Friday, July 11. In lieu of owers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Wounded Warriors Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS., 66675 or to a charity of the donor's choice. Ben RegisterBen Register, 61, died Monday, July 7, in Tallahassee, after a long extended illness and a courageous battle. Ben was born September 18, 1952 in Madison, to Lester Dunn Register and Margaret Eulee Vinzant Register. Funeral service will be held Sunday, July 20, at 3 p.m., at the Chapel of Beggs Funeral Home in Madison. The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home from 2-3 p.m., before the service. Ben was employed by Tallahassee Memorial Hospital for 30 years and for the State of Florida, Department of Radiation Control, for the past eight years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Madison and an avid hunter with his Madison hunting buddies. He also served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany. He received his National Defense Service Medal, Expert M16 bar and 1stClass H-Grenade bar. Survivors include: his son, Jason Tubbs, of Belton, Texas; daughter, Lacy Register, of Los Angeles, Calif.; son, Jacob Register, of Tampa; and their mother, Mitzi Register, of Tallahassee; brothers: Jimmy Register, of Madison and Buddy Register, of Lakeland, Fl.; sister, Peggy Tomlinson, of Ormond Beach, Fl.; best friend and cousin, Don Selman, of Madison, as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Ben was predeceased by his parents and stepfather, Bill Dietterich; sister-in-law, Roxcenna Register and brother-in-law, Clay Tomlinson. In lieu of owers, donations may be made to Boys Town, Disabled Veterans of America or the USO. Beggs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, (850) 9732258. You may send your condolences to the family by visiting the website at www.beggsfuneral.com.Michal GluszczMichal Gluszcz passed away on Friday, July 11. Born in Ostroleka, Poland on August 12, 1981, he moved to the United States in 1992, residing in New Jersey before moving to Greenville in 2005. Michal had touched and was loved by many people who knew him. He will be missed, but kept in the hearts of everyone. He is survived by his mother, Justyna Gluszcz; grandmothers: Justyna Kiliszek and Halina Gluszcz; Aunt Anna Kowalski and family as well as the entire Rembowski family. Rest in peace, Michal, we love you. Memorial service will be held at Sharon Baptist Church in Greenville on Wednesday, July 16, at 6 p.m., Pastor Perry Marsh presiding. An additional memorial service will be held at St. Vincent's Catholic Church in Madison on July 18 at 10:30 a.m. Cremation arrangement trusted to ICS Cremation and Funeral Home, (386) 752-3436, located at 3257 NW Wilks Lane, Lake City, Fl. 32055. Joe P. Burns Funeral Homes OUR NEW FACILITY IS OPEN Now Serving The Families Of Madison County (The Former Historic V an H. Priest Office)323SE Lakeshore Dr. Madison, Fl 32340(850)973-1337www.joepburnsfuneralhomes.com Steen CoxMorris and Judy Steen from Shady Grove, Fl., announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Alwyn Steen to Thorvald Solomon Cox. Brittany is a graduate of Aucilla Christian Academy and North Florida Community College and has Bachelor's and Master's of Education degrees from the University of Florida in Special Education. For the past six years she has taught for the U. S. Department of Defense School System in Italy and Japan. Thor is a graduate of the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor's degree in Physics and a Master's degree in Engineering from George Washington University. He is a designated naval aviator and holds the rank of Commander in the United States Naval Reserve where he ies the navy's newest cargo/transport aircraft, the Boeing-737/C-40. Brittany and Thor plan to be married in the spring of 2015 in Virginia Beach, Va, where they will live.
AROUNDMADISONCOUNTY6A Madison County Carrierwww.greenepublishing.com Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Madison Boys Choir Holds Denim And Diamonds Banquet Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Lynette Norris, July 10, 2014Gathered around the Circle K banner at the Madison Kiwanis Club are members of the Madison County Boys Choir with two of thei r Kiwanis Club hosts. Standing directly in front of the banner in the center of the group are Ja'Karti Brown, with Desmond Roberson, one of the choir directors. Starting at the far left and circling around behind the banner are: Jaylon Reeves, Xaviar Dobson, Jamarian Robertson, LaJarius Bryant (behind the banner), K iwanis member Jerome Wyche (behind the banner), Kiwanis member Preston Matthews and Daniel Graham, also one of the choir directors.By Lynette NorrisGreene Publishing, Inc.Has anyone ever told you that you look like a certain celebrity? Do you enjoy dressing up like your favorite celebrity, but usually have to wait until Halloween or some other masquerade/costume event to do so? Well, here's another chance to do that, while you enjoy a good dinner and performances by the talented members of the Madison County Boys Choir to boot. The Boys Choir is hosting a Denim and Diamonds Banquet at the Madison Senior Citizens Center, Thursday, July 17 at 6 p.m. This is a fundraiser for the group, so tickets are $25. Guests are encouraged to dress up like their favorite celebrities and come on out and have fun while they enjoy the performances of other celebrity groups. The proceeds will go toward a trip to Atlanta for the Boys Choir, and a chance to tour the Coca-Cola plant, the Atlanta Zoo, and see the many sights there, said Desmond Roberson, speaking at the Kiwanis Club to promote the Denim and Diamonds Banquet. Atlanta may not be that far away, he told the audience, but some members of the choir have never even been out of Madison. For tickets, see any member of the Madison County Boys Choir, or contact Desmond Roberson at (850) 322-5462 or Daniel Graham at (407) 405-2540. Jesse Solomon NFL Flag Football League Is Still Accepting MembersBy Jessie R. BoxGreene Publishing, Inc. Jesse Solomon NFL Flag Football League has begun and played their rst game on Friday, July 4 at 5 p.m. Former NFL player and Madison resident Jesse Solomon is hosting the event. The players must be ages ve to 14. The league started June 21 and will last until July 26. There are currently two teams but there are enough uniforms for four teams. All participants should wear athletic footwear and apparel. If anyone would like to join or has any questions, contact Jesse Solomon at (850) 408-2342. Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Jessie R. Box, July 9, 2014Jesse Solomon and the children in the ag football league watch the other children practice drills to learn the proper way.Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Jessie R. Box, July 9, 2014The children run drills as Jesse Solomon watches and corrects them when necessary.Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Jessie R. Box, July 9, 2014Jesse Solomon explains a drill to the children on the ag football league.
By Rose KleinGreene Publishing, Inc.The new Madison County Memorial Hospital (MCMH) will be holding a grand opening at their new location at 309 NE Marion Street in downtown Madison. The 22.5 million dollar state-of-the-art facility is twice the size of the old hospital, coming in at just under 60,000 square feet. The new hospital is equipped with 25 rooms, equal to the number of rooms in the old hospital, but juggling patients to accommodate the same genders in one room, worry about spread of infection and automatically sending critical patients to out-of-town hospitals will be a thing of the past. The hospital will have two oors, with the bottom oor made up of outpatient services, emergency room, administrative ofces, surgical rooms, radiology, laboratory, dietary services and a chapel. The top oor will accommodate all 25 private patient rooms, a patient activity room, physical therapy and rehabilitation that will house the most up-to-date equipment available and a pharmacy. The hospital will now offer four types of patient rooms. Standard Rooms will be a private room with a bed, couch and recliner that pulls out to make additional beds for family and a private bath. The hospital has two rooms of the second type. Family Rooms are designed with an adjoining door between two rooms where the patients will be in one room while the family can stay in the other room. This service is offered free-ofcharge and will depend on availability. The third type patient room is a Negative Pressure Room designed for patients with an infectious disease. A foyer creates a barrier, allowing staff and visitors to close the hall door before opening the door to the patient room. The ventilation is also designed so that air comes into the room, but only vents out through the ceiling. The fourth type of patient room is a Special Needs Room, designed for patients who are not critical enough to be admitted to Intensive Care, but need to be monitored more closely than the average patient. These rooms are positioned in close proximity to the nurse's station for quick access. The building and rooms aren't the only new things about the hospital. All digital and completely up-to-date equipment will be used in the new facility and includes: a 12-disk digital EKG machine that a person coming in through the Emergency Room will have hooked up to them, in order for doctors (cardiologist and neurologists) in Tallahassee to access their readings as soon as they're checked in at triage in Madison; a computer-aided-detection machine for mammography will now be able to detect the smallest microscopic abnormalities; a 3D/4D ultra-sound machine will allow an expectant mother to see what her unborn child actually looks like in the womb; and a person suffering from a stroke will now be able to have a CT scan that will show 16 images of the brain in three minutes to detect the type of stroke they are undergoing, drastically accelerating treatment time. Other notable and new services the hospital will include are: a portable MRI for MCMH patients; a helicopter pad for those persons who need quick access to a different facility, will no longer need to be transported to Lanier Field, but can now leave directly from the hospital; a swing bed program where patients from Tallahassee can come to rehabilitate and recover; and an afliation with Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic and Capital Regional Medical Center that will enable the hospital and staff to tap into certain resources that will increase treatment options for Madisonians. For those who would still like a tour of the hospital, tours will be given now through Friday, July 25. Individual or group tours can be made by reservation only, at 9 a.m. or 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. To schedule a tour, contact Ted Ensminger at (850) 973-2271. For more information about MCMH, you can visit their website at www.mcmh.us.Story SubmittedStacy and Company would like to welcome our newest hair stylist, Mikayla Plain. She recently graduated cosmetology school in June and began working with us on Tuesday, July 1. Stacy and Company is a full service salon with hair, skin and nail specialists that are sure to please everyone's needs. Mikayla, Brittany and Kelli are our hairstylists and they specialize in everything from color, lightening and perm services to trendy cuts and styles. We are also offering a new Kashmir Keratin smoothing treatment for clients who want a smoother and more manageable hairstyle. It can reduce drying time up to 50 percent and reduce the time you spend styling your hair everyday to almost none. It also reconditions the hair and gives it a healthier appearance. Stacy and Renee are our nail experts who specialize in manicures, pedicures, acrylics and shellac. Shellac is a great new alternative to regular nail polish, it has virtually no drying time and can last anywhere from two to four weeks with no chipping! Renee also specializes in skin care and offers facials at Stacy and Company. At our salon, we also offer waxing treatments and we currently have tanning available as well. Give us a call at (850) 973-2385 for more information or to schedule your appointment! We look forward to seeing you!AROUNDMADISONCOUNTY www.greenepublishing.com Madison County Carrier 7A Wednesday, July 16, 2014 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 376 NE Sumter Street Madison, FL 32340(850) 973-2385 We Are Pleased To WelcomeMikayla PlainTo Our Team Of Salon Professionals!Kelli Nichols, Mikayla Plain, Stacy Holman, Renee Groover and Brittany Nichols Stacy And Company Welcomes And Introduces New Hair Stylist Mikayla Plain This is Dr. Teresa Blaine Payne, a family physician with a fellowship specialty in geriatrics, the care of the elderly. You might expect to find specialist like this in Tallahassee, Valdosta or Gainesville. Dr. Payne, however, can only be found in Madison at the all new Madison County Memorial Hospital. PATIENTS ACCEPTED AT NEW HOSPITAL, FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 2014 For you, above all else, prosperity and health 3 John 1:2 Owners of Family First Wellness Clinic, Miki Richardson and Gina Sapp, would like to welcome the association of MCMH Staff Physician, Dr. Teresa Blaine Payne, to their practice. Frontline technology, caregivers for the entire family. Madison County Memorial Hospital, redefining rural healthcare. GRAND OPENING CEREMONY, JULY 26, 10:00 AM, 224 Crane Avenue, MadisonLike us on Facebook; www.facebook.com/madisoncountymemorialhospital Madison County Memorial Hospital Holds Grand Opening Saturday, July 26 Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Rose Klein, July 9, 2014The new Madison County Memorial Hospital is set to hold its Grand Opening on Saturday, July 26, at 10 a.m. and admit patients o n Friday, August 1.
Dear Shoppers,While there are a number of websites that rate new vehicles for older drivers, one of the most credible is Edmunds.com a toprated online resource for automotive research information. For 2014, they developed a list of top 10 vehicles for seniors based on userfriendly features that help compensate for many of the physical changes like diminished vision, arthritis and range of motion loss that can come with aging. But before we get to the list, here is a rundown of different features that are available on many new vehicles today and how they can help with various age-related physical problems. So depending on what ails you or your wife, heres what to look for. Knee, hip or leg problems: For comfort, a better fit and easier entry and exit, look for vehicles that have six-way adjustable power seats that move the seat forward and backward, up and down, and the seat-back forward and backward. Also look for low door thresholds and seat heights that dont require too much bending or climbing to get into. Leather or faux leather seats are also easier to slide in and out of than cloth seats. Limited upper body range of motion: If you have difficulty looking over your shoulder to back up or merge into traffic, look for vehicles with a large rear window for better visibility, wideangle mirrors which can minimize blind spots, back-up cameras, active parallel park assistance and blind-spot warning systems that alert you to objects in the way. Also, for comfort and fit, consider vehicles that have a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, adjustable seatbelts and heated seats with lumbar support. Arthritic hands: To help with difficult and painful gripping and turning problems, features that can help include a keyless entry and a push-button ignition, a thicker steering wheel, power mirrors and seats and larger dashboard controls. And in SUVs and crossovers, an automatic tailgate closer can be a real bonus. Diminished vision: Look for vehicles with larger instrument panels and dashboard controls with contrasting text thats easier to see. And those with sensitivity to glare will benefit from extendable sun visors, auto-dimming rearview mirror and glare reducing side mirrors. Short and/or overweight: Look for six-way adjustable seats, adjustable foot pedals and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. 2014 Best Vehicles: Here is Edmunds list of top 10 vehicles for 2014 listed in alphabetical order. Each offers features designed to support drivers coping with the conditions discussed above. Their picks include both sedans and SUVs, and range from top-of-the-line luxury models to those with more affordable price tags. Acura RDX SUV, Audi A8 Sedan, Ford Taurus Sedan, Honda Accord Sedan, Hyundai Sonata Sedan, Lexus ES 350 Sedan, Mazda CX-9 SUV, Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan, Toyota Avalon Sedan and Volkswagen Passat. To read more about the details of these choices visit edmunds.com and type in Top 10 vehicles for seniors for 2014 into their search bar. AAA Resource: Another excellent resource that can help you choose a vehicle that meets your needs is the American Automobile Associations online tool called Smart Features for Older Drivers. At seniordriving .aaa.com / smartfeatures you can input the areas you have problems with like knee problems, arthritic hands or a stiff upper body and the tool will identify the makes and models that have the features that will best accommodate your needs. Although this tool looks at model-year 2013 vehicles, in many cases the features shown are carried over for 2014 models. www.greenepublishing.com Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8A Madison County CarrierHEALTH want investing made easy? Larry DiPietro is an experienced financial advisor committed to helping clients achieve a more secure financial future. His comprehensive planning combined with his experience with wealth management, retirement, education and insurance strategies can help you achieve your financial goals. Call Larry today to find out how his experience and consultative approach can help you! firstname.lastname@example.org 343 West Base St. l Madison 850.402.8028Larry DiPietro, Financial AdvisorRegistered Representative, INVEST Financial CorporationINVEST Financial Corporation is not afliated with Capital City Banc Investments. INVEST Financial Corporation, member FINRA/SIPC, and its afliated insura nce agencies offer securities, advisory services and certain insurance products. Products are: 04/15 116288 Savvy Senior Top Rated New Vehicles For SeniorsDear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any credible resources that rate the best vehicles for older drivers? My wife and I are both in our seventies and are looking to purchase a new automobile but could use some help choosing one thats age friendly. What can you tell us? Car Shoppers To help with difficult and painful gripping and turning problems, features that can help include a keyless entry and a push-button ignition, a thicker steering wheel, power mirrors and seats, and larger dashboard controls.
www.greenepublishing.com Wednesday, July 16, 2014Madison County Carrier 9AHEALTH Enter for a chance to win FREE TICKETS to No Photocopies Accepted Tickets are good until August 4, 2014 Deadline To Enter is July 22, 2014 Winners will be announced July 23, 2014 Name____________________________ ___________________________ Address__________________________ __________________________ Phone Number____________________ Fill out and return to Greene Publishing, Inc. at P.O. Drawer 772 or 1695 S. S.R. 53 Madison Fl, 32340 You Could Spend Your Final Days Of Summer At Wild Adventures! UF Research Finds Association Between Certain Pain Relievers And Heart AttackAUniversity of Florida study has found that the regular use of some nonsteroidal anti-inammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, increases the risk of stroke, heart attack and death in postmenopausal women. The study was published, in July, in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. The researchers found that regular use of the NSAID naprox en, the active ingredient in medications such as Aleve, is associated with a 10 percent increased risk of heart attack, stroke and death in postmenopausal women, said UF cardiologist Anthony Bavry, M.D., the study's lead author. Regular use was dened as at least twice per week for the previous two weeks. "That is counter to the medical community's perception of NSAIDs, in which most people believe naproxen to be safer," Bavry said. "Our study showed naprox en was not safer it was actually harmful." Bavry, in collaboration with researchers from Harvard and other universities, combed through data from more than 160,000 postmenopausal women who were surveyed as part of the Women's Health Initiative a 15-year research study funded by the National Institutes of Health. Of these women, 53,142 regularly used NSAIDs. Even after controlling for obesity, hypertension, diabetes, use of aspirin and other health factors, the researchers found the increased risk for heart attack, stroke or death among the women who used certain types of NSAIDs. One of the study's co-authors, Marian Limacher, M.D., has been the UF principal investigator for the Women's Health Initiative since 1994. She emphasized that the study was observational in nature, which helped the researchers nd associations between use of NSAIDs and cardiovascular impacts. Limacher also noted that this was the rst study of its size to examine the effects of regular NSAID use on women. "When we study agents such as aspirin, we have found differential effects in men and women," Limacher said. "Men had reduction in heart attack, and older women had a reduction in stroke but not heart attack, which is part of the reason those of us studying women feel we really need to have adequate information on commonly used drugs for both men and women," NSAIDs include over-thecounter medications such as naproxen and ibuprofen as well as prescription drugs such as rofecoxib, commercially branded as Vioxx, and celecoxib, branded as Celebrex. Because of its association with increased risk of heart attack or stroke, Vioxx was taken off the market in 2004. The study's main nding conrmed that the regular use of any NSAID was associated with harm such as digestive bleeding. Although it found for the rst time that the risk of heart attack, stroke or death was associated with the use of naproxen, the study found no cardiovascular or stroke harm associated with ibuprofen. NSAIDs work by inhibiting two enzymes responsible for inammation, called cox-1 and cox-2. They also can cause bleeding in the stomach and digestive tract. NSAIDs that target just the cox-2 enzyme, which is present mainly at the site of inammation, are designed to prevent bleeding in the digestive tract, Bavry said. However, previous studies showed that NSAIDs that solely target the cox-2 enzyme, which include Vioxx and Celebrex, have been associated with adverse cardiovascular events such as heart attack or stroke. Bavry thinks the culprit in naproxen is also cox-2 inhibition. "People will have to think about what they have in their own medicine cabinet," Bavry said. "Do they have naproxen, ibuprofen or something else?" The study looked only at the association between cardiovascular events and use of NSAIDs not the effects of NSAIDs on the kidneys, for example. "We would encourage patients to use medications for as short a time as they need, and to be sure they follow up with their physicians regularly to monitor for effects on the kidneys, and potentially for risk for heart disease," Limacher said. B u s i n e s s C a r d D i r e c t o r y
www.greenepublishing.com Wednesday, July 16, 2014 10A Madison County CarrierOUTDOORS June 2014 Hydrologic Conditions Story SubmittedAfter five straight months of above-average rainfall, June 2014 was the driest the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) has experienced since 1998 and the 13thdriest in 82 years. District wide rainfall in June was only 4.57 inches, or 70 percent of the normal based on records since 1932. While the rivers are receding, the aquifer levels remain high and springs are flowing strong. The Districts June 2014 Hydrologic Conditions illustrates that although conditions were dry in June, the 12-month average rainfall ending June 30, was 11.1 inches higher than the long term average of 54.63 inches. Other rainfall measurements in the report show that the highest gaged monthly rainfall total at Lake Butler was 8.86 inches, which also had a 24-hour high of 3.08 inches. The gage at Pineview near Quitman documented the lowest measurement of rainfall at 1.80 inches for the month. The levels of most rivers throughout the District have steadily receded from the high springtime rainfall, particularly the Upper Suwannee River. However, the Aucilla and Steinhatchee rivers still measured high levels. High aquifer levels and falling river levels along the Suwannee corridor resulted in strong spring flow, said Megan Wetherington, P.E., Senior Professional Engineer. The District team measured the flow of several springs during June. Lafayette Blue Springs was measured flowing at 127 MGD (million gallons per day), its highest flow since 1998 and the third highest in its record. Suwannee Springs was measured at 43 MGD, the highest recorded flow since 1964 and the second highest in its record. Little River Springs was measured with its highest flow since 2005, with a mostly clear flow of 73 MGD. On the Santa Fe, Ginnie Spring was measured at 32 MGD on May 30, its highest measured flow since 1998. White Sulphur Springs continued to flow into the Suwannee River, but its flow was too fast to safely measure, said Wetherington. The Districts June 2014 Hydrologic Conditions Report is available at www.mysuwanneeriver.com Hydrologic Cycle FLORIDAPSC URGESSAFETYFORPORTABLEGENERATORUSEStory SubmittedThe Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) reminds residents that summer is in full swing, meaning severe weather, including hurricanes, can strike and knock out electric power. While portable generators benet consumers during power outages, they can be extremely hazardous and even life-threatening, if not used properly. We encourage Florida residents impacted by severe weather to be careful when using generators, said PSC Chairman Art Graham. Preparedness is the key; plan where and how youll use your generator and then do a test run. By planning ahead, you will keep your families safe and healthy during hurricane season, which runs through November 30. Here are more tips from the PSC on how to safely use a portable generator. Tips on how to operate a generator: Never use a generator in an enclosed or partially enclosed space. Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide (CO) build-up in your home. When using a portable generator, remember that you cant smell or see CO. Even if you cant smell exhaust fumes, you may still be exposed to CO. If you feel sick, dizzy or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air immediately. The CO from generators can quickly kill you. Locate your unit outdoors and away from doors, windows and vents that could allow CO to come indoors. Install battery-operated CO alarms, or plug-in CO alarms with battery back-up in your home. Tips to eliminate electrical hazards: Keep the generator dry and do not use in rain or wet conditions. For best results, operate it on a dry surface, under an open, canopy-like structure. Connect appliances to the generator using heavy-duty extension cords designed for outdoor use. Never try to power the house wiring by plugging the generator into a wall outlet, a practice known as backfeeding, a dangerous code violation. Tips to prevent res: Never store generator fuel in your home. Do not store ammable liquids near a fuel-burning appliance. Before refueling your generator, turn it off and let it cool down. Gasoline spilled on hot engine parts could ignite. Hurricane Season: Look Up Before The StormStory SubmittedThe Atlantic hurricane season is a time when most tropical cyclones are expected to develop across the northern Atlantic Ocean. It is currently defined as the time frame from June 1 through November 30. What plans should prudent consumers take with the trees in their landscape? Hurricanes and violent storms "It is important that people who live in East and Gulf coastal areas be prepared," says Tchukki Andersen, BCMA, CTSP and staff arborist with the Tree Care Industry Association. "Even people in the upper Midwest should heed the warning. Right now, get your trees as ready as they can be to survive a major storm. Don't wait until the storm is headed your way." One of the greatest dangers to life and property during hurricanes is posed by falling trees and limbs. "Growing trees will 'catch' more wind and become heavier, so they are prone to increased mechanical stresses, increasing the chances of failure," explains Andersen. "Preparing trees for a natural disaster is a must and should be done well in advance of the storm season. To help ease these dangers, have a professional arborist evaluate your trees. Doing this will help you determine potential weaknesses and dangers." Look at your trees for the following warning signs: Wires in contact with tree branches. Trees may become energized when they are contacted by electric wires. Dead or partially attached limbs hung up in the higher branches that could fall and cause damage or injury. Cracked stems and branch forks that could cause catastrophic failure of a tree section. Hollow or decayed areas on the trunk, main limbs or mushrooms growing from the bark that indicate a decayed and weakened stem. Peeling bark or gaping wounds in the trunk also indicate structural weakness. Fallen or uprooted trees putting pressure on other trees beneath them. Tight, V-shaped forks, which are much more prone to failure than open U-shaped ones. Heaving soil at the tree base is a potential indicator of an unsound root system. Remember, too, that a tree is a living thing, and its integrity and stability change over time, so don't assume that a tree that has survived nine severe storms will necessarily survive a tenth.
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www.greenepublishing.com Wednesday, July 16, 2014 12A Madison County CarrierPUZZLES& GAMES Make Your House A Home Across 1. Air pollution (pl.) 6. Immeasur ably deep chasms 13. Keen insights 15. Stone Age artifact 16. Knocking sound (hyphenated) 17. Occupancy by title, lease or rent 18. Extending from the U.S. to Japan 20. Last day of the week (abbrev.) 21. Big, fat mouth 22. Cut corners 26. Doozie 30. ___ de deux 32. Bill and ___ 33. Absurd 37. One who fails to carry out a promise 40. Neophyte 41. Door-to-door (hyphenated) 43. Armageddon 44. Clod chopper 45. Donnybrook 48. Association of Southeast Asian Nations (acronym) 51. ___ Tuesday (Mardi Gras) 53. Grassland 55. Pass allowing one to get on a ship (2 wds) 60. Like some triangles 63. Major neck artery 64. Cornmeal concoction 65. Hard, colored minerals composed of metal oxides 66. Passed out 67. FileDown 1. Sacred beetle of ancient Egypt 2. Undergo change 3. Arab League member 4. Catches on 5. Become unhinged 6. Italian appetizer 7. Strengthen, with "up" 8. Symbols representing Shakti 9. Remiss 10. Anger, e.g. 11. "Yadda, yadda, yadda" 12. Difdent 13. Song and dance, e.g. 14. "Don't go!" 19. Crime boss 23. Clickable image 24. Grimace 25. Ask 27. "Planet of the ___" 28. Advocate 29. Choppers, so to speak 31. Play, in a way 34. Work on a galley 35. "___ on Down the Road" 36. Cambodian currency 37. Perlman of "Cheers" 38. A long, long time 39. Art subject 42. Principal 46. Click beetle 47. In a spooky manner 49. Less inept 50. A great deal (2 wds) 52. Nervous twitches 54. Annexes 56. A chip, maybe 57. Back of the neck 58. Dismal 59. A type of geometric solid 60. Marienbad, for one 61. Bully 62. ___ mode (2 wds)
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The Pulpit for this week is written by Rev. Delbert Redditt, the former pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Madison. Pastor Redditt currently serves the congregation at the First Baptist Church of Bratt, located near the Florida-Alabama line in west Florida. The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk. Exodus 23: 19 God demands that we place Him first in our lives and has a good basis for expecting us to do just that. Consider for a moment all that God has done for us: First, He created us. Consider the dialogue that God had with the prophet Jeremiah in chapter one verse five of his book: "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, [and] I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations." Here, we see that God both formed and ordained the Prophet and his work before he was conceived. It is also true for each of us. Also, when we consider the reasons why we should place God first in our lives consider the abundance that surrounds you. Remember that He provides this for each of you. In Deuteronomy 28: 2 it is recorded: "The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow." Here, God testifies that He alone provides the means for each of us to live an abundant life. Finally, consider the price that God paid to redeem you from certain destruction. He sent his Son to suffer, bleed and die. In John 15:3, Jesus tells us "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." So, why should you put God first in your life? Because He has such an absolute and pure love for you that He gave you the most important gift of all Eternal Life! Join me in a renewed commitment to place God at the forefront of your life. May God richly bless your day! 2B Madison County Carrier Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Path of Faith By Rev. Delbert Redditt, former pastor of Faith Baptist ChurchThe The Pulpit Pulpit Placing God First In Our Lives
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By Jacob Bembry Greene Publishing, Inc. The good folks of Midway Church of God want to extend a warm welcome to everyone and invite them to the church's annual peanut boil on Saturday, Aug. 2, beginning at 6 p.m. Boiled peanuts has been a Southern tradition since the 1800s and have been a favorite at social gatherings for churches, as well as other organizations ever since. Some of the best things to enjoy them with are iced tea, soft drinks, ice cream and other desserts, which will also be on the menu at the church in the Midway community that evening. Also on tap for the peanut boil will be a concert featuring the vocal stylings of a favorite local Christian group, LifeSong. Featuring Bryant Thigpen of Live Oak, Jessica Ratliff of Madison and Ethan Brooks of Thomasville, Ga., the group's smooth Southern gospel sounds will go well with the dainty Southern delicacies and the boiled peanuts served earlier in the evening. According to their website, www.lifesonggospel.com : Bryant Thigpen is a native of Madison and serves as manager and lead vocalist for the group. Bryant began singing gospel music at age 11, when he began playing piano for the McCormick Family. After nearly three years with the McCormicks, he joined his dad and brother as bass guitarist with the Reflectsons. Having spent seven years with the Reflectsons, Bryant left the road for a short period of time unaware of the plans God would have for him to form LifeSong. While the group took time off of the road in 2010, Bryant joined the legendary Naomi and the Segos as pianist. Bryant is excited to be back on the road with LifeSong and looks forward to what God has in store for the group. Bryant is married to Stephanie. They are the proud parents of a baby girl named Brynlee. Ethan Brooks joined LifeSong in February of 2009 as the baritone vocalist. 'It was one of those things that was supposed to happen,' laughs Bryant. Ethan and his family were scheduled to perform at the same church later in the year, but instead was moved to share the program with LifeSong. The group at the time was looking for a baritone and the pieces fit perfectly together, and within a month Ethan was a member of LifeSong. Prior to LifeSong, Ethan performed with his family, the Brooks Family. While LifeSong took a break from the road in 2010, Ethan joined the legendary Naomi and the Segos singing baritone. When not on the road, Ethan attends First Newark Baptist Church in Thomasville, Ga., where his dad serves as pastor. Jessica Ratliff is the newest member of LifeSong, joining the group singing the alto part. While this is her first time joining a group, Jessica has been singing her whole life. 'She is a very talented vocalist,' added Ethan Brooks, 'We're very excited to have her a part of LifeSong.' While Jessica has a powerful voice that will grip your attention, she has a passion for ministry that will grip your heart. Jessica is married to Jimbo Ratliff of Madison and has two children, Emery and Wyatt. There will be no charge for the LifeSong concert. A love offering will be accepted. Midway Church of God is located at 2485 SE Midway Church Road (off County Road 255, south of Interstate 10, exit 262, or off County Road 53, south of Interstate 10, exit 258). Rev. Retis Flowers is the pastor. 4B Madison County Carrier Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Path of Faith Open 24/7 Midway Church Of God To Host Annual Peanut Boil, Gospel Concert Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Jacob BembryLifeSong performs at a peanut boil at Midway Church of God in 2011. From left to right are: Bryant Thigpen, Jessica Ratliff and Ethan Brooks.
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Path of Faith 6B Madison County Carrier Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Mondays Parenting with Values each Monday from noon-1 p.m., Middle Florida Baptist Association, 349 SW Captain Brown Road in Madison. Wednesdays Celebrate Recovery ministry each Wednesday from noon-1:30 p.m., Middle Florida Baptist Association, 349 SW Captain Brown Road, Madison. July 13-18 First Baptist Church Madison will have their Vacation Bible School for ages three to adult from July 1318 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. They will be discovering, deciding and defending why they believe in Jesus Christ through eyewitness reports and clear evidence using Agency D3 material.July 13-18 Cherry Lake United Methodist Church will be having their Vacation Bible School with Cherry Lake Baptist Church located at 1308 NW CR 150, Madison, beginning Sunday 5 p.m.; Monday-Thursday, 5:30-8:45 p.m.; Friday, 7 p.m. The theme is "God's Backyard Bible Camp Under the Stars. There will be food, Bible study, crafts and recreation. Call Darlene Reaves (850) 9292159 for further information.July 20-25 Students will train to become Agency D3 agents during Vacation Bible School at Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church VBS set for Sunday, June 20, through Friday, July 25. The fun will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner served, and last until 8:45 p.m. each evening. Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church is located at 4084 NE Rocky Ford Road, north of Madison. July 22 The Pinetta area food ministry/mission will be distributing food beginning at 9 a.m. at the Pinetta food pantry.August 2 Midway Church of God will host its annual peanut boil on Saturday, Aug. 2, beginning at 6 p.m. Go and enjoy boiled peanuts, soft drinks, sweet tea and desserts all for free. LifeSong will be the featured music guests. There is no charge for the sing. A love offering will be received. August 9 The 11thHour Gospel Group will be in concert at Sirmans Baptist Church on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. Sirmans Baptist Church is located at 168 SW Sirmans Church Way, off US 221, south of Greenville, south of Interstate 10, exit 241. Everyone is welcome to attend. Jimmy Fletcher is the church's pastor. Call (850) 9484948 for more information. Church Calendar
Madison County Carrier Wednesday, July 16, 2014 7B Path of Faith Labor Day Picnic Set By Jacob Bembry Greene Publishing, Inc. Make plans now for a Labor Day picnic on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 31, from 4-7 p.m., at Madison Church of God. The church, located at 771 NE Colin Kelly Highway in Madison, invites everyone to come as friends and leave as family. There will be a number of free and exciting things, including games, horse rides, horse and buggy rides, a petting zoo, train rides, inflatables, face painting and so many more activities for all ages. And, what's a picnic without food? Everything is free, except for the dunking booth and proceeds raised from it go towards a missions trip. Remember, everything takes place the day before Labor Day on Sunday, Aug. 31. Rev. Jason Justus is the pastor of Madison Church of God. By Jacob Bembry Greene Publishing, Inc. With a DVD and Blu-ray release date set for Tuesday, Aug. 5, God's Not Dead will finds its way onto department room shelves and Redbox rental kiosks around the country. The movie was one of the surprise hits of the summer, with the movie features a college professor played by Kevin Sorbo, demanding that all of his students write God is dead on a piece of paper and turn it in on the first day of class. One student, played by Shane Harper, refuses to do so, prompting the professor to challenge him to a series of debates at the end of each class for the next several weeks. Harper plays Josh Wheaton, who shoots down arguments for God's death and the belief in evolution that Sorbo, who plays Professor Raddison, uses. This writer watched the movie at the theater in Valdosta, Ga., and was pleasantly surprised to see a number of stars in it, including Dean Cain, who played Superman/Clark Kent on Lois Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Willie and Korie Robinson from Duck Dynasty, David A.R. White, of the Burt Reynolds' TV series Evening Shade and Cassidy Gifford, daughter of Frank and Kathie Lee Gifford. In addition to the debate element, the movie has several subplots including Raddison's arrogance towards his girlfriend, who is a Christian; a young Arab girl who is kicked out of her home by her father after being discovered listening to the Bible on her iPod; and a woman suffering from cancer whose boyfriend, played by Cain, dumps her when he finds out that she is dying. Near the end of the movie, Christian recording artists, the Newsboys appear in a segment where they are in concert and sing God's Not Dead. This writer won't ruin the movie for you by telling you how it ends, but I will give you one spoiler, which I knew before I saw the movie GOD'S NOT DEAD. Run out on Aug. 5 and get your copy of the movie, which outlasted the Russell Crowe movie, Noah, at the box office, or download the digital version from Amazon.com or iTunes. The movie is well worth the investment. M o v i e R e v i e w : G o d s N o t D e a d
Path of Faith 8B Madison County Carrier Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Be A Missionary In Your Own Community By Jacob Bembry Greene Publishing, Inc. This summer, as in so many summers of the past, people join groups from local churches and head on missionary trips to places such as Haiti, Alaska, the Caribbean, Mexico, the continent of Africa and to the Native American reservations in South Dakota and New Mexico. For others, the trips are too cost prohibitive, or their work schedules do not give them the leeway to make the journeys. Others may be considered too old, or too young, for such undertakings. Some of the people who can't make the trips sit and wonder what it would be like to carry the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people who may never have heard or read the Word of God or who are just hurting people. Others are missionaries in their own backyards. If one sits and thinks out how they can be a missionary where they are, the answers that come to them are numerous. The blessings that the missionary receives can be numerous but even if it is not visible, there is always the assurance that God has seen us do a deed in His name. We are told in Ephesians 2:8: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God and later, in Ephesians 2:10: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. These two verses show us that we are not saved by works, we are saved by grace, but because we are saved, we should do good works. What better way to do good works than to be a missionary, even if it is just helping a neighbor. A recent issue of AARP Magazine told the story of a young woman, who had just become a new mother, who offered to give an older neighbor a ride to his eye doctor. The gentleman had just had eye surgery and couldn't see to drive himself. While at the doctor's office, the nurse came out and saw the baby and, like so many others, began playing with it. The nurse returned several other times to see the baby and, finally, she asked if the mother would allow the doctor to examine the baby's eyes. The mother said that she didn't have an appointment, but after being assured that it didn't matter, relented. The doctor found that the baby had a rare form of glaucoma and sent him to another optometrist in a neighboring state the next day. The doctor there performed surgery on the baby and said that if it had been two or three days later, the infant would be permanently blind. The Good Samaritan above received a blessing because she gave a blessing to someone else, when she gave a neighbor a ride to the eye doctor. There are so many ways to be a missionary in the community. You can volunteer at a food pantry, or go on a prayer walk with friends on Saturday afternoon through your city or town or just the neighborhood. Other ways include: *Giving a friend a ride to the doctor, the grocery store or work. *Surprising someone with a meal or dessert that you have cooked. The person may be sick or have a really busy schedule or it can be someone that you just want to be nice to. This opens up doors to witness to them. *Doing yard work for a neighbor, who is disabled, elderly, injured or who just has too much on his or her plate to handle it at the time. *Doing the shopping for a homebound person. *Giving people rides to church. *Offering to babysit a neighbor's children so that she can have a much-needed break. There are so many other ways that you can help spread the love of God by being a missionary in your own community. Sit and think of a few of them and then do one or a few of them. Remember, when a person thanks you after doing a good deed, tell them you are doing it in the name of Jesus Christ and if the occasion calls for it, invite them to church The places that churches are sending missionaries to are in need of hearing about Jesus Christ, but believe it or not, there are people in your own community who have never heard about Him and, if they have, they have never been shown the love of Christ. Share His love today.
Madison County Carrier Wednesday, July 16, 2014 9B Path of Faith Movie Review: Son Of God By Jacob Bembry Greene Publishing, Inc. Grossing almost $60 million at the box office, the hit movie, Son of God is now on DVD and Blu-Ray. The first weekend this movie was out, this writer had the opportunity to witness it in a movie theater and enjoy its breathtaking cinematography and awesomely designed sound. The movie told the story of Jesus Christ from Him calling His first disciples until His crucifixion and resurrection and the time after it that He walked the Earth, leaving the apostles with the commission to go into all the world and preach the Gospel. Produced by Mark Burnett, producer of Survivor, and his wife, Roma Downey, the Irish-born actress who found fame in the United States playing Monica on Touched By An Angel the movie is beautiful in its production values and it sticks close to the Bible story of Jesus. This writer found it to be on an equal footing with Mel Gibson's epic, The Passion of the Christ in terms of how well it was produced. While some of the scenes in the movie are violent, they are a little more viewer friendly than those in the Passion. One advantage that Son of God has over The Passion of the Christ is that the viewer doesn't have to spend the entire movie reading subtitles because the actors are speaking in Aramaic. This writer urges everyone to go out and rent the movie at a Redbox kiosk or buy it online or purchase it at Walmart or any of your favorite stores. Son of God is another in a long line of movies about Jesus Christ, but the story never gets old when the storyteller holds true to the story, as the Burnetts have with this movie.
Ive made a habit lately of studying the Amish. I use the word study loosely as this is not a simple curiosity of mine or some kind of theological experiment. My exploration flows out of a deep respect and admiration for their faith and spirituality. We English (thats what the Amish call us outside their communities) recognize them because of their familiar beards, horse-drawn buggies, fine woodworking, or barnraisings, but theres a lot more to this group than sturdy furniture and firm dispositions. They have a lively, vibrant faith despite their archaic lifestyles. The Amish (and their cousins the Mennonites, Brethren, and a few other groups) I have come to know are lovers and active makers of peace. They value simplicity above almost any other thing. They love their families and community, and they have a profound trust in God. This trust, employing a good Amish-German word, is called Gelassenheit. Gelassenheit is usually translated into English as submission, yield, or serenity, but it is so much more. It is a total letting go of entanglements. It is a relinquishment of the self. It is an exchange of human, personal will for a thy will be done kind of life not a blind, hopeless fatalism, but a defiant and restful faith in God. One Amish farmer summed up Gelassenheit like this: We dont pray for rain, he said. But we are thankful to God when the rain arrives. This perspective gives the Amish a completely different understanding of the will of God than most of the Christian universe. Many of us have been taught, tacitly or overtly, that Gods will is this magic be-all-end-all, which, if discovered, can end all the angst and indecision of life. So we chase after and fret over what God wants us to do, thinking there will be complete and total disaster if we miss the secret plan he has for us. We twist and writhe in the anguish of our decisions, never feeling good about any choice we make. Finally, we conjure up all the bravado or foolishness we can muster, smile through gritted teeth and give a direction a whirl. If it all works out, we praise God for his magnificent direction. If it is a bellyflopping disaster we scratch our heads, feel terribly ashamed and blame God or our weak faith for leading us the wrong way. The truth is, most Christians really want to do what God wants us to do; we want to do the will of God. Equally as true, however, is this: There is no exact formula for finding this will. This does not sound very spiritual, but in my experience, finding Gods will is as much about trial and error as it is about praying and seeking. And yes, sometimes it ends in a big mess. Maybe we can take a cue from the Amish and neutralize the mystery of finding and doing Gods will. Maybe we can learn to simply trust God with our life and our circumstances. Maybe, if we keep hitting the wall, we can stop, listen and trust for a while. Maybe we can learn to yield our own wills, or at least stop using Gods name to sanction our decisions. Maybe we can stop putting ourselves through the torturous exercise of chasing after something we cant even define. Here is the thing the Amish can teach us: Rather than trusting an exact path and direction for your life, just trust God with your life. After all, God is bigger than your plans. God is stronger than your failures, and God never fails to reward those who seek after him. You can find peace by quit trying to figure out what to do for God and simply rely upon God. Meister Eckhart, an old medieval mystic from Germany who knew a few things about Gelassenheit himself, wrote: God wants no more from you than you letting go of yourself. Then you can let God be God in you. If thats not Gods will, then I dont know what is. Path of Faith 10B Madison County Carrier Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Gelassenheit: You Will Be Blessed
By Lynette Norris Greene Publishing, Inc. Abigails story takes place against a complex backdrop of social upheaval, political uncertainty, palace intrigue, and often chilling violence. The 200-year period of the Judges has come to an end, with a growing desire among the Israelites for a centralized monarchy, like those of their neighboring nation-states, the prophet Samuel has given in and anointed Saul, of the tribe of Benjamin, as the first King of Israel. Saul is able to unite the scattered tribes into a cohesive group, but his erratic behavior causes his popularity to rise and fall. Then he makes the mistake of disobeying the Prophet Samuel by sparing the life of a heathen king. Furious, Samuel withdraws his support. Clandestine political maneuvering kicks into high gear. Samuel secretly goes before the elders of Judah and anoints David as Sauls replacement. Sauls behavior becomes increasingly erratic and paranoid, providing an opening for David to enter his court as a skilled harp-player, capable of soothing the Kings dark, foul moods. David loses no time making palace alliances, but as he grows in popularity at court and among the people, the kings jealousy grows as well, until one day Saul hurls a spear at his once-beloved harp-player. David then flees into the desolate hill country and soon gathers a small army of mercenaries from among the outlaws roaming the hills. It is during this time of treacherous, uncertain and shifting alliances, that Abigail (meaning a fathers joy) and her husband Nabal (fool or foolish one) come on the scene, in 1 Samuel 25. Nabal is a wealthy, powerful landowner, whose shepherds have met up with Davids mercenaries from time to time and been treated well by them or at least, not harmed. David believes Nabal is indebted to him because of this, so when his band is running low on food, he calls on Nabals hospitality debt to help. This was a common custom of the time, and people were expected to honor such a debt. Expected, but not required. As David soon finds out, Nabal possesses little of the social graces of the day. He does, however, seem to have an inflated sense of his own importance. Used to behaving boorishly towards people and treating them in any manner he pleases, he couldnt care less about Davids former palace connections. He believes that he can, without consequence, metaphorically flip off a former court favorite: the man who would be king, who at the moment happens to be leading a band of (ahem) outlaw mercenaries. Of course David is infuriated, but his reaction is completely out of proportion to the offense; he vows to annihilate Nabal and all that is his, setting out with his army to do just that. Into this dangerous, testosterone-addled hornets nest of belligerent, arrogant stupidity on one side and belligerent, hotheaded, wounded pride on the other, steps Abigail. In 1 Sam 25:3, she is introduced as a woman of good understanding and of a beautiful countenance, in contrast to Nabal, who is churlish and evil in his doings. When she hears what Nabal has done, she correctly realizes that her husband has finally gone too far, insulted the wrong person and stepped on the wrong toes. Everyone in Nabals household, including herself, is now marked for death, unless she does something fast. She quickly rallies the household servants into preparing a feast for the renegades, some 400 strong. That Nabals household is indeed capable of providing a feast for so many at short notice is an indication of his wealth and resources. That Abigail can get all the servants to obey her with such alacrity suggests that in this time period, when Israel was still little more than a collection of clans and tribes, many women still held considerable authority over household matters; or it could indicate that this is not the first time she has had to put out a fire and step in with tact and diplomacy to undo damage Nabal has done. Detractors often leap upon these actions as disobedient and rebellious in an era when a good wife was ruled by her husband, arguing that Abigail simply acted in her own best interest and therefore should not be lauded for her role in averting disaster. Still others, noting that Abigail and David are both described as attractive people, and noting that David later took her as a wife, allege that both were motivated by physical desire as much as self-preservation in agreeing to call off the raid. However, there is no indication that Abigail had ever seen or met David before; when she goes out to meet this band of armed soldiers, she has no way of knowing what will happen. As for acting in her own self-interest, if the only other option is utter destruction of herself, her husband and her entire household, including all the servants, there doesnt seem to have been much else she could have done. When she meets David, she falls at his feet and admits the wrongdoing of her husband. Nabal is his name and folly is with him. (1 Sam 25:25). In verse 28, she takes Nabals wrongdoing upon herself and begs Davids forgiveness as if she herself were the offender, evoking the image of Christ. She also acknowledges that David will indeed be king one day, Because my lord (David) fighteth the battles of the Lord, and evil hath not been found in thee all thy days. This gives David pause, this reminder that he is now the anointed king. This course of revenge, if followed through, will forever taint him, perhaps even cost him the throne. That, together with the sheer surprise of meeting Abigail, her servants and the feast they have brought, cools his anger enough to let him see reason. Nabal might be an idiot, but killing him would be ruinous for the would-be kings future. He admits that he had been bent on utter destruction of her household, but he hearkens to her voice and relents. Abigail returns home to find her husband so drunk she must wait until the next morning to tell him how close he came to death. The news shocks him into an apparent heart attack; ten days later, he is dead. Later, David sends the widow Abigail a marriage proposal and she accepts. Abigail is remembered as the long-suffering wife of a fool, a wife whose intelligence and quick thinking saved her family from destruction; as a women who is unafraid to take action to save others, even though it is not the accepted thing for a woman to do; as the woman whose words of tact and wisdom saved a king from throwing away his future, and ultimately as the wisest of King Davids wives. Madison County Carrier Wednesday, July 16, 2014 11B Path of Faith Women Of The Bible: Abigail
Path of Faith 12B Madison County Carrier Wednesday, July 16, 2014