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    2006 Progress Report
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Published Wednesdays & Fridays

FRIDAY. APRIL 28. 2096

SError Causes Two

Zoning Changes

To Be Postponed

Senior Staff Writer

County officials last week
adopted an interlocal agree-
ment that allows Building In-
spector Wallace Bullock to
spend part of his time in Madi-
son County.
Bullock has been helping
Madison County with its
building inspections ever since
the building inspector there re-
signed several months ago.
What the interlocal agree-
ment does is make the relation-
ship more formal, allowing
Bullock also to supervise the
Madison County office.

The agreement won't take ef-
.fect until Madison County
hires a building inspector,
whom Bullock will supervise.

Counties To
Share Cost
Of Salary
The agreement specifies that
Jefferson County has primacy
over Bullock's services, should
a conflict in scheduling arise
between the two counties.
It also gives Jefferson
County the authority to negoti-
ate Bullock's salary, with
Madison County contributing
half the pay.

An escape clause in the
agreement allows either county
to terminate the contract,
should it become unworkable
for any reason.
Bullock urged commission-
ers to approve the
arrangement, calling it timely
and in the best interest of both
"We're in a good steady con-
struction phase right now,"
Bullock said. "This agreement
will give both counties time to
grow until they can separate at
the navel. This is a no lose
proposition for both counties."
Bullock's only expressed
(See Inspector Page 2)

Officials May Change

Dates To Fix Problem

A DISCUSSION ensued between the developers' representative and county officials
during a brief break in the meeting to determine the accuracy of the objection
raised by Cindy Lee. In foreground are, from left, Planning Commission Attorney
Scott Shirley, Project Manager Alan Saucier, and Planning Official Bob Arredondo.
(News Photo)

State Awards County

$3M For Road Works

Senior Staff Writer

The county received good
news recently, relative to two
road improvement projects that
local officials have been pur-
suing for several years now.
The first involves the resur-
facing of CR-146, commonly
known as the Ashville High-
The Department of Trans-
portation (DOT) notified offi-
cials last week that it had
awarded the county $1.26 mil-
lion for the resurfacing of the
road from US 19 South to the
Georgia border.
CR-146 has been listed for
several years on the Small
County Road Assistance Pro-
gram (SCRAP) as the county's
number one priority.
SCRAP is one of several
programs the DOT administers
for the expressed purpose of
helping small counties with
their road improvement pro-
The second DOT announce-
ment involved the award of
$2.2 million for the widening
and resurfacing of CR-158A,
or Old Lloyd Road as it's com-
monly called.

The funding of Old Lloyd
Road came under the Small
County Outreach Program
(SCOP), another of the DOT's
assistance programs aimed at
small counties.
County officials have been
trying to get Old Lloyd Road
widened for years. They have
identified the road as one of
the most dangerous in the
county, because of its narrow-
ness and increasing commuter
Since commencement of the
SCRAP and SCOP programs,
the county has received more
than $10 million from the

DOT for road improvements
and has upgraded five county
As part of the good news, the
DOT informed officials that
because of unexpected in-
creased funding, the county
could choose two roads for in-
clusion on the list.
County officials chose CR-
'4( ar. Rabon Road as the
nuimibr one and two priorities
re, pectively on the SCRAP list
foi the coming year.
They selected the Lake Road
and West Lake Road as the
number one and two priorities
respectively for the SCOP list.


THE COUNTY has received more than $10 million and
has upgraded five roads since the Department of Trans-
portation started its assistance program for small
counties. (News Photo)

Senior Staff Writer

A procedural misstep last
week once again kept two con-
troversial issues from coming-
up before the County Commis-
sion for consideration.
The two issues, which were
scheduled for public hearings
Thursday evening, involved
large-scale Comprehensive
Plan amendments.
One involves a request to
change a 73-acre parcel on US
19 'South from agriculture-5
"(one dwelling per five acres) to
agriculture-3 (one dwelling per
three acres).
The second involves a re-
quest to rezone two parcels to-
taling 377 acres just south of
US 27 from mixed-use/resi-
dential suburban (four dwell-
ing per acre) and agriculture-3
respectively to residential-1
(one dwelling per acre).
The County Commission ap-
proved both amendments sev-
eral months ago and forwarded
them to the Department of
Community Affairs (DCA) for
the required review.
The DCA, in its recently is-
sued response, expressed con-
cerns about both proposals.
But it particularly took issue
with the Waukeenah area re-
zoning, finding it objection-
able on several counts.
Citizens opposed to the two
amendments were well repre-
sented at Thursday night's
meeting. They took encourage-
ment from the DCA's stated
concerns, many of which they
themselves had voiced during
the county's initial considera-
tion of the two proposals.
Before the discussion on the
first amendment could begin
Thursday evening, however,
Cindy Lee pointed out a prob-
lem with the proceeding.

That problem was the failure
of the applicant to timely mail
the required notices of the pub-
lic hearing to landowners adja-
cent to the property to be re-.
According to the dictates of
the Land Development Code,
applicants must notify sur-
rounding property owners by
certified mail no less than 15
days and no more than 30 days
before the hearing.
The records show that Alan
Saucier, project manager for
both rezoning request, mailed
the notices April 7 -- one day
short of the required 15 days
for the April 20 public hear-
Planning Commission Attor-
ney Scott Shirley at first ad-
vised commissioners that the
notices were, mailed in compli-
ance with the county's require-

After reviewing the Land
Development Code and talking
with Planning Official Bob
Arredondo, however, Shirley
revised his statement.
"It has to be 15 days and Bob
just clarified that it wasn't,"
Shirley told commissioners.
"The requirement is 15 days
prior. The notice by mail was
not in accordance with that re-
He went on to explained that
the confusion arose in part be-
cause of the county's various
advertisement and notice dead-
lines. By contrast, the state's
requirement for notification
was a simple 10 days, he said.
Faced with the procedural er-
ror, commissioners had no
choice but to postpone the two
hearings and reschedule them
for 6 p.m. May 18.
But officials weren't happy
with the postponement, one of
numerous that have taken
place in recent years due to
improper public notices and
similar procedural errors.
(See Zoning Changes Page 2)

City Man Drowns While

Fishing In County Lake
parts of the lake," reported
FRAN HUNT Brunson.

Staff Writer

The body of 45 year-old
Walter Davis of Monticello,
was pulled from Lake Micco-
sukee Tuesday morning after
he fell from his small fishing
boat Monday evening and
drowned wlfere he had been
fishing about 40 yards off
Investigator Tony Brunson
of Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission
(FWC) said divers with the
Leon County dive team re-
covered Davis' body about 1
a.m. near Reeve's Landing.
"The area of the lake where
he was fishing is about 11
feet deep, one of the deepest

Victim Was
Not wearing
Life Jacket
Brunson said that witnesses
reportedly heard Davis fall
from his 10-foot aluminum
johnboat around 8 p.m., and
saw him splashing in the wa-
ter, trying to get back into his
boat. Before witnesses could
get to Davis, he disappeared.
Brunson said Davis, who
was a big man, weighing
about 250 pounds, was not
wearing a life jacket and
could not swim.
He added that a large num-
ber of family members main-
(See Drowning Page 2)

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WALLACE BULLOCK, building inspector, will supervise the Building Inspection De-
partment in Madison County as part of an interlocal agreement approved by the com-
mission last week. Bullock here talks with citizen Dick Bailar. (News Photo)
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mission sa'st week. Bullock here talks with citizen Dick Bailar. (News Photo)


Learn History

Editorial, Page 4

Building Inspector To Work

Part Of Time In Madison Co.


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Confederate Memorial Day

Ceremony Planned Sunday

The Sons of Confederate
Veterans announce their an-
nual Confederate Memorial
Day Ceremony 2 p.m. Sunday,
at the old cemetery.
The local service began more
than 100 years ago, when wid-
ows and children decorated the
graves of soldiers, both Con-
federate and Union, killed in
the War Between the States.
The May 30 Memorial origi-
nated shortly after the War
ended, when in 1868, the head
of an organization of Union
veterans, the Grand Army of
the Republic, established
Decoration Day as a time for

the nations to decorate the
graves of the war dead with
Earlier tributes to the Civil
War dead already had. been
held in various places.
One of the first occurred in
Columbus, MS, April 25,
1866, when a group of women
visited a cemetery to decorate
the graves of Confederate sol-
diers who had fallen in battle
at Shiloh.
Nearby were the graves of
Union soldiers. Disturbed as
the sight of the bare graves,
women placed flowers on
those graves as well.

Local SCV members will
hold a short program assisted
by Kate Dilworth Scott Chap-
ter of the United Daughters of
After welcome, Invocation,
and Flag Salute, Bob McElroy
will be the guest speaker.
Flowers will then be placed
on the graves of the soldiers,
both Confederate and Union,
which are in a small section of
the cemetery, unmarked.
Music of the period will be
played, and refreshments will
be served.
For additional information,
contact Fred Beshears, 997-

untarily enroll highly erodible
and other fragile cropland in
CRP through long-term con-
tracts of 10-15 years.
Grasses, trees and other
vegetation are planted on the
enrolled land. In exchange,
participants receive annual
rental payments and a pay-
ment of up to 50 percent of
the cost of establishing con-
servation covers.
After the general CRP sign-
up ends April 28, USDA's
Farm Service Agency will
evaluate offers based on cost
and the Environmental Bene-
fits Index (EBI) factors of
wildlife, water, soil, air and
enduring benefits. Accepted
offers will become effective
Oct. 1, 2006.
FSA county offices are now
beginning to notify CRP par-
ticipants with contracts expir-
ing in 2008-2010 of their
re-enrollment and extension
opportunities. The deadline
for participants to respond is
June 30, 2006.
For more information on
CRP, contact the local FSA
-office at 342-2072.

'Shasta' Is

Pet Of week
The Humane Society has
named Shasta as the ad-
doptable feline Pet of the
Shasta is a calico female,
born in October, 2005.
She has been spayed and all
vaccinations are up to date.
Shasta is described as being
very affectionate and cuddly
toward people but she does
not like any other animals
whatsoever. Therefore, she
must be the only animal in a

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'SHASTA' is playful and lovable and very affectionate,
but she has to be the only animal in the family. (News

ACA Dancers
TO Perform At
Opera House

Staff Writer

The Aucilla Christian Acad-
emy Dancers will perform
this year's recital, "Doll
Land", 3 p.m., Saturday at the
Opera House.
Tickets are $3 each. Stu-
dents are free. Tickets are
available at the door.
"Come and enjoy a fabulous
family outing of ballet, jazz
and tapping dolls," said ACA
Dance Teacher Jennifer

The Jefferson
County Utility
Committee will
meet at -
9:00 a.m.
May 10, 2006,
at the Jefferson
275 North
Mulberry Street.



















Staff Writer

Farm Service Agency Di-
rector Mark Demott reports
that the enrollment periods
for the general CRP sign up
and the special CRP re-
enrollment and extension
sign-up have been extended

The Jefferson County
Democratic Party, in conjunc-
tion with the Friends of the Li-
brary, is sponsoring the second
annual book sale to benefit the
Hours of the sale are 9 a.m.
to noon, at the library, with all
funds to be given to the
Friends of the Library for
placement where needed most.
Last year's event raised
nearly $1,000 which was used
to assist in moving to the new
'library site, and to purchase
Books have been donated

Zoning Cha
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The Planning Commission,
in fact, has held workshops to
determine how best to elimi-
nate such errors.
The official opinion on
Thursday night tended toward
a need for the revision of the
county's various public notice
requirements to bring them
into conformity with the state's
At least two commissioners
-- Danny Monroe and Junior
Tuten -- expressed the senti-
ment that the notice require-
ments needed to be changed to
avoid similar snafus in future.
Members of the public ex-
pressed a different opinion.
They pointed out that the
county's requirement has been
on the books for a long time.
The problem, they said, was

until Friday. Both were
originally scheduled to end
April 14, 2006.
"I encourage all eligible
farmers and ranchers to take
advantage of the enrollment
options available through
CRP and the special CRP re-
enrollment and extension,"
said Demott..
Those who participate vol-

from members of the commu-
nity, and hundreds of books
have been accumulated for the
There are books for all ages,
some books on tape, new hard-
covers, paperbacks magazines,
collectible, some old and an-
tique books.
There will be refreshments
available for purchase.
Anyone desiring to donate
books to the sale can deliver
them to the Library by Friday.
For information, call 342-
0205 or 997-2863

not with the existence of the
deadline times. The problem
was with the applicant failing
to read and abide by the re-
quirement, they said.
Even so, if the official
thinking is any indication,
don't be surprised if the Plan-
ning Commission takes up the
Revisions of the notice dates in
the coming weeks.

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concern involved the question
of when his salary would be
upwardly adjusted, given the
added responsibilities.
Commissioners set a work-
shop Thursday to discuss the
issue. The workshop will fol-
low the commission's regular
meeting, which begins 9 a.m.
in the courtroom.

Staff Writer

Aucilla Christian Academy
has been given the opportu-
nity to offer the drug and al-
cohol awareness course
required by the state to obtain
a restricted driver's license, on
campus, if enough students

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trained a vigil on shore as both
FWC officers and dive team
members searched for Davis'

The Leon County Medical
Examiner J conducted an
autopsy on Davis Tuesday
morning and concluded his
death was from accidental
The body was released to
Tillman Funeral Home Mon-

are interested.
There must be at least 20 in-
terested participants, who
must be at least 14 and a half
years old to participate.
If there is enough interest,
times, dates and cost will be
determined and information
forth coming.
Those wishing to participate
can contact the ACA office at

When Bethony was born with the same
disability as Colin, the DeVaults called on
Easter Seals. Today, Colin swims like a fish
and Bethany rides her bike. One in five
Americans has a disability and Easter Seals
is there with Selp, hope and humanity Call
Easier Seals or visit www.easter-seals.org

Creating solutions.,
charging lives.

I, Sue M. Cobb, Secretary of State of the State of Florida, do hereby give notice that a
GENERAL ELECTION will be held in JEFFERSON County, State of Florida, on the
SEVENTH day of NOVEMBER, A.D., 2006, to fill or retain the following offices:

United States Senator
Representative In Congress: Districts 2 and 4
Governor and Lieutenant Governor
Attorney General
Chief Financial Officer
Commissioner of Agriculture
State Senator: District 6
State Representative: Districts 9 and 10
Supreme Court, Retention of Three Justices
First District Court of Appeal, Retention of Three Judges
Circuit Judge, Second Judicial Circuit: Groups 1, 11 and 12
Clerk of the Circuit Court
County Court Judge: Group 1
School Board: Districts 2, 3 and 5
County Commissioner: Districts 2 and 4
Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District: Groups 1, 2 and 4

IN Testimony Whereof, I Hereunto
set my hand and affixed the Great
Seal of the State of Florida, at
Tallahassee, The Capital, this
Second day of April, A.D., 2006.

Sue M. Cobb
Secretary of State

Conservation Signup

Extended To Friday

Book Sale Scheduled

At Library Saturday

ACA To Offer Drug Course If

20 Participants Materialize


UPN Will Visit Here For

More Ghostly Filming

Staff Writer

GUESTS at the Cancer Survivors Dinner include: Ethel Strickland, Crick
Angie Hurtado, and Sheriff David Hobbs at the registration table.

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SURVIVOR Bertha Bailey gets a second helping of green beans from E
With her is her daughter Rhetta Bailey NeSmith.

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CRICKET EDWARDS, survivors dinner chair, welcomes survivor Lucretia
Barbara Blow to the event.

Members of the Big Bend -.
Ghost Trackers have been ex-
Stremely busy as the popularity
Sof Monticello and its ghostly
dwellings continues to
UPN representative James
Coates of James Coates Magi-
-- .i-f cal World has made arrange-
jl^ ~ ments to return Monticello
and do some additional film-
ing Saturday for the haunted
;et Edwards, segments appearing on UPN.
Hence the Ghost Hunting
Workshop slated for the same
., H date, has been postponed to
S10 a.m. Saturday, June 3.
.The workshop is a day-long
event and features educational
materials on ghost hunting,
investigations and photogra-
Sphy, the haunted tour and the
Ghost hunt in the old 1827
Guest for the workshop will
be Psychic Medium Sissy
Taylor-Maloy, who will teach
spirit communication and will
demonstrate how to contact
loved ones who have crossed
over, with a gallery reading.
As She will also offer personal
psychic readings for an addi-
:dith Adams. tional charge.
The cost of the workshop is
$25 per person and to make
reservations call BBGT at
"James (Coates) was very
inmpressed with Monticello on
S' his last visit," said BBGT
SFounder Betty Davis. "And he
wanted to come back to film
.oine additional footage."
On his previous visit,
SCotes attended the haunted
.. lour and ghost hunt in the old
'.- 18.'2 Cemetery, and filmed
,. -;- inside the Palmer House and
ie Opera House.
rccntl, got an e-mail
Slroni him :illid'ie said' that
h.u e.., l ie l 'e ,3a editing the film
fli rom the -Palmnier I-Iotse, he
',.-" ::,;'..: could distinctly hear the voice
of a little girl talking," said
I Brown and Davis.
In related news, Davis said

she will present a 90 minute
program 9:30 a.m., Satur-
day May 5 at the Opera
House, in a Tourism Summit.
"The summit is trying to get
more tourism in rural towns
and wants to push the aspects
of Monticello, its ghosts and
hauntings," said Davis.
BBGT member are prepar-
ing packets for the 12 mem-
ber summit which will
contain a CD of different
BBGT investigations through-

out the city and county,
ghostly pictures taken in the
county and the historical and
haunted aspects of different
locations, to include the
Lloyd Train Depot and the
Lafitte Store in Lloyd, where
much activity has been docu-
mented by the group.
Members of the summit will
be represented with special T-
shirts which say, "Got
Ghosts?" on the front and
"Monticello Florida Does!"
on the back.

Jefferson Elementary

Details May Events
second grade field day.
FRAN HUNT May 18 is the third through
Staff Writer fifth grade field day; and May
19, WJES students will go to
Jefferson Elementary School -WCTV Channel 6 studio.

has released a schedule of
dates to remember during the
month of May.
Third grade students will
have the Ecology Field Day
Trip, May 3.
Fifth grade students will
have the Ecology Field Day
.Trip May 4.
JES will host the annual Ti-
ger Cob Camp, 10 a.m. until
noon, May 4, in the JES Me-'
dia Center.
Interim reports will go
home, May 5.
Student Advisory Council
will meet, 6 p.m., May 9; and
the PTO meets 7 p.m., May 9
and the pre-K classes will be
May 15 is a teacher and stu-
dent holiday.
May 16 is the K-5 through

May 23, 8:30 until 10 a.m.,
in the old JCHS auditorium, is
the K-5 through second grade
awards day.
May 24, 8:30 until 10 a.m.,
in the old JCHS auditorium is
the third through fifth grade
awards day; and May 25 is an
early release day.
May 26 marks the end of
the final six weeks, the last
day of school for students,
and a 1:30.p.m. early release.
For staff, May 29 is Memo-
rial Day, a district-wide holi-
day; and May 30 and 31 are
teacher planning days.

Builders Lots Available in the .
Fastest Growing Areas of Florida




RELAY FOR LIFE chairs for 2007 are Jim and Wanda
Becker who were introduced to guests at the Survivors
Dinner. (News Photos)

Four County Employees

Honored At NFCC Event

Four Monticello residents
were honored for Professional
Achievements at the annual
Employee Recognition Cere-
mony of North Florida Com-
munity College, last week.
Those honored included:
Kathleen Andersen, Gwen
Bivens, John Grosskopt, and
Cathy Simcox.
Awards were presented to
employees who had published
articles, made presentations at
conferences, held office is
state or national professional
associations, and/or earned an

advanced, education degree or
contributed to the college in
some outstanding manner.
Simcox, dean of Career and
Technical Education, received
an award for five years of
An. Above and Beyond
Award was presented to
Grosskopf, director of teaching
and learning. He was a finalist
for 2005 Professor of the Year
competition, through the Flor-
ida Association of Community
Colleges, and was faculty sen-
ate president in 2005.

SINCE 1989

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Phone: 850-878-2273
Fax: 850-671-5900

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Managing Editor

Senior Staff Writer

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Help Children

Learn History

S Opinion & Comment

Many parents and teachers
have found six steps toward
making education more fun.
They bring history to life.
1. Visiting an historic home,
old churchyard or restored vil-
2. Taking a look back at
family history. You can let
your youngsters interview
grandparents and other rela-
tives about their experiences.
3. Making a family expedi-
tion to the library to look up
local history. You may care to
try back copies of the newspa-
4. Using picture books or an
encyclopedia to help kids cre-
ate costumes or imitation arti-
facts from olden times.
5. Reading an old book or at
least one set in the past. West-
erns or romance novels will
6. Having young people
view videos about entertaining
times past.
For example, a video about
the Chicago's World Fair of
1893-also called the Colom-
bian Expedition- reveals it was
a showplace for startling new
technologies, an exhibition of
the best of 19th- century high
culture and decidedly lowbrow
It was an event historians say

introduced America to the fu-
ture and its story can introduce
students to the past as well.
Fair-goers marveled at elec-
tric lights, refrigeration, long
distance telephones and a
primitive motion picture.
They were in awe of the gi-
ant, 26-story, first ever Ferris
wheel. The were impressed by
the renowned classical exhibi-
tion halls- The White City"-
designated by more than a
dozen of the country's greatest
Visitors rode on an overhead
electric railway and navigated
the lakes in battery-powered
boats-both novelties in those
The relaxed by plazas and
lakes planned by Frederick.
Law Olmsted, co-creator of
New York's Central Park. See-
ing this can almost nourish an
interest in science and geogra-
phy, while knowing that Frank
Baum, the writer of the Wiz-
ard of Oz" books, got his in-
spiration for the Emerald City
there, may encourage kids to'
read the classics.
Now the amazing Chicago'
World's Fair can be enjoyed in'
a stunning documentary called
"Expo-Magic of The White
City" narrated by Gene:

Short Takes & Other Notions


I believe and have often
written about how important it
is to newcomers of Monticello
to understand and adopt our
gentle ways. There is another
side to that icon.
Newcomers see this lovely
charming town and want to
live here and be part of it.
They also see the tattered
edges. of a town in financial
decline for many years. They
come to Monticello, our grand
old lady wanting to make her
better. They are enthusiastic
and energetic. We should sup-
port them.
There is a tendency espe-
cially for older folks ( I count
myself in) to nay-say, to say it

has already been tried and dis-
miss new ideas. Sometimes, I
doubt that there are many
original ideas left in the world.
However, just a small change
can turn an old idea into a
fresh workable idea. Often,
Even with the best of ideas, the
time is not right.
Many ideas have bounced
around since I have lived here.
Some have worked and some
have not. Let us not discourage
newcomers and new ideas just
because we do not want things
to change. Things are going to
They will never "be the way
they used to be". Life is con-
stantly changing tableau.
Sometimes success is a mat-
ter of looking at things from a
different perspective. When we

were on a family outing and:
had all of our children in the.
car, we drove by a large ceme-.
tery. At the time, our son Ben
was about ten years old. He
exclaimed, Look! Lots of peo-
ple died there!"
This elicited howls of laugh-.
ter and derision from all the
other children. Hey Ben, do
not walk into that place you
might die." They still teasel
him about it to this day. Just'
because no one died there did
not change the fact that many-
desceased people were there.
The old dilapidated high
school building will become:
an asset because of this sort of'
thinking. Moving county gov-
ernment into the old high;
school complex is innovative. I
am especially excited about the:

Stop for Pedestrian cone in the
middle of US19. People are
actually stopping for walkers. I
noticed that they are beginning.
to stop for pedestrians at other
crosswalks also. Kudos!
I do not know how long you
.have to live here to be consid-
ered a local. I know I am cer-
tainly too new for that
designation. .' I
I ill bef'that there are peo-'-
pie who still think of Ron Ci-
chon as a newcomer despite
his 30 year stay here.
However, we should all wel-
come each person who comes
here and recognize Monti-.
cello's worth. We should wel-
come with open arms all
newcomers who also want to
help improve our Grand Old

Free voice Controlled

High School Principal

Stands On


Three cheers for the New
York Catholic high school
principals who canceled their
proms on principle. Brother
Kenneth M. Hoagland, Princi-
ple of Kellenberg Memorial
High School in Uniondale,
canceled his schools prom be-
cause he was weary of the fi-
nancial excess, ostentatious-
ness and debauchery accompa-
nying many senior proms.
Nearby Chaminade High
School soon followed suit.
Haogland cited the baccha-
nalian aspects" of school
proms In a letter to parents he
said. "It's not primarily the
sex/booze/drugs that surround
this event, as problematic as
they might be it is rather the
flaunting of affluence, assum-
ing exaggerated expenses, a
pursuit of vanity for vanity's
sake in a word, financial
Hoagland later accepted a
student's recommendation to
substitute a modestly priced,
'dressed code governed dinner
'cruse. In the end. there will be
;a celebration but it will be
More affordable and safer.
The Rev. James Williams,
President of Chaminade, said
'the revised celebration is
'much more consistent with the
values we adhere to."
More high schools through-

out the county should take a
page from the courage these
Catholic institutes have dis-
played. For too long proms
have been taken over by
drunken driving and loss of
virginity resulting more in teen
age nightmare than senior class
celebration People know this,
but they wink at it like it is
some kind of essential right of
passage. Meanwhile, kids die
on the highway or wake up
with hangovers, embarrass-
ment, pregnancy, or emotional
some carry for years thereafter.
Hopefully, these high
schools will start a corrective
swing of the pendulum back
toward common sense. Our
teen-agers will be the better for
(Rex. M Rogers, Ph.D., a
syndicated newspaper colum-
nist in almost 100 newspapers
and president of Cornerstone
University, Grand Rapids,


To The Editor

Limit Letters to
500 Words or Less

Sign nd lInclude
Phone Numlber


The American people simply
have no idea what it's like to
live in a totalitarian society.
We go where we want; watch
movies and television shows of
any kind; starting a new busi-
nesses on a whim, shop in
huge superriakets that carry
any item imaginable; even sit
in public places and say any-
thing we want about political
Today in our modern
society, many of us sit at our
computers for hours on end
sending emails, corresponding,
web surfing, researching, sub-
scribing to web sites, gaining
information, booking hotels
and airline reservations, buy-

gifts, even creating personal
web sites- or blogs- where any
average citizen can vent on po-
litical issues of the day and
send it to the world. Frankly,
there is simply no end to what
we Americans can do sitting in
our homes behind our trusty
Fhe Internet is fast becoming
the most valued root of our
To better understand the vast
scope of such American free-
dom, contrast it with recent
new story of Beijing, China.
The Associated Press (AP) re-
port details how the Commu-
nist government has forced
Microsoft Corporation to shut
down the Internet journal of a
Chinese blogger who dis-
cussed political sensitive" is-
sues, including a recent strike

at a Beijing newspaper.
The AP reports say, Al-
though Beijing has supported
Internet use for education and
business, it fiercely polices
content. Filters block objec-
tionable foreign Web Sites,
and regulations ban perceived
subversive and pornographic
content .and require service
providers to enforce censor-
ship rules."
In it's defense poor Micro-
soft admits to being a pawn to
whatever gangs of thugs are in
When we operate in mar-
kets around the world, we have
to ensure that our service com-
plies with global laws as well
as local laws and norms, said
Brooke Richardson, Microsoft
Of course the "local norm"

in Communist China is to ban
anything that criticizes their
brutal totalitarian government.
The communists call literature
like the Declaration of Inde-
pendence "pornographic"."
The fact that Microsoft caved
so quickly on this obvious cen-
sorship, for fear of losing the
Chinese market speaks vol-
umes about corporate global-
ism which pledges no alle-
giance to any country or idea
other than profit for profit's
Imagine what would have
happened had the Bush Ad-
ministration even remotely
suggested any form of censor-
ship of the Internet.
Microsoft would have had
their well-paid lawyers, lobby-
ist and public relations people

(See Voice Page 5)

Some Diet For Summer

With the changes of the sea-
son comes the changing of the
Sometimes, however, you
find that you can't fit into your
clothes the way you could a
year ago.
A recent survey shows that
two in five adults need to lose
at least 10 pounds to feel com-
fortable in a bathing suit.
That's why so many people are
choosing this time to start a
If you are beginning a
weight loss program for the
season, here are some tips to
help you get started:
Challenge Yourself. Have
goal and stick to achieving it.

Make sure that you are re-
minded of your goal every
Set a Date. Starting your
weight loss plan early gives
you plenty of time to shed
those unwanted pounds.
Choose a weight loss program
that is easy to follow, fits into
your lifestyle and produces
quick results.
Get a Buddy. Enlist the
support of a friend to help you
meet your weight loss goals.
Studies show those people who
have the support of a buddy
tend to stick to their diets more
than those who fly solo.
The Garden of"Eatin'."
Eat more fruits and vegetables.

Not only are these foods good
for your waistline, but they are
nutritious and keep you hy-
Put Some Spring in Your
Step. Whether it means park-
ing your car farther away than
usual or taking a pet to the
park, try to make exercise part
of your daily routine. Even 20
minutes a day adds up.
Spring fling. Host a dinner
party for your friends and
make sure that there are plenty
of healthy food options avail-
able. Try grilling lean proteins
such as chicken and tuna in-
stead of frying or baking them.
You can add a variety of sea-

sonings and spices to change
up the routine.
Space it Out. Studies show
that eating smaller meals
throughout the day can be ef-
fective in the weight loss proc-
ess because they help curb
your hunger. If you eat six
small meals a day, you will
feel less hungry in between
meals. Plan your meals in ad-
vance to avoid last-minute
Drink it Up. If you partici-
pate in outdoor activities, re-
member to stay hydrated. Steer
clear of calorie laden bever-
ages such as soda, lemonade
and sweet tea. Water is always
the best choice.

From Our Photo File
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SAM JOHNSON and Crystal Hicks amused themselves, in Oct, 1990 while their par-
ents attended Open House at Jefferson Elementary School. Johnson drew a Ninja
Turtle and Hicks drew a house. (News File Photo)

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Citizen Says Public Officials

Ought To Represent County
Dear Editor: These two public officials' bring legitimate matters t
On April 20, a public hear- comments were .unwarranted, attention of our country
ing was scheduled to be held unprofessional, unnecessary ernment without subject
by the County Commission on and uncalled for. Maybe Mr. ridicule by public officials
Comp Plan zoning amend- Shirley needs to ensure com- Concerned citizens sl
ments at Waukeenah and US pliance by reviewing these no- continue to review these

A concerned citizen, Cindy
Lee, advised the Commission
that sufficient notice was not
provided to surrounding land-
owners regarding the hearing
County code requires at least
15 days written notice.
The applicants requesting the
amendment are responsible for
the written notification.
The Commission did the right
thing and postponed the hear-
ing until May 18th. It is what
happened after the postpone-
ment that is most
Planning Department Attor-
ney Scott Shirley and Planning
Commissioner Wendy Moss,
who is also a candidate for
Clerk of Court, decided to take
some parting shots at Mrs. Lee
for doing the right thing.
If they want to take shots,
shoot at the applicants whose
responsibility it is to provide
proper notice.

tices more carefully, before
everyone shows up for the
He gets paid to represent the
county. He should have been
aware and brought this non-
compliance issue to the Com-
mission's attention.
He actually had to review the
county code at the hearing to
determine what proper notice
He should know the plan-
ning laws backwards and for-
wards by now.
When I left the planning
room, who did I see Mr. Shir-
ley huddled up with down-
stairs having a private
Answer: the developer and
the developer's local represen-
tative. I think that anything
that needed to be said should
have been stated on the record
at the Commission meeting,
for all to hear.
Citizens have the right to


Jefferson County High School

Fifth Week Honor Roll Told

:o the
on to
e no-

tices, DCA reports and Comp.
Plan Amendment applications
for compliance with county
and state laws.
Obviously, someone has to
do it. Local government offi-
cials, especially Mr. Shirley,
apparently are not doing it for
The actions taken by Mrs.
Lee were appropriate and pro-
tected all of our rights to en-
sure that we will receive
proper legal notice if we be-
come surrounding landowner's
to a proposed subdivision or
zoning amendment request.

She had the courage to stand
up and do what is right for all
of us.
Clare Booth Luce portrayed
courage as "the ladder on
which all other virtues mount."

Wayne Searcy

Staff Writer

Jefferson County High-
School reports the honor rolls
for the fifth six weeks grading
Appearing on the fifth six
week "A" honor roll are: Jen-
nifer Blake, Loran Cox and
Tyler Murdock.
On the A/B roll are: Crystal
Brinson, Shayne Broxiq, Ma-
risa Bueschel, Nicole Bynum,
Alana Chambers, Jiseng Je-
maria Cuyler, Tammy Davis,
Ireshia Denson, Latoya Foot-
man, Kayangela Gadson,
Takedral Gilley, and Scott
Brittany Harvey, Courtney
Holmes, Michelle Keaton,
Vik Lutovak, Shaumese Mas-
sey, Shavondria Norton,
Charles Pitts, Andrew Red-
mond, Colita Rivers, Ana
Martha Rosas, and Angela
Appearing on the 3.0 Honor-

Roll are; Maria Balboni, Ce-
dric Banks, Maresha Barring-
ton, Olivia Beger, Crystal
Bellamy, Aressa Blackmon,
Jennifer Blake, Crystal Brin-
son, Shanice Brooks, Jasmine
Brown, Shayne Broxie,
Matisha Bueschel and Nicole
Alana Chambers, Jiseng
'Chen, Justin Clark, Cashanda
Coleman, Loran Cox,
Monisha Crumity, Brenden
Curtius, Jemaria Cuyler,
Tammy Davis,. Ireshia Den-
son, Shanka Farmer, Latoya
Footman, Chenelle Francis,
Kaleesha Francis, Kayangela
Gadson, and Khier Gallon.
Taedral Gilley, Scott Good-
lin, Latesha Green, Kandice
Griffin, Jazmaun Hall, Brit-
tany Harvey, Latoya Harvey,
Demetrius Hicks, Courtney
Holmes, Majetta Jefferson,
Desrick Jones, Zan'Quisha
Jones, Merrial Keaton, Mi-
chelle Keaton, Kasha Larry,
Vik Lutovak, and Amber

Shaumese Massey, Amber
Mays, Heather Miller,
Heather Miller, Darin Mills,
Santana Mitchell, Tyler Mur-
dock, Shavondria Norton,
Charles Pitts, Keyondra Pleas,
Andrew Redmond, Colita
Rivers, Tony Roberts, Ana
Martha Rosas, Keiona Scott,
Angela Scurry Michael Silcio,
Thomas Smith, Tiesha Tol-
bert and Cindrilla Wade.


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Developer Should Pay For

Added Expense To County

Dear Editor:
Progress is a strange word.
It's suppose to mean improve--
ment, growth, advancement, or
steps forward.
But what does it mean in Jef-
ferson County?
Imagine a 240 housing de-
velopment being planned with
the density rezoned from A- 5
to_, -4 tq squpeze dihe lhusIs
into an 80 acre tract. '
240 families mean 240 po-
tential new customers for the
local banks It means 240 new
customers for the local pro-
pane suppliers.
240 new customers for the
electric company, telephone
company, grocery stores, res-
taurants, newspaper, nurseries,
hardware and department
stores, gas station Post Office,
doctors and so forth.
That is, if they shop locally.
Generally speaking, people
who work out of town most

likely shop out of town, as
people tend to shop where they
So the local economy seldom
benefits 100 percent from "de-
From my experience, this
kind of progress just means
"business" in Jefferson
County'.' "
Public schools are the back-
bone of the community. The
education of its children is
one measure of a community's
real progress.
240 families have an average
of two school age children per
About 480 children would be
added to the elementary and
high school.
How long before new refer-
endums for tax increases for
additional buildings are put be-
fore the taxpayer?
The additional children are
going to need teachers, sup-

plies, and busing. Who pays
for this?
Taxpayers, of course, unless
the town fathers insist the de-
veloper fund the schools,
teachers, supplies and busing
they are creating the need for.
Sewage facilities will be
needed, water, garbage pickup,
road maintenance, police, fire
and paramedics. Taxpayers
foot the bill presently, and
that's not progress.
In reality, if the town fathers
stuck together and planned for
the future, developers would
be charged for the needs they
are creating with their high
density communities.
The developer pays his
way, instead of treeloading off
the community.
A novel idea. I would call
that "real progress," and wel-
come it.
Janet Reaves

Staff Writer

The Alzheimer's Rural Care-
Healthline or ARCH program
was created to meet the need
defined by research.
Research shows that nearly
half of adults, age 85 and
older, may have Alzheimer's
disease or some other form of
dementia, and as many as 50
percent of dementia caregivers
experience depression, making
them the most distressed of the
caregiver population.

(Continued From Page 4)
on a full frontal assault against
the very idea.
They would have done it be-
cause they don't fear the U.S.
Government and so they can.
Not so in Communist China.
But imagine what could have
been accomplished in Commu-
nist China had Microsoft wor-
ried less about losing a market
and more about gaining some
freedom for an oppressed peo-
Imagine if Microsoft had re-
acted to the communist order
by refusing, instead shutting
down it's operation in China
and using it's formidable press
operation to tell why. China
would have blinked and quite
possibly relented.

Add to this, the fact that
services are often limited or
nonexistent in rural counties
and why low-cost, accessible
education and support services
are so vital to this population
becomes evident.
The ARCH program helps
people caring for loved
ones with Alzheimer's disease
and other forms of memory
loss called dementia.
Through community partners,
like North Florida Community
College and Big Bend
Hospice, the free program
provides information and edu-
cation that will help rural care-
givers develop skills to help
them provide better care and
deal with the stress that being
a caregiver can bring on.
One of the best things about
the program is that caregivers

get all the benefits of a support
group program via telephone,
so they never have to leave
Telephone support consists
of 12 weekly session, includ-
ing seven group sessions on
relaxation, problem solving
;skills and stress management.
and five individual sessions to
allow caregivers to work on
their personal caregiving
The program also deals with
common caregiver issues such
as: giving medicines, han-
dling agitated or aggressive
behavior, safety and wander-
ing issues, and talking with
For more information about
how to receive these services,
contact local coordinator
Vanessa Byrd at 645-2999.

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Monticello Woman's Club Hears

Program About Foreign Affairs

NEW MEMBERS of Monticello Woman's Club are
Katrina Walton and Pam Kelly, who attended their first
meeting in April. (News Photo)

Diabetes Classes Set

At Health Department

Staff Writer

The County Health Depa.
ment will offer free group
diabetes classes throughout
the month of May.
The classes will be offered
9 to 11 a.m. on the Saturdays
of May 6, 13, and 20, at the
Health Department.
Topics and dates of discus-
sion include:
May, 6; Medical aspects of
diabetes, including; foot care,
and complications of
diabetes; presented by Bar-
bara Demott, RN with the
Health Department.
A free copy of "Taking
Charge of Your Diabetes"
booklet will be give to each
class participant.
May 13; Diabetes overview,
psychology, 'exercises and
recipe ideas, presented by

Homes Of
David Henry Allen
David "Gator" Allen, Sr. age
77 a retired Custodian died
Sunday, April 23, 2006 al
home in Monticello.
The service will be at 3 p.m.,
Saturday, April 29, 2006 at
Mt. Ararat AME Church in
Waukeenah with burial at the
church cemetery with Military
Honors. Family will receive
friends (viewing) from 2:00
p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday,
April 28, 2006 at Tillman Fu-
neral Home.
A native of Jefferson, Mr.
Allen was a longtime resident
of Miami, before retiring and
moving back to Monticello. In
Miami he had worked a a cus-
todian at the Dade County
Courthouse. He was a member
of Mt. Ararat AME Church
and a veteran of the U.S. Army
serving during the Korean
Mourning his death are his
daughters Shirley A. Coleman
and Henry Green of Cove
Springs; sons David Henry Al-
len, Jr., and Ira Joe Allen both
of Monticello; sisters Dorothy
Watson Daytona Beach, Mary
Morris, Bernice Vaugh and
Louise King all of Waukeenah
and Addie Slav of Chicago. Ill,
ten grandchildren,. eleven
great- grandchildren and a host -
of nieces, nephews, other rela-
tives and friends.
Helen Foster Alexander
Helen Foster Alexander, 79
died peacefully on April 21,
2006 at Community Hospice
of Northeast Florida. She was
a resident of Jacksonville for
59 years. In 1976, after raising
her family, she returned to
school and received her
Bachelor of Arts degree from
the University of North
Florida.. She had also done ex-
tensive work toward her mas-
ter's degree. She was a mem-
ber of Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sority. Until her health failed

Bonnie Mathis.
Each participant will re-
ceive a free pedometer, and
recipes to take home after
completing the class.
May, 20; "Know You Nutri-
tion", part of Bayer Health
Care's Diabetes Self-
Management program series.
Nancy Smith, registered
dietitian and certified diabetes
health educator, will present
the class. Free Bayer Ascen-
sia glucometers (self-
monitoring blood sugar
meters) will be offered to
each participant that com-
pletes this class.
In addition, each partici-
pant will go home with an ad-
ditional free "Spoodle" food
portion measuring gift which
will assist with food monitor-
ing and portioning at home.
To register for the diabetes
classes call Mathis at 342-
0170,ex. 1301.

she was an active member of
St. Gabriel Episcopal Church
and held membership in many
civic organization. In the
1980's, she was an active
member of.ACORN-the Asso-
ciation of Community Organi-
zations for Reform Now,
which is the nation's largest
community organization of
families, working together for
social justice and stronger
communities. She was presi-
dent of the family-owned busi-
ness, JVH Power Clean Serv-
ice for 15 years. She was an
avid reader and a prolific
writer. In 1980, she was be-
stowed a very special honor
for her poetry by famous actor,
Richard Boone.

She was preceded in death
by her father, John Foster,
mother Frankie Foster and
brother Frank Smith. She is
survived by a loving husband
of 58 years, Vanderbilt T. Al-
exander; two sons, Larry Alex-
ander (Pat), Dwight Alexander
of Jacksonville; four
daughters, Janie Bender, Linda
Sapp, and Carolyn Barney of
Ft. Lauderdale and Karen Sim-
mons of Bermerton, Washing-
ton; 14 grandchildren, 14
great-grands, 2 great-great
grands and a host of nephews,
nieces and cousins.

The family will receive
friends at Brown, Green, Fralin
Funeral Home, 5065 Soutel
Drive, Jacksonville on Friday,
April 28 from 5:00 p.m. 8:00
p.m. The service will be held
in the Funeral Home Chapel
on Saturday, April 29 at 10:30
a.m. with Rev. Albert Bivens,
Jr. officiating. Interment will
follow at the Alexander Family
Cemetery in Greenville, Fl.
Arrangement entrusted to
Tillman Funeral Home, Monti-

Staff Writer

Monticello Woman's Club
members and guests met for
their April meeting with Toni
Lane and Jan Wadsworth do-
ing the cooking and Edith Ad-
ams and Betty Bard as
The program for this meet-
ing was from the Foreign Af-
fairs Department and
presented by Edith Adams.
She talked about NAFTA,
the North American Free-
Trade Agreement between the
United States, Canada, and
Mexico which went into ef-
fect during the Bill Clinton
Administration. It will not be
fully implemented until the
year 2008.
A question and answer ses-
sion followed the
Four gifts were given to
those answering questions.

Staff Writer

The Jefferson Nursing Cen-
ter staff will hold a Volunteer
Banquet honoring their volun-
teers at 7 p.m. on Saturday,
April 29 at the Center.
These dedicated volunteers
give freely of their time and
talents in order to bring cheer,
music, conversation, and wor-
ship to the lives of the resi-
At this annual celebration
special recognition's and hon-
ors will be given to: House To
House Prayer Band, Mt. Ararat
AME Church, Christ Episco-
pal Church, Elizabeth Baptist
Church and Rev. Howard Ad-
ams and the youth and Joe
Morris and Linda Demott.
First Baptist Church, Central
Baptist Church, Lily of the
Valley, Mt. Pleasant MBC and
Sofia Garmon, Harvest Chris-
tian Center, Miram Dance
Ministry and Calvary Baptist,
First Baptist Choir and Destin
DuBose, Jehovah Church and
Harold Johnson, First Baptist
Church of Lloyd, First United
Methodist and Rita Uhlenberg.
New Bethel and Franklin
Brooks, Waukeenah United
Methodist Mission Team and
Betty Mornoe, Shiloh AME
and Goyce Sabree, Union Hill
AME youth and Shirley Hug-
Central Church of Christ, St.

For Safety


Poultry Well
Family and Consumer Sci-
ences Extension Agent Heidi
Copeland reports that at the
Food Safety and Inspection
Service (FSIS) advises con-
sumers that cooking raw poul-
try to a minimum internal
temperature of 165 degrees
eliminates pathogens and vi-
The FSIS determined, based
on the best scientific informa-
tion available, that this tem-
perature will destroy
Salmonella, Campylobacter
and avian influenza virus.
This -in turn, will reduce
food illness and protect public
The FSIS also recommends
the use of a food thermometer
to monitor internal tempera-
ture, and washing hands and
surfaces often, separating raw
meat and poultry from cooked
foods, and keeping foods
properly chilled.

The gifts were creatively
decorated Easter Baskets.
New members Pam Kelly
and Katrina Walton relate that
they are eager to take part in
coming events.
Dottie Jenkins and Diane In-
gram were guests to this
The Club donated $100 to
the Public Library for the
Children's Summer Program.
Members hosted the Survi-
vors Dinner for the County
Relay For Life Event. They
served a Ham dinner that in-
cluded a dessert pie selection,
all homemade.
The Club, along with
Farmer's and Merchants Bank
w ill co-host a Luncheon and
Fashion Show, during the
Watermelon Festival festivi-
ties at the Opera House on
'Thursday, June 15.
Women's and children's
fashions will be presented by
Milady's Shop, Snapdragon,
and Great Adventure Outfit-

Paul PBC and Gohnnie
Wilson, Faith Deliverance in
Madison, Evangelist Barbra
Frazier and Spring Hill AME,
Evanglist Hazel Mills from
Tallahassee, Evangelist Patri-
cia Jennings, Rev. James Mack
and St. Rilla MBC.
Corine Hudson, Rev. John
Jones, Norma Martin, Vivian
Miles, Amanda Ouzts, Dr.
John Ward, Polly Brown.
Vonice O'Quin, Ethel Strick-
land, Martha White, Millie Re-
issence, Linda Tucker, Carla
Roberts, Edna Henry, Nancy
Robertson, Jamie Scott, Betty
Hobbs, Rev. Wallace Isom,
Rev. Carl Hanks.
Mrs. and Mr. Robert Free-
land, Barbra Jarrett, Melissa
Reams, Charlie McBride, Son-
dra Boltz, Mary Whatley,
Lakiesha Williams, Judge
Bobby Plaines, Sheriff David
Hobbs, John Peck, Lamont
Youth and Mozell Hawkins.
Head Start and Ms. Mutch,
Boys and Girls Club and Ger-
rold Austin, Toast Masters and
Mary Madison, VFW Ladies
Auxiliary Post 251, VFW
Men's Auxiliary Post 251,
American Legion and Jan Cox.
Tallahassee Department of
Corrections and Carol Butler,
Madison Department of Cor-
rections and Sgt. Brech and Lt.
Bryar, Adult Education and
Mr. Rayside, Jefferson Senior
Center and Bobbie Krebbs.
4-H Clubs and John Lilly,
Jefferson County Fire Depart-
ment, Daniel Meyers and
Christian Friends of Thomas-
ville, GA., Edna Sleazer, Jef-
ferson County Key Club,
Pricilla Henry, Al Hall and
Tillman Funeral Home,
Branch Street Funeral Home,
Dick Glover, Line Dancers,
Josephine Turner, and Dianne
and Buddy Westbrook and
Westbrook Realty.

The menu will feature
chicken salad, congealed
fruited salad, and related

Tickets will be sold for $15
and will be available at the
Chamber of.Commerce, Mi-
lady's Shop, and from any
Club member.
All dues will need to be
paid by the May meeting so
as to assure being included in
the new directory.
The next meeting of the
Club members will be at noon

Staff Writer

Greater Fellowship MB_
Church will be host its Fifth
Sunday Musical Program, "Af-
ter Resurrection Celebration,"
6 p.m., Sunday, dedicated to
the memory of Deacon Wil-
liam Tillman.
Tillman was the founder of
the Fifth Sunday Programs at?
Greater Fellowship Church.
He always took the time out
to teach young people about
taking responsibility in the
church and becoming leaders.
Special guests will include
"The Voices of Calvary," from
Atlanta, GA., followed by
various groups, soloists, and
Evangelist Tomura C. Byrd is
presiding for this special occa-
Evangelist Goergianna Wil-
liams and Sister Indy Mack are
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on Tuesday, May 2. This is
scheduled to be the last meet-
ing before the summer break.
All are urged to attend this
meeting as members will be
voting on a new slate of offi-
cers for the 2006-2008 year at
this time.
Scheduled hostesses are
Linda Beard, Pat Miller, and
Ethel Strickland for this cov-
ered dish meeting.
A $6 charge will be ex-
pected if no covered dish is
brought to share.

Camellia Circle To

Tour Local Gardens

Staff Writer

Members of the Camellia
Garden Circle and their guests
will tour the gardens of
Donna Graminski and Charles
Davis at the comer of Madi-
son and Hickory streets in
downtown Monticello at 2
p.m. on Sunday.
This has been a much
awaited event for their mem-
bers and friends.
Gretchen Avera has gra-
ciously allowed the group the
use of her home for a refresh-
ment stop.
Items brought that need re-
frigeration will need to be
dropped off a few minutes be-
fore the 2 p.m. tour begins.
Members wanting to fill
some vacant spots in their
own personal gardens will be
welcomed to pick and choose_

from a selection of plants and
flowers from the garden and
yard area of member Jeanne
She is offering: Gingers,
whiter butterfly and yellow;
Variegated leaf, orange can-
nas; Tall red cannas; Short
ornamental banana; White
yarrow; Purple violets; Nar-
row leaf sunflower;
Marjoram; Non-native butter-
fly weed; Native verbena;
Philippine lily, and countless
babies; Light blue salvias; Se-
dum; and Old fashioned, dou-
ble orange daylily.
She also has a few of these
to share too: Peach ginger,
Rose sprouts; Coreopis; Gail-
lardia; Dwarf rudbeckia;
Mexican sage; Louisiana iris,
in several colors; and Laven-
der daylily.
She asked that members call
her and make arrangements to
acquire whatever they'd like.

chairman and cochairmen of
the Fifth Sunday Services.

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hold a position for the new
year are asked to contact
Arun Kundra.
This will be a Potluck din-
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bring a covered dish .
Members are looking for-
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Th~e Lloyd Lions Club
members have scheduled their
May meetings for 7 p.m. on
Wednesday May 3 and Tues-
day, May 16.
The meetings will continue
thereafter on the first and
third Tuesday of each month.
All members are requested
.to attend the May 3 meeting
as new officers will be elected
at this time.
Any member wishing to

Union Hill AME Church
Women's Missionary Society
will hot Union Bethel and
Elizabeth AME Churches for
fifth Sunday Fellowship Serv-
ice 11 a.m., Sunday. Minister
Minnie Robinson is the

Philadelphia AME Church
celebrates Family and Friends
Day, 11 a.m. Sunday. Speaker
is Rev. Deansie Bank, of Old
Greenville AME Church. Mu-
sic is by St. Rilla Male Gospel


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host the Terrell-Williams Mis-
sionary Society worship serv-
ice I I a.m. Sunday. Speaker is
Rev. Barbara Frazier of Monti-

Ford Chapel AME Church
ushers will observe their anni-
versary 3 p.m. Sunday. Rev.
Willie Hagan 'and Arnet
Chapel, of Quincy, will be in
charge of services.

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Boys, Girls Club Flag

Football Teams Win 3

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MONTICELLO Mood Swing ladies tennis team won two of their recent matches
against Killearn Special K. Here, far right, Angie Delvecchio and Laura Kirchhkoff
shake hands after winning a match against the ACE Kickers, earlier in the season.

Mood Swings Ladies Tennis

Team Wins 2 of 6 Matches

Staff Writer

The Monticello Mood
Swings, the ladies A-league
tennis team, won two of six
matches last week against the
Killeam Special-K.
Team #1, Katie Brock and
Lisa Jackson, lost the sets, 3-6
and 3-6; team #2, Patty Hardy
and Cindy Wainright, lost the

sets, 3-6 and 1-6.
Team #3, Kelly Hethering-
ton and Susan Goodwin, lost
the sets, 3-6 and 2-6.
Team #4, Laura Kirchhoff
and Angie Delvecchio, won
the sets, 6-2 and 7-5.
Team #5, Lindsey Taylor
and Trisha Wirick, lost the
first set, 2-6, won the second,
6-1 and won tiebreaker, 7-5.
Team #6, Maxie Miller and
Jennifer Ellis, lost the sets

3-6, and a hard-fought, 6-7.
The Mood Swings will play
their final match of the season
against the Capitol City Aces,
9:30 a.m., Thursday at Tom
Brown Park.
On May 4, all teams will
come together for the annual
Round Robin, luncheon and
awards presentations.
The ladies currently stand.
tenth in the league.

Staff Writer

Approximately 200 children--
from the Boy's and Girl's
Club of the Big Bend, from
Jefferson, Franklin and Leon
counties, attended the second
flag football Super Saturday,
At the conclusion of the day,
two Jefferson teams were vic-
torious in a total of three
The Jefferson Cowboys
(ages 14 and up), defeated the
Franklin Bucs, 22-0.
Quarterback Ta Bennett had
two touchdown passes and 12
pass completions of 20 at-
Justin Oliver had one pass
reception for a touchdown
and two interceptions.
Reggie Watkins had two
touchdown pass receptions;
and Richard Hawkins had one
In the second game, the

Tiger camp

Set.At JES

Staff Writer

Cowboys beat the Leon Raid-
ers 33-21.
Bennett had 10 pass comple-
tions of 15 attempts, three of
which were touchdown
J. C. had two touchdown re-
ceptions and one interception.
Quarterback Torrence
Tucker had five pass comple-
tions of nine attempts, includ-
ing one touchdown pass, and
as a receiver, three pass re-
ceptions and one interception.
Oliver had one touchdown
reception and two intercep-
The Jefferson Dolphins of
the ages 9-11 division,
downed the St. Phillips
Giants, of the 12-13 division,
LeNorris Footman had two
touchdown pass receptions,
and three interceptions.
Ladarian Smiley had two
touchdown receptions and
Shaniella Herring and Tre-
maine Crumitie each had one
Samiria Martin had one
touchdown pass reception and
one interception.
The event was hosted by the

Jefferson County Boy's and
Girl's Club and Teen Center,
on the old- JCHS football
It was catered by Wilson's
Bar-B-Q, which provided par-
ticipants with barbecue ribs,
chicken and baked beans.
The date for May's Super
Saturday, hosted in Leon
County, will be forthcoming.
For information on becom-
ing a member of the Boy's
and Girl's Club of the Big
Bend and/or the NFL Flag
Football League, contact
James Mercado, program di-
rector of the flag football
league at 519-1200 or by e-
mail at jmercado@bgcbb.org.

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Warriors Beat Lafayette;

Stand 19-6 On The Season


With a 3-2 win over Lafay-
ette County on Thursday, and
a 13-2 win over FAMU High
on Friday, the Aucilla Warri-
ors closed out their regular
season on a 19-6 record.
The Lafayette game was
played on :. superi!y main-
tained NFCC ihld in Madison
and was a close and intense
game until relief pitcher Chris
Tuten made an outstanding
catch of a pop-up foul just
short of the first base dugout,
with the tying run on third
base to end the game.
Tuten was on in relief of
Dustin Roberts, who pitched
the first five innings and re-
corded his seventh win of the
Aucilla scored in the third,
fourth and sixth innings to

maintain the lead throughout
the game, as Lafayette
County could manage only
one run in each of the fifth
and sixth innings.
At the plate, the Warriors
collected five hits off two op-
posing pitchers.
Casey Gunnels, Josh Car-
swell and Stephen Dollar each
had had single backed up by
doubles from the Bishop
brothers, Glen and Matt.
Tuten had an RBI and a stolen
base. Roberts also had a RBI
on a sacrifice fly.
On Friday, the FAMU High
batters were baffled by the
mound wizardry of Gunnels,
who held the visitors to one
run and two hits in four in-
The run was unearned, and
Gunnels struck out seven.
Reggie Walker and Dollar
finished the game and gave
up one unearned run.

Gunnels stands at 4-2 for the
Warrior batters were. led by
Glen Bishop with two its in
two trips to the plate, a home
run, his third of the year, and
four RBI.
Roberts had two hits and an
RBI. One of his hits, hit the
top the fence in left-field, re-
sulting in a double.
Carswell and Matt Bishop
each had one hit with Bishop
accounting for two RBI.

Jefferson Elementary School
will host the annual Tiger
Cub Camp, 10 a.m. until
noon, Thursday May 4, in the
JES Media Center.
Spokesperson Donna Jarvis
said the Tiger Cub Camp is an
- opportunity for parents with
students entering kindergarten
infthe fall, to pre-register.
Guided tours of JES kinder-
garten classrooms as well as
the JES campus, will be pro-
vided by staff and selected
Parents are urged to attend
this event as their children
prepare for an education.
For any questions or further
information call the JES Of-
fice at 342-0115, 7 a.m. until

C & F Fencing Coach Pitch

Team Remains Undefeated

Staff Writer

The C & F Coach Pitch team
remains undefeated after
downing State Farm Insur-
ance, 4-3, and Hiram Masonic
Lodge, 22-2 in recent action
at the park.
Coach Mike Holm aid the
game against State Farm In-
surance was a very tight
game, but the Fencers were
able to take the victory.
Holm accredited the win to
"Great double-plays" made by
Ty Chancey.
The bases were loaded and
State Farm had one out. when
Chancey fielded the ball up
the middle. He tagged second
and threw to first to end the
Alex Campbell also made a
good play, throwing out a
runner at first from right field.
In the game against
Masonic, C & F scored early
and 6ften with Hunter Han-
dley hitting his first home run,
a three-run blast over the
right-field fence.
All of the Fencers made

multiple hits during the game.
Shawn Blue was five for
six, one double; Handley,
four for five, two doubles,
one home run; Brandon
Holm, four for five, one
triple, one double; Kelley
Reams, four for five, one
double; Chancey, three for
six, one double; Casey De-
mott, three for five, two dou-
bles; Campbell, three for five,
one double; Jake Edwards,
three for five; Sherquez Ivey,
Emma Witmer, and Brain
Bowman, each went two for
five; and Douglas Gulledge,
two for five, one double and
one triple.

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Monticello Christian Athletic Awards

Athletes Recognized

At MCA Awards Event

REV JOHN DODSON presents Luke Lingo with the MVP
Trophy for Basketball.

Staff Writer

During the Monticello
Christian Academy sports
banquet, held recently, many
students received awards for
the efforts during the year.
Guest speaker was Jefferson
County High School Coach
Bill Brumfield. "He did an
awesome job," said Pastor
Mike Burke.
Participants enjoyed a pizza
party and then the awards

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Volleyball, Most Valuable
Player (MVP), Katlyn Burke;
Most Improved Player (MIP);
and Miss Congeniality Sarah
In football, the MVP was
Philip Payne; and the MIP
was Jared Bailey.
In baseball, the MVP was
Luke Lingo; and the MIP was
Ian Morrow.
All other Charger athletes
were awarded with participa-
tion medals and the cheer-
leaders were each given
recognition medals.

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Coach Dave Mediate.

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SARAH PARROTT, left, awarded
Luke Lingo is basketball MVP.

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Rev. John Dodson, basketball. (News Photos)

GRADE FIVE basketball players at MCA include, from left: Tylor Miller, Jared Bailey,
Brendon Hamilton.


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Staff Writer

The Monticello A's baseball
team lost to Thomasville
17-4 Sunday. The team now
stands 1-2 on the season.
Starting pitcher was Joe
Jones, who struck out three,
and gave up eight hits, three
walks, and nine runs.
James Wesley pitched the
remaining inning, giving up
eight runs, only six of which
were earned, one walk, five
hits, and struck out five.
At the plate, Wesley went
two for five with one home
run, Jones went two for three,
all singles, and Telvin Norton
went two for four, all singles.


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courses through the
sophomore-level. Qualifications:
A master's degree (from
accredited institution) with a
minimum of 18 graduate
semester hours in English
and/or Literature. Community
college teaching experience is
preferred. In addition to
teaching duties, position will
include: established office
hours; serving on College
committees; professional
development; participating in
Department and College
activities. Some classes taught
may be night and/or dual
enrollment courses on NFCC
campus and/or at satellite
campuses. Send applications to:
Director HR, North Florida
Community College, 325 NW
Turner Davis Drive, Madison,
Florida 32340. Only complete
application packets will be
,considered. Complete
application packets requires
letter; resume and application;
*op) of Transcripts (unofficial
iokay). Application is available
on website at www.nfcc.edu.
,Questions: Call Dr. Barbara
"McCauley (850-973-1640) or
lemail to mccauleyb@nfcc.edu.
iAjpplication packet must be
,received by May 9, 2006 EOE
;4/21. 26, 28, c
;Cashier. available to work-shift
'work and weekends @ Capital
'City Travel Center. Call Sharon
P 997-3538, ex. 4
'1/25, tfn
-Evening Monday Saturday
7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
'Computer experience and
general office skills required.
'Mail short resume to JCKC,
P.O. Box 400, Monticello, FL
4/19, 21, 26, 28, c
iefferson County road
4Department is seeking
applicants for Equipment
Operator/Laborer. Applications
mnay be obtained at the road
Department office located at
1484 ."S.* Jefferson Street,
Monticello, Florida. A high
School Diploma or Equivalent
and a valid drivers license are
required. CDL drivers license
would be desirable but not
required., Experience running a
backhoe, small dump truck, and
roadside mowing tractors.
Phone number 997-2036
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Backhoe Service: Driveways, Wilkinson Warehouse Sale North Carolina Gated
roads, ditches, tree and shrub Saturday, May 6 Doors open 8 Lakefront community 1.5 acres
removal, burn piles. Contact am-12 Noon. 707 Gil Harbin plus, 90 miles of shoreline .
Gary Tuten @ 997-3116, Industrial Boulevard Valdosta Never before offered with 20%
933-3458. Georgia. Call for directions pre-developement discounts, 90
tfn 800-633-2215 % financing. Call 800-709-5253
Appliance Repairs: washers, 4/28, 5/5, c 4/28, fcan

dryers, stoves, refrigerators.
Owned and operated by Andy
Rudd. 997-5648. Leave
Mr. Stump: Stump Grinding.
509-8530, quick responses.
6/22, tfn
Peters Satellite -- Your Satellite
Dish dealer. We offer
equipment, installation, repair,
parts, and prompt service. We
also offer Go-Karts, utility
trailers and lawn mowers.
Located at: 1150 Old Lloyd
Road, Monticello, Fla.
1/25, tfn, c
Private Duty. Elder Care 24
hours/ 7 days a week. Home
850-997-0162 mobile
4/7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28, pd
Healthy Weight Loss available
only at Jackson's Drug,
Hoodiacol is designed to curb
the appetite, burn fat and
increase energy levels resulting
in considerable weight loss over
time. Hoodiacol consist of 3 key
ingredients incorporated into
rice bran oil with natural
flavorings to give it a palpable
taste. In addition to weight loss,
you may see benefits for the
hair, skin and nails from the
Omega 3 and Omega 6 found in
rice bran oil. Hoodia gordonii is
a cactus found in the Kalahari
Desert- of South Africa.
Unsurpassed as an appetite
suppressant, it not only limits
appetite but increases the sense
of satiety. This tends to limit
total caloric intake by 30-40%
without experiencing hunger.
Significant weight ,loss should
result from such a drop in
caloric intake.
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Jackson's Drug Store. We bill
Medicare Call for assessment
of your needs. 997-3553. UPS

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Housing Vouchers

We accept all vouchers
$615 ~ 3/2 $715 ~ 4/2 $895 ~ $50
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$5000 Recruitment Incentive
(With one year of experience)
Archbold Hospital in Thomasville, GA is currently hiring RNsfor
the above full-time positions. Variety of shifts available. We offer
an excellent benefit package and competitive salaries. CON-
TACT: Nurse Recruiter, 229-228-2713 or email:
rtaylor@archbold.org EOE

Broker Associate GS
850.509.1844 LID
NEW! 4 /3 REMODELED HOME 2420 +/- SF
Beautiful landscaped yard and walks, new custom
kitchen, windows, large in-law suite w/2 exterior
entrances, front patio and rear deck, large concrete
driveway and gravel drive with live oaks. Fenced
back yard with workshop. Hardwood and tiled
floors. A great in town location! $235,000
$115,000 3/2 Mobile HM / 3 AC, extras, Lloyd Acres
$109,000 (each) 3/2 Two homes totally renovated, Marvin
$129,900 2/2 IIM /2. 5AC, wood floors/walls, N. Forest
S129,900 3/2 HM / lot, beautiful hardwood floors York
$163,000 3/2 HM/1 AC, historic fixer upper, Gamble
$295,000 Profitable 7 apartments, York and Hagan
$650,000 9,470 SF COMMERCIAL BLDG., Hwy 19 N.
S 50,000 (each) 2 adj. city lots with view of Courthouse!
$125,000 7 +/- AC's pasture w/woods, Waukeenah Hwy.
$265,000 16. 5 +/- AC'S Lake Miceosukee Frontage
S400,000 20+/- AC's w/pond, landscaped, Red Fox Run
Will divide., Two 10 AC lots at $225,000 each

Dog- 4/11/on, iima s Lane,
behind McDonalds. Male,
American FoxHound- like. Call
4/28, 5/3, nc

Khode island r
sale, $10 each.
leave message.
4/28, pd.

ea roosters for
Call 997-0901,

2003 Dutchmen travel Trailer,
27', 4+ years on warranty.
Many extras. $12,500.00 Call
4/28, pd
Metal roofing save $$$ Buy
direct from manufacturer. 20
colors in stock with all
accessories. Quick turn around!
Delivery available toll free
Rhode Island Red Roosters for
sale, $10 each. Call 997-0901,
leave message.
4/19, 21, 26, 28, pd
Wolf Tanning beds buy direct
and save! Full body units from
$22 a month! Free color catalog.
Call today! (800) 842-1305
Registered 6 year old Dark Bay
Thoroughbred Philly $2000
Call Mike 519-6506.
4/28 pd
Crepe Myrtle starting at $1, red
and white, 342-3246, ask for
4/12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28, pd

coastal Georgia. Land for sale
by owner. Private golf
community designed by Fred
Couples/David Love.
Jeckyl/St. Simon Island
$119,900.00 Call 315-529-1277
4/28, fcan
Large Mtn. Land bargains,
High elevations. Adjoins
Pristine State Forest, 20= AC to
350 Sweeping Mtn. Views,
streams. wwwliveinwv.com.

Prime downtown office space
now available in Cherry Street
Commons. Jack Carswell,
11/30 tfn, c
House For Rent! 3 bedroom, 1.5
bath great location only $625
per month please call 339-2850
4/19, 21,26,28
Office for Rent 238 W
Washington St. Call 997-2646
M-F 9-5 available May 1st
Mobile Home for rent, 2 BR 1%
bath on a pond. Large storage
building. $450.00/Month. Off
Drifton Highway. Call 421-3911
4/28,5/3, 5, 10, pd

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Down Payments on Good Cars
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$1500-$3000 Recruitment Incentive
FT Positions
Per Visit Positions $35 per visit -
premium pay for admissions

Archbold Home Health Services is currently seeking
qualified applicants for the above positions to serve
Leon, Madison and Jefferson Counties.
One Yearof home health experience preferred. We of-
fer competitive compensation and an excellent benefit
package. CONTACT: Nurse Recruiter, Archbold
Medical Center. Phone 229-228-2713,
FAX: 229-551-8733. rtaylor@archbold.org
Visit our web site: www.archbold.org EOE

Assistant Managers & Customer

Sales Associates

Seeking highly motivated, experienced and
enthusiastic professionals for the Greenville
area. Convenience Store experience desired.
All shifts available. Excellent opportunity for
advancement. Competitive Salary, Bonus,
Benefits and opportunity to join a progressive
and fast growing company. Fax resume to:

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ATTN: Bertie
Fax: (850) 948-2678
Phone (352)494-7550

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Country Livinq 2000 double wide 3 bed-
room 2 baths, screened porch on a very
pretty 1.6 acres in Lloyd Acres $74,900

Mixed Use Property 12 plus partially
cleared acres on US 19 south near Dennis'
Trading post only $16,500 per acre

Price Slashed! 2 bedroom 1 bath home
with small fenced yard, family room $8;,5600
Now $76,500

Peary Doest It Acain! Under Contract-

Priced to Sell 1993 Fleetwood 3 bedroom
2 bath home on 2.5 acres in Lloyd Acres
paved road frontage $76,500

Aucilla Forest & Meadows 2.5 mostly
wooded acres Only $36,500

Horse Farm 29 acre horse farm big double-
wide w/ fireplace, stables, round pen in remote,
oaks, pond, north of Greenville only $329,000

Quiet Location 2 adjacent lots on Partridge
Lane 100'x220' in the City $15,500 each

Freeman Road 26.46 acres of pasture land
with easy access to 1-10, US 19 and US 27 Only
3,500 per acre

On the Top of the Hiqh Hill Lovely 3 bed-
room 2.5 bath yellow brick home circled with 10
year old planted pine near US 90 and SR 59, 50
acres in planted pines, swimming pool, detached
garage, barn nice field near US 90 and SR 59
only $1,200,000

Peary Does It Again! under Con-
tract-Buildinq lots Town on Morris Road
call for details $10,000 to $40,000

Peary Does It Aqain! Under Contract
Cox Road 10 mostly wooded acres just a
few miles North of town $12,000 per acre

Prime Commercial Property US 19
South near Pizza Hut 6.5 acres $650,000

Peary Does It Again! Terrific Land In-
vestment 5 acres under contract 5 avail-
able on the east side of town high and dry in
quiet location with lots of game, 9 year old
planted pines, profit from both appreciating
land and growing pine Now $9,500 per

Peary Does It Aqain! Near Lake Hall
Under Contract 2 wooded acres $26,500

Home Site close to town on West Groo-
verville Road only $14,500

Peary Does It Aqain! Christmas Acres
Under Contract -3 bedroom 2 bath mobile
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ACA Tells Honor Roll For

Fifth Six Week Period

Staff Writer

Aucilla Christian Academy
Principal Richard Finlayson
has reports the honor roll for
the fifth six weeks period.
In K-3/K-4 Multiage, re-
ceiving all S+'s were: Hunter
Cain, Jocelyn Davis, Alex
Haselden, Ayush Patel, Wyatt
Reese, Elizabeth Scheese,
Grayson Sircy and Austin
In K-4, receiving all S+'s
were: Grace Beshears; Kash
Connell, Marissa Cooley,
Evan Courtney, Antonio Cox,
Emily Forehand, Lydia Hall,
Bethany Hayes, Austin He-
bert, Anna Hilinski, Ryan
Jackson, Ameer Khodr, Am-
ber Knowles, Haylee Lewis,
Lynelle Loveless, Chloe
Reams, Skylar Reams, Megan
Schofill, Levi Stafford, Nico-
las Swickley, Katherine
Whichel, and Mackenzie
In K-5, receiving all S+'s
were: Timothy Finlayson,
Cameryn Grant,' Noah
Hulbert, Nour Khodr, Ryals
Lee, Cannon Randle, Brandon
Slaughter, Quinton Thomas
and Daniel Wurgler.
Receiving all S+'s, and S
were: Walker Davis, Jessica
Giddens, Kenlie Harvey,
Elizabeth Hightower, Katie
James, Carly Joiner, Haley
Jones, Jenna Merschman,
Abigail Morgan, Ria
Wheeler, Tedo Wilcox, Abby
Ratliff, and Joe Walton.
In first grade, receiving all
A's were; Traynor. Barker,
Megan Beaty, Faith Demott,
Stephanie English, Sarah
Hall, Chaz Hamilton, Joe
Hannon, Jenny Jackson, Erica
Keeler, Lindsey Lawson,
Hannah Lewis, Summerlyn
Marsh, Kirsten Reagan, Ram-
sey Sullivan, Kate Whiddon
and Hank Wirick.
Receiving all A's and B's
were: Rebecca Carson, Han-
nah Compton, J. T. Harp, Ty-
ler Hutchenson, Donnie Kin-

sey, Cole MacNeil, Sarah
Riley, Will Sircy, Natalie
Sorensen, Larrett Terrell,
John Thomas Walker, and
-Kirsten Whiddon.
In second grade, earning all
A's were: Erin Lee, Ally
Mall, Thomas Swickley, T. J.
Swords, Justin Welch and
Emma Whitmer.
All A's and B's were: Tay-
lor Copeland, Jake Edwards,
Megan Giddens, Sam Hogg,
Taylor McKnight, Rean Mon-
tesclaros, and D. J. Wilkin-
In the third grade, earning
all A's were: Ricky Finlayson,
Haleigh Gilbert, Winston Lee,
and Bryce Sanderson.
Earning all A's and B's
were: Cole Barclay, Ty
Chancey, Morgan Cline,
Cheyenne FJoyd, Doug
Gulledge, Sarah James,
Brooklyn McGlamory, Car-
son Nennstiel, Jonah New-
berry, Amber Paulk, Kelsi
Reams, and Sadie Sauls.
In fourth grade, earning all
A's were: Rachel Lark, Aimee
Love, Jessica Welch and An-
nie Yang.
Earning all A's and B's
were: Tanner Aman, Justin
Brown, Devan Courtney, Ca-
sey Demott, Lauren Demott,
Jacob Dunbar, Kayla
Fulford, Ashley Hebert, Mat-
thew Hutchenson, and Capas
In fifth grade, earning all A's
were: Ashli Cline, Jay Finlay-
son, Jared Jackson, Kaley
Love, Ashley Schofill and
Wendy Yang.
Earning all A's and B's
were: Nick Buzbee, Tres
Copeland, Joey Dowell, Rus-
sell Fraleigh, Hannah
Haselden, Whitney McKnight
Michaela Metcalf, Hadley
Revell, Sammy Ritter, Hans
Sorensen, Pamela Watt and
Audrey Wynn.
In the sixth grade, earning
all A's were: Levi Cobb, Matt
Dobson, Tyler Jackson and
Shelby Witmer.
Earning all A's and B's were:
_ Loretta Croy, Marcus Evans,

Vickie Perry, Tori Self, Aus-
tin Shirley, Sunnie Sorensen,
and John Williams.
In the seventh grade, earn-
ing all A's were: Taryn Cope-
land, Katherine Hogg, Kaitlin
Jackson, and Kent Jones.
Earning all A's and B's
were: Clark Christy, Anna
Finlayson, Jessica Hagan,
Nikki Hamrick, Kent Jones,
Lisa. Kisamore, G. H. Liford,
Caroline Mueller, Sarah
Sorensen, Elizabeth Riley,
and Taylor Pridgeon.
In the eighth grade, earning
all A's were: Jessica Hunt,
Wilson Lewis, Ryan Pricher,
John Stephens, and Dana
Earning all A's and B's
were: Ryan Barclay, Tiffany
Brasington, Kalyn Brown,
Lane Fraleigh, Clay Fulford,
Matthew Harrington., and Ja-
cob Pitts. -
In the ninth grade, earning
all A's were: Rhegan Clark,
Chelsea Dobson, Ashley
Echols, Rebekah Falk, Mi-
chaela Roccanti and Savan-
nah Williams.
Earning all A's and B's
were: Katelyn Levine, An-
gela McCune, Mallory
Plaines, Olivia Sorensen, and
Rebecca Turner.
In the tenth grade, earning
all A's were: Rebekah Aman,
Ben Buzbee, A. J. Connell,
Courtney Connell, Jauce
Davis, LIndsey Day, Stepha-
nie Dobson, Prateen Patel,
and Ramsey Revell.
,Earning all A's and B's were;
Elizabeth Shirley and Tristan
In the eleventh grade, earn-
ing all A's were: Joanna
Cobb, Melissa Martin, Caitlin
Murphy, Jennifer Pitts, Rikki
Roccanti, and Taylor Rykard.
Earning all A's and B's were:
Lisa Bailey, Brittany Hobbs,
Will Knight, Angela Stein-
berg, and Jennifer Tuten.
In the twelfth grade, earn-
ing all A's were: Glen Bishop,
Jana Connell, and Corie
Earning all A's and B's were:

Keri Brasington, Casey Gun-
nels, Jennifer Hagan, Katie
O'Steen, Colby Roberts, Alex
Searcy, Kristyn Tuckey, Chris
Tuten and Suzanne Walker.



Hunt Set

Staff Writer

Big Bend Ghost Trackers
will conduct the Haunted
Tour and Ghost Hunt in the
old 1827 Cemetery, beginning
at 8 p.m., Saturday, in front of
the Chamber of Commerce.
Spaces are still available for
those who wish to attend.
BBGT Founder Betty Davis
said .Wednesday that mem-
bers are expecting a large
group of attendees during the
"Presently, we are expecting
a lot of out-of-towners, in-
cluding a large group from
Lake City," said Davis.
The tour is $10 per person,
and the Ghost Hunt, which
will be conducted after the
tour, is also $10 each.
Davis concluded that the
tour and ghost hunt always re-
sult in many getting ghostly
photos. "No one has ever left
disappointed," she said.
To reserve a spot on either
or both, call BBGT at 508-





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CLOCKWISE, from top: State Rep. Will Kendrick pre-
sents $200,000 check to county for park upgrades;
community celebrates start of in-town shuttle service;
Traffic Safety Team gets $614,000 for widening of
Aucilla-Drifton Road; state undertakes $1 million worth
of repairs to Lake Miccosukee dam; public library finds
new home at site of former high school; Health Depart-
ment celebrates acquisition of annex.

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Prospects Good For County To

Get Emergency Medical Center

Senior Writer

The county's prospects for-
construction of an emergency
operation center (EOC) im-
proved in January with the
governors's announcement
that he is seeking $70 million
to strengthen EOC's across the
The governor's announce-
ment came in the wake of state
officials finding that 22 of
Florida's 67 counties have in-
adequate EOCs.
Meaning that the buildings
that house Emergency Man-
agement (EM) operations in
these 22 counties are incapable
of withstanding a hurricane
with top winds of 111 miles
per hour or great.
Jefferson County, as it hap-
pens, is one of the 22 counties
with inadequate EOCs. Which
bodes well for the county's
long-standing efforts to secure
state funding for construction
of a new emergency operations
center at the industrial park.
If the Legislature were to ap-
prove the governor's proposal
(and hurricane preparedness is
supposedly a hot topic on leg-
islator's agenda this year,
given the devastation that
storms caused the last two
years), it would guarantee this
county $750,000,"according to
Dick Bailar, spokesman for the
Jefferson Legislative Commit-
As Bailar and EM Director
Carol Ellerbe explained it, the
$750,000 wouldn't provide the
county with the all-encompass-
ing public safety complex that

county officials want to build,
but it will go a long ways to-
wards accomplishing the goal.
That goal, which county offi-
cials have been pursuing for at
least three years now, is to.
consolidate all emergency re-
sponse services at one location
near the jail.
That means constructing a
building capable of housing
the fire.and ambulances serv-
ices, as well as the EM opera-
tion and radio dispatching.
Presently, the EM operation
is housed in the Dunn building
on North Jefferson Street; Fire
Rescue is located on US High-
way 19 South; and radio dis-
patching is situated at the jail
in the industrial park.
As envisioned, the public
safety complex will be 10,000
sq. Feet and cost approxi-
mately $2 million.
The $750,000 would allow
for construction of only the ba-
sic EOC building, or the com-

THE COUNTY seeks funding to replace the Emergency Operation Center in the Dunn
Building with a new building to be constructed at the Industrial Park, which will with-
stand hurricane winds of 111 mph. (News Photo)

mand center for emergency re-
sponse in the eventuality of a
major catastrophic event,

whether natural or manmade.
Bailar said his committee is
working hard to convince leg-

islators to approve the gover-
nor's proposal, at the same
time that the committee is pur-

suing other possible sources oi
"We're trying to cobble to-
gether other funding from the
Department of Community Af-
fairs and FEMA," Bailar said,
adding that if the group is suc-
cessful in these endeavors, it
will allow for construction of
the full complex.
But even if the latter pursuit,
fail, Bailar said approval ofth(
governor's proposal is critical
to allow for construction of the
basic unit, which can later bc
"The first thing that the leg-
islative committee is doing is
trying to get the Hurricane Pre-
paredness Act passed,", Bailar
said. "The big thing is that
there is a lot of concern about
hurricane preparedness at pre-
sent. We think that the Legisla-
ture will be sensitive to this.
It's not just a rural issue either.
It's something that affects the
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City Finally Gets Code Book Updated

Almost exactly two years af-
ter city officials approved a
near $12,000 expenditure for
the update, of the city's code
book, the product was deliv-
ered to them in November.
City Clerk Emily Anderson
informed council members of
the completion of the update.
City officials plan to have
copies of the new code book
available at the public library,
as well as putting the docu-
ment online so that citizens
-can easily access the informa-

The council approved paying
the Municipal Code Corpora-
tion $11,425 for the update of
Sthe code book in 2003. That
expenditure called for the
work to be done in phases, so
that the city could spread out
the payment over a two-year
The codification entailed in-
tegrating all the city's pertinent
ordinances, from the city's be-
ginnings in the early 1800s to
the present.

It also entailed eliminating
all obsolete, inconsistent and
contradictory information in
the code book, a task that ex-
perts described as being long
and tedious.
The last time the city's code
book was updated was in
1990, meaning that the exist-
ing book contained no ordi-
nances, rules or amendments
adopted in the intervening
These later records were kept
in cardboard boxes in City

Hall, requiring that city staff
manually sort through the piles
of documents every time a per-
tinent question arose.
Not only was this process
cumbersome and time consum-
ing, it was fraught with the po-
tential for error, according to
city officials.
The agreement with the Mu-
nicipal Code Corporation calls
for the periodic update of the
book, thus ensuring the infor-
mation remains relevant and

What's more, each council
member is expected to get a
copy of the book. Previously,
only two copies of the code
book existed, making it diffi-
cult for officials and citizens
alike to research information.

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Staff Writer

Following a ribbon cutting-
ceremony at the Health De-
partment, the first run of the
Monticello In-Town Transit
Shuttle took place in May.
Health Department Director
Kim Barnhill addressed the
group of dignitaries represent-
ing the city, City Council
City Commission, the
chamber, Attorney Brian
Hayes, and Transportation Dis-
advantage Task Force
member Executive Director of
Healthy Start George
Barnhill said that we live in a
transportation disadvantaged
community and several months

ago, she inquired as to why
Monticello didn't have a
source of transportation for
those who needed it, as Perry
and Madison do, She noted
that the city did have such a
system in the past.
"We want the elderly and the
pregnant women to have trans-
portation to their appointments
and to be able to get to the gro-
cery .store and wherever else
they need to go, without hav-
ing to try and rely on someone
else to drive them," said Barn-
Hinchliffe added that the city
has approximately 45 Healthy
Start mothers per year. Many
of these have no means of
He estimated that between
eight and 10 women would use

the service each morning to ar-
rive at their Healthy Start ap-
After the speeches, a purple
ribbon was stretched in front
of the shuttle, driven for the
first time by Queen Pride.
The shuttle, a 10 seat
handicap-equipped vehicle,
inched forward, driving
through the ribbon and starting
out on its first run with two
passengers on-broad.
One of the passengers said of
the shuttle. "This is an answer
to prayers."
The shuttle runs for 10'hours
a day, six days a week, except
for the time slot of 12:30-1:30
beginning at 7:30 a.m. and
concluding at 5:3.0 p.m.
The route begins'/at the Jeffer-
son Place Apartments at 7:30
/ .

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Memorial Family Medical, the
Courthouse, Jefferson 'Arms
Apartments, Howard Middle
School, Jefferson Elementary
School, Jefferson County
Healthy Start, Heritage Manor
Apartments, Jefferson Nursing
Center, Gerry Medical, Post
Office, Courthouse, Chamber
of Commerce, Health Depart-
ment, Adult School, City Hall,
U-Save IGA, Winn Dixie,
Brynwood Center, and starts
from the beginning.
The cycle then repeats a total
of nine times before the 5:30
p.m. conclusion of the daily
When safety permits, the
shuttle will also pick up and
drop off at the near side of
most intersections.
The rides were free for the
first three months. Trips are
now 50 cents one way.
The route was strategically
planned to benefit residents
throughout the city and the

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The introduction and ground---
breaking for the Gadsden
Square project, at 185 West
Walnut Street, took place in
The project is named for
James Gadsden and his family,
with the first shovelful of dirt
overturned at the groundbreak-
ing by the Gadsden great great
grandson, affectionately
known as Uncle James.
The community had time to
view the plans for this large,
two story, multi-use building
project and to talk with the de-
veloper, Carswell, Greenfield
& Kunstler Business Manage-
ment, and to enjoy an impres-
sive spread of refreshments.
The event was directed by
Mary Frances Drawdy, direc-

Sage Eater

Special San

Staff Writer

Sage, a new sandwich shop,..-
opened for business in Decem-
SOwned by Dawn and Brian
Ashworth, the restaurant fea-
tures specialty sandwiches, all
made from Boarshead meats
and cheese.
"We have been in the busi-
ness for the past 13 years,"
said Brian. "Managing both
restaurants and bars.
"We will have all kinds of
hot sandwiches including
meatball subs and a sandwich

Work on B

Is Going Sr

Senior Writer

Work on the Ike Anderson
Bicycle Trail was proceeding
smoothly in January, with a
completion date expected in
May, according to the engineer
overseeing the project.
Joe Miller, of George &
Hutcheson Engineering, Inc.,
reported to city officials in
January that the trail was half-
way paved. He described the
paved portion as extending
from Rocky Branch Road to
just south of US 90.
Yet to be paved, Miller said,
was the portion from US 9C to
Chase Street Park. South of the
Chase Street Parkm the trail is
being cleared of vegetation,
but it will remain dirt for the
time being.
The city initially planned to
pave the entire two miles of
the trail, which ends up at Na-
coosa Road. Funding
problems, however, forced the
plans to be downscaled.
The bicycle trail is being
constructed with a Department

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County Chamber of Com-
merce, who introduced Bar-
bara and Jack Carswell,
William Greenfield, and Eve-
lyn Kunslur.
Father Mal Joplin gave the
Bill Gunnels, of Capital City
Bank, and Riley Palmer, con-
tractor for the project, spoke
briefly about the project.
The proposed building will
consist of three retail spaces,
approximately 950 sq. ft. each,
two office spaces 450 sq. ft.
each, and two luxury upstairs
apartments that will overlook
the historic town square.
Drawdy entertained the
crowd with a brief history of
the Gadsden family. She said
that Gadsden first came to
Florida with General Andrew
Jackson in 1818.

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"The Big Mountain is on
white Mountain Bread, oven-
baked, very similar to a New
Orleans stuffed sandwich, and
it contains ham, turkey, secret
ingredients and melted provo-
lone cheese," he said.
The restaurant also offers an
appetizer menu at 4 p.m. and
serves, beer and wine.
"We may even go ahead and
build a fire pit on the back
patio," said Ashworth.
The restaurant is located at
1305 W. Washington Street,
the former location of La Con-
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of Transportation (DOT) grant.
The.total cost of the project,
including the design and engi-
neering phase, is $708,782.
The trail follows the old rail-
road tracks from the north part
of town to the south, crossing
both urban and rural areas.
The City Council named the
trail after former Mayor .Ike
Anderson in November. An-
derson, a colorful character,
regularly rode his bicycle
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Decorator's Warehouse

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Staff Writer

In 1824, Gadsden County
was named for him.
In 1827 he fell in love with
Jefferson County and pur-
chased a plantation west of
Waukeenah, went back to
South Carolina, packed up all
his worldly goods and returned
with his brother Octavius.
Also in 1827, he was ap-
pointed one of five commiis-
In 1836 as Minister to Mex-
ico, he was instrumental in the
purchase of land in'the south-
ern parts of New Mexico and
Arizona known as the "Gads-
den Purchase."
James Gadsden married in
1837 but never had any chil-
Octavius Gadsden was un-
like his soldier and statesman
brother. He was a typical
southern planter. He was mar-
ried and had two children.
He was a devout Episcopa-
lian and was instrumental in
building the little Episcopal
Church in Waukeenah that was
later moved to Tallahassee.

The Gadsden Plantation was
eventually sold to Sheldpn
Whitehouse, a prominent busi-
nessman from Rhode Island.
He was in the political world
and a U.S. ambassador.

Decorator's Warehouse,
LLC opened in February.
The business is located at
260 North Cherry Street, the
former Public Library
The owner and operator of
this venture is Jena Fernandez,
who recently moved here from
Tampa with her 14-year-old
son, Joey.
Among items for sale are:
hand-carved solid mahogany
--furniture, paintings, mirrors,
5 lamps, floral arrangement, cus-
tom fabrics (by special catalog
order,) and good quality im-
ported furniture and accesso-
Fernandez, an expert in de-
sign. and color coordination,
will work with the customer to
choose furniture and fabrics to
create the look desired.
Fernandez leased the build-

New Owner

Buys City

Dry Cleaner
Monticello Dry Cleaners got
a new owner in January.
She is Eddie Lee Harley, a
county native with 12 years of
management experience as a
major with the Department of
"I'm excited," Harley said of
the business venture, her first-
The operation now consists
of two locations, the one here
and a second in Madison
County, plus a pickup and de-
livery service.
Former owners Ody and Joe
Vandenberg, meanwhile, re-
tained ownership of the build-
ing. Its .their plan to remodel
the rear of the building and
convert it into offices, com-
plete with a cobblestone patio
and benches.

ing in late 2005 and began fo-
cusing on inside work in early
She says she took six months
considering locations before
deciding on Monticello.
She chose this area because
of it's growing population. Her
goal, she says is to offer qual-
ity furniture at discount prices.
Fernandez is able to offer up
to 50 percent off retail prices
'because she has contacts that
buy and sell. She also travels
to south Florida to pick up the
furniture herself, she says.
For these reasons, she can
keep the cost down, passing
the savings on to her custom-
ers, Fernandez says.
She says she knew she
wanted an intriguing business
and had even contemplated an
International Food Mall ven-
ture, because she loved to
Fernandez was born and
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Senior Writer
The county now has an ani-
mal control program, complete
with three certified animal
control officers.
Commissioners in December
adopted the revised Danger-
ous Animal Control
Ordinance, following a brief
public hearing.
At the same time, commis-
sioners recognized the three
newly-certified animal control
officers who will be enforcing
the ordinance.
The three are Solid Waste
Department Director Beth
Thorne and employees, Lamar
Poppell, and Vince Little, of
the Road Department.
Commissioner Skeet Joyner
presented the three with their
certifications in a brief cere-
mony at the start of the meet-
ing. Joyner joked that the
three would have to share a
badge until more badges were
The three county employees
attended a total of 56 hours of
schooling to acquire the animal
control certification, which is
required by law. One of the
classes dealt with the chemical
immobilization of animals.
The revised animal control
ordinance adopted by commis-
sion remains complaint driven.
Meaning that a citizen must
file a complaint of a dangerous
animal to trigger the
The Sheriffs Department
then will investigate the re-
ported incident and determine
if the animal is indeed danger-
If the responding deputy de-
termines that the animal is

dangerous, the officer will call
Thorne at the Solid Waste De-
Thorne then will dispatch
one of the two animal control
officers to capture the animal
and take it a facility where it
will be held until its fate is de-
The ordinance does not ad-
dress nuisance animals.

The beefed-up animal con-
trol program, along with the
revised ordinance, resulted
from citizen activism.
Particularly instrumental in
the effort to strengthen the pro-
gram were two citizens group
that did much of the legwork,
in terms of researching and
recommending possible solu-
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Lloyd Restaurant

Serves Seafood

Staff Writer
Miss Mary's Family Restau--
rant opened at the Capitol City
Travel Center on CR-59 at I-
10 in February.
Managing the restaurant is
-Mary McNeff.
The eatery is open daily
from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and
closes 2 p.m. Sunday.
The restaurant offers all-you-
can-eat seafood specials on
Friday and Saturday evenings
from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., along
with other seafood platters and-
menu items.
McNeff plans to expand the
seafood menu to include other
coastal seafood recipe items.
The orders are prepared and-
cooked with care by her long-
time beach and coastal chefs.
Menu items also include
BBQ, chicken, pork, and An-
gus beef.
McNeff was born and raised
between Shell Point and Talla-
hassee. She has been a part of-

the seafood industry since her
youth, as her grandfather
owned and developed Shell
_Point into the beach resort it is
She attended Leon High
School and continued her edu-
cation at Chipola Junior Col-
lege, and Florida State
She retired from the City of
Tallahassee after 23 years and
continued to work as general
manager for an executive re-
cruiting firm for three more
years before deciding to get
into the catering business with
Roberts BBQ.
"Miss Mary's has been very
busy since it .; opening in the
middle of December 2005,
says McNeff.
"We are looking forward to
serving meals that taste good
and in pleasing our customers.
Our number one priority is-
customer relations and quality
"Why go to the coast, when
we can bring the coast to you,"
she concludes.

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sioner Skeet Joyner and Sheriff David Hobbs speak with Sarah Larussi, a member of
Responsible Pet Owners. (News Photo)

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Impact Fees Adopted

Senior Writer

The county approved an im-
pact fee ordinance in June.
The County Commission
adopted the measure by unani-
mous vote, following a brief
public hearing.
As approved, the impact fee
is $96.32 per house for fire
service and $123.72 per house
for ambulance service, for a
total of $220.04.
These, at least, are the impact
fees for residential units. The
impact fees for commercial,
industrial and institutional
structures are figured on a per
footage basis.
The county began collecting
the impact fees August 1.
By law the monies collected
must be kept in separate ac-
counts and can only be used
for capital expenditures, as
dictated by future growth.
The fees apply only to new
construction. They are due at
the time the building permit is
The only possible concern
expressed at the June 16 hear-
ing came from a developer,
who cautioned the commission
about a case in Lee County
having to do with a School
Board imposed impact fee.
The case supposedly estab-
lished that "a local government
cannot impose an impact fee if
it impairs someone's existing
contract rights.
"If I bring a client in and
they qualify for the loan and
then the impact fee disallows
them from getting the loan,
you can apply the impact fee,"
the gentleman gave as an ex-
The attorney associated with
the Government Service Cor-
poration the consultant firm
that prepared the study and im-
pact fee ordinance for the
county, disputed the gentle-
man's assertion.
In fact, Lee County had won
the suit, said the attorney, who
supposedly represented that
county in the suit. Anyway, the
local impact fee exempted any
contract existing prior to Aug.
1, she said.
But if there were any prob-
lems in future, she would ad-
vise the county on a case-per-
case basis, she said.
The only other possible con-
cern expressed came from
Commissioner Gene Hall, who
questioned the low amount of
the fees.
"I got calls from citizens
who feel that these rates are
low," Hall said.

Not to worry, the consultant
assured commissioners. The
present numbers were based
on the existing situation, she
said. But as that situation
changed with development,
those numbers could be ad-
justed upwards.

"We recommend you exam-
ine these fees every three
years," said consultant Melissa
The total cost of the project
to the county was $15,000.
That's $10,000 for the study
justifying the imposition of the

fees and another $5,000 for the
actual implementation of the
fees. The county first decided
to pursue impact fees last No-
Impact fees, by definition,
are one-time charges levied
against new construction

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both residential and commer-
cial to help pay for the cost
of the increased government
services demanded by growth.
According to the experts,
every new residence imposes
actual and potential demands
on county services, as well is
adding to traffic congestion
and increasing the wear and
tear on roads.
Impact fees are a compensa-
tory tool that allows govern-
ments to recoup a certain
portion of the costs they incur

to provide the additional serv-
ices required by an increasing
Impact fees, moreover, are
considered politically
palatable, as they principally
affect people who are not yet
part of the community and so
can't take out their outrage or
current office holders.
It is not correct, however, to,
say that impact fees never af-
fect current residents. In fact,
residents who build new
houses or expand existing
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Change Comes To

Downtown Parking

Senior Writer

ANGLE PARKING was changed from 45 degrees to 30 degrees, in August, on North
Jefferson Street for safety reasons making it easier to back out. (News Photo)

Beauty Shop Is Dream

Come True For Owner

Staff Writer

Maggie's Beauty Shoppe
held its grand opening in May.
The Shoppe, owned and op-
erated by Margaret "Maggie"
Shofier, is located at 2247
Waukennah Highway 259,
across from the Oakfield
Shofner has more than 12
years of on-the-job training
and experience in her field.
She studied cosmetology at
Lively Technical Institute in
Tallahassee and is licensed in
Shofner decided to study
cosmetology when she was in
her 40's.
"After my husband, Fred, re-
tired from the military, and our
daughter, Angel was grown,
the time was right," she said.
She has worked at Hair
House in Tallahassee for the
past six years, and prior to

that, she owned her own busi-
ness in Tallahassee for five
Her newly built Shoppe is a
dream come true, thanks in
part to her husband who saw
that it was built to her liking.
There are two styling chairs,
three dryer chairs, a shampoo
bowl, and comfortable waiting
Shofier offers full service
for men women and children.
Service includes cuts,
styling, coloring, perms, wax-
ing, pedicures, and manicures.
She works alone, for the time
being. "Down the road, if I see
I'm getting too busy to offer
quality service, I'll take on
someone to help," she says.
The Shoppe is a freestanding
unit. The interior is trimmed
with a unique beauty shoppe
characters border paper, with
red accents, providing a South-
ern "Fried Green Tomato" at-
The shoppe is open Tuesday

through Friday fiom 9 a.m. un-
til her last client is completed,
and on Saturday from 9 a.m.
until noon.
Walk-ins are welcomed and
the Shoppe is wheelchair as-
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contact Maggie's Beauty
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Angle parking around the
courthouse and surrounding
streets was changed from 45 to
30 degrees in August.
The action came at the re-
quest of the city and the Com-
munity Traffic Safety Team
(CSTS), according to Tommie
Speights, district public infor-
mation director for the Depart-
ment of Transportation (DOT).
All parking spaces east,
north and west of the court-
house square were changed
from 45 to 30 degrees. Parking
areas around the square and
handicap spots were retained.
"Both city and CTST offi-
cials say safety is 'the reason
behind the change, "Speights

At first, the DOT would
commit only to changing the
angle parking on the east side
of N. Jefferson Street between
Dogwood and Pearl streets,
and that on a trial basis.
Once that experiment proved
successful, however, the DOT
allowed itself to be persuaded
to commit to the larger project.
More recently pedestrian-
rights signs are being installed
on the major roads in the
downtown area. The signs,
which look like small punch-
ing bags that go in the middle
of the street, remind motorists
that state law gives pedestrians
the right-of-way.
It's all part of the plan to
make the downtown district
more viable and friendly for
pedestrian shoppers.

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City Annexes 85-Acre

Property West Of Town

Senior Staff Writer

The city grew by 85 acres in
That's when the City Coun-
cil approved the annexation of
the Riley Palmer property just
west of Holly Hills, formerly
known as the Tim Braswell
SThe annexation agreement
calls for Palmer to undertake
the extension of city sewer and
water service to Holly Hills for
an estimated cost of$158,783.
The city, in turnwill reim-
burse Palmer for the cost of
the extension from a citywide
service charge it plans to as-
sess new customers to the sys-

One question that arose was,
what would happen if the sys-
tem service charge -- multi-
plied by the 80 houses that
Palmer expects will comprise
the development -- failed to
generate sufficient funds to
cover the cost of the
Or what if the construction
of the 80 houses lagged for
years? How long then before
he could recoup his upfront
cost for the extension?
Palmer acknowledged that
risk was inherent in every en-
deavor that be undertook as a
developer. But he remained
"cautiously optimistic" that
things would always turn out
for the better, he said.
Still, he wanted some kind of
assurance -- a mechanism, if

State Awards


Senior Writer

Members of the law-
enforcement community were
pleased to learn in July that the
Department of Juvenile Jus-
tice (DJJ) had awarded the lo-
cal juvenile justice council
$33,000 for implementation of
a civil citations program.
This is on top of.the $65,000
grant the DJJ awarded the lo-
cal juvenile justice council ear-
lier in the year for implementa-
tion of an intervention pla to
keep at-risk youths out of the
juvenile system.
"This is a great thing," Mon-
ticello Police Department
Chief David Frisby said of the
opportunity to implement a
civil citations program here.
Frisby was one of several
representatives of the Jefferson
County Juvenile Justice Coun-
cil (JJC) who attended the af-
ternoon presentation at
the Sheriffs Office in the in-
dustrial park. Other JJC repre-
sentatives attending the meet-
ing included Sheriff David
Hobbs and County Judge
Bobby Plaines.
As described by DJJ
officials, the civil citations
program gives law enforce-
ment officers another tool to
combat juvenile delinquency,
Essentially, it gives officers
the discretion to cite youthful
offenders, instead of arresting
them, depending on the nature
and the severity of the offerise.
Youths handed a civil cita-
tion must appear in teen court

and performs some kind of
community work to atone for
the offense, as dictated by a
jury of their peers. Unlike an
arrest, however, the incident is
not recorded, thus sparing the
individual a criminal record.
The idea, according to the
program's supporters, is to
give first time misdemeanor
offenders a second, and in
some circumstances, maybe
even a third and fourth chance.
Too many times, according
to those in the law-
enforcement community, an
individuals' future is ruined
because of a youthful indiscre-
tion that results in an arrest.
"When a kid gets arrested,
it's there," Plaines said. "Even
if you seal the record, it can
come back to haunt you."
Among the questions that lo-
cal officials pose to the DJJ
representatives: could the
money be used to administer
urine analysis tests; could the
money be used to administer
urine analysis tests; could cita-
tions be used for misdemeanor
traffic violations; and could
the citations be issued to other.
than first-time offenders?
The answer in all cases was a
qualified yes.
"We want this to be your
program," said Ted Toilet, DJJ
director of research and plan-
"We're offering you the re-
sources to do it your way. You
tell us what you want to do and
how and we'll provide the re-

you will -- that would ensure
him of the ability to recapture
his upfront cost in a timely
manner, he said.
As an example, Palmer sug-
gested a credit that could be
applied to other of his develop-
ments within the city.
If, in other words, the city
still owed him money after a
couple of years because the
current development didn't
proceed as expected, could he
not get a break on some other
development he might be pur-
suing somewhere else within
the city?
After much discussion and
scrutiny by City Attorney
Bruce Leinback, it was de-
cided that such a scenario was
well within the realm of possi-
In fact, the council ulti-
mately voted to amend the
contract to include just such a
As part of the deal, the city
will pursue a Comprehensive
Plan Amendment to rezone
four units per acre. Palmer
wants to develop the property
at the much lower density of
one house per acre.'
The city also agreed to pro-
vide sewer and water service
to the development, which Pal-
mer characterizes as a upscale
subdivision that will be called
Crooked Creek.
Palmer's company is pres-
ently cutting roads into the
property and thinning and har-
vesting the trees, preparatory
to beginning the construction
The property, which adjoins
US Highway 90 on the south'
side, begins just west of Holly
Hill and stretches west for a

DEVELOPER Riley Palmer, right, has been a pioneer of sorts, insofar as introducing
to city officials new ways of handling developments. Palmer first broached the ideas
of reimbursements and model homes, among other things. Here he talks with City
Clerk Emily Anderson and Mayor Julie Conley. (News Photo)

Utility Committee Makes


Senior Staff Writer

"What started as a simple
meeting to talk about a few ba-
sic concerns has morphed into
a laborious and very complex
task that can ultimately render
huge dividends to the county
and its residents."
These words of Dick Bailar,
chairman of the Jefferson
County Utility Development
Committee (UDC), in Febru-
ary accurately summarized the
group's first year evolution.
Indeed, in the year since the
UDC formed in February 2005
(as a result of a group of citi-
zens coming together to dis-
cuss environmental and eco-
nomic development concerns
specific to Lloyd), the commit-
tee has been able to secure of-
ficial status and more than
$45,000 in funding.
"One of our committee's
first acts was to secure an in-
terlocal agreement between the
county and the city authorizing
the UDC to act on their behalf
in gathering data, evaluating

f During
needs and preparing prelimi-
nary proposals relative to wa-
ter treatment," Bailar related.
He added that both city and
county governing boards must
approve all UDC decision re-
garding funding, systems, de-
velopmental phases and con-
struction, among other things.
The group's next major ac-
complishment was to secure a
free feasibility study by the
Florida Rural Water Associa-
tion, valued at approximately
"This will be comprehensive
study that will basically deter-
mine the degree to which any
system can succeed in the
What's more, going on "the
positive attitude that some de-
gree of system will ultimately
be found feasible", Bailar said
the UDC has received commit-
ment from the Department of
Environmental Protection for a
1.95 percent loan to cover the
expense of a pre-construction
engineering study.
"Such an in-depth study is
required in order to determine
the scope of the project, spe-
cifically (insofar as) defining

1st Year
routes, phases, environmental
concerns, treatment facilities,
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Rural Development. Representatives of the Jefferson Communities Water System met
earlier to try to get an additional $5.1 million for extending the system. (News Photo)

County Gets $200,000

For Upgrade Of Park

Staff Writer

Jefferson County received a.
check for $200,000 from the
Division of 'Recreation and
Parks of Florida Recreation
Development Assistance Pro-
gram in August, to be used for
improvements and upgrades at
the recreation park.
State Rep. Will Kendrick
presented the check to County
Commissioner Chair Skeet
"This is one of the best man-
aged programs as far as grants
go," Kendrick said. "The funds
are based on a particular
county's needs, so therefore,
counties are not having to
compete with each other."
He added that since Jefferson
is eligible as a rural economic
development community, the
county will not have to match

the amount of the grant.
He said that Jefferson was
the only applicant to receive
the full grant amount, out of
the 271 different projects that
were applied for.

The Only
To Receive
The Full
Amount It

Though the Legislature was
unable to fully fund the lists of
all the applicants, each did,
however, receive some fund-
ing for their projects.
"It's a great day when you

can spread the love and bring
the bacon back into the
county," Kendrick said. "We
were able to double the avail-
able funds this year and we're
returning the money back into
the communities that need it
the most."
Steve Larson, legislative as-
sistant for Senator Nancy Ar-
genziano, added, "This is a
good example of how the pro-
gram allows counties to help
Projects to be covered by the
grant include a new picnic pa-
vilion ($45,000), renovations
of four baseball fields
($36,000), four tennis courts
($20,000), resurfacing of the
track/fitness trail ($15,000),
the six shelters and existing
pavilion ($11,500), playground
equipment ($500) and renova-
tions of the rest room facility

Two Groups Pursuing

Water, Sewer Systems

Senior Writer

Two groups seeking funding_
for separate water and sanitary
sewer systems were reported to
be making steady progress to-
ward the achievement of their
respective goals in November.
The two groups are the Jef-
ferson Communities Water
System Inc., which is seeking
$5.1 million for extension of
its existing water system; and
the Jefferson County Utility
Development Committee,
which is seeking a similar
amount for the creation of a
central sewer system.
Representatives of the Jeffer-
son Communities Water Sys-
tem Inc. met with representa-
tives of Rural Development on
Oct. 27 for a review of the
group's loan application. Rural
-Development is an arm of the
US Department of Agriculture,
which funded the original pro-
ject in large part.
The Jefferson Communities
Water System is seeking a
combination loan-grant to fund
the second phase of the
Bob Cooper, a representative
of the Jefferson Communities
Water System Inc., called the
Oct. 27 meeting instructive.
If funded, the plan is to ex-
tend the present water system
another 40 or so miles, taking
in many of the areas left off
the original project. This
would bring public water to
residents of Nash, Hatchett,
Thompson Valley, Curtis Mill,
and Blue Lake roads, among
All told, the extension is ex-
pected to pick up about 400
houses, putting the system's

customer base well over 1,200
. It took proponents of the wa-
ter system more than eight
years from the conception of
the project to the realization of
the first. phase a little more
than a year ago.
By contrast, the Jefferson
County Utility Development
Committee is a new group. In-
deed, the group formed less
than a year ago. But it has
made remarkable progress in
its short time.
Most recently, the group or-
chestrated an agreement be-
tween the city and the county
that puts it in a position to seek
funding for a $60,000 feasibil-
ity study, a necessary step to

determine the exact cost and
viability of a central sewer sys-
Later, representatives of the
group met with representatives
of the Department of Environ-
mental Protection (DEP), from
which state agency the group
is seeking part of the funding
for the feasibility study. The
meeting was to seek the DEP's.:
assistance in the preparation of2
the loan application.
Concerns about the environ-'
ment (the potential for water
contamination from septic'
tanks) and the desire to pro-,
mote economic development.
are behind the efforts of the-
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For Sewer Plant Repairs

DESPITE A valiant effort to establish an Internet sys-
tem in the City, Graybar Electric was unable to make
ithe system viable. This unit was part of the equipment
Installed at City Hall. (News Photo)

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1SIDEWALKS were extended along 90 West in the City
iup to the Health Department, before the funds ran out
and halted the project. (News Photo)

Health Dept.

.Gets Annex

Senior Staff Writer

SPraises abounded in Novem-
,ber at the afternoon ceremony
.celebrating the Health Depart-
iment's acquisition of the for-
4mer TMH building on West
.Washington Street.
"I'm here to tell you that
,we're state government and
:we're excited." Health Depart-
.ment Director Kim Barnhill
'said about the acquisition, re-
:lating an incident from early in
,her career when a higher state
:official informed her that peo-
:ple in state government were
pleased about fortuitous
-events, but they did not get ex-
SBarnhill went on to relate the
long history of the building's
*acquisition and to praise the
,numerous individuals who
:made the acquisition possible,
most notably former legislators
,and present-day lobbyists John
.Culbreath and John Kiser and
'TMH President and CEO Mark
Others who came in for
.Barnhill's praises were Robert
,B. Eadie, deputy secretary of
.the Florida Department of
.Health (FDOH); Mike Paredes,
legislative planning director
:for the FDOH; Senators Al
;Lawson and Nancy Argenzi-
ano and State Representatives
*Will Kendrick and Loranne
.Ausley; and the Jefferson Leg-
islative Committee.
But ultimately, the praise
,went to Barnhill, the one who
'truly made the project happen,
.as noted by O'Bryant in his
:brief remarks to the crowd of
"70 or so people attending the

"She's given me and TMH
the credit," O'Bryant said.
"But make no mistake about it,
it was Kim's passion, energy
and focus that drove this pro-
ject forward."
Indeed, it was about four
years ago that Barnhill first ap-
proached the County Commis-
sion with the idea of acquiring
the former TMH building to
expand her growing operation.
At the time, Barnhill had
been talking to TMH officials
and had learned that the hospi-
tal was willing to sell the
building formerly the home
of the Tallahassee Memorial
Family Medicine Monticello
clinic for $290,000.
The negotiations led to TMH
leasing half the building to the
Health Department with the
understanding that, ultimately,
the department's goal was to
purchase the building.
Barnhill continued to work
on the goal and in 2003 she
got the legislative delegation to
take on the projectwith Ausley
in particular spearheading the
Subsequent negotiations be-
tween Barnhill, Ausley and
TMH officials led to the hospi-
tal lowering its asking prices to
$250,000. But insofar as the
legislative effort to have the
state allocate the $250,000 for
the purchase, the effort ulti-
mately failed.
Barnhill, however, persisted
in pursuing the project. And
last year, she came up with the
idea of transferring $250,000
from her department's budget
to the county with the under-
standing that her department
would then get to use the
building rent-free.

Senior Staff Writer

After years of trying for the
funding, the city in May was
awarded $1.5 million from the
Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) for upgrade
of its sanitary sewer system.
The funding is specifically
earmarked for the identifica-
tion and correction of the in-
flow and infiltration problems
that have plagued the wastewa-
ter treatment plant for years.
As consultant engineer Rob-
ert George, of George and
Hutcheson Engineering, Inc.,
explains it, the first step in the
process entails the formulation
of a wastewater facilities plan.
His firm, in fact, is presently
engaged in this activity.
"This is a pretty inclusive
document that the DEP re-
quires you to do to show that
you went through all the ap-
propriate investigative proce-
dures to determine exactly
what needs to be done,"
George says.
Among other things, the
study must identify wetlands
and other environmentally sen-
sitive areas and show how the
cited problem impacts on these
and on the treatment plant it-
Once the wastewater facili-
ties plan is formulated and ac-
cepted by the DEP, the engi-
neering phase kicks in. This is
where the engineer flows a
television camera down the
sewer system and pinpoints the
location of problem areas, such
as cracks or breaks in the
The engineer also evaluates
the existing pipe sizes to make
sure that these are adequate to
carry the necessary flows and
that they are not inadvertently
contributing to the problem.
DEP stipulations,
meanwhile, limit the construc-

tion or repairs to $750,000 per
year, according to George.
The problem of excess storm
water flowing into or infiltrat-
ing the city's sewer system has
been going on for years. It is
particularly notable during
heavy storms.
These water surges ulti-
mately enter the city's waste-
water treatment plant, which is
then forced to work harder and
longer to handle the increased
Notwithstanding these peri-
odic surges, George maintains
'that the treatment plant has
never operated over capacity.
That's because, although de-
signed for a million gallon ca-
pacity, it averages about half a
million galloris daily, he says.
He offers that a redundancy
factor built into the plant di-
verts the extra water into a
lined pond for a while.
Why then the urgency to cor-
rect the inflow and infiltration
"The urgency is that you're
introducing an additional flow
into the system that doesn't
need to be there," George says.
"So the system is working
longer and harder than you
want it to.. The water is also
having to be re-circulated and
re-circulated. It's not efficient.
It's using more energy. And
the long-term effect is that
you're wearing out the eqiip-
Additionally, George ex-
plains, a treatment plant is like
a living organism is some re-
spects. Meaning that certain
microorganisms that live in
different areas of the plant ac-
count for the breakup of the
"These microorganisms live
by having a constant steady
flow," George explains.
"When you increase or de-
crease that flow, you affect
how these microorganisms
work. An influx of water dis-

rupts that environment."
The sewer system upgrade is
part of a comprehensive effort
underway by the city to mod-
ernize and make more efficient
its infrastructure. Other aspects
of the project include an up-

grade of the water delivery
system and installation of new
reading meters citywide.
Tied to the changes will be
changes in the rates that the
city charges for the various

Safety Team Nets $614,000

For Road Widening Project
tion (DOT) gave the county for
LAZARO ALEMAN the resurfacing of t he road, the
Senior Writer CTST project brought the total
cost of Dritfon-Aucilla High-
The Community Traffic-way improvements to $1.5
Safety Team (CTST) a group million.
dedicated to the improvement At the brief ceremony, CTST
of traffic safety problems in Chairman Ken Sasser lauded
the community celebrated' the group's latest accomplish-
another success in January. ment and urged continued
This was the $614,000 the commitment to the groups goal:
CTST got the Department of of eliminating traffic safety'
Transportation (DOT) to allo- hazards.
cate for the widening of the He also praised former Com-
Drifton-Aucilla Highway, con- missioner Gene Cooksey, a
sidered one of several danger- founding member of the CTST
ous roads in the county be- and its longtime chairman.

cause of its narrowness.
The CTST project widened
the road from 18 to 22 feet, al-
lowing for extra margin of
safety when vehicles particu-
larly school -buses passed
each other on the road.
Added to the $972,000 that
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mid 1990s, traffic safety teams
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Library Gains

Staff Writer

The long-awaited reopening-
of the public library took place
in July, amidst much good
will, official camaraderie, and
congratulatory pronounce-

The good will and festive oc-
casion well belied the long and
sometimes contentious fight to
bring the project to fruition.
Commission Chairman Skeet
Joyner presided over the brief
reopening ceremony,"which in-
cluded the traditional ribbon
cutting, the presentation of a
plaque commemorating the oc-

casion, and informal tours of
the facility, as well as refresh-
ments and finger food. About
60 people braved the inclem-
ent weather to attend the event.
Joyner and Library Director
Linda Hamedani performed
the ribbon cutting, while mem-
bers of both the County Com-
mission and the School Board

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THE city and county experienced a plethora of new developments and rezonings dur-
ing the last year. Many of these developments --too numerous to cite individually --
have already started construction or are in the process of getting the necessary per-
mits to begin work. (News Photo)

looked on.
The two boards evinced a
mood of sweetness and light
toward each other that quite
contrasted with their some-
times contentious and acrimo-
nious relationship in the past
over the issue.
As it was, the School
Board's narrow 3-2 vote to
-lease the former school media
center to the county for a li-
brary followed voter's ouster
of one of the School Board's
more adamant opponent of the
lease. School Board members
opposed to the library moving
into the media center wanted
the building to house the adult
school instead.
In his brief public remarks,-
Joyner praised the School
Board, the County Commis-
sioner, the library staff and
everyone else who had con-
tributed time, money, or mate-_
rials to make the move to the
new building possible.
"This was a community effort
of two governing boards so
that the people of Jefferson
County would have a nice new
facility," Joyner said more
than once.
School Board Chairman
Beverly Sloan, along with

Charles Boland, were oppo-
nents of the library moving
into the media center.
Commissioner J.N. Tuten for
his part, praised former Com-
missioner Gene Cooksey and
School Board Member Frank-
lin Hightower for their part in
the endeavor.
It was Cooksey and High-
tower, Tuten reminded the
audience, who seven years ago
conceived the idea of convert-.
ing the former media center
into a new home for the public
library once the high school
vacated the buildings.
"This was their brainchild,"
Tuten said of the two.
Following the brief remarks,
elected officials and members
of the public mingled, partook
of the refreshments and finger
foods, and independently

toured the facility.__
Spaciousness is one of the
greatest attribute of the new fa-
cility, according to Hamedani.
The new library is approxi-
mately 3,000 sq. feet larger
than the former building.
Hamedani said the expanded
capacity allows for a more ef-
ficient operation, as well as for
the eventual expansion of the
book collection and other serv-

"We now have a larger meet-
ing room, a larger computer
lab, two children's room in-
stead of one, quiet places to
read, and a Florida/Monticello
room that contains all books
on Florida, local authors and
lot of oral histories,"-
Hamedani said.

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Congratulations Jefferson County!

Staff Writer

Groundbreaking for Bide-A--
Wee, a new 11-home subdivi-
sion on Pearl Street, was held
February, with city officials
and residents in attendance.
Bide-A-Wee, which means
"stay a while," has 11 lots and
four new construction models.
The subdivision architectural
style, bungalow cottage, is ex-
pected to blend with the south-
ern charm of Pearl Street.
Models feature three bed-
rodms, 2.5 baths, plus a loft.
The Baylee model contains

1728 sq. feet.
The home offers hardboard
siding, hardwood floors, and
an appliance package, in addi-
tion to other amenities.
The featured houses have
names such as the Baylee,
Cynthia, Lacie, and Meredith.
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Lake Dam Repair

Work Completed

Senior Writer

The $1 million repairs worth-
of dam undertaken by the Flor-
ida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission (FWC) at
the north end of Lake Micco-
sukee were completed in Janu-
The repairs entailed the re-
placement of a 50-year-old,
84-inch diameter pipe that had
sprung a leak in recent years.
The pipe allows for controlled
drainage of the lake.
The FWC is now engaged in
the construction of an emer-
gency spillway just west of the
replaced pipe.
As Michael Hill, FWC fish-
eries biologist explained it, ab-
sent replacement of the pipe,
the leak would have continued
to enlarge. And eventually, the
dam would have collapsed,
causing an unintended draw
down of the lake.
The pipe was originally
scheduled to be replaced in
early 2004, with the work ex-
pected to last a couple of
months. But the series of hurri-
canes that swept through the
area in early fall, combined
with engineering difficulties
and an expansion of the
project, caused the schedule to
be pushed back.
One major difficulty Hill ex-
plained, is that the repairs were
done while the lake was full,
which created an element of
risk. From an engineering
point of view, he said, the pro-
ject would have seen much
easier and cheaper to accom-
plish if the lake were dried.
But given that the last draw
down was only a few years
back and the benefits of that

effort were just beginning to
kick in -- in terms of increased
fish and waterfowl populations
-- Hill said a draw down was
never seriously contemplated.
"We didn't want to undo the
good of the last draw down,"
he said. "This .is an important
fish and waterfowl lake."
That meant that before any
repair work could begin, the
area had to be established via
the introduction of a wall of
interlocking sheet pilings
driven 25 feet deep.
"The water's 10 feet deep at
the pilings," Hill said. "That
represents tons of pressure.
Without the pilings, I-beams
and braces, the water's strong
enough to push this whole
thing out into the basin."
Hill said the stabilization and
replacement of the pipe cost
about $400,000, with the De-
partment of Environmental
Protection paying for the stabi-
lization and the FWC doing
the work.
Following. installation of the
pipe, the next step is to con-
struct a concrete spillways
west of the pipe. The new
spillway will replace the exist-
ing spillway, constructed east
of the pipe in 1990. Cost of the
later project is expected to be
about $600,000.
The concrete spillway allows
water to overflow into the ba-
sin when the lake fills quickly
due to torrential rains, thus re-
lieving pressure on the pipe
and on other parts of the dam.
"When the water comes up
fast, it will flow over the top of
this dam," Hill said. "We want
the overflow diverted to the
concrete spillway, so it won't
wash out the dam."
The problem with the exist-
ing spillway is that water got_

under the concrete and under-
mined the structure. The new
spillway will have a concrete
wall that extends to the bottom
of the lake, thus preventing
water from getting underneath
the concrete and eroding the
Hill said it may be necessary
to draw down the lake a couple
of feet to construct the spill-
."That option is being ex-
plored," he said. "The lower
the water, the safer it is when
you're working on the dam."
Given the safety issue, why
weren't the repairs done when
the lake was drawn down a
few years back?
That would have been the
ideal time to do it, Hill said.
Unfortunately, the money for
the repairs wasn't available;
then, he said.
He called the repair of the
dam a well worth expense,
given the lake's importance as
a fishing and waterfowl recrea-
tional area. Ironically, he
noted, the dam would have
never have been built today,
given the present thinking that
natural systems should remain
their natural state.
In its native state, Hill ob-
served, Lake Miccosukee was
a fraction of its present size --
some 600 acres, versus the
6,000 acres it now encom-
passes. Essentially, the lake
was a grassland that periodi-
cally dried up, he said. And it
was that very cycle of drying
up and refilling that kept it vi-
tal, he said.
That natural cycle is what the
draw downs try to mimic, Hill
said. Drying the lake kills
much of the aquatic vegetation
that builds up over time, al-
lowing for the growth of plants

SKEET JOYNER, County Commission chairman, addresses county employees about
the planned move to the site of the former high school. The county is presently in the
process of remodeling the old building for county use. Already, a couple of the
county's operations have relocated there. (News Photo)

Accord Sets Stage For

City TO Receive

Senior Writer

The city received positive re-_
inforcement in December in its
efforts to upgrade its sewer
sanitary system and save
money in the process.
David Frisby, a representa-
tive of the Suwannee River
Water Management District
(SRWMD) informed city offi-
cials that the agency was will-
ing to commit to some $1.9
million in funding for a water
reuse project here.
As envisioned, the project
would allow the city to redirect
a half million or so gallon of
treated waste water on a daily
basis and save an estimated
$30,000 in the bargain.

Here's how it would work.
The city presently pipes ap-
proximately half a million gal-
lons of treatment plant near the
_recreation park to an artificial
wetlands off Goldberg Road.
Additionally, the city pays
approximately $60,000 annu-
ally to test the treated waste-
water, in compliance with state
and federal regulations.
The reuse project would take
the half million or so gallons
being pumped to Goldberg and
redirect this flow to the various
ponds on the property of
Simpson's Nursery just south
of town.
The nursery would then use
the treated water to irrigate and
sprat its thousands of trees and
City Superintendent Don

$2M +
Anderson said Wednesday it
was his understanding that
Simpson's presently pumps
about a million gallons a day
to keep its trees and plants wa-
tered. He said it was his further
understanding that much of
this water is recaptured via ir-
rigation channels and reused.
Far from being a done deal,
however, the water reuse pro-
ject has a long way to go be-
fore the SRWMD funding is
secured, let alone the other
funding which will be needed
to fully fund the enterprise.
SRWMD will fund only 75
percent of the project, or about
$1.9 million. It's up to the city
to come up with the remaining
25 percent, which city officials
hope to obtain from the De-
partment of Community Af-
fairs (DCA):

Marshall Health and

Rehabilitation Center

We Understand
id complexities surrounding the realization that living independently Rehabilitation Services
>nger possible, even if it's just a period of recovery from a hospital Designed to return each individual to the highest level of functioning and independence,
committed to making the transition as pleasant as possible .by these services are initiated following as assessment by our rehabilitation team include:
sorting, nurturing support and quality medical care. Services are
varm and personal setting and are tailored to the needs of each *Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapies
S*_Discipline-Specific Treatment Programs

I *Patient/Family Training and Education

Healthcare Services
Our dedicated professionals deliver a continuum of quality care and services including:

*Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services *Case Management & Social Services

*Nutritional Services

*IV Therapy

*Wound Care Management

*Pharmacy & Laboratory Services

*Radiology Services

*Discharge Planning Services

Healthcare Team
Skilled nursing and specialty medical services are provided 24 hours a day by our health-
care team, which includes:

*Discharge Planning

Enjoyable and Nutritious Meals

Good nutrition and positive, outcome-oriented rehabilitation go hand-in-
hand. Our DeitaryTeam serves delicious, nutrutionally balanced meals three
times a day, tailored to meet your individual need. For those who may
require assistance or who need to dine in their rooms, support is provided by
our caring staff.

*Medical Director

*Director of Nursing

*Registered Nurses and
Licensed Practical Nurses

*Certified Nursing Assistants

*Physical, Occupational and Speech

*Dietary Manager/Registered Dietitian

*Social Services Director

*Psychiatric, Podiatry, Dental & other
Specialists as needed

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Whether it's a lively sing-along, stimulating and therapeutic exercise, a
special outing, a current events review or a movie, our Activities Director is
always busy planning events that are entertaining and educational, we
provide opportunity for social interaction as often as desired.

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207 Marshall Dr., Perry, FL 32347

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