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140th Year No. 2 Wednesday, January 9, 2008 50 46 +4

Impact Fees For Transportation, Law Enforcement Almost Ready

Aim is for newcomers to

pay cost of growth

Monticello News
Senior Staff Writer
If everything goes ac-
cording to plans, the
county should have im-
pact fees for both trans-
portation and
lawenforcement in place
within the next two
That, at least, is the
goal of county officials,
who are basing their ex-
pectation on the presen-
tation of Government
Services Groups, Inc.
(GSG) on Thursday, Jan.

3. GSG is the Tallahassee-
based consultant firm
that has been conducting
the required studies for
the imposition of the two
impact fees.
Based on months of
research and data analy-
sis, GSG calculated that
the impact fee for law en-
forcement should be
$481.25 for residential
units and $0.55 per sq.
foot for non-residential
or commercial struc-
Please see IMPACT
FEES, Page 2A

Monticello News Photo by Laz Aleman, Jan. 3, zuuo
Marguerite McCauley, with Government Services Group, Inc., explains the methodology for formulation of the
formulas for the law-enforcement and transportation impact fees to county commissioners on Jan. 3, 2008.

Big Bend Crifme


Essential Crime

Fighting Tool

Monticello News
Staff Writer
Both County Sheriff David Hobbs
and City Police Chief Fred Mosley
agree that Big Bend Crime Stoppers is
an essential tool to law enforcement in
solving local crimes. Both say, "Big
Bends Crime Stoppers offering re-
wards for tips and total anonymity,
brings forth tips that normally would
not be generated in the county" Both
agencies say Big Bend Crime Stoppers
is a great asset locally, a great tool for
law enforcement to have and they had
generated tips in area cases in the past.
Put simply, Big Bend Crime Stop-
pers entails a three-part approach to
solving the crime problem. Crime Stop-
pers relies on cooperation between the
police, the media, and the general com-
munity to provide a flow of informa-
tion about crime and criminals.
Phone Calls are received at the
local Crime Stoppers tips line phone.
This phone is a stand-alone instru-
ment, which does not provide caller ID,
Page 2A

(Part three of five-part series)

Anatomy of A Costly City Boondoggle

Monticello News
Senior Staff Writer
By the fall of 2005, a
mere two months after
the city had awarded the
contract for the purchase
and installation of the
broadband equipment to
Graybar Electric Com-
pany, unforeseen prob-
lems with trees and
moisture were already
clouding the promise of
a city provided Internet.
In October 2005, the
City Council hired a con-
sultant from FSU at an
estimated cost of $2,000-
plus to monitor Graybar
Electric Company's test-
ing of the newly in-
stalled system to
determine why so many
customers weren't re-
ceiving the signal.
"Quite frankly, given
what has transpired, it
would be imprudent of
us to just rely on their
representations," Lein-
back advised the council,
speaking of Graybar's

Monticello News Photo by LazAleman
An early critic of the system, Councilman Brian
Hayes became one of its leading advocates as time
went on, arguing that the Internet was good for eco-
nomic development. From left to right are City Attorney
Bruce Leinback and Hayes.

Leinback, mean-
while, continued negoti-
ating with Graybar's
attorneys on the matter
of whether the city
would have to pay the
$227,644.43 for the pur-
chase of the equipment

and which entity would
assume the cost of tak-
ing down the system if
the contract was voided.
"I told Graybar
through its attorneys
that the city unequivo-
PleaseI see Ahatomy,
Page 3A

Lloyd Home

Lost In

Morning Fire,

Dec. 5

Monticello News
Staff Writer
A Lloyd resident lost his home
early Saturday morning after the 9,000
square-foot structure caught fire.
County Fire Rescue Chief Mark,
Matthews said they received the call
concerning a structure fire at the resi-
dence of Robert Bryant, located at 519
Eastwood Drive, just off of CR-59 in
Lloyd. Also responding to the scene
were members of all county volunteer
departments and Chaires-Capitola
Fire Rescue.
Matthews said that upon arrival
the second story of the wood-frame
home covered by brick veneer, which
was-partially being converted into a
day care center, was fully involved with
flames and smoke was black and thick
throughout the first story of the build-
He added that entry was difficult
Please see FIRE, Page 3A

Two Experts Review Reasons Behind Property Tax Reform

Monticello News
Senior Staff Writer
Interestingly, the brouhaha over
property taxes that led the Florida Leg-
islature to enact tax reform legislation
in June 2007 and to propose a constitu-
tional amendment
that voters will de- ..
cide on Jan. 29 is not
unique to the state,
but appears to be part
of a national trend.
Indeed, studies
show that Americans:
consistently consider
property taxes "the second most unfair
source of state and local taxes", a view
that strongly contrasts with that of lo-
cally elected officials, who see property
taxes as "a relatively stable source of
revenue that is easily administered, re-
served exclusively as a local source of
revenue, and impossible to avoid if it is
The above and following informa-
tion is taken from a report titled

"Florida's Property Tax Debate: As-
sessing The Situation And Why We Are
Where We Are Today," by Rodney L.
Clouser and W. David Mulkey, two pro-
fessors with the University of Florida
IFAS Extension.
S"To understand how we got where

we are requires a brief review of the
history of property tax use and "re-
forms" in Florida," Clouser and
Mulkey write.
Among the issues of concerns that
the two say contribute to the current
public dissatisfaction are local govern-
ment tax revenues, the homestead ex-
emption, the Save Our Homes (SOH)
program, unfunded mandates, in-
creased local government services

costs, expectations of voters and
elected officials, and information
Consider property tax, which at the
local level of government is the single
largest source of tax revenue, accord-
ing to Clouser and Mulkey.
"School districts obtain
95 percent of their tax
revenue from property
taxes ($10.4 billion), fol-
lowed by county govern-
ment (74 percent, $9.7
billion) and cities/munic-
ipalities (56 percent, $3.4
billion). Special districts,
which include everything from water
management districts to library dis-
tricts to community development dis-
tricts and community redevelopment
areas, derive over 99 percent ($2.1 bil-
lion) of their tax revenue from prop-
erty taxes."
What's more, special districts are
increasing rapidly in the state and are
estimated to exceed 1500 taxing units at
Please see TAX, Page 3A


. i

Wednesday,January 9, 2008

2A Monticello News




Jefferson Nursing Center

Thanks The Many

Holiday Volunteers
Monticello News
Staff Writer
The residents of Jefferson Nursing Center thank
all the volunteers for their efforts over the holidays.
Among these are: Calvary Baptist Church, Becky
MAAF and Image API, Paula Matthews, Dr. John
Ward, Polly Brown, Phyllis and John Sommers,
Dianne and Buddy Westbrook, Al Hall and Tillman's
Funeral Home, Mary Hill and the Retired Veterans,
John L. Haynes and the Disabled Veterans, Monticello
4-H Club, Mona Mackenzie, Judge Bobby Plaines,
Hickory Hill 4-H Club, Jane Cox and the American
Legion Auxiliary, Mary Whatley, Melva and Sloan and
Waukeenah Fertilizer and Farm Supply, Jefferson
County Head Start, Little Angels In Training, Von and
Michael Reichman, Angela Gray and the Youth Group,
Mt. Morilla Missionary Baptist, Boy Scout Pack 815,
and Edna Henry.
Also, Big Bend Hospice, Covenant Hospice,
Heaven's Gate in Tallahassee, Mt. Ararat AME, Union
Hill AME, Waukeenah United Methodist, Pricilla
Henry and the St. Rilla MB Youth Group, House To
House Prayer Band, Ebenezer Baptist, First Baptist
Church Monticello, Tiffany and the Tallahassee
Department of Corrections, and Margaret Levings and
Great Adventure Outfitters.
If any group or individual is missing from this list-
ing, take it for love, and contact Social Service Director
Mae Kyler at 997-2946.

Crime Stoppers

and conversations are not
recorded. The Crime
Stoppers police or civilian
coordinator receiving the
information completes the
tips information form,
makes initial inquiries
and then passes the infor-

mation to the investigating
Calls are accepted
regarding any publicized
request for information,
such as "Crime of the
Week" or such other
crime(s) the caller has

Formulation of the law-enforcement
impact fee took into account various vari-
ables, including the number of incidents
reported to the Sheriffs Department dur-
ing a year and the department's response
cost per incident.
It's a bit more complicated for the
transportation impact fee, which varies
with the type of property use. For exam-
ple, the proposed transportation fee is
$1,795 per 1,000 sq. feet for general light
industrial; $1,278 per 1,000 sq. feet for
warehousing; $2,310 per room for motels;
and $2,465 for single-family units. All told,
the transportation fee lists 90 categories
of use.
Key variables in the equation for the
formulation of the transportation impact
fee included the per-mile roadway cost,
trip generation, average trip lengths and
the availability of other funding for new
roadway construction.
Marguerite McCauley, with GSG,
explained that the law-enforcement fee
would be collected and applied county-
wide. For the transportation impact fee,
however, the county had been divided
into three distinct districts and fees col-
lected in one district had to be spent in
that district, unless the roadway project
stood to benefit all county residents. In
the latter case, fees from the three dis-
tricts could be combined and used on one
project, she said.
McCauley reiterated that impact fees
can only be applied to new development,
as they are a mechanism allowing local
governments to shift a part of the cost of
growth to newcomers. She explained that
local officials had eight years to spend or
refund the monies collected. She said the
money could only be used on capital
improvement projects that were directly
tied to the growth. The fees, in other
words, could not be used for general oper-
ations or maintenance.
One concern of local officials was that
the imposition of the transportation

knowledge of. By guar-
anteeing a caller's
anonymity Crime Stoppers
allows the caller to give
information in a positive
atmosphere without the
prospect of retaliation. By
offering cash rewards for

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information leading to
indictment or arrests, the
program encourages oth-
erwise reluctant callers to
provide information.
Tipsters now have the
option of giving Big Bend
Crime Stoppers tips
online. The process is com-
pletely secure and anony-
mous and is a 'ery effec-
tive and efficient means of
safely communicating
in today's world. The
world's leading online tip
solution provider,
Anderson Software, pow-
ers the Web-Tip
process. The very unique
integrated Two-Way
Dialog capabilities allow
the tipster to come back
and provide additional
information to their tip at
any time, but also provides
a secure means for the
coordinator to ask ques-
tions or provide reward
information back to the
tipster through the same
secure and encrypted
Crime Stopper pro-
grams are organized as a
not for profit organization.
A .civilian community
board of directors provides
direction as to the finan-
cial and promotional activ-
ities of the program.
The board of directors
enhances the community
involvement aspect, and
its function is vital to the
programs success. Private
donations and fundraising
support the Crime
Stoppers program. No tax
dollars are involved. The
reward money paid out by
the program is from the
fund raising and donations
from concerned citizens
and businesses.
A community board of
directors, made up of per-
sons from throughout the
area, meets on a monthly
basis to evaluate arrests
and to decide on the size of
rewards to be paid, up to
$1,000. Rewards are then
distributed in a private
manner to the callers.
Callers are eligible for
rewards up to $1,000, but,
despite this, many callers
choose not to collect their
Does Crime Stoppers
work? The answer is quite
simply yes. Since the start
of Crime Stoppers, many
calls have been received
resulting in thousands of
arrests and recovery of
substantial amounts of
property. Calls have
included information
about murder, robbery,
rape, assaults, drug and
firearm offenses. The
success of a Crime
Stoppers program cannot
be purely judged on statis-

tics, however, other bene-
fits have come to notice: A
greater awareness in the
community that there is a
crime problem, a willing-
ness by the community to
fight back against crime if
it is given the opportunity
and motivation; improved
relationships between
police, media, and the com-
munity. Crime Stopperst is
definitely here to stay. It
has been accepted by
police as a valid and effec-
tive investigative tool and
the public, through its
overwhelming response,
appears to have accepted it
as a more palatable alter-
native to traditional meth-
ods of giving information.
Crime Stoppers
encourages members of
the community to assist
local law enforcement
agencies in the fight
against crime by overcom-
ing the two key elements
that inhibit community
involvement: fear and apa-
Crime Stoppers pro-
vides a telephone num-
ber and Web Tips to
encourage citizens in the
community to volunteer
vital information helpful
to law enforcement agen-
cies to fight against crime.
To give tips to Big
Bend Crime Stoppers, call
574-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-876-
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impact might jeopardize the millions of
dollars that the county typically receives
from the Department of Transportation
(DOT) for the resurfacing and widening of
roads. Not to worry, McCauley and the
engineer who prepared the report
assured commissioners. The two pointed
out that the funding from the DOT and
other sources had been factored into the
equation setting the transportation
impact fee. Thus, the fees reflect the net
amount after all credits from all other
funding sources have been discounted.
What happened if the county failed to
receive the DOT funding one year, com-
missioners wondered. Wouldn't the estab-
lished impact fee in effect be causing the
county to lose money, given that it was
figured on a discounted credit that was no
longer a fact?
It was a possibility, the GSG people
said, explaining that the fees were calcu-
lated as a snapshot in time, in terms of the
data that was considered. But they added
that the fees could be revisited and
revised every three years. Hence, if the
new data warranted it, the fees could be
adjusted upwards or downwards, as the
new reality dictated.
Commissioners instructed GSG to
update the fire and ambulance impact fee
ordinance that they adopted a couple of
years ago and combine it with the trans-
portation and law enforcement impact fee
ordinances into one document. They fur-
ther instructed GSG to provide some kind
of mechanism in the ordinance that
would permit them to reduce the impact
fees for affordable housing, as well as
allow them the flexibility to grant fee
waivers or reductions in cases where a
particular project promoted economic
GSG is scheduled to return to the
County Commission on Feb. 7 with the
combined ordinance for review and adop-
tion. It takes 90 days after adoption for the
ordinance to go into effect.

cont from page 1A

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God Works In

Mysterious Ways
There's a popular
quote that says "God will
never give you more bur-
dens than you can possibly
I also believe that
since God doesn't speak to
us verbally, He uses others
to speak to us for Him.
Such was the case for
me last week.
While I was opening
my Monticello News mail,
there was a small envelope
with the Monticello News
address, Att: Emerald, and
no return address. Inside
the envelope was a small
piece of paper with a poem
typed on it....
God hath not promised
Skies always blue,
SFlower-strewn pathways
All our lives through;
God hath not promised
Sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow,
Peace without pain.
But God hath promised
Strength for the day,
Rest for the labor,
Light for the way,
Gracefor the trials,
Help from above,
Unfailing sympathy
Undying love....
Then a short handwrit-
ten note that said, "Hi
Emerald, I thought I
should pass this lovely
poem to you as it has been
passed down through our
family." with no signa-
I'm not sure who
mailed me this letter but
I would just like to say,
"Thank you!" The day I
opened that letter was the
day I needed to read that
poem the most.
God works in mysteri-
ous ways. He works
through us, to help others.
If we all would stop, listen,
and take the time to do
God's will, what a blessing
it becomes to someone
else. Something so small
(such as a small envelope)
may mean so much to
someone else.
Until then..... I'll see
you around the town.

Monticello News 3A

Wednesday, January 9, 2008




cont from page 1A

cally is not going to do it,"
Leinback said of the pur-
chase. "The city's stand is
that its testing showed
that the contractual stan-
dard of 80 percent require-
ment is not being met."
Leinback was referring to
a proviso in the contract
calling for 80 percent of
customers to be able to
receive the signal.
In November 2005, the
city gave Graybar an ulti-
matum: repair the system
or remove the equipment.
The council's action fol-
lowed Leinback's report
that the negotiations with
Graybar's attorneys were
going nowhere.
"We have spent two
months wrangling with
them to get them to prove
that the system works,
and so far, nothing is hap-
pening," Leinback said.
What's more, the con-
sultant whom the city
hired to monitor
Graybar's testing was
reporting that, given the
type of equipment that
Graybar had provided,
"the trees are going to
interfere with the signal."
Leinback furthermore
reported that the consult-
ant doubted that any
amount of testing would
show that the system
It was at this point
that a member of the com-
mittee responsible for the
pursuit of the system apol-
ogized for his part in the
"Forgive me, I should
have never gotten you
into this," technical serv- Charlie
Colvin, alias "computer
guru", told the council. "I
wish I had been more dili-
gent. But I took a lot of
people at their word for
what they were saying
and they were being so
helpful in doing it that it
is very disappointing to
After this meeting,
Colvin became conspicu-
ously absent from council
meeting and Internet dis-
cussions. Eventually, he
was removed from city
employment for alleged
dereliction of duties in his
assigned duties with the
sewer and water depart-
ment. Colvin was the only
one involved in the enter-
prise to ever admit pub-
licly the possibility of a
In December 2005, the
city gave Graybar a final
ultimatum to repair or
remove the system, after
hearing that Graybar had
identified an alternative
system that might resolve
the signal problems.
"At this juncture,
Graybar is being coopera-
tive," Leinback reported.
"The company said it is
willing to work with us to
provide another system,
remove the existing sys-
tem, or sell the city cer-
tain components of the
system that can be used in
another system that the
city purchases."
In January 2006, the
city tdld Graybar to hit
the road. The decision.
came in a special meeting
after Leinback informed
the council that the alter-
native system that
Graybar was proposing
was slower than the high-
speed system that the city
had ordered. The city gave
Graybar 30 days to
remove its equipment
from city property..
In February 2006, the
council instructed
Leinback to negotiate with
AT&T and try to reduce or
get the city out of the
three-year contract calling
for a monthly fee of $2,060
for Internet connectivity.
By this point, the city had
paid $14,420 for a service

that it was barely using.
At Hayes' suggestion, the
city began exploring the
possibility of buying part
of Graybar's equipment,
in the event that the city
decided to go into the
Internet business on its
own. Hayes, in fact, had
now become an enthusias-
tic proponent of the city
pushing forward with the
"The Internet is going
to be an integral part of
economic development,"
he argued. "If the equip-
ment goes and two years
from now we decide we
want to do it, it will cost.a
lot more."
City officials contin-
ued to debate sporadically
during February and
March 2006 whether the
city should continue pur-
suing the goal of becoming
an Internet provider, set-
tle for mere intranet capa-
bilities, or simply forget
the entire enterprise,
without ever really com-
ing to a decision. In the
end, largely based Hayes'
persuasion, the council
authorized him to negoti-
ate with Graybar for the
purchase of enough of the
equipment to install an
intranet system that could
monitor the city's various
pump stations.
Prompting the coun-
cil's action in part was the
fact that the city was still
"on the hook" to AT&T for
$2,060 monthly. Too, offi-
cials feared that if they
withdrew entirely from
the field the city would
lose its newly gained
exemption from a new
state law prohibiting
municipalities from
becoming Internet
providers. The city was
grandfathered in, or
granted an exemption
from the prohibition,
because it had already
been engaged in becoming
an Internet provider when
the new law went into
City Superintendent
Don Anderson, mean-
while, continued to
emphasize that installa-
tion of the intranet system
was critical to monitoring
the city's lift stations,
given his earlier assur-
ance to the Department of
Environmental Protection
that such a monitoring
system would be installed
to prevent future sewage
In March 2006,
Leinback reported to the
council that AT&T was
"willing to let us off the
hook for a price of $35,000"
at the same time that
Hayes reported that
Graybar was willing to
sell a portion of the equip-
ment for $59,000. In hind-
sight, the $35,000 would
have proven cheap, com-
pared with the more than
$200,000 that the city
would eventually put into
the system. At the time,
however, proponents were
still convinced that pro-
viding Internet service
was a viable option.
"From my standpoint,
it was a very successful
negotiation," Hayes said
of his talks with Graybar
for the purchase of part of
the equipment. "I recom-
mend we borrow the
money and buy the equip-
ment. This would be a
start. It would give us the
basis for the Internet."
Both Conley and
Vogelgesang voiced con-
cerns. Conley wondered
where the money for the
purchase was to come
from. She reminded the
council that the original
idea was to finance the
cost of the system from
the fees that subscribers
would pay for the
Internet. Absent the

Internet capability, and
the subscribers, where
was the money to come?
Vogelgesang's concern
was more basic.
"We have an underly-
ing assumption here that
the equipment is going to
work," he said. "I know
that time is of the essence.
But I think we need to see
that this is going to work.
It seems to me that we
need to test this. The same
technology that we need to
have the Internet work,
we need for the intranet. If
we decide to move for-
ward with this, I want it
made clear that it might
not work and we won't
have Graybar to fall back
He further cautioned
that the $59,000 would
only purchase the equip-
ment. It would require
another $15,000 or so to
make the intranet viable.
Notwithstanding the
voiced concerns, Hayes
and (Don) Anderson's
repeated assertions of the
rightness of the purchase
ultimately prevailed, and
the council voted unani-
mously to approve the
"It's an economic fact
that we need the Internet
in today's world," Hayes
continued. "And I think
the city will end up with
the Internet in the end. If
the city has to spend more
money, so be it; it's a good
investment in economic
development. Sometimes,
you just have to take a
Anderson, meanwhile,
assured the council that
the cost to make the
intranet viable would be
$12,000 more than the
$59,000 for the purchase of
the equipment.
"Unless something
unforeseen comes along,"
he added, a remark that
elicited nervous laughter
from some on the council,
most notably Conley, and
that proved prescient, as
events would soon prove.

cont from page 1A

and dangerous due to the
possibility of structure col-
lapse onto firefighters
entering the structure.
The home was deemed
a total loss with. damage
estimated at $760,000 by
the Investigator with the
State Fire Marshall's
Office, who was notified to
determine the cause of the
fire and location of origi-
No one was home at
the time of the blaze, how-
ever, one Lloyd volunteer
sustained minor injuries
when a portion of a brick
wall collapsed, striking
him in the thigh. He was
transported to Tallahassee
Memorial Hospital for
treatment of his injuries,
consisting of deep muscle
bruising. There were no
other injuries.
As of Monday morn-
ing, the cause of the fire
had not been determined.

January 14, 1998
The Ebenezer
Community, as well as
everything else south of
Interstate 10 and east of
US Highway 19, will be
the focal point of the
Planning Commission's
Feb. 5 meeting.
The 16th Annual
Martin Luther King
Parade and Third Annual
Festivities in the park,
get underway Monday.
Mayor Bill Brumfield
named to a third term last
week. Councilman John
Jones was named Vice
Mayor, succeeding Coun-
cilman Ike Anderson.

present, according to Clouser and
The homestead exemption is another
important factor contributing tO the pub-
lic dissatisfaction. Adopted in 1980 and
increased to $25,000 in 1982, the home-
stead exemption applies to residential
properties that are owned by permanent
"For many years, the homestead
exemption was the largest source of resi-
dential value being removed from local
government property tax rolls," Clouser
and Mulkey write.
"As late as 2003, the homestead
exemption program removed more
assessed value from the property tax
rolls than the Save Our Homes program
($95.4 versus $80.4 million). It is estimat-
ed that in 2007, over $108 billion of
assessed value will be removed from
local government tax rolls by the $25,000
homestead exemption. The homestead
exemption program and the SOH pro-
gram both result in higher tax burdens
being shifted to non-eligible properties.
However, unlike the SOH program, the
homestead exemption program has not
increased as radically because it is set at
a flat, fixed rate."
A third factor in the equation is the
SOH assessment, which Florida voters
approved in 1992 and which limits the
increase in taxable assessment to the
lower of three percent, or the increase in
the consumer price index.
Write Clouser and Mulkey: "The
result of this program is that over $400
billion (2007 estimate) of property value
has been removed from local government
tak rolls. The increase in the value of
SOH has increased radically because of
large increases in the just (market) value
of residential property in Florida over
the past three to four years. This has
resulted in higher millage rates (the tax
rate per $1000 taxable value) to raise the
same amount of revenue if the SOH val-
ues were not removed from the tax rolls.
The SOH program has resulted in shift-
ing the tax burden (amount of taxes paid)
to properties ineligible for the SOH pro-
gram, such as commercial, rental, indus-
trial, and non-primary homes in the
It has also resulted in similar proper-
ties in subdivisions, cities, and counties
being taxed at very different values, pri-
marily based on when a property was
purchased. Some residents in Alabama
and in northwest Florida recently chal-
lenged the constitutionality of the SOH.
Other factors influencing the state's
property tax debate include:
Unfunded mandates: The Florida
Association of Counties (FAC) estimates
that unfunded state mandates are
approaching $1 billion for local govern-
ments. Some specific estimates from
FAC include Medicaid, $213 million;
juvenile justice, $100 million; revenue
sharing loss, $262 million since 1999; and
court facilities, $83 million.
Increased service cost: The cost of
providing services by local units of gov-
ernment increases yearly.
Write Clouser and Mulkey: "A good
example was reported this year by the
Florida Department of Transportation.

and charged with Violation of
Probation, Aggravated assault. He was
transported to the County Jail where he
was still being held without bond on
Monday afternoon, Jan. 7.
Fredrick B. Mitchell, 20, of 2251
Freeman Rd., was arrested Jan. 2 and
charged with Aggravated battery With a
Deadly Weapon Causing Great Bodily-
Harm, Violation of Probation,
Possession of a Controlled Substance in
Jail, and Drug Paraphernalia. Bond was
set at $50,000 and he remained in the jail
Monday afternoon, Jan.7.
Jose Sanchez, 19, of 840 N. Jefferson
St., was arrested Jan. 1 and charged
with No Drivers License, Attaching Tag
Not Assigned, and Failure To Display
Registration. He was transported to the
County Jail and bond was set at $100. He
bonded out shortly afterward.
Fernando Gaucin, 23, of 1204 Monte
Rd., Rogers, OK, was arrested by FHP on
Dec. 30, and charged with Driving with
License Suspended or Revoked. He was
transported to the County Jail and bond
was set at $150. He bonded out the same

cont from page 1A

In a survey conducted by the-U.S.
Department of Transportation and the
American Association of State Highway
Transportation Officials, Florida state.
highway officials estimated that the cost
of earthwork associated with transporta-
tion construction increased over 68 per-
cent, followed by asphalt at 26 percent
and steel at almost 14 percent, between
2005 and 2006. Fishkind estimated that of
the increase in property taxes for county
governments since 1999, almost $1 bil-
lion, or 33 percent of all the total
increase, was for county-based law
enforcement and corrections expendi-
Increased expectations and differing
values of voters and elected officials:
Write Clouser and Mulkey: "Voters
who live outside of urban centers want
programs and services just like their
urban counterparts and many local elect-
ed officials have been agreeable to pro-
viding those services. Many people want
recreation programs for youth; green
building programs; alternative trans-
portation systems; professionally trained
and certified police, fire, and emergency
medical systems; sports complexes; and
the like. The bottom line is that more
services equates to the need for more
revenue, and, therefore, absent other rev-
enue sources, more property taxes."
Complex issues and information
Write Clouser and Mulkey: "Florida's
property tax system is complex and com-
plicated, making it difficult to under-
stand. Most Floridians get their informa-
tion about the property tax system from
elected officials and the media. Whether
reliance on these two sources is adequate
is difficult to say. Some might argue that
the media does not provide in-depth
information and that short sound bites
are inadequate. Obviously, the views of
state and local elected officials have dif-
fered drastically on this issue and some
would dispute that neither group is unbi-
ased. The issue is further complicated
because different groups use different
information to support their view-
Clouser and Mulkey do not address
the belief of many "that reducing or lim-
iting the growth in property taxes will
result in both a personal tax savings and
a reduction in local government spend-
ing for services."
"Whether or not this occurs depends
on each local government's decision
regarding the types and levels of services
and whether or not continued services
will be funded by continuing the current
level of taxation or by switching to alter-
native revenue sources such as fees for
services," they write.
Their summary and conclusion: "It is
understood that, in general, people do
not like to pay taxes and property taxes
are at the top of the list. While people do
not like to pay taxes, they do want gov-
ernment services and those services cost
money. The key to reaching a middle
ground in this debate may be the ability
of voters and elected representative in
the state deciding which services are
needed versus which services are want-

JANUARY 13, 1988
Crime increased a
shocking 207 percent dur-
ing 1987 according to
Sheriff Ken Fortune, who
blames most of the three-
fold increase on the avail-
ability of drugs.

Tiffany Leshae Hall, 24, of 555
Mulberry Street was arrested on Dec. 31,
and charged with Felony Theft. She was
transported to the County Jail and bond
was set at $2,500. She bonded out on Jan.
Paul Pettway, 28, of Hickory Head
Road, Quitman, GA, was picked up on a
Writ of Attachment. Bond was set at
$105 and he bonded out later during the
Alphonso Reed, 29, of 860 N. Cherry
St. was arrested and charged with
Violation of Probation (VOP). No Valid
Driver License, VOP, Reckless Driving,
and Battery. No Bond was set and he
remained at the County Jail Monday
afternoon, Jan. 7.
Paul Dewayne Brooks, 46, of 2547 W.
Washington St, was arrested on Jan. 1
and charged with Resisting arrest With
Violence, Battery on a Law Enforcement
Officer, and Assault of a Law
Enforcement Officer. He was trans-
ferred to the County Jail where a bond of
$2,500 was set. He bonded out on Jan. 2.
Alfred Russ. 49, of 3909 14 St. in W,
Lehigh Acres, FL, was arrested on Jan. 2


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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Other Countries Request Rick Knowles Latest CD

Other Countries Request Rick Knowles' Latest CD

Monticello News
Staff Writer
It appears as if county
resident Rick Knowles is
well on the road to realiz-
ing his dreams of becom-
ing well known in music.
Knowles began play-
ing music at the age of 14
or 15 in the 1960's, and
shortly afterward, he
began "dabbling" with
songwriting both music
and lyrics but then in the
1970's he began to get seri-
ous about the songwrit-
Subsequently, the
dream became more of a
reality in the 1990's.
Knowles had learned to


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information on other items
Don Anderson at 342-0154

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hours of operation for each
please call the Solid

play and write the music
for keyboards, bass,
rhythm guitar, lead gui-
tar, mandolin and
a little drums.
He learned
how to
music God, ni
that he
could not Ric
ally play
including the
drums and steel guitar.
He writes a wide vari-
ety of songs including
love ballads, Gospel,
Southern Rock, and chil-

dren's songs. "Whatever
the little voices in my
head tell me to write,"
said Knowles.
One of his

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CD is being sold to benefit
community children's

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individual site. For further information
Waste Department at 342-0184.

Soon, Knowles had to
place his dreams on the
back burner, which lasted
about 10-12 years.
"Marriage and raising a
family tends to do that to
you," quipped Knowles.
In about 2000, Knowles
and his band, "Rockin'
Rick and the In-laws and
Outlaws" began playing
music at the Peach Shed,
which raised funds for
local non-profitable organ-
izations. Among these are:
the Boy Scouts, Girl
Scouts, Boys and Girls
Club, Humane Society
and Senior Center, as well
as the local American
Cancer Society Relay For
Knowles and his band
did this for about two and
a half years, then the
threat of mosquito-trans-
mitted West Nile virus,
began to make residents
nervous about gathering
after sundown, so the
band moved the regular
weekly music fests to
Malloy's Nursery, where
they played for approxi-
mately the following two
Though he is capable
of continuing to play
music and sing, his real
dream is to be strictly a
lyrics and music writer,
with another singer per-
forming his songs. He
continues to entertain for
private parties, the Perry
Opry, the Cattle Barron's
Ball, and area events, the
Senior Center and county
nursing homes.
Knowles entered the
statewide songwriting
contest to compose the
new state song for the
state of Florida. His
entry, "My Florida", was
submitted for the contest
when the contest first
He released a new CD
entitled, "These Country
Blues" recently, and inter-
est in it has been skyrock-
eting. Local radio station
WPRY has been playing
songs from the CD.
Additional local stations
have been asking about it,
and even countries over-
seas have been requesting
it for their radio stations.
Those stations receiving
the CD include communi-
ties in and around
Melbourne, Australia,
which started playing it
Wednesday night, Nov. 28,
and stations from France,
Belgium and Serbia.
The CD is a composi-
tion of the songs he has
written and he has been
working on the release for
more than a year.
Knowles' wife,
Reathea said that with a
little help from his
friends, Mike Purvis,
Ronnie Weeks, Jim
Crozier, Jim McKenzie,
and steel guitarist Leon
Roberts, the album came
together really well.
The CD is available
locally at Jackson's Drug
Store, Monticello Opera
House, Radio Shack, and
DJ's Barber Shop. The
CD can also be purchased
on the Internet at CD
Baby, iTunes, Digstation,
Rhapsody, Yahoo Music
Those who have heard
and purchased the CD do
have a very high opinion
of it, Reathea remarks.
Knowles is a member
of the Nashville
Songwriter Association
International and is an
award winning song-

Photo Submitted
Rick Knowles writes a wide variety of songs includ-
ing love ballads, Gospel, Southern Rock, and children's

writer. He won the
Directors' Award in 2004
with Paramount Groups
Nashville International
Valentines song and lyric
One of Knowles songs,
"Down In Mexico", which
is included on his album,
won the 2004 Honor
Award in the country
music category of the
Songwriter's Resource
Network, with the Great

American Song Contest.
His band also won the
"Band Entertainer of the
Year" award at the
Florida Forest Festival in
"The best thing I like
about this is the people
you meet and have the
opportunity to play with,"
said Knowles. He has
played with and gotten to
know such musicians as
Encore, Charlie McCoy,

as well and getting to
know McCoy's wife,
Grammy nominee Josh
Knowland and his friends
Fish Bone Fred and
Hurricane Dave, who
have both cut music with
the famous Hank
Williams, Sr.
S"I met the last mem-
ber of the Hank Sr. band,
in 1992, when I played
with him at the Elk's Club
in Tallahassee," said

Even with his true
passion for music and
lyrics, he assures, "No
matter how much I enjoy
music, it is not my first
priority and I won't let it
interfere with those prior-
ities. My priorities are:
God, number one; family,
number two; job, number
three;, number

Photo Submitted
Rick Knowles and other musicians played in the
Barron's Barron's Ball held in early November. Here,
Knowles (left) and Charlie McCoy (right) are pictured
after jamming together and performing the song. "We
made a country boy out of that concert pianist," quips


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Wednesday, January 9, 2008


Monticello News ,5A

January 9 January 11
Mignonette Garden Monticello Rotary Club
Circle meets at noon on the meets every Friday at noon at
second Wednesday of the the Monticello/Jefferson
month for a meeting and pro- Chamber of Commerce on
gram. Contact Chairman Jan West Washington Street for
Wadsworth at 997-4440 for lunch and a meeting. Contact
meeting location and for more President Judson Freeman at
information. 997-0370 for club informa-

January 9
Monticello Kiwanis Club
meets every Wednesday at
noon at the Jefferson Country
Club on Boston Highway for
lunch and a meeting. Contact
President Rob Mazur at 559-
8956 for club information.

January 10
The Jefferson Soil and
Water Conservation Board
will meet 11:30 a.m. on
Thursday. The meeting will
be held in the Conference
Room at the County
Extension Office.

January 10
Founder's Garden Circle
meets at noon on the second
Thursday of the month.
Contact Chairman Suzanne
Peary at 997-4043 for meet-
ing location and for more

January 10
Workforce Mobile Unit
is stationed across from First
Baptist Church, Monticello 9
a.m. 5 p.m. on the second
Thursday of each month. For
more information contact
Employment Connection
Director Cheryl Rehberg at
673-7688, or volunteers Paul
Kovary at 997-2313, or Mike
Reichman at 997-5100, or SW
Ellis at 567-3800.

January 10
Jefferson County
Diabetes Support Group
-meets 11:45 a.m.-12:10 p.m.
Thursday at the Library. All
attending are welcome to
bring a bag lunch. Contact
Bonnie Gobar Mathis at 342-
0170 x1301 for more infor-

January 10
Jefferson County Health
Education Club Lunch and
Learn 12:15-12:45 p.m.
Thursday at the Library. All
attending are welcome to
bring a bag lunch. Contact
Bonnie Gobar Mathis at 342-
0170, ext. 1301 for more

January 10
AA meetings held 8 p.m.
on Thursdays at Christ
Episcopal Church Annex, 425
North Cherry Street. For more
information call 997-2129,

January 12
AA meetings are held 8
p.m. Saturday at Christ
Episcopal Church Annex, 425
North Cherry Street. For more
information call 997-2129,

January 12
Red Hats meet at noon on
the second Saturday of each
month for lunch and a meet-
ing. This month the ladies will
meet at Caf6 Marmalade.
Contact Rowena Daniel at
997-1955 for more informa-

January 13
Jefferson Arts will host a
reception and exhibit from 2-
4 p.m. Sunday in the'Gallery.
Artists Debby Brienen and
Rene Lynch will share their
paintings in a joint showing.
The show will run through
January on Wednesdays and
Saturdays 10 a.m. 2 p.m.
For more information contact
the Arts at www.jeffersonarts- or 997-3311.
Jefferson Arts Gallery and
Gift Shop is open to the pub-
lic and is free of charge.

January 14
AA Women's Meeting is
held 6:45 p.m. on Mondays;
AA and Al-Anon meetings
are. held at 8 p.m. Christ
Episcopal Church Annex, 425
North Cherry Street. For more
information call 997-2129,

January 14
Masonic Lodge #5 meets
7:30 p.m. on the second and
fourth Monday at the Hiram
Masonic Lodge, 235 Olive
Street in Monticello. Contact
Roy Faglie at 933-2938 for
more information.

January 14
Boy Scout Troop 803
meets 7 p.m. every Monday at
the Eagles Nest on South
Water Street. For information
contact Scout Leader Paul
Wittig at 997-1727 or 997-

January 15
Jefferson County.
Republican Party meeting
will be held 7 p.m. at Willow
Pond on the third Tuesday of
each month. Contact chair- for
more information. A dinner is
served at 6 p.m. for the cost of
$10; proceeds go to the local
party, call 997-0641 to make

January 15
AA classes are held every
Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. for
those seeking help. Located at
1599 Springhollow Road in
the Harvest Center. Contact
Marvin Graham at 212-7669
for more information.

January 17
Feed the Elderly meals
may be picked up 11 a.m. 1
p.m. on the third Thursday of
every month at the Greater
Fellowship dining hall, 690
Cypress Street. Contact
Gloria Cox-Jones at 997-4592
for more information.

January 19
SHARE Delivery Day
Saturday from 8-9:30 a.m. at
the Masonic Lodge 235 Olive
Street, Monticello. Contact
Coordinator Martha Creel at
445-9061 for more informa-

January 20
Camellia Garden Circle
meets at 2 p.m. on the third
Sunday of the month for a
meeting and program.
Contact Chairman Carolyn
Milligan at 997-3917 for pro-
gram and meeting location

January 21
Magnolia Garden Circle
meets at noon on the third
Monday of the month for a
meeting and program.
Contact Chairman Pam Kelly
at 997-5010 for more infor-

January 22
American Business
Women's Association Silver
Dome Chapter meets 6 p.m.
on the fourth Tuesday of each
month at Hilton Garden Inn
on Blairstone Road, next to
Kmart, for dinner and a meet-
ing. This will be a Business
Associates/Colleague event,
honoring persons who have
been instrumental in your life.
Contact Debbie at 997-0901
for more information about

January 22
Triple LLL Club meets at
10:30 a.m. on the fourth
Tuesday of each month in the
fellowship hall of the First
Baptist Church,Monticello for
a meeting with a program and
speaker, and potluck lunch.
Contact the church at 997-
2349 for more information.

SThe Monticello City council is seeking to fill a vacancy on
S the Local Planning Agency. The voluntary position is open
for city residents. Experience or knowledge in community
planning, construction or architecture would be helpful.
The Board Member must be available for monthly evening
meetings. A letter of interest outlining experience and
TO Volv knowledge should be submitted to City Clerk Emily Anderson
245 S. Mulberry Street, Monticello, Florida 32344
by Friday January 25, 2008.


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6A Monticello News


Morris Law Firm Opens Office Here

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Some 1,000 persons use the WILD Bookmobile, which serves Jefferson, Taylor,
and Wakulla Counties.

WILD Bookmobile Schedules

Stops In Jefferson County

Monticello News
Staff Writer
Wilderness Coast
Public Libraries bookmo-
bile reports the spring
schedule of times and
stops in Jefferson County.
The bookmobile pro-
vides a selection of more
than 2,500 books, videos,
and audiotapes. There are
materials of interests for
young children, school
aged children, and adults.
Any person who lives,
works, or attends school
in Jefferson County is eli-
gible for a bookmobile
library card.
Books and materials
are checked out for three
weeks and may be
returned to the bookmo-
bile or to the library.
Jefferson County
Bookmobile and stops and
dates are on the Thurs-
days, of Jan. 17, Feb. 14,
Mar. 13, Apr. 10, and May
8. Locations and times are
Monticello Christian
School, highway 27 at
highway 257 in Lamont
1:00-2:30 p.m.; Lamont
Chevron Fast Track, high-
way 27 at highway 257 in

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Lamont 4:00-5:00 p.m.;
Union Hill AME Church,
highway 259 in Wacissa,
Thomas City 5:45-6:30 p.m.
Other stops occur on
the Thursdays of Jan. 31,
Feb. 28, Mar. 27, Apr. 24,
and May 22. Locations
and times are Monticello
Christian Academy, 1590
North Jefferson 1:00-2:30
p.m.; Jefferson Arms
Apartments, 1426 East
Clark Avenue 4:00-5:00
p.m.; and Jefferson Place
Apartments, highway 19
south at highway 259 5:15-
6:00 p.m.
Approximately 1,000

Monticello News
Staff Writer
The First United
Methodist Church, in
Monticello, is hosting a
blood drive 5 p.m. until
7:30 p. m., Wednesday,
Jan. 9. All blood types are
Those who donate
during the drive will
receive a charcoal fleece
stadium blanket to help
keep them warm during
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patrons utilize the servic-
es of the bookmobile.
Because the bookmobile
covers a wide geographi-
cal area, stops are limited
to one or two hours.
Wilderness Coast
Public Libraries is a state-
funded, tri-county library
cooperative and has oper-
ated the bookmobile since
For more information
about the library contact
Linda Carson at 556-1556,
or Cheryl Turner, central
administrator at 997-7400.

To make an appoint-
ment, call Margaret
Calhoun at 997-3571.
For questions regard-
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history or donating blood,
call 877-7181 or go to All donors
must present picture ID at
time of donation.

Run For

The Cookies
Monticello News
Staff Writer
Get ready, Get set, Go!
Run for the Cookies this
year will be held
Saturday, Feb. 9, at
Tallahassee Community
This is the week prior
to the Girl Scout cookie
distribution date. All girl
scouts are to mark their
calendars and grab their
running shoes.
The Girl Scort troop
with the most participants
will win a Pizza Party! All
Girl Scouts participating
will receive a patch. Many
door prizes will be award-
This is a great way to
get back in shape after the
holidays. This event .is
open to everyone, and will
be fun for the entire fami-
Girl Scouts builds
girls of courage, confi-
dence, and character who
make the world a better
place. For more informa-
tion contact Diane Potter
at 386-2131.

Monticello News Photo By Debbie Snapp, December 12, 2007
Monticello/Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, members welcomed the
Morris Law Firm family during an Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the
newly renovated establishment on Dec. 12. In no particular order are Robert E. and
Frances Morris, Julie Fox and Sherri McClure, and Chamber members.

Debbie Snapp
Monticello News
Staff Writer
The Jefferson/Monticello Chamber of
Commerce welcomed the Morris Law
Firm satellite law office recently with a
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 245 East
Washington Street in downtown
Robert E. Morris opened-his practice
on Nov. 1, to include the
areas of General Civil
Litigation, Business and
Commercial Litigation,
Construction Litigation,
Fidelity and Surety Law,
Business Law, Auto
Dealership Law, and Tort
and Insurance Practice.
The Morris Law Firm
has an office in Tampa and
also has a Mediation Office
in Tallahassee.
Robert E. Morris was
born in Darby, PA. on Sept.
8, 1947. He was admitted to
the bar, in 1972, Florida;
U.S. Court of Military
Appeals in 1973; U.S. Robert I
Supreme Court, 5th Circuit Attorne
and U.S. District Court,
Middle District of Florida in 1977; U.S.
Claims Court, U.S. District Court,
Northern District of Florida in 1988. He is
a Florida Supreme Court Certified
He received his BA degree in 1969
from Emory University in Atlanta, GA.
and his J.D. law degree With Honors in
1972 from Florida State University,
College of Law. He was admitted to the
Florida Bar in 1972, and is a recipient of

the American Jurisprudence Award for
Excellence in Corporations also in 1972.
Morris was a Designated Senior Trial
Lawyer, and The Judge Advocate
General, U.S. Army in 1975. He was
Assistant State Attorney, 13th Judicial
Circuit of Florida from 1975-1977, and
Adjunct Professor of Business Law,
University of Tampa from 1977-1984. He is
a member of the Florida Governor's
Council for Prosecution of
Organized Crime from 1978-
He is' a member of the
American Bar Association
(member, Business Law
Section; Tort and Insurance
Practice Section; Fidelity
and Surety Law Committee;
Forum Committee on the
Construction Industry;) The
Florida Bar (Member,
Business Law Section; Trial
Lawyers Section;)
Hillsborough County Bar
Association; National
District Attorneys
Association; Surety Claims
E. Morris Institute.
y at Law Morris was also a
Lieutenant in the U.S.
Army, Military Police in 1973 and
Captain in JAGC from 1973-1976.
Morris is not a stranger to
Monticello, or Jefferson County. He and
his wife Frances also own a home and
Acreage on Pecan Place, off the Ashville
The law office is opened here on
Thursdays and Fridays. To make an
appointment Morris may be reached at
remorrislawfirm( or 766-0970.

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Sheriff Hobbs Explains Ashville Volunteer Firemen

New Tracking Device Complete First Responder Training

Monticello News
Staff Writer
A total restructuring
is in the works at the
Ashville Area Volunteer
Fire Department
(AAVFD). Spearheading
the effort is acting fire
chief John Staffieri.
The members have
recently completed a 40-
hour course in First
Responder Training,
which is a first in the
department. Volunteers
now certified in First
Responder techniques
include Staffiere, Will
Strait, and Krista Story.
They attended courses in
Tallahassee, twice per
week, at their own
expense and on their own

Staffieri said that
until now, only one mem-
ber of the volunteer
department has had the
training, and that was
through another position.
Staffieri is also trying
to attend the 160-hour
Firefighter-1 course so he
can serve as an interior

attack fireman. "There
will always be a need for
outside attack fireman,
but if I were needed
inside, I'll be ready for it,"
he said.
He added that the
department is also trying

to get new department
board members. "There
are a lot of positions open.
Everyone is invited to
join the department and
join in the positive
changes," he said.
Staffieri also invites
County Fire Rescue and
area volunteer depart-
ments to assist with the
new growth at the depart-
ment. "It would be very
helpful if they would let
us know what kind of
training would be benefi-
cial to the department,
community and county,
and where to get it," said
He concluded that the
goal at the AAVFD is to
better the department to
better serve those in the

Boys And Girls Clubs Receive

Scholarship Donations

Monticello News
Staff Writer
Sheriff David Hobbs spoke at the Dec. 19.meeting
of the Monticello Kiwanis, about a new program,
which was scheduled to be activated by the Jefferson
County Sheriffs Department in January.
The new program is called "Project Lifesaver"
and will provide radio-frequency tracking devices for
those citizens afflicted withAlzheimer's, autism, or
Down's syndrome. Anyone who could become disori-
ented or wander off will be a candidate for this pro-
The local Sheriffs Office has purchased 10 track-
ing devices. Each' operates on a unique frequency
and has a tracking range of five to ten miles. The
average'recovery time for a "lost" individual is 30
Local deputies finished their training, and will
use the tracking units to locate lost participants in a
timely manner..
To this particular meeting, Kiwanis members
brought in wrapped gifts and cash exceeding $100.
At the meeting to receive the generous donations
were Lucille Hunter, co-coordinator for the County
Christmas Drive and Felix Johnston, a Christmas
Drive volunteer, and Kiwanis Club member. The
gifts were taken to the Jefferson Emergency
Management Services building for distribution to
local families before Christmas Day.

Monticello News
Staff Writer
The Boys and Girls
Clubs of the Big Bend
recently acquired a $68,151
donation from Intuition
Systems to encourage a
match from the Stanley
Tate Scholarship Tuition
for the At-Risk Students
(STARS) program, ulti-
mately garnering $150,000
in prepaid college scholar-
ships for Boys and Girls
Clubs members, in includ-
ing the three clubs in
Jefferson County
"This is a very impor-
tant investment in the
future of our kids and our
communities," said Buddy
Streit, president and CEO
of the Boys
and Girls
Clubs of the
Big Bend.
"Boys and
Girls Clubs
all across the
country pro-
vide the hope,
tutorial pro-
grams and the
positive adult
role models
for young peo-
ple. But this
gift provides
real, tangible
financial sup-
port so kids
can continue
their education through
hard work and.dedica-
Streit stated at the
time the $68,151 donation
was made, that the Clubs
planned to purchase pre-
paid tuition plans for six
Boys. and Girls Club stu-
dents over a three year
year program, beginning
in 2008.

Buddy Streit, presi-
dent and CEO of the Boys
and Girls Clubs of the Big

Recently, he stated
that his organization,
through the generosity of
Intuition Systems and the
Stanley Tate STARS pro-
gram, will now be able to
provide more than double
the prepaid tuition plans,
over the next six years,
and will award the first
two this spring.
The schedule of schol-

arship distribution is as
follows: In the year 2008,
two 4-year tuition plans;
2009, two 4-year tuition
plans; 2010, two 4-year
tuition plans; 2011, two 4-
year tuition plans and two
4-year local fee plans; 2012,
two 4-year tuition plans
and two 4-year local fee
plans; and in 2013, one 4-
year university plan and
one 4-year local fee plan.
High school freshmen,
sophomores, and juniors
qualify to receive the
scholarships by demon-
strating academic excel-
lence, leadership, commu-
nity service and substan-
tial involvement in Boys
and Girls Club programs.
Scholarship winners
pair up
with a
who will
a series
o f
cha l-
the y
mu st
ing any funds.
To learn more about
this scholarship opportu-
nity, call the Boys and
Girls Clubs of the Big
Bend at 656-8100 or visit
Established in 1992 to
help curb local youth
crime .and delinquency,
the Boys and Girls Clubs
of the Big Bend offers kids

ages five to 18 a positive
place to go after school,
where they can grow per-
sonally and academically
in a safe and structured
Now operating 17
Clubs in Jefferson,
Franklin, Gadsden and
Leon counties and serving
more than 4,000 members
every year, the organiza-
tion provides a compelling
alternative to drugs,
crime, gang activity and
other negative influences
affecting local youth
today, and enables mem-
bers to realize their full
potential as productive,
caring and responsible cit-

Your Community,


Lucille Hunter, co-coordinator for the County
Christmas Drive and Felix Johnston, a Christmas
Drive volunteer, and Kiwanis Club member receive
gifts from the Monticello Kiwanis Club for distribution
to local families for Christmas.

Elections for the

Board of Directors

for the Lloyd Volunteer
Fire Department
will be held
Thursday, February 7th
at the Lloyd Volunteer
Fire Department.

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Monticello News 7A

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

8A Monticello News


The Sbotlizht...


Charitable And Service


Hiram Lodge No. 5 officers and members in attendance at the Monday, Dec. 10, 2007 meeting from left to right front row are: Worshipful Master Art Ward,
Senior Warden Mike Willis, member Bob Montpellier, Junior Deacon Joe Kelley, and Tyler Bert Banks. Back row from left to right are: Chaplain Buddy Westbrook,
Senior Deacon John Michalski, Secretary Roy Faglie, member Phil Shealey, Treasurer John Gebhard, member Bob Davis, and Junior Steward A.C. Tharpe. Officers
missing from this photo are Junior Warden Marty Bishop and Senior Steward Keith Tharpe.

Monticello News
Staff Writer
Name an organization that is neither a cult, a
religion, nor a secret society; an organization of
people that have served their fellow persons 'for
some 1,000 years andbeyond, and today its mem-
bers number in the millions worldwide.
The Masons are an organization with
escrowed cash reserves in the billions of dollars,
with every penny destined to be used to help oth-
ers at a rate of two million dollars There
is some evidence that Masonic activities may date
back as many as 4,000 years to the time of King
The Hiram Lodge No. 5 located at 235 North
Olive Street in Monticello was chartered in 1837,
in Florida, and currently has 63 members. 2008
officers and their positions are: Bob Montpellier,
Worshipful Master; Mike Willis, Senior Warden;
John Michalski, Junior Warden; John Gebhard,
Treasurer; Roy Faglie, Secretary; Buddy
Westbrook, Chaplain; Wayne Prevatt, Marshal;
Joe Kelley, Senior Deacon; Art Ward, Junior
Deacon; Keith Tharpe, Senior Steward; Annis
Tharpe, Junior Steward; and Bert Banks, Tyler.
Hiram Lodge No. 5 members are involved with
many activities. Among them are: a scholarship
awarded yearly to a local high school senior;
sponsoring a Jefferson County Recreation
Department ball team for the youth; a contribut-
ing to the Florida Grand Master's annual charity.
Members conduct an Americanism Night in,
February. Last February area WWII vets were
honored. The lodge is opened to allow the
Jefferson County SHARE program to set up and
distribute discounted food packages once a month;
contributions are made to the local 4-H program
to help send less fortunate students to 4-H Camp.
Throughout the year contributions are made
to area benevolent causes; contributions are made
to the Masonic Home of Florida through the "Let.
Your Pennies Make Good Sense" Program; family
meals are prepared and donated throughout the
year; and an annual fish fry fundraiser is held to
raise funds for Lodge projects.
Members of the Monticello Hiram Lodge No. 5
meet on the second and fourth Monday of each
month at 7:30 p.m. Contact Secretary Roy Faglie at
933-2938 for more information. :
Masons, also known as Freemasons, belong to
the oldest and largest fraternal organization in
the world. Today, there are more than two million
Freemasons in North America alone. Masons rep-
resent virtually every occupation and profession,
yet within the Fraternity, all meet as equals.
Masons come from diverse political ideologies,
yet meet as friends. Masons come from varied
religious beliefs and creeds, yet all believe in exis-
tence of but one God.
Many of North America's early patriots were
Freemasons. Thirteen signers of the Constitution
and fourteen Presidents of the United States,
including George Washington, were Masons.
In Canada, the Father of the Confederation.

Sir John A. MacDonald, was a Mason, as were
other early Canadian and American leaders. One
of the most fascinating aspects of Ereemasonry is
how so many men, from so many different walks
of life, can meet together in peace, always con-
ducting their affairs in harmony and friendship
and calling each other
Freemasonry (or Mason edicated to. the
Brotherhood of Man aeth trhood of God
It uses the tools and imp s of cient archi-
tectural craftsmen s bliaystem of
instruction desi toui haraer and moral
values in its me berspose is to
"Make good men better. toftiendship,
compassion, and brothel le ave ivived
even the most disivce piicl, military, and reli
gious conflictsthrough t centuries.
Freemasonry is a fraterity that encourages
its members t practice t heith of their personal
acceptance. Masonry teacs hat each peon,
through selfimprovement n helping others, has
an obligation to make a dierece for good li the
Admittedly, no on e re where the Masons
really began but most scholar believe Masonry
arose from the guilds o st nemasons who built
the majestic castles andScathi d s of the Middle
Ages. In 1717, Maso as fomallcreated where
four London Lodges id, forming~Egland's
first Grand Lodge IB. 173Lwhen Beniamin

unparalelea example o tne numanitarian com-
mitment of fraternity. Much of that assistance
goes to people who are not Masons. Some of these
charities are vast projects. -
Shrine Masons or "Shriners" operate the
country's largest network of hospitals for burned
and orthopedically impaired children. There is
never a fee for treatment.
Scottish Rite Masons maintain a nationwide
network of over 150 Childhood Language Disorder
Clinics, Centers, and Programs.
SMany other Masonic organizations sponsor a
variety of philanthropies, including scholarship
programs for children, and perform public service
activities in their communities. Masons also
enjoy the fellowship of each other and their fami-
lies in social and recreational activities.

The word "Lodge" means both a group of
Masons meeting together as well as the room or
building in which they meet. Masonic buildings
are sometimes called "temples" because the term
implied a "place of knowledge" and Masonry
encourages the advancement of knowledge.
Masonic Lodges usually meet once or twice a
month to conduct regular business, vote upon
petitions for membership, and bring new Masons
into the Fraternity through three ceremonies
called degrees. In the Lodge room Masons share in
a variety of programs. Here the bonds of friend-
ship and fellowship are formed and strengthened.
Masonry applicants must already be men of
good character who believe in a Supreme Being.
To become a Mason one must apply by petition
to a particular Lodge. The Masons will not ask
you to join them, although they desire new mem-
bers. It is up to the applicant's own desire to join.
Upon application, the Master of the Lodge
appoints a committee to visit the applicant prior
to the Lodge balloting upon his petition.
Men of character and integrity join the
Masons. Most are men who go about their jobs
and professions with no hint they are Freemasons
except the exemplary way they lead their lives.
Many are readily recognizable by name, face, or
accomplishment. George Washington and thirteen
other Presidents, eight Vice Presidents and forty-
two Supreme Court Justices have been Masons.
There is some related folklore. During the
SMidle Ages, the superstition against Friday the
13th greW for on Friday, October 13, 1307, King
Philip IV ~f France, known as Philip the Fair,
ordered the arrests of Jaques de Molay, Grand
Master of the Knights Templars and sixty of his
senior knights in Paris. The King desired their
wealth and power. Thousands of others were
arrested elsewhere in the country. Employing
ghastly tture techniques, the French King com-
pelled the Templars to "confess" to wrongdoing so
that he could "lawfully" seized their acquired
wealth and strip them of power.
Jaques de Molay continued his loyalty to his
Friends and refused to disclose the location of the
- funds of the Order and he refused to betray his
"' Jaques de Molay and another knight, Guy of
SAuvergne, stood with de Molay and disavowed
their alleged confessions an act calling for the
death penalty. King Philip ordered both of them to
be burned at the stake that same day. Most of the
other knights were eventually executed and sym-
pathizers of the Templars condemned Friday the
13th as an evil day. Over time, a large body of lit-
erature and folk wisdom has reinforced the belief.
More importantly, the story of Jaques de Molay
became a testimonial to loyalty and friendship.
Today, de Molay is a Mason and Shriner
adjunct organization dedicated to preparing
young men to lead successful, happy and produc-
tive lives. Basing its approach on timeless princi-
ples and practical, hands on experience, de Molay
opens it doors for all young men aged 12 to 21 and
has some 1,000 chapters worldwide.

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Staff Writer
Free tutoring service is now being offered for eligi-
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Aucilla Christian Academy

JV Boys

Season Stats Announced
Monticello News
Staff Writer
As of Dec. 14, the Aucilla Christian Academy junior
varsity boys' basketball team played nine games, and
lost them all.
Brandon Dunbar led theWarriors on the hardwood.
He dropped in 20 of 53 from the field, one of two from the
three-point zone, and six of ten from the free-throw line
for 49 points. He has collected four assists and 18 offen-
sive and 24 defensive rebounds, 14 block/steals, and 32
Kent .Jones bucketed 12 of 36 from the field, and
three of eight from the free-throw line for a total of 27
points, seven assists, ten offensive and 26 defensive
rebounds for a total of 36, he has accumulated 11 block-
steals, and 14 turnovers.
Matthew Harrington racked up nine of 31 from the
field, and one of three from the three-point zone for a
total of 21 points, three assists, ten offensive and 16
defensive rebounds, five block/steals, and 14 turnovers.
Clark Christy dropped in eight of 25 from the field,
and four of 11 from the free-throw line, five assists, 11
offensive and 16 defensive rebounds, five block/steals,
and 13 turnovers.
Marcus Roberts hit four of 22 from the field, three of
27 from the three-point zone, one of five free-throws, five
assists, three offensive and six defensive rebounds for a
total of nine, 14 block/steals, and 31 turnovers.
Trent Roberts hit seven of 20 from the field, three of
ten from the free-throw line, one assist, three offensive
and five defensive rebounds, and four turnovers.
Joe Mizell dropped in four of 16 from the field, one
of 15 from the three-point zone, and four of nine from the
tfreethrow line, 11'assists, seven offensive and eight
defensive rebounds, nine block/steals, and 40
Middle school team Corey Burrus had one offensive
and one defensive rebound, and one block/steal.

Aucilla Christian

Middle School Boys

Stand 7-4 Season
Monticello News
Staff Writer
The Aucilla Christian Academy middle school
boys' basketball team fell to 7-4 on the season after los-
ing 38-22 to Brookwood, Monday, Jan. 3.
The young Warriors were outscored in three of
four quarters. Coach Mac Finlayson said that
although the boys had several long and intense prac-
tices during the holidays, they just couldn't get the
offense going strong. "Some of the guys had been sick,
and it's hard going back to full intensity play after
being sick. We struggled getting up and down the
court, it was almost like we just didn't have any gas in
the tank during that game," said Finlayson.
The boys were downed 8-5 in the first, slammed
12-22 in the second, scored 10-5 in the third, and
outscored Brookwood, 10-8 in the fourth.
Corey Burrus led the charge for the young
Warriors with eight points, with two of two from the
free-throw line, two assists, three steals.
Trent Roberts scored seven points, and was three
of six from the free-throw line; Hans Sorensen scored
four points; Cody Kelly dropped in one point, going
oneof two from the free-throw line; Tyler Jackson had'
three assists; and Jared Jackson had two steals.
Aucilla squares off against Community Christian,
5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8, here; and in the final game
of the season, they face off against Georgia Christian, 5
p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, there. ACA lost to both teams
previously during the season, but Finlayson looks for
a strong finish to the season.

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Monticello News Photo by Debbie
S e Snapp,
." September 14, 2007

Jefferson County
Middle/High School Tiger
Cheerleaders practice
before the Friday, Sept. 14
game against Florida
High. In no particular
order are: Colita Rivers,
captain; Malika Norton,
co-captain; Brianna
Brinson, Latoria James,
Paula Mills, My'Eisha
Thomas, and Breterrica

Monticello News Photo by Debbie Snapp, September 14, 2007
JCMHS Tiger, #51, Shane Broxie was pictured while
working out with his teammates prior to the game
against Florida High, September 14, 2007.

Monticello News Photo by Debbie Snapp; September 14, 2007
Travarious Thompson, #76, JCMHS Tiger, was
pictured while warmirfg up before the 2007 Florida High
football game.

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girls' basketball team and Ashli Cline, each rebounds. ward to a
stands 6-5 on the season scored two points. Shelby Witmer scored for the
after splitting their two Aucilla fell to five points and had six Warriors.
most recent games. Brookwood 29-21, Jan. 3. rebounds; Hanna, two
The young Lady ACA was outscored in points, eight rebounds,
Warriors demolished three of four quarters dur- and four steals; Watt, one rl
Madison Academy, 46-9 on ing the game. Burrus said point, and nine rebounds;
Dec. 20. the girls played a good and Stacie Brock, one
ACA topped Madison game, especially consider- point.
in three of the four quar- ing that Brookwood clob- The young Lady
ters, 8-0 in the first, 10-4 in bered them by 29 points Warriors face off against
the second, 16-3 during the previously in the season. Community Christian,
third, and both teams Though Aucilla and 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8, O
racked up two in the Brookwood were tied at 14 here; and in the final game (
fourth. going into the third; of the season, ACA faces
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strong game, both offen- young Lady Warriors Thursday, Jan. 17 there. 4p1o
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Pamela Watt led the first, inched by
young Lady Warriors with Brookwood 7-6 in the sec-
14 points, six rebounds, ond, were downed 7-4 in |
and four steals. Skyler the third, and slammed 8-3
Hanna scored ten points, in the fourth.



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FWC Announces
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The Florida Fish and Wildlife
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Decal Art Contest and invites middle and
high school art students to submit their
manatee artwork for consideration.
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education. In June, 15,000 decals with
artwork provided by Coral Reef Senior
High School student Natasha Thornton
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June 2008.
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Art Contest are as follows:
All entries must be the sole original
work of the artist.
Student artists must attend a Florida
public, private or home school for mid-

dle or high school.
Students must submit their artwork
through their school or art teacher.
Art teachers should submit no more
than five entries per school.
The designs should be in full color in
a medium of the
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recognizable mana-
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image and page size
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than 8.5" x 11" with
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to the artwork).
Mount artwork on
artboard with a pro-
-<= tective paper cover-
ing. (No frames, glass coverings or dry
Design entries will be accepted only
if postmarked on or before Jan. 31, 2008.
On Feb. 14, 2008, FWC staff will judge
all qualified entries. The winning design
will be used to create a final decal for
distribution to county tax offices in July.
To see previous manatee decals, visit
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atee pages.
Contact Bonnie Abellera by e-mail at or by call-
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Monticello News Photo by Debbie Snapp, September 2, 2007
Olivia Snapp, seven years old, enjoyed her Labor Day
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Wednesday, January 9, 2008 B Section


Monticello News
Senior Staff Writer
Possibly the most notable aspect
of 2007, in retrospect, was that it was
the year when the effects of the burst
real-estate bubble began to be felt lo-
cally, with a dramatic decline in the
number of residential developments
being proposed and an accompanying
decrease in the number of building
permits being issued.
Indeed, for a while during the pre-
vious year, it seemed-that almost-every
month brought forth a proposal f6r a
new large-scale residential develop-
ment somewhere in the city or the
county. That trend registered a
L marked decrease early in 2007, with

fewer projects being proposed hence
forth and some of those already in the
works stalling.
Even so, development continued, if
at a slower pace, with subdivisions
such as Crooked Creek, the Sanctuary
and Heritage Hills moving forward;
the Splash and Dash carwash and CVS
Pharmacy constructing new buildings
or coming into being; and the construc-
tion of large-sized single-family houses
in the county continuing at a relatively
steady pace.
-.-n. oIn. ther- developments,-the- .
saw ithieediaion of the IkeAnderson
bicyclists and pedestrian trail on the
east side of town; the restoration and
conversion of the old high school
buildings into a government complex

Fnd courthouse annex; the multi-mil-
lion dollar resurfacing and widening of
the Boston Highway and Old Lloyd
Road; and the realization of a new
Emergency Operations Center, via the
awarding of $800,000 in state and fed-
eral funding to the county.
In other noteworthy developments,
both city and county governments got
administrators, the News got a new
publisher, City Hall got a facelift, the
Jefferson Communities Water System
received $4.62 million for expansion of
its infrastructure, the-Monticello Police
went paperless, and the community re-
ceived $600,000 for the acquisition and
development of park lands.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

2B Monticello News

r JANUARY 2007

The Sanctuary Subdivision ran
into contractual problems when
developers filed papers for breach of
contract.The issue concerned the
water runoff eroding neighboring
It was discovered that the floor
tiles in the former JCHS buildings
on Water Street might contain
asbestos. The tiles were to be sent for
examination to determine whether
asbestos was present.
County Commissioners app-
roved an ordinance allowing devel-
opers to proceed with projects
despite the failure of transportation
Commissioners requested the
attendance records of Planning
Commission members, with an eye
to perhaps replacing planners with a
high absentee record.
Building permits dropped signif-
icantly in December, compared to
the same month in 2005, a reflection
of both the continuing slump in the
housing market, and the time of
County officials approved a
Comprehensive Plan amendment
that paved the way for a new hotel to
locate near the interstate.
City officials rescinded the new
water rates and reinstated the old
rates, with the action resulting from
errors and a public outcry.
Code Enforcement became tied
to grants for housing upgrades, was
the message delivered to the County
Commission by Lisa Blair, head of
the Tallahassee based Meridian
Community Service Group.
A total of $578,414 is the portion
of the County's $21 million budget
that went for the salaries of consti-
tutional officers. The average raise
per official was about $3,000, except-
ing commissioners.
Hundreds of spectators lined the
streets for the 27th annual Martin
Luther King, Jr. Parade, with the
crowd thickening as the parade
neared the Recreation Park.
Included in the celebration was
a memorial service at Memorial
MB Church, and an afternoon of
activities at the Recreation Park.
A total of 136 dog, took part in
the 112th Continental Trials at
Dixie Plantation.
Julie Conley was reelected
mayor for the fourth year, and
Gerrold Austin vice-mayor, for the
third year. The Council also decided
to meet more frequently and hold
regular workshops each month.

The City held a public hearing
for the application of a $600,000
Community Development Block
Grant. The money was for the
expansion of the sewer system
The Planning Commission rec-
ommended approval of two interre-
lated ordinances that would make
possible the existence of a conserva-
tion subdivision here.
The Courthouse oak tree was
found to be in poor health and
would likely die within five to ten
years. Some $300 worth of nutri-
ents were to be injected into the tree
in an attempt to give it more vitali-
The Sanctuary Subdivision in
the Lloyd area continued to be a
problem with water runoff affecting
neighboring properties. The devel-
oper and neighbors hope to solve
the problem amicably, though Atty.
Cynthia Henderson was retained to
represent the two adjoining proper-
ty owners and one threatened to sue
if the runoff situation was not cor-
The City Council indicated that
if would appoint a commission to
review its charter.
The City's Internet service con-
tinued to pick up customers,
though slowly, with 39 reported on
More than two years after
county officials approved the
Heritage Hills subdivision in the
Lloyd area, the developer finally


broke ground on the upscale
Progress was made on the
upgrading of City water meters,
and officials eyed a possible sur-
charge for water.
The progress was not fast
enough, however, as the City had
projected revenues based on
restructured rates, which could-
n't be implemented until the
meter issue was resolved.
County Commission. Chair
Junior Tuten preferred to
address the matter of planners'
multiple absences from Planning
Comm-ission meetings one on
one. He instructed his colleagues
to review the stats provided and
act accordingly.
Rules state that commission-
ers can replace their appointed
planners, if they miss three con-
secutive meetings.
A new business, called the
Splash-N- Dash Car Wash, was
set to come to town soon, located
on US 19 SoAtth, opposite the'
County's Recycling Center.
Residents of Upper Cody
Church Road, in the southern
part of the county, were upset
about a possible sand mine oper-
ation in their neighborhood.
Residents approached the
County Commission and pointed
out that the deeds on their prop-
erties specifically prohibited
sand- and other mining opera-

The State announced that it was
awarding the community $800,000 for
the construction of a state of the art
Emergency Operations Center, cap-
ping a four year effort.
The local EOC was judged to be
inadequate by a governor appointed
task force last year.
Shuttle supporters eyed county
funding again as the money to operate
the service was due to run out in
Commissioner Jerry Sutphin
planned to raise the issue with his fel-
low commissioners once again in the
hope that the county will partially
fund the service.
An illegal dumping ordinance
submitted to the County Comm-ission
by Waste Department Director Beth
Thorne three months ago, appeared
to be headed nowhere. The ordinance
would require stickers for Lloyd and
Wacissa residents and this may have
been what doomed the proposal.
The shuttle bus, which was
expected to cease operating in March
because of a lack of funding, got. a
reprieve of sorts, when the County
Commission agreed to fund the serv-
ice $10,000 to carry it through June 1,
when it would revisit the situation to
decide what to do then.
A new walking trail was dedicat-
ed at the Recreation Park, as part of
the Step Up Florida activities, with
$20,000 to donstruct the trail con-
tributed by Kim Barnhill, director of
the Health Department, as another
step by the Department to promote
healthier lives here.
City officials adopted a large scale
Comprehensive Plan Amend-ment
paving the way for a 450 unit residen-
tial subdivision.
They approved the site plans for
new commercial buildings, one for
CVS Pharmacy and the second for a
state of the art car wash.
Residential Construction was off
to a good start in January and rose
significantly over that of January

from the oven while Zo Rudd stirs an
item on the stove at the Rare Door,
which opened under new manage-

Monies for fees also rose, in large
part because of an increase in the fees
reflected in the $41,286.61 in January
2006, versus $24,655.78 in January
Resurfacing work began on
Boston Highway and Old Lloyd Road
with a $1.2 million grant awarded by
the Department of Transportation.
The County transferred two small
parcels of land to the City for sewer
lift stations. Both were 15 by 35 feet
located off Cooper's Pond Road, and
Spring Hollow Drive.
City and County officials identi-
fied the list of priority projects for
which they would seek funding in the
coming legislative session.
County officials eyed impact
charges for roads and policing which
would only apply to new develop-

The City Council vented its frus-
tration over the slow progress in
repairing or replacing defective
water meters, because until this is
completed, the City could not imple-
ment its new fee structure.
The County Commision created a
County Coordinator position, and set
the salary range at $62,000 to $82,000.
A job description for the position
was created by a committee selected
for this purpose.
Planners recommended for
approval the site plan for the horse
arena and associated structures, with
stipulations to satisfy nearby proper-
ty owners. The site is located at the
former University of Florida
Research Center property, off US 90,
some 3.5 miles west of town.
County officials approved the pur-
suit of a $15,000 grant that will help
the community evaluate its health
care system.
Residents of Main Avenue
and vicinity, an area about 3.5 miles
west of Monticello, was slated to be
served by the City's Internet.
Tax Reforms discussed by the
Legislature, doubling the homestead
exemption and the portability of the
Save Our Homes cap, would impact
local coffers with a $1 million loss pre-
Planning Official Bill Tellefsen
suggested planners increase density
in areas where they already exist,
rather than to create others, so as to
leave room for rural areas to remain
in the county.
Tax Reform, global warming, and
the plight of the poor drew attention
at the local Legislative hearing with
Senator Al Lawson and Rep. Lorrane
The County Commission entered
an agreement with 13 other counties
in the Panhandle for the purpose of
promoting economic development on
a regional basis.


Wednesday, January 9, 2008

MARCH 2007 yoip

.narico rarrisn was name ulsrinc I eacner or ne Tear. rruim lun, onerry
Heyen, Shirley Washington, Parrish, Kay Collins, Gloria Heath, Kelvin Norton,
and Phil Barker.

Legal issues continued to dog the
Sanctuary subdivision with the
developer and the contractor that
did the improvement work exchang-
ing charges and counter charges,
with both sides disputing the terms
of the contract.
Building permits were steady in
February, when compared to the
number of permits issued a year ago.
Commercial permits were up from
the previous month.
A private contractor has offered
to help the community pursue a
$55,000 USDA grant for economic
development planning, provided
county fathers were willing to spon-
sor the effort.
A near tornado, called a funnel
cloud, because it did not actually
touch down, caused massive power
outages and much damage around
the county, with downed trees on
power lines and/or blocked roads.
Law enforcement officials were
kept busy helping out in the cleanup
effort and checking on the safety of
residents in more remote areas,
A new subdivision triggered a
review of county policy and the deci-
sion of officials was expected to set a

The County was set to hire Roy
Schleicher, grants director, as the
new County Coordinator.
Building permits rose in March
to 53, from 45 issued in February,
with the greatest gains in commer-
cial permits.
City Officials kept an eye on Tax
Reform Process, noting that tax
reforms could hurt the City and
The three defendants charged
with the burglary of the Winn Dixie
store in early March plead not guilty
and had their cases 'assigned to the
public defender. Defendants were
Joseph Allgainer, Daniel Parnell
and Alfred Jones.
Raw sewage spills and other vio-
lations in 2004 and 2005 resulted in
the City being put under a consent
order by the Department of
Environmental Protection. The 19
page document detailed corrective
actions and penalties that the city
must undertake or pay to satisfy
state requirements.
An early morning fire claimed
the life of an unidentified resident
April 5, when fire destroyed a
dwelling on West Washington
Councilman Tom Vogelgesang
became frustrated on the slow
progress on issues and lack of action
on others.
Six County landowners were
honored by Tall Timbers for their
conservation efforts, with Ted
Turner the speaker at the 9th annual
City Council moved to approve
the rezoning of a 22.81 acre parcel in
the southeast part to town, from
agricultural to residential use.
The intent was to increase the
density of the Pecan Hills
Subdivision, south of Cherry Street,
and east of Waukeenah Street.
City Council granted a 60 day
extension to the contractor working
on the Coopers Pond septic tank
abatement project.
An early morning fire claimed
the life of Dr. Patricia Frazier at 2645

The issue concerned a 160 acre
parcel off Old Tung Road, zoned at
ag-5, and the proposal by developers
to allow 32 houses, rather than 53 on
the 160 acres.
County Commissioners fell in
love with the word "agendicize,"
reportedly coined by Dick Bailar,
and they used it frequently at their
Commissioners approved the
final phase of Parkway Pines subdi-
vision, which spanned a 12 year peri-
County officials last week gave
the go ahead for the pursuit of a fed-
eral grant intended to promote eco-
nomic development.
Combined efforts of Law
Enforcement agencies resulted in
the arrest of three suspects charged
with the burglary of a structure at
the Winn Dixie Store.
The trio ranged in age from 21-29
and included: Eugene Jones, John
Daniel Parnell, and Joseph
The County Legislative Group
readied a plan to fight tax reform,
with the goal of reducing the impact
of changes.

> APRIL 2007

West Washington Street. The home
was destroyed and all possessions
The County Commission
approved impact fees for roads and
Police, and approved $34,500 for
studies to determine what the
impact fees should be.
The Apalachee Regional
Planning Council endorsed the
county's proposed Comprehensive
Plan Amendment allowing for densi-
ty bonuses and conservation subdi-
visions within agricultural areas.
.The County Commission named
Roy Schleicher as County
The Commission declined the
offer of a south Florida developer
who wanted to purchase the front lot
at the Industrial Park.
Commissioners believed the
price offered was too low, and that

Florida League of Cities provid-
ed local officials a list of facts pre-
sumably prepared to help local offi-
cials argue against the proposed tax
reform, and put the blame on the
State for the tax crisis.
Indications were that the City
stood a good chance of receiving the
$600,000 to $700,000 Community
Development Block Grant it sought.
City employees were expected to
receive an additional perk-free
connection to the City's Internet
Service. This would help promote
the service and reward city employ-
ees, officials believed.
The issue of approved develop-
ments which have been sitting on
the books for years without any
startup construction drew Planning
Official Bill Tellefsen's attention.
His intention was to notify develop-
ers that the approval has a time
City Council awarded the con-
tract for exterior repair and painting
of City Hall to Restocon Corporation,
with a bid of $18,529.
Discusssion surfaced about con-
verting Pearl Street into one way
going west, the same as Dogwood
Street runs, by the City Council.
The City has now refunded all
overpayments of water and sewer
utility bills stemming from the
restructured rates that the council
revoked a few months back.
What some called a "Boycott" by
district school bus drivers, lasted
some 15 minutes after Superintend-
ent Phil Barker met with drivers
and a transportation personnel
meeting was set the next morning.
Drivers returned to work in 15 min-
utes and transported all students
safely, as usual.
Jefferson County Water System
Inc. received national recognition by
the Environmental Protection
Agency. The EPA accorded the
award to the water system at a cere-
mony Feb. 28, in Atlanta.
Congressman Allen Boyd report-
;ed' that; the USDA Rural
Development office had awarded
$4.62 million in federal assistance to
the Jefferson Communities Water

selling the front lot would cause the
county to lose control of the most
visible parcel in the Industrial Park.
The City eyed a rate increase for
water and sewer service, citing
potential revenue shortfall con-
cerns, since the budget was planned
on increased water prices, which
were later rescinded.
A Carolina based plastics compa-
ny was reported to have purchased
the former National Guard armory
at the Industrial Park, and donated
to the County a storage building
inside the facility.
It was to cost $25,000 to move the
building to the planned horse arena,
and County Commissioners app-
roved the funds.
Steve Andris was recognized as
one of the pioneer contributors to
Eagles' Nest Scout Hut, and its
endowment fund reported to have
reached more than $110,000.
Murders at Virginia Tech
impacted a family here with a
daughter at the school. Al Hall of
Tillman's Funeral Home spoke to his
daughter, Amber Hall, by cell phone
when she called him during the
event that killed 32 people, before
the killer took his life.
The developer of SIF Land, Inc.,
representing Ayelsbury Plantation
was denied the favor requested from
the County Commission. The
request was to accept a letter of cred-
it that in good faith roads and utili-
ties would be completed.
Officials received the contract
for the $800,000 grant that the state
awarded the county in late January,
for construction of an Emergency
Operations Center.
Jefferson Communities Water
System received a $1.2 million grant
and $3.4 million loan. Don Berryhill,
of the Department of Environmental

Protection, presented the water sys-
tem award check of $4.62 million to
Bob Cooper at ceremonies in Lloyd.
Turkey Scratch road continued
to be a bone of contention at County
Commission meetings when resi-
dents demanded it be paved.
Officials agreed to try to correct
problems with drainage and such,

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^r MAY 2007 b

The racial composition of the
county's legislative committee
became an issue of strong discus-
sion at a commission meeting,
when Charles Parrish, president of
the local NAACP raised the issue.
A special election was set for
Senate District 3, composed of resi-
dents south of the 1-10 corridor. This
came about when Senator Nancy
Argenziano was appointed to the
Public Service Commission by Gov.
Charlie Crist, creating the vacancy.
Jed Dillard, formerly an
instructor at FAMU, and an aca-
demic advisor at FSU, came on
board at the Extension Office as a
livestock, wildlife expert.
The City prepared to increase
sewer and water rates and expected
to implement them soon. City
Council was expected to take the
final action in June to make this
Third graders at Jefferson
Elementary School exceeded the
state average of 74 percent, when
80 percent of the students earned a
score of 3 or higher on the Math por-
tion of the FCAT. In Reading, 63
percent scored 3 or higher, with the
state average 65 percent.
Efforts got underway to put on
the July 4th fireworks display,
when George Carswell approached
the City Council with the idea of
holding the display at the old high
school off Water Street.
Clay Thompson, vice president
of Sierra Properties, one of the
groups behind the proposed
Monticello Plantations subdivision,
told city officials that his company
was committed to the 420 acre devel-
opment project.
The 15 month long drought was
beginning to make itself felt in the
country, via increased wildfire risk
higher costs for cattlemen and other
animal breeders, and potential
water shortages.
Rumors of a Cracker Barrel Old
Country Store and Restaurant com-
ing to the US 19 & 1-10 interchange
were circulating and company offi-
cials would only say they were
"only looking at the site," and had
no definite plans.
City Council approved a con-
tract that allowed for the offering of

United Way contributed $7,000 to
keep the local shuttle service operat-
ing, in the hope that others would
follow suit. It was expected that the
funds would keep the service operat-
ing almost to the year's end.
Extension Agent Larry Halsey
stated that the long standing
drought was having short, as well as
long lasting effects on agriculture
and livestock.
The drought and resulting poor
state of grazing lands, and high price
of feeds, lead to a rash of animal
abuses across the state.
Beth Thorne, who oversees the
animal control program here,
brought the issue to the attention oft
the County Commission.
Despite Gov. Charlie Crist's veto
of the $1.7 million for the agriculture
and community development center
here, the City had most of its proj-
ects funded, and the County man-
aged to get a few of its projects fund-
ed also.
Fire Rescue Chief Mark
Matthews awaited the approval of a
plan he submitted to Commissioners
to allow firefighters and Emergency
Medical Technicians (EMTs) to
attend paramedic school.
Sgt. Roger Murphy, a veteran of
the City Police Department, prequal-
ified to seek the office of Chief of
Three term Police Chief David
Frisby confirmed that he would not
seek reelection, but instead would
seek the City Council Group 3 seat,
held by Councilman Luther Pickels.
City officials prepared to tighten
and update rules for land develop-
ments via four ordinances which
address various aspects of zoning,
and the developmental process.
The number of construction

and other permits issued by the
Building Inspections Department
rose slightly in May, versus the pre-
vious month.
Election Supervisor Marty
Bishop reported a low turnout for
the special primary for Democratic
and Republican candidates for
District 3 seat, formerly held by
Senator Nancy Argenziano, who had
been appointed to the Public Service

aitlual ocdiarmey LUIIIn II Brock, and Mike Sims
right, Judi Farmer, Sonja Brock, and Mike Sims.

Internet service in the Main
Avenue area of the county.
The County eyed a possible $3
million in state funds, supposedly
allocated to this community, how-
ever, the budget would not be offi-
cial until signed by the Governor
Charlie Crist.
Mayor Julie Conley officially
announced her intention to seek
the District 10 Florida House seat,
currently held by Will Kendrick,
who is prevented from seeking
reelection by the term limitation
The County School District was
one of five chosen of the 67 Districts
statewide to be recognized during
Teacher Appreciation Week.
The District was recognized for
increased student improvement,
and the successful combination of
the Middle and High Schools.
Building permits dropped to its
lowest level in four months and
commercial permits fell to zero.
The long standing drought ,
wildfires and smoke kept posing
problems for the Panhandle area.
The closure of 1-75 from
Valdosta to Live Oak, because of
heavy smoke in the area, caused

r JUNE 2007

Dorris Uptain place flags on the
graves of area veterans on Memorial
Ramsey Revell was crowned 2007
Watermelon Festival Queen.
First Runner-up is Paige
Thruman, and Second Runner-up is
Amber MacDonald.
Quninton Thomas and Summer
Eades were crowned Little King and
Queen at the Festival Queen
The County Commisison banned
the use of open burning because of
ongoing drought condiditons.
The City Council increased
sewer and water rates for both city
and non city residents. The new
schedules took effect immediately,
and included charges for additional
charges above a given minimum.
The Health Department expected
delivery of a long awaited pobile
health unit, in time to show it off in
the Watermelon Festival Parade.
The specially designed and equipped
motorhome type vehicle, slated to
become a clinic on wheels.
Theft of signs in the Old Lloyd
Road area proved costly, as the Road

rerouted traffic to clog main roads
in the county.
Jefferson County High School
Valedictorian was Shaumese
Massey. April Bynum was
Commissioners were scheduled
to tour June 7, several houses being
built or improved under the coun-
ty's various housing programs.
Commissioners approved the
final plat for Wolf Creek, the coun-
ty's first bona fide cluster subdivi-
A proposed subdivision off Old
Tung Grove Road, and Hwy. 90,
near the Leon County line, was
pulled off the table. The under-
standing was that the developer
had sold the property.
The Watermelon Festival
Queen Pageant drew six contest-
ants, and the event was set for
Saturday, June 9. The pageant was
scheduled to pair with the Little
King and Queen Contest.
County Coordinator .Roy'
Schleicher simplified the process of
the County budget by planning to
work with department heads to pre-
pare their budgets, so that they are
in final form by the time they reach

Deparment put up the last Deer
Crossing sign in stock.
Northwest Florida Water Man-
agement District, which includes
part of the County, urged residents
to voluntarily reduce consumption
of water, because of continuing rain-
fall defecits.
The 2007 Watermelon Festival
drew some 8,000 citizens and the
"Three Little Pigs" Children's Play,
and the Woman's Club Luncheon
and Fashion Show were among
events sold out.
An effort was ongoing to restart
the adult literacy program here,
Librarian Linda Hamedani told
County Commissioners, and report-
ed that applications had been made
to the Workforce Development
Board for a $44,000 grant to begin the
program, and grant applications
would be made elsewhere.
Firefighters and Emergency
Medical Technicians wanting to
upgrade their skills, and enhance
their careers, were allowed to do so,
courtesy of the county which will
pay the tuition for the classes.
Multiple change orders and
unforeseen problems stalled comple-
tion of the renovation work at the
old high school, which was to
become a government complex.
The State signed off on the con-
tract for funding the local
Emergency Operations Center,
assuring the county of the receipt of
$62,764 for the project.
Lt. Fred Mosely announced his
bid for the Office of Police Chief.
Commissioners decided to
declare the downtown buildings
used for government offices as sur-
plus, thus allowing for their sale.
Emerald Greene Kinsley
assumed leadership of the Monticello
News, upon the retirement of former
publisher Ron Cichon.
The Health Department was one
of nine in the state, selected to par-
ticipate in an apprentice program
sponsored by the Center for Disease
Control (CDC). For the next three
years, the County would receive the
benefit of a college educated public
health-care apprentice, whose
$32,000 salary will be paid by the

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Wednesday,January 9, 2008

c~~r JULY 2007 rrr

Congressman Allen Boyd (right) and Country Road Superintendent David
Harvey (left) at NRC Bridge work project.

The Willie Hawkins family of
9595 Old Lloyd Road, lost its home in
a fire, and was alerted by smoke
detectors to escape unharmed.
County Commission considered
selling its closed landfills to interest-
ed residents.
Tax reform measures approved
by the Legislature caused a $335,000
loss to the County.
The Veterans' Memorial at the
Courthouse Circle, recently hit by a
motorist who lost control of her
vehicle, was repaired by the
Madison Marble Works and once
again stands tall.
The Jefferson Community Water
System sought to add another 400
residences to its customer base, as
part of its phase 2 expansion effort.
A benefit was planned for Hal
Sprenkle at Unity Baptist Church on
Colin Kelly Hwy, between Madison
and Pinetta. Sprenkle suffered from
a severe pancreatic problem and was
in severe pain and.unable to work.
ot For the first time>in recent fmem-
ory, the Watermelon Festival
Committee was scheduled to vote
next month for its overall chairper-

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son, from Joy Eveland and Nicolle
Honcell, both of whom volunteered
for the position.
The Fourth of July fireworks
presentation proved to be a huge
success, with citizens gathering at
Tiger stadium, at least an hour
before the show.
The June 24th death of
Minnesota resident Charles W.
Lindberg, one of six U.S. Marines
involved in raising the first flag on
Iowa Jima in World War II reverber-
ated here. Lindberg was
Watermelon Festival Parade Grand
Marshal in 1979, in recognition of his
participation in the flag raising.
Singer/songwriter Sandy Mason
passed through town enroute to her
hometown of Nashville, TN. Mason
has written songs for Garth Brooks
and Crystal Gayle, among others.
Citizens rescued a man from his
burning vehicle, when the hose con-
nected from the exhaust was close to
flammable materials, causing the
City Police :-Officer;,.- Roger
Murphy, and Officer Clint Albritton
were dispatched to the scene where
they where joined by FHP Officer
Robert Hanna.


A Tallahassee man was serious-
ly injured on SR 59 when a 1996 Ford
Explorer veered off the roadway.
Two adults and five children of
Miramar, FL were injured in a sin-
gle vehicle crash on 1-10, as a result
of a blowout.
District Finance Officer filed a
grievance against School Board
member. Hal Wilson, in his griev-
ance, alleged that Shirley
Washington defamed his character,
harassed him, discriminated against
him racially and by interference. It
remains for School Board lawyer
Buck Bird and Superintendent Phil
Barker's lawyer Debbie Minnis to
advise their clients how to proceed.
The City's Internet facility was
expended into Pickney Hill, despite
.some misgivings.
Pickney Hill would provide the
labor necessary for the transmission
of the signals.
The School District received
word of the grades earned by each of
the three District Schools: JES = C;
HMS = C; JCHS = D. Officials noted
that JCHS was but two points away
from a grade of "C."
The number of construction and
other permits issued by the Building
Inspection Department in June
remained about the same as the pre-
vious month, but evaluations
increased significantly.
Monticello Police Department
went paperless as officers now write
and file their reports electronically.
State Representative Will
Kendrick was scheduled to present a
$400,000 check to the City, and a
$200,000 check to the County to fund
three park projects here.
A rumor circulating around
town concerning JROTC classes no
longer available at Jefferson County
High School was proven unfounded
at the monthly School Board meet-
For the second time in as many
rontl4, city. officials approved the
firinl plat on .a subdivision without
iallthe required, documents on hand.
The earlier approval concerned the
Crooked Creek subdivision, and
most recently, the Cooper's Ridge

Florida's State Surgeon General Ana Ros, MD, MPH, left, County Health
Administrator Kim Barnhill, Deputy State Health Officer Lillian Rivera, RS,
MSN. met with residents at the Health Department, Aug. 27, to discuss the
need to avoid cutting health care budgets.

City Police arrested four men in
connection with a Madison County
burglary and charged them with
possession of burglary tools and
dealing in stolen property.
Allen McDougle, Jesse Neiman,
Kenneth Forton, and Kevin Dacus
were held in the Jefferson County
Jail awaiting action by Madison
County authorities.
While construction and other
permits issued in July rose signifi-
cantly, compared with the two pre-
vious months, commercial valua-
tion dipped dramatically in the
same period.
City officials decided to lower
millage rate to 6.0 mills or 4.2 per-
cent below the rolled back rate. The
lowered rate was expected to pro-
duce $598,000 or about $23,000'more
than the 7.0 millage rate produced
for the fiscal year running Sept. 30.
Sheriff's Department Investi-
gator Sally Cole, of the Jefferson
County Drug Unit, reported that
information learned here and
relayed the information to Havana
authorities resulting in what is
believed to be the biggest drug bust
in the Big Bend history.

Inmates at the Jefferson County
Jail were provided with radios that
could be tuned only to a Tallahassee
based Christian station, if they so
An inmate died of a heart condi-
tion at the Jefferson County Jail
while in the exercise yard. His
name was not immediately
Jefferson County Journal made
its maiden voyage Friday Aug. 3,
and will continue to be the Friday
paper. Monticello News was to pub-
lish on Wednesdays as usual.
County Commissioners decided
not to fund the shuttle bus service
because of the few people using the
service, which was reduced several
times earlier to prolong operation.
Commissioners had contributed
money earlier in the year, with the
understanding that the remaining
necessary funds would be forthcom-
ing from private sources, but this
did not happen.
The Local Planning Agency rec-
ommended approval of the site plan
for the $1 million plus for the reno-
vation of the Senior Center.
County officials were in the

process of cutting $330,000 from the
budget and had approved the budg-
ets of 28 departments with addition-
al departments yet to present their
The School Board adopted its
tentative budget resolution 3-2, with
member Shirley Washington cast-
ing the lone nay vote. Voting in
favor were Chairman Franklin
Hightower and members Beverly
Sloan, and Charles Boland. Member
Ed Vollertsen was not present.
Sheriff David Hobbs was inves-
tigating a bomb threat which forced
temporary evacution of the court-
house. Embarq was working to
trace the origin of a call made to Fox
49 television station by an unidenti-
fied caller, stating that a bomb
would go off at the courthouse.
County officials approved two
measures that make the higher den-
sities and conservation develop-
ments a matter of choice in selected
areas of the county.
Commissioners slashed $210,000
in expenditures from the Sheriffs
Department. They wanted to cut
more, but Sheriff David Hobbs
insisted that was as far as he could
reasonably go, and he was at the
bottom of the barrel.
Commissioners proclaimed
Aug. 10 as Children's Health Care
Coverage Day, their way of helping
promote the Florida Kid Care
Program, which aims to provide
health insurance to as many of the
state's uninsured children as possi-
Two long time Jefferson
Correctional Institute correctional
officers were arrested in Madison
County on drug charges. The arrest
resulted in the immediate dismissal
of the officers.
A new section was added to the
Wednesday Monticello News, called
Spiritual Pathways, containing
church happenings, and guest
columns, and other news of the
church community.
Economic development, unfund-
ed mandates,- the war in Iraq, and
the impeachment of the president
were among topics addressed by
Senator Bill Nelson, on a visit here,
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Fire Rescue responded to a false
alarm at Jefferson Elementary
School, Aug 30, caused by lightning,
which struck the alarm system, and
teachers safely evacuated students.
County Coordinator Roy
Schleicher told commissioners, Aug.
23, that now that organizational
charts were drawn up by depart-
ment heads, the next step was to cre-
ate job descriptions and salary
ranges for the descriptions.
County officials began to think
regionally in terms of the county's
transportation needs and to explore
the possibility of joining the Capital
Region Transportation Planning
Agency, and discussed this Aug. 5.
The driver of a vehicle in the
county fled the scene Aug. 30, after
he flipped over the vehicle he was
driving on West Lake Road.
Local constitutional officers for
the first time in recent history were
set to receive very small raises of
about $38 for FY 2007-08, Oct. 1
through Sept. 30. The Legislative
Committee on Intergovernmental
Relations posted the information on
its website, Sept. 5.
A city woman, Candy Jones, was
arrested Aug. 28, as a result of an
early morning car chase.
Ernest Brooks was jailed here,
Sept. 5, after he was charged with
three counts of aggravated assault
with a firearm.
With the resignation of City
Superintendent Don Anderson, the
City sought a City Manager as a
replacement and upgraded the
requirements and responsibilities.
County Commissioners voted
Sept. 6, to lower the millage rate to
8.3226 mills, resulting in a three per-
cent reduction from the previous ten
The neighborhood concerns that
were a sticking point in the approval
of the design of the Pearl Street
Park, were resolved to the satisfac-
tion of all concerned.
John Henry Butler, 25, of Traim
Road was arrested on charges of
Violation of Probation on a Felony
Battery charge, and Failure to

Monticello News Photo by Debbie Snapp, september 9, 2uu7
Michelle Brantley stands by the Health Department's new mobile health

Appear on a Trespassing warrant
and housed at the County Jail.
Scott Holt, 33, of Monticello,
turned himself into the County'
Sheriffs Department on a hit and
run incident. He was charged with
leaving a crash scene with bodily
injury. Holt hit Richard Thor, 82,
who was walking along the road, and
fled the scene.
Dixon Hughes was the winner of
the first Monticello News Pigskin
Football Contest, and was presented
two Wild Adventures Theme Park
City Police arrested Annie Jones
on one count of Battery, two counts
of Battery on a Law Enforcement
Officer, and Violation of Probation.
When officers answered a domestic
disturbance complaint at her
address, and attempted to arrest her,
she kicked both officers repeatedly
and yelled obscenities at them.
Director of School Improvement
Sherry Heyen reported that
response to a survey for before
and/or after school child care, in
District schools, was minimal, with
less than a dozen turned in.
City officials are considering a
proposal to make it more difficult for
city residents to hold frequent, or
perpetual garage sales on their prop-
Part of the funding promised to


Jefferson County to construct a
new Emergency Operations Center
was not 100 percent assured,
because FEMA decided to look at
each county individually, when
they were originally considered en
County resident Holly Woodard
was attacked by pit bulls while out
for her morning walk, Tuesday,
Sept. 9. The dogs were impounded
by Animal Control and the investi-
gation continued.
The School Board approved the
final budget Aug. 10, and
Superintendent Phil Barker derti-
fied the document to the
Department of Education.
The contractor for the Coopers
Pond septic tank project received
its third extension, since the origi-
nal April 11 deadline.
Abandon structures in Rooster
Town were once again discussed by
the City Council and it was pro-
posed they be burned as training
exercises for Fire Rescue. No deci-
sions were made, however.
Jefferson Builders Mart and
Simpson Nurseries donated a com-
bined $350 to keep the shuttle serv-
ice operating here until January.
'tCommissioners adopted a new
cell phone plan, Sept. 6, which
saved the county some $8,000 on the
cost of phones for employees.

It appeared that the ongoing
drive by the Jefferson Community
Water System to sign up an addition-
al 400 residents to its customer base
will meet the established deadline.
Bob Cooper told Commissioners
Sept. 29 that he believed this would
be accomplished by Oct. 31.
The Motorcycle Safety School at
the Industrial Park was reported to
be interested in buying the property
from the county. Atty. Buck Bird
said on Oct. 3,that to negotiate a fair
price, the money the school owner
had already spent on the building
should be considered.

The Tourism Development
Council developed a new set of
bylaws, formulated a marketing
plan, and prepared a budget, which
were submitted to the County
Commisson Sept. 20.
The School Board approved the
application for a Charter School,
Sept. 24.

The applicant now has 75 days to
document that it has found a suit-
able site for the school and complied
with all state regulations. Harriett
Cuyler was listed as secretary and
C.P. Miller as president of the group.
Some 23 applicants for the City
Manager's position were narrowed
to 13, for a more manageable group
to interview.
Insurance companies required
fire departments to determine exact-
ly the distance to the nearest
hydrant or fire station, to determine
insurance rates.
The City updated the City
Superintendent position vacated by
Don Anderson, Sept. 29, after some
20 plus years on the job, to that of
City Manager, and assigned addi-
tional authority and responsibilities
to the new position. Officials wanted
to fill the position as soon as possible
and in the meantime department
heads answered to City Clerk Emily
The Property Appraiser's Office
reported Oct. 2, that a record num-
ber of 186 petitions have been filed
for hearing by the Jefferson County
Value Adjustment Board, Oct. 16.
City Council discussed the need
for a Charter Review Board, Oct. 2,

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Firefighters arrived on the scene just mintues after the call came in, and
the home located at 1000 North Railroad Street, the carport, laundry room,
attic, kitchen and living room at the north end of the stucture were fully
engulfed. The family was inside but managed to escape saftey.

but no action was taken on the mat-
Road Superintendent David
Harvey listed several bridges in
Jefferson County as in poor condi-
tion. He said they were built in the
1950s under less stringent standards
and would have to be modernized for
today's traffic
Superintendent Phil Barker
advised school employees of the
approval of an application for a char-
ter school by the School Board. He
specified that the application met all
the requirements of Board policy and
Florida statutes.
The Chamber of Commerce
scheduled a forum for Oct. 23, for the
eight candidates seeking city offices,
to determine their qualifications and
motivation for running.
A ribbon cutting and general ded-
ication was set for the new govern-
ment complex on West Walnut Street,
Saturday, Oct. 13. Tours were
planned and speeches by School
Board officials and county officials
were scheduled to address the gather-

SThe City was to receive a state
block grant of $700,000 to rehabilitate
approximately 10,931 linear feet of
eight-inch gravity sewer lines and 52
four-inch diameter precast man-
holes, in the southeast part of the
City Police implemented a Child
is Missing Program here. This is a
national program that works in con-
junction with the Amber Alert
Program in the search for missing
children and elderly and/or disabled
The state rejected the City's pro-
posal to substitute a project for the
DEP penalty it was assessed for raw
sewage spills and other violations
here, in 2004 and 2005.
The county readied to pick an
architect for the construction of an
Emergency Management Center. Oct.
4, County Coordinator Roy Schleicher
informed the County Commission
that five firms had submitted propos-
als for the project and had been
ranked in order of preference. The
Commission was asked to name a

Monticello News 7B

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

i^4b NOVEMBER 2007 i

City Police expected to have a
new radio system, which will allow
officers greater flexibility to commu-
nicate with each other and with
Sheriffs deputies. This came about
by updating the old VHF system to
UHF which allows the flexibility.
Breterrica White was crowned
Miss Jefferson County Middle/High
School at the pageant held Oct. 30 at
the JCHS auditorium.
The City Council chose Robert
Garlo, 54, of Tequesta, FL, in Palm
Beach .County as the first City
Manager, Oct. 30. It remained to be
seen if he would accept the position
When it was offered.

County Commissioners accepted
the recommendation of the Planning
Commission and approved the site
plan for the proposed expansion of
plastic parts manufacturing plant in
the Industrial Park.,

Planners and planning official
Bill Tellefsen reached an accord
over minor subdivisions.
Sheriff David Hobbs addressed
the County Commission, Nov. 1, and
it turned out that the consultant
firm doing the groundwork for the
implementation of the county's
impact fees, had much of the infor-
mation on hand, when it was report-
ed otherwise by the firm. Hobbs stat-
ed Nov. 1, that the firm then had all
the requested information.
The search for an architect to
design the Emergency Operation
Center continued when a meeting
with CRA Architects proved unpro-
A haridful of Republicans and
one Democrat were on hand Nov. 2,
when Craig Romney, youngest son
of candidate Mitt Romney, was in
town to campaign on his father's
S behalf.
The County Commission
approved an agreement between
Fire Rescue and Monticello Karting
and Motor Club to assure the pres-
ence of a county ambulance at all
,racing events, at its Nov. 1 meeting.

is; Monticello quietly made history,
Nov. 6, by electing its first African-
American police chief, overwhelm-
ingly chosen over opponent Roger

November 20, u007
Charles Boland, left, accepts the
gavel as new School Board
Chairman, from outgoing Chairman
Franklin Hightower at the annual
reorganizational meeting, Nov, 20,
Murphy by the voters.
In the three City Council races,
the composition of the Council was
dramatically changed by the elec-
tion of John Jones, Linda Butler
Stewart and Idella Scott.
Sheriff David Hobbs approached
the County Commission, Nov. 1,
requesting a digital recorder at the
jail, which records incoming and
outgoing calls, as the existing unit
was obsolete.

Hobbs then requested replacing
the fire warning system and the elec-
trical panel that controlled doors to
cells. He reported that power surges
caused doors to open unexpectedly.
John McHugh was named assis-
tant'to the County Coordinator and
was approved by the Commission,
Nov. 1, to work with the Road
Department in the interest of mak-
ing it more efficient.
Lack of evidence caused the state
to drop charges of public assistance
fraud, Nov. 14, against a Greenville
woman, Debra Green Brooks, who
was employed as a public assistance
worker here for the Department of
Children and Families.

The Wacissa home of Cody
Connell was destroyed by fire, Nov.
1, one day before he was scheduled to
move into the brand new home.
Dixie Plantation hosted a media
event, Nov. 7, to celebrate its entry
into the red-cockaded woodpeckers
safe harbor program, an incentive
based conservation plan designed to
voluntarily enlist private landown-
ers in an effort to protect the imper-
iled specie.
County Commissioner Gene Hall
was elected chairman of the North
Florida Economic Development
Partnership, a multi county group
that aims to promote economic
development in the region.
The County Commission
allowed a developer to build a model
home prior to approval of the final
plat Nov. 1, because of the credibility
of the developer of Turner Heritage
Homes, and the ability to be better
able to begin selling houses.
Jefferson senior football players,
band members and cheerleaders
were honored at a ceremony Nov. 19,
orchestrated by the JCMHS PTO.
This came about when the opponent
for Senior Night, East Gadsden, had
35 players suspended for a rumble
with Godby players in an earlier
City Police were investigating a
series of three burglaries the week-
end of Nov. 10-12, which appeared
related. Hit were Chicken Delight,
Riley Palmer offices, and Chauncy
Stoutamire Insurance office.
NFCC President Morris Steen,
announced his retirement Nov. 13,
effective Summer 2008. He served
NFCC for seven years.
Steven Wingate was hired as
City Manager, after an earlier hire
declined the position because of ill-
ness in the family. As City Manager,
Wingate will oversee operations.
Phase one of the Senior Center
construction neared its end when
the allotted money was spent with
the intention of seeking another
$600,000 in grant funds to complete
.the project which would include an
adult day care center, expanded
kitchen, additional parking and


Wednesday, Nov. 28, found the
body of Jason Speir, 33, of
Savannah, GA, dead in his room.
An autopsy was ordered to deter-
mine cause of death.
Law Enforcement officials
sought a suspect who armed Reams'
store, in Lamont, at gunpont, Nov.
Local children were reminded
that it was time to write their Dear
Santa letters for publication in the
The county continued to explore
the possibility of selling its closed
landfills to adjoining landowners, as
surplus property, an idea promul-
gated by Country Atty. Buck Bird.
No decision was reached.
Erma Morris, the mother of 10
year old Johnnie Morris, arrested
three years ago for a school fight,
with charges ultimately dismissed,
vowed to attempt to try to get the
Legislature to change the law.
Fire Rescue Chief Mark
Matthews appeared before the
County Commission to request the
creation of a deputy chief position,
because much of his time was con-
sumed with administrative duties.
,yry Commissioners tabled the

Major Bill Bullock reported that
the body of Michael Lee Gerrard, 35,
found on Tram Lee Road, Dec. 4, was
definitely a homicide. An autopsy
was ongoing at the time of Bullock's
Property Appraiser David Ward
was he guest speaker at the Kiwanis
Club, Dec. 5, and summarized the
new property tax legislation sched-
uled to be on the ballot Jan;. 29.
The City moved forward on the
garage sale ordinance, Dec. 4, when
it set the second formal reading for
Jan. 8.
Building permits remained
steady in October and November at
around 50 total permits, with the
value of residential property near $1
million for both months.
The homicide investigation con-
tinued into the death of Michael Lee
Gerrard whose body was found
dumped on Tram Road. Major Bill

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December21, 2007
Mayor Julie Conley presents
Police Chief David Frisby with his
service weapon, a 30 caliber M-1
Carbine rifle, at this retirement party
held at Heritage Manor, Dec. 20.
Bullock reported the death was most
likely caused by a stab wound.
A Lamont woman, Leila Wood,
was seriously injured in a Madison
Crash, Dec. 6. Wood failed to stop for
a stop sign at CR 14 and CR 360, and
collided with a tree. She was trans-
ported to TMH.
In a bust at Allen's Liquors, Dec.
11, Robert Holmes was charged with
selling alcohol to two minors,
Lateshia Dawson and Tampas
Camp. The minors were charged
with possession and consumption of
School District CFO Hal Wilson
reported to the School Board, Dec.
10, the latest news concerning funds,
temporarily frozen in the state pool
and then conditionally released and
how he addressed the situation.
Downtown Christmas events were
well attended, drawing some 600
Several companies showed an
interest in the Industrial Park and
Economic Development Director
Julie Conley reported to the County
Commissioners, butshe was not at
liberty to give details at that time.
An ACA student, Rebekah
Aman, received minor injuries
when she was hit be an allegedly
drunk driver Perlean Brooks, who
was arrested for DUI and subse-
quently bonded out.

City Council voted Dec. 4, to
present Police Chief David Frisby
with his service revolver when he
leaves the department in January.
Consultants were to be sought to
analyze options for a Police retire-
ment plan, as well as the plan of the
entire city.
Council members agreed that
the City's Internet system is a disas-
ter and scheduled the matter for dis-
cussion Jan. 8.
Jefferson Community Water
System reached its Phase II goal of
400 signatures to connect to the sys-
tem. Customers signing on will pay
a $30 advance fee, Director Bob
Cooper reported Dec. 12.
The Coopers Pond septic tank
abatement project was completed,
nearly eight months behind sched-
ule. Consultant engineer, Joe Miller
reported this to the City Council,
Dec. 4.
A local woman reported to City
Police that she was sexually battered
by a Hispanic male. Nov. 30. Police
determined the offender was a con-
struction worker from Tallahassee,
and the investigation continued.
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County officials. began to pre-
pare, Dec. 19, for the 1010 census
count. The goal was to be sure that
the census reported the population
accurately, as the perception was
that the county had been underre-
ported in the past. The greater the
population, the greater the state
funding allotted to the county.
The Jefferson Community Water
System reported that it would paint
hydrants in colors coded to indicate
their flow pressure, so they wouldn't
be mistaken for hydrants designed
to use in fighting fires.
Representatives of the
Northwest Florida and Suwannee
River Water Management Districts
met with local officials, Dec. 17, to
discuss the proposed mapping of the
county's floodplains. The project
was to be funded by FEMA.
The "bank run" that caused the
freezing of a Florida managed
investment pool, led Monticello offi-
cials to propose adoption of a policy
that would prevent future investing
in risky funds.

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Benefit From

Local SHARE Program
Monticello News
Staff Writer
Many local churches and service organizations participated in the
Jefferson County SHARE Program during the Thanksgiving and
Christmas holidays. By purchasing the discounted food packages for
county residents needing some help with their holiday meals, the holi-
days were made happier.
The Basic Package for January consists of 1.70 lbs. of split chicken
breasts, 14 oz. of turkey breast medallions, 1 lb. of breaded pork
patty, 1 lb. Perch fillets, 1 lb. of ground beef 85/15, and frozen broccoli.
Included with the package is an assortment of fresh fruits and vegeta-
Specials and SHARE Selects are offered for purchase along with
the monthly food order packages. They are usually a meat offer at a
discounted cost.
SHARE participants saved $19.53 off the average retail price for the
December Basic Package. The minifnum Food Package cost is $18.
Delivery Day for the January meal deal is scheduled for Saturday,
Jan. 19, and may be picked up at the Masonic Lodge located at 235
Olive Street in Monticello. Monticcllo News Photo by Debbie Snapp
SHARE volunteer Nancy Banks works the registration table at the
Volunteers are always available at this time to help with questions
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Alternative Song To Serve As State Anthem

Monticello News
Staff Writer
Colonel Graham W. Fountain, former direc-
tor of law enforcement for Florida Department
of Transportation and president of G.W
Fountain ahd Associates, in partnership with
Warren L. Halstrom, worship and creative arts
pastor at Celebration Baptist Church in
Tallahassee, announced recently that they have
written a new state song to offer as an alterna-
tive to the three songs announced recently as
finalists in a music contest held by the Florida
Music Educators Association (FMEA) designed
to provide some possibilities to replacing
Florida's traditional state song written by
"Two things seem very clear to me in follow-
ing this discussion concerning our state song.
Historically, many Florida citizens, and some
state legislators; want to keep in place the reso-
lution designating "Way Down Upon the
Suwannee River" as the state song while select-
ing a new musical work that serves as an offi-
cial "anthem" fitting to be sung by school chil-
dren, performed on piano, or by bands and at all
public events. And lastly, the type of songs sub-
mitted for the contest announced recently by
the FMEA and Senator Tony Hill, are all exam-
ples of good songs about Florida, but seem to
fall short of the genre of musical work appro-
priate for a state anthem," said Fountain.
"Oh, Florida, My Sweet Home" was written

after the entry deadline for the FMEA contest Halstrom. All Rights Reserved.
and includes the following lyrics: Fountain and Halstrom have composed,
Verse 1: "Oh, Florida, My Sweet Home" a brief, but rous-
Oh, Florida my sweet home ing anthem that can be easily learned and per-
Where pines grow tall and cattle rom formed in any public setting. The melody is
Beach sands glisten and sea oats wa haunting yet simple; a bit of regality yet plenty
Sunny skies and fun filled days of commonality "We really tried to capture the
All who come here, cherish this land spirit of this great state and its most precious
Caring souls and helping hands resources and wonderful people. I would be
:: Oh, Florida, my sweet home proud for my children to sing this song every
You'll always be the land I love orning in school" said Halstrom, who also
Verse 2: .erforms the new song on the first choral
From every nation, Isle and land rangement to be recorded.
They came tofight and make their stand According to Fountain, "The song speaks to
Building a life and a great newhome t unique nature of our state and the wonder-
Liberty and hope, nere'again to ro am fupeople who have come to make Florida their
Seminole spirit, brave and strong h e, their compassion for each other, and
Their pride shows through, they can't be wrong e facing hardships to make this state what it
Oh, Florida, my sweet home is ut most importantly, this song declares the
You'll always be the land I love 1 e, pride, and admiration all Floridians hold
Verse 3: : .a ft:: this great land!
Emerald Coast to the Biscayne Bay: Fountain and Halstrom plan on providing
The breezes blow my cares away ; is work to the Florida Legislature, Governor
In crystal springs swim manatees nd Cabinet, and Floridians around our state,
Bringing joy to you and me for consideration as we move towards adopting
Orange groves blooming. nature trails a new state 'Anthem" that will serve, much as
Coast to coast on road and rail our national anthem, to get all Floridians, old
Oh, Florida, my sweet home and new, up on their feet expressing the beauty,
y sunshine state, the land I lo majesty and diversity of this wonderful state
and those who call her home.
The mui rics raham W. For more information about "Oh, Florida
Fountain and Warre strom. Copyright My Sweet Home" contact Fountain at graham-
2007 by Graham W. Fountain and Warren L. fountain( or 850-556-6600.

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Local Church Performs Country Christmas Play

Monticello News
Staff Writers
The Waukeenah United
Methodist Church family per-
formed a holiday production of "A
Cricket County Christmas" to cele-
brate the season on Sunday, Dec. 23.
'"A Cricket County Christmas,"
written by Eddie McPherson, is a
one-act comedy that takes a humor-
ous look into the life of a family
that struggles to balance greed and
true Christmas spirit.
The play deals with the death of
family patriarch, Uncle Zeke, who
leaves a sizable fortune to his rela-
tives, the country cousins and the
preppie city cousins.
After the reading of Uncle
Zeke's will on Christmas Eve, the
true nature of the city cousins is
brought to light when they grum-
ble about their inheritance, and
are forced to learn the true reason
for the Christmas season by the
humble country cousins. a tMonticello News Photo by Debbie Snapp, December 22, 2007
Thoughtful giving and true Posing for a quick snapshot are the cast members of the play "A Cricket County Christmas." The play was
character are major themes in this held on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007 at Waukeenah United Methodist Church. Standing, from left to right: Cassidy
entertaining comedy that so many Cooper, Lacy Jones, Bill Colis, Amanda Monroe, Nicholas Jones and Joseph Bolland. Seated, from left to right:
worked so hard to produce. Co-Director Glorianna Montgomery, Stanton Monroe, Kari Baasch, Emily McClellan, Audrey Waters, Madison
The play was directed by Dana Campbell, and Director Dana Baasch. Front row, left to right: Sam Jones, Brian Campbell, Nathen Jones, and
Baasch, and co-directed by Matthew Shelley.
Glorianna Montgomery The cast of
characters follows:
The City Cousins: Bill Colis as
Oswald Tippinhimer; Stanton
Monroe as Pete; and Audrey
Waters as Mimi.
The Country Cousins: Amanda
Monroe as Grandma Taylor; John
Daniel Ross as Fester; Kari Baasch
as Brenda Mae; and Emily
McClellan as Glenda Mae.
The Rustic Ski Lodgers:
Cassidy Cooper as Sabrina Rainey;
Nicholas Jones as Donald Rainey;
and Lacy Jones as Gramps.
The Nativity Scene Angels:
Madison Campbell, and Jessica
Boland. The Three Wisemen: Brian
Campbell, Nathen Jones, and
Matthew Shelley. The Shepherds:
Joseph Boland and Sam Jones.
Stan Monroe as Joseph and
Glorianna Montgomery as Mary
Allen Baasch handled stage
lights and sound.

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Monticello News
Staff Writer
A Musical Christmas Eve Service
was held at Elizabeth Baptist Church,
presented by the church youth.


After Pastor Jimmy McNeal wel-
comed the congregation to the serv-
ice and offered a prayer, the congre-
gation was invited to join in the song
"O Come All Ye Faithful." Following
was the lighting of the Advent


Candle by Sara and 1\
their children Laurel
Don Self and the
youths took turns re-
the appropriate Scrir
The younger childrer

First Baptist Church
325 West Washington Street
Monticello 997-2349
Pastor Thermon E. Moore

Sunday School...........................................9:45 AM
Sunday Morning Worship....................11:00 AM
Sunday Evening Worship .......................6:00 PM
Wednesday Bible Study .........................6:30 PM
Children's Church Ages 4 6 ...........11:30 AM
Nursery for all services

Christ Episcopal Church
425 Cherry St. Monticello 997-4116
Father Mal Jopling

Sunday Holy Eucharist...........................8:30 AM
Sunday School...........................................9:45 AM
Sunday Morning Worship....................11:00 AM
Tuesday Bible Study..............................8:30 AM
Wednesday Evening Prayer. ................6:00 PM

First Presbyterian Church
290 E. Dogwood St. 997-2252
Rev Sharon Schuler

Sunday School9:45 AM ::.
Worship 11:00 AM
Wednesday Fellowship 5:30 PM

Casa Binca Missionary
Baptist Church
Highway 259 Monticello 9975018
Min. Tobbie BerrianiH Pstor

Sunday School ...............................9:30AM
Morning Worship .................................11:00 AM
Thursday Bible Study ...................... ....... 7:30 PM

To add your church services to this directory,
please contact Jon Fisher at Monticello News,

Cody Pentecostal
Holiness Church
3862 Tram Rd. Monticello 997-6774
Pastors Donnie and Nancy Thomas

Sunday School..........................10:00 AM
Sunday Morning Worship...........11:00 AM,
Sunday Evening Worship..............6:00 PM
Wednesday Worship.......................7:00 PM
Wednesday Youth Worship......... ..6:30 PM

First Baptist Church
of Lloyd
124 St. Louis St. : Lloyd 997-5309
Pastor George L. Smith
Praise & Worship............... .......8:30AM
Bible Study ..................................9:45 AM
Praise & Worship.... .........11:00 AM
AWANA (3yrs 6th Grade).........5:00 PM
Praise & Worsip ............. 6:00 PM
Adult Choir Practice...................... 7:00 PM
Rock Solid Youth (Grades 7-12)
6:30 PM Supper
7:00 PM Praise & Worship, ibl Study &
Xtreme Games.
Joyfl Sounds Children's Choir
7:00 PM (K-6th trade)
Prayer Meeting/Bible Study

Restored Glory
Christ an Center
1287 S. Jefferson St. Monticello 997-025:
Pastors Eddie and Veronica Yon, -'

Sunday ....................................... 10:00 AM
Monday ForRealVille (Teen Mins)....7-8 PM
Thursday......................................... 7:00 PM

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stmas Eve Service

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,ark Demott and
N and Faith.
hurch teen
ding lines from
tural passage.
sang "Away In

The Manger" following the teens.
Mandy Self awed the congrega-
tion with her acapella rendition of
"Mary Did You Know," and Mike
Holm sang the old favorite "Silent
Night." And, Kelly Brock kept his fin-

gers running up and down the piano
keyboard all evening.
Pastor McNeal and the church
deacons presented the Lord's Supper.
Elizabeth Baptist Church keep
their youth busy throughout the week

with after school programs, youth
and children choir, birthday celebra-
tions, nursing home visits, mission
friends, Sunday School Outreach
efforts, fall festivals, family meals,
and the like.

Abundant Life Harvest
1206 Springfield (off Hwy 59)
Lloyd 997-0048
Pastor Chris Peterson

Sunday Morning Worship....................0:30 AM
Sunday Children's Church .................10:30 AM
Wednesday Worship.......... ..............7:00 PM
Nursery Available

First United Methodist Church
325 W Walnut St Monticello 997-5545
Pastor David L Hodges

Sun-day School ....... ..... ....9:45 AM
Traditional Worship..............................11:00AM
Youth Group............................... ........ 5:30 PM
Adult Bible Study......... ................. 4:30 PM
Prayer Group........ .................................5:30 PM
Fellowship M al ............................ .. ..6:00 PM

Harvest Christian Center
1599 Springhollow Rd. Monticello
Pastor Marvin Graham

Sunday Discipleship Class. ....................9:30 AM
Sunday Worship....................................10:30 AM
Wednesday BibleStudy ........................7:00PM
Wed. Young Peope Bible Study..........7:00PM
Wednesday Counsel ..................5:30-8:30 PM
New Life Ministry
Tuesday Bible Study............................7:00 PM
Sunday Worship .....................................2 4PM
,Thursday JailMinistry................7-9PM
AATuesday....................................... 8:0 PM

Wacissa Pentecostal
Holiness Church
152 Tram Rd. Wacissa, FL 997-4636
Rev John Wesley Cain

Sunday School.........................................10:00 AM
Morning Worship................................11:00 AM
Evening Worship...................................... 6:00 PM
Wednesday Evening Worship & Messiahs
Messengers Youths ................................ 7:00 PM

St. Margaret Catholic Church
1565 E. Washington Monticello 973-2428
(One mile east of the Court House on US 90)
Fr. John Gordon
Sunday Mass......................................... 11:00 AM
Wednesday followed by Novena ................7:00 PM
Saturday followed by Adoration &
Sacrament of Reconciliation.................... 9:00 AM
Spanish Mass Sec. Sat. of the mth ............ 7:00 PM

Capital Heights Baptist Church
7150 Apalachee Pkwy Tallahassee
Pastor Derrick Burrus
SYouth Pastor Ron Thrash
Sunday School. ....................10:00 AM
SundayWorship...........................11:00 AM
Children's Chapel .........................11:00 AM
Sunday Evening ......................................6:00 PM
Wednesday Evening ...................:7:00 PM
Prayer Meeting and Bible Study
Classes for Students

New Hope Ministries Church

415 E Palmei Mill Rd. Monticello997-1119
P; astors Iavid & Paige Rapson
Sunday School.... ...... ....10:00 AM
.................... :00 ... M:

Sunday School ....... .............................. AM
Sunday Worship......................................11:00AM
Sunday Prayer ...........................6:00 PM
Wednesday Family Training Hr ...........7:00PM

Waukeenah United Methodist
81 Methodist Church Rd

Pastor Ralph L. Wrightstone

Sunday School...........................................9:45AM
W orship.................................................... 11:00 AM
Youth Group ...............................................7:00 PM
Choir Practice .......................7:00 PM
Youth Group .............................. ......... 7:00PM
Family Fellowship 2nd Thursday of each month

St. Phillip AME Church
Hwy27S (1mile south of Hwy 59)
Monticello 997-4226
Reverend J.W Tisdale
Sunday School...........................................9:30 AM
Sunday Worship .....................................11:00 AM
Prayer & Bible............................................7:00 PM

Calvary Baptist Church
285 Magnolia St. Monticello 997-2165
Dr. David E. Walker, Pastor

Sunday School...........................................9:45 AM
Sunday M orning....................................11:00 AM
Sunday Evening ........................................6:30 PM
Wednesday Evening .................................7:00 PM
TRAC Club for teens...(Wednesday... 7:00 PM)

Wacissa United Methodist
14492 Waukeenah Hwy / PO. Box 411
Wacissa 997-2179 / 997-1769
Rev Howard R. Grimmenga

Sunday School...........................................9:45 AM
Sunday Morning.....................................11:00AM
::.: Wednesday
Prayer Meeting..................... .....6:00 PM
Youth Group..... :............................... 6:00PM
ChoirLPractice.: ................................7:30PM

Indian Springs Baptist Church
5593 Veterans Memorial Drive (Hwy 59)
< Tallahassee 850-893-5296
Rev Greg Roberts

Sunday School..........................................9:45 AM
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Monticello News
Staff Writer
Monday, Dec. 31, a man
was seen passing through
the county, carrying a
white 10 foot high cross,
which is similar to others
who.have passed through,
but this particular man
tended to raise some ques-
tions. "Who is he? Why is
he doing that? What's the

Chuck Johnson, 45,
originally from San Jose,
CA, also known as "Cross
Carrier Chuck" has been
carrying a cross across
country for the past eight
years in this singular trip
alone, crossing the country
11 times, covering well over
35,000+ miles and spread-
ing the message that people
need God in their lives,
with the cross, serving as a
reminder of what the

Gospel is all about.
He said that all togeth-
er, he has been carrying a
cross for the past 18 years.
He said that on average, it
takes four to five months to
cross the country. His T-
shirt reads: "I am a messen-
ger" and he has worn out
thousands of socks and a
many boots over the years.
Besides the cross, he car-
ries with him, socks, rain
clothing and water.
Johnson was raised in a
Christian home and he felt
the call early on to take his
message to others. He
began his lifelong trek in
1986 after eight hours on
his knees in repentance
and an infilling of the Holy
Spirit, he says.
"The Bible says, 'Pick
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Chuck Johnson, known as "Cross Carrier Chuck," made his way through
Jefferson County last week.



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up your cross and follow me'. I'm
just taking it literally," said
He sold everything thing he
had and kept $55. "Johnson began
his quest in Tijuana Mexico. "It
cost $53 and some change to build
the original cross out of solid oak.
It weighed 89 pounds," he said.
"The second cross I made was out
of red cedar." The cross he bears
now, due to being older, is ten feet
high, made of plastic, weighs 12
pounds, and it has two wheels at
the bottom.
"I carry the cross. God does all
the work," says Johnson. What
prompted his quest, which began
in 2000? Easy he said. "God. He
told me to take off and take noth-
ing with you," and I've been on
the road since.
"This cross serves as a
reminder of what God did for us
that He didn't have to do. It's a
message to tell people they need
God in their lives daily. I do this
365 days a year, seven days a week.
I can't outwork the Lord and I
can't out give the Lord. I just try
to keep Jesus in people's hearts."

During his travels, which have
carried him through all 48 states
in the continental US, he has got-
ten a variety of different respons-
es from people of every faith. He
said some people accept his mes-
sage and even give him financial
support while others scoff at his
Though his travels have led
him through both good times and
bad, he takes it in stride. "God is
good all the time and He always
finds a way," said Johnson. "I get
down to the last dollar all the time
but it seems He always finds a
Christian who will pull over and
help out. He never gives me any
more than I can handle."
Sometimes, Johnson is
allowed to suffer, but he says he
can handle it. 'The bad just makes
him stronger. One of those times,
"It was Christmas Eve, 2003. I car-
ried the cross all day and had one
person stop to say 'hello'. When
night came, I didn't have enough
money for a motel and it was very
"I tried to buy a blanket but
the stores were closed. So I went

to a home lit up with Christmas
lights, which even had a nativity
scene set up in the yard. I knocked
on the .door and explained that I
carry a cross to remind people to
keep God in their life. I explained
that I would be sleeping outside
tonight and asked if I could bor-
row an old blanket for warmth.
They said 'no' and closed the door.
"I pretty much froze that
night, but God is good all the time.
The Lord never gives me more
than I can handle."
During his journey, he is often
asked to speak in churches along
the way. "I don't preach. I pray
with people and tell cross stories.
My stories tell how God is always

there and working. God works in
the hearts."
Johnson said he never hitch-
hikes but he does except rides
from those offering them. "The
cross has been tied to the roof of
every kind of car imaginable,"
said Johnson. "It has even been
tied to a Harley Davidson."
Johnson said he plans to travel
for about five more years, or until
God tells him that it is quitting
time. At which point, he plans to
write a book about his travels and
he plans to open his own ministry.
Johnson concluded, "It doesn't
matter which road you take.
Without God in your life, it's a
dead end!"

A friend was in front of me coming out of church one day, and the
preacher was standing at the door as he always is, to shake hands. He
grabbed my friend by the hand and pulled him aside. The Pastor said,
"You need to join the Army of the Lord!"
My friend said, "I'm already in the Army of the Lord, Pastor."
The Pastor questioned, "How come I don't see you except at
Christmas and Easter?"
He whispered back, "I'm in the secret service!"

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'Porch De Salomon'

Wednesday, January 9, 2008


Prepares For Its Third Year

Monticello News
Managing Editor
Porch de Salomon in Panajachel,
Guatemala, is a ministry for the least and the
last, comprised of: short term mission teams;
Solomon's Porch coffeehouse ministry, humani-
tarian relief for indigenous families, and live
music outreach. It's website is
This ministry was founded by Melanie and
Lloyd Monroe of
Waukeenah, and is largely
supported by donations from
groups and individuals in
the States.
Recently, some 40
"Becas" have been provided,
valued at about $220 each,
which reflects the cost of
schooling from elementary
through high school. As part
of the Porch de Salomon
ministries, "Becas" are
"scholarships" that allow
needy children to attend
Lloyd explained that all
children in a family do not
get to attend school, because
the parents do not have the
money, and children work in'
the fields to help the family
Solomon's Porch
Coffeehouse serves coffee,
food, provides live music
once or twice a week, houses a cinema, which
shows films weekly, and hosts a weekly worship
gathering. In addition it is available for school
and community functions.
Recent additions to the ministry are a girls'
basketball team, and a boys' soccer team. These
after school programs combat gang influence.
The Monroes explained that they have had a
couple, Natalie and Jeff Annillo, from Texas,
volunteering with them for a year, and they kept
up planned activities while the Monroes spent
the Christmas holidays in Waukeenah. Melanie
remarked that the couple working with them
made sure that Christmas gifts were provided,
in addition to other'holiday activities.
Over the last year, Porch de Salomon hosted
six teams which worked in areas such as
Construction," Bible School Teachers, and

Medical Clinics.
Among recent construction projects were
block houses for families in need, additional
bedrooms for older people, and churches.
One of the challenges the Monroes faced
this past year, was finding a facility that could
be remodeled into a coffeehouse, as their previ-
ous location had been sold.
After much searching, a facility was located,
which is slightly larger than the previous build-
ing, which needs a good deal of renovation to be
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(From left to right)
Asa, Daniel, Melanie, Lloyd; Hannah.
"It's a fixer-upper," Melanie explained, "and
we have a lot of work to do to make it serve our
purpose." This is one of the major projects they
face when they return to Panajachel.
Lloyd remarked that he was particularly
pleased that their ministry was expanded to
be able to fund surgeries for those in need.
He tells of Dustin, who suffered from
heart valve problems, which were
repaired with an operation, and like-
wise of Reynita, confined to a wheel-
chair, who was badly crippled with
spina bifida, and was able to be helped
by a recent surgery.
Via the "porchmobile," a
Mitsibushi mini van, which
serves the ministry, made

possible by generous donations from the
States, the sick are able to be transported
for medical treatment or to hospitals.
Two children and two women under-
went surgeries recently, under the aus-
pices of the ministries.
Another decision facing the
Monroes is whether or not to join with
the John 10:10 Ministry, now in opera-
tion and headed by Jim Guffey His
website is: Lloyd
noted that Porch de
Salomon has partnered
with John 10:10
Ministry on occasion,
and the coordinator
has now made an offer
to provide financial
support, and staff, for
a full year.
The unanswered
question is: What
will happen at the
end of that year?
Other plans
call for the new
coffeehouse to
sponsor a Teen
Night, with
activities geared
towards their
interests. The
has always
been teen
friendly, but
plans call for
more of the same, and
aiming towards spe-
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cial interests teens enjoy
Among the goals of the Porch de Salomon ministry are to help believ-
ers understand Christ's message, and to move out of their comfort zone
to do what Christ taught.
As Lloyd succinctly states: "To motivate people out of the pews and
into world missions."
To take advantage of partnering with the Porch de Salomon Ministry
and to help support the cause, email contact is:
or call Stateside Support Team leader Rex Ware at 850-933-0344.
As the Monroes have Internet access in Guatemala, they can be
For Lloyd: __
For Melanie: I

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Among the newer endeav-
ors of Porch de Salomon
Reynita is pictured while on her way to Ministries, is providing surgical
the doctor, in the recently acquired porchmo- care for indigent children and
bile. She was badly crippled with spina bifida adults in need. Dustin was born
and underwent surgery, which was sponsored with a heart valve malfunction
by the Porch de Salomon Ministries. which was surgically corrected.

A recent addition to the Porch de Salomon Ministries is a soccer program for
boys, and a basketball program for girls.



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