The Monticello news
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Place of Publication: Monticello, Fla
Creation Date: December 31, 2008
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141th Year No. 1 Wednesday, December31, 2008 50� 460 +4

Jobless Rate Rises Again In Not

County Coordinator
Roy Schleicher reports
on achievement of
2008 goals.


Reports His
Progress On

2008 Goals
Monticello News,
Senior Staff Writer
A little more than a
year after setting five
goals for his! office in
2008, County Coordina-
tor Roy Schleicher ,on
Thursday, Dec. 18, re-
ported to commission-
ers on the progress of
those efforts thus far.
The five. goals,
which Schleicher origi-
nally presented to com-
missioners on Nov. 15
and then shared with de-
partment heads on Nov.
16, 2007, essentially
aimed to make county
operations more effi-
cient and systematic in
the way that they con-
ducted their business.
The five goals specif-
ically aimed to improve
the personnel policies;
safety programs; budget
development; goals,
processes and proce-
dures for the depart-
ments; and the
responsiveness to citi-
The first goal en-
tailed a revision and up-
date of the personnel
policies, which Schle-
icher characterized as
out-of-date and full of
inconsistencies and con-
flicting information.
"We went through
the policies and cleaned
them up," Schleicher
said. "We updated them,
corrected the errors and
the conflicting language
so that we now have a
clean set of personnel
He said the next step
was for the department
heads to review the poli-
cies and recommend
changes that they
deemed appropriate for
their particular opera-
tions. Any such pro-
posal, of course, would
be brought before com-
missioners for their
final review, and ap-
proval, he said.
The second goal en-
tailed updating what
safety programs existed,
which were minimal at
best, he said. The effort
involved finding the old
Please See
Coordinator Page 4A

Monticello News
Senior Staff Writer
Jefferson County's
unemployment rate rose
again slightly in Novem-
ber, continuing a trend
that is reflective of the
general economy.
Figures released by
the North Florida Work-
force Development

Monticello News
Senior Staff Writer
Jefferson County's
ambulance and fire pro-
tection services are being
allowed to experiment
with a new classification
that, if it proves success-
ful, may be extended to all
the departments eventu-
ally The details of the
classification have yet to,
be worked out, however.
Fire Rescue Chief,
Jim Billberry came up
with the idea, which Com-
missioner Hines Boyd
likened to the state's OPS
classification. The
acronym OPS stands for
Other Personnel Services.
Individuals classified
as OPS are essentially
temporary workers who
do the same work as regu-
lar employees but get no,,
retirement, paid holidays,
health insurance, or other
benefits - no matter how
long they remain on the
Billberry's idea is to
hire temporary, part-time
firefighters. and Emer-
gency Medical Techni-
cians (EMTs) on an
as-needed basis. The way
it would play out, the tem-
poraries would be called
only when the regular
crews were stretched thin,
Billberry said.
He gave as an exam-
ple a situation where fire-
fighters were engaged in a
fire and his ambulance
crews were involved in an-

Local Numbers Still Better Than State's

Board (NFWFDB) on
Tuesday, Dec. 23, show
the county's seasonally
unadjusted unemploy-
ment rate was 5.6 per-
cent for November, up
0.1 percent from the sea-
sonally unadjusted rate
of 5.5 percent reported
for October.
The NFWFDB repre-
sents six counties, in-

eluding Jefferson. Sea-
sonally unadjusted
means that the figures,
have not been cleaned of
seasonal and other fac-
tors that can skew the
Jefferson County's
seasonally unadjusted
rate was 5.3 percent in
September. It was as low
as 3.5 percent, in April.

The 5.6 percent
translates into 411 job-
less persons out of a
labor force of 7,298. In
October, 409 were jobless
out of a labor force of
7,422; and in September,
388 were jobless out of a
workforce of 7,334.
Meanwhile, the sea-
sonally unadjusted un-
employment rate for the

other emergency In such,
a situation, he would call
in the temporaries to
cover the station until the
regular crews returned,
he said.
Billberry emphasized
that the temporary em-
ployees would work only
for the hours required and'
be paid accordingly It
might be that they worked
a few hours or several
hours or not at all during.
a particular pay period, he
said. But they would un-
derstand the situation up-
front, he said.
The way things work
now, if he needs addi-
tional help, he has to rely
on part-time employees
who draw benefits and ac-
cumulate time-off the
same as the fulltime work-
ers, Billberry said. Actu-
ally he has only one
part-time employee, as he
has purposely reduced the
number of part-time em-
ployees in the department
since coming onboard, he
"When I came on, we
had five or six part-time
employees," Billberry
said. "I've dwindled it to
And although it had-
n't happened (the one
part-time employee is a
conscientious individual,
the chief said), theoreti-
cally if a part-time em-
ployee chose to take his
accumulated time-off in-
stead of doing additional
duty there was nothinghe

(Billberry) could do about
it, and the county would
have to pay the individual
for the time-off, he said.
"This is the most cost
effective way to do it," Bill-
berry said of his proposed
temporary classification.
As to who would be
w willingness to work such
limited hours and on as-
needed basis, Billberry
said plenty of the volun-
teer firefighter/EMTs
would jump at the oppor-
tunity He made the point
that volunteers were bet-
ter trained than ever now
and many of them would
appreciate getting paid,
even if a small amount,
for something they nor-
mally did for free..
Boyd wanted the OPS
classification extended to
all departments, but some
of the other commission-
ers and Clerk of Court
Kirk Reams objected to
such a wide application of
the concept, at least until
it could be tested. They
pointed out potential pit-
falls that could cause
morale and other prob-
lems with the fulltime em-
ployees and that they said
needed to be worked out
first. Billberry agreed. He
was quite aware of the po-
tential pitfalls and would
address these in the im-
plementation, he said.
Reams also had con-
cern about the wholesale
implementation of the
measure without first
learning its potential im-

Fire Rescue Chief Jim
Billberry; continues
innovations at the

pact on the budget."
"I think. we need to
run this through the
Florida Retirement Sys-
tem because we're paying
for a position that may be
entitled to retirement ben-
efits," he said. "It may be
an issue."
The way it was left,
commissioners approved
the classification in prin-
ciple, with the stipulation
that Billberry and County
Coordinator Roy Schle-
icher work out the details
of the classification and
present the finished prod-
uct to the commission for
review before its imple-
mentation. Reams also
will inquire about the
classification's fiscal obli-
gations, insofar as the
state's retirement system.
If all works out and
the measure's implemen-
tation proves beneficial to
Fire Rescue, commission-
ers may consider extend-
ing the classification to
the other county depart-
ments eventually

NFWFDB region was 7.3
percent for November,
the same as the state
rate. The NFWFDB
takes in Hamilton, Jef-
ferson, Lafayette, Madi-
son, Suwannee and
Taylor counties.
Of the six counties,
only Lafayette's season-
Please See
Jobless Page 4A



May Be In

Monticello News
Senior Staff Writer
The services of the
Wilderness Coast Pub-
lic Libraries (WILD)
bookmobile may cease
as early as May 2009, un-
less additional funding
can'be found.
That was the mes-
sage that Wakulla
County Commission
Chairman Howard
Kessler brought to the
Jefferson County Com-
mission on Thursday
Dec. 18. Wakulla County
is one of three counties
that makehe coop-
erative multi-county li-
brarysystem known ,,as
'WILD. Jefferson and
Franklin are the other
two member counties.
Kessler told com-
missioners that if addi-
tional funding weren't
found, the bookmobile
service would cease op-
erating May 1. He did
not make clear if the
cessation would be spe-
cific cIto Jefferson
County or in general.
I Kessler said a con-
tribution of $2,000 or
$3,000 would ensure the
bookmqbile's continued
operation through the
summer at least. He
said the bookmobile
presently comes to Jef-
fersonk County' every
other week and that it
had 700 visits during
the year, 599 of them by
"In past year when
times were "good,
Franklin County con-
tributed," Kessler said.
"But now there's a cri-
Jefferson County
contributed $6,500 to
WILD for the current
budget year, which
began Oct. 1. Wakulla
County contributed
$14,000, and Franklin
County contributed
zero, which is the rea-
son that the bookmobile
currently doesn't serve
the latter county WILD
Director Cheryl Turner
also mentioned a $15,000
Please See
Bookmobile Page 4A

1 Sections, 14 Pages
Around Jeff. Co. 4-9A Outdoors 12A
Classifieds 13A School 10A-11A
Don't Drink & Drive . 9A Sports 10A
Legals 13A Viewpoints 2-3A

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Wednesday, December 31, 2008



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Happy New Year!

Another year has come
and gone. Time flies so
fast. My parents always
warned me that the older I
got, the faster time would
go by. And, now here we
sit, bringing in yet another
Christmas and New
Year's celebrations are dif-
ferent with each family.
Every one of us has our
own traditions� and cele-
brations that we have/use
in our own way.
My New Year's tradi-
tions come from my

Grandmother (Cora Lee)
She always taught me
to have my Christmas tree
and Christmas' decora-
tions down and boxed up
BEFORE the New Year.
She always said that if we
left them up then we would
bring in the stuff from the
"old year" in with the
"new year." We are to take
them down and begin the
New Year off fresh, and it
was considered bad luck to
leave them up. And don't
you know it......my

Christmas tree, and deco-
rations, are already down
and the house is clean,
fresh, and ready for the
new year.
My Grandmother also
always told me that I
couldn't wash clothes on
New Year's Day. ."You'll
wash someone out of the
family," she would say.
So, there's no clothes
washing and no dish wash-
ing on this important day.
Sometimes I feel like I'm
going stir-crazy though.
You see, I'm one of those
people that HAVE to be
doing SOMETHING, and
to not be. able to wash
clothes or dishes, or "do
something" just about
makes me nuts. So I spend
New Year's Day trying my
best to find something to
do 'that doesn't involve
So, with the ending of
another year of our lives,
we must not look back at
the past, but look forward
to a new beginning with
'Bring the past only if
you are going to build from
it. -Dom6nico Cieri
What you need to know
about the past is that no
matter what has happened,
it has all worked together
to bring you to this very
moment. And this is the
moment you can choose to
make everything new.
Right now. -Author
I wish all. of you a
happy and prosperous
New Year.
Until then....see you
around the town.


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December 30, 1998
'98 was a year of accomplish-
ments, marking the completion of at
least three major projects that had
been in the works for a long time.
The compromise' worked out by
the Planning Commission did not
completely satisfy former commis-
sioner Bulter Walker.
Prospective jurors who fail to
appear for circuit court jury duty
without a proper excuse may find
themselves behind bars.
December 30, 1988
One of the smallest- players on
the Aucilla Christian Academy
girls' basketball team has developed
into a powerhouse this season, dom-
inating courts with an impressive
30.7 points per game. Cindy Willis, a
5'4", 107 pound package of skill and
quickness, has totaled 92 points in
three games.
Members of Mt. Pleasant AME
Church gathered donations from
local businesses and distributed the
gifts and holiday cheer to the resi-
dents of Nellie's Retired Inn and
Watkins Health Center last
Almost every day from 8 a.m. to
5 p.m. or later for the past twenty
years Tommy "Skinny" Reed can be
found sitting in his chair with an
old broomstick in his hand at
Lloyd's main intersection. His rea-
sons for being there; he likes to see
first hand what's going on in town,
he likes to help people and sitting
around the house all day gets bor-

December 30, 1978
K City Hall or at least some
,municipal offices could be located
in the Opera House if a proposal
presented to the City Council
Thursday is approved.

Monticello voters will be asked
to decide on January 8 whether or
not the city should be authorized to
borrow money from the govern-
ment or other legal lending institu-
tions at low interest rates.
Despite a possible recession,
higher fuel prices and escalating
inflation throughout the nation,
Jefferson County has reason to be
optimistic in 1979, according to
county financial leaders.
City Council members rescind-
ed a portion of the recently enacted;
ordinance concerning surcharges
on utilities as it affects out-of-city
December 30, 1968
Mr. and Mrs. Carr Settle enter-
tained members of their bridge club
with dinner Saturday evening at
their home on East Washington
December 30, 1958
Mack Joiner and Don Watson
were recognized as the winners of
the outstanding player awards for
the past Tiger football season when
the team and cheerleaders were
entertained by the Quarterback
Club Thursday night with a mullet
roast on Pinckney Hill Plantation.
The directors of. Healthyways,
Inc. have given tentative approval
to the overall plans for the $100,000
Health Clinic soon to be constructed
in Monticello on North Jefferson
December 30, 1948 .-4
Miss Marcelene Shuman of-i
Atlanta is spending the weekend
with her parents. ;
The home of Mr. and Mris
Maurice H. Tripp was the setting of
a lovely Christmas party. Assisting,
was William Tripp, J.W. Summitfv-'
and Mrs. S.C. Walker.
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Little University Daycare

The Little University daycare has re-opened and
is complying with local fire codes. The Director, Ms.
Edna Hopson, with over thirty years of childcare expe-
rience handles the daily operations very efficiently and
our children and parents love her endearing qualities.
The Little University primary goal is a safe and secure
childcare environment for our children. We support the
local licensing agencies and we are in agreement when
it comes to maintaining life safety measures. We have
now updated and implemented a 24-hour monitoring
system that is linked directly to the local Fire Depart-
ment in case of any fire, hazards or emergencies. We
have current openings for infants to after-schoolers also
we provide nutritious snacks and lunch. We have a cer-
tified teacher with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Child-
hood Education,for our four year olds VPK (Pre-k)
program and nurturing staff with childcare experience
for all ages. Our curriculum includes, but not limited
to, basic Spanish and sign language. We provide before
and after school with bus stop pick-up and'drop-off at
the center. We look forward to providing quality child-
care for our community. We want to thank our parents
and staff for their patience and understanding during
the installation process. We wish everyone a Merry
Christmas and a prosperous Happy New Year.

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Scott Slik

Scott Slik is a retired Seaman of the US Navy, Petty Of-
ficer EA2. He was stationed in Baghdad
just prior to coming home in February
He is raising his twin children,
Trevyn and Nikita here in Monticello.
and is the son of Sheila and Ron Slik.
He is working on his AS degree at
Tallahassee Community College. study-
ing in Construction Tech Education, so
he can teach what helearned in the mili-
tary. He plans to further his education at FSU.
Slik is well known for his organizational skills and col-
lecting donations for the servicemen and women overseas. He
collects everything from gift cards, to holiday greeting cards,
personal care articles, and sweet treats, to cash for posting the
packages of goodies.
He lives on, and enjoys, coffee still to this day, a habit
he picked up from his military days.
He is a member of the First United Methodist Church,
the American Legion Post 49, the Jefferson County Republi-
can Party, and the Jefferson Elementary School'and PTO.


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Maricopa County,
Arizona, was spending
approximately $18 million
dollars a year on stray ani-
mals, like cats and dogs.
Sheriff Joe offered to take
the department over and
the County Supervisors
said okay.
The animal shelters
are now all staffed and
operated by prisoners.
They feed and care for the
strays. Every animal in
his care is taken out and
walked twice daily. He
now has prisoners who are
experts in animal nutri-
tion and behavior.
They give great classes
for anyone who'd like to
adopt an animal. He has
literally taken stray dogs
off the street, given them
to the care of prisoners,
and had them place in dog
shows. The best part, His
budget for the entire
department is now under
$3 million.
They are neutered, and
given all shots, in great
health and even have a
microchip inserted. Cost is
$78. The prisoners get
the benefit of about $0.28
an hour for working, but
most would work for free,
just to be out of their cells
for the day.
Most of his budget is
for utilities, building
maintenance, etc. He pays
the prisoners out of the
fees' collected for adopted
animals. I have long won-
dered when the rest of the
'country would take a look
at-the way he runs the jail
system, and copy some of
his ideas.
He has a huge farm,
donated to the county
years ago, where inmates
can work, and they grow
most of their own fresh
vegetables and food, doing
all the work and harvest-
ing by hand. He has a pret-
ty good sized hog farm,
which provides meat, and
It fertilizes the
Christmas tree nursery,
where prisoners work,
and you can buy. a living
Christmas tree for $6 - $8
for the holidays, and plant
it later.
Yes, he was reelected
last year with 83 percent of
the vote. Now he's in trou-
ble with the ACLU again.
He painted all his buses
:and vehicles with a
mural .that has a special
hotline phone number
painted on it, where you
can call and report sus-
pected illegal aliens.
Immigrations and
Customs Enforcement
wasn't doing enough in his
eyes, so he had 40 deputies
trained specifically for
enforcing immigration
laws, started up his hot-
line, and bought four new
buses just for hauling folks
back to the border. He's
kind of a 'Get-R Dun' kind
r ; ,,

of Sheriff.
To those of you not
familiar with Joe Arpaio
he is the Maricopa
Arizona County Sheriff
and he keeps getting elect-
ed over and over, and this
is one of the reasons why:
Sheriff Joe Arpaio created
the "tent city jail': He has
jail meals down to 40 cents
a serving and charges the
inmates for them. He
stopped smoking and
porno magazines in the
He took away their
weights. Cut off all but 'G'
movies, and started chain
gangs so the inmates could
do free work on county
arid city projects. Then he
started chain gangs for
women so he wouldn't get
sued for discrimination.
He took away cable TV
until he found out there
was a federal court order
that required cable TV for
jails. So he hooked up the
Cable TV again to only Let
in The Disney Channel
and the weath-
er channel. When
asked why the weather
channel he replied, so they
will know how hot it's
going to be while they are
working on my chain
He cut off coffee since
it has zero nutritional
value. When the inmates
complained, he told them,
"This isn't the
Ritz/Carlton. If you don't
like it, don't come back."
More on the Arizona
Sheriff: With tempera--
tures being even hotter
than usual In Phoenix (116
degrees just set a tew
record), the Associated
Press reports:
About 2,000 inmates
living In a barbed-wire-

surrounded tent encamp-
ment at the Maricopa
County Jail have been
given permission to strip
down to their govern-
ment- issued pink boxer
On Wednesday, hun-
dreds of men wearing box-
ers were either curled up
on their bunk beds or chat-
ting in the tents, which
reached 138 degrees inside
the week before many
were also swathed in wet,
pink towels as sweat col-
lected on their chests and
dripped down to their
pink socks. "It feels like
we are In a furnace," said
James Zanzot, an inmate
who has lived in the tents
for one year. 'It's inhu-
mane.' Joe Arpaio, the
tough-guy sheriff who cre-
ated the tent city and long
ago started making his
prisoners wear pink, and
eat bologna sandwiches,
is not one bit sympathet-
He said Wednesday
that he told all of the
inmates: 'It's 120 degrees
in Iraq and 'our soldiers
are living in tents too,
and they have to wear full
battle gear, but they didn't
commit any crimes, So
shut your damned
mouths!' Way to go,
Sheriff! Maybe if all
prisons were like this one
there would be a lot less
crime and/or repeat
offenders. Criminals
should be punished for
their crimes - not live in
luxury. until it's time for
their parole, only to go out
and commit another crime
so they can get back in to
live on taxpayer's money
and enjoy things taxpay-
ers can't afford to have for

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manuals that had been
warehoused, updating the
information and putting
it in a clearer, more easily
accessible and readable
format, and distributing
the booklets to employees.:
Some basic training had
also been instituted for
the employees, both gen-
eral and specific in na-
ture, Schleicher said.
He said the next step
was to expand on the spe-
cific training for each of
the operations.
Goal number three
had been to develop budg-
etary procedures that
would allow for ,a
smoother, budget formu-
lation process, Schleicher
"I think we did that,"
he said. "The process was
good this year. I think we


grant that the organiza-
tion had either applied
for, or received. Bottom
line, the funding will per-
mit the bookmobile to
operate until May 1, she
Jefferson County
commissioners took note
of Kessler's appeal but
made no promise, other
than that they would
consider the request in
future. At the same time,
the Jefferson County
board appointed Com-
missioner Hines Boyd to

set a good process for
years to come."
The fourth goal had
been to get .the depart-
ment heads to set goals
for their respective opera-
tions, Schleicher said. He
said the goal had been
achieved to a degree, but
now it was up to the de-
partment heads to set
long-term ,, goals that
looked three, four and five
years ahead.
He cited the Emer-
gency Operations Center
(EOC) as a good example
of the kind of planning
that he was describing.
The EOC hadn't just come
about, Schleicher said.
"It was in the work for
many years," he said.
Finally, it had been
his fifth goal to the make
the coordinator's office

take the place of David
Ward on the WILD Board
of Directors. Ward, the
property appraiser here,
asked to resign.
The Legislature es-
tablished the WILD sys-
tem in October 1992.
WILD today serves more
than 40,000 residents in
the three member coun-
ties and has a combined
collection of "approxi-
mately 100,000 items in
its four libraries and
bookmobile", according
to the organization's

responsive to the citizens,
Schleicher said. He said
he believed his office had
accomplished the goal.
"When people came to
us, we'tried to deal with
them," Schleicher said.
True, a few people
might have left the office
unhappy, he said. But the
great majority of citizens
who had come to his of-
fice he and his staff had
been able to help, thus ac-
complishing their pur-
pose of making
commissioners day-to-day
life easier, Schleicher
He added a new wrin-
kle at the conclusion of
his presentation. That
new wrinkle was to chal-
lenge the commission to
set its own goals and ob-
jectives for the future.

.ont. From Page 1

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trative office has the
sponsibility for t
library automation s:
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WILD is governed by
board consisting of t
members from each
the participating cou
The library director
and central administ:
tor constitute the Dir
tors' Council. WILl
administrative office
located in Monticello.

Mom I Went To A PartP

I went to a party,
And remembered
what you said.
You told me not to
drink, Mom,
so I had a sprite in-

I felt proud of my-
The way you said I
that I didn't drink
and drive,
though some friends
said I should.

I made a healthy

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And your advice to
me was right.
'The party finally
and the kids drove
out of sight.

I got into my car,
Sure to get home in
one piece.
I never knew what
was coming, Mom,
something I expected

Now I'm lying on the
And I hear the police-
man say,
the kid that caused
this wreck was
Mom, his .voice
seems far away.

My own blood's all
around me,
As I try hard not to
I can hear the para-
medic say,
this girl is gonna die.

I'm sure the guy had
no idea,
While he was flying
Because he chose to
drink and drive,
now I would have to

So why do pe<
it, Mom
Knowing th
ruins lives?
And now the,
cutting me,
like a hundre
bing knives.

Tell sister no
afraid, Mom
Tell daddy
And when I
put 'Mommy',
on my grave.

Someone shou
taught him,
That it's wro
drink and drive
Maybe if his p
I'd still be alive

My breath is
Mom I'm gett
ally scared
These are my
and I'm so



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ally unadjusted unem-
ployment rate of 5.5 per-
cent (166 jobless out of a
workforce of 3,007) was
lower' than Jefferson
County. Lafayette has a
population of 8,287, com-
pared with Jefferson's
population of 14,553.
The seasonally unad-
justed unemployment
rates for the other four
counties in the region
were: Hamilton, 10.0 per-
cent, or 479 jobless out
of a labor force of 4,770
(population: 14,779);
Madison, 8.80 percent, or
592 jobless out of labor
force of 6,742 (popula-
tion: 20,152); Suwannee,
6.60 percent, or 1,244 job-
less out of a workforce
of 18,861 (population:
40,927); and Taylor, 8.0
percent, or 712 jobless
out of a workforce of
8,886 (population:
The average weekly
wage for the six coun-
ties: $727 in Hamilton;
$544 in Jefferson; $523 in
Lafayette; $525 in Madi-
son; $543 in Suwannee;

School Boarc

)rs with the agenda item
ra- Washington requested
ec- tabled, as she was not
D's present.
is Another meeting was
scheduled for Dec. 15, with
the above mentioned item

To backtrack: When
Barker became superin-
tendent, he requested, and,
the Board granted him a
year's leave of absence.
{ This was repeated each of
the eight years he served.
This action and response
indicates that there was
do never any question of his
employment by the Dis-
it trict.

Moving back to the
pain is Dec. 15 meeting: Wash-
ington had two issues con-
d stab- cerninmg Barker's
appointment. One issue
was that Barker had said
earlier, when he was de-
t to be feated by Brumfield, that
he would plan to substi-
to be tute teach, and then apply
for a Physiqal Education
go to position that will become
available early in 2009.
s Girl' Washington's second
issue was that 'Barker's
eight years as superin-
tendent should not count
Id have as service to the district,
as it was an elected posi-
ong to tion.




ing re-

y final


I wish that you could
hold me Mom,
As I lie here and die.
I wish that I could
say, 'I love you,
So, 'I love you and'

Washington stated
that she found Barker's
position as Physical Edu-
cation teacher at JES, di-
rectly opposed to what he
said he planned earlier,
(before the position at JES
became available).
This is true, as far as it
goes. However, between
the time Barker made his
above mentioned com-
ment, and the present, the
death of a faculty member
at JES made it necessary
for Principal Mel Roberts
to reschedule his person-
nel to cover academic
State Law mandates
that 150 minutes of physi-
cal education be provided
for students each week.
Officials were under

and $629 in Taylor.
The region's 7.3 per-
cent unemployment rate
translates into 3,604 job-
less persons out of a
workforce of 49,564. The
region's population is
121,897 and its 'average
weekly wage is $582.
Statewide, the 7.3
percent unemployment
rate is the highest since
June 1993, according to
Florida's Agency for
Workforce Innovation.
The 7.3 percent trans-
lates into, 677,000 jobless
persons out of a work-
force of 9,304,000.
A year ago,
Florida's unemploy-
ment was 4.3 percent,
meaning a loss of more
than 200,000 jobs. Con-
struction and related
industries continue to
suffer the -greatest
losses, but the effects of
the recession are now
reportedly spreading
across all sectors, in-
cluding retail and man-
ufacturing and
and the hospitality in-

the impression that class-
room teachers were using
activities during recess
periods, which would
bring up the physical edu-
cation minutes to the re-
quired amounts, However,
it was discovered that all
the required minutes
were not forthcoming,
thus opening up the posi-
tion for a second physical
education instructor,
which Barker filled, as the
second of two Physical
Education teachers at
As required, a posi-
tion was advertised for a
certified teacher at the el-
ementary school. Barker
has both the certification
and the experience to
teach Physical Education.
Washington argued
that Barker should. not
have the position given
his earlier comments
about substituting until
an expected vacancy came
She also maintained
he should not be credited
with his eight years of
service as superintend-
ent. ,
However, both Roberts
and Director of Personnel
Kelvin Norton made clear
that no position was cre-
ated for Barker, which
Washington implied, but
did not state, and that in-
deed the opening did
exist, reiterating the State
mandate for 150 minutes
After much discus-
sion, it was newly elected
board member Marianne
Arbulu who raised the
question as to whether or
not there was past history
for taking the action at
hand, allowing that the
though the Board policy
may need to be clearer,
past history should be fol-
lowed, until, or if the pol-
icy is changed.
An interesting aside is
that shortly ' before
Barker's term as superin-
tendent expired, retired
assistant superintendent,

dustry in south Florida.
Only healthcare and ed-
ucation continue to add
Florida's population
is 18,807,219 and'its av-
erage weekly wage is
The current unem-
ployment rate for the
United States, is vari-
ously given as 6.5 per-
cent and 6.7 percent,
which translates into
about 10,015,000 jobless
out of a workforce of
The NFWFDB offers
workforce services to
employers and jobseek-
ers alike through the
Employment Connec-
tions. These services
range from job post-
ings, job profiling and
detention assistance to
job searches, resume
writing and career ad-
For more informa-
tion, call 850-973-2672
(toll free at 866-367-4758)
or visit www.Employ-

Cont. From Page 1

Betty Messer, turned in
the results of the work
she was hired to do on the
policies, according to
whatever specifics the
Board requested,
During the meeting,
Dec. 15, Barker ad-
dressed the Board and
presented information
about how service of an
elected official was
treated in surrounding
districts, along with
other pertinent informa-
tion, concerning employ-
ees granted a leave of
When Arbulu re-
ceived an affirmative an-
swer to her question,
concerning past history,
the Board voted 3-2 reap-
pointing Barker.to the po-
sition at JES, which he
had assumed Nov. 18.
Voting nay were Board
members Washington
and - Sandra Saunders.
Voting in favor were
Chairman Ed Vollertsen,
Charles Boland and Ar-
In other unrelated
School Board , news,
Washington stated that
she was spending hun-
dreds of. dollars for stu-
dent lunches.
.To backtrack, this
goes back several months
when Washington stated
at a Board meeting that
she would pay for
lunches if students did
not have the money
In her most recent
comment, Washington
urged all to be sure that
students who were eligi-
ble appy for reduced
price or free lunches, as
the State maintains this
program so no child goes
Washington has been
awarding scholarships
for some years, from her
own pocket, to those who
meet the criteria she set.
"If I have to keep paying
,these huge lunch bills, I
won't be able to continue
awarding scholarships,"
she stated most recently.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Monticello News * 5A





The WILD Bookmobile
will be in the area on Friday
at the Lloyd Post Office, 7
Main Street, from 3:30 to 4
p.m.; and at the Lamont
Chevron Fast Track, high-
way 27, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.;
and Union Hill AME Church,
off highway 259 in Wacissa,
from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Services
are made possible by a State
of Florida Communities in
Caring Grant.
Ashville Area Volunteer
Fire Department meets 6:30
p.m. on the first Friday of
each month at the fire sta-
tion. Contact Fire Chief John
Staffieri at 997-6807 for more
AA meetings are held 8

p.m. Saturday at the Christ
Episcopal Church Annex, 425
North Cherry Street. For
more information, call 997-
2129 or 997-1955.
Girl Scouting is fun, and
builds girls of courage, confi-
dence, and character, who
make the world a better
place. Join with other girl's
ages 8 to 12, Junior Troop 150,
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the first
and third Saturday of each
month at the Greenville
United Methodist Church to
learn more about Girl Scouts,
or for more information con-
tact co-leaders Janice and
Sean Carson at 948-6901 or
contact the Council of the
Apalachee Bend at 386-2131.
VFW Post 251 meets 5

p.m. on the first Sunday of
each month at the Memorial
Missionary Baptist Church
on South Railroad Street in
the annex building for a busi-
ness and planning meeting.
Contact Sr. Vice Commander
Byron Barnhart at 251-0386
for more information.
Girl Scout Troop 187
meets 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the
first Sunday of each month.
Contact the Council of the
Apalachee Bend at 386-2131
or www.gscab.org
VFW Ladies Auxiliary
Post 251 meets 6:30 p.m. on
the first Monday of each
month at Memorial MB
Church. Contact Mary Madi-
son at 210-7090 for more in-

JCI Inmate Children

Receive Toys For Christmas

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Pictured are JCI Assistant Warden Darlene Lumpkin, Sgt. Vivian
Key. Only a handful of the toys donated are pictured.

Monticello News
Staff Writer
Dec. 11, the Jim Russo
Prison Ministries in
Bradenton began sorting
and bagging toys to take to
the prisons throughout the
Florida area for the Dec 20
distribution of an estimated
5,000 toys for Christmas.
Last year, JCI Assistant
Warden of Program Dar-
lene Lumpkin heard that
Wakulla Correctional Insti-
tution had utilized the pro-
gram so children of
inmates may receive gifts,
so she got in touch with the
institution and researched
information about the pro-
gram and asked that it also
be utilized at JCI.
Approximately 300 toys
were donated to JCI and its
attached facilities includ-
ing, Tallahassee Road
Prison and Tallahassee
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cluded 150 girl's toys and 150
boy's toys, which were re-
cently delivered to JCI. Dis-
tribution began Dec. 20.
Lumpkin explained that
the toys were donated for
the purpose of having in-
mate fathers select a special
toy for their children or to
have the children choose
what they would like. "The
purpose is to bring father
and children closer to-
gether," she said:
The toys were distrib-
uted on Dec. 20 during in-
mate visitation. Clay
Hollistei, Duty Warden on
that day, allowed the chil-
dren to choose their own
"The children were
very excited and the parents
were thankful, "said Lump-
kin.."We will do it again on
Christmas Day. Colonel E.
Watson will be Duty War-
den that day"
The toys consisted of



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stuffed animals, coloring
books, footballs, train sets,
kid cards and more. The
toys were for children rang-
ing from infant to 17 years
of age.
The administrative
staff of Jefferson Correc-
tional Institution including
Warden Eric Lane, Assis-
tant Wardens Darlene
Lumpkin and Clay Hollis-
ter, would like to give a
heart-felt thank you to Jim
Russo Ministries for their
very generous donation.

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AA Women's Meetings
are held 6:45 p.m. Monday;
AA and Al-Anon meetings
are held 8 p.m. Christ Episco-
pal Church Annex, 425 North
Cherry Street. For more in-
formation call 997-2129 or 997-
Boy Scout Troop 803
meets 7 p.m. every Monday at
the Eagles Nest on South
Water Street. For more infor-
mation, contact Scout Leader
Paul Wittig at 997-1727 or 997-
AA classes are held
every Tuesday evening 8
p.m. for those seeking help.
Located at 1599 Springhol-
low Road in the Harvest
Center. Contact Marvin
Graham at 212-7669 for
more information.
County Chamber.of Com-
merce Board Members
meet at noon on the first
Tuesday of each month.
Contact Director Mary
Frances Gramling at 997-
5552, or monticellojeffer-
Monticello Woman's
Club meets on the first
Tuesday of every month at
noon at the clubhouse on
East Pearl Street for lunch
and a meeting., Contact
President Jan Wadsworth
at 997-4440 for more infor-
SHARE registration
6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the
Jefferson County Public Li-
brary on South Water
Street. The cost of the basic
food package is $18. Contact
Martha Creel at 445-9061 or
Leslie Blank at 556-5412 for
more information.
Monticello Kiwanis
Club meets every Wednes-
day at noon at the Jefferson
Country Club on Boston
Highway for lunch and a
meeting. Contact President
Katrina Walton at 997-5516
for club information.
JCM/HS parents are
encouraged to attend a
meeting 9 a.m. Thursday at
the school. Superintendent
Bill Brumfield, Judge
Bobby Plaines, Sheriff
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and Principal Geraldine
Wildgoose will be address-
ing the assembly. This is a
proactive strategy for es-
tablishing expectations for
student behavior.
The Business Commu-
nity Prayer Breakfast and
meeting will be held 7 to 8
a.m. Thursday, this month
at First Methodist Church,
Monticello in the family
ministry center on the cor-
ners of Walnut and Water
streets: The Son-
Rise Quartet will present
some good old-fashioned
music. Plan to attend, and
bring a friend. For more in-
formation contact Coordi-
nator L. Gary Wright at

Rena Irene Conine
Yates, age 77, passed away
at her home in Monticello,
FL Tuesday, December 23,
Funeral Services where
held Saturday, December,
27, 2008 at Beggs Funeral
Home Monticello Chapel,
at 2:00 p.m. Interment fol-
lowed the service at Rose-
land Cemetery The family
received friends Friday, De-
cember 26, 2008' at Beggs
Funeral Home Monticello
:,Chapel from 6:00-8:00 p.m.-
Mrs. Yates was a native
of Quitman, GA and had
lived in Monticello most of
her life. Mrs. Yates was a
seamstress ,at Artistic
Apron Factory in Monti-
cello. She was a member of
Macedonia Freewill Bap-
tist Church.
Mrs. Yates is survived
by her husband George

997-5705, 933-5567, or
Founder's Garden Cir-
cle meets at noon on the
second Thursday of the
month. Contact Chairman
Suzanne Peary at 997-4043
for meeting location and for
more information.
The Jefferson Soil and
Water Conservation Board
will meet 11:30 a.m. on the
second Thursday of the
month- in the Jefferson
County Extension Office
conference room, per
Dorothy Lewis, secre-
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Yates of Monticello; one
son Robert S. Conine, Sr.
(Carol) of Monticello; two
daughters Carol Lynn
(David) Adams of Rich-
mond, VA and Chery
Louise (Randy) Strong of
Des Moines, IA; one sister
Thelma Rogers of Jack-.
sonyille, FL; three grand-
children Robert Silas
Conine, Jr. (Jessica),
Christopher Frank Snow
(Paula) and Lisa (Trey)Ful-
ghum; nine great grand-
children - Kayla Nicole
Conine, Dakota Preston
Daniel, Caroline Marie Co-
nine, Wesley Christopher
Snow, Megan Julianna
Wainwright, Chase Charles
Fulghum, Amanda May
Wainwright, Daniel Wain-
wright and William Wain-
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Wednesday, December 31, 2008




Monticello News Photo By
Fran Hunt, December 19, 2009

Monticello News
Staffer Alfa Hunt, en-
joys a snuggle with a
huge white teddy bear
given to her for her
19th birthday, Dec. 19.

Monticello News
Staff Writer
Altrusa of Monticello,
Gerry Medical Center and
Archbold Hospital spon-
sored a health fair event in
November in an attempt to
reach women in the Jeffer-
son County area with
health concerns.
The event was held at
the Monticello Opera House
and offered an array of hors
d' oeuvres to those attend-
Participants received
information on such health
concerns as acupuncture,
mammography, physical
therapy, nutrition, ovarian
-cancer, tobacco, yoga, as
well as financial health.
Also offered were blood
pressure, cholesterol, and
glucose testing, pulmonary
function tests, and skin Fa
exams by Dr. Whit Boyd, PA. of
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Monticello Newis, Photos by Debbie Snapp, November 13, 2008
Michele Brantley was one of the many speakers offering presentations at the Health
air sponsored by Altrusa of Monticello and Archbold Hospital. She is a representative
f Big Bend Hospice.

Monticello News, Photos by Debbie Snapp, November 13, 2008
Helping Lois Revels to understand some health issues
during the health fair event held at the Monticello Opera
House is Almeda Simpson, RPH. She is assistant vice
president for the clinical community outreach program at
Archbold Hospital.

Invest in Businesses-
Not Wall Street

Provided by Robert J. Davison
If you're an investor, you might be shaking your head in dis-
may after looking at your recent brokerage statements. In fact,
you might even be thinking about giving up on Wall Street
altogether. But before you do, consider the following story.
Two typical American children, Mary and Michael, begin
their day with a hearty breakfast of oatmeal produced by
Quaker Oats, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, based in Purchase, New
York. At school, they work ori a computer, using a Windows
operating system produced by Microsoft, based in Redmond,
Washington. Upon returning home, they do their homework
under a lamp containing light bulbs produced by General
Electric, headquartered in Fairfield, Connecticut. That night,
their parents, pressed for time, take them to McDonald's,
whose corporate office is in Oak Brook, Illinois, and the chil-
dren eat Big Macs and drink Cokes, produced by Coca-Cola,
based in Atlanta, Georgia. Before going to bed, Michael and
Mary wash up with Ivory Soap, produced by Proctor & Gam-
ble, based in Cincinnati, and are thrilled to learn their par-
ents are going to take them to Walt Disney World, owned by
The Walt Disney Company, which operates out of Burbank,
You get the picture. None of these businesses are on Wall
Street - and when you invest in them, you're not investing
in "Wall Street," which is really just a shorthand term for our
system of trading stocks.
Unfortunately, many people seem to think they are actually
investing in the system itself, rather than in individual busi-
nesses, so when they repeatedly hear that "it's been a wild
day on Wall Street," they start believing that the very act of
investing has become too risky for them.
But that's not the case. As you can tell by their products, the
companies mentioned above are likely to be around for a long
time - or at least until people stop using computers, wash-
ing their hands and eating hamburgers.
Does that mean that the stock prices of these types of com-
panies will just keep climbing? Of course not. These busi-
nesses, like all businesses, will go through good and bad
periods, and their stock prices will reflect these .ups. and
downs. But here's the key point: Barring an unforeseen
calamity of epic proportions, there will be always be busi-
nesses in which you can invest. And if you buy quality com-
panies, and hold them for the long term, you're going to
increase your chances for success.
So when you're considering your investment strategy, don't
worry about today's turbulence on "Wall Street." Instead, look
at tomorrow's prospects for the companies in which you're
interested. Are their products competitive? Do they belong to
an industry that is on the ascent or the decline? Do they have
good management teams? Have they been consistently prof-
itable over the years? By answering these and other key ques-
tions, you should be able to get a good sense of whether a
stock is a good investment candidate.
By thinking more about the individual businesses in which
you might invest, and less about "Wall Street," you can be-
come a more focused investor. And, over the long term, that
focus can pay off for you.

Robert J. Davison EdwardJones
Financial Advisor
205 E. Washington Street
Monticello, FL 32344
Bus. 850-997-2572 Fax 866-462-9184
Cell 850-933-3329
Making Sense of Investing

Monticello News, Photos by Debbie Snapp, November 13, 2008
Displaying their information, and offering information
from left are Mary E. Boyd, DeDe Dennis, RN, BSN, and
Betty Tillma. As Jana Grubbs has her blood pressure

I Monticello News, Photos by Debbie Snapp, November 13, 2008
Jefferson County Health Coordinator Cumi Allen and
Tobacco Specialist Al Dixon have set up a for Prevention
Awareness booth at the health fair sponsored by Altrusa of
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Christmas Drive Successful

Monticello News Photo by Fran Hunt, December 19. 2008
Lillie Odom and Nellie Akins, were among those volunteers sorting
through and bagging gifts to be delivered Dec. 19 through the Jefferson
County Christmas Drive. This year's drive benefited 78 families including
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Monticello News
Staff Writer
The County Christmas
Drive was successful with
the' local charity able to de-
liver gifts to 78 area families
for Christmas, which in-
cluded 153 children, about
the same numbers as last
year's drive.
Co-coordinator Gladys
Roann said Tuesday after-
noon, Dec. 23, that as usual,
the charity had run beyond
delivery deadline, a late call

had come in for three addi-
tional children in the com-
munity and she was
performing some last
minute shopping to try and
get a little something for the
"It runs late every
year," said Roann. "And
we've always had to cut it
off. In the past, I have had
calls as late as Christmas
Eve night, after everything
had long closed."
Volunteers for the Jef-
ferson County Christmas

Drive began
s o r t ing
through the
items for the
needy fami-'
lies of the
county Mon-
day after-
noon Dec. 15,
so they could
de tetr mine
who would
get which
items, and
ready for the
sched ruled
date. Friday,
Dec. 19.
Roann 'said
that this
year. due
mainly to
the economy,
con t r i b u -
tions toward
the worthy
cause. were
at the begin-
ning, dra-
down this

year c6m-
pared to
past years, and the need was
obviously up. "We probably
won't be able to get a lot of
items to everyone, but
everyone will have at least a
little something for their
stockings," she said.
Contributions were con-
tinually accepted through
Thursday, Dec. 18 and vol-
unteers kept busy sorting
and bagging the variety of
items which included
stuffed animals, remote
controlled cars, train sets,

dolls, board games, cloth-
ing, coats, and such for
those who would have oth-
erwise had very little or
nothing to open on Christ-
mas day.
Volunteers began col-
lecting items and monetary
donations last month, all of
which remained in the
county. The Jefferson
County Christmas Drive
provides gift certificates,
clothes and toys for chil-
dren and families of Jeffer-
son County only
"The last three years
have been hard on every-
one, including the County
Christmas Drive," said
Roann, earlier. "We are at
our lowest ever with funds
for toys, certificates and
clothes. We need everyone
to dig in and help as much
as possible with donations
of toys, money, clothes, and
other items.
"We have many chil-
dren to assist, as always, but
this year with a whole lot
less. Many more are re-
questing help, and they
began asking for it much
earlier than usual," said
Roann, "and through the
warm hearts of those in the
community, those hopes
and prayers were answered,
even in these trying times."
Before the items were
delivered, Roann had said,
"We receive very little, if
any, assistance from outside
of Jefferson County and we
receive no help from Toys
For Tots. God gave us the
most wonderful gift this
time of year and we need to
show our love for each other

and help families that need
our help.
'"After all, Christmas is
a time of miracles. No do-
nation is too small and
every little bit adds up,"
said Roann. "And that little

from so many, made the 2008
holiday an honest to good-
ness miracle."
Co-chairs for this year's
event, as in past years in-
clude Larry Bates, Sr.,
Hunter and Roann.

Monticello News Photo by Fran Hunt, December 5, 2008
County Christmas Drive Co-coordinator Gladys
Roann, was one of the volunteers seen around.the Court-
house Circle collecting monetary donations toward the
County Christmas Drive, which benefits only those in this
community needing assistance during the holidays.


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Photo submitted
Monticello Christianr Academy student Emily Brock got just what she,wanted for
Christmas this year during her classroom Christmas party...and she is excited about it!
SheiJs a student of teacher Carol Lewis.

JV Tigers Take First Win

Monticello News
Staff Writer
The JV Tigers bas-
ketball game took its
first win of the sea-
son, 35-30, in a hard-
fought and tight back
and forth contest with
Franklin County
Thursday afternoon,
Dec. 18.
Jefferson tied
Franklin 8-8 in the first,
and downed them 10-7 in
the second, to stand a
mere three points behind
at the end of the half.

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The Tigers came back
with a powerful roar to
take the third 13-5, and tie

the fourth, 7-7 for the win
and a 1-7 standing on the
Chalking up
points 'for the
Tigers were
Ramez Nealy
with 15 points; T.
Jackson, 2
points; Gene
Noel, 8 points;
Shelderrick Duhart,
5 points; and Lenorris
Footman, 5 points.
The Tigers return to
the hoops against Leon
County, 6 p.m., Tuesday,
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Monticello News, Photos By Emerald Greene, November 12, 2008
Participating in MCA teacher Carol Lewis' Class are from left, front; Hunter Boland, Jordan Baker, Caitlin Paulk, Na-
talie Baker, Emerald Greene, reader and local dignitary, Kathy Creamer, and Kiersten McGinnis. Back: Lewis, Emily
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Monticello News, Photos By Emerald Greene, November 12, 2008
Local writer Karen Knox took part in reading to a class-
room of students at MCA during the National Young Read-
ers Program.

Monticello News
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Monticello Christian
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K to 6th grade classes dur-
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reading is important to
the future success of the
Any former young
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gram Nov. 10 through 14.
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the MCA students in-
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Foster, Emerald Greene,
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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

12A * Monticello News

The Great

FWC Beginning To

Address Challenges Of

Climate Change

Kenneth D. Haddad, ex-
ecutive director of the
Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission
(FWC), summarized the
findings from the recent
"Florida's Wildlife: On the
front line of climate
change" summit at the Dec.
3 meeting of the commis-
"As a result of this
summit, we are ready to in-
corporate climate change
into our programs," Had-
.dad said. "This includes
making it a part of our
wildlife grants program
and divisional strategic
The summit, held in
Orlando in October,
brought together Nobel
Peace Prize laureates, col-
lege professors, wildlife or-
ganizations, private
industry, staff and com-
missioners from the FWC
and other federal and state
agencies. Florida is the
first state in the country to
host this type of meeting.
Many other states are
watching Florida closely,
hoping to follow the FWC's
lead on wildlife adaptation
and climate change.
The experts, including
Nobel laureates Jean Bren-
nan and Virginia Burkett,
stressed that Florida's na-
tive species will migrate
north as climate changes.
As a result of this move-
ment, challenges facing
'wildlife managers include
addressing habitat changes.
and losses and providing
connectivity among habi-
tats for species conserva-

As participants worked
in six breakout groups on
various topics, common
themes emerged. Haddad
said uncertainty about the
rate and extent of climate
change will affect the
FWC's ability to develop
precise plans, but the sum-
mit revealed the steps that
can be taken almost imme-
"We can increase and
maintain wetlands because
of the importance of their
ecosystems and the biodi-
versity they support," Had-
dad said. "More public
lands are essential to cre-
ate north/south corridors
to enable the species to mi-
grate safely."
The summit generated
a tremendous amount of
information for the FWC to
develop a blueprint to
begin planning for climate
change. Haddad assured
the commission that staff
will continue to research
and monitor for 'climate
change and reach out to
partners for the very best
conservation strategies for
fish and wildlife in Florida.
Haddad recently appointed
an internal Climate
Change Oversight Team,
which will oversee all cli-
mate change-related activi-
ties at the FWC.
"The good news is the
planning already has
begun at the local and re-
gional levels and among
states," Haddad said. "The
level of concern and inter-
est over the preservation of
fish and wildlife brought
many potential partners to-
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Monticello News
Staff Writer
On her first
time out with gun in
hand during deer
hunting season,
eight year-old Abi-
gail Morgan bagged
her first buck, a six-
point, and did so
within an hour.
Abigail's mom,
Susan, said that
Abigail has been
going out during
hunting season '
with her dad,
Mitchell, since she
was about one year
old, and last year,
she even sat up in
the stand with him
on occasion, but
this year, after being
taught shooting and
rifle safety by
Mitchell, she opted
to do some actual
hunting and she
brought her gun, a
Within an hour
of -being nestled
into her spot on pri-
vate family land,
she drew her sights
on the six-point Abigail Morgal
buck and pulled the on private property
trigger, hitting the
animal with a per-
fect single shot. "The deer took about
three leaps totaling about five yards
and fell over," said Susan.
I"Most hunters can go an entire sea-
son and never even see a buck, so I

n, 8 years old, shot her first buck, recently "
Sin the county. q

guess Abigail will have to wait until the
next time to start learning about pa-
tience and disappointment," she added.
To commemorate the occasion,
Mitchell did bring the animal's head to
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The cottage in Newport, RI which George Noble Jones inherited
The home of the El Destino overseer, D.N. Moxley and spent most of his summers

Monticello News
Staff Writer
Perhaps one of the
most famous of the Jef-
ferson County planta-
tions would have to be El
The plantation was
first owned by John Nut-
thall who was a well-to-
do resident of Virginia
and later North Carolina.
Nutthall purchased the
land as a frontier specu-
lation in 1828, around the
time that Jefferson
County was just begin-
ning to become popu-
lated by American
settlers. On June 4, 1828,
the newspapers printed:
"The 'EL Destino'
Plantation, near Talla-
hassee, was purchased
today by the Nutthall
family for $2350.00. The
plantation contained
some 480 acres and was
primarily a cotton grow-
ing operation."
That same year, Nut-
thall sent his son,
William B. Nutthall, to
operate the plantation.
William took with him 52
slaves, 32 of whom were
reported to have been
working hands. These
slaves were the property
of John Nutthall and
James Nutthall, the
brother of William. The
profits that were to be
made from the cotton
plantation were to be
equally divided among
Nutthall and his two
John Nutthall died a
few years later. In 1832,
William bought El Des-
tino from his father's es-
tate for only $17,000.
William Nutthall also
owned a law office in Tal-
lahassee, aside from
being a plantation
owner. He was also re-
ported to be a speculator
in Florida lands and
bank stocks.
On June 20, 1832 Nut-
thall married Mary Wal-
lace Savage of
Savannah, GA who was a
wealthy heiress, owning
54 slaves as well as some
other property Together,
they would have a
daughter, Mary Savage
William died on April
20, 1836 from a stroke.
Before the death of her
husband, Mary Savage

inherited some property
from an uncle, William
Savage. The form of her
inheritance was 80
So that she could em-
ploy these slaves, Hector
Braden who was a friend
of William Nutthall, sold
Mary a plantation six
miles north of El Des-
tino called Chemonie.
On May 18, 1840,
Mary remarried. Her
husband was George
Noble Jones of Savan-
nah, GA.
Jones' great great
grandfather, Noble
Jones, crossed the At-
lantic with General
James Oglethorpe, a
British general who was
a philanthropist and the
founder of the colony of
Georgia. Noble Jones set-
tled a plantation called
Wormsloe near Savan-
nah. His son, Wimberly
Jones as well as his
grandson, Dr. George
Jones were able to main-
tain the prestige and en-
large the family wealth
by marrying wealthy
Dr. -George Jones
married Sarah Fenwick
for his second wife. She
was the widow of Macar-
tam Campbell who was
born into a mercantile
family and later became
a wealthy citizen of Au-
gusta, GA. ,
The son of Dr.
Gebrge Jones and his
first wife, Noble Wim-
berly Jones, married
Sarah Campbell who
was one of Sarah Fen-
wick's daughters, thus
Noble's step-sister.
In 1811, George Noble
Jones was born to Noble
and Sarah Jones. George
Noble would marry
Mary Savage Nutthall at
the age of 29, but even
though he was consid-
ered fairly young, Jones
already had an extent ex-
perience with plantation
management. He had
helped manage a planta-
tion in Jefferson County,
GA which was owned by
his mother and two
aunts. Not too long after-
wards, Jones would also
inherit a share of the
plantation located in Jef-
ferson County, GA as
well as dock and mercan-
tile property in Savan-
nah, bank stock and

other investments plus a
cottage in Newport, RI.
After marrying Mary
Savage Nutthall, Jones
and Braden both became
involved in managing
the El Destino plantation
over the next few years.
Jones paid off a large
portion of the plantation
indebtedness to the
Union Bank at this time.
This was able to give
Jones the claim the bank
formerly held on the
plantation. Through a
complex series of legal
actions, the mortgage on
the estate foreclosed in
1842 and the property
sold in 1845. William
Nutthall's heirs were
paid with the proceeds
and George Noble
emerged as the prime
owner of El Destinp and
the small plantation
Jones rarely ever
spent time in Florida.
He hired overseers
whom were required to
"report every aspect of
the management of both
plantations on a bi-
weekly basis, and these
reports and the planta-
tion journals detailed
life of overseers, slaves,
and tradesmen on the
farm," according to
Lewis Wynne and John
Parks of "Florida's An-
tebellum Homes".
These journals
would become the basis
for Florida Plantation
Records. The overseer to
El Destino was D.N.
Moxley In Jerrell
Shofner's book "The His-
tory of Jefferson
County" an unusual ac-
count is given regarding
D.N. Moxley
In 1854, runaway
slaves was a huge prob-
lem for the plantations
in the South. The prob-
lem was no different at
El Destino. It was said
that Moxley was whip-
ping the slaves of El Des-
tino so severely that
they devised a plan to
rid themselves of him.
Prince, a driver, told
Moxley that he over-
heard some slaves plot-
ting to runaway to jail.
As strange as it
seems, the story proved
to be true. Tom Black-
ledge, one of the slaves
working on EL Destino
who was hired to W.G.M.

Davis in Tallahassee,
had visiting privileges
with his family on the El
Destino plantation.
After hearing about the
overseers brutality,
Blackledge suggested
that his daughter come
back with him to Talla-
She, along with the
three other women did
so and were arrested.
Before heading off to
jail, they showed the of-
ficials sign of their mis-
treatment. Nothing was
done to punish Moxley,
but he was made to
lessen his severity on the
workers of El Destino.
Jones reported that
Moxley became a better
overseer because of it.
Blackledge was denied:
the right to visit his fam-
ily due to his part in the
ordeal. After 18 months,
he asked Jones if his vis-
iting rights could be re-
stored. Jones explained
that the Blackledges
were old family servants
of his and asked Moxley
to restore the right. Mox-

ley agreed.
Jones would occa-
sionally visit El Destino,
Chemonie, and his Geor-
gia plantations. After
the conclusion of the
Civil War, he took up a
permanent residence on
El Destino. George
Nqble Jones and Mary
had four children:
George Fenwick, Wallace
Savage, Sarah Campbell
who later renamed her-
self Lillie Noble, and
Noble Wimberly
George Fenwick is the
only one to have married,
of the four children. He
married Anna Wylly
Habersham in 1871 and
died in 1876. Before his
death, he was able to fa-
ther three children:
George Noble, Josephine,
and Mary Savage.
During the late 1870's,.
there was about 1.3 mil-
lion acres of land on the
tax rolls and about 50,000
acres were tax delin-
quent. It was the job of
the assessor to see that
owners of this land filed
their tax returns, but,

forced sales for taxes
were only resorted to
when all others alterna-
tives proved uneventful.
During this time, George
Jones had tried to sell the
El Destino and Chemonie
plantations, but to no
The El Destino Plan-
tation finally passed
from Jbnes into the
hands of the Simpson
family in 1919 and was
sold for $70,000. In Febru-
ary of 1920, the Simpson
family sold the 7,600
acres of El Destino to
J.A. Evans who was head
of the Department of
Agriculture's extension
service. Unfortunately,
the family home of El
Destino would be de-
stroyed in a fire only five
years later. At about
1930, the plantation
would again be passed
from owner to a new
buyer. This time it was
to William S. White-
house of New York who
also purchased the ad-
joining Gadsden Planta-

The layout map of the El Destino plantation

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