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141th Year No. 12

Proposed Law

Would Waive


Fees For


Jim Billberry,
Fire Rescure Chief
Monticello News
Senior Staff Writer
Proposed legisla-
Stion that would exempt
uninsured individuals
from having to pay for
emergency medical
services provided by
public entities has
caught the attention of
Fire Rescue Chief Jim
Billberry, who alerted
the Jefferson Legisla-
tive Committee to the
issue on Wednesday,
March 4."
S Hous- Bill 1043,
and the associated Sen-
ate Bill 2282. seek to
r ,prohibit cities and
counties from impos-
ing taxes, charging
fees, or seeking reim-
bursements for costs
that are associated
with first-responder
Billberry told the
committee that if law-
makers adopted the
legislation, it- would
impact Jefferson
County significantly.
He noted that half of
the operating budget
for the ambulance
* service here came
from property taxes
and the other half
came from the fees that
S the department col-
lected for its services.
Diminish the depart-
ment's ability to pol-
lect the service fees.
and the choices were to
raise property taxes or
raise the service fees
for those who were in-
sur'ed. he said.
"It would set up a
two-tier system," Bill-
berry said. "We would
be billing the insured
and not billing the
uninsured. It would
* discriminate against
the insured."
Please See Fees
.Page4A *

Talk On Stimulus Money

Is About Everything But...

Chris Doolin, executive director of the Small County Coalition, speaks to city, county and school
officials about the economic stimulus package at a special meeting on Thursday evening, March 12.

Alonticello News
Senior Staff Writer
It was billed as a
special meeting to give
the elected officials on
three local
representative boards
information about the
effects of the
Economic Stimulus
Package on small
counties. The
stimulus package.
however, was the least
discussed topic in the
largely rambling 1'2-
hour meeting on
Thursday evening,
March 12.
The guest
speakers were Chris
Doolin., executive
director of the Small
Counties Coalition;
and Sheryl Rehberg.
executive director of
the North Florida
Workforce Developm-
ent Board. Both told
the audience right
from the onset of their
presentations that

information about the
Economic Stimulus
Package was ttill
vague, sketchy and in
Doolin called the
stimulus package the
product of the frenzy
that had gripped the
country in the throes
of the economic
"The bill went
through so quickly
that everybody is still
trying to determine
what shovel-ready
means." Doolin said.
"The bottom line is
that people are still
trying to figure it
He apologized that
he couldn't be more
helpful, but said the
pieces of the stimulus
package were still
falling into place and
it would be a while
before anyone really
understood it. Doolin
then digressed into a

rambling discourse
that touched on the
stimulus package now
and then, but mostly
concerned itself with
legislative issues
having the potential to
affect the city. county.
and school district.
"We have a
problem in Florida:
it's the economy."
Doolin said, adding
"It's the economy.
stupid", a phrase
coined and made
famous by Democratic
campaign strategist
James Carville during
Bill Clinton's 1992 run
against then
incumbent President
George Bush when the
country was also in a
Not only had
Florida lawmakers cut
billions from the state
budget in recent
months. but they were
now getting ready to
cut billions more.
Doolin said.

"They're talking
about an additional $1
to $2 million in cuts,"
Doolin said.
He praised the
work of the Jefferson
Committee, which he
said had set the model
for the way that small
counties should
approach their
lobbying efforts. But
given the state's
current economic
situation and
lawmakers' apparent
determination to cut
the budget further,
victories in the
current session would
be measured in terms
of maintaining the
status quo and
assuring that cuts
were evenly
distributed, he said.
Doolin said the
three goals that small
counties should
pursue in the session
Please See
Stimulus Page 4A '

Auditors Say City Is In Good Financial Health

Report Covers
Period Ending
Sept. 30

Monticello News
Senior Staff Writer
It's a critical docu-
ment that city and
county officials look to'
each year with equal
degrees of anticipation
and trepidation, all the
while that its reading
can prove a mind-

numbing exercise.
Welcome to the an-
nual audit report, a 45-
-page document that
Chris Cayer of
Brooks, Harrison and
Cayer, LLC pre-
sented to the City
Council on Tuesday.
March 3.
Bottom line, and
ultimately of interest
to city officials, Cayer :
reported that Monti-
cello's financial health
was in good shape. At
least it was for the fis-
cal year that the audit

covered, he said.
"You're healthy, or
at least you were
through September
2008." Cayer said, his
attempt at injecting a
little humor into the
drhy proceeding.
In brief. the report
shows that the city
began the 2007-08 fiscal
year with net assets of
$6,368,765 and ended"
the period with net as-
sets of $7.695,270. In the
previous fiscal year,
the city started with
net assets of $5,130,984

and ended with net as-
sets of $6.368,765. The
city's fiscal year runs
Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.
"Business-type ac-
tivities increased the
city's net assets by
$1.236,005. accounting
for 93 percent of 'the
total growth in the gov-
ernment's net assets."
the report states. "Key.
elements of:, this in-
crease are as follows:
grant funding of the
wastewater improve-
Please See Finan-
cial Health Page 2A

County Acts To Woo Helicopter Unit & Augment Wacissa Park

Monticello News'
Senior Staff Writer
County officials on
Thursday, March 5,
. signed two contracts
that stand to bring the
co mm un ity significant'
The first was a con-

) tract with the Air
Methods Corporation,
a Colorado-basdd com-
pany that is proposing
to locate one of it emer-
gency air medical
transport units in Jef-
ferson County The con-
tract that
commissioners exe-

cuted provides for the
helicopter operation to
lease an acre at the in-
dustrial park for 10
years at a cost of $300
As part of the
agreement, the county ,
will .spend about
$40,000 to install a sep-

tic tank, construct a 40
by 40 foot helicopter-
landing pad and pre-
pare the site for a
modular building. Air
Methods Corporation
then has three year to
reimburse the county
for the costs of the site

The contract is
currently in the hands
of the corporation's at-
torneys, hopefully in
preparation for the
company head to sign
the document.
It's represented
Please See Wacissa
Park Page 4A

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

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Jefferson County
Joins Region's
Planning Group

Membership Will
Give The County
Voting Rights

Monticello News
Senior Staff Writer
Now that
Jefferson County is an
ex-officio member -
and hopefully soon-to-
be a voting member -
of the Capital Region
Planning. Agency
(CRTPA), the group's
head came here,, and
gave county
commissioners an
overview of the
organization and its
goals on Thursday,
March 5.

Actually it was
the second visit 'for
CRTPA Executive
, Director Harry Reed,
who first came here in
June 2008, when
county officials
expressed an interest:
in joining the regional
agency. At that time,
Reed's presentation
consisted of an
.overview of the
group's long-range
goals and projects,
information that he
pretty much repeated
on his latest visit.
Reed described the
CRTPA as the state
and federally
d e's i g,n a t e d
Me t ropolitan n
P, 1 a n n i n, g
Organization (MPO)
for the capital region.
which he defined as
Leon. Gadsden,
Wakula and now
Jefferson counties.
plus the respective
cities within each.
MNIPOs, he said, were
assigned the
responsibility of
carrying out the long-
range transportation
planning for
urbanized areas with
populations of 50,000
or more.
Established in
2004, the CRTPA
initially confined
itself to Leon and
parts of Gadsden and
Wakulla, Reed said.
But with the region's
increasing growth and
the concurrent
realization that
transportation had to
be addressed on a
regional basis, the
group had expanded
its boundaries to the /
whole of Gadsden. and
Wakulla counties and
now Jefferson County,
he said.
The expansion
eastward made sense,
Reed said, given that
45 percent of Jefferson
County's workforce
commuted to
Ta 11 a h a s s e e.
He said the CRTPA's
mission was
ultimately to develop a
long range
transportation plan
that would create "an
integrated regional
m u 1 od a 1
network that would
support development
patterns and promote
economic growth."
As for the group's
vision, he said it was
SPlease See
Planning Page 4A

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2A Monticello News

Wednesday, March 18, 2009



Financial Health

Cont. From Page 1

Last week was my
mother's, Mary Ellen
Greene,, 70"' birthday
Somehow I let last week
slip by without writing,
a special "Happy
Birthday" to her.
In growing up, as a
child, we all learn differ-
ent -aspects of life from
our parents. The moth-,
er's role and the father's
role are two totally dif-
ferent teachings.
I have- written, in
my columns before, how
from my father I
learned how to work
hard, grew 'my, back-
bone, inherited his busi-
ness mind, inherited his
life's., aggression to
always strive for better,
learned the ability to
save a penny, and the
knowledge that "a'man
is only as good as his

From my Mother I,
learned the softer side
of life. :She showed me
how a real mother is
supposed to be to her
children....and I can
only hope that I am
doing even half as good
of a job as she did.
From her, I learned
the importance of a
sweet heart, a caring
spirit, and a giving atti-
tude. She taught me
how to find .a silver lin-
ing in any situation and
she taught me the lesson.
of "making memories"
with. my children .and.
enjoying life, one day at
a time.
SSo many lessons I've
learned through the
years that'I try to imple-
ment *in my everyday
life. Lessons on life
itself, and lessons about
being a mother.

Mothers are given to
us for nurturing, gentle-
ness, and love. The one
to kiss away our tears,
hug away our fears, and
to listen with a kind,
open heart to our wor-
ries and troubles. (Is it
not the mother's side of
the bed that children
climb into, in the middle
of the -night, when
awoken with a night-
My mother was/is
all of those things. She
still 'can brighten my
day, when no one else
can, she still will' help
me find the silver lining
in a bad situation (when
I'm not able to), and is
st ill there to hug. and,
kiss away mi"y tears.'
So, Happy Birthday,
1IMomn! !Love You!
''Until then.....I'll see
you around the town.,,

More specifically, the
document provides
detailed financial analy-
ses of the governmental,
proprietary and fiduciary
accounts, including rev-
enues, expenditures and
changes in the fund bal-
ances for each, and a com-'
mentary on the city's
internal control over
financial reporting,
among other things.
Under' the financial
analysis of the govern-
.mental funds, for exam-
ple, the report notes that
the unreserved fund bal-
ance in particular may.
serve "as a useful meas-
ure of a government's net
resources available for
spending at the end of the
fiscal year."
"As of the end of the
current, fiscal year, the
city's governmental fund
reported an ending fund
balance of $283,540, an
increase of $25.289 in
comparison .with! the
prioi year," the report
states. "The total amount
of $283,540 constitutes
(the) unreserved fund bal-
ance, which is available
for spendingat the gov-
ernment's discretion."
The report attributes

the $25,289 increase to the
city's sale of capital
assets and close monitor-
ing of expenses.,
At the end of fiscal
year 2007-08, the city had
an outstanding debt of
$2,287,736, down from
$2,426,702 in fiscal year'
Relative to the city's
$6.5 million sewer reha-
bilitation project, the
report shows that
$1,945,057 had been
expended as of Sept. 30.
The city recently received
word that the federal gov-
ernment will give it up to
$6.5 million of economic
stimulus monies to com-
plete the project.
Relative to the
Crooked Creed subdivi-
sion, the report shows
that the city owed the
developer $149,429 as part
of an agreement whereby
the developer designed
and constructed the nec-
essary sewei- and water
infrastructure to .his
development at his cost
and the city agreed to.
reimburse the cost -as
lots were sold arid home-
owners tied into the sys-
tem. .
As usual, the audit
identifies' certain defi-

ciencies in the city's
internal control over its
financial reporting that
it labels significant but
that are almost unavoid-
able with small and lim-
ited staffed operations.
According to the
report: "A control defi-
ciency exists when the
design or operation of a
control does not allow
management or employ-
ees, in the normal course
of performing, their
assigned functions, to
prevent or detect mis-
statements on a timely
basis, A significant defi-
ciency is a control defi-
ciency, or combination of
control deficiencies, that
'adversely affects' the
city's ability to initiate,
authorize, record,
process or report finan-
cial data reliably..., such
that there is more than a
remote likelihood that
misstatement, of the
city's financial state-
ments that is more than
inconsequential will not
be prevented or detected
by the city's internal con-
Which is the reason
that the city contracts for
the annual outside

Letters to' the Editor are typed word for word, comma for comma, as sent to this newspaper.

Writer Notes Bethel School Listed On Historic Register
Dear Editor: school was nominated, fact that the. school had
and received notice that it been restored.
For the information was listed on the National It is, a very unique
of the residents of Register of Historic two room schoolhouse,
Jefferson County. My son Places, Oct. 21, 2001. I with a stage in the south
and I bought the Bethel. have the documentation section. I no longer own
School that is located on and a copy is on the wall the property, which i,
Boston Highway in 1998. of the school. regret, but remain very'
During the next few years .This was- all done i'ftrested in its co6doidfi1'
we spent thousands of without grants or funds and history

dollars restoring the
Bethel School building to
its former glory.
After much research
on the property, the

from the county or other
sources. The county gave
no encouragement nor
tax break to us, and has
never acknowledged the

Rebecca Dean
William Dean

w w W 'P w W l!
David Preisel moved to the Nlonti-
cello area from Ft. NIMyers. FL to
years ago with his partner Janelle
Lovette. to be closer to famiil\.
He enjoys all the guy things like
boating, fishing, and hunting but is so
busy working that he can't remember
the last time he did any of the afore
He and Janelle have been busy get-
ting their Starducks Espresso business
up and running... a fulltime job plus. -
He was born and raised in Pennsylvania, leaving the
area when he was 17. He's a handyman by trade and has
two grown children. ,



EMERALD GREENE and w a 0 pm 1lO

KAtep Ba~ f 1 nT

March 17, 1999
With about half a million still
Jeft of the road paving bond
:money; county commissioners
..have decided to 'rebid the paving
contract long held by Peavy
iConstruction Company.
The Lake Miccosukee draw-
Idown is back on the agenda. A rep-
resentative of the Game and Fresh
Water Commission is scheduled to
'appear before the County
iCommission on Thursday
i VA Officer Charles Clemens,
SJr. alerts all county veterans of
the necessity to maintain current
[addresses on file, in the event Y2K
'problems affect direct deposit on
benefit checks.
A Rural Development repre-
isentative from Washington D.C.
,was scheduled to visit the jail on
|Tuesday. The visit was seen as a
last step in the process to secure a
$3.44 million federal loan.
March 15, 1989
Jennifer Purvis has been
.named Aucilla Christian
Academy's 1989 Valedictorian.
Purvis is the daughter of Rex and
]Gay Nell Purvis, of Monticello.
The city on Monday won a
small partial victory in its on-
going dispute with the Monticello
professional Firefighters
Association Local 3095 when the
S public Employees Relation
-Commission ruled not to grant the
prder for injunctive relief sought
by the union in its latest motion
'against the city filed February 27.
A weatherization project
',scheduled for last Saturday had to
be called off at the last minute due
/.to an-unexpected setback, accord-
ing to the project's overseer.
After nearly seven months of
.waiting and temporary setbacks.


county volunteer fire departments
finally have the communications
equipment installed and opera-
tional in their individual depart-
March 15, 1979
Earlene U. Wheeler, president
of First Federal Savings and Loan
Association, announced the pro-
motion of Thomas G. Bishop, Jr, tol
manager of the. association's
Monticello office.
Mrs. Frederick W. Connolly,
was honored at the annual meet-
ing of the Florida Trust fori
Historic Preservation, Inc. in!
Tallahassee last Friday.
The County Commission last
week approved limerocking thej
road leading into the Jeffersoni
County Industrial Park in prepa-
ration for paving.
Last Wednesday night Keviiil
Aman was named Recreation!
Director for Jefferson County.
March 15, 1969
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Clarke and!
Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Hamilton of the!
Farmers and Merchants Bank'
attended the 75th Annual Bankers'
convention in Hollywood Beach,
March 15, 1959
Approximately 50 members of
Otto M. Walker Post, American!
Legion, attended the fortiethi
anniversary dinner of the!
American Legion at the local post,
Bridge parties during the pasfi
,week were at the home of Mrs. T.T"'
Lee, Mrs. T.L. Clark, Mrs. Albert'
Odom, and Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer
March 15, 1949
Robert E. Blackman, son ,.of
Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Blackman, is in
Japan for a tour of duty.

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Monticello Netos
Staff Writer
Johnny Wayne
Betts, 35, of Graceville,
FL was arrested March
10, and charged with
petit theft of gasoline.
Bond was set at $500 and
he remained at the
County Jail March 16.
Charles Andrew
Osterbyebrannan, 22 of
Tallahassee, was arrest-
ed March 11, and
charged with possession
of drug paraphernalia.
Bond was set at $500 and
he bonded out of jail the
following day,

|ggtop making the
Untrue state-
ments and pointing an
accusing finger at the
firefighters who place
their lives 'on the line
every day to protect
the Citizens and prop-.
erty of, those living
within the community.
GROW UP! Drive, the
speed limit in an emer-
gebi.yr' How about
they agree to do'that
when your. home is on
fire with your family.
trapped inside!? Would
that help you feel any
better? Think you can
do better than they
presently do for all of
us? Get off your com-
plaining backside and
show us all that you
can do it better! Until
then, cease and desist!
(ig he interview of
I Miss Angela
Scott, candidate for
the position of library
director, was really an
interrogation. I mean
she was really grilled
by the County Commis-
sioners. Was this really
necessary? It is clear
to most people that
she is the better appli-
cant for the position.
Why is there a debate
over this position? She
has earned the posi-
tion. County Commis-
sioners hire Ms. A.
Scott for the Library Di-
rector and allow her to
perform her job without
harassment. Also, do
not allow others to
cloud your judgement.
It is your charge as a
commissioner to do
what will benefit the
county as a whole and
hiring Ms. Scott to this
position will benefit us
(the community)."

anonniou~y, owevr th

A minor was arrest-
ed March 12 and charged.
with shooting into a
dwelling and battery.
The youth was released
the same day.
Mark Allen
McCarty, 25, of
Monticello, was arrested
March 12, and charged
with obstructing an offi-
cer/resisting an officer,
and possession of a con-
trolled substance. Bond
was set at $5,000 and. he
bonded out of jail March
Warren Maurice
Allen, 36, of Monticello,
was arrested March 15,

|glAUhat in God's
WWname are the
Commissioners up to
again? Character As-
sassination? Deferma-
tion of Character? Was
that an Interview or an
g Commissioners al-
wways wanting to
cut corners and down
sizing why not start
with their salaries." y
"iThe people that
I teid to ei-ery-
ones business but
there own."

and charged with failure
to appear on the charge
of ,violation of proba-
tion for sale and posses-
sion of a controlled sub-
stance within 1000 feet,
failure to appear for vio-
lation of probation on
the charge of possession
of marijuana less than
20 grams, writ of attach-
merit for child support,
and resisting without
violence. Bond was
withheld, and he
remained at .the County
Jail March 16.
Antwain Devon
Coates, 24, of Jefferson
County, was arrested
March 15, and charged
with possession of mari-
juana and driving while
license suspended or
revoked. A total bond of
$5,500 was, set and he
bonded out of jail the
following day.
Adrian. Dwayne
Coates, 23, of Jefferson
County was arrested
March 15, and charged
with possession of
cocaine. Bond was set at
$10,000 and he bonded
out of jail the following
Gerard Antonio
Barnhart, 23, of
Jefferson County -was
arrested March T5, and
charged with possession
of cocaine, and-dbstruc-
tiboi Bond' was&'st at
$500 and he bonded out
of jail the following day.

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crews responded quickly and helped correct the problem.

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Cont. From Page 1

Wacissa Park

Cont. From Page 1

What's more, once
people got wise to the
system and started
claiming having no
insurance, it Would cre-.
ate greater revenue loss-
es for the county, he said.
Already, the department.
was losing money
because savvy individual
would purposely give the
emergency medical per-.
sonnel erroneous or mis-
leading information
when being treated, he
said. He opined that once
more people learned the
game, it would make it
that much more difficult
to collect fees.
Billberry said that
the genesis for the bill
was likely the practice of
certain counties to
charge for dry runs, or
situations i .where no
.injuries, had occurred
and so no real' medical
service was provided. By
contrast, Fire Rescue
billed only when medical
or transportation servic-
es were provided, he
"The other side of
the coin is that the legis-
lation ,would .apply to
government entities
only, not to private sector
ambulance services,"
Billberry said.
The committee

agreed to take up the
issue and alert the coun-
ty's legislators to the leg-
islation's potential con-
sequences here. It was
the observation of
Commissioner Felix
"Skeet" Joyner that if
the state continued to
reduce the county's abili-
ty to raise revenues, it.
was going to result ulti-
mately in; a cutback to
"We're moving
toward having to elimi-
nate services," Joyner
In other related
news, committee mem-
bers reported success in
their efforts to educate
the various lawmakers to
the issues .of importance
:to Jefferson County
They called the visits
positive and praised the
legislators on their
awareness of the local
concerns. Members also
reported progress in
their efforts to have the
Legislature hold the
county harmless in
terms of the, effects of
the property reform and
conservation easement
amendments, both of
which could, cause
Jefferson Cqunfy signifi-
cant revenue losses.
Committee members.


were to protect the base.'
ensure that "when things
started. going sour, they
soured equally", and
make sure to be better
positioned "than the
other guy."
'"'So that Lf something
falls off the table, you can
grab it." Doolin said.
,He' touched on the,
base programs. ,that
needed to be safeguarded,
which included the
fiscally constrained
funding and small
counties' road
improvement and solid
waste grants. Small
counties also had to fight
to ensure that state
funding was provided for
the revenue losses that
.would result from both
the conservation
Easement and property
tax reformrm amendments.
She said. -
"We're trying to
protect the base right
now," Doolin said. "As for.
the stimulus ,package, I
think a lot of that money
will be used to help the
state's budget situation."
He mentioned several
bills making their way
through the legislative
.process that had the
potential to harm small
counties in particular:
These included a
proposal to ban school
-buses from stopping on
highways; another
making it so that the
aggregate millage rate jof

all the taxing authorities
within a jurisdiction
cannot exceed 13 %-
percent .("It's just
foolishness," Doolin
said): and' another
transferring the
"presumption 'Of.
correctness" from
property ."appraisers to
property owners in
disputes involving
property values.
,' Bottom. line, if the
latter were approved, it
would allow Progress
Energy and. other such
big players to challenge
their appraised Values
and "outspend, out-,
lawyer and. out-will"
small county property
appraisers into
surrendering, Doolin
sa id.
."I.feel bad that I can't
tell you more about the
stimulus package," he
said several times during
.the presentation.
As .to why the
Legislature was exacting
such a" heavy toll on
education in terms, of
cutbacks. Doolin gave a
roundabout answer
suggesting that
lawmakers would do as
much as they 'thought
that the public would
tolerate. When the voting
public expressed its will,
as -it had'in the past on
education-related issues
Such as class size and
lottery. funding, the
lawmakers had'

determined that the com-
mittee will have to'

defend the county's
recurring funding gains
every year, given that no
appropriation is set in
stone. Or as Dick Bailar
expressed it, one legisla-
tive session cannot
restrict future legislative
Property Appraiser
Angela Gray reported
that the Florida
Association of Counties
(FAC) is. studying the
Amendment 4 language
to determine if counties
can opt out of the pro-
gram and is also, trying
to come up with a fee
schedule that would
allow counties to recoup
the staff cost for manag-
ing the program, if coun-
ties are forced to partici-
pate. Amendment 4
exempts landowners
from having to pay prop-
erty taxes if they put
their lands into perma-
nent, and in some cases,
temporary conservation
The next meeting of
the Jefferson Legislative
Committee is sched uled
for 9 ,a.m. Wednesday,
April 1, at the Chamber
of Commerce building
on West Washington

Cont. From Page 1

responded, Doolin said.I
"I think you need to
hold' the legislators' feet
to the fire," he said..
That meant
hammering home the
messages of no more cuts
to education, 'no fmiore'
unfunded mandates, and
no more "pinging" on
local governments, he
"The public is
beginning to get it,"
Doolin said, urging the
group .to do its part to
keeping the issues alive
and educating the public.
Come the next election,
those lawmakers who
didn't listen and didn't
learn wouldn't, be in the'
Legislature' either, he
Rehberg was more-
circumspect in her
remarks, keeping her
presentation focused
strictly on the mission,
makeup and activities of
her agency, one. of 24
workforce development
boards in the state and
one of only. four that
serve rural districts.-
The agency operated
almost entirely on federal
'funds, she said. But
absent partnerships with
local businesses, school
districts, economic
development councils
and such, the agency
could not do its job, she
Rehberg explained
that her agency provided
job training, job
placement, resume
. writing and other
services related to
workforce development
and the jobs market in a
six-county, 4,300-sq.-mile
area that included
She l said
transportation and
childcare were
particularly big issues in
the district, given that
distances were .great,
public transit
nonexistent and
childcare facilities few,
not to mention that jobs
were also scarce.
As for the stimulus
package, she really hadn't
heard much, Rehberg'
"One thing we know
is that it is not recurring
money," she said. "It has
,to be spent fast and be
effective. It also has to be
used alongside our
regular allocations and it
has to have a high
impact. Any money used
for training has to lead to
Preferably, the jobs
created should be in the
healthcare and renewable
energy fields, she said.
But no, she hadn't really
gotten much details or
guidelines on the
program thus far, she

that. Air Methods will
employ six fulltime and
four or five part-time
employees, which equates
to $750,000. in annual
salaries. The unit that
would be transferred here
is presently stationed in
Perry FL.
Air Methods provides
air emergency medical
transports to persons who
require intensive medical
care from the scene of an
accident or general care
hospitals to highly skilled
.trauma centers or tertiary
care centers.
The second contract
that commissioners exe-
cuted involves the lease of
a 22-acre property that the
Suwannee River Water

Management District
(SRWMD) owns just west
of the 10-acre property
that the county recently
purchased at the head of
the Wacissa River. The
lease of the SRWMD prop-
erty effectively gives the
county a 32-acre property
and allows for the cre-
ation of a premier ecolog-
ical park at the site, offi-
cials say.
As with the Air
Methods contract, the doc-
ument required the signa-
ture of the second party,
the SRWMD in this case.
Slightly complicating the
situation, commissioners
questioned certain of the
contract's wording, which
they feared had the poten-


public transit. Developed,
every five years, the long-,
range transportation plan
balanced the transportation.
needs with the available
funding, he said.
I "It determines what's
feasible," Reed said. l
"There are always more
projects than money"
Why was the MPO
important to Jefferson
County? Reed askefe. r...
Because the region's
development patterns were
changing, he said, adding
that projections for 2060
showed that .much of the
growth that would occur in
the region would take place
on the east and west sides
of Leon County. '
"So the growth will be
coming your -way," Reed
Another reason that
,Reed didn't touch on, but'
that local officials are
aware of, is that in the
future, 'all state' and federal
'monies for transportation
improvements,, will. come ',
through,, MPOQs. ,Whiph,
makes membership and
"representation'' -at -,he-
table" critical, if .a county
expects to have its needs
recognized and addressed.
Reed explained that the
tool that addressed the
region's long-term
transportation needs now
resided in the Regional-
Mobility' Plan, which
incorporated what,
previously., had':been the
long-range transportation
plan, bicycle and pedestrian
master plan, and transit
development plan.
"This is a unique
approach," Reed said. "'In
the past, we cobbled the
separate plans together to
create the long-range plan.
Now we're putting it all
together into one
comprehensive plan."
The plan, he said,
would identify all the needs

tial to limit the county's
intended use of the prop-
erty, if the language was
strictly interpreted.
The way commission-
ers left it, they signed the
contract, but on the condi-
tion that the county's
attorneys clarified the
intent of the wording
with the SRWMD, the
board of directors of
Which was scheduled to
vote on the contract on
Tuesday, March 10.
Dick Bailar, who has
been a. participant in the
Wacissa, River matter
since its inception more
than a decade ago, report-
ed on Thursday, March 12,
that the SRWMD had exe-
cuted the contract.,

Cont. From Page 1

in the region's
transportation corridors
and address them
accordingly, including
those of mobility, safety,
public transit, the
environment and the
necessary sewer-and-water
and other infrastructure
needed for expected
growth, making for
"complete streets and
"We will also focus on
the needs of students, the
elderly and the
vulnerable," Reed said,
adding that even the
placement of schools would
be a consideration.
"Obesity, in school
children is a problem
today," Reed said. "Kids
don't get enough activity
nowadays. The schools
need to be where kids can
walk or ride their bicycles
In that respect, the
regional mobility plan
presented communities,
with, :an opportunity:- !tojt
determine hoWy ;tlhwy-
wanted to grow in the next
50 years, Reed said. Rather"
than reacting to
development willy-nilly,
communities could use the
plan to guide the growth
where it was desired, he
Reed told the
commissioners that now
was an optimum time for.
Jefferson County to join
the MPO, as the group was
just beginning to develop
the region's long-range
In the end, the
commission adopted a
resolution' in support of
membership in the MPO, a
necessary step .in "its
acceptance into the group.
The next step is for the
Governor to approve the
membership, something
that is expected to happen
in the coming weeks.

Barrage brings high energy show

to NFCC Artist Series March 31

Barrage ,- A high-
octane string group that
features an international,
multi-talented cast per-
forming ani eclectic mix of
music, song and, dance
brings its show to North
Florida Community
College's Van H. Priest
Auditorium on Tuesday,
March 31. The perform-
ance, the grand finale to'
NFCC's 2008-2009 Artist
Series season, will begin at
7 p.m.; doors open at 6:30
p.m. This public perform-
ance is part of the Barrage
"HIGH STRUNG" tour and
features an international
cast six violin-
ists/vocalists, drummer,
bass player and guitarist -
that deliver an eclectic
show at a feverish pace.
"This amazing show,
ideal for the whole family,
is about as blithe, blissful
and beguiling as entertain-
ment gets," said Sid Smith,
Chicago Tribune.
The Barrage perform-
ance "High Strung" offers
up a diverse fusion of cul-
tures, musical styles and
incredible performance
vitality. The music of
Barrage combines contem-
porary world music influ-
ences, layered vocal
arrangements and pulsat-
ing modern beats and
rhythms. The cast delivers
the new show with amazing
energy and musical virtu-
osity that will take your
breath away.

"A smoldering show...
the young, talented group
of musicians float on cold
blankets of fog while slid-
ing through all the realms
of the violin... they breeze
through the. Celtic sound
with a dash of classical,
country, calypso, jazz, rock
and folk... their timing was
impeccable...and the pitch
was infectious!", said Nick
Lewis, Calgary Herald.
Since its creation in
Calgary, Canada, in 1996,
Barrage has been featured
many times at events
worldwide and has played
for many Presidents', Prime
ministers and princes.
Barrage has also had its tel-
evision productions aired
on several international
TV networks, including the
PBS network in the USA,
the BBC in the UK, and
CBC in, Canada and has
performed live shows in
New Zealand, Singapore,
Guatemala, Taiwan, China,
Canada, Finland, Sweden,
Ireland, Denmark, Poland,
Germany, Norway, Monaco,
the USA and the UK. .
"It's hard to resist this
high-energy show, which
craftily reveals the violin's
wide stylistic range," said
Marc Shulgold, Denver
Rocky Mountain News.
Tickets are on sale now
for the Barrage -"High
Strung" performance at
NFCC $12 adults and $6
NFCC students and chil-
dren age 12 and under. Call

(850) 973-1653, email or
visit (search:
- Artist Series).

March 31
Tuesday 7 p.m.
Van H. Priest Auditorium
Madison, Florida .

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to' "create an integrated
regional multimodal
transportation network
that provided the most
options for moving, people
and goods economically
effectively and safely, while
protecting I the
environment, promoting
economic development and
maintaining a high quality
of life with sustainable
development patterns."
Reed explained that
three L advisories
committees helped the
MPO meet its program
requirements, which were
to develop a unified
planning work program,, a
improvement program, and
long-range transportation
He described the,
unified planning work
.program. as a biannual
document that the,
organization essentially
used to monitor
expenditures and as a guide
for transportation planning
, activities during: a two-year'
period. .
"The budget- directs
what products we will
produce," Reed said. "No'
federal or state money will
be expended without going
through the MPO."
He said the purpose of
the transportation
- improvement program was
to provide public .and
governmental agencies
with, a comprehensive
listing of all the
transportation projects that
the MPO expected to
implement in its area of
jurisdiction during a five-
year period.
The long-range
transportation ',plan,
meanwhile, looked ahead 20
years and took into account
improvements projects for
all modes of'
transportation, including
bicycle, pedestrian and

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

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Monticello News 5A


James "Nuddy"
Crumity, Sr., 69, of
Monticello's Aucilla
Community died at
home on Sunday, March
8, 2009.
Funeral Service was
held at 4:00 pm Saturday,
March 14, 2009 at
Memorial Missionary
Baptist Church in
Monticello with burial at
Emory Cemetery in.
Mo n ti c e 1 1 o .
Viewing/visitation was
held on Friday, March 13,
2009 from 2:30 to 7:30 pm
at Tillman Funeral
Home. (820-997-5553) in
* Monticello, FL.
A native and lifelong
resident of Monticello,
Mr. Crumity was a
retired farmer and was a
member of Shiloh AME
Church in Aucilla. A
man with a great sense of
humor, he was an avid
fisherman. .
Mourning his pass-
ing, yet rejoicing in his
love and memory are; his
loving wife,. Ruby Fead
Crumity of" Monticello;
sixteen children, Sharon
Crumity, James (Doris)

Mrs. Idella Jones
McCoy, 78, of
Tallahassee, FL went to.
be with the Lord 'on
Friday, March 6, 2009
while a resident at the
Margaret Dozier Big,
Bend Hospice House.
` Service was held on
Saturday, March 14, 2009
at-"l:00ram at St. .Paul
Priiltive Baptist Chtu-ch
* in,yiccosukee with.buri,,
ial at' Old Union
Cemetery in Monticello.
Viewing/visitation was
held from 2:30 to 7:30 pm
on Friday. March 13. 2009
at Tilhnan Funeral Home
(820k997-5553) in-,
Monticello, FL.
A lifelong resident of
Leon County, Mrs.
McCoy had worked as a
cook, fieldworker and
.after. 30 years as a laun-
dry operator for Love
Ridge Plantation, she
retired. She later worked
from 'her home as a
babysitter for numerous
people in the community
Her life was one of love,
she showed love and was
loved by all with whom
she came in contact.
After confessing Christ
as her Savior, at an early
age, she became a mem-
ber' of St. Paul Church
where she served faith-
fully. She was a member
of the Mothers' Board
anid was a member of the
United Sons and
Daughters of Joshua,
Lodge #10.. For over 60

Mr. Andrew Lee
Slater, Jr., 66, of
Tallahassee, FL passed
away peacefully on
Friday March 6,2009 with
his family and close
friends at his bedside.
The service was held
on Sunday, March 15, 2009
at 2:00 pm at St. Paul
Primitive Baptist Church
in Miccosukee with bur-
ial at Concord Cemetery
in Miccosukee. Viewing/
visitation was held from
1:00 to 6:00 pm on
Saturday, March 14, 2009
at Tillman Funeral Home
(820-997-5553) in
Monticello, Fl.
Andrew was born
June 9, 1942 in Leon
County to Martha and
Andrew Lee Slater, Sr. He
was educated in the Leon

County public schools
and worked for the Waste
Management Company
for more than 15 years. He
was a generous and com-


Crumity, Jr., Queen
Crumity, Annette
Crumity, Polly Crumity,
Jeff (Christina) Crumity,
Ted (Janice) Crumity,
Greg Crumity, 'Terry
Crumity, Christopher
Crumity, and Ceata
"Baby Girl" Crumity all
of Monticello, Lorenzo
(LaTonya) Jones and
Caroline Crumity of
Orlando, FL, Ricky
(Rosalind) Crumity of
Jacksonville, FL, James
L. Crumity of Mayo, FL,
Carl Murray. of
Tallahassee, Carlos
Murray and Cecil
(Sabrina) Fead both of
Greenville, FL; sister,
Essie Mae Moore of Avon
Park, FL; a cousin who
was like a brother, J.C.
(Min. Lucille) Graham of
Monticello; 39 grandchil-
dren, 16 great grandchil-
dren, two God-Children,
six sisters-in-law, nine
brothers-in-law, and a
host of other relatives
.and friends.
He was was prede-
ceased by his parents,
Robert and Carrie
Sooner Crumity.

years, she was the devot-
ed wife of J.B. McCoy,
who passed on April 28,
She leaves to cherish
her love and memories,,
her children; Betty M.
Forbes,, Adella M.
(James) Ford,'Mary M.
(Aaron) Nathan, Debra
M.o (Elder,,, Robert), J.B.l,.
(K1m)I McCoy, Jr..' a'nd
SHomar (Princess.) McCoy,,
all of Tallahassee; son-.
in-law, Walter Adams,of
STallahassee; her sib-
lings, Callie J. (Eddie)
Hill and Sadie Pearl Lee
of Atlanta, GA Bessie
(Sam)) Conage of
Daytona Beach, FL,
Rosemary Jones and
Albert (Pelinda) Jones of
Tallahassee, Polly
(Barbara) Jones and
Lucious (Catherine)
Jones of Tampa, FL; sis-
ters-in-law, Nonice Jones
of Perry, FL, Helen Jones
of Tampa, FL, Mary E.
McCoy of Ft. Pierce, FL
and Irene (James) Hart
of Miccosukee, FL; along
with 20 grandchildren,
12 great grandchildren
and two God daughters,
Timbre (Stan) Denmark
and Ruby (Amos) Reed of
Tallahassee; along with
numerous nieces,
nephews, other relatives
and friends.
Mrs. McCoy was pre-
deceased, also by her
children, Eddie McCoy
and Annie McCoy

passionate man who loved
his family and all chil-
dren. He once saved the
life of a neighbor's son
who suffered an epileptic
seizure while swimming.
Andrew enjoyed land-
scaping and was an avid
He will be lovingly
missed by his devoted
companion Katherine
Andrew and her daughter,
Helen Andres both of
Tallahassee, Florida; his
mother, Martha Slater of
Tallahassee; siblings,
Dorothy Warren, Marie
Dunn and Betty Lee
Collins all of Tallahassee,
Hattie Lipscomb of San
Diego, CA, Louise (lionel)
Evans of Atlanta, GA;
Martha (Tyrone) Woods
of Hampton, VA, Silas.
Slater of Philadelphia, PA
and Willie (Elaine) Costa
of Tallahassee and a host
of nieces, nephews, other
relatives and friends.

C0illar .ijg comlimieed -om paige IOA

MARCH 18 28
Jefferson Arts
Gallery will feature local
painter and sculptor,
Ken Harper. This exhibit
will be on display the
entire month. Jefferson
Arts, Inc. exhibits are
free and open to the pub-
lic at the Gallery loca-
tion 575 West
Washington Street. The
Gallery is open 10 a.m. to
2 p.m. Wednesday and
Saturday or by appoint-
ment. Jefferson Arts,
Inc. is a non-profit group
with a goal of promoting
art and art education in
the Monticello area of
North Florida and South
Georgia. For more infor-
mation, contact the
Gallery at 997-3311 or
visit www.jeffersonarts
Bookmobile will be in
the' area on Thursday,
from 1 to 3 p.m. at the
Monticello Christian
Academy, 1590 North
Jefferson Street; and
from 3:15 to 4 p.m. at the'
Jefferson Arms
Apartment. Bookmobile
services are made avail-
able through a 'State of
Flokrida Communities
Caring Grant.
The Savvy Senior
monthly outreach pro-
gram will begin at noon
Thursday at the
Monticello Opera House.
This free monthly pro-
gram., js ,foreniprs who
want, to: ,earn.: .more
about creating and
maintaining healthy,
happy, and active
lifestyles.'Health screen-
ings and exhibitors will
be available; Soft drinks
will be provided, bring a
-bag 'lunch. Make reser-
vations by calling 523-
7333. Contact Tequila
Hagan, I wellness coordi-
nator for Capital Health
Plan Health Promotions
at 523-7491 for more
The Tallahassee
Automobile Museum
will offer "Florida
History" 5 to 8 p.m. the
third Thursday of each
month. Call 942-0137 for
more information and
AA meetings are
held 8 p.m. on Thursdays
at the Christ Episcopal
Church Annex, 425
North Cherry Street. For
more information call
997-2129 or 997-1955.
March 20
Monticello Rotary
Club meets every Friday
at noo0i at the
Chamber of Commerce
on West Washington
Street for lunch and a
meeting. Contact
President James
Muchovej at 980-6509 for
club information.
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,
highway 27, from 4:30 to
5:30 p.m.; and Union Hill
AME Church, off high-
way 259 in Wacissa, from


6:00 to 6:30 p.m. Services
are made possible by a
State of Florida
Communities in Caring
Classical Guitarist
Stephen Robinson 8 p.m.
Friday at the Monticello
Opera House, $12 adults,
$10 members,' 997-4242
for more information.
O n e Ye a r
Celebration Saturday at
One Heart Earth Center,
450 West Madison Street
in Monticello. Beginning
with a Sacred Circle at
10 a.m. led by Miesha
Larkins. Call 997-7373 for
more information.
Spring Fling Dance
featuring The Chaotics
and 19 South 7:30 p.m.
Saturday at the
Monticello Opera House,
$10 advance tickets, $12
at the door. Doors and
cash bar open at 6:30
p.m., 997-4242 for more
Girl Scouting is fun,
and builds girls of
courage, confidence, 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. For more infor-
maion contact co-lead-,
er.s .Janice and,, Sean
Carson at 948-6901 or
contact the Council of
the Apalachee Bend at
Jefferson County
Lion's Club will host a
Pancake Breakfast 8 to
10 a.m. Saturday at
Monticello Pizza
Kitchen. $5 donation for
adults and $3 donation
for children. Chance
door prize ticket with
every meal. Free
Diabetes Screening
available. Contact
Debbie Snapp at 997-3568
for more information, or
.for Lion's membership
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.

Enlightened Health,
located at the Opera
House west door, meets
every Monday at 5:30
p.m. and at Tupelos
Bakery and Caf6 every
Saturday at 9 a.m. free
Laughter Yoga with
Maggie May. Laughter is
Medicine, laughter-
Masonic Lodge #5
meets 7:30 p.m. on the
second and fourth
Monday of the month at
the Hiram Masonic
Lodge, 235 Olive Street
in Monticello. Contact
Roy Faglie at 933-2938 for
more information.
AA women's meet-
ings are held 6:45 p.m.
Monday; AA and Al-
An6n meetings are held
8 p.m. Christ Episcopal
Church Annex, 425
North Cherry Street.
For more information
call 997-2129 or 997-1955.
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 997-3169.
AA classes are held
every Tuesday evening 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. ,
Free- and confiden-
tial HIV testing will be

held 1 to 3 p.m. on the
second and fourth
Tuesday at Harvest
Christian Center, 1599
Springhollow Road, at
Waukeehah Highway.
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cards will be given to all '
participants. For more
information contact
Jamie at 656-2437 ext.
237, or 510-9343, or
Melissa at 544-1433.
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meets 6 p.m. on the
fourth Tuesday of the
month for dinner and a
program. 'Contact Vann
Holmes at for .
more information.
Triple L Club meets
at 10:30 a.m. on the
fourth Tuesday of each ;
month in the fellow-.,
ship hall of the First
Baptist Church.
Monticello for a meet-
ing with a program,
speaker and potluck
lunch'. Contact the
church at 997-2349 for
more information.
Jefferson County
Community Coalition
meets 9:30 a.m. on the
last Tuesday of the
month in the public
library conference
room. For more infor-
mnation contact Cindy
Hutto, Business
Manager for Healthy
Start... ,, Coalition ,.of
Jefferson, Madison and, f
Taylor'counties' at 948-
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Pric0o Submitled By
Margie Hamilton Lee.
Auc illa
School, Grades 1
and 2. school year
of 1952 and 1953.
From left, top row:
Reuben Reams,
Naomi Kinsey,
Danny Allen,
unknown, Allen
Boyd, Martha
Roberts, John
H u d s o n ,
unknown, Mary
Jane Lee, Dale
Pickles, Gloria
Thompson, Paula
Shelley, Larry
Teasley, Mary Ann
Lee, Eugene
Hampton, Martha
Thomas, Leland
Plymale, Helen
unknown, Bruce
Sparks, and
unknown. /


Monticello News
Staff Writer
Veterans of Foreign
Wars Post 251
Commander Byron
Barnhart notified
Jefferson County Fire
Rescue Chief Jim i
Billberry, March'6, that
the VFW has selected
Paramedic Captain Ron
Motter to receive the
Jefferson County
Firefighter of the Year
Motter was the
Incident Commander
last year at the scene of
a tractor-trailer fire
e%_the trailer was
d with a hazardous "
6iMteial called
N 0 occellulose. -
Nitrocellulose is classi-
fied' as a.. flammable
While ern route to
the fire,, Motter looked smokeless
up ,the chemical in the type of gi
Hazmaf Response Guide in making
Book.-.His attention was ondary
quickly drawn to the scene rev
section that states, "DO of the
CARGO! CARGO MAY the truck
EXPLODE". The recom The
mended procedure is to ripped 0o
evacuate the area in a of the dr
radius of %/2 mile and let material
if burn, ground.I
Lipon arrival, had also
Motter and his crew third had
determined that the rear stantial
tires and the rear of the Had the
trailer were on fire, but extinguis
the cargo had not ignit- was, the
ed. They made their ini- have i
tial .attack on .the fire Billberry
while, the Monticello. "Jeff
City Volunteers lay in a Fire Resg
supply line to feed the congratu
Fire Rescue crew with Captain ]
water, very gr
After a deluge of Barnharl
water was put on the 251 for th
trailer, the fire was Billberry
extinguished. The metal A
on the. trailer had Motter's
burned away exposing held 7 p.r
152, 55-gallon drums the for
placarded as Hazardous Middle S
Material, Flammable The VFW'
Solid. A .Check of the plaque t
driver's shipping papers token o
revealed that the trailer guished
contained 41,952 lbs. of commune
Nitrocellulose. the even
Nitrocellulose is a available
principal product used members
in the manufacture of

nes Motter

Of The Year

JCHS Class Of 1984 To Hold Reunion

Monticello News
Staff Writer .
The Jefferson
County High School
Class of 1984 will cele-
brate its 25th class
reunion June 5 to 7 in
1983-1984 was an out-
standing 152nd year for
the Senior Tigers of
It was the year the
SSAT II State Champions
were honored by then
Governor Bob Graham;

were District Football
Champions; District
Volleyball Champions;
Section I Basketball
Champions; District
Softball Champions; and
Champions. 15
Consecutive: Years .in
District Track. They also
appeared on three major
television networks, and
other media worldwide.
How sweet it was!
The schedule of
events is as follows: On
Friday, June 5 there will
be a Meet & Greet at 7

p.m; Saturday, June 6 a
Family Picnic 10:30 a.m.
to 2:30 p.m; Saturday
evening a Class Banquet
at 7 p.m; And, on Sunday
June 7 a Church Service
The committee is
looking forward to seeing
each class member at the
reunion. For more infor-
mation contact Carolyn
Hamilton' at 284-4306
or deonjala72 or, Wendy
Parker-Evans at 284-
8002 ,or, evansw66@

VFW, Auxiliary Awards Banquet March 28

Paramedic Captain Ron Motter

s propellant (a
iunpowder) used
g bullets. A sec-
search of the
sealed that one
drums, had
during the fire
ejected out of
breech had
pen the bottom
um causing the
to spill onto the
A second drum
breeched and a
d sustained sub-
heat damage.
fire not, been
shed as fast as it
e cargo could
.gnited, said

person County
cue is proud to
late Paramedic,
Ron Motter and
ateful to Mr.
t and VFW Post
Lis recognition"
ceremony in
honor will be
m., March 28, at
mer Howard
school cafeteria.
V will present a'
o Motter as a
f his distin-
service to the
ity Tickets for
It are $15 and
e from VFW

"Jefferson County
Fire Rescue continuous-
ly strives to provide the
residents and visitors of
Jefferson County with
the best emergency serv-
ices possible," said
Billberry "We are very
proud of Paramedic
Captain Ron Motter's
award, and a commenda-
tion has been placed in
his permanent person-
nel file."

Moniticello News
Staff Writer
The Veterans of
Foreign Wars Post 251
and the Ladies Auxiliary
will host their annual
awards ceremony and
banquet, 7 p.m., March 28
at the Care Charter
School of Excellence in
the cafetorium (former
Howard Middle School).
"This'is the occasion'
on which we hon6r local.
individuals for their dedi-
cated effort and service to
our community," said
Auxiliary President Mary
Madison. "We will honor
our law enforcement offi-
cers, Emergency Medical
and Fire Rescue, Teacher
of .the Year, Outstanding
Community Servant, and
Outstanding Post mem-
bers. The Patriot Pen

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'written essay and Voice
of Democracy oral essay
winners will also be rec-
ognized and presented
The guest speaker for
the event will be the can-
'didate for the National
Junior Vice Commander,
Office Veterans of
Foreign Wars of the
United States.
Post officers and
members invite those in
Sthe community to join
with them during the cer-
emony and say, "Thank.
you" for their services
rendered by these dedi-
cated individuals.
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cess we need your finan-
cial support as well, and
donations are welcomed,"
added Madison.
Tickets can be pur.
chased prior to the event
and at the door ,the
evening of the event for
$15. She added that the
VFW stands by its motto,
"We Honor The Dead By
Serving The Living."
For further informa-
tion or to purchase tick-
ets, contact Post
Commander Byron
Barnhart at (850)-251-0586
or Madison at (850)-210-'

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Rules For Mr. Relay Contestants

Monticello News
Staff Writer
Rules for the
Jefferson County Relay
For Life Mr. Relay
Competition have been
codified. These are they:
Only one male con-
-testant per Relay Team.
If there is more than
one contestant, select

* one for the actual Mr.
Relay competition and
the others, can compete
-* inthe honorary compe-
Dress appropriately.
This is a family affair,
and there will, be chil-
dren present.
The competition
will take place at 11 p.m.
sharp Friday evening,

April 17. Make sure all
forms are turned in at
the booth set up near the
stage before this time.
Clothes will be pro-
vided for last minute
competitors, however
you are encouraged to
dress your contest-
ant. This will give you
plenty of time to iron
out any "flaws."

Contestants are not
required to wear
,women's shoes. The rea-
son is because, after
walking the "cat walk"
during the introduction,
contestants will be
expected to walk the
track in costume. The
concept is to "work" the
crowd for their
vote. Each team will

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Tim Ba field and the late
Y vonne D. Bartield of Monticello.
Florida announce the engagement of 7
their daughter Rebecca Denise Barfield
of L'oganville, Georgia to Craig '
Ale.\andet Hinton of Jonesboro,
Georgia. '.
Craig is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Paige \\'ayne Hinton of Jonesboro,
Georgia. .
Rebecca is a 2001 r adiate of
Aucilla Christian Academy and a grad-
uate of the University of West Florida
with a BA in Communications/PR and
an AIS degree in Administration. She is ,
employed as a Public Relations
Coordinator with the TRIB Group in
Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Ciaig is a 2000 graduate of Lovejoi
High School in Lovejoy, Georgia and is
employed as a water plant operate .
with Cobb Counth' I'ater Authority in
Marietta. Georgia.
The marriage cerinmo)'y will take
place in Savannah, Georgia in late -'.
April, 2009. at the historic Trinity -'
Methodist Church. .\4 inception will 'i'.
follow at Forsvthl Park. "'

have a ballot, .and will
rate the contestants
from 1 to 10.
So, forms turned in
ahead of time, would
greatly be appreciat-
ed. This will save the
committee from hand-
writing each contestant
in just before the pag-
On the form, there
will be a space for
"interests and hobbies."'
The idea is to gear the
contestant toward your

MVFD Designated
Monticello News
Staff Writer
Montice 1.1 o
Volunteer Fire
Department (MVFD)
Fire Chief Lester
Lawrence reported
Friday, March 13, that
MVFD was recently
approved and designat-
ed as an Education
Center by the
Emergency Care and
Safety Institute.
Lawrence explained
that in January, the'
department applied -to:
become an established
training center for CPR
: resuscitation) and AED
(automated exterior
defibrillator) 'instruc-
tion. /
MVFD received
their official notifica-
tion that effective Feb,
2009 the department was
qualified, and accepted
as an educational center.
They have been rec-
ognized toC teach CPR,
AED, Professional
Rescuer CPR and AED,
Blood Borne Pathogens,
First Aid, and First

team. For instance, last
year VMS, who does
road maintenance, said
their contestant's hobby
was picking up road kill
in his spare time. Just
an idea!
This was a huge hit
last year, and the hope is
for continued success
this year. Someone was
heard saying, "You will
not want to plan any-
thing else to do at 11
p.m. You won't want 'to
miss this!"

Educational Center
Responder for all emer-
gency response -person-
nel. "This will be a ben-
efit to the volunteer fire
departments in the area
initially, and eventually
to the community as we
'begin to offer selected
classes to the public,"
said Lawrence.
Lawrence added that
the department hopes to
expand their instructor
pool and become quali-
fied to teach a few addi-
tional classes in the
future. The expansion
will be based on needs
and ability to purchase
the instructor materials
for additional courses.
The department
plans to move slowly at
first, but hopes to be able
to help citizens to pro-
vide quick basic care
until trained emergency
medical professionals
from Jefferson County
Fire Rescue arrive on
the scene.
"If we can train one
person to provide the
initial life-saving care
and save a life, the effort
will be worth it,"
Lawrence concluded.

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Monticello News
Staff Writer
When the county
was being settled in the
* early 1800's, many rich
men came here in the
hopes of making their
coin purses a little
heavier. One of these
men was William
Bailey who later
became know was the
richest man in Florida.
Locals know him as
the uncle of the planta-
tion Lyndhurst
founder, William J.
Bailey. The two will
even sometimes be mis-
taken for one another
because of similarities
in their names.
William Bailey was
born in Camden
County, GA, in 1790 and
arrived in the area in
1824. He acquired a
large quantity of land
alongside the "Bellamy
Road", which was a
popular spot for
planters to plant large
farms. Bailey owned
land between the St.
Augustine Rd. and the
Georgia line. Though
by the 1830s, he owned
several pieces of land'
in several parts of the
Bailey's home was
a place known as The
Cedars which was some
15 miles northeast of
Monticello. His
nephew, William J,
Bailey planted nearby
on his plantation,
Lyndhurst, by the late
At first, Bailey only
had two neighbors,
John and Abram
Bellamy All three of
these men had pur-
chased land from origi-
nal settlers as well as
from the United States
Bailey, along with
the Bellamy's, speculat-
ed in land by selling
large tracts of their
property to later
arrivals at prices which
ranged from three to
ten dollars per acre in
the mid-1820s. Some of
the men who purchased
land from the Bellamy
and Bailey families are
well-known founders of
the county, including
Martin Palmer, Asa
Townsend, William H.
Mathers, and Joseph M.
-May 10, 1826, a Post
Office named Robinson
had been established at
the future site of
Monticello. Not long
after this, the county
seat and was named
Jefferson Courthouse.
The first judge in our
area was William
After the town had
been established,
Bailey ordered that an
auction be held to sell
off lots within the new
town on the first
Monday in January
1828. He, along with'
James Gadsden,
Solomon E, Mathers,
and Asa Townsend
advertised the area as
ideally situated to
become a thriving com-
Besides supporting
a growing community,
Bailey focused on his
plantation. He not only

crop which was surely
going to make men
rich, but he also was
the first man in the
county to plant sugar
cane: In 1826, Bailey
planted the first sugar
cane in the county. He
had grown it from seed,
.and waited for it to pro-
duce roots, or rattoons,
which would be gath-
ered and stored in dirt
embankments until
the following planting
season. The rattoons
would then produce for
several years before
they had to be
By 1828, Bailey had
harvested an "excel-
lent crop" from rat-
toons and most of the
early settlers were
inspired to plant sugar
It was -xpected at
first to be the chief
crop of Middle Florida.
However, the people
would soon learn that
northern Florida's cli-
mate provided too
short of a season for
the slow maturing
crop. Sea Island cotton
was also being planted
in considerable quanti-
ties, but even then,
short staple varieties
were competing with
it. Everyone in early
Jefferson County
planted corn mainly
due to its large yield.
Most plantations of
the day had their own
blacksmith shops,
mills for grinding
corn, sugar mills, as
well as cotton gins.
Some had cooperages
for making barrels and
hogsheads. Many had
skilled brick masons
and carpenters, and a
few had shoemakers. It
was .common for them
to exchange labor
when a neighbor had
someone skilled to per-
form necessary skills.
Bailey ,was among
the five men in the
county who owned
their own water-pow-
ered grist mills. They
used it for their own
use and soon after they
began grinding for
neighbors, charging a
portion of .the product
for compensation.
Bailey's cotton pro-
duction was large. He
rented warehouses at
Magnolia, a town
established on the St.
Marks, which had
failed, after several
years. He operated a,
commission and for-
warding business.
After Bailey had dis-
continued the ware-
houses at Magnolia,
his nephew opened his
own business there in
the warehouse former-
ly occupied by Edward
Bailey remained a
leader in the county
working actively
behind the scenes. By
1840, with the success
of the local Jefferson
Academy, the
Legislature chartered
Aucilla Academy with
John Bellamy, A.B.
Shehee, Lloyd Skannal,
William bailey, Elias
Edwards, Abram
Bellamy and Samuel R.
Sessions as its

cultivated cotton, the

when the Seminole
tribe was wreaking
havoc on nearby and
outlining settlers,
Bailey had complained
to Florida Governor
Richard Call about
murders which had,
occurred four miles
from his house.
Several murders in the
local area were caus-
ing people to abandon
their homes. Bailey,
however, refused to
Bailey participated
in two wars through-
out his life. When the
Mexican War began in
1846, William Bailey
was elected Major
General of the militia
and companies were
soon raised and drilled
within several coun-
When the Civil
War erupted, Bailey
served as a General
due to his outstanding
performance in the
Mexican War. During
the War Between the
States, he clothed the
soldiers of two compa-
nies of the 51 Florida
Regiments, which
were commanded by
his two sons, with
cloth made on his plan-
tations at his own
Bailey's land inter-
est soon spread to
nearby Leon County in
1850. 'His interest was
heightened during his
experience as owner of
the Union Bank of
Tallahassee. He pur-
chased the bank in
1847, shortly after it
had closed in 1843 due
to the .Seminole Wars
and foul banking prac-
In 1850, Bailey pur-'
chased several land
tracts throughout
Leon, but the largest
became kndwn as the
William Bailey
Plantation located in
central Leon. The plan-
tation was a staggering
2510 acres. The 1860
census records that the
William Bailey
Plantation was worth
$42,670, with a $945
cash value of machin-
ery, and a $4817 cash
value of farm animals.
He had 80 slaves work-
ing for him on just this
tract of land that year
and he had produced
4,000 bushels of corn
along with 352 bales of
These facts of
William Bailey's life
are just what was doc-
umented in detail.
With his dominant eco-
nomic success, he had
an assured a place in
territorial politics and
was often busy behind
the scenes. He served
in the territorial legis-
lature, and was pro-
moted by a series of
friends for the
Democratic nomina-
tion as the state's first
In 1848, Bailey was
the only Democratic
gubernatorial candi-
date to be defeated
before 1868. He also
served on the
Tallahassee Railroad
Board of Directors
1861-1865, and died in
1867 of unknown caus-

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009


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Monticello Newvs Photo by Laz Aleman March 7 2009
Tractor-pulled wagons transport attendees at the Beau Turner Youth
Conservation Center to the various outdoor sports activities available on the
160-acre property. The mission of the center is to combat nature deficit dis-

By Bob Wattendorf,
(Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation
"Nature deficit disor-
der" is a growing 'con-
cern, but a new initiative
of the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC); and
others endeavors to make
the problem obsolete.
SCoined by Richard
Louv in' th: book Last
Child in the Woods,
nature deficit disorder
refers to the gr9fving dis;,
connect between people
and the outdoors: "
To address these con-
cerns over the discon-
nect, the "Get Outdoors'
Florida!" coalition is
bringing together highly
energized staff' from
state and federal conser-
vation and land:manage-
ment .agencies, state and
county ,health organiza-
tions, non-government
organizations dealing
* with youth, conservation
education or health
organizations, universi-

ties, and commercial
businesses. The coali-
tion's mission is
"Engaging communities,
families and individuals
in outdoor experiences to
achieve healthier
lifestyles and sustain
Florida's natural
The Centers for
Disease Control reports
that more than one in six
individuals- ages 2-29
were obese, creating
risksfor heart disease,
diabetes, respiratory
problemn-s and, more.
3aI'nwh ile,daily pa'rtici-' school physical
education programs
dropped from 42 percent
in 1991 to 33 .percent in
2005. Studies also
demonstrate that chil-
dren between the ages of
8 and 18 spend an average
of 6.5 hours per day with
electronic media. For
young kids,.every hour of
extra TV increases the
likelihood of their devel-
oping attention-deficit,
hyperactivity disorder

(ADHD) by age 7, by 10
percent. Remaining in
modern, sealed buildings
all day also increases the
prevalence of 'allergies
and asthma because of
molds, mildews and aller-
gens that aren't "aired
* Many parents want
their kids away from the
electronic babysitters -
the. television, DVDs,
iPods, Nintendos and
instead want them
'engaged in play outside.
Not rall 4 ., those ,kids may
realize it, but they mayy
be wishing for the. same
thing. '
If just the joy of get-
ting outdoors for some
creative free play and
recreation isn't enough,
research shows there are
many benefits to the indi-'
vidual, family and, socie-
ty when young people
engage in outdoor activi-
Studies have clearly
demonstrated that chil-
dren who spend time out-
doors perform better aca-

demically, play more cre-
atively, have less stress,
and are more imagina-
tive. In addition, they
experience fewer symp-
toms of ADHD, have
healthier immune sys-
tems and' develop a
greater respect for them-
selves, others and nature
than do their peers who
do not recreate outside.
These connections
with nature address not
only health and educa-
t ion issues but also socie-
tal issues, such as sus-
taining fish, wildlife and
their habitats in the face
of unprecedented devel-
Many of the groups
and individuals most
excited about the coali-
tion have been actively
creating programs to get
Floridians' back to
nature. The "Get
Outdoors Florida!" coali-
tion provides an oppor-
tunity to bring these dis-
sonant efforts together
to be more productive.
One of the first efforts by
the coalition will be to
seek the support of
Florida's state govern-
The time is right for
this initiative.
Government programs
at federal, state and local
levels have emerged in
response to the deficit of
nature experiences citi-
zens are suffering. From
Connecticut's "No Child
Left Inside" to
California's "Children's
Outdoor Bill of. Health."
state programs are bud-
ding with the hope of
rekindling a relationship
between their residents
- especially the children
- and the land
Awareness of the prob-
lem and calls-to-action
are sweeping the nation
because society' feels the
urgent need to address
these health, societal and
conservation issues, at
their roots.
To learn more, visit

where you can make a
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our wildlife resources
and residents whose par-
ticipation in safe outdoor
recreational opportuni-
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MAonhcello Neu's Phrlo by La: Alenian, March 7, 2009
A baby' alligator ,was another of the several
wild animals featured at the recent open house at
the Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center.

AlMontcell Newis Photo by La: Aleman March 7 2009
A girl pets a wild turkey, one of several wild
animals on display at the recent open house at the
Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center, where
kids learn about the outdoors.

Monticello News Photo by Laz Aleinan, March 7, 2009
A girl shoots a .22 rifle under the watchful eye of an instructor at the
Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center's .22 rifle shooting range, one of the
many free activities available to youths at the facility.

Monticello NevsR Photo by Laz Aleman, March 7, 2009
Kids who were daring enough got to pet snakes and other wild animals at the
recent open house at the Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center.

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The Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center affords an opportunity for
parents and kids to get together. Herd Commissioner Stephen Fulford helps
his son, Gannett, use a bow and arrow.

Monice-lo Ni Plhotu by Laz Aleinan, March 7, 2009
Volunteers are readily available at the Beau Turner Youth Conservation
Center to teach kids outdoors skills such as archery.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


SI Southern Pine Beetle

Photo Submitted
Just hanging out in a tote on the shoulder of a biker cruising through Monticello
;on a recent sunny afternoon.

Florida Division of
Mike Humphrey,
The Florida
Division of Forestry has
been conducting an
annual beetle trapping
survey every spring
across north and central
Florida for almost 20
years. Traps are put out
in 38 counties to monitor
Southern Pine Beetle
(SPB) activity and pre-
dict future outbreaks.
There were 22 con-
firmed SPB outbreaks in
six counties that cov-
ered approximately 213
acres in 2008. None of
these .confirmations
were in Jefferson
The year before
there were 46 spots on
185 acres in 10 counties.
Both years the predic-
tions made were "low
activity anticipated"
based on the trapping
Lake County had the
greatest number of
spots reported, 11, but
they were mostly small

spots on Seminole State
Forest and Lower
Wekiva River' Preserve
State Park.
Some of these infes-
tations were still-active
outbreaks reported in
2007. Gulf County
reported four outbreaks,
but included a single
ISO-acre infestation,
which represented the
bulk of Florida's area
for 2008.
The Gulf County
spots were in densely
stocked loblolly pine
stands, and they have
been controlled with cut
and' salvage operations.
'Four small spots were
reported in Clay County
on non-industrial pri-
vate forest land. There
were also isolated SPB
outbreaks in Alachua,
Marion and Walton
In Florida Southern
Pine Beetle outbreaks
occur in six to 12 year
cycles, and can last two
or three years. In 2000
there, were 21 counties
reporting outbreaks

for 2008
affecting 6,309 acres. In
2001 there were 34 coun-
ty outbreaks affecting
17,599 acres, and in 2002
there were 22 county
outbreaks on 2,017 acres.
The highest activity
level in the last six years
was the previously men-
tioned 10 county-level
activity in 2007.
Forest management
practices that help
reduce SPB activity
include thinning timber
to -maintain vigorous
stand growth, control-
ling understory through
prescribed burning, and
planting more longleaf
Foresters, land man-
agers and landowners
are encouraged to keep a
close eye out for rapidly
expanding spots of pine
mortality and report
these to their local
Division of Forestry
office. In Jefferson
County, contact Mike
Humphrey, Jefferson
County Forester, 2334
South Jefferson, at 342-

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The painted
bunting's decline may be
due to a variety of fac-
tors, including
increased coastal devel-
opment and new agricul-
tural practices, both of
which clear shrub-scrub
brush vital to breeding
birds, according to Mike
Delany, a biologist with
the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation
Commission's (FWC)
Wildlife Research Lab in
In North Carolina
and Florida, painted
buntings typically breed
in a narrow range along
coasts and waterways.
In South Carolina and
Georgia, the birds also
favor the coast but breed
well inland in low-coun-
try shrub and young
pine stands. As coastal
habitats continue to be
developed and as more
inland shrub is cleared,
these beautiful birds are
losing their homes.
In Florida, the team
wants to recruit and
maintain an active
group of volunteers who
can make observations
and collect data at back-
yard bird feeders and
help band and monitor
"We ,hope to deter-
mine the abundance and
distribution of painted
buntings at backyard
feeders and to detect
population patterns
across the coastal-
inland and suburban-
rural landscapes,"
Rotenberg said. "We
want to know if there
are differences in how
males and females use
feeders and how impor-
tant these backyard
feeders are as a food
resource. Ultimately, we
want to find out why the
species is in decline and
do something about it."

Since painted
buntings readily visit
backyard bird feeders,
volunteers can easily
participate in gathering
a variety of data that
can aid the project in
comparing populations
breeding in suburban,
rural and natural habi-
tats, from the coast to
more inland areas.
Last year, Rotenberg
and his colleagues had
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to their Web site,-
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the Carolinas, and- the
team captured and band-
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ed buntings. The band-
ed birds allow the team
to learn about migra-
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rate, reproductive suc-
cess and population
growth, as well as the
behavior of individual
"When we began,
most of our volunteers
wanted to know if the
same birds were return-
ing to their feeders
every year," Rotenberg
said. "With the bands,
our volunteers can actu-
ally' identify individual
birds and know if the
same ones are visiting."
"We put four colored
bands on each painted
bunting. That color com-
bination is unique to
that individual bird,"
said Laurel Barnhill,
bird conservation coor-
dinator for the South
Carolina Department of
Natural Resources.
"This allows observers
to identify and distin-
guish a particular paint-
ed bunting from all the
Each painted
bunting receives three
predetermined colors
and one silver band with
inscribed numbers. This
silver band is a federal
band from the U.S. Bird
Banding Laboratory.
The' bands are easily
viewed with binoculars.
To become a Painted
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JV warriors Win 3 of 4 Tiger Track Update Sandbaggers
Tourney Results

Monticello News
Staff Writer
The Aucilla.
Christian Academy JV
Warriors baseball team
Won three of the past
four games to now stand
on a 3-3 season.
The. Warriors defeat-
ed Echols County 13-3
Tyler Jackson went
3 for 4 with 1 run; Trent
Roberts, 4 for 4 with 3
runs scored; Levi Cobb,
4 for 4 with 1 run; Phillip
Watt, 2 for 4; Tres
Copeland, 2 for 2 with 2
runs scored; Jared
Jackson and Hans
Sorenseneach scored 2
runs; 'and -Jay Dickey
and Beri Sadler, each
scored 1 run. On the
mound, Sorensen struck
out five batters.
Aucilla faced off
against Maclay, March
3, and won, 4-2.'
Sorensen went 2 for 3
with 1 run; Cobb, 2 for 4
with 1 run; Bradley
Holm, 2 for 4 with 2 runs
scored; and Jarrod
Turner had 1 hit with 1
RBI. On the mound,
Sorensen struck out' 4,
gave up 2 runs and 4.
.The Warriors
defeated Madison
Academy, March 5, 11-4,.
Tyler Jackson had 3
walks and 2 runs;.
Sorensen, 2 for 4 with- 3
runs scored; Jared.

Jackson, 3 for 3 with 2
walks; Cobb, 1 for 4;
Matt Tuten, 1 for 3 with
1 run; Watt, 2 for 4;
Russell Fraleigh, 1 for 3
with 2 runs and 1 walk;
and Copeland, 2 for 2
with 2 runs; Fraleigh
worked the mound,
striking out 3 batters
and giving up 5 hits.
The game originally
slated against FAMU
March 9 was cancelled,
so Aucilla faced off
against Taylor County
and lost 14-1.
"Taylor is the best
school we will play all
year," said Coach Daryl
Adams. "They are very-
well coached and play
together well as a solid
He added that the
statistics were very few,
due to the playing abili-
ty of Taylor County
Tyler Jackson had 1
walk, which resulted in
scoring the lone Aucilla
run; and Cobb went 1 for
2, acquiring the only
Aucilla hit for the day.
On the mound
against' Taylor, were
Sorensen, Fraleigh and
Sadler. Between them,
they struck out 3, gave
up. 9 hits, 8 walks, and 3
batters hit-by-pitch.
"The walks and hit-by-.
pitches is what killed
us.\ That's 11 on base
that we gave them," con-
cluded Adams.

Monticello News
Staff Writer
1 Coach Harry Jacobs
has released the roster for
the Jefferson County
Middle High School boy's
and girl's track and field
team, along with the
results of the first two
meets of the new season.
The Tigers include
Arnez Ammons, Dondray
Hopkins, Deion Thomas,
Tony Jackson, Harold
Ingram, James
Thompson, Tavaris
Thompson, James Ford,
Deadre Tucker, Tarlon
Jackson, Breon Crumitie,
Adrian Bell, Kendell
Grant, Kendrick Huggins,.
Antonio' Rolliston,
Anthony McDaniels,
Dontarious. Hampton,
Brandon* Whitfield,
Denzel Whitfield, Marcus
Huggins, Javis Allen,
Chris Mays, David
Crumity, Shane Broxie,
Ramez Nealy, LaNorris
Footman, LaDarian
Smiley, and Rontrel
The Lady Tigers con-

Lady War

Monticello News
Staff Writer
The Aucilla
Academy junior
softball team sp
two games to no
on the season.
When tb
Warriors faced
Academy, Mar




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The first two meets
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on Feb. 24, and Bay on
Feb. 28, were canceled.
Out of .approximate-
ly eight local schools
competing in the Lincoln.
meet held March 2,
Jefferson came in third
James Ford finished
first in the high hurdles
with 18.2 seconds; and
Arnez Ammons finished
second with 18.8 sec-
Kendrick Huggins
finished third, in the 100
meter with 11.2 seconds;

riors JVs

lost, 11-1.
Brooke Kinsley went I for
2; Michaela Metcalfe, 1 for'
a Christian 2 with 1 run scored; Keli
or 'varsity Dollar, 0 for 2 with 1 RBI;
lit the past and on the mound, Pamela
w stand 4-2 Watt took the loss, throw-
ing a complete game with
ie Lady 12 walks and 1 strikeout.
d Madison -The young Lady
ch 5, they Warriors squeaked by
Pprrv Middle 19.-11 March

Antonio Robinson fin-
ished second in the 300
hurdles with 46.4 sec-
onds, Huggins finished
first in the 200 meter
with 23.6 seconds, and
Deandre Tucker finished
fifth in the high jump
with 5' 8". Coach Harry
Jacobs said all. other
team members finished
in at least sixth place in
their events.
In the meet at
Chiles, held March 7,
Jefferson again came in
third place overall.
Ammons finished first
in the 110 hurdles with
17.6 seconds; Huggins
finished first in the 100
meter with 11.3 seconds;
the team of Huggins,
Ammons, Hampton and
Hopkins, finished fourth
in the 4 x 100 relay with
45.6 seconds, and they
finished fourth in,the 4 x
400 relay with 3:48.
The Tigers and Lady
.Tigers faced off at the
Hamilton County meet
Saturday, March 14, and
have a home meet at 4
:p.m., Tuesday, March 17.

Split Two
Metcalfe went 2 for 5 with 2
runs scored; Hadley Revell
went 2 for 3 with 4 runs, 2
walks; Dollar went 2 for 3
with 3 runs, 2 RBI, 1 triple,
and 2 walks; Vicki Perry
went *1 for 5 with 2 runs
scored, 1 RBI; Whitney
MbKnight went 1 for 4 with
1 run scored, 2 RBIs; and
Autumn Lamb went 1 for 3'
With 2 RBI, 1 walk.

9. Pamela Watt threw a
Kinsley went 2 for 5; complete game' with 3
Sunnie Sorensen, 2 for 4 strikeouts and 12 walks for
wit] "' 'RBI, 1 walk; the in: i

Softball Tourney To Benefit

Natalie Eades

Monticello News
Staff Writer
The Jefferson County
Recreation Park will host a
men's softball tournament
beginning at 8 a.m.,
Saturday, March 28 at the
Recreation Park, to benefit
little 'Natalie. Eades, the
two-year old daughter of
county residents, Jason and
Chelsea Eades, who was
recently diagnosed with
Leukemia and currently
resides at Shand's.
Men's softball teams
from around the region are
urged to come and partici-
pate in this very worth-
while event. 'The entry fee
is $150 per team and the
winning team will be
awarded with. event T-
The event is a 2 to 6
homerun low bjid event, in

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which teams will bid on
homeruns they hit before
facing off; !a better team
may bid 6, and a less experi-
enced team may bid two, so.
the game will have a low
bid of two homeruns which
can be hit during the game
at the most. All other
homeruns will be counted
as outs.
Also, the event will be
a one and one (1 hit, 1
strike) start at the begin-
ning of each batters turn,
to speed up the tourna-
All proceeds from the
tournament will go to the
Eades family for medical
and additional related
For additional infor-
mation contact Recreation
Director Mike Holm at 342-
0240 or 519-6640, or Demott
Anderson at 528-7088.

Chuck Chambers
draws back for the follow
through, during his tee off
/at the Sandbaggers'
Monticello News
Staff Writer
The Annual Rotary
Sandbaggers Tournament,
'held Monday, March 9 'at the
Jefferson Country Club, saw
some 20 eager golfers,ready
to hit the greens and in the
process, raising $1,000 for
the Rotary Youth Camp,
which serves severely chal-
lenged youth in the commu-
The tournament was a
shotgun start with a, best
ball format for the four-per-
son teams competing and
the weather couldn't have
been more perfect for the
occasion with a gorgeous
spring day with a gentle
breeze and some of the
clearest skies for this time of
the year, and a comfortable
75 degrees.
The coveted "Last
Place" trophy was awarded
to the .Rotary "B" team of
Merle Zinck, Chuck
Sarkisian, Bruce Sandell,
and Tom Hogle.
The team from C&D Pro
Shop, Robert Batista, Carl
Scarberry, Todd Thigpen,
and Chuck Chambers won
"Low Gross".
"Low Net" went to the
Rotary "A' team of Bill
Gunnels, Tom Conley, Mal
Joplin,. and Guenter
Trophies were' awarded
for Last Place, Low Gross,
and Low Net. Following 18
holes of golf, the athletes
enjoyed the Rotary's famous
rib-eye dinner with all the
The Rotary Club
wished to thank everyone
who made this event special,
especially the event spon-
sors; Angela Gray, property
appraiser, Judge Bobby
Plaines, Farmers and
Merchants Bank, Jefferson
County Kennel Club,
Monticello Family
Medicine, Morris
Petroleum, Royal Mini
Storage, Elections
Supervisor Marty Bishop,
Capital City Bank, Kessler
Construction, Progress
Energy, and VMS
Maintenance Services.
The Monticello Rotary
Club. also wished to thank
those local merchants who
donated door prizes, includ-
ing; Monticello Pizza
Kitchen, Gulf Coast Lumber
and Supply, C&D's Pro Shop,
FMB, and Discount Auto.



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($427) & Patrol Officer., Requires a minimum of high school diploma and
vouchers Florida Police Standards. The successful candidate must live
ailable at within 25 miles of Monticello Police Station. Must complete a
TTY71an equal. Dept. field training program within the first month. Background
er and check required. Salary and benefit information available upon
request. Submit to City o'f Monticello 195 S. Mulberry St.
1/28,tfn,c. Monticello,' FL 32344 by Friday 3/27/2009. EOE/Drug-Free

Commercial/ Industrial
Property with state highway
frontage. Comer lots. Fronts
both Harvey Greene Dr. and
Highway 53 South. Enterprise
Zone, Natural gas line, 8 inch
water main, access to city
utilities, fire hydrant, and service
from two power companies.
Property has easy access to 1-10,
via SR 53 & SR 14. Will build
to suit tenant or short or long
term lease. Call Tommy Greene

Office Building -acro
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Recorder Office) 111 S
St. Madison Newly r
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Sat & Sun 3/21 & 3/22 8 am- 4
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collectibles, clothes, Hwy. 90 2
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Shop Manager/Mechanic, must have a high school diploma or
GED, Florida drivers license Class B or better.
Experience on gas and diesel light and heavy equipment.
Experience in managing mechanic shop, doing the work,
filling out proper paperwork, able to do PM on all equipment..
Previous applicants' need not re-apply. Closing date will be,
March 31, 2009. For information call Jefferson County Road
Dept. 997-2036.


2/11, rtn. Brynwood Center--CNA, $8/hr--Emrploy To apply, go to
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Size 4 off white dress, worn as
flower girl dress, lace work around
bodice, pretty lace work at
bottom, cap sleeves $25

Size 5 purple pageant dress, with
matching socks and hair bow, white
sequin and bead work on .
bodice, built in crinoline beautiful
dress $50

Size 7 red pageant dress, white
applique, sequin and bead work on
and bottom, built in
crinolifie beautiful dress $65

Size 7 white and peach pageant
dress, white ruffles with peach out-
line across chest, sleeves, and
.bottom, never worn $35

Size 7-8 off white dress, worn as a
flower girl dress, overlay of lace
over entire dress, probably
knee to calf length $25

Size 8. white, long dress, lace
around neck with decorative bodice
- $25

Size 1.6 white long pageant gown,
cap sleeves white sequin work
across entire bodice and sleeves,
buttons around neck with circular
cut-out on back, beautiful gown
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Teen dresses..:

Size 7-8 Kelli green gown, lace
overlay $40

Size 8 red gown, sequin/bead
work around bodice $50

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Monticello News 15A



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that John P. Wilson the
holder of the following certificates has filed said certificates
for a tax deed issue theron.
The certificate numbers and years of issuance, the description
of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as
Certificate 805 Year of Issuance 2003'

Description of Property

Name in which assessed

Hanger Lot 3C of Lot 1 Blk A of
Jefferson Landing
Subdivision ORB 399 PG 266

Dennis J. and Sherry L. Imbior

All of said property being in the.County of Jefferson .
State of Florida.
Unless such certificate or certificates shall be redeemed
according to law the property described in such certificate or
certificates will be sold to the highest bidder at the court house
door on the 8fth day of April. 2009, at 11:00 AM.

Dated this 23rd_ day of February 2009.

Signed Kirk B. Reams
Clerk of Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Florida.

3/4, 11, 18, 25/09,c


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that John P. Wilson the
holder of the following certificates has filed said certificates
for a tax deed issue theron. ,
The certificate numbers: and years of issuance, the description
of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as
Certificate 806 Year of Issuance -2003

Description of Property


Hanger Lot 4-C of Lot 1 Blk A of
Jefferson Landing
Subdivision ORB 331 PG 1

Name in \\ which assessed Dennis J. and Sherry L. Imbior

i All of said property being in the County of Jefferson .
State of Florida.
Unless such certificate or certificates shall be redeemed .
W according to la3v the property described in such certificate or
j certi ficaes will be sold to tie highest bidder at the court house
door on the 8th day of April. 2009, at 11:00 AM.

Dated this 23rd day of February 2009.

: Signed Kirk B. Reamns '
C.. lerk of Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Florida.

S3/4, 11, 18, 25/09,c

Capital Area Community Action Agency has received federal
funds for weatherizing residential homes in Franklin, Gadsden,
Gulf, Jefferson counties. Weatherization includes air infiltration
reduction, insulation, repair/replacement of heating/cooling
systems and water heaters, low-flow owerheads and compact
fluorescent light bulbs. Work will begin April 2009 and must be
performed under the supervision of a state licensed contractor.
Contracts are subject to Davis-Bacon. To be placed on the inter-
ested contractors/bid notification list, please provide your con-
tact and license information to Doug Bender, CACAA, 309
Office Plaza Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32303, (85.0) 942-2090
S (fax).




Case No: 08-327-CA

Carol S. Morgan
14540 Dupree Road
Wimaumna, Florida 33598>
YQU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose that
mortgage recorded on April 28, 2000, in Official Records
Book 0447, Page 0549, of the Public Records of Jefferson
County, Florida, encumbering the following real property
located in Jefferson County, Florida, to-wit:
Lots 1 and 2 of CASA BIANCA ESTATES, Unit #1, as
per map or plat thereof recorded in Plat Book B, Page
36, public records of Jefferson County, Florida, con-
taining 6.0 acres, more or less.
has-been filed against you and you are required to serve a
copy of your written defenses, if any, to PAULA M.
SPARKMAN, Plaintiffs attorney, whose address is P.O.
Box 247, Monticello, Florida 32345, on or before April 18,
2009, and file the original with the Clerk of this Court
either before service on Plaintiffs attorneys or immediately
thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you
for the relief de anded in the Complaint or Petition.
WITNESS my and and seal of this Court on this 11th day
of March, 2009.


/ By: Sherry Sears,
Deputy Clerk


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Colonel (ret.) Vaden
Kenneth Watson. 70, died
on Wednesday, March 11,
2009 at his home in Silver
Springs, Fl.
Ken was born on
September 27, 1938 in
Winston-Salem, NC.
Early in his life, his fami-
ly moved to Lamont, FL
where he attended
Jefferson County
:schools, graduating in
1956. Ken graduated from
the Citadel in 1960 and
was commissioned into
the U.S, Army During his
military career, he com-
pleted the Armed Forces
Staff. College at Ft.
Leavenworth, KS, the
National War College at
Washington, DC and
earned an MA from the
University of Missouri.
His first and most
memorable tour of duty
was with the 7t Cavalry
in Germany Soon to fol-
low were two'.tours in
Viet Nam, tie first with
the 11 Cavalry Division,
tours in Europe and US
Army posts. Among
Ken's military medals
and awards, the one he
most highly valued was .
the Combat
Infantryman's Badge.
Ken retired in 1991 and:
began a second career,
working for the State of
Florida, helping veterans
find jobs, from which he
retired in 2002. Beneath
.__his __sometimes -gruff-
exterior, lay a loyal, kind
and generous. heart.
With Ken, "Once a
friend, always a friend".
He considered some of
his closest friends, the
"boys" with whom he
grew up and attended
school in Lamont,
Monticello, FL and -at
college. Ken loved his
family, friends, pets,
watching the sunset on
the lake and the Florida
lHe will be greatly

Colonel (ret.) Vaden

missed by those who
survive him. These
include:, his wife of '48
years, Brenda
Wigelsworth Watson of
Silver Springs, his chil-
dren, Christopher of
Silver Springs, Sarah
and husband Bob
Williams of The
Woodlands, TX, Mandy
and husband Mike
Roberts of Ocala, his
brother, Don Watson of
Jacksonville and his
grandchildren, Brenda
Weber of Silver Springs,
Vadey and Jason
Williams of The
Woodlands, TX and
Mary Roberts of Ocala.
For those who wish,
the family requests
memorial contributions
may be made to Hospice,
POB 4860, Ocala, FL
34478, Interfaith
-Emergency Services,
POB 992, Ocala, FL
34478 or. The Children's
Advocacy Center, 2131
SW 22nd PL, Ocala, FL
Funeral services
were held on Monday,
March 16, 2009 at 11:00
A.M. at Hiers-Baxley
Funeral Services, 910 E.
Silver Springs Blvd.,
Ocala with Rev. Warren
Thompson officiating.
Interment was in
Arlington National
Cemetery .The family
received friends from 9-
11 AM.

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Directors meeting on Thursday March 19, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. the
Meeting will be held at the Jefferson Senior Citizen Center Inc.
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business hours within 180 days from today.


Savilla Westbrook,
age 91, passed away
Tuesday, March 3,2009 in
Monticello, Florida.
Beggs Funeral Home
of Monticello will be
handling arrangements.
A Memorial Service will
be held in Monticello at a
later date.
Mrs. Westbrook was
a native of Williston, FL
and lived in Boynton
Beach, FL before moving
to Monticello in 1992.
Mrs. Westbrook vWas a
very active lady; she was
-a member of the Eastern'
Star, Azalea Garden
Club, Tallahassee Orchid
Society, Monticello
Woman's Club and the
American Legion. She
was a devoted and loving
mother, grandmother,
sister, and' friend. She
was 'happiest when
spending time with her
family friends, pets and
being outdoors garden-
ing. She had over the
course of 35-40 years.
grown an extensive col-
lection of orchids. She
loved to spoil her family
with her wonderful
southern. cooking. ,Mrs.
Westbrook was a farmer
in her earlier years and
later a school bus driver
for the Palm Beach
County School Board.
She was a member of
and attended the
Methodist Church most
of her life and in recent
years she was a member
of the First Baptist
Church in Monticello.
Mrs. Westbrook is


'Samuel Lavern Towels,
52, of Tallahassee, FL
died at home on
Saturday, March 7, 2009.
Services was held on
Saturday, March 14, 2009
at. 1:00 pm at Bethpage
Missionary Baptist
Church with the
Reverend Issac
Manning, Jr., pastor,
officiating. Burial fol-
lowed at Oak Field
Cemetery in Monticello.
Viewing/visitation was
held on Friday, March
13, 2009 from 2:30 to 7:30
pm at Tillman Funeral
Home (820-997-5553) in
Mr. Towels was a
lifelong resident of.
Tallahassee and for
more than 30 years, he
had been, employed with
the State of Florida's,
Department of
Management Services as
a painter, prior to his
retirement in late
Mr. Towels was a
member of Bethpage
Missionary Baptist
Church where he served
as a doorkeeper. While
he made his living as a
painter, he also enjoyed
painting as a hobby and

found great joy in beau-
tifying his home and
To mourn his pass-
ing and to treasure his
love and legacy, Mr.
Towels leaves: his devot-
ed wife, Giesele Towns
Towels of Tallahassee;
his step-children,
Richard (Cassaridra)
Marion of Japan;
Reginald Marion and
Sharee (Darryl) Scott; a
devoted and caring
cousin; Ernestine
Copeland; four sisters,
Carolyn Towels, Patricia
Towels, Marilyn Towels
and Deborah Towels all
of Tallahassee and orie
granddaughter, Moriah
Marion of Japan; his
,mother-in-law, Mrs.
Shirley Towns of
Tallahassee,. along with
numerous other rela-
tives and friends, includ-
ing his colleagues at
Management Services.
The family is grate-
ful to Dr. Frank Santoli,
M.D. and staff and to Big
Bend Hospice for their
Sam was prede-
ceased by his, parents,
Johnnie Thomas and
Alma Lee Towels. ,

survived by' two sons,
Buddy (Dianne),
Westbrook of Monticello
and Ransom Lee "RL"
Westbrook of Salt
Springs, FL; four daugh-
ters Iris W (Larry) Trapp
of 'Brownsburg, IN,
Savilla W. (Art)
Funderburk of Hot
Springs, AR, Erlene W
(Hans) Ratz of West
Palm Beach, FL and
Diane W (Michael) King
of Monticello; two sis-
ters Murice B. Fugate of
Williston. FL and Unavee
B. Smith of TX; twelve
grandchildren, twenty
two great grandchildren,
several great-great
grandchildren and many
nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers,
memorial contributions
may be made to Big Bend
Hospice, 1723-1 Mahan
Center Rd, Tallahassee,
FL 32308-5428; Jefferson
Rehabilitation & Health
Center, 1780 N.
Jefferson St.,
Monticello, FL 32344; or
Jefferson County
Humane Society, P. 0.
Box 559, Monticello, FL
Special thanks are,
given to Dr. John
MacKay, Big Bend
Hospice, Jefferson
'County Senior Citizens
Center, Jefferson
Rehabilitation & Health
Center and to her care-
givers whose care and
love provided so much
support over the years
for Ms. Savilla and her




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