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/ Since 1964
Wed., March 25, 2009 The Spirit Of Madison County
VOL. 45 NO. 33

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For News Updates

.. Throughout The


Madison County's Award-Winning Newspaper

Sheriff's Office, FDLE

Make Big Drug Bust

An illegal firearm, as well as powder and crack cocaine, was discovered
during the recent drug arrest of V.V. Mitchell of Greenville. Other arrests were
also made during a massive drug sting.



day March 19.
According to a
Madison County Sher-
iff's Office report,
deputies and agents in-
volved in the search lo-
cated powder cocaine,
crack cocaine, marijua-
na, large amounts of

drug paraphernalia, a
handgun and an undis-
closed amount of cur-
The search war-
rant was executed as a
result of an investiga-
Please see Drug Bust,
Page 4A

Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Michael Curtis, March 23, 2009
Madison County Schools are facing significant economic cutbacks which
the School Board is facing head on. Pictured left to right: Superintendent Lou
Miller; School Board Members, Clyde Alexander, Bart Alford, Susie Williamson,
Kenny Hall and VeEtta Hagan.

School Board Facing Hard

Choices Head On

By Michael Curtis
Greene Publishing. Inc.
Between budget cuts and a lower local tax base, critical funding cut-
backs have left the Madison County School District with hard choices. Staffing
reductions are a foregone conclusion, although hopes of stimulus dollars still
loom. Even then, there are unfortunately only broad dollar references with no
specific details on recapturing teachers and staff.
Regardless of the outcome, the educational leadership of the county is fac-
ing the issue head on. And whatever the result, from the sounds of the discus-
sion at the March 17 board meeting, the county can be sure that the board and
superintendent are working at it with the full consideration of all concerned.
Human Resources Director Michael Akes. along with input from Finance Di-
rector Andy Barnes, outlined the staffing table for the remainder of the 2008-09
school year. also briefly reviewing projections for 2009-10. There too, it was evi-
Please see Hard Choices, Page 4A

UreIl'Bu rUU iiIinl, inIc. i-UiU gy IIIIam wUiI, Imai II 11, I uuv
Animal & Mosquito Coritrol Coordinator Jamie
Willoughby works hard to keep Madison County safe,
often braving the wilds to make it happen.

Animal Control Does Great

Job On Tight Resources

By Michael Curtis
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Since taking over
the duties of Madison
County Animal and Mos-
quito Control, Coordina-
tor Jamie Willoughby
has made it a practice to
get the very most out of
his limited resources as
demands on the depart-
ment continue to rise.
After all, stray and un-
wanted pets and wild an-
imals keep reproducing
at an uncontrolled pace.
while mosquito control

could keep several peo-
ple busy fulltime. Until
then, it's basically a one-
man show and, still, the
results for 2008 were ex-
By the numbers. An-
imal Control picked up
907 animals last year. Of
those 504 were owner
surrenders. Although
not required by statute.
and to his immense cred-
it, Willoughby facilitated
the adoption of 50 of
Please see Animal
Control, Page 4A

Fish Fry And
Fireworks To Kick
Off Lee Centennial

By Michael CUrtis happy birthday and
Greene Publishing, Inc. share in the rich tradi-
I This year marks the tion of .the Lee commu-
centennial celebration of nity. Of course, residents
the incorporation of the throughout the county
"Little but Proud" -Town are invited and urged to
of Lee. The annual cele- attend,' especially those
bration o fLee'Day.:iS set who with memories to
for April 4, and' is sure to' share, and perhaps look-
be fTin for the whole famr- ing for a few more mem-
ily. A week prior. to'-Lee' ories to make.
Day, on Saturday,'March :, The Lee Volunteer
28, another gathering is Fire Department will be
scheduled, this one to holding one of their
mark the actual incorpb- .now-famous fish fries,
ration of the town in which in itself is more
1909. than enough reason to
Starting at 4 p.m. on attend. However, if more
March 28 at 'Lee City excitement is desired, no
Hall,.an afternoonof fun one will go home disap-
speeches and patriotic pointed, as a full fire-
singing will be among an 'works show is scheduled
afternoon qf honoring .tofly over lovely Lake
history, including visits Brittany at sundown.
from local and state dig- "Please see Centennial,
nitari'es who vant-to say Page 4A





Bryant Thigpen has
been named as a news re-
porter for Greene Pub-
lishing, Inc. Thigpen has
been employed by
Greene Publishing for al-
most two years, serving
in many capacities.
"I am very excited to
be moving into this new
position," said Thigpen.
Thigpen will be covering
Please see Thigpen,
Page 4A

Madison And USDA Conduct Host Visioning Day

By Michael Curtis
dreene Publishing, Inc.
The US Department of Agriculture, through its
;Rural Development arm, helps municipalities like
:the City of Madison with loans, grants and technical
assistance. In fact, the city has benefited as a recipi-
eent in the past along with a number of other local
:efitities. Madison County Memorial Hospital looks
'to be another in the near future.
On March 19. local community and governmen-
Ital leadership, including representatives from state
.ahd federal legislators, gathered at the Extension Of-
:file for "Visioning Day." Joining the City of Madi-
s6n, USDA Rural Development representatives
'facilitated brainstorming on topics central to devel-
oping and improving the community, with particu-
Aar focus oi those issues that could draw funding
from USDA Rural Development sponsored pro-
Opening with a "Taste of Madison" breakfast
from One Eleven Grill provided generously, by, the
five local banks everyone enjoyed pastries, fruit, a
good cup of coffee, and even better conversation.
Please see Visioning Day,
Page 4A

Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Michael Curtis, March 19, 2009
The City of Madison combined with USDA Rural Development to offer Visioning Day an informative
planning exercise conducted to promote USDA investment in the community. Pictured front row left to right:
Jim Catron, Judy Townsend, Joe Mueller, Myra Valentine, and Peggy Johns; pictured back row left to right:
Susan Emrich, Michael Langston, Harold Emrich, Jeanne Isla, Steve Dicks, and Susan Campbell.

2 Sections. 24 Pages
Around Madison
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Path of Faith B Se

From Page One
6-7A History
8A Obituaries
-15A Money & Finance
action Hometown Connections


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2A Madison County Carrier

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Pandering With
The Publisher
Mary Ellen Greene

Grandchildren Are Crowns
For Grandparents, And Oh,
How Proud The
Husband And I Were This
Past Weekend!!!

What is so simple that even a small child can ir
nipulate it?
Why, a grandmother, of course!
Grandparent's homes are where grandchildren
have a second home, a sort of security blanket thi
can escape to when the world is unfriendly.
This is what The Husband and I have tried to i
at our home. We want it to. be a place the grandch
dren want to come, and a place they can feel safe an
secure as they are surrounded with love.
God has blessed us with 11 grandchildren..
We told our three children -- Harvey, William, ai
Emerald -- to have all the children they wanted to, a]
.we would help them with them and love them forev,
And, that we have. They took us up on our propose
,tion, and we have been so very blessed with love an
kisses for many years now.
T'rwo of our lovely granddaughters, Cheltsie an
Brooke Kinsley were in the Miss Madison pagea
Saturday night and how The Husband and I glowed
we watched them on stage in their various events.
brought back so many memories of the days x
watched oursdaughter Emperald on stage in pageant
!Those were-wonderful years we spent taking Emera
'to various events 'and watching her walk across t
stage in.her green evening gown smiling. The Hi
band had taught Emerald a fantastic magic act thi
everyone in the room wanted to learn. All Emeral
friends' parents asked The Husband to teach the mIe
ic act to their girls, but he explained that as long
Emerald did pageants, her talent was unique, but
' she ever stopped doing pageants, then he would cc
sider helping them, which he later did for a few gir
A big thanks goes to Toni Blanton for contint
ing the Miss Madison Pageant that Emerald start
many years ago, and for helping the young ladies
Madison County learn to dress elegantly and enji
the fun of "being a lady." Toni and her helpers put o
one of the best organized and effiicent pageants
have ever seen. Congratulations. Toni, for such an e
joyable evening!
And, congratulations to all the girls for doing su
a grand job!! Bye for now...See "ya.

3y Michael Curtis
Greene Publishing, Inc.



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Tammy joined the City of Madison Po-
lice Department as administrative assistant
to the department 21 years ago, where she
has been bringing her good work and warm
smile to all who pass through.
Born and raised in Madison County as
part of the Cruce family, Tammy is married
to Al Fletcher and has two sons, Curt and
Tammy is a member of New Home Bap-,
tist Church, teaching Sunday school to the
3's and pre-K. She enjoys working with chil-
dren and being part of a great church family.
"I've always enjoyed time with my fami-
ly, including my church family I also enjoy
working for the city and being part of the po-
lice department," she explained.
It's a pleasure to introduce Tammy to
those who don't know her, and others like
her, who quietly work to make us all safe.

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The past two week-
ends have been filed
with pageants. Two
weeks ago was the an-
nual Miss Lee pageant
and this past weekend
was the annual Miss
Madison/Teen Miss '.
Madison Pageant.
Two years ago my
oldest daughter, Chelt-
sie, won the prestigious
title of "Teen- Miss
Madison 2007." She had 0
a great year of local
business' grand open-
-ings, ribbon cuttings,
and parades. We tried .
to attend'everything we ,i
could; take lots of pic- .J I v
tures,1 and make memo-
ries that will last her a
With this past weekend's events, it found my
youngest daughter (Brooke) entering the "Teen
Miss Madison" and Cheltsie entering the "Miss
Madison" division.
And oh boy, did this 'weekend........"Make A
Mother Proud."
Cheltsie and Brooke both did an outstanding
I've always tried to teach my daughters, in
pageantry, that you don't always win the crown,
or even a trophy, but to just get out there and do
your best and walk off that stage and be proud of.
yourself. That is what truly matters.
Brooke won Miss Photogenic, Miss Conge-
niality, and 2nd runner-up in her division. Chelt-
sie won the Spirit of Miss Madison County
award, and. 3rd run-
r ner-up in her divi- -.
sion. I was so proud: -'
of both of them, and
they were proud of
Through the
years I have always
heard so many people .
. say so many bad :.'
Sithings about
. pageants. Whether it
be "too feminist," or,
I too "fake," or that it's.
S.about "beauty not
brains." Everyone is
t entitled to their own
e opinion, I'm- not op
posing that, but
sometimes I think
that pageants catch
the blunt end of the
stick too many times.
s I entered
pageants (hard -and
Heavy) for six years,
and' then on-again-
off-again for years af-
ter. My parents took
Small over the place
to, enter them.'. I en-.
Sjoyed entering
Spageants. It was my
/ hobby and my past-time. Had Ibeen a boy, Iwould
- have probably spent my time fishing and hunting,
and nothing would have been-said against it. But
Since I liked pageants, and put my energy into
them, people automatically assumed that' I was
stuck-up, self-centered, and self-righteous.
:Why is that?
The fact' that I just truly loved entering
pageants shouldn't have made me different in
anyone's eyes. That is just the stigma of pageants
and one of the social deficiencies of this society
Pageants can (and *do) teach young.
girls/young ladies many things.
At the age of 14 I could walk into a room of
five to seven total strangers, sit down and spend
the next five to ten minutes being interviewed
and questioned. I knew how to sit properly, how
to dress appropriately, I knew to look them in the
eye, and I knew how to speak efficiently and ef-
fectively. I -KNOW 'that all you business own-
ers/managers reading this column, know that
there are very few young people that come to a job

interview anymore that
'even have a slight
knowledge of how to do
any of those things.
At the age of 16,
standing up in front of
the local County Colnm-
missioners and speak-
ing on. behalf 'of
newspaper legal adver-
tisements was like can-
dy, compared to the
:_.. hundreds of people I
had stood up in front of
dGreene during my pageants.. If
Emerald Greene you don't think it takes
Publisher guts and nerve to stand
up in front of hundreds
of people, draw an un-
known question out of a
P V, bowl, and then answer
it (without stuttering,
pacing, or acting ner-
vous in any way) then "you've got another think
coming." .
'One time, right before stepping on stage,' a
friend of mine asked me, "Aren't you scared?
Aren't you nervous?" I think that was when it ad-
tually occurred to me what I felt, and how I fet
about it. As I was about to step out on stage, and
the butterflies were dancing in my stomach, I
thought, "Yes. I am a little, nervous. But dahig
this is fun!"
It wasn't that I thought a lot of myself. It was-
n't that I was trying to make a name for myself. It
wasn't:that I thought I was -better than anybody
else. It was just plain fun. Just like;hunting aidt
fishing is fun for some, and just like playing gb6f
is fun for some, and just like gardening and cobl-
ing is fun for oth-
ers. I enjoyed/still
enjoy pageant.
.. And so do maity
other girls. -
dI won soine,
and I lost soe,
through all thoge
years. But no mlt.
ter what the ofit-
come was.... When
I stepped off tldt
stage, my parent
were right there to
hug me and tell oe
how proud th y
were of me.
lose, or draw, -I
knew I hadmy..p-.
ents' support 4ad
love.....'and'i .
is what meant t
most to me.
I would like
say "Thank Yo,
to the many bu#i-
nesses that donate
to the Miss Madi-
son Pageant each
year. It is becaub
of each of you tl
these girls ha
special memorieC
I would like to take this time to congratul.
-Elaine Jarvis, the Teen, Miss Madison 2009 ail
Laurie Smith, Miss Madison 2009, on an outstax d-
ing job this past weekend. I hope the'next years
filled with fun and excitement and enough mew,0-
ries to last each of you a lifetime.
Life is short. Childhood is even shorter. Help
a child grow and blossom, don't squash he
dreams and tell her it's wrong for wanting to0
something. It might not be what you would wa)t
to do. But so what? I truly believe that being well
rounded and versatile'will go a lot further in 1f
than knowing every poet who ever lived, knowi4
what pi equals, knowing what the inside of a frqg
looks .like, or knowing every single chemistry
equation. "
No matter what your child excels in..... soft-
ball, riding horses, basketball, cheerleading, hunt-
ing, fishing, cooking, or "Miss Madison" ..:It
Makes A Mother Proud.
And boy was I n roud this Dast weekend!"
Until then....see you around the town. *


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Madison County Carrier 3A


Lee To Host

Reenactment Of

-,,Town Charting

., Beginning at 4 p.m., the town of Lee will host a
reenactment of the town's charter signing on March
28,and will host Lee Day on April 4. Also, on March
,28, the Lee Volunteer Fire Department will host a
pcnmmunity fish fry See Friday's Madison Enter-
ppise-Recorder for a special history tabloid on Lee,
ffeturing photos from the past.
Midway Church of God is presenting Altar Rush
.2009 through Friday evening, March 27. Bishop Mike
Cbarson, Jr., pastor of Lafayette Church of God, lo-
cated just north .of Nashville, Tenn. is the guest
,evangelist. Bishop Carson is in tremendous demand
, an exciting International Revivalist. He has ap-
,pared as a guest speaker on TBN, Dove Channel,
"tamb's Broadcasting, as well as his own TV and ra-
c.' broadcast. Bishop Carson has served as the State
evangelistt for the Church of'God in Tennessee and
ieirrently serves as Chairman of the Evangelism
apid Home Mission Board for the Church of God in
ennessee. This will be Carson's fifth year coming
as an evangelist to Midway Church of God. The con-
gregation, young and old alike, enjoy his wit and his
'compelling presentation of the gospel message.
tree young men, collectively known as A Reason to
.Believe (formerly from Live Oak; now from
afayette, Tenn.), are accompanying Brother Mike.
Lee Worship Center will host a gospel sing on
_Sturday evening, April 4, beginning at 7 p.m. Make
plans to be there.
. That's all the news for this week! Have a great
._eek and a beautiful forever!, May God bless each
p~d every one of you! ,

.". Gloriann B. Hartsock vs. Christopher L. Hart-
,sock dissolution. of marriage
Latanya Townsend and Department of Revenue
vs. Adrian Johnson support
Jessie Bell and Department of Revenue vs. Tina
All support
y Rafaila Torrez and Department of Revenue vs.
jerbert Thayer support
Green Tree Services vs. Calvin and Nancy
Eilliams other civil
Shaquanda Davis and Department of Revenue
Vvs. Marcus Fudge support
Sharonda Pryor and Department of Revenue vs.
Ricardo Brown support
I'* ^* !

We all need to keep
our eyes on politicians
they can be slippery
little devils. Right now,
with trillions of dollars
being bandied about
Washington like lunch
money, we need to be es-
pecially vigilant. Some
of this legislation is be-
ing "fast tracked"
through Congress with
no opportunity for de-
bate or amendment.
For all of his talk about
bi-partisanship, our
new president is consid-
ering ramming through
Congress the most con-
trov6rsial and expen-
sive legislation on his
ambitious agenda with
no opportunity for the
minority party to have
a say.
One of these Oba-
ma priorities is the
"cap and trade" legisla-
tion which is the cen-
'terpiece of his
environmental policy.
Let's talk about cap and
trade because the impli-
cation ishuge for every
American who buys a
gallon, of gasoline or
flips a light switch.
Definition: Cap and
trade is a system where-
by the government will
"allow" carbon emis-
sions from every busi-
ness. If the business
exceeds their allowance
(cap), then they must
purchase credits (trade)
from the government.
In essence, *there is a
penalty or tax for ex-
ceeding the "fair share"
as determined by the
politicians and bureau-
crats in Washington.
Now there is a comfort-
ing feeling!
The basis or under-
lying principle behind
this idea is man-made
global warming; the
target here is carbon-
and specifically carbon
dioxide, the greenhouse
gas that is the bogey-
man for the environ-
mental leftists that
subscribe to the global
warming hysteria.
To me, man-made
global warming is a
hoax. I used to sub-
scribe to the idea of
global warming by nat-
ural means until I dis-
covered that the data
shows that the earth
has been gradually
cooling since 1998 so I
don't even buy the glob-
al warming myth any-
Now, I have disclo-
sure to make: I have
been studying this cap
and trade business for
well over a year be-
cause I could potential-
ly profit from this idea.
You see, for every so-
called polluting busi-

ness. there is a green
business that in a free
market could trade
their carbon credits
with a business that
emits excess carbon.
When it comes to.
carbon, sequestration
(storing rather than
emitting carbon), the\
most efficient sy stem in
nature is a tree, and the
most efficient of all
trees is the southern
yellow pine. Since my
family is in the forestry
business here in North
Florida, I could auction
off carbon credits,
through a commodity
market like the Chicago
Climate Exchange and
make a' tidy sum of
\ In the first Obama
budget, he asks Con-
gress" for "cap: and
trade" legislation to get
the government into
this business. He says
that the cost of this leg-
islation will be $646 Bil-
lion over the first eight
years. (Note: The latest
news reports indicate
that the actual cost of'
cap .and trade will be
about three times the
Obama estimate, maybe
even north of $2 Tril-,
lion.) This is another
example of a huge
transfer of wealth from
the private sector to the
government for politi-
cians to dole out as they
see fit.
Okay, since we
don't have the money in
the bank (this year's
deficit is estimated to
be $1.75 Trillion), who
will pay for this boon-
doggle? Answer: ener-
gy users, or more
specifically, American
energy users like you
and me and anyone else
who can fog a mirror. I.
will guarantee you that
the biggest carbon
emitters on the planet
in China and India will
not implement this dra-
conian measure that
would hamstring their
How would this
work, you ask? Let's
say our elected repre-
sentatives (who theoret-
ically have the best
interests of their con-
stituents in mind) ram
this through Congress
in the dead of night and
the president signs the
bill into law. Seminole
Electric, for example,

immediately gets
capped on the amount
of carbon dioxide that
their electrical generat-
ing power plants can
emit. Since they quick-
ly go over the cap be-
cause they have a lot of
coal and. oil fueled
plants, Seminole ,.is
forced to. buy credits
from the federal gov-
ernment which they
pass on to their cus- ,
tomers like Tri-County
Electric Cooperative.
Tri-County in turn
,passes the new cost on
to their customers, like
you and me. If my cur-
rent average monthly
utility bill is $180, add
another hundred plus
to it.
: Okay,;then the car-
bon emitters like Semi-
nole- can transition to
so-called clean methods
of production (such as
wind, solar, biomass,
nuclear oh-oh, don't
mention this one, blah.
blah, blah). How much
will that cost; where
will it come from; and
how long will it take?
Nobody knows. In fact,
the only answer we do
know is who will pay
for it energy cus-
So, let me summa-
rize. "Cap and trade"
is designed to reduce
carbon emissions to
combat global warming
that was always highly
questionable, but no
longer exists. The cost
or drag on our economy
will be massive and this
hidden energy tax will
all be passed on to ener-
gy customers.. Gosh
those fellows in Wash-
ington are really smart.
Cap 'and trade has
been practiced in the
European Union for the
past decade and ... is
not working, but like
every great liberal
idea, we can do it better
in Washington. Last
June, the Senate De-
mocrats brought this
idea up and Barbara
Boxer managed the
bill. She botched the
job and Harry Reid
pulled it off the floor.
Now that the Democ-
rats have a stronger
hold in Congress and
control the White
House, President Oba-
ma wants to rush this
through. Will we let


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opinion of the manage-
ment, will not be for the
best' interest of the county
and/or the owners of this
newspaper, and to investi-
gate any advertisement sub-
All photos given to
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publication in this newspa-
per must be picked up no
later than 6 months from the
date they are dropped off.
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tos beyond said deadline.

Cap and Trade

Have been very upset at the newspaper for
not running more Madison sports (I see
U ACA sports in the paper all the time),
until I called and found out that the reason
we don't have Madison County sports in the
paper is because the coaches do not call the.
reporters back. The newspaper has informed
me that they have pictures of the MCCS
teams and the MCHS teams (in action) but
just cannot get the stats to go with the
pictures. What a shame!!!!! To the coaches -
we parents would LOVE to see our children
in the paper!

4A Madison County Carrier


Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Animal Control

cont from Page 1A

these animals, and returned another 27 to their own-
Cats continue to be a source of great concern,
triggering a new policy by the department of lend-
ing out its cat trapping equipment all completely
humane, of course for only $10, with a small, re-
fundable deposit. Even with this necessary imple-
mentation though, Willoughby still coiralled 350
In total, the department received over 700 com-
plaints for the year.
Other highlights included:
Capture and containment of a vicious dog that
attacked other domestics
Nine bite cases, including two bad children's
bites by pit bulls. .
Worked with PETA regarding several alleged
animal abuse cases
Participated in a case involving an abused horse
along with the State Attorney
Worked with Sheriff's to relocate seven-foot alli-
Helped NFCC eradicate dozens of feral cats
Issued citations to several offenders
Of course, all f this was performed while wear-
ing the Mosquito Control hat as well. In either
case, hats off toJamie Willoughby from the res-
idents and leadership of Madison County for anoth-
er job well done. .
Michael COrtis can be reached at-michael@greene

; :'" Q*-:' '

cont from Page 1A
Lee City. Hall is located on County Road 255, just,
north of US 90. For additional information, of to re-
serve a booth for Centennial Lee Day on April 4,
phone (850) 971-5867.
Michael Curtis can be reached atmnichaelgeene- .


cont from Page 1A
school happenings, sports, club meetings, senior
happenings as well as church news..
T.. 2 o contact Bryant,Thigpen, please call (850) 973-
414t1-or"'yoWu may e-mail 'him at bryant@greene

Drug Bust

cont from Page 1A
tion involving the sell and distribution of illegal drugs.
Arrested was Vincenta Vidal Mitchell, also known as
"VV," of Greenville.
Mitchell was charged with trafficking cocaine, posses-
sion of a firearm by a convicted, felon, possession of a con-
trolled substance within public housing, possession of
cocaine with intent to sell, possession of marijuana and pos-
session of drug paraphernalia.
On March 19, 2009,; the Madison County Sheriff's Office
along with the Florida Department Of Law Enforcement as-
sisted the Drug Enforcement. Administration in executing
a Federal Search Warrant at 269 Rhea Trail in
Greenville. Tony Edward Denson of Greenville was arrest-
ed on a Federal charge of Possession With Intent to Distrib-
ute Cocaine Base. Javon Hampton of Tallahassee was
arrested on a State charge of Possession of Marijuana With
Intent to Sale. Both subjects were arrested following a sev-
eral month long Drug Investigation.

Hard Choices

conrit from Page 1AA

dent that best efforts were being made to allow the core mis-
sion of teaching and learning to continue uninterrupted.
"Our employees are our most precious resource to pro-
vide a quality education to our most precious asset our stu-
dents. Even when we disagree now and then, we're still
family. When one of us gets sick, we care. When one of, us
gets hurt, we care. And when someone has to be laid off, we
care," Miller explained. "It's a horrible situation and we are
still praying for a solution, although we have to make the
hard choices and hope everyone knows.we're doing the best
with a bad situation."
There was also brief discussion from the public, includ-
ing Rev. Marcus Hawkins, regarding future plans for the Ex-
cel School, which has also been caught up in the budgeting
process. Some current suggestions have made advocates anx-
ious, although, again, it was clear that the board and super-
intendent welcomed. and intended to incorporate public
Education department policy requires,the district pro-
vide employment status to all faculty and staff by April,
meaning that formal notice of the intent to continue or ter-
minate employment would be provided at that time. By con-
trast, details of stimulus fund availability including how
any local allocations may be used for staffing aren't expect-
ed for at least another month afterwards, as late as June.
The Madison County School District meets twice month-
ly, on the first and third Tuesdays, starting at 6 p.m. The pub-
lic is always welcome to attend and may conveniently sign up'
to address the board. The district office phone number is
(850) 973-5022. '


Visioning Day

cont from Page 1A
Following a greeting from Mayor Jim
Stanley, Madison Town Manager Harold
Emrich' and City Commissioner Myra
Valentine outlined the objectives of the day-
long session. Each guest, in turn, made a
brief self-introduction, then adjourned for a
two-hour bus tour of Madison. The goal was
simply to allow all stakeholders, especially
the visiting dignitaries from the USDA, an
opportunity to review existing resources-
some already enhanced from USDA dollars -
in order to make better-informed sugges-
tions for.future planning.
Returning from the tour, everyone was
treated to the second "Taste of Madison,"
thanks to Chef, Kevin O'Malley and his
great staff from The Wild Plum. The change
in setting from the stylish restaurant locat-
ed on West Base Street to that of the Exten-
sion Office did nothing the diminish the
five-star culinary experience. During the af-
ternoon break, the meal was well comple-
mented by desserts, provided by Antoinette's
Cups and Cones, and Richie's Subs and
Sweets. Representatives from several de-
partments of USDA Rural Developmefit
then presented an overview of their respec-
tive programs before the final visioning
process began.
Several flip chart pages, each titled ac-
cording to core municipal issues (although
there were evident county concerns as well)
were placed along the wall. Participants
then added detail to each chart, a process
conducted by Emrich's wife, Susan. The
group then graded responses to determine,
overall priority
When the exercise concluded, USDA of-
ganizers highlighted the priorities accord-
ing to where each might plug into targeted
and available funding, encouraging and
complementing all in attendance for taking
the initiative to build for the future through
Visioning Day. In the end,, certain types of
programs were emphasized, with primary
focus being placed on viable local applica-
tions. In addition to the hospital, other pr6-
grams of note were construction of a
fairground and exhibition facility, expan-
sion of law enforcement and emergency re-,
sponse infrastructure, and a welcome center
for tourism and commercial use.
Michdel Curtis can be reached at michael
@greehepudblishlngchr. '

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Madison County Carrier 5A



1L 9,1'N0A1

Arthur David

Arthur David Dempsey, age.77, of Pinetta, passed
away early Thursday, March 19,2009, at Madison Coun-
ty Hospital in Madison, following an extended illness.
Arthur was born in Hamilton County, June 18,
1931, to the late Perry and Maggie Dixon Dempsey He
was a carpenter by trade.
Arthur was preceded in death by his wife, Mar-
garet, in September 2003.
Survivors include one son, Patrick "Pat" Dempsey
and his wife, Diane; three sisters, Irene Hammond of
Pinetta, Shirley Allen of Jasper, and Jimmie Jane
Williams (Aaron) of Lee; three granddaughters, Char-
lotte .Thigpen, Amanda 'Sealey (Robert), and D.J.
Dempsey; and six great-grandchildren: Megan, Jordan
and Dylan Thigpen; Kyle and Kayla Sealey; and Devan
David Dempsey,
Graveside services were held at 1 p.m., Sunday,
March 22, at Hickory Grove Cemetery near Lee.
Condolences may be conveyed online at www.
Memorial contributions may be made to Chil-
dren's Miracle Network, P.O. Box 100386, Gainesville,
FL 32610.
Harry T. Reid Funeral Home, Jasper, is in charge
of arrangements. .-

Leo B. Pozek


Leo B. Pozek, age 88, was reunited with his re- and hiking along with
cently departed wife, Jewell J. Pozek, in our Lord's educational classes
house on March 20, 2009. He passed away of natural about the folklore of the
causes while a resident at Ridgecrest Retirement Suwannee River Valley.
Care, Waco, Texas. Mr. Pozek became God's gift to us All meals, lodging and
qon September 5, 1921 in Uniontown, PA. In 1931, he classroom supplies are
moved to the Cleveland,, OH'. included. For informa-
In 1939, Mr. Pozek joined the Ohio National tion on program fees and
Guard's 112 Combat Engineer Battalion. His platoon registration, please call
was later attached to the 116th Regiment Combat Kelly Green at (386) 397-
Team, 37th Division. His unit stormed the beaches of 4478.. Participants can
Normandy at Omaha Beach fifteen minutes after H- register for this pro-
Hour on June 6,1944. gram at www.elderhos-
During his years of. honorable service in WWII, or call
Mr. Pozek's medal honors included one Silver Star 1-800-454-5768.
and.five Bronze stars. He served our country from March 26
1939 to 1945 and was a lifetime member of VFW. ;Americals Favorite
Leo.and his beloved wife Jewell were wed Ja- Gospel Quartet, the:Dix-
ary 18, 1947. They lived in Strongsville, Ohio, where ie Echoes, will be in con-
Mr. Pozek worked as a carpenter and was a member cert on Thursday, March
:bf the Cleveland Carpenter's Union. In 1980 Mr. 26, at Bible Deliverance
"Pozek and his wife moved' to Madison, Florida, 'Church in Madison,
;where they spent 20 years managing the Madison starting at 7 p.m. A $7 do-
Country Club. Mr. Pozek was an avid golfer. Upon re- nation is requested at
tirement, they moved to Valdosta, Ga. Mr. Pozek lost the door A free-will of-
his loving wife on Jan. 19, 2009, while they lived with fearing will be received
family in Mantua, Ohio. during the concert." For
Mr. Pozek is survived by sons, Lee (Gretchen) more information,
Pozek, .Mantua, Ohio; Joe (Susie) Pozek, Waco, please call (850) 464-0114
Texas; Steven (Barbara) Pozek, Kimberling City Mo., or (904) 472-7865 or visit
'and daughter Jane Pozek, Indianapolis, Ind. Also www.northfloridacon-
.surviving are his loving grandchildren, Lee (April),
ZKyle, Emily, Abby, Patrick Tyler, Maura, and Delaney March 28
Mr. Pozek was predeceased by his parents, Starting at 4 p.m.,
Nicholas and Margaret Pozek; brothers, Nicholas join the town of I4ee in
and George; and sisters, Estelle and Margaret. celebrating the signing
No calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial of its incorporation
Will-be held Thursday, April 2, at 10 a.m., at the fami- with a re-enactment of
ly's former parish, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, the historic day in'1909.
12700 Pearl Road, Strongsville, OH 44136. Immediate- Food and entertainment
ly following the Mass, Leo and Jewell Pozek's inter- will be plentiful, with
ment will be at Holy Cross.Cemetery, Brookpark. the Lee VFD holding an-
"Military honors will be provided for Mr. Pozek. other of its fiow-famous
Memorials in Leo and Jewell's name are suggested to fish fries. The real thrill
the Cleveland Clinic Hospice, 6801 Brecksville Rd, of the day, however,
Suite #10, Independence, OH 44131 or the charity of comes at sundown, as a
your choice. full firework show will
Arrangements are by Green Family Funeral be held at lovely Lake
Home & Crematory Service, Mantua, OH 44255. (330) Brittany. Lee City Hall is
274-3145, located on CR 255, just




(850) 997-8181
The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon
advertisements. Before you decide, ask the lawyer to send you free written information
about their qualifications and experience,.

March 22-25
New Home Baptist
Church on 1100, SW
Moseley Hall Rd. (Hwy.
360) will have Dr. Ferrell
Morris, pastor of First
Baptist Church, as their
revival speaker. The
theme for the revival is
"Refreshing Our Souls."
The, revival is scheduled
for Sunday, March 22,
through Wednesday,
March 25. The revival
meeting will begin at 6
p.m. on Sunday and 7
p.m., Monday through
Wednesday. For more in-
formation, please call
the church at 973-4965.
March 22-27
The Stephen Foster'
Folk Culture Center
State Park will host an
Elderhostel program for
adults age 55 and older
entitled "Suwannee Riv-
er Adventure: Canoeing,
Hiking and Folklore in
Florida.". Three dates
are being offered for this
active educational pro-
gram during the months
of February and March.
This unique program of-
fers participants the op-
nnrtunitv for canoeing

north of US 90.
March 29
Sirmans Baptist
Church will hold their
home-coming with spe-
cial guest speaker Dr.
Jerry, Windsor, March
29. Windsor is retired
from the Baptist College
of Florida in Graceville
and is also the executive
secretary of the Florida
Baptist Society. There
will .also be special
singing and dinner on
the grounds following
the service. Services will
begin at 10:30 a.m.
March 30-April 1
Teenagers, college
students and adults
(those in 6th grade or
older) will be reaching
needy .citizens in our
community for the first
three, days of spring
break. We will be repair-
ing, cleaning, listening
to stories, helping and
spending time with el-
derly and needy commu-
nity members. Those
interested in helping
clean up Madison should
meet at Fellowship
Church on Valdosta
highway at 7:30 a.m.,
equipped with a .sack
lunch, work clothes, a
bottle of water and an
excited attitude. Please
contact Christy Adams
at 673-9764 or
us, or Rosa Richardson
at 973-4241 for more in-
March 31
Barrage-a high-oc-
tane fiddle-fest that fea-
tures an international,
multi-talented cast per-
forming an eclectic mix
of music,. song,: and
dance-will perform
Tuesday, March' 31; 'at

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Van H. Priest Auditori-
um on- the NFCC cam-
pus. The doors open at
6:30 p.m.; the concert be-
gins at 7 p.m. Tickets are
$12 for adults and $6 for
NFCC students and chil-
dren age 12 and under.
For more information,
call 973-1653, e-mail or
(search word Artist Se-
April 2
Madison County
Memorial Hospital will
host a chili lunch with
Mike Johnson providing
music in the MCMH din-
ning room from 11:30
a.m.-1 p.m. All funds
raised will go to Relay
for Life.
April 3
Unity Baptist
Church will be holding
its annual Fish Fry on
Friday, April 3, from 5-7
p.m. They will be serv-
ing fried mullet or cat-
fish, cheese grits,
coleslaw, baked beans,
homemade desserts and
tea. Dine in or take out.
The cost is $10 for adult
and $5 for children (un-
der 12)-all you can eat.
Tickets will be available
in advanceor, at the
April 4
The Sons of the
American Legion Post
224 announce the Spring
Gobbler guided turkey
huht, at Running M.
Ranch, in Cherry Lake.
The hunt will take place
on April 4. For more in-
formation, call 929-2953.
April 4
Free tax assistance
'will be available at the
-Senior, Citizens' Council'
of Madison for house-

holds that made less
than $56,000 in 2008.
"Have your taxes pre-
pared and filed for free."
For more information,
including what docu-
ments are necessary, dial
.211, visit www.thebest-, or call (850)
April 4
Come and celebrate
the annual celebration
of Lee Day This.Lee Day
has all the fun of years
past with so many extras
in recognition of the
100th birthday of the
"Little but Proud" town.
Starting at 9 a.m. and
running until afternoon,
this Lee Day will defi-
nitely be fun for the
whole family. For vendor
or program information,
call (850) 971-5867.
April 5
Lee Worship Center
Church, located on Mag-
nolia Dr. in Lee, will be-
gin having services
again on April 5. The
Rev. and Mrs. Charles R.
Lasseter invite everyone
to come for some great
preaching and singing.
Sunday school at 10 a.m.
and morning worship at
11. For more informa-
tion, please call (850) 971-
April 9
Mt. Olive MB
Church will be celebrat-
ing Easter with a ,pro-
duction on April 9, at 7
p.m. This year's produc-
tion is entitled, "He
Reigns Forever," aidd in-
cludes pinging, liturgi-
cal dancing and acting.
Mt. Olive is located at
1149 West Hampton
,Springs ,Rkd,., .P Rerry,
where the Rev. George'L.
Williams Is the, r ^

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6A Madison County Carrier

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Public Defender Receives Senior Citizen Center
Great Praise From Rotarians

S1Staying Busy
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Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Michael Curtis, March i8,2009
Circuit Three Public Defender Dennis Roberts (left) speaks to the Madison
Rotary Club on March 18. His brother Bill Roberts (center) introduced him to the
group, including Club President Alston Kelley (right).
By Michael Curtis
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The role of the elected public defender is actually very different than the
images sold on television-the crude stereotype of the less than competent
lawyer who has little time for the client, typically nursing a vice or two. The re-
ality is quite different. In the case of recently re-elected Circuit Three Public
Defender Dennis Roberts, it is actually just the opposite.
Respected by colleagues and opponents alike, the five-term jurist spoke to
the Madison Rotary Club at their March 18 weekly meeting, where it was obvi-
ous that members and guests were both impressed and interested in his histor-
ical detail regarding the evolution of the office and scope of the public defender.
Roberts was also praised for his contribution as 'an attorney in the military,
leading to a Burton Award for legal achievement. In fact, his brother Bill
Roberts, who provided the introduction for the guest speaker, was visibly proud
of his sibling's achievements, a sentiment shared by all in attendance, which in-
cluded Circuit Judge Greg Parker, a longtime colleague and friend.
Sheriff Ben Stewart, as well as' retired Sheriff Pete Bucher echoed the
praise;, the latter adding a personal commendation for Robert's great work in
the area. .
"Although we don't have an office here in Madison, the area is extremely im-
portant to us, not to mention the wonderful relationships we have here,"
Roberts noted.
*The third judicial circuit covers a lot of territory. Within the circuit, many
:are surprised to learn that as much as 90 percent of all cased involve an insol-
vent defendant. In simple.terms, they can't affqod an attorney, so the public de-
fender's office is literally worked to capacity All cases are not completely free to
the accused, but the costs are still extremely low.
The Madison Rotary Club concluded the meeting by wishing Roberts well in
his efforts, inviting him to return anytime. In the meantime, brother Bill will
undoubtedly keep everyone apprised of the big stuff, he too a great example of
a professional community service. Apparently both those apples rolled together
"fthe tree.-
ichael Curtis can be reached at michael@

By Bryant Thigpen
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The month of March is loaded for the staff and, participators at the Madi-
son Senior Center. Older American Act Coordinator, Sharon Underhill, has put
together a schedule that provides something for everybody.
The Senior Center will be hosting the Caregivers Support group on Thurs-
day, March 26, at 1 p.m. Mike Miller willhead the support group.
The seniors are going fishing! On Friday, March 27, at 10:30 a.m., the group
will be heading to the private pond of Joe Peavy, to enjoy'an afternoon of fun
and fishing.
If you have any questions or would like more information on these events,
please call Sharon Underhill at (850) 973-4241.

Madison County

Unemployment By

The Numbers

By Michael Cttrtis
Greene Publishing, Inc.
It's evident that employment is a
major issue around the nation and in,
Madison County The North Florida
Workforce Development Board provid-
ed the following details 'regarding un-
employment in the county
Madison County's not-seasonally
adjusted unemployment rate for Jan-
uary 2009 was 10.4 percent. This rep-
resents 693 jobless out of a labor force
of 6,670. The regional unemployment
rate, which includes Hamilton, Jeffer-
son, Lafayette, 'Madison, Suwannee,
and Taylor Counties, was 9.2 percent.
Florida's not-seasonally adjusted un-
employment rate is 8.8 percent-the
seasonally adjusted rate is 8.6 per-

North Florida Workforce Develop-
ment Board offers workforce services
to employers and jobseekers through
Employment Connections, which pro-
vides local access to job placement ser-
vices, local workforce information and
job training opportunities. .Employ-
ment Connections also deploys two
mobile units to outlying counties. In-
dividuals can access the same services
offered at the one-stop center on these
Job postings from throughout the
state can also be searched on Employ
Florida Marketplace (www.Employ Call (850) 973-WORK (toll
free (866) 367-4758) for more details. In
Madison County, call (850) 973-9675.
Michael Curtis can be reached at ,

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Madison County Carrier 7A

Jenersonuoumy native uale evans fuller witn me
Tallahassee Builders association poses with lead
Design Team member Ty Pennington of Extreme
Makeover: Home Edition.





way they could.
One pair who came
forward to offer their
services were Amy and
Tommy Folsom, of
Florida Insurance
Consultants, of
Monticello Inc.
"I helped coordinate,
the onsite volunteers, for,
various unskilled labor
tasks and bring supplies
in from the delivery loca-
tion when needed," said,
Tommy "'Amy was co
-coordinator of the VIP
tent which was responsi-
ble for providing food,
drinkss and gift bags for
about 200 VIP's each day.
Folsom noted that the
total building time after
demolition that was
allowed, after demolition.
of Feb. 21, was 106 hours
and the keys were turned
over on Thursday Feb. 26,
at about 2 p.m.
"Just to be involved
with a project like this
and take part in giving
something back to a fami-
ly thathas given so much
was an incredible experi-
ence," he said. "I think if
you ask anyone who was a,
part of it they would do it
again in a heartbeat.
John and Sydney Parker
and Jake and Sandra
Myddelton (Myddelton
Parker Builders) are good

Local artist and muralist Melissa B. Solan as she
takes a brief breather from working In the room with the
concept, sky and water.

friends of ours and are
great people. ABC could
not have chosen a better
team to work with, they
have such a giving, caring
spirit in all they do and
believe in giving back to
their community. It was
incredible to see the cama-
raderie and giving atti-
tudes displayed all week
on the jobsite.
Builder Jake
Myddelton was heard to
remark to the volunteers,
"The Kadzis' had given so
much in their lives to
adopt these six kids that
this week our community
will adopt the Kadzis' and
build them a new home."
Jay Kelly, of Florida
Fence & Deck, which pro-
vided fencing material
and skilled carpentry was
another Jeffersonian on
hand for the event, and
capacity, served as a proj-
ect manager at the site all
"John and Jake are
good friends of mine and
when I found out about it,
I wanted to donate and
help out, but they wanted
me to serve as project
manager," said Kelly. "It
was pretty crazy anda lot
of fun. but the strange

equipment," said JD. "We
worked right until the fur-
niture got there and they
began moving it in.
"There were people
doing everything you
could think of, and each
task was separated by 15
minute intervals rather
than the normal intervals
of a day" he said. "It was,
crazy, but thankfully, no
one was hurt, which was
one of my biggest con-
cerns. Everyone pulled
together and got the job
done and the rest of the
town chipping into get
the job done. We enjoyed
the experience.
Brad and Jill Richardson,
representing The Party
Line, supplied tents and
accessories. "We were
there almost all week,"
said Brad. "There was an
army of volunteers and
we provided tents and
shelter for those eating,
watching or whatever., It
.was really good, they were
extra organized and it was
fascinating to watch.
"When they were
doing the demolition, they
used- two big cranes they
would tear into the home
once, and each time, wait
until the dust settled to

Resident Cheryl Howard, co-owner of Lighting
Divas, delivering lighting to the build sight. In
Tallahassqe, also Jake Myddelton and Matt Tharpe, with
MyddeltonParker Builders.

thing about it was being
able to construct a quality
house in just a few days.
JD and April James,
owners of J.D. James Inc.,
also of Jefferson County,
provided skilled carpen-
try labor. "I was responsi-
ble for interior trim and
cabinetry," said JD.
"They tore the house
down on Saturday night (a
night-time demolition
was a first for the show.
They started immediately
with set-up and sheetrock.
We got there at 6 p.m.
Tuesday night and had to
wait until 8 p.m. to start
out work. We worked all
night and finished at 10
a.m. the following morn-
"We came back
Thursday morning after
the flooring was installed
and helped them with the
appliance installation,
kitchen cabinetry and set-
ting up the playground

continue filming. Then,
they give the impression
that the building process
takes seven days, it actual-
ly takes four, but the
entire process really takes
eight days," he said.
"They actually met the
family and filmed the first
meeting Friday, Feb. 20,
and throughout the entire
process, they were filming
two or three takes for the
Jay and Katrina
Walton of Jefferson
County served as volun-
teer labor at the build site.
"We were only there a cou-
ple of days with Brad
(Richardson) and it was
great," she said.
"Everything was wonder-
ful, it was the most organ-
ized chaos I have ever had
the opportunity- to be a
part of."
Halsey Beshears, also
of Jefferson County and
representing Simpson

Dawn Wainright, co-owner of Lighting Divas, deliv-
ering lighting supplies to the build site.

did. We didn't get more
involved, but there were
so many there who did.
There were also other
nurseries including some
from Gadsden County,
who were, getting
involved. \
Allen and Cissy Boyd,
owners of .Boyd Sod
Farm, were also amongst
contributors. "They
(John and Jake) contacted
us and asked us if we
would be willing to
donate, so we gave them a
couple pallets of sod,"
said Cissy "We were
brought up to help others
who needed it and that is
what we did, however,
they didn't use the sod we
donated,, they wanted
green sod for the purpose
of filming and we gave
them Centipede, which is
dormant this time of year,
so they went ahead and
got their sod from south
Florida where it is green
this' time of year," she
Edwin Kinsey, also of
Jefferson County and
owner of Edwini- Kinsey
Vinyl Siding, provided
some material and car-
pentry labor. "We did the
vinyl siding and fascia
metal, it was a lot of work
and a lot of fun," he said.
Dawn Wainright and
Cheryl Howard, also of
Jefferson County and
owners of Lighting Divas.
in Thomasville, con-
tributed toward the proj-
ect. "We donated lighting
and we also worked with
lead designer Ann
Cummings and helpedher
find other suppliers to
donate also, as well as
lighting manufacturers
who would donate. We
'worked through emails,
phones and coordinated
new manufacturers such!
as Classic Lighting of
Jacksonville, which

frame and had to compact
a big job." He said that he
had received an email
requesting help and gave
no second thought to con-
tributing. It was quite
privilege to be a part of
this and I felt very hum-
bled." He added that his 16
year-old daughter Caytie
took timeout of school to
also help with the paint-
As of now the airdate
is 8 p.m., Sunday April
26th on Channel 27, but
this show is being consid-
ered for the two-hour sea-
son finale because it was
such a good build and
there were so many sto-
ries as well.
This story originally
began as a story of caring,
loving and giving and
remains such, but with a
bittersweet conclusion;
George Kadzis, the father
of the family that received
a new home from
"Extreme Makeover:
Home Edition" last week,
died early Monday morn-
He was battling Stage
4 Glioblastoma Multi-
forme, an aggressive
brain cancer, and admit-
ted last week, one day
before the show's staff
showed up at his family's
front door with the sur-
prise news of the
makeover, to Tallahassee
Memorial Hospital, where
he has remained through-
out the build.
He was not able to
attend the big reveal last
Friday and did not have to
opportunity to see his
family's new home. But he
passed away knowing that
through the love and car-
ing of people throughout
the region, his family had
been taken care of and
provided with the new
home they so desperately

prison dentist, and
Barbara Kadzis, a lifelong
teacher who herself was
adopted, to open their
hearts and home to spe-
cial-needs children adopt-
ed from orphanages in
China. The Kadzis family
faces major challenges in
their cramped, hurricane-
damaged home. It is espe-
cially difficult to navigate
for daughter Melody,
whom was born' blind.
The other adopted broth-
ers and sisters also have
significant physical chal-
lenges. Julia is deaf,
Martin's right arm and
hand ate deformed, and
Phoenix and Celeste are
rnow having their cleft
palates repaired. Aileen
lost her birth father to
cancer: and her birth
mother fled after. his
The husband, George,
was battling brain cancer,
hampering his desire to
modify his family's home,
prompting Pennington,
and his designers to take
over and make a better
home to accommodate the
children's special needs
. and create a peaceful
space for George,
Originally plans were
made to send the family to
Disneyland, but the fami-
ly opted to the spend the




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Madison Property On National Register Of Historic Places

By Alfa Hunt
Greene Publishing, Inc.
In her "History of Madi-
son County," Elizabeth Sims
states that Madison is home to
several historic homes that
are recognized by the U.S. Na-
tional Register of Historic
Places. A few of the more well-,
known homes are no longer
standing, such as John C.
McGehee's Chuleota, but most
are still in use.
Perhaps one of the more
well-known architects of
Madison County homes was
William Archer Hammerly. He
was the designer of Chuleota,
as well as the Wardlaw-Smith
Hammerly was a brilliant
and accredited graduate of
Baltimore Technical College
when he arrived in Madison
County as the architect -for
McGehee in the mid-1850s. He
previously built a mansion in
Savannah, Ga., for John B.
Gordon, a confederate gener-
al. Gordon's home would
eventually. become the head-
quarters for the Girl Scouts of
Hammerly was hired br
McGehee to design a home,
which would fit the man's
new station in life. He jour-
neyed to Madison County and
began planning and dis-
cussing ideas with McGehee.
Their plan was to construct,a
mansion in the Moseley Hall,
It took more than a year
for the home to be declared
suitable for residency, but the
wait was well worth it. The
house was considered a beau-
ty, with marble mantels and
staircases, as well as a two-
acre garden in the rear. Unfor-
tunately, today, there is
nothing left of the old house.
'After he had constructed
a beautifull home for-the
McGehee family, 'Hammerly
was hired to. build a home for
Benjamin E. Wardlaw. The
home is most commonly re-
ferred'to as the "Smith Man-
sion," and sometimes.
"Whitehall" or "Wardlaw-
Smith Mansion." Information
on the North Florida Commu-
nity College Web site adds
these details:
"The curved stairwell was
created by Hammerly, who
also made the vine on the ar-
chitrave above the former
porches. Originally, the Smith
Mansion had porches present
on both floors, but these were
removed and balconies added
by Chandler Holmes Smith in
the early 1900s."
There are several stories
associated with the home. Af-
ter the Civil War Battle of
Olustee, which was fought
near Lake City, the Smith
Mansion was briefly used as a

Wardlaw-Smith Mansion'in Madison. Mr. and Mrs. William Goza restored this home in the
1970s. It now belongs to the University of Florida.,

hospital for Wounded soldiers,
both confederate and yankee.
These men were transported
to the medical facility by
train. After the Confederacy's
defeat, it is believed that John
C. Breckinridge, former con-
federate secretary of war and
U.S. vice president under
President James Buchanan,
spent the' night of May 15,
'1865, in the home before flee-
ing to Key West.
The property and home
passed through several hands
after the Civil War and finally
was purchased by Smith at a.
'sheriff's sale in the 1870s for

about $5,000. The home re-
mained in the 'possession on
the Smith family until the
home was purchased by Mlr.
and Mrs. William M. Goza in
1978, who restored it. The:
home then passed out of the
Goza. family hands in 1982,
and in 1984, it was given to the
University of Florida's Insti-
tute of Food and Agricultural
Sciences. The mansion was
again passed into the hands of
another owner. In 1988, NFCC
purchased the home and cur-
rently uses it as a conference
In 2000, the home under-

went renovations again. It
was funded by state and grant
funds and included repairs to
the columns, new paint for the
exterior and interior walls, re-
inforcirig the foundation,
along with a wheel chair ramp
added to the east side of the
Sims reports that another
antebellum mansion, and
more than likely the oldest,
was "Clifton," the home of
Richard J. Mays. Mays, ac-
conipanied by his relative
James Butler Mays, moved to
Madison County from the
Edgefield District, S.C., dur-

Home of Daniel G. Livingston, built prior to Civil War. This picture was taken in the late 1920s
when Mr. and Mrs. Jack Brinson (she was a granddaughter of D.G..Livingston) owned the home.
It has been remodeled and is now the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Wade.

ing the territorial days.
Mays first settled in the
San Pedro area years of resi-
dency there. He later relocat-
ed to the Hamburg area,
where he became a successful
planter and one of the wealth-
iest men in the area. Mays
owned several thousand acres
of land, but his proudest ac-
complishment was being a
"Missionary Baptist Minster,"
as he listed himself in the 1860
He aided in the organiza-
tion of Concord Church,
where he was ordained a dea-
con in 1841 and then later that
same year had become the
minster, and was given a li-
cense to preach. He served as
the pastor of Concord, as well
as other churches in the area.
He also was the moderator of
the Florida Baptist Associa-
tion and first president of the
Florida Baptist Convention,
which was:organized in his
Mays had a large family
and even named one of his
sons John the Baptist. In or-
der to accommodate his grow-
ing family, Mays built
"Clifton." The mansion was
located within the Hamburg
area, close to the 'crossing of
roads 146 and 150. The home's
central section was a large,
two-story building with one-
story wings on each side. In
the back was located two one-
story wings, one containing
two rooms and the other, four,
rooms. The central section of
the home only had two rooms,
each 20 square feet, one on
each floor. Large gardens cov-
ering nearly six acres sur-
rounded the home.
The home remained in the
Mays family, though it was no
,longer occupied by them after
the 1880s. In 1910, it was,pur-7
chased.byD.M. Wood and oc-,
cupied once again.
Unfortunately, in 1931, the
home was completely de-
stroyed by a fire, leaving only
an empty field and a few
buried bricks to mark its loca-
Probably the oldest home
in Madison is the former
home of Daniel G. Livingston,
which was built prior the Civ-
il War. It is located at the
north end of Range St. Parts
of it date back to the home of
Madison Livingston, who had
originally owned the town
site and helped to build Madi-
Other old homes include
the Gordon Ashley home on
Range St., which had original-
ly belonged to the Van Randall
family Another is the Moseley
family home across from the
Smith Mansion. Both homes
have been extensively remod-
eled over the years.

The Progression Of Women's History

By Alfa Hunt
Specialfrom the Monticello News
March" is nationally celebrated as Women's
History Month. Women's history recognition did-.
n't begin until 1911 in Europe.
March 8 was celebrated as Inter-
national Women's Day. In many of
the European nations, as well
as in the United States.
women's rights were the hot
topic. Women's suffrage
was the main priority of
several women's organiza- A
tions. Women, as well as
men wrote books to the
contributions to women's
With the economic de-
pression of the 1930s, and
WWII, .the fight for women's
rights fell out of favor. In the 1950s,
and 1960s, the women's movement was
revived. With "women's liberation" in the
1960s, interest in women's issues and women's
history flourished.
By the 1970s, many women felt a growing
need to teach women's history in elementary

schools, as well as in high school. In the 1970s,
many universities began to include the fields of
women's history and a broader field of women's
In 1978, the Education Task Force of the Sono-
ma County CA, Commission on the Status
of Women began a "Women's History
Week" celebration. The week was
chosen to coincide with Interna-
tional Women's Day, March 8.
The response to the celebra-
tion was positive and
schools began to host their
own Women's History
Week programs.
The next year, leaders
from the California group
shared their project at a
Women's History Institute at
Sarah Lawrence College. Other
part icipants not only determined
to begin their own local Women's
History Week projects, but agreed to sup-
port an effort to have Congress declare a national
Women's History Week.
Three years later, the U.S. Congress passed a
resolution, establishing national Women's Histo-

ry Week. Co-sponsors of the resolution, demon-
strating. support from both parties were Senator
Orrin Hatch, a Republican from Utah, and Repre-
sentative Barbara Mikulski, a Democrat from
This recognition encouraged an even wider
participation in Women's History Week. Schools
began organizing special projects and exhibitions
for that week to honor women's history.
The National Women's History Project began
to distribute materials specifically designed to
support Women's History Week and enhance the
teaching of history as to include notable women
and their experience.
In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a
month, at the request of the National Women's
History Project. Since then, the U.S. Congress has
issued a resolution every year for Women's Histo-
ry Month.
In an effort to further extend the inclusion of
women in the history curriculum, the President's
Commission on the Celebration of Women in His-
tory In America met throughout the 1990s. One re-
sult of those meetings was the effort to establish
a national Museum of Women's History in Wash-
ington, D.C., where it would join other national
museums such as the American History Museum.

10A Madison County Carrier

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


MCHS Bands Score High

At FBA Competition

By Bryant Thigpen
Greene Publishing, Inc.'
Under the direction of Band
Director Geoff Hill, the Madison
County High School Bands partic-
ipated in the Florida Bandmas-
ters Association District 3 Solo
and Ensemble Festival at FAMU
in Tallahassee on Saturday, Feb. 7.
Indoor Color Guard, as an en-
semble, scored a superior (score
of I) at the competition. The
guard is made up of: Nikita Be-
dard, Allison Behler, Shabrielle
Haynes, Kira Poole, Jessica Swift,
Emily Hagan, Cody Belinski,

Amanda Bennett, Kelia Brown,
Lindsay Pinkard, Nakoslia Pryor,
Nyrecia Haynes, Qarquasia
Davis, Snowey Hagan; Katie
Dedge and Danielle Bentley.
Superior-rated soloists con-
sisted of: Bobbi Crafton, flute;
Kristi Ferrell, flite; Kira Poole,
flag; David Sanders, baritone; An-
gel Stafford, French horn; and
Jessy Swift, flag.
Soloists who scored a rating
of excellent (score of II) are as fol-
low: Nikita Bedard, flag; Cody Be-
linski, flute; Cody Belinski, saber;
Katie Dedge, rifle; Shabrielle

Haynes, flag; and Lindsey
Pinkard, flag.
The Indoor Percussion En-
semble also performed. The mem-
bers of this group are Kierystan
Johnson, Tori Cherry, Reggie Gra-
ham, Desiree Jonas, Theo McGee
and Taneja Rodgeris.
The Saxophone Quartet per-
formed during the competition
and is made up of Robby
Williams, Theo McGee, Jhamieka
Greenwood and Kendall James.
Congratulations to all of
these students for their achieve-

MCHS Student Government

Association Keeps Ball Rolling

By Bryant Thigpen
Green? Publishing, Inc..
At Madison County
High School, there is a
club that plays a vital role
in keeping things moving
along, yet gets little credit:
the Student Government
In order to be a mem-
ber of the SGA, each
member is elected by the
student body into their
specific positions. Each
member must retain a 2.0,
GPA, must make adequate
progress on the FCAT
(Florida Comprehensive
Test), and have no disci-
pline referrals.
Under the leadership
of MCHS teacher Lea
Kalinowski, the SGA
takes a big role in assur-
ing the annual Cowboy
homecoming parade and
Sjyslf e a, success. they
arrafige the homecoming
parade and the half-time
show during the football
game. '
; The students have
also conducted food drives
throughout the year and
have sent care packages to
the troops overseas.

Photo Submitted
The freshman class officers are (left to right) Ryan Kornegay, Morgan Ellison,
BrigitteBlantor and Coriana Peacck. ... .

Throughout the year,
the student body presi-
dent is present at every,
school board meeting to
represent the student
SGA also plays a ma-:
jor role in preparing indi-

viduals for the future.
"SGA teaches students
leadership skills," states
Kalinowski. "They are in-
volved in the planning of
homecoming activities for
their classes, as well' as
the" whole school. They

Pre-Paid Tuition Programs

Under 'Pressure

By Michael Curtis
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Prepaid college tuition plans na-
tionwide are under pressure due to
rising tuition expenses and invest-
ments that have gone sour. Alabama,
for example, has seen its fund shrink
in to half of what it once was. In
Florida, lawmakers see the prepaid.
tuition fund as a source of annual
borrowing, although many oppose ac-
tion, considering it a raid at best.
Eighteen states have pre-paid pro-
grams, in which families can lock in
kids' college tuition at today's rates
and prepay the 'costs. Among the oth-
er states with fewer assets than antic-
ipated liabilities are 'Tennessee,
South Carolina, West Virginia and
Washington. Seven of 'the 18-Flori-
da, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missis-
sippi, Texas, Virginia ,and
Washington-back their plans if
money runs short, according to col-
lege savings organizations and state

West Virginia's plan stopped let-
ting people enroll their children more
than four years ago. Its investments
have lost $23 million since July 1, or
nearly 27 percent of their value, said
Greg Stone, spokesman for' the state
:treasurer's office.
Programs have also stopped al-'
lowing new families in South Caroli-
na, Ohio, Kentucky and Colorado.
Texas stopped taking new students in
its first prepaid'college plan in 2003
due to a sudden rise in tuition, but lat-
er started a new one. In general, the
cost of these kinds of programs has
risen recently Directors of prepaid
plans, say they're seeing renewed in-
terest as families anticipate sharp tu-
ition increases.
To get more information about
Florida's Prepaid Tuition Program,
visit online at www.myfloridapre-, or phone toll-free 1-800-552-
GRAD (4273).
Michael Curtis can be reached at

learn to work with and or-
ganize others to accom-
plish tasks. It allows them
to get involved' with their
peers in a positive way,"
'she says.
The group is headed
by Kalinowski, club spon-
sor, and Laurie Smith, stu-
dent body president.
The freshmen class is
headed by Ryan Kornegay,
president; Morgan Elli-
son, vice president;
Brigitte Blanton, secre-
tary; and Corianna Pea-
cock, treasurer.
Leading the sopho-
more class are Snowey Ha-
gan, president; Huston
Smith, vice,president; and
Keisha Billington, secre-
The juniors are led by
Clay Sapp, president; Matt
Robinson, vice president;
Desiree Jonas, treasurer;
,and Chante Graham, sec-
Senior class president
is JaRod Anderson, vice
president is Jessie Hall,
treasurer is Jamie Hart
and secretary is Chelsea
While the SGA plays a
big role in keeping the ball
rolling for the school, the
program plays. a greater
role preparing our leaders
for tomorrow.

Barrage-a high-
octane string group
that features an inter-
national, multi-talent-
ed cast performing an
eclectic, mix of music,
song and dance-
brings its show to
North Florida Com-
munity College's Van
H. Priest Auditorium
on Tuesday March 31.
The performance, 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
performance is part of
the Barrage "High
Strung" tour and fea-
tures an international
cast-six violinists/
vocalists, a 'drummer,
a.bass player and a
guitarist-that 'deliv-
ers an eclectic show at
a feverish pace.
"This amazing
show, ideal for the
whole family; is about
as blithe, blissful and
beguiling as enter-
tainment gets," said
Sid Smith of the
Chicago Tribune.
The Barrage per-
formance "High
Strung" offers up a di-
verse fusion of cul-
tures, musical styles
and incredible perfor-
mance vitality. The
music of Barrage,
combines contempo-
rary world music in-
fluences, layered vocal
arrangements and
pulsating modern
beats and rhythms.
The cast delivers the
new show with amaz-
ing energy and musi-
cal virtuosity that will
take your breath away.
"A smoldering
show ... the young, tal-
ented group of musi-
cians float on cold
blankets of fog, while

sliding through all the
realms of the violin .,
they breeze through
the Celtic sound with
a dash of classica4I
country, calypso, jazz,
rock and folk ... their
timing was impecca-
ble ... and the pitch
was infectious!" said
Nick Lewis of the Cal4
gary Herald.
Since its creation,
in Calgary Canada iii
1996, Barrage has beepl
featured many times
at events worldwide,
having played for
many presidents,
prime ministers anl
princes. Barrage has
also had their televi-
sion productions aired
on several interna-
tional TV networks,
including the PBS nel-,
work in the Uniteo.
States, the BBC in the
United Kingdom and
CBC in Canada,, .and
has performed live
shows in New
Zealand, Singapore,,
Guatemala, Taiwan,
China, Canada, Fin-,
land, Sweden, Ireland,
Denmark, Poland,
Germany, Norway,
Monaco, the United
States and the United
"It's hard to resist
this high-energy shov,,
which craftily reveals.
the violin's wide sty!-
istic range," said Marc
Shulgold of the Den-
ver Rocky Mountain
Tickets are on sale
now for the Barrage.
"High Strung" perform
mance at NFCC-$12
adults and $6 NFC.CQ
students and children
age 12 and under. Ca1q
(850) 973-1653, e-mail
or visit 6uww.nfcc.eduA
(search; Artist Series),
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Madison Academy
P.O. Box 690,2812 W. US 90, Madison, FL 32341
Phone: 850-973-2529, Fax: 850-973-8974
.'Founded in 1968'
Dedicated to Excellence in Education- 3K-8th Grade
Fully Accredited by the FCIS Comprehensive Math Program
Phonics Reading Program Upper Grades Sports Programs
Small Classes Baseball. Soccer, Softball, Golf, Cheerleading
Dedicated Teachers Art, Music, Computer, Piano Lessons,
Daily Bible Devotions and Physical Education Classes
Financial Aid Scholarships SMART Boards In Classrooms

Madison Academy admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to
all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities made available to students at the
school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, and ethnic ori-
gin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship
program, and other school-administered programs.
Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2009 academic school year.
Mrs. Janna Barrs, Head of School

You Are Invited To An

SOpen House At

Madison Academy

On Thursday, March 26, at 6:00 PM

Dedicated to Excellence in Education
Since 1968
Providing your child with a good education is
one of the best investments you can make.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Madison County Carier 11A


.Scott Scharinger Named

ACA Head Football Coach

gBy Fran Hunt
'"Specialfrom the Monticello News
Aucilla Christian Academy
announced Friday, March 13, the
'hiring of Scott Scharinger as the
', new head football coach, begin-
,i'ning with the 2009 season.
p Sharinger brings a wealth of ex-
"perience to the Warriors' field.
. The decision to hire and con-
firmation of the hiring of
f Sbharinger came dur-
Sig the week of
archh 2. And
S{h o u.g h
Scharinger still
.has previous
%.obligations, he
:Nill be present
'r most if not
all of the annual
Spring Training
football program and
the Jamboree, all taking
pace from.May 1-15.
He will officially begin at Au-
cilla as a fulltime employee in
the fall, just in time for the foot-
Bkll season of 2009-10.
{ He attended high school at
irinceton High in
dincinnati, Ohio, where he played
on the school's football team.
Scharinger is a 1996 graduate
6f Florida State University where
h he was a member of the 1993 Na-
tional Championship team andhe
J served as a student assistant


I 2009-21

coach at FSU for one year during
the 1995-96-football season.
He has been an .assistant
coach at Pace High School and Ly-
man High School for a total of 12
years and -most recently
Scharinger has served as assis-
.tant head coach and co-offen-
sive coordinator at Lyman High
School in Longwood.
"In searching- for a
coach we had three
primary character-
istics that we
were looking. for
in our new
leader," said
/ J -) ACA Principal
Richard' Fin-
layson. "First,
and foremost, we
were looking for
someone who would
)be the spiritual leader
that would keep, honoring
arid serving Jesus Christ as the
primary focus of our football pro-
gram. We also wanted someone-
who was committed both to year-
round weight training and to de-
veloping a positive relationship
with our supporters.
"In hiring Scott Scharinger,
we .not only were able to meet
these needs, far better .than we
ever could have imagined, but we'
also were able to hiie a man with
extensive football knowledge and

,experience," said Finlayson. "We
feel extremely blessed that. God
has led Scott to serve our min-
istry with us. We are truly excited
and believe he will be a great edi-
tion to our staff here at Aucilla."
Scharinger expressed his ex-
citement for his new position,
stating, "Coaching and teaching
to' me is a calling, a mission, a
ministry that allows me to eter-
nally affect the lives of young peo-
ple, on and off the football field."
"My coaching philosophy is
to impact the student/athlete aca-
demically, athletically, and spiri-
tually and to promote
character development and en-
courage responsibility in order to
create honorable young men and
Godly American citizens. I love
the fact that God allows me to use
football to serve Him and to'grow
His kingdom."
Scharinger has been active in
the Fellowship of Christian Ath-
letes and involved with the train-
ing program at his former
schools. He also served as a mem-
ber of the US Army in Operation,
Desert Shield/Desert Storm in
the early 1990's and in Operation
Iraqi Freedom in 2004.
He and his wife, Holli, have
been married for 13 years and
they have three children, Peyton,
age 10; Gabriel, age 7; and Halli,
age 3.,

rd Approves College's

010 Efficiency Plan

'North Florida Comn- on campus, such as ad-
|munity College submit-' junct teaching positions.
fed its 2009-2010 or employment in re-
Efficiency Plan to the structured areas on,
NFCC'.' Board of c Thmpus. Those affected
Trustees on March' 17. 'y tfih ly0-offs 'wilalso
IThe plan, which was ap- be eligible to apply for
proved by the Board,' NFCC's internal job
S'utlined ways in which postings for the next
the college will respond two-years.,
Sto current reductions in Overall, NFCC is
state funding and pro- working to ensure that
jected reductions for the the changes will not neg-
;009-10 fiscal budget atively affect students
year beginning July 1.
i The plan details neces-
- sary changes. to person-
nel, :programs. and
1 policies that NFCC ad-
i ministration says will
allow the college to
"' continue serving stu-
dents and the communi-
ties in our district
During this time of eco-
omic crisis, while
i preparing to operate in
a more efficient matter."
The plan, includes
leaving currently un-
filled positions vacant
i where possible, reduc-
ing operating expenses a
Sand making necessary
personnel changes. A to,
thl of 17 positions will
Sbe affected either by re-
,,4.uctions, transfers or
:,ay-offs. NFCC will also
r lose its adult education
a.rogram at the end of 7
TD e term. However,
,-,adison County resi-
'*jents will still have ac- ATTEI
k .ss to adult education LAID-OFF
lid GED preparation
passess as the Madison PRIDE EB
.County School Board
plans to assume respon-
sibility for the program. We have service
"The -faculty and
staff changes are a hor- Employment
ribly painful necessity
due to our current bud- InformatK
get situation,", said
NFCC President John
Grosskopf. "Everyone Date: March
who works at NFCC is Times: 9:00, 10:
significant and those in
positions not being re- Where: Live
newed will be greatly (101 White,
missed." (101 White
NFCC will offer em-
ployee assistance for all Call to res
employees affected by
the lay-offs and offer as spot, space(
much support as possi
ble. There may also be 866/36
options that allow some
of the displaced employ- Let us se
ees to find employment -
in different capacities 5- -

seeking, degrees or tak- to fulfill our mission, to

serve our students, and
to continue to provide
high quality educational








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(Over 400 cyclists from all over the U.S. expected!)

Sunday March 29 Cyclists arrive Registration at Madison County Central
School all day HEAVY CYCLING TRAFFIC ALL DAY Restaurants should expect
heavier than normal lunch traffic and some increase in dinner traffic.
Sunday Evening 7:00 PM Special Drama / Comedy Presentation NFCC
presents "All Over But the Shooting" Cyclists bussed to Van H. Priest Auditorium
Public Invited Limited Seating Donations accepted at the door.
Monday March 30 Expect Heavy Cycling Traffic on all County Roads
throughout the day! Restaurants should expect heavier than normal lunch traffic
and some increase in dinner traffic. Merchants should expect out of town visitors.
Monday Evening "SWEETS & JAZZ UNDER THE STARS" Downtown Madison -
5:30 PM -:Range Street from US 90 to Dade Street and side streets closed in
downtown for "Sweets & Jazz Under the Stars" Public Invited All Restaurants and
Merchants are invited to participate The event begins at Approximately 7:00 PM,
and runs until approximately 9:00 PM Cyclists bussed to downtown area Live
Jazz by. the NFCC Jazz Ensemble (at intersection of Range and Rutledge) and by
Stephen Cucinella (in front of One Eleven Grill). Restaurants should plan on selling
desserts, on the sidewalks if possible.-
Tuesday March 31 Cyclists .leave Madison County
Tuesday morning Drivers should expect heavy cycling
traffic in central and western Madison County in the
morning hours.
Saturday April 4 Cyclist arriving back into Madison
County Restaurants should expect heavier than normal
lunch traffic. Drivers should expect heavy cycling traffic
especially in the morning hours.




Tourney To


Natalie Eades

-By Fran Hunt ,
Specialfrom the Monticello News
Jefferson County Recreation Park Direc-
tor Mike Holm reminds all that the park will
host a men's softball tournament beginning
at 8 a.m., Saturday, March 28, at the Monti-
cello City Park, to benefit Natalie Eades, the
two-year-old daughter,of Jefferson County
residents Jason and Chelsea Eades, who was
recently diagnosed with Leukemia and is
confined to Shands' Hospital.
Men's softball teams from around the re-
gion are urged to come and participate in
this very worthwhile event. The entry fee is
$150 per team and the winning team will be
awarded event T-shirts.
The event is a two-to-six homerun low
bid event, in which teams will bid on home-
runs they hit before facing off; a better team
may bid six and a less experienced team may
bid two, the most of which can be hit during
the game. All other homeruns will be count-
ed as outs.
Also, the event will be a one-and-one
(one hit, one strike) start at the beginning of,
each batters turn, to speed up the tourna-
All proceeds from the tournament will
go to the Eades family for medical and relat-
ed expenses.
For additional information, contact Di-
rector Mike Holm at 342-0240 or 519-6640, or
Demott Anderson at 528-7088.


12A Madison County Carrier

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


What Is The TALF?

By MichaelCurtis
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The Federal Reserve is launching its latest of-.
fensive against the worsening recession, targeting
consumers and-small businesses in what analysts
call its most ambitious emergency lending pro-
gram to date. This latest addition to the Fed's tl-
phabet soup "of programs is known by its
The Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Fa-'
cility targets triple-A rated credit card, small busi-
ness, student and auto loans by trying to thaw the
securities markets backed by those assets. Before
the crisis, ABS markets accounted for about 40
percent of all consumer lending.
But as the credit crisis heightened, markets
seized up and lending all but ceased: Fears that
consumers and small businesses could default on
those loans drove the cost of funding higher as in-
vestors demanded more compensation for the risk
'of holding the securities.
Consumer spending makes up more than two"
thirds of the United States'.economic activity, and
the Fed hopes that making it easier to get credit
will spur them to buy cars, for example, which in
turn would help the beleaguered auto sector.
Apart from backing securities for consumer and'
small-business loans, the program also targets se-
curitized loans for heavy industrial equipment,
agricultural-equipment_ leases and rental-car
S fleets. '
Starting March 17, the Fed began offering
loans to large investors to buy newly issued ABS.;
On a specific day each month, borrowers will be
able to request one or more three-year TALF
loans. Having the Fed as the backstop removes
some of the risk for buyers who invest in these se-
curities arid may attract new hedge fund in-'
S vestors.,
There are some concerns amohg market par-
ticipants that even if the TALF makes credit more
available, consumers may be reluctant to take out
new loans given the worsening economic environ-
ment. Due to the financial crisis, banks may also
be cautious in their underwriting standards. In
addition, Standard & Poor's-a well-known rating
service-said that some financial institutions
have ample access to liquidity through other gov-
ernment' support programs at more favorable
:rate:,'whkch-could also'curb'd'emand: ; ..
The Fed has said that while the initial pro-
gram will total $200 billion, it could be expanded
to as much as $1 trillion:'New York Fed president
William Dudley said last week that the next ver-
sion, which he called TALF 2.0, could include com-
mercial mortgage backed securities among other
asset classes.
The.TALF program isn't an everyday item for,
most of us, but as so many local, state and nation-
al efforts have noted: The big picture will un-
doubtedly have an affect on the little picture.. .
Michael Curtis can be reached at michael '

By Michael Curtis
Greene Publishing, Inc.:
'The price of a par-
ticular company's stock
can fluctuate wildly over
time-as anyone with an
interest in the stock
'market these days can
atlest. But what
about the actual
price of .stock com-
pared to each other?
,How. important is
that to the market?
For example, at
the close of the mar-
ket on Friday, March
20, Wal-Mart's stock
was trading at about
$50 'per share, Mi-
crosoft at around $17
per share, and IBM
around $92per share.
Does that mean that
'IBM is twice as valu-
able as Wal-Mart, or
that' Wal-Mart is
three times as valu-
able as Microsoft-
definitely not.'
The price per ,share
is only half the story To
get the market value of'
the company, and to cpm-
,pare the value of one
company to another, one
must multiply the share
price by the number of
shares outstanding. In
simple terms, overall
market value equals the
price' per share multi-
plied by the number of
shares that investors-
individuals and institu-
tional-own. It does not
include the shares that
the company owns itself.
Consider Microsoft
and Wal-Mart again.
Both, are household
names with very famous
founders. As noted, Mi-
tos6ftf closed at about
$17 .per share on' March
20. The company's total.
market value on that day
was about $152 billion
dollars-because they
have almost nine billion
shares in the market.
Again, individuals own
much of the stock, as
well as some businesses,
although institutional
investors, like mutual
funds, retirement funds,
;etc., own the biggest sin-
gle chunks-besides Bill

Gates himself-
Now, consider Wal-
Mart. It's share price on
March 20 was about $50
and its market capital-
ization-total market
value-was $192 billion,
which is only about 30


about $90,000 per share,
down from its yearly
high of $140,000 per
share. Of course, Berk-
shire isn't worth as
much as Wal-Mart be-
cause there are so many.
fewer shares owned and



On March 20, Microsoft's stock closed at $17 pe
share, while Wal-Mart's 'closed at $50. Does that mean
that Wal-Mart's stock Is worth more than Microsoft's'
There's more to a company's stock price than the'pric
per share.

percent greater than Mi-
crosoft, even though its
share price is 200 per-
cent. greater than Mi-
crosoft. The reason is.
that Wal-Mart has only
four billion shares out-
standing, less than half
that of Microsoft. 'Of
course, the movement of
the stock price up and
down over time will de-
pend on a variety of
issues; ":; profitability,
earnings, the price of
oil, and politics, just to
name a few.
.' The actual price of a
particular stock can'
have impact on its desir-
ability as an investment,
however. Some institu-
tional investors have
published policies'sfat-
ing it will riot-purchase
shares that cost less.
than five 'dollars per
share; others set it at
seven dollars. This came
into to play significantly
in the last three months
as some banking stocks
took a beating, as did
Ford.- :
: The classic stock
price celebrity will al-
ways be Berkshire Hath-
away Class "'A" shares,
which currently sell for

Mark-To-Market Debate Confs ng,
CB . .. .. v .
But Criticalr To iRecovery.

By Michael Curtis ter-informed decisions.
Greene Publishing, Inc. Now, while this defi- -, '
Mark-to-market or nition may not be readi- ...
fair value accounting ly clear to anyone but .'.

refers' to the accounting
standards of assigning a,
value to a position held
T in a financial instru-
ment based on the. cur-
Trent fair market price
:for the instrument or
'similar, instruments.
Fair value accounting
Shas been a part of US
Generally Accepted Ac-
counting Principles.
(GAAP) since the early
1990s.: The use of fair
value measurements has'
increased steadily over'
the past decade, primari-
ly in response to in-
vestor demand, for
relevant and timely fi-
nancial statements that
iwillaid in making bet-

our financial profession-
als, the idea is simple.
.Companies-banks, in-
suranlce, real estate',
could potentially ,abuse
this system by assigning
market values that are
not objectively deter-
mined. In the process,
the financial health of'
'the enterprise could be
dramatically overstated
for an extended period,
until it's too late-a bit
of the fox guarding the
hen house.'The opposite.
effect-conditions ap-
pearing grimmer than
actual-can also occur.
Recently, Warren
Buffett, now the second
richest man in America

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behind fBill Gates due to
the recent decline in the
value of his investment,
holdings-a decline of
nearly $25 'billion--
weighed in on the mark-
to-market debate, as
many experts see it as
central to correcting the'
financial industry. While
he's not for suspension
of rmark-to-market, he
proposes the best way to
handle mark-to-market
is to continue to report
those market figures to
investors, but not write-
down capital based on
these numbers, in other
words, not cripple the
balance sheets.
For example, one of
the greatest investors of,
our time is stating that
at their current market
prices, some of these
"toxic" assets-dis-.
tressed mortgages-rep-


resent the best potential
returns going forward.
because they are trading
below fair value. This is'
further evidence that the
market, or liquidation
,value of many of these
securities, is well below
their true economic val-
Conclusion: Mark-
to-market accounting
rules are forcing banks
to write their securities,
down to values well be-
low their economic val-
ue. In other words,
banks may be stronger
than the recent market-
selling frenzy would in-
dicate, at least from the
perspective of being able
to bounce back. The
proof will be revealed"
soon enough.
Michael Curtis can
be reached at michael@

traded. Berkshire
founder and primary in-
vestor Warren Buffet de-
cided years ago to never
split the stock-an ac-
tion where 'a company
cuts its price in half (or,
whatever stated ratio)'
and simultaneously dou-

bles the number of
shares outstanding.
The action doesn't
change the overall value
of the company immedi-
ately, as there are now
twice as many shares
selling for half as much,
although it is gener-
ally seen as favor-
able because 'it
indicates the compa-
ny is growing, and
that they are trying
to make the stock
more "affordable
and attractive.
Google, another fa-
vorite for the past
five years, sells for
over $300 per share,
also not splitting in
spite of its relatively
;r high price, which,
n again, doesn't neces-
? sarily mean expen-
e sive.
So, in order tb
understand the num-
bers behind market
prices, keep the big pic-
ture in mind: market val-
up, stock price, earning.
and investor policies like
risk, are all central fea-
tures to consider.
Michael Curtis cadn
be reached at michaelg

aWha 's In A Stock's Price?

Upgrade Your Portfolio in 2009

Provided by Brad Bashaw, Edward Jones

It's no secret that 2008 was rough on most investors.
And 2009 didn't get off to particularly good start, either.
Yet there's Still plenty of time left this year to upgrade your;
investment portfolio in a way that can help you stay on
track toward your long-term goals.

But what exactly does'it mean to "upgrade" your portfolio?
Do you have to systematically go thriough'your inivet-
ments and eliminate all those that performed- poorly last
year? Or should you just sell of any investments thaf you
think are risky?

Neither one of these ideas are good solutions. In the first
place, a severe bear market such as we've experienced
tends to drag everything down, even quality investments.
Furthermore, you can't get rid of all investments that carry
some risk because all investments carry some risk.

So, instead of taking either of these two drastic approach-
es, consider the following moves:

Review your portfolio objectives. Your investment
objectives are based in large part on your risk tolerance
and your stage of life. If these factors have changed, you
may need to rebalance your portfolio: In fact, it's a good
idea to rebalance your holdings at least once a year, no
matter what's going on in the markets or in your life.
* Increase your portfolio's quality. Right now, you can
find many quality investments that are very attractively
priced. In past market recoveries, these typqs of invest-
ments usually have recovered faster than lower-quality And because the biggest gains usually occur early-
in market rallies, you don'twant to wait too long to explore
these opportunities.
Don't overload on a single investment. In general,
it's not a good idea to have a single stock take up more
than five percent of your portfolio. In recent months, many
investors have learned the hard way about the dangers of
holding too much stock in a single company even one
that once appeared to be a "blue chip" firm. And the same
principle applies to your employer's stock if it's offered
as an option in your 401(k), don't go overboard on it.
Own a sufficient number of stocks. How- many
stocks should own to diversify the equity portion of your
portfolio? There's no one right answer for everyone, but to
really attain proper diversification, you may need to own
at least 20 or 25 stocks, spread out among all the major
industry sectors,. Of course, diversification, by itself, can-.
not guarantee a profit or protect against a loss, but it can
give you more chances for success .while helping reduce
4he effects of volatility on your portfolio,.
Invest in a range of fixed-income securities. Just
as you need to own a reasonable amount of stocks, you
should also own a number of fixed-income vehicles -
perhaps 10 to.20, depending on your situation. You can
diversify these holdings by purchasing different types of
bonds corporate, municipal and Treasury -.and cer-
tificates of deposit. To further diversify, buy fixed-income
Vehicles with varying maturities.

You can't control the economy or the financial markets.
But by following the proven techniques described above,
you, can help control your own financial destiny. Take
action soon.

Brad Bashaw EdwardJones
Investment Representative
114 SW Range Avenue
P.O. Box 631 Madison, FL 32341
Bus 850-973-8334 Fax 877-516-2596
Hm 386-362-6204
Toll Free 866-973-8334
Serving Individual Investors Since 1871

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Madison County Carrier 13A


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By Bryant Thigpen
Greene Publishing, Inc.
On Wednesday
morning, March 18, stu-
dents from North Flori-
da Community College
were on hand at the
Madison Senior Citi-
zens Center to serve
approximately 18 citi-
zens with free blood.
pressure checks in the
Senior Citizens build-
ing. Students of the
nursing class, Candace
Matthews of Branford
and Holly Kirby of Live
Oak, volunteered their
services to help the el-
derly in the. community.
"It was an honor for
us to be able to provide
these services for our
senior citizens," said
Sharon Underhill, Old-
er American Act coor-
dinator. This event
kicks off what will be
an annual event offered
to the seniors every
third Wednesday of the
month. Citizens will be
able to come in for free
blood pressure checks

offered by the students
of NFCC.
While the free blood
pressure checks were
going on, Life Line
Screenings were offer-
ing their services to the
seniors in the old jail,
adjacent to the senior

By Michael Curtis
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Flying the motto, "No 'But(t)s' About It,"
several top hospital executives spoke out re-
cently at a rally at the State Capitol regarding
the need to impose much larger assessments on
cigarettes to meet the rising cost of health care.
It is often overlooked that taxpayers carry
the lion's share of tobacco-related healthcare
costs because Medicare pays for much of the
medical services. The case is doubly worse in
Florida. of course, due to the migration of re-
tirees to the state.
At last estimate, the combined costs of hos-
., pital stays, doctors, chronic care and lost work
is over $10 per pack of cigarettes sold. The
number is'now in the billions of dollars.
In response to this rising tide, and consid-
ering that Florida imposes nearly the lowest
tax and assessments of tobacco products na-
tionwide, hospital CEOs representing 168 hos-
pitals around the state joined forces at the
Capitol on Tuesday. March 10 at 11 a.m. to urge
Lawmakers to raise revenues to increase access
to health care by adding a dollar per pack as-.
sessment on cigarette sales.
Spokespersons included Bruce Rueben,
president/CEO, Florida Hospital Association;
Mark O'Bryant, president/CEO, Tallahassee
' Memorial and chairman of the board of the
| Florida Hospital Association; Lars Houmann,
president of Florida Hospital, Orlando; and
Don Webster. CEO, American Cancer Society,
Florida Division.
"Florida's businesses and families absorb
more than $6.2 billion in tobacco related costs,
and that amounts to more than $586 per house-
hold. An increase in the tobacco fee will reduce
smoking and target the revenues to help Flori-
da's most vulnerable citizens," said Bruce
Rueben,, President and,CEO of. the Florida Hos-.
pital Association.
The hospital executives said the tobacco
money can be used to provide a dedicated fund-
ing source for the Medically Needy and
Aged/Disabled programs, which serve our
most vulnerable residents, and to fully fund
KidCare, ensuring access to health care for
Florida's children.
* Locally, advocates from Healthy Start, the
i Health Department and the Big Bend Area
Health Education Center, among others, have
expressed deep concerns about tobacco and de-
clining public healthcare budgets. .Each of
these organizations has a huge stake to the out-
come, but none greater than 'he doniiuxilty at
largd. Residents are therefore uedd to continue,
to .contact alI public officia:ls,;b omi.Madison
SCounty to Washington, and let fliem-mio that
tobacco use is an expense that goes well beyond
these ..
Mid ael Curtis can be read 'at I ''. -;

"Lies can only be camouflaged for
so long before they are revealed
and KBD0 is the day that uncovers
the truth for the whole world."
Auriel Rolle-Polk, FL

tified issues.
Currently, more,
than 210,000 people in
Florida live with a TBI-
related disability, a num-
ber that is' projected to
increase to nearly
260,000 by 2020. In 2005,
93,000 TBIs (mild, mod-
erate and severe) oc-
curred in Florida,
leading to more than
71,000 emergency de-
partment visits and
nearly 18,000 hospitaliza-
Males account for
nearly 75 percent of
brain injuries. Traffic-
related crashes account
for nearly 64 percent of
brain injuries, followed
by falls (nearly 20 per-
cent of injuries). Chil-
dren 0-5 years, young
adults 15-24 years, and
adults 65 years and older
are at greatest risk for
TBI due to falls.
DOH advises Florid-
ians of tips to help pre-
vent brain injuries:
* Always wear a seat
belt and insist all pas-
sengers wear one as
* When biking, always
wear a helmet
* Always buckle chil-
dren into an approved
safety seat
* Never shake a baby,
* Secure throw rugs in
the home to prevent

center building. Se-
niors could be screened
for such things as car-
diovascular disease.
According to the
National Stroke Associ-
ation, four out of five
stroke victims had no
apparent warning

wr ^Bmin

signs. It is proven that
80 percent of all strokes
can be prevented. This
is just one of the many
programs that the Se-
nior Citizens Center
hosts to help citizens be
aware of their health


slips and falls
TBI survivors and their families often require
access to rehabilitation and life-long assistance to
perform everyday activities. Long-term problems
typically associated with a traumatic brain injury
include memory loss and difficulty processing and
retaining information, completing tasks, managing
stress, controlling temper and dealing with depres-
sion. lEligible Florida residents who sustain a mod-
erate-to-severe TBI can contact the DOH Brain -and
Spinal Cord Injury- Program for more -information
about necessary services needed to return to their.
families and communities.
DOH promotes, protects and improves the
health of all people in Florida. For more informa-
tion about traumatic brain injury, visit the DOH
website at
SC/index.html or visit the Brain Injury Association
of Florida at To speak to an individ-
ual about brain injury, call toll-free at (866) 875-5660
or call the BIAF Helpline at (800) 992-3422.

Question: There are so many tooth
brushes sold at the grocery store. Which
toothbrush is the best toothbrush?

Answer: This is a great question that we
get asked all the time. There is a great deal of
research on toothbrushes. The trouble is, the
studies are too frequently paid for by tooth
brush manufacturers. So the studies are
somewhat suspect.

What I can tell you is the best toothbrush by
far is a NEW toothbrush. NEW toothbrushes
do a far better job clearing those hard to reach
areas below the gum line and in between teeth.
Reports tell us the average American buys a
new tooth brush once every 12 months
(shame, shame). The American Dental Asso-
ciation recommends using a soft bristle brush
and replacing tooth brushes every 6 weeks.
Try it for yourself. Go to the store and buy a
new soft bristle tooth may be
amazed how much cleaner your teeth become.
Clean teeth not only look great. Ultimately they
will be healthier teeth which will save you
money on dental bills many times over in the
long run. Invest in your self and buy a new
tooth brush. You are worth it!

,:,,dEickK Shaw I,.DMD
Itn. Contact us at
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< questions about the Artand Science of
., Dentistry

Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo by Bryant Thigpen, March 18, 2009
Holly Kirby assists Robert McColskey with a free blood pressure check of-
ed by the Senior Citizens Center.



This year, over 8,000 Floridians will sustain a
traumatic brain injury-TBI, resulting in long-term
disability. In many cases, these injuries are life
changing, not only for the survivor, but also for fam-
ilies and caregivers. Because prevention is the only
cure, individuals should always take safety precau-
tions, such as wearing seat belts when traveling by
car or wearing helmets while riding bikes. TBIs are
most common in children and the elderly.
... In response, the Florida Department of Health
'Braminand :Spinal Cord Jnjury Program announces
the release of Florida's first comprehensive strate-
gic plan for TBIs. Florida's Five-Year Strategic Plan:
Enhancing the Traumatic Brain Injury System of
Care will help to ensure that Florida's TBI survivors
and their families can access a comprehensive sys-
tem of services and supports. To view the strategic
plan, visit
The Strategic Plan was based on Project AC-,
TION-Assessing Communities To Identify Ongo-
ing Needs, a three-year,* federally funded
partnership between the DOH Brain and Spinal
Cord Injury Program, the Brain Injury Association
of Florida, and WellFlorida Council, Developed in
response to a 2007 Needs and Resources Assessment
of Florida's TBI survivors, their families and ser-
vice providers, the plan outlines Florida's vision for
a statewide information, referral, planning and ad-
vocacy system. More than 30 survivors, family mem-
bers and key stakeholders gathered in October 2007
to determine key strategic issues for the state. The
following year, a workgroup of 11 members met
monthly to develop goals and strategies for the iden-


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14A Madison County Carrier

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

eenville P0ointe


1,2 & 3 BR HC & non-
HC accessible apts.
Rental assistance may be
available. HUD vouchers
accepted. Call 850-948-
3056. TDD/TTY 711.
192 NW Greenville
Pointe Trail, Greenville,
FL 32331.
Equal Housing

Qouthlem milas of

C .ad son Cpartments

Rental assistance may be
available. HUD vouchers
accepted. 1, 2, & 3 BR
HC & non-HC accessible
apts. Call 850-973-8582,
TDD/TTY 711.315 SW
Lawson Circle,
Madison, FL 32340.
Equal Housing
Cambridge Manor
Apartments designed for
"Senior's and Disabled. 2
Bedroom open with Sub-
1BR ($409.)
2BR ($435.).
HUD vouchers accept-
ed Call 850-973-3786-
TTY Acs 711.
404 SW Sumatra Rd,
This institution is an
Equal Opportunity
-and Employer


'Madison Heights
1,2,3 & 4 bedroom apts.
Section 8 Housing designed
for low. income families
150 S\V Burngardner Dr."
Madison, FL
Phone 850-973-4290
TDD 1-800-545-1833
ext. 485
Equal Housing

,3Bed/ 2 Bth Mobile Home for
rent in great neighborhood, off
County Camp Rd inr Madison.
HUD vouchers accepted. Security
deposit required. Contact -Amy
Brasby at 407-616-2637 or 321-
House for Rent
*in Green\ ille, FL .
(near elementary school).
All Electric, Newly, remod-
eled 3 bedrooms. I bath
$575/mo. 1st & secunty de-
posit. Housing Choice
bVouchers Accepted
Call 850-973-7349 or
617-4 37-1905
3Bed/ 2Bth hone in private quiet
compound 1900 sq. ft., sunroom,
cathedral ceding., full t'urnijhed
kitchen. %N/D. carponrt
Adult family only. No pets.
$950 mo.+ dep. Credit check.
,Call 850-948-4444
Restored 3 BR Home,
CH&Air, Oak. Floors, new
R&Rfg. 1335 sq ft.
Adult Family only, no pets.
$700 rent and deposit
Credit check.
432 NE Horry Ave. Madison.
Call George. 973-8583, 557-
House for Rent
2Bed/I Bth. Great neighbor-
hood. Within city limits. /
$500mth. 1st and last mths
rent due. Security deposit re-
quired. 673-9425
'2 BR/I BTH House For
RentCentral H&A, Appli-
ances, Furnished, $500
per mth, $500 Security.
Vouchers Accepted.
Call 973-3917"

1 yr lease. 2 Bed, 2 Bth.
Includes kitchen appliances, wa-
ter, and lawn maintenance.
$800 per mt, $800 deposit.

Downtown Office/Retail
space for rent. 700 to 1,400
Sql ft.567-1523

Office Building across street
from Post Office, Courthouse,
and Courthouse Annex.
(Old Enterprise Recorder
Office); 111 SE Shelby St.
MadisonNewly renovated back
to the 1920's era Call 973-4141

I.E Jical P~i Hm~Lets J~

For Sale: -
House & Lot
In the Town of Suwannee
was $135,000, Now
$99,000. 2 BR/1 BA. Fully
Furnished, New Metal
Roof, and New Paint. Util-
ity Building with Washer
and Dryer. Nice Fruit


5 acres Lee, North of Hwy
6,. Cayenne Rd., rolling
restrictions, $39,995
$5,000 down, $325/mo

10 acres Beulah Meadows
Rd, DWMH and houses
allowed, $49,500,, $5,000
down $459/mo

10 acres Old Blue Springs
Rd. access, DWMH and
houses allowed, $49,500,
$5,000 down, $459/mo

25 Acres on Hwy 90, Lee,
$112,500 ($4,500/ac)

Larger tracts available
Call Chip Beggs ,

For Sale:
2BR/ 2 BTH Townhouse
at 346 SW Macon St.
Call Afler 5:30 at 253-.19i1
Fantastic Lake
and Mountain Views
from this 2 Bed/ 2Bth Home;
Open and Covered Decks,
Large Screened Porch, Gas
FP, CH/A, Oak Floors &
Cabinets, and Appliances
Offered Furunshed at
$179,900. Call BJ Peters at
,Land Owners- with good or
bad'Credit!!! You can own a
new home with $0 down.
Call Will at 850-253-8001.
For Sale 3 Bed/ 2 Bth w.
' A.C. on 1/2 Acre in Tee.
Only $599mth.
Call Will for more info at
For Sale in Hamilton Co.
on 5 Acres.
You Choose Floorplan.
Call Today
For Sale 4 Bed/2 Bth w. A.C.
in Madison County,
for only $649 per mth.
Call to be pre-approved.
One acre on Diving Bird
Loop for sale. $5500. Call
Derrick or Christy in CherryI
Lake. Call: 229-469-0619.
or 229-242-8294.


No mortgage on your land. Put
Home on your land, family land',
state land or rental lot. Sin-
glewides start at $350.00 month
and Doublewides at $440.00.
Call' Steve 386-365-5370
CALL 386-288-4560

S 386-288-4560

$49,900.00 CALL
Singlewide your land $340.00
. P&I per mo, Doublewide your,
land $422.00 P&I per mo.
Singlewide & $30,000.00 for
land $520.00 P&I per mo. or
Doublewide with $30,000.00
for land $602.00 P&I per mo.
Our land your land or buy
land. I specialize in credit
challenged customers. Appli-
cations over the phone, credit
Decision next business day.
Let me help make your new
home dream come true.
Trades welcome.
Call Steve 386-365-5370
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MIKE AT 386-623-4218
$20,000.00 TURN KEY
386-623-4218 -

2004 Sq Ft $594.31 PER MO.
CALL MIKE 386-623-4218,
SARAH 386-288-0964


$7,500.00 CASH IN YOUR
FOR DETAILS 386-719-0044


Propertywith state high-
wayfrontage Corner
lots.Fronts both Harvey
'Gieene Dr. and Highway 53
South.Enterprise Zone
Natural gas line, 8 inch water
main, access to city utilities,
Sfirehydrant, and service from
tWo power companies. Prop-
erty 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 850-973-4141

Adorable Lab/Bull Dog mix
puppies. Free to good home.
- 850-464-9659

2001 Silver Pontiac
Grand Prix GTP
Daytona 500 Limited
Edition (one of only
2000.) Needs new engine.
3ody and interior in exce-
lent condition. Leather,
sunroof, 'Iose sound sys-
tem, tons of upgrades!!
Must see. Asking $5,500.
Well under blue book
Call 850-879-0179.

1987 Ford Bronco for Sale.
Super hot engine! 58k origi-
nal miles. Auto trans. Differ-
ential don't leak. Only
rolled over okce but never
"mud bogged". Upper body
has no glass but engine and
running gear awesome! Now
painted camo $500.

Wanted: Chickens, turkeys,
guineas and peafowl.

CALL 850-973-4004. IF NO

LearnTo Play Piano!
Learn to play piano by ear! Af-
fordable piano lessons at beginner
and intermediate level. Basic mu-
sic theory and bass guitarlessons
also available. For more informa-
tion or to schedule, please call
(850) 464-0114.

Place gour ad
here by calling

.2005 Ford F350 4x2 Regular Ca
XLT 165" wheelbase, dual rear
wheels, 6.0 V-8 Diesel.
Torqueshift 5 spd automatic trans-
mission. Power seats, windows,
locks, captain chairs, keyless en-
try,6 disc cd/am/fm, adjustable
pedals, cruise control, tilt steering
wheel, bumper guard, a.c. 78,214
miles, well maintained' by the local
Ford dealer Sticker price:
$37,460.00 Blue Book value:
$20,000. Minimum bid:
2006 Ford F350 4x2 Regular Cab
Chassis XLT 165" wheelbase, dual
rear wheels, 6.0 V-8 Diesel.
Torqueshift 5 spd automatic trans-
mission. Power seats, windows,
locks, captain chairs, keyless en-,
try, 6 disc cd/am/fm,
adjustable pedals, cruise control,
tilt steering wheel, bumper guard,
a.c. 78,886 miles, well maintained
by the local Ford dealer
Sticker price: $37,460.00
Blue Book value: $22,000.
Minimum bid: $14,000.00.
The Board of County Commis-
sioners will accept sealed bids on
these vehicles. Vehicles can be
seen at Madison County E.M.S.
building, next to the countyjjail.
Units *ill be sold as is. The Board
of County Commissioners has the;
right to reject any and all bids.
You can submit your bids to: Mr.
Allen Cherry, County Coordinator
229 South West Pinckney Street,
Suite 219
Madison, Florida 32340
Please:mark: "Sealed Bid Ford F-
S350" on the outside of the enve-,
lope along with the year truck you
are bidding on.
The deadline for submitting bids
will be 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March
"27, 2009. / .
Winner of bid will be contacted
and will be able to pick up vehicle' .

upon payment with certified
cashier's check.

Advent Christian
Cal: 658-JOBS (5627) or visit
Do more than work,
join a family!
Social Services Director- LTC
FT position to lead/direct a ser-
vice team with high standards of
practice at 161-bed long-term
care f'acilt. including
;erx iee/programs lfor imernor
impaired and a strong communi-
3 -,,nented ent ironment. BSW
and long-term care experience
S required. MSW strongly
preferred. Two or more years
relevant experience % ith good
understanding of LTC regs.
strongly preferred.
Accounting A/R Clerk.
FT position; HSD or equivalent
required; prior experience in in-
surance billing and 'coding, PC
operation with MS applications,
including word processor,.
spreadsheet, and database re-
quired. Must be detailed
PT staff for various grounds-re-
lated positions in residential.
community; prior experience in
residential or commercial lawn
care a plus; valid Florida DL re-
FT Groundskepper
Residential community; prior
experience in residential and com-
nmercial lawn care a plus; valid
Florida DL required.
FT Water/ Wastewater Treat-
ment Operations
Valid FL C water and waste wa-
ter treatment certification re-
. quired;'dual certification .
strongly preferred. Willing to
consider experienced individual
with FL C certification in drink-
ing water treatment and allow
one year to obtain FL C waste
water treatment. Experience in
all aspects of water/ waste water
& distribution/ collection sys-
tems required.
Competitive wages & excellent
benefits (health, dental, life,
disability, supplemental insur-
ance, 403b, paid time off,) plus
access to onsite daycare and
fitness facilities.
EOE, Drug Free Workplace,
Criminal background checks
Apply in person at ACV Perk
sonnel Department Mon thru
Fri, 9:00 am. until 4:00 p.m.,
Carter Village Hall, 10680
Dowling Park Drive, Dowling
Park, FL; fax resume/ creden-
tials to (386) 658-5160; or visit
www.acvillaqe net.

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Madison Cbunty
Road Department

Job Title:
Machine Operator ,
Salary: Stans at a minimum of
$11 04 per hour
Job Duties:
Miscellaneous equiipment opera-,
tion, performing routine mainte-
nance and minor repairs on such
equipment; performing other job
duties as assigned by supervisor,
including truck driving, laborer
and semi-skilled assignments
when necessary to maintain work
schedule or during slack or sea-
sonal periods;
Minimum Qualifications Mini-
mum of two (2.1 )ears experience
operating various heavy equipment
and/or heay trucks, or any combi-
.nauon of education, training, and
experience which provides the re-
quired know ledge. skills, and abil-

High School Diploma or its equiv-
alent preferred
Sutcient health, physical
strength, and agility to do heavy
manual labor.
Valid Commercial-Driver's Li-
cense Class B with Air Brake Ap-
plication or higher
Application Deadline: 5:00 PM,
Monday, April 6, 2009 .
Madison County is an Equal Op-'
portunity Employer and a Drug
Free Workplace.,

Clinical Director
Mental Health Services
for a 30 bed female
Juvenile Justice program
in Greenville, FL.' A
Master's degree and
licensure in a mental'
health related field, as
Well as two years
experience in' direct
mental health service'
delivery required. Also
applicant must have
supervisory skills..
Candidates must pass a
DJJ background screen,
drug screening and
physical in order to be

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a *rsum *t

Maintenance Director
Must have basic skills
n air conditioning,
and Life Safety in a
Skilled Nursing Facili-
y. Maintain records for
inspection review. Ex-
perience in SNF or hos-
pital preferred.
Benefits include health,
dental and life insur-
ance, and 401K. Fax re-
sume to 850-973-2667;
Madison Nursing Cen-
er telephone 850-973-

Earn 50%,only $10 for
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The City. of Madison is accept-,
ing applications for 1 full-time
Firefighter with the following
qualifications: Applicants must
beat least'19 years of age and
citizen of the United States,
possess a valid FLORIDA DRI4
OVER'S LICENSE, with an "E"
endorsement, must be a High
School Graduate, must pass a
drdg test, background check, a
physical examination and vi-
sion test. The applicant must be4
in excellent physical condition
and it, is preferred that the ap-
rlicant be Florida Firefighter
Certified. The applicant must
aso be a non-user of tobacco
ob applications are available
upon request from the office of
the Fire Chief. Alfred Manri at,
116 SW Dade Si. Madison. ,
Flonda 32340.
We will be accepting applica-
tons for this position from
Monday, March 2, 2009, 'until
theposition has been filled.
The City of Madison is an
Equal Opportunity Employer
arid recognizes veteran's prefer-
ence. .
Substance Abuse
Human Services Agency is
seeking a Full-time Sub-
stance Abuse Counselor to
serve adolescents in Madison
County. POsition will per-
form outpatient intervention
services and administer pre-
vention programs in a school
based setting. Preferred. can-
didate will have a Master's
degree in social or behav-"
ioral science. Also prefer ex-
perience working with
juvenials involved with sub-
stance abuse.
Qualified applicants must
complete a DISC Village
employment application and
submit to: Madison Coun-
selor, 3333 W.-Pensacola St.,
Suite 150, Tallahassee, FL
32304. Applications maybe
downloaded at Please
call (850) 575-4388 for as-
sistance. EOE/ Drug Free'


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Seam Repair,.Berbe
Burns, Water Damage
Don?t waste money t
buy new carpet if c
don?t have to...

Lawn Mower Repair
New & Used Parts
2089 NE State Road 6
Madison, FL 3234o

CSN Station: WUJC
90.3FM Greenville, FL
would like to invite mem-
bers of the Greenville
Community to Dairy
Queen (1-10 and US 221)
for our quarterly meeting
on March 31. 2009, at i
11am to meet the staff and
share questions, com- 1
ments, and prayers.

I t


Tri-County Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Tri-County Electric Cooperative, Inc. has an
opening for a full-time cashier in our Perry,
Office. The successful candidate should:
have strong problem 'solving skills, high
integrity, pleasant demeanor and excellent,
communication skills.
The candidate must also have solid
personal 'computer skills and be familiar
with Microsoft Office software.
The Cooperative offers competitive
salary and benefits.
Tri-County is an EOE and DFWP.
Please send resume and completed
Tri-County Employment Application Form,
which is available at any TCEC office,
before April 6, 2009 to:

George Webb
Tri-County Electric Cooperative, Inc.
P.O. Box 208
Madison, FL 32341

Deadline For Classifieds
(850) 973-4141

JCLASSIFI Ds 3:00 p.m. Every Monday


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Wednesday, March 25, 2009 Madison County Carrier 15A

CASE NO. 2009-108-CA IN RE: ESTATE OF The Madison County Senior Citizen Council will receive and consider
WILLIAM L. SULLIVAN Mary E. Wiliams File No. 2009 14 proposals for Construction Management Services to be rendered for the
Post Office Box 729 following upcoming project:
Madison, Florida 32341 CP 1. New Proposed 10,000 s.f. Senior Citizen Center
Plaintiff Probate Division It is the intent of the Madison County Senior- Citizen Council to obtain
Decease rate ivisin services which meet the specific and exclusive needs of the Senior
Seceased. Citizen Council. Selection criteria will include but not be limited to
FORECLOSURE AND OTHER RELIEF NOTICE TO CREDITORS the following: experience of firm; adequacy of personnel; location of
The administration of the estate of Mary F Williams, deceased, whose date of personnel assigned to project; and geographic distance from project
SUSAN LA. R NG eAi November 23, 2008, and whose Social Security Number is 264-88.1232, isshall include but not e limited to the following:
SUSAN .REDDINGal, pending in the Circuit Court, All proposal shall include but notbe limited to the following:
Defendants. for MadisonCounty, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 125 1. Company name and length of time in business.
S.W. Range Ave. Madison, 2. Company location.
FL, 32341-0237, The names and addresses of the personal representative and 3. Relevant experience.
NOTICE OF ACTION the personal representative's 4. Qualifications of staff to be utilized on this project with
NOTICE OF ACTION attorney are set forth below names, resumes, and length of time with firm.
S. attorney are set fort :- 5. Local experience and knowledge of local ordinances,
TO: DONALD L.REDDING AND All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands codes, and vendors.
2246 Captain Buie Road Post Office Box 252 against decedent's estateon whom a copy of this notice isrequired to be served Written proposals should be submitted, no later than, 11:00 AM on
Madison, Florida 32340 Pinetta, Florida 32350 must file their claims with this court
Madison, Florida 32340 Pinetta, Florida 32350 WITlHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST Wednesday,
YOU ARE HEREBYNOTIFIED that an action toforeclose a mortgage NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF April 15, 2009 to
onthe following propertyin Madison County, Florida: THIS NOTICE ON THEM. Clemons, Rutherford & Associates, Inc.
PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLATCBOOK 2, PAGE 14, All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or de- 2027 Thomasville Road
PUBLIC RECORDS OF MADISON COUNTY, FLORIDA. mands against decedent's estate must rile their claims with this court WITH-
has beened against you and you ae required to serve a py of your writ ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN Madison County Senior Citizen Council reserves the right to reject any
ten defenses, if any, to it on E. Bailey Browning 111, Plaintiffs attorney, whose SECTION
address is Post OfficeDrawer 652, Madison, Fl9rida 32341, on orbefore April 733.'1'02 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER and all proposals.
13, 2009, and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service BARRED
on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be BAR ED.
entered against you for the relief demanded in theComplaint. NOTWITH STANDING THE TIME' PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY
Dated March 6, 2009. DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. City of Madison
HON. TIM SANDERS. CLERK OF COURT, Thedate of first publication of this notice is MARCH 18, 2009 Public Service Announcement
MADISON COUNTY, FLORIDA. Attorney Personal Representative Personal Representative:
BY: /s/ Ramona Dickinson :Rodney D. Gering, Esq. Jaquelyn Augenstein DAMAGE PREVENTIN IS EVERYONE'S
Deputy Clerk FL Bar No. 0554340 2809 Southern Parkway RESPONSIBILITY
DeputyClerk Gerling Law Group, Chartered Bradenton, FL 34205
6148 State Road 70 East
Bradenton, Florida 34203 0. The City of Madisoun requests that you please call Sunshine at 1-800-432-
Telephone: (941) 756-6600 4770, at least 48 hours before you dig, but not more than 5 days. Have infor-
i e t n ' d i can llfin co n an nnamela/ddress contact apersomn honf

CONCERNING AN AMENDMENT TO THE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the ordinance, whose tide htreinafter ap-
MADISON COUNT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN pears. will be considered for enactment by the Board of County Commission-
ers of Madison County, Florida, at a public hearing on April 1. 2009 at 5:00
BY THE PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD OF MADISON COUNTY, p.m., or as soon thereafter as the matters can be heard, in the Courthouse An-
FLORIDA, SERVING ALSO AS THE LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY OF net. Board Room. located at 229 Southwest Pinckney Street, Madison. Flori-
GIVEN that, pursuant to Sections 1633161 through 163-3215. Florida
Statutes, as amended, and the Madison County Land Development Code, as AN ORDINANCE OF MADISON COUNT"Y, FLORIDA, AMENDING
amended, hereinafter referred to as the Land Development Code, objections, THE TEXT OF THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE OF MADISON
recommendations and comments concerning the amendments, as described COUNTY. AS AMENDED; PURSUANT TO APPLICATION LDC 09-1, BY
below, will be heard by the Planning and Zoning Board of Madison County. THE PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD; AMENDING SECTION 4.6-12
Florida, serving also as the Local Planning Agency of Madison County. Flori- ENTITLED EXCEPTIONS TO AGRICULTURE 1 AND 2 DENSITY
da, at a public hearing on April 9,2009 at 5:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as REQUIREMENTS: REDISTRIBUTING THE NJUMBER OF LOTS AVAIL-
the matters can be heard, in the Courthouse Annex, Board Room, located at ABLE FOR INDIVIDUALS AND UBDIlISIONS AND DELETING TRANS-
229 Soulthest Pinckney Street.Madison.'Florkla. FER OF OWNERSHIP BY DEED ON VACANT PARCELS AS A
CPA 09-1, an application by HiHlie P. Agner to amend the future Land Use 4.5 ENTITLED DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS ITEM 6. SPECIAL DENSI-
Plan Map of the Comprehensive Plan changing the future land use classifica- TIES FOR LOTS FOR THE ULSE OF FAMILY HOMESTEADS BY DELET-
A portion of the West Half iW ?) of the Northeast Quarter (NE ?I of Section DEEDED ACCESS TO A COUNTY OR STATE MAINTAINED ROAD;
19, Township I North. Range II East and a portion of Lot I, Blue Springs Es- PROVIDING SEVERABILITY; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN
tales Subdivision. as described in Declaration of Restrictions and Protectise CONFLICT; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE
Covenants. as recorded in O.R. Book 120, pages 32-48, of the public records
of Madison County, Florida, being more particularly described as follows: The public hearing may be continued to one or more future dates.
Any interested party shall be advised that the date, time and place of any con-
BEGIN at a concrete'monument marking the northwest corner of said Lot 1; tinuation of the public hearing shall be announced during the public bearings
said point lying on the southerly right-of-way line of State Road 6 (100 f6ol and that no further notice concerning the matter will be published, unless said
right-of-wayh: thence North 63'46'58" East along said right-of-wa) line a dis- continuation exceeds six calendar weeks from the date of the above referenced
stance of 133.28 feel to an Iron pipe marking the northeast corner of said Lot public hearing.
I; thence South 00'22'16" East along the east ine of said Lotl Ia distance of
202.83 feet to a rebar; thence South 88'38'15" West a distance of 219.84 feel At the aforementioned public hearing, all interested parties may appear and
to a rebar; thence South 00'23'06" East a distance of 945.41 feel to a rebar: be heard with respect to the amendment
thence South 89'34'04" West a distance of 1022.11 feet to a rebar on the east- .. '
early right-of-way line of NE HawthorneAvenue i variable width right-of-way); Copies of the amendment areavailable for public inspection at the Courthouse
thence North 00125'56" West along said right-of-way line a distance of 550.96 Annex, Ofltcy of the County Coordinator, located at 229 Southwest Pinckney
feet to a rebar marking the intersection of said right-of-way line with the Street Suite 219, Madison, Florida, during regular business hours,
aforesaid southerly right-of-way line of State Road 6: thenet North 63'45'59"
East a distance of 1247.25 feel lo the POINT OF BEGINNING. 'All persons are advised that if they decide to appeal any decision made at the
Containing 19.50 acres, more or less. above'referenced public hearing, they will need a record of the proceedings,
and'that, for such'purpose, they may need to ensure that a verbatim record of
TOGETHER WITH an easement for Ingress, Egress and Utilities, being more the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence
particularly described as follows: upon which the appeal is to'be based.
The south 30 feel of Lot 2, Blue Springs Estates Subdivision, as described in 03/25/09
Declaration of Restrictions and Protective Covenants, as recorded in O.R.
SBook 120, pages 32-48, of the public records of Madison County, Florida. Said
lands situate, lying and being Madlison Comunty, Florida.
The public hearing may be continued to one or more future dates. Any inter-
ested party shall be advisedthat the date, time.and place of any continuation
of the public hearing shall be announced during the public bearing and that
no further notice concerning the matter will be published, unless said A
continuation exceeds six calendar weeks from the date of the above referenced A_ _I_
public hearing.' .'s:, [, .
At the aforementioned public hearing, all interested parties may appear and
be heard with respect to the amendment. Copies of the amendment are avail-
able for public inspection at the Courthouse Annex, Office of the County Co-
ordinator, located at 229 Southwest Pinckney Street, Madison, Florida, during
regular business hours. All persons are advised that if they decide to appeal
any decision made. at the above referentced public hearing they will need a U11I I
record 6f the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, they may noted to ensure
that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the
testimony and evidence upoh which the appeal is to be based.
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GIVEN that, pursuant to Sections 163.3161 through 163.3215, Florida
Statutes, as amended, and the Madison County Land Development Codel as
amended, hereinafter referred to as the Land Development Code, objections,
recommendations and comments concerning the amendments, as described
below, will be heard by the Planning and Zoning Board of Madison County,
Florida, serving also as the Local Planning Agency of Madison County, Flori-
da, at a public hearing on April 9, 2009 at 5:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as
the matters can be heard, in the Courthouse Annex, Board Room, located at
229 Southwest Pinckney Street, Madison, Florida.
CPA 09-1, an application by Douglas and Laura Parker to amend the future
Land Use Plan Map of the Comprehensive Plan changing the future land use
classification from RESIDENTIAL to COMMIERCLAL-for property de-
scribed as follows:
Lots 7, 8 and 9 of the Town of Pinetta, as per map recorded ih Deed
Book S:,
pages 236 237, of the public records of Madison County, Florida,
LESS and '
EXCEPT the right of way for SR No. 145. Said lands situate, lying and
being in
Madison County, Florida.
The public hearing may be continued to one or more future dates. Any inter-'
ested party shall be advised that the date, time and place of any continuation
of the public hearing shall be announced during the public hearing and that
no further notice concerning the matter will be published, unless said
continuation exceeds six calendar weeks from the date of the above referenced
public hearing.
At the aforementioned public hearing, all interested parties may appear and
be heard with respect to the amend ient. CqpIes.f(f, e an rd-mei Oware avs
able for public inspection at the Courhous, Anne, Office of the County o-
ordinator. located at 229 Southwest Pinckney Street, Madison. Florida. during
regular business hours. All persons are advised that if they decide to appeal
any decision made at the above referenced public hearing they will need a
record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, they may need to ensure
that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the
testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that ALVIN MCNEALY, the holder of the fol-
lowing certificate has filed said certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon.
The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property,
and name in which it is assessed is as follows;
Legal Description of Property: A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SEC-
All of said property being in the County of Madison, State.of Florida. Unless
such certificate shall be redeemed according to the law, the property described
in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder at the west front.door at
the Madison County Courthouse on the 30th day of April 2009 at 11:00 a.m.
Dated this 19th day of March 2009.

BY: _____

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By Michael Curtis
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Public Law 94-344, known as, the Federal
Flag Code, is .the law of the land regarding the
handling and displaying of the American flag.
It does not include anything regarding the sig-
nificance or meaning of folding the flag, al-
though military everywhere have adopted the
rich tradition at virtually all veteran funer-
als. The code was first adopted by Congress in
1923 and revised numerous times.
According to the American Legion, the code
does not call for a ceremonial folding of the
flag-the folding procedure is mostly also tradi-
tion-same for the meanings of the folds. No-
body seems to know when or where that
originated or who wrote it either. There is spec-
ulation that it may have come from a chaplain
who attached the religious meanings to the
folds, perhaps for a burial ceremony.
Official or not, the ceremony has gained sta-
tus and remains in many governmental and mil-
itary manuals, also being recited at numerous
military funerals. In October 2007, the National
Cemetery Administration banned the practice
of giving the meaning of the folds of the flag at
all national cemeteries, but the decision was
quickly revised. The U.S. Department of Veter-
ans Affairs issued a statement in October 2007
saying that any recitations at the graveside of a
veteran can reflect the wishes of the family. In
other words, if the family of the deceased wants
the meaning of the folds to be included, it can
be included.
Here is the meaning of the flag draped cof-
The flag is draped with the stars on the left
shoulder .
.The first fold of the flag is a symbol of life.

The second fqld is a symbol of be
nal life. ,

The third fold is made in honor and remem-
brance of the veterans departing our ranks who
gave a portion of their lives for the defense of
our country to attain peace throughout the
,open edge

for it has been through their faith, their love,
loyalty and devotion that the character of the
men and women who have made this country
great has been molded.
The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he,
too, has given his sons and daughters for the de-
fense of bur country since they were first born.


Folded "don
The fourth fold represents our weaker na-
ture, for as American citizens trusting in God, it
is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in
time of war for His divine guidance.

The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for
in the words of Stephen Decatur, "Our Country,
in dealing with other countries, may she always
be right; but it is still our country, right or

The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It
is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to
the flag of the United States Of America, and to
the Republic for which it stands, one Nation un-
der God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice
for all.
The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed
Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that
we protect our country and our flag against all
her enemies, whether they are found within or
without the boundaries of our republic.

lief in eter-
The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who
entered into the valley of the shadow of death,
that we might see the light of day, and to honor
mother, for whom it flies on Mother's Day.
iM* The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood;

" The llth fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citi-
- zen represents the lower portion of the seal of
King David ahd King Solomon, and glorifies in
their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Ja-


The 12th fold, in the eyes of a Christian cit-
izen, represents an emblem of eternity and glo-
rifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and
Holy Spirit.
The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely
folded, the stars are uppermost reminding them
of their nations motto, "In God We Trust."
After the flag is com-
pletely folded and tucked
in, it takes on the appearance
of a cocked hat, ever reminding
us of the soldiers who served un-
der General George Washington,
and the sailors and marines who
S served under Captain John Paul Jones,
who were followed by their comrades and
shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United
States, preserving the rights. privileges-<.,and
freedoms we enjoy today. "7
Michael Curtis can be reached at michael@




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