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Vol. 3 No. 41



County 500 460+40

Friday, May 7, 2010







Actions Set Stage For
Large Retail Store On
US 19 South
Jefferson Journal
Senior Staff Writer
The Monticello City
Council on Tuesday
night, May 4, approved
two separate land-use
changes that open the
way for a large retail
store to locate on a 2.37-
acre parcel on South
Jefferson Street that is
presently a grassy field
with numerous canopy
The council's first
action amended the
Future Land Use Map
(FLUM) of the city's
Comprehensive Plan, re-
designating the parcel
bordering S. Jefferson
Street/US 19 on the east
and Seminole Avenue on
the south from mixed-
use business/residential
to commercial. The
council's second action
changed the parcel's zon-
ing from mixed-use busi-
ness/residential to B-2
business highway.
The council also, as
part of its deliberations,
removed from considera-
tion an adjoining .49-acre
parcel that was included
in the original applica-
tion but that belongs to a
different owner who has
indicated no plan to
develop the property at
The council's three
actions in effect set the
stage for construction of
a 12,500-sq.- foot building
on the site, which footage
the former land-use des-
ignations restricted to a
maximum of 7,500 sq.
feet. The developer plans
to put a Dollar General
discount retail store in
the building.
The council's vote in
favor of each of the
changes came despite
neighboring property
owners' opposition to the
project and followed a
workshop that the coun-
cil members held in
April to familiarize
themselves with the pro-
posal. Part of the reason
for the workshop was
because the Local
Planning Agency (LPA),
which normally reviews
such proposals first and
makes recommendations
to the council for
approval or rejection,
failed to reach a decision
on this particular project
on March 9, deadlocking
The developer's pres-
entation to the City
Council on Tuesday
night varied little from
the presentation made to
the LPA, with the excep-
tions of the more
detailed drawings pre-
sented to the council and
the inclusion of several
plan revisions suggested
by either citizens, plan-
ners or city officials at
the earlier hearings.
Gerry Dedenbach, a
certified planner from
Please See Land-
Use Page 6A

Monticello ARC to Close this Summer

By M.K Graves
Special from Greene
Publishing, Inc.
The Monticello
ARC, which stands for
Association of Retarded
Citizens, is slated to
close on June 30.
This week, staff and
service recipients
learned that a new
building is now being
renovated in Madison to
meet the growing needs
of the center.
At this time, 10-13
clients attend the
Monticello Adult Day
Training Center each
day By this summer,

they will be transported
via Big Bend buses, to :
Tim Ressler, ARC's
executive director for
Madison and Jefferson
County, is orchestrating
a large scale renovation
of the Haire Furniture
building, located by the
railroad track on South
Range Street, in
This will bring the Tim Ressler
total number of clients, ARC executive director
after the consolidation
with Monticello, to office, in the Harvey
approximately 40 per Greene Industrial Park,
day. will be retained, but the
ARC's Madison Adult Training Center, a

Library Again Spared

Legislators' Budget Ax

Senior Staff Writer
Jefferson Journal
Although not exactly celebrating
the fact just yet the state budget's
not a done deal until the governor
signs off on it Jefferson County
Library Director Kitty Brooks is 99.9
percent certain that the local library's
state funding has been restored in full.
"We're going to get the full fund-
ing," Brooks said on Monday, May 3,
adding, "The Governor has been quot-
ed as saying that state aid to libraries
is immune from his veto."
The state aid to the local library

amounts to about $120,000 for the com-
ing fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.
The county must then provide the rest
of the funding that makes up the
library's annual budget. The amount
of the state aid is based on a complex
and arcane formula that takes into
account, and builds upon, local gov-
ernments' contributions to their own
Until late weeks, state aid for the
Jefferson County Library, as well as
for other public libraries across the
state, was uncertain at best. Normally
funded statewide to the tune of about
$21 billion annually, the Legislature
started the 2010 session by slashing
the state funding for libraries to zero.
"I call it the whiplash," Brooks
said. "It was zero, then it went to $21
million for all 67 counties, then it was
something else. It kept going back and


May Start

Keeping A

To-Do List
Jefferson Journal
Senior Staff Writer
County officials may
begin keeping a central-
ized list of pending and
ongoing projects and
other activities as part of
an effort to become more
organized and systemat-
ic in their approach to
effective government.
Then again, the list
may go the way of other
ideas and projects that
have never gone beyond

The legislators' back-and-forth
movement on the issue reflected the
intense political and other pressures
being exerted on them by both organ-
ized and grassroots lobbying efforts
mounted by libraries, their partners
and sympathetic members of the pub-
lic, who made their opposition to the
proposed cuts known via emails and
phone calls and in some cases, person-
al contacts.
Had the legislators not restored
the funding, Brooks said, the local
library would have been hard put to
continue its current level of service.
"We would have had
severe limitations,"
Brooks said.
Among the possible
effects, the library
would have had to
reduce hours and days
of operation and possi-
bly even had to reduce
staff, she said.
"It's really devastat-
S ing for small commu-
nities," Brooks said of
such funding cuts.
"Large library sys-
Stems get hurt, but they
have other libraries. If
they lose five out of 30 branches, they
still have 25. But we're all there is
She finds it ironic that it's during
hard economic times such as the pres-
ent, when people turn to libraries for
their sources of information, enter-
tainment and community, that fund-
ing for libraries tends to go away
"Nationally, the trend is for fund-
ing to go down during hard economic
times," she said. "But that's when
library services go through the roof."
She notes that the dependency on
library services is particularly criti-
cal in small communities, where resi-
dents not only rely on the library for
books, videos and DVDs, but also to do
online research; get income tax,
unemployment and health-related
information; take computer and other
Please See Library Page 6A

- the -
talking and
planning stage or that
have been quietly
dropped or forgotten fol-
lowing the initial bally-
Phil Calandra, an oil
company executive who
retired here and occa-
sionally volunteers his
expertise on behalf of
the community, pro-
posed the idea to the
Please See
Commission Page 6A

room too small for
clients now attending,
will be used as a confer-
ence center on
Commerce Avenue.
What did Ressler
like about the Haire
Furniture building
when it became avail-
able for sale? "It's just a
big square box," he said.
With the help of
local partners and pris-
oners working hard to
create the new Adult
Training Center, it is
expected to become a
showcase for the com-
Ressler was particu-

larly thankful for NFCC
drafting instructor,
Lauri Newton, and her
drafting students. They
presented ARC with a
building plan within
one week of hearing
about the renovation
He also compliment-
ed the prisoners who
have been doing a splen-
did job knocking down
walls, putting up ceil-
ings and paint, paint,
The ADT center's
interior will feature a
Please See ARC
Page 6A

-- o while there
1Bappeared to
be a valiant effort
Sby legislators to get this
^H item on the ballot in
November, the recapture
rule remains in place and
homestead property own-
ers should brace them-
selves for a 2.7% increase
in assessed value this
Jefferson County
Property Appraiser fall," Gray emailed the
Angela Gray Journal on Monday, May 3.



Jefferson Journal
Senior Staff Writer
Jefferson County
Property Appraiser
Angela Gray is alerting
homestead property
owners to prepare for a
2.7 percent increase in
assessed values come
the fall.
For those familiar
with the recapture rule,
it only needs to be stated
here that lawmakers
failed to eliminate the
quirky rule in the just-
concluded legislative
session and so it still
applies. For those unfa-
miliar with the rule, it
essentially assures
annual increases in the
taxes of homesteaded
properties otherwise
protected by the Save
Our Homes Amendment
and notwithstanding
declining market values.
But first, a few words on
the fate of the four bills
that sought to amend
Florida's Constitution to
prohibit automatic
increases in the assessed
value of a homestead
property if the fair mar-
ket of the latter
decreased. In brief, all
four measures died in

"So while there
appeared to be a valiant
effort by legislators to
get this item on the bal-
lot in November, the
recapture rule remains
in place and homestead
property owners should
brace themselves for a
2.7 percent increase in
assessed value this fall,"
Gray emailed the
Journal on Monday, May
The little known and
often misunderstood
recapture rule can be
interpreted as an
attempt by Florida offi-
cials to thwart the full
benefits of the Save Our
Homes Amendment,
which Florida voters
approved in 1992 and
which basically caps the
increase in the assessed
value of homestead
property to three per-
cent annually, or the
National Consumer
Price Index (CPI),
whichever is lower.
Three years later, in
1995, then Governor
Lawton Chiles and his
Cabinet, at the behest of
the Florida Department
of Revenue, approved
the recapture rule,
Please See
Property Tax Page 6A

Jefferson Journal
Senior Staff Writer
Building activity here picked up a
little during April, but whether the
uptick is a one-time thing or an indica-
tion of an improving situation is the
"My prediction is that it's an aber-
ration," Building Inspector Wallace
"Bubba" Bullock said on Wednesday
May 5, acknowledging that his is a
proclivity for pessimism.
But yes, there was a small if
noticeable increase in the housing
starts in April, he said. The question
he couldn't answer, however, was
whether the increase was due to the
incentive programs that the federal
government was promoting to stimu-
late the economy the typical rising of

the sap of housing activity in the
spring, or the beginning of an improv-
ing economy
"Will it weather the test of time?"
Bullock asked of the uptick. "We'll
just have to wait and see".
Of noteworthiness, the new hous-
es being built are of a more practical
Please See Building Activity
Page 6A


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Life's Lessons from Your Mother

A Note To


Nicole Stookey and
Necia Little, with the
Department of Children
& Families, visited with
the members of the
Jefferson County
Community Coalition
recently speaking to
them about the Circuit 2
Five-year plan as sub-
mitted to the Child
Abuse Prevention &
Permanency Council
(CAPP) for incorpora-
tion into the Governor's
five-year plan to prevent
child abuse. Stookey as
the primary author of
the plan highlighted the
Circuit's intentions to
promote adoption as
well as primary and sec-
ondary prevention
strategies. These includ-
ed a focus on expanding
existing efforts in the
community and focus-
ing on children in the
"difficult to adopt" cate-
gory Feedback from the
discussion included: the
need to re-define "aban-
donment," especially as
a rural child neglect
issue. Generational teen
pregnancy in the rural
communities creates
the norm situation in
which teen mom leaves
baby in the custody of
grandmother, or great-
grandmother, only not
to release any legal
Grandmother subse-
quently does not have
permission to seek med-
ical care, benefits for
the child, or any other
matter concerning
school enrollment, and
the like. This creates a
legal nightmare con-
cerning the child and
some strategies need to
exist to provide more
legal assistance from
DCF in this growing epi-
Lutheran Social
Services of North
Florida is looking for

donations of Pentium 4
or greater desktops and
laptops as well as usable
parts and supplies. The
Computer Refurbishing
and Technical
Assistance program
supplies computers to
any not-for-profit
human service agency
or their income quali-
fied clientss. This pro-
gram has recycled over
600 computers since
2007, reducing the
amount of electronic
trash sent to the landfill
while providing a high-
value educational expe-
rience for FSU College
of Information students
participating in Project
SPARTA. The refur-
bished equipment from
this invaluable program
can help close the eco-
nomic divide that fre-
quently affects the aca-
demic performance of a
student. Consider
assisting those less for-
tunate while keeping
computer equipment
out of the landfill. For
additional information
about making a tax-
deductible donation to
this invaluable pro-
gram, call 575-4309.
The next Ability 1St
disaster preparedness
meeting is Tuesday, May
11 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00
p.m. And Debbie Bass
says that it is still not
too late to get your regis-
tration in. This is not
training. It is an oppor-
tunity for those who
serve the elderly and the
disabled to come up
with a disaster plan to
make sure that our cus-
tomers/consumers are
taken care of incase of a
horrible disaster like
the ones seen in recent
years. Ability 1st is sim-
ply facilitating the meet-
ing. It will be very spe-
cific to the individual
counties and programs,

as they will be doing
much of the planning.
Lunch will be provided,
but you must register. If
you have any questions
call Executive Director
Judith Barrett at 850-
850-575-9621X101, or reg-
ister online at
The County
Humane Society is in
need of volunteers to
work any time, and day
The only requirement is
that you have to be at
least 18-years of age.
Director Tony Nativio
says they need some
fence work done. Also,
volunteers to help with
the cats and dogs.
Contact him at 342-0244;
leave a message if no
answer. Help your com-
munity and feel good
about yourself.
Happy Mother's Day
on Sunday, to all those
mothers out there! This
has always been one of
my favorite holidays...
whether I'm giving to
my mother or receiving
from my children.

Your mother tried to teach you
some valuable lessons. Moms have a
unique ability to impart essential wis-
dom. Unfortunately, most of us were
too young to really appreciate their
value. Mother's Day is a great time to
review the following advice you got
when you were a kid.

You can be whatever you want to
You have no limitations. The
whole world is open to you. Your
future is ahead of you. You can
accomplish whatever you set your
mind to. It's ok to dream.
Be nice to your friends and they
will be nice to you.
People respond to the way you
treat them. If you are mean and
selfish, no one will want to play
with you. Share your toys and
don't be a bully Be considerate of
the feelings of others.
Do your homework and you will get
good grades.
Success takes work. If you don't
put in the effort, you won't reap
the rewards. Those who work
hard will succeed.
Clean your room now.
Get things done today and you
won't have to worry about them.
If you let things pile up, it will be
difficult to catch up.
You can play once your chores are

Get your work done before you
take a break. Then you can relax
and have a good time.
Stay in school.
If you don't get an education,
your opportunities will be limit-
ed. Don't drop out of school. The
more you learn, the more you ben-
Sticks and stones will break your
bones but names will never hurt
It doesn't matter what other peo-
ple say Don't allow others to
upset you. There will always be
mean people. Don't pay attention
to them.
Don't waste your time.
Time goes by very fast. Don't wait
to pursue your dreams.
Be thankful for what you have.
There are many who are not as
fortunate as you. Be grateful for
your home and family It doesn't
matter what someone else has.
Don't complain.
Whining is annoying. If you have
something to say, say it. If you
complain all the time, no one will
want to listen to you.

Bryan is a self-development expert,
syndicated columnist, author of "Dare
to Live Without Limits", and professor
E-mail Bryan at





names are often formed
(begin) with a sign that
means "mother". It's a
nice way of honoring
their moms long past.
Japan's Imperial fam-
ily traces their descent
from Omikami
Amaterasu, the Mother of
the World.
Hindu scripture cred-
its the Great Mother, Kali
Ma, with the invention of
writing through alpha-
bets, pictographs and
beautiful sacred images.
George Washington once
said, "My mother was the
most beautiful woman I
ever saw. All I am I owe to
my mother. I attribute all
my success in life to the
moral, intellectual and
physical education I
received from her."
Native American
Indian women have long
been honored with the
name, "Life of the Nation"
for their gift of mother-
hood to the tribes.
Mother's Day is now
celebrated in many coun-

tries around the world.
Australia, Mexico,
Denmark, Finland, Italy,

Turkey, Belgium, Russia,
China, Thailand, all have
special celebrations to
honor Mothers, but not in
the same way or on the
same day as the United
In the Bible, Eve is
credited with being the
"Mother of All the

Mother Earth is also
known as "Terra Firma".
That title is a Latin trans-
lation of some lines from
one of the Greek poet,
Homer's, greatest poems.
81 percent of women
40 to 44 years old are
mothers. In 1980, 90 per-
cent of women in that age
group were mothers.
Buddha honored
mothers when he said,
"As a mother, even at the
risk of her own life, loves
and protects her child, so
let a man cultivate love
without measure toward
the whole world."
The Ancient Greeks
celebrated Mother's Day
in springs, like we do.
They used to honor Rhea,
"mother of the gods," with
honey-cakes and fine
drinks and flowers at
dawn. Sounds like the
beginnings of the
Mother's Day tradition of
breakfast in bed! The
Greek word "meter" and
Sanskrit word "mantra"
mean both mother and

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Jefferson Journal
Staff Writer
According to the
National Institutes of
Health (NIH,) as many
as 2.4 to 4.5 million
Americans currently
have Alzheimer's dis-
ease, which is an irre-
versible progressive
brain disorder that
destroys memory and
intellectual function.
Over a period of
years, the disease leads
to the complete loss of
cognitive function and
a long period of
dependency Experts
estimate that nearly
60-percent of individu-
als with Alzheimer's
disease will wander at
some point during the
eight-year progression
of the disease... many
of them, repeatedly
The incidence of
Alzheimer's disease is
expected to rise signifi-
cantly as the nation's
population ages and
life expectancies
lengthen, and given
that almost 80-percent
of dementia care is
provided in the home
by family caregivers,
in the years to come,
Alzheimer's disease
and related dementias
will pose immense
financial, physical and
emotional challenges

for growing numbers
of American families
and their communi-
Nationwide, over
1,000 law enforcement
agencies are members
of Project Lifesaver,
which boasts an aver-
age find-time of 30-
minutes, nearly 2,000
successful searches to
date, and a 100 percent
success rate.
Thanks to Sheriff
David Hobbs, the
Jefferson County
Sheriff's Department
is a member of Project
Since the national
average for standard
search and recovery
missions is nine
hours, this high pro-
gram efficacy dramati-
cally cuts taxpayer dol-
lars spent on search
and rescue, frees up
officers for other
assignments, and
saves lives.
Project Lifesaver
depends upon the sup-
port of the community
Project Lifesaver's
goal is to provide the
benefits of the pro-
gram to all in need
regardless of their
ability to pay Funding
for the organization
comes from private
donations and grants
from government, cor-

portions, and charita-
ble foundations.
Jefferson County
has been fortunate
enough to have
received grant money
to help fund this proj-
ect, and will continue
to seek grant money to
expand Project
Lifesaver and keep it
Donations from
concerned groups and
individuals have also
been received. County
agents are aware of
the financial burden
on families with
Autistic children and
Alzheimer's patients
so they are making
every effort to provide
the tracking bracelets
and support free. They
have been able to
accomplish this by the
support and generosi-
ty of the citizens and
the community
The local Project
Lifesaver program is
partnering with the

Alzheimer's Project,
and First United
Methodist Church,
hosting a support
group for local care-
givers on the fourth
Monday morning of
each month from 11:30
a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in the
Family Ministry
Center on West Walnut
Street in Monticello. A
light lunch is served.
This is a free monthly
program, and respite
care for your loved one
is provided.
Help Project
Lifesaver make the
community aware of
this wonderful pro-
gram. To make a dona-
tion, request a speaker,
to enroll a loved one,
or if you just have a
question about the
program, contact
Program Director, Nan
Baughman at 850-556-
7279, or P.O. Box 853,
Monticello, FL. 32345,
or Sbaugh8307

Jefferson Journal
Staff Writer
Residents are asked



Every Tuesday
2:30 3:30

For information please call
Derylene Proctor
Jennifer Brown
with Healthy Start

Are you pregnant?

Do you have questions or concerns'?

Pleasejoin us for an open discussion about
issues related to pregnancy.

States of preptaney

Prenatal Care

Child development

Andi much more!

There is no cost, and everyone is invited.

Jefferson County Health Department
1255 West Washington Street


to join the nationally
acclaimed Big Bend
Ghost Trackers for a
"Weekend Ghost
Tracking Seminar,"
May 28-30 at the his-
toric 1872 John Denham
Bed & Breakfast, locat-
ed at 555 West Palmer
Mill Road in
Monticello, the
"South's Most Haunted
Small Town."
John Denham Bed
& Breakfast was named
one of the "Ten Most
Haunted" by USA
Today and also named
one of "Florida's
Fabulous Bed and
Breakfasts" and "Best
In The South" by Inn
Traveler magazine.
The cost is $175 per
person with double
Participants will
learn the what, why,
when and where of
ghost hunting, ghost
photography, recording
voices of the dead, psy-
chic communication,
and have the opportuni-
ty to go on a real ghost
hunt in the old 1827
Those taking the
tour are encouraged to
wear comfortable shoes,
bring a flashlight and
perhaps insect repel-


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Preparing & Storing
Wild Game
*Curing & Smoking
*Making Sausage &
*Weights & Measures
*Can Sizes
* Herbs & Spices
*Helpful Cooking Hints
*Helpful Household Hints
*Detailed Drawing
On How To Build
& Use Your Own
Water Oven/Smoker

Historical Recipes and
Little Known Facts Abou
Florida's Wildlife

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Recognized By

Aierican Legion
Jefferson Journal
Staff Writer
American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary will meet at
6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday, May 11 for a business
meeting and a program at the Otto Walker Post 49 on
South Water Street.
Members and their guests will recognize and honor
local Gulf War veterans with personal stories and other
information shared.
Memorial Day preparation will be planned and dis-
cussed at this meeting time also. Memorial Day is
Monday, May 31 this year, and a breakfast and celebra-
tion with a guest speaker and pertinent information will
be made available. The morn-
Sing service will be fol-
i I I A lowed to the local
Scemeteries for flag
placement on the
; graves of the

ar B u d d y
Westbrook at
0 997-2973 or
o Adjutant Ron Slik
:,t 997-8103 for more
S information about the
American Legion meet-

lent, bring their cam-
eras, plenty of film, and
be sure to bring some
extra batteries because
just before the spirits
begin churning, they
have a tendency to
drain those in the cam-
Check in for the
event will be conducted
at 3 p.m., Friday, May 28
and from 6:30 p.m. until
7 p.m., guests will have
the opportunity to meet
and mingle with mem-
bers of the Big Bend
Ghost Trackers (BBGT).
Dinner around the
campfire with true
ghost tales will be held
Friday night from 7 p.m.
until 9 p.m.
The Saturday ses-
sion will consist of the
what, when, why and
where of ghost hunting
techniques and a lunch
break on your own will
be from noon until 2
p.m. so participants can
browse local shops for
unique treasures and
take in the many histor-
ical sights.
Saturday afternoon
will be a morning
review where partici-
pants will learn of tools
of the trade, electronic
voice phenomena, ghost
photography and spirit
A light supper will
be provided in the
evening. That night,
guests will participate
in the famous historic
Monticello ghost tour
and learn of the city's
haunted history and
even get some very
unique photographs in
the process, as well as
the cemetery tour and

ghost hunt, after which,
certificates and door
prizes will be awarded.
Sunday morning
breakfast will be served
and photos of the event
will be shared, after
which, is checkout time.
To make reserva-
tions contact Pat at 997-
4568 to reserve a spot for
the event.
Also in upcoming
BBGT news, this year
BBGT will be running
their famous haunted
tours on Friday and
Saturday night of the
Watermelon Festival,
June 18 and 19.
Two tours will be
conducted nightly at 8
p.m. and at 8:30 p.m.
Residents and visitors
are invited to come
along, if they dare, for
the 90-minute walking
tour to some of the most
haunted buildings in
Tickets are $15 for
adults, $12 for children
and children under the
age of six years are free.
Just like their annual
October tours 50 percent
of all proceeds will be
going to the Chamber of
Commerce as a fundrais-
er for them. "We are real
excited about working
with the Chamber for the
Watermelon Festival
tours," said BBGT
Founder Betty Davis. "As
always BBGT believes in
giving back to the com-
To make reserva-
tions call Mary Frances
Gramling at the
Chamber of Commerce
at 997-5552 or Big Bend
Ghost Trackers at 508-


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MAY 7 MAY 7 to 2 p.m. Wednesday and
SWAT (Students Working Ashville Area Volunteer Saturdays. For more infor-
Against Tobacco) meeting Fire Department meets mation call 997-3311.
3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Friday at 6:30 p.m. on the first MAY 8
the Jefferson County Friday of each month at Aucilla Christian
Public Library on South the fire station. Contact Academy "On Broadway"
Water Street in Fire Chief John Staffieri dance recital 3 p.m.
Monticello. "STAND UP to at 997-6807 for more Saturday at the Monticello
the tobacco industry or details. Opera House. Tickets will
this year another 438,000 MAY 7 be available at the door for
people will permanent- Lose weight for your $3; students are free. Ballet
ly...LAY DOWN! Find out health at Restored Glory and jazz with music from
how you can rise up and Christian Center, 1287 the most popular
help stop the tobacco South Jefferson Street, in Broadway shows per-
industry from callously the Winn Dixie plaza, 5:30 formed by 47 students in
taking our money and our to 6:30 p.m. weekly on grades K4 to 12th.
lives year after year. Monday and Fridays. MAY 8
MAY 7,8,14,15,21,22 Contact Pastor Yon at 997- Jefferson SHARE registra-
"Wheel of Murder," an 7722 for more information. tion 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
interactive murder mys- MAY 7 Saturday at Central
tery dinner theater show, Curtis Morgan and the Baptist Church in Aucilla,
will be presented by The Country Music Jamboree on Tindell Road, and at the
Opera House Stage Co. will celebrate 10-years of Jefferson County Public
Friday and Saturday at the music and fun at the Library on South Water
Monticello Opera House. American Legion Post 49, Street. Jefferson SHARE
Game show contestants on Friday evening, begin- registration will be held 10
competing for "glamorous ning at 7 p.m. Join with a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday at
prizes," and big money others in the community the Jefferson County
start keeling over on the for and evening of good Public Library on South
air, and the audience is music, fine singing, danc- Water Street. The cost of
invited to identify the ing, snacks, soft drinks, the Starting Point Basic
"perp." Is it the game show and fellowship with Package is $20. This food
host, whose ratings are friends. The American package feeds 1-2 persons
slipping badly? The ill Legion Hall is located on for 4-5 meals. The cost of
treated announcer? The South Water Street in the Family Value Food
air headed wheel turner? Monticello. Package is $24 and feeds 3-
Or, one of the contestants? MAY 8 4 persons for 5-meals.
The doors open at 6:30 p.m; Opening reception 2 to 4 Contact Martha Creel at
and dinner starts at 7:00 p.m. for "Works from the 445-9061 or Leslie Blank at
p.m, with acts of the play Figure Studio," a new 556-5412 for more informa-
alternating with courses exhibit on display through tion. A volunteer is some-
of dinner. Tickets are $35 the month of May at the one who is paid with a
for dinner and the show, or Jefferson Arts Gallery 575 smile and a thank you!
$30 for Opera House mem- West Washington Street 2 MAY 8
bers. Reservations are to 4 p.m. on Saturday Red Hats will meet at 11:30
needed. Call 997-4242. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. a.m. on the second
Saturday at the Chamber
of Commerce for a light
lunch and fellowship.
Contact Edee Johnson at
728-0161 or Dorris Uptain
Ei at 997-7774 for more infor-
VERSIE MAE mation.
VER SIE MAE MAY 8,13,15,20,22,29
BRAMLETT COOK Harvest Christian Center,
Versie Mae Bramlett 1599 Springhollow Road, 6
Cook, age 56, passed to 8:30 p.m. on first, sec-
away April 29, 2010 in ^ond, and third Thursdays;
away April 29, 2010 in and 12 to 3 p.m. on
her home in Lamont, Saturdays. Classes are free
Florida, surrounded by with a certified instructor.
her family. Individual help is avail-
Funeral services -- able, small class sizes, and
were held Monday, May work at your own pace.
3, 2010 at Beggs Funeral Materials and snacks will
be provided.
Home at 11:00 a.m. with Transportation provided
Interment following atf needed. Contact Gloria
SardisC if needed. Contact Gloria
Sardis Cemetery. The Graham at 850-322-8737 for
family received friends more information.
Sunday, May 2, 2010 from 4' ; ,i MAY 8
4 to 6 p.m., at Beggs ,n this Mother's Day
Funeral Home *.. -,*.,.. weekend, join One Heart
Earth Center as it cele-
Monticello Chapel, 485 Lamont, Florida; her art en as ll wome
brates all women,
E. Dogwood Street, father, Malcolm Bice Mothers, the Earth
Monticello, Florida. Bramlett (Evelyn) of Mother, and the Divine
Ms. Cook was born Wacissa, Florida; two Feminine. Sacred Circle
in Jacksonville, Florida sisters, Linda Elizabeth with Miesha Larkins will
on .hJlv 22 19532 Shortlyv ranch (Alton) of be held 10 a.m. Saturday

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grandchildren, Nicole, Mae
Cody and Zachary Little, Bran
Levi and Devin Eliza
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potluck luncheon, native Georgia. She's a pipe car- televisions, appliances,
wisdom, storytelling, talk- rier, Rainbow clothing, tools and out-
ing stick, and a water cere- Reiki Master, wife, mother doors/yard items, and so
mony honoring special of three children, and much more will be for sale.
women in our lives. Share much-loved teacher. She Everything will be priced
poetry by or about women, embraces living a life of to sell... or name your
prayer flags for release of service, and has been a price! Come browse the
suffering, and add decora- vital part of One Heart facility and help the chil-
tions to the Divine Earth Center since it's dren raise funds for
Feminine crystal beginning. Mark your cal- upcoming school related
tree. Bring a crystal or endar for this special occa- functions. To make a dona-
something shiny to honor sion of learning, sharing, tion call the school at 997-
the Divine Feminine, and bonding, and fun. 6048.
be thinking of a poem if MAY 8 MAY 10
you would like to share. An indoor garage sale will Wilderness Coast Public
Larkins will be available be held at Monticello Libraries' (WILD)
for private sessions after Christian Academy, 1590 Governing Board will
lunch including Totem North Jefferson Street, 8 meet 1:30 p.m. Monday at
Animal Retrievals and a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. the Wakulla County
other modalities. Request This fundraising event is Public Library Public
a private appointment hosted by the students and Meeting Room in
when you RSVP for the their families, as well as Crawfordville, 4330
Sacred Circle. Larkins school staff and friends. Crawfordville Highway.

S Jamiyah Jane Akins will celebrate
her first birthday on Saturday, May 8,
2010 with family and friends in a party
She is the daughter of Tieshia
and Jerrod Akins of Monticello, FL;
the granddaughter
of Nellie Kay
and Jerome
Akins of
Willie Tolbert
Sof St.
Petersburg, FL
and Priscilla
and Anthony
Barnes of
A Mfonticello. She
has one sister,
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6:30 p.m. for a light meal
and 7:30 p.m. for a meeting
and program on the sec-
ond and fourth Monday of
the month at the Hiram
Masonic Lodge, 235 Olive
Street in Monticello.
Contact Roy Faglie at 933-
2938 for more informa-

Church of Christ
US 19 South at
Cooper's Pond Road
Carl Desmartin, Minister
10 AM Bible School
11 AM Worship Hour
7 PM Bible Study

1 Peter 2:11-12
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sojourners and exiles to
abstain from the passions
of the flesh, which wage
war against your soul.
(12) Keep your conduct
among the Gentiles
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country store with arts
and crafts for sale, a
stage for plays and musi-
cal presentations, a
library, exercise room
and classroom.
Ressler even
thought about noise con-
trol. Beautiful fabric
canopies will hang from
valances as "noise catch-
ers," he said.
An outdoor court-
yard will be fenced in
with a glider, thanks to
Randy Littleton, who
sold ARC a piece of
property between two
buildings. Many others


classes; and often use its
rooms for meetings.
If legislators could
see the high level of
client traffic that the
local library saw on a
daily basis and the con-
stant use of the facility's
computers by people
who otherwise wouldn't
have Internet access, the
lawmakers might better
understand and appreci-
ate the library impor-
tant function in a small

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in the community have
provided insight into the
building's possibilities.
Ressler says a grand
opening fundraiser will
be announced in July to
invite the community to
see the new ARC center.
Right now his "wish
list" includes financial
gifts to renovate bath-
rooms and plumbing,
donated shipping scales,
art supplies and vehicle
and property donations,
which qualify for a tax
write off.
Business owners
with jobs who need to be

done may also contact
"We have accumu-
lated some debt," said
Ressler. He is optimistic
that the local communi-
ty will help ARC to con-
tinue to be good stew-
ards at their new build-
ARC serves clients
with intellectual and
developmental disabili-
ties, cerebral palsy,
spina bifada, epilepsy
and other medically
involved needs. The
phone number is 973-

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community, Brooks said.
"I would offer an invita-
tion to any legislator to
spend a couple of hours
in the library," Brooks
said. "They would see
that this place is hop-
Of particular con-
cern to her, she said, is
the fact that this is the
second year in a row
that legislators have tar-
geted libraries for dras-
tic funding cutbacks.

Property Tax

which sought to mini-
mize the amendment's
impact by applying
specifically to home-
stead properties
assessed at less then
their full market value:
i.e., properties protected
by Save Our Homes.
The rule instructs
property appraisers to
raise the assessed value
of these homes up to the
three-percent cap, even
if home values have
stayed the same or
decreased during a
given year.
The anomaly virtu-
ally went unused and
unnoticed until the
onset of the current
recession, when proper-
ty values plummeted. Lo
and behold, innumer-
able homeowners across
the state suddenly found
their property taxes
going up, at the same
time that the market val-
ues of their properties

stagnated or actually
The recapture rule,
in fact, is doing precise-
ly what it was designed
to do, proponent say,
arguing that it's only
fair that local govern-
ments recapture the sav-
ings that homestead
homeowners accumulat-
ed during the economy's
booming years when the
market values of their
properties were climb-
ing though the ceiling
and their taxes were
capped. The recapture
rule, moreover, contin-
ues to work until a prop-
erty's assessed value
reaches its market (just)
"It is actually the
Save Our Homes cap at
work in a declining mar-
ket," Gray explains.
Fair as some may
consider the recapture
rule, however, for prop-
erty owners who have


Jefferson County
Commission on
Thursday, April 15.
Calandra noted that
a great many of the
assignments and activi-
ties that the board made
or approved during
meetings often went
nowhere, only to resur-
face weeks or months
later when the frustrat-
ed board member or cit-
izen who had initially
raised the issue raised it
again. The solution, he
suggested, was to devise
a tracking procedure
that would allow the
board to monitor the
status of pending proj-
ects and activities on a
regular basis.
Calandra offered the
formulation of a list as
the simplest of solu-
tions. The list it could
be called an action
tracker or tickler file if
one wanted, he said -
could contain such
information as who
originated the idea and
when, who was sup-
posed to carry out the
assignment, when the
activity was supposed to
be completed, and when
it was actually complet-
ed. That way, not only
the officials, but also cit-
izens and others who
were concerned about
or interested in particu-
lar issues could track
the progress of the proj-

And the expectation is
that next year will be
even worse.
Indeed, the word
from those in the know
is that library funding
will be on the cutting
block again in the next
legislative session, with
the budget situation not
expected to get better
any better until the
economy improves two
or so years out from

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been hammered by the
recession and who have
seen their property val-
ues decline, the rule
adds insult to injury
Gray is appreciative
of the fact, especially
given that even if her
office lowers property
values for the coming
year, it will not neces-
sarily lower property
taxes for most of
Jefferson County's
homeowners, unless the
city, county and other
taxing authorities also
lower their millage
rates. And guess who
will likely catch the
brunt of the homeown-
ers' ire if their taxes go
"We received many
phone calls in 2009 when
the increase was only
.01 percent," Gray says.
"I can just imagine the
calls we'll field this fall
if the taxes go up 2.7

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ects, he said.
As an example,
Calandra cited a recent
personnel policy work-
shop where commis-
sioners had taken up 10
or so action items.
Absent a tracking
device, it would be diffi-
cult to ensure follow-up
of any of the items, he
"It would eliminate
assignments being
made and nothing hap-
pening and citizens then
coming back and saying
later, 'what happened?'"
Calandra said.
The officials gener-
ally applauded the idea.
'Although not a
lists' person myself, I
think it's a good idea to
get things done quicker
and more efficiently,"
Commissioner Stephen
Fulford said.
County Coordinator
Roy Schleicher agreed
the idea was a good one,
but wondered where the
list would reside, not-
ing, "If everybody's
responsible, nobody's
Calandra said it
would be up to the com-
mission to decide who
should be responsible
for maintaining the list.
But it seemed to him
that it would best reside
with Clerk of Court
Kirk Reams, who was
already charged with

keeping the minutes
and other records.
The only question-
ing of the idea came
from Mark Glisson, a
county resident and for-
mer employee of the
Florida Department of
Protection. Speaking
from what he called per-
sonal experience,
Glisson warned that
such lists had a tenden-
cy to take on lives of
their own, with the
maintenance of the lists
becoming more impor-
tant than their contents
after a while.
"Next thing, you're
being asked, have you
accomplished the list,
not have you done the
items on the list?"
Glisson said.
Calandra countered
that the idea was not to
create bureaucracy, but
rather to create trans-
parency and accounta-
"If it become oner-
ous, throw it out," he
said of the list.
The way it was left,
it appeared that it was
more or less left to
Reams to develop and
maintain the list in
coordination with
Schleicher, with the sta-
tus of the listed items to
be reported as part of
the minutes of meet-

Land Use

Gainesville, FL, largely
spoke for developer Brian
Crawford, of Lake City,
FL. Dedenbach enumerat-
ed the several concessions
that he said the developer
was willing to make for
the sake of allaying the
expressed concerns of
neighboring property
owners and some officials.
Among the cited con-
cessions: the street access
to the store would be
directly opposite Capital
City Bank, instead of
nearer Seminole Avenue
as originally indicated;
the air-conditioning and
heating systems would be
on the south side of the
building and would be
screened; trees, shrubs
and other vegetative
buffers would be planted
both to landscape the site
and shield the building
and ancillary structures;
and the lightning and sig-
nage would be minimal
and automatically
dimmed at night for the
most part.
The developer also
agreed to limit construc-
tion on the acreage to the
12,500-sq.- foot building; to
restrict the site's imper-
meable surface to a maxi-
mum of 35 percent even
though the code allows 75
percent; to keep a few of
the existing canopy trees;
and to allow the land-use
to revert to its earlier des-
ignation, should the retail
store fail to materialize
for whatever reason.
"We're as good as our
word and we will abide by
what we say," Dedenbach
said more than once of
the developer's promises,
a sentiment that Crawford
Keith McCarron, a
senior planner with the
Apalachee Regional
Planning Council (ARPC),
reviewed the plan on
behalf of the city
Like Dedenbach,
McCarron largely repeat-
ed his earlier assertions,
again underscoring that
although the present land-
use designation allowed
commercial activity, the
new designation would
allow much more intense
commercial development.
The point was not lost
on the officials, who
attempted to address the

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potential problem by
requesting that the devel-
oper and property owner
provide written assur-
ance that if the proposed
project failed to material-
ize, the property would
revert to its previous
land-use status. The cen-
tral concern here was
voiced by Mark Wirick, a
citizen who described
himself as not having a
dog in the fight. Wirick
reminded the council that
it was approving a land-
use change, not a Dollar
General store per se.
Meaning that whatever
might happen to the store
in future, the commercial
designation would
remain, possibly allowing
for a level of commercial
activity in the future that
the community might
now want there.
But how to guard
against such a vague and
future possibility was the
question that the officials
couldn't adequately
answer. The best they
could do was to follow the
advice of McCarron and
City Attorney Bruce
Leinback and insist on
the written commitment
from the developer and
property owner insofar
agreeing that the land-use
would revert to its former
status if the proposed
project didn't come to
In general, however,
McCarron found the proj-
ect acceptable, in terms of
its suitability to the site,
its compliance with the
appropriate land-use and
other regulations, and its
compatibility with the
surrounding uses, provid-
ed that the landscaping
and buffering elements
were implemented "and
the applicant followed
through on his commit-
The several neighbor-
ing property owners who
attended the hearing were
mostly the same who had
attended the earlier hear-
ings and pretty much
voiced the same concerns,
although it appeared that
their opposition was a lit-
tle more subdued this
time around. The few
who spoke cited the
potentials for increased
traffic, lighting, noise

Building Activity

size ranging between
1,500 and 2,500 sq. feet -
rather than the 5,000 sq.
feet and over houses
being built a few years
ago, he said.
Still going strong
too, Bullock reported,
were additions, repairs
and renovations, activi-
ties that he says tend to
go up during hard eco-
nomic times.
And indeed, the April
report issued by the
Jefferson County and
City of Monticello
Building Inspection and
Contractor Licensing
Department on Tuesday,
May 4, shows that 46 of
the 55 issued permits
were for repairs and
additions, with five
going for new residen-
tial constructions, one
for a mobile home, and
three for miscellaneous
activities such a sheds,
barns and workshops.
The report indi-
cates that the combined
55 permits issued by the
city and county generat-
ed $9,161.22, compared
with the $5,554.05 gener-
ated by the two's 38 per-
mits in March.
In April 2009, the city
and county issued a
combined 43 permits
and collected $8,850.49
in fees.
The April figures
break down into eight
permits for the city and
47 for the county, with
the former collecting
$929.40 in fees and the

latter collecting
$8,231.36. In April 2009,
the city collected
$3,332.55 for 14 permits
and the county collected
$5,517.94 for 29 permits.
The report shows
the valuation for resi-
dential permits was
$746,351 in April, com-
pared with $337,637 in
March and zero in both
February and January
It was $337,299 in April
The commercial
valuation was again
zero in April, the same
as it was in March. With
the exception of
February, when the
commercial valuation
was $72,000, this catego-
ry has been zero since

and other activities of
the business that would
disrupt and mar the
quality of life in their
residential neighbor-
hood, which abuts the
subject property.
But perhaps Mike
Clayton best articulated
the neighbors' objec-
tion, which essentially
boiled to not wanting
the development in their
"You can put lip-
stick on a bulldog but
it's still a bulldog,"
Clayton said. "Plain and
simple, we don't want to
see increased traffic in
our neighborhood."
The bottom line,
Clayton said, was that
there were better-suited
places for the retail
store in town and he and
his neighbors didn't
want the business in
their neighborhood.
Which prompted
Councilman Tom
Vogelgesang to ask in
mild exasperation in
effect tipping his hand
insofar as his, if not the
council's, general think-
ing on the issue what
it was that Clayton
would like to see on the
site, given that the pres-
ent land-use designation
already allowed for com-
mercial buildings of up
to 7,500 sq. feet.
Clayton's initial off-
the-cuff remark was
that a funeral home
would be quieter and
thus preferable. But a
moment later he offered
more seriously that con-
dominiums or other
such residential units
would be more compati-
ble with the area and
The council itself
didn't take long to dis-
cuss or decide the issue,
once the developer and
his representatives and
members of the public
had had their say over a
period of 11/2-hours. In
relatively rapid succes-
sion, the council voted 5-
0 to remove the .49-acre
parcel from considera-
tion and voted 4-1 both
to amend the FLUM and
rezone the property.
Councilwoman Idella
Scott was the dissenting

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October 2009. It was
$270,912 in April 2009.
And the valuation
of other permits (a cat-
egory that includes
additions, re-roofs and
non-residential struc-
tures) was $428,127 in
April, compared with
$201,456 in March. It
was $703,519 in April
Meanwhile, the
Jefferson County
Planning and Zoning
Department issued nine
permits in April and
collected $5,648.85, com-
pared with 16 permits
and $6,005.66 collected
in March. The depart-
ment issued 20 permits
and collected $5,517.58
in April 2009.

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Abi Vandervest

Abi Vandervest

The Library Book
Club will be meeting a
week early this
month. As the book
selected is not especially
long, we hope it will not
keep you from getting it
read in time. The book is
Little Bee by Chris
Cleave. The library has
the book and in MP3
audio. We had heard so
many people say it was a
book worth reading, so
we wanted to find out if
we agree. We will be
meeting again at Palmer
Place and the date is
Monday May 10.
It was suggested that
we select a biography or
memoir for our June
title, so we would appreci-
ate any input for
titles. You can call the
library at 342-0205, or
email me at avander-
vest@juno.com with
ideas or questions. Our
meeting for June should
be the day of Summer
Solstice, June 21, and
you'll be able to look for
the posted notice of loca-
tion and title at Tupelo's
Bakery or the library Let
me just say thanks to
Diane for being our host-
ess these three times


since the library hours re
were cut back. Palmer wa
Place has been such a Sh
lovely place to meet! thE
We would like to do a
review of our first year of th
our book club, by asking
those who joined us to
rate the titles (1=poorest
and 10= highest,) as well
as asking if other titles
by this author had been
read and how it compares
with those if yes. Our list
includes: July: A
Thousand Splendid Suns
(K. Hosseini,) August:
The Shack (Wm Young,)
September: The Last
Town on Earth (Thomas
Mullen,) October: South
of Broad (Pat Conroy)
November: Back Roads Tu
(Tawni O'Dell,) Sii
December: Olive to
Kitteridge (Elizabeth en
Strout,) January: The
Nine (Jeff Toobin,)
February: Keepers of the
House (Grau,) March: Je
The Art of Racing in the St
Rain (Garth Stein,) April:
A Great Deliverance so
(Elizabeth George,) May: Sc
Little Bee, and June: an
(whatever that is.) These Ce
titles have certainly got mi
me into reading other sh
books by these authors! de
As always, we dis- to]
cuss the selection of our pr
next title from 6 to 6:30 7.
p.m., you are invited to
come just for this if you'd T
like, and from 6:30 to 7:30 Su
p.m. we discuss the book (o]
of the month. We look
forward to seeing new be
faces and reading new ev
authors. thE

Monticelle Phleckers Dentate $800
fferson Journal
aff Writer
At the April social of the Monticello Phlockers a
presentative from the Jefferson County Refuge House
as in attendance to accept a $300 check from the group.
ie also passed out literature and spoke briefly about
e agency and clients she represents.
Earlier this year the Monticello Phlockers chose
ree charities to give to. They are: the Monticello [H

Jefferson Journa
The Monticello Phlo
esday of each moi
nger/Guitarist Debi Jo
the gatherings, and
joys the evening of fu


The Monticello Phlockers donated $300 to the Refuge
House for needs in the Jefferson County area. Pictured
from left to right are: Head Phlocker Brenda Wilfong,
Refuge House Agent Shelia Combs, and Phlocker Barry
Opera House, the Jefferson Senior Citizen Center, and
\ the Jefferson County Humane Society. A 50/50 drawing
is held every month to help raise funds for the selected
The Tallahassee Phlockers were in attendance dur-
ing the April meeting. The Phlockers brought with them
I Photos By Debbie Snapp, April 13, 2010. their "bucket o' booze" to raffle for their Relay For Life
ickers meet at 6 p.m. on the second event. The Monticello Phlockers were very generous.
nth at the Brick House Eatery. The Monticello Phlockers meet monthly at 6 p.m. on
rdan, on left, has become a regular the second Tuesday at the Brick House Eatery The next
Phlocker Tiffanie Hoolie, on right, gathering will be May 11. For more information contact
in, Brenda Wilfong at bebeconch@yahoo.com

Or Change Coming To Monticello Friday

fferson Journal
aff Writer
With the help of local spon-
rs, Jefferson County Middle High
hool (JCMHS) is pleased to
inounce the Community
celebration of the Performing Arts
ndraiser; the exciting Broadway
musical "Caroline, or Change." The
ow runs May 7-9. JCMHS stu-
nts, faculty, staff and administra-
rs will be treated to this special
oduction on the morning of May
This show is a must see for all.
ie show is open to the public at 8
m. on May 7 and 8, and at 5 p.m. on
tnday, May 9, at 575 S. Water St.
Id JCHS auditorium).
"Caroline, or Change" is a
autiful story about all of us,
eryone. Set in the south in 1963,
e story centers on the interac-
)ns of two American families;

one Christian, one Jewish; one
poor, one middle class, and the fam-
ilies' efforts to confront the univer-
sal and inescapable power of
The orchestra features profes-
sional clarinetist Brian Denk,
whose Broadway credits include
the original Fiddler on the Roof
with Zero Mostel and the original
The King and I with Yul Brenner.
Denk has also performed with
actors Robert Goulet, Howard Keel
and others in South Florida.
From the very beginning, the
music captivates and keeps you
intrigued throughout the play with
an exciting mixture of sounds from
1960's Motown, the "girl groups,"
jazz, classic opera, gospel, Jewish
Klezmern delta blues and a hint of
The Friday, May 7 show at 9:30
a.m. will be preceded by a memori-
al awards presentation in honor of

two students; Charrelle Ervin and
Zachary Eidson.
The Jefferson County Health
Department will also deliver a very
special message about one of
Caroline's themes, the effects of
tobacco use.
"Caroline, or Change" is beau-
tifully directed and produced, with
music masterfully directed by
Charlie J. Toomer. Tickets are now
on sale, $13 for adults and $11 for
students and senior citizens. Call
997.3555 for further information.
Sincere thanks to community
sponsors; Jefferson Youth Council,
Jefferson County Teachers Credit
Union, Tommy Surles Insurance
Agency, Dr. Wesley Scoles, Lee
Lewis of Gulf Coast Lumber &
Supply Company, Lois Hunter,
Jefferson County Tax Collector, Dr.
Joe Webster of Webster Surgical
Group, Buck Bird, Jack Carswell
and Margaret Levings.

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a team event to

fight cancer


Jefferson Journal
Staff Writer
All 15 employees at
the 32,000+ acre Avalon
Plantation are members
of the Relay For Life
team, whose theme is the
Rockin' 50's and Rockin'
For A Cure.
Recent fundraisers
conducted by the group
have been very success-
ful. Recently, the team
conducted a trail ride at
the plantation, in which
approximately 78 riders
attended, raising some
$1,200 to find a cure for
An ongoing fundrais-
er is the sale of Boston
butts. Each butt weighs
approximately 6.5 -7
pounds, is tender and fla-
vorful, and feeds about
10-15 people. Johnston's
will be preparing the
The tickets are $25
each and can be pur-
chased from Relay team
members. Pick up for the
butts will be Saturday,
May 8, just in time for
Mother's Day, 11 a.m.
until 3 p.m. at
Johnston's. $10 of each
ticket sold will go to the
Relay team, which sold
the ticket.
The team members
who could be inter-
viewed for this article,
all gave touching and


Jefferson Journal
Staff Writer
Back on April 14, the
Jefferson County Health
Department's, Tobacco
Prevention Program
hosted a tobacco educa-
tion presentation featur-
ing Rick Bender, known
as the "man without a
face," inspiring local
Jefferson County
Middle/High School and
Aucilla Christian
Academy students not to
chew tobacco.
Bender used his ter-
rible experience with
chewing tobacco to
increase youth aware-
ness of the hazardous
health effects tobacco
causes. Health effects
including the fact that
more deaths are caused
each year by tobacco use
than by all deaths from
human immunodeficien-
cy virus (HIV,) illegal
drug use, alcohol use,
motor vehicle injuries,
suicides and murders
combined. According to
the Federal Drug
Administration, 2010.
Bender was born in
California in 1962. He
now resides in Kentucky.
At the youthful age of 12
he started using spit
tobacco, more commonly
known as chewing tobac-
co. Several things influ-
enced him in its use; the
biggest was the game of
In March 1989 he was
diagnosed with cancer,
caused by his use of spit
tobacco. He underwent
his first of four surgeries
shortly thereafter to
remove the cancer. He
lost 1/3 of his tongue, /2
of his jaw, 25 percent of
his right arm, and almost
lost his life during the
surgery. He fights the
affects of his tobacco use
still today
Since his last sur-
gery in June 1990, he has

Jefferson Journal photo by Fran Hunt, May 4, 2010
Avalon Plantation Relay For Life team members, whose theme this year is "Rockin' For a Cure", include,
front row pictured left to right, Perry Lastinger, Betty Howell, Linda Campbell and Debra Russell; and back
row, pictured left to right, Robert Andrews, Jason Freeland, Amy Taylor, Frank Purvis, Ed Arnette and Helen

heart-warming reasons this terrible disease."
for being a member of Betty Howell add
the team. As each team "I just love helping ou
member answered, other any way I can and thi
team members would a very worthwhile ca
applaud and often throw to raise funds for."
in a "Thank God." Team member Lil
Team member Perry Campbell said, "I j
Lastinger said, "There love being able to h
are so many people in out in any way I can
our day-to-day lives being a member of
affected by cancer and Relay team is an hor
the American Cancer able cause."
Society is a great organi- Team member De
zation. I just want to be a Russell added, "I an
part of finding a cure for cancer survivor of

k Bender

Without A

devoted his life to educat-
ing others about this
tobacco product across
America. "If I can get
one individual each day
to quit using, or never
starting tobacco, maybe
it will save their life and
make the second chance
at life that I have received
During his presenta-
tion he described several
different cancers includ-
ing lung, larynx/voice
box, oral cavity/mouth,
tongue, and lips, phar-
ynx/throat, esopha-
gus/tube connecting the
throat to the stomach,
stomach, pancreas,
cervix, kidney, and blad-
der just to name a few.
Young people are
much more likely to use
candy and fruit flavored
tobacco products than
adults, and tobacco
industry documents
show that companies
have designed these ciga-
rettes with kids in mind.
According to the Federal
Drug Administration,
2010. For example, one
tobacco company sug-
gested creating a honey-
flavored cigarette to

Photo Submitted
Rick Bender, the man
without a face.

attract teenager who like
sweet products.
According to the Federal
Drug Administration.
According to the
Federal Drug
Administration, scien-
tists have found that
many kids think flavored
tobacco products are
safer and less addictive
than regular tobacco
products. This is not
true. All tobacco prod-
ucts contain nicotine,
one of the addictive
chemicals that make it so
hard to quit using tobac-
co. Smoking any kind of

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n a

years," to an eruption of
applause and "Praise
God's" from her team
Team member
Robert Andrews also had
a personal note, "My
mother is a cancer sur-
vivor," he said to an erup-
tion of applause from his
fellow team members.
Jason Freeland
added, "We are all very
fortunate to be here and I
just wanted to do some-
thing to help out with

Is A

L Face

tobacco product increas-
es your risk of develop-
ing serious health prob-
lems, including lung can-
cer, heart disease, and
Tobacco products
that you don't smoke,
like snuff and chewing
tobacco, have also been
shown to cause gum dis-
ease and cancers of the
mouth. According to the
Federal Drug
This presentation
was a preventive meas-
ure to increase youth
awareness of the harm-
ful health effects of
tobacco, prevent initia-
tion, and encourage
youth who currently use
tobacco products to stop.
Students were provided
cessation information
from the Florida
Quitline, 1-877-U-CAN-
To find more infor-
mation on cessation
classes, contact Tobacco
Prevention Specialists
Chastity McCarthy and
Marianne Arbulu at 342-
0170X2101 or,

Photo Submitted
Jefferson County Middle/High School students pictured from left to right are:
Breanna Haugen, Dontavius Hampton, James Ford, with Rick Bender, the man with-
out a face.

finding a cure to
increase the chance of
others being here as
Team member Amy
Taylor said, "I like to
help out anybody I can
and this is a great way to
help others who really
need it."
Frank Purvis added,
"Cancer that has affect-
ed my family and friends
every day, all my life. I
just want to be a part of
finding a cure so others

don't have to go through
battling or experiencing
a loved one who is bat-
tling cancer."
Team member Ed
Arnette is a team mem-
ber with another person-
al story about being
affected by cancer. "My
wife is a cancer sur-
vivor," he said, again
applause erupting from
the others within the
Helen Flyte added,
"My life has been
touched by family and
friends who were dealing
with the battle against
cancer to one aspect or
another. I want to be a
part of helping find a
cure through further
Lastinger added that
the team held a fish fry
as a final fundraiser dur-
ing the Relay For Life
event last year and they
would probably do the
same this year the night
of the event, Friday, May
He also reported that
Avalon Plantation team
members, Jason
Freeland and Ed Purvis,
who are members of
local bands Encore and
19-South, would be per-
forming the night of the
Relay and that all of
their time was donated
toward the cause of find-
ing a cure for cancer.


Friday, May 7 Spaghetti dinner with
Parson's Posse from 5-7pm at Hiram Lodge #5
located at 235 N Olive Street in Monticello. For $8:
you will enjoy spaghetti, salad, garlic toast, dessert,.
and tea. New information "We will have 30's music,
Checkers, horse shoes and bingo. We have also added*
ice cream to our cobbler and plan to be in period:
dress." Dine in and take-out are available. What a:
great way to enjoy dinner!
Saturday, May 8 End of the Boston butt sale:
with the Jefferson County relay teams and:
Johnston's Meat Market. Go ahead and pay for your.
meat ticket now. Then simply pick up your slow:
smoked Boston butt at Johnston's Meat Market on:
May 8 (the day before Mother's Day) from ll:00am -:
3:00pm. It would be an easy and delicious addition to.
your Mother's Day meal. The cost is $25 for the:
Boston butt, with $10 of every sale going to the@
American Cancer Society To purchase your meat:
ticket, please contact one of the local relay teams or:
Perry or Dana Lastinger at 508-2174. If you are a cap-:
tain of a team that would like to participate and have.
not received your tickets, please contact Dana at the:
number listed above. *
Raffle tickets for two beautiful hand painted:
windows are being sold by First United Methodist:
Church. Please see the pictures attached to this e-:
mail. The herb garden window measures 40x28 and*
the heart and flowers window measures 36 x 28.:
Over the next few weeks they will be displayed at:
Farmers & Merchants Bank, Edenfield's Hardward,:
Milady's Shop, Jacksons Drug Store, and others as:
they are coordinated. Each window is a separate:
drawing, with separate tickets, and the tickets are:
$5.00 each or 5 tickets for $20.00. Tickets to win these:
beautiful windows will be available with each mer-:
chant, at the office of the First United Methodist*
Church (325 Walnut Street; phone 997-5545) and:
through Helen Braswell, who can be reached at 997-
4604. Get your tickets now and hope to win when thee
winning raffle ticket is drawn at the Relay for Life:
Event on May 14. You don't have to be present to win,:
but attending the relay event is great fun!
Chances to win a beautiful hand crocheted slate:
blue afghan by the team from Capital City Bank.:
SChances are $3.00 each or 2 for $5 and are available*
through any CCB associate. A picture of the afghan:
is attached to this e-mail. Raffle tickets for the:
afghan will be on sale until the Relay for Life Event-
on May 15. You don't have to be present to win, but:
attending the relay event is great fun!
S May 11 Cancer Survivor Dinner at the:
SMonticello Opera House at 6:00 pm. Please call:
Christina Downer at 297-0588 ext 3704 to notify her of:
Your intentions to attend. *
MAY14-15 RELAY FOR LIFE!! The fun begins:
at 6:00pm on the 14th, with the Survivor Lap, and:
continues until noon on the 15th. The Lumnaria.
Ceremony will be at 9:00pm. If you would like to:
Purchase a luminaria, the order form is attached.:
The bloodmobile will be in attendance and accept-:
ing blood donations from 4:00pm 8:30pm on May:
14th. All those who donate blood will receive a free:
Beach towel.
What to look for at Relay For Life...
Parson's Posse will have two dinner choices of:
chili, crackers, and coke for $3.00 or chili, pimento:
sandwich and coke for $5.00. They will also be serving.
breakfast at their campsite on Saturday morning:
Sand will have breakfast casserole, juice, and a bagle:
for $5.00. .

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Look Good Feel Better

Facilitator and
Area Trainer
Look Good Feel
Better is a wonderful
program that changes
lives and helps make
survivors! It is a free,
national service pro-
gram which is designed
to help women cancer
patients learn to cope
with the appearance -
related side effects of
chemotherapy and radi-
ation treatments.
Patients are taught tech-
niques to help restore
their appearance and
self esteem through the
use of makeup, wigs,
scarves and other acces-
Jordana Osborne
recently returned from
Chicago where she
became certified as a
Look Good Feel Better
Area Trainer. She says,
"Three years ago I
received a letter from
the American Cancer
Society about this won-
derful program and
their need for volun-
teers. At a time when I
was looking for a way to

use my skills, I knew
this program was the
best way for me to give
back to patients who
had been touched by
cancer. Watching these
brave women in their
journey through recov-
ery, and how much sup-
port Look Good Feel
Better provides for each
of them makes me know
"It is far better to give
than receive." I am also
excited about recruiting
and certifying new
licensed volunteers in
our area. I am so hon-
ored to be a part of this
program of the
American Cancer
It is important to
provide education about
Look Good Feel Better.
Every patient undergo-
ing treatment should be
made is aware of this
class and all of the tools
available to them while
they are undergoing
treatment. All this is
available, free of charge!
Currently we have three
licensed, certified vol-
unteers facilitating the
Look Good Feel Better

program. We have one
session per month. A
class size between 6-10
patients, with two facili-
tators, allows each per-
son to receive personal
attention. Each patient
in the program receives
one complementary
makeup kit in their
group session.
Look Good Feel
Better is a joint, cooper-
ative program developed
by three collaborators:
The Personal Care

Products Council
Foundation, The
American Cancer
Society, and The
Professional Beauty
Association. Each of
these organizations
plays a different role in
the program and raise
funds in their own way
to support it. Look Good
Feel Better is non-med-
ical and does not pro-
mote medical or psycho-

logical claims or inter-
ference with medical
treatment in any way
The program is also
salon and product neu-
tral. We do not promote
any specific cosmetic
product, manufacturer,
salon, service or suppli-
If you could benefit
from the services
offered by Look Good
Feel Better or are inter-
ested in becoming a vol-
unteer for this program,
please contact Caroline
Miller, with the
American Cancer
Society, at 850-297-0588
ext. 3702.
Join us at Relay For
Life on Friday May 14 &

Donate Blood at
Relay For Life, Get
A Free Beach
Do you want a free beach
towel? Am I crazy to even
ask? Who doesn't like get-
ting something free? All
you have to do is save up to
three lives on May 14 at
Jefferson County's Relay for
Life. What?! Sounds like a
lofty thing to do, right? It's
easier than you think. The
Southeastern Community
Blood Center is inviting you
to "Dive in and donate
blood." To receive your free
beach towel, all you have to
do is walk onto the blood-
mobile parked at Jefferson
County's Relay for Life,
next to the Jefferson County
High School track on May
14 from 4:00 8:30pm, roll
up your sleeve, and donate
:If you would like to reserve
Sa donation time, you can
contact Marianne Goehrig
gmail.com or 219-0722.
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Sscu hool education

Area Parents Discuss Importance Of Parental Involvement In Children's Education

Jefferson Journal
Staff Writer
To spark parental
interest in becoming
involved with the local
schools and taking an
active part in their chil-
dren's educations, sever-
al area parents were
asked to discuss the
importance of parental
involvement in their
children's educations
and about the impor-
tance of attending meet-
ings at the schools and
taking an active role in
education of their chil-
County parent Terri
Long was the first to
address the subject. "As
a full time working par-
ent of two children in
Jefferson schools (JES
and JCMHS), I was
asked my thoughts on
the importance of edu-
cation and how parent
involvement plays a key
role in the education of
a child," she said. "Wow,
very empowering sub-
jects and deep questions
that can be thought of in
many different perspec-
tives. I'll try to put into
words, based on my
experience in Jefferson
County my perspective
of education and parent
"Just a quick back-
ground: I have two sons,
one in JES (1st grade)
and one in JCMHS (6th
grade). Currently both
are doing well in school.
This wasn't always the
case," added Long. "I am
not a perfect parent.
Actually I am pretty
tough on my kids
because I know without
what is known as a 'good
education', their life as
adults will be more diffi-
"Don't get me
wrong. I also believe that
education goes well
beyond schoolwork,


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tests and grades.
Education is also about
building confidence to
make decisions, to face
what life has to offer and
to accept all of life's suc-
cesses and failures," she
said. "Having my chil-
dren become students
that enjoy learning will
lead them to become life-
long learners and in the
process, I hope, become
productive and 'educat-
ed' adults.
"I believe the con-
cept of 'education'
begins at home and
when your children are
infants. They are con-
stantly learning. As par-
ents, we are their first
and most important
teachers in life. It is our
love for our children
that drive us to try to
keep them happy,
healthy and safe," Long
added. "We want the
best for our children in
life. That continues
when our children enter
school. It becomes more
complicated at that
point. All children are
different. Some children
may excel, some will
struggle and other chil-
dren will just get by,
grade by grade.
Sometimes I had felt that
the 'standards' wanted
to measure my child as a
'square' when he wasn't
exactly square, but more
"In other words he
wasn't exactly on track
with how the state
required elements
defined he should be. I
soon learned that help-
ing with homework was-
n't enough. That's when
I became more involved
as a parent," said Long.
"I began talking to any-
body who was around,
including teachers, guid-
ance counselors, princi-
pals and I asked ques-
tions because no ques-
tion is a dumb ques-

tion," she said. "I basi-
cally became my child's
advocate. Being an
involved parent helped
me, help my children.
The more questions I
asked and the more
involved I became and
the more I learned.
"I became aware of
rights of all students,
including those who
may have a learning dis-
ability and continued
asking questions. I am
glad I started asking
questions, and to be
truthful, I have never
stopped asking ques-
tions," she added. "I
have attended various
parent organizational
meetings including
Parent Involvement,
PTO, SAC and attended
numerous School Board
meetings and work-
shops, when I could. I
phone and email my
children's teachers with
"This has helped me
understand the school
system with respect to
the various roles and
where the responsibili-
ties lie. Guess what?
This has helped me iden-
tify who to ask the ques-
tions I have, regarding
the education of my chil-
dren," Long said.
"Sometimes I get an
answer, sometimes the
questions brings up
more questions, but I
feel that if I have a ques-
tion, there must be more
parents out there that
have the same or similar
question," she contin-
"In the beginning of
my children's education,
there were many times I
did not feel I had any
control or input into
their educational
process. This scared me!
After starting to ask
questions, I learned
more about the educa-
tional system, after that

I asked more questions
and became more
involved, all of which
made me feel empow-
ered," she added. "Then
an incredible thing hap-
pened. Other people
were asking me ques-
tions and for my opin-
ion! I was asked for sug-
gestions on various
issues within the school
district. I finally had
some sense of control of
my children's education.
"I would encourage
all parents of all stu-
dents to become
'involved parents'. Don't
be afraid to ask the ques-
tions or to voice an opin-
ion or to make sugges-
tions. Communicate
with your child's teach-
ers. They are the educa-
tors on the front line!
Attend various meet-
ings, if you can. The
school district staff
wants the same as us,
the best education for
our children," Long con-
Alyce Branham
added, "Well, it is a par-
ent's responsibility to be
involved in their chil-
dren's education. If par-
ents were involved, they
would know more about
what is happening dur-
ing the course of a regu-
lar school day" she said.
"They would be aware of
any situations their
child could be having in
the classroom that
would affect his/her
progress, or with some-
one on campus.
"Interaction with
the school allows par-
ents to have conversa-
tions with teachers,
which keeps parents
knowledgeable about
their child's homework,
special projects, advance
classes, their child's
behavior and so much
more," she said.
"Parents, please get
involved and commit

yourselves to your child
and the school system
you send them to every-
day Being involved
demonstrates your
devoted interest to your
child," she concluded.
"I am elated for the
opportunity to express
my thoughts relating a
parent's involvement in
their children's educa-
tion," said. Nicky
Seaton, a parent of
CARE Charter School of
Excellence. "Being a
young lady who grew up
and was educated in this
system, I noticed the
progressive downgrade
of education in my coun-
ty Therefore, I delegated
myself to be 100 percent
actively involved in my
kids' educations," she
"I realized immedi-
ately being involved
entailed quite a lot,
which naturally made
me second-guess my
decision," Seaton added.
"However, knowing my
kids could graduate
from high school could
be presented the highest
honor of valedictorian,
gave me the vigor need-
ed to fulfill the dream for
my kids.
"So, determination
set in to make every
open house to present
my concerns and expec-
tations of my child's
teacher and visa-versa,"
she said. "I realized that
in order for my kids to
have a successful year,
this would be a mandato-
ry action.
"I made myself read-
ily available for confer-
ences, PTO meetings
and unscheduled visits
and responded promptly
to positive and negative
daily news reports,"
Seaton said. "When the
situations arise, I would
contact the teacher for
more detailed informa-
tion about the issue.

"Another passionate
topic to me was the
prompt completion of
in-school and homework
assignments, studying
for pop-quizzes, weekly
and semester tests and
most importantly read-
ing daily By the words
penned by President
Barrack Obama in his
proclamation for
Charter Schools, 'In the
21st century, a world
class education is our
best avenue to prosperi-
"I experienced
humanly moments of
exhaustion and this is
common, especially with
more than one child,"
Seaton added.
"Nevertheless, I refuse
to leave my kids educa-
tion in the hands of any-
one other than myself!
Parents need to realize
that involvement in
itself, is an ongoing
"When the bus
leaves my residence, I
immediately begin to
prepare afternoon
assignments for my
kids, in addition to their
daily work," she said.
"This reinforcement tool
further enhances my
child's knowledge and
skills. This has proven
successful over and over
and not to brag or boast,
but they have excelled
beyond measure and
maintained exceptional
academic standards
since pre-kindergarten.
I know if I can do it,
every parent can do it.
Our children are our
most valuable invest-
ment," she concluded.
To get involved at
the schools as a mentor,
volunteer or concerned
parent, call JES at 342-
0115 or JCMHS at 997-
3555 and ask how you
can be a part of helping
better education for our

NFCC Students Explore Colleges And

Careers At C3 Education And Job Fair

NFCC employee Tara Orlowski assists NFCC students, left to right, Caleb Tuten
(Madison); Kristi Hathcock (Perry); Amy Stalnaker (Madison); and Kim Butler
(Greenville) with registration at NFCC's C3 "Colleges, Careers, and Connections"
Education and Job Fair in the NFCC Student Center in April.

Representatives from Madison County District
Schools were on hand to talk with NFCC students about
career opportunities during the event.

North Florida
Community College's
Career Resource Center
held its first C3 "Colleges,
Careers, and
Connections" Education
and Job Fair in April pro-
viding NFCC students
with a unique opportuni-
ty to connect with four-
year colleges and univer-
sities and potential
employers all in one loca-
tion, the NFCC Student
Center. The event, coordi-
nated by NFCC's Career
Recruitment Specialist
Kim Halfhill, was very
successful with 90 stu-

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dents pre-registering and
an additional 83 register-
ing on-site at the event.
"We look forward to mak-
ing this an annual event
for NFCC students," said
The Career Resource
Center is designed to pro-
vide students with the
tools needed to transition
from college to career. The
center is funded in part by
North Florida Workforce
funds provided through
the American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act.
Four-year schools partici-
pating in the education
and job fair were Florida
A&M University, Florida
State University, The
Baptist College of
Florida, Savannah
College of Art & Design,
Saint Leo University and
Thomas University Area
businesses participating
included Workforce,
Florida Army National
Guard, North Florida
Medical Centers, Madison
County Community
Bank, the US Census
Bureau, Madison County
School Board, the US
Army, US Navy
Recruiting Office, and
Apalachee Center, Inc.

11A Jefferson County Journal


school & ports

Friday, May 7, 2010

"''Area Teachers Recognized

By Their Peers

Jefferson Journal Photo March 17, 2010.
e At the Jefferson County Head Start, an affiliate of Capital Area Community Action e
* Agency, the students learn about the many different jobs that will be expected of them *
when they grow up and become "movers and shakers and leaders of their community."
Recently the students were introduced to the field of publication, and what is expected
a of a news reporter. Local news reporter Debbie Snapp of the Monticello News gave e
* them the ups and downs of the career. The students, the Head Start staff, including *
SGeorgia Lamar, teachers assistant, Frazie Bennett, teachers assistant, Alice Peck, *
Teacher, Lawanda Jones, teachers assistant, and Ophelia Mutch, center director, and
a reporter Debbie Snapp are pictured here in no particular order. *


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Photo Submitted
In the 4'h and 5'h
Division at the 4-H District
III Tropicana Public
Speaking Contest 4-H
Member Traynor Barker
received honorable men-

Jefferson Journal
Staff Writer
The 4-H District III
Tropicana Public
Speaking Contest was
held on Thursday, April
29 at the Perry Paige
Auditorium, on the cam-
pus of Florida A&M
University Y o u t h
from Jefferson, Madison,
Taylor, Gadsden, Gulf,
Liberty, and Leon coun-
ties participated in this
4-H member Traynor
Barker received honor-
able mention in the 4th
and 5th Division at the 4-H
District III Tropicana
Public Speaking Contest.
4-H member Felix Serna
received honorable men-
tion in the 6th Division.

Photo Submitted

In the 6'h Division at
the 4-H District III
Tropicana Public Speaking
Contest 4-H member Felix
Serna received honorable


Jefferson Journal
Staff Writer
Some time ago the
community was asked
to write an essay about
their favorite teacher,
in an effort to show just
how much that teacher
was appreciated.
Posters explaining the
essay contest rules and
reasons were placed at
several business loca-
tions around town, and
completed essays were
to be dropped off at the
local Winn Dixie store
service desk.
The essays have
been collected and read,
and the teachers win-
ning gift cards for Winn

Dixie and Publix are as
follows: Janet Cook,
Jefferson County
Middle/High School;
Connie Swiggard, Little
Angels; Marilyn Youtzy,
CARE Charter School;
and Lakaysha
Wideman, Jefferson
Elementary School.
The organizers of
this essay contest want-
ed to recognize the
teachers that do so
much for the communi-
ty and for the children.
And that's why during
Teacher Appreciation
Week for the past few
years, Affordable
B u s i n e s s
Communications, has
encouraged this contest

for the areas teachers.
Teaching can be a hard
job and many teachers
go above and beyond to
share their knowledge
with the children.
B u s i n e s s
Communications spe-
cializes in Meridian
and Nortel telephone
systems and voice mail.
To find out more about
services offered go to
or 850-264-9455.
Technical manager
Walter Moxley and his
spouse Dana are all for
teachers and education.
This is their way of giv-
ing back and recogniz-
ing the... teachers!



Jefferson Journal
Staff Writer
The Aucilla
Christian Academy var-
sity Warriors baseball
team ended the overall
season 14-9-1 after drop-
ping the District
Championship against
John Paul II, 9-1, April
The Warriors went
in knowing that depend-
ing on how play went the
game could go either
way because the
Warriors lost the first
regular season game
against John Paul, 4-1
and won the second, 7-6.
Coach Ray Hughes
reminded that though
the Warriors did not
take the title this year,
they have won six
District titles in the past
eight years.
Being the number
two seed in the district,
the Warriors were given
a bye for their first night
of tournament competi-

The Jefferson
County Coordinating
Committee will
meet at 9:00 a.m.
May 12, 2010,
at the
Jefferson County
Road Dept,
1484 South
Jefferson Street.

tion, April 25.
The evening of
April 29 in the District
Championship game,
I -

the Warriors were
defeated and the season,
officially over for
On the mound,
Marcus Roberts pitched
five innings, striking out
7 batters.
Trent Roberts fin-
ished up, pitching two
innings and striking out
1 batter.
At the plate, Trent
Roberts went 2 for 3 with
1 double and 1 run.
Casey Wheeler went
1 for 4.
Brandon Darnell
went 1 for 2 with a dou-




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Picture Submitted
Joel Love, with the Florida Department of Agriculture, read the 2010 Ag Literacy
book "Green Florida Farms" with the first and second graders at Aucilla Christian
Academy students.

Jefferson Journal
Staff Writer
First and second
graders at Aucilla
Christian Academy
observed Ag Literacy
Day on Thursday, March
25. Joel Love, with the
Florida Department of
Agriculture, shared the
2010 Ag Literacy book
entitled "Green Florida
Farms" with the stu-
dents in the classes of
Tonya Roberts, Debbie
Stephens, Debbie Love,
and Shona Whiddon.
Love discussed
farmers using various
practices to preserve
water by irrigating
smarter and better. He
also introduced new
terms to the students,
which included "con-
tour" farming, "no-till"
farming, "hydroponics"
gardening, and "bio-
mass." Many of the

products Florida farm-
ers produce were also
Students were treat-

ed with plastic "Got-
Milk?" cups, coloring
books, and bookmarks
to take home.



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Friday, May 7, 2010

Bird Cages all sizes-
(2) Two story cages.
48X39:100$- 23X46:75$
Other various sizes available.
Call for more info.
Sharon Ponder at 850-997-0284
Australian Western saddle;
brand new with tags on it;
comes with blanket, two bri-
dles, two breastplates (one
custom made), and saddle
stand. Call 850-545-5764
10/21, rtn, nc.
(Nylon camouflage covering)
your-pants- My time +
Material $20 850-251-6993.
12/25, tfn, nc.
Need a comfortable bed? I
have a Temperpedic mattress set
that is almost new, available for
$1200. Also, have a lot of
paperback books as well.
Contact Barbara at 997-6428,
leave message.

"Stacked" White
asking $275, like
4350, 519-3940 f

AKC Req. Lab I
yellow and white
female. $350 eacl

Fish for stocking

Wtfcif hnc,-

1 or 2 BR. 997-2837
or monticellorealestate. info

Spacious. Downtown. 251-0760.
4/2, tfn, c.
1468 S. Waukeenah St. Office
300, Monticello. 1 BR ($427) &
2BR ($465). HUD vouchers
accepted, subsidy available at
times. 850-997-6964. TTY711.
This institution is an equal oppor-
tunity provider and employer.
7/22, tfn, c.
FOR RENT- 3/1 brick home in
Montivilla, first and last month
plus deposit. Ready 5/1/10 con-
tact Diana @ 528-3475.

FOR RENT- 2br/lba New Home
- In City. W/D Hook up. $600
mo. + security with 1 yr lease.
Tile floors, private back yard.
"No Pets". Call 997-4183.

...t...e. .4/30-5/12,pd.
new. Call 997
new. Cl 170 Cherokee Street
or more infor-
Next to Burger King
4/30,5/5,7,pd. 3 beds, 2 baths 1500 sq.ft.
Ready now
Puppies- Ken Foster 544.5040
, male and 4/30,5/5,7,12,c.
h. 997-2558.
Coopers Pond Quiet and
5/5,7,pd.secluded, 1- B/R-BTH & 2 B/R-
BTH with carport and W/D
H hookup. Available May 1. 997-
your pond or 5007.

lake. Coppernose bluegill, shell-
cracker, channel catfish, mos-
quitofish, and grass carp. Call
850-547-2215. For a limited
time only, large mouth bass.
5/7,12,13,! 2! ; I ...

BIG SALE- Friday and
Saturday May 7-8. Antiques,
men/women clothing. Furniture,
unique pieces, toys, Worth the
stop. Good stuff, good prices.
MAY 8th 8am-4pm
(off U.S. 90 W)
Extensive Civil War memorabilia,
antique pump organ, kitchen
items, cookbooks, vintage glass-
ware & cut glass, old oil lamps,
lots of books & videos, LR/DR
furniture, oak china cabinet, vin-
tage spitoons, railroad lanterns &
locks, antique bottles, lots of bric-
a-brac, old 19th C. books, cos-
tume jewelry, crockery jugs, beer
steins, lawn mower, vintage cloth-
ing. Follow signs west on U.S. 90
from Johnston's Meat Market.
Action Sales, 850-528-4517.
5/5,7, pd.

Waukeenah HWY, 1 mile on
left. Everything priced to sell.
7am-3pm Saturday.

CAT- Grey-brown-white Tabby
male. Found 4/22 in city limits
call Humane Society at 342-


2BR/1BA HOME On South
Mulberry St. Hardwood Floors.
Remodeled kitchen. Managed by
Re-Max Rentals. Call 997-4040.

3br on 3/4 acre lot in city.
Lot 100x200 Nobles Sub.
Tenn. St. $25K 850-342-3288.

509-8530 Quick Responses.
6/22, tfn.
Also exterior carpentry work
call Bob 850-242-9342 or 850-
4/7, tfn, c.
Bought, sold, moved, tuned,
restored. Service discounts for
church's and school.
Installations: Digital, player,
climate control. Paul@ 385-
7675 or 339-2415
3/12 ,tfn, c.


DOG- Yellow Lab, female.
Ashville Hwy., Silver Lake Rd
area. Call 997-0185.

4/28,30,5/5,7,nc. 5/5,c.

Moie oe

Professional Project
selling modular and
homes. Get high qua
prices, excellent
Financing available.
344-5024 before 6 p.m
Brand New 5/br 3btl
home delivered to you
the low price of 49
month. Call 386-623-4
on land starting at
month. Call Nathan
email me at nathan.a

Legal Request For
The Jefferson County
County Commissioner
accepting bids on a
Unused Stationary C
Unit as well as a 40 Ya
Top Container. Deliv
must be included in bic
must include warranty
tion. All bids must bt
"sealed" and turned
Jefferson County Co
room #10 Monticello,
The deadline to turn bi
be 2:00 pm. Wednesday
2010. All bids are ap
The Jefferson County
County Commissioners
the right to accept or r
and all bids. A bid pac
received from the
County Solid Waste De
at 1591 Waukeena]
Monticello, Fl 32344 o

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^I Children's Dresses...
SSize 3 white long dress,
Manager worn as flower girl dress,
1 mobile
m sequin/beadwork all on
ity, bodice, sequin/beadwork/
appliques on bottom, built in
all86 crinoline. -$50
n. .Size 4 off white dress,
h mobile worn as flower girl dress, lace
r land for work around bodice, pretty
1.00 per lace work at bottom, cap
4218. sleeves $25
HOME *Size 7-8 off white
$450 a dress, worn as a flower girl
Welsh or dress, overlay of lace over
a.welsh@ entire dress, probably
knee to calf length $25
3/5,tfn,c. 'Size 8 white, long
B dress, lace around neck with
decorative bodice $25
-Size 16 white long pag-
eant gown, cap sleeves, white
sequin work across entire
Bids bodice and sleeves, buttons
Board of around neck with circular cut-
s will be out on back, beautiful gown-
New and $100
ompactor Teen dresses..
rd Closed *Size 7-8 Kelli green
ery dates gown, lace overlay $40
. All bids Size 8 red gown,
informa-sequin/bead work around
e marked bodice $50
into the *Size 14 (child's size 14
urthouse, but dress is for a teen division
Fl 32344. approximately 13-15) GOR-
ds in will GEOUS lime green dress,
y May 19, strapless but with spaghetti
preciated. straps that criss cross across
Board of the back, sequins spotted
Reserves across the entire gown, built in
reject any crinoline absolutely gor-
ket can be ous. $300 (paid over $500
Jefferson for it)
apartment Call 850-973-3497
h Street and leave message.
or at 850-


Advertising Sales Representative (salesman) needed.
Full-time advertising salesman needed: Must be a team player,
able to handle multiple tasks, and be able to get along with an
entire office staff. Must have good personality and LOVE to talk
on the telephone. Apply in person only at the Monticello News
newspaper office, located at 180 W Washington St., in Monticello.
3/31, tfn, nc.
CASHIER Joyner's Travel Center is taking applications for a
cashiers position. Apply in person at the 1-10/Hwy 59 Shell sta-
tion, front desk.
PART TIME LIBRARY AIDE Jefferson County Government
is accepting applications for part-time library aide at the Public
Library. Job description and applications may be obtained at
www.co.jefferson.fl.us or at the Jefferson County Courthouse
Room 10, Monticello, FL 32344. All applications should be sent to
Kitty Brooks at 375 S. Water Street, Monticello, FL 32344, or call
342-0205. Position open until filled.

JEFFERSON COUNTY ROAD DEPT. is accepting applica-
tions for Truck Driver with class A CDL Florida Drivers License.
Must have experience with dump trucks, equipment hauling low-
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Left to Right: Nita Fico-Allied Health Programs Director, Carol Rykard-RN Instructor, JulieWalden-RN
Instructor, Kathy Fields-PCT Instructor, Shirley Haynes-PCT Instructor Assistant, Brandi Browning
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English nurse, Florence
Nightingale set the stan-
dard for great nursing: she
managed a military field
hospital, investigated
Indian rural life to improve
sanitation and was a math
whiz using pie charts to
show statistics on the bene-
fits of proper care.
National Nurses Week
is May 6 through May 12,
coinciding with
Nightingale's birthday "It
was set up as a way to estab-
lish recognition for nurs-
es," said Nita Fico, director
of Allied Health Programs
at North Florida
Community College.

Madison and the sur-
rounding areas is a Health
Manpower Shortage Area,
which is why North Florida
Community College is part-
nering with 17 different
sites locally "It's like a div-
ing board," said Fico.
Students spend roughly
half their time in clinical
settings to experience
Public Health, Obstetrics,
Pediatrics, Mental Health
and specialty areas such as
the Madison Abilities
Resource Center (ARC). It
gives them hands-on experi-
ence and a better idea of
how they want to manage
their careers.
"We want our Allied
Health Program and the

community to work togeth-
er to meet the needs of
both," said Fico, who over-
sees the RN Program,
Licensed Practical Nurse
Program and Patient Care
Technician Program at
North Florida Community
At least 80 students per
year graduate from the
Allied Health program. "I
always tell students there
are multiple opportunities
in nursing," said Nico. The
phone number is 973-1600
for information on upcom-
ing classes.
As for nursing pioneer,
Florence Nightingale, she
died peacefully in her sleep
at age 90 in 1910.

JelTerson .Journal
StalI \,riter
C(cvei1a3nt Hospice will
honor the work of its regis-
tered nurses to provide com-
passionate hospice and pallia-
tive care to individuals facing
end-of-life issues during this
year's National Nurses Week,
celebrated annually May 6
through 12 throughout the
United States.
This year, the American
Nurses Association has
selected "Nurses: Caring
Today for a Healthier
Tomorrow" as the theme for
Covenant Hospice nurses
are specially trained in pain
and symptom control tech-
niques that help to alleviate
the suffering often associated
with a life-limiting illness.
They make regularly sched-
uled visits, provide patient
and family education, skilled
patient care, and are available

on a 24-hour per day on-call
basis for emergencies.
Annually, National Nurses
Week begins on May 6,
marked as RN Recognition
Day, and ends on May 12, the
birthday of Florence
Nightingale, founder of nurs-
ing as a modern profession.
During this week, nurses at
Covenant Hospice will be hon-
ored by the non-for-profit
Traditionally, National
Nurses Week is devoted to
highlighting the diverse ways
in which registered nurses,
the largest health care profes-
sion, are working to improve
health care.
From bedside nursing in
hospitals and long-term care
facilities to the halls of
research institutions, state
legislatures, and Congress,
the depth and breadth of the
nursing profession is meeting
the expanding health care
needs of American society

Jefferson County Health Department



Thank you for all ofyour compassion, hard work and dedication!

Jackie Guyton, RN Donna Melgaard, RN Monica Demott, RN

Krista McMullen, LPN Montollis Roberson, LPN Kimberly Mobley, LPN

Jefferson County Health Department
1255 W Washington St
Monticello, FL 32344



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Two National Wildlife Refuges Offer Special Hunts

This fall, Northwest
Florida offers some spe-
cial deer and wild hog
hunts at St. Marks
National Wildlife Refuge
(NWR) and a unique
"big-game" hunt on the
island of St. Vincent
The application peri-
od for these hunts begins
10 a.m. Tuesday, May 4,
and continues through
11:59 p.m. Thursday, June
There are two
archery hunts, two gen-
eral gun hunts and one
mobility-impaired gun
hunt on St. Marks NWR,
which covers 60,000 acres
in Wakulla, Jefferson
and Taylor coun-
ties. Five-day archery
hunts for white-tailed
deer and wild hogs take
place Nov. 9-13 in the
Panacea Unit and Nov. 2-6
in the Wakulla
Unit. There are 200 avail-
able permits for each
hunt at $15 each.
The two general gun
hunts are both three days
long and take place on
the area's two units -
Wakulla (Dec. 10-12) and
Panacea (Dec. 17-19).
There are 175 permits
available for the Wakulla
Unit and 80 for the
Panacea Unit. These per-

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mits cost $15, if you are
The three-day mobil-
ity-impaired gun hunt is
for hunters certified by
the FWC as mobility-
impaired. It takes place
on the Panacea Unit Dec.
11-13, and 15 permits are
available again, $15 if
For hunters looking
to rough it a bit more and
go after some truly big
game, the 12,490-acre,
undeveloped barrier
island of St. Vincent
NWR in Franklin County
is where the hunt's on for
the enormous, imported
sambar deer. These red-
dish-brown deer, which
are actually in the elk
family, are native to
Southeast Asia and were
introduced on the island
in 1908. They can meas-
ure 6 feet tall at the
shoulder and weigh more
than 700 pounds.
You also can harvest wild
hogs on this hunt, but it
must be with bows or
muzzleloaders. Hunters
with a Disabled
Crossbow Permit may
use crossbows.
The primitive-
weapon sambar
deer/wild hog hunt takes
place Dec. 2-4, and there
are 200 permits available,

costing $25. Hunters who
drew this hunt last year
aren't eligible to apply
this year.
The bag limit on
sambars is two (male or
female), and there is no
bag limit on hogs.
You can get to St.
Vincent Island only by
boat. If you don't have
one, you can contact the
local chamber of com-
merce for a list of boat
captains who will ferry
you to and from the
island for a fee.
The island has no
electricity, and genera-
tors are not allowed, so
it's all about primitive
camping for three
days. Hunters may have a
small campfire, but only
using wood they take
with them or dead wood
they find on the ground.
Take a bicycle,
unless you plan to walk
everywhere. If you do
harvest any game, how-
ever, U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service staff
will pick up you and your
animal in one of their
trucks. That's the only
way you're catching a
ride in a motorized vehi-
cle, unless you're a dis-
abled hunter. Those
hunters receive special
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transportation to and
from their hunting spots.
Sambars feed on
aquatic vegetation, so
you're not likely to find
them in drier, upland
habitat. It's best to set up
in marshes.
Shooting hours for
this hunt end at 3 p.m.
each day
All of the above-men-
tioned hunt permits are
nontransferable. An
adult must accompany
permit holders under age
16 on all of these hunts,
but that person may not
hunt. Mobility-impaired
hunters can bring one
guest who may hunt, but
both hunters must share
a single person's bag
Up to five hunters can
choose to apply as a

group. To apply as a
group, one person must
first apply as group
leader, indicate the cre-
ation of a group and enter
the hunt choice for the
group. The group leader
receives a group number
(prints on receipt), which
group members must
have. Each group mem-
ber must then submit a $5
application and indicate
the group number.
To apply, fill out the
2010-2011 NWR worksheet
at MyFWC.com/ Hunting,
select text under
"Limited Entry Hunts"
and enter the four-digit
hunt number for the
requested hunt
date. Submit completed
applications at www.fl.
county tax collectors'

The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC) will
hold 14 public meetings throughout the
state to receive input from Florida
hunters on proposals affecting deer
Nine of the meetings will be about
potential changes to hunting season
dates on wildlife management areas
(WMAs) to align them with recent
changes to the state's hunting zones.
The remaining five will cover the possi-
ble implementation of a deer-harvest
reporting system as a tool to further
develop future harvest management
The FWC wants to collect as much
public input as possible to see if changes
are needed before formally presenting
the rule proposals to the Commission. If
approved by the Commission, the
changes could take effect as early as the
2011-2012 hunting season.
The meeting in this area to discuss
possible changes to WMA hunting sea-
son dates will take place Thursday, May

offices or retail outlets
that sell hunting and fish-
ing supplies, through
11:59 p.m. June 10.
The FWC issues these
permits by a random
drawing that takes place
in early August. You may
apply only once for each
hunt. The application fee
is $5. If you submit your
application at a license
agent or tax collector's
office, be sure to get your
worksheet back from the
clerk, along with your
You can check the
results of the drawing
online at MyFWC.com/
Hunting; click on
"Limited Entry Hunts"
and look for the link
"Check Permit
Availability and Drawing



A black bear killed by what was
likely a semi-trailer truck on April 23
in Jefferson County may be the third-
largest bear ever recovered in Florida.
A large vehicle apparently struck
the 600-pound male bear around 11 p.m.
on U.S. 27, two miles west of the
Lamont com-
munity. A
truck driven
by Teresa
Anderson, of
St. Petersburg,
then struck
the bear in the
roadway caus-
ing her truck
to wreck.
Anderson nor
her passenger,
Goliath Davis,
was injured, 0
according to
the Florida
Patrol. Efforts
to reach
were unsuc-
Bailey, a bear-
response agent
with the
Florida Fish .
and Wildlife
Conservation ....................
(FWC), had to use a winch and lift-pole
apparatus to get the bear in his truck.
His attempt to get the bear's weight
required some ingenuity, however.

"I tried to weigh the bear on our
scale, but it only goes to 500 pounds,
and he bottomed out the scale," Bailey
said. "Then, I thought about the fertil-
izer plant in Waukeenah. They
weighed my truck with the bear, and
then without it."
Bailey said
the bear
appeared to
be in excel-
lent condi-
tion. He said
Sit had no tags
or marks to
indicate it
had ever been
"This is the
time of year
when bears
are active and
moving," said
Dave Telesco,
the FWC's
bear program
should drive
carefully, par-
ticularly at
night, in
areas of the
state where
bear sight-
ings are com-
... ...----- m on."
In 1945, a
635-pound bear was killed in Volusia
County during the bear-hunting sea-
son. And in 1988, a vehicle in Collier
County killed a 624-pound male bear. ,

13, at the Tallahassee Automobile
Museum, 6800 Mahan Dr. in Tallahassee.
The meeting regarding the proposed
deer harvest reporting system will be
Tuesday, June 8, also at the Tallahassee
Automobile Museum.
All meetings will be from 6 to 8 p.m.
(local time). They will follow a "town
hall" format, with FWC staff making a
presentation, followed by a public ques-
tion-and-answer session with FWC staff.
After the group discussion, the public
will be able to address individual FWC
staff members on a one-on-one basis.
Anyone requiring special accommo-
dations to participate in the workshops
should advise the FWC at least five cal-
endar days before the workshop by call-
ing 850-488-6411. If you are hearing- or
speech-impaired, contact the FWC using
the Florida Relay Service at 800-955-8771
(TTY) or 800-955-8770 (voice).
For more information, contact the
FWC's state deer coordinator, Cory
Morea, at 850-410-0656, ext. 17256 or by e-
mail at CoryMorea@MyFWC.com.

FWC Sets Public Hearings On
Proposal Affecting Deer Hunting






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