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Debbie Snapp ECB Publishing, Inc. On Sept. 11, 2001, a series of airline hijackings and suicide attacks were committed by 19 militants that were associated with the Islamic extremist group AlQaeda. These were targeted in the United States, against America, and were the deadliest terrorist attacks on American soil in U.S. history. That is why each and every Sept. 11, we as Americans pay tribute to those who lost their lives that fateful day. We gather See BOOK page 3 Did you know? The first Lifesaver flavor was peppermint.Index Viewpoints...................................2 Community News....................4-7 Obituaries...................................5 History.........................................8 School.........................................9 Sports..................................10-11 Food, Fun & Entertainment......12 Crime.......................................13 Grandparents Day.....................14 Farm & Outdoors......................15 Classifieds & Legals.................16 One Section -16 pages Vol. 13 number 6 75 +tax ECBPUBLISHING.COM Friday, September 6, 2019JeffersonJournalcounty Lazaro Aleman ECB Publishing, Inc. The Jefferson County Commission recently adopted a resolution and signed an agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) that authorizes the state agency to remove and replace a bridge on a county road within the next three years. The two documents, which the Jefferson County Commission approved on Thursday, Aug.15, authorizes the FDOT to remove and replace the bridge over the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad on CR-259, about 1.8 miles west of U.S. 19. The resolution further authorizes the FDOT to construct a temporary bridge in the interim. The authorization also allows the FDOT to take property both real and personal if necessary. The agreement states in part, The parties agree that it is in the best interest of the State of Florida and the Local Agency for the department, if necessary, to act for the local agency in the acquisition of the real property See BRIDGE page 3 ECB Publishing, Inc. Photo By Ashley Hunter, August 29, 2019 Several Jefferson County youths have entered into the local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) after completing their training on Thursday, Aug. 29. These young volunteers were taught on search-and-rescue tactics, fire suppression and basic triage care during their evening lesson course at the Jefferson County Fire Rescue station. The CERT program empowers members of a community to react and respond in the event of a disaster. Pictured here, Fire Rescue Chief Derrick Burrus instructs a young CERT trainee on how to put out fires. See more pictures and read about the CERT program and their day of training on page 7. Ashley Hunter ECB Publishing, Inc. A man has been left in serious condition after a hit-and-run took place on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 4, on Jefferson County's stretch of I-10 at 4:40 a.m. According to the report issued by the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), an unknown driver, operating a Volvo Semi-Truck, was traveling westbound on Interstate 10, in the outside lane. Meanwhile, Jason W. King, 40, of Davenport, Fla., was walking westbound on the north emergency shoulder of I-10. As the driver approached mile marker 226, near where King was walking, the driver's front right-side collided with King. After King had been struck, the unknown vehicle and driver continued to travel westbound and left the scene. The collision left King with serious injuries, and he was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in order to care for the injuries he sustained. As the identity of the vehicle's driver is still unknown, FHP is conducting an investigation into the hit-and-run, with Trooper J. Sunday serving as the crash investigator. Anyone with information related to Wednesday's hit-and-run can contact the Florida Highway Patrol at (850) 410-3046. Lazaro Aleman ECB Publishing, Inc. If you're wondering about an increased presence of Duke Energy crews in your neighborhood, it's part of an energy grid strengthening project that the electric company is conducting statewide. In Florida, more than 3,700 Duke Energy employees are working hard to deliver energy that is smarter, cleaner, more reliable and more affordable today and for years to come, states a company press release. These enhancements will improve power quality and reliability while enabling more options for our customers. The local upgrade named the Monticello West Grid Strengthening Project will focus on 10 city locations. They are Bullock Lane, South Water Street, Hickory Street, Tau Trail, West Washington Street, West Palmer Mill Road, Walnut Street, Clyo Street, South Poinsettia Avenue and Magnolia Avenue. As we prepare for these upgrades, you may see crews conducting planning meetings, performing tree trimmings or placing lawn flags to identify safe work areas, the release states, adding that tree trimmings will be done by certified arborists in accordance with techniques developed by the National Arborist Association. Duke assures that it will do everything possible to keep power interruptions to a minimum while the work is in progress. Should a longer outage become necessary to complete the work, the company promises to notify customers in advance. Duke also says it will make every effort to avoid inconveniencing customers. The work, however, may require the closing of some lanes to traffic for safety reasons. The project's impact on impact private property and landscaping should also be minimal, as the majority of the work will be performed the public right-of-way, according to Duke. However, if a disruption of landscaping is See ELECTRICITY page 3 Semi vs. pedestrian hit-and-run Better electricity in MonticelloOut of the Shadow of 9/11 An inspiring tale of escape and transformation Courtesy of Tammy Brookins, September 4, 2019 Courtesy of Tammy Brookins, September 4, 2019 Christina Ray Stanton author of Out of the Shadow of 9/11. Young first responders join disaster-response team Bridge replacement on CR-259


1 The news never ends. I likely don't have to tell our readers that they see that despite Jefferson County's population count of around 14,000, there's always fresh news in our two weekly newspapers. Something is almost always happening, even in our smallest communities. Despite that, I've had plenty of people express surprise that there's "enough news in Jefferson County" to supply two papers a week. Part of my job as a newspaper writer is to find that news and sometimes, it's pretty obscure and inform people on it. At any rate, there's always a stack of projects for me to write, a list of potential stories, a calendar full of interviews and a camera full of event pictures. The news, really, never ends. 2 You have to be part-historian Maybe not so much for more ample news organizations in more prominent communities, but when it comes to documenting events in our county, there's a sense of historical preservation. One day, these days will be past days. This moment right here and now will be part of history. Future researchers will flip through the newspapers I contributed to, and they will seek out information about the people and events and places I wrote about. Long after we're gone, hopefully, our written record keeps our story stamped in history. So often, when I'm writing my news stories, I write them for both our current readers as well as our future ones. What will they want to know, what questions will they have when we are no longer around to answer them? I'm preserving the past that future generations will look too, and it's such an extraordinary responsibility. 3 We run towards danger Law enforcement, EMS and firefighters may be the first on the scene when it comes to danger and disaster... but news reporters are typically the second. When there was a bomb threat at the school? I got as close as I physically could. Car wreck? I'm stepping through the glass to photograph the incident. Tornados and hurricanes? We climb through debris, camera in hand, to document the damage. Armed robbery in progress? We stand outside the building and take photos and notes. Of course, safety is important but so is on-scene coverage of significant events, so you'll often find me right on scene, dressed in a neon safety vest, camera in hand. 4 We get into events for free (but it's not really free) When I tell people what I do, I frequently hear the comment of: Oh! You must get into a lot of places for free! The short answer is, yes. I do. The longer answer is that whenever I go to an event and waive paying for my entry ticket or catered dinner... its not really free. The event hosts are paying for me to be there, to be a media presence at their event; I can't just dine-and-dash. Whenever I go to a sports game and get waved through without paying at the gate, it's because they know I will do more than just sit on the bleachers and watch; I'll be on the field, walking up and down the field until my feet are sore. Whenever I go to banquets, it's much the same. I'm not sitting, eating and socializing I'm taking photos, writing down notes, remembering quotes and names. 5 It's a lot of fun Work? Being fun? What? But it really is! Despite how exhausted I am (usually mentally, sometimes physically, occasionally emotionally) at the end of the day, no matter how busy mornings are, as I scramble to get started on my to-do list, my job is honestly, genuinely, fun. I've met people who I never would have known, gone places I never would have gone and seen things I never would have seen if this wasn't the career I chose to pursue. I get to do what I love (write and photograph) every single day, and I really enjoy being first-in-theknow when it comes to local news. There is a lot of responsibilities riding on the shoulders of your local news reporters, and we have to stay humble through it all but don't let our professionalism deceive you... we have a lot of fun just doing what we do. Viewpoints and Opinions 2 JEFFERSON COUNTY JOURNAL FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019 Drop a note to: 2018 2018 A ward Winning NewspaperJefferson County JournalNEWSROOM Emerald Greene Parsons Publisher Lazaro Aleman Senior Staff Writer Debbie Snapp Staff Writer Ashley Hunter Staff Writer ADVERTISING Justice Barrington Ad Sales Representative PRODUCTION Carl Painter Graphic Design & Layout Kate Frizzell Graphic Design & Ads A weekly newspaper [USPS-620] designed for the express reading pleasures of the people of its circulation area, be they past, present or future residents. Published weekly by ECB Publishing, Inc. 180 W. Washington Street. Monticello, FL 32344. Periodicals postage paid at the Post Office in Monticello, Florida 32345. 180 W. WASHINGTON STREET MONTICELLO, FL 32345 PHONE: 850-997-3568 FAX: 850-997-3774 ECBPUBLISHING.COMSend address changes and other mailings to MONTICELLONEWS P.O. Box 428 Monticello, FL 32345 SERVICES Office Hours: M-T 8 a.m. 5 p.m. Fri 8 a.m. 12 p.m. Basic: $60/year Basic plus: $70/year All access: $90/year E-Pub: $35/year This newspaper reserves the right to reject any advertisement, news matter, or subscriptions that, in the opinion of the management, will not be for the best interest of the county and/or the owners of this newspaper, and to investigate any advertisement submitted.If you have any questions or concerns, call us at 850-997-3568 or visit our website at JeffersonJournalcountyTo place an ad, call 850-997-3568. Deadlines apply. Email for legals and classifieds. Email for display ads.*Happy Birthday today to Jeff Stoutamire! *Happy Anniversary today to Roger and Donna Champion and Ron and Sheila Slik! American Legion Post 49, Sons of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 49 will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at the Otto M. Walker Post, located at 1065 S. Water St., for dinner and a meeting. On Sept. 16, 1919, the American Legion was granted its federal charter by Congress. It was established to support and assist veterans returning from World War I. Since then it has grown and supported veterans of all wars and veterans of peacetime as well. On Sept. 15, 2009, Congress proclaimed September 16 as American Legion Day. The American Legion currently has over three million member veterans, at more than 14,000 posts worldwide. They provide a social community and mutual aid to all members. Contact Post Commander Ken Faircloth at (850) 509-2628 or Auxiliary Secretary Debbie Snapp at (850) 997-0901 for more information. There will be a school board meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9, on West Washington Street. The school budget will be voted on at this time. All taxpayers are encouraged to attend this very important meeting of the Board. A Worship, Healing, Signs and Wonders Weekend Encounter will be held at Transforming Life Church (TLC) Assembly of God beginning on Friday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m., with the TLC Worship Experience Band and Prophetic Evangelist David Hanks of Atlanta, Ga. On Sunday morning, at 10:30 a.m., Pastor Bill Ligon of Brunswick, Ga. will minister. The community is invited to 1206 Springfield Rd., in the Lloyd area. Visit the church website at: or call (850) 997-TLC7 for more information. Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate its annual Choir Anniversary beginning on Friday, Sept. 6, with a Worship Service at 7 p.m. Pastor Jeffrey Graham, of Bethel AME Church and his choir will be in-house. On Saturday, Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. there will be a Gospel Extravaganza with Prophet Katabia Henry presiding as Mistress of Ceremony. The anniversary will conclude on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 3 p.m. with a Gospel Extravaganza hosted by Sis. Diane Hall. All choirs, groups, praise dancers, soloists and interested friends are welcome. Choir President Mary Harris may be contacted at (850) 688-2903 for more details. Does your young reader need more experience reading aloud? The public library hosts a monthly Comfort Dog Reading Session in the library's community room, starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7. This provides a wonderful opportunity for cautious readers to practice their reading with a nonjudgmental, calming dog. All canines are certified and have trained handlers. Contact the library at (850) 342-0205. Debbie Snapp Columnist Letters to the Editor are typed word for word, comma for comma, as sent to this newspaper. Please keep letter to 600 words or less. Letters to the Editor Reporter's Corner: Ashley Hunter ColumnistDebs NotesFive truths about being a reporterLetter to the Editor, This letter is intended to clarify recent statements made about school board taxes. To begin, the 1.5 mil capital operating millage is not a new tax, and has been in place for many years, and was as high as 1.75 mils at one point in time. The purpose of the tax is to provide school districts with funds for renovation, repair, and maintenance of school board owned facilities, and assetrelated expenditures; expenditures that are restricted by statute. The charter agreement, drafted by the Florida Department of Education, between Somerset and the Jefferson County School Board, Section 4(2), directs 100 percent of the capital outlay tax receipts (this year estimated at $983,060), to be paid to Somerset. For Fiscal Years 2017-2018 and 2018-2019, the District paid Somerset just under 2 million dollars from capital outlay revenue. The contractual obligation leaves the District without the financial ability to provide maintenance and renovation to any of the board-owned properties or equipment, outside of those which are leased to Somerset. Without any funding for repairs or renovations, such as the needed renovations for the auditorium, the District must seek out grants or find other funding sources. Posted on the District website are the charter agreement and prior-year School Board budgets that reflect capital outlay revenue and payments to Somerset. The proposed FY2019-2020 Budget, published in the July 26, 2019 edition of the Jefferson Journal, shows once again, the 1.5 mil revenue and expected payment to Somerset in full. Also published in the same edition was the Notice of Tax for School Capital Outlay that details the allowable use of these funds. As a staunch supporter of community engagement, I welcome stakeholder oversight of school governance, and extend an invitation to all interested community members to contact my office, or attend the Final Tax Hearing on September 9, 2019 beginning at 6:00 p.m. Sincerely, Marianne Arbulu, Superintendent


From Page One JEFFERSON COUNTY JOURNAL FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019 3 BOOK from page 1 in unity and dignity to honor the freedoms that we have fought for in the past, the freedoms our loved ones have died for and the freedoms that we continue to fight for today. Christina Ray Stanton will be available at the Jefferson County Extension Office on Tuesday, Sept. 10 to offer a first-hand perspective of an ordinary New Yorker who witnessed the 9/11 attacks. Come meet her at 9 a.m. in the extension office's big classroom to learn about the events on that terrible September day. Stanton will share her inspiring tale of escape and transformation. The Extension Office is located at 2729 W. Washington St. Stanton prefers the audience to be high school age and above. For more details, contact Tammy Brookins at (850) 210-3653.BRIDGE from page 1 through voluntary acquisition and through the use of the power of eminent domain, if necessary, to compete this project... The state agency is authorized to secure all environmental and regulatory permits, easements, temporary construction easements and right of entry associated with the project. The agreement notes that while CR-259 is not a road on the State Highway System, which would qualify it for state funding, the bridge is located off of the federal-aid system, which qualifies it for funding under the Highway Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Program. Once the bridge is completed, the county is responsible for its maintenance in perpetuity. The agreement states that, In the event there are cost overruns, supplemental agreements (specifically incurred in the areas located off the State Highway System) and or liquidated damages not eligible to be paid for by federal funds due to the Federal Highway Administration determining that said costs are notparticipating costs, the local agency shall be responsible for 100 percent of the funds required to make up the shortfall not paid by federal funds. The bridge is set for completion in the Fiscal Year 2021-22 at a projected cost of $5,017,858, according to the FY 2020 to FY 2024 Transportation Improvement Program for Jefferson County. The commission action was almost perfunctory, eliciting zero public input, except for the comment of Doug Darling, president of Citizens for Responsible Government. Darling suggested that Commission a Chairwoman might have had something to do with the amended agreement and resolution that prompted the re-approval of the two documents by the board. The chair has made this request for another bicycle accommodation, Darling said, referring to Commission Chairwoman Betsy Barfield. I'm starting to see a trend here that you need to be aware of before you accept it (agreement) at face value. Barfield denied having anything whatsoever to do with the project, which she said was strictly the FDOT's. Darling subsequently shared a copy of a memo from Cristian Bercea, project manager with SAI Consulting Engineers, Inc., to County Coordinator Parrish Barwick relative to the agreement and resolution that were originally signed in late 2018. Stated the memo in part, Due to the recent request from Jefferson County to accommodate the future trail crossing through the culvert, we had to increase the size of the original culvert. Therefore, the verbiage in the previously adopted Off-System Bridge Project agreement and Off-System ROW resolution had to be slightly revised. The memo does not name Barfield, nor does it identify the type of trail or trail crossing. The commission's re-approval of the two documents was unanimous. Florida among top 10 states for sex offendersLazaro Aleman ECB Publishing, Inc. A survey of state sex offenders' registries across the country puts Florida among the top 10 for having the highest number of such offenders per capita. Florida, which shares the dubious recognition with Mississippi, had 356 registered sex offenders for every 100,000 persons in 2018. Oregon, at number one, had 688 sex offenders per capita, followed by Arkansas, 536; Delaware, 491; Michigan, 440; Wisconsin, 435; South Dakota, 425; Wyoming, 415; Kansas, 362; and Tennessee, 359. On the other side of the scale was Maryland, with the least number of sex offenders per capita at 125. Followed by Indiana, 150; Connecticut, 152; Ohio, 158; Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, 164; Oklahoma, 176; New Mexico, 182; New Jersey, 183; Iowa, 188; and Kentucky, 196. The survey was conducted by ASecureLife, which researches and reviews the security industry, as well as tests products and provides consumers with information on security options. The rankings were based on the individual states' registered sex offenders compared to their total populations, and based in part on data obtained from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which annually conducts surveys of individual sex offender registries in each state. The number of registered sex offenders were then compared to the census data for each state to get the number of sex offenders per 100,000 residents. The survey asserts that the data includes all registered offenders in the 50 states as of Dec. 4, 2018, notwithstanding that some state registry sites only list Level 3 sex offenders. Level 3 sex offenders are those whose risk of re-offending is determined to be high, and whose degree of dangerousness is deemed to pose a public threat. The analysis' aim is to raise awareness of sex offender registries and the various safety tools and resources that are available to the public and that largely go underutilized. Among the tools are the websites Family Watchdog,, and the National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW),, both of which provide information on the identity and whereabouts of registered sex offenders based on searches using a zip code, address, school name or address. Sex offenders are legally required to register and update local authorities of any changes to their addresses. ELECTRICITY from page 1 necessary in order to complete the project, Duke Energy will restore property as close to its original state as possible, Duke states. The company assures that its work will in not impede emergency services. Careful consideration and planning take place well in advance to make sure that emergency vehicle access and response are not hindered during our work, the press release states. Duke adds the caveat that notwithstanding the planned work, its crews have to be ready to respond at a moment's notice to a storm or other emergency. Even if you don't experience bad weather where you are, crews from your neighborhood may be pulled to another area hit hard by weather, the company states. For more information, Duke advises that customers call 800-729-3401 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., or visit


Debbie Snapp ECB Publishing, Inc. The September meeting of the MonticelloJefferson County Chamber of Commerce was well-attended with members very much interested in what the speakers had to say about tax cuts, the job act and opportunity zones. Speakers were County Property Appraiser Angela Gray and Economic Development Committee member Phil Calandra. They shared the podium, talking about deploying capital investments into designated lowincome areas by offering tax incentives. Florida has 427 Opportunity Zones, which are spaces that allow for certain investments in lowerincome areas to have tax advantages. One such zone resides in Jefferson County. Contact the Property Appraisers Office now to find out more about this financial matter. Terry Merritt spoke about her new business venture, Lady With A Past Tea Parlour, which she opened through a partnership with Gretchen Avera. Merritt shared that she had always dreamt about operating a tea room, This is my dream come true. The shop is located at 215 E. Washington St. Hours of operation are Thursdays through Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome for a pot of tea and scones or dessert, as space allows. For a full afternoon of tea, reservations are required. Reservations can be made by calling (850) 9972TEA. Historical art dolls, tea gift items, vintage clothing and accessories will also be available to clientele. The Grand Opening and Chamber Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on Thursday, Sept 5. The annual Chamber Dinner, Silent auction and Election of Officers will be held at the Monticello Opera House on Thursday, Sept. 19. The events doors will open at 6 p.m., and Mafia Pizza will cater dinner. Make reservations now by contact Chamber Executive Director Katrina Richardson at (850) 9975552. 4 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019 JEFFERSON COUNTY JOURNAL Chamber members learn about investment opportunities ECB Publishing, Inc. Photo By Debbie Snapp, September 3, 2019 Pictured, from left to right, are: Chamber Executive Director Katrina Richardson and Chamber President Michele Arceneaux with September Program Speakers Phil Calandra and Angela Gray.Article Courtesy of Big Bend Hospice Hospice nurses often hear from families after their loved one passes say, we wish we would have called sooner. Some people believe once they become a hospice patient, they are going to automatically die right away. Because of this, patients and families sadly go without excellent medical care and compassionate support that can ease the challenges of coping with a serious illness. Big Bend Hospice (BBH) provides medical services, emotional support and spiritual resources for people who are in the last stages of a serious illness. It also provides support for family members during the challenges of caring for a dying loved one. BBH believes in a team approach which allows professionals from various fields to work together on a patients individualized plan of care. The team is made up of a physician, nurses, hospice aides, social workers, music therapists, spiritual care counselors, trained volunteers and bereavement counselors. Many patients often exceed their prognosis the earlier they get access to the excellent care BBH provides to help with symptom management and pain control. Hospice care is provided anywhere the patient calls home, whether it is an assisted living facility, nursing home, rehabilitation center or hospital. Anyone can make a referral to BBH and no one is ever refused services due to inability to pay, thanks to charitable contributions and community support. Big Bend Hospice inspires hope by positively impacting the way its community experiences serious illness or grief one family at a time. It offers compassionate end-of-life care and emotional support to patients and families throughout Leon, Jefferson, Taylor, Madison, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin and Wakulla counties. Please call (850) 878-5310 or visit for more information. Its never too early to call.We wish we would have called sooner ECB Publishing, Inc. Photo By Debbie Snapp, September 3, 2019 Member Buck Bird won the Chamber Pot during the September meeting. ECB Publishing, Inc. Photo By Debbie Snapp, September 3, 2019 Terry Merritt was Business Spotlight Speaker for the September Chamber membership meeting. Her business, Lady With A Past Tea Parlour, opened to customers on Thursday, Sept. 5.The Tuesday afternoon Chamber lunch meal of shepherds pie and salad was catered by Carrie Ann & Company and was delicious!


JEFFERSON COUNTY JOURNAL FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019 5 Gerald C. Hodges, 81, of Iowa City, Iowa, passed away Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, at Solon Nursing & Rehab Center. His family will greet friends from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, at The Ned Ashton House, located at 820 Park Rd., in Iowa City. A time of reflection and sharing will begin at 4:30 p.m. Instead of flowers and plants, memorials may be directed to Solon Retirement Village or Alzheimers Research, c/o The University of Iowa Foundation. Burial will be at a later date in Lexington, Ky. Gerald was born July 10, 1938, in Lexington, the son of Harvey and Pauline (Hall) Hodges. He grew up in Lexington and graduated from Lafayette High School in 1956 and attended the University of Kentucky. He began a career as a runner with First Security National Bank, and retired as an Assistant Vice President in 1994 after 35 years. Gerald met Virginia Ginger Hamilton while they both worked at the bank, and they later married on February 22, 1962 in Lexington. He served in both the US Army and Army Reserves from 1958 to 1964. He was formerly a member of the Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church in Lexington, where he served as a deacon and elder. Gerald was also a member of the Lexington Jaycees for many years. After retiring from the bank, Gerald worked at Botkin Hardware in Lexington until 1999, when he and Ginger moved to Monticello, Fla. to be closer to family. After retirement, Gerald and Ginger lived in Monticello. He enjoyed daily long walks, grilling for his family and friends (as the renowned The Grill Master), volunteering for the Democratic Party, and cheering on the University of Kentucky Wildcats. But mostly he loved traveling and spending time with the love of his life, Ginger. Survivors include his wife, Ginger, of Iowa City; son, Geoff Hodges (Dr. Marytena Hodges), of Loveland, Ohio; daughter, Angela Hodges (Mark Kamps), of Iowa City; grandchildren, Haley Kamps (Kevin Stibal), Elyse Kamps (Ted Collins), Griffin Hodges (Kelly Hodges), Grayson Hodges and Christiana Hodges; and great-grandson, Frank Kamps Stibal. Gerald was preceded in death by his parents. Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service of Iowa City is serving the family. Gerald C. Hodges Carmela Naranjo, 105, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 in Tallahassee, Fla. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, at Beggs Funeral Homes, located at 3322 Apalachee Parkway, in Tallahassee. Burial will follow at Oakfield Cemetery in Monticello. Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to the service. Carmela was born on April 24, 1914, in Rodas Santa Clara, Cuba, to Jose Reyes Gutierrez and Maria Cruz Cruz. Carmela married her husband Antonio Naranjo in 1944 and they moved to Manhattan, N.Y. in 1948. She resided in New York for over 30 years before moving to Monticello in 1982. She lost her husband in 2004 and later moved to Tallahassee in 2012. She was a very independent woman who loved to travel, cook and sew. Early on, she was active in the Red Hat Society in Monticello. Family was very important to her and she was loved by all that knew her. She is survived by two daughters, Mary Hernandez (Telmo) of Satellite Beach, Fla., and Julia Santana (David) of Long Island, N.Y.; grandchildren, Debra Pumpurs (Juris) of Tallahassee, Dr. Thomas Hernandez (Silvana) of Jupiter, Fla., Dr. Allan Hernandez (Ann) of Miami, and Alexis Santana (Michael Fischetti) of Long Island; great-grandchildren, Ian Pumpurs, Taylor Hernandez, Myles Pumpurs, as well as Catalina, Sofia and Emma Hernandez.Carmela Naranjo James Woodrow WadeJames Woodrow Wade, 63, of Monticello, Fla., passed away on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, at Greater Fellowship M.B. Church, with burial at noon on Monday, Sept. 9, in Tallahassee National Cemetery. Viewing-visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, also at the church. James was a 1973 graduate of Jefferson County High School, where he was a star Safety on the football team and a member of the 1972 State Championship team. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a former highway maintenance technician for the Florida Department of Transportation. Survivors include: his wife, Carolyn Loggins Wade; son, U.S. Army CWO III (Retired) Ramon (Tori-Shannon) Cummings; daughters, Tamika (Kelvin) Gillyard and Latasha, Fawntisha and Jazz'lyn Wade; mother, Mrs. Thelma Wade; sister, Patricia (Steve) Hall; brother, U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Willie (April) Canty; aunt, Catherine Woodson; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends. Tillman of Monticello is serving the family. Mrs. Isabella Nelson, 95, of Monticello's Piney Woods Community, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, at Sweetfield M.B. Church, with burial in Springfield Cemetery, both in Monticello, Fla. Viewing-visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, also at the church. Mrs. Nelson had been a private-duty housekeeper and a devoted member of her church. Cherishing her love and memory are her son, Raymond Nelson; seven grandchildren: Minister Dianne HolmesWhite, Tommy Lee (Mary Grace) Madison, David Lee Jr. (Jollivet), Melvin (Sylvia) and Ophelia Holmes, Tazzaria and Tacarria Nelson; and several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Tillman of Monticello is serving the family. Mrs. Isabella NelsonMrs. Edith Wright Green, 94, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, at Bethel AME Church, in Monticello, with burial in Oakfield Cemetery. Viewing will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, at Memorial M.B. Church, in Monticello. A longtime Monticello resident, she worked for years at the Monticello Crate Mill. After it closed, she cooked at several local eateries. Treasuring her love are her daughters: Edith Ford, Joan Barnes and Shirley (Leif) Arvidson; sons: John (Lillie) Grayer and James Green; sisters: Lou Davis, Carrie Underwood, Margaret Williams and Rosa Lee Wright; 17 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Her son, George Grayer, preceded her in death. Tillman of Monticello is serving the family. Mrs. Edith Wright Green


Community News 6 JEFFERSON COUNTY JOURNAL FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019 "THE LOFT" opening at Elizabeth Baptist Church on Sept. 8Brian Saylor, Youth Minister, Elizabeth Baptist Church Elizabeth Baptist Church (EBC) will be opening its new Youth Center, called "THE LOFT," on Sunday, Sept. 8. The renovation of this room is meant to invite all students to have a place to do their homework, play games and have a safe environment to hang out. EBC is excited to see a new state-of-the-art room that will host many students' activities in their own meeting place. On Sunday, Sept. 8, Elizabeth Baptist Church will launch a new youth program for all sixth through twelfth-grade students. "THE LOFT" will include a worship service that will be devoted to all students in the Monticello area and beyond; all sixth through twelfth-grade students are welcome to attend and hang out. On Sunday nights, the service will begin at 5 p.m. and run until approximately 6:15 p.m. During this time, there will be live worship, games and icebreakers and a relevant lesson for a student's life in our world today from a biblical perspective. On the opening night of Sept. 8, there will be fun activities to celebrate the first night meeting in THE LOFT. Kona Ice will be at THE LOFT, giving free cups away after the service. The first 100 students to register that night will receive a free popsocket for their phone or iPod. There will also be opportunities to win gift cards and other fun prizes throughout the night, including two pair of Beats earbuds. Everyone in attendance that night will have a chance to win these great prizes. On Sundays, THE LOFT will be open from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., while being closed during the service times. THE LOFT has many exciting activities to be a part of open gym, ping-pong, carpet ball, air hockey, foosball, and gaga ball. Parents will be able to drop their children off during those times to play games or do homework in the study stations at THE LOFT. There will be free transportation each Sunday for students. Van pickups will be spread over six stops throughout Monticello with central points to pick up and return that night. There will be signs around the city for the pick-up. No matter where you live in Monticello, there will be a close pick-up for you to take advantage of. For information about transportation, youth programs or general church information, contact Youth Pastor Brian Saylor at or call (850) 997-8444. Photo Courtesy of Bryan Saylor, August 29, 2019 THE LOFT opens at Elizabeth Baptist Church on Sunday, Sept. 8. Debbie Snapp ECB Publishing, Inc. Cathy Phillips became a new member of the Jefferson County Lions Club during an installation ceremony that was held on Monday evening, Aug. 26. Her sponsor was Lion Nancy Miller. Jefferson County Lions Club member and Past District 3 Governor Jessi Carpenter performed the ceremony. Several members were in attendance to witness and welcome her into the club. Phillips has been serving on the fundraising committee, selling raffle tickets for the FSU Gift Basket. The Lions meet weekly at 6:30 p.m., on Monday evenings at the Health Department Annex. For more information, contact President Gary Alberstadt at (850) 766-1164. Lions Club welcomes new member Cathy PhillipsECB Publishing, Inc. Photo By Debbie Snapp, August 26, 2019 Cathy Phillips receives her new member pin from her sponsor, Jefferson County Lions Club member Nancy Miller. Pictured, from left to right, are: Miller, Past District Governor Jessi Carpenter and Phillips. American Legion Post 49 welcomes district leadersDebbie Snapp ECB Publishing, Inc American Legion Post 49, Sons of the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 49 welcomed their District Leaders on Saturday, Aug. 17. The bi-monthly District 3 meetings were hosted by the Otto M. Walker Post 49. The luncheon meetings were conducted by Florida's 3rd District Commander Stuart Scott and Auxiliary President Jennifer Day. Carrie Ann & Co. catered the meal, with Post and Unit members preparing a few of their favorite side dishes and desserts. The meetings included District Post and Unit reports on areas of concern, specific committees and upcoming events and fundraisers. The next District meetings will be held at American Legion Post 224 in Cherry Lake (Madison County), on Saturday, Oct. 12. Post 49 monthly meetings are held at 6:30 p.m., on the second Tuesday at the Post, which is located at 1065 S. Water St. Dinner is prepared and served by the Post members before the members separate into their separate meeting rooms. The next set of Post meetings will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Contact Post Commander Ken Faircloth at (850) 509-2628 or Auxiliary Unit Secretary Debbie Snapp at (850) 997-0901 for more information. ECB Publishing, Inc. Photo By Debbie Snapp, August 17, 2019 American Legion Otto M. Walker Post 49 hosted Florida's 3rd District meetings on Saturday, Aug. 17. Pictured, from left to right, are: Post 49 Commander Ken Faircloth, Northern Area Commander Marie Kraemer Conti, 3rd District Commander Stuart Scott and 3rd District Vice Commander Jerry Chandler. ECB Publishing, Inc. Photo By Debbie Snapp, August 17, 2019 American Legion Otto M. Walker Unit 49 hosted Florida's 3rd District meetings on Saturday, Aug. 17. Pictured, from left to right, are: Past District 3 Auxiliary President Hilde Schmidt, 3rd District Auxiliary President Jennifer Day and Unit 49 President Debbie Mitchem. RECALL: Contigo Water BottlesAshley Hunter ECB Publishing, Inc. Contigo, a United States company that produces BPA free, spill-proof, reusable travel mugs and water bottles, have voluntarily issued a recall for 5.7 million of the company's kids water bottles due to a choking hazard. This recall went into effect on Tuesday, Aug. 27. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, the recall took place after Contigo 149 reports of the spout-piece of the children's bottles detaching, with several of the users reporting that the spouts were found in children's mouths. The detached mouth-piece, which is small and made of plastic, posed a choking hazard for young children. This recall involves several different Contigo Kids Cleanable water bottles. Each recalled water bottle will have a black colored base and cover of the bottle's clear silicon spout; only black-colored spout bases and spout cover models are included in this recall. Each recalled bottle will have Contigo printed on the rim and along the front of the bottle, near the bottom. The recalled water bottles come in three sizes: 13 ounce, 14 ounce and 20 ounce, and will either be solid colored, graphic designed, stainless steel or one of the stainless steel solid colors. The water bottles were sold individually as well as in two-packs and three-packs in stores such as Costco, Target and Walmart as well as from various websites. Any parent who purchased a Contigo child's water bottle between April 2018 and June 2019 are asked to examine their child's bottle and make sure it is not one of the recalled, black-spouted products. Contigo believes that approximately 5.7 million of these recalled water bottles were sold in the United States, with another 157,000 being sold in Canada and 28,000 in Mexico. Parents who purchased these water bottles should immediately stop using the recalled water bottles, take them away from children and contact Contigo for inspection instructions and a free replacement lid. Parents can call Contigo toll-free at (888) 262-0622 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday (Eastern Time), or can visit Contigo's recall page online at for more information on the recalled product, how to conduct a self-test on the bottles and steps on how to order a return kit and replacement lid.


Community News JEFFERSON COUNTY JOURNAL FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019 7Prepared for the worst Teens and adults train to handle disasters and emergencies through CERT Ashley Hunter ECB Publishing, Inc. In the event of a disaster, both natural or unnatural or an emergency in Jefferson County, a group of volunteers have pledged to step forward during crises and take action when disaster strikes. That group of volunteers is known as the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and are based out of the Jefferson County Emergency Management (JCEM) center. Typically, CERT volunteers can be counted on to work alongside the countys first responders such as firefighters, EMT and law enforcement officers in order to respond to any disaster that strikes Jefferson County. As such, adults tend to make up the majority of any CERT program. These adults might assist in search-and-rescue operations, light fire suppression, operating disaster shelters, providing onscene medical care and tending to victims of the disaster. However, after Thursday, Aug. 29, there is a new addition to the countys CERT program, as several youth volunteers have joined the program, offering up their time and service to help protect Jefferson County. According to JCEM Director Paula Carroll, the countys CERT program opened a new volunteer training session on Tuesday, Aug. 13, and several teenagers expressed interest in joining the program. The interest of these younger citizens prompted the JCEM to launch their own Teen CERT plan a program that is geared towards training younger volunteers for disaster response and is supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The training for these young CERT volunteers began in the classroom, where they learned how to identify and anticipate hazards, how to reduce the threat of fires in their home or school and how to assist in lowering survivor stress. The classroom sessions also included visits from other emergency professionals from Jefferson and Taylor Counties, who instructed the Teen CERT volunteers on how to treat injuries and set up medical treatment areas or control fires. In particular, Carroll spoke highly of Jefferson County Fire Rescue (JCFR) Chief Derrick Burrus and his contribution to instructing the young volunteers. Chief Burrus was very involved, said Carroll. He really helped them understand fire and medical. The training for these young volunteers concluded on Thursday, Aug. 29, with an in-the-field, hands-on training session at the JCFR station. A total of 12 volunteers (three adults and nine youth) made it out for the Thursday training course, where they were first given a tour of the JCFR station. Afterward, volunteers completed their training tests to ensure they were ready to take the next step in becoming CERT volunteers: hands-on search-andrescue, triage and fire suppression practice. Under the guidance of Jefferson County firefighters and experienced CERT volunteers, the CERT trainees were instructed on how to search a structure and retrieve lost individuals, how to extinguish fires and how to conduct light triage. The training session was also bolstered by the presence of Taylor County CERT volunteer and moulage artist Linda Pinson, who painted moulage wounds on several volunteers in order to simulate injuries for the trainees' triage education. After their training course had ended, the youth and adult trainees were officially added to the roster of CERT volunteers in Jefferson County. Despite the extensive training, Carroll remarked that youth volunteers will not be called upon to assist in openly dangerous positions. They will not be put in harms way, said Carroll, adding that most Teen CERT volunteers provide respite to adult volunteers through water distribution during emergencies or assisting directly with operations at the Emergency Management office during disaster preparedness. Teen volunteers also play a crucial role in spreading information about CERT, aiding in disaster shelter operations and running check-in booths during search-and-rescue activities. The extensive training session that concluded their classes was, Carroll said, mainly to help the youth trainees understand what goes into being a CERT volunteer. Even though the young volunteers might be years away from actively playing a role in first-hand involvement in disaster response, she felt as though they needed to understand the tactics of searching for lost individuals or handling emergency medical care. They will do a lot, but nothing that endangers them, concludes Carroll. Interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities with Jefferson County CERT? Contact the Jefferson County Emergency Management office at (850) 342-0211. ECB Publishing, Inc. Photo By Ashley Hunter, August 29, 2019 As a start to the trainees final CERT class on Thursday, Aug. 29, Jefferson County Fire Rescue Chief Derrick Burrus led the trainees around the county's fire department, providing a brief glimpse into the lives of Jefferson County's crew of hardworking firefighters and their work environment. ECB Publishing, Inc. Photo By Ashley Hunter, August 29, 2019 Triage training was one of the instructional lessons that the CERT trainees needed to be fluent in before they can officially join the first responder, volunteer-based organization. ECB Publishing, Inc. Photo By Ashley Hunter, August 29, 2019 The young CERT trainees were able to slide down the metal firefighter pole that connects the top story and living quarters of the Jefferson County Fire Rescue building to the vehicle garage downstairs. ECB Publishing, Inc. Photo By Ashley Hunter, August 29, 2019 The August training session for CERT volunteers included a class of mixed ages. There were a total of 12 trainees, comprised of three adults and nine youth trainees. ECB Publishing, Inc. Photo By Ashley Hunter, August 29, 2019 After being instructed by Jefferson County Fire Rescue Chief Derrick Burrus on the proper way to handle and use a fire extinguisher, CERT trainees were tasked with putting out a fire on their own.


History8 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019 JEFFERSON COUNTY JOURNAL Sept. 6, 1939 Germany began war on Poland. President Roosevelt promised to keep the United States out of the war. W.B. Bishop, Jr., and Jack Brinson are students at Gordon Military Academy. Curry Bassett is at YMCA Camp in Gainesville, Fla. Sept. 6, 1949 Monticello won the first game of the Little World Series against Foley 6-3. Jane Ward celebrated her birthday with a party at the Womans Club Sept. 6, 1959 The Mordaunt Bishop family of Aucilla has been named the Outstanding Farm Family for the county. A new clinic building, dedicated to Dr. J.B. Brinson for his 45 years of dedicated service to his community, will be erected just west of town, with approximately half the cost being assumed by Fred Mahan. Emmala Hughes held a slumber party at El Destino for the senior girls who will be leaving soon for college: Carol Ann Braswell, Mary Frances Gramling, Susan Elam, Martha Linn Harris, Patricia Keith and Jennifer Edwards. C.S. Butch Cocroft and his family purchased the James Wheeler Farm on Lake Road and moved to Jefferson County. Sept. 6, 1969 James Ricky Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Davis, graduated from Gordon Military College, a two-year ROTC junior college in Barnesville, Ga. Kenneth Cooksey, Jr., of Monticello, was among 579 students at the University of Mississippi receiving diplomas at the end of the summer term. The Standard Oil Little League team made up of Mark Land, Ben Buzbee, Bert Teasley, Mark Lewis, Benny Bishop, Mike Abbott, David Lewis, Scooter Walker, Ronald Bishop, Eddie Demott, Joe Norman and Jody Markley, won the local championship summer play and enjoyed a trip to Atlanta to watch a major league baseball game. Sept. 6, 1979 County officials will get salary increases, effective Oct. 1, thanks to the generosity of the Florida legislature. The Monticello Foodway store was recently purchased by Hitchcock and Sons, Inc. Sept. 6, 1989 INFOTRAC operator Cheryl Turners says the computer in the library is only a temporary gift, but will provide a valuable research service while it is available to be used. James Story, Jr., M.D. has been elected to serve as chairman of the board of Archcare Health Plan He succeeds Robert Balfour III, who served as the first chairman for nearly two years. The long-waited paving trucks arrived in Roostertown this week. Mitchell Brothers pavers were only expected to take a few days to lay down the new asphalt. An ice cream social sponsored by North Florida Junior College s Student Government Association helped make the first week of classes more friendly. Jefferson County students Lisa Foland, Sean Slik and Savannah Miller were among those partaking. Sheriff Ken Fortune approached the County Commission on the problem of overcrowding and the need for a female facility at the County Jail. Commissioners agreed to hire an architect to design a wing for female prisoners at the jail. Personalized parking spots got new paint jobs as new seniors took over from graduates with the start of a new school year at the high school. Sept. 6, 1999 Jeremy Lundy is teaching physical education at Aucilla Christian Academy this year. Ken Sasser was the latest winner in NAPAs Sizzlin Summer Sale Sweepstakes. The limitededition Ron Hornaday signature Texas grill is valued at $129, and was presented by Alvin Grubbs, the manager of NAPA Auto Parts Monticello. Sept. 6, 2009 Wilderness Coast Public Libraries has been awarded a Library Services and Technology Act Federal Grant of $45,725 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.4 0YEARS 1979ago3 0YEARS 1989ago60YEARS 1959ago80YEARS 1939ago70YEARS 1949ago50YEARS 1969ago2 0YEARS 1999ago1 0YEARS 2009ago Susie Reams ECB Publishing, Inc. He was born on Oct. 6, 1886, in Dodge City, Kan., and died on March 12, 1960, in Thomas County, Ga., but Fred Mahan was, for many years, a true resident of Monticello, Fla. Mahan was a businessman and a horticulturist who created the Mahan Pecan while working in his nursery in Monticello. In the 1920s, Fred Mahan would own the second-largest pecan and ornamental shrubs business in the southeastern United States. As if creating a new pecan variety wasn't a large enough contribution to horticulture, Mahan is also known for a massive donation that he made to Jefferson County in the early 1930s. At the height of The Great Depression, Mahan's nursery donated many different types of plants and trees to the county's unemployment relief commission. Those donated plants would be used for the beautification of highways, churchyards and cemeteries in Jefferson County. In 1931, then-president Herbert Hoover created the President's Organization for Unemployment Relief. The role of such employment-related organizations at both the federal and local level was to help create jobs to place work-ready individuals back into the work force. Mahan's donations of plants and trees provided a way for Jefferson County to employ the unemployed in order to beautify the county itself. In 1935, the Coastal Roads Company of Miami got a contract of $20,175.82 from the state road department; the money was to help beautify and improve the highway from Tallahassee to Monticello. This included the clean up of many dead stumps that resided along the right-of-way across Lake Miccosukee. The Tallahassee-to-Monticello highway hired 45 workers at 30 cents per hour, which averaged out at $39.00 per month (with inflation, this equals approximately $730.38 a month in 2019). Mahan donated more plants for this beautification project. These plants were most likely planted from Monticello to Aucilla Bridge on the Madison-Jefferson County line. Due to his generous donation, the stretch of U.S. Highway 90 between Monticello and Tallahassee was named "The Fred Mahan Drive. The beautiful scenery of planted crepe myrtle trees alongside the road can still be seen by drivers who travel U.S. Highway 90, as many of the trees are still standing. If you ever drive towards Tallahassee, drive slow and take in the unique landscape. After his death at age 73, Fred Mahan was buried in the Mahan Gravesites, on West Washington Street, in Monticello, where he was finally laid to rest in the county for which he had done so much. Photo Courtesy of Florida Memory Fred Mahan was born in Kansas and passed away in Georgia, but spent many of his best years as a business owner and resident of Monticello, Fla. Photo Courtesy of Susie Reams Along Highway 90 in Jefferson and Leon County, the roadside is lined with beautiful crepe myrtle trees. These flowering trees came to line Highway 90 at the expense and mission of Monticello businessman Fred Mahan. Photo Courtesy of Susie Reams Highway 90 is officially named The Fred Mahan Drive in honor of the man whose untiring efforts beautified the drive between Monticello and Tallahassee.Who was Fred Mahan?Remembering the man who brought beauty to Jefferson County


School Ashley Hunter ECB Publishing, Inc. SeaWorld, an amusement and marine zoological park based in Orlando, Fla., one of 10 most visited parks in the United States, has announced a special offer for Florida teachers and educators during the park's 2019-2020 season. K-12 teachers who are certified with the Florida Department of Education are invited to visit SeaWorld this year for free. Research and education are key pillars to the foundation of what SeaWorld does every day, writes SeaWorld Orlando. In recognition of the importance SeaWorld places on education and the critical role educators play in shaping the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the next generation of global citizens, SeaWorld will offer free admission for Florida certified K12 classroom teachers to amplify their educational efforts both in and out of the classroom. For the upcoming season of splashes and aquatic exploration, SeaWorld is offering Florida teachers unlimited free admission to the amusement park through Aug. 31, 2020, by use of the SeaWorld Florida Teachers Card. In order to teachers to take advantage of this offer, they will need to register in advance online at the SeaWorld Orlando website. Public school teachers will need to provide their Department of Education number, in order to ensure eligibility for the teacher's card. Private school teachers will need to bring a letter (on official letterhead) from their school's principal to the park's front gate, along with a State of Florida picture ID and recent paystub. The SeaWorld staff at the front gate will verify the teacher's eligibility and issue a Florida Teachers Card. To register in advance, read facts and information and learn more about the program, visit JEFFERSON COUNTY JOURNAL FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019 9 Debbie Snapp ECB Publishing, Inc. A meeting of the Jefferson-Somerset School Advisory Committee (SAC) will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 5:30 p.m., followed by a PTO meeting. The proposed agenda for the regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the SAC will begin with a call to order and the determination of a quorum. Chairman Steve Cordle will follow with introductions and a welcome to all attending. Minutes from the August 13 meeting will be read, followed by the discussion of old and new business. Rachel Kravitz, with ClassLink, will give an overview of students and parents with input as to how to reach out to parents. Tomura Byrd-Mathis will offer a refresher of Title 1 and the benefits of parent participation. School nurse, Jennifer Wigglesworth, will share a school health report. A discussion and vote on SIPs for the 20192020 school year will be lead by one of the following: Vice Principal Andre Gainy, Principal Cory Oliver and/or Chairman Cordle. The meeting will be adjourned and the next meeting date will be Thursday, Oct. 8, at 5:30 p.m. For any additions, to this agenda, submit them to Chairman Cordle at no later than Friday, Sept. 6 at 5 p.m. All interested parents, staff and community members are invited, and encouraged to attend these meetings. For more information, contact the school SAC and PTO meetings to be held Sept. 10Attention teachers: SeaWorld to offer free admission to Florida teachers Photos Courtesy of


All the big boys stepped up the attack, In fact, the top 10 teams remain intact. Clemson crushed Georgia Tech and will remain number 1, This week the Tigers will maul Texas A&M just for fun. Alabama downed Duke to remain number 2, Saturday the Tide will simply overpower that New Mexico State crew. Oklahoma will host South Dakota Saturday night, I dont think the Coyotes will put up a fight. Georgia returns home to face the Racers from Murray State, Frankly, I dont how this game got on the slate. Cincinnati will provide Ohio State their first big test, The Buckeyes will win, they are simply the best. Texas hosts LSU way out in Austin, But the Horns make too many mistakes and it will costem. Army marches into Michigan with winning on their mind, But as the game proceeds theyll fall way behind. UT Martin is at Florida in another mismatch, The Gators win easily playing throw and catch. Nevada travels to meet Oregon up at Eugene, The Wolfpack will find out that the Ducks are pretty mean. California takes on Washington up in Seattle, Sorry Bears, but the Huskies will be ready to battle. Utah State hosts the Huskies from Northern Illinois, This will be a game that the Ute fans will enjoy. Penn State hosts the Bulls from Buffalo, Another big win for the Nittany Lions as far as I know. Auburn took down Oregon surviving a big scare, The Tigers blasts Tulane at home in Jordan Hare. Florida Atlantic hosts the Knights from UCF, After losing to Ohio State the Owls wont have anything left. Western Michigan gallops to play Michigan State at East Lansing, When they leave, the Spartans will be the only team dancing. In Iowa City Iowa entertains the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, Look for the Hawkeyes to be way ahead when they turn out the lights. Syracuse ventures over to play an improved Maryland team, Not to worry, the Orange have a full head of steam. Washington State obliterates the Bears from Northern Colorado, Cougar quarterback Anthony Gorden was 29 out of 35 a week ago. Nebraska comes down to take on Colorado in Boulder, The Huskers will be just too much for the Buffaloes to shoulder. Stanford takes on USC who lost their quarterback, The Cardinal wins having an improved running attack. Wisconsin takes on the Central Michigan Chippewas, The Badgers will turn them into little squaws. Wake Forest will steam the Owls of Rice, Virginia will not treat William & Mary very nice. Boise State will corral Marshalls Thundering Herd, And at Tempe, Arizona State will have the final word. Pittsburg gets its first win over the Ohio Bobcats, Virginia T ech crushes Old Dominion winning all the stats. Memphis pulverizes Southern U in the Liberty Bowl, UAB zips by Akron, so I am told. Vanderbilt picks up a hard fought win at Purdue, West Virginia comes up short against the Tigers from Old Mizzou. Western Carolina succumbs to the NC State Wolfpack, South Florida will fall to Georgia Tech and that is a fact. Appalachian State overruns the Charlotte 49ers up in Boone, And at Boston College the Richmond Spiders cant leave too soon. Grambling falls hard to the Bulldogs of Louisiana Tech, And at SMU, North Texas will be a real pain in the neck. Miami responds with a win over the North Carolina Tarheels, UNLV passes by Arkansas State without spinning their wheels. Texas Tech will slip by the Miners from El Paso, Minnesota falls to the Bulldogs out at Fresno. Baylor will cage the Roadrunners from San Antone, Mississippi State will thrash Southern Miss before sending them home. Florida State bounces back with a big win over Louisiana Monroe, UCLA will clobber the Aztecs from San Diego. Georgia State downs Furman as they continue to celebrate, Ole Miss beating Arkansas will be first rate. Tennessee regroups to beat Brigham Young, And that will do it for this week and then some. Sports10 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019 JEFFERSON COUNTY JOURNAL Pigskin Poet Junior Warrior Cheer CampDebbie Snapp ECB Publishing, Inc Junior Warrior Cheer Camp was held recently at Aucilla Christian Academy (ACA). The school reports that it was a success, with several young students attending to learn new cheers and stunts and discover just what it takes to become a great cheerleader. The Junior Warrior Cheerleaders had the time of their lives as they received hands-on instructions from the older ACA cheerleaders and cheer coaches. Photo Courtesy of ACA, August 2019 Junior Warrior Cheerleaders are busy training at Aucilla Christian Academy. Photo Courtesy of ACA, August 2019 These young cheerleaders-in-training are learning stunts and cheers from the older Aucilla Christian Academy cheerleaders during the Junior Warrior Cheer Camp. ECB Publishing, Inc. Ashley Hunter, August 30, 2019 While watching the Aucilla Christian Academy Warriors play the field against the visiting Oak Hall Eagles on Friday, Aug. 30, these young ACA cheerleaders decided to rally their school's athletes on to a win! Pictured on the bottom is Gracie Hicks (left) and Clara Grace Taylor (right). In the middle, standing on the hands of her fellow cheerleaders is Madison Wallace. The Warriors would go on to win the game against the Eagles 17-6. Young cheerleaders rally on the Warriors


Sports JEFFERSON COUNTY JOURNAL FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019 Marlon Barrington Marlon Barrington, 14, is a ninth grader at Jefferson Somerset, and a proud athlete on his school's team of clawing Tigers. The current football season marks Barrington's second year being a part of the Jefferson County football team, where he represents his school and county on the field. Barrington was encouraged to try out for the football season after his cousin gave him the extra push he needed in order to try out and join the Tiger family. In addition to playing football, Barrington also enjoys playing basketball and says that his favorite afterschool past-times include sleeping and enjoying music. Marlon Barrington is the son of Ethel Jones, the brother of Marvin Barrington and the nephew of Detriot Griffin. Tiger Cheerleader of the weekSandy Le Sandy Le is a ninth grade student at Jefferson Somerset, where she cheers on her school's team with stunts, pom-poms and plenty of teamwork with her fellow cheer sisters. This school year is 14-year-old Le's third year of cheering for the Jefferson County Tigers, and says that she was inspired to start cheering after being encouraged to join the squad by her sister and fellow cheerleader Cindy Le. Le says that her favorite part about being a cheerleader is the relationships she has formed with her cheer sisters, as well as the new memories she makes everyday. I know people who I would have never had a chance to meet, said Le, fondly, of her experiences through being a cheerleader for the Jefferson County Tigers. When she's not performing stunts, Le is an avid reader. Sandy Le is the daughter of Minh-em Le and My Hang Duong. She is the sister of fellow Jefferson cheerleader Cindy Le. Warrior Athlete of the weekJace Grant Jace Grant, 14, is a ninth grader at Aucilla Christian Academy (ACA) and a fighting Warrior for his school's game-winning team. Grant says that he has been playing football for two years now, and was originally inspired to join the team thanks to the encouragement he received from his dad, Carter Grant. In addition to taking to the field as a Warriors for his school's football team, Grant is also an athlete who enjoys playing basketball and baseball. Off the field or court, Grant is a hunter and fisherman who has been known to dabble in piano. At school, Grant is involved in ACA's Ambassador program and is also a part of his school's Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Jace Grant is the son of Carter Grant and Christy Grant, and is brother to Camryn, Jared and Luke Grant.Warrior Cheerleader of the weekAddison Grace Shiver Addison Grace Shiver, 15, can often be found on the field alongside Aucilla Christian Academy (ACA)'s Warriors as they fight rival athletes in claiming the game. Shiver is a tenth grader at ACA and has been cheering for five years starting her cheering career out as a 10-year-old after being encouraged to join the cheer squad by her mother, Amy Shiver. Throughout her years of cheering, Shiver has grown to truly appreciate the bond of friendship and sisterhood that she shares with her cheer team; she also loves the big bows many of the cheerleaders wear in their hair on Friday nights while cheering on the Warriors. In addition to cheering, Shiver stays involved with her school's athletics through playing on ACA's softball team. When off the field or when she's not practicing her cheer stunts, Shiver can often be seen around town, as she is the current, reigning 2019 Jefferson County Teen Miss Watermelon Queen. Addison Shiver is the daughter of Loomis Shiver and Amy Shiver and the younger sister of fellow cheerleader, Albree Shiver. Tiger Athlete of the week Upcoming volleyball matches for Warriors and TigersAshley Hunter ECB Publishing, Inc. While football season currently holds the attentions of sports fans around the United States, volleyball is also in season for the school year, with both Aucilla Christian Academy (ACA)'s Warriors and Jefferson Somerset's Tigers both having approaching games. Fans of both teams are invited to attend the games, come out and support their local, Jefferson County athletes. Warriors The next game of the ACA Warriors Varsity Volleyball Team will be an away game at North Florida Christian (NFC), located at 3000 N. Meridian Rd., in Tallahassee. The Warriors will start their game against the NFC Eagles at 6 p.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 10. The next game for the ACA Warriors JV Volleyball Team will be an away game at Taylor County Middle School, located at 601 E. Lafayette St., in Perry. The match against Taylor's Bulldogs will begin at 5 p.m., on Monday, Sept. 9. Tigers The next game for Jefferson Somerset's Tigers will be held at home for the Tigers, in the school's gym. The Tigers will oppose the Cottondale High School Hornets on Monday, Sept. 9. The match will start at 6 p.m. Did you know? The game of volleyball was originally called mintonette, invented in 1895, and the game didn't receive their own speciallydesigned ball until 1900. Until then, volleyball athletes used a basketball and the first volleyball net was borrowed from tennis players the net was only six feet high (compared to today's seven-foot nets).


Article Courtesy of Bach Parley String Academy Sebastian Changes His Mind is a special Saturday evening concert featuring Bach Parley Music Director Valerie Arsenault on baroque violin and guest artist Christine Kwon on harpsichord, with a wine and cheese reception to follow. Kwon studies and performs in The Hague in the Netherlands and she is spending this summer here in Tallahassee. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, at St. Johns Episcopal Church, located at 211 N. Monroe St., in Tallahassee. Since almost all of the male members of the Bach family have the first name Johann, its likely that J. S. Bach went by his second name, Sebastian. The final piece on the program will be the Sonata No. 6 in G major, BWV 1019, but Sebastian changed his mind and modified the music creating several different versions of this sonata. We will explore these alternative versions by playing three extra movements, explains Arsenault. It is like we are going to have parallel universe moments to let the audience share in the Bachs diverse expressions in this piece. It is an absolute joy to play with Christina, says Arsenault, and to learn from each other as we rehearse together. We are excited to share some of our favorite Bach sonatas which are truly heartfelt conversations between the violin and harpsichord. Arsenault and Kwon will begin with a continuo sonata in G major, BWV 1021. This is an endearing piece which is small scale and rather short. Since it is for harpsichord continuo, Kwon will be realizing figured bass by improvising with her right hand over the chord changes from the bassline in her left hand. The other two sonatas on the program are for violin and obbligato harpsichord, which means that Bach himself wrote out exactly what he wanted the harpsichordist to play, with only a few continuo spots interspersed through the scores. In his Sonata No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1014, Bach emphasizes the impassioned feeling often associated with the key of B minor, but then the third movement is a tender, gentle Andante in D major which creates a refuge of peace among the often tragic and sometimes heartbreaking B minor. All donations benefit the Bach Parley String Academy Student Scholarship Fund. Donations may be made at or accepted at the door. A $10 to $20 donation is suggested. The Tallahassee Bach Parley is the umbrella organization for a non-profit music school, the Bach Parley String Academy. Founded in 2015, the String Academy offers violin, viola and cello lessons and even offers ukulele classes. For additional information about the Tallahassee Bach Parley, including the Bach Parley String Academy music school, visit Free childcare available. Everyone is invited to attend and have a spectacular evening! Food, Fun and Entertainment 12 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019 JEFFERSON COUNTY JOURNAL 1209 S. Jefferson St. Monticello, Fla. Ashley Hunter ECB Publishing, Inc. Many have seen the viral videos played on social media, through dance offs or dance challenges, and on Friday, Sept. 13, the viral dance moves of The Git Up is coming to Monticello. In May of this year, Blanco Brown, an American country-rap artist, released his debut single, The Git Up. Within only a few weeks, Brown's debut song had reached number one on the Hot Country Songs chart and inspired a viral dance challenge on the internet. With father-daughter teams, law enforcement officers and even professional dance instructors getting involved in the challenge known as The Git Up Challenge the catchy tune quickly caught fire, with videos of the dance being spread on social media and racking up views in the millions. And Amy McDaniels, Director of MainStreet Monticello, has announced that the dance challenge, which is based off of the movements and rhythm of line dancing, will be coming to Monticello! On Friday, Sept. 13, MainStreet Monticello will host a Git Up Dance-Off for all members of the community especially those with rhythm and a readiness to dance. The event will feature a live DJ who will stick around after the dance-off in order to play other songs for a community street dance. These festivities will take place at 6 p.m., on Dogwood Street in Downtown Monticello. All ages are invited to attend this family-friendly, fun community event, especially first responders, public officials and law enforcement officers. This is a wonderful opportunity to get out, dance, and mingle with the community!Git Up & dance here in MonticelloMainStreet Monticello will be hosting a community dance-offAshley Hunter ECB Publishing, Inc. On Saturday, Oct. 5, MainStreet Monticello will be hosting a special market day in downtown Monticello. Those with something interesting to sell are invited to set up at this upcoming event as a vendor. Currently, MainStreet Monticello is searching for business owners, creators, artists, bakers and non-profits that sell art, produce, baked goods, antiques or crafts. Booths are available for $25 per 10x15 space; vendors must provide their own tent. As there are only a few, limited spaces available, MainStreet Monticello encourages interested individuals to act fast and secure their spot at the first ever MainStreet Monticello Market on Dogwood. This market will line Dogwood Street from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Interested in purchasing a spot for your booth? Contact MainStreet Director Amy McDaniel at (850) 597-1107.Downtown Market in need of vendors Photo Courtesy of Dane Deaner via Unsplash Photo Courtesy of Bob Howard Valerie ArsenaultPhoto Courtesy of Jan Jordijk Christina KwonA unique classical music experience at St. Johns


Local Crime News JEFFERSON COUNTY JOURNAL FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019 Crime Beat: recent felony arrestsAshley Hunter ECB Publishing, Inc. Jack Johnson August 12 Jack Johnson, 48, of Monticello, was arrested on Monday, Aug. 12 by Jefferson County Sheriffs Office (JCSO) Cpl. Bethea for one count of failing to re-register himself as a sex offender. According to Johnsons arrest report, Cpl. Bethea made contact with Johnson on Thursday, July 25 at the Raj Food Mart in Monticello after attempting to contact Johnson at the address listed on his sex offender registration. Cpl. Bethea had been unable to contact Johnson at the provided address and had been informed that Johnson had not lived at the residence for some time. While speaking to Johnson at the food mart, Cpl. Bethea was informed by Johnson that he had moved to another address, where he had been living with his girlfriend for the last two weeks. When asked why he had not re-registered, as required by law, Johnson (who is a State of Florida Registered Sex Offender for the crime of lewd assault/sexual battery on a victim under the age of 16) replied that it had been too hot. Due to Johnson failing to register his new permanent address within 48 hours of moving, Johnson had violated Florida State Statute 775.21(10) (1), failure to re-register. Jack Johnson was arrested and booked into the Jefferson County Jail on Monday, Aug. 12 Alaysja Burnley August 13 Alaysja Burnley, 21, of Monticello, was arrested by the Monticello Police Department (MPD)s Lt. Tharpe on Tuesday, Aug. 13, under the authority of a warrant that called for her arrest. According to her warrant, Burnley had previously been placed under probation in 2018 for credit card fraud and grand theft. However, in July of 2019, Burnley violated the terms of her probation by providing a false report to her probation officer (stating that she was not employed when she was, in fact, holding a job in Tallahassee) and for leaving her county of residence without the consent of her probation officer. Further, Burnley failed to live without violating the law, as Burnley had been arrested for grand theft, fraudulent credit card usage and petit theft in Tallahassee after being placed on probation. On Wednesday, July 24, Judge Caloca-Johnson sealed the warrant that called for Burnleys arrest and on Tuesday, Aug. 13, Alaysja Burnley was placed under arrest and booked into the Jefferson County Jail. Carilon Bryant August 13 Carilon Genese Bryant, 54, of Monticello, was arrested by Jefferson County Sheriffs Deputy Kalinowski on Tuesday, Aug. 13 after Bryant violated the terms of her probation. According to a warrant that called for Bryants arrest, Carilon Bryant was sentenced in March of 2019 on charges of grand theft and placed on a probation period. However, three months after being placed on probation, Bryant violated the condition of her probation by using intoxicants to excess/being in possession of a drug or narcotic that had not been prescribed to her by a doctor. Due to this violation, an arrest warrant was sealed by Judge Caloca-Johnson on Monday, July 22 and on the authority of that warrant, Bryant was placed under arrest and transported to the Jefferson County Jail on Tuesday, Aug. 13. Ben Denson August 15 Ben S. Denson, 22, of Monticello, was arrested on Thursday, Aug. 15 by Jefferson County Sheriffs Deputy Harrison on the authority of an arrest warrant after Denson violated the terms of his probation. In 2017, Denson was sentenced for felony battery and placed on probation. In June and July of 2019, however, Denson violated the terms of his probation when he failed to pay his monthly $30 supervision cost to the State of Florida, left his county of residence without procuring the permission of his probation officer, neglected to make court cost payments and failed to complete 50 hours of community service. Denson also failed to live without violating any laws, as he had been arrested for possession of cannabis (more than 20 grams) in Tallahassee while still under probation. Due to these violations, Judge Caloca-Johnson sealed Densons arrest warrant on Wednesday, July 17 and Denson was placed under arrest and booked into the Jefferson County Jail on Thursday, Aug. 15. Van Johnson August 15 Van Alexander Alex Johnson, of Monticello, was arrested on Thursday, Aug. 15 by MPDs Officer Sauls on the charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Shortly after 1 a.m. on Aug. 15, Officer Sauls was dispatched to the area of 2nd Street in Monticello, regarding a call that a man had pointed a gun at a woman and threatened to harm her. Upon arriving at the scene, Officer Sauls made contact with the victim, who stated that Alex Johnson had pointed a gun at her and threatened to shoot her in front of her children. The victim also gave a description of the firearm and advised Officer Sauls of Johnsons current location. A witness informed law enforcement that the victim and Johnson had been arguing when Johnson pulled a gun and pointed the weapon at the victim. Both the victim, as well as the witness provided sworn statements. Officer Sauls, accompanied by MPDs Cpl. Sheats and Lt. Pitts, went to the residence provided by the witness, to make contact with Johnson. After knocking on the door, they could hear a disturbance inside the residence and observed someone look through the front doors window before they heard Johnson tell another individual inside the home to hide the gun. A few moments later, Johnson answered the front door, and while speaking with law enforcement officers, Johnson advised that he had just returned home from drinking and playing cards with his friends. When asked if hed had a gun on his person earlier that night, Johnson said no, and his girlfriend who was present added that Johnson didnt have a real gun, only a BB gun, at which point Johnson told his girlfriend to stop talking. Lt. Pitts asked to see the gun, and Johnson allowed him inside before showing Lt. Pitts a black BB handgun that was located one of the residences bedrooms. After exiting the residence, Lt. Pitts advised Cpl. Sheats to place Johnson under arrest for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Johnson was placed in double-locked handcuffs behind his back, but as soon as hed been cuffed, Johnson immediately began to resist arrest by refusing to walk and sitting down on the front porch steps, prompting officers to assist Johnson to his feet and escort him to the patrol car. When Johnson refused to get into the back seat of the vehicle, he reacted by kicking and kneeing Lt. Pitts in the leg and thigh. Johnson then refused to get into the car by sitting on the ground and began to yell when Lt. Pitts maneuvered Johnson into a standing position. Despite Johnsons refusal to cooperate, officers eventually got him into the vehicle. During the transport to the Jefferson County Jail, Johnson repeatedly kicked the driver side rear window for the duration of the ride. Johnson was arrested on criminal charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest with violence. Ernest Sweat August 16 Ernest Loren Sweat, 53, of Monticello, was arrested by Jefferson County Sheriffs Deputy McCoy on Friday, Aug. 16 on charges of malicious battery. Sweat, formerly a sergeant with the Jefferson Correctional Institute (JCI) was witnessed physically battering an inmate after escorting the inmate from a confinement housing unit to a recreational confinement cell. According to the report issued by the Jefferson County Sheriffs Office (JCSO), in July, Sweat and two other officers were escorting the inmate when Sweat and the inmate began to argue. Sweat placed the inmate into a cell and left the cell door unsecured. After removing his equipment belt and uniform top, Sweat entered the cell and attempted to goad the inmate into physically attacking him. When the inmate would not respond to Sweats confrontation, Sweat struck the inmate in the chest and pushed him backward. The report states that the inmate was not combative and did not attempt to harm Sweat therefore ruling out that Sweats actions were in selfdefense. Sweats actions were witnessed by two other JCI officers, who provided a sworn statement to law enforcement on the former sergeants actions. In an interview with investigators, Sweat provided a sworn post-Miranda recorded statement where he denied ever touching, pushing, striking or shoving the inmate. Sergeant Sweat knowingly and with intent; gave false statement while under oath during an official proceeding (a criminal investigation) to conceal his direct involvement in the commission of a crime, reads Sweats arrest report. Therefore, the report concluded that Sweat had committed the criminal offenses of: violation of authorized force by a correctional officer on an inmate (malicious battery) and perjury not in official proceedings. Ernest Sweat was arrested and booked into the Jefferson County Jail on Friday, Aug. 16. Anthony Hamilton August 17 Anthony Jerome Hamilton, 42, of Greenville, Fla., was arrested by JCSOs Investigator Burrus on Saturday, Aug. 17 after being found in possession of a controlled substance. According to the arrest report issued by the JCSO, Inv. Burrus was patrolling the area of Gamble Road near Waukeenah Highway on Aug. 17, shortly after 9 p.m., when he observed a gold pickup truck traveling east on Waukeenah Highway. The vehicle appeared to not have functioning tag lights, and as Inv. Burrus fell in behind the pickup truck, he ran the vehicles tag through the Electronic License and Vehicle Information System (ELVIS). From the ELVIS database, Inv. Burrus learned that the plate that was attached to the gold vehicle belonged to a silver Chevrolet. With this knowledge, Inv. Burrus conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver, who was identified as Anthony Hamilton. When asked to show his drivers license, Hamilton informed Inv. Burrus that his license was currently suspended. While Hamilton was speaking, Inv. Burrus was able to see what appeared to be cannabis remnants on Hamiltons lap. Hamilton admitted that he had smoked cannabis earlier and allowed law enforcement to conduct a search of his vehicle. During that search, Inv. Burrus was able to locate a plastic bag with a white, powder-like substance (field-tested positive for cocaine). Hamilton also admitted (in a post-Miranda interview on-scene) that he had thrown another bag of cocaine from his vehicle before being stopped by Inv. Burrus. Jefferson County Sheriffs Deputy Peacock, who had arrived on scene to assist, conducted a search of the area and found an additional bag of cocaine approximately 10 feet from Hamiltons parked vehicle. The cocaine discovered in Hamiltons vehicle amounted to 0.2 grams, while the cocaine found nearby weighed 6.8. Since the average amount of cocaine powder that is found in the possession of a standard user is 0.2 grams, Hamilton was placed under arrest for possession with intent to sell a controlled substance (cocaine). Hamilton was booked into the Jefferson County Jail without further incident. Kevin Russell Carlson 38, of Tallahassee, Fla.; arrested Sunday, Aug. 18; charged with DUI. Bond set at $500. No release day provided. Freida Beyonka Scott 34, of Monticello, Fla.; arrested Thursday, Aug. 15; charged with failure to appear in court (FTA) on assault charge. Bond set at $100. Released same day. Geneva Sandra Gill, 31, of Monticello, Fla.; arrested Wednesday, Aug. 14; charged with out-ofcounty warrant from Leon County. Bond set at $5,000. Released same day. Hector Mendez Canales, 39, of Tallahassee, Fla.; arrested Wednesday, Aug. 14; charged with operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver's license. Bond set at $100. Released same day. Latonya Marie Smith 38, of St. Mary, Ga.; arrested Monday, Aug. 12; charged with interfering with a prisoner. No bond amount or release day provided. Jack Johnson Alaysja Burnley Carilon Bryant Ben S. Denson Van Johnson Ernest Sweat Anthony Hamilton


Debbie Snapp ECB Publishing, Inc. Grandparents Day is a day for celebrating the connections between the generations of our families. Its a national holiday or observance, celebrated each year on the first Sunday after Labor Day, although it is not classified as a federal holiday. On this Grandparents Day, we celebrate local grandparents, Mary and John W. Isom, Sr. They are the proud grandparents of 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Their oldest is a granddaughter, age 30, and their youngest is an eight-year-old grandson. The farthest they ever traveled in order to visit a grandchild was to Minnesota, when their first granddaughter was born. She was the most precious baby. I just couldnt stop looking at her, and I didnt want to let her go, says Mary Isom. They have grandchildren living in the states of Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, New Jersey and Massachusetts. They light up when asked to talk about their grandchildren and share a bit about each one. John says he enjoys spending time with all his grandchildren, even the younger ones, as long as they dont stay for too long! Mary was raised by her grandparents, and John Sr. spent a lot of time with his grandparents. They both talk about the excellent cooking they enjoyed in their grandmothers kitchens. Their grandmothers were just the sweetest and best cooks ever. Mary and John Sr. married in April 1962. They met in Thomasville, Ga., and are the very proud parents of nine children: six boys and three girls. The house where the Isoms currently live was gifted to them by Johns grandfather, who left the home and property to Mary and John. Its where they raised their children and where they lived until a new home was provided for them a few years ago, on the same location as the old house. The purpose of this special holiday is to honor our grandparents and to allow our grandparents to show love for their childrens children. This holiday can also help children become more aware of the strength, information and guidance that our older generations can offer. 14 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019 JEFFERSON COUNTY JOURNAL Grandparents Day with Mary and John Isom, Sr. Photo Courtesy of the John Isom, Sr. family, December, 1998 Spending Christmas with their grandparents, pictured, from left to right, are: Joshua, Caleb, Brittany, Monique, Roger, Jr. and Gbobi, II. The children's grandfather, John Isom, Sr., sits amongst them. Photo Courtesy of the John Isom, Sr. family, December, 1998 Mary and John Isom, Sr. on Christmas Day 1998.


Last week, Extension agents throughout the great state of Florida gathered in Fort Myers, Florida for the Extension Professional Associations of Florida (EPAF) Annual Conference. Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, Julianne Dinkel and myself had the opportunity to attend and represent Jefferson County at this conference. This conference is one of the most important Extension events of the year because it provides Extension professionals from throughout the state with the opportunity to come together to network, form collaborations, meet new faculty, broaden our knowledge and so much more! One of the biggest benefits of attending this conference is the idea sharing that happens. One way this happens is through the interactive abstract and poster sessions. These sessions allow agents the opportunity to share what they are doing in their counties. This year, Julianne presented an abstract titled Camp Real Life: Building Skills through Hands on Learning. Camp Real life is a summer day camp geared for youth ages 13 18 that focuses on learning real life skills they will need as adults through hands on funshops and a real life simulation. Julianne and I were also able to share a poster with our colleagues about our newest 4-H camp: Field to Fork. This was also a summer day camp that was developed to increase youth awareness of agriculture production and for youth to build skills to grow, prepare, cook and grill their own food. We were able to share with our colleagues some of our successes with the program, things we would change and our outcomes. In addition to idea sharing, Extension agents are recognized for the work they do throughout their communities. This year, Julianne Dinkel, myself and John Lilly (4-H Agent) were recognized by the Florida Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (FEAFCS) and awarded the Dean Don Felker Financial Management Award for Camp Real Life. We were also recognized for this award on a National level as the Southern Regional winner. Julianne was the recipient two FEAFCAS Communications Awards for her work Best Educational Publication and Best Team Newsletter. I was also awarded a Communication Award from the Florida Association of County Agriculture Agents (FACAA) for Best Published Photo and Caption and will be moving on as a National Finalist. We enjoyed our week sharing ideas and learning from other agents in Florida and we are excited to bring these new ideas back to Jefferson County. Julianne, John and I are extremely proud to represent Jefferson County as Extension Agents and we look forward to continuing to help our community! Upcoming Extension events: The Big Bend Pesticide Series Training: 8:45 a.m. from Sept. 16 to 19. The Backyard Gardening Series: 6 p.m. on Sept. 19 and 26. Both events will be held at the Jefferson County Extension Office at 2729 W. Washington Hwy. Call (850) 342-0187 for more information or to register. Farm & Outdoors Saturday, September 7 12:40AM *7:20AM 3:02PM *7:46PM Sunday, September 8 1:29AM *8:11AM 3:53PM *8:37PM Tuesday, September 10 3:15AM *9:50AM 5:22PM *10:14PM Wednesday, September 11 4:09AM *10:37AM 6:00PM ---Thursday, September 12 5:03AM *10:59PM 6:35PM *11:21AM Friday, September 13 5:56AM *11:43PM 7:07PM *12:04PM Friday, September 6 11:53PM *6:28AM 2:06PM *6:54PM Monday, September 9 2:21AM *9:02AM 4:40PM *9:26PMThe Jefferson Journal Fish & Game Feeding ChartHow to use: the major and minor feeding times for each day are listed below. The major feeding times are the best for the sportsman and last about two hours, the minor feeding times can also have good success, but last only about one hour. The week of September 6-13, 2019 Major feed times are marked by an asterisk (*) Date Tidal Charts Steinhatchee, Fla. Sept. 6 12 20196 7 8 9 10 11 12High a.m ft. p.m. ft 7:11 3.91 9:35 2.84 8:17 3.77 11:13 2.88 9:37 3.72 12:19 3.05 10:54 3.81 1:02 3.23 11:56 3.97 1:34 3.4 12:46 4.12 2:02 3.55 1:29 4.22 Date Low a.m ft. p.m. ft 1:12 2.01 2:45 0.83 2:14 2.27 4:14 0.84 3:37 2.36 5:34 0.7 5:00 2.23 6:30 0.53 6:04 1.95 7:13 0.4 6:53 1.65 7:47 0.34 7:35 1.36 8:18 0.35 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 JEFFERSON COUNTY JOURNAL FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019 15 Dairy Farms, Inc.2349 Ashville Highway Monticello, FL 32344 850-997-1113Walker & Sons We Support Our LocalFARMERS Danielle Sprague Jefferson County Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent (850) 342-0187 Jefferson Countys UF Extention Agents attend Conference Photo Submitted Danielle Sprague and Julianne Dinkel with their awards and UF/IFAS Dean of Extension, Dr. Nick Place.


16 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019 JEFFERSON COUNTY JOURNAL LEGAL NOTICES Clas edssifi Deadline: Monday, 3 PM EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES COMMERCIAL FOR RENTNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that NEILL G WADE, the holder of the following Tax Sale Certificate has filed said Tax Certificate for the Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Certificate Number and year of issuance, the Description of the property, and the Name in which it is assessed as follows: File Number: 19-000005-TD Certificate Number: 267 Year of Issuance: 2013 Description of Property:16-1N-3E-0000-0310-0000 2 Acres in SW of SW DB EE PG 559 Site Address: Old Lloyd Rd Name in which assessed: Matilda Davis Hrs c/o Inez Ellis All of said property being in the County of Jefferson, State of Florida. This property when sold may be subject to the current year taxes. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Jefferson County Courthouse, North Steps on October 21, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. Kirk Reams Clerk of the Circuit Court Jefferson County, FL BY: Sherry Sears, Deputy Clerk 8/30,9/6,13,20 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that NEILL G WADE, the holder of the following Tax Sale Certificate has filed said Tax Certificate for the Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Certificate Number and year of issuance, the Description of the property, and the Name in which it is assessed as follows: File Number: 19-000006-TD Certificate Number: 542 Year of Issuance: 2014 Description of Property:26-1N-4E-0000-0140-0000 5 Acres in N 1/2 of NW 1/4 of NE 1/4 ORB 37 PG 60 & ORB 468 PG 552 Site Address: 118 Stewart Rd Lamont, FL 32336 Name in which assessed: Sylvester Stewart, et al c/o Suzette Parrish Manuel All of said property being in the County of Jefferson, State of Florida. This property when sold may be subject to the current year taxes. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Jefferson County Courthouse, North Steps on October 21, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. Kirk Reams Clerk of the Circuit Court Jefferson County, FL BY: Sherry Sears, Deputy Clerk 8/30,9/6,13,20WE ARE MOVING TO VA SALE ALL MUST GO 2 freezers, Mahogany Dining Room Table, W/Chairs, Small Buffet and China Cabinet; King Size Bedroom Suite and other furniture; Outdoor Grill; Household Items; and Glassware. Sat. Sept 7 from 8am to 2pm. 195 Cannon Rd, Monticello, (19 North to Hwy 149, turn right, follow signs. 9/4,6CDL drivers needed, Class B. Apply in person only at Scruggs Concrete Company, 186 SW Commerce Dr., in Madison. 1/16,rtn,c PROPERTY MANAGER needed for Section 8 housing. Must have Section 8 or on-site experience. Please send resume to PLEASE EMAIL RESUMES. 4/5,rtnTREE SERVICE STUMP GRINDING MR. STUMP (850) 509-8530 Quick Responses. 2/24, rtn SERVICES2 BR /2 BA Mobile Home at Monticello Meadows on South Jefferson St. Call (850) 997-3890. 5/11,rtn,c915 sq ft Commercial Office Building; downtown Madison; Shelby Ave; across from the courthouse and post office. Call Emerald at (850) 9973568 11/23,rtn,nc RESIDENTIAL FOR RENT4,000 square foot building for rent of which 1,050 square foot is climate controlled. Downtown Madison; Shelby Ave; across from the courthouse and post office. Call Emerald at (850) 997-3568 7/3,rtn,nc Electrician needed. Duties include completing residential service calls start to finish and well repair service calls. 40 hours a week plus all the night and weekend service calls you want for excellent pay on the side. Paid vacation after 6 months probation period and paid holidays. Based out of Monticello but would be working from Tallahassee to Live Oak. Pay depends on experience. Call (850) 933-8167 8/14,rtn House For Rent. in town; small but nice; $850 a month; no pets; Call (850) 228-1770 or (850) 273-1887. 8/7,rtn Administrative Secretary. The Jefferson County Extension Service is accepting applications for administrative secretary. The position requires secretarial and clerical skills and a strong desire to serve the general public. Requirements: high school diploma, highly proficient in Microsoft Office and QuickBooks, clerical experience, office management, excellent oral and written communications skills. Go to editor/file/EmploymentApplicat ion.pdf to complete county application. Submit resume and county application to the County Extension Office by Sept. 6, 2019. 8/9-9/6 Bookkeeper/Classified and Legal Advertising Position Must be able to work well under pressure, maintain a team player relationship with co-workers, and be dependable. Experience in QuickBooks a must. Experience in Quark Express a plus. Will be responsible for classified advertising, legal advertising and affidavits, accounts payables, accounts receivables, and billing. Strong grammar skills also required. Apply in person at the Monticello News newspaper office, located at 180 W. Washington St., in Monticello; or call (850) 997-3568 to set up an interview; or you may fax your resume to (850) 997-3374. Positions available at North Florida College, Madison, FL: Maintenance Mechanic; Coordinator of Recruitment; Career and Tech Specialist; System Support Specialist. See for details. 9/4-20Early childhood program is looking for a full-time teacher to work with children ages 6 weeks to 3 years of age. Minimum requirements for qualification is an FCCPC, NCDA, or an AS degree or higher in Early Childhood Education. You can apply online at 8/28,rtn YARD SALEYard Sale for SnappHappy Feral Cat Sanctuary, Beginning 8 a.m. on Sat, Sept. 7, in the Monticello News parking lot on the courthouse circle. 9/4,6,nc Classifieds start at $15 per week Call (850) 997-3568House For Rent in Monticello, 4 bed/2 bath. $900 a month; no pets; Call (850) 228-1770 or (850) 273-1887. 8/30,rtn Florida Press Service, a company of the Florida Press Association. FLORIDA PRESS SERVICES, INC. STATEWIDE CLASSIFIED PROGRAM. Run your own at Lung Cancer? Asbestos exposure may be the cause. $30 billion set aside for asbestos victims. Call 1-619-485-4372 or email ADVERTISING NETWORK OF FLORIDA Sept. 2 Sept. 8 TAXDEEDS 2019-2020 Editorial Calendar 2019 FALL ISSUE: OCTOBER Spirit of the South: Holidays and traditions Special Section: 2019 Holiday Gift Guide 2020 WINTER ISSUE: JANUARY New Year, New Goals: Health and fitness 2020 SPRING ISSUE: APRIL Homegrown Businesses: Prosperity and growth 2020 SUMMER ISSUE: JULY Wading in the Water: Environment and nature Holiday SpecialPurchase an ad of any size, and we will feature one item from your inventory or a special service you offer in our holiday gift guide, featured only in this issue! Includes professional photo.NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING The Jefferson County Tourist Development Council announces their monthly meeting that will be held at the following: DATE:September 9, 2019 TIME:10:00 am PLACE:Monticello-Jefferson Chamber of Commerce 420 W. Washington St. Monticello, Fla. 9/6 LEGAL NOTICES MEETINGS Huge Moving Sale, 2 families. Tools, furniture, camping gear, fishing tackle, clothes, dishes, stereo, Yamaha Sound system. Sat, Sept. 7, 7am-2pm, 287 and 369 Nash Rd behind Arbys. 9/6