Archive for January 2011
According to the Perry Police Department, a viewer watching the news on WCTV identified John Woods and called authorities, who arrested Woods.
Woods was captured on Sunday morning, Jan. 16, after stepping off a Greyound bus in Perry.
The Berrien County, Ga. District Attorney’s Office issued the following statement on Sunday: “Due in part to the excellent job by the media in publicizing his absconding from house arrest, John Woods was recognized getting off a bus in Perry, Florida this morning. The concerned citizen who spotted him immediately contacted law enforcement, and he was taken into custody. We will, of course, seek to extradite him back to Georgia as soon as possible. On behalf of the victim’s family, I want to thank you all for your publicizing this matter, thank the alert citizen for his/her quick action and thank law enforcement for their tireless efforts and hard work.”
Chief Deputy Ray Paulk, of the Berrien County, Ga. Sheriff’s Office, said that John Woods had posted a $150,000 property bond and had been issued a tracking bracelet about a month after his arrest in 2009.
Paulk said that Woods had been granted small liberties, such as being allowed to leave his home to go to the doctor, but other than those, he had to remain at home.
On a Thursday afternoon in December, Paulk said that the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office had received a call from Woods’ mother that Woods was not at home.
Paulk said that the sheriff’s office had contacted Watchdog, a Douglas, Ga.-based company who provides the tracking bracelets. Watchdog said that they had gotten an alert on the bracelet around midnight on Wednesday morning, Dec. 29. For whatever reason, they had not contacted Berrien County authorities.
When asked if law officers had any indication where Woods might be, Paulk said, “No. I don’t think he’s anywhere around here, though. There’s no telling what part of the world he’s concentrating on.”
Details of the crime committed in 2009 were as follows:
On Oct. 2, a telephone call to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office resulted in the two-state murder investigation.
According to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, the caller reported finding what appeared to be charred human skeletal remains. Sgt. Randy Jansch responded to the location west of Highway 53 and south of Interstate 10 in Madison County. The remains were later identified as those of Travis A. Sauls of Berrien County, Ga.
Jansch called Capt. Mark W. Joost, the Chief Investigator for the Sheriff’s Office, to assist at the scene.
Sheriff Ben Stewart, Chief Deputy Epp Richardson, Sgt. Inv. Tina DeMotsis and Bill Pfeil, FDLE Special Investigator, also responded to the scene.
Within hours, John D. Woods, a 36-year-old white male resident of Ray City, Ga., was identified as a potential suspect in the homicide.
On Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, Woods surrendered to the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office in Nashville, Ga.
The subsequent investigation revealed that on the previous Monday, Sept. 28, or Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, Woods killed an individual in Berrien County, Ga. He then transported the body to the secluded area south of Interstate 10 in Madison County.
Woods was charged with concealing a death by the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office.
By Ginger Jarvis
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Auditor Mack Waters presented two glowing reports to the Madison City Commissioners at their regular meeting on January 11. Both reports pertained to city finances in the fiscal year ending on September 20, 2010.
In the first report, Waters said, “The city does have assets, which is a good thing.” He added, “Compared to 2009, net assets did decrease.“ He said that water and sewage revenue was down about $100,000 and expenses were up due to some costly repairs.
“The city is in good financial condition,“ he said. He commended City Clerk Lee Anne Hall and the city staff for doing a good job with the records.
In the second report, he said he found no problems with compliance to requirements and rules. Both reports were unqualified, meaning he found no uncertainties in the records.
The commissioners unanimously approved acceptance of the audit.
In a related matter, Waters informed the board that the owner of the business which had provided software and support for the town’s computer system recently drowned while participating in a triathlon. “You do not have anybody to support your system because it is customized for you,” he stated. “It is important for you to do something.”
Waters recommended United Systems Technology, Inc., who can build a system according to the city’s wishes for about $3,000. Their license and annual support is proposed at just over $6,000. Other companies that he has checked would ask $40,000-60,000 for the same work.
In response to questions from commissioners, Waters said that United would provide eight hours of free training for city employees and that other customers are very happy with their work.
Mayor Judy Townsend asked City Manager Harold Emrich, “Can we find the money?”
He replied, “We shall.”
When Commissioner Jim Catron asked about bid requirements, Emrich said that the city could hire United through an emergency override.
The commissioners unanimously approved Catron’s motion to hire United to build and support the system.
In other business, the board tabled discussion and action on changes in three ordinances related to purchase, installation, and maintenance of backflow-prevention devices within the city. Emrich said that several local plumbers had requested a delay until they could meet with him and discuss the situation. (Prices for backflow preventers run from $316.48 to $803.08, depending on size. These prices include parts and labor.).
The ordinances will be on the agenda for the regular meeting on Tuesday, February 8.
At 12:43 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15, Madison Fire and Rescue responded to a report of heavy smoke near the area of Hudson Street and MLK (Hwy 360-A).
Upon arrival, fire units found a private burn in progress that jumped one of the fire lines. The wind was also blowing flames toward three structures.
Assistance was requested and the New Home Volunteer Fire Department and the Division of Forestry sent personnel and equipment.
The fire was contained to the prescribed area and no damage or injuries were reported.
Submitted by Pat Lightcap
Sunday afternoon, January 16, 2011 was a busy time for firefighters in Madison County.
At 4 p.m., a structure fire was reported on Flowers Road, just south of Lovett Road. The Hamburg-Lovett Volunteer Fire Department responded with mutual aid from Madison and Greenville fire departments.
The Florida Highway Patrol, Madison County EMS and the Florida Division of Forestry also were at the scene.
A vacant structure called the “Drink Box Building” was destroyed. Because no electrical power was connected to the building the state fire marshal was requested to determine the origin of the blaze.
Within 30 minutes of that call, a brush fire on U.S. Highway 90, west of the City of Madison was reported and a third call caused a response from the Cherry Lake Volunteer Fire Department to a brush fire on State Road 53, south of Garden Street.
No injuries were reported at any of the fires.
Buescher feels that although the tax laws are very complex and ever-changing, opportunities exist through proper planning that can save tax dollars. “I feel that the more knowledgeable we are regarding our tax and business laws, the more we can use them to our benefit,” Buescher said. “I’m really excited about the weekly column. This is a means in which I can give back to our community.”
Buescher stated that this past year brought about sweeping changes with three major tax law changes and revisions. “These are the most sweeping changes since 1986,” Buescher said. He says there are pitfalls, and of course, opportunities, in each one of them. “Everyone needs to understand the effect each of these pieces of legislation may have on their individual tax situation and I will be offering information to help individuals and businesses understand and cope with them”.
Buescher and Ruff, L.L.C. is a local full service accounting firm specializing in tax preparation, business consulting and tax planning. Buescher has thirty years of public accounting experience in Valdosta and Madison and is dedicated to client service and satisfaction of their needs.
Buescher stated that he is grateful for the warm reception he has received from the Madison community since purchasing the firm in March 2010 from Frank Ruff upon his retirement. “I have been greeted with smiling faces and a warm welcome and have made many new friends,” Buescher stated.
In addition to his professional responsibilities, Buescher has had a strong desire to be very involved in the Madison community. He is a member of the Madison Rotary Club, the Madison Chamber of Commerce, and other community organizations. He says he plans on “rolling up his sleeves” and working with the United Way this year in particular.
In Valdosta, Buescher was a past President of the Valdosta area chapter of the Georgia Society of CPA’s. He was awarded the annual Georgia Public Service Award, presented by the Georgia Society of CPA’s, in 1993. Later, he was a National Semi-Finalist for the American Institute of CPA’s Public Service Award. In Valdosta, he was the 2009 Chairman of the Greater Valdosta United Way, a past president of the Boys Club of Valdosta, a former councilman for the City of Valdosta, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of First United Methodist Church and served on many other community boards and in various other positions.
He is also a Sunday school teacher and scout leader for the area Boy Scout Council. Buescher is a 1980 graduate of Valdosta State University and is married to the former Cathy Carter of Lakeland, Georgia. They have four children: Lane, Katie, Emma and Carter.
Buescher’s area of expertise is in individual and business tax preparation, business consulting, estate and retirement planning, business turnaround services, and cost controls analysis. He also offers computerized accounting services and payroll processing.
Buescher and Ruff, L.L.C. serves over 400 clients in the Madison, Lake City, Live Oak, Tallahassee and Valdosta areas. The firm consists of a staff of four experienced individuals, including Dale Stone, CPA, who has been with the firm for five years, Farie Blanton, a long time office manager at the firm for over 25 years, and Ashley Jones, a new staff accountant from Valdosta. Buescher and Ruff, L.L.C. may be reached at (850) 973-4034.
Two public hearings, a presentation on a new data system for the hospital and approval of a bid form for removal of deceased individuals will be on the agenda for the Wednesday, Jan. 19, Madison County Commission meeting.
The only item on the agenda under unfinished business is the approval of an Equal Employment Opportunity Plan for the county.
Under Public Works on the agenda will be a discussion regarding the purchase of a used excavator for the Road Department and a discussion concerning the paving of the interior area of solid waste collection sites.
Under new business is a public hearing to consider an application made by Nestle Waters to vacate certain subdivision lots in the River Heights subdivision. That public hearing is scheduled for 4 p.m.
At 5 p.m., a public hearing will be held to consider adoption of a ordinance concerning a large scale comprehensive plan amendment for the Suwannee River Management District to change land classification from conservation to agriculture-1.
Vicki Howerton will give a presentation on the new data system at Madison County Memorial Hospital.
Tim Sanders will present a form for businesses to bid on removal of deceased individuals. This would entail hauling corpses to the coroner’s office in Tallahassee.
A proclamation to recognize Hazardous Materials Awareness Week (Feb. 13-19) will also be presented to the board for consideration.
A budget amendment for an Emergency Medical Services building grant will be on the consent agenda.
Also on the consent agenda will be an amendment to the 2010-2011 contract with the Madison County Health Department.
A couple of weeks ago, an elderly gentleman approaching his 93rd birthday passed away quietly into the night in rural southeastern Pennsylvania. His name was Dick Winters. Like so many young men of his generation, Winters joined the US Army nearly seventy years ago. His leadership was soon recognized, so he attended Officer Candidate School (OCS) to quickly (they were called 90-day wonders) learn the skills of officership.
Now a 2nd Lieutenant, Winters volunteered for a new Army concept called paratroopers. Volunteer infantrymen would go through rigorous training and form units that would jump out of perfectly good airplanes behind enemy lines, then seize and hold key strong points, waiting for relief from stronger, conventional armor and infantry units. Airborne units, proven by the Germans in the first year of the war, were elite troopers. Winters not only volunteered for this type of duty, but he would be called to lead them into battle as a company commander.
In the US Army, a company is the basic fighting element. There might be 150-200 men in the company, generally organized into three platoons. Initially, Dick Winters was assigned as platoon leader. As he trained with his men, first in Toccoa, Georgia and later in North Carolina, the enlisted men recognized both his quiet demeanor and inherent leadership skills. Winters led from the front. He set the example and the troops appreciated that.
The first commander of E (Easy) Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the famed 101st Airborne “Screaming Eagles” did not enjoy the same loyalty as Dick Winters. In fact, the men hated his guts and vowed they wouldn’t follow him into combat. After they deployed to England and shortly before D-Day, he was replaced by Lieutenant Thomas Meehan who, like Winters, was well respected.
In the complex plan of the Normandy Invasion, the greatest seaborne assault in the history of warfare, the 101st Airborne along with the 82nd “All America” would parachute shortly after midnight into the Cotentin Peninsula behind the eastern flank of the invasion at Utah Beach. Since Utah was cut off from the other four invasion beaches, planners felt that the landing 4th Infantry needed to be supported from the rear. That was the job of the two American airborne divisions – to disrupt German defenses sufficiently to enable the 4th to get ashore and establish their advance.
Tom Meehan never had the opportunity to command Easy in combat – his C-47 with the headquarters element was shot down and all aboard killed as they approached the drop zone. The senior platoon leader, Dick Winters, assumed command and would lead the company into combat. In the darkness and early morning hours, he began to gather the scattered remnants of Easy from across the Normandy countryside.
On the afternoon of June 6th, 1944, Winters led thirteen paratroopers into an assault on a German artillery battery at Brecourt Manor protected by over fifty enemy soldiers. Winters’ squad destroyed the four howitzers that threatened the Utah landings and routed the enemy. To this day, the assault on Brecourt is studied by infantry courses and staff colleges as the epitome of a small squad attack on a fixed position.
Throughout the Normandy campaign and Operation Market Garden in Holland, Winters brilliantly led his company. In Holland, now Captain Winters stepped up to become the executive officer for 2nd Battalion. Later with a promotion to major, he became the battalion CO.
On December 18th, Easy and the rest of the Screaming Eagles were rushed to the Belgium crossroads village of Bastogne to block a major German assault — what we now call the Battle of the Bulge. In the worst winter that Europe had experienced in a half century, they hung on, alternately battling the Germans and frigid cold.
When the Germans demanded their surrender, the 101st commander General Anthony McAuliffe answered “nuts.” A week later when the 4th Armored broke through the German encirclement, Easy and their comrades were still hanging on. As the old saying goes, the starting position for a paratrooper is to be surrounded by the enemy. They never flinched.
The exploits of Easy and their great CO were recorded in 1992 by historian Stephen Ambrose’s best-seller “Band of Brothers.” The title comes from a verse in Shakespeare’s history Henry V; “From this day to the ending of the world, we in it shall be remembered, we band of brothers.” Later, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks turned the book into a ten part miniseries by the same title. If you’ve never read the book or seen the screen version, you should.
Did the members of Easy consider their service and sacrifice heroic? The answer was best summarized by one of its’ members response to his grandson’s query, “We’re you a hero in the war grandpa? No, but I served in a company of heroes.”
It takes a special leader to command such a group of brave men, and Dick Winters was an example of the finest company commander the Army could produce. On the evening of his first frightful day in Normandy, he vowed that if allowed to survive such horror and carnage, he would lead a peaceful life and never raise a hand again against his fellow man. Until his life on earth ended in early January, he kept that pledge. Now, he belongs to the ages. God rest, good and faithful servant.
A mother’s treasure is her daughter.
– Catherine Pulsifer
Friday, January 21, will mark the 16th birthday of my daughter, Brooke.
The driver’s license office will be the first stop of the day, but “normal” birthday celebrations will have to wait until Saturday, for Friday will be filled with school and basketball games.
16 – I can’t believe my “baby” has gotten that old. And if she is that old, then that makes me……
The ever-important age of 16; the age of a “real” driver’s license, dating, and being more and more places that I’m not.
Having/Raising children is truly a blessing from God. There is no greater gift, than that of a child. However, there is also no greater responsibility than that of raising a child. We raise our children, to the best of our ability, and we try to give them the knowledge and courage to stand on their own two feet, when we cannot be with them. The most that we can hope for is that when they are “on their own” some of that guidance, and knowledge, sticks with them and that they then can make the best decisions/choices, for themselves.
Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
I am very proud of the young lady that Brooke is turning into. Her tender heart gives her the compassion and the ability to love everyone; her outgoing personality gives her the ability to make friends with anyone; and her love for life, in general, makes her a joy to be around. But most of all I am so proud of her Christian ethics and her moral values. She is truly beautiful on the outside AND on the inside.
Happy birthday, Brooke! I Love You and I’m So Very Proud Of You!
God blessed me well 16 years ago, and every moment since then!
Until then….see you around the town.
Kenneth Woodrow Kinard, age 93, died Monday, January 10, 2011 in Dowling Park, Florida.
Graveside funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January, 18, 2011, at Bixler Memorial Gardens East, Dowling Park.
He was born March 25, 1917 in Americus, Georgia. He moved to Dowling Park in 1984 after living in Madison, Lake Wales and West Texas. He was a veteran of World War II. He was a teacher and taught exceptional children.
He was a member of Bixler Memorial Advent Christian Church.
He is survived by one daughter, Verna Marie Knox (Timothy) of Dowling Park, Florida.
Donations may be made to Advent Christian Village, Dowling Park, Florida.
A rich and rewarding journey ended for Deacon John Glee, Sr. on January 1, 2011. He transitioned from this life, following a brief stay at the Madison County Memorial Hospital. He was born on October 22, 1907, to the late Dinah Davis Glee and John Glee in Madison.
He was married to the love of his life – the late Susie Demps, and to this blessed union, six children were born.
He leaves to cherish his loving memory: three daughters, Johnnie Mae Brown Pugh of Jacksonville, Vireleen Williams (John Henry) of Madison, Barbara Glee Johnson, Miami; two sons, Henry Lawrence Glee (Theann) of Miami, and William James Glee, Sr. (Flossie) of Pensacola; 28 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren and 20 great, great grandchildren; three sisters-in-law Hassie Clemons Glee and Arie Lee Wyche Glee, both of Madison and Zera Clemons Glee of Suffolk, VA; a host of nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends.
Deacon Flee was preceded in death by two sons, an infant and Johnny Glee, Jr. (Deloris, also deceased); five brothers, and two sons-in-law, James Brown and Hewitt Pugh.
Over the years in addition to being called Deacon, Glee was often referred to as Mr. Johnny, Johnny, Bro’ Johnny, Bro’ John, “Unk” and affectionately, by his grandchildren, “Cool Pop.”
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the Van. H. Priest Auditorium, Madison, with burial at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Madison.
The viewing will be held on Friday, January 21, 2011 at New Chapel Baptist Church, Greenville, from 5 -7 p.m.
Trinity Funeral Home in Perry is in charge of arrangements. (850) 584-9620.
North Florida Community College, Friends of the Mansion and members of the community recently worked together to host “A Charles Dickens Christmas at the Mansion”. The holiday event began with an opening reception for the Friends of the Mansion at the Wardlaw-Smith-Goza Conference Center (The Mansion) on Dec. 8, featuring Madison County’s Ratt Pack dressed in Victorian garb posing throughout the Mansion as living mannequins. The holiday celebration continued through Dec. 12 with the Madison County Junior Auxiliary’s “Cookies with Santa” event on Dec. 11 and public tours throughout the week.
“I thank all the volunteers, from this year to years past, for their time and effort in decorating the mansion and acting as hostesses,” said NFCC Wardlaw-Smith-Goza Coordinator Maria Greene. “Without our community volunteers, the Christmas at the Mansion holiday open house would not be possible.”
The main hallway was spectacularly decorated by the Madison County Junior Auxiliary. Downstairs rooms included the Library decorated by Wendy Bartlam and April Yungel; the Parlor by Cheri Platt, Dianne Sullivan, Penny Worden, and Jenny Andrews; the Dining Room by the Madison Women’s Club; and the Music Room by the Madison Garden Club.
Atop the garland wrapped staircase, visitors enjoyed the upstairs hall depicting Ebenezer and the Ghost of Christmas Future decorated by Ina Thompson; the Breckinridge Room by Bali’s Florist; the Guest Room by Thelma DeHart and Jan Ledsome; the Rose Room by The Madison Florist; and the Children’s Room by Madison County Community Bank. The outside of the Mansion was decorated by Mary Kay Blume and Victorian cut outs made by local artist Daniel Graves. Coordinating the decorations was Jackie Johnson.
For more information about NFCC’s Wardlaw-Smith-Goza Conference Center, contact Maria Greene, Mansion coordinator, at (850) 973-9432 or email email@example.com.
By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
In a rural county, there are a lot of dirt roads to be kept up. Madison County has approximately 460 miles of them, or about forty miles more than a round trip from Madison to Tampa on I-75. It takes regularly scheduled road grading to keep a road from turning into a “washboard” that can shake fillings out of teeth, and keep the drainage ditches clear for the rainy dog days of a North Florida summer.
“That’s one job you never get caught up with,” said Hugh Sherrod, who has been with the department six and a half years. “You grade it and you go back a week later, and it looks like you haven’t touched it.”
A team of six men makes up the two grading crews that circulate throughout the county on a regular schedule. Unlike most of the other crews who receive their lists of assignments each morning when they come in, the grading crews simply pick up where they left off the previous day and continue on their route. “We pretty well know where we’re going when we come in,” says Dennis Odom, who has one year and eight months with the Road Department. Grading at construction sites and other “specialty jobs” are not on their list. The specialty graders on other crews take care of that.
For this team of two grading crews, it’s all about the roads…smoothing out miles and miles and miles of unpaved backroads winding throughout the county, and keeping them all in passable condition. That’s more than enough to keep them busy, and when rainy weather sets in, the amount of work grows accordingly.
The two crews divide the county into two sections, north and south, with US 90 and SR 6 as the dividing line. Larry Cressley, Rosevelt Nelson and Buddy Bryant take the roads in the north section, while Dennis Odom, Hugh Sherrod and Kenny Sevor work the south.
On this particular day, Sevor, a single parent with three daughters, is out with a sick child. “Does that mean we all get to tell stories on him?” one of them jokes, and everybody laughs. However, Sevor has been with the department since October of 2002, and they all agree he’s a great guy. “He can pretty much run anything they need him to,” says Nelson. “He can do it all.”
Almost all the men were born and raised here, and have family here as well; they consider Madison County their home. Sherrod and his wife Ellen just celebrated their 38th anniversary Dec. 30, and they have a son at NFCC. Cressley has a 96-year-old mother here in Madison, as well as a daughter, son-in-law ,and a grandson who just turned four. Odom’s wife Debbie drives a school bus and their children are all adults. Nelson, the youngest crew member at 28, takes some kidding about being “fresh out of high school,” but he has worked with the road department for five and a half years.
It’s been a long day, and they’ll shortly be headed home, but at 6:30 in the morning they’ll be back and ready to roll. After all, those roads don’t get any smoother by themselves…in fact, just the opposite.
“I write.” said guest speaker Joe Boyles, in answer to a question from a 55+ Club Member at last Wednesday’s meeting.
He addressed several issues of concern to himself and many in the audience, and how people could make themselves heard.
Boyles, who has penned the “National Security” column for the Madison County Carrier for the last eight years, had been asked what else one person could do to influence politics “besides vote?”
Voting could not be discounted, Boyles told the woman, because it was the most important tool people had. However, there were several other things they could do as well: “Raise our children and our grandchildren with our values. Mentor in the school system…working with young people on a weekly basis gets us in the school system where we can have influence.”
A Vietnam veteran, Boyles describes himself as “Conservative…extre-mely conservative,” and as someone who loves writing and cares very deeply about what he writes. “I appreciate the opportunity to put together a coherent sentence…put those sentences into paragraphs…one of the things I try to do is throw a lot of questions back at you, the reader. If I can provoke some thought on your part, that’s a good thing. I’m trying in the process of writing to educate people.”
Sometimes, he says, he runs into people on the street who shake his hand and say, “I read your column. Look forward to seeing it in the paper…most of the time.” He smiles as a few appreciative chuckles ripple around the room.
A conservative in all areas, whether economic, security, or social, he holds economics to be the “line in the sand” for him.
There is the private sector (business) that produces and creates things of value and makes money, and there is the public sector (government) that creates nothing, produces nothing of value, nor does it make any money. Instead, it takes money out of the private sector and grows ever bigger, especially the last 70 years since the Depression.
“Remember Jabba the Hut (from Star Wars)? That’s government.”
He’s pretty hard on politicians, he admits, “especially professional politicians who have no knowledge of the private sector…or their knowledge is so dated as to be irrelevant.”
Debt is also a topic that gets him going, whether it’s credit card debt, student loan debt or national debt created by entitlement programs with Baby Boomers retiring at the rate of 10,000 a day for the next 19 years.
On the other hand, Florida is in a better position than some other states, being a “right-to-work state” and having one of the smallest per-capita state worker forces in the country.
He fielded quite a few questions from the gathered audience, from CEO salaries to auto insurance.
The important thing, he said, is that people stand up for their conservative values and use whatever influence they have to make themselves heard, because in the Northeast and out in L.A. “all they know of where we live, is what they see from 38,000 feet as they fly over us. To them, we’re off the map.”
He pauses, then adds: “No, we’re not.”
By Fran Hunt
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The Aucilla Christian Academy Warriors varsity basketball team squeaked past Tallavana January 13 for a 52-50 win, to now stand on a 5-10 season.
As a team, Aucilla hit nine of 31 attempts from the field, bucketed six of 19 attempts from the three-point zone, and netted 16 of 30 attempts from the free throw line for 52 points. They collected 11 assists, ten offensive and 13 defensive rebounds for a total of 23 rebounds, with 12 block/steals and 12 turnovers.
Tyler Jackson netted one of two attempts from the field, missed one attempt from the three-point zone and targeted six of six attempts from the free throw line for eight points. He had five assists, one offensive and one defensive rebound for a total of two rebounds, with two block/steals and one turnover.
Marcus Roberts bucketed two of five attempts from the field, targeted four of six attempts from the three-point zone and missed two attempts from the free throw line for 16 points. He had one assist, one offensive and one defensive rebound for a total of two rebounds, with three block/steals and two turnovers.
Brandon Darnell missed one attempt from the field. He had two offensive rebounds and two turnovers.
Kent Jones netted one of two attempts from the field, hit one of eight attempts from the three-point zone and missed four attempts from the free throw line for five points. He had one offensive and three defensive rebounds for a total of four rebounds, with two turnovers.
Corey Burrus bucketed one of four attempts from the field, sank one of three attempts from the three-point zone and dropped in two of six attempts from the free throw line for seven points. He had four assists, one offensive and two defensive rebounds for a total of three rebounds, with two block/steals and three turnovers.
Clark Christy netted one of seven attempts from the field, missed one attempt from the three-point zone and hit one of three attempts from the free throw line for three points. He had one assist, two offensive and three defensive rebounds for a total of five rebounds, with one block/steal and one turnover.
Josh Funderburke targeted three of ten attempts from the field and bucketed seven of eight attempts from the free throw line for 13 points. He had two offensive and three defensive rebounds for a total of five rebounds, with one block/steal and one turnover.
A team must put in countless hours preparing for game day. They must train, work, and condition their bodies to compete at the highest level and this is just the cheerleading squad! The Madison Academy cheerleaders have put in hours of practice during school and after school preparing for each Panther basketball game.
The Panther cheerleaders attended every home game this year and cheered their team to victory. The girls had to remember many different cheers, along with the routines to each cheer. The Madison Academy cheerleaders also showed off their talents during each halftime by doing amazing routines and cheers to pump the fans up.
Madison Academy offers cheerleading to any fourth and fifth grade student who can handle the intense pressures of performing in the spotlight.
The Panther cheerleaders were coached by Cathy Rogers and Jamie Andrews. The coaches were fantastic and made sure each cheerleader was always prepared on and off the court. They offered a wonderful opportunity for the young girls and this experience will stick with them forever.
The Madison Academy basketball team would also like to thank the cheerleaders for being in attendance and picking them up throughout the season. Great job, cheerleaders!
When treating an eating disorder, exercise is rarely considered therapeutic; it’s more likely to be viewed as dangerous for patients already obsessed with their weight. But a new University of Florida study shows that the psychological benefits of exercise could be used as an intervention for — or even a way to prevent — eating disorders.
Despite the documented mental and physical benefits of exercise, health care practitioners have long assumed that people with eating disorders shouldn’t be encouraged to burn calories through physical activity. While it’s true that compulsive exercisers risk further harm, healthy exercise that’s not compulsive could help people with eating disorders or people who are at risk for eating disorders, said Heather Hausenblas, a UF exercise psychologist who co-authored the study, published in the January issue of European Eating Disorders Review.
“When it comes to eating disorders, exercise has always been seen as a negative because people use it as a way to control their weight. But for most people, exercise is a very positive thing,” Hausenblas said. “Our results show it’s not necessarily bad for people with disordered eating to engage in exercise. The effects on self-esteem, depression, mood and body image can reduce the risk of eating pathologies.”
In the study, co-authored by Brian Cook, an exercise psychologist at the University of Kentucky, Peter Giacobbi, an assistant professor at the University of Arizona, and former UF doctoral student Daniel Tuccitto, Hausenblas and her colleagues surveyed 539 normal-weight students, most of whom were not at risk for eating disorders. They evaluated the students’ drive to be thin, along with their exercise habits and risk for exercise dependence, and used statistical models to find potential relationships. She found that, more than its physical benefits, the psychological effects of exercise could help prevent and treat eating disorders.
The study’s findings could have far-reaching impact, said Danielle Symons Downs, director of the Exercise Psychology Laboratory at The Pennsylvania State University.
“The public health implications of this study are important,” she said. “This research is important for understanding the complex interactions between exercise behavior and eating pathology, and it can assist clinicians with better understanding how to intervene with and treat eating pathology.”
Beyond offering an affordable treatment to address the needs of people with eating disorders, exercise therapies also could help relieve the burden of such diseases on the health-care system, Hausenblas said. “If a patient is extremely underweight, you’re not going to have them exercising two or three hours a day. But once they’re at a stable level, exercise could have a big positive effect,” she said. Hausenblas hopes to launch another study that would follow at-risk individuals over a period of several months to see if exercise impacts their symptoms.
“We’d like to assess them over time, and we hope to see their risk factors go down,” she said.
University of Florida researchers have received four grants totaling almost $4.7 million to develop therapies for improving the health and quality of life of people with hemophilia.
New treatments are urgently needed because those in current use are often rejected by the patient’s immune system and are very expensive, in some cases costing up to $1 million for a round of therapy.
Two of the grants are from the National Institutes of Health and the others are from Bayer HealthCare.
“The portfolio of grants allows UF to build and sustain a robust hemophilia research program covering both forms of the disease, hemophilia A and B, and fulfill an unmet need in Florida and the region,” said Roland Herzog, an associate professor in the UF College of Medicine’s department of pediatrics, who is principal investigator on both NIH grants and co-investigator on both Bayer awards.
The other principal investigators, also faculty members in the pediatrics division of cellular and molecular therapy, are division chief, Arun Srivastava, the George H. Kitzman professor of genetics and a professor of molecular genetics and microbiology, and associate professor Sergei Zolotukhin, also of the department of molecular genetics and microbiology. All are members of the UF Genetics Institute.
A four-year, $2.6 million grant from the NIH National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute will fund all three researchers in their efforts to develop and test better gene therapy methods for the form of the disease known as hemophilia B.
A five-year, $1.7 million grant to Herzog, also from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, supports work to prevent the immune system from rejecting gene or protein therapies. That work is in collaboration with the Wistar Institute, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Harvard Medical School.
In addition, a two-year, $200,000 Bayer Hemophilia Award to Srivastava will fund development of better gene therapy delivery vehicles for hemophilia A, and a second two-year $200,000 Bayer award funds Herzog as co-investigator with University of Central Florida professor Henry Daniell, to develop ways to induce tolerance to protein therapy for hemophilia A by orally introducing the protein before therapy is needed.
Hemophilia is characterized by defects in the gene that produces a protein required for blood to clot. People with the disease can suffer from spontaneous internal bleeding or severe bleeding from minor injuries. Males get the disease, which is linked to the X chromosome, while female “carriers” rarely show symptoms.
Many people around the world have hemophilia — 1 in 5,000 boys are born with hemophilia A, the more common form. Standard treatment is intravenous infusion of the missing protein. But in 25 percent of patients with the severe form of hemophilia, the immune system rejects that clotting protein and makes inhibitors that prevent it from working.
To help patients tolerate therapy, doctors try to exhaust the immune system by administering the therapeutic protein intravenously at frequent intervals and for long periods until the body no longer produces inhibitors in response.
That brute force approach works for hemophilia A, but often doesn’t for hemophilia B, in which patients risk death from severe systemic allergic reactions if exposed to the protein used in therapy. In addition, treatment is very expensive. A single round of therapy can cost up to $1 million, including hospitalization charges.
“There have to be better ways to do this,” Herzog said.
One study will investigate how minor chemical changes to viruses that are used as gene therapy vehicles to deliver working copies of malfunctioning genes to the liver, and reduce the chance that the protein produced will be rejected.
“The hope is that you can now treat the disease using less of this virus, so you can deliver more, in a more stealthy manner and make it less likely that the immune system will target cells infected by this virus,” Herzog said.
To find new ways to make the immune system more tolerant of protein therapy, the researchers will focus attention on enlisting the help of certain cells that normally suppress the body’s immune system as a way to prevent autoimmune diseases.
Other key studies include developing ways to administer the clotting factor protein orally in an effort to build immune tolerance before patients are in need of therapy.
“New and safer ways to deliver therapy would be far more welcome than what we’re doing now,” said Dr. Vishwas Sakhalkar, director of benign hematology in the division of pediatric hematology/oncology, who treats patients with hemophilia and other blood disorders. “Patients, their families, caregivers and doctors will embrace those advances, after seeing all that patients have to go through now for treatment.”
MADISON, FL – One hundred forty-six students were recognized as graduates of North Florida Community College at the end of NFCC’s Fall Term 2010. NFCC congratulates its graduates, including 54 Madison County students, who were awarded degrees or certificates. NFCC graduates from Madison County are:
From Greenville: Logan Brennan, Emergency Medical Technician/EMT-B (Certificate), Kaitlyn Burnett, Emergency Medical Technician/EMT-B (Certificate), Elizabeth Cotrell, Emergency Medical Technician/EMT-B (Certificate), Skylor Deming, Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Recruit (Certificate), Shontavia Dennis, Patient Care Technician/PCT (Certificate), Ashley Evans, Patient Care Technician/PCT (Certificate), Shaynika Hamilton, Criminal Justice Corrections Basic Recruit (Certificate), Rebecca Hughes, Associate in Science Degree/Registered Nursing, Jennifer Lowery, Associate in Science Degree/Registered Nursing, Matthew Mask, Associate in Arts Degree (A.A. Degree), Jennifer McCune, Associate in Arts Degree (A.A. Degree), John McDonald, Emergency Medical Technician/EMT-B (Certificate), Christie Riley, Associate in Arts Degree (A.A. Degree) and Mica Taylor, Emergency Medical Technician/EMT-B (Certificate).
From Lee: Jessica Billy, Associate in Arts Degree (A.A. Degree), Terri Ellison, Associate in Science Degree/Registered Nursing. Brandy Lightfoot, Patient Care Technician/PCT (Certificate), Galina Medders, Associate in Science Degree/Registered Nursing, Brenda O’Steen, Associate in Science Degree/Registered Nursing, Heather Richardson, Emergency Medical Technician/EMT-B (Certificate). Lloyd Richardson, Patient Care Technician/PCT (Certificate), Kasey Tuten, Associate in Arts Degree (A.A. Degree), Amon Webb, Associate in Arts Degree (A.A. Degree) and Ashleigh Williams, Patient Care Technician/PCT (Certificate).
From Madison: Dana Anderson, Associate in Arts Degree (A.A. Degree), Mercedes Bell, Associate in Arts Degree (A.A. Degree), Heath Bembry, Associate in Science Degree/Registered Nursing, Melody Dean, Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Recruit (Certificate) Timothy Dunn, Associate in Arts Degree (A.A. Degree), David Fletcher, Associate in Arts Degree (A.A. Degree), Gwendolyn Flonnery, Associate in Science Degree/Registered Nursing, Kimberly Foust, Patient Care Technician/PCT (Certificate), Bridget Gamble, Associate in Science Degree/Registered Nursing, Adam Gudz, Associate in Arts Degree (A.A. Degree), Alina Hankins, Associate in Arts Degree (A.A. Degree), Kathryn Hidy, Associate in Arts Degree (A.A. Degree), Cheryl Humphrey, Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC), Kierystan Johnson, Associate in Arts Degree (A.A. Degree), Ashley Malone, Associate in Arts Degree (A.A. Degree), Nancy Marshall, Patient Care Technician/PCT (Certificate), David Pinkard, Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Recruit (Certificate), Debbi Roessler, Associate in Science Degree/Registered Nursing, Jonathan Shaw, Patient Care Technician/PCT (Certificate), Julie Shea, Associate in Arts Degree (A.A. Degree), Erika Smith, Associate in Science Degree/Registered Nursing and Brittany Watts, Associate in Arts Degree (A.A. Degree).
From Pinetta: Bobbi Crafton, Associate in Arts Degree (A.A. Degree), Cody Irvine, Associate in Arts Degree (A.A. Degree), Chad Massey, Emergency Medical Technician/EMT-B (Certificate), Annette McClamma, Emergency Medical Technician/EMT-B (Certificate), Ashley Oakes, Associate in Arts Degree (A.A. Degree), Andrew Pinkard, Associate in Arts Degree (A.A. Degree), Rose Wetmore, Associate in Science Degree/Registered Nursing and Danyel Williams, Associate in Arts Degree (A.A. Degree).