By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
A 21-year-old Perry man was arrested in Madison following an altercation in Perry with FHP Trooper Billy Ernst Wednesday afternoon, April 20.
According to Madison Police Department Inv. Jimbo Roebuck, the department received a Be On the Lookout (BOLO) from FHP to watch out for a silver Chevrolet Impala.
According to an FHP press release, Ernst had stopped the defendant for a seatbelt violation. The driver had no identification. Ernst found out that Bryant B. Pritchett, 21, had an active warrant for his arrest on charges of fleeing and eluding and driving without a license.
Ernst attempted to arrest Pritchett for the warrant and Pritchett physically resisted arrest and committed battery on Ernst.
Ernst was able to get one hand cuffed on his arm before Pritchett fled in his vehicle.
Ernst was unable to locate the driver or vehicle, so the BOLO was issued to surrounding agencies.
In Madison, MPD Cpl. Reggie Alexander spotted Pritchett’s car and got behind it. He waited for other units to arrive and then activate his emergency lights.
A chase ensued with the suspect, Bryant Pritchett, fleeing down several city streets before pulling in behind Lake Park of Madison Nursing Home. He got out of the Impala and fled on foot. He was apprehended at the front door of the nursing home.
` Trooper Ernst was assisted by the Perry Police Department, Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, United States Marshals Service, Madison County Sheriff’s Office and Madison Police Department.
Archive for April 2011
By Jacob Bembry
By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Last Friday, April 15, Madison County Memorial Hospital honored its long-time core of volunteers, the Pink Ladies Hospital Auxiliary, with a luncheon, poetry from Hospital CEO David Abercrombie, and small gifts of appreciation.
The ladies who gathered in the hospital cafeteria brought over a hundred collective years of experience, said Vicki Howerton, who, together with Susan Yonce, Tammy Stevens (Chief of Operations Officer) and Cindi Burnett (Human Resources Officer) served the luncheon.
Each lady received a pewter pin in the shape of a bonsai tree, while Susan Yonce read the poem attached to each one: “Caring for the bonsai is a commitment that requires time, skill and patience…like the artist, your continuous hard work and attention to detail improve our team and shape our future.”
Most of the ladies present had been hospital volunteers since the early to mid nineties. Betty Sirmon and Frances Mercer had been there the longest, since 1993, but neither lady was quite sure who had started first. The newest member was Beth Ward, who had joined the volunteer corps in either September or October of last year, “and I just got my pink jacket last week,” she said.
Lucile Cherry, who was not available for the photo, is also a Pink Lady. She keeps the books for the Pink Ladies.
Gean McCullough, the historian for the Pink Ladies, remembers when they used to be called the Gray Ladies, and included Rachel Reichmann, Rosalie Russell and Eunice Clark among their numbers. She also spoke of Lifetime Member Mildred Bruner, now living in a nursing home in Tallahassee, who is thought to have started the Pink Ladies, and mentioned honorary members Joy Gensel and Ruby Ulm.
After the luncheon, Susan Yonce called five games of bingo, with prizes of various angel figurines. Winners were: Sue Quick, Doris Cowart, Christine Blanton, Frances Sanders and Beth Ward.
“It’s privilege and a pleasure to work with every one of you,” said Howerton at the conclusion of the event. “I say that from the bottom of our hearts, from the Madison County Hospital Family.”
Tae Singletary saved one of the best performances of his stellar baseball career at Madison County High School for last. The hard throwing right-hander overpowered the Valdosta Wildcats, striking out fifteen and giving up only three hits. If that wasn’t enough, Singletary broke a scoreless tie with a two-run home run in the fifth inning as the Cowboys trounced the Wildcats, 7-1.
Singletary kept the Wildcats in check with his trademark fastball and a sharp breaking ball. The Cowboy senior, in sixty innings of work this season, has struck out 111 hitters and compiled a 2.55 earned run average. At the plate, Singletary is hitting .349 and leading the Cowboys’ home run production with five round trippers.
The Cowboys pounded out 13 hits against Valdosta pitching en route to the victory. Aaron Brown had three hits in five trips to the plate. His fifth inning single put him aboard for the Singletary blast. Singletary reached base in all five of his plate appearances, adding a single and three walks to his shot over the left center field wall. Brown added his own two-run homer in the sixth inning and tacked on an RBI double in the seventh to finish with three RBIs and three runs scored. Heath Carroll was near perfect at the plate with four singles in five at-bats. D.J. McKnight had two hits and an RBI. Laterrian McDaniel and Zack Money also had base hits for the Cowboys.
The Cowboys head into district play next week having won four of their last five games. The boys from Boot Hill face the district host Rickards Raiders on Tuesday, April 26th, at 7:00 in a district semifinal contest.
By Nell Dobbs
The question for each of us is “What will I do with Jesus?” on Sunday, we will be saying “Hallelujah! He is risen indeed!” When Pilate asked Him if He were the King of the Jews, Jesus said, “Thou sayest.” Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Our Sunday School was about “Knowing the Truth” from Colossians: “because of the hope reserved for you in Heaven, you have already heart about this hope in the message of truth, the gospel.”
Todd Gordon prayed a touching offertory prayer, giving God thanks for His great love and mercy. Special music was “Beautiful, Terrible Cross” by David Fries, Jim Carey and Mark Branham. We are so blessed by their talent and love for the Lord.
Sunday’s message was about Palm Sunday and the week before Jesus’ Crucifixion from Luke 19. He was on His way to Jerusalem. He sent two disciples to get the animal He would ride into the city on – not a horse but a colt. The multitude went before and after Him – some put clothes on the colt and set Him thereon. Some spread their garments in the way; some cut olive branches and fig leaves (Preacher said. I’d never heard that before) and the crowd shouted “Hosanna.”
The next day, Jesus was hungry and He saw a fig tree full of leaves but no figs and He said it would never have figs on it. Next day, it was withered. In the city, He celebrated the Passover; prayed in Gethsemane that God’s will would be done; was ridiculed; endured a mock trial; was found innocent by Pilate but Pilate told the crowd to do with Him what they would and washed his hands; and He endured unbelievable agony of body and soul.
We give thanks that Mrs. Laura Coleman and Sabrina Register have come into fellowship with us and will pray for their families and them. After the message, we partook of the Lord’s Supper and ave thanks for Jesus’ gift of forgiveness and His Resurrection.
The Holy Week service for Good Friday will be at our church. On Wednesday night, AWANA had a hotdog picnic and then decorated the table for the lunch. Thanks.
The Association Brotherhood Supper/Meeting was held Tuesday night at Faith Baptist.
On Saturday, April 23, at 11 a.m., the church-wide covered dish fellowship/Easter egg hunt will be held at the Beggs’ Barn.
A note of thanks to Frances Copeland for Easter bags filled for so many. It is said that God uses “busy people” to do His will. Prayers especially for W.C. and their entire family and her mother, Mrs. Eloise Stewart to be 100 soon – and able to be back at home after a hospital stay.
There’s still sadness among us. Death has come. Illness is among us.
Earnest prayers for my special friend, Nancy Sugan in Pennsylvania with more serious illnesses. Pray for all in the nursing homes and those who care for them. Often, someone came to mind – Merton Morse of Lake Park, Ga. – a special friend of school and otherwise. Thankful Al Spurlock is home! Thankful for SCHOOL and for reunions. Thankful for every good deed done! Thankful for God’s gift!
By Kristin Finney
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Dr. David Howell Yates is a name that not many recent generation Madisonians would recognize. However, many of you pass his place of business on a regular basis. His office is located on the corner of Base and Horry Streets, it almost looks out of place among the plantation like homes found on those streets. The reason that many residents do not recognize his name is because his business began in 1914.
When the building was originally built it was a sanitarium. A sanitarium is a location that has been set aside to meet the needs of people facing illnesses. The sanitariums would normally allow patients to receive a lot of fresh air and rest; they would also be given a special diet of nutritious foods. This was believed to help in the healing process of people facing chronic illnesses.
Dr. Yates’ sanitarium was especially successful in treating Pellagra. Pellagra is a vitamin deficiency disease that is normally caused by a lack of niacin. Pellagra is normally described as causing “the four D’s” which are diarrhea, dermatitis, dementia and death.
Dr. Yates was also the first person in Madison to own a car. He had drums of gasoline sent to him by train. He was also the first person in Madison to receive a traffic citation; he did not turn on his rear lights at night and was given a $1.00 citation. Yates also was the first president of the Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Kiwanis Club. David Howell Yates also had the first static X-Ray machine in the state of Florida.
The building currently found on Base and Horry Streets is not the original Yates Sanitarium. The original sanitarium contained 20 rooms, baths, a kitchen, a dining room, a reading room and a reception lobby. The building burnt down in 1922. This gave Dr. Yates the opportunity to improve his facilities.
An ad can be found in the American Journal of Electrotherapeutics and Radiology, Volume 34, Issue 4. The ad reads “The Sanitarium is located in a small Florida town, on the National Highway. Good R.R. facilities. Thoroughly equipped for the treatment of Pellagra, Chronic Deafness, Nervous Troubles, Neuritis, including Rheumatism, Gout, Asthma and mild mental cases. Treatment of Cancer. Sanitarium is equipped with steam heat, is well ventilated and screened. Eight rooms with bath lavatories and hot and cold water in every room. Rates $20.00 per week and upwards.”
Following the fire the new building was built. This building is two stories tall. The walls are built of 12” stucco and the foundation is poured concrete.
Following Dr. Yates’ death the building became the Madison County Hospital. Today, it is a private residence. The current owners affectionately refer to the building as “The Money Pit.”
The Suwannee River Water Management District Governing Board held an election of officers on March 8. Donald J. Quincey, Jr., will serve as chairman; Alphonas Alexander will serve as vice-chairman; and Donald R. “Ray” Curtis III, will hold the positions of secretary/treasurer.
Quincey, a resident of Chiefland, was appointed by Governor Charlie Crist in April 2008 to represent the Lower Suwannee River Basin.
Quincey earned an Associate of Arts degree from Santa Fe Community College in 1976. He is the owner and president of Quincey Cattle Company and is currently the president-elect of the Florida Cattleman’s Association.
Alphonas Alexander, of Madison, was appointed by Governor Crist in March 2010 and he represents the Upper Suwannee River Basin.
Alexander holds a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science from Florida A&M University. He serves as an independent contractor for The Forestry Company, of Perry, and is a member of the Forestry Stewardship program and the Florida Forestry Association.
Donald “Ray” Curtis III, of Perry, was appointed by Governor Charlie Crist in March 2010. Curtis represents the Coastal River Basin.
Curtis is an attorney with Howard & Curtis, P.A. in Perry. He received his Juris Doctorate from Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration, with a minor in agricultural law, from the University of Florida.
Curtis serves as a member of the City of Perry Zoning and Planning Board and the City of Perry Board of Adjustment. Currently he is chair of the City of Perry Code Enforcement Board.
MADISON, FL – North Florida Community College welcomed guests Michael Brawer, Executive Director/CEO of the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC), and Gary Sligh, President Elect of AFC, to the NFCC campus at the end of March. Brawer, far left, gave an update on the current legislative session and discussed the latest AFC news with college employees. Pictured, left to right, are Brawer, NFCC’s AFC leaders Denise Bell and Tammy Horne, Sligh, and NFCC President John Grosskopf. The AFCC exists to promote and support the Florida College System and its employees. The organization also provides opportunities for college employees to advance their talents and strengths, and to network with colleagues and other community college professionals from around the state.
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Tracy Reeves, retired accountant, died in his sleep on Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning.
Reeves was a comptroller at North Florida Junior College. He also held other jobs with the State of Florida.
The funeral will be held Saturday, April 23, at 3 p.m. at Beggs Funeral Home, Madison Chapel, with burial following at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Madison. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday evening at Beggs Funeral Home, Madison Chapel.
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Former Madison County Head Football Coach Frankie Carroll is headed to Pelham, Ga., to assume duties as the school’s new head football coach.
“This door was opened by the Lord,” Carroll said. “I had been praying to the Lord, for a long time, for a chance like this.”
While Carroll was the head coach at MCHS, the team amassed an amazing win-loss record. The Cowboys went to the state championship three times with Carroll as head coach and won one title.
When Carroll was an assistant coach at the high school, the team went to two state titles games and won one of them. Randy McPherson was the head Cowboy coach at the time.
McPherson was one of the driving forces in getting Carroll the job at Pelham. Now the head coach at Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Ga., McPherson suggested Carroll for the job to the school’s principal.
The Pelham principal called Carroll and offered him the job. The school board made it official on Thursday evening, April 7.
Carroll said that the Pelham team looks just like the Madison team, although their record doesn’t show it. The Hornets went 0-10 last year and have hardly won any games since 2002.
“The main difference between the teams,” Carroll said, “is that the Cowboys knew they could win and Pelham just isn’t sure.”
Carroll said that he wanted to instill that confidence in the Hornets.
After stepping down as the Cowboys’ head coach two years ago, Carroll has kept busy driving the school bus and working with the ESE program at Madison County Central School.
Carroll is a graduate of Greenville High School, where he played defensive back for the Pirates. The Pirates won a couple of Suwannee Valley conference titles during the time he was in high school.
Prior to becoming the Cowboys’ head coach, Carroll was the Cowboys’ JV coach and coached the defensive ends on varsity.
Carroll and his wife, Della, have a son, Jeremy, and a daughter, Rebecca Wambolt. They also have two grandchildren, Ashton and Lexi Carroll.
“Della and I would like to thank all the people of Madison County for supporting me over the years,” Carroll said.
A “Home Going” celebration for Madison County Deputy Sheriff Marcus Jones was held Sunday, April 17, in the Van H. Priest Auditorium on the campus of North Florida Community College.
Deputy Jones died last Sunday at the age of 40.
He leaves a wife, four sons and a daughter. Friends, family and officers from Madison and surrounding counties filled the auditorium to standing room only.
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart told the audience that Marcus was “reliable” and he could always count on him.
At the graveside service in the Oakridge Cemetery, in Madison, the Honor Guard folded the American flag, which Sheriff Stewart gave to Priscilla Jones after the “final call” and “Taps” were heard.
Governor Rick Scott announced an agreement with the House and Senate that would provide an infusion of cash that will prevent the Agency for Persons with Disabilities from discontinuing services. This will help the local branch of the Madison-Jefferson ARC, known as Personnel Development Services continue to provide needed services for mentally challenged clients.
“I thank Senate President Mike Haridopolos and House Speaker Dean Cannon for joining me to protect the community APD serves, and I applaud the hard work of the staff at APD for finding a solution to this problem,” Governor Scott stated. “After years of deficit spending that put these services at risk, I’m glad that we’re taking steps to finally bring responsible financial management to this agency and the people they serve.” After an Inspector General report disclosed that the agency would likely run out of cash to pay for needed services in early May due to an unprecedented $174 million budget shortfall, Governor Scott issued an emergency order stretching funds through the end of the fiscal year to avoid any cutoff of services. The Governor’s Office worked closely with the Legislature to find a way to provide immediate funding so that the Emergency Order could be lifted and to find a long term solution to the problem. Governor Scott also continues to work with the Legislature and members of the disability community to develop strategies to prevent future shortfalls in APD’s budget. Today’s deal lifts a hold on approximately $30 million that will cover the agency’s provider costs through the end of the fiscal year.
The Madison County Cowboys baseball team will honor five senior ball players Thursday evening at 5:00. Kelvin Singletary, Marterrius McDaniel, Laterrian McDaniel, Tavarus Dennis, and Jakelby Johnson will play their final home game as the Cowboys host the Leon High School Lions.
Singletary will conclude a stellar career at MCHS. Considered a top prospect, Singletary has already signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Northwest Florida State College. He has turned in dominant performances as a hard-throwing pitcher and as a hitter with power and speed.
Marterrius McDaniel has logged time as an outfielder, second baseman, and pitcher for the Cowboys. Once on base, he is a threat to steal bases. Laterrian McDaniel has been a starting middle infielder for the Cowboys for most of the season. He has wielded a strong bat in the top portion of the Cowboy lineup, contributing several clutch hits throughout the season. Johnson has provided solid play during his starts at first base. Dennis has seen limited playing time, but provides leadership to the Cowboy roster.
The players will be honored prior to the start of the game with the Lions at Boot Hill. Although it will be their final home game, these seniors will lead the Cowboys into district tournament play on Tuesday, April 26th, against the Raiders of Rickards High School.
Joe Boyles – Guest Columnist
On Monday, our annual federal tax return was due to the Internal Revenue Service. I suppose the IRS will process something like 80 million returns this year. I read somewhere recently that our official “tax date” was April 12 – for the first 102 days of the year, we’ve been working for the government. Everything we’ve earned collectively through April 12 will fulfill our obligation to the government. For the remainder of the year, we’re working for ourselves. Isn’t that comforting!
I coined a saying many years ago that’s sort of a takeoff on something Will Rogers used to say: “I’ve never met a tax I liked.” I’ll admit that some taxes are better than others, but there is so much waste; so much duplication of effort; so much inefficiency, that I stand by my statement. We’d be a lot better off if we just destroyed the 50 plus thousand page tax code and started anew.
Just when we thought the “tax the rich” scheme was laid to rest for the next two years, the president floated the idea last week as a way to reduce the burgeoning public debt. First, the House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan offered a plan (Path to Prosperity) to reduce the debt by $4 trillion over the next ten years by spending cuts and implementing several bold healthcare reforms. Then Obama plays “Johnny come lately” by introducing his idea to reduce the debt by the same $4 trillion (but over 12 years) which includes raising taxes on the “millionaires and billionaires.”
Man, I hate this class warfare rhetoric. Think about this contrast for a moment: one party (Republicans) says “we don’t want to raise taxes on anyone,” while the other party (Democrats) says “we want to raise taxes on some of you.” Obviously, I prefer the first position but why would anyone get a thrill out of raising taxes on anyone? I’m not a target (yet) of Obama’s tax hikes, but why would I get some kind of a charge out of seeing my neighbors taxes go up?
When politicians begin talking about tax hikes, self-preservation kicks in – how will this proposal effect me? If I’m not the target of the new tax, I breathe a little easier, but I don’t feel warm all over when I think how this proposal will negatively affect someone else. And I really feel rotten when I consider that higher taxes will have a depressive effect on the economy.
Here’s how I see government and taxes. Government produces nothing of value that can be sold on the market for a profit. Instead, to operate government, money has to be extracted from the earners in society by taxation. The more money that is taxed from the private sector, the less money is available to hire, to invest, to save, etc. I want to see as much money left in the private sector as possible so that our economy may grow and prosper. That will not happen if we take too much out in the form of higher taxes and waste it on frivolous, non-productive expenditures which is a hallmark of government.
When I think of terms like the economy and productivity, I think of private sector business. I do not think of the government in those terms. If you do, I would suggest that you’re barking up the wrong tree.
Let me give you another anti-tax analogy. Money equals freedom. The more money I have, the more freedom I have to spend it the way I want to on the things that are important to me. The less money I have to spend because it is taxed away, the less freedom I have. So, I am always going to err on the side of lower taxes because I value my freedom … and yours.
In Washington today, there are some serious politicians who want to reduce our $14 trillion debt because they fear the twin evils of a weak dollar and inflation. Joint Chief’s chairman Admiral Mike Mullen has said that our gravest national security concern is the size of our public debt.
Without question, the lion’s share of debt reduction has to come in the form of spending reductions including entitlement reform of Social Security and Medicare. But there are also possibilities to increase revenues in the form of economic growth and tax reform. I don’t advocate raising tax rates; in fact, I’d like to see a reduction in corporate taxes to encourage the growth (and hiring) of business. The type of reform I’d like to see is removing tax loopholes that allow businesses and individuals to dodge taxes.
As the debt limit and future budget battles begin on Capitol Hill, Standard and Poor’s has downgraded our future economic prospects from stable to negative. Can our bond rating be too far behind? This is a warning, just as alarming as Paul Revere’s famous ride
The modern TEA party takes its name from the acronym suggesting we are “taxed enough already.” It is a positive theme and as old as our nation itself. Our founding fathers felt that we were taxed too much and that theme has caught on since Californians revolted against high property taxes more than thirty years ago. Editor’s note: “Stray Vectors” is the author’s byline for random thoughts on the passing scene.
Consumer Reports says that the batteries in these new electric cars (Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf) really lose power in cold weather and limit the range of the vehicle. Doesn’t make much sense in those highly populated New England cities, does it?
Liberals are leaning into the wind of a “perfect storm.” They want to grow government which requires money. Not only are governments out of money, no one in their right mind condones taking any more money out of the economy under the current conditions.
The Civil War began 150 years ago with the shelling of Charleston’s Fort Sumter. Here’s my “what if” question: What if those hot-headed South Carolinians hadn’t opened fire? Could Lincoln have drafted and mobilized an army to invade the South without preemption? I’d like to hear some historians address this.
Public sector employees in Wisconsin appear to be pretty well compensated for their “labors.” For example, Badger State teachers are paid an average of $75K per year. Things might be tough in Madison, WI but they look pretty rosy in Madison.
The deficit for February was a record single monthly total of $223 billion. Four years ago, the deficit for all fiscal year 2007 was $161 billion. Makes you wish for the good old days of GW, doesn’t it? Folks, we can’t go on living like this.
Speaking of global warming, California liberal Henry Waxman says that the GOP is the party of “science deniers.” If that is true (personally, I reject the assertion), then the Democrats are the party of economic deniers.
What’s with democrat lawmakers from Wisconsin and Indiana bailing out and going to neighboring Illinois to avoid voting on controversial anti-union legislation? Has Illinois become a sanctuary state for liberals? Are they seeking political asylum?
With the unveiling of the new electric cars (Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf), you’d think I’d write something about the subject. However, I write for my audience and frankly, I don’t think there is much reason to waste your time reading about something that will have very little appeal to the citizens of our community. It’s too expensive; the range is too limited; and the payload is too small. Nuff said.
“Every cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and degenerates into a racket.” Eric Hoffer. How true!
Leadership tip: Ever hear of “management by exception?” That’s where someone can do nine things right, but the only time they hear anything is on the tenth time when things go wrong. It is a terrible leadership technique. Don’t ignore failure, but look for opportunities to praise.
Need any more Census lessons? The eight states with no income tax grew at 18 percent over the last 10 years while the states with an income tax grew at 8 percent. The 22 states with right-to-work laws grew at 15 percent while the other 28 grew at 6 percent. The 16 states which restrict collective bargaining for public employee unions grew at 15 percent while the other states grew at 7 percent. Can the lessons here be any clearer?
Ever since its inception in the waning days of the Bush Administration, the Troubled Asset Relief Program or TARP has been a political piñata. But is the criticism justified? Robert Samuelson suggests that it’s not. Instead, TARP prevented the meltdown of the global economic system, restored confidence, came in well under budget, and repaid nearly all of its loans. Name another government program with this kind of track record!
The first budget battle of the year is over; two more loom: the debt extension and the 2012 budget. Expect a knock-down, drag-out. The debate has shifted from “how much can we spend to how much can we save.” The (Paul) Ryan budget or Path to Prosperity has set the bar. Now let’s see what the President proposes tonight. The fight is on!
Seventy years ago was 1941, a momentous year for America. The bookends are significant. It began with the Four Freedoms speech by President Roosevelt to Congress on January 6. Eleven months later, the year closed with the attack on Pearl Harbor followed shortly by Colin Kelly’s final mission. Both events are symbolized by the famous monument in our central park. Seventy years ago …
On Saturday, the Town of Lee was host to a huge crowd and seemed to thoroughly enjoy a festival not seen since its centennial in 2009.
The idea for the festival was presented to the Lee Volunteer Fire Department by its chief, Jim von Roden and the department enthusiastically followed through.
Though Jim was not physically present, his spirit could be felt by all who knew him, so dedicated to his family, his town, his work and to his men in the LVFD. His sturdy body was struck down by a massive heart attack as he neared Big Red, the truck he drove in answering the fireman’s calls. One had just been received. Such a tragedy that no one who heard could believe it. Jim was only 49.
But Saturday, he would have been proud of his men and women as they followed through beautifully on his plan. They were everywhere, doing everything possible to make sure the event was a success and it certainly was.
Thank you, Jim – we loved you and we still do.