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Archive for April 2011
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.
Mr. Timothy Blake Guyton, 48, of Mayo, passed away Friday, April 15, 2011, from injuries sustained in an accident.
Mr. Guyton was born April 1, 1963, to the late James Lewis and Betty Tinney Guyton. He had been a resident of Mayo since 2003 after moving from McAlpin. Mr. Guyton worked for Pilgrim’s Pride as a Field Supervisor for many years. He was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Mr. Guyton was a loving and devoted husband and father, who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, farming and traveling.
He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Tammy Lawson Guyton, one daughter, Darby and one son, Lang Guyton, all of Mayo; two brothers, James Lewis Guyton, Jr. of Pembroke Pines and John Kipling Guyton of Orlando; two sisters, Micki Bennett an Christie Howard of Daytona; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Guyton were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at Airline Baptist Church with Brother Chip Parker officiating. Interment followed in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. The family received friends from 6-8 Monday evening, April 18, also at Airline Baptist Church.
You may sign the guestbook at www.joepburnsfune-ralhomes.com.
Linda Rowell Shaw, 60 years old, of Shady Grove, passed away Friday, April 15, 2011, after a brief illness.
Born July 19, 1950, in Fairfax, Va., to Jay M. Davis and Minnie I. Rimes, step-daughter to Otto J. Rimes, all deceased.
She was happily married to Louis Shaw, of Shady Grove, for seven years.
She was the mother of five children, Don Laidler and wife Janice, Paul Laidler and wife Lisa, Paula Miller and husband Dan, all of Michigan, Edie Rowell-Wright, and Liz Rowell Crosby and husband Travis.
She was the vice-president and secretary of Louis Shaw Plumbing, Inc., of Shady Grove. She drove a school bus for the Taylor County School Board for a number of years.
Visitation was Monday, April 18, 2011, from 6-8 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Eridu. Services were held Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
Burns Funeral Home of Perry was in charge of all arrangements.
James Bryant Houck, Jr., age 52, passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2011, in Tallahassee.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 23, 2011, at the New Hope Church of God, 415 E. Palmer Mill Road, in Monticello. The family will receive friends after the service at the church.
Mr. Houck was a lifelong resident of Greenville. He was a farm worker by trade and loved to fish and hunt. Mr. Houck attended the New Hope Church of God in Monticello.
Mr. Houck is survived by his wife, Mary Siplin Houck, of Orlando; two sons, Jamie Houck of Tallahassee and John Houck of Leary, Ga.; and his mother, Janie Pearl Cone Houck of Greenville.
He was preceded in death by his father James Bryant Houck, Sr.
By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The Florida Freewheelers Bicycle Club will be riding out on their 31st annual Florida Bicycle Safari, April 30 through May 5, 2011.
Based in Orlando, the group of avid bikers pedal out almost every weekend on bike trails in the Central Florida area, but once a year, they undertake the Florida Bicycle Safari, their “springtime adventure that features supported rides over some of the best cycling roads in North Florida and South Georgia,” according to the event website, www.floridabicyclesa-fari.com.
The Safari is limited to 250 bikers, plus volunteers who run the rest stops and lunch stops along the trail, drive the trucks with the camping equipment and mark the routes. This year, about 225 Florida Freewheelers will be participating in the Safari.
Also this year, Michael Halley, Greenville Town Council Member and avid cyclist himself, will be joining the group, and he wants to alert Madison County residents that there will be a lot of people in the area on bicycles during the first few days of May. “We don’t want anyone to get run over,” he said.
Also, with over 200 club members in town, “that’s a lot of people who’ll be spending money locally.”
After first spending the weekend at the Suwannee County Fairgrounds near Live Oak, and touring the different bike trails there, the group will arrive at the Cherry Lake 4H Campground, Monday, May 2, and spend the next three days touring the trails throughout the county and in South Georgia.
While they are in Madison County, they will also visit places of historical interest, such as the Ray Charles house in Greenville. Tuesday evening, May 3,
Greenville Mayor Elesta Pritchett and Bob Bunning of Treasures of Madison County will visit the group at the 4-H Campground, where Pritchett will share stories of growing up in Greenville, and Bunning will talk about some of the history of the Madison County area.
In addition to riding the trails all over the county and spending money in the local economy, the Freewheelers will be promoting awareness of cyclists sharing the road with automobiles, while emphasizing responsible biking and personal safety for all cyclists – whether for diehard enthusiasts like themselves, or those who enjoy just pedaling around their neighborhoods.
With that issue of safety in mind, some of them will also visit Greenville Elementary School, Wednesday, May 4, at 10 a.m. to educate the students about bicycle safety and to present them with bicycle helmets.
“This is my first Bicycle Safari,” said Halley. “But, it probably won’t be my last.”
Halley, who is also on the Chamber of Commerce’s Cycling Committee, a member of Greenville United Methodist Church and the chair of United Methodist Cooperative Ministries, will be undertaking an even longer tour after finishing the Safari – a 1600-mile trip to Michigan.
That’s a lot of pedaling.
The Brotherhood of Sanctuary of Praise hosted a church fundraiser basketball tournament on April 9.
The tournament was truly a success because of donations and participation.
The 305 Boys from Madison, who have been together since 1996, and have amassed a record of 112 wins and 12 losses, finished first.
The members of 305 are Coach Chris Neal, Coach Marcus Hawkins, Coach Eddie Richie, Brian Peacock, Tobe Cain, Kevin Mattair, Antonio Johnson and “Big Man” Marcus Brinson.
The Wildcats from Monticello came in second place.
The championship game was very close with the Wildcats coming up short 49-47 to one of the best teams in the Big Bend.
The 305 team took their seventh championship back to their hometown.
The 305 is a team of men who go to different tournaments and summer programs showing off their talent. The community thanks these great men for showing that good men can grow up to be great men, traveling around playing basketball for great causes, like the Sanctuary of Praise fundraiser.
Madison County is truly blessed to have such a positive influence as the 305 basketball team in our community. “We all can make a difference if we all work together,” they say.
A special thank you goes out to Morris Bell and Louis Dawkins, for refereeing 12 games back-to-back, Marion Copeland for donating her Saturday to run the concession stand; and Odell Livingston for patrolling the area, ensuring the safety of the people.
The Sanctuary of Praise would also like to thank all the teams and fans for being part of a great cause.
It was 23 years ago today (April 19, 1988) that Madison County experienced an F-3 tornado that was on the ground for 12 miles in the county. It hit the Community College, many businesses and about 23 homes were destroyed. Four people lost their lives and the damage was estimated by the National Weather Service at 30 million dollars. The destructive winds went through the city of Madison at 4:56 a.m. on that morning with the twister going on to the northeast to Hamilton County. Countless lives were changed that day.
By Aaron Brown
Hello there, my name is Aaron Brown, and my two friends, Cammie Frakes and Taylor Money, and I, are working on a project for our school’s FCCLA organization. When April 27th rolls around, we will be competing against schools all across the state of Florida for the best community service project. As it is with any community project, it cannot be done without, well, the community, which is you. So jump on “Team CAT” (Cammie, Aaron, Taylor) and lend us your support.
In this town there are many migrant workers who don’t make enough money to adequately clothe their children. When the idea to supply them with clothes came up as an FCCLA event to compete in at state, we were immediately drawn to the idea.
So, we accepted the challenge and got to work. By the end of June, our goal is to make 100 dresses and 100 pairs of shorts, for the migrant workers families. We have already realized that it is going to take a lot of time and hard work, but it will all be worth it when we see the faces of satisfaction when the families realize their children have proper and clean clothes to wear.
“How can I help?” Great question. You can help in a number of ways starting with donating old clothes. The clothes have to be able to fit children from ages 0 to 12 and need to be in decent, wearable condition. Once you have them gathered up, you can drop them off at a Junior Auxiliary meeting, Madison County High School, or your child’s day care center. If you don’t have old clothes, you can donate resources that we use to create the dresses and shorts like fabric, ribbon, thread, or elastic. Or, if you don’t have the resources you can just come to the high school and join us, seriously. Even if you’re pushed for time you can help just by giving us a donation, they will all be greatly appreciated. This is a community project and we can’t do it without the communities’ support. There are people in need and we all have the opportunity to help. So let’s do this together!
By Leigh Ann Browning
Madison Academy’s “Senior” Class travelled to the nation’s capital March 20-24. What an educational and eventful week the 13 students and 10 chaperones had! We saw so numerous monuments and memorials and visited many museums, such as the International Spy Museum, several Smithsonian, and Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, but many students said that the museum that made the biggest impact on them was the Holocaust Museum.
A highlight of the trip was having four Panthers take place in the wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. The four students were Erin Barrs, Amelia Blanton, Jesse Smith, and Tyler Zimmerly. What an honor!
All of the students in the class helped make the wreath before leaving on the trip. The wreath was placed by the four students at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It was a beautiful way to honor all of those who have given their lives for America or who are currently serving. It was our way of saying, “THANK YOU!” God Bless America!
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
To say that the airbrushing and bodywork that Tony and Milelise Dawkins do on cars and motorcycles is good would be an understatement. The words “awesome” and “amazing” would be more fitting.
A walk through the shop shows current projects the two are working on. One is a Pontiac Fiero they are painting for Ronnie Green, a Valdosta State University professor who lives in Monticello. Another is a 1966 Corvette, which belongs to Mike Reader. The brother and sister duo had to scrape the old paint off with a tiny razor because sanders cannot be used on fiberglass car bodies.
In another location, behind lock and key, Tony and Milelise have an uncle’s motorcycle that they are working on. They will feature Heath Ledger’s version of the Joker from the Batman movie, The Dark Knight, on the bike’s frame.
Outside the shop sits a Mac Tools truck that they have done the logo for.
The siblings attend Wiregrass Technical College in Valdosta, Ga., where Tony said that he had started to go for auto mechanics, but he saw what his sister was doing and quickly changed his mind.
“We saw how we could enhance our father’s business,” Tony said.
At the end of the semester, both Tony and Milelise will graduate and they will be able to devote even more time to airbrushing and body work. Their shop is located at their father’s business, DP Automotive, which is on US Highway 90, west of Lee.
A look through the Dawkins’ airbrushing portfolio reveals photos of a design on a motorcycle, that won three awards; airbrushes of Marilyn Monroe; an airbrushed baseball helmet; and murals that Milelise painted at North Florida Community College.
In a building on the DP Automotive property that used to house Sincerely Jamaican Restaurant, there is a mural of a beach scene which Milelise painted that looks so realistic you could walk into the scene.
“My cousin walked right into it one time,” laughs Milelise.
Tony said that right now, he does a lot of fender work, but that he is hoping to get more into custom work.
The tandem has attended workshops taught by people who are on such television shows as Trick My Truck and Pimp My Ride. Milelise said that is where they have learned most of their tricks.
If anyone would like to see if Tony and Milelise could do custom work on their vehicles, please call DP Automotive at (850) 971-0091 and ask for either of them.
They have plenty of work right now, as well as completing their studies, but they will try to see if they can find a place to work you in.