A traffic fatality has occurred on Highway 53 North near Rocky Springs Missionary Baptist Church. According to people at the scene, it appears that the driver failed to negotiate a curve and ran into the ditch. Please keep the family and friends of the victim (unidentified at this time) in your prayers.
Archive for August 2011
A Madison County dentist gives a strong presence in the nationally acclaimed Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Dr. Roderick K Shaw was one of 200 Delegates across the country to attend the 2011 Academy of General Dentistry National Convention recently held in San Diego, California. Madison County residents now have a national voice in the governance of the dental profession.
The AGD has over 37,000 dentist-members in the United States and Canada. Dr. Shaw is the Immediate Past President of the Florida component with over 1,800 members in Florida.
The issues discussed at the annual meeting were access to care, insurance reform, and some of the Obama healthcare issues. Your voices were heard and expressed through Dr. Shaw. Florida’s voice, like New York and California, carries a lot of weight since the number of dentists in this state alone are equal to other multi-state regions. “I am excited and honored to be elected a Delegate representing the citizens of Florida. I anticipate a busy agenda in the years ahead. The AGD is involved in the many issues facing healthcare today. It is active in access to care issues, bringing more dentistry to more people, and especially protecting those that need it most from having their healthcare taken away by changes in the healthcare law. The AGD, along with the FDA, the Department of Health, and the State of Florida Surgeon General Viamonte Ros, MD are active with Medicaid reform, Dental Insurance reform, and a multitude of other dental issues. Even though the economic times are strained, I am optimistic since healthcare is currently the focus of national leaders.”
The AGD’s overriding mission is to keep the quality and standards of dentistry high through its motto of life-long learning through dental continuing education. Dr Shaw holds both a Fellowship and a Mastership in the AGD, with the completion of over 1,500 hours of continuing dental education. Dr. Shaw is listed in Who’s Who in America and was awarded the Medal of Honor for service to the profession. Dr Shaw graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Biochemistry and obtained his doctorate at the University of Florida. He lives here in Madison with his wife, Kathleen, their two children.
To learn more about the Academy of General Dentistry you can look at the website www.agd.org or www.flagd.org. Please feel free to contact Dr. Shaw with your concerns over access to care, access to dental insurance, early intervention and prevention programs for children, etc. at email@example.com or to contact his office for an appointment, call 973-6427.
Two football players from the University of Florida in Gainesville were involved in a traffic crash on I-10 in Madison County.
On Sunday, August 28, around 2:30 p.m., the vehicle the players were driving left the roadway heading east bound at the 246 mile marker. The car hit small trees and bushes in the median. Jon Halapio and Earl Okine were checked out by Madison County EMS at the scene. Also assisting were New Home Fire and Rescue, Florida Highway Patrol and Greenville Fire and Rescue.
A homicide has occurred at the Madison County Health Department. According to witnesses, one man beat another man to death with a stick. Cedric Edwards has been arrested, but had not been formally charged yet for the murder. The victim’s name has been released as Michael Logan, a 62 year old white male, who was getting medicine for his wife.
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Midway Church of God will be hosting a peanut boil Saturday, Aug. 27. There will be free boiled peanuts, drinks and desserts. Donations will be accepted to help the family of Miley Cline.
Miley has had capillary hemangioma since she was born and there is no circulation going to one of her feet. She has been staying in the pediatric unit at Shands Hospital in Gainesville the past two months.
Tim Cline has not been able to work for quite some time, due to suffering a stroke several years ago. Emily was recently laid off from her job in Lake City.
Christian music artists LifeSong (featuring Bryant Thigpen) and Mike Keeler will perform at the peanut boil. Donations will be accepted to help the family of Miley Cline. Donations may be sent to Midway Church of God, 2485 SE Midway Church Road, Lee, FL 32059.
Midway Church of God is located on Midway Church Road, off County Road 255, south of Interstate 10 (Lee exit) or off Highway 53 South, south of Interstate 10 (Madison exit).
Donations can also be made at several businesses in Madison County where jars are put up for Miley Cline.
An account has also been set up at Wells Fargo Bank in Madison in Emily Cline’s name. Anyone with a donation can walk in and tell the cashier to deposit it in her account.
By Kristin Finney
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While Oliver McKinney and his wife Dorothy might not be lifelong Madison residents, their love of Madison is just as strong as most people born here. Oliver’s love of Madison stems from his time as a truck driver. “My route used to take me through Madison all the time. We would stop at that big truck stop down by the interstate. It’s burned down now though,” he explained.
After riding through Madison enough times, the McKinney’s made the decision that Madison was where they wanted to move when they retired. And that is exactly what they did. After moving to Madison 22 years ago, Oliver began working at the Co-Op and Dorothy began working at the newspaper.
Oliver recalled that when he first moved to Madison there were a lot of stores here that aren’t here now, and that a lot of stores are here now that weren’t then. He recalled before Burger King was here, there was an old Ford garage. There was no CVS, Freds or Madison County Community Bank. He also recalled that there were a lot of smaller private owned stores along Main Street.
“We used to walk down Main Street and shop at all of these small, private owned stores. But they aren’t here any more. It’s hard for places like that to survive,” he said.
He said also that a lot of stores have grown or changed since 20 years ago also. “Studstill has grown a lot and changed a lot. When we first got here, Winn Dixie was a lot smaller too, before they bought out those other stores.”
Since his retirement, McKinney now spends his free time visiting friends and working around the house. A couple of mornings a week he goes to McDonalds and buys a cup of coffee. Sometimes he buys a cup of coffee and a couple of apple pies for his friend Vince Palhof.
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart announces that Friday the 19th day of August 2011 a narcotics search warrant was executed at 243 SE Thomas Way, Madison, Florida. Investigators located Russland D. Sanudo on the property which was found to contain a clandestine marijuana grow operation. The investigation disclosed that there was a diversion of electrical power from Tri-County Electric which was utilized to power equipment hidden inside of a tractor trailer housing the marijuana grow operation. Investigators seized approximately one hundred fifty-four live marijuana plants, evidence of prior cultivated marijuana plants, and two firearms.Sanudo has been booked into the Madison County Jail and is being held on a $25,000 bond. The charges are merely an accusation charging the defendant with violations of criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Friday, Aug. 26, beginning at 11 a.m.
The meal will consist of spaghetti with meat sauce, green beans, corn on the cob, a side salad with dressing, garlic bread or roll and iced tea.
The cost of the dinner is $7 per tray with all proceeds going to the building fund.
The event will be held at the church, located on Highway 53 North. If you would like local deliveries to your place of business with multiple orders, please call (850) 973-4029 or (850) 973-6352. Leave a message.
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Madison County may end up owing the state of Florida more than $22,000 in back sales taxes accrued over the last five years, if the Florida Department of Revenue has its way.
The issue came to light when the DOR questioned why the County of Madison was not collecting sales tax on rental charges for the “green boxes” used by businesses in solid waste removal.
At the Board of County Commissioners meeting Wednesday, Aug. 17, Commissioners stated that the reason the sales tax was not collected was that providing the green boxes was believed to fall under the category of a “service provided” by the county – receptacles for containing and removing of solid waste – and the money charged for placement and use of the boxes was a fee for service provided rather than a rental charge, and therefore not subject to sales tax.
The Department of Revenue, however, may see things a little differently. DOR may want to go back five years, auditing the county’s records regarding the green boxes. The question hinges on whether the money is indeed a service fee, and therefore exempt like the county thought it was, or if it is a rental charge and therefore subject to the tax. If DOR decides the latter and wants to collect sales tax retroactively for that time, Madison may find itself socked with the tax bill.
In other business, the commission proceeded quickly through its agenda, ending up with a total of five items moved to the next meeting’s agenda. The board also appointed Marianne Green to the Madison County Value Adjustment Board, as the one citizen member owning homesteaded property. The other two members, from the BOCC, are Commission Chair Renetta Parrish and Commissioner Justin Hamrick.
The purpose of the Value Adjustment Board is to hear appeals regarding denied exemptions, petitions relating to assessments and appeals concerning ad valorem tax deferrals. Green said she would be honored to serve on the board and happily be of service to the public in that capacity.
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The National High School Rodeo Association brings thousands of teenagers from around the nation to their competitions each year. These rodeo stars all travel across the country to show off their talents in front of the judges.
Seth Richardson of Madison County was one of those talented teenagers competing for top prizes at this year’s National High School Finals Rodeo.
Richardson, along with his partner, Blaine Courson of Lake City, finished with an overall average of 26.06 in the team roping competition. This qualified them in 21st place, just one spot shy of reaching the next level of competition. The pair competed against over 150 other teenagers. This means that their 21st place finish put them in the top 25 percent overall.
In order to reach the National Finals the boys had to finish in the top four overall in their state. There were 26 rodeos throughout the year that they had to compete and place in to be honored in the top four. Richardson and Courson qualified and were sent to Nationals. This year Finals took place in Gillette, Wyoming.
Richardson has competed in other nationally ranked competitions, but when asked how he felt competing for the NHSRA he said, “It was exciting and very prestigious. It allows you to be recognized and get free stuff. We were even on TV.”
In total Richardson estimates that he has competed in over 200 rodeos. He has traveled to Jacksonville, Memphis, Tenn., Oklahoma City and Shoney, Oklahoma and many other places for rodeos. He traveled to Alabama Aug. 19, for another rodeo and following that will travel to Mississippi. He is a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, and several of the rodeos he competes in are sponsored and hosted by the PRCA.
When asked what his favorite part of roping is, Richardson said, “I like getting to spend one-on-one time with my dad. I also like winning the money and prizes.” He is the son of Epp and Micky Richardson.
Richardson plans to pursue his Associate Arts degree and continue roping a lot. After receiving his AA he plans to slow down a bit on roping to focus on becoming a radiologist. However, after he gets his degree in radiology Richardson days that he will be back at it full force with rodeo. “My dream would be to compete in the NFR (National Finals Rodeo). But my main goal is to just rope 100 percent,” he said.