By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Cherry Lake Fire & Rescue will hold its annual Thanksgiving Boston butt sale on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Boston butts will be $30 each and they will be smoked.
To order, please call the fire station at (850) 929-2354 and leave a message with name, contact phone number and number of smoked butts desired.
Those interested can also call their favorite Cherry Lake Fire & Rescue firefighter to purchase or email them at email@example.com.
Archive for November 2011
By Jacob Bembry
Photo and information submitted by Pat Lightcap
On Sunday,November 13, 2011 shortly after 6:00 PM a deer running across U.S. Highway 90 west of Madison caused a motorcycle crash. The two riders
survived the initial impact with injuries but a car coming east on the highway ran over the female and she was trapped under the vehicle. Three witnesses at the scene lifted the vehicle off the severly injured person so that EMS personnel could provide immediate care. She was flown to a trauma center by helicopter. The male victim was carried by ambulance to another hospital. Madison Fire Rescue, Greenville Fire Rescue, Madison Sheriff’s Office, Madison County EMS and the Florida Highway Patrol responded to the scene.
Update: According to the FHP, both riders were from Valdosta, Ga. The woman, Tena L. Forrest, 49, was taken to Shands in Gainesville where she died from injuries received after being hit by a driver who did not see her becaiuse there were no street lights and she was wearing dark clothing. The driver, James P. Forrest, 56, was taken to South Georgia Medical Center and treated for serious injuries.
A standing room only crowd gathered in the lobby of the Madison County Community Bank at 11:00 AM on November, 11, 2011 to honor all veterans of all wars. In the group of 100 to 150 citizens one could see those who served in World War II, Korea, VietNam, and the later conflicts around the world. State Representative Leonard Bembry was the keynote speaker and he reminded those attending that the sacrifice made by those in uniform is matched by the sacrifice of the families at home. He said that our new generation needs to learn unselfish service and help our country become a better place for future generations. The Pledge of Allegiance, patriotic singing and recognition of the veterans present made this event special. As did the playing of “Taps” to end the meeting.
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
This writer believes that many of his readers did not know who the owner of the Madison Police Department building really was. He did not know himself until he attended the Tuesday, Nov. 8, Madison City Commission meeting.
Clay Schnitker, city attorney for Madison, discovered a mistake while working on the title and title opinions on the police station renovation grant.
While looking at the Restrictive Covenants related to the police station renovation grant signed in 2004, it listed the owner as City Commissioner Myra Valentine, who was the mayor at the time. The property is really owned by the City of Madison and not Valentine.
Schnitker prepared a document to correct the error, with Madison listed as the owner.
Current Mayor Jim Catron asked Valentine, jokingly, if she had been paying the taxes on the property.
When Schnitker said that the new document could be approved by the board if a motion passed, Valentine said, “Oh, please, please, let me make that motion.”
Valentine’s motion, relieving her of the responsibility of owning the police department, passed unanimously.
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Local farmer Henry Terry appeared before the Madison City Commission with a special request.
Terry was asking to rent property to farm on in the city’s industrial park. The property is located near Scruggs Concrete, next to property that he already leases from Tommy Greene.
Terry was asked what he intended to grow in the area. He responded that he would start with hay and maybe move on to several other crops.
The city agreed to lease the property to Terry and asked City Attorney Clay Schnitker to draw up a lease agreement after the exact acreage was determined and a rental price was determined.
By Kristin Finney
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Lake Park of Madison will be kicking off the Relay for Life season early this year and they are asking for the support of the community. On Friday, December 2, the team will be handing out dinners and Boston butts that have been preordered.
For those interested in purchasing a Boston butt dinner, the cost is $5.00. For those interested in purchasing an entire Boston butt to perhaps save for Christmas or New Years, the cost is $25.00. These meals and butts will be available from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Friday, December 2. For more information, call (850) 973-8277. Order sheets can be faxed to 973-3648. The deadline for orders is November 21 at noon.
By Kristin Finney
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Truseno Al Neely, 28, of Greenville and Kevin Fountain, 26, of Brooks County, Ga., have both been arrested and charged with felony murder. The investigation on the murder was launched on Saturday afternoon, November 5. The murder victim has been identified as Shelton Brooks, 39. The two men were brought in and questioned Saturday evening for unrelated events. At around noon on Monday the two suspects were officially arrested.
Both men are being held without bond in the Brooks County Jail. Neely was previously arrested for attempted robbery in Greenville. He had been incarcerated for 10 years on those charges and was released from prison only a few months ago.
By Jacob Bembry
I have ideas that are trying to burst my brain apart in an attempt to get out and find the freedom to walk on their own. They want legs. Each time that I sit at my computer at home, partially written book manuscripts scream for my attention and promise me relief if I will just complete them. Other ideas pop into my brain; fresh ideas for new manuscripts. Usually, though, I am too tired from writing, typing and editing all day at work to do anything about it.
My ideas are not the only thing that take a backseat when it comes to time dedicated to them. My relationship with Jesus Christ, unfortunately, many times finds itself lagging. I do not spend enough time in prayer or Bible reading and study as I should. I know that if I focus on this, then I will probably find time to complete those books crying out for my attention.
When I need God, He is always there for me, so I should make an effort to spend a lot more time with Him than I do.
By Mark Buescher, C.P.A.
As 2011 winds down here in Madison, there’s less uncertainty about the short-term outlook for tax law than we had at the end of last year. With this temporary clarity comes the opportunity to create a sound tax-saving plan – and the time to put your plan into action. Here are several strategies to consider.
Reap tax benefits with retirements savings
When it comes to retirement saving, I always stress to our clients to contribute the maximum amount allowed every year.
For 2011, the IRA contribution limit is $5,000, and those 50 and older can contribute $6,000. Participants in a 401(k) plan can contribute as much as $16,500 ($22,000 if 50 or older).
Did you know you can make IRA contributions for your spouse when you’re working and your spouse is not? For 2011, the maximum spousal IRA contribution is the lesser of $5,000 or your combined earned income. You can add an additional $1,000 when your spouse is over age 50.
If you’re self-employed, establishing a retirement plan such as a SEP or a SIMPLE means a current-year tax deduction in addition to tax-deferred growth. For 2011, you can contribute 25% of your salary to a SEP plan, up to a maximum contribution of $49,000. The maximum SIMPLE contribution is $11,500, plus an additional $2,500 as a catch-up contribution if you’re over age 50. A federal tax credit may also be available – up to $500 for each of the first three years of your new plan. Remember, credits reduce your tax bill dollar for dollar.
Reduce AGI to qualify for tax breaks
Reducing your adjusted gross income could increase eligibility for income-limited deductions and credits.
The standard deduction for 2011 is $11,600 when you’re married filing jointly ($5,800 when you’re single). When your itemized deductions; that is, expenses you pay for medical care, mortgage interest, taxes , charitable contributions, casualty losses, and miscellaneous deductions, are close to that amount, advance payments could save you tax dollars. For example, you can choose to make your property tax payment here in Madison County in December instead of January. Since itemized deductions are no longer limited by your income, timing the payment of expenses might be more beneficial than you expect.
There’s another reason to double-check deductions: your alternative minimum tax (AMT) exposure. Certain expenses, including state taxes and medical costs, are reduced or eliminated under AMT rules. The AMT calculation also eliminates the standard deduction. In some cases, you may save money if you claim itemized deductions even if they total less than your standard deduction.
Review support provided for relatives
While planning to maximize deductions, remember to take into account the financial support you provide for relatives. Potential tax breaks include dependency exemptions, head-of-household filing status, medical deductions, and the dependent care tax credit. Generally, you’ll need to provide over half of your relative’s living expenses.
What if you don’t provide more than 50% of support for you family relative? You could enter into an arrangement with other family members who provide help, or you could shift assets you would dispose of anyway to pay for the support. You would then be shifting the related income and tax to your relative.
Here’s an illustration of assets and income shifting. Instead of selling stock at a gain and using the proceeds to pay for a parent’s living expenses, gift the stock to your parent and let him or her make the sale. Long-term gains could qualify for a zero-percent tax rate if your parent is in the lower tax brackets.
Assess equipment needs for your business
For business owners here in Madison, this year offers what may be a last-chance opportunity for an enhanced deduction: 100% bonus depreciation is scheduled to expire December 31. The increased Section 179 expensing of up to $500,000 is also slated to shrink after the end of the year.
Synchronize these two tax benefits with your asset purchase plan before year-end to make the most of 2011 deductions. For instance, you can apply the Section 179 deduction to used property, while bonus depreciation is available only for new assets you buy and place in service in 2011.
Choose strategies that fit your situation
Other strategies for reducing your 2011 federal income tax bill include maximizing losses by increasing your participation in passive activities, taking steps to write off worthless securities and bad debts, and harvesting capital losses.
Be aware that Congress might pass legislation before year-end that would require adjustments to your tax plan.
Mark Buescher, CPA is owner and principal of Buescher and Ruff, LLC, a local full service accounting firm in Madison, specializing in tax preparation, business consulting and tax planning. Tax laws contain varying effective dates and numerous limitations and exemptions that cannot be summarized easily. For details and guidance for your specific situation, contact your tax advisor.
By Diann Douglas
One thing we do well in the U.S. is celebrate holidays with food. Now, we are about to celebrate an exclusive American holiday, Thanksgiving, which involved a big menu at most households. And, it is only the beginning of a long stretch of eating which starts with Thanksgiving and extends into New Year’s Day. In other words, we are looking at six weeks of eating more than you normally eat and that can mean a weight gain.
A traditional holiday meal can be as much as 3,000 calories. That is more calories from a single meal than most people eat in an entire day. In addition to holiday meals, there are always baked goods and desserts at every gathering. The challenge is to enjoy the foods of the season, but not put on extra pounds.
It is possible to eat some of everything during the holidays and not take in too many calories. The key is to eat sensibly, enjoy high calorie foods, but eat smaller portions. If you are going to attend a gathering where there will be a lot of food, eat smaller amounts of food during the day to keep the total calorie intake reasonable.
Here are a few ideas from Extension Nutrition Specialists to help you avoid consuming excessive calories over the holiday stretch:
Eat moderate portions of food and keep extra servings to a minimum. Consider using a luncheon plate when eating a meal at home to help you keep servings smaller. When it’s time for your Thanksgiving meal, you can use a regular dinner plate and not feel guilty about eating extra food.
When preparing dishes, substitute low-calorie ingredients for foods high in fat or sugar. For example, low-fat sour cream can replace the traditional high fat version. Another idea is to reduce the amount of sugar in your sweet potatoes and use vanilla extract for added flavor.
If you serve appetizers while guests are waiting for the main meal, consider a fresh vegetable tray with a low fat dip instead of potato chips.
Look at your recipes and substitute reduced-fat or fat free versions of the cheeses and cream cheese.
Steam, bake or microwave vegetables rather than frying and season with herbs and spices instead of salt.
Replace whole milk and cream with low-fat or skim milk in puddings, soups and baked products.
Lighten up your holiday baked goods by cutting the amount of sugar in your recipes by one quarter.
To help reduce cholesterol, substitute egg whites in recipes calling for whole eggs. Use two egg whites in place of each whole egg in baked products.
Something else you need to schedule in is time for physical activity to help burn off extra calories you consume. Take a 15 minute walk during your lunch hour. Every step counts, so park further out in the parking lot when you go to the store. Household chores and yard work will also burn extra calories.
Sensible eating and staying physically active during the holiday season will keep your weight in check and the extra pounds off. For more information on food and nutrition contact the Madison County Extension Service.
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John William Maguire was born in Walpole, Massachusetts, on December 4, 1933 and came to Florida from Connecticut in 1951. Dr. Maguire held an AB from Boston University, the master’s degree from the University of Miami and a Ph.D from Florida State University. He spent four decades in Florida education serving as a professor at the University of Miami, Dean of the School of Education at Barry University in Miami Shores and Vice President at North Florida Community College in Madison. He authored numerous academic publications.
Maguire served in the U.S. Army as a member of the 72nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division and was a lifelong fisherman.
John Maguire a devoted and loving husband is survived by his wife Jane Maguire, a son John Maguire, a daughter Janie Sterling and six grandchildren.
Funeral services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407 in loving memory of John W. Maguire.
For directions & online condolences, please visit www.taylorandmodeen.com.
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, Inc. held its 2011 Annual Banquet and Silent Auction on Monday, Nov. 7, at Shelby’s Restaurant in Madison. The event was sponsored by Progress Energy.
The silent auction began at 6 p.m. This was followed at 7 p.m. with the welcome to the banquet by Cindy Vees, the Chamber’s Executive Director. Doug Freer, board member, followed with the Pledge Allegiance and Jerome Wyche, also a board member, delivered the invocation.
The new officers for 2011-2012 were then introduced. Ina Thompson, from the Mail Room, will serve as the Chamber president. Roy Ellis, from the Board of County Commissioners, will serve as vice-president. Phyllis Williams, from the Madison Realty Group, will serve as secretary/treasurer.
The new Board of Directors was then introduced. Board members include Doug Freer, Freer Consulting; Darlene Hagan, Capital City Bank; Michael Halley, councilman, Town of Greenville; Adrian Kinsey, Madison Youth Initiative; Kim Scarboro, North Florida Community College; Myra Valentine, City of Madison; Dr. Jessica Webb, Florida Virtual School; and Mickie Salter, Advisor, Rep. Leonard Bembry’s office. New Board members are Sarah Anderson, manager, Town of Lee; Ramona Guess, District School Board; Preston Matthews, individual member; Jada Woods Williams, individual member; and Jerome Wyche, Madison County Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention.
Deena Hames was presented an award by Chamber President Ina Thompson for her many years of service to the business community and as a valued member of the Chamber.
Sarah Anderson accepted an award on behalf of the Town of Lee in honor of longtime Mayor Ernestine Kinsey for her many years of service as a chamber member and to the business community.
Dignitaries and sponsors were recognized before the dinner buffet. The silent auction closed at 7:30 p.m.
Bobby Pickels, the keynote speaker, began his address at 7:40 p.m. Pickels is the Community Relations Manager for Progress Energy and represents his company in 16 North Florida communities, stretching from Bay to Columbia Counties. He is an attorney, who worked for former U.S. Rep. Alan Boyd for more than a decade. He holds degrees in law and communication from Florida State University. He lives in Port St. Joe, where he serves as president of the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Committee. He and his wife, Carly, have one son, Luke. He is active in his community as a youth soccer and baseball coach. He is the immediate Past President of the Port St. Joe Lions Club.
At 8 p.m., there were closing comments and a drawing for special prizes. The silent auction winners were also announced.
Special music was performed throughout the evening by Bryant Thigpen.
By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
“Every Friday night, just being with all my friends,” said Morgan Carter, #71, when asked about his favorite moment of being a Madison Cowboy; every Friday night, when the team comes together and takes to the field for another game of crowd-pleasing football for Madison Cowboy fans.
Carter, who plays tight end and has two years on the starting lineup, speaks of friendship, part of the team cohesiveness that head coach Mike Coe has also spoken of on other occasions, including his address to the Rotary Club last month. It is part of the spirit of trust and team building, of working together as a unit.
Left tackle, Van Thompkins, #56, who has been a starting offensive lineman for a year, sounds a similar note of unity when talking about his favorite moment: the Gainesville game, because, he said, “We became stronger. We played as one.”
There is also the pride they take in a job well done, as when left guard Gerard Brown, #55, spoke of last week’s game: “When we won the district title.” Like Carter, Brown has been two years on the starting offensive line.
But even when the occasional loss happens, the Cowboy spirit of not being defeated by defeat, something else Coe has tried to instill in his players, comes through when center Gavin Stephens, #53 (three years in the starting line-up), talks about the Cocoa game: “Even though we lost, I played my hardest. Coach Coe slept good after that game, and I did, too.”
Along with occasionally losing with dignity, they have also learned to deal with adverse situations, especially when it comes to rising above poor behavior from opponents. Right tackle Ira Denson, #74, recalls a favorite moment from the Pine Forest game: “One of the (Pine Forest) players took a swing at me. But I didn’t swing back.” That he was able to step back from a potentially explosive situation instead of reacting without thinking was a powerful moment for him, enough so that it has become a favorite moment from his time, so far, as Madison Cowboy.
Right guard Hank Hall, #72, likes the rough-and-tumble aspect of the game, especially any time he gets to lead block for the runner. “Anytime he gets to knock things around,” said someone to a round of laughter. Hall is another three-year man on the starting lineup.
They are part of a team and also a group of guys who can kid each other about their likes and dislikes. Carter, whose favorite movie is “Forrest Gump,” laughed at some good-natured ribbing. “That’s fitting!” someone said. Denson, smiling, said his favorite TV show was “Home Improvement.”
When it comes to their favorite foods, Carter loves steak, Thompkins prefers Hamburger Helper, and Denson likes pork chops. For Brown, it’s hot wings, for Stephens, it’s stewed chicken with grits, and Hall is a fried chicken man.
Then it was time to get out to the field for the practice session.
As for what they plan to do after high school, Coe says that he expects that each of them will go on to college. “They’re all a pretty bright group of kids,” he said as he watched them go.
By Kristin Finney
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The Braswell family has been a large part of Madison County for many years. Paul Braswell is no exception, and he has certainly made his mark on this county. Paul was born and raised in Greenville. His father was a merchant who owned several stores ranging from a grocery store to a feed store, and even a furniture store. To the community he was known as Red Braswell.
Paul learned a lot about living from his dad, and followed in his footsteps a great deal. Paul owned the Crossroads Restaurant and Service Station in Greenville. Back in that time, Crossroads was the hangout of choice for school kids and families.
Back in those days, Greenville was a happening place. There were four mills going every day and there were several stores for locals to shop at. Even through hard times, Greenville maintained its small town and thriving feel. The Bank of Greenville was so powerful that it didn’t bust during the depression.
When he was growing up, Paul attended Greenville High School. In high school he was a member of the FFA and was even the president his senior year. That is a quality that runs in the family, Paul’s son-in-law Ed Sapp, and grandson, Clay Sapp, were both Presidents of the FFA their senior years of high school. Clay was also the President of the FFA for the state of Florida. Paul spent much of his high school career doing activities with the FFA. He showed hogs and steers during the cattle show in Madison every year. He also played football when he was in high school.
Paul has always been involved in community activities. He served on the school board from 1976-1986. He belongs to the Methodist church in Greenville. Paul married the love of his life, Kathleen, and they have three children together: Gina, Robin and Paul Jr.
By Nell Dobbs
On this Veteran’s Day, we give thanks that we are favored of God to live in this fair land – highly favored by God. As we studied Romans 13 in Sunday School, we are told we must submit to the governing authorities, for there’s no authority except from God. We are to do what is good. We are to meet our obligations; to pay taxes; pay tolls; give respect to those we owe respect; and honor to those we owe honor. There are 12 on our military list and we need to pray earnestly for them (and all others) and write them as we can. We are to love everybody!
Todd Gordon prayed a touching offertory prayer. Lynne touched us playing “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.” Worship Choir sang “Sinner Saved by Grace.”
Think about BRING! Preacher’s message was from Malachi, Chapter 3, about robbing God by not bringing our tithes into the storehouse. Bring them in and prove God when He said, “I will open the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it,” We sing “Bringing in the Sheaves.” We think of the four who brought their helpless friend to Jesus by way of the roof.
We are indeed so blessed to have Preacher and Mrs. Law and his timely messages. Night message was from James, his favorite book about counting it all joy when we fall into divers temptations. (I think that was our dad’s favorite verse, which he often quoted. He died in 1981 and is still missed,) The verse doesn’t make sense without the conclusion that “faith worketh patience and patience helps us be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. And I add that if we lack wisdom to ask God and He will give it to all of us liberally!” Amen. “Without upbraiding us.”
Harvest Festival will be tomorrow (the 12th) from noon-3 p.m. A day of fun!
Harvest Day is the 13th as we give thanks for our many blessings and as we share canned goods, as we bring family and friends to Sunday School and church, and as we give a special Harvest Day offering. There will be, as we give a special Harvest Day offering. There will be a special dedication of the Christmas shoeboxes – all 100 plus.
Also, on Nov. 18, there is to be a walk-in baby shower for Lil Sawyer Woodrow, due around Thanksgiving. Parents are Shellie and Joey Smith, and sister, Evie.
Jim and Beth are so excited over two beautiful granddaughters and I’m still rejoicing over our Natalie, who turned 21 on Nov. 9, born to Nita and Kurt (a sister over in the Gulf at the time.) Doctor had told Nita it’d be a boy – and big – not so – four pounds, nine ounces – and a girl.
On Nov. 20, we are to be blessed with a churchwide Thanksgiving meal.
Let us pray for all the ill ones – especially Jimmy Roebuck and Roger McCollum; Timmy Raines (Pat Raines who is missed very much in our church while being thankful she’s in church with Timmy and family); Ansley Rogers, surgery on Nov. 9 at Mayo Clinic; Red Swift, surgery on the 4th; Jean Coleman in Lake Park of Madison; all our nursing home people; all those homebound; my homebound friend, Nancy in Pennsylvania not doing well at all; Lily Grace Premorel; Shawn Burnett; my niece, Virginia Denman very ill in Arizona; and all the many, many others.
Prayers of comfort for all sad ones – the family of Christine Blanton in the loss of a brother-in-law and nephew just a few days apart; the family of Mrs. Driggers; and others.
This year marks the fifth anniversary of Mrs. Willie Clare Copeland’s homegoing. The History Committee has asked that anyone who would like to give a special offering in honor or in memory of a loved one to the 1898 Sanctuary Fund, it would be greatly appreciated.
An aside – she is the reason I’ve been writing “Happenings” since Oct. 12, 1998, except for the time Kristin Finney wrote and wrote so well! Bless her. Bless us all! Amen!
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Tuesday the 8th day of November 2011, Madison County Sheriff’s Office Deputies received information from an employee of Birdsong concerning a truck they had witnessed that was loaded with stolen farming equipment traveling to Madison. The truck was described as a late 1980’s to early 1990’s Nissan, black hood with a blue body. Madison County Sheriff’s Deputies immediately responded and located the truck at Madison Metals.
Madison County Sheriff’s Office Deputies identified the occupants of the vehicle as: Douglas Duwe of Lee Florida, W/M, DOB: 11/07/1968, Michael Johns of Fitzgerald Georgia, W/M, DOB: 10/05/1987 and Robert Phillips of Lee Florida, W/M, DOB: 10/18/1988.
Robert Phillips was immediately placed under arrest on a local warrant for failure to appear on previous involvement in criminal activity. The subjects first claimed to have permission to obtain the equipment but could not validate from whom permission was granted. The subjects soon thereafter confessed to stealing the equipment.
The equipment (Irrigation arm, Grain auger and Mulcher paddles) had a value of approximately $6,000.00 and was identified by Birdsong employee’s that took rightful possession of the property and all three subjects were taken into custody and charged with the following:
Phillips: Grand Theft, Trespass, Resisting Arrest without violence and Failure to Appear.
Duwe: Grand Theft, Trespass, and Resisting arrest without violence
Johns: Grand Theft, Trespass, and resisting arrest without violence
Graveside funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 12, 2011, at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Beggs Funeral Home.
He was born September 24, 1962 to Sue G. Quick and the late Charles E. Quick. He was raised in Madison and worked in Tallahassee for the past 16 years.
He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Cheryl Quick; one son, Jeremiah Quick; two brothers, Charles E. Quick Jr. (Ann), and William Keith Quick (Camille); one sister, Betsy Blanton (Tony); and 13 nieces and nephews.
Beggs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.850-973-2258