Gary Givens, charged in the murder of 75-year-old James Edward Campbell appeared in court Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 25. During the hearing, he waived his right to a 12-person jury. Read more Here
Archive for September 2012
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Friday the 21st day of August 2012 at 10:25 PM, Madison County Deputies responded to a report of a possible burglary in progress at a residence in Lee Florida. The home owners father called to report that his son was out of town and lights were on in the son’s residence.
When Deputies arrived they immediately secured the residence and eventually made contact with a person inside. The person whom identified himself as Montrell Spain told deputies that he was a friend of the home owner and had been staying there while the owner was out of town. Deputies attempted to contact the home owner to verify the story but were unable to do so. Deputies made every attempt to verify the subject’s identity utilizing various databases without success.
Deputies tried to clarify the subject’s personal information and the subject changed his last name to Spin which again no identity match could be made. Based on the Deputies training and experience and considerations of the totality of circumstances the Deputies had the subject accompany them to the jail for finger print identification to confirm his exact identity. The subject consented and accompanied the deputies. While traveling to the jail, the subject admitted he was lying about his identity and then provided his real identity.
The subject identified himself as Matthew Edward Brown, DOB: 09/25/1971, B/M of Miami Florida. Brown was further checked through FBI databases which confirmed his identity and proved that he was listed as a fugitive on the United States Marshalls’ Office most wanted for homicide in Miami Florida.
Matthew Edward Brown of Miami Florida was arrested and booked into the Madison County Jail on murder and placed on hold for the US Marshall’s Office to pick up.
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that On Wednesday the 19th day of September 2012 at 10:05 AM, Investigators with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force conducted a traffic stop on a 2005 silver 2 door Mercedes for speeding, following too close, failure to use turn signal and illegal window tint. The vehicle was traveling East bound on interstate 10 in Madison County. The vehicle was being operated by Christopher Joseph Stallworth of Pensacola Florida.
While Investigators were taking necessary enforcement action concerning the traffic violations, they noted several signs of deception and suspicious behavior of the driver. A canine search of the exterior of the vehicle was conducted with a positive alert. Incident to the positive canine alert, a probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted. The search discovered a bundle of currency in the center console and two additional bundles of currency wrapped in plastic bags containing cotton balls sprayed with perfume in the trunk area of the Mercedes. The glove box contained a cocked, loaded and ready to shoot 25 caliber hand gun.
The currency was commonly packaged in a manner indicative of a drug couriers fashion for transporting currency. A count of the currency revealed the total amount to be $16,211.00. Stallworth gave several stories of discrepancy regarding to whom the currency belonged to and the amount.
Christopher Joseph Stallworth, B/M, DOB: 12/22/1973 of Pensacola Florida was arrested and charged with Possession of Firearm by convicted felon. The currency was seized pending further investigation.
The J. W. Thomas Family Reunion will be held on Saturday, September 29, at the Yogi Bear Jellystone Park. Go early and enjoy the park with your family.
Dinner will be at noon in the Opry Hall, followed by a special music presentation, the auction, and other activities. Family members are asked to bring a covered dish lunch, items for the auction, and lawn chairs for afternoon outside events. We will pay tribute to the contributions and sacrifices our family has made in service to our country.
Jessie Lee Rodriguez passed away on Sunday, September 23, 2012, at the age of 46.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, September 26, 2012 in the chapel of T. J. Beggs, Jr. & Sons Funeral Home in Madison, Florida with burial to follow in Mt. Horeb Cemetery in Pinetta. Rev. Alton Hardee will be officiating. The family will receive friends 6:00 until 8:00 PM on Tuesday at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers are Travis Edwards, Greg Jennings, Shawn Grisby, Josh Agner, Casey Rodriguez, and Paul Thompson.
Jessie was born in Valdosta, GA on December 6, 1965 and lived nearly all of her life in Pinetta, Fla. She studied nursing at North Florida Community College and served the Madison community as an LPN for several years. She was a loving wife and mother of three. She was the baby sister to her seven siblings and a caring daughter to Callie and Tommie Crews of Pinetta. During her spare time she enjoyed cooking and exploring different recipes, listening to country music, and spending time with family and friends.
She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Valentin Rodriguez, her sons, Raymond Rodriguez and Zack Rodriguez, and her daughter, Amanda Rodriguez all of Pinetta.Her brothers, William Crews (Sandy) of Theodore AL and Tommy Ray Crews (Cindy) of Mobile AL, Her sisters, Betty Slaughter of Madison, Barbara Jean Thompson (David) of Marianna, Annie Beth Penagos of Houston TX, and Bonnie Tuten (Guy) of Perry. Many other Nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was pre-deceased by a brother, James Crews, and her parents, Tommy and Callie Crews.
Frances Ginn is retiring as Madison County’s Tax Collector. She has held the post since 2004 and has worked in the office since 1974. Read more about it Here
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
A Lee family was injured, including three children who were seriously injured, when the car they were riding in overturned on Monday, Sept. 17. Read more Here
Just a reminder to everyone that you can read the actual Madison County Carrier and Madison Enterprise-Recorder newspapers online.
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The online edition of the newspaper (called an e-edition) is available not only on computers, but also on iPads, Kindles, other tablets, iPhones and Android phones and you can receive the copy .
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SPECIAL CITY COMMISSION MEETING
SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
1. Call to Order
2. Adoption of Agenda
3. Discuss and Possibly Adopt Proposed Resolution No. 2012-8 – A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF MADISON, FLORIDA ADOPTING THE FINAL LEVY OF AD VALOREM TAXES FOR THE FISCAL PERIOD BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2012 AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2013; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE (City Manager)
4. Discuss and Possibly Adopt Proposed Resolution No. 2012-9 – A RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE OFFICIAL BUDGET FOR THE FISCAL PERIOD BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2012, AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2013, FOR ALL OPERATIONS OF THE CITY OF MADISON, FLORIDA, AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE (City Manager)
5. Discuss and Possibly Adopt Proposed Resolution No. 2012-10 – A RESOLUTION PROVIDING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2012, AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2013, TO PAY SALARIES, EXPENSES, IMPROVEMENTS AND OTHER ITEMS AS SHOWN BY THE BUDGET OF THE CITY OF MADISON, FLORIDA, AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE (City Manager)
6. Discuss and Possibly Adopt Proposed Resolution No. 2012-11 – A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF MADISON, FLORIDA, AMENDING THE BUDGET FOR FISCAL PERIOD BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2011 AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2012, AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE (City Manager)
7. Discuss and Possibly Approve Participation in a Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Grant (Police Chief)
Any person who decides to appeal any decision made by the commission with respect to any matter considered at such meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that for such purpose, he or she may need to insure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based.
EMMITSBURG, MD – The 31st Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service will honor four Florida firefighters who died in the line of duty. They are among the 80 firefighters who died in 2011 and five firefighters who died in previous years who will be remembered at the official national service held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland on Sunday, October 7.
Firefighter Joshua O. Burch, age 31, of the Florida Forest Service died from burns sustained when he and another firefighter were overrun by fire while operating at the Blue Rib bon Forest Fire on June 20, 2011.
Forest Ranger/Firefighter Brett L. Fulton, age 52, of the Florida Forest Service died from burns sustained when he and another firefighter were overrun by fire while operating at the Blue Ribbon Forest Fire on June 20, 2011.
Firefighter Gregory Leon Harris, age 40, of the Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue Department suffered an aortic tear while pulling a hose line at a fire and later died on April 22, 2011.
Captain James L. von Roden, age 49, of the Lee Community Volunteer Fire Department died after collapsing while en route to a brush fire on March 12, 2011.
The names of those firefighters who died in the line of duty will be added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial on the Academy grounds. The national tribute is sponsored by the National Fallen Firefigh ters Foundation (NFFF) and the Department of Homeland Security.
More than 6,000 people, including Members of Congress, Administration officials and other dignitaries, members of the fire service, and families and friends of the fallen firefighters will attend the event. Families will receive flags flown over the U. S. Capitol and the National Memorial. Members of the fire service, honor guard units and pipe and drum units from across the U.S. will participate in this national tribute.
For a complete list of fallen firefighters being honored and a widget to display their information on your website, along with Memorial Weekend related videos, photos, media and broadcast information visit Weekend.Firehero.org.
NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS OF MADISON COUNTY, FLORIDA
NOTICE IS GIVEN that the Board of County Commissioners of Madison County, Florida will hold a special meeting, to which all persons are invited to attend, as follows:
Date: September 19, 2012
Time: 3:30 P.M.
Place: The Board of County Commissioners Meeting Room, Room No. 107
Madison County Courthouse Annex
229 S.W. Pinckney Street
Madison, Florida 32340
Purpose: To receive public input on a proposed Rails to Trails Program (RTP) grant application to provide improvements to the Four Freedoms Trail. The proposed project improvements include one or more restroom facilities, information kiosk, and related activities.
Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in any of the above meetings is asked to advise the Board at least 48 hours before the meeting by contacting Tim Sanders, Clerk, at Post Office Box 237, Madison, Florida 32341, telephone:(850) 973-1500. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the Clerk by calling 711.
If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at such meeting he or she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
Posted on September 13, 2012 Board of County Commissioners of
Madison County, Florida
By: /s/ Tim Sanders
Tim Sanders, Clerk
Mrs. Hettie Register Selman, age 91, died Tuesday, September 11, 2011.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, September 14, 2012, at Beggs Funeral Home, Madison Chapel, with burial at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at Beggs Funeral Home.
She was born in Chauncey, Ga., on July 30, 1921, and lived in Madison most of her life. She was co-owner of Selman Sundries and was a member of First Baptist Church, Madison.
She is survived by her husband, Gordon Wilson Selman; one daughter, Martha Selman Roberts of Tallahassee; one son, Gordon Wilson Selman, Jr., “Don” of Madison; and two grandchildren.
Beggs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, (850) 973-2258.
Wilmer Jesse Coggins Jr., age 87, of Tuscaloosa, died September 9, 2012, at Hospice of West Alabama in Tuscaloosa. A private memorial service will be held at his home in Tuscaloosa.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Deborah Reed Coggins, M.D. of Tuscaloosa; his daughters Pamela Minor (Gill),of Wilmington, North Carolina, Deborah Clark (Stephen, deceased), also of Wilmington, and Audrey Hyson (Chris) , of Lake Placid, New York; his sons Wilmer Jesse Coggins III (Julia), of North Bend, Oregon, and Christopher Reed Coggins (Tanya Kalischer), of Lenox, Massachusetts; and eight grandchildren, Jesse Minor (Rebecca), Melissa Minor Peters (David Torrey Peters), Peter Hyson, Rose Hyson, Michael Clark, Catherine Clark, Aaron Kalischer-Coggins, and Noah Kalischer-Coggins.
Dr. Coggins was born February 20, 1925, in Madison, Florida to Audrey Walker Coggins and Wilmer Jesse Coggins. After graduating from Georgia Military Academy in College Park, he entered Duke University as a pre-medical student in 1942. His undergraduate education was interrupted by military service in World War II. As a 2nd Lieutenant, he was the commander of a Medical Collecting Company in Hakodate, near Sapporo Japan, and then joined the 11th Airborne Division in Sapporo. After a year of active service, during which time he was trained as a paratrooper and elevated to the rank of First Lieutenant, he was released from active duty to return to Duke and to enter medical school. After receiving his medical degree, in 1951, he and his wife served their internships at Georgetown University Medical Center. His residency in internal medicine was interrupted when he contracted tuberculosis, and he required 18 months of rest. Upon completing his internship, Dr. Coggins and his wife returned to Florida to begin a private practice, first in Boca Grande (1954-1955), and then in his home town of Madison (1956-1960). The family’s years in Madison are chronicled in a memoir, The Coggins Affair (2005). The book is a testament to his wife’s courage following her dismissal from her position as Health Officer for three north Florida counties for holding a lunch meeting with an African American nurse who was helping lead a program to promote hygienic midwifery in the region. The Coggins family left Madison in 1960, moving to Gainesville, where Dr. Coggins completed his residency in Internal Medicine in 1962.
Joining the faculty of the University of Florida College of Medicine, Dr. Coggins became Director of the General Medical Clinic, and later the Director of the University Health Service, which provided inpatient and outpatient service to the rapidly expanding student body. National concern about marijuana use among college students led Dr. Coggins and faculty colleagues to a multidisciplinary study of long-term heavy users of marijuana in Costa Rica focusing on medical and psychosocial variables, research which was documented in the book Cannabis in Costa Rica (1976). After a sabbatical year at the University of Maryland, Dr. Coggins returned to the University of Florida to join a medical school project in rural health care that shifted the location of outpatient training for medical students to a network of rural clinics in a three-county area where no other acute care facilities were available. Supervision was provided by resident physicians and medical school faculty.
In 1980, Dr. Coggins became the Dean of the College of Community Health Sciences and Associate Dean of the Tuscaloosa Program, at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Drawn to the program because of its commitment to the provision of health care to traditionally under-served rural areas, he helped build an excellent general clinical experience for medical students and a large Family Residency Program. Student enrollment in the Tuscaloosa Program increased during his tenure, while graduates of the program chose residencies in primary care specialties at rates above the national average, and in family medicine at twice the national average. After retiring from the deanship in 1991, Dr Coggins won outside funding to develop a modified curriculum for medical students in Problem Based Learning and the use of the Objective Structured Clinical Evaluation (OSCE). These techniques are now in use on the main campus of the University of Alabama Medical School, in Birmingham, as well as in the Tuscaloosa and Huntsville campuses.
Dr. Coggins was active in the Florida Medical Association, chairing committees on Student Health, Rural Health, and Public Health. He was awarded membership in Florida Blue Key, and honorary society for students, alumni, and faculty of the University of Florida. He was President of the American College Health Association (1972-73) and won the organization’s Ruth Boynton Award for distinguished service. He has been a consultant to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Health Resources and Services Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services. He was also designated a Laureate of the American College of Physicians, Alabama Chapter, and he served as the President of the Lister Hill Society, the support group for the College of Community Health Sciences. He was the editor and co-author of the first history of the College, A Special Kind of Doctor, which was published in 2005. In recent years, he founded and directed The Coggins Group, an organization devoted to presentations and discussions on contemporary matters of political and social concern. To the end of his life he remained a staunch advocate of socialized health care.
Known by his friends as Will or Bill and by much of his family as Daddy or Grandaddy, Dr. Coggins will also be remembered for his love of the outdoors, especially his passion for natural history, boating, bird watching, photography, and literature. He designed and built a cabin on the banks of the Suwannee River in Florida, where his family and an untold number of visitors and friends spent many a weekend in the 1960s and 1970s. In later years he and his wife and family often explored the waterways in and around the Homosassa River. To spend the day in a boat with Grandaddy was to get away from the humdrum world and to enter one that was wild and new. We are proud to have lived with a man who served his community and the world with such passion, who understood the times in which he lived and worked accordingly, and who always found time to have a lot of fun with his family.
In lieu of flowers or other gifts to the family, please make donations to Hospice of West Alabama – 3851 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404; (205) 523-0101.
By Kristin Finney
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The United Way of Madison will be hosting their Celebrity waiter event this month. The event will be taking place at Shelby’s on September 25. Dinner will begin being served at 5 p.m. and will last until 9 p.m.
Local celebrities will serve those who attend throughout the night. There will be a dessert auction at 7:30. There will be a lot of fellowship and plenty of laughs. The money that is raised will go towards helping the children and elderly of Madison County. Please come out and show your support for the United Way.
By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
At the 9 a.m. public hearing on the Internet café question, Commissioners discussed the ordinance before them that would regulate such businesses in unincorporated parts of the county and include application fees of $2500 for up to 20 machines, and $5000 for 21 to 40 machines.
Questions from citizens included whether or not there were adequate safeguards to keep minors away from the simulated gaming devices, and a statement from Sheriff Ben Stewart protesting the ordinance caused the board to re-agenda the issue. It will be either the next regularly scheduled meeting Sept. 19, or the first meeting in October (Oct. 3). Another public hearing will be scheduled for either of those two dates, and will be advertised to the public.
At that time, the commissioners will consider both an ordinance to allow, but regulate the businesses in unincorporated Madison County, and another to ban such businesses outright.
Neither ordinance will affect Internet cafés already operating within the county’s three incorporated municipalities.
I have been made aware by numerous residents of phone calls from someone claiming to be calling on behalf of the Madison County Supervisor of Elections Office and encouraging voters to request absentee ballots immediately. Please be reminded that your Supervisor of Elections office will never call to solicit information from you or tell you what method to use to exercise your right to vote. If you receive a phone call of this nature, I encourage you to contact our office directly at 850-973-6507.
Absentee ballots are available and may be requested by a voter, immediate family or a legal guardian if directed to do so by the voter. Requests for absentee ballots can be made until the 6th day prior to the General Election from the Supervisor of Elections Office.
Early voting for the November 6th General Election begins October 27th and end November 3rd. Hours for voting will be Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturdays and Sunday from 8am to 2pm. Early voting sites will be available at the Supervisor of Elections Office, Lee City Hall, the Senior Citizens Building in Greenville and Pinetta Volunteer Fire Station.