A chicken dinner fundraiser for Michael Gaston will be held on the courthouse lawn on Saturday, May 11, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Gaston was seriously injured in an automobile accident in Lake Park, Ga. two weeks ago. He is unable to work due to having surgeries. Tickets for the fundraiser are available for $7.50 each and are available at local churches. If anyone is unable to purchase tickets in advance, they are urged to call Cyrus Bachari at (229) 506-2743 to reserve their plate. Plates will include chicken with two sides, a roll and a drink. Bachari said, “Thanks to all for your help and God bless.” An account has also been set up for Gaston at Madison County Community Bank for anyone who would like to donate to it, drop in and tell one of the cashiers to place a deposit in the account for you.
The Staff of North Florida Community College’s Marshall Hamilton Library invite the public to the dedication of the Library’s Florida Collection in memory of Joseph “Joe” Alexander Akerman, Jr. The dedication ceremony will be held at the NFCC Library on Sunday, April 21 at 2:30 p.m. A reception will follow.
“In honor of Mr. Akerman’s long career and dedication to NFCC, and in honor of his accomplished writing career, the Library staff is proud to dedicate its Florida Collection in his memory,” said Kay Hogan, Director of Library Services at NFCC.
Akerman began his teaching career at NFCC in 1965 and taught several generations of students before retiring in 2009. He was a dedicated instructor of history and while at the college received numerous awards for his writings. In 1976 the Florida Cattleman’s Association published Akerman’s first book, “A History of the Florida Cattle Industry.” This was followed by “American Brahman” in 1982. In 2003, Akerman and his son Mark collaborated on “Jacob Summerlin, King of the Crackers,” published by the Florida Historical Society. This book won the Florida Historical Society’s prestigious Charlton Tebeau Award for its historical value in 2005. In 2004, Akerman received the Dorothy Dodd Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Historical Society. He wrote numerous articles and gave lectures all over Florida on his books and Florida History in general.
Akerman once said that “All American men and boys are cowboys at heart.” Akerman was a professor, author, artist, cowboy and friend to many. The NFCC Library staff invites the community to stop by April 21 and help honor the memory of Joseph Alexander Akerman, Jr. For more information, contact the NFCC Library at (850) 973-9452 or email Library@nfcc.edu.
Thelma Mae Thompson, age 93, passed away Monday, April 15, 2013 in Madison.
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Macedonia Baptist Church with burial at Macedonia Cemetery. Visitation was held Thursday, from 4 – 6 PM at Beggs Funeral Home.
She was Matriarch of five generations. She was the daughter of Ida Mae Harvell and Luther Gordon Thompson. She was raised by Ida Mae and Robert Lee Bembry.
She is survived by 6 children: Joan Turner of Atlanta, GA, Glorida Bynum of La Grange, GA, Patrick Driggers of Middleburg, FL, Sharon Babcock of Jacksonville, FL, Vickie Langford of Jacksonville, FL and Mona Rector of Middleburg, Florida. 21 Grandchildren, 26 Great Grandchildren, and 16 Great Great Grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two children Diane and Mike Driggers.
Beggs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements (850)973-2258
Dorothy Pauline Lewis of Monticello, 86, departed this earth to be united with her Savior on April 16, 2013. Dorothy was born in Elkland, Missouri to Ranzy E. and Lessie Jones Richerson. She graduated high school in Elkland, attended secretarial school in St. Louis, Missouri, met and married Paul R. Lewis on Aug 30, 1944. Paul and Dorothy lived in Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, during WWII, before moving to Anchorage, Alaska. After 10 years in Alaska, they lived in Washington, DC for 7 years, finally moving to Jefferson County, Florida, in August of 1964 to raise their 3 sons and farm the land they had bought in 1952. Dorothy and Paul raised cattle, corn, hay, peanuts, and timber together until Paul’s death in 1983. Afterwards, Dorothy continued to manage and operate the family farm near Aucilla with the help of her sons, daughters-in-law and 5 grandchildren.
Dorothy lived a full and active life having backpacked, camped, hunted and fished the Alaskan Wilderness before it was a state; ridden around Daytona Racetrack in a racecar; flown in a helicopter over an erupting volcano in Hawaii; cruised to several foreign countries; rode horseback in the mountains; deep-sea fished in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico; panned for gold; and cheered and clapped at countless ballgames, plays and debates for her grandchildren, whom she dearly loved.
Dorothy was a faithful member of Central Baptist Church in Aucilla. She was active in the Middle Florida Baptist Association and the Women’s Missionary Union, where she lived to serve in any way she could. At Central Baptist she kept the nursery and served as church clerk/secretary for many, many years. She cleaned the church, weeded the flower beds, pinch hit playing the piano, taught VBS, and delighted in cooking for 5th Sunday and Wednesday night dinners.
Dorothy was a member of the Jefferson County Farm Bureau where she served on the Board of Directors, as past-president, and State Women’s Officer. She also served on the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), as well as on the Healthyways Board. In 1989 Dorothy’s family received the Jefferson County Farm Family of the Year award, and in 2011 Dorothy was inducted into the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Hall-of-Fame.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 39 years, Paul Revere Lewis; her son Mark E. Lewis; a sister and brother-in-law Phyllis and Lowell Winsor; and brothers Vaughn, Eugene, and Quentin Richerson.
She is survived by sons John C. (Mary Alice) Lewis of Madison, Florida and David S. (Mona) Lewis of Monticello; grandchildren C. Taylor Lewis, MD, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; J. Elliott Lewis of Tallahassee, Florida; Jacob D. Lewis of Madison, Wisconsin; W. Wilson Lewis of Gainesville, Florida; and Abby S. Lewis of Memphis, Tennessee; brothers David (Mary Lou) Richerson of Elkland, Missouri and Kenneth (Shirley) Richerson of Marshfield, Missouri; sisters-in-law Gerri Richerson of Fairgrove, Missouri; Leona Richerson of Springfield, Missouri; and Willa Richerson of Lodi, California; and dozens of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Beggs Funeral Home of Monticello, Florida. Calling hours will be from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday, April 19, at Beggs Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 20th, at Central Baptist Church, 625 Tindell Road, Monticello, Florida. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central Baptist Church, P.O. Box 163, Monticello, Florida 32344.
Mary Janice Reams, 64, formerly of Lee, passed away peacefully on March 15, 2013 at Heritage Healthcare after a lengthy illness.
Mary was born on June 6, 1948 in Miami, to the late Ila Clinton and Zora Edgman Jones. The family moved to Lee, when Mary was a teenager and she continued to live there most of her adult life.
At the end of 2010, Mary entered a nursing home in Valdosta, Ga., due to declining health and to be nearer her daughter and other family members. Mary proudly served as a Duty Officer with the Florida Highway Patrol for 19 ½ years before retiring due to medical problems. She was a huge animal lover and had many pets throughout her life, often taking in strays. She also enjoyed spending time with family, cooking and was very patriotic.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Lee Ann and Jon Lasseter of Valdosta, Ga..; a brother and sister-in-law, David and Louise Jones of Live Oak.; two grandsons, Matthew Lasseter of Valdosta, Ga., and Jonathan Lasseter II of Arlington, Va..; a granddaughter, Hannah Lasseter of Guyton, Ga..; seven nieces and one nephew and a number of great-nieces and great-nephews. She is also survived by many special cousins and extended family and friends.
A memorial service for Mary Janice Reams will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2013 in the chapel of the Carson McLane Funeral Home with Merrell Lasseter officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be conveyed online at www.mclanecares.com. Carson McLane.
Bobbie Jean Scott, age 73, died April 15, 2013 in Tallahassee,
Funeral Services will be 2:00 PM Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Beggs Funeral Home with burial at Evergreen Cemetery.. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service from 1:00 – 2:00 at Beggs Funeral Home.
She was born in Aucilla, FL on November 23, 1939 to Robert and Pauline Pickels.
After living in Monticello, Fl during her childhood years, she moved to Greenville, FL where she lived the remainder of her life. Graduated from Greenville High School in 1957.
She worked for the State of Florida for 45 years.
She enjoyed retirement the last 12 years of her life and taking care of her two “furry sons” (dogs) Sam and Shadow.
She was an avid Florida State Seminole fan. She enjoyed going to the football games for over 35 years.
She enjoyed going on family vacations, spending all holidays with family and friends, but especially spending time with her immediate family, her siblings and their children and her Mama and Daddy.
She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Monticello, FL.
Survived by her husband of 51 years: Alec R. Scott of Greenville, FL, her daughters: Tonya Blackman (Murray) of McIntosh, FL, Stacey Rudd (Eric Byrd) of Greenville, FL, two sisters: Ida Jane Cone of Tallahassee, FL, Beth Kinsey (Roy) of Monticello, FL and 1 brother: Luther Pickels (Barbara) of Monticello, FL. Grandchildren: Alexis Mills and her soon to be grandsons Landon and Cambron Byrd. She was also survived by a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceeded in death by her parents, Robert and Pauline Pickels and her brother- in- law, Tommy Cone.
She is loved and will be missed every day by her family and friends.
Donations may be made to The Lung Association Research.org.
Beggs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements (850)973-2258.
MADISON, FL – North Florida Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa Mu Xi Chapter recently welcomed 38 new members into PTK, the international honor society for two-year colleges. During an induction ceremony on March 21, new members recited the PTK Oath of Membership and walked across the stage of the NFCC Fine Arts Auditorium to accept a white rose and membership in the prestigious organization that was established in 1918. Inductees must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 to join and must maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain a member of PTK.
Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 2 million members and 1,200 chapters in the U.S., Canada and Germany. The organization, recognized as the official honor society for two-year colleges, honors and encourages the academic achievement of college students and provides opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.
NFCC students leading the induction ceremony were PTK President Andrew Land and PTK Vice President Christopher Martins. Dr. Michael Stine, NFCC biology instructor, is NFCC’s PTK chapter advisor.
The newest members of North Florida Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa Mu Xi Chapter are:
Rebecca I Jackson Jasper
Wade B Norris Jasper
Jessica E Scaff Jasper
Leslie J Smith Carter Jasper
Tyler C Warfel Jasper
Mandy L Holley Lamont
Victoria M Holley Lamont
Zachary J Lucero Monticello
Abigail M Starling Monticello
Shelby K Hart Mayo
Ashlin H Morgan Mayo
Anna L Robinson Lee
Danielle C Bentley Madison
Eugene P Buie Madison
Savannah D Cauldwell Madison
Tana L Curtin Madison
Alyssa D Kinsey Madison
Shontea L Lewis Madison
Kaitlin E Littleton Madison
Ian P McClellan Madison
Tarvis M Peacock Madison
Kassidy M Stallings Madison
Logan C Groover Pinetta
Dalton Lee Pinetta
Kelsey E Varn Pinetta
Sara D Kolvinsky Branford
Jonathan C Bolick Live Oak
Tawanna L Cooks Live Oak
Lindsey L Garland Live Oak
Laken N Messer Live Oak
Emily G Ross Live Oak
Vassel Sneed Live Oak
Daniel L Boatright McAlpin
Lacey J Caskin O’Brien
Christopher D Curtis Wellborn
Taylor W Bethea Perry
Anna M Ferrer Perry
Micah T McDonald Perry
MADISON, FL – North Florida Community College’s brightest students were honored during the college’s Honors Convocation ceremony April 9 at the NFCC Fine Arts Auditorium. Students from various academic areas and student organizations received recognition for outstanding achievement and character during the 2012-2013 academic year. NFCC faculty and staff announced each award recipient as NFCC President John Grosskopf and Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Sharon Erle presented the awards.
Alana Ellison of Madison received NFCC’s prestigious “Student of the Year” award. Ellison serves as the Student Government Association (SGA) President Elect and is also as a member of Sentinel Service Corp.
“The student who is the recipient of this award not only excels in the classroom with a current GPA of 3.66, but has shown a spirit of generosity and service that few students possess,” said NFCC Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Sharon Erle. “She is a member of the Sentinel Service Corp and the Student Government Association. This student cares deeply about her campus and community. During her time at NFCC she has worked as student assistant in the Office of Campus Life as well as an English tutor. This student truly embodies the spirit of a Sentinel through scholarship and service.”
In addition to recognizing outstanding students, NFCC also named its 2012-2013 “Friend to the College.” Elouise Green was recognized for her continuous support of NFCC. Green is a Lafayette County resident and serves on NFCC’s Foundation Board.
“Elouise Green has served on NFCC’s Foundation for many years. She has served countless hours volunteering at NFCC fundraising events. Her love for the college is boundless,” said Grosskopf.
NFCC’s Honors Convocation ceremony is held annually in April to recognize outstanding students and celebrate student achievement prior to NFCC’s Spring Term commencement ceremony in May.
STUDENTS HONORED DURING NFCC’S HONORS CONVOCATION ARE:
Keyla Perez Drawing
Danielle Muzzey Early Childhood Professional Certificate
Tovya Vargas Human Development
Tori Holley Design
Krystal McCormick Education
Selena Phillips Economics
Cheltsie Kinsley Accounting
Cody Belinski Business
Amy Stalnaker Computer Science
Alexandra Patron English
Juli Waldrep American Literature & World Religion
Catherine Murphy Painting
Michelle Mandziara Metal Sculpture
Alexandra Patron Biology
Christopher Gifford Anatomy & Physiology
Tarvis Peacock Microbiology
Lakeidra Baynard Early Childhood Education
Emily Curl Early Childhood Program Management
Alana Ellison Student of the Year
Laura Bishop Mathematics
Lyndee Fletcher Digital Media
Thomas Mofield Psychology
Jonathan Bolick History
Lacey Caskin Ceramics
Christopher Martins Physics
Frederick Mowry Humanities
Tawanna Cooks Promising Scholar
Tiffany Slaughter Sociology
Taylor Bethea Chemistry
Kelli Thomas Nursing
NFCC Instructor Bonnie Littlefield named Organization Advisor of the Year
MADISON, FL – North Florida Community College students were honored during the college’s annual Leadership Awards ceremony held April 9 at the NFCC Student Center. Students from various clubs and organizations received recognition for outstanding student achievement and leadership outside of the classroom during the 2012-2013 academic year.
Clubs and organizations participating in this year’s leadership event were Art Club, Business Club, Phi Theta Kappa, Save Our Animal Resources (S.O.A.R.), Sentinel Service Corp, Sentinel Upstage Players and Student Government Association. Students were recognized for membership, service and leadership with a Member of the Year Award presented by each organization.
Individual Achievement Awards were also presented for Rookie of the Year, Unsung Hero and Exemplary Service to the Community. The NFCC Business Club was honored for its Rock the Vote Lecture Series, naming it both Outstanding Campus Initiative and Outstanding Educational Program.
“The student leaders honored here today have had a rich and complete college experience at NFCC, said Director of Campus Life and SGA advisor Kim Halfhill. “They are the very definition of success. Their dedication to being the best that they can be has been an inspiration to their instructors, advisors and student peers.”
NFCC’s Save Our Animal Resources (S.O.A.R.) club was not only recognized as the Outstanding Community Service Organization, but advisor Bonnie Littlefield was named Organization Advisor of the Year. S.O.A.R. Member of the Year, Houston Smith, presented Littlefield with her award stating that she had made a tremendous impact on his life.
The event wrapped up with guest speaker Louis Garcia, CEO, of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend, challenging students to take advantage of their positive experiences at NFCC to inspire others and make changes in their own communities. For more information about NFCC’s clubs and organizations contact Kim Halfhill at 850.973.1623 or email email@example.com.
STUDENTS HONORED AT NFCC’S LEADERSHIP AWARDS ARE:
Jacob Connell Art Club – Member of the Year Award
Tana Curtin Business Club – Member of the Year Award
Selena Phillips Phi Theta Kappa – All-Florida Academic Team Member
Huston Smith Save Our Animal Resources (S.O.A.R.) – Member of the Year Award
Johnathan Cooks Sentinel Upstage Players – Member of the Year Award
& Rookie of the Year Award
Shontea Lewis Student Government Association – Member of the Year Award
Anthony Hampton Unsung Hero Award
Andrew Land Phi Theta Kappa – Member of the Year
& Phi Theta Kappa – All-Florida Academic Team Member
Winston Crosby Award for Exemplary Service to the Community
James “Chip” M. DuRant, 63, of Tallahassee, died on Thursday, April 11th at his home. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Becky DuRant.
Chip grew up in Madison and had lived in Tallahassee for over 40 years. He leaves behind three sons, J.D. DuRant (Alix Miller) of Tallahassee; Tyler DuRant (Ashley) of Crawfordville; and Will DuRant of Tallahassee; three brothers, Jules DuRant (Terri) of Winter Haven; Frank DuRant (Laura) of Myrtle Beach, SC; and Gene DuRant (Cissy) of Columbus, GA; one sister, Bet Miller (Steve) of Columbia, SC; two grandchildren, Conner and Collin DuRant; and two step-grandchildren in waiting, Harper and Campbell.
A Funeral Service was held Sunday, April 14, 2013 at Bevis Funeral Home in Tallahassee. The family received friends following the Service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the United Way of the Big Bend.
“We’re undoing what our foremothers did 175 years ago,” Jessica Webb, a member of the 175th Anniversary Planning Committee, told the City Commissioners at their April 9 meeting.
Webb, one of several people who addressed the Commission Tuesday night, was referring to a proposed street art project to help celebrate and promote Madison’s 175th Anniversary – putting pigs in the streets.
Actually, in the right-of-ways next to the streets.
In the 1800s, when Madison was an even smaller rural town, it was common to see livestock, especially pigs, roaming the dirt streets downtown. They can still be seen in surviving photographs from that era. One of the first projects the ladies of the town undertook was appealing to city officials to get the pigs off the streets.
Now, the pigs are coming back…as art.
Taking a cue from Chicago’s Cows-On Parade Art Exhibit (see www.chicagotraveler.com/cows_on_parade) the Planning Committee is proposing a contest for local artists to sculpt, mold, hew, whittle or otherwise create life-sized pig statues and paint or decorate them. The pigs should be able to withstand outdoor weather for roughly four months during the summer, while they are on display around town, and will need to be chained to lampposts for the duration so that they don’t “wander off.” Artists will need to install a metal grommet somewhere on the statues and provide locks. The art project will promoted as part of Madison’s 175th Anniversary and individual pigs will also be judged on artistic merit.
The City Commission voted to approve the pig art. For more information on entering the contest, contact the Chamber of Commerce at (850) 973-2788.
The Commissioners also heard from County Commissioner Ronnie Moore, who is also a member of the Transportation Disadvantaged Committee. Moore appeared on behalf of the Madison In-Town Shuttle operated by Big Bend Transit, which needs about $24,000 to fill in a yearlong gap in funding from grants and other sources. The current funding runs out this month. The city authorized $5000 to go toward keeping the shuttle in operation, contingent upon the County Commission agreeing to kick in another $5000 or greater. Moore has been asking around already, and plans to speak to the County Commission and several other groups as well about contributions to keep the shuttle going. “It doesn’t hurt to ask,” he said.
Police Chief Gary Calhoun updated the Commission on the second floor renovations of the Police Department Building, funded by a $500,000 USDA grant/loan. The department hopes to cut costs by $100,000 if the USDA approves an ADA-compliant vertical lift device instead of a far more costly elevator for reaching the second floor.
Calhoun is also checking on the cost of having a traffic engineer do a study to see where golf cart crossings could safely be put on streets around town. The second-hand golf carts would be used on the job by meter readers and other city utility employees to cut fuel consumption costs. Each crossing site must meet several criteria, and how many crossings the city can install will depend on the cost of the required study.
The city also approved some revisions to its vehicle use policy to address some concerns by the city’s insurance carrier. The new policy is more comprehensive and up-to-date and the insurance company is happy with the changes.
The City’s utility billing system has made the transition from Night Owl to Continental Utility Solutions, Inc. (CUSI). It is a major transition that “will bring us at least into the late 20th century,” said City Manager Tim Bennett. The new system is more efficient and updated, but customers still can’t pay online, at least not yet. City Clerk Lee Anne Hall explained that this would be a large expense that would have to be passed on to the consumer, and right now, the city’s priorities are providing better services while keeping rates as low as possible.
The City Commissioners also got a big “Thank You” presentation from the AKA Sorority, Nu Omega Omega Chapter, for the help they provided the organization with its South Atlantic District 4 Meeting last year.
Contributions helped the group put on a big welcome and reception at Yogi Bear Park for the gathering of AKA chapters in District 4, and the event made such an impression on the visitors, it was written up in the organization’s international sorority magazine, mentioning the town of Madison and its Yogi Bear Campground by name. Deloris Jones read the except aloud to the commission and the group serenaded the commission with “We Can’t Stop Loving You.”
They also presented Mayor Rayne Cooks, City Manager Tim Bennett, and Commissioners Ina Thompson, Judy Townsend, Jim Catron and Jim Stanley with a plaque of appreciation. Mayor Cooks accept on behalf of the commission.
Internet cafes have been springing up all over the state for the past couple of years, but that is now a thing of the past.
Internet cafés are now illegal in Florida.
Governor Rick Scott signed a bill Wednesday that bans up to 1,000 storefront operations across the state.
The new law took effect immediately after Scott signed the bill.
Legislators voted overwhelmingly last week to approve the ban. It was a quick response to a recent scandal that led to dozens of arrests and the lieutenant governor’s resignation.
It’s up to local law enforcement to enforce the new law, however, their hands will be practically tied to do so, for at least a day or so.
Monticello Police Department Chief Fred Mosley said, “We will comply with what the Governor says. I really don’t think we will have a problem here with shutting them down. I have officers out patrolling, and the cafés are closed. They were cashing people’s tickets out. They anticipated that the Governor was going to sign it. They are already getting ready to be in compliance with it, and shutting down their operations.”
Jefferson County Sheriff David Hobbs said that he did receive notification that Governor Scott had signed the bill, and that it went into effect immediately after he signed it.
“I have to wait and see what the law officially says,” said Sheriff Hobbs. “And then I will do anything I can to enforce the law.” He explained that the wording for the new law is in the Capitol building, and that law enforcement agencies will get a copy of the new law so they can begin enforcing it. “I’m assuming that nothing will go into effect until after the Legislative session,” he added. “We will be waiting.”
There were approximately four Internet cafes in the city of Madison, one of them just opening as little as one week ago. There are no Internet cafes in the county.
Madison Police Department Chief Gary Calhoun said there are currently two that are operational in the city. “They have come and gone. One of them closed when law enforcement did that big seep, which resulted in multiple arrests and the resignation of the State’s Lieutenant Governor.
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart said, “We have to receive notification, and receive a copy of the actual wording of the law, so we know what we can and cannot do..
“I will do all I can to shut them down. They are nothing more than fronts for illegal gambling. A lot of grocery money, children’s clothing money, and people’s money for bills, is thrown away in those places. I have been against them from the start.
“Once we see the law, and it is clear, if it gives me the authority to shut the Internet cafés down, then that’s what I’ll do,” he concluded.
In a Leon County Courtroom, Wednesday, April 10, Judge Augustus Aikens filed a motion to dismiss all charges against former Madison County Supervisor of Elections Jada Woods Williams.
Williams, along with eight other individuals, was arrested in November of 2011 in a voter fraud investigation stemming from a 2010 school board race with an unusually high number of absentee ballots in one precinct. The group of nine people became known as the “Madison Nine,” and Williams, as Supervisor of Elections, was charged with 17 counts of neglect of duty, a misdemeanor.
As the investigation wound its way through the legal system, charges were dismissed against several of those involved, until there were only three left: Jada Woods Williams, former school board member Abra “Tina” Johnson, and her husband.
With the dismissal of the charges against Woods, the Madison Nine has become the Madison Two.
Williams was suspended from office by Gov. Rick Scott shortly after the arrests in November 2011, and subsequently lost a re-election bid in November of 2012.
Woods’ attorney, Matt Foster, said that there was no evidence his client had committed a crime, and that she had been completely exonerated by the dismissal of the case.
“The hard part is going to be putting her life back together, and moving forward. This has been very difficult, but anyone who knows Jada will tell you she is a fighter and will find a way to get back on her feet.”
Woods is now the Dean of Students at Madison County High School.
Elder Simp Clemons, Jr., 83, of Greenville, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 3, 2013. Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Greenville, with burial in the Church Cemetery. Viewing-visitation is Friday 3-7:30 p.m. at TILLMAN OF MONTICELLO 850-997-5553. A lifelong Greenville resident, Elder Clemons was a retired maintenance engineer for Florida Plywood. He was an ordained elder in the Refuge Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Cherishing his love and memory are his devoted wife of 63 years, Mother Alease Alexander Clemons; son, Carroll “Keith” Clemons; daughter, Chiquita Clemons; sister, Amanda Rivers; grandchildren, Tonja, Zachary (Demetris), Gregory and Alphonso Clemons and Bernard White; daughters-in-law, Cheryl and Veronica Clemons; sisters-in-law, Annie Williams and Janie Clemons and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his sons, Willie and Gardell; parents, Simp Sr. and Ruby Greenwood Clemons; siblings, Theodore Clemons, Perlean Dixon and Kay Bertha Evans.
Louise Harris Pulliam, age 90, passed away on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 after a lengthy illness at Big Bend Hospice House in Tallahassee.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 13, 2013 at Unity Baptist Church in Hanson, with burial to follow in Barbara Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. until service time.
She was born on June 13, 1922 in Lowndes County, Ga., but lived most of her life in Madison County. She married Wilbur Pulliam, Sr. in December of 1940 until his death in February 2011. She was preceded in death by her parents, Doc Lundy Harris and Bertie Harris; her brothers, James Harris (Geneva) and Brinson Harris (Maxine); daughter-in-law, Evelyn Pulliam; and brother-in-law, Mona D. Steward. She is survived by her son Wilbur Pulliam Jr. and one grandson David Pulliam, both of Madison; her sister, Lucile Steward of Clyattville, Ga,; and one brother-in-law, Jim (Laura) Pulliam of Madison; and numerous extended family members. She was a Christian and a faithful member of Unity Baptist Church. She regularly attended services and helped out with events at church as long as she was physically able to do so.
Though flowers will be accepted, please feel free to make a donation to Unity Baptist Church, the church of your choice, Big Bend Hospice, or to Gideon’s International instead.
Beggs Funeral Home, Madison Chapel (850) 973-2258, is in charge of the arrangements.
Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Charles Swindle was terminated from FHP in March for a ticket that he wrote in Nov.2012 to state lawmaker Charles McBurney, a state representative from Jacksonville.
McBurney had been reportedly been traveling through Madison County at a high rate of speed when he was pulled over by Swindle. Swindle said that he would cut McBurney a break and write a $10 ticket for failure to show proof of insurance instead of the $280 ticket that McBurney would have normally have gotten for doing 87 in a 70 mile per hour zone.
Swindle’s attorney Sid Matthew said that Swindle had spoken with his sergeant Gary Dawson about doing this before he did it and Dawson told him to go ahead. Matthew said that Dawson is also prepared
to testify in court on the matter.
Matthew pointed out that Swindle was following a policy in FHP not to ticket legislators.
“How can you be fired for following a policy?” Matthew asked.
Matthew said that the unspoken policy he is referring to is something that is taught to the troopers at the FHP Academy.
The letter firing Swindle for “conduct unbecoming an officer” says that Swindle wrote the $10 ticket to McBurney in spite of not asking for the insurance information.
Matthew said that he believes McBurney went home and wrote the letter to the FHP on official stationery. He said McBurney was upset because he didn’t think he deserved a ticket at all.
Swindle and Matthew are appealing the firing and Swindle is seeking to be reinstated.
The date for the hearing on the appeal is set for April 29.
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