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~ Annual event helps local middle schoolers start preparing for college and career ~
TALLAHASSSEE – More than 500 middle school students from Leon, Gadsden, Jefferson, Madison and Wakulla Counties traveled to Florida A & M University (FAMU) today to participate in the second annual Florida Department of Education College & Career Day. The event, which encourages students to stay focused on their education and pursue their college goals, featured speakers such as Florida State University System Chancellor Frank Brogan who was surrounded by booths and activities showcasing information on curriculum, scholarships, financial aid, student advising as well as various Florida colleges and universities.
“College & Career Day provides a unique venue that allows many of our local middle schoolers to learn first-hand how to successfully prepare for their futures,” said Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson. “I commend our partners in higher education and the business community for working with us to put on this wonderful event and for sharing in our passion to help students pursue their dreams.”
The event, sponsored in part by FAMU and the Florida Chamber of Commerce, provided a personal glimpse of the college experience for students by coupling brief campus tours with face-to-face interaction among other students who found success. In addition to the tours and booths, students also learned how to navigate their financial future through free financial literacy products and services.
College & Career Day also included presentations on Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Advanced International Certificate of Education, Career and Technical Education, Gear Up, and FACTS.org, among many others. In addition, representatives from FAMU, Tallahassee Community College, Florida Gateway College, Santa Fe College, Nova Southeastern University, the University of South Florida, the University of Florida, the University of North Florida and the University of West Florida were available to provide information about their programs of study and admissions requirements.
Students looking to learn more about how to prepare for college and career should visit http://www.fldoe.org/students/.
Talecia Solomon, who serves as the Older American Act Coordinator for the
Madison County Senior Citizens Center, will hold an outreach Monday, October 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pinetta Market on Highway 150 in Pinetta.
Solomon will talk openly to senior citizens who stop by to see her about services provided by the Senior Citizens Council of Madison County. These services include a variety of activities and classes that seniors may participate in at the Center.
A free brochure listing all Madison County senior programs will be available in Pinetta.
For more information, call the Senior Citizens Elder Helpline Hotline at
(850) 973-4241. The Madison County Senior Center is located at 1161 SW
Harvey Greene Drive, just off State Road 14 South.
MEETING OF THE
VALUE ADJUSTMENT BOARD
The Chairman, the Honorable Justin Hamrick, and members of the Value Adjustment Board, will hold an organizational meeting of the Value Adjustment Board on Thursday, September 22, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. in the County Commissioner’s Meeting Room, Courthouse Annex, Madison, Florida.
The purpose of this meeting is to conduct business of the Value Adjustment Board pursuant to Chapter 194, Florida Statutes.
PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, ANY PERSON REQUIRING SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ABOVE MEETING IS ASKED TO ADVISE THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT LEAST 48 HOURS BEFORE THE MEETING BY CONTACTING ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE MANAGER SHERILYN PICKELS AT (850) 973-3179. IF YOU ARE HEARING OR SPEECH IMPAIRED, PLEASE CONTACT THE BOARD BY CALLING 1-800-955-8771.
ANY PERSON WHO DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE BOARD 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 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.
The public is invited to attend.
Dated and posted this 16th day of September 2011.
Tim Sanders, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Madison County, Florida
By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
More than 60 parents and children crowded into the small school board meeting room. Extra chairs were pulled from tables and added to the front rows to accommodate the crowd, and a few still stood near the back of the room when there were no more seats left.
What drew the crowd to the usually sparsely-attended school board meetings was the “one issue of burning concern,” as School Board Chair VeEtta Hagan described it, as she skipped over several items on the agenda to deal with it first – the new bus routes designed to save the school money on transportation and fuel costs…an estimated saving of about $12,000 a month.
However, the parents gathered in the board room contended that the new routes were either putting their children in jeopardy or placing unrealistic hardships on very young children expected to walk to the new bus stops, some of which were more than two miles from their homes.
Reverend Barfield was the first to speak, and had to leave shortly afterward for a church service, saying that the community was up in a rage because they believed their children’s safety was being compromised. “I urge you to do everything possible…pretty please, let’s put our children’s safety first, and I know you will. I do trust that y’all will come up with something suitable.”
Ivan Johnson then took the podium to answer questions, hear the concerns parents had about particularly troublesome stops, and make notes of situations that needed to be changed. Several stops had already been changed, Johnson told the crowd, since the computer program that created the new routes didn’t take into account the sparsely populated, rural sections of the county where some of the children lived, the condition of roads, traffic situations, and the “human factor” – the fact that some of the children were so young that they were physically incapable of walking the distances allowed by the computer program, or that the new stops required them to walk past the homes of sex offenders or other dangerous places.
One after another, parents presented their cases, from the children who lived on the south side of I-10 and now had to pass two truck stops and go beneath an underpass to get to the north side, to the four-year-old whose new stop was 1.6 miles from home, on a deserted dirt road with no other houses around, to the account of suspicious men seen taking pictures of children at another stop.
Some of the bus stops didn’t even seem to make sense, as one parent pointed out. Instead of stopping at the usual corner from last year, where his child and several other children lived nearby, the new stop required all the children to hike their way to an empty lot where hardly any children or anyone else lived.
Some of the new stops were on narrow dirt roads that had no easement on the side where the children could stand, and where “there’s not even a ditch they can jump into” when cars sped by in excess of the posted speed limits. Some required walking through heavily wooded areas, where parents had to clear away brush to allow the children to pass through.
Johnson took notes of the cases that needed changing, jotting down names, addresses and telephone numbers where the parents could be reached.
Working parents were also concerned with having to leave children unattended at the new stops so far from their homes, especially those who had to work in other counties. One mother asked if she could drop off her children early at school, but Hagan advised against it, since the district could not require that teachers be there that early. Since the bus driver lived on the same street as the mother, and they were friends and neighbors, she agreed to a suggestion that she drop off her children at the bus driver’s house, if that was okay with everyone…the children would simply begin their bus route early instead of being dropped off at school early.
Other thorny questions remained and not all parents were happy with the outcomes. When someone asked why the routes couldn’t be put back the way they were before, Andy Barnes explained that the district had an $800,000 transportation budget shortfall, money that was having to be taken out of the classroom to make up the difference. School Board Member Kenny Hall added that when the 2.5 mils didn’t pass, another possible source of funding was out of the running as well, leaving only budget cuts to try to minimize the red ink.
A second item that caused nearly as much discussion as the bus routes was the activity bus, used by sports team, the band, cheerleaders and after school tutoring, as well as club activities like the Boys and Girls Clubs, which reimbursed the district for mileage and fuel. Although Hall supported keeping the activity bus, which he said he believed provided a valuable service to the students, he said he was putting it back on the agenda for reconsideration, because so many people had questioned the expense when so many other things were being cut.
Hagan opposed keeping the activity bus, saying that when the county was number one in sports and number 67 in education, cutting education while keeping the extracurricular, “that’s a problem with me.” Nevertheless the motion to cut the bus failed two to three.
After several other items on the agenda were voted on, Hagan adjourned the nearly two and a half hour meeting.
Wilmarie Gilbert, who spent years working at ARC with mentally challenged people and who recently served as secretary at Lee United Methodist Church, passed away last night at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. She had suffered a massive stroke. Funeral details and obituary will be posted as soon as I get them at the Greene Publishing website.
Tallahassee – State Representative Leonard Bembry is pleased to announce the dates for the Legislative Delegation hearings that he is chairing. Because the 2012 Legislative Session will start early next year, beginning January 10th and ending March 9th, the hearings will be in September. Committee meetings begin mid-September through early December.
Representative Bembry stated, “I am convinced that delegation hearings present the general public and local government leadership with a tremendous opportunity to express their needs, and to allow an exchange of information. We can do more as your legislator if we better understand the local problems and concerns.”
Dixie County – Dixie County Commission Chambers located at 401 N. Cedar Street in Cross City, September 26, 2011 from 9:00 – 12:00am.
Levy County – Levy County Commission Chambers located at 355 South Court Street in Bronson, September 26, 2011 from 3:00 – 5:00pm.
Hamilton County – Hamilton County Commission Chambers at the Hamilton County Courthouse, located at 207 NE 1st Street, Jasper, September 28, 2011 from 10:00 – 12:00am.
Madison County – Madison County Courthouse Annex, Room 107, 29 SW Pinckney Street, Madison, September 28, 2011 from 3:00 – 5:00pm.
Franklin County – Franklin County Commission Room in the Franklin County Courthouse Annex Building, located at 34 Forbes Street, Apalachicola, September 29, 2011 from 4:00 – 6:00pm.
House District 10 is the largest geographical district in the state, and spans from Franklin County, east to Columbia County, and down the coastline to Levy County.
If any member of the public would like to address the delegation, please contact Teresa Watson in Representative Bembry’s office at (352) 493-6848 or firstname.lastname@example.org, to be placed on the agenda. Appearance cards will also be available at the hearing for anyone who wishes to be heard.
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding should contact the OFFICE OF STATE REPRESENTATIVE LEONARD BEMBRY no later than seven (7) days prior to the proceeding at (352) 493-6848, Chiefland, Florida.
Dear Friend and Sponsor,
Madison County Volunteer Fire Departments are asking for your help continuing our Fire Safety and Injury Preventions Programs for Children and Senior Citizens.
Every Firefighter in Madison County is confident that fires and fire losses can be prevented or greatly reduced through education. We are asking you to join us in this effort.
Our Volunteer Fire Departments and the National Fire Safety Council, Inc. and you would be providing fire safety and injusry prevention education materials for many of our kids and seniors in our county. These materials have been designed exclusively by the National Fire Safety Council, Inc. a 501e(3) t
ax exempt, nonprofit organization. We strongly believe that by making children and seniors aware of the dangers around them that we can prevent tragic losses and deaths from fire and injury.
To assist in funding these materials, our volunteer fire departments are turning to concerned business, industrial and professional leaders in our communities, asking for your help in providing these materials and services to between 30 and 200 children and seniors.
30 Children = $60.00
40 Children = $80.00
50 Children = $100.00
75 Children = $150.00
100 Children = $200.00
200 Children = $400.00
An acknowledement of those who support this program will be listed on the prestige page of all activity manuals under the heading: “Provided As A Public Service By People Who Care”
Thank you in advance for your concerned support. Your help is greatly appreciated and will surely reflect itself through the children and seniors in our community.
All checks, which are tax deductible, should be made payable to the National Fire Safety Council, Inc. and mailed to:
Madison Fire Rescue
253 SW Horry Avenue
Madison, Fl. 32340
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TALLAHASSEE HAS ISSUED A
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
CENTRAL JEFFERSON COUNTY IN FLORIDA…
WESTERN MADISON COUNTY IN FLORIDA…
* UNTIL 300 PM EDT
* AT 232 PM EDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DETECTED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL…AND DAMAGING
WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR CAPPS…AND
MOVING EAST AT 15 MPH.
* OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO
LAMONT AND AUCILLA
IN ADDITION TO HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS…FREQUENT CLOUD TO GROUND
LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM. MOVE INDOORS IMMEDIATELY!
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Saturday the 27th day of August 2011 beginning at 7:30 PM and ending at 2:00 AM, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a DUI / Safety and Patrol Saturation check point in Madison County. This Zero Tolerance DUI Safety Check Point will be located in the city of Greenville at US Highway 90 and Haffye Street. The Sheriff’s Office will be joined by the City of Madison Police Department, the Florida Department of Transportation as well as Neighboring Sheriff’s Offices.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports annual statistics that indicate a continued involvement of motorist driving under the influence and multiple safety violations. It is the goal of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office to discourage motorist from driving under the influence and ensure they are keeping their vehicles in safe working order. This will further promote a safer environment for all motorists traveling the highways in Madison County. Violators identified at the check point and during the Patrol Saturation will be dealt with according to Florida Law.
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 public meeting, to which all persons are invited to attend, as follows:
Date: August 17, 2011
Time: 1:30 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: Continuation of FY2011-2012 Budget Preparation.
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 August 11, 2011. Board of County Commissioners of
Madison County, Florida
By: /s/ Tim Sanders
Tim Sanders, Clerk