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email@example.com www.StarkeJournal.com Deadline Monday 5 p.m. before publication Phone 352-473-2210 Fax 352-473-2210 Whats Inside Wright overall winner in 4-H Holiday Bake Off Melrose Library celebrates 30 years, holding open house Womans Club holds Christmas meeting Owner of Starke hospital approves acquisition Target closing Wells Road store Capital City Bank names new president Nurses union says Orange Park Medical Center has highest cost ratio in Florida Blue Cross sells Oakleaf building for three times assessed value McRae Elementary straight-A students Keystone football player wins Gator Bowl scholarship Clay Chamber and bar scholarships application deadline Feb. 28 UF adds 1 major, drops 2 Obituaries Sports Social news Letters to the ed itor Lake Region Monitor Lake Region Monitor USPS 114-170 Keystone Heights, Florida Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 41 st Year 37 th Issue 75 CENTS BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor McRae Elementary Schools teacher of the year said he was first attracted to the campus by its family atmosphere. Title 1 Lead Teacher Chris Simmons earned a bachelors degree in education with a specialty in specific learning disabilities and exceptional student education from the University of North Florida in 1997. He started his career at Southside Elementary School in Starke and also taught at Bradford Middle School before entering the Clay County district by working at Montclair Elementary in Orange Park in 2001. While there, he taught math, reading and writing to fourth through sixth grade students with disabilities. In 2005, Simmons moved to the district office as an exceptional student education staffing specialist. There, he made sure that individual education plans were in compliance with state rules at Keystone Heights High School, Keystone Heights Elementary School, McRae Elementary School and Green Cove Springs Junior High School. In that job, he trained teachers and also held eligibility meetings for new students to determine whether they were eligible for an ESE program. Simmons said that during his visits to McRae Elementary, he could see a strong family culture among the staff. I have worked in schools in Clay County and in Bradford County and this school has the biggest sense of community of any school, he said. A lot of schools talk about how they have a family atmosphere and how they look out for one another, he added. This school actually does it. There is a genuine sense of community and family here. I liked it and I didnt want to leave. Simmons said when a Title 1 lead teacher position became available at the school, he applied and started working at McRae in January 2010. Title 1 is a federal program that allocates additional funding to low-income or disadvantaged students. McRae is a Title 1 school because it has a high percentage of students on free or reduced lunch. Simmons lives in Keystone Heights and his wife is a guidance counselor at Keystone Heights High School. McRae teacher of the year appreciates schools supportive community Skyrocketing flood insurance premiums hurting property sales BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor New flood insurance premium rates, which are as much as 10 times the rates sold one year ago, are hindering, and in some cases killing deals for waterfront property in the Lake Region. The new rates are a product of the 2012 Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act. The law requires FEMA to make the federal governments flood insurance program more financially stable. It reduces federal subsidies for flood insurance and increases premiums for most new policyholders. The National Flood Insurance Program is $24 billion in debt, and 40 percent of the programs policies are in Florida. Last year, Clay County residents began complaining that the new law was doubling or tripling existing flood insurance premiums. Before Christmas, Sen. Bill Nelson and other legislators tried to pass a measure that would delay the premium increases. However, lawmakers from states that have few flood insurance policies rebuffed those efforts. A bill is now making its way through the Florida Legislature that would encourage more private insurance companies to offer flood insurance, creating alternatives to the FEMA Charter committee rejects changes for county commissioners Kiwanis Club welcomes new members The phases of aging; a care-tenders guide DuPont appoints executives for Clay County mining operations BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor DuPont said on Jan. 9 it selected the chief executive that will lead the new independent company which will own DuPonts Clay County titanium dioxide feedstock mines. Executive Vice President Mark P. Vergnano will serve as CEO of the new, $7 billion performance chemicals company after its separation from DuPont, which is expected to occur in the second quarter of 2015. Last year, DuPont said it was spinning off the business unit that includes its mines in Camp Blanding, Lawtey, Clay Hill and Maxville. Titanium dioxide is used as a whitening agent in products ranging from paint to chewing gum. DuPont sources its highestquality titanium dioxide from ilmenite, which it mines from a 19-by-1-mile deposit along Floridas Trail Ridge, stretching from Camp Blanding to the Okefenokee Swamp. DuPont contractor Humphreys Gold Corporation began mining ilmenite within Camp Blanding in 1949, six years after I.B. Humpreys invented the spiral concentrator, which used centrifugal force to separate iron ore from sand. DuPont still uses that same technology in its wet mills operating in its north Florida mines. In 1958, DuPont took over the operation, after its contract with Chris Simmons New Kiwanis Club of the Lake Region members (seated l-r) Karen Nelson, Gayle Stewart and Randall Taylor listen as club president Ken Buckner welcomes them to the organization. Standing behind the new members are their sponsors: (l-r) Tina Bullock, Steve Hart and Heather Henderson. The Kiwanis Club of the Lake Region welcomed three new members during its December meeting. Karen Nelson, Gayle Stewart and Randall Taylor were sponsored by Tina Bullock, Steve Hart and Heather Henderson, respectively. The club also exchanged gifts in a Chinese gift swap during the meeting. In January, the club added another new member: Rebecca Richardson of M&S Bank. During the Jan. 9 meeting, John Ward, deputy director for Clay County Emergency Management, gave the club an update on a federal grant which will fund 21 new firefighting jobs. He said five new firefighters will be added to the Lake Region. BY JAMES WILLIAMS Special to the Monitor Caring for an elderly family member is a big responsibility that can be made a lot easier with planning. Based on what I and my family experienced with our mother, I would divide care tending for an elderly parent into six or seven phases. The first is the no problems here phase. Everything seems normal and the parent is living independently, is mobile and goes about their business. The second phase consists of early warning signs, signals that your parent needs more than a weekly check-in or a daily phone call. It can be hard to tell when youve moved from phase one to two. Early indicators are that the parents hearing, eyesight, mobility or cognitive awareness is going. You may notice a lack of focus, increased trembling, diminishing motor skills or memory lapses including losing words and names or repeating old and familiar stories. Be on the lookout for cooking accidents. Check to see whether your parent can still get out of a chair with relative ease. If the parent starts falling, wandering away or experiences occasional confusion about where they are, it is definitely time to intervene. But be prepared: while its good to let the parent stay in their own home if they want to, eventually, you may reach a point where 24/7 care tending is required. The tendency is for parent and offspring to avoid facing that determination as long as possible. If your family is committed to care in the home, dont hesitate or try to put off the inevitable when the time comes. In the early warning phase, it is already time to approach the subject of your parents driving, hearing aids, mobility aids like walkers and wheelchairs or even monitoring and limiting interactions with hostile, exploitive, disruptive or upsetting family members or others. Adjusting to the process If pain killers are prescribed for your parent, keep track of them and keep them out of sight and away from other family members or visitors of any age. If your parents blaring TV becomes really unpleasant, investigate TV Ears which allows the parent to listen to the TV at full volume, even though the TV set is muted in the room. This device advertises regularly in the AARP magazine, a good source for information on caregiving. Early on, we tried a falling and I cant get up emergency notification system, as did one of our cousins with her parent. In a sense, the button was a way to delay the inevitablethe knowledge that someone needed to be in the house with our mother. In both ours and our cousins cases, the device proved not to be useful. Our parents would not press the button, even when it was BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor The Clay County Charter Review Committee turned away three proposals to the countys governing document that would have altered term limits for county commissioners and converted how they are elected from single-member districts to at-large seats. Now, county commissioners are limited to two, consecutive, four year terms. Charter committee member Richard Klinzman proposed limiting commissioners to one, four year hitch. The Middleburg resident said the board of county commissioners does not adequately represent the interests of taxpayers, ignore residents who speak at county commission meetings and are unduly influenced by the Clay County Chamber of Commerce. This board caters to outside special interests, he said, and does not care about the input of the people. Klinzman listed several examples of 2013 board decisions he said were wrong. He said in votes changing the regulation of billboards, rezoning land for a Green Cove Springs-area asphalt plant and negotiating with the See CHARTER, 2A See TEACHER, 5A See CARE, 5A See FLOOD, 3A See DUPONT, 3A
2A Lake Region Monitor Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 Wright overall winner in 4-H Holiday Bake Off Elektra Wright baked a Hersheys Perfectly Chocolate cake to win the Clay County 4-H Holiday Bake Off on Dec. 6. 4-H members submitted baked products in six categories for the contest: cakes, cookies, cheesecakes, quick breads, pies and yeast breads. Ten trained, volunteer judges evaluated the entries for taste, quality appearance and presentation. Members used a wide variety of holiday ideas to create and decorate the entries from trees and sparkling lights to snowmen and elegant cheesecakes. Wright won a scholarship to the 4-H county camp. The Clay County 4-H Foundation Inc. sponsored the prize. Additional winners were: Junior division (age 8-10): First Place (tie), Lacee Mathewson, Peppermint Swirl Cheesecake and Sarah Grimm, Double Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake. Second Place, Graci Padgett, Grannie Maes Pineapple Upside-own Cake. Third Place, Morgan Padgett, Grannie Amys Strawberry Short Cake. Intermediate division: (age 1113): First Place, Elektra Wright, Hersheys Perfectly Chocolate, Chocolate Cake, Second Place, Kylie Reis, Carrot Cake Cheesecake, Third Place, Samantha Ball, Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Senior division (age 14-18): First Place, Kayla Sizemore, Devils Food Cake with MintChocolate Ganache, Second Place, Tristan Rowand, Chocolate Cake with Basic Buttercream Icing, Third Place, Megan Trexler, Chocolate Malted Cookies. Submitted by Jackie Schrader, Clay County 4-H Womans Club holds Christmas meeting On Dec. 17, the Keystone Heights Womans club held its Christmas meeting. After a delicious dinner provided by the members of the club, the bell choir from the Keystone United Methodist Church, under the direction of David Golden, entertained members and guests. This talented group featured Christmas music and a solo by Carol Golden. The business portion of the meeting included a presentation by Cindy Martorano, fundraising chairman who reminded members of the upcoming Trash and Treasure sale to be held on Friday, Jan. 24, and Saturday, Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The club will offer some great items during the sale at 6747 Womans Club Road, including jewelry, kitchenware and lots of childrens items. Members were also reminded to bring additional items to the next meeting. The club is available for rentals for weddings, parties, meetings, retirements, etc. Contact Nora Gauck, rental chairman at 352473-3553 for more information. The Womans Club also hosts card parties the first and second Friday of every month. These are open to the public. The next meeting will be Jan. 21 at 11:30 for lunch. The speaker will be Deborah Strickland from Haven Hospice on DeCluttering our lives. Submitted by Tina Bullock, Womans Club of Keystone Heights. Melrose Library celebrates 30 years, holding open house As part of the Melrose Public Librarys celebration of 30 years at its Wynnwood Avenue location during the week of Jan. 21-25, the Melrose Library Association will host an open house from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the library. The public is invited for refreshments and an opportunity to participate in the Pearls of Wisdom project. In 1979, Maud Watkins, a former principal of Melrose Elementary School, began a campaign for what she called a proper library. She went to the state legislature, and with the help of the local delegation obtained a state grant that would match local funds. That made the library a reality. The Melrose Library Building Association and Melrose Womans Club were instrumental in fund raising. On Jan. 22, 1984, the new Library officially opened. The concrete block, brick veneer building had 3,100 square feet of space and room for 10,000 books. Virginia Bird was the first librarian in the new building. She was succeeded by Stella Brown and later Sheree Sims, the current branch manager. Within a few years, it became apparent the new library needed still more space if it were to house comfortably both its childrens and adult programs. The Melrose Library Association took on the task of raising $75,000 to enable another state grant for a 1,300 square-foot wing. Charles Norton was a major contributor. The new wing was built in 2001. Bulbs class The Putnam Extension Office of the University of Florida is offering the class Bulbs for Northeast Florida on Friday, Jan. 17, at 4:30 p.m. at 111 Yelvington Road, East Palatka. Guest speakers Ray Zerba and Amy Morie from Clay County will join us to cover bulbs, corms, tubers and rhizomes that can be grown in our region. Plant anatomy, plant species with site requirements and bloom times will be discussed so you can plan for year round blooms. This class is free. Call the extension at 386-329-0318 to register. Yesterdays Festival Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park and the Gold Head Associates, Inc., present the 10th annual Yesterdays Festival on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival is free to attend with the purchase of park admission, $5 per vehicle, up to eight people in a vehicle. Meet hobbyists, collectors and enthusiasts, as well as professional museum curators, archivists, archaeologists and historians. Antique cars, tractors, tools, and weapons of all kinds will be on display in the picnic area. Take a tram ride tour of the park, guided by a park ranger. Churn butter, grind corn and watch cast-iron cooking over a wood fire. Live music will be performed on stage throughout the day. The Camp Blanding Military Museum will perform weapons firing demonstrations and the Tri-County Artillery will fire confederate cannons. Professional appraiser John Sikorski, host of local radio show Sikorskis Attic, and self-appointed ambassador to the world of antiques, will be performing visual appraisals of antiques between 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. The cost will be $10 per item, up to three items maximum. Bring only what you can carry, and please do not bring coins, firearms, textiles or stamps. Family-fun Movies The Melrose Public Library will feature a popular family movie on the big screen for free. The library will provide popcorn and juice for the 1:30 p.m., Jan. 29 event. Meet the author Backcountry Lawman author Bob Lee and his special guest, Roger Gunter, will visit the Melrose Public Library on Jan. 31 to discuss his latest book and what else is in store for his writing career. His book is filled with exciting and sometimes funny stories from his 30-year career as a wildlife officer in Putnam County. Lees visit is sponsored by the Putnam County One Book One Putnam Committee and the Melrose Library Association with assistance from Bellamy Road Fine Art, Literature and Film and the Melrose Senior Community Center. The Melrose Book Discussion Group is hosting the event. The Keystone Heights High School Culinary Class is preparing treats from the book. The event is free and everyone is invited. The library is located behind the post office. For more information call the library at 352475-1237. Strawberry Pageant hopefuls can apply now The 52nd annual BradfordUnion Strawberry Pageant is scheduled for Saturday, March 1, and applications for contestants are available now. This years pageant will award more than $4,000 to the young ladies ages 13 to 24 who will be participating, including $2,000 to the 2014 Strawberry Queen. Applications are available at Capital City Bank in Starke, Bradford Middle School, Bradford High School, Lake Butler Middle School, Union County High School and Keystone Heights Junior-Senior High School. The deadline to enter is Sunday, Feb. 2, and there will be an orientation for contestants on that day at 2 p.m. For more information, visit www. strawberrypageant.org Clay County Development Authority about the proposed Big League Dreams recreational complex, the board demonstrated a disregard for the public will. He also said county commissioners are not necessary, and are mostly figureheads. He said limiting commissioners to one term would cut in half the damage they could inflict. They can do a whole lot more damage in eight years than they can in four, he said in support of his proposal, and they dont have to worry about getting reelected. They can take on the problems of the day and only those problems of the day. He also said the one term limit would prevent commissioners from vesting in government pension plans and other perks. The committee rejected Klinzmans proposal by a 10-2 vote. Committee member Patrick Arnwine proposed extending county commission term limits to three, four year terms. Arnwine said he is a big proponent of term limits, but added that 12 years of service was preferable to the current limit of two, consecutive, fouryear terms. I think we are accomplishing a couple of things: one, establishing a fast term limit and two, taking advantage of, for want of a better word, corporate knowledge, he said of his idea. I trust my commissioner , he added, so I would want him to be as effective as he possibly can, so having as much time on the job to have experience with issues and going around to different events talking to people-I just see that 12 years seems to be the right number for me. Arnwines motion failed on a 10-3 vote, with committee member Vernon Witherell, who missed the vote on Klinzmans proposal, casting a vote on Arnwines. Duane DAndrea proposed converting all county commission seats from being elected within each district to at-large voting. The change would mean that all county residents would be able to vote on all commissioners, rather than voting only on candidates in their own districts. DAndrea said that prior to 2004, commissioners were elected at-large. However, in that year, voters approved a change to single-district voting. The biggest thing that I have heard from constituents and others here on this panel is that folks dont know exactly who they are voting for and who they cant vote for, when county commissioners are up for election, he said. I do believe in uniformity, and I do believe that most people think that when they are voting for county commissioners, they dont understand that they cant vote for all of them. I think our citizens in Clay County would like the opportunity to vote for all of the candidates, so I believe that the commissioners should be elected at-large, and not via district representation, he added. Committee member Travis Christiansen said such a move would make it more difficult for minority candidates and candidates from minority political parties to get elected. Christiansen also said that at-large voting would dilute the influence of Keystone Heightsarea voters, who live in District 4. Quite simply, he said, when you have at-large elections, it does not matter where in the county the votes come from. If I wanted to run for the commission in District 4, I wouldnt waste much time there at all, he continued. I would put all my signs up in the north end of the county. I would do all my door knocking in the big neighborhoods. For District 4, they would get the commissioner that Orange Park wanted them to have. DAndreas proposal failed on an 11-2 vote. The Charter Review Committees next meeting is at 7 p.m. on Jan. 27. During that meeting, panel members will discuss potential changes to constitutional offices, including term limits, and whether the sheriff should be appointed rather than elected. CHARTER Continued from 1A Jail CO accused of sexual battery BY MARK J. CRAWFORD Telegraph Editor The Bradford County Sheriffs Office isnt saying much about the arrest last week of one of its own as investigation continues in the sexual battery case. Robert V. Melton of Starke was arrested Jan. 10 after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement contacted the sheriffs office and shared information about Meltons alleged involvement in a capital sexual battery. The victim was reportedly a minor. WCJB was told that additional possible victims were being interviewed. Sheriff Gordon Smith told the station that the See ARRESTED, 5A
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 Lake Region Monitor 3A program. Real estate agents in the Tampa Bay area are reporting that the new rates are terminating a significant number of deals. Tom Smith, owner of Coldwell Banker, Smith and Smith Realty in Starke said one of his deals was killed by the new rates. He said when the buyer of a waterfront property found out the premium for flood insurance would be $250 a month, the buyer backed out of the deal. We thought the premium would be $250 a year, said Smith, not $250 a month. Jane Hathorn, an agent with Trevor Waters Realty in Keystone Heights, said she is now trying to salvage a deal that is in jeopardy because of the new rates. She said that her buyer is facing combined homeowners and flood insurance premiums that are nearly equal to the principal and interest on the mortgage. Hathorn said she is trying to take advantage of a part of the law that might allow the buyer to purchase flood insurance under the old rates. She added that if she is unsuccessful, the sale will fall through. Hathorn also said that if lawmakers or property sellers cannot find a solution to the problem, many owners of houses in the floodplain will be trapped in their homes, because buyers will not be able to afford flood insurance. Humphreys expired. Since 1949, DuPont has paid the Florida Armory Board a royalty based on ore taken from the Camp Blanding mine. In 2011, DuPonts titanium dioxide product, Ti-Pure, became the worlds bestseller for the compound. However, the following year, prices for the pigment fell, based largely on falling demand for paint. Prices continued to weaken in 2013. Last year, DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman said market volatility in the titanium dioxide market, as well as DuPonts desire to focus on businesses with emerging technologies, were factors in the company deciding to divest the business unit. The company considered selling the division to another company, but settled on a spinoff to its existing shareholders because the transaction would be tax free, and spinning off the operation gave DuPont more control during the transition period. The new publically traded entity will consist of two business units: titanium technologies and chemicals, and fluoroproducts. B.C. Chong will lead the titanium unit and F.J. Vanlancker will head the chemicals and fluoroproducts business. Vergnano, 55, is currently a DuPont executive vice president. His responsibilities include oversight of the performance chemicals segment since 2009. The company said that with 33 years experience at DuPont, Vergnano has held a diverse range of business, manufacturing and technical leadership positions around the world, including leading several global businesses. He is a member of the board of directors of Johnson Controls Inc. and the U.S. National Safety Council. DuPont said that as president of the titanium technologies business, Chong, 52, possesses deep knowledge of the growing Asia Pacific marketplace with most of his 25 years at DuPont based in that region. Chong has been assigned to a variety of business, sales and operations leadership positions before leading the titanium technologies business for the last three years. Vanlancker, 49, has served DuPont for 26 years in a wide range of business and sales leadership assignments since joining the company in 1988 in Belgium. The company said that in leading the chemicals and fluoroproducts business, Vanlancker brings more than a decade of experience in managing fluoro-based businesses as well as strong global marketplace insights. The companys chemicals and fluoroproducts product line includes Telflon, Freon and sulfuric acid. Kullman said selecting the new companys senior management is an important step for the developing enterprise. Establishing the core leadership of the new performance chemicals company is a key milestone in creating two strong yet distinct companies that deliver maximum value for our shareholders, she said. The appointments of Mark, B.C. and Thierry reflect the importance of ensuring top industry leadership is solidly in place as we advance and execute our plan. They have a wealth of industry experience and insight, bringing a deep passion and commitment for customers, employees and shareholders. Owner of Starke hospital approves acquisition BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor Shareholders of Health Management Associates voted on Jan. 9 to approve Community Health Systems acquisition of the company. HMA owns 60 percent of Shands Starke. Both hospital chains operate facilities in mostly rural communities: HMA has 71 hospitals in 15 states with 11,000 beds, and CHS has 135 hospitals in 29 states with 20,000 beds. The combined company would be the largest hospital chain in the United States, in terms of licensed beds. The two companies agreed on a merger last July. However, after they announced the deal, HMAs largest shareholder, Glenview Capital, waged a proxy fight in which it successfully replaced HMAs entire board. Later, the new board approved moving forward with the CHS transaction. Shands Starke CEO Brent Burish said the two organizations fit well together. Culturally and organizationally, our companies are ideal partners, as we both share an unwavering dedication to delivering the highest quality care, with a focus on continual improvementas represented locally with national recognition for Shands Starke Regional Medical Center as a Joint Commission Top Performer in Quality Outcomes nationwide, he said. Burish added, The most important thing to know about this transaction is that it will not impact operations at Shands Starke Regional Medical Center. Our patients remain our priority, and the community should see no change in our patient care or the physicians that will treat you. Capital City Bank names new president Capital City Bank has named Patricia Evans president of Bradford and Clay counties. As president, Evans responsibilities include overseeing operation of the Capital City Bank offices in Keystone Heights and Starke and further strengthening the companys position in Bradford and Clay counties. Evans brings more than 15 years of prior experience serving Capital City Bank clients in Tallahassee and Starke. In her most recent role as community banker in Starke, her responsibilities included building relationships with new and existing clients. Patricia is an exceptional banker with a long career in the industry, said Bill Smith, Capital City Bank Group chairman, president and CEO. She has served the bank for many years in the Leon and Bradford/Clay markets prior to assuming this role, and her vast and varied experience will make her an ideal leader for our team in Bradford and Clay counties. A dedicated community volunteer, Evans exemplifies the Capital City corporate commitment to community involvement. Since moving to Starke in 2012, she has become involved with both the Womans Club of Starke and Kiwanis Club of Starke, serving as treasurer and vice president, respectively. Target closing Wells Road store Target announced on Jan. 10 that it will close its Orange Park SuperTarget store on May 3. The retailer said in a press release that its managers decided to close the Wells Road store and seven other locations after considering each locations financial performance. The company said it will also close stores in Las Vegas, Nev., North Las Vegas, Duluth, Ga., Memphis Tenn., Middletown, Ohio, and Trotwood, Ohio. After the closing, Targets only other Clay County location will be in Fleming Island. Nurses union says Orange Park Medical Center has highest cost ratio in Florida BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor The research arm of a California-based nurses union said Orange Park Medical Center has the second-highest cost ratio in the United States and the highest in Florida. National Nurses United said its Institute for Health and Socio-Economic Policy based its findings on Medicare cost reports from the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2012. The research organization compared hospital charges to costs for Medicare patients. In a press release, the union said that based on its research, Orange Park Medical Center marks up its charges by an average of 11.39 times its own costs. It added that the average for-profit hospital markup is 503 percent over cost while the average non-profit facility markup is 235 percent. The union did not provide a dollar-for dollar comparison for procedures among hospitals, but a review of a different Medicare database by the Monitor appears to corroborate the institutes findings. In a summary of Medicare inpatient charges and payments for the top 100 diagnosis-related groups, the Monitor compared hospital charges among northern Florida hospitals for chest pains. Orange Park Medical Center discharged 103 Medicare patients in the year ended Sept. 30, 2011 with chest pains, charging an average of $35,806 per patient. UF Health in Gainesville discharged 152 Medicare patients with the same chest pains diagnosis-related group over the same time period with an average charge of $13,025 per patient. Putnam Community Medical Center (70 discharges), St. Vincents Medical Center (137 discharges) and Baptist Medical Center (59 discharges) billed an average of $13,460, $14,637 and $23,038 respectively for chest-pains patients. North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville, which, like Orange Park, is owned by Hospital Corporation of America, discharged 101 chest-pains patients in fiscal year 2011, with an average charge of $35,349 per patient. Patients covered by health insurance are not subjected to the hospitals listed prices for deductibles and co-pays because their insurance providers negotiate discounted price schedules. Jean Ross, co-president of National Nurses United, said the research by the institute shows that the United States healthcare system should be converted to a single-payer system. The best solution is to expand and update Medicare to cover everyone, she said, and take the financing of healthcare out of the hands of the profiteers. Blue Cross sells Oakleaf building for three times assessed value BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor On Jan.1, Blue Cross Blue Shield sold a 71,000-square foot, one-story office building on Oakleaf Plantation Parkway and the 15-acre parcel it sits on to an affiliated company for $20,035,000. The insurance company sold the property, which the Clay County Property Appraiser values at $6,030,000, to Guidewell Group Inc. The transaction is part of a reorganization in which Blue Cross Blue Shield, doing business as Florida Blue, converted from a mutual insurance company to a for-profit stock company in 2013. Blue Cross and Guidewell Group are both owned by the mutual insurance holding company, Guidewell Mutual Holding Company. Florida Blues 20-story high rise on Jacksonvilles Riverside Avenue is valued at $31,000,000 by the Duval County Property Appraiser. FLOOD Continued from 1A DUPONT Continued from 1A
4A Lake Region Monitor Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 McRae Elementary straight-A students Third grade (l-r), front row: Sarah Siebert, Brayden Miller, Ty Gambrel and Brian Rutkowski. Back row: William Wooden, Kaiden Gilland, Tineasha Littles, Gage Smith and Chase Packham. Third grade (l-r), front row: Abby Younts, Emma Givens and Tara Tarvit. Back row: DJ Kirkland, Bailey Nelson, Kate Harrison and Courtney Savoy. Sixth grade (l-r), front row: Kaitlyn Bangert, Carmel Murray and Makayla Smith. Back row: Ciarrah Fernandez, Wyatt Hopkins, Justin McLendon and Zachary Taylor. Fifth grade (l-r), front row: Camille Jackson, Curtis Jones and Haley Reynolds. Back row: Jayson Lauzurique and Alexis Turner. Fourth grade, front row: Judy Guerrero, Colby MacGregor and Mandy Guo. Back row: Kailey Chaney, Abigail Curry and Khloe Riley.
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 Lake Region Monitor 5A At McRae, Simmons is in charge of supplemental educational services tutoring, and also in charge of all the Title 1 compliance and paperwork. McRae is going through a Title 1 audit now. If documentation is incomplete or incorrect, the school could be forced to pay back some of its federal funding. Because of the Title 1 money, the school can spend additional dollars to reach out to parents, invest in more professional development for teachers, and deploy resources for the schools two success maker labs. The federal money also funds additional teachers and staff. Simmons said the supplemental resources make a real difference in student achievement, particularly in tutoring, access to computers and involving parents. The more you can get parents onto the campus and get them more involved in school, that is a very big thing, he said. Simmons said that since he has been at the school, participation in parent nights have grown from around 75 to over 200 people. He added that another benefit of McRae being a Title 1 campus is that the schools fifth-grade students will soon be receiving Apple iPads. Weve got an iPad for every student, said Simmons, we have a case for every iPad and we have an iPad for every teacher. We are now getting the infrastructure together to implement that now. Simmons said that once the program is in place, fifth-graders will do much of their classroom work using the devices. Keystone football player wins Gator Bowl scholarship Keystone Heights High School senior football player Tate Williams won the Gator Bowl Award of Excellence Scholarship. Over 100 students applied for the $5,000 prize. They were evaluated on academics, athletics and extra-curricular activities. Ana McIntosh, a tennis player from Jacksonvilles Atlantic Coast High School also won the scholarship. Gator Bowl officials showcased Williams and McIntosh during the Jan. 1 bowl game. Williams, who played center for the district champion Indians, plans to attend the University of Florida. UF adds 1 major, drops 2 The University of Florida added a new major to its College of Design, Construction and Planning. The new masters in environmental analysis and design should be available in 2014. The universitys College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is discontinuing the M.A. in mathematics and B.A. in Asian studies due to low enrollment. Clay Chamber and bar scholarships application deadline Feb. 28 The Clay County Chamber Foundation scholarship program was created in 1991 to recognize academically talented Clay County high school seniors and to provide financial assistance for their college-level studies. The Clay County Chamber Foundation Scholarship Committee administers the program. The foundation will award five, $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors residing in Clay County and planning to attend college. The Clay County Bar Association will award one, $1,000 scholarship to a Clay County high school senior planning to pursue a career in law or business. For more information, go to http://www.claychamber. com/foundation/scholarships. The deadline for applications is Feb. 28. Clay Electric scholarships available The 2014 Youth Scholarship application form is now available on the Clay Electric Cooperative website. The annual scholarship program is limited to any public, private or home-schooled high school senior whose home (primary residence) is served by Clay Electric and who will be graduating from high school at the end of this school year. The application deadline is April 1. For more information, go to https://www.clayelectric.com/ documents/scholarship2014.pdf. on a chain around their necks or on their wrists or nearby. In a panic situation, the simplest technology confuses at least this generation of the elderly, even if theyve seen it demonstrated in multiple TV commercials and in-home tests. In an emergency, they may entirely forget that theyre wearing the button. Also, the parent doesnt want to bother anybody. Given a choice between lying in the floor all night and having EMS technicians see them in their night clothes or less, they may choose to stay where they are and hope someone else comes eventually. My siblings and I discussed relatively complicated and expensive granny cams often, but never got around to installing any. There may be multiple trips and short or lengthy stays in hospitals and rehabilitation centers. Urinary tract infections, a dreadful malady called C-diff, fevers and coughs, pneumonia, abscessing teeth and debilitating but curable ailments are common with the elderly. Any number of health crises like strokes, mini-strokes or blood clots can demand a trip to the emergency room. The local fire department and EMS responders know this: many more fire station calls are for medical emergencies than for fires. Get to know your local EMS technicians and support them however you can. They are good at what they do. You may need to call them for no more than lifting assistance after a fall even if no hospitalization is required. EMS technicians arent exactly medical experts, but when in doubt, their advice on whether to take your parent in for treatment will be invaluable, but the choice may ultimately be yours. The EMS ambulance can transport your parent to the hospital, if needed, but they wont necessarily bring them home again. Actually, we went through a number of phases with our mother and transportation. At first, she could get in and out of one type of car but not another. That meant that the person with the acceptable car had to be available for transport, or would lend the car for someone else to drive. That eventually devolved into transport in a wheelchair. Find out about local medical transports. Ours came all the way from Lake City to bring our mother back and forth to or from her home in Hampton. In early stages, this was done in a wheelchair, in a van with a lift. Eventually, this grew to require a different type of van that could accommodate a gurney. Throughout all of this, you should not automatically expect any particularly different treatment or relationship with the parent other than what you have experienced throughout your lifetime. If you feel your parent hasnt treated you as an adult before, dont expect him or her to start now. You probably shouldnt automatically expect gratitude or even co-operation. The parents traditionally favored child will continue to be their favored child, even if the favored child isnt necessarily the main care provider. It is not at all uncommon for the primary caregiving sibling to be undervalued. If your parent has been stubborn and made self-centered decisions before, they will probably operate on that same mechanism. As one person said to me, Old people are what theyve always been, except more. The best thing you can do for yourself is to examine your own attitudes and psychological status, but also remember that the commitment you made to care for your parent is a commitment you made to yourself as much as to them. The harder, but not the hardest yet phase This phase begins with the onset of mobility or cognitive impairment, when it becomes more and more difficult for your parent to get around or remember logical and functional sequences. This might come about because of an obese parent, complications from diabetes, TIs or mini-strokes, blood clots, falls and broken bones and a seemingly endless list of reasons why, over time, your parent can no longer get out of a bed or a chair, and easily move about the room. You will see a progression from a power-lift chair to needing your assistance to rise and walk, to using a cane, then a walker and finally to a wheelchair. This can all occur suddenly, or over days, weeks, months or years. Our mother and family used power lift chairs, but not all care tenders or geriatric experts recommend them. Some feel the electric chairs keep elderly sitters from getting exercise they need. Depending on the home and the circumstances, you might consider having a handicap ramp built for easier access, now or in the future. The ramp may also allow your parent to enjoy the outdoors or a favorite garden spot for a few more months or years. Medicare pays for most medical equipment you will need, but in general, the program will pay for each type of equipment only once. Think ahead; choose wisely the first time: if Medicare buys a wheel chair or a hospital bed and you later decide you want something slightly different, the replacement cost will probably be on you. TEACHER Continued from 1A CARE Continued from 1A See MOM, 6A investigation is far from over and that there could be a small circle of victims involved. The investigation has also involved searches of Meltons residence and storage shed. The 59-year-old correctional deputy was hired by the agency in 2007. When he was interviewed about the allegations, he turned in a handwritten resignation. I am deeply disturbed by this arrest and will continue to work closely with FDLE until this case is complete, Smith said. The men and women of the Bradford County Sheriffs Office are a fine group of professionals. This organization should not be judged on the deplorable actions of this individual. We will continue to move forward being constantly vigilant against any wrongdoers. For security reasons, Melton was taken to an undisclosed correctional facility, but he has since been released from custody. His bond was set at $85,000. ARRESTED Continued from 2A
Meeting the inevitable Toward the end, memory loss and potentially a kind of dementia may set in. However, in many cases, even these phases will wax and wane, as will a patients health. We had one maddening event with our mother, when she had refused to eat or take fluids for several days. She slept constantly over a 48-hour period, but we would find her up and talking to people we couldnt see in the middle of the night. Finally, a visiting home nurse told us to call our sister, who had just left for vacation, and to notify other siblings, that death was near. After all the calls had been made and the sister and her husband were on their way home, that afternoon Mom suddenly sat up in bed and announced that she was hungry and thirsty. She wanted her hair combed. There had been many such false declines and improvements during the last two years, but invariably it seemed that no improvement was equal to the one just before, and each decline left our mother in a slightly worse condition than the last. We were told that this was common and almost universal. Eventually, our mothers primary care physician recommended that she be put on palliative care. Palliative care is something the family and the patient must agree to. On one hand, the patient no longer must have an in-office, face-to-face visit with a doctor every three months to satisfy Medicare requirements. Fewer calls to a transport company are needed. A system of visiting doctors and nurses is set up. The patient continues to take whatever medications are prescribed, although the palliative care doctor may change the regimen from what the primary care physician had prescribed. Palliative care is also thought of as the step before hospice care. The aim of palliative care providers is to keep the patient comfortable, but not to take deliberate measures to extend the patients life, or even correct existing health problems. This is especially true when patients have spelled out terms in an advanced directive or a do-notrecessitate order. During this phase, our mothers hallucinations and sleep deprivations increased but were interspersed with lucidity. At one point, we took her to a hospital to correct a minor, recurring ailment, and that was fine with the palliative care doctors and nurses. It did not endanger her palliative status. Eventually, though, it was clear that we were approaching hospice care. Again, we were open with our mother about the fact that we had reached that point. It was clear the new status disturbed her, as might be expected, but we believed she also felt it was time. During the final few weeks, our mothers breathing became more difficult as her lungs filled with fluids. The nurses pointed out signs that our mothers organs were shutting down. A hospice social worker suggested to us that it was probably time to say goodbye to our mother. This time, the local siblings were around and distant siblings chose to come. It seemed our mother responded to all our voices. Three of us visited a chosen funeral home to make preliminary arrangements. Our sister began to put into place all the elements of a funeral service Mom had already stipulated well in advance. Often, we had been told that sometimes the dying want permission to go. One morning, after mom had appeared to be unconscious for quite a while, we decided that the time was right. We gathered around our mothers bed, unsure whether she could still hear us or whether in her belabored breathing she was still conscious. My brother told her that we were all there and if she wanted to go to see our dad and her parents, we understood and that we would remember her and love her as we always had. All of us ended with an I love you mom. She died that night. The nice thing about hospice is that if they arent there when the patient passes, they come immediately when called. We had been warned in advance to notify hospice first, and not the sheriffs office or the EMS. A hospice nurse determined that Mom had indeed passed away, and called the funeral home for us. That night, hospice and the funeral home took care of everything that needed to be done, while each of us began to grieve in their own way, and in the days following the siblings and in-laws began to make arrangements for the funeral. Caring for your parent is, in summary, not the twinklyeyed process the sentimental would have it be. It is work, it is hard, it is necessary, it is taxing and your life will need to make adjustments during the process. On the other hand, you are making your parents last years as comfortable at home as you can make them, and there is some pleasure and personal reward in knowing that. You are fulfilling a commitment you made to your parent and to yourself, and there, too, is a satisfaction. When it is done, you will grieve, and you will feel guilty and wonder if you could have done more or better. You may ask whether you could have accepted the challenge with greater magnanimity; or if you had done differently whether you could have forestalled the parents death, even for a while. But beyond all of that, you realize that, for yourself, the most important thing you have observed close at hand the realities of death. In a real way, you have achieved true adulthood and begin to prepare for your own eventual decline. 6A Lake Region Monitor Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 LRM Legals 1/16/14 NOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTION Notice is hereby given that pur suant to the Florida Self Storage Facility Act Statutes (Section 83.801,83.809), Lake Area Stor age, LLC, will sell the following items to the highest and best bid der on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 9:00 A.M., (EST) at 7101 SR 21, Keystone Heights, Florida 32656: Unit# 323, containing misc. household items. 1/16 2tchg 1/23-LRM NOTICE OF INTENTION TO REGISTER FICTITIOUS NAME Pursuant to Section 865.09, Flori da Statutes, notice is hereby given that the undersigned, William S. Bailey, sole owner, doing business under the firm name of: Dominator Bowcraft P.O. Box 1281, Keystone Heights, Fl. 32656, intends to reg ister said fictitious name under the aforesaid statute. Dated this 14 day of Jan., 2014, in Clay County. 1/16 1tchg-LRM LEGAL NOTICES The more that government becomes secret, the less it remains free. James Russell Wiggins MOM Continued from 5A UF Health to open pediatric cardiac intensive care unit UF Health Shands Childrens Hospital celebrated the grand opening of its pediatric cardiac intensive care unit Friday, Jan. 10. The units transformation from administrative offices to advanced clinical space to provide highly specialized care to patients with congenital heart disease embodies UF Healths commitment to create a familyfocused childrens hospital. Were thrilled to have transformed what was administrative space into a best-in-class facility where our outstanding faculty, nurses and other members of the care team can make miracles happen every day for kids with congenital heart disease, said David S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., UF senior vice president for health affairs and UF Health president. This is one more example of the progress weve made in achieving the goals set out in UF Healths strategic plan, Forward Together, which places the patient at the center of everything we do. Were thrilled to offer first-class care in a first-class facility for our patients and their families. Everything weve done is designed to ensure their comfort. This is one more example of the progress weve made in achieving the goals set out in UF Healths strategic plan, Forward Together, which places the patient at the center of everything we do, said David S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., UF senior vice president for health affairs and UF Health president.
Regional News Regional News B Section Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014News from Bradford County, Union County and the Lake RegionFEATURES CRIME SOCIALS OBITUARIES EDITORIAL WHEN YOU HAVE A HIGH EVERY SECOND COUNTS. This is no time to start comparing emergency rooms.A high fever can be life-threatening. Get to ER Extra at Shands Starke Regional Medical Center for fast, soothing relief. Our skilled staff is fully equipped to handle any fever-related condition and all your emergency care needs.For information, go to ShandsStarke.com. D.O.T Physicals must be done by a National Registry Certified Medical Examiner ALL of your Drug & Alcohol Testing needsCall Us TodayFLORIDA WORKPLACE SAFETY & TESTING (904)769-1738 Take a walk on the wild sideCaretaker John Allen plays with one of Home Sweet BY CLIFF SMELLEY Staff Writer At first glance, it could be a Norman Rockwell-type take on family life in small-town Ameri ca: Dawn Strickland in the kitch en, baking goodies for her loved ones. Its probably a safe assump tion Rockwell never envisioned the type of response Strickland is apt to give to her eager chil dren (Preston and Madeline) and husband (Mark): Its got monkey vitamins in it, but if you want it, you can have it. Strickland is the loving owner of not only monkeys, but vari ous creatures ranging from birds to reptiles. She has more than 50 exotic animals in all, some of whichparrots, iguanas and porcupines, for examplewould be familiar to most people. And if you have heard of a Reeves muntjac, Patagonian cavy or Eurasian eagle-owl, you surely never thought such crea tures could be found at a home in Starke. Strickland said she has heard plenty of remarks that her home is a zoo, but the animals there are not for public display. They are for her enjoyment. Theyre my babies, she said. I dont breed. I dont sell. The Strickland home does consist of domesticated animals, including seven dogs, but the turn toward the unusual began with a trip to a pet store in Jacksonville. They had a small monkey in there, Strickland said. Ive always loved monkeys. Thus, Stricklands first pet monkey. She said she probably never wouldve acquired pri mates larger than the monkey she bought at the pet store, but a trip to an animal sanctuary changed that. She went with some friends, who noticed her interest in capuchin monkeys. Strickland said it was love at first sight. I fell in love with this capu chin, she said. Her name was Bella Donna. Stricklands friends, who live in the Miami area, wound up giv ing her a baby capuchin monkey on a visit. I dont know if I ever wouldve made that big leap, be Molique is an African also has a porcupine from cause thats a big leap, Strick land said. Capuchins are ex tremely intelligent. How intelligent? Intelligent enough to where their enclosures have to be double locked, and things that Strickland doesnt want them to have are kept out of reach of their long arms. Strick land said she can walk into her capuchins enclosure and later exit with half of the things in her pockets gone if shes not careful. Her male capuchin, Zahavior simply Havihas swiped her cell phone many times. Being the animal lover that she is, though, she cant get mad at him. Hes so freaking cute it kills me, Strickland said. By becoming an owner of exotic pets, Strickland became im mersed in a network of people who own such animals. Her hus band, Mark, likened it to people shows off a couple of a capuchin A home away from home for those with fur, feathers and scales BY CLIFF SMELLEY Staff Writer Dawn Strickland pointed to a wall in her office adorned with approximately 100 photographs of dogs and proclaimed that she could describe a characteristic of each one as well as tell you its name. They are not her pets, but they very well could be, considering the level of care she wants every animal to experience upon walkingor being carriedthrough the doors of her boarding business, Home Sweet Bone, which is located at 5041 S.W. C.R. 100A in Starke. If anyone knows me in this town, they know that I love ani mals, Strickland said. Thats something thats kind of synony
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Limited Time Offer30 Day Risk Free Trial on our Newest Technologyplus 50% offMSRP 0% Financing for 12 Months for Qualied PurchasersSpace is Limited Call Today!plus Birth: Waylon Brian Parrish Colby Tyler Parrish and Abigail Jones announce the birth of their son, Waylon Brian Parrish. Waylon was born Dec. 31, 2013 at North Florida Regional Hospital. He weighed 8 pounds 13 ounces and measured 21 inches long. Grandparents are Denise Parrish of Providence, and Eric and Melissa Jones of Raiford. Great-grandparents are Don and Pat Parrish of Providence, Edward and Senie Addison of Raiford, and Violet Doolittle of Lake Butler.Dear Editor: I attended the last meeting at the school board office on the topic of salary increase for the employees of the Bradford School District. I must admit that I was left with many questions when the meeting was over. The most pressing question was this: Why on earth would the school board enter into a contract or agree to pay a professional negotiator $1,400 per meeting? According to our representative, he gets paid $1,400 per meeting. In the last meeting he did not come to the table with any answers. He talked about 12-month paras getting a $512 increase per year. When asked how much the other employees would get, he had no idea. He really did not have any idea that most of our employees are not 12-month. He said often, I will get you that information, but did not come ready to discuss or come with an end to this process in mind. It seems to me that he should get one base salary. I would think that he would wrap up the deal much quicker if he was spending his money on gas and traveling without a paycheck. We had a great turnout at the last meeting. I would love to see more of us there. It would be nice to receive the money that has nothing to do with the county spending anything out of pocket. There are many benefits of teaching; one of them is getting a paycheck. We do have children to feed and gas to buy just like everyone else. Virginia Daugherty Letters firstname.lastname@example.org Why is school board contracting with negotiator?The annual Bradford Fest Talent Fest Showdown is scheduled for Jan. 25, 2014, at 6 p.m. at the Bradford High School auditorium. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for 17 and under. Children 5 and under are admitted free. Prizes for contestants are as follows: $1,000 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third place. In addition, the top three will participate in final auditions April 18 for a chance to perform at the 2014 Suwannee River Jam as well as receiving a radio opportunity with WEAG. The first-place individual will also be invited perform at a May 17 Santa Fe College concert. The deadline for participants to enter is Jan. 15. For more information on entry fees and requirements, please contact Cheryl Canova at the Santa Fe College Andrews Center at email@example.com or 352-395-4410. All profits will go toward funding Santa Fe College scholarships for Bradford County students.Talent Fest Showdown is Jan. 25 at BHSThe fourth annual Santa Fe College Miss Bradford Fest, which was originally scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 18, will now be held Feb. 8 at the Bradford High School auditorium at 7 p.m. Contestants will compete in Western wear, talent, party dress, evening wear, photogenic and on-stage question categories in the following age divisions: 4-7 (Little Miss), 8-12 (Junior Miss), 13-17 (Teen Miss) and graduating high school seniors-22 years old (Miss). The winner of the Miss division could win a two-year Santa Fe College scholarship. (Must meet eligibility requirements for col lege enrollment.) An orientation will be held Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Starke Golf and Country Club. The deadline to enter the pageant is Friday, Jan. 24. En try forms may be obtained via email. Please send email re quests to thorn99@embarqmail. com. Miss Bradford Fest funds Santa Fe College scholarships for Bradford County students. For more information, please call Lisa Tatum at 904-966-1514 or Brenda Thornton at 904-3648266.4th annual Miss Bradford Fest is Feb. 8Lennard Register will be presented with the first-ever Distinguished Citizen Award from Starke at the Boy Scouts of Americas American Values Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 27, at the National Guard armory on Edwards Road in Starke.Lennard Register to be honored at Boy Scouts dinnerA social is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., followed by the dinner at 7 p.m. Register, who was a longtime coach in Bradford County schools, earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1943 and was the first person in Hamilton County to achieve such a rank. There is no admission, but those interested in attending are asked to consider a $150 donation to support Scouting in Bradford County. Please RSVP by calling Barry Warren at 352-494-3326 or Terry Vaughan at 904-966-6266.
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Main Street GainesvilleOffer expires 1/31/14 Bring coupon with you! Bradford welcomes Judge Davis during Jan. 9 reception BY CLIFF SMELLEY Staff Writer It was a run worthy of multiple replays. Announcers gushed about the players speed and athletic ability, while fans in the stands were cheering. Charles Strong Sr. of Lawtey, though, admitted he was rather quiet when his son, Charles Jr., broke loose for a 67-yard touchdown run. I was just amazed, with my mouth open, Strong Sr. said. The younger Strong, who is an eighth-grader at Bradford Middle School, had quite a performance during the eighth annual OffenseDefense Bowl Week festivities at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. He participated in one of several all-star games on Jan. 2, scoring both of his teams touchdowns as part of a 16-6 win. Strong was selected as an all-American for the second straight year after participating in an Offense-Defense Football Camp during the summer. More than 1,300 youth of various ages throughout the U.S. participated in Offense-Defense camps. It did not take long for the elder Strongs jaw to drop open once his sons game began. The younger Strong carried the ball on his teams (the Americans) first play from scrimmage, resulting in a gain of 4 yards. Strong got the ball again on second down, stiffarming one defender, eluding a diving defender and sprinting down the sideline, outracing four defenders in the process. It was a play going to the right, Strong said. That first play, I didnt get it, so the second play, I told myself I was going to get it. He did get it, leaving announcersthe game was streamed live onlineheaping praise on him for what they credited as a 67-yard run, though the run seemed more along the lines of 72 yards as witnessed by a Telegraph-Times-Monitor writer who watched game video. Strong would also carry the ball on a successful two-point conversion. That was all running back, wasnt it? one announcer asked his partner. I mean, he just made the corner and, boom, turned on the speed. The other announcer said, BMS student Strong shines in all-star gameOnce he turned that corner boy, it was all speed. You talk about great opportunity to showcase your talent, and thats what Strong did on that touchdown run. He outdistanced the defense and loped into the end zone. Strong, who also played defensive end in the game, made a tackle for a 1-yard loss on a fourth-down play, prompting one of the announcers to say, He pretty much overpowered two blockers along the edge there. It was an 8-6 game when Strongs team recovered a fumble, setting up a first down at the opponents 32-yard line. Strong took a handoff from there, followed a blocker, bounced outside and split two defenders as he sprinted his way toward another long touchdown. Strongs performance left the announcers wondering just where Lawtey is. One of the announcers, apparently going online to find out, said from what he could tell it was between Gainesville and Tallahassee, which prompted him to speculate about the University of Florida and Florida State University battling each other in the future for Strongs services. It kind of feels good, Strong Jr. said in reference to the prospect of major universities recruiting him. Its really exciting. Strong, who is 6-0, 195, has had quite a year. He helped the Bradford Middle School football team go undefeated and win its first-ever Suwannee Middle Athletic Conference championship. Strong had four touchdowns in a 4016 championship win over Williston. My smile was like ear to ear, Strong said. Participating in the OffenseDefense camp helped Strongs performance during the middle school season, Strong Sr. said. The camp consisted of the best of the bestkids who were big, strong and fast. You were competing against kids who were just as good as you on defense, running the ball against kids who are allAmericans, Strong Sr. said to his son. The younger Strong admitted, It was a challenge. Strongs participation in the Offense-Defense camp came about when he and his father were looking for a full-contact camp to participate in. Basically, theres no other contact camp in the state of Florida, Strong Sr. said. That is the only one. All others are pretty much combines, where youre just doing agility, running anything like that. He loves contact, Strong Sr. said of his son. He shines a lot better when theres contact. Strong Sr., whos had the opportunity to coach his son as a member of the Bradford Middle School staff, described Strong Jr. as someone whos humble, but who also possesses a strong work ethic and is highly selfmotivated. I dont have to tell him to work out or train for the sport, Strong Sr. said. Its something he loves to do. I dont have to talk to him about, What are your plans for getting yourself better? He already has his mind made up what hes going to do. Perhaps Strong Jr.s makeup can be best summed up by a tag he wears around his neck, inscribed with words his grandfather BY CLIFF SMELLEY Staff Writer Judge Richard R.B. Davis Jr. had the opportunity to meet community leaders and courthouse personnel during a reception at the Bradford County Senior Center on Jan. 9. Davis was appointed as county judge on Dec. 2, 2013, by Gov. Rick Scott to serve the remainder of Judge Johnny Hobbs term following Hobbs death on Aug. 7, 2013. During the reception, Davis, who had his wife, Cecil, by his side, said he didnt think he had ever received such a welcome. Im delighted with the number of folks who sought us out and came to meet us, Davis said. Its a very welcoming county. Davis, who was a judge for the Florida Army National Guard and appointed to the Hamilton County bench in 2004 by then Gov. Jeb Bush, was encouraged to apply for the position in Brad ford County by longtime friend and Bradford County resident Butch Redding. Redding, his wife, Mary, and family hosted the reception. I think were very fortunate to get him, Redding said. Ive known him for a long time. Hes one of the most honorable men that Ive ever met. Davis admitted he was hesitant about applying for the position because he thought he was too old. However, after giving the matter some thought, he said he realized he was really the per fect person to step in and finish out the term, which expires in 2017. His appointment allows those who are interested in running for the position the time necessary to develop a campaign and cre ates a level playing field for all candidates, Davis said. It takes about three years for someone to wind down a practice and to gin up an election campaign, Davis said. I think were doing the right thing. I think the governors done the right thing by accepting this ap proach. Redding said, When Judge Hobbs passed, I thought that Judge Davis would be the kind of guy who could carry on in his footsteps. Of course, the reception had an underlying sadness because of the death of Hobbs, whom Redding described as a great man. Davis said he met Hobbs oncealbeit brieflyat a conference, but added he knew a lot about Hobbs anyway just from talking to Redding and Eighth Judicial Circuit lawyers, who thought the world of him. He was just highly regarded by his peers, Davis said. Hobbs wife, Kathy, made an appearance at the reception, which touched Davis. Its really a great tribute to him that she would come out and do this, Davis said. A lot of widows wouldnt be able to. Shes a terrific lady, she re ally is.
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Star ke Across from KOA904-964-3350Sweepstakes Amusement Parlor Hanna Crane scored four goals for the Keystone Heights High School girls soccer team, which moved a step closer to a regional playoff berth with a 9-1 win over Newberry in the quarterfinals of the District 5-2A tournament on Jan. 13 at Citizens Field in Gainesville.Lady Indians advance in district soccer tournamentIt was the first time in 20 matches that the Keystone Heights High School boys soccer team didnt record a win, Fins, Fur & Tails One of the great natural resources we have in Florida are the natural springs that form an open connection between the surface ground and the underwater aquifers that meander underground like giant, waterfilled honeycombs. The water that fills the underground aquifers is generally plentiful enough that it forms a degree of pressure that forces the water through the open spring connections to the grounds surface. There, the water erodes the surface ground into a collection pond that is comparable in size to the amount of water pressure typical to that particular spring. Eventually, if the water pressure is significant enough, the crystal-clear water will overflow the collection pond and seek eventual release into the Gulf of Mexico on the west or the Atlantic on the east. One of the most significant features of the springs and their runs is the magnificent view they provide into the underwater world of freshwater Florida, obstructed only by a bluish tint and slight Springs and manateesdistortion of shape caused by the way light is reflected as it runs through the crystal-clear product. Another unique feature of the springs is the constant temperature (72-73 degrees) of their waters. During the summer, when the ambient temperature is much higher, the spring water feels like it is ice cold. During the winter, when the ambient temperature is much colder, the spring water feels relatively warm, and that attracts another great natural resource: the manatee. During the colder weather, these large and gentle animals herd into the warmer spring water, providing Floridians the unique opportunity to observe these animals in their natural habitat. Generally, people who have been privileged to observe the manatees up close in a natural setting are amused at the animals gentle and curious attempts at interaction. Due to the threat of outboard motors, Florida conservation personnel discourage proactive attempts to pet the animals. As evidenced by the accompanying photograph, however, it is difficult to ignore an extended flipper that appears to be a handshake attempt. (Very little further explanation is needed to illustrate the manatees vulnerability to outboard motors.) Florida has one of the largest concentrations of freshwater springs on the face of the earth. Do remember that the larger of Floridas 700-plus freshwater springs are also attractive during the winter when they provide a warm retreat to the gentle manatees, and do remember to follow the wake and speed restrictions, and look out for these great animals.Outdoors outlookThe freeze is the big news for the week. Even though it was not as bad as anticipated, it was bad, and it was an inconvenience to people and an inconvenience to the crappie population as well. Most of the specks have been trying to move into the shallows and shoreline cover for their spawn, but the shock of the freeze will probably move them temporarily to some deeper holes. Hopefully, they will be able to move back in by the 15th, which is a full moon, and the 30th, which is new moon. The same pattern will probably take place on both coasts, with the trout seeking some relative warmth from the deeper holes. Noel Kuhn tells us the cold weather will pretty much shut down the surf fishing, but the reds and the trout will still be available in the deeper holes in the creeks and waterways. The best inshore saltwater play at this time still seems to be sheepshead around rocks and pilings. The freeze did not stop Ed Allen from finding the bass on Sampson Lake last week. He just located the flocks of seagulls chasing shad and moved into their location. When it was all over with, he landed approximately 12, with the largest going about 4 pounds. His bait choice was a deepdiving lure. The best part of hunting is behind us this year, and many of the individual game seasons will close this month. However, that transition will not impact Ernest Grider, because he only hunts feral hogs; their season is open year round. While removing hogs from a local Brooker farm recently, he brought in six of the tuskers in one day. He estimates that over the last six weeks, he has taken about 16 out of San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park in Alachua County. UF biologist to talk about bobcats, coyotes at Crosshorn Ministries meeting Crosshorn Ministries welcomes University of Florida biologist Lauren Watine to its Thursday, Jan. 16, meeting at 7 p.m. at the Starke Golf and Country Club. Watine will give a presentation on what UF is doing with a twoyear study to determine how much of a predation problem coyote and bobcat are to Florida wildlife, especially whitetail deer. Her department is collecting stomachs, jawbones and coyote carcasses for study and analysis. There will be a questionand-answer period at the presentations conclusion. Tight lines and safe hunting until next week. Outdoors calendar Jan. 15, deer season ends in south Georgia; Jan. 16, Crosshorn Ministries meeting, 7 p.m., at the Starke Golf and Country Club; Jan. 19, antlere d deer season ends in Floridas Zone C; Jan. 30, new moon; If you have a story, idea or photo to share, please contact Mickey Agner via email at mka@ maoutdoors.com, or by phone at 904-964-1488. Photos may also be submitted in person at the Bradford County Telegraph, Union County Times or Lake Region Monitor. The second-seeded Indians (16-7-1) will play either third seed Eastside or sixth seed Crescent City in a seminfinal match on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 5 p.m. (Eastside and Crescent City played each other this past Tuesday.) If Keystone wins, it will play for the championship on Friday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. All district tournament games are played at Citizens Field. Crane scored three of her goals in the first half as Keystone built a 6-1 lead. Madison Colaw assisted on two of those goals and finished the match with three assists. Raychel Trimble had two goals, while Colaw, Kendall Addison, Caroline Dixon and Julia Osteen each had one. Crane, Lauren Hovsepian, Rachel Lee and Dakota Puls each had an assist. In the week leading up to the district tournament, Keystone recorded a 3-0 win over St. Francis on Jan. 7, while losing 5-0 to Nease on Jan. 10. Crane had two goals and one assist in the home win over St. Francis. Colaw scored the other goal and had an assist, while Dixon added an assist on the final goal of the match. KHHS boys, Fernandina play to 1-1 tiebut it wasnt a loss either. The Indians hosted Fernandina Beach on Jan. 13. After a scoreless first half, each team scored a goal, with the result being a 1-1 tie. Cory Hedding scored Keystones goal off of an assist by Juan Grimaldo. It was the 39th goal of the season for Hedding. Prior to the match, Keystone (19-1-2) defeated District 5-2A opponents P.K. Yonge and Newberry 5-0 and 8-0, respectively, as well as defeating Nease 2-1. Hedding scored three goals in the Jan. 8 home win over P.K. Yonge, while Ben Jones and Eric Wood each had one goal. Grimaldo had two assists, while Wood had one. Jones and Dylan Beard each scored two goals in the win over Newberry on Jan. 9 in Keystone. Hedding, Karl Dionisi, Wyatt Graziano and Nacho Grimaldo each scored one goal. Graziano and Hedding each had two assists, while Jones, Zac Fairbanks, Nacho Grimaldo and Brandon Hannah each had one. The Indians traveled to play Nease on Jan. 10, with Hedding scoring both goals in the 2-1 win. Zac Hawkins assisted on both goals. Wood made eight saves in the net. Keystone caps the regular season with a home match against Bolles on Friday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. The District 5-2A tournament begins Monday, Jan. 20, hosted by Eastside High School at Citizens Field in Gainesville. Keystone, the tournaments number-one seed, will play eighth seed Fort White in a quarterfinal match on Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. If Keystone wins, it will play a semifinal match on Wednesday, Jan. 22, against either fourth seed Crescent City or fifth seed P.K. Yonge at 7 p.m. The championship match is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. Bradford High School wide receiver Kenny Dinkins and Union County High School linebacker Austin Dukes and defensive lineman Alden McClellan were first-team selections with the release of the all-state football teams. Dinkins had one teammate also honored in Class 4A: defensive back Keaaris Ardley, who was a second-team pick. Union had a total of six earn honors in Class 1A. Besides Dukes and McClellan, running back Daquin Buddy Edwards, offensive lineman Talon Tyler and defensive back Geordyn Green were second-team picks, while quarterback Caleb Cox received honorable mention.3 from area earn 1stteam all-state honors in footballKeystone Heights High School linebacker Darein Gilio earned honorable mention in Class 4A.Bradford girls defeat Keystone for district win penetrates the lane for Nyasia Davis and Tracey Kemp scored a combined 23 points in the first half, helping the Bradford High School girls basketball team build a 31-7 halftime lead en route to a 50-32 District 5-4A win over visiting Keystone Heights on Jan. 10. Davis, who scored 12 firsthalf points, led all scorers with 19 points as the Tornadoes (11-5 overall) improved to 5-2 in District 5. Kemp scored 11 points in the first half and finished the game with 16. She also had eight assists, while Davis had 14 re bounds. Keshanna Ardley added 11 points for Bradford. Keystone (8-13, 2-6) got nine second-half pointsall on 3-pointersby Caroline McCor mick, who led the Indians with 13. Visit www.starkejournal.com to view more photos from this game. (Membership necessary.)
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At this point, the property owner got into his vehicle and started driving down the dirt road by the wooded area when he spotted a truck parked in the road. He pulled behind the truck when the same man came out of the woods and walked toward the parked truck. The man ignored the property owners question about what he was doing on his property, jumped in the truck and took off through the ditch before turning on to C.R. 225. Law enforcement was called by the property owner, and the victim renting the mobile home arrived to search his place and see if anything had been stolen. He reported that a .22-caliber revolver and prescription medication were missing. The property owner had written the trucks license plate number down, and with that information, a deputy was able to locate the truck at the home it is registered to in Bradford County. There, he encountered Gary Alvin Weeks, 29, of Starke, who was staying for a few days at the home with his sister and her boyfriend, the owner of the truck. Weeks apparently borrowed the truck, and, according to his statement to deputies, had gone to collect cans along the road near the victims residence. Weeks said he knew the victim, and when he saw him leave, decided to go in the home. He admitted he took the revolver and some pills from the mobile home. The revolver was recovered and Weeks was charged with burglary. Bond was set at $15,000. Three Middleburg residents were arrested Jan. 12 for drug charges after causing a disturbance and asking customers for money at the Kangaroo convenience store at S.R. 16 and U.S. 301 in Starke. According to the arrest report, two males and a female were at the store at around 1:30 a.m., asking customers for money in the parking lot and stopping vehicles at the red light to do the same. Before law enforcement could arrive, they left in a purple Honda. A Bradford deputy spotted the car on U.S. 301 near Edwards Road a few minutes later and conducted a traffic stop. When the deputy approached the vehicle, he could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car, and several of the occupants were reaching under the seats with their hands. A Starke police officer had arrived to assist, and they removed the three people from the vehicle, searching the Honda and turning up marijuana and cocaine. Arrested were Paul Jerome Nash, 56, for possession of marijuana, David Dewitt Thompson, 41, for possession of cocaine, and Leslie Katherina Turner, 49, for possession of marijuana. Bonds for Nash and Turner were set at $1,000 each, while bond for Thompson was set at $1,500.Panhandling in Starke leads to arrest of 3Starke police were able to solve a June burglary after they were called to a residence on Jan. 8 because of a disturbance between roommates. According to the arrest report, Tillman Arthur Erwin III, 42, and William Douglas Ambrose, 58, were arguing after Ambrose tried to kick Erwin out of the residence for a second time in the same day. When the Starke officer arrived, he was trying to explain to Ambrose that he couldnt just kick Erwin out since he had been living there three to four months. At that point, Ambrose became agitated with the officer and stated he was tired of all this, and if no one could do anything about it, he would do something about it. He then walked into his bedroom, grabbed a 13-inch butcher knife and started coming at the officer in an aggressive manner, according to the report. The officer pulled out his firearm and ordered Ambrose to drop the knife, which he did. He was arrested for aggravated assault, with bond set at $1,000. Several days later, Erwin was arrested by Starke police for the burglary case dating back to June. According to the arrest report, on June 21, a residence on Glendale Street in Starke was broken into, and a handgun and several pieces of costume jewelry and rings were stolen from the home. The owners of the home told police at that time that they believed Erwin might be the burglar, as he had lived in Disturbance leads to arrest for past crime, story of feeding gun to alligatortheir home previously for several months and had made threats to get them back after they made him leave the residence. Police were unable to locate Erwin at the time of the burglary. Several days after the Jan. 8 incident with the roommate, police questioned Erwin about the burglary, and he said that he had talked about robbing the Glendale Street residence with Ambrose in order to sell the jewelry and firearm for crack cocaine back in June. He admitted to the burglary and said he and Ambrose traded the jewelry items for $30 worth of crack cocaine. He told police he couldnt find a buyer for the handgun, so he went to Gainesville to try and sell it. He was unsuccessful, so he decided to get rid of it by placing it in a loaf of bread and feeding it to an alligator in Paynes Prairie. Erwin was charged with burglary, two counts of larceny, criminal mischief-property damage, dealing in stolen property and possession of a weapon by a felon. Ambrose, in addition to his assault charge, was charged with dealing in stolen property.The following individuals were arrested recently by local law enforcement officers Recent arrests in Bradford, Clay or Unionin Bradford, Union or Clay (Keystone Heights area) counties:BradfordDianna Louise Barney, 42, was arrested Jan. 13 by Lawtey police for driving under the influence, refusing to submit to testing and driving while license suspended or revoked. Curtis G. Bennett, 49, of Macclenny was arrested Jan. 10 by Bradford deputies for battery. According to the arrest report, the victim of the battery came home and found her porch screen door had been forced open, with broken glass and empty liquor bottles on the porch and Bennett asleep on the floor. When Bennett awoke, he started cursing at the victim and followed her after she picked up a phone and went into a bedroom. Bennett then struck the victim in the face with his hand and took her cellular phone and the house phone. The victim told the deputy she was able to get Bennett to calm down and go back to sleep, at which time she called law enforcement. Bennetts bond was set at $50,000. Nathaniel Kendrick Brown, 44, of Gainesville was arrested Jan. 8 by Bradford deputies for withholding child support. William Thomas Conley, 45, of Starke was arrested by Bradford deputies for probation violation. Cordell Dewayne Cray, 27, of Starke was arrested Jan. 9 by Starke police for battery. Bond was set at $1,000. According to the arrest report, Cray admitted to slapping his girlfriend in the face with an open hand after the two got into an argument. Dena Sherell Cummings, 29, of Starke was arrested Jan. 11 by Bradford deputies for failure to appear. Bond was set at $2,000. Kevin Andrew Donley, 36, of Melrose was arrested Jan. 13 by Bradford deputies for failure to appear. Rachael Elizabeth Durkin, 35, of Jacksonville was arrested Jan. 7 by Starke police for driving while license suspended or revoked. Barry Kenneth Ely, 39, of Keystone Heights was arrested Jan. 8 by Starke police for driving under the influence. Bond was set at $7,500. James Michael Harper, 32, of Starke was arrested Jan. 8 by Bradford deputies for two charges of probation violation. Bond was set at $10,000 for each charge. Michael Rodney McCarter, 36, of Starke was arrested Jan. 11 by Bradford deputies for driving while license suspended or revoked. Bond was set at $500. Mary McCray, 41, of Hawthorne was arrested Jan. 13 by Bradford deputies for probation violation. Bond was set at $10,000. William Charles Rhoden, 29, of Starke was arrested Jan. 8 by Starke police for disturbing the peace. According to the arrest report, Rhoden caused a disturbance at Whispering Oaks apartments, repeatedly yelling and banging on the victims front door and waking up her and several children inside the apartment. Police arrived and later located Rhoden at another residence in Starke. He had a strong smell of alcohol coming from his person, according to the arrest report, and admitted to going to the apartment at Whispering Oaks. He was arrested and bond was set at $1,000. Kwadwo Nkrumah Sefah, 21, of Fleming Island was arrested Jan. 12 by Starke police for driving while license suspended or revoked. Jesse Catherine Wessner, 22, of Gainesville was arrested Jan. 13 by Bradford deputies for driving under the influence. Bond was set at $1,000. Wesley Nole White, 41, of Lawtey was arrested Jan. 9 by Bradford deputies for an outof-county warrant from Union County for failure to appear on a driving while license suspended or revoked charge. Bond was set at $2,500.Keystone/MelroseBruce Hunt, 36, of Melrose was arrested Jan. 8 by Clay deputies for grand theft. Nicole Blanche Hunt, 25, of Keystone Heights was arrested Jan. 11 by Putnam deputies for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug equipment. Christopher Ryan Isherwood, 31, of Keystone Heights was arrested Jan. 7 by Palatka police for driving with a suspended, revoked, cancelled or disqualified license. Kimberly Osborn, 39, of Keystone Heights was arrested Jan. 10 by Clay deputies for battery. Redus Parks, 31, of Keystone Heights was arrested Jan. 11 by Clay deputies for battery. Thomas Robinson, 20, of Keystone Heights was arrested Jan. 9 by Clay deputies for DUI. Jerry Tate, 59, of Starke was arrested by Clay deputies for retail theft.UnionJailon Markese Couch, 19, of Lake Butler was arrested Jan. 13 by Union deputies on four charges of felony probation violation and on a warrant for fraud by swindle. According to the offense report associated with the warrant, Couch is accused of taking a drivers license and a bank card from an acquaintances home in June 2012 and charging over $100 to the card in several locations the same day. One of the charges was later verified by UCSO at the S&S Store in Lake Butler, using security camera photographs to identify Couch using the card to make a purchase. Bond was set at $5,000. Mamie Beatrice Brown, 31, of Lake Butler was arrested Jan. 11 by Union deputies for disorderly intoxication. According to the arrest report, Brown was near the intersection of S.R. 238, S.R. 231 and Southwest First Way in Lake Butler, walking and screaming in the air and at people nearby, and wouldnt calm down when a deputy arrived on scene. She had a strong odor of alcohol coming from her, had blood on her lips (possibly from a fight before law enforcement arrived) and was near a can of beer that bystanders said was hers, according to the arrest report. Robert Lynn Goode, 55, of Lake Butler was arrested Jan. 8 by Union deputies for failure to appear. Bond was set at $5,000. Joshua Oneal Perry, 18, of Lake Butler and a 16-year old male from Lake Butler were arrested Jan. 9 by Union deputies for disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace. According to the arrest report, both are UCHS alternative school students that started fighting during class and didnt stop after attempts by a teacher and an administrator to break things up. 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Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 Telegraph, Times & Monitor B Section 7B d Obituaries d Vivian BoehnleinMELROSEVivian Celeste Boehnlein, 73, of Melrose died, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Retirement Home in Williston. She was born on July 11, 1940 in Jacksonville to the late Raleigh D. and Alma (Cole) Harrell. She was a homemaker and a longtime member of Eliam Baptist Church in Melrose before moving her membership to Trinity Baptist Church in Keystone Heights. She was a member of the Melrose Womens Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Boehnlein. She is survived by: sons, Joseph (Brenda) Boehnlein of Lake City and Tim (Tracey) Boehnlein of Melrose; brother, William Robert Bill Harrell of Texas; and three grandchildren. Memorial services will be held on Friday, Jan. 17, at 6:00 pm in Trinity Baptist Church with Pastor James Peoples officiating. Arrangements are under the care of Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home of Keystone Heights.Ella BondKEYSTONE HEIGHTSElla M. Bond, 98, of Keystone Heights died on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at the Willey Manor in Keystone. She was born in Chester County, Pa. on Feb. 2, 1915 to the late Elmer and Mary (Laird) Moore. In 1986 she and her late husband moved to the Park of the Palms from Ocean City, N.J. She was a retired LPN, a member of the Park of the Palms Church and she had over 10,000 volunteer hours as a Pink Lady with Shands Hospital. Her husband, Amos Bond preceded her in death. She is survived by: children, Nancie (Duer) Smedley of Jonesborough, Tenn.; Ronald (Suzann) Bond of Belleview, Neb.; four grandchildren; and ten greatgrandchildren. There will be no local services held. Graveside services and burial will be at East Brandywine Church Cemetery in Downingtown, Pa. Arrangements are under the care of Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home of Keystone Heights.William EnglandKEYSTONE HEIGHTSSKC William Bill England, USN (Ret), 86, of Keystone Heights, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Please sign the familys online guestbook at broadusraines.com. Broadus-Raines Funeral Home of Green Cove Springs is in charge of arrangements.Iris HallUNION COUNTYIris Crews Hall, widow of Sidney R. Hall, beloved mother, sister and grandmother, lovingly called Mema, was granted her angel wings and danced her way into heaven on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at the age of 91. She passed surrounded by loved ones at Haven Hospice of Gainesville. Her final days were spent visited by family members and loved ones that she had touched in someway throughout her life. Iris was born in Union County to Gurnie and Annie Crews. She was the oldest daughter of six children. Iris was always ready to go dancing, hit the open road or just go! She liked watching the birds from her kitchen window with her favorite being cardinals. Her smile could light up a room and cheer any mood. Her down home Southern cooking was enjoyed by many family members and friends. Family meant everything to her and that was evident in the warm, welcoming and beautiful home she provided her family. Iris is survived by: her sister, Mrs. Ed (Carolyn) King of Gainesville; two daughters, Mrs. John (Sandra) Cannella of Erie, Colo. and Mrs. Raymond (Sherrie) Dyal of Gainesville; five grandchildren, Joe Cannella of Arvada, Colo., Troy Cannella of Erie, Colo., Cory Cannella of Houston, Texas Vickie Dyal of Alachua, and Valorie Cason of High Springs; and nine greatgrandchildren. The viewing was held at Archer Funeral Home in Lake Butler on Friday, Jan. 10th. Funeral services were held at LaCrosse Baptist Church on Saturday, Jan. 11th at 11 a.m. followed by a graveside service at New Hope Primitive Baptist Church in LaCrosse. If preferred, donations in memory of Iris may be made to Haven Hospice of Gainesville, or the LaCrosse Baptist Church Building Fund. PAID OBITUARYUlysses HarmonTAMPAUlysses Harmon, 79, of Tampa, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at his residence. Born in Moultrie, Ga. on Sept. 11, 1934, he was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church of Pierson, Ga. and a retired teacher of Atkinson County Board of Education. He is survived by: daughter, Sonia Harmon of Tampa; sons, Vernon Harmon of Gainesville, Keith Harmon of Pierson, Ga., Brian Harmon of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Craig Harmon of Atlanta; sister, Fannie Lou Grayer; many grandchildren; in-laws, Catherine Johnson, Shirley Johnson, and Janice Johnson all of Lawtey, Jeremiah Johnson of Starke, Rev. Josephus Johnson of Hollandale, and Edmond Johnson. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m Saturday, Jan. 18, in the Philadelphia Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Green Jr conducting the services and Pastor Scott Eulogist. Interment will be held in Peetsville Cemetery in Lawtey. Arrangements are under the direction of Haile Funeral Home Inc of Starke. Visitation will be held on Friday, Jan. 17, at the Carl D. Haile Memorial Chapel. Family from 4-5:00 p.m. and friends from 5-7:00 p.m. and viewing 1 hour at the church prior to the service. The cortege will form on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at the Johnson Residence of Lawtey.Ronald IsbellKEYSTONE HEIGHTS Ronald James Isbell, 73, of Keystone Heights died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 at North Florida Regional Medical Center. He was born in Chicago on April 5, 1940 to the late Aaron Robert and Marie Isbell. He had retired as 1st Sergeant from the United States Marine Corps. He is survived by: daughters, Stephanie Bloomfield of Fernandina Beach and Julie Pritchard of West Palm Beach; and two grandchildren. The family will be holding a private service at the Jacksonville National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home of Keystone Heights.Ellen MasonEARLETONEllen Paul Mason, 81, of Earleton died Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 at Shands UF in Gainesville. She was born in Chattanooga, Tenn. on Dec. 8, 1932 to the late Burnett and Lillie (Koger) Paul, and had moved to Earleton from Chicago in 1987. Prior to her retirement, she did administrative and secretarial work. She was an active member of Trinity Baptist Church where she was the church organist and a member of the choir for 25 years. She is survived by: her husband of 63 years, Robert Bob Mason; children, Robert Steven Steve (Kathy) Mason of Bradenton, Deanna Louise (Ernie) MasonDee of Orland Park, Ill., and Paula Mason Schubert of Jacksonville; brother, George R. (Peggy) Paul of Olathe, Kan.; six grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Jan. 15, in Trinity Baptist Church with Pastor James Peoples and Pastor Scott Stanland, officiating. Burial followed at the Keystone Heights Cemetery. Arrangements are by Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home of Keystone Heights.Robert McGuinnLAKE BUTLERRobert Lawrence McGuinn, 77, of Lake Butler died Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. He was the son the late John McGuinn and Laura McGuinn. He was a retired veteran of the United States Army. He was born in White Plains, N.Y., and worked at the Reception Medical Center in Lake Butler for 14 years. He is preceded in death by sons, William Chase and James McGuinn; and sister, Barbara Staples. He is survived by: his wife, Rose McGuinn; daughters, Deba (Steve) Wojciechowski, Rosemary Marten; sons, John Chase, Arthur Chase, Shawn McGuinn, Robert McGuinn, Thomas McGuinn, Edward (Linda) McGuinn, and sister, Karen Fulford. Services were held Jan. 10th, at the Archer Funeral Home Memorial Chapel with Pastor Dan Search officiating. Archer Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.Bryan STARKEBryan Keith Sheffield, Jr., age 30, of Starke passed away Dec. 25, 2013 suddenly. Mr. Sheffield was born on Aug. 10, 1983 in Gainesville and was a butchers aide in a meat market and was a member of the First Christian Church of Starke. He is survived by: his parents, Patricia Ann Jordan of Starke and Bryan Keith Sheffield, Sr. of Bell; sister, Crista Lynn Sheffield Rhoden of Starke; aunts and uncles, Deborah Sumner of Starke, Hilda Morris of Atlanta, Ga., Jerry Goodman of Pomona, Calif., Virginia Gibbons of Tampa, Iona Lippla of Chapel Hill, Evelyn Peterson of Atlanta, Rayburn Scott of Weeki Wachee, Mary Valdez of Pomona, Calif., Patty Sheffield of Worthington Springs, Wanda Cason of Lake Butler. Memorial services were held on Jan. 4, in the First Christian Church of Starke. Arrangements are by Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home of Starke. 904-964-6200.PAID OBITUARYJane SiegmundSTARKEJane T. Siegmund, 66, of Starke died Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at Shands of Starke after an extended illness. She was born in Quincy Mass. and moved to Starke in 1947 from Pompano Beach. She is the daughter of the late Leroy and Kathryne Decelle, and is a member of the Catholic Church. She is preceded in death by her husband, John William Siegmund. She is survived by: sons, Edward David (Michelle) Siegmund of Starke, John Robert (Dana) Siegmund of Middleburg, and Joseph W. Siegmund of Starke; three grandchildren; and three brothers. Burial will be at a later date at Highland Cemetery in Norword, Mass. Archer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Rodney SkaggsKEYSTONE HEIGHTS Rodney L. Skaggs, 83, of Keystone Heights died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 in Palatka. He served in the United States Air Force, was a member of the AmVets Post 86 in Keystone Heights, and a member of the Moose Lodge. Prior to retirement, he owned and operated Skaggs Landscaping in Jacksonville. A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26, in the Keystone Heights AmVets Post 86. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Haven Hospice, Roberts Care Center, 6400 St. Johns Ave. Palatka, FL 32177. Arrangements are under the care of Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home of Keystone Heights. Geraldine SmithMELROSEGeraldine Raines Geri Smith, 63, of Melrose died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at her home. She was born June 7, 1950 in New Port, Tenn. to the late Lester and Eunice (Cogdill) Raines and was a homemaker. She is survived by: her husband of 28 years, Bob Smith of Melrose; children, Lori Davis of Miami and Eddie Davis of White River Jct, Vt.; siblings, Elmedia, Judy Squirt, Gene, Lorine, Darlene, and Jimmy; and four grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at the Melrose Church of God Mountain Assembly located at 24715 State Road 26 in Melrose on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 1:00 pm. Arrangements are by JonesGallagher Funeral Home of Keystone Heights.Morgan WaltersSTARKEPiper Morgan Walters, 21 of Starke passed away Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. S he w as a loving and giving person. No matter what she was going through in her own life, she always put the needs of others ahead of hers. She loved to make people happy and from their happiness, found her own. She was a very talented writer; writing as a sheriff, a mermaid, and even a woman who could change into a dragon. She let her imagination run wild when she wrote and it was always a beautiful thing to watch and to read. In addition to writing, she loved art, music, and television. If it was creative in anyway, Piper loved it. She had a heart of gold and a wicked sense of humor; when you were around her, there was never a dull moment. She left behind parents, Glenn and Joanne Walters; best friend, Briar Sydney Gray; sister, Sherry Hunter; nephews, and niece, Coleby Hunter, Logan Hunter, and Layla Bradley; aunt and godmother, Carol Carroll; aunts, Monica Darrah, Molly Darrah, Maggie Darrah, Vicki Hughes, and Barbra Lee; grandparents, Loriene and H.B. Ray A memorial service will be planned at a later date. Archer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 386-496-2008, please sign the guestbook at archerfuneralhome.com.PAID OBITUARYKenneth WoodMACCLENNY Kenneth Kenny Leo Wood, age 49, of Macclenny, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 at St. Vincents Medical Center in Jacksonville. Kenny was born in Jacksonville, on Jan. 30, 1964 to the late Leo Eugene Wood and Nina Lee Hurst Wood. Kenny was a lifelong resident of Baker County and graduated from Baker County High School in 1982. Kenny worked in the banking profession for the past 35 years and was an original associate of SunTrust Bank, currently TD Bank; he was the last active employee of that era. Kenny enjoyed living life to the fullest, traveling and seeing the world to include the Caribbean, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. Kenny was described as an outstanding tennis player and enjoyed dancing and competing all over the country with West Coast Swing. His other hobbies included snow and water skiing and drawing with pencil and paints. Kenny was preceded in death by his sister Pamela Lynn Crews. Kenny is survived by: his wife of eight years, Patty Wood of Macclenny; his sister, Paula (Henry) Crews of Glen St. Mary; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 16, at Souls Harbor Church of God at 2:00 pm at with Bishop Daniel Sturgill of Souls Harbor Church of God officiating. Interment will follow at South Prong Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 from 5 pm 8 pm at the funeral home. The arrangements are under the care and direction of V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services, 250 North Lowder Street, Macclenny, FL 32063 (904) 259-5700. Visit www.ferreirafuneralservices.com to sign the familys guest book.PAID OBITUARY To the many friends, neighbors, co-workers, caregiver Jeanette Stowe, Pastor Herman Griffin and wife, we cannot express how much we thank you all for the concern and compassion shown to our mother and family during her extended illness and death. The calls with words of encouragement, cards, flowers, food, support and prayers were all deeply appreciated. Our heartfelt thanks are extended to Dr. Martha Lloyd, Dr. Kima, doctors at North Florida Regional Hospital, Lake Butler Hospital, the Suwannee Valley Haven Hospice staff and all the nurses for all the ways they went above and beyond the call of duty to comfort and care for our mother and grandmother. Thanks to anyone that we might have forgotten to mention. Thanks to Doyle Archer and staff for all your assistance with the final arrangements. It is at a time like this that we realize how blessed we are with so many wonderful friends and neighbors and may God bless each of you. T he Family of Nanazee Thomas Pinkston Card of Thanks
mous with somebody saying my name. Home Sweet Bone opened for business in April 2013, but the desire to have such a business goes back much further. A pet-boarding business has always been my dream, Strickland said. My husband and Iweve been married 20 years. Probably our first year of marriage, I said, Do you know what I want to do? I want to board pets. When the house next door to where Strickland and her family live went up for sale, she saw the perfect opportunity to finally make that dream come true. She gave no thought to whether or not the area needed such a business and would support it. Strickland knew what she wanted to do, and that was that. I just went with something Im passionate about, she said. Its a passion Strickland was born with. She said her parents, Louis and Dolores Atchison, 8B Telegraph, Times & Monitor B Section Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 EQUAL HOUSING OP PORTUNITY. All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin, or an in tention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination. Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing cus tody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimina tion, call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777, the tollfree telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. For further information call Florida Commission on Human Relations, Lisa Sutherland 850-488-7082 ext #1005. AutionsPUBLIC AUCTION to be held at Waldo Self Stor age, 17842 NE hwy 301, Waldo, Fl. on February 12,2014 at 10:00am. Lot number 309 belonging to Eric Irvin, described as: 1989 Ford 150 XLT extended cab/ 2 tone brown with brown camper shell. VIN 1FTEX15N 9PKB71713.42 Motor Vehicles & Accessories$CASH$ FOR JUNK cars, up to $500. Free pick up, running or not. Call 352445-3909. 06 CHRYSLER CROSS FIRE WITH NEW TOP,TIRES, runs great! 75K Asking 10,500. Please call Bruce 904864-0316. MOTORCYCLE FOR SALE 2006 HONDA VTX1300, $5500. Cobra Pipes ulti matum seat, windshield, hard saddle bags, many more extras. Call 352478-9130.47 Commerical DOWNTOWN STARKE Pro $315 per month. Conference room, kitchen, utili ties and more provided. 904-364-8395. DOWNTOWN STARKE Pro $315 per month. Conference room, kitchen, utili ties and more provided. 904-364-8395. RETAIL SPACE in busy strip center. 1,000 sq.ft. and 2,000 sq. ft. units. South HWY 301 front age, across from the KOA Campground. Call 352235-1675. FOR RENT PROFES SIONAL OFFICE, 1,500 sq.ft.$1,000/mo.up to 3,000 sq.ft. contiguous $2,000/mo. Warehouse 3,000 sq. ft. $800/mo. Smith & Smith Realty. 904-964-9222.49 For SaleNORTH POINTE HOMES, JACOBSEN FACTORY OUTLET has 6 lot models ready to sell. Make a Fair Offer! More new homes Hwy 441-1/2 mile N of Hwy 222 Gainesville. Now open Sundays 11-4. 352872-5566. WE WILL DISCOUNT YOUR NEW HOME UP TO $5000. Bring us your Tax Return and we will discount whatever your refund amount is UP to $5000. when you pur chase from North Pointe Homes of Gainesville. Ordered Homes today! No Pressure Sales! 352872-5566 Now open Sundays 11-4, Hwy 441 North(1/2 mile N of SR 222) Gainesville. WILL SACRIFICE MY 2014 16x80 3/2 Home, it is to asking $27,700. you must move. Call 386-697-6209. WE HAVE 2 OR 3 bedroom MH, clean, close to prison. Call 352-468-1323. 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All ads placed by phone are read back to the advertiser at the time of placement. However, the classified staff cannot be held responsible for mistakes in classified advertising taken by phone. The newspaper reserves the right to correctly classify and edit all copy or to reject or cancel any advertisements at any time. Only standard abbrevations will be accepted. TO PLACE A CLASSIFIED USE YOUR PHONE D URRANCE PUMP 964-7061QUALITY SERVICE SINCE 1964 Pumps Sales Parts Service ST ATE LICENSE #1305 Southern Villas of StarkeAsk about our 1&2 BR Apartments HC & non-HC Units. Central AC/ Heat, on-site laundry, playground, private, quiet atmosphere. 1001 Southern Villas Dr. Starke, FL Equal Housing Opportunity Set Right Mobile Homes Specializing In Relocations, Re-Levels, Set-Ups & Disposal Rodney A. 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E mail your med-to-hi-resolution digital photo (150dpi+) & ad text to: by 5pm Monday or bring it to:B radford County Telegraph Union County Times Lake Region Monitor( 904) 964-6305 c ash/check/credit cards accepted all for only /wk c overing Bradford, Union & Clay Counties a in our weekly f ree c ommunity shopper: Target your audience quickly (904) 964-6305 (352) 473-2210 (386) 496-2261 Classified Ads Where one call does it all! who keep horses. If you speak to a horse guy, then youre going to end up talking to 10 or 15 (horse) people, he said. Thats kind of how it went. Strickland said she went through a broker to obtain ant eaters. She later donated the anteaters, which she said are the hardest animals to keep in captivity outside of sloths, to a preserve, but she would continue to procure animals through the same broker. He has be come a friend to Strickland and her husband and has learned just how much Strickland cares for her animals. Thats a big deal, Strick land said. When people real ize how you take care of them, theyre more likely to suggest and refer you. Its not an easy job caring for the different types of animals Strickland has. They all have different diet and environment requirements. Reptiles are es pecially challenging during cooler temperatures. We had a tortoise get pneu monia, Strickland said. We had to give it shots. Her husband added: We gave it shots and a pill. It thought my finger was the pill one day. John Allen, who is the 24/7 caretaker at Stricklands Home Sweet Bone boarding business (see related story), was hired four years ago to help care for the animals. He has been a blessing to Strickland. I trust him with everything I own, she said. I walk away from my house of 50-plus ex otics, and I dont have to give him one instruction. Hes that good. Allen has also provided a source of amusement at times, whether he realized it or not. Strickland has cameras in her home that she can access on her phone while shes away. On one such trip away from home, she was able to watch Allen as he attempted to corral Havi, who had gotten loose. It resulted in what Strickland described as a hilarious back-and-forth chase. Im just laughing hysterical ly, going, Oh, my God. I knew (Allen) wasnt in any danger, but I knew Havi had gotten one over on him, Strickland said. Allen said, It took me about 30 minutes to an hour to catch that thing. As much joy as Dawn Strickland gets out of her pets, per haps seeing her father, Louis Atchison, interact with them is even more enjoyable. Her fa ther, who has what Strickland described as serious health problems, visits the animals almost every day. Strickland said stepping into an animal enclosure gives her the chance to escape the stresses of everyday life. She believes visiting the animals al lows her father to temporarily put his health problems behind him. I know thats what it does for my dad, Strickland said. All of his issues just go away. Even when Louis Atchison is in the hospital, his daughters animals arent far away. When he goes into the hos pital, I have a blown-up picture of Havi I put by his bed, Strickland said. Stricklands exotic animals are just part of the family, and sometimes whats cooking in the kitchen is for them and them only. How many times do the kids come into the house, and theyre like, Oooh, muffins? Strickland asked Allen with a laugh. Im like, Not for you; for monkeys.Continued from 1B HOMEContinued from 1B who live on Kingsley Lake, let her have any type of pet she wanted, with one stipulation: Take care of it. If I didnt take care of it, it was gone, Strickland said. They meant it. Strickland said that as a child she brought home animals of all sorts. The same could be said of her now as her pets include more than 50 exotic animals, such as monkeys, lemurs, por cupines, kinkajous and various reptiles and birds. Home Sweet Bone allows her to meet people from all walks of life who share that same love of animals. Thats the good thing about this job, Strickland said. We meet people every dayif theyre bringing their babies to me, we have the same love. When it comes to domesti cated animals, Strickland loves dogs in particular. She has seven as pets, while the office walls of Home Sweet Bone are adorned with phrases such as, Home is where the bone is, and, A house is not a home without a dog. Home Sweet Bone, despite its name and presence of kennels and an exercise/play yard for dogs, is not for dogs only. It of fers climate-controlled accom modations for any type of pet. As the welcome message on the business website (www.homesweetboneboarding.com) states, We will take ANYTHING with feathers, scales or fur. No matter what their bod ies are covered with, the ani mals safety is the number-one priority at Home Sweet Bone, Strickland said. The access gate is closed at all times (visitors must call for admittance), while doors are equipped with dead bolt locks and gates to kennels have multiple padlocks. Strickland said her experience with her pet monkeys has helped in that regard. Monkeys are in telligent and can pick locks, she said, so it takes an effort to keep them safe in their enclosures. If a monkey cant get out of an enclosure, youve got a darn good enclosure, Strickland said. I knew, with having primates, how to do things that were going to be sound, that were going to be safe. The animals at Home Sweet Bone also have constant super vision. Caretaker John Allen lives on the premises and has been working for Strickland for four years, helping her to care for her exotic pets. In Allen, Strickland has some one whos proven to be reliable, plus she said he has a calming spirit the animals seem to sense. Its not like I have just any yahoo living there, Strickland said. I really trust John. Strickland understands the concern people have over the welfare of their pets and en courages people to call her any time to check up on how their animals are doing. In a lot of cases, Strickland said shes the one who makes contact, sending owners texts and photos of their babies. People who were skeptical of leaving their pets at first have done so again and again. Strick land said all of her first-timers have been back. She knows one woman who is in her 60s who had never traveled anywhere with her husband because of her dogs. That woman has left her pets at Home Sweet Bone three times now and has told Strickland, Honey, Im so glad I found you. For Strickland, Home Sweet Bone is more than a business. She takes home in the name seriously and wants to make sure every boarder is happy. Thats no surprise to those who know Strickland. Some have even remarked that in the event of death, they would want to be reincarnated as Stricklands animals. They know how I take care of (animals), Strickland said. For more information on Home Sweet Bone, visit the aforementioned website, which also includes a Facebook link, or call 904-964-2663(BONE). One of Home caretaker John from a pooch at Home Sweet of animals is no secret to those
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 Telegraph, Times & Monitor B Section 9B TFN 50 NICE MOBILE HOMES in Lake Butler & Starke 2 & 3 BR single wides, fenced. 2BR/2BA. lake front. Deposit required. Call 678-438-6828. MOBILE HOMES FOR RENT starting at $525 per month. Hidden Oaks, Lake Butler. Call 386496-8111. PERMANENT ROOMS for rent at the Magnolia Hotel. Both refrigerator and microwave. Special rates, by the month. Call 904-964-4303 for more information. LAKE BUTLER APART MENTS, Accepting ap plications for HC and nonHC. 1,2,3, & 4 BR. Equal housing opportunity. 1005 SW 6th St. Lake Butler, 32054. TDD/TTY 711. Call 386-496-3141. FOR RENT OR SELL 3/2 DW. 21967 NW 85th Ave, Starke. Rent $650/ mo Sell $45,000. Call 904-964-6261 or 904769-1916. FOR RENT 4BR /1BA NEWLY REMODELED HOUSE. Clay Electric utilities ,large yard, close to Starke. $800/mo Call for information. 904-3649022. 3BR/1.5BA. HOME, off Or ange St. behind Winn Dixie. $750/mo. 352-7456601. FOR RENT, HOME OF FICE one of the Finest Includes ample office space(4rooms), kitchen, refrig, dishwasher, liv ing space,shower, and washer & dryer. $850./mo Lease Call 904-364-9022. LARGE 1BR/1BA, house $475/ month, HWY. 301 N., two miles south of Lawtey, FPL, fenced yard, 1st & last. 904-234-6481. 3BR/2BA DW 12273 SE 21st Ave., Starke. In coun try. Nice size lot. $650/ mo. and $650 deposit. 904-964-8637. KEYSTONE HTS Double wide 2 1/2 baths, Fl Room Off Big LR,Fully fenced yard w/3 double gates. $590. 352-473-5745. 2BR/1BA MOBILE HOME $450/mo. $450 deposit First, Last and Security required to move in. Lo Loop 904-364-7107. KEYSTONE HEIGHTS SIN GLE WIDE M/HOME. 2/ bd and 11/2 BA. $350/mo Plus security deposit. Call 352-213-4563. HOUSECOUNTRY LIVING 5 MILES W. STARKE 2BR / 2BA, LR, DR, Kitchen, Utility Room, 2 car Car port, Central Heat & Air. $700./moFirst and Last mo. Rent. Sorry NO pets. Call 904-964-6718. 3 B/R 2.5 B/A CH&A SW in Starke outside city limits. $550.00/mo $550.00/ se curity Call 352-235-6319. 2BR/1BA CH/A single wide in Starke outside City limits. $475/mo $475 de posit. 352-235-6319. LARGE 2BR / 2BA MH, CH&A $500./mo Plus $500. Security Dep. call John 904-782-1277 Or 904-769-6840 Private Lot. 3/BR 2 /BA DOUBLE WIDE on SE County Rd 221. New carpet, fireplace,CH/A, service animals only. 600.00/mo plus deposit. 352-2843310. CLEAN 2 & 3 BR HOUSES & MH IN STARKE & KEY STONE HTS. Available in Feb. & March from $500.-$650./mo.Some Lakefront, includes lawn & maintenance call 352478-8321. 2009 LUXURY D/W 4BR / 2 FULL BA WITH GARDEN TUB. All new Amenities, Section 8 ok, located in Bradford Cty. 813-3265164.53A MOVING SALE SAT JANUARY 18,2014 FROM 7-3 Boys clothes size 4-7,wo mens clothes, some fur niture and misc items. 12855 SW 76th Place.55 FORMING NEW BAND OLDIES/BLUES, Need Keys, Drums, Lead Guitar and Sax. Male/Female. Call 904-263-3928.57 For SaleFOR SALE, due to illness, all good condition. 1994 6400 John Deer Trac tor w/canopy-MFWD 85 hp, 3 hitch-2 remotes. 640 loader 1964 Gal lon grader. 1995 Fer guson roller. 1989 Ford 350 Dually diesel truck. 1996 Hallmark 8x16.5 ft. enclosed trailer. 1970 F 750 single-axle Ford dump truck w/ equipment trailer. 12 ft. Jon boat. Table saw, Fert. spreader, Wurlitzer-Melville-Clark spinet piano, Hammond spinet organ L-133 has LES LER speakers. Call 386-496-0683. BANANA TREES. Plants are approx. 3 ft tall. $10 each or 3 for $25. Located in Starke. Call 904-7960781. REMODELING? Almost new, 7 piece Honey Oak Kitchen Cabinets, includes glass front car ousel corner & 32. all are solid wood uppers. To see call 352-519-2400 or 352-226-6461. Great deal for $385. FOR SALE, due to illness, all good condition. Gal lon grader. 1995 Fer guson roller. 1989 Ford 350 Dually diesel truck. 1996 Hallmark 8x16.5 ft. enclosed trailer. Equip ment trailer. Table saw, Wurlitzer-Melville-Clark spinet piano, Hammond spinet organ L-133 has LES LER speakers. Call 386-496-0683. SPLIT FIREWOOD $60. TRUCKLOAD, Free De livery, Starke Area. 904964-3206. KING SIZE MATTRESS Orthopedic Comfort Se ries. Used 3/mo $125.00 located in Starke. 904662-3735. ZERO TURN MOWER Dog Kennel with roof, & end couch. Please call 352262-0085. GRAND PIANOS (3)-2 ARE ANTIQUE 1 IS OVER 6FT, Canoe,FG, Ex cellent for solo fishing $150., TOPPER alumi num w/windows, factory er K/C $150., LARGE ELECTRIC ORGAN with push/pull stops NOT Tabs. Starke area Call after 5pm 904-964-8394. ESTATE SALE. Collec tor Items, Antiques, Art, Furniture, Scooter, Bike, New Ben Franklin Wood Stove. All reason able offers accepted. 675 SW Cardinal in Keystone Heights. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17-18 from 8-3pm59 CLARK FOUNDATION REPAIRS, INC. Correction of termite & water-dam aged wood & sills. Level ing & raising Houses/ Buildings. Pier Replace ment & alignment. We do all types of tractor work, excavation and small de molition jobs. Free Esti mates: Danny (Buddy) Clark, 904-545-5241.65 DRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on This Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-515-8447. CONTRACTORS NEEDED: Must have dependable truck, trailer, lawn equip ment, cellphone and must be able to cover surround ing areas. Bi-weekly pay. All materials and sup plies furnished. Clean background required. Call 352-478-8143. CLASSA Industrial Me chanic/Electrician for 2nd /3rd Shift Maintenance Crew. Must have 5 years experience. We are an EECC, Drug free work place. Health/Dental/Life Insurance, paid Holidays/ Vacations. Apply at Gil man Building Products, 6640 CR 218, Maxville, FL 32234 or fax resume to (904) 289-7736. CARE, great people, real opportunities. Morrison Management Specialists, a member of Compass Group, seeks a dedicat ed individual for Shands Starke Regional Medical Center. Cook/Food Ser vice Worker. Fast paced institutional cooking environment. F/T, shift: 10:30am.-7:00pm, week ends. Requires 2+ yrs. hands-on cooking exp. Grill and cashier experiE-mail resume to: denise godfrey@iammorrison. com or fax 904-368-2320 or apply in person at: 922 East Call St. Starke, Fl 32091. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V. HELP WANTED PARKSIDE ALF is taking applications for Care Givers. Apply in Person at 329 N Church St., Starke, Fl. SEEKING LICENSED FL MENTAL HEALTH PRO FESSIONAL for work with youth in an outpatient SA, AM, and MH treat degree and minimum of 24 months experience required. Background and reference checks also required. Work hours: ap proximately 8 to 10 hours per week. Competitive salary. Please fax resume to 352-379-2843 or e-mail CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE needed to work on behalf of our company,18yrs or above needed. You must have computer skills, Accounting experience not needed. Any job expe rience needed. Please contact us at fhvajfnajf@ gmail.com. For more in formation. TEMPORARY FARM LABOR: Selby Honey, Poplarville, MS has 6 posi tions for honeybees; 3/ mo. experience required for job duties listed; must license within 30 days; must not have bee or honey related allergies; tools, equipment, hous ing and daily trans pro vided for employees who trans & subsistence ex penses reimb,; $9.50/ hr; three-fourths work period guaranteed from 02/10/2014-05/15/2014. Apply at nearest Fl Work force Office with Job Order MS87534 or call 850-245-7105. FAMILY LIFE CARE,INC. a growing Home Health currently looking for professional, caring,dependable Please send resume For contract work as needed, full time and part time. Fax:352-3744409 or reno.harrison@ familylifecare.com positions needed, Locat ed At 21B & 100 Keystone Hts. Info At WWW.TOMS REALPITBBQ.COM. LOOKING FOR POSITIVE, HIGH energy, dependable staff to work in Starke area with individuals with Developmental Disabil ites. 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passed on prior to his death approximately six months ago: You can be whatever you want to be if you just stay focused. Before every game, he wears that and kisses it, Strong Sr. said. Strong Jr. looks forward to moving up to the high school next year along with 24 of his BMS teammates. He thinks they can accomplish some good things at the high school. After all, theyve been playing together since Pop Warner. We know how each other plays, Strong said. Perhaps hell get the chance to play major college football. Strong, who would prefer to keep playing running back, likes UF, FSU, Auburn, LSU and Alabama. Im an Alabama fan, he said, adding that he was a fan of running back Trent Richardson. If he follows his grandfathers advice and maintains his work ethic, Strong Jr. could have many options available to him. Hes got the ability to go somewhere in life, Strong Sr. said. Its all up to him to do it. 10B Telegraph, Times & Monitor B Section Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 Caleb Jones made five 3-pointers and finished with game highs in points and rebounds, helping the Bradford High School boys basketball team defeat visiting Union County 50-45 on Jan. 11. Jones, who also tied Unions Geordyn Green for a game-high five assists, had 22 points and seven rebounds as Bradford stopped a two-game losing streak. Don Jeffers and Benjamin Nichols scored eight and seven points, respectively, for the Tornadoes, who also got four points each from Shawn Aaron and Tyler Wainwright. Drian Jenkins and Keaaris Ardley scored three and two points, respectively. Bradfords Kenny Dinkins had six rebounds, while Aaron and Jenkins had five each. Princeton Alexander, who made four 3-pointers, led Union with 14 points, while Buddy Edwards had 11 points. Austin Dukes and Kyle Mosher scored nine and seven points, respectively, while Green and Daryl Watkins each had two points. Green and Mosher had six and five rebounds, respectively, with Green also coming up with four steals. The Tornadoes played District 5-4A opponent Interlachen this past Tuesday and will travel to play district opponent Keystone Heights on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 7:30 p.m. Bradford plays in the MLK Inspire Challenge in Tallahassee on Saturday, Jan. 18, and Monday, Jan. 20, before returning home to play Eastside on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 BHS boys stop 2-game slide with 5-point win over UCHSThe Bradford High School boys basketball team fell to 3-4 in District 5-4A after a 54-23 loss to P.K. Yonge on Jan. 10 in Gainesville. After beating Santa Fe 49-47 P.K. Yonge hands BHS 2nd straight district lossThe Union County High School boys basketball faced Tigers split district games, remain at .500 Lady Tornadoes defeat Ft. White 63-29Prior to its 50-32 victory over Keystone Heights, the Bradford High School girls basketball team hosted District 5-4A opponent Fort White on Jan. 7, winning 63-29. Nyasia Davis scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, while Tracey Kemp had 18 points and 12 assists. Keshanna Ardley scored 13 points, while Mackenzie Gault and Danique Hudson each scored four. Faith Anderson added two points. Keyambre Cobb scored 15 points and had four assists as the Union County High School girls basketball team won for the second time in four games, defeating Baldwin 38-33 on Jan. 13 in Baldwin. The Tigers (3-12) got 11 points from Michelle Johnson and five points and 11 rebounds from Nancy Slocum. Madison McCellan had four points, while Jordan Howe and Janisha Jones had two and one, respectively. On Jan. 7, Union hosted District 7-1A opponent Dixie County, getting 12 points and 20 rebounds from Jones in a 31-27 win. Cobb scored seven points, while Slocum and McCellan scored five and four, respectively. Qushawn Smith added three points. The Tigers got 16 points from Cobb on Jan. 9, but came up short in a 57-45 road loss to district opponent Newberry. Jones had eight points and eight rebounds, while Johnson and McCellan had seven and six points, respectively. Smith had three points, while Howe and Slocum each had two. On Jan. 10 the Tigers hosted Columbia County, losing 52-20. Cobb had eight points, while Jones and McCellan had five and four, respectively. Slocum had two points to go along with six rebounds, while Smith added one point. Union hosts district opponent Williston on Friday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m. and then hosts Interlachen on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m.Union girls defeat Baldwin 38-33p.m. Union played District 7-1A opponent Chiefland this past Tuesday and will host district opponent Williston on Friday, Jan. 17, at 7:30 p.m. The Tigers host Crescent City on Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 4, the Tornadoes have now lost two straight district games. Prior to playing P.K. Yonge, they lost 67-55 to Fort White on Jan. 7. Caleb Jones scored five points in the loss to P.K. Yonge, while Shawn Aaron, Don Jeffers and Benjamin Nichols each had four points. Drian Jenkins and Brenton Ruise scored three and two points, respectively, while Rodderick Broomfield added one point. two District 7-1A opponents last week, defeating Dixie County 60-52 and losing 73-56 to Newberry. Union (3-3 in District 7) got 18 points from Kyle Mosher and 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists from Austin Dukes in the Jan. 7 win over Dixie County in Lake Butler. Geordyn Green had five assists as well and finished with 10 points, while Zak Lee and Daryl Watkins had eight and six points, respectively. Larry Collins added four points. On Jan. 9, Mosher made five 3-pointers and poured in 24 points, but it wasnt enough in a road loss to Newberry. Green and Dukes scored nine and eight points, respectively, while Collins, Lee and Parker Hodgson each scored four points. Brennan Clyatt scored three points. Dukes and Lee each had six rebounds.Continued from 3B