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BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor A volunteer armed with sonar discovered the body of a man believed to be that of Sean Leverette, reported missing since last Friday. Leverette, a Navy veteran who served in Afghanistan, was last seen swimming in the same area of Spring Lake where the body was found. Spring Lake is near the intersection of S.R. 21 and C.R. 352, about two miles north of the Brooklyn Lake bridge. Dan McKinney, an amateur sonar operator, said he drove to the lake Tuesday morning from Jacksonville after following Leverettes story last week in the media. McKinney said he launched his canoe around 11 a.m., and was using sonar to search under the waters surface. About an hour into his search, turning away from the sonar screen, he saw something in the grass out of the corner of his eye. It turned out to be a body floating on the surface of the lake. About 150 yards from McKinney, a Clay County Sheriffs deputy was also searching, and McKinney called out to the officer telling him about his discovery. About 30 seconds later, the officer shouted back to McKinney saying the dive team was on its way. A few hours later, the dive team completed recovery of the body. The sheriffs office said it could not confirm that the body was that of Leverette. However, a Jacksonville television station reported that one of the mans family members confirmed the www.StarkeJournal.comDeadline Monday 5 p.m. before publication Phone 904-964-6305 Fax 904-964-8628 New Years Day Weather: 50-50 rain chanceThursday A 40 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 60. Northeast wind around 9 mph. Thursday Night A 20 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 43.North wind 6 to 10 mph. Friday Partly sunny, with a high near 58. Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 40. Saturday Sunny, with a high near 64. Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 40. Sunday Sunny, with a high near 61. Sunday Night A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. New Years Day A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a high near 59. Monday Night A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. USPS 114-170 Keystone Heights, Florida Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 45 th Year 3 Issue 75 CENTS Library favorite: Clyde the wonder dog dies County chairman marks goals for Keystone HeightsNew Club outlines goalsMelrose Fire Department hands out awardsBody found in Spring LakeBelieved to be that of missing Navy veteran Leverette afternoon See MISSING, 3ATwo arrested for theft and purchase of gravesite memorials BY MARK J. CRAWFORD Telegraph EditorItems stolen from gravesites in Bradford County were sold to feed a drug addiction, according to the Bradford County Sheriffs Office. For weeks, the sheriffs office has been receiving complaints about such thefts. On Dec. 4, a Lake City woman told the sheriffs office that someone had stolen around $200 in decorative items from her parents gravesite in Crosby Lake Cemetery. Two days later, the sheriffs office received complaints of multiple thefts in Connor Cemetery, including Christmas decorations valued around $400. The complaints kept coming in. On Dec. 14, items in excess of $250 were stolen from Crosby Lake Cemetery and a grave left damaged. On Dec. 15 and 16, hundreds of dollars worth of decorations were reported stolen from multiple graves at Crosby Lake. Another victim at Browns Cemetery who had posted on social media about theft from her brothers gravesite reported that she had received one of those items back, a small grill, from Earnest Steven Varnes. On Dec. 20, Varnes girlfriend, Amanda Renee Thornton, was arrested at Walmart on a warrant for grand theft, and thats when Carol Meyer (left) and Laura Berkelman watch for birds from the Keystone Heights Beach Pavilion. Photo: Santa Fe Audubon.Number of birds double in Christmas bird countOn Dec. 16, 44 participants from the Santa Fe, Alachua and Duval Audubon societies, in addition to other volunteers, fanned out in boats, cars, and on foot to survey all the birds that could be seen and heard for the 26th Annual Melrose Christmas Bird Count. The Melrose bird count covers a 15-mile-diameter circle centered at the intersection of S.R. 21 and S.R. 100 that encompasses parts of Clay, Putnam, Alachua, and Bradford Counties. This dedicated effort resulted in locating 113 species of birds. Many bird-rich natural areas occur in this circle and include Lake Santa Fe, Santa Fe Swamp, Gold Head Branch State Park, the Ordway Preserve, and numerous lakes and forests. Participants said they were grateful to generous landowners who welcomed the volunteers on their property to count. Several species had unexpected high totals: tree swallows, 5,590; ring-bill gulls, 1500; sand hill cranes, 1,030; American robins, 1,570. New species for the count were painted bunting, Wilsons warbler, and blue grosbeak. Uncommon for the count were American woodcock and Wilsons snipe. More individual birds were seen this year over 16,000 than last years total of 7,484. The 2015 count totaled 9,265 individual birds. At the end of the day-long survey, participants met at Bettys Pizza in Melrose to tally the results, share stories of the days birding highlights and feast on the local cuisine. Laura Berkelman, Santa Fe Audubon president, compiled the list of birds that were surveyed by twelve birding teams. The Melrose Christmas Bird Count was started in 1990 by Jan and Bill Bolte of Melrose. Begun 118 years ago in New York Citys Central Park, Christmas bird counts provide important insight into the health of the environment. Since birds are the most visible wildlife and the easiest to survey, bird survey data See ARRESTS, 4A Clyde the wonder dog with Melrose Library Branch Manager Sh eree Sims, during the librarys Paws to Read program. The Melrose Library said last week that Clyde the wonder dog Morse died due to complications with his spleen. Clyde was an eight-and-ahalf-year-old Leonberger, a breed with a life expectancy of between eight and nine years. A trained therapy dog, Clyde traveled around Florida with his parents Bill and Kathy, bringing cuddles and appropriate-sized kisses to kids and adults of all ages, the library said in a news release. Clyde was described by some to be the size of a small bear or a horse, and he could seat about four children comfortably. Kids and adults would lay on the floor with Clyde and snuggle up in his tufts of fur. Some were afraid of Clydes size at first, but See CLYDE, 3A


The newly-elected chairman of the Clay County Commission gave a Keystone Heights civic group a rundown of wins for the Keystone Heights area during the Dec 20 meeting of the Keystone Heights Rotary Club. Gavin Rollins, who represents western Clay County, including the Lake Region, said lakes issues continue to remain his top priority. I live on a lake: Keystone Lake, he said. So, the lakes is not just a political issue, its a personal issue for me, and its an issue that is vital for this region.Minimum Flows and levelsRollins said that his first act as a county commissioner three years ago was to push a resolution through the commission that opposed any changes to minimum flows and levels for Keystone Heights-area lakes. The St. Johns River Water Management District establishes MFLs for water bodies under its jurisdiction. MFLs define the limits at which further water withdrawals would significantly be harmful to the water resources or ecology of an area. Rollins told the Rotary Club that the district planned on lowering the standards because Lakes Brooklyn and Geneva failed to reach MFLs for many years. Basically, the water management district had said: For years, we werent able to get the lakes where we wanted to so were just going to adjust the levels they have to be at by law, Rollins said of the districts plan to lower the standards in 2013. We opposed any changes to that as a board and that unified effort helped the water management district push those (MFL changes) off a few years and gave us some time to work on another project.Alligator Creek cleanupRollins also reviewed the countys efforts to clean Alligator Creek. Alligator Creek, as most of you know is the critical life blood of water flowing into the Lake Region, he told the Rotarians. It flows into Brooklyn and Brooklyn spills into Keystone and Keystone into Geneva, but it also affects the ground water for the whole region. Rollins said that with water management district funding, county workers cleaned out the creek within Camp Blanding to increase water flow from Magnolia Lake into Lake Brooklyn. Black Creek Water Resource ProjectRollins also said the county supported Sen. Rob Bradleys efforts to fund the Black Creek Water Resource Project: a $35 million plan to pump up to 10 million gallons of water a day from the south prong of Black Creek near Penny Farms to an area between lakes Magnolia and Brooklyn. Some Black Creek residents have opposed the plan, saying it will damage the creek. I have said publically and will continue to say that I am not in favor of anything that will have a negative impact on Black Creek, Rollins said. Multiple, independent, private engineering firms, separate from the water management district, have said that Black Creek has excess water about 70 percent of the time. He said the county commission recently granted an easement to the water management district to move the project forward. He also said the intake area near Penny Farms will include a kayak and canoe launch. Fire stationRollins also said the county commission recently awarded a $2.4 million contract for the construction of a new fire station on S.R. 21, north of Keystone Heights. RoadsRollins also discussed the countys system for prioritizing road construction and resurfacing. He said that before he came onto the commission, prioritizing road projects was a haphazard and politically-based process. It didnt make a lot of sense, he said. Usually the roads that got worked on were the roads in the district with the loudest county commissioner. He said that now, the county uses an order of merit ranking system, similar to what he saw during his military service. Now, the countys public works department ranks each road project according to use, road condition and other objective criteria. The county commission then funds the projects based on the ranking.Other issuesRollins also told the club about a newly-opened county boat ramp south of Keystone Heights and his efforts to improve communication between the county commission and the public. 2A Lake Region Monitor Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017Historic group hosts archeological trainingReconstituted Lions Club working to provide children eye glassesCounty commission chairman reviews Lake Region issues The Lake Regions new Lions Club is working to provide eyewear to Keystone Heights and Melrose -area children. The Lake Region previously hosted a Lions Club, but the organization sold its clubhouse on in 2015, donated the sale proceeds of over $90,000 to area charities and disbanded. Former president Mack Wheeler said the club boasted a membership roll of over 50 in the 1980s, but membership steadily dwindled down to under 10 in the year the group disbanded. A new group formed earlier this year in Keystone Heights, and was awarded a new charter in July. Mention this ad and receive up to$1 00 in FREEonboard creditwith your first cruise booking!*for cruises 7 nights or longerfrom185 S. Lawrence Blvd. Keystone Heights, FL 32656 USPS 114-170 Published each Thursday and entered as Periodical Postage Paid at Keystone Heights, Florida under Act of March 3, 1879.POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Lake Region MonitorP.O. Drawer A Starke, FL 32091 7382 SR 21 Keystone Heights, FL 32656Phone: (352) 473-2210 (352) 473-6721 John M. Miller, Publisher Subscription Rate in Trade Area $39.00 per year: $20.00 six months Outside Trade Area: $39.00 per year: $20.00 six monthsEditor: Dan Hildebran Sports Editor: Cliff Smelley Advertising: Kevin Miller Typesetting: Eileen Gilmore Advertising & Newspaper Prod: C. Hurston Bookkeeping & Classified Adverts: Heather Wheeler Bookkeeping Asst: Linda Lacombe Front office Asst: Beth Tillman Lake Region MonitorAmateur historians throughout northeast Florida met in Melrose on Dec. 1 for a seminar on cemetery archeology. Hosted by Historic Melrose and taught by the Florida Public Archeology Network, the seminar trained participants in how to protect resources within graveyards. Nigel Rudolph of the Florida Public Archeology Network said the seminar went over techniques for maintaining landscaping and stones in historic cemeteries, in addition to how to register historic cemeteries with the State of Floridas Historic Melrose President Keith Bollum said that after Florida Public Archeology Network members assisted the group with a dig near the Melrose United Representatives from around a half dozen cemeteries attended the class. Pictured are (l-r) Historic Melrose President Keith Bollum, Marty Sanders of St. Augustine and Nigel Rudolph of the Florida Public Archeology Network.Lions Clubs International is the largest service club in the world with over 1.4 million members in over 45,000 clubs, organizers said in a news release. Lions Clubs provide eye examinations, eye glasses and eye surgeries to the less fortunate, plus support projects that improve education, assist the disabled and improve the safety of the community. Each local club determines the projects that the month at Keystone Insurance, 7388 S. R. 21. Pictured is Carl Harrell of the Palatka New Vision Lions Club, presenting President Barbara Franklin with the groups charter earlier this year. Gavin Rollins speaks to the Rotary Club of Keystone Heights. It didnt make a lot of sense, he said. Usually the roads that got worked on were the roads in the district with the loudest county commissioner.


eventually, everyone succumbed to his big brown eyes and propensity for treats everyone except the moose and cats he liked to chase. Clyde visited the library almost every month for over three years for his Paws to Read program. Clyde, Bill and Kathy became family, the library said, and his visits were anticipated by all of the library staff and volunteers, almost more so than the kids. Everyone knew how to show off his tricks and how to help his parents answer questions about Clydes likes and dislikes. Everyone had their moments with Clyde, the library continued. He picked people out in the room that he knew needed a moment with him. He made every single person feel so special. With this loss comes great sadness to those whove been touched by Clyde. Library staff members said that after they started sharing the news about Clydes diagnosis, a statute of the dog appeared in the librarys memorial butterfly garden. The library is collecting memories of Clyde and Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the Florida Self Storage Facility Act Statutes (Section 83.801, 83.809), Lake Area Storage, LLC, will sell the following items to the highest and best bidder on Wednesday, January 10, 2017 at 9:00 A.M. (EST) at 7101 SR 21, Keystone Heights, Florida 32656: Unit# 356, containing misc. household items. 12/28 2tchg 1/4-LRM Lake Region Monitor Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 3AMelrose Fire Department recognizes membersThe Melrose Volunteer Fire Department: Station 24, held its annual Christmas banquet and awards ceremony on Dec. 14. All photos: Melrose Volunteer Fire Department. Chiefs Choice Award: Trey Chun. Rookie of the Year: Kirk Hersey (left). Also pictured is Mobley and President Bobby Brown (right). Top Responder and New EMT: Josh Florence. Support Member of the Year: Tyler Baker. Biggest Squirrel Award: Marc McCullough. body was that of the missing person. McKinney said he timed his trip to the lake, knowing that if a body was in the water, it would float to the surface within a few days. However, he delayed his trip to Keystone Heights until after Christmas. McKinney also credited the sheriffs office for its efforts. They didnt give up, he said, adding that officers would have found the body if he had not. Ryan Gilstrap, who lives on Spring Lake where Leverette went missing and where the body was recovered, was the last person to see the Navy veteran before he went missing last week. Gilstrap recalled that last Friday evening, he waded out in the lake to fish when Leverette arrived with his dog to go swimming. Him and the dog were swimming around, Gilstrap recalled. Then something spooked the dog and it ran out of the water and up to one of the houses. Gilstrap said he and his roommate walked up the hill to catch the dog and bring it back to shore. When they returned, Leverette was missing. The pair did not know if the 27-year-old was still in the water, had walked on shore or had left the area. We started calling out to him, Gilstrap said, and when he didnt respond we called out more, threatening to call the sheriffs office if he didnt show himself. After around 30 minutes, the pair called 911. MISSINGContinued from 1A 2018 STARKE904.964.6200 Peace and Joy to allJones-Gallagher Funeral Home KEYSTONE HEIGHTS352.473.3176 Come and meet Clyde... Youll be pleasantly surprised!New in 2018: Join the Clydes Skillet Lickers ClubIndoor seating, and weather permitting, seating in our courtyard We might be Hidden, but worth the search. Located next to the shell station in Beautiful downtown Keystone. Check our Facebook for Daily specials & eventsFresh from scratch quiches, soups & muns Full Breakfast Menu Served Tuesday thur Friday Breakfast 7:00 -11:30 Lunch 11:30 2:00 SaturdayBreakfast only 7:00 Noon ~Closed Sunday & Monday~ Bring in this AD & get 10% o North Florida Pharmacyof Keystone Heights405 S. Lawrence Blvd. Keystone Heights MonFri 8:30 am 6 pm Sat 9 am 1 pm(352)478-2057 LRM Legals 12/28/17 Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the Florida Self Storage Facility Act Statutes (Section 83.801, 83.809), Lake Area Storage, LLC, will sell the following items to the highest and best bidder on Wednesday, January 10, 2017 at 9:00 A.M. (EST) at 7101 SR 21, Keystone Heights, Florida 32656: Unit# 207, containing misc. household items. 12/28 2tchg 1/4-LRM Legalscondolences, which will be handed over to the dogs owners. The library is located at 312 Wynnwood Ave. CLYDEContinued from 1A Clyde the wonder dog with a library patron.


provide an indication of the overall health of less visible wildlife species. An abundant and diverse avian community can reflect healthy ecological habitats, while declining bird populations can signify disturbing trends in land development patterns and their detrimental effects to natural areas. Changes in the range of some bird species have implications in assessing results of climate change. National Audubon has identified 314 species of birds in the U.S. that will be affected by climate change. Results from the Melrose Christmas Bird Count combined with data from hundreds of other Christmas bird count surveys throughout the world allow ornithologists to assess bird trends on a national and international scale. A complete list of birds seen on the Melrose Christmas Bird Count may be obtained by emailing Joyceking2635@ or lberkelman@ 4A Lake Region Monitor Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 Charter review committee the sherrifs office learned the alleged identity of the gravesite thief. According to Thornton, her friend Jenni Marie Hudkins was stealing the items and selling them to a thrift store owner in exchange for the money to feed her methamphetamine addiction. Thornton said the thrift store belongs to her boyfriend Varnes mother, Janice Crawford, and that most of the plundered items were still located at Crawfords house where both she and Varnes live. The sheriffs office reached Crawford at her residence where she supposedly admitted to purchasing three carloads of items from Hudkins on three separate occasions. Crawford said she was told the merchandise was from Hudkins mothers house. After a consensual search, most of the stolen items were discovered at the residence and a warrant was obtained for Hudkins arrest. The sheriffs office received information in the early morning of Dec. 25 and Hudkins was found in a wooded area off of Northwest County Road 200B in the Lawtey area where she was taken into custody without incident. Hudkins, 34, is facing multiple charges of criminal mischief for removing a monument from a gravesite and for dealing in stolen property. Bond was set at $700,000 and she remains in custody as of press time. The sheriffs office also arrested Crawford for dealing in stolen property, saying that she decided to hide the items when she found out they were stolen instead of coming forward. She was released on Dec. 24 after posting a $25,000 bond. The case is not closed. Gravesite thefts are still under investigation and there could be further arrests or charges for those already implicated. Additional victims of theft can contact Detective Dan Cassini at 904-966-6161. Above: (L-r) Jan Bolte, Tom Prevost, Peggy Prevost, Jill McGuire and Andi Blount on Lake Santa Fe. Photo: Kris Davis. Right: Red-shouldered Hawk. Photo: Ida Little.Continued from 1A ARRESTSContinued from 1A Gravesites were stripped of monuments and keepsakes, distressing those who had left them there in memory of their loved ones. Union County Commission Considers Mining in Three Meetings BY TRACY LEE TATE Times Editor The Union County Board of County Commissioners met Dec. 18 in its capacity as the countys Planning and Zoning Board to consider the extension of the current mining moratorium ordinance, which will expire Feb. 15. The board heard County Attorney Russ Wade read a resolution (by title), which would serve as a recommendation by the planning and zoning board that the county commission approve an ordinance extending the moratorium. The ordinance will extend the existing moratorium on the acceptance of applications and processing of applications for mining, special permits and issuance of mining special permits for a period of one year, in this case Feb. 15, 2018, through Feb. 15, 2019. Prior to voting on whether to recommend that the county approve the ordinance, the planning and zoning board heard comments from members of the public, both for and against the proposed mining. Louella Whitford traveled from Mulberry to relate the problems she said have affected her family as a result of phosphate mining (Mulberry is the hub of phosphate mining in the state and the home of Mosaic Corporation.) All of you should come down to Polk County and see the devastation. We have sickness, poverty and all of the areas that were once available for outdoor recreation are gone, Whitford said. I have seen my family dying around me, 16-year-olds dying of cancer, property taxes plummeting and businesses closing. You dont want your children to have to worry about the effects on their children. Congressional candidate Tom Wells agreed with Whitfords concerns. I believe in property rights, but I think they apply to everyone, not just the miners but also to neighbors and those affected, Wells said. Property rights are a part of the birthright of our children. Things like good health, clean air and water are what we all want to leave for our children. James Phillips told the commission that he grew up on reclaimed phosphate mining land in Polk County. He said he grew up on a cattle ranch, where the cows could only graze on the land for about five years before their teeth became too rotten for them to continue to feed. Representatives from Save Our Santa Fe River, the Sierra Club and Save Our Lakes also spoke against allowing the mining and complimented the commissioners on their steadfastness in working to keep Union County safe for its residents. John Harris Mauer from Hopping, Green and Sams, the law firm representing HPS Enterprises II, spoke to the board, stating his clients objection to the extension of the moratorium. He also said HPS was opposed to the proposed amendments to the countys land-use plans and reminded the board that the company had offered to pay the bill for the commission to hire trained consultants to assist them in assessing any applications or other mining-related documents. Motion was made by commissioner Jimmy Tallman to recommend the ordinance to the county commission for approval, with commissioner Tommy Nettles seconding the motion. The motion passed the board 5-0 and the resolution recommending the commission approve the ordinance moved forward for consideration at the following regular meeting of the county commissioners. Also approved by the Planning and Zoning Board was a resolution to recommend the board of commissioners approve an ordinance to amend the county land-use plans to comply with state mandated rules (see below). The resolution passed 5-0. Following the Planning and Zoning Board meeting, the commission convened a public workshop to discuss the proposed changes to the county land-use plans. After hearing public comment, the commission passed on first reading an ordinance to amend the county land-use regulations in order to comply with state requirements. Motion was made by Tallman to accept the ordinance and the motion passed 5-0. Also considered at the workshop were two options presented by the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council to amend the Future Land Use element of the countys comprehensive plan to address possible mining in the county. Scott Coons, a director with NCFRPC, and an associate presented the county with two options for the desired changes. Option One would replace the current mining-areas map with one which included areas of concern, such as Lake Butler, Swift Pond Creek and Lake Palestine. The change would limit mining activity in the amended areas. Option Two would remove the map entirely and prohibit mining operations in wetlands and adjacent to lakes, rivers, streams and creeks. Both options would regulate extraction activities to prevent adverse effects on the quality of the air, groundwater, surface water and wildlife in the county. Two of the commissioners expressed their inclination toward Option Two in the board discussion, but the board agreed to take time to consider both options and to make a decision at its January meeting. At its regular meeting, the county commission heard a first reading of the ordinance to extend the mining moratorium and approved it 5-0. Also under consideration by the board were a number of changes to the land-use regulations. The board passed an amendment package of what are called Evaluation Amendments. These are required by the state to update Union Countys land-use code. Wade answered questions from citizens about the evaluation amendments. These amendments were a victim of unfortunate timing, Wade said. They have nothing to do with agricultural land use they dont affect any farmers rights to dig a pond or farm their land. They just update the county code to match current state requirements. Somehow the rumor mill has made these into something they are not. These should not be controversial. Mauer, speaking to the board once again on behalf of HPS, said the company was opposed to both options.


BY CLIFF SMELLEY Staff Writer Our love for you is unwavering. It will never fade or simply slip away. The words were part of a poem written by Wayne Wetherington, who, unfortunately, knows what its like to experience the death of a child. He and his wife, Bernie, remembered their daughter, Amanda, as part of a worldwide event on Dec. 10 in which parents lighted candles in honor of their lost sons and daughters, grieving their deaths, but also cherishing the time they had together. The second Sunday of every December is when the support group The Compassionate Friends holds its candle-lighting ceremony. Its a night when members share hugs, shed tears and even smile as they light five candles symbolizing their feelings before then lighting candles in memory of those children whove passed. Tonight, we are here to celebrate and remember our children, said Mary Kramer, who, with her husband, Chuck, leads the Lake AreaKeystone Heights chapter of The Compassionate Friends. Of course, its still going to be tough maybe, but were here to remember them and celebrate them and remember the good times about them. The Kramers joined the Lake Area-Keystone Heights chapter, which is one of approximately 600 local chapters, after they lost their daughter Danielle in 2007. The Dec. 10 ceremony was held at First United Methodist Church in Starke. Chuck Kramer opened the event by reading The Compassionate Friends credo, which ends with, We need not walk alone. We are The Compassionate Friends. Thats what The Compassionate Friends is about. Parents whove lost their children dont have to be alone. The Kiwanis Club of Starke hosted its annual Lake Basketball Tournament at Regional News Regional News B Section Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 News from Bradford County, Union County and the Lake Region Open 7 Days a Week 8am to 8pm1371 South Walnut St. (Hwy 301) Starke (904)368-9188 BONELESS BEEFTOP ROUND FRESH PORK SPARERIBS FRESH PORK RIBHALF or WHOLELOIN lb lb BOTTOM ROUNDCUBE FRESH PORKCENTER CUTCHOPS lb FRESH PORK ST LOUIS STYLERIBS FUN KITLUNCHABLES FRESH FRYERDRUMSTICKS orTHIGHS BUTCHERS CHOICE BRATWURST or ITALIAN $199 $199 lb$399 $399 LOCALLY AMERICAN LOCALLY AMERICAN lb6969$119 $119 $249 $249 $249 $249 lb$189 $189 $149 $149 $399 $399 FRESH HEADLETTUCE89ea RED or GREENSEEDLESSGRAPES99lb RED or GOLDKLONDIKEPOTATOES$249ea5LB BAG WHITE orPORTABELLAMUSHROOMS$199ea10.2.5 OZ PKG16 OZ PKG WIENERS lb19 OZ PKG$299 $299 PRICES GOOD DEC 26, 2017 JAN 2, 2018 HEAVY WESTERN BEEF T-BONE STEAK FAM PACK PRODUCT OF USA$4.99/LBUSDA INSPECTED FRESH BONELESS SKINLESS BREAST FAM PACK$1.79/LBUSDA INSPECTED FRESH PORK SPARERIBS$1.79/LBUSDA INSPECTED FRESH BREAST TENDERS OR CUTLETS FAM PACK$1.99/LBUSDA INSPECTED FRESHPORK FINGER STYLE RIBS FAM PACK$1.99/LB USDA INSPECTED FRESH PORK STEAKS OR COUNTRY STYLE RIBS FAM PACK$1.49/LBUSDA INSPECTED DL LEE SMOKED HOG JOWL$1.19/Lb(sliced $1.39/lb) FARMINGTON HOT & SPICY CHICKEN WINGS 22 OZ PKG$4.99 SIMMONS BONELESS WINGS BUFFALO STYLE OR SWEET BBQ 25.5 OZ PKG$4.99 NETTLES JALAPENO OR ANDOUILLE SAUSAGE 16 OZ PKG$3.99 MINI CARROTS.99/EAGREEN CABBAGE.49/EA RED OR GOLD POTATOES 5 LB BAG$2.49/EA NEW YEARS SPECIALSFRIDAY SATURDAYDECEMBER 29TH & 30TH USDA INSPECTED FRESH FRYER LEG QUARTERS 10 LB BAG$3.90/EADIAMOND REEF TILAPIA FILETS 2 LB PKG$4.99/EAUSDA INSPECTED FRESH PORK BONELESS LOIN SLICED FREE$1.79/LB Kiwanis Club hoops it up for holidays Cherishing lost loved ones memories the worldwide experience with the death of a


BY CLIFF SMELLEY Staff Writer Bradford County agriculture teacher Kaitlin Van Heusen didnt think she had a chance, but she applied for a 2018 Florida Agriculture in the Classroom Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award anyway. To her surprise, she was one of three award winners and will be recognized at the 2018 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference Agriculture for ME on Land and Sea next June in Portland, Maine. I didnt think Id have any shot of winning it compared to other teachers that have been teaching so many more years than I have, the third-year teacher said. When I found out I had received the award, I was a little stunned. I was like, Me? Really? The overall award winner, who received $500, was Jacqueline Holmes, a third-grade teacher at Triangle Elementary in Lake County. Van Heusen and Bradford ag teacher Kaitlin Van Heusen receives award Fosser said, This candle we light in your memory for the times we laughed, the times we cried, the times we were angry with each other, the silly things you did, the caring and joy you gave us. Of the fourth candle, which was lighted by Ruth McCourt, the mother of Diane, Fosser said, This candle we light for our love. We light this candle so that your light will always shine as we share this night of remembrance with our family and friends. The fifth candle was lighted by Sandy Northway, the mother of Robert. We cherish the special place in our hearts that will always be reserved for you, Fosser said. We thank you for the gift your living brought to each of us. We love you, and we remember you. Chuck Kramer then performed the roll call, reciting the names of the lost sons and daughters of everyone who has participated in the Lake Area-Keystone Heights chapter of The Compassionate Friends at some point. More than 100 names were read. Parents and other family members who were present lighted small votive candles when the names of their children were called. Once the roll call was completed, Mary Kramer said, At this time, Id like to ask everyone to close their eyes and think of happy thoughts of your child. Think of something that always makes you smile when you think of your son or your daughter or your granddaughter or your grandson. Then, following the moment of silence, Kramer said, How about we raise our candles to our children? Theyre with us, and they love us just as much as we love them. Earlier in the ceremony, Lyn Veliz and Alice Watts joined Wetherington in reciting poems. It was an especially emotional moment for Watts. She read the Elizabeth Dent poem Talking is Releasing in honor of her daughter, Debbie, on the twoyear anniversary of the death of her husband, Jay: Go ahead and mention my child, the one who died, you know; Dont worry about hurting me further, the depth of my pain doesnt show; Dont worry about me crying, Im always crying inside; Help me to heal by releasing, the tears that I try to hide; Im hurt when you just keep silent, pretending he or she didnt exist; Id rather you mention my child, knowing that he or she has been missed; You ask me how Im doing, Im doing pretty good or fine; But healing is something ongoing, I feel it takes a lifetime. Alice and Jay Watts were instrumental in getting the Lake Area-Keystone Heights chapter of The Compassionate Friends started. We wouldnt all be here tonight if it wasnt for them, Mary Kramer said. Veliz read the poem The Way I Feel in honor of her sister: They say there is a reason, they say that time will heal; But neither time nor reason will change the way I feel; No one knows the heartache that lies behind my smile; No one knows how many times Ive broken down and cried; I want to tell you something, so there wont be any doubt; Youre so wonderful to think of, but so hard to be without The Lake Area-Keystone Heights chapter of The Compassionate Friends meets the second Sunday of every month except December at the Potter House behind Trinity Baptist Church in Keystone at 7 p.m. The second Sunday of December is reserved for the candle-lighting ceremony. They have a place they can go where they can be with others who are just like them. We all know what were going through, Mary Kramer said. Nobody understands it unless youve gone through it. Kramer said The Compassionate Friends is for people whove lost children at any age, whether a couple of days old, 20 years old like her daughter, Danielle, or 75 years old. We know a lady in her 90s who lost her daughter at 75, Kramer said. Theyre all our babies still. Anne Fosser and her husband, John, lost a daughter named Susan. Fosser explained the significance of the five candles that were lighted by various group members. The first candle was lighted by Bernie Wetherington, with Fosser saying, This candle represents our grief. The pain of losing you is intense. It reminds us of the depth of our love for you. Melissa Hughes, the mother of Caitlen, lighted the second candle. This candle represents our courage to confront our sorrow, to comfort each other, to change our lives, Fosser said. As James Hughes, Caitlens father, lighted the third candle, The Weekly Paw Print: October has been designated as Adopt A This week we salute the unsung heroes of veterinary medicine. Im talking about National Veterinary Technician Week. The individuals you see assisting the veterinarian do more than you can see in the exam room alone. Veterinary technicians deliver medications, administer and monitor anesthesia, assist the veterinarian in surgery, collect and run lab tests, and so much more. They do all that they do while remaining patient and compassionate. They never lose sight of what their mission is and why they are there. The veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and the veterinary receptionists make up the veterinary team. Veterinarians rely on their team to care and provide for their patients beyond just the medicine. This week I would like to personally thank my awesome team. I could not do what I do without their help, their inspiration to be the best, and their compassion. It is my privilege to work with each and every one of them. Next time you see a member of your veterinary health care team, give them two paws up! The new year is right around the corner. This is the time of year I drive my family nuts with my planning and resolutions for the next 365 days. My staff is well aware of my penchant for change on a regular basis. So while I make my lists to conquer next year here are some suggestions your dog may be considering. -I will eat less and exercise more -I will beg less -I will recognize the difference between furniture and fire hydrants -Ill stay out of the cats litter box -I wont bite the vet anymore -I wont steal food as much -Ill introduce myself in more appropriate ways -Ill do better holding it until morning -Ill bark at the mail carrier less -Ill tolerate those homemade bandannas more If your pet hasnt been to see the doctor in a while, make a plan to get them scheduled for a visit and get caught up. The best way to start the new year and accomplish those resolutions is to be healthy. I hope you are having a good day back and Happy New Year! Happy New Year & God BlessClosed January 1st, 2018 STARKE904.964.6200 Peace and Joy to allJones-Gallagher Funeral Home KEYSTONE HEIGHTS352.473.3176 at left) reads a poem in honor of her left) reads a poem in honor Continued from 1B Bradford Michael John Field, 51, of Milton, was arrested by Braford Deputies on Dec. 25 for disorderly intoxication. No bond was set and he was expected to be released Dec. 26. Justin Daniel Smith, 23, of Starke, was arrested by Bradford Deputies on Dec. 26 for a moving traffic violation, possession of marijuana and two counts of possession of drug equipment. Bond was set at $73,000. t ARRESTS t are pictured with Chapter leader as much as we Happy New Year member-owned electric cooperative. Keystone District (352) 473-4917 Outage Reporting (888) 434-9844 Like us on Facebook! The Col. Samuel Elbert Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its regular meeting at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 8, at IHOP in Starke. The program will be presented by Vivian Katz, president of Keystones Save Our Lakes Organization Inc. Sue Plaster will be the hostess for the meeting. Do you have a Revolutionary War-era patriot in your family tree? If you would like to find out, we can help with DARs amazing genealogical resources. Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove direct descent from a person who aided in achieving American independence between April 19, 1775, and Nov. 26, 1783, is eligible for DAR membership. Please contact Leslie Harper at 352-475-5090 or June Keefe at 386-431-1830 for more information. Save Our Lakes president to speak at Jan. 8 DAR meeting


him return to Union County, but not until hes earned his college diploma. That is the diploma that will carry you many years down the road, providing for your family and providing for yourself, Ripplinger said. Thats our ultimate goal. Education doesnt just stop when youre 18 and get a high school diploma. Education happens every single day of your life. South Alabama has afforded you that opportunity. We just hope and pray that you use that to the best of your abilities and honor your commitments, honor your family and honor Union County. You have been a great testimony and a great representative for Union County and the Union County school system over these last four years. We appreciate all the hard work youve invested, and were very proud of you. Pruitt added, Youre going to be a Jaguar, but youll always be a Tiger. BY CLIFF SMELLEY Staff Writer District 5-2A opponent Fort White brought out the best in Keystone Heights High School boys soccer player Alex Cruz, who scored three goals each in a pair of wins on consecutive nights. Cruz did all the scoring in a 3-0 win over Fort White on Dec. 18 in Fort White, with Peyton Box, Chris Truman and Matt White each recording an assist. Goalie Caleb Cushman made six saves. On Dec. 19, the Indians hosted Fort White, with Cruz scoring three goals and Jacob Hopkins scoring one in a 4-1 win. Dean Hogg had two assists, while Box and Jay Payne each had one. Cushman made five saves. Prior to those matches, the Indians (7-6-2, 3-4-1) hosted district opponent Crescent City on Dec. 12, losing 3-2, before splitting a pair of non-district matches against Fernandina Beach and Palatka. The Indians got a goal each from Cruz and Andrew Oxley against Crescent City. Cruz and Kaleb Dockery each had an assist, while Cushman made 17 saves. On Dec. 14, Keystone hosted Fernandina Beach, getting four goals from Cruz in a 7-3 win. Cushman, Oxley and Henry Alozie each had a goal, while the following had one assist each: Cruz, Hogg, Hopkins, Oxley, Landon Ricketts and Ryan Turner. Cushman, whose goal came off a penalty kick, made 16 saves. On Dec. 15, Hopkins, off a Colby Townsend assist, had the lone goal in a 4-1 road loss to Palatka. Cushman made 11 saves. Keystone will return to action with a home match against Orange Park on Thursday, Jan. 4, at 7 p.m. The Indians then host district opponent P.K. Yonge on Friday, Jan. 5, at 7 p.m. before traveling to play district opponent Santa Fe on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. 609 N. Orange St. Starke, FL 32091(904) 966-6768www.BUTC.eduDavid Harris Director Glenda Ruise CoordinatorSPRING CLASS SCHEDULE2016 Accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. An Equal Opportunity center, without regard to race, creed, sex, or handicap. 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Washington Street, Starke, FL 32091. 904-966-6810. 2017-2018 Lynn Nobles Director Brad Bishop Coordinator (904)966-6764 Dr. Virgil A. BerryCHIROPRACTIC PHYSICIANDr. Virgil A. BerryCHIROPRACTIC PHYSICIAN Modern methods with old-fashioned concern. Modern methods with old-fashioned concern. Auto Accidents Work Injuries Headaches Neck and Back Pain Auto Accidents Work Injuries Headaches Neck and Back Pain NEED RELIEF FROM:Call Dr. BerryServing the Area for more than29 YearsCall Dr. BerryServing the Area for more than29 Years BY CLIFF SMELLEY Staff Writer Union County High School senior Maurice Strong had already made his mind up, so he was ready to take advantage of college footballs new early signing period. The 6-2, 285-pound defensive tackle, seated between his parents, Maurice Sr. and Angela, signed his letter of intent to play for the University of South Alabama during a Dec. 20 ceremony in the UCHS field house. It feels amazing. It feels great, Strong said. This is a dream come true. Union head coach Ronny Pruitt said Strong received interest from many schools, including those hed classify as bigger than South Alabama, which is a member of the Sun Belt Conference. Pruitt said a lot of kids are all about signing with the biggest school without looking at the big picture. Strong did, though, opting for the school that he thought was the best fit for him. You dont find that very often in the kids today, Pruitt said. Strong said South Alabama coaches were always there for him unlike other schools coaches throughout the recruiting process. He appreciated that. Nobody showed me love like that, he said. When I got there (for a campus visit), they showed me even more love. I was like, Wow. This is the place for me. I loved the atmosphere and how everything was. When asked what especially stood out about his visit, Strong laughed and said, They fed me good. I loved it when they fed me. He may have a sense of humor, but he is a mature, young man. Pruitt has watched that maturation occur the last two years. He described the freshman version of Strong as a kid who was hyper, like most ninthgraders, and one of those guys you had to lasso. Strong became a leader who worked hard and played with class. We coach because we love this game, Pruitt said, but we also coach because we love these kids. When you see one accomplish one of his dreams, it makes your heart feel good. Strong said Miami was the first school to ever contact him. That occurred when he was a sophomore and spurred him on to doing whatever was necessary to make sure he got that opportunity to sign with somebody. At that point in time, I was like, Let me get my mind right. I started grinding, grinding, grinding, Strong said. Pruitt said what Strong brings to the field are a quick first step and strength. I cant wait to see how strong he can get, Pruitt said. Hes strong now for high school and college. Strong is just a good on the offensive line as he is on the defensive line and can play effectively at any weight ranging from 260 to 320, Pruitt said. Im anxious to see what they mold him into and how they use him, Pruitt said, adding, Hes got the hands and feet that you need to play at the next level on both sides of the ball and the mental toughness. Pruitt said if you ask him 10 years from now what really stood out about Strong, his answer would be that Strong was someone who just loved the game. Pruitt admitted he and his coaches were hard on Strong, but it never deterred him. Whereas some kids mightve gotten frustrated and quit playing, Pruitt said Strongs thinking was, Im going to play this game. Nothing youre going to do is going to steer me in any other direction. As a sophomore, Strong recorded 38 tackles (20 solo), with three sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He made 28 tackles (15 solo) and had seven sacks, one fumble recovery and a blocked punt as a junior. This past season, Strong made 31 tackles (19 solo), with 14 occurring behind the line of scrimmage. He had eight sacks and nine quarterback hurries as well as three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one interception. As he prepares to transition to college, Strong said all he needs to do is get back into shape. Ive been chilling, so I need to get back right, he said. Other than that, I think Im pretty much ready. Im ready to get there. This is something Ive been waiting on all my life. During the ceremony, Principal Mike Ripplinger challenged Strong to take advantage of the opportunities hes earned. Ripplinger said the community loves Strong and wants to see Tigers Maurice Strong signs with South Alabama KHHS Cruz scores 6 goals in 2 wins over Ft. White Winners of the TelegraphTimes-Monitor Christmas coloring contest: Davin Williams, 6 Mya Smith, 11 Caraline Douglas, 16


North Florida Pharmacyof Keystone Heights405 S. Lawrence Blvd. Keystone Heights MonFri 8:30 am 6 pm Sat 9 am 1 pm(352)478-2057 Thank you, We would like to thank all of our volunteers for making Operation Santa Paws a huge success. With the dedicated work of volunteers we were able to give every dog and cat that was adopted in December a blanket. It is an honor to have the opportunity to work with amazing volunteers that care so much for cats and dogs. Operation Santa Paws is looking forward to growing even bigger in 2018. Please contact J.Bryan if you would like to volunteer next year for Operation Santa Paws at (904) 600-1858. Operation AN ANIMAL SHELTER CHRISTMAS BLANKET PROJECT is open for business and now recruiting knitters, crocheters and quilters to make Christmas 40sq blankets for Bradford County Animal Shelter, adopted animals during the holiday season. Call for pick-up of 6 or more blankets or location of drop-o boxes J. Bryan @ 904-600-1858 Project closes December 1st T h e h i r i n g o f a l a w y e r i s a n i m p o r t a n t d e c i s i o n t h a t s h o u l d n o t b e b a s e d s o l e l y u p o n a d v e r t i s e m e n t s B e f o r e y o u d e c i d e a s k u s t o s e n d y o u i n f o r m a t i o n a b o u t o u r q u a l i f i c a t i o n s a n d e x p e r i e n c e Gas piping LOST DOGHer name is Foxie and if you know her whereabouts please call 352-283-2172 or 386-266-9734. Thank You! BY CLIFF SMELLEY Staff Writer Christian Miller-Cardwell and Dallas Tealer combined for 29 points in the second half as Gainesville outshot and pulled away from the Bradford High School boys basketball team to win the Lake Area McDonaldsKiwanis of Starke Holiday Tournament by a score of 75-55 to conclude the three-day event on Dec. 23. It was the first loss for the Tornadoes (7-2) since they dropped their season-opener to Bolles. Bradford trailed by eight to start the second half, but got only eight field goals compared to 15 for Gainesville (8-2). Tavien Young, who was named to The Prep Zone AllTournament Team, did his part to help the Tornadoes, making three three-pointers in the second half and finishing the game with a team-high 19 points. The Hurricanes, though, pulled away with Miller-Cardwell making three three-pointers in the third quarter and Tealer making four shots from beyond the arc in the third and fourth quarters. Both were named to the all-tournament team, with Miller-Cardwell earning MVP honors. Young scored on a layup to spark a 7-0 run to close out the first quarter and give the Tornadoes a 19-15 lead. Chris Cummings made 1-of-2 free throws after being fouled on a drive to the basket, while Matthew Crawford rebounded a missed three-pointer by Gainesville and fired a long pass downcourt to Jordan Lee, who converted a layup. Gainesvilles K.J. Bradley went 0-of-2 at the foul line, with Cummings rebounding the second miss. Cummings pushed the ball upcourt and sank a pullup jumper in the lane to send Bradford into the second quarter leading by four. Gainesville opened the second quarter with a 14-2 run. After Bradfords Young scored off a Taz Curry steal, Tealer knocked down back-to-back three pointers to put the Hurricanes in the lead. Consecutive baskets by Young later in the quarter had Bradford trailing by four, but the Hurricanes were able to go into BY CLIFF SMELLEY Staff Writer Corey Hill made six threepointers and finished with 25 points, but it was nowhere near enough for the Union County High School boys basketball team, which lost 98-75 to South Carolinas Landrum on Dec. 23 to finish in last place in the Lake Area McDonalds-Kiwanis of Starke Holiday Tournament at Bradford High School. After Nate Norman made a three-pointer that left the Tigers (3-8) trailing 6-5 early in the first quarter, Landrum scored 11 of the next 15 points in building a double-digit lead it would hold for most of the game. Keyshawn Young did his part to try to keep Union in it. He scored off a turnover forced by Hill and later added two free throws after he was fouled on a drive to the basket to make it 2213 late in the first quarter. Early in the second quarter, Young hit a pull-up jumper to make it 2415. A three-pointer and a foul-line jumper by Hill kept the Tigers within 11, but Landrum (8-2) closed the half on a 14-5 run to go into the break leading 49-29. It was almost a one-man show for the Tigers in the third quarter. Landrum outscored Union 27-22, with Hill scoring all but eight of the Tigers points. He made four three-pointers in the quarter, but Landrum increased its lead to 25 points entering the final quarter. Young scored seven points in the fourth quarter to finish with 15. Caden Cox and Jaquez Hendrieth scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, while Norman added nine. Agelu Nunu and Hunter Dang had three and two points respectively. Union began play in the Hitchcocks Challenge against Eastside on Wednesday, Dec. 27, at Legacy Park in Alachua. If the Tigers won, they will play Trinity Catholic or Puerto Ricos Academia Cristo Rey on Thursday, Dec. 28, at 2:30 p.m. If they lost to Eastside, the Tigers will play Trinity Catholic or Academia Cristo Rey at 10 a.m. on Dec. 28. Action continues on Friday, Dec. 29, before concluding on Saturday, Dec. 30. Union loses to Stanton on 2 nd day of tournament Much like its final game of the tournament, the Tigers saw an opponent start pulling away in the first quarter of their secondday game, which resulted in a 6747 loss to Stanton Prep on Dec. 22. Stanton (1-8) scored the first five points before Norman made a three-pointer for the Tigers. A layup by Nunu off a Hendrieth assist and a subsequent free throw left Union trailing 8-6. A three-pointer later by Young kept the Tigers within three points, but Stanton closed the first quarter by outscoring Union 6-2. The Blue Devils opened the second quarter with a 9-2 run. Four points by Hendrieth and a three-pointer by Quinton Mitchell helped Union remain within 12, but a Stanton basket off a Union turnover in the final 20 seconds sent the Devils into halftime leading by 14. Young scored seven points in the third quarter, but the rest of his teammates scored a combined five points as Stanton increased its lead by one. Stanton essentially put the game away when it opened the fourth quarter with a 10-2 run. Colby Cummings scored consecutive baskets off turnovers to put the Devils ahead 61-38. Hendrieth and Young led the Tigers with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Mitchell and Nunu each had five points, while Hill had four. Norman had three points, with Cox and Dang each adding two. Tigers lose big despite Hills hot shooting


Timothy Meek KEYSTONE HEIGHTS Timothy Earl Curtis Meek, 58, of Keystone Heights died Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. He was born Nov. 6, 1959 in Tampa to the late Billy and Gloria Meek and moved to Belmore at age four. He attended schools in Keystone Heights. He was a driver for an oil company and a mechanic. He was preceded in death by: his brother, Jack Meek. Survivors are: children, Katie (Shaun) Burgin of Starke, T.J. Meek and Justin (Jessica) Meek all of Melrose; three sisters, Becki Smith of Starke, Theresa (Woody) Long of Keystone Heights, and Charity Emmons of Melrose. Also left behind are six grandchildren and many other family members. A Time of Remembrance will be held Saturday, Dec. 30 from 35:00 p.m. at Chiappinis, Melrose. Arrangements under the care of Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home, Keystone Heights. Polly Morrow STARKEPolly Morrow, age 79, of Starke passed away, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017 at Haven Hospice in Gainesville following an extended illness. She was born in Eufaula, AL on Jan. 6, 1938 to the late Mack and Mary (Phillips) Williams. Polly was a resident of Starke for over 30 years and had owned and operated Pollys September Home. She was a member of St. Marks Episcopal Church and always enjoyed taking care of those in need. She enjoyed nature, watching birds, gardening and flowers. Polly also enjoyed music, dancing, and shopping. She was definitely a people person, but most of all, she loved her family. The father of her two daughters, John Jourdan had preceded her in death along her a son-in-law, Barry Wyman; a brother and two sisters. Polly is survived by: her two loving daughters, Linda (Brett) Perry of Keystone Heights and Susan Wyman of St. Augustine along with two sisters. She was Mawmaw to four grandchildren, Shannon (Lil Rock) Sheffield, A.J. (Anne) Sheffield, Dustin (Paige) Perry and Cori (Will) Houston and five great-grandchildren, Rochelle, Annabelle, Steel, Austin and Riley. A celebration of life for Polly will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606. Arrangements are under the care of Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home, Starke. (904) 964-6200. www. PAID OBITUARY James Rowe LAWTEYJames Lee Rowe, 78, of Lawtey died Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 at the V.A Medical Center Lake City. Born in Greenville, he was a member of Macedonia Freewill Baptist Church of Lawtey. He attended the local schools of Greenville and completed his education with an Associate Degree. He served in the United States Navy. He is survived by: daughters, Lisa Rowe Lewis, Sidra Rowe and Tonya Rowe; sons, Michael Rowe, Anthony Duhart and John Berry; sister, Alberta Lewis; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many other family members. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, Dec. 30 at Mt. Zion AME Church, Lawtey at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Sinclair Rowe conducting the services. Interment will be held at Peetsville Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of Haile Funeral Home Inc., Starke. The Cortege will form at the residence of Rowe, 2462 East Lake Street, Lawtey at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Visitation will be held on Friday at Mt. Zion AME Church from 3-6:30 p.m. Mickle Smith KEYSTONE HEIGHTS Mickle T. (Big Mike) Smith, age 58, of Keystone Heights passed away at his home on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. Born in Live Oak and raised in Jasper, he lived most of his life in Starke and Keystone Heights. He was preceded in death by his father, Cody Smith; and brother, Randy Smith. Mike is survived by: his wife of 23 years, Shari Smith; son, Michael Smith; and daughter, Ashley Smith; his four grandchildren, Karsen Smith, Kylee Cirerol, Karlie Cirerol, and Kody Cole; and the mother of his children Susan Smith. A celebration of Mikes life will be at a later date. PAID OBITUARY Wanda Thornton ST. GEORGE, GA Wanda Denise Thornton, 45, of St. George, GA died on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 at St. Vincents Medical Center Clay County in Middleburg. She was born in Gainesville on June 13, 1972 to the late Lloyd Thornton and Wanda Bailey Thornton. She was preceded in death by: her parents; and her aunt and caretaker, Jimmie Bailey. She is survived by: brothers, Charles Johnson of Yulee, and Robert (Kristy) Thornton of Lake Butler; her caretaker who she loved as a sister, Melissa (Donnie) Boston; and many other family members. A Graveside Service was held on Dec. 23 at Jacksonville Memory Gardens with Reverend Larry Thornton officiating. Arrangements are under the care and direction of V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services and Archie Tanner Memorial Chapel, Starke. Pamela Brown WALDO/STARKE Pamela Shonte Brown, 41, died on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 at Vitas Innovative Hospice Care Center in Stockbridge, GA. She was educated in Clifford J. Scott High School, East Orange, NJ and Eastside High School, Gainesville. She continued her education with a degree in Nursing. She was employed by North Side Hospital. She is survived by: son, Damon C. Johns; sister, Patricia Daye; and many other family members. Life Celebration will be held 11:00 a.m. on Dec. 30 at Philadelphia Baptist Church, Waldo. Interment will be held at Fairmont Cemetery, Newark, NJ. Visitation will be held from 4-7:00 p.m. on Friday at J. Hadley Funeral Home, Starke. Funeral Services are entrusted to J. Hadley Funeral Home. Kala Farmer KEYSTONE HEIGHTSKala Farmer, 47, of Keystone Heights, passed away Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 at her residence following brief illness. Kala was born in Boyce, LA and had lived in Keystone Heights for 16 years, coming from Ocala. Kala was employed by Meridian Behavioral Health Care Clinic in Gainesville. She was a member of Hampton Christian Church in Hampton. She was preceded in death by: a sister, Karen Cudd; father, Skylar Cudd; and step-father, Mike Graffia. Surviving are: her husband, Pat Farmer; five sons, Trace McMillan, Jordan McMillan, Jaden Williams, Pat Farmer, Jr., and Cameron Farmer; a daughter, Kimberly Miller; mother, Judy Pierce Soileau; a brother, Sonny Cudd; and five grandchildren, Logan McMillan, Raylan McMillan, Rayna Miller, Waylon Miller, and Maysin Miller. No services are planned at this time. Memorial donations may be made to Masters Funeral Home, 3015 Crill Ave., Palatka, FL 32177. Messages of encouragement or sympathy may be expressed on her online guestbook at www. themastersfuneralhomes@hotmail. com. Masters Funeral Home of Palatka is in charge of arrangements. PAID OBITUARY Roy Holmes LAKE BUTLERRoy Holmes, 74, of Lake Butler died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 at his residence. He was a member of Hopewell Church of God By Faith. He attended and graduated from the local schools of Union County. He was selfemployed. He is survived by: children, Andropolis Mitchell Sr. and Sarah Holmes; sisters, Dorothy Grimmage, Fannie Riggins, Minnie Holmes, Janie Jones and Ruth Holmes; brothers, Albert Holmes, Rubin Morris, Clyde Holmes, Wesley Holmes and Otto Holmes; and many other family members. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday Dec. 30 in the Hopewell Church Of God By Faith in Providence with Elder Jeremiah Lee conducting the services. Interment will be held in Little Rock Cemetery Lake Butler. Arrangements are under the direction of Haile Funeral Home Inc., Starke. Visitation will be held on Friday at the Carl D Haile Memorial Chapel for Friends 3-6:00 p.m. The Cortege will form at the church at Hopewell Church of God By Faith at 10:45 p.m. on Saturday. Mary McCormickJacobs KEYSTONE HEIGHTSMary L. McCormick-Jacobs, 93, of Keystone Heights died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 at Palm Garden of Gainesville. She was born in Hawthorne on May 30, 1924 to the late Henry and Jewell (Putnel) Paulling. She had been a lifelong resident of the Hawthorne and Keystone Heights area graduating from Hawthorne High School with the class of 1942. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church of Keystone Heights. She was preceded in death by: her husband, Henry Mac McCormick; son, Eddie St. John; and sister, Earnestine Miller. Survivors are: children, Susan (Doug) Voliva of Wears Valley, TN, John (Kellye) McCormick and David (Kelly) McCormick all of Keystone Heights, and Jimmy McCormick of Gainesville; sister, Sara McGuire of Gainesville; seven grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter; and two great greatgrandchildren. The viewing will be held prior to graveside services beginning at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 27 with Pastor Clay Robinson officiating. Interment will be at Hawthorne Cemetery in Hawthorne. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to First Baptist Church, 550 East Walker Drive, Keystone Heights, FL 32656 or Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32606. Arrangements are under the care of Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home, Keystone Heights. Amanda Ellis of Silver Sands Middle School in DeLand each received $250. Carol Roe, chairman of the Florida Agriculture in the Classroom board of directors, said, Our grants committee selected these educators because they are passionate about Florida agriculture and share that passion with their students. Though Van Heusen laughed about not having enough years in teaching to show that I actually know what Im doing, her application obviously proved otherwise. It was a lengthy process, she said, that involved having to show what she taught, how she includes certain standards in her teaching and the awards her students receive. Van Heusen teaches five different prep areas, so she had to include a lot in her application. She said that probably made her application stand out. Because I cover so many different areas, I think that was what set me apart, she said. Van Heusen is excited about attending the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference. Itll give her the opportunity to share ideas with teachers from throughout the U.S. and to get some pointers as well. She especially wants to learn how teachers in urban areas approach agriculture. Im looking forward to going to see how these teachers across the United States do that and take pointers from them, especially teachers that have been teaching for a while, and learning from what they do and how I can improve my side of teaching it, Van Heusen said. Its a way of getting better as an educator and better preparing students for their futures. Teachers always learn from each other, Van Heusen said. Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, a Gainesvillebased nonprofit organization, funds programs like the Florida Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Awards with the proceeds it receives from the sales of the agriculture specialty license plate. Its mission is to increase agricultural literacy through K-12 education, which it does by providing currculum, workshops, farm tours, award programs, grants and the Florida Agriculture Literacy Day elementary reading program. 340 E. Walker Drive(SR 100)Keystone Heights P. Steven Futch Funeral DirectorJoe Gallagher Owner/Funeral DirectorWere here for youTo help celebrate a lifeto help say goodbye.Whether your loved one wanted a traditional funeral or a more casual way to bring family and friends together, well help your remembrance be something special. 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Archer Funeral Home(386) 496-2008 Within Your Means Now, Peace of Mind Always 55 North Lake Avenue Lake Butler, FL With Love, Doyle Archer, Kaleb Archer, Kelsey Archer & Archer Funeral Home Staff thank God every day for the friends, who love and care for my family, our staff and myself! 2016 has passed by so fast and this year was not a good year for many of us. But I want to say, what would we do without the loving friends that are there when we need them most. We want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and may the New Year 2018 bring us all the things we need, and the happiness we all long for: God is Always there when we need him, all we have to do is Pray. Sometimes our prayers are not answered right away, but sooner or later things will come through. We want to let you all know how much we appreciate you all for letting us take care of your loved ones for the last time here on earth, we treat everyone as if they were our own Family. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your families from all of us at Archer Funeral Home in Lake Butler.I halftime leading 34-26, getting baskets from Diamond Smith and Jeremiah Tisme as well as a free throw from Miller-Cardwell. The second half began with a 10-1 Gainesville run, with Tealer hitting two three-pointers and the Hurricanes scoring four points following Bradford turnovers. Bradford couldnt make a dent in the lead, thanks to Miller-Cardwell. A Young threepointer was followed by MillerCardwells own downtown shot. Two free throws by Curry were followed by another MillerCardwell trey. Then, after Young scored on a scoop shot in the lane, Miller-Cardwell did it again, sinking a shot from beyond the arc to put the Hurricanes up 5334. Cummings scored six of the first eight points of the fourth quarter, going 4-of-5 from the foul line, as he finished with 15 points. He and Young had 36 and 35 points, respectively, in all three tournament games. Curry and Lee finished with six and four points, respectively, while Crawford, Jcobi Harris and Jaleen Lane each had three. D.J. Mackey added two points. The tournaments final day also saw last years champion Creekside (9-1) defeat Santa Fe (3-5) 58-40 in the consolation championship, Madison County (5-2) defeat Stanton Prep (18) 72-48 for fifth place and Landrum (8-2) defeating Union County (3-8) 98-75 for seventh place. Creeksides Noah Lippy and Madison Countys Travis Jay were also named to the alltournament team. Bradford began play in the Hitchcocks Challenge at Alachuas Legacy Park on Wednesday, Dec. 27, against Doral Academy. If the Tornadoes won, they will play Hawthorne or Saint Francis on Thursday, Dec. 28, at 5:30 p.m. If they lost to Doral Academy, they will play Hawthorne or Saint Francis at 1 p.m. on Dec. 28. The tournament also features action on Friday, Dec. 29, before concluding on Saturday, Dec. 30. BHS defeats Santa Fe to advance to championship Six points each from Young and Tally Chandler in the third quarter helped Bradford create some separation in a 58-49 win over Santa Fe during the second day of action in the Lake Area McDonalds-Kiwanis of Starke Holiday Tournament on Dec. 22. A jumper by Jordan Hill sent the Tornadoes into the second quarter leading 17-16. A rebound tip-in by Santa Fes Deshaun Odem put the Raiders ahead by one to start the second quarter, but a three-pointer by Chandler put Bradford back on top. A basket by Harris sparked a late 10-5 run to close the half. Cummings made a threepointer following a Santa Fe turnover, while a steal by Lee led to his own dunk and a 3020 lead. Saveon Webster made a three-pointer for the Raiders, but Cummings answered with a long-distance shot of his own to help Bradford go into the break leading 33-25. Santa Fe pulled to within 4541 late in the third quarter on a three-pointer by Webster, but the Tornadoes responded with a 6-0 run. Young scored on a drive to the basket, while Mackey grabbed a defensive rebound and fired a pass downcourt to Chandler, who was all alone for a layup. A steal by Curry led to a layup by Crawford as Bradford entered the fourth quarter leading 51-41. Bradford held onto its lead despite a shaky performance from the foul line and multiple turnovers in the final quarter. Lee finished with 10 points, while Chandler and Young each had nine. Mackey and Cummings had seven and six, respectively, with Crawford adding five. Curry and Harris each had four points, while Hill and Dequan Hankerson each had two. In other action on the second day, Gainesville defeated Creekside 69-58, Stanton Prep defeated Union County 67-47 and Madison County defeated Landrum 75-70. BY CLIFF SMELLEY Staff Writer Chris Cummings scored 11 points in the second quarter to help the Bradford High School boys basketball team start pulling away from Union County and win 75-45 to conclude action on the first day of the Lake Area McDonalds-Kiwanis Club of Starke Holiday Tournament on Dec. 21 at BHS. In the days three previous games, Santa Fe defeated Stanton Prep 61-32, Gainesville defeated Madison County 68-44 and Creekside defeated Landrum (South Carolina) 69-62. The Tornadoes got off to a quick start, scoring the first six points. It was 4-0 when Matthew Crawford went to the foul line to shoot two free throws for Bradford. He missed both attempts, but D.J. Mackey rebounded the second miss. The Tornadoes Tavien Young would then attempt a three-pointer, which was no good, but Mackey rebounded the miss and scored for a 6-0 lead. It was the second straight basket for Mackey, who later added two free throws to make the score 8-2. Union rallied to make it a tie game going into the second quarter. Keyshawn Young made consecutive baskets, one of which was a three-pointer, to pull the Tigers to within 8-7. Bradford scored off Tavien Youngs rebound putback to make it 107, but Jaquez Hendrieth made a three-pointer to tie the score. Hendrieth opened the second quarter with a score off an offensive rebound, but Bradford tied the score when Tarrin Jacksons steal led to a Cummings layup. The Tornadoes then took the lead again with a Cummings three-pointer. Baskets by Corey Hill and Hendrieth put the Tigers back on top 16-15, but it would be their last lead as Bradford closed the quarter with a 12-2 run. Cummings made two free throws to give the Tornadoes the lead for good. Taz Curry then hit a turnaround jumper in the lane before coming up with a steal that led to a basket by Young. A Young steal led to an eventual score by Cummings, while Curry scored down low off a Tally Chandler assist. After Hendrieth scored for the Tigers, Bradford closed the half with a Cummings dunk following a Curry steal, sending the Tornadoes into halftime leading 27-18. Curry and Cummings each BHS opens Kiwanis tournament with 75-45 win over UCHS Continued from 4B Members of All-Tournament Dallas Tealer and Christian Millerand Madison


scored off his own steal to open the second half and give the Tornadoes a double-digit lead. A three-pointer by Keyshawn Young cut Bradfords lead to single digits, but Chandler answered with a trey of his own. Then, following a Union turnover, Matthew Crawford sank one from long range, putting Bradford ahead 40-25. Crawford and Cummings combined to score 10 points in the third quarter, which also featured a combined 16 points from Unions Hendrieth and Young. Jalen Williams scored six points early in the fourth quarter, including two consecutive baskets when he scored off his own steal as well as a steal by Jordan Lee. Those baskets increased Bradfords lead to 22. Cummings led Bradford with 15 points, while Mackey and Curry scored 12 and 10, respectively. Crawford and Williams each had eight points, while Young had seven. Jordan Hill added four points, while the following each had three: Chandler, Lee and Jcobi Harris. Jaleen Lane had two points. Unions Hendrieth led all scorers with 21 points. The Tigers also got 11 points from Young, while Hill and Caden Cox had six and four, respectively. Quinton Mitchell added two points. EQUAL HOUSING OPPOR TUNITY. All real estate advertising in this news paper is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 in 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 cus todians, pregnant women and people securing cus tody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate in 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. 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