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USPS 114-170 Keystone Heights, Florida Thursday, February 15, 2018 44 th Year 41 st Issue 75 CENTS Lake Region Monitor Lake Region Monitor Deadline Monday 5 p.m. before publication 904-964-6305 904-964-8628 New operator plans to reopen within 90 days County line. Managing Editor After a four-year run, Toms High on the Hog Real Pit Barbecue closed its doors Saturday, and at the same time announced that a new operator is taking over the establishment. A sign posted on the front door of the building said the new operator will be Florida Cracker Kitchen, a Brooksville-based southern cuisine restaurant with a second location in Jacksonville. Workers started clearing land for Toms in early 2013, and Tom and Cathy Perryman opened the establishment one year later. The couple established Country Caterers in the 1970s, forging a niche in large-scale emergency food service with a capacity of serving 15,000 people a day. Country Caterers also provided life support and base camp services to its clients. In 2012, the Jacksonville Business Journal ranked Country Caterers as the eighth largest woman-owned business in the Jacksonville area, based on annual revenue. When building the restaurant, the Perrymans partnered with the operators of Frontline Homeowners Insurance of Lake Mary, some of whom are relatives of Tom Perryman. By 2015, the Perrymans were no longer corporate Lake Mary partners brought in Vincent Esson as CEO. Esson became well known in Bradford County and the Lake Region as he promoted the establishment of an RV park, which he hoped to build adjacent to the restaurant. The permitting process is still ongoing for the RV park. When reached by phone Tuesday, Esson said he felt the location needed something new. There are not a lot of breakfast places around, he said, so we reached out to Florida Cracker. We are excited. They are excited. The community is excited. Blair Hensley, one-half of the brother duo that operates Florida Cracker Kitchen, praised the structure he is leasing. Its a heck of a building, he said. Spotless, and they gave us a good deal. Hensley added that Keystone Heights is similar to his hometown of Brooksville, S.R. 100, with the potential of an RV park next door made the prospects of a third Florida Country Kitchen in Keystone Heights even more appealing. He said he hoped to open in 60 to 90 days, adding that the mini golf course on the property will also reopen. Hensley, along with this brother Ethan were raised in the restaurant business. Their mother owns restaurants in the Brooksville area. Blair was already operating Brooksvilles Coney Island Drive Inn when the family got word in 2013 that John Carlone, owner of Farmer Johns Key West Caf was looking to sell. Carlone served Caribbeanstyle food like Key West Crepes, panko shrimp and conch chowder. The brothers kept many of Carlones dishes, but also brought in their own southern cuisine, which their family has been serving for generations. They also renamed the establishment Florida Cracker Kitchen. The new format went over well in Brooksville. Earlier this month, the Hensleys opened a second location on Jacksonvilles Beach Boulevard. BY JAMES WILLIAMS Special to the Monitor The Feb. 1 Clay County School Board meeting featured a public hearing on K-12 science textbooks. The texts will eat a sizeable chunk of the district budget, and, more importantly, will shape the Countys science curriculum for the next few years. No one objected to the cost of the new textbooks: the focus was on the role of Darwins theory of evolution in Clay County Schools. Board member Ashley Gilhausen, whos term is up this year, called for a public hearing on the textbooks, already a standard part of most board actions. More than twenty public speakers were given three minutes each to have their say. Physics teacher Ernie Lawrence was questioned by Gilhausen after he spoke, protracting his time to six minutes, at which Board Chair Carol Stoddard against the advice of Board Attorney David DAgata--put the kibosh on interaction between speakers and board members until all in line had their turn. After the hearing one speaker returned to the podium, asking for an additional three minutes, but with board discussion and a vote yet to come, board members felt theyd heard enough. The request was denied. Speakers and board members alike generally fell into one of three categories: 1) those who wanted different textbooks and/ or supplementary materials highlighting what they perceived of Darwinism; 2) those who advocated pure science in science classrooms and rejected including non-science, faith-based texts or materials, and 3) those who asked, religious principals aside, what is the school boards legal mandate and what legal risk is inherent in allowing alternative theories about human origins and development. No one advocated banning the theory of evolution from the public school curriculum. Far more speakers advocated non-Darwinian alternatives--than advocated only science-based discussion in the classroom. But as speaker Victoria Kidwell pointed out, an alternative, nonits popular. Baptist pastor and theologian Scott Yirka said he did not book; but when it came to teaching the origins of man, he preferred more information on intelligent design. The only sin these days, he said, appears to be theory, which, he said, were many. Victoria Kidwell teaches six year olds and said, I believe were all created in Gods image, (but) I cannot call my beliefs of faith, belief without proof. based on a body of facts and the teach, generating a hypothesis testing that hypotheses other scientists must be able to replicate the results. Whose alternative beliefs will be taught? Kidwell and other speakers asked. Christianity? Hinduism? Islam ? Church and family are the domain of religious beliefs, Kidwell said Science is under attack. I urge you to support the schools) are proud of. Those in the third category spoke when the public was done. Those were mostlybut not entirelyschool board members and staff. Board member Gilhausen said: I would never ask the district to jeopardize us legally...But what weve heard tonight is a whole lot of science thats been left out of our textbooks. Board member Mary Bolla said, When you sign a contract with Clay County you sign a contract that you will be teaching to 301 (state) standards in science, grades 9-12. of those are in biology. These are the parameters literally of what you are required to teach and what students should know when they leave your classroom. Bolla and many others, pro and con, noted that students will share with you what theyre thinking. The answers we receive as learning at home. What they are learning at home and what we are teaching in the classroom have to work together. Board member Janice Kerekes said, Regardless of my faith and beliefwe have to follow to Melrose Perrovit atemolu ptatibuIbus nonsed magnimusae dem ut faccuptaquia dit dolupta quosamus aut resequuntur? Bust ut laboratur alit, vellaccum, tore volorep ernati doluptatem velit eum fuga. Ident alitat dent ea consequias restiumqui temquunt. 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A full report outlining hydrological conditions was presented Tuesday at the St. Johns River Water Management Districts February Governing Board meeting. Protecting our Outstanding Florida Springs is among the districts highest priorities, said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. region. Because of improved rainfall trends in recent months, recovered more than 300 cubic feet per second (cfs) from its lowest levels recorded during drought conditions. Springs rose above 700 cfs on Jan. 17 and remained higher than 700 cfs until Feb. 10. During this of 719 cfs was on Jan. 23. into the high range in January, ending the month at 175 cfs or 113 mgd. Flagler County had the highest rainfall for the month, with 5.1 inches. Orange and Seminole counties received 2.2 inches and 2.3 inches, respectively, for the month. While rainfall was above average in the northern and central portions of the district, rainfall in the southern portion of the district was slightly below average for January.


the state standards and we have to follow the law. Nowhere in our textbooks does it state that evolution is a fact...Im ready to move forward on this. District 1 Board representative Betsy Condon said, Id like to clarify my vote from the last meeting. I did hear from a number of constituents; my vote at the last meeting was a vote to advertise a public hearingI appreciate all who responded and called wanting to know, Did we vote to approve this at the last meeting? Ive heard over and over since I came on the board about teachers not wanting to teach to the test. The science test is left over from the FCAT days. This proposal seems to be teaching to the test.Ive heard from teachers who were afraid to come speak tonight, afraid to suffer retaliationIts for those reasons that Im not going to support this recommendation. Condon added that she resented being accused of committing an illegal act because she planned to vote against the textbook recommendation. Legal counsel DAgata apologized for Condon having taken offense he didnt intend. His job, he said, was to protect the board from making legally risky decisions. It is entirely legal for you to decide one way or the other, he told her, after having earlier cautioned that alternative, non-science theories on mans origins were, these days, the low hanging fruit of school board law suits. Superintendent Addison Davis reminded the board that state publishers who supply textbooks. Twenty-one of 21 teachers on the textbook selection committee had approved this array. If there was a better curriculum, I would have brought it to you. You wont said. My personal tech: Carlton Faulk, Union County Superintendent of SchoolsOverall, I am not a fan of all the technology we have to deal with today. I really dislike all the computer equipment they are putting in cars these days making it so you cannot work on your own vehicle and have to spend more money to pay for the dealer to do it. I think social media is both good and bad it can serve useful purposes, but it can also create many problems. I dont think our founding fathers ever intended for freedom of speech to mean what we have to deal with today. Mobile phone: I never had a cell phone before I was elected Superintendent in 2000. In a way, it is a convenience, and in a way an aggravation. You feel as though you are always on duty. You get to the point that, if you leave it at home, you almost feel as if you are missing an arm or a leg. I have a Samsung Verizon Galaxy S-7. I use it to keep my calendar, keep track of school email, send texts and make calls. I have made my number available to the public, so I often get calls from parents and citizens with questions. Laptop: I use the same Chromebook that our students use Internet: The school district now uses Skyward: an internetbased student management system which features student and parent engagement tools and automation of administrative tasks. The Skyward system is a real innovation which is showing great results. It allows parents to communicate with teachers and administrators, as well as keep track of their childs progress as to grades, attendance, behavior and other factors. This is a real plus for our district.Mug: Yeti Tumbler I would never have believed that these things would really work and would never have bought one for myself, but I received one as a gift and now would not want to do without it. YOUTH SOCCER For more information call: Trevor Waters at 352-246-7776 Registration forms on website www.keystoneyouthsoccer.comYouth Soccer AGES 4-18Season is February 19, 2018 to May 19, 2018 THE FEE is $65.00. Payable to KYSC. Supplied uniform will be jersey, shorts & socks.Register at 7374 SR 21 N Keystone Heights Legals LRM Legals 2/15/18 FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT, Petitioner vs. ZACHARIA J. CARSON, Case #41089 Respondent TO: ZACHARIA J. CARSON, Residence Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an Administrative Complaint has been accordance with Section 943.1395, Tallahassee, Florida 32302-1489, on Director FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT Division Representative 2/8 4tchg 3/1-LRM Scholarships help many learn, grow at 4-H summer camps UF/IFAS Growing up in north Florida during the 1960s, Clara Floyd was an avid 4-H member. I ate, slept and breathed 4-H. I just about turned green, she said, referring to the programs green cloverleaf emblem. So, when her children were old enough to join 4-H themselves, she signed them up. Her daughters embraced it, but Ryan, her youngest, wasnt sold. I had to drag him to meetings. It was heartbreaking how could I have given birth to a child who didnt love 4-H, Floyd said. By the time Ryan was 12, Floyd decided to give to give him one more chance. I said, this summer, youre going to Camp Cherry Lake, she said. Located in Madison County just south of the Georgia border, Camp Cherry Lake is one of three sleep-away camps operated by Florida 4-H, which is part of the University of Florida IFAS Extension. Surrounded by woods and overlooking Cherry Lake, the camps rustic cabins and meeting halls give it an oldschool summer camp feel. Hundreds of youth attend each year, where they spend time with newfound friends on the water and around the scholarships to attend 4-H camps. didnt know anybody, and I felt ready to leave, said Ryan Floyd, now 22. But then I told myself, if I can make it through the night, Ill be okay. Ryan did make it through the night, and through the rest of the session. He made friends and looked up to the older kids, who acted as camp counselors. Thats who I wanted to be, so I did all I could to make sure I could become a counselor, too, Ryan said. He applied to be a counselor and got the job. The UF/IFAS Extension Madison County 4-H agent, Becky Bennett, told him he would be in charge of a group of kids with special needs. Ryan found he loved working with the kids, and the camp adults saw he had a talent for it. The following years, he attended camp on scholarship and continued working with special needs children, sometimes at multiple camps throughout the summer. I feel like I grew a lot from that experience, Ryan said. My patience for children grew tremendously. I feel like Ive been able to carry that forward into college and adulthood the ability to meet a group of new people and get along with them right away. His mom agreed. He developed this understanding of children and knew to watch out for those who needed a friend or extra encouragement, she said. I saw him mature because of camp. That kind of skill, understanding whats going on with a person, helps you become a better leader. And she was pleased. 4-H was all about. We he came home from camp, he came back green, she said. Like Ryan, many 4-H youths are able to attend camp because of scholarships, said Neva Baltzell, 4-H Camp Cherry Lake director. means more kids get to have that formative camp experience. Theyll try things theyve never done before, meet people they wouldnt have otherwise met, and get training in leadership and teamwork, all while they are learning to be on their own away from home, she said. To learn more about supporting Florida 4-H camp scholarships, please contact Katie Morris at katiemorris@


Thursday, February 15, 2018 Lake Region Monitor 3A 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 131 W. Call Street Starke, FL 32091Phone: (904)964-6305 Fax: (904)964-8628 Daniel Hildebran, General Manager 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: John R. Tillman Typesetting: Eileen Gilmore Advertising & Newspaper Prod: Beth Tillman Bookkeeping & Classified Adverts: Heather Wheeler Bookkeeping Asst: Linda Lacombe Front office Asst: Jenny Starnes Publisher: John M. Miller Lake Region Monitor Become the experience When you walk through the front door of Salon Twenty-One B, look to your left and then up. High on the wall, in large, white lettering, against a chalkboardlike black background is the mission of the salon: Become the experience. That mission statement illustrates owner Crea Baileys belief that her clients not only get top-quality, professional services, but they also receive a pleasurable and unforgettable experience while at her salon. Third-generation stylist Creas grandmother was a master stylist in Germany. After the war she married an American G.I. and came to the states, where she continued her craft. Creas mother: Karin, started Frauleins Hair Salon 24 years ago, in the same building that houses Salon Twenty-One B, now. Ive been in a salon my whole life because my Moms been doing hair for 40 years, recalled Crea. After school, my brother and I would go to the hair salon and wait for Mom to get off work. But following in her mothers footsteps was the last thing Crea thought she would do with her own career. I never thought I would do hair ever, she said. That was the last thing I thought I would do, and it ended up just kind of happening. After spending 11 years bringing up her children through elementary school, and doing her friends hair as a hobby, she decided to get her license and convert her pastime into a profession. Three years ago, Karin broke her arm. At the same time, Crea was looking for a change in her career, so the family decided that a new salon: Twenty-One B would replace Frauleins and Karin would eventually join the new enterprise. It helped us both out, Crea said. her husband Bill (the owner of Williams Automotive in Keystone Heights) did was to upgrade the salons decor. My mothers style was traditional said Crea, an elegant Victorian style with red and a couch. Crea and Bill fashioned the salon in an industrial-country motif: metal pipes contrasting rugs and antlers hanging on the wall, and barbershop-like leather set against chandeliers. The attention to detail in the mission of making the experience of visiting Salon Twenty-One B eye-catching and unique. Our clients come here and relax, she said. They truly enjoy the stay. Specialties But the emphasis on the experience does not detract from the professionalism Crea insists on delivering. Were always doing continuing education, she said of herself and the other stylists. Were always going to hair shows, and I bring in professionals to come in and train us on whats in fashion, whats the now and emerging trends. The salon is also harnessing the latest technology. With Salon Twenty-One Bs partnership with Vagaro, clients can book an appointment with their mobile phones or online. You can use Vagaro anywhere, once you have the app, Crea said. If youre in California and you need your hair done, you can use the app to see what salons offer what services. If you searched for a salon in Melrose, she continued, you would see us all the stylists and what they do, and you would see a menu and what they offer. And then you can just book an appointment with the stylist and the service you want. The salon also has a website: and maintains an active Instagram account which has brought in new business. I asked a new client the other day how she heard about us, Crea recalled, and the woman said her granddaughter showed her one of our Instagram photos. Two areas that Crea has seen a lot of growth in recently are wedding services, and photography hair and makeup. Alyssa Chappell photography, Crea does makeup and hair for high school senior girls, who want an upgrade from the traditional senior photo shoot. The salon even has a makeup station converted from the tailgate of a Chevy pickup. Before Alyssa takes them out on location, they come here for their hair and makeup, Crea said. Crea also travels to provide on-site hair and makeup for weddings. Sometimes, if the wedding is close, they can come here, Crea said. But most of my wedding work is on location. Stylists Of course, the salon offers all the basics for the entire family: haircuts and coloring for men, women and children. Creas Mom: Karin Mullinax is a stylist at the salon. Many know her by the former name of the salon Fraulein. Stylist Jimmy Dowling has been at Salon Twenty-One B experience and has been working The newest addition to the staff: Shaunna Fusinato, has 13 years of experience and is a Redken color specialist. Shes very, very good with color, Crea said. The expert staff, the attention to detail and the welcoming atmosphere all contribute to clients not only getting out-ofthis-world service but enjoying the occasion. Thats the goal of Become the Experience. The people that come here fall in love with the atmosphere, said Crea. Our stylists fall in love with the clients. Everybody has a good time, and our clients leave, not only looking great, but feeling great as well. district screening contractors Telegraph Editor The Florida Auditor Generals audit of the Bradford County School District for 2016-17 found shortcomings in its hiring and screening of contractors among other things. While the construction manager was selected through a competitive process, architect Paul Stressing was not. The reason given at the time is that it was not necessary; the district intended to use one of Stressings existing designs completed for another school district, modifying it as needed. According to the audit, Stressings hiring did not comply with state law or the school boards own policies, which require a competitive selection process. Just as with the construction manager, the job should have been advertised and applicants rated so the district could negotiate with the most Per the audit, The competitive selection process reduces the appearance and opportunity for favoritism and inspires public selected in a fair, equitable and economic manner. The report notes that although auditors requested one, no explanation was provided for noncompliance. The district hired Stressing in September 2016 at the recommendation of the former superintendent, Chad Farnsworth, who began the project to replace Southside, Hampton and Brooker elementary schools with a new PK-7 combination school, as well as Stressing and Gene Tanner, who was hired to consult on the project. The current superintendent, Stacey Creighton, voted in favor of the hiring while on the school board. The school board supported seeking funds to construct a new school even if board members didnt agree wholeheartedly with Farnsworths vision for the school. They hired Stressing, who had previously worked for the district and is expected to earn an estimated $2 million for his services. Creighton said there is a difference of opinion between the auditors, Stressing and Tanner over the hiring process. Nevertheless, she said the district will follow the audits recommendation to use the competitive process going forward. Auditors found another failure to comply with statutory requirements and board policy related to student safety. Instructional and noninstructional contractors who have access to campuses when students are present are supposed to undergo background screenings every contractors include therapists, consultants and psychologists providing services directly for students. On examination, auditors 15 such contractors did not demonstrate the required screenings were ever performed. The district responded to their inquiry by saying efforts were made to verify initial background screenings, but screenings for primarily because the district did not maintain a comprehensive list of workers subject to the screenings. Auditors said, Absent effective controls to identify all contractor workers and promptly obtain and evaluate background screenings of all applicable workers, there is an increased risk that workers with unsuitable backgrounds may be allowed access to students. The district responded by saying it would keep and upto-date list of contract workers subject to screenings. The Bradford-Union Technical Center is also apparently required to notify students and employees of the FDLE sexual predator and sexual offender registry website and toll-free number. Ignorant of that requirement, the technical center did not comply, but will in the future. Auditors also found fault in the records for two of the four teachers awarded Florida Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarships totaling more than $13,000. The scholarships are awarded based upon academic achievement prior to being hired and eligibility continues based on annual job performance evaluations. The two awards in question were based on college entrance scores obtained from the test providers website instead of an transcript. The district claims it was led to believe by the Florida Department of Education that it had leeway in deciding what Auditors said the effort to verify that exam scores are accurate would better assure teacher eligibility, and the district agreed. from a prior audit and concerns the incompleteness of the school districts disaster recovery plan in the event of a major hardware or software failure. The plan did alternate facility to be used in the event of a disaster because the district had not been able to identify one with compatible software and hardware capabilities. With the migration to a new enterprise software system, the district believes it can identify and contract with an alternate facility. Commission Contract for Manager BY TRACY LEE TATE Times Editor With the retirement of current city manager Dave Mecusker looming near (Feb. 23), the city commission is through discussing the contract for his replacement and ready to go ahead with the Dale M. Walker, the applicant chosen by the commission to take Mecuskers place. Walker has already signed a draft of the contract, but is aware that the commission had not then approved the text of the document and might desire to make some changes in it. This proved to be the case at a special meeting of the commission on Feb. 6. The document considered followed standard wording for a professional services agreement with the city of Lake Butler and was, in fact, quite similar to the contract signed by Mecusker commission decided to make a few changes, however, making some features which have been automatic now a matter for vote by the commission and adding language to ensure that adherence to the budget was understood. The contract is for a term of three years and is between the city of Lake Butler and Walker for the provision of professional Around the region


services in the position of city manager/clerk. The document Mecusker told the commission that he would provide two days of training for the new manager (Feb. 22-23) and would be available to him for additional information at no charge to the city. The contract is binding in that Walker agrees to stay in the employ of the city for the three-year term, barring any termination activity. He will be required to work full-time exclusively for the city, but, with approval by the commission, might be allowed to take parttime employment as a teacher or consultant. Walkers starting salary will be paid on the same schedule as other city employees. One change in the contract is the removal of language declaring automatic annual salary increases (which Mecusker routinely declined) and instead leaves the matter of any salary increase to be determined independently by the commission. a city car for all city business, but the personal use of the car is limited to travel inside Union County and only to driving back and forth from home to work. The city will pay reasonable expenses for professional development activities for the new manager, including the participation in professional associations and attending professional conferences so long as these expenses are within the annual budgetary allowance earmarked for such activities. Walker will receive a salary supplement of not less than $6,510.40 for use in securing family group insurance, supplemental retirement or other uses deemed appropriate. He will be allowed to be exempt from the Florida Retirement System, with some provisions for city contribution to an approved retirement plan at the same rate as it would have contributed to the state program on his behalf. Under the contract, Walker of annual leave each year and this can be converted to sick leave if required. Annual sick leave will be 103 hours. Walker will be expected to work 40 hours per week or more, as required by the duties of his position and will earn no comp time or overtime for hours over 40. The contract states that while the commission would prefer that city, it would consider allowing him to live outside the city limits, so long as his residence was still in Union County. This allowance has been made for several city managers in the past, including Mecusker. Mecusker said he felt that the changes, approved unanimously by the commission, would not be a deal-breaker with Walker, who has already traveled to Lake Butler, at his own expense, to spend a couple of days starting to learn his way around the city and meet the people he will be working with. Although it was noted by the commission that this contract had the highest staring pay for the position ever offered by the city, Commissioner Jack Schenck said he felt it was appropriate. We are not hiring someone to come and mow a yard, Schenck said. We are hiring someone for professional services and, quite simply, you get what you pay for. Once the changes in wording were made to the contact, the commission voted to allow Mayor Fred Sirmones and Mecusker to make the desired amendments to the contract and to execute it with Walker at the earliest date possible. ranges from Telegraph Editor The city has big decisions to make about the future of the wastewater plant as well as the sewage it treats, and whatever the future holds, the city has to keep the plant running in the meantime. Before he became city manager, Bob Milner was already talking to Starke employees about the sewer system and wastewater treatment plant, including the aging lift stations and the ongoing project to test sewer lines and discover points city could comply with a Florida Department of Environmental Protection consent order and several streets during heavy rainfall. Milner said hes been increasingly concerned about the status of the wastewater treatment plant since becoming manager. Just as the city expects to receive a report on the state of the sewer lines at the conclusion of the current project, the commission must be aware of the state of its treatment plant and what must be done in the near future to continue utilizing the extremely old gravity fed plant, he said. Gary Sneddon, a former city engineer familiar with the wastewater plant and system, as well as the citys current and Associates, met with the city commission in two recent workshops to discuss the scope of what must be done. Mittauer is urging the city to wait a little while longer, until March, when it can present a full report on the citys options, including construction of a new sewer plant. The cost of a new plant is estimated at $12 million to $15 million, but with more money available for environmental protection at the state level, Mittauer believes the city is in a good position to have up to three quarters of that cost covered by a grant award. Annual debt service on a low-interest loan would fund the rest. The subject of the consent order alone is not the only environmental challenge facing the citys sewer system. The future of its permit could depend on diverting all of its treated water away from Alligator Creek. Stricter regulations mean that almost no pollutant is allowed to be discharged into the creek. Starkes engineers said its sewer plant cannot produce a theyre not sure any plant could do it consistently. The city may apply the treated water as it does of the city. Among the infrastructure problems, Sneddon said the outfall structure to Alligator Creek is compromised. The pipe has collapsed and the headwall is falling into the creek. Soon the discharge problem could solve itself. At the plant, aeration diffusers have popped off into the basins and cannot be retrieved until the tank is drained. Hydraulic problems interfere with draining the tank. Also falling in the tanks: internal and new mechanics installed. The plant also has problems sand. The cleaning of the sewer line has resulted in even more sand, and the tanks must be shut down and drained to clean the sand out. Of the 650,000 gallons coming into the plant every day, engineers estimate that 300,000 gallons is excess water. Eliminating that could result in a Sneddon also addressed the lack of automation and impact that could be made to minimize sludge generation. One area where the city has made progress is the repair of lift stations, but the monitoring of those stations could be automated as well. Instead of an employee spending four hours a day running around Starke to check those stations, they could be monitored from afar. An operator could something goes wrong and even potentially address the problem with the touch of a button. Mittauer could have a tough time convincing the city to pursue funding for a new plant. Milner said it would cost approximately $2 million to make the repairs needed to get current wastewater treatment plant and prefers that route. That doesnt address the problem Sewer Department Supervisor Kyle Jerrels is recommending treated wastewater, one that The city could potentially sell to someone eager to develop near the bypass, he said. The citys permit gives it three and a half years to decide what to do the approximate amount of time it would take to construct a new plant. But as Mittauer pointed out, that could cost as much as $15 million. Commissioners had some questions about how these problems accumulated, perhaps forgetting about their own extended legal pas de deux with a contractor over a million-dollar system that was supposed to render the citys former wastewater treatment facility obsolete a system that ultimately never worked. Memory also failed when staff was questioned about why funding for sewer plant repairs was not included in the budget. Staff did suggest options for increasing revenue, but commissioners requested cuts to balance the budget. reminds motorists to scene of a February 2018 is Hit and Run Awareness Month The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and its division of the Florida Highway Patrol are recognizing Hit and Run Awareness Month this February and reminding all motorists to stay at the scene when involved in a crash. In partnership with the Florida Police Chiefs Association, Florida Sheriffs Association and Florida Association of Crime Stoppers, the initiative seeks to reduce the number of hit and run crashes in Florida and encourage individuals to anonymously report information to solve hit and run investigations. All motorists involved in a crash have the responsibility to stay at the scene, said DHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. Leaving the scene of a crash may be deadly for those who are hit and ensures that the driver will face more severe penalties. Individuals with information on hit and run crashes are encouraged to report any tips anonymously to Crime Stoppers. Since 2014, in a quarter of all crashes every year, a driver leaves the scene. In 2017, there in Florida with 177 fatalities. Under Florida law, a driver must stop immediately at the scene of a crash on public or private property that results in injury or death. Leaving the scene of a crash is a felony and a driver, when convicted, will have their license revoked for at least three years and can be sentenced to a mandatory minimum of four years in prison. It is your responsibility to remain at the scene and immediately report the crash to law enforcement, said Florida Highway Patrol Director Col. Gene S. Spaulding. You should do your best to provide immediate assistance to other motorists, passengers or pedestrians that may have been injured in the crash and wait for emergency Vulnerable road users, like bicyclists and pedestrians, are particularly at risk in hit and run crashes. In fact, of the 177 hit and run fatalities in 2017, more than 100 cases involved pedestrians and bicycles. During that same period, 95 percent of all hit and run charges were in-state drivers and 70 percent of all hit and run charges were issued to men.


BY CLIFF SMELLEY Covering ground day and night Hazards: from getting lost to avoiding dogs, guns Enjoying life Regional News Regional News B Section Thursday, February 15, 2018 News from Bradford County, Union County and the Lake Region Ken Pierson made his last delivery in January, retiring after a 44.5-year career with UPS. UPS Pierson makes his last delivery


2B Telegraph, Times and Monitor B Section Attend nationalcourse in Lake Shands Starke to host heart lecture Hunter safety internet-completion March


Thursday, February 15, 2018 Telegraph, Times and Monitor B Section 3B 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 Insurance AUTO HOMEMOTORCYCLE MOBILE HOME BOAT RENTERS UMBRELLACLASSIC CAR RV Insurance AUTO HOMEMOTORCYCLE MOBILE HOME BOAT RENTERS UMBRELLACLASSIC CAR RV Insurance AUTO HOMEMOTORCYCLE MOBILE HOME BOAT RENTERS UMBRELLACLASSIC CAR RV Insurance AUTO HOMEMOTORCYCLE MOBILE HOME BOAT RENTERS UMBRELLACLASSIC CAR RV Insurance AUTO HOMEMOTORCYCLE MOBILE HOME BOAT RENTERS UMBRELLACLASSIC CAR RV Insurance AUTO HOMEMOTORCYCLE MOBILE HOME BOAT RENTERS UMBRELLACLASSIC CAR RV Insurance AUTO HOMEMOTORCYCLE MOBILE HOME BOAT RENTERS UMBRELLACLASSIC CAR RV BY CLIFF SMELLEY How does 3-D printing work? of 3-D printing Just another example of yesterdays future Need spare parts? Just print them out compares one of the the model he designed on computer. plates designed and created on a 3-D printer Chris Hamer. plates designed and created on a 3-D printer Chris Hamer.


BY TRACY LEE TATE Times Editor 4B Telegraph, Times and Monitor B Section Roof Leaks Re-Roofs Shingles Metal Low Slope Mobile Home Commercial Lifetime Roofs Siding Rotten Wood Replacement FREE ESTIMATES Locally Owned www.LewisWalkerRoofing.comGuaranteed Best Service Guaranteed Best Warranties Guaranteed Best Prices Toll Free 866-959-7663 Crews has History of Public Service Bradford 4-H Beef Bash a success for youth and the community 3 Carolyn Crews (far right) showed the top 4-H Bradford Beef Bash. Also pictured (l-r from far left) are Randy Conner, Lakelyn Sheppard, Clint Sheppard and judge Michael Berry. Showing the top heifer at this years Beef Bash was left) are Weston Thompson, Kevin Thompson, Elizabeth Thompson and judge Michael Berry.


Thursday, February 15, 2018 Telegraph, Times and Monitor B Section 5B Obituaries Jack Crawford Larry Ford Audrey Kelley Renee Markham


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Thursday, February 15, 2018 Telegraph, Times and Monitor B Section 7B Archer Funeral Home Within Your Means Now, Peace of Mind Always 20 Ga. Metal Casket(4 colors)Vault, Graveside or Chapel Service with one hour prior visitation$5,59520 Ga. Metal Casket(4 colors)Vault, Graveside or Chapel Service with one hour prior visitation$5,595 FUNERAL SERVICE WITHMemorial ServiceServices held at Archer Memorial Chapel$1,895WITHMemorial ServiceServices held at Archer Memorial Chapel$1,895CREMATION 386.496.2008pre-payment arrangements available55 NORTH LAKE AVENUE LAKE BUTLER, FL 32054 Serving Families in North Florida since 1973 STARKE OFFICE OPEN 8:30 to 5:00 MON-FRIHwy 301 North, Starke 904-964-2010 (Next to Best Western) The areas largest supplier of Colored GraniteWhen Quality Counts, You Can Count On UsPrimary Location in Lake City at 561 NW Hilton Ave.Member of Better Business Bureau Monument Builders of North America Florida Monument BuildersFL Lic. # F037700 Tree & Field Services, Inc. 24 Hour Emergency Services Complete Tree Services Land Clearing Privacy, Wood & Farm Fences Debris Removal Firewood & Cooking Wood Residential & Commercial CRIME Cars, classrooms, cash BY CLIFF SMELLEY 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 Mary Smith Continued from 5B Recent arrests in Bradford, Clay or Union BRADFORD an area of UNION COUNTY See CRIME, 9B


Telegraph, Times and Monitor B Section Socials th reunion BHS girls are District 4-5A runners-up after 52-44 loss BY CLIFF SMELLEY shot for Bradford. Bradford head coach Edward Hamilton talks to his team during a time out. Players facing the camera are (l-r) Emily Barras. Jahmya Henderson gets set to attempt a threeseason BY CLIFF SMELLEY


Thursday, February 15, 2018 Telegraph, Times and Monitor B Section 9B SoldChylds Black History Extravaganza is Feb. 17 BY CLIFF SMELLEY Jimmy Hankerson, as SoldChyld, is pictured with History Extravaganza. Jimmy Hankerson Jr. Correction KEYSTONE HEIGHTS AND LAKE REGION CRIME BY CLIFF SMELLEY Jessica Marquart Keith Jennings. Her stepfather, Richie Fender, is pictured at far left.


Telegraph, Times and Monitor B Section 40 Notices EQUAL HOUSING OP PORTUNITY. All real estate advertising in this newspaper is sub ject to the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 in which makes it illegal to advertise any pref erence, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin, or an intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimina tion. Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custo dians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children un der 18. This newspa per will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate in which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwell ings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination, call HUD toll-free at 1-800669-9777, the toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. For further information call Florida Commission on Human Relations, Lisa Sutherland 850-4887082 ext #1005. 42 Motor Vehicles & Accessories $CASH$ FOR JUNK cars, up to $500. Free pick up, running or not. Call 352-771-6191. 47 Commercial Property (Rent, Lease, Sale) DOWNTOWN STARKE for rent. 113 E. Call St. Call Freddie American Dream Realty at 904509-9893. OFFICE BUILDING FOR RENT. Keystone Heights next to W.D. large conference room, kitchen, 2/BA, parking. $1000/per mo. on con tract. For info call 904364-9022. COMMERCIAL BUILD ING at 142 W Call Street, Starke. $550/ mo. for information call 904-364-9022. 48 Homes for Sale ASSUME MORTGAGE. 3BR/2BA home in Key stone. Call 352-2222045 or 352-478-2217 for information. 50 For Rent 2BR/1BA APT. CH/A. Elec tric range, refrig. hard up, close to schools. $650/mo. 1st mo. and sec. deposit. Service animals only, referenc es. Call 904-966-1334. WE HAVE 2 OR 3 bed room MH, clean, close to prison. Call 352-4681323. NEWLY RENOVATED mobile homes. 3 BR/ 2 BA DW and 2 BR/ 2 BA. (One) 16x80 2 BR/2 BA. Lake Butler. 1-678-4386828. 2 BR/1 BA, LAKE FRONT close to shopping in Keystone Heights. Extra clean. CH/A. Screened porch. Senior & military discounts. $650/mo. In cludes lawn care. Call 904-613-5715. DOUBLE WIDE mobile home & House for rent. 904-769-6260, 904-9645006. SW IN COUNTRY. 3BR/ 2BA, CH/A, freshly painted, new carpet, mini blinds throughout, wood deck, nice yard, quiet area. 11071 SE 49th Ave. 575/mo. plus deposit. Senior dis count. 904-571-6561 or 352-468-1093. 2BR/1BA HOUSE w/ ga rage in Starke city limits. CH/A, front porch. Ser vice animals only, senior discount. $675/mo. plus deposit. 352-278-7229. FOR LEASE/FOR SALE/ LEASE TO BUY. 3BR/ 2BA house for rent. Tile place, 2-car garage. Lake access. Post Mas ters Village in Keystone Heights. $1,000/mo. plus 1 month deposit. Call Dave 352-4733560. 53 A Yard Sales YARD SALE Saturday 2/17 8-2. Lots of house hold items, Little Tikes sandbox, dishes, china, house decorations, fur niture. 4343 SE 109th Street, Starke. 352-2583540. 53 B Keystone Yard Sales QUAILTY ESTATE SALE Complete contents of 7460 N SR 21. Fri. 16th 4:30pm-7:30pm, Sat. 17th 9:00am. PERIOD furniture & excellent marble top pieces, love ly glass & china, sterling & silver plates, wonder ful art, over 10 lbs. of costume jewelry, house hold items & collect ibles. CASH-no credit cards. No parking on lawn. Bring your friends. MOVING/YARD SALE Fri. & Sat. 8am-? 7647 Los Padres Ave. (off 214 E) Furniture, yard tools, new 42 Craftsman rid ing mower, power tools, glassware, linens, etc. 65 Help Wanted DRYWALL FOREMAN: J.E. Abercrombie, Inc. is currently seeking Drywall Foremen to join our team. 4+ years of experience and ability to layout required. Top Pay, Vacation Pay and 724-4411, email contact info to or apply at 9111 Gal vestone Ave., Jax, Fl 32211. EOE. Drug test required. THE BRADFORD County Solid Waste Department is accepting applications Site Attendant at a pay rate of $10.00 per hour. Applicants must possess a High School Diploma or G.E.D. Ap plications along with a detailed job description may be obtained from the Solid Waste Depart ment, located at 925 N. Temple Avenue, Suite E, Starke, Florida 32091 or from the county website at www.bradfordcounty accepting applications is February 26, 2018, before the close of busi ness. Bradford County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For inquiries, please contact Solid Waste Director, Bennie Jackson at (904) 9666212. LAKE BUTLER HOSPITAL Systems Administrator Please visit our web site www.lakebutler for more out an application. PH. 386.496.2323 Ext 9258, Fax 386.496.2105 Equal Employment Op portunity / Drug & To bacco Free Workplace. COMPANION/HHA. Strong healthy WF age 30-60 for elder ly Lawtey woman. Misc. duties 40+ wk. Ask for Kay 386-4028353. 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Thursday, February 15, 2018 Telegraph, Times and Monitor B Section 11B advance to district title game BY CLIFF SMELLEY Lee (left) makes an aggressive move to the D.J. Mackey (right) puts up Williams drives to the defender. Curry (left) hangs in the air CIS of Bradford Kids Northside Christian Academy girls make it 4 in a row Florida Community College in Madison. Winning the championship game capped a season in which the Eagles didnt lose a conference game. Pictured are: (front, l-r) Carolyn Stallings (All-Conference team selection) Morgan Elixson (All-Conference), (middle, l-r) Kyla Lawrence, coach April Pilcher, coach Jason Pilcher, Caroline Smith, Aniston Pilcher (All-Conference), Jillian Kirkland and Zy Warren.


Telegraph, Times and Monitor B Section KHHS shut out in 2 nd BY CLIFF SMELLEY Fe player for possession. White (foreground, left) looks on. Jay Payne (left) makes a defensive play against Santa Alex Cruz, who scored four of the Indians eight goals in two District 5-2A tournament matches, possession.