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USPS 114-170 Keystone Heights, Florida Thursday, February 22, 2018 44 th Year 42 nd Issue 75 CENTS Lake Region Monitor Lake Region Monitor Deadline Monday 5 p.m. before publication 904-964-6305 904-964-8628 Lake Region transport may be cut Senior Center programs safe Special to the Monitor One item on the Clay County Board of County Commissioners Feb. 13 agenda was discussion of a $130,000 debt owed by the countys Council on Aging. While the COA is slowly paying the debt, the senior group still owes for fuel and vehicle maintenance from last August, 2017, through February, 2018. COA President John Bowles and Director Dr. Al Rizer said to come from transportation programs. The organization has already taken measures, such as adjusting employee hours or to help stem the red ink, but the The COA provides rides for individuals needing basic transportation to destinations like medical appointments. But the Council is also contracted lines, including the Magenta and Teal Lines, which provide transport to anyone who pays for a ride. The Magenta Line van runs three times a day (6 a.m., noon and 3 p.m.) from the Keystone Heights Senior Center to Rosa Parks Station in Gainesville. Seniors and the disabled pay 50 else pays $1. appeal Managing Editor A neighbor to a proposed Clay County Line, as well as an environmental group is challenging a ruling by a curcuit judge which stopped an appeal to the Bradford County Commission, seeking to overturn a decision by the zoning board. Last year, Bradford commissioners, acting as their own zoning board, approved an on the Hog Barbecue to build an Resident Don Morgan and the Santa Fe Lake Dwellers appealed the decision to the county commission. However, in court papers, lawyers for Toms late. agreed with Toms and prohibited the appeal from going forward. Now, Morgan and the lake Court of Appeals in Tallahassee. John Middleton, attorney for Morgan and the lake dwellers said the appeal is based on the legal doctrine of equitable tolling, which says the statue of limitations will not bar a plaintiff from making a claim if the plaintiff could not discover the injury until after a deadline. Morgan and the lake dwellers based part of their appeal to the county commission on their claim that they were not given documents by Toms lawyers in a timely fashion. Managing Editor The Clay County Tourist Development Council is funding 5,000 brochures which highlight the Clay County Military Trail. Two Lake Region sites: Camp Blanding and the Keystone Heights Airpark, listed on the brochure as the Keystone Army Airbase are part of the promotion. County Tourism Director Kimberly Morgan told the director of the Military Museum of Northeast Florida in Green Cove Springs came up with the idea for the publication and had the brochure designed. Morgan said the goal of the publication is to direct readers to the countys tourism website: there is so much rich military brochure. She said the brochures would be available at all the countys military attractions, so that people visiting one site can learn about the other attractions. the people that visit Camp Ive been there, (Ive seen) people come from as far away as Connecticut. Tourism Development Council member Steve Hart, who is also mayor, told the council that his father trained at Camp Blanding. to Keystone Heights, Hart the airpark, which was a very important center during World War II and is (now) working very closely with Camp Blanding on some projects, is owned by the City of Keystone Heights. The council approved a brochures. In other news from the January meeting of the Clay County Tourist Development Council: Hurricane boosts tourism tax Morgan said visiting insurance adjusters and contractors boosted in September and October of last year. Morgan told the panel that September 2017 and 13.2 percent in October 2017, compared with the previous year. Morgan added two months were under the countys old rate of three percent. County commissioners approved January 2018, which is based on revenues from hotel stays. Tourism grant recipients underspending Morgan also updated the


Managing Editor Keystone Heights City Council members voted unanimously to move forward in implementing adjustment for council members election. The action directed the citys attorney to draft an ordinance which would impose the automatic adjustments. The council would then have to vote twice to approve the measure and hold a public hearing prior to the second vote. Councilman Dan Lewandowski brought up the issue several months ago, suggesting that the pay of future mayors be increased, citing the additional work he had witnessed former Mayor Tony Brown perform. In a previous council meeting, the panel asked City Manager Scott Kornegay to also analyze what the pay of council members would be now, if the compensation had kept pace with salary was established in 2008. Kornegays analysis concluded that based on Social Security translate to $353.16 in current dollars. Using the Consumer U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the current salary, adjusted for During the Feb. 2 council meeting, Lewandowski said at However, when asked by increase for current council members, Lewandowski replied, my preferred solution. councils pay at all, Hart said In other news from the Feb. 2 city council meeting, the council: Approved two concerts Members of the Keystone United Methodist Church sought and received approval for a concert at Keystone Beach on April 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Organizers told the council they planned to model the event after previous years concerts with childrens activities and free hot dogs and chips. They also said they were seeking participation from other area churches. Applicants Jonathan and Jacqueline Coleman also secured festival at the beach. Jonathan Coleman, manager of the host council that the purpose of the Eclectic Music Festival is to promote local artists. He added that his band has had the opportunity to play all over the country, and he hoped to offer the Eclectic Music Festival as a platform to give additional local bands the same opportunities. Christian group, and we have invited local artists not necessarily Christian artists to come to this event. Coleman also emphasized that the content of the festival will be Discussed reestablishing the farmers market Clerk Lynn Rutkowski told the council about her research into how other municipalities run their own farmers markets, including Orange Park which hosts a farmers market twice Sundays. Hart suggested the city recruit with the citys participation limited to providing the space for the event. Lewandowski recommended time director of economic development, whose responsibilities would include managing the farmers market. employee could also establish a city recreation program. courts used and have an annual tennis tournament, he said. involved. The council agreed to ask vendors for their views on reviving the market. Delayed appointments to charter review committee Rutkowski requested a delay, due to a lack of applicants. The committee recommends changes to the citys charter. Any changes to the charter must be approved by voters. Discussed centennial celebration Hart said he is forming a steering committee to plan the 100 th anniversary of Keystone added that the committee will be comprised of 13 representatives from the communitys government, veterans and civic organizations. Approved candidates for April 10 city election Larry E. Peoples Sr. was the only candidate to qualify for the city councils Seat 3. The seat is currently held by Dan Lewandowski. Lewandowski and current Hart was the only candidate to qualify for Seat 5. Mart, the VA Medical Center/ Shands Gainesville and stops on the route on request. Recently, drivers have reported Lake Region Santa Fe College and UF students are passengers on the 6 a.m. trip. Rizer said he thought the Magenta Line had enough program, though he would like to see more riders. He noted that Lake Region veterans especially use the line to get to the Malcolm Randall VA medical center. The Teal Line runs from ride near Black Creek. four hundred rides all year, Rizer a Federal grant and must serve out its contract. However, the grant ends this year: after that, the COA or the county can decide how or whether to continue to fund the program. All told, COA has about 50 buses on the road each day. Shutting down transportation programs that arent covering dunk solution, but Dr. Rizer pointed out transportation is an important revenue stream, as opposed to senior center meals which are dependent on grants, The COA was considering closing any or all of its four senior centers one day a week, circumstances want to see a reduction of services at the senior centers Thats what your core values are or should be about. I would be very concerned if those cuts were made. Many seniors rely on the center for their meals, board members and COA agreed. Rizer told the Board closing any or all the table, but could put seniors on food insecurity over the weekend. (While buying food is an issue for some seniors, others can no longer cook safely. Transportation to a grocery store or even a local food bank can be a problem.) Rizer said the COAs total total support and revenue for the transportation budget is about $2.5 million, of which $670,000 is contributed by Clay County for coordinating transportation. Other COA support includes $875,000 in state funds and $268,000 in federal dollars. Rizer and Bowles are also concerned about the transport broker Clay uses, as do other North Central Florida counties. A year ago, the broker passed along $320,000, but this year the brokers return to COA dropped to $110. There are other brokers available, Rizer said, but this one provides unusually rigorous training for drivers and inspection of vehicles. Other counties using the broker are seeing a drop in their returns as well, Rizer said. St. Johns County chooses not to do business with the business in question. The stated reason for the decrease, the broker says, is that Clay transports are just not getting the business. District 3 Commissioner Diane Hutchings said she wanted more information on the broker. Riders may be using ride share programs like Uber or Lyft, some speculate. But since 85 percent of COA riders are seniors, many in wheelchairs, Rizer said ride share competition is unlikely. (One Gainesville Uber driver to Keystone Heights would cost a mile.) District 2 Commissioner Wayne Bolla noted that transportation systems are service, usually subsidized by government, he said. The best that can be hoped for is to keep Bolla suggested the City of Keystone Heights could make a contribution, but Rizer pointed out that no Clay municipality contributes to the program. Although the COA uses standard accounting practices and controls, Rizer could not readily produce numbers on costs versus revenues for any of District 1 Commissioner Mike Cella suggested the senior program should not cut anything until it had isolated those costs related to individual lines to see whether any or all of the seven answer. During the discussion, Rizer commented, almost in passing, that COA was contracted to coordinate Clays transportation program until 2021. Since transportation is not the senior programs core mission, he suggested, maybe another entity should be administrating the transportation program, in 2021 or even sooner. It seemed likely at the end of the early February meeting that Clay Senior Centers will But unless ridership suddenly takes an upward turn on at least the Teal and perhaps the Magenta line, some adjustments to Lake Region transportation may be coming down the pike. The Commissioners offered the services of county auditor Mike Price, to help produce the for which Rizer thanked the board. The CCBCC will look at those Tuesday, Feb. 20, as the Monitor goes to press. an update BY JAMES WILLIAMS Special to the Monitor As the Monitor went to press on Tuesday, Keystone Heights Senior Center Director LaVerne Lanier said she had just been informed that no changes would be made to schedules at any Clay senior center. The Council on Aging met Tuesday morning, and Lanier that one of her employees just been restored. Lanier was also happy to learn that COA restored mileage for drivers from its reduced rate, 29 The Senior Center director was especially happy to have the per mile rate restored because driver quit after the cut was made. The Keystone Senior Center serves four Lake Region rely on the program. A suggested donation of $3.80 is posted for diners in the Senior Center, Lanier said, but no one is denied a meal if they contribute only part or none of that amount. After checking with a Magenta during our call, Lanier reported that on average the Magenta van sees 15 riders per day, or about telling my seniors about the picked up. However, Lanier added, the Teal line is less popular because Keystone seniors are transported to northern Clay to shop at a mall ride, but they must then wait hours before the van returns. Lanier would prefer to see the Teal line take seniors to a Lake Region supermarket for greater selection of household supplies and a shorter wait for the return. Advertising both lines a little more in the area could also help, she said. Few people she has spoken with seem to know about either transportation program. Lanier added that she has made these and other suggestions to COA administration but, so far, higher ups havent responded and dont seem to be in tune with the Keystone environment or its there. 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 LRM Legals 2/22/18 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 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF AUTHORITY, SECTION 35 DATE. meeting and be heard with respect to the proposed ordinance. hearing, he or she will need a record the appeal is to be based. be based. In accordance with the Americans needing a special accommodation been given. 2/22 1tchg-LRM Legals Clay Electric trustees nominated without opposition Managing Editor Dewitt Hersey, John Henry Whitehead and Susan Reeves current seats on the Clay Electric Cooperative board of trustees during district meetings in January and February. The three incumbents were the only members nominated for the board. Hersey represents District 5 which includes all of Bradford and Baker counties. The District 7 trustee: Whitehead represents Union, Columbia and Suwannee counties. District 3 includes parts of Alachua and Putnam counties. Reeves was nominated during a meeting at the Windsor Baptist Church. members nominate and elect three of the trustees. Clay Electrics annual meeting will be held March 29 in Keystone Heights. Reeves council on special events grants the panel approved during earlier meetings. So far, of the $122,116 in grants the panel approved October, $2,561 has been paid to event organizers for advertising reimbursements. Morgan added that for the grants that have already been paid and for some grants that are in process, many event organizers are asking for reimbursements amounts less than the amount of the Soul Food Festival in Green Cove Springs was approved for a $1,286 grant, but only requested $1,092 in reimbursements. Grants have been approved $3,176, Armed Forces Car Show: Tournament: $2,723, Calavida Cook off (Moosehaven): $3,176, Christmas on Walnut Street: $1,286, Orange Park Kids Fest: $2,193, Clay County Agricultural Green: $1,500, Hellcat 10 & 50: $1,891, Memorial Day Riverfest: $1,891, Our Country Day: $1,361, Penney Farms Historic and Festival: $30,000, Soul Food Festival: $1,286, Town of Orange Park Fall Festival: $20,000 and Penney Farms 90th Anniversary: $1,200. Legislature may expand uses of tourism tax dollars Morgan said Senate Bill water and sewer and other infrastructure projects related to a tourist facility. revenue are limited to projects as tourism promotion, beach maintenance and the construction of convention centers and sports arenas. Last week, the House passed a similar bill with an amendment requiring a supermajority of county commission votes to funds. At press time, the Senate bill is still pending in committees. Council members move forward on cost-of-living adjustments


Monitor Correspondent Upon entering the Academy of Agriscience classrooms at the back of Keystone Heights hard at work, getting ready for competitions, working on projects, or helping to maintain their classroom garden just across the sidewalk. That makes it just another typical day in the life of being involved with Future Farmers of America for Senior Chapter President, Lauren Hovsepian. Lauren, who is a senior at KHHS, has previously served as Club Reporter, Sentinel, Secretary, and the Junior Chapter President. Through her many that what she loves the most about the organization is that FFA helps you deal with problems. Whether its helping to plan for meetings, dealing issues, or whatever else is thrown their way though, its a job that she says that she is incredibly proud to be a part of. While students were at work preparing for another challenge, the Ag Olympics event being held after school that day, I was also fortunate enough to get a glimpse into the programs involvement within the community through the interview with FFAs leaders. The club sponsors Pennies for Patients at KHHS (a program to raise money for kids with leukemia) a Farm Day for young elementary agricultural program at the school, and Florist Angels, which is an annual event where for teachers. For those who dont know, Future Farmers of America, better known as FFA is organization in the country and prepares students with an interest in science, business, and technology, while having an emphasis on agricultural programs according to sponsor Erin Verplanck. Today, FFA is widespread across the United States, and I learned that it also provides opportunities in the environment, business, public speaking, communications, and leadership. Erin Verplanck, one of the schools agriscience teachers and a longtime staple of the FFA program here, is actually a resident of Newberry who commutes to Keystone each Thursday, February 22, 2018 Lake Region Monitor 3A BALD EAGLEBait & TackleNot Just a Bait Shop 352-473-6060 Downtown Keystone Hts State Road 100 If we dont have it, we can get it. Open 7 Days a Week 5:30 am 6 pm SUPPORTING OUR LOCAL FFA TEAMS! HARDWARE & GARDEN CENTER FRM Feed Dealer KEYSTONE HEIGHTS (352) 473-4006 MELROSE (352) 475-2400 INTERLACHEN (386) 684-2811 STARKE (904) 964-4642 ACE LAWN & GARDEN (352) 473-4001 Saluting All FFA Members! A Salute to All FFA Members!!!STARKE 811 S. Walnut Street (904) 964-7803 LAKE BUTLER 255 SE 6th Street (386) 496-3333Established 1957For All Your Banking Needs proudly salutes Clay Electric salutes the Future Farmers of America. We are proud to have served as North Floridas rural electric co-op for 80 years! Keystone Heights District Oce(352) 473-4917 Jackson Building Supply JBS Serving Our Community For Over 50 YearsSTARKEUS-301S 964-6078 LAKE BUTLER145 SW 6th Ave. 496-3079 John 3:16 HELEN HERSEY REALTYwww.HelenHersey.comEstablished in 2001(352) 473-88827396 SR 21 Keystone HeightsCall us for all your Real Estate Needs! Residential Lots & Property Commercial RentalsPROUD of OUR FFA Team! state convention Members of the Keystone Heights Junior-Senior High School FFA chapters were honored at the state FFA convention in Orlando last June. Charlie Montford was recognized as one of the FFA Stars of Florida. Connor Turner took second place in the conventions extemporaneous public speaking competition. (L-r) FFA teacher Brandi Coleman, Charlee Montford and teacher Erin Verplanck, with Montfords Stars of Florida Award. FFA State President William Jamison (left) presents the second-place extemporaneous public speaking award to Connor Turner. morning. She is very proud of what the club has grown into and become, saying that its success is a testament to her willingness to make that daily commute. The club has won many awards over the past few years, including the distinction consecutive years and as one of Floridas Premier FFA clubs for the past three years. However, possibly the most impressive award won by the KHHS FFA program is the National FFA Chapter Award, which it has Joining the FFA team this year is new teacher, Tori Schenck. A lifelong resident of the region, Schenck is a former KHHS graduate. Prior to working at the school, she worked for the United States Department of Agriculture in before taking a break to be a stay at home mom for several years. She was soon back on her feet and began working at Hope Christian Academy as a teacher for several years, working her way up eventually to the spot of Principal at the small private school. She transferred to Keystone this year, after feeling compelled to help be a part of the culture at the high school with her two sons. Through dealing with this change, she mentioned that she also has a mission for her time here. As a new teacher at the school, she sincerely hopes that she can be an asset, and continue helping Verplanck and Hovsepian make the FFA at KHHS by and far, competition


Managing Editor Judges awarded Grace Johns her second pageant title in two months, crowning her Miss Bradfordfest Saturday night. among four contestants for Miss Bradford High School. for Santa Fe College raised over $20,000 for the school and earned Johns is the daughter of Kevin and Amie Johns. She is 18 years old and attends Bradford High School. In addition to taking the overall western wear competition. Macey Hardee was the runner up in the senior division. She is the daughter of Steven and Heather Hardee. She is 17 and attends Union County High School. Hardee also won the evening wear competition and was recognized for advertising sales. Other senior division participants were Bethany Bryan, who won the Peoples Choice Award, Jayla Eiland, who won Most Photogenic and Andria Frampton: winner of the Congeniality Award. Eiland and Frampton were also recognized for event ticket sales. Taking the Teen Miss Bradfordfest title was Emily ONeal. She is the daughter of Darrell and Susan ONeal. County High School and like Johns, ONeal is a repeat winner, winning the Miss Union County High School crown on Feb. 2. ONeal also won the Miss Bradfordfest Onstage Question Award, Interview Award, the Teen Miss Western Wear Award and the Teen Miss Evening Wear Award. runner up in the Teen Division. Morgan also won the Directors Award for the teen and senior divisions. Molly Kent was the second runner up in the Teen Division. Also participating were Kylee Davis, Josie Cannon and Most Photogenic: Tara Holtzendorf. Kierston Clemons is the Junior Miss Bradfordfest. She is the daughter of Wayne and Ashley Butler Elementary student was also a Most Photogenic, Western Wear and Peoples Choice winner. First runner up was Annabeth Oody who also won the Junior Miss evening wear competition. Second runner up was Addyson Hinds, who was also recognized for selling the most advertisements in the Miss Bradfordfest program. Also participating were Lily Barksdale, Kellsie Cochran and Georgia Rizer. Shelby Starling won the Little Miss Bradfordfest title. She is the daughter of Amanda and Tommy Starling and attends Lake Butler Elementary. Starling also won the Little Miss western wear competition. First runner up was Maddison Lee, who also won the Little Miss evening wear competition. Shalin Hannah was the second runner up. She was also the Little Miss Most Photogenic and won Miss Congeniality for the Little and Junior Miss divisions. Also participating were Bailee Grace Meier, Regan Adams, who won a Directors Award and was recognized for Miss Bradfordfest ticket sales and Gabriella Hinds, recognized for advertising sales. Emcees were Ashley Harris and Kelsey Harrison. Lisa Tatum and Laine Rodgers directed the event. Ginger Sumner was choreographer. Judges were Rachel Smith, Kathryn Thomas, Katie Jones Florida, 2016. The 2017 winners assisted handing out this years awards. They were Miss Bradfordfest: Bradfordfest: Brooklyn Cunningham, Junior Miss Bradfordfest: Hailey Osteen and Little Miss Bradfordfest: Raegan Godwin. Bradfordfest..


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Mackey said the keys were for the team to stay focused and continue to give great effort. Cummings, who led the team with 18 points, summed it up thusly: "Keep working, through." quarter. Cummings had a layup off a Taz Curry assist, followed by Jordan Lee receiving dunking in transition. Cummings scored on a drive to the basket. The Panthers, after calling a time out, scored six straight, with Bradford turning the ball over on three straight possessions during that span. Cummings scored on a rebound throw, scored again on a drive to the basket. Tally Chandler then had a layup on a runout to put lead at the start of the third Sylvester sank a jumper for the Tornadoes responded with an and a free throw, followed by two free throws by Cummings. the baseline for a basket. Lee scored off an inbounds run, receiving a downcourt pass from Mackey for a layup that put later put the Tornadoes ahead by Bradford helped Newberry cut with two seconds on the clock to send Bradford into the fourth The Panthers opened the fourth quarter by outscoring the Panthers David Robinson was fouled. He missed both rebounded the second miss, leading to a basket by Chase Moore that evened the score at Tornadoes picked up their fourth technical foul. Chandler credited his players for not getting frustrated and letting the game slip away from them. "These guys are pretty resilient," Chandler said. "They kind of take that stuff as a challenge." Cummings believed his teammates would do what needed to be done, saying, "I just had trust in them, and we got the job done." after Bradford missed three shots around the rim, had a steal and two free throws for Newberry, Chandler scored on a Cummings assist. Cummings then had two straight baskets to push the lead to eight with 1:10 to play. "I felt I had to do what I needed to do get the team a win," Cummings said. Chandler made a free throw found himself all alone under the basket following a Dontae downcourt pass from a teammate seconds to play. for Bradford, while Chandler had 10. Lee and Williams had seven and six, respectively, while Curry and Cambren Douglas each added two. Cummings and Lee had six the regional playoffs off two those games can help his team moving forward. "It tests your guys to see how they will respond," Chandler when the game is close, are they to keep doing that they need to?" So far, the answer is yes. Bradford High School won its third straight district title in boys' basketball. Pictured are: (front, l-r) head coach Adrian Chandler, Tavi'en Young, Jordan Lee, Jalen Williams, Cambren Douglas, (middle, l-r) team assistant Starr Pittman, Tally Chandler, Tarrin Jackson, D.J. Mackey, assistant coach James McBride, (back, l-r) Jaleen Lane, J'cobi Harris, Matthew Crawford, Taz Curry, Chris Cummings, Dontae Balfour and Dequan Hankerson. Not pictured: Jordan Hill. Clockwise from top, left: Jordan Lee (left) is closely guarded by Newberry's Andrew Scott. Chris Cummings (right) gets fouled going up for a shot. Bradford's Matthew Crawford gets fouled while dribbling. Bradford's Chris Cummings drives to the basket. The Tornadoes get a basket down low from D.J. Mackey.


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Shiane Cassels hit a double. Starting pitcher Maggie Olive gave up no hits and two walks, striking out three, in two innings. Shealey gave up three hits and one walk, striking out four, in three innings. Bradford entered the game Cassels and Krista Hildebran each drove in a run in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings, but Fort White scored four runs in the top of the eighth to win. two home runs and three RBI. Cassels hit a double. The Tornadoes played district opponent Palatka this past Tuesday and Gainesville hosts district opponent P.K. then travel to play Gainesville p.m. before traveling to play district opponent Santa Fe on Jennings drives in only KHHS win over Clay BY CLIFF SMELLEY seventh to give the Keystone Heights High School softball on Feb. 16. giving up just one walk, as the Jennings and Lexi Keystone entered the game Jennings, Skylar Rollins and Bailey Story each went a double and Story hitting a triple. Jennings and Rollins each had one RBI, while Story had three. Northway and Molly Savannah Channell, who hit a double, and Cami Worley each had two RBI, while Smith each had one. Moncrief gave up two hits and no walks, striking out two. The Indians played district opponent Newberry this past Tuesday and will host district opponent Palatka on Keystone then travels for two and at Newberry on Monday, Androlevich throws nohitter, UCHS wins district BY CLIFF SMELLEY Teala Howard drove in four County High School softball over host Crescent City in the teams on Feb. 16. runners reached on errors as and struck out six. doubles, while Tiffany Clark Stone and Brooke Waters. Waters hit a double. each from Kensley Hamilton, Madelyn Kish, Charli Morrow, Shelby Spratlin and Katie Tomlinson. Union played Gainesville this past Tuesday and will host district opponent Hilliard on The Tigers then host Clay on Carolyn Davis Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville. Ms. Carolyn was born and Bertha (Wilson) Rhoden. She had been a resident of Grandin since 1983 and attended Hampton Baptist Mutt to her family and friends, as well as Granny to her grandchildren, Carolyn was a homemaker and loved taking care of her family. Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents and numerous siblings. She is survived by: her devoted and loving companion of 38 years, Herman Mayes of Grandin; her children, John "Clint" (Christy) Davis of Grandin, Cal (Hillary) Davis of Grandin, Clay (Teresa) Davis of Palatka, Priscilla "Dee" and Dawn (Chris) Mayes of Grandin; and brother, Robert behind are numerous grandchildren, members and friends. Funeral services were held Baptist Church, Hawthorne, with Burial followed at Hope Baptist Church Cemetery in Hampton. Gallagher Funeral Home, Starke. Brandi Hall MIDDLEBURG Brandi Lynn and Paula Hall. She grew up and graduated high school in Bradford County. She is preceded in death by her grandparents, John McKinney, Narcie Thornton and Warren and She is survived by: her parents, Steven Hall and Paula Hall; brothers, twin brother, Brandon Hall; sister, Davis. Funeral services were held Feb. followed at Macedonia Cemetery. Enoch Jones Jones, 83, of Ocala went to be with Ralph Victor, Thurman Paul, James Gordon, Malcom Ray "Mack", Harold Lloyd "Cecil", Phillip Bernard "Bill", Lemuel Thomas "Tom", Viola, Leola, Mary, Ruth, Ruby, Enoch Travis "Sonny", Gerald Lee, Lowry Matthews, Sandra, Betty, Hazel and Ronnie Lee. There are six surviving brothers and sisters. Sonny retired from Florida Rock Industries. He was a dedicated father and papa. yard and tinkering with things. He is survived by: his wife, Bobby Jean Wilkinson Jones; sons, Richard Brooker and Robert Jessie "Robbie" (Donna) Jones of New River; his daughter, Kathy (Michelle) Rene of Sierra, Lackey, and Lori; and two Colton. in Brooker on March 3rd at 1 p.m. casual potluck gathering of friends and family. We will be remembering and honoring a loving husband and father who will be dearly missed. Diane Turner Mundorff, age 71, of Keystone Heights passed away at her to the late Jack and Helen (Whitley) Turner. Diane worked as a waitress serving the Starke and Keystone Heights area for 36 years and retired years of dedicated service. She was a member of Eliam Baptist Church where she would often volunteer and help out when needed. In her spare time she enjoyed sewing, taking care of her cats and she loved to garden. Diane was also known for spoiling her customers. In addition to her parents, her brother, Larry had preceded her in death. Diane is survived by: her husband of 37 years, Wayne Mundorff of Keystone Heights; her children, Richard (Susan) Stitt of Murphy, North Carolina, Thomas Stitt of Lake Butler, Lisa Vickery of Starke, Elizabeth (Johnny) Smith of Florahome, Terry (Beth) Mundorff of Melrose, Pat (Brenda) Mundorff of Raiford, and Luana Mundorff of Hawthorne; three brothers, Jerry (Sandra) Turner of Baxley, Georgia, Terry (Pat) Ronnie Turner of Keystone Heights. Norman Burnett of Keystone Heights; stepmother, Phyllis Turner twenty three grandchildren, eighteen nephews, extended family and her best friend, Jo Reed. will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. Home, Keystone Heights. www. 3176. Patricia Pardee "Pat" Raley Pardee, 68, of Palm Coast, formerly of Keystone Heights and Graham died Friday, Feb. 16, in Palatka to the late Daniel Levi and Zonie Bell (Cason) Raley, was a 1967 graduate of Bradford High School and was also a graduate of Jones Business School. She was a longtime member of Hope Baptist Church. Three of her siblings, Raley and Clement Raley, preceded her in death. Survivors include: her husband Marshall "Gregory" (Diane) Pardee of Starke and Charles "Jason" Pardee of Palm Coast; sister, Iris Muriel Raley (Ed) Bennett of Keystone Heights; two grandchildren; nine other family members. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Gallagher Funeral Home Chapel, with funeral services starting at Eliam Cemetery in Melrose. Keystone Heights. Louise Rosier Health and Rehabilitation Center following an extended illness. Dunnellon to the late James Leroy and Janie (Driggers) Ross and was a longtime resident of Lawtey. She was a homemaker and a member of Evergreen Baptist Church. Preceding her in death was: her husband, Marvin E. Rosier; daughter, Bonnie Johns; and grandson, Bryan Rosier. She is survived by: son, Steven Rosier; eight grandchildren and The family will receive friends in the DeWitt C. Jones Chapel of p.m., with funeral services beginning in Crosby Lake Cemetery, with Starke. Harold Tisdale Sr. "Ricky" Tisdale Sr., 71, died family by his side in Gainesville. Born and raised in Gulfport, Mississippi, the son of Daniel Garvis and Thelma (Luzenberg) Tisdale, he was a longtime resident of Florida for was a "jack of all trades" who loved working hard and working with his hands. Whether remodeling houses or installing cabinetry, he ensured that each job was of his absolute best owner of R & J Construction, but his love for his work, however, had matter what the schedule held, there was always time to be out in the boat watching his children grow and start their own families to give him his one of them so uniquely. Whether through funny nicknames, inside jokes or a trip on the boat, he made sure to connect with each one. Ricky is preceded in death by: his parents, Daniel Garvis and Thelma Tisdale; his brother, Jessie (Sharon) Tisdale; and his son, Ricky (Connie)Tisdale Jr. Ricky is survived by: his loving Tisdale Jr. and Bob (Maxine) Tisdale; his sons, Greg (Michelle) Tisdale Sr. and Chris (Tiffany) (Cheri) Davis, Phyllis Carmichael, Lynn (Danny) Halsey, Connie (Sid) Mohart and Randy Davis; grandchildren. 19 at Hope Baptist Church Cemetery, and direction of V. Todd Ferreira Memorial Chapel, Starke. Visit to Letha Rucker illness. Mrs. Rucker was born started working, she was a telephone operator. She was a secretary for the Florida Road Department, the First Baptist Church of Lake Butler and the Bradford Union Guidance Clinic. She also spent many years as a homemaker. Her quiet intellect infused everything she did, eclipsed only by her kindness. The world is full of impatient and entitled people; she provided a counterpoint by simply being herself. She treasured her family, loving them an infant son, Paul Kevin Rucker, and sister, Ida Lee Tyson. She is survived by: her husband child, Paula Elaine (Wayne) Kiger of Tallahassee; and two grandchildren, Tenley Kiger and Wayne Kevin Kiger. She is also survived by a sister, Faye Drew of Lakeland. Baptist Church of Lake Butler on Feb. 17. Burial followed at Dekle Cemetery. Friends and relatives are encouraged to donate to Florida David Best Best graduates basic military training graduated from basic military The airman completed an that included training in military basic warfare principles and skills. training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Force. Best earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the son of David and Margaret Best, grandson of Margaret Nowlin, and Starke. The airman is also the brother of Holly Tew and Rachel Bradford High School and earned Santa Fe College, Starke. Col. Samuel Elbert DAR meeting set for March 5 The Col. Samuel Elbert Chapter of the National Society Revolution will hold its regular monthly meeting beginning at at IHOP in Starke. Leslie Harper will be the hostess. The program will be presented by Julia Saldivar, member of the Florida State committees. In addition, the chapter, led by Honorary Chapter Regent Konnie Beauregard, will be presenting Women in Janet Zengel Messer and Mary Jane Gallop Katter. Do you have a Revolutionary amazing genealogical resources. regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove direct descent from a person who aided in achieving 1783, is eligible for membership information.