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Saying o' sometimes the best way
ay no- m be way",.
that pushes for
BY MICHAEL RINKER
A state expert on growth man-
agement told local elected leaders
Tuesday night they'll have to learn
to say "no" to development when
there's not enough money available
to pay for growth's impact on
roads and schools.
"You do-n't have to approve
more and more and more develop-
ment in the face of poor planning,"
said Mike McDaniel, growth man-
agement administrator for the Flor-
ida Department of Community Af-
"If you don't get a handle on it
now, you'll watch things slowly)
unravel, parcel by parcel.... Then
the place you all love and are so
proud of won't be that w% ay any
more because you let it happen."
Mr. McDaniel was in town to
explain the impact of Senate Bill
360, a wide-ranging law enacted
*last year that, in general, amended
the state's 20-year-old grow tih man-
Among its other components,
the bill requires local governments
and school boards to work together
to ensure that grow th doesn't over-
whelm the school system's facili-
It also requires a local govern-
ment's comprehensive plan to be
"financially feasible," according to
a Senate summary.
In addition, officials must show
a schedule of capital improvements
that will maintain levels of service.
Those improvements also must be
If municipalities fail to submit
plans and update them annually,
the state can prohibit them from
amending their comprehensive
plans, which in effect slows down
or stops big development.
Mr. McDaniel said it's at that
stage, when developers are seeking
changes to a comp plan's future
land use map, that local officials
must exercise judgment. (Or, as
one workshop attendee put it,
"show some backbone.")
"That's the time to take a hard
line,"' Mr. McDaniel said. "That's
the point in time when you figure
where the money will come from.
"If you don't have the money,
don't know where the money will
come from, you ought not to be
putting more and more develop-
ment capacity -on your future land
Also, that's the point where gov-
ernment officials should negotiate
with developers about money for
Senate Bill 360 was passed, ac-
4-2 by host Cats in
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cording to Mr. McDaniel, because "the state saw that growth is happening, but'
management of that growth is uneven in different areas of the state."
He told those in attendance the law addresses that, but ultimately "it's up to you
to make it real, make it happen."
Much of his presentation was directed toward the law's impact on schools, and
in fact, the workshop was held in the school board meeting room.
All board members except Paul Raulerson attended, as did Superintendent Paula
Barton, finance director Marcelle Richardson and facilities director Denny Wells'.
(Page seven please)
BY KELLEY LANNIGAN
When Jen Jena Sands, a sixth grader
at Baker County Middle School,
was in kindergarten she took a
baton twirling class
taught by Sherri Perse\
Raulerson. At that time indiviC
Ms. Raulerson told the
girl's mother, Patty that lessor
Jena had some natural off for
ability for twirling. Macch
Not surprisingly, Ms. Maccl
Raulerson had also baton
given Jena's mother firSt in
baton instruction at one
time. her no
Baton twirling was group
fun, but over the years
Jena tried other things,
such as gymnastics and horseback
riding. Then came cheerleading.
Jena found the requirements of
cheerleading more demanding than
she bargained for, but her friends
were very involved in the sport and
she wanted to be, too.
"You are really good at the bat-
on, Ms. Sands told her daughter.
"You should think about focusing
on that and see what you can do.".
During the summer of 2004,
before she entered fifth grade, Jena
attended a baton twirling camp at
the University of
terance, Florida, conducted by
ual the Gatorettes. For
three days she spun,
s pay twirled, threw and tried
this catching the baton.
In January of 2005,
tnny Jena decided she want-
'wirler... ed to try out for the
Baker County Middle
State in School majorette
vice age squad. To get her ready
for the audition, Ms.
9g.- Sands gave her daugh-
ter some private
She hired Amanda Ball, herself
a former Gatorette who teaches
baton and cheerleading instruction
at the Noble Knights Gym in
According to Ms. Ball, Jena had
the typical problems of a beginner.
"Her coordination needed tighten-
Elected and appointed officials from the county commission,
school board, Macclenny and Glen St. Mary heard from DC4 's
Mike McDaniel (left) during workshop at the school board
meeting room Tuesday evening.
Will school district
realign grade groups?
In response to current and future growth, the Baker
County School Board is considering a realignment of grade
groupings in individual schools.
The board recently aske. -upe:iniuendcn Paula Barton to
form a committee to study the situation. In effect, the choice
will be how to most efficiently group grades together in
The committee will use growth projections and anticipated
locations for new school buildings, among other factors, to
determine how to do that.
Ms. Barton said she will tap teachers, administrators, busi-
ness people and parents to fill out the committee, which will
also include a member of the school board.
She anticipates the group will begin work sometime in
June and. expects to have recommendations for' the board
sometime in the fall.
Up until this year, the grouping scheme had been in effect
since the middle school was moved to the old high school
location when the BCHS Glen St. Mary campus was con-
structed in the late 1980's.
The new kindergarten and. pre-K center this year necessi-
tated another re-grouping. Elementary schools house lst-3rd,
Keller Intermediate 4th and 5th, the middle school 6th-8th.
Jena Sands, righ4 a sixth grader at Baker County Middle School and winner of the 2006
Florida State Baton Twirl Off Championship in the novice division, works with her coach,
former Gatorette, Amanda Ball of Taylor. Photo by Kelley Lannigan
ing up and she dropped the baton a
lot, but that isn't unusual for some-
one just starting out, observed Ms.
Ms. Sands then took her daugh-
ter to see a baton twirling competi-
tion in Winter Park, Fla. That com-
petition opened up a whole new
perspective for the novice twirler.
"When she saw so many other
girls twirling and that it was a seri-
ous competitive event, everything
changed for Jena," said the elder
Ms. Sands. "She was no longer
concerned about being one of the
only girls in the area who twirled."
What really inspired Jena was
seeing girls as young as three per-
forming complicated and intricate
moves and tricks with grace and
ease. She knew if they could do it,
then she could 'too. Mastering the
baton became a personal challenge.
"That's when she really got ser-
ious," says Ms. Ball. "Jena came
back from the competition totally
focused. It was like working with a
For the next year, Jena worked
with her private instructor and also
began working once a week with
the ATA All-Stars in Gainesville, a
group headed by June Stoeber, who
sponsors the Gatorettes.
(Page seven please)
in a row
But Baker still lags
behind state average
BY MICHAEL RINKER
Baker County students' writing
scores increased across the .board
for the third straight year, but still
l~g behind state averages, accord-
ing to FCAT results released last
Writing scores are the first of
several results to be released over
the next several weeks from this
year's Florida Comprehensive As-
The state assigns letter grades
to each school based on its
results on the FCAT and writing
scores account for one-sixth of the
School grades are expected to
be released in June.
"We're obviously pleased," said
School Superintendent Paula Bar-
ton, who added that the district is
already planning strategies for
next: year to keep the momentum
Eighth graders at Baker County
Middle School showed the biggest
jump over last year 68 percent to
78 percent among the three
grades that took the test.
The percentage shows how
many students scored at or above
3.5 (on a scale of one to six),
which is the "minimally accept-
able level" of reading proficiency
for that grade, according to state
Nearly two-thirds of fourth
graders at Keller Intermediate
School scored at that level, an
eight-point increase over last
year's 58 percent.
The score for sophomores -at
Baker County High School rose
slightly from 76 percent to 77 per-
Going back to 2004, fourth
graders improved 14 percentage
points, eighth graders 31 points
and tenth graders eight points.
This year's test introduced
Writing+ (Writing Plus), a combi-
nation of an essay and multiple
choice questions, according to a
press release from Governor Jeb
Bush. The essay portion remains
the same while the multiple choice
section of Writing+ includes ques-1
tions designed to measure knowl-
edge on four facets of writing
skills focus, organization, sup-
port and conventions.
This new section will provide a
more comprehensive account of a
student's writing and language
abilities. Parents will receive a
scale score on their child's perfor-
mance on the entire writing test,
including both the multiple choice
and essay portion. Scores on the
multiple choice section will not be
included in a school's grade this
year. The Department will con-
vene a group of teachers in the fall
to make recommendations on
achievement level standards for
Writing+. Ultimately, the Writing+
performance will be included in
the determination of a school's
The average writing score (on a
scale of 100 to 500) for local
fourth graders is 275 compared to
296 statewide. For eighth graders
it is 281 compared to 295, while
tenth graders nearly matched the
state average of 295.
Here are the types of essays re-
quired by grade, according to the
Florida Department of Education:
Writing to explain (expository):
Choose something fun to do out-
side and explain .what makes that
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Sanderson said Mr. Phillips entered
the store just before 2:00 and ap-
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Instead, hereached into the reg-
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driving off in
a red Ford
_He was not
the clerk later
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went north irito the town.
Deputy Bennett, who is ac-
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confirmed his identity during the
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an out of traffic at high speeds en-
route to Baldwin, and once there
forced another vehicle off the road
Both officers chased the suspect
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If you follow the news, you
probably are aware that there have
been a lot of shake-ups this past
week in the White House as Pres-
ident Bush sees his approval rating
drop lower and lower.
The president's current job ap-
proval rating puts him slightly
ahead of comedian Pauley Shore
and a point or two behind former
Playboy centerfold and reality TV
star Anna Nichole Smith.
With worries that his approval
rating might dip faster than gas
prices rise, the president has taken
drastic measures to regain the con-
fidence of the nation. He replaced.
'several advisors and is looking at'
making some other major changes.
In my role as investigative jour-
nalist, I have scoured the news, lis-
tened to lots of unfounded rumors
and made up plenty of stuff, all for
Here are some of the tidbits that
I have been able to cull:
The president is considering a
new cabinet level position. The
Director of Homeland Morale is
responsible for finding new and
innovative ways to boost the coun-
The president is expected to
name Howie Mandel to the posi-
tion. His first duty will be to insti-
tute a game show similar to his
popular Deal or No Deal. Though
the contents of the briefcases the 20
or so supermodels will be holding
is a closely guarded secret, I sus-
pect that least one contains a
coupon for a free fill-up of gas and
a large cheese pizza.
The president is also considering
changing the name of Iraq to
Freedomland because he keeps
confusing Iraq and Iran. That
whole one letter difference is too
confusing. He was worried about
one of. those countries getting the
atomic, omb, but he couldn't
If it was Iraq, that was okay
because they're with us now, unless
one means rebels (don't you dare Democrats continue to point to
call them: insurgents). If Iran gets the unrest in Iraq -0or 'whatever the
the bomb, that would be a bad heck it's called, asyrioof that while
thing. Not as bad as the Democrats we won the war, we are not win-
getting the bomb, but close. ning the peace..
Changing the name would make Congressman iugo Lombardi
it much easier to remember, (D-Wisc.), mused that if the war in
although he might have a little Iraq really was "Mission Accom'
trouble confusing it with the polished" like the president claimed
Freedom Fries he gets with his over a year ago, then Baghdad
medium-well cheeseburger in the would have already have had its'
White House cafeteria. Freedom first Wal-Mart Superstore.
Fries don't come from Iraq I "No-Wal-Mart, no democracy,"
mean Freedomland, do they? Lombardi said.."Until ,we start
The president has stated categor- rolling back prices on lawn chairs
'ically that he has no intention of and gas grills, this war is not over."
firing Secretary of Defense Donald 'As the president's numbers drop,
Rumsfeld, who has come under fire First Lady Laura Bush continues to
recently frori retired generals and get a glowing approval rating from
admirals serving in Iraq. Republicans and Democrats alike.
They claim the. secretary rushed There is even talk that if the presi-
the president into war without dent's numbers drop below 30%
enough 'troops on the ground :or a that he and the First Lady will just
clear exit strategy. These criticisms change jobs.
have not fazed the president, who I have calls into several mem-
loyally stands behind his defense bers of the Democratic leadership
secretary. in the House and Senate about
The reason is very simple; these latest changes in governmmen-
Donald Rumsfeld makes the presi- tal policy, but none have returned
'dent look good. His approval iat- my calls.
ings are even lower than the presi- Only former Vice President Al
dent's so he's a good man to keep Gore has shown any interest in
around. responding. Gore said that he is
The president pointed proudly to pleased with the progress made in
the seating of Iraq's first democrati- Iraq toward seating their first
ally elected government this democratically elected government.
week. Critics complained the elec- He also claimed that if they have
tion was fraught with voting irregu- trouble finding a new president or
larities and Iopponents claimed prime minister to run the country,
thousands of-ballots were mis- he is available.
placed. The president just laughed "I have to wash my car on
that off and said what election Friday and mow my lawn on Sat-
wasn't like that? If it's good urday morning, but after that, I'm
enough ,for the US, it's good free."
enough for Iraq, er, Freedomland.
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Your April 20 Impressions col-
umn on growth caused me to pon-
der: either growth is a dilemma or
a unique opportunity depending
on'whether you perceive the glass
as half-empty or half-full.
You~r column appropriately
stated that for some 56 years.we
should have been planning for
growth in our community. hr
You, of all people, know there
are two sides to every story.
Growth in the natural progres-
sion, just like a person or a pond.
When either fails to grow ort
when nothing refreshing is intro-
duced, both become either stag-
nant or in ill health. '
This applies to communities in
much the same way. We are either'
a living, breathing and hopefully
vibrant group of people ready to
,challenge the world, Or we find
ourselves in the grip of and con-
trolled by fear of the unknown. -
We close the gates or circle the'
wagons long before we find out if
the intruder is friend or foe.
The "M" word (building mora-
torium) you made reference to is
a dreaded and drastic approach.
The First Coast and north Florida
are on the move.,Check out the
"Expand in Jax" website to see
the huge number of businesses.
coming into this area.'
We happened to snag one'of
those (Hanson Tile) recently and
our county officials were elated.
Neighboring counties are embrac-
ing the opportunities growth af-
fords theri through visionary
planning and progressive leaders.
should be viewed
unit, not problem
I am not a learned fellow, how- city and school system. aren't
ever my. Creator endowed me looking at this as a huge opportu-
with a great deal of horse sense. nity rather than a problem. In-
If we poke our heads in the, sand stead of advocating turning away
and hope the storm passes by, we development, why not make the
are sentencing ourselves to many hard decisions'to choose those in-
more years of shipping our most vestors willing to provide li-
valuable resource, our labor braries, fire stations, water and
\force, to neighboring communi- sewer and paving outside their
ties to make '"better"living. own projects.
S The commuting cost for Baker We as private business people
S.County taxpaying'citizens contin- spend large sums of money, time
ues to' rise,;and the cost of ser- and resources to accomplish our
vices we all ,demand when they objectives. Is it any less fair to ex-
come home everyday will contin- pect some investment.of time and
ue to drainthe county's coffers. money from our elected officials
Think about the hard-working and administrators?
man or woman having to drive 80 We as private citizens must be-
miles a day. That's taking food come familiar with the growth
out'of their mouths. management bill SR 360, and ar-
Duval County is out of indus- eas like proportionate fair share
trial space. Businesses are clam- models, traffic concurrency, DEP
oring to be near the Jax Trade- rules on water and sewer.Those
port, Cecil Commerce Center; the in authority positions should be
interstate highways, abundant wa- held accountable as well.
ter supplies, rail facilities and I've known most of the people
available land. in county government all my life
Did I say land? and they are good people. But
We have it all. We are a utopia! they are going to have to suit up
Why can't people see the awe- and get in the game, or our coun-
some wealth of Baker County ty will be last in the First Coast.
with its location and wonderful Florida will pass us by. .
people? Where are our visionar- The state has no intention of
ies? Why can't the "bad guys" using the "M" word and it will
(developers) get some visionaries propel itself into the future with
Ort bErd 'with their"mnaster"plans 'orr without Us. We wilf'keep the
and let's launch this product. distinct title of an "economically
SWeneed 'co-peration to brii 'depressed area"' so aptly awarded
industry, jobs, restaurants, the- us by the state.
aters and shopping to facilitate us How about somebody giving
working, playing and living in our leaders the old Knute Rockne
our own community.. This is a no- speech and let's "win one for the
It's beyond me why the county, MIKE YARBOROUGH, land developer
CO ngrats to Genleman Jose t
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS Thursday, April 27, 2006 Page Four
School district will hire
BY KELLEY LANNIGAN
A request for a proposal to hire a
professional planner and growth
management consultant for the
Baker County School District was
approved at the April 24 meeting of
the school board.
""Growth is here," said Super-
intendent Paula Barton. "I don't
really have to tell anyone one that.
We all know it and we have to be
ready to deal with the impact of
that growth on our schools."
Ms. Barton cited the Deve-
lopment Regional Impact (DRI)
sought by the proposed Cedar
Creek that could result in the con-
struction of as many as 5,500 new
single family residences.
Ms. Barton estimates the start
time for the first phase of the devel-
opment as 2008 with the final
build-out estimated to be 2023.
There are currently 4786 stu-
dents enrolled in the Baker County
schools in PreK through 12th
grade. According to Ms. Barton,
that number will double by the
time of the conclusion of the build-
out with the addition of at least
4014 new students.
The school board is concerned
with avoiding the negative finan-
cial impact such developments can
have on school systems.
Ms. Barton offered the Clay
County school system as an exam-
ple. She says it is currently millions
of dollars in debt because of con-
struction of new developments.
"We need to make sure our;
school system doesn't get stuck
with the financial burden of pay-
ing for the grow th caused by out-
side developers," Ms. Barton said..
Ms. Barton \vill push for the,
proper infrastructure in place, to
accommodate the new growth and
needs of the additional student
The school board agreed a pro-
fessional plannergrowth manage-
ment consultant %\ ill be able to help,
guide the school system toward
"We need someone %with the
expertise and vision to make sure,
every aspect is covered," Ms.
Barton said. "Bringing a growth
management consultant on board is
the first step toward making sure
future generations are taken care
In other business this \\eek,
Susan Voorhees, director of ac-
countabilitv and overview for the
district, reported rises in statewide
writing scores for students in Baker.
According to Ms. Voorhees,
increases in scores for fourth,
eighth and tenth grades were "out-
Fourth and eight.grade scores
are- still just under the statewide
average, but, as Ms. Voorhees
pointed out, the state of Florida,
standards are also raised nearly.
"Which means the Baker Coun-
ty student scores also have risen
accordingly, which is still very sig-
nificant," Ms. Voorhees believes.
"Our students can hold their heads
The board also approved a con-
tract with Siemens Corporation. for
the installation and maintenance of
new fire alarm systems for the dis-
The price will be a guaranteed
maximum of $310.378.
The new alarm system will be
installed over the,summer and.
should be operating by the begin-
ning of the next school term.
The contract includes new fire
alarms at all district schools with
the exception of the PreK Kinder-
garten Center. which has a system
less than one \ ear old.
There will also be new fire
alarms at the count\ office, Family
Service Center and the bus garage.
According to Siemens Sales
Engineer Griff Carlson, the main-
tenance of the system, minus "acts
of God" will befully comprehen-
sive and will provide district-wide
technical support of every aspect,
including upgrades over a ten year
In additional school board busi-
ness. approval of required increas-
es in the base salary of USAF
Junior ROTC instructors Major
Joseph Chiofolo and Sergeant
David Roth was granted.
Mr. Chiofolo's salary increased
from $51,176.90 to $52,010.90;
Sgt. Roth's salary increased from
$31.992.80 to $34,716.60 and both
were effective January 1,. 2006.
'The increases were required by
the Department of Defense.
A grand theft warrant was
issued earlier this month for the-
arrest of a Macclenny handyman
who had access to the home of
Lana Case off Ivey Hodges Road
while she was away from March
Ms. Case told police $7130 in
property was missing when she
returned, and she failed in several
attempts to contact William Cool-
er, 35, who w as supposed to be do-
ng some carpemry x\ork inside the
residence during her absence.
Mr. Cooler had for two nionths"
been living in a rental trailer near
Ms. Case's home. She told police
when she returned, none of the
work she had paid the suspect to
do had been completed.
Among the missing items were
two rings valued at $4000, a $2500,
riding lawn mower and some
The victim also learned several
personal checks were stolen from
the residence, and were cashed at
area stores. Ms. Case checked with
the mother of Mr. Cooler, who.
confirmed both to her and police
her son admitted he took them and
Ms. Case said the suspect "is
known for doing this 1I pe of thing
and he probably took the items and
pawned them for drug money."
In a more recent case, Michael
Blodgett, 19, of Macclenny faces a
charge of grand theft for stealing
an amplifier and two speakers
from a garage off River Circle
near Glen St. Mary.
The theft occurred overnight
2" & 4" Wells
Water & Iron
Call Roger orRoger Dale
a Family Owned & Operated
S Licensed & Insured
April 21 at the home of-Brandon
Crews,- vho discovered the items
missing from his garage and con-
Deputy Garrett Bennett receiv-
ed a tip from a neighbor who had
been contacted by a 16-year-old
male about buying the stolen prop-
erty, and later stopped a vehicle in
Macclenny near North Boule\ ard.
.Mr. Blodgett was a passenger ini
the vehiclee and the stolen items
were in the trunk.
..._ Two of the c,ar.,' oth. r.Q. ..
pants, Gaprett Gray, 19, and a 17-
year-old male, both from Mac-
clenny, were charged with misde-
meanor possession of marijuana.
A criminal complaint filed April
19 alleges Lois Johnston, 38, of St.
George, Ga. took a cell phone and
$50 belonging to Heather Harvill
The victim, a clerk at the Quick
N Handy on North 6th in Mac-
clenny, said she was outside the
store briefly that afternoon when
Ms. Johnston entered.
While Deputy Wayne Lim-
baugh was questioning the victim
later, Ms. Johnston re-entered the
store and said she was paying for
some items she had taken.
The officer asked .her if she had
a cell phone and she retrieved one
from her vehicle. It later turned out
to belong to Ms. Johnston.
Deputy Limbaugh said a sur-
veillance tape was inconclusive as
to what happened when the sus-
pect entered the store the first
after 3 calls
Police arrested Eddie Wallace,
49, of Glen St. Mary the evening
of April 22 for disorderly intoxica-
tion after warning him three times
Deputy Matt Hilliard said he
was called back to a residence off
Birdie Dr. in Macclenny just after
10:00 because of a disturbance. He
said Mr. Wallace that day had also
been questioned about unautho-
rized use of a vehicle.
A similar charge was filed in
the same neighborhood about an
hour earlier against Adam Craig,.
23, no address indicated.
Deputy Hilliard said the suspect
was passed out in a pickup truck
parked on the sidewalk off Milton-
dale Road near the scene of an
The officer said Mr. Craig threat-
ened to. "whoop" him w hen he was
aw akened, and resisted when
handcuffed. He later claimed he
didn't remember the confrontation.
Randy Michaels, 3), of Mac-
clenn1 was arrested late the morn-
ing of April 19 for t violating an
earlier trespass warrant.
Deput\ Darrin Whitaker said he
found Mr. Michaels talking on
US 90 near Trailridge just before
noon. He was responding to a dis-
turbance call after the suspect at-
tempted to speak to an estranged
A motorist who was exceeding
the speed limit on Clete Harvey
Road near SR 121 the afternoon of
April 20 ended up charged with
felonN drug possession.
Deputy Darrin Whitaker said he
stopped a 2001 Isuzu SUV just
after 3:00 pm and initially told dri-
ver Ste\ i La' field, 25, of Glen St.
Manr he was' issuing a warning
He asked her if she had drugs or
contraband in the vehicle, and Ms.
Layfield consented to a search.
The officer said he found four
Methadone pills in a cigarette pack
and the driver did not have a pre-
scription for them.
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FCAT RESULTS ONLINE FOR PARENTS
Announcing the Florida Parent Network website, where you
can access your student's performance reports on the
Reading and Mathematics portions of the FCAT as soon as
results are available.
All Baker County Public Schools will be sending home your student's letter
with their required unique login and password. The letter will go home with
your student this Friday, April 28, 2006.
If you have any questions regarding the Florida Department of Education web-
site www.fcatparentnetwork.com, please contact Susan Voorhees, Director of
Accountability and Special Programs at 259-6776.
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BY KELLEY LANNIGAN
The Baker County Council on
Aging's Board of Directors voted
last Thursday to approve a newly
prepared strategic plan.
The plan is targeted toward fu-
ture improvements of the organiza-,
tion's in-home and community
based services to the elderly and..
Michael J. Audino, who resides'
in Macclenny, is a senior research,
associate affiliated with the Center,
for Urban Transportation Research
at the University of South Florida
in. Tampa and was hired by .the
COA to prepare the plan. He has
worked on the plan for 11 months.,
Audino presented two docu-
ments, a summary overview of the
COA's future goals and a five-year
transit plan on services for the
transportation disadvantaged popu-
lation served bythe COA.
According to Audino, the plans
had significant input from COA
staff members and Baker County
commissioners. The COA boaid
requested three changes to the plan
as presented before voting for its
'They are (1) the strategic plan
summary reflect the COA's change
from use of the' Knutzen Auditing
Firm of Jacksonville to the auditing
firm of Lyons and, Lyons of
Nlacclenn: (2) the addition of the
COA Board of Directors as ac-
countable for making identified
tasks happen by target dates, and
(3) the transit plan include dates of
results of 2005 phone survey\ s con-
ducted with members of the Board
of Commissioners regarding future
of public transportation in Baker
The strategic plan targets four
goals the COA hopes to accom-
plish by 2107.
They are: .
V Establish one facility\ for aill
COA administration and service
\ Promote stability) of organiza-
tional leadership of COA board
vIImprove relations with fund-
ihg scLWCes and regulalbr. g-4
V Increase number of clients
ser ed as resources allow.
The transit plan also contains
(1) Increase mobility for all res-
idents .of Baker County;. (2) .In-
crease service for the county's
transportation disadvantaged popu-
lation; (3) improve operational ef-
ficiency; (4) Establish sound finan-
Action plans for bringing each
of the four goals to realization were
also included in the documents.
Mr. Audino charged the COA to
implement the plans and to make
the most constructive use of them
"These are your plans, not
mine," he said. "They reflect the
current COAs' desire to improve.
To better serve your customers, it is.
critical that you hold one another
accountable. Plans are meaningless
if they simply gather dust on, a
Board member Bob Lambright
responded: "It has been our inten-
tion during the formation of this
plan to be as above-board as possi-
ble. If all the content is reviewed, it
should reflect the past problems,
clarify what's been done to correct
them and show what is intended to
move forward. We understand the;
need to for accountability."
Mr Audino also encouraged
COA Executive Director Mar\
Baxla to make use of the plan as a,
basis for future leadership team
and .staff meetings. He also sug-
gested including a "plan' update"
item on all future director meeting
In other developments, plans are
underway for, a COA sponsored
community educational event tar-,
geted for May 23, from 6-8 pm at a
location to be announced.
The theme of the eent %\ill cen-
ter around "Helping Yourself' and
will be an information extravagan-
za to guide Baker Count\ seniors.
caregivers and potential caregivers
to healthier and happier aging.
According to Ms. Baxla. the tar--
get audience w ill be pre-seniors
such as adult children and care-
givers, to enlighten them as to the
wide range of services available to
their senior parents, family\ mem-
bers and clients.
The extravaganza \%ill feature
booths for organizations that offer
services such as home heath care,
income tax preparation and Medi-
"\'e hope to showcase lots of
agencies that promote ser'-ices to
ensure happy and health\ seniors."
said Ms. Baxla.
Ms. Baxla also reported that the
COA is currently in discussion
m ith Sue Birks, a Baker County re-
presentative on the AreaAgency on
Aging Advisor' Council based in
Jackson\ille, for plans to establish
a local Alzheimer's support group.
THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS Thursday, April 27, 2006 Page Five
Elderly man dead on I-10
Stability, funding in
COA strategic plan
..moting use of seat belts in pickup
.The National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration says 1782,
people were killed in pickup
crashes in the Southeast during
2004. including 343 in Florida.
Of those, 71%c of occupants in
the vehicles, including drivers,
were not w hearing seat belts.
The effort is being launched in
eight Southeastern states where
pickup truck ownership is more
common for non-work vehicles.
Buckle Lp }bour Truck immedi-
ately precedes Click It or Ticket,
the national seat belt enforcement
push from May 14-June 4.
Pickups are twice as likely to
roll over as cars because- of the
higher center of gravity. The ejec-
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of the lack of safety belt use.
Daughter accu sed
A 15-year-old daughter \uas
named in a criminal complaint for
taking a 1989 Ford work truck be-
longing to her parents from their
home in north NMacclenn\.
The girl's father reported the
vehiclee missing on April 22 and it
\was later said to be at a fast tood
restaurant on Jacksonville's \est-
sWhen the parents returned that
afternoon, they found the door to a
home office had been forced open.
and the truck kes were missing
along with five blank checks from
The girl's mother told Deputy
Ben Anderson the daughter had
not been living in Macclenny for a
month, and she had stolen from
her parents in the past.
e body of a Columbus, Gebr-
an found in the driver's seat
car on the roadside of In-
:e 10 just, after midnight on
18 was- sent to the medical
iner's office in Gainesville
lice found no evidence of
play in the 1994 Lincoln be-
ng to 80-year-old Richard
He had been reported miss-
om Columbus on April 16
reportedly suffered from de-
ia and had other medical
A Florida Highway Patrol
trooper checked out the car in the
eastbound lane near Sanderson,
first believing it to be disabled.
The vehicle's engine was run-
ning and it was in park. It was"
parked on the road shoulder.
Chosen FSU's top accounting grad...
Adam Giddens lefti. a 2002 graduaic of Baker Coiinr High School, was recently namnilt
this year's Outstanding Accouniing Senior at Florida State Unitersin~ and was presented
with a $500 scholarship by Joe Paradise of ihe KPMG accounting firm office in MW
Tallahassee The son of Martha and Darrell Giddens of Brvceville. he ihas been accepted
into the FSU graduate accounting program and plans" to become a ta. atiornev The honor
bestowed on Alt. Giddens was bast'd on nonunations from accounting professor s.
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suspended 3 times
A Macclenny motorist who was
seen by a patrolling county deputy
speeding. on Chipshot Dr. in the
west city was also arrested for dri-
ving on a license that had been.
suspended three times for failure
to pay fines.
Deputy Matt Hilliard said he
stopped a 1997 Chevrolet driven
by Jeremy Leonard, 21, just before
8:00 pm on April 23.
The sheriff's department had
earlier received several complaints
about reckless driving on the resi-
The. officer stopped Mr. Leo-
nard near Lowder and Ohio and a
computer license check confirmed
the suspended license.
The suspension apparently went
undetected in a case involving the
same driver the evening of April
17 in the same neighborhood.
Joseph Witherington, 25, was
charged with tossing a beer bottle
through a rear window of a vehicle
driven by Mr. Leonard.
Both are residents along Chip-
shot Drive and gave conflicting
statements to police on the inci-
dent just before 9:00.
The accused said Mr. Leonard
was speeding on the street and
nearly ran him dow n. The driver
said Mr. Witherington was block-
ing the roadway and he sped up to
Two other drivers were charged,
leads to DUI
A Sanderson woman was charg-,
ed with DUI after a county deputy
stopped the swerving pickup truck-
she was driving north on CR 127
the evening of April 18.
Deputy Brad Dougherty said
Wanda McCray, 51, initially ig-
nored him and would riot roll
down the driver side window of
the 1992 Ford pickup.
At the urging of a passenger,
she did so, but refused to answ er
questions or submit to-a roadside
sobriety test. Depui) Dougherty
said she smelled of alcohol and
was unsteady on her feet when she
exited the truck.
The officer said'he stopped Ms.
McCray near the intersection with
Tony Givens Road after the truck
ran off the roadside four times.
Her passenger drove the truck
from the scene and the officer took
Ms. McCray to jail, noting she
remained uncooperative during the
booking process and refused to
sign the citation. She was also
ticketed for failure to remain in a
A 19-year-old Macclenny man
was arrested on April 19 and
charged with twice entering the
bedroom window of a 15-year-old
female during the early morning
The teen told police she awak-
ened about 1:20 to find Edwin
Smith standing by her bed wanting
to talk about their relationship. He
left when she attempted to contact
an older brother.
The girl told Deputy Garrett
Bennett she fell back asleep, only
to find Mr. Smith re-entered the
room. He blocked her exit from a
door, then left again when she con-
tacted the brother.
The officer determined that Mr.
Smith bent a window screen to
The girl was not harmed, and he
was arrested later that day after
questioned by police. He is charg-
ed with burglary and false im-
speaking to GOP
The regular monthly meeting of
the Baker County Republican
Party will begin at 7:00 pm on
Thursday, April 27th at the Repub-
lican headquarters, 24 South Col-
lege St. in Macclenny.
Guest speakers will be all three
candidates for circuit judge in the
upcoming election. This promises
to be a very interesting meeting.
All local Republicans are invit-
ed to attend. The meeting will be
followed by a social hour and time
to chat with the candidates. For
more information, call Don Mar-
shall at 259-9668.
with having suspended licenses
recently, including Winston Wil-
liams, 34, of Macclenny.
He was .stopped by Deputy
Hilliard near the county school bus
garage just before 2:00 am on Ap-
ril 22. A computer check revealed
his license had been taken away as
an habitual offender.
He was also ticketed for having
an expired tag on his 1986 Chev-
rolet, and because the tag belonged
on another vehicle.
Deputy Erik Deloach learned'
the license of Marcus Wilcox, 22,
of Macclenny has been suspended
four times after he stopped the isus-
pect at 9th St. and South Boul-
evard the afternoon of April 17.
Mr. Wilcox fled on foot while
being questioned, and the deputy
was unable to locate him. A war-
rant was issued for his arrest.
Ms. Brown gets 4-H lifetime award...
N irui Ruth Brown, a Baker Count native aand retired 4-H Extension Agent in St. Johns
County, recently received tie 2006 .4-H Ltifetie .4ch/iet emitni Award from Florida
Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson I 'ti and former Speaker of ihe Florida House
JOiiS Thompson. Ms. Brown, the daughter of the late Ray and.4 thiiena Brown, is a gradu-
/ cf o/the former Taylor Schlool in north Baker County, and has a bachelor 's degree from
Berry College in Rome, Ga. She worked as an extension agent in Tennessee, then moved to
St. Johns County in ;960. As., Brown is siill active in 4-H and civic affairs in both St.
AtlitUstitL' and St. Johlns Coutn Se t' tired Itn 198. Site is -a charter inductee in the
Florida 4-H Hall of Fame, and accepted ithie award at tilte ,nntiial 4-H auction and recep-
tion in Tallahassee.
PHOuTO C',.T'I rTof G.L BROWN
Mad at game, attacks his m
The sheriff's department charg-
ed a 17-year-old Macclenny Nouth
with domestic violence for an at-
tack on his mother at their resi-
dence off North Boulevard the
afternoon' of April 22.
The boy's 45-year-old mother
said her son became agitated after
playing a video game, and struck
her with his fist several times after
she admonished him for throw ing
furniture and other items inside the
The suspect's 14-year-old broth-
er witnessed the confrontation and
The following day, Alonzo Mc-
Queen. 42, filed a criminal com-
plaint alleging battery al the hands
of 22-year-old Chaz Lee.
Mr. McQueen was treated at the
emergency room of Fraser Hos-
pitfl after allegedly being struck
on the head by the suspect.
Witnesses and the victim said
Mr. Lee attacked the i'tim after
becoming angry over a personal
The state attorney\ 's office will
Guardian train ng
Train as a valuable volunteer
helping abused and neglected chil-
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'at Litem training starting Thursday.
Ma\ 4 and running on Thursdays
and Saturdays through June 1.
The Thursday sessions run
5:30-9:00 pm and Saturdays from
9:11(0 am-l:00 pm. The training
takes a total of 30 hours and is
held at the county courthouse.
You must be 21 or older.'Call
9114-966-6237 for more details.
3rd Annual Baker County
May 6, 2006
75 Mile Ride
Police escort passing the fire stations of Baker County and
through the Osceola National Forest
$25 per bike ** $15 for extra rider
Meal and T-Shirt Included
Registration from 8-10:00 am
at Celebration Park in Glen St. Mary
County Road 125 and RR Tracks
Kick Stands up at 10:00 am
Pre-register at Hawg Riders, 8161 Hwy. 90 W. of Glen St. Mary.
Ride will finish at Celebration Park. Come join us for a great ride with
good food and music and the Bike Rodeo.
make a determination whether Mr.
Lee will be charged.
The prosecutor will also decide if
:criminal charges are warranted in a
case of "road rage" on Interstate 10
near Sanderson the evening of April
Freddie Wilson Jr., 44, a Jack-
sonville truck driver, said a Mus-
tang driven by Jeff Hooper. 29, of
Elkton. Fla. cut in front of him and
\ wouldn't let him pass.
Mr. Hooper said the truck was
tail gating and se eral times made
contact with his rear bumper.
Deputy Randy Davis noted
marks on the Mustang's bumper
but could not tell if they were re-
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
1. EIGHTH LtUI001DALGCRGUIT;INWANb FOR
BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 05-2005-CA-0194
WELLS FARGO BANK, NA,
DONNA MCKNIGHT A/K/A
DONNA D. MCKNIGHT, et aT,
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a
Final Judgement of Mortgage Foreclosure dated
April 13, 2006, and entered in Case No. 05-
2005-CA-0194 of the circuit court of the Eighth
Judicial Circuit in and for Baker County, Florida
wherein WELLS FARGO BANK, NA, is the
Plaintiff and DONNA MCKNIGHT A/K/A DONNA
D. MCKNIGHT, are the Defendant. I will sell to
the highest and best bidder for cash at the front
door of the Baker County Courthouse, 339 East
Macclenny Avenue, Macclenny, Florida, at 11:00
am on the 17th day of May, 2006, the following
described property as set forth in said Final
Lot 25, Ridge Estates, as recorded in
Plat Book 3, page 14, of the public
records of Baker County, Florida. To-
gether with a 1997 Grand Manor mo-
bile home located thereon as a fixture
and appurtenances thereto.
ID#GAGMTD2253A, Title #72005967
and ID#GAGMTD2253B, Title
A/K/A 8047 Ridge Estates Drive, Glen
St. Mary, FL 32040.
WITNESS MY HAND and seal of this Court
on April 13th, 2006..
As Clerk, Circuit Court
By: Jamie Crews
As Deputy Clerk
Echevarria, Codilis & Stawiarski
Tampa, FL 33622-5018
ADVERTISEMENT FOR BID
PROJECT: New River Regional Landfill
Cell 5 Construction
24638 NE 156th Street
Raiford, Florida 32083-0647
OWNER: New River Solid Waste Association
P.O. Box 647
Raiford, Florida 32083-0647
ENGINEER: Darabi and Associates, Inc.
730 NE Waldo Road
Gainesville, Florida 32641
Telephone: (352) 376-6533
Fax: (352) 377-3166
The Project is located at the New River
Regional Landfill, approximately 2.5 miles
north of Raiford, Florida, on the east side of
State Road 121.
The Work of this project generally consists
of a Class I landfill expansion including instal-
lation of a double-composite bottom liner sys-
tern consisting of two (2) geomembranes, geo-
composite, geonet, geogrid, geotextile, and
material and installation of the sand drainage
layer. The work shall also include testing, sur-
veying, and record drawings, as required by
tie Florida Depanment of Environmental Pro-
The Opinion of Probable ConsirucTion
Cost is $1.2 million to $1.8 million.
All work snall be in accordance with the
conirucrton dra% ngs. specilicaiions. and con-
RECEIPT OF BIDS
Documents and drawings mas be exam-
ined al Darabi and Associaies, Inc between
8:00 A.M and 5 01) P.M IMonday through Fri-
Copies of the documents and drawings
ma' be obtained from the Eng.neer's office for
$150 per sei. which constiutes ihe cost for re-
produclon and handling Checks shall be
made payable to the Engineer Payment is
Bids shall be completed on the enclosed
Bid Form as set iorh in ihe Insiructions ,o
Bidders and otherwise be in compliance with
the Bidding Documents Sealed bids, %ill be re-
cened at ihe New Riter Regional Landfill un-
til 2:00 P.M. (EST) on May 26, 2006, at which
time and place all oids %ill be opened An.
Bids received after the specified time and date
%ill not be considered Onl, prospecime bid-
ders on the Engineer's plan holder's list may
'submit a bid.
A mandatory pre-bid conference ,ill be
held May 12, 2006 at 2:00 P.M. (EST) at the
New River Regional Landfill. Failure to at-
tend pre-bid conference .will result in disquali-
fication of prospective bidders.
For.further information or clarification,
contact Jason Timmons at the Engineer's office
at (352) 376-6533 ext. 5306.
NOTICE OF AGENCY ACTION TAKEN BY
THE ST. JOHNS RIVER WATER
NOTICE IS GIVEN that the following permit
was issued.on March 28, 2006.
Name and address of applicant: Ft. Mc-
caulay Development Co., Inc., 1682 W. Hibiscus
Blvd., Melbourne, FL.32901.
The project is located in Baker County, Sec-
tion 30, 31, Township 2N, Range 21 E. The per-
mit authorizes A SURFACE WATER MANAGE:.
MENT SYSTEM on 60 32 a :.:re Irnon a' Grej.
stone. The receiving water body is St. Mary's
The a ,iems containing the application for the
above listed permit is available for inspection
Monday through Friday except for legal holidays,
8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the St. Johns River Water
Management District (District) Headquarters,
4049 Reid Street, Palatka, FL 32178-1429, A
person whose substantial interests are affected
by the District permitting decision may petition
for an administrative hearing in accordance with
sections 120.569 and 120.57, Florida Statutes,
or may choose to pursue mediation as an alter-
native remedy under section 120.573, Florida.
Statutes, before the deadline for filing a petition.
Choosing mediation will not adversely affect the
right to a hearing if mediation does not result in
a settlement. The procedures for pursuing medi-
ation are set forth in section 120.573, Florida
Statutes, and rules 28-106.111 and 28-106.401-
404 Florida Administrative Code. Petitions must
comply with the requirements of Florida Admin-
istrative code Chapter 28-106 and be filed with
(received by) the District Clerk located at District
Headquarters, Highway 100 West, Palatka,. FL
32177. Petitions for administrative hearing on the
above applications) must be filed within twenty-
one (21) days of publication of this notice or
within twenty-six (26) days of the District de-
positing notice of this intent in the mail for those
persons to whom the District mails actual notice.
Failure to file a petition within this time period
shall constitute'a waiver of any rights) such per-
son(s) may have to request an administrative de-
termination (hearing) under sections 120.569
and 120.57, F.S., concerning the subject permit.
Petitions that are not filed in accordance with the
above provisions are subject to dismissal.
Because the administrative hearing process
is designed to formulate final agency action, the
filing of a petition means that the District's final
action may be different from the position taken
by it in this notice of intent. Persons whose sub-
stantial interests will be affected by any such fi-
nal decision of the District on the applicant have
the right to petition to become a party to the pro-
ceeding, in accordance with the requirements
set forth above.
BAKER COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD
Ice Cream Products, Bid #NUTR 27-001
Milk and Milk Products, Bid #NUTR 27-002
Groceries, Frozen Foods and Non-Food
Supplies, Bid #NUTR 27-003
Sealed bids for ice cream products, milk prod-
ucts and Food and Non-Food Supplies meeting
the required specifications will be received by
the Baker County School Board at 392 South
Boulevard E., Macclenny, Florida 32063, in
the conference room of the Administration Build-
ing on Wednesday,.May 10, 2006, until sched-
uled bid opening, at which time all bids will be
publicly opened as indicated:
Ice Cream Products 10:00 am
Milk Products 11:00 am
Food Items and Non-Food Supplies 2:00 pm
All bids must be sealed and marked with label
provided by the Baker County School Board.
Should you wish to mail bid prior to bid opening
time, please do so to the above address, atten-
tion Cathy B. Golon, Director of Purchasing.
Late bids will not be opened. Faxed bids will not
be considered a legal bid.
Baker County School Board reserves the right
to reject any and all bids received.
For questions concerning specific terms and
conditions, or to request a bid package, contact
Cathy Golon, Purchasing Department at 904-
Bid Package Requirements
1. Total bid price.
2. Florida Statutes Section 287.133(3)(A).
3. Drug Free Workplace Agreement.
4. Signature sheet indicating that bidder has
read and understands the terms and conditions
of the bid.
NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION
I, Sue M. Cobb, Secretary of State of the
State of Florida, do hereby give notice that a
GENERAL ELECTION will be held in BAK-
ER County, State of Florida, on the SEVENTH
day of NOVEMBER, A.D., 2006, to fill or re-
tain the following offices:
United States Senator
Representative In Congress: District 4
Governor and Lieutenant Governor
Chief Financial Officer
Commissioner of Agriculture
State Representative: District 12
Supreme Court, Retention of Three Jus-
First District Court of Appeal, Retention of
Circuit Judge, Eighth Judicial Circuit:
Groups 1, 4 and 5
County Court Judge: Group 1
School Board: Districts 2, 3 and 4
County Commissioners: Districts 2 and 4
*Baker Soil and Water Conservation Dis-
trict: Groups 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
IN Testimony Whereof, I Hereunto
set my hand and affixed the Great
Seal of the State of Florida, at
Tallahassee, The Capital, this
Second day of April, A.D., 2006.
Sue M. Cobb
Secretary of State
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, EIGHTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA.
Richard Clyde Dobbs, Jr.
individually and Tammy A.
Dobbs, individually, and
Ford Motor Credit Company,
NOTICE OF SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an
Order cl Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered
in the aDoce caporned action, I will sell the
property stuare in Baker County, Florida, de-
scribed as follows:.
A parcel of land lying, being and situ-
ate In Sections 32 and 33, Township 1
South, Range 21 East, Baker County,
Florida, more particularly described
as follows: Commence al the East 1/4
corner of said Section 32 and run S
11 deg. 43'18" E, along the East line
of said Section 32, a distance of
772.12 feet to a 1.2 inch iron pipe set
at the intersection with the centerline
of Daugherty Branch and to the Poini
of Beginning of the hereinafter de-
scribed parcel of land: Thence run S
43 deg. 09'26" W a distance of 78.57
feet to the Easterly right of way line of
County Road Number S-125, thence
run S 46 deg. 44'09" E, along said
Easterly right of way line of County
Road Number S-125, a distance of
249.18 feet to the Point of Curvature
of a curve to the right; thence run
Southeasterly, continuing along said
Easterly righl of way line of County
Road S-125, along the arc of a curve
concave Southwesterly and having a
radius of 5779.578 feet, through a
central angle of 01 deg. 49'49" an arc
distance of 184.63 feet, said arc being
subtended by a chord having a bear-
ing 6f S 45 deg. 49'14" E and a dis-
tance of 184.62 feet; thence run N 88
Sdeg 37'37" E, parallel with tne South
line; of tile Northwest 14 of SW 1 4 of
said Section 33, a distance of 200.00
feet; thence run N 08 deg. 25'37" W, a
distance of 372.51 feet to a 1/2 inch
iron pipe set in said centerline of
Daugherty Branch, thence run Wester-
ly, along said centerline of Daugherty
Branch, a distance of 480 feet, more
or less, (witness line bearing and dis-
tance Is S 87 deg. 39'58" W, 405.80
feet) to the Point' of Beginning; Sub-
ject to a 50 foot road easement over,
across and along the South 50 feet
thereof. Containing an area of 2.6
acres, more or less, when 50 foot
road easement is not included.
at public sale to the highest & best bidder for
cash, at the front door of the Baker County cour-
thouse, Macclenny, Florida, at 11:00 am on the
18th day of May, 2006.
Thomas "Al" Fraser
Clerk of Circuit Court
By: Jamie Crews
Hugh D. Fish, Jr.
Florida Bar No.:0242861
P.O. Box 531
Macclenny, FL 32063
Telephone: (904) 259-6606/6607
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, EIGHTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA.
John W. Johnson,
The unknown heirs of
Edward George Shettel,
Sr. and the unknown heirs
of Marvin E. Johnson,
NOTICE OF ACTION
To: The unknown heirs of Edward George Shet-
tel, Sr. and the unknown heirs of Marvin E. John-
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that a Suit to Quiet Ti-
tle has been filed on the following described
Lot 8, as shown on L.D. Bradley dated
June 21, 1976, more particularly de-
scriled as follows: A part of Govern-
ment Lot 2, Section 18, Township 4
South, Range 20 East, Baker County,
Florida and being more particularly
described as follows: Commence at
the Northwest corner of said Govern-
ment Lot 2,10.0 feet, thence S 01 deg.
09'54" E, 546.0 feet to the Point of Be-
ginning; thence continue S 01 deg.
09'54" E, 185.0 feet; thence S 89 deg.
19'17" W and parallel aforementioned
North line, 620.74 feet; thence N 05
deg. 43'13" West 143.45 feet; thence N
89 deg. 07'26" E, 55.53 feet; thence N
02 deg. 17'15" W, 41.94 feet; thence N
89 deg.. 19'17" E and parallel to afore-
mentioned North line, 577.44 feet to
the Point of Beginning.
You are required to serve a copy of written de-
fenses, if any, to the action on the Petitioner's at-
torney, whose name and address is Hugh D.
Fish, Jr., at P.O. Box 531, Macclenny, Florida
32063, on or before May 26, 2006, and file the
original with the Clerk of Court, either before
service on the petitioner's attorney or immedi-
ately thereafter; otherwise a Summary Final
Judgment will be entered for the relief demand-
ed in the petition.
Witness my hand and Seal of this
court on this 25th day of April, 2006.
Thomas "Al" Fraser
Clerk of Circuit Court
By: Jamie Crews
Hugh D. Fish
Florida Bar No.:0242861
P.O. Box 531
Macclenny, FL 32063
Telephone: (904) 259-6606/6607
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(From page one)
In April of 2005,. she entered
her first competition The Florida
State Baton Twirling Champion-
ship. She placed 10th of 23 com-
petitors in the novice division. One,
of the judges said to Jena, "You're
ready for more now."
"When that happened, Jena
knew she could really do it," said-
Jena continue to work, getting
ready for the state championship
She practiced the vertical and
horizontal finger twirls and the
elbow, arm, neck and bod) rolls
that are the standard mechanics of
She worked at perfecting the
spins that twirlers make look ef-.
fortless, when the baton is thrown
into the air and the twirler spins
her bod\ in complete revolutions
before catching the baton on its
Jena managed also to master the
blind catch, a 1 1/2 body turn,
catching the baton out of sight
behind the neck.
Then there is the dazzling move
known as an "illusion." The
twirler throws the baton in the air
and seems to execute a half-cart-
wheel turn in place before catch-
ing it again.
Jena practiced and practiced,
knowing that the competitions
include more than just twirling a
baton. Entries are judged on their
ability to march, their presentation
and presence on stage, their mod-
eling and appearance and even a
personal interview with the judges.
Finally, it was time for the April
2006 Florida State Championship
in Winter Park.
Jena won first place for her
twirling routine in the novice divi-
sion for her age-group.
Then came the biggest surprise
The first place winners of all,
categories in their respective divi-
sions compete against each other
in what is known as The Twirl Off.
Winning against girls twice,,her
* age, Jena became'".the 2006 Flotida
State Twirl Off Champion in the"
novice di\ vision.
Not bad for a girl who wasn't
sure she wanted to twirl a baton at
all. Jena didn't have a single drop
of the baton during her twvirl off
performance, which helped push
up her score. .
"Jena does well under pres-
sure," said Ms. Ball who wasn't
really surprised that her dedicated
student \%on the competition.
When asked to share- her perfor-
mance tips, Jena was quick to con-
fess the surprising secret of her
"I must have looked really ner-
vous standing in front of the
judges waiting for the music to
start," she said. "I think one judge
sensed that, so to help me relax he
made a funny face and stuck out
his tongue. .Then he smiled at me.
That cracked me up and then I felt
really -happy during my perfor-
Baton twirling competition has
become a well-rounded event that
now offers scholarship money to
the winners. The determined Jena
plans to compete in such events in
"I just want to be the best that I
can be." said Jena.
Baer to speak
Learn more about heart disease
and stroke as guest speaker Mary
Baer of WJXT Channel 4 shares
her experience in an informative
presentation on May 2 at 7:00 pm.
The event is sponsored by the
relief society of the Mormon
church and will be held there. For
more details, contact Carolyn
Todd at 259-2770.
The Baker County Health
Department now offers CPR/First
Aid certification to the public.
*Infant/Pediatric First Aid
*Adult First Aid
For more information please
call 904-259-6291 ext. 2248
Monday at4:30 pm
THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS
THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS Thursday, April 27, 2006 Page Seven
(From page one)'
Ms. Barton said that with devel-
opments already approved, the
schools would be at 125 percent
capacity and that the proposed
Cedar Creek mega-development
could nearly double the number of
students in the county.
She suggested the county go
into "slow-down mode" until
plans are in place to address the.
Baker County was represented
by commissioners AleN Robinson,
Julie Combs, Fred Raulerson and
Students construct rafts modeled after reading exercise
Baker lMiddle Sch.:-ol It traders ifiom I.fti Autiuni Jackson. Brianna Ali hitscIt and Shclb Driggers display mn.idel! iaft iectitll' .IIn-
'tructed b\ each ,nenbir of Carol Finle's class to replicate portions of a current reautie assigniin oif the book iThe Cay It chiouiiiL,
the ,iournev of a \otng whue boy and black man on a imakesIhfi raft during \torld ttar II (afet their boat ii a toipedoed in the Carribean
Sea. The sindents spend at least 15 minutes a dan reading the novel as part of the Drop Eet'thlung to Read program designed to boo.,t
Paddling the Okefenokee
By Jim Burkhart
Imagine yourself paddling a ca-
noe in the Okefenokee...
As the sun starts to peek above
the horizon. \ou carefully pack
gear into your canoe. Gazing
down into the placid water, you
notice dozens of mosquito fish
searching for a meal.
Around you the high pitched
trill of Southern toads fill the air as
the males duel for mates.
Anxious. you slide your canoe
into the brown tannin-stained w"a-
ters to begin your journey into the
heart of the Okefenokee Sw.amp.
It's springtime in the Okefeno-
kee, and you have been looking
forward to paddling here for a long
time. Most of the swamp is pro-
tected w within the 402,000 acre
Okefenokee National Wildlife
Refuge (NWR), set aside in 1936.
for wildlife, and for visitors like
\ou to e'.plore.
The' only v-ay' l06 ee the
refuge's vast interior is by canoe
or kayak, which means spending
one or more nights on a wilderness
platform deep within the swamp.
As \ou begin to paddle down
the Suwannee Canal, left over
from a failed attempt to drain the
sw% amp for farmland and now serv-
ing as a water path to the interior,
you catch glimpses of the open
prairies in the.distance, between
rows of trees and bushes which
have grown thickly on the old
After a mile of paddling, you
pass a sign announcing that you
are entering a w ildemess area.
This is not just any wilderness
area, but the largest east of the
Mississippi. You paddle on, keep-
ing a watchful eye out as one of
the more than 10,000 alligators in
the swamp slips below the water
near you.. .
Next,,you come to a sign for the
Chesser Prairie, and decide to take
a short detour to check it out. You
see, hear, and even smell the dra-
matic changes that are taking place
now that spring has arrived. The
bright yellow spikes of golden
club are rising above the water,
their flowers as breathtaking to see
as to smell.
Bladderworts are also in bloom,
show ing off their small, yellow
flowers as a pair of Sandhill cranes
call to one another. Reaching out
%with your paddle. you touch %what
appears to be solid land and notice_
that it quivers and shakes. Sudden-
lyN. ou realize v\\h the Natike In-
dians called the swamp Okefeno-
ka, "Land of Trembling Earth."
As the day turns into evening
and \our arms begin to tire, you
arrive at Canal Run Shelter. You
set up \aur tent and cook dinner
over a camp stove e.
As night falls, you gaze at the
stars above. They are brilliant and
endless, because there is no light-
pollution in the -'anmp to cover
ihem'm. Tired after a da) of pad-
dling, you fall asleep inside your
tent to the buzz of mosquitoes, and
the hooting of a barred ow l in the
It's morning no%% and you're
excited to see w hat is further do% wn
the trail. As you paddle. dragon-
flies skim oer the water, their iri-
descent blues, greens. and reds
glinting in the strengthening sun-
A 'few, hours later, a "peat
blowup" blocks \ou w ba. but with
some effort, \ou drag )our canoe
through it. Before you know it,
you hae reached the Red Trail.
You decide to make a stop on
Billy's Island, once home to a
thriving town in the early 19t1i s
Then you get back into your canoe
and paddle across Bi11" 's Lake,
watching the success of the an-
glers, % ho are patiently waiting for
A little while later, you make a
sharp left turn down, a shiurt canal,
and there it is, Stephen C. Foster
State Park, and the end of \ou trip.
As y'ou load your boat and gear,
you think back to the v. nderful
experience Nou just had, paddling
through one of the last complete
bog ecosystems on Earth.
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IS FRIDAY, APRIL 28!
Macclenny manager Gerald Dop-
son and commissioner Phil Rhoden
were there for the city, while Glen
St. Mary was represented by
mayor Juanice Padgett and coun-
cilman Perry Hays.
Mr. McDaniel also said that
municipalities, the county and the
school board must enter interlocal
Those agreements should in-
clude options for proportionate
sharing, which would determine
how and when developers can be
charged for *infrastructure
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Fish Ponds, Land Clearing,
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David P. Dearing
former Baker County Prosecutor
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS Thursday, April 27, 2006 Page Eight
dies April 23rd
Olive B. Garron of Scar-
borough, Minn. died April 23,
2006. She was the wife of the late
Layton Garron. Survivors include
sons Rick Lord (Kathy) of Winter
and David Gar-
ron (Elaine) of
9 than Lord (Su-
., san) of Bras-
elton, Ga., Har-
Sriet Anne Lord
S of Jax Beach
OliveB.Garro and Jennifer
OliveB.Garron (Ryan) Smith
of Jacksonville Beach; great grand-
children Celeste, Christian,
Brittani, Zack, Chelsea and Sul-
A memorial service will be held
in Saco, Minn. on April 26. Inter-
ment will be at Maine Veterans'
dies April 22nd
Danny Lee Gibson of Macclen-
ny died Saturday, April 22, 2006 at
his home. He was 63.
Mr. Gibson was born in Doug-
las, Ga., in 1942 to the late Amos
Gibson and Sadie Mercer Gibson
Yearout. He owned and operated
Macclenny Discount Building
Supplies for nine years and was a
member of the Moniac Baptist
Church, but attended Christian
Fellowship Temple. He enjoyed
fishing and playing horseshoes.-
Mr. Gibson is predeceased by
his children J. Wayne Rowe, Dan-
ny H. Gibson and, Dwayne Allen
Gibson, brother Bobby Gibson and
sister Ruby Lee Gibson.
Survivors include his wife of 43
years. Barbara R. Gibson; children
Darren R. Gibson (Linda) and
David L. Gibson (Stevie), of Mac-
clenny, and Dana Rowe of Glen St.
Mary, and 12 grandchildren.
A funeral service was held at
11:00 am on Tuesday, April.25, at
Christian Fellowship Temple with
Pastors David and Timmy Thomas
and Tim Colvin officiating.,
Interment was at Oak Grove
Cemetery. Arrangements by V.
Todd Ferreira Funeral Services.
New Hope or the Commnunity
Five Churches Road
Hwy. 127 Sanderson, FL
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
Wed. Night Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
Every 4* Sunday Nighr Service 7:00 p.m.
Videll W Williams -Pastor /
service April 15
Milinda Rae Revels Rhoden,
who lived most of her life in Tam-
pa, died in Macclenny on April 9,
2006. She was 77.
Ms. Rhoden was born in 1929.
She was a person who loved peo-
ple and fishing.
Survivors include -sons Jack
Euell Rhoden Sr. (Sharon) of Tav-
ares and Wayne Dees Rhoden of
Tampa; daughter Milinda Elaine
Rhoden Baxley of Macclenny; sis-
ter Juanita Hall of Jackson% ille:
brother Robert Hall of Jacksonville
and six grandchildren: Jack Euell
Rhoden, Jr. (Misty) of Dade City,
Stacia Veree Norman (Russell) of
Glen St. Mary, Wayne Robert Rho-
den (Cindy) of Bradley Junction,,
Alonna Yvonne Telese of Dade
City, Eric James Rhoden of Fort
Myers, Earl Scott Baxley (Dorin-
da) of Glen St. Mary and ten great
A memorial service was held
April 15 at the Lake Butler Com'-
munity Center. Interment was at
Town and Country Cemetery in
When our fami1h moved to
Macclenn\ in 1964, I had no idea
what the tord had ini store for our
lives. Through the years, we have
been shown the love and friendship
that has made Baker Counts' truly
During the illness and recent
passing of mN mother. Louise Bev-
erlin, you extended that love once
again in your cards, flowers, phone
calls, prayer and visits. Words can
never express our heartfelt thanks
for every kindness.
May God richly bless you.
ARLENE AND TOMMY RAULERSON
TOM, MATT, ADAM AND ROBBIE
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Mt. Zion N.C.
121 North 259-4461
Pastor Bobby Griffin,
Sunday Snol 1 00 aim
Surinav Morri'ri] WI ori'iip 11 00 am-I
Sunday Evenirn Worship 6-00 pmr
Wedine-dav Praver Servic ce. 00 pm
Fur Gcd .Ij lo'1:id r'ii J world, thi :
gave hrI only, begotlten ori [hat
whi:isoeover tieliever in him hrin iuld not
per1-h. but have everl.asting lti
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In Memory of
Annie L. Mills
With much love always as long
as life lasts, you will always be our
very precious memory.
You are and will always be our
mother. We miss you, but God gave
his son Jesus the power to over-
come death, hell and the grave and
also gives each human being a
choice when this life is over so our
soul can live.
For in that day God shall judge
the secrets of men and \i'ill render to
eveiy man according to his deeds.
To them, who by patient contin-
uance in well-doing seek for gloru,
honor, immortality and -ternal life.
will then Michael stand up, the
great prince which standeth for the
children of thy people. Many of
tliei that sleep in the dust of the
earth i ill awake-some to everlast-
ing life and some to eier-lasting
contempt. But thou, Oh Daniel,
shut up the words and seal the Book
even to the time of the end.
.-Robert, Johnny, Julius and Grace
Mills, Carolyn Robinson, Sharon
Maxwell, grands, great-grands and
St. Peters Anglican Fellowship
Minnesota Ave. Macclenny, Fla.
Sunday School 9:00 am
Sunday Service 10:00 am
CHURCH OF CHRIST
573-S. 5th St. 259-6059
Sunday Bible Study 9:45 ani
Fellowship 10:30 am 11:00 am
\\eJ Bl'hic t ,
1 ..1.1 pin
.. 1. a Minister
*.'-z -.', Sant F. Kilching
Family, friends day
Family and Friends Day will be
held at the Church of God by Faith
in Sanderson on April 30, 2006 at
1:00 pm. Everyone welcome.
CR 127 N. of Sanderson
Sunday School 10:00 am
Sunday Aorning Service 11:00 am
Sunday Night Service 6:00 pm
Wed. Night Service 7:50 pm
Where Everyone is Somebody and
Jesus is the Leader
Pastor Rev. Ernie Terrell
CR 127 N., Sanderson, FL
Sunday School 10:00 am
Morning Worship 11:00 am
Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm
Wed. Evening Prayer Serv. 7:30 pm
Pastor: Oral E. Lyons i
In Memory of
Deborah Lynr Griffis
Each time we see the sun go
down, it seems the end of day and.
yet we know the sun is rising some-
where far a iway.
We learn to trust somehow, that
a new life, in a brighter place, is
just beginning now.
.- place of grace and peace and
joy, beyond all time and sorni;,
Where loving hearts who part
today will meet agiuain tomn' row.
'WE LOVE YOU ALWAYS,
Mor,, D JD,. L, MEREDITH,
H lNI E R, GRANNY GRIFFIS, AUNT
DIANE, GRANDMOTHER \ND POPPA
First United "
93 h. 5th St., Macclenny 259-3551
Sunday School: 10:00 am
Sunday Worship: 11:00 am
Sunday Youth: 6:00 pm
Wednesday Dinner: 5:45 pm
Wednesday Worship: 6:15 pmrn
Opera HearI. .pen .,hri d lin p:,er cri d
,._ IJohn L. Hay, Jr., Pastor ,/.
F -.1 B L DI
Sun1do 8 hIul
m11nla)NIi lrnrimi; "urd i ll
Come and magnify the Lord and worship with us
Glen Friendship Tabernacle
Clinton Ave. Glen St. Mary
WJXR Radio Service Sunday 8:30 am
Morning Worship Service 10:30 am
Children's Church 11:30 am
Evangelistic 6:00 pm
Bible Study (Wed.) 7:30 pm
Rev Albert Starling Home: 259-3982 Church: 259-6521
Exceptional Praise & Worship April 30.2006
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Sunday Morning Worship
Sunday Evening Worship
Wednesday Night Service
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Common Ground Sunday
Common Ground Wed. (Teens)
God Kids Sunday
God Kids Wednesday
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SFirst Baptist Church
of Sanderson & L
C| 229 5.. Sanderson FL
Sunday School 10 am
Sun. Morning Worship 11 am c
Sun. Evening Worship 6 pm
Wed. Eve. Bible Study 7 pm
Pastor Bob Christmas
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Jesus: The Way, The Truth and The Life
Sunday School 10:00 A.M. Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 P.M.
Sunday Mornming Worship 11:00 A.M. Wed. Eve. Worship 7:30 P.M.
Pastor Rev. Shannon Conner
North 6th Street Macclenny 259-3500
23-A to Laurimore Rid Fjirgrounds Rd
Sunday School 9:45 am
Sunday AM Worship 11:00 am
Sunday PM Services 6:00 pm
Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting 7:00 pm
Pastor J.C. Lauramore Welcomes All
N, z l,.r,,. .,,la ^ 1 I, r ill ., i,- o.
"I1 Lorin Church with a Growring lision of EI
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First Baptist Church
A GLEN ST. MARY, FLORIDA
Sunday School 9:45 AM Sunday Morning Worship 11 AM
Sunday Evening Worship 6 PM
Wednesday Prayer Meeting 7 PM
mH "A Beacon
.. to Baker
Perry Hays, Associate Pastor
Michael D. Schatz, Associate Pastor
Bill Guerry Owner, L.ED.
Offering services in a quiet,
thoughful and professional
Guerry Funeral Home
...a tradition of excellence continues.
Bryan Guerry LED.
420 E. Macclenny Ave. (U.S. 90 East)
III: I') am
Independent Pentecostal Church
Seventh St. & Ohio Ave., Macclenny
In Memory of
Alan Spring II'
Prayer of Faith
We trust that beyond absence
there is a presence.
That beyond the pain
there can be healing.
That beyond the brokenness
there can be wholeness.
Thati beyond ihe hurting
there may be forgiveness.
Thai beyond the silence
there may be the word.
That beyond the word
there may be understanding.
That through understanding
there is love.
Happy birthday, Al! We miss
you so very much and we all love
you so very much!
Nour family, .
Mom, Dad, Brian. Papa.
Nanny and .Andre".
When asked what the Council on
Aging does, most folks will say the
COA provides meals for seniors. In
actuality, the Council on Aging pro-
vides a wide variety of services in
addition to the daily meals served at
the Senior Center and delivered
throughout the county.
One of the most important of
these services is TRANSPORTA-
TION. Many seniors live in dread
of the day that "someone" will take
their drivers license or their car
keys, just because they are growing
older. But we all need to begin cher-
ishing our ability to survive and
grow older and educate ourselves to
whatever resources are available to
make'our surv ivorship as good as it
First of all, no one will lose their
drivers license because of getting
older, but aging does affect some of
the skills needed to be a safe driver.
It is up to each of us to know what
those skills are and ho" to mini-
mize the effect of aging. We should
all educate ourselves about special
,training and where to find alterna-
tkie transportation resources when
the\ are needed.
On Nlay 8-12 information about
driving skills affected by aging.
strategies for safer driving when
dri\ ing is still appropriate, and find-
ing alternative transportation res-
ources will be the subject of a series-
of safe driving classes at the Senior
AARP also offers a wealth of
information regarding elder drivers
and links to other driver resources at
www.aarp.org families dri'.er safe-
Lost Gospel of Judas
Television network news pro-
grams looking for religious infor-
mation to air around Ea'st&r .]T'-nP
ed on the "lost" Gospel of Judas
story, proclaiming it to be an
This manuscript dates back to
the 3rd or 4th century and presents
a different view of the relationship
between Judas and Jesus.
' The gospel was found as part
of a codex in very brittle and frag-
mented condition in the 1970's,
but only in the last five years has
it been restored and translated as
much as was possible.
You can view the condition of
the manuscript and read the
English translation at the National.
Geographic website: http://-
This gospel doesn't identify its
author. Instead it announces itself
to be "a secret account" of a con-
versation between Jesus and Judas
in which Judas was asked by
Jesus to betray him. It proclaims
as a result, Judas will be elevated
above the other disciples in pro-
As you are well aware, this is
in direct contrast to the four tradi-
tional biblical gospels. Matthew,
Mark, Luke and John make it
quite clear Judas betrayed Jesus
and was condemned for it.
Luke records Jesus as saying:
"But, behold the hand of him who
betrays me is with me on the
table. For the Son of man goes as
it has been determined: but woe to
that man by whom he is betray-
ed!" (22:21-22 RSV)
The writer of this gospel begins
his account with "Inasmuch as
many have undertaken to compile
a narrative of the things which
have been accomplished among
us, just as they were delivered to
us by those who from the begin-
ning were eyewitnesses and min-
isters of the word, it seemed good
to me also, having followed all
things closely, to write an orderly
account for you..." (Luke 1:1-3a)
Matthew describes the suicide
of Judas, "When Judas, his betray-
er, saw that he (Jesus) was con-
demned, he repented and brought
back the thirty pieces of. silver, to
the chief priests and the elders,
saying, 'I have sinned in betraying
innocent blood.' They said, 'What
is that to us? See to it yourself.'
And throwing down the pieces of
silver in the temple, he departed;
and he went and hanged himself.
(Matt 27:3-5, RSV)
This doesn't sound like the
ty. For those individuals without
internet access who would like to
take advantage of this resource,
COA staff will obtain the informa-
tion wanted by request to 259-2223,
It is a wise and caring elder who
is considerate enough of his family,
friends and others on the highways
to give up those car keys when safe-
ty and well being become an issue.
Meanwhile, be kind.and helpful to
your family, friends and church
groups who might need your help
so, you won't feel like you've lost
independence by asking .someone
for a ride to the bank or doctor.
Know that when a friend or family
member is able to do a small thing
for you, that it is an important bless-
ing they need to receive. ,
The Council on Aging, under.
direction of Transportation Super-
visor Ida Raulerson, provides
scheduled transportation by reser-
vation .each week day. Our drivers
transport to doctors, grocery shop-
ping, and other local businesses and
to out-of-town medical appoint-
ments in Jacksonville, Gaines\ ille.
and Lake City. For more informa-
tion or a reservation, call 259-9315.
Stephen and Tina Roach are
proud to announce the, graduation
of their daughter, StaceN (Roach)
Pierce. A 2000 graduate and vale-
dictorian of Baker County High
School. StaceN earned a Master's
ot Science in Nursing Education
from Florida Atlantic University.
She will continue working as a
nurse for Hospice of Palm Beach
County as she pursues a PhD in
4 pm Mlonday
action of a man who knew he was
commissioned by Jesus, to do this
Have you begun to wonder
why we suddenly have so many
previously "hidden" revelations
like this gospel and the Gospel of
Mary (from which the Davinci
Code was supposedly written -
aind "can' be read at http://www-
suddenly coming before us?
Have you wondered why they
didn't make it into the biblical text
in the first place? 'Have you won-
dered why there is so much
excitement over pieces of incom-
plete manuscripts that change tra-
It is because culture is always
looking for new and hidden
knowledge that will help put the
power back in our hands, just as a
group called the Gnostics tried to
find in the early Christian era.
I encourage you to visit the
website above and read the "Judas
gospel" for yourself. I suspect
once you have, you will no longer
have any questions in your mind
about what to do with this "new"
piece of knowledge.
of Florida's First Coast
Summer Day Camp
The NVMCA offers Summer Day
Camp for grades K 6. Camp
. ill begin on Mas 22 and end on
August 2nd. All YMCA members
and non-members are allowed to
participate. Registration has
begun and the slots are filling up
fast! HURRY and stop by the
"Y'" to reserve a spot for you!
Nutrition Class 101
Sign-ups hate begun for the
Nutrition Class held at the Health
Department. The class \ ill take
place Tuesday, May 2nd, from
5:01) 7:011 pm. TCITs only $5 per
person to get ou started on a
health life. All members and
YMCA Focus Group
\VWant to get in on the ne\\ gro\ inth
and ecpansinon of \our YMCA'-'
Join our Focus Group and let your
opinions be heard. Please contact
Anna Lev. is. Membership
"Share the Y"
Scholarships Ai ailable
The YMCA offers financial aid
scholarship., for families, adults,
teens, and southh to be able to
en|jo membership., sports., day
camp. programs, and much more!
Come b\ i da\ to applk at the
NICA Front Desk.
For more information,
call the YMCA at 259-0898.
Contact Jamey Hodges
for all your lending needs
.,. Loan Production Office
692 W. Macclenny Ave.
. 259-6003 c
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A pinning and ceremony for
graduates of Lake City Com-
munity College's nursing program
will be held on Friday, May 2 at
2:00 pm in the Howard Gymna-
sium on campus.
Guest speaker will be Tom,
Brown, a Lake City lawyer and'
member of the school's foundation,
Coming up at the
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Mr. Rhoden and Ms. Fridley
May 16th vows
Tammv and Steve Guthrie of
Maxville are pleased to announce
the upcoming marriage of their.
daughter Rachel Marie Fridley to
Richard Virgil Rhoden,.the son of
Kim and Mark Rhoden, also of
Ms. Fridley is also the daughter
of the late Bruce Fridley of Jack-
The wedding will take place at
4:00 pm on May 16 at the Agape
Baptist Church in Middleburg. fol-
lowed by a reception at the Mathis
House on the property of the Glen
St. Mar\ Nursery. ., ,
All friends and family are cor-
dially invite to attend.
'Tiny Princess' in
Natalie -,y n Pie,.7,gC4/-1, .. oh,1';.,o
Tiny Miss Brantley County, Ga. Schol-
arship Princess during a pageant in early
April. She also ihas recognLed m related
calegoi les for eie.s, smiIle and hair Sit,' is
the danghier of Allen and Alelhssa (Taylor)
Page ofHoboken, Ga., and her grandpar-
ents are Liz and the late Tom Taylor of
Macclenny, anid JA nnieae and Bump Pate
of Hilliard, Fla. The'Brantley County
pageant was her fourth competition.
$4.50 for 15 words
The Women's Club of Macclen-
ny held its 25th annual Prayer
Breakfast on April 20 at the club-
The meeting began with a pre-
sentation of colors by the sheriff's
department honor guard and Joyce
Windgassen sang America the
Beautiful, accompanied by Carol
President Francis Frost intro-
duced guests including' local pub-
lic officials and ministers. Chap-
lain Pat McDonald gave the bless-
ing before the breakfast.
Guest speaker was Rev. Mike
Moore of Jacksonville.
The next club meeting is May
18, and officers for next year will
Frances Frost, president of the .
GFWC Woman's Club of Mac-
clenny, was, recently named night
shift and hospital-wide Employee
o. f the Month at NEFSH. She not,
only does a great job as supervisor
II at Oakridge Village, but also,
volunteers her time and services at
the golf tournament and other hos-
Frances makes sure all holidays
are special to the residents, as well
as letting her staff know they are,
appreciated for their dedication
and hard work. Frances has shown
dedication, loyalty and pride at
NEFSH for the past 34 years.
Wi .llians reunion
'The descendants of L.L. and
Opal Rewis Williams are cordially,
invited to a family reunion and,
fish fry at the Lake Butler Com-
munity Center on April 30.
It starts at 11:00 am and will
last until 4:00 pm. All relatives
and family friends are invited to
bring a covered dish and join us.
The annual Thrift Family Re-
union will be held Sunday, May
7th at the home of Paula Barton,,
located one mile north beyond the
intersection of hwy 121 and 228.
Bring your family and favorite
foods. Lunch begins at 1:00 pm.
A The following activities are
scheduled in Baker County
schools for the week of May 1-
C 5. This listing may be incom-
plete and subject to change
S*May 1: School Board mtg,
S 6:30 pm. BCHS- Powder puff,
football game, 7:00 pm. Senior
semester exams, 9:00-10:30 am,
Cafeteria. BCMS- Football tr-
A. outs week. PK/K- Promotion of
Kindergarteners, 6:30 pm,
C BCMS Aud.
*M -ay 2: BCHS- Senior se-
Smester exams. Art show. Media
I Ctr., 6:00-8:00 pm. WES- 1st
2 grade "Children Around the
S World", 6:30 pm. BCHS. 3rd
grade orientation. 9:30 am, KIS.
PK/K- Promotion of Kinder-
A garteners, 6:30 pm, BCMS
"May 3: Early Dismissal.
BCHS- Thespus awards, 7:00(
*1 Ma. 4: BCHS- Spanish
club to "World of Nations".
FFA Banquet, 7:00 pm. BCMS-
3 Accelerated reading points due.
q/z WES- 3rd grade field trip to
Sea World. MES- 3rd grade-ori-
A entation. KIS
S -NlMay 5: BCHS- Senior
Grad night. BCMS- Sth grade
Sea World Grad night' KIS- 5th
\.4 grade orientation. 9:30 am.
I BCMS PKi/K- track & field
2 da\. BCMS track.
The Baker County Juvenile Jus-
tice Council will hold its monthly
meeting April 27 at noon in the
'Baker County Sheriff's Annex
All interested parties are invit-
ed. For more information, tele-
phone Julie Martin at 259-02"5.
Frasers to gather
The annual Fraser Reunion %\ ill
be held Ma,\ 7, 2006 at Celebration
Park in Glen St. Mar\.
Registration is at 11:30 follow % ed
by fellowship and lunch at 1:00
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for the week of
MONDAY: Breakfast pizza with milk and
TUESDAY: Sausage biscuit with milk and
WEDNESDAY: Cereal and toast with milk
THURSDAY: Bun, warm apple slices with
FRIDAY: Pancakes & sausage on a stick
with syrup, fruit choice and milk.
MONDAY: Sloppy Joe on bun or grilled
.hickn pain,' on bun, choice of two: golden
corn, lettuce & tomato slices and rosy pears,
TUESDAYi Hot dog on bun or snory
meatloaf w/cornbread -.ice. choice of mci,
whippedd poijluiu .'gri.;y, cream v sla, and
chilled fruit choice nd appk crisp :and milk.
% EDNESDAY: Lasagn3a A.halan roll or
fib pafN on bun. choice of i. ,. french fries,
.eJ ed dl ard jJ frc.h fruil choice jnd j '._hool-
male" cookie and mil.
THLiRSDAY: hallar, hoi pocket or cheese-
bulrcr :.n bun. choice of r..o poIalo) rounds lei-
luce I imile ,lice,. nd chilled trail ch:',ice and
FRIDAY: Chicken pot pc t.ie. bcunl or
chesse pizza .lice, choice ofi Iu siceamed
greens, fre- I egeijbl-e 'A drc.iinC and fruit
choice and milk.
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Located by Food Lion on Si\[th St.
Clinic Dates: Minis K'-nd April 24 & 275-6:00 pm
Pee-Wees & Youth A.pril 24 &27 6-7:30 pm
Junior & Senior April 26 & 28 5-6:30 pm
Call Jill Baker at 259-2266
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS Thursday. Anril 27. 2006 Page Eleven
At left, J.D. Mihon appears to be out diving back to first, but as he crashes into Ridgeview's first baseman the ball is jarred loose in the photo above and pops free in the one to the right
while Milton grabs the bag and is called safe. He went on to steal second and score the Wildcats 'first run on a single by Kelly Davis. See page 12 for more pictures from the game.
Cats beat Panthers in 1st mund of district toumey
BY NICiAEL RINKER
The Wildcats used timely hitting, solid defense and clutch
pitching Monday night to defeat Ridgeview 4-2 in the first
round of their district tournament being held at the Baker
S High field.
The Cats face Suwannee County in the semifinal April 26.
The game starts at 7 pm. They lost both games they played
this season against the powerful Bulldogs.
Bradford County will play Santa Fe in the other semifinal
game, which begins at 4 pm.
Against Ridgeview, the key play came in the fifth inning
when Adam Lewis hit a two-out, two-run double down the
left field line to put the Cats ahead 4-2. The Panthers' out-
fielder appeared to lose the ball in the lights.
J.D. Milton started the winning rally with a one-out sin-
gle. After he stole second, Matt Wilson was hit by a pitch.
The home plate umpire didn't make the call, letting play con-
tinue as the ball skipped to the backstop and Milton took
third. After conferring with the field ump, he ruled the pitch
hit Wilson on the foot and sent him to first. Milton was sent
back to second.
:After Kelly Davis watched a third strike go by for the sec-
ond out, Lewis came up with the big hit.
In the top of the sixth, the Panthers were poised to answer
as they collected a double and single with one out. But Wil-
son, who gave up seen hits but pitched out of trouble in the
second and fifth, struck out the next batter. Second baseman
Travis Tyson then made a nice backhanded stop of a
grounder up the middle to end the threat.
Wilson shut down Ridgeview in the seventh, retiring the
Gator ans to ponder:'
Tebbw or not Tebow?
Tim Tebow, Tim
Tebow, Tim Tebo,
Tim Tebow., Tim
Tebow, Tim Tebow,
Tim Tebow. It's
Tim the Touch-
down Man Tebow.
Get used t o it.
If. you are a
Gator fan, or even
if you aren't, that's
all you're g.ing, to hear from now
until September, And beyond.
If the freshman quarterback has a
hangnail it will' be news. If he'
sneezes, twelve Gator boosters will
say Bless you, Timmy.
We're all going to be hearing that
name a lot for the next four years.
This year, there's only one guy who's
going to be hearing it a lot more.'
Poor Chris Leak is going to be
hearing that name in his sleep. And if
he makes a single mistake on the
field, he will hear it chanted from the
Unfortunately for Leak, nothing
the senior starter will do will be good
enough for. Gator fans. ad.,
If he throws for 300 N yards, Tebow
could have thrown for 350.
If he runs in a. touchdown, Tebow
could have rushed for 100 yards and
If he throws three touchdowns,
Tebow would have thrown four.
After all, he's the second coming
of Danny Wuerffel.
The guy doesn't stand a chance
and he knows it.
So does Urban Meyer, who said
Leak is his starter, but he also
appeased Gator fans by saying
Tebow will get plenty of playing
Meyer walked a chalk line in his
post-game remarks. He knew what
the Gator faithful wanted to hear, but
he wasn't ready to give it to them.
"That's a great water cooler story,"
he said. "That's a great discussion
over coffee in the morning.
"Chris Leak is our quarterback,
and Tim Tebow is a guy that's going
to play. We're going to let him grow
as a quarterback.
There is no quarter-
S. Until Leak is trail-
ing by 14 points to
Central Florida and
| has thrown an inter-
P1 ception and no
i touchdowns. Right.
S -- Until the chanting
Don't get me
wrong. Tebow is ter-
rific. He was terrific at Nease High
School in St. Johns County and is the
perfect fit for the Gators at quarter-
back. But not this year.
He looked great at the Orange and
His stats out-performed Leak's
and he looked completely at ease
handling the offense. He completed
15 of 21 passes for 197 yards and led
the Orange team to a 24-6 win. Leak
was 17-33 for 145 yards.
But Urban Meyer knows that ai
spring game is one thing, even if it's
in front of 45,000 or more people.
Lining up as a freshman against the
likes of Tennessee, LSU, Georgia,
Alabama and Florida State is com-
Even a seasoned quarterback has
to be at his best. It isn't easy.
Leak is a senior and as such has
earned his chance. It's his to hang on
to or lose. He knows it.
"Since the first day, Coach Meyer
has said I'm his quarterback. I have
all the confi-
this is my
captain of the
team." James Cardozo, a c&
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first two hitters on weak ground balls to the mound. The final
out came on a grounder to Davis at short w ho made a nice
pick up and fired to first where Milton scooped up the low
throw and held the bag to close out the win.
"Wilson was his usual reliable self," coach John Staples
said in a written statement Tuesday morning. "Lew is came
up in the right situation for us. He's our Cadillac and we like
him up there w hen it's money time."
The Cats jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI
single by Davis. Milton walked to lead off the inning, then
The Panthers came right back with a pair of runs in the
top of the second. Wilson plunked the leadoff hitter who
scored one out later on a triple to right center. The next batter
singled him home. Looking at a potential big inning, Wilson
he says what he feels
When the Hawthorne High athletic director called at
12:30 pm April 12 to cancel his team's game scheduled
for later that day at the Baker High field, Cats' coach
John Staples was not happy. After all, it was supposed
to be both Senior Night and Little League Night.
In his weekly press release, Staples offered this
analysis: "1 guess if you have the backbone of a jelly-
fish, it's best to not get on the bus."
Throughout the season, Staples, unlike most coach-
es, has ndt been shy to call out his players or himself
when he thinks the situation warrants it.
Here are a few choice cuts:
"' did not have these guys ready to play this game
and it about bit us." (after last-inning, come-from-be- -.
"Maybe they are getting complacent with winning
and are forgetting how they got to this point, but I can
guarantee people who... come to these games that they
will never witness a lackluster'performance like that
again. It will be straightened out." (after a home loss)
"If I had managed the pitching better in this game,
we would still be without a loss." (after a 7-6 loss in
Schedule miscue costs
runners shot at states
BY MICHAEL RINKER
Baker High track team members who had qualified to run'
in regionals missed the opportunity last week because of a
Assistant coach Ron Lee said Monday they failed to make
it to The Bolles School on April 20 because the coaching
staff thought they were scheduled for thle following day.
He explained that the meet is usually held Friday and Sat-
urday, with Friday being Ba'ker High's class. This year, how-
ever, it was scheduled for Thursday and Friday. He said they
assumed the Cats were still going on Friday.
They were preparing to travel to Bolles on Friday when
they learned of the error.
The Florida High School Athletic Association may fine
the school for not showing up. Athletic director Melody
Coggin could not be immediately reached for comment. ,
Team members who qualified for regionals were the 4 x
800 meter relay team of Blake Rowan, Wil Fletcher, Kyle
Wray and Luke Kennedy; Fletcher (800 meters) and
Kennedy (1600 meters) qualified as individuals; the girls' 4
x 100 meter relay team of Ciera Thompson, Mary Dugger,
Kendra Jones and Andrea Jackson; Thompson also quali-
fied in the long jump.
chiropractor who has an office on Sixth Street in Macclenny, ran a 3:10:53 in the B
resident placed fifth among 28 runners from the city. Overall, he placed 2597. Amo
'nya, won the race with a course-record time of 2:07:14.
chamber of Commerce will hold its annual golf tournament May 5 at Panther Creek i
vers greens fees, cart, buffet lunch, gifts and prizes. The Chamber is also selling co
cited to the first 72 to register. The rain date is May 19.
Baker County High School football begins May 1. First-year coach Bobby Johns i
last year, prompting the resignation of Carl West. Johns, a former player and assis
g football and weightlifting at Blountstown. Reports are that 70-some players have
few dozen could join them on Monday.
induced a double play to end the inning.
In the bottom of the inning, Tyson walked w ith one out
and stole second but remained there as Ridgeview's pitcher
struck out the next two batters.
Neither team scored in the third as the Panthers squan-
dered a lead off single and Davis was robbed on a diving
catch by Ridgeview's centerfielder.'
In the fourth, however, the Cats tied the game 2-2 when
Lewis led off with a single to left. Pinch runner Josh White-
head stole second and was driven home by Rob Kirkland
who stroked a double to left-center.
Wilson gave up a flare single to the leadoff hitter in the
fifth. Davis made a diving stop on the next batter but could-
n't get off a throw. Wilson then snagged a pop up sacrifice
bunt attempt for the first out. then started a 1-6-3 double play
to get out of the inning.
In the bottom of the fifth, Lewis paid off at "money time."
The victory boosted the Cats' record to 19-9. which
matches the w in total of a couple of Staples' teams in the late
'90s, he said.
In their regular season finale April 20, the Cats beat
Hamilton County 7-1.
Jacob D.uncan picked up the win after relieving starter Jar-
rell Rodgers in the third. Ridge Sweat pitched the seventh for
his fourth save of the year. Wilson had three hits.
In his press release, Staples also noted that the Cats were
awarded a win via forfeit after Hawthorne opted out of their
game scheduled for April 12.
It was Senior Night and Little League Night, and
Hawthorne's athletic director called at 12:30 pm the day Of
the game to say the team %would not be coming.
Coach iNunn ri es
Cats' difficult season
BY MICHAEL RINKER
At some point during this past sea-
son the %worst in her nine years of
coaching Wildcats' softball Cheryl
Nunn began to doubt her ability to
teach the game she knows so well and
is so passionate about.
"I'm very competitive," she said
Monday. "I can live with physical
errors, but the mental errors drove me
crazy. It made it look like I hadn't
taught them the right way."
But amid the frustration :and self-
doubt Nunn said she found strength in
her readings of the Scriptures.
She also returned to her philoso-
phy of success.
"It isn't about wins and losses.
When [the players] walk away with
respect for each other, when I hear
them say they judged others but then.
learned to respect them... that's what I
"I wouldn't be a coach, wouldn't
be doing this if I didn't love each and
every one of them."
The Cats finished their season 4-18
after a first-round loss to Suwannee in
the district tournament April 18.
The following day they held their
awards banquet, where Mindy
Roberts received the Coaches Choice
award. "We moved her around a lot -
right field, second base, even asked
her to play jv but she worked hard
and had a great attitude," Nunn said.
Shannon .Nickles received the
Players Choice award.
Offensive player of the year was
Kassie Crews, while Brittany Gray
player of the
year for her
work at first
oston Marathon two weeks Norman was
ong men, he came in 2439. m o s t
in Jacksonville. Freshman
corporate and hold sponsor-' p i t c h e r
rookie of the
is looking to turn around a year.
tant coach at BCHS, had a Nunn also
been working out in antici- commended
Roberts and Junior Crews for the vol-
unteer coaching hours they put in, and
Audrey Kennedy for helping out with
the "business aspects." She lauded the
effort of her husband Scott. who "did-
n't miss a game... did the stais and our
Looking back over the season,
Nunn said she knew going in that her
team was "very young, very imma-
Only three players were .in their
regular position Gray at first, Crews
in centerfield and Nickles at third. In
addition, the team .went through six
"I wouldn't be a coach,
wouldn't be doing this if
I didn 't love each and
every one of them."
"It makes it hard to build trust with
each other," the coach said.
Because of the team's yotith, "it
was very much a struggle to keep
them focused," she said.
But Nunn and assistant coach
Franklin Griffis said they heard simi-
lar complaints from coaches around
With an additional year of experi-
ence, the coaching staff expects a
more competitive team next year.
"We'll have the core of the team
back," Griffis said. "We already know
what to expect."
Nunn said she thinks two incoming
freshman will bolster the squad.
One is a promising pitcher, which
prompted Nunn to contemplate a two-
pitcher rotation next year. Smith
threw nearly every inning this year.
Another key is "whether we can
build [freshman Heather] High into a
But that's all for next year.
One other thing to remember about
this season, was that all but three of
Nunn's players had grade-point aver-
ages above 3.0, and that Nickles is
graduating fourth in her class this
year, Crews eighth.
And that is another important mea-
sure of success.
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The Baker County Press
By Jared Wilkerson
Having second thoughts
about purchasing a home is,
that buyers in the market
have to deal with from time
to closing pseio
there are i
Jared l lkersor, Realtor
that a buyer can get burned
and not be aware of it until
long after taking possession
of the home.
Here's a quick list of
some things buyers should
watch out for, along with
some steps that can be tak-
en prior to closing to avoid
Get a home inspection.
The importance of a home
inspection cannot be exag-
gerated. The two main types
are General Home Inspec-
tions and Wood Destroying
Organism Reports (WDO in-
spection). A thorough in-
spection will provide a de-
tailed list of."problems in
every area of the home.
Most importantly, it will in-
clude the areas that buyers
don't see in a precursory
walk-through of the property.
I've found that many buy-
ers are under the impres-
sion that a home inspection
occurs automatically as a
result of the closing
process. This is not the
case. Unless the lender in-
sists upon it as a part of
the underwriting process,
buyers must elect to have
an inspection done of their
own accord. They must also
pay for it. This is usually dis-
closed to a buyer at some
point during the time that an
offer is being made on the
home. Therefore, some peo-
ple are so wrapped up in the
contract negotiations at that
time that they just hurry
past all of the mandatory
disclosures they receive
from their agent.
Keep in mind that just be-
cause a home appears to
be in pristine condition or
the seller makes assur-
ances that the home has
been completely renovated,
that does not guarantee
that there are not severe un-
derlying faults with the prop-
e r ty -
The home inspection may
not be the cheapest
thing a buyer can
purchase, but paying
a few hundred bucks
now and finding out
that there is a seri-
ous electrical wiring
hazard or termite
damage can save
tens of thousands of
dollars later in reno-
Get a home war-
ranty. Home owner's
insurance will be re-
quired for a property
that is under a mort-
gage, but this insur-
ance will only cover
damage caused by '-
disasters and faulty !
appliances. What ,
about replacing the
selves? Not covered.
A -home warranty A
usually only costs a
few hundred dollars
a year, plus a nomi-
%nal fee for dispatch-
ing a technician to e.
the property to as-
sess any damage/malfunc-
tions should problems arise.
That's pretty cheap when
considering the replacement
cost of a central air condi-
tioning unit that breaks com-
pletely a week after you
move into the home...in Au-
gust, of course, because
HVAC units are renowned for
their affinity for evil timing.
If the sellers are not offer-
ing a warranty with the sale,
buyers can purchase the
protection themselves prior
to or 30 days following clos-
ing without incurring a rate
hike on the coverage premi-
um. (A quick note to sellers:
Offering a home warranty for
the buyers will prevent,that
phone call regarding pend-
ing legal action from the
buyers' attorney when
something breaks unexpect-
edly following closing) There
are several major carriers of
this type of coverage and
they are not difficult to in-
quire about or compare to
one another. Basically, the
cost of peace of mind for
both sides of the transac-
tion doesn't get much
cheaper than a comprehen-
sive home warranty.
Shop around for a lender.
Oftentimes buyers make
their final decision regarding
their lender after they have
already made an offer on
the house they'd like to buy.
Don't do that. It will almost
guarantee that you'll have to
just go with the first lender
that says yes to your terms.
Sometimes it is also not
best to just assume that
you can get the best rates
and conditions through your
bank. There are a lot of
great lending companies out
there and they are not all
So, what should buyers
do? Before making an offer
on a home, get pre-ap-
proved for a loan in the
amount that you intend to
spend on the house. Not on-
ly will the approval letter win
you favor with sellers by let-
ting them know that you're
serious about purchasing a
home, but it will give you
more time to shop around
for a lender before having to
go with one. Serious lenders
are more than willing to sign
their name to a "Good Faith
Estimate" which will show
all of the costs that will be
associated with procuring a
loan through their company.
Once you've gotten a few of
them, simply compare and
. If it turns out that your
bank really was the good
guy after all, now you'll
know it. That's a whole lot
better than being seated at
the closing table with a pen
in your hand before starting
to second guess all of your
Appraisal, Appraisal, Ap-
praisal. If you are going to
be financing any portion of
the price for the home or
land you intend to purchase,
chances are that the bank
through which the loan is
originated will require an ap-
praisal on the property be-
fore the loan is issued. How-
ever, I have heard of rare in-
stances in which the ap-
praisal was not required pri-
or to closing. Again, that's
rare, but possible. Also,
sometimes when investors
purchase a property, they
are confident that they know
the value of what they are
buying and will be paying
cash for it anyway, so no ap-
praisal will be necessary. All
I will say about that instance
is that pride cometh before
Even if your real estate
agent shows you examples
of recent sales in the area,
those prices may not ade-
quately reflect disparities in.'
condition of homes or desir-
ability of particular lots in
comparison to others. It de-
pends on the agent.
Be sure to make all of
your offers to purchase any
type of real property contin-
gent upon that property ap-
praising at or above the pur-
chase price. This will give
you a convenient out just in
case the sellers are over-
pricing the homeland par-
cel and are not willing to ad-
just the price following a
lower appraisal value.
Get a new staked survey.
This will usually be accom-
plished as a result of either
the title company's efforts
to ensure clear title on the
property or as part of a
lender's underwriting pack-
age, but again, not always. I
will never be sorry about
pushing for surveys on prop-
erties which are about to
(See Page 2)
Steps to ensuring the right buying decision
The most clas-
sified ads from
'The following land transac-
tions were recorded in the
Baker County courthouse April
1,15, 2006. Values are de-
rived. from documentary
stamps. Many descriptions
are by S(ection) T(ownship)
R(ange). If acreage or price
are not listed, none were indi-
cated in the documents.
Jeremiah F Daniel to K & J
Investment Inc, 25-2S-21E,
Jeremiah F Daniel to Seminole
Investment Group Inc., 25-2S-
Anderson & Conner Inc to Lori
Anne Anderson, Lot 47 Cannon
Heights Phase II, $10
Travis Chandler Rhoden to Gayle
C Rhoden, 25-2S-20E, $10
Travis Claudell Rhoden to Travis
Chandler Rhoden, 25-2S-20E,
Ronald J Hayden Jr to )Steven
Obrien, Pine Grove Est Lot 6,
Rose Lee Frazier to David H
Little, 6-2S-2E, $80,000
Loretta Marie Burnett to Ronald
Allen Burnett, Lot 29 Phase II
Cannon Heights, $10
R H Davis to Wilbur E Tyre in
Country Est Lot 5 Bk 3,
Frances,- B Padgett to Sondra
Hughesin William Knabb Sub Lot
2 Bk A, $112,500
Wayne J Corbett to Stacey
Waltman Conner, 26-2S-20E,
Polly Gore to Gary Ray Gore,
Copper Creek Hills Unit 1 Lot
James Waters to Garry Gain, 33-
Claude Leonard Robinson, Sr to
Claude Leonard Robinson, Jr,
Jack G Donker to Anthony M
Palmeri, 12-3S-21E, $75
Arnold J Johns to Susan Y
Brooks, 27-1N-20E, $0
Susan Y Brooks to Arnold J
(See Page 3)
THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS Thursday, April 27, 2006 Section B Pag
(From Page 1)
sell. The reason being that
if there are any encroach-
ments, meaning any man-
made structure overlapping
a third party's property line,
the new owner will inherit
that problem upon closing. I
generally try to ensure that
no one ends up getting any
nasty property rights sur-
prises following any deal
that I'm involved with and
you should do the same.
Just because the property
doesn't appear to have
changed since the last time
a triceratops took a nap
there doesn't mean that the
boundary lines are clear.
Neither does the fact that
the land is in a clearly plat-
ted-out subdivision make
any guarantees that the
neighbor's new detached
shed isn't five or ten feet
onto the property you're
about to purchase.
Just in case the theme in
all of these instances was-
n't readily apparent, the
purpose of all of these
steps boils down to one
simple idea Just make
sure that you know as much
as possible and are cov-
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way before making one of
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS Thursday, April 27, 2006 Section B Page Three
Why and how to choose a Real Estate Agent
By Jared Wilkerson
I'm a statistics guy. I love 'em.
Before I get into just about anything, I
can always be found in front of the
computer pulling up the figures on it,
whatever it may be.
That sort of trait comes in handy in
my line of work. People just love to see
the numbers. Without them, it can be
nearly impossible to show anyone the
difference between a good business
decision and a total waste of money.
This time, however, I'm going to
make a statement that 1 must admit I
have no statistics to use in order to
back it up. Here goes:
People like money.
In fact, they like it a lot. They like it
so mucn that from time to time, they
even go out of their wayto try to keep
as much of it as possible. Like, for.
example, choosing to sell their home
on their own.
I understand where this idea comes
from. If something-is worth x, and the
person selling-it has to pay someone
else a percentage of x in order to sell
it, then it seems mathematically obvi-
ous that less of x will carry down to the
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Johns, 27-1N-20E, $10
The Barber Irrevocable Trust to
Joe Bryant Barber Revocable
Living Trust, 33-2S-22E, $10
Jerrell W Mobley Jr to Tonda
W B Walker to Bobby G Johns Jr,
T J Raulerson to Thomas J
Raulerson, 21-3S-19E, $10
T J Raulerson to Lyma F
Christie Elaine Tison to Jeremiah
F Daniel, Jerry Thomas Unit 2
Lot 16 Bk 6, $144,900
Maronda Homes Inc Of Florida to
Christina V Mbome, Cypress
Pointe Unit 1 Lot 3, $224,550
Maronda Homes Inc Of Florida to
Hector I Medina,Cypress Pointe
Unit 1 Lot 10, $210,650
Maronda Homes Inc, Of Florida to
Mildred S Bowling, Cypress
Pointe Unit 1 Lot 59, $185,000
Maronda Homes Inc Of Florida to
David -' C, LobsingeFrypre1
Pointe Unit 1 Lot 61, $170,300
Billy Clarkson to Thomas Fink,
Carolyn S Brantley to Thomas R
William W Knabb to Homes By
Gray Inc, Hunters Ridge At Glen
Plantation Lot 38, $45,000'
James W. Fletcher James W to
Hugh Fontalvo Jr, 2-1S-20E,
Barbara A Johnson to Ernest
Timothy Johnson, 4-3S-22E, $0
Kelvin R Crews to Kelvin R
Crews, 7 & 18-3S-21E, $10
Donna Davis to Baker Equestrian
Estates LLC, 13-3S-21E,
Alfred A Godwin to Baker
Equestrian Estates LLC, 13-3S-
Nora Keller to Anthony D Terrell,
Ronald Arie Vonk to David M
Ragan, 32-2S-22E, $83,000
Karon P Hardegree to Leonard D
Hutchins, Kirkland Acres Lot 3,
Earlier Gainey to Orville Ray
Gainey, 29-1S-21E, $0
Glen A Hahn to Anna E Malone,
Smokerise Lot 9 Bk 1,
Robert A Lane to Odis D
Yarborough, Macclenny II Unit III
Lot 20 Bk B, $332,000
bottom'line at the end of the transac-
tion. In other words, the net gain on
the sale is what people really care
about and it seems that the more
money that -can transfer down to that
final cashier's check at closing, the
That's exactly why real estate
agents are still in business.
We turn x into X. That's not l.
to say that real estate
agents ask more money for
the houses we sell. A home
is worth what it is worth,
regardless 'of who is in
charge of marketing it. i
However, the more people
who are interested in buying
the home, the more the
lucky buyer who ends up
getting it will have to pay for
it in order to get it.
The difference I'm talk- Jared I'ilk e
ing about here is not some
small amount. According to the
National Association of Realtors' annu-
al study, this amount is 16%. To turn
that into dollars, a realtor will sell a
$200,000 home for $200,000, where-
as a do-it-yourselfer could end up set-
tling for $168,000. I found several
'cases of homes selling without ever
appearing on the Multiple Listing
Service (meaning that a realtor was
not involved) and they went for far less
than many of their counterparts in the
When considering that if the owners
were ultimately willing to let the house
go for the smaller amount,
sales price somehow still
covered their debts regard-'
ing the home. If that is cor-
rect, that means that any
money over that amount
would have transferred
directly to the seller's bot-
Stom line. Say, 16% minus a
real estate fee, for, exam-
Once a seller has decid-
ed to -do this, 'the next
son, Realtor choice is a simple one -
choosing which agent to
hire to market the home. Owners sim-
ply have to take a look at the over 700
companies and 6200 individual
agents in Northeast Florida and decide
which one is best. On second thought,
I take that back. It's not simple at all.
Among aspects homeowners will
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have to consider are products and ser-
vices, commission rates, company his-
tory and stats, agent knowledge and
experience, pricing recommendations,
marketing plans and strategies, agent
availability, list-to-sale ratios, and last
but not least, who has. the prettiest
signs and cards.
A good agent will talk for about
twenty or thirty minutes out of the
entire night, not including answering
any questions you might have about
forms or procedures. The rest of the
time will be spent listening to the sell-
er's goals and intentions regarding the
move. A good agent will take lots of
notes. They value the homeowner's
perspective on how things should go
and what's important from their point,
If the agent spends the entire
evening not paying much attention to
the seller's wishes, that will be the
way they handle the entire sale, too. To
them, it'll just be another house,
another contract, another closing...if it
closes. If they don't pay attention to
the details in the beginning, they prob-
ably won't invest much time into the
details along the way either, and that's
now things fall apart. The devil's in the
Buy now & receive
E-wire4 house package
Full security with extra keypad
Six additional phone / cable outlets
Built-in over-the-range microwave
Electric fireplace w/ remote &
Upgraded ceramic wall tile in 1 bath
Fungus resistant roof shingles
Classique style interior doors
10 Year Structural Warranty
details. Make sure your agent pays
attention to you.
Now I'd like to focus on the num-
. bers again: List-to-sale ratios, pricing
List-to-sale ratios are basically
defined as what a company tells a sell-
er that a home will likely sell for com-
pared to what it finally does sell for.
Any company that is worth its salt will
have these numbers for the areas in
which they work. If they don't, one of
two things is the case; either they
don't care enough about what their
homes sell for to bother with working
them out, or they don't do. very well
and hope that people won't think to
ask about it. The closer this ratio is to
100%, the better. I won't name any.
names here in the article, but some.
bompanies/agents actually average
above 100%. Ask to see these num-
bers in comparison to other compa-
nies and see what the agent does. If;
they pull them out with a smile. that's
a good sign.
Pricing recommendations: Never
choose an agent based on what they
say your home is worth. If three differ-
ent agents give you three different
numbers, choosing the highest one is
probably a good way to stay on the
market for a long time with the agent
that is the least competent when it
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acre. This 1995 14x66 sin-
glewide mobile home has been
cleaned & freshly painted.
Located on a paved road and
ready to move in. Nice area on
Mudlake Rd. Affordable at
A Little Bit of History! This 2,445 sf house was built circa 1910 and
also has a separate commercial building on the lot (right). The home
may be renovated for offices, retail, restaurant or any other use allowed
in a Commercial General Zone. Lot size is 99' x 215' with lots of poten-
tial for two separate businesses. 99' frontage on US Hwy. 90 and 215'
frontage on First Street. $495,000 .
comes to selling the house. An agent
can't change market value, no matter
how much they want your listing.
Choose your agent based on services
and marketing proposals; never asking
price. 'There are actually agents who
will "bid" for the listing and then just
convince sellers to reduce the price in
a couple of months when it doesn't
Commissions: There are plenty of
different types of companies offering
many different levels of service and
commission plans. Being torn between
choosing a discount company and risk-
ing not getting much service and mar-
keting and maybe having the home not
sell as quickly or for as much money,
or going with a full service broker and
getting all the extras but having to
hand over that bigger check to the real-
ty company at closing makes for a
tough call .
The best way to decide is to take a
look at your home and your situation. If
it is in a. great neighborhood, where
homes are just flying off the market,
it's not very expensive to'the average
,buyer, and your own plans are pretty
flexible, a discount broker may not end
up causing any significant problems in
the long run. The only problem is that
most people don't really have a very
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Nice I acre lot in Keaton Beach. Five
minutes to Gulf of Mexico. This lot can
be used for mobile homes or site built
homes. Priced for quick sale $69,900.
Bring the kids and their horses. 14.88
nice acres. Part hay field and part wood-
ed with small creek and catfish pond. 3
BR/2 BA doublewvide MH with extra
hookup for a second MH and two extra
wells. Convenient to Jacksonville.
Located on NW 216th Street in Lawtey.
Priced at $179,000.
Commercial Lot 14,000 sq. ft. 100 ft.
frontage on SR 121. Located between
Waffle House and Day's Inn, adjacent to
Building Lot, conveniently located
between Glen St. Mary and Macclenny.
This heavily wooded lot is restricted to
site built homes only. 3/4 acre + priced at
Nice 3 BR/1 BA frame home with new
vinyl siding and CF/A. Recently remod-
eled and ready to move into. Located on
Tony Givens Road in Sanderson on 1
acre. $136,500-Reduced to $125,000.
1 207!5 12'1 Norh:i- Macclenny 259-4828 .' i
5.79 acres zoned RCMH-.5 can be subdivided into one unit per 1/2 acre with well
and septic with approved plat and installation of paved road into subdivision.
Owner financing with 20% down. $230,000
Commercial building with 3004 SF that could be rented to 3 tenants. $450,000.
Commercial 2 story, 3153 SF building that can accommodate 3 tenants.
A little piece of heaven on the St. Mary's River
Don't miss this opportuni A pristine river lot with a 2/2 all Cypress home sit-
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Cypress siding, 3 I S L Dter tops. Wood bum-
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Home needs to be finished and buyer will pay $3000 towards finishing 2nd BR
and BA. Price a bargain at $189,900.
Bring on the Investors!
.43 acre comer lot, zoned commercial, entry from East Blvd. and road frontage
on SR 90. Pre-determined, pre-approved for a 5400 sq ft building plus 1086 sq
ft for paved area, No Wetlands! Permit determination in hand for a mini-storage.
Incredible investment potential in the City of Macclenny. Only $165,000. Seller
will do owner financing with 20% down or bring a cash offer and we can nego-
3 BR/2 BA, updal
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8.35 acres with 1400 SF brickhome that was not completed. Some framing and
electric have been done. Septic and well on property but are not guaranteed to
work. There is a pond on the property and is zoned for livestock. Has chain link
fencing. Reduced! $524,900
Interlachen Lake Access
.22 acre lot in Interlachen with access to beautiful Lake Grandin. Very few of
these lots are left. Most have been purchased by investors. $15,000
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King pillowtop, new with warranty,
$259, can deliver. 904-391-0015.
Sears Craftsman electronic radial
arm saw, 2 blades, plus 1,DADO on
cabinet, $115. 259-8188, 4/27p
Selling dirt & slag. Truck for hire.
622-7489 or 259-7452.4/20-5/llp
At The Franklin Mercantile: Wind-
chimes, metal gliders, silk palms,
Fenton glass & antiques. At the rail-
road crossing in Glen. 259-6040.
Luxury queen pillowtop, in plastic,
must sell, $199. 904-398-5200.
Mahogany secretary, beautiful piece,
excellent condition. Southern Charm
Good used appliances, 90 day mon-
ey back guarantee. 266-4717.
Butterfly dining table with 6 chairs,
very ornate, fluted legs, rare; half
round foyer console. All pieces are
mahogany wood. Southern Charm.
Solid wood cherry sleigh bed with
mattress& boxsprings, retail $950,
sacrifice for $395, can deliver. 904-
Antique breakfront buffet, breakfront
china cabinet, buffet, all mahogany,
can be seen at Southern Charm.
Solid wood coffee table, light col-
ored with glass inserts, $75. 275-
Bed, beautiful temperpedic memory
foam mattress & box springs,new in
plastic, with warranty, retail $950,
must sell $379. Can deliver. 904-
Artists! Oils, acrylics, water colors,
canvases, drawing pads and much
more! The Office Mart, 110 S. Fifth
Street, 259-3737. tfc
Epson Stylus color 600 printer, $25.
Three piece Thomasville oak enter-
tainment center, glass doors, lighted
shelves, like new, over $1500 new,
asking $500. 653-2583. 4/27p
1979 Cobra 17 ft. fiberglass boat &
trailer, 100 HP. Johnson motor, runs
good, $1600 OBO. 904-289-9352.
19 ft. deck boat. Hurricane, 115 HP
Yamaha motor, 4 storke, Great White.
trolling motor, 29 hours, like new.
259-5820. 4 '27c
Queen Anne style oval coffee table,.
2 rectangular end tables, great condi-
tion, $85 set. 923-9957. 4,/27p
Whirlpool stove, 4 burner, oven,
white & black, like new. $150. 275-
2442 after 5:00 pm. 4 '27p
Maytag Atlantis washer & dryer,
oversize capacity, heavy duty, $300
pair. 904-442-3093. 4/27p
250 gallon propane tank, new regula-
tor. $450; 40 gallon propane gas wa-
ter heater. $75. 259-6926. 4.'27p
Fishing ready must sell! 12 ft. alu-
minum V-hull boat, Johnson 9.5 Hog-
head, quick release aluminum trailer,
trolling motor, marine battery, $1175
OBO. 259-9522. 4/27p
Guinea eggs, $1 each. 275-2683.
Brand new set Pro Comp Xterrain.
35.'12.50R15. $650; 1990 Jeep
Wrangler, excellent condition, $6500.
904-482-2653 cell, call anytime.
131/2 ft. Stumpknocker fishing boat
& trailer, 25 HP Mercury, runs excel-
lent, trolling motor & battery, $2000.
Dodge truck, runs great, $900, FL
Title. 912-266-1641. 4/27p
Citroen 2 CV6 Duck, 4 door, convert-
ible, RHD, interior excellent, top ex-
cellent, runs/drives great, 46-57
mpg, fill-up costs $14, all parts avail-
able, Haynes workshop manual, tow
bar, asking $4400, 259-8188.4/27p
2002 Chevrolet Z71, extended cab,
4 door, power everything, 72K, tow-
ing package, bedliner, $14,500. 904-
251-4362. '' 4/27p
1982 Ford Futura, all original inside
& out, runs good, $63,551 miles,
$1000 OBO. 904-289-9352. 4/27p
2002 Volkswagon Jetta, red, 4 door,
5 speed auto, 1.8 turbo, sunroof,
52K miles, great on gas, $12,000
OBO. 259-5723. 4/27-5/4p
1998 Honda Accord, 4 door, green,
all leather interior, power
windows/locks, sunroof, CD/cas-
sette, 140K miles, runs great, good
condition, $6000 OBO. 904-874-
1993 Cadillac Deville, looks good in-
side & out, 23 mpg, $2500. Call
Over 1800 Sq.Ft.
Full Stucco Large Lot
$ lOf43O in savings
plus up to 7,000 inclosing costs
iecayO. owned stowme Budde
Directions:- 1-10 West, to first Macclenny exit (Exit 336 Hwy 228
right.) Go approximately 2.5 miles to Sands Pointe straight ahead.
Subject to change without notice. 'Free options package valued at $10,430, Applies to new construction contracts
.,1 ,i,,, ,,,,i ,1,1'. to spec homes. SEDA preferred lender must be used. Expires May 05, 2006.
U", 'i 'ji .C, 724-7800
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2003 Chevy Z71'pickup, short cab,
stepside, black with grey interior, au-
tomatic, air, power windows/seats,
CD, sprayed-in bedliner, dual ex-
haust, 48K miles, $16,550. 707-
1995 Chevy Blazer, 2WD, $2300.
Local caregiver looking for position,
25 years experience, good refer-
ences. 259-3348 leave message if
no answer. 4 '27p
Do'you have a junk car or truck you
want hauled off or to sell? 259-
Tree trimming removal and clean up.
Licensed and insured. 259-7968.
Now accepting antique furniture on
consignment. Pieces have to be in
good condition. Call Karin at South-
ern Charm 259-4140. 2/13tfc
Four big beautiful Staffordshire Pit
Bulls, black & white. 259-4212 leave
message. 4/20-27 p
American Bulldog. 1 year old, $100;
Red bearded dragon, all accessories,
$85. 259-3294. 4/27p
Dogs: all types from puppies to
adults. Animal Control, $50 boarding
fees will apply. 259-6786. 11/20tfc
Found: Medium size, black & tan,
black collar, found in River Cucle
area. 653-1300. 4/27
Found: Male Pit Bull, Sanderson,
area. Call to identify 275-2638.4/27
Lost: Reward. Missing since 4/23
at 7:30 am. from Michigan Ave. Tri-
color, neutered Jack Russell, has flea
allergies, 15-17 lbs., 2 years old, an-
swers to "Shorty", has "heart" mark-
ing on left leg. We miss him & want
him back! 483-8378 or 838-6647 or
THE PRESS CLASSIFIED
121 N. about 5 miles on
Thursday & Friday 8:00 am-1:00 pm,
Behind Glen Baptist Church on Lincoln
Ave. Household items, clothes & more.
Thursday & Friday, 8:00 am-?, 7349
W. Madison, Glen.
Friday 8:00 am-?, St. Mary's Drive off
US 90. Children's clothes, dishes.
odds & ends.
Friday & Saturday, 8:00 am-?, 5752
George Hocges Rd. Tool boxes, lots of
things. Rain or shine in barn!
Friday & Saturday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm,
left. Lots of nice stuff. Produce sale.
Saturday 8.00 am-?. 136 W. Ohio Ave. Lots of everything. Multi-
Saturday. 8:00 am-?, 480 N. 5th St. Lots of everything.
Saturday, 8:00 am-?, 5926 Woodlawn Cemetery Rd. Lots of
clothes & household items.
Saturday 9.00 am-?, Mudlake Rd. to L.E. Harvey Rd, look for
signs. A little bit of everything. 259-3294.
Saturday, May 6th. Midtown Day Flea Market. Come have your
yard sale with us. $5 fee goes towaids advertising. Call Kathleen
Notice to readers:
The newspaper often publishes classified
advertising cnr ;Lil)jcSi ike work-at-home,
weight loss products. health products.
While the newspaper uses reasonable
discretion in deciding on publication of
such ads, it takes no responsibility as to
l-.e irurnfulnress cf claims. Respondents,
should use caution and. common sense,
before sending any money or making oth-
er :onmininri, based on statements
and/or promises; demand specifics in
writing. You can also call the Federal
Trade Commission.at 1-877-FTC-HELP to
find out how to spot fraudulent solicita-
tions. Penember. if i[ ,iounanr r.oo gou ic0
-., .trie. it pr.Oeratii -. Tne Baker County
Insteel Wire Products, a manufactur-
erof pre-stressed concrete strand,
will be accepting applications for pro-
duction/machine operator positions
for current openings at the Sander-
son Plant on Wednesday, April 19th -
Friday, May 1st, from 9:00 am Until
3: pm. Applicants must be 18 years
old. Working hours will be 12 hour
shifts. Experienced preferred. Bene-
fit package includes:- health, life,
dental, 401K. Interest candidates
must apply in person. Insteel Wire
Products, Sanderson Division, One
Wiremil Road, Sanderson, FL
32087. AA, EOE, Pre-employment
Drug Screen. 4/20-27p
Cleaning/maintenance person, part
time 20-25 hrs per week/minimum
wage, Macclenny Moose Lodge. If in-
terested, call 904- 259-6305, be-
tween 9:0 am-1:00 pm. 4/20-27c.
Immediate openings for the following
pipelayer, hoe, dozer, loader op., hill-
man, tailman & laborer. Apply in per-
son at Earthworks.11932 N. SR
121, Macclenny, FL 32063. 904-
Eighth Judicial Circuit.Court Admin-
istration, Administrative Assistant I-
#6331, position located in Starke,
FL. Starting salary $20,455/annu-
ally, 30 hours/week, closing date:
Wednesday, May ,3, 2006. For de-
tailed information, visit our website
at ivwww.circuit8.org. 4,'20-27c
Local home health care agency seek
Ing full time PRN, RN & Physical Ther-
apist for local and surrounding areas.
Call 259-3111 for details.
Local $575 $675 Home Every Night
OTR $650-$800+ Home 1-2 Nights Plus Weekends
Health/Life Insurance Available Paid Vacation
401 K Weekly Bonus $500 Quarterly Safety/Performance Bonus
DOT Inspection Bonus Driver Referral Bonus
A GOOD COMPANY FOR GOOD DRIVERS!!
Equipment operators with land clear-
ing experience. Allbright Contracting
Company specializing in erosion con-
trol now hiring the following posi-
tions: crew leaders, equipment oper-
ators, laborers, class A CDL drivers.
Valid driver's.license is a must. Fax
resume to 904-275-3292 or call
275-4960. EOE/drug free workplace.
Experienced painters needed. Must
have tools. 259-5877. 12/30tfc
Local home health care agency seek-
ing full time Physical Therapist for lo-
cal and surrounding areas. Call 259-
3111 for details. 2/24tfc
Part time with full time potential.
Looking for motivated, qualified per-
son in Baker & surrounding counties.
Experience in sales helpful. Reply
with resume & references to P.O. Box
598, Macclenny, FL 32063. 4.27tfc
A Touch of Grass Lawn Service
needs experienced full time licensed
driver. 259-7335. 3, 23tfc
Reliable person with transportation
needed for light delivery route, 4-6
hours per week, must be insured &
have valid Florida driver's license,
bondable with a clean work record.
Send resume & references c -o Box
598, Macclenny, FL 32063. 3 23tfc
Pier 6 Seafood now accepting appli-
cations for all positions. 259-6123.
3 23-4 27c
Ray's Nursery, Inc. has opening for
irrigation personnel. Apply in person
at the office between 8:30-9:00 am.
Monday -Friday. 3 30tfc
Excellent opportunity in the graphic
arts field right here in Macclenn, at
Baker County's award-winning, pre-
mier newspaper; must have above
average verbal, writing & people
skills, experience helpful & personal
references a must. Send resume to
The Baker County Press, P.O. Box
598. Macclennv, Fl 32063. 4, 6tfc
Truss builders needed. A&R Truss.
259-3300. 4 '6rfc
Party chief/layout. 2 years experi-
ence, benefits, clean MVR, insur-
ance. Ma.'ville. DFWP. 289-7000.
Mechanics. Great pay & benefits
package @ Centurion Auto Transport.
Full-time evenings or 3rd shift. Expe-
rience in truck, trailer & minor weld-
ing. Apply Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-
4:00 pm, 5912 New Kings Rd., Jack-
sonville. 800-889-8139. 4/13-27p
Finish dozer & backhoe operator, 3
yrs. experience, benefits, insurance.
Maxville. DFWP. Call 289-7000.
Pest control lawn tech, $26K plus,
will train, good benefits,, must have
valid Florida driver's license. Call
Electrician helpers. Miller, Mardant
& White Electrical Companies are
looking for dependable workers.
-Trade experience desirable but not
required. Must have valid Florida dri-
ver's license, social security card,
your own vehicle & 9 hand tools.
Drug screen prior to employment.
Can lead to apprenticeship opportu-
nity & licensed journeyman status.
Call 737-7533. EOE. 4 '27c
Billing & A/R Accountant. Estab-
lished company seeking a person to
join our team with previous experi-
ence in customer invoicing & ac-
counts receivable. Applicants should
have excellent communication .'organ-
inzational skills & experience in Excel
& Word. All candidates should have
the ability to multi-task, be detailed
oriented & must be abale to work. ef-
fectively in a team environment. Ex-
cellent benefit package after 90
days. Smoke free workplace. Fax re-
sume to 695-4844 or call 695-4843
for appointment. 4 '27p
Experienced roofers needed. Built up
roofing a plus, pay based on experi-
ence, $11-$15 per hour. 259-8633.
Travelodge is now taking applica-
tions for desk clerk, must be able to
work all three shifts & weekends. No
Phone Calls. Apply in person between
9:00 am-4:00 pm. 1651 S. 6th St
4 27-5 '4c
Full-time salesperson. Wednesday -
Saturday, hourly plus commission.
Apply in person at Badcock. 701 S.
5th St., bring resume with you.
Drivers. CDL-A, excellent home time!
Great pay & benefits! 0/0's wel-
come. 2 years OTR, good MVR. Cen-
turion Auto Transport 800-889-8139.
Full-time experienced construction
secretary for local construction compa-
ny. Must have a minimum of 3 years
experience & knowledgeable in Mi-
crosoft Word & Excel. Please fax your
resume to 904-259-6359. 4/27tfc
Drivers. Excellent pay, great benefits,
night incentives. Class A CDL-X &
tanker, plus 2 years tractor trailer ex-
perience. Clean MVR. 904-632-
Covenant Underground Utilities, Inc.
is looking for an experienced pipelay-
er & a tailman. Please call 259-9461
for more information. 4/27-5/4c
Tire Man Needed
Six months exp. required mounting,
and installing tires on Class A trucks.
Top Pay for Experience
401k and Health Insurance
Applications available at
1050 SE 6th St. (Hwy. 121)
Lots of Lamps
The Baker County Press April 27, 2006 Section B Page Five
WHITEHEADBROS. INCLAKECRYLOGIsriCS.I Gw
ini OTR DRIVERS NEEDED
S., Go through Home several times most weeks
'-i Home most weekends Personalized dispatchnig
that comes from only dispatching 25 Irucs at
F- ... .,,, our location here in Starke Vacation pay, Safely
SBonu's up to $1.200 per year Driver of the 'ear
bonus, and driver recruitment bonuses. Blue
; Cross Blue Shield medical and dental nsiurnce
S Need 2 years of experience and a decent driving
; CALL JIM OR DEBBIE LAWRENCE AT
904-368-0777 or 1-888-919-8898
FILL DIRT RELIABLE
Tim Johnson CONTRACTING,
6/ltfc Home repairs Remode
OCK PAINTING, Mark Stevens
professional painting Lic#RR0067433 12
Fully insured Locally owned
25 years experience
Wood ~ Chain link ~ Vinyl
Tree removal Light hauling
We haul or buy junk cars and trucks
We sell horses
24 hour service
Jesus is the Only Way
BUG OUT SERVICE
Residential and Commercial
Lawn and Shrub care
Damage repair guarantees
Free estimates Call today!
Light tractor work Brush clean-up
Bush hog mowing
Construction site clean-up
Licensed & Insured
Design / Build
Your plans or our plans
Bentley Rhoden -
We will make you a
Breakdown ~ Set up
L We build in-ground pools
INC. We sell and install
ling DOUGHBOY above-ground pools
Service Renovations Cleaning
Repairs* Chemicals Parts
) /N 698-E West Macclenny Ave.
I^NG (next to Raynor's Pharmacy)
Spring & Summer hours:
10:00 am -,6:00 pm
4/13-27p Saturda3 10.00 am 5:00 pm
(CPC 053903)u qifc
622-7489 or 259-7452
Garbage pickup for Baker County
Roll off Dumpsters
Kent Kirkland, Owner/Operator
All types of pest control
Call Eston, Shannon, Bry
Bill or Philip
Beveriy Monds Owne
M A v W L'T T L T AA
TJM A VtV V Y1TJLJL U JA iVVI N"
Mowing ~ Edging ~ Trimming
Privacy ~ Chain link Board fence
Heating Air Electricdl sern ice
Licensed and [n'ured
Lic. #RA13067194 4/21tfc
Complete lawn care
Dependable, reliable, experienced
CUSTOM AIR, INC.
New construction Service
/6-10/5p SKEETER POP'S
T LAWN SERVICE
." Lawn maintenance Landscaping
al "Dedicated quality service
'an, at a fair price"
r11/16tfc 208-1929 or 259-6531
Sand ~ Field dirt ~ Slag hauled
BIG FOOT SATELLITE
DirecTV & Dish Network
Starting at $19.99/month
Build on your lot or ours
Your plans or ours
Model home in Copper Creek
FISH'S WELDING &
Tires Rims Exhaust
Buckshot Goodyear Michelin
Nitto BOSS Eagle MSR
Custom exhaust Flowmaster
Call today for the best price!
15 years experience Licensed
866-7998 or 259-8013
Solid wood cabinetry
Modulars -Custom work
KITCHENS & BATHS
BAKER LAWN SERVICE
Have home inspected before you buy
Lawn mowing ~ Tractor work
Clean-up ~ Hauling
Complete site & underground
We sell dirt & slag
Hourly rate available on:
grader, dozer & trackhoe work
Mitch Canaday, Jr.
NHC SHIA & NATCHI Certified
Serving North Florida and
Water conditioning purification
New septic systems
Drain field repairs
We're your water experts
Celebrating our 29th year in business
Credit cards 'gladly accepted
Fully licensed & insured
Florida & Georgia
JIMMY MARTIN WELL
DRILLING & PUMP
A & R TRUSS
Engineered trusses for your new
Home Barn Shed Etc.
Many references on request
30 years experience
Air conditioners Heat pumps *
24 hour, 7 day emergency service!
Call Vince Famesi, Owner-Operator
New construction Remodels
Licensed & Insured
F1 Lic.#RR282811479 3/23-4/20p
Licensed Insured Bonded.
Transport Set-up MH Pads
Screen rooms Patio covers,
Bush hog Dirt wor
Land clearing Tree se
2" and 4" wells
Bull dozer & backhoe
A&R ROOFING, INC.
New roofs Roof repairs
ALAN'S TREE SERVICE
*Back from Katrina*
Specalizing in storm work
Can't afford to have the tree re-' -
moved? Have a trim-out done!
We now have a man lift no spike ,
marks on most trees and can take
down dead trees.
So many options!
See our catalogs at
The Office Mart
S110 South 5th Street
ANGEL AQUA, INC.
Water softeners Iron filters
Sales Rentals Service
Total water softener supplies
~ Financing available ~
797 S. 6th Street, Macclenny,
1/19-7/6p SLAG DRIVEWAYS
)RK Hauled & Spread
Custom house plans
to your specifications
Qualified Good references
THE OFFICE MART
Oils, acrylics, watercolors, canvases,
drawing pads and much more!
110 South Fifth Street
After-hours computer repair
graphic design and writing
Much, Much More
475 South Fourth Street
Saturday, April 29th 8:00 am until
Sunday, April 30th 12-4:00 pm
The Baker County Press April 27, 2006 Section B Page Six
Notice to Readers
All real estate advertising in this newspa-
per is subject to the Fair Housing Act
which makes it illegal to advertise "any
S preference, limitation or discrimination
' '. based on race, color, religion, sex, handi-
cap, familiar status or national origin, or
an intention; to make. any such prefer-
ence, limitation or discrimination." Famil-
ial status includes children under the age
of 18 living with parents or legal custodi-
ans, pregnant women and people secur-
ing custody of children under 18.
S This newspaper will not knowingly accept
any advertising for real estate which is in
violation of the law. Our readers are here-
'by informed that all dwellings advertised
in this newspaper are available on an
equal opportunity basis. To complain of
discrimination, call HUD toll free at 1-800-
669-9777. The toll free telephone number
for the hearing impaired is, 1-800-927-
FSBO. 3 acres, well & septic on Or-
brey Rhoden Road, $69,000. 259-
3 BR, 1. BA home in Sanderson, full
brick on '12 acre lot, open floor plan,
carport, new roof, ceramic tile & A/C,
$139,000. Call 859-3026 for ap-
Country home in -Taylor". .99 acre,
4 BR. 1 BA. many extras, fruit trees
& sugar shelter. 259-7479. 4..'27p
1.74 acres with 2001 Fleetwood DW,
3 BR, 2 BA, 1680 SF, fireplace, dish-
washer, electric stove, huge great
Room & kitchen,, also 1200 SF de-
tached garage, covered dog pen, 100
S SF pump shed. Very convenient to
town, $200,000. 259-5723.
4 '27-5, 4p
S City Lot, South Boulevard. Macclen-
S ny. Appraised at $19,000: asking
$17,900. Financing available. 759-
S Land & home package, 4-- acres
w/beautiful trees for a private estate.
S'-- We have a variety of home designs to
S choose from or use your own plan.
: This won't last long. Call today.
Baker County. 10 acres on St.
S Mary's River, 700 ft. on river with
*" small white sandy beach, secluded,
high & dry, fenced, large oak & pine
.--. trees, picture perfect, beautiful prop-
erry. Only $200,000. 259-7574.
4 BR, 2 BA full brick home with ap-
proximately 2200 SF in Macclenny
with fireplace, large family room &
master suite, inground pool & double
car garage on huge city lot.
$235,000. Call 859-3026. 4.20tfc
Prime commercial lot on US 90.
close to 121 with old structure,
$149,900. 318-9019. 4/27c
'/2 acre in Glen, no mobile homes.
$39,900. 904-525-8630. 4, 20tfc
New home, 3 BR, 2 BA, 1625 SF, 2
car garage, screen porch. irrigation &
alarm system. $1295/month plus
security deposit. 352-867-3981.
3 BR, 2 BA mobile home, no pets,
garbage pickup and water provided,
$600 per month, $600 deposit. 912-
843-8118. 12 22tfc
New 3 BR, 2 BA brick home with
bonus room, 2 car garage on beauti-
ful 5 acres in south Sanderson, no
smoking or pets, $1500/month plus
deposit and last month's rent. 859-
2 BR, 1 BA apartment in Macclenny,
great neighborhood, no smoking or
pets. $525/month plus deposit and
last months rent. Call 859-3026 for
1 acre lot for mobile home inr Mace-
donia area off Odis Yarborough. Call
Brian at 759-5734 or 259-6735.
Mobile homes, 2 and ,3 BR, A/C, no
pets, $500-$550 plus deposit. 904-
860-4604 or 259-6156. 3,17tfc
New home. 3 BR. 1 BA, tie flooring,
living room, kitchen.dining room
combo, on .50 acre lot in Sanderson.
All electric appliances, $700 security
deposit. $700/month. Please call
259-3343 or 626-8424. 4 '13tfc
2 houses. Available 5, 1. 3 BR, 1' 2
BA upstairs, fenced yard. Available
6/1, 3 BR, 2 BA, fenced yard, car-
port. 904-759-6281; 8:00 am-8:00
pm. 4, 27p
2 BR, 2 BA condo, ground floor,
poolside, incredible ocean view, St.
Augustine Beach., Call 476-8907 or
.505-0083. 4 '6-27p
Smoky Mountain cabin, trout
stream, near Cherokee, Gatlinburg &
Dollywood, $325 per week. 386-752.
0013. 3. 166, lp
Office space in downtown Macclenny,
2 rooms, kitchen & bath. 259-9590.
Large commercial office space avail-
able for lease. 859-3026. 3, 2tfc
Doublewide home. Must move, 4
BR, 3BA, appliances, A./C,
fieplace, office, family room &
more. $35,000. 904-626-5354.
1994, 14x70 singlewide, with
room addition, $8500. Seller
will help with move & re-set,
Classified ads must be in by
Monday at 5:00 pm
THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS
&l IUJV Il ISMLlMeJ "' A!l I' "b !AMI'UI II "lw
FULL AND PART-TIME
No experience necessary. Pay while training.
Apply in person at
1478 South Sixth Street, Winn-Dixie Center
Class A or B CDL Required *
Haz-Mat/Tanker Endorsement a Plus *
Competitive Salary *
Excellent Benefits *
Serious inquiries only!
Apply in person at:
253 East Florida Ave.
Macclenny, FL 32063
or call Les at 904.259.2314
Tips for choosing a
Real Estate Agent
(From Page 3)
strong grasp on when this is actually
the case for their particular home.
Hopefully, the agents being inter-
viewed will bring a very clear picture of
the market's recent activity along with
them to the appointment. Make sure
they discuss your neighborhood's
recent absorption rate with you. I
won't bother to explain what that is
right now, but the agents all know it
and should oe able to give-you a good
idea of how it will affect your home in
particular based on how you choose
to have the house marketed.
One more thing about commis-
sions: The amount of money that a
home sells for is a direct result of the
number of people who want it and how
badly those people that want it actual-
ly want it. The number of people who
want it is a direct result of the effec-
tiveness of the marketing plan used to
gain, interest in it. The marketing
plan's effectiveness is a direct result
of how much time and money is
invested into the marketing. The
D for what
Baker Coivuh8's Paid
BAKER COUNTY PRESS
I Driver DecicaTed Regional
Avg. $825 $10251wk.
Jacksonville, FL Terminal
Avoid the long wait time
for your small engine
amount of time and money invested
into the marketing is without a doubt
in direct proportion to the commission
being paid to the company in charge of
actually investing all of that time and
money into the marketing.
If you made it through that last
paragraph, give yourself a pat on the
In other words, all real estate com-
panies are not created equal. You get
what you pay for. It's as simple as
that. Full service brokers run circles
around discounters when it comes to
shorter time on the market and high-
est sale prices. Since net gain is a
function not only of what comes out,
but also what goes in, sellers may,
want to see a net profit estimate from
all of the companies they interview
based on the percentages available
from the list-to-sale ratios for each
company before they actually decide
who can best market their home.
People like money. I'm sure of it.
Do your homework. Take your time.
Make the best decisions possible and
rS &L E CITY
LIBRARY TECHNICIAN I
A paraprofessional position maintaining all Library circulation
functions and assisting users with oonline catalog, orientation and
reference. Must be able to travel to attend workshops and able to
work some nights and weekends.
Associate degree in appropriate area plus one year clerical and
one year related experience, or High School diploma with three
years related experience. Working knowledge of EX Libris Aleph
Circulation software, Aleph Reserve applications, and Dewey
Decimal System preferred.
Salary: $21,612 plus benefits
Application deadline: May 16,2006
College application required. Position details and application
available on the web at: www\.lakecitycc.edu
Inquiries: Human Resource Development
Lake City Community College
149, SE College Place
Lake City, FL 32025
S' Phone: (386) 754-4314 Fax: (386) 754-4594
LCCC is accredJied by the Southern As-ociadton of Colleges arid Schools
V\ PADNA/EEO College in Education & Emplo) mein
TRUCK & TRAILER MECHANICS NEEDED
Pritchett Trucking is continuing to grow and is in need
of qualified people to work at our Lake Butler Facility.
Good benefits. Pay based on experience.
Apply in person at 1050 SE 6th St. in Lake Butler
or call 1-800-486-7504
32 Wide, 4 BR/2BA
Price includes set-up, A/C, skirting, steps
Over 20 different homes to choose from!
783-461 7952-12 Normandy Blvd., Jacksonville
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