The Baker County press
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Title: The Baker County press
Uniform Title: Baker County press (Macclenny, Fla. 1929)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: Tate Powell
Place of Publication: Macclenny Fla
Creation Date: December 20, 2007
Frequency: weekly
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Newspapers -- Baker County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Baker -- Macclenny
Coordinates: 30.283333 x -82.116667 ( Place of Publication )
Additional Physical Form: Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 12, 1929.
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 11, no. 39 (Jan. 2, 1931).
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78th Year, Vol. 34 Thursday, December 20, 2007 Macclenny, Florida 50o

Our readers' Christmas memories...

The Jelly Packet

Shave an unforgettable Christ-
mas memory, a true story
my father told me as a child.
It's the only story he ever
shared with me about serving

in World War II.
ask to hear
more, but the
response was
always the
"No, you don't
want to hear

would often
Bri cet ille

about that," he'd reply.
Our soldiers were battling the
Nazis in Germany. It was winter.
bitterly cold and snowing. The men
carried everything they owned in
heavy backpacks, and spent days
and nights in the war-torn coun-
tryside: no shelter, no electricity, no
place to bathe.
They had nothing but their
equipment, tanks and artillery -
and each. other. They
were young men. More
many of them away stories c
from home for the first on
Christmas Day came, and the
men were given a treat that had
been put away for this most spe-
cial of occasions one packet of
jelly per man. Dad wanted to save
his packet, so that night when he
bedded down in a foxhole, he took
off his boot, put the packet inside.
wrapped a shirt around the boot
ahd used it for a pillow. The next


morning, eager to retrieve the jelly,
he unwrapped the boot, reached
inside and the packet was gone.
"What happened to it?" I
"One of the soldiers took it. Had
to have been watching me wrap it
up," Daddy explained. "I don't know
how in the world he got it out from
under my head without waking me
up. Never found out who did it."
And he'd laugh He always had
a good laugh about it.
I'm glad he could laugh about
that because, soon after, so much
happened to him that wasn't funny.
His platoon and others spent sev-
eral months as Hitler's prisoners of
war. Imagine the horror of anything
associated with Hitler. The world
must never forget the Holocaust.
After the war, Dad graduated
from the University of Florida and
became a teacher He spent his
entire career here as a quiet man.
I'm glad Heaven is a place of no
tears, and he is
hrinstmas there. I'm thankful
in be found that my mother has
age 9 found another won-
derful, caring man to
share her golden years with
And when I sit down for a deli-
cious meal in a warm house with
family, I'm thankful for freedom.
This Christmas, I will remember
our soldiers and say a prayer for
them. And no matter what time of
year, when I see a jelly packet. I am
again reminded.

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Commission wants to

restrict land divisions

Press staff
Baker County's planning
staff came to a workshop Mon-
day afternoon hoping to re-
ceive the county commission's
blessing to eliminate the trou-
blesome "homestead division"
ordinance in the county's land
use rules. Instead, they were
instructed to re-configure the
Under the current rules,
landowners are allowed to di-
vide and sell off two, 2.5 acre
tracts every year, provided their

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property meets certain regula-
tions. The provision was origi-
nally included to allow farm-
ers struggling in a poor harvest
year to make some money by
selling off a small portion of
their land,
County planning director
Ed Preston and assistant di-
rector Carolyn Bissonnette
have argued that the provision
represents a dangerous loop-
hole in the county's land use
ordinances since landowners
can repeatedly partition par-
cels bordering unpaved county
roads. The two asked the com-
missioners to consider doing
away with the provision all
The commission, however,
did not agree with its staff's
recommendation. Instead, the
board instructed Mr. Preston
and county manager Joe Cone
to draw up an ordinance sug-
gested by commissioner Julie
Combs that would maintain
the homestead division but'
dramatically restrict its usage.
Under Ms. Combs' pro-
(See page 2)

He sees )ou when you 'e sleeping..
Four classes ,t kindr.,narren stiude'nt from the Baker CounrY
PreK K Center walked over to Alercantile Bank Tiuewday imorn-
ing. tor a lO'tvd t catciil Si.\iry-s'.i\ uldentis of .4t Ann Blair. Pamn
Kostei. Raclh./ Sweai and Joi Thii if participated in the singing.
Th e '7/, c il ,io I .. fn,' i ,-r .;./ -'ii,'Le p It .ls. bank t IemIplh, ces Moid
custometinilt' .i 't/(ved tilie Itoliday spt it. Above. Kirsten Starling
and Kylei Stri klaud mnimic, sleeping t n the classic "Santa Claus
is C'mingi r- Townn ." Ai rittt. San'a7ttah Lee fToit Mrs. Blair's
class rel/is ever'Io ie. "Yu 'i better iritch out., vou better not cry.
V,'ii 'iettet in, p,'tit. I'm telling you h'hi ...Santa Clots is coln-
ink t,', ; u1'\ l." j

Juries take little time convicting

two for trafficking in cocaine, pills

Press staff
Juries took just minutes last
week to convict two multiple of-
fenders of drug trafficking offenses
in unrelated cases.
Both Roderick Haygood, 33,
and John D. McCoy, 60, of Mac-
clenny had turned down plea of-
fers with reduced time in favor
of trials'. Their convictions drew
sentences of ten years and 15 years
Retired Circuit Judge Elzie
Sanders presided over both one-
day trials before six-member ju-
ries, the first on December 11 to .
hear the case against Mr. McCoy.
He had already been convicted on
a similar charge back in Septem- Rod
ber, a case now on appeal, and the,
state dropped an additional two ..
cases last week following the con-
Mr. McCoy was arrested on
September 26, 2006 after an un- -i
dercover drug buy the previous
month. A confidential source told,'
police he could buy prescription
drugs from Mr. McCoy. According
to the police report, a buy was ar-
ranged at the defendant's Linda St. .
home. -
On August 19, Mr. McCoy sold o. !
22 Percocet pills to the confiden- ''
tial source for $100. Percocet is a
powerful pain-killer often used by
cancer patients, and also has seri- Joh
ous addictive properties. Selling it
is a first-degree felony in Florida.
The defendant was given credit for 331 days
served in jail. Once released, he will be placed on
drug offender probation. The jury took 40 min-
utes to return its verdict.

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He was represented by Ray Cauthon and as-
sistant state attorney Ralph Yazdiya argued the
state's case.
SA jury on December 13 took
slightly less time to convict Mr.
Haygood, arrested January 9 of this
year by Deputy John Hardin, who
said in his report on the incident that
he saw Mr. Haygood driving errati-
cally on Lowder St.
The officer pulled over Mr. Hay-
good in the parking lot of Winn-Di-
xie. There, he said, Mr. Haygood
failed several sobriety tests'and fled
on foot when ordered to remain
Deputies apprehended him be-
hind KFC. Deputy Hardin said that
during the chase, Mr. Haygood
'od threw a large baggie into the air
and stomped on it when it hit the
ground. The baggie was later found
*' ., to contain cocaine.
Mr. Haygood's attorney, Jason
Porter, had sought to suppress the
evidence collected during the stop.
*t Mr. Porter claimed Deputy Hardin's
,' -' stop was unlawful and that any evi-
dence retrieved as a result was il-
legally obtained.
The motion was denied, and the
-. .2. state successfully argued that not
only was the stop lawful, but even
,? if it wasn't, Mr. Haygood forfeited
his claim when he fled the scene.
The defendant was granted 202
days credit for time served. Once
released, he will spend three years
on drug offender probation.
The defendant, who has a prior
criminal record for drug and other offenses, was
also convicted of tampering with physical evi-
dence and resisting arrest without violence.


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Press staff
A 121-acre residential de-
velopment finally gained the
approval of the full county
commission December 17
after months of haggling be-
tween the developers and local
The Drees Homes subdivi-
sion to be named Stone Bridge
has been under discussion with
officials from both the county
and the Town of Glen St. Mary
since May. Residents of the
nearby Glenwood subdivision
to the north feared the develop-
ment would result in drainage
Since that time, the plan was
several times pushed off the
agendas of local boards by ex-
tenuating circumstances. Drees
used the lay-off to work with
Glenwood residents and Glen
St. Mary to assuage drainage
concerns. At Monday's meet-
ing,. no one spoke against the
subdivision, which will be
comprised of half-acre lots and
required a re-zoning from the
current .7.5 acre agricultural
County planning director
Ed Preston recommended ap-
proval, as did the land plan-
.ning agency. The county com-
mission unanimously approved
the plan.
They were not, by contrast,
as kind when Robert Mayhall
asked the board to approve a
re-zoning that would have al-
lowed him to build two rental
trailers on a plot north of Tay-
The board rejected Mr. May-
hall's proposal by a 4-1 vote,
and in so doing went against
the recommendations of Mr.
Preston and the LPA. When the
LPA recommended approval of
the re-zoning on November 15,
it logged no opposition.
Monday's meeting, howev-
er, saw Greg Gainey, a nearby
resident, present a petition
signed by 83 neighbors. They
opposed the proposal, which
would have allowed Mr. May-
hall to divide his 5.4 acre lot
into two, 2.6 acre parcels. Mr.
Gainey said the plan might
have an adverse effect on near-
by property values.
"Each time you re-zone a
piece of property, it makes it
easier to re-zone the next one,"
Mr. Gainey argued.
The commissioners were
unswayed by Mr. Mayhall's
Contention that the trailers
would be pleasant units and
that the renters would be good
"We try to buy nicer pieces
of property to attract a higher
quality of renter," Mr. Mayhall
said. "There's certainly a short-
age of rental property in Baker
County. I can put a small ad
(See page 2)

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Commissioner Mark Hartley
twice made motions to reject
the application; the first motion
died without a second. He said
he disliked the "spot zoning" of
the application.
The board also gave unani-
mous approval to a re-zoning
application from Randall and
Judy Rhoden of Woodlawn Rd.
They had asked for a less dense,
agricultural environment from
their current residential, one-
acre zoning, an unusual request.
They intend to divide the plot
in the future for the use of their
There had been complaints
from neighbors that the Rho-
dens had contributed to a drain-
age problem by blocking a ditch
that runs across their property.
Mr. Preston said the issue was
not relevant to the re-zoning re-
quest, but also said the planning
department was close to reach-
ing an agreement with the Rho-
dens and their neighbors.
Attorney John Broling, who
was pinch-hitting for the com-
mission's contract counsel, pre-
sented the board with an appeal
he filed with the US Forest Ser-
vice urging the office to repeal
its new rules closing roads in the
Osceola National Forest.
The Forest Service recently
announced its decision to close
562 miles of roads in Osceola to
hunters and others. It's a matter
of some interest to Baker Coun-
ty, whose citizens frequently use
and enjoy the forest.
"Many of [Baker County's]
residents are senior citizens who
enjoy a full and active retire-
ment, which includes outdoor
activities such as fishing, hunt-
ing, camping, hiking and boat-
ing," Mr. Broling wrote in the
appeal. "However, it is self-evi-
dent that each person has physi-
cal limits, and the Department's
decision effectively closes the
more remote areas of Osceola
to senior citizens, their families
and their grandchildren."

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Wants curb on land divisions...

(From page 1)
posal, a parcel could only be-,
divided by the provision once. ,
Input from other commission-
ers led to a suggestion that the
parent parcel be large enough so
that it remains consistent with
the surrounding zoning after the
For example, the owner of a
10-acre tract of land in a region
zoned for 7.5 acres per residence
could sell a 2.5-acre parcel and
remain consistent with the sur-
rounding zoning. Mr. Preston
said the ordinance should speci-
fy that the small tracts produced
by homestead divisions would
not be considered inconsistent
with zoning regions.
"This begins the process of
phasing [the homestead divi-
sion] out," Ms. Combs said.
"Don't cut [landowners] off
cold turkey."
The workshops are somewhat
informal events and do not have
the structure of actual commis-
sion meetings. Nor, for that mat-
ter, are commissioners empow-
ered to actually pass ordinances
or othei laws during workshops.
They are discussion sessions
and often include multiple con-
versations going on at the same
time. Monday's workshop fea-
tured commissioners discussing
the homestead provision while
passing around a box of Christ-
mas chocolates.
Mr. Cone also told the board
at Monday's workshop that the
county would likely not pur-
chase the Elegance N' Bloom
flower shop on South 5th St. as
originally planned. The com-
mission had given Mr. Cone the
go-ahead to extend a $385,000
offer to the owners as part of a
larger plan to re-arrange the lo-

cation of the county government
flowever..the offer was con-
tingent on" al appraisal affirm-
ing the building was worth
$385,000, and instead, the ap-
praisal put the value at roughly
$247,500. Mr. Cone said the
county would have difficultly
legally justifying a bid so high
above the appraised value, and
that the building's owner is re-
luctant to move below the origi-
nal price.
Instead, the board will con-
sider constructing two metal
buildings on the 'site of Baker
County's future jail. One would
house the county's planning and

zoning department and be com-
plete-d b \ Mah. 2008 to i'emaiii.
consistent wilhi the .space.mas'
ter plan approved by the com-
mission. The other building,
headquarters of the commission
and its staff, would be built by
Dakota and Company Inc.,
quoted Commissioner Alex Rob-
inson a price of $104,440 for one
building in a letter dated Decem-
ber 14. When the planning and
zoning department moves out,
it will spark a game of govern-
mental "musical chairs" which
is supposed to end with most of
the courthouse staff residing in
the current county offices.

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On the threshold of the New Year, my wish is the peace and
happiness of the season will be yours every day throughout'
the coming year.

Merry Christmas and Happy 2008!
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No legitimate reason for ban on alcohol sales

Here's a little secret: the Mac-
clenny city commission meet-
ings every second Tuesday are
not much fun. The commission-
ers generally don't hear issues of
and yet, they TH EI
like to talk. So
those of us who TR
have a news- U
paper to put ANDRE
out on Tuesday
nights often ,
find ourselves just a bit impa-
tient at the pace of the meeting's
Still, laudable is laudable,
and city manager Gerald Dop-
son's comments at the end of
last Tuesday's meeting were just
that. Though he used the kind
of circuitous language you'd
expect, Mr. Dopson essentially
called on the city to repeal its
laws banning the sale of alcohol
on Sunday. It was a courageous
thing to say, and not only should
the city heed his call, Baker
County should as well.
The time of the Blue Laws
is over. Their foundations were
largely set in xenophobia, and
their continued existence is a
classic example of the tenets of
one religion being foisted on an
entire populace.
The original Blue Laws in the
northeast were largely written
by Protestant lawmakers look-
ing for ways to isolate German
and Irish immigrant communi-
ties, most of which were Catho-
lic. The lawmakers believed the
stereotypes of the drunken Irish


and sought to take steps against
the newcomers.
Today, that motivation has
long since dissipated. However,
the rationale for Blue Laws re-
mains explic-
itly religious.
SA RE On Sunday, the
day of God's
TH-- rest, the holy
T H 1day, it is not
W BARE appropriate for
businesses to
sell alcohol.
It is not the place of govern-
ment to make its laws resemble
the Book of Genesis. If a reli-
gious organization disapproves
of drinking alcohol on Sunday,
it is well within its rights to in-
struct its membership to keep
"dry." The. government, how-
ever, should not make the stric-
tures of one religion the laws of
the land.
Also evident is the fact that
not all Christian sects agree with
this particular interpretation. My
step-father, a Methodist minis-
ter, frequently preaches Sunday
morning, comes home and has
a beer while watching a football
Which brings us to the on-
the-ground reality of the situa-
tion. Banning the sale of alcohol
on Sunday does nothing to pre-
vent people from actually drink-
ing alcohol on Sundays. Anyone
who's lived in a community
with Blue Laws and is fortunate
enough to be near another com-
munity without the ban knows
the routine. Either you buy your
alcohol late Saturday night or

Snippets of good

news among bad

But thankfully, the day wasn't
THE BACK all bad news. A few good things
surfaced, too. A friend I don't see
PO RC H ^often stopped by the office to
say Merry Christmas and tell me
KELLEY LANNIGAN other people in the community
who haven't seen me in a while
have been asking about me. An-
Headlines in The Florida other friend dropped off a CD of
Times-Union and other papers songs from popular Broadway
for the past week have painted productions simply because he
a picture that barely hints at the thought I would enjoy listening
spirit of happiness the Christmas to them over the holidays.
season generally promotes. Then I got a call from Barba-
Among last Monday's stories: ra Stallings of Baldwin, whose
a grandmother arrested for child great-granddaughter Jennett was
neglect; the shooting suicide of the subject of a feature story I
a divorced teacher suspected did recently to shed some light
of killing his wife, their young on the little girl's tremendous
children and her new boyfriend; struggle in overcoming a serious
a husband killed by police dur- birth defect. The baby just cele-
ing a marital dispute, discovery brated her first birthday, against
of a duct tape-bound man who overwhelming odds.
was abducted and forced to rob It seems that WTLV (Chan-
a store; discovery of an unidenti- nel 12) of Jacksonville picked
field woman found shot to death; up on my story and the fact that
a slain woman in an apartment the family wanted so much to
complex who had just begged purchase a Cinderella Bedroom
police for protection from her Suite for the baby's room. Their
stalking, profoundly violent hus- financial struggle in dealing
band; a family devastated by with her problems made it im-
disease and learning disorders. possible for them.
Then, at a very personal level WTLV has offered to buy the
for me, the surprising and un- furniture for her. It will arrive in
timely death of singer/songwrit- time for Christmas. Because of
er Dan Fogleburg, a victim of the story, other local entities in
prostate cancer. He was only 56. the Baldwin area are now aware
Dan was my absolute favorite of the baby's struggle and are
musician for many years and his raising money and making do-
sensitive and poignant music and nations to the grateful family.
lyrics offered explanations for This news certainly helped
me and many others to the often me feel better, just as seeing the
confusing and rewarding twists volunteers at Northeast Florida
and turns along the bumpy road State Hospital feverishly work-
of love and life. He will be great- ing to complete holiday gift box-
ly missed by his fans who will es. Their efforts ensure that each
now struggle to make sense of a individual served by the hospital
life so vibrantly and poetically receives gifts the morning of
lived, only to be suddenly and December 25.
purposelessly cut short. unhaSo my point is this: even as
In the face of all this unhappi- the world seems to be spiraling
ness, I worked on my usual fea- into ruin and disaster, there are
ture stories and in between went always a few good elves around
out to shoot photos and take care working to spread some cheer
of other work-related business. along the way. How fortunate
A few times that day, however, for us all.
I struggled with the overwhelm- Happy holidays.
ing urge to sit down and have a
good cry. So much sadness out
there in the world.

you drive across the border on
Sunday and buy it in another lo-
Funneling consumers to
neighboring Duval County
strikes me as an irrational choice
for a county in desperate need of
an economic boost.
There's one final layer to this
discussion, and Mr. Dopson al-
luded to it Tuesday night. This
newspaper recently ran an on-
line poll asking you to vote on
which retail business you most
wanted in Baker County. Thirty
percent of you voted for a steak
house. 18 percent voted for a sit-

down restaurant along the lines
of Chili's or Friday's.
The reality is, those places do
brisk business on Sunday eve-
nings, and they have huge profit
margins in the sale of alcohol.
A big-time restaurant looking
at Baker County is only going
to be dissuaded by the presence
of a law that cuts into its bottom
Alcohol can be abused, yes,
and with tragic results. Howev-
er, that's as true on Thursday as
it is on Sunday, and this society
has clearly established that it ac-
cepts alcohol as a legitimate op-

tion for law-abiding citizens. So
long as that standard remains,
there is no legitimate reason to
prohibit people from buying al-
cohol on Sundays.

Online Poll Results
as of December 18 at 10:00 pm
Should the City ofMacclenny
repeal the Sunday liquor sales ban?

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and women #368 that looks like blue cake icing
I am often baffled by the dif- with a 3-inch paint brush. I don't
ference between men and wom- know what blue cake icing has
en. I've been mar- to do with hair
ried 25 years and M Y SIDE O dressing.
you'd think after Y SI 1 J OF I've heard
that length of time, of"blue haired
I'd have a pretty THE M ATTER ladies" but I
good idea of what didn't really
goes on inside my ROBERT GERARD think that it
wife's head. was courtesy
If you've been on a job for 25 of Duncan Hines extra creamy
years you know it backwards and icing. What's next? Lightening
forwards, right? But a man and hair with Martha White flour?
woman can be together all their In the next chair is a woman
lives and still be pretty much in with some weird contraption
the dark. on her head that looked like the
It isn't just the inner workings aluminum wrap they put on spi-
of the human mind that are dif- ral-cut ham. Sections of her hair
ferent, but the outer trappings as were sticking out of the top of the
well. Most guys not all, but wrap and the beautician applied
most don't take things like some kind of goo to it. Maybe it
haircuts very seriously. John Ed- was honey glaze.
wards may get a $400 haircut, It all looked pretty uncomfort-
but most of us just do the best we able. In fact, I'm going to sug-
can. gest some of this stuff to the De-
We're pretty much creatures apartment of Homeland Security.
of habit, too. I don't know many Bring terror subjects into a beauty
men who change their hairstyles salon and threaten to do this stuff
from month-to-month or even to them if they don't talk. They'll
year-to-year. I've had the same squeal like pigs. That Reynolds
basic hairstyle for 20 years. aluminum cap looks just as scary
In fact, my hairstyle is so ba- as water boarding.
sic that I don't even have to go The finished product is usual-
to a barber to get it cut. Kelley ly very pretty, and you can't tell
cuts my hair, and has for over a there is a scary layer of chemi-
decade. She does a fine job. cals on their heads.
If I walked into a barbershop The only place scarier than a
anywhere in town I'd prob- hair salor is a nail salon. Nothing
ably feel pretty much at home. too bizarre is going on in there,
There'd be the sound of cutting but the smell reminds me of the
and snipping and the smell of time I tried to strip stain off an
talc much like 100 years ago. old dresser. I'm surprised the
Not so a woman's salon, women who work there haven't
Entering a woman's salon is
like entering the research and de-
velopment wing of Dow Chemi-
cal. It's like entering a science
fiction world or engaging some
weird Medieval rite like in The
Da Vinci Code. A woman I've Well Drilling ~ Water
known for 20 years might be
sitting in the chair in front of Septic Tanks ~ Drai
me and I won't recognize her.
Women must realize this, other- 59-
wise they'd scream when a man
entered their domain. Still, they W 'RE YOUR
all seem to be wearing sheepish WE'RE YOUR V
expressions. Licensed in Ie
Big slabs of their hair might Major credit
be sticking straight up in air with

the hair...

grown a third eye in the middle
of their forehead.
Nail places should be required
to have a canary in a cage like
they used to do in coal mines. If
the canary dies, it's time to run
for your life.
I'm convinced women are
much more willing to suffer for
beauty than men. Men would
never submit to what women
go through on a regular basis to
impress men and other women.
Bikini waxing, eye-brow pluck-
ing and that infernally evil-look-
ing contraption that curls eye
lashes are sufficient to make men
Look at the shoes they wear
if you don't believe me. No man
would ever wear a shoe that
comes to a point sharp enough
to kick a hole in a piece of dry-
wall. Toes aren't meant to bend
that way.
That's not to mention heels
so high that a woman is forced
to lean forward like she is walk-
ing into a strong wind. Have you
ever seen high school girls at a
prom or a beauty pageant trying
to walk in those things for the
first time? It's unnatural.
Women are ready and willing
to suffer for their art. All we men
have to do is get a snip here and
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possession suspect said

she sought medicine

A Lake Butler woman was subdued by a Taser fired the af-
arrested December 13 on drug ternoon of December 12 by Dep-
and other charges after she ini- uty William Hilliard.
tially told a county deputy she The officer spotted Mr. Had-
drove behind the Club 229 north ley seated on the front porch of
of Sanderson looking for a man his residence on Dolphin St. in
named "Bug" who had medicine Sanderson, and knew he was
for her cat. wanted on an outstanding war-
The club and surrounding rant. The suspect initially fled,
neighborhoods are known for then confronted the officer near
frequent drug activity, his patrol car. He refused an or-
Deputy Erik Deloach said he der to back away before the Tas-
was on routine patrol when he er shot.
saw a pickup driven by Joel- Deputy Hilliard also said he
len Harvey, 49, drive behind the had to warn away a second man
club, then leave at high speed who approached the scene. The
with spinning tires. He stopped unidentified man made several
her nearby and got permission obscenity-laden threats as he left
to search the truck when she the area.
changed her story somewhat by Mr. Hadley was arrested for
explaining she was looking for a felony possession of marijuana,
residence where she was to pick trafficking in the drug because of
up medication for the cat, which a large number of small plastic
was in the truck. bags found in his possession, and
Deputy Deloach found a resisting the officer.
small amount of marijuana and a In another case involving
smoking pipe in a cigarette pack warrants, Deputy Wayne Lim-
stashed in a door, and a crack baugh arrested Leo Douglass,
pipe in another pack in the con- 24, the evening of December 15
sole. after receiving a tip the suspect
Ms. Harvey was booked for was at his residence off Tommy
misdemeanor possession of pot, Rd. in Sanderson.
two counts of possessing drug He was wanted on two Duval
paraphernalia, careless driving County warrants the first for
and driving on a suspended li- failure to appear in court on a co-
cense. She was also wanted on a caine charge, and the second for
Baker County arrest warrant. worthless checks.
Deputies made a number of Matthew Eddins, 31, of Mac-
other arrests for felony drug pos- clenny was booked in county jail
session the past week, including early in the evening of December
Chester Hadley, 19, who was 13 for felony possession of pre-

Juvenile denies role in

Criminal charges pend in two
cases investigated by the Baker
County sheriff's department last
weekend, one of them a stabbing
on Macclenny's crime-ridden
west side.
Jermaine Dixon, 32, of Sand-
erson was flown to Shands Jalk-
soWilll, .witLh-.n.luiole., knife&
wounds the evening of Decem--
ber 14 following a confrontation
with two others near the comer of
South Boulevard and Minnesota
Ave. about 8:00 that evening.
Mr. Dixon said he and James
L. Thompson, 22, of Macclenny
argued about a woman before the
latter was joined by a 17-year-old
male cousin, also of Macclenny.
He told Deputy Jeremy Morah
the two then chased him down
and he was pummelled about the
head by Mr. Thompson while the
youth stabbed him with a pock-
etknife in the back and arm. The
victim's left hand also sustained
lacerations that appeared to be
Sgt. Greg Bumsed said the ju-
venile denied knowledge of the
attack during a subsequent inter-
view. His report did not indicate
if the other accused man was
In the second case, Amanda
Follis, 21, of Sanderson was
treated the morning of Decem-
ber 15 for bruises and other mi-
nor injuries allegedly received
when she was attacked by her
boyfriend's 16-year-old daugh-
ter and Ciara Stokes, 21, also of
Deputy Mike Hauge said Ms.
Follis was intoxicated when he
interviewed her following the
2:00 am incident, and thus was
unable to relay helpful informa-
tion. She did say the two struck

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herds came to worship the newborn King.
Today, Christmas gives us all an opportunity to
renew our faith in His many good graces and to
acknowledge the many blessings we enjoy including
the friendship of people like you. Merry Christmas!
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14 stabbing

and kicked her as she was prepar-
ing to go to bed that morning.
Dean Holland, her boyfriend
and father of one of the accused,
told the officer Ms. Follis and
his daughter had "an ongoing
problem." He said he pulled both
women off the victim..
Thrincident took olaee a 4r
Holland's residence off Dollie

for a cat

scription medication and
ing arrest.
Deputy Matthew Rieg
sponded to Mac's Liqu(
Macclenny after Mr. Edd:
fused to leave, and the s
attempted to pull away fro
while being escorted fro
bar about 5:30. The presci
pill was found in a pants
et as he was being booke
county jail.
Johnathan Dyess,
Macclenny was arrested th
ning of December 13 on m
charges after his 1993 Mazi
pulled over for an expired
near South 6th and Boulev
Deputy Mike Hague
search of the vehicle turne
baggie of marijuana and a
ing pipe, along with tw
drocodone pills in the sus
He was ticketed also f
proper display of a licen
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Weaving motorist on Interstate is charged

with D UIfor refusing to take sobriety tests
A Valdosta, Ga. motorist was noting his 2003 Mercury speed- in the roadway when he drove
jailed the morning of December ing eastbound on Boulevard and up to them about 11:20 am and
resist- 15 after a county deputy alerted turning quickly onto 7th St. in he stopped his patrol vehicle be-
by other Interstate 10 .motorists the west city the morning of De- cause they blocked his lane of
;el re- stopped his 2000 Cadillac Esca- member 11. 229. When he called the suspect
ors in lade west of Glen St. Mary. Mr. Lee told the officer he over to question him, Mr. Dan-
ins re- Billy Jo Bannon, 28, appeared had recently been released from iels fled on foot.
suspect intoxicated when Deputy Gavin county jail after an earlier arrest The officer followed him to
m him Sweat first questioned him, and on the same charge. the home of Mr. Daniels' father
m the he refused both to submit to field Late the following morning, nearby, and they found him hid-
ription sobriety tests and later at coun- Mardy Daniels, 20, of Sanderson ing in a closet under some cloth-
pock- ty jail, to a breath test. He was was arrested after he ran from ing. The suspect resisted efforts
-d into booked for DUI and reckless Deputy Erik Deloach several by the officer and his father .to
driving. blocks on and around CR 229. subdue him, and was charged
23, of Deputy Sweat first spotted the The officer said Mr. Daniels with resisting arrest and obstrnct-
te eve- eastbound vehicle near the US and other unnamed males were ing a roadway.
multiple 90 interchange west of Sander-
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$21,000 in copper taken from storage

The sheriff's department is likely used to take several 55- pry marks on a metal door frame erson. He said he had witnessed
investigating the theft of more gallon drums of the tubing to a and a filing cabinet drawer. a blue Chevy truck near his
than $21,000 worth of copper waiting vehicle. Grant Hembree of Macclen- property line last week.
tubing from a New Wave Heat- In other cases, the school dis- ny told Deputy Gavin Sweat
ing and Air storage unit in Mac- trict's director of accountabil- December 16 that his mother's
clenny. ity Susan Voorhees told police home on Joan St. had been bur-
Alfred Johnson told Deputy December 10 that someone had glarized. CUStom Printing
William Starling on December stolen more than $300 from the According to Mr. Hembree, Stationery
13 that someone cut the padlock Title One office on South Boule- a 24-inch TV was stolen, and it
on his storage unit off SR 121 vard in Macclenny. appeared an unlocked rear win- Invoices
south and made off with the tub- Ms. Voorhees told Investi- dow was entered. Mr. Hembree
ing. A set of tools was also sto- gator Dawson that the money said the lock on the front door Business Cards
len. Mr. Johnson said the stor- was stolen over the weekend was defective. Envelopes
age facility was fenced and had and only a few people knew Several other pieces of elec-
an electric gate that required a cash was kept in the office. She tronic equipment were left un- Invitations
pass code. speculated that the suspect like- touched.
Investigator Jeffrey Dawson ly broke in through a rear door Matthew Williams said De- THE OFFICE MART
said no usable fingerprints were located through a connecting cember 15 someone had pulled 110 South Fifth St. 259-3737
taken from the scene. He said in classroom, a gate off its hinges at his resi-
his report that a hand cart was Investigator Dawson found dence off CR 229 south of Sand-

County deputies take kids on shoppingspree...
Fourteen county deputies and Sheriff Joey Dobson joined up to spread a little
Christmas cheer the evening of December 17 at the Wal-Mart Supercenter by treat-
ing 14 Baker County children to $100 shopping sprees. Pictured here is Deputy John
Hardin with young Christopher Hakes while he eyes the toy shelf for just the right
gift. The first-ever event is similar to those staged by law enforcement in other coun-
ties, and was organized by Sgts. Jody Dyal and Brad Harvey of the county jail. The
children were chosen by staff at elementary schools, Keller Intermediate and Baker
County Middle School. The jail officers raised $1500 in private donations, and the
children were treated to a dinner at Woody's BBQ after they left the store.
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stolen motorcycle.
Deputy Wayne Limbaugh
said December 15 that he
clocked a motorcycle going 75
MPH on US 90 at CR-231. After
he pulled behind it and turned on
his overhead lights, the driver
leaned forward and accelerated.
The chase continued on US
90 until the driver attempted to
turn onto Tony Givens Rd. He
wasn't successful, and the mo-
torcycle turned over. However,
the driver was able to lose the
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Deputy Limbaugh described

the driver as a black male, 5' 10"-
6', of stocky build wearing blue
jean shorts and a black and gray
long-sleeve shirt.
In other incidents, Glen St.
Mary resident William Brewer
said December 14 that a car was

stolen" from his yard.
Mr. Brewer said he left the
keys in the ignition when he
parked the car. The owner of
the vehicle, Larry Carter, told
Deputy Tony Norman he loaned
the car to Mr. Brewer, who indi-
cated two of his neighbors knew
he left the keys in it.
Later that day, Mr. Carter told
Deputy Limbaugh that one of the
neighbors, Gary Irwin, 45, had
returned the vehicle. According
to the officer, Mr. Irwin admit-
ted to taking the car and using it
to visit friends in Jacksonville.
Patricia Lee of Macclenny
reported that four center caps
were stolen off her car Decem-
ber 14.
Ms. Lee told Deputy Patrick
McGaule\ that she kept the car
in her yard for protection. She
found the driver's side front
window broken and a large piece
of concrete sitting in the car. An
air compressor, window air con-
ditioning unit and several paint
pumps were left untouched.

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Glen Council will return a land strip

The December meeting of the
Glen St. Mary Town Council the
evening of December 18 lasted
mere minutes and included a
handful of agenda items, includ-
ing deeding back a small strip of
land to a property owner off An-
drews St.
Gina Gatlin last month re-
quested return of a strip of prop-
erty adjoining the west boundary
of her lot. The 76 ft, X 450 ft.
area had been given to the town
as part of an earlier road closing.
Before now, Glen tradition-
ally required property of equal
size in return for closing unused
road rights-of-way appearing on
the town plat. The road in this in-
stance was Orange St.
The resolution passed this
week without dissent allowed
an exception to the prior pol-
icy, plus return of the strip.
Mayor Juanice Padgett noted
after the meeting a similar strip
claimed by Roger Harvey on the
west side of the right-of-way has
yet to be resolved. Mr. Harvey
claims the road was closed by an
earlier council and Ms. Padgett
vowed to scour past minutes next
month to determine if it was.
"I had no reason to doubt what
he was saying, but we'll have to
check our records to see what
they say," she said.
The council indicated in No-
vember it favors the same deal in
Mr. Harvey's case.
In other business, the council
agreed to the addition of both

Adopts rule

that allows a

rescue fee f

it is needed
The Baker County Commis-
sion this week kept its options,
open on a special-assessment to
cover the cost of rescue service-
if the state pinches the amount of
ad valorem revenues in 2008.
No one from the public ob-
jected on December 10 when the
enabled ordinance passed with-
out dissent. The wording and
ordinance had been prepared by
Tallahassee-based Government
Services Group consultants, and
brings Baker County in compli-
ance with state statute on collec-
tion of service fees.
The county qualifies for,
special collections along with
property taxes if, among other
things, is designated a rural area
of "critical economic concern"
by the governor. Baker is one of
28 counties in Florida so desig-
The deadline for adoption
is January 1, and now the com-
mission has some lead time to
consider the fee up until the
next budget year beginning in
Actual adoption of the fees
atop those already in place for
fire protection ($50) and garbage
($25), requires public hearings.
County manager Joe Cone noted
this week he's unaware of any
movement on the commission's
part to push for the special as-
sessments. The other assess-
ments are part of the annual
property tax bills, as this one will
be if passed.
"Right now we're funding res-
cue operations out of the general
fund," observed Mr. Cone. "If
the state reduces the amount we
can raise by changing the home-
stead exemption next year, we'll
have less money and we'd have
to make it up somewhere."
The state statue flows in part
from a south Florida court deci-
sion that special fees of this na-
ture do not benefit or accrue to
the property itself on which taxes
are based.

Collection center
holiday hours
All garbage collection cen-
ters in Baker County will be
closed Tuesday, December 25th.
They will resume normal hours
on December 26.

Columbus Day and President's
Day to Glen's paid holidays
- similar to the 13 allocated to
Macclenny employees.
Mayor Padgett recommended
the change in lieu of salary in-
Town clerk Donna Loadholtz,

in her role as code enforcement
officer, reported all violators but
one of ordinances banning junk
cars, refuse and sub-par struc-
tures north of the CSX tracks
have come into compliance.
The remaining one, a tenant,
has until next week to do so or

the case will be handed up to the
Code Enforcement Board that
acts on behalf of Baker County
and Glen.
Ms. Loadholtz will begin a
canvas of property south of the
tracks in January.

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Lost goats and

'Crazy Chick'

living on refuge

Press Staff
While most people have the
typical dog or cat for the family
pet, Cheryl Lunn has goats.
On a morning in early De-
cember, Ms. Lunn is feeding her
brood which currently includes a
group of baby goats, some only
two days old.
"Most of what you see here
are rescue animals," says Ms.
Lunn, whose acreage off James
Britt Rd. is also home to chick-
ens, ducks, geese, a dog, a cat, a
few cows and a Vietnamese pot-
bellied pig.
The hungry geese approach,
honking and bobbing their
heads, raising their wings and
loudly insisting on getting their
share of feed immediately. Cho-
rin, her big orange cat, wraps
around her legs and mews softly
as she passes out food for every-
one. Samson, a big mixed-breed
dog, is also nearby watching at-
A goat with a section of PVC
pipe attached across broken
horns with electrical tape gently
butts against her, curious about
what she has in the feed bucket.
"This one kept putting its
head through the wire of the
fence and getting caught," she
explains. "When they do that
dogs can easily get at them and
hurt them. That's how its horns
got damaged."
Ms. Lunn solved the prob-
lem with the lightweight'section
of plastic pipe. The young goat
doesn't seem to notice the odd
headdress it's sporting around.
The pipe prevents it from push-
ing its head back through the
Among the menagerie of
goats is Goldilocks, an unusual
breed known as a Tennessee
Fainting Goat. The name comes
from the breed's tendency to
"freeze" when frightened. Its
muscles become temporarily
paralyzed, causing it to fall over
on its side.
About 15 goats currently re-
side on Ms. Lunn's property.
They come from many sources,

mostly from people that for one
reason or another, simply can't
keep them anymore.
"This goat is called Buck
and he's brand new," she says
of a handsome billie, gray and
white, with a long beard. Buck
arrived unannounced when Ms.
Lunn was still in bed one morn-
ing. Her daughter called through
* the door that someone was out-
side who wanted to know if she
would take the goat.
She did, sight unseen.
According to Ms. Lunn,
many people acquire goats as
pets with little understanding
of the animal's needs or tenden-
cies. Goats are social creatures
and don't do well in an environ-
ment where they are left alone.
They go to great lengths to es-
cape confinement to be with
other goats, animals or even
Goats also need something to
climb on. They have an instinc-
tual urge to climb to high places
which is why. one often sees
them atop small outbuildings,
boxes or ledges.
If nothing appropriate is near-
by, a goat will attempt to climb
on whatever is available.
"One goat that came to me
had been jumping up on its own-
er's car and they just couldn't
deal with that," she said.
Ms. Lunn laughs about her
duck population. The small pond
on the property is their domain
and some days there appear to
be more ducks than there were
the previous day. That happens
because people sometimes drive
by, stop, and put ducks over the
fence. The birds waddle their
way down to the pond and make
themselves at home.
"People are always doing that,
dropping off ducks," she said. "I
guess they know they'll be cared
Probably the most unusual
creature in this household is a
hen with an odd neurological
disorder. Prior to hatching, the
bird was deficient in vitamin B12
during its formative stages and
later developed what is known

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"People have told me I should
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couldn't do it," said Ms. Lunn. "I
don't mind caring for her; she is
the sweetest creature."
And then there is Hamilton,
the pot-bellied pig. Hamilton
came to live with Ms. Lunn
because his owners moved to a
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obituaries m
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Joshua Hall, 20,

service Saturday
Joshua John Hall, 20, of
Sanderson died suddenly on
December 15, 2007 in Jefferson
County. He was born in Milford,
MI, and lived most of his life in
Baker County graduating from
Baker County High School. Mr.
Hall was employed in the con-
struction business. He was pre-
ceded in death by his father Bob
Hall and brother Gilbert Hall.
Survivors include his moth-
er Melanie Mooney Miller of
Sanderson; son Brantie Heaston;
fiancee Pheba Specht of Sander-
son; brothers William C. Dicks
and Brandon A. Dicks, both of
Lake City and Robert Hall of
Reno, NV; sisters Serita Dicks
of Sanderson, Cashmere Jones
of Tulsa, OK, Rachel Tucker
and Jocelyn Hall, both of Reno
and Jillian Gray of Clearlake,
The funeral service will be
held Saturday, December 22 at
10:00 am at the chapel of Archer
Funeral Home of Lake Butler
with Bro. Scott Fisher officiat-
ing. Burial will be at a later date.
Family will receive friends at
the funeral home from 6:00-8:00
pm Friday, December 21.

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obituaries & pictures


Mt. Zion N.C.
Methodist Church
121 North t 259-4461
Nlacclenn., FL
Pastor Tim Cheshire
Sunday Sc hool 9 45 a. i
Suriij.3, Mornim Woirship 11 00 am
Sunday Evening Worship 6 00 pni
Wedne-..day Prayer Servi;e 7:00 pm

Jesus answered. "Verily, verily I
say unto thee. e-,cept a man be-
born of water and of the Spiril,
he cannot enter into the king-
donm of God John 3 5

Ruby Myers-Perritt

ofBryceville, age 82
Ruby Evelyn Myers-Perritt,
82, of Bryceville died Decem-
ber 15, 2007 in Jacksonville.
Mrs. Perritt was born Decem-
ber 3, 1925 in Moore Haven,
FL, the daughter of the late Fred
Myers and the former Pearl
DeGolyer Myers. She was pre-
ceded in death by her husband
of 37 years, Vernon Perritt and
children Edwin Perritt and Don
Mrs. Perritt joined the ranks
of young American women
serving our nation in factories
building military equipment.
Ruby helped build aircraft for
the Navy, and the young wom-
en were affectionately known
as "Rosie the Riverter". Later,
Ruby worked as a rest area host-
ess on the Florida interstates,
and retired with over 20 years of
Survivors include her chil-
dren Alice Nasworthy and Rob-
ert Hinson; seven grandchildren
and 11 great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was held
graveside at 2:00 pm Tuesday,
December 18 at St. George
Cemetery with Rev. Bob Gal-
lentine officiating. Prestwood
Funeral Home of Baldwin was
in charge of arrangements.

Doris Raulerson,

formerly ofMoniac
Doris Raulerson, 91, former-
ly of Moniac, GA, died Wednes-
day, December 12, 2007. She
was predeceased by her loving
husband Glenn. She lovingly
devoted the majority of her life
to the care 'and nurturing of her
husband and four daughters.
Mirs. Kaulerson liked to be bus\
working in her flower giardehn or
preparing scrumptious meals.
She was a joy and delight to all
who knew her and will be sorely
missed. She was a member of
the Baxter Church of God and
proud of her longtime atten-
dance record of "never missing
a Sunday".
Survivors include daughters
Glenda, Laura, Elizabeth and
Ruth; eight grandchildren and
She was laid to rest at Taylor
Cemetery on Friday, .December
14. Arrangements were handled
by Guerry Funeral Home, Mac-

In Memory
of my Daddy
Lonnie Menzo Wilcox Sr.
You are gone but not forgotten,
Memories of you are still in my
heart. Your spirit lives within
me forever.

In Memory
Sheila 'Lil Bit' Kennedy
Christmas Day will make one
year since the Lord took our an-
gel home to be with Him. This
is our first Christmas without
you, and there is not a day that
goes by that we do not think of
you. We close our eyes and can
still see your beautiful smile. We
know one day we will all be to-
gether again. Until then you will
always remain in our hearts.

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Where Everyone is Somebody and
Jesus is the Leader
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Pastor Rev. Ernie Terrell

573 S. 5th St. 259-6059
Sunday Bible-Study 9:45 am
Fellowship 10:30 am 11:00 am
Worship Services
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V', .,:,I Bill Sn.,i v

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Saniii F. Pitching

Holiness Church
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


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Five Churches Road
Hwv. 127 Sanderson, FL

Sunday School

23-A to Lauramore Rd. & Fairgrounds Rd.
Sunday School 9:45 am
Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 am
Sunday Evening Services 6:00 pm
Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting 7:00 pm
Pastor J. C. Lauramore Welcomes All


Fro, oOur a.. Ii3L To Yours

Please accept our best wishes for a very Merry Christmas
and a healthy and prosperous New Year.
We feel truly honored to serve this community
and appreciate your trust in us.


420 E. Macclenny Ave.
(U.S. 90 East)


9:45 a.m.

Sunday Morning Worship 11:001 ..m.
Wed. Night Bible Stud) 7:00 p.m.
\ 'idell I 11: illiamns -Pastor

In Loving Memory
Mrs. Vonda Faye Shadd
It's been a year since God took
you home.
You were our best friend and we
feel so alone.
We've cried a million tears and
our hearts are so shattered, but
your burdens have been re-
placed with peace and that's all
that really matters.
You raised all of your children
and gave us so much love.
Now you've been rewarded with
love from above.
We miss your sweet face and
your soft mother's touch,
But your sisters and Debbie are
helping us so much.
We are glad you're not blind
anymore and that you can see..
You're up there with granny
where you wanted to be.
Life on this earth is just not the
same, so we will strive to serve
God and be ready when He
calls our name.
The Lord is standing by us and
helping with, the pain, and we
are looking forward to meeting
you again.
You're on our minds and in our
hearts day and night.

St. Peters Anglican Fellowship
Minnesota Ave. Macclenny, Fla.
Sunday School 9:00 am
Sunday Service 10:00 am


Jesus: The Way, The Truth and The Life
Sunday School 10:00 AM. Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 PM.
Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 AM. Wed. Eve. Worship 7:30 PM.
Pastor Rev. Shannon Conner
North 6th Street Macclenny 259-3500

First Assembly f'

of God ,
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Sunday School
Sunday Morning Worship
Sunday Evening Worship
Wednesday Bible Study

9:3u am
10:15 am
6:00 pm
7:00 pm

Exalting Christ * Loving People
206 N. Fifth St., Macclenny
Special Blessings School Readiness Center 259-8466

First Baptist Church
"A Beacon to Sunday School 9:45 AM
Baker County" Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 AM
O Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 PM
Wednesday Prayer Meeting 7:00 PM
Dr. Randy Williams, Senior Pastor
^ -Perry Hays, Associate Pastor

IcaJvary Bapfi Rt

Sunday School
Preaching Servic

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10:00 am
e 11:00 am

Sunday Nght Service 6:00 pm

- I Wednesday Service

523 North Boulevard W.

Four blocks north of Hwy. 90 in Macclenny
Pastor Donnie E. Williams ** 259-4529


Sunday\ Worship 11:00 anm i-RV Kindergarten-12th Grade
Sunday\ E\ening 6:00 pm l McKa Scholarships for
Wednesday Night 7:00 pm Pastor Mitch Rhoden E.S.E. & I.E.P. Students
Youth Service Sun. 6:00 pm 28 W. Macclenny Ave., Financial Aid CTC Scholarships
Youth Service Wed. 7:00 pm On Railroad Rd. in Midtowne Center behind WJXR "Home of the Eagles"..
259-1199 or 305-2131 Isaiah 40:31


Gid Giddens

270 North US Highway 301
Baldwin, Fla.

Locally Owned & Operated


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First Baptist Church
of Sanderson
CR 229 S., Sanderson FL
Sunday School ....... 10:00 am
Sun. Morning Worship 11:00 am
Sun. Evening Worship ..6:00 pm
Wed. Eve. Bible Study. .7:00 pm
AWANA Wed. Night.. 7:00 pm
Pastor Bob Christmas

7:00 pm

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Her son

To our loving Father
on his birthday
We love you "Daddy" and miss
you very much.

In Loving Memory
of our Father,
Lonnie M. Wilcox Sr.
Since Heaven has become your
home, we sometimes feel that
we're so alone; and though
we now are far apart, you will
always hold a big piece of our
We never knew how much we'd
grieve, when it was time for you
to leave. Or just how much our
hearts would ache, with the last
breath that you would take.
God lets this tender hole re-
main, so He could remind us
we'll see each other again. And
on that day, the pain will cease
when God restores the missing
Daddy, we love you and you are
truly missed.

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himself up on

choice oftoys
By Richelle Starling
Glen St. Mary
My son Dallen Starling is four
years old. He was excited to make
a list of things that he would
love for Santa to bring him for
Christmas this year. With all of
the choices in toys these days, I
thought I would start him with
a toy company's ad that came
in the mail. He loved looking
at all the pictures of the toys. I
thought I would help him narrow
his choices further by telling him
that the numbers under each toy
meant that the toy was appro-
priate for that age (ie: a model
car would be good for age 8 and
So, after about 30 minutes
of him looking through the
circular, I reviewed his toys of
choice. I noticed that he had cir-
cled several toys that were for 2
and up.
I told him, "Dallen, you've
circled a lot of toys." He. said,
"Yes ma'am." Pointing to the
"2 and up" toys, I said, "I don't
think you need these baby, be-
cause they are for 2 and up."
Without missing a beat, he
said "I know I'm not 2 Mom-
ma, but I'm the 'and up!'"


S i g ro. p.l il .

By Jeanie Teel Prosch
Glen St. Mary
David looked out the frosted
glass of his living room window.
A light snow had fallen during the
night, and the lawn and surround-
ing forest looked like a winter
David grew up in this ram-
bling old farm house, and along
with his wife Marie was now rais-
ing their two children, Katy and
JohnRyan, there. His father Dan-
iel, 82, lived in a small apartment
behind the house. David smiled
as he thought of the complaining
his dad would do this morning.
He loved the holidays, but
snow in Florida was a& different
"Dad, Dad, it snowed last
night!" his 10-year-old daughter
cried as she ran into the living
room. Standing by her dad, Katy
was his mirror image. David put
his arm across Katy's shoulders
a-d hugged her to his side.
Yes, and it's so beautiful. Just
in time for Christmas," he replied.
As they stood there admiring
God's handiwork, a sound came
from the kitchen.
Stomp. Stomp Stomp.
The sound of boots kicking off
the snow resounded from the wet
room near the back door. Entering
the kitchen,.Daniel had a frown on
his face, but his eyes were warm
and smiling.
"I can't believe it has snowed
down here!" he exclaimed. It's
not supposed to snow in Florida.
What in the world is the Good
Lord thinking?"
David and Katy both laughed
because they knew Daniel loved
cold weather.
"I guess we're due for a mira-
cle, Dad," said David as he turned
to the stove and placed a large fry-
ing pan onto a burner. "How about
some of my famous pancakes?"
"I'll go get Mom and JohnRy-
an and tell them you are making
breakfast. And Dad, please make
a lot snow makes me hungry,"
Katy said, laughing as she went to
the stairwell.
David and Daniel exchanged
anxious glances as feelings of
sadness rushed into their hearts.
David was a Navy helicopter
pilot stationed at Mayport, and
he was due to leave Christmas
night for Iraq. Marie and Daniel
knew, but they had agreed not to

tell the children until after Christ-
mas morning. No one knew how
long David would be gone, but
they did know it would be a very
lengthy tour.
"It'll be all right, Dad. I've
been in wars before; I know the
Daniel bowed his head and
silently sent up a prayer for his
son's safety before he answered.
"I know, son, but that doesn't
make it any less emotional for
any of us, especially you. I have
lived most of my life, but you
are in the prime of yours and the
children have just begun theirs.
Marie does a wonderful job when
you are gone, but I see the fear in
her eyes when she thinks no one
is looking. Not to mention the
loneliness. I just want you to be
careful and come back home."
Their conversation was inter-
rupted by a small 3-year-old and
Katy bounding into the kitchen.
"Daddy, Katy said it snowed
outside can I see, can I see?"
JohnRyan asked as he ran past
David and tugged on the knob of
the door leading to the backyard.
David put his hand over his
father's hand and they exchanged
a silent look of understanding be-
fore he stood up and went to help
JohnRyan. Opening the door, he
picked up his pajama-clad son
and wrapped him in his coat that
was hanging on the porch.
Going into the backyard, they
took in the brisk cold air and the
smell of damp snow upon trees
- there is no other smell like it
in the world. Standing quietly,
David held tight to JohnRyan and
brushed his lips against the soft
hair of the small son he loved.
Going to war was a difficult
thing, and it was never easy to
leave the family he loved so
much. but he knew he had to give
his family and country the best he
had, and this was the only way he
knew to do that.
JohnRyan wiggled and-turned
about to face his father. He placed
his small hands onto,his father's
cheeks blue eyes looking
straight into blue eyes. "I love
you, Daddy," he whispered. As
tears sprang into David's eyes, he
hugged the little boy to him and
answered, "I love you too, Buddy.
Never forget that, ever,"

A loud rumble rattled the walls

May you and your loved ones revel in
the delights of this wonderful season
and may you enjoy many fond
memories for a long time to come.
Happy Holiday!

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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

Senior Pastor
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Sunday School
Sunday Morning Worship
Sunday Evening Worship
Wednesday Night Service
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of the old building and fire lit
up the night sky. Lt. David Teel
jumped to his feet and started
grabbing his gear.
He could hear the troops as
they ran in defensive mode, and
knew his chopper would be ready
for flight before he pulled his
weapons of war into readiness.
Running for the helicopter,
he shouted orders for the men to
move away, and for his team to
begin maneuvers. Jumping into
the pilot's seat, he quickly asked
for the location of the target and
took to the air amid the loud whir
of turning blades.
Visibility was limited and the
disturbed atmosphere was littered
with bomb debris and dust.
He only had a moment,to re-
member the dream he was hav-
ing when the bombs starting fall-
ing. He was at home and making
pancakes with his family on the

It had snowed surely that
was a dream because he lived in
Florida. But the memories were
so strong and fresh that he truly
felt like he had been there.
Then he remembered. Today
is Christmas, and he had not been
home for over a year, except in
his dreams.
"Thank you, God, for getting
me through another year and
please watch over my family un-
til I return," he silently prayed be-
fore his team started raining bul-
lets onto the ground below.

On a small farm in Glen St.
Mary, a woman stood with her
father-in-law and two young chil-
dren as the light snow flakes fell
onto their faces.
As they held hands tightly and
marveled at the unusual sight, they
bowed their heads and prayed for
the safety and quick return of Lt.
David Teel.

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Top monthly NEFSH employees; years of service are noted

Two night shift workers were also point- .| I years of service at the hospital 25 years; Ronnie Harris, Mike Observing fifth-year anni-
among a trio winning the honor ed out I (35). Joining him were Fred- Hutchison, Norma Owens-Hix- versaries are Suja Koshy, Tima
of Employee of the Month at that Ms die Griffin and Janet Harris, Mr. on, David Lampman and Mary Elder, Harriet Herring, James
Northeast i Ruise at- Kennedy's assistant who served Parker 20 years. At the hospital a Setzer, Shirley Churchville, So-
Fl orid a .- tends col- -. '' in a similar role for a number of decade are Gloria Banks, James nya Hauge, Wilhelmenia Ross
State Hos- lege in the | other hospital chiefs. Delawder, Charlie Lewis, An- and Joann Wilcox.
pital ear- evening Marcie Fuller recently passed gela Parker, Michael Crews and (Photos courtesy of Helen Lutke)
lier this before re- the 30-year mark; Jimmie Givens Debra Thompson.
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honoree was the hospital's top employee.
back in in October. She is assigned to the 0 .,A U.I'Elli,
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day, December 21 beginning at
10:00 am at Advance Auto Parts
'on South 6th in Macclenny.
All proceeds go to the church's
building fund. For more infor-
mation, call 259-5567.


for her performance taking re-
sponsibility over the living area
in the ab-
sence of
a supervi- -
sor. Ms. .

also has r
an exem-
plary at-
tendance .
often ar-
riving for Leona Grifjis
her shift well ahead of time.
Recently retired NEFSH ad-
ministrator Steve Kennedy was
among those recognized for

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starting our .16th year of service in Macclenny. We are still
located at 1191 S. Sixth Street across from Vystar Credit

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forward to seeing many old friends and clients, as well as
making new ones."

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Phone (904) 259-4375 FAX (904) 259-6146
The following vehicle will be sold at public
auction January 4, 2008 at 10:00 am, at Higginbo-
tham's Towing & Recovery, US 90 West, Glen St.
Mary, FL. 32040.
1989 Ford Van


CASE NO.: 02-2007-CP-0061



The administration of the estate of Trista
Wanelle Coleman, deceased, whose date of death
was August 30, 2007, is pending in the Circuit
Court for Baker County, Florida, Probate Division,
File Number 02-2007-CP-0061, the address of
which is 339 East Macclenny Avenue, Macclenny,
Florida 32063. The names and addresses of the
personal representatives and the personal repre-
sentative's attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other per-
sons, who have claims or demands against dece-
dent's estate, including unmatured, contingent or
unliquidated claims, and who have been served a
copy of this notice, must file their claims with this
All other creditor's of the decedent and other
persons who have claims or demands against
decedent's estate, including unmatured, contingent
or unliquidated claims, must file their claims with
The date of first publication of this
notice is December 13, 2007.

Hugh D. Fish, Jr.
Florida Bar No. 0242861
Post Office box 531
Macclenny, Florida 32063
904-269-6606 or 6705
Attorney for Personal Representative:

Personal Representative
Joanne D. Thornton

12/13-20 "


(2) Provides for the transfer of accumulated Save-Our-Homes benefits. Homestead property owners
: .. will be able to transfer their Save-Our-Homes benefit to a new homestead within 1 year and not more than
.' 2 years after relinquishing their previous homestead; except, if this revision is approved by the electors in
January of 2008 and if the new homestead is established on January 1, 2008, the previous homestead must
have been relinquished in 2007. If the new homestead has afhigher just value than the previous one; the accu-'
0 mulated benefit can be transferred; if the new homestead has a lower just value, the amount of benefit trans-
ferred will be reduced. The transferred benefit may not exceed $500,000. This provision applies to all taxes.
(3) Authorizes an exemption from property taxes of $25,000 of assessed value of tangible personal
property. This provision applies to all taxes.
(4) Limits the assessment increases for specified nonhomestead real property to 10 percent each
year. Property will be assessed at just value following an improvement, as defined by general law, and may be
assessed at just value following a change of ownership or control if provided by general law. This limitation
S .. does not apply to school district taxes. This limitation is repealed effective January 1, 2019, unless renewed
by a vote of the electors in the general election held in 2018.

File No.: 02-2007-CP-038



The administration of the estate of Marian
V. McCreary, deceased, whose date of death was
December 3, 2006, and whose social security
number is 266-34-9863, is pending in the Circuit
Court for Baker County, Florida, Probate Division,
the address of which is 339 East Macclenny Av-
enue, Macclenny, Florida 32063. The names and
addresses of the personal representatives and the
personal representatives' attorney are set forth
All creditors of the decedent and other per-
sons having claims or demands against decedent's
estate on whom a copy of this notice is required
to be served must file their claims with this court
All other creditors of the decedent aod other
persons having claims or demands against dece-
dent's estate must file their claims withth is court
The date of first publication of this
notice is December 13, 2007.

Allen L. Poucher, Jr., P.A.
2257 Riverside Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32204
Telephone: 904-389-2200
Florida Bar No. 308617
Attorney for Personal Representative:

Personal Representative
Clare McCreary Tillis
16875 Crews Road
Glen St. Mary, FL 32040


The Baker County District School Board will
hold the following public hearing on Tuesday, Jan-
uary 22, 2008, in the School Board Room located
at 270 South Boulevard East, Macclenny, Florida
beginning at 6:30 pm.
Approval of Revised School Board Policy
7.020 (Procedures for Administering the District
This document is available for preview at the
Baker County School Board Office located at 392
South Boulevard East, Macclenny, Florida, begin-
ning Friday, December 14, 2007 (8:30 am-3:00

Paula T. Barton
Superintendent of Schools

Further, this revision:
a. Repeals obsolete language on the homestead exemption when it was less than $25,000 and did not
apply uniformly to property taxes levied by all local governments.
b. Provides for homestead exemptions to be repealed if a future constitutional amendment provides for
assessment of homesteads "at less than just value" rather than as currently provided "at a specified percent-
age" of just value.
c. Schedules the changes to.take effect upon approval by the electors and operate retroactively to
January 1, 2008, if approved in a special election held on January 29, 2008, or to take effect January 1, 2009,
if approved in the general election held in November of 2008. The limitation on annual assessment increases
for specified real property shall first apply to the 2009 tax roll if.this revision is approved in a special election
held on January 29,.2008, or shall first apply to the 2010 tax roll if this revision is approved .in the general
election held in November of 2008.

SECTION 3. Taxes; exemptions.--
(a) All property owned by a municipality and used exclusively by it for municipal or public purposes
shall be exempt from taxation. A municipality, owning property outside the municipality, may be required by
general law to make payment to the taxing unit in which the property is located. Such portions of property as
are used predominantly for educational, literary, scientific, religious or charitable purposes may be exempted
by general law from taxation.
(b) There shall be exempt from taxation, cumulatively, to every head of a family residing in this state,
household goods and personal effects to the value fixed 'by general law, not less than one thousand dollars,
and to every widow or widower or person who is blind or totally and permanently disabled, property to the
value fixed by general law not less than five hundred dollars.
(c) Any county or municipality may, for the purpose of its respective tax levy and subject to the provi-
sions of this subsection and general law, grant community and economic development ad valorem tax exemp-
tions to new businesses and expansions of existing businesses, as defined by general law. Such an exemption
may be granted only by ordinance of the county or municipality, and only after the electors of the county or
municipality voting on such question in a referendum authorize the county or municipality to adopt such
ordinances. An exemption so granted shall apply to improvements to real property made by or for the use of
a new business and improvements to real property related to the expansion of an existing business and shall
also apply to tangible personal property of such new business and tangible personal property related to the
expansion of an existing business. The amount or limits of the amount of such exemption shall be specified
by general law. The period of time for which such exemption may be granted to a new business or expansion
of an existing business shall be determined by general law. The authority to grant such exemption shall expire
ten years from the date of approval by the electors of the county or municipality, and may be renewable by
referendum as provided by general law.
(d) By general law and subject to conditions specified therein, there may be granted an ad valorem
tax exemption to a renewable energy source device andto real property on which such device is installed and
operated, to the value fixed by general law not to exceed the original cost of the device, and for the period of
time fixed by general law not to exceed ten years.
(e) Any county or municipality may, for the purpose of its respective tax levy and subject to the provi-
sions of this subsection and general law, grant historic preservation ad valorem tax exemptions to owners
of historic properties. This exemption may be granted only by ordinance of the county or municipality. The
amount or limits of the amount of this exemption and the requirements for eligible properties must be speci-
fied by general law. The period of time for which this exemption may be granted to a property owner shall be
determined by general law.
(f) By general law and subject to conditions specified therein, twenty-five thousand dollars of the
assessed value of property subject to tangible personal property tax shall be exempt from ad valorem taxation
SECTION 4. Taxation; assessments.--By general law regulations shall be prescribed which shall secure
a just valuation of all property for ad valorem taxation, provided:
(a) Agricultural land, land producing high water recharge to Florida's aquifers, or land used exclusively
for noncommercial recreational purposes may be classified by general law and assessed solely on the basis of
character or use.
(b) Pursuant to general law tangible personal property held for sale as stock in trade and livestock may
be valued for taxation at a specified percentage of its value, may be classified for tax purposes, or may be
exempted from taxation.
(c) All persons entitled to a homestead exemption under Section 6 of this Article shall have their home-
stead assessed at just value as of January, 1 of the year following the effective date of this amendment. This
assessment shall change only as provided herein.
(1) Assessments subject to this provision shall be changed annually on January 1st of each year; but
those changes in assessments shall not exceed the lower of the following:
a. Three percent (3%) of the assessment for the prior year.
b. The percent change in the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers, U.S. City Average, all
items 1967=100, or successor reports for the preceding calendar year as initially reported by the United States
Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
(2) No assessment shall exceed just value.
(3) After any change of ownership, as provided by general law, homestead property shall be assessed
at just value as of January 1 of the following year, unless the provisions of paragraph (8) apply. Thereafter, the
homestead shall be assessed as provided herein.
(4) New homestead property shall be assessed at just value as of January 1st of the year following the
establishment of the homestead unless the provisions of paraQraph (8) apply. That assessment shall only
change as provided herein.
(5) Changes, additions, reductions, or improvements to homestead property shall be assessed as
provided for by general law; provided, however, after the adjustment for any change, addition, reduction, or
improvement, the property shall be assessed as provided herein.
(6) In the event of a termination of homestead status, the property shall be assessed as provided by
general law.
(7) The provisions of this amendment are severable. If any of the provisions of this amendment shall
be held unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, the decision of such court shall not affect or
impair any remaining provisions of this amendment.
(8)a. A person who establishes a new homestead as of January 1, 2009, or January 1 of any subse-
dnuent vear and who has received a homestead exemption oursuant to Section 6 of this Article as of January 1

of either of the two years i

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assessed at less than lust value. If t
v homestead as of January 1. 200

less than lust value only if that person received a

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union of the newly establish ows:

the just value of t
anuaryl1 of the yi

mestead is greater than or
h the orior homestead was a

homestead shall be the iust value of the new homestead minus an amount equal to the lesser of $500,000 or
the difference between the just value and the assessed value of the orior homestead as of January 1 of the
year in which the prior homestead was abandoned. Thereafter, the homestead shall be assessed as provided
2. If the. just value of the new homestead is less than the just value of the prior homestead as of
January 1 of the year in which the orior homestead was abandoned, the assessed value of the new homestead

shall be equal to the just val
multiplied by the assessed v
of the new homestead and t
pagrgaph is greater than $5i
difference between the just vw

ce between the just value
pursuant to this sub-sub-
II be increased so that the
er the homestead shall be

assessed as provided herein.
b. By general law and subject to conditions specified therein, the Legislature shall provide for applica-
tion of this paragraph to prooertv owned by more than one person.
(d) The legislature may, by general law, for assessment purposes and subject to the provisions of this
subsection, allow counties and municipalities to authorize by ordinance that historic property may be assessed
solely on the basis of character.or use. Such character or use assessment shall apply only to the jurisdiction
adopting the ordinance. The requirements for eligible properties must be specified by general law.
(e) A county may, in the manner prescribed by general law, provide for a reduction in the assessed
value of homestead property to the extent of any increase in the assessed value of that property which results
from the construction or reconstruction of the property for the purpose of providing living quarters for one or
more natural or adoptive grandparents or parents of the owner of the property or of the owner's spouse if at
least one of the grandparents or parents for whom the living quarters are provided is 62 years of age or older.
Such a reduction may not exceed the lesser of the following:
(1) The increase in assessed value resulting from construction or reconstruction of the property.
(2) Twenty percent of the total assessed value of the property as improved.
(f) For all levies other than school district levies assessments of residential real property as defined

by general law. \
forth in subsecti,
(1) Assess
widrier hb law hu

ich is not subject to the assessment limitations set
ovided in this subsection. .
chained annually on the date of assessment pro-
exceed ten percent (10%) of the assessment forethe

prior year.
(2) No assessment shall exceed just value.
(3) After a change of ownership or control as defined by general law including any change of own-
rqhin nf a Innl Pntt thtI nw+ + in+ e h nrnnarh, alrs h nrnnolert ha ha henee eer at illCt uslue nis of the neYt

ssed as provided in this subsection.
ants to such property shall be assessed as provided
ny change addition, reduction, or improvement, the
assessments of real property that is not subject to the
ugh (c) and (f) shall chance only as provided in this

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assessment date. Thereafter. suc
(4) Changes, additions i
for by general law: however, afl
property shall be assessed as pr
(g) For all levies other the
assessment limitations set forth

(1) Assessments subject to this subsection shall be changed annually on the date of assessment pro-
vided by law- but those changes in assessments shall not exceed ten percent (10%) of the assessment for the

prior year.
(2) No assessment shall exceed just value
(3) The legislature must provide that st

assessment date after a c
Thereafter, such property sl
(4) The legislature
assessment date after a ch
ownership of the legal entity

ch property shall be assessed at just value as of the next

movement. as defined by general law. is made to such property
d as provided in this subsection.
hat such property shall be assessed at just value as of the next
ship or control. as defined by general law. including any change of
e property Thereafter such property shall be assessed as provided

in this subsection.
(5) Changes. additions, reductions, or improvements to such property shall be assessed as provided
for by General law: however, after the adjustment for any change, addition reduction or improvement, the
property shall be assessed as provided in this subsection.
SECTION 6. Homestead exemptions.--
(a) Every person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate and maintains thereon the perma-
nent residence of the owner, or another legally or naturally dependent upon the owner, shall be exempt from
taxation thereon, except assessments for special benefits, up to the assessed valuation of twenty-five five
thousand dollars and, for all levies other than school district levies, on the assessed valuation greater than
fifty thousand dollars and up to seventy-five thousand dollars upon establishment of right thereto in the
manner prescribed by law. The real estate may be held by legal or equitable title, by the entireties, jointly, in
common, as a condominium, or indirectly by stock ownership or membership representing the owner's or,
member's proprietary interest in a corporation owning a fee or a leasehold initially in excess of ninety-eight
veure The e xmntion shall not annply with respect to any assessment roll until such roll is first determined to

be in compliant
is repealed on t

ons of
f anyv

a state agency
o this Article

stead property at less than just value.
(b) Not more than one exemption shall be allowed any individual or family unit or with respect to any
residential unit. No exemption shall exceed the value of the real estate assessable to the owner or, in case of
ownership through stock or membership in a corporation, the value of the proportion which the interest in the
corporation bears to the assessed value of the property.
(c) By general law and subject to conditions specified therein, the exemption shall be increased to a

attained age sixty five or is totally and pi
provided in subsection (d).
(d) By general law and subject t
n MM'^' ^th^ M^"^ inn nmminh nf mqr

n, the exemption shall be increased to
r each levy other than those of school
; twenty thousand dollar with respect
assessments for 1982 and cach ycar
y assc3sment roll until such roll is first

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e 0c(e) By general law and subject to conditions specified therein, the Legislature may provide to rent-
ers, who are permanent residents, ad valorem tax relief on all ad valorem tax levies. Such ad valorem tax relief
shall be in the form and amount established by general law.
(d).f) The legislature may, by general law, allow counties or municipalities, for the purpose of their
respective tax levies and subject to the provisions of general law, to grant an additional homestead tax exemp-
tion not exceeding fifty thousand dollars to any person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate and
maintains thereon the permanent residence of the owner and who has attained age sixty-five and whose
household income, as defined by general law, does not exceed twenty thousand dollars. The general law
must allow counties and municipalities to grant this additional exemption, within the limits prescribed in this
subsection, by ordinance adopted in the manner prescribed by general law, and must provide for the periodic
adjustment of the income limitation prescribed in this subsection for changes in the cost of living.
(e}(g) Each veteran who is age 65 or older who is partially or totally permanently disabled shall receive
a discount from the amount of the ad valorem tax otherwise owed on homestead property the veteran owns
and resides in if the disability was combat related, the veteran was a resident of this state at the time of enter-
ing the military service of the United States, and the veteran was honorably discharged upon separation from
military service. The discount shall be in a percentage equal to the percentage of the veteran's permanent, ser-
vice-connected disability as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. To qualify for the
discount granted by this subsection, an applicant must submit to the county property appraiser, by March 1,
proof of residency at the time of entering military service, an official letter from the United States Department
of Veterans Affairs stating the percentage of the veteran's service-connected disability and such evidence that
reasonably identifies the disability as combat related, and a copy of the veteran's honorable discharge. If the
property appraiser denies the request for a discount, the appraiser must notify the applicant in writing of the
reasons for the denial, and the veteran may reapply. The Legislature may, by general law, waive the annual
application requirement in subsequent years. This subsection shall take effect December 7, 2006, is self-
executing, and does not require implementing legislation.
SECTION 27. Prooertv tax exemptions and limitations on property tax assessments.--The amend-

has been
-at the state hospital for 17 years
and was also recently chosen
Employee of the Quarter in the
programming department. A day
shift worker, she was lauded for
her expertise preparing patients
for life once they are discharged
from NEFSH. In one case, she
purchased a number of items that
would be needed by a patient be-
fore release to a group home.
Betsy Ruise won the honor
in September. Assigned to the
Walden Village unit, she has
worked at NEFSH nine years
and her night shift supervisor
praised her as a "self-starter." He

May the light of His love shine down upon you and your family
during this season of enlightenment, and may the true meaning of
the yuletide reside with you at Christmas.

Higginbotham Brothers Heating, Air & Electrical
L 259-0893 1

I, Kurt.S. Browning, Secretary of State of the State of Florida, do hereby give notice that an election will be
held in each county in Florida, on January 29, 2008, for the ratification or rejection of a proposed revision to
the constitution of the State of Florida.
No. 1
Ballot Title:

Ballot Summary:
This revision proposes changes to the State Constitution relating to property taxation. With respect to home-
stead property, this revision: (1) increases the homestead exemption except for school district taxes and (2)
allows homestead property owners to transfer up to $500,000 of their Save-Our-Homes benefits to their next
homestead. With respect to nonhomestead property, this revision (3) provides a $25,000 exemption for tan-
gible personal property and (4) limits assessment increases for specified nonhomestead real property except
for school district taxes.

In more detail, this revision:
(1) Increases the homestead exemption by exempting the assessed value between $50,000 and
$75,000. This exemption does not apply to school district taxes.




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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday December 20, 2007 Page 11

Like the shepherds in the
,A mm fields on that holy night .
^ 'so long ago, our faith is
renewed and our spirits lifted .
as we celebrate the Miracle
of Christmas.
For your generous spirit,
we are deeply thankful.

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TMH class members enjoy opening gifts from CVS: Noura Tber, CVS volunteers Amy Lewis and Ricky McAhren, Jordan Cox, CVS manager Pillipe Macedo, Alicia Jackson,
Chris Keehmer and Richard Hughs.

CVS team focuses on TMH class with presents,

reciting of Christmas reading on December 14th
BY KELLEY LANNIGAN selected just for him. He spun the toy's twin props said Ms. Fowler. "They encour-
Press Staff Receiving the gifts, which with his fingers, anxious to try it aged them each time they got
were individually wrapped and out for real. something right. They actually
Fifteen students in teacher placed under a small Christmas "I like my present," declared played with the kids after they
Diane Fowler's TMH class at tree set up on a table was defi- Jordan Cox, who received a toy gave out the gifts. It was a plea-
Baker County High School were nitely the highlight of the morn- turbo charger vehicle. "I think sure to have them here."
treated to a special visit by em- ing for the students. I'm supposed to get some more Ms. Fowler also praised the
ployees of the Macclenny CVS CVS shift manager Ricky tonight!" other teachers who help her con-
drug store December 14. The McAhren, photo lab technician Earlier, the CVS team read duct the teaching of the TMH
CVS team spent the morning Amy Lewis and Mr. Macedo a fun Christmas story called students, Ms. Howe, Connie
helping students with their les- took turns calling out the stu- "Sammie the Snake." The text McGlew and Cindy Kirkland.
sons, reading a Christmas story dent's names and having them and illustrations of the story were
and making sure each one re- come forward to receive a pres- projected on a screen for easy ALCOHOLICS
ceived a special treat from the ent that assistant teacher Mary viewing and the employees took
store. Howe had selected specifically turns reading out loud. After ANONYMOUS
Store manager Phillipe Mace- for them. each page was read, Ms. Fowler,
do, who has managed CVS for "Look at my, shoes!" shouted wearing a bright red Santa hat, Monday & Thursday
three months, wanted to make a Casey Crews, proudly holding summed it up and asked the stu- 8:00 pm
holiday community gesture on up her new, blue bedroom slip- dents what they thought about
behalf of his store. Having sev- pers embroidered with multi- the story's events so far. Macclenny Church of Christ
eral of his employees share their colored daisy flowers. Peals of laughter broke out 5th and Minnesota
time and bring each student a "Look what I have, so pretty," among the class when Sammie 275-3617 or 259-8257
special gift seemed the perfect chimed in April Frye. "A purse the Snake dikcoveied all he had
1 a\. .and a..handlotion.'" to wear(outa ,tthe sno ,wwasra .. .... c-, ,wJ J q'.
"It doesn't get better than The boys racked up, too. tube sock and some green un-
this" said Mr. Macedo as he en- Richard Huges was delighted derwear.
courage student Lloyd Gentry with a wireless indoor helicopter. "The folks from CVS got : .. .
to sink a ball through the hoop Thoughtfully, a pack of batteries right in there and helped the stu-
of the Nerfhoop basketball goal was included with the gift. dents do their reading lessons," ':. -

3 .

We'd like lo express our
graliude 10o all o01 you for
all of01 the good limes we've
shared together this year.


It's always a pleasure serving
you and we look forward to10
seeing you again.
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday December 20, 2007 Page 12




Tyler Wilford and Kaitlynn Griffis
Announces arrival ofgrandchildren
Harold and Angie Griffis of Macclenny are proud to announce the
birth of their granddaughter Kaitlynn Daniele Griffis to parents Chris
and Melissa of Macclenny, and the birth of grandson Tyler George
Wilford to parents Steve and Nelli, also of Macclenny.
Kaitlynn was born November 29th and Tyler arrived on December

Gratefulto their
We live in Blackbottom and
would like to thank Alex Robin-
son, our commissioner, for going
to bat with Dupont and getting
our roads paved. We read the
paper and know that he fought
with Dupont for many months
to get that accomplished.
Alex, thank you for being
there for us.

Monday & Thursday at 8:00 pm
Macclenny Church of Christ
5th and Minnesota
275-3617 or 259-8257

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Michael & Lisa Conner
are blessed to announce
the engagement of their
only daughter Katie LeAnn
Conner to Paul Holloway
Chance II, the son of Paul
& Diana Chance.
The wedding is planned
for December 22, 2007
at 5:00 pm at First Baptist
Church of Glen St. Mary.
All family and friends are


Ms. Raulerson and Mr. Pride
December vows
Eric and Sherrie Raulerson
of Macclenny are proud to an-
nounce the engagement of their
daughter Erica Suzanne Raul-
erson to Austin Scott Pride, the
son of Scott and Wendy Pride of
Longwood, Florida.
Austin is a recent graduate of
the University of Florida, where
he was also a member of the
baseball team. Erica is currently
a student at UF and was a foot-
ball and basketball cheerleader.
The wedding celebration will
be held December 30, 2007 at
Club Continental in Orange
Park, FL.

Christmas program
at the Woman's Club
The Macclenny Woman's
Club will meet Thursday, De-
cember 20 at 11:00 am.
Marlene Murch, local musi-
cian, artist and former teacher,
will be the guest speaker. She
will speak about the vocal and
arts school she has established
in our community and will en-
tertain with Christmas music.
The Fine Arts Department
will host its annual arts and craft
All women over the age of 18
are welcome to attend. For ad-
ditional information, please call

Wyatt Forbes
Announces baby
Kayla Hanks and Joseph
Forbes of Sanderson announce
the birth of their baby boy, Wy-
att Richard Forbes. He was born
November 27, 2007 at Memori-
al Medical Center weighing five
pounds three ounces. He was 18
inches long.
Grandparents are Buddy and
Rachel Hanks of Sanderson,
and Robert and Penny Forbes of

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Basketball gets into

groove during week

It's taken a lot longer than
Coach Charles Ruise would have
wanted, but the Wildcat varsity
basketball team is finally starting
to gel, as evidenced by a pair of
wins last week. The Cats won a
close game against Stanton Prep
and then came back to blow out
Suwannee County.
Carlos Holton hit his shooting
stride versus Stanton Prep on the
road in Jacksonville December
11. Holton tossed in 22 points
as the Wildcats snatched a 51-48
win against the Blue Devils.
The Wildcats trailed most of
the game before they came back
in the fourth quarter with a big
10-point surge to win the game.
Stanton edged out to a 26-19
lead at the half.
The Cats started to battle back
in the third period, but it took a
19-9 run in the fourth quarter to
steal the win from the Devils.
Holton led the way with 22.
Ike Parker had 15 points and
Delano Paige 10 points.
"The guys did a great job
coming out this week and work-
ing hard to get back in the win
column," said Coach Charles
Ruise. "They showed a great
deal of teamwork and balance to
counter the attacks of our oppo-

They had a much easier time
against the Suwannee County
Bulldogs on Friday in Live Oak.
The Cats came out red hot and
led buzzer to buzzer to take a 79-
47 win.
The game started slow, but
the Cats were accurate with their
shots and capitalized on a stingy
defensive effort to go up 10-3.
Baker High picked up the pace in
the second period taking a 29-12
lead into the intermission.
They put the pedal to the
metal in the second half and
though Suwannee tried to scrape
its way back into the game, they
couldn't match the Wildcat run-
ning game.
Josh Wiseman led BCHS with
21 points. Delano Paige had 20,
David Brown and Ike Parker 10
points and Blane Finley hit three
The Cats will take on rivals
Columbia High on Friday in
Lake City. As usual, the Tigers
sport a very athletic team and
Coach Ruise expects the contest
to show him how much improve-
ment his team has made over the
recent weeks.

Ladies continue to imp

The Lady Wildcat basketball
team extended its winning streak
to five games with a pair of wins
this past week. The girls stopped
West Nassau and Suwannee
County on an offensive surge,
winning both games by double
The Cats defeated the West
Nassau Warriors 59-40 on De-
cember 11. Three of the girls
were in double figures, with
Destiny de la Pena putting in 20

The game was very close in
the early stages as both teams
started fast. The Cats took a 16-
15 lead into the second period,
but pulled away a little by half-
time. The Lady Wildcats led 26-
19 at the intermission.
One of the trademarks of this
year's team has been a third-pe-
riod surge, and they didn't dis-
appoint. They came out running
and gunning, and outscored the
Warriors 22-12 in the third peri-
od to blow open the game. It was

Cats lift heavy load

The Lady Wildcat weight lifting team has started the season in ex-
cellent form, winning a pair of matches against tough competition.
Last week they defeated Middleburg and this week stopped both Co-
lumbia High and Fort White. Here's a look at how the girls fared in the
two meets by weight class:
101-1st Heather North, 2nd Delany Walker; 110-1st Leslie Tan-
ner, 2nd Tatum McCullough; 119-1st Cassie Register; 129-2nd Jamie
Stavley, 3rd Jordan Hand; 139-2nd Taylor Fraser; 154-3rd Jamie, Lee
Norman; 169-1st Savanna Norman; 199-2nd Lisa Corona; Unlimited-
1st Kendra Russell, 2nd Mindy Chisom.
Columbia-Fort White
101-1st Heather North, 2nd Delany Walker; 110-1st Leslie Tanner,
2nd Tatum McCullough; 119-2nd Cassie Register; 129-3rd Jamie
Stavley, 4th Jordan Hand; 139-2nd Taylor Fraser; 154-3rd Jamie Lee
Norman; 169-1st Savanna Norman, 4th Maise Martin; 199-2nd Lisa
The girls won't lift again until after the Christmas holidays.

2007a truly outstandingyear for Florida fans

Where does a year go? This
is a question we always ask our-
selves as we approach the end of
a year. In a cou-
ple of weeks,
2007 will be FRO
gone and we'll
all look forward "-
to new things in 1 RES
a new year. For
sports fans in Miki
Baker County,
2007 will be a
tough year to top.
For many in these parts, the
Florida Gators are your team,
and you celebrated early when
the Gators swamped Ohio State
in January for a national cham-
pionship title. As the year moved
to March, the basketball version
of the Gators captured a second.
national championship in a row.
Also in the spring of 2007,
the Wildcat football team began
workouts and conditioning for
what would be a district champi-
onship season. Many look to the
end result without considering all
of the hard work. For this Wildcat
team, the work involved helped
position the team for success.
Championships are not easy to
come by, and many times elude
those who want them most.
The ingredients needed are
hard work, talent, more hard
work, a little luck, experience
and even more hard work. Good
coaches will tell you it's typical-
ly not an accident when the same
teams are at the top every year,
because it means they've found



a way to get the players to buy
in to the hard work part of the in-
gredient mix.
*As summer
overtook us,
STHE many local fans
[ wondered if the
8 J jaguars wqulde
OX be able to get it
done this year.
.rews Many more
questions were
raised when
Jack Del Rio dumped Byron
Leftwich in favor of David Gar-
,rard. Turns out the coach knew
what he was doing and the Jags
have won ten games already this
year and look like a playoff lock.
Boy, sure is good to be a football
fan around these parts. Let's see:
Gators-check, Wildcats-check,
and the Jaguars-check. It almost
seems unfair when you think
about folks living other places.
What did we do as fans to de-
serve this?
As the new year unfolds and
time slips by, we'll surely think
fondly of 2007 the `memo-
ries are the most important thing
anyway. Some of my favorite
memories from this year are:
Florida thumping Ohio State,
Baker County going 9-1, see-
ing a magical year from running
back Fred Taylor, and of course
seeing Timmy Tebow win the
Heisman trophy.
How in the world could 2008
top all of this? I am not sure, but
I know I'll be watching. To all-of
the folks who have been watch-

ing with me, I want to take a mo-
ment to wish each and every one
of you a Merry Christmas, and a
happy, healthy New Year.
Here's to championships,
touchdowns, homeruns, and the
This week's pick!'-
Oakland at Jacksonville: I've
learned my lesson about pick-
ing against this team. They are

truly playing their best football
right now. Of course I am talking
about the Jaguars and Fred Tay-
lor. Oakland won't be getting a
win here for Christmas. Look for
the Jags to win big, 30-13.
Remember, if you have a take
i on sportIs, send it to me at Luke
bakercountysports.com. See you
all next week.

it T ihe birth of Our Saiour
Wishing you and yours exceeding great joy as we enter into this
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then just a matter of holding on
to secure the win.
De la Pena led the Cats with
her, high scoring and 6 assists.
Brittany Ruise had 18 points and
8 assists and Michelle Lopez
added 15 points. Caitlin Griffis
had ten rebounds and de la Pena
helped the cause defensively
with 6 boards.
The girls continued their
hot streak with a 54-39 victory
on the road in Live Oak against
Suwannee County on Thursday.
The Cats led by 10 points right
out of the gate. The Bulldogs
tried to .scrape their way back
into the game but the BCHS de-
fense stayed tough. The girls led
by a 27-19 score at the half and
then had a 15-9 run in the fourth
period to put away the game.
Ruise led the girls with 20
points. Lopez had 10 and de la
Pena 9 points. Kiana Parker had
8 rebounds for BCHS.
The girls travel to Middleburg
on Thursday for a district match-

h straight

up with the Broncos and then
host the Union County Tigers on
Friday in the gym. Varsity tips
off at 7:00 pm.

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    Turkeys fried and smoked. Ronie's
    Food in Glen. 259-3100. 12/13-20c
    Cheap, but not yard sale prices. Win-
    ter career clothes, size 10, always dry-
    cleaned, call to see. 259-2183. 12/6tfc
    Washer and dryer, extra large capacity,
    all cycles, $175 for set, will separate, 90
    days warranty; refrigerators, starting at
    $150, side-by-side, 90 day warranty;
    stoves, starting at $100, 30 day war-
    ranty. Can deliver. 904-964-8222.
    Brand new Olympic bench w/new
    Olypmic bar and 400+ lbs of Olympic
    weights. New E-Z curl bar with clamps;
    new weight stack. 2 dumbells with vari-
    ous weights up to 65 lbs. $295; great
    Christmas gift, 259-4898 leave mes-
    sage. 12/13-27p
    First Baptist mission group earning
    money for foreign mission trip: fire-
    wood, 2'x6'x8' trailer load-- $100; Y2
    load -$50; /4 load -$25. 259-7629.
    Metal shed for boat, RV, hay,
    25'x50'x13', $3000, U-move. 259-
    0908. 12/20-1/1 p
    DVD player, $15; Call 588-3628 or
    275-3007, leave message. 12/6tfc
    Merry Christmas! The Franklin Mercan-
    tile will be open Thursdays, Fridays and
    Saturday 10:00-5:00 through Christ-
    mas Eve. Ya'll come! Railroad tracks in
    Glen. 259-6040. 11/29-12/20c
    Shelled pecans, $5.00 lb. 259-3625.
    Baby bedding, blue, cow jumped over
    the moon theme, curtain, wall hang-
    ing, sheets, comforter, mobile, diaper
    holder, border, bumper pads, $55. 588-
    3628 or 275-3007, leave message.
    Mobility scooter. 2003 Rally model,
    asking $600, excellent condition, lo-
    cated in Macclenny. Call 259-2993.
    Turkeys smoked or fried at Richard's
    Meat Market. 259-6660. 12/13-20c
    Need a trailer to haul your Christmas
    gifts? Here is the one you need! 2003,
    16x7 Cargo Craft Explorer trailer, %"
    plywood floor and doors, 4 wheel elec-
    tric brakes on tandem axle, like new,
    $3000. 613-6001. 7/19tfc
    2003 Coyote 80 dirt bike, kept in shed,
    $300. 626-5140 or 259-5597. 12/20p
    Antique breakfront buffet, breakfront
    china cabinet, buffet, all mahogany, can
    be seen at Southern Charm. 259-4140.

    Child/youth electric scooter, like new,
    $150; oak china hutch, $100; four
    solid wood kitchen chairs, $25; like
    new Rainbow vacuum and shampooer,
    $100; car hitch $150. 755-4456.

    Monday, Christmas Eve, 10:00 am-
    5:00 pm is our annual Desperate Hus-
    band's Day at The Franklin Mercantile.
    Unsure of what to get her? Let us help!
    259-6040. 12/20c
    Brand new Sears water softener sys-
    tem, $585. Free installation. Good used
    appliances. 90 day money back guaran-
    tee. 266-4717. 7/12-3/27p
    Butterfly dining table with 6 chairs,
    very ornate, fluted legs, rare; half round
    foyer console. All pieces are mahogany
    wood. Southern Charm. 259-4140.
    Artists! Oils, acrylics, water colors,
    canvases, drawing pads and much
    more! The Office Mart, 110 S. Fifth
    Street, 259-3737. tfc
    Mahogany secretary, beautiful piece,
    excellent condition. Southern Charm
    259-4140. 12/9tfc
    Swivel rocker with matching rolling ot-
    toman, extra clean, nice Christmas gift,
    $115, originally $350 @ Circle K. 259-
    9588. 12/20p
    Set of 22" chrome rims with Kuhmo
    tires, fits 6 lug Chevrolet pattern, 9000
    miles, $1100. 904-333-8435. 12/20p
    Christmas baskets, nice gifts. Glen
    Cash Store/Country Corner. Bring ad,
    get 10% off. 259-2881. 12/20c
    Last minute Christmas gift ideas Fen-
    ton glass, candles, wax melt, potpourri
    burners. Gift baskets and certificates
    available. The Franklin Mercantile 259-
    6040. 12/20c
    1996, 24 ft, Coachman Catalina Lite
    travel trailer, sleeps 6, A/C, microwave,
    gas or electric, full bath, electric jack,
    lots of storage, excellent condition,
    $5795. 904-259-6989. 12/20p

    1998 Dodge Caravan, minor work,
    runs good, $1500. 755-4456. 12/20p
    2003 GMC 2500 HD SLT, extended
    cab, 6.6 Duramax, spray in bedliner,
    new camlocker tool box, Bullydog, cold
    air intake, new 4" exhaust, great fuel
    mileage, 80,000 miles, truck in perfect
    shape. $28,500 OBO. 259-3763.
    1996 Dodge Ram 2500, % ton, 4x4, V8,
    long wheel base, automatic, goose neck
    trailer and brake, hook-up, nice condi-
    tion with high highway miles, $4500
    OBO. 259-2900. 12/20-27c
    2004 Chevrolet Z71, extended cab,
    $16,500 OBO. 904-483-6409. 11/22tfc
    2000 Chevy 2500, % tone, extended
    .cab, 4x4, V8, long wheel base, $4000
    OBO. 259-2900. 12/20-27c
    1953 Ford Custom Line, looks and
    runs great, $5000. 912-843-2436.
    Must sell! 2003 Toyota Corolla CE,
    62k miles, excellent condition, 38 mpg,
    $8600. 653-1060 home or 910-7411
    cell. 12/20-27p
    1999 Monte Carlo Z34, $3500. 235-
    8732. 12/20p

    Junk removal. Don't want the hassle?
    We'll load and haul your unwanted met-
    al junk. Free hauling. Old washers, dry-
    ers, a/c, freezers, lawn mowers, tanks,
    metal scrap, etc. Call local at 904-759-
    4162. 12/13-20p
    Affordable and dependable. Let me
    take care of your cleaning needs. Also
    available weekends. Call 259-8310.
    Babysitting in my home, all ages, 6:00

    259-4140. 2/13tfc
    Reward! $500-$1000 paid for Florida
    county auto tags dated 1911-1917.
    Also want Florida plates before 1956,
    especially Baker and Union Co. tags
    with #52 and #63 prefix. For museum
    collection. Jeff Francis 727-345-6627
    or email gobucs13@aol.com or flori-
    dalicenseplates.com. 11/29-12/20p

    lots of good used tack. 275-2466.

    Happy Jack mange medicine pro-
    motes. healing and hair growth to any
    mange or bare spot on dogs and horses
    without steroids. Glen Cash Store. 259-
    2381 www.happyjackinc.com.
    Shitzu, precious female, $450, papers.
    259-2381. 12/20c
    Dogs: all types from puppies to adults.
    Animal Control, $50 boarding fees will
    apply. 259-6786. 11/20tfc
    Pony for sale. Mare, 7 years old,
    with tack. Will hold until Christmas.
    275-1983. 12/20p
    Female puppy, 8 months, $150.
    755-4456. 12/20p
    German Shepherd puppies, pure-
    bred, just in time for Christmas,
    $350. 912-843-2436. 12/20-27p
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    Self directed Administrative Assistant
    with Microsoft Word, Exce( and data
    entry experience. Excellent verbal
    and written communication skills are
    required. Fax resume to 904-259-
    9707. 12/6tfc
    Charlton VNS has an opening for a full-
    time registered nurse for the Charlton
    County area. Great benefit package. Call
    Amanda Anderson to set up an inter-
    view 1-800-446-9116. 12/6tfc
    Part time help needed, must be able
    to respond to emergency water damage
    calls, 24 hrs/7 days a week. No pre-
    set hours. $20/hour to start plus food
    allowance on jobs. 259-8929 for inter-
    views. 12/13-1/3p
    Class A CDL driver, local, minimum.
    5 years experience, clean MVR, good
    work history. 904-505-4280.
    Handyman, experience preferred. A
    Touch of Grass. 259-7335. 12/13tfc
    Guaranteed interviews at Zaxby's every
    Tuesday 4:00-5:00 pm. 11/29tfc
    Local home care agency seeking PRN,
    RN, OT and a full-time PT. Please call
    259-3111 for more information.
    Plumber's helper. Commercial and
    industrial. Background check and drug
    testing required. Clean driving record a
    must. Call Gateway Contracting at 904-
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    Drivers. Top pay & excellent sometime.
    We train car haulers. Superior benefits
    package. CDL-A with 2 years OTR expe-
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    30/30 Savage bolt action rifle with case am-until, Monday-Friday, near .125 & 12/13c
    .and shells; 22 Marlin magnum rifle with 127. 838-2287. 12/20-27p Dental assistant needed. Full time
    scope; both in excellent condition, both Now accepting antique furniture on position, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-5:00
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    Company specializing in Erosion
    Control now hiring the following posi-
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    ers. Valid driver's license a must. Fax
    resume to 275-3292 or call 275-4960.
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    Experienced painters needed. Must
    have tools, benefits after 90 days. 259-
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    FSBO. 3 BR, 1 BA brick house in the
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    $160,000. Call 759-2536 ask for
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    3 BR, 2 BA in Rolling Meadows.
    House is one year old. Fireplace, very
    nice, $199,000. 904-483-6409.
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    US 90, fully renovated, $99,900. 318-
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    of Sanderson on CR 229, $96,500.
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    FSBO. Copper Creek Hills, Unit III, 2
    large lot $65,000 each, 1 lot @ $55,000.
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    3 BR, 2 BA brick home w/1576 SF
    heated on 1/2 acre in Macclenny, all
    electric appliances, $214,200. Please
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    or mobile homes, set-up included,
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    tennis courts, 2 acres cleared, zoned
    for mobile home or house, $64,900 or
    any reasonable offer. 904-219-0480.
    4 BR, 2 BA brick home w/1876 SF
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    electric appliances, $249,000. 813-
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    or horses. 1.5 shaded acres on the St. Mary's
    River, $135,000. 259-8028.
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    3 BR, 2 BA DWMH on 5 acres with
    pond, $125,000. 334-4988. 12/20-27p
    Priced to sell. 1555 SF brick/vinyl
    home, 3 BR, 2 BA, sprinkler system.
    566 Pine Crest Court, Macclenny,
    $154,000. 259-3392 or 904-556-
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    5 BR, 2 BA MH by Sanderson Pipe
    Plant on 2V acres. $800/month, $1100
    deposit. 626-0595. 12/13-20p
    2 BR, 1 BA MH, CH/A, Cozy Corners
    Trailer Park, water, trash and lawn ser-
    vices included, $565/month, 1st, last
    and $300 deposit. 259-7335. 9/27tfc
    3 BR & 2 BR mobile homes, no pets,
    garbage pickup, water & yard moving
    provided, $475-$625. 912-843-8118.
    3 BR, 1 BA house, large yard, front
    porch, $800/month, $500 deposit, 1st
    and last months rent. 259-6849.
    Brand new home, just built, never lived
    in, 3 BR, 2 BA in Macclenny, $975/
    month, $1200 deposit. 904-838-0035.
    Completely remodeled 2 BR MH. Call
    259-6314. 12/20p
    3 BR, 1 BA on .5 acre approximately
    1 mile north of Sanderson. All electric
    appliances, $750 security deposit, $750/
    month. Please call 259-3343 weekdays
    between 9:00 am-5:00 pm. 7/19tfc
    Mobile homes. 2 and 3 BR, A/C, no
    pets, $500-$575 plus deposit. 904-860-
    4604. 3/17tfc
    3 BR, 2 BA SWMH in Georgia Bend, 10
    miles north of Macclenny, $550/month,
    $550 deposit, water and garbage includ-
    ed, no pets. 912-843-2436. 12/20p
    Inside city limits with nice covered front
    porch, 1100 SF home, 1 BR, 1 BA, nice
    home and neighborhood, $500 deposit,
    $550/month. Call for appointment. 259-
    2900. 12/20-27c
    3 BR, 1 BA home in Macclenny w/all
    electric appliances. $850 security depos-
    it, $850/month. Available December 1,
    2007. Please call 813-1580. 11/22tfc
    2 BR, 11/2 BA MH in country, no pets,
    $650/month, $500 deposit. 275-2865 or
    923-2191. 12/13-20c
    3 BR, 2 BA SWMH on V acre private lot,
    $650/month, $500 deposit. Available
    January 1. 259-5853. 12/20-27p
    New 3 BR, 2 BA brick home in Macclenny
    with all electric appliances, $1300 secu-
    rity deposit, 1st and last month's rent of
    $1300 each. Please call 904-813-1580.
    Stylish, beautiful home with current
    colors, 3 BR, 2 BA, $1300/month, $1300
    deposit., Call Webb at United Country
    408-9146 or 259-6500. 12/20p
    3 BR, 2 BA DW at 9013 Eastwood Road.
    $850/month, $850 deposit. 813-3091.
    3 BR, 2 BA, 1600 SF, large master suite,
    large city lot completely fenced, 2 car
    garage, $1100/month. 408-9198.
    House extra nice units, yearly lease,
    references required. 259-3372.12/20p
    2 BR, 1 BA SWMH, y..aier garbage
    and lawn service included, no pets,
    $550/month, $400 deposit required.
    259-2880 leave message, we'll call you
    back. 12/20-27p
    3 BR, 2 BA brick house in city, no pets
    or smoking, $950/month, $950 deposit.
    813-5558. 12/20p
    Over 1800 SF DW, range, refrigera-
    tor, dishwasher on 1 acre off Hwy 185,
    $750/month. Will sell with owner financ-
    ing. 904-879-2143. 12/20p
    3 BR, 1 BA brick home, fenced, new
    paint, new flooring, $750/month, 1st,
    last and $500 deposit. 904-264-1875 or
    904-343-0592. 12/20-27p
    2001 3 BR, 2 BA DWMH in Georgia
    Bend, CH/A, dishwasher, open floor
    plan, WD hook-up, $850/month. 912-
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    All 2007s must go! Selling lot models
    at invoice, includes furniture and decor.
    Must see to believe. Call Larry at 904-
    259-1100. 12/20-1/10c
    2008 Fleetwood, 28x44, 3 BR, 2 BA,
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    Ushering in the holiday season, Kinder Chorus sings
    Enthusiastic members of the Kinder Chorus, led by teachers Sonia St. John and Amanda Cook, perform during the school board
    meeting December 17. The lively group of about 20 kindergarten children sang the holiday songs "Must Be Santa" and "Milton,
    The Dancing Christmas Mouse" while performing choreographed movements. After the music, the children took turns introduc-
    ing themselves at the microphone which drew a few laughs from the crowd. Principal Sherrie Raulerson was on hand to pass out
    a much-deserved candy cane reward to each child. Different groups of kindergarten children alternately sing during the holidays
    for various community functions, giving all children in the large chorus an opportunity to perform.

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    a playoff berth on Sunday with dominant
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    reflect the game. The Jaguars
    controlled most of the game
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    and the vaunted Steeler running
    game. The Steelers had a 6-min-
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    where they got back into the
    game and forced the issue.

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    league, but Fred
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    shredded them
    for 224 yards rushing.
    Taylor has obviously located
    the Fountain of Youth. He broke
    1000 yards during the game and
    had 147 yards against a tough,
    tough defense. It was clear that
    facing the AFC's top rushing
    defense inspired Taylor. His 12-
    yard run at the end of the game
    sealed the win for the Jaguars.
    The Jaguar defense continued
    to shine and, though Willie Park-
    er got his 100 yards, he didn't
    control the game like Taylor.t
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    cheer when it began to snow, but
    the poor conditions played into
    Jacksonville's hands. Taylor and
    Jones-Drew just dug in and fol-
    lowed their blocks.
    David Garrard had another
    solid game, although his second
    pick of the season led to the start
    of the Pittsburgh comeback. He
    was the calm, controlled leader
    he has been all season. He con-
    tinues to validate Jack Del Rio's
    decision to start him instead of

    Byron Leftwich. Leftwich has
    labored in obscurity in Atlanta.
    Tennessee's defeat of Kansas
    City still left the playoff picture
    in doubt. But Jacksonville will
    have to self-destruct in the last
    few games to lose the playoff
    bid. If this were last season, that
    might happen, but this year's
    squad seems very determined.
    I saw an interesting story on
    television last night. The news
    was profiling a high school foot-
    ball team in Mississippi that had
    a 67-game win streak. The coach
    credited it to a lot of weight train-
    ing in the off-season.
    He had an interesting tech-
    nique to promote perfect atten-
    dance during the summer ses-
    sions. If players excelled in the
    weight room and didn't 'miss a
    day, they were rewarded with
    their names on the back of their
    jerseys. Those who didn't work
    hard and weren't there every day
    didn't get the perk. Just about
    every player interviewed talked
    about .how much they wanted
    their name on the back of their
    jersey, and how they were will-
    ing to put in the extra effort to get
    it there.
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    To the holy Birth we recall on this day;
    So please join us in thanks to the good Lord above,
    For the gift of His son, the gift of His love.

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    buffet table. Keep portion sizes Hopefully you find the tips questions regarding healthy
    n full swing. small by putting your snacks on provided helpful. Just keep lifestyles you can contact the
    it means the a small plate instead of a large in mind that the holidays are Baker County Extension office
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    goals on track during this time
    of year can be a real challenge.
    We all seem to start out with the
    best intentions, but somehow get
    diverted along the way. I'm sure
    it has nothing to do with the ex-
    tra social events, the busy after-
    work shopping, or the delicious
    tempting treats this time of year.
    How can one stay on a healthy
    eating plan while staring down
    the barrel of a holiday cheese
    ball? Fear not. Follow these tips
    to avoid the extra holiday pound-
    V Don't Skip Meals. Skip-
    ping your regular meals will
    only make you hungrier later on
    and more likely to overindulge
    in unhealthy foods like the hors
    d'oeuvres at the work party or
    the value meal in the local fast-
    food joint.
    V Pace Yourself. Pay attention
    to how quickly you eat and what
    you eat and drink. Savor the fla-
    vor by eating slowly. Remember,
    the holidays are about spending
    quality time with the family. It's


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    you're going to someone else's
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    menu before you load up your
    plate. Spend your extra calories
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    homemade pecan pie makes you
    weep with joy, don't fill your
    plate with Uncle Bob's so-so
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    really like instead of what you
    don't care too much for.
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    farmer's market and/or grocery
    store and try to plan your meal
    around the fresh seasonal fruits
    and vegetables. Bowls of fresh
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    Instead of the high-calorie hors
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    on, set out bite-sized healthy
    snacks such as'popcorn, raisins
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    Clearing Excavation
    Equipment Hauling
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    We build in-ground pools
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    (next to Raynor's Pharmacy)
    Fall & winter hours
    10:00 am-6:00 pm
    Saturday 10:00 am 2:00 pm

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    Water softeners Iron filters
    City or well systems
    Chlorine Removal
    Sales Rentals Service Repairs
    Salt delivery
    Total water softeners supplies
    797 S. 6th Street, Macclenny
    Commercial & residential
    Yours plans or our plans
    George Bryan Rhoden
    259-5640 fax
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    2" and 4" wells
    Call Roger or Roger Dale
    Licensed & Insured
    Family owned & operated

    Fill dirt ~ Millings ~ Slag
    Land clearing Fish ponds
    Cultivating Bush hog
    Retotiller w/tractor

    Roads built
    Houses/buildings demo
    Inground pools demo
    904-445-8836 days
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    Tree removal Light hauling
    Stump removal
    We haul or buy junk cars and trucks
    We sell horses
    Licensed Insured
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    Kelly Dobson, owner
    Air conditioners Heat pumps
    Major appliances.*
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    Primary Election August 26, 2008
    General Election November 4, 2008
    Presidential Preference Primary December 31, 2007
    Primary Election July 28, 2008
    General Election October 6, 2008
    Presidential Prefererice Primary
    January 14, 2008 January 27, 2008
    Primary Election
    August 11, 2008 August 24, 2008

    General Election
    October 20, 2008 November 2, 2008
    Monday Saturday 9:00AM 5:00PM

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    THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday December 20, 2007 Page 17

    The following land transac-
    tions were recorded in the Baker
    County courthouse November
    1-30. Values are derived from
    documentary stamps. Many
    descriptions are by S(ection)
    T(ownship) R(ange). If acreage
    or price are not listed, none were
    indicated in the documents.

    5, $250,000
    NY LOT 5 BK 64, $10
    STUHR, DALE in 36=2S-21E, $250,000
    JOHN A in 25-2S-20E, $10
    in CUYLER FIELD LOT 4 BK 6, $10
    21E, $10
    THOMAS J in 11-3S-21E, $10
    DICE, DARLENE in 35-1S-20E, $10
    ALLEN LANDS LOT 23, $0
    EST LOT 8, $0
    LOT 8, $55,000

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    School Calendar
    Week of December 24-29
    Monday, December 24
    . District-wide: School holiday.
    * Tuesday, December 25
    District-wide: School holiday.
    Wednesday, December 26
    District-wide: School holiday.
    Thursday, December 27
    District-wide: School holiday.
    BCHS: Boys basketball tournament
    (H) 6:00/7:000 pm.
    Friday, December 28
    District-wide: School holiday.
    BCHS: Boys basketball tournament
    (H) 6:00/7:000 pm.
    Saturday, December 29
    BCHS: Boys basketball tournament
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    C Iw i rman Gordon Crews
    C." Ol1 1 Co issioner Mark Hartley
    C 1Co11mmissioner Alex Robinson
    o, Co i i nissioner Julie Combs
    C'o: on i nissioner Mike Griffis
    ;.. .. County Manager Joe Cone,
    n Anin Varborough & Sara Little

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    Tis the season to sing His praises and yours.

    With best wishes for a glorious holiday and sincere thanks
    for your many kindnesses this past year.

    We wish all of you a Merry Christmas with our heartfelt thanks.

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