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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 27, 2007
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 12, 1929.
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS


Paid circulation leader Winner ofl4 sfate awards forjournalism excellence in 2007

78th Year, Vol. 35 Thursday, December 27, 2007 Macclenny, Florida 5so


Cat star ,


Holton '


arrcstcd
The stand-out star of Baker
High's football team this sea-
son was arrested along with
several others for a home inva-
sion robbery in a north Sander- "
son neighborhood on Christmas
Eve.
Carlos Holton, 19, of Sand- '-
erson denied involvement in
thebeating .
of Edgar `,

assault of te
another
resident at
theFriend-
ship Place V,
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24-year- .
old Mar-R.
sha. Don-
Carlos Holton al d son.
Two al- A .;
leged accomplices, one of them b
his 15-year-old female cousin, T 1.
were also taken into custody af- .
ter the incident. Two others are .
sought.
Mr. Holton was named ear-
lier this month to the Super 24 : '.
area team by the Florida Times-
Union and introduced during.. -.
halftime at the Jaguar-Raiders ..
football game the day before .
his arrest. The versatile quar- ,* An
terback rushed for 1257 yards
and scored 19 touchdowns in
n2007 was a year that brought
the Wildcats' march to a 10-2 us the Bugaboo Fire, some
ship. shigh-profile sentencing for
rshipH c q e c. murders, a horrendous child
He recently quit the Wildcat abuse case, a new doctor who
basketball team, said Coach didn't stay long and believed y ,
Charles Ruise, to concentrate wehamepiongidcat fotbia
on academics. The BCHS se- we are poisoned, a district
nior was being looked at by team, pion Wildcat lans fo otbr m massive devel-ll
several colleges, including the team, plans for massive devel-
University of Indiana and Bet- opment and industrial parks ...
hune-Cookman. He is not yet andmore.
academically qualified to be
(Seepage 11)



Fate brought them together for 'blast'

he time: March of 1954.
he place: Camp Desert Rock- Yuc-
ca Flat, Nevada.
he event: an above-ground

test of a 1.5 megaton atomic
bomb. omb .-


David Jones was 34, an Army sergeant and World War II
veteran of the Pacific Theatre who already had logged 14
years in the military.
Ralph Sands was 22, also a sergeant in the Air Force.
He was a crew chief on a B-36 bomber, a lumbering ten-
engine behemoth whose mission back then was delivery of
heavy bombs.


It wasn't until almost four
decades later that these Mac-
clenny men figured out they
were both at Yucca Flat that
day. Dave Jones was on the
ground, one of several thou-
sand soldiers assigned to be, in
his words, "guinea pigs" to test
the effects of a nuclear blast on
ground troops a few miles re-
moved from ground zero.
Ralph Sands was a bit more
removed. He was in the airplane
that dropped the bomb.
"We were sitting around the
office at the Glen Nursery about


Ralph Sands and David Jones


15 years ago and this came up,"
recalls Mr. Sands, owner of a
day lily nursery north of Mac-
clenny. "We were talking about
our time in the military and
there it was ... we realized both
of us witnessed the same thing,
but from different perspec-
tives."


Mr. Jones, now 87 and re-
tired from the nursery business,
recalls many of the details sur-
rounding the blast in vivid de-
tail.
"We weren't witnesses, we
were involved in it," he chuck-
les. "They placed us about two
miles from the actual explo-


sion in ditches six-feet deep.
That morning a colonel briefed
us on what to expect, and he
said 'You'll never see a cloud
like this in your life.' He was
right."
Sgt. Jones was part of a sig-
nal corps detachment brought
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Glen on 90
BY ANDREW BARE
Press staff
A county zoning board said
December 20 it would recom-
mend the full county commis-
sion approve a new driving
range on US 90 between Mac-
clenny and Glen St. Mary.
Dale Stuhr came before the
Land Planning Agency asking
for a commercial re-zoning of
the 1 91 acre parcel on US 90.
Mr. Stuhr told the board he in-
tended to build his business in
three phases. The first phase
would include constructing
a driving range, the second a
"pitch and putt" course for chil-
dren and the third a golf shop to
sell equipment.
County planning director Ed
Preston recommended approv-
al of the request, and the board
was unanimous in its decision.
Arnold Johns, representing the
nearby Glen Hill Church, had
his concerns assuaged when
Mr. Stuhr assured him the busi-
ness would not sell alcohol or
be open on Sunday.
Board members, for their
part, were convinced by Mr.
Stuhr's assertion that he would
construct large nets and privacy
fences to protect the nearby
Greystone subdivision from
stray golf balls.
In other business before the
board, the LPA unanimously
agreed to overturn Mr. Preston's
ruling that Derrick McCormick
could not build a new home on
his land at CR-125.
Mr. McCormick, who owns
a mobile home on 5.01 acres
east of Crews Rd., came to Mr.
Preston asking for a special ex-
ception for his land so he could
build a conventional home. Mr.
McCormick's parcel was cut
off from a larger parent tract
several years ago.
Unfortunately for Mr. Mc-
Cormick, three other parcels
had been pulled off the larger
tract since he acquired his land.
Per county regulations, that
made the four tracts a subdi-
vision, and the land rules state
that no improvements can be
made on a subdivision if the
homes are on unpaved road.
Mr. McCormick's land is on
an unpaved road. However, the
LPA said upgrading to a con-
ventional home would not place
an added strain on the unpaved
road. Though Mr. Preston tech-
nically recommended rejec-
tion of the appeal, when a LPA
member said the appeal was a
matter of "common sense," Mr.
Preston smiled and said it was.
The LPA's vote on the mat-
ter was actually a decision, not
a recommendation. It will not
have to be approved by the
county commission.
The LPA similarly granted
a special exception to Kevin
and Rhonda Hebert of Glen St.
Mary, giving them permission
to build a unique kind of guest
house on their 10 acres in West
Glen Estates.
Ms. Hebert came before the
LPA on November 15 asking
for permission to build a 922
square foot home for their par-
ents, who had been displaced
by Hurricane Rita. After much
discussion with the board mem-
bers, who were sympathetic but
cautious on setting a precedent,
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Fate brought them together for'bi


(From page 1)
by train to the site about 100
miles north offaaslVegas from
Fort Bragg, N.C. The camp was
aptly named nothing but des-
ert and rock.
"Nothing there but wooden
barracks lined up in rows and
covered with tar paper. Not much
to it," ,
Their mission: move forward
on foot toward the blast site simi-
lar to what an infantry unit would
do in a land war where nuclear
bombs were used to "soften" en-
emy positions. At the time, such
tactics were very much among
the options in the event of wars
with other major powers like
Russia and China.
"We walked into the area and
it was about what you'd expect,"
recalls Mr. Jones. "You could see
the effects of the heat, and for
some reason one of the things I
remember most were the jack-
rabbits. They were scattering ev-
erywhere!"
As it did in dozens of other
nuclear tests that decade, the gov-
ernment placed animals closer to
ground zero that humans. Sgt.
Jones remembers the sheep; they
were in semi-sheltered areas, still
alive but blinded by the blast.
The intense heat melted rub-
ber from the tracks of armored
tanks, but the vehicles them-
selves remained intact.
The government was aware
back then of the destructive
power of atomic bombs the
two dropped on Japanese cities


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in 1945 were sufficient evidence
of that. It wasn't until later that
the dangers of radiation exposure
o\ ere full) understood. Survivors
of actual blasts died by the thou-.
sands from cancer and other ills.
About the only measuring de-
vice worn by the soldiers from
Desert Rock were strips of film
that changed color to signal in-
creased radiation exposure. Mr.
Jones doesn't recall any alarms
that day when he trekked into the
blast zone.
Some 30,000 feet above,
Ralph Sands got a different view
altogether.
He'd been involved in drop-
ping practice bombs in the past,
but this was the real thing.-
"They told us not to look into
the explosion, but I watched the
whole thing anyway," he said.
"You could feel the full power of
the blast; the shock wave popped
rivets from the aircraft."
Just the release of the 10,000
pounds of "Big Boy" class bomb
from the belly of the plane caused
it to temporarily rise out of con-
trol in the thin atmosphere.
"The pilot let it go and we
banked as fast as we could to get
out of there out of the main
concussion of the blast," recalls
Mr. Sands, who spent four years
on active duty before returning
to his native Macclenny a year
later.
His plane returned eastward to
base in El Paso, Tex. mission
accomplished.
As for Sgt. Jones, he went to
Las Vegas and was down to his


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last 25 cents at a blackjack table.
His chance of winning back any
"of the $20 he'd lost was zero be-
cause the minimum bet was 50;
cents.
"About that time an arm came
over my shoulder and another
GI said to the dealer, 'I'm riding
with the sergeant.' I kept playing
and won back my money," he re-
members with a grin..
Sgt. Jones, who retired from
the Army in 1962, is lucky in
another way. His health has re-
mained good, and he enjoys the
longevity that appears to run in
his blood lines. Though his ex-
posure was considerably less,
Ralph Sands also has stayed free
of the maladies associated with
exposure to atomic blasts.
Not so with another Baker


County resident, Millard Bryant
of Sanderson. He has developed
blood disorders that the Veterans
Administration now concedes
are associated with a close-in
brush with atomic testing. Mr.
Bryant was a young sailor who
witnessed a test on the Bikini
Atoll in the Pacific in 1946.


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Endorses driving range...

(From page 1) county expected growth to occur
from Glen to the eastern bound-
Ms. Hebert agreed to postpone ary of Macclenny and up to the
their request until December's St. Mary's river, more growth
meeting. has come south of 1-10 and be-
When they came back before teen Glen and Sanderson.
the board, the Heberts had agreed The planning director also
to reduce the guest home to 750 said the county had failed to ad-
square feet. The only exception equately anticipate the influx of
they required was to allow them development of regional impact,
to connect the guest home to a or DRIs, in Baker County. Chief
separate electric meter from the among those DRIs is Cedar
one tied, in to the main house. Creek, a retirement community
The LPA heard no complaints, proposed west of Glen St. Mary.
and had no problems with the Mr. Preston told the LPA that
revised request. The decision Adrian Development group, a
is final and does not need to be south Florida-based company
approved by the county commis- hoping to build the community,
slon. was still going back and forth
The board also approved Mr. with county and state officials.
Preston's revised Evaluation and However, the planning director
Appraisal Report (EAR,) which did say that Adrian had decided
is a state-mandated report card to eliminate the 1000 homes that
on the county's comprehensive would be non-age-restricted.
plan. Every seven years, county Those homes had been con-
planners are required to go over troversial within the county be-
their comprehensive plan with a cause of their possible impact
fine-tooth comb and tell the state on the school system. Adrian
where the plan has succeeded and the school board had been
and failed. in difficult discussions trying to
Mr. Preston said the review in- determine how much the compa-
dicated the county had been too ny would have to pay for school
conservative in its growth pro- mitigation costs. By changing
sections. He also said the county its plan, Adrian hopes to end the
failed to correctly predict where school mitigation fight.
growth would occur. While the


Its Tkhat Time Again!
It's been a real treat to know folks like you, and we thank you for
your continued and loyal support. Happy New Year!

Chairman Gordon Crews
Commissioner Mark Hartley
Commissioner Alex Robinson
Commissioner Julie Combs
Commissioner Mike Griffis
County Manager Joe Cone, Ann Yarborough & Sara Little


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My daughter said an inter-
esting thing today that got me
thinking about this column. She
was drying her
hair in my bath-
room. Why she MY S
can't manage to
dry her hair in
her bathroom 1THE IV
or shower or ROBERI
put on makeup ROBERT
is a different col-
umn. Today she was drying her
hair.
"Well, Dad, I have had a mid-
life crisis moment."
"Hmm. That's interesting
since you're only 22."
"Well, okay, maybe not mid-
life, but a philosophical mo-
ment."
"And?"
"The older I get the faster
life seems to go by. When I was
a kid Christmas never seemed
to come. Now that I'm older it
seems like it can't possibly have
been a year since last Christmas.
I can't imagine how fast it will
go by when I get to be your ... uh
... well, when I get older."
"Right. You're correct about
one thing, Sara. It does fly by."
It seems only yesterday that
I was marching around Fay and
Richard Sinclair's house while
Miss Fay played the piano and
we sang Auld Lang Syne and
greeted the Millenium.
It doesn't seem all that long
before that when I was putting
the last Baby's First Christmas
on the tree for Spencer. He's now
17 and a junior in high school.
A few years before that, an or-
nament went up for Dylan and
some time prior the first orna-
ment went on the tree for Sara.
She hit the nail on the head.
The holidays' do seem quicker;
they also change as you get old-
er. The focus changes. It moves
from the individual to the collec-
tive.
As a child the only thing that
you can think about is what I
- that's capital I am go-


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ing to get from Santa. I always
knew I would get stuff like socks
and pajamas and clothes from
my Granny and
Grampa and my
D)E OF mom and dad.
They never gave
good presents.
T1 IER Santa brought
RARH the good stuff.
'iERARD Santa was the
guy who brought
the single best toy that I ever
owned a plastic robot that fit
over my hand like a puppet. By
maneuvering a lever inside, he
could grip things. His eyes also
lit up. His name was Robbie the
Robot. That made it even better,
because when I was six everyone
called me Robbie, too. The two
Robbies walked like robots and
made robot noises and picked up
everything in sight. One Rob-
bie's eyes lit up and mine only
glowed in the reflected lights of
the Christmas tree.
I also learned valuable lessons
from holidays that have stuck
with me. We were poor grow-
ing up and I knew early on that
Santa didn't or couldn't bring
you everything on my list. There
were always good reasons why
I didn't get the brand new bike
like the kid down the road. As I
got older I learned to appreciate
that Santa and my folks did the
best they could for me. And still
do.
Christmas was always noisy,
nerve-wracking and exciting. All
the relatives came trooping by,
even ones that we didn't see very
often and in some cases didn't
want to. My grandparents were
always there, which made it even
more special.
It's hard to pinpoint when "I"
turns to "They" and the gifts that
you give to others become more
important than the ones that you
get yourself. For guys it's often
when you get a girlfriend and
you agonize over buying just the
right gift. But once you make
that transition for the first time, it
seems to encompass most of the


people that you buy for.
When it happens, you sleep
better Christmas Eve. As a child
I could never sleep. I'd be up
most of the night tossing and
turning listening for reindeer.
My children would all pile in to-
gether and it was tradition that
I read The Night Before Christ-
mas. They didn't want to go to
bed without it. Even into their
teens, they wanted to sleep in
the same room Christmas night.
They sleep a little better now, but
not much.
My children have made that
shift and now are very conscious
of each other and the gifts that
they buy for their brother or sis-
ter. They want gifts that fit their
personalities.
For Dylan that means thrift
store shopping. For whatever
reason, he and his friends love
thrift stores. Many of their fa-
vorite clothes come from there.
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thrift stores.
Spencer searched without luck
for a velvet Elvis for his brother,
while Dylan looks for sweater
vests and argyle socks for Spen-
cer. Sara hasn't quite embraced
this craze, but she's trying.
They're all insane, and I won-
der with some trepidation what
treasure they'll find for me at the
local rummage sale.
One tradition I always loved
as a child was the chocolate cake
my mother baked to celebrate
the birth of the baby Jesus. After
all, Christmas is a birthday cel-
ebration for most people of faith.
That's something we never want
to lose sight of in all our rush to
buy that perfect gift.
I can assure Sara of one thing.
As time rushes on, our memories
of the holidays stay just as rich as
they always were.
Maybe richer.


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PORCH
KELLEY LANNIGAN

A great surprise to me on
December 25th was a visit to
the Kanapaha Prairie with my
friends Barbara and Frank. This
protected area of 4435 acres is
privately owned and one enters
only as an owner or a guest. I
didn't know we would be visit-
ing this unique habitat. It turned
out to be an unexpected high-
light of what I thought was just a
routine drive around the city af-
ter a wonderful Christmas meal.
Located near Gainesville, this
wet prairie is comprised of low,
flat terrain covered by porous
sands which overlie part of the
Florida aquifer system. Some of
the surface limestone has dis-
solved and water drains through
an active sink hole.
Centuries-old oaks draped
with elegant gray shawls of
Spanish moss are plentiful along
the tree lines of the prairie and
here and there they dot the open
landscape.
We stopped the car on the
wide dirt road and lowered the
windows. To our left was an
open expanse of pasture and
marsh. At first there seemed to
be little sign of life. Several mo-
ments went by and as our hear-
ing adjusted to the quiet, the
barely audible but unmistakable
sound of birds reached our ears.
Lots and lots of birds. It was
then their slight movements reg-
istered on our vision. They were
far away, but they were magnifi-
cent and there were hundreds of
them Florida sandhill cranes.


Kanapaha Prarie is a refuge for
these gentle avian giants.
Their pale, gray feathers
blended into the winter tones
of grasses and underbrush sttr-
rounding the shallow lakes and
marshy areas of the prairie. An
occasional, exuberant trumpet-
ing pierced the rattling character
of their near constant calls.
They stand several feet tall
and have a cap of dark red feath-
ers on their heads. The birds
usually mate for life and even in
a crowd, the individual pairings
are noticeable. According to The
Florida Department of Fish and
Wildlife, our state hosts several
species of wild crane; the Flori-
da sandhill estimated population
is 4,000-5,000.
An ancient species, the 10,000
year-old fossilized remains of
sandhill cranes have been found
that are an exact match to their
21st century counterparts.
In some parts of the country,
they are endangered, but they
seem to be doing well in this
very special habitat. Their av-
erage lifespan in the wild is 25
years, but they can live twice
as long in a protected environ-
ment.
Another group of folks came
along, one a visiting ranger from
Rocky Mountain National Park


in Colorado. He kindly loaned
the use of his binoculars.
We witnessed some of the
unique dancing and leaping that
characterizes the crane's mat-
ing rituals and it was extraordi-
narily beautiful. An adult, fully
enthralled in the mating dance,
leapt several feet into the air and
with wings spread, fell back to
earth in a spiral motion.
The icing on the cake was
the bald eagle that really put on
a show as it circled the shallow
lake before landing. Striding
across the pasture, its head was a
lone, brilliant white spot against
the brown grass. Occasionally,
its powerful yellow beak flashed
in the sunlight.
People live on the Kanapaho
Prairie, too, and collectively are
careful stewards of this unusual
landscape with its precious car-
go of unique flora and fauna.
The houses are tucked away out
of sight and are planned to fit in
carefully and discreetly.
It's hard to believe that the
hustle and roar of a very busy
city is only minutes away. Driv-
ing through the gate to enter the
prairie is like stepping across a
portal to another place and time
altogether. What an unusual
privilege it was to see living
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who broke into my storage unit
and stole my Christmas decora-
tions.
I' m sure it only took you a few
minutes to do what took me 50
years to collect. Some of those
items were from loved ones who
are no longer here.
Some were for new babies and
new families, new dogs and cats,
some were gifts from loved ones
and friends, others were special
sets.
I hope you enjoy these as
much as I did. You may have
my Christmas belongings, but
you don't have my Christmas
memories. If you took a holiday
trip this year, I hope you enjoyed
the three new sets of luggage you
also took.
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Courthouse time


Suspects, no arrests


in B CMS brcak-ins


Sheriff's investigators have
questioned several suspects in
a December 16 burglary of two
buildings on the Baker County
Middle School campus, but have
yet to make any arrests.
A surveillance tape shows a
white male suspect inside the
main building off Jonathan St.
just before 5:00 am walking from
a hallway to the front entrance
where he attempted to open an
office door.
The window leading to the
main office was broken out, as
were three others as the suspect
or suspects rummaged through
desk drawers and cabinets. Blood
was found on a drawer and an
envelope, said campus deputy
Tracie Benton, and $15 cash was
taken from the main office.
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A longtime assistant hospital
administrator was named early
this week to the top job at North-
east Florida State Hospital.
Joe Infantino of Gainesville,
56, has been acting chief since
the retirement of Steve Kennedy
two months ago. The announce-
ment of his appointment was
made by the
regional of-
fice of the
Department
of Children ,
and Fami-
lies, the
state agency a-.a
that over-
sees opera-
tions at the
mental hos-
pital off SR
121 south of Mr. Infantino
Macclenny.
Mr. Infantino has more than
32 years in the adult and child
mental health fields, and has
been an assistant administrator
since 1989. He also was a su-
pervisor in the substance abuse
and mental health program in
Jacksonville for two years. Other
experience includes chief officer
of the West Florida Community
Care Center in Milton and ten
years as a supervisor of the sub-
stance abuse and mental health
program in Tallahassee.
He is a native of Hollywood,
Fla. and has a bachelor's degree
in education from Florida At-
lantic University and a master's
in criminal justice from Rollins
College.
The appointment was effec-
tive December 24.
NEFSH has a patient popula-
tion of around 625 and employs
about twice that number.


also entered and cabinets and a
refrigerator opened. Nothing was
reported taken there.
The rear door of the Title One
office on the campus' north side
was pried open, and an inside
window shattered.
Investigator Steve Harvey
said four suspects ages 17-18
have been questioned after two
of them were identified by a cus-
todian who said he ran them off
after finding them skateboarding
that weekend.
In another incident involving
public property, someone entered
an office at the Station 20 (Twin
Bridges) fire station the evening
of December 21 and took a por-
table radio and-charger.
Dale McDonald told police
the lock combination to the main
door is known to many. The in-
ner door was pried open. No val-
ue was given for the radio.
Gene Steves of Glen St.
Mary reported a television and
food taken from a travel trailer
parked near his residence off
Aunt Mary Harvey Rd. He es-
timates the property valued at
$250 was taken overnight De-
cember 24.
Three fishing rods and reels
valued at $145 were taken from
a rear porch at the Martin Cole
residence on Mclver St. in Mac-
clenny between December 12-
18.


A Macclenny man irate with
ex-wife when he went to her res-
idence to pick up his children the
afternoon of December 20 faces
a count of domestic violence bat-
tery for pushing her and spitting
on her.
Faye Reed, 34, told Deputy
Mike Hauge that James Reed,
37, attacked her when she told
him she would not release the
children to him because he had
not called ahead to make ar-
rangements.
She said the ex-husband
pushed her in the chest area and
threatened to kill her twice be-
fore she called police. Six minors
ages 1-17 witnessed the incident
that included Mr. Reed pulling
on his young son with such force
-that the officer noted he had torn
underwear. ,
The ex-wife had bruises con-
sistent with her version of events.
Mr. Reed admitted to pushing her
and grabbing his son, but insisted
he left the residence off Hemlock
Rd. when the ex-wife refused to
let him have the children.
Boyfriend Juan Shepperson,
35, of Lake City faces a similar
charge for allegedly beating his
longtime girlfriend Heather Star-
ling, 33, of Macclenny during an
argument the evening of Decem-
ber 21.
Deputy Matt Riegel answered
a disturbance call in the parking
lot of McDonald's on South 6th
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handcuffed. He apparently had
hidden the pen in a sleeve.
The complaint alleges aggra-
vated assault and resisting arrest.
Mr. Ruise, who is seen frequently
in the Margaretta-Sanderson ar-
eas walking in traffic, was taken
to Northeast Florida State Hospi-
tal for a mental evaluation.
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Ms. Starling north of the restau-
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and bore signs of an attack, add-
ing that her boyfriend was drunk
and had repeatedly struck her.
Deputy Tony Norman located
Mr. Shepperson, who had slurred
speech and an odor of alcohol
about him. He was arrested after
denying involvement.
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Mary is the object of a criminal
complaint for allegedly attempt-
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Westside holds Brannan memorial


BY KELLEY LANNIGAN
Press Staff
A memorial service honor-
ing the late Westside Elemetary
School principal Kim Brannan
was held on the school grounds
December 21.
Minutes before the 9:30 am
program began, Perry Hays,
assistant pastor at First Baptist
Church of Glen St. Mary, who
would soon lead the program's
opening invocation, stood under
the overhang of the school and
looked pensively up into a windy
sky filled with dark rain clouds.
The heavy rain projected for that
morning had come earlier than
predicted an answer to his
prayer.
After the invocation, interim
principal Tonya Tarte welcomed
attendees and recognized the
Baker County Sheriff's Office
and area clergy for their re-
sponse to the school and com-
munity immediately following
Ms. Brannan's death in a vehicle
accident on Interstate 10 on No-
vember 9. Ms. Tarte also recog-
nized Gail Rhoden who initially
hired Ms. Brannan, her peer
teachers Janet Poley and Janice
Hancock, along with Faye Sin-
clair, a retired BCHS assistant
principal who served as Ms.
Brannan's professional mentor
during her career.
, The sheriff's department
honor guard performed a cer-
emonial flag salute, then stood
at attention near the stage where
Ms. Brannan's husband Chuck
and son Chase were seated
along with Sandy Loughrie, Ms.
Brannan's mother. Mr. Brannan
is a lieutenant in the department
and for years has supervised the
honor guard.
Second grader Lourdes Gar-
cia led the crowd in the Pledge
of Allegiance, followed by the
Star Spangled Banner sung by
Lyndsie Sweeney, a senior at
Baker County High School.
Adele Griffin, a representa-
tive of Florida Senator Mel Mar-
tinez, read a letter from the sen-
ator and presented a flag flo\\ n
over the United States Capital.
which -,ill be installed in the
Kim Brannan Memorial Read-
ing Garden recently erected on
the school grounds.
The Westside Merrie Melo-
dies Chorus directed by Ms.
Debbie Fortuna sang the song
"Love In Any Language." The
children beautifully expressed
the sentiments that were a direct
reflection of Ms. Brannan's love
for all children:

Love in any language
Straight from the heart
Pulls us all together, never


apart
Once we learn to speak it
All the world will hear
Love in any language
Fluently spoken here

Karen McCollum, vice-chair-
man of the Baker County School
Board, then read a resolution
dedicated to Ms. Brannan. En-
graved and mounted on a wood-
en plaque, will hang in the school


ally say noth-
ing to ease this family's loss, but
I can give them this," said Mr.
Antolini. "The best part -of my
job is capturing some of life's
most precious moments."
Handmade albums of special
letters, art and photos were pre-
sented to the Brannan family by
Heather Jacobs on behalf of the
first, second and third grade stu-
dents at Westside.
"These contain words and
pictures of love," said Ms. Ja-
cobs. "We pray your hearts will
be filled with love as you turn


each page."
A book entitled "Miss Edith
Fitzer's Garden" was read by
Westside reading coach Suzi
Miller as the garden was dedi-
cated to Ms. Brannan's memory.
The book's story, which details
the yearly planting of a garden,
is rich in metaphors for nurturing
the growth and development of


y ou'n'g
children, recognizing their in-
dividual differences and helping
them to "blossom" into the best
possible people they are capable
of becoming.
Students Ethan Arnold,
Lourdes Garcia, Shanoa Murch
and Stephanie Stoutenborough
then took turns shoveling dirt


Best Of Luck To You

In The New Year


into holes for plants to complete
the reading garden, already
landscaped with roses, bottle-
brush trees and ornate cement
garden benches. A white picket
fence surrounds the garden plot
anchored in the center with the
school's flagpole.
Ms. Clemmytee Daniels, re-
tired longtime Westside teacher


and member of the Baker
Count\ Education Founda-
tion Board of Directors. an-
fl nounced the establishment
," of a foundation scholarship
'y. To date. $512'7 has been
4'" raised The scholarship %ill,
be presented for the first
uime during the BCHS 2008
graduation to a senior iritendiiig
to pursue a career in education.
"Kim Brannan was beauti-
ful, inside and out," declared
Ms. Daniels. "We thank God
and Chuck for bringing Kim
into Baker County and into our
lives."
Superintendent Paula Barton
then read a letter sent for the cer-


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emony from congressman Jeff
Miller, a personal friend of the
Brannans for many years.
"Ms. Brannan had an undeni-
able love for teaching," the let-
ter stated. "She encouraged stu-
dents and co-workers to develop
the confidence, knowledge and
inspiration to succeed." Ms.
Barton then announced that the
student bus drop-off circle at the
school would be renamed Kim-
berly S. Brannon Dr. Laminated
copies of the sign, emblazoned
with the logo of the Florida Ga-
tors, were presented to the fam-
ily members. Ms. Brannan was
described as an ardent Gator
fan.
Mr. Brannan then thanked
everyone in the community for
their support and especially the


teachers at Westside for their
dedication to carrying on the
high level quality of education
that his wife strived to achieve
each day she went to work.
Thomas Hill, BCHS vice
principal, then issued a chal-
lenge to the students, teachers
and friends of Ms. Brannan at-
tending the dedication. "What
Kim Brannan gave most of all
to other people during her life
was her heart. I challenge each
of you to bring meaning to her
memory by .doing the same."
The memorial service closed
with the singing of the Univer-
sity of Florida. anthem "We are
the Boys". Adults and children
locked arms, sang and swayed to
the rhythm of the music.


Dear Friend:


With the approach of the holiday season, my thoughts are
directed toward the wonderful people who have supported me
and our exemplary school system through the years.
And so- I am sending you a special greeting to say, "THANK
YOU" for the friendship we share and value so highly.
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!
Paula T. Barton, Superintendent


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New jail plan hits snag over cost


BY ANDREW BARE
Press staff
A routine meeting of the non-
profit corporation building Baker
County's new jail nearly degen-
erated into chaos December 20
as members successfully negoti-
ated with the building contractor
to significantly cut costs.
The meeting, expected to be
a simple rubber-stamping of the
resolution setting the terms of
a bond issue to fund the proj-
ect, instead featured a lengthy
back-and-forth between Sher-
iff Joey Dobson and Jay Smith,
the representative of Ajax Con-
struction, the facility's builder.
At issue were the construction
costs for the jail, which, Dobson
announced, would be well over
the original $30 million number
originally floated by the board
and Ajax.
That figure had been bumped
up to around $32,000,000 by
mutual agreement of both the
Baker Correctional Development
Corporation and Ajax. However,
Mr. Dobson said there was an ad-
ditional $598,000 in impact fees
from the City of Macclenny that
were not originally thought to
be included in the construction
costs. Other miscellaneous items
pushed the potential figure even


$2394 check is

The sheriff's department is
looking into the source of a bo-
gus $2394 check that was cashed
December 12 at the Raceway,
station near Interstate 10 and SR
121.
Clerk Shital Patel said on De-
cember 19 he was notified by-
Vystar Credit Union the check
written on Republic Sales and
Manufacturing was a forgery.
Deputy Gavin Sweat said the
check was issued to Terry Din-
kins of Glen St. Mary, and the
clerk verified the information
with what appeared to be a valid
driver's license.
Police were unable to locate
Mr. Dinkins ..
In another report involving a
substantial amount of money, La-
wanna Self of Glen St. Mary said
a bank bag containing $2196 in
currency vanished from a table
outside the Wal-Mart Distribu-
tion Center the evening of De-
cember 19.
Ms. Self said she placed the
bag and some papers next to


Traffic stops

result in two

felony arrests

Two motorists stopped by
county deputies for traffic of-
fenses ended up charged with
felonies after prescription medi-
cation was found in their.vehi-
cles.
Deputy John Hardin pulled
over a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe
driven by Kyle Sowers, 24, of
Jacksonville about 5:00 am on
December 22 after receiving a
report of erratic driving. The ve-
hicle swerved in and out of the
eastbound lane on US 90 near
Macclenny after the deputy got
behind it.
Mr. Sowers smelled strongly
of alcohol and was disoriented
and off-balance. He agreed to a
search of the SUV, and Deputy
Hardin said he found a container
in the console containing one hy-
drocodone pill.
The suspect was also booked
for possession of a pistol during
commission of a felony. Both
charges are third-degree felo-
nies.
The evening of December 20,
Harold Harper, 41, of Glen St.
Mary was charged with felony
possession of 13 Methadone
pills after deputies stopped him
in a 1998 Chevrolet for speeding
westbound on US 90.


Deputy Mike Lagle said he
clocked the Chevrolet going 65
in a 45 mph zone east of Wildcat
Dr., then gave chase as Mr. Harp-
er drove onto a sidewalk to avoid
stopping with other vehicles at
the traffic light. He sped north on
Wildcat before he was stopped.
The driver had slurred speech
and agreed to a search that turned
up the pills in a metal container
under a cup holder.


higher.
The board is locked into a
$45,000,000 bond issue, and
has little wiggle room on costs.
Mr. Smith said Ajax had agreed
to cut construction time from 70
weeks to 62, thus reducing by
eight weeks the amount of inter-
est on the construction bonds that
BCDC would have to pay.
But while that closed the gap
considerably, Ajax refused to
commit to cut its schedule down
another month, saying the sav-
ings from the move would be
offset by increased costs from
sub-contractors.
Mr. Smith had laid out other
cost-saving measures, such as
not finishing construction on
the facility's second kitchen and
dining room. However, even
with the proposals, Ajax and the
board were still approximately
$350,000 apart. With Ajax un-
able to go below a 15-month
timetable, and with no accept-
able cost-cutting proposals on
the table, there appeared to be an
impasse.
It was at that moment, how-
ever, that Mr. Dobson acted and
threw the meeting into confu-
sion. He called the board's bond
manager, Jim Swan, and held
a conversation with him while
other board members spoke with

determined to

her when she sat down, then no-
ticed she didn't have them when
she drove later to make a night
deposit at Mercantile Bank in
Macclenny. She returned to the
original location and the papers
were still there. The bank bag
with cash belonging to Wal-Mart
was gone.
Annette Johns of St. George,
Ga. reported the theft of her purse
and contents after she left them
in a cart outside the Macclenny
.Winn-Dixie the evening of De-
cember 19. When she closed her
Vystar Visa account, she learned
the card had been used that eve-
ning of the Raceway station,
The purse also contained $130
cash, identification, two other


Mr. Smith and the other Ajax
representatives.
Sheriff Dobson got Mr. Swan's
assurance that the $350,000 defi-
cit could be overcome. After he
hung up, the board reached an
agreement with Ajax, but not
until Mr. Smith and the compa-
ny's other representatives again
reached Mr. Swan by phone and
hammered out details.
After the meeting, the BCDC
and Ajax had the following un-
derstanding: the construction
costs were settled at $32,650,000.
The company agreed to the con-
struction timetable and said it
would pay penalties of $13,000 a
day for every day over that num-
ber. It was not immediately clear
how the board would close that
$350,000 gap.
Earlier in the meeting the
board unanimously approved the
resolution authorizing Mr. Swan
to complete the bond issue. Mr.
Swan told the board over the
phone that he would open and
close the sale of the bonds on
January 30 while using the time
before that date to line up buy-
ers.
If the bond issue goes as
planned and is fully sold, Ajax's
15-months begin ticking the next
day.


be forgery

cards and a cell phone.
Richard Colbert of Macclen-
ny notified the sheriff's depart-
ment on December 18 that his
debit card had been fraudulently
used in the amount of $448. The
transaction took place two days
earlier in Istanbul, Turkey.
Two bicycles were taken
from near a backyard shed at the
residence of Hetty Ward on W.
Shuey Ave. in Macclenny over-
night on December 23. A third
bike was undisturbed.
*Avehicle battery and wrench-
es were taken from the property
of Alphonzo Brown off Gredford
Williams, Rd. near Sanderson on
December 19. They were valued
*t $120: .


David Richardson and paramedic Monika Croft with "new" EMS #34.


Countygets

BY KELLEY LANNIGAN
Press Staff
Baker County Emergency
Rescue put into service a newly
refurbished truck added to its
fleet of three rescue vehicles.
Renovated and customized via
an Applied Rural County Grant,
the "new" truck arrived at the
Emergency Operations Center
in west Macclenny on Decem-
ber 21.
"We got the equivalent of a
new truck for about half the cost
of an actual brand new one," said
David Richardson, emergency
services chief.
The $60,000 grant is a state
one with the state picking up
ninety percent of the cost. Baker
County supplied the remaining
$6,000.
The new vehicle replaces the
former, #34 which was 13 years
old and no longer considered
suitable for reliable service. With
its recent improvements, the new
#34 will become the primary
rescue vehicle.
Customized for Baker Coun-
ty by Custom Truck and Body
Woiks in Woodbury, 5a. the
chassis is new and the engine
has a larger 450 horsepower.


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The box body has been refur-
bished and the truck received a
new paint job.
According to Mr. Richard-
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Resolution drafted against schools.


teaching evolution as fact, not theory

BY KELLEY LANNIGAN opment of the universe, the earth dards as sprawling, superficial
Press Staff and living species, especially and deserving of a grade of "F"
The Baker County School those which may reflect the be- regarding what students needed
Board voted December 17 to lief in the influence of a deity. to know to be well-grounded in
approve a resolution urging the "We (the school board) do not science. Florida student's per-
Florida Department of Educa- specifically oppose the teaching formance on state and national
tion to again revise the current of evolution as one of various science tests was described as
draft of the state's science stan- theories," said Ms. Barton. "We "dismal."
dards. If adopted the science do oppose the teaching of evolu- Interestingly, according to
standards will present the theory tion as the only explanation." the newspaper, those standards
of evolution not as a theory, but The current revisions were drafted in 1996 did not even
as a fact, and will be exclusive of listed on the Florida Standards mention the word "evolution."
other theories, web site in October of 2007 with In other items from earlier
The resolution, in the words the option for the public to rate this month, the board approved a
of Superintendent Paula Barton, each revision by choosing one recommendation that the Baker
is reflective of the opinion of the of five designations: 1. strongly County Board of County Comn-
majority of Baker County's citi- disagree; 2. disagree; 3. neutral; missioners, Macclenny City
zens. 4. agree or 5. strongly agree. Commissioners and the Glen
It was signed by Ms. Barton Included in the standards St. Mary Town Council transfer
and board members during that are levels of understanding to the current Baker County Public
week's regular meeting and pre- be achieved known as "bench- Schools Facility Element report
sented to the Florida Department marks." to the Department of Commu-
of Education on December 18. One such example is Big Idea nity Affairs (DCA) for review.
The board's action is motivat- 2 under the heading Evolution The PSFE contains current
ed by concern that the new stan- and Diversity. It reads as fol- information on county growth
dards for the teaching of science lows: Recognize and describe and population trends, hous-
in Florida's public schools will that fossil evidence is consistent ing populajection trends, hous-ed
no longer present evolution as with the idea that human beings ing projections and proposed
theory but as "the fundamental evolved from earlier species, developments. Data specific to
concept underlying all of biol- The new revisions were writ- the Baker County school district
ogy, supported in multiple forms ten by a panel of more than 50 covers school age population
of scientific evidence." In the scientists, teachers and business projections, school type, capac-
new standards, evolution is pre- people. The public was given ity and student generation rates.
sented as "the big idea." until December 14 to comment, Also outlined is inventory of
The resolution requests the with the Department of Educa- future land use elements of Bak-
state direct the Florida Depart- tion tentatively scheduled to er County and municipalities to
ment of Education to revise the vote on adoption early in 2008. include the funding of education
new Sunshine State Standards If passed, the new standards will development, estimated capital
for science so that evolution is take effect next fall. outlay five-year work plans, lev-
not presented as fact. The revisions were made, ac- el of service standards, concur-
In comments during the dis- cording to a report published last rency service areas and imple-
cussion of the resolution, Ms. November by the St. Petersburg mentation.
Barton emphasized the impor- Times, in response to a negative After review by DCA, the
tance of a thorough and com- review two years ago of Flori- school board plans to adopt the
prehensive science education da's then-current science stan- updated inter-local agreement in
that does not exclude alternate dards by the Fordham Institute. May 2008.
theories of the origin and devel- The report described the stan-



Retiree returns to Westside


Baker County school super-
intendent Paula Barton tapped a
veteran teacher and administra-
tor to take the place of
the late Kim Brarman
"as principal of Westside
Elementary.
The appointment of "
Gail Brown of Glen St.
Mary will be for the re-
mainder of the current P
school year, perhaps
longer.
Ms. Barton made the Gai
announcement the after-
noon of December 21 as district
schools were dismissing for the
two-week Christmas break.
Ms. Brown, who retired as
principal of Keller Intermediate
in June, 2004, has been a con-
sultant for the local district and
the Northeast Florida Education
Consortium. Before her tenure of
seven years at the helm at Keller,
she was Westside's principal for
four years.
Before that, she was at Baker
High 19 years as teacher, dean
and vice-principal before mov-
ing to Westside in 1993. Her ca-
reer spanned 30 years.
"Paula [Ms. Barton] called
and asked if I'd consider accept-
ing the position. Tentatively it's
through the end of the school
year, but what happens after that,
we'll wait and see," said Ms.
Brown in an interview Decem-

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She will take over when class-
es resume January 7 from Tonya
Tarte, who goes back to
i. the assistant principal
post she had before the
death of Ms. Brannan
in a car accident on No-
vember 9.
Ms. Brown during
her tenure in admin-
istration at the three
-- schools maintained a
Rrnwn reputation for compe-


tence and ability to get along
with both faculty, non-classroom
staff and the district offices. She
has been employed since retire-
nt^ oo a'ca tract basis orient-
ing new teachers.
She has worked for the multi-
county consortium based in Pal-
atka consulting under the "bub-
ble schools" grant that assists
schools whose students are test-
ing just under the top echelons of
Florida's FCAT testing.


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A Jacksonville youth was ar-
rested the evening of Decem-
ber 21 following a brief vehicle
chase in the parking lot of the
Macclenny Wal-Mart.
The male suspect, 17, was
booked for theft of a 2002 Pon-
tiac from his grandparents, who
live southwest of Macclenny,
and stealing $120 in cash and a
credit card from them.
Deputy Gavin Sweat said he
received a tip from the grandpar-
ents that the youth was expected
to meet a cousin at the Super-
center. Earlier in the week, he
was believed to be in the Atlanta
area where an ex-girlfriend lives,
and the grandparents had filed a
criminal complaint for theft.
The officer said about 5:30
pm, he saw the suspect strug-
gling physically to get away
from the grandparents near the
store entrance, then attempted to
block his exit from the parking
lot with an unmarked 2005 Jeep
Cherokee. The youth driving the
stolen Pontiac grazed the police
vehicle and went around it, only
to be stopped moments later by
deputies Sweat and Matthew
Riegel.
The stolen card had been used
to charge about $200 earlier, and
the grandfather canceled both it
and cellphone service while the
boy was outside Baker County.
He is charged with vehicle
theft, stealing both the credit
card and cash, plus felony crimi-
nal mischief for doing more than
$1000 damage to the Jeep.
In other thefts involving vehi-
cles, Casey Prevatt reported De-
cember 22 a $900 rifle and $40
in cash taken from his 1988 Ford
pickup. It was parked at his resi-
dence off CR 229 south and there
was no sign of forced entry.
A criminal complaint filed by
Kevin Snow of Raiford alleges
that Christopher Barton, 33,. of
Macclenny did $500 damage to
the fender of his 2000 Ford pick-
up on Christmas Eve afternoon.
The accused's ex-wife Sonja
drove the truck there to pick up
their children, and told Depu-
ty Garrett Bennett Mr. Barton
tossed the rock as she was leav-
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday December 27, 2007 Page 8


Lorena Harvey, Hazel Lucas, 83,

90, dies Dec. 21st of Baldwin dies


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Dewey Burnsed, 68,

Glen St Mary native
R. Dewey Burnsed, 68, of
Okahumpka, Fla. died on Thurs-
day, December 20, 2007. He was
born in Glen St. Mary to the late
Jimmy and Marie Bumsed and
graduated from the Macclenny
High School.
Mr. Bumsed earned his bach-
elor's degree in agriculture and
life sciences in 1960, then a law
degree in 1965, both from the
University of Florida. He was a
Methodist, an avid hunter and
fisherman who loved his fellow
man.
From 1960-1963, Mr. Bumsed
worked for Winn-Dixie, and in.
1965 he moved to Leesburg to
practice law. While at McLin
and Burnsed, P.A., he was Lees-
burg city attorney from 1968-
1973, then resumed the position
in 1976 after being admitted to
practice before the Florida Su-
preme Court.
Mr. Burnsed also was presi-
dent of the Lake County Bar As-
sociation in 1972-73, and mem-
ber of the board of governors of
the young lawyers section of the
Florida Bar. He was also a lec-
turer in legal ethics at UF
He was the current chair-
man of Citizens First Bank, past
board member of the Lake Sum-
ter Community College board of
trustees; past board member of
Villages Regional Hospital, co-
founder of his law firm where
he primarily practiced real es-
tate law; since 1984 the general
counsel for The Villages; past
president of the Leesburg Quar-
terback Club.
Mr. Burnsed is survived by
wife Lynn; daughters Caroline
Burnsed of Okahumpka, Ginny
(Gary) Padgett of Yalaha, Lisa
(Brandt) Mitchell ofMartinsville,..
Va.; sons Rob of Daytona Beach,"'
Mark of Tallahassee, Matt (2te
ny) Burnsed of Boulder, Col.; ten
grandchildren; brother Dr. Da-
vid (Nan) Burnsed of Leesburg;
sisters Irma (Travick) Green of
Crystal River, Jeanette (Kyle)
Brown of Glen.
The memorial service was
held on Sunday, December 23 at
Church on the Square, The Vil-
lages, with Father Terry Jackson
and Rev. Chuck Padgett officiat-
ing. In lieu of flowers, the fam-
ily suggests memorials to The
Villages Charter School, Buffalo
Scholarship Foundation, 251
Buffalo Trail, The Villages, Fla.
32162.
Beyers Funeral Home in
Leesburg was in charge of ar-
rangements.

5th Sunday meeting
St. Johns Baptist Church will
be having its 5th Sunday meet-
ing December 30, 2007. Sunday
School will begin at 10:00 am.
Rev. Richard Gaskins will be
speaking at 11:00 am. Everyone
is invited to join us to worship.

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Toby Frame, 59,

dies December 22
Toby G. Frame, 59, of Glen
St. Mary died December 22,
2007. Born in Jacksonville, he
lived for many years in Glen St.
Mary. He was a carpet install-
er and member of the Moose
Lodge. Preceded in death by his
wife, MaryAnn Frame, he was
the son of Lorne W. Frame and
Lorene Veal.
Survivors include sons David
Frame, Mark Stoddard (Jacque-
line), Lee Stoddard (Christy)
and Turk Frame (Tonya); daugh-
ters Misty Schedlbauer (Steven)
and Danita Tennison (Timmy);
brothers Charlie (Theresa), Bob-
by (Karen) and Tommy (Cathi)
Frame; many grandchildren.
The graveside service was
held Wednesday, December 26,
2007 at Oak Grove Cemetery
with Reverend Jason Nettles
officiating. Arrangements by
Giddens-Reed Funeral Home,
Baldwin.


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GlacclennM, FL
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Lorena Nancy Hicks Harvey,
90, of Baker County died Fri-
day, December 21, 2007. Lorena
was born in
Macclenny ,
November
28, 1917
to the late
William 0.

son Hicks.
She worked
for the Du- h
val County
School
Board as a
school caf- MsHarvey
eteria man-
ager for many years. Lorena
was a life-long resident of Baker
County and a member of Glen
Friendship Tabernacle Church.
She enjoyed baking and cook-
ing. She was predeceased by her
husband Julius Lonnie Harvey
Sr.
Surviving family members
include children Julius Lonnie
Harvey Jr. of Fernandina Beach
and Michael Orie Harvey of
Glen St. Mary; granddaughter
Leslie Susanne Story; sisters
Mildred LaGassee of Tallahas-
see, Doris VanDoran of Jackson-
ville; sister-in-law Agnes Hicks;
the sister late Thelma Harvey
and late brother W. Orie (Bud)
Hicks, both of Glen.
The funeral service was held
on Friday, December 28, 2007 at
the Ferreira Chapel with Pastor
Albert Starling officiating. In-
terment followed at Manntown
Cemetery.


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Hazel Lavon Lucas, 83, of
Baldwin died Monday, Decem-
ber 17, 2007 in Jacksonville fol-
lowing a brief illness. Mrs. Lu-
cas was born January 31, 1924
in Pierson, GA, the daughter of
the late Noel Hill and the former
Georgia A. Bennett. A resident
of Baldwin for 67 years, she
graduated from Baldwin High
School and was a member of the
First Baptist Church of Bald-
win. Mrs. Lucas was preceded
in death by her husband Ivey M.
Lucas.
Survivors include daughters
Pam Smith and Iva Sue Har-
ris (Vernon); grandsons Jeffrey
Smith (Eli), Brett Harris (Tracy)
and Darren Harris (Marley); six
great-grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers were
Jeffrey Smith, Brett Harris, Dar-
ren Harris, Scott Newsom, Rob
Keen, Melvin Smith and Adam
Crews.
The funeral service was held
Thursday, December 20, 2007
at the First Baptist Church with
Rev. Chris Drum officiating.
Interment followed at Brandy
Branch Cemetery in Bryceville.
Arrangements by Prestwood Fu-
neral Home of Baldwin.


Sanderson
Congregational
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
SPastor: Oral E. Lyons(


Come and magnify the Lord and worship with us
Glen Friendship Tabernacle
Clinton Ave. Glen St. Mary
WJXR Radio Service Sunday.... 8:30 am
Morning Worship Service...... 10:30 am
Children's Church ............ 11:30 am
Evangelistic .................. 6:00 pm
Bible Study (Wed.)............. 7:30 pm
Rev Albert Starling Home: 259-3982 Church: 259-6521


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"A Beacon' to Sunday School 9:45 AM
I Baker County" Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 AM
I 1 .. Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 PM
Wednesday Prayer Meeting 7:00 PM


Fred Perry, 77, dies

on December 18th
Frederick Lee Perry Sr., 77,
of Glen St. Mary died Tuesday,
December 18, 2007. He was
born in Huntington, West Vir-
ginia on January 13, 1930 to the
late Oval Frederick Perry and
Maude Marie Crank Perry. Mr.
Perry moved to Baker County in
1968 from Jacksonville. He was
a member of the Sheet Metal
Local Union #435 for 40 years
before retiring in 1999. He en-
joyed farming, grilling out with
his family during the holidays,
tending to his cows and riding
his tractor.
Surviving family members
include his wife of 59 years,
Dolly Mae Smith Perry of Glen
St. Mary; children Fred Perry Jr.
(Kathy) of Starke, Linda Albrit-
ton (Robert) of St. Cloud, FL,
Diane Sigers (Tommy) of Mac-
clenny, Darrell Perry (Susie)
and Cindy Raulerson (Dwyane),
both of Glen St. Mary; 13 grand-
children, 29 great-grandchildren
and one great-great-grand-
daughter; brother Paul Perry of
Jacksonville; sisters Susie Wil-
son and Debbie Cramer, both of
Jacksonville.'
The funeral service was held
Friday, December21, 2 007 at
the V. Todd Ferreira Chapel
with Pastor David Thomas of-
ficiating. Interment followed at
Jacksonville Memory Gardens
in Orange Park.

St. Peters Anglican Fellowship
Minnesota Ave. Macclenny, Fla.
259-6256
Sunday School 9:00 am
Sunday Service 10:00 am


Perryfamily thanks
The family of Fred Perry Sr.
would like to thank everyone for
all the prayers, food and flowers
we received at the time of our
loss.
Special thanks to Brother
David Thomas and V. Todd Fer-
reira.
He is gone, but never forgot-


THANK YOU,
DOLLY PERRY AND FAMILY


FAITH BIBLE

CHURCH
New Hope for the Community
Five Churches Road
Hwy. 127 Sanderson, FL

Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
Wed. Night Bible Stud) 7:00 p.m.

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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
http://www.fbcofsanderson.org


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






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Sunday School 9:45 am
Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 am
Sunday Evening Services 6:00 pm
Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting 7:00 pm
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Fire-rescue honorees (from left): Billy Worthington, Billy Johnson, Thomas Dyal, Sue End, Brad Thrift, Jamie Simmons, Don Loudermilk, Director David Richardson and
Chief Richard Dolan.
Photo by Nancy Oliver


Dolan, L

By Nancy Oliver
Karen Dolan of Macclenny
was named emergency services
employee of the year and Don
Loudermilk of Sanderson the
Baker County volunteer fireman
of the year during a joint fire-
rescue awards banquet at the ag
center on December 21.
About 150 rescue workers,
fire department employees and
volunteers, along with their fam-
ilies, attended the annual event.
The following were named
2007's top firefighters for the sta-


oudermilk get toj

tions indicated: Billy Worthing- Spencer Jordan 30 years fire,
ton, station 30 (Cuyler), Billy Buddy Harvey 20 years fire, Ken-
Johnson station 50 (Glen), Chuck neth Owen 15 years fire, Glenda
Garber station 60 (Baxter), Sue Owen 15 years fire.
End station 40 (Taylor), Brad Ten years with rescue: Karen
Thrift station 20 (Twin Bridges), Dolan, Buddy Jacobs and Regina
Jamie Simmons station 10 (south Monds.
Macclenny) and Mr. Loudennmilk Ten years with fire: Sue End
from station 70 (Sanderson). and Mark Renninger.
The awards were presented by Five years with rescue: Cris-
David Richardson, the county's ty Carson, Greg Gainey, Chris
EMS director, and county chief Harvin, Tim Kirkland and John
Richard Dolan. Motherwell.
In addition, the following were Five years with fire: Louise
recognized for years of service: Smith and Lenorea Leggett.


Pair is arrested in pickup after deputy


tells them they are not able to drive


Two Glen St. Mary men who
were unable to drive and iniitially
agreed to walk to a Macclenny
bar seeking a designated driver
were arrested after a deputy saw
them'traveling in a pickup truck
early the morning of December
22,.
Deputy Curtis twuic- said he
questioned Anthony Long, 25
and Colson Wilkerson, 25 after
becoming suspicious when he
spotted a 1988 Chevrolet truck
parked behind a residence on
Minnesota Ave. just before 2:00.
Mr. Wilkerson, owner of the
pickup, quickly admitted he had
too much to drink and intended
to let Mr. Long do the driving.
Deputy Ruise suggested they
walk to Mac's Liquors on US 90
because Mr. Long had a bit of a
problem as well his license is


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suspended.
The two left on foot, only to
be spotted minutes later by the
same deputy going northbound
on MLK Dr., with Mr. Long at
the wheel. Deputy Ruise got be-
hind the pickup, which did not
,halt until Mr.. Lo ngreached th ,
bar parking "lot -
There he created a distur-
bance among bar clients and was
arrested for disorderly intoxica-
tion. Mr. Long was booked for
driving on the suspended license.
Deputy Ruise also charged the
truck owner with allowing an un-
authorized driver and having the
wrong tag on the vehicle.
In other cases involving sus-
pended licenses, Darnell Lee,
25, of Macclenny was charged
early the afternoon of December
21 after a sheriff's investigator
stopped him going northbound
on South 6th. Moments before,
another officer alerted Investi-
gator Jim Nickles he had spot-
ted Mr. Lee at the wheel of his
Mercury.
The suspect had been arrest-
ed ten days earlier on the same
charge.
He told the investigator he
was on his way to the courthouse
at the time to pay past fines and
get his license back. Mr. Lee has


two license suspensions.
Michael Stokes, 31, of Mac-
clenny was arrested as an habitual
offender driving on a suspended
license early the morning of De-
cember 19. Deputy John Hardin
said he stopped Mr. Stokes driv-
ing a 2000 Honda motorcycle af-
ter he'ran through the.stop sign at
9th St. and Lowder in the south
city.

Mr. Stokes was re-arrested late
on December 22 for loitering and
resisting arrest. The same officer
said the suspect took off running
from a parking lot on west US
90 about 11:00, and was found
shortly after walking north on
Blair St. Deputy Hardin said Mr.
Stokes swallowed an unknown
substance.
Christopher Cole, 18, of
Macclenny was charged with
having no driver's license and no
registration on the 1988 Chev-
rolet S-10 he was driving when
stopped on Woodlawn Rd. Dep-
uty Mike Hauge said he stopped
the vehicle when he noticed the
afternoon of December 19 that it
didn't have a license tag.


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Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm
Wednesday Night Service 7:00 pm
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Football standout Holton arrested...


Student Shiela Small (with bicycle) stands with Lt. Paul Whitehead and officers Greg Callaway, Greg Arline, and Tina Trowell.
PHOTO BY KELLEY LANNIGAN



BCI employees adopt a BCMS class;


furnishing pizzas, bicycles, clothing


BY KELLEY LANNIGAN
Press Staff

"It's unbelievable," said
teacher Donna Finley with tears
in her eyes. "Each child got a bi-
cycle!"
The 15 members of the spe-
cial needs class at Baker County
Middle School were "adopted"
over the holidays by officers
,of Baker Correctional Institu-
tion west of Sanderson. Lt. Paul
Whitehead, along with several
members of his staff, showed up
at the classroom December 20
wearing red Santa hats and bear-
ing gifts for the students, as well
as a pizza lunch.
The teacher's reaction is un-
derstandable as she makes it
clear just how much she cares
about her students. She and team
.teacher Kim Yarbrough spend
all day, each day with the stu-
dents as they study math, read-
ing and other subjects. "We are
a big family here" she said.
When the DOC contacted the
class by e-mail and expressed its
desire to adopt them as a Christ-
mas community project, the
teachers were ecstatic. Parents
were contacted about the stu-
dent's clothing sizes, and money
raised by prison employees was
used to purchase sweaters and
shirts. They were beautifully
wrapped and presented to the


children.
But the bicycles were the big
hit, of course.
North Florida Correctional in
Gainesville collected and refur-
bished the bicycles and donated
them to BCI, where they under-
went more tweaking and pol-
ishing. The 15 bikes with shiny
chrome and bright colors were
waiting outside the classroom
for the students.
"The students are so excited
over the bikes, they can't even
eat the pizza!" exclaimed the
emotional Ms. Finley.
She and Ms. Yarbrough ex-
pressed their gratitude to BCI
for this and other projects the
prison sponsors on behalf of the
special needs class, like donat-
ing classroom supplies.
"These special folks put the
real meaning back into Christ-
mas. It's not just about getting
presents, it's about giving with
an unselfish spirit," said Ms.
Finley.
To say thank you, the students
crafted personalized cards and
Christmas ornaments, which
were presented to the DOC offi-
cers. The ornaments were made
from knit gloves and felt, and
fashioned into a Santa face with
the glove fingers as the beard.
Parents of many students also
attended the party and took pic-
tures of their children with their


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR BAKER COUNTY,
FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION
FILE NO.: 02-2007-CP-0051.

IN RE: THE ESTATE OF
CYNTHIA LYNN BELOW,
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of Cynthia
Lynn Below, deceased, File Number 02-2007-CP-
051, is pending in the Circuit Court of Baker Coun-
ty, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which
is 339 East Macclenny Avenue, Macclenny, Florida
32063. The names and addresses of the personal
representatives and the personal representative'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
court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SER-
VICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
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
this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
The date of first publication of this notice is
December 27, 2007.
Attorney for Personal Representative:
Jeffrey D. Dunn, Esquire
Florida Bar No. 0118284
231 East Adams Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202
904-353-6440
Personal Representative
Debra M. Johns
9324 Brent Lane, #7
Macclenny, FL 32063
12/27-1/3


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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
Budget).
THE PUBLIC IS INVITED AND ENCOURAGED
TO ATTEND.
This document is available for preview at the
Baker County School Board Office located at 392
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ning Friday, December 14, 2007 (8:30 am-3:00
pm).
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bikes.
As some children left the par-
ty, they called to Gail Griffis,
the BCMS vice-principal who
stopped by the festivities on her
rounds of the campus.
"Goodbye, Ms. Griffis!"
"Bye, sweetie!" she called
back. "Remember I love you!
Ms. Griffis loves dropping
into the class, which she does
frequently. "There is truly a lov-
ing atmosphere here. I stop by
here for an emotional pick-me-
up," she said. "It's the highlight
of my day."


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admitted to either school.
According to the sheriff's
department, he was one of five
persons who entered the Moring
house via a rear door about 10:00
pm. Mr. Moring told Deputy
Wayne Limbaugh that Andrew
Shaw, 20, pointed a chrome
handgun at him and ordered him
to the floor of a hallway.
Mr. Holton and Mr. Shaw,
along with Kentrez Smith, 19,
Jaleesa Perkins, 18, and her juve-
nile age sister, kicked and beat on
him demanding pills and threat-
ening to kill him. The victim said
the pills were in a bedroom, then
ran out the front door where he
was again accosted.
Ms. Donaldson corroborated
his statement, saying she was
awakened by the ruckus in the
hallway. She said the juvenile
approached her demanding she
"give up the pills." She threat-
ened to call police and the intrud-
ers left.
Deputy Limbaugh said Ms.
Donaldson identified the sus-
pects by name, except for Mr.
Shaw who both victims later
picked out of a photo line-up. He
and the two others were arrested
but denied knowledge of the in-


cident; Mr. Holton admitted only
to being near the "juke" [Club
229] that evening, accompanied
by the younger cousin.
Mr. Shaw, charged with the
most serious of multiple charges
because of the handgun, said he
and Ms. Perkins were at the Mor-
ing residence for "a visit" but de-
nied committing the crime.
He is also charged with mis-
demeanor marijuana possession
after officers found a small bag-
gie in his pants pocket.
Warrants were issued for the
juvenile and Mr. Smith. All are
from Sanderson.
The others are expected to be
charged with assault, aggravated
assault, battery, burglary and
trespass.
A frustrated Bobby Johns, who
coached Mr. Holton to succes-
sive seasons of 1000 yard-plus
performances, said Wednesday
during a telephone interview it's
up in the air whether the player
he wanted to lead the offense in
the upcoming East-West north
Florida All-Star Bowl on Janu-
ary 19 will be able to play now.
"It just has me wondering
how a kid who does everything
so right on the football field can
make such bad choices off the
field," said Coach Johns. "If


there ever was a poster child on
what I want in a football player,
it's him."
Coach Johns said he wants to
get more familiar with the par-
ticulars of the case before mak-
ing any judgements, but said so
far they don't look good for the
player he wanted to go on to at
least the community college lev-
el. He said he also is concerned
about setting precedents and ex-
amples for younger players com-
ing up through the system.
This isn't Carlos Holton's
first brush with the law. He was
named in a criminal complaint
for battery early in the season
stemming from an incident that
has some similarities to the pres-
ent one, but was allowed to re-
main on the team when the state
decided it was a weak case.


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__Sports



Iaguars olavin with more resolve


Caitlin Griffis prepares to shoot a basket against the West Nassau Warriors.
PHOTO BY DOUG WILDS, BAKERCOUNTYSPORTS.COM


Ladies split

The Lady Wildcats had a
rough start of the week before
the Christmas holiday with a
loss to Union County, but they
bounced right back with a win
over Middleburg, running their
record to 8-6.
The Cats ran into a buzz saw
at the beginning of last week as
they took the road for two games.
Lake Butler was not hospitable
as it handed BCHS a 77-45 loss
on Monday.
The Tigers jumped right out
in front and kept a fast pace'
throughout the first period that
pushed BCHS behind 21-12 af-
ter the first few minutes. Union
kept pouring it on and went into
the half up 41-22. .
The shell-shocked Cats held
even with the Tigers in the third
period, but couldn't make up
any ground. When Union turned
up the heat again and went on a
22-10 run in the fourth, the game
was over quickly.


games before holidays


Brittany Ruise continued a
strong scoring pace with 23
points for the losers, but she got
very little help from her team-
mates. She was the only Wildcat
in double figures. Caitlin Griffis
had 10 rebounds and Destiny de
la Pena 8 on the defensive side of
the court.
The Cats bounced right back
on Thursday, however, to hand
Middleburg a 51-35 pasting on
the Broncos' home court. This
time the Cats found their shoot-
ing touch as three of the BCHS
players were in double figures.
Griffis led the way for the
first time this season as the run
of play went to the inside against
Middleburg. She had 17 points,
mostly from the paint, and 12
rebounds. De la added 15 points
and 6 rebounds and Ruise had 13
points.
The Lady Cats did to Middle-
burg what the Tigers had done
to them. They started fast and


picked up the pace when needed
to maintain the scoring differ-
ence.
The Cats will take the holiday
off and be back in action against
Suwannee County in the BCHS
gym on Jan. 8.


FAT LADY
ROBERT GERARD
Even a dyed-in-the-wool Jag-
uar fan like me was worried as I
climbed the stairs to my seat in
the stadium on Sunday to watch
the Jaguars take on the Oakland
Raiders.
So many times if the past few
years Jacksonville has looked
poised to get a playoff berth,
only to see the effort thwarted by
losing to teams they should have
easily beaten.
I admit to some trepidation.
But then, this year's Jaguar team
seems to enter games with much
more resolve than in previous
years. To use a colloquialism,
they just seem to have their heads
screwed on straight this season.
They beat most of the teams that
they are supposed to beat and
gave the rest a real battle.
It was obvious in the first drive


Holton on Super 24


For Wildcat football standout
Carlos Holton, walking out on a
field to cheering fans is a regular
Friday night occurrence during
the football season.
But to do so to a crowd of
76,000 on a Sunday while stand-
ing near Heisman Tro-
phy winner Tim Tebow
will be something new. -
Holton got such a !
thrill at the halftime
of the Jaguar/Raiders
game when he and other
members of the Times- WA
Union Super 24 were
presented to the crowd.
Holton was named to
the Super 24 following
an outstanding senior r
season where he rushed Car
for over 1000 yards for the sec-
ond consecutive year and led the
Cats to a 10-2 record and a dis-


trict title.
Holton finished the season
with 1257 yards on the ground
and 19 touchdowns, making
him by far the area's top running
quarterback. He third among all
rushers in the area.
The versatile player
B who can run as well as
throw the ball was one of
three quarterbacks on the
Super 24 squad. The team
%was led by the Player of
the Year, Nease quarter-
ack Ted Stachitas and
Coach of the Year Craig
Ho\ ard, also, from the
Panthers.
Former Panther and
os Hoon current Florida Gator
Tebow and his family
were also honored at the halftime
ceremony.


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Timmy Tran attempts to pin this Bronco in a close team loss.
PHOTO BY DOUG WILDS, BAKERCOUNTYSPORTS.COM


Strong individual finishes

The Wildcat wrestling team leads the way with an undefeated
has been up and down so far this start at 11-0 in the 119 class.
season. The team lost to Middle- David Corona is 7-1 in the-215
burg in a close 36-39 match, then weight class. Robert Mason is
turned around and won the Terry 10-3 in the 125 class and Josh
Parker invitational. The Cats Hodges is 10-4 in the 171 class.
placed fourth at a tournament in Noah Davis is 10-6 in the 130
Bradford and 14th in Camden class.
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They've had some good indi- a 6-2 record at 119. Michael
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that they were going to be true to
form. Fred Taylor, who has been
outstanding this season, scored
on a 62-yard touchdown run. It
certainly validated his amazing
resurgence this-season.
His legs are looking 10 years
younger and as one of the com-
mentators said during an earlier
game, he makes cuts that only
Barry Sanders was capable of
making in a game.
Taylor, once again snubbed
as a Pro-Bowl starter (though he
will be going to the game after
the injury to AFC leading rusher
Willie Parker), passed Ricky
Waters on the all-time rushing
list and finished with 111 yards
on just seven carries.
David Garrard continued to
impress. Though he had a pick
in the game Sunday, his deci-
sion making was once again ex-
cellent. I was a big supporter of
Byron Leftwich when he was the
starting quarterback, but I hon-
estly can't see the Jaguars in the
playoffs with him at the helm.
Though I'm happy that Reg-
gie Williams has caught nine


touchdowns this season, I'm
not real happy he broke Jimmy
Smith's team record to do so. I
was always a fan of Smith but
I much prefer Ernest Wilford to
Williams.
Is it just me or does it seem
as if Matt Jones only catches
the ball if he is double, triple or
quadruple covered? He missed a
wide-open pass on third down,
only to turn around and steal a
ball from a defensive back in an
amazing catch and then step into
the end zone for the score. Note
to David Garrard: Don't throw to
Jones if he is wide open.
It's still up in the air whether
the fifth-seeded Jaguars will face
San Diego or Pittsburgh. Which-
ever team finishes with the best
record will host Jacksonville
The Jaguars beat San Diego
in Jacksonville and Pittsburgh on
the road this season. The Char-
gers have won five straight and
the Steelers are minus running
back Willie Parker. Even so, the
Steelers in Pittsburgh in a playoff
game?
Hmmm.


Majority of Wldcat offense

named to EastAll-Star team
In a testament to how effective the BCHS Wildcat football team's
offense was throughout the regular season, the entire offensive line,
the quarterback and top running back were all selected to the East/
West All-Star game next month.
Coach Bobby Johns will lead the East squad that includes players
from Bradford, Baker, Hamilton, Union, Alachua and Columbia coun-
ties.
The Wildcats had the top rushing offense in the area and Johns will
use his offensive sets during the game. Carlos Holton and Luscious
Lee, both 1000-yard rushers for the second year in a row, will direct
the offense. Holton was also a Times-Union Super 24 pick (see related
story).
Anchoring the East offense is a cadreof big, strong offensive like-
men from Baker High. Jimmy Gainey, Josh Hodges, Lee Taylor, Joey
Cordova and Brock Canaday were a major part of the reason the Cats
had such outstanding offensive numbers.
They opened huge holes for Lee, Holton and the other Cat running
backs to bolt through. They will try to do the same against the best
defenders that the West has to offer.
The West squad includes teams from Lafayette, Suwannee, Dixie
and Taylor counties, as well as 2-A state champions Madison County.
Coaches nominate players for the team, but it is rare that so many
from one school are selected. The teams will practice for a week, try-
ing to grasp the basics of each squad's offense and defensive set and
then will take the field on Jan. 19 at Columbia High School.


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Taking a forward look to 2008


in the world of racing,


For people all over the world,
as the days wind down for 2007
there will be a lot of cleanup
from the holidays and planning
for new and special things in the
New Year. Many people will start
a new job, pick up a new hobby,
or try to stick to a New Year's
resolution. Some
may just move
along busi- FRO
ness as usual
like nothing has "
changed. PR S
People all
over the sports Mik
world will do
exactly the same
as others, some starting new jobs
(see Dale Earnhardt Jr.), some
picking up new hobbies (see
Chris Leak), and some moving
along like nothing has changed
(see Tiger Woods). Let's take
.a look at 2008 and some things
that would make for an interest-
ing year.
The year begins early for the
boys of NASCAR. In early Feb-
Sruary, they will all head down to
Daytona to kick the season off
with the biggest race of the year,
the Daytona 500. Every year
-many of the drivers switch teams
and change hats; it's become the
thing to do. This year, though,
one of the biggest drivers, at
least in popularity, will switch
teams and try to begin again in
the shadows of two of the sports
hottest drivers.
Earnhardt Jr. goes from DEI
Motorsports to Hendrick Racing,
a move that has been highly pub-
licized this year. Whether or not
Junior is successful will largely
depend on his relationship with


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other Hendrick drivers, Jimmie
Johnson and Jeff Gordon. They
have combined for six cham-
pionships and both are poised
again for another big season in
2008. I think the action will be as
exciting as ever as Junior works
to fit in with the crew from Hen-
drick, and we'll
see if one of
[THE these drivers is
among those
B fighting for the
BDOX title late in the
year.
.rews My guess is
that they will all
be in the mix.
The year also starts early for
the fellas on the PGA tour. The
new exciting FedEx Cup format
came and went this year without
much in the way of excitement.
Again, (yawn) Tiger Woods
emerged as the player of the year,
FedEx champ, etc........ Woods
has certainly been impressivirig
as one of the best to ever play
the game. Will this be the year
that someone battles him down
the stretch and makes a serious
competition of it, or will Woods
again be the man, as he has since
emerging on the tour in the late
90's?
He has had challengers, Da-
vid Duval years ago, Vijay Singh
once or twice, and perhaps the
closest in talent to Woods, Phil
Mickelson. But despite their
best efforts, Woods somehow
has shown that he is the man to
beat, and he quite frankly would
like to set records that the sport
has never seen. I am hopeful of
a worthy challenger to emerge
this year, but am also certain that


Early December land transactions


The following land transac-
tions were recorded in the Baker
County courthouse December
1-15. 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.

Rhoden, Keith Dale to Mae Lillies
LLC in 29-2S-22E, $10
Rhoden, Michael to Mae Lillies
LLC in 29-2S-22E, $10
Smith, James S Jr to Mae Lillies
LLC in 29-2S-22E, $10
Crews, Mark A to Ali, Bano in
MILTONS ADD TO TOWN OF
MACCLENNY LOT 4 BK 6, $50,000
Sirmans, Debbie Carter.to Craw-
rord, Sandra,L in 31-2S-22E, $40,334
Altman, Geraldine to Tyson, James
Fred in 28-1S-21E, $0
Fritz, Jeffrey A to Fritz, Noreen A
in 5-3S-21E, $10
Williams, John D to Crews, Jerry
Shawn in S19-2S-22E, $10
Richmond American Homes Of
Florida LP to Call-marino, Donna in
19-2S-22, $169,990
Richmond American Homes Of





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Florida LP to Barber, John in ROLL-
ING MEADOWS LOT 24, $188,000
Seda Construction Company to
Brooks, Kenneth E Jr in SANDS
POINTE SUB LOT 33, $196,190
Tomlinson, Angela to Jones, Mi-
chael D in 8-2S-22E, $230,000
Bryant, Charles D to Bryant,
Charles D in MACCLENNY II UNIT
II LOT 7 BK A, $72,500
Davis, Earnest G Sr to Hank, Lisa
in 1-2S-22E, $100
Crockett, William J to Crockett,
William J Jr in 36-2S-20E, $10
Harvey, Marshall to Rhoden, Ger-
ald R Sr in 12-3S-20E, $32,500
Feldt, Bradley M to Walker, An-
gela in 28-3S-19E, $7,850
Mccormick, Hyram Elisah to Mc-
cormick, Hyram Elisah in 36-3S-20E,
$10
Wiley, Gloria Jean to The Steno-
type Institute Of Jacksonville Inc
in OLD NURSERY PLANTATION
LOT 26, $600,000
Ratliff, Wesley R to Creppel,
Lauris T in RIDGE EST LOT 20,
$80,000
Yarborough, Ann Marie to Sapp,
William Neil in 23-3S-21E, $10
Crawford, Michael to Sapp, Wil-
liam Neil in 23-3S-21E, $103,000
Satterwhite,Jared Fto Satterwhite,
Jacob D in 29-2S-22E, $165,000
Chauncey, Joseph to Johnson, Ste-
phen R in 29-3S-19E, $89,900
Raulerson, Heather to Wilson,
Kevin Paul in PINE TOP EST LOT
3 BK 1, $10


Wilson, Kevin Paul to Sikes, Su-
san M in PINE TOP EST LOT 3 BK
1, $125,000
Woodington, William E to Bene-
field, William R lii in 36-2S-20Q, $10
Benefield, William R Iii to Yousefr
Naim H in 36-2S-20E, $95,000
D'elia, Leslie A to Wiktorowski,
Robert in COPPER CREEK HILL
UNIT 2 LOT 29, $242,000
Driskell, Tommy to Yates, Gail M
in RIVER COUNTRY EST LOT 44,
$55,000
Toney, Mark, A to Bryant, Joseph
Randall in 15-4S-20E, $70,000
Foster, Morris L to Foster, Morris
L in 36-2S-21E, $10
Raulerson, Gary Dewayne to Ken-
nedy, Desmond Wesley Jr in SUBUR-
BAN HEIGHTS LOT 2 BK 4, $10
Yarbrough, William B to Crockett,
William J in 36-2S-20E, $0
Wooten, Thomas to Baker, A W
LLC in 17-1S-21E, $10
Thomas, Robert L to Thomas, Jef-
frey S in TOWN OF GLEN ST MARY
LOT 11,12 BK 40, $10
Laughter, James D to Stuhr, Dale
in TURKEY CREEK RET UNIT 2
LOT 11 BK 3, $55,000

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Meetings
Every Monday 8:00 pm
Macclenny Church of Christ
5th and Minnesota
Open to friends &
family members of alcoholics.


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golf, etc.
we are witnessing history with
Tiger Woods that may never be
matched in my lifetime. So for
2008, it will be Tiger's again.
Oh yes, in 2008 there will
definitely be some things to
watch for. A new league called
the AAFL (All American Foot-
ball League) is set to debut in
March, the Jacksonville Jaguars,
will be making a playoff run in
January, and of course, the Boys
of Summer will be taking the
field in April amid allegations
and scandals of steroid use that
date back over the last 10 years.
Not to mention that as the sum-
mer fades into fall we will all be
ready to usher in another season
of gridiron action, which prom-
ises to be as exciting as ever.
Between the Wildcats, Gators,
and Jaguars, Baker County folks
should have plenty to look for-
ward to. I am betting that great
things will unfold in 2008.
Oh yes, 'tis the season to be
a sports fan. Let's all rejoice and
be thankful and look ahead to the
new and the old in 2008.
This Week's Pick:
Jaguars at Texans The Jag-
uars have locked up a playoff
spot and are getting some atten-
tion nationally as the team no
one wants to meet in the play-
offs. Does this mean that this
week's game means nothing to
the team? No, the Jags will fight
hard for their 12th win of the
season, and I look for them to be
able to get it done on the road.
Jags-28 Texans 17.
Remember, if you have a
take on sports, email it to me at
crews99@nefcom.net. Thanks,
see you next week.


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Grason Cain

Cain wins annual

short story contest
Grason Cain is the winner
of the third annual short story
writing contest sponsored by the
Macclenny Woman's Club. Gra-
son was the recipient of a $5.0
cash award.
Jacob Stalvey, the second
place winner, received $30. Jes-
selyn Sands came in third and
received $20. Lexis Fortner and
Jared Stafford both received
honorable mention.
The contest is open to all 5th
graders at Keller Intermediate;
67 students participated this year.
Brittany Delp, Sydney Dopson,
David Johnson, Summer Mc-
Cray, Karlie Payne, Grace Marie
Rhoden, Jake Smith and Forest
Waldron were also recognized
for their outstanding stories.



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It's been nearly a decade since
we received our diplomas, and
it's time to celebrate again! Our
10-year Baker High School re-
union is planned for August 23,
2008 in Jacksonville, so please
let us know how to contact you.
Call 259.2313 or e-mail bchs_
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telephone number, mailing ad-
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no later than 4:00 pm the Monday
preceding publication, unless other-
wise arranged in advance. Ads can
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panied by payment and instructions.
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Box 598, Macclenny, FL 32063. We
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the telephone. Liability for errors in all
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publication only. If after that time, the
ad continues to run without notifica-
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the opinion of the publisher does not
meet standards of publication.


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, start-
ing at $150, side-by-side, 90 day war-
ranty; stoves, starting at $100, 30 day
warranty. Can deliver. 904-964-8222.
12/27-1/3p
Brand new Olympic bench w/new
Olypmic bar and 400+ lbs of Olympic
weights New E-Z cu-I bar with claljip.,
new weight siaci' 2 dun-iDellS wiltlh 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; 14 load -$25. 259-7629.
12/6tfc
Metal shed for boat, RV, hay,
25'x50'xl3', $3000, U-move. 259-
0908. 12/20-1/1ip
DVD player, $15; Call 588-3628 or
275-3007, leave message. 12/6tfc
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.
12/6tfc
Need a trailer to haul your Christmas
gifts? Here is the one you need! 2003,
16x7 Cargo Craft Explorer trailer, 3%"
plywood floor and doors, 4 wheel elec-
tric brakes on tandem axle, like new,
$3000. 613-6001. 7/19tfc
Antique breakfront buffet, breakfront
china cabinet, buffet, all mahogany, can
be seen at Southern Charm. 259-4140.
12/9tfc
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.
2/3tfc
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


1996 Dodge Ram 2500, 3/4 ton, 4x4,
V8, long wheel base, automatic, goose
neck trailer and brake hook-up, nice
condition 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, % ton, extended
cab, 4x4, V8, long wheel base, $4000
OBO. 259-2900. 12/20-27c
Must sell! 2003 Toyota Corolla CE,
62k miles, excellent condition, 38 mpg,
$8600. 653-1060 home or 910-7411
cell. 12/20-27p





Babysitting in my home, all ages, 6:00
am-until, Monday-Friday, near 125 &
127.838-2287. 12/20-27p


Junk removal. Don't want the hassle? Experienced painters needed. Must
We'll load and haul your unwanted met- have tools, benefits after 90 days. 259- A L E
al junk. Free hauling. Old washers, dry- 5877. 12/30tfc
ers, a/c, freezers, lawn mowers, tanks, Dickie's Plumbing needs plumbers. -.
metal scrap, etc. Call local at 904-759- Apply in person at 10174 Hilliard Ave. D SALE Want left over yard sale items and
4162. 12/27p S., Glen St. Mary. 653-1136. 12/20tfc C" mputers. Will pick up fr free. Call
Now accepting antique furniture on p4GpE
consignment. Pieces have to be in good 1558.
condition. Call Karin at Southern Charm I


259-4140. 2/13tfc


Happy Jack mange medicine pro-
motes healing and hair growth to any
mange or bare spot on dogs and hors-
es without steroids. Glen Cash Store.
259-2381 www.happyjackinc.com.
12/20-1/1 Op
Dogs: all types from puppies to adults.
Animal Control, $50 boarding fees will
apply. 259-6786. 11/20tfc
German Shepherd puppies, pure-
bred, just in time for Christmas,
$350. 912-843-2436. 12/20-27p


Notice to readers:
The newspaper often publishes classified
advertising on subjects like work-at-home,
weight loss products, health products.
While the newspaper uses reasonable
discretion in deciding .on publication of
such ads, it takes no responsibility as to
the truthfulness of claims. Respondents
should use caution and common sense
before sending any money or making other
commitments based on statements and/or
promises; demand specifics in writing. You
can also call the Federal Trade Commission
at 1-877-FTC-HELP to find out how to spot
fraudulent solicitations. Remember: if it
sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- The Baker County Press
EmploymentOpportunitiesat Nortneast
Baker Cr.unry. Registlerd nurses &
LPNs. Anticipated vacancies, all shifts.
Applicants selected for these positions
will be county employees, eligible for
county benefits but will be assigned to
a physical location of employment at
Northeast Florida State Hospital, 77487
S. SR 121, Macclenny, Florida 32063,
phone 904-2599-6211, fax, 904-259-
7104. Contact Gale Wilkerson 904-
259-6211 ext. 1756 or Jenelle Halt ext.
1157. Applications must be received on
or before COB January 7, 2008. Salary
range for RNs if $21.78-$32.59 per
hour based on experience and shift.
LPNs from $15.59-$25.59 per hour
based on shift. Registered nurses must
possess at least three years of profes-
sional nursing experience or BSN and
two years of professional nursing expe-
rience. EEO/AA. 12/27-1/3p
Company specializing in Erosion
Control now hiring the following posi-
tions: Class A CDL drivers, crew lead-
ers, equipment operators and labor-
ers. Valid driver's license a must. Fax
resume to 275-3292 or call 275-4960.
EOE, drug free workplace. 6/28tfc
TA Travelcenter now hiring Arby's
team members and management forTA
Travelcenter in Baldwin, 1024 US 301
S., Jacksonville, FL 32234 or call Tom
at 904-266-4281 ext. 18. 4/26tfc
Self directed Administrative Assistant
with Microsoft Word, Excel 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 dam-
age calls, 24 hrs/7 days a week. No
pre-set hours. $20/hour to start plus
food allowance on jobs. 259-8929 for
interviews. 12/13-1/3p
Wal-Mart D.C./Sam's Cafe' now Hiring
Food Service Personnel. FT/PT w/2
years experience. $8 and up. (904)
653-4000 x 5018. 12/27-1/3c
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.
4/19tfc
Plumber's helper. Commercial and
industrial. Background check and drug
testing required. Clean driving record a
must. Call Gateway Contracting at 904-
388-4799. 12/13-1/3p
Dental assistant needed. Full time
position, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-5:00
pm, salary commensurate with expe-
rience, benefit package offered with
bonuses. Please fax resume to 386-
752-3122. 12-20-1/10p


Interested in a career as a CNA
(Certified Nursing Assistant)? Enroll in
the Patient Care Assistant program at
Lake City Community College. Classes
start in January. For more information,
call 386-754-4404. 12/27c


Notice to Readers
All real estate advertising in this newspaper
is subject to the Fair Housing Act which
makes it illegal to advertise "any preference,
limitation or discrimination based on race,
color, religion, sex, handicap, familiar status
or national origin, or an intention, to make
any such preference, limitation or discrimi-
nation." Familial status includes children
under the age of 18 living with parents or
legal custodians, pregnant women and peo-
ple securing custody of children under 18.
This newspaper will not knowingly accept
any advertising for real estate which is in
violation of the law. Our readers are hereby
informed that all dwellings advertised in this
newspaper are available on an equal oppor-
tunity basis. To complain of discrimination,
call HUD toll free at 1-800-669-9777. The
toll free telephone number for the impaired
is 1-800-927-9275.
3 BR, 2 BA in Rolling Meadows.
House is one year old. Fireplace, very
nice, $199,000. 904-483-6409.
11/22tfc
9.39 acres w/well & septic, 1 mile of
Sanderson on CR 229. $96,500. Owner
financing available 904-813-1580..
5,33tfIc
3 BR, 2 BA brick home w/1721 SF
heated on 1/2 acre in Macclenny, all
electric appliances, $209,000. Call 813-
1580 (8WE). 5/10tfc
Land & home packages. Singlewides
and doublewides. 1 acre to 10 acres.
904-653-1656 leave message.
12/13-1/1c
8.39 acres w/well & septic, 1 mile north
of Sanderson on CR 229, $96,500.
Owner financing available. 904-813-
1580. 5/17tfc
FSBO. Copper Creek Hills, Unit III, 2
large lot $65,000 each, 1 lot @ $55,000.
Please telephone 904-813-1580.
1/25tfc
3 BR, 2 BA brick home w/1576 SF
heated on 1/2 acre in Macclenny, all
electric appliances, $214,200. Please
call 813-1580. (21 GFO). 5/10tfc
3 acres, high & dry, fish pond, homes
or mobile homes, set-up included,
owner financing or cash discount. 912-
843-8118. 2/22tfc
3 BR, 2 BA new home on Y2 acre behind
BCHS on Madison, owner financing.
954-263-7311. 12/27-1/3p
FSBO. 3 BR, 2 BA brick home with
1585 SF heated on 1/2 acre in Glenfield
Oaks Subdivision, many upgrades,
$212,000. Call 904-813-3091. 7/19ffc
2 acres, includes all improvements,
north of Sanderson, $24,900. 259-
8028. 12/20-1/10c
Glen St. Mary, close to high school and
tennis courts, 2 acres cleared, zoned
for mobile home or house, $64,900 or
any reasonable offer. 904-219-0480.
10/11 tfc
4 BR, 2 BA brick home w/1876 SF
heated on 1/2 acre in Macclenny, all
electric appliances, $249,000. 813-
1580 (18GFO). 5/10tfc
Macclenny. Land and home packages.
New 1579 SF, 3 BR, 2 BA upgraded
Satina kitchen package and more on
1.5 shaded acres on the St. Mary's
River, $135,000. 259-8028.
12/20-1/10c
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 904-556-2497.
12/20-1/3p




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.
7/5tfc
3 BR, 1 BA house, large yard, front
porch, $800/month, $500 deposit, 1st
and last months rent. 259-6849.


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Brand new home, just built, never lived
in, 3 BR, 2 BA in Macclenny, $975/
month, $1200 deposit. 904-838-0035.
11/29tfc
3 BR, 1 BA on .5 acre approximately
1 mile north of Sanderson. All elec-
tric 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
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 appoint-
ment. 259-2900. 12/20-27c
3 BR, 1 BA home in Macclenny w/
all electric appliances. $850 secu-
rity deposit, $850/month. Available
December 1, 2007. Please call 813-
1580. 11/22tfc
3 BR, 2 BA SWMH on /2 acre private lot,
$650/month, $500 deposit. Available
January 1. 259-5853. 12/20-27p
3 BR, 2 BA, 1600 SF, large master
suite, large city lot completely fenced, 2
car garage, $1100/month. 408-9198.
12/6-27c
Stylish, beautiful home with current
colors, 3 BR, 2 BA, $1300/month,
$1300 deposit. Call Webb at United
Country. 408-9146 or 259-6500.
12/27p
2 BR, 1 BA SWMH, water, garbage
and lawn service included no pels,
.$550 monir $400 d.e.pqsjl. reqp'red,,
259-2880 leave mnissage, we'll call you
back. 12/20-27p
Country charm with city comforts, 3
BR, 2 BA home, newly renovated, white
picket fence. Only two miles from 1-10
in Sanderson. Security deposit, lease
required. $750/month. 465-3841.


A- LAKE CITY
r l t MMUNIIITY tt[itl
Educator Preparation Institute
Recruiter
(Grant Funded Position)
Professional position assisting the
Director, Teacher Preparation Programs
and the EPI Coordinator with the
Alternative Certification Program.
Bachelor's degree and two years related
professional experience. Education
degree preferred. Must have valid
Florida driver's license and reliable
transportation. Computer literate.
Salary: $28,962 annually, plus benefits.
Application deadline:
January 21, 2008
College application and transcripts
required. Full position details and
application available on the web at:
www.lakecitycc.edu
Inquiries: Human Resources
149 SE College Place
Lake City, FL 32025
Phone: (386) 754-4314
Fax: (386)754-4594
E-mail: boettcherg@lakecitycc.edu
LCCC is accredited by the Southern Association of
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Employment


3 BR house on 1 acre in Macclenny,
1st, last and security required. Please
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3 BR, 1 BA brick home, fenced, new
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last and $500 deposit. 904-264-1875
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Must see to believe. Call Larry at 904-
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2008 Fleetwood, 28x44, 3 BR, 2 BA,
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Caring o
By Barbara Smith
Extension Horticulture Agent
After you catch your breath
following the holidays, con-
sider how to care for the beau-
tiful poinsettia plants that have
brightened your home during the
last few weeks.
Poinsettia can be a nice ad-
dition to your home landscape.
However, it is sensitive to cold
and careful choice of a planting
site is necessary to have it re-
bloom next year.
Your poinsettia can be planted
outdoors (in a protected spot like
the south side of a building or at
the edge of an overhanging tree
canopy) when there is no longer
danger of a freeze or frost. For
now, though, allow it to stay in
a bright spot in the house or on
the porch where temperatures
are above 65 degrees. Keep your
plant out of drafts, including
those from the heating system
vents. Water when the soil sur-
face is dry to the touch; careful
not to overwater! Empty any wa-
ter from the saucer or foil wrap
under the pot, also. It's easier to
kill a poinsettia with too much
water than too little. Don't fertil-
ize until the weather warms up in
spring.
Unlike poinsettias of the past,
the new varieties now available


poinsettias after
to consumers do not drop their For compact growl
colorful bracts for many months; more flowers next year, p
so you can enjoy their beauty till a half inch of every new
spring. When the cold weather growth. Stop pinching
is gone, you can safely relocate week of September so b
your poinsettia plant: develop and the poinse
V Prune off the old bracts and flower at Christmas time
cut back your poinsettia to 12-18 To keep your plant
inches tall. you will need to fertili
V Move outdoors, first to a times during the year. I
shady spot and then into full sun, two tablespoons of a c
gradually over a period of two garden fertilizer like 6-(
weeks. This allows the plant to 8, or a slow-release fertil:
adjust to light and temperatures the same formula. App]
after being indoors for the win- izer to the soil surface
ter. the plant in spring as nev


V Choose a site with well
drained soil in a spot protected
from north winds and frost. Poin-
settias do best in moist (not wet),
well-drained, fertile soil, but will
grow in a wide range of soils.
-\/Make sure there are no street-
lights or security flood lights in
the planting area. Poinsettias will
not bloom unless they have dark
nights during bloom setting.
Once you've found a satisfac-
tory planting spot, dig a hole one
foot wider and 6 inches deeper
than the root ball. Plant the poin-
settia so that it winds up at the
same depth as it grew in the pot.
Fill around the root ball with
soil, and water in thoroughly.
Add mulch to the soil surface to
conserve moisture and help pre-
vent weeds.


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holidays
fourth application in mid-July if
the weather has been extremely
rainy.)
If cold weather arrives next
year before Christmas time, you
will need to cover the plant in or-
der to save the "blooms" for the
holiday.
For more information on
poinsettias or if you have other
gardening questions, contact me
at the Baker County Extension
office, phone: (904)259-3520.
Or call the office and ask for
CIR628, Poinsettias for Florida,
Indoors and Outdoors. This pub-
lication is also available at the
Baker County Extension website
at http://baker.ifas.ufl.edu.


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THIS WEEK ONLY-
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No Down Payments Neededi!!
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