THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS
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78th Year, Vol. 43
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Macclenny, Florida SO5
BY JOEL ADDIfrjGTON
7Te E-.e: Correctional
[BrCDC" received some good
news ast :. ee' rsoe of the
'-5- million worth '.f hds to
build the ew jaii sold at lower
than expected interest rates and
I ill i sae i'e crprJratiton about
S836.000 in debt service pay-
A special rrmcling was
called February 13 because
BCDC board members need-
ed to approve a supplemental
bond relr.-lt, il,o that reflected
the lower interest rates,
"We expected them to sell
at 7.5 percent but they sold
a little lower than that," said
the BCDC's attorney Terence
Rather than selling the bonds
at the fixed rate of 7.5 percent
over 30 years, Jim Swan of New
Jersey-based Bergen Capital
was able to sell bonds at three
different rates over 22 years.
Bonds maturing between
2011 and 2013 were sold at 6
percent; those maturing be-
tween 2014 and 2017 were at
6.4 percent; the remaining 13
years will garner investors the
7.5 percent return.
The non-profit corporation
closed on the 90-acre future
jail property at the corner of SR
121 and SR 228 last week. Con-
struction of the 512-bed facil-
ity began this week and should
be complete in 18 months or by
the middle of 2009.
The plan is to repay the
bonds with revenue generated
from housing federal prison-
ers in the custody of Immigra-
tion and Customs Enforcement
(ICE). The funding mechanism
is modeled after a jail built by
Glades County last year.
Sheriff Joey Dobson said he
expected those monies to be-
gin flowing at the end of 2009,
soon after construction is com-
In all, BCDC will have to
pay back the $45 million in
bonds plus interest of about
$3.2 million, which amounts to
roughly $1.9 million each year
for 22 years.
Can the new jail generate
that kind of cash by housing
Project manager Danny
Thomas said he couldn't say
for certain. However, he hopes
to get at least $80 per day for
each federal prisoner housed at
the facility, which is equivalent
to what Glades County receives
for doing the same thing.
"But we won't have a hard
number until we do an agree-
ment with ICE and the US
Marshal's Service," said Mr.
(See page 4)
Tireseparation is blaedfor twoI fatalities..
7Toh Miami men lost their lives on Interstate 10just/ east of MAiclenny the ,,/,-i .*i 1, Ir ui v 18, i.c-1ly the result f rlih lhft
rear tire of this 1999 Ford Explorer r I''.'a i,. causing the eastbounddriver to lose control, Dead at the scene were Jason MA
Crespin, the 24-year-old driver, and passenger \te n Ta, ',r! 23, The 1,' .,l, l' lil .0 Patrol says neither was wearing a seat
belt when the SUVstruck several pine trec, r'hl 1h. south should; then spun around facing west before stopping. The accident
happened at 2:35 and snarled eastbound ~,trii t. 'r three hours. Pini'IO i KIu I.I. LANNIOAN
UF planners pro losing 17 miles of
horse, motor trails at St. Mary's Shoas
Experts from the University tables, divides the two trail systems
of Florida's School of Forest Cedar Creek diagonally one for off-highway vehi-
Resources and Conservation dissects the property from the cles (OHVs) like four-wheelers
unveiled a layout plan for the southeast to and motorbikes and another for
St. Mary's Shoals Park to a the northwest horses, hikers and bicyclists.
group of county officials, park By a n d The 17 miles of OHV trails
committee members and rep- on the northeastern portion of
resentatives from the Florida J.o. l the property are configured in
Fish and Wildlife Commission Addington I primary and secondary loops
and Department of Forestry with sufficient twists and turns
last week. Press Staff to slow down riders and offer
The plan illustrates where an interesting course, said
in the 1600-acre - 1 the plan's presenter Josh
parkthe entrance, I S Cucinella, an assistant
main road, off- -- st.Mary'sshoals Park to UF professor Taylor
trails, rest rooms,
picnic areas and
into the park
property north of
Odis Yarborough I
Road is located I
just east of the I
CR 125 and ex-
tends north about I
a quarter mile to
the main park-
ing area with rest
rooms and picnic
Horse, Biking, Hiking Area
- Main Road
. .Ii E i
BY JOEL ADDINGTON
Two years ago Baker Coun-
ty increased the fees it charges
to property owners for gnrbage
collection and fire protection
services. Now, at the behest
of County MIanngcLr Joe Cone,
the county is looking at raising
those fees ;iag.in and adding a
new fee for cmiiergency medical
"Right now we're subsidiz-
ing EMS to the tune of about
$336,000 per year," Mr, Cone
ers this week
to use county
staff to study
and find out
how much of
could be jus-
to start our
- this is
we need to
Garbage bills I
Macclenny could b
the near future.
City manager G
has tasked city er
Darabi with perfo
study of the city's
trash and yard w
Mr. Dopson told
sioners last weeK
expected to lose
Cone told the
He added that hiring a con-
Stein. sutiant to do me stuay could
The 19 cost as much as $12,000.
,. miles of According to Mr. Cone, the
I equestrian county spent about $121,000
I trails will more than it collected for fire
be south protection services last year.
I For solid waste collection and
I (See page 4) disposal, the county charged
I property owners $347,502, but
SI spent $735,419 in 2007, a dif-
I ference of about $388,000.
S- "With numbers like that, you
can see why we need to start
looking into doing something,"
- said Commissioner Alex Rob-
Last year, Mr. Cone said
the county received a roughly
5y: Jessica Prevatt $277,000 subsidy from the
state for solid waste services.
" I hei govc.nor did not include
itnt in his budget proposal for
small conlllies' solid waste (thi
year)," he said, c'simating this
year's shortfall for solid waste
services at $3.1 000n.
in a few \c cuks. the tax col-
lector and other county offi-
cials will travel to Tallahassee
to get a better idea of what the
revenue reductions will be in
"There's some tough deci-
sions that have to be made,"
Mr. Cone said at the February
o In impact of
1 will be in
e rates the 2009-
n the City of yay n-
)e going up In crease in
erald Dopson sessment fees
Igineer Frank will need ap-
rming a rate proval from
s solid waste the County
lg household before be-
Vaste collec- coming final.
I City commis- mission also
that the ciiy s app:O' d so-
$50,000 this licitation of
4) Iestimates for
a new county
offices building. Floor plans
from Kasper Architecture De-
velopment for the 9840 square-
foot building were presented
this week, and the building in-
cludes a commission meeting
chamber, offices, three confer-
ence rooms, lobby and storage
Mr. Cone said space con-
straints at the courthouse could
be relieved by the state attor-
ney's office moving to the ex-
isting county office building on
3rd Street. The county offices
could be relocated to a 6-acre
site on the Baker Correctional
90-acre property for the new
jail. The corporation intends td
give the site to the county as re-
payment for $200,000 in seed
Mr. Cone will obtain esti-
mates for both conventional
construction as well a cheaper
metal-building alternative. He
said he expects the estimate for
metal construction to be about
However, the advantage
to conventional construction,
while more expensive, is that
local contractors could be used
to perform the work.
"Now is a good time to be
hiring these folks with the
housing situation," said Mr.
Cone. "And I understand prices
are down with building materi-
Also, the county has about
$800,000 from the state ear-
marked for renovations of ex-
isting facilities to accommo-
date court-related needs. Mr.
Cone said about $100,000 of
that could be used to renovate
current county space to house
the state attorney and public
defender's offices and the re-
maining $700,000 could go
toward the new building. That
would reduce the county's in-
vestment to between $200,000
(See page 4)
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Suspects relatives of using card
BCHS celebrates Valentines Day with lots offlowers
Baker High School secretary Shelly Smith logged deliveries onto her laptop to help keep track of more than 200 Valentine's Day
arrangements that arrived at the school on February 14th. "These are just the ones from parents," she said. "The real madhouse
begins at 1:30 pm when all the florists arrive at once. Ms. Smith helps arrangements get to the proper recipient and makes sure
any not claimed go back to florists to be claimed later. Music was also in the air during the day as members of the ROTC sang
songs to students and teachers. A song list featuring selections such as "Wild Thing" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
was circulated earlier in the week and students could purchase a song "valentine" for one quarter and have it sung out loud to
PHoTo BY KELLEY LANNIGAN
A Macclenny man named his
daughter and her husband as sus-
pects in the theft of a debit card
he was expecting in the mail.
Bobby Carroll told Deputy
Christopher Walker the card
never turned up in his mailbox
as expected on February 11,
and records at Mercantile Bank
indicated it was used at five lo-
cations in the Macclenny and
Glen St. Mary area that day. The
transactions took place between
1:00 am and 8:45 pm, the report
, He named daughter Amanda,
25, and her husband Anthony
Roberts, 37, as likely suspects.
They had been residing with him
on Willie Wilkerson Rd.
Marcia Thompson reported
the theft of an ATM card from
her vehicle, probably when it
was parked for a brief time out-
side the Citgo store at 1-10 and
CR 125 the morning of Febru-
ary 11. She called police the
next day because she initially
believed it was still in the truck
until she learned from Vystar
Credit Union it was used twice
for a total of $80.
Two women from the same
address in Moultrie, Ga. were
named in a shoplifting com-
plaint after they were allegedly
caught the afternoon of Febru-
ary 16 at the Wal-Mart Super-
center with stolen merchandise
in their purses.
Kimberly Bentley, 18, and
Jessica Conner, 21, were ob-
served by store employees plac-
ing clothing, jewelry and other
items in the purses, and they
were detained when they at-
tempted to leave. Value of the
items was placed at $110.
A third female identified as
Utahna McClelland, no age or
address available, was not named
because the amount in her purse
came to less than $50.
Employee Matthew Sigers,
21, of Glen St. Mary was named
in a complaint February 15 by
owner William Gifford for al-
leged payroll fraud at Butch's
Body Shop north of Macclenny.
Mr. Gifford said the accused
had been working there a year,
and falsified time cards.
The following day, a trespass
order was issued against Mr. Gif-
ford, who is the suspect's uncle,
barring him from the accused's
residence off Sigers Trail. The
body shop owner admitted to
vandalizing the exterior of his
nephew's 1992 Chevrolet pickup
and said he would pay to repair
Deputy Matt Riegel filed a
complaint for criminal mischief
against Mr. Gifford.
The high school FCAT
is on March 11& 12'! 1
Before taking the test,
make sure your student
gets plenty of sleep &
has a good breakfast
Want to see
A six-member jury took just
17 minutes the afternoon of Feb-
ruary 15 to decide that a Mac-
clenny man whose criminal re-
cord includes two prior prison
terms was not guilty of forcing
his way into the apartment of a
woman and overpowering her.
Sean Lamont John-
son, 30, could have
gone back to prisonfor
life under the state's
and earlier turned
down the state's offer
of 15 years to take his
chances at trial.
'The d'enqa, ant
took the stand, i his
own defense and tes-
tified he had a past Sea
relationship with vic-
tim Heather Starling and did not
force himself into the Minnesota
Ave. residence that night. Ms.
Starling denied the relationship
when she took the stand, and
said Mr. Johnson knocked her
down when he forced his way
inside, then strangled her to the
point where she passed out. Her
version was buttressed by testi-
mony of a sister.
A letter written by the defen-
dant to Ms. Starling from jail and
admitted into evidence urged her
to say that he had access to the
apartment, and alleged they had
smoked crack there just prior to
the incident. The victim admit-
ted all along that Mr. Johnson
was at the apartment that eve-
ning, but left on her request be-
cause she had to shower before
Mr. Johnson was arrested
shortly after the June 16, 2007
incident and charged with bur-
glary with battery and petty theft
for stealing a beer. He had been
in county jail until the post-trial
He was sent off to state
prison twice for three-year sen-
tences one in 2003 for Baker
County cases of sale and pos-
session of drugs. Back in 1994,
Mr. Johnson was sentenced in
Union County for robbery with
a deadly weapon.
His latest release from pris-
on was in January,
Circuit Judge Phyl-
lis Rosier ordered
several other jail and
prison terms during
the regular Monday
session this week, in-
cluding a three-year
term for Paul Alan
r, Welsh for a ,eirjes of
grand thefts in Baker,
Bradford and Alach-
ua counties. The plea
agreement deal with the state
consolidated the out-of-county
cases, but others in Clay and Co-
lumbia will await his release.
Mr. Welsh, 49, of Lake City
pleaded no contest to stealing
two utility trailers in the Mac-
clenny area last September, and
the attempted theft of another. In
at least one of the cases, he sold
the trailer for cash back in Lake
Judge Rosier ordered a two-
year probation following re-
SEuneka Jefferson entered a
no contest plea to sale and pos-
session of a prescription drug
in a.May, 2007 case. She will
serve a year and one day, as will
Dwight Bacon, who pleaded no
contest to felony driving on a
suspended license and driving
a vehicle with an improper tag.
His case dates back nearly one
A warrant with a $25,000
bond attached was issued for the
arrest of Jeremy Coburn, who
failed to appear this week on a
grand theft case.
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es and social
ted within fou
phers, etc. ar
Taxes in a Republican-dominated state are al-
w aN s going to be a big issue.
It's no surprise we don't have a state income
ta\. just as it's not that shocking the Amendment 1
property tat cut passed with four percentage points
to spare last month.
N girlfriend a native of O
Ne%\ Jersey where it's not uncom- O N
mon for homeowners to pay tax
bills in the five figures often re- I
spends to my shoulder-shrugging
attitude on the property tax debate JOEL AD
b) sa ing. "He just doesn't know
any better "
This is true. The Sunshine State is all I know.
She hears homeowners complaining about a
property tax bill jumping from $500 to $2500 in
a few ears time and says, "That's nothing com-
pared to % hat people pay up north."
How ever, I'm sure if it was her $1000 which
buys an awful lot of sweaters at Express she
might see things a little different.
Alas, she insists homestead exemptions are the
reason \e have crowded schools, lengthy public
safety response times and traffic jams.
What? They don't have those things in New Jer-
Neither of us have ever owned real estate, and
\with all that comes along with it, I'm not sure I
ever %\ ant to. But when it does come time to buy a
home. I ill know that when my tax bill goes up,
the value of my home is likely going up as well,
and that's fine.
What I'm sure will make me want to construct
a picket sign and stand at a busy intersection one
afternoon a week are things like homeowner's in-
Trains are a dangerous nuisance i.
This past Saturday (February 16
and CR 127 crossings were blocked
S I eventually \ -decided to take the di
-'tracks to get to US'90. Big mistake -
a big sand bed with stuck ve-
hicles and people pulling each
There \ ere three crossings
in downtown Sanderson. Now
there are two after the west one
was closed by CSX. Anyone
who lives in Sanderson and
makes a quick trip tothe store
or post office takes a chance of
being detained from 15 min-
utes on! If you are going to
work and the train is stopped,
you're going to be late. Some workp
is lame excuse, as do doctors' offices
A nei hbor had a heart attack sev
the same day after the train moved o
cements, wedding notice Dear Editor:
l events must be submit- In The Press last week, the
rwees of the event is story about Lowe's and the city
granting eight zoning exceptions
ability to ensure photogra- jumped out at me.
e aware of this policy. I know that Ace Hardware,
a regional company, has been
dealing with the zoning depart-
ment for some time to get a larger
store built west of Macclenny. It
amazes me that elected officials.
o the, editor. are seem to be able to make things
but must con- happen at a break-neck speed
for the ""big blue monsters," but
signature of the ,hen it comes to a smaller com-
panN that has been doing busi-
telephone num- ness in the community for years,
'e the writer may the heels turn much slower.
- e I don't hate Lowe's or Wal-
Icted and, city of Mart. but it is frustrating that the
e' 'letters must rules and speed seem to change
b the number of "suits" you
opinions and bring to the meeting and not
by the standard of service that
nts on issues of a company has provided to the
interest to the commurum foryears.
public. The news- Macclenny
,serves the right' Thc re-r worked for Hagan Ace sev-
er'l \eari uiliile attending college. It
!t any material ,uh,.i,. -i--b e pointed out that Lowe's
the newspaper's .t""i.-,,-, "v-t City of Macclenny, and
Hagan %i5 iia under development near
nt does not meet Baker Hilih n outside the city, and thus
e to tf p n. he' county building and zon-
is of publication. ,,,,I ,,,,
5), the CR 229
for 45 minutes.
irt road by the
-.the rdoaid as
Blocked traffic p
laces think this
eral hours later
n, and it scares
surance premiums, impact fees and special assess-
The latter two are what irk me the most a tax
is a tax, no matter what you call it.
My experience covering government the last
three years has shown me there are
a million ways for my elected offi-
DINT cials to tax me without coming out
and saying they're doing so. It's a
tNT user fee. No, it's for administrative
costs. Actually, it's so we can con-
INGTON tinue the high-level of service our
residents have come to expect.
Why not rid government of im-
pact fees, special assessments and other superflu-
ous charges? Why not just say, "You know what,
we don't have the money in the budget to pave that
road or put in that pipe or build another classroom,
so we're raising your taxes?"
It's because Mr. Smith, who has all the services
he needs, doesn't want to pay a little more for imn-
provements that benefit other residents someplace
outside of his neighborhood. And that's reason-
able. He who benefits from improvements should
pay for them.
But there will come a time when Mr. Smith's
neighborhood needs or wants something repay-
ing of a street, another sidewalk, another deputy, a
prettier street lamp, a dog park, whatever and
Mr. Johnson's taxes from across town will help
pay for it.
I know it sounds utopian. And it may well be
pie-in-the-sky. But I'll feel much better if I pay one
tax bill, once a year, and concentrate my picket-
ing efforts on bringing down the Internal Revenue
me to think what might have happened had it been
On Saturday, the engineer could have gone for-
ward the.length of about 1 4 cars and cleared. a
Sciossmg. T eni fics a hazard srrting-on the side of
the lifihway and filling thdeide roads. Sbmdtihf
there are loaded school buses
along US 90 waiting to cross the
track. Anyone who lives in the
area knows this is a constant oc-
CSX makes mega-bucks and
it would be fighting a losing bat-
tle over to challenge the railroad
over crossing problems. The
S citizens of this community need
ks along siding. help with the situation.
I fear this is an accident wait-
ing to happen. The situation
seems to be getting worse, and after something hap-
pens will be too late.
Those red light' volunteers
may be rushing to help you!
This letter is in response to one that appeared in last week's Press
regarding the use of flashing red lights and auto insurance needed by
county fire volunteers.
First, I would like to point out that when a vehicle comes up behind
you with red lights flashing, that is because someone is enroute to the
fire station to get equipment needed to protect the citizens of Baker
County. These men and women decide that the well-being of Baker
County's citizens is important enough to give time away from their
families and jobs to train year-round to remain qualified.
One would hope if these volunteers are willing to do so, the rest of
us could certainly have the courtesy of give up our spot in line at a red
light toilet them through. If it was a family member of mine needing
attention, or my house on fire, the last thing I am concerned with is
whether the people coming to my aid have told their insurance compa-
nies that are using red lights.
I would be more concerned that some don't think it is important
enough to move out of the way for cars with flashing red lights.
So, the next time you see a vehicle behind you with a red light flash-
ing, keep in mind that the person needing help could be one of your
own, Please have the courtesy to give the right-of-way and not worry
whether these volunteers have informed their insurance companies.
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7 miles ofvarious trails in park
N(1itI Page 1) Another potential issue will slightly east to avoid wetlands
L-. be flooding of the trails, are still being worked out.
westofCedar Creek and also Mr. Cucinella said the entire But Mr. Stein said that once
)W a primary and secondary park is located within the 100- complete, he hopes to use Bak-
?pattern. Mr. Cucinella said year floodplain. er County's project as a model
rails include cantering strips "It's going to be wet at some throughout the state.
allow horses to speed up for point," he said. "It's unavoid- "I'm really impressed at how
stance. able." far they've come in a short pe-
Smain road will run through That means the park man- riod of time," said Ms. Combs,
property along the eastern ager, who is expected to live on who rode the property after it
of Cedar Creek before cross- the property, will have to moni- was given to the county and
over the waterway southwest tor the trails and close portions prompted the inclusion of OHV
ts confluence with the St. of them as needed. trails in the project.
try's River. The road ends at Mr. Sweat said that neighbors "They're right on track," she
river with additional park- of the Dark along Odis Yarbor- said.
ing, restrooms and recreation
The education center is locat-
ed east of Dead Lake on Cedar
"It'll be nice for the students
to be already on a water feature,"
said Mr. Cucinella.
He added that hiking trails
would run from the education
center to the confluence of Ce-
dar Creek and the St. Mary's
Mr. Stein, the UF professor,
said he's worked previously with
the Ocala National Forest's trail
system, which is much larger
than the St. Mary's Shoals Park
"We got a good impression of
what works and what doesn't,"
Mr. Stein said the biggest po-
tential problem with the plan is
having the ATV and horse trail-
er staging areas in such close
proximity at the main entrance
"It could get hairy at times,"
* However, the county's proj-
ect manager Mike Sweat said
he's hoping to garner additional
grant funds for a second, parking
area solely for equestrians.
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terest in volunteering there and
they could help monitor trail
conditions as well.
The discussions also included
talk of how to ensure users of
the OHV trails don't damage
them or run over newly planted
trees that will separate one trail
from the next.
"There's a lot of enforcement
issues with this," said Mr. Stein,
adding that enforcement on
Ocala's trails has always been
Mr. Sweat said it would be a
good idea to hire off-duty law
enforcement as a visible remind-
er for riders to follow the rules.
"We'll have to build that into
the budget right up-front," Mr.
And while it may not fly with
environmental and forestry offi-
cials, county commissioner Julie
Combs said it may be beneficial
to designate a mud hole area for
riders to use.
"They're going to want a mud
hole," she said. "It would be bet-
ter to designate one than let them
do it on their own."
The plan is not finalized, said
Mr. Sweat, and changes like
moving the main parking area
vary ing rates
(from page 1)
Baker County averages about
130 local prisoners per day. That
leaves a capacity of 372 open
beds at the new facility. If all
those extra beds are used for
ICE prisoners and the BCDC is
successful at negotiating $80 per
prisoner per day, then the new
jail could bring in an estimated
$10.8 million each year.
And while the first bond pay-
ment is. due next month, Mr.
Thomas said enough was bor-
rowed to make the initial pay-
ments. He noted the $45 million
is also earning interest in the
"It's almost a wash, but not
quite," said Mr. Thomas in re-
gard to the bank's interest rate
versus the bond's interest rate.
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and $400,000, depending on the
construction method used.
In other business on February
18, the commission unanimously
approved the following:
Transmittal of the Public
Schools Facilities and Inter-
governmental Coordination el-
ements in the comprehensive
plan. The elements are required
to comply with concurrency leg-
islation approved by the state
legislature in 2005.
Zoning and land use changes
for Michael Jones' two parcels of
4.5 acres on the northwest corner
of CR 23C and CR 121 north of
Macclenny from agriculture to
residential to allow for one mo-
bile home and one conventional
Zoning and land use changes
for James Rodgers' 1.83 acres on
the west side of CR 125 south of
Glen St. Mary from agriculture
to residential to allow construc-
tion of a conventional home.
Zoning and land use chang-
es for Natalie Lane Paul's 2.88
acres on the north side of Steel
Bridge Road less than half a
mile east of CR 121 and north of
Macclenny from agriculture to
residential to support one dwell-
Zoning change to Dale
Stuhr's 1.91 acres on the south
side of Highway 90 east of SR
125 from residential to commer-
cial for development of a golf
City garbage fees
;.- :' :! 2
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year on solid waste collection.
And although the study was only
recently initiated, Mr. Dopson
said the city has been looking at
the matter for about a year.
"We'll look at what we're
charging for residential and
commercial and do a cost analy-
sis and needs assessment and see
where we need to go with the
program," said Mr. Dopson.
"We'd like to assure custom-
ers we're going to provide the
service but we have to be able
to economically sustain that," he
The results of Mr. Darabi's
study which will include an
analysis of privatizing trash col-
be presented to the city commis-
sion sometime within the next
In addition to the city's gar-
bage truck that picks up house-;
hold trash twice weekly, Mac-
clenny also has two full-time
workers who pick up yard waste
and debris periodically through-
out the week.
"That's a service we've been
providing without charging for
it," Mr. Dopson said of the yard
waste pick up. "It's an encour-
agement (for residents) to keep
their yards clean, but on the ex-
pense side, it's very expensive to
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Deputies arrest disorderly man
at Wal-Mart suspected of theft
A Macclenny man arrested
February 16 for being drunk
and causing a disturbance at
the Wal-Mart Supercenter was
charged the same afternoon with
stealing two chain saws from
the residence of Dana Fabia off
The victim's daughter Dani-
elle McHenry told Deputy Har-
old Taylor she confronted Phil-
lip Word, 31, and Ralph Self, no
age available, outside her moth-
er's home earlier that day. Both
appeared intoxicated and said
they were claiming property
that belonged to them. She saw
Mr. Word take the saws valued
at $200 each out of a shed and
put them in a vehicle.
About 45 minutes after in-
terviewing the victim, Deputy
Taylor said he learned Mr. Word
was arrested at Wal-Mart, and
took him to the residence of Mr.
Self, who denied knowledge of
the theft. The saws were there,
and the suspect was charged
with grand theft and trespass.
The suspect was sprayed with
pepper gas when he became un-
ruly at county jail and refused to
enter a holding cell. He was also
arrested for disorderly intoxica-
In another arrest for theft, Mi-
chael Myers, 55, of Macclenny
was caught on surveillance tape
taking two lottery tickets val-
ued at $20 each from behind the
counter at the Kangaroo store on
South 6th on February 13.
SFollowing the complaint by
the store manager the next day,
Deputy Bill Starling said he
went to Mr. Myers house and
arrested him. The suspect is the
same person named in a criminal
complaint last week for stealing
aluminum cans from a recycling
bin in north Macclenny.
Mr. Myers, who has a lengthy
arrest record, falsely told a dep-
uty sergeant he had permission
from the City of Macclenny to
salvage cans that had been de-
posited in the bin.
Dustin Crews, 18, of Mac-
clenny was named in a com-
plaint for grand theft of a pres-
sure washer from the residence
of Brent Cook off Yellow Pine
Circle in Glen St. Mary. The
theft likely occurred on Febru-
ary 12 and was reported two
Sheriff's investigator David
Morgan said he located the pres-
sure washer valued at $475 at the
residence of Johnnie Anderson
off La Buena Rd. on February
14, and Mr. Anderson confirmed
that Mr. Crews sold it to him for
A criminal complaint alleging
child abuse was filed February
14 against a Sanderson woman
for punching her boyfriend's 13-
year-old daughter in the arm.
The girl's mother reported
the incident to the sheriff's de-
partment that evening, and said
her daughter returned from a
visit with her dad the previous
weekend with a bruise on her
upper left arm. The girl said she
had shaken up a soft drink bottle
and the 34-year-old girlfriend
punched her with a closed fist on
A physician consulted by the
mother affirmed the bruise was
likely caused by "an intentional
The alleged incident took
place at the father's residence off
Jack Dowling Circle in the north
A case worker with the De-
partment of Children and Fami-
lies was notified, and the state
attorney's office will make a
determination on whether the
girlfriend will be charged with
cruelty to a child, a third-degree
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$200. The former said he was
suspicious of the origin of the
washer because of alleged past
criminal activity by the suspect,
so he obtained a bill of sale that
was turned over to the investiga-
A motel guest believed to be
named Joseph Wenk was named
in a complaint for stealing $317
worth of accessories from a
room at the American Inn on
South 5th St. about 6:30 am on
A surveillance camera cap-
tured the image of the alleged
suspect and a female companion
carting off bed sheets, towels
and other property.
James Lane reported the
theft of a stainless steel sink and
plywood from an outdoor stor-
age area near his residence off
US 90 in Glen St. Mary. The
materials were valued at $289
and taken between February 11-
Power tools were taken from
the closet of a residence on Mitch
Lane in Macclenny undergoing
remodeling between February
8-11. Owner Richard Span put
the value of the nail and stapling
machines at $200.
There was no sign of forced
entry at the residence of Kayla
Hanks off Fred Harvey Rd. in
Sanderson, where someone ran-
sacked the interior on Febru-
ary 12. Ms. Hanks did not find
anything missing, and indicated
a frequent visitor who lives in
Jacksonville has a key.
A story in last week's edi-
tion of The Baker County Press
quoted Macclenny city manager
Gerald Dopson as saying city
funding to community groups
like the Council on Aging and
the library would be the first to
be cut to make up budget losses
expected from the passage of the
property tax amendment.
More accurately, Mr. Dop-
son said those programs are two
budget items that the city will
consider cutting as part of a re-
view of all city spending.
"I'm not in a position to say
when and what will be cut," he
said last week following publi-
cation of the story.
A 34-year-old Macclenny man
with a history of drug-related ar-
rests was back in jail on February
18, this time charged with felony
possession of crack cocaine and
four varieties of other drugs for
which he did not have a prescrip-
Deputy Matt Riegel said he
stopped a 2000 Toyota SUV
driven by Colby Sigers about
12:20 am at College and Mclver
Sts. in Macclenny because the
vehicle had no tail lights.
Mr. Sigers consented to a ve-
hicle search and the officer said
he found several rocks of crack
scattered about the floor on the
driver's side and on the driver's
seat, and the prescription medi-
cation in a small pouch in the
A computer check revealed
Mr. Sigers has a valid driver's
license, though he did not have
it that morning. He was also tick-
eted for having an open alcohol
container in the Toyota, and for
having faulty lights.
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Suspended license arrest after
four stops by police in one night
The operations chief for the Supercenter off SR 228. Deputy record includes five prior sus-
Baker County Sheriff's Of- Hurley said he observed Ms. pensions, and noted that Mr.
fice says two county deputies Gibson moving the Toyota from Wilkerson's license expired back
"screwed up" when they didn't one parking space to another, in 1975.
arrest Stevie Gibson, 29, of and told superiors that she said A motorist from south Flori-
Macclenny for multiple license she had gone to the store with da was arrested the afternoon of
suspensions the first time they another person who was driv- February 15 after he allegedly
stopped her about 8:00 pm on ing. tried to run an unmarked police
February 11. Just after midnight, Deputy vehicle off eastbound Interstate
Ms. Gibson was stopped Hurley said he spotted Ms. Gib- 10 east of Macclenny.
three more times between then son once again behind the wheel Deputy Harold Taylor said
and midnight before she was on South 6th, and stopped her Robert McDuffie's record in-
taken to jail and booked for the after she turned west on Willis eluded both the license suspen-
offense. Hodges Rd. It was then he said sion and a Highlands County
Deputies Matt Riegel and dispatch informed him the li- warrant for theft. His SUV was
Claude Hurley issued a traffic cense had been suspended five stopped by two Jacksonville de-
citation to Ms. Gibson on the times, tectives who told Deputy Taylor
initial stop in a south Macclenny "She denied she knew the li- it had come within feet of their
neighborhood known for drug cense had been suspended when car and several times attempted
activity. They warned her to the deputies first stopped her, to run it off the road.
drive her 1995 Toyota directly to and we screwed up by not arrest- The detectives then got be-
her home on Minnesota Ave. ing her then," said Lt. Gonzalez hind the SUV and initiated the
According to Deputy Hur- this week. stop before notifying Baker
ley's report, they watched her It's possible, though unlikely, County police.
drive away several blocks to the thatpeople areunawareoflicense Mr. McDuffie told Deputy
power line between Quail and suspensions in cases where they Taylor he thought the detectives
Grissholm Sts., then stopped change addresses or insurance wanted to race.
her a second time with the same carriers who then fail to notify Leroy Jay Combs, 22, of
warning. the state of new policies, said Lt. Sanderson was arrested for flee-
About an hour later, the offi- Gonzalez. In the great majority ing his wrecked pickup on foot
cer said he stopped Ms. Gibson of cases, the drivers are well- after it struck a pine tree on a
in the Toyota after observing her aware of prior suspensions and curve on Carl Brown Rd. about
turn from Lowder southbound continue to get behind the wheel 10:00 pm on February 15.
on South 6th. hoping they'll beat the odds and Deputy William Hilliard
"I explained to [her] that not get stopped by police, tracked down Mr. Combs at his
she was putting herself at risk Several more motorists were residence nearby and learned
continuing to drive the vehicle jailed the past week for driving the driver's license had been
without a valid license," Deputy despite multiple license suspen- suspended. The 1990 Chevrolet
Hurley wrote in the report. The sions, including Robert Wilker- pickup sustained heavy damage.
location noted by the officer, son, 60, of Macclenny, who is Corry Wood, 26, of Lake
however, conflicts with one giv- listed in the state's motor vehicle Butler was charged with driv-
en later to his supervisors, records as an habitual offender. ing on a license suspended three
Lt. Gerard Gonzalez, opera- He was clocked speeding on times after his 1998 Chevrolet
tions chief for the department, CR 127 about 10:00 am on Feb- pickup was stopped near Cow
said the third stop took place in ruary 16 in a 1998 Ford pickup. Pen Rd. and US 90 the morning
the parking lot of the. Wal-Mart Deputy Tony Norman said his of Ferary 1. Dety Wane
of February 13. Deputy Wayne
Limbaugh said he became sus-
picious when Mr. Wood backed
up the vehicle after spotting the
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Deputy Matt Riegel said
checked vehicle records via
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and the van belonging to I
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ville had been reported stolen
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Glen man charged with
DUI after fender bender
A Glen St. Mary man driving
a 1995 Chevrolet that struck the
rear of another car at a down-
town Macclenny stop light end-
ed up in county jail charged with
drunk driving the afternoon of
Carlin Mobley, 49, appeared
unsteady on his feet and reeked
of alcohol when questioned by
Deputy Claude Hurley at US 90
and CR 228 about 5:30. Minutes
earlier, his vehicle struck anoth-
er driven by Debbie Oliver, who
also noted the odor when she
spoke to Mr. Mobley.
The officer said Mr. Mobley
failed field sobriety tests and re-
fused to consent to a blood-alco-
hol test after arriving at the jail.
Deputies also made two ar-
rests in unrelated cases for dis-
orderly intoxication this past
week, the first about 5:40 pm on
Deputy Gavin Sweat said
he spotted a red Jeep driven by
Joshua Going, 23, of Glen St.
Mary after receiving a report
that he was exposing himself in
the parking lot of Moody's Chev-
ron on US 90 in Macclenny. He
spotted the Jeep eastbound on
90, then stopped it at 5th and
Mclver after it turned south.
Mr. Going was also charged
with having an open container of
alcohol in the vehicle.
Phillip Ward, 31, of Mac-
clenny was taken to jail for be-
ing drunk inside the Wal-Mart
Supercenter and was sprayed
with pepper gas when he be-
came unruly at county jail.
Deputy Darrin Whitaker said
he made the arrest after com-
plaints from store personnel that
Mr. Ward was staggering and
stuffing merchandise into his
pockets about 3:30 pm on Feb-
The officer questioned the
suspect after he exited the store
and went to his car. He left the
merchandise inside Wal-Mart.
Deputy Harold Taylor trans-
ported Mr. Ward to jail, and said
he cursed and refused to enter
a holding cell before he was
sprayed with the gas.
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Notice is hereby given that the proposed ordinances whose title
hereinafter appears, will be presented in I public hearing to the
Baker County Commissioner's for possible adoption on Monday,
Marchl7, 2008, at 6:01 PM or as soon thereafter as possible, and
the Baker County Land/Local Planning Agency will review on
Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 7:01 PM or as soon thereafter as
possible, at the Baker County Administration Building, 55 North
Third Street, Macclenny, Florida. Copies of said ordinance may
be inspected by any member of the public in the Commissioner'
office, address stated above. On the date above-mentioned, all
interested parties may appear and be heard with respect to the
proposed ordinance which is titled as follows:
AN ORDINANCE OF THE COUNTY OF BAKER, FLORIDA,
AMENDING ORDINANCE NO.91-1, AS AMENDED,
REGARDING THE FUTURE LAND USE MAP OF THE
ADOPTED COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, WITH RESPECT TO A
PARCEL OF LAND, BEINGAPPROXIMATELY 1.00ACRE IN
SIZE, RELATING TO THE SMALL SCALE DEVELOPMENT
AMENDMENT PROCEDURES ESTABLISHED IN
SECTIONS 163.3215, FLORIDA STATUTES, PURSUANT
TO AN APPLICATION SUBMITTED BY BAKER COUNTY
FOR OTIS AND BONITA VARNES; PROVIDING FOR
A CHANGE IN LAND USE CLASSIFICATION FROM
RESIDENTIAL ZONE E TO COMMERCIAL; PROVIDING
SEVERABILITY AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
AN ORDINANCE OF THE COUNTY OF BAKER, FLORIDA,
REZONING 1.00 ACRE OF REAL PROPERTY OWNED BY
OTIS AND BONITAVARNES FROM RESIDENTIAL (RCMH
.5) TO COMMERCIAL GENERAL (CG); PROVIDING
SEVERABILITY AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
S- l 'r [The subject property is located on the southwest
corner of the intersection ofCR 23C and CR 23A
Persons interested in commenting on
the proposed changes may appear and
Shall be given an opportunity to speak
at the public hearing or may send
written comments to: Baker County
Planning Department, 81 North Third
Street, Macclenny, Florida, 32063.
Copies of the ordinance are available
for public inspection at the Baker County Planning Department.
For additional information, please call (904) 259-3354.
NOTE: Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statues, if any member
of the public desires to appeal any decision made at this public hearing,
he/she will need a record of the proceedings and for that purpose
may need to ensure that he/she transcribe a verbatim record of the
proceedings, which record would include the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is to be based.
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation or an interpreter to participate in this proceeding
should contact the Administration Department at (904) 259-3613 at
least 48 hours prior to the time of the hearing.
THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, February 21, 2008 Page 7
Longtime engineer last among staffrankings
New River director to begin talks withJacksonville engineeringfirm
BY JOEL ADDINGTON
The New River landfill could
be getting a new engineer soon.
Landfill staff put out a request
for engineering qualifications at
the direction of the New River
Solid Waste Association's board
of directors in January..
Only three firms responded
by the February 8 deadline
SCS Engineers of Daytona
Beach, Jones Edmunds of Jack-
sonville and Darabi and Associ-
ates of Gainesville, the firm of
Frank Darabi, the facility's cur-
Landfill executive direc-
tor Darrell O'Neal and one of
his staffers then independently
scored each firm according to
things like overall experience,
client references, ability to work
well with landfill staff and ex-
pertise in landfill bioreactor
projects, among others.
"We tried to be as objective as
possible," explained Mr. O'Neal.
"But it's hard not to let subjectiv-
ity come into it."
The final tallies ranked Jones
Edmunds at the top, then SCS
Engineers and lastly Mr. Da-
The board voted unanimous-
Help, support for
God is good! On behalf ofAlli-
son Surrency's family, we would
like to thank the community,
sponsors and supporters for your
generous gifts of time, energy,
resources, and prayer that went
into making the Allison Surren-
cy Benefit at the Baker County
Fairgrounds on February 9th a
great success. Your commitment
to helping withAllison's medical
expenses is sincerely appreciated
and a constant source of praise to
our heavenly Father.
With each day, Allison contin-
ues to thrive and enjoy life. This
would not be possible without
your prayers ,and. God's: divine
intervention. Your sincere desire
to make a difference in the life
of this precious child was truly
evident from the overwhelming
outpouring of support on Family
The goal of the Allison Sur-
rency Benefit/COTA is to chip
away at the enormous expenses
that were incurred during Alli-
son's liver transplant. These ex-
penses continue to multiply as
a result of her ongoing medical
care. With the help of donations
from supporters such as you, we
will continue to offer hope as we
help to carry this heavy burden
with their family. Thanks again
for your generous support of our
efforts to help Allison.
Week of February 25-29
* Monday, February 25
BCHS: JV baseball @ Hilliard, 5:00
pm. BCMS: Softball vs Yulee (H),
* Tuesday, February 26
BCHS: Baseball (H) 6:00 pm. Softball
@ Santa Fe, 4:00 pm. BCMS: Track
at Fernandina Beach 4:15 pm. MES:
Terrific Kid assembly, cafeteria, 9:30
am. WES: Kiwanis Club Terrific
Kids. Panther Pals.
* Wednesday, February 27
BCHS: JV baseball (H) 6:00 pm. WES:
Merrie Melodies Club mtg, 7:50 am.
* Thursday, February 28
BCHS: Baseball @ Cresent City, 5:00
pm. Band concert, aud,. 7:00 pm.
* Friday, February 29
BCHS: Baseball vs Ridgeview (H),
6:00 pm. Softball @ Suwannee, 4:00
& 6:00 pm. WES: Drama Club mtg.,
8:00 am. PK/K: Dental Health program
"It was a clean audit; a good
audit," Mr. Coleman told the
board. "The landfill is in good
In fact, by paying off an equip-
ment lease last October, the tri-
county landfill serving Baker,
Bradford and Union counties be-
came debt free for the first time
since it opened in 1992.
Mr. Coleman said construc-
tion of cell number five and
the purchase of new equipment
- the year's largest expendi-
tures were funded solely
from operating revenues instead
In addition, Mr. O'Neal said
he may have found a better Blue
Cross Blue Shield health care
plan for landfill employees in
light of a 50 percent increase in
Last month, the board dis-
cussed the possibility of finding
a plan with a higher deductible
but lower premiums, and par-
tially reimbursing employees for
"I think we found a plan
that's going to work," said Mr.
He said by increasing a de-
ductible from $500 to $1500,
employees could see a 33 per-
cent reduction in monthly pre-
miums from $1500 to $500 for
single workers and from $3000
to $1000 for family coverage.
Last month, the board ap-
proved increasing the landfill's
employee health care contri-
bution from $500 to $600 per
ly to instruct staff to begin con-
tract negotiations with Jones
Edmunds. If not successful, the
board told Mr. O'Neal to move
down the list to SCS Engineers
and if still unsuccessful, do the
same with Mr. Darabi.
Mr. O'Neal said after the Feb-
ruary 14 meeting that a success-
ful negotiation would be one that
arrives "at the right price." He
declined to say what that price
would be, only that he would re-
view the landfill's budget before
sitting down to negotiate an ac-
Mr. Darabi attended the
meeting and expressed his dis-
satisfaction with the process.
"I'm sorry staff didn't allow
the board to hear from the en-
gineers," he said. "I think I was
railroaded. I started this land-
fill... I was hoping to get a fair
Mr. O'Neal responded by
saying he simply followed the
instructions of the board.
The board also received a re-
port from its auditor, Tim Cole-
man of DDF CPA Group, for fis-
cal year 2006-2007.
Happy SOth Anniversary,
Windell & Margaret Kirkland
The BCHS class of 1983 will
have its 25th class reunion and
casual BBQ dinner Saturday,
June 21, 2008 at the Baker Coun-
ty Fairgrounds at 6:00 pm. The
cost is $15 per person in advance
and $20 at the door.
RSVP with your name, ad-
dress and payment made payable
to Class of 1983 Reunion, (no
cash) and mail c/o Faith Harvey
Fly, 6258 W. River Circle, Mac-
clenny, FL 32063. E-mail BCH-
Sclassof83@aol.com with any
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11:00 am at Taylor Church.
Call 904-266-4064 for addi-
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Amy Marie Hicks-McCune of Mac-
clenny will graduate from Ever-
est University this week with high
honors and her Associates degree
in Medical Insurance Coding and
Billing. Amy will continue her edu-
cation this sumnier at UNE We are
very proud of you!
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Baker County is
seeking public input
regarding the future
of the County's parks,
recreation and 6pen
space master plan.
is essential to this
process and will help
create a valuable
master plan the
IRk and crea o r County can use as
a tool to implement
ter-Plan-Meeti projects for the next
-r. ,-. - ten years.
Tuesday, February 26 at 6:00 pm
Baker County Agricultural Extension Office
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We are happy to announce that on Jan. 2, 2008 we will be
starting our 16th year of service in Macclenny. We are still
located at 1191 S. Sixth Street across from Vystar Credit
"We are looking forward to another year of provid-
ing tax and accounting service to the local area and looking
forward to seeing many old friends and clients, as well as
making new ones."
We are well experienced in long forms, truck
drivers, farms, small businesses, and 1120, 1120S; 1065,
990, and 706 corporations. We also do tangible and intan-
gible taxes. Let us handle all of your tax needs for the up-
coming tax season.
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SERIOUS INJURIES CAUSED BY
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All initial consultations are absolutely free.
The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, February 21, 2008 Page 8
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retired Air Force
Russell Edward Coburn, 90,
of Macclenny died Thursday,
February 14, 2008 at his resi-
dence following a brief illness.
He was a native of Ohio and
lived in Orlando before mov-
ing to Macclenny 18 years ago.
Mr. Coburn retired as a master
sergeant in the US Air Force af-
ter 22 years of service. He also
worked as an office clerk with
Harry P. Leu Hardware Co. in
Survivors include his wife
Lucille Prevatt Coburn of Mac-
clenny; several nieces and neph-
The funeral service was con-
ducted Saturday, February 16 at
11:00 am at the chapel of Guerry
Funeral Home with Elder David
Crawford, pastor of Macclenny
Primitive Baptist Church, of-
ficiating. Interment-was at Oak
The family of Ralph Frank-
lin Sparkman "Jr" would like to
thank everyone that was so kind
to us in our time of grief. The
calls, visits, food, cards, flowers
and especially the prayers we.
received will be forever in our
hearts. We would like to thank
the Sheriff's Dept, Baker Co.
Council on Aging, Frank Wells
Nursing Home, Supervisors of
Elections, Community Hospice,
Taylor'D BBQ, First Baptist
Church of Macclenny, V. Todd
Ferreira Funeral Home and fam-
ily, friends and neighbors. A
very special thanks to the Dolan
family for being there for us
throughout our loss.
GLORIA SPARKMAN AND FAMILY
First Baptist Church
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
Harold D. Finley
dies February 16
Harold Dean Finley, 86, of
Macclenny died February 16,
2008. Mr. Finley was born No-
vember 9, 1921 in Union County
to the late Dennis W. and Penice
ley. He grew
up on Col-
Army and left to serve in World
War II. After returning from the
war, he became employed with
Winn-Dixie as an executive
manager and also developed the
first computer system for their
In 1995, when Mr. Finley re-
tired after 40 years at Winn-Di-
xie, he returned to Macclenny.
Mr. Finley was known as an
extraordinary gardener; his yard
was filled with vibrant flowers,
perfectly hedged bushes and a
lush, manicured lawn. He was
a member of the First Baptist
Church of Macclenny, the Shri-
ners and the Masons. He was
predeceased by his wife of 44
years, Mary Lillian Dobson Fin-
Surviving family members
include nieces and nephews Rev.
A. Larry Finley, Sharon Finley
Brown, Carol Finley; Denise
Harvey, Linda S. Finley, Den-
nis Finley, John Finley, Patty.P.
Trantham, and Billie Jo Sills;
sisters-in-law Mary E. Finley,
Mildred Finley and June Eb-
erling (Rollin), and dear friend
The funeral service was held
Monday, February 18 at 10:30
am in the chapel at V. Todd Fer-
reira Funeral Services with Pas-
tor Edsel Bone and Rev. A. Larry
Finley officiating. Interment fol-
lowed at Woodlawn Cemetery.
Visit www.vtoddferreira.com to
sign the family's guest book.
St. Peters Anglican Fellowship
Deacon ike Webb
Meeting now at
the Mathis house
E lli Located at
Glen St. Mary Nursery,
6:0 just south of 1-10
Since 1965, Bill Guerry has been assisting families in
their most difficult time. Guerry Funeral Home is proud
to serve the people of Baker County.
.,,st Guerry Funeral Home....
ustng our experience to help you.
420 E. Macclenny Ave.
U.S. 90 East, Macclenny
Billy Lloyd McCormick,
53, died Tuesday, February 12,
2008. He was born in Macclen-
ny' September 25, 1954 to the
C orirnn i c k
amemberof Mr. McCormick
Church of Glen St. Mary.
He loved the cowboy life,
riding horses, cow hunting and
fishing. He also enjoyed spend-
ing time with his grandchildren.
Mr. McCormick was well-loved
by his family and friends. He
was a tough man but respected
by all who knew him.
Survivors include his children
Canton McCormick (Melissa)
of Jacksonville, Kasey Whitty
(Michael) of Baldwin, Jeremy
McCormick of Daytona Beach,
Kaitlyn McCormick, Tiffany
Nipper (Darrin) and Summer
Lord (Earl), all of Sanderson,
and Carmen Case of Raiford;
brothers Wilford McCormick of
Jacksonville and Cedric McCor-
mick of Gainesville; sister Joyce
Fouraker of Baldwin; 12 grand-
children and his life partner of
seven years, Darlene Smith of
Glen St. Mary.
The funeral service was held
Friday, February 15 at 2:30 pm
at his church with Wilford Mc-
Cormick officiating. Interment
followed at Oak Grove Cem-
etery. Arrangements were under
the direction ofV. Todd Ferreira
Funeral Services. Visit www.
vtoddferreira.com tq sign the
family's guest book.
St. Peters Anglican Fellowship
Budder Mathis House Glen St. Mary
Sunday School 9:00 am
SSunday Service -10:00 am
Mt. Zion N.C.
121 North t 259-4461
Pastor Timn Cheshire
Sunday School 9 45 am
Sunday Morning Worship 11 00 am
Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm
Wednesday Prayer Service 7:00 pm
Jesus answered, "Verily, verily I
say unto thee, except a man be
born of water and of the Spirit,
he cannot enter into the king-
dom of God.' John 3 5
dies February 12
Wanda Joan Clark Pedersen,
47, died Tuesday, February 12,
2008. She was born in Palatka
January 10, 1961 to the late
sen lived in
City in the
Melbourne. Ms. Pedersen
reading books, traveling, her
cats, gardening and spend-
ing time at the beach. She also
loved spending time with her
family and friends. She was pre-
deceased by her sister Darlene
Wilder of Jacksonville.
Survivors include her fian-
c6e of four years, Joe Fenster of
Melbourne; son Joey Pedersen
of Melbourne; brother Richard
Wayne Clark (Pam) of Macclen-
ny; sister Ann Morgan (Sam) of
San Mateo and numerous niec-
es, nephews and cousins.
The funeral service was held
Saturday, February 16 at 11:00
am at V. Todd Ferreira Funeral
Services in Macclenny with
Pastor Tom Pope officiating.
Interment followed at Taylor
Cemetery. In lieu of flowers,
please make donations to the
Colon Cancer Foundation at
201 North Charles Street, Suite
2404 Baltimore, MD 21201 or
the American Cancer Society at
P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City,
OK 73123-1718. Visit www.
vtoddferreira.com to sign the
family's guest book.
270 North US Highway 301
Locally Owned & Operated
Sunday Worship 11:00 am
Sunday Evening 6:00 pm
Wednesday Night 7:00 pm
Youth Service Sun. 6:00 pm
Youth Service Wed. 7:00 pm
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
First Baptist Church
GLEN ST. MARY, FLORIDA
"A Beacon to Sunday School 9:45 AM
Baker County" Sunday Morning Worship 11:00AM
Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 PM
Wednesday Prayer Meeting 7:00 PM
Dr. Randy Williams, Senior Pastor
Perry Hays, Associate Pastor
Independent Pentecostal Chur
Seventh St. & Ohio Ave., Maccl
Sunday Morning Worship
Sunday Evening Worship
Wednesday Night Service
Radio WJXR 92.1 Sunday'
Sunday School 10:00
Common Ground Sunday 11:00
Common Ground Wed. (Teens) 7:00
God Kids Sunday 11:00
God Kids Wednesday 7:00
ch Assodate Pastor
pm Youth Pastor
Pastor Mitch Rhoden
28 W. Macclenny Ave.,
On Railroad Rd. in Midtowne Center behind W)XR
259-1199 or 305-2131
McKay Scholarships for
E.S.E. & I.E.P. Students
Financial Aid CTC Scholarships
"Home of the Eagles"
Calvary Baptist Church
Sunday School 10:00 am
Preaching Service 11:00 am
Sunday Night Service 6:00 pm
Wednesday Service 7:00 pm
523 North Boulevard W.
Four blocks north of Hwy. 90 in Macclenny
Pastor Donnie E. Williams ** 259-4529
IiLOI Unte Chisian Ch1~u~ 111 rch Acaeyfl'IJ
One Family Serving Another
V Todd, Amber, Emma & Ellie Ferreira
Now offering the Provisional Design Pre-arrangement Program
Grief Support Group, 1 st Tuesday of the Month, 10:00 am
Mae White, Coordinator
250 North Lowder St., Macclenny 259-5700
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, February 21, 2008 Page 9
service Feb. 18
Kurtis Linn Ramsey, 44, of
Macclenny died February 14,
2008. He was born January 31,
1964 in Bonne Terre, Missouri
and the late
School in .
moved to Mr. Ramsey
in 2003 from Ram Rod Key, FL.
He was a member of the First
Church of the Nazarene and
enjoyed fishing, music, playing
guitar, snorkeling and cooking.
Surviving family members in-
clude his wife of 17 years, Cyn-
thia A Husnick Ramsey; mother
Nancy Hahn Ramsey; son Paul
Eugene Ramsey; sister Carolyn
Sanford (Fred); brother-in-law
Jim Miller (Marie); niece Me-
lissa Griffis, all of Macclenny;
several aunts, uncles and cous-
ins and his trusted canine com-
panion Bear Bear.
The funeral service was held
Monday, February 18 at 3:00
pm at the New Beginning Com-
munity Church of The Nazarene
in Macclenny with Pastor Tom
Maitland officiating. Interment
followed at Woodlawn Cem-
etery. In lieu of flowers, dona-
tions for funeral expenses can
be sent to Vystar Credit Union
1168 South 6th Street Macclen-
ny, FL 32063. Arrangements
were under the direction of V.
Todd Ferreira Funeral Services.
Visit www.vtoddferreira.com to
sign the family's guest book.
Susan Hodges Downey
Just want to let you know how
much we all love and miss you.
We need just a little time with
you to talk and laugh again.
Be the beautiful person in
Heaven that you've always
been here. The days and nights
have been rough and lonely.
I've cried an ocean of tears.
Your family is all okay. We
know someday we'll be with
you again. Celebrate your
birthday in Heaven as we will
WE LOVE AND MISS YOU,
MOM AND ALL YOUR FAMILY
63, dies February 14
Valda Barbara Wilkes, 63, of
Macclenny died Thursday, Feb-
ruary 14, 2008. She was born
in Baker County on October 2,
of her life
a member .
of God. She
and col- Ms. Wilkes
tiques. She also enjoyed arts and
crafts, gospel music and spend-
ing time with her family. Barba-
ra was predeceased by daughter
Family members include
mother Hazel Smith; son Oscar
Gray (Susie); daughters Sandy
Hires (Kenny) and Candy Wilds
(Shawn); her sister Joan Kitchens
(Larry) of Lake Butler; broth-
ers Mickey Smith (Vicky) and
Freddy Smith (Connie), both of
Baldwin, ten grandchildren, four
great-grandchildren and numer-
ous nieces and nephews.
The funeral service was held
at 2:00 pm Sunday, February 17
at her church with Pastor Bert
Hudson officiating. Interment
followed at Manntown Cem-
etery. The arrangements were
under the direction of V. Todd
Ferreira Funeral Services. Visit
www.vtoddferreira.com to sign
the family's guest book.
Revival and sing
Road to Calvary Baptist
Church in Glen St. Mary will
have a revival February 20-23
with Rev. Roger Luke. The re-
vival will begin nightly at 7:30
This month's Friday night
sing will be held February 29.
For more information, call
Have you voted
Make sure we know how
South Blvd. & 7th St.
IYlIC^,^l.l- II It ly
Pastor Keith Thomas
Sunday School 10:00 am
Sunday Morning 11:00 am
Sunday Evening 6:00 pm
Wednesday Night 7:00 pm
New Hope for the Community
Five Churches Road
Hwv. 127 Sanderson, FL
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship 1100 a.m.
Wed. Night Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
S'idell: I'Williams -Pastor
featuring the Redeemed Trio
Saturday, February 23
7:30 pm at Dinkins Church
127 north of Sanderson
Everyone is invited to worship in song with us.
# GLEN FRIENDSHIP TABERNACLE
Senior Citizens Day
February 24, 2008
Sunday morning at 10:30 am
Speaker: Bro. Bobby Griffin
Dinner on the grounds following.
No evening services 1
Pastor Albert Starling welcomes all.
Children serenade Rehab residents
Close to 40 first graders from St. Paul's Catholic School in Riverside traveled by
bus to Macclenny Nursing and Rehab to sing for residents on February 14. Wearing
their smart looking blue and green uniforms, the children performed songs that in-
cluded God Bless America and This Little Light while residents and parents watched
and listened. Jenny Mitchell, a former Baker County resident and teacher at St.
Paul's whose grandfather Wallace Mitchell is a resident at the center, directed the
choir. The performance is an annual event.
PHOTO BY KELLEY LANNIGAN
Professionalism, Stability &
THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS
CR 127 N., Sanderson, FL
Sunday School 10:00 am
Morning Worship 11:00 am
Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm
Wed. Evening Prayer Serv. 7:30 pm
Pastor: Oral E. Lyons(
P ETIIODIST CIIUkCIr
CR 1'.7N of Srander.soTi
.Sunday S hbool 10.00 ani
Sunday i'oming Sen I 1 1.00 in\
.Sunlid hlNht .Srnice 0.001 pin
Wcd. Nihlit 'i crI 7:''0 ptin
Where Everyone is Somebody and
Jesus is the Leader
EVER ONE. WELCOME
Pastor Rev. Ernie Terrell
CHURCH OF CHRIST
573 S. 5th St. 259-6059
Sunday Bible Study 9:45 am
Fellowship 10:30 am 11:00 am
S Worship Services
::g ,1 11:00 am
...;i .: \\ed BIble S .id
Fel' '-:wh.i. 0' 30ipnm
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
23-A to Lauramore Rd. & Fairgrounds Rd.
Sunday School 9:45 am
Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 am
Sunday Evening Services 6:00 pm
Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting 7:00 pm
Pastor J. C. Lauramore Welcomes All
Road to Calvary Church
for only $7.00
To order call 259-7368 or 259-3341 I
On Thursday, February 21 call 259-2213.
All money raised will go to funding for a mission trip.
Sanderson Congregational Holiness Church
Evangelist Blyths & Rita
Sunday 11:00 am & 6:00 pm
Monday Wednesday 7:30 pm
For more information call 259-2827
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P.O. BOX1120, US 90 WEST
GLEN ST. MARY, FL. 32040-1120
Phone (904) 259-4375 FAX (904) 259-6146
Th i,..ii'.: .in vehicle wil| be sold at public
aud. 18..' 'f.i.at.: ', 2008 at 10:06 a, at' Higgih6o-
-n.am Tor 'ig,9 Recovery, US-90 West ;!Glen St.
Mary, FL. 32040.
1987 Oldsmobile 4 door
The public is hereby notified that the Board of
County Commissioners has appointed a Task Force
to review the adopted "Homestead Division" or-
dinance of Baker County. The Task Force will be
meeting on February 28, 2008 at 12:00 pm in the
chambers of the Baker County Commission lo-
cated at 55 North Third Street, Macclenny, Florida.
Interested parties may appear at the meeting and
10525 DUVAL LANE
MACCLENNY, FLORIDA 32063
Phone (904) 259-4774
The following vehicle will be sold at public
auction March 6, 2008 at 8:00 am, at A,R&R, INC.,
10525 Duval Lane, Macclenny, Florida 32063.
1996 Ford Contour
ST. JOHNS RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT
DISTRICT GIVES WRITTEN NOTICE OF INTENDED
The District gives notice of its intent to issue a
Formal Wetland Determination for the following
Osceola Forest, LLC, Petitioner, 840 Edgewood Ave
S Ste 220, Jacksonville, FL 32205, File No. 16-003-
106322-1. The property is located in Baker County,
Section(s): 18; Township: 3 South; Range: 22 East,
and includes 108.270 acres. The current owner is
Osceola Forest, LLC.
The file(s) containing each of the above listed
Formal Wetland Determinations are available for
inspection Monday through Friday except for legal
holidays, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at St. Johns Water
Management Disrict Headquarters or the appropri-
ate Service Center. The District will take action on
each permit application listed above unless a peti-
tion for an administrative proceeding (hearing) is
filed pursuant to the provisions of Section 120.569
and 120.57, Florida Statutes Chapter 28-106 and
40C-1.1007, Florida Administrative Code (FA.C.) A
person whose substantial interests are affected by
any of the Districts proposed permitting decisions
identified above may petition for an administrative
hearing in accordance with Sections 120.569 and
120.57, or all parties may reach a written agreement
on mediation as an alternative remedy under Sec-
tion 120.573. Choosing mediation will not adversely
affect the right to a hearing if mediation does not
result in a settlement. The procedures for pursu-
ing mediation are set forth in Section 120.573, F.S.,
and Rules 28-106.111 and 28.106.401-.405 F.A.C.
Petitions must comply with the requirements of
Florida Administrative Code, Chapter 28-106 and be
filed with (received by) the District Clerk, located
at District Headquarters, 4049 Reid St. Palatka,
Florida 32177. Petitions for administrative hearing
on the above applications) must be filed within
twenty-one (21) days of publication of this notice
or within twenty-six (26) days of the District de-
positing notice of this intent in the mail for those
persons to whom the District mails actual notice.
Failure to file a petition within this time period shall
constitute a waiver of any right such person may
have to request an administrative determination
(hearing) under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, FS.,
concerning the subject permit application Pe-
titions which ard not filed in accordance with the
above provisions are subject to dismissal. Because
the administrative hearing process is designed to
formulate final agency action, the filing of a petition
means that the Districts final action may be dif-
ferent from the position taken by it in this notice
of intent. Persons whose substantial interests
will be affected by such final decision of the District
on the application have the right to become a party
to the proceeding, in accordance with the require-
ments set forth above.
Gloria Lewis, Division of Regulatory Information
St. Johns River Water Management District
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE EIGHTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 02-2007-DR-433
ANGEL MELISSE NEVITT.
CRAIG LEE NEVITT,
SUMMONS: PERSONAL SERVICE ON AN INDI-
.VIDUAL ORDER DE COMPARECENCIA! SER-
VICIO PERSONAL EN UN INDIMDUOCITATION:
L'ASSIGNATION PERSONAL SUR UN INOIVIDUEL
TO/PAR/A: CRAIG LEE NEVITT, 7535 DOGWOOD
STREET, KEYSTONE HEIGHTS. FL 32656
A lawsuit has been filed against you. You have
20 calendar days after this summons is served on
yod to file a written response to the attached com-
plaint/petition with the clerk of this circuit court,
located at 339 E. Macclenny Avenue, Macclenny.
FL 32063. A phone call will not protect you. Your
written response, including the case number given
above and the names of the parties, must be filed If
you want the Court to hear your side of the case.
If you do not file your written response on
time, you may lose the case, and your wages,
money, and property may be taken thereafter with-
out further warning from the Court. There are other
legal requirements. You may want to call an attor-
ney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you
may call an attorney referral service or a legal aid
office (listed in the phone book).
If you choose to file a written response to the
party serving this summons at: Rebekah A. Glea-
son 8787 Baypine Road. Suite 255, Jacksonville,
Copies of all court documents in this case,
including orders, are available at the Clerk of the
Circuit Court's office.You may review these docu-
ments, upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Court's
office notified of your current address. (You may
file Notice of Current Address, Florida Supreme
Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915.) Future
papers in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address
on record at the clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.205, Florida Family Law
Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic dis-
closure of documents and information. Failure to
comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal
or striking of pleadings.
THE STATE OF FLORIDA
TO EACH SHERIFF OF THE STATE: You are com-
manded to serve this summons and a copy of
the complaint in this lawsuit on the above-named
DATED: November 16.2007
(SEAL) CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COUR1'
By: Sherri Dugger, Deputy Clerk
NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC
The Baker County District School Board will
hold the following public hearing on Monday,
March 17, 2008, at 6:30 pm in the Baker County
School Board Room located at the Baxter Volun-
teer Fire Department, Station 60, located at 27310
CR 127, Baxter, Florida.
Approval of new and revised School Board
This document is available for review at the
Baker County School Board Office, located at 392
South Boulevard East, Macclenny, Florida begin-
ning Thursday, February 13, 2008 between the
hours of 8:30 am and 3:00 pm.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
Paula T. Barton
Superintendent of Schools
The quarterly meeting of the Baker County Local
Mitigation Strategy Task Force will take place at
10:00 am on Wednesday, March 5, 2008, at the
Baker County Administration Building, 55 North
3rd Street, Macclenny, Florida. All interested per-
sons are invited to attend,
THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, February 21, 2008 Page 10
A late-inning surge on Valentine's Day
pushes Wildcat batters past the Pirates
YMCA Youth League basketballin fullswing
The YMCA Youth League basketball, directed by staff member Freddie Oca, is busy wrapping up its 2008 program. Up to 200
Baker County youth ages 4-17 have participated. After the leagues are formed, two weeks of preliminary practice follow. Leagues
then compete in games each Saturday morning for the next ten weeks with trophies awarded at the end of the program. Games
are played at First Baptist Church of Macclenny's Family Life Center and when necessary at Northeast Florida State Hospital's
gymnasium. This year's program involved 20 parents who volunteered their time as coaches. The league participation is open to
males and females, both members and non-members.
PHOTO BY KELLEY LANNIGAN
Wildcat senior wrestler finishes
second at state finals in Lakeland
BY JOEL ADDINGTON
Baker County High School wrestler Joshua
Trippett competed in the state finals last year and
finished in seventh, just
outside of the top sixth -:,.... ,
title spots. op h
"I was one match
and one point away," he
This month the four-
year wrestler returned ,
to the state.finals in . -
Lakeland and brought ,; .
back a silver medal for
second place in the 152- ,
pound weight class.
"He did great. He
did awesome," said his
older brother and for- Wildcat wrestler Joshua Tr
me freshman Wildcat his coach, Eugene Junior, a,
mer freshman Wildcat
wrestler Jonathan Trip-
pett, 20. "He almost won. He should've won. ]
just ran out of time."
Making it back to the state
finals, after qualifying at the
district and regional levels, is an
accomplishment in itself. "I was
really excited and calling ev-
erybody," said the younger Mr.
Trippett, 18, about qualifying for
the second year in a row.
His immediate family and
grandparents accompanied him
to Lakeland and cheered him on
with teammates, head coach Eu-
gene Junior, and assistants Jason .-* a
Blair and Jonathan Preston.
Mr. Junior, a math teacher at
Baker County High School, said
it was amazing to see one of his
wrestlers place so high at state
during his first year as a wres- Don't
"It being the first year, you
don't know what to expect," he
said. "You just hope your sys-
tem sets them up for the experi-
He credited the milestone to
Mr. Trippett's work ethic.
"He's a different kind of in-
dividual as far as his work ethic
on and off the mat," said Mr. Ju-
nior, who played football for the
University of Minnesota and at- --
tended wrestling training camps
there. "He's one that's out there He vw
and puts in the work."
The recognition at state is Put
also a benefit to the program and
"This is huge for the younger
The girls' little league soft-
ball tryouts will be held Satur-
day, February 23. Ages 7-8 are
9:00 am; ages 9-10 are 11:00
am; ages 11-12 will be 2:00 pm;
and ages 13-16 will be at 5:00
Any girls ages 16-18 who
have not signed up and are in-
terested in playing, can sign up
at the field Saturday.
guys," said Mr. Junior. "They can say, 'We know
we can do it.' Their confidence goes up another
Next for Mr. Trippett is college, where he said
he may continue wrestling. "I'm looking at colleg-
es but the closest varsity program
is in South Carolina," he said.
I For the rest of the team, the off-
. , season means more practice.
"You can't just wrestle dur-
-i | ing the season and have success,"
-, said Mr. Junior. He and the other
coaches hope their wrestlers will
continue competing in off-season
tournaments and attend training
Assistant coach Jason Blair said
his 30-plus wrestlers might pick
up tricks from other coaches at the
(right) poses with camps and bring that knowledge
ool this week. back to the burgeoning Wildcat
ro BY JOELADDINGTON program.
"It's essential for them to be-
come better wrestlers," he said of off-season prepa-
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The Baker County Wildcat
baseball team got off to a win-
ning start in this brand-new
season with a 3-2 victory over
Femandina Beach at the base-
ball field on Thursday night. The
game was a thriller as BCHS had
to rely upon a late-inning rally to
erase a 2-0 Pirate lead.
The Pirates snatched a run in
the third inning to take the lead
in a very tight contest before a
good crowd that braved the cold
on Valentine's Day to watch an
exciting game of baseball,
The game was essentially a
defensive one with starting ace
Jarrell Rodgers on the mound
dueling Carlton for the Pirates.
Rodgers put in a good effort for
6-plus innings before giving way
to reliever Kyle Kennedy.
The Wildcats gave up a second
run to Fernandina in the seventh
inning, but with the game on the
line they rallied back in the half
of the seventh, touching the Pi-
rate pitching for three runs. The
rally was sparked by a two-run
double from Travis Tyson.
BCHS scattered six hits that
blustery night, and went the dis-
tance with seven innings of er-
ror-free ball, which will encour-
age Coach John Staples.
Chase Bennett and Jonathan
Nix both cracked doubles for the
The Cats had opened the
season against Columbia High
on Tuesday in Lake City, but it
was called in the bottom of the
fifth because of bad weather. The
Wildcats were leading at the time
Corey Elasik, Klate Duval
and Chad Schroeer had hits in
the game for the Cats.
BCHS have a two-game
homestand this coming week.
They face Ribault on Feb. 19 at
4 and 6 pm and host Santa Fe on
Tennis teams alflat on clay courts in
shut out matches againstFernandina
Baker High tennis squads.got The boys' doubles team of score.
skunked in their second match Cranford and Davis lost 1-8 and The Cats will travel to S
of the spring season, losing to Boyette and Norman-Gerard lost nee High on Thursday
Fernandina Beach on the road a close match 6-8. hosting Yulee on Monday
at the Amelia Island Plantation. Shae Raulerson lost 0-8, Ca- pm.
Though the Cats failed to win rissa Ward and Krystal Lange-
any of their games, they were berg lost 1-8. Destiny de la Pena in
much more competitive than in and Brittany Ruise lost 0-8. l
their last effort against Columbia In girls' doubles, Raulerson
High. and Langeberg lost 0-8 and Ward
The Cats were playing for and de la Pena lost by the same
the first time on clay courts, at
the venue where next month
the Bausch and Lomb Women's
Professional Tennis Tournament
will take place. It was a new ex-
perience for the players, as clay*
forces players to adopt a com-
pletely different game than what R TAS R
they are used to on hard court. REN ALSOR ALES
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The many faces of community banking.
Neighbors, friends and family, people you know and trust.
American Enterprise Bank
Tradition. Service. Innovation.
839 South Fifth Street Macclenny
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Vermeer stump grinder 630B, pull be-
hind, hydraulic, $4000 OBO. 219-0112
or 259-6237. 2/14-21
2003, 16x7 Cargo Craft Explorer
trailer, 3" plywood floor and doors, 4
wheel electric brakes on tandem axle,
like new, $3000. 613-6001. 7/19tfc
225 lbs pecans, $100 OBO or 500 lb.
259-3952. 2/21 p
Antique breakfront buffet, breakfront
china cabinet, buffet, all mahogany, can
be seen at Southern Charm. 259-4140.
Brown office desk and credenza, good-
condition, $100. 626-9407. 2/21 p
Mahogany secretary, beautiful piece,
excellent condition. Southern Charm
Large sofa, tan floral print, with extra
six pillows, great condition, $60 OBO.
Call 334-5382. 2/21 p
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
2005 Honda Rancher 4 wheeler, very
low hours, $3000 OBO. 904-651-8383.
Butterfly dining table with 6 chairs,
very ornate, fluted legs, rare; half round
foyer console. All pieces are mahogany
wood. Southern Charm. 259-4140.
Prom dresses, all sizes. 259-3172.
Now open. The Franklin Mercantile will
be open Fridays and Saturdays for your
shopping pleasure. Come see what's
new! Railroad crossing in Glen. 259-
Matching couch & chair, hunter green,
$150, looks nice; two push lawn mow-
ers, $50 and $75; two compressors.
509-0308 or 370-4457. 2/21 p
Maple cabinet doors, cheap; Aris-
tokraft cabinets. 904-349-5438 or 904-
349-5439. 2/21 p
Artists! Oils, acrylics, water colors,
canvases, drawing pads and much
more! The Office Mart, 110 S. Fifth
Street, 259-3737. tfc
1994 Pontiac Formula Trans Am,
Black/gray, LT1 engine, 370 HP, all
1994 corvette options, 43k miles, new
GM replaced engine, new A/C system.
Must sell due to illness. $4800 firm.
259-1231. 2/14-21 p
2003 Chevrolet Z71, 4x4, fully loaded,
leather interior, On-star, 6 CD changer,
Boise stereo, tool box, $11,500. 219-
0112. 2/14-21 p
1970 Ford Bronco, $3800 OBO. 904-
651-8383. 2/21 p
2001 Silverado LWB, $2000 below
Kelly, loaded, 78k miles, great truck,
$9400. Call Larry @ 904-993-5019.
Just in time for Bike Week! 2003 Har-
ley Davidson, soft tail, Heritage, 100
year anniversary bike, silver and black,
garage kept, loaded with goodies, pipes
have been modified, lots of chrome,
one owner, only 5200 miles, paid over
$23,000 in 2003, asking $14,000 OBO.
Must sell, moving and no garage. 386-
1976 Chevrolet 4x4, 350, automatic,
Dana 44 front end, new rear end, 6"
suspension, 35" tires, 411 gears,
$3000. 259-7910 or 424-9831. 2/21p
2006 Z71, 4x4, less than 40k miles, Wendy's of Macclenny is now hiring
loaded, $24,000. 904-591-0881. managers. Please call 904-259-5297. Y A R S A
2/21tfc 1/31-2/20c .
1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 4 WD, Dental assistant needed. New office in _6ES .LE
green, looks great, needs motor, $600 Lake City needing to expand. Full-time Friday & Saturday 8:00 am-?, 6125 S.
080. 219-0112 or259-6237.2/14-21p position, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 Circle Macclenny 3 piece living room set
S pm, salary commensurate with experi- 'i SL office desk, kids desk, dinette table, chest
ence, benefits plus bonus'. Also need e loes oer huse l es
part-time hygienist. Please fax resume er clothes, other household iems.
tn o f-759-31 99 9/14-./129n .. .
Rajun Cajun & Tambourine Show.
E-mail for booking info: Louisiana-Re-
email@example.com. 2/21 p
Now accepting antique furniture on
consignment. Pieces have to be in good
condition. Call Karin at Southern Charm
Do you have a junk car or truck to sell
or haul off. Call 259-7968. 1/1Otfc
Six month old Ferrett w/cage. 904-
201-0919. 2/21 p
FREE to good home. Four year old male
black Lab; loving and sweet, needs at-
tention, includes outdoor kennel. 259-
3939. 2/21 p
Free to good home. Two year old fe-
male, registered German Shepherd,
house broken and loves children. 378-
White English pups, CKC, S/W, POP,
$650. 275-3079. 2/21 p
Dogs: all types from puppies to adults.
Animal Control, $50 boarding fees will
apply. 259-6786. 11/20tfc
Found: Pit Bull mix puppy, near fair-
gounds. Calll 904-868-8996. 2/21
Found: Weimaraner, found on N. Crews
:. o".'&Ro ad& *GR-127"aLto. identify 259-0
Found: Purebred little dog, less than
two years, found Tuesday, 2/12, walk-
ing in Cypress Pointe Development.
Surrounding areas North Boulevard
and East Street. If lost young dog,
please call 406-8166 to identify. 2/21
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advertising on subjects like work-at-home,
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can also call the Federal Trade Commission
at 1-877-FTC-HELP to find out how to spot-
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sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
The Baker County Press
Baker Community Counseling Services
now seeking to hire a part-time drug
court counselor., 3Y days per week
(24-30 hours PRN) as needed. Salary
commensurate with experience. AA
or BA degree considered. Preference
to Masters in counseling related field,
CAP and/or LMHC/LCSW. Experience in
substance abuse counseling preferred.
Interested applicants, call Mr. Chris
Thomas at 259-0264. 2/14-21p
Experienced wipe down person, must
be responsible, must have valid driver's
license. Drug test required. 904-334-
TA Travelcenter now hiring Arby's
team members and management for TA
Travelcenter in Baldwin, 1024 US 301
S., Jacksonville, FL 32234 or call Tom
at 904-266-4281 ext. 18. 4/26tfc
Pier 6 Seafood now accepting appli-
cations for all positions servers,
cashiers, dishwashers and cooks. 259-
Experienced painters needed. Must
have tools, benefits after 90 days. 259-
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
Great opportunity for an energetic self-
starter in an established Macclenny
retail business. Includes general office
work, customer service, taking orders.
Sales experience preferred. Accuracy
and a pleasant personality a must. Full-
time or part-time to start. Send resume
to T.O.M., P.O. Box 598, Macclenny, FL
32063 or fax to 904-259-3060 or e-
mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 2/7tfc
Guaranteed interviews at Zaxby's
every Tuesday 4:00-5:00 pm. 11/29tfc
iLu 000- 1 U -0 164. L > I -r o 1 11vi
Local home care agency seeking PRN,
RN, OT and a full-time PT. Please call
259-3111 for more information.
Avon. Career or pocket money. You
decide. 904-275-3215 or 1-866-665-
2866 ISR. www.youravon.com/kheinz.
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4 BR, 2 BA home on South Boulevard
and Martin Luther. Selling below
appraised value. $102,000. Serious
inquires only. 904-697-7258. 2/14tfc
Acreage & farms. 140 acres, 1 mile
road frontage. $6000 per acre 259-
3 BR, 2 BA DWMH on approximately 1
acre. Only $82,500. 904-591-0881.
FSBO. .53 acre city lot with house
zoned residential-commercial, $90,000.
Certified appraisal available. 904-881-
6893 or 259-6496. 2/21 p
Owner financing and lease to own.
Baker County do you have 5-10% for
your down payment and income to sup-
port the loan, but your credit has some
hiccups? Call 904-219-0480. 1/24tfc
Copper Creek. 3 BR, 2 BA, fireplace,
jacuzzi, possible lease with option to
buy. 482-7709. 2/21p
Land & home packages. Singlewides
and doublewides. 1 acre to 10 acres.
Some owner financing available. 904-
653-1656 leave message. 2/7-28p
9.39 acres 1 mile north of Sanderson
on CR 229. $103,500. Owner financing
available. 904-813-1580. 1/10tfc
3 acre on Estate Street at entrance
to Macclenny II, $49,900. Guaranteed
financing with 10% down. 904-219-.
3 BR, 11/2 BA house, 903 Miltondale
Road, completely remodeled, $136,000.
Reduced. 3 BR, 2 BA in Rolling
Meadows. House. is one year old.
Fireplace, very nice, $184,900. 904-
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, $120,000. 259-8028. 2/14-3/5c
3 BR, 2 BA brick home w/1721 SF
heated on 1/2 acre in Macclenny, all
electric appliances, $180,000. Call 813-
1580 (8WE). 5/1 Otfc
2 acres including all improvements,
North of Sanderson. $24,900. 259-
4 BR, 2 BA $135,000
4 BR, 2/2 BA, 36.54 acres river front estate
New 3 BR, 2 BA (2 to choose from) $154,900
3 BR, 2 BA 4.88 acres joining park $359,000
New 3 BR, 2 BA in Glen $179,900
Saturday 8:uu am-, benlina -astway iood
Store on Woodlawn.
Saturday 8:00 am-?, Ben Rowe Road off Woodlawn Road, fol-
low signs."Clothes, furniture, miscellaneous. Multi family.
3 acres, high & dry, fish pond, homes
or mobile homes, set-up included,
owner financing or cash discount. 912-
Own your land? Land/home packages.
"No down payment" WAC. 259-8028.
FSBO. Copper Creek Hills, Unit
III, 2 large lot $65,000 each, 1
lot @ $55,000. Owner financ-
ing available. 904-813-1580.
3 BR, 2 BA brick home w/1576 SF
heated on 1/2 acre in Macclenny, all
electric appliances, $190,000. Please
call 813-1580. (21GFO). 5/1 Otfc
4 BR, 2 BA brick home with 1876 SF
heated on Y acre in Macclenny, all elec-
tric appliances, $210,000. 813-1580
To buy pine and hardwood timber. Call
386-752-1141 or 386-961-2300.
You wanted to sell, now you need to
sell. I buy Baker County houses any
condition, any price. Privacy guaran-
teed. 904-219-0480. 1/17tfc
Copper Creek. 3 BR, 2 BA, fireplace,
jacuzzi, possible lease with option to
buy. 482-7709. 2/21p
For sale or rent. 3 BR, 2 BA DW on
acre on 125 S and Mudlake Road.
Asking price is $130,000. Rents for
$750/month with $1150 deposit. 259-
New 4 BR, 2 BA home in Cypress
Point on water, concrete block, 2000
SF, screen porch, eat-in kitchen, 2 car
garage, $1295/month. 904-860-5564
cell or 904-288-6497. 1/24-2/14p
3 BR & 2 BR mobile homes, no pets,
garbage pickup, water & yard moving
provided, $475-$625. 912-843-8118.
New home, Glen city limits, 3 BR, 2 BA,
no pets, no smoking. 259-6128 or 588-
Mobile homes. 2 and 3 BR, A/C, no
pets, $500-$575 plus deposit. 904-
3 BR, 2 BA MH, St. Mary's Bluff, GA
off 185, 1474 Horseshoe Loop, $650/
month, $500 deposit. 259-3519.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Open House at 10:00 am
Auction at 1:00 pm
2 Bedroom, 1 Bath
CH/A, Vinyl Siding, Shingle Roof,
3.2 Acres, Built in 1998
23600 Hassle Johns Rd.
SFr,,m US 90,125 N. 8.5 miles, right on CR 127 5.3
m. miles, right on CR 120 1.2 miles, left on Hassle
Johns Rd..5 mile, home on left, look for signs
Reserve Price $74,900 Appraisal $95,000 $100,000
Info at (904) 219-0480
*5% Buyers deposit and verification of funds to close required.
* Homes and Mobile Homes
* Factory Certified Professional Installers
M y y Toll Free
Jim Smith, Broker
Teresa Yarborough, Broker Associate
Mark Lancaster Juanice Padgett
99 S. 6th St., Macclenny ** 259-6555
10 acres near Glen $92,000
15 acres near Glen $119,000
10 acres near Glen $89,900
87.95 acre ranch $1,300,000
1.24 acres on Pine Loop $38,900
Owner financing, commercial building across from
-MME L W A SO N ELAYLSTININFLOID.'
THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, February 21, 2008 Page 12
2 BR, 1 BA mobile home in Glen, $500/
deposit, $500/month, no pets. 259-2634
or 588-2589. 2/14-21 p
2 BR, 1 BA MH on Y2 acre lot near
Burger King, new appliances, free water
and sewer, $480/month $300 deposit.
259-3268. 2/14-21 p
:2 BR, 1 BA in country, living room, din-
ing room and kitchen, front and back
porch, CH/A, $700/month, $800 deposit.
4 BR, 2 BA SW on Big River, $850/
month, 1st, last and deposit. 904-813-
2 BR, 1 BA apartment in Glen, $600/
month, $600 deposit. 259-2645. 2/21c
Smokey Mt. cabin, trout stream; near
Cherokee, NC, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge
and Dollywood, $325/week. 386-752-
Special on Oceanfront condo in St.
Augustine. $75 off reservations made
before March 10th. 1 BR, sleeps 4 or
5, kitchen equipped, heated pool, beach
access. $785/week. Call for pictures.
Restaurant in Baldwin. Contact Mike at
2008 Fleetwood, 28x44, 3 BR, 2 BA,
$29,900. Call Larry at 259-1100.
All 2007s must go! Selling lot models
at invoice, includes furniture and decor.
Must see to believe. Call Larry at 904-
1999 Skyline DW, 4 BR, 2 BA, 32x80,
$49,000 OBO. 259-8000. 2/14-28p
As simple as an e-mail.....
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think we need to know, send it to:
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A Delta Kappa Gamma schol-
arship in the amount of $500 will
be awarded to a female pursuing
a degree in education with intent
to teach. It is not a requirement
for the applicant to be a 2007-
2008 BCHS graduate.
Applications must be submit-
ted to the Vocational and Adult
Education office, 270 South
Boulevard E., Macclenny, or to
any DKG member no later than
March 20, 2008. BCHS seniors
may submit the application to the
To obtain an application or if
you have any questions, please
see Garlon Webb at the Voca-
tional and Adult Ed office at the
above address or call 259-0406.
BEAUTIFULCUSTOM LOG HOME- MLS 389681
Home on 1.5 acres, 30 X 40 garage/workshop &
LRG open country KIT w/custom stove. $299,900
BRING YOUR FAMILY & FRIENDS MLS#
362238 28.54 acres on paved road frontage,
partially cleared for houses, horses & cows. Zoned
1 home per7.5 acres. $485,180
GET YOUR CREATIVE JUICES FLOWING MLS#
380002 Take a look at this nice private 7.56 acres,
shady lot partially cleared T-shaped lot w/paved
RD access from CR-130. $102,900
RATES ARE GREAT SO WHY WAIT? MLS #
405424 approx 1.91 acres, re-done exterior w/
new metal roof; covered porch for sipping lemon-
aid & a hugewood burning fireplace. $151,500
THIS WILL CATCH YOUR EYE AND HOLD IT -
MLS# 400654 2.5 acres, landscaped in perfection,
3BR/2.5BA, Formal DMG/FAM RM, breakfast
nook, Irg kitchen & a frplc for those cozy nights.
PICTURE THIS- MLS# 415433 Seeyourselfliving
in this 3BR/2BA home in Macclenny. Be a part of
growing Baker County. $74,000
DESIRABLE FIND MLS# 388358 4BR/3BA
2,480 sf heated home sitting on 5.14 acres, 4 stall
barn, feed & tack room, entire property is fenced.
REMEMBER THE "GOOD OLE' DAYS"? MLS#
385551 Builder's spectacular Personal home;
3BR/2.5BA, wood blinds, crown molding, gas
frpic, Jacuzzi tub, % acre stocked pond & over
COMMERCIAL OPPORTUNITY MLS# 368711
Property zoned Res/Commercial approx 1421sfon
.59 acre; great location for business, selling "As-Is"
and with loads of potential! $190,000
NEW RIVER PLANTATION, ST JOHN'S CNTY
- MLS# 416006 Vacant land, total acreage 5.10,
heavily treed lot, no bldg timeframes, 2400sf min
house, call for details! $332,000
Wuison Rialtl Coirp. ALT'.)RS"
ST. JOHNS COUNTY VACANT LAND MLS# 416021
Road construction is underway; rd blocked off, New River
Plantation PRD, heavily treed lots, no bldg timeframes, 2400sf
min house, bid bar w/apt no smaller than 350sf, one house
per acre. $318,000
SUBSTANANCE AND VALUE MLS# 409742 approx 2900sf
heated, 4300sf total under roof, additional detached 30 X
40 three car garage approx 2 acres, 4BR/3BA, gas fireplace,
double ovens and screened patio. $495,000
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT MLS# 404867 6BR/3BA 3,001sf
home on 1 acre; used to be a church, hm has commercial
kitchen & plenty of room to roam, property is fenced w/chain
link and has 2 septic & 4'well. $217,000
CALL ALL DEVELOPERS! MLS# 394597 Prime 51.87 acres
w/single-wide MBLHM, 1232sf Ivg space & above ground
pool w/decking; high & dry property, zoned AG 7.5 property is
covered in Irg Oak, Magnolia & Pine trees. $420,000
BRING ALL OFFERS/SELLERS MOTIVATED MLS# 394461
West Glen Estates, 10 acres, zoned for houses only, high &
dry property, adorned w/ Oak trees & luscious greenery.
ABSOLUTELY WORTH IT MLS# 395751 3BR/2BA 2,928sf
brick custom built home on .50 acres. Includes manicured
landscaping, solar heating, in-ground pool, attached 2 car-
garage/workshop& more! $330,000
YOU'VE DONEYOUR HOMEWORK NOW MAKETHE CHOICE
THIS MLS # 394871 Here is a 2,000 sf& 3BR/2BA rancher;
open floor plan, formal DNG RM/ SEP breakfast area, food
prep-isl~d & more! $234,900
1395 Chaffee Road
TAKE A GANDER AT THIS FOLKS! MLS# 394430 Come see
this 3BR/2BA triple wide mobile hm on 4.62, Irg mature oaks
trees, partially cleared an on corner lot, 1584 sf living space.
MAKE A WISH MLS# 396631 3BR/3.5BA, two-story brick
& wood siding hm w/nearly 2,400sf! Attached 1 car carport,
Irg mature shade trees and you've got to see the fruit trees.
BE YOUR OWN BOSS MLS# 395732 1.17acre zoned
commercial gen. w/198' of HWY frontage on 121, currently
used for successful welding'& fabrication business. $525,000
7.5 ACRES AT YOUR REACH MLS# 398092 Leave the city
behind and take hold of this property which hold countless
opportunities! Zoned for mobile homes or houses and only
minutes and the interstate. $101,000
PRICED BELOW COMPETITION MLS# 394679 3BR/2BA
concrete block; ext features include full stucco, irrigation
system, fenced yard, separate sink/vanity in MSTR. $155,000
AREYOU A NATURALIST AT HEART? MLS # 336373 Make
the move to this corer lot,.90acre, vacant land in downtown
MacClenny; perfect for new development of a duplex, town
homes or mobile homes. $125,000
3 ACRES OF GORGEOUS COUNTRY MLS# 401101 Bring
your horses!; 5BR/3BA, 11.5 X 37.2 FL room overlooking stone
patio, hottub & horse pasture. $329,000
VACANT LAND,ST.JOHN'SCOUNTY MLS# 416015 Heavily
treed lot, no bldg timeframes, 2,400 sf min house, bid barn
w/apt no smaller than 350 sf. One house per acre allowed.
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
Pursuant to an application submitted by Thomas H.D. Crews to
be granted a Variance to the Baker County Land Development
Regulations Sections 3.05.035.A.in reference to a 500 feet
distance requirement between mobile homes. The property is
located on Bob Kirkland Road north of Macclenny, Florida.
The Baker County Land/Local Planning Agency will consider
the request at a public hearing scheduled for Thursday, February
28, 2008, at 7:01 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible, in
the County Commissioners Chambers of the Administration
Building, 55 North Third Street, Macclenny, FL. On the date
above-mentioned, all interested parties may appear and be heard
with respect to the Variance request. Written comments for or
against the Variance request may be sent to the Baker County
Building Department, 81 North Third Street, Macclenny, FL
32063. Faxed comments maybe sent to (904) 259-5057. Copies
of the Variance may be inspected in the Building Department
by any member of the public. According to the Americans with
Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation or
an interpreter to participate in this proceeding should contact
the Administration Department at (904) 259-5123 at least 48
hours prior to the time of the hearing.
'Tootsie' expected to speed up
recovery of Glen accident victim
BY KELLEY LANNIGAN
In February 2006, Chance
Franks of Glen St. Mary, then 17,
was involved in a serious ATV
accident. The vehicle flipped
and Chance landed on pavement,
sustaining some serious trauma
to the brain. He was hospitalized
at Shands and 21 one days later,
awoke from a coma.
Chance's mother Susan
Franks recalls an incident that
took place just after her son re-
Chance looked over at the cor-
ner of the room and said, "Look,
you see him? You see him?"
Ms. Franks was confused.
"See who?" she asked. "Who
do you see, Chance?"
"My little puppy, Momma,"
said the young man. "There he
is. There's my little Coolwhip."
Two weeks prior to the ac-
cident, Chance's solid white
American bulldog puppy he
had named Coolwhip had been
killed. Ms. Franks assumed her
son was having a type of halluci-
nation brought on by the serious
SAfter Chance woke, a month
and a half of intense physical
therapy, often in a wheel chair,
followed. Today, the young man
has almost totally recovered and
is able to work.
But his mother never forgot
his fondness for the puppy that
died or the imaginary puppy
Chance thought he saw in the
hospital room. She wanted to
find him another dog and hoped
to present it to him on Valen-
tine's Day 2008.
American Bulldogs are very
expensive. Mrs. Franks didn't
know how she could afford the
$1000 many puppies sell for. She
shared her desire and frustration
with her coworkers at Macclen-
As it turned out, Kallie Crum-
mey, a Bak-
an infec- -'
had to be
mey quick- Kallie feeding th
not be able to keep it. She nursed
the puppy through one long
night, feeding it goat's milk,
then brought it to Macclenny El-
ementary and offered it to Ms.
"It was like a dream come
true," said Ms. Franks. "I was
really excited. Here it was al-
most Valentine's Day and I had
a puppy for Chance.
The new puppy has been
named Tootsie and is still nurs-
ing on a bottle. According to Ms.
Franks, Chance plans to one day
breed Tootsie, who is black and
I-r .' llillaf
te puppy she gave to Chance Franks.
PHOTO BY KELLEY LANNIGAN
white, with a solid white male,
in hopes of producing another
"Chance and Tootsie, they're
both doing fine," said Ms.
THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, February 21, 2008 Page 13
PastBCHS drama Hall ofFamer is
sparking audiences in Producers'tour
BY BOB GERARD
Former BCHS Drama Hall of
Famer Britt Hancock has come
a long way since his days on the
high school stage. Hancock has
been wowing audiences around
the country in one of the leading
roles in the national touring com-
pany of The Producers.
Mr. Hancock, 34, the son of
Bobby and Janice Hancock of
Macclenny, has been acting in
regional theatre around the coun-
try since graduating from the
University of Mississippi with a
degree in theatre.
He stopped in Daytona Beach
where the show was playing to
a sold-out crowd at the Peabody
Auditorium. The BCHS grad
demonstrated his characteristi-
cally energetic and fun-filled
performance, and wowed the
capacity crowds, gaining cheers
and loud applause at his curtain
The Producers is about a pair
of sleazy Broadway producers
who decide there's more money
in putting on a flop than a hit and
search out the worst script that
they can possibly find. Mr. Han-
cock steals the show as a flam-
boyant theatre director hired to
put the turkey on stage.
He has been a working actor
,for a decade in regional theatre
around the country, and has had
any number of starring roles such
as Rum Turn Tugger in Cats, the
Beast in Beauty and the Beast and
Curly in Oklahoma. His favorite
role to date is in Cats where he
played an Elvis-like Cat and got
Britt Hancock in 'The Producers.'
Photo courtesy of Britt Hancock
to dance up a storm.
Mr. Hancock has several
songs in the show, including the
soloist in The Producers' sig-
nature number, "Springtime for
Hitler," in which he gets to show
his stuff as a campy Fuhrer.
It's a hard life. The cast and
crew packed up the show in 30
minutes and trucked it off to Fort
Pierce. The actors had enough
time to remove their makeup and
climb into the bus. Tough as it is,
he enjoys the gypsy life of the
"I love it," said Mr. Hancock.
"We're at the end of the run so
it's a lot of one-night stands. At
the start we'd be in a town for a
week or ten days. We were ten
days in Atlantic City, which was
After the end of the run in
April, he will audition for other
touring shows. "The company
that does The Producers has four
or five other shows," says his
mother Janice. "Britt hopes that
he will be able to move into one
Britt Hancock got his start
as an 11-year-old in Dracula at
BCHS. He starred as Oliver, was
Danny Zuko in Grease, Seymour
in Little Shop of Horrors, and
had lead roles in The Nerd, Big
River, Brighton Beach Memoirs
and Antigone over the course of
the next seven years.
In 1993 he was named Per-
former of the Decade at BCHS.
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