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79th Year, Vol. 15 Thursday, August 7, 2008 Macclenny, Florida 500
BY JOEL ADDINGTON
The 1300-acre Cedar Creek
development planned north of
US 90 west of Glen St. Mary
ran into a snag July 30 wheri
Baker County Medical Ser-
vices, Inc. filed a petition with
the Department of Community
Affairs to reverse the depart-
ment's approval of the project.
Baker County Medical Ser-
vices (BCMS), the non-profit
operating entity of Ed Fra-
ser Memorial Hospital, Frank
Wells Nursing Home and Dop-
son Medical Center, seeks an
administrative hearing on its
which as- I really
C r e e comment
will take in any way
ability to -Maria Allen
in Baker County.
BCMS has operated here
for the last 17 years and built
new medical facilities in 1998,
financing construction through
bond funds that are being paid
back through the non-profit
corporation's revenues through
BCMS Finance Director
Maria Allen refused to com-
ment on how much of the bonds
had been paid off to date or the
total amount bonded.
"I really can't comment in
any way," she said. "I'm sor-
Her boss, Executive Direc-
tor Dennis Markos, also did
not return a call for comment
on the petition. [He routinely
does not speak to representa-
tives of The Baker County
Press, which sued BCMS un-
successfully to access its meet-
ings and records.]
The petition claims that in
2006, 40 percent of the hos-
pital's services went to Medi-
care patients and 19 percent of
charges were "written-off" as
charity care to the indigent.
Furthermore, it states,
charges for 20 percent of all
services provided to the resi-
dents of Baker County in 2005
were not able to be collected.
(See page 2)
A day in the life of T-Ray
Blind since birth,
he's making do
Tom Ray gently cuts a generous piece of coffee cake and care-
fully transfers it to a paper plate on the kitchen table. As he does
so, he ponders the:answer to a question: How to describe the color
"That's a bit tough," the young man says,
"I certainly know blue is a color, but I've nev- By
er seen it."
Blind since birth. Tom, or "T-Ray" as he's Kelley
known to his friends, is a resident of Taylor
and a 2008 high school graduate from the Lannigan
Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Press S(aff
Ask him to describe grass, however, and
the fact that he can't tell you from direct experience about the
color beconies secondary. He has definitely experienced grass
through his other senses.
"Well, it can be .really soft." he says. "It might be short or
At that moment, there is a roar outside the window. Tom smiles
as his father passes by on the riding mower.
"And when you cut grass, it can smell really) fresh!"
Aft'r a snack, T-Ray leads the way through the house to his
bedroom where he wants to check his e-mail.
"I clean my room myself," he says. "I vacuum, make the bed
and try to keep things organized."
T-Ray approaches his laptop and places his hands on the mid-
dle row of keys, known as the "home row."
He quickly explains that the letter F and letter J on an) key-
board have a single raised dot. The dots orient a blind typist's fin-
gers correctly on the board. From that orientation all other keys
with their various functions can be located.
He decides to read some information from school that arrived
in the mail. so he activates a device known as an All-in-One.
Furnished by the Department of Blind Services, which under-
writes the cost of such equipment, the All-in-One is a combina-
tion fax, scanner and printer, and connects to the laptop via a
Marilyn Penrod next to the drainage creek emitting the smell.
Drainage ditch emits
a 'garlicky' foul odor
That's what Marilyn Penrod wants to know.
Whatever it is, it's gotten worse the past six weeks. Ms. Penrod
describes the odor as "chicken-garlicky" but it's a bit stronger than
It appears to emanate from a drainage creek directly south of her
property off Ginny Lane, property bordered by Westside Elemen-
tary near Glen St. Mary.
And this is odd: the stagnant standing water in the ditch appears
to be bubbling up. Some of the bubbles pop; some just lie atop the
The odor is distinct, very distinct, to anyone approaching the Pen-
rod residence. It dissipates as one moves west from the property to
Ms. Penrod summoned Terry Graham of the county's environ-
mental health office to check it out on Tuesday of this week. His re-
(See page 4)
T-Roa' w'ith his laptop and A.l-In-One.
P 'Tul a' KEILF. L aNlit-ir
T-Ray expert[ feeds printed sheets onto the scanner, which
then converts the information into a format that can be read by the
computer. A program called Java Access With Speech (JAWS).
translates it into audible, sound. (See page 2)
BY JOEL ADDINGTON
Twenty thousand new indus-
That's what could eventu-
ally come to Baker County if
park projects one
east of Macclenny
and another west of
and a number of land
developers have been "
pushing the state to
understand Baker County's
potential for industrial growth
and approve a variance to al-
low more traffic on 1-10 to ac-
Lake Butler developer Av-
ery Roberts of Roberts Land &
Timber Investment Corp. just
got some more ammunition
for that effort in the form of an
opinion from a New York City
economist on the demand for
distribution centers and logisti-
cal support industries west of
Mr. Roberts hopes
to build an industrial
park on 1500 acres
near the intersection
of 1-10 and US 90 in
the west county. The
idea is for what Coun-
ty Manager Joe Cone
has called an "inland port," or
a place where containers from
the Jacksonville port can be
stored before being trucked
to other locations across the
southeastern United States and
(See page 5)
The cost for divorces, evic-
tions, civil court filings and
almost every other action in
Florida courts increased dra-
matically July 1.
Most of the fees. were
increased previously in 2004
and Clerk of Courts Al Fraser
n e w
es were Joel
to raise Addington
$120 mil- Press Staff
the courts, state attorneys and
public defenders during a tight
"That's the way we inter-
Seted it," he said. "They are
all funded through the state
In a memo he released prior
to the June 30 deadline for fil-
ing under the old fee schedule,
Mr. Fraser made it clear that
the increases were prompted
by the Florida Legislature.
"It wasn't the clerks' doing;
the clerk does not get one red
cent out of those fees," said
Of the roughly 120 differ-
ent fees for things like making
partial payments, transferring
liens, obtaining copies of pub-
lic records or opening a safe
deposit box, about 70 were
increased, anywhere from 50
cents to $30.
"They increased just about
everything," Mr. Fraser said.
However, one fee for
evictions more than tripled
from $80 to $270.
That fee wasn't increased in
"There were a lot of increas-
es back then, but for some rea-
son they left evictions alone.
Now they've made up for it,"
said the clerk.
The civil court filing fee also
rose considerably from $255 to
$300, an 18 percent increase.
Mr. Fraser said about 95 per-
cent of traffic violation fines
also went up by $17.50.
Some of the fees left
unchanged included those for
notarizing, civil claim filings
of less than $500, marriage
licenses and passports, among
As part of 2004 increases,
legislators also barred the
courts from waiving fees for
the indigent, and instead per-
mitted partial payments or
The partial payment option
is typically used by defendants
in criminal or traffic court to
pay for public defenders, a
$50 charge, and if convicted,
any restitution and court costs
ordered by the judge.
"If they meet poverty guide-
lines, we set up payment plans,
but we don't encourage that,"
said Mr. Fraser. "And the few
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A day in the life of'T-Ray' ...
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training to school news.
"This thing hates pictures,"
he says, grinning. "It gets all
T-Ray quickly developed a
proficiency with keyboarding
after learning it in the fourth
grade. During his high school
years, it wasn't uncommon for
him to assist other students as
they trained on the keyboard.
Across the room, an automat-
ed voice loudly announces: "It's
"Oops," he says. "That's my
watch. I forgot to turn it off."
As a child, T-Ray attended the
Fishwier School in Jacksonville
where he received some basic
Braille instruction before going
on to FSDB.
Classes at FSDB are small,
usually about six to eight stu-
dents. Teachers and other staff
are available during classes
to assist students as they train
on the keyboard and go about
learning the full curriculum of
subjects just like sighted stu-
dents. According to T-Ray, there'
is a lot of individual instruction
because the ratio of instructors
to students is so high.
The students also receive mo-
bility training to help them ne-
gotiate the campus and its build-
ings. Many live on the campus
during the week and undergo
resident instruction which helps
prepare them to live in a dormi-
tory if they attend college. There
are also opportunities for com-
munity work experiences such
as answering phones at a busi-
ness to give students a taste of
T-Ray has especially enjoyed
the subjects of science and learn-
ihg about computers. The practi-
cal arts curriculum has bpen a6 .
favorite, too. He got a tte of the '
intricacies of operating a sound
board for concerts and television
"That was hard," he says.
"You really have to pay atten-
He also got very involved in
extracurricular activities, be-
coming a member of the student
council and participating in a
popular student performance
Group called "Outta Sight."
Back on the home front, T-
Ray has always enjoyed his fam-
ily. He often works with his fa-
ther David Ray in the yard, and
they go hunting and fishing to-
gether. T-Ray loves to fish and is
especially sensitive to that tell-
tale. tug on the end of the line.
Hanging out with hisolder
brother David Jr., an engineering
student at Florida State, is also a
favorite past time. T-Ray's face
literally lights up when it comes
to the subject of his brother.
"That's one of the best things
in life for me," he says. "David
and I go to the mall and to the
movies. We hang out and just
talk and talk and talk.,
"And shop and shop and
shop," adds T-Ray's mother Pri-
cilla. "He loves to shop. We go
shopping all the time."
When asked about the chal-
lenges of learning to function in
a sighted world, T-Ray merely
shrugs. He doesn't think of his
life that way.
"I have friends who had sight
but lost it. That was strange for
them, of course. But I've never
had sight," he said. "I didn't
lose anything and haven't had
to re-learn how to function. I've
learned things for the first time
and it just seems pretty normal
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Oin the bedr onm wall is a,
heavy silver foil engraving of an
Indian brave on horseback pur-
suing a large buffalo across the
plains. It's one of many crafts T-
Ray completed in a wood shop
class he took. There is also a
bird house with lovely details
and two keepsake chests. Made
of wood and lined with velvet,
the craftsmanship of the boxes
Also on the shelves is a set of
massive black ring binders. The
volumes contain all the books of
the Bible written in Braille. This
special possession was a gift to
Tom from The Lord's Church in
Taylor where he is a member.
In the fall T-Ray will again
be a student at FSDB. After
graduating from high.school,
students can attend an additional
year where they learn further
life skills to prepare them for
living independently. He ul-
timately hopes to work in the
computer industry and possibly
be a "trouble-shooter," helping
people solve computer-related
"I don't think of being blind
as being challenged," T-Ray
says. "Actually, just the oppo-
site. For me, everything is really
Hospital non-prro protests Cedar
S(frompage 1) have specialists to do that so we, enough r
( can't even come close to break- Cedar C
BCMS fears that with Cedar, ing even." -* '-'. a" unknown
Creek's 5500 units of age-re- However, a report commis- also fault
stricted housing [residents 55 sioned by Cedar Creek's devel- ing state
years or older], the hospital will oper paints a much different pic- It assel
be inundated with Medicare pa- ture of the development's impact to "condl
tients whose bills are only on the hospital. tion or si
partially covered by the federal First, the study prepared by nancial ii
program and put the hospital Mark Richardson of Knapp & on the h
out of business. Associates, a health care con- and clini
"This will put an unman- suiting firm, states the project failed to
ageable strain on the available will generate 9995 new resi- valid inp
health care facilities and the dents, while the petition says Ce- (BCMS)
financial loss of (BCMS). will dar Creek will increase the local ... the pro
grow from just over one million population by 13,500 people. Count
dollars in 2005 to over $4.6 mil- The study report says the de- said that
lion," claims the petition. velopment will have "no inpa- didn't ha
Dr. Gary Dopson, also Mac- tient impact on Ed Fraser Me- to the pel
clenny's mayor, sits on the morial Hospiial with less than forthcom
BCMS board of directors and one, overnight stay on average "They
shares these fears, from Cedar Creek anticipated." he said.
"If Cedar Creek increases us The petition, on the other
on the Medicare side by much," hand, points to an increase from
he said. "It probably would shut 75 inpatient days to 209 inpa- Out of
us down." tient days.
He said that last year Medi- Also, the Knapp & Associates 10C
care and Medicaid reimburse- report states that Cedar Creek
ments amounted to one dollar will generate more outpatient
for every four dollars spent by revenues, which today account
the hospital. for 94 percent of net revenues.
Anyone over the age of 65 It further asserts that the hos-
is eligible for Medicare while pital's operating profits ranged
Medicaid benefits are based on from a $2.3 million in 2003 to
a patient's income. $1.85 million in 2006. C<
"Some hospitals that have "The hospital's operating
specialists can make a little profit percent is among the high-
money off Medicare because est in the state, based primarily
the reimbursements are higher," on the hospital's dependence on
said Dr. Dopson. "But we don't its outpatient business the
most profitable sector of hospi-
tal operations," states the study
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money to go under if
reek is built remains
n, however; the petition
ts the county for violat-
rts that the county failed
uct adequate investiga-
urvey to address the fi-
mpact (of Cedar Creek)
hospital, nursing home
c," and that the county
"receive and consider
put from the petitioner
regarding the impact of
:y Manager Joe Cone
Although the county
ve an official response
tition yet, one would be
can assert anything,"
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I wrote a feature recently
about the first U-Pick enterprise
in Baker County devoted spe-
cifically to grapes. Researching
such a story requires going on-
site, rolling up my shirt sleeves
and getting up close and person-
al with my subject. It's the way I
can best relate the information to
my readers and it gets me away
from my desk and out among the
folks in my community, which I
More often than not, after
the interview, my host throws
in lunch or supper or sends me
home with a bag of tomatoes and
squash or some sort of memento.
The visit to the Grape Expecta-
tions Vineyard in Glen St. Mary
culminated in being treated to
a lovely glass of home-made
white wine served with cheese
and crackers. Such hospitality is
a perk of my job I particularly
love. I get hugged and kissed
and fed and even on occasion,
prayed for. And I often get very
nice thank you notes in the mail
after the story appears in the pa-
per. I don't think that happens to
journalists working for papers in
large metropolitan cities at
least, not very often.
Back to the grapes. Some of
my earliest memories of child-
hood involve visiting my great-
grandmother's farm in rural
South Carolina near a town
called Lake City (Yep, we have
a Lake City, too).
Her grape arbor held a partic-
ular fascination for us. We never
saw such things in the city. The
arbor was large and long and
ran along one side of my great
grandmother's front yard. It was
made of a framework built of
logs and flat timber frames cov-
ered with fence wire. The wired
frames were stretched horizon-
tally over the standing timbers
creating a roofed structure about
25 feet long. ,
In the middle, the grape vine
had been planted and over the
years the vines had completely
covered the frame and a cano-
py of leaves hung down to the
ground on all sides creating a
Although dark, creepy and a
little intimidating, we loved this
place. When the sun was blaz-
ing overhead, it was at least 20
degrees cooler under the cano-
Terms in this dictionary
are contemporary lingo
sembles but isn't an iPhone.
SI Beerboarding: similar to
M Y SIDE F the CIA technique of water-
boarding, beerboarding is a con-
THE M ATTER troversial process of extracting
ROBERT GERARD from a friend or co-worker by
getting them drunk and thereby
I ran across an hilarious web- loosening their control on their
site this past week. My wife, tongue.
who is the head of the English V Dress Tennies: as every
department at the high school, college student knows, one has
had encountered it a few times. a pair of sneakers for bumming
It's called urbandictionary.com around and another for more
and it contains words and phras- formal occasions.
es that aren't in the dictionary, V Cash Pedal: in these days of
but could be. high gas prices, the actual name
It is pretty funny at times but I for your gas pedal. As in, "Dude,
must warn you that the language I got to come off the cash pedal
can get pretty R rated. Browse or I'll be broke by Friday."
with care.. V Early Nerd Special: over-
I've picked out some of my whelming urge to go to the very
favorites from the urban diction- first showing of an upcoming
ary and have also added some of movie. See also: Batman: The
my own. Some of these you may Dark Knight.
have already heard in.your travel V Staycation: spending your
through life and some will prob- vacation at home.
ably be new to you. J Foul weather friend: these
/ I'm Just Sayin': a, phrase are friends who only contact you
that is used when someone is of-
fended by something you said. when theneed something to
This phrase then removes all borrow moey, gpe about be-
the offensiveness of the previous ing dumped by their girlfriend,
statement, making it all right. crash on your couch, etc.
Brad: That chick is a real VPalcoholic: the inability to
jerk. turn down anyone who requests
Bob: Hey, that's my sister! to be your Myspace or Facebook
Brad: I'm just saying "friend." As a result, you have
Bob: Oh, okay, it's cool. 4000 friends, only 12 of whom
V Bats in the Cave (my per- you know.
sonal favorite): nastiness hang- V Photofraud: the act of
ing from someone's nose hair. showing up in photographs of
As in, "That dude needs to blow people you don't even know, usu-
his nose. He's got serious bats in ally waving or committing some
the cave." rude gesture. Similar to tele-
V CelCert: a concert trans- fraud, being in the background
mitted via cell phone. A cellcert of a television news report or an
happens when a person dials a interview at a sporting event.
friend and holds up his or her V Electile dysfunction: the
cell so said friend can enjoy the inability to get excited about ei-
show. This has happened to the their candidate in the presidential
on numerous occasions. election.
V Textpectation: the anxiety Dead zone: no, not the Ste-
you feel when waiting for an an- p K b
swer to a text message phen King book or television
Simonophobe : the antithesis show. We're talking about the
of Paulaphilia, a Simonophobe complete inability to find "bars
is someone who bristles every on your cell phone. Dude, we
time they hear Simon Cowell must be in a dead zone, I can't
about the speak on American call anybody on my phone. What
Idol. Paulaphiles tend to agree about you?"
with everything uttered by Paula
Abdul. See also Randyphiles.
V Mouse Potato: similar to a
couch potato a mouse potato is
someone who spends all his or
her time surfing the net or play-
ing computer games. In other
V Popular: popular on the
outside but poopy on the inside.
ViPhony: a cell phone that re-
py. No vegetation grew on the
ground and it was dusty. Long,
stringy tendrils from the over-
head vines hung straight to the
ground and there were hundreds
of them. We made it our club-
house and we messed around
under there for hours.
My co-worker Jessica remem-
bers playing with all her girl
cousins around the arbor at her
grandmother's house. The girls
wore jumpers that buttoned on
the shoulder and had an elas-
tic band around the waist. This
turned out to be extremely con-
venient because after picking a
bunch of grapes, the girls stuck
them in the upper part of their
jumpers which freed their hands
to play games.
When they got hungry they
just reached in, pulled out grapes
and ate all they wanted. The only
drawback was that they had to
be careful. If they accidently fell
down or somebody bumped into
someone too hard, they could
end up with a mess of mashed,
sticky grape pulp inside their
Grapes have been domes-
ticated for thousands of years
and have always been agricul-
turally significant. Some have
considered it the reason for the
advancement of culture.
As the Greek historian
Thucydides noted, "The peoples
of the Mediterranean began to
emerge from barbarism'when
they learned to cultivate the ol-
- ive and the grape."
Letters to the ditor...
Parked vehicles a hazard
on day ofDUI homicide
This letter is in response to the
article printed last week in The
Baker County Press entitled "8
years for DUI death."
There is one significant fact
that was not in the story, but it is
important to the facts surround-
ing that accident on December 8,
2007. I felt it my duty to inform
the people of Baker County as to
what really happened so that an-
other tragedy such as this doesn't
occur because of negligence.
First, the accident did not
happen between CR 23C and
Steel Bridge Rd. It was in front
of a turkey shoot being held
by the volunteer fire depart-
ment [Station 20] on SR 121 to
raise money for a needy family
at Christmas. The fire depart-
ment did not have adequate
parking, so patrons had parked
on both sides of 121, which
has a posted speed limit of 55.,
People in that area are very fa-
miliar with the turkey shoot and
the fact that there is parking on
both sides of the road. However,
if one is not from Baker County,
one would have no idea of what
is happening ahead on that curve,
and no idea of the congestion.
That evening, there were three
vehicles leaving the turkey shoot
Sat the same time as Mr. Spauld-
ing [the defendant sentenced last
week]. While he had a blood al-
cohol level of .13, he passed the
field sobriety test at the scene.
Many have said the accident
was due to alcohol; however, no
one takes into account the many
factors that contributed to this
tragic accident. Residents in the
area said that for years they wor-
ried about something like this
happening. There are no warning
signs for motorists to make them
aware of the congestion ahead,
nor does anyone direct traffic so
vehicles trying to pull out have a
clear view of the road.
A family lost a mother, wife,
grandmother and humanitar-
ian. Another family lost father,
son, grandfather, great friend and
hard worker. Both families will
never be the same, and the loss is
While Mr. Spaulding does
have some responsibility for the
accident, so do many others like
the fire department and sheriff's
department that could have di-
Let this be a learning lesson
for all. First, don't drink and
drive. second, make sure all fu-
ture events are planned respon-
The Olustee Battle Re-en-
actment is a good example of a
function where cars are parked
on both sides of the road. The
difference is the sheriff's de-
partment and Florida Highway
Patrol actively direct traffic for
safety. All :events and public
functions should be planned the
same way with one thing in mind
Vikki Terry and family
(The letter writer was a passenger in
the vehicle driven by Mr. Spaulding that
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issue of the Press that the Baker
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I was a member of the old Bul-
lets coached by by the late Dona
Kirkland. My greatest memory,
was winning a first place ribbon
at a competition in Live Oak.
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team. It was a fun, safe sport
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next Michael Phelps will come
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Building and rehab contracts awarded
Commissioners shuffle contractors, projects at last minute
BY JOEL ADDINGTON
What's normally a routine procedure of awarding construction'
contracts became quite confusing during the Baker County Com-
mission meeting August 5, so much so that chairman Gordon Crews
called a 15-minute recess during which commissioners huddled with
a contractor to work out the circumstances of the contract awards.
County Manager Joe Cone seemingly knew where the discussion
might head and apologized to the commission prior to bringing mat-
ter before the board.
The bids were for construction of six news homes and rehabs on
two existing homes using close to $400,000 in state grant funds that
require the projects be complete by December 1.
Bids were tabulated using the county's policy of choosing only
bidders whose price falls within 15 percent above or 15 below the
county's estimate to complete the job.
Mr. Cone explained that bids 15 percent below the county's esti-
mate get thrown out to prevent contractors from "low-balling" proj-
ects and coming back asking for more money in the form of change
The same happens fqr bids 15 percent above the county's figure to
ensure the county doesn't get ripped off, he said.
However, the 15-percent rule, Mr. Cone said, makes more sense on
rehab projects that often run into unanticipated problems like wood
rot, and therefore, legitimate change orders would be necessary.
But the rule doesn't seem as logical for new construction because a
contractor should know exactly how much it will cost to build a home
to the county's specifications.
For that reason, Mr. Cone said the board may want to consider do-
ing away with the 15-percent rule on the six new home construction
"But it changes the bid awards," he said.
As tabulated under the 15-percent rule., Rich Lauramore Construc-
tion received four of the new home construction projects and one
rehab project, Randy Powell Construction received two new home
contracts and Padgett Homes got one-new home project.
"It needs some changes," said Cpmmissioner Alex.Robinson, add-
ing he favored removing the 15-percent rule on new construction
And while bidders don't know beforehand what the county's esti-
mate will be, Arlene Griffis, who oversees the county's housing as-
Ditch emits foul odor..
(from page 1)
sponse: he doesn't have a clue ei-
ther as to its source, and decided
to call in the state's Department
.of Environmental Protection.
"It's gotten so bad I have to
stay inside in the air condition-
ing," said Ms. Penrod on Mon-
day of this week. "Even then, I
can still smell it."
She and Mr. Graham ventured
east along the ditch and detected
the same odor just north of Baker
High School. The environmental
official trekked west'to CR 125
and smelled nothing.
"I looked there near the cul-
verts and there were fish in the
water," he noted.
There is little standing water
near the culverts where the ditch
runs under Westside Loop to the
east, and no smell.
So it appears the odor, and
(from page 1)
payment plans we do usually
If people don't pay what they
owe, the court can turn the mat-
ter over to a collection agency;
however, Clerk Fraser said he
hasn't done that.
"On the criminal side you do
a lot of assessing and very little
collecting," he said.
On average in Florida, only 9
percent of court fees and fines in
felony cases ever get collected.
For misdemeanor cases, the
average collection rate is about
40 percent across the state while
Mr. Fraser said in Baker County,
it's about 65 percent.
"We're doing way better than
the state. average on that," he
said. "Misdemeanor and traffic
is our bread and butter."
suspicious-looking surface bub-
bles, are confined to a relatively
short branch. of the ditch, which
drains storm water from north
Glen St. Mary and the school
Ms. Penrod called the county
road department on Monday,
and learned later it has no main-
tenance agreement on the ditch.
Her property description shows
a 60 ft. easement, and she now
believes it was grarited t&the
school district when Westside
was built in the early 1970s.
"I remember when I first
moved here [in 1982] they [school
employees] mowed both sides of
it," said Ms. Penrod. "Nobody's
done anything to it for years."
That's apparent from the
overgrowth on both sides, tree
and foliage growth decades old.
The ditch is also filled with the
usual amount of trash, including
a beach ball. The water flow is
Ms. Penrod initially dismissed
it as a harmless, but not particu-
larly irritating smell. That was
before her dog, a Stafforshire
terrier that likes -water, waded
in the stream several weeks ago
and shortly after developed large
sores that she initially thought
were bug bites..
"I was able to get rid of those
using a special pet shampoo, but
I don't let the dog go near the
ditch anymore," she said.
For the time being, Marilyn
Penrod is trying not to let the
odor drive her nuts.
"I don't have an idea what it
might be, but it's gotten to the
point that sometimes I just want
to leave and get a motel room.
At first it just reminded me. of
chicken and garlic; now it's
much stronger than that.
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distance programs, said repeat bidders can often guess what it will be
based on past bids.
Hearing that, Mr. Crews pointed out that some contractors might
artificially raise their bids to make them fall within the 15-percent
"We have a problem," he said.
Mr. Crews also said he wanted to see a few of Mr. Lauramore's five
projects awarded to the next lowest bidder because he believes it will
be difficult for one contractor to complete five projects in the four
months before the Dec. 1 deadline.
"It's going to cost us a little extra to share the awards, but by doing
that, we'll get the projects done on time," said Mr. Crews.
The county does not get reimbursed for late completions, which
could mean a loss of between $35,000 and $58,000 depending on the
The county has awarded four homes to a single contractor before,
and run into problems.
"We've tried in the past for one contractor to complete four homes
and it was a flop," said Ms. Griffis.
However,- Rich Lauramore said he was confident he could com-
plete the four new home projects by December 1, and agreed to give
up the rehab project for which he was the low bidder.
To further complicate matters, one of Mr. Lauramore's projects
that was bid as a rehab job had been changed to a new home and
another new home project was on hold due to family dispute as to
whether the applicant wanted to even participate.
After the recess, an agreement was reached and the board voted
to approve the bids with the understanding that the rehab project
switched to a new home will be re-bid at a later date. On the other
project, the applicant has until August 9 to decide whether to partici-
If the applicant goes forward, Chairman Crews said Mr. Laura-
more agreed to give up a rehab job to A&R Construction, whose bid
was $1400 more than Mr. Lauramore's bid.
If the applicant pulls out, then Mr. Lauramore would keep the re-
Either scenario would leave Mr. Lauramore with three jobs to
complete by December 1.
Commissioner Julie Combs did not vote on the bid awards due to
a conflict of interest.
In other business this week, the County Commission approved the,
Renewing a three-year contract with its accounting team Lyons
& Lyons of Macclenny and Davis Monk & Co. of Gainesville for
$245,600. The new contract represents a 12 percent fee increase in
2008, and 10 percent increases in 2009 and 2010.
A Florida Department of Transportation five-year work program.
Projects included bridge replacements on CR 125, CR 229 and CR
127, respectively; resurfacing of CR 228 south of 1-10 to the Duval
County line; sidewalks on CR 228 from the post office to 1-10, on SR
121 from Ivey Street to CR 23B, and on Lowder Street from US 90
south to SR 121; and resurfacing of CR 125 from US 90 to CR 127.
A resolution accepting a $100,000 grant, with a $25,000 match
from the county, from the St. Johns River Water Management District'
for the second phase of a storm water plan.
Awarding an $17,200 engineering services contract for the coun-
ty's new 10,000-square-foot administration building to Fleming Is-
land Engineering of Orange Park. The building will be located on six
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BY JOEL ADDINGTON 2007 to 2008, and a 164 percent
Press Staff increase over 2006.
Four months ago, Clerk of "That blows my mind," said
Courts Al Fraser predicted the Mr. Fraser. "I knew it was going
already spiraling foreclosure to snowball by the end of the
crisis in Baker County would year, and I think this is just the
get even worse, tip of the iceberg."
Unfortunately, he was right. He believes hard econom-
Last year, foreclosures here ic times are just beginning to
accounted, for 40 percent of all impact the public's ability to
civil cases logged. But during make mortgage payments.
the first six months of 2008, "It's going to take a while
banks foreclosed on 68 homes for things to turn around," Mr.
in Baker County, representing Fraser said.
about' 60 percent of the civil Experts seem to be thinking
court case load during that peri- the same thing.
od. Nationally, US Treasury
'Mr. Fraser said he didn't Secretary Henry Paulson said
notice a recent spike in the over- that home foreclosures may hit
all increase, but after looking at 2.5 million this year and not
court records, he was surprised subside for some time, reports
to see monthly foreclosure totals Moneynews.com,
rise roughly 27.percent between According to a report from
the first and second quarters. RealtyTrac.com, an online mar-
"I didn't realize it, but it has keter of foreclosed properties,
jumped again," said Mr. Fraser. 220,000 homes were lost to
During April, May and June, bank repossessions in the US in
35 foreclosures were filed, aver- the second quarter and foreclo-
aging out to a little more than sure filings rose by 14 percent
11 each month. That pattern from the first quarter of 2008.
continued in July with 15 more "We've been saying foreclo-
foreclosures, or about one filing sures will total 1.9 million to 2
every two days. million this year," said James
July's foreclosures brings the Saccacio, CEO of RealtyTrac.
2008 total to 83, compared with "But midway through the year,
77 for all of last year, and just 54 we're already at 1.4 million so
for 2006. we're going to be raising our
If foreclosure filings continue projections."
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City to allow consumption of liquor
at new Woodys location on SR 121
Glen residentEsterling honored on retirement...
Commander Tom Macnerny (left) presents Senior Chief Jaime Antonio Esterling of Glen St. Mary with a certificate ofapprecia-
tionfrom President George Bush for 26 years of dedicated service in the United States Navy. Mr. Esterling's retirement ceremony
was held August 1 at the ag center in Macclenny. Among the highlights of the ceremony was the formal presentation of a United
States flag, and the reading of the poems Old Glory and Relieve The Watch. The Esterling family then participated in "Going
.Ashore" as they symbolically disembarked from a Navy ship. Mr. Esterling is currently pursing a degree in education and plans
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20Knew industrialjobs may
(from page 1)
The opinion on the need for
such facilities came from Doug
,.Rubin, a senior economist with
Ithe maritime engineering and
goods transportation consulting
firmm Moffat & Nichol in New
S"Since much of the natural
.i 'hinterland' or serving area for
"the movement of containers
*through JaxPort will be toward
,north and central Florida, the
,positioning of distribution sup-
'pbrt industries along 1-10 and
US 90 west of Jacksonville is
geographically logical," states
To back up his opinion, Mr.
Rubin cites two million more
containers expected to come
out of Jacksonville as a result of
the port's growth into' the Asian
He estimates those additional.
containers will require another
33 to 100 million square feet of
warehouse space and distribu-
tion centers that will, in turn,
need between 2800 and 8400
acres of land devoted to indus-
"Much of this development
will and should occur west of
Jacksonville towards Baker
County," wrote Mr. Rubin.
Multiple projects, more jobs
In addition to Mr. Robert's
Olustee project, another 1225-
,acre industrial park is being
,planned east of Macclenny by
Athe Texas-based Jackson-Shaw
SCo. and the owner of the proper-
ty, La Buena Farms Inc. owned
:by the Knabb family.
That project stretches from
the eastern county line west to
SMacclenny and from US 90 and
the railroad tracks south to 1-10.
SIt's envisioned to include 710
Acres of industrial development
with six million square feet of
'floor space, 40 acres of commer-
cial development and 475 acres
:of conservation lands. Plans also
;foresee a new 1-10 interchange
, as a vital element to the project.
Furthermore, Mr. Rubin says
almost three jobs, 2.85 to be ex-
act, are created for every 2200
square feet of space in a distri-
At that rate, the Jackson-Shaw
site, with six million square feet
of industrial space, could trans-
late into more than 7700 new
jobs. Add that to the Olustee
industrial park with roughly 10
:!million square feet of industrial
:space, and under the formula
More than 20,000 new jobs could
Sbe on the way to Baker County.
A major hurdle to industrial
,development in Baker County
has been the state's adopted
level of service designations for
1-10 here, which correlate to
how much traffic is allowed on
Sthe road before developers are
S forced to pay for its improve-
For instance, in Duval Coun-
ty, the Florida Department of
Transportation (FDOT) adopted
an urban level of service (LOS)
designation "D" for 1-10, mean-
ing heavier traffic on that stretch
of interstate is allowed.
But from Baldwin to Baker
County at CR 228, the state has
adopted a rural LOS of "B,"
which means there are fewer
homes in the area, and therefore,
less traffic is permitted on that
part of 1-10.
However, massive industrial
parks here would add much
more traffic to 1-10, presumably
dropping the road's available
capacity below the available ca-
pacity for a road designated a
rural LOS B.
That triggers mitigation on
the part of developers, most like-
ly, the expense of adding more
lanes -to-I-10 to maintain the ru-
ral LOS designation of B.
To solve the LOS problem,
and make Baker County more
attractive to industrial develop-
ment, the county has requested
that FDOT change the existing
levels of service in Baker Coun-
ty from B and C to D.
The request was made by'sub-
mitting a variance application to
the state, which County Manager
Joe Cone said was paid for by a
number of developers interested
in building here, including Jack-
son-Shaw and Mr. Roberts. .
Mr. Cone said there are a num-
ber of reasons that FDOT's LOS
, designations for 1-10 in Baker
County should be changed.
First, he said, it seems rather
arbitrary that the LOS jumps up
from a D in Duval County to a B
in the thin Nassau County strip
through to CR 228, and then
back down to a C between CR
228 and CR 125 in Glen before
going back up to a B from Glen
to the western county line.
"You can't add or take cars
off the interstate because there's
no exits," he said of the section
between Baldwin and CR 228.
"There's no reason to increase it
at the county line."
BY JOEL ADDINGTON
Macclenny's Zoning Adjust-
ment Board unanimously grant-
ed three special exceptions for
local businesses August 4, in-
cluding one that will allow the
new Woody's Bar-B-Q location
to serve liquor in addition to
wine and beer.
"It's something that's not very
common in the county," restau-
rant owner Fred Rhoden said
of liquor sales. "But I've talked
with my customers and a large
percentage of them want that
The 16-seat bar at the new lo-
cation which is immediately
south of the existing Woody's
Bar-B-Q at 1482 S. 6th St. -
will be just inside the front door
but partitioned off from the rest
of the restaurant.
The space that's now Woody's
Bar-B-Q will become a sports
bar and grill, said Mr. Rhoden,
once the new. eatery is open.
Before granting approval of
the special exception for on-
site liquor sales and consump-
tion, zoning board member Bill
Lisenby asked if bartenders
would be properly trained not to
be coming to Baker County
If the LOS change is granted, The county submitted the
and 1-10 in Baker County has an variance application last Janu-
adopted LOS of D, then when ary and the state is required to
industrial growth adds more respond within 90 days.
traffic to the interstate, traffic However, since the 90-day
counts will match the adopted deadline last April, the state has
LOS and developers won't have asked for two subsequent 30-day
to pay to widen the road. extensions, which the county
"Typically, DOT's response is granted.
driven more so by traffic counts But, Mr. Cone said he expects
and roof tops," said Mr. Cone. a response on the variance, ei-
"What we're saying is, 'Forget ther.yes or no, by the end of the
that. It's the economic develop- month and that no more exten-
ment we're pursuing as a result sions willbe given. If FDOT
of the port expansion...' It's going denies the variance, the county
to happen. It's not a what if. The can appeal the decision at an ad-
contracts have been signed." ministrative hearing.
"It's a stroke of a pen and it's
Lobbying Tallahassee fixed," he said of the variance.
To that end, Mr. Cone, county One condition of approval
To that end, Mr. Cone, county that FDOT has already shared
Planning Director Ed Preston that FDOT has already shared
and Cha er ofCommce E- with county officials will be.a
tii eid a ryl i mechanistic to-ensure- the addi-,
were in Tallahassee July 18 to : tional traffic capacity, if grant-
were in Tallahassee July 18 to ed, will not be used for more
lobby FDOT Secretary Stepha- ed, will not be used for more
nie Kopelousos on the LOS mat- reid development t
ter. Cedar Creek DRI (development
"of regional impact). "They don't
real good," said Mr. Cone. He want to give us additional traffic
said he was able to explain that DRon 1-10 said Mr. Cone.
ther6's a new dynamic at work o ol work is still
in North Florida that's unlike negow that would work is said
development pressures in central under negotiation, but he said
and south Florida where it's usu- the county would likely be re-
ally neighboring municipalities sponsible for tracking projects
competing for growth and new and denying building permits
jobs. for residential projects at the
"If we can't provide these (in- proposed industrial sites.
dustrial) sites in north Florida,
they're going to go to Georgia, Motorist tosses
but they are still going to use the t ist tosses
Florida transportation system," r
Mr. Cone said. OUt bag of crack
He also argued to Ms. Ko- .
pelousos that new jobs in Baker A Glen St. Mary man was ar-
County would mean that some rested for felony possession of
of the roughly 5000 people that crack cocaine after his vehicle
commute on 1-10 to Jacksonville was stopped in southwest Mac-
for work everyday could stay clenny early on August 3.
here. Nicholas Williams, 22, was at
"I told her, 'I trust you'll share -the wheel of a green van stopped
this with the governor so the by Sgt. Thomas Dyal near South
jobs don't go to Georgia,'" said Boulevard and 9th St. about
Mr. Cone. "I think (now) DOT 12:20 am for failure to use a turn
has seen the light." signal. The officer also said the
van's tag light was faulty.
FDOT response coming soon Mr. Williams allegedly tossed
a plastic baggie out a window af-
ter the officer got behind the van
for the traffic stop. Sgt. Dyal said
it contained three rocks of crack.
He was issued warning tickets
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Mr. Rhoden said he intended
to hire a bar manager to train
professional bartenders in that
"We're not taking novices,"
Furthermore, Mr. Rhoden
stressed that Woody's would re-
Lain its family atmosphere, and
the new sports bar would be
"We know where our bread
gets buttered," he said, adding
that 90,to 95 percent of his busi-
ness is food, not alcohol.
One city resident also voiced
concerns about the possibility
that the sports bar could serve
drinks on Sundays.
"The only thing that bothers
me," said John Grimm, "is you
say 'sports bar.' And 90 percent
of sports are on Sunday. I don't
want to see Sunday liquors come
Another special exception
was given to Charles and Ce-
linda Smith of Children's Elite
Inc., which operates a day care
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The board approved a mini-
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Suspect caught with shotgun,
Uzi, ammo and gangster rap
A Lake City man was arrested July 29 for the
theft of two shotguns from a shed in Macclenny
after a deputy found one of the weapons along with
an Uzi-type handgun and ammunition in his ve-
hicle five days before.
Deputy John Hardin located 24-year-old Aun-
dris Moore's vehicle, which matched the descrip-
tion of a vehicle involved in a shooting on Quail
Lane only minutes before on July 24.
The deputy recovered a 12-gauge shotgun and a
backpack containing a 9 mm Corbray M-11 hand-
gun, M-11 magazines, two 9 mm rounds, shotgun
shells and "gangster-style" rap CDs.
Casey Gordon reported to police July 28 that a
shed on his property at 390 Martin Luther King Dr.
had been burglarized and two shotguns were taken,
a 12-gauge and a 410 shotgun, both with wooden
He noticed the padlock on the shed had been cut
A day after reporting the theft, Mr. Gordon
identified the shotgun taken from Mr. Moore's ve-
hicle as his own. The same day, Mr. Moore agreed
to speak with Investigator Brad Dougherty about
what transpired the day of the shooting.
According to the investigator's report, Mr.
Moore said he, Frederick Marshall, 21, of Islomo-
rada Drive in Macclenny, a 16-year-old Macclenny
male and an unknown male named Will were in
Jacksonville when Mr. Marshall told him they were
all going to a fight on Quail Lane.
Mr. Moore'said while there, Will pulled out the
M-11 handgun, informally known as a "mack 11,"
and Mr. Marshall pulled the shotgun before some-
one fired over the heads of a crowd of people. Mr.
Moore said he put the weapons in his trunk be-
cause he knew police were coming, but was told to
leave the scene by deputies.
The suspect was stopped a few minutes later by
Deputy Hardin and the weapons were recovered.
Mr. Moore said he didn't know the guns were stolen
and that he did not burglarize the victim's shed.
At that time Mr. Moore was arrested and at-
tempts to locate the other males were unsuccess-
The 410 shotgun was not recovered, however;
the investigator noted that shotgun shells found in
the suspect's vehicle were for a 410 shotgun.
Mr. Moore faces one felony count for burglary
and another for grand theft.
In other property crimes this week:
Sean Curry, a manager of the Jiffy Lube on S.
6th St., reported about $2200 in inventory missing
July 29. Mr. Curry said he recently fired Samuel
Dawson, 26, of Gainesville for pocketing cash from
customers' oil changes, as well as another employ-
ee, Timothy Hardenbrook, 42, of Macclenny for
having knowledge of the thefts and not reporting
The case is still under investigation.
Clarence Oberry reported August 2 the theft of
a five-gallon water jug with roughly $1500 in coins
and bills inside from a spare room of his residence
at 4123 Southwood Rd. in Mactlenny sometime
between July 23 and August 1. The victim didn't
find any evidence of forced entry and no other
items were missing. After contacting Food Lion,
he found out that $865 was dropped into the store's
change machine July 27. After reviewing the store's
surveillance video, Mr. Oberry did not recognize
the two white males using the machine.
John Grimm reported.the theft of a stainless
steel stove from a newly constructed home at 11774
Huckleberry Trail East sometime between July 24
and July 28.
A misdemeanor theft charge was filed against
Tina Hance, 26, of Woodlawn Drive in Macclenny
after Wal-Mart security personnel discovered she'd
stolen about $100 in makeup and clothing from the
store August 1.
Raymond Goss reported the theft of his 1999
Honda motorcycle valued at $6800 from the road-
side of US 90 east of Macclenny and west of En-
terprise Drive. The bike broke down about 1:00 pm
August 2, and when Mr. Goss returned about 6:30
pm it was gone.
Suspended driver attempts to run
A Glen St. Mary resident who
ran from a deputy sheriff in a
vehicle allegedly stolen from his
wife was arrested early on Au-
gust 3 as an habitual traffic of-
fender driving without a license.
Stanley Holland, 27, was at
the wheel of a 2001 Saturn that
attempted to outrun Deputy Wil-
liain Hilliard as''isped north"bri
CR 23A to Odis Yarbrough Rd.
just after 1:00 am. Mr. Holland
eventually turned into a drive-
way off Evergreen Circle where
he surrendered without incident.
Deputy William Hilliard said
he briefly chased a pickup truck
driven by a distraught Selena
Holland, 32, from the driveway
of Mac's Liquors to W. Boule-
vard and Ohio, where she told
him her husband had taken off
from the bar in the Saturn.
Both Hollands have the same
address on Evergreen.
Deputy Hilliard said Ms. Hol-
land had a near-accident with a
motorcycle when she left the bar
In other recent arrests for
driving without a, license, An-
thony Hart, 30, of Macclenny
was charged after Sgt. Thomas
Dyal learned his license had
been revoked six times.
The officer pulled over Mr.
Hart's Buick for careless driving
on MLK Dr. just after 10:00 pm
on August 2, and the driver ini-
tially gave the name of his broth-
er Tremaine, whose license has
been suspended ten times. He
was arrested on the suspended
license charge and for resisting
arrest by giving the false name.
A Lake City man drag rac-
ing on Hwy 2 near the Columbia
County line in northwest Baker
County on August 3 was found
to have four previous suspen-
sions for failure to pay fines.
Deputy Claude Hurley said Di-
anco Harten-Jones, 22, was also
wanted in Columbia County on
a warrant for failure to appear at
The officer said he was
tipped off by Sgt. Thomas Dyal
about the racing about 5:45 that
afternoon. Sgt. Dyal held all the
vehicles at the scene, and nine
drivers including Mr: Harten-
Jones were issued tickets for il-
Deputy Curtis Ruise said he
recognized Latonya Jones, 30,
of Sanderson as the driver of a
1999 Dodge on South Boulevard
in Macclenny the afternoon of
July 29 and knew her license had
Ms. Jones was "verbally ag-
gressive" and refused to reply to
the officer's inquiries following
the traffic stop about 4:00, in-
stead demanding to speak to Sgt.
Thomas Dyal. He confirmed
four prior license suspensions on
her record and she was arrested.
Deputy Sgt. Phil Duval said
he recognized Ralph Self, 75, of
Macclenny as a known traffic
offender at the wheel of a ve-
hicle ono'rth Boulevard the af-
ternoon 6f August 1. He arrested
the suspect after he quickly
parked a car in his driveway and
attempted to enter his residence.
Mr. Self's license has twice
been suspended for drunk driv-
Jesse Johnson, 26,.of Mac-
clenny was stopped the evening
of July 30 for failure to yield to
an emergency vehicle on Wood-
lawn Rd., and Deputy Steven
Jones learned there was a seize
order on his license tag. He also
charged Mr. Johnson with driv-
ing on a suspended license.
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A construction worker was
jailed for prowling on July 28
after he allegedly attempted to
entice a trio of young females
into or near his Ford pickup
truck on the streets of southwest
Robert Garrett, 34, of Pensac-
ola was identified by the girls,
two aged 14 and the other 17, as
the person who approached them
late that evening. He offered one
of the younger girls cash to get
into his vehicle, then followed
her as she ran home to tell her
The other two females were
standing at the corner of MLK
and South Boulevard when the
suspect, who then identified
himself as Kevin, asked them
to come over to his truck as he
sat on the tailgate. Both also re-
fused his request then informed
Deputy Erik Deloach re-
sponded to the complaint about
10:30 and after canvassing the
area located Mr. Garrett in the
truck near the intersection of
MLK and Minnesota Ave. His
report noted that the suspect had
cash stashed on the middle con-
sole and an unopened four-pack
of fruit flavored alcoholic bever-
ages in the vehicle.
Mr. Garrett told the officer
he was in the area working con-
struction and staying at a local
motel. Asked why he was in the
neighborhood he remarked he
was "just passing through seeing
One of the girls' mothers said
she earlier saw the suspect pass
by several adult women on the
sidewalk, and that he did not
stop to talk to them. Others told
Deputy Deloach the suspect had
been cruising the same streets
the previous evening.
Lt, Gerald Gonzalez, opera-
-tins chief of be sheriff's. de-
parftnmnt,, saidM,_ OIrtthad
no criminal record and was
employed by Ajax Construction
building the new jail in north
He was fired following the
arrest, said the chief.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
The Baker County District School Board will
hold the following Public Hearing on Monday, Au-
gust 18, 2008 in the District School Board Room
located at 270 South Boulevard East, Macclenny,
Florida, beginning g at 6:30 pm. .
Approval of 2008-2009 Student Progression
Plan and 2008-2009 Code of Student Conduct
The documents will be available for preview
at the Baker County School Board Office located
at 392 South Boulevard East, Macclenny, Florida
beginning Tuesday, July 22, 2008, 8:30 am 3:00
STATE OF FLORIDA, CRIMINAL JUSTICE STAN-
DARDS & TRAINING COMMISSION,
MARCUS D. HODGES, Case #21547
NOTICE OF ACTION
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an Administrative
Complaint has been filed against you seeking to
revoke your CORRECTIONAL Certificate in accor-
dance with Section 943.1395, F.S., and any rules
You are required to serve a written copy of
your intent to request a hearing pursuant to Sec-
tion 120.57, FS. upon Michael Crews, PROGRAM
DIRECTOR. Criminal Justice Professionalism
Program, Florida Department of Law Enforcement,
PO. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida 32302-1489,
on or before September 15, 2008. Failure to do so
will result in a default being entered against you
to Revoke said certification pursuant to Section
120.60, Fs., and Rule 11B-27, FA.C.
Dated July 15, 2008
DIRECTOR William J. Romine
CHAIRMAN-CRIMINAL JUSTICE STANDARDS
AND TRAINING COMMISSION
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
OF PROPOSED AMENDMENTS
THE PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED that the
hold a public hearing on Monday, August 18 2008,
at 6:01 p.m., in the Board of County Commissioners
Meeting Room, 55 North 3rd Street, Macclenny,
Florida to adopt AMENDMENTS TO THE BAKER
COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN REQUIRED
TO IMPLEMENT SCHOOL CONCURRENCY;
INCLUDING THE ADDITION OF THE PUBLIC
SCHOOL FACILITIES ELEMENT, REVISIONS TO
THE CAPITALIMPROVEMENTS ELEMENTAND
'REVISIONS TO THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL
Copies of the proposed amendments are available for
your review at the Baker County Planning Department.
The Planning Department is located at 81 North 3rd
Street, Macclenny, Florida, and is open for business
between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday
through Friday. Written comments on this proposed
amendment may be mailed to the attention of Ed
Preston, Planning Director at the above address or
emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested parties may appear at the meeting and be
heard with respect to the proposed amendments.
Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, person
deciding to appeal apy decision made by the Board
with respect to any matter considered at the meeting
or at any subsequent meeting to which the Board has
continued its deliberations is advised that such person
will need a record of all proceedings and may need
to ensure that a verbatim record of all proceedings is
made, which must include the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is to be based.
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One man's junk is another man's treasure;
uses recycled items to creatively
BY KELLEY LANNIGAN
"My philosophy is this: peo-
ple ought not to throw their junk
away," enthusiastically declares
That's certainly not
a sentiment shared by
everyone, but for this
man, one man's junk
is truly another man's
Mr. Odom and his
wife Cindy, who live
on north SR 121, be-
gan working on land-
scaping their yard
two and a half years
ago using recycled
materials, much of it
found around Mac-
clenny and items
from the past such as
antique farm imple-
ments. Ms. Odom
greatly supports what
has become her hus-
band's passion, but
admits she mostly
hands out water and
soft drinks while he's
working and sweat-
ing out the particulars.
"I set myself a five-year plan
to get the whole place done and
we're half way through," said
Everything has a story, even
the cement used for the walk-
ways and the split rails and
boards used for fences.
The Odoms have traveled
to.many countries and make a
point to visit gardens and parks
wherever they go. They decided
to create their own park at home,
utilizing the large amount of
items collected and stored over
the years, much of it original
to their property when it was a
working cattle farm between
Although different influences
are somewhat mixed together at
the moment, the park will soon
be more designated into separate
sections one English and one
The English section has two
dominate water features. Mr.
Odom used cement he recycled
From the county courthouse and *
from a downtown car wash dur-
ing construction at both loca-
S"We hauled that stuff here
over and over, one pallet at a
time," said Ms. Odom.
The cement was used to build
two ponds and the walkways that
tie them together. One pond is
now filled with water lilies and
water hyacinth and large gold-
fish swim among the plants. A
stand of Umbrella plant accents
one side. Sandstone rocks from
a waterfall that was once on pri-
vate property on Mudlake Road
have been used to create a free-
standing garden sculpture.
The other pond has a fountain
made from an old hand-cranked
water pump. Behind this pond a
huge, round saw blade, painted
antique gold, hangs like a Chi-
nese gong. At night, the pond
area is lit by solar-powered spot-
According to the Odoms, the
illuminated saw blade gives the
impression of a rising full moon
and the rock sculpture looks un-
cannily like the face of Jesus.
As one approaches the water
ponds there is an old cement
Japanese Pagoda statue Mr.
a tremendous sugar maple tree
he planted many years ago.
"I'm going to have a section
dedicated to veterans. I've got a
little statue here as a Civil War
Mike Odom and wife Cindy beside one of the garden ponds built from recycled cement
PHOTO BY I
Odom has had since 1962. He
knew the woman who made the
mold for it.
He also rescued an old dis-
carded wood bench which used
to be in downtown Macclenny
that he restored and placed near
the ponds. The area is shaded by
Two men described as friends
involved in a physical altercation
off Sanderson Circle the evening
of August 2 ended up in jail, one
for battery and the other on a
DUI warrant from Duval Coun-
Witness Angela Gucker, 23,
of Glen St. Mary said her boy-
friend Michael Rose, 24, was
knocked to the ground by Dan-
iel McAllister, 34, shortly after
the two men arrived about9:00
at the residence they both share.
They had apparently been argu-
ing, and Ms. Gucker said when
she attempted to intervene, Mr.
McAllister turned on her and
knocked her to the ground.
Mr. Rose then left the resi-
dence before Deputy Erik De-
loach arrived on the disturbance
He arrested Mr. McAllister
after taking statements from.
him, Ms.' Gucker and witness
Thomas Gucker. The accused
admitted striking Mr. Rose, but
said it was in self-defense.
On the way to jail, he suggest-
ed the deputy visit the auction.
barn off Aunt Mary Harvey Rd.
west of Glen to find Mr. Rose,
who Mr. McAllister said fled
the earlier scene because of the
warrant. Mr. Rose was arrested
In other cases, Edward Larue,
32, of Olustee was jailed early
on August 3 for three counts of
battery that allegedly occurred
at the residence of his mother off
Forest Rd. 226.
The accused entered the resi-
dence where his girlfriend Lenna
Thomas, 33, went to spend the
memorial and confederate jas-
mine is planted behind it," said
Mr. Odom. "I lost quite a few
ancestors in the War of North-
ern Aggression [the Civil War]
so this is to honor them."
All over the property, antique
night following an earlier argu-
ment, and attacked her while she
slept on a couch. His mother Eva
Larue, 56, attempted to restrain
the suspect, and he then turned
on her and pushed her onto a
Deputy Claude Hurley also
charged Mr. Larue with attack-
ing his brother Michael, 24,
when he attempted to intervene.
I Marvin Davis, 33, of Sand-
erson- Was arrested after he'al-
legedly burned girlfriend Beki
Delp, 26, with a cigarette and
grabbed her by the neck at their
residence off Frank Combs Cir-
cle the evening of August 2.
Deputy Deloach said Mr. Da-
vis had a strong odor of alcohol
when questioned at a nearby
residence following the 8:00 in-
cident. Two other witnesses cor-
roborated the version of events
given by Ms. Delp, who ran to
her mother's residence nextdoor
after the incident.
Kyle Duncan, 21, of Mac-
clenny was arrested for violat-
ing an earlier domestic violence
injunction by being on the prop-
erty of Jean Sweeney, 46, on US
90 west in Macclenny.
The suspect falsely told Ms.
Sweeney he was Seeking medi-
cal attention for a broken arm
when he went to her residence
about 12:25 am on August 2.
A 15-year-old niece named
Vikki Johnson, 32, in a com-
plaint for battery the afternoon
of July 29 for allegedly striking
and scratching her during an ar-
gument over a cell phone. The
incident took place at a residence
off Thomas Dr. in Macclenny.
bellished with a woodpecker's
head used to be on Highway 90
near the present-day location of
Webber Tire in downtown Mac-
"Hwy. 90 used to be known
as Woodpecker Trail to the
truckers that traveled it," said
Mr. Odom. "I sure would like
to know if anyone out there still
has that sign."
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farm implements have been re-
cycled to serve a new purpose or
displayed in aesthetically pleas-
There are plows and cross-
cut saws, iron ice
Songs, balance scales,
Sfarrier's tools, cast
Lf **-*: iron caldrons, an old
t washing machine tub
and numerous cook-
ing pots which came
S from both sides of
On display is an old
red-colored grits pot
from the state prison
farm dating back to
the 1930s and a plow
used by Mr. Odom's
He also has his
black iron caldron
which she got as a
wedding gift back in
"There has been
more mullet fried and
LLEY LANNIGAN rice perlow made in
that pot over the last
hundred years than you can
imagine," he said.
The Odoms both admit their
park is a work in progress. They
plan to build a new home on the
property in the near future and
hope to recycle some of the heart
of pine timbers from the origi-
nal house built by Ms. Odom's
grandparents Lee and Lily Mo-
bley in 1935.
There is one piece of local
history that Mr. Odom admits
he would dearly love to have if it
still exists. A wooden sign, em-
JULIE B. COMBS
SERVING BAKER COUNTY
* Your property tax rate has not increased during the 8
years I have served as your District 1 Commissioner.
* Your property tax rate has actually decreased each
year since 2004.
* As a result services and infrastructure have not been
reduced but have expanded and improved.
* The passage of "Amendment 1" in January 2008 had
minimal effect on Baker County. No services were
* Voted against county impact fees.
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, August 7, 2008 Page 8
Reed Cline, 51,
an avid Gator fan
Aaron Reed Cline, 51, of
Macclenny died August 1, 2008.
Mr. Cline was born in Jackson-
ville to the
County for "
the last 33
years and Mr. Cline
ployed by the Baker County
school system as a maintenance
Mr. Cline was a charter mem-
ber of the Moose Lodge of Mac-
clenny and an avid Gator fan. He
loved to fish, spend time with
grandchildren and friends, grill-
ing and time outdoors. He was
predeceased by brothers Ronnie
and Tony Gray.
Survivors include wife of 24
years, Glenda L. Cline of Mac-
clenny; children Aaron Shawn
(Dawn) Cline of Bryceville,
Keri Dawn Cline (George) Par-
ish and Benjamin Reed Clinte,
both of Macclenny; brothers
Douglas H. Gray, William Reed
Cline, William "Little Billy"
Reed Cline; sisters Myrna Cline
of NC, Elaine Andreolos of Pan-
ama City, Patsy Cline Sego, of
Atlanta; three grandchildren.
The funeral service was held
Monday, August 4, at 11:00 am
at Christian Fellowship Temple
in Macclenny with pastors Da-
vid Thomas and Eddie Griffis
officiating. Interment followed
at Macedonia Cemetery. The
arrangements 'were under the
direction of V. ToddFerreira Fu-
McCray's Chapel in Olustee
invites the public to come out on
August 9th at 7:00 pm and join
in a special love service for their
deacon and sister Alisa Quin-
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Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 am
Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm
Wednesday Prayer Service 7:00 pm
Betty Cooler, 60,
dies on August 1st
Mrs. Betty Jo Cooler, 60, of
Macclenny died Friday, August
1, 2008 at Memorial Medi-
born on ,
to the late
Murphy. Ms. Cooler
She lived in
Macclenny for the past 24 years.
She was employed with CSX
Railroad as weigh clerk for 36
Ms. Cooler loved to cook,
shop, entertain her family and
friends and spoil her grand-
daughter Allie. She was prede-
ceased by daughter Tara Cooler.
Survivors include her hus-
band of 38 years, George D.
Cooler and son Tommy Cooler,
both of Macclenny; brother Wil-
liam A. Murphy of Charleston,
SC; her granddaughter.
The funeral service was held
August 5 at 11:00 am in the Fer-
reira Chapel with Pastor Edsel
Bone officiating. Interment fol-
lowed at Woodlawn Cemetery.
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78, diesJuly 29
Lorraine Agnes Deyorio, 78,
of Macclenny died July 29,2008.
Mrs. Deyorio was born to the
She was a \ ".
Macclenny Ms. Deyorio
after moving from Jacksonville.
Lorraine was a member of Our
Lady of the Angels Catholic
Church, and a devoted wife and
Survivors include husband
of 59 years, James A. Deyorio;
children Jim Deyorio, John Dey-
orio, both of Jacksonville, Joe
(Barbara) Deyorio of Maxville,
Jean Veal of Macclenny; brother
Charles Masek Sr.; seven grand-
children and eight great-grand-
The funeral service was held
August 1, at 2:00 pm at St.
Mary's Catholic Church in Mac-
clenny with Father Jose Mani-
yangat officiating. Interment
followed at Macedonia Cem-
etery. The arrangements were
under the direction of V. Todd
Ferreira Funeral Services.
Gilbert A. Klingenberg, 80,
of Brooksville, FL died July 30,
2008. Mr. Klingenberg was a
resident of Brooksville, for the
last 22 years after moving from
Philadelphia, PA. He was a vet-
eran of World War II and retired
in 1982 after 32 years of civil
service. In later years, he proud-
ly served as a volunteer fireman
and as a lieutenant in the mobile
patrol neighborhood watch pro-
gram in his retirement commu-
nity. He is predeceased by wife
of 32 years: Hazel"Klingenberg;
three brothers ahd twb sisters.
Survivors include sons Rob-
ert Klingenberg of GA, Edward
Klingenberg of CA; step-sons
Jules (Sue) Pinto and Robert
(Deborah) Pinto, all of PA; step-
daughter Lorraine Evilsizer
(Bob) of Macclenny; and broth-
er Jack (Teddy) Klingenberg of
The family will have a private
memorial service at a later date.
The arrangements were by V.
Todd Ferreira Funeral Services.
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Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 am
Sunday Evening Services 6:00 pm
Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting 7:00 pm
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Lillian Parker, 94,
dies on July 30th
Lillian Callihan Parker, 94, of
Macclenny died July 30,2008. A
native of Lake Charles, LA, she
Caiha on Ms. Parker
in Macclen- Ms. Parker
ny since 1973 and was a mem-
ber of First Baptist Church of
Ms. Parker was predeceased
by her husband of 47 years and
daughters Joan Jenkins and Jean
Lane Starling; sisters Ethel (Ke-
non) Womack, Thelma (Sher-
man) Chesser and Margaret
(Doc) Young; and brother Rob-
ert M. Callihan Jr.
She is survived by son Law-
rence B. (Christine) Parker of
Jacksonville; daughters Barbara
"Bobbie" Rowe, Mary (Sher-
man) Drawdyof Macclenny; 11
grandchildren, 28 great-grand-
children and 21 great-great
The fuiaeral service was held
Saturday August 2, at 10:00 am
at V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Ser-
vices Chapel with Pastor Edsel
Bone officiating. Graveside ser-
vice and interment followed at
Woodlaw n Cemetery in PertL
Five Churches Road
Hwy. 127 Sanderson, FL
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
SundayMorning Worship 11:00a.m.
Wed. Night Bible Study 6:30 p.m.
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, August 7, 2008 Page 9
James JC "Reeves,
76, ofBaldwin dies
Mr. James "J.C." Reeves died
July 31, 2008, following a brief
illness. Mr. Reeves was born
September, 19, 1931 in Baxley,
GA, son of James Reeves and
the former Eunice Stone. He
was a resident of Baldwin for the
last 50 years, working as a dairy
farmer and retiring from Florida
Steel Corp. He was an active
member of Brandy Branch Bap-
tist Church for many years. He
was preceded in death by sister
Survivors include loving
wife of 58 years, Corine Man-
ning Reeves; son Mitchell (Su-
san) Reeves of Baldwin; brother
W.M. (Effie Mae) Reeves of
Lumber City, GA; sisters Chris-
tine Murray of Blackshear, GA,
Eveline Peacock and Betty (Al-
vin) Sellers, both of Baxley;
Brother-in-Law, J.W. (Mae)
Manning of Montgomery, AL;"
one grandson; numerous niec-
es, nephews and a very loving
The funeral service was held
at 11:00 am on August 4, at his
church in Bryceville with pas-
tors Rusty Bryan and James
Conner officiating. Interment
followed in Brandy Branch
Cemetery, Bryceville. Serving
as pallbearers were Roy, Dwight
and Randy Braddock, Mait-
land Dampier, Marvin White
and Morgan Stokes. Honorary
pallbearers included Rev. Bert
Hutson, David Hunt, Raymond
Jones, Hilton White, Marvin
Stokes, Joe Phillips, Everett Da-
vis arid Rester Bryan.
Arrangements were by Prest-
wood Funeral Home, Baldwin.
78, dies on July 27
Joseph (Jack) Pope, 78, of
Callahan died July 27, 2008 in
Jacksonville following a brief
illness. Mr. Pope was born May
23, 1930 in Alma, Georgia, son
of the late Claude Danish Pope
and the former Bertie Abigale
Mr. Pope was a Korean War
veteran and a retired truck driv-
er,;and a metiber of the Marietta
Church of God.
In addition to wife Frances
Lucile Pope, survivors include:
sons Ricky (Pam) and Bryan
(Wendy) Pope; step-daughters
Janice and Lisa; step-sons Gary,
Steve and Keith; granddaugh-
ters Krista Pope, Jordan Pope
and Dana (Curtis) Higginbo-
tham; grandson Joshua Pope;
Pope and Summer Rue; great-
grandsons Lane Rue, Landon
Higginbotham and Clay Higgin-
botham; sisters Gladys, Doris,
Helen and Cora; numerous other
family and friends.
The funeral service was held
at 11:00 am on July 31 at his
church with pastors William
Wooten and Terry Quails offici-
ating. The interment followed at
Jones Cemetery, Callahan. Prest-
wood Funeral Home of Baldwin
was in charge of arrangements.
Taylor Cemetery will have its
annual work day on Saturday,
August 16, at 8:00 am. A board
meeting and election of officers
will follow. Please call 259-6667
for more information.
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Pastor Keith Thomas
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School board exempts fifteen
developments from mitigation
BY ERIN PETRIE
The Baker County School
Board passed a school concur-
rency agreement August 4, giv-
ing certain proposed housing
developments the chance for an
exemption before 2010, while
requiring any future develop-
ments to mitigate their impacts
on school capacity.
The agreement, which must
also be passed by the County
Commission, the Macclenny
City Commission, the Town
Council of Glen St. Mary and
the Florida Department of Com-
munity Affairs, is designed to
be the framework for ensuring
there's enough classrooms be-
fore expected growth occurs,
and that once the district reaches
capacity, that developers will
fund their "proportionate fair
share" of needed space.
The projects listed in the
agreement would bring the
school district to just over 100
percent of capacity.
"This is the best guess of what
we've got," Facilities Manager
Denny Wells said, also pointing
out that if they didn't grant a cer-
tain number of exemptions, the
district wouldn't reach 100 per-.
cent capacity and future devel-
opers could argue they should
be exempted from mitigation
due to available capacity.
The board had previously op-
posed exempting certain proj-
There are 15 projects totaling
approximately 1500 units that
must be platted have survey-
ing and engineering done and a
site plan on record with the clerk
of court by September 30,
2012 to receive their exemption..
Developments already platted
are exempt from school concur-
rency by state statute.
"These are the maximum
numbers for the developments,"
Mr. Wells said, adding that if de-
velopers want to add more units
to a project, they must enter pro-
portionate fair share mitigation.
But once a site is platted, the
developer has an exemption for-
ever something that didn't sit
well with some board members
because they don't necessarily
have to build immediately.
"I still don't like 'forever,'"
Board member Dean Griffis
said. "I don't think it's fair to
hold a whole school out there for
20 or 30 years."
Board member Paul Rauler-
son said that bigger projects that
were exempted can sit on the
land, while smaller projects that
come in have to mitigate.
"That's a balancing act," said
Janis Fleet, a growth manage-
ment consultant. "I can't say it's
right or wrong."
But Board Chair Patricia
Weeks said she thinks they're
"on the right track" before the
board unanimously passed the
The agreement was originally
tabled at a July 7 meeting in order
to make changes to it, including
updating the list of exemptions
and changing the time line for
developers to get those exemp-
tions. Previously five years, or
three years had been discussed,
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but Ms. Fleet said two years was
the most feasible.
Ms. Fleet advised the board
to request higher impact fees
currently the maximum is
$2,300 from the county com-
mission and said that if the coun-
ty brings in the commercial and
industrial business that it wants
to, it will add more money to the
district "but not the strain."
State Senate Bill 360, passed
in 2005, requires districts to
have a concurrency plan by De-
cember 2008. Since the effects
of such plans have not yet been
seen, many districts are bracing
for legal repercussions from de-
"We also tried to protect the
district and county and city from
potential court battles," said Ms.
Fleet, who credited the down-
turn of the economy especial-
ly the real estate market with
making the process of creating a
concurrency plan a little easier.
In other school board items,
the district is entering into a
five-year agreement with Bus
Radio, which will provide music
programming on all of the buses
and install GPS systems.
Parents will have the oppor-
tunity tb sign-up for notifica-
tions of when their child's bus is
nearing their house. Transporta-
tion Director Gary Pelham said
the company has not yet set the
price for the service, but was
told it could range from $3 to $5
Mr. Pelham also said that if
enough parents sign up for that
on each other
Seqverajlcases of alleged bat-
tery the past week will be for-
warded to the state attorney's
office, including one involving
two bouncers at Mac's Liquors
in downtown Macclenny.
James Phillips, 43, of Mac-
clenny told police he was pushed
backward into trash cans outside
the lounge about midnight on
August 1 by Lonzie (Ed) Johns,
42, also of Macclenny.
The altercation took place
after Mr. Phillips said he asked
an acquaintance of Mr. Johns to
leave the bar following aq alter-
cation. He told Deputy Jeffrey
Dawson the accused also made
telephone threats after the con-
frontation to do bodily harm.
Kayla Thompson, 19, of
Jacksonville told Deputy Claude
,Hurley she was attacked by
Wyman Griffis, 52, at the ac-
cused's residence off Bill Davis
Rd. the evening of July 28.
The victim said Mr. Griffis
grabbed her by the throat the
pushed her back into a vehicle
following an argument. She had
gone there with her boyfriend
George Griffis, 22, of the same
Jacksonville address, to drop off
their child. The younger Mr.
Griffis is the step-son of the ac-
Logan Dupree, 21, of Glen
St. Mary was named in a com-
plaint the afternoon of August.
31 for allegedly striking Jordan
Satterwhite, 22, of Macclenny
while the latter was seated in a
vehicle at the Citgo station near
1-10 and CR 125 in Glen.
Deputy Sgt. Greg Burnsed's
report noted the two have had an
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service, the district will have ac-
cess to real-time GPS data. Oth-
erwise, they'll only receive the
GPS tracking from the previous
The bus chief said the con-
tract is free and Bus Radio will
also do all of the installation for
free. He said that should be done
Board member Karen Mc-
Collum said her only concern
was the advertising that accom-
panies the radio.
According to Bus Radio's
Web site, they don't have shock
jocks, songs with bleeped out
words or beer ads, but rather ra-
dio shows with "clean songs that
kids love, age-appropriate DJ
talk and carefully selected spon-
sorships designed for a young
But the Massachusetts-based
company has received backlash
and threats of lawsuits because
they are marketing to children.
Mr. Pelham said that parents
will have access to what their
children are hearing through the
Bus Radio web site.
Ruckus nets five arrests
A series of civil disturbances on Ninth St. in southwest Macclenny
the evening of July 31 resulted in five arrests, all but one of then in-
volving relatives charged with disorderly conduct.
Deputy Steven Jones Jr. arrested Avadon Carter, 31, of 515 South
9th about 6:00 after she allegedly refused to calm herself at the scene
of an altercation near South Boulevard. Earlier, the officer admon-
ished Ms. Carter for carrying around a wood chair leg when two
groups of people taunted each other.
Ms. Carter's mother Betty Jean, 66, was also taken to jail when she
confronted the officer for arresting her daughter and refused requests
to calm herself.
About an hour later, a deputy arrested Henry Johnson, 65, because
he refused an order to put down a stick he picked up to threaten two
others involved in the disturbance in the same neighborhood that re-
sulted from the earlier one.
Mr. Johnson's daughter Melissa, 29, was booked on a similar
charge for verbally protesting her father's arrest and refusing Deputy
Chris Walker's requests to calm herself.
Later that evening, a wanted suspect who fled on foot from police
during the earlier incidents was chased down and found hiding in a
residence on South 9th.
Harold Moore, 41, who lives nearby, was wanted on three Baker
County warrants and one in Columbia County for failure to pay child
He had run through several yards in the area before Deputy Walker
and Lt. Billy Miller saw him enter the residence. They found him in
a reat bedroom.
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, August 7, 2008 Page 10
Son born July 25
Stone Oakley is please to an-
nounce the arrival of brother
River Cash Chauncey on July
25, 2008 at Baptist Medical Cen-
ter. He weighed 7 lbs., 6 oz. and
was 20 inches long.
Proud parents are Joey and
Kimberly Chauncey of Macclen-
ny. Grandparents include Gene
and Debbie Graves of Mac-
clenny, John and Janie Lloyd of
Middleburg, and Terry and Carol
Chauncey of Glen St. Mary.
We would like to thank all
our family and friends who took
time from their busy schedules
to be with us on this special day
of our Navy retirement ceremo-
ny. Special thanks to our church
family from St. Mary's Catho-
lic Church and Sacred Heart of
Jacksonville. All of you have
traveled as far as New York, Mi-
ami and Pensacola, your pres-
ence and love are greatly appre-
ciated. May God bless you all.
THE STERLING FAMILY
Matt and Amanda Moore of
Jacksonville are pleased to an-
nounce the birth of son Elijah
Matthew at St. Luke's Hospital
on July 1, 2008. He' weighed 5
lbs. 15 oz. and joins big sister
Proud grandparents are Joey
and Karen Shook of Glen St.
Mary and Phillip and Catherine
Moore of Cherry Valley, NY.
Great-grandparents include Ora
and Martha Davis of Glen, Betty
Shook of Yulee and Ann Kenney
of Cooperstown, NY.
Our sincerest thanks to every-
one for the flowers, food, cards,
prayers and visits during the re-
cent illness of Frances Bryant
of Sanderson. Special thanks to
the wonderful family at Calvary
Baptist Church for your help
and concern. Our prayers will
always be with all of you.
MILLARD AND FRANCES BRYANT
Best Italian dinners
BY BOB GERARD
I recently discovered what most of Baker County already knows.
If you want good, economical Italian food without driving all the way
to Jacksonville to get it, you can't do better than Perard's off Chaffee
I'd heard about Perard's from a lot of my friends. They rave about
the garlic bread, the quick service and the taste. I thought I'd have to
give it a try.
I went on a Sunday afternoon. Business has been so brisk that they
have only just started staying open on a Sunday, so I guess I was
My first impression was two-fold. First, it smelled great. Second,
it was not a place you went for the atmosphere.'Perard's is a very
simple, basic, family-run restaurant. It reminded me a lot of Mary's
Pizza Italiano on Normandy Boulevard. That's not a bad thing, since
Mary's has been one of my favorite Italian restaurants for 20 years.
It was packed and there were Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and
FHP officers eating there, another good sign. Police know where to
find good food.
The ordering process is pretty simple. You order from the counter,
not from a waitress it cuts down on time. You self serve your own
drink and have a seat. The waitress has a tray of garlic buttons on
your table almost before you get there.
Garlic buttons are little rolls crusted in fresh garlic and sitting in a
pond of melted butter. Yum!
They are a big selling point for Perard's. Your first order of rolls is
free and for $2 extra they will keep them coming as many as you
can eat. Some folks can eat plenty.
I had a pasta combo with manicotti, stuffed shells and lasagna. It
came with a garden salad and I topped it with creamy Italian dress-
The salad was excellent, and even my wife Kelley, who doesn't
care for creamy Italian, loved it. She ordered a calzone and our friends
Denny and Diane Wells had pizza.
Everything arrived very quickly and piping hot. Kelley's calzone
was huge and oozing cheese. The Wells' pizza was also impressive.
It was a hand-thrown crust thin on sauce and covered in meat. They
also had a delicious baked Italian sausage that was excellent. I swiped
My combo meal was baked in a casserole dish and excellent. The
tomato sauce base was flavorful without being bitter. That can be a
tough tightrope to walk, but they handled it well.
I was particularly pleased with the first two parts of the combo.
The manicotti was excellent. It was cheesy and very creamy, and the
pasta was cooked to perfection. When I go back that is the entr6e I'll
The shells were good, but not up to the manicotti. They were
stuffed with ricotta and it had a good flavor. Again, the pasta was
tender and well cooked.
My only disappointment was with the lasagna. The flavor was
good but there was something about the texture of the ground beef I
didn't like. I've encountered that in restaurants before but I can't re-
ally put my finger on what it is I don't like. It was good, just not up to
the standards of the rest of the meal.
The dinner, was.reasonable and the service was good. This is defi-
nitely a restaurant that I will be returning to again and again.-
Perard's is located just off Chaffee on Crystal Springs Road.
Tree tips during hurricanes
By Alicia Lamborn ter than a lone standing tree dur-
Baker Co. Horticulture Agent ing severe wind storms.
As the hurricane season rolls Pruning a tree to insure a
on, many homeowners have strong structure (structural pruri-
thoughts of storm damage on ing) is also important to avoid
their minds. Although much limb breakage during a storm.
storm damage is caused by water Light pruning (removing less
and flooding, wind can also be than 10% of the foliage) can be
a very damaging force as well, done safely on most species at
especially to our trees. Most any time during the year, but
people recognize the value of pruning during the dormant sea-
trees to create shade (lowering son is best to avoid excessive
summer temperatures) and re- stress on the tree.
duce water runoff, thereby mini- A certified arborist can as-
mizing flooding during a storm. sess your individual situation
However, during the hurricane and properly prune the tree to
season trees tend to be associat- foster a strong structure, open
ed with damage and destruction, the canopy to wind movement,
By reducing tree damage caused and remove any dead limbs.
by wind during a storm, sur- Large branches with included
rounding structures and power bark (bark embedded between
lines may also be saved. a branch and the trunk) should
To reduce damage caused by a Branch and the trunk) should
To reduce damage caused by also be thinned or shortened due
trees, remember that prevention to the e o tht i ormed
is the key. Consider planting to the weak union that is formed,
tree species that are more wind- making the branch more suscep-
resistant and less prone to decay. tible to breakage.
Trees that have the potential to If you have any questions re-
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SBaker County High School's head football coach Bobby Johns was named 2008 Coach of the Year by the Florida Dairy Farmers
IAssociation for his efforts with the Wildcat boys weightlifting team. Johns coached the team to the Class 1A State Title this year.
SThe Florida Dairy Farmers Sports Awards program is in it's sixteenth year of recognizing the states top athletes and coaches in
all 24 sanctioned FHSSA sports. "Florida's dairy farmers congratulate Coach Johns for ajob well done and wish him continued
,success," said Matt Lussier, a representative of the association.
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IWildcats prepare for scrimmage
with three days at Camp Blanding
The start of school is right
around the corner, and the Wild-
cat football team is going to
school a little early this year.
Next week while most students
are enjoying that last week of
freedom, the Wildcats will be at
They won't be going through
boot camp at the National Guard
facility, but it may feel like it.
Coach Bobby Johns and his as-
sistants will be having the JV
and varsity plus 20 selected 9th
-graders going through three
practices a day to get ready for
the new season.
The Cats leave August 12 and
will return on Friday. That night
at 7:00 they will go through at
full-contact scrimmage at Me-
morial Stadium. It will be a
chance for the public to get its
first look at the 2008 Wildcats.
More for sales, auto
Coach Johns enjoys the time
he gets with the team at Bland-
ing and so do the players. Up to
"They're of two minds about
it," said the coach. "They hate it
but .they love it. They know it's
going to be hard, but they look
forward to it."
The team is together constant-
ly for the three days at camp and
it helps bond them. "It's differ-
ent than just coming to practice.
This is our together time."
When they aren't practicing
they'll swim in the lake and tour
the facilities. The Cats are ope of
two teams at the camp, but they
probably won't have a lot of con-
tact with Deland High School.
"It's a chance for us to work
on the little things," said Johns.
"We'll spend a lot of time on
coaching points and work on
mobiles, help wanted,
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They will practice three
times a day and it will be the
first chance for them to be in
pads this season. The team will
head into camp pretty healthy
and coming off a 10-day break.
Only Ethan Munson is a ques-
tion mark at present. He has a
nagging back injury that he has
been doing physical therapy to,
improve. Coach Johns may hold
him out until the start of the sea-
The first competition is Au-
gust 19 at West Nassau High at
7:30 pm. The season starts in
earnest the following week when
the Cats host the Union County
THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, August 7, 2008 Page 11
STE By Joey Shook
LOCAL HUNTERS READY FOR SOUTH CAROLINA DEER SEASON
The longest deer hunting season in the United States opens on August 15
and runs through January 1.
The Crossroads.Hunting Club near Olar, South Carolina is composed entirely
of Baker County members and their families. It is one of the finest examples anywhere of a
family-friendly club. Time Out(doors) recently visited with club president Wayne Yarborough and member
Timmy Thomas. Telephone interviews were conducted with members Mack McCollum and Scotty Rhoden.
These conversations made it very evident that this club has a special chemistry among its members.
The group's camp islocated on five acres, about a mile from Olar and features a kitchen, shower and
rest room facilities and a skinning rack around which members have placed their camper trailers. They
hunt five or six tracts of land in the vicinity that total approximately 1400 acres. The camp has been in
existence since 1995.
Opening week is the busiest time of the season at Crossroads, with all or most of the club members and
many of their family members in camp for the entire week. A collection is taken for groceries and Bettie
Yarborough cooks a big breakfast after the morning hunts, and a big late lunch before the evening hunts.
It is a time for camaraderie and bonding with family and friends that is unique and rare.
Almost as significant as the atmosphere in camp is the quality of the deer harvested by the club. They
have a hall of fame in the kitchen that they call "The Wall." Each'season two pictures are added to the
wall: one the heaviest buck taken and the other the buck with the best rack. The images printed here,
some of which didn't even make the wall, are just a few examples of of the fine bucks consistently killed
Timmy Thomas took the 155 pound ten-point on the left last year and the .
175 pound eight-point on the right the year before. The eight-point made the
wall for weight, but the ten point didn't make the wall. Timmy's son Dalton,
age 10, hunts with him and has already killed a five-point and a spike.
Rhoden harvested this 157 pound nine-point last
season. It didn't make the wall. He almost yielded "i. r,.oiws
to the temptation to get out of the stand early that
day. It was very cold and a guest hunter had mistakenly parked a vehicle near
Scotty's stand in sight of where he expected to see deer. Luckily he opted to
stay, and after about an hour this trophy came out trailing a doe. His wife Tara
has recently begun hunting with him and has taken one deer so far.
Bettie Yarborough collected this wall-worthy 185 pound eleven-point in
2002. Besides being the camp's chief cook, she is
Scot hden a more avid deer hunter than husband Wayne. The
Yarborough clan has by far the most hunters in the
club. Including Wayne and Bettie, three generations of that family hunt
at Crossroads: son and daughter-in-law Freddie and Kim Yarborough, daughter
and son-in-law Michelle and Tody Deen and grandsons Cade and Dillon are all
Forty-six deer were killed by the club during the 2007 season, of which
only four were does and eleven were eight point or better bucks. Every deer
harvested since 1995 has been photographed and documented. Data kept on
deer includes sex and weight, number of points and spread measurements for
bucks, where the deer was taken and the type of weapon used. The number of Bette Yarborough
deer killed has been as high as in the seventies in years past but the club has
become more selective, taking fewer,does and letting more bucks walk.
In addition to members and family already mentioned, Crossroads hunters include Mike Crawford, Frank
Harvey, Gene Harvey, Otis Barnes, Bobby Johns, Sam Kitchens, Marcus Mclnarnay and Gene and Debbie
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Sofa with chair, good condition, no
wear and tear, $99 OBO. 904-234-
2001 Keystone Cougar 5th wheel,
29' double slide, excellent condition,
$13,900. 838-0035. 7/24tfc
Swimming pool, month old, 18' di-
ameter, 4' deep, includes everything,
$150. Five horsepower boat motor
$700, 1998 Dodge pickup, 6 cylinder,
5 speed, $1000. New 20 ton log split-
ter, $600. 904-591-8546 or 904-284-
S,16" styled 5 bolt alloy, wheels witn
P275/60 ,Cobra GT radial tires with
hubs and locks, $300 OBO. 266-0058.
Mahogany secretary, beautiful piece,
excellent condition. Southern Charm
Butterfly dining table with 6 chairs, very
ornate, fluted legs, rare; half round foyer
console. All pieces are mahogany wood.
Southern Charm. 259-4140. 2/3tfc
2003 Fleetwood Pioneer, 33' ultra-light
with slide out, $9,500. 904-748-1018.
Artists! Oils, acrylics, water colors,
canvases, drawing pads and much
more! The Office Mart, 110 S. Fifth
Street, 259-3737. tfc
Kenmore washer/dryer, dryer works
great, washer needs a little work, $125
pair. 259-9164. 8/7p
2001 18'-0185 Procraft bass boat with
trailer, 150 Mercury, trolling motor, two
new trolling batteries, new tires on trail-
er, dual windshield, many extras, new
upholstery, high dollar rod and reels,
tackle boxes, many fishing lures, power
tilt, runs perfect, clean and beautiful,
sacrifice for $11,500. Call Gene 259-
2298 or 904-497-8144 cell.
Used restaurant equipment, One Fat
Frog, new and used, 1137 W. Airport,
Sanford, FL 32773. 407-936-2733.
Admiral washing machine and dryer,
good condition, repairs available, $100
each or best offer. 904-653-2171.
Four GMC aluminum wheels, 16 inch
six lug, with tires and center caps, good
shape, $100. Four brand new five lug
08. Toyota Tundra stock wheels with
Bridgestone tires, 18 inch, $200. 962-
2006 20' v-nose car hauler, heavy duty
dual wheel axles, $4,800.Contact John
1972 Space Craft fiberglass 24' out-
board motor boat and trailer for sale as
is for $750. Please call 904-626-8424.
Fresh green peanuts, $37 per bushel,
hand picked, washed and graded. Tru-
luck Farms, pick up in Macclenny. 259-
Mossberg 12 gauge shot gun, with
rifle barrel. Motorcycle trailer, pull-be-
hind. Dale Jr. and Sr. memorabilia. 653-
Sofa, two end tables and two lamps
$75 OBO 275-2468. 8/7p.
Four piece wicker set, love seat, table
and two side chairs with cushions
$175. Call 259-2410 leave message.
Palm Casual patio furniture, din-
ing table with four castor chairs, four
patio chairs and two ottomans. Paid
$1300, asking $650. Three new tires,
235x80xR16, load range E, $240.
Kenmore dishwasher with quiet guard, Fuel desk cashiers, variable shifts,
new, stainless steel, paid $560, asking competitive starting pay with benefits,
$300 OBO. Floral couch $50, OBO. Vin- training provided. Contact Russell 904-
tage LP records, variety of music, over 266-4281 ext. 13 or email ta125@mor-
100 of them, make offer. Call 259-8760 risholdings.com 7/3tfc
or 262-9479. 8/7p
Want to save gas, share a ride. If you
work in Jacksonville or Lake City and
interested in carpooling, get in touch.
Parts cars, '96 Honda Accord, good
motor and transmission, $500 OBO.
'99 Chevy Lumina-good motor, will
drive, needs transmission work $500
OBO. 382-4271 or 275-2584. 8/7p
2003 Chevy Silverado extended cab,
Z71 4x4, 146,000 miles $10,500 OBO.
1979 Toyota pickup, around 50,000
on engine and standard transmission.
It was hit in front but you Can drive it
$800. 571-0913. 8/7p
2007 Yamaha R6, blue, silver and
black, 1100 miles, medium and large
matching helmets, $7500 OBO. 904-
Need hunting club members, still hunt.
Call 259-3580 cell 327-6433. 8/7p
Babysitting in my home, all ages 6:00
am until ? Monday-Friday near 125 &
127. 838-2287. 8/14-8/28p
Now accepting antique furniture on
consignment. Pieces have to be in good
.condition. Call Karin at Southern Charm i
Pampered Chef Consultant, interested
in having a show to earn free products?
Great specials in August. Contact Jen-
nifer Royal 838-7257, jen7893@aol.
Do you have a junk car or truck to sell
or haul off. Call 259-7968, 1/1Otfc
Art and music lessons in Macclenny
for elementary through middle-school
students. Instruction in piano, guitar,
violin, cello and bass. 904-653-1737.
Dogs: all types from puppies to adults.
Animal Control, $50 boarding fees will
apply. 259-6786. 11/20tfc
Free kitten to good home, left by road
and rescued. Tabby female with blue
eyes, very friendly. 259-5028. 8/7p
Female Boxer, approximately one year
old, spayed, house broke, very loving
AKC Pomeranian puppy 12 weeks,
male, white with brown markings,
health records, $600. 904-289-4848.
Nine horses with saddles, and game
cock chickens, Georgia Bend Area. 912-
843-2093, 904-777-8880, 8940477-
AKC registered Lab puppies $350. Yel-
lows, blacks and chocolates. 259-6615
or 509-4691. 8/7-8/14p
Blue nose Pit Bull puppies, POP, all
shots, $250. 386-546-6058. 8/7p
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Hairstylist wanted at Cuts-N-Stuff
Beauty Salon in Glen St. Mary. 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
Experienced HVAC service technician,
must have clean driving record. 259-
8038. 8/7-8/21 p
Special Blessings, a Christian child-
care provider, is accepting applica-
tions for substitute teachers, part time
teaching assistants, and before/after
school care. Minimum qualifications:
High School diploma or equivalent.
Applicants should possess the ability
to relate to children, parents, and other
employees in a positive, nurturing and
courteous manner. Satisfactory crimi-
nal background check required. 40 hour
DCF course preferred. CDA credentials
given preference. Apply at 590 North
Linda Street. No phone calls, please.
Wanted: Home Business Wellness
Co. Reps, no sealing, $29 to start up,
materials included. Contact Cindy
Raulerson Stork @ 228-588-0508 or
Property Manager, part-time, section
eight experience required, good pay
and benefits. Fax resume 259-8950 or
email firstname.lastname@example.org 5/22tfc
Looking for highly motivated sales
person. If you will work hard, we will
train and pay you well. We offer $60k-
$80k first year potential, bonuses and
stock ownership. Must be teachable
and driven. Call Brian 904-534-6160.
Local home care agency seeking PRN,
RN, OT and a full-time PT. Please call
259-3111 for more information.
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Baldwin, 4 BR 2 BA 1876 SF, .33 acres.
Nice location, close to park and schools.
Call 904-553-5996. 8/7-8/28p
New 1578 SF, 3 BR, 2 BA, deluxe kitchen
appliances, island, lots of cabinets, for-
mal dining and more on 1.5 shaded acres
on the St. Mary's River was $135,000
reduced to $120,000. 904-259-80?8.
2.89 acres in Macclenny II subdivision,
Unit III, on cul-de-sac, partially cleared
$130,000. 613-7759 or 610-9974..
Just reduced, $118,000 to $98,500
firm, 10.01 acres of land, West Glen
Estates, homes only. Cow Pen Road,
first lot on right off Hwy. 90. 334-
1997 40x24 doublewide Redmond
mobile home, 2 BR, 2 BA, one acre, new
4" well, septic tank and drainfield, one
mile north of Glen, shown by appoint-
ment only, $79,000 firm. 259-6546 day
or 219-2842 evening. 7/24tfc
One acre lot, Macclenny. Paved roads,
6010 CW Webb Rd. One mile from
schools, septic tank, light pole, cleared
and ready for house or trailer $42,000.
3 BR, 2 BA brick home w/1576 SF heat-
ed on 1/2 acre in Macclenny, all electric
appliances, $190,000. Please call 813-
1580. (21GFO). 3/10tfc
3 BR, 2 BA all brick, one acre, many
upgrades, built in 2005, in Glen,
$199,000. 904-735-9198. 7/24-8/14p
Designed for compact living, if you
want an open compact home, we can
build it on your lot. Call 1-800-879-
3132. License #FLCRC-057112.
Own land? Use the equity. Your land
equity can be your down payment when
building. Ask how. Call 1-800-879-
3132. License #FLCRC-057112.4/1 Otfc
Hunting land, deer, turkey and hogs,
10-90 acre parcels, owner financing
available. Starting price $4,000 per
acre, 15 minutes from Macclenny. 912-
9.39 acres 1 mile north of Sanderson
on CR 229. $103,500. Owner financing
available. 904-813-1580. 1/10 Otfc
Residential lot 108'x290' on Estate
Street at entrance to Macclenny II,
$59,900. 904-219-0480. 7/24tfc
Friday and Saturday, 8:00 am-1:00 pm, Corner
of 23A and 23B by Macadonia store. Lots of baby
clothes and miscellaneous items.
Friday and Saturday, 8:00 am-1:00 pm, 10375 St.
Mary's Circle East, Hwy. 90 West by Little St. Mary's
River. Too much to list. Everything must go. Very low prices. Three
Friday and Saturday, 8:00 am-?, 9589 Glenwood Drive, Glen. Earn-
ing money for college, lots of great stuff including clothes.
Friday and Saturday, 8:00 am-?, 610 S. 9th Street, Macclenny. Car
spoiler, brand new and lots of stuff.
Friday and Saturday, 8:00 am-2:00 pm, Sanderson, first house on
left past Wire Mill, Arnold Rhoden Road. Rained out last weekend,
Friday 8:00 am-2:00 pm, Saturday 7:30 am-noon, Turn right on
Bob Kirkland Road 1 mile on right. Children's clothes, furniture,
Saturday, 8:00 am-?, Five blocks north of US 90 on 228. Four family
Saturday, 8:00 am-noon, At the old Sanderson post office, 9163 CR
229. Furniture, beds, housewares, clothes, toys and lots more. Multi-
Saturday, 8:00 am-noon, 9924 Barber Loop near Wal-mart. House-
hold items, lawn mower and more.
Saturday, 8:00 am-1:00 pm, Off Odis Yarborough Road at 144.3
Hunter Ridge Road West.
Saturday, 8:00 am-2:00 pm, Fox Ridge, 929 Red Fox Way. Books,
clothing, household and 50% off select Avon. New and used items.
Saturday, 8:00 am-2:00 pm, 7027 John Rowe Road off of Southern
Estates Nursery Road. Remainder of last week's estate sale. 259-
Reduced for quicksale, OtisYarborough
Rd. New 2080 SF 3 BR, 2 BA brick.
home with one acre land. Appraised at
$203,000, will sell for $189,500. Call
Homes by Gray, day 259-6546, evening
259-4602 or 759-3818. 6/19tfc
140 acres, one mile road frontage
$6000 per acre. 904-259-8028.
4 BR, 2 BA brick home with 1876 SF
heated on /2 acre in Macclenny, all elec-
tric appliances, $210,000. 813-1580
(18GFO). 4/1 Otfc
3 BR, 2 BA with office, 1800 SF, will
lease' to own if you have down pay-
ment and job, home on city lot close to
everything. Will sell at a a good price,
$115,000, serious inquiries only. 904-
2.18 acres in heart of Glen St. Mary,
close to schools and tennis courts,
mobile homes O.K. $69,900. 904-219-
4/2/2 with huge great room 1682 sf
with designer kitchen, covered rear.
porch, high ceilings. Must see master
bath. From $145,000 built on your lot.
Call 1-800-879-3132. Lice nse #FLCRC-
057112. 4/1 Otfc
3 BR, 2 BA brick home with 1721 SF
heated on 1/2 acre in Macclenny, all
electric appliances, $180,000. Call 813-
1580 (8WE). 5/1 Otfc
George buys houses you wanted to sell,
now you need to sell. Cash offers or
terms. 904-219-0480. 7/24tfc
' acre in Macclenny with mobile
home,. as is, $1500 down payment.
Owner financing. 904-813-1580.6/5tfc
3 acres, high & dry, fish pond, homes
or mobile homes, set-up included,
owner financing or cash discount. 912-
FSBO. Copper Creek Hills, Unit III,
2 large lots $65,000 each, 1 lot @
$55,000. Owner financing available.
FSBO 3.34 acres split into two parcels,
one contains 1995 doublewide mobile
home recently remodeled, other parcel
cleared ready for home or mobile home,
excellent location $141,000. 334-4987.
House for sale, 3 BR, 2 BA in Cannon
Heights subdivision on two acres
with a pond. House has been recently"
painted, new ceiling fans, new water
softener, front and back porch to relax:
on, back.porch overlooks the pond. Call;
259-9715 to schedule an appointment.
Must see to appreciate,.. 7/31-8/21 p
4 BR, 22. BA,,all brick home on.-one,
acre, large detached garage, over 3000
SF, hardwood floors throughout. Large .
separate dining room, built-in enter-"
tainment center, larg6 front and back
porches. Nicely landscaped. 591-0261.
or 259-6244. 8/7-8/14p:
2 BR, 1 BA mobile home for rent $550/:
month, $550 deposit. Water, sewer and;
lawn service included. 904-334-1902. -
3 BR, 1 BA home in city, fenced yard,:,
$750/month, first and last months rent,:
$500 deposit. 904-813-5558. 8/7p ::
2 BR, 1 BA in Claudel Trailer Park on.
Hwy. 90 in Macclenny. Peaceful neigh-:
borhood. 386-365-4508 leave mes-;.
3 BR, 2 BA mobile home on /2 acre-:
private lot, references required, no pets;:
or smoking $650/month, $500 deposit.'
3 BR, 1 BA home on /2 acre lot in:
Sanderson, all electric appliances, vinyl:
flooring, $750 'security deposit, $750/
month. No indoor pets. 259-3343.
3 BR, 2 BA home with all electric appli-:
ances on large lot in Copper Creek,:
$1800 security deposit, $1800/month.,
Please call 626-8428. 7/24tfc .
2 BR, 1 BA mobile home in Glen St.*
Mary area, $150 weekly, no depos-:
it. 904-910-5434 or Nextel beep:
Nice 2 BR, 1 BA house in country CR;
229 South, $500 deposit and rent. 382-'
4271 or 275-2584. 8/7p
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Prices are low, build new and save
money over renting. Call 1-800-879-'
3132. License #FLCRC-057112.4/1 Otfc
3 BR, 1 BA house in the country, no
pets, $600/month, $500 deposit. 275-
2865 or 923-2191. 7/24-8/14c
3 BR and bonus room/4th BR, 2 /2 BA,
home on Cul-de-sac in Copper Creek,
two car garage, electric appliances, irri-
gation system, $1600 security deposit,
$1600/month. Please call 259-2872.
Small 12x40 mobile home, North 121,
no pets, no smoking, $500 deposit,
$500/month. 259-3428. 7/31-8/7p
3 BR & 2 BR mobile homes, no pets,
garbage pickup, water & yard mowing
provided, $385-$585. 912-843-8118.
2 BR, 1 BA, mobile home with front
porch, central H/A on shaded acreage in
town $600/month, $300 deposit. 863-
602-1219 Dee. 8/7-8/14p
3 BR, 2 BA doublewide on Y acre lot,
$225/weekly, no deposit. 904-910-5434
or Nextel beep 160*132311*2. 8/7c
Room for rent in Glen, $100/week, $150
deposit. Covers all but food. 259-1603
or 486-0100. 8/7p
Mdbile homes. 2 and 3 BR, A/C, no
pets, $500-$575 plus deposit. 904-860-
Fire your landlord, build new. Your
payments could be lower than rent.
Call 1-800-879-3132. License #FLCRC-
2 BR, 1 BA mobile home, central H/A,
no pets, $565/month, first, last plus
$300 deposit. Includes water, lawn ser-
vice and trash. 259-7335. 6/12tfc
3 BR, 2 BA doublewide on acre lot in
Georgia Bend area, $650/monthly plus
deposit. 912-843-2093, 904-777-8880,
Nice 3 BR, 1 BA home in Macclenny at
713 Shortputt Drive. $850/month, $850
security deposit. 904-535-0914.
3 BR, 2 BA mobile home, $675/month,
first, last and $400 deposit. 259-7335.
3 BR, 2 BA mobile home like new, $700/
month, first and-last, $500 deposit. Glen
area, no pets. 259-2121. 7/24tfc
3 BR, 1 BA brick house on large lot,
great country setting in Sanderson,
$775/month plus deposit and last
month's rent. Call 859-3026. 7/3tfc
3 BR 2 BA mobile home in Baldwin,
$175/weekly, no deposit. 904-910-5434
or Nextel beep 160*132311*2. 8/7c
2 BR, 2 BA $350 deposit, $600/month.
2 BR mobile home $400/month plus
$200 deposit and electric and water.
Baldwin, walk to schools and shopping.
Call John Swanson 257-9033.8/7-8/1.4
Rodmate sought'i6 nibe 3' BR hitise',
split payments and utilities. If interested
please call 904-994-6552. 8/7-8/14p
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2008 28x44, 3 BR, 2 BA, Fleetwood
$29,900. Call Larry 904-259-1100.
3 BR, 2 BA mobile home, carpet and
vinyl flooring with garden tub on /2 acre
lot in Sanderson. All electric appliances,
$850 security deposit, $850/month.
Please call 259-3343. 8/7tfc
2008 28x56, 3 BR, 2 BA Fleetwood upgrad-
ed kitchen package, walk-in pantry, crown
molding only $38,900. 904-259-8028
1990 3 BR, 2 BA doublewide mobile home,
you move, new vinyl siding and central H/A
unit, $10,000. 868-5078. 7/24-7/31 p
Oceanfront condo, Beachers Lodge, 1 BR,
sleeps 4-5, kitchen equipped, pool, imme-
diate access to the beach $675/week. 904-
Oceanview condo for rent, Fernandina
Beach, beautifully furnished 2 BR, 2 BA, pri-
vate beach and pool access, $1200/week,
$550/week-end. Please call 904-868-5029.
Commercial space for lease. Located in
prime location of South 6th Street. For
more information call 259-9022. 7/31tfc
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CALLING YOUR NAME MLS# 423992 If brick is
what you desire then you will meet those desires in
this lovely 5/3 brick, includes mother-in-law suite,
plenty of storage, partially fenced property, 1 horse
peracre& more! $775,000
QUALITY & STYLE MLS# 418571 Seller will pay
up to $5,000 in Closing Costs, all brick 3/2 home;
1.1 acres, spacious floor plan, formal dining sep/
brkfst 'area, Brazilian wood floors, stainless steel
appliances & so much more! $267,500
START SOMETHING NEW MLS# 430342 Custom
design throughout; crown molding, wainscotting,
high ceilings, glamour master bath, 42" cabinets,
panoramic view of covered porch, 2-story & so
much more! $278,000
BRING IT ON! MLS# 336373 All this rain is
excellent for this lush .90 acres of Macclenny vacant
land, perfect for new development, comer lot, and
property can be subdivided. $115,000
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this wonderful stucco home; 4/2 2,424 SF, open
floor plan, kitchen upgraded cabinets, beveled edge
countertops & more. $229,000
WHAT A LOOKER! MLS# 418999 Country Estate
25 min. from Jax, 10 acres, pond, in-ground pool,
separate Guest Cottage, additional 3car garage,
landscaped beautifully, 2 fireplaces, wet bar,
covered front & back porches, Pecan trees and
stoked fish pond. $699,000
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COUNTRY LIVING MLS# 440263 It's best, 4BR/2BA 1,444 SF
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WEST GLEN ESTATES MLS# 440833 2,300 SF doublewide
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GREAT STARTER HOME MLS# 441524 Located on a nice lot,
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.VACANTLAND MLS# 440269Wooded 1 acre parcel ready for
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, August 7, 2008 Page 14
Many from Baker County
are victims of Orchid fever
BY KELLEY LANNIGAN
There is no doubt about it -
orchids are among the world's
most unique genus of flowers.
With 22,000 documented spe-
cies, they are the largest family
of flowering plants. For centu-
ries they have been coveted by
plant collectors, often to the tune
of thousands of
dollars for a rare
and they are the
source of the
beans from which
is made. They
are some of the
most highly spe-
cialized plants on
the earth, many
blossoms to at- .
tract the specific
to achieve fertil-
ization. One even
leaves and all,
sending up a stem
that blooms, then
retreats back be-
low the surface.
There is a
term for people
who love and
grow these exotic
phile. A number
of folks with ties
to Baker County
have been bitten
by orchid fever at
one time or another.
The late Gene Barber was a
well known orchidphile and a
past president of the Jackson-
ville Orchid Society. He was an
accomplished artist and orchids
were the subject of many of his
paintings. The varietal desig-
nations of two orchids contain
his name: a hybrid, Laelio Cat-
tleya Gene Barber and a species,
Coelogyne flaccida 'Gene's Out-
Mike and Kaycee Heinz, who
live west of Glen St. Mary, have
been orchid enthusiasts for years.
Their orchids-have won them so
many ribbons that the couple
jokes they're developing a stor-
age problem around the house.
"Once you get interested,
you get hooked. It's that simple,
said Mr. Heinz, whose 20 X 50
foot greenhouse is home to ap-
proximately 1600 orchid plants,
100 of them left in his custody
upon Mr. Barber's death in April
"Gene and I were great
friends. He was one of my men-
tors. Over the years, I and count-
less others have benefited from
his remarkable knowledge of
these wonderful plants," said
The Jacksonville Orchid So-
ciety in January of this year pro-
duced a booklet in Mr. Barber's
memory that contains much of
his personal notes and advice on
growing and care of orchids. The
book also contains color plates
of many of Mr. Barber's orchid
paintings and even a recipe to
combat the effects of hard wa-
ter that he called "Dr. Barber's
"The [society] produced the
book for its members and as a
memorial to Gene," said Mr.
Mr. Heinz first fell in love
with orchids in 1963 when, as a
teenager, he drove a truck for a
commercial nursery. Later while
serving in the Navy, he was sta-
tioned in Hawaii where he tried
growing orchids for the first
time. Just prior to his return to
the States, he mailed 100 plants
The names or orchids are de-
rived from Greek or Latin and
the translations of the terms
usually describe some physical
characteristic of the plant such
as "broad-leaved." The varietal
designations are attached as a
result of the orchid receiving a
cultural merit award in shows
judged through a professional
society like The American Or-
edt was hooked.
Today, not only does he grow
orchids, he often goes hunting
for new additions for his collec-
tion in the wild. Last April, he
came across an unusual orchid,
whose purple and white blooms
are no larger than a thumbnail,
growing in a vacant lot near his
Mike Heinz with two of his orchids.
PHOIO BY KELLEY LANNIGAN
Essentially, if a grower pro-
duces a plant of exceptional
quality and is the first to achieve
that level of quality, he or she
can give the orchid an additional
Although they may be exqui-
sitely beautiful, some orchids,
surprisingly, smell like rotting
meat because they need to at-
tract flies or ants to pollinate
them. Which brings us back to
the origin of the name "Gene's
Outdoor Priveatta." According
to Mr. Heinz, Mr. Barber used
to grow the Coelogyne flaccida
orchid and joked that it smelled
like an outhouse. Mr. Heinz had
cuttings of the orchid and grew
a particularly hardy sample one
season which produced a mas-
sive 700 flower buds. 250 flow-
ers were in bloom the morning he
entered it in the Jacksonville Or-
chid Show and after a day or so,
nearly 700 blooms had opened.
It smelled like manure and was
so overwhelming it nearly ran
people off from the show.
The infamous orchid won Mr.
Heinz an award and earned him
the opportunity to pick the vari-
"In keeping with Gene's sense
of humor, I named it after an out-
door privy. I think he would get
such a kick out of it, if he were
here today," said Mr. Heinz.
Another Baker County native,
Don Wallstedt, who now resides
in Miami, recently made one of
several reported sightings of a
rare orchid not thought to grow
in the United States.
The June issue of the Bis-
cayne Times carried a story
entitled "My Amazing Miami
Orchid Adventure" in which Mr.
Wallstedt recounted the details
leading to his identifying the or-
Mr. Wallstedt has been grow-
ing orchids for two decades. He
first got bitten by orchid fever
while a student at Baker County
High School. Coach Don Boy-
ette, a physical education teach-
er, gave him one called Lady
of the Night which produced a
wonderful, intense fragrance in
the evening. The young Wallst-
to Mr. Wallstedt,
the orchid is the
minea, a cousin
of the Cocoa Or-
chid, which is na-
tive to Japan and
sightings of the
orchid have been
is the only oc-
currence of the
in the wild in
soil alone. Oth-
ers were growing
in mulch, sug-
gesting the prior
presence of or-
chid seed in the
mulch when it
ly prepared and
from outside the
of the USDA
ment is currently
working on a
paper about the
orchid for the
chid Society. The North Miami
property where Mr. Wallstedt
discovered the orchid will be
listed in the next edition of Wild
Orchids of Florida by Paul Mar-
tin Brown, a research associate
with the Florida Museum of
Natural History. Mr. Wallstedt
is supposed to be credited with
discovering the plants at that
Discovering this orchid in the
states has led to many questions
about its ability to exist here.
Most orchids need a specific
fungus that aids in the germina-
tion of seeds. Does that fungus
exist here, in a climate very dif-
ferent from this orchid's native
habitats? Is a small butterfly
seen visiting the orchids at the
north Miami site an "adopted"
Such questions intrigue Mr.
'Wallstedt, who once broke his
ankle as a result of falling from
a tree while hunting for an or-
chid. Of his recent discovery he
had this to say:
"This is one of the coolest
things that has happened to me
since I first became sick with
this darned orchid fever."
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