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thefts at WNH
A six-member jury deliber-
ated a little more than an hour
February 12 before finding
a former By
at Wells Lannigan
Home in Press Staff
ny, guilty of embezzling funds
totalling $193,000 from a pa-
tient trust account.
"The scope of this crime is
enormous," said prosecuting at-
torney Geoff Fleck of Gaines-
ville in his closing argument.
"This money was from a trust
fund for patients and she (Ms.
Dupree) betrayed that trust.
These are outra-
geous examples of
36, was found*
guilty on one count
of felony grand
theft and 43 sepa- .,.
rate counts of fraud ,.
and was immedi- -
ately jailed pend-'
ing the results of a.
S entenc i Kathryn Dupree
is scheduled for
March 23. She also
faces a civil suit by
Baker County Medical Servic-
es, Inc. (BCMS), the non-profit
managing arm of the nursing
home and Fraser Hospital.
Ms. Dupree, who wept when
the verdict was announced,
chose not to take the stand.
After the verdict, she asked
to be allowed to go home for
the night to attend to her two-
year-old daughter, but Circuit
Judge James Nilon denied her
During a hearing last Mon-
day, Judge Nilon ordered Ms.
Dupree held at county jail until
the sentencing date. The state
argued that she poses a flight
risk because some of the pil-
fered funds are still unaccount-
ed for, and because she has a
history of frequently changing
The defendant faces consid-
erable prison time due to the
multiple felonies, and earlier
turned down the state's offer of
a year and a day in return for a
*plea to avoid trial.
The paper trail
Between June 20, 2007 un-
til her termination in February
2008, Ms. Dupree wrote checks
to herself for amounts ranging
between $300 to $17,000 and
P Or'O BY KELLEY LANNIGAN
forged the signatures of Several
Irregularities in the patient
trust account first came to the
attention of BCMS's financial
officer Mhria Allen when a pa-
tient's daughter inquired about
the balance of her mother's ac-
count. Ms. Allen testified that
when she referred to the patient
trust account list to look up the
account number, she fofiid it
"I knew for a fact that this
(See page 2)
Stimulus may mean
$800K for CR 1
BY JOEL ADDINGTON
As a federal stimulus pack-
age neared the President's
desk, the Florida Department
of Transportation reported
February 13 that Baker County
could see about $800,000 for
James Bennett, FDOT's
District 2 planning manager,
called that figure "extremely
preliminary" and said it could
go up, but it would more likely
Of the $800,000, about
$250,000 is expected due to.
Baker County's status as one
of 13 economically distressed
counties in the district. The
remainder was allocated to the
area. using a statutory formula
based on population, gas taxes
and other factors.
Mr. Bennett also stressed
that, because the money will
come from the federal govern-
ment, FDOT will spend it, not
the county directly.
He said the funds will likely
be used to .expedite projects
already on FDOT's to-do list,
like resurfacing CR 125 north
of US 90.
The $800,000 would not
complete that $1.2 million
project, but the department
could look at completing a
portion of it with the stimulus
dollars, Mr. Bennett said.
County Manager Joe Cone
said he's requesting the funds'
also go toward widening CR
125 in addition to repaving.
New Riverwill take toxic dirt mound
BY JOEL ADDINGTON
A large mound of arsenic-contaminated
dirt at the old Pineview Golf Course prop-
erty and next to the Heritage Oaks subdivi-
sion on CR 23A in northwest Macclendiy will
soon be gone.
The New River landfill's board of direc-
tors voted unanimously February 12 to ac-
cept the roughly 7000 cubic yards of soil and
use it for covering piles of garbage on a daily
basis. The landfill now hauls between 15 and
20 loads of dirt from an on-site borrow pit
Th77e ,, i nlnJ caredd Itndh Hc'ritage OA ,ht.nimes
for what's called "daily cover."
"We're running out of that," said the land-
fill's executive director Darrell O'Neal dur-
ing the New River Solid Waste Association's
meeting Febhruanrv 12.
The landfill will transport the dirt, but
the land's owner, Golf View Properties LLC,
will be tasked with loading it on the trucks,
said Golf View partners Rock Rhoden and
Because the dirt is contaminated with
arsenic, it cannot be used on residential
development sites, per Department of En-
vironmental Protection (DEP) regulations.
However, the arsenic levels are low enough
for the soil to be used for industrial 9r com-
mercial projects like landfill cover.
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Guilty verdict in WNH theft
(f'om pg 1)
patient had an account,', she
told the court. When Ms. Allen
checked further, she discovered
the account had been closed.
After conferring with the bank,
she found a record of a check.
written against that account and
made out to Kathryn
"That made no The evi
sense to me. No v
check should have was like
been made out to her cooi
at all and she didn't cooiec
have the authority to whichile
close accounts," said .
Ms. Allen. "When I to her.
saw the sum of the
.check I almost had a
That was only the
tip of the iceberg. Ms. Allen be-
gan to uncover numerous similar
When initially confronted by,
Ms. Allen and several other de-
partment members, Ms. Dupree
had asked that she be allowed
to keep her job minus her check
writing responsibilities, and that
she be put on probation. Wit-
nesses agreed that the defendant
said she signed checks because
"there was no one around to
sign them" and that she had "just
been moving money around."
During the trial it was stated
that Ms. Dupree's annual salary
was $22,000, which brought into
question the source of extrava-
gant personal purchases made
during that period.
"Concurrent to the time the
embezzlement of funds was oc-
curring, her lifestyle changed
dramatically," testified Investi-
gator Steve Harvey of the Baker
County sheriff's department.
Where the money went
Property seized from the
Azalea Street residence in Mac-
clenny rented by Ms.Tiupree in-
cluded a tanning bed, a hot tub,
three four-wheelers and a trailer,
storage shed, gas grill, matching *
washer and dryer, office equip-
ment, DVD players, Gameboys
and a flat screen TV. An investi-
gation determined that many of
the items were purchased with
During this time
lence Ms. Dupree also
a trail of entered into nego-
tiations with Isaac
rUmbs Bratkovich Building
ad right Contractors in Clay
'County to construct a
GeoffFleck Several witnesses
prosecutors) also corroborated
that she told fellow
employees she was
looking to buy a new car and
had retained the services of an
attorney to regain custody of one
of her four children.
She also purchased a bulldog
and a monkey for which she is
believed to have paid $3000
each. A custom two-story cage
was bought for the animals, as
well as a wardrobe of costumes
for the monkey and supplies of
special monkey milk..
"She told us that she had
bought this expensive monkey
to breed and sell the offspring
because she could make a lot of
money that way," said witness
Phyllis Rhoden, head of nursing
"One has to wonder, how does
someone who makes about $366
a week afford such a lifestyle?"
asked Investigator Harvey.
Defense attorney John Brol-
ing of Starke argued that Ms.
Dupree was being prosecuted
with only circumstantial evi-
dence, contending it was not
enough for a conviction. There
were no eyewitnesses who actu-
ally saw her write or cash any of
He also maintained that the
bulk of evidence consisted of
photocopy facsimiles, of the 43
checks and asked that the jury
."hold the state's feet to the fire"
by requiring authentic evidence
of eaqh and every charge.
"Originals should have to be
provided instead of second-hand
facsimile copies and also the fo-
rensic services of a handwriting
expert should be engaged," he
The check.copies were shown
as state's evidence and all wit-
nesses who had check writing
authority at Wells denied that
the signatures were theirs.
According to Ms. Allen, the
original checks, which should
have been attached to bank
-statements in a patient trust ac-
count reconciliation notebook
for which Ms. Dupree was also
responsible, were missing.
"Ms. Dupree had proprietary
control of the checks," argued
Prosecutor Fleck. "The evidence
was like a trail of cookie crumbs
which lead right to her."
Regarding the guilty verdict,
one juror, Gary Rosenstone stat-
ed, "I hated to do it, but it had
to be done. If you break the law
in such a way, you have to pay
Landfill will take toxic dirt
(from page 1)
New River's attorney Jon
Wershow of Gainesville said i
DEP submitted a letter to the,
landfill approving use of the
soils. Mr. Wershow has drafted
an agreement with Golf View
Properties for the soil transfer
and said he wanted to make a
revision to ensure that if the de-
partment withdraws its approval
or testing shows the soil is more
contaminated than previously
thought, the landfill can stop ac-
"That allows us an out," he
said. "Otherwise, it's. a win-win
situation for us."
Because of the benefit to the
landfill, it will not charge the
$24-per-ton tipping fee for the
The board also voted to accept
from the City of Starke for daily
cover. However, it's unclear how
much of that dirt can be useful
to the landfill, Mr. O'Neal said.
The material comes from
the site of a former power plant
that the city hopes to use for a
new amphitheater. The city ap-
proached Mr. O'Neal, about
transporting the soil to the land-
fill itself and requested the tip-,
ping fees be waived. '
Mr. O'Neal suggested the city
pay the $24 fee, then the land-
fill could test the soils to find
out how much was usable and
refund the difference back to the
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Mr. Wershow strongly ad-
vised against such an arrange-
,ment because the city is using
federal money from PDEP for the,
"I have a serious problem with
that ... without DEP being aware
of it," he said, adding that DEP
based the amount of its assis-
tance on what the landfill would
charge for disposal.
"We need to stay out of the
money part," urged Mr. Wer-
Nonetheless, the board de-
cided to accept the soils pending
Mr. Wershow's approval of the
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n X US 90
Four officers with the Bak-
er County Sheriff's Office
traveled to Putnam County
last week to assist in the ongo-
ing investigation into the dis-
appearance of 5-year-old Ha-
leigh Ann-Marie Cummings
the early morning of February
10 in Satsuma.
The girl's mother, Crystal
Sheffield, 23, and grandmoth-
er, Marie Griffis, live in Glen
Chief Gerald Gonzalez,
deputies Ben Anderson and
Tracie Benton, and Investiga-
tor Brad Dougherty helped'
the Putnam County Sheriff's
Office interview members of
Haleigh's family that reside
here February 12.
"We really didn't get in-
volved in the searches," said
Sheriff Joey Dobson.
Law enforcement opera-
tions moved from.Satsuma to
PCSO headquarters in,Pal-
atka this week and police are
following up on hundreds of
leads gathered since the.dis-
appearance, which has drawn
THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, February 19, 2009 Page 3
The Cedar Creek delay
The Cedar Creek develop-
ment proposed for a 1300-acre
tract west of Glen St. Mary was
all the rage last year about this
Now, one might wonder if it
will ever come to fruition.
As noted in an article in this
edition, the Cedar Creek devel-
oper missed a payment deadline
on an initial $250,000 for the
first (and fractional) phase in
the "transportation mitigation"
of up-front impact money. The
county planned to use it for par-
tial funding of the Cow Pen Rd.
The development order with
Adrian Development of Coral
Gables has it forking over in
excess of $75 million for local
schools, roads, infrastructure,
fire and rescue equipment and
other areas before the 5500-unit
is completely built out.
Both the state Department of
Community Affairs and coun-
ty government held Adrian's
feet to the fire during the DRI
[Declaration of Regional Im-
pact] process designed to make
sure projects of Cedar Creek's
scale pay up front for added bur-
dens on both state and local gov-
So now, Adrian finds itself in
the unenviable position of put-
ting the project on hold.
Its prime market was the
.55 and older retirees from the
Midwest, middle South and
Northeast looking for a "differ-
They'd sell their homes and
use the equity to buy down here
in a controlled multi-purpose
community with shops, medical
offices and other amenities.
You could say Cedar Creek
is modeled after The Villages,in
central Florida, an immensely
successful undertaking that has
been a magnet, drawing in the
older set for some years now.
Well, if what has happened
the past year would have hap-
pened a decade ago, The Villages
wouldn't be what it is today.
The question now is how
patient will Baker County be
with Adrian waiting out this
miserable downturn in the econ-
omy and housing market.
The county commission would
like that initial $250,000 due on
February 11 to help with the
cost of paving Claude Harvey
Rd. Commissioners were count-
ing on it when they approved the
For the time being, it would
be best if the commission didn't
count on any further funding
from the Cedar Creek project, at
least in the foreseeable future.
It's a solid development
plan, with adequate "down pay-
ment" funding (unless inflation
becomes a factor), and for now
the developer has little choice
but to'wait out the storm.
Will it happen? It likely will,
but until then Cedar Creek is,
well, a victim of bad timing.
Stark differences in crashes
I've thought a lot about US Air-
ways Flight 1549 since its dramatic TH E
landing in the icy waters of the Hud-
son River January 15. New York's P O]
governor, David Paterson, called it
"The Miracle on the Hudson." KELLEY I
The unforgettable image of doz-
ens of passengers standing on the
wings of the floating plane while being rescued
captured the imagination of people around the
The plane's pilot, Chesley Sullenberger, and his
crew are being called American heroes for their
calm and competence in the face of extraordinary
adversity. Police and Coast Guard boats and even
passenger ferries in the area raced to the scene.
These collective actions ensured the survival and
rescue of everyone aboard the plane, including a
man who ended up in the freezing river, a woman
whose legs were broken and a tiny baby.
The incident does seem miraculous because
statistics show us that planes seldom hit the water
without breaking apart. Rarely does everyone walk
away alive from a crash. The incident on the Hud-
son is an unusual exception.
I celebrated the recovery of those passengers as
did the rest of the country. The elation I felt did not
last long. Shortly thereafter, I again watched film
footage of another airplane, Continental Flight
3407, and the house it crashed into going up into a
roaring maelstrom of flames and smoke..
There was no miracle for this flight. The crew
and passengers, it seemed, never had a chance and
one person in the house it struck while attempting
to land in Buffalo was also killed.
The current information based on expert exami-
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nation and eye-witness testimony at-
tributes the US Airways flight mal-
function to collision with a flock of
birds just after take off.
So how can a bird bring down a
plane? Doesn't seem possible, does
it? Yet, it's a very real phenomenon
and there is an official bird strike
panel in the United States that monitors and ad-
dresses that very subject.
I read that impact with a single bird is usually
'not a problem and planes are designed to withstand
such strikes. Flocks of birds, on the other hand,
present a very different scenario and raise the pos-
sibility of "ingestion" meaning the birds' bodies
enter the engines instead of hitting the outside of
It seems that a mere bird would be no match
for the massive power created by the engine's ro-
tor blades. Why wouldn't a mere bird, even a few
birds, be quickly reduced to nothing and blown out
on the wind?
After reading up on my physics I found out that's
not the way it works.
A twelve-pound Canadian goose struck by an
aircraft at lift-off generates a force equivalent to a
1000-pound object being dropped from a height of
10 feet. In essence, a bird in the engine has the po-
tential to completely tear it apart. In the case of the
US Airways flight, there was the rare occurrence
of ingestion in both engines at once.
Such accidents, one triumphant, one tragic, pro-
diue cascading effects that ripple outward to the
loved ones, friends and colleagues of the people
For the US Airways flight there is relief, grati-
tude and renewed ap-
preciation for life. There
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ratty, it's probably not a
good dog to own. That
leaves out yorkies and
lhasa apsos. If a dog is
going to be too yippy
and yappy and cause a
by its behavior, then it
is probably not a good
dog for the President.
Cocker spaniels and
chihuahuas may be
cute, but they are also
With the economy
on the ropes and the
President working hard
to get America back on
track, a dog that costs
as much as a car or at
least looks like it does
is probably not a great
idea. An akita can cost
thousands of dollars.
So, too, an English
bulldog and a samoyed.
The cute little cavalier
spaniel can cost up to
In short, the presi-
dent needs a dawg
- a dog you can name
Bubba or Rover or Pal
or Snoopy. A dog's
dog. A big, drooling,
tail-wagging hunk of
dog that looks great in
I would recom-
mend a mutt. But if the
president wants a pure
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breed, he should get
one that looks and acts
like a dog.
Last year's West-
minster winner Uno
won everyone's heart.
He was a beagle that
celebrated his victory
by howling. A basset
hound is a great dog
in a photo, even when
Johnson was lifting his
up by its ears.
cially the big ones, look
good and are pleasant
But my choice for
President Obama is the
boxer. They are big,
friendly, have great cow
eyes, and when they
wag their stumpy little
tail their whole back
end moves, plus they
look like an Ameri-
can dog. Granted, they
originated in Germany,
but they look Ameri-
can. They aren't flighty
like golden retrievers,
they aren't scary look-
ing; they are dogs with
a capital D.
So there you have
it, Mr. President. Buy
a boxer and name
him Duke after John
Wayne. There is no way
you can go wrong and
your already high ap-
proval will go through
And on top of that
the girls will have a
playful, loving, loyal
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, February 19, 2009 Page 4
Sale oftrashy Ga. property?
Hopeful buyer would offer canoe rentals, tours
Above is the. shoreline on the county's nine-acre property just across
the Florida-Georgia border east of SR 121. At right, Nathan King, who
hopes to use it for d canoe outpost.
BY JOEL ADDINGTON
A publicly-owned and trash-littered
propertN on the Georgia side of the St.
Niar "'s River could become the site of
Baker County's first canoe rental and
ri er tour business if local postman can
strike a deal with county officials.
After seeing a story in The Baker
CounIt Press about the nine-acre site
west of SR 121 just across the Florida-
Georgia border, Nathan King of Mac-
clennm contacted County Manager Joe
Cone about the possibility of buying or
leasing the property for
such a venture.
"It is my desire to start
a canoe 'outpost' where
individuals could rent both
canoes and kayaks and also
be taken on guided canoe
trips," Mr. King wrote in a
letter to the manager.
He said he would main-
tain public access to the
river through the property
and that he's investigating
the feasibility and legality
of developing a portion of
the land for "rustic camp
The property was do-
nated to the county in 2003
and represents somewhat
.-' of a headache to county of-
When neighboring property owners
began to complain about the garbage
being left there, Mr. Cone suggested us-
ing inmate labor to clean it up. However,
neither the Department of Correction's
liability policy nor that of the local sher-
iff's office will cover inmates working
outside of Florida.
"They said absolutely, no way," Mr.
Cone told the Baker County Commis-
sion February 16. The board voted
unanimously to advertise a request for
proposals to buy or lease the river-front
"I know there are people interested
in this happening," said Commissioner
Alex Robinson. "By all means, it needs
. to be advertised."
Mr. King said he intends to submit a
Sandra Bell a local resident who
frequently canoes, kayaks and tubes the
river with friends --told commissioners
she would be interested in volunteering
her time to help keep the tract clean and
free of debris. She also said she'd like to
keep the land under public ownership.
"We're all for it," Ms. Bell said of the
canoe outpost. "But we'd like to keep it
for us." -
Commissioner Mark Hartley echoed
that sentiment, saying he would even fa-
vor a small fee for the public to use the
site if that was necessary.
County to pursue $250K from
developer for Cow Pen paving
BY JOEL ADDINGTON
The Baker County Commis-
sion decided this week to.push
the developer of the 1300-acre
Cedar. Creek project to fulfill
its commitment to pay $250,000
for the paving of Cow Pen Rd.
As per the agreement ap-
proved last summer between the
count) and Adrian Development
o6Coral Gablef the deadline for
that payment was February 11.
In a letter to the county dated
that day, Adrian's attorney Reg-
gie Bouthillier of the Tallahas-
see law firm Greenberg Traurig
requested an extension of the
payment deadline while Adrian
works through amending its de-
velopment agreement to delay
construction on Cedar Creek in
light of the current housing mar-
The project calls for 5500 age-
restricted (55 and older) units
plus another 500 apartments as
well as commercial retail and
office space over 15 years on the
tract west of Glen St. Mary.
County Manager Joe Cone
presented the letter to the com-
mission February 16 and asked
for direction n in how to respond.
. Mr. Cone said if the board de-
cided to grant the construction
extension, Adrian should make
a good-faith effort to meet the
payment schedule outlined in
the development agreement.
"That $250,000 would be a
good-faith effort," he said.
Furthermore, Mr. Cone said
he didn't like language in the
letter that said Adrian wanted to
push back the payment due date
until changes to the. development
agreement were finalized.
"I don't want to get into a
semantics argument," said Mr.
Cone. "He says, 'finalizes' ... He
could drag it out for years."
The board instructed Mr.
Cone to, respond with a letter
confirming the commission's
intention to approve, extending
construction, but with the under-
standing that the $250,000 be
paid as soon as possible.
"I don't like open ended pay-
ments like this," said Commis-
sioner Mike Griffis.
The money is sorely needed,
said Mr. Cone, because after
Adrian made the funding com-
mitment, the county used cash
that would've, paved Cow Pen
Rd. to pave Claude Harvey Rd.
A meeting is scheduled Feb-
ruary 27 between Adrian, the
Florida Department of Trans-
'portation and Baker County to
discuss the development agree-
In other business:
County commissioners ap-
proved giving Baker County
Little League $4000 to purchase
two new batting cages.
"It's a bad time to come up
with the money but I don't see
how you can say no to these
kids," said Commissioner Alex
The board approved an an-
nual $500 stipend for EMS per-
sonnel. The money will be dis-
tributed in $125 increments at
the end of each quarter.
Mr. Robinson also report-
ed that during a recent meet-
ing between the Baker County
Legislative Coalition and DCF
Secretary George Sheldon, the
secretary assured the group
- which was comprised of of-
ficials from the county, City of
Macclenny and Town of Glen St.
Mary that privatizing North-
east Florida State Hospital was
"off the table," at least for this
Cindy Tomas of the Baker
County Cooperative Extension
was named employee of the
month for February.
drawn Feb. 10th
Chris Green pulls one of six winning
entries in Pineview Chevrolet's draw-
ing for Daytona 500 tickets on Feb-
ruary 10. Also pictured is dealership
finance manager Rick Rielli, who held
the box and wrote down the winning
names: Jessica Prevatt. Nancy Bryant
and Melissa Bryant all won tickets for
the February 15 race, while Bill Damp-
ier. Iris Coleman and B.J. Cannon were
drawn for the Camping World 300 race
.on February 14. Sales Manager Mike
Dees said between 75-100 customers
registered for the i, Jt'
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"I'd like to see it where county resi-
dents could still use it the whole coun-
ty could use it," he said.
But regardless of whether Mr. King or
someone else buys the tract or rents it,
the 32-year-old route mailman said he's
eager to get things moving.
"I'd like to do it right away if I got
control of the property," said Mr. King
two weeks ago. "I could clean it up and
keep it from becoming trashed again. I'm
limited on what I can do with the prop-
erty by the water district and Charlton
County, but I'm doing research on that."
Mr. King describes himself as an avid
paddler of the areas waterways, includ-
ing the St. Mary's, Ichetucknee, Ocean
Pond and Okefenokee.
"I feel it's a wonderful pastime that's
sadly neglected by many," he said.
"Professionally, I am consulting with
other canoe outposts in our area and also
various paddling associations."
Being so close to SR 121, the site is
ideally located and accessible for both
Florida and Georgia residents.
"People might even come from
Jacksonville and go right through
Macclenny," said the Georgia native and
16-year resident of Baker County. "That
would be good for the area, too."
Any deal to lease or sell the land will
need approval from the commission. Mr.
Cone said he expects to have proposals
for commissioners to consider in April.
THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, February 19, 2009 Page 5
Landfill over-refunds Bradford, Union
Thousands in surcharges returned, but never collected
BY JOEL ADDINGTON
The New River Solid Waste
,Association refunded Bradford
and Union counties thousands
-of dollars that were never paid
in the first place, revealed an
annual audit of the tri-county
landfill's finances by DDF CPA
The accounting firm's Laura
Douglas presented the audit's re-
,sults during the New River land-
fill's board of director's meeting
"We didn't feel it was inten-
tional ... But it's been happening
for a while," she said.
The error occurred because
landfill staff, in calculating tip-
:ping fee surcharge refunds,
.didn't account for loads of "clean
waste," like yard debris, which
2can be dumped without pay-
ing the surcharges approved by
Union and Bradford counties.
The surcharges are refunded
estimated to be between $30,000.
to $40,000 in overpayments. He
also said thle landfill would not
back to those counties CC attempt to recover that
each month., We i n'tfeelit money.
"They just looked at "These overpay-
the total tons coming was intentional... ments originated with
in," said landfill exec- procedures prepared
utive director Darrell Butit's been hap- by past staff members
O'Neal. peningfor awhile. and have continued
Baker County hasn't -LauraDouoas to occur as a result of
approved a surcharge DDFCPAGroup the oversight of sev-
and therefore wasn't eral staff members
Union and Bradford.
Instead of a surcharge, Baker
County charges a $50 per year
solid waste assessment on resi-
dents' tax bills.
"It's not equitable to Baker
County," Mr. O'Neal said of the
What Mr. O'Neal contends
was "human error" in calculat-
ing the refunds led to what he
as well as past audits-
until now," wrote Mr.
O'Neal in a memo response to
the auditor's report.
To correct the err6r, he said
another level of review has been
added to the monthly surcharge
refund process. "One person
is doing it and two people are
checking behind it," Mr. O'Neal
Looking ahead, he said, the
landfill should update its scale
software to automate the appli-
cation of surcharge refunds.
"You can take the entire hu-
man equation out of it," said Mr.
O'Neal. He recommended the
board consider the software up-
date for-the new fiscal year be-
ginning October 1.
Ms. Douglas also noted an-
other problem identified in the
DDF audit. She said funds for
landfill closure were placed in
investment accounts, from which
brokerage fees were paid, in vio-
lation of Florida statutes that re-
strict the use of closure funds to ,
However, the landfill recently
transferred those monies to more
secure certificates of deposit.
"The problems have been
corrected," Ms. Douglas told the
Burglar sentenced to year in county jail
One of a trio of defendants ar- I fendant and Joseph Lennon, 20, of sion of cocaine, misdemeanor possession of
,rested for a north Macclenny home Atlantic Beach entered her home in marijuana and paraphernalia. He was adjudi-
-invasion and burglary in June, 2008 the, Copper Creek subdivision with cated guilty.
;was sentenced on February 16 to a the intent of stealing electronics Olushola Akisanya entered a similar plea
year in county jail after pleading and other property. to misdemeanor possession of pot and was
guilty to a single charge of dwell- The prosecution had sought a sentenced to 261 days he has already served
ing burglary. five-year prison sentence followed in county jail.
The state dropped an accompa- by two years on probation. Mr. Os- Carlin Mobley drew a 364-day jail sen-
nying count of grand theft against tasz's sole prior offense as an adult tence, minus 67 days already served, in re-
7Adam P. Ostasz, 19, of Jacksonville is reckless driving, though he has a turn for no contest pleas. to sale and posses-
,as part of the plea agreement en- juvenile record that includes drug sion of controlled drugs and misdemeanor
Itered during regular criminal court offenses. marijuana possession.
session. Judge Nilon ordered a pre-sen- Judge Nilon withheld, guilt adjudica-
Judge James Nilon ordered the Adam Ostasz tence investigation after a co-de- tion in the case of Robert Porterfield for two
defendant to remain on house ar- fendant in the case, Heather N. Ivec counts of introducing contraband into county
rest for two years following release from jail, of Jacksonville, entered a no contest plea to jail. He will serve four months in county jail,
followed by four more years on probation. burglary and grand theft. She. is considered followed by probation of the same length.
The judge recommended that Mr. Ostasz to be the link between the two other defen- Samantha Hunter pleaded no contest to
,.not be eligible for good behavior gain time dants and the victim, and was aware of the sale of controlled drugs, and will be on drug
while in jail, and ordered as a condition of target property at the residence because she offender probation two years following com-
probation that he stay out of Baker County earlier dated Ms. Yelko's son. pletion of a 30-day county jail sentence.
and away from victim Teresa Sullivan Yel- The judge set sentencing for both her and An arrest warrant was ordered for Foye
ko. Mr. Lennon next month: Crews after he failed to appear in court on
Ms. Yelko said during the sentencing In other cases this week, William Dicks a charge of obtaining prescription drugs by
hearing she has been haunted by memories will get credit for. 169 days off his year sen- fraud. F,---FNV .. .."-- -I
,of the early morning of June 27 when the de- tence after he pleaded no contest to posses- II
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No bid'on some landfllproects
To speed up construction projects, the New River landfill will
no longer require formal bidding for services, supplies, materials or
equipment on them.
Formal bidding includes advertising requests for sealed bids.
opening them atthe same time to ensure fairness aniong competing
bidders and making the results available to the bidders.
With little discussion, the tri-count) landfill's board of direc-
tors agreed to the procurement policy exemption Februar) 12.
The board is still required to approve an\ commitments exceeding
$25.000 if staff's recommendation is not the lowest price or the
project is not budgeted.
Also. under the amended procurement policy, construction proj-
ect purchases of less than $10.000 u ill not require quotes, but must
be approved b) landfill director Darrell O'Neal or his designee.
The new police) further states that quotes will be mandator) for
purchases of more than $10.000. The quotes will be documented
in writing or by telephone, whenever possible, with a minimum of
three quotes being requested. Again. lMr. O'Neal or his designee is
charged with documenting the pricing and purchases.
The changes pertain to the purchasing of services, supplies, ma-
terials and equipment for approved and budgeted construction proj-
ects. Landfill staff requested the move because it would expedite
"It's cumbersome," assistant landfill director Perry Kent said of
the bidding process. which requires 30 days to advertise the bid
"It can turn into a 60 to 120 day process," said Mr. O'Neal. "'It
ties our hands and stops the project." '
The new policy, however; could lead to a perception that landfill
staff is unfairly obtaining quotes on purchases or not buying prod-
ucts at the best value.
"It gives us a lot of latitude and trust,"' said Mr. O'Neal.
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Wife is knocked out intervening
in spat between husband-daughter
A Macclenny man was jailed following a domestic distur- ed at Fraser Hospital for a head
the evening of February 10 for bance at their residence off West laceration, then returned to the
,allegedly knocking his wife Macclenny Ave. the morning of residence to get his property.
unconscious during an argument February 11. Complaints were filed against
:that began with his daughter. Ms. Sweeney allegedly Ms. Hakes because she had three
Lonzie Johns, 42, told Deputy attacked her sister Lyndsey, 19, minor children at the. residence.
:John Hardin he struck Melissa when she intervened in an argu- .Mr. Hakes fled the scene before
"Johns. 41, in self-defense when ment between the suspect and police arrived.
,the wife intervened during an her mother Jean, age 46. Mr. Chapman was booked for
argument between him and Ms. Sweeney ransacked the battery, the same charge named
daughter, Heather Fraze, 21, of interior of the residence and the in the complaints against the
rKeystone Heights. juvenile was booked for obstruct- others.
The daughter was inter- ifig justice when he allegedly A 17-year-old female stu-
,viewed by Deputy Mike Hauge resisted being handcuffed by dent at Baker County High
at the Fraser Hospital emergency Deputy Patrick McGauley and School was arrested for beating
,room, and said she had gone to gave several false names during another female student, age 16,
lier parents' residence on North questioning, during a confrontation in the
3 rd in Macclenny to do laundry. The officer's report also notes courtyard in the early afternoon,
Ms. Fraze said her father that the mother believes both of February 10.
,came at her in an aggressive suspects were under the influ- The report by campus deputy
:manner as they argued, and her ence of drugs, during the con- Nikki Mizell notes that Principal
,mother stepped between them. frontation. Johnnie Jacobs had to pry the
4It was then that Mr. Johns alleg- One person was arrested hand of the accused from the
vedly struck his wife on the left and criminal complaints lodged hair of the victim, and that he
side of the head with a closed against two others following a was struck in the thigh wheri the
:fist. disturbance in the early morning assailant attempted to kick the
Deputy Hauge said Ms. Johns hours of February 13 off Anna younger one.
,was "visibly upset and the left' Bell Pl. in Macclenny. A criminal complaint for
,side of her face appeared very Deputy Hauge's report says battery was filed against a
,swollen" when he interviewed Anthony ,Champman, 26, and 35-year-old female patient at
her later at her residence. Kamela Hakes, 38, began argu- Northeast Florida State Hospital
Mr. Johns was located shortly ing when they returned from a on February 12, a day after she
,after at Mac's Liquors in down- night of drinking, and during allegedly accosted an employee
,town Macclenny and claimed the ensuing scuffle Ms. Hakes who along with other staff mem-
4the daughter started the argu- struck Mr. Chapman on the head bers was giving an injection to
*ment and.struck him in the face. with a clock, calm her,
He is charged with domestic Anthony Hakes, 20, came to The report by Deputy .Chris
:violence battery, a first-degree the aid of his mother and alleg- Walker notes that victim Barbara
;misdemeanor. edly struck Mr. Chapman in the Jonas, 67, of Branford, had a
;' The same officer arrest- chest with a metal pipe after black eye the following day.
led Francis Mulligan, 38, of threatening him with a sword.
'Macclenny early on. February Mr. Chapman said he was treat-
.12 on a similar charge following .. ...............................
ia disturbance at his residence off C"('/'/tt i'll
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He allegedly struck his wife .DJL i'th...
,Julie, 37, on the top of the head' Announcements.
when he returned home intoxi- -" Invitation
cated about 1:30 am, then tossed ,i .... '
,a bag at her, striking her in the' ...- Open House Cards
Deputy Hague noted in his .; '....' '' n a n
;report the wife had red marks on a 'nd more
iher stomach, but he was unable : Car', Crt :
to determine their source since ~ ,ublc .
she had recently undergone sur-
gery. THE OFFICE MART
Hannah Sweeney, 18, of 118 South Fifth Sireet Macclenny
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end's break-in halted
Model home opened with BBQ dinner...
County Manager Joe Cone and Bob Eberle of Sanderson Pipe enjoy a BBQ dinner at the grand opening of Collins Homes,
developer of the Greystone residential housing division near Baker County High School on Hwy 90. Baker County Chamber of
Commerce director Darryl Register and county commissioner Mike Griffis officiated at the ribbon cutting ceremony that marked
the completion of the company's first model home which will also function as the sales office. PHOTO BY BARBARA BLACKSHEAR
Two Lake City men caughtin
stolen truck from Putnam Co.
A Lake City man and his pas-
senger face grand theft charges
after giving Deputy Matthew
Sigers conflicting stories about
how they came to be riding in
a truck reported stolen in Polk
Simon Pawlak, 25, was driv-
ing the red Ford with passenger
Don Sherbert, 41, also of Lake
City, as the officer assisted a trio
of occupants in an overheated
Dodge sedan, disabled on SR
south 228 near Bulldog Trail.
The truck exited the shrub
line at that location and headed
west down Bulldog Trail when
Deputy Sigers yelled for it to
come back three times before
Mr. Pawlak "reluctantly" com--
plied, the officer said.
Deput\ Sigers said thessus-
pect appeared nervous and he
advised he was there to help the
stranded motorists. Mr. Pawlak
admitted that he didn't have a
valid drivers license, which the
deputy confirmed with a com-
puter check. His license had
been suspended seven times.
Further computer checks re-
vealed the truck's tag was regis-
tered to a different vehicle and
its VIN number belonged to a
truck reported stolen.
Mr. Pawlak and Mr. Sherbert
were then separated and ques-
tioned. The former said the ve-
hicle belonged to a friend named
"Greg," who he didn't know
very well, but lent him the truck
Mr. Sherbert said he'd only
known Mr. Pawlak a short time
and didn't know the vehicle was
stolen or who was its"rightful
A search of the truck turned
up empty beer cans on the floor-
board and a cold box of beer
covered by a jacket on the seat.
Mr. Pawlak also received ci-
tations for open container, at-
taching a tag not assigned to the
truck and driving on a suspended
license. Mr. Sherbert was cited
for an open container violation
In other thefts reported this
Erin Sigers of 10357 N.
Clinton Ave, in Glen said an un-
kno%% n thief took her child's bat-
tery-powered toy vehicle valued
at $500 sometime after 7:00 pm
A well tank, pump and
pump house went missing from
Hyram McCormick's. vacant
rental property at 8642 Smokey
Rd. in Glen. The theft occurred
sometime between January 19
and February 14, when a neigh-
bor who periodically checks the
property contacted the owner.
The missing items are valued at
A 16-year-old student at
BCHS reported that her cell
phone was taken from a coat
pocket after she set the jacket
down while waiting for school to
start about 7:15 am February 3.
A 14-year-old BCHS stu-
dent said an unknown suspect
stole her iPod from an unlocked
locker in the gym while she was
at tennis practice.
A teenager from Macclenny
was' arrested the evening of
February 13 for possession of
both crack cocaine and marijua-
na with the intent to sell it.
The girl, age 16, was driving
a beige 1999 Chevrolet Camaro
that Deputy John Hardin
observed stopping several times
briefly near the intersection of
9th St. and South Boulevard, a
west Macclenny neighborhood
known for frequent drug activ-
The officer said individuals
approached the vehicle dur-
ing the stops in a manner con-
sistent with 'drug transactions,
and he stopped the Camaro near
Lowder and Lewis Dr. because
its right tail light was inoper-
Deputy Hardin said he
obtained consent from the driver
to search the vehicle, and found
marijuana residue on the driver's
side floorboard of the front seat.
He noted the teen acted ner-
vous, and noticed a suspicious
bulge in her shirt. She produced
two baggies, one of which had
50 small 'baggies commonly
used for drug sales, along with
another plastic bag contain-
ing a half-dozen rocks of crack
The second baggie had six
smaller ones with marijuana and
The Department of Juvenile
Justice ordered the teen released
to the custody of her parents. She
faces a second-degree felony for
the crack possession and third-
degree for having the marijuana
in ready-to-sell bags.
In other arrests, two persons
whose vehicles were stopped for
* traffic and equipment violations
were jailed for driving on sus-
Deputy Chris Walker said a
coinputer check confirmed that
the license of Ralph Self, 76, of
Macclenny had been suspended
six times for drunk driving and
failure to pay fines.
Mr. Self was at the wheel of a
2001 Toyota that pulled out from
W. Boulevard in front of another
vehicle eastbound on US 90 the
morning of February 12.
Mr. Self was also ticketed for
having an expired license tag.
Shawn Rouse, 41, of
Macclenny was charged with
driving on a license that had been
suspended for DUI and involve-
ment in an accident involving
injury and property damage.
Deputy Mike Lagle stopped
Mr. Rouse driving a 1997 Toyota
pickup the evening of February
12 after noting it had no tail
lights. He was following the
vehicle northbound on 6th St.
A 24-year-old Sanderson man
was caught burglarizing his ex-
girlfriend's Macclenny residence
the evening of February 13 while
she was still inside with her two-
Victim Tabatha Wilson was at
the Pine Circle residence when
she said suspect Eugene Finley
called about 9:15 pm asking
where she was and threatening.
to kick in her door and beat any
other man who might be with
About 15 minutes later, she
heard someone outside a front
window and called police after
retreating upstairs. Then she said
she heard Mr. Finley calling out
to her from inside the house.
Officers arrived and Deputy
John Hardin spotted the suspect
exiting a rear sliding glass door.
He was taken into custody.
Ms. Wilson also told offi-
cers that Mr. Finley has threat-
ened to kill.her in the past if he
found her with another man, and
once kept her from leaving an-
other residence by grabbing her
daughter and refusing to return
her if she left.
Deputy David Murray ad-
vised the victim to seek an in-
junction for protection as soon
Mr. Finley faces a felony bur-
The monthly meeting of the
Baker County Republican Party
will begin at 7:00 pm on Tues-
day, February 24 at the historic
Mathis House on the Glen St.
All local Republicans are
invited to attend. For more in-
formation, call Don Marshall at
In several cases of vandalism
reported this week:
Steven Corbitt said his mail-
box at 17099 Crews Rd. had
been damaged and broken off its
pole overnight on February 12-
13. He said it's occurred several
times this year.
Joan Fedora said an un-
known person busted a fog
light on her vehicle while it was
parked at The Moose Lodge on
South Lowder in Macclenny
sometime before 7:00 pm Feb-
Joshua Roberts reported
that someone scratched his truck
while it was parked at the high
school between 1:00-5:00 pm on
February 9. The student said his
passenger door had been keyed
and Deputy Faith Mizell's report
agreed the extensive amount of
scratching didn't appear acci-
Galen Pittman of Mac-
clenny said an unknown suspect
punctured all four tires on his
Mercury sedan, cut holes in the
driver's seat and ripped off the
rearview mirror February 10-11.
Mr. Pittman said the vehicle was
left unsecured at his North Bou-
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Daughter born '
Joey and LaWanda Sciberras
of Yulee are pleased to announce
the birth of daughter Abigail
LeeAnn at St. Vincent's Medical
Center. She weighed 6 lbs., 7 oz.
and was 19 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are
John and Wanda Barton of Mac-
clenny; paternal are Walter and
; Linda Sciberras of Orlando.
Walkers have son
Clayton and Shalan Walker
of Macclenny are proud to an-
nounce the birth of son Mem-
phis Logan Walker on January
21, 2009 at Baptist South Medi-
cal Center. He weighed 8 lbs., 15
oz. and was 22 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are
Patsy Thornton and Gary Griffis
of Macclenny; paternal are John
Walker and Glenda Register of
Ba fieldisFoodLions top manager...
Matt Barfield, manager at the Macclenny Food Lion the past three years, was re-
cently named winner of the Store Manager Excellence Award for a 120-store region
that stretches from Savannah to Daytona. The native of Marianna, FL has worked
for Food Lion since the age of 14, when he was hired as a bag boy in Blountstown in
the Panhandle. He has been at the local store nine years including stints as produce
manager and assistant manager. The Cornerstone Square location has 56 employ-
ees. In addition to a cash award, Mr. Barfield and his wife, residents of Glen St.
Mary, are eligible for a trip to Hawaii or Europe.
Horticulture classes to
be offered to residents
By Alicia Lamborn
Baker County Extension Service
The following horticulture
classes will be offered to Baker
County residents this month:
February 24 Growing Fruit
in Baker County, 6:00 to 7:30 pm
at the Baker County Extension
Office (ag center).
This class will teach partici-
pants about the different kinds of
fruits that grow in Baker County
and which varieties will per-
form best for our area. Cultural
requirements and some pruning
techniques will also be covered.
The $3 registration fee for
materials is due by Monday, Feb
23 at 5:00 pm.
February 28 Home Vegeta-
ble Gardening Workshop, 9:00
am to noon at the same location.
This workshop will be via vid-
eoconference sessions from UF
Topics will cover basic vege-
table gardening, organic garden-
ing, hydroponic gardening and
pest management, followed by
The $8 registration fee in-
cludes refreshments and program
materials. Deadline to register is
Thursday, February 26 at 5:00
pm. Seating is limited, so reg-
For more information call
259-3520 or email alamborn@
Car seat safety
The Baker County Health
Department will be hosting a car
seat safety check event on Feb-
ruary 20 from 9:00 am till 1:00
pm. The event will take place at
the Baker County Health De-
partment overflow parking lot,
on the right side.
Everyone is invited to come
by and have their child's safety
seat checked by certified car seat
technicians. There will also be
car seats available for purchase
For more information call
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BY KELLEY LANNIGAN
An organization with a name
like MOPS might be easily
mistaken for a house cleaning
service. In this case, however,
MOPS has nothing to do with
cleaning the kitchen floor.
"MOPS stands for Mothers
Of Preschoolers," said Savannah
Thomas, who started the local
chapter of the national organi-
zation last year. "It's purpose is
to give women with preschool
age children a morning to get
together and socialize with other
mothers, free from the responsi-
bilities of childcare and family."
MOPS meets twice monthly
on Monday mornings at Raiford
Road Church. The church pro-
vides a nursery and for two hours
the ladies enjoy brunch, listen to
a speaker arid participate in a
planned activity. They also talk
about motherhood, sharing tips
The program, open to all
women with preschool-age chil-
dren, is proving to be quite pop-
"We have speakers who talk
about things that help and en-
hance the lives of women and
their families," said Ms. Thom-
as. "We've had speakers on per-
sonal finance, safety and many
Cathy Mendolera, a long time
resident of Baker County and
owner of The Franklin Mercan-
tile in Glen St. Mary, was the
featured speaker at the MOPS
program Feb. 2.
A devoted Christian, her
presentation focused on keep-
ing romance alive in a marriage
and addressed a challenge many
women face: How to be the
Godly woman God wants them
to be and the passionate woman
their husbands desire.
"I sometimes really feel for
young women today and all the
challenges they face," said Ms.
Mendolera. "Between working,
keeping up a household, having
and raising children and sustain-
ing a marriage well, that can
be really tough."
In reference to a woman's
role in the marriage, she cited
the book of Titus in the New
Testament as a guideline. The
fundamental message in Titus
functions as a call to action for
women and men, both young
and old in leading lives of rev-
erence, kindness, responsibility
Ms. Mendolera also spoke
to the group about something
called the Five Languages of
Love, a program developed by
Gary Chapman, a professional
relationship councilor. She rec-
ommends it as a simple but ef-
fective tool to help rekindle and
sustain romance within a mar-
The program teaches a person
"how to express heart-felt com-
mitment to their mate."
The lessons focus on five fun-
damental ways to create a lov-
ing, lasting bond and to sustain
it. This is done through words
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dolera. "It's easy to nag and be-
rate and focus on the negative."
She pointed out that mothers
sometimes become so focused
on the children that quality time
with their husbands gets lost in
the equation. Men can come to
feel they play a secondary role
to the children. Learning to give
yourself permission to spend
time alone with your husband
and not feel guilty about leaving
the kids is very important.
"Believe it or not, your hus-
band comes first in your mar-
riage, not your children," said
Ms. Mendolera. "Romance is
what created those children, but
sometimes those children are
what ruin a romance."
According to Ms. Mendolera,
women may lose sight of the fact
that their husband is not solely
responsible for their happiness.
"It's easy to slip into the habit
of playing the blame game and it
comes as a news flash for some
people when they finally under-
stand that their spouse wasn't
put on the earth primarily to
make them happy," she said.
"But that can be liberating too,
and help change a negative per-
spective that only leads to more
"It's important to remember
and celebrate the things that
bring a couple together in the
first place, all the things that
resulted in initial attraction and
admiration, all the special ac-
tivities shared during dating and
The speaker challenged the
group of young women to try
the Five Languages of Love and
not to let anything stand in the
way of sustaining a romantic,
fulfilling relationship with their
That includes the sensuous
side of physical love, which she
points out is celebrated in the
Bible and is a beautiful thing
Cathy Mendolera speaks to mothers of pre-schoolers.
PHOTO BY KELLEY LANNIGAN
between a married man and
"Read the Song of Solomon
in the Old Testament if you
don't believe me," she said. "It's
a beautiful and sensual celebra-
tion of physical love."
Ms. Mendolera, who is ac-
tive in her church through mu-
sic ministry, finished her talk by
singing the lyrics of a song she
felt was perfect in expressing the
context of her program Find
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After the program, Diedre
Rhoden presented the Mom Mo-
ment, which is given by a differ-
ent mother at each meeting. She
shared some hilariously funny
highlights of the challenges of
dealing with her very young
sons Taiven and Brody.
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that lying is not acceptable," she
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, February 19, 2009 Page 8
Pennie Burnett of
St. Augustine dies
Pennie Kirkland Burnett, 50,
of St. Augustine died February
12, 2009. She was a resident
of St. Augustine all her adult
life and a
was born .'; ,,
in Lawtey, -.A.
FL to the .
and Camilla .
Pen nie Ms. Burnett
crochet, embroidery, sewing,
playing games on computers,
fishing, reading, riding in the
country or the woods, singing,
shopping and especially loved
taking care of her family and
animals. She was predeceased
by sister-Jeannie Freaney.
Survivors include her loving
husband of 13 years, Billy Bur-
nett of St. Augustine; daughter
Christina (Frankie) Carson of
Bunnell, FL; step-children Billy
Burnett, Allen Birnett, Billy
(Brooke) Vaughn, Christine
(Brandon) Burrell, all of North
Carolina; uncle Ellie (Inez)
Johnson of Jacksonville; many
first and second cousins, and
The funeral service will be
held February 19 at 3:00 pm at
V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Ser-
vices in Macclenny with Pastor
Roy Yelvington officiating and
her cousin Wilma Rowe of Mac-
clenny assisting in the service.
Interment will follow at Oak
Grove Cemetery in Macclenny.
The family will receive friends
and family on Thursdao, 'Febru-
ary'19; 2009'fi6.T 100-3:00'pm
at the funeral home.
We would like to express our
thanks to all those who support-
ed us in so many ways during
our time of loss. Our grief was
lessened by an outpouring of
love and affection by our friends
and neighbors who brought food,
flowers and cards of condolence.
We want to send a special thanks
to our church, First Baptist of
Glen, for all they did to so lov-
ingly minister to our family and
for all they did to help in coor-
dinating a memorial day, Your
are the best. To Gail Moore for
the beautiful music that Benny
loved, to Giddens/Reed Funeral
Home for the wonderful job they
did, and last but not least, to Bo
Hammock for the perfect mes-
sage. May God richly bless you
BETTY SEARCY, CHAD SEARCY,
ALISADIXON AND CLAY SMITH
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Mt. Zion N.C.
Pastor Tim Cheshire
Sunday School 945 am
Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 am
Sunday Evening W,:rsrhip 6:00 pni
Wednesday Prayer Service 700 pm
Glenda Cline, 49,
Glenda Louise Thigpen Cline,
49, of Macclenny died February
16, 2009. She was born in Jack-
1959 to Wil-
pen Sr. of
and the late
of Baker i0.
County for ..:i c.
26 years af- Ms. Cline
Ms. Cline was an avid Bull-
dog fan, loved her children and
grandchildren, camping, spend-
ing time around a caThpfire, time
outdoors, gardening and cook-
ing. She was predeceased by
her husband of 24 years, Aaron
"Reed" Cline and step-father
Survivors include children
Aaron Shawn (Dawn) Cline of
Bryceville, Keri Dawn (George)
Parish and Benjamin Reed Cline,
both of Macclenny; brothers
William Thigpen Jr. and Henry
"Gator" (Kathy) Thigpen, both
of Macclenny, Bobby (Nancy)
Thigpen and Ronnie "Punkin"
(Donna Sue) Thigpen, both of
Jacksonville, Donald "Peewee"
(Wanda) Thigpen of Glen St.
Mary; step-brother UGregory
(Jawan) Rhoden of Glen St.
Mary; three grandchildren.
The funeral service will be
held February 20 at 3:30 pm
at the Christian Fellowship
Temple in Macclenny with pas-
tors David Thomas and Tifimy
Thoinmas officiating. I merment'
will follow at Macedonia Cbm-'
etery in Macclenny. The family
will receive friends and family
February 19 from 6:00-8:00 pm
at Ferreira Funeral Home.
An account has been estab-
lished at Vystar Credit Union
(#2103809) to defray funeral
expenses incurred by the fam-
ily of infant Trevor Pendleton
of Glen St. Mary, who died on
Any donations will be greatly
SundflYS School 10:00 am
.unday Morning Service.' I 1100 am
Sunday ENiqhln service 0 :) pm
Wed a N ihqt...:r'.i(e 7 5)0 pm
Where Evei.yone'i Somebody and.
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Corner of Madison & Stoddard
Pastor: Tommy Anderson
.Sunday School ....... .10:00 am
Sunday Morning Service .... 11:00 am
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dies February 13th
Infant Trevor James Pendle-
ton, age 22 days, died on Febru-
ary 13 at his residence in Glen
in death by
is survived .
ily L. Pend- Infant Pendleton
brother Tristan D. Pendleton, all
Other survivors include mater-
nal grandmother Geneva Smith
and maternal great-grandmother
Deloris Griffis, both of Jackson-
ville; maternal great-grandfather
Therman Smith of Macclenny;
Bo and Liz Holton of Hilliard;
paternal, grandparents Curt and
Lynn Higgins of Glen; paternal
grandfather Julian Pendleton of
St. George, GA; paternal great-
grandparents Jimmy and Linda
Richardson of Glen; numerous
aunts and uncles.
The funeral service was held
at 2:00 pm on February 16 at the
Christian Fellowship Temple
with Pastor David Thomas of-
ficiating, assisted by William
Smith. Interment was in South
Prong Cemetery, Sanderson.
Guerry Funeral Home of
Macclenny was in charge of ar-
Mil willi ^T.
Myrtle Plair, 74, of'
Glen St. Mary dies
Myrtle Anne Plair, 74, of
Glen St. Mary died 'February
15, 2009 at the Sunrise Care
Center in Hampton after a long
illness. She was born in Sander-
son, where she had lived most
of her life. She was the daugh-
ter of Ernest Everett Bryant and
Ola Mann Bryant. Ms. Plair was
a convenience store clerk until
ill health forced her retirement,
She was a Protestant.
Survivors include daughters
Doris Ann Plair of Interlachen
and Donna Plair of Jackson-
ville; son Allen Plair of Talla-
hassee; brothers Millard Bryant,
Joseph Bryant, Johnnie Bryant
and Daniel Bryant, all of Glen
St. Mary, Ernest Bryant of Mac-
clenny and Arthur Bryant of
Lake Butler; sisters Rosa Lee
Nelson of Kingsland, Katie M.
Parson, Ernestine Barrett and
Sharon Porter, all of Jackson-
ville; five grandchildren and
The funeral service was held
February 16 at noon at the cha-
pel of Archer Funeral Home
of Lake Butler with Rev. Earl
Juster officiating. Interment fol-
lowed at South Prong Cemetery
We would like to thank ev-
eryone who showed their kind-
ness, prayers and thoughtfulness
in our time of loss. We would
especially like to thank the Bak-
er County Sheriff's Office and
Christian Fellowship Temple
for their generosity and heartfelt
dedication to Laura. We know
that our loss was Heaven's gain.
THE FAMILY OF LAURA ROBERTS:
GLENN ROBERTS; HUSBAND
DOREE MOBLEY AND FAMILY; DAUGHTER
ROBBIE ROBERTS AND FAMILY; SON
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, February 19, 2009 Page 9
Earl Waters, 84, of
Earl E. Waters Sr., 84, died
peacefully Monday, February
2, 2009 in Windermere, Florida.
He was born.February 13, 1924
in Faison, NC. He is preceded in
death by loving wife of 61 years,
Anna Marguerite Kirkland, who
was born and raised in Baker
County; sister Lucille Welch.
Survivors include children
Elizabeth (Don) Philpot of At-
lanta, Ga, Earl Eugene Waters
II of Homosassa, Fl, and Lisa
(Keith) Hill of Windermere; sis-
ter Mabel Outland of Raleigh,
NC; eight grandchildren and
The funeral service was held
10:00 am February 6 at The
Church of, Jesus Christ of Lat-
ter-Day Saints, Olympia Ward
Chapel; Orlando. A burial ser-
vice followed at Woodlawn Me-
morial Park in Gotha, Florida.
A memorial service was held at
11:00 am on Feb. 7 at the LDS
Lake City Chapel.
The family of Henry Sweat
would like to thank everyone for
their thoughtfulness during the
time of the passing of our hus-
band, father and grandfather. It
has been a difficult time for us
but the flowers, food and espe-
cially the prayers helped us to
cope with his passing.
We would especially like to
thank brother David Hodges for
a beautiful sermon and Raiford
Road Church. Special thanks to
Cheryl, Eddie and Tonda For the
beautiful songs. Also, we thank
Guerry Funeral Home for all
they did. Thank you all from the
bottom of our hearts and please
keep us in your prayers.
KATHY, FREDDY, MICHELLE,
CINDY, DANIEL, EMILY,
HALEIGH AND SKYLER
First Baptist Church
CR 229 S., Sanderson FL
Sunday School ....... 10:00 am
Sun. Morning Worship. 11:00 am
Sun. Evening Worship .. 6:00 pm
Wed. Eve. Bible Study.. 7:00 pm
Pastor Bob Christmas
BCHS culinary teams
take 5th and 6thplace.. N
Students from Baker County High School's culi- .
nary arts program posted some good showings
during statewide competition in Orlando the
week of February 9. In photo above, the gour-
met meal team placed fifth among 36 schools.
It consisted of Jake Starling (captain), Cor-
ryn Medecke, Rebecca Henderson and Megan
Rentz. In bottom photo are members of the man-
agement competition team that was sixth among
over 40 schools. It consisted of Lindsey Roberts
(captain), James Blue, T7iffany Doss and Daniel ,
Cole. The event was sponsored by the Florida .'
Restaurant Association. The culinary arts pro- ,
gram is directed by Gary Cook, who noted that .
students practiced for months before the Orlan-
do contest. Photos courtesy of Gary Cook _.._ _
Glen jois coalition
It's back to the application
process for the Town of Glen St.
Mary after the state turned down
its latest request for a block
grant to finance water utility
extensions and a well to serve
the north side of US 90.
.Mayor Juanice Padgett re-
quested during the town council
meeting the evening of February
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Sunday School 10:00 am
Morning Worship 11:00 am
Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm
Wed. Evening Prayer Serv. 7:30 pm
Pastor: Oral E. Lyons
that $225,000 in reserve funds
remain in place to math with
a $600,000 grant should it be
approved in the next cycle that
begins in April.
If approved this time, the
project could proceed in August,
said the mayor.
The design phase is already
complete and ready for bidding,
a fact that could help in secur-
ing federal stimulus money. To
that end, Mayor Padgett said
this week she has contacted
both state and federal legislators:
affirming the "shovel-ready"
status of the, water project.
"We will need it to continue
hooking up customers and we'll
know by July whether we're
getting the block grant," she
In other business this month,
the council voted unanimously
to sign on to the recently formed
Baker County Legislative Coa-
lition comprised of the coun-
ty, school district and City of
The action was urged by
Darryl Register, who was pres-
ent to give an annual report of
both Chamber of Commerce
and Development Commission
Mr. Register is executive
director of both entities.
Glen's support was nearly
assured since Mayor Padgett has
been a participant in' forming
up the coalition to be a liaison
between county governments
and state agencies.
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dessert (when offered), 1% lowfat
white milk, 1/2% lowfat flavored
milk, orange juice.
Monday, February 23
Breakfast: Sausagk biscuit, fruit juice,
Lunch: Taco salad with a homemade
wheat roll or grilled ham and cheese sand-
wich, choice of 2 sides: golden corn, let-
tuce and tomato blend, chilled fresh fruit
or juice choice
Tuesday, February 24
Breakfast: Cereal with slice of toast, fruit
Lunch: Mexican burrito or chicken nug-
gets with a homemade wheat roll, choice
of 2 sides: green beans with new potatoes,
creamy coleslaw, chilled fruit or juice
choice and a homemade cookie (gr. 7-12
Wednesday, February 25
Breakfast: toasted cheese sandwich,
fruit juice, milk
Lunch: hamburger or hot dog on a bun,
choice of 2 sides: baked french fries, let-
tuce and tomato slices, creamy coleslaw
Thursday, February 26
Breakfast: Pancake and sausage on a stick;
fruit juice, milk
Lunch: Golden corndog or glazed slice
of ham with macaroni and cheese arid a
homemade wheat roll, choice of 2 sides:
baked beans, raw veggies with dressing,
chilled fruit or jtice choice
Friday, February 27
Breakfast: Breakfast pizza, fruit juice,
Lunch: BBQOribbette on a bun or baked
Italian lasagna with a slice of homemade
Italian bread, choice of 2 sides: garden
tossed salad, steamed green peas, chilled
fruit or juice choice and a slice of home-
The Baker County High
School FFA had an outstanding
weekend at the Florida State
Fair, taking a first place in the
poultry judging contest and sec-
ond place out of 30 teams at the
competition in Tampa.
This year's competition con-
tinues a strong showing for
BCHS in this event. Last year,
the BCHS FFA also won the
poultry judging and a second
team placed third.
"We are very happy due to
this being the first time we have
placed first and second," said
sponsor Greg Johnson. "We had
the top four high individuals of
Dillon Corn, Austin Gibson,
Charlie Burnett and Timmy
Gibson were the top scorers.
Johnson also had high hopes
for Chelsea Crews, who was
performing well in practice but
was unable to compete due to
"I have no doubt we would
have had the top five individuals
in the state had she competed."
The FFA is now preparing
for the state contest held at the
University of Florida in April.
The students have placed sec-
.ond at state for four years.
call Feb. 25
The Baker County High
School drama department is
holding auditions for the musical
The Wizard of Oz, Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday, Feb. 25,
26, and 27 from 2:00-4:00 pm in
the BCHS auditorium.
The Wizard of Oz is the chil-
dren's classic featuring great
songs like Somewhere Over the
Rainbow, If I Only Had a Brain
and Ding, Dong, the Witch is
Auditions are open to every-
one over the age of 8. To audi-
tion, please prepare a short song
and be ready to read from the
script. For more information,
please contact Bob Gerard at
Performance dates are tenta-
tively the last weekend in April
and the first weekend in May.
"Maybe this is the year," said
Members of the first place
team were Austin and Timmy
Gibson, Charlie Burnett ahd
Brianna Stewart. On the second
place team: Dillon Corn, Matt
Cantrell and Dustin Phillips.
High individual scoring out
of 450 points and 120 contes-
taflts: 1st-Dillon Corn-440, 2nd-
Austin Gibson-433, 3rd-Charlie
427, 6th-Brianna Stewart-426,
10th-Matt Cantrell-416, 13th-
BCHS: Winter Formal Dance,
Auditorium, 8:00 p.m. 12:00
a.m. FFA Live stock Judging.
Baseball @ Santa Fe, 6:00
p.m. KIS: Final Payment
Due for 4th Grade Field Trip
BCHS: Junior Varsity Baseball
Doubleheader (H), 12:00 p.m.
BCHS: Junior Varsity Baseball
(H), 6:00 p.m. BMS: Softball
.@ Hilliard, 4:15 p.m. MES!':
Accelerated Reading Book
Bingo, 3:30 6:30 p.m.
BCHS: Junior Varsity Base-
ball @ Episcopal, 6:00 p.m.
BMS: Softball vs. Yulee (H),
4:15 p.m. WES: "Just Say No!"
Club Mtg., 8:00 a.m. School
Advisory Council Mtg., 8:00
BCHS: Junior Varsity Baseball
(H), 5:00 p.m. "Music Man"
Auditions in Auditorium, 2:00
4:00 p.m. WES: Merrie Melo-
dies Club Mtg., 8:00 a.m.
BCHS: Baseball @ Middle-
burg, 6:00 p.m. "Music Man"
Auditions in Auditori rm. 2:00
4:00 p.m. KIS: Final Payment
Due for 5th Grade Field Trip.
WES: Good Morning Show
Club Mtg., 8:00 a.m.
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Sunday School 9:45 am
Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 am
Sunday Evening Services 6:00 pm
Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting 7:00 pm
Pastor J. C. Lauramore Welcomes All
First Assembly of GGod
THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, February 19, 2009 Page 10
Bradford's offensive blitz
knocks offWildcats 58-46
Bradford County handed the
Cats a difficult 58-46 loss in the
finals of the district tournament
February. 14. The'Cats will trav-
el to Andrew Jackson February
19 while the Tornadoes will host
The Wildcats won their way
into the finals with a 66-61
win over Alachua Santa Fe last
Friday night in the BCHS gym.
Baker High split with Santa Fe
during the regular season with
both teams winning at home,
so the Cats had the mental edge
going into the game.
They needed it as the Raiders
got outstanding play from their
forwards and the game ended
in a dead run with both teams
trading basket for basket. Josh
Wiseman returned from a bout
of the flu with one of his best
games in weeks, scoring 23
points and hitting seven of eight
free throws in the last quarter to
help secure the win.
The Cats jumped out to a
five-point lead in the first period
as Wiseman hit 7 of the Cats' 15
points in the early going. Delano
Paige kept it going in the second
period with seven points of his
own as BCHS built a 31-22 half-
But the Raiders battled back
in the third period and kept the
game within striking distance.
Both teams ramped 'up play in
the final quarter. The Cats relied
on good free throw shooting as
the game came down to the end
to secure the win.
Wiseman led all scorers with
23. Paige had. 16, Darvin Ruise
10, Chris Wahon 9 and Ike
Paer 8 for BCHS.
It was a different story
on Saturday as a very athletic'
Bradford County overcame an
early BCHS lead to blow the
game open in the third period.
BCHS has been plagued all sea-
son with third period slumps and
the Cats got hit with another one
at the worst time.
The Wildcats led 'at the
half by three points, then the
Tornadoes went on a 25-10 run
Baker Boyz make it to tournament finals
The Baker Boyz AAU 12 and under travel baseball team competed in the Southeast President's Cup tournament at Brunswick last
weekend, and ended up losing in the championship game after posting some big wins over tough Georgia teams. The boys lost
7-4 late Sunday to the North Florida Hurricanes. The local team is coached by Johnny Tyson and Bruce Sapp, and plays most
weekends. The boys are working toward a trip to Dreams Park USA in Cooperstown, NY in June of this year. Team members.
include: Zack Rafuse, Cameron Wilson, Levy Hollingsworth, Willie Carter, Landon Boyette, Chase Drury, Jacob Milton, Brandon
Vining, Jared Painter and Cason Colbert. Photo courtesy of Austin Milton
Annual Chamber tourney sign-ups
Ike Parker grabs a rebound in mid-air during Saturday night's home loss to Bradford
County. At bottom, Coach Charles Ruise in sideline pep talk with Jarvis Simmons in
the fourth quarter of the game.
after the intermis-
sion to explode the
game in the Cats'
faces. The visitors
were on fire from
the three point arc,
hitting five long
bombs in the third
matched them bas-
ket for basket in the ,:
fourth period but
made up no ground
on their third period N
and Parker led
the Cats with 14
points. Paige: had .
13, Walton 3 and
Ruise 2 points.
One win, one loss
The Lady Wildcat softball
team added a game each in the
won and lost columns the past
week, coming from behind to
defeat First Coast and then post-
ing their first loss to the young
season on the road February 13
The girls came from a four-
run deficit to defeat First
Coast 9-5 on February 10. The
Mustangs had jumped on top of
BCHS with a four-run second
inning, but the Wildcats came
back in the third, scoring three'
runs to narrow the First Coast
The Cats got things going
with a solo home run from
Ashley Holton. Krista Smith and
Kristen Wilkinson both scored
and Cami Craig got an RBI.
The Cats took the lead in the
fourth inning with three more
runs. Ashley Holton walked and
advanced to home on an error.
Smith reached and came home
when Tiffany Smith blasted a
Both teams tallied single runs
in the fifth with Ashley Curry
scoring for BCHS. The Cats
put the game out of reach in the
sixth with a pair of runs.
Tiffany Smith continued to
pound the ball, hitting a double
to lead off the inning. Craig
brought her home with a double
and scored on a Bridget Williams
Smith, Craig and Holton each
had a pair of RBIs. Craig and
Smith split time on the mound.
Fletcher scored a pair of
runs in the second and one in
the sixth to hold off the Wildcats
and hand them their first loss of
It was the first game that
the Lady Cats have not squan-
dered their hits. They got five
hits to six for the Senators, but
the could only manage a Krista
Smith run in the fourth inning.
The game's pivot point was
on the mound where the Fletcher
pitcher struck out 13.
The varsity travel to
Ridgeview on Thursday and
Fernandina Beach on Friday.
The JV will take on Ridgeview
at 4:6)0 pm on Friday at BCHS.
0 Woodlawn Kennels
Quality Professional Care
Io E GROOMING 259-4757 BOARDING
Private* Spacious Indoor/Outdoor Runs
Complete Bath, De-flea & Groom ....... $20-$25
Bath, De-flea & Nails Clip..... . . . $10-$15
Boarding (per actual day) ............ . ... $5-$7
April 3 is the sign-up deadline
for the 19th annual Chamber of
Commerce golf tournament to
be held April 24 at Southern,
Oaks Golf Club in Lake City.
The field will be limited to 120
The $50 entry fee includes
green fees, a buffet lunch and a
chance at prize drawings.
Foursomes are accepted in
this captain's choice format,
and individuals will be assigned
to teams. Even inexperienced
advances to state
Senior wrestler Tucker
McCullough, profiled in last
week's Press, took third place
in the regional wrestling tour-
nament at Bradford County and
will be moving on to the' state
championships next weekend in
Coach Josh Jacobson will
be accompanying McCullough,
who will wrestle in the 112-
pound weight class. The state
meet takes place at the Lakeland
Noah Davis just missed a
berth in the state finals, finish-
ing fifth. The top four wrestlers
in each region move on to the
tournament in Lakeland.
"J'd like to congratulate
Tucker and all the other Wres-
tlers for their efforts this sea-
son," said Coach Jacobson.
David P. Dearing
former Baker County Prosecutor
SERIOUS INJURIES CAUSED BY
NEGLIGENCE OF ANOTHER
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All initial consultations are absolutely free.
The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon
advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send youj fe written information
about our qualifications and experience.
golfers have a shot at being on a
The event, is also a great
opportunity to promote a busi-
ness as a $350 corporate spon-
sor or $125 hole sponsor. Area
businesses will be encouraged
to donate door prizes or promo-
Call the Chamber at 259-
6433 or stop by the office on US
90 downtown to register.
NOTICE TO BID
,Notice is hereby given that the Baker County Board
of Commissioners will received written, sealed bids
at the Baker County Administration Office, located
at 55 North Third Street, Macclenny, Florida 32063,
until March 11, 2009 at 11:00 am for the following:
Project Number 2009-0? -
Resurfacing ana winenmg 2 8 miles ol Odis
A mandatory. pre-bid conference will be held on
February 25, 2009 at 10:00 am in the Baker County
Administration Building at 55 North Third Street,
Macclenny, FL 32063. Bids will not be accepted
from any bidder who is not represented at the pre-
bid conference. All contractors bidding this project
must be pre-qualified with FOOT in Tallahassee,
Florida- Contractors may obtain specifications and
bid documents only at the pre-bid conference. All
bids must be sealed with the project number clearly
marked on the outside of the bid packet. Any bids
received after March 11, 2009 at 11:00 am, will not
be accepted. The Baker County Board of Commis-
sioners reserves the right to reject any and all bids.
Notice of Intent
To Whom It May Concern:
Lake City Community College intends to designate
the position of Executive Director, Public Service
Programs as a Senior Management Service Class
position of the Florida Retirement System. This is in
accord with Florida Statute 121.055.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
TO INSTALL NEW SEPTIC SYSTEM AT ST.
MARY'S SHOALS PARK
Baker County is requesting proposals from
licensed septic system installers in the State if
Florida for installation of a new septic system at the
St. Mary's Shoals Park. The system will require a
septic tank size of 900, and 225 sq.ft. drain field and
an 18-inch mound.
Proposals shall be submitted to the Baker
County Board of Commissioners, Baker County Ad-
ministration Building, 55 North Third Street, Mac-
clenny, FL 32063 on or before 1:00pm onFebruary
20, 2009. Submittals should be marked "ghoals
Septic System" on tie outside of the proposal. Any
- questions regarding the project may be addressed
to Maurice Postal, Shoals Park Project Manager at
The Board of County Commissioners reserves
the right to reject any and all proposals, to waive
any informalities and irregularities in the proposal
process, and to award the contract (s) in the best
interest of the County. Contract proposals resulting
from the process will be subject to review and will
be within the available grant funding level for the
project. All contracts will be fashioned so as to pro-
tect the County's interest.
EOE/ADA/FAIR HOUSING JURISDICTION
PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING SERVICES FOR
OVERLAY AND WIDENING; DRAINAGE IMPROVE-
MENTS OF EXISTING ROADS CR-23A & CR-229
SOUTH AND INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS
This project is to consist of Professional Engi-
neering Services -for the preparation of necessary
plans for the overlay and widening of TWO(2) ex-
isting paved County roads in Baker County, Florida.
This project will include the preparation of a typi-
cal profile for the widening and overlay of existing
road with special emphasis on identified drainage
problem areas, intersection improvements,.and the
preparation of documents for bidding and construc-
tion. The limits of tlie projects are as follows: .
1.23A---From the intersection of SR-121 and
23A (Lowder Street) west and thence north to the
intersection of 23C. This project will require minor
utility relocation and drainage/culvert replacement.
Resurfacing will also occur at an existing single
track railroad crossing. Project length is approxi-
mately 4.9 miles and budgeted at $2.9 Million.
2. CR-229 South from the intersection of 1-10
to the Baker/Union County Line. Approximately 7.0
miles in length and budgeted at $1.4 Million.
Any and all parties interested in submitting a'
proposal listing their qualifications for these proj-
ects are to do so by 3:00 p.m.; February 26,2009.
The RFQ package contains a general scope of ser-
vices and submittal Instructions and Is available by
Should you have any questions concerning
any aspect of this RFQ or want the RFQ package
please contact Sara Little via email at sara.little@
The quarterly meeting of the Baker County Local
Mitigation Strategy Task Force will take place at
10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at the
Baker County Emergency Operations Center, 1190
W. Macclenny Ave., Macclenny, Florida. All inter-
.- ,id if' i,.i are iryitqd toattend.
.- J'j. a _e ..
NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
NOTICE, IS HEREBY GIVEN that Pat Mobley
(CM REV TR) the holder of the following certificate
has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued
thereon. The certificate number and year of issu-
ancethe description of the property and the names
in which it was assessed are as follows:
CERTIFICATE NO: 02-00114
YEAR OF ISSUANCE 2002
DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY:
DESCRIPTION: PARCEL E
PART OF SECTION 35, TOWNSHIP 2
SOUTH, RANGE 20 EAST, BAKER COUNTY,
FLORIDA, MORE PARTICULARLY DE-
SSCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:
COMMENCE AT THE SE CORNER OF SAID
SECTION 35 AND THENCE S.88 DEGREES
22'20" W., ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF
SAID SECTION 35 A DISTANCE OF 819.87
FEET; THENCE N.24 DECREES 38'57" W.
1053.22 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGIN-
NING; THENCE S.70 DEGREES 40'10" W.,
1800.48 FEET TO THE EAST RIGHT-OF-
WAY LINE OF COUNTY ROAD NO. 229 (A
100 FOOT WIDE PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY
AS PRESENTLY ESTABLISHED); THENCE
N.35 DEGREES 03'41"W., ALONG SAID
EAST LINE 467.51 FEET; THENCE N.70 DE-
GREES 40'10"E., 1885.34 FEET; THENCE
S.24 DEGREES 38'57"E., 451.95 FEET TO
THE POINT OF'BEGINNING.
CONTAINS 19.04 ACRES, MORE OR
ALL OF SAID PROPERTY BEING LOCATED IN
BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA.
NAME IN WHICH ASSESSED: David Benton
Unless such certificate or certificates shall be
redeemed according to law, the property described
herein will be sold to the highest bidder at the East
door of the Baker County Courthouse, Macclenny,
Florida on April 14, 2009 at 11:00 a.m.
Dated this 13th day of February, 2009.
CLERK OF COURT
BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA
BY: Bonnie M. Palleschi
NOTICE OF PROPOSED RESOLUTION
OF THE BAKER COUNTY
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the proposed
Resolution, whose title hereinafter appears, will
be brought up for reading on Tuesday, March 3,
2009, at the meeting of the Baker County Board of
County Commissioners, commencing at 6:00 p.m.,
in the County. Administration Building located at 55
N 3rd Street, Macclenny, Florida. A copy of said
resolution may be inspected by any member of the
public.at the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court
of Baker County in the Baker County Courthouse in
Macclenny Florida. On the date above mentioned,
all interested parties may appear and be heard with
respect to this proposed resolution.
RESOLUTION NO. 2009-06
A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COM-
MISSIONERS OF BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA, TO
ADOPT A FIVE-YEAR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT
PLAN, POLICY REGARDING THE ADMINISTRATION
OF SAID PLAN, AND PROVIDING FOR THE REPEAL
OF ALL RESOLUTIONS INCONSISTENT WITH THIS
ACTION; PROVIDING SEVERABILITY; AND AN EF-
HIGGINBOTHAM'S TOWING & RECOVERY
P.O. BOX 1120, US 90 WEST
GLEN ST. MARY, FL. 32040-1120
Phone (904) 259-4375 FAX (904) 259-6146
The following vehicle will be sold at public
auction'March 6, 2009 at 10:00 am, at Higginbo-
tham's Towing & Recovery, US 90 West, Glen St.
Mary, FL. 32040.
2003 Ford 3 Dr.
opens with a
The Wildcat baseball team
won its opening game of the
season February 16, defeating
Matanzas on the road by the
score of 12-2. The. Wildcat bats
were connecting with just about
everything sent their way, while
on the defensive side of the ball
the Cats kept the Pirates off the
Brad Griffis was very strong
on the mound, dominating the
Pirates by allowing just one
hit over four innings and strik-
ing out eight. Travis Tyson had
three hits including a double,
and Johnny Elasik added two
The Cats won the West
Nassau Diamond Classic last
weekend, defeating Baldwin 11-
1 and host West Nassau 9-1.
Brad Griffis, Cameron Crews
and freshman Chris Waddell had
outstanding pitching nights dur-
ing the tourney.
Offensively, Travis Tyson,
Chris Waddell, Klate Duval and
Johnny Elasik had outstanding
hitting for the tournament.
One of the keys to the early
success that the Wildcats have
experienced this season is their
consistency on the defensive
side of the ball. The Cats have
been stellar on defense, commit-
ting only a trio of errors in three
"We have gotten off to a nice
start in all phases of the game.
Travis Tyson is getting it done
in the leadoff spot and Waddell
is hands down the best freshman
I've ever coached," commented
Coach John Staples.
The Cats travel to Alachua
February 20 to take on the Santa
Fe Red Raiders.
The Lady Wildcat basketball
season is over and it evolved
into one of the best under Coach
Franklin Griffis. The Lady Cats
lost February 6 in the semi-finals
to district champion Alachua
Santa Fe, finishing their season
The Cats lost one of their top
scorers, senior Brittany Ruise,
to an ankle injury as the sea-
son came to a close and the loss
of a player averaging close to
15 points per game hurt their
momentum as they were enter-
ing the playoffs. Though Ruise
came back against Santa Fe, she
was not up to par.
Ruise, last year's MVP,
had another fine season for
BCHS. She finished as the
team's second leading scorer
behind Destiny de la Pena. Ruise
averaged 13.9 points per game
and led in assists with 59.
De la Pena upped her game
this season as the team's lead-
ing scorer with 14 points per
game. Last season she averaged
11.8 points per game. She was
second in assists this season
Defensively, Kiana Parker led
the way for BCHS. The center
averaged 9.2 rebounds per game
and had 28 blocked shots and 34
steals. Meagan O'Steen had 8
rebounds per game and led the
team in blocked shots with 35.
De la Pena led the team in
steals with 83. Ruise had 73 and
Brittany Burns 41.
Having a high degree of excel-
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the opinion of the publisher does not
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John Deere 790, 416 hours, 60" box
blade, 60" RDTH, $7800 OBO. Also
John Deere 2155 shuttle shift, one pin
front end loader $8200 OBO. 36" 30'
long black heavy duty plastic road cul-
vert $500. 259-3866 or 537-7570.
14' fiberglass V-hull with 25 HP Evin-
rude $3000 OBO. Call Charlie 910-
Boat motor engine, transmission and
parts. All makes, many models, many
hard to find items. New, used and re-
built. ShipWreckSalvage.net, 312-324-
Honda generator 4300 H, fired up but
never used, $1200 OBO. 240-1525.
2002 Springdale by Keystone camper,
two slide-outs, like new, $9000. 591-
Kubota tractor with trailer, bush hog
and box blade, $5500 OBO. 52" Screen
RCA TV $500 OBO. Cherry dining room
table and eight chairs $250 OBO. 259-
9mm Calico M-950 50 round magazine,
$650. 536-2045. 2/12-2/19p
Artists! Oils, acrylics, water colors,
canvases, drawing pads and much
more! The Office Mart, 110 S. Fifth
Street, 259-3737. tfc
Hay for sale, cow hay $35, horse hay
$45. 259-7364. 2/19-3/12p
Big go cart with bucket seats, runs good
$500 OBO. 200-5518 or 200-5338.
Visit the historic Franklin Mercan-
tile, offering affordable antiques, col-
lectables and home furnishings. Open
Friday and Saturdays. At the railroad
crossing in Glen 259-60'40. 2/5tfc
2000 36' travel trailer, L/R slide, two
doors, $9,995.'259-4428 or 904-334-
5657. 2/12- 2/19p
14' fiberglass boat, 9.9 Mercury mo-
tor, swivel cushion seats, dry storage
compartments, Motorguide foot control
trolling motor, tilt galvanized trailer with
spare. 904-349-5439. 2/19p
2003 blue GMC Yukon, power win-
dows, power locks, alarm system, third
row seating $8500. 397-0094.
2001 Plymouth Neon, 88,000 miles.
Has racing rims with brand new low
profile tires, $3200 OBO. Call Bruce
1989 Dodge Ram Mini Van, $800
OBO. Good work van, runs good. Call
1996 4 WD Jeep Cherokee, loaded,
$2600 OBO. 1995 Toyota Corolla, five
speed, four cylinder $1500 OBO. 904-
2002 Mazda Protege 5, excellent con-
dition, low miles-70,000, great on gas,
white exterior, black cloth interior, tint-
ed windows, new tires, alpine stereo,
$7,000. 259-4443. 2/12-2/19p
2006 Silver Chevy Trailblazer,
$13,500, one owner, 50,000 miles On-
Star, running boards, tow package and
many more extras. Call 477-3604.
DuuysittiIg ini1 my IIUIIIU, ail dage, o uu
am ? Monday Friday. Near 125 and
127. 838-2287. 1/22-2/26p
Do you have a junk car or truck to sell
or haul off. Call 259-7968. 1/10tfc
Dogs: all types from puppies to adults.
Animal Control, $50 boarding fees will
apply. 259-6786. 11/20tfc
Free Beagles, seven year old female
and four year old male. Male will hunt,
female smaller, more of a pet. Both or
separate. 259-4750. 2/19p
Basset Hound puppies, eight weeks
old, health certificates, papers, CKC
registered, four females, $300. 259-
8662 or 509-7037. 2/19-2/26p
Hunting dog, name on collar is Clayton
Walker. Please call 509-1927. 2/19p
Notice to readers:
The newspaper often publishes classified
advertising on.subjects like work-at-home,
weight loss products, health products. While
the newspaper uses reasonable discretion
in deciding on publication of such ads, it
takes no responsibility as to the truthful-
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caution and common sense before send-
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ments based on statements and/or prom-
ises; demand specifics in writing. You can
also call the Federal Trade Commission at
1-877-FTC-HELP to find out how to spot
fraudulent solicitations. Remember: if it
sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
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Children's Elite is seeking a hard work-
ing, mature person that likes to work
with children. 259-1373. 2/19-3/19p
Experienced roofers, out of town stay
required. Valid driver's license a must.
Call Monday Friday, 9:00 am 5:00
pm. 904-259-8633. 2/12-2/19p
Fiscal Assistant, looking for very quick
advancement. Must be multi-tasking
team player experienced in Quickbooks,
-payroll and accounts payable process-
ing with ability to take on new tasks and
adapt to a changing environment. Full
time at $8-10 hr. Drug free EOE. Mail
resume to 101 E. Macclenny Avenue,
Macclenny, FI 32063, fax to (904) 259-
6394,or email to marybbccoa@nefcom.
Tire and lube technicians, pay based on
experience. TA Travelcenter in Baldwin.
Apply to Mark Holmes 904-266-4281
ext. 22 or email resume to tal25shop@
Earn while you learn, $1000 month
part-time. Commissioned sales posi-
tion, good with people, basic computer
skills, profession appearance. Full time
positions available. 259-5465.
20 year old female nanny looking for
full/part-time work in Macclenny area.
Just moved her from NC. Two years full-
time experience in childcare. Excellent
references. Contact 259-996.
Christian CNA available for private in-
house care, seven days a week, have
references. Call 904-860-9905.
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It illegal to advertise "any preference, limita-
, tion or discrimination based on race, color,
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the age of 18 living with parents or legal cus-
todians, pregnant women and people secur-
ing custody of children under 18.
This newspaper will not knowingly accept
any advertising for real estate which is in
violation of the law. Our readers are hereby
informed that all dwellings advertised in this
newspaper are available on an equal oppor-
tunity basis. To complain of discrimination,
call HUD toll free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll
free telephone number for the impaired is
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S, YARD SALES
0R ^ sALE Friday, 9:00 am-1:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am ?,
705 Chipshot. Furniture, household items, clothing,
shoes, toys and too much more to list. No early birds
Saturday, 8:00 am-?, 5607 Blueberry Court. Rolling
Meadows. Intant seaLtstroller, electronics, coffee
table and misc.
Saturday, 8:00 am-?, 23B near Macclenny Elementary. Girls and
adult clothes, exercise equipment and household items.
Saturday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm, 737 Miltondale. Men and women's large
clothing, auto body and paint tools, bike and much more.
Owner financing, 3 BR, 2 BA, brand
new, great location, $5000 down. 904-
Two lots in Copper Creek, Unit III. Call
813-1580. 12/ ltfc
.72 acre homesite, houses only. At
entrance to Macclenny II subdivision,
$39,900. 904-219-0480. 1/29tfc
140 acres, one mile road frontage
,$6000 per acre. 904-259-8028.
Beautiful 10 acre country estate, 2450
SF brick home, 4 BR, 2 Y2 BA, 40'x40'
barn, stocked fish pond, fruit trees.
Sacrificing due to death of husband,
$295,000. Acreage negotiable. Five
miles south of Glen off 1-10. 259-3371
or 386-397-5568. 2/19p
3 acres, high & dry, fish pond, homes
or mobile homes, set-up included,
owner financing or cash discount. 912-
You wanted to sell, now you need to
sell. I buy Baker County houses. 904-
Reduced to $59,900, seller motivated.
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, $59,900 firm. 259-6546 day
or 219-2842 evening. 2/1.9tfc
FSBO, 4 BR, 2 BA 4.82 acres at 17598
CR 127, Cuyler. Fixer-upper listed at
$85,000. No owner financing. Contact
904-306-6707, email cuylerhomefor-
'FSBO, 3 BR, 1 BA block house with
fireplace on five acres, 10-15% down,
$99,000 653-1656 leave message.
Brick 3 BR, 1 BA house in Sanderson
on one acre, nice open floor plan with
attached covered carport, offers an
additional hook-up site for mobile
home at back of lot, $149,000. Call 859-
MacGlen Builders, Inc. Brick homes in
Macclenny from $145,000-$210,000.
4 BR, 3 BA, built in 2006, 3500 SF
under roof, 11.72 acres 25'x45' beach
pool. $375,000. 904-219-7062.
One acre on Steelbridge Road, $17,000.
Call 904-334-3361. 2/12-2/26p
Great location, George Hodges Road
next to Zaxby's. 2 BR, 1 BA, central H/A,
big yard, $450 deposit and first month's
rent. 545-5485 or 476-8907. 2/19p
Trailer or camper lot for rent $200/
month. 251-4130. 2/19-2/26p
4 BR, 3 BA, central H/A, large yard,
$1000/month, $1000 deposit. 904-509-
5481. Located in Georgia bend.
3 BR, 2 BA, all brick home, 2200 SF liv-
ing on 22 acres, $1100/month, $1100
deposit. 259-2242. 2/19p
Studio apartment, washer, dryer,
microwave furnished, $650/month,
$500 deposit, service animals only.
2 BR, 1 BA mobile home in city, central
H/A, $475/month. 813-5149. 2/19c
Watson Really Corp REALTORS
BRICK BEAUTY! MLS# 431773 Lovely 3BR/2BA,
3016 SF offers marble fireplace, eat in kitchen,
butler's pantry & in ground pool
BRING EVERYONE! MLS#423992 Bring family,
pets and all the neighbors! This property will take
care of all. Bring all offers! $550,000
THE PLANTATION MLS# 465612 Beautiful 3BR/
2BA home on 2.54 acres in Old Nursery Plantation.
Make this your dream home. $284,000
PERFECT LAND!- MLS# 408378 45.63 Acres! Great
for horses & agriculture. CR121. Has older home & 2
rentals. Close to St. Mary's River. $625,000
MOTIVATED SELLER! MLS#453352 Will consider
any and.all offers regardless of the amount. Very
motivated seller. 2.29 acres, zoned commercial.
Located 1/ mile off Interstate 10. $250,000
BRICK HOME MLS#467040 3BR/1.5A home
in the heart of Macclenny. Large lot, fenced yard,
affordable pricing. $81,000
VACANT LAND MLS#469645 Bring those house
plans with you, once you walk this land you will
look no further. 2.50 acres w/deep pond in front..
JAX RANCH CLUB MLS# 452129 Get away from
city by owning this spectacular vacant lot of 2.53
acres. Come canoe and ride horses. $100,000
2 BR, 1 BA mobile home, central H/
A, $565/month, first, last plus $300
deposit. Includes water, lawn service
and trash. 259-7335. 6/12tfc
3 BR, 2 BA trailer, Cedar Creek Drive,
Sanderson, $650/month, first and last
months rent, $600 deposit. 251-4130.
3 BR, 2 BA doublewide on V acre on
corner of 125 South and Mudlake Road.
$750/month, $1050 deposit., Call 904-
259-9066. Available March 1st. 2/5tfc
Efficiency apartment, all utilities included
$525/month, first, last, $300 security.
259-7335. 2/1 2tfc
2 BR mobile home in Glen $450/month,
$450 deposit. 259-8140. 2/19tfc
2009 32x64 24 BR, 2 BA, delivery, setup,
skirting, steps, A/C installed $56,900.
2008 28x52 3 BR, 2 BA, "must go" deliv-
ery, setup, skirting, steps and A/C installed
$52,900. 259-8028 .. 2/19-3/12c
2009 32x80, 4 BR, 2 BA, living room,
den, delivery, setup, skirting, setps, A/C
installed $69,900. 259-8028. 2/19-3/12c
Commercial building 3000 SF, excellent
location with parking. 699-3710 or 699-
Premium office space for lease on newly
renovated downtown College Street. Great
Parking, must see. Call 509-7246.
Office space for rent, prime location,
downtown Macclenny, $588.50 per month
plus deposit. Call 259-6546. a 1/8ftc
1300 SF office space and 1000 SF office
space located on 121. 259-9022.11/20tfc
Commercial, building for lease with
4,000 SF available, on main Macclenny
intersection with plenty of parking space,
call 259-2417. 10/16tfc
Let people know what's going on-
post your special event online
1395 Chaffee Road
NEW HOMESITE! MLS#416006 Heavily treed lots,
no building time frames, 2400 SF, min. home, 1
horse per acre allowed.
JUST REDUCED! MLS#404867 6/3 Offers 3001 SF,
1 acre lot, commercial kitchen, indoor utility,fenced
back yard & more!
COUNTRY SETTING MLS#467440 1 home per
7.5 acres. Build your dream home on 15 acres
completely cleared and waiting for you! $299,900
HIGH & DRY! MLS# 428488 5.63 acres for you to
build your dream home! Surrounded by gorgeous
homes. Large pole barn. Homes only.
PRIME COMMERCIAL GROWTH LOCATION! -
MLS# 448655 36.27 acres of wooded land readyto
develop. Owner will sell as two parcels, but prefers
to sell together. $600,000
BRING YOUR HORSES! MLS#459119 Beautiful
4BR/3.5BA cedar home on 9.3 acres. Four car
garage, 3 fenced grazing areas and pool with spa &
much more! $474,500
SECLUDED ACRES! MLS# 438950 Thirteen private
& secluded acres. Partially fenced with water &
power already installed. Close to everything!
GREAT LAND! MLS# 448623 Eighty acres ready to
be developed and built on. Owner will divide into
smaller parcels from 2.5 acres and up. Price will vary
according to size of tract. $880,000
3 BR, 1 BA upscale apartment located
downtown Macclenny. $800/monthly
plus $800 security deposit. Must see
509-7246, 838-2487. 2/12-2/19p
2 BR, 2 BA garden tub in master bed-
room, clean, good neighborhood, avail-
able March 1, $600/month, first, last
$300 security deposit. Service animals
only. 259-5877. 2/5tfc
3 BR, 2 BA doublewide mobile home
with big yard and storage shed. Half
mile from 1-10 in Macclenny, $600
deposit, $750 per month. No smoking.
259-2900. Available 2/25. 2/19c
2 BR, 2 BA mobile home like new, $700/
month, first month plus $500 deposit.
Glen area, service animals only. 259-
3 BR, 2 BA mobile home, large yard,
$750/month, first and last plus $500
deposit. 259-6849. 2/19p
2 BR, 2 BA mobile home, move-in spe-
cial. 259-3313. 2/19p
2 BR, 1 BA, mobile home $525 month,
$525 deposit. 904-334-1902. 2/19c
2 BR, 1 BA, 163 South Boulevard West,
Macclenny. Central H/A, $875/month,
security deposit and first month's rent
required. Call 613-6001. 2/19-2/26p
3 BR, 2 BA 1000 SF home for rent in city
limits, $750/month plus equal deposit.
Available 3/1/09. Call 259-6546 day, 259-
4602 evening. 2/19tfc
Southside condo for rent, 2 BR, 2 BA,
all appliances including dishwasher,
washer/dryer. Gated community min-
utes from UNF, downtown, St. Johns
Center, Tinseltown and Avenues Mall.
Lindsay at 904-652-7715. 2/12-2/19p
Nice 3 BR, 2 BA doublewide in Glen St,
Mary. Close to schools, on 2.75 acres,
appliances included, $800/month,
$1600 deposit. Call 259-1461 after 5:00
Homes and mobile homes for rent
from $750-850 monthly. 259-3343.
3 BR, 2 BA mobile home, garbage
pickup, water & lawn maintenance pro-
2 BR, 1 BA mobile home $150 weekly,
no deposit, two available: 910-5434,
Nextel beep 160*132311*2. 2/19p
Mobile homes. 2 and 3 BR, A/C, service
animals only, $500-$575 plus deposit.
Lovely home with many upgrades, 3 BR,
2 BA 1875 SF, $1150 per month, $1000
deposit. Call 408-9146. Monarch.2/19p
THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, February 19, 2009 Page 13
2 minutes all to himself...
up to Vow'
BY KELLEY LANNIGAN
In 1997, %hen Malissa Bar-
ber's first child Garrett was di-
agnosed with Trisoim 21. a form
of Down's SN ndrome, her first
thoughts were, "Oh Lord, my
child won't ever drive, he won't
go to his high school prom He's
going to miss all those %wonder-
Today, as she watches 12-
year-old Garrett on the basket-
ball court, she doesn't believe
Garrett is prettN much like
any boy his age. He likes to
swim, ride his bicycle and ,ip
around on his go-kart. Like most
teenagers, he hates getting up in
the morning. He's is a big fan of
video games, loves to eat maca-
roni and cheese, and sometimes
teases and squabbles with his
"We made the decision to
treat him the same as the other
children in our household." said
Garrett's father Thomas Barber.
"He has chores he has
to do. He gets
his own bath
putting his dish-
es in the dish-
ents are pleased
and happy %w th
his progress, and
they are determined
their son will lead as
normal a life as the)
can possibly provide.
The Barbers admit
facing the challenge
of raising an excep-
tional child was tough
at first. An experience
Mr. Barber had when
Garrett was \ery Noung
changed his entire per-
At age three, Garrett
contracted pneumonia anid
was hospitalized for ten days at
.Nemours Hospital in Jackson-
"He was on the fifth floor,
where all the cancer kids are,"
said Mr. Barber. "It.was a very
nS c id
our son to do well," said Ms.
Mr. Barber agrees.
"That man is a blessing and
this community is lucky to have
him here as a teacher."
Last fall, Ms. Barber began
researching recreation oppor-
tunities, especially sports, for
her son. She and her husband
%wanted Garrett to have an op-
portunity to play sports which
would help mainstream him
Jacksonville, she discov-
ered, had abundant oppor-
tunities for children with
special needs bowling.
softball, swimming. Baker
Counrt. to her disappoint-
nment, had none
She decided to tr\ the
YMCA. Although they
had no such programs either,
Freddie Oca, the program direc-
tor, urged her to enroll Garrett in
the facility's basketball program
"We'll definitely find a place
for him on a team," he told her.
The YMCA basketball pro-
gram is conducted in the gym at
the First Baptist Church of Mac-
clenny. On the first day the Bar-
bers took their son to practice,
the\ were both a little apprehen-
sive. Nis. Barber thought Garrett
would be on a non-competitt\e
team, but that wasn't the case.
Garrett, just like eterNone else,
was on a regular team.
The other team members
were as old as 14 and they were
much bigger than Garrett. She
wondered if enrolling him might
ha.e been a mii,ike
She came to quickly under-
stand that it was not. Now, w hen
she talks about her son's inmole-
ment with the team. her grate-
fulness is apparent and she often
"From that first day, the coach
and the other kids accepted and
involved him as completely as
they can," Ms. Barber said. "I
love my child and feel very pro-
tective of him. To watch those
other young people commit
themselves to including him has
been a very special experience
Since things move pretty
fast during a game and Garrett
doesn't have the split-second re-
actions and reflexes for aggres-
sive maneuvers on the court, he
.doesn't actually play basketball
in the traditional sense.
Garrett is involved as fully as
possible during practices. Coach
Bill Lamb and the team have
mapped out a series of positions
where Garrett is to be located
during each phase of practice,
much the way a dance is choreo-
graphed. The players conscien-
tiously weave around him so that
he is always present somewhere
on or around the court and part
of all the action.
During an actual game, Gar-
rett is granted an exclusive two
minutes at the end of each quar-
ter. That's when he goes onto the
court with Coach Lamb and gets
to toss as many free throws as he
can. While he throws everyone
in the gym shouts encourage-
ment and cheers him on. ,
The Barbers fondly remem-
ber what it was like for Garrett
when he received his official
"He was so excited the night
he first got his jersey after prac-
tice," Mr. Barber recalls.
"He came running into the
house shouting Number 2! Num-
ber 2!" said Ms. Barber.
According to the Barbers,
Garrett understands that he
doesn't do exactly what the other
players do, but that he is defi-
nitely part of the team.
"He also understands that
playing on the team depends on
his doing well in school and he's
all for it," said Ms. Barber. "It
helps him understand working
toward a goal."
The Barbers are grateful to
the YMCA for giving their son
an opportunity to participate in
a sports program. They know
there are other families in Baker
County with special needs chil-
dren and urge organizations to
work together toward providing
sports and recreational opportu-
nities for them.
"-The YMCA opened their
arms and accepted my son," said
Ms. Barber. "I will always be
thankful for that. Now the com-
munity needs to develop pro-
grams for these kids. They all
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As a Realtor for several years and lifetime resident
of Baker County, Tammie Gray of Watson Realty
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In 2007, Tammie became one of the few Real
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New systems & repairs
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Bulldozer & bac-hioe wc'rl.
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Homes and forces
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PRINTING & FAXING
Black & White, Color Copipe
Custom Business Forms,
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Chamber hosts social...
From left are Aaron Patterson of The, Tutoring Center, Helene Guest of Wachovia
Bank and Andy Burnett from First Federal Bank of Florida during the Chamber of
Commerce's quarterly business social held at the recently opened center in Corner-
stone Square the evening of February 17.
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