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79th Year, Vol. 45 Thursday, March 19,2009 Macclenny, Florida 50o
Pre-K center has
Among ten loca
The Baker Coun-
ty Pre-K Center re-
mains the top pre- By
school program in Joel
the county when it
comes to making Addington
sure children are
ready for kindergar- Press Staff
According to scores recently released
by the Florida Department of Education
for the 2007-08 year, a higher percent-
age of children from the Pre-K center
passed tests measuring knowledge of the
ABCs and overall skill and behavior lev-
el than any of the other nine preschool
"We have highly qualified teachers
- two with their bachelors in elemen-
tary education and three with associate
degrees in early childhood education,"
said the school district's pre-K coordi-
nator Naomi Anderson.
A 59-year-old Macclenny equi1
man was arrested on a felony the 1
drug trafficking charge this place
month after selling 24 hydro- after
codone pills to a confidential calle
informant of the sheriff's office to h
whom he approached inside purcl
the courthouse after being sen- The
tenced to probation on a differ- later
ent drug-related charge. phar
Walter Hunt of 205 N. 2nd codo
St. offered to sell the informant 19.4
30 tablets of the pain medica- M
tion at $4 apiece, according to into
police records. ing h
Sheriff's investigators set bond
up audio and video recording In
Five other teachers
are certified in child-
hood development, V -
the minimum amount
of training the state
requires for preschool
"They are highly
motivated. We do
work for the public
school system so we
have leaders pushing
us for professional 0 30
Another factor is the retention rate
of pre-K center instructors, who today
oversee the early education of about 160
"Some places have higher turnover
so they're constantly having to retrain,"
said Ms. Anderson.
Each year area preschools report to
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the state how many students they serve,
how many are tested and how many score
high enough to be considered "ready" to
Three tests are given one measures
skill, knowledge and behavior; one tests
the ability to identify letters of the alpha-
bet and a third accounts for the ability to
sound letters out aloud.
pment to monitor this week, complaints
buy, which took for both felony and
that afternoon misdemeanor drug
the informant possession were filed
d Mr. Hunt, went March 13 on the basis
is residence and of contents found in
chased 24 pills. the jacket of a suspect
medication was who fled on foot from
identified by a a county deputy in
macist as hydro- 1;o south Macclenny.
ne and weighed Deputy Erik De-
grams. loach said he recog-
!r. Hunt was taken nized Willie Lous
custody and is be- WalterHunt Dempsey Jr, 19, of
eldona$250,000 Macclenny as the
t. person walking west on South
other drug-related cases Boulevard about 10:30 that
The numerical percentages of "pass-
ing" students, those performing at or
above the acceptable level, on each of
the three tests are then added together
to make the preschool's kindergarten
readiness rate for the school year.
The same process occurs during the
summer sessions so some schools will
(See page 2)
- in courthouse
night. As the officer parked his
cruiser, he said Mr. Dempsey
ran south on Grissholm St.,
tossing his multi-colored jacket
on the pavement.
Deputy Deloach found a cig-
arette pack in the right outside
jacket pocket that contained
a plastic baggie with several
"rocks" of crack cocaine. He
also found a marijuana ciga-
The officer sought arrest
warrants after failing to find
the suspect. The neighborhood
is known for frequent drug-re-
In another arrest, Rodrick
Roberts, 22, of Macclenny was
charged with misdemeanor
marijuana possession the after-
noon of March 16 after he and
two others were found seated in
a parked car on the former Pin-
eview golf course property.
Deputy Matt Sigers said he
questioned the trio about 1:40
after sighting Mr. Roberts' 2006
Ford parked near overgrown
foliage off Golf Club Dr. He
smelled the odor of marijuana
smoke and summoned a drug-
(See page 2)
BY JOEL ADDINGTON
An ordinance exempting
- those resulting in
tracts of 40 acres or
more from sub-
and introduced to
the Baker County
16, was met with
uneasiness by some
board members and
praised by others.
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apply to properties divided
more than twice and call for
landowners to file professional
plans with the county and make
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improvements like the paving
of dirt roads, which is typically
a costly proposition.
"We have a lot of large tract
ownership in the
S been planning director
Ed Preston. "It just
SSUC Of doesn't make sense
that if you peel off
mine. 500 acres to sell to
this guy and 500
x Robinsonacres to another guy,
commissioner you've created a sub-
3 division. Yet our reg-
ulations don't allow
us to say it is anything else but
However, he said, the county
has had problems with smaller
parcels being divided and re-
divided without improvements
like paved roads or drainage.
"We just felt like 40 acres
was a good size in between
those," Mr. Preston said.
Commissioner Alex Rob-
inson likes the new ordinance
and suggested the board host
a workshop to further hash it
"This has been an issue of
mine," he said. "I don't think
300 acres divided into 100-
acre tracts is a subdivision ...
(See page 2)
PHOTO BY KELLEY LANNIGAN
His love affair began as a 10-year-old
According to Sol and Sara
Burnsed, the small house in By
Glen St. Mary they share with Kelle
their son rocks and rolls al- ly
most constantly with the mu- Lannigan
sic of "The King."
"That boy loves Elvis Pres- Press Staff
ley more then anything in this
world," says Ms. Burnsed.
Jeffery Burnsed, sporting a commemorative
Elvis T-shirt and a pompadour hairdo, struts into
the kitchen, looking very much like his music idol.
He loves anything to do with the famous 50s rock
'n roll icon and has amassed a sizable personal
collection of Elvis memorabilia.
His love affair with Elvis began as a 10-year-
old boy when he happened to see a broadcast of
the last concert Elvis performed before he died in
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BY JOEL ADDINGTON
Crews used his closing remarks
during this week's meeting of
the Baker County Commission
to get something off his chest.
"It's weighed on my mind
for some time now," he said,
prefacing his call for the coun-
ty to eliminate needless spend-
ing. "If we don't address the
spending issue now, we're go-
ing to have a hard time a year
"Just because it's budgeted,
C s money y
Commissioner Crews cut back,
ty Manager Joe Cone, was to
leave vacant positions on the
county payroll unfilled and in-
stitute a hiring freeze.
Mr. Crews also asked for
reactions from fellow commis-
Most agreed in principle
and talked about ways of track-
ing county spending beyond
the monthly expenditure re-
ports board members receive
Commissioner Mike Griffis
said a key spending indicator
used in business is the percent-
age of a department's budget
that's been spent at various
points throughout the year.
"That's a way of tracking,"
he said. "That'd be a good re-
port to share."
Commissioner Alex Robin-
son commended Mr. Crews for
his comments and called for
more detailed spending reports
from county staff
When asked after the hear-
ing for examples of wasteful
county spending, Mr. Crews
talked about small frugal steps
employees could take like re-
ducing phone company charges
and not using credit cards, but
also larger purchases like new
vehicles that could've been de-
"We should make sure we're
buying what we need, not what
we want," he said.
There are limits in place
now capping how much coun-
ty staff can spend without the
Any expenditures total-
ing more than $3500 require
sealed bids be submitted for
the commission's review.$0
and $3500 can be approved
by the county manager after
obtaining at least three price
quotes from vendors, either
over the phone or in writing
when time permits.
The manager must also ap-
prove any expenditures by de-
partment heads greater than
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Pre-K center tops
(from page 1)
receive two scores in the same
Since the department began
tracking kindergarten readiness
in 2005-06, the pre-K center at
362 E. South Blvd. in Macclenny
has consistently scored higher
than most others. The program
is also the most attended.
Only in the first year of track-
ing did the Special Blessings
Center, 590 N. 7th cc
St. in Macclenny, Of the ti
top the center's
readiness rate, and given, ch
only by one point,
265 to 264, records often SC(
Special Bless- estinsoi
ings had the second out lcttc
of children served alphabet
last year with 43.
them were tested
to secure a kindergarten readi-
ness rate of 248.
Last year, the pre-K center
had the highest rate at 285. The
next closest was ABC Childcare
& Learning Center, 627 5th St.
in Macclenny, at 258. It served
30 students while the remaining
preschools served between five
and 12 students.
The Love Center at 574 W.
Minnesota Ave. had the lowest
readiness rate at 217, well below
the 240 score during its 2007-08
Of the three tests given,
children often scored lowest in
sounding out letters of the alpha-
bet. Eighty-nine percent of stu-
dents at the pre-K center passed
that portion, while 60 percent
did so at the Love Center.
"They are four years old,"
said Ms. Anderson. "Some have
never been exposed to formal
education. In rural communities,
sometimes children are exposed
less to literature-rich environ-
ments or having parents read to
them at home."
She said that's something pre-
K center faculty often encourage
parents to do.
Each year the state's Depart-
ment of Education sets a mini-
mum readiness rate, which is the
lowest rating in the top 85 per-
cent of ratings statewide. For the
2007-08 school year the mini-
mum was 214, just three points
below the Love Center's rating.
None of Baker County's pre-
schools have received a readi-
ness rating below the minimum,
which would've labeled them
"low providers" and could lead
to probation from the state. But
two years ago, for the 2005-06
school year, ABC Childcare did
rate one point below the state
minimum at 200, records show.
When a program is designated
a low provider for two consecu-
tive years, it goes
must implement a
eeC tests state-approved im-
ire provement plan and
drcen submit quarterly
d low- progress reports.
If the rating
ding still drops below
i the minimum for
of the a third consecutive
year, the preschool
and use a state-ap-
plus develop and
implement the improvement
plan with quarterly updates.
And if that doesn't work, af-
ter the fourth consecutive year
as a low provider, the state re-
vokes the preschool's eligibility
as a volunteer pre-K program.
Roughly 733 of the state's 4892
preschools were identified as
low providers for the 2007-08
school year. That number is up
from 689 the previous year.
Easing large-tract rules...
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It [the ordinance] would be a
big help is resolving issues that
might not need to come before
But further consideration was
likely needed for the measure,
said Commissioner Mark Hart-
"It feels like there might be
problems with dirt roads and pri-
vate roads. It seems like there's
always an issue with those," he
Roads were also a potential
concern for Commissioner Mike
Griffis. "There's got to be some
stipulation for building or main-
taining roads," he added.
The board set the workshop
for April 7 at 4:00 pm in the
commission chambers behind
Under other business, the
commission approved the fol-
Roger Raulerson's low bid
for the installation of a well at
St. Mary Shoals Park for $5800.
County Manager Joe Cone
said staff would verify that Mr.
Raulerson has the proper insur-
ance and licenses. If not, the job
would be awarded to the next
lowest bidder, Dependable Well
& Pump, at $7874, he said.
Certificates of need to allow
private ambulance transporta-
tion services, Liberty and Cen-
tury, and the county's in-house
service to operate here.
A $1800 change order on a
housing rehabilitation grant proj-
ect by Foster Construction. The
project was bid with the expecta-
tion of installing a gravity sewer
system, however; Mr. Cone said
there isn't enough slope for a
gravity system and a pump will
Gordon Crews to serve as the
county's representative in a re-
gional economic development
coalition of rural counties in
North Central Florida.
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Garden, yard clinics
By Alicia Lamborn
The Baker County extension
service has a number of clinics
and classes planned this month
and in early April to assist the
(from page 1)
sniffing canine unit when the
driver declined to allow a vehicle
The dog alerted to the pres-
ence of drugs, and police found a
plastic baggie with three smaller
ones inside two of them con-
taining marijuana in the con-
sole. A partially smoked marijua-
na cigarette was in an ashtray.
The other occupants of the car
were not charged.
spring gardener and landscaper.
Each Saturday in March, local
master gardeners will be on hand
to answer your questions at
a different location each week.
The hours are from 10:00 am-
On March 21 it is at Bennett's
Feed and March 28 at Walmart
VMarch 24 Turfgrass work-
shop; from 6:00-7:30 pm at the
ag center. Best management
practices for maintaining beau-
tiful and hearty turf. There is a
$3 fee for materials and refresh-
ments; pre-register by March 23.
1 April 4 Spring garden-
fest; 8:00 am-noon at the ag
center. Something for everyone:
plants for sale, gardening demos,
master gardener plant clinic and
For questions on any of these
events, please call 259-3520.
Pursuant to City Council Resolution No. 08-
19 the College Street railroad crossing will be
closed as of March 28, 2009. Alternate cross-
ings are available at Fourth and Fifth Streets.
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The evolution of Barbie
Musings on the doll's 50th birthday
Barbie turned 50 this year. The
anniversary has been observed by TH E
the issuing of a special 50th anni-
versary Barbie Doll (surprise!) and POI
pictorial publications that highlight
the history of the world's most fa- KELLEY I
Models with bodies the width of
a yardstick have been sporting Barbie-inspired de-
signer couture on runways. Hollywood, in its over-
the-top Tinseltown style, threw the doll a birthday
party attended by
fashion mavens like
Heidi Klum. Pink
drinks flowed and
one celebrity arrived
in a pink Barbie con-
The official Bar-
bie Web site de-
scribes the doll as a
icon, pop culture
princess and global
I had one of the
original dolls that
sported eyes heavily
painted with aqua
shadow and black
eyeliner. Her plastic
molded hair even
had a blue hair band
as part of the design.
I repeatedly dressed
and undressed her
in her now famous
black and white
striped bathing suit
and loved fitting her
feet in tiny, plastic
I remember when the dolls became movable, pivot-
ing at the waist and with bendable legs.
According to Barbie trivia, two Barbie dolls are
sold every second. The sheer volume of Barbie edi-
tions issued over the decades is staggering. The
doll's career path has taken many divergent routes
since I knew her as a seven-year-old girl back in
I never had the fixation with dolls most little
girls possess and so my preoccupation with Barbie
didn't last long. I was actually more
ACK interested in spying on my brother
and his friends playing Tarzan and
C H G.I. Joe. While the other little girls
were expanding their Barbie collec-
NNIGAN tions, I was spending a good part of
my day being shot at by soldiers and
tied to trees by evil jungle gorillas.
Many, many years later, Barbie crossed my radar
again when I was in a Toys R Us store shopping for
a birthday present for my niece. I stumbled upon
the doll section and
There was a Barbie
for every conceivable
occasion, reason and
There were celebrity
and movie star Barbies,
Barbies that healed the
sick and cared for the
poor, drove race cars, com-
peted in the Olympics, ran
for president, flew planes,
taught college, discovered
cold fusion, cured cancer, de-
veloped stock portfolios. The
] list was endless.
SMy doll had come a long way,
A number of years ago, I saw
a Web site that spoofed Barbie's
^f evolving image and featured a hu-
morous, if twisted, take on the doll
as a reflection of changing, sometimes
disturbing contemporary culture. There
"/ were such indelicate examples as Trailer
/ Trash Barbie, Gangsta Girl Barbie, Serial
/ Killer Barbie, Lesbian Barbie and a Transgen-
der Barbie that featured Ken in a mini-dress,
wig and make-up.
Barbie was invented by Ruth Handler, who co-
founded the Mattel Toy Company. She named the
doll after her daughter. Ken, Barbie's male com-
panion, a mere shadow of his famous girlfriend,
was named for Ms. Handler's son.
I bought my original Barbie at the dime store
with $3 I saved from my allowance. She came in
a cardboard box. I wish I still had the old girl, for
Actually, I wish I had her boobs.
Are we at the bottom already?
I don't want to
jinx it, but join me
in crossing your
fingers because I
think the economy
may have sunk so
deep so fast, that
there's only one way left to go
and that's up.
And if we are at the prover-
bial basement bottom, could the
economy ricochet back off the
floor like a rubber ball? I be-
lieve I heard an economist (boy
do they come out of the wood-
work in tough economic times)
say last week that the quicker the
pace of the downturn, the faster
the upswing will be.
He could be right, judging by
the positive economic news of
late. Housing starts in February
were up from January and the
Dow Jones industrial average
has been steadily
climbing. It was
up 2.5 percent
while the broad-
& Poor's 500 had
risen 3 percent as
of press time.
Could be this be the market
stabilization that investors have
been waiting for? Land develop-
er Avery Roberts of Lake Butler
said this week interest in a few
thousand acres he's setting up
for an industrial park near Sand-
erson has slowed in the last year,
but he's still getting inquiries.
"Nobody wants to be the first
to jump back in, but it will come
back," he said of the real estate
Such hesitancy can be a good
sign. People are being more
careful and smarter with their
Compared to other ethnic
Today is St. Patrick's Day
and as usual I am wearing green.
For many years I was under the
misconception that one whole
branch of my relatives came
from Ireland. So I had an affinity
for this holiday.
Then my intrepid sister did
some genealogy research and
discovered that they were actual-
ly Dutch or maybe German, and
I was bereft of a holiday.
Real Irish are a bit perturbed
with the Amateur Irish who take
over the holiday as an excuse to
drink and party and throw a lot
of food color into rivers to turn
them green. Real Irish don't need
St. Patrick, as we all know,
brought Christianity to the island
and supposedly, as a demonstra-
tion of the religion's great power
to the pagan Celts, drove all the
snakes from Ireland. It is not true
that he invented Guinness and
leprechauns. It is only specula-
tion that he invented Riverdanc-
ing as a way to keep from step-
ping on all those snakes as he
drove them out of the Emerald
Though I have nothing against
either the Dutch or the Germans,
I am a little upset I am no longer
Irish. Despite wooden shoes, the
Dutch are not nearly as quaint as
the Irish. Despite having pretty
good beer of their own, the Ger-
mans can't match Guinness and
their accents aren't nearly as
So, although we are all Guest
Irish on St. Patrick's Day, I need
to start scouting around for an-
other holiday I can adopt as my
St. Valentine's Day is okay,
to stick with St. Pat's
MY SIDE OF
but it already belongs to Hall-
mark and the Russell Stover
Candy company. Besides, I don't
look good in pink.
I like trees, but Arbor Day just
doesn't have much punch to it.
The same is true of Flag Day.
So, I think I will search for odd
and obscure holidays to adopt as
my own. I dare you to try and
discover which are real holidays
and which I've made up.
In South Korea there is the
Mud Festival in July. For a full
week in July, those of us who are
hygienically carefree can enjoy
mud skiing, mud soccer, mud
arts and crafts and yes, even mud
wrestling. However, being South
Korea and not Baxter, it is miss-
ing one very important element
of mud. I speak of course of Mud
Boggin'. No Mud Boggin'? For-
get it, I'll move on in my search
for the ultimate holiday.
Since I'm now covered in
mud, I think I'll stick around in
Southeast Asia for a couple of
days and go to the Thai Songkran
Festival. This traditional festival
started as a celebration of water
in some vaguely religious way.
People would sprinkle each oth-
er with water as a way of greet-
ing and a wish for prosperity and
good health. However, it devel-
oped probably as the result of
drunken college students into
a gigantic water fight. Passersby
get doused with buckets of wa-
ter, splashed by water hoses and
hit with water balloons. It's got
promise but I hate to be damp
and pruney so I'll move on.
I have an affinity for the
French so I kind of like the
French La Pourcailhade Festi-
val. It honors that most noble
and misunderstood of creatures,
the pig. I think the pigs would
prefer the Mud Festival, but the
French honor their swine with
pig squealing competitions, in
which competitors vary their
squeals to imitate birth, death
and other major events in a pig's
life though I'm at a loss to
think of what those may be. Once
again, however, I have to shake
my head in amazement that those
French have left out the obvious
festival competition, the greased
pig chase, so it too falls short.
So, too does the Mexican Rad-
ish Festival. This pre-Christmas
observance has Mexican artisans
carving the root into entire nativ-
ity scenes and likenesses of the
saints (including St. Patrick?).
The weak of stomach need not
even show up for the New Zea-
land Hokitika Wildfoods Fes-
tival. Chefs come up with their
own definition of "cuisine" from
foods found well just about
anywhere in the backyard. You
can sample that tasty wasp larvae
ice cream or lamb cheek kebabs.
Tasty and tempting I admit, espe-
cially when washed down with
plenty of Guinness.
Oh, well. I guess I haven't
found the perfect replacement
for St. Patrick's Day. So I'll
throw green food coloring in my
toilet, eat some corned beef and
cabbage and practice saying Erin
money. They know that saving
for stability is just as important
as investing aggressively.
Young people, my generation,
now know what the bad times
look like. We can't depend on
easy credit to finance everything
we can't afford.
Maybe people are even more
educated about interest rates,
banking and the stock market.
Could these hard times demon-
strate the any more the impor-
tance of keeping close watch on
government and industry, espe-
cially during times of excess and
Even if we are now experi-
encing the bottoming out of the
economy, we don't know how
long the readjustment period will
last. What if the bounce-back
comes slower, and the aforemen-
tioned economist was just trying
to build consumer and investor
confidence that all has not been
That's OK too. Perhaps we
needed a historical correction
of the marketplace, and one that
will not be soon forgotten when
401K balances begin encourag-
ing early retirement and I've fi-
nally saved enough money for a
down payment on a house.
A boy can dream, right?
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, March 19, 2009 Page 4
Two defendants were ordered to serve
18-month sentences in state prison after
entering no contest pleas in circuit court
on March 16.
Albert Weatherly's sentences will run
concurrently for sale and possession of pre-
scription medication, purchase of the same
and possession of cocaine. He entered no
contest pleas and was adjudicated guilty by
Circuit Judge James Nilon.
Mr. Weatherly, 48, of Macclenny both
bought and sold cocaine and the prescrip-
tion drug Xanax to sheriffs investigator
Scotty Rhoden posing as a drug dealer in
south Macclenny in October and Decem-
ber of 2008. He has a past record of drug
offenses, drunk driving and resisting po-
lice. The defendant gets credit for 89 days
already served in county jail.
Robert Burnsed Jr. of Glen St. Mary en-
tered a similar plea to theft of a firearm
and drew an 18-month term to be served
concurrently to a federal sentence.
Mr. Burnsed had recently been released
from federal custody serving time for drug
offenses when he was re-arrested in Janu-
ary of this year for theft and felony pos-
session of a firearm, and grand theft. The
possession and grand theft counts were
dropped by the state as part of the plea
In other cases:
Mark Criss will go to state prison for
17 months minus 198 days he has been in
county jail following his arrest for bur-
glary and grand theft of a house along the
St. Marys River during Tropical Storm Fay
Judge Nilon ordered 200 hours of com-
munity service and a ten-year probation
following release. Mr. Criss and a co-de-
fendant who has already been sentenced
were caught wading through flood waters
with jewelry and other property taken from
a home that had been evacuated.
Judge Nilon ordered a two-year proba-
tion for Kenneth Betts for aggravated flee-
ing of police and a one-year probation for
drunk driving after accepting a no contest
plea and adjudging the defendant guilty.
Mr. Lee was given time served for driv-
ing on a suspended license and having an
incorrect tag on his vehicle when he was
arrested in February of this year.
Lashawn Farmer will be on drug-of-
fender house arrest six months and submit
to mental health counseling in return for
her no contest plea to carrying a concealed
weapon and possession of prescription
Jerome Anderson pleaded no contest to
possession of cocaine and a small amount
of marijuana, and took a sentence of one
year and two days, less 110 days served in
county jail since his arrest.
Michael Myers will be on probation for
five years and was ordered to pay restitu-
tion to his victim for two felony theft cases.
The cases were petty theft, but upgraded
to felonies because of earlier offenses on
Judge Nilon withheld adjudication of
guilt for possession of cocaine and felony
driving on a suspended license by Jaleel
Ruise, but determined he is guilty of re-
sisting police. The state dropped a charge
of sale and possession of a controlled sub-
He was also given a four-month county
jail sentence with credit for 47 days.
Leslie Starling admitted to violating
probation on an earlier conviction for deal-
ing in stolen property and was placed on
house arrest for six months.
Anthony Williams admitted to violat-
ing probation for two earlier fraud cases
and will serve a sentence of one year and
five days, with credit for 120 days.
The judge withheld adjudication of
guilt in the case of Derrick Williams for
habitual driving with a suspended license.
The charge was downgraded from a felony
as part of the plea agreement, and the de-
fendant will be on probation one year, plus
assessed a $500 fine.
Dustin Crews will serve a county jail
sentence of 120 days, less 48 days served,
after pleading no contest to grand theft and
dealing in stolen property.
An 18-month probation and counsel-
ing were ordered for Reese Estep in return
for his plea to felony battery as a repeat
offender, domestic assault on his wife and
Arrest warrants were issued for two
defendants who failed to appear for the
regular criminal docket day this week:
Stephanie Chandler for welfare fraud and
Barbara Jeffries for possession of cocaine
and drug paraphernalia.
New River 'lightens' rule on project bidding
BY JOEL ADDINGTON
About a month after exempt-
ing certain construction work
from formal bidding, the New
River landfill's board of direc-
tors further amended the exemp-
tion last week to make its use
The bidding exemption per-
tains to purchases of supplies,
materials, equipment and ser-
vices on approved and budgeted
construction projects. On pur-
chases costing less than $10,000,
it calls for quotes to be obtained
over the phone not in writing
- while those above that thresh-
old need at least three written
prices from vendors, whenever
Under the old procurement
rules, formal bidding was man-
datory for all purchases above
$10,000. However, last month
landfill staff recommended the
change to eliminate potential
project delays from that process,
which can run as long as 120
days in some cases, New Riv-
er's executive director Darrell
O'Neal said February 12.
Any expenditures above
$25,000 still require approval
from the New River board.
During its meeting March 12,
the board voted unanimously to
add another provision to the ex-
emption policy requiring land-
fill staff explain any use of the
exemption, albeit after the fact,
to the board.
The change states that any
purchases of more than $10,000
will mean a report to the board,
"explaining the reason for the
purchase, the quantity and type
of materials, supplies, equip-
ment or services purchased and
the source from which the pur-
chase was made."
"This happens so rarely, I
think two times in the last 14
years," Mr. O'Neal said of the
need to exercise the expedited
purchasing process. "But [the
new provision] adds another lay-
er of transparency."
"It's making it public, is ex-
actly what we're doing," he add-
Also during this month's
regular meeting, the tri-county
landfill which is governed
by representatives from Baker,
Bradford and Union county
commissions moved ahead
with work associated with land-
fill's gas collection activities.
Once work on the collection
system is complete, the facility
can begin to burn landfill gas
to obtain carbon credits that
can then be sold to generate rev-
The board approved advertis-
ing for bids to drill between 40
and 50 gas collection wells, to-
taling about 1500 linear feet.
Assistant landfill director
Perry Kent said the gas collec-
tion system is nearing comple-
tion and the last step will be
to fire up the flare system and
begin burning gas. However,
he said two blowers, which are
about eight years old, have gone
bad and need repairing.
The cost, which was not bud-
geted, will be about $5000 per
blower versus $30,000 for re-
'At the gas flow we're at now,
the [carbon] credits would be
about $55,000 per year," esti-
mated Mr. Kent.
The board also approved re-
questing proposals from a flare
maintenance and repair contrac-
Mr. O'Neal said he's been sat-
isfied with the current contrac-
tor, but there's never been a writ-
ten contract in place.
The matter sparked a sugges-
tion from board member Eddie
Lewis of Bradford County: the
landfill should give preference
to local contractors, even if they
don't submit the lowest bids.
"I understand times are hard,
but we need to help Baker, Brad-
ford and Union counties," he
said. "Is there anything wrong
with saying if somebody is in
the tri-county area and they're
close [to the lowest bid], we can
Baker County has such a poli-
cy in place to benefit contractors
here. If a hometown bidder is
within five percent of the lowest
bid, they can still be selected.
Other board members agreed
and Mr. O'Neal said he'd draft a
policy for consideration at a later
The director also presented a
report from banking consultant
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, March 19, 2009 Page 5
LPA wants opposing sides to
settle dispute ov
BY JOEL ADDINGTON
Members of a north Sanderson neighborhood
have two weeks to resolve a dispute about closing a
portion of E.J. Paige Circle before the Land Plan-
ning Agency makes a decision on the matter later
The LPA heard from residents along that road
March 12 after Leroy Givens Jr, who owns a lot
off Gaskins Circle, requested the county close the
northern 220 feet of E.J. Paige Circle that runs di-
rectly through his land.
The dirt road provides
access to 10 parcels and
connects Gaskins Circle
to CR 229.
Mr. Givens told LPA
board members a good
deal of traffic runs through
his land. "I never gave
the okay for a road to go
through there," he said.
Although there is no
deed or document grant-
I never gave the
okay for a road
to go through
Leroy Givens Jr.
ing the county ownership of the road, planning di-
rector Ed Preston said the county has prescriptive
rights to it because the county has maintained it for
more than seven years.
Mr. Preston said the county's development re-
view committee, which is made up of various de-
partment heads, considered the closure request as
well and recommended moving the road, at the
county's expense, so that it doesn't cut directly
through neighborhood properties.
Outright closure of the northern portion of the
12-foot wide road would mean only one way in and
out for large emergency vehicles like fire trucks
That worries emergency services director David
Richardson, who noted calls to that area are com-
mon due to the high number of elderly residents.
"If the road is closed, we need a way to turn
around safely," said Mr. Richardson. "It's a tight
He suggested instead of closure to gate off the
northern end and giving rescue and fire personnel
a key for access.
"It might work, it might not," Mr. Richardson
Resident Anita Givens said most everyone in the
neighborhood is related and has lived there all their
lives. She opposed the closure, citing the medical
needs of aged family members and neighbors.
"We do use emergency services a lot," she said.
er road closing
Morris Paige, who owns property in the area
but lives outside the county, called on the neigh-
bors to work together to find a solution. He called
realigning the road along property boundaries "a
Applicant Mr. Givens also said he would sup-
port moving the road around his property and not
The LPA board voted unanimously to table to
the matter and give residents time to work with one
another and county staff to identify a new route for
the road or come to another resolution on the clo-
The board will resume its discussion of the case
In other business, the LPA recommended the
Baker County Commission take the following ac-
Approve rezoning a 5.2-acre parcel owned by
David and Sharon Parrish west of SR 121 on the
south side of Edna Manning Rd. from 10-acre agri-
cultural zoning to 7.5-acre agricultural zoning.
The move makes the lot eligible for one home.
Approve an agreement with the state's Depart-
ment of Community Affairs (DCA) regarding the
enlargement of the Olustee Industrial Development
Node (IDN) from 1130 acres to 4362 acres around
the US 90 interchange with 1-10.
The IDN is an overlay district identifying where
the county intends to encourage industrial develop-
ment and job creation.
The county approved the Olustee IDN expan-
sion in 2006 but the department objected, asking
the county to, among other things, demonstrate the
need for expansion and address wetlands protec-
That led the county to negotiate the agreement
outlining restrictions placed upon the county and
owners of large tracts located inside the overlay
district, namely Roberts Land & Timber and South
Prong Plantation LLC.
For instance, nonresidential uses must account
for a minimum of 60 percent, but no more than 80
percent, of developments in the overlay area. The
county must also update its comprehensive plan
with a new policy to protect and conserve wet-
The Baker County Commission later approved
the agreement and overlay during its meeting
"It's been a long haul with a lot of work and co-
operation with a lot people," said developer Avery
Roberts of Lake Butler.
Addicted man linked to thefts
A Glen St. Mary man who
confessed to police that he steals
to fund a drug and alcohol addic-
tion now faces multiple counts of
burglary and grand theft.
John Holloman, 26, is accused
to stealing four power saws, a
nail gun and air compressor from
the residence of Roy Brown on
Ohio Ave. in north Macclenny
between March 4-11. He had
been recently staying at the ad-
dress, the victim's wife Stepha-
nie told Deputy Matt Sigers.
Police got a break in the in-
vestigation when the unidenti-
fied boyfriend of one of Mr.
Holloman's alleged victims,
Christine Raulerson, said he saw
the suspect deposit two of the
stolen tools in the backyard of
Daniel Bell on Chipshot Dr., also
in the north city. They were a jig
saw and the nail gun; both were
Deputy Sigers noted also that
Mr. Bell was wanted for a proba-
tion violation, and was arrested
March 11 after a brief struggle.
Three other power saws be-
longing to Mr. Brown were re-
covered from Baker Gun and
Gold Pawn in west Macclenny,
where Mr. Holloman allegedly
He is also accused of steal-
ing two digital cameras and food
March 10 from the home of his
sister Jessica Lauramore on Lin-
da St. in Macclenny. She told po-
lice the theft occurred while she
was gone that day, and that her
brother had access to the home
via a key pad entry.
And Mr. Holloman is also be-
lieved to have stolen a $100 bicy-
cle from the residence of Chris-
tie Raulerson on North Blvd. in
Macclenny, also on March 11,
and a second bike valued at $175
from the Linda St. residence of
Deborah Tow. That theft was re-
ported March 10.
Value of the tools taken from
Mr. Brown was placed at $910.
The suspect is charged with
burglary, twin counts of grand
theft and petty theft.
In other home burglaries, An-
drea Crews reported the theft
of a $600 television from her
residence off North Boulevard
in Macclenny on March 14. She
had left the trailer unlocked that
evening while she was at work,
and named ex-boyfriend Cody
Guernsey, 27, of Macclenny as
the likely suspect.
In a related item, Ms. Crews
earlier this month sought a do-
mestic violence injunction
against Mr. Guernsey after he al-
legedly blackened her eye during
an altercation. The state attor-
ney's office will decide whether
to charge the boyfriend with do-
mestic violence battery.
Ralph Self reported some-
one took a .25 caliber pistol the
evening of March 10 from the
bedroom of his residence, also
on North Boulevard.
Pamela Manuel reported
damage to a bathroom window
and screen, ostensibly caused
when someone attempted to en-
ter her residence off South Bou-
levard in Macclenny in the early
morning hours of March 14.
She also told police someone
has tried to kick down her rear
door on several occasions in the
weeks prior to her report.
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Police arrested Charles Had- Complaints were filed with liam Starling he was approached
ley, 54, of Shaves Bluff Rd. the state attorney's office against by Ms. Jones while driving on
north of Macclenny after he al- both parties in another battery South Blvd. He said she was
legedly grabbed and restrained incident on South Boulevard in angry about him being with an-
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venience store in the west city pm. home, where they began to ar-
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Lisa Thomas of Glen St. Mary ing by the road when Carmus bit him in the chest.
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her that morning and stated he Sanderson grabbed her hair, to Ms. Jones lip as well as a bite
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her inside, wrapping his arms
around her and telling her "he
had feelings for her and wanted
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The suspect eventually left the
store but returned about 11:00
am when Ms. Thomas called the
Sgt. Dyal saw the suspect
standing on the west side of the
building and placed him under
arrest. Mr. Hadley faces charg-
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Teen injured at city parkwhen
hit to the ground, then kicked
A 14-year-old Glen St. Mary
boy was left with a fractured rib,
torn foot tendon and torn spleen
following an attack March 9 at
the Macclenny city park on West
The victim said just before
noon he got into an argument
with an 18-year-old male known
only as "Rashad," who punched
him in the side before they be-
gan fighting. The boy fell to the
ground and a second unknown
black male started kicking him
in the chest, he said.
The victim, a student at the
alternative school for disrup-
tive youth, complained of severe
pain in the ribs and stomach
and EMS was summoned to the
scene. The boy's mother drove
him to the Fraser Hospital emer-
gency room for treatment.
In other battery cases involv-
ing juveniles this week:
A 17-year-old Sanderson
male and three others were ac-
cused of attacking David Evans,
26, of Doyle Williams Rd.
Mr. Evans told Deputy John
Hardin the 6-foot-tall, 200-
pound teenage suspect, also of
Doyle Williams Rd., and three
other assailants attacked him the
evening of March 8. The victim
and suspect were first involved
in a physical altercation at a
pond off Doyle Williamson Rd.
that was broken up.
The accused said that fight
occurred because Mr. Evans
grabbed his sister's buttocks.
Mr. Evans said he was chased
home by a vehicle and once
there, the juvenile suspect, along
with Johnny Barton, 38, a sec-
ond 17-year-old male and anoth-
er unknown male, attacked him.
The victim said he sustained a
broken nose and cut to the fore-
head during the fight.
Two witnesses, Issac Davis
and Amanda Cox, confirmed
Mr. Evan's account of the inci-
dent and said Mr. Barton threw
an unknown object at their ve-
hicle, cracking the windshield.
Upon questioning, the sus-
pect and two of the other males
alleged to have taken part in the
beating all stated the suspect
was the only one who fought
with Mr. Evans. Mr. Barton
adamantly denied involvement
or throwing any objects at a ve-
hicle, Deputy Hardin said.
Charges against Mr. Barton
for property damage and against
the juvenile suspect for battery
were filed with the state attor-
A third battery case involv-
ing two 15-year-old high school
students took place March 2.
The victim alleged a fellow
student punched him in the right
side of the face about 12:30 pm.
He said his assailant asked,
"Why you messing with my
girlfriend?" before throwing the
blow, according to Deputy Tra-
cie Benton's report.
The campus officer spoke
with the suspect, who admitted
to the battery and said he has
previously warned the victim to
leave his girlfriend alone, and
that the young man continued to
flirt with her.
The victim was reported to
have suffered two broken facial
bones and the suspect said his
hand was swollen and purple af-
ter the attack.
A battery complaint was filed
with the state attorney's office
against the suspect.
In one of two domestic violence cases reported
this week, a mother and her teenage sons face bat-
tery charges after an argument between them was
reportedly over both the sons' desire to go to their
Police were called to the disturbance at 8105
Ponsell Nursery Rd. about 3:15 pm March 13.
The mother, Daisy Stewart, 31, advised Deputy
Darrin Whitaker that while she argued with her
sons, ages 12 and 14, they broke items in the house
and physically attacked her.
At one point, she said one of them pushed her
over a computer desk and she began pushing him
back by the neck. The officer noted scratches to
Ms. Stewart's right arm.
One of the brothers said his mother attacked his
brother by grabbing his neck after their verbal ar-
gument and that he himself did not touch anyone.
Auston had several scratches to his neck and one
on his upper lip, said Deputy Whitaker, and con-
firmed his brother's account.
An investigator from the Department of Chil-
dren and Families was notified about the incident
and suggested the boys stay with their father. Ms.
Stewart agreed and her brother took their children
to her mother's house so the father could pick them
Battery charges were filed through the state at-
The same day another case of domestic violence
was reported in Sanderson about 9:00 pm.
Deputy Claude Hurley took the report from
complainants Derrick Crosby, 28, and his wife
Rebba, 20. Ms. Crosby said her brother-in-law hit
Mr. Crosby and grabbed her by the throat during
an argument over alleged threats to Ms. Crosby's
grandmother earlier that day.
The officer noted redness and swelling on the
Attempts to contact the brother-in-law, Thermon
Walker, 33, were unsuccessful.
Charges of domestic violence battery were filed
with the state attorney's office against the suspect.
Mr. Crosby also filed a complaint March 14
against Roger Lilly, 57, of Gilford Davis Rd. in
Glen for allegedly threatening him with a pistol.
The victim said he'd met his wife's grandmother
and her boyfriend, Mr. Lilly, at the Waffle House
in Macclenny about 1:00 pm so the suspect could
pay him money that was owed.
Mr. Crosby said after he took the cash, Mr. Lilly
said, "If you come around again, I will pump eight
holes in you."
Mr. Lilly was contacted by police and said he
was armed when he met with the victim, but that
he threatened Mr. Crosby with harm from his foot,
not the firearm, said Deputy Tony Norman.
He showed the officer his concealed weapons
permit as well as the .38-caliber pistol.
An assault charge was filed with the state attor-
ney's office against Mr. Lilly.
Weaving motorist charged with
A Jacksonville woman whose Deputy Chris Walker said he and Clemente
westbound vehicle was weaving pulled Mr. Parish's 1992 Buick parking lot ol
erratically on Interstate 10 the over on North Lowder the after- Lounge about
evening of March 13 was arrest- noon of March 12 because it had ing a complain
ed for drunk driving, no license tag. A computer check Exxon Store.
Laura McDonald, 44, whose confirmed the earlier suspen- The office
blood alcohol level at county jail sions, and Mr. Parish was also warned the tw
following the 10:00 arrest was cited for the tag violation. havior, and h
.146, nearly twice that consid- Two men were arrested for boss. Both m
ered intoxicated in Florida. disorderly intoxication in the be from Mexi
Deputy Matt Riegel said he early morning hours of March 11
spotted the motorist after receiv- after they were warned several r
ing a careless driving complaint times to return to their rooms at COMI
from an 1-10 motorist, and ob- the Econolodge motel near SR CAL
served it swerving in and out of 121 and the interstate south of
both lanes of traffic. The vehicle Macclenny. Let people kn
exited at the westbound rest area Deputy Curtis Ruise said he post your sp
near Sanderson, and struck a found Donato Bonifacio, 31, bakercou
curb before coming to a stop
Ms. McDonald failed several
field sobriety tests, and after ani-
mal control was summoned to
tend to her dog, she was taken
to jail. She was also ticketed for
following too closely behind
In other cases, Jason Parish,
22, of Macclenny was arrested
for driving on a license that had
been suspended four times for
failure to pay traffic fines.
Mosso, 25, in the
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Photographic proof convinces
man to admit to thefi ofa puppy
A criminal complaint for petty from the yard of Thomas Roberts
theft was filed against a Mac- off Short Putt Dr. in northwest
clenny man who admitted to Macclenny.
police he stole a puppy after he A soft drink machine stored
was shown a photograph that de- outside the New Life Mission
picted him with the animal. Church was vandalized during
Homar Blackburn Jr, 24, ini- the night March 12. The door of
tially denied to Deputy James another building was open when
Marker that he had the puppy, police arrived, but nothing ap-
then admitted it when confronted peared to be missing.
with a photo that had been sent to A criminal complaint March
Tannah McCollough of Glen St. 7 named Tiara Robertson, 20, of
Mary, who sold him a dog from Macclenny as the person respon-
the same litter on February 25. sible for scratching the paint of
Mr. Blackburn paid $250 for the a 1985 Oldsmobile belonging
dog. to Roderick Roberts and parked
Ms. McCullough told po- outside his residence on South
lice she noticed a second puppy Boulevard in Macclenny.
missing shortly after the initial The vandalism allegedly took
sale took place, then received the place during an argument that
picture. She identified the animal evening.
before it was returned to her.
In other petty theft cases,
someone took a metal dog box
valued at $350 from aside a
building at the county animal
pound off Steel Bridge Rd. The
theft likely occurred overnight
on March 11.
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Mr. and Mrs. Dane Kubiek of
Tampa are proud to announce the
engagement of daughter Christy
Nixon of Glen St. Mary to Rusty
Thompson, also of Glen. Rusty
is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Victor
Thompson of Glen.
After honeymooning in Co-
coa Beach following their April
18 wedding, the couple will re-
side in Glen St. Mary.
Wed February 20
Blair and Janet Gatlin of
Glen St. Mary are pleased to an-
nounce the marriage of daughter
Karissa to Doug Starling, son of
R.L. and Kathy Starling of Mac-
clenny. The couple wed on Feb-
Sister arrived January 5
David Dugan II would like to
announce the birth of sister,
Savannah Lee Strickland.
Born January 5, 2009 weigh-
ing 7 lbs. 7 oz. and measuring
19" long. Proud parents are
Bobby & Scarlett Strickland.
Grandparents are Cheryl &
Phillips to celebrate
David and Vonnie Phillips of
Macclenny will celebrate their
50th wedding anniversary March
22, 2009. They will be honored
at a party Sunday evening with
family and friends. The couple
has four children: Kathy Padgett
of Middleburg, Stephen Phillips
of Macclenny, Vicki Prevatt of
Glen St. Mary and Amy Foley
of Oceanway. They have seven
grandchildren and five great-
The Alfred and Mary God-
win family reunion will be held
this Saturday, March 21 at Mt.
Zion Primitive Baptist Church
on 231A north of Lake Butler.
Bring your favorite dishes;
ice and paper goods will be fur-
nished. For more information
contact Estelle Walker at 386-
The annual Little Miss Smile
and Miss Teen Macclenny
scholarship pageant will be held
March 30 at 7:00 in the Baker
County Middle School auditori-
um. The Westside Merrie Melo-
dies and Fabulous Footwear will
It's a Girl!!!
Ethan Paul Hodges is proud
to announce the birth of his
baby sister Madalynn Belle
Hodges. She was born January
27, 2009 at 2:27 p.m. weighing
7 lbs. 1 oz. and was 194 inches
long at St. Vincent's Medical
Proud parents are Paul and
Noel Hodges. Maternal grand-
parents are Scott and Lorie
Jones of Glen St. Mary, pater-
nal grandparents are Rick and
Brenda Hodges of Sanderson.
Great-grandmother is Lois
Crews of Sanderson.
Thanks for support
A month ago, a very special
friend was severely beaten and
robbed by thugs who simply
took advantage of a situation.
Bob Crawmer neither asked
for nor provoked the onslaught
that he experienced, but the end
result was numerous hours of fa-
cial reconstructive surgery.
By the grace of God and his
own perseverance, he has healed
wonderfully and moves on with
A benefit was held this past
weekend and the turnout was
great. Many local businesses as
well as the Macclenny Moose
Lodge #2412 showed their sup-
port and generosity during this
benefit and for this I say thank
for Gazdick award
Nominations are sought by
March 31 for the annual Michael
J. Gazdick Award for community
service, particularly in the areas
of youth recreation and sports.
The winner for this year will
be announced at a ceremony
April 25 at the Macclenny Park
west of Memorial Stadium.
Please submit nominations
in care of Ms. Joy Chapman at
the City of Macclenny, 118 E.
Macclenny Ave., Macclenny, FL
32063 by the deadline.
He was lordy when he was 40
and he may not be so swifty but
he sure is nifty now that he is 50.
Happy Birthday, Honey
I love you!
LOCAL SPENDING WORKS
Registration for the April
GED tests will be held at 6:30
pm on March 31 at the Baker
County Middle School cafeteria.
The tests will be given April 6, 7
and 8. Testing fee is $70 and due
at time of registration.
Discounted testing fees are
available to Baker County adult
education students currently en-
rolled in the GED preparation
program with a minimum of 12
hours class time.
For more information contact
Tonnie M. Blakely at 259-0403.
The Taylor Firewise group
will have its second annual
community yard sale and fire
prevention day April 4 from
9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Taylor
fire station. Come out and find
some great deals and learn how
to keep your home and property
safe from fires.
To reserve your spot to sell
your items, or for more informa-
tion, call Nancy Oliver at 259-
Thursday, March 26 is Epi-
lepsy Awareness day. Please
wear purple to honor those with
a seizure disorder.
To my daughter Jasmine,
I am so very proud of you and
what all you have already ac-
complished. Congratulations on
your award. Honey, I love you!
Driver ed class
The Baker County School
District is offering a non-credit
Driver Education course this
summer to individuals 15 years
of age or older. The class in-
cludes DATE (Drug, Alcohol
and Traffic Education) informa-
tion and students will be tested
for a learner's permit or for an
The class will begin June 8 at
7:30 am until 12:45 pm. Regis-
tration is limited to 21 students,
first come, first served. Parents
must complete the registration
form and pay a non-refundable
fee of $80.
Registration is being taken
at the Baker County Vocational
and Adult Education Office, 270
South Boulevard East, Macclen-
ny. For more information call
Tonnie Blakely at 259-0403.
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for an appointment or
to place an order.
Retiree names arc
sought for NEFSH
The committee charged with
putting together a program
marking the 50th anniversary of
Northeast Florida State Hospital
seeks the public's help collecting
the names of longtime employ-
ees who have retired.
Their names, along with those
of others who are deceased, will
be included in a luncheon pro-
gram on September 18.
Please contact Sam Kitching,
the program chairman, by calling
259-6911 during regular busi-
The committee is also inter-
ested if you have any items of
historic value related to the con-
struction and opening of the state
hospital in 1959.
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Thursday, March 19,2009
Ms. Alexander, 93,
retired civil worker
Dorothy G. "Granny" Alexan-
der, 93, of Moniac, Georgia died
Tuesday, March 17, 2009. Doro-
thy was born in Columbus, GA
to Jessie A.
on April 26,
was a resi-
dent of Mo-
1989 after v
Antoni o, Ms.Alexander
Mrs. Alexander worked sev-
eral jobs in her lifetime, in-
cluding a textile worker and a
bookkeeper in Columbus. After
traveling and living abroad with
her husband in the military, they
moved to San Antonio where she
worked as a procurement clerk
at Kelly AFB and at Lackland
AFB, where she was responsible
for processing new recruits into
the military. She then retired af-
ter 30 years of civil service.
After retirement, she assisted
her son at Alexander's Photog-
raphy. She was a member of the
Moniac Baptist Church and a
member of the San Antonio, TX
branch of the Eastern Star. She
loved to travel and spend time
with her family, especially the
Mrs. Alexander was prede-
ceased by her loving husband
Forrest R. Alexander, CWO
USAF (RET); brothers William,
Herman, Arthur and Horace
Goodman; sister Lucille Snow
and granddaughter Cheryl So-
Survivors include children
Carolyn Sue (Gene) Crawford
of Moniac, Forrest "Ed" (Jo
Beth) Alexander of San Antonio;
brother Kenneth M. Goodman
of Pell City, AL; sisters-in-law
Mattle and Dorothy Goodman:
four granddaughters; five great-
grandchildren; one great-great
grandson; numerous nieces and
The funeral service will be
held March 20 at 11:00 am atV.
Todd Ferreira Funeral Services
in Macclenny with Pastor Bill
Joris officiating. The family will
receive friends and family on
March 19 from 7:00-9:00 pm at
the funeral home. Interment will
follow on March 24 at 1:30 pm
at Fort Sam Houston National
Cemetery in San Antonio.
Corner of Madison & Stoddard
Glen St. Mary
Pastor: Tommy Anderson
Sunday School:...........10:00 am
Sunday Morning Service .... 11:00 am
Sunday Evening Service ..... 6:00 pm
Wednesday Night.......... 7:30 pm
Friday Night Service........ 7:30 pm
CHURCH OF CHRIST
573 S. 5th St. 259-6059
Sunday Bible Study 9:45 am
Fellowship 10:30 am 11:00 am
First Baptist Church
CR 229 S., Sanderson FL
Sunday School ....... 10:00 am
AJ' Johnson, 91,
avid gardener dies
Arnold J. Johnson "AJ", 91,
of Jacksonville died Monday,
March 16, 2009. Mr. Johnson
was bom September 23, 1917 in
Nassau County, the son of David
Edee Johnson and the former
Stella Green. Mr. Johnson was
an avid gardener who enjoyed
many years of playing guitar and
singing country music that he
loved so much. He was preceded
in death by granddaughter Re-
Survivors include son Bud
Johnson; daughter Delaine
(Tony) Nolan-Creppel; five
grandchildren; seven great-
grandchildren; 13 great-great-
grandchildren; numerous nieces
The funeral service for Mr.
Johnson was held at 11:00 am
on March 19 at the chapel of
Prestwood Funeral Home with
Pastor Billy Worthington offi-
ciating. Serving as pallbearers
were Reggy Nolan, Eric Nolan,
David Johnson, Devoy Johnson,
Arthur Renshaw and Johnny
Johnson. Interment followed in
Conner-Green Cemetery. In lieu
of flowers, please make dona-
tions to Community Hospice of
68, ofLawtey dies
Norman Keith Johnson, 68, of
Lawtey, died on March 13, 2009
following a lengthy illness. Mr.
Johnson was bom December 5,
1940 in Jacksonville, the son of
the late Woodrow Johnson and
the former Sadie Ree Crews. Mr.
Johnson was a retired Jackson-
ville fire and rescue department
Survivors include wife of 47
years, Hilda Johnson; sons Grady
Norman Johnson and Woodrow
Keith Johnson; daughter Patri-
cia (Donnie) Hinds; step-daugh-
ters Brenda (Mike) Crawford
and Susan (Edward) Christmas;
step-son Floyd Roberts; sister
Patsy (Herb) Rodgers; brothers
Jerry (Nancy) Johnson, Sammy
(Yvonne) Johnson and Tommy
(Nancy) Dale; 14 grandchildren
and 19 great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was held at
2:00 pm on March 16 at Raiford
Road Church with Pastor Eddie
Griffis officiating. Interment fol-
lowed in Oak Grove Cemetery,
Sanderson. Pallbearers were
grandsons Dustin, Grady, Jar-
rett, Joshua, Justin, Dillon and
Sammy. Arrangements were un-
der the direction of Prestwood
CR 127 N., Sanderson, FL
Sunday School 10:00 am
Morning Worship 11:00 am
Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm
Wed. Evening Prayer Serv. 7:30 pm
Pastor: Oral E. Lyons r
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Coy Shumate Sr.,
76, Korean war vet
Coy Mervin Shumate Sr, 76,
of Sanderson died March 15,
2009 at St. Vincent's Medical
Center. Mr. Shumate was born
in Algoma Hollow, WV on
April 23, 1932 to Ira and Ora
Mitchum Shumate. He retired
from Millwright Local union
#2411 following 46 years of ser-
vice and also retired from Occi-
dental Chemical Corp. in White
Springs, FL, where he was a
Mr. Shumate was a mem-
ber of Dinkins New Congrega-
tional Methodist Church where
he served as assistant Sunday
school superintendent, Sunday
school teacher and steward. He
was a member of Sanderson Ma-
sonic Lodge #122 and a Navy
veteran of the Korean War. Mr.
Shumate will be remembered for
his service to God and the love
he expressed for his family.
He was preceded in death by
his parents; great-granddaugh-
ter Gracey Faith Crews; son-in-
law Jeffrey Bumsed Sr.; sisters
Myrtle Quessenberry and Marie
Harris; brothers Elbert and Estel
Survivors include wife of 55
years, Pearly Davis Shumate
of Sanderson; sons Mervin Jr,
(Nancy) of Athens, TN, Steve
(Michelle) and Wayne (Pete),
both of Sanderson; daughters
Kim (Allen) Crews, Sharon Per-
due and Connie (Erbie) Terrell,
all of Sanderson, Denise (Keith)
Walker and Linda (Joey) Gid-
dens, both of Glen St. Mary;
brothers Robert and William
Shumate, both of Bryceville,
Melvin Shumate of Salisbury,
NC and Ray Shumate of Blue-
field, WV; 19 grandchildren and
The funeral service was held
at 2:00 pm March 18 at his
church with Revs. Ernie Terrell
and Allen Crews officiating.
Serving as pallbearers were
grandsons Timothy Alford, Zary
Alford, Charles Perdue Jr., Coy
Shumate III, Sgt. Raymond Shu-
mate, Derrick Shumate and Jef-
frey Bumsed Jr. Masonic rites
were conferred at Cedar Creek
Cemetery, Sanderson. Arrange-
ments were under the direction
of Guerry Funeral Home.
In Loving Memory
For those of us you left be-
hind words are hard to find, as
raindrops fall from the sky and
teardrops fall from our eyes. We
know our hearts are broken but
we should not be sad, cause God
has called you home.
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Pastor Tim Cheshire
Sunday School 9:45 am
Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 am
Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm
Wednesday Prayer Service 7:00 pm
Church block party
The First Baptist Church of
Olustee is hosting a block party
on Ocean Street in Olustee on
Saturday, March 21, from 4:00-
6:00 pm. Come and join us for
some free food and soft drinks,
games and a pie-tasting contest.
Ocean Street is one block west
of the old train depot.
Emmanuel Church of God in
Christ will be having a musical
on March 21 beginning at 7:00
Everyone is invited. For more
information call 259-4759.
We would like to say a special
thank you to Sheriff Dobson and
staff, Les Stone (L.V Hiers) and
the many friends and family for
all of their prayers and thought-
fulness during the loss of our dad
and husband, Red Mixon. And a
very special thank you to Rev.
Tim Cheshire and our pastor
David Thomas for being there
on the day our dad went home
to be with the Lord. To Mandy
Covington and Debi Brothers
from the Macclenny Nursing
and Rehab Center, thank you so
much for taking such excellent
care of our dad.
Come and magnify the Lord and worship with us
Glen Friendship Tabernacle
Clinton Ave. Glen St. Mary
WJXR Radio Service Sunday.... 8:30 am
Morning Worship Service...... 10:30 am
Children's Church ............ 11:30 am
Evangelistic .................. 6:00 pm
Bible Study (Wed.)............. 7:30 pm
Rev Albert Starling Home: 259-3982 Church: 259-6521
Jesus: The Way, The Truth and The Life
Sunday School 10:00 A.M. Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 P.M.
Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 A.M. Wed. Eve. Worship 7:30 P.M.
Pastor Rev. Shannon Conner
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DIRECTIONS FOR LIFE
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First Assembly of God
Our Men's Ministry welcomes
Ken Amaro of
First Coast News!
Saturday, April 4 at 8am
ALL MEN AND BOYS INVITED!
First Assembly is located at 206 North 5th Street in Macclenny
alvary Baptist Church
Sunday School 10: a
- PPreachlng Servlce 11: -am
Sunday Night Serloe 8OO pm
Wdn day Snrloo 7.00 pm
523 North Boulevard W.
Four blocks north of Hwy. 90 in Macclenny
Pastor Donnie E. Williams ** 259-4529
270 North US Highway 301
Locally Owned & Operated
Sun. Morning Worship. 11:00 am
Sun. Evening Worship .. 6:00 pm
Wed. Eve. Bible Study .. 7:00 pm
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, March 19, 2009 Page 9
This Elvis fan has been smitten since he was 10...
(from page 1)
1977. Young Jeffery was smitten
and became a big fan of the late
In 1986 when he was attend-
ing Baker County High School,
he made the pilgrimage to
Graceland, the famous Presley
estate in Memphis, Tennessee.
"I made a deal with my par-
ents," Mr. Burnsed said. "I
asked them if they would take
me to Graceland if I pulled my
The ardent Elvis fan kept his
end ofthe bargain and soon after,
the family traveled to Tennessee.
A photo album with pictures of
the visit is one of his most prized
The album contains images
of the excited Mr. Burnsed look-
ing at Elvis' many vehicles such
as his motorcycles, a dune bug-
gy, snowmobile and other cars
the singer owned. Included is
the pink Cadillac Elvis bought
for his mother and a turquoise
Cadillac that was once used as a
bar in a restaurant.
There are shots of the Grace-
land mansion and the Lisa Ma-
rie, a large plane Elvis named
after his daughter that ferried the
singer and his entourage around
Mr. Burnsed pointed to one
"This is the meditation gar-
den where Elvis and his family
members are buried," he said.
"I'm really glad I got to see
Mr. Burnsed, who is adopted,
didn't start seriously collecting
memorabilia of the singer until
he was 26 years old, when he
met his birth mother for the first
Interestingly, his real mother
was also a devoted Elvis fan. Af-
ter their first meeting, she gave
her son many of the Elvis photos
she kept in her home, as well as
an album of clippings of events
in the singer's life. She even
presented her son with a prized
plaster plaque that featured the
singer wearing one of his signa-
ture 1970s bell bottomed jump-
After that visit, the collect-
ing bug bit Mr. Burnsed hard.
Today his collection includes
magazines, post cards, photos,
statues, 45 records and 33 LPs,
eight-track tapes, cassettes, CDs,
movies, books and souvenirs of
He pulls a couple of LP re-
cords aside and looks at them
fondly. One cover has a very
young Elvis seated at a piano.
The album is a collection of gos-
"He recorded gospel before he
became a big rock and roll star,"
said Mr. Burnsed. "And this one,
'7 /i ., in person at the Interna-
tional Hotel in Las Vegas" was
There is also an unusual Elvis
angel statue in the collection.
"I once told a friend of mine
that I wondered what Elvis
looked like up in Heaven with his
angel wings," said Mr. Burnsed.
"And darned if he didn't find
this statue and give it to me."
Some of the souvenir items
include a pocket knife, guitar
picks, stamps, candles, candy
tins and beach blankets.
One item, an Elvis pen, has
its own storage case, a wood box
with a hinged lid carved in the
shape of a guitar.
Over the years, friends have
donated items to the collection.
Mr. Burnsed's parents support
their son's hobby and good-na-
turedly tolerate the collection
which is spread all over the
"I wish Elvis could have stuck
around a little longer," said Mr.
Burnsed. "If he'd seen all this
stuff I've collected, he might
have written a song about me!"
"There's so much of this stuff
all over," said his mother, laugh-
ing. "We've got a storage shed
for some of it and that's full,
She urges her son to put on
his Elvis sunglasses and do an
"Jeffery, show us how Elvis
did his leg!" she shouts.
Mr. Burnsed jumps up, puts
on the song All Shook Up, strikes
a pose and begins vibrating his
left leg rapidly.
"Elvis said if he couldn't have
moved his leg, he would never
have kept rhythm with the band,"
The collector loves to share
his admiration of Elvis with oth-
er people. He frequently takes
his music to the Council on Ag-
ing Center and hosts an Elvis
morning for the senior citizens.
He provided the music for their
recent 50s sock hop dance.
When the seniors compliment
him on his generosity and enthu-
siasm he smiles and replies the
same Elvis would have done.
"Thank you," he says in a
deep, baritone voice. "Thank
you very much."
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sik had seven hits
addell had six to
offensively in the
Elasik is leading
.571 batting aver-
vis Tyson follows
ats pounded out
road against Rid-
feated the Panthers
13-1. Klate Duval
numerous Cats had
)llected 10 hits in
against Alachua at
y, blowing open a
the fourth inning
ting and some key
Vaddell was 3-3 at
e also earning the
alloped the Brad-
s 15-1 at home on
y afternoon game
k brothers leading
the charge. Johnny Elasik was 2-
2 and Cory Elasik was 3-3 with
a trio of doubles. Chad Schroeer
had a big game with two doubles
and three RBI's. Cameron Crews
only allowed a pair of hits, while
striking out a season-high 14 bat-
Wildcat pitching still remains
the dominant element with a
team earned run average of 0.67.
The big offensive output over
the last three games helped as
the team batting average soared
to .350. The Cats have only com-
mitted nine errors in 10 games
and average seven runs per game
versus one for opponents.
"We had as good a week of
baseball as I've been around in
a very long time, if ever," said
Staples. "We have to continue
to realize what got us here and
maintain that discipline and fo-
cus. Trust me, the swagger and
confidence is not a problem."
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Softball team's lead evaporates
against 'Dogs; posts 2 more wins
The Lady Wildcat softball team experienced its win for the district leader. The Cats scored two runs
second loss of the season this past week, dropping a in the second to edge out on top. Heather High sin-
heartbreaking road game to Suwannee 4-3. The loss gled and Jordan Hand doubled to bring her in. Ash-
soured an otherwise outstanding week, as the girls ley Curry brought Hand home with a double.
notched a home win over Hilliard and a big district Ridgeview pulled closer in the third with a single
win at home versus Ridgeview. run, but BCHS got an insurance run in the fourth
The Lady Cats started the week on a high note, when Cami Craig doubled and was brought in by
defeating Hilliard on the road in a 5-4 thriller March Curry.
9. The Cats had to twice battle from behind to The girls put the game away in the fifth with a
scratch out the win. pair of runs. Smith singled and Ashley Brownlee
The Flashes got on the board
first with one run in the second
inning before BCHS took the
lead in the third. Bridget Wil-
liams singled and Ashley Curry -_
brought her in with a two-run
The Flashes regained the
lead in the fourth inning, scor-
ing a pair. But Ashley Holton .-. -
tied the game in the sixth with a .-
last gasp solo home run to send -
the contest into extra innings. -
In the eighth inning, the
Flashes scored what looked like
the winning run, but BCHS ral-
lied to get a pair of scores to
win the game. Ashley Holton Ashley Holton hits su
walked with two outs in the in- Hilliard.
ning and Tiffany Smith came
up to bat and hit a walk off two-run homer to secure
The girls had a much easier time March 10 as
they stopped Ridgeview 5-1 at BCHS. It was a big
ran for the pitcher. Krista Smith
tripled to bring in Brownlee and
Craig brought Smith home.
The Cats squandered a three-
.^ run lead on March 13 in Live
.. Oak to lose their first district
-. game this season. The Wildcats
-"--- := went up 3-0 in the fifth after a
pitching duel between Cami
Craig and the Bulldog hurler.
Kristen Wilkinson singled
and was replaced on the bag
-~. by Haley Crews. Craig singled
and Krista Smith brought them
in with a triple. She came home
on a throwing error.
Live Oak then rallied in the
.to first sixth inning for four runs to
seal the victory and hand the
Cats their first loss in a month
The girls will travel to Santa Fe on March 19,
before taking on Suwannee in a rematch at home
the following night at 6:00 pm.
Wildcat bats slam sizzling 33 runs
The Wildcat varsity baseball In all it was an
team continued their outstand- from the pitchi
ing run of form with three wins Johnny Elas
this past week. The Cats moved and Chris Wa
to 10-0 on the year with district lead the Cats
wins over Ridgeview, Santa Fe three contests.
and Bradford County. the Cats with a
Baker High continued to hit age, while Tra
the ball with devastating effect at .480.
as they defeated the trio of teams The Wildc;
by a dominating 33-3 margin of 19 hits on the
victory. geview and def
Coach John Staples had chal- by a score of
lenged his team to pick up their was 3-3 and m
offensive output. The Cats re- multiple hits.
sponded to his call for more of- The Cats cc
fense by pounding out 40 hits in the 5-1 game a
the three games. home on Frida
"They pretty much told the fat tight game in
guy to sit back, we got this," with timely hit1
Brad Griffis pitched the 13- bunts. Chris W
1 win over Ridgeview on the the plate while
road Tuesday, and freshman win on the moi
Chris Waddell got the win in re- The Cats w
lief against Santa Fe. Cameron ford Tomadoes
Crews struck out 14 in five in- a rare Saturda,
nings for the win over Bradford. with the Elasil
Wildcat shortstop Tyson commits to Lake-Sumter..
Last week BCHS senior baseball player Travis Tyson signed to attend Lake-Sumter Community College in the fall as his coach
John Staples / r' and soon-to-be coach Rich Billings (right) looked on. "I've seen him play a couple of times and I really enjoy
the way he plays the game, said Mr Billings, Lake-Sumter s head baseball coach. "He's a small kid, but he plays very big. "Mr.
Tyson will receive a scholarship covering tuition and books. PHOTO BY JOEL ADDINGTON
Girls' tennis runs record to 8-0
The Wildcat tennis teams
moved further into a strong sea-
son as the girls remained unde-
feated with a 7-1 victory over
West Nassau on March 12 to
run their record to 8-0. The boys
dropped a hard-fought match to
the Warriors 3-4 to move to 5-2
Coach Chris Armoreda real-
izes that the team is going into its
most difficult part of the season.
"The boys' team needs to
be more focused and play their
game," said Armoreda. "Some
of the sloppy play was attributed
to playing down to the compe-
tition. We just did not stick to
what was working and when we
got the lead we just did not fin-
Boys' results are as follows:
singles, #1 seed Lew Boyette
lost 8-3; #2 seed Spencer Nor-
man-Gerard won 9-7; #3 seed
Corey Cavannaugh lost 8-5; #4
seed Spencer Brunnette won 8-1;
#5 seed Thomas Swartz lost 9-7.
Doubles: #1 seed Lew Boyette
and Spencer Norman-Gerard lost
8-6; #2 seed Corey Cavannaugh
and Spencer Brunnette won 8-1.
The girls results are: singles,
#1 seed Ale Camargo Valbuena
won 8-4; #2 seed Destiny De La
Pena won 8-3; #3 seed Carissa
Ward won 8-4; #4 seed Kari
Crummey won 8-3; #5 seed Jes-
sica Rhoden lost 9-7.
Doubles: #1 seed Ale Camar-
go-Valbuena and Destiny De La
Pena won 8-3; #2 seed Carissa
Ward and Kari Crummey won
The Wildcats will face their
toughest test this week as they
take on Fernandina Beach and
Benefit clay shoot
The Baker High FFA Alumni
organization is sponsoring its
third annual "Shooting for FFA"
clay shoot tournament on March
21 at the Bradford Sportsmen's
Farm in Graham, FL.
For information on entry fees
and other details, contact Char-
lene Geiger at 904-838-8988.
All proceeds go to the local FFA
Office Max parking lot, Lake City, Fla.
Braddy in weightlifting nationals
Wildcat senior Thomas Braddy is travel- used in the snatch and he has continued to
ing this weekend to San Francisco to com- work with the Accel team out of Jackson-
pete in the USA Weightlifting Junior Na- ville to prepare him for this weekend.
tionals. If Braddy were to place in the top three
Braddy qualified for the nationals by 5 at the Junior Nationals, he could possibly
winning the State of Florida USA Weight- be selected to compete in the Junior World
lifting Federation meet a few months ago in games. "This is a huge undertaking for
Orlando. Braddy ranks second in the nation Thomas and he has shown great determina-
in the Olympic competition consisting of 1j 4, tion in taking on the challenge of competing
the clean and jerk and the snatch. 4i on the national level," said Johns. "Thomas
Coach Bobby Johns and Coach Garrison Thomas Braddy is hoping to pursue Olympic lifting in the
began training Braddy in the snatch to pre- future while playing football at JU and has
pare him for the meet in Orlando. Garrison worked all the tools and work ethic to possibly compete on
for several weeks teaching Braddy the technique the world stage at some point in the future."
Wildcat basketball star Josh Wise-
man will be plying his trade with
a national champion next season.
Wiseman signed a letter of intent
with Oregon Institute of Technology
in Klamuth Falls, Oregon. The Owls
are the NAIA Division Two basket-
ball champions and Wiseman is ex-
cited to be stepping on the court.
"It's a winning program and I
have family there," said Wiseman
about his decision.
Wiseman attracted the interest of
Owls head coach Danny Miles when
he attended the OIT basketball camp.
Miles followed his performance with
the Cats and offered him a scholar-
"I'll probably be red-shirted my
first year, but the coach says I should
get significant playing time after
that," said Wiseman.
Wiseman is a guard/forward forthe
Wildcats but expects to play shoot-
ing guard for the Owls. He averaged
18 points, 4 assists, 8 rebounds and 3
blocks this season for BCHS.
"As a coach I hate to see him leave
but in the same token I welcome
this challenge for him," said Coach
Charles Ruise. "He's an example that
hard work pays off if you stick with
it. We appreciate him for his dedica-
tion and hard work and wish him the
The three-year starter will enter
a storied program at OIT. They are
two-time national champs and have
made ten trips to the national tourna-
ment. Coach Danny Miles is a former
national NAIA Coach of the Year.
Thursday, March 19,2009
3; advance to 10-0
THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, March 19, 2009 Page 11
The Baker County Wildcat
weightlifting team continued to
dominate the opposition by de-
feating Keystone Heights by a
score of 68-22 at home March
11. Although Keystone put up
a hard fight in several weight
classes, there was not much
doubt that the Wildcats were the
Winners by weight class:
Ryan Young in the 119 class
with a 450 total, which ties the
119 class school record he set
last season. In the 129 class,
Malone Hadley was the winner
with a 365 total and freshman
Mardreakus Ford won the 169
weight class with a 515 total in
just his second ever meet as a
Greg Williams has been nurs-
ing a chest injury and posted a
595 total all he needed to
In the 199 class, Harold Moore
had a great day with a 600 total
to take first place. Coach Bobby
Johns will most likely be moving
Moore down to the 183 class to
join Williams for the state finals
in hopes of garnering two point
The BCHS boys' and girls'
track team cruised to victory in
its opening meet of the year, de-
feating Union County at home
on March 12. The boys won 41-
31 and the girls won 42-32 over
The 4 X 100 relay team of
Harold Moore, Milton Baker,
Thomas Dorsey and Jarvis Sim-
mons took first place in 42:42.
Luke Kennedy won the 800
meters in 2:27. Moore, Dorsey
and Baker swept the 100 meters,
with Moore running an outstand-
ing 10:97. Ashton Meredith won
Adult ed testing
The Test for Adult Basic Edu-
cation will be given on March
11, April 22 and June 3 from
9:00 am-1:00 pm at the Fam-
ily Service Center adjacent to
Keller Intermediate School. The
testing fee is $15.00, and please
bring the exact amount in cash.
Please register two days prior
to the test date given; no one ar-
riving late will be admitted. For
more information call 259-4110
District-wide: FCAT Test-
ing. BCHS: Junior Varsity
Baseball (H), 6:00 p.m. Key
Club Charter Night Banquet,
Auditorium, 6:00 p.m. Junior
Varsity and Varsity Softball
@ Santa Fe, 4:00 p.m. BMS:
Band parent Mtg., 7:00 p.m.
WES: Good Morning Show
Club Mtg., 8:00 a.m. PK/K:
Student Advisory Council
Mtg., 8:00 a.m. or 6:00 p.m.
(Open to public.)
District-wide: FCAT Test-
ing. BCHS: Junior Varsity
and Varsity Softball (H),
4:00 p.m. Junior Varsity and
Varsity Baseball (H), 4:00 &
7:00 p.m. BMS: Softball @
Lake City, 4:15 p.m. KIS:
Spring Dance, 6:00 8:00
Planning Day. BCHS: Base-
ball @ Bradford, 7:00 p.m.
BCHS: Junior Varsity and
Varsity Baseball @ Clay,
3:30 & 6:00 p.m. Junior Var-
sity & Varsity Softball @
Lake City, 4:00 p.m .Track
@ Hamilton County, 4:00
p.m. BMS: Softball @Yulee,
4:15 p.m. WES: SAC Mtg.,
8:00 a.m. "Just Say No" Club
Mtg., 8:00 a.m. KIS: Fourth
Grade Field Trip.
BCHS: Club Day. Junior
Varsity Baseball (H), 6:00
p.m. KIS: Fourth Grade Field
Trip. WES: Merrie Melodies
Club Mtg., 8:00 a.m.
away Keystone Hghts.
scorers in the class, of winning his weight class at
In the 219 class, sophomore the state finals and we are also
Tymechee Givens posted a solid hoping for an 800-pound total
570 total to win his class, from him," said Johns. There
In the 238 class, Thomas have been four lifters to post an
Braddy continued to dominate 800-pound total in the history of
with a 780 total. Braddy posted weightlifting in Florida.
a 430 bench, only 10 pounds "There has never been two on
off a long-time school record of the same team. We could make
440 pounds held by Mike Wash- history this year if these two
ington since 1996. Along with young men could accomplish
his bench, Braddy attempted a that feat," Johns said.
390-pound clean and jerk. He Remaining point scorers for
cleaned it solidly but missed the the Wildcats were Brandon Tu-
jerk. Had Braddy completed that ten, third place in the the 119
lift, it would have tied the overall class; Tucker McCullough, sec-
state total record for his weight ond place in the 129 class; John
class of 820 pounds. Ford, second place in the 139
"Thomas is flirting with class; Denzel Mack, third place
some unimaginable records this in the 139 class; Milton Baker,
year and with his work ethic, I second place in the 154 class;
am certain he will rewrite the Dustin Davis, third in the 154;
record books," said Johns. Kendrick Singleton placed sec-
In the heavyweight class, ond in the 169 class; Dikemby
Ethan Munson looked to be Hogan locked up third place in
headed back toward his true the 183 class.
form after missing a few weeks In the 199 class, William
due to a strained quad muscle. Wheeler took second place;
Munson posted a school record- Darvin Ruise posted a second
tying 415 bench and a 335 clean place finish in the 219 class;
for a 750 total. Trace McCullough and Ray
"Munson has a great chance Mangiafico rounded out the
scoring for the Cats by placing
second in the 238 and heavy-
o er |i ers weight class respectively.
over Tigers On March 18, the Wild-
cats travel to Bradford County
the 1600 meters in 5:58. to face Bradford, Fernandina
Ryan Young placed second in Beach, Ponte Vedra High and
the 200 meters and Chris Rob- West Nassau. On March 27, they
inson was third. Robinson was host the first state qualifier at
third in the high jump and Dar- the BCHS gym. The meet will
rious Carter third in the shot put. begin at 4:00 and made up of the
Dylan Kett was second in the 18 teams in the district.
1600 meter and Marquise Ruise
second in the long jump. BCM Sassembly
Rachell Sorrells won the
discus with a throw of 68.5 for Baker County Middle School
the girls. The relay team of Ta- will hold an assembly on March
tum McCollugh, Ellie Helms, 18 at 1:15 pm for eighth grade
Chelsey Ruise and Jazmine Coo- students to learn about the Take
per won in 53:6. Stock in Children Scholarship
Program. Students selected for
participation in this program
DKGscholarship must be eligible for free and re-
1 duced lunch and have a 2.0 grade
A Delta Kappa Gamma schol- point average.
arship in the amount of $500 will During their high school
be awarded to a female pursuing years, students must maintain
a degree in education with intent the same GPA and remain drug
to teach. It is not a requirement and crime-free. Upon comple-
for the applicant to be a 2008- tion of high school, they will
2009 BCHS graduate. Applica- receive a two-year Florida pre-
tions must be submitted to the paid college scholarship to Lake
Vocational and Adult Education City Community College. Ap-
office, 270 South Boulevard plications for the program will
East, Macclenny or to any DKG be sent home with students after
member no later than March 31. the assembly.
BCHS seniors can submit the
application to the guidance of- School Lunch
To obtain an application, or MENU
if you have questions, please see
Garlon Webb at the Vocational March 23 March 27
and Adult Eduction office or call C Offered everyday.
259nd0 A lEcCold lunch plate, chef salad or pasta
259-0406. salad w/wheat roll or crackers and
dr Jdessert (when offered), 1% lowfat
GED radiation white milk, 1/2% lowfat flavored
d milk, orange juice.
The annual GED graduation
will be held on April 3 in the Monday, March23
Baker County Middle School Teacher planning day no school
auditorium at 7:30 pm. Gradu- Tuesday, March 24
ates are asked to please contact Breakfast: Ham and cheese biscuit, fruit
the vocational and adult educa- juice, milk
tion department at 259-0407 to Lunch: Sliced turkey roast or beef nuggets
tion department at 259-0407 to both served with rice an gravy, choice of
confirm their participation in 2 sides: seasoned cabbage, killed fruit or
the ceremony. juice choice, tossed salad with dressing and
Complimentary caps and tas- a slice ofcornbread
sels along with an individual Wednesday, March25
photograph will be furnished Breakfast: Cereal with slice of toast,
to graduates courtesy of NEF- fruit juice, milk
COM. They will also receive Lunch: Tuna salad with rottini with a
wilnals or ceirv homemade wheat roll or pizza burger
c0 on a bun, choice of 2 sides: baked potato
courtesy of Jostens. rounds, ole beans, chilled fruit or juice
All GED graduates from choice
March 2008 through December Thursday, March26
2008 are invited to participate Breakfast: French toast with syrup, fruit
and family and friends are in- juice, milk
vited to attend Lunch: Shepherd's pie with a homemade
wheat roll, choice of 2 sides: whipped
***ee***ee***.e** ee** ee ** potatoes, steamed broccoli, lettuce and
PRESS CLASSIFIED : tomato slices
NFriday, March 27
ONLY Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with backed
potato rounds, fruit juice, milk
mLunch: Cheese pizza slice or BBQ on
a bun, choice of 2 sides: baked potato
Deadline Monday at 5:00 : rounds, seasoned blackeyed peas, chilled
: THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS fruit or juice choice
Baker High senior Richard
Moore finished first in the state
among career education students
in extemporaneous speaking in a
meet held last week in Orlando.
Mr. Moore, 18, had mere
minutes to prepare brief talks
on these topics: what he'd do if
he found $300, and how his cur-
rent goals affect future career
He earned the right to compete
by winning the district title in the
CECF meet in Jacksonville last
The son of Richard and Tam-
my Moore of Macclenny, the
honor student plans to attend
Jacksonville University next
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE EIGHTH JUDI-
CIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR BAKER COUNTY,
CASE NO.: 02-2009-CA-0001
GREEN TREE SERVICING, LLC,
F/K/A/CONSECO FINANCE SERVICING, CORP.,
7406 Fullerton Street, Suite 201
Jacksonville, Florida 32256
MICHAEL R. RAYBURN, AMY W. RAYBURN,
CITIFINANCIAL EQUITY SERVICES, INC., CLAY
AND BAKER KIDS NET, and STATE OF FLORIDA,
DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE,
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: MICHAEL R. RAYBURN,
AMY W. RAYBURN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that a civil action has
been filed against you in the Circuit Court, County
of Baker, State of Florida, to foreclose certain real
property described as follows:
SEE EXHIBIT "A", TOGETHER WITH THAT
CERTAIN 1999 BELLCREST HOMES INC., 32 X 76
MOBILE HOME, VIN #GBHMM52583AB.
You are required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it on Timothy D. Padgett,
Plaintiff's attorney, whose address is 2878 Rem-
ington Green Circle, Tallahassee, Florida 32308,
at least thirty (30) days from the date of first pub-
lication, and file the original with the clerk of this
court either before service on Plaintiff's attorney
or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will
be entered against you for the relief demanded in
Dated this 10th day of March, 2009.
T.A. "AL" FRASER
CLERK OF COURT
BY: Jamie Crews
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-
ance, the 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:
CORRECTED LEGAL DESCRIPTION:
Lots Five (5) and Six (6) of Block Thirty
Three (33) of Lincoln Park, a subdivision of
a part of Section Thirty-Five (35) Township
Two (2) South Range Twenty (20) East, as
per map of plat of said Lincoln Park on file
in the Office of the County Clerk of said Bak-
er County, Florida being the same premises
conveyed to me by Deed of E.J. Calkin et
al. Recorded in Baker County, Book "V" of
Deeds page 537 May 16,1927.
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
RENTALS OR SALES
Hard Water? Rusty Water? Smelly Water?
Iron Filters and Conditioners j
Free Water Test
o Well & Pump Supplies
BY: Bonnie M. Palleschi
US 90 MINI STORAGE
781 EAST MACCLENNY AVENUE
MACCLENNY, FL. 32063
Phone (904) 259-9022
The following units containing household
items such as furniture, appliances, etc., will be
sold by public auction at 1:00 pm March 28, 2009
to satisfy back rent. The following tenants can
claim their property back if rent is paid before
Name Unit #
Doug Register 21
Cynthia Surrency 39
Lauren Stewart 40
Sylvia Watts 44
Tina Davis 48
William Rogers 49
George Rogers 51
Chek i ou..
Ms. Rohde among few
selected for honors camp
BCHS sophomore are chosen. Rohde is
Alexandra Rohde one of only 432 stu-
was selected from dents in the nation
a competitive pool selected and one of
of 107,000 students the 176 females se-
nationwide to attend elected.
the Aerospace and The Air Force will
Technology Honors fundtransportationto
Camp sponsored by and from Oklahoma,
the US Air Force meals, lodging in the
at the University of college dorm, books,
Oklahoma in July. fees and tuition for
Applicants were the honors camp.
selected on a range "Alex is the first
of issues including Air Force JROTC ca-
their academic ex- Alexandra Rohde det in Baker County
cellence, leadership, to win such a highly
community involvement and ex- prestigious honor," said Major
tracurricular activities. Only the Joseph Chiafolo, head of the high
top one-half of the top 1 percent school's JROTC program.
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auction April 3, 2009 at 10:00 am at Higginbo-
tham's Towing & Recovery, US 90 West, Glen St.
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RIVER FRONT PROPERTY
The Baker County Board of County Commis-
sioners are currently accepting proposals from
interested parties regarding the purchase or lease
of County owned property consisting of approxi-
mately 10 acres located at the Northwest corner of
the CR121 bridge and the St. Mary's River. This
property is located in the State of Georgia and con-
sists of primarily of pine and hardwood forest and
is in the floodplain of the St. Mary's river. If sold
the minimum acceptable price will be the appraisal
value and subject to the provisions of Florida Stat-
ues Chapter 274 pertaining to the disposal of sur-
It is the desire of the County to lease or sell the
property to any responsible firm, corporation, com-
pany, individual or other entity that will propose to
utilize all or a portion of the property for public use
subject to any applicable rules and regulations of
Charlton County, Georgia. Because this property is
located in Georgia, interested parties should contact
The Charlton County Georgia Authority at 100 3rd
Street, Folkston Georgia 31537 or call (912) 496-
2549 for information on the rules, regulations, zon-
ing or building requirements for this property.
All proposals should be submitted to the Baker
County Board of County Commissioners at 55 N.
3rd Street, Macclenny Florida 32063. Any questions
regarding this request for proposals should be di-
rected to Joe Cone, County Manager at (904) 259-
3613 or email@example.com.
All responses are due no later that Thursday
April 2, 2009 at 3:00pm. The Board of County Com-
missioners reserves the right to reject any or all
proposals and discontinue this solicitation for any
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE EIGHTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 02-2009-CA-000017
BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.,
STEVEN A. MIDYETTE et al,
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: STEVEN A. MIDYETTE
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 4423 Birch Street
Macclenny, FI 32063
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING
BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HERE-
IN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE
NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER
SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTER-
EST AS SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES,
OR OTHER CLAIMANTS
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose
a mortgage on the following property in BAKER
LOT 13, BLOCK D, ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT OF MACCLENNY II, UNIT II, AS RE-
CORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGES 64 AND
65 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF BAKER
has been filed against you and you are required to
serve a copy of your written defenses within 30
days after the first publication, if any, on Florida
Default Law Group, P.L., Plaintiff's attorney, whose
address is 9119 Corporate Lake Drive, Suite 300,
Tampa, Florida 33634, and file the original with this
Court either before service on Plaintiff's attorney or
immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be
entered against you for the relief demanded in the
Complaint or petition.
This notice shall be published once each week
for two consecutive weeks in the The Baker County
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court on
this 12th day of March, 2009.
Clerk of the Court
By: Jamie Crews
As Deputy Clerk
GRAYS LOCK & KEY MINI STORAGE
1169-1 S. 6TH STREET
MACCLENNY, FL. 32063
Phone (904) 259-9022
The following units containing household
items such as furniture, appliances, etc., will be
sold by public auction at 10:00 am March 28,
2009 to satisfy back rent. The following tenants
can claim their property back if rent is paid before
Name Unit #
Kelly O'Neil 14
Angelina Lombardie 17
Ruth Worthington 21
Wondalen Jackson 55
Tessa Lombardie 63
Mandy Tedder 70
Vivian Rhodes 83
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
The Baker County District School Board will
hold the following PUBLIC HEARING on Monday,
April 6, 2009 in the Baxter Volunteer Fire Depart-
ment Station #60 located at 27310 CR 127, Baxter,
Florida beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Approval of Revised School Board Policy:
6.20 (Years of Service Defined for Ad-
ministrative and Instructional Personnel)
THE PUBLIC IS INVITED AND ENCOURAGED
The documents will be available for preview at
the Baker County School Board Office located at392
South Boulevard East, Macclenny, Florida beginning
Wednesday, March 4, 2009 (8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.).
Superintendent of Schools
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT EIGHTH JUDICIAL CIR-
CUIT, IN AND FOR BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO: 02-2009-CA-0057
PATRICIA L. FISH, as Trustee of the BENJAMIN F.
FISH REVOCABLE LIVING TRUST, And PATRICIA
L. FISH, as Trustee of the PATRICIA L. FISH REVO-
CABLE LIVING TRUST,
SHEILA BIJEAUX, not known to
Be dead or alive, And all unknown grantees,
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: SHEILA BIJEAUX, not known to be dead or
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that a Verified Mortgage
Foreclosure Complaint has been filed against you
on the following described property:
Parcel ID# 08-1S-21-0127-0000-0100
A parcel of land lying, being situate in the
Northeast 4 of Section 7, Township 1 South, Range
21 East, Baker County, Florida, more particularly de-
scribe as follows: Commence at the Southwest cor-
ner of the North V2 of Southwest 1/4 of Northwest
1% of Section 8, Township 1 South, Range 21 East;
thence run S 00o41'13" W, along the East line of
said Section 7, a distance of 99.22 feet; thence run S
88o38'25" W, a distance of 50.82 feet; thence run N
36o08'35" W a distance of 460.02 feet to the Point
of Beginning of the hereinafter described parcel of
land: thence continue running N 36o08'35" Wa dis-
tance of 135.89 feet; thence run N 35o21'35" W a
distance of 216.88 feet; thence run N 17o05'35" W
a distance of 39.94 feet; thence run N 62o36'14" E
a distance of 351.46 feet; thence run S 27o23'46"
E a distance of 218.14 feet to the point of curva-
ture of a curve to the left; thence run Southeasterly
along the arc of a curve concave Northeasterly with
a radius of 328.68 feet, through a central angel of
14o58'24" an arc distance of 85.89 feet; thence run
S 47o37'50" W a distance of 330.26 feet to the Point
of Beginning, containing a total area of 2.71 acres,
or less. LESS AND EXCEPT therefrom a 30 foot non-
exclusive easement for ingress and egress and over
and across the Northeasterly 30 feet thereof.
and you are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it on FRANK E. MA-
LONEY, JR., PA., Attorney, whose address is 445
East Macclenny Avenue, Macclenny, Florida 32063;
(904) 259-3155, within thirty (30) days after the
first publication of the notice and on or before
the 17th day of April, 2009, and to file the original
with the Clerk of this Court either before service on
FRANK E. MALONEY, JR., PA., attorney or immedi-
ately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered
against you for the relieve demanded in the Com-
plaint or Petition.
WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court on
this 16th day of March, 2009.
T.A. "AL" FRASER
CLERK OF COURT
By: Bonnie Palleschi
:vw 3ra I cui) Rob trl KA FL AU33B4 ' PK3'5,; 29,
Classified ads and notices must be
paid in advance, and be in our office
no later than 4:00 pm the Monday
preceding publication, unless other-
wise arranged in advance. Ads can
be mailed provided they are accom-
panied by payment and instructions.
They should be mailed to: Classified
Ads, The Baker County Press, P.O.
Box 598, Macclenny, FL 32063. We
cannot assume responsibility for
accuracy of ads or notices given over
the telephone. Liability for errors in all
advertising will be limited to the first
publication only. If after that time, the
ad continues to run without notifica-
tion of error by the person or agency
for whom it was published, then that
party assumes full payment respon-
sibility. The Baker County Press
reserves the right to refuse advertis-
ing or any other material which in
the opinion of the publisher does not
meet standards of publication.
Antique furniture close out: chairs,
French style, Hitchcock, pair of transi-
tional style, mahogany desk, large nar-
row French style table, Duncan Phyfe
buffet with matching top, Victorian buf-
fet, black wicker table, pairof endtables,
rattan plant stand and more. All greatly
reduced. Southern Charm, 110 South
5th Street, Macclenny. 259-4140.
Two Goodrich truck tires P235-70-R16,
$40 pair. Sears Kenmore dryer, like new
$65. 755-4456. 3/19p
25'x36' garage trusses $1500 OBO.
1984 Tioga motor home with 5000 watt
generator, sleeps six, 75,000 miles,
ready for road, $5,000. 755-4456.
Artists! Oils, acrylics, water colors,
canvases, drawing pads and much
more! The Office Mart, 110 S. Fifth
Street, 259-3737. tfc
Slag for sale, 10-wheeler dump truck
load. Also, A-1 field dirt, cheap. Deliv-
ered and spread if needed. 653-1656.
Visit the historic Franklin mercan-
tile, offering affordable antiques, col-
lectables and home furnishings. Open
Friday and Saturdays. At the railroad
crossing in Glen. 259-6040. 3/19tfc
Plants for sale at wholesale price, 400-
500, three-gallon Aztec grass at $4.99
each. 904-626-8359. 3/19p
1990-91 Astro bass boat 150hp out-
board motor, drive on trailer, good con-
dition, $2900. 259-3028. 3/19p
1996 Honda Accord LX, very depend-
able, runs great, everything works,
235K miles, 4 cyl. automatic, 30mpg.
$2000. 275-3007 Iv. message. 3/12tfc
1987 Toyota pickup, five speed, low
mileage motor, new tires, runs great
$1800. Call 571-0913. 3/19p
1998 Nissan Altima, four door, four
cylinder, automatic, A/C, $2200 OBO.
1995 Dodge Avenger, teal green, four
cylinder, five speed, runs good, 95,000
on second engine $1500. Call 259-
Brickyard Hunt Club established 1971
in Hilliard is looking for new mem-
bers! Prime location next to White Oak
Plantation. Family oriented, clubhouse
and camping facilities, still hunt only
40+ bucks harvested last year over six
points. $1000 for dues by May 1st, on
first come first serve basis. Call Tom at
904-307-6070 for more information.
Do you have a junk car or truck to sell
or haul off. Call 259-7968. 1/10tfc
Drum lessons Learn to play the drums
for a reasonable price. hour lesson
each week just $50/month, or full hour
lesson each week for $75/month. Call
RJ 653-1794 or email jenksdrummer@
Babysitting in my home, near 125
and 127, reasonable prices, hot meals,
snacks, all ages, any hours Monday-Fri-
day, will keep overnight if needed. 838-
Greatest shopping mall, shop at over
40 major stores; Radio Shack, Office
Depot, Macys, Toys-R-Us, Walmart, Za-
les. Jeremy Anderson, owner. Call 259-
Dogs: all types from puppies to adults.
Animal Control, $65 adoption fees will
apply. 259-6786. 11/20tfc
AKC Lab puppies, $100. 912-614-
AKC Blockhead Lab puppies, yellow,
black and chocolate. Parents on prem-
ises, shots, wormed, health certificates.
Ready March 18, $350-$450. Call 904-
727-7882 or 904-635-4365. 3/5-3/19p
Three year old Yorkshire Terrier "El-
vis". Approximately five pounds, brown
and black, lost on Sunday, March 15
around Macedonia store. Reward! JD
Smith 259-9370, 868-3022 or 868-
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-
ness of claims. Respondents should use
caution and common sense before send-
ing any money or making other commit-
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.
- The Baker County Press
Route driver, Reddi Ice in Jacksonville,
21 years of age minimum, one year
experience, clean MVR, apply at 4671
Edison Avenue, Jacksonville.
Passed up a few golden opportuni-
ties before? Don't miss this one. We're
looking for stay-at-home moms, inac-
tive MLM distributors or anyone look-
ing to start a home-based business.
This company is in a pre-launch stage
with a solid financial opportunity at
absolute ground-floor level. Contact
Jeff 838-1150. 3/12-3/19p
Children's Elite is seeking a hard work-
ing, mature person that likes to work
with children. 259-1373. 2/19-3/19p
Sales Associate, Job Description:
Answers customer questions, and bill-
ing inquiries with the highest degree of
courtesy and professionalism. Handles
transactions in connection with acti-
vation of new customer accounts
and service orders. Proficient in data
entry skills, spelling and grammar.
Qualifications: HS Diploma. Experience
and some college beneficial. Proficient
in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.
Possess good analytical and organiza-
tional skills. Broad working knowledge
of Business Office/Call Center practices
and operations. Comfortable at multi-
tasking. Benefits: Health, life, 401 (k),
Retirement plan, vacation, holidays. To
Apply: Mail, fax or e-mail resume on or
before March 25th to: Northeast Florida
Telephone Company, Sales Associate
Position, 130 N. 4th St., Macclenny,
FI 32063, Fax: 904-259-1200, e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org EOE M/F DN and
Drug Free. 3/12-3/19c
RN Well established local home health-
care agency seeks experienced RN for
PRN position. Must have one year Med/
Surg. Flexible hours, competitive pay.
Call 259-3111 or fax resume to 259-
5176. 3/5 tfc
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 ta125shop@
morrisholdings.com 9/1 tfc
Keyboardist and/or Pianist needed for
Sunday and one night during week
for Taylor Church; Heart for God and
people; great attitude; all types Gospel
Music; talented and in love with God;
Team focused only; work with choirs,
band, praise teams; Excellent part time
pay for right person. Call Donna Cox
259-7074 or 259-7324 Ext. 1 to discuss
your qualifications and availability.
Sk lIA J,
S[I I '[S~[ I
Notice to Readers
All real estate advertising in this newspaper is
subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes
it illegal to advertise "any preference, limita-
tion or discrimination based on race, color,
religion, sex, handicap, familiar status or
national origin, or an intention, to make any
such preference, limitation or discrimina-
tion." Familial status includes children under
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
FSBO, open house this Saturday, March
21, 10:00 am -3:00 pm, 17598 CR 127,
intersection of 127 and 125, look for
signs. 904-306-6707, email cylerhome-
Owner financing, 3 BR, 2 BA, brand
new, great location, $5000 down. 904-
Two lots in Copper Creek, Unit IIl. Call
2003 4 BR, 2 BA mobile home, large
open floor plan with split bedrooms,
1612 SF sits on 1.70 acres of land all
for $110,000. 259-9022 3/12tfc
For sale or lease with option to buy,
house in Macclenny, 4 BR, 2 BA, remod-
eled brick home with fenced back yard
and porch, hardwood floors throughout
house, new roof, $130,000. Call for
3 acres, high and dry, fish pond,
homes or mobile homes, set-up includ-
ed, owner financing or cash discount.
FSBO 2005 3 BR, 2 BA, 25x25 two-car
garage on one plus acre in Hunter's
Ridge. 1800 SF, reduced $30,000, now
$210,000. Shown by appointment. 904-
662-7952, 259-6153. 3/19-3/26p
.72 acre homesite, houses only. At
entrance to Macclenny II subdivision,
$39,900. 904-219-0480. 1/29tfc
3 BR, 2 BA house on one acre, gas heat
plus fireplace, city water, $118,000.
6765 East Andrews Street, Glen. By
appointment only 259-6679.3/5-3/26p
1985 60x28 doublewide, 3 BR, 2 BA,
family room and den, front and bock
porches on one acre near Macclenny
Elementary. Asking $72,500, owner
financing available, excellent investment
opportunity. 904-476-7136. 2/26-3/19c
You wanted to sell, now you need to
sell. I buy Baker County houses. 904-
FSBO 3 BR, 2 BA home and garage
apartment, 3 BR, 1 BA package on .86
acre in established Macclenny neigh-
borhood. Block construction with hard-
wood $300, 000. 259-4455.2/26-3/19p
MacGlen Builders, Inc. Brick homes in
Macclenny from $145,000-$210,000.
FSBO, 4 BR, 2 BA 4.82 acres at 17598
CR 127, Cuyler. Fixer-upper listed at
$75,000. No owner financing. Contact
904-306-6707, email cuylerhomefor-
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. 2/19tfc
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-
Lot 23 Deerwood, $45,000. Owner
financing available. 813-3091. 3/5tfc
For sale or lease with option to buy,
Macclenny II, 3 BR, 3 BA house with
large bonus room, stone fireplace and
hardwood floors, $189,000. Call for
FSBO 4 BR, 2V2 BA on 2 acres, all
brick, fish pond, fireplace, 2 car garage.
Five miles north of Glen. Selling under
appraised value, $299,000. 502-7408.
1 BR, 1 BA apartment, great location,
$500/month, includes utilities, plus first
and last month's rent. Call Janet Teague
259-7766, 910-7273. 3/19p
4 BR, 3 BA block home, lots of space,
2200 SF, two-car garage, peaceful coun-
try lane, very private, $1200 deposit,
$1200/month. Call 259-6555 or 476-
8907 or 545-5485. 3/19p
Baldwin 4 BR, 2 BA, 1876 SF, .33
acres, wood/tile floors, attached car-
port, $179,900 OBO. 904-553-5996.
2 BR, 1 BA central H/A, washer/dryer
hook-up, fenced yard, downtown
Sanderson, $650/month plus deposit.
Andy 923-6661, leave message.
Homes and mobile homes for rent
from $750-850 monthly. 259-3343.
3 BR, 2 BA doublewide on 1.5 acres in
Macclenny, $800/month, $800 deposit.
Service animals only, no smoking. 259-
4 BR, 2 BA off 90 in Glen St. Mary, $500
deposit, first and last month's rent. 904-
2 BR mobile home furnished and com-
pletely remodeled $495/month plus first
and last month's rent. Call Janet Teague
259-7766, 910-7273. 3/19p
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
2 BR, 1 BA 2007 mobile home, central
H/A, garbage pickup and lawn mainte-
nance. $600/month, $300 deposit. Service
animals only. Leave message if we're not
home. 259-2880. 3/19p
2 BR, 2 BA mobile home like new, $700/
month, first month plus $500 deposit.
Glen area, service animals only. 259-
Small 2 BR, 1 BA home $600/month
plus deposit, near Cecil Field. 2 BR
mobile home in Macclenny $500/month
plus deposit. 912-843-2093.
New waterfront 4 BR, 2 BA block in
Cypress Point, 2000 SF, two-car garage,
screened porch, $1195. 904-860-5564.
3 BR, 2 BA home, 504 Islamorada Drive,
living room and den, $1095/month,
$1000 deposit. 408-9146. Monarch.
2 BR, 1 BA, mobile home $525 month,
$525 deposit. 904-334-1902.3/12-4/2c
2 BR mobile home, very nice, $300
deposit, $600/month. 259-2787.
3 BR, 2 BA mobile home, garbage
pickup, water & lawn maintenance pro-
vided, $450-$585. 912-843-8118.
2 BR, 2 BA brick home on fenced city
lot, 661 Laverne Street, $800/month,
first, last and $500 deposit. Washer/
dryer included. 813-5558 or 259-2078.
3 BR, 2 BA doublewide mobile home,
$700/month rent and $700 deposit.
Mobile homes. 2 and 3 BR, A/C, service
animals only, $500-$575 plus deposit.
Trailer or camper lot for rent $200/
month. 251-4130. 3/19-3/26p
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
2 BR, 1 BA .apartment for rent in down-
town Macclenny. Good, quiet neighbor-
hood, close to everything. No smoking,
service animals only, $575/month plus
deposit and last months rent. Call 904-
859-3026 or 259-2417. 3/5tfc
2002 3 BR, 2 BA doublewide mobile
home on private 2.27 acres in Georgia
two miles from state line. Pool, fresh
paint, very clean with access to river.
No smoking, references required, $850/
month, first and last and $500 deposit.
Lease to own option available. Call 275-
0714 or 677-6151. 3/19p
3 BR, 2 BA doublewide on acre on
corner of 125 South and Mudlake Road.
$750/month, $1050 deposit. Call 904-
259-9066. Available March 1st. 2/5tfc
3 BR, 2 BA mobile home, large yard,
$750/month, first and last plus $500
deposit. 259-6849. 3/19-3/26p
Efficiency apartment, all utilities included
$525/month, first, last, $300 security.
2 BR, 1 BA central air with water soft-
ener, large kitchen on shady acreage in
Macclenny, $600/month, $250 deposit.
863-602-1264 after 5:00 pm, 259-7657
after 7:00 pm. 3/12-3/19p
3 BR, 2 BA trailer, Cedar Creek Drive,
Sanderson, $650/month, first and last
months rent, $600 deposit. 251-4130.
2 BR duplex for $600/month, Katie Court
Drive. 3 BR single wide trailer on two
acres for $650/month. 259-6616. 3/19p
Saturday, March 21
7:00 am 2:00 pm
First Baptist Church
Tammie Gray, REALTOR*
Watson Realty Corp.
1395 Chaffee Road S., Jacksonville, FL 32221
Waon Redr, pRMpHORsA 904-486-0738 (Cell)
As a Realtor for several years and lifetime resident
of Baker County, Tammie Gray of Watson Realty
Corp. has become an expert on Baker County
Real Estate as well as many other areas in the
Northeast Florida region.
In 2007, Tammie became one of the few Real
Estate Agents to receive the Platinum Service
Award, which is the highest accreditation given
based on customer satisfaction. One of her
customers' said, "Tammie truly made us feel as though we were her
only customer. Never a phone call avoided or a question unanswered."
Tammie Gray's knowledge and experience has helped her through
the years to satisfy hundreds of customers, and she can do the same
If you or someone you know would like to buy or sell a home, please
don't hesitate to call Tammie at: 904-486-0738 to find out what
100% customer service truly feels like.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8:00 am-? End of
111Woodlawn Cemetery Road. Huge sale
Friday, 8:30 am-3:00 pm, 1445 S. 5th Street.
Woman's Club. All proceeds go to the American
Caner Society. Inside sale
Friday and Saturday, 7:30 am-? 713 Chipshot Drive.
A little bit of everything.
Friday and Saturday, 8:00 am-? 541 Laverne Street, behind school
board. Toys, household items, furniture, baby items, etc.
Friday and Saturday, 8:00 am-? 3527 E. Tallpine Rd. off N. Lowder.
Kids toys, tools, glass, clothes, electronics, kitchen, computers, etc.
904-334-5526 Pam. Huge sale
Saturday, 8:00 am ?, 562 N. 5th Street. Variety of items.
Saturday, 7:00 am-noon, 8043 Stewart Road off Woodlawn, brick
home; red mailbox. Lay z boy recliner, two chests, wooden rocker
swing, eight wood kitchen chairs, patio set, four chairs, glass top
table and lounge chair, mens L shirts, 32/34 pants, Ladies size 6-10
clothes, girls size 8-16 clothes.
Saturday, 8:00 am-?, 9801 Glenwood Drive, Glen St. Mary. Sectional
sofa, furniture, toys, bicycles, clothing and more.
THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, March 19, 2009 Page 13
Smokey mountain cabin, trout stream,
near Cherokee, NC, Gatlinburg, TN, Pigeon
Forge and Dollywood, $350/week. 386-
Small office, utilities included, $400/
month. 259-9022. 3/12tfc
Office space for rent, prime location,
downtown Macclenny, $588.50 per month
plus deposit. Call 259-6546. 1/8ftc
1000 SF office space located on 121. 259-
Commercial building for lease with 4,000
SF available, on main Macclenny intersec-
tion with plenty of parking space, call 259-
Have you checked
it out lately?
2002 MOBILE HOME MLS#456330 3BR
2BA mobile home that sits on large lot.
Make this your affordable home today!
MAKE AN OFFER! MLS#468881 Today's
the day! Own this custom home w/4BR
3BA 2,328 SF. Lots of privacy. Come live in
the country. $263,000
GREAT FOR FIRST TIME BUYER!
MLS#474998 Well maintained 3BR 2BA
home that sits in a cul-de-sac. Must see to
NEW HOME SITES! MLS#462028
Beautiful new home site available for you
to build your dream home in this all brick
NEW HOME SITE! MLS#416054 Heavily
treed lots waiting for you to build the home
of your dreams. Call today!
GREAT STARTER! MLS#461526 Move in
ready 3BR 2BA home with bonus /office
on almost 12 acre. All appliances included.
COUNTRY LIVING! MLS#438836 Close to
the city. This mobile hm sits on 2.32 acres
w/4BR 2BA. A must see. Bring all offers!
SPACIOUS HOME- MLS# 443952 4BR/2BA
with pool. Concrete block home with brick
front. Offers over 1600 SF. Call for an appt.
ADORABLE 2 STORY HOME- MLS#40637
3BR 2BA home with gorgeous wood
flooring throughout. Garden tub w/Jacuzzi
& sits on an acre w large mature oak trees.
This is a must see!
Clean-up day on the St. Marys
Saturday, March 21 marks the 13th annual St. Marys River clean-
up where volunteers police the area around the Boy Scout Camp land-
ing off Steel Bridge Rd.
The four-county event over the years has resulted in more than a
half-million pounds of trash extracted from the river and its tributar-
ies from Baker and Charlton counties east through Nassau and Cam-
den counties to the mouth at St. Marys, Ga.
Activity in Baker County is confined to the Boy Scout Camp.
Volunteers are asked to bring a rake, dip net or trash stick to the
landing about 8:00 am. The collection ends around noon. Trash bags
For more information call Dean Woehrle at 904-879-3498.
4b 1395 Chaffee Road
Watson Realty Corp. REALTORS" 904.772.9800
FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS NOW IS THE TIME!
MLS#468067 This 3BR 2BA home has a beautiful
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The monthly meeting of the
Baker County Republican Party
will begin at 7:00 pm on Tues-
day, March 24 at the historic
Mathis House on the Glen St.
All local Republicans are in-
vited to attend. For more infor-
mation or directions, call Don
Marshall at 259-9668.
Notice of Public Disclosure
Full Cost of Solid Waste
within Baker County
Pursuant to Rule 62.708, Florida Administrative Code, the
Board of County Commissioners of Baker County Florida,
discloses the following Full Costs of Solid Waste Manage-
ment for residential and non-residential users during the
2007-08 fiscal year.
Number of Residences- - - - - - - - -6820
Number of Businesses - - - - - - -+146
Total - - - - - - - - - - - -6966
Charge per Residence - - - - - - - -$55.00
Charge per Business
(Based on square footage of building) $55.00 $2,200.00
Solid Waste Management Cost for County - $888,327.00
Solid Waste Special Assessment Collections
from Residences and Businesses - - - $358,646.00
Balance Funded from other Revenue Sources
Custom Homes Additions Remodels
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, March 19, 2009 Page 14
BY KELLEY LANNIGAN
In Tara Thompson's class at
the PreK-Kindergarten Center,
teacher and students have been
busy creating an unusual and
fun collection of hats.
No two are alike and each
represents a letter of the alpha-
bet. A for Apple, B for Bat, C for
Chameleon, D for Dragon ...
"We're still working on a
few like the letter X," said Ms.
Thompson. "It won't be long be-
fore we have the complete alpha-
The hats are a fun way to
introduce and familiarize kids
with the alphabet and help them
identify words that begin with
specific letters. It's proven to be
effective because the hats are
entertaining and give visual re-
For the letter S, Ms. Thomp-
son used an actual sombrero.
Crawling up the side of the hat
is a big hairy spider. This design
represents two words that begin
with the same letter: the spider
crawls up the sombrero.
Where did she get the idea to
teach children the alphabet us-
It all started a few years ago
during a vacation to the Dolly-
wood theme park in Tennessee.
"They had this unbelievable
hat store," she said. "Almost
anything you can imagine, they
had a hat to match it. I wanted
to get one to use in my class just
Her first purchase was a piz-
za hat so colorful and crazy she
couldn't pass it up.
"The kids are gonna love
this," she thought.
Ms. Thompson began notic-
ing more interesting hats as she
visited other stores in the area
and soon the alphabet idea was
born. More purchases followed
and the collection began to
"At first I was buying the
hats. Then I started involving
the kids more and turned mak-
ing hats into part of the project,"
Pre-Kcenter students use innovative
method of'hanginghats' on the alphabet
said Ms. Thompson. "Even my
friends got involved."
One of them found a construc-
tion worker's hard hat on the side
of the highway and brought it to
her. She wasn't sure how to use it
because the letters C and H were
Ms. Thompson was shopping
in Walmart where she saw zip-
pers on sale and realized the
kids could use the hard hat and
zippers for the letter Z.
Back in the classroom, stu-
dents attached the multicolored
zippers to the hard hat with glue.
It worked out great.
Someone gave the class a big
plastic nose glued to an old fish-
ing hat for the letter N. The nose
hat is too big for the kids, so Ms.
Thompson usually wears it.
When a neighbor gave her a
quilt square, she knew immedi-
ately it could be used to create
the Q hat. The decorative square
was backed by a stiff board to
make it stand up.
The hat for letter K was a
labor of love to create, but well
worth the effort.
"We collected a heap of those
little plastic packets of ketchup
and cut each one open, washed
them out and glued them back
together again. Then we used
them to cover a baseball cap."
The class is still developing
the design for the X hat. They
plan to use an actual x-ray nega-
tive lighted from behind by a bat-
tery-powered bulb. Now they're
trying to figure out the best way
to construct it.
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Some of the hats came from
the Dollar Store, like the fish
hat. "I keep my eyes open," said
Ms. Thompson. "You just never
know where a great one will
The kids love to wear all the
hats and some are more popular
than others. The bat hat is a par-
Nearly every day, Ms. Thomp-
son wears a different hat while
"I wear them all day, even
when I go out of the classroom,"
she said. "My husband filmed
me in the classroom for my vid-
eo submission when I applied for
Teacher of the Year, and there I
am wearing the bat hat."
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