Group Title: Baker County Press (Macclenny, Fla. : 1929).
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Title: The Baker County press
Uniform Title: Baker County press (Macclenny, Fla. 1929)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Creator: Baker County Press
Publisher: Tate Powell
Place of Publication: Macclenny Fla
Publication Date: April 23, 2009
Copyright Date: 2009
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 12, 1929.
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THE BAKER


Paid circulation leader since 1929


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80th Year, Vol. 1 Thursday, April 23, 2009 Macclenny, Florida 50W


Fox is inc

BY JOEL ADDINGTON
reporter r@bakercountypress. corn
Sixteen days after police say Aaron M.
Fox stabbed his neighbor to death, a grand
jury took about three hours to indict the
25-year-old Sanderson man on charges of
first degree murder and robbery with a
deadly weapon.
Assistant State Attorney Patrick Mc-
Clintock said State Attorney Bill Cervone
has yet to decide whether to seek the death
penalty in the case.
"We're still discussing our options," he
said.
The defendant's arraignment will fol-
low within the next few weeks, where Mr.
Fox will enter his plea. He is being repre-


New jail


moving


daysoon
90% complete

BY JOEL ADDINGTON
reporter@bakercountypress. corn
The ceiling panels and
floor tiles of the main corri-
dor through the administration
building are installed and the
walls have a fresh coat of paint.
Industrial-sized kitchen appli-
ances capable of preparing
three meals a day for more than
500 inmates are hooked up.
And the video-visitation moni-
tors and phones are mounted
but still wrapped in plastic.
The new, roughly $42 mil-
lion jail and sheriff's office
complex in north Macclenny
is about 90 percent complete,
which mean's moving day is


listed for first-degree murder

sented by a public defender. The victim suffered several "Based on our investigation, it appeal
While the accused could re- stab wounds to the torso and that robbery is the motive," reads the sh
ceive the death penalty for the neck. His body was covered with iffs press release.
first degree murder charge, rob- a blanket when officers arrived. Follow-up interviews with several w
bery with a deadly weapon car- Mr. Fox was taken into cus- nesses, including the man Mr. Fox w
ries a maximum sentence of life tody when his sister's vehicle was talking to on the cell phone, reinforce I
in prison. pulled over on Mud Lake Rd. prosecution's case, contended Sheriff DC
The latter charge stems from about 1:30 am April 2. She had son on April 7.
the theft of Mr. Howell's 2007 called police about 12:30 am and Mr. Fox was released from state pris
Ford pick-up, which was missing picked him up shortly before the in 2007 after serving time for burgla
from the murder scene and recov- arrest. and grand theft. He was also wanted at t
ered the following morning in a During a press conference the time of his arrest in Duval County in cc
wooded area on Steel Bridge Rd. Aaron Fox next morning, Sheriff Joey Dob- nection with a DUI case.
Deputies found the body of son said investigators had spoken "It doesn't look like we'll be off
Sterling F. Howell, 56, after responding to with Mr. Fox's live-in mother, who said ing him a negotiated plea," said Mr. IV
a disturbance call at his Howell Lane resi- she overheard him that evening talking on Clintock, the assistant state attorney, ref
dence off S. CR 229 the evening of April his cell phone about obtaining the victim's ring to Mr. Fox's status as a prison relea
1. banking information, re-offender.


fast approaching for sheriff's
office personnel, dispatch-
ers and emergency operations
staff.
The transfer of people, re-
cords, supplies, equipment and
furniture will be accomplished
almost solely by the employees
- rather than hired movers


- although inmate labor could
be used for some of the heavy
lifting.
"When it comes time to
move, everybody's going to
pitch in and move as a coor-
dinated team," said project
manager for the new 512-bed
facility, Danny Thomas, who


also oversaw expansion of Clay
County's overcrowded jail in
the late 1990s.
"It's a monumental task," he
said of planning for the transi-
tion, and at the same time, re-
writing the department's poli-
cies and procedures to reflect
the new working environment.


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"The entire facility and
function has to be re-thought,"
Mr. Thomas said.
Orders for security posts
must change to accommodate,
for instance, a tripling in the
number of control rooms at
(See page 2)


Animals in the workplace...


Prowlers, socializers and protectors


Campground clash


BY JOEL ADDINGTON
reporter@bakercountypress. corn
The owner of a weekend
campground operating in vio-
lation of its residential zoning
drew the ire of some, but not
all, county commissioners this
week.


County to

pave a few

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"I resent anyone coming be-
fore this board, not getting their
way and carrying on as if they
did," Commissioner Gordon
Crews said of property owner
George Bryan Rhoden during
the board's meeting April 20.
The commission denied Mr.
Rhoden's request to rezone the
6-acre site next to the Steel
Bridge Road boat ramp for
commercial use in 2007.
Mr. Rhoden who was
invited to the meeting but did
not attend operates the rec-
reational site on the St. Mary's
River with help from a local
non-profit corporation found-
ed in 2006 called The Baker
Bunch.
The group's fund-raising
chairwoman Nikki White said
her organization's mission is to
(See page 2)


In the morning when Jason
Lanier reports to work at the B
Glen Cash Store, his faithful By
sidekick Dixie is right there Kelley
with him. Dixie, a Boston ter-
rier, has been coming to work Laniigan
with her owner for the last Press Staff
four years.
Good old Dixie doesn't just
sit around looking pretty for the customers ei-
ther. She actually earns her keep when she's at
the store.
The first thing Dixie does every morning is
to scout the warehouse out back, sniffing for
any intruders who might have snuck in during
the night and overstayed their welcome.
"There are feral cats that live around here and
they sometimes manage to get inside and try to
chew open the bags of cat food. We can't always
see them, but Dixie finds where they're hiding
and sends them packing," said Mr. Lanier.
The dog enjoys riding beside her owner on
the fork lift. Wherever Jason goes, Dixie is usu-
ally right there. She does like to visit with the
customers, too.
According to Nancy Foss, who also works at
the store, the dog seldom barks at anyone and is
very well-behaved.
However, on occasion something about a
customer makes Dixie uneasy. She never both-
ers the person, but intently watches while they
are inside the store, often giving a low, warning
woof under her breath.
"Dixie seems to have an instinct about peo-
ple and lets us know if there's someone in the
store we might need to keep an eye on," said


Ms. Foss.
The store also has two permanent residents
- an Amazon parrot named Polly and a macaw
named Harley.
The two occupy large cages in the middle
aisle. These birds also work, mostly entertain-
ing the customers.
"Harley is a big hit with the kids that visit
the store," said Ms. Foss. "We have a little show
we do. I ask questions (See page 6)


ana Jason Lanier
PHOTOS BY KELLEY LANNIGAN


80 years


serving


as link to


readers
The Baker County Press turns
80 this month.
It's an appropriate time to dis-
cuss the role
of this news- Commentary
paper, both By
when it printed
the first edition Jim
in 1929 and McGauley
when it rolls off McGauley
the press this Press Publisher
week.
The technology to get it from our
shop into your hands has changed
greatly, from the era of hand-set
and hot type through letterpress to
now the digital age.
But the purpose of the weekly
newspaper in eight decades has not
changed.
We have a deal, a pact if you
will, with the Baker County commu-
nity [and those of you who read the
newspaper from afar either via
the mail or electronic edition].
Each week you pay us a fixed
amount [it used to be 5 cents!] and
for that we'll tell you to the best of
our ability what we know.
"What we know" is loosely de-
fined as "what you should know
to be an informed and productive
member of this community."
The Press is a link.
A link between you and your
local government.
A link between you and your
social network [weddings, obituar-
ies, church revivals, school events
and sports, to name a few].
A vital link between you and
area retailers whose businesses sell
what you need to live, be it grocer-
ies, cars and trucks, furniture or
services.
A vital link between you and
people out there who might need
your services, or might want to
buy that lawn mower or those baby
clothes you don't need but want to
turn into cash.
The Press is the conduit through
which you feed the hunger that
smaller communities have about
their surroundings: what their elect-
ed officials are doing ostensibly
in everyone's best interest, what law
enforcement and the courts are do-
ing in the name of us all.
The newspaper regularly focuses
on people people you know who
are engaged in activities that inter-
est you and have an impact, how-
ever small, on the community.
Most are aware this industry
is changing. Many larger metro
newspapers are in trouble because
the way people feed that hunger is
changing and changing fast.
I'm privileged this year to chair
the governing board of the Florida
Press Association, the state's news-
paper support, education and lob-
bying organization.
The chair rotates annually be-
tween daily and weekly publishers,
but both breeds are well-represent-
ed on the board.
And what an interesting year it's
turning out to be.
Weekly and daily newspapers,
and for that matter electronic me-
dia like television and radio, all must
feed that hunger. All are adapting to
the new delivery systems for infor-
(See page 2)


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Jail moving day soon


(from page 1)
the new jail. While there's only
one at the existing jail, there's
three in the new one, said Mr.
Thomas.
He estimated that revisions
to operations manuals are about
half complete now and will be
inspected by federal law enforce-
ment agencies as part of their re-
view of facility's suitability for
handling federal inmates.
In conjunction with overhaul-
ing its corrections manuals, the
sheriffs office is also updating
its guides department-wide.
"It's good timing to review all
of our policies to see if we need
any changes," said Sheriff Joey
Dobson. "Most of them, it looks
like are really good, but super-
visors are going through every
policy in a four-inch thick book,
front to back."
Department heads have been
meeting the last three months to
work out the details for moving
each division from evidence
and investigations to patrol, dis-
patch and detention. Everything
must be inventoried and assigned
to either the new complex or the
trash.
A state-mandated schedule
of retention identifies how long
many items must be kept, even
down to the kitchen menus.
But other property, like cer-
tain documents, records or evi-
dence, can be eliminated. An
example would be finger prints
from a burglary case more than
five years old, when the statute
of limitations expires.
"You don't need to keep those
for 20 years," said Mr. Thomas.
Of special importance,
though, is maintaining chain
of custody records for evidence
that's still needed while moving
it from one location to another.
"You want to maintain the
integrity of the inventory," he


said.
Officials expect to hire 60
additional guards by the time
the new jail reaches full capac-
ity. About 20 officers will be on
board at the opening and within
two or three weeks, Mr. Thomas
said the department should hire
another 15 guards.
The new personnel about
16 are slated for training now
- must complete an 84-hour
orientation.
"It will augment the training
they have in criminal justice,"
Mr. Thomas said of the orienta-
tion. "It just shows them how to
do it the Baker County Sheriffs
Office way."
Then new hires will spend a
six-week probationary period
shadowing an experienced of-
ficer.
A guard's starting annual sal-
ary is about $34,000, equivalent
to beginning patrol deputes.



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Non-profit says
(from page 1)
help abused and neglected chil-
dren and their families by estab-
lishing a local supervised visita-
tion center.
The center is Baker Bunch's
first project. It has not yet been
built and a location is still unde-
termined.
Ms. White said the group has
struggled for 312 years to make
the center a reality.
"This is our phase one and
we're not even off the ground
yet," she told commissioners.
Money raised at the camp-
ground, called St. Mary's Cove
Landing, benefits the non-prof-
it group, although Ms. White
didn't say how much had been
raised thus far or how much was
needed for the center.
She called Mr. Rhoden's as-
sistance "a God intervention."
"He was our guardian angel
sent to open up St. Mary's Cove
Landing," she said.
Ms. White was joined by


LENDER


illegal campground on river 'a God intervention
more than a dozen supporters Commissioner Alex Robin- the following day to detern
who sat in the audience wear- son visited the property over what the Baker Bunch inte
ing blue T-shirts with the Baker the weekend and suggested to do next was not returned
Bunch logo. exempting it from residential The county has not ye
A number of Steel Bridge zoning rules that prohibit camp- termined what action to
Road residents spoke in oppo- grounds. regarding the campground
sition to the campground, how- "What I saw was a bunch of though county attorney T
ever. people having a good time," he Brown outlined three op
Dan Hysler, who complained said, adding that the property during the meeting that Cc
to the county's planning board appeared well kept. Manager Joe Cone said
two weeks ago about litter and Although they also com- like to discuss further wit]
criminal activity from the site, mended Ms. White and her board's counsel.
told commissioners it's destroy-
ing his neighborhood. oy group for their desire to help One is to seek a civil cou
He called the Baker Bunch's local children, Commissioners junction to cease the proper
cause a worthy one, but said h Michael Crews and Mike Griffis illegal use as a campgroui
cause a wor thy one,ampground could said they couldn't overlook the pursue it through the cou
draw hundreds of strangers into zoning issue. code enforcement board.
the community. "We all live by a set of laws However, the latter op
I believe these people's ... What if someone doesn't want may not work to end the p
hearts are in the right place, but to get a permit to construct a erty's use as a weekend ca
I'm opposed to these activities in home? The possibilities are end- ground.
a residential area," added Mid- less," said Michael Crews, who "It's a grey area," said c
dleburg resident Larry Bishop, visited the site as well and called Planning Director Ed Pre
dlwho owns a cabin nearBishop, it "super clean." "Zoning is a permanent us
"Can I do the same thing on "But that's not the point," he the ground, and we have a
my property ... Are you going to said. "This all goes back to the termittent use right now.
allow that?" he asked. property owner thumbing his The county could also in


Newspaper's 80 year


(from page 1)
nation. Some will survive, and some
will not.
More than likely, many newspa-
pers both large and small will emerge
as different animals as this world of
instant transmission of news evolves.
The ones who capitalize on being
the link will be in the best shape to re-
invent themselves. We at The Press
intend to be in that group.
The 80th anniversary of this pub-
lication's first edition only addresses
our side of it.
We wouldn't be observing it if it
wasn't for the support this newspa-
per has been fortunate to enjoy over
the decades. It was, after all, founded
during the Great Depression and
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during the 1960s to acquire new
owners.
Judging by the number of readers
who faithfully support us week after
week and uphold their end of the link
bargain, that hunger for information is
out there, and it's not diminishing.
We will continue doing our part,
and we're very grateful our reading
public sees fit to uphold its end.
So, there wouldn't be any 80th
anniversary without you. Thanks for
the support, and Happy Birthday to
you, too!


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be contacted and city of residence. Letters must reflect opinions and statements on issues of current interest to the general
public. The newspaper reserves the right to reject any material which in the newspaper's judgement does not meet stan-
dards of publication.

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NEFSH 'lifts burden


for family of a patient


Dear Editor:
Bear hugs to Baker County
and NEFSH!
I can't express my apprecia-
tion enough to those of you who
live in Baker County and either
work or know someone who has
worked at NEFSH. My son has
been a resident [patient] for only
a few months, but in that amount
of time I can tell you your hos-
pital and its staff have made an
impression on our family. It has
been a burden lifted from me af-
ter fighting windmills like Don
Quixote for 30 years.
I knew nothing about mental
illness when my son was diag-
nosed with mental disorders. In
my early thirties, I had my first
rude awakening about mental
health resources in Jacksonville.
Since turning 18, my son has
been placed in numerous facili-
ties and hospitals under ex-parte
orders or the Baker Act more
times than I can count.
Many times, he would be so
drugged up when he left the fa-
cility he didn't know who he
was. Doctors ignored or shunned
information I provided. By the
time the Baker Act was up, he
was usually "stabilized" and sent
home, all so it could begin again.
Paranoia, hallucinations, depres-
sion and suicidal tendencies were
the "norm."
When I heard of NEFSH, I
was skeptical but did my home-
work. I saw the facility and talk-
ed to current and former staff. I
was shocked that this facility is
so close to Jacksonville and yet
I knew nothing about what it of-
fered.
My son currently attends
classes in the morning and works
in the afternoon. He still suffers
from psychotic episodes and
we're not sure of his diagnosis
yet, but I have faith in those of
you who work with him daily
and are more concerned about
his welfare than a bottom-line
profit for investors.
It takes a special kind of per-
son to work in any job at NEFSH
and I admire you all. You are my
heroes, whether or not you know
my son or me. You treat him as
a human being and offer hope.
Even when we have a pass to go
into Macclenny for a few hours,
there are never any odd looks or
whispers because you just know.
I thank you for that.
The hospital is almost 50
years old. So? It's a beautiful


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campus because of people like
you. From the security guards at
the front gate to the operators I
speak with daily when returning
calls to my son's ward, kindness
is evident. The doctors and nurs-
es, social workers and others on
the treatment teams actually lis-
ten to my concerns and act on
them! Even the administrative
staff is accessible and I've never
felt as if it was just "a job" to
any of them. There are so many
to thank, I'd never be able to do
so personally so I send my bear
hugs to you all!
I encourage everyone to con-
tact both their state representative
and senator to let them know that
you stand behind those people in
your community who've made a
remark-
able
impres-
sion on
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mental
health
care in
north-
east Florida.
Florida ranks 48th of 50 states
in mental health care spend-
ing and while it appears that it
couldn't get any worse, it is my
opinion that bringing in another
private facility to take over the
operations at NEFSH is ludi-
crous. Comparing the state hos-
pital in south Florida to NEFSH
is like comparing apples and or-
anges. Stand up for your friends,
family and neighbors like they've
stood up for my son. I'll be there
with you. Thank you all!
Debbie Crawford
Jacksonville


Decries thefi

ofyardsigns
Dear Editor:
Since October of 2008,
political signs have been tak-
en from our property three
times. What great change!
These people do not re-
spect liberty, and they don't
steal for sale or yard sale
signs left overnight, just the
political signs.
The weekend before last,
our "Don't tread on me" and
Tea Party signs were taken.
Do these thieves realize
they are committing crimes
against the disabled and el-
derly? Since they won't re-
spect our First Amendment
rights on our own property,
they have upped the ante.
Ever hear of wireless sur-
veillance cameras?
Samuel Adams said, ..
it does not require a major-
ity to prevail, but rather an
irate, tireless minority keen
to set brush fires in people's
minds."
Kate Svagdis
Macclenny


3


Weary of old debate


over 'off-site' retailing
Dear Editor:
I enjoyed reading your April 16th edition about the Macclenny City
Commission debating the issue of limiting temporary business sales. I
thought, "Oh Lordy, here we go again!"
The Press article read, "...in reaction to grievances from local auto
dealers about unfair competition from these sales...," an ordinance to
restrict any given location to one temporary business permit per year
for each type of product being sold, like automobiles, boats, furniture,
or lawn mowers, was in the offering.
Further, the article stated that the commission had charged Cham-
ber of Commerce director Darryl Register with the responsibility of
returning to the commission at a later meeting with results of a survey
on how local businesses felt about temporary sales.
I am not aware of the results of the survey, but local financial insti-
tutions opposed the once-per-year permit restriction and thought that a
maximum of four times a year is proper. That makes sense. It encour-
ages business and is a win-win situation.
Last month local auto dealers were crying "foul" when a neighbor-
hood federal community credit union [Country Federal] held a multi-
day, on site car sale. By the way, car sales are a tradition among credit
unions throughout the United States in serving their members.
Danny Lamb of Danny Lamb's Auto & Truck Center was fairly vo-
cal in his opposition to the auto sales, but he appears to be a bit insin-
cere. First,
he says he

to the editor... petition.
opposed to
the credit
union-sponsored auto sales because these auto sales companies do not
invest in any capital improvements to the city.
What does that have to do with selling cars?
Mr. Lamb says the city should increase the fee of $300 per day to
some higher figure. Wow! That'll teach 'em for not making capital
investments to the city of Macclenny! Let's run the rascals out of town
with higher fees!
Are not these auto sales at the credit union handled expertly by es-
tablished auto sales companies from Jacksonville like Enterprise and
Duval Honda? These entrepreneurs offer a local outlet ever so brief-
ly for their fine products so local folks do not have to drive all the
way to Cassat Avenue to shop for a car.
More importantly, the credit union offers this sales exposure as a
service to its members and the local community. That credit union has
been here a lot longer than Danny Lamb's used car company. Isn't
Danny Lamb's argument a bit hypocritical? There are several compa-
nies that do business in Macclenny without having a "capital invest-
ment." The Florida Times-Union comes to mind.
Mr. Lamb then admonished the credit union for holding the auto
sale on a Sunday. I find it hard to believe Mr. Lamb does not know that
many local folk who have to work all week cannot get out and shop
except on Sundays. Besides, his dealership is open on Saturdays; that
is the Sabbath to several religions, namely Seventh Day Adventists
and Jews. Shame on you Danny Lamb.
Hal Lynch, who owned Lynch-Davidson Ford in Jacksonville and
a bunch of other car dealerships through the years, told me once that
having all the car dealerships on Cassat Avenue and open Sundays was
good for business and competition.
The weary argument about the "tent sales" and "car sales" has been
going on for years in this town. The Macclenny City Commission
should quit reacting to every cry of "foul" and set the ordinance like
other small towns do. Move forward trying to figure out how we can
get Lowe's to re-consider its decision to halt Macclenny expansion
plans and get us a new store here open on Sundays.
Reed Dearing, Macclenny
(Note: the writer is a former executive of Country Federal Credit Union and is currently a self-employed
consultant to credit unions and banks.)


Dear Editor:
Janet Napolitano, the director of the Department
of Homeland Security, says that people much like
myself, veterans and average citizens from small
towns like Macclenny, are to be considered threats
to national security if they believe the Second
Amendment allows citizens to own a gun, and they
believe in strict law enforcement in regards to il-
legal immigration.
If you participated in a Fair Tax tea party protest
on April 15th, you are also a right wing extremist
and a dangerous potential domestic terrorist.
Janet also considers the term terrorist to be "too
mean spirited" and aggressive. Now we are no
longer allowed to call attacks against Americans
"terrorist" attacks. The politically correct term is
"man-made disasters." Listen for this in future news
reports from CBS, CNN and NPR.
The world saw a test of America's commander-
in-chief with the recent act of piracy against an
American-flagged ship, which resulted in an expen-
sive four-day standoff between three teenage hood-
lum pirates. They were armed with cheap Chinese
or Russian made AK47 rifles against a billion dol-
lars worth of US naval assets because our president
chose not to send in the Navy Seals for the first few
days despite requests from the Navy's on-the-scene
commander.
Even when the hostage captain briefly escaped,


Worse laces to be stranded

than a scenic mountaintop
As I write this ins with kitchens.
I am stuck up on M Y SIDE OF Everyone cooks
a mountaintop in their own food at
Arkansas. THE M ATTER the festival and we
As I do every had shopped be-
year, over spring ROBERT GERARD fore driving up the
break I took a mountain. So we
group of students to a college had provisions for three days.
theatre festival on top of Petit We did not have provisions
Jean State Park in central Arkan- for a week, which was the esti-
sas. mate on how long the bus would
It is a great place with glori- take to be fixed.
ous vistas and nice people. We Hmm.
are the only high school invited Everyone at home was very
and are treated really well. supportive, spouses and par-
This year, within sight of the ents, school administrators and
end of the twisting mountain Superintendent Sherrie Rauler-
road that leads up to Petit Jean son, who called several times to
State Park, we had school bus check on us.
trouble. The bus did not want to It wasn't long until the whole
make the remaining 50 yards and festival knew about our dilemma.
stopped at a 30 degree angle. They shuttled us back and forth
I put it in neutral, and Diane between the cabins and the big
Wells and I said a quick prayer, room where the performances
thought briefly about how hard took place.
it might be to push a bus up hill In this cynical world it is easy
and put it back in gear. to become jaded and think that
It got up the mountain and people aren't friendly or helpful
to the lodge before it gave up anymore. Not in central Arkan-
the ghost. Thank heaven for an- sas.


swered prayers.
So the nine of us are stuck
here.
There are worse places to be
stuck. We are in a couple of cab-


Diane called the Morillton,
Arkansas school district and
told them about our problem and
within 30 minutes their chief me-
chanic Tommy Cook was under
the hood, diagnosing the prob-
lem and calling friends who had
a tow truck to take it to the shop
in Russellville, 30 miles away.
He even tried to arrange for a
school bus to take us back and
forth to our workshops.
We did our performances and
the kids were great. But it soon
became clear that instead of
leaving on Sunday, we wouldn't
get out until Wednesday. With no
way to get groceries, we were a
little concerned.
Not to worry. They just an-
nounced to the festival that every
scrap of leftovers were to go to
the Baker County High cabins.
Sunday morning it looked
like a line of ants going back and
forth between cabins as bag af-
ter bag of food appeared at our
door. Some nice souls cooked
us a pan of lasagna, others gave
us all the fixings for tacos, more
lunch meat than we could eat in a
month, spaghetti, fruit and much
more.
One of the things other schools
always seem to mention about us
is that we seem like a family. We
pretty much keep to ourselves.
At night we play games like Pic-
tionary, Scattagories and Taboo,
or sing or listen to music.
But not this time. This time it
sort of felt like a big community.
It was like everyone pulled to-
gether to help the family in need.
It just happened to be us.
The kids are having a great
time and leaving the worries to
us. We're hiking, doing arts and
crafts, practicing for The Wizard
of Oz, and making the best of the
situation.


the Seal team was denied permission to fire on the
pirates to prevent his recapture because America is
"too mean" in the eyes of the world. The president
impaired appropriate military actions requested by
the on-the-scene military commander to be nice to
the Somali pirates.
Only when it appeared that the hostage ship's
captain was in imminent danger of execution did
the on-site commander become authorized to use
deadly force and in seconds the Navy Seals success-
fully ended the standoff with deadly accurate sniper
shots. Of course, the first person to take credit for
the successful rescue with the media was the very
person who delayed and prevented an earlier action
to end the stalemate and in the process wasted tens
of thousands of our taxpayer dollars as well as our
country's esteem.
But we small town gun owners are the biggest
threat to national security, according to those en-
trusted with the responsibility to prevent future
"man-made disaster" attacks against American
citizens both around the world and here at home in
small town America.
Those who speak in opposition are the worst po-
tential domestic terrorists forget about Freedom
of Speech. Be careful what you say in public these
days, and don't apply for hunting permits this fall.
You might be considered a threat!
Lewis (Lee) Covin
Macclenny


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Man wanted in Duval burglary

Already in countyjailfor Raceway break-in


Special Olympics torch passes to SherffDobson...
Baker Correctional Institute officers passed the Special Olympics torch on to Sheriff Joey Dobson before the flame moved onto
Nassau County April 17. Pictured from left are Lee Yates, Billy Rhoden, Mr. Dobson, J. Baglin and T.C. Harper The ritual is an
annual affair.
PHOTO BY JOEL ADDINGTON


Suspect from Miami accused of


stealing car, iPhone from woman


The house guest of a Mac-
clenny family was accused of
stealing Dayna Pearson's 2000
Ford Crown Victoria and her
mother's Apple iPhone during
the early morning hours of April
17.
The victim said she first no-
ticed the vehicle gone about 8:30
am from the Largo Lane home
she shares with hermotherYvette
Pearson. She named Joseph Jer-
maine Jackson, reportedly from
Miami, as the suspect.
Ms. Pearson told Deputy Jer-
ald Peterson that the 37-year-old
suspect spent the night and left
about the same time the car dis-
appeared.
The elder Ms. Pearson said
the Mr. Jackson moved her Ca-
dillac to back the Crown Victo-
ria out of the carport and that he
was the only person with access
to both sets of keys. She advised
her cell phone was missing as
well.


Robbed as


they tried


to buy coke
Three men attempting to
purchase cocaine in Margaretta
were robbed at gunpoint April
18 at Jerusalem Church on CR
139 about 7:30 that evening, ac-
cording to police.
Two black males with hand-
guns ordered victims Daniel
Kent, 32, and Donald Self, 30,
both of Macclenny, and Clint
Waters, 20, of Jacksonville out
of Mr. Kent's 1999 Pontiac sedan
and took their belongings, in-
cluding clothes and cell phones,
states Deputy Ben Anderson's
report.
One suspect was described
as about 6-foot, 3-inches tall
dressed in hoodie and sweat
pants, while the other report-
edly stood 5-feet, 7-inches tall
and wore a white tank top and
shorts.
Deputy Anderson said Mr.
Waters advised the taller robber
fired a round near his feet, shot
out the left back tire of the car
and also struck him in the head
with the gun, causing a small
cut.
The victims said the gun-
men fled the church property
after an vehicle started heading
toward the scene. Mr. Kent and
his passengers then drove to his
home on Klein Road and called
police.
An hour-long search for the
suspects in Margaretta yielded
no results. The case remains un-
der investigation.


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The case was forwarded to in-
vestigations.
Another overnight guest, this
one off the Aunt Mary Harvey
Rd. residence of Jeffery Over-
street, was blamed for swiping
about $1100 from his wallet
April 18 about 4:30 that after-
noon.
Mr. Overstreet couldn't pro-
vide much information to Depu-
ty Michael Lagle about a woman
he identified only as Sarah.
The victim said he picked up
the white female in Jacksonville
the previous day and dropped
her back off there the next morn-
ing. However, he did not recall
the name of the road where he
left her or directions on how to
get there, according to Deputy
Lagle's report.
The officer also noted that Mr.
Overstreet spoke with Sgt. Gary
Burnsed earlier in the day while
still in Jacksonville and reported
that only $700 had been stolen.
In other grand theft cases re-


Open house
The public is invited to visit
the Coleman House and grounds
at 150 Center Street in down-
town Baldwin on Friday, April
24 from 4:00-8:00 pm. Baldwin
mayor Stan Totman and a Cole-
man family descendant will be
present.
Come enjoy this recently re-
stored significant historic land-
mark and stroll the beautiful
grounds. Call 266-5030 for more
information.


ported the past week:
Roger Robinson of 1549
CR 229 said an auger and ch
saw said to be worth a combine
$1925 were missing from I
camper trailer April 11.
He advised Deputy Way


S.
ain
ned
his
ne


Limbaugh he last saw the tools
about two weeks prior and didn't
have a lock on the trailer, only a
piece of wire securing the door.


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The sheriff's department
learned last week that one of
the suspects in jail for the night
burglary of the Raceway station
near Interstate 10 in south Mac-
clenny is wanted in Jacksonville
for burglary of a vacant struc-
ture.
Justin Leatherwood, 19, of
Macclenny remains in county
jail under $12,000 bond follow-
ing his arrest April 9, and the
Duval County bond is $25,000.
He and roommate William
Tatum, also 19, are charged with
breaking a window at the station
office after closing time. Mr.
Leatherwood admitted entering
the building and stealing two
cash drawers and various brands
of both cigarettes and smokeless
tobacco. Most of the loot was lat-
er recovered when the two were
arrested by Cpl. Mike Lagle in
the parking lot of the Kangaroo
store on US 90 east across from
the courthouse.
In other recent arrests, Alex
Timbs, 31, of Stoka, Tenn. was
jailed the evening of April 15 for
resisting arrest after he refused
to calm himself during question-
ing by Deputy Claude Hurley
following a disturbance with his
wife.
The incident took place on
Independence Dr. in Macclenny
about 9:45, and the officer's re-
port noted Mr. Timbs continued
yelling and interrupting the of-
ficer.
Wesley Gullett, 44, of Lake
City was arrested for disorderly
intoxication after he was found
staggering in the right lane of
1-10 near Sanderson about mid-
night on April 13.
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swerving to avoid striking Mr.
Gullett, who said he had been
left on the roadside by a friend.
Deputy Chris Walker ar-
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her residence off MLK Dr. in
Macclenny about 11:00 pm on
April 14. She was booked for
disorderly conduct for continu-
ing to argue with neighbors after
the deputy had been there a half
hour earlier and issued a warn-
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Jaleel Ruise, 29, of Macclen-
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April 17 on a warrant from Polk
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court.
In another arrest that oc-
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Hobbs, 20, of Black, Ala. was
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, April 23, 2009 Page 5


Five suspended license arrests

Five drivers were arrested the past week for being behind the wheel despite the fact that their
licenses had been suspended, in two of the cases as habitual offenders.
Deputy Jerald Peterson learned shortly after he stopped a 2000 Chevrolet pickup the morning
of April 17 that driver Kenneth Barron has not had a license since September, 1978.
The Macclenny resident was stopped off North Boulevard after Sgt. Greg Burnsed, who was
aware of Mr. Barron's status, spotted him driving the vehicle past where the two officers were
parked on the roadside. The suspect was questioned after he parked the pickup in the driveway
of his residence off Deerwood Circle.
Derrick Williams, 33, of Macclenny was also listed as an habitual offender with three prior
suspensions when Deputy Ben Anderson stopped him in an SUV about 5:00 am on April 20.
Cpl. Anderson said he stopped the driver just east of the city limits after observing him going
56 in a 35 mph zone on US 90. He was given a warning ticket for speeding.
The same deputy arrested Traneika Wilson, 23, of Jacksonville after stopping her for speed-
ing on Interstate 10 near Glen St. Mary in the early morning hours of April 20.
A computer check revealed Ms. Wilson's license has five suspensions, all for failure to pay
fines in Duval County. She was ticketed for driving her 2007 Pontiac at 88 mph in the 70 mph
zone.
Deputy Darrin Whitaker followed a 1995 Mercury driven by Steve Looney, 30, to the sus-
pect's address on Davis Rd. off CR 139B near Glen St. Mary the morning of April 5 after the
driver failed to signal a turn.
The officer learned that Mr. Looney's license had seven prior suspensions for drunk driving,
failure to pay fines or appear in court.
Franklin Davis Jr., 22, of Macclenny was arrested late on April 13 because of five prior
suspensions.
Deputy Patrick McGauley said Mr. Davis was at the wheel of a 1991 Oldsmobile in the north
Walmart parking lot and the vehicle and driver descriptions matched those of a complainant
earlier about shots being fired north of the liquor store.
No firearms turned up in a subsequent vehicle search, and police never located an alleged
third male suspect who was said to have entered the store.


Growing marijuana lands two in

The sheriff's department ar- cess to food and water. clenny faces a felony
rested three Baker County men Travis Tyson, 31, of Glen possession of marijual
separately the past week on felo- St. Mary was jailed on a similar tent to sell within 100
ny drug charges, two of them for charge and others after Deputy school.
allegedly growing marijuana. Jerald Peterson found a half doz- Deputy Chris Wa
Deputy Matt Riegel said he en potted plants in the bed of the fronted the suspect al
was summoned to an address on suspect's 2000 Chevrolet pickup the evening of April 1
E. Michigan Ave. in Macclenny the afternoon of April 19. sholm St. near South
late in the afternoon of April 16 Deputy Peterson and Sgt. in west Macclenny. TI
on an animal cruelty complaint. Mike Lagle made contact with is near Mr. Battles'
When he went in the back Mr. Tyson investigating an ear- and the officer noted t
yard of the residence to check on lier disturbance, and confronted was standing in the roa
the status of a chained pit bull, him in the Mercantile Bank park- Deputy Walker said
the officer spotted 16 young pot ing lot on 6th St. in Macclenny ing a security search,
plants growing in containers in about 4:30. plastic bag in one of IN
a plastic wagon. Jeremy Brown, A vehicle search yielded four pockets, and inside i
20, who lives at the address, ad- bags of fertilizer, a growth en- smaller bags of pot
mitted they belonged to him but hancer for plant roots and a small used in drug sales.
said he had not tended to them amount of marijuana in a rolled The felony charge
since the birth of a child. piece of paper stuffed in an ash the point of arrest is r
He was booked for possession tray. Intermediate School i
with intent to sell, a third-degree Mr. Tyson was also charged borhood rife with di
felony, with misdemeanor possession activity.
As to the animal complaint, and possession of equipment for Mr. Battles was als
Deputy Riegel noted in his report manufacture of narcotics, anoth- with misdemeanor
that the dog, though ill, had ac- er third-degree felony, and impeding traffic.
Lee Battles, 18, of Mac-


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City complying with D CA


Commissioners adopt mandated report, plan


BY JOEL ADDINGTON
reporter@bakercountypress. corn
The City of Macclenny took
two actions April 14 to stay in
the good graces of the state's
planning agency, the Depart-
ment of Community Affairs
(DCA), endorsing a report eval-
uating the city's comprehensive
plan from planning consultant
Tony Robbins of Prosser Hal-
lock in Jacksonville, and passing
a five-year capital improvements
plan (CIP).
"This is another aspect of
keeping us out of trouble with
the state," Mr. Robbins said of
the CIP, which the state man-
dated for adoption by all munici-
palities by December 1, 2008.
The planning consultant
told city commissioners not to
worry about missing the dead-
line though, saying 75 percent
of communities in Florida had
done so as well.
The plan specifies 23 projects
totaling $16.5 million in the ar-
eas of water, sewer, transporta-
tion, recreation and garbage ser-
vices; when they're expected to
be done and how the city intends
to pay for the projects coming in
the next two years.
Fulfillment of the plan is not
required by the state, only that
it's updated annually. If money
isn't available for a project, it's
rolled over into the next fiscal
year.
Some of the most expensive
projects slated for 2009-10 fis-
cal year are the $700,000 grant-
funded extension of water lines
connecting the Ohio St. plant
with the Macclenny II plant, the
$159,297 school-district funded
roof replacement at Keller In-
termediate School and about
$500,000 in road improvements
to Buck Starling Road.
The cost of the latter project
is expected to be shared evenly
by city and county general rev-
enues.
The report evaluating the
city's comprehensive plan, or


comp plan, examines how effec-
tive the document has been in
managing growth and how well
the city has adhered to it.
There are a few objectives
identified in the comp plan that
haven't been achieved, at least
partially. For instance, the goal
of establishing a program to
eliminate 60 percent of the city's
substandard housing has not
been met.
The evaluation is required by
the state every seven years and
is formally known as the Eval-
uation and Appraisal Report
(EAR).
The EAR was first com-
pleted, approved by the city and
sent for DCA's review in Janu-
ary. Last month the state agency
suggested three changes. Mr.
Robbins used those to revise the
EAR, which the board approved
last week.
"It's encouraging they only
had three minor changes," he
told commissioners.
The 89-page document will
be sent back to the state for ap-
proval and then be used as a ba-
sis for updating the comp plan
during the next 18 months.
In another planning measure
considered last week, the city
took the first step to differentiate
between small and large Planned


Unit Developments (PUDs).
PUD is a flexible zoning cat-
egory that allows developers to
negotiate with the city on site
features like setbacks, landscap-
ing, open space, permitted uses
and development density (units
per acre).
Currently PUD zoning is re-
stricted to projects of five or
more acres. The ordinance ap-
proved on first reading (two
readings are required before
final adoption) by city commis-
sioners opens the category to
projects on five or less acres.
In other business, the board:
Passed on first reading
an ordinance that will require
mortgage lenders foreclosing on
properties within the city to reg-
ister with city hall. The move is
designed to streamline the code
enforcement process should
foreclosed homes become aban-
doned and fall into disrepair.
Granted final approval for
changing the land use and zon-
ing designations on two county-
owned properties from residen-
tial to government. The first was
the historic library and jail mu-
seum on McIver Street and the
second a vacant parcel east of
the courthouse on 2nd Street.


Glen man


wanted in


theft case


of jewelry

Police are looking for a Glen
St. Mary man who is suspected
of stealing two items of jewelry
from a residence on Thompson
Rd. and selling them to the moth-
er of the victim for $10.
Harrie Evans told Deputy Matt
Riegel she recognized a watch
and necklace she bought from
Jermaine Dixon 33, as identical
to the ones she gave daughter
Lojoya Evans for her birthday
last year.
Ms. Evans reported a burglary
at her residence on April 15, and
said it likely occurred between
April 5-11 while she was away.
There was no sign of forced en-
try, and a television and DVD
player were taken also. Total
value was placed at $375.
The mother told Ms. Evans on
April 11 she purchased the jew-
elry, and her daughter identified
the watch and necklace as hers.
Deputy Riegel also noted that
Chassity Gaskins told the victim
she was approached by Mr. Dix-
on's brother Issac to purchase a
pair of shoes she recognized as
belonging to Ms. Evans.
The officer said initial efforts
to question the brothers were un-
fruitful, and he filed a complaint
for burglary and grand theft with
the state attorney's office.
In other recent burglaries,
Justin Loveless said someone
entered his trailer between April
17-19 and took a radio, DVD
player and $100 cash. The resi-
dence offAndrala Pl. near Sand-
erson was also ransacked.
A dozen light bulbs taken
from ceiling fans are the only
property reported stolen from the
North Prong Church off CR 120
in the north county overnight on
April 16.
A door into the main church
was forced open after initial en-
try via an unlocked rear door.


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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, April 23, 2009 Page 6


Role of animals varies in local workplaces...

(from page 1)
and he responds by shaking his
head back and forth or bobbing -
his whole body up and down in a
dancing motion. The customers
just love it."
In another location in down-
town Macclenny, Melanie the
cat snoozes in the bed she occu-
pies behind the front desk at the
Ivy Cottage, the store where she
is a permanent resident.
"I decided I needed a cot-
tage cat," said owner Kathleen
Arnold, who opened the store
three years ago in the Midtowne
Center.
Ms. Arnold didn't want to
raise a kitten. She wanted an
older cat that was already settled.
One of her neighbors knew just
the right cat and arrangements
were made for Melanie to relo-
cate. The cat quickly adapted, Buck and Mark Lancaster
becoming familiar with every BuckandMarkLancaster
nook and cranny of the store's ge "It happened Buck but it seemed hopeless."
five rooms of vintage and col- KathleenArnoldandMelanie. so fast," said Mr. The horrific noise finally at-
ltaey ercasedo. pPHOTOS BY KELLEY LANNIGAN
electable merchandise. Lancaster. "Buck traced the rottweiler's owner,
Melanie, who is quite the where it seemed, his body sail- slammed into the rottweiler and who came running to the scene.
lady, doesn't sleep in just any old ing like juggernaut through the the fighting and noise was vi- "This is how out of control
pet bed. Instead, she takes her air toward the attacking dog. cious. I tried to get the dog off that dog was," said Mr. Lan-
repose in a miniature version of
an actual bed behind the front
counter.
She also has a favorite glider
chair that she often occupies
during the day.
"Melanie has become a cen-
tral ingredient of the store expe-
rience," said Ms. Arnold. "Many
customers now immediately ask
where she is when they come
in.
To Ms. Arnold, the most no-
ticeable thing since Melanie ar-
rived is her calming effect on the
children who come in with their
parents.
"Melanie is a very quiet,
calm cat and children just seem
to calm down too when they get
around her," said Ms. Arnold.
"They get focused on petting
and interacting with her and
their parents can actually relax
and shop leisurely."
Ms. Arnold says Melanie's EXAMPLE
most vital role is keeping her
company during the hours when $500
few customers are around. BUY $500worth of furniture, GET
"It's really like having a fam-
ily member around," she said.
ily emLancaster's dog Buckis BUY $1,000 worth of furniture, GET
like a family member, too, and
is always with him, whether he's BUY $2,000 worth of furniture, GET
working at his home office, out

inhe big yellow lab is a fa- BUY $3,000 worth of furniture, GET_
miliar canine face around Mac-
clenny and Glen St. Mary. Folks
passing by often see him hold-
ing down the fort in the truck he
habitually occupies when not at
home.
"The bed of the truck is
Buck's security blanket," said
Mr. Lancaster. "Unless I tell him
different, he never leaves it."
Buck has a calm, almost stoic
personality. One gets the feeling
he is casually observing every-
thing going on around him and
mentally filing it away for fu-
ture reference. He rarely barks
at strangers, but will engage in a
little laid back canine conversa-

truck parked nearby. Buck likes
to watch the traffic going by
when his master is inside Fras-
er's Cafe having lunch.
Buck even goes to church and
waits patiently for his masters OPEN AN ACCOUNT
while they worship. The dog
with the placid personality might
not seem like much in the way of OR ADD ON TO
a guard dog, but Mr. Lancaster


alty, even his willingness to sac-
rifice himself for his master. ACCOUNT WITH
Mr. Lancaster is indebted
to Buck because the dog once
saved his life.
A few years back the man was
working alone on an outdoor ren-


ovation. Buck naa wandered offtt
to explore. Suddenly, Mr. Lan-
caster heard an unfamiliar noise excludes appliances & electronics
and lookedup to seeta huge, bonus must be taken during sales event
caring at him like something (not applicable with any other discount offer)- ,M ':

out of a nightmare. **with approved credit
"It was coming at me like it
had been shot out of a cannon.
I didn't even have time to run or
react," said Mr. Lancaster. "I just

Seconds before the rottweiler GIBSON McDONAID
took him down, Mr. Lancaster
saw a blur out of the corner of OM PAN
his eye. It was Buck. The lab had
silently materialized out of no-


caster. "The guy grabbed a thick
board and began beating the dog
like crazy and it didn't seem to
phase him."
The rotweiller's vicious attack
left Buck severely injured, but
the lab never faltered. Somehow,
the two men managed to get the
dogs separated. Mr. Lancaster
quickly got Buck to the vet's of-
fice.


Nothing like that has ever
happened again.
"Never before and never since
that incident have I seen Buck
show any kind of aggression,"
said Mr. Lancaster. "I didn't
even know he was capable of
such a thing. All I know is he
saved my life."


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Adkins-Forte
Maywedding
Sandra Adkins of Sanderson
and Carlton Forte of Goldsboro,
NC are pleased to announce
their engagement. Carlton is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Forte
Sr. of Goldsboro, NC.
Family and friends are invited
to celebrate the couple's wedding
on May 9 at 2:00 pm at New Life
Church of God in Macclenny.
At the request of the bride and
groom, no children please.
After honeymooning in Myr-
tle Beach, SC, the couple will
reside in Goldsboro.

34th annual
BCHSartshow
Don't miss the Baker County
High School's art department
34th annual Art Show. This years
show will be in the media cen-
ter at the high school and opens
Thursday night from 6:00 8:00
pm.
PesAdertsn
Deadline'


Jade Richardson
Baby sister arrives
Titus and Karis Richardson
of Sanderson are pleased to an-
nounce the birth of sister Jade
Taylor Richardson on March 23,
2009 at St. Vincent's Medical
Center. She weighed 6 lbs. 15
oz. and was 19'4 inches long.
Proud parents are Bryan and
Melissa Richardson of Sander-
son. Grandparents are Eugene
and Donna Richardson of Sand-
erson and Rodger and Gloria
Godwin of Taylor.


Baby girl is a memory, but don't
shed any tears.
Just look at who she has become
in all these sweet, sweet years.
Happy 18th Birthday, Nikki!


Thrift reunion
The annual Thrift family re-
union will be held May 3 at the
Georgia Bend farm of Felton
Thrift. Take 121 north to 185, go
to mile marker 3 and turn left on
Alfred Thrift Road.
Lunch begins at 1:00 pm.
Bring a covered dish and join in
the fun.
Family reunion
The Rowe, Barber, Thompson
family reunion will be April 26
at Celebration Park in Glen St.
Mary.
Family and friends should
make plans to attend; registration
begins at 11:30 am.

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Saturday, April 25 at 11:00 am at ROLU 9k T4
Heritage Park in Macclenny.
Family and friends please
make plans to attend. Please call
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Thursday, April 23,2009

Wilma Combs,

87, dies April 20
Wilma Jeanette Combs, 87,
of Glen St. Mary died peacefully
surrounded
by her lov-
ing family
on Monday,
April 20, 1
2009. She r
was born
in Olustee
on March
22, 1922 to
Laury and
Lettie Beas-
ley and was

to the late Ms. Combs
Colonel W.
Combs Sr. for 45 years until his
death in April 1986.
Mrs. Combs retired from
Northeast Florida State Hospital
as a charge aide after 23 years
of dedicated service. She was a
member of Emmanuel Baptist
Church, enjoyed fishing and
traveling to the mountains, but
most of all she loved spending
time with her family.
Her family will miss her
warm loving heart and strong
spirit, along with her red velvet
cake and beef stew. Mrs. Combs
was also preceded in death by
brothers Dewey, Elzie and Cecil
Beasley, and sister-in-law Bea-
trice Beasley.
Survivors include loving chil-
dren Barbara (Johnnie) Croft,
Lynda Combs, Patricia (Lester)
Davis, Sandra (Jim) Nickles,
Nancy (Steve) Kennedy, Karen
(Rodney) Little and Colonel
(Gayle) Combs Jr.; sisters Betty
J. (Pete) Peters, Lois Pringle:
brother Elic Beasley; 21 grand-
children; 30 great grandchildren
and two great-great-grandchil-
dren; many other caring family
members and friends.
The funeral service and a
celebration of her life will be
held April 24 at 11:00 am at her
church with pastors Dan Powers
and A.J. Nevill. The family will
receive friends and family on
April 23 from 6:00-8:00 pm at
the church.
Interment will follow at Ce-
dar Creek Cemetery, Sanderson.
Arrangements are under the di-
rection of V. Todd Ferreira Fu-
neral Services.

Celebrate family
McCray's Chapel Church in
Olustee will be celebrating Fam-
ily and Friends Day April 26,
2009 at 4:00 pm. The speaker
will be Elder Bernard McCray of
Lake City.
Everyone is invited. For more
information call 386-755-9053.








The Road
to Calvary
Corner of Madison & Stoddard
Glen St. Mary
Pastor: Tommy Anderson
Phone: 904-259-2213
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
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UARIES


Virgil Davis, 77,

ofSanderson dies
Virgil Davis, 77, of Sander-
son died April 20, 2009. He was
the greatest
husband,
father,
grandfather
and friend.
Mr. Davis
served in
the U.S.
Army, was
a retired
carpenter,
work ed
with the
volunteer A
fire depart- Mr Davis
ment and
was a school crossing guard.
Mr. Davis was preceded in
death by parents Albert and
Pearl Davis; son Mike of Palm
Bay; infant daughter and great-
grandchild.
Survivors include wife Patri-
cia of Sanderson; sons Pete Da-
vis of Sanderson, Frank (Cindy)
Davis of Jacksonville and Kevin
(Ashley) Davis of Macclenny;
daughters Marian (Randy) Cas-
tleberry and Judy (Melburne)
Bailey, both of Macclenny, Ani-
ta (Buddy) Champion of Max-
ville, Becky (David) Knapp of
Glen St. Mary, Lisa (Frankie)
Keye of Whigham, GA; daugh-
ter-in-law Lynda Davis of Palm
Bay; brothers Carlton (Margie)
Davis, Bud (Shirley) Davis and
Preston (Miriam) Davis, all of
Sanderson; sisters Wilma Razo,
Pearl Shumate and Faye Roald-
son; 20 grandchildren, 18 great-
grandchildren and numerous
nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be
held at 11:00 am April 23 at the
Dinkins New Congregational
Methodist Church in Sander-
son, with Revs. Tim Cheshire
and Eddie Sanders officiating.
Interment will follow at Cedar
Creek Cemetery with Pastor Er-
nie Terrell officiating. Visitation
was from 7:00-9:00 pm April 22
at the church. Pallbearers will
be grandsons Michael Delp,
Dustin, Chris, Cody, Duane and
Frankie Davis. Honorary pall-
bearers will be the school cross-
ing guards.
In lieu of flowers, donations
are suggested c/o Vystar Credit
Union (reference Jack Mims).
Arrangements are under the di-
rection of Giddens-Reed Funer-
al Home, Baldwin.


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Brenda Hall, 56,

NEFSH retiree
Brenda Hall, 56, of Mac-
clenny died April 18, 2009 at
the Morris
Center for
Caring in
Jackson-
ville. Mrs.
Hall was
a lifelong
resident
of Baker
County and
the daughter .
of the late
J.W. And
Annie Ruth
Harvey. She Ms. Hall
was a Prim-
itive Baptist and an employee of
Northeast Florida State Hospital
for 35 years, retiring in 2008.
Ms. Hall also loved to hunt
and fish, and loved her Gators.
She was a loving wife, mother
and grandmother.
Survivors include husband
Dennis Hall of Macclenny;
daughters Jamie Kay Prevatt of
Jacksonville and Denise Hall
of Macclenny; son Chan (Deb-
bie) Prevatt of Olustee; sister
Scotland Davis of Macclenny;
brother Robert Harvey of Salt
Springs; one grandchild.
The funeral service was held
April 21 at 10:00 am at the cha-
pel of Guerry Funeral Home
with Elder David Crawford of-
ficiating. Interment followed at
the Oak Grove Cemetery.


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Ruby Smith, 86,

dies April 16th
Ruby Jeanette Long Smith,
86, died April 16, 2009 after a
lengthy ill-
ness. Ruby
was born
in Glen St.
Mary on
March 17, \
1923 to Er-
nest (Earn) -\
and Sarah
Long, and
lived most
of her life V,
in Jack-
sonville.
She loved Ms. Smith
to play the
guitar and sing, as well as cook.
Mrs. Smith was a caregiver to
the sick and elderly until the on-
set of her illness. She was pre-
ceded in death by her parents;
husband John T.K. Smith, son
Carroll Eugene Bullard; sister
Wilma (Buford) Harvey; brother
Ernest (Bud) Long Jr. (Opal).
Survivors include daughters
Bonnie Bolen (Londie Rhoden)
and Phyllis Wilmot, both of Jack-
sonville, Hilda Bullard Manning
(James) of Macclenny, Cynthia
Smith of Shreveport, LA; sisters
Faye Bennett of Sanderson and
Sallie Traugott (Earl) of Glen;
11 grandchildren; 15 grandchil-
dren; a host of friends.
The funeral service was held
at 2:00 pm on April 20 at the
chapel of Guerry Funeral Home
in Macclenny with Rev. Tommy
Anderson officiating. Interment
followed at Cedar Creek Cem-
etery in Sanderson.


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


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ANGLICAN CHURCH


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10:00 am


MACCLENNY
CHURCH OF CHRIST
573 S. 5th St. 259-6059
Sunday Bible Study 9:45 am
Fellowship 10:30 am 11:00 am
Worship Services
11:00 am
.' Wed. Bible Study
.2 7:30 pm
Minister
Sam F. Kitching


Come and magnify the Lord and worship with us
Glen Friendship Tabernacle
Clinton Ave. Glen St. Mary
K 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





Glen St. Mary W




S a S 0 T ON UO a LF s


salary Baptist lhu h









523 North Boulevard W.
Four blocks north of Hwy. 90 in Macclenny
Pastor Donnie E. Williams ** 259-4529


Sunday School
Sunday Worship &
Holy Communion


6:30pm Wednesday Dinner,
Praise, Prayer, Healing,
Holy Communion


(904) 259-6689 ~ Glen St. Mary, Florida
1/2 mile South ofl-10on CR 125, right on Nursery Road in the
beautiful Glen St. Mary Nursery at the historic Budder Mathis House


In the most precious
Memory of
Mrs. Annie Lou Mills
Sunrise 1912 to Sunset 1984
He that dwelleth in the se-
cret place of the most high shall
abide under the shadow of the
Almighty. Psalms 91:1
God didn 't promise days
without pain, laughter without
sorrow or sun without rain. But
God did promise ,,1, 1 g i for the
day, comfort for the tears and
a light for the way. And for all
who believe in His kingdom
above, He answers their faith
with ever'lasting love.
Seek ye the Lord while He
may be found, call upon Him
while He is near Isaiah 55:6
STILL LOVING YOU,
YOUR CHILDREN:
JOHNNY, JULIUS, SHARON MAXWELL,
CAROLYN ROBINSON (EARNEST), GRACE
MILLS, A HOST OF GRANDCHILDREN,
GREAT-GRANDS AND GREAT-GREAT GRANDS


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THE LORD'S CHURCH
Join us in welcoming Pastor B Griffin,
his wife Faye, family & friend, Ij
to our community.
Pastor Bobby Griffin has been in Baker Cour tr 34 years.
He has been soul saving and ministering the.







Guy Williams, 54,

former truck driver
Guy Aaron Williams, 54,
of Glen St. Mary died Satur-
day April 18, 2009 at Malcom
Randall VA
Medical
Center in
Gaines -
ville. Guy
was born
in Jack-
sonville on
June 14,
1954, son
of the late
Aaron and
Hazel (Har- MH Williams
nage) Wil-
liams.
Mr. Williams served in the
US Army and was a truck driver
for Winn Dixie for many years.
He loved hunting, fishing and
NASCAR.
Survivors include daughter
Brandie Williams; son Joshua
(Susan) Williams; sisters Becky
(Adrian) Roberts, Cindy Mor-
ris, Jeanie Williams, all of Jack-
sonville, Gay (Buddy) Poore
of Macclenny; brothers Bucky
(Lori) Williams of Macclenny,
Boyce Williams of Jackson-
ville; girlfriend Lori (Peaches)
Lockwood of Macclenny; three
grandchildren.
The funeral service was held
grave side at 11:00 am on April
22 at Oak Grove Cemetery with
Rev. Noel Roberts officiating.
Arrangements were under the
direction of ICS Cremation and
Funeral Home, Lake City.


Gospel sing
The Road to Calvary Church
on the comer of Stoddard and
Madison in Glen St. Mary host
a gospel sing April 24 from 7:30-
10:00 pm.
Everyone is invited.

Sanderson K
Congregational
Holiness Church
CR 127 N., Sanderson, FL
Sunday School 10:00 am
Morning Worship 11:00 am
Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm
Wed. Evening Prayer Serv. 7:30 pm
Pastor: Oral E. Lyons r



First Baptist Church
of Sanderson
CR 229 S., Sanderson FL
Sunday School ....... 10:00 am
Sun. Morning Worship. 11:00 am
Sun. Evening Worship .. 6:00 pm
Wed. Eve. Bible Study .. 7:00 pm
Pastor Bob Christmas
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County lacks funds for rehab

Officials want work at old jail scaled back


BY JOEL ADDINGTON
reporter@bakercountypress. corn

With cash for its own proj-
ects already scarce, the Baker
County Commission was hesi-
tant to commit nearly a million
dollars to renovate the existing
sheriff's office detention cen-
ter so it could continue housing
local inmates after the new jail
north of Macclenny opens.
Parts of the county-owned
building are over 30 years old,
the roof leaks and maintenance
on the heating, cooling, plumb-
ing and electrical systems is long
overdue, Sheriff Joey Dobson
told the board during its regular
meeting April 20.
He proposed the county fund
the $934,000 rehab job, which
would leave more capacity for
federal prisoners at the new jail
expected for completion next
month.
More federal prisoners would
also mean more revenue for the
Baker Correctional Develop-
ment Corporation (BCDC), the
non-profit established to build
and manage the 512-bed facil-
ity and payback $45 million in
bonds used to buy the 90-plus
acre property and fund con-
struction.
As a way to recoup the exist-
ing jail's renovation cost, Mr.
Dobson suggested the BCDC
could lease the building to hold
local inmates, "for say, $600,000
per year."
The lease would be a new
revenue stream for the county
since the sheriffs office current-
ly uses the 132-bed jail free of
charge. In fact, the county pays
the sheriffs office about $42 per
prisoner per day for housing and
managing local inmates, a bill
that runs about $2 million per


Mt. Zion N.C.

Methodist Church
121 North t 259-4461
Macclenny, FL
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







Jesus answered, "Verily, verily I
say unto thee, except a man be
born of water and of the Spirit,
he cannot enter into the king-
dom of God." John 3:5


year.
However, if local prisoners
are housed at the new 512-bed
facility, the county's per day rate
is expected to at least double,
depending on how much federal
law enforcement agencies pay
for their prisoners.
Although no written agree-
ment has been reached with or-
ganizations like the Immigra-
tion and Customs Enforcement
(ICE), Mr. Dobson said he an-
ticipates the rate to be between
$80 and $90 per day.
"We don't know that yet, but
somewhere in that neighborhood
would be safe to say," he said.
The existing jail could take
as long as a year to renovate,
officials said, putting the pay-
back on the county's investment
sometime in the year 2012 if
work started soon.
The plan was based on what's
occurred in Glades County with
its newly-built prison and its old
jail. There the existing facility
was retrofitted for about $1.2
million and leased to the Glades
Correctional Development Cor-
poration, BCDC's counterpart
there, for $600,000 annually.
Although county commis-
sioners agreed with the plan in
concept, the nearly one million
dollar price tag was too much to
swallow.
"The facility is in use now ...
The facility passes inspections.
Why do we need to retrofit it
right now?" asked Commission-
er Alex Robinson.
Instead, he suggested scaling
back the project, at least initial-
ly, to replacement of the leaky
roof.
Installation of a new metal
roof with a 20-year warranty


would cost about $214,000, ac-
cording to an estimate from
O'Neal Roofing Co. of Lake
City.
The remaining work for
heating, cooling, electrical and
plumbing improvements were
estimated at $660,000 by H2
Engineering of Tallahassee.
"The roof's got to be done.
There's no question about that,"
said Sheriff Dobson.
Commissioner Mike Griffis
agreed that limiting the project's
scope to roofing was more palat-
able.
"Let's wait until we have a
revenue stream coming in from
BCDC before doing all the up-
grades," he said, adding that he'd
like to see a schedule of such
revenues.
Beyond the proposed lease,
the BCDC has pledged to remit
any excess revenues (money left
over after operational costs and
required bond payments) from
the new jail annually to the
county.
"But we can't give you a date,"
Mr. Dobson said about when
BCDC might begin fulfilling
that pledge.

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Wildcat lifters eyeing second



ever back-to-back state crown


BY BOBBY JOHNS
BCHS *.,1 :hi,.r: coach

The old saying is, "It's time to
put up or shut up."
That is exactly the time it is
for the Baker County Wildcat
Weightlifting team.
The Cats have a chance to ac-
complish what we have been ex-
pected to do all season, repeat as
State Champions. The problem
is that nothing worth having is
ever given it must be earned.
The lifters will have to stay
focused on their goals and
compete when the time comes
for them to take care of business
this Saturday, April 25, in New
Port Richey, Fla. at River Ridge
High School for the state meet,
which begins at 10:30 am.
Last Saturday, April 18, the
Wildcats qualified 11 lifters for
the state meet, including: Ryan
Young and Brandon Tuten in
the 119 class, John Ford in the
139 class, Milton Baker in the
154 class, Greg Williams and
Harold Moore in the 183 class,
Darvin Ruise and Hank Farmer




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tourneys


In boys baseball action this
past week, the Wildcats won the
prestigious Fernandina Beach
tournament by defeating Uni-
versity Christian 14-2, Fernan-
dina Beach 15-0 and Harmony
of Orlando 11-3.
The tournament's most valu-
able player was Cory Elasik,
while freshman pitcher Chris
Waddell went 7 of 11 at the plate
and shut out Fernandina hitters
for five innings.
"I'll say it again, Waddell
will be the best player to ever
come out of Baker County,"
said Coach John Staples. "He's a
baseball-playing phenom."
At the Williston tournament
the Cats won two out of three
games by defeating Chiefland
10-0, topping the event's host
Williston (16-4) by nine runs at
12-3 before getting upset by PK
Yonge 4-3.
Last Friday, April 17, the
Wildcat batters were upended
by Middleburg 3-2 in a heated
contest.
The Cats did not get the bats
going like they had been, col-
lecting only two hits.
Three days later on senior
night, April 20, the Cats defeated
Lake City 5-0 behind the shut-
out pitching of ace Waddell.
The freshman leads the Jack-
sonville area in earned run aver-
ages.
Cory Elasik hit a home run
and Chase Bennett added two
hits.
"The seniors really showed
out on senior night, as well they
should. They have been a tre-
mendous group," Coach Staples
said.
Going into Tuesday night's
game against Episcopal April 21
(results were not available as of
press time) the Wildcats were 21-
3, the best record ever in school
history. Also, the seniors have
won a total of 78 games over the
last four years.
On Sunday, Coach Staples
was selected as Northeast Re-
gion 4A coach of the year.


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in the 219 class, Thomas Braddy
in the 238 class, and Ethan Mun-
son and Ray Mangiafico in the
heavyweight class.
Ryan, Thomas, and Ethan en-
ter the meet in first place in their
classes, but will have to hit their
lifts if they expect to finish as
state champs.
Seven of the remaining eight
lifters are all in the top eight in
their respective classes with the
top six places scoring points.
It will take a complete team
effort to defend their title against
a strong Arnold team and sever-
al more top teams from around
the state, but the Cats should be
up to the task.
Winning this Saturday would
mark the second time in school
history that the Wildcats have
won back-to-back state weight-
lifting championships.
In 1988 and 1989, Coach Dan-
ny Green led the Cats to repeat
state championships, the first
two of the four currently held by
Baker County.
This year's championship
would also give me the first ever
back-to-back state champion-


ships. While winning four over-
all titles, I've never won two in
a row.
Twice before after winning
state, our teams finished second
the following season.
It would be a huge accom-
plishment for myself and the
Wildcat lifters to bring home the
trophy again this season.
Another important note re-
garding this week's meet is that
Thomas Braddy has a shot to
break several all-time records.
The clean and jerk state re-
cord for his weight class, the
total record for his weight class,
and the overall clean and jerk
and total record for any weight
class.
Please continue to support the
Cats as they represent the com-
munity of Baker County as
well as Baker County High
School this Saturday in New
Port Richey. State Champion-
ships are almost impossible
to accomplish these days and
the Cats have a chance to place
themselves in an elite group of
teams with five to their credit.


Girls playoffs underway

With the top record in the district, the Wildcat softball team sat out
the first round of the district playoffs Monday and knocked off Sante
Fe 2-0 in the second round Tuesday for a spot in Thursday's April 23
district championship game.
The Lady Cats' batting wasn't pretty at Clay High School versus
the Raiders April 21, but Ashley Holton's two-run double in the sixth
inning made the difference.
"It was a rough game. We didn't hit well tonight at all, but we
played good solid defense," Coach Cheryl Nunn said after the game.
The girls will face either Clay County or Middleburg in the district
game in Green Cove Springs.
Three nights before the Lady Cats met First Coast for senior night
and came away with another low-scoring win 1-0 in the eighth inning
when Jordan Hand ran for batter, capitalized on a Raider error and
was batted home.
"We hit the ball well. We just didn't execute when we had to," said
Coach Nunn. "We left a lot on base."
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, EIGHTH JUDICIAL CIR-
CUIT, IN AND FOR BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 02-2009-0071-CA

IN RE: GENE HARVEY, as
TAX COLLECTOR OF
BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA

NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: Delinquent Taxpayer Receiving This Notice
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that a Petition for
Validation of Tax Warrant issued for unpaid 2007,
Baker County Personal Property Taxes has been filed
by Gene Harvey, Baker County Tax Collector, in which
you are named as a party for nonpayment of 2007
Personal Property Taxes as assessed against you.
Upon ratification and confirmation of the petition
by the Court, the Tax Collector shall be authorized
to issue a tax warrant against you, and levy upon,
seize and sell so much of your personal property as
necessary to satisfy the delinquent taxes, plus costs,
interest, attorney's fees, and other charges.
YOU WILL BE DISMISSED AS A PARTYTOTHIS
ACTION WITHOUT ANY COURT APPEARANCE BY
YOU IF YOU PAY SAID DELINQUENT TAXES OWED
BY YOU AND COSTS TO THE TAX COLLECTOR AT:
32 North 5th St., MACCLENNY, FLORIDA 32063,
PRIOR TO THE FINAL HEARING SCHEDULED IN
THIS MATTER.
You are further notified that a Final Hearing will
be held in this matter on the 26th day of May, 2009,
at the Baker County Courthouse in Macclenny, Baker
County, Florida, at 10:40 a.m. before the Honorable
Phyllis M. Rosier, Circuit Judge, at which time you or
your attorney may present your objections, if any, to
issuance of the Tax Warrant against you. The amount
of the assessment or amount of taxes levied have
been paid or not.
A copy of the Petition filed herein may be
obtained at the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court
in Macclenny, Baker County, Florida, upon request.
WITNESS my hand and seal of this court on this
9th day of April, 2009.
LIST OF DEFENDANTS
1.07-5001805
FIBERSTEAM CARPET CLEANING
6166 Adams Rd.
Macclenny, FL 32063
2.07-5002280
BRUCE GRIFFIS
12222 Mud Lake Rd.
Glen St. Mary, FL 32040
3.07-5003285
MACCLENNY LIQUORS, INC.
303 Macclenny Ave.
Macclenny, FL 32063
4.07-5003298
MACCLENNY PEDIATRICS
28 Macclenny Ave. W.
Macclenny, FL 32063
5.07-5003670
NORRIS WOODWORKS, INC.
10499 Mud Lake Rd.
Glen St. Mary, FL 32040
6. 07-5005499
PATRICIA D. GRAY REALTY
1171 South 6th St.
Macclenny, Fl 32063
7.07-5006477
NORRIS FARMS, INC.
10499 Mud Lake Rd.
Glen St. Mary, FL 32040
8.07-5006665
CREEKSIDE FARMS, INC.
P.O. Box 1218
Macclenny, FL 32063
9.07-5007458
CYPRESS BAY BUILDERS, INC.
5803 JB Hines Rd.
Macclenny, FL 32063
10.07-5007493
RIVER ROAD ENTERPRISES, INC.
4221 Deerfield Circle
Jacksonville, FL 32234


4/16-5/7


AL FRASER
As CLERK OFTHE COURT
BY: JAMIE CREWS
Deputy Clerk


A, R&R, INC
10525 DUVAL LANE
MACCLENNY, FL 32063
Phone (904) 259-4774
The following vehicles will be sold at public
auction May 8, 2009 at 8:00 am at A, R&R INC,
10525 Duval Lane, Macclenny, FL 32063.
1986 Dodge Pickup
VIN #1B7FD04H2GS056406
1999 Honda Civic
VIN #1 HGEJ8149XL099642
2003 Saturn Ion
VIN #1G8AL52F13Z122936
4/23
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

Timothy W. Burnsed
Last known address of:
28693 CR 127
Sanderson, FL 32087
You are hereby notified that your eligibility to vote
is in question. You are required to contact the
Supervisor of Elections, in Macclenny, Florida,
no later than thirty (30) days after the date of
this publishing. Failure to respond will result in
determination of ineligibility by the Supervisor and
your name will be removed from the statewide
voter registration system. If further assistance is
needed, contact the Supervisor of Elections at the
below listed address or call 904-259-6339.
Nita D. Crawford
Baker County Supervisor of Elections
P.O. BOX 505
Macclenny, Florida 32063


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN


Max H. Morse
Last known address of:
2761 Saint Johns Ave. Apt. 8
Jacksonville, FL 32205-8268
You are hereby notified that your eligibility to vote
is in question. You are required to contact the
Supervisor of Elections, in Macclenny, Florida,
no later than thirty (30) days after the date of
this publishing. Failure to respond will result in
determination of ineligibility by the Supervisor and
your name will be removed from the statewide
voter registration system. If further assistance is
needed, contact the Supervisor of Elections at the
below listed address or call 904-259-6339.
Nita D. Crawford
Baker County Supervisor of Elections
P.O. BOX 505
Macclenny, Florida 32063


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT EIGHTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 02-2009-CA-0050
COUNTRY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION,
A Federal Credit Union,
Plaintiffs,

vs.

JUSTIN GRAY,
Defendant.

NOTICE OF ACTION

TO: JUSTIN GRAY

YOU ARE NOTIFIED that a Verified Mortgage
Foreclosure Complaint has been filed againstyou on
the following described property:

Parcel ID# 20-2S-22-0160-0000-0440
Part of the South Y2 of the Southwest %4 of
Section 20, Township 2 South, Range 22
East, Baker County, Florida, more particu-
larly described as follows: Commence at
the Southwest corner of said Section 20,
thence South 89o54'14" East, on the South
line of said Section 20, a distance of 604.62
feet to a point of the East right of way line
of Tom Wilkerson Road (a 59.75 foot right
of way as now established); thence North
00039'44" East, on said East right of way
line, a distance of 327.39 feet to the Point
of Beginning; thence continue North
00039'44" East on said East right of way
line, a distance of 103.37 feet; thence North
89o40'30" East, a distance of 437.62 feet;
thence South 00o010'30" East, a distance of
103.36 feet; thence South 89o40'30" West,
a distance of 439.13 feet to the Point of
Beginning.
and you are required to serve a copy ofyourwrit-
ten defenses, if any, to it on FRANKE. MALONEY, 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 16th day of May, 2009,
and to file the original with the Clerk of this Court
either before service on FRANK E. MALONEY, JR.,
PA., attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise
a default will be entered against you for the relieve
demanded in the Complaint or Petition.
WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court on this
9th day of April, 2009.

T.A. "AL" FRASER
CLERK OF COURT
By:Bonnie Palleschi
Deputy Clerk
4/16-5/7
STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY
AFFAIRS CUMULATIVE NOTICE OF INTENT TO
FIND BAKER COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
AMENDMENT AND REMEDIAL COMPREHENSIVE
PLAN AMENDMENTS) IN COMPLIANCE
DOCKET NO. 09-R1-NOI 0201 (A) (I)

The Department issues this cumulative notice of
intent to find the Baker County Comprehensive Plan
Amendment adopted by Ordinance No(s). 2006-49
on April 16, 2007 and the remedial amendments)
adopted by Ordinance 2009-04 on March 16, 2009,
IN COMPLIANCE, pursuant to Sections 163.3184,
163.3187 and 163.3189, F.S.
The adopted Baker County Comprehensive
Plan Amendment and the Department's Objections,
Recommendations, and Comments Report, (if any),
are available for public inspect-ion Monday through
Friday, except for legal holidays, during normal busi-
ness hours, at the Baker County Planning and Zoning
Department, 81 North 3rd Street, Macclenny, Florida
32063.
Any affected person, as defined in Section
163.3184, F.S., has a right to petition for an admin-
istrative hearing to challenge the proposed agency
determination that the Remedial Amendments are In
Compliance, as defined in Subsection 163.3184(1),
F.S. The petition must be filed within twenty one
(21) days after publication of this notice, and must
include all of the information and contents described
in Uniform Rule 28-106.201, F.A.C. The petition
must be filed with the Agency Clerk, Department of
Community Affairs, 2555 Shumard Oak Boulevard,
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2100 and a copy mailed
or delivered to the local government. Failure to timely
file a petition shall constitute a waiver of any right to
request an administrative proceeding as a petitioner
under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S. If a petition
is filed, the purpose of the administrative hearing will
be to present evidence and testimony and forward a
recommended order to the Department. If no peti-
tion is filed, this Notice of Intent shall become final
agency action.
If a petition is filed, other affected persons may
petition for leave to intervene in the proceeding. A
petition for intervention must be filed at least twenty
(20) days before the final hearing and must include all
of the information and contents described in Uniform
Rule 28 106. 205, F.A.C. A petition for leave to inter-
vene shall be filed at the Division of Administrative
Hearings, Department of Administration, 1230
Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, Florida 32399 3060.
Failure to petition to intervene within the allowed time
frame constitutes a waiver of any right such a person
has to request a hearing under Sections 120.569 and
120.57, F.S., or to participate in the administrative
hearing.
After an administrative hearing petition is timely
filed, mediation is available pursuant to Subsection
163.3189(3)(a), F.S., to any affected person who is
made a party to the proceeding by filing that request
with the administrative law judge assigned by the
Division of Administrative Hearings. The choice of
mediation shall not affect a party's right to an admin-
istrative hearing.


Mike McDaniel, Chief
Division of Community Planning
Department of Community Affairs
2555 Shumard Oak Boulevard
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2100

Department of Children & Families Northeast
Florida State Hospital
The Northeast Florida State Hospital Community
Behavioral Healthcare Services Advisory Board
announces a meeting. Date and time: Tuesday, April
28, 2009 @11:30 Place: NEFSH CBHS, 84 W. Lowder
ST., STE. C, Macclenny, Florida 32063. General sub-
ject matter to be considered: organizational meeting
and general provision of services by NEFSH CBHS.
Please call (904) 259-4671 ext. 32 for instructions
on participation.
4/23


MORAN'S MOTOR AND WRECKER SERVICE, INC.
59 NORTH SEVENTH STREET
MACCLENNY, FLORIDA 32063
Phone (904) 259-2850
The following vehicle will be sold at public auction
May 22, 2009 at 10:00 am, at Moran's Motor and
Wrecker Service, Inc., 59 North Seventh Street,
Macclenny, FL., 32063.
1996 Ford Taurus Stationwagon
VIN #1FALP57U1TA55675
1988 Chevrolet Truck
VIN #1GCDC14HXJZ193477
1989 Buick Riviera
VIN #1G4EZ11C2KU402992


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN


Angelina Delp
Last known address of:
20883 Frank Combs Circle
Sanderson, FL 32087
You are hereby notified that your eligibility to vote
is in question. You are required to contact the
Supervisor of Elections, in Macclenny, Florida,
no later than thirty (30) days after the date of
this publishing. Failure to respond will result in
determination of ineligibility by the Supervisor and
your name will be removed from the statewide
voter registration system. If further assistance is
needed, contact the Supervisor of Elections at the
below listed address or call 904-259-6339.
Nita D. Crawford
Baker County Supervisor of Elections
P.O. BOX 505
Macclenny, Florida 32063


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN


Carrie L. Morrison
Last known address of:
P.O. BOX 97
Macclenny, FL 32063
You are hereby notified that your eligibility to vote
is in question. You are required to contact the
Supervisor of Elections, in Macclenny, Florida,
no later than thirty (30) days after the date of
this publishing. Failure to respond will result in
determination of ineligibility by the Supervisor and
your name will be removed from the statewide
voter registration system. If further assistance is
needed, contact the Supervisor of Elections at the
below listed address or call 904-259-6339.
Nita D. Crawford
Baker County Supervisor of Elections
P.O. BOX 505
Macclenny, Florida 32063
4/23
IN IHI- LILUII LUUKI IN ANU 1-UH
BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
FILE NO.: 02-2009-PR-12
DIVISION:
IN RE: ESTATE OF
GLENDA LOUISE CLINE
a/k/a GLENDATHIGPEN CLINE,
deceased.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of GLENDA
LOUISE CLINE a/k/a GLENDA THIGPEN CLINE,
deceased, File Number 02-2009-PR-12 is pend-
ing in the Circuit Court for Baker County, Florida,
Probate Division, the address of which is 339 East
MacClenny Avenue, MacClenny, Florida 32063.
The names and addresses of the joint-personal
representatives and the joint personal representa-
tives' attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other per-
sons, who have been served a copy of this no-
tice, and who have claims or demands against
decedents estate, including unmatured, contingent
or unliquidated claims, must file their claims with
this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS
AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF
SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent and other
persons who have claims or demands against
decedent's estate, including unmatured, contingent
or unliquidated claims, must file their claims with
this Court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
IN NO EVENT SHALL ANY CLAIM BE FILED
LATER THAN TWO YEARS AFTER THE DECE-
DENTS DATE OF DEATH.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOR-
EVER BARRED.
The date of first publication of this Notice is:
April 23, 2009.
The date of death of the decedent is: February
16, 2009.
Attorney for the Joint
Personal Representatives
Sandra W. Johnson
Florida Bar No.: 353884
2110 Park Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32204
(904) 388-9800
Joint Personal Representatives
Aaron S. Cline
5902 Horseshoe Circle
Bryceville, Florida 32009
Keri D. Cline
673 W. Minnesota Avenue
Macclenny, Florida 32063
4/23-4/30
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Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be
held on Wednesday, May 27th at4 P.M. forcomment
on the Macclenny Housing Authority's and Baker
County Housing Agency's FY2009 Agency Plan
Annual Updates as required by the U.S. Department
of Housing and Urban Development. The FY2009
Agency Plan Annual Updates will be available for
review over the next45 days at the Authority's central
office located at: 402 E. Stansell Avenue
Macclenny, Florida 32063
The Public Hearing will also be held at this location.
Any person wishing to comment on either Agency
Plan may file his or her comments in writing with
the Executive Director of the Macclenny Housing
Authority at the address above no later than 5 P.M.
May 26th, or may attend the Public Hearing being
held at the central office. All comments will be con-
sidered in preparing the final plans.
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4 advance to regionals


The Wildcat track team will
send four athletes to the regional
championship in Tallahassee
this year Kiana Parker, El-
lie Helms, Jazime Cooper and
Christopher Robinson.
Coach Charles Ruise said he
hoped to send Harold Moore
as well, but a hamstring injury
coming off the blocks during the
district meet in Starke April 16
sidelined the runner.
"He probably would've been
one of the number one sprint-
ers in the state at the 100-yard
dash," said the fifth-year coach.
At the district meet, the girls
finished in sixth place out of the
nine-team field.
Ms. Parker cleared 5-feet,


two-inches to finish first in the
high jump while Ms. Helms took
second in the 100-meter hurdles
and third in the shot put.
Ms. Cooper also placed sec-
ond in the 200-meter dash.
The boys squad didn't do
nearly as well, finishing in last
place. Mr. Robinson did place
third in the high jump at 5-feet,
10-inches.
The regional meet will be
held at Chiles High School Fri-
day, April 24.
"Each year we've been im-
proving," said Coach Ruise.
"We feel pretty good about our
progression and our future out-
look."


Youth club decorates hall...
Members of the middle school's Youth Power club (from left) Brooke Adams, Shiloh
Richardson and Garrett Nipper teamed up with school nurse Shelly Bennett to paint
and decorate the clinic area's Wellness Walkway with preventative health messages
like saying no to alcohol. Posters were also created for the walkway and are avail-
able for classrooms as well.
PHOTO COURTESY OF ANNE LEWIS


Friends catch a stringer full...
In less than three hours, and after releasing 11 other fish, a groups of local youths
from Baker County Middle School caught this string of catfish from a Georgia pond.
Pictured from left are Joshua Allen, Rasheen Gaskins, Josh Nichols, Joseph McCrey
and 1 din, Landon Davis. The boys are friends that play various sports together
atBCMS.
PHOTO COURTESY OF CHUCK NICHOLS


LCCC summer

semester hours
Lake City Community Col-
lege will begin summer term
hours as of May 11. The college
will be open from 7:30 am-5:00
pm Monday through Thursday
and all offices will be closed on
Friday.
Regular hours from 8:00 am-
4:30 pm resume August 13. The
library will be open from 7:30
am-7:00 pm Monday through
Thursday.


School Calendar
April 23
BCHS: District Softball @
Clay County. BMS: "Straight
A" Banquet, 7:00 p.m. WES:
Good Morning Show, 8:00
a.m. PK/K: Kindergarten
Registration (Bring Birth Cert,
Immunization Record, Physical
& Picture I.D.), Student
Advisory Council Mtg., 8:00
a.m.
April 24
BCHS: Senior Grad Nite, FFAto
Contest @ University of Florida.
BMS: Accelerated Reading
Points Due. KIS: Fifth Grade
field Trip to Wild Adventures.
WES: Second & Third Grade
Field Day. PK/K: Kindergarten
Registration (Bring Birth Cert,
Immunization Record, Physical
& Picture I.D.)
April 25
BCHS: Boys' Weightlifting
State Meet
April 27
KIS: DIBELS Testing. MES:
Gates MacGinitie Testing. WES:
Gates MacGinitie Testing
April 28
BCHS: Regional Softball
(TBA). MES: Third Grade
Orientation at Keller. KIS:
DIBELS Testing, Family
Reading Night, 4:00 8:00
p.m. MES: Third Graders'
Orientation WES: Gates
MacGinitie Testing, School
Advisory Council Mtg., 8:00
a.m. Family Reading Night,
4:00 8:00 p.m.
April 29
District-wide: Early Dismissal.
KIS: Gates MacGinitie Testing.
WES: Gates MacGinitie Testing,
Parents Pick up Fundraiser
Items


LCCCgeneraland

nursinggraduations
Lake City Community Col-
lege (LCCC) nurse pinning and
graduation ceremony will be
held Friday, May 8 beginning at
2:00 pm in the Howard Confer-
ence Center. Immediately fol-
lowing the nurses pinning there
will be a reception in the Lake
City Medical Center auditorium
inside the Barney E. McRae Jr.,
M.D. Medical Technology build-
ing for family and friends.
Later that afternoon at 5:00,
the LCCC 2009 Graduating
Class commencement will fol-
low in the Howard Conference
Center.


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April 27 May 1
Offered everyday:
Cold lunch plate, chef salad or pasta
salad w/wheat roll or crackers and
dessert (when offered), OR 1 main
dish and 2 sides with dessert (when
offered)
Monday, April27
Breakfast: Breakfast pizza, fruit juice,
milk
Lunch: BBQ Ribbette on a bun or bake
Italian lasagna with a slice of homemade
wheat Italian bread, choice of 2 sides: gar-
den tossed salad, steamed green peas, fresh
fruit or juice choice with a slice of home-
made cake
Tuesday, April28
Breakfast: Ham and cheese biscuit, fruit
juice, milk
Lunch: BBQ chicken or beef nuggets
both served with rice ad gravy, choice of
2 sides; seasoned cabbage, chilled fruit or
juice choice, tossed salad with dressing and
a slice ofcornbread
Wednesday, April29
Breakfast: Chicken biscuit, fruit juice,
milk
Lunch: Hamburger or hot dog on a
bun, choice of 2 sides: baked french fries,
creamy coleslaw, lettuce and tomato slices
Thursday, April30
Breakfast: Cereal with slice of toast, fruit
juice, milk
Lunch: Tuna salad sandwich or sloppyJoe
on a bun: choice of two sides: bake potato
rounds, pole beans, chilled fruit or juice
choice
Friday, May 1
Breakfast: Pancakes with syrup, fruit
juice and milk
Lunch: Shepherd's pie with a homemade
wheat roll or deli turkey and cheese sand-
wich, choice of 2 sides: baked potato
rounds, steamed broccoli, lettuce and to-
mato slices


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TinatSunstrom LPN,12 years
STatum Rogers- LPN 11 years
I Lucinda Morin CNA 9 years
Tina Bennett CNA 9 years
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904-259-0898


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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.





I have a hospital bed that I have no use
for and will give to a person that needs
it. You must move it. Call 259-6723.
4/23p
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
White Jenny Lind crib with mattress,
$65, high chair $15, bakers rack $45,
baby activity walker $15, baby reclining
car seat $40. 259-2271. 4/23p
25'x36' garage trusses $1500 OBO.
259-3300. 3/12tfc
Beautiful white gold carat wedding
set with Pave diamonds, size 5 , $1250
OBO. 370-0766. 4/16-4/23p
12 hp Snapper lawnmower, $350, ESB
16 bulb tanning bed, $750. 259-5970.
4/23p
Maytag Plus 27.5 cubic foot side by
side refrigerator, Bisque color, like new,
ice maker, water/ice in door, worth over
$1000, $575 OBO. 259-8929.4/9-4/23p
Silk flowers, greenery, floral supplies,
containers, baskets, etc. Gift wrap, box-
es, ribbons bows, etc. Southern Charm,
110 South 5th St. 259-4140. Open 9 to
5 Monday-Friday. 4/23- 4/30p
Artists! Oils, acrylics, water colors,
canvases, drawing pads and much
more! The Office Mart, 110 S. Fifth
Street, 259-3737. tfc
Mother's Day gift ideas Faith, Family
and Friends plaques and photo frames,
inspirational handbags, so much more
at Franklin Mercantile 259-6040. 4/23c
1989 Jayco Deluxe 30' 5th wheel, great
for hunting. Needs newfloor, $500 OBO.
259-8000 or 864-4106. 4/23p





1994 Dodge Shadow, five speed, V6,
good on gas, $1000 OBO. 1995 Honda
Passport, V6, automatic, $2500 OBO.
653-1656. 4/23c
1991 Cavalier, two-door, new clutch,
new alternator, new tires, needs a start-
er, $700. 571-0913. 4/23p





Avon to buy or sell contact Celena 904-
589-4731. 4/23p
Are you looking for a daycare where
your child will be safe in a happy and
controlled environment of a maximum
of five children including yours? Call
Lisa at 434-2437. 4/16-4/23p
Cedar Creek Candles Local company
offering hand-poured, homemade, high-
ly scented candles. Go to www.cedar-
creekcandles.net or call 904-275-2263,
904-361-8306 to place your order.
4/2-4/23p
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.
3/19-4/30p
Sewing, mending, alterations. Call
904-408-9114. 4/2-4/30p
Seeking a medical transcriptionist
mentor. Contact Stephanie at 904-412-
1850. 4/16-4/23p


Babysitting in my home, near 125 violation of the law. Our readers are hereby
and 127, reasonable prices, hot meals, informed that all dwellings advertised in this
snacks, all ages, any hours Monday-Fri- newspaper are available on an equal oppor-
day, will keep overnight if needed. 838- tunity basis. To complain of discrimination,
2287. 4/2-4/30p call HUD toll free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll
Concealed weapons class by ce free telephone number for the impaired is
Concealed weapons class by certified 1-800-927-9275.


NRA instructor. tuesday, April 28th
6:00 8:00 pm. Packet, fingerprints,
photography and notary included, $80.
Hole in the Wall. 259-6568.4/16-4/23p





Dogs: all types from puppies to adults.
Animal Control, $65 adoption fees will
apply. 259-6786. 11/20tfc





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
Career Opportunity, mortgage protec-
tion sales $75K-100K+. Please send
resume and/or brief job history to naap-
barrett@yahoo.com, call 259-8531.
4/23-4/30p
Certified southern yellow pine lumber
grader, day shift, competitive pay and
benefits. Call Great South Timber and
Lumber Inc. in Lake City, Florida at 386-
752-3774 for an appointment.
4/16-4/23p
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
Live-in Manager in home for adults
with developmental disabilities in
Macclenny. Salary plus benefits. High
school diploma and two years experi-
ence in education, medical, psychologi-
cal, child care, or developmental disabil-
ities. Florida driver's license with good
driving record. Must pass all required
background screenings. ADA, EOE,
Drug-Free Workplace. Send resume to
CCS, 511 Goldkist Blvd. SW; Live Oak,
FL 32064 or fax to (386) 362-7058.
4/23-4/30c
Hey! Jobs For 55 & Older! Unemployed?
Can't make ends meet? Does it seem
like employers shut their doors and pull
down their shades when they see you
walk by? Experience Works can help.
If you qualify, we may have paid train-
ing and job opportunities. Call today!
In Baker County call Shirley Moxley
(904) 964-8092 extension 204 or e-mail
eileenhendrix@experienceworks.org
EEO/AA 3/26-4/23p
Tire and lube technicians, pay based on
experience. TA Travelcenter in Baldwin.
Apply to Mark Holmes 904-266-4281
ext. 22 or email resume to tal25shop@
morrisholdings.com 9/1 ltfc






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


4 BR 21/2 BA brick home on one acre
with nicely landscaped yard. 3600 SF,
with detached garage, circular driveway,
hardwood floors throughout. Large din-
ing room, large front and back porches,
$280,000 OBO. Owner motivated. 259-
6244 or 591-0261. 4/16-4/23p
FSBO 3 BR, 2 BA 5.9 acres, fenced andd
cross-fenced, Georgia Bend, appoint-
ment only. 912-843-8214. 4/23-4/30p
Two lots in Copper Creek, Unit III. Call
813-1580. 12/1ltfc
8.5 acres, dwelling house and barns, US
90 Glen St. Mary. Zoned ag, $120,000
OBO. 904-334-3654. 4/16-5/7p
3 acres, high and dry, fish pond, homes
or mobile homes, set-up included,
owner financing or cash discount. 912-
843-8118. 2/22tfc
2.18 acres, in Glen St. Mary, close to
high school and tennis courts, zoned
for mobile home or house, $69,900. All
offers considered. 904-219-0480.
3/26tfc
You wanted to sell, now you need to
sell. I buy Baker County houses. 904-
219-0480. 1/29tfc
MacGlen Builders, Inc. Brick homes in
Macclenny from $145,000-$210,000.
813-1580. 11/13tfc
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 through-
out house, new roof, $130,000. Call for
appointment 904-338-4651. 4/2-4/23p
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 859-3026.
9/25tfc
FSBO, 4 BR, 2 BA wood frame home,
4.82 acres 17598 CR 127 at intersec-
tion of 127 and 125 in Cuyler $70,000
OBO. Selling as is, no owner financing.
Contact 904-306-6707 or cuylerhome-
forsale@gmail.com 4/23-4/30p





1 BR, 1 BA on River Hills Road, $400
deposit, first, last months rent of $400.
Call after 6:00 pm. 259-3640. 4/23p
2 BR, 1 BA mobile home in Glen, no
deposit, $125 weekly. 910-5434, Nextel
beep 160*132311*2. 4/23c
3 BR, 2 BA doublewide on one acre,
$750/month, first and last. High and
dry, real nice, hard road frontage. 759-
5734. 4/9tfc
2 BR, 1 BA house $650/month, $650
deposit. 588-3876 or 259-6128.
4/23-4/30c
3 BR, 1 BA home in Macclenny, $875/
month. In a quiet neighborhood, large
yard. 859-3026. 4/16tfc
3 BR, 1 BA large fenced yard, 415
Barbara Circle, $800 deposit $800/
month. Large 3 BR, 2 BA mobile home,
St. Mary's Bluff Road, $600 deposit,
$650/month. 259-3519 or 703-3027.
4/23-4/30p
3 BR, 2 BA doublewide on acre on
corner of 125 South and Mud Lake
Road. $750/month, $1050 deposit. Call
904-259-9066. Available March 1st.
2/5tfc
Homes and mobile homes for rent from
$750-850 monthly. 259-3343.
11/13tfc


Receive $1,000 in grocery

coupons of your choice
FREE redemption certificate
Call 912-843-2034 or send your
name and address to:
Gro-Deal
PO Box 281
St. George, GA 31562


3 BR, 2 BA doublewide, 1800 SF,
washer/dryer, dishwasher, utility shed
on acre, $800/month plus security
deposit. 653-2157, 314-4762.
4/16-4/23p
3 BR, 1 1/2 BA in city, 10 x 12 shop or
storage, no smoking, $800/month, first
and last month's rent plus deposit. Call
Jason 591-1910. 4/16-4/23p
3 BR, 2 BA doublewide on one acre
1/10 mile south of 1-10 on 121 by the
tower. $950/month, $1300 deposit.
New set up. Call 259-9066. 4/2tfc
1 BR, 1 BA mobile home $300 deposit,
$400/month. Call 259-2072 or 259-
2787. 4/16-4/23p
3 BR, 2 BA mobile home, garbage
pickup, water & lawn maintenance pro-
vided, $450-$585. 912-843-8118.
9/18tfc


Mobile homes. 2 and 3 BR, A/C, ser-
vice animals only, $500-$575 plus
deposit. 904-860-4604. 3/17tfc
3 BR, 2 BA mobile home, Sanderson
behind fire and rescue station on private
lot, $600/month. Call 588-4471. 4/23p
2 BR, 1 BA mobile home, central H/
A, $565/month, first, last plus $300
deposit. Includes water, lawn service
and trash. 259-7335. 6/12tfc
3 BR, 2 BA singlewide, large yard,
screened front porch, $500 deposit,
$700/month. 259-6849. 4/23-4/30p
Efficiency apartment, all utilities includ-
ed $525/month, first, last, $300 security.
259-7335. 2/12tfc
3 BR, 2 BA 2007 doublewide, 1600 SF
separate living room/den, fenced back-
yard. Richardson Road. $750/month
with $500 deposit. 334-0972, 259-
8417. 4/16-4/23p


* Ifyou are ready to own and operate an established business in
Baker County.
Ifyou are willing to devote hard work and capital to take it
to the next step.
Ifyou are energetic, retail-oriented andyou
understand the value of marketing & customer
service.

You'll want to talk to us

This is an established business (since 1982) and not a franchise.
Serious inquiries from financially sound and qualified applicants
only please.

Reply: Business Opportunity, P.O. Box 427, Macclenny, FL 32063


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Thursday and Friday, 9:00 am-1:00 pm, 573
Timberlane off North Blvd., Macclenny.
Friday 8:30 am-?, 5141 Buck Rowe Road, 121
south of 1-10. Clothes, DVD's, push lawn mowers,
three-stall dog box, etc.
Friday and Saturday, 7:00 am-2:00 pm, 6317 CR
23-D. Household items, baby boy clothes, size 7 boy clothes, push
lawn mower, girls junior clothes, 55 gallon fish tank, purses and
shoes, many extras.
Saturday, 8:00 am-?, 525 North Boulevard. Furniture, refrigerator,
tools, total gym workout system, tires and rims, men's, women's and
children's name brand clothes, lots of household and misc. items.
259-8000. Five family
Saturday 8:00 am-?, 748 N. 5th Street. Lots of everything. Kids toys,
Play Station 2 games, clothes, DVD's, baby furniture, etc. Three fam-
ily
Saturday, 7:00 am-?, North Boulevard East. Lots of baby stuff. Three
family
Saturday, 8:00 am-noon, Fox Ridge. Tons of infant-toddler clothes,
toys, baby accessories, household items, adult clothes, maternity
clothes, puzzles, baby girl bedding and mobile.
Saturday, 8:00 am-noon, 6069 Copper Drive. Children and adult
clothes, large rug, flower arrangements, home decor, table saw and
toys.
Saturday 7:00 am-2:00 pm, CR125 and East Andrews, Glen. Kids
stuff, wedding dress, misc. clothes and furniture.
Saturday 7:00 am-noon, 4704 Dogwood Street, Macclenny II. Multi
family




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1999 Skyline 32x80 doublewide mobile
home. 4 BR, 2 BA split floor plan,
$39,900. 259-8000 or 864-4106.4/23p
3 BR, 2 BA 1995 singlewide mobile home,
good condition, newer A/C, $5900. 259-
8482. 4/16-4/23p



Lakefront Ocean Pond, 3 BR, 1 BA,
dock, big screen, pool table, volleyball,
horse shoes, ping-pong, fuseball, grill,
cooker. Beautiful, $850 weekly. 334-
3327. 4/23-4/30p
Smoky mountain cabin, trout stream,
near Cherokee, NC, Gatlinburg, TN,
Pigeon Forge and Dollywood, $350/
week. 386-752-0013. 3/12-4/30p



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
Commercial building for lease with
4,000 SF available, on main Macclenny
intersection with plenty of parking space,
call 259-2417. 10/16tfc



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Long awaited road


paving set for bidding
BY JOEL ADDINGTON Mark Hartley during the board's
reporter@bakercountypress.com meeting April 30.
After months of discussion The delay has come as comn-
After months of discussion missioners have struggled to
on how to fund paving nine find a way to fund paving all the
short road segments on which a a o f v
an experimental base has been roads at one time.
applied, the Baker County Corn- The county is expecting
mission decided to bid the proj- $200,000 from DuPont for
ects, even if there's only enough county road right-of-way it gave
cash to pay for a few of them. up during a realignment for the
The county has $150,000 mining operation's benefit.
budgeted for the work, but price That cash has yet to arrive
quotes for all nine roads received though.
six months ago total about Another roughly $366,000 is
$434,000 for traditional asphalt also anticipated from the Fed-
and $356,500 for a gravel-like eral Emergency Management
alternative called chip seal. Agency (FEMA) from impacts
Combined the roads measure during Tropical Storm Fay last
only a little more than a mile and year. However, the county is still
include Thomas Loop, Rueben waiting on federal funds from as
Crawford Road, Rufus Powers long ago as Hurricane Katrina in
Road, Burnsed Crawford Road 2005.
and Ruise Lane. "We don't have the money,
Each is already covered with but it will come one day," said
EZ Base, an ash-based mate- Robert Fletcher, director of the
rial development by Jacksonville road department. The funds, he
Electric Authority. said, have been approved by the
"The sooner the better is my federal agency.
philosophy," said Commissioner Without those revenues, the
county is also short on another
Kennel project, the entrance to the 1600-
aW ln AennelS acre St. Mary's Shoals Park on
Odis Yarborough Road.
y Pruf,',Miial Care The park's 34 miles of multi-
use trails is set to open April 30
59- 7 BOARDING with a noon time ceremony, de-
spite the remaining road work.
ndoor/Outdoor Runs The project includes install-
ing turn lanes, repaving about
Groom ..... $20-$25 3.5 miles west of the intersec-
tion with CR 125, straightening
............ $10-$15 out a dangerous curve near that
junction and associated drainage
. . . . . . .. $5-$7 work.
About $100,000 was shaved
^ off the $1.3 million project by
making changes to the scope,
| Yl TlJ Dlike replacing sod with mulch
'I & SepticT ank' and concrete pipes with alumi-
nized metal ones, for instance.
)fteners & Purification Grants from the state will
Fields ~ Iron Filters cover all but about $150,000 of
that project.
tha Owner of Earthworks Jeff
)934 Cook bid for the job, but said his
prices were tied to a 60 day time
kTER EXPERTS frame.
a & e"We're getting down to the
rgia last two weeks," he warned the
rds accepted. commission.


Relay for life
Everyone is invited to come
to the eighth annual Relay For
Life starting at noon on Satur-
day, April 25 at Memorial Park
(the duck pond) on West Boule-
vard in Macclenny. This 18-hour
event is the American Cancer
Society's signature fund raising
effort as it involves communities
in raising money and awareness
in the fight against cancer.
For more information please
contact Kristie Fletcher at 259-
6727. Email her at kritsiefletch-
er@mail.com or go to www.re-
layforlife.org/bakerfl

Kingdom Fest
Kingdom Christian Fellow-
ship and the Baker County Com-
munity Development Center
have joined together to present
Kingdom Fest on Saturday, May
2 from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm at
Jonesville Park, 9572 CR 127 in
Sanderson.
Come enjoy the music, free
food, fellowship, and learn about
the various agencies of the com-
munity and the services they pro-
vide.

GOP meeting
The monthly meeting of the
Baker County Republican Party
will begin at 7:00 pm on Tues-
day, April 28 at the historic
Mathis House on the Glen St.
Mary Nursery.
All local Republicans are in-
vited to attend. For more infor-
mation or directions, call Don
Marshall at 259-9668


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Saturday, April 25
Celebration Park ~ Glen St. Mary
Registration 8:00 9:30 am
Kickstands up at 10:00 am

Join us for a police escorted 70+ mile ride by the fire stations in
Baker County and through the Osceola Nationalforest.
Ride finishes at the Baker County Fairgrounds
A great ride, great food, live music, vendors, door prizes,
bike rodeo, raffle and 50/50 drawing at 3:00pm
MUSIC BY: DIAMOND BACK
$25 per bike, $15 for passenger (Includes t-shirt, meal & bike rodeo)
Pre-register at Calendar's Pizzeria & Deli
For more information email BCFDRideWithFire@yahoo.com


EVERYTHING MUST GO!
Southern Charm is closing its door Friday, May 1
All items deeply discounted
Take advantage of bargain prices on one of a kind items


Southern Charm
110 South Fifth St., Downtown Macclenny
259-4140 or 259-3737


CONSTRUCTION, INC.
Custom Homes Additions Remodels
259-4893 ** 904-403-4781 cell.
5960 Lauramore Rd., Macclenny, FL 32063
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Spring has come to atucked-
away little spot on East Florida w h ere
Avenue in Macclenny and al- Ihere
most every inch of the place
is ablaze with something in d
bloom. da
Last week found owner
Johnny Raulerson dressed in
his familiar working uniform of well-worn flannel
shirt and comfortable overalls, busy with his many
outdoor projects.
"Now I don't mean to brag," said Mr. Raulerson,
"but you don't see many yards like this one."
He's right.
The yard of the home he has shared with wife
Gracie for decades is like a whimsical garden habi-
tat for fairies and gnomes.
A sea of petunias ramble around the yellow,
green-shuttered house. To approach the front door
means negotiating a thick hedge bursting with tri-
colored blossoms in shades of deep purple, pale
lavender and white.
"Those are yesterday, today and tomorrow bush-
es," explained Ms. Raulerson. "The flowers are
purple when they bloom, later turn lavender and
fade to complete white at the end of their
life cycle."
Since H
the shrub
blooms con-
tinuously
for a while,
the flowers
are always
in differ-
ent stages,
which is why
the three col-
ors can oc-
cur at once.
The process
explains the
name.
A wal k
around the
Raulersons'
yard is a de-
light; cares a n d
worries simply fade away. Scattered throughout the
yard, which surrounds the entire house, are painted
wooden figurines, bird feeders of all shapes and
sizes and farm implements from days gone by.
Later in the spring and summer, the place will be
aflutter with birds and butterflies.
"Mocking birds and blue jays will be all over,"
said Mr. Raulerson.
A painted wooden sign in one corner of the
front yard displays some sage advise: Leave room
in your garden for angels to dance. Not far from
it, a red honeysuckle, also known as hummingbird
vine, is heavy with trumpet-shaped blooms.
The buds of yellow blackeyed susans are get-
ting ready to open. Just outside the back door steps,
two hydrangea bushes will shortly be showing off
bunches of tightly packed blue blossoms.
"Johnny loves flowers," Mrs. Raulerson said as
she stood on the front door steps looking out over
the landscape. "Everything out there is his."
Part of every day, Mr. Raulerson, who was raised
on a farm in south Georgia, can be found outside
fixing, watering, clipping, hauling always tend-
ing to something.
"I come up behind a plow," he said. "It's just
natural for me to be doing something outside. I also
grow vegetables tomatoes, corn, beans and the
like in another location. Grow sugarcane too.
Between that and this place, I stay pretty busy."
Two huge bottlebrush trees loaded with fuzzy
scarlet blossoms and narrow blade-like leaves, an-
chor one side of the yard.
Nearby, large pear trees planted in 1960 are
loaded with small green orbs which will become
mature fruit later in the summer. Vines on the grape
arbor are just putting out foliage and a ponderosa
lemon tree promises massive lemons in late fall.
Uniform rows of plants in containers line a sandy
section beneath the trees.
"Lots of the plants around here send out scouts
so I dig em' up and pot 'em," he said.


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yard^ He points to several potted
yard palms whose trunks resemble
y e huge onions nestled on top
s of the soil. They are ponytail
fl J ~ palms and appear in numerous
an l places around the yard.
Mr. Raulerson breaks off a
nce small branch of a bush that has
Sce lots of small flowers so dark
red they're almost black.
"This is a strawberry sweet shrub. We used to
break off a piece to carry in our pockets when we
were little. When it got all swiveled up, boy, could
you smell it!"
He points to a bush in a different part of the yard.
"There's banana sweet shrub, too. And wild honey-
suckle trees are strung all along that railroad ditch
back there and over there are blueberry bushes."
He kicks at a large stump with his boots. This
used to be a giant cedar tree, one of two that flanked
the house. After using them as indoor Christmas
trees, he planted each in the yard where it grew to
maturity. The trees displayed the family's outdoor
Christmas lights for years.
"Florida Power and Light used to bring their
truck and string up the lights for us. Did that every
year 'til the trees got to tall to mess with," he said.
"I was raised in this
house," said
Ms. Rauler-
son. "The
main struc-
ture, before
the later ad-
ditions, was
made from
lumber of
pine trees
my daddy
cut off the
property,"
she said.
M r
Rauler-
son moves
along a
S"small foot-
gels 'sign. path leading
through the
droves of petunias that nearly overrun
the yard every spring. He didn't plant them, just let
nature take its course.
"These are old time petunias," he said. Some
came up in the yard one day and I just let 'em grow.
They been coming back, more and more, every
year," he said.
He gestures to a neatly constructed wooden shed
on one side of the house.
"I built that about 40 years ago. Never did get
around to painting it. It's my "junk" place. And
that '65 Ford truck over there, well, I been haulin'
stuff around here in that since nineteen and seventy
two."
The flowers and shrubs never seem to end. There
are also begonias, English dogwood, roses, cactus,
clover and kumquats.
Mr. Raulerson grabs a branch of a bush and
bends it forward.
"This here is Lantaner (Lantana), but we always
called it Rang Tang. Its got lots of little yellow
blooms all over."
Keeping up with so much seems an overwhelm-
ing task, but Ms. Raulerson knows her husband
feels happiest when he's busy in his yard.
"He's no indoor person," she said.
"My daddy always knocked off about 4:30 in the
afternoon and I do the same," said Mr. Raulerson.
"Besides I never, ever get through out here. I just
quit and come back the next day."
He always knows when it's getting near quitting
time. One glance at his bed of "four o'clock flow-
ers" tells him so.
"Those things close up every afternoon right at
four o'clock and they don't follow this daylight sav-
ing time either. They know what time it really is,"
he said.
In the midst of all the natural flora, a group of
fake flowers cluster around the trunk of a tree. Ms.
Raulerson looks at them and shakes her head.
trash," said Ms. Raulerson, laughing. "The next
thing I knew, here they are in the yard."


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