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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: May 7, 2009
Copyright Date: 2009
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Subject: Newspapers -- Macclenny (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 12, 1929.
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS



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I-10 & US 90 interchange is

confusing and dangerous turf
A confusing maze of there in years past, most
entrance and exit ramps, the involving at least one vehicle
positioning of a gas station and whose occupant or occupants
design flaws that create virtual are from out of the county
blind spots they all make "That's a terrible location,"
the intersection of US 90 and assessesMaj GeraldGonzalez,
Interstate 10 west of Sanderson chief of patrol operations for
a dangerous place the Baker County Sheriff's
It was the location of last Office
week's fatal accident (see "Usually when you have
above) and that comes as no a crash there, it's not good
surprise to local police, who It 's either serious injuries or
have been to dozens of wrecks death "


Scott Lent, a DOT safety
engineer, said in 2003-2007
there were a dozen crashes
with 20 injuries and no fatali-


ties DOT do
figures from 1
(See


Added stimulus funds to rehab old


$400Kmay

besubjectto

FDLEs nod
BY JOEL ADDINGTON
reporter@bakercoun typress.com
Baker County's cut ofthefed-
eral stimulus package grew con-
siderably larger this month after
the Florida Department of Law



Health

director

preparing

locally for

'swine flu'

possibility
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Enforcement (FDLE) notified
local officials they should ex-
pet more than $400,000 from
law enforcement appropriations
in the American Reinvestment
and Recovery Act of 2009K
About $800,000 in stimu-
lus dollars is already expected
from the Florida Department of
Transportation for the resurfac-
ing of CR 125 north of US 90.
Plans for the new money
began forming April 30 dur-
ing a meeting between County

Mary Mayor Juanice Padgett.
The award requires that a
majority of municipalities with-
in the county agree on how the
money will be spent
The officials discussed using
it for renovations to the county
jail next to the courthouse, in-
cluding replacement of the roof
as well as heating, cooling, elec-
trical and plumbing upgrades
to the more than 30-year-old,
county-owned building.
However, Mr Cone said he
wasn't sure the funds could be
used for such a project until he


CC "When you bid it, it might
in a little less. But we don't
million [dollars] to throw a


called FDLE administrator
Clayton Wilder, who had sent
the grant notification.
"He was very encouraging,"
said Mr. Cone, although the
manager still wants written ap-
proval from FDLE for the proj-
ect.
A Tallahassee architectural
firm estimated the rehabilita-
tion cost of the 130-bed jail at
$934,000.
Sheriff Dobson had ap-
proached the Baker County
Commission April 20 about
the board's willingness to
fund the work. In return, he
said the Baker Correctional
Development Corporation
(BCDC) could lease the build-
ing from the county for about


$600,000 a ye
inmates and fr
new jail north
federal prison
Conunissio
at that time to
all the impro
the $214,000 r
would be a goc
But with the
FDLE, more o
be completed.
The one-t
grant to the co
to trickle down
$81.5 million
FDLE from a
of Justice gran
increased fur
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VT


1 0House privatization

measure is shot down

as legislature adjourns
BY JOEL ADDINGTON
reporter@ bakercountypress com
S- The proposal to privatize Northeast Florida State Hospital to save
the state more than $3 million next year was pulled from Florida
House's budget following conference negotiations April 29 in Tal-
lahassee
The state senate eliminated a similar provision in its budget pack-
age early last month after 100-plus local residents, government of-

"I cam grateful the House agreed to keep Northeast Florida State
Hospital as a state facility," Rep JanetAdkins (R-Fernandina Beach),
whose district includes Baker County, said in a statement following
es not yet have the move "This is a
ast year, but they very important issue W c CX Ctc
to my constituentsW
page 2) and the families in
Baker County r r I i I r i r
The point man
for muHe was p ofthelo asedt
cal effort against
Sit to discover the privatization has oposal was not included in a budget
cobee Darrl Reisached May 5 between house and senate leadership on
ter Register eve dirspent his birthday this year away from friends
ar t o house local month Cha er
ome of Com stillmerce and the top of my desk," he said half-jokingly
Economic Develop-
ave a nny for this is week sion
He was pleased
it it." to discover the private co itthation proposaltime to it" included in a budget
oof replacement th compromise raced Mapt 5 between house and senate leadership on
Mr Register even spent his birthday this year away from friends
and family while working at the capitol for much of the last two
ar to house local months
e up space at the "I still haent fback tund the top of my deskrday," he said Mr alfjokegistergly
of Mathe work clnn for t h er years eek
privatiMr Reister said his staff at the chamber helped greatly b plan-
mers Mere hesitant ning the organization's annual golf tournament held late last month
onmet funo-matchnds for I didn't whiae to coh managemit that much time to it," he said adin Southat
vefrom moments sain some other inortasks had to be pushed to the side like settingve up


the armaork could fto r another ear officials ha frome said they don't expCity proponentsof
privatization to cease their efforts, particularly Boca Raton-based
ime, no-match Geo Care Inc, which manages three state-owned hospitals in South
ounty is expected Florida
from more than Mr Register said he believes the Baker County Legislative Coal-
earmarked to tion- which includes officials from the county, City of Macclenny,
US Department Town of Glen and the school district should meet for a debriefing
t, which received session to discuss everything that's happened and how to prepare for
ending with this the future


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Funds for old jail?

(from page 1) a coordinator, likely Mr. Cone.
year's stimulus package. The group also planned to set
About $52 million of that sum up a meeting with the architect to
must pass through to Florida's reducethescopeoftherenovation
local governments like Baker work orfind other ways toreduce
County the overall project's price tag.
The DOJ grant is not new, "When you bid it," Mr Cone
but Sheriff Dobson said federal said of the project, "it might come
funding for the program has fall- in a little less. But we don't have a
en drastically since 9/11, when million [dollars] to throw at it."
homeland security initiatives be- The stimulus money doesn't
gan soaking up the majority of come without meeting a host of
grants, conditions, however. Some of
What was once an annual them include'
award of $100,000 or more to the A "buy America" provi-
sheriff's department has shrunk sion that applies to the purchase
by roughly 50 percent, estimates of materials like iron, steel and
Mr. Dobson. manufactured goods, with cer-
Mr. Wilder, the FDLE ad- tam exceptions.
ministrator, said the county can The use of a federal online
expect about $335,000 initially, contractor registration system.
but that the grant could grow by Wage requirements for work-
another $73,000 within the next ers.
few months. The use of fix-priced, corn-
The county has until May 15 petitive contracting.
to notify FDLE of its intention Submittal of monthly project
to serve as the local coordinating expenditure reports and quarterly
agency for the grant and identify performance reports.


Interchange dangerous...
(from page 1) the "cloverleaf" model common
in those days Unless restrained
will show at least one near-fatal b rights-of-way in urban areas
accident in which a Sanderson thedesignisnotemployedtoday
motorcyclist laid his vehicle on safety reasons, and instead
its side to avoid a direct colli- has been replaced by wider,
sion with a rental truck that was straighter on- and off-ramps
pulling out of the Citgo station
across the four-laned US 90 to
the eastbound 1-10 entrance A
ramp
Like the fatal accident April
29, a vehicle driven by someone he Baker Coun
passing through Baker County
pulled into the path of one driv- a
en by someone who lives here, SheriffJoe
and probably is aware of the SheriffJoe
treacherous stretch
"There are folks getting off request the honor o
the interstate who don't stop at
stop signs," i' Law Enforcement \
"There's als I .
drivers getting off I-10 who in h
can't see vehicles at a specific
spot on US 90 because the over- Fallen Officers
pass obstructs the view" Fallen Officersx
Deputies regularly patrol the
area and have given tickets for Thursday,
such violations, he said, sug-
gesting that DOT might want 7:0
to take a further look and make
safety improvements Baker County
The interchange was designed
in the last half of the 1950s in P_%


Privatizing

bill fades...
(from page 1)
"One thing that could be
our saving grace is if someone
moved forward with the studies
that have been requested," he
said in reference to recent calls
from Ms Adkins for the legisla-
ture's Office of Program Policy
Analysis and Government Ac-
countability (OPPAGA) to ex-
amine operations at the state's
privately-run hospitals
"It's been 10 years since
South Florida was turned over
to private management, but
there's been no study done since
that time," Mr Register said "If
that shows no financial benefit
to privatization, it could really
lesson the threat the hospital is
under"


Computer camp
Northeast Florida Commnity
Action Agency, In in partner-
ship with Baker County School
Board are hosting Summer Youth
ti i
Employment rrpp r''t for
participating 259-
4481 ext 25 for more informa-

Senior fish fry
The senior citizen fish fry date
has been changed to May 21
Please mark your calendars

STARLING &
FRIENDS REUNION
Ocean Pond
June 6th
Lunch at noon,
bring covereddish

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OPINION

Thursday,May7,2009


Now, it's up to NEFSH to cut costs

Best defense against another run at privatization in 2010
As the Florida House and Senate ad- Will the employee union squea
journ and members go back home to do M S Probably Should we care what
whatever it is they do when they're not IMPjl SSIONS union thinks? I certainly don't and y
in Tallahassee making mischief, the ad- shouldn't either
ministration at Northeast Florida State IIM MccAULEY Perhaps you can call this poorly ke
Hospital is well-advised to take steps to secret number two, but the fact is we a
at least lessen and probably eliminate payroll, and since personnel accounts not as dependent on Northeast Flori
another nerve-wracking spring in 2010 for the lion's share of the budget, it's State Hospital for Baker County's ec
It's time to cut costs at the state hos- the most logical and probably only nomic vitality as we were even one d
pital place to start cade ago If it means keeping the host
The impetus for privatization of My guess is an efficiency team cold tal here and keeping it -n by the stall
NEFSHistosave money The spring of walk through the front doors of the hos- we as community have a far great
2009 should have convinced any non- pital tomorrow morning, and within stake in that than we do worrying abo
believers that money is key to making one month arrive at personnel cuts that $3 5 million in budget trimming
this change, and as long as proponents would save well in excess of $3 6 mil- So, with the legislature going hon
present [but not necessarily make] the lion and not adversely affect the well- this week, both NEFSH administration
case that the hospital can be managed being of the patient population and its parent Department of Childr
more efficiently and still take care of The least painful way to start is atti- and Families need to get to work Th
the mentally ill, they will try anew tion; simply don't replace some retirees don't have a lot of time since legislati
The only way to take the wind out of Support departments, people in mainte- committee activity picks up again in t
their sails is to streamline the hospital nance and plant, grounds keeping, laun- late fall and early winter
operation dry, etc should be given close scrutiny The privatization forces willbe bac
Privatization proponents, backed by The goal it seems, should be preserving and will use the intervening months
GEO Care based in south Florida, con- lobby and kick money to legislator
trying to convince them they went
There's fat in middle management the wrong direction in 2009
next year the professional ran d likely in The onus is on NEFSH to take aw
Wehave todobetterthanthattokeep administration as well the strongest argument the privatize
it under state control The administration probably is limit- have
Lets start with a poorly kept se- ed in specific areas controlled by statute For the rest ofus who don't work
cret Of the 1213 authorized positions a certain number of people need to the state but depend to one degree
at NEFSH to care for up to 633 mental behere or there; so many nurseshaveto another on many who do for our cur
and forensic mental patients, many are be on the floor and so on tomer base, show us you can do it It
non-essential There's fat in the NEFSH Would there be layoffs? Probably be good for you, and for us


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR...


Boy Scout Camp now a


Dear Editor'
This letter is in response to one last
week entitled "Coerced money for non-
profit "
There has been much controversy sur-
rounding the "old" Boy Scout Camp and
the Baker Bunch Inc As the fund-raising

sided story telling on some occasions,
I have come to the conclusion that any
media is good media There will always
be people weighing in with their opinion
without true experience or knowledge
Now is a good time to reflect a little bit
on the "old" Boy Scout Camp, and per-
haps bring some additional controversy
to the situation
The "old" Boy Scout camp has been
privately owned by the Rhoden family
since 1974 It was sold to George Brian
Rhoden by family in 1983 and he has
been the sole owner the past 26 years It
has never been public property
When Mr Rhoden first purchased the
property in 1983 he did not live here in
Macclenny, and during this time with the
added convenience of his private proper-
ty being attached to county property and
a public boat ramp, it made very easy ac-
cess to what became the "old" Boy Scout
Camp
Mr Rhoden made random trips to his
property with his children on the week-
ends to camp out, and upon arriving on
his own property, would find anywhere
from 200-300 people camping on his
land, doing drugs drinking heavily, fre-
quently fighting and everything else that
locals remember about the "old" Boy
Scout Camp
He approached county officials on nu-
nerous occasions about what was being


allowed to happen on his private proper-
ty, asking them for their help For years,
nothing changed, but progressively got
worse I am sure many people who read
this, should they be from Baker County,
know of rowdiness and ugliness there,
regardless of the fact that many thought
it was public property
This piece of property is one of the
nicest pieces of riverfront property in the
county, and because the people decided
it was more important to come out, break
beer bottles and leave syringes laying out
in the sand, many other locals found it a
place to never go anymore
What a shame
n 1996, Mr Rhoden posted his prop-
erty, which means he can prosecute any-
one for trespassing When Mr Rhoden
moved back to Macclenny in 2004, after
his family and wife got settled into their
new home, he actually moved out there
and began the "change He spent thou-
sands upon thousands of his own money
to clean it up, and decided that it was no
longer up to him to allow access to the
big river through his property If people
wanted to recreate there, they could start
using the county's property and boat
ramp
In 2004, for the first time in over 26
years, those accustomed to coming to the
Boy Scout Camp every weekend were
told that it was no longer available to
them
Mr Rhoden and the Baker Bunch
Inc, are continuing that "change" to
benefit not just our non-profit, but the
thousands of you who live here and in
the surrounding area For the first time,
it is now a safe, clean, supervised, local


Letters to the editor are welcome, but must contain the signature of the writer, a telephone number where the writer may
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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place to bring family and children For
the first time, when you step foot onto
theproperty, youknow you don'thave to
worry about cutting your feet on broken
glass or worse
Mr Rhoden is typically at his prop-
erty during the week, and he might ask
for $1 00 to have access to his private
beach, port-o-potties and additional
amenities He does not ask for money, or
charge people, to go swimming He has
no rights to the actual river We have not
turned anyone away during one of our
events for lack of a donation
We want this to continue, and we
wanitit to work full circle for everyone
We supply an incredible place to come
on the weekends with family and friends,
we guarantee supervision and friendly
faces, and should anything start to look
funny or unnecessary, we guarantee it
will go away immediately Every single
dollar donated goes into the non-profit
organization
The Baker Bunch Inc is not paying
Mr Rhoden for the use of his land in any
way He has donated this to our cause and
mission, and for this, the Baker Bunch
Inc, is ever so grateful since the money
we are raising will establish the first-ever
visitation facility for abused and neglect-
ed children in Baker County
There has been a "community pool"
there for decades and it got mined and
became a bad place Now, we ask for a
donation and we supply you and your
family with an incredible weekend place
Where's the oxymoron here?
Nikki White
The Baker Buch I


Mr Obama i first 100 days,


based on 'ha ikd' Blackberry

With the first 100days of millions of it away in
out of the way anda thou- M Y SIDE OF bonuses to the executives
sand or so to go, President who put them in this mess
Barak Obama must be THEM ATTER to gin with If they can't
wondering whether this balance their own check-
whole presidency thing is ROBERT GERARD books how do they expect
worth it average Americans to do
I can't imagine why anyone would it?
want to be president It's nothing but Day 60 hosted the national
trouble and worry Somebody's always champion Florida Gators at the White
jumping on your back about something; House and they gave me a jersey with
you mention you want afootballplayoff my name on the back I opened a can
and the blogosphere goes crazy; Your of worms today Somebody asked me if
hair starts going a little grey and people I wanted to see a college football play-
claim the stress is getting to you off and I of course said that I did Who
As an intrepid yellow journalist who wouldn't want to see a football version
is always on the lookout for a scoop, I of March Madness? I'll never hear the
managed to hack into the president's end of this one
famous Blackberry and retrieve his day Day 70 Somali pirates have hi-
book for the first 100 days Here's a few jacked a cargo ship with an American
of the more interesting items that I no- crew in the Indian Ocean What is this?
ticed Am I in the middle of a Disney movie?
Day 1 Either me or Chief Justice Are Johnny Depp and Kiera Knightley
Roberts flubbed the oath of office How andthat guy with hair like snakes going
embarrassing Republicans are now to show up on CNN hanging from the
claiming that since I didn't getit word- 1 1
for-word, it doesn't count and John Mc- i i ii need to
Cain is president Right Day 2 My start using Grecian Formula I'm begin-
chief of staff informs me that a routine ning to get a touch of gray in my hair
sweep of the Oval Office indicates that Who wouldn't? I went to Camp David
President Bush left a tack on my seat for the first time last weekend and when
Figures Also, all the Ws have been I plopped down in a Barcolounger to
removed from every computer in the watch the Final Four somebody had
White House and all the screens have stuck a tack in the chair I thoughtthe Se-
the scrolling message "W has left the cret Service had found all of them
building Pretty childish if you ask Day 80 Swine flu? Like I need the
me Swine Flu with Chrysler going bankrupt
and the Taliban marching on the capital
i i i i of Pakistan
the country I have had hundreds of sug- Day 90 I had a hundred bucks on
gestions about dogs I've a billion dol- Mr Hot Stuff in the Kentucky Derby
lar bailout to take care of and all people only to have a 50-1 shot win in the rain
are concerned about is if I get Snoopy That's it I' i
or Beethoven still have a ,, , 1
Day 20 This bailout is getting downhill from here Somebody get Mc-
more and more ridiculous by the min- Cain on the phone and see if he wants
ute These banks and insurance compa- this job Let him cure the Swine Flu and
nies want billions from the government deal with pirates He was probably on a
and then turn around and give hundreds first name basis with Captain Kidd


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Confrontation, arrests could have been averted

Dear Editor rested for felony battery and re- getting down fast enough, so avoided I mentioned this to
This letter is in response to the leased the next day on their own Deputy Michael Hauge knocked Sheriff Joey Dobson and asked,
article in last week's paper "Feud recognizance him to the ground That's when "What do I have to do, go to the
leads to arrest of four" There were other incidents as the screaming started again Sgt newspaper?"
I did go to the jail asking for well [I have the police reports], Burnsed screamed at me, "Get "You can put it in the paper,
help, stating I was worried about so will someone explain to me in your damned truck!" I had a you can take it to the news, but
someone getting killed I did not why something hasn't already few choice words for him, and there is nobody over me," was
insinuate that we were going been done? as I reached for my door handle his reply
to "kill someone The article I was born and raised in Baker he pulled his taser gun and was I told him the governor was
failed to mention that me and County, and I know it's who about to shoot me in the back over him, and hung up the
my husband Tonmmy Lauramore you know and has always been when my son screamed, "Don't phone
Sr waited for about 20 minutes like that tase my Manma" All four men were released on
[for police] and were advised As for what happened prior My husband then stated, "He bond with GPS tracking devic-
that deputies were busy directing to the arrest reported in the pa- won't taser anyone else" and es This is a bit extreme; what's
school traffic per, Sgt Greg Bursed, with his he did not threaten to kill Sgt r-- 4t i
That's when I became upset taser in his hand, ordered all of Burnsed as stated in the report i
because my daughter, grandson, the men to the ground, including Why did Sgt Bumrsed feel threat- If anyone has experienced the
friend and her daughter had just the two who had rmn my daugh- ened if my husband was already same type of incident or injus-
been rmn off the road by two ter off the road The others were in handcuffs? tice, please contact me at janet
young men who had been taunt- my husband and my oldest son If BCSO had done its job lauramore@yahoo com
ing and harassing my family Tommy Jr the first time when my husband Janet "Cookie"Lauramor
for a year They even broke my I guess my husband [who has and I waited at the annex for 20 Macclenny
youngest son's nose and were ar- neck and knee problems] wasn't minutes, all this could have been






COURT


'Huffing' driver to prison for 30 months

A Jacksonville woman who told Stefanik's appearance in circuit tend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings twice
police she was "huf. i., .1 1 1 1 1 weekly
keyboard cleaner to g I ... I I Dale Jerome Lee admitted to violating
she ran off the road I probation on several drug possession and
Sc th' 1 o I sale counts from 2008, plus felony driving
s n. on a suspended license He drew a 17-month
I i i ordered her sentence in state prison, less credit for time

I n .' , ,year bation from two drug sale charges in 2004,
e ,i , fined and pleaded to a reduced count of attempted
Sg...... wias trafficking in illegal sdruls He will be on
her, v d s drug-offender probation ten years and must
been charged with six counts of the sr st Ms Stefanik, who said she was complete an in-house drug treatment pro-
second offense depressed at the time due to the gra m
Court records show Ms Stefanik was at death of her husband and the fact that her Travis Bonnell got 364 days in county
the wheel of a 2005 Volkswagen heading two sonshadleft home, must undergo a psy- jail inreturn for a plea agreement onmultiple
north on CR 127 in north Baker County near chological evaluation and install an ignition counts of sale and possession of prescription
Folsom Rd on August 23 when she blacked interlock system on her vehicle medication He was fined $250
out, left the roadway and plowed through Two other chronic drunk drivers were up Floyd Proctor pleaded to modified
four fences, a pasture and cattle pen before for sentencing this week charges of sale of controlled drugs and pos-
striking and pinning Mr Consolaro under Jason Panneley will get credit for 69 session with intent to sell, and was placed
her vehicle days already served in county jail before on drug-offender probation for five years, in
Mr Consolaro is the owner of the prop- he starts a 364-day sentence on a third DUI addition to a 364-day jail sentence
erty and was working inside the pen when conviction Afterrelease, hewillbeonhouse JudgeNilonplacedChazateeMooreona
struck by the car He sustained injuries to his arrest one year, followed by three years on year's probation and ordered her to perform
hands, arms and elsewhere drug-offender probation 50 hours of community service in return for
Ms Stefanik told an investigating state Mr Pannreleys license was revoked for her plea to having no valid driver's license
trooper she purchased seven cans of the ten years and he was fined $882 He also and resisting arrest She also must obtain a
pressurized cleaner in Tallahassee earlier pleaded to felony driving on a suspended li- license
and was driving to Jacksonville when she cense and refusal to submitto a breath test JesseRay Nonrmanhas already served75
became lost and left Interstate 10, heading Gregory Jones will be on house arrest days of the 109-day sentence he received for
north on 127 She appeared disoriented at a year, followed by three years on drug-of- 1 1
the scene, and admitted she inhaled an un- fenderprobationafterhisnocontestpleatoa , ........ bond
specified amount of the intoxicating cleaner fourth DUI and refusal to take a breath test attachment was ordered for Edgar Allan for
One of the cans was found in the vehicle's Judge Nilon ordered his license revoked I 1 ...... Cody
interior permanently and fined Mr Jones $4000 He .. I i I I an up-
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CouncilonAgingoffers $200K for BCDC tract

BY JOEL ADDINGTON during an afternoon meeting with ing for the parcel, of potential senior center lo
reporter@bakercountypress.com BCDC's board of directors on the "I want to make sure your tions.
matter, long-term strategy is compatible Barbara Yarborough, ch
The amount of excess land on "The price we paid included ...," said Mr. Payne. woman of the council's board
the Baker Correctional Devel- wetlands," advised County Corn- Although the council doesn't directors, said the consultant
opment Corporation's property missioner Alex Robinson, who have architectural drawings ready still evaluating the BCDC p
north of Macclenny could shrink also sits on the BCDC board, for the facility, Mr Lambright cel and that the board has ye
by about six acres if the Council Fellow board member Ricky said the organization has a grant- approve it as the location for
on Aging decides to locate its Davis later pointed out that about funded consultant working on a new senior center.
new senior center at the southeast 13 acres of the property are wet- preliminary layout for the center. The council has been lo
corner of CR 228 and SR 121. lands not suitable for develop- Those plans call for a 25,000- ing for an appropriate locat
So far, only 26 acres of the ment. Taking that into account, square-foot building to house the since May 2008, when it recei
BCDC property has been tagged the BCDC paid about $38,600 main center with kitchen and din- $175,000 from the Baker Cou
for development 20 acres for foreach "developable" acre of the ing facilities, storage and main- Commission to help purch
the new jail and sheriff's office site. tenance space for the council's property and build the facility
complex and another six acres for The BCDC board decided to transportation services like Meals Mr. Lambright said addition
a future county administration refer the offer to its two-man land on I I I I i grant funds, particularly th
building nearby sales committee of Todd Knabb Ii II as an available through the fede
By offering to buy the triangu- and Mr. Davis. They told coun- emergency shelter too," Mr. Lam- stimulus package, are being p
lar 6.07-acre parcel for $199,320 cil representatives to expect a bright said. sued as well.
May 4, the Council on Aging response at the BCDC's regular "Any building we do would "We need to be in a sho
presented the nonprofit corpora- meeting May 20. be by grant money," added John ready position," he said. "Th
tion with what could become its Board member Larry Payne Dedmon, another council board means a piece of property and
first land sale. was also curious about the status member on the land committee chitectural drawings."
The proposed price reflects of planning for the new senior In addition to the layout plans, Ms. Yarborough, who did
the $33,000 per acre rate the cor- center. He asked whether pro- the council's consultant was hired attend the meeting with BC]
portion paid when it purchased fessional construction plans had by Washington D.C.-based Corn- officials but was reached after
the 90-plus acre site last year, been completed for the structure unity Transportation Associa- by phone for comment, add
said Bob Lambright of the coun- and if there were any strategic tion to assist the group to evaluate "We've got to stretch our mo
cil's land acquisition committee long-term plans defined in writ- its space needs and the suitability as far as we can."


Swerving motorists smelled of alcohol;

deputies charge them with reckless driving


Two motorists from the Jack-
sonville area driving erratically
andeither in possession or smell-
ing of alcohol were charged the
past week with reckless driving
Deputies responded to both
calls based on complaints by
other motorists
Late in the morning of April
28, Cpl Ben Anderson followed
a 1994 Plymouth sedan east-
bound on US 90 from CR 125 at
Glen St Mary He pulled it over
at Miracle Lane, and determined
that driver William Hough, 44,
was not intoxicated enough to
be charged with DUI
The officer said he observed
the Plymouth continuously
swerving on US 90
Mr Hough was also charged
with having an open container
of cold beer in the vehicle
Johnnie Myers, 38, was first
spotted by Cpl Michael Lagle
driving westbound on Interstate
10 about 3 25 the morning of
May 3, straddling the center line


and blocking both lanes of traf-
fic
The officer stopped Mr My-
ers in his 2001 Ford pickup af-
ter it exited the interstate and
headed south on CR 229 near
Sanderson It also weaved on
the roadway
When questioned, the driver
appeared disoriented and be-
lieved he was headed home
near the Baymeadows section
of south Jacksonville He also
had an odor of alcohol about his
person
In other arrests, three persons
involved in a shouting match
with a crowd of onlookers fol-
lowing a street argument the
evening of April 29 ended up
in jail charged with disorderly
conduct
Deputy John Hardin said
Laconda Ellis, 22, and Rozelian
Johnson, 40, apparently were
re-engaged in an argument they
had earlier When he was called
to the intersection of MLK and


Minnesota Dr in Macclenny
about 9'00, a crowd had gath-
ered and both parties refused to
calm themselves
Joshua Cuevas, 21, who is
Ms Johnson's husband, also
became unruly when the officer
led his wife to a patrol car
A 15-year-old female stu-
dent at Baker County High
School was arrested on April
30 for felony possession of
drug paraphernalia, including a
needle and syringe found in her
purse
A teacher reported smelling
marijuana smoke coming from
a bathroom about 12 30, said
campus Deputy Tracie Benton
Alighter and smoking pipe were
also found on the girl
The teen said the syringe and
needle were given to her by a
veterinarian for a sick cat Her
mother in a subsequent inter-
view said she knew of no reason
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five times in the back and once in the back of the head
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The sheriff's department was notified April 29 ing." The man initially repeated that he hadn't heard
about a 16-year-old male from Jacksonville who was anything unusual the previous night, but then stated
arrested there with eight guns that were allegedly he had about 10 00 or 1100 pm.
taken from a Baker County residence Mr Hunter was also said he'd submit to voice
When interviewed by officers in Jacksonville, stress test to rule him out as a suspect.
the suspect said he'd broken into a home at 12347 The case is pending.
O.C. Home Road, according to Sgt. Thomas Dyal's In other thefts reported this past week'
report. Jodi Altman reported April 30 that her father's
The deputy spoke with the occupant of that resit- 20 -foot utilitytrailerwent missing fromthe residence
dence, Jennifer Thibeault, who advised she was at 12027 Palmetto Place in Macclenny. She stated it
keeping the firearms including four rifles, two was possibly stolen the week of a recent vacation but
shotguns and two muskets for her friend Lindsey couldn't offer any information on a possible suspect.
Stafford. The trailer was valued at $2100.
The latter victim met with Deputy Dyal at the Another Macclenny resident, CherylPingel, said
sheriff's office and confirmed the guns were hers, an unknown suspect or suspects took a lawn mower
but did not know their serial or model numbers, and ladder from her unlocked garage at 1059 E. US
She later told Investigator David Morgan that her **, I . I veek prior to May 1. The
boyfriend's cousin began leasing the Home Rd. resi- .' ....
dence after she moved. She said the juvenile suspect Jason Patterson also reported a lawn mower theft
helped move the cousin in and knew the location of May 3 from 610 MLK Drive in Macclenny sometime
the guns. after 10 00 pm the previous evening.
A warrant was sought for the suspect's arrest on Theresa Mahan of Macclenny told Deputy
felony burglary and grand theft charges. Christopher Walker April 27 that her daughter,
In another grand theft case, Danny Hunter report- Porshe Mahan, 19, of Tom Nornnan Road opened a
ed three four-wheelers and two dirt bikes belonging Walmnart credit card in her name last November and
to his brother-in-law were stolen from a shed at 6053 ran up an unpaid bill of $110.
Sandra St. in Macclenny on April 30. The card was cancelled and a felony charge for
Mr Hunter told Deputy John Hardin he was credit card fraud was forwarded to the state attor-
house-sitting that afternoon when he noticed sheds ney's office against the daughter.
in the backyard were open and the property was Robin Eaddy of Macclenny said she didn't know
missing. The last time he'd seen the vehicles was who was charging her Vystar credit card to pay for
the previous day, but no unusual noises were heard satellite television when she reported the fraud April
overnight, Mr Hunter said, accordingtothe officer's 28. The payments totaled more than $512 during
report of the incident. February and April. She told Deputy Walker she'd
After searching the area for evidence, Deputy never given the card to anyone in the past.
Hardin again spoke with Mr. Hunter, who he noted
was behaving "very uneasy and was visibly shak-


Knife, baseball bat used in fight
Criminal complaints for ag- George Jackson, 30, of Macclen- arrested for domestic battery for
gravated battery will be filed ny after he made threats against allegedly kicking and striking
against two parties to an aimed neighbor Freddie Smith, 28, fol- her sister Mary Rowland, 21,
confrontation at the comer of lowing a court appearance the of Glen during an argument in
Joan St and South Boulevard morning of April 30 their father's pickup truck the
in Macclenny the afternoon of A witness affinned Mr Smith's
May 1 version of events that occurred i ,
Deangelo Thomas, 29, of both in and outside the county younger sister had bruising on
Raiford was treated at Fraser courthouse the neck, face and arms consis-
Hospital's emergency room for Complaints of battery tent with her version of events
a bruised forearm he sustained against a trio of men involved The older Ms Rowland had a
when struck with a baseball bat in a fracas outside of Country strong odor of alcohol about her
by Vincent Thomas, 40, of Mac- Boy's convenience store in Glen when questioned, and the depu-
clenny St Mary the morning of April ty took her toFraser Hospital for
According to statements made 28 medical clearance before book-
to Deputy Matt Sigers by both Jerry Davis Jr, 27, of Sander- ing her because she had also in-
men, they have been in an ongo- son allegedly exchanged words tested prescription medication
ing feud since the older suspect both in and outside the store Both parties to an argument
moved into the area with Libradio Hauge, 43, of over child support were named
That afternoon about 4 10, Glen because the latter man did in complaints for domestic bat-
Vincent Thomas allegedly pul- not thank Mr Davis for opening tery after police were called to a
led a knife on Deangelo Thomrn- a door for him about 8 00 residence off CR 122 the after-
as, who was aimnned with the bat Mr Davis' father Jerry Sr noon of May 1
The older Thomas snatched and Jeffery Burnsed, 27, of Glen Jennifer Walker, 27, told Dep-
the bat from him after Deangelo said they attempted to break up uty Pete Quinley her estranged
Thomas attempted to strike him, the fight before police arrived husband James, 34, braised her
then swung it causing the arm Mr BurnsedinsistedtoDepu- on the neck and arm, and the
injury ty Chris Walker he did not inten- husband later said he restrained
A number of other complaints tionally strike Arthur Simmons, his wife after she became angry
and one arrest resulted from re- 53, of Glen as he joined in the over a lessened child support
cent fights and arguments effort to diffuse the altercation payment and scratched him
*An assault allegation against Crystal Rowland, 25, was

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A 13-year-old male student
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faces one count of aggravated
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then stomping on the head of
another student while he was ly-
ing on the ground involved in a
campus fight
Campus deputy TracieBenton
said the fight late in the mom-
ing of April 22 was caught on a
surveillance tape and shows the
accused, who is from the Mar-
garetta area, standing with other
students watching the fight
He then approaches the vic-
tim, a 12-year-old male from
Macclenny, and attacks him be-
fore running away
Deputy Benton said the
younger student was being held
on the ground by another male
student, age 14 and also of Mac-
clenny, and lying on his back
The investigation followed a
complaint April 27 by the vic-
tim's father, who said his son
came home with a large swollen
area on his head
The officer said school of-
ficials were aware of the fight
and had disciplined both par-
ticipants They were not aware,
however, of the attack until the
complaint prompted a review of
the video
The same image shows that
no other students who witnessed
the attack came to the victim's
aid, according to Deputy Ben-
ton's report
Aggravated battery is a sec-
ond-degree felony The case will
be handled by juvenile authori-
Four other complaints were
investigated by the campus dep-
uty last week
A 14-year-old male alleg-
edly stabbed a 12-year-old male
twice on the left side with a pen
The incident occurred the af-
ternoon of May 1 at the middle
school
A female student at Baker
High, age 15 and of Macclen-
ny, is accused of disturbing the
peace after she yelled and swore
at assistant principal Denise
Mann on April 29
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)mps head during fight
ing the studentintwo weeks A criminal complaint will
A male student at the high be filed against a 16-year-old fe-
school, age 15, said he was male student at the high school
struck several times in the park- for allegedly striking assistant
ing lot about 6 '45 am on April principal Thomas Hill in the
23, but did not immediately re- chest
port it because of spring break Mr Hill and others were at
The student on April 27 de- the time attempting to break up
scribed the assailant as a black a fight involving the accused
male with dreadlocks who fled and two other female students,
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Victims remembered April 30

First observance is heldat Glen St Mary park
BY JOEL ADDINGTON vivors," she said "It's important to move on with
reporter@bakercountypress.com our lives We have to keep going and not let it take
the best of us"
As Ruby Johns lit the candle in her hand she Sinlarevents were held across the country last
was overtaken by emotion The gesture was to hon- eek to commemorate the 25th anniversary of
or her grandson, Philip Middleton, who was killed Victims Rights Week
by a drunk driver in 2006 at only 20 ears old The Office for Victims of Crime, an arm of the
Ms Johns was one of more than 20 people who U S Department of Justice
stepped forward under the gazebo at bean hoeprtment of Justice
Glen St Mary's Celebra victims and those eho
lion Park April30 to i ruseht hr o
a candle speak the gin the spring of 1981
name of a loved one af- Local officials have
fected b craerc a celebrated the occasion
The eenin g cerem ony in past years, too, with
was organized by the state events like a tree plant-
attorney's office inobser- ing at thecourthouse
vance of National Victims' and smaller candlelight
Rights Week, which ran vigils
April 26 to May 2 But Thursday's cere-
and know you can help kind andsomethingthe
someone else," Ms Johns county's other victim
said of the gathering advocate Julie Mar
The Macclenny resident tin sate state at
was Joined b) her daughter torney's office intends
Cheryl Johns, the mother torepeat each April in
of Mr Middleton, who was coming years
known to many as Petwy She Representatives
said her feelings about the from MADD (Moth-
eveningwereamixed ers Against Drunk
It's good," she said "But Drivers) and Hub-
you relive it all over again" bard House, a group
Before the vigil, the group that advocates for battered and abused women
was addressed by State Attorney Bill Cer"one and along with Sheriff Joey Dobson and others from
the county's victim advocate Anne Haynes the prosecutor's office attended the ceremony as
"Your loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers well
as well; Mr Cer\one told them "It's sad in one respect," Assistant State Attor-
Ms Haynes talked about the symbolic nature ney Ralph Yazdiya said of his feelings about the
of the candlelight vigil, saying it's a way to bring ceremony "But in another, you're remembering
victims and their tragic circumstances out of the the victims and their families so the) re not for
darkness and into the light gotten"
"We'reno nlouer victims We're ooino to be sur


34th annual Baker High art exhibition


Comp 1i/ enhanced images,

classic calligraphy in entries

BY KELLEY LANNIGAN Mr Thompson is proud of the
Press Staff murals he did in the high school
Baker County High School
has been hosting an annual open i i i
house to showcase the artistic out infootball gear
achievements of its students for "The big cat is one of three
over three decades The spring images I did and it was so much
2009 exhibit held April 24marks fun, but it was challenging, too,"
the 34th year of the event he said
As the quiet strains of clas- He worked on the mural
sical music filled the air, visi- while volley ball classes were
tors viewed paintings drawings in session Fairly often, the ball
mixed media works and cre- would hit the wall while he was
actively painted furniture painting He would stop, clean
Seniors Andrew Thompson the ball, clean the paint off the
and Jacob Harrison were there to floor where it had bounced, then
talk about their work and plans repair the smeared part of the
for their future after graduation mural
Both young men creating Mr Thompson has been ac-
original images, then scanned cepted at the Art Institute of
and man ipu- Jacksonville
lated them After getting
with tools of his degree in
the Photushop graphic de-
computer sign he hopes
graphic design for a career
program designingi
Mr Thomp- publ nations
son created a for LifeWay,
clever collage a Christian-
usinf six pho- based organi-
tographs of zation that op-
his face which rates its own
were repeated book stores
in a sequence Mr HaI-
across a black rison s elf
background portrait, done
scattered, yet shadesofblue,
ordered group was another
of fragmented eye catcher
images, some- We used
what like puz- a grid to help
zle pieces that get the right
start off bright and gradually proportions to
fa fe enlarge a small image I kept the
Mr Harrison used Photoshop grid squares as part of the final
in a different way He scanned painting," he explained
a commercial photo of AC/DC i, ,
guitarist Angus Young to cre-
ate an image with bold strokes
of color that looked remarkably
like a drawing
Mr Thomrpson also displayed COSm

alphabet run in vertical lines up
and down the paper Collections
of words are clustered around
each letter
"I like Old English style let-
tering," he said "This took m
five months to finish and was
done with ink, a brush and a
crow quill dip pen
"The word groupings are a -S
combination of things I came
up with out of my head and also
from the dictionary" Confidential Exam


self portrait
The barn was a study done by
the class and that day Mr Har-
rison was feeling a little down
The barn's dark interior became
a representation of his mood,
creating a vivid contrast to the
very bright trees at the edge of
the building
Playing with the image of hay
stacked up in one corer of the
barn gives the impression of a
figure standing in the dark winte-
rior


"I'm not a photo-realistic art-

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OBITUARIES


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Frances Barber,

76, dies May 1st
Mrs Frances Clemons Bar-
ber, 76, of Macclenny died Fri-
day, May 1, 2009 at the Mac-
clenny Nursing and Rehab
Center following a long illness
She was a native of Jacksonville
and had resided in Macclenny
since 1971 She was the daugh-
ter of Lewis Cornelius Clemons
Sr and Mattie Hall Clemons
Mrs Barber wasformerly em-
ployed and resided atthe Baptist
Children's Home in Jacksonville
and also retired as a personnel
clerk at Northeast Florida State
Hospital in 1993 after 22 years
of service She was a member of
the First Baptist Church of Glen
St Mary
She was preceded in death by
husband Virgil Coy "Cecil" Bar-
ber; son Bryan Lewis Barber;
brother David Clemons; sister
Elizabeth Ramsey
Survivors include daughter
Renee Bennett of Macclenny;
sister Betty Tillis of Suwannee;
brother Lewis C Clemons Jr of
Jacksonville; sister-in-law Clan-
dine Blok of Jacksonville; two
grandchildren
The funeral service was held
May 5 at the chapel of Guerry
Funeral Home with Rev Jim
Cox officiating Interment fol-
lowed at Oak Grove Cemetery,
Baker County

DavidBurnsedJr,

21, dies May 3rd
David Wayne Bumsed Jr, 21,
of Sanderson died May 3, 2009
at his residence after a long ill-
ness He was born in Lake City
to David
Wa y ne
and Barbara
JeanneMor-
ris Burnsed
on June
18, 1987
He was a
life long
resid ent
of Baker
County and I
graduated Ar Burnsed
from Baker
County High School in 2006
with high honors
Mr Burnsed attended Lake
City Conmmunity College for
two semesters before becoming
ill He loved squirrel hunting,
fishing, being outdoors and his
dog George He is predeceased
by grandfather Leo Burnsed;
maternal grandparents Douglas
McArhur Morris and Jeannie
Ester Wynn Morris
Survivors include his parents;
brother Ryan Leo Bumrsed; sis-
ter Macy Leann Bumsed; pa-
ternal grandmother Margaret
Alrtman; two aunts, an uncle and
seven cousmis
The funeral service was held
May 5 at 1100 am at Moniac
Baptist Church with Pastor
Ricky Dyal and Elder Albert
Altman officiating Interment
followed at North Prong Ceme-
tery, Baxter Arrangements were
under the direction of V Todd
Ferreira Funeral Services


George Hand,

68, dies May 3rd
George D Hand, 68, of
Jacksonville died May 3, 2009
Mr Hand was born in Jackson
County, Florida to Nathan Joe
and Sadie Mercer Hand
Survivors include wife Nor-
ma Knox; sons George D Hand
Jr and Nathan Joe Hand; daugh-
ters Barbara Gibson and Gayle
Shook; four brothers; four
grandchildren; one great-grand-
child
The funeral service was held
May 4 at 8 00 pm at Giddens-
Reed Funeral Home, Baldwin

John Howard, 83,

was noted attorney
John Paul Howard, 83, of
Jacksonville died Friday, May
1, 2009 Mr Howard was born
September
8, 1925 in
Glen St
Mary an

on High
School in
1944 He
served his
country dur-
ing World
War Iin the
11th Air- Mr Howard
borne Divi-
sion as an Army paratrooper He
married Mary Louise Mickler
on June 5, 1948 and they en-
joyed 61 years together
Mr Howard was a part of the
Masonic Bodies, Temple Lodge
23 and Scottish Rites Bodies
32E KCCH Morocco Temple
He graduated from the Univer-
sity of Florida s College of Law
in 1950 and ias lawyer for the
people for more than 58 ears
Prior to his death, Mr Howard
said, "I thank my friends and
clients for permitting my fam-
ily and me to have a wonderful
life "
Mr Howard was preceded in
death by parents Paul and Court-
ney Howard; brother Ray How-
ard; son Mark Steven Howard,
their angel who died in 1958
Survivors include loving
wife Mary Louise Howard; sis-
ters Clarice Jarosz of Keystone
Heights and Shirley Padgett
(Cliff) of Macclenny; brother
Joe (Juliette) Howard; children
Judge Sharon H (Michael) Tan-
ner, Dennis Eugene Howard and
Scott Paul (Elizabeth) Howard
of San Jose, CA; five grandchil-
dren and two great-granddaugh-

Mr Howard's remains were
cremated and his ashes placed
at the grave site of his son Mark
Steven Howard Amemonial ser-
vice will be held at the St Johns
Park Baptist Church in Jackson-
ville May 9 at 11 00 am with Dr
Edgar Cooper and Rev William
Turner officiating In lieu of
flowers, donations may be made
to the American Cancer Society
or to the charity of your choice
Arrangements are under the di-
rection of Hardage Giddens Fu-
neral Homes and Cremetories,
Jacksonville


Car cruise-in
Time to visit old friends and
old camrs Join us at our monthly
cruise in this Saturday, May 9th
at 6'00 pm at Hardee's on SR
121 North


Submission Deadlines- All news and advertising must be submitted to the newspaper office prior to
5 00 p m on the Monday prior to publication, unless otherwise noted or arranged It is requested that
all news items be typed or emailed to insure accuracy in print

Church Notice Deadlines- Obituaries must be submitted in a timely fashion and have a local con-
nection Pictures are printed with obituaries free of charge The newspaper reserves the right to
publish photos based on quality


Patrick Sy

buriedin
Patrick Jame,
Macclenny died
28, 2009 He w
iard to Rex
Sykes and a
Rita Scus-
on March
4, 1938 He
was a resi-
dentofBak-
er Co ounty
since 1991
after mov-
ardening from
Jackson- M
ville, andrs a
member of
Fellowship Bapr
Raiford o
Mr Sykes children
giaBulldog fan
bie) movies, bef
gardening He w
by grandson Mia
Survivors inc
24 years, Dohrot
Sykes; children(
Sheridan, Robal
MichaelMathew
bie) Mathews,
Hollster, Keithral
Linda(Ronald) A
Scussel; eight gr
eight great-grand
The funeral s
May 2 at 11'00
Ferreira Fneal
pel with Dr Ha,
ficiating Interm
St Theresa Cer
iard







"The Roa
to
Corner of Madi,
Glen St
Pastor: Tomnn
Phone 904


Jesus: The Way, The Truth and The Life
Sunday School 10:00 AM Sunday Eveninmg Worship 6:00 PM
Sunday Morninmg Worship 11:00 AM. Wed. Eve. Worship 7:30 PM.
Pastor Rev. Shannon Conner
North 6th Street Macdenny 259-3500


904-266-2337 904-387-0055
Baldwin Jacksonvdle
Arrangements made m your home or our facility
Fair & Reasonable Prices
Funeral & Cremation Services
Locally Owned & Family Operated


www.bakercountypress.comn

kes, 71, Mary Taylor 79,
Hilliard retired store owner
s Sykes, 71, of Mrs Mary Lee Taylor, 79, of
Tuesday April Macclenny died Tuesday, April
as born in Hill- 28 at St Vincent's Medical
Center fol-
is t Church in three years

agoillne She





was predeceased Church
in Douglas



of Baker
Countita (Michael) beews
(Ed) to MaThe funeral service was held
s, Syknald(Deb- about 300 pm on May 1 at her
ickie (Ronnie)st Church in three ears Jim Cox of-
aghews; o She as a partner followedith
man,Kathryn ad Geor her husband in the Taylor Storange-
wholovedwest- forover 20yearsbeforeherre-
anoutdoors and tirement She attended Taylore
as predeceased Church
cah Hollister Survivors include husband
lude his ife of Franklinry D TayloFuner of Maclen
hy Joan Keating ny; numerous nieces and neph-
Rita (Michael) ews
(Ed Gianna The funeral service was held
Dent onald(Deb at 3The00 pm on May 1 at her
Vickie (Ronnie) church with Rev Jim Cox of-
Mathews; sisters ficiating Ontenrent followed
etemay in HiKall-n at Taldr Cemeter A tange-
andchildrenand mentsep appre ciatiunder the direction
children of Guerry Funeral Home
service was held
am at V Todd
Services Cha- Deep app reciation

msetery in Hill- would like to express thanks
and deep appreciation for all the
prayers, words of kindness, love,
flowers and food during the re-
cent loss of our loved one A
special thanks to Pastor Clifton
Barton Jr and Pastor Tommy
Anderson, and Todd Ferreria for
all your excellent service and
kindness
d MA Gon BLES You ALL,
Calvary T yma L- F
son & Stoddard Food, shelter funds
Mary Thelocal Board ofEmergency
yAnderson Food and Shelter announces the
-259-2213 availability of $7,422 00 to any
non-profit organization or local
10 00 an government interested in admnin-
istering these funds Funds are to
be used for Baker County resi-
dents for rent/mortgage or food
7 730 o assistance If interested please
73 call 904-259-7320 by May 12


In Loving Memory
of
Vallery J. Cason
1/31161-5/03198
Earths loss was Heavens
gain on that early Sunday morn-
ing 11 years ago when God whis-
peredyour name Ourmemories
of you help us to maintain, until
that great day when we see you
again


Glen Friendship Tabernacle
Clinton Ave Glen St Mary
R W.TXR, R iadin Servi"e Sunday 8:30 am
S....... , 10:30 am
h< I i .. ... h h 11:30 am
I. 6:00pm
S,1i .1,1 7:30pm
Rev Albert Starling Home. 259-3982 Church. 259-6521



23-A to Lauramore Rd. & Fairgrounds Rd.
Sunday School 9:45 am
Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 am
Sunday Evening Services 6:00 pm
Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting 7:00 pm
Pastor J. C. Lauramore Welcomes All


CHRISTIAN

FELLOWSHIP

TEMPLE
SWmr p+r Independent Pentecostal Chunh b "
Sevth St. & Ohio Ave, Maclenny

Sunday School 10:00 am
Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 am
Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm
Wednesday Night Service 7:00 pm
Radio WJXR 92.1 Sunday 9:15 am

Youth Proqrams
Sunday School 10 00 am
Common Ground Sunday 11 00 am
Common Ground Wed (Teens) 7 00 pm
God Kids Sunday 11 00 am
God Kids Wednesday 7 00 pm loseP

www.christianfellowshiptemple.com


First Baptist Church
of Sanderson
CR 229 S, Sanderson FL
Sunday School 10'00 am
Sui MormngWorship 1100 am
Sun Evenng Worship 600 pm
Wed Eve Bible Study 7'00pm
Pastor Bob Christmas
http//ww fbcofsndsonorg


J Saint Peter

in the Glen
ANGLICAN CHURCH

9:00 am Sunday School 6:30 pm Wednesday Dinner,
10:00 am Sunday Worship & Praise, Prayer, Healing
Holy Communion Holy Communimon

(904) 259-6689 ~ Glen St. Mary, Florida

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Four blocks north of Hwy. 90 in Maccdenny
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Mt. Zion N.C.
Methodist Church
121 North t 259-4461
Macclenny, FL
Pastor Tim Cheshire
Sunday School 945am
Sunday Morning Worship11 00am
Sunday Evening Worship 600pm
Wednesday Prayer Service 700 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 35
























In Loving Memory
of Lucille Myers
Gaskins
11/25/39-5/02/98
We ask ourselves, has it been
11 years since we saw your lov-
ing face? It seems just yesterday
thatwe heldyou in our embrace
There is not a day that goes by
that you are not in our thoughts
All the life lessons you taught
will forever be in our hearts
Your sweet smile and kind words
will always be there when we
feel alone; we know that you
are always near We just want to


on the great distant shore


Legal Notices


THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, May 7, 2009 Page 9
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, EIGHTH JUDICIAL IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE EIGHTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA CIRCUIT IN AND FOR BAKER BOUNNY, FLORIDA
CASE NO 02 2009 CA 0075 CASE NO 02-200B0CA 01M
BERNICE RAULERSON KRC PROPERTY LTD a
IPlantif FoId Cmtid partnerhip
Plantiff

THE ESTATE OF HOMER E TURK
WANDA I KING, HERMAN L TURK, BAKER DEVELOPMENT LLC a
KENNETH J TURK, LARRY H TURK Florida Imited l ability company
RALPHW TURK RONALDD TURK J a le prop


In Loving Memory
of
Tessa Lynn Godwin
2/02/90-5104103
Sometimes we still can't be-
lieve you are not physically with
us We feel your presence in our
hearts But, we long to hear
your voice and feel your touch
We can only imagine what you
would be doing if you were still
on earth with us
We know what you are doing
in Heaven You are praising our
Lord and Savior, dancing, run-

reeme you


CLEW ~ ~ ~ eeme youlii~lt ~ VUfFvf


In Loving Memory
of my Grandma
Lucille Myers Gaskins
11125/39-5102198
Grandma
I often find myself thinking
of the past you were
a big part 11 years
since you 've been gone, but it
seems like yesterday God must
have needed one nmo
Heaven Thanks for
shown and taught me Continue
to watch over me and the family
Miss you

j`ssN G- sJ.U.)


Benefit car wash
There will be a benefit car
wash Saturday, May 9 beginning
at 9'00 am at Baker Grill to ben-
efit Timothy Folsom who was re-
cently diagnosed with leukemia
Hamburgers and hot dogs will
also be sold with proceeds also
going to benefit Timothy Fol-
som

Spring fmundraiser
Reflections Photography is
hosting a spring fundraiser for
Baker County Middle School
May 1st May 22nd Session
fees will be donated to BCMS
for photography sessions booked
during this time frame Call 259-
9500 for more information


Sanderson
Congregational
Holiness Church
CR 127 N., Sanderson, FL
Sunday School 1000am
Morning Worship I1100 am
Sunday Evening Worship 6'00 pm
Wed Evening Prayer Serv 730 pm
Pastor: Oral E. Lyonsr





M fC

Glen St. Mary
DIHECFIONS FOR LIFE

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9846 G3EO


Thanks f'. f.
The family of Ruby Jean-
nette Long Smith would like to
extend its thanks and apprecia-
tion during the recent death of
our loved one Thanks to those
who brought food, sent flowers
or called, and especially for all
the prayers
Thanks to Mr Bill Guerry and
his staff at Guerry Funeral Home
for their assistance making the
arrangements; the Baker County
sheriff's department for direct-
ing traffic; Carlton Davis of the
Cedar Creek Cemetery board;
Lavon Eddins Bass for the bean-
tiful songs and to Brother Hurd
for the use of his sound system,
as well as setting it up and stay-
ing to help; the pallbearers and
Brother Tommy Anderson and
Sister Betty Byrd from the Road
to Calvary Church for conduct-
ing a beautiful and memorable
service The friendship and love
shown to us during this time are
deeply appreciated
DAUGH rS ILA Ae Ns, Eoa


NOTICE
Invitation for BIDS IFB)
Landfill Gas Collection System Maintenance
Semc.
NO, River SoId waste Association (NRSWA


Woman Club sale

i' l,, ,.'ft YMCA
The Woman's Club of Mac-
clenny is hosting a white ele-
phant sale on May 15-16 at the
clubhouse on South 5th in Mac-
clenny All proceeds benefit the
Baker County Family YMCA's
Strong Kids campaign
Donate your white elephant or
yard sale items at the YMCA on
Lowder St, Badcock Home Fur-
nishing on South 5th at Jonathan
St through May 12, or take them
to the Woman's Club on May 13
or 14
Hours on the day of the sale
are 800 am-noon


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days afer the fst publication of the noce and

entered against you for the relleve demanded i h
Complaint or pentiton
27th day of April, 2009
TA "AL"FFRASER
CLERK OFCOURT

By(n n B onni allS
Deputy Clerk
4/30-5/21
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT EIGHTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO 02 2009 CA 0050


PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE




A.. A School Boaod Pol


NOTICE TO BID


NOTICE OF ACTION


NOTICE OF SALE


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE EIGHTH JUDICIAL
GIRGUIT OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR BAKER
Comus
GIBIRE D VISION
CiSe. No Be 2009 Q 00001A
DAVAGS


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NOTICE TO CREDITORS


NOTICE OF ACTION

TO AUSTIN CRAY


NOTICE TO BID


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ATTEND


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CASE NO 02 2009 0071 CA


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GIRGUITINAIN FOR BAKER COU-, FLORIDA
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Classified ads and notices must be
paid in advance, and be in our office
no later than 400 pm the Monday
preceding publication, unless other-

panied by payment and instructions
They should be mailed to Classified
Ads, The Baker County Press, Po
Box 598, Macclenny, FL 32063 We
cannot assume responsibility for


ad continues to run without notifica-

party assumes full payment respon-
sibility The Baker County Press


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Silk flowers 259-4140 5/75/28
-pr--a mulch and red mulch 259
Visit the historic Franklin Mercan-

crossing in Glen 259-6040 3/19tfc
21' camper, everything works $800
904-748-3074 5/7p
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25'x36' garage trust
259-3300


Artists' Ois, acrylics, wa


Nice baker's rack $35,err
no mattress $35, Ike new



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Mother's Day Special, knoc


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2005 Toyota Matrix 4,
five speed, A/C, stereo pl

1998 Ford Contour
Asking $800 OBO 25936E
1999 Honda Accord EX
automatlcI cold AC, sun ro


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Southern Rock/Classic F

RN Well estabshd I0


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Pigs for sale 259-7071 5/7p




Notice to readers


4 BR, 2 BA
two acres, fire


3 BR, 2 BA


FSBO 3BR,1 BAI
with real firepace
lea
other properties
Rnick 3 RR 1 RA


Notice to Readers
AP Ireal estate advertls ln thisnews a- erls


4 BR 2V BA
with nicely lar


Sanderson, 3 BR, 1 BA


Part time secretary


MacGlen Builders, Inc
Macclenny from $145,000 $
FSBO, 3 BR 2 A doublewc
New home on one acre 2 in Maccle
New home, 3 BR, 2 BA


Well maintained 3 BR,2BAhouse,496
IslamoradaDrive $1095/month,$1000
deposit 408-9146 Monarch 5/7p
Roommate/share new house Non-


3 BR 2 BA


3 BR, 2 BA doublewc
er/drver dishwasher


2 and 3 BR


House or trailers, 259-3372
2 BR, 1 BA mobile home $4
$475 deposit 904-334-1902
2 BR, 1 BA apartment, wa


* If you are ready to own and operate an established business in
Baker County.
SIfyou are willing to devote hard work and capital to take it
tohe next step.
SIfyou are enrgetic, retail orientedandyou
understand the value of marketing & customer


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 Busmeu Opportunity, PO Box 427, MaccenyFL 32063


,THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS ThursdaOv Mav 7 2009 Page 10


DEADLINES: A RATES:
Placement, To place, correct or cancel To place, correct or cancel an ad Line Ads:
correction or an ad by phone, call by mail send a copy of the ad6.00
cancellation of ads exactly as it should appear, 2 wod f .
cancellation of ads 904-259-2400 payment and phone number 20C each additional word
may be phoned in Monday Friday 9:00 am 5:00 pm
anytime before Monday or email where we can reach you. VICe Ads:
at 5 p.m. for publication classifieds@bakercountypress.com PO Box 598 15 words for $8.00
S a oronline Macclenny, FI 32063 20 each additional word
on Thursday. www.bakercountypress.com


18, 1 S tt 1 l I"ino er lea ...... E t O t T1 1 ~


go Friday and Saturday, 7:30 am-noon, 1336 Copper
,, 11, ,' , Creek Furnl re couch,
,,,* i,, I, ,, I .. wheels -Tundra and Sequoia
and Crossifre, 10" PVC pipe for columns/construc-

Fnday and Saturday 8;00 am-2:00 pm, 7818 N Ct, Old Nursery
Plantaton Utility trailer, hunter's deluxe aluminum double dog box,
microwave card, knik-knack table, phone fax machine, flat iron, cloth-
ing, humidifier, baby monitor, games, bedding, curtains, gift bags,
plants, lots of other items, new and used, great bargains Multi fam-
ily
Friday and Saturday, 8:00 am-?, Lucy and Ethel's semi-annual yard
sale Corner Suzanne Drive and River Circle, follow signs on Hwy 90
and Lowder Really nice clothes for children and adults, larger sizes
too Purses, shoes and clean household items for the home Some
Nascar items and men's junk table Come see us
Friday and Saturday, 8:00 am-?, SR 121 N just south of Twin
Bridges Country Store There will be signs
Saturday, 8:00 am-?, 6130 S CR 125 Full bed, household items,
misc items, too much to iist Mult family
Saturday, 8:00 am-noon, 125 N To Bob Bumsed, Glen Lots of adult
clothes, housewares, ceiling fans, window A/C's, home gym, etc
Saturday, 8:00 am-1:00 pm Odis Yarborough to Evergreen to 7179
W Smooth Bore Avenue Fumiture, antiques, collectbles Large
estate sale


Two 30" gas ranges, good c onho
Alum ' tractor and bush
hog, 4/30-5/7p


2004 Bombardier Traxter 4x4 auto shift


Fill dirt, ttle or a lot, 10 yard loads and
larger 259-2900 4/30-5/21p
c
lovely Victorian settee Other odd and
end pieces 110 South 5th Street 259-



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coupons of your choice
FREE redemption certificate
Call 912-843-2034 or send your
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Automobiles


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Small office, utilities
month 259c9022
Office space for rent,


3 ARZ IR
3 BR, 2 BA doublewide or
cornerof 125 South and Mu
$750/month, $1050 depos
259-9066 Lawn maintenanc

3 BR, 1 BA brickhomeinnic


Homes and mobile homes
$750'850 monthly 259,334
1 BR, 1 BA

BR, 2 BA home on city lot,
will rent $800/month 904

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2 BR 2 BA

3 BR, 2 BA


2 BR 1 BA mob h

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BR 2 BAonly$38900 904-783-4619
5/7c
t ..... n ,


1997 Redman dohblewid


2009 doublewide


Skyline 16x803 BR, 2 BA, wll move for





2 R. 2 BA condo. around floor nool


tower Oceanfront condo
ew set '


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Mobile homes 2and3BR A/Cservce
$500-$575 plus deposit

Sanderson, 3 BR, 1 BA house, large
fenced in yard, remodeled, detached
/ at259-5361 5/7
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3 BR 1 BA house, p


2 BR, 2 BA sglewd






sewer included, non
June 1st




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for rent Screened:in




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Rachel Crews

Finishes RNprogram
Rachel Crews of Baxter com-
pleted the registered nursing pro-
gramn at Lake City Conmmunity
College with a B average Ra-
chel is the wife of Darrell Crews
and mother of Olivia, Delanie
and Noah She is the daughter of
Steve and Debbie Alford of Glen
St Mary

LCCC graduation
Lake City Conmmunity Col-
lege's graduation ceremonies
will be held on May 8 at the
LCCC Howard Conference
Center (previously the Howard
Gymnasium) at the campus The
nurses' pinning ceremony will
begin at 200 pm followed by
the connvencement ceremony at
500 pm


water On-Site Program Assistant
57p (Temporary Part-time) Baker County
Temporary position not to exceed 9 weeks. The On-Site
th Program Assistant is responsible for the coordination of all
youth activities at assigned campus/work sites, monitoring
student work performance and student classroom activities.
Applicant must possess a high school diploma and have a
minimurmm of two years experience working with children in
recreation or supervision of dhildrens programs. A degree
in Sociology or Psychology is desired. Must be able to
communicate both orally and written to children and adults.
Apps/Resumes may be mailed or faxed to NFCAAAttn: HR
th Dept., P.O. Box 52025, Jacksonvlle, FL 32201 or fax: (904)398-
p 7480. Phone (904)398-7472.
home n Closing date ofapplication is 05/13/2009.


3 arc finalists
Three members of the Baker
High chapter of FFA are finalists
for the 2009 Agricultural Profi-
ciency Award program
Brianna Stewart, John Peter-
son and Katelyn Lankford were
among the more than 200 ap-
plicants from throughout Flori-
da who submitted applications
within this program
The three were named final-
ists within a particular field of
agricultural study Stewart is a
finalist in ag service, Peterson
in diversified ag production and
Lankford in beef production To
reach the finals students must be
within the top 5 in the state in
their proficiency
Stewart, Peterson and Lank-
ford are students of Greg John-
son and Jessica Blythe in the
FFA program
These supervised programs
are conducted outside of class
time that help students develop
and apply agricultural knowl-
edge and skills learned inside the
classroom


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Baseball team bests Kenny

All season long its been the
F J big bats that have propelled the
Wildcat baseball team to victory
after victory
Teddy Roose velt w as famous-
ly quoted as saying, "Walk softly
and carry abig stick," but Coach
John Staples' Cats were tram-
phing and carrying huge stick in
their 16-0 shut out ofthe Middle-
burg Broncos in just five innings
on April 30
The Cats won the district
championship by trouncing Mid-
dleburg in a game shortened by
the slaughter role after five in-
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Page 12


5-4; Paxon next 100 on

gamewithasolohomerun Chase ments fi ld fo r
Bennett and Chad Schroeer also "They have definitely earned
doubled in the leadoff inning to great team status and will go
push the Cats out to a 3-0 lead down as the best that has been S ring
that they never relinquished here, just on the 24 wins and
Adam Holland had a pair of only 4 losses alone "
doubles for the Cats while Ben- With the win the Cats moved
nett added 5 RBI's into the regional playoffs hosting t
"This group deserves a dis- Bishop Kenny May 5
trict championship and deserves The Cats jumped out early in Over 100 students from
to have their place on the gym that contest as well, going up 4-0 both the high school and mid-
wall," said Staples "We have our by the third inning, and finishing dle school have been lining
work cut out for us on Tuesday the Crusaders at 5-4 in the fifth up for spring football practice
but I feel if everyone is healthy, The team will travel to Jack- this week According to as-
we can't be beaten at this point" sonville May 8 to face Paxon at sistant Coach Ron Lee, the
Staples' pride shows as he 7'00pm numbers might drop a little
describes his team's accomplish- when they don pads, but he is
hopeful that the numbers will
remain high
The coaches have a lot of
Stanton eliminates Cats s ril posit
graduation of high impact
players like Hank Farmer,
1 I Greg Williams and Thomas
in regional quarterfinals Braddy but Lee believes
there is a good crop of play-
Three days after defeating Though Cami Craig and Tif- ers coming up
We need to fill the line-
Bishop Kenny on its home turf fany Smith combined to only backer spot ad center as
in the regional quarterfinals, give up four hits to Stanton in er s nda cener as
the Lady Wildcat softball team the game, the Wildcats could ellas defensive backs, said
loaded up on the bus to travel never come back from the early Lee
to Jacksonville for a semi-final deficit The Cats have three play-
face- off They picked up a single mn er vying for the quarterback
This time it was a more sub- in the fourth when leadoff batter position Mardreakus Ford
dued trip home as the Cats Ashley Curry scored, but they and Thomas Sirk will chal-
dropped a heartbreaker 2-1 to could never capitalize on their lenge last year's backup Ken-
Stanton Prep opportunities Stanton's defense dnck Sampson for the job be-
Unlike in the Kenny game ear- proved too tough for the Cats to hind center
lier in the week, the Blue Devils handle Last year s quarterback,
were the ones who jumped on The Lady Cats finished with Darin Rise will see time
the early lead, going up 2-0 in an outstanding 23-6 season re- at running back and safety
the first ininng cord Harold Moore will probably
figure in as the feature back

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8th in high jump

BCHS girls' track star Kiana Parker jumped to an eighth
place finish at the state track and field finals on Saturday,
May 2, at Showalter Field in Winter Park The sophomore
was the only state qualifier this year from Baker High and

"We are really proud of Kiana for her accomplishments
this season," said Coach Charles Ruise "She has evolved
into one of the state's top high jumpers "


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Four added to city's 'fam' wall


Covington, Ruise, Roberts andBlakely


Four Baker Countians with decades of involvement
with youth sports and recreation were added May 2 to a
"wall of fame" at Macclenny's Memorial Park.
All were given the Comnnunity Service Award dur-
ing this, the second year of its existence as the city
played "catch-up" after conferring the honor on the late
Mike Gazdick in 2008. Two of this year's honorees are
also deceased
They are the late King Ruise of Margaretta, long-
time coach at several schools both in the pre- and post-
integration eras, and John Blakely of Macclenny, who
for years was volunteer coach and umpire in youth
sports and became known as the Voice of the Wildcats
at Memorial Stadium.
The ceremony presided over by Mayor Gary Dopson
also included induction of Tom Covington, a now-leg-
endary football and track coach in the 1960s who him-
self had a stellar athletic career in his native western
Kentucky.
Rounding out the honorees was Kenneth Roberts,
also of Macclenny, with decades of involvement in
Youth League Football and credited with spearhead-
ing both fund raising and oversight on improvements at
Memorial Stadium just east of the park where the wall


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Titan 12 is recognized
BY KELLEY LANNIGAN year by school staff who feel
Press Staff they represent the students who
A group of Baker County se- have portrayed the highest over-
niors was honored at the annual all standards of academic and
Titan Twelve recognition dinner personal excellence
sponsored by the Macclenny Li- "These are the 'best of the
on's Club April 27 best"' said BCHS assistant prin-
John Pierson, director of the cipal Tom Hill "We have an in-
golf, landscape and forestry credible group this year"
management programs at Lake Mr Hill especially corn-
City Community College was mended parents for the role they
the featured speaker played in helping shape their
The Titan Twelve students for children's success He urged the
2009, representing outstanding students to recognize this fact
academics and other activities "These people (parents) have
among the BCHS senior class, given everything to help you
are Ashley Barrett, Mikesha come to this point," he said
Bowden, Edwin Cavanaugh, "They committed their lives to
Taylor Fraser Spencer Gerard,
Garrett Lucas, Richard Moore
Sara Nichols, Britanny Ruise, dent to commit to following and
Leslie Tanner, Josh Wiseman achieving their dreams and de-
and Halie White sires in the future
Titans Edwin "Corey" Cavan- The Lion's Club treated Ti-
naugh and Halie White are also tans and their families to an en-
Baker County High School's joyable dinner After the meal,
2009 valedictorian and salutato- each Titan was presented with a
rian, respectively plaque of recognition and given
The Titans are selected each the opportunity to speak


School Calendar
May 7
Distnct-wide Teacher & StaffAppreciation Week. BCHS "Wizard of
O", Auditorum, 7 30 pm KIS Art Show & Spaghett Dinner WES
Good Mormng Show Club Mtg., 8 00 a.m. MES DIBELS &ThinkLmk
Testing. PK/K DIB.EL.S. Testing for Kindergarten
May 8
District-wide Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week. BCHS "Wizard
of Oz", Auditorium, 730 p.m. Cheerleadng Try-outs. KIS Gateway
Drugs presentation by National Guard. WES Third Grade Sea World
Trip. MES DIBELS & ThmkLnk Testing. Ms. Wignall's Mother's
Day Play PK/K DIB.E.LS. Testing for Kindergarten
May 9
District-wide Teacher & StaffAppreciation Week. BCHS "Wizard of
Oz", Auditonum, 7 30 p.m.
May 10
BCHS "Wizard of Oz", Auditonium, 200 p.m.
May 11
BCHS Westside's "ChildrenAround the World", Auditonum, 6'00 p.m.
KIS' Fiflth Grade Orientation @ BCMS. WES First Grade "Children
Around the World", BCHS School Auditonum, 630 p.m. Classes of
Hart, Murphy, Sands, Sheridan, Thomas, Wamer MES Book Fair
May 12
BCHS Senior Semester Exams lst/2nd Periods. Westsde's "Children
Around the World", Auditonum, 6 00 p.m. WES First Grade "Children
Around the World," BCHS School, 6'30 p.m. Classes of Callahan,
Crews, Nunn, Raulerson, Roach, and Richardson. MES School advi
sory Council Mtg., Media Center, 8 00 a.m., Book Fair
May 13
BCHS Semnior Semester Exams 3rd/4th Periods. KIS "Just Say No'"
Club End of Year Party WES Meme Melodies Club Mtg., 8'00 a.m.
MES Book Far


is located.
Names of the four latest inductees have been added
to the wall, and the city intends from here forward to
add one name each year
"We are playing 'catch-up' a bit because we feel like
these men are deserving of the honor this year," com-
mented Dr Dopson to the audience of several dozen
that gathered in the shade under a fast-warning sun late
that morning.
Relatives and ex-players, particularly of Coach Cov-
ington and Coach Ruise, joined family members in
brief remarks.
Joy Champman, who heads up the nomination pro-
cess for Macclenny, said this week the city seeks to ex-
pand the scope of the honorees.
"The first two years, the emphasis has been on
sports and recreation but nominees need not be in that
area," said Ms. Chapman. "We're looking for men and
women who have volunteered over the years in other
areas, too."
She added that names are sought throughout the
year prior to the selection each spring To nominate
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County prepping for
BY JOEL ADDINGTON fected young people and they're a
reporter@bakercountypress.com getting over it quickly" e
The health department has also w
The county health department been monitoring Fraser Hospital,
has bee fn preparing for potential local doctor offices and p a- a
cases of the new H1N1 influ- ciesfor possible infections of the
enza virus, commonly called the H1N1 virus; and the department o
' hasreceived 192 doses of the anti- u
ii ' vil medications Tacniflu from a
lavey while addressing the Baker federal gIvernment stockpile.
County Commission May 5. "All the pharmcies have them,
"Right now, we're OK," she /" sd Ms. Dmulaey 'People A
said, urging the public to remain don't have to worry" at
calm but vigilant about the high- he urged anyone with fin-like to
ly-publicized virus with global symptoms or respiratory illness
reach to stay home from ork or school s/
There have been no confialed ad consult a physician. Syump- P
cases of the H1N1 virus reported toms in cnde coughing, fever, t
in Baker County and only five chills, aches and fatigue, s
cases have been confirmed state- In other business this week' a
wide. The commission decided to
Ms. Dunmlaey said there have use about $152,000 of $278 ,000
been many probable, but uncon- left in this year's contingency e
fined, casesreportedaroundthe budget to help fund improve- th
state like the Oak Leaf School ncts Odis Yarborough Road p
student in Clay1 County that north of Glen St Mary. ,
prompted Ia two-day school os- The board awarded the rough- t9
ings there, ly $1. 2-illion project to Earth- a
The protocol for testing pos- wrks, a local contractIor The a
sible cases of the H1N1 virus be- work includes a safety realign-
gins locally the moves to a state ment of he curve west f the CR
laboratory in Jac ksonville before 125 intersection turn lanes, re-
heading to the Centers for Dis- surfacing and drainage upgrades.
ease Control and Prevention in P
Atlanta for final confirmation u i i i .
The validation process adds a a new entrance to the recently
significant lag time to recentlyre- opened St. Mary Shoals Park, is
ported probable or possible cases almost entirely funded through b
ofthe virus, said Ms. Dunlavey sat grants. The $152,000 y
"The good thing about it is i n county funds leaves about fi
seems not to be too severe," she $126,000 in contingency for
told the board, the remainder of the fiscal year, k
The director has met with which ends September 31. P
school district officials to prepare The commission also award- e
them for potential H1N1 cases ed a $9500 engineering contract O
Ms. Dunlavey said letters will to Baey Bishop & Lane of Lake g
go home with students inforn- City for permitting work associ- a
mg parents about precautions and a f pa/ing a a/c enad h
procedures related to such an oc- ated with paving the western ed
of Reid Stafford Road. The A1.5
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virus," she said. "It's mostly af- from St. Johns River Water Man-


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,as the low-bidder.
* The fate of the roughly 10-
ere, county-owned property
est SR 121 on the Georgia side
f the St. Mary's River remains
certain.
A proposal from Greg Shep-
ard of Sanderson to lease the
and for its yearly taxes, estimated
t $300 for 2009, was presented
/ the board but not acted upon.
"He's anxious to move ahead,"
aid Mr Cone, adding that the
property represents a liability for
he county because it's not in-
ured. That route would require
n appraisal, however.
An option suggested by Road
department Superintendent Rob-
rt Fletcher, would be donating
ie acreage to the Georgia De-
artment of Natural Resources.
Ir. Cone said he'd investigate
iat possibility as well as whether
local non-profit group, the Bak-
r Bunch, would be interested in
sing it.
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:act Crews restricting where the
iughily 55 sex offenders living in
aker County can reside Mem-
ers couldn't vote on the measure
et because it wasn't advertised
lr a public hearing.
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ind within the county, would
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rounds or anywhere children
gularly congregate. The pro-
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