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THURSDAY


THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS

80th Year, Vol. 13 Winner of 9 state awards for journalism excellence in 2008


SSeniors helping

seniors in new CoA

1ODIIIC program :.. 5




Life without parole for Jackson


Judge rejects 'tainted juror' motion; Rm IT

often emotional two-hour hearing
KELLEY LANNIGAN beyond speculation.
FEATUREs Both Ms. Daiels and Mr. Wal-
fe ure s b keen b y p I n estcgat o m S ,1 ,1 I
Meloney Lee Jackson of Ma they spent nights together at Mr.
lenny was sentenced to life in Wallace's resdence on several
pnsonwithnopossibityof parole occasions Ms. Danmels had previ
Ti-g ti -1 C t1 1-s1 o sly claimed at a May29 hear mg .
Po o tthatlshe never Made the 2onnee
March 2008 tion between Meloney Jackson
Judge James Nilon denied and James Wallace until the trial
Publihe Defender George Nelson's began because of their different
request for a new trial based on last names.
possible misconductinvoling the When questioned numer-
nature of the alleged relationship ous times about the nature of his
of juror Amanda Daniels and Ms. relationship with Ms. Daniels,
Jackson's oldest son James Wal especially the possibahlty of an in
lace. I i 1 1i 11 ,
Ms. Danels and Mr. Wallace Finallyover:TommieJackson cries from
were seen by Investigator Steve relief
Harvey leaving the courtroom HemaintainedthatheandMs
11- 1 4 1 ti- ft -t- 1 -- -fti f --1 Damnielshadbneflydatedyearsbeforebuthadnosenr,
.-. ous relationship since that time and were onlyfnends
first degree murder They alsohadnocontactwitheach other, nor hadthey
Prior to thatthejudge, attorneys and other jurors discussed any details of the trial since June 20.
1- l ti Nearly a dozen family members of victim Kevin
SJackson were present in the courtroom for the sen
andincluded severalkeywitnesses whowere calledto tencing. Four family members read personal state
give testimony in regard to the relationship. ments before Judge Nilon while Meloney Jackson sat
JudgeNilonruledthatanyevidence oftherelation- ,11 ii I
ship and the possible influence ofMr. Wallace s nega I I i' I stated Tommie
tive opinion of his mother on Ms. Daniel's decision as
ajuror was circumstantial and could not be established See page 4, Meioneackonente troom before


County's reserves tied to newjail e
Excess revenues generated
Rehabofoldjail bythe new jail as of October2010. money

JOELADDINGTON
NEW EDITOR i ,

The cash flow at the Baker County
Conmple is nolongerjust on paper, t
its real. Andso arethe consequence .
esforthecounty'sfinancial future.
According to an analysis conducted
by The Baker County Press, the stability
of the county's reserve accounts depends
largely on the success of the newjail and how
soontheformerjail behindthe courthousecanberehabilitatedto be .
gin housing more prisoners.
, Payments for housing
_- , ,local inm ates.
See page4.


e's the
'going?


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Groups 'journey of faith'
KELLEY LANNIGAN North Carolina, turned into an un- Youth pastor Jeremy Hite and
FEATURES forgettable journey of faith for a wife Jennifer are accompanying
fetures@bakercounyprecorn group of campers from First Bap- the campers, along with eight
twist Church of Macclenny adult chaperones and two drv
What should have been jst a ers
routine bus trip o attend a week- Date: Sunday, June 21.
long summer church camp in the Location First Baptist Church of Time: Midnight
town of Rdgecrest, nea rAshevle, Macclenny parking lot. The busesdeparMacclernny A


New sex

offender

ordinance

may return

convict

to prison


Time Just before midnight.
Two buses, packed with lug
gage and othr uppl es wait
in the church parking lot Both
bLuss raw been put through
route m te ce check
Twrythree xcted campers,
ranging in age from 12 to 22, say
goodbye to family and friends
and begin board the buses
They find seats and get settled
in for the 485 mile trip to Camp
Rldgecrest


30passenger bus Bran Trppett
is at the wheel of the minibus
which holds 15 They head ea st
on [i4 theo take 29[ and brand
start the north leg ofthe trip on
1 95 Some kids sleep Some are
too wired by the excitement of
goirg to camp ard cheater .aay
with their friends
Date: Monday, June 22.
See page 2.


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Thecounty mstA profess onalandexte avesourcefornews, classfed dplayandrealestate listings
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County

changes

medical

plan for

savings
JOELADDINGTON
NEWS EDITOR
rporer@bakercountypre cmm
Despite what its health inm-
surance agent called high loss
t- 11 1 P l -

cent less in the coming year for
health insurance coverage.

travel outside the county to use
the health insurance plan from
United Healthcare.
The plan will cost the county
about $1.8 milhon and cover
228 employees, including 77
with family coverage, for one
S a very great rate,
said agent Tim wen of Owen &
Associates to the Baker County
Commission the evening of July
20.
The board voted unammous-
ly infavor of the plan.
Though it will double the
yearly deductible, from $1000ooo
to $2000 for individuals and
$2000 to $4000 for families,
the county covers all but $500
of the deductible through a
health care reimbursement ac
count, or HRA, into which all
employees contribute.
The $10o6,00oo HRA is ex
peered to reach $170, 000ooo this
year. Commissioners are ex
pected to discuss changes to
the account dunng a noon -time
workshop July 24.
The United plan will replace
the AvMedplanthe board opted
for a year ago.
The county has switched
health insurance carrirs four
times in the last five years.
Like the old plan, the new

the carter has no contract. Ac-
cordming to Owns and Associates,
United is finalihzming a contract
with the county health depart-
ment, but doesn't foresee one
with Fraser Hospital.


referring to the limited num-
ber of earners accepted by the
hospital's management corpo
ration, Baker County Medical
Services.
Commissioner Alex Robin-
son agreed, but saidhewouldn't
let that stand in the way of
choosing a less expensive plan
with comparable benefits to the
previous plan.
In other business, the com-
m Declared a quarter-acre
tract under county ownership
on CR 229 in Sanderson sur
plus land in preparation for its
sale by aurion.
According to property re-
at only $8oo00.
Increased late fees for con
tractor competency license re
newals to a maxeum of $200
See page 2,





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Youth group's 'journey of faith'...


Location: 20 miles north of Bruns-
wick, Georgia, on 1-95.
Time: 1:25 am
Mr Snell begins to notice the AC
unit is not funcioning properly A
smell like burning rubber fills the
front of the bus cab and he real
izessomethingis wrongSteering
becomes more difficult and the
headlights begin to fade He tries
to slow down but his foot goes flat
against the floorboard The brakes
have failed "Everyone get quetl"
he shouts "There's something
wrong b oneed to


Location: Louisville, Kentucky.
Time 1:25 am
Pastor Edsel Bone, who has just
checked into a hotelin Louisville to
attend the 2009 Annual Southern
Baptst Conventon, sends a text
message to Mr Hite to find out
how the trip isprogressingfor the
campers His message "Is every
thing alright
Location: 20 miles north of Bruns-
wick on 1-95.
Time: 1:28 am
The bus begins passing through a

with no way to slow down or stop
The atmosphere is tense as camp
ers and chaperones brace them
selves and plunge forward through
the mazeof cement barriers bar
rels and highway cones Suddenly,
inthe distance, an openingappears
anexit lane to atruck weigh sta
ton Mr Snelltakeshisfootoffthe
gas as the power steering om
pletely fails and struggles to point
the bus toward the lane Everyone
holds their breath Slowly after
what seems an eternity, the bus
coasts to a stop Later, Mr Snell
would say, "It took all my body
weight and God's gracetoturnand
holdthe wh eel It as like tryingto
control an old tractor"

Time: 1:30 am
Mr Hite receives the text from
Pastor Bone asking if everything is
alright He sends him back a text
"Not really" He then calls Pastor
Bone and fills him in on the s[tua
ton Through their ell phones all
the adults begin to uthze Internet
directories to look up local towing
and mechanic services Theymake
dozens of calls with no success
Meanwhile, the campers are off
the bus, making beds on the pave
meant with blankets and pillows
One group plays football in the
grass on the shoulder of the weigh
staton parking area An hour pass
es Contact isfinallymadewith one
tow company that won't be aval
able until after 6 oo am

Time: 3:00 am
The adults begin loading groups of
campers into the minibus and after
several trips transport them to the
only place in Brunswick open 24
hours the Super Walmart Mr
Snel and Mr Trippett stay with
the other busatthe weigh staton
At Walmart, some campers play
video games in the electronics sec
ton Some shop Others, tred out
from the events, find folding beach
chairs and pato furniture andgoto
sleep
Walmart employees take pictures
to put on their Facebook pages
of the campers snoozing in the
aisles "The Walmart employees
welcomed us with open arms,"
said Ms Hite "They couldn't have
been more kind" Mr Hite monitors
the campers around the store and
continues making calls to towing
services with no luck He also talks
to his pastor, urging him to go to
sleep ,
tells hi -
ones ialright"
Location: Walmart.
Time: 6:00 am
The campers are hungry The lead


County...
, Waived the $140 permit fee
for the addition of a lft at the
Historical Society's old jail on
Mclver Street in Macclenny. The
lift is estimated to cost about
$25,000.
Donated $1150 to the Baker
County Little 1 9-

to cover a portion of its lodging
costs while playing in the state
tournament (see sports page for
full story).
Approved the removal of a
residential lot from a previously
approved subdivision at the cor
ner of Odis Yarborough Road and
CR 125 called Doe Run at Glen
Plantation.
Theproperty owner's attorney


mercial use will be forthcoming.
Approved rezoning Fred
Sanford's 2.7 acre property in


mobdile home to make the parcel
eligible for a third dwelling.


ers decide to take everyone to
nearby Cracker Barrel for breakfast
Again theyload uptheminivan and
make severaltrips Hungrycampers
chow down and Iater takeadvan
stage ofthe dozens ofrocking chairs
in front ofthe restaurant The lead
ers again begin making calls, trying
to find optons to their ddemma
Mr Hite finds the number for First
Baptst Church of Brunswick and
callsto leave a message asking for
help He is surprised when some
one actuallyanswersthe phone
Location: Weigh Station, 20 miles
north of Brunswick on 1-95. Time:
6:00 am
By chance RuLy [hompson, a
truck river a nda membr of First
Baptist Church of Macclenny, is
traveling south along 1-95 on his
way back from a delivery and rec
ognizesthe church busatthe weigh
state on He turns around and goes
back to investigate Then he goes
to afastfoodrestaurantand brings
back breakfast for Mr Snell and Mr
Trppett He decides to stay until a
towtruck arrives
Location: Brunswick Cracker Barrel
Time: 7:00 am


Youth Pastor Dave Hallisactuallyat
the First Baptst Church of Bruns
wick early for a mission event he
is hostng when Mr Hite calls to
leave a message When Mr Hall
understands the sltuaton he of
fers the group use of his church
actvlty building untl the bus can
be repaired
"Icouldn't believe it said MrHite
"He didn'tknowany of us from the
man in the moon Yet he threw
openthe church doorstous"
Location: First Baptist Church of
Brunswick. Time: 8:00 am
The minibL starts delivering
groups of campers to the acvmfes
building They find a kitchen, bath
rooms, pool and ping pong tables,
television and DVD player at their
disposal Everybody finds a corner,
makes a bed and falls asleep for a
few hours When they wake, amp
ers entertain themselves and are
treated to popcorn and drinks de-
Iivered by the church receptonst
Location: A car dealership some-
where in Brunswick.
Time 11:00 am
The bus has finally been towed
to a car dealership for repair The


problem turns out to be a broken
serpentine belt and pulley The
dealershipgets to workon the re
pairs
Location: A Pizza Hut somewhere in
Brunswick.
Time: 12:30 pm.
Te campersare taken by Mr Long
and thir youth leaders to Pizza
Hutfor lunch
Time: 2:00 pm
Mr Hite learns by phone that the
belt and pulley installed on the
bus are not the proper ones The
dealership doesn't have what is
neededinstockandthepartsmust
be ordered Mr Hite and the other
youth leadersget back on their cell
phor making calls to explore
other travel arrangements There
are none
Finally when every avenue seem
exhausted, Mr Long offers his
church's minibus to the ampers
He makes arrangements by phone
for one of his fellow church mem
bers to drive the campersto North
Carolina
"I'm notbeieving this" said Mrr
Hite "After all he'd already done
And the man he called put his own
scheduleonholdtocomediveus
Itwas like a miracle"

Location: Car Dealership


5 P Lce 0f Riding Mowers


Time: 3:00 pm
The minibuses stop at the car deal
ership Luggage from the largerbus
istransferred onto one ofthe mini
buses It's decided that Mr Snell
and Mr Trppett will stay behind
unt the larger buss repaired, then
drive it up to Camp Ridgecrest
Location: First Baptist Church of
Brunswick activities building.
Time 6:00 pm
Campers have cleaned up the ac
vity building and boarded the two
minibuses They depart, bound for
Camp Ri gecrest Jennifer Hite
calls the campand informs them
of their sLuabon Since they won't
arrive at the camp untl after mid
night, she regrets the amprs will
miss the huge tradiona welcome
campers always receive when they
arrive, but it can't be helped

Date: Tuesday, June 23. Location:
The entrance of Camp Ridgecrest,
North Carolina.
Time 1:30 am.
Even at the late hour, Camp
Ridgecrest staffawaits the amp
ersfrom Macclenny The welcome
is loud, spirited, enthusiasts and
boisterous "Even at that hour,
they were there to greet us," said
Ms Hite "These folks had to be
,p again at 6 00 am to go to work


I anted to cry I was so over
whelmed"

The campers had a magnificent
weekat Camp Ridgecrest Ironically,
the camp theme for the week was
"Moving" Keynote speaker and na-
tonally known youth evangelist Rob
Turner spoke about weathering the
storms of life and the importance of
faith The campers from Macclenny
certainly understood
"We had already lived through
that before ever getting to camp
It was amazing to see them under-
stand a practical applcaton ofa very
old Bible some think is outdated to
their very present hfe experience
We could not have taughtthem that
in the classroom"
The H sites are sIll overwhelmed
and amazed bythe entire episode,
something they compare to the
Exodus story in the Old Testament
Ultmately, it was all in God's hands,
they said, and He worked it out ac-
cording to His plan
"It was a beautiful lesson for
all of us," said Ms Hite "And that
scripture from the Book of Romans
really rings true 'God works for the
good ofthosewho loveHim and are
called according to His plan"


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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS


OPINION


Page


3
JULY 23, 2009


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR CONTACT US
Letters are welcome, but must contain the signature of the writer, a telephone number and city of residence By phone at 904 259 2400 or byfaxat 904 259 6502 You can stop by our office located at 104 S Fifth Street,
Letters must opinions and statements on issues of current interestto the general public Macclenny, FLor mail your submission to PO Box 598, Macclenny, FL 32063
The newspaper sees the ghttoectanymateral whichnthenewspaper s udgementdoes not meetsandardsopubca1ion Weare available online at www bakercountypressco


Why do people


have snakes as


household pets?
Tuesday's pool when I was
Florida Tmes- THE BACK young, Some
Union ran a t times he ven
prominent fea- P O R l t red out and
ture on snakes I C la Iy in the sun
in Florida. nearbywllewe
Snakes do get Kelley Lannigan weresmnmng
mntothenewson My mother
occasion and rarely for anything taught us not to be unnecessary
positive. dfy alarmed by his presence. Nor
T 0 --- 11-
the recent unfortunate death of a alone.
111 1 i i i1 i1 I One afternoon she called us

Tragic for the child, no doubt, i ,
but the snake is not the bad guy y '
here. The snake simply followed Nearby on the grass, two
its natural instinctual urge to snakes were engaged in a mighty
f --t --t-t--t ,- ----- battle. The king snake had cooled
i i i itselftightly around a water moc-
Pythons are not native to this casm an 0 t
continent and should not be here. death. TI
Much less having n the homes of but the moccasin succumbed to
humanbeings which must surely the ensnarement of hls foe
be the most unnatural environ- Believe me, when surprisedby
ment for a snake magnable, a snake, I wsl jump higher and
The question in my mind that yell louder than anyone else, but
begs addressing: Whywould any Iget over it. Asnake doesn'twant
one actually want to keep a con- to be around you any more than
stnctor m their home anyway? It you want to be around it. Ifgiven
seems fike a foohsh notion, half a chance they wall get away
Are snakes guod pets? I'm sure from you. Quickly.
4 ---. --- t - 1 -I People tend to kill snakes un-
I i i i i necessarily. Most people don't
,ii ii, really know a dangerous snake
very word "pet" establishes the from a non-poisonous one They
notion of a special bond between gomto panic mode and arbitran-
a human and a domesticated ly killthem withoutbothenringto
creature. You geta response from find out what they are.
a dog, a cat, a horse, a monkey, I once witnessed what hap-
a cow, a duck, a cockatoo, even a opened when a snake dropped
guinea pig from the boughs of a tree into a
It's twme you can't exactlyhave boat near the dam of a pond. The
a conversation with fish or have boat held three men who were
them crawl up in your lap to have fishing. Total chaos erupted.
their chins or tummes rubbed, Onemanbeganbeatinmgldly
but they do provide enormous atthesnakewithaboat oarwhle
aesthetic beauty and the fact the other two scrambled franti-
that an aquanum present in the call, trying to pull their legs and
home greatly impacts mood and feet up and out ofthe way. There
enhances relaxation is scientifi- was a riot of screaming, cussing
cally documented, and hollering as the boat pitched
What do you get from a and rolled.
snake? Fishing rods, tackle, the bait
Not much of anything except a bucket and a cooler full of ice and
case of the creeps, dnnkspitched over ntothepond,
S--11---- --------t sank or floated away. When all
1 was said and done, the man with
in the yard. ting snakes, who in the oar beat a hole clean through
cidentally are also constrictors, the bottom ofthe boat.
are naturally terntonIal and oill The snake escaped through
keep other snakes, especially theholeandswamawaytosafety.
poisonous ones, awayfromyour The other ffs nearly drowned
property getting themselves to shore after
A king snake took up resi- theboatsank.
dence under the exposed roots
of a shrub near our swnmming

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Her 'people' everywhere


From here through the Carolinas


"Oooh, we cities south of
could stop in Port IY SIDE OF theMason-Dxon
Wentworth, I've line."
gotpeople there." "It does seem
"Momma, 1 VA11ED that way."
you've got people ROBERT GERARD What was
everywhere," said up all
Sara Beth. I people"
We are driving northto Cross- was Kelley's excitement that we
ville, Tennessee to see Brintt Han were stopping along the way to
cock, one of our ex-drama stu- visit some of her "people" that
dents who has one of the leads she hadn't seen in quite some
in the musical Haeirspray at the time.
Cumberland CountyPlayhouse. We stopped in Newberry,
It's one of the top regional South Carolina for the night
theatres in the country and we and in the morning had a fun
are all anxious to see Britt at his visit with Trish and Pam, some of
stomping ground. He has worked Kelley's "people" before traveling
steadilythereforyears and comes ii C. where
back whenever he has a break i i ,
from national tours. Along the way, we passed
Britt had four months off be- Hendersonville, N.C.
fore going back on tour, so he's i i i i i
doing Hairspray, Return to the o I o '
Forbidden Planet and Camelot. "You do not you'rejust saying
We decided to make it a family i i i "
tnp, piled in the car and headed I ' I wve people?
north. We actually travel pretty You have more people than you
well as a family and enjoy each can shake a stick at. I can have
other's company, people, too."
S i i i i i "Who are these people?"
smo , ,1 "My Uncle Billy."
Savannah relatives. I used to go She narrowed her eyes at me
and visit them when I ..." She like she always does when she's
went on to describe vsts as a suspecousn of something I'm tell-
child to Port Wentworth near Sa- ing her. "Prove it."
vannah relatives. "I cant prove it unless we get
An hour down the road Kel- off the interstate and look hlm
leyjabbed me n the ribs. have up. Besides, I didn't make you
people in Hardeeville, South provethatyouhadpeople."
Carolina." "That's because you know I
"Hardeeavlle? Isthat the home have people."
of Hardees? I'm hungry. Do your "I'm not allowed to have peo-
people have anything to do with ple? I've got people."
Hardees?" "You've got people up in Yan-
"Not funnyy" keeland. Your people are all in
I never did find out whether
Hardeeville was the home of A I
Hardee's, though I suspect it AnderSO
isn't. Instead, I heard about Kel-
ley's Hardeeville relatives. R
An hour later I got another
nudge. "There's Walterboro, c..
South Carolina." Metal &Sh
"Letmeguess ..."I said. i H
"I havepeople there," the chl-
dren all echoed
"As a matter of fact, I do," she
said good naturedly, and told us
about her Walterboro people.
"I'm becoming convinced that
you have people in most major


Pouskipskee or some Godforsak
en cold place like that. I've never
knownyou tohavepeoplein nor-
mal places like North Carolina."
"You know, mypeople are al-
lowed to travel in this country
just lkeyours. There's no25-foot
fence across the Mason-Dixon
line."
"Hmmph." That means she
thought it would be a good idea.
"I do haveC people in Hender-
sonville."
"Maybe. But it's too late now
to find out. We just passed the
exit. Now we'll never know."
A few hours later we had an-
other pleasant visit with Kelley's
"people."
As we pulled away from Mag-
gie Valley on our final leg to
Crossville, I had to wonder how
many other "people" we were
going to encounter on our jour-
neys.


Budget

making

adheres

to axioms

On Point

In Print
JOEL ADDINGTON

Don't you just love tax time?
Not when you pay your tax es,

when our local taoang authorities
finalize the tax rates.
Budgets andtaxes are mextne
cably linked. Taxes put money in
the budget, and the budget gives
the taxes purpose. It's kind of
symbiotic. Most folks find these
matters a terrible bore, but ap-
provng a budget and an accom-
panymg tax rate are the most
important actions local govern-
ments take.
Without them, government
can't operate, nobody gets paid
and small problems soonbecome
mega ones. Beyond that, budgets
tell us what the priorities are
and tax rates demonstrate how
important they are in the eyes of
our elected officials. Take litter
on the roadways One remedy to
this is paying someone to pick
it up (the county was doing this
until the man retired and wasn't
replaced) Or, because much of
the litter seems to land near trash
collection sites, house-to-house
pickup could be established
Both options would cost more
money, which means more taxes
or cuing somewhere else to pay


--t --- --4 ... .t
y 5th year ob-
serving this process in action.
I'velearned:
(1) Most of the time budgets
don't change much. Each year,
the previous year's budget is
used at a starting point. It gets
tweaked a little, but it's rare to
overhaul existing spending pat-
terns. The status quo always has
an advantage, which leads to rel-
ative stability in the system. But,
depending on your perspective,
the system might work better
turned upside down.
(2) To my disappointment,
most of the pubhlc isgenerallyap-
athetic about the whole process,
at least until they get their tax
bill, and by then all the discus-
seon is over and the complanmmg
begins.

costs, lest they be branded one
that took even more of your mon-
eythanthe previous year.
(4) Taxation is pretty non par-
tisan at the municipal level. And
that's probably because locally
the taxpayers know where thetax
setters five


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Finance Director Debbie Perry

Law enforcement deficit could
mean $4 million drop in re-
serves
The law enforcement fund,
officially known as the fine and
forfeiture fund, pays for sheriff's
office salaries and benefits, dis-
patching and medical examiner
services.
It was balanced this year us-
ing more than $2 million from
reserves because the $3.5 million
inpropertytaxes expectedtofeed
the fund along with some grants
couldn't coverthe $6.4 million in
anticipated expenses.
In the coming 2009-10 fiscal
year, if the sheriffs office budget
and tax rate remains largely the
same, and the proposed Baker
Correctional Development Cor
portion (BCDC) budget for the
newjailproves accurate, reserves
could be tapped again, but for al-
nmost $4 million, to balance the
fund.
County Manager Joe Cone
said he expects the BCDC to
eventuallypayback much of loss
in savings through an agreement
finalized last month requinng the
non profit corporation to remit
any excess revenues from thejail
to the county annually beginning
in October 2010.
"It's complicated," said Mr.
Cone. "But on paper it looks like
it wll work. People a lot smarter
than us have looked all this over
andtheyseemedto thinkit would
work"
The manager was referring
to investors who purchased the
bonds and officials with the Bank
of Oklahoma, the trustee moni-
tonng repayment. However, nei-
ther group is concernedwith how
much cash the county tucks away
for a rainy day.


Replenishing reserves may take
years
Last year the county's reserve
cash stood at about $9 million,
but those accounts have since
been depleted to $8.3 million to
make up shortfalls elsewhere in
the budget, said Ms. Perryman.
In the coming fiscal year, the
county could spend $3.3 million
housing local inmates, assum-
ing the volume of prisoners stays
consistent.
Combine that with last year's
law enforcement dispatch and
medical exl ner costs, account
for a roughly $28,000 drop intax
revenue from lostpropertyvalue,
and the fine and forfeiture fund
could face a $3,983,832 deficit.
When and by how much the
BCDC will help reconstitute
the county's reserves depends
squarely on the newjail's success
at keeping its 512 available beds
occupied and how soon that ca-
pacity can be increased by reha-
bilitating the oldjail.
Sheriff Joey Dobson said he
expects to secure between $80
and $90 per day per prisoner
from Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) to house
those under its custody, though
an agreement on the price is still
pending.
If he's right, at an $85 daily
rate and full utilization, roughly
$12.3 million a year could begin
rolling in this fall. That increases
to $12.7 million at $88 per pus-
oner per day.
But after covering the $15.5
million expected in operational
and debt payment costs for the
jail,onlyafewhundredthousand
dollars wouldbeleft over in Octo-
ber 201, when the first payment
of excess revenues to the county
is required.
"It will be very small, if any
thing at all," predicted Brian
Bishop, the sheriff's admimstra-
tilon director


More inmates means smaller
loss in savings
County reserves could be re-
plenished much faster by fixing
up the old jail and leasing the
spacebackto the BCDC.
However, the 35-year-old
building needs a new roof, new
security doors, along with heat
ing, cooling, plumbing and elec
trial improvements.
The county commission is be
hind the project, and Mr. Cone
said he expects notification on a

toward the project.
The Tallahassee architectural
firm Clemons Rutherford & As
sociates (CRA) estimated the cost
for the project at $930,000 last
April, however.
Commissioners decided July
20 to hire the firm to develop
bid specifications for the rehab
work, and in doing so, waived
the request for proposals (RFP)
process in an effort to fast track
the roughly $40,000 task, said
Mr. Cone.
Once specs are completed,
the project can be bid and the
actual cost for rehabilitation will
be known.
The facility's 130 beds could
net the BCDC, and by extension
the county, an additional $4 mil-
lion annually at the $85 daily
rate. Addthatcashto a $600oo,ooo000
annual lease from the BCDC and
county coffers could gain $34
million in the coming fiscal year,
if the oldjail is up and running by
January 2010
Such an influx of cash would
leave the law enforcement fund
deficit at about $483,000 for the
year, and county reserves at a
much healthier level.


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Jackson, mother of the victim.
"But I didn't until I lost my son
she took his life and destroyed
her own ... I will not allow my
self to hate or allow her selfish
actions to embitter me ... I will
remember the good years before



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selfish that she would put her
own children ---1 1 -1
ordeal?" he ask II I
none of us is guaranteed tomor
row, but still it begs the question
- why? I try and try to make
some sense out of all of this, but
* 1 1 t tl

Kevin Jackson's father, Ber-
nard Jackson, remembered viv
idly the phone call he received in
the early morning back in March
2008 when his granddaughter
Autumn's frantic, grief stncken
voice poured out of the phone:


missing forever was not taken
away by accident," he said. "But

Dustn Jackson i'17, ws too
emotional to make his statement
personally. As he quietly wept
Victim's Rights Advocate Ann
Haynes, her arm firmly around
the young man's shoulders, read
for him.

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own when my biological father


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would not the happy times
ended long before the tragedy
in 2008, but my father loved my

though she turned on her family
and friends. I miss the days when
I- i'
''" 'hem
again.
Judge Nilon was reserved but
durectinhis closing comments af
ter the family's statements, citing
that a number of tragedies were
present in this case, none more
tragic than that which children
Dustui and AutumnJackson now
find themselves.
"Life is hard," he said. "Chil-


dren look to parents to provide
them guidance and love. Now
Dustmin and Autumn must go
forward without a mother or a
father. The world is a tough place

In the vestibule outside the
courtroom, Tommie Jackson
leaned against the bnck wall and
cned, mostly from relief that the
ordeal regarding her deceased
son was finally done.
Assistant State Attorney Jeff
Gadboys spoke quietly to her re-
i i -
ter," he toldMrs. Jackson, "But it
does make it right."


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Pursuant to a written appeal submitted by Mr Troy Mc-
Cullough, on behalf of Jane D Rhoden and Carolyn D Mc-
Cullough as trustees of the Barbara Dugger trust appealing the
Local PlanningAgency's (LPA) decision to deny the request for
a temporary use permit for the operation of a lmud bog (motor
sport recreation activity) for twelve (12) months The proposed
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3S RGE 21 The Baker County Local Planning Agency (LPA)
denied the request based on the Baker Land Development
Regulations Section 30551 (A) [(3) (1)/(4)] Section 30551
(B) (1) Section 3 05 51 (B) (2) Temporary Uses and Sections
3 04 10 00, 3 04 10 01, 3 04 10 02, 3 04 10 03 AG 7 5 Pemnit-
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Commissioner's will hold a public hearing to hear the appeal
on Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 6'01 p m or as soon thereafter
as possible, in the Baker County School Board Meeting Room
located at 270 South Boulevard East, Macclenny, Florida On
the date above-mentioned, all interested parties may appear and
be heard with respect to this appeal Written comments for or
against the appeal may be sent to the Baker County Planning
and Zoning Department, 81 North Third Street, Macclenny, FL
32063 Faxed comments may be sent to (904) 259-5057 Copies
of the appeal request may be inspected in the Planning Depart-
ment by any member of the public
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons
needing a special accommodation or an interpreter to partici-
pate in this proceeding should contact the Administration De-
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portion (BCDC) is prepanng to lease its new color uniforms to put them in, what kind of
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JOELADDINGTON of the tax revenues to Baker
NEWSEDITOR County Medical Services, the
repo-er@bake-ountypess corn non-profit corporation manag-
ing operations at Fraser Hospital
The Baker County Hospital and Wells Nursing Home.
Authority signaled its intention The remaining revenue pays
toholdthelmeonpropertytaxes for the authority's administra-
for the 2009-10 fiscal year with a ton
4-1 vote the afternoon of July 15. I 11
The action set the authority's
tentative property tax rate at future medical needs of the pub-
$1.057 per $1ooo of taxable lihe. Those funds are dispersed
property value, which means a by the state in annual $25,000
homesteaded property valued at increments and come from gam-n
$200,000 would pay about $211 bling taxes.
in hospitaltaxes. Most of the board opposed
The rate will be used in a raising hospital taxes, citing the
notice to property owners, but -
won't become final until adopted I 1I I I at
in September. our contract says we may not
The tax rate should generate 1- t -t 1
about $845,000, or about $4000 i I I I 1 1
less than what was collected this i i
year. member Todd Ferreira, owner of
The authoritys contractually Ferreira Funeral Services, said of
obligated to hand over $775,000 the tentative tax rate


Board member Debbie Gnann,
a teacher in the high school's
medical academy, spoke in favor
of a slightly higher rate, $1.075
per $1ooo of taxable value,
which would generate roughly
$859,000, or $11,000 more than



ence between the two tax rates
was about $3.13 on a $200,000
home with $25,oo000 homestead
exemption.
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mented Mr. Ferreira.
Others were comforted by the
$150,000 expected for contain

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JOEL ADDINGTON Mr. Cone said while the railroad agreed to al-
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right-of way needed to satisfy demands from the
Flonda Department of Transportation, minor wetlands on the Boma tract will need to be
avoided as well.
Paying for the project is another obstacle.
tatives from CSX railroad the morning of July 16 to There's about $230,000 dedicated already, but
discuss the project. Mr. Cone said more would needed to complete the
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DUI, drug possession


arrest after accident


A Macclenny man is charged with
drunk driving and unlawful posses
sion of prescription medication after
he caused a traffic accident the after-
noon of July 16 at 5th St. and US 90
downtown.
Richard Pietrowski, 39, was at the
wheel of a 1996 Volvo when the minor
accident occurred, and Deputy Patrick
McGauley said he detected a strong
odor of alcohol on the driver dur-
ing the initial crash investigation. He
noted that Mr. Pietrowski was unable
to maintain balance and slurred his
speech.
The suspect was forcibly removed
from his vehicle after he failed to heed
the deputy's warning notto returnto it,
and attempted to re-start the ignition.
A three-quarters empty bottle of
vodka was taken from Mr. Pietrowski's
pants pocket, and the officer found
a prescription pill bottle in another
pocket. It was labeled with the name
Gilberto Ramirez with a Macclenny
address and contained three different
medications.
Deputy McGauley said he found a
second pill bottle m the vehicle, issued
to the driver and containing only 3,V
Hydrocodone pills of 6o that had been
dispensed on July 3. The instructions
were to take two daily.
The driver failed two field sobriety


tests before refusing to take others.
When asked whether he would submit
to the tests, he agreed, saying, "Yes,
because I am sure I can beat that in
court."
Mr. Pietrowski is a lawyer.
The deputy's report also noted the
suspect attempted to write his own
stipulations on the form that required
only his signatureto authorize drawing
blood at county jail.
The same deputy arrested Carlos
Ruiz, 47, of Jacksonville late on July
15 after clocking hm westbound at 101
in a 70 mph zone on Interstate 10 near
Glen St. Mary.
Aboutthattime, Maj. Gerald Gonza-
lez ofthe shenff's departmentinformed
the deputyhehad earlier witnessedthe
driver speeding on the interstate east
of there in his 1998 BMW andcausing
other vehicles to take evasive action.
Mr. Ruiz was charged with speeding
and reckless dnving.
Michael Pashen, 38, of Glen St.
Mary was arrested for speeding and
careless driving after being spotted by
Lt. Scotty Rhoden on West Boulevard
in Macclenny about 10:00 the evening
of July 16.
The officer noted a strong odor of
alcohol on the driver while question-
ing him.


Have no licenses
Police continue to arrest motorists for driving on
licenses with multiple suspensions. In many cases,
the arresting officers initiated traffic stops because
they know the drivers and are aware of the pnor sus-
pensions.
Among the recent ones:
SSammy Griffin, 36, of Sanderson, an habitual
offender with four prior suspensions. Pulled over
north of Sanderson late on July 14 by Deputy Chns
Walker.
Dominick Cappellih, 27, of Macclenny, stopped
about midnight on July 19 on SR 121 north. Deputy
Walker was aware ofthe 14 prior suspensions for fail-
ure to payfines.
TIma Hance, 27, ofMacclenny, stoppedbyDeputy
Walker the evening of July 17 at 2nd St. and Shuey
for having an expired tag on her Nissan. She has six
prior suspensions and was also ticketed for having the
expired tag on the wrong vehicle.
Chnstopher Combs, 37, of Sanderson, stoppedby
Deputy Matt Riegel as he entered Interstate lo west-
bound from SR 121 just after 2;oo on July 19. The of
ficer said he observed Mr. Combs' Chevrolet pickup
run up on a median and curb, and detected the smell
of alcohol on him dunng questioning.
His liheense has three prior suspensions, two of
them for failure to comply with the ignition interlock
restrictions placed on DUI defendants still allowed to
dnve.
Stacie Harns, 23, of Macclenny, stopped byDep-
utyWalkerfor faultytag lighting about the same time
at SR 229 and Tony Givens Rd. near Sanderson. She
has seven suspensions for failuretopayfines.
Jesse Simmons, 41, of Sanderson, an habitual of
fender stopped on US 90 west of therelate on July 16
by Deputy Matt Sigers, who was aware of the liheense
status.

SuMr Smmons was also arrested on a warrant from
Sunter County for failure to pay child support.


COURT


Decade in prison


for selling crack,


prescription drugs


A Macclenny man was sen-
tenced on July 20 to a combined
10 years in prison in return for
pleas to multiple counts of traf
picking in prescription medica-
tion and sale of crack cocaine
near Keller Intermediate School
in the west city.
The cases against Edgar Al-
lan, 59, dated back of February
of this year and were the result
of controlled buys by the sheriffs
department. Mr. Allan entered
no contest pleas dunng regular
enmnal court session and was
adjudicated guilty.
Circuit Judge James Nilon
tacked on a 10 year probation to
the pnson sentence and ordered
fines m excess of $50,000ooo.
Court records show that Mr.
Allan sold 6o tablets of Hydroco-
done to police in a controlledbuy
February 24 after picking up the
prescription at Winn Dixie. The
trafficking charge was modified
to include less than 14 grams.
Earlier that month, a police
operative purchased crack from
the defendant on MLK Dr. in
Maclemny.


Judge Nilon also denied Mr.
Allan's request for a furloughpn-
or to the start of his pnson term.
Chnstina Harvey, 44, of Glen
St. Mary admitted violating pro-
bation from a 2007 case and will
serve 14 months in prison.
Ms. Harvey was given a two-
year house arrest in June, 2008
as part of a plea agreement to
leaving the scene of an injury ac-
cident in September, 2007 and
dnving on a suspended license.
Court records show she vio
lated terms of that sentence by
not being at her Middleburg
residence earlier this month and


on probation 18 months and
ordered to pay $6oo restitution
in return for a no contest plea to
grand theft. Judge Nilon with-
held adjudication of guilt.
SConsecutive one yearproba
tionary terms were ordered for
Kenneth Ganeym return for a no
contest plea to violating a protect
tive injunction and improper ex
hibting of a dangerous weapon


Sex offender may

A convicted sex of molestation of a child
fender wh r 1i 1 ._ 1 T

cent passage I I f fl I II I
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have violated nL- Lhe iliee days tltelr,
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Dobbs Rd. near Sander Allen Bennett he must do. He was
son warned that violates the
The state attorney's office will ordinance passed by the county
decide whether Allen Bennett, commission in June keeping
72, is liable for prosecution, and sex offenders 2500 feet or more
if he is there is also the likelihood from where children congregate.
he may haveviolated terms ofhis There is a school bus stop across
probation, the road.
Mr. Bennett was convicted
last year of lesd and lascivious
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Robert Michael Curtss, 54, of
Glen St. Mary was sentenced in
federal court last week to seven
years in prison after pleading
guiltylast March to child pornog
raphy charges.
Mr. Curtiss was ordered by
U.S. District Judge Henry L.
Adams Jr. to register as a sex of-
fender and forfeit his computer
equipment, which was used in
the crime, according to a Depart
ment ofJustice press release.
Court records show that in
August 1 1 fendant
chatted I I under
cover FBI agent in Arizona and
after 30 minutes sent the agent
child pornographyvideos.
The release states some of the
victims appeared to be as young
as three years old and several
clips portrayed sadistic conduct
involving children.
In March 2008, the FBI
served a search warrant on Mr.
Curtiss' residence and seized his
computer, which contained ap-
proximately loo still images and
avideoofchild pornography.
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The report indicates that was notified both by Ms. Sapp
Mr. Bennett's probation officer, and a neighbor that Mr. Bennett
Stephanie Sapp of the Starke of had moved back. The neighbor
fee, likewise warnedhim he may telephoned to say she is con
then be subject to a probation cerned for the safety of children
violation, in that neighborhood off CR229
The Baker County ordinance north of the Umnion County line.
expanded the minimum distance The ordinance does not apply
from 1000 feet. to any ofthe 52 registered sex of
Mr. Bennett claims he falls un fenders living in Baker Countyon
der the "grandfather provision" June 2 when it was adopted. Four
because he has lived in Baker of them are classified as sexual
County all his life. predators and 15 are patients at
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Seeks to raise school tax


4.4 percent as part of $55M total
The Baker County School Board
is looking to increase local taxes by How the proposed school tax increase
4.4 percent to fund next year's $55.1 will affect a home valued at $150,000
million budget, most ofit required by ,
the state to qualify for $21 million in Value-" $150,000
state funding.
The board dunng its regular late- Hronestead Exemption -$25,000
month meeting the evening of July
21 voted without dissent to advertise Net taxable value $125,000
theproposedincrease, alongwiththe
thumbnail sketch of the total budget Tax bill with proposed increase' $992.25
for next year
If approved, that will brng total Tax bill in 2008-2009 $950.13
local village effort to 7.938, up .337
from the current year. REAL DOLLAR INCREASE $42.12
Marcelle Richardson, the district's
chief fiscal officer, said before Mon- Calculated on basis oftotal school village of 7.938
day's meeting the district succeeded
holding down expenses in key areas One mill of taxation is expected to bnng in
this fiscal year, expending around $35 million in its $851,155, whichMs. Richardson says is near the cel-
general fund- about the same as last year. lar among Florida's 67 counties. The proposed mill-
In 2009-10, that will jump about $i million, she age should bnng m about $7.1 million compared to
estimates. $6.78 in the current year.
A hearing on the heightened village is set for Of that proposed $55 million total budget, local,
6:30 the evening of July 27. state and federal funding amounts to $44.14 million.
The effect on an average new home at present The district expects that reserve and carryover funds
market prices will be modest [see illustration], and from this year wll reach $10.9 million. That also is
even at the new rate, total village for schools has pouredmtothe revenue stream.
trended downward since 1996 when it stood at 9.81. On the spending side, teacher salaries and other
The cap is to mills, instructional expenses comprise $22.4 million. The
The largest portion of the proposed rate [5.44] is next highest category is capital outlay [new class-
required by Tallahassee as a minimum local effort, rooms, facilities, etc.] at $6.7 million.
Other portions fund capital improvement projects Baker Countyexpects $1.6 millioninfederal stim-
at 1.5 mills and discretionary at .748 mills, ulus money on the revenue side next fiscal year.



Lobbyist: tighter budget


JOELADDINGTON
NEWS EDITOR

The Baker County Legislative
Coalition's lobbyist Chns Doolhn
dehlvered a sobenng message to
coalition members the morning
of July 15 dunng a post session
update Florida's tightened
budget should shnnk even more
next year.
Mr. Doohlin said an economic
assessment is underwayin Talla-
hassee to gauge revenue sources
and obligations dunng the next

ready in October or November.
The assessment, though still in
the early stages, isn't showing a
bleaker outlookthan that already
anticipated, he said.
"They think they've got it
-t -- t--------myhas
However, this year's $66.5 bil-
lion budget was balanced using
$3.5 billion in federal stimulus
dollars that, save another act by
Congress, won'tbe availablenext

been swept," he said. "With the

The push to pnvatize North-
east Florida State Hospital
(NEFSH) will remain an issue
moving forward as well, said Mr.


Doohn, despite the company
believed to be the driving force
for privatization GEO Group
taking on a large, long term
contract in Georgia.
He advised the group of of
ficials from the school district,
the City of Macclenny, the Baker
County Commission and the
Town of Glen St. Maryto take ad-
vantage of the hospital's birthday
celebration in September.
"We need to cultivate the
[NEFSH] service region repre-
sentatives with the 5oth anni-

Legislators from the hospital's
32 county service area have been
invited to the event and city com-
missioner Phil Rhoden, also a
NEFSH 1 I 1
inviting i

uct," he said, particularly to leg-
islators not already opposed to
pnvatization.
Jacksonville's legislative del-
egation, for instance, favored
privatization and would be an
ideal target for a more personal

NEFSH should also be in a
better position to fend off pnva-
tization due to its pending appli-
cation for national accreditation,
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Mr. Doohlin also reminded
the coalition that his six-month,
$15,ooo000 contract with the county
expired min June.
He had submitted a new 12-
month, $25,200 contract for the
board's approval, though no ac-
tion was immediatelytaken.
County Manager Joe Cone
said the cost ofthe previous con
tract was split among coalition
members except the school dis-
trict, and he anticipates a similar
arrangement min the future.


Other

heists are

suspected
Police in neighboring counties
are looking into the possible con-
nection between four Jackson-
ville men held in Baker County
for the night burglary of the
Badcock Furniture Store in Mac-
clenny and other similar cnnmes.
Since the arrests the morning
of July 14 after the local burglary
took place, sheriffs investigators
have sorted through several false
names imtially given and deter-
mined four of the suspects are re-
lated and just got out of prison.
Jamel and Justin Wescott
both 20, were released earlier
this month from prisons in Co
lumbia and Hamilton counties;
their half brother Jason, 26, got
out in June from the Hamilton
facility.
Investigator Steve Harvey said
Jamel Wescott initially gave the
name of a fellow inmate who is
still in prison.
The suspects, who are still in
jail, maybetiedto an earlymorn-
mg burglary of the Badcock stores
in Callahan and Brunswick, GA
on July 11. They occurred about
two hours apart. Investigator
Steve Harvey says Jacksonville
police are looking mto a link with
the burglary at a furniture rental
store on Atlantic Blvd.
The U-Haul truck found atthe
rear of the local store by county
deputies responding to an alarm
that morning had been reported
stoleninJacksonville. All the sus-
pects fled on foot and were later
recaptured in the same neigh-
borhood as the store at South 5th
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H o d g es R d atta ck A county deputy posing as a made the purchase of 1.4 grams inside the Fastway convenience The suspect, accompanied
drug buyer was key to the arrest of crack for $300 was sheriffs store on Woodlawn Rd. by Bradley Wilson, 30, also of
A Keystone Heights man and father's housein the same neigh- July 17 of a Jacksonville man for investigator Enk Deloach. Investigator Mike Hauge said Macclenny, turned herself in at
a male witness from Starke told borhood sale of crack cocaine and posses- Police also found another 1.1 a surveillance video captured the countyjail late on July 14.
police a white male accosted the Leo Smith, 65, accused his son of powder cocaine, grams of crack, the powder form image of Crystal Parker, 26, sell- They are charged with posses-
former while he walked along son Jason, 26, of stealing a half Using a confidential source, rolledup m a dollar bill and $132 ng the drug while working as a sion andsale. Investigator Hauge
Willhs Hodges Rd. in Macclenny dozen Oxycontin pills and injur- investigators arranged for Deon on the suspect, store clerk. When confronted by indicated the arrests were the
inthe earlymornmgofJuly18. inghiswnist whenthefatherpro- Joseph, 19, to be driven out to Inanother drug-relatedarrest, police, Ms. Parker allegedly gave result of an "ongoing nvestiga
Garett ols, 21 was treated test elder Sth, whos bed Macclenny late that afternoon investigators say they charged them permission to search her tlon."
s t al for knife cuts to the ridden, said the incident took to meet the supposed buyer on a Macclenny woman and her purse Insidewereten small bag
er Hospital for knife cuts to the ridden about 6:15 the incident took South 5th St. The buyer who boyfriend for selling marijuana gles ofpot.
hand and chest. He said the man place about 6:15 the morning
attacked him about 2:45. of July 14 at his residence on E.
David Edkins, 24, told Deputy Ohio in Macclenny, where his l
Earl Lord he was riding with the son also lives. Both the father
suspect, who he claims he does and witness Marvin Wasdin told
not know, and tried to stop the Deputy Lord the son snatched a k
attack. He sanidhe was pushed to prescription bottle from under
the ground. the victun s pilow .. tahl 4 ,. 4Ja
n othe incidents, George Hethen left the residence with


Stnrckland, 44 received a acial
laceration when he was allegedly
struck by Mikelle Harve
outside the Macclenny I
House on South 6th St. about
1:15 the morning of July 18.
Deputy Chris Walker at-
tempted to contact the accused,
and filed acnminal complaint for
battery. The two were involved in
an argument inside the restau
rant just prior to the attack
A complaint alleging aggra-
vated assault and battery was
filed July 19 against Christopher
Mann, 25, andMichael Stephens,
33, both of Glen St. Mary.
Charles Guernsey, 30, said
Mr. Mann pulled a knife and
threatened him, and both men
punched him after awakening
him at a residence on Clinton
Ave. about 9:oo that evening.
The victim said he then ran to his


a female acquaintance.
Richard Smith, 29, of Mac
clenny was charged with domes-
tic battery the evening of July 16
for allegedlyattacking his brother
Donald, 30, in a bedroom at their
residence off CR 23C.
SCriminal complaints for bat
tery were filed July 19 against
Brittany Robins, 19, and a 16-
year-old female, both of Mac-
dclenny, after they were involved
in a fight on South Boulevard
about 8:30 pm. Both were treat-
ed at the F- ,
for minor injunes.
A 30-year old north county
man was arrested for domestic
battery child abuse after he alleg-
edly struck his son, age 9, on the
back dunng an argument on July
19. The boy's mother alleged she
was slapped.


Custom rings missing


the bedroom of their residence off Camphor St.
Boyton Crockett saidhe became suspicious when hewas looking un
der a bed and spotted two empty nng boxes. They were normally stored
in a dresser drawer, and Mr. Crockett estimated it had been a month
since he last sawthemn there.
He told Deputy Randy Davis that two relatives who stay with his
bedridden wife at night whilehe works are the onlypersons with access
to the house. The officer said he was unable to make immediate contact
with them.
Another apparent burglaries:
Jewelry valued at $5oo and coins at $15o were reported missing
from the residence of Wonda Stalvey off Woodlawn Rd. on July 13.
The owner told police entry may have been through an unlocked door
between 9:45 am and 6:30 pm.
A hasp was removed from a shed near the residence of James
Green on Southwood Rd. dunng the night July 15 and $16oo in equip
ment taken. The propertyincluded a newgenerator, a pressure washer
and air compressor.

said she heard a male voice that she believed was speaking into a phone
early that mourning.
Both loose and spooled copper wire valued at $400 were removed
from the rear of the Dwight Jones residence off Carver Loop in Glen St.
Mary overnight on July 14.
A weeder, blower and gas can were taken from a storage building
near the residence of Joe Magnone on US 90 east of Macclenny on July
19. A second shed was forced open but nothing appeared missing from
it.
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Brantley Bell
Brother arrives
Charles Jefferson and Doug
las Braswell Bell are pleased to
announce the birth of brother
Brantley Thompson Bell on June
29, 2009, weighing 7 lbs. 7 oz.
Proud parents are Jeff and Lau
ren (Giddens) Bell of Villa Rica,
GA, Lauren is the daughter of
Gid and Linda (Rhoden) Gid
dens of Bryceville.
Paternal grandparents are
Frank and Jamnice McMomgle of
Villa Rica.
Brantley was named for his
great great-grandfather, the
late Brantley Harnson Fraser, of
Glen St. Mary.
Great-grandparents are the
late Josh and Mary Rhoden of
Macclenny and Cecil and Gaylia
Hayes, also of Macclenny.


Sister is born
Lorenzo and Kayli (Knabb)
Leulua of West Jordan, Utah are
pleased to announce the birth of
daughter Ava Ma'ele born June
18, 2009 in Salt Lake City. She
weighed 7 lb., i oz. and was 20
inches long
The new arnval joins sister
Zoe.
Proud grandparents include
George and Jeannie Knabb of
Macclelnny and Davy and Launoa
Leuluai of West Jordan.


Madison Heppner
Sister is born
Kaylee and Scott Heppner are
pleased to announce the birth of
sister Madison Nicole Heppner
on June 24, 20o09 at Orange Park
Medical Center. She weighed 7
Itbs. 7 oz. and measured 201o2"
long.
Proud parents are Branden
and Amanda Heppner of Sand
erson. Maternal grandparents
are Marie Hartline of Macclenny
and George Weathers of Sander
son. Paternal grandparents are
David and Vand essa Pendleton of
Macclenny and Mike and Patrin
cia Heppner of Lake City.


Nafe-Webb
Fall wedding
Fredenck and Barbara Nafe of
Exton, PA are proud to announce
the engagement of daughter Emily
of Jacksonville to Charles Webb,
also ofJacksonville. Charles is the
son of Charles Webb 11 and Gar
on Webb of Macclenny.
Emily is a 1999 graduate of
Downmgtown High School and a
2002 graduate of York College of
Pennsylvania, where she received
her degree in elementary educa
hton. She currently teaches at the
Pre K/Kmidergarten Center in
Macclenny.
The groom is a 1998 graduate
of Baker County High School and
a 2001 graduate of the University
of North Flonrida. He received a
bachelor of science in computer
The couple will be wed at 3:oo00
pm on November 2,2009 at Saint
Paul's Catholic Church at Riv
erside. The couple will reside in
Jacksonville,


Jackson & Selena Girardo
A son toGirardos
Helen and George Girardo of
Glen St. Mary are pleased to an
nounce the birth of son Jackson
George on July 7, 2oo009 at St.
Vincent's Medical Center.
He weighed 6 Lb. 13 oz. and
was 20 inches long. Jacksonjoins
sister Selena.
Proud grandparents include
V.H. and Rachel Keene of Mac
clenny, Mark and Mane Fenn
of Atlanta and John Girardo of
Jacksonville.


Fuller ~ Lichtenberger

August2ndvows
The children of Rachel A.
Fuller of Jacksonville are pleased
to announce the upcoming mar
nage of their mother to Nicholas
C. Lichtenberger, also of Jack-
sonville.
The bnde's children are Ce
cilia Bennett and Sam Gnffis V
of Macclenny, and Ivey Thomas
Perkins of Jacksonvile. The
groom's parents are Diana Lich
tenberger and David Puente of
Laredo, Texas.
The wedding will be held Au
gust 2, 2oo009 at 3:00 p at Heri
tage Park in Macclenny.
The couple will reside in Jack
sonville.

Happy 2' Birthday f

BABY ALLISON
Allison is recovering
wonderfully after her
liver transplant over a
year ago, PRAISE The
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again for your prayers lB
and financial support.
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The 2009 Baker County Value Adjustment Board (VAB)
is seeking resumes from private legal counsel for appoint-
ment to represent the VAB as its legal counsel Compen-
sation for the appointed VAB private legal counsel shall
be on an hourly basis to be established by the VAB Appli
cants must have practiced law for over five (5) years and
may not represent the Baker County Property Appraiser,
the Baker County Tax Collector, any taxing authority, or
any property owner in any administrative or judicial re-
view of property taxes The attorney appointed to advise
the value adjustment board must attend training provided
by the Department of Revenue

To apply for appointment as VAB Legal Counsel, resumes
along with a cover letter, including suggested hourly com-
pensation, must be submitted to the Office of the Clerk of
Courts, 339 E Macclenny Avenue, Macclenny, Florida
by 5:00 pm July 31, 2009


Daughter is born
Seth and Whitnie Raulerson
of IMaccenny are proud to an
nounce the birth of daughter
Addyson BraeLynn Raulerson
on June 29, 2009 at Baptist
Women's Health Pavalion. She
weighed 6 lbs. 15 oz. and was 19
Addyson is the fifth genera-
hon for both sides of the family.
Proud grandparents are Robbie
and Selena Roberts of Macclen-
ny, Brad and Tanya Raulerson of
the late Laura Roberts of Mac
Don and Brenda SelfofMacclen
ny, Dawn and Charles White
head of Ocala, Jackie Brannen
and Gail West of Macclenny,
Richard and Penny Raulerson of
Georgia, Joyce Thrift of Georgia
and Coreese Hickox of Jackson-
ville.
To wed August 2
Oddia Perez of Alice, Texas is
proud to announce the engage
ment of daughter Diana Lichten-
berger of Laredo, Texas, to David
Puente, also of Laredo. David is
the father of David and Bnttany.
The couple wtll be wed at 3:00
pm on August 2, 2009 at Heri-
tage Park. Fnends and family are
invited to come and share in the
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Jeanette Bell, 71,
of St. George dies
Jeanette Crews Bell, 71, of St.
George, GA died Thursday, July
16, 2009. She was a native and
life -long resident of Charlton
County. She was the daughter of
the late Champ and Ane Mizell
Crews.
Mrs. Bell was a member of
the First Baptist Church of St.
George and was preceded in
death by husband Ernest Avery
"Junior" Bell Jr.; brother Walter
Crews.
Survivors include daugh
ter Lisa Anne Bell; sons Rod-
ney (Pamela) Bell and Sidney
(Amy) Bell; sister Edith Lane;
five grandchildren; one great
grandchild.
The graveside funeral service
was held July 20 at 9:00 am at
St. George Cemetery with Rev.
James Conner officiating.
Shepard Funeral Home was
in charge of arrangements.

Justin Brogdon
Jr., infant son
Infant Justin Russell Brogdon
Jr. of Sanderson died July 16,
20o9 at
1:15 am at
Shands in itBg
Gainesville.
Justin was
born May
11, 2oo009.
He was pre

their JCnes
Brogdon Sr.
Survi-
vors in- Justin Brogdon
elude fa
their Justin Russell Brogdon;
mother Chnstey Lynn Collns;
sister Jaylynn Dawn Brogdon;
grandparents Wanda and Phil-
lip Blackburn Cherrie Collins
and Randall Atchison, Kenneth
Colhns many aunts, uncles and
The gravesIde service was
held at noon on July 20 at Mace
donma Cemetery with Pastor Al-
bert Starling officiating. A trust
has been set up at Mercantile
Bank in Macclenny in Baby Jus
tin's name to assist the family.
Ferreira Funeral Services was in
charge of arrangements.

Family thank-you
The family of Wayne Akndge
expresses its gratitude for all the

all the members ofTaylor Church
and Pastor Jim Cox for all they
did for our family a job well
done. Thank you to the Mercan

all family and friends for being
here for us. All the food, flowers,
prayers, cards and visits were a
blessing to each and every one of

us and all who really got to know
him. We appreciate all of you
more than words can say.
THANI You,
AKrmDGE FAMILY
ANITA METrE


Lorine Cephus,
66, of Brooklyn
Lonne Williams-Cephus, 66,
of Brooklyn, NY died Friday,
July 10, 2009, after a brief bat-
tle with cancer. She was a native
of Margaretta and the daughter
of the late Gredford and Lucille
Williams (Annie Mae Chesnut-
Williams). She was preceded in
death by daughter Debra Ruise
Newton.
Survivors include son Ken
neth Bland-Williams; brother
James Wilihams; sisters Ever
nese (Elijah) Manning of Mar-
garetta, Sharon Mack of Gaines
ville, threeuncles and two aunts,
all of Port St. Lucie; three grand-
children; a host of nieces and
nephews cousins and friends.
A visitation will be held from
5:oo-8:oopm onJuly22 atNew
Jerusalem Church of God by
Chnst in Margaretta. The grave-
side funeral service will be held
at 11:00 am on July 23 at Quit-
man Cemetery in Sanderson
with Rev. Japan Ruise officiat-
ing. Carthage Chapel Funeral
Home of Jacksonville was in
charge of arrangements.

John Long, 66,
avid gun collector
John Thomas I of
Glen St. Mary I I I i 20,
2oo009. He was born in Jackson-
ville to the late John David Long
and Vernon Barrow Long on
May 25,1943. He was a resident
of Baker County since 1985 after
moving from Jacksonville.
Mr. Long retiredin 2006 after
40 years of working at his busi-
ness, Metal Fabricators of Jack-
sonville, which he established in
1969. He was an avid gun col
lector and life long member of
the NRA. He loved boating with
family and friends and being
outdoors.
Survivors include wife of
43 years, Faye Long of Glen;
children Janmmie Long (Larry)
French of Glen and John T.
Long Jr. of Jacksonville; broth
ers David Long ofTaylor, Danny
(Rosa) Long of Dunnellon, FL,
Mark (Connie) Long of Mac-
clenny and Boyd (Kim) Green
of Jacksonville; sister Joann
Branch of Jacksonville; a grand-
daughter; an aunt; numerous
nieces, nephews and cousins.
The funeral service will be
heldJuly 24at 1:OO pm in V.
Todd Ferrelra Funeral Services
Chapel with Sonny Hartley of
ficiating The family will receive
fnends fro 12 1:00 pm the
same day at the funeral home.
In hteu of flowers please make a
contribution in John's name to
Community Hospice of NE FL,
4266 Sunbeam Road Jackson-
ville, FL 32259.





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to Calvary
Corner ofMadison & Stoddard
Glen St. Mary
Rev. Tommy & Doris Anderson
Phone: 904-259-2213


Van Hare, 61,
retired trucker
Van Oliver Hare, 61, of Mac-
clenny died suddenly July 18,
2oo009. Van was born in Jack
sonville to the late John B. Hare
Jr. and Lucille Groover Hare
on January 12, 1948. Mr. Hare
served his country honorably in
the US Navy.
He was retired from Tull
Steel where he was employed
as a truck driver. Van was an
avid hunter and fisherman and
a member of the Loyal Order
of Moose Lodge #2412. He was
predeceased by wife Arhnda;
sister Darlene Lemax.
Survivors include brothers
Danny, Ronnie and Perry; sis-
ters Brenda, Patncia and Vickie;
numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be
held July 28 at lo:oo am at Glen
Fnendship Tabernacle Church
with Pastor Albert Starling offi-
ciating. Ferreira Funeral Home
was in charge of arrangements.

Sanderson
Congregational
Holiness Church

Sunday School '00am
Morning Worship 11 00am
Sunday Evening Worship 6 00 pm
Wed Evening Prayer Serv 7'30 pm
Pastor: Oral E. Lyonsr


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Jason Lee Hodges
1/25/1984-7/21/2007
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forgotten you. We all love and
mss you dearly. It still seems
like it's all a dream, but well see
you again someday.
ALWAYS IOn a nEARTS AkND ON
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JACOB, ASHLEE, TARA, DANNY,
KYLE AND AMANDA HOnGES

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In Loving Memory
of
Jason Hodges
1/25/1984-7/21/2007
Jake...
Some days itfeels hke youjust
left yesterday; some days it
feels likeforever since I heard
you laugh and play. Changed
forever, the lives ofyour loved
ones; we miss you, your con-
tagous smile and your never
ending fun. They say with time
thepainm eases and it won't hurt
as bad; it's been two hard years
... we are still m pamin and just
assad.
LU4E,
FAMILY A FrlTrmS

Heartfelt thanks
The family of Alfred (A.J.)

Crews, Dinkins Church, Pastor
Tim Chessire, Mt. Zion Church,


ceivedin our time of sorrow. Also
we would like to send a very spe-
cial thank you to Bill Guerry for
his excellent services.
SINCERELY,
WIFE AND FAMILY
OF A.J.
Manythanks
The family of Maxie Wilker
son thanks each and every one
for their condolences, prayers,
food, flowers and kind words of
encouragement during our time
of sorrow. Maxne's death was so
unexpected, but with the love of
family and fnends we were able
to endure. A special thank you
is extended to Brother JC Lau-

Ledford and Kay Hardin for the
beautiful songs. To everyone who
brought food a very special thank
you everything was wonderful.
Special thank you to Bill Guerry
and Sheriff Joey Dobson's de-
partments for the care from each.
If there is anyone we have forgot
ten, please forgive us. You know
everyone is special.
WIFE, CHILDREN,
GRANDCHILDREN,
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Sunday School 10'00 am
Siu Mommg Worshp 11 00 am
Sun Evening Worship 600 pm
Wed Eve Bible Study 7' 00 pm
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The sheriff's department is interviewing employees following the
overnight theft of cash and a bank bag from a safe at Little Caesar's
Pizza in the Park West Center in west Macclenny.
Manager Lynette Ploucher reported the theft when she arrived at the
store about 9:oo the morning of July 19 and found the rear door ajar
and the open safe.
Deputy Tracie Benton's report notes that five employees including
a supervisor worked the previous evening and left shortly after 11:oo.
The supervisor said he observed a fellow worker place the bag in the
safe and lock it.

did not check to see if the rear door was locked before he left. He and
several ofthe employees then went to his house until about 2:oo00 am.
Ms. Ploucher also recalled she wrote the safe code in a book late last
year, andlater removed it. Onlytwo employees onthe present staff may
have access to it.
DeputyBentonwas alsogiventhe name of a male employee firedthe
week before when his register came up $400 short.
The case was turned over to Investigator Steve Harvey, who planned
a new round ofinterviews this week.
On August 14, employee Robert Guy told police that carpet clean-
ing equipment valued at $450 was missing from the inventory at the
Baker County school district warehouse in Macclenny.

Shorts thief nabbed


A county deputy chased down
and arrested a Jacksonville man
who sped off onto Interstate 10
after stealing three pairs of shorts
from the Walmart Supercenter
on South 5th the morning of July
14.
Deputy Chris Walker said he
caught up with a 1994 Honda
driven by William Bailey, 34, not
long after he was seen driving
from the store parkmig lot about
6:30. A store employee three
times asked to see a receipt as
the suspect left the store with the
shorts. He then took off running


A Glen St. Mary man who mi-
tially reported his pickup truck
stolen before it was involved in
an accident on Interstate 10 the
morning of June 20 has been
charged with attempting to de-
fraud Allstate insurance com-
pany.
David Hullett, 31, changed
his story several times during
interviews this month with an
insurance investigator and Maj.
Chuck Brannan, chief sheriffs
investigator.
IntiallyMr. Hulletttoldpolice
he left the vehicle in the Winn
Dixie parking lot the evening of
June 19 and went to a party on
Woodlawn Rd. given by Michael
Waters. He explained that park-
ing was inadequate at the party
site. The truck sustained $7000
damage when it struck the rear
of a trailer on the interstate early


the next morning.
Mr. Hullett also said he waited
several days to report the theft
because he believed a girlfriend
had taken it, and that he had
checked with several area wreck-
er services before locating it.
Apparently, Mr. Waters and
his wife picked up the truck
owner along I-10 shortly after
the accident and after Mr. Hullett
ran from the scene. He told Mr.
Waters later he had been drink
ing in Jacksonville and was re-
turning home when the accident
occurred.
The initial story about the
party and the girlfriend turned
out to be fabrications, and Mr.
Waters told Investigator Bran-
nan he did not want to be part of
a fraud scheme.
Mr. Hullett is charged with in-
tent to defraud Allstate, a third-


degree felony, and making a false
report to police.
In other criminal cases involve
ing vehicles, Shawn Hall of Sand-
erson told police he surprised a
black male attempting to break
into his 2000 Chevrolet just be-
fore midnight on July 13. The
vehicle was parked outside Mr.
Hall's residence on CR 139, and
he said the suspect ran from the
scene.
A broken screwdriver, wrench
and clothes hanger were found
near the car, along with pry
marks on the passenger side.
Chns Burnsed reported van-
dalism to his 1997 Toyota while
it was parked on South College
in Macdclenny overnight July 13.
Wording was etched into the
paint on the driver's side.


to his vehicle, and the employee
was able to give police both a de-
scnription of the car and direction
oftravel.
The shorts were valued at
$47.
In another shoplifting case,
Ashley Freeman, 18, of Sander-
son was charged later that eve-
ning with petty theft after she
attempted to leave the store with
$179 in clothing and a pre-paid
cell phone.
Ms. Freeman was spotted by
store security about 9:oo placing
items in her purse.
S*A white male weanng a black
shirt and white shorts attempted
to pass a fake $20 at the Mac-
dclenny Food Lion the afternoon
ofJulyl3.
When confronted by manager
Matt Barfield, the man said he
got the bill at the nearby Dollar
Tree store andintendedto return
it there. However, the subject did
not go there when he left Food
Lion.


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Evangelist Roger Luke


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Friday and Saturday, 8:00 am-2:00 pm, 7868
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Fully insured *Locally owned
25 years experience
259-5877
7/28tfc
MIKE GREEN PLUMBING, INC.
Repair service
New construction
904-219-8906
or 275-2683

FILL DIRT* SLAG
Cypress mulch Red mulch
Saw dustand shavings
A little ora lot
259-2900
7/16tfc
A&R
*Engineered trusses
*Roofing and repair
*Additions* Remodeling
New homes
SFree estimates
259-3300


FILL DIRT
Culverts installed
Tim Johnson
259-2536

WELL DRILLING AND
PUMP SERVICE
Jimmy Martin
259-9014
838-3517
Licensed and insured
Florida and Georgia
7/16 9/17p
ANGELAQUA, INC.
Water softeners Iron filters
City or well systems
Chlonne Removal
Sales -Rentals -Service -Repairs
Salt delivery
Total water softeners supplies
797S 6th Street, Macclenny
259-6672
7/15tfc
C.F. WHITE
SEPTIC TANK SERVICES
New systems & repairs
Field dirt* Top soil
Bulldozer & backhoe work
Culverts installed
275-2474
509-0930 cell

NEED LAWN SERVICE,
Pressure washing orhome repair
Call Harvey at
259-6732
707-8262
or 707-8263
7/23-7/30p
I DO HONEY DO'S
Garrett Home Improvements
No lob too small
Licensed & insured
904-303-9829


THE OFFICE MART
Oils, acrylics, watercolors,
canvases, drawing pads
& much more1
110 South Fifth Street
259-3737

ALLEN'S LAWN AND
LANDSCAPING
Mowing, edging, mulching
Affordable lawn service
Sprinkler repairs
Free estimates
210-7512

TREE & STUMP REMOVAL
We haul junk cars and trucks
We sell and train horses
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24 hour service
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CANADAY TRUCKING
Complete site & underground
utility contractor
We sell
Fill dirt starting at $100 per load
Slag rock
Land Clearing* Ponds
Demolition
904-219-8094
904-275-3140
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INC.
259-3808
All types of pest control
Call Eston, Shannon or Bill
Ask about our fire ant control


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We build in ground pools
We sell and install
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Service Renovatons Cleaning
Repairs Chemicals Parts
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Full lawn service
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Irrigation systems and repairs
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PRINTING & FAXING
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No death eaters

But Potter fan pleased
BOB GERARD He employs a filtering tech-
PRESS STAFF unique on the camera lenses so
nothing is seen in its true colors,
I waited a lot longer than but with a sepia film over it. This
I thought before going to see addstothegrowingsenseoffore-
Harry Potter and the HalfBlood boding throughout the movie so
Prince, the next installment in that by the end we are almost in
the Potter franchise. I admit blackandwhite. Abitof symbol-
freely to being a Potter head. ism there good versus evil and
I've read all the books and own all that.
the movies, so was naturally anx- The premise of this film is that
loustoseethenewmstallment. Harry's nemesis Draco Malfoy
I was impressed and disap- has been given a task to perform
pointed at the same time. Im- by Lord Voldemort. Harry has
pressedbecauseit was a well act- found out about it, but doesn't
ed and beautifully filmed movie, know what it might be.
Disappointed because there was Harry himself has been given
so much left out. a task by Dumbledore. He must
I know the difference between convince the new Potions teach-
a book and a movie and am not er Horace Slughorn to relate a
one of those people who bemoan particular memory that he has
thefactthat everylastwordmthe about Voldemort as a child. But
book hasn't made it to the fim. Slughorn is reluctant or ashamed
Harry Potter and the Half by the memory and keeps it se-
Blood Prince is a 7oo page book cret.
and there was no way Director The title of the film refers
David Yates could do it all. But to a book that Harry has stum-
I was a little baffled by what was bled upon that is making him
left out. Slughorn's star student. Inside
1 ..n't o-. n-.o t.. h n-n" the cover it claims tobetheprop-
t 1 erty of the half-blood prince. We
who see the movie have read the don't have a clue to its ownerun
book. Suffice it to say that there til the end of the film.
is a climactic battle between the The movie leaves alot of loose
professors at the school and four ends to be tied up in the final two
Death Eaters that allows the final installments. There is only one
actions of the book to take place, book remaining m the series, but
For some reason, this battle Harry Potter and the Deathly
doesn't make it tothe screen and Hallows is so huge that it has
thatleftme scratching myhead been split into two two movies-
Other than that omission, the which is not only good financial
rest I can live with. Yates un- sense but also allows for more
doubtedly didn'twant to turn his care to be taken in wrapping up
two-plus hour film into a three the story. They might have con-
hour film, though I wish he had. sidered doing the same with this
Instead, he focused on the de- film.
velopment of the young heroes My son had a fine idea. They
into later adolescence and did so should have filmed two versions
with wonderful success. There of each movie ne for theat-
are burgeoning love stories that rical release and a longer more
are beautifully handled by Yates involved version for the legions
and his young stars, of Potter Heads. That's a DVD I'd
They have developed well as like to own.
S-- -i-- 1-- Harry Potter and the Half
SBlood Prnce is rated PG. I give it
steals most of the scenes and has 3 out of 4 stars.
a fine sense of comic timing.
There is a lot of humor i this PRESS CLASSIFIEDS
film, which considering howdark ONLY
the subject matter is very refresh-
ing. Yates moves from humor to $6.00
pathos andback veryeasily. THE BAKER COUNTYPRESS


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
CONCERNING THE APPROVAL
OF A STIPULATED
SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT
RELATING TO PROPOSED
AMENDMENTS TO THE BAKER
COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE
PLAN

The Baker County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) will
hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, August 4,2009 at 6:01 PM., or
as soon thereafter as possible, to consider the approval of a Stipu-
lated Settlement Agreement (the 'Agreement') between Baker
County and the Florida Department of Community Affairs re-
latng to proposed remedial amendments to the Baker County
Comprehensive Plan adoptedpursuant to Ordinance No. 91-1, as
amended, concerning proposed textual amendments to the future
land use element and amendments to the Baker County Future
Land Use Map of the Baker County Comprehensive Plan affect
ing the proposed Jackson-Shaw Business/Industrial Park located
on approximately 750 acres between US. 90 and 1-10 immediately
west of the Nassau County line and originally approved under Or-
dinance 2007-10, as amended, on April 20, 2009, and the Wood
stock Industrial Park located on approximately 1,515 acres south
of Interstate 10, north of US Highway 90, and east of the Osceola
National Forest and originally approved under Ordinance 2007-
11 on April 20,2009. Acting in its capacity as the Local Govern-
ing Body, the Baker County Commission will approve or deny the
above mentioned Agreement. The public hearingwill be held at
the County Administration Building, 55 North Tird Street,Mac-
clenny, Florida On the date and time above-mentioned, all inter-
ested parties may appear and be heard with respect to this action
and the Agreement.

A copy of said agreement may be inspectedby any member of the
public in the BCCs office, address stated above. In accordance
with Section 286.0105, E S.: "If any person decides to appeal any
decision made by the County Commission with respect to any
matter considered at this scheduled meeting or hearing, the per-
son will need a record of the proceedings, and for such purposes
the person may need to ensure that averbatim record of the pro-
ceeding is made which record includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal is tobebased.'

Accordngto the Americans th Disabdies Act, persons needing a spe
cal accommodation or an interpreter to partmapate mn this proceeding
should contacttheAd stration Department at (90) 259 3613at least
48 hos pror to the time ofthe hearing.


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
CONCERNING ADOPTION OF
PROPOSED LARGE SCALE AMEND-
MENT TO THE BAKER COUNTY
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

The Baker County Board ofCounty Commissioners (BCC) will hold
a Public Hearing on Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 6:01 EPM., or as soon
thereafter as possible, to consider a change in the use of land within
the area shown on the map in this advertisement from Agricultural
Zone A and AgriculturalZone B to Industrial and Conservation
and other related amendments to the Baker County Comprehensive
Plan The public hearing will be held at the County Administration
Building, 55 North Tiurd Street, Macclenny, Florida. On the date
and time above-mentioned, all interestedpartes may appear andbe
heard with respect to this action and proposed related ordinance,
which is titled as follows:


ORDINANCE NO. 2009 -
AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMIS-
SIONERS OF BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA, AMENDING ORDI-
NANCE NO. 91-1, AS AMENDED, ADOPTING A REMEDIAL
AMENDMENT TO THE BAKER COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE
PLAN, INCLUDING A TEXTUAL AMENDMENT TO THE FU-
TURE LAND USE ELEMENT AND AMENDING THE FUTURE
LANDUSE MAP OFTHEADOPTED COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
TO CHANGETHE FUTURE LAND USE DESIGNATION FROM
AGRICULTURALZONEAANDAGRICULTURALZONE B TO
INDUSTRIAL AND CONSERVATION AND RELATED TO A
STIPULATED SETTLEMENTAGREEMENT BETWEEN BAKER
COUNTY AND THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF COMMU-
NITY AFFAIRS AFFECTING A PARCEL OF LAND APPROXI
MATELY 1,515
ACRES IN SIZE
AND KNO oodstockParklocated
AS THE south 10, north of
PROPOSED US 90&east o t
WOODSTOCK osceolaNationalPark
PARK INDUS-
TRIAL PARK
(LO CAT ED
SOUTHOF I 10

OF US. 90 AND
EAST OF THE
OSCEOLANA
TIONAL FOR
EST) PURSUANT TO A LARGE SCALE COMPREHENSIVE
PLAN AMENDMENT APPLICATION SUBMITTED BY THE
ROBERTS LAND & TIMBER CORPORATION, AND AMEND
ING ORDINANCE 2007-11, AS AMENDED, INITIALLY AD
OPTED ON APRIL 20, 2009 PURSUANT TO THE REQUIRE-
MENTS AND PROCEDURES ESTABLISHED IN SECTION 163,
FLORIDA STATUTES; PROVIDING SEVERABILITY, INSTRUC
TIONS TO THE CODIFIER, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

A copy of said ordinance and the proposed amendments may be
inspected by any member of the public in the BCC's office at the ad-
dress stated above. In accordance with Section 286.0105, E S.: "If
any person decides to appeal any decision made by the BCC with
respect to any matter considered at this scheduled meeting or hear-
ing, the person will need a record of the proceedings, and for such
purposes the person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of
the proceeding is made which record includes the testimony and
evidence upon which the appeal is to be based"

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons need-
ing a special accommodation or an interpreter to participate in this
proceeding should contact the Administration Department at (904)
259-3613 at least 48 hours prior to the time of the hearing.


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
CONCERNING ADOPTION OF
PROPOSED LARGE SCALE
AMENDMENT TO THE BAKER
COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

The Baker County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) will hold
a Public Hearing on Tuesday, August 4,2009 at 6:01 PM., or as soon
thereafter as possible, to consider a change in the use ofland within
the area shown on the map in this advertisement from Agricultural
Zone A and Agricultural Zone B to Industrial and Commercial and
other related amendments to the Baker County Comprehensive
Plan. The public hearmngwill be held at the County Administration
Building, 55 North Third Street, Macclenny, Florida On the date
and time above-mentioned all interested parties may appear andbe
heard with respect to this action and proposed related ordinance,
which is titled as follows:

ORDINANCE NO. 2009 -
AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMIS-
SIONERS OF BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA, AMENDING ORDI
NANCE NO 91-1, AS AMENDED, ADOPTING A REMEDIAL
AMENDMENT TO THE BAKER COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE
PLAN, INCLUDING A TEXTUAL AMENDMENT TO THE FU
TURE LAND USE ELEMENT AND AMENDING THE FUTURE
LANDUSEMAP OF THEADOPTED COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
TO CHANGE THE FUTURE LAND USE DESIGNATION FROM
AGRICULTURAL ZONE A AND AGRICULTURAL ZONE B
TO INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL AND RELATED TO
A STIPULATED SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN
BAKER COUNTY AND THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF
COMMUNITY AFFAIRS AFFECTING A PARCEL OF LAND
APPROXIMATELY 750 ACRES IN SIZE AND KNOWN AS THE
PROPOSED JACKSON SHAW BUSINESS/INDUSTRIAL PARK
(LOCATED
BETWEEN
UTS, 90 AND ackson-Shawlocated
1-10 IMIEDI beteenUS 90&
ATELY WEST 1-10 west of the Nassau
OF THE NAS- County lIne
SAU COUNTY
LINE PUR
SUANT TO A
LARGE SCALE
COMPREHEND

AMENDMENT
APPLICATION w
SUBMITTED
BY THE LABEUNA FARMS, INCORPORATED, AND AMEND
ING ORDINANCE 2007-10, AS AMENDED, INITIALLY AD
OPTED ON APRIL 20, 2009 PURSUANT TO THE REQUIRE
MENTS AND PROCEDURES ESTABLISHED IN SECTION 163,
FLORIDA STATUTES; PROVIDING SEVERABILITY, INSTRUC
TIONS TO THE CODIFIER, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

A copy of said ordinance and the proposed amendments may
be inspected by any member of the public in the BCCs office at
the address stated above. In accordance with Section 286.0105,
F S.: "If any person decides to appeal any decision made by the
BCC with respect to any matter considered at this scheduled
meeting or hearing, the person will need a record of the pro-
ceedings, and for such purposes the person may need to ensure
that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made which record
includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is
to be based"

According to the Americanswith Disabilities Act, persons need
ing a special accommodation or an interpreter to participate in
this proceeding should contact the Administration Department
at (904) 259-3613 at least 48 hours prior to the time of the hear


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Thursday, uly23, 2009

Summer 4-H camps
Baker County 4-H is spon- Afternoons will be on the river
scoring two very popular day -lnruin t1-liioti ton' n-

....i 11 i August 3.
at the Baker County Agricul- The cost of each day camp
tural Center. Campers will is $50.oo for the week. Ages
lorn o in n hnd 'rft ... ... .
S. .. bring their own lunch, but
27. snacks will be provided. Camp
V Environmental Day hours are 9:oo am-3:oo pm.
Camp has been rescheduled For more information con-
for August 10-14. If you didn't tact the Baker County exten-
t t- r-tr sion office at 259-3520. Pick
.. .... up registration forms from
will beheld at Shoals Park and the office or download from
includes a variety of outdoor the web at http://baker.ifas.
activities with guest speakers, ufl.edu.

All-State softballers


Two BCHS softball play-
ers were named to the Miracle
Sports All State team last week.
Graduating seniors Ashley Curry
and Ashley Holton were preyv
ouslynamedtotheAll First Coast
squad in 4A class.
Curry was an All State first
team selection at infielder. She
catches and plays short stop, and
was a standout on Cheryl Nunn's
team. She batted .383 with one
home run and nine doubles.
But it was her glove that made

All class reunion!
The Baker High Blast From
the Past class reunion sponsored
by the Class of 1989 is is inviting
graduates from all years to attend

town near the Jacksonvdile Land-
ingfrom7:30-11:30.
There is a $6o per person
charge that includes dinner and
dancing. Deadline for payment is
July 3o. Please send checks to Re
union, 1140 Copper Field Circle,
Macclenny, FL 32o63.


Curry a standout. She had one of
the best defensive records on the
team and was an all-around out-

State third team. She was an of
fensive powerhouse for the Cats
this past year, hitting .455 with
five home runs, 11 doubles three
triples and 22 RBIs.
The girls helped power the
Cats to the regional finals this
season and will surely be missed
by new coach Jami Rodgers.

Snack program
The Baker County school
district announces the sponsor
ship of the After School Snack
Program, a subcomponent of the
Child Care Food Program. This
program is designed pmanrily to
provide nutritious snacks to chil-
no
separate charge to the children at
Baker County High School, 21st
Century Community Learning
Center located at 1 Wildcat Drive
in Glen St. Mary.


During the 2009 regular legislative session, the Florida
Homebuyer Opportunity Program was created The
Florida Homebuyer Opportunity Program (FHOP) Ihich
w1ll be distributed through and operated under the *"
SHIP program and administrators The FHOP program requires that the
funding be used up to $8,000 O0 in purchase assistance to applicants
that are eligible to receive the federal first-time homebuyer tax credit
This assistance is to be repaid by the applicant when they receive their
federal tax refund Baker County wll assist applicants "based on fund-
ing availablhty" for the fiscal year 2009-2010
You must be a first time homeowner
I You must be wllhng to amend your 2008 tax return
You must have employment
You must meet income requirements at the federal and state
level
For more information please contact Arlene Gnffis at 904-259-6463
or pick up an application at the Baker County Board of Commissioners
Administration Building located at 55 North Third Street, Macclenny,
Florda 32063



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Brad Griffis

Gets scholarship
Brad Griffis, a graduated
senior at BCHS, will be plying
his trade a little bit longer. He
recently signed to play for En-
terpnse Commumnity College in
Enterpnse, Alabama.
The hurler was an All First
Coast selection and one of Coach
John Staples' top pitchers this
Gnriffis will be heading to En-
terprise between Panama City
and Montgomery, Alabama on a
full scholarship.
He plans to study physical ed
ucation and hopes that his stint
at Enterprise will turn into a an
opportunityto play at a four-year
institution.
Smokey turns 65!
Smokeythe Bear is turning 65
this year, and the US Forest Ser
vice wants you to help celebrate
his birthday.
Bnng the kids to a day of fam-
ily fun on August 15 and meet
S1 i T1
pm at Ocean Pond in west Baker
County. Admission is free,
The party is sponsored by the
Suwannee Forestry Center and
Forest Service. Call 386 362
5551 for more details.
To elect CAA board
A special meeting will be held
on Thursday, July 30 to elect
low -income representatives to
the Northeast Florida Commu
nity Action Agency board of di-
rectors.
The meeting is at 1:o00 p at
St. James Episcopal Church on
West Minnesota in Macclenny.
For more information, contact
Altenal Baker at 259 4481.
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16
JULY 23, 2009


Boys crowned district champs
The Btaher Coonty Little
League's boys ttO yearoldteam
took the district championship
the weekend of July 4 by finish
cog atop a four team field that m
eluded teams from St. Augustine,
San Mateo and Yulee.
The double elimination tour
nament ended with a come
from -behind victory against San


shut them dow.n and we hit the 10 11i YEAR OLD
ball well ... The kads put in a lot FLORIDA DIST. 11
of hard work. It was a hot sum- -
mer and they represented their CHAMPIONS
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Pictured front from left are Kelsey Strickland, Karly Richardson, Kasey Weber, Madison Kennedy, Kelly Lawler, Madison
Morrison, Kelsey Taylor and Rachel Nickles; back row from left are Kaylon Golden, Payton Parker, Angel Jackson, Coach
Kylee Canaday, Haleigh Crawford, Ashton Alford, Coach David Crummey and Coach Riley Strickland.

Coach: girls respond in big way


The Baker County 9- and 10- in th
year-old girls' softball All-Stars said.
will be on their way down south pitcl
this weekend to take part in the take
state championship tournament, them
The girls had to win a pair of C
games in the sectional tourna- fens
menttoadvancetosem finals m thee
Mango this weekend, July 25. Ang
Theydid so excitingfashion. lor f
The All Stars defeated DeBary4- on d
3 and Mims 3-1 on July 18 to win Kase
the Little League sectional tour- Karl
nament defe]
"We were tralhng in the last I
inmnnginthe firstgameby a score tour
of 3-2 and the two lead-off bat- test
ters Kelsey Stnrickland and Kelsey in th
Taylor each got on with basehits, wou
putting runners on second and that
third with no outs," said Coach outc
David Crummey. "The next two resp
batters struck out, leaving us still could
trading by one with runners on .
second and third and two outs.
On the second pitch, Kelsey C
Stnrickland scored on a pass ball,
leaving the game tied with two
outs and a runner onthird."f ,
Crummey then put one of his
fastest players, Ashton Alford, in
to pinch run at tHard.
The move paid off.
Payton Parker got in a two-
strike hole, but battled her way
back to a full count and on the
payoff pitch, the pitcher got a
little wild and the ball got by the
catcher. Speedster Alford raced
for home and scored the winning
"The pitcher from DeBary was
by far the best we have seen. She
threw hard and did not give up
a single walk," said Crummey.
We had to play small ball to beat
them and that's just what we
The team usually hits the ball
well but not with power. Their
hitting betrayedthem and Crm-
meyhadto rely on speed and will
town.
"We did not hit the ball well
in this game. Haleigh Crawford
hit it hard early in the game for
a triple, but other than that we
were t 1 l
bat i i i
in mid stream and decided if we
were going to win, we would need
to manufacture Zns with bunts
and good base runmng," said the
coach.
Crummey spends a lot of prac-
tice time on bunts and running
bases and it proved worth it in
the big game
Kaylon Golden went the dis- i
tance against DeBary and Kelsee
Strickland pitched the entire
second game holding Mims to a
"We are not a team that is go-
ming to hit home runs or a bunch
of extra base hits. We do have
some girls wtth power, but as I
said after we won the district,
we put a lot of pressure on teams
and that's exactlywhathappened


he DeBary game," Crummey Every time they have been asked
"We battled until the other to rise to the occasion, they have
her made a couple of mis- donejustthat."
s and we took advantage of They will need the same de-
1." termination and hard work this
rummey also lauded the de- weekendinMango to bring home
ive efforts his girls showed in a state title.
sectional games. He praised
el Jackson and Kelsey Tay
or a couple of great catches News
eep fly balls in the outfield.
ey Weber, Payton Parker and Obituaries
I Richardson all had a strong
nsive game in the infield. Features
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The boys will leave from the
major league fields in Macclenny
the morning of July 25 at 9:oo
am for the Yulee sports complex
where they'll compete in section-
als.
The three team round robin
tournament starts at 10:oo. A
win there 11ll secure the team a
spot in the state wide competi-
tion.
"They [assistant coaches Mike

said the coach.
Coaches meeting

at 7:30 pm at the Little League
board room. Anyone interested
in coaclung a team please attend.
For more information contact
Wesley Norlen 514 9505, Tyler
Crews 612-1876 or Joel Burnett
259 1525.

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Picture back row from left are coach Steve Kish, Mike Kennedy and Marshall
Hall; middle row from left are Andrew DeHart, Jesse Hall, Jordan Kennedy, Bryce
Watson and Jacob Carter; and in front from left are Dylan Hall, Kenny Hall, Rhett
McKendree, Brandon Harris, Logan Kish and Dylan Dams.










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