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Title: The Baker County press
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80th Year, Vol. 34 Winner of 9 state awards for journalism excellence in 2008


THURSDAY


Top 10 for '09



Recap of the year's headline grabbers


1 ECONOMIC
HARDSHIP

The top story of 2009 the sagging
economy manifested itself in many
ways in Baker County. Like the rest of
the nation, there
was the rising un-
employment rate
and more demand
for public housing
and other assis-
tance programs.
At the begin-
ning of the year,
the jobless rate
here stood at close
to 8 percent or
twice the number
of unemployed
during 2007. By
last month, local
unemployment
rose to 11.6 per-
cent, according to
figures from the
state's Agency for From left are count
Workforce Inno- county finan
vation.
Baker County's November unem-
ployment surpassed the national rate
of 9.4 percent and Florida's overall un-
employment rate of 11.5 percent, which
was the highest since May 1975.
As a result the demand for public as-
sistance, namely in housing, job place-
ment and food stamps, shot up as well.
Due to unusually long waiting lists
for public housing, the Macclenny
Housing Authority and the county's
Section 8 program stopped accepting
applications March 1. The change only
affected the housing authority's one and
two bedroom units while three and four
bedrooms units, which have the highest
turnover, remained available.
Baker County's Section 8 program,
which provides tenants with vouchers
for units owned by private landlords
that take part in the program, reported
that it stopped accepting applications
altogether, waiting for the year-long
backlog to begin clearing.
Judy Whisman, the county's Sec-
tion 8 coordinator, said there were 221


people waiting for about 130 voucher-
funded units. The latter figure can vary
from time to time as landlords enter
and leave the program.
Worksource, the region's federally-
funded job placement agency, also re-
ported a dramatic reduction in private-
sector employment opportunities at a


y commissioners Gordon Crews and Alex Robinson, Clerk
:e director Debbie Perryman during one of this year's bud
time when the number of job seekers
increased month after month.
Similarly, the number of food stamp
participants jumped by 36 percent,
from 3042 in May 2008 to 4133 a year
later, according to figures from the
Department of Children and Families
(DCF). When compared to May 2007,
food stamp participation, or how many
individuals benefit from the program
here, had risen 83 percent.

Government budgets tightened as
funding dried up
Less commerce in the community
also meant less funding for state and
local governments, including those in
Baker County.
Nonetheless, the county commission
held the property tax rate unchanged,
which was expected to lower taxes by
roughly $25,000, while the City of Mac-
clenny increased taxes only slightly.
Witnessing a dozen property owners
take the podium to protest increased
property taxes and its chambers packed


with nearly loo other like-minded
residents, county commissioners voted
unanimously September 3 to leave the
tax rate at $7.14 per $1ooo of taxable
property value.
Even so, the board needed to bal-
ance its $33 million spending plan with
$895,000 in reserves.
"Next year,
unless the Lord
blesses us two-
fold, we are
going to have a
day of reckon-
ing," predicted
Commissioner
Michael Crews
after thanking
past and present
commission-
ers for building
up the county's
rainy-day fund,
which reached
$11 million two
years ago.
Although
Macclenny city
of Court AI Fraser and commissioners
Iget workshops. were urged by a
handful of con-
stituents to lower property taxes and
cut their budget, the board adopted a
$6.2 million spending plan for 2009-
lo that included a $18,000 tax hike and
raises for city employees.
Florida started with a $6 billion
dollar hole its 2009-10 budget, but
passed a $66.5 billion spending pack-
age in May. In doing so, state legislators
cut many of Baker County's revenue
streams while bolstering others.
On the plus side, the state expected
to spend about $23 more per student
in Baker County public schools, said
district finance director Marcelle Rich-
ardson, but overall allocations dropped
about $128,000.
Other impacts from the state
budged included a $20 million hit to
one of the state's road improvement
grant programs that's heavily used by
small counties like ours, an estimated
$13,ooo drop for Emily Taber Library
and more than $800 million more in
court filing and tag fees statewide.


NEW JAIL OPENS,
ICE INMATES SLOW
TO ARRIVE
This year's largest construction proj-
ect was undoubtedly the new jail and
sheriffs administration complex off CR
228 north of Macclenny.
The 512-bed facility opened its
doors in June and spent the next few
months largely empty, other than 100
or so inmates from the streets of Baker
County.
It wasn't until September that 38
federal inmates from Immigration and
Customs Enforcement [ICE] arrived,
beginning a funding stream of $84 per
inmate per day. It's what Sheriff Joey
Dobson expects to use to repay more


than $42 million bonded to make the
project a reality.
While space for sheriffs administra-
tors, deputies, dispatchers and emer-
gency management personnel was oc-
cupied immediately, the jail's two cell
"pods" have been slow to fill up.
The number of federal inmates,
mostly from ICE but also other law
enforcement agencies, was fluctuat-
ing between about 160 and 200 during
mid-November. Sheriff Dobson said
at the time projections for November
were closer to 300.
"While the detainee population is
steadily climbing, we do not yet have
the numbers needed to support the
staffing levels set by the original projec-
tions," he said in a prepared statement
announcing jail employee furloughs.
"We must adjust our staffing levels
to the detainee level in order to match
expenses with income, just like any
other business," read the statement.
The furloughs began in the last pay
period of October and have continued
at one day per pay period for all of the
jail's 92 workers. The move didn't im-
pact patrol and investigation depart-
ments of the sheriffs office.
The furloughs, expected through
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'Gently used'

A'new' new style
KELLEY LANNIGAN I FEATURES
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Last August, when Lisa Milton opened Buttons &
Zippers, a resale shop specializing in new and gently
used clothing and accessories, she was surprised at
the response from the public.


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Bank funds get
JOELADDINGTON in the $50 to $70 range, and
NEWS EDITOR they're mostly at gas stations
reporter@bakercountypress.com and convenience stores like
Walgreens and CVS."
At least six customers of The fraudulent transactions
American Enterprise Bank in took place December 18-23 in
Macclenny lost a total of $3300 places like Fort Lauderdale,
the week prior to Christmas Naples and Boyton Beach; all
after a string of fraudulent pur- were from American Enterprise
chases in South Florida, accord- Bank's VISA check card ac-
ing to sheriffs office reports. counts.
The stolen funds were re- "Normally cases like this,
plenished within a few days and where somebody, say a waiter,
police are in the early stages of is stealing; it won't be just
their investigation. The Florida American Enterprise custom-
Department of Law Enforce- ers," Investigator Hardin said.
ment is also assisting. "That's a little weird, but we're
"The transactions are really trying to figure it out now."
odd," said Investigator John The two accounts suffering
Hardin. "They're low dollar the largest losses were those ol
amounts, usually below $1oo, a sheriffs deputy, Koty Crews,


swiped'
S and Glen St. Mary resident
s Nancy Mason.
Mr. Crews reported more
than $915 in unauthorized
S charges from December 18
S while Ms. Mason discovered
about $976 in unexplained
1 spending on December 21.
Police have not determined
how the bank accounts became
compromised.
"It's too early to say," said In-
vestigator Hardin, adding that
S it's possible the bank's security
measures or VISA's could've
S been overcome.
According to Deputy Larry
Clark's report of Mr. Crews'
complaint, the Macclenny resi-
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and more people looking for
cheaper clothing, furniture, ap-
pliances and other items priced
at a fraction of the retail cost.
Experts cite the soft economy
as the number one reason for this
trend. Part of the traffic consists
of shoppers who have changed
their buying habits and are using
the resale stores for the very first
time.
"There have always been
smart shoppers, as I like to call
them, who have utilized the re-
sale shops regardless of the state
of the economy," said Ms. Mil-
ton. "Growing up, I was taught to
shop this way."
Resale stores generate much
of their income from clothing
sales. They typically determine
what the current market price of
a clothing item is, then mark it
down about 70 percent.
For instance, American Eagle
jeans, a popular brand among
teens, sell in mall stores for $40
to $78. Ms. Milton can offer the
same jeans for around $16.
She carries other name brands
such as Abercrombie and Fitch,
Express, Hollister and Gap. The
Coach and Louis Vuitton hand-
bags sell well also. She says cus-
tomers seem very happy they get
these brands at the prices she is
charging.
"Some of the statistics I've
seen state that sales of major
retailers like Sears are down to
percent while resale vendor sales
have increased by that much,"
said Ms. Milton.
A survey conducted by the
National Association of Resale
& Thrift Shops claims the trend
might even be higher, averaging
a 20 percent increase since last
year.


Cathy
Rhoden,
who has op-
erated Cot-
tage Con-
signments
and Crafts
on McIver
Street in
Macclenny
since last
June, has
seen a very
steady
stream of
customers.
"I think
people
are think-
ing more
carefully
about how
they shop,"
she said.
'"They're
using all re-
sources including resale and con-
signment shops to economize."
According to Ms. Rhoden,
quality used baby items and
children's clothing are always
in demand. Because children
grow so rapidly, it makes sense
to penny-conscious parents to
spend $25 and get a large variety
of clothing, rather than just one
item at full retail price.
She says many clients main-
tain the clothing in good shape
and donate it back to the shop
when their children outgrow it.
In consignment, a portion of
the sale of an item goes to the
store and part to the donating cli-
ent. But there are exceptions.
"When it comes to children's
clothes, many clients who re-
donate don't want anything in
return for the items," said Ms.
Rhoden. "They tell me putting
the merchandise back in the


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customer has a need for specific
items not currently in stock, they
list them on the board and leave
their telephone number. Recent-
ly, one customer was able to buy
a shower chair that way.
"I think buying resale is just
making good economic sense
to more and more people," Ms.
Rhoden said.


market is their way of helping out
another family."
Resale and consignment
stores hold frequent sales, often
featuring items marked down by
50 percent or the always popular
buy one, get one free.
With the growing amount of
requests from customers, Ms.
Rhoden has begun keeping a
"Wanted Board" in the store. If a


Accounts 'swiped'
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dent said his bank reported that somebody hacked into a credit card
system and used information on file for about 120 Mercantile Bank
customers, as well as account holders at American Enterprise.
A call to Mercantile for confirmation that its customers were affected
was not returned.
An official with American Enterprise, who asked not to be identified
because they weren't authorized to discuss the fraud cases, confirmed
at least six accounts were compromised there and said other banks in
Northeast Florida were affected too.
Financial institutions routinely refund accounts that fall prey to
fraudulent transactions.
"The victims in these cases are the banks," the official said.
Two unrelated incidents of unauthorized credit card use occur-
ring in Baker County and Jacksonville were reported this past week
as well.
Jessica Davis of Macclenny said she lost her card December 17 and
noticed two days later it had been used twice in Macclenny and once in
Jacksonville with charges totaling about $133.
John McNutt of Sanderson said he left his wallet on top of his vehicle
at Cuz's One Stop December 15 and found that $600 was withdrawn
from his account the next day at an ATM inside the store.


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Friday, December 25.
Entire City of Macclenny pickup on Monday, December 28.
Regular pick up Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday:
December 29, 30, and 31.
No solid waste pickup on New Year's Day,
Friday, January 1.
Entire City of Macclenny pickup on Monday, January 4.

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DECEMBER 31, 2009


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,LETTERS TO


The ushering in of a new year
causes us, no forces us, to
take a look back on the past 12
months. In past years, I grew to
detest the annual year-end edi-
tion of the newspaper because it
involved going through 51 prior
ones, a tedious task in the best
of times that always hit when I
wanted to be doing something
else. And, of course, there's the
fact that like the college term
papers of old I always put it off
until the last minute.
Things are a bit different now.
We just pick the "top ten" stories
- in our judgement and some
of the year's more interesting
photos and let it go at that.
Still, 2009 merits comment
for things that happened outside
Baker County.
The hands-down Hero of 2009
is someone none of us had ever
heard of one year ago Charles
"Sully" Sullenberger.
He was, thank God, at the con-
trols of US Air Flight 1549 two
weeks into the new year when it
lost power hitting a flock of geese
on take-off in New York City. We
all remember the fuzzy video of
that jet making its "wheels-up"
emergency landing in the Hud-
son River between Manhattan
and New Jersey. We also remem-
ber the stunning photos of 155
passengers and crew standing
on the wings and being rescued
as the craft drifted with the swift
current in the river.
Sullenberger, providentially,
is an aviator with a national rep-
utation as an expert in air safety
and how to react in an emer-
gency. Listen to the tape of his
conversations with controllers
on the ground and it only adds
to the heroism [and I suppose,
we should add, that of the entire
flight crew].
This guyis a refreshing breeze
that blew through the stale atmo-
sphere over our universe of vacu-
ous celebrities famous for, well,
pretty much nothing. Sullenberg-
er's demeanor in the wake of the


Hudson River
Miracle was just
further proof
that he's the real
thing. I read the


day after the in-
cident that he was seen drinking
coffee in an airport shop unas-
suming and humbly accepting
the expressions of gratitude from
passers-by.
There are Sully Sullenbergers
among us, doing heroic things
both big and small. Doing what
he did makes him the "no brain-
er" Top Dog of 2009.
I can't let this year-end col-
umn go without mentioning
another stunner the speed
with which the American left has
moved its agenda forward since
capturing the White House and


both chambers of Congress one
year ago.
Hopefully, a year from now
we'll be able to say it was too
much, too fast for the American
people, that they struck back and
struck back hard in the congres-
sional elections of 2010.
It was a dizzying year of stim-
ulus spending, bulldozing private
sector banking and car compa-
nies, "cap and trade" and "re-
forming" the health care system
in this country both of which
continue to be ongoing political
sagas. I sensed the liberal left
and its high church the Democrat
Party planned to move fast, but
not this fast.
As for Mr. Obama, many of us
who did not vote for him [I know
of no one in private business who


did if you're out there, please
identify yourselves] entered
2009 wanting to give the guy a
chance. He was truly an unknown
with virtually no executive expe-
rience but what the heck he's
president for four years and it's
our country so why not wish him
well?
So far, he's shown himself to
be little more than a preening
narcissist given to speechifying
[with an addiction to the Tele-
prompter] and flying around on
Air Force One. We'll see how this
year goes but I ain't optimistic.
As for the Baker County
scene, 2009 was the year we all
had to truly start coping with
the economic slowdown. Not to
belittle those among us who lost
jobs and lost value in their most


valuable asset their homes,
but I suspect things are worse in
many other parts of the country.
Rural areas are overall faring
better than urban, and southern
states better that the northeast
and far west.
The very last people I listen to
when it comes to assessing the
economic situation are the gov-
ernment and Big Media. Look
around yourself and make your
own assessment. Things have
changed, we're not getting the
Cedar Creek development or an-
other large retail center near In-
terstate lo, the real estate market
is in the tank and most of us have
had to re-set our spending priori-
ties. But we're doing okay.
Happy New Year.


Impressed by the gifts he received at Christmas


MY SIDE OF

THE MATTER
ROBERT GERARD

So much noise!
In her bedroom next to my of-
fice, daughter Sara Beth is blar-
ing her iPod full bore while she
packs for Tennessee.
In the family room, a crowd
of boys is playing Beatles Rock
Band at full blast. They are "sing-
ing" Beatles songs they barely
know, like "I Am the Walrus," at
the top of their lungs.


Me, I'm trying to write for the
newspaper.
Lucy in the sky with Dia-
monds.
So, if whatever I'm writing
seems a little more out of joint
than normal, at least this week I
have an excuse. Christmas is over
and it's time to play with stuff.
It was a great Christmas and
I'm not exaggerating. Not just
the present getting but how the
kids put so much thought into
what they bought for everyone.
They really enjoyed the gift giv-
ing more than the gift getting this
year.
Of course, the gifts themselves


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reflected everyone's quirky per-
sonalities.
Son Spencer had bought his
brother a painting of a Cheetah
in a tuxedo with a patch over his
eye. His brother took one look
at it and declared it was the best
present ever!
I don't even know where one
gets a picture of a Cheetah in a
tuxedo. His grandfather, who was
a little confused by it, declared,
"A one-eyed dog will bite." That
got taken up as the saying of the
day.
You say you've got a revolu-
tion.
Son Dylan had found me a
pair of T-shirts fromA Christmas
Story, one of my favorite movies.
The yellow shirt had a picture of
infamous leg lamp and the green
shirt said simply, "I triple-dog
dare you." I love them, of course,
and wore them around all holi-
day.
Wife Kelley got a great gift
from the kids. They had their
friend Josh Wicker take pho-
tos of them in holiday colors at
Heritage Park and put them into
a frame that said Family. He did
a beautiful job and the pictures
were terrific. Kelley teared up at
it, a sure sign of a good gift in our
family.
We all live in a Yellow Subma-
rine.
Sister-in-law Debbie got me
a gift that is, well, indescribable.
I'll try but you have to see it to
appreciate it. Not that you ever
will.
It's one of those shower kilts
with my name monogrammed
on what can only be called the
crotch. It's a terry cloth kilt-skirty
thing that you put on after a
shower. If I wasn't afraid of mak-


ing people lose their lunch or col-
lapse in a fit, I'd take a picture of
me wearing it. I just don't want to
be responsible for the destruction
of civilization as we know it.
Sara got a pink Snuggie. I had
meant it as a joke since I have
loudly complained (can you
loudly complain in a newspaper
column?) about them a couple of
times.
Ironically, she squealed and
ran around the room with it yell-
ing, "I've got a Snuggie!" She was
thrilled.
Helter Skelter, Helter Skelter.
It has been a very bittersweet
Christmas holiday for us. Sara
Beth is packing and moving to
Tennessee at least through the
summer. She received an intern-
ship acting and costuming and
doing tech work at the Cumber-
land Playhouse in Crossville.
It's a wonderful theatre and
acting company and we're very
happy for her. If they like her
they'll take her into the com-
pany. Baker County native Britt
Hancock acts there when he isn't
on national tours and introduced
her around.
We're very happy but sad at
the same time. Other than when
she was at FSU the whole crew
has lived at home. Everybody's a
little shaky.
Yesterday, all my troubles
seemed sofar away.
Sara is worried about freezing.
She's cold-natured anyway and is
trying to figure out a way to make
her pink Snuggie attach so she
can walk around in it. I told her
she'd look like a pink monk, but
she doesn't care. "I'm freezin."'
So, all in all, it was a great holi-
day full of good cheer and good
music.


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IMPRESSIONS
Jim McGauley


is the hands-down hero of 2009


LETTERS TO
THE EDITOR


Dive for

Rolaids

Dear Editor:
I am up here in cold and snowy
Wisconsin and I read The Baker
County Press with a lot of fond
remembrances of Christmas in
north Florida.
I read about the Christmas
parade and how the lights were
all up and how citizens were
gathering toys for the disadvan-
taged kids, and then I read about
that guy [destroying] the sexual
predator sign. I also read that
self-serving letter his wife wrote.
After I read about that burglar
who was stealing guns to sell to
other criminals and was robbed
himself, I made a deep dive into
my Rolaids supply.
Bah, humbug on these two!
The thief should be turned over
to the feds for dealing in stolen
guns, and that molester is lucky
he doesn't have to wear that sign
around his neck!
Ya'll have a very Merry Christ-
mas and Happy New Year.

Kim Yarbrough
Class of1966
Caledonia, Wisconsin

Not one of

herchildren

Dear Editor:
I would like to make a cor-
rection to the obituary of Marie
Carter that was published in last
week's newspaper.
The name of Chris Dyess, one
of her children, was omitted and
my name was included. I am not
Marie's child.

Cyndi L. Crews
Macclenny

Praiseworthy

Dear Editor:
Recently while traveling North
through Florida, we experienced
a steering problem and we
stopped at Mixon Tire and Lube
in Macclenny. They promptly
serviced our tires, corrected the
problem, and insisted that there
was no charge.
Such an experience is rare in
today's society. They are worthy
of praise and recognition, and
are a tribute to the community of
Macclenny.

Jay and Mary Gibson
Naples, FL


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Top stories of 2009 ...


< From page 1
February, save the Baker Correctional
Development Corporation the non-
profit charged with managing the facil-
ity and paying back the bonds about
$36,600 a month.
The sheriffs office administration
chief Brian Bishop reported December
29 there were 135 ICE detainees with 50
more expected this week.
A tele-conferencing system that will
allow detainees to attend court hearings
remotely from the jail is expected to in-
crease the ICE inmate population. It's
expected to launch in mid-January, Mr.
Bishop said.

HALEIGH
CUMMINGS
GOES MISSING

Though it happened 80 miles away,
the disappearance of Haleigh Cummings
from her Clay County mobile home re-
verberated through Baker County, as
the 5-year-old's mother, Glen St. Mary
resident Crystal Sheffield, coped with
the tragedy along with Haleigh's pater-
nal relatives here.
Her grand-aunt Patricia Yeomans, a
school bus driver along with Haleigh's
grandmother Marie Griffis, began or-
ganizing fundraisers and other displays
to keep the youth's name and face in the
public eye.
One example came in late-February,
about two weeks after the disappear-
ance. On each of the buses at the school
district's Lowder Street garage, a pink
ribbon was tied to the grill in Haleigh's
honor.
"She has a lot of friends here," said
Ms. Yeomans after finishing her route
February 24. "We got to talking about
how we could support Haleigh and Marie
and help to get the word out. We decided
on the bus ribbons and made pins and
flyers. We're working on having shirts
made, too."
A few months later, with new leads to
police drying up and the media frenzy
taking its toll, Ms. Sheffield and her
mother, who had been camping near
the Satsuma neighborhood from which
Haleigh disappeared, returned to Baker
County.
"The stress down there was just a
little too much for her," Ms. Griffis said.
"... Now that we're home, we're doing
good. Besides Haleigh being missing,
everything's gone back to normal as far
as our daily routines."
That routine changed the morning of
June 26, when authorities spent about
six hours searching 45 acres and two
ponds at the family's Mud Lake Road
property with cadaver dogs.
The property had been scoured two
days after the disappearance in Febru-
ary, but reports from the family that ani-
mals like horses and goats were buried
there prompted investigators to rule out
human remains.
"There's no reason to believe it's not
an animal," said Putnam County Sheriffs
Office Detective Dominic Piscitello, who
was joined by 40 officers from his depart-
ment and others from the Jacksonville
and Baker County sheriffs offices.
Officers did find drug paraphernalia
inside a cigarette pack in the 1991 green
and white Ford registered to Jesse Wat-
kins on the opposite side of the property
away and far from the family's mobile
homes.
Flyers urging anyone with informa-
tion about Haleigh's disappearance to
call authorities still remain at many area
businesses.

SWINE FLU KILLS 1
LOCALLY, INFECTS AT
LEAST 4


Sixteen-year-old Melissa Kambo receives the
nasal spray form of the H1N1 vaccine.
Our area went relatively unscathed
by the spread of the newest strain of the
influenza virus commonly called swine
flu.
Known officially as the HIN1 virus, it
first appeared in Baker County last July
when lab tests confirmed two male pa-
tients at Northeast Florida State Hospi-
tal were infected.
Hospital staff quickly isolated the pa-
tients after they displayed flu-like symp-
toms and results from a rapid influenza
A test came back positive. Health depart-


ment epidemiologist Vivian Crews said
90 percent of the time, influenza A turns
out to be swine flu.
The results triggered the disburse-
ment of Tamiflu, a drug used for both
treatment and prevention of influenza, to
52 other patients and 80 staff members,
plus the quarantine of two living areas at
the facility.
The quarantine was lifted by mid-
month and both men survived, unlike a
52-year-old Macclenny woman who died
in a Jacksonville hospital in late Septem-
ber from HIN1.
The unemployed woman, who was
not identified by health officials, had a
number of underlying health problems.
To ward off further infections, the
Baker County Health Department held
its first public swine flu vaccination clinic
at the high school gymnasium October
31, administering close to 300 doses.
The clinic targeted groups the most
at-risk for HIN1 including anyone six
months to 24 years old, pregnant wom-
en, those with chronic medical condi-
tions or a weak immune system, people
who live with or care for infants less than
six months old and health care profes-
sionals.
Vaccines also began reaching private
clinics inside Walgreens and CVS stores
as the number of swine flu deaths state-
wide reached 140. Reported hospitaliza-
tions from the virus reached 1187 while
deaths hit 186 by December 22.
The vaccines remain available at the
health department, 84 W. Lowder St.
Call 259-6291 ext. 2230 for an appoint-
ment.

PRIVATIZERS
THREATEN NEFSH


Rep. Janet Adkins and county commissioner
Mike Griffis.


Fifty years after being established,
Northeast Florida State Hospital battled
yet another attempted take over by pri-
vate health care interests.
In the face of overwhelming commu-
nity support to keep the hospital public,
state legislators eventually scrapped a
proposal to privatize the facility and save
the state more than $3 million during
budget negotiations in late April.
The state senate eliminated a similar
provision in its budget package a month
earlier after loo-plus residents, govern-
ment officials and hospital staffers trav-
eled to Tallahassee to voice their oppo-
sition to privatization efforts reportedly
being pushed Boca Raton-based GEO
Care Inc., which manages three hospitals
in South Florida.
Leading the effort were state senator
Charlie Dean and house representative
Janet Adkins.
"I am grateful the house agreed to
keep Northeast Florida State Hospital
as a state facility," said Ms. Adkins, a
Fernandina Beach Republican whose
district includes Baker County. "This is a
very important issue to my constituents
and the families in Baker County."
NEFSH supporters feared that turn-
ing over management of the facility could
lead to layoffs, reductions in benefits, re-
location of the hospital to another part of
the state, or all of the above.
And while the privatization proposal
was defeated in 2009, local officials have
said they expect the fight to continue
during the 2010 legislative session.
The legislature's Office of Program
Policy Analysis and Government Ac-
countability, or OPPAGA, conducted
an inquiry at the facility last summer.
According to County Commissioner
Michael Crews, OPPAGA staffers asked
questions that led him to believe their
eventual findings would reflect nega-
tively on the hospital and its current
management.

6 SANDERSON MAN
STABBED TO DEATH


The murder of Sanderson resident
Sterling F. Howell was one of the most
tragic events of 2009. A day before his
57th birthday, Mr. Howell was stabbed
to death near his home off S. CR 229 the
evening of April 1 in what Sheriff Joey
Dobson called a "very violent" attack.
Early the next morning, police had


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in custody his neighbor, Aaron M. Fox.
The 26-year-old ex-convict was accused
of the murder, as well as stealing Mr.
Howell's truck.
Sheriff Dobson
said in a post-ar-
rest press confer-
ence that investi-
gators spoke with
Mr. Fox's live-in
mother, who over-
heard him talking
on his cell phone
Sa about obtaining the
Victim's banking
S information and
that he left wearing
Aaron Fox gloves.
She called Mr.
Howell's residence, but couldn't reach
him and later made the call to police re-
porting a disturbance, the sheriff said.
About two weeks later, a grand jury
took about three hours to indict Mr. Fox
on charges of first degree murder and
robbery with a deadly weapon.
While the accused could receive the
death penalty for the murder charge,
robbery with a deadly weapon carries a
maximum sentence of life in prison. The
case still pends.
Mr. Fox was released from state prison
in 2007 after serving time for burglary
and grand theft. He was also wanted at
the time of his arrest in Duval County in
connection with a DUI case.
"It doesn't look like we'll be offering
him a negotiated plea," said then-assis-
tantant state attorney Patrick McClintock,
referring to Mr. Fox's status as a prison
release re-offender.
Another murder case concluded this
year when Melanie
Lee Jackson was
sentenced to life
in prison with no
possibility of pa-
role for shooting
her husband, Kevin
Jackson, in the back
six times in March,
2008.
The trial took
place in May and
ended with a revela-
tion that a female Melanie Jackson
juror had an ongo-
ing relationship
with one of Ms. Jackson's sons and didn't
disclose it to court officials.
The pair was seen by an investigator
leaving the courtroom holding hands.
Prior to that, the judge, attorneys and
other jurors had no knowledge the two
were acquainted.
Judge James Nilon denied Public
Defender George Nelson's request for a
new trial based on possible misconduct
involving the nature of the alleged rela-
tionship of juror Amanda Daniels and
Ms. Jackson's oldest son James Wallace.
Nearly a dozen family members of
victim Kevin Jackson were present in the
courtroom for the sentencing. Four fami-
ly members read personal statements be-
fore Judge Nilon while Meloney Jackson
sat with her head bowed, looking down.
"I thought I knew about grief," stated
Tommie 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 myself to hate or allow her selfish
actions to embitter me ... I will remember
the good years before she changed and
cherish those memories."


CEDAR CREEK


The bursting of the housing bubble
slowed residential growth in Baker Coun-
tyto a virtual standstill during 2009; and
the impact could be seen most notably
with the now defunct Cedar Creek devel-
opment.
A few years ago, the 16o00-acre resi-
dential, recreational and commercial
playground for retiring Baby Boomers
seemed like an inevitable tidal wave
that would change the area for years to
come.
This year saw the slow unraveling of
that vision.
Cedar Creek's Coral Gables-based
manager Adrian Development began
defaulting on its financial obligations in
2007 and 2008, which led its investment
partner, New York City-based Oracle
Partners, to file a lawsuit.
The settlement last spring gave Oracle
the Cedar Creek project, along with oth-
ers Adrian had been managing elsewhere
in the state. Within months of hiring an
Atlanta-based real estate consulting firm
to manage it, about 2200 acres of Cedar


Creek's 3000 acres between Glen St.
Mary and Margaretta on the north side
of US 90 was in foreclosure.
Cedar Creek's demise did benefit two
other developers planning industrial
parks on US 90 at opposite ends of the
county.
Dallas-based Jackson-Shaw Co. and
Lake Butler's Roberts Land & Timber In-
vestment Corp. funded a traffic variance
application submitted by the county that
when approved last month by the Florida
Department of Transportation [FDOT],
allowed thousands more vehicles on I-lo
before costly improvements like widen-
ing or interchanges will be required by
developers.
The added traffic was reserved for


Thursday, December 31,2009


The driver of the pickup that struck the semi above became one of 14 drivers to die this year on
Baker County's roadways.


projects that created long-term jobs, a
stipulation that Cedar Creek managers
weren't happy with. Though their objec-
tion to the variance slowed it down, a
failure by Oracle to follow-up with docu-
mentation eventually solidified FDOT's
approval.
The industrial parks are expected to
generate more than 5000 new jobs in
the area, given development actually
takes place. Both projects remain in the
planning stages.

DUPREE GETS 8
YEARS FOR WNH
EMBEZZLEMENT

The odd thing about the theft of near-
ly $200,000 from
patient accounts
at Wells Nursing
Home by former
employee Kathryn
Dupree wasn't that
the 36-year-old
Macclennyresident
thought she could
get away with it.
What was re-
ally strange was
how she spent the
money. There were Kathryn Dupree
big-ticket purchas-
es like vehicles, a tanning bed and four
wheelers; but also an exotic monkey.
The animal was purchased for breed-
ing purposes and required special milk,
which Ms. Dupree also bought along
with a cage. The animal later died.
A second-floor courtroom was filled
with nursing home employees and oth-
ers the morning of March 23 when Ms.
Dupree was sentenced to eight years in
prison and 22 years on probation.
The first two years are being spent at a
restitution center in Jacksonville, where
her pay will be garnished to begin repay-
ing some of the stolen money.
Ms. Dupree, the second Wells em-
ployee in recent years caught stealing
from patient accounts, turned down a
plea agreement before the February 12
trial. She would have gotten a year fol-
lowed by probation.
A six-member jury deliberated a little
more than an hour February 12 before
finding the mother guilty of embezzling
funds totalling $193,000 from a patient
trust account.
"The scope of this crime is enormous,"
said prosecuting attorney Geoff Fleck
of Gainesville in his closing argument.
"This money was from a trust fund for
patients and she (Ms. Dupree) betrayed
that trust. These are outrageous exam-
ples of misconduct."
Even in the face of considerable pris-
on time due to the multiple felony counts
- one for grand theft and 43 for fraud
- the defendant turned down the state's
plea offer to avoid trial.
Regarding the guilty verdict, juror
Gary Rosenstone stated, "I hated to do it,
but it had to be done. If you break the law
in such a way, you have to pay for it."

YEAR'S TRAFFIC
FATALITIES TIE 2008


The number of people killed on local
roadways thus far in 2009 total 14, the
same figure logged for all of 2008. Most
involved head-on collisions or vehicles
that veered off the road into trees, and
many victims were not wearing seat
belts.
The first occurred just two days into
the new year in a three-vehicle mishap


at the scene just after 4:oo00 pm when
his 1992 Chevrolet sedan was struck by
a northbound pickup as the first vehicle
was turning south from CR 124.
Neither Mr. Baird nor his seriously
injured passenger Mary Taylor were re-
strained by
seat belts,
according
to the Flori-
da Highway
Patrol.
Lt. Bill
Leeper of
FHP's Jack-
sonville
district of-
fice said the
Chevrolet
was hit by
the pickup
after it col-


lided with a
1998 Chev-
rolet SUV
driven by


Brittany N. Taylor, 17, of Glen St. Mary.
The SUV was turning south on CR 229
as well, but from a dirt road intersecting
from the west.
Other fatal accidents resulted in the
death of multiple persons in the same
crash.
Two died one hour before sunrise on
February 2 in a crushing head-on colli-
sion on SR 121 just south of the entrance
to Northeast Florida State Hospital.
Trooper Dan Myers of FHP said a
southbound 2009 Pontiac crossed the
center line about two miles south of In-
terstate to and struck the left front of a
northbound 2006 Toyota pickup driven
by Arthur Hewett, 61, a construction su-
pervisor from Lake Butler. He died at the
scene.
The impact propelled the Pontiac onto
the west shoulder where it overturned.
The vehicle was occupied by the second
fatality, Charles Sharp, 21, of Jackson-
ville, who also died at the scene. Trooper
Myers said he was not wearing a seat
belt.
Another dual traffic fatality happened
the early evening of June 17 when two of
four occupants in a car that left CR 125
north of Glen St. Mary died several hours
after being airlifted to Shands Jackson-
ville.
Daniel Burke, 55, of Massachusetts
and Gerald P. Ward, 56, of Sanderson
became the seventh and eighth persons
killed on Baker County roads this year.
Fire and rescue workers labored for
45 minutes to extricate driver Paul Du-
rant, 57, of Pensacola, who suffered se-
rious injuries, and Mr. Burke from the
northbound 2000 Lincoln Continental
that had driven off the eastern shoulder
and into a large oak tree.
FHP reported the accident was alco-
hol-related.
The year's fatalities also included a
handful of out-of-state residents like
Mr. Burke and Kenneth Parrish of Selma
North Carolina. Mr. Parrish, 60, was
driving east on I-to near Sanderson
when his 2001 Chevrolet left the travel
lanes for an unknown reason, crossing
the emergency lane and nearby shoul-
der.

MUD
| BOGGING
10FIASCO

While new development proposals
were pretty rare in 2009, one sparked
heated opposition from surrounding res-
idents and even fractured friendships.
Plans for a 20-acre mud bogging pit
off Mud Lake Road first surfaced in June
when Troy McCullough applied for a
temporary use permit from the county
to operate the recreational venue for one
year.
Roughly 20 neighborhood residents
spoke in opposition to the mud bog cit-
ing fears of excess noise, littering, traffic
congestion, loss in property values and
nuisances that accompany large crowds
and alcohol consumption.
With the request narrowly denied 3-
2, Mr. McCullough appealed the decision
to the Baker County Commission.
Travel plans and a death in Mr. Mc-
Cullough's family delayed that hearing
until August, which gave Mud Lake Road
residents ample time to further their
campaign against the mud bog.
Light green ribbons were tied around
mailboxes along the south county thor-
oughfare and one yard displayed a large
sign in the same color that read, "No mud
bog in my backyard."
Mr. McCullough eventually withdrew
the appeal, but has since said he hopes
to establish a mud bog off SR 121 just
over the state line in Georgia. Earlier this
month he asked county commissioners
about their interest in purchasing dirt re-
moved for a future mud bog pit and using
county equipment to perform the work.
County Manager Joe Cone said last week
he doubts that's possible because the
county's liability insurance doesn't cover
work performed outside Florida.




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Construction at the new Dollar General location in early December.


PHOTO BYJOELADDINGTON


Store is nearly completed


Discrepancy
A manager at the Country
Club Lounge disputed that Selena
Roberts, the victim of an alleged
attack occurring outside the S.
6th St. bar December 16, is an
employee of the establishment,
as was stated in the December
24 edition of The Press under the
headline "Live-in girlfriends are
arrested."
A police report of the incident
listed Ms. Roberts as a clerk at
the lounge.


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One of the few new construction projects in Baker
County is the new Dollar General just northeast of
the current location on S. 6th St. in Macclenny.
Given cooperative weather, it's expected for com-
pletion in the next 15 to 30 days, said MVG Develop-
ment Director Tim Greene of Ponte Vedra Beach.
Denver-based MVG owns the half-acre site and
will lease it to the discount retailer based in Good-
lettsville, Tenn.
'The storefront's complete, some of the rough-ins
are done, the drywall is installed; it's coming along
pretty well," Mr. Greene said in mid-December.
"They're probably getting ready to pave before too
long."
The project has moved quickly, breaking ground
only two months ago.
The existing Dollar General in Macclenny has
outgrown its space in the Baker Square [Winn-Di-
xie] shopping center, where interviews have been
taking place for a new store set-up team.
The company plans to hire about 20 temporary
workers to put up shelving and stock inventory once


construction ends. Dollar General also maintains a
store in Glen St. Mary and employs seven to eight
staff members at both locations.
Earlier this year, it opened a location in Baldwin.
The expansion to 9000 square feet in the new
prefabricated metal building next to McDonald's
is just a small part of the company's nationwide
growth, which is also taking place while other retail-
ers are struggling.
Dollar General operates about 8700 stores in
the US, plans to open 600 new stores in 2010 and
remodel or relocate about 500 other outlets, accord-
ing to a recent report from Reuters.
"Things are tough, but Dollar General is doing
well," Mr. Greene said, citing a recent Wall Street
Journal report about the company's strong posi-
tion.
The article states that Dollar General reported
fiscal 2008 sales rose about 10 percent, to $10.5 bil-
lion, from the previous year. Other low-cost retailers
like Dollar Tree and Family Dollar have seen similar
gains. Both also have stores in Macclenny.
The other new construction project occurring
within city limits is the Guerry Funeral Home build-
ing going up on E. Macclenny Avenue. The existing
building is set for demolition.


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Slams man on head with board


A Macclenny bar patron was arrested dur-
ing the early morning of December 23 for
striking another patron on the head with a
board.
Deputy Brandon Kiser said a surveillance
video outside Mac's Liquors shows Jeremy
Rhoden, 25, hit Mark Crews, 28, also of Mac-
clenny, with one of several boards lying on the
ground. The video also shows a male known
only as Ricky engaged in the attack.
The accused told the officer he and Mr.
Crews argued shortly after 1:00 am when
the former accused him of flirting with a girl-
friend. The confrontation took place outside
the building.
Mr. Crews initially refused transport to
Fraser Hospital for treatment of the head
laceration, but later went there by private ve-
hicle.
Mr. Rhoden was booked for aggravated
battery, a second-degree felony.
County deputies responded to a number of
domestic-related fights and incidents over the
Christmas holiday weekend, including two on
December 24 where criminal complaints were
filed against all parties.
Deputy Kevin Jenkins filed domestic bat-
tery complaints against Harold Castleberry,
30, his girlfriend Kassie Crews, 22, his ex-wife
Meggy Castleberry, 22, and Darrell Perry, 30,
following a fight at an address off Arnold Rho-
den Rd. west of Glen St. Mary about 8:00 pm
on Christmas Eve.
All of the suspects except Mr. Perry of Glen
have Macclenny addresses.
A physical altercation broke out between
the two females shortly after Ms. Crews and


Mr. Castleberry returned with the latter's
children from a visitation. The ex-wife, who
Deputy Jenkins said had been drinking, con-
fronted them about being late and as they
scuffled, Mr. Perry, with an infant child in his
arms and also smelling of alcohol tangled up
with Mr. Castleberry.
The Department of Children and Families
was notified because of the presence of the
infant and other small children.
Deputy Jenkins filed complaints against
Billy McCrary, 31, his wife Betheny, 29, and
his niece Tara Weber, 20, following an early
morning fight at a residence off Smokey Rd.
west of Glen.
Ms. Weber said she returned about 3:30
and was attacked by the uncle, who was hold-
ing her 1-year-old son in his arms. The wife
then joined in the fracas and the officer noted
in his report all parties were "highly intoxi-
cated." DCF was notified in this case as well.
Julie Starling was named in a complaint
for battery for allegedly striking her brother
Timothy Gross, 38, in the head with a milk
container during an argument at a residence
off CR 125 north the afternoon of December
27.
Ms. Starling denied the accusation, but a
witness backed up the brother's version of
events that began when he asked his sister
to borrow her pickup truck. Deputy Jeffrey
Shouse said the incident left Mr. Gross with a
bruised right eye.
The same officer arrested Tommy Bryant,
33, of Sanderson for violating an earlier court
order to stay away from estranged wife Jean-
nie, 33 and their lo-year-old son.


Ms. Bryant said the accused showed up at
a residence on Johnny Harvey Rd. the eve-
ning of December 27 and made verbal threats
against her and David McQuaig, who lives
there. He also reportedly threatened the ex-
wife in Jacksonville earlier that day, and she
reported it to police there.
Mr. Bryant denied the allegations despite a
cell phone record indicating he made calls to
the ex-wife. He did admit to confronting the
son earlier that day.
Sharonda Ellis, 23, called police about
8:00 am on Christmas Day to say she was
attacked in a bedroom at her Sycamore Dr.
address by ex-boyfriend Elmo Thompson, 29,
also of Macclenny.
Ms. Ellis told Deputy Daniel Nichols the ac-
cused held her down on a bed and choked her
before her mother and step-father intervened.
Mr. Thompson then left the property, but not
before taking Ms. Ellis' cell phone.
The complaint alleges domestic battery
and petty theft.
Alicia Cabrera-Thomas told Deputy
Shouse she received threatening phone calls
Christmas Day from her step-son Jason
Thomas, no age or city of residence indicat-
ed.
Mr. Thomas, phoned later by the officer,
denied the allegation and said he was only
returning a call from Ms. Thomas.
Ms. Thomas said he has been receiving
similar calls from the step-son at her Osceola
Rd. address near Sanderson since the death of
her husband. The report notes that she has an
active restraining order against Mr. Thomas'
mother, with whom he lives.


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A criminal complaint alleging
grand theft and forgery was filed
December 21 against a former
employee of Wayne Frier Mobile
Homes in Macclenny for forging
three checks intended for pay-
ment of outdoor steps.
Paul Barrow of Jacksonville
told police he left the checks in
the custody of William Carter, 52,
of Glen St. Mary in early Septem-
ber with the understanding they
would be cashed on the 9th of the
month until the $1ooo cost of the
steps was paid off.
The checks were issued for
equal amounts, and Mr. Barrow
told Deputy Shawn Bishara he
left the payee line blank at the
suggestion of Mr. Carter, who
said he would fill in the company
name later with a rubber stamp.
By the time a company rep-
resentative contacted him seek-
ing payment, Mr. Barrow real-
ized two of the three checks had
cleared his bank and the third
one bounced because of the early
deposit.
Ronald Frazier of the Frier
organization furnished samples
of Mr. Carter's handwriting, and
they matched that of both the
payee and endorsement on the
checks.
Mr. Frazier said the former
employee left the business on
Woodlawn Rd. on December 16,
a day before his wife reported
him missing. He was later said to
be with his parents in Kentucky,
but Deputy Bishara was unable
to make contact with him.
In another case involving
theft by an employee, Kimberly
Hoenig, 19, of Lawtey, Fla. was
charged with stealing an estimat-
ed $1400 from cash drawers at
the Macclenny Walmart during a
one-month period starting in late
November.
A store security worker fur-
nished the sheriffs department


pre-datei
with surveillance video alleg-
edly showing Ms. Hoenig taking
cash on eight occasions between
November 26 and December 22.
The amounts varied from a low of
$20 to a high of $400 on Decem-
ber 17.
Deputy Daniel Nichols said
Ms. Hoenig signed a confession
for the store but refused to dis-
cuss the allegations with him.
She was booked at county jail
for third-degree felony grand
theft.
In a case of shoplifting at the
same store, Richard Rhoden, 26,
of Jacksonville was named in a
criminal complaint after being
stopped outside the store by a


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Deputy Jeffrey Shouse said
he was called by a store security
worker about midnight Decem-
ber 22 after Mr. Rhoden and
companion Rachel Rhoden, also
26 of the same address, were
seen pushing a shopping cart
with merchandise into the store
lobby.
Deputy Shouse stopped the
couple in their 1993 Honda and
Mr. Rhoden produced a $32 co-
logne set he admitted stealing.


The Baker County Histori-
cal Society is trying to identify
properties such as old barns and
sheds in the Baker County area
that may house interesting col-
lections. The History Channel
is interested in the history and
memories of such items and the
people who own or collect them
and will be producing a show on
this topic to air in 2010. Please
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Police chase down man


for 2 vehicle burglaries


Sheriffs deputies arrested a
Jacksonville man early on Christ-
mas Eve morning for the burglary
of two vehicles off Marvin Laura-
more Rd. north of Macclenny.
Timothy Dugger called police
when he went outside his resi-
dence about 5:15 am and noticed
the interior light on in his wife's
2002 Chevrolet SUV and a male
subject seated inside.
By the time he retrieved a
spotlight, the suspect was driving
away in a 1990 Chevrolet sedan
and Mr. Dugger followed him,
noting the license number as he
called police.
The suspect, later identified
as Jarett Newcomer, 31, drove
down CR 23D to the dead end at
Oak Grove Church, then exited
back toward SR 121 to the east as
Mr. Dugger attempted to block
the pavement.
Deputy Chris Walker got be-
hind the vehicle and noted the
matching license before he and
two other deputies pulled over
Mr. Newcomer near 121 and CR
23A north of Macclenny. Dur-
ing a subsequent search, Deputy
Walker said he found change on
the suspect believed stolen from
Ms. Lauramore's vehicle.
Mr. Newcomer said he had
left his girlfriend's home to get a
drink; the girlfriend told police he
left her house to get cigarettes.
He was booked on two counts
of burglary to a vehicle, third-
degree felonies. Nothing was
reported taken from Mr. Laura-
more's truck.
In other recent reports:
Vince Famesi said a half doz-
en chainsaws belonging to him


Warned


earlier on


reckless


ATV rides

Police arrested a 15-year-
old male at his west Macclenny
residence after several warnings
about driving recklessly through
neighborhoods on a four-wheel
ATV and eluding pursuing depu-
ties.
Deputy Daniel Nichols was
one of two officers who respond-
ed Christmas Day afternoon to
renewed complaints about the
youth speeding both on- and off-
road near pedestrian and other
traffic.
The officer said he spotted the
boy, whose identity he knew, near
South Boulevard about 3:30 and
chased him at high speeds until
he lost sight of the ATV when it
drove into a wooded area near
the residence of the boy's mother
on South Boulevard.
While he was speaking with
the mother, who initially sug-
gested the fleeing rider may be
someone other than her son,
Deputy Nichols signaled Deputy
Shawn Bishara to stage near the
woods after he heard the sound
of the ATV idling.
The boy came into sight flee-
ing the second deputy, and his
mother affirmed his identity
when she saw him. The boy once
again eluded the pursuing offi-
cer.
Later, Deputy Nichols said he
went to the suspect's home and
he initially denied being on the
ATV that afternoon, stating he
had been in the bathroom during
the earlier visit by the officer. His
mother then re-affirmed that she
saw him drive off in front of the
second deputy.
The boy was charged with
high-speed fleeing, a third-de-
gree felony, reckless driving and
driving without a license. The
Department of Juvenile Justice
was notified and ordered him
released back into the mother's
custody.
In an unrelated case also in-
volving a traffic violation, Chris-
topher Parish, 26, of Macclenny
was jailed December 22 for driv-
ing on a license with to prior sus-


pensions.
Deputy Thomas Dyal said he
saw Mr. Parish run through a stop
sign about 11:30 that morning at
North Boulevard and North 6th
and stopped the vehicle nearby.

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and brother Marty were taken
from an open garage beside his
home on River Circle overnight
on December 21. The saws, all
but one of them gas-powered,
had a total value of $2500.
The brothers suggested to
Deputy Shawn Bishara that a
neighbor known to have a drug
problem may have been respon-
sible.
Melissa Knight called police
the morning of Christmas Eve
when she returned home about
10:45 and discovered her resi-
dence off Ben Rowe Circle had
been entered through a rear win-
dow.
Deputy Walker said it ap-
peared someone rummaged
through property including
Christmas presents in the living
room and a bedroom, but Ms.
Knight reported nothing taken.
The officer retrieved a piece
of blanket from near the window
believed to have been used to ob-
scure fingerprints.


Wins queen-size Gator afghan

Jennifer Smith of St. George, GA (right) was the lucky winner of a queen-
size Florida Gator afghan given away by the Baker Woman's Political Net-
work recently. Presenting it to her is Janet Harvin, president of the orga-
nization. Visitors to the network's booth during the Christmas Parade and
craft show in downtown Macclenny earlier this month took chances on
winning the afghan. At the same event, the network sponsored a Christ-
mas card signing intended for military personnel in Iraq, Afghanistan and
others recovering from wounds at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Wash-
ington.
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE POLITICAL NETWORK


Punches woman, horse


A Glen St. Mary man was ar-
rested Christmas Eve night for
punching a woman and her horse
after he had fallen from another
horse while riding in the area of
CR 125 south of Taylor.
According to police, Tommy
Bryant, 33, became upset and
began striking a horse belonging
to Stephanie Stelma, 38, also of
Glen. She told Deputy Jeff Daw-
son that Mr. Bryant then turned
on her when she admonished
him for abusing the animal, and
he punched her in the face.
A third rider, identified as
Brandi Alford, no age or address
listed, dismounted and came to
Ms. Stelma's defense and Mr.
Bryant allegedly began fighting
with her as well.
Ms. Stelma then secured the
horses and left the scene to call
police.
Deputy Dawson later found
Mr. Bryant lying face down and
unresponsive on a nearby tram


road. He arrested him for disor-
derly intoxication.
Ms. Alford was not immedi-
ately located after returning to
Ms. Stelma's residence off Harris
Rd. to retrieve her vehicle, and it
is not known if she sustained any
injuries from the confrontation.
Ms. Stelma had a laceration to
the left side of her face.
A complaint for battery was
filed against Mr. Bryant, who
was arrested three days later for
violating a restraining order bar-
ring him from contact with his
estranged wife and their lo-year-
old son.
Kenneth Gainey, 41, of Sand-
erson was jailed late on Christ-
mas Day for DUI after a deputy
was tipped off to his erratic driv-
ing on South 6th near Interstate
lo in Macclenny.
Deputy Ben Anderson said he
was advised that Mr. Gainey had
nearly struck several vehicles
while leaving the Exxon store


south of the interstate, and the
officer got behind the vehicle as
it crossed I-to. It swerved in and
out of the northbound lane sev-
eral times before he stopped it
north of the viaduct.
Mr. Gainey refused to submit
to either field sobriety testing or
the breathalyzer when he got to
county jail.


Dinners cancelled
Cub Scout Pack 555 has can-
celled the spaghetti dinners they
planned to sell January 9 at the
Cornerstone Church on South 7th
in Macclenny. They would like to
apologize for any inconvenience.


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NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to a Writ
of Execution issued in the County Court of Baker
County, Florida, on the 19th day of November,
2009, in the cause wherein, COUNTRY FEDERAL
CREDIT UNION was plaintiff and DIANE HODGES
was defendant, being Case No. 2005-SC-80 in
said Court, I, Joey B. Dobson, as Sheriff of Baker
County, Florida have levied upon all the right, title
and interest of the defendant, Diane Hodges, in
and to the following described personal property,
to-wit:
2001 CHEVROLET MALIBU
VIN#: 1G1ND52J616174269
(Note: Anyone interested in viewing the vehicle
being sold may do so prior to the time of the sale
at Higginbotham's Towing & Recovery located at
7611 W Mount Vernon Street, Glen St. Mary, FL.)
I shall offer this property for sale, at the front
entrance of the Baker County Courthouse, 339 E.
Macclenny Ave. in Macclenny, FL, County of Baker,
State of Florida, on January 12, 2010 at the hour
of 11:00a.m., or as soon thereafter as possible.
I will offer for sale all of the defendant's Diane
Hodges, right, title and interest in the aforesaid
personal property, at public auction and will sell
the same, subject to taxes, all prior liens, encum-
brances and judgments, if any, to the highest and
best bidder for CASH IN HAND. The proceeds
to be applied as far as may be to the payment of
costs and the satisfaction of the above described
execution. (NOTE: In accordance with the Ameri-
cans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities
needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact the Baker County
Sheriff's Office at (904) 259-0245 prior to the date
of the sale.)


12/10-12/31


JOEY B. DOBSON,
Sheriff of Baker County, Florida
By: Pamela L. Davis, D.S.


REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
RESTROOM BUILDING ST. MARY'S SHOALS
PARK
The Baker County Board of Commissioners will
be accepting proposals for the construction of an
approximately 460 sq. ft. restroom toilet building
for St. Mary's Shoals Park, Baker County, FL. The
building is to be constructed of concrete strip foot-
ings and concrete-block walls. Roof is to be wood
truss with pre-finished metal roofing and soffits.
Toilet building is to contain 4 toilets (3 standard/
1 ADA) and 3 sinks (2 standard/ 1 ADA) for each
sex. Building should include mechanical room.
All related plumbing; ventilation; electrical; site
work; handicap accessible ramps; and ADA-park-
ing spaces are to be included in the contract. Well
and septic are to be subcontracted by contractor.
Drawing and submittal of building plans and per-
mitting must be completed by contractor. All work
must be completed by February 26, 2010. Project
to be completely funded by a grant from the Recre-
ational Trails Program (RTP).
Proposals shall be submitted to the Baker County
Board of Commissioners, 55 North Third Street,
Macclenny, FL 32063 on or before Monday, Janu-
ary 4, 2010 at 3:30 p.m. Submittals should be
marked "Shoals Restroom RFP" on the outside of
the proposal. All prospective bidders/respondents
are hereby cautioned not to contact any County Of-
ficial other than the specified contact person. Any
questions regarding the project should be made to
Maurice Postal at (904) 259-3613.
The Board of County Commissioners reserves the
right to reject any and all proposals, to waive any
informalities and irregularities in the proposal pro-
cess, and to award the contracts) in the best inter-
est of the county. All contracts will be fashioned so
as to protect the county's interest.
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HIGGINBOTHAM'S TOWING & RECOVERY
7611 WEST MT. VERNON
GLEN ST. MARY, FL. 32040-1120
Phone (904) 259-4375 FAX (904) 259-6146
The following vehicle will be sold at public
auction January 22, 2010 at 10:00 am, at Hig-
ginbotham's Towing & Recovery, 7611 West Mt.
Vernon, Glen St. Mary, FL. 32040.
1991 Mazda 4 dr.
VIN #1YVGD22B5M5162383
2009 ASPT Trailer
VIN #NOVIN0200801140
1996 Chevrolet Blazer
VIN #1GNCS13W2T2214260
12/31
NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE
NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to a Writ
of Execution issued in the County Court of Baker
County, Florida, on the 19th day of November,
2009, in the cause wherein, COUNTRY FEDERAL
CREDIT UNION was plaintiff and WILLIAM E.
STEWART, was defendant, being Case No. 2004-
CC-318 in said Court, I, Joey B. Dobson, as Sheriff
of Baker County, Florida have levied upon all the
right, title and interest of the defendant, William
E. Stewart, in and to the following described per-
sonal property, to-wit:
1999 OLDSMOBILE SILHOUETTE MINI
VAN
VIN #: 1GHDX03E8XD167398
(Note: Anyone interested in viewing the
vehicle being sold may do so prior to the
time of the sale at Higginbotham's Towing
& Recovery located at 7611 W Mount
Vernon Street, Glen St. Mary, FL.)
I shall offer this property for sale, at the front
entrance of the Baker County Courthouse, 339 E.
Macclenny Ave. in Macclenny, FL, County of Baker,
State of Florida, on January 26, 2010 at the hour
of 11:00a.m., or as soon thereafter as possible. I
will offer for sale all of the defendant's William
E. Stewart, right, title and interest in the aforesaid
personal property, at public auction and will sell
the same, subject to taxes, all prior liens, encum-
brances and judgments, if any, to the highest and
best bidder for CASH IN HAND. The proceeds
to be applied as far as may be to the payment of
costs and the satisfaction of the above described
execution. (NOTE: In accordance with the Ameri-
cans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities
needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact the Baker County
Sheriff's Office at (904) 259-0245 prior to the date
of the sale.)
JOEY B. DOBSON,
Sheriff of Baker County, Florida
By: Pamela L. Davis, D.S.
12/24-1/14
A, R&R, INC
10525 DUVAL LANE
MACCLENNY, FL 32063
Phone (904) 259-4774
The following vehicle will be sold at public
auction January 15, 2010 at 8:00 am at A, R&R
INC, 10525 Duval Lane, Macclenny, FL 32063.
2004 Cadillac Deville
VIN #1G6KD54Y64U110109
12/31
2008 Storms Disaster Recovery CDBG Public
Comment Period
Baker County has been awarded $395,781 from
HUD and the Florida Department of Community
Affairs to undertake eligible recovery activities
related to damages caused by Tropical Storm Fay
in 2008. Baker County, the City of Macclenny and
the Town of Glen St. Mary have decided to use the
funding for the repair of roads damaged by Tropi-
cal Storm Fay.
Please contact Maurice Postal, Grants Coordinator,
Baker County Board of Commissioners, 55. N. 3rd
Street, Macclenny, FL, 32063, for a copy of the
proposed 2008 Storms Disaster Recovery CDBG
grant application. Please submit any comments
on the proposed grant application to the above
contact person, by mail or in person, by 5:00 p.m.
on Monday, January 4, 2010.
Non-English speaking persons are invited to sub-
mit comments on the proposed 2008 Storms Di-
saster Recovery CDBG grant application. Transla-
tion services will be provided by the Baker County
Board of Commissioners.
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12/24-12/31


in I ni ulnuii Uuunl ur Inc HiE I JUUiIUAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION
CASE NO: 02-2008-CA-000135
CITIMORTAGE, INC.,
PLAINTIFF,
VS.
JAMIE LEE OAKES, ET AL.,
DEFENDANTSS.

NOTICE OF ACTION
CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE
TO: LINDA OAKES
whose residence is unknown if he/she/they be living;
and if he/she/they be dead, the unknown defendants
who may be spouses, heirs, devisees, grantees, as-
signees, lienors, creditors, trustees, and all parties
claiming an interest by, through, under or against
the Defendants, who are not known to be dead or
alive, and all parties having or claiming to have any
right, title or interest in the property described in the
mortgage being foreclosed herein.
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to fore-
close a mortgage on the following property:
LOTS 5 AND 6, BLOCK 49, TOWN OF
GLEN ST. MARY, FLORIDA, ACCORDING
TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 1, OF THE PUBLIC
RECORDS OF BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA.
has been filed against you and you are required to
serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it
on DAVID J. STERN, ESQ. Plaintiff's attorney, whose
address is 900 South Pine Island Road #400, Plan-
tation, FL 33324-3920 on or before January 22,
2010, (no later than 30 days from the date of the
first publication of this notice of action) and file the
original with the clerk of this court either before ser-
vice on Plaintiff's attorney or immediately thereafter;
otherwise a default will be entered against you for
the relief demanded in the complaint or petition filed
herein.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court at
BAKER County, Florida, this 15th day of December,
2009.
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
BY: Jamie Crews
DEPUTY CLERK
LAW OFFICES OF DAVID J. STERN
ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF
900 SOUTH PINE ISLAND ROAD SUITE 400
PLANTATION, FL 33324-3920
08-69724FNM
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH
DISABILITIES ACT, persons with disabilities need-
ing a special accommodation should contact COURT
ADMINISTRATION, at the BAKER County Court-
house at 904-259-8113, 1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or
1-800-955-8770, via Florida Relay Service.
12/24-12/31
MEETING DATES
Notice is hereby given that the Baker County Hospi-
tal Authority Board will meet at 4:30 p.m. and hold
a joint meeting with Baker County Medical Services
at 5:30 p.m. on the following dates:
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Wednesday, April 21,2010
Wednesday, July 21,2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
The meetings will be held at the Commerce Cen-
ter 20 East Macclenny Avenue, Macclenny, Florida
32063
The public is invited to attend.
Glenn McKendree, Chairman
Baker County Hospital Authority
12/31


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OPEN UP TO


A NEW YEAR!


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THAN SERVING THIS COMMUNITY!
SO TO ALL OF THOSE WHO HAVE STOPPED BY HERE,
GO OUR BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY NEW YEAR,
AND WE HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL AGAIN, IN THE YEAR 2010!


OUR ENTIRE STAFF WISHES YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR

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UNTIL NOON.
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Inaugural for the 'Tigers in Tune'


5th grade


chorus in


its debut

KELLEY LANNIGAN
FEATURES
features@bakercountypress.com
Nancy Mason, a fifth grade
teacher at Keller Intermediate,
has always loved music and uses
it frequently as a tool for teach-
ing. Because Keller didn't have a
music program, she decided, in
her own small way, to do some-
thing about it.
Tigers in Tune, the fifth grade
choir she started at the school this
year, gave its first performance at
a Christmas music concert De-
cember 17.
The happy and excited group
presented a striking image on
stage in coordinated red and
black outfits. The program fea-
tured eight holiday tunes and
among the selections was an
old English wassail song called,
"Here we come a' caroling."
Wassail songs were tradition-
ally sung at Christmas to wish
someone good health and fortune
in the coming new year.
Here we come a-caroling
among the leaves so green.
Here we come a-wand'ring so
fair to be seen.
Love and joy come to you.
And to you glad Christmas
too.
And God bless you and send


PHOTO BY KELLEY LANNIGAN
From left: Teacher Nancy Mason directs students Miranda Dehart, Mackenzy Clark, Lily-Anne Drawdy, Alyssa Guidash,
Meara Tarte, Noah Schatz, Jordan Griffis and Mallory Godwin. At top is Trista Gibson.


you a Happy New Year and God
send you a Happy New Year.
The Tigers sang to pre-re-
corded music except for one
song. During a beautiful perfor-
mance of "Silent Night," Savan-
nah Jones, daughter of Keller
assistant principal Bonnie Jones,
accompanied the children on
guitar.
"I love music," said Ms. Ma-
son. "I participated in the school
choir when I attended the Uni-
versity of North Florida as an
education major."
She also minored in theatre
arts, another skill that helped
her plan, direct and produce the


choir's first performance.
The children started rehears-
als last September after audi-
tions were held. A panel of three
people auditioned 60 children,
choosing 25 to participate. The
students had the option of sing-
ing their own selection during
the audition.
"If they didn't have anything
prepared, we had them sing the
lyrics of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little
Star," said Ms. Mason.
As the concert date drew near,
Tigers In Tune got a warm-up ex-
ercise for performing in public by
singing at a recent Baker County
School Board meeting.


The concert took place in
Keller Intermediate's cafeteria.
According to Ms. Mason, parents
and family members were thrilled
and described the children's per-
formance as "sensational."
Ms. Mason said she was grate-
ful for everyone's support and
especially for the support of caf-
eteria staff.
"They worked hard making
Christmas cookies so everyone
could have some refreshments
afterwards," she said.
Ms. Mason and Tigers In Tune
are planning another perfor-
mance next spring.


'Hoppin' John' by any other name


KELLEY LANNIGAN
FEATURES
features@bakercountypress.com
It is not known exactly how the
custom of consuming black-eyed
peas and rice to bring in the new
year originated, but many Baker
County families will be cooking
and serving this traditional fare
on New Year's Day 2010.
One local vendor, DD's Sports
Bar on West Macclenny Avenue,
plans to make the southern deli-
cacy the centerpiece of its menu
on New Year's Day.
Louise Pierce of Macclenny
has fond memories of eating this
traditional New Year's food. She
no longer puts in the same time
and effort to cook the fresh peas
or prepare the same quantity as
she used to, but for nostalgia's
sake there is still a little on her
table every New Year.
"My family always had
it for New Year's," she
said. "I don't cook
large meals any-
more so I don't
make an entire
pot of it like
I did in the
past. How-
ever, I al-
ways cook a
little rice and
get myself a
can of black-eyed _
peas from the store
at least."
The traditional New
Year's Day meal in the southern
United States consists of black-
eyed or field peas served over rice
and usually flavored with some
chopped onion, a ham hock or
bacon, salt and sometimes a dash
of red pepper. Greens, usually
collards, mustard or cabbage, are
served with it, along with corn
bread.
The rice and peas dish eaten
in the South is a version of one
traditional throughout the Carib-
bean. In the Carolinas, rice and
peas eaten together are known as
Hoppin' John.
A 19th Century travelogue
through the southern states kept
by Frederick Olmstead states:
"The greatest luxury which they
are acquainted with is a stew of
peas, bacon, rice and red pepper


which they call 'Hoppin' John.'"
No one is entirely sure of the
significance of the name, but one
story from the low country of
South Carolina claims the dish
was sold in the streets of Charles-
ton by a crippled vendor known
as Hoppin' John.
The foods are symbolic and
the meaning of the meal is to
demonstrate frugality, thereby
creating a better chance of at-
tracting prosperity and luck in
the coming year.
"Eat poor on New Year's Day,
eat fat the rest of the year," was a
popular saying in the past.
Eating Hoppin' John the day
after New Year's further demon-
strates frugality and is supposed
to attract even more luck and
prosperity. On that day, the left-
over Hoppin' John is referred to as


Skip-
pin' Jenny.
Peas are symbolic of pennies
or coins. A green vegetable is
eaten because green is the color
of money. The corn bread typi-
cally served with the meal on this
day has no symbolic meaning
- southerners just like it and its
good for sopping up the broth
from the peas.
Some people cook the peas
and rice separately, then ladle
the cooked peas over rice before
serving. Others prepare the peas,
then add the rice to the pot so the
two can finish cooking together.
Sally Harvey of Taylor follows
another common NewYear's Day
custom associated with eating
peas and rice when she serves it


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Just before eating, a shiny
new dime is stirred into the peas.
Whoever ends up with the dime
in their serving is supposed to
have extra good luck in the com-
ing year.

Hoppin' John Recipe

2 cups dried black-eyed peas
Cold water
1 pound lean slab bacon or 1
pound meaty ham hocks
1 large onion, chopped
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed
red pepper flakes
4 cups water or chicken broth
2 cups uncooked long-grain
white rice
Salt and black pepper to taste

Soak, rinse, and drain dried
black-eyed peas. Place black-
eyed peas in a large soup pot
over medium-high heat
and cover with cold
water; bring to a
boil. Remove
from heat;
cover and
let stand 1
to 2 hours.
Drain
S and rinse
o/ beans.
/ Using the
same large
soup pot, over
medium-high
heat, add soaked
black-eyed peas, bacon
or ham hock, onion,
and red pepper. Add
water or chicken broth;
bring to a boil. Reduce
heat to medium-low and cook for
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cover, and cook 20 to 25 minutes
or until rice is tender and liquid
is absorbed. Remove from heat
and season to taste with salt and
pepper. Makes 8 servings.


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MOVIE REVIEW


Avatar an 'experience'

But still has elements of Westerns


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BOB GERARD
PRESS STAFF

"Wow! That was amazing."
That was what my son kept
saying over and over after he saw
Avatar in IMAX 3D.
I agree with him.
Though I didn't go the extra
distance and see director James
Cameron's $300 million sci-fi/
western in IMAX, the 3D experi-
ence was enough to convince me
what all the buzz was about.
More than just being a film,
Avatar is an experience. It is un-
like any other 3D movie I've ever
seen because it isn't about the
tricks. It's about total immersion
in the world that Cameron has
created.
What a world it is. Pandora is
one of the moons of the planet
Polyphemus, where a multi-na-
tional corporation is drilling for
precious minerals. It's also the
home of the Na'vi, an 8' tall blue
race of people that the miners call
"the blue monkeys." The Na'vi
are a spiritual people who live in
a very dangerous world full of di-
nosaur-like animals.
It is lush and beautiful and
very alien and completely com-
puter generated. That's where
the magic lies. Cameron and
company have completely built
this magnificent world inside a
computer and even the Na'vi are
computer generated.
But what separates this com-
puter wizardry from other CG
films is the fact that after a while
you just forget about it. Instead
of calling attention to itself after
the first 20 minutes of the 2-plus
hour movie, you are just watch-
ing an incredibly beautiful, very
alien world.
Now on to the story, where the
movie becomes just a movie. If
you want to understand the plot
of this movie, think Dances With
Wolves meets The Last Samurai.
Essentially, Avatar is a traditional
Western.
Jake Sully (Sam Worthington)
is a paraplegic Marine who is sent


to Pandora to replace his scientist
brother who died during a project
to study the Na'vi. Sully is linked
to a genetically grown Na'vi ava-
tar. He will live among and study
the Na'vi in hopes that they will
stop attacking the miners.
But former Marine colonel
Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang),
who heads mine security, has
other ideas. He wants Sully to in-
filtrate the Na'vi and find out all
their secrets so that the merce-
naries can attack and destroy the
Na'vi. As a Marine, Sully agrees.
Sully doesn't have an easy
time. On an early expedition
with other avatars led by Dr.
Grace Worthington (Sigourney
Weaver), Sully becomes sepa-
rated from the rest and lost in the
jungle.
He is saved from an attack of
vicious wild dogs by Neytiri, a
Na'vi females. Neytiri (Zoe Sal-
dana) takes him back to the Na'vi
village where her father the chief
decides to save his life.
Sounds a lot like every Joel
Chandler, Randolph Scott West-
ern I watched as a boy. It is. At
this point in the movie, we know


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exactly what will happen next.
Sully will "go native." He will re-
alize that the civilization that the
Na'vi's have built is far superior
to the one in which he lives.
He will go through a rite of
passage and instead of taming a
wild mustang, it will be a dragon-
like bird. And finally he will do
battle with the mercenaries who
want to rape the land.
It's pretty formulaic but the
simple fact is that I liked those
old Westerns and like this movie,
too. Add to that the breathtaking
beauty of the CG world Cameron
has created and you have a film
that is well worth seeing.
Don't look for brilliant acting
or emotional depth of character.
You won't get it here. If you want
that see Invictus or rent Up.
Instead, just sit back for a
thrill ride and get sucked into
the world of Pandora. Cameron
spent a ton of money to realize
his vision and in the end he suc-
ceeds brilliantly. In fact, even the
Ray Ban 3D glasses look a little
stylish after a while.
Avatar is rated PG 13 for vio-
lence. I give it 4 out of 4 stars.


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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS
REGARDING REZONING
OF LANDS OF THE CITY OF
MACCLENNY
The City Commission of the City of Macclenny, Florida shall consider
Ordinance No. 10-01, "AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF
MACCLENNY, FLORIDA PROVIDING FOR ACCEPTANCE OF A
REZONING REQUEST FROM DAVID MOTLEY, PARCEL I.D. NO.
05-3S-22-0000-0000-0031 & 05-3S-22-0000-0000-0033; REZONING
THE LANDS DESCRIBED HEREIN FROM COMMERCIAL
GENERAL (CM) TO PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT
(PUD); PROVIDING FOR INTENT; AUTHORITY; FINDINGS
OF CONSISTENCY; FINDINGS OF FACT; SEVERABILITY;
RECORDATION AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE."

SYNOPSIS: Ordinance No. 10-01 involves an application for
PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT of approximately 4 acres of the
City of Macclenny. The Subject Property is located at George Hodges
Road. The complete legal
description by metes and
bounds and the ordinance
can be obtained from the -. -
office of the City Clerk. -

FIRST READING: A
public hearing on the first
reading of the proposed w
ordinances will be held .
on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 in the City Commission Chambers at
City Hall, 118 East Macclenny Avenue, Macclenny, Florida. There
shall be no vote by the City Commission regarding this ordinance at
this meeting. The City Commission meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m.
and the public hearing will be held shortly after the meeting is called
to order. Interested persons may appear at the hearing and be heard
regarding the proposed ordinance.

COMMISSION VOTE: A public hearing requiring City Commission
action on the proposed ordinance will be held on Tuesday, February
9, 2010 in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall, 118 East
Macclenny Avenue, Macclenny, Florida. The City Commission meeting
will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the public hearing will be held shortly after
the meeting is called to order. Interested persons may appear at the
hearing and be heard regarding the proposed ordinance.

The proposed ordinance is available for review at the City Manager's
Office, City Hall, on Monday through Friday during regular business
hours. Should any person decide to appeal any decision made as a
result of this hearing, such person will need a record of the proceedings
and may need to ensure that a verbatim record of these proceedings is
made. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons
needing a special accommodation or an interpreter to participate in
this proceeding should contact the City Manager at (904) 259-0972 at
least 48 hours prior to the time of the hearing.


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OBITUARIES


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Edwin Becan, 95,
of Lake Placid dies
Edwin C. Becan, 95, of Lake
Placid, Florida died Saturday,
December 26, 2009. He was
born in North Bergen, New Jer-
sey to Fran-
cis J. and
Anna Kara
Becan on A
December
11, 1914. Ed
was em-
ployed by
Lowe Paper
Company in
Ridgefield,
NJ for 43
years before
retiring in Edwin Beacon
1979.
He relocated from Elmwood,
NJ to Macclenny in 1981 and
then on to Lake Placid in 2004
where he resided until his death.
Ed was a 4th Degree member
and a past Grand Knight of the
Knights of Columbus. He was
predeceased by loving wife Eliz-
abeth (Betty) and brother Rob-
ert.
Survivors include son Edwin
C. Becan Jr.; four grandchildren,
including Charles of Macclenny;
four great-grandchildren; three
great-great-grandchildren.
The funeral Mass was held at
lo:oo am on December 30 at St.
Mary's Catholic Church with Fa-
therJose Maniyangat officiating.
Interment followed at Green-
lawn Cemetery in Jacksonville.
Ferreira Funeral Services was in
charge of arrangements.

Donald Crawford,
54, business owner
Donald Gene Crawford, 54,
of Jacksonville died Wednes-
day, December 23, 2009 at the
Acosta-Rua Center for Caring
following an extended illness.
He had resided in Jacksonville
most of his life and was the son
of the late Donald Crawford and
Lula Little Crawford.
Mr. Crawford was a self-em-
ployed heavy equipment opera-
tor and owner of Gene Crawford
Landscaping of Jacksonville.
Survivors include daughter
Jennifer Crawford of Edgewa-
ter, FL; sisters Kathy Edwards of
Deltona, FL and Elaine Kichen of
Texas; brothers Ricky Crawford
of Altamonte Springs, FL, Bill
Beck of Two Egg, FL and Hank
Miller of St. Augustine; numer-
ous nieces and nephews.
The graveside funeral service
was held December 29 at 3:oo
pm at the North Prong Cem-
etery with Rev. Jim Cox officiat-
ing. Guerry Funeral Home was
in charge of arrangements.

Watch night
service to be held
Vineyard of Love Ministries in
Olustee will have a NewYear's Eve
watch night service with Evange-
list Jimmy Albritton. Service will
begin at 8:30 pm. Call 397-0455
for more information.

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


Dolly Brown, 69,
dies December 21
Dolly Mae Brown, 69, of New
York, formerly of Baker County,
died December 21, 2009. She
was the
daughter of
Arthur Wil-
liams and
Edna Reed
Williams,
and attend-
ed school
in Baker
County. She
was a very ~ '
cheerful.
child.
Mrs '
Brown at- Dolly Mae Brown
tended
the Allen Chapel AME Church
with her mother and other fam-
ily members. She later married
Norman Wallace. He and son
Robert Wallace both preceded
her in death. She later married
Lane Ruise.
Dollie moved to New York
and was employed at Rock-
land State Hospital where she
worked for over 20 years. She
then returned home to Florida
and married Willie Brown, who
also preceded her in death.
Survivors include children
Dolly Woodard, Susan Ruise,
Michael (Karen) Ruise and Lane
J. (Terri) Ruise; brothers Clar-
ence (Rosa) Williams, Curtis
(Jimmy) Williams; sisters Delo-
ris (Dave) Williams, Doris Jean
Cooley and Bobby Lee (ElJ.)
Paige; nine grandchildren, 11
great-grandchildren; sisters-in-
law Magnolia, Lillie, Cloretta,
Caldonga and Oweida Williams;
a host of nieces, nephews, oth-
er relatives and many special
friends.
Visitation will be held January
1 from 5-7:00 pm at Allen Cha-
pel AME Church. The funeral
service will be held January 2 at
11:oo am at Faith Bible Church
with Elder Videll Williams of-
ficiating. Toston-La Frans' Fu-
neral Home of Jacksonville is in
charge of arrangements.


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CHURCH OF CHRIST
573 S. 5th St. 259-6059
Sunday Bible Study 9:45 am
Fellowship 10:30 am 11:00 am
Worship Services
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Windell Davis, 61,
ofSanderson dies
Windell Richard Davis, 61, of
Sanderson died Friday, Decem-
ber 25, 2009 at the Acosta-Rua
Center for Caring in Jacksonville
following
an extended
illness.
He was
a life-long
resident
of Baker
County and
the son of
the late
J.R. Davis
and Clarice
Hodges Da-
vis. He was Windell Davis
formerly
employed with Knabb Lands,
Inc. and worked at the Glen St.
Mary Nursery for over to years.
He enjoyed fishing and camping
with his family.
Survivors include fiance
Mary Lou Carroll of Sanderson;
daughters Teresa (Ronald) Lan-
ham and Mandy (Steve) Lan-
ham, both ofAltha, FL; sons Joe
(Michelle) Davis of Baxter and
Kevin (Jessica) Davis of Glen
St. Mary; sisters Kathy (Eugene)
Mette and Jeannie (Eddie)
Wheeler, both of Macclenny,
Carol (Mack) Simmons of Sand-
erson, Wanda (Phillip) Black-
burn and Robin (Josh) Collins,
both of Taylor and Darlene
(Tommy) Johnson of Glen St.
Mary; brothers Pee Wee (Nancy)
Davis and Gerald (Susan) Davis,
both of Taylor, Ronnie Davis and
Larry (Tammy) Davis, both of
Macclenny; step-children Bren-
da Sheptock of Alachua, Larry
King of Kentucky, Polly King of
Louisiana, Troy King of Glen
St. Mary, Darrell Crawford and
Stacy Crawford, both of Lulu, FL
and Sharon Crawford of West
Palm Beach; 25 grandchildren
and nine great-grandchildren.
The graveside funeral service
was held December 28 at 2:00
pm at the Macedonia Cemetery
with Rev. Albert Starling offi-
ciating. Guerry Funeral Home
was in charge of arrangements.


James Farley Jr.,
86, Air Force vet
James Madison FarleyJr., 86,
of Sanderson died December 23,
2009 at his home. He was born
in Dennysville, Maine to James
Madison
Farley Sr.
and Hope
Sprague
Farley on
July 9,
1923.
Mr. Far-
ley honor-
ably served
in the US
Air Force
8th Divi-
sion during James Farley
World War
II, was a member for 64 years in
the International Brotherhood of
Electrical Workers, and retired
in 1985 from Seaboard Coast-
line after 40 years of service as
an electrical supervisor. He was
a member of the Masonic Lodge
101 Ionic in Jacksonville.
Mr. Farley lived in Jackson-
ville for 37 years prior to moving
to Huntington, West Virginia,
and was a resident of Baker
County for the last six years. He
loved the outdoors and putter-
ing on his farm. He was prede-
ceased by son James M. Farley
III and four siblings.
Survivors include his loving
wife of 66 years, Mary B. Farley;
sisters Eva Rockwell, Deanna
LaKing, Susan Carate and Sha-
ron McLaughlin; brothers Dex-
ter and Phillip Farley; daugh-
ter-in-law Merri P. Farley; two
grandchildren; four great-great-
grandchildren.
The memorial service was
held December 30 at 2:00 pm
at V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Ser-
vices in Macclenny.

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The Road
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Corner of Madison & Stoddard
Glen St. Mary
Rev. Tommy & Doris Anderson
Bro. Edward McDonald, Co-Pastor
Phone: 904-259-2213
Sunday School:........... 10:00 am
Sunday Morning Service .... 11:00 am
Sunday Evening Service ..... 6:00 pm
Wednesday Night.......... 7:30 pm


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Methodist Church
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Macclenny, FL
Pastor Tim Cheshire
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Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 am
Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm
Wednesday Prayer Service 7:00 pm
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Sunday Children's Church 11:00 am
Sunday Evening Services 6:00 pm
Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting 7:00 pm
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Senior Pastor Independent Pentecostal Church
David Thomas
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Sunday School
Sunday Morning Worship
Sunday Evening Worship
Wednesday Night Service
Radio WJXR 92.1 Sunday

Youth Programs


Sunday School
Common Ground Sunday
Common Ground Wed. (Teens)
God Kids Sunday
God Kids Wednesday


Associate Pastor
Tim Thomas
2594575


10:00 am
11:00 am
6:00 pm
7:00 pm
9:15 am


10:00 am
11:00 am
7:00 pm
11:00 am
7:00 pm


Youth Pastor
Gar Crummey


www.christianfellowshiptemple.com


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


Road to Calvary Church


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Thursday, December 31,2009

Margaret Perry
dies December 17
Margaret Baker Perry died at
the Medical Center of Central
Georgia with her beloved fam-
ily members at her bedside on
Thursday,
December
17, 2009.
Mrs. Per-
ry was born
in Helena,
Georgia, the
daughter
of Emmett
Franklin
Baker and
Annie Ruth
Noblitt
B a k e r Margaret Perry
Holton. She
lived in Macon most of her life
and was a devoted wife, mother,
grandmother and great-grand-
mother and homemaker. She
attended Cross Keys Baptist
Church, Cherokee Heights Bap-
tist Church and Harvest Cathe-
dral Church. Mrs. Perry was re-
tired from the Georgia Forestry
Commission where she served
as payroll supervisor. She was
a past member and president of
Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority
(Alpha Nu Chapter) and she was
an avid gardener.
Mrs. Perry was preceded in
death by husband of 48 years,
Charles Farris Perry and brother
Emmett Franklin Baker Jr.
Survivors include sisters Em-
ily A. Baker of Roberta, GA, Di-
ane Norman, Sharon H. Mallory,
Brenda H. Gibbs and Cindi H.
Worthington, all of Macclenny;
sons CH (CPT) Charles 'Randy'
(Brigitte) Perry and Daniel A.
Perry, both of Macon; daughter
Donna Reynolds and compan-
ion Stanley W. Hamlin of Li-
zella, GA; eight grandchildren;
two great-grandchildren; many
nieces and nephews; beloved
animals Wally, Mickey, Preston
and Tabitha.
The funeral service was held
December 21 at 11:oo am at
Harvest Cathedral with the Rev-
erend Steve Sawyer officiating.
Interment followed at Glen Ha-
ven Memorial Gardens. In lieu
of flowers, the family has re-
quested that donations be made
to St. Jude's Children's Hospital,
332 North Lauderdale, Mem-
phis, Tennessee 38105. Hart's
Mortuary and Crematory was in
charge of arrangements.

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George Rhoden,
76, loved fishing
George Wray Rhoden, 76, of
Macclenny died December 25,
2009. He was born in Macclen-
ny to Fred Rhoden and Kather-
ine Johns on April 1, 1933 and
was a life long resident of Mac-
clenny and a member of the
Moose Lodge and the Republi-
can Party.
Mr. Rhoden loved to fish,
hunt and travel. He was prede-
ceased by brother Fletcher Rho-
den.
Survivors include his wife
Molly Melissa O'Neill Rhoden
of Macclenny; sons George
Bryan (Bridget) Rhoden and
Bentley Rhoden, both of Mac-
clenny; step-daughters Brittney
(Michael) Hurlbert of Glen St.
Mary and Corttney Chrystal of
Jacksonville, who was inspired
and so loved by George; siblings
Tommy Johns, Karen Rhoden
and Jimmy Johns, all of Mac-
clenny, Fred K. Rhoden of Ponte
Vedra; seven grandchildren; two
great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was held
at 2:00 pm on December 29 at
V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Ser-
vices Chapel with Pastor Sam
Kitching officiating. Interment
followed at Woodlawn Cem-
etery.


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Iris Sorensen, 60,
a wonderful artist
Iris L. Sorensen, 60, of Inter-
lachen died Wednesday, Decem-
ber 23, 2009 at North Florida
Regional Medical Center after
an extended battle with leuke-
mia.
She was a native of Glen St.
Mary and had lived in Inter-
lachen the past 13 years, moving
there from Beulah, North Da-
kota. She was a member of the
Florahome United Methodist
Church and VFW post # 10164
Ladies Auxiliary in Interlachen.
Mrs. Sorensen enjoyed gar-
dening and was a wonderful art-
ist. She loved life and was full
of mischief. She was preceded
in death by husband Henry A.
Sorensen; parents James War-
ren and Ellen Lindsey; nephews
Matthew Forsyth, James Cole-
man and David Coleman.
Survivors include son Coy
(Henry) Sorensen of Inter-
lachen; daughters Denille So-
rensen of St. Augustine and
Anyse Medwedeff of Gaines-
ville; sister Janice Hawkey of
Bull Shoals, Arkansas; brother
Wilbur Coleman of Earleton,
Florida; five grandchildren.
The funeral service was held
at 1:oo pm on December 29 at
the Florahome United Method-
ist Church with Pastor Louis
Tremblay officiating. Interment
followed at the Oak Grove Cem-
etery. Memorial donations can
be made to Johnson-Overturf
Funeral Home, 307 S. Palm Av-
enue, Palatka, Florida, 32177 to
help with funeral expenses.

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SOCIAL


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12
DECEMBER 31, 2009


SOCIAL NOTICE SUBMISSION INFORMATION CONTACT US
Birth announcements, wedding notices and social events must be submitted within four weeks of the event. By phone at 904.259.2400 or by fax at 904.259.6502. You can stop by our office located at 104 S. Fifth Street,
All news and advertising must be submitted to the newspaper office prior to 5:oo p.m. on the Monday prior
to publication, unless otherwise noted or arranged. It is requested that all news items be typed or emailed to Macclenny, FL or mail your submission to PO Box 598, Macclenny, FL 32063.
insure accuracy in print. We are available online at www.bakercountypress.com


Azalee and Clifford Dugger
Celebrate 50th anniversary with cruise
Azalee "Lee" and Clifford Dugger of Jacksonville, formerly of Baker
County, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a 17-night
cruise in Italy. They were married January 1, 1960 in Jacksonville. She
is the former Azalee Croft. Their children are Sherry Burnham of Jack-
sonville, Darlene Herold of Glen St. Mary and the late Judy Martin.
The Duggers have five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.


CONGRATULATIONS
The parents of Niesha Giv-
ens would like to take this time
to acknowledge our daughter's
hard work and dedication in pur-
suing her dreams in becoming a
Physician's Assistant. Niesha is
currently earning her bachelor
degree at Florida State College
of Jacksonville. She graduated
from ACT for Medical Assist-
ing then Sanford Brown and
completed the Surgical Tech
program. Upon receiving her
bachelor's Neisha plans to at-
tend University of Florida for
her Masters.
Currently Neisha works at
Memorial Hospital five days a
week, goes to school full-time
and runs a daycare on the week-
ends. We continue to encour-
age her because we believe all
things are possible through Je-
sus Christ. We are so proud of
Neisha and will continue sup-
porting her! Niesha, we love you
and wish you all the best.


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Lanore West
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The family of Lanore West
of Sanderson would like to con-
gratulate her on graduating from
Florida A&M University on De-
cember 11, 2009. Lanore gradu-
ated Magna Cum Laude with a
Bachelor of science in psychol-
ogy and a minor in socialogy. She
plans to pursue her master degree
at UNF. Lanore is the daughter of
Joseph and Mary Paige West.

School Lunch
MENU
January 4 January 8
Offered everyday:
Cold lunch plate of chef salad with
wheat roll or crackers and dessert (when
offered) 1% lowfat white milk, '2%
lowfat flavored milk, orange juice.
Monday,January 4
Breakfast: Turkey and sausage breakfast
burrito, fruit juice, milk
Lunch: Slice of pepperoni pizza or
cheeseburger on a bun, choice of 2 sides:
baked french fries, seasoned mixed
vegetables, chilled applesauce and a
homemade cookie
Tuesday,January 5
Breakfast: Egg with cheese breakfast
burrito, fruit juice, milk
Lunch: Pepperoni pizza hot pocket or
ham with pinto beans and rice, choice of
2 sides: raw veggies with lowfat ranch
dressing, seasoned green beans, chilled
fruit juice and a homemade wheat roll


PHOTO SUBMITTED

Redneck Cooking donates $500
The Council on Aging director Mary Baxla (pictured at left) receives a $500 donations from Fred Martian and Brad Raulerson
(at right) of Redneck Cooking. Also shown is the council's financial officer Daphne O'Brien. The money was raised during one
of four weekend BBQ dinners offered by Baker Beverage in honor of its 10-year anniversary in October. Redneck Cooking sup-
plied the meals. The council also received recent donations from the local Methodist men's group, Florida Power and Light,
Wachovia Bank and two anonymous donors. The funds were used for holiday meals and gifts for seniors.


Wednesday, January 6
Breakfast: Sausage biscuit, peach slices,
fruit juice and milk
Lunch: Spaghetti with meat sauce and
a slice of homemade wheat Italian bread
or fish crisp on a bun, choice of 2 sides:
baked potato rounds, creamy coleslaw,
steamed broccoli and a homemade
chocolate chip cookie
Thursday, January 7
Breakfast: Cereal with slice of toast,
fruit juice and milk
Lunch: Beef stroganoff over egg noodles
with a homemade wheat roll or breaded
chicken patty on a bun, choice of 2 sides:
golden corn, lettuce and tomato slices,
chilled fruit choice and a roasted peanut
cup (gr. 7-12 only)
Friday, January 8
Breakfast: Chicken biscuit, fruit juice
and milk
Lunch: Hamburger or hot dog on a
bun, choice of 2 sides: baked french
fries, lettuce and tomato slices, creamy
coleslaw.


SCHOOLACTI CITIES
January 4' Janua 5
District-wide: Schoo resumes BCHS:Gi basketball @ Hill-
- Studen'tc and tea chrs re- iard, .oo .m. BMS: Basket-
turn. BCHS: Girls' basketball ball e Oak Girls 5:30
@C Union., 6:00 p.m. KIS: FAIR p.m. Boys 6:45 p.m. KIS: FAIR
testing k A testing. WES: School advisory
S| council mtg., 6:00 p.m. Good
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I apologize for any inconvenience
that I have caused you.
Thank you,
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SPORTS


Page


13
DECEMBER 31, 2009


SPORTS NOTICE SUBMISSIONS CONTACT US
We welcome your sports submissions for youth league, traveling league or individual athletic achievements. The By phone at 904.259.2400 or by fax at 904.259.6502. You can stop by our office located at 104 S. Fifth Street,
paper reserves the right to publish submissions. It is requested that all news items be typed or emailed to insure Macclenny, FL or mail your submission to PO Box 598, Macclenny, FL 32063.
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Ethan Munson (left) and Darvin Ruise at the all star game in Sebring December
The accolades keep rolling in for the BCHS Wildcat football players.
Four senior Wildcats were named to the All First Coast football team by
the Florida Times-Union.
Quarterback/safety Darvin Ruise, last week a Super 24 selection by
the T-U, is a first-team defensive player. Ruise is a quick, physical de-
fender who was selected for the Athlete position. He posted three inter-
ceptions at safety and also scored 11 touchdowns from his quarterback
position this season. He made a verbal commitment to Missouri, which
will probably slot him either at safety or linebacker.
Defensive lineman Ethan Munson was also a first-team selection.
Munson, who had six sacks and 21 stops in the backfield, is a physical
and speedy lineman who also bolstered the offensive line when needed.
Munson is a versatile player and a very hard hitter. Munson and Ruise
were also named to last week's Northeast Florida Coach's Association
All Star Team.
Cody Wheeler is a second-team selection at linebacker. Like Mun-
son, Wheeler is a hard hitter who always seems to be around the ball.
He could always be depended upon for a big hit in a crucial situation
for the Wildcats.
Harold Moore is a third-team selection at cornerback. Moore is the
fastest player on the field for the Cats and as well as a solid corner, He
is also an excellent return threat and running back.


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PHOTO BYJUDJOHNSON


First Coast Classic begins
The annual Florida First Coast Classic boys basketball tournament began this week
in the BCHS gym. Pictured above are the Ridgeview Panthers taking on Melody
Christian Academy of Live Oak the evening of December 29. The Wildcats played
later that evening defeating Union County 68-41 on the heels of a third-quarter
surge. The Cats outscored UCHS 22-9 in the period and Chris McCray had a game
high 19 points in the win. The Wildcats play Crescent City at 8:00 pm December
30. Please see next week's edition for full coverage of the tournament, which also
includes teams from Wolfson High, Bradford County, Crescent City and Suwannee
County.


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Darvin Ruise and Ethan Mun-
son made the Baker County Wild-
cats proud with a great showing
in the annual F.A.C.A. all-star
game in
Sebring De-
cember 22.
The best
players from
around the
state come
together
every year
to partici-
pate in the
state asso-
ciation's all-
star classic Coach BobbyJohns
and it has
not been easy for Wildcat players
to get themselves invited. Over
the past two seasons, three Wild-
cat players have been selected to
show their talents in this game.
I am an active member of the
association, and have worked
very hard to get the recognition
needed for these players to have
this opportunity.
The game is a competition of
the top players in north Florida
pitted against those in south
Florida. Last season, I was one
of the North team's offensive co-
ordinators as the North defeated
the South. Former Wildcat Hank
Farmer played in the game and
was selected as a captain and the
team's MVP.
This year Darvin Ruise, a
standout safety and quarterback
for the Wildcats, was selected to
play at safety and Ethan Munson,
the Wildcats' impressive defen-
sive and offensive lineman, as a
defensive lineman. Both young
men played a huge role in the
game for the North team.
Darvin, also selected as a team
captain, played safety, returned
kickoffs and held for extra points.
He made several great plays on
defense and was the signal caller
for all of the defensive secondary
adjustments. He also had three
very good kickoff returns for the
North.
Ethan, although severely out-
matched from a size perspec-
tive, played just as dominantly
as he has for the past three sea-
sons for the Cats. Ethan stuffed


holes and wreaked havoc on the
South's backfield all night. In the
fourth quarter, Ethan made a
huge solo stop on a fourth down
play that gave the North a chance
to win the game. He penetrated
into the backfield and stopped
the running back for a one-yard
loss.
The North could not convert
the stop into a touchdown and
came up short with an intercep-
tion to end the game with a 27-
23 loss. It was a great effort on
the part of both of these players
and it is certain that they will be
sorely missed when the Wildcats
take the field in 2010.
These two young men have
now finished a great career that


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has seen them lead the Wildcat
football team through the most
prolific period in the history of
Wildcat football. Over the past
three seasons, they have guided
the Cats to 28 wins, two district
championships, a district run-
ner-up, and two playoff wins.
This past season saw the Cats,
over a three week period, mount
a thrilling come-back win over
Suwannee, beat Ribault for a
second time this year to win the
district championship, and top
Madison Countyin the playoffs.
Darvin and Ethan led a group
of Wildcats that will be remem-
bered for manyyears to come and
have made the Wildcats proud.


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Oakfirewood cut and split to fit modern
heaters and fireplaces. Can deliver full
size long bed truck load $110, you pick
up $100. 653-1149. 12/31-1/7p
25'x36' garage trusses $1500 OBO.
259-3300. 3/12tfc
35 lever action carbine $300, Ruger Red
Hawk 44 mag. 7 " barrel $500 OBO.
259-3763. 12/31-1/7p
Got roaches? Buy Harris Famous Roach
Tablets or Powder. Eliminates roaches or
your money back, guaranteed. Available
at Bennett's Feed. 10/15tfc
Cane juice, bunnies. Tommy Crews.
912-843-2610. 12/24-12/31 p
Artists! Oils, acrylics, water colors,
Canvases, drawing pads and much
more! On sale now. The Office Mart, 110
S. Fifth Street, 259-3737. tfc
12x36 metal shed, all metal studs, ply-
wood floor $6000 OBO. 904-259-3763.
12/31-1/7p
Sony KP57WS510 57" widescreen HD
ready rear projection TV, in excellent
condition $900. 259-9008.
12/24-12/31p
The Franklin Mercantile will be re-open-
ing for our business beginning January
29, Fridays and Saturdays 10-5. 259-
6040 Happy New Year! 12/31-1/29c
Infant car seat with base, Graco, blue
and beige, $25. 588-3628. 11/26tfc
Moving sale, 3' commercial grill, stain-
less steel, three months old $1000, has
table. Solid cherry coffee table, queen
Ann $50. Bedimier 100 plus years old
antique oak china cabinet $250. Twin
mattress and spring, excellent condition
in plastic $75. Solid cherry headboard
$75 with rails. Snapper self propelled
lawnmower $100. Salt water pool pump
$75, new, extra pump and supplies $50,
snapper riding lawnmower $250. S-10
2002 pickup truck $5500, purchased
new, great worktruck, extra cab, camper
shell, tow bar, five speed. 1987 Mercedes
300 SDL $1500. 2008 F150 crew cab,
red and gray, under warranty, less than
10,000 miles on truck, $25,400, spank-
ing new. Call Andy 923-6661, leave mes-
sage. 12/31p
Oxygen machine, bedside commode,
shower chair, electric wheelchair. 259-
3747. 12/24-12/31 p





1990 Chevrolet Silverado Z71, four
wheel drive, red and white step-side
with red interior, automatic V8, power
steering, power brakes, power windows,
power door locks, heat/air. Extras include
new tires, extra tires and rims, diamond
plated tool box, $5,000. 904-259-5094.
12/31 p
1996 Mitsubishi Montero, loaded,
152,000 miles, excellent condition,
$3195 OBO. 904-219-7993 or 904-613-
6871. 12/17-12/31p
1999 Z71, V8, AT, PS, PW, 230,00 high-
way miles. Truck is in very good condi-
tion, needs a little TLC, $5000 OBO. 259-
3763. 12/24-12/31 p
1989 Mercedes, four door, blue, around
50,000 miles on V8, a nice car, $1800.
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Billy goat, large Nebium, five years old,
$100.838-8735. 12/31p
Dogs: all types from puppies to adults.
Animal Control, $65 adoption fees will
apply. 259-6786. 11/20tfc





Missing Chihuahua, fawn colored, red
nose, name is Little Bit. If found call 904-
259-7447 or 563-7018. May have been
picked up by a black Ford pick-up first
three numbers of tag '414'. 12/31p
Lost: Red nose bull mix, last seen De-
cember 15, near Wal-mart. Could be with
female beagle. Please contact Kathy Yar-
borough 705-6540. 12/31-1/7p
Found: Two pit bull puppies, approxi-
mately 10 weeks old, in Taylor area. 521-
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work-at-home, weight loss products,
health products. While the newspaper
uses reasonable discretion in deciding
on publication of such ads, it takes no
responsibility as to the truthfulness of
claims. Respondents should use caution
and common sense before sending any
money or making other commitments
based on statements and/or promises;
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call the Federal Trade Commission at 1-
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gentleman. Call 904-910-6956 or 386-
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Florida. Full time position, Monday Fri-
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preference, limitation or discrimina-
tion based on race, color, religion, sex,
handicap, familiar status or national
origin, or an intention, to make any such
preference, limitation or discrimination."
Familial status includes children under
the age of 18 living with parents or legal
custodians, pregnant women and people
securing custody of children under 18.
This newspaper will not knowingly ac-
cept any advertising for real estate which
is in violation of the law. Our readers are
hereby informed that all dwellings adver-
tised in this newspaper are available on
an equal opportunity basis. To complain
of discrimination, call HUD toll free at
1-800-669-9777. The toll free telephone
number for the impaired is 1-800-927-
9275.
One acre lot zoned for home or mobile
home, dry, partially cleared, Hillcrest
Drive, Macclenny $29,500. 904-259-
5972 or 904-304-6294. 12/17-1/7p


One acre near Suwannee River and boat
ramp in Branford, Florida. Surveyed,
septic system, 4" well and power. Beau-
tiful lot, $35,000 OBO. 904-259-3763.
12/31-1/7p
3 BR, 2 BA 1992 doublewide mobile
home with two large decks on 1.75
acres, very nice home ready to move in.
Cuyler area, $59,500. 904-259-5383 or
904-226-3064. 12/31p
40 acres to 120 acres starting at $4000
per acre. 904-259-8028. 12/31-1/14c
6 acres in Macclenny, $20,000 an acre.
904-259-8028. 12/31-1/14p
20 acres on Bill Davis Road at $6500/
acre with 450 ft. road frontage. Call Zack
Parsons at 352-262-2336. 12/3-12/31 p
Land for sale, 72 to 10 acre tracts, own-
er finance, leave a message if no answer.
259-3747. 12/24-12/31 p
FSBO, 7 acres on quiet dead-end
road, mature oaks, zoned conventional
or mobile home, one acre per dwelling,
$112,500. 259-5877. 6/18tfc
3 BR, 2 BA doublewide mobile home on
1.1 acres on Little St. Mary's River, must
sell, $89,500. Call Mike 465-8841.
12/31-1/7p
Five or ten acres in Union County just off
highway 121 off Bobby Anderson Road.
$70,000 for 10 acres, $40,000 for five.
904-259-3667. 12/24-12/31 p
264.5 acres, 875 ft. road frontage on Bill
Davis Road, $2,225/acre for everything.
352-262-2336. 12/3-12/31 p
66.57 acres with 875 ft. road frontage on
Bill Davis Road, $4,000 /acre. Call Zack
Parsons at 352-262-2336. 12/3-12/31 p
MacGlen Builders, Inc. Brick homes in
Macclenny from $145,000-$210,000.
813-1580. 11/13tfc
1.63 acres, 3 BR, 2 BA doublewide 2"
and 4" well, needs a little TLC, $75,000,
appraised at $85,000. 904-259-3763.
12/31-1/7p
4BR, 2BA stucco/stone, built August
2008. 2015 heated SF, 2 CG w/cabinets,
upgraded maple cabinets, Corian solid
counters, stainless appliances, custom
painted interior, custom ceiling fans,
landscaped with privacy fence. Cypress
Pointe subdivision in Macclenny. Catch
fish in your backyard on this desirable lot
that backs up to large pond with forest
one one side at the end of cul-de-sac.
$163,000. Call for appointment 904-966-
9663. 12/17-3/4p
200 acre operating quail plantation, 4
BR, 2 BA 22,00 SF lodge, includes all
equipment, furniture and structures,
$6250/acre. www.bakerquailplantation.
com 352-262-2336. 12/3-12/31 p
3 acres, high and dry, fish pond, homes
or mobile homes, set-up included, owner
financing. 912-843-8118. 2/22tfc
FSBO 4 BR, 2 BA brick home approxi-
mately 2100 SF on 2.82 Acres. Fireplace,
tile, plantation shutters, 20x20 workshop,
many upgrades, very nice. Seller will pay
up to $10,000 in closing costs. $262,500.
By appointment only. 237-0060 or 259-
3963. 5/14tfc
Two lots in Copper Creek, Unit III. Call
813-1580. 12/11tfc





3 BR, 2 BA singlewide on acre lot,
close to 1-10, $550/month, $500 deposit.
259-2552, 614-6111. 12/31-1/7p


PERFECT FOR 1 TIME BUYER MLS#494862
This 3BR 1BA is the place to call home. Sits on
almost 12 acre. Close to rail trails, shopping and
about 15 minsfrom downtown. $69,900
COMPLETELY REMODELED! MLS#494548
This 3BR 2BA DWMH sits on large 2.67 acre
corner lot. Gorgeous wood flooring throughout.
Fresh paint, artistic light fixtures, open floor
plan. $115,500
BAHAYA FIELDS! MLS#428488 Great for your
HORSES! HIGH & DRY 5.63 acres. Completely
cleared & waiting for you to build your dream
home. Being offered at 2008 appraised value.
$134,000
GREAT INVESTMENT PROPERTY -
MLS#497431 Currently rents for $695. Almost 1
acre parcel! $49,900
GREAT POTENTIAL! MLS#494925 Car
wash conveniently located in town on a highly
trafficked main road. Property has 110ft road
frontage. 3 useful bays. 1 storage bldg, large
parking lot. $150,000
BRINGUSANOFFER! MLS#460640 10High&
dry acres waiting on your dream home. Zoned
for houses or mobile homes. The choice is
yours. Located on a secluded road and corner
lot. $80,000
JAX RANCH CLUB MLS#452129 Get away
from city by owning this spectacular vacant lot of
2.53 acres. Come canoe & ride horses. $89,000
BEAUTIFUL LAND MLS#459699 Perfect for
new development of duplex townhomes or
mobile homes. Corner lot..90 acre. Vacant land
in downtown MacClenny. $115,000
LOVELYALL BRICK HOME MLS#488789 This
3BR 2BA hmfeatures newer carpet, countertops,
hardware, screen back porch, double pane
windows& much more. $116,900
YOUR DREAM HOME MLS#489647 3900
SF of pure charm. 1.71 acres, large rms, family
custom sun rm & bonus. Grand master open
plan. $379,500


1 BR, 1 BA on River Hills Road, $400/
month, $200 deposit, first and last month
plus deposit due up front. Call after 6:00
pm. 397-0249. 12/31p
House in Taylor, 3 BR, 1/ BA, new
carpet and linoleum, washer and dryer,
partially furnished, service animals only
$600/month, first month plus $350 se-
curity deposit. 259-7485 or 259-9303.
12/31-1/7p
3 BR, 2 BA central H/A, washer/dryer
hook-up, garbage, water, sewage and
lawn care included, $575/month, $575
deposit. 904-219-2690, 912-843-8165.
12/31c
Homes and mobile homes for rent from
$750-850 monthly. 259-2255. 11/13tfc
3 BR, 2 BA, nice doublewide with fire-
place, central H/A, big yard in country,
$700/month, $500 deposit. 912-843-
2093, 904-777-8880, cell 904-477-
5561. 12/31-1/7p
2 BR, 2 BA central H/A, washer/dryer
hook-up, garbage, water, sewage and
lawn care included, $525/month, $525
deposit. 904-219-2690, 912-843-8165.
12/31c
2 or 3 BR mobile home for rent on 1
acre. Service animals only, garbage
pickup, sewer, water and lawn mainte-
nance provided, rent $385-$550, family
neighborhood. 912-843-8118; 904-699-
8637. 10/29tfc


PERFECT TIME OF YEAR MLS#473281 To invest in
river property & Saint Mary's River has the best offered.
Gorgeous, well built Destiny mobile home up to all the
codes&standards. $134,000
PRICED TO SELL! MLS#503350 This immaculate 3BR
2BA all brick hm sits on 2 city lots. WWC, tile flrs in kitchen
& fam. room. All stainless steel appliances, prewired
surround sound and much more! $149,000
PERFECT LAND! MLS#408378 45.63 Acres! Great for
horses &agriculture. CR121. Has anolder home & 2 rental.
Close to St. Mary's River. $550,000
CUSTOM BRICK HOME MLS#466239 Beautiful 3BR
2BA on almost 2 acres. Large rooms. Enough rm in master
for office. 3 car attached garage & more! Detached 2 car
finished garage w/central heat & air, could be converted
into apt. $259,900
GREAT HOME! MLS#509000 This 3BR 2BA sits on 1.4
acres features formal living Rm, dining rm & family rm
that opens to the Florida rm. Has 2 detached garages w
workshop and more. $199,900
BEAUTIFUL BRICK HOME! MLS#496654 This 4BR 2BA
hm is located on 1 acre w/stocked pond. Immaculate
landscaped yard. Swim in your beautiful screened solar
heated in ground pool. Lotsof extras. $279,900
THIS IS A MUST HAVE! MLS#473434 Looking for a
place to call home or a summer retreat, look no further.
Navigable river front property located near public boat
ramp. Gorgeous land with Bellcrest 2000 doublewide
mobile home. $158,000


3 BR, 2 BA mobile home on acre lot in
Deerfield Circle, $175 weekly, no deposit.
910-5434, Nextel beep 160*132311*2.
12/31p
1 and 2 BR apartments now available,
1 BR $500, 2 BR $550, 50% off first
months rent for qualified applicants.
Quiet, established neighborhood. Call for
more information 259-8444. 11/5tfc
3 BR, 2 BA vinyl house, Ivey Street in
city, one year lease, service animals only,
$750/month, $750 deposit. Available
January 15th. 259-6546, 259-4602.
12/31tfc
3 BR, 2 BA brick home with fenced yard
and utility shed, in city, $850/month, first
and last plus deposit. 259-6849.
12/31-1/7p
3 BR, 2 BA on River Hills Road in Glen,
$700/month, $200 deposit, first and last
month plus deposit due up front. Call af-
ter 6:00 pm. 397-0249. 12/31p
2 and 3 BR mobile homes, central H/A,
service pets only, water, lawn, garbage
included. First, last and deposit required.
259-7335. 4/30tfc

1998 Homes of Merit
4 BR, 2 BA, 28x64
Like New $20,000

904-334-8904


BEST DEAL ON THE MARKET! MLS#489061 Gorgeous
11.18 acres of land cleared has road frontage, fenced
with gate and ready for your mobile home or house plans.
$79,000
WANT TO SAVE ON GAS? MLS#489879 This adorable
brick 3BR 2BA hm situated on Ig corner lot with white fence
is what you are looking for. Walk to stores, restaurants,
banks & more. 2 cargarage, plus RV parking. $155,000
LESS THAN $3,000 PERACRE! MLS#494460 Investors
and developers must see. Located in beautiful Glen St.
Mary, in one of the fastest growing counties in Florida.
Endless possibilities. Convenient and private. $278,000
ADORABLE HOME! MLS#502929 This 3BR 2BA home
is updated with fresh paint inside. Nice kitchen w lots
of storage & sep. dining area. Come see for yourself.
$139,000
ABSOLUTELYADORABLE! -MLS#501902 2BR1BAhmon
1 acre of land. Leave the city behind & enjoy your peaceful
surroundings from the front porch. Gorgeous trees adorn
property as well. $77,000
MOTIVATED SELLER! MLS#503434 Adorable 3BR 1.5 on
1 acre in MacClenny II. Perfect forfirst time home buyer.
Split fir plan, cute kitchen with tile & lots of storage. Large
BRs. Roofis lessthan 4 yrsold. $129,900
DRASTICALLY REDUCED & MUST SELL! MLS#502034
Adorable & fresh, this 3BR 2BA has an open floor plan w
split BRs. Plenty of roomtogrowonthis 1 acre lot. Located
in MacClenny II Subdivision.Was $164,000 NOW $149,000
GREAT HOME! MLS#496329 This 4BR 2BA 1,590SF
concrete block hm is a great price. Lots of possibilities. Call
today! $99,900


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3 BR, 2 BA home in nice neighborhood,
$950/month, $500 deposit, non-smok-
ers, single family, 917 Red Fox Way in
Macclenny. Call 904-284-2419 or 904-
616-0724. 12/31p
3 BR, 1 BA house in the country, $500/
month, $600 deposit. 904-923-2191.
12/10-12/31p
Mobile homes. 2 and 3 BR, A/C, service
animals only, $500-$575 plus deposit.
904-860-4604. 3/17tfc
Outside Macclenny on highway 185,
2000 SF doublewide, 3 BR, 2 BA, excel-
lent condition, kitchen equipped, fenced
yard, two wood decks on one acre, $750/
month. Will sell with owner financing.
904-879-2143. 12/31p
3 BR, 2 BA large bonus room, new car-
pet, in nice neighborhood in city, 260 East
Boulevard North, $895/month. 266-0032
or 866-7804. 12/31-1/7p
2 BR, 2 BA mobile home in Glen St. Mary,
$600/month, $600 deposit. 386-758-
3922 or 386-344-5065. 12/31-1/14p



Retail or office space for lease, 1000 SF,
121 near 1-10, across from Winn Dixie.
613-7759. 12/17-1/21p
700 SF office space, highway 90 frontage
downtown Macclenny, one block west of
courthouse, $550/month. Call 259-6546.
1/8tfc




1995 Homes of Merit 28x52 3 BR, 2 BA
$24,900. Call Lewyn. 904-259-8028.
12/31-1/14c
Prestige Home Centers, every model
must go. Let's deal 866-605-7255.
9/1 Otfc
1989 14x80 3 BR, 2 BA $12,900. 904-
259-8028. 12/31-1/14c
Like new 1996 28x52 3 BR, 2 BA Horton
$24,900. 904-259-8028. 12/31-1/14c

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ROBERT GERARI
I'm not quite sure wha
think about the Urban M
business this weekend. Tho
I'm not a Gator fan, I adi
Meyer and all he has done ii
short time as head coach at B
ing Green, Utah and, of coi
Florida. He's the winninges
tive coach in football, one
can be admired as a man as
as a coach.
But the situation itself is
surreal. Meyer decides to r
on Saturday after having he
problems for the past coup
years. He had chest pains and
hospitalized briefly after the
to Alabama in the SEC Chai
onship game and that seemed
spur his initial decision to re



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flip-flop confusing
Of course, the entire Gator mother would put it. Meyer told
Nation was shocked. My wife's the players he was going to retire
Y phone rang off the hook and before he told his wife and told
her Facebook account was beset the players he would be back be-
) with opinions on his decision. fore she knew about that, too.
Like most people, I was sorry he Maybe coaches' wives are dif-
at to would be gone, but certainly un- ferent from ordinary wives but
eyer derstood why. I know that if most of us pulled
)ugh But these days nothing is that we'd be enjoying serious
mire etched in stone. A day later, after doghouse time.
n his a "spirited practice," Meyer was Meyer leaves the program in
owl- qualifying his retirement. the capable hands of offensive
urse, Instead of retiring, the 45- coordinator Steve Addazio. He
t ac- year-old was taking a leave of ab- doesn't have Meyer's mojo, and
who sence following the Sugar Bowl. the Gators might lose a player or
well He would sit out the off-season two to recruiting, but they will
and be back in place on the side- still be in pretty good shape for
a bit lines for the first game of the sea- next season.
entire son. It was always going to be a
health Confusing? I'll say. little dicey with assistants like
le of It has a Brett Favre feel to it. Charlie Strong and a plethora of
iwas How can a "spirited practice" players graduating or bolting to
loss make him healthier? Did Tim the NFL. But the Gators should
mpi- Tebow do open heart surgery bejustfine.
ed to with a line marker? Meyer would be better off tak-
tire. If I were Meyer's wife I might ing a full year awayfrom the game
be a little, well, peeved, as my before deciding whether to come
back. If his health problems re-
Tally are all about the stress of the
game, it will take a while to drop
WOOD 1 ACRE OR LARGER that stress and staying in the ath-
letic department in some capac-
ity could make it worse since his
hand isn't on the throttle.
P- 1 I Nowadays nothing surprises
I C me. For all I know, next week he
S9 INC may be quarterbacking for the
SU1 IAI ITYV CI IT" Vikings.


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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

Pursuant to an application submitted by Brown & Cullen,
Inc., as agent for Renny Eadie, to be granted a variance to
the Baker County Land Development Regulations Article
3 Section 3.04.24.04.D Setback Standards Maximum
Height of Structures, for the future site of the Columbia -
Sanderson Concrete Batch Plant. The property is located
on US Highway 90 west, in Sec 12, Twn 3S, R 20, in Baker
County, Florida. The Baker County Land Planning Agency
(LPA) will consider the request at a public hearing scheduled
for Thursday, January 14, 2010, at 7:00 pm, in the County
Administration Building, 55 North Third Street, Macclenny,
FL. All interested parties may appear and be heard with
respect to the variance. Written comments for or against
the variance may be sent to the Baker County Planning
Department, 81 North Third Street, Macclenny, FL 32063.
Faxed comments may be sent to (904) 259-5057. Copies of
the variance may be inspected in the Planning Department by
any member of the public. According to the Americans with
Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation
or an interpreter to participate in this proceeding should
contact the Administration Department at (904) 259-5123 at
least 48 hours prior to the time of the hearing.


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