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Title: The Baker County press
Uniform Title: Baker County press (Macclenny, Fla. 1929)
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Publisher: Tate Powell
Place of Publication: Macclenny Fla
Publication Date: January 7, 2010
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80th Year, Vol. 35 Winner of 9 state awards for journalism excellence in 2008






Baker County school employ-
ees received a one percent raise
when employment contracts
were renegotiated last fall, but
what the district got in return
was spelled out for school board
members the evening of Janu-
ary 4.
The board's management
team a handful of administra-
tors from various departments
- briefed the board following
its regular meeting on changes
to the contracts for teachers and
non-instructional staff like jani-
tors and cafeteria workers.
Much of the teachers' con-
cessions related to saving the
cash-strapped district money.
For instance, the district's obli-
gation to pay up to $100,000 in
liability damages was removed
along with the board's 50 per-
cent contribution for retirement
The new contracts also re-
vised teacher discipline and
grievance procedures to make
them more clear and detailed.
"It was supported by the
unions, too," noted middle
school principal David Davis,
who served on board's negoti-
ating team. "It was long over-
due ... Those are big deals to
employees and the administra-
The list of circumstances in
which employees can't pursue
grievances also grew under
the new contracts. Added were
changes in so-called extra-duty
assignments like coaching or
club sponsoring, non-retention
of non-tenured teachers, exten-
sion of the normally three-year
new teacher probationary peri-
od to four years and the content
of employment evaluations.
"It doesn't mean they can't
do anything you can still
go talk to your principal or do
other things you just can't go
through the grievance proce-
dures," Mr. Davis said.
Other changes made the
banking of leave time less re-
strictive, allowing it to be donat-
ed between employees and used
in increments like half-days.
Evaluations that trigger
meetings with management,
professional improvement
plans and other actions to im-

prove performance


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new jobs

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Jailer fired over

child porn charge

Worked here since May

A corrections officer at the
Baker County jail
north of Macclenny
was fired January
4 after his arrest
the previous day on
charges of sexual
battery on a child un-
der 12 years old and
possession of child
pornography by the
Bradford County
Sheriffs Office.
Suspect Steven
Kyle Crews, 35, of
Starke used to live in
Baker County while
working for the state
prison system in Stev


Wildcats continue slide in tourney
Marcquise Ruise goes up for the score as Darryl Johnson looks on against the Union County Tigers. The Wildcats won the
game, but dropped two others to finish fourth in the holiday tournament last weekend. See page 11 for full coverage, includ-
ing the Lady Cats' loss to the Tigers January 4.

Police believe one of the vid-
eos, which included the moles-
tation of a lo-year-old girl, took
place in Virginia during 2004.
"He admitted to creating that
video," said Captain
Brad Smith of the
Bradford County
Sheriffs Office. "He
said that it occurred
in Virginia."
Y The illicit photos
depict two additional
S children, though it's
S/ unclear where the

yen Crews

2005 before
moving to( T 1
Virginia, He hadn't i
said Sheriff
Joey Dob- best employ
Mr. Crews
later relo- he hadn't b
cated back
to Florida, worst either
ment with
the sheriffs
office at the
countyjail last May.
"He hadn't been the best em-
ployee, but he hadn't been the
worst either," Mr. Dobson said
of Mr. Crews' previous work
A family member of the sus-
pect discovered pictures and
video containing child pornog-
raphy on a disk at Mr. Crews'
residence and brought it to law
enforcement the afternoon of
January 3, according to reports
from the Bradford County Sher-
iffs Office.

images originated.
"We're trying
to determine if it's
something he down-
loaded off the In-
ternet or developed
himself," said Mr.

The case

Sth remains un-
een the der investiga-
tion and the
)yec, but Baker County
S' Sheriffs
1 Office has
en the forwarded a
warrant to
jr. Bradford au-
thorities for
JoeyDobson allegedsexual
Baker batteries that
police believe
here, said Sheriff Dobson.
"The video has some that's
possibly from Virginia," he said.
'"There's going to be some seri-
ous charges there. But we didn't
have any video [taken in Baker
County] at all."
Police confiscated Mr. Crew's
disk, flash drive and computer
about 7:oo pm the day of his
arrest. He's being held on a
$200,000 bond at the Bradford

Arctic air settles over area

North Florida will do some adjusting


Baker County residents were brac-
ing for a big chill this week with over-
night temperatures hovering in the
low 20 degrees and only slightly high-
er temperatures expected through the
The sustained frigid weather could
turn into the longest lasting cold spell
in the area's history, according to
Jacksonville's First Coast News.
There's a small chance of snow
and sleet overnight Thursday and
into early Friday morning, when a 20
to 40 percent chance of rain meets
temperatures possibly in the upper
All around the county, people are
talking about the weather and taking
precautions to protect pets, plants,
livestock, crops and themselves.


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Dressing properly for the climate
can go a long way in protecting your-
self from hypothermia. For infants,
children or adults, the principle is the
same layers of clothing.
Wearing several layers creates air
pockets in which body heat is trapped.
Use this technique even with socks.
Wear two pair, a thin synthetic pair
and a thicker pair over those.
A large percent of body heat is lost
during cold conditions if the head is
left uncovered, so wearing a hat is

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Hands, like feet, have no natural pad-
ding or insulation and are susceptible
to cold and frostbite when exposed.
Protect those pipes
Anytime the temperature falls be-
low 32 degrees, pipes are in danger
of freezing. Plumbers recommend
leaving a trickle of water flowing from
faucets. Moving water freezes more
slowly than water sitting in pipes.
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horse's trough.

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Properly winterizing pipes before
cold weather sets in goes a long
way in preventing pipes from
freezing and rupturing, which
results in costly repairs.

Protecting Animals
Domestic animals such as dogs
and cats should be brought inside
if possible or provided adequate
shelter and warmth outdoors.
Cathy Hooper, who has con-
ducted equestrian camps in Bak-
er County for more than 20 years,
cautions against using heaters in
barns with horses.
"Horses need fresh air and
ventilation even when it's cold,
as studies at the University of
Florida have shown," she said.
Horses that have grown in
their normal winter coats are
generally protected from cold,
but a horse blanket or a hood is
a good idea when the tempera-
tures are particularly low. Some
protective shelter from the wind,
such as a barn or three sided
windbreak, even trees, is usually
In very cold weather, the blan-
ket should go on the horses at
night, but when the temperature
climbs back up into the 4os dur-
ing the dayit should come off.
"For horses, a bigger issue
during freezing temperatures is
water," says Renee Gore, Baker
County 4-H agent.
Horses have a large digestive
track. They burn a lot of calories
keeping themselves warm when
it's very cold so they eat a lot and
they really need to replace fluids.
If their water supply freezes, they
can become dehydrated and all
sorts of issues, such as colic, can
Horses may not drink enough
if the water is extremely cold. It
may be necessary to haul in some
"room temperature water" on
freezing days.
"You don't see it so much here,
but in places like Ocala, where
they have so many large eques-
trian farms, it's not uncommon
for the horse water tanks to have
warmers on them," she said.
For people who raise poultry,
Ms. Gore recommends shielding
the lower half of the pens with
plastic to break the wind.
"Chickens have a slightly
higher metabolism than people
and can handle some pretty cold
temperatures," she said. "Pro-
tection from the wind is what is


Protecting people

Protecting plants

Protecting pets

Protecting exposed

Practicing fire safety
Drop lights can be used to
provide a temporary heat source
if necessary. This is usually more
critical for chicks who will clump
tightly together trying to get
warm. Those on the bottom can
easily suffocate.

Crops and plants
South and a bit east of Baker
County, farmers over in Lawtey
are rushing to protect their straw-
berry crop, only two months away
from harvest, from the potential-
ly devastating damage from the
week-long freeze.
Last year's freeze, which took
place in February, cost Florida
strawberry farmers $15 million
in lost crops.
"Most crops and plants can
take some cold without any last-
ing ill-effects," said Alicia Lam-
born, Baker County horticultural
extension agent, "but there are
instances when some protection
is necessary."
Wrapping ornamental plants
and shrubs to protect against the
destructive effects of wind when
it's cold is important.
"Don't use clear plastic. Once
the sun comes out, it heats up
quickly and can actually damage
the plant," she said. "Using frost
or weather cloth, which they sell
locally at the hardware store, is
much better."
Ms. Lamborn doesn't recom-
mend trying to protect plants
with a coating of ice. The tech-

nique is used by commercial
farmers in Florida on occasion,
usually in the spring after fruit
trees have already flowered and
an unseasonal cold snap occurs.
"A hard freeze kills the blos-
soms and impairs fruit produc-
tion so farmers do sometimes
employ the ice coating method
which protects against the wind,
but I don't recommend it for in-
dividuals," she said. "Dissemina-
tion of the sprayed water must be
carefully and evenly controlled,
which is generally hard for inde-
pendent gardeners to do."
Tender leaves of young citrus
trees are vulnerable to extreme
cold, as are the grafting sites.
The leaves can be protected with
frost cloth and the graft sites
can be covered with piled sand
or wrapped with pipe insulation
which is taped to hold it in place.

General cold safety measures
A television station in Orlando
recommended the following safe-
ty measures for Floridians during
these unseasonably cold days:
Stay indoors and use safe
heating sources.
Be aware of the fire danger
from space heaters and candles,
keep such devices away from all
flammable materials such as cur-
tains and furniture, and install
recommended smoke and carbon
monoxide detectors.
Indoors: Do not use charcoal
or other fuel-burning devices,
such as grills that produce car-
bon monoxide. Install at least
one carbon monoxide detector
per floor in your home.
Outdoors: Stay dry and in
wind-protected areas.
Wear multiple layers of
loose-fitting, warm clothing.
Drink non-alcoholic fluids.
Shelter or bring inside ani-
mals, especially pets.

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Contracts reflect stresses...

((From page 1
Under the old contract, a lo-
point drop in an employee's eval-
uation score prompted concern,
while the new language calls for a
two-category drop.
Workers are rated categori-
cally, in descending order, as
outstanding, very effective, sat-
isfactory, needing improvement
or unsatisfactory. A two-category
decrease, for example from out-
standing to satisfactory, now re-
quires that steps are taken.
A two-category drop is equiva-
lent to a 25-point reduction in the
evaluation score, Mr. Davis said.
In other business that evening,
the board:
Approved a memorandum
supporting the Florida Depart-
ment of Education's pursuit of
the federal government's Race
to the Top grant program, which
aims to tie teacher and principal
compensation to student perfor-
Superintendent Sherrie Raul-
erson said she would meet with
the board's chairman Dwight
Crews and a teachers union
representative to discuss the
district's participation in the pro-

She said there's about $500
million in grants available state-
wide, an the district's potential
allocation will depend on how
many others participate. How-
ever, Ms. Raulerson said it could
mean more than a million dollars
in additional funding here over
four years.
"We don't want to close the
door [on the grant] without fur-
ther information," she said.
Approved Jacksonville-based
Mullen Construction's low bid of
$91,400 for replacing the side-
walk and canopy connecting the

Pre-K/Kindergarten Center to
the sixth grade center cafeteria.
Some of the existing walkway
will be retained, which saved on
the project's cost, said the dis-
trict's facilities director Denny
Approved new leases for
copiers at the middle school
and high school totaling about
$34,000 over 48 months.
The middle school's machine
doesn't include a scanner and its
monthly lease payment is about
$1oo cheaper. Both leases are
with McCrimon's Office Sys-

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JANUARY 7, 2010

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New year, decade

WW are ushered in with

-as N-e- C Wh the old 'Blue Moon'

Don't let the 2010 census pass you by

As far as the
US government O n]
is concerned,
about 39 percent
of the people in In i
Baker County
don't count Joel A
when it comes
to handing out
about $400 billion dollars annu-
ally, or so said a US Census Bu-
reau representative who spoke at
this week's county commission
His point was that only 61 per-
cent of households here complet-
ed the 2000 census, and since
Congress allocated roughly that



sum each year
based on census
data, the rest of
the public didn't
get counted and
the community
lost money as
a result. But, if
they know how

many got missed, shouldn't they
know how many were here in the
first place? Maybe, maybe not.
Perhaps they didn't get the actual
count until 2005, or maybe they
borrowed a figure from another
I get my number from the
Health Planning Council of

Northeast Florida Inc.'s county
health profile. It says the total
population in the Baker County
is 26,622 and cites ESRI Busi-
ness Solutions Population Data
from 2008.
Who knows where ESRI gets
its numbers, but I assure you it's
not a head count compiled by
going door-to-door like census
workers typically do when mailed
surveys don't get returned.
But back to the cold hard cash
from Uncle Sam, for that's what
this is really about. The Census
Bureau representative, Stan-
ford Lugg of Jacksonville, urged
county commissioners to help

Thinks of homeless in the cold


Kelley Lannigan
Like many folks, I've been cov-
ering up my plants and rigging
up a warmer place for the outside
pets to pass the night with lots of
old pillows and a barrier to keep
out the wind.
One of my neighbors has
brought out every spare bed-
spread, sheet and table cloth she
has and tender plants and shrubs
from one end of the yard to the
other are wearing "winter coats."
One resident on north 121 has
bundled the foliage of the front
yard palm trees in neat plastic
I watched my landlady fit a
wooden frame over her large hi-

biscus bush which she then cov-
ered with frost cloth. At night,
it glows like a large, irregularly
shaped bubble from the light of a
heat lamp.
Those with horses or livestock
have come out in the mornings to
break up the ice in the animals'
watering troughs. Dog's and cat's
outdoor water bowls have been
frozen solid, as has the water in
the bird baths.
When it gets this cold, chili
and hot soup take preference over
a cold sandwich and many Baker
Countians who don't normally
think about it start to wish they
had a fireplace in their home.
Speaking of homes, some
people don't have one to go to. I
always think about the homeless
when it gets this cold. The num-
ber of people seeking refuge from
the weather always escalates
during these times and shelters


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in Macclenny, Florida.
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often convert part of their din-
ing area into temporary sleeping
facilities. There are usually not
enough blankets and pillows and
they ask the public, churches and
businesses for donations.
The Florida Times-Union
reported that an anonymous
benefactor made a donation of
100 backpacks this week to the
Jacksonville Salvation Army. In-
side each one was a blanket and a
water bottle a little something
to help homeless people deal with
the frigid temperatures.
It was reported that one
homeless man was suffering in
the cold because he was using his
only blanket to wrap up his dog
to keep it warm.
I was touched to read that the
St. Francis House shelter in St.
Augustine was asking people to
donate hats and gloves.
If my head is cold and I need
a hat, I can pop over to Walmart
and buy one. There are people
who cannot do that.
To think there are people liv-
ing out in this cold who don't
even own a hat or some gloves for
protection and have no means to
get them except through the shel-
ter is sobering.
It also makes me wonder just
how in the heck pioneer folk sur-
vived out on the western plains
and in places like the Dakotas in
winter. It beats the heck out of
Channel 4 recently showed
archived footage of the snow in
Jacksonville that occurred a few
days before Christmas in 1989.
All the bridges were closed and
people were sledding across
The chance of rain this Thurs-
day night might possibly produce
some snow or sleet, but I don't
think anyone is breaking out the
snow boards just yet. Macclenny
covered in snow would be quite a
sight but I think before you know
it, we'll be back to temperate days
in the mid 6o's.

launch a committee whose sole
purpose is to spread awareness
about the importance of being
counted in the census, so that as
many folks as possible will return
their census surveys.
Beyond the fiscal incentive,
Mr. Lugg also reminded the
board that census data is used
for congressional redistricting,
something I believe is so complex
it's corrupt by default. He believes
our personal information is rela-
tively safe, since the penalty for
disclosing it is up to five years in
prison and $250,000 in fines.
I'm just as reluctant as any-
one to give the feds any more of
my info than absolutely neces-
sary. But all they want is names,
birth dates and the races of the
people living in your home. It's
not that much and it helps return
hard-earned tax dollars back
to the community. So stand up,
be counted. And yes, I'm on the



the animals
Dear Editor:
This letter is to all pet owners
in Baker County. Cold weather
is here, so as you winterize your
pipes and petunias, don't forget
about your four-legged friends.
They like to be warm, too.
Not only do pets need fresh
water and food, but they need a
place to get out of the cold. If you
have a dog house or shelter you
are not using, why not donate it
to someone else? Blankets can be
purchased at Walmart and other
stores in the area.
Please be kind to all animals.
Cathy Fletcher



Happy New Year.
Actually, Happy New Decade.
At least now we have some-
thing to call it. We're in the teens.
Not yet of course, but close.
This had to have been a special
NewYear because it was a once in
a blue moon New Year. Not just
did the decade turn but in case
you didn't notice, we had a blue
moon on New Year's day.
Before you say, "Wait a min-
ute, it didn't look blue to me,"
it wasn't. A blue moon is when
there are two full moons in one
month. Next time it is set to hap-
pen is 18 years from now.
If we're around that long. Re-
member, the Mayan calendar
ends in 2012 and New Agers are
worried that the world might end
with it.
I'm not sure how worried I
should be. If the Mayans were
right about the calendar thing,
does that mean that they were
right about other things, too?
Should we all be worshipping
the Mayan gods? I don't think
I want to. I saw Mel Gibson's
Apocalypto, after all. The high
priests pulled people's hearts out
in sacrifice and used their heads
as soccer balls. I'm perfectly
happy with Adidas soccer balls,
thank you.
But I digress. What this col-
umn is supposed to be about was
my yearly list of resolutions. I
always write these things, but I
have enough sense not to check
back at the end of the year to see
if I kept any of them.
So here goes for 2010.
Like everyone else on the
planet I'm going to try and lose
weight. I'm beginning to feel as
old as I look and that's not some-
thing I'd wish on anyone. So it's
probably a good idea to drop
some of these unwanted pounds.
It's just a matter of deciding
which diet to start.
I toyed with the colon-cleans-
ing diet. But the very idea of that
makes me queasy. There's all
these pills and powders that are
supposed to cleanse you of every-
thing including the five pounds
of Krystals that have been lurking
in the bowels no pun intended
- of your large intestines since
1983. It's supposed to make you
feel like a new man.
However, that diet kind of re-
minds me of pulling an abscessed
tooth. You've got to go through
a lot of pain before you feel any
I thought of the caveman diet.
It's not really a caveman diet, but

it's similar. Pretty much all you
can eat is meat. It's the exact op-
posite of the colon cleansing diet
where you try to get rid of all that
That confuses me. How can
they both be good for you? It's
one or the other, right?
I suppose I could be a veg-
etarian, but that too seems to go
against the grain. Humans aren't
herbivores and though I might
want to have the grace and agility
of an antelope, I don't want to eat
leaves like one.
Another of my resolutions is
not to be a curmudgeon. As much
as I like the word curmudgeon I
don't want to be one. There are
enough grumpy old men in the
world without me interviewing
for the job.
As I age I discover I have less
patience for almost everything,
particularly stupidity. Of course,
when you're a real live curmud-
geon everybody and everything
seems stupid, so a curmudgeon
is probably not a very good judge
of their own curmudgeoness.
Besides, curmudgeons aren't
very pleasant for other people to
be around and tend to smell like
old suitcases or musty closets
I want to think more before
I speak. Another thing I discover
about age is the older I get the
higher opinion I have of my own,
well, opinions. Unfortunately,
they usually turn out to be wrong.
Funny thing about that I felt the
same way when I was a teenager.
I guess that goes to show you that
age and wisdom don't necessarily
go hand in hand.
Wow, that's pretty deep.
Or not. Remember what I said
about my own opinions?
Hmm. Reviewing this short
list doesn't look too promising
for 2011.
Okay. Let's try this one on for
I am going to stop smoking.
That's usually a tough one to
stick to. But I have a head start
going into this resolution. since
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Board ties 1-10 capacity to newjobs

Will reserve it for west county for the time being
JOEL ADDIN GTON sioners to consider how much, if any, of the Dallas-based Jackson Shaw Co. between US
NEWS EDITOR additional capacity should be held back for 90 and the interstate adjacent to the eastern other projects. county line.
Mr. Preston recommended that after three Though commissioners supported both
Armed with permission from the state to years of approving the first phase of develop- projects, they were reluctant to tie up all the
dump thousands of additional vehicles on In- ment, or about one million square feet, future additional capacity for the next to years on
terstate 10 as long as they're from job-creating development approvals be dependent on jobs one or two projects.
developments like industrial parks, the Baker being created. Also, he recommended linking "We do want these projects to be success-
County Commission now has to decide how to future road improvements to the site plan ap- ful," said Commissioner Gordon Crews, "but I
use that extra capacity. proval process and developer-funded traffic don't want I-io to become like [Jacksonville's
That was the topic of a workshop the after- analyses. Interstate] 295."
noon of December 5 that included commis- "Someone has to pay for the traffic moni- Ultimately, the board and Mr. Preston
sioners, county staff, planning consultants touring he said. agreed to attempt a tempered approach, re-
and a pair of developers pursuing industrial Complicating the discussion were a num- serving capacity for the entire Woodstock
park projects at either end of the county. ber of unknown factors like how much traffic Park project, as long as job-creation goals are
One from Lake Butler's Roberts Land & might increase on I-to on its own and how continually met through build-out.
Timber Corp. near the I-to interchange with soon the real estate market rebounds to spur Specific language to accomplish that will be
US 90 in Sanderson and known as Woodstock residential and other types of development. negotiated between county staff and Mr. Rob-
Park could add as much as to million square However, according to a trend report from erts. Any future development agreement will
feet of industrial space during the next 1o the engineering firm PBS&J, historical growth need approval from the commission as well.
years. shows that between 50 and 75 percent of I- In other business this week:
Avery Roberts, the company's president, lo's capacity in Baker County will be used up The board accepted the sole bid for con-
has requested approval to use most of the ad- by 2019. struction of a bathroom building at St. Mary's
ditional capacity on I-to, meaning no costly The additional traffic allowed by the inter- Shoals Park from Jody Thrift's Cypress Home
improvements like widening or adding an in- state for job creation came from a variance Builders Inc. The bid was $49,200 and in-
terchange would be required on the interstate finalized by the Florida Department of Trans- eludes the 460-square-foot structure with
to move the Woodstock project forward. portation in November. It added roughly eight toilets, four sinks and a metal roof.
Mr. Roberts stressed, however; his compa- 13,000 daily trips, or about 5000 during the Commissioners also approved a three-
ny's commitment to widening the section of busiest hour of travel, before costly improve- party agreement between Peacock Consult-
US 90 leading to the park. ments are required. ing Group and the Council on Aging for work
"Our mitigation cost to four-lane US 90 "This is our horse now," said Chamber of associated with an evaluation of St. Mary's
is $4 million," he said last month. "By Avery Commerce director Darryl Register, an ad- Shoals Park's potential for wetlands mitiga-
Roberts' standards that's a pretty big sum of vocate of the variance along with county staff tion credits.
money." and the commission. "We might get another The Council on Aging hopes to use the
For county planning director Ed Preston, project, but it's small potatoes compared to credits for construction of a new senior cen-
who must negotiate a development agree- what these two will do for us." ter on 5 acres it purchased last year off Buck
ment with Mr. Roberts that could span the The second project Mr. Register referenced Starling Road. The council intends to pay the
next decade, the workshop allowed commis- is a smaller industrial park being planned by consultant's $1500oo fee for the assessment.

Speeder arrested for

A motorist stopped for speed-
ing north of Macclenny a half-
hour into the new year ended up
in jail charged with felony and
misdemeanor drug possession.
Deputy Ben Anderson said he
clocked a 1999 Chevrolet pickup
driven by James Fletcher, 25, at
74 mph in a 50 zone on North 6th
and stopped the vehicle shortly
after it turned west on CR 23B
and swerved into the opposite
Cpl. Anderson said he detect-
ed an odor of marijuana when
he questioned Mr. Fletcher and
a male passenger who was not
charged. The officer then said
he saw marijuana residue on
the driver's seat, and used that
as probable cause to search the
The search yielded five par-
tially smoked pot cigarettes and
three small baggies, one of which
tested positive for cocaine resi-
Mr. Fletcher was booked for a



Arbor Day

Horticulture Agent
Baker County Extension Service

The Baker County Extension
Service will be offering the fol-
lowing programs and events in
January. To register for these
programs or for more informa-
tion call 259-3520 or go to our
website at http://baker.ifas.ufl.
edu. All will be held at the Baker
County Agricultural Center.
Florida Arbor Day Celebra-
tion and Tree Planting January
16 at lo:oo am.
In Celebration of Florida
Arbor Day, the Division of For-
estry is bringing Smokey Bear to
plant a tree at the Baker County
Agricultural Center. The first 25
youths to visit with Smokey will
receive a free Longleaf Pine seed-
ling to plant at home. No regis-
tration required.
Tree and shrub pruning class
- January 26 from 5:30-7:00
If you want to learn more
about pruning trees and shrubs,
plan to attend this free program
designed to help you get the job
done right and keep your plants
healthy. Participants can also at-
tend a workshop on Wednesday,
January 27 at 2:00 pm for a dem-
onstration and practice the skills
taught during the class.
Register by Monday, January

Check itSout

felony on the cocaine, and misde-
meanor for the marijuana.
Two other motorists were ar-
rested for misdemeanor posses-
sion at virtually the same time
early December 28 in different
parts of Baker County.
Desi Bryant, 32, of Jackson-
ville was stopped by Deputy Matt
Sigers for speeding on Interstate
10 near Macclenny about 12:30
am and produced two small bag-
gies from inside his left shoe.
Mr. Bryant was at the wheel
of an eastbound 1983 Lincoln

having pot, cocaine

clocked at 83 mph and the offi- juana in his pants pocket an
cer called for Cpl. Anderson and two large "bong" cigarettes in hi
his drug-sniffing canine after the 1989 Chevrolet sedan.
driver refused permission for a The officer said he stopped t
vehicle search. question Mr. Ramsey because
Deputy Sigers said he made the car was parked in the lot c
the request because the driver Cuz's One Stop in Sanderson al
acted suspiciously while being ter hours.
given the speeding ticket. The The driver was also charge
dog alerted to the scent of drugs with having drug paraphernalia
near the driver's side door. in the form of rolling papers.
About the same time, Dep-
uty Jeffrey Shouse arrested Paul
Ramsey, 18, of Macclenny after
finding a small amount of mari-




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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 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:
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.)
Sheriff of Baker County, Florida
By: Pamela L. Davis, D.S.
NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to a Writ
of Execution issued in the County Court of Baker
County, Florida, on the 18th day of December,
2009, in the cause wherein, COUNTRY FEDERAL
AND FRANK FLORES, were defendants, being
Case No. 2006-SC-306 in said Court, I, Joey B.
Dobson, as Sheriff of Baker County, Florida have
levied upon all the right, title and interest of the
defendants, Donna Flores and Frank Flores, in
and to the following described personal property,
2005 Nissan Altima
VIN #: 1N4AL11D45N468493
(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 February 9, 2010 at the hour
of 11:00a.m., or as soon thereafter as possible.
I will offer for sale all of the defendants Donna
Flores and Frank Flores, right, title and interest in
the aforesaid personal property, at public auction
and will sell the same, subject to taxes, all prior
liens, encumbrances 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 Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with
disabilities needing special accommodation to par-
ticipate in this proceeding should contact the Baker
County Sheriff's Office at (904) 259-0245 prior to
the date of the sale.)


File No. 02-2009-CP-22

(Summary Administration)
You are hereby notified that an Order of Summary
Administration has been entered in the estate of
Number 02-2009-CP-22; by the Circuit Court for
Baker County, Florida, Probate Division, the ad-
dress of which is 339 E. Macclenny Avenue, Mac-
clenny, Florida 32063; that the decedent's date of
death was January 22, 2009; that the total value
of the estate is $500.00 and that the names and
addresses of those to whom it has been assigned
by such order are:
1229 South 5th Street
Macclenny, Florida 32063
All creditors of the estate of the decedent and
persons having claims or demands against the
estate of the decedent other than those for whom
provision for full payment was made in the Order
of Summary Administration must file their claims
The date of first publication of this Notice is
January 7, 2010.

Attorney for Person Giving Notice:
Jonathan L. Hay
Attorney for Petitioners
Florida Bar No. 456586
Post Office Box 40749
Jacksonville, Florida 32203
Telephone: (904) 355-0355
Telecopier: (904) 355-0820
Person Giving Notice:
1229 South 5th Street
Macclenny, Florida 32063
Phone (904) 259-4774
The following vehicle will be sold at public
auction January 22, 2010 at 8:00 am at A, R&R
INC, 10525 Duval Lane, Macclenny, FL 32063.
1988 Ford LTD Crown Victoria Station Wagon
VIN #2FABP79FOJX203886

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

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Egg-laden truck flips at Walmart...
Police and fire personnel check for fuel seepage from the undercarriage of this 2005 Peterbilt truck and trailer
that overturned at the entrance to the Walmart Distribution Center east of Macclenny early the afternoon of
January 4. The semi was turning into the main driveway about 1:30 when driver Johnny L. Bu met, 56, of Jackson-
ville told police he had to take evasive action to avoid hitting another vehicle and the angle of the turn flipped
the truck over on its side just off the pavement. Mr. Burnet was not injured. Lt. Bill Leeper of the Florida Highway
Patrol's Jacksonivlle-based troop said charges are pending. No other vehicles were involved. The trailer was
loaded with eggs.

Bicyclist had stolen pistol

fees, captured in south Macclenny
A bicyclist who fled briefly son arrived at the scene and saw pension for drunk driving.
from sheriffs investigators in a Mr. Rhoden as he ran to the front Cpl. Anderson said he stopped
south Macclenny neighborhood of the residence. the suspect in a 2004 Chevrolet
the evening of January 1 turned He was charged with reckless pickup after it left the bar park-
out to be a convicted felon in pos- driving. ing lot and headed north on East
session of a service pistol stolen Deputy Matt Sigers got be- Boulevard. The report notes that
from a Florida Depart- hind a 1995 GMC van as Mr. Payne failed several field so-
ment of Law Enforce- it turned east on US 90 briety tests and he had the odor
ment officer. from West Boulevard of both alcohol and marijuana
Michael Henderson, near Mac's Liquors as it about him when questioned.
27, of Jacksonville was neared closing time, and He was booked for DUI and
captured just after 9:oo arrested driver Jeremy refused to submit to either breath
on Minnesota Ave. after Rhoden, 25, of Macclen- or urine testing at county jail.
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vestigators Erik Deloach Deputy Sigers said he 0 cash/check
and Michael Hauge. sawthe van pull onto US
They are assigned to MichaelHenderson 90 in front of another Deadline Monday at 5:00

drug-related cases but
were in the neighborhood look-
ing into several disturbances, ac-
cording to the report.
According to Investigator
Hauge, Mr. Henderson took off
on foot through two yards off
South Boulevard after refusing
several orders to stop, and the
investigator saw him drop an
object beside a residence before
running out toward Minnesota
where he was subdued by Deputy
Matt Riegel, who had been called
for assistance.
The investigator retrieved the
object, a .40 caliber Glock model
listed on a computer as stolen
from an officer in Duval County.
According to operations chief
Maj. Gerald Gonzalez, the pistol
was stolen about two years ago
along with a vest from a vehicle
parked at the agent's residence.
The vest was recovered earlier.
Officers learned that Mr. Hen-
derson has prior convictions, and
he was booked for possession of a
firearm by a convicted felon, pos-
session of stolen property and
resisting arrest without violence.
The two former charges are sec-
ond-degree felonies.
Police arrested two others on
fleeing-related charges, one in
a vehicle and the other on foot,
after incidents that occurred si-
multaneously in Macclenny dur-
ing the early morning hours of
the new year.
Jack Rhoden Jr., 28, of Mac-
clenny was shot with a taser
charge shortly after 2:00 am
when he refused several demands
by Deputy Ben Anderson to hit
the ground after he was found at
a residence off Jeff Starling Rd.
Mr. Rhoden was allegedly at
the wheel of a 2001 Nissan pickup
that sped away from Sgt. James
Marker when he got behind it
near the Country Club Lounge.
The deputy was parked nearby
observing the bar on South 6th
about closing time when he said
the southbound Nissan drove by
at a high rate of speed.
Sgt. Marker said the pickup
veered off 121 onto Sylvester
Manning Rd. and turned around
in a driveway with its lights off
before heading south again. He
followed it as it then pulled up
beside a residence on nearby Jeff
Starling and the driver exited the
vehicle and ran to the rear of the
In the meantime, Cpl. Ander-

vehicle in a turn lane, and
clocked it east toward the Kanga-
roo going 42 in a 30 mph zone.
Mr. Rhoden fled a short way
south in a wooded area behind
the store, and surrendered when
he became entangled in under-
He was booked at county jail
for resisting without violence,
speeding, failure to yield right-
of-way and having faulty equip-
Cpl. Anderson arrested Tyler
Payne, 23, of Glen St. Mary after
seeing him leaving Gator Pat-
rick's bar on US 90 east in Mac-
clenny about 8:40 the evening of
December 30. The officer said
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reling with his girlfriend after she
tipped police off that he is wanted
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Deputy Matt Riegel said he
responded to a disturbance com-
plaint at the residence of Amy
Smith, 23, off Odis Yarbrough
Rd. the morning of December 29
and she advised him that Richard
Knight, 27, had left the residence
following a spat, and that he did
not have a driver's license and
was wanted on the felony war-
Deputy Riegel said the fugi-
tive shortly afterward drove by
the residence and he conducted
a traffic stop after giving chase.
The officer then confirmed both
the warrant and the fact that Mr.
Knight was driving without a
valid license.
Mr. Knight's city of residence
was listed as Leeland, N.C.
In other reports over the New
Year's week, police filed crimi-
nal complaints for battery in two
incidents that took place in Mac-
clenny on December 29.
Stephen Crews, 31, of Mac-

clenny was named that morn-
ing for allegedly attacking the
17-year-old step-son of his es-
tranged wife at a residence off
North Lowder St.
Deputy Johnny Hodges was
called to the address about 10:45
by Daniell Crews after her hus-
band had been there to bring
back a DVD. Ms. Crews said the
suspect returned after leaving
upset over the presence of an-
other person there, and got into
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Molester will be re-tried

Question of 'gender neutral'jurors

A state appeals court last week
ordered a new trial for a Glen St.
Mary man convicted last July of
molesting a young girl, holding
that the trial judge erred when
she allowed the state to reject two
prospective male jurors.
In a ruling dated December
31, the three-member First Dis-
trict Court of Appeal gave the
state 90 days to file a response
before ordering a second trial
for Joseph E. Tetreault, who is
serving a 25-year sentence. A
five-woman, one-man jury took
two hours following the trial July
16 for find Mr. Tetreault guilty of
two counts each of sexual battery
and lewd and lascivious molesta-
tion on a victim between the ages
of 12 and 16.
The appeals panel said Judge
Phyllis Rosier should have re-
quired more specific "gender
neutral" reasons from prosecu-
tor Ralph Yazdiya as to why he
wanted to remove three males
from the prospective jury.
When public defender George
Nelson asked the judge to have
Mr. Yazdiya cite his reasons,
the prosecutor said one of the
prospective male jurors did not
contribute to the voir dire pro-
cess during which a jury pool is
questioned about possible bias.
The prosecutor told Judge
Rosier, according to the appeals
court text, that he struck the sec-
ond male "... because [he] was
concerned that he [the juror] was
a student, was not working, had
worked with kids 'giving advice
or something,' and the State did
not feel comfortable with him."
Neither explanation meet the
test to decide if the "backstrikes"
were gender neutral, held the

The judges also found fault
with the admission into evi-
dence of the victim's letter about
the years of sexual abuse at the
hands of Mr. Tetreault because it
"constituted improper prior con-
sistent statements."
In a third area, the panel said
Judge Rosier should not have
admitted testimony by sheriffs
investigator Brad Doughertythat
he did not arrest everyone ac-
cused of sexual offenses.
The appeals court said, how-
ever, that the jury selection error
is alone sufficient to call for a new
The victim, age 17 at the time
of the trial, was among several
prosecution witnesses, and told

the jury that Mr. Tetreault be-
gan molesting her and having
sex with her about July, 2001
and continued to do so until just
before he was arrested in June,
The victim told how she
penned a letter to a friend de-
scribing her plight, and the friend
then gave it to her mother, who in
turn gave it to the victim's moth-
er, who contacted the sheriffs
department. The two mothers
also testified.
The victim also said Mr. Te-
treault, 55 when he was tried,
threatened to harm her and her
family if she told of the abuse,
and over the years bought her si-
lence with money and gifts.

Double take: twin will

also represent himself
The twin brother of a defendant in a furniture store burglary con-
victed last month indicated this week he also will represent himself in
an upcoming trial for the same crime.
Jamel Wescott, 21, of Jacksonville on Monday turned down the
state's plea offer of 15 years for two counts of grand theft, burglary of
the Badcock Furniture in Macclenny, felony criminal mischief and
tampering with a witness.
His appointed public defender, Frank Maloney of Macclenny, also
withdrew as counsel and Mr. Wescott indicated he intends to follow in
his brother Justin's footsteps and represent himself.
The twin was convicted after a three-day trial last month and awaits
sentencing. Both brothers have been declared habitual offenders with
multiple felony convictions. They were released from prisons mere
weeks before the night burglary of the store; two other defendants have
pending cases.
Juries will be selected for that trial and two others set for next week,
and it's possible that retired circuit judge Elzie Sanders will be brought
in to preside over one or two of them.
The Westcott trial for nowis set for three days starting Wednesday.
Juries will be selected also for the trial of James Childs for drug traf-
ficking and Ryan Manning on multiple counts of aggravated battery
with a firearm.
Mr. Childs turned down a plea offer of three years this week.

Moving into wildfire season

Suwannee Forestry Center

This area of the state has
received a lot of rain recently.
Although the drought index in
the Suwannee Forestry Center's
six-county district that includes
Baker County currently is low,
we can't drop our guard when it
comes to wildfire preparedness.
The cold temperatures we
have experienced over the past
several days, and which will re-
main for the foreseeable future,
will freeze-dry our grasses and
other fine vegetation. Add to this
the gusty winds and low humid-


ity a cold front brings and we
have the potential for increased
spotting and rapidly spreading
According to Glenn Davis, Op-
erations Administrator of the Su-
wannee Forestry Center, "People
need to be aware how quickly
these fuels dry out. The moisture
brought by several rainy days can
be gone within one day of high
wind and low humidity. Before
you burn for any reason, please
call our office to learn about
restrictions and safety require-
ments you'll need to follow to get
authorization to burn."
Now that the grass has begun

to turn brown, increased wildfire
conditions will continue until the
fine fuels get a chance to green
up again. Although wildfire can
occur at any time of year, the
primary wildfire season in north
and central Florida runs from
January through May.
Current burn information and
authorizations can be obtained
by calling the Suwannee Forestry
Center in Lake City at 386 758-

Three years for RX drug sale

A Macclenny man
drew a thee-year state
prison sentence for sale
of prescription drugs
on January 4 during the
first scheduled circuit
court motion and docket
session of 2010. .
William J. Williams,
40, entered a no con-
test plea just prior to
sentencing, and Judge Williar
James Nilon ordered a
to year probation to follow the
minimum/mandatory prison
sentence. He also fined Mr. Wil-
liams $50,000 because of the
amount of narcotics involved.
Court records indicate that
Mr. Williams was arrested in
November, 2008 after he failed
to help sheriffs investigators ar-
range for other illegal prescrip-
tion drugs as he promised to do
shortly after he was caught in an
undercover net on October 21 of
that year.
That evening the defendant
sold 55 Lortab pills to a confiden-
tial source working for the sher-
iffs department. The arranged
sale took place at a relative's
residence in Glen St. Mary and

MLK parade
The annual Martin Luther
King memorial parade will be
held in Macclenny along the tra-
ditional route on Friday, January
Parade units will assemble at
Keller Intermediate School be-
fore the lo:oo am start. The route
heads east on South Boulevard to
4th St., then north to US 90, west
through downtown to MLK then
back to Keller.
A ceremony will be held at the
parade's conclusion, and all lo-
cal churches and civic groups are
urged to attend.
For more information, contact
Tommy Rollins at 259-7721 or

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Mr. Williams was paid
a pre-arranged $220 for
the pills.
His plea this weekwas
to trafficking in illegal
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lowed a reduction in the
amount sold to between
4-14 grams as part of the
plea agreement. He also
pleaded to misdemeanor
possession of marijuana

and paraphernalia on his
person when arrested.
Mr. Williams' prior criminal
record includes both misdemean-
or possession and possession of
paraphernalia, drunk driving and
driving on a suspended license.
Other sentencing this week:
Jeremiah Wexler admitted to
violating probation in earlier drug
and theft cases, and was ordered
to county jail for nine months.

Judge Nilon also imposed a $250
fee as the cost of investigation.
John Combs pleaded no con-
test to growing and felony pos-
session of marijuana and will be
on probation 18 months.
Judge Nilon ordered a three-
year probation for Jimmy Crews
in return for his no contest plea
to aggravated assault and battery
with a deadly weapon. One of the
conditions of the sentence is that
he stay away from the victim.
Jeremy Jenkins will serve a
six-month probation and pay a
$50 fine for willful and wanton
reckless driving.
An arrest warrant with
$25,000 bond was ordered for
Mitchell Buchanan after he failed
to appear on theft and forgery

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Employee implicated anew

Suspect in theft of down payment
Reports of a former employee of Wayne Frier shirt before leaving without paying.
Mobile Homes in Macclenny stealing customer pay- The clerk was unsure exactly what was stolen,
ments continued last week with a third victim dis- but believed the items to be a bag of chips and dip,
covering his $500 down payment disappeared. states Deputy Brandon Kiser's report.
Suspect William Carter, 52, left his job at the The employee also advised the man left in a red
Woodlawn Road business December 16, but not be- extended cab pickup with "Superior" written on the
fore writing George Burge of Yulee a receipt for the side.
cash payment. About 12:30 am on January 3 another shoplift-
When Mr. Burge called the company for an up- ing incident took place at the Kangaroo across from
date, manager Ronald Frazier didn't know anything the county courthouse, in which two while males
about it. According to Deputy Christopher Walker's made off with a 12-pack of beer, hotdogs and sand-
report, Mr. Frazier checked the company's records wiches.
and found a voided copy of the receipt. The clerk there said the suspects, one dressed
Two similar incidents had already occurred, Mr. in a white and black striped shirt and the other in
Frazier told the officer. a black-hooded sweatshirt, black shorts and white
A Jacksonville man reported the week prior that thermal plants under the shorts; backed out of the
he left checks with Mr. Carter in early September parking lot in a grey, late-model sedan.
with the understanding they would be cashed on Surveillance videos that couldn't be viewed at the
the 9th of the month until a $1ooo bill for steps was time the complaints were made, may help identify
paid off. the shoplifters.
The checks were issued for equal amounts, and While on vacation beginning in mid-November,
the victim told Deputy Shawn Bishara he left the William Kennedy said two small sable palm trees
payee line blank at the suggestion of Mr. Carter, who disappeared from his yard off S. Tall Pine Rd. in
said he would fill in the company name later with a Macclenny.
rubber stamp. According to Deputy Daniel Nichols' report, Mr.
By the time a company representative contacted Kennedy said he returned December 29 to find the
him seeking payment, the victim realized two of the plants, estimated at $50 each, removed from either
three checks had cleared his bank and the third one side of the driveway.
bounced. He named his ex-wife as a possible suspect and
In other thefts reported this past week: the officer confirmed two small sable palm trees at
An employee of the Exxon store on South 6th her nearby residence as well.
in Macclenny reported that shortly after midnight Deputy Nichols' attempts to contact her were
December 31, a white male, about 5-feet, 6-inches unsuccessful.
tall and 300 pounds, stuffed merchandise under his

Christmas displays in Mac-
clenny were targeted last week in
a handful of vandalism and theft
cases that left Santas and snow-
men deflated and other holiday
decorations missing.
Unknown suspects damaged a
total of 15 inflatable decorations
at Kirk Granvelle's residence,
331 S. 6th St., in two separate
incidents, one overnight Decem-
ber 30-31 and another overnight
January 1-2.
The inflatables were valued at
nearly $3000 in all.
Three more inflatable Christ-
mas displays, these belonging to
Robert Smith, were punctured
at 858 Jacqueline Rd. Mr. Smith
advised the vandalism likely oc-
curred between 5:00 and lo:oo
the morning December 30.
Damage to his property was
estimated at $290.
The same morning, suspects
also destroyed an inflatable
snowman and snow globe, both
six feet tall and valued at $70, at

New law



Effective January 1, Florida
drivers who are found to be at-
fault in three crashes within a
36-month period will be required
to successfully complete a driver
improvement course that in-
cludes behind-the-wheel training
and an assessment of their driv-
ing ability.
The new law will count at-
fault crashes as far back as 2008,
so beginning this month, the
Florida Department of Highway
Safety and Motor Vehicles will
notify any driver who causes a
crash and has at least two at-
fault crashes in the preceding 36
The affected drivers will then
be responsible for completing an
approved course within 90 days
in order to avoid the cancellation
of their license. Each course will
include a minimum of 16 hours,
to include four hours of behind-
the-wheel training.
"The new law is designed to
modify the behavior of some of
Florida's worst drivers," said
Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Bill
Leeper, spokesman for the Jack-
sonville troop headquarters.
The National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration estimates
that the average cost of a crash
in the United States is approxi-
mately $38,000. During the
36-month period ending Dec. 31,
2008, there were 3277 drivers
in Florida with three or more at-
fault crashes.
That figure includes drivers
from nearly every age group.
According to Department esti-
mates, more than looo Florida
drivers maybe subject to the new
requirements during 2010.

vandalism reported

the Macclenny fire station down-
Fire Chief Buddy Dugger told
police the Happy Holidays sign
near the City of Macclenny sign
on SR 121 north of the interstate
was stolen as well. The sign's es-
timated value was $150.
Someone also took a wreath
from the east side of the Burger
King building on S. 6th St. about
4:00 am on December 30. The
large, blue-lighted wreath with a
red bow was valued by a manager
at $150.
Surveillance video from the
restaurant depicts a shadowy
figure from a black pickup taking
the Christmas decoration.
In other vandalism cases
from the past week, mailboxes in
Glen and the Steel Bridge Road
area north of Macclenny were

A number of them on Ridge
Estates Road area of Glen were
found knocked down the morn-
ing of December 28. Later that
evening, resident Georgia Olie
told police it was the third time
such damage had occurred.
Other mailboxes on or near
Steel Bridge Road sustained
abuse about the same time. Da-
vid Eisenhower noticed the van-
dalism about 1:oo pm December
29 and said he'd last seen his box
undamaged on the afternoon of
December 27.
Also, Traci Sigers of Sawtooth
Rd. reported her mailbox dam-
aged the morning of December
29, saying it occurred overnight.
The tires on Elton Stone's ve-
hicle were also cut overnight De-
cember 28-29 off Mud Lake Road
south of Glen St. Mary. Mr. Stone
estimated the damage at $1oo.

The City Commission of the City of Macclenny, Florida shall consider
Ordinance No. 10-01, "AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF
05-3S-22-0000-0000-0031 & 05-3S-22-0000-0000-0033; REZONING

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.

public hearing on the first
reading of the proposed
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
MacclennyAvenue, 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.

Unlocked vehicles pilfered

Three unrelated vehicle bur-
glaries this past week all involved
unsecured vehicles.
Someone, possibly recorded
by security cameras, burglar-
ized a Winn-Dixie employee's
unlocked 1996 Volvo sedan the
afternoon of Christmas Eve.
Four days later the victim told
police her wallet with ID and a
debit card, since cancelled, was
taken from the car along with
about $40 worth of wrapped
The presents included a
Quicksilver T-shirt and women's
bath products. The victim ad-
vised Deputy Matthew Riegel she
would request that a manager re-
view the surveillance video.
A Wisconsin woman who left
her purse in an open vehicle while
visiting Macclenny's Northwood
Apartments on E. Ohio St. about
10:30 pm December 28 returned
after five minutes to find the
purse gone.
Victim Deborah Busch said
the bag included her wallet with a
Social Security card and two, $10
Walmart gift cards, according to
Deputy Koty Crews' report.
Two speakers and an ampli-
fier worth an estimated $1ooo
were taken from Stephen Sow-
ell's unlocked Chevrolet truck
off CR 125 north the evening of
January 1.

Mr. Sowell, of Alachua, parked
the truck at the Sanderson ad-
dress in an attempt to sell it.
The burglary took place be-
tween 8:00 and 9:oo pm.
In other cases this past week:
Robert Allgeyer reported a
red scooter valued at $150 stolen
from his residence on north 6th
St. in Macclenny sometime be-
tween lo:oo pm January 1 and
1:oo pm the following day. It was
parked next to a porch.
A riding lawn mower and
weight lifting bench left for scrap
at the Mud Lake Road trash col-
lection site were taken between
4:00 pm January 2 and 2:00 pm
the following day, reported at-

tendant Eric Belcher.
A chain link fence surround-
ing the site was cut to gain entry.

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'thursday, lanuarv7, 2010





JANUARY 7, 2010

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Joyce Folsom, 35,
dies December 29
Joyce Mary Folsom, 35, of
Bremen, Georgia died Decem-
ber 29, 2009. Mrs. Folsom was
22, 1974 in
New Jersey
to Rose-
mary Wil-
kes Dechert
and the late
John Cas-
tas. In addi-
tion to her
father, she
was preced-
ed in death
by step-fa- Joyce Folsom
their Chris-
tian George Dechert.
Survivors include mother
Rosemary Wilkes Dechert; sons
Billy Charles Folsom and Jacob
Elizah Folsom, both of Sand-
erson; sister Maria Thomas of
South Carolina, Margaret Moya
of Alabama, Dawn Dechart
of New Jersey and Nichole
Dechert; brothers Frank Moya
of New Jersey, Daniel Moya of
Iraq, Chris Dechert of Bremen,
Jeffery Dechert of Virginia and
Paul Dechert of Connecticut.
The memorial service was
held January 2 at 4:oo pm at
the chapel of Hightower Funer-
al Home in Bremen with Rev.
Buddy Gentry officiating.

77, ofMacclenny
Ethel "Jeanette" Lampp, 77,
of Macclenny died January 1,
2010 at Macclenny Nursing and

was born in
Virginia to
the late Da-
vid Cone
Mays and
Ethel Pearl
Kerr Mays
on May 9,
1932 and
was a resi-
dent of Bak-
er County Ethel Lampp
since 1972
after moving from Jacksonville.
She was a member of The Terry
Parker Baptist Church of Jack-
sonville and the First Christian
Church of Macclenny. Jeanette
enjoyed sewing, crafts, word
puzzles, shopping, crochet-
ing, needle point and serving
other people by lending a help-
ing hand. She was preceded in
death by husband of 35 years,
Berry Alvin Lampp.
Survivors include children
Terry Moshier and Wilda (Walt)
Heppner, both of Glen St.
Mary, David (Debbie) Lampp
of Southern California, Franklin
(Debbie) Lampp of Gainesville,
Richard Lampp of Chicago, IL
and Dale (Julie) Lampp of Law-
tey; 16 grandchildren and seven
The funeral service was held
January 4 at 2:00 pm at the
First Christian Church of Mac-
clenny with Pastor Doug Allen
officiating. Interment followed
at Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu
of flowers, please make dona-
tions to Macclenny Nursing and
Rehab, 755 South 5th Street.
Ferreira Funeral Services was in
charge of arrangements.
Gospel sing
McCray's Holiness Outreach
Ministry in Olustee is having a
night of singing and praising God
with Deacon Nathaniel Tolliver
and the Gospel of Shepherds on
January 10o beginning at 6:00 pm.
Everyone is invited.

First Baptist Church
of Sanderson
CR 229 S., Sanderson FL
Sunday School ....... 10:00 am
Sun. Morning Worship. 11:00 am

'Ken'Russell, 79,
retired policeman
Kenneth "Ken" Russell, 79,
died December 31, 2009 at his
residence with family by his
side. He
was born
in Detroit,
on February
12, 1930 to
as Russell
and Eunice
Stark Rus-
sell, and
was a very
good hus-
band, father Kenneth Russell
and grand-
father. Mr. Russell grew up in
Lincoln Park, MI where he be-
longed to the Lincoln Park Band
playing the trombone. He was
a very talented man, restoring
old cars, woodworking and in-
venting things to make his tasks
easier. He made crosses out of
some old church pews he had
acquired and gave them to peo-
ple he met along the way.
Mr. Russell was a Navy vet-
eran, a Mason and a Shriner.
He retired in 1983 as a Lieuten-
ant on the Southgate, MI police
force. He moved to Macclenny
in 2004 where he was a mem-
ber of the First Baptist Church
of Cuyler.
Survivors include wife of 46
years, Delores Russell of Mac-
cenny; sister Hazel (Arthur-
deceased) Rosner of Jackson-
ville; children Marilyn Russell
and Judy (Harry) Ervin, both of
Baldwin, Brian Russell of Calla-
han and Tammy Russell of Lin-
coln Park; 11 grandchildren; five
great-grandchildren; and many
nieces and nephews.
The memorial service was
held January 5 at 3:00 pm at
Ferreira Funeral Services with
Pastor Billy Worthington of-
ficiating. Arrangements are
being made for a memorial
service in Michigan. In lieu of
flowers please make donations
to Northeast Florida Commu-
nity Hospice, 4266 Sunbeam
Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257

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'Doc' Webb, 61,
of Maxville dies
Dolphus "Doc" Wayne Webb,
61, of Maxville died January 1,
2010. HewasborninOneida, KY
on September 14, 1948 to Emory
Webb and Dotty Bates Webb.
Doc had been a resident of Max-
ville for 10 years. He enjoyed
fishing, horse racing, spending
time with his grandchildren,
and being an avid sports fan.
He is survived by his wife of
27 years, Carolyn S. Webb of
The memorial service with
military honors will be held on
January 7 at 2:00 pm at Ferreira
Funeral Services.

Sincere thanks
The family of Lewis Davis
would like to thank those who
were there for us during our loss.
To those who visited, brought in
food and necessities, sent flowers,
cards and phone calls, thank you.
Thanks also to Pastor Shane
Smith of Souls Harbor Church of
God, the ladies' ministries for the
wonderful meal provided for us;
to Brother B.B. Barwick for being
a blessing to us for the service; to
Jean Stafford for sharing with us
at the service; to Suzie Gray and
daughters for singing and faith-
fully keeping the letter for us all
these years, it is priceless; to Mac-
clenny Nursing and Rehab, their
wonderful staff of dedicated peo-
ple; to hospice for all their kind-
ness and comfort; to Dr. Charles
Scarbrough for his always caring
character and devoted service
to our family; to Guerry Funeral
Home for their professional but
thoughtful service to us.
We also thank our Lord for
blessing our family and giving our
Daddy a good long enjoyed, loved
and blessed life.

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in Heaven.

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Lottie Loadholtz-
Wilson, 91, dies
Lottie Loadholtz-Wilson died
Sunday, January 3, 2010. She
was the daughter of George and
Leila Load-
holtz and
was born
March 23,
1918 and
raised in
the small
of Possum
Trot near
She mar-
riedWilliam Lottie Wilson
Douberly in
1937 and had five children: a son
who died only three days after
birth, son Lyndal, and daughters
Geareleen, Celia, and Laveda.
In 1952 the family moved to
Homestead, FL where Lottie re-
mained until 1982. During this
period she tragically lost her
daughter Laveda and daughter-
in-law Francis in an auto acci-
dent. She later lost her husband
Bill after 31 years of marriage
and years after that her second
husband Carl Shutan after eight
years of marriage.
While in Homestead, Mrs.
Wilson became a successful
business owner with a Merle
Norman studio in Coral Gables
and later Homestead. Her Coral
Gables studio was the largest
and most prominent in the Mi-
ami area and served as a train-
ing center for several major air-
line stewardesses and ground
In 1982 Lottie left Homestead
and eventually settled in Mac-
clenny. She had wonderful mar-
ried years, surviving Mr. Clar-
ence Coleman and later Mr. Joe
Wilson. She was an active mem-
ber of the First Baptist Church,
Glen St. Mary where she faith-
fully served the Lord.
Survivors include son Lyndal
of Spring City, TN; daughters
Geareleen of Orlando and Celia
of Jacksonville; to grand-chil-
dren and 18 great-grand chil-
The viewing will be from
noon to 1:45 pm on January 9
at her church, followed by the
funeral service at 2:00 pm with
Pastor Randy Williams officiat-
ing. A reception will follow the
The graveside service will be
January 11 at 11:oo am at Palms
Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery
in Naranja, FL with Rev. Charles
Couey officiating. Ferreira Fu-
neral Services is in charge of ar-

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

In Loving Memory
James 'Jimbo' Wiley
4/27/1954 -1/08/2009

To those I love:
If I should ever leave you whom
I love to go along the silent
way, grieve not, nor speak of
me with tears, but laugh and
talk of me as ifI were beside
you there. (I'd come -- I'd come,
could I but find a way! But
would not tears and grief be
barriers?) And when you hear
a song or see a bird I loved,
please do not let the thought
of me be sad...for I am loving
you just as I always have... You
were so good to me! There are
so many things to say to you...
Remember that I did not fear.
It was just leaving you that was
so hard to face... We cannot
see beyond... But this I know:
I loved you so -- 'twas heaven
here with you!

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Raymond and Sheilah Knapp
of Taylor are proud to announce
the engagement of their daugh-
ter Kerri Elizabeth Knapp to-
Robert Charles Beland III.
Kerri is a 2002 graduate of
Baker County High School. She
is currently a Naval Air Crew-
man 2nd Class Petty Officer sta-
tioned in Fort Worth, Texas.
Rob is the son of Robert and
Donna Beland of Bradley, IL.
He is a graduate of Bishop Mc-
Namara Catholic High School in
Kankakee, IL. Rob is currently
a lance corporal in the Marine
Corps and is also stationed in
Fort Worth.
Rob and Kerri met during air
crew training school in Pensaco-
la, FL in October 2007. They
lost contact after graduation and
ended up stationed together.
The couple plans to wed in
Fort Worth on October 1, 2010
at Holy Family Catholic Church.

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certification as a National Board
Teacher, joining a group of
82,000 other teachers nation-
She is one of only 12 Baker
County teachers, including
School Superintendent Sherrie
Raulerson, who have achieved
national certification
'Teachers who have achieved
National Board Certification have
demonstrated a commitment to
taking teaching practice and the
teaching profession to a different
level," said U.S. Secretary of Edu-
cation Arne Duncan.
The National Research Coun-
cil confirmed that National Board
Certified [NBC] teachers ad-
vance student achievement and
learning, stay in the classroom
longer, support new and strug-
gling teachers, and assume other
school-based leadership roles.
National Board Certification is
a proven way of ensuring that the
most highly-accomplished teach-
ers remain in the classroom. In
Florida, nearly 90 percent of
NBC teachers remain in teaching
- which far exceeds the average
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January GED Tests
Registration for the January GED Tests
will be held at 6:30 pm on Tuesday,
January 19, 2010 at the Baker County
Middle School cafeteria in Macclenny.
The GED tests will be given January
25, 26 & 27, 2010.
$70.00 testing fee
Florida picture ID
Social Security card or other
document verifying social secu-
rity number
Discounted testing feesare available
for Baker County Adult Education stu-
dents who are currently enrolled in the
GED preparation program with a mini-
mum of 12 hours class time. The next
scheduled GED test will be adminis-
tered in March. For more information
about GED registration, contact Wan-
da COnner at 259-0403.

January T.A.B.E. Tests
Baker County School District will
be administering the Test of Adult
Basic Education (T.A.B.E.) on
January 21, 2010, at the Family
Service Center on the campus of
Keller Intermediate School.
Registration begins promptly at
8:30 am
Testing 9:00 am 1:00 pm
Testing fee $15 cash, exact
change is required
Picture ID is required
Additional T.A.B.E. test will be
offered on March 5, April 16 and
May 28, 2010. If you have ques-
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wheat roll or crackers and dessert
(when offered) 1% lowfat white
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Monday,January 11
Breakfast: Pancake and sausage on a
stick, peach slices, milk
Lunch: Tasty chili with beans and
a homemade wheat roll, tuna salad
sandwich, choice of two sides: baked
potato rounds, raw veggies with ranch
dressing, fruit juice
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Breakfast: Breakfast, burrito, fruit juice,
Lunch: Slice of pepperoni pizza or
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a homemade wheat roll, choice of two
sides: seasoned mixed vegetables, tossed
salad with dressing, chilled fruit choice
and gelatin with whipped topping
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Lunch: Taco salad with a homemade
wheat roll or grilled ham and cheese
sandwich, choice of two sides: golden
corn, lettuce and tomato blend, chilled
fruit juice
Thursday, January 14
Breakfast: Cereal with slice of toast,
fruitjuice and milk
Lunch: Mexican burrito with salsa or
chicken nuggets with a homemade wheat
roll a homemade wheat roll, choice of
two sides: green beans with new potatoes,
raw veggies with dressing, chilled fruit
juice and a homemade cookie (gr. 7-12
peanut butter)
Friday, January 15
Breakfast: Pancake and sausage on a
stick, fruit juice and milk
Lunch: Sloppy Joe on a bun or beef
vegetable soup with a grilled cheese
sandwich, choice of two sides: baked
french fries, tossed salad with dressing,
chilled fruit juice

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Wildcats less than stellar in tournament

Host team falls flat, turns cold after opening win against Tigers

The Florida First Coast Tournament
was not kind to the host Wildcats this year
as they lost two of their three games and
wound up with a disappointing fourth-
place finish.
Wildcat head coach Charles Ruise was
hoping the annual holiday face-off would
help revitalize his team, which underper-
formed during the early stages of the tour-
The Cats have been bothered by defen-
sive pressure and have been taking quick,
low percentage shots that haven't gone in
the hoop. The lack of progress has been a
sore spot with Ruise, who had hoped that
by this point in the season the Cats would
have gelled as a team.
"We just haven't gotten consistent pro-
duction from the kids we thought would
be our scorers," said Ruise. "They want the
ball, they just don't know what to do with
it once they get it."
With the brunt of its conference sched-
ule ahead of the team in the coming weeks,
it is imperative that BCHS find the answers
to its offensive and defensive problems or
face not making the post-season playoffs.
"It will be fixed," said Ruise. "I have to
step up my coaching and there are some
changes we need to put in more man-to-
man defense that will help us in the transi-
tion game to score points."
The Wildcats had a bright start in the
tournament, turning in an impressive 68-
41 win over Union County on December
29. They simply out ran the Tigers who
couldn't keep up with a brutal fast break
The Tigers kept it close throughout the
first half as both teams ran a controlled
offense with a slower pace. The Wildcats
picked up the tempo near the end of the
first half and went into the locker room up
by six.
During the ten-minute break, Ruise
changed the game plan and the Cats came
out running and gunning. Their fast break

The Wildcats' Marcelle Gayden guards a Union County player bringing the ball up the court.

caught UCHS by surprise and they couldn't
compensate as the Cats ran up and down
the court. BCHS outscored the Tigers 22-
9 in the third period to effectively put the
game out of reach.
Marcelle Gayden heated up in the fourth
quarter, scoring all of his 11 points. The
Cats also avoided foul trouble to keep the
Tigers at arm's length and secure the win.
Chris McCray led all scorers with 19
points. Chris Walton added 14, Gayden 11
and Kendrick Singleton 8 points.

The Cats had a much tougher time with
Crescent City in their second tournament
game the next night. The Wildcats had no
answer for hot shooting guard Jerrell Ox-
endine, who tossed in 26 points to lead the
Raiders to a 69-59 win.
The game was almost a mirror image of
the opening round game, but this time the
roles were reversed. The Wildcats hit four
three-point shots and stayed close to Cres-
cent City in the first half as both teams felt
each other out with a slower, controlled

But the Raiders picked up the pace
in the second half, and like UCHS in the
first game, this time it was the Cats that
couldn't respond to the fast break. BCHS
also got in foul trouble with their two top
scorers, Chris McCray and Blane Finley,
fouling out.
Oxendine exploded with 16 of his game-
high 26 points in the second half and Laron
Moore hit for 12 points in the final half to
edge the Cats.
"Oxendine just has basketball savvy. It
comes naturally for this kid. He can see a
defense and just knows what to do offen-
sively," observed Coach Ruise. McCray
answered with 17 second-half points and
Finley was on fire from the outside, nailing
five three pointers in the game, but it was
not enough to keep BCHS out of the loser's
McCray had 22 points and Finley 17 for
the Cats.
The Wildcats had hoped to avoid
Melody Christian from Live Oak but met
them in the consolation game on Thursday
night. Melody had four players in double
figures and they ran over BCHS 77-51.
The game was over quickly as Melody
came out red hot and the Cats ice cold. The
visitors skunked the Wildcats in the first
period as they cruised to an 18-0 lead and
never looked back.
"It was like they had some invisible
man putting a cover on the basket. We just
couldn't put it in," lamented Coach Ruise.
The Wildcats woke up in the second
period and played Melody close for the re-
mainder of the game. But they could not
overcome the horrendous start.
Only one Wildcat was in double figures.
McCray had 12 points, 11 of them in the
second half. Marquis Ruise had 9 points.
The Cats get on the bus to Stanton on
January 7 to face the Blue Devils in a non-
district matchup.

Lady Cats

fall 51-48

The Lady Wildcat basketball
team suffered only its second
defeat of the season on January
4 with a 51-48 loss to the Union
County Tigers in the BCHS gym.
The Lady Cats fell behind to the
Tigers in the third period and
were unable to come back against
the disciplined Union County de-
Coach Franklin Griffis was
disheartened not only by the loss
but by the girls performance. "We
played like we were trying to get
over the Christmas break," said
Griffis. "We were a little flat, not
much energy and missed some
shots that we should have made."
The Tigers out-hustled the
Wildcats, something that was
very frustrating to Griffis. "It al-
lowed them to have second shots
at the basket and they have good
shooters and we can't afford to
give a second or third attempt."
A game tying last-second shot
attempt fell short.
Baker High will host Baldwin
on Thursday night. The girls start
the second half of district play
with a 3-0 conference record.
With the brunt of the district
games coming in the next ten
days, the girls will have a clear
idea of where they will be seeded
come tournament time.
Despite the poor showing on
Monday night, Griffis had some
praise for the inside play of Kiana
Parker, Meagan O'Steen and Ki-
ara Battles.
Battles finished the game
with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Chelsey Ruise had 13 and Destiny
de la Pena to points. Parker had
11 rebounds defensively.

Gators, 'Noles both

exited in fine fashion

With the exception of the na-
tional title game, the football
bowl season is behind us. Both
the Gators and Seminoles came
out of their respective bowl games
winners and closed the curtain
on the [college] careers of Bobby
Bowden and Tim Tebow.
Both went out in fine fashion.
Bobby Bowden's 6-6 Seminoles
defeated the 9-3 West Virginia
Mountaineers. The Seminoles
gave up an early score and then
turned up the heat on West Vir-
Bowden was his usual folksy
self, turning the focus on the
players and not his retirement,
though you could get a taste every
now and then of how it rankled
him to be forced out and not leave
by his own volition.
It was a fitting ending though
to his career. He played a team
he had coached before coming to
FSU and beat them. It gave him
yet another winning season at
FSU. Only in his first season in
1976 did the coach suffer a losing
Listening to the commentary
on the game I thought it ironic
that Todd Blackledge, a former
Penn State quarterback, pointed
out how Penn State coach Joe
Paterno went through a rough
patch early in the decade, but was
allowed to work through it. And
now the Lions are back up on
He said the Penn State presi-
dent showed loyalty to Paterno,
something that FSU president
and former Seminole player T. K.
Weatherall didn't where Bowden
was concerned.
Tim Tebow also went out
in style. The much-loved Gator
quarterback had his best statisti-
cal game ever as he dismantled
the Cincinnati Bearcats.
There had been a lot of spec-
ulation about the Sugar Bowl
matchup. Would Cincinnati
come in fired up after losing head

coach Brian Kellyto Notre Dame?
Would UF be down after losing
to Alabama in the SEC champi-
onship? Would Urban Meyer's
retirement/leave of absence dis-
tract the team?
With Tebow at the helm, none
of that happened. The UF signal
caller strapped his chinstrap on
and went to work to win the game
and discourage his many detrac-
The commentators, includ-
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Woods' finale in Mobile

The last time you'll get to see
Jonathan "Bear" Woods play-
ing in his collegiate career will
be Wednesday at 7 pm when his
Troy Trojans take on Central
Michigan in the GMAC Bowl in
Mobile, Alabama.
Woods, a former Baker Coun-
ty High standout and Macclenny
resident, was recently named an
All American. Woods is the only
Trojan on the All America team
and the only member of the Sun
Belt Conference. Woods, a 6',
245 lb. linebacker and the son of
Marc and Kelly Woods, had an
excellent senior season with 77
tackles to match his total from
2008. He had pair of sacks and

an interception as well.
Woods and the Trojans will
square off against the Chippe-
was, a team of over-achievers
that only lost to Arizona and Bos-
ton College this season. Along the
way the #25 ranked Chippewas
defeated bowl teams Michigan
State, Bowling Green and Buf-
Troy's only losses came to
Bowling Green, Florida and
Arkansas all bowl teams. The
game will air on ESPN.

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experience. Please fax resume to 386-
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required. Please apply to Mark Holmes,
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2V2 acres with 2 BR trailer on 185,
$36,000. 904-259-5260. Evenings call
912-843-2078. 1/7-1/14p
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.
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. 1/7p
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. 1/7-1/28p
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.
Five orten 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. 1/7-1/28p
66.57 acres with 875 ft. road frontage on
Bill Davis Road, $4,000 /acre. Call Zack
Parsons at 352-262-2336. 1/7-1/28p
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.
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. 12/17-3/4D

40 acres to 120 acres starting at $4000
per acre. 904-259-8028. 12/31-1/14c
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. 1/7-1/28p
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. $249,900.
By appointment only. 237-0060 or 259-
3963. 5/14tfc
Two lots in Copper Creek, Unit II. Call
813-1580. 12/11tfc
4.6 acres three miles north of Macclenny,
ready to build on, access by private road.
No owner financing, very private. 904-
259-3210. 1/7-1/14p

Large 3 BR, 1 BA home located in Glen
with large yard and front porch, $750/
month plus deposit. 259-6849.
2 BR, 1 BA house in Macclenny, $650/
month, $650 deposit, fenced in back
yard. 904-874-3361. 1/7c
2 BR, 2 BA mobile home in the country,
$600/month, $500 deposit. 923-2191.
2 BR, 1 BA apartment in Glen, $600/
month, $600 deposit. 259-2645. 1/7p
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.
Homes and mobile homes for rent from
$750-850 monthly. 259-2255. 11/13tfc
5 BR, 4 BA in city, in-ground pool, $1400/
month plus deposit. Will sell. 2 BR, 1 BA
on river, $550/month plus deposit. 2 BR,
1 BA, $450/month plus deposit. 259-
6528,424-9589. 1/7p
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 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
2 BR, 2 BA mobile home in Taylor, central
air, propane heat, washer/dryer hook-up,
private, secluded, gated drive, service
animals only, $550/month plus deposit.
259-9599. 1/7-1/28p
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
Large 3 BR, 2 BA mobile home, St.
Mary's Bluff, $650/month, $650 deposit.
259-3519,703-3027. 1/7p
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.

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
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.
MLS#497431 Currently rents for $695. Almost 1
acre parcel! $49,900
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
ADORABLE MLS#406637 2 Story stucco
house with gorgeous wood flooring throughout.
3BR 2.5BA. This home sits on an acre of land
with large oaktrees. $76,550
home with formal living/dining just 25 minutes
fromJax. 10acres, in ground pool, guest cottage,
add'l 3 cargaraage. Covered front & back porches.
Beautifully landscaped. $565,000
Heavily treed lots. No building timeframes.
2400 sq ft. min house. One horse allowed per
acre. $189,000
immaculate 3BR 2BA all brick hm sits on 2 city
lots. WWC, tile firs in kitchen & fam. room. All
stainless steel appliances, prewired surround
sound and much more! $149,000

3 BR, 2 BA singlewide on acre lot,
close to 1-10, $550/month, $500 deposit.
259-2552, 614-6111. 12/31-1/7p
Room for rent, three miles north of
Macclenny, $100/week. Two references
required. 904-259-3210. 1/7p
Nice apartment, 1 BR, 1 BA, kitchen, in
downtown Macclenny $495/month plus
deposit. 904-540-4450. 1/7p
3 BR, 2 BA brick home with fenced yard
and utility shed, in city, $800/month, first
and last plus deposit. 259-6849.
2 BR, 1 BA apartment, brick, very nice,
large living room with eat in kitchen
newly built, nice area, $625/month. 904-
861-8008. Please leave message. 1/7p
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
1 BR apartment, $500/month, $350 de-
posit, electric included, gas not included.
Call after 5:30 pm. 904-322-0310.
Glen St. Mary, 2 BR, 1 BA $500 deposit,
$500/month. 588-2589. 1/7p
Mobile homes. 2 and 3 BR, A/C, service
animals only, $500-$575 plus deposit.
904-860-4604. 3/17tfc
2 BR, 1 BA, kitchen, living room and din-
ing room in country, central H/A, front
and back porches. $700/month, $700
deposit. 259-6966. 1/7c
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 ownerfinanc-
inq. 904-879-2143. 1/7D

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.
2 BR, 1 BA, very clean $300 deposit,
$570/month. Call 259-2787. 1/7-1/14p
3 BR, 2 BA home, 500 Timberlane
Drive, 1600 SF, hardwood floors and tile
throughout, jacuzzi on back patio, in sub
division, $1100/month. 904-994-8679
or 904-497-3219. 1/7p
2 BR home on one acre on Ben Rowe
Circle off Woodlawn in Macclenny, $800/
month. 954-263-7311. 1/7-1/14p
3 BR home on two acres on CR127 in
Sanderson, $700/month. 954-263-
7311. 1/7-1/14p
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 front-
age downtown Macclenny, one block
west of courthouse, $550/month. Call
259-6546. 1/8tfc

Commercial lot in Glen St. Mary, cor-
ner lot at north east corner of Sherman
Avenue and highway 90. Reduced to
$62,000. 352-572-1793. 1/7-1/14p

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PERFECT LAND! MLS#408378 45.63 Acres! Great for
horses &agriculture. CR121. Has an older 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
2BA hm features newer carpet, countertops, hardware,
screen back porch, double pane windows & much more.
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
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

GREAT HOME! MLS#496329 This 4BR 2BA 1,590SF
concrete block hm is a great price. Lots of possibilities. Call
today! $99,900
11.18 acres of land cleared has road frontage, fenced
with gate and ready for your mobile home or house plans.
DRASTICALLY REDUCED! 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. $145,000
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.
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 flr plan, cute kitchen with tile & lots of storage. Large
BRs. Roof is lessthan4 yrsold. $129,900
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


Poo Friday and Saturday 8:00 am 2:00 pm, 10043
River Oak Circle, Glen St. Mary. Take Andrews
Street to River Oaks, 5th house on right.
Furniture, household items, men's clothing, kids
clothes and much more.
Saturday, 8:00 am 2:00 pm, 710 E. Shuey
Avenue, Macclenny. Baby and kids clothes, toys, misc. items.
Saturday, 9:00 am ?, 516 W. Minnesota Avenue. Pre-spring
cleaning sale. No early birds please. Senior citizen needs time
to set up.
Saturday, 8:00 am ?, 703 Short Putt Drive. Boys, baby and
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2006 Fleetwood 16x80, 3 BR, 2 BA, set up
and delivered, $21,500. 904-334-8904.
1995 Homes of Merit 28x52 3 BR, 2 BA
$24,900. Call Lewyn. 904-259-8028.
Prestige Home Centers, every model
must go. Let's deal 866-605-7255.
1989 14x80 3 BR, 2 BA $12,900. 904-
259-8028. 12/31-1/14c
2001 Homes of Merit, 28x70, 3 BR, 2 BA
$28,000. 904-334-8904. 1/7-1/14p
Like new 1996 28x52 3 BR, 2 BA Horton
$24,900. 904-259-8028. 12/31-1/14c


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It's about healing.
I know very little about rugby
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That's all you need to know to
enjoy this movie because rugby
is secondary to the story. Like
Remember the Titans, it's about
coming together and healing.
Instead of the black and white
gap in the segregated South, it is
about the huge black and white
chasm of apartheid in South Af-
rica. It's the story of Nelson Man-
dela (Freeman) and his relation-
ship with white South African
rugby captain Francois Pienaar
In this true saga, Mandela has
just been released from prison
and elected president of South
Africa. The white minority see
him as a terrorist and refuse to
support his reforms.
The symbol of white rule in
the country was the Springbok
rugby team. While black South
Africans play soccer, whites play
rugby. There is only one black
on the rugby team and no white
players on the soccer team.
When control of the coun-
try fell to Mandela, his political
party, the African National Con-
gress (ANC) wanted to abolish
the Springbok name and colors
of green and yellow.
Mandela saw an opportunity
to bring the country together. He
attended the meeting and pushed
for the name and traditions to
be left alone. "Otherwise we will
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meant the white minority who
were already suspicious of Man-
The rugby team was in disar-
ray, losing most of its matches
with the World Cup a year away.
After the fall of apartheid, the
World Cup had been presented to
South Africa and Mandela knew
that hosting the event would be
a world showcase for his new
Mandela met with Pienaar
and the two immediately found
a bond. Pienaar attempted to
reach out to black South Africans
by holding camps in the black
townships. He also attempted
to get the team to adopt the new
national anthem O Africa as
their theme song. He was met
with a lot of opposition from the
other players, but in the end he
succeeded. The team began to
improve and the country to get
behind them.
Freeman is a remarkable
Mandela. The movie intercuts
footage of the real Mandela and
Freeman's portrayal and the re-
semblance is amazing. He also
has adopted Mandela's cadence
and accent. Freeman carries the
film and his performance is Os-
Damon's role is much smaller.
He has done remarkably well to
capture the Afrikanner accent of

the white South Africans. But I
wish we could have seen more of
him and his struggles. His char-
acter was glossed over.
I feel certain that it was much
more difficult for the real Pien-
aar to embrace Mandela's idea of
a rainbow nation. After years of
brutal apartheid, the switch to
black majority rule was difficult
for the Afrikanners to accept. We
got a little of that from the way
Piennar's family is portrayed, but
Damon has the acting chops to do
a lot more than they gave him.
With that flaw aside, it is a
very uplifting story. The team
rises above adversity, the country
certainly does and the success of
the rugby team helps the nation
to heal.
Director Clint Eastwood does
his usual remarkable job of craft-
ing the story and characteriza-
tion. But he does it with a very
light hand. He could have beaten
us over the head with sentimen-
tality but he doesn't, and the
movie is better for it.
When the Springboks take
on New Zealand in the finals
and Mandela is decked out in
the green and yellow so sacred
to white minority and when the
team belts out an off key OAfrica,
it is clear that much has changed
for the better.
Even if you know nothing

about rugby, this is a sports mov-
ie that can touch your heart.
Invictus is rated PG 13. I give
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SCounty departments relocate nearby

The first shuffling of office space between county
administrators and courthouse personnel was
completed last week when staff of Baker County's
planning and zoning, building and environmental
health departments moved out of the block building
on North 3rd Street.
The new space for the eight county workers in
those departments is now directly east in the former
sheriffs office annex building on 2nd Street. They
made the transition December 29-30 with assis-
tance from the Jacksonville document management
company Filing Source, Inc. as well as inmate labor-
The move was part of a two-year-old plan to
make room at the courthouse for court administra-
tors. They will assume space occupied by the public
defender's office, which will eventually move into
the building on 3rd Street next to the county com-
mission offices.
Public Defender George Nelson said he didn't
know when the transition would take place, but that
more individual offices would be needed to house
three attorneys, an investigator and secretary.
The county-owned building has two enclosed of-
fices, but most of the interior is open. Mr. Nelson
said he's requested windows for the now windowless
The former sheriffs annex also needed modifica-
tion to accommodate the county's personnel, rough-
ly $7000 worth by County Manager Joe Cone's es-

Top left, Brian Dinen moves a desk as other movers from Filing Source Inc. of Jacksonville unload furniture.

Local agency records its

first adoption January 4

Renovations like adding a bathroom, making
another one handicap accessible, painting, new car-
peting and patching wall holes were completed by
the county's two-man facilities maintenance depart-
ment of Joe Starling and Shannon Whitfield.
"Storage may become a problem," said Mr. Cone.
"There's not enough of it [at the annex]. By law,
there's a number of records we have to keep for-
Some storage space is available on the second
floor of the building, however.
The building was also equipped with a wireless
phone and Internet system in lieu of re-wiring it.
"It's portable," Mr. Cone said of the $2500 sys-
tem. "When we come up with funding for a new
building, we can take that with us."
Last summer the Baker County Commission
scrapped plans to build a new county administration
building near the sheriffs office complex north of
Macclenny on six acres of county-owned property.
About $713,000 left of an $800,000 grant from
the state to alleviate crowding at the courthouse
wasn't enough to complete the 98oo-square-foot
building, including drainage work and other associ-
ated development costs.
Some of the remaining funds were used to cover
the renovation costs at the annex building. Work to
retrofit the former county office space for public de-
fender staff will be funded likewise.
"I told them we would be reasonable, but it wasn't
our intention to spend a whole lot of money," Mr.
Cone said the additional renovations.


"It was the best Christmas
present anyone could ever get,"
said Laura Brantley of her new
daughter Liz, who was born on
December 31 at Orange Park
Medical Center.
Little Liz is not Ms. Brantley's
biological child. The union of this
newborn with her new parents
is the first successful adoption
facilitated by The Adoption Au-
The Baker County-based
agency specializes in working
with birth mothers and adoptive
families in rural communities in
Florida and Georgia.
On January 4, Ms. Brantley
and her husband Shannon were
in Macclenny with their daugh-
ter for a baby wellness visit with
a local pediatrician. After the
visit, they brought the baby to
The Adoption Authority's office
on West Macclenny Avenue to
sign some remaining legal docu-
ments. The Brantleys, who are
living in Macclenny, are moving
to Georgia to raise Liz. They must
remain in the area from seven to
ten days the time it takes to ob-
tain official authorization to leave
the state with the baby.
"We brought her out here for
her wellness checkup because we
didn't have some of the necessary
paperwork with us and couldn't
get a doctor in Orange Park to see
her without it," said Ms. Brant-
ley. "The director of The Adop-
tion Authority faxed the informa-
tion to her own children's doctor
and got us an appointment. I
don't know how people navigate
the adoption landscape without
help from an advocate like this."
"It's interesting how this all
came about," said Tracy Riley,
the agency's director, who is also
a licensed psychotherapist. She
never planned on starting an
adoption agency.
When she moved to Macclenny
in 2006, Ms. Riley started writing
home studies for adoption agen-
cies in Florida and Georgia as a
sideline to her psychotherapy
Home studies, which are in-
depth profiles of prospective
adoptive couples and their home
environments, are required to
begin any adoption process.
"I really liked meeting with
couples interested in adopting
and witnessing their desire to
give a child a home," she said.
"One of the agencies then asked
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the adoption process of a two-
year-old in Jacksonville and so
I was able to understand the full
experience," she said.
"The process is overwhelm-
ing," said Ms. Brantley. "I can't
tell you how many times Shan-
non and I would start to explore
it then just get overwhelmed
and discouraged. Then we'd just
Helping adoptive couples
make their dream of becoming
parents a reality is primary to
what Ms. Riley and other adop-
tive agencies do. The flip side
is identifying and establishing
helpful, trusting relationships
with expectant mothers who are
considering putting their unborn
child up for adoption.
"Many women, especially
young women, don't understand
adoption as a choice they can
make. Making them aware of the
advantages of adoption so they
might make the best decision,
both for themselves and for the
welfare of their child is the key
Part of what Ms. Riley does
is coordinate expectant mothers
with prospective adoptive par-
ents. She meets with the birth
mother to discuss her options
and to familiarize her with a list
of couples interested in adopting.
The birth mother can then meet
with the parents she believes
would be most suitable.
Each adoption is different
but basically falls into three cat-

egories: open, semi-opened and
closed. The type of adoption is
completely up to the expectant
In open adoptions the birth
mother and adoptive parents
meet prior to the baby's birth
and may remain in contact after-
wards. Information is exchanged
freely through letters and phone
calls. There may even be periodic
visits as the child grows.
Semi-closed usually means
more confidentiality. The people
involved have knowledge of each
other's names and states of resi-
dence but not in-depth informa-
tion such as addresses or phone
From time to time, photos
may be sent to the birth mother
through the adoptive agency. A
closed adoption is the most pri-
vate. When an infant is adopted
in this way, the identity of the
biological parent is kept sealed.
The adoptive parents never have
any contact or information about
the birth mother.
As the Brantleys sat with
Ms. Riley, they signed a photo
agreement. Such agreements
constitute a promise to provide
the birth mother a photo of the
child a minimum of four times
per year.
When a birth mother chooses
to be actively involved in the
selection of her baby's adoptive
parents, receiving regular photos
of the baby's growth and prog-
ress continue to ensure her that

she made the best decision for
the child.
"Adoption today is about the
exploration of options," said Ms.
Riley. If a young woman doesn't
understand all her options, she
may make poor decisions. The
goal is to achieve the best out-

come for the birth mother, the
child and the adoptive parents."
The Brantleys found that
adopting through an agency
greatly facilitated the entire pro-
cess and helped them cope with
frustrations and uncertainty.
"The advantage to using an


agencyis that people versed in the
adoption process know the ropes
and can tackle any bumps in the
road in a clear and unemotional
way," said Ms. Brantley. "Because
of this experience, we've decided
to become advocates for anyone
else wishing to adopt."

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Tracey Riley (seated) helps the Brantleys with final adoption paperwork.



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