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One of two Orlando area
men accused of robbing a cred-
it union office in Glen St. Mary
in April, 2005 pleaded guilty in
federal court on February 27.
Jabari Hird, 29, was sched-
uled to go on trial Monday of
this week and co-defendant
Rasheed Silvera, 31, had al-
ready made a plea deal that
included testifying against Mr.
Hird. Both will be sentenced
Mr. Hird's plea was to bank
robbery and carrying a firearm
during a bank robbery, offens-
es that could net him life in
accord- He demanded
to as- they "do what he
US at- asked or they
torney never see their
Duva, children again"
colleague Jay Taylor had pre-
pared to try the case this week.
Mr. Silver, who earlier had
been charged in circuit court
here with felony armed rob-
bery, entered his plea in Octo-
ber of last year.
Both are charged with the
April 12 robbery of Coun-
try Federal Credit Union on
US 90 during which they got
$147,411.11 from a safe and
three teller drawers.
Mr. Hird entered the tempo-
rary branch office first, bran-
dishing a semi-automatic pistol
and ordering three tellers to the
floor. He demanded they "do
what he asked or they'd never
see their children again," reads
the federal complaint.
The defendant then chased
down teller Myrtle Taylor when
she bolted for a rear door and
dragged her back to where her
colleagues lay. He demanded
she open the vault and she told
him she didn't:know how.
Mr. Silvera then forced
teller Rebecca Chrjapin to
open the vault, and he stuffed
most of the currency haul into
a pillowcase before grabbing
the remainder from the teller
The pair then ordered the
frightened employees to count
to 200 before getting up.
The defendants then took
off in a green Honda that had
been stolen earlier from a west
Jacksonville woman, and ex-
changed it for a Chevrolet Ta-
hoe they parked earlier in south
Glen. Police recovered cloth-
ing the robbers had tossed off
on their way back to Interstate
(See page 2)
Seeks more St Marys Shoals acreage
for 1040 ac.
For the last two years, Baker
County has been unsuccessful
securing grants to expand the St.
Mary's Shoals Park north of Glen
St. Mary. So
the county By
has turned Joel
to The Trust oe
for Public Addington
for help. Press Staff
conservation organization assisted
in buying the park's original 1600
acres in 2004 by negotiating the
sale with private landowners and
helping prepare a grant applica-
tion to Florida Communities Trust
(FCT), an arm of the state's Department of Community
Affairs, to fund the purchase.
The county hopes to acquire 1040 more acres consist-
ing of seven parcels under two owners. Ricky Davis's
Long Branch Farms owfis about 926 acres and Amy
Stavely has another rl14 acres that collectively surround
the western half of the park..
Although most of the property is wetlands and planted
pines,one parcel is of higher elevation and might be suit-
able for athletic fields. There's also a small creek included
in the additional lands, but it's not navigable, said county
grants coordinator Maurice Postal.
Former agricultural extension office director Mike
Sweat, who spearheaded the
SShoals project before transferring
SSh to the Duval County extension of-
hoats park fice, hoped to use the extra acre-
acreage age sought previously to expand
the park's 34-mile trail system.
The county has yet to determine
how the additional land would be
"It does provide another en-
trance to the park off Crews Road,"
Mr. Postal said of the 1040 acres.
SThe maximum award that FCT
Grants is $6.5 million, and Bob
Guido of TPL, said he believes the
property for the proposed expan-
sion could be purchased for about
.."I'd say that's a fair market val-
ue," said the project manager for
TPL's southeast regional office.
,'. The grant application is due to
SFCT by May 13 and awards are
announced in the fall.
"This Shoals Phase II entire-
ly depends on getting the FCT
grant," said Mr. Postal. "Other-
wise, the county doesn't have the
financial resources, especially in
these times, to do any land acqui-
The county's two previous FCT grant applications
came up 10- and 15-points short of getting funded. "We
feel confident we'll be able to get funded this year," said
Mr. Guido. "The shoals park is a great project and the
(See page 2)
School groups descend on
legislators protesting $$ cuts
BY JOEL ADDINGTON
Local teachers, parents and
school administrators turned
out in force when state Senator
Charlie Dean and state Repre-
sentative Janet Adkins arrived
for a delegation hearing the
morning of February 25.
Many in the crowd, which
was standing room only and
overflowed out the doors of
the Baker County Commis-
sion chambers on 3rd Street,
delivered a similar plea: public
schools cannot take anymore
The Florida Constitution re-
quires the legislature to provide
"adequate" funding for public
"Most of the people in this
room don't feel we're going
to get adequate funding," said
Sandi Harvey, a middle school
teacher and president of the
Baker County Education As-
sociation, the local teacher
Revenues to the Baker
County school district dropped
by $1.46 million, or 5.5 percent,
which equals about
$390 less per student,
during the last year
and a half, she noted.'
Ms. Harvey asked
for relief from both
like physical educa-
tion and underfunded
mandates like class-
size reduction and
other costs for buses,
books and virtual schools.
Amanda Williams, the
mother of a 6-year-old student,
criticized the federal No Child
The commis sion room oveflowed during Wednesday s hearing.
Left Behind legislation;.saying
it focused too much on read-
"It leaves math behind," she
said, adding that more funding
should be available for math
(See page 2)
S. ' , '..
Dressing up dinner time
Wasick came to
Q with her mom,
scrapbook and set it before the
"Look through here and pick
out a design. I can make you a
spotted puppy or a cat or even
Sponge Bob Squarepants!" he
told the little girl.
Haley thought for a minute.
"How about a butterfly?" she
"Yep, I can do that," he an-
Dr. Shadow selected several
special markers from his magic
box and in minutes the transfor-
mation was complete. Haley's
face sported a colorful winged
(See page 4)
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dad and little brother for some
supper on a recent Wednesday
night. Something besides the
tasty food drew her attention,
however. She wrangled per-
mission from her parents, then
made a beeline for Dr. Shadow,
who was setting up his kiddie's
workshop at a nearby booth.
Dr. Shadow put up an easel,
a drawing pad, readied his face
painting kit and collection of
balloons. Then he pulled out a
Dr. Shadow makes Haley Wasick a butterfly.
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The Florida Legislatur,-re-
duced education funding last
year and again this year during
the special session to deal with
a $2 billion-plus overall budget
According to figures from the
Florida Education Association,
the statewide teacher union, ed-
ucation funding has dropped 6.1
percent since the 2007-08 bud-
get and the state's share of the
cost for public schools is down
to 48 percent, the lowest it's ever
Another parent, Gary Ste-
phens, said he's heard talk of
cutting education by as much as
15 percent, which he fears would
mean teacher layoffs.
"I don't want my son in a class
with 30 or 40 kids warehous-
ing my son," he said.
Mr. Stephens urged Ms. Ad-
(from page 1)
10, and subsequent DNA tests
matched up with that of both
Mr. Hird and Mr. Silvera.
The latter was expected to
testify that he and his co-defen-
dant initially planned to rob the
nearby Glen branch of Mercan-
tile Bank, but got cold feet when
approached by a pedestrian
while they were parked across
US 90 that morning waiting to
rob it. They feared they would
be identified and instead target-
ed Country Federal.
What the duo likely did not
know was that Mr. Hird was
caught on a surveillance tape in-
side Mercantile on April 8 when
they checked out the build-
ing as their initial target. He is
seen talking with a teller, who
recalled that he sought driving
Before he was remanded to
federal jurisdiction in June of
last year, Mr. Rasheed spent
1094 days in the Baker County
jail. Mr: Hird was held in the
local jail 534 days before trans-
fer to federal custody in April,
2007, according to jail opera-
tions chief Lt. John Finley.
Prosecutor Duva said none of
the money taken that day was
recovered and that the pair made
quick work of spending it. Most
of the cash was destined for an
kins and Mr. Dean to eliminate
, more than 9 billion dollars jn,ta\.
exemptions that could otherwise
pay foreducation. .,,
"You tell us citizens what
we need to do tO support yop
and we'll get behind you," he
Although most in attendance
were from the education com-
munity, other local officials also
addressed the legislators.
Health Department Director
Kerry Dunlavey urged them to
be mindful of how Medicaid re-
forms will affect rural health de-
partments like Baker County's.
"We saw over half the popula-
tion for primary care last year,"
she said. "We need to be very
careful on how we proceed with
County Manager Joe -Cone
submitted a list of legislative
priorities from the Baker County
Commission, which included op-
position to privatizing Northeast
Florida State Hospital and en-
suring funds would be available
to offset the county's roughly
$762,000 loss from Amendment
1 property tax reforms.
Mr. Cone said the county is
set to get about $312,000 al-
ready, but $450,000 remains un-
"That's very important," he
Another attendee, Jimmy
Gray, said holding a meeting in
the middle of the day made it
difficult for many to show up.
"Eleven o'clock is a difficult
time to get off work, especially
in this economy," he said.
After listening and taking
notes for most the hearing, the
state legislators made some clos-
"This is American democ-
racy at its best," professed Sen.
In response to the pleas for
no more cuts to education, Rep.
Adkins told the audience about
her two children, both of whom
attend public schools in Nassau
(from page 1)
added acres will only make it
that much better."
County officials also plan to
open up an initial portion of St.
Mary's Shoals Park on April 30,
the deadline required in the orig-
inal FCT grant. It includes about *
17 miles of trails on.the eastern
side of the park, which have
been dubbed multi-use trails for
bikes, horses and pedestrians.
"It will be open from the
equestrian trailhead all the way
to Cedar Creek," Mr. Postal said
last week. "I walked this route
and the trail is actually in very
good condition, except for the
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States tax structure needs overhaul
Thank goodness for gambling, or more
specifically, the Florida lottery that funds
Bright Futures college scholarship.
It paid for the first three or so years of my
degree, and without it, I would've made that
Marine recruiter sitting at my
dining room table when I was
16 years old very happy.
Bright Futures gave me a
future, and despite my best ef-
forts, turned me and countless
others into hardworking, tax-
paying consumers in this now
60 percent on the income scale (that would
be me and most of you); we pay 11.2 percent
of our money in taxes, which is about three-
and-a-half times more than the richest one
And like everything else, Bright Futures is
threatened by a massive sink hole in the state
budget now estimated to grow to about
$6 billion which legislators will attempt
to fill during the regular session that began
The large turnout from the local education
community at a recent delegation hearing in
Macclenny (see my story in this week's edi-
tion) is the result of the common perception
that nothing will be spared from the spend-
ing sickle this year.
Spending on things critical to the lower
and middle classes like health care, educa-
tion, transportation and public
safety will likely be reduced.
Times are tough, and I can r
deal with government cutting C
back along with everyone else. /
But unfortunately, the impact of
those cuts could be reduced if
Florida's tax structure was actu- .
I don't understand why no- I.
body is talking about the lop-
sided and highly regressive tax
code we have in Florida. It's
based largely on sales taxes and
user fees that disproportionately
drain low- and middle-income
taxpayers and small businesses
of much-more income than their
wealthy or large corporate coun-
According to an 2002 analy-
sis of the 10 most regressive tax
states by the non-partisan Insti-
tute on Taxation and Economic ,
Policy, Florida's poorest 20 per-
cent pays 17.6 percent of their
income in taxes while the top
one percent of earners pays 3.3 ,
percent of their income in taxes.
Compared with the middle
I refuse to believe that I use
3.5 times more government
services than anyone else. In
fact, I'm less of a burden than
most because I have no kids,
am healthy and have ajob. Find
me a Miami real estate tycoon
that can say that.
What should be considered instead of new
taxes on Internet sales or cigarettes is clos-
ing the plethora of corporate tax loopholes,
which would increase revenue and reduce
the severity of cuts to essential services.
The Florida Center for Fiscal and Eco-
nomic Policy recommends actually lowering
the state's 5.5 percent corporate tax rate to
4.5 percent, eliminating tax avoidance strate-
gies of multi-state corporations and institut-
ing a state income tax for limited liability
corporations (LLCs) or S corporations.
Taxing profits from LLCs and S corps in
Florida would raise more than a billion dol-
lars annually, the center estimated.
The sun is steadily making its fat robin sitting TH EB
way toward the spring equinox amidst a cluster
and the mornings are getting of red berries on
brighter earlier. The glow of my a Heavenly Bam- PORC
small kitchen window, visible boo bush. The
through my bedroom door, is bird's down feath- KELLEYLANI
what wakes me up in the morn- ers were puffed
ing. up for warmth and it'pecked en- we
Over the last weeks as I've ergetically at the berries. fai
moved around the community, It was soon joined by another go
I've heard numerous people de- robin, no doubt its mate, that lit da
dare they are ready for spring, on a low hanging branch of a ize
I've heard it at church, at the gas nearby pecan tree. This robin foi
station and at the check-out line. nestled into a clump of Spanish
It's been unusually cold this moss and facing each other in it.
winter, with temperatures dip- their respective seats, the birds ab
ping below freezing, but there seemed to be chatting. bii
are signs of spring about. Bushes Suddenly they both perked up. all
are splashed with color from the There were a few moments of
first azaleas in bloom and robins what seemed like negotiation and on
have been active in fields and then, as if coming to an agree- mO
trees for several weeks. ment, they flew away together. lui
This morning it was bright, I don't know what birds say to sid
windy and cold. I saw a very each other, but I think it would wa
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I once had frien
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me to feast at the
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Rarely was the
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Multiple bird bal
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LLCs and S corps themselves are exempt
from federal income taxes because their
profits "pass-through" as personal income to
their owners or shareholders, who are sup-
posed to report the money with their federal
taxes. And since Florida has no personal in-
come tax, these corporations are exempted
from state's 5.5 percent corporate income
Of the nine states without a personal in-
come tax, only Florida and Alaska do not
levy a state corporate income tax on LLCs
and S corps.
The center projected that doing so at the
reduced 4.5-percent rate, while eliminating
loopholes for multi-state corporations, would
generate $648 million in revenue this year
and $1.3 billion next year.
If the corporate tax rate was not reduced
below 5.5 percent (which is the nation's 40th
lowest), it would mean about $924 million
this year and $1.57 billion next year.
I realize that's not enough to plug a $6 bil-
lion hole, but it would go a long way in mak-
ing Florida's tax structure equitable, and the
cuts more palatable for those that carry the
largest tax burden.
iteresting. whole place erupted in chaos. It
s the winter was if a giant vacuum hose came
son sets in, along and suddenly sucked all
Voices go the birds out of the yard, leaving
e. You don't hanging feeders swinging wildly
ce at first, back and forth.
occupied as Little by little, the feeders
h our own af- and baths would be re-patriated
g comes and and within minutes, all the birds
tmas. It gets were back, feeding and splash-
uddenly real- ing as if nothing had happened.
any birdsong One summer when I was a
teenager, I saw a painted bun-
v much I miss ting. I had always longed to see
ie best things this spectacularly colored bird
winter, when and unexpectedly one lit on the
singing, usu- branch of a tree right before me.
It was a brief sighting.
ids who lived I was able to look closely at
e beach. The its brilliant red, blue and green
g about having plumage for about eight seconds,
was sitting be- long enough to take in the de-
e window and tails. Then it was gone as quick-
s of birds that ly as it had come, like an image
window ledge that flickers across a dreain and
s. disappears. I haven't seen one
re a moment since.
able foothold I was pleased to recently learn
vith grackles, that Florida's Fort George and
vs and purple Talbot Islands are designated
noisy, active, breeding habitats for this most
th lots of flut- brilliantly colored of all North
uabbling and American birds.
Spring is coming and birds
hs stood near will soon be nesting, including
Sere was also the painted bunting. Sounds like
nd splashing a good excuse for a trip to Talbot
g, cat or per- Island. With some luck, I might
og. cat or per- see once again the bird that has
appeared in enchanted me for so long. This
dow of high time, I'll be sure to take my
ed over, the camera.
R b s eb ic
Calknai lnS.Mr 5-84
Letter to the editor...
Fair board unreasonable
As a resident and community volunteer, I see the need for fun events
to entertain the county and that is why I decided to put on the Colt Ford
Winter Blast Event this past December.
We don't have a bowling alley, a movie theater or a game room
for young people to enjoy. There are not a whole lot of fun things or
events going on around here for both young and old.
I would like to bring other events to Baker County, but the Fair
Association board of directors said it doesn't want another event like
that out here. There was too much drinking going on, according to
Kathy Rhoden the president of the association.
I explained to the entire board at its January 10th meeting that I am a
promoter, not the enforcer of county ordinances. Ms. Rhoden told the
board at the meeting she saw people selling beer from tailgates.
I walked all around the grounds the night of the show and never
saw anyone selling anything from tailgates. I should have asked Mrs.
Rhoden at the meeting if she reported this activity to sheriff's deputies
who were there, and maybe that would have ended the issue then. It
would have been a good question to be addressed.
Maybe one of the other board members should have asked that
question if they are so concerned to the point of not letting me rent the
facility again. I feel the Baker County sheriff's department did a great
job. The concert goers were well-behaved and everyone had a great
time. I didn't hear a complaint from anyone!
Citizens should speak to their county commissioner if they want
any events at the fairgrounds again besides the ones already there. One
person's idea of entertainment may not be your's or mine.
Please, can we get a little better variety here? If I want to see a
good concert and have a fun event for everyone to enjoy, I'll have
to promote it in a more reasonable environment, which unfortunately
will not be at the Baker County fairgrounds because the board says it
won't allow me to rent anymore.
I don't understand why we allow a small group of people to choose
for the rest of us based on their likes and dislikes. We all have the right
to enjoy ourselves as long as your not hurting anyone else.
and other obscure facts
I was check-
ing books out of
the high school
library as part
of my day job
as media spe-
MY SIDE OF
cialist and came
upon a book of
little known historical facts.
For example, did you know that
Ann Boleyn, one of Henry the
Eighth's wives, had six fingers?
And Ernest Hemmingway's cat
had six toes for that matter.
I don't suppose they were re-
lated in any way.
Other little known facts in-
clude that Benedict Arnold was
considered the most able Ameri-
can general of the Revolution-
ary War before he turned traitor.
Woodrow Wilson became so ill
that he could not govern. But
instead of turning over power to
his vice-president, his wife ran
So there you have it, some
little known facts from the little
known fact book.
Now that the book business
is out of the way, I've decided
that if somebody else can write a
book about little known facts, so
can I. So here are a few of those
plums you can look forward to
when you buy Bob's Book of
Little Known Facts.
A few of these are actual
facts. It's up to you to pick out
which is which.
George W. Bush's middle
name is Waldo. And yes, he
is the guy in those children's
books. Put a striped hat on the
43rd president and some horned
rimmed glasses and he's ready
for hours of entertainment. Re-
member those "unnamed lo-
cations" that Vice-president
Cheney used after 9/11? They
were all scouted out by Waldo
Bush in earlier books.
The Detroit Lions of the
NFL are soooo bad that their
stadium store doesn't even sell
Detroit Lions merchandise. In
fact, actual Lions team members
cannot identify teammates with-
out looking on the back of their
jerseys. In an attempt to boost
interest in the team, the front
office is considering changing
the names on the back of their
So instead of quarterback
Jon Kitna's name being on the
back of his jersey, it will read
asked about the
"We don't think
anybody will no-
tite ... until we
start to play."
Back in the early part of last
century the Electoral College
was actually a community col-
After realizing that his "Pen-
ny Saved is a Penny Earned,"
theory of economics was unreal-
istic, Benjamin Franklin applied
to Treasury Secretary Alexander
Hamilton for a bailout.
In every episode of Seinfeld
there was a Superman some-
where on the set. In every epi-
sode of ABC's Cavemen there
was an idiot somewhere on set.
The first gay marriage in
America was between Bozo
the Clown and Howdy Doody.
Clarabelle the Clown claimed,
"I never knew. Howdy seemed
so, well, normal." The second
gay marriage was between Bert
A snail can sleep for three
years. A teenager can sleep for
The country of Turkey is ac-
tually named after the Thanks-
giving favorite. And yes, Greece
is named after cooking oil.
Greece is just the Greek way of.
spelling grease. Is it any coinci-
dence that Hungary is so close
to Greece and Turkey? I think
not. It is rumored that Albania is
considering changing its name
to Pecan Pie.
There were real concerns
when France gave the Statue of
Liberty to the United States in
the 1880s that the bronze statue
would have hairy legs and arm-
pits. Plans were in the offing to
give the statue a shave.
It's a good thing the Ameri-
can Revolution happened two
hundred and twenty-odd years
ago and not today. The Boston
Tea Party would have been the
Skim Milk Double Expresso
Latte Party and would be spon-
sored by Starbucks.
Teenagers ceased to be able
to ask each other out on a date
without the use of a cell phone
or text message in 2005. There
is no evidence that a real face-
to-face date request has hap-
pened since then.
THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, March 5, 2009 Page 4
'House that love built' is finished
One shoplifting suspect was
arrested and another got away
after they fled on foot from the
Macclenny Walmart the after-
noon of February 27.
Anthony Smith, 25, of Jack-
sonville was taken into cus-
tody by Deputy Erik Deloach
after attempting to flee from
him through the rear door of
an office at Yarborough Mobile
Homes across Interstate 10 from
Mr. Smith, later identified by
store security personnel, was
seen earlier stuffing CDs, DVDs
and grocery items into his pants.
He was joined by another white
male dressed in a blue shirt who
attempted to divert the store
greeter as the first suspect exited
Security workers followed
them outside ordering both men
to stop; they instead fled east
across CR 228 into a wooded
area. Deputy Deloach, who had
to tackle Mr. Smith outside the
mobile home office to subdue
him, said the suspect was by
then shirtless and bore scratches
that likely resulted from a run
through the woods.
(from page 1)
design. He then fashioned a big
pink and green flower out of
"Every butterfly needs a
flower," he told her.
Haley slipped off the chair and
excitedly scooted off to show her
mom and dad her funky flower
and her artfully painted face.
Sydney Bryant, 7, who has
been patiently waiting, then
hopped up on the chair to pose
for a caricature.
In minutes, Dr. Shadow
sketched a cartoon likeness of
her riding on a big bird. After-
wards, she too got a twisted bal-
loon flower to take home.
"Boys usually choose Spider-
man, a skeleton or a tiger for
their faces," said Dr. Shadow,
otherwise known as J. Allen
Adams. "And they like it when
I make them balloon swords to
Much to the delight of the
children, the balloons can also
become whimsical hats, a crazy-
legged octopus or spider.
Kids can get wild and wacky
on Wednesday nights at Woody's
because that's when Mr. Adams
comes to entertain them with an
array of fun activities.
He's been a clown, an acrobat,
ioplifter is caught
A motorist alerted police that been left on the porch at the
the suspect, then dressed in a red residence of Dorothy Malloy on
shirt, was walking south on 228, South 5th St. in Macclenny on
and Larry Lord of Macclenny, February 25 was reported sto-
who works at the mobile home len.
lot, directed Deputy Deloach The unit had been purchased
into the sales office where Mr. for $100 by Melissa Malloy for
Smith had asked to use the rest her son, and a relative is sus-
room. pected in the theft.
Mr. Smith was charged with Two air conditioners, one of
a trio of misdemeanors for the them a three-ton outdoor unit,
thefts, for fleeing store security were reported taken from rental
and resisting the deputy. trailers on Blue Water Ct. and
In other recent theft cases, River Hgts. Dr. between Febru-
a suspect identified as Patricia ary 19-26. The thefts were re-
Reed of Macclenny is said re- ported by owner Stephen Brad-
sponsible for cashing a bogus dy, and no estimate of value was
$490 check at the Raceway sta- given.
tion in the south city on January Two plastic outdoor dis-
30. play signs valued at $2000 were
Store clerk Jerrod Yeomans vandalized behind the former
told police the check was re- Woody's Barbecue location on
turned twice in February, the South 6th in Macclenny over-
last time because the account pight on February 23.
had been closed. It was writ- A front door to ap, apartment
ten on C&D Prep of Galveston, at Northwood Apartments in
Texas, and the store cashed it for Macclenny was kicked open the
a two percent fee. afternoon of February 28.
Deputy Paul Chance said he Occupant Laronda Ellis said
learned from a relative that Ms. a black male in his late teens or
Reed moved to California in late early 20s fled north toward Bou-
January. levard and she did not recognize
A laptop computer that had him.
Both combatants in barfight fle
complaints afier showing up atER
Two 19-year-old women in-
volved in a fight at the 229 Club
juke in Sanderson just before
2:00 am February 28 filed bat-
tery complaints against each
other from the Fraser Memorial
emergency room, but about 16
Kehara Jones of Macclenny
said Laresa Paige of Sanderson
and another male and female at-
tacked her, striking her several
times with their fists, accord-
ing to Deputy Tony Norman's
Ms. Jones advised the male
attacker, Trenton Benjamin, 19.
of Sanderson intentionally broke
her prescription eye glasses,
valued at about $240, before
bystanders broke up the alterca-
tion and she drove herself to the
Deputy Norman said the only
visible injuries he saw were bro-
ken fingernails and Ms. Jones'
About 6:30 pm that evening,
Ms. Paige also went to the emer-
gency room, which she said she
did because of her pregnancy.
Deputy Jeffrey Dawson took her
She claimed the fight be-
gan after Ms. Jones pushed her
while walking past, and when
confronted about this, attempted
to hit her in the face. She also
said Ms. Jones and the woman's
brother both sprayed mace in her
face, states the officer's report.
Deputy Dawson noted scrapes
on Ms. Paige's shoulders and
chest, and bruising on. her arms.
The battery complaints were
forwarded to the state attorneys
Deputy Dawson took similar
action in a separate case, send-
ing an aggravated battery com-
.plaint against Allison Moore,
26, of Macclenny to the SAO.
The charge stemmed from an al-
tercation on Martin Luther King
Drive March 1.
According to victim Jessica
Major, 20, of Macclenny, Ms.
Moore approached her with a
'knife about 6:15 pm and cut her
on, the arm. The officer noted a
small abrasion on the victim's
Ms. Moore was located on
Grissholm Street and questioned
about the alleged assault. She
entertains kids weekly at restaurant..
a musician, a stand-up comic and entertainers which he uses today The multi-talented
a cartoonist, and performed with in his work with kids. er decided to leave th
the Barnum and Bailey Circus In addition to clowning scene when the subject
in Europe and at theme parks all around, he also became a car- stand-up comedy turn
across America. toonist for the big top. color for his taste.
These days, the retired enter- "Ever since I was a kid, I was "When the clubs sta
trainer tries his hand at writing always drawing something," he to that, I decided it j
science fiction and performs his said. "Charles Schultz, who cre- for me anymore," he s:
family fun for kids at restau- ated Charlie Brown and the Pea- These days, Mr.
rants and festivals a couple days nuts characters, was my neighbor happy just to take it
a week. back in California and he helped joy life and let the kid
I like to stay busy," he said. him.
"It seems my retirement has been me with my drawing." h
It seems my retirement has been Mr. Adams relates how Mr. "It's all about the k
as busy as my career was.t, Schultz came along one day ing them happy the
A resident of St. Augustine when he was busy painting a important to me, he s
Mr. Adams grew up in Napa
Valley, California. u store front window in town. ally love what I'm doil
"My idol was Red Skelton," "I was actually painting Pea- Dr. Shadow enterta
he said. "He was just the great- nuts characters," said Mr. Ad- Woody's each Wedne
est." ams. "Chuck saw that and said, ning from 5:00 pm I
There was a resident clown 'Well, if you're going to do it, pm.
called Happy in the area where you should do it right.' I started
Mr. Adams lived who often per- going to his studio after that."
formed at the local festivals and As the owner of the Redwood
fairs. Happy took the young man Empire and Ice Skating Arena,
under his wing and showed him Mr. Schultz also helped Mr.
a few tricks of the trade. Adams in his career as a come-
Mr. Adams went on to serve dian. The Redwood facility had The Baker County
in the military, then headed for a large auditorium and comedi- ,
Europe. He was hired by the ans, many of them well known
Barnum and Bailey Circus and like Robin Williams, often ap- 21, the opportun
became an acrobat clown in peared there. free preparation c
the popular burning building "Chuck loved comedy," said
and fire truck routine. While in Mr. Adams. "Because we were Participants who
France he began learning bal- neighbors, I got to appear at the
loon twisting tricks from street Redwood." Free AB
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During the resulting scuffle.
the victim, a student at Baker
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS. Thursday. March 5. 2009 Page 5
Drunk man arrest for resisting
House is ransacked,
jewelry stolen off
SBurglars targeted a residence Islamorada Dr. in
Soff SR 121 south of Macclenny late on February 28.
'between February 22-26 while When she looked
:he owner was away. ter hearing noise, sh
SBrandi Knight said she re- the two, a white ma
'fumed to find a rear door had male, fled west on
"'been forced open and the home took a small amor
ransacked. She told Deputy. from a console.
SChris Walker a p mber of.jew.- -, ,.< ,
ielry items were taken from her M Orgman
,bedroom and placed the loss to-
..al at $900, including a pair of The Women of
rings valued at $300 each. and the Loyal Ord
' In other recent burglaries, of Macclenny will 1
These to vehicles, Jason Byrd re- benefit for Johnny
ported someone entered his un- Saturday, March 7
locked 1997 Chevrolet pickup clenny Moose Lodg
i.and stole 125 Hydrocodone and sell barbeque dinn
50 Xanax pills. The vehicle was the trimmings and
parked overnight February 22 various items begin
"at his residence off St. Mary's am.
Circle in Macclenny. All proceeds wi
S* Three juvenile males were Morgan to assist i
arrested for criminal mischief time of need. All dc
ifor allegedly driving a nail into be greatly appreciate
,the gas tank of a 1999 Pontiac
belonging to Mary Malott of Advertising D
SThe vehicle was parked out- Monda
side the residence of Helen 5:00 pn
'Cook off Stone Rd. the evening NO EXCEPI
'of February 24, and she became
'suspicious when she saw the
,youths near it and detected a
Strong odor of gasoline. Two of
Sthe suspects, ages 15 and 16, are
Related to Ms. Cook. The third is
;17 years old.
* Cherie Hendrick apparently
scared off two men who had
:entered her 2007 Mazda van
parked outside her residence on
d outside af-
e told police
le and black
unt of cash
er of Moose
be holding a
at the Mac-
;e. They will
ers with all
ning at 11:30
11 go to Mr.
n his great
deputies arrested an intoxi- In other cases, a juvenile at Depl
d Navarre, FL man early the Alternative School for dis- he stop
ebruary 28 after he swung ruptive students was arrested Dodge
ne of them and resisted at- the morning of February 23 for Blair,
its to be handcuffed. disorderly conduct. 3:30 pr
eputy John Hardin said he Campus deputy Tracie Ben- puter c
spotted David Ward, 31, ly- ton said the student refused to had fiv
passed out in the rear seat of quiet himself and cursed loudly Mr.
hicle that had been stopped outside the office of Principal was dri
JS 90 in front of Mac's Li- John Staples. hide b;
s for a traffic violation just The 14-year-old-male student ance in
2:00 am. from Glen St. Mary was sent to Fra
appeared that Mr. Ward had the office for cursing two teach- boro, F
vomited and urinated on ers after one of them had taken 28 on
elf, and the officer said he his hat. County
concerned for the suspect's Mingala Pringle, 18, was child si
being because he was ini- named in a criminal complaint Depl
Unable to awaken him. on March 1 for allegedly violat- rest w-
wo female companions in ing a trespass order at a Glen St.
same vehicle did so, and Mary residence.
uty Hardin said Mr. Ward Ms. Pringle went to the ad- morn
me aggressive and cursed at dress on Westside Loop that
after the officer pulled him evening and told complainant
the vehicle. Renee Williams she wanted to
.was then that the deputy speak to the woman's husband,
Mr. Ward attempted to who was not at the residence.
h him, and several depu- Deputy Tony Norman said he t-r-
struggled to hold him down contacted the accused later, and Li
)eputy Hardin applied a she admitted being at the Wil-
charge when the suspect liams residence. 1
ared to be reaching for a A trespass warning was is- Ias
?on with his free hand. sued in October, 2008 ordering
nce handcuffed, he contin- her to. stay away. Deputy Nor- BY JO
to curse and threaten offi- man said he filed the complaint Press S
when they arrived at county because he did not witness Ms. Own
Pringle on the property. ing abo
r. Ward was booked for A Jacksonville motorist was west of
ting arrest with violence, a jailed for driving on Interstate Hospita
-degree felony, and disor- 10 on February 25 with a sus- ed to a
intoxication. pended license. mnnth
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uty Patrick McGauley said
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heck the driver's license
e prior suspensions.
Blair told the officer he
giving his girlfriend's ve-
ack from a court appear-
nkie King, 39, of Greens-
L was arrested February
a warrant from Gadsden
charging him with a
uty Hardin made the ar-
hile assisting on a suspi-
erson call about 4:30 that
lership of two tracts total-
ut 400 acres immediately
SNortheast Florida State
al on SR 121 was deed-
I Jacksonville bank last
to avoid foreclosure and
nts the highest-value land
tion so far this year.
ola: Forest LLC of Jack-
e borrowed about $2.2
from The First Guaranty
of Jacksonville to pur-
he land formerly owned
then States Nursery Inc.
bank will likely hold the
ty until a buyer can be
said Isabelle Taylor of
year, the Baker Correc-
sed 90 acres for $3.mil-
hich. was the most expen-
e in 2008. ....
)f Golf Course Rd. was
I from a subsidiary of
a Forest Reths Group
- to the bank in lieu of
sure as well.
: 1,95-acre property was
sed in 2006 from Broken
development Group, Inc.
eping our borrowers in
omes and in their busi-
is not something the gov-
it needs to tell us how to
id First Guaranty CEO
it. "We strive for it daily
the best we can. Now and
Ir best efforts aren't good
I, but usually they are.
are tough an a We plan to
)gether with our custom-
THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, March 5, 2009 Page 6
School board favors impact formula
The Baker County
School Board appears
poised to adopt a formu-
la for determining how
much newly constructed
single and multi-family
homes will be charged
in school impact fees.
The board during a
one hour-plus workshop
the evening of March 2
reviewed a slide presen-
tation of intertwining
baselines and formulas
employed to arrive at
the numbers (see illus-
tration). It was essen-
tially the same presen-
tation given last year by
Denny Wells, the dis-
trict's facilities chief.
"It's virtually the same as be-
fore, and gives us some black and
white figures for developers,"
Mr. Wells explained. The plan,
which has been approved by the
state, is largely the work of Mr.
Wells, the district's growth con-
sultant, Janis Fleet and district
architect Bill Bishop.
Working through the maze of
plug-in numbers ranging from
square foot per pupil at different
levels to cost of land and con-
struction, "Proportionate Fair
Share" suggests the district ex-
tract from developers $11,585
for new single family homes
and $6824 for multi-family.
Mr. Wells suggested the doc-
ument be reviewed on an annual.
basis, given the fluctuation in
land and construction costs, plus
the effects of a slumping econo-
my on the market.
The core of'the system was
laid when the district negoti-
ated with the developers of the
proposed 5500 unit Cedar Creek
project west of Glen St. Mary
last year. That.large-scale pro-
posal has been put on hold, as
have others across Florida, due.
to the recession.
Nonetheless, the state is re-
quiring school districts and
other local government agencies
to have in place impact fees and
"fair share" policies to insure
that developers (- d purchas-
ers) paythe liori g'e of added
costs associated with growing
The board appeared willing
to place the new formulas on the
agenda in the near future.
A motorist found parked on
the pavement of Woodlawn Rd.
near Macclenny late on February
27 ended up charged with hav-
ing a plastic ,baggie of cocaine
stuffed in a cereal box behind
the front seat of his vehicle.
George Griffis, 23, appeared
nervous when questioned by
Deputy John Hardin, explaining
that he had met with friends and
was "just sitting around" in his
1992 Mazda pickup. The officer
had gone to the area on a sus-
picious person call just before
midnight and said he came upon
the truck parked on the roadway
Mr. Griffis, of Jacksonville,
gave consent for a vehicle
search. He was booked for felo-
'In another arrest, this one
about 3:00 am on February 24,
Brian Hance, 25, of Macclenny
was charged with misdemeanor
possession of marijuana and re-
sisting arrest without violence.
Deputy Curtis Ruise said he
spotted Mr. Hance entering a
convenience store and initially
believed he was a suspect want-
ed on a Marion County warrant.
Mr. Hance at first refused to
give his name, and could not
produce identification. He then
pulled out a piece of white paper
containing a small amount of pot
from his right pants pocket.
Deputy Ruise said Mr. Hance
also pulled something out of a
left pants pocket and attempted
to swallow it. He resisted when
the officer grabbed him, and spit
the object into the rear of his ve-
hicle, which Deputy Ruise said
was covered with trash.
The object was not found.
"What I like about this is it's
above board; everyone gets the
same treatment," commented
board chair Patricia Weeks. Re-
maining members appeared to
agree, yet some were concerned
that a discrepancy will arise be-
tween new homes in larger de-
velopments and those construct-
ed on "family" tracts.
Of particular concern to
some members was the effect
it will have on impact fees paid
by owners of new residences
on land deeded to them as part
of family estates. For the time
being, they will get off lightly
with $3000 in combined county
and school impact fees, and the
County already has restrictions
in place including zoning laws
that limit such dispersals.
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Love Sofa Also On Sale.
Reclining $ 59 9%
Sofa 5 t.
Also exempt from
the formula, at least
for now, are about a
0 dozen developments
currently on the boards
but stymied by the skid-
ding halt in new home
construction in Baker
County and the rest of
l Local governments
ua -say they can absorb the
with simple impact fees
l for now, but those de-
sr* velopments unplatted as
h e of September, 2010 will
lose the "grandfather"
The proposed plan
tags minor develop-
ments at between 3-150 home,
and dictates they fall under the
'fair share" rule.
Major developments are de-
fined as 151 homes and above,
and leave open the option of
"fair share" fees or negotia-
tions between the developer and
school district, as was the case
with Cedar Creek.
2nd defendant sentenced
The second of three defen- past.
dants in a June, 2008 home inva- While thedefendant's relatives
sion burglary in northwest Mac- implored Judge Nilon to forego
clenny was sentenced in circuit jail time, Ms. Yelko once against
court this week, and the court told the court she was trauma-
awaits a pre-sentence investiga- tized by the events that morning
tion before deciding the fate of shortly after she had gone to bed
the third defendant, who was said after returning from a trip. She
to be the ringleader of the trio. says she has a hard time sleep-
Joseph J. Lennon, 20, of At- ing and relives the terror she felt
lantic Beach entered a no contest when she heard intruders inside
plea to-burglary and grand theft the home.
at the home of Teresa Yelko in In other cases this week, the
the early morning hours of June judge sent Sherrie Lynn Padgett
27. Judge James Nilon adjudi- to jail for a year and one day
cated him guilty and ordered a in return for her plea to felony
nine-month stint in county jail, driving on a suspended license
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Mr. Lennon's sentence on for Thomas Richard Hart, who
March 2 was-somewhat lighter failed to appear in court for a
because he had no prior criminal compliance hearing.
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Tom and Bobbie Adams
55 years together
Tom and Bobbie Adams of
Glen St. Mary celebrated their
55th wedding anniversary with
a family dinner at home. They
were married February 22, 1954
in Folkston, Ga. She is the for-
mer Bobbie Maddox.
Their children are Dewey,
Phillip, Robert, William, Walter
and -Amanda, all of Glen. The
Adams have seven grandchildren
and six great-grandchildren.
Robert.and Tammy Norman
of Glen St. Mary are pioud to.
announce the engagement of
daughter Savannah to Brian
Dunbar of Gainesville. Brian is
the son of Glenn and Ann Dun-
bar of Brookhaven, Mississippi.
The couple plans a late sum-
Little M iracles..
Kevin, Lena & Austin West
would like to announce the birth
of their little miracles November
18, 2008. Ava Latrcll was 4 lbs. 5
oz. and 16% inches long. Aiden
John-Richard was 3 lbs. 3 oz.
and 15'4 inches long. They both
are doing great now. A very big
thank you to all who said a prayer
To wed March 13
Kaycie and Taylen Whit-
field are happy to announce the
engagement of grandmother
Connie Davis of Macclenny to
Shelton Pervis of Macclenny.
Connie is the daughter of Dick
and Elouise Davis and Shelton is
the son of Vertie Lucille Dugger,
all of Macclenny.
Family and friends are invit-
ed to celebrate the marriage at
New Hope Church on March 13
at 7:00 pm.
The couple will reside in
Tyler and Monica Page of
Glen St. Mary are proud to an-
nounce the birth of daughter
JosiBeth. She was born Febru-
ary 6 at Baptist Medical Center
weighing 7 lbs. 5 oz. and mea-
suring 191 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are
Benny Joe and Patricia Bennett
of Taylor. Paternal grandparents
are Rodney and Rhonda Page of
Glen St. Mary.
By Alicia Lamborn
The Baker County extension
service has a number of clinics
and classes planned this month
and in early April to assist the
spring gardener and landscaper.
Each Saturday in March, lo-
cal master gardeners will be on
hand to answer your questions
- at a different location each
week. The hours are from 10:00
On March 7, the clinic is at
Glen Cash Store, March 14 at
Hagan Ace Hardware, March
21 at Bennett's and March 28 at
Other helpful classes and
V March 19 Plant propa-
gation, grafting and budding;
from 6:30-8:00 pm at the exten-
sion office (ag center). Learn the
basics in this free class. Pre-reg-
ister by 5:00 pm on March 18.
V March 24 Turfgrass
workshop; from 6:00-7:30 pm
at the ag center. Best manage-
ment practices for maintaining
beautiful and hearty turf. There
is a $3 fee for materials and
refreshments; pre-register by
V April 4 Spring garden-
fest; 8:00 am-noon at the ag
center. This has something for
everyone: plants for sale, gar-
dening demos, master gardener
plant clinic and children's ac-
For questions on any of these
events, please call 259-3520.
The Jacksonville Orchid So-
ciety will host its annual orchid
show on March 21-22 from 10:00
am-5:00 pm each day. It will be
at the Garden Club of Jackson-
ville on Riverside Ave.
There is no admission fee, but
donations are accepted. Parking
is free and ten commercial ven-
dors will be there with orchids
School board meeting Merrie'event
The Westside Elementary school Merrie Melodies chorus, lead by teacher Carolyn
Fortuna, entertained at the Baker County School Board meeting February 17. The
kids sang fun renditions of two songs: "Growing Up" and "What'cha Gonna Do?"
to the delight of members and parents. Ms. Fortuna has led the chorus for 18 years.
The Baker County High School drama team. also entertained with a spirited rendi-
tion of the theme song from the movie "Fame." Superintendent Sherrie Raulerson, a
former baton twirler, joined in the performance by dancing, turning a cartwheel and
landing in a split, much to the surprise of the attendees. "No one will ever be able to
say our school board meetings aren 'tfun," she said.
PHOTO BY KELLEY LANNIGAN
Workshops will begin March
24 at the Family Service Center .
to help parents improve fam-
ily bonding. They begin at 6:00 l t
Called Guiding Good Choic-
es, a five-session interactive
workshop will guide parents "
who will learn practical skills Happy 1 Bir
to help strengthen relationships ,DIS T
with children and help them a
avoid drug use and other nega- r, CALVERL
tive adolescent behavior. V" --
Dinner is included free of 1 We 10ve you!
charge 5:30-6:00, plus child care love, .Mommy, Daddy,
and a $35 stipend to reimburse Destny & Jordan
gas expense at the completion of '
For more information or to i
register call Anne Lewis at 259-
71hlomUis, welcome son
Ben and Haley Thomas would like
to announce the birth of their first
child, Carsen Grant Thomas born
January 17 at Baptist Medical Cen-
ter in Jacksonville. Carsen weighed
7 lbs. 5 oz. and was 20z inches long.
Proud grandparents are Buck and
SCharlotte Oden of Glen St. Mary
and Bill and Kim Thomas of Lake
Butler. Great-grandparents are Ed-
Wayne Roberts both of Lake Butler.
Great-great grandmother Lorraine
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basis of surveys of more than
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state five years or more, and peer
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Ms. Finley, the daughter of
Mary Finley and the late Maines
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The family ofMrs. Lois would
like to invite all family and
friends to celebrate her day on
March 14, 2009 at 5:00 pm at
Moniac Baptist Church on
Highway 185 in Moniac, Ga.
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Thursday, March 5,2009
Roger Fender, 55,
February 26 rites
Roger Dale Fender, 55, of
Bryceville died February 23,
2009 in Jacksonville following
a brief illness. Mr. Fender was
born June 13, 1953 in Walter-
boro, South Carolina, son of the
late Jessie Vernon Fender and
the former Mary Ann Goodwin.
Survivors include wife Chris-
tine; sons John (Rachel) Fender
and Anthony (Jaime) Johns;
daughters Marcella (Phillip)
Andre and Carrie Fender; sisters
Karen Wheeler and Ava Donna
Fender; five grandchildren.
The funeral service was held
at noon February 26 at Hope
For Life Baptist Church in Jack-
sonville with pastors Billy Bray
and Ronnie Reid officiating.
Interment followed at Gethse-
mane Memorial Gardens, Jack-
sonville. Serving as pallbear-
ers were Fred Hillerich, Jimmy
Ballard, Anthony Johns, John
Fender, Phillip Andre and John
Rodgers. Arrangements were
under the direction of Prestwood
Dorothy Jane Parsons, 73, of
Macclenny died March 1, 2009.
She was born in Oak Hill, West
Virginia to James Russell O'Dell
othy was a
resident of eto .
1986 after H
m o v i ng
sonville. Ms. Parsons
spending time with her fam-
ily, the outdoors, camping, the
beach and sewing.
Mrs. Parsons was prede-
ceased. by children Kathleen Di-
etz and Jeffery Michael Heaton;
sister Edith Clayton; brother Jo-
seph Blairs Anderson.
Survivors include loving
husband of 32 years, Herman
Parsons of Macclenny; children
James Marshall Heaton of Ak-
ron, OH, Karen Sue Echelberry
of Chapel Hill, NC; step-son
Russell Ellis Parsons of Jack-
'sonville; seven grandchildren
and seven great-grandchildren.
The funeral service will be
held on March 5 at 2:00 pm at
the First Baptist Church of Glen
St. Mary with Pastor Perry Hays
officiating. Interment follows at
Manntown Cemetery in Mac-
clenny. The family will receive
friends and family on March 5,
2009 from noon-2:00 pm at the
church. The arrangements are
under the direction of V. Todd
Ferreira Funeral Services.
Mt. Zion N.C.
121 North t 259-4461
Pastor Tim Cheshire
Sunday School 9:45 am
Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 am
Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm
Wednesday Prayer Service 7:00 pm
Henry Peacock, 26,
dies February 17th
Henry Thomas Solomon Pea-
cock, 26, died suddenly Tues-
day, February 17, 2009 in Tulsa,
Oklahoma. Henry was born in
to Tulsa. He
was a Bap-
and a hard Mr. Peacock
Mr. Peacock graduated from
Baker County High School and
was involved in sports. He was
preceded in death by son Ian
Griffis and brother Anthony
Survivors include mother
Mary Peacock; father Steve
Carter; children Collin and
Chanel Peacock; step sons Dar-
rin and Dalton Wood and their
mother Terri Harvey; sisters Jan-
ice Peacock, Mary (Woodrow)
Joiner and Nikki (Perry) Brown;
brothers Stevie, Jeremy, Timmy,
Josh (Tina) Carter; a number of
aunts, uncles, cousins and ex-
A celebration of life service
was held at 6:00 pm February
26 at Peeples Family Funeral
Homes North Jacksonville Cha-
pel with Rev. Jim Baggettoffi-
ciating. Additional services and
burial were at 1:00 pm on Feb-
ruary 27 at Coleman Cemetery
near Eastman, Georgia.
Carl WillisJr, 57,
dies in Jacksonville
SRichard (Carl) Willis Jr, 57,
of Jacksonville died February
Mr. Willis was preceded in
death by his father.Richard Wil-
lis and grandparents John and
Viola Willis, all of Macclenny.
He is survived by Evelyn
Willis, his loving wife of 37
years; his mother Helen of Mac-
clenny; daughters Wendy Jones,
Jeannie Lee and Kortney Willis,
all of Jacksonville; sister Car-
lene (Ronnie) Burden; brother
Raymond Willis; many loving
friends and other family mem-
A memorial service was held
at 3:00 pm on March 4 at Eterni-
ty Funeral Home, Jacksonville.
Sara Pritchett, 76,
Sara Lee Pritchett, 76, of
Macclenny died Sunday, March
1, at Shands University Hospi-
tal, Jacksonville following an
extended illness. She was born
in Macclenny and lived in Palm
Coast before moving back to
Macclenny four years ago. She
was the daughter of Kyle E.
"Honey" Wilkinson and Mattie
Virginia McPherson Wilkinson.
Mrs. Pritchett was a sales
clerk with Scotty's Hardware
in Jacksonville for many years
until her retirement. She was
a member of the Long Branch
Baptist Church of Clay County,
and was preceded in death by
son Roy D. Brown.
Survivors include sons
Robert "Ed" Brown of Mac-
clenny, Holland R. "Dutch"
Brown Jr., of Jacksonville and
Steven G. Brown of Daytona
Beach; sister Charlene Villasor
of Macclenny; brothers Wilbur
Wilkinson of Jacksonville and
Leonard Wilkinson of Mac-
clenny; 11 grandchildren and 10
The funeral service will
be held at 11:00 am March 7
at her church. Interment will
be at Long Branch Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6-9:00
pm March 6 at Guerry Funeral
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67, Vietnam veteran
Charles William Roebuck, 67,
of Glen St. Mary died February
23, 2009 of sudden heart failure.
He was born August 16, 1941 in
Kalamazoo, MI to the late Wil-
liam Roebuck and Sophie Bar-
rett Roebuck. Mr. Roebuck was
also predeceased by son Willie
Osten Roebuck of Milton, FL.
Mr. Roebuck served his coun-
try in the Marine Corps during
the Vietnam War and then pur-
sued a career in construction
following his honorable dis-
charge. During his retirement he
enjoyed gardening, fishing and
spending time with his family.
Survivors include beloved
wife of 24 years, Sherry; daugh-
ters Angela (Adam) Thompson
of Indiana and Heather Simpson
of Baldwin; son James (Tasha)
Simpson of Sanderson; sisters
Barbara Esman of Holland, MI
and Jeanie Eyre of Scotts, MI;
brother David (Doris) Roebuck
of Holland, MI; six grandchil-
Honoring Mr. Roebuck's
wishes, a private service will be
held at a later date.
The 'family and friends of
Frances B. Padgett would like
to thank everyone for their kind
words, thoughts and prayers
during her illness and death. A
special thanks goes to the First
Baptist Church of Macclenny,
Macclenny Nursing and Rehab
Center, Baker County sheriff's
department and Ferreira Funeral
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The family of Trevor James
Pendleton would like to thank
everyone for the love and support
given to our family during the
loss of our precious three-week-
old baby. Your prayers, food,
flowers, calls, visits, monetary
donations and words of encour-
agement will never be forgotten.
It is hard to lose a baby so sud-
denly when you think everything
is going fine. We would like to
thank our entire family for their
support, Pastor David Thomas
and Rev. William Smith for their
part in the service, David God-
win and Sherrie Davis for the
beautiful song, The Sheriff's de-
partment and rescue service for
their help and patience with our
family and Mr. Bill Guerry for
the concern and professionalism
shown to us during the entire fu-
JULIAN AND CINDY PENDLETON
LYNN AND CURT HIGGINS
JIMMY AND LINDA RICHARDSON
ALL OF THE'PENDLETON/RICHARDSON/
In Loving Memory
Willie Mae Wilcox
Mother, it's been one year
since you've been gone. It seems
like just yesterday that I heard
your voice, the voice of an an-
gel. We love you mother, and
miss you so much. You will for-
ever be in our hearts.
TRICIA, TARI, TIARA,
NELLIE, MATTHEW AND GRANDS
In Loving Memory
Charles Byran Lantz
I didn't get a chance to say
good-bye to you, to tell you that
I loved you, to say what now
must be one long, unbroken cry
of pain, now that at last you've
gone away. I wish I could have
been there with you, perhaps
aware, perhaps not turn toward
death. Alone with no one there to
wonder to. To share your fears,
your one last breath. I wish but
it is done and now I must accept
what is done.
I love you and miss you every
day Charlie. Happy Birthday.
LOVE, YOUR SISTER,
In Loving Memory
Mr. Lovelace Chandler
It's been five years since you
passed away. Your memories are
cherished each and every day.
Sleep on, Lovelace, and take
your rest. Your family loved you
dearly, but God loved you best.
FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS
YOUR WIFE AND DAUGHTER,
THERESA CHANDLER AND ROSA DOLISON
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In Loving Memory
Willie Mae Wilcox
It's been one year since you
went on to glory. I just want to
thank you for all the times, we
shared. The memories are locked
in my mind. I love and miss you.
Thanks to all that shared in the
grief and loss of our mother.
A year without you. You are.
truly missed, but that one lonely
year without you could never
outweigh the 35 years I had with
you as such a loving mother.
Each and every time my mind
wanders back to March 8, 2008,
all I have to do is think of not
losing 35 years for one day.
Nominations sought for
Harvey volunteer award
Nominations are being sought
by Northeast Florida State Hos-
pital for the annual Jeanine L.
Harvey Award for outstanding
Nominees should be: a Baker
County resident or someone
who has volunteered in Baker
County; a volunteer (either by
making at least $1000 in mon-
etary contributions or 50 hours
of volunteer services) within the
last year; provided benefits for
more than 10 people.
Categories can include, for
example, volunteers at nursing
homes or at area schools help-
ing teachers or teaching.
Names should be submit-
ted by April 20 and nomination
forms can be obtained from Tra-
CHURCH OF CHRIST
573 S. 5th St. 259-6059
Sunday Bible Study 9:45 am
Fellowship 10:30 am 11:00 am
; \ed. Bible Srudv
: 7:l pm
'i r 1;,r. ,,, Minister
Sam F. Kilching
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Pastor Rev. Ernie TerMI 'y
cy Padgett, volunteer services
director at NEFSH, by calling
259-6211, ext. 1248 or via e-
mail at email@example.com.
Mrs Harvey headed up vol-
unteer efforts at the state hospi-
tal before her death in February,
The award presentation will
be April 29 during the Volun-
teer Appreciation Day on the
CR 127 N., Sanderson, FL
Sunday School 10:00 am
Morning Worship 11:00 am
Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm
Wed. Evening Prayer Serv. 7:30 pm
SPastor: Oral E. Lyons
Soil board meeting
The Baker Soil and Water
Conservation District Board will
meet on Tuesday, March 17 at
Taylor's Barbeque on South 6th
in Macclenny starting at noon.
The public is invited to attend.
Finishes Navy basic
Navy Seaman Dustin W.
Feagle recently completed eight
weeks of basic training at Great
Lakes, I11. He is a 2008 graduate
of Baker County High School.
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Wildcat baseball team at 5-0
With wins overMiddleburg, Ridgeview
The Wildcat varsity baseball team got a pair of great pitching performance from Cameron Crew
big wins last week to keep an early season winning who only allowed three hits while striking out 11.
streak alive. The Cats defeated Middleburg 3-2 on "Crews didn't have his best control but he kef
February 24 and Ridgeview 9-2 to move to 5-0 us in the game and pretty much shut down their hi
overall and 3-0 in the district. ters," said Staples.
Brad Griffis continued his strong series of per- The Cats trailed 2-1 going into the bottom of tt
formances with a strong pitching effort against sixth, but erupted for eight runs to secure the wir
Middleburg to move his record to 3-0. Chris Wad- Johnny Elasik led off with a triple and Travis Tysc
dell came on near the end and earned his fourth save followed with another triple, scoring Elasik for tt
of the year. tying run. Klat
Chad Schroeer Duval added
and Cory Elasik two RBI dot
had both pro- ble and Dalto
vided an offen- Raulerson can
sive punch for off the bench 1
BCHS, knocking add a single fC
doubles. Elasik another pair
scored the go- RBIs.
ahead run when "Johnny El
he tagged on sik got the inning
an infield pop going withahug
up in foul terri- triple, becau,
tory since rio one offensively. w
was covering the had laid arour
plate. for five innings
"Cory made commented tD
a huge heads-up .coach. "Tyso
play to score that Duval and Da
run," said Coach ton Raulersc
John Staples. Wildcat baseball player swings with runners on base against Ribault Monday. showed up hug
"He is one of the in that innir
smartest baseball players I have ever coached and also."
continues to,improve behind the plate. It's hard to The Cats travel to Suwannee on Friday and
believe he has only been catching this year." Ridgeview next Tuesday.
Against Ridgeview on Friday, the Cats got a
Sofiballteam advances witbpair ofwins
The Lady Wildcat softball
team continued to play extreme-
ly well with a pair of wins over
district foe Alachua Santa Fe
and Hilliard. The wins move the
Lady Cats to a 6-1 record for the
The girls played host to Ala-
chua on February 24 and battle
from behind to eke out a 5-4 vic-
tory over the Red Raiders. The
Wildcats had jumped out in front
early in the game, but the Raiders
came back to take the lead before
BCHS sealed the win in a three-
run rally in the seventh inning.
The Cats surged on top in the
first inning behind a pair of runs
from Ashley Curry and Ashley
Tracy. The Raiders hurt them-
selves with four base errors that.
allowed Tracy to score.
The Raiders came back totake
the lead in the second with three
runs of their own. They then in-
creased their lead to 4-2 with a
single run in the sixth.
The Cats .scratched their way
back ihto the game in the final
inning. Bridget Williams was hit
by a pitch to start things off for
the girls. Ashley Curry brought
Girls' tennis is unbeaten
Thetennis team has gotten off
to an impressive start this spring
with a girls' team that is unde-
feated at 5-0 and a boys' squad
that has lost just one match and
stands at 4-1.
The boys defeated Union
County twice last week but lost
to Yulee in a 3-4 heartbreaker.
The girls swept Union County
and defeated Yulee.
"The loss to Yulee stung as the
boys needed one win out of the
two doubles matches to eke out
the victory," said Coach Chris
Armoreda. "The two doubles
teams lost their games by too
many unforced errors. We are
hopeful that the top two boys
doubles teams will improve their
play and fix any problem areas."
In boys' singles, Lew Boyette
is 5-0, Spencer Norman-Gerard
is 3-2, Corey Cavannaugh is 0-
3, Jonathan Dill 2-0, Dallas Wa-
ters 1-1, Grant Bums 1-1, Spen-
cer Brunnette 3-0 and Thomas
In doubles play, Lew Boyette
and Spencer Norman-Gerard are
2-1, and Corey Cavannaugh and
Spencer Brunntte are 4-1. Thom-
as Swartz and Sam Murphy are
In girls' singles, Ali Camar-
go-Valbuena is 3-2, Destiny De
La Pena 4-1, Kari Crummey 3-
2, Jessica Rhoden 5-0, Carrisa
Ward 0-3, Brittany Homitz 1-0
and Logan Raulerson 2-0.
In girls' doubles, Ali Camar-
go-Valbuena and Destiny De
La Pena are 2-1, Carrisa Ward
and Kari Crummey 2-2, Shelby
Burnsed and Destani Combs 0-
1, Brooke Valdes and Destani
Combs 0-1, and Tori Paulson
and Brittany Homitz 0-1.
"Even though the boys and
girls are off to good starts, we are
looking forward to our tough-
est part of our schedule," said
Armoreda. "The present result
is a testament to the hard work
and dedication that teams have
The team hosts West Nas-
sau Thursday at 3:30 pm at the
her in. on a single and Ashley
Tracy reached on a bunt. Ash-
ley Holton singled and Tiffany
Smith brought Tracy and Holton
home with a clutch double.
Smith and Cami Craig com-
bined for the win.
The Wildcats-hada much eas-'
iertime with the Hilliard Flashes
on Thursday, beating the Flashes
5-d'.on the road. Oddly enough,
Hilliard outhit the Cats, touching
Cami Craig for 9 hits. But they
left them stranded as the Lady
Wildcat defense turned in the big
The Cats scored a pair of runs
in the first inning when Tiffany
Smith blasted a two-run homer
to bring in Ashley HoAon.
The Lady Cats got another
pair in the second with runs from
Jordan Hand and Ashley Curry.
The final score came in the fifth
when Ashley Holton doubled,
stole third and advanced to home
on an error.
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Pineview donates equipment to Baker Little League
With baseball season beginning March 21st, Pineview Chevrolet donated T-shirts, equipment bags, buckets and clipboards to
the Baker County Boys and Girls Little League Softball and Baseball teams. Pineview owner'Ray Odom and sales manager Rick
Dees presented the items to administrative members of the league-February 24 in the parking lot of the dealership's office in Mac-
clenny. Nationally, Chevrolet is a large sponsor of youth baseball sports programs. From left: Mr. Dees; Donald Combs, league
president; Terry Crews, board member; Lt. Billy Miller, league vice president.
PHOTO BY KELLEY LANNIGAN
Tigers comeback stal
The way back for Tiger Woods will be back on top.
was a little more rocky than the Ouch. That's all.I can say
superstar or his legion of fans about the Gator basketball team.
has been out
of golf for
came back to
his first tour-
io i ,, i.
nament last week.
At first it looked as if the
golf's greatest player was pick-
ing up where he left off. He shot
two eagles on the first nine holes
of day one. But on the second
day of play his opponent shot a
half dozen birdies and Tiger was
It just goes to prove that a
knee injury is no respecter of
how great the competitor may
be..It will take a while to return
to full form. But have no doubt,
by midseasonn ,or earlier. Tiger
They had a
get it done.
They lost to
vision leader Tennessee to fall to
21-8 overall and put their NCAA
bid seriously in question.
, On the other hand, the JU
Dolphins enter their league tour-
nament with a very good chance
of receiving their first NCAA bid
in 23 years.
FSU, with nine wins in the
ACC this season, nears a return
to the Big Dance for the first time
in over a decade.
I'm not a big fan of Kyle
Busch, but tvhat he, did. last
'weekend in Las.Vegas is pretty
Is a little
amazing by anyone's standards.
Busch and his brother Kurt were
set to start on the front row of the
Sprint Cup race as fastest quali-
fier. But in practice Kyle Busch's
car blew an engine and it had to
As a result, hM started at
the very back of the pack. All
through the'race he maneuvered
and.wiggled his way through
the pack until he was leading. It
was a pretty remarkable perfor-
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former South Florida stars Wil-
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, March 5, 2009 Page 11
Top teachers, other staff
.The Baker Counts School Board recognized top emplo ees from both
the teacher and non-instructional ranks at its regular meeting the
4 0" evening of Februar" 17. In leftphoto are (1-r) Kirsrt West. Macclenny i
''i 'o EElementar 's current Teacher of the Year and the district's Teacher of
Sthe Year for 2008-09. Nominees for other schools in the district are:
.'... Deborah Cavannah. Keller Intermediate; T7ffansy Armnoreda. Baker
County High School: Patsy' Vinzant. Baker County Middle School,
J Kathleen Sheridan. Westside Elementary and Tara Thompson. PreK
I.:.- Center. Of Ms. West. Macclenny Elementary principal Lou Ann Wil-
liams said. "God calls some people to a profession and Kirsrv is
one of those people." At right is the district s non-instructional Em-
ployee of the Year Dale Bennett (third from left), transportation of-
fice. Other finalists are Selina Waddell. Baker County High School:
Maureen Baker, Ttle One Program: Cheryl Collins. PreK Center:
Vonda Crews. Westside Elementary and Vicki Sweat, district office.
Not pictured: Claude Paige, Keller Intermediate; Craig Bull district
maintenance office. PHoros BY KELLEY L NNIGAN
The aroma of baking among lures
to Ruppert's Bakery in Lake City
BY KELLEY LANNIGAN
Ruppert's Bakery & Cafe
has been a mainstay on Marion
Street in the historic section of
downtown Lake City for more
than 17 years.
Anchoring the corner of
Marion Avenue and Madison
Street, the cafe
with a pleasant
view of the ga-
zebo on the city
"I put the 4 ;
chairs and tables "
out every day re- ,
gardless of the
folks just prefer
,said owner Tom
bought the cafe
five years ago.
The first thing
through the front door is the aro-
ma. All pastries, cookies, brown-
ies, cakes and other goodies are
baked on the premises. There's
even a Florida Gator statue in-
side that entices customers to try
A variety of breads such as
white, wheat, multi-grain, rye
and asiago cheese loaf are baked
BCHS: Junior Varsity Base-
ball @ Suwannee, 4:00 p.m.
Baseball @ Suwannee, 7:00
p.m. Semester Exams 2nd &
4th periods. Rhythmette
tryouts, Gym, 3:00 5:00
p.m. Softball (H), 6:00 p.m.
BCMS: Accelerated Reading
Tests Due. WES: Kite Day
MES: Final payment for 3rd
grade Disney trip due. PK/K:
"Jump Rope for Heart". Dr.
Seuss' Birthday Celebration
BCHS: Rhythmette Compe-
tition @ Orlando
BCHS: Softball (H), 6:00
District-wide: FCAT Test-
ing. BCHS: Baseball @ Rid-
geview, 3:00 p.m. Softball
(H), 4:00 p.m. WES: FCAT
Testing (3rd Grade). PK/K:
Zoo Field Trip (1/2 of Kin-
District-wide: FCAT Testing.
BCHS: Junior Varsity Base-
ball @ Ridgeview, 3:00 p.m.
WES: FCAT Testing (3rd
Grade). Merrie Melodies
Club Mtg., 8:00 a.m. PK/K:
Zoo Field Trip (1/2 of Kin-
District-wide: FCAT Test-
ing. BCHS: Track (H), 4:00
p.m. Junior Varsity Baseball
(H), 4:00 p.m. Winter Guard,
Auditorium, 6:00 9:00 p.m.
WES: FCAT Testing (3rd
Grade). Good Morning Show
Club Mtg., 8:00 a.m.
on site also. When all the aromas
combine, the smell is heavenly.
All those fresh baked breads
are used to prepare a variety of
sandwiches such as grilled Ru-
bens and steak and cheese with
grilled onions. You can also
get sandwiches made to order.
I chose roast beef with lettuce,
tomato and onion
on asiago cheese
loaf. I planned
to save one half
of my sandwich
for supper that
night, but it was
.. so delicious I
ended up eat-
S' ing the whole
The cafe has
) / a reputation for
01- its hamburg-
od that makes
Unlike the extremely hot
grills in some restaurants that
tend to scorch burger patties on
the outside edges, Ruppert's uses
a slow cook method that ensures
even cooking and locks in juices
Another delicious lunch se-
lection is the quiche platter. It
comes with a generous wedge of
spinach, broccoli or mushroom
quiche, a mixed green salad and
a side of fresh fruit.
Of course, I couldn't leave
Ruppert's without trying one of
their famous brownies. The cafe
makes eight different varieties.
Rocky road, white chocolate
coconut and marble brownies
are the mainstays and the best
sellers. The cafe often makes
Oreo, cheesecake, apple cinna-
mon, chunky monkey and turtle
brownies as well.
I chose the turtle brownie
covered in chocolate chips and
drizzled with caramel. It was
better than good and I got a sec-
ond one to eat on the way home.
"The idea for the cinnamon
apple brownie came to me in a
dream," said Mr. Foster. "When
I had the dream more than once
I figured "somebody" was trying
to tell me something. I decided
to listen and started experiment-
The cafe ships its brownies
to far-flung locations. It seems
young men and women serv-
ing in the military who grew,
up going to the cafe write to
their families and request the
thing that really reminds them
of home a batch of Ruppert's
Ruppert's is known for another
reason its family atmosphere.
Mr. Foster, who retired from the
Coca-Cola Company, enjoys his
new business enterprise. It shows
in his easy manner and playful
bantering back and forth with
customers. If things are busy or
the cafe is short-staffed, he waits
tables himself, joking with kids
and adults alike.
"When you own a restaurant
you have to be here rain or shine
so you need to enjoy being with
people," he said. "My customers
are great. They've even given
me Coke memorabilia to display
Ruppert's Bakery & Cafe is
open for breakfast and lunch,
Monday through Saturday.
March 9 March 13
Cold lunch plate, chef salad or pasta
salad w/wheat roll or crackers and
dessert (when offered), 1% lowfat
white milk, 1/2% lowfat flavored
milk, orange juice.
Monday, March 9
Breakfast: Sausage biscuit, fruitjuice,
Lunch: Baked macaroni with beef and
meat sauce with a slice of homemade
wheat Italian bread or fish crisp on a bun,
choice of 2 sides: Baked potato rounds,
creamy coleslaw, steamed broccoli and a
Tuesday, March 10
Breakfast: Cereal with slice of toast,
peach slices, milk
Lunch: Beefstroganoff with a homemade
wheat roll or breaded chicken patty on
a bun, choice of 2 sides: golden corn,
lettuce and tomato slices, chilled fruit or
Wednesday, March 11
Breakfast: Chicken biscuit, fruit juice,
'Lunch: hamburger or hot dog on a bun,
choice of 2"sides: baked french fries,
creamy coleslaw, lettuce and'tomato slices
Thursday, March 12
Breakfast: Pancake and sausage on a
stick, fruit juice, milk
Lunch: Tasty chili with beans and a
homemade wheat roll or deli ham and
cheese sandwich, choice of 2 sides: baked
potato rounds, fresh veggies with dress-
ing, fruit or juice choice
Friday, March 13
Breakfast: Breakfast burrito, fruit juice,
Lunch: Slice of pepperoni pizza or
chunky chicken noodle soup with a
homemade wheat roll, choice of 2 sides:
seasoned mixed vegetables, tossed salad,
chilled fruit or juice choice and gelatin
with whipped topping
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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Pat Mobley
(CM REV TR) the holder of the following certificate
has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued
thereon. The certificate number and year of issu-
,ance, the description of the property and the names
in which it was assessed are as follows:
CERTIFICATE NO: 02-00114
YEAR OF ISSUANCE 2002
DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY:
CORRECTED LEGAL DESCRIPTION:
Lots Five (5) and Six (6) of Block Thirty
Three (33) of Lincbln Park, a subdivision of
a part of Section Thirty-Five (35) Township
Two (2) South Range Twenty (20) East, as
per map of plat of said Lincoln Park on file
in the Office of the County Clerk of said Bak-
er County, Florida being the same premises
conveyed to me by Deed of E.J. Calkin et
al. Recorded in Baker County, Book "V" of
Deeds page 537 May 16, 1927.
ALL OF SAID PROPERTY BEING LOCATED IN
BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA.
NAME IN WHICH ASSESSED: David Benton
Unless such certificate or certificates shall be
redeemed according to law, the property described
herein will be sold to the highest bidder at the East
door of the Baker County Courthouse, Macclenny,
Florida on April 14, 2009 at 11:00 a.m.
Dated this 13th day of February, 2009.
CLERK OF COURT
BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA
BY: Bonnie M. Palleschi
S,PUBLIC.NOTjCE. .. ,,
In compliance' with Florida Statute-1013.721,
the School District of Baker County, Florida Is seek-
ing proposals from qualified businesses with opera-
tions in Baker County Florida interested in partner-
ing with the district in A Business-Community (ABC)
School Program. The proposal is for the Business
to provide facilities, which includes the associated
operating and upkeep expenses. The School District
of Baker County will provide an educational pro-
gram for the children of the business' employees
consistent with the Baker County School District's
approved elementary instructional time.
An ABC (A Business-Community) School is
defined as a public school offering instruction to
students from kindergarten through third grade in a
facility-owned or leased by a business. For informa-
tion, please call (904) 259-6251.
NOTICE TO BID
Notice is hereby given that the Baker County
Board of Commissioners will receive written, sealed
bids at the Baker County Administration Office, 55
North Third Street, Macclenny, FL, 32063, until
March 30, 2009 at 11:00 am for the following:
Project Number 2009-03
Construction of entrance road and parking for
Shoals Park ATV area
A mandatory pre-bid conference will be held on
March 16, 2009 at 10:00 am in the Baker County
Administration Office, 55 North'Third Street, Mac-
clenny, FL 32063. Bids will not be accepted from
any bidder who is not represented at the pre-bid
conference. All contractors bidding this project
must be pre-qualified with FDOT. Contractors may
obtain specifications and bid documents only at the
pre-bid conference. All bids must be sealed with the
project number clearly marked on the outside of the
bid packet. Any bids received after March 30, 2009
at 11:00 am, will not be accepted. The Baker County
Board of Commissioners reserves the right to reject
any and all bids.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS TO DRILL NEW WELL
AT ST. MARY'S SHOALS PARK
Baker County is requesting proposals from li-
censed water well contractors in the State of Florida
for construction of a water well at the St. Mary's
Shoals Park. The well will be used to supply.a 2-toi-
let restroom facility and spigots for horse watering.
Proposals will include construction and develop-
ment of the well itself, as well as any other neces-
Proposals shall be submitted to the Baker
County Board of Commissioners, Baker County
Administration Office, 55 North Third Street, Mac-
clenny, FL 32063 on or before 1:00 pm on March
11, 2009. Submittals should be marked "Shoals
Water Well" on the outside of the proposal. Any
questions regarding the project may be addressed
to Maurice Postal, Shoals Park Project Manager, at
The Board of County Commissioners reserves
the right to reject any and all proposals, to waive
any informalities and irregularities in the proposal
process, and to award the contracts) in the best
interest of the county. Contract proposals resulting
from the process will be subject to review and will
be within the available grant funding level for the
project. All contracts will be fashioned so as to pro-
tect the county's interest.
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
The Baker County District School Board will
hold the following PUBLIC HEARING on Monday,
April 6, 2009 in the Baxter Volunteer Fire Depart-
ment Station #60 located at 27310 CR 127, Baxter.
Florida beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Approval of Revised School Board Policy:
6.20 (Years of Service Defined for Ad-
ministrative and Instructional Personnel)
THE PUBLIC IS INVITED AND ENCOURAGED
The documents will be available for preview at
the Baker County School Board Office located at 392
South Boulevard East. Macclenny Florida beginning
Wednesday. March 4. 2009 (8:30 a.m-3:00 p.m.).
Superintendent of Schools
HOUSING REHABILITATION PROGRAM
NOTICE TO BIDDERS
A. NOTICE TO BIDDERS:
A Pre-Bid walkthrough for the New Construc-
tion/Rehabilitation of 5 homes in Baker County will
be conducted as part of the SHIP Housing Rehabili-
tation Project on Friday-March 13, 2009 starting at
10:00 a.m. outside the Baker County, Commission-
ers, Chambers, Macclenny, FL 32063. In order to
bid on a home, you must complete a walkthrough of
each home before a bid will be accepted. The dead-
line for sealed bids to be received is Wednesday,
March 18, 2009, at 10:05 a.m.
B. General Instructions to Bidders:
a. All prices shall include all labor, super-
vision, materials, equipment and services necessary
to perform a complete, thorough, workmanlike job.
b. Alternates to the specifications will
not be accepted unless the specifications call for
c. Bids prices must be itemized on the
submitted bid form or the bid will be rejected.
2. Insurance: Before any bid can be accepted,
a Certificate of Insurance must be attached to the
proposal. The Certificate of Insurance must list
Baker County as a party to be notified ten (10) days
before cancellation or expiration of the policy.
3. Legal Compliance: The bidder shall be famil-
iar with all federal, state and local laws, ordinances,
rules and regulations that affect the work. Igno-
rance on the part of the bidder will in no way relieve
him/her from responsibility for compliance with all
laws, ordinances, rules and regulations.
4. Right of Rejection: The owner, in coopera-
tion with Baker County reserves the right to reject
any or all bids; to waive any formality; to award
the bid in the best interest of Baker County and the
Owner. Bids that are more than 15% higher or low-
er than the Housing Rehabilitation Specialist's cost
estimate will not be accepted. (This rule does not
apply to NEW CONSTRUCTION)
S.....' 5 e Bd 'Cbnference: Bidd0s 61r'their' 6-
reseritatives are required to attend an on-site' visit
and inspection for each home they wish to submit
a proposal on. Failure to attend the meeting will
result in automatic bid rejection, unless a waiver
is approved by the Baker County Board of County
6. Bids Submitted: All bids and inquiries shall
be addressed to the Housing Rehabilitation Program
at 65 North 3rd Street Macclenny, Florida 32063.
Bid proposals shall be enclosed in a sealed envelope
bearing the markings "SHIP HOUSING SEALED
BIDS". The bids will not be opened until Wednes-
day, March 18, 2009, at 10:05 a.m. in the confer-
ence room Baker County Administration Building
55 North 3rd Street, Macclenny, Fl 32063
Hand delivered d bids should be addressed to:
Housing Rehabilitation/Ship Program Office Baker
County Administration Building 55 North Third
Street Macclenny, Florida 32063, Attn. Arlene
Mailed bids should be sent to Baker County
Commissioners, 55 North 3rd Street, Macclenny,
Florida 32063, Attn. Arlene Griffis
7. No contractor or subcontractor may par-
ticipate in this work if ineligible to receive federal or
state funded contracts.
8. No contractor will be awarded more than
three (3) rehabilitation or new construction con-
tracts simultaneously, unless substantial evidence
is submitted to justify same and the Baker County
Board of County Commissioners determines, at
their sole discretion, such an award will not jeopar-
dize the program or inconvenience the homeowner.
9. Federal equal opportunity, civil rights, lead
base paint and record retention requirements are
applicable to work performed on this job.
10. Financing of the work will be provided in
whole or in part by the Baker County Housing Re-
habilitation Program. Baker County will act as agent
for the owner in preparing contract documents, in-
specting, and issuing payments. The contract will
be between the owner and contractor. Bids, work
performed, and payments must be approved by the
owner and Baker County.
11. All projects financed in whole or in part by
the Baker County Housing Rehabilitation/SHIP Pro-
gram will be advertised in the Baker County Press
and the Baker County Standard Newspapers.
March 2, 2009
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLOOR
CASE NO. 02-2008-Ci
GREEN TREE SERVICING, LLC.,
CLYDE H. CRAWLEY; CONNIE G.
DOE and JANE DOE, Unknown Tei
NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO
NOTICE IS GIVEN that pur
Judgement of Foreclosure, dat
2009, in the above-styled cause,
highest and best bidder for cash o
steps of the Baker County Courtho
clenny Avenue. Macclenny, Florida
the 24th day of March, 2009 the fo
real and personal property:
Lot 34. Hill of Glen, according
of recorded in Plat Book 2, F
52 of the Public Records of B
Together with that certain manufac
specifically described as:
1995. Grand Manor (24 x 48
Number GAGMTD0576 A&B
Any person claiming an intere
from the sale. if any other than th
as of the date of the lis pendens
withinin sixty (60) days after the sal
Dated this 26th day of Februa
A, R&R, INC
10525 DUVAL LANE
MACCLENNY, FL 32063
Phone (904) 259-4774
The following vehicle will be sold at public
auction 8:00 A.M. March 20, 2009 at A R & R, Inc.
10525 Duval Lane, Macclenny, Fl 32063
2000 Kia 4-door
HIGGINBOTHAM'S TOWING & RECOVERY
P.O. BOX 1120, US 90 WEST
GLEN ST. MARY, FL. 32040-1120
Phone (904) 259-4375 FAX (904) 259-6146
The following vehicle will be sold at public
auction March 20, 2009 at 10:00 am, at Higginbo-
tham's Towing & Recovery, US 90 West, Glen St.
Mary, FL. 32040.
1993 GMC Van
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, EIGHTH JUDICIAL CIR-
CUIT, IN AND FOR BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 08-0197-CA
HOME AGAIN INVESTMENTS, LLC.
GREGORY WILLIAMS and PAMELA WILLIAMS, his
Wife and WELLS FARGO FINANCIAL ACCEPTANCE
FLORIDA, INC. A Corporation, Successor by
Merger to Auto-Refi Financial Services,
NOTICE OF SALE
NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to an Or-
der of Final Judgement of Foreclosure entered in the
above-captioned action, I will sell the property situ-
ate in Baker County, Florlda; described as follows:
A lot beginning on the West line of the
right of way of State Road S-23A, a dis-
tance of 360 feet South of the North line
of the NW % of the NE /4 of Section 19,
Township 2 South, Range 22 East, thence
run Westerly a distance of 140.0 feet,
thence Southerly a distance of 62 feet,
thence Easterly a distance of 140.0 feet,
thence North along State Road S-23-A a
distance of 62 feet to the Point of Begin-
Along with 1985 Omni Doublewide mobile
home Title #44232116 and #44249369,
ID# OM7111A and #OM7111B
At public sale to the highest and best bidder for
cash, at the front door of the Baker County Court-
house, Macclenny, Florida, at 11:00 a.m. on the
24th day of March, 2009.
THOMAS "AL" FRASER
CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
BY: Jamie Crews
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE EIGHTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2007-CA-05
TAYLOR, BEAN & WHITAKER MORTGAGE COR-
MICHELLE R. MERRITT, ET AL,
NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Or-
der Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated February
26, 2009 and entered in Case NO. 2007-CA-05 of
Arlene Griffis the Circuit Court of the EIGHTH Judicial Circuit in
Project Assistant and for BAKER County, Florida Wherein TAYLOR,
BEAN & WHITAKER MORTGAGE CORPORATION,
EIGHTH JUDICIAL IS THE PLAINTIFF AND MICHELLE R. MERBITT;
IDA IN AND FOR BETTY A. MERRITT; PRIME ACCEPTANCE CORPO-
RATION; LVNV FUNDING, LLC, AS ASSIGNEE OF
PROVIDIAN FINANCIAL CORP.; TENANT #1 AK/A
A-209 TERESA HARRIS are the Defendants, I will sell to
the highest and best bidder for cash AT THE FRONT
DOOR OF THE BAKER COUNTY COURTHOUSE at
11:00 AM, on the 26th day of March, 2009, the fol-
lowing described property as set forth in said Final
CRAWLEY; JOHN LOT 6, OF DAVIS PARK SUBDIVISION,
nant(s). ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, AT PAGE
/ 38, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF BAKER
F.S. CHAPTER 45 COUNTY, FLORIDA.
TOGETHER WITH A MOBILE HOME LO-
suant to a Final CATED THEREON AS A FIXTURE AND
ed February 24, APPURTENANCE THERETO BEING DE-
I will sell to the SCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:
on the courthouse
house, 339 E. Mac- 2005 GENERAL MEGA, SERIES 28-15576.
Sat 11:00 a.m. on
allowing described A/K/A 10955 CR 125 North, Glen St Mary, FL
to plat there- Any person claiming an interest in the sur-
'ages 51 and plus from the sale, if any, other than the property
Baker County, owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a
claim within sixty (60) days after the sale.
tured home more WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court
on February 27, 2009.
8) with Serial Al Fraser
Clerk of the Circuit Court
est in the surplus
ie property owner
must file a claim
Clerk of Court
By: Jamie Crews
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Remington 870 Express Youth model,
20 gauge, pump action, brand new in
the box $225. 259-3352. 3/5p
Fisher Price papasan swing like new,
includes mobile, canopy with projec-
tion, lots of extras, excellent condi-
tion, paid $160, asking $65. 238-1551,
2006 Suzuki 400 off-on road use, 1500
miles four months factory warranty,
$3800 or take over payments. 259-
Chrome nerf bars for % ton crew cab
truck. Brand new, cost over $500 will
let go for $250. 259-3352. 3/5p
2002 Springdale by Keystone camper,
two slide-outs, like new, $9000. 591-
Free loveseat 259-2605. 3/5p
Artists! Oils, acrylics, water colors,
canvases, drawing pads and much
more! The Office Mart, 110' S. Fifth
Street, 259-3737. tfc
Custom built oak china cabinet 7' tall by
6' wide $100. Also curio cabinet, three-
drawer chest with hutch. 275-2789.
Living room furniture, Broyhill sofa,
love seat, chair/ottoman, beige/floral
excellent condition, $150. 275-2473.
Hay for sale, cow hay $35, horse hay
$45. 259-7364. 2/19-3/12p
Five prom dresses, one size 6, two size
8, two size 10, excellent condition. 275-
The Franklin Mercantile, will be closed
Saturday, March 7- Friday, March 13
for Honduras mission work. We will
re-open Saturday, March 14. Please re-
member us in your prayers. 259-6040.
Beautiful nine-drawer antique dresser
with mirror for $300. Call Rhonda at
1989 Dodge Ram minivan, runs good,
good work van, $800 OBO. 904-451-
2004 Yamaha VStar 1100, black,
11,000 miles like new, $4500 OBO
259-1224, 502-8751. 2/26-3/5p
2008 GMC Sierra 1500, 4x4 20,000
miles, four door, DVD, 35" Nitto's, dual
exhaust, $26,500. 904-484-6182, 291-
2001 Chevrolet pickup, blue, extended
cab, approximately 123,000 miles,
$4000. 259-3319. 3/5p
1996 Honda Civic, 89,000 miles, four
door, four cylinder, automatic, A/C,
$1700.1994 Jeep Cherokee four wheel
drive, cold A/C, automatic, $2300 OBO.
2006 Silver Chevy Trailblazer,
$13,500, one owner, 50,000 miles On-
Star, running boards, tow package and
many more extras. Call 477-3604.
1992 Mercury Grand Marquis, 80,000
miles, excellent condition $2500. 904-
Babysitting in my home, all ages, Mon-
day Friday, 6:00 am ? Indoor, out-
door activities. Close to schools, refer-
ences available. 259-2917. 2/26-3/5p
Babysitting in my home, fun, loving
safe care, hot meals and snacks, cur-
riculum activities as well as fresh air
and sunshine play time. Ages one year
and up. Reasonable rates. Please call
259-4423 or 338-6842 anytime.
Babysitting in my home, near 125
and 127, reasonable prices, hot meals,
snacks, all ages, any hours Monday-Fri-
day, will keep overnight if needed. 838-
Do you have a junk car or truck to sell
or haul off. Call 259-7968. 1/10tfc
Greatest shopping mall, shop at over
40 major stores; Radio Shack, Office
Depot, Macys, Toys-R-Us, Walmart, Za-
les. Jeremy Anderson, owner. Call 259-
Christian childcare, my home Monday-
Friday, 6:00 am-6:00 pm, registered 21
years, hot meals, snacks. Cathy Thomas
Dogs: all types from puppies to adults.
Animal Control, $50 boarding fees will
apply. 259-6786. 11/20ffc
AKC Blockhead Lab Puppies, yellow,
black and chocolate. Parents on prem-
ises, shots, wormed, health certificates.
Ready March 18, $350-$450. Call 904-
727-7882 or 904-635-4365. 3/5-3/19p
Jack Russell, male three years old, very
friendly. Free to good home. 259-3352.
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RN Well established local home
healthcare agency seeks experienced
RN for PRN position. Must have one
year Med/Surg. Flexible hours, compet-
itive pay. Call 259-3111 or fax resume
to 259-5176. 3/5 tfc
Children's Elite is seeking a hard work-
ing, mature person that likes to work
with children. 259-1373. 2/19-3/19p
Part time mechanic needed. 653-1656.
Tammie Gray, REALTOR'
Watson Realty Corp.
1395 Chaffee Road S., Jacksonville, FL 32221
U Lhn Ase n Rat IOna, 904-486-0738 (Cell)
As a Realtor for several years and lifetime resident
of Baker County, Tammie Gray of 'atson Realty
Corp. has become an expert on Baker County
Real Estate as well as many other areas in the
Northeast Florida region.
In 2007, Tammie became one of the few Real
Estate Agents to receive the Platinum Service
Award, which is the highest accreditation given
based on customer satisfaction. One of her
customers' said, "Tammie truly made us feel as though we were her
only customer. Nevera phone call avoided or a question unanswered."
Tammie Gray's knowledge and experience has helped her through
the years to satisfy hundreds of customers, and she can do the same
If you or someone you know would like to buy or sell a home, please
don't hesitate to call Tammie at: 904-486-0738 to find out what
100'% customer service truly feels like.
Tire and lube technicians, pay based on
experience. TA Travelcenter in Baldwin.
Apply to Mark Holmes 904-266-4281
ext. 22 or email resume to tal25shop@
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For sale or lease with option to buy,
house in Macclenny, 4 BR, 2 BA, remod-
eled brick home with fenced back yard
and porch, hardwood floors throughout
house, new roof, $130,000. Call for
Owner financing, 3 BR, 2 BA, brand
new, great location, $5000 down. 904-
Two lots in Copper Creek, Unit III. Call
.72 acre homesite, houses only. At
entrance to Macclenny II subdivision,
$39,900. 904-219-0480. 1/29tfc
Pre-foreclosure, nearly new 2400 SF
home in Rolling Meadows, 4 BR, 2Y2.
BA, huge kitchen, only $169,900. 904-
3 BR, 2 BA house on one acre, gas heat
plus fireplace, city water, $118,000.
6765 East Andrews Street, Glen. By
appointment only 259-6679.3/5-3/26p
1985 60x28 doublewide, 3 BR, 2 BA,
family room and den, front and bock
porches on one acre near Macclenny
Elementary. Asking $72,500, owner
financing available, excellent invest-
ment opportunity. 904-476-7136.
3 acres, high and dry, fish pond,
homes or mobile homes, set-up includ-
ed, owner financing or cash discount.
FSBO 3 BR, 2 BA home and garage
apartment, 3 BR, 1 BA package on .86
acre in established Macclenny neigh-
borhood. Block construction with hard-
wood $300, 000. 259-4455.2/26-3/19p
You wanted to sell, now you need to
sell. I buy Baker County houses. 904-
3 BR, 2 BA in Glen St. Mary, city lot two
blocks from school, $82,000.334-3419
or 653-1136. 3/5-3/12p
Reduced to $59,900, seller motivated.
1997 40x24 doublewide Redmond
mobile home, 2 BR, 2 BA, one acre, new
4" well, septic tank and drainfield, one
mile north of Glen, shown by appoint-
ment only, $59,900 firm. 259-6546 day
or 219-2842 evening. 2/19tfc
FSBO, 4 BR, 2 BA 4.82 acres at 17598
CR 127, Cuyler. Fixer-upper listed at
$85,000. No owner financing. Contact
904-306-6707, email cuylerhomefor-
AS A ,.
Friday, 9:00 am-2:00 pm, Off Woodlawn, follow
signs. Clothes and more. 259-1468.
E Friday, 8:00 am 3:00 pm, Saturday, 8:00 am -
S -: noon, Inside sale, 9849 South Lincoln Avenue, Glen.
g Solid wood porch swings, two sofas, beautiful gown,
yellow and blue striped sofa, white computer desk,
home decor, toys, clothes, etc. 651-4897.
Friday and Saturday, 8:30 am-? US 90 and Thomas Sweat Road in
Sanderson. Household goods, books, clothing, misc.
Friday and Saturday, 8:00 am-?, 1013 Christie Court. Children's
clothing, toys, household items, little bit of everything. Three family
Friday and Saturday, 8:00 am 1:00 pm, 270 N. Boulevard East,
Macclenny, next to Timberlane. Kids 0-5 years, household, toys and
women clothes. Multi family
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am-2:00 pm, Indoor yard sale
next door to Connie's Kitchen. Furniture, clothing, a little bit of every-
Saturday, 8:00 am-noon, 121 and Buck Rowe Road. Prom dresses,
2006 Troy Bilt riding lawn mower, household items, name brand teen
clothes 0-6, XS and S scrubs, much more.
Saturday, 8:00 am ?, 716 Long Drive. Mens, women, children
clothes, little girls twin size captain's bed, much more.
Saturday, 8:00 am-2:00 pm, Closet sale, 423 East Blvd. South.
Women's career wear, evening wear, pants, skirts, shoes, purses,
jewelry, men's shirts, pants, suits and more.
Saturday, 8:00 am-? 718 Long Drive. Furniture, gas stove, DVD's
games, much more. Multi family
Saturday, 8:00 am-? Elvin Starling Road. Lots of household items,
Disney movies, clothing and furniture. Multi family
Saturday, 8:30 am-1:00 pm, 365 Fourth Street North. Baby clothes,
children and adult clothes, toys, gas scooter, toy box and more.
Saturday, March 14, 8:00 am ?, Haleigh Cummings benefit yard/
bake sale, Glen City Park. Items and monetary donations accepted
at park after 7:00 am. All proceeds go to local family of Haleigh. For
information call 904-486-0337. No early birds please.
40 acres to 120 acres,. starting at
$4000 per acre. 904-259-8028.
FSBO, 3 BR, 1 BA block house with
fireplace on five acres, 10-15% down,
$99,000 653-1656 leave message.
Brick 3 BR, 1 BA house in Sanderson
on one acre, nice open floor plan with
attached covered carport, offers an
additional hook-up site for mobile
home at back of lot, $149,000. Call 859-
Lot 23 Deerwood, $45,000. Owner
financing available. 813-3091. 3/5tfc
MacGlen Builders, Inc. Brick homes in
Macclenny from $145,000-$210,000.
For sale or lease with option to buy,
Macclenny II, 3 BR, 3 BA house with
large bonus room, stone fireplace and
hardwood floors, $189,000. Call for
CLEAN FILL DIRT
RNs& LPNs Needed
or Aaron at
Six acres in Macclenny $20,000 an
acre. 904-259-8028. 2/26-3/12c
Five acres cleared, high and dry with
well and septic, approximately five
miles from 1-10. Nice quiet neighbor-
hood, located at 7041 Cottontail Lane,
Glen, $125,000. Call Monica at 904-
FSBO 4 BR, 21/2 BA on 2 acres, all brick,
fish pond, fireplace, 2 car garage. Five
miles north of Glen. Selling at appraised
value approximately $310,000-
$340,000. 502-7408. 3/5-3/26p
2 BR, 1 BA mobile home on nice one
acre lot, central H/A, convenient loca-
tion, $450 per month, $450 deposit. 3
BR, 2 BA mobile home on nice one acre
lot, central H/A, convenient location,
$600 per month, $600 deposit. 476-
8907 or 545-5485. 3/5p
3 BR, 2 BA home on large lot, two car
carport, $850/month, first, last, $500
deposit. 904-813-5558. 2/26-3/12p
2 BR, 1 BA mobile home, $150/week,
no deposit. 904-910-5434, Nextel beep
Studio apartment, washer, dryer,
microwave furnished, $650/month,
$500 deposit, service animals only.
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SC iMMHIITY CDI116!
Account Clerk II
This is accounting work involving a wide range
of duties in support of the Colleges system of
financial resources. An employee in a position
allocated to this class performs a variety of
accounting activities involving one or more areas
such as but not limited to accounts payable, petty
cash, change funds, receipt books, reconciling bank
statements, financial aid records maintenance
and subsidiary ledger maintenance. All activities
require considerable attention to detail and a high
degree of accuracy.
High school graduate plus three years of business
office experience, one of which is in non-
professional accounting. A highschool equivalency
diploma from the State Department of Education
may be substituted for high school graduation.
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, March 5, 2009 Page 13
New 3 BR, 2 BA $850/month, first, last,
$300 security deposit. 259-2563.3/5tfc
Beautiful ranch style home with acreage
for rent in the Baldwin area. Smoke free
home sits on 6.5 cleared acres, 3 BR, 2
BA, large kitchen with adjoining living
room and also a large laundry room.
Fresh paint and new carpet through-out,
central heat/air, sewer septic with arte-
sian well. Ideal for horses, also has a pole
barn that could accommodate animals if
needed. Renter's application and one
year lease required, $1100/month plus
security deposit. Email us at beach22@
bellsouth.net for pictures and further
info. 276-5559 or 338-1154. 2/26-3/5p
2 BR, 2 BA garden tub in master bed-
room, clean, good neighborhood, avail-
able March 1, $600/month, first, last
$300 security deposit. Service animals
only. 259-5877. 2/5tfc
2 BR, 2 BA in Baldwin $600/month 904-
910-5434, Nextel beep 160*132311*2.
3 BR, 2 BA home with many upgrades in
upscale neighborhood, 1875 SF, $1150
month, $1000 deposit. Call 408-9146
2 BR, 2 BA mobile home like new, $700/
month, first month plus $500 deposit.
Glen area, service animals only. 259-
3 BR, 2 BA doublewide in Macclenny on
1/ acre, $800/month plus deposit. 477-
2 BR, 1 BA, mobile home $525 month,
$525 deposit. 904-334-1902. 3/5c
1 BR brick cottage, furnished, quiet neigh-
borhood, with carport, service animals
only. $400/month, $300 deposit. Available
March 1, Macclenny North. 259-3959.
Homes and mobile homes for rent from
$750-850 monthly. 259-3343.
3 BR, 2 BA, all brick home, 2200 SF liv-
ing on 22 acres, $1100/month, $1100
deposit. 259-2242. 3/5p
3 BR, 2 BA mobile home, garbage pick-
up, water & lawn maintenance provided,
$450-$585. 912-843-811.8. 9/18tfc
3 BR, 2 BA house, 6075 River Circle
Macclenny, $850 monthly, $500 deposit,
six month lease. 259-6063. 3/5p
Mobile homes. 2 and 3 BR, A/C, service
animals only, $500-$575 plus deposit.
1 BR mobile home, $300 deposit, $400/
month. Call 259-2787. 3/5-3/12p
2 BR, 1 BA mobile home, central H/A,
$565/month, first, last plus $300 depos-
it. Includes water, lawn service and trash.
2 BR, 1 BA .apartment for rent in down-
town Macclenny. Good, quiet neighbor-
hood, close to everything. No smoking,
service animals only, $575/month plus
deposit and last months rent. Call 904-
859-3026 or 259-2417. 3/5tfc
3 BR, 2 BA doublewide on /2 acre on cor-
ner of 125 South and Mudlake Road. $750/
month, $1050 deposit ,Chl 904-259-9066.
Avaitble March 1st. "' '" '2/5tfc
Nice apartment, 1 BR, 1 BA, kitchen, in
downtown Macclenny, $495/month plus
deposit. 904-540-4450. 3/5p
2 BR, 1 BA apartment in Glen, $600/month,
$600 deposit. 259-2645. 3/5c
Efficiency apartment, all utilities included
$525/month, first, last, $300 security. 259-
Beautiful home, Macclenny II, 3 BR, 2 BA,
family room, fireplace, ceiling fans, sun
room, front/back porch, 2200 SF, two car
garage, excellent condition,. $1500/month,
first and last months rent, deposit $1,000
within 30 days. 259-5644. ,3/5p
2 BR, 1 BA mobile home in city, central
H/A, $475/month. 813-5949. 3/5p
1 BR upstairs apartment on US 90, $475/
month, $475 deposit. 259-9154. 3/5c
3 BR, 2 BA mobile home, large yard, S750/,
month, first and last plus S500 deposit.
2009 32x64 24 BR, 2 BA, delivery, setup,
skirting, steps, A/C installed $56,900. 259-
2008 28x52 3 BR, 2 BA, "must go" deliv-
ery, setup, skirting, steps and A/C installed
$52,900. 259-8028. 2/19-3/12c
2009 32x80, 4 BR, 2 BA, living room,
den, delivery, setup, skirting, steps, A/C
installed $69,900. 259-8028. 2/19-3/12c
Office space for rent, prime location,
downtown Macclenny, $588.50 per month
plus deposit. Call 259-6546. 1/8ftc
1300 SF office space and 1000 SF office
space located on 121. 259-9022.11/20tfc
Commercial building for lease with 4,000
SF available, on main Macclenny intersec-
tion with plenty of parking.space, call 259-
Seeking hands-on entrepreneurs
for unique restaurant ownership.
Opportunities available in
Minimum $200K liquidity and
$500K in assets.
Contact: Jim Bullock
(800) 418-9555 x 1393
Broken plates create
BY KELLEY LANNIGAN and shape.
Press Staff Because many of the pieces
Breaking dinner plates on available were fairly large, the
purpose? Yes! seniors practiced cutting them
Although badly broken din- into more manageable sizes us-
ner plates usually end up in the ing tile cutters.
trash, there's one thing they're Bert Kramer had to use some
absolutely essential elbow grease to negotiate the
for mosaics. large tool. She po-
Some enter- sitioned her hands
prising seniors at inside a plastic bag,
the Baker County expertly clipping a
Council on Aging piece of a plate into
Center recently six even segments.
found a creative "Doing it this
way to put broken way keeps_ the
plates to good use
with the help of
er, an accomplished
Bert Kramer use
mosaics is an an-
cient art form which depicts
objects and scenes using cut
pieces of colored glass, rock
and ceramics. In Mediterranean
cultures, mosaics were used to
decorate buildings, bottoms of
pools, garden walls and to create
colorful patterns on the plazas of
Today, use of the mosaic tech-
nique most commonly shows up
in small craft items and as deco-
rative table tops.
COA artists first practiced the
mosaic technique using a variety
of dried beans and peas before
attempting the real thing. They
planned their designs and dug
through a wagon load of zip-lock
bags filled with broken plates in
Designs created in mosaic
look better if the pieces used are
small and fairly uniform in size
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mosaic works ofart
Needing more pieces, she Some of the items being
squeezed the tile cutter produced are picture frames,
Thwack! Thwack! Thwack! plaques and decorative crosses.
popping them out. Of her first When the glued segments are
mosaic project, she laughed and completely dry, it will be time
said: to add the grout. Grout fills in
"Well, you know, the first time the open spaces and seals the
you do something you haven't segments together. The excess is
done before, you just give it a wiped off the surface, making it
shot and hope for the best!" smooth and uniform.
pieces trom flying
all over and helps
out of your work-
space," she ex-
es a tile cutter. plained.
KELtu LANNIGArN These are the
first mosaics any
of the seniors have made and
completing this small project
will prepare them for undertak- -$
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way on a decorative plaque with Sands Pointe
a cross in its center. She ar- from the upper $100's
ranged pieces in a pattern and
began gluing them in place. As 904 259 0922
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ADORABLE! MLS # 406637 This is a MUST
SEE! 3/2.5 home offers 1,696 SF, wood
flooring throughout, garden tub w/ Jacuzzi in
master Bath and an acre lot with mature oak
MAKE AN OFFER! MLS#468881 Today's the
day! Own this custom home w/4BR, 3BA
2,328 SF. Lots of privacy. Come live in the
READY FOR YOU! MLS#395644 Cute 3/2 in
the country offers. 1,512 SF, 5.35 acres very
well maintained mobile home. Deck in back!
NEW HOME SITES! MLS#462028 Beautiful
new home site available for you to build
your dream home in this all brick community.
THE TIME IS NOW! MLS#453883 Excellent
location. .4BR, 2BA 1978 SF fenced rear, huge
master closet! Neutral colors A must see
GREAT STARTER! ML5S461526 Move in
ready 3BR, 2BA home with bonus/office
on almost 1/2 acre. All appliances included,
COUNTRY LIVING! MLS#438836 Close to
the city. This mobile home sits on 2.32 acres
w/4BR 2BA. A must see. Bring all offers!
SPACIOUS HOME MLS# 443952 4BR/2BA
with pool. Concrete block home with brick
front. Offers over 1600 SF. Call for an appt.
BEAUTIFUL HOME! MLS# 470813 3BR 2BA
home that is eloquently upgraded. Lots of
extras. Call today! $154,948
BRICK BEAUTY! MLS# 431773 Lovely 3BR/2BA 3016
SF offers marble fireplace, eat in kitchen, butler's pantry
& in ground pool.
BRING EVERYONE! MLS#423992 Bring family, pets
and all the neighbors! This property will take care of
all. Seller will give an allowance for any painting &
updating of house. Price has been drastically reduced.
Bring all offers! $550,000
1395 Chaffee Road
NEW HOME SITE! MLS#416006 Heavily treed lots, no
building time frames, 2400 SF, min. home, 1 horse per
JUST REDUCED! MLS#404867 6/3 Offers 3001 SF, 1
acre lot, commercial kitchen, indoor utility, fenced back
yard & more!
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, March 5, 2009 Page 14
CSX representatives take commission sco
BY JOEL ADDINGTON
Apathetic. Unprepared. Sar-
That's how some Baker Coun-
ty commissioners described
CSX Transportation's handling
of complaints about the blocking
of crossings in Sanderson during
a discussion with the railroad's
representatives March 3.
"We haven't received any in-
put. We don't know what you're
going to do ... Something really
needs to be done," said Com-
mission Alex Robinson, who last
met with CSX a year ago about
A county ordinance was ap-
proved 16 years ago with input
BY KELLEY LANNIGAN
February was National Heart
Health Month. The color red and
a red dress have become sym-
bols of the Go Red For Women
campaign promoted by The
American Heart Association's
awareness movement in the fight
against heart disease in women.
Members of the Macclenny
Woman's Club wore red T-shirts
to their February 19 meeting
in observance of Heart Health
Month. Red hearts and red pa-
per dresses decorated the tables
to further emphasize the theme.
Kerry Dunlavey, administra-
tor at the Baker County Health
Department, spoke on servic-
es offered by the facility. Sigi
Campbell, the department's di-
rector of nursing, also spoke.
The main subject of her presen-
tation was health issues that pri-
marily involve women and how
the health department is work-
ing to best serve women in Bak-
er County. A main focus of her
talk was heart
one killer of
women in this
ca, one person
dies from cor-
deaths an- Sigi (
tors such as diabetes, smoking,
high blood pressure, high blood
cholesterol, physical inactivity,
overweight/obesity and family
history are major contributors to
conditions that result in the dis-
According to Ms. Campbell,
38 percent of women die annual-
ly after suffering a heart attack.
There are misconceptions
about the nature of heart disease
in women. Most people think of
it as a disease that affects pri-
marily men, but it's actually the
leading killer of both men and
women in the United States.
More women than men (52.6
percent) die from the disease.
When people do recognize the
disease as affecting women,
they typically view it as an "old-
er woman's disease."
That, however, is not the
Heart disease is the leading
cause of death among women
aged 65 years and older. It is also
the third leading cause of death
among women aged 25-44 years
and the second leading cause of
death among women aged 45-64
years. In Baker County, which
from CSX to limit the blockages
at CRs 229 and 127 to no more
than 15 minutes, however; there
have been reports of waits as
long as 30 minutes to an hour or
more. Enforcing the ordinance
which calls for fines of $500
or 30 days in jail has also
"It's nothing new," said Com-
missioner Mike Crews before
explaining that blockages are
more than just an inconvenience
to residents. "This is our friends
and family who we cannot get
emergency services to."
When the train is obstruct-
ing the crossing in Sanderson,
first responders like firefighters,
police and emergency medical
compares least favorably with
all other Florida counties, the
incidence of heart attack, angina
and other heart related problems
affects 8.6 percent of the female
population (2007 statistics).
"Cardiovascular disease is
a very real, very serious prob-
lem but the good news is there
are definite things a woman can
do to lower her risk," said Ms.
Physical activity is one of the
easiest ways to promote heart
health. Regarding exercise, the
American Heart Association's
Web site has this to say: Couch
potatoes, listen up! If you're
physically inactive you're much
more likely of developing heart
disease or having a stroke."
"Exercise is critical for heart
health," said Ms. Campbell. "It
doesn't even have to be excessive
to be beneficial. Just getting out
and walking regularly will go a
long way as a preventative mea-
Diet is another way to help
health of one's
such as grill-
ing and bak-
of frying, and
and fruits can
of heart dis-
npbell when pos-
She also said women need to
understand their symptoms re-
garding a heart attack.
The most common heart at-
tack symptom for both men and
women is chest pain.
Women, however, are much
more prone to experiencing the
range of other symptoms that
signal a heart attack. They in-
clude nausea/vomiting, light-
headedness, cold sweats and
pronounced pain in the back and
in the jaw.
"Most of the research and the
treatment of heart disease has
been based on studies done on
males," said Ms. Campbell. "It's
been proven this approach has
not been very effective in treat-
Ms. Campbell recommends
becoming pro-active in the fight
against heart disease by being as
educated and informed as pos-
The American Heart Associ-
ation's Go Red For Women Web
site can help with information on
diet, exercise, identifying your
risk factors, learning how to
talk to your physician and much
more. The site is www.goredfor-
workers must take an 8-mile de-
tour through dirt roads to reach
the other side of the tracks, he
If someone has a heart attack
or other medical emergency,
"They may not have 10 or 15
minutes," said EMS director Da-
vid Richardson. Fire chief Rich-
ard Dolan echoed those com-
ments in reference to responding
to mobile home fires.
"When you got a fire, you got
to go. You got to be there now, or
you might as well not go," said
Commissioner Gordon Crews.
Residents who live mostly
north of the tracks have become
so incensed by the frequent
blockages, they've made an il-
legal bypass that connects to US
90 at the bottom of the US 90
overpass, a very dangerous place
to pull onto the highway in a 45
mph speed zone.
Mike O'Malley, a vice-presi-
dent of government affairs with
CSX, said he intends to work
with the county to find a solu-
tion and traded business cards
with County Manager Joe Cone.
But to Commissioner Michael
Crews' disappointment, Mr.
O'Malley said he couldn't make
any financial commitments to
improving the problem, citing
the $3.5 million price tag for a
mile of track.
"If it costs CSX some money,
so what?" said Mr. Crews, who
represents the Sanderson area.
Commissioner Mike Griffis
agreed, saying that cost shouldn't
be an issue when someone's life
could potentially hang in the
balance. "Whatever it takes, let's
fix it," he said.
In other business, the board
A $180 million, five-year
capital improvements plan
through 2014 that's being re-
quired for the first time by the
state's Department of Commu-
nity Affairs (DCA).
"It's not our $180 million,"
Planning Director Ed Preston
assured commissioners. "Most
of it's coming from developers."
The plan outlines the county's
infrastructure needs mainly in
transportation, education and
utilities (water and sewer) based
on expected growth during the
next five years. If growth doesn't
occur, the schedule for the im-
provements will be pushed back
until the need is apparent. The
plan will be updated every year
per the state's mandate.
Mr. Preston said the county
has had adequate infrastructure
for to handle incoming growth
up until now, so a capital im-
provement plan wasn't needed
or required by the state. But if
growth being planned now be-
comes a reality, available capac-
ity in the county's schools and
on 1-10 will be gone, necessitat-
ing the improvements identified
in the plan, he said.
The plan will be submitted to
DCA for comments and then the
county will have an opportunity
to make any changes before fi-
nal adoption by the board.
"Then we're back in business
until next year," said Mr. Pres:
Awarding the installation of
a new 5-ton AC unit at the elec-
tions office to Dependable Heat-
ing AC & Electrical Contractors
Inc. of Macclenny for $3320.
Dependable submitted the sec-
ond-lowest bid, but received
preference because it's a local
Naming Commissioner Mi-
chael Crews to a selection com-
mittee charged with reviewing
engineering services proposals
for two road resurfacing proj-
ects (CR 23A and S. CR 229)
and recommending one of nine
firms that responded to the re-
quest for proposals.
A resolution calling for the
protection of school funding.
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