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Title: The Baker County press
Uniform Title: Baker County press (Macclenny, Fla. 1929)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: Tate Powell
Place of Publication: Macclenny Fla
Publication Date: 12-29-2011
Frequency: weekly
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Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Macclenny (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Baker County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Baker -- Macclenny
Coordinates: 30.283333 x -82.116667 ( Place of Publication )
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Additional Physical Form: Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 12, 1929.
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 11, no. 39 (Jan. 2, 1931).
Funding: Funded in part by the University of Florida, the Library Services and Technology Assistance granting program of Florida, the State Library and Archives of Florida, and other institutions and individuals.
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Holding Location: University of Florida
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rrfntbrfbfrfrr 75 DECEMBER 29, 2011THURSDAY T B C P 82nd Year, Vol. 35 Winner of 7 state awards for journalism excellence in 2010There were few signs that the local economy did any bet ter this year than last. Baker Countys jobless rate dipped slightly, falling from 11.6 percent last January to 10.3 per cent in November, according to Local Area Unemployment Sta tistics released December 16 by the Florida Department of Eco nomic Opportunity. Foreclosure filings slowed considerably in 2011 and some employers, including Walmart Distribution Center, the largest private sector employer in Bak er County, began hiring new workers. But the year also saw layoffs at some of the countys other big employers, mostly in gov ernment. First came at least 70 layoffs at Northeast Flori da State Hospital [NEFSH], though other estimates put the total num ber of job losses at more than 100. Regardless, the negative econom ic impact would be substantial. It is estimated that NEFSH gen erates more than 16 percent of the countys total gross product. The layoffs were effective June 30, the last day of the state of funding cuts by the Florida Events that most captured the attention of Baker County during 2011 were the raid on the sician suspected as being a pill doctor and the subse quent pulling of his license to practice by the state. As the year ends, the fate of Dr. Charles Scarbor ough is still up in the air as the Department of Health in Tallahassee has yet to set an administrative hearing into allegations of abusing his license to prescribe con trolled narcotics. The physician, believed to be in his late 70s, had practiced for several years in an office at the corner of South 5th and Railroad Sts., and allegations surround ing the dispensing of habit forming drugs grew more numerous in recent years. Over the course of a weekday, dozens of vehi cles converged on the cor -The past year brought with it the usual line-up of prop erty and personal crimes, many of them domestic in nature, but heres a look at 2011s top stories in the crime, punishment and court areas. grand jury in July decided that clenny shot and killed Joshua (Brandon) Fish, 26, in self-defense the afternoon of June 18. the shooting that he said took place as he sat poolside at the residence of his girlfriend Debbie Fish on Fern St. in the northwest city. The victim is and had been involved in previ ous altercations two of which re sulted in severe beatings. The two had a verbal altercation earlier that day. gle shot from a .357 pistol that as he came over a pool fence at him. Washington, ny remains in county jail as the year ends, charged with second degree murder of Rashad Belford, 18, See page 4 See page 2Deputies uncover two meth labs, arrest three menSee page 6 See page 4 ONLINE POLL RESULTSWhat kind of year did you have?18.9% Great start to the decade 21.6% Better than 2010 32.4% Worse than 2010 27% Can it get any worse? PHOTO BY JOEL ADDINGTONInvestigator Hardin posts the closure notice.PHOTO BY KELLEY LANNIGANThe Rev. Tommy Rollins places Rashards photo on the memorial.Driver dies after ipping truck on Fred Harvey Road See page 6Hindsight 2011: top stories of the year fntbfnb brb fffany Baker Coun ty students made headlines this year for both athletic and academic pursuits. clenny and Westside Elementary schools made history by tying with students in St. Johns County for the second highest FCAT reading scores in the state. Academically, St. Johns is one of the best perform ing districts in the state. Among the countys 380 third graders who took the reading FCAT, eight percent scored 5s, the highest score possible. performed well on the annual standardized tests used by the Florida Department of Education to gauge learning gains and evaluate and compare dif ferent schools and school districts. BCHS bumped up the percentage of students the math and reading tests compared to the previ -PHOTO BY JOEL ADDINGTONThird graders at Macclenny Elementary after FCAT scores were announced.PHOTO BY JOEL ADDINGTONCounty commissioners during workshop on EMS fees. See page 2 PHOTOS BY JOEL ADDINGTON AND JIM MCGAULEY1: Parents of the late Rashard Belford, Bo and Diane Belford, mourn during a candlelight vigil held the day after their sons death last April. 2: The BCHS weightlifting team and coaches with their class 1A state championship medals in Kissimmee, FL the same month. 3: One of the countys largest trees, a magnolia in Taylor, was featured in The Press for a story about the countys lack of a Florida Champion tree. The story led to the identication of a champion tree in July, a 125-foot-tall Swamp Chestnut Oak located in Glen St. Mary. 4: Animal rights protesters at the courthouse for the sentencing hearing of Cletus Gaskins, who received probation for dog ghting-related charges in April. 5: The scene of a 187-acre brush re south of Macclenny in June. 6: The semi-truck that killed a NEFSH patient on S. SR 121 after the patient ed the facility on foot last August. 7: Residents protesting a judges ruling to award custody of Miranda Wilkerson to a registered sex oender in July. 8: Float from the Sesquicentennial parade in September. 9: Law enforcement ocers serve a search war rant at Dr. Scarboroughs oce in September. 10: Drug task force investigators with cocaine seized during a multi-agency, multi-state investigation that ended with the indictment of two Baker County men on federal drug 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 9

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Page 2 T B C P ursday, December 29, 2011ous years results. On the FCAT math exam, taken by 10th gradThe defendant also entered get more money for drugs and tem. room off a barn that appeared to COUNTRY FEDERALCREDIT UNION Get yourPLATINUM VISA Earn REWARD Points NO ANNUAL FEE 6 months 0% APR on balance transfers**With approved credit. See a customer service representative to sign up today! www.countryfcu.com 7.24% APR Rooks General Store 121 N. in St. George, Ga ~ 912-843-2552 COPENHAGEN & SKOAL$3.79 can ~~ $16.99 a roll Timberwolf$1.49can Longhorn/Redman Snuff/Kayak99 canTennessee Chew & JD Brand$1.99 pouchMarlboro Special Blend/72s$34.99 ctn.Stokers Tub/ Stokers Chew$10.99Pall Mall $27.99 ctn. CHECK OUT OUR CIGARETTE SPECIALS The Baker County Courthouse, Property Appraiser, Tax Collector, Supervisor of Elections & Administration offices will be closedJanuary 2. Have a safe & Happy New Year! rf n tnb n ntt rr rf rn HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM DDS SPORTS GRILL Friday, Dec. 30 | 7-10 pmBring your chairs for our... Dancin on the Blacktopfeaturing The Matt Rowland Bandfrom St. Louis, MOPARKING AVAILABLE ACROSS THE STREETBreakfast $2.49 | Lunch Combos Daily $6.49Tues. & Wed. 11am-2pm/5-9pm Thurs. & Fri. 8am-2pm/5-10pm Sat. 8am-8pm Breakfast served on Thurs., Fri. & Sat.From page 1 From page 1 Press Ad Deadline: Monday 5:00 PM

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Letters are welcome, but must contain the signature of the writer, a telephone number and city of residence. Letters must reect opinions and statements on issues of current interest to the general public. The newspaper reserves the right to reject any material which in the newspapers judgement does not meet standards of publication. CONTACT US By phone at 904.259.2400 or by fax at 904.259.6502. You can stop by our oce located at 104 S. Fifth Street, Mac clenny, FL or mail your submission to PO Box 598, Macclenny, FL 32063. We are available online at www.bakercountypress.comT B C PPage3DECEMBER 29, 2011 Publisher James C. McGauley editor@bakercountypress.comMANAGING EDITOR Joel Addington reporter@bakercountypress.com ADVERTISING/PRODUCTION Jessica Prevatt advertising@bakercountypress.com FEATURES Kelley Lannigan features@bakercountypress.com FEATURES/COMMENT/SPORTS Robert Gerard BUSINESS MANAGER Karin Thomas kthomas@bakercountypress.com CLASSIFIEDS & TYPESETTING Stacy Hott classieds@bakercountypress.com This newspaper is printed on recycled paper. T B C Pusps 040-280Post Oce Box 598 Macclenny, FL 32063 (904) 259-2400 The Baker County Press is published each Thursday by Baker County Press, Inc. Periodicals postage paid under permit issued December 30, 1929 at the post oce in Macclenny, Florida.SUBSCRIPTION RATES $25.00 a year inside Baker County; $35.00 a year outside Baker County; deduct, $1.00 for persons 65 years of age or older, military personnel on active duty outside Baker County, and college students living out side Baker County. POSTMASTER: send address changes to The Baker County Press, P.O. Box 598, Macclenny, FL. 32063. Coming up in just a couple of weeks is our Sesquicentennial production Baker County, Fla.: 1861-1961. It is one of the biggest productions Ive ever worked on, and certainly the longest to put together. Im very ex cited about it and a little ner vous. As we re hearsed it before Christmas, I got this insight. Peo ple tend to believe what they see, so for most folks this will be how they perceive the 100-year period in Baker Countys history. Thats a lot of added pressure. I thought I might take this weeks column and discuss how I put the play together. Its been quite an experience. Most of the time half my work is done for me by the playwright. I just pick up the script and go to work on it. Not so, this show. I started in April with a blank page for a script and lots and lots of reading to do. Like almost everyone else, my knowledge of Baker County history was pretty limited. I knew what everyone does the Battle of Olustee and the moonshine industry of the 40s and 50s. That was it. What happened in between was a blank slate. I went to the wonderful Baker County Historical Society web site, www.rootsweb.ancestry. com/~flbakehs/ and started reading the articles and columns of Gene Barber and others. They didnt always agree, sometimes on some pretty important stuff, but it was always interesting. Searching the web, the Baker County Historical Society and personal narratives also helped fill in the blanks. I made a time line and sat down to write. Most of what I put down was word for word from letters, dis patches, and newspaper articles. Some things though a lot less than youd think I had to invent based on the historical events. I tried not to put words into char acters mouths, but this is, after all, drama and entertainment and whatever was put in the script had to fulfill two basic pur poses it had to be accurate and it had to be entertaining. Ive seen bad historical fiction and did not want Baker County, Fla. to fall into that category. I wanted people to come away knowing more than they ever did about this county, but also to en joy the journey. So there is a lot of music. I didnt write any of it. Its all ac curate within 10 years to the time period with the exception of two songs that just seemed to cry out to be there. I couldnt decide on one single set to represent the 100 years, so instead I again borrowed from the historical societys treasure trove of photographs. We use over 150 photos on a 9X12 rear projection screen flanked by our representation of the late Gene Barbers courthouse murals. Gene is the shows narrator. He and a cast member playing the role of Press publisher Jim McGauley lead us through the 100 years from The Press office sometime in 1977 as Jim ques tions Gene about his columns. As soon as we had a script we auditioned the show in August and 82 people tried out. From that, we got a cast of around 35 of all ages from 5-70. Its very excit ing working with that large of an age group. The middle and high school kids learn a lot from the community theatre actors and visa versa. We couldnt perform the show in October like I had planned be cause of renovations to the BCHS auditorium. As we rehearsed, lines were re-written to be more interesting, songs changed and scenes lengthened or shortened. Its been a long production, but now it is in its finishing stages. Actors are in costume, props have been collected and the fin ishing touches are being put on the production. Through it all the actors have been fascinated by this countys rich history and how much they didnt know about where they live. To them it seems like a play, and it is easy to forget that it is, in fact, history. The history of our county. I hope you will come out and see our efforts. I think youll learn a lot, be surprised by what you find out and above all, enter tained. Baker County, Fla.: 1861-1961 runs January 12-15 and January 19-21 at 7:30 pm and 2 pm on Sunday. For my money, the News Story of the Year in 2011 was the closing down of Dr. Charles Scar boroughs Macclenny office in October. Mind you, none of the al legations that this amiable phy sician grossly abused his obli gations under Florida law have been proven. Those allegations include that he allowed un trained and unqualified office clerks to write prescriptions for narcotics, that he signed blank prescription orders and he failed to examine patients before allow ing them to leave with addictive drugs, among others. Theres still a process here. The Department of Health made the allegations as cause for tem porary suspension of his license to practice. Dr. Scarborough has requested a hearing, presumably to give his side. Well see, but between you and me, hes in trouble. Because the newspaper of fice is catty-corner (is that still a word?) from the doctors of fice, we had a front row seat, so to speak, and witnessed as the years went by a growing stream of patients lining up early in the morning and staying until past sundown waiting to see the doc. From what we now hear al leged, maybe a lot of them werent, in fact, seeing the doc. They were, however, apparently getting the pills they sought. And they kept coming back for more. Because 5th St. is heavily traveled from the interstate into downtown, we werent the only ones noticing. It became a man tra, so to speak. When is some one going to do something about the pill mill? Sheriff Joey Dobson remarked earlier this year he kept hearing it too, and he was inclined to re spond the same way many did. If Dr. Scarborough is legally pre scribing addictive drugs, what law is being violated? The sheriffs no fool, and hes got the same calendars we have that clearly show 2012 is an elec tion year. His investigators about mid-year began collecting state ments and other data suggesting that what was going on in that office may not be legal at all. Some of that information, it turns out, will never be admissible in court, but it was sufficient to get the ball rolling. The FDLE [Florida Department of Law En forcement] was called in, and it has people who can find their way around the guts of computers for evidence of prescription fraud. Armed with a warrant this time, agents swooped into the of fice and seized 11 computers and their data. That, and other statements made by ex-employees and rela tives, was in turn sufficient for the state to order the license sus pension and thats where we are today. The office is closed, no more long lines of patients many of them waiting for hours and the state now is on the same wave length as pharmacies in Baker County that have known for years what was going on. The favored pharmacy, as noted by a sign in Dr. Scarbroughs front office, closed two weeks ago. The sheriffs department was reluctant to confirm for attribu tion a remark made two weeks ago by a man arrested for driving what was called a mobile meth lab. He declared, according to two sources, that the methamphetamine business, so to speak, is booming in the wake of Dr. Scar boroughs office closing. Im no expert, but if this guy is to be be lieved, the jump from Oxycodone and Xanax to meth is a giant leap indeed. And a very scary one, consid ering the speed with which meth ravages the body and the health problems it causes, not to men tion the crimes committed by ad dicts to keep things going. Scary indeed. For the meantime, though, this developments significance as my Top News Story is because, first, the office is no longer op erating and, second, its closing makes it very unlikely a similar operation will pop up here. Whether weve traded Xanax for methamphetamine in the process, and further compound ed the scourge of addiction in Baker County, well, thats some thing well just have to see. Lets hope its not next years Top News Story. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR We asked our Facebook faithful this week to share their favorite memories from Christmas morning. Heres what they had to say ...Tracey Moorman Mchood: My family coming over for the rst time and got to meet my great nephew for the rst time. Erica Anderson: Having my son come back from Iraq. Love you Mi chael Donley. Clayton Yarbrough: Seeing Rai ford Road Church packed from the front rows to the back doors cel ebrating the birth of Jesus Christ! What a blessing. Linda Kincade: Celebrating Je sus, the reason for the season! And spending precious moments with the family. Also watching smiles on the grands faces. Special moments and lasting memories! Connie Snell: Christmas service at my church! Time with my family! SEC championship game!Join The Press at Facebook.com. We post questions and updates about whats happening locally everyday. rrrfJim McGauley ROBERT GERARD Dear Editor: Thanks so much for your fea ture story in the December 1 edition of The Press. Our Childrens Vision Expo was a real team ef fort, and many people in Baker County deserve our gratitude. Marcheta Crews spearheaded the event and worked with nurs es, teachers, students, bus driv ers and other volunteers. Baker Vision Care had a number of business vendors who supplied designer eyewear for the kids, and they include Marchon Eyewear, the Mc Gee Group and A&A Optical. Firehouse Subs supplied the kids and workers with snacks, and our own family members pitched in to help as we exam ined more than 100 children and teens over three days. Also, thanks to Kelley Lanni gan for the wonderful article. It was a pleasure to work with her. Baker County has always been a great place to live and work, and once again folks stepped up to provide much needed care for these children.Mary M. Futch, OD, PA MacclennyDear Editor: Im writing this in response to the article regarding Baker County leading Florida in teen births. I am the mother of two adult daughters and feel I have some experience with the sub ject. I understand we live in a small county with a variety of beliefs and some may not agree, but I believe that the dreaded birds and bees should start at home. My husband and I want ed our children to keep an open line of communication with us. Sex was not a taboo word in our household. Talk to your children and answer their questions. Its in evitable theyre going to hear about it anyway. We did not ini tiate the subject, but when they brought it up we answered them as openly and honestly as pos sible. Using the correct terminol ogy is also important, though a bit challenging at times. Refer to boys and girls as puzzle pieces then continue from there. Talking about contraceptives is equally important. At the conclusion of every conversation I always reminded them of the consequences of sex. I was considered one of daughter at age 17. Being scared and uncomfortable talking with my mother about sex and birth control played a big role in my early pregnancy. Neither of our daughters have children; one has a bach elors degree and the other is in college. They are both working on their futures with the best in tentions of having a family, including children, when the time is right. This may not be right for ev eryone, but it worked for our family.Barbara (and Wayne) Gueltzow Macclennyrf rffntb fb bnfb bbf

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Page 4 T B C P ursday, December 29, 2011Legislature and the states newlyelected Governor Rick Scott. During the legislative session, the state hospital south of Mac clenny was also, once again, the target of pro-privatization law makers. As the session came to a close, the privatization measure failed, but budget cuts at the fa cility reached close to $7 million. This is the largest single year cut in my tenure here, the hos pitals top administrator, Joe In fantino, who began at NEFSH in July 1989, said at the time. Now, the governor is pursuing privatization of state prison facil ities, perhaps in North Florida, to cut spending in the Florida De partment of Corrections 201213 budget. Two months after the NEFSH layoffs took place, an assistant county planner and housing grants coordinator for the Baker County Commission were let go. After news broke about the im pending layoffs in early August, County manager C.J. Thompson said, In this environment, you needs and make changes where necessary. He estimated the move would save the county $83,777, or 3.3 percent of the $2.5 million bud get deficit the Baker County Commission faced at that time. The board and county staff re duced the shortfall to $2.2 mil lion during budget deliberations, but then turned its attention to boosting revenue by broaden ing the tax base with new fees for emergency medical service [res cue]. That proposal stalled after the Macclenny City Commissions attorney questioned the legality of such fees. The county, in turn, sought a legal opinion from Flor ida Attorney General Pam Bon Its expected in early 2012. In other layoffs, NEFCOM, the Macclenny-based telephone and Internet company, shed a hand ful of employees in October. While some of the affected workers said they werent given much notice before being dismissed, they also werent sur prised given the state of the econ omy and increased competition in recent years from cable giant Comcast. Six employees, including the phone companys former presi dent and more recently con sultant Leon (Toppy) Conner, lost their jobs, according to two of the affected employees who spoke with The Press after NEF COM general manager and former county commissioner Mike to speak publicly about the mat ter. Then most recently, the coun impending job cuts there could personnel. Director Kerry Dunlavey said in mid-December that 15 to 20 of the departments 90 workers would be laid off sometime with in the next 90 days. Despite the budget woes of private and public sector em ployers alike, the community came together, as if often does, for a common cause celebrat ing the countys 150 year history with a festival on September 24 in downtown Macclenny. County commissioners al located $15,000 to the Baker County Sesquicentennial Cel ebration and donations from businesses and individuals, plus merchandising revenue, raised more than $10,000 in additional funding to pull it off. The one-day event includ ed historical demonstrations, tours of the areas oldest homes and buildings, tributes to Emily Taber, founder of the public li brary who died in November just short of 100; the late artist and historian Gene Barber and veter ans, and musical entertainment. The festival was orchestrated by a planning committee of more than 20 community volunteers. The committee met for more than six months prior to the celebration and involved various segments of the community in cluding students, churches, non er County Historical Society and many others. Several weeks after the Ses quicentennial, the committees treasurer estimated there would be about $2500 left after all the bills were paid. Organizers characterized the well-attended Sesquicentennial as an unqualified success, but couldnt say whether another similar event, in high demand, could be pulled off in 2012. ner starting sometimes an hour or two before it opened, and the flow of patients many of them loitering outside for hours con tinued into the evening. Judging from the license plates on vehicles parked along Railroad and in the office park ing area, most were from Baker and surrounding counties in cluding Charlton in neighbor ing Georgia. Fewer, but still fre quent, were vehicles from farther distant counties in Georgia like Brantley, Pierce and Echols and in Georgia, from Suwannee, Co lumbia and Clay. Urged on by the Baker Coun ty sheriffs department based on statements collected by investi gators from patients, pharma cies and others and by a preponderance of pain killing and anti-anxiety drugs found on defendants and at crime scenes traced back to Dr. Scarboroughs office agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement served a search warrant. On September 16, they seized 11 computers from the office in a hunt for incriminating evidence that prescriptions were flowing out illegally. Nothing has been released at years end of what, if anything, a scan of the hard drives revealed. The office closed for four days, then re-opened only to close again after Dr. Scarborough was served notice of the license sus pension the morning of October 18 as patients waited to see him. It remains closed. What the state did disclose with the suspension order, how ever, was damning allegations that the physician, an anesthesi ologist by training, was blatantly abusing his privilege by allowing clerical help to prescribe medi cine. Dr. Scarborough consistent ly acted with indifference to the health of his patients by allow ing unlicensed staff to provide the vast majority of care to his patients on a repeated basis, read the 25-page order from the Florida Division of Health in Tal lahassee. He was also accused of having a flagrant disregard for the re sponsibilities expected of doctors in the state, including examina tion of patients during initial and subsequent office visits. The raid and suspension opened a floodgate of letters to the newspaper and postings on its Facebook page from patients praising Dr. Scarborough for compassion and for his concern for their ailments, often when other physicians were ignoring their complaints. The physician declined com ment following both the raid and suspension. Two former office employees and two others were arrested as part of the same investigation, based on statements made to sheriffs investigators. They are charged with illegally dispens ing drugs, fraudulently obtaining prescriptions or drug trafficking. Their cases also pend. that caught the publics attention and that of the Jacksonville television media was a ruling by Circuit Judge Phyllis Rosier in July that returned a 3-yearold child to the custody of a St. George, GA man who was mar ried to the childs mother when she was killed in a 2007 vehicle accident. The marital father, 50-yearold Donald Ray Coleman, is a convicted sex offender stemming from a case in 1997, which ironi cally was the result of a relation ship with the late mother, Trista Coleman. She was 14 at the time and her mother Rita Manning, 56, consented to the relationship. Ms. Manning launched an ef fort to gain custody of the child after Judge Rosiers ruling by publicizing the case in the Jack sonville television media. The story soon attracted some na tional attention. The ruling is currently under appeal, even though judges are bound by law to award custody to a marital father. Mr. Coleman also has custody of three other children he had with his late wife. An effort by Ms. Manning, who had custodial care of her granddaughter since birth, to have custody awarded to James Larkey Wilkerson as the biologi cal father of the girl, was unsuc cessful. Out of County SubscribersFed up with your copy of The Press arriving late, or not at all? We have a cost-effective solution to your problem.Subscribe to our E edition @ www.bakercountypress.com rf rn rt br nb rt frbrrr rb rfrfrnttr btnrf rffnnrtbnr fnrfr BAKER COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERSChairman Gordon Crews Commissioner Jimmy Anderson Commissioner Michael Crews Commissioner Adam Giddens Commissioner Mark Hartley County Manager CJ Thompson,Ann Yarborough & Sara Little rffnnr tfrr bnn rfntb rf First Baptist Churchof MacclennyIt Feels Like Home372 S. Sixth Street at W. Minnesota Ave. Directions from I-10: Take Exit 335 N. Go 1.3 miles North on Hwy. 121 See steeple on left Broadcast Live on WJXR 92.1 FM each Sunday Morning @ 11:00 am SUNDAY SERVICESSunday School 9:30 am Worship 10:45 am & 6:00 pmWEDNESDAY SERVICESPrayer & Bible Study 6:45 pm Awana for Children 6:45 pm Youth Group 6:45 pm Dr. Edsel M. Bone Senior Pastor From page 1 From page 1JOEL ADDINGTON NEWS EDITOR reporter@bakercountypress.comA 19-year-old Macclenny man faces a felony charge of lewd and lascivious conduct with a 15-year-old female as the result of his consensual sexual rela tionship with the teenager from Sanderson. The teens father reported the relationship to the sheriffs department in November after his wife and the teens mother came home and found the man hiding in her bedroom, police records show. The father told sheriffs inves tigators he warned the male to stay away from his daughter and attempted to end the relationship by speaking with the youths fa ther. After questioning the 15-yearold, who admitted she had sex willingly with the male multiple times during their nearly yearlong relationship, sheriffs sex crimes investigator Traci Benton male with the State Attorneys The 19-year-old was not ar rested and no warrant was issued for his arrest. When he arrived viewed, he soon asked to consult an attorney before answering questions and no interview took place, Inv. Bentons report notes. Under Florida law, lewd and lascivious conduct includes sex ual acts by a person 18 years or older with a person between 12 and 16 years old, regardless of whether the sexual acts are con sensual. The charge is a second degree felony and punishable by up to 15 years in prison. r fnttfttb rf rfr ntb We print obituaries with a picture free of charge.

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ursday, December 29, 2011 T B C P Page 5County deputies broke up two more methaphetamine labs the week of Christmas, one in an east Macclenny camper trailer and a second at a burned out residence north of Glen St. Mary. The arrest of Randy Michael, 36, of Macclenny on an outstanding warrant the evening of December 19 led police to the camper he had been staying in since October on Deerwood Circle in the east city. There deputies found evidence of a crude meth cooking lab, including small aluminum foil pieces containing smoked residue strewn about the yard. The interior had a strong chemical odor common to labs. According to Investigator Mike Hauge, who handles drug cases, Mr. Michael admitted he had been cooking meth for four days prior to arrest. The camper is owned by Erol Carter, who allowed police inside where they found ingredients and items used to make the powerful drug. Those include muriatic acid, lye, batteries, coffee filters, plastic 2-liter bottles, hoses, bottled fuel and a hair dryer, among other items. Mr. Carter, who police contend is among several persons involved in the local meth manufacture and sales effort, was arrested by Deputy Matt Yarbrough shortly after he left CVS Pharmacy about 10 pm. He was a passenger in a Chevrolet Camaro stopped near US 90 and West Boulevard, and the officer saw him take possession of a plastic shopping bag after Timothy Kenny, 30, of Macclenny brought it out of the store. The bag seized from the Camaro contained pseudoephedrine, an over-the-counter cold medicine and key meth ingredient, two AA batteries and a small syringe. Mr. Carter was interviewed at county jail the next day and admitted to making the drug in the camper trailer where he had been living with a roommate identified as Marlene Merritt. Mr. Kenny, identified via a registry kept at CVS, admitted he purchased the items at CVS for Mr. Carter, but said he thought they were for an ill family member. The second lab was discovered early on Christmas Eve morning as Deputy Ben Anderson responded to a suspicious person call at a fire-damaged residence belonging to his mother on Bob Burnsed Rd. There he found Robert Burnsed Jr., who lives nearby, and Daniel Bell of Macclenny, with a meth lab operating under a carport. Both suspects are 34. According to the deputy, Mr. Burnsed admitted that the methamphetamine contained in several bottles at varying stages of the cooking process was the second batch he prepared that day. Officers seized virtually the same ingredients as they did at the Deerwood address and charged the men with manufacturing and possession of the ingredients, both second-degree felonies. The arrests followed by one week that of a Glen St. Mary man caught with what was described as a mobile meth lab in his vehicle. The week before that, two men were caught making the drug at a motel in Baldwin. Both have criminal records in Baker County, and alleged ties to the man caught with the mobile lab. In an unrelated drug arrest, this one on Christmas Eve about 8 pm, two occupants of a 1996 Ford that had been reported to police for excessively loud music were charged with both felony and misdemeanor drug possession. Deputy Chris Walker said the Ford failed to stop when he got behind it near MLK and South Boulevard, and proceeded to a trailer park on Minnesota. The driver, a 16-year-old male from Margaretta, was arrested for possessing crack cocaine found in his seat. Passenger Dorian Surrency, 18, of Macclenny was charged with having a small amount of marijuana in a baggie. The second of two defendants in a dog fighting case was sentenced on December 20 to five years on probation, the same sentence handed down in April to a Sanderson man who pleaded earlier to fighting or baiting animals and animal cruelty. Omar Aldridge, 31, of Starke withdrew a plea of no contest last spring, saying he did not fully understand the sentencing agreement. He re-entered the plea last week to both third-degree felonies. As on the earlier sentencing date, a handful of animal rights supporters picketed in front of the county courthouse before the afternoon hearing. Circuit Judge Phyllis Rosier imposed on Mr. Aldridge provisions similar to his co-defendant Cletus Gaskins, 39, who was found by county deputies the night of April 3, 2010 at a residence off Circle G. Lane north of Sanderson in possession of a badly mauled pit bulldog. In addition to paying nearly $6000 in veterinary and boarding bills, both defendants are banned from having animals, they cannot have contact with each other, and they must do 100 hours of community service, half of them speaking on the dangers of dog fighting. He must also pen a letter of apology to the Baker County animal control department. Mr. Aldridge, who has no police record other than minor traffic violations, was also originally charged with child abuse for abandoning his 4-year-old son at the scene. The state dropped that count in the plea agreement. He was represented at taxpayer expense by Ray Cauthon and, as in the earlier case, the prosecutor was Geoffrey Fleck, a vocal advocate against animal abuse. Animal rights supporters, most of them from outside Florida, beseeched Judge Rosier in letters contained in the court file to send both defendants to prison. Many of them pointed out the connection between animal fighting and other crimes like gambling, drugs and abuse of fellow human beings. Only two of the 13 pits seized by police that night survived, and they were successfully adopted. The raid turned up evidence of fighting rings and other signs that a wooded area behind a residence was regularly used for dog fights. County deputy Larry Clark went to the address that night to investigate a report of people in the area with flashlights. He then confronted Mr. Gaskins and the wounded dog and noted that several others fled deeper into the woods as he approached. He found Mr. Aldridges young son seated on a picnic table in close proximity to a number of agitated and unchained dogs. The father eventually returned to the scene and was arrested as he attempted to retrieve his son from the back seat of a patrol car. ATTORNEYDavid P. 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Page 6 T B C P ursday, December 29, 2011Deputies jailed a Glen St. Mary man for threatening to kill his infant child and arrested his girlfriend for interfering with an investigation of the incident the night of December 21 at their Cedar Creek Farms residence. Police were called to the address about 11:30 amid a report that Kerry Thomas, 47, had threatened to shoot the baby boy and himself following an argument with Misty Smith, 28, the childs mother. Both of them were described as extremely intoxicated and no harm was done to the infant. Deputy Johnny Hodges said Ms. Smiths daughters, ages 10 and 12, were at the home at the time and were distraught when questioned. Also witnessing the incident was Gloria Pearce, 56, who has the same address. Deputy Patrick McGauley said he found two pistols and a shotgun in an adjacent camper trailer where Mr. Thomas had been staying. He noted there was a childs bassinet beside the fathers bed, and that a heater had boosted the temperature inside the camper to 100 degrees or so. It was fly-infested and strewn with garbage. Mr. Thomas was booked for domestic battery for allegedly striking Ms. Smith during the argument that started over her failure to fix dinner. Additional counts against him include aggravated assault with a firearm and cruelty to children. The girlfriend was charged with disorderly intoxication and obstructing police by urging her daughters to lie about what happened. The Department of Children and Families was called into the case because of the presence of the girls and conditions inside the travel trailer. In other recent cases of domestic violence: rested for battery on girlfriend Christina Brogdon, 23, during an argument outside the Macclenny post office about 7 pm on December 21. Deputy Steven Smith was told by the girlfriend that Mr. Griffin grabbed her by the back of the head and slammed it against the door of his pickup. The alleged assailant returned to the scene after he was reached by phone and denied harming Ms. Brogdon. The deputy said swelling on her forehead was consistent with her version of events, and the boyfriend was taken to jail. felony battery was filed the same day against Andrew Baum, 42, for attempting to strangle his wife Lori, 48, during an argument over the television volume in the bedroom of their residence on Cow Pen Rd. Deputy Hodges noted swelling on the victims throat. The accused had left town when Mrs. Baum called police at 8 oclock that evening. She said the incident took place about 1:30 that morning and that she delayed calling because she did not want to re-ignite the situation. F. Y. I. Presidential Preference Primary January 31, 2012Only registered Republican Voters will be voting in this election. Deadline to register or change party for this election will be: January 3, 2012.Nita D. Crawford Supervisor of Elections 118 East Macclenny Avenue Macclenny, Florida 32063 Telephone 259-6261Holiday Hours for City Hall Please be advised that in observance of the Christmas and New Years Day holidays, City Hall will be closed on: Friday, December 23 Monday, December 26 and Monday, January 2, 2012 In other words,S P E C T A C U L A R With best wishes and heartfelt thanks from all of us.Magical! Fantastic! Marvelous! Wonderful! Memorable!2012HOPE ITS 571 S. 6th Street Macclenny 904-653-3333 Dentistry for all agesDerrick Carter D.M.D. rf nt b rrfnttbb r tttbnt NOW OPEN 11932 N. 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Police found marijuana, crack cocaine, cash, a scale, empty baggies used to package drugs and a pistol at the address that morning. His no contest plea was to sale and possession of pot, possession with intent to sell, felony possession and possession of paraphernalia. In the only another prison sentence case that day, Liza Villearreal, 28, of Jacksonville admitted to another probation violation stemming from 2009 cases for possession of prescription drugs and driving on a suspended license. Judge Phyllis Rosier ordered her to prison for one year and a day, less 72 days in jail since she was taken into custody. Records show Ms. Villearreal violated rules of her probation by leaving Duval County without notifying her probation officer. She went to Orange County where she was arrested for heroin possession in July of this year. Her original probation order was modified the first time following an arrest for drunk driving and driving without the license. Other sentences that day: no contest to burglary and petty theft and was given 270 days in county jail. a no contest plea to drug trafficking and was placed on two years of drug offender probation. Judge Rosier also ordered her to pay a $400 investigative cost, and the state dropped a possession with the intent to sell charge as part of the plea pact. day jail sentence before beginning 18 months on drug offender probation in return for his plea to sale of controlled drugs. The state dropped a possession count. tion of guilt in the case of Dana Phillips, who pleaded no contest to welfare fraud. She will be on probation two years. Tyrone ReedCIRCUIT COURT A Sanderson man died in a one-vehicle accident on Fred Harvey Rd. in the late afternoon of December 22. Johnny Scott Bennett, 51, thus became the thirteenth person to die on Baker County roads as the year drew to a close. The Florida Highway Patrol said Mr. Bennett was westbound near Sam Anger Lane about 5:20 when he lost control of his 2004 Chevrolet pickup and slid onto the south shoulder before veering back onto the road, then back to the shoulder where it struck a culvert. The truck then overturned and came to rest facing west. Mr. Bennett was dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt. Trooper E.R. Williams said a ruling on whether alcohol played a role in the accident awaits further investigation. Mr. Bennett was alone in the vehicle. The number of traffic deaths in 2011, including that of a Northeast Florida State Hospital patient who ran in front of a semi-truck on SR 121, is up from a dozen recorded in 2010. Mr. Bennetts pickup came to rest facing west after striking culvert and ipping on Fred Harvey Rd.rfntbf COPIESBlack & white/Full colorrfnrt bakercountypress.com

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ursday, December 29, 2011 T B C P Page 7Jacksonville police issued a warrant for a fleeing motor ist whose vehicle ran out of gas on Interstate 10 shortly after it crossed westbound into Baker County early on December 22. Scott Candler, 39, of Jackson ville was at the wheel of the late model Ford that did not stop when ordered by a Jacksonville officer on the westside near Cas sat Ave. Instead, the suspect led po lice on a 20-mile chase at speeds up to 90 mph and as slow as 50 mph, according to the officers report later submitted to Deputy Koty Crews of the sheriffs department. JSO officers found syringes and a spoon with heroin residue inside an eyeglass case in the ve hicle. Mr. Candler was charged in Baker County with felony elud ing police and possession of drug paraphernalia. The suspects vehicle was in volved in a minor collision with a JSO unit when it came to a halt. In other traffic-related arrests: stopped a vehicle on Rufus Pow ers Rd. near Glen St. Mary on Christmas Eve after recognizing its driver as someone without a license. Nicholas Byram, 28, of Olus tee has 18 prior suspensions and his license is under a five-year re vocation as an habitual offender. sonville was taken to jail Christmas afternoon when Deputy Chris Walker learned he is an habitual offender with eight sus pensions. The deputy was called to the xie Dr. in the north county about 5 pm and stopped Mr. Thomas as he sped from the scene in his 2006 Ford pickup. sonville was charged with reck less driving after his 1992 Honda for driving on the wrong side of Plantation Rd. south of Glen on Christmas Eve morning. The officer was responding about 2:20 am to a complaint that Mr. Calley was attempting to run another vehicle driven by Cheyanna Fussell, 19, of Mac clenny off the road. Two cases of stolen scrap metal were reported to the sher iffs department recently, both involving accumulations taken from private property. Victor Franks said copper wir ing and pipes were taken from behind his residence on Mud 19. He valued the stash at $600. Two days earlier, Virgil Pen rod called police after discover ing that a 55-gallon drum with about 200 pounds of copper wire was removed from the yard of his Glen St. Mary. He said the metal was worth In other thefts reported re cently: corders valued at $900 and a $600 computer intended to be a Christmas present were taken from her residence on Eastwood Dr. southwest of Macclenny. She was away from the house for about an hour starting at noon on December 21. There was no sign of forced entry and there is a possible suspect. said speakers, a floor jack and computer were taken from his storage garage at Grays MiniStorage on South 6th in Mac clenny. He valued the property at noted that a lock was pried off the door to gain entry between 11 that her drivers license, a $350 paycheck and three blank checks were taken from her residence on Altmans Way near Glen St. Mary between December 17-29. daughter may be responsible. filed alleging former tenants doors and two garage door con trols when they vacated property on North Boulevard in Macclen ny recently. Jacksonville valued the property at $300. tion of fence removed from his of Glen St. Mary. He estimated the damage at $275 and said the vandalism occurred December 15 or 16. The Glen St. Mary Town Council appointed Tom mie Sue Davis to fill a recently vacated seat during its regular meeting on December 20, and within minutes the runner-up for the position accused Mayor Juanice Padgett of unduly interfering with the selection. Marie Johns, the only other person opting to fill the seat of Tra resigned last month because she moved to Macclenny, claimed that the mayor showed a piece of paper with Ms. Davis name written on it to Councilman Steve Rynehardt prior to the meeting. The two members and others were at the time in the town hall office adjacent to the meeting room. Council mem bers and others routinely gather in the office for conversation before the 7 pm meeting start. Both Mayor Padgett and the councilman denied the accusation. The mayor explained later that the name was indeed handwritten on a slip of paper on her desk, but it was in reference to a telephone call earlier that day when Ms. Davis inquired whether she should attend the meeting that night. Mr. Rynehardt said the only topic he and the mayor discussed was the pending retirement of one or both of Glens part-time maintenance workers. The councilman indicated he might be interested in filling one of the slots since he plans to retire from the Department of Corrections. He would have to vacate his council seat in that event. Mayor Padgett claimed later in the week she had kept the paper as a reminder to ask town attorney Joel Padgett if she could vote for Ms. Davis because they are next door neighbors. Upon hearing the denials of both board mem bers, Ms. Johns told the board she was glad she wasnt selected. Im glad she [Ms. Davis] was. I dont want to be no part of a mess like this, she declared. Ms. Johns garnered one vote during the paper balloting, that of Council man Jack Re neau, her next door neighbor. Attorney Foreman ad vised that the neighbor con flicts should not prevent either Ms. Padgett or Mr. Reneau from voting, nor should the fact that one of the candidates is a distant relative of Councilman Dicky Foster. Mr. Foreman before the vote advised state law allows such limited conflict voting in cases where a board would lack a quorum as a result. The councils newest member is an administra tive support worker at the Baker County Health De partment and along with her husband owns a truck ing business. According to the rsum she submitted in re sponse to a call for applicants, Ms. Davis has held a number of similar positions at Northeast Florida State Hospital and Fraser Hospital dating back to 1996, and during the early 1990s she owned a video store in Glen. 259-6123 $3.99 $999 lb. of ourFried or Shrimp with two sides $399 $ 5 99 M-F 11-2 Of equal or lesser value. May not be combined with any other offer. Expires 12/31/11 Our best snow crab legs $899 lb. 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Deputy Matt Yarborough ob tained a video from Walmart security, and Mr. Wheeler fur nished a temporary Florida license number he took from a vehicle stopping at mailboxes on E. River Circle in Macclenny on December 15. The vehicle matched the de scription of a newer model sil ver sedan the suspect entered in the Walmart parking lot. She at tempted to make a second trans action that day but was turned down by a cashier. In the video she has long brown hair wearing a hat that conceals her face and loose cloth ing disguising her body figure. In other fraud reports, Stepha nie Jacobs of Macclenny contact ed police on December 19 after learning her American Enter prise card was used at a Walmart reported on December 23 bogus his Vystar card. All were made in Jacksonville. rfn tt ttbtt Subscribe to our E editionwww.bakercountypress.com

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Page 8 T B C P ursday, December 29, 2011 KELLEY LANNIGANFEATURES features@bakercountypress.comBaker County Middle Schools 2011 teacher of the year is Glenda Scallan, who has spent the last 34 years at the school. Its the second time this Baker County native has been chosen for the honor. The first time it was a shock as well as an honor. The second time it was even more of a shock, she said laughing. She was inspired to make teaching a career when she worked with children one summer in high school as an assistant Bible school instructor. It wasnt surprising to her that she ended up as a teacher. Many of her family members have gone into education. She attended University of North Florida to earn a degree in education, which included an internship at a kindergarten in Jacksonville. I immediately started working at the middle school in Macclenny and just never went anywhere else, she said. To Ms. Scallan, the choice of teaching just made sense. Its a beautiful life for any woman, she said, especially if you want to have a family of your own. The passing on of knowledge is important to her, especially language arts. The thing she likes best about what she does is simply helping students master the verbal and writing skills they need to express themselves fully. She says she is always amazed at the things her students come up with. She loves walking into the classroom every fall to a new group of students. Being able to recognize the family line of many students on sight is an exSo often, she can look at a child, then quickly realize, Oh, I taught your daddy! She has no regrets. She never wishes shed chosen a different path because for her, teaching has so many rewards. I love it when they come back years later and tell me they remember what I taught them, she said, because sometimes you just dont know how much of what you do is getting through but you always hope for the best. 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Deputy Daryl Mobley stopped his accomplice, Quinton Hurst, 20, of Glen St. Mary later at the intersection of CRs 124 and 127 north of Sanderson, based on a license number recorded at the store. Mr. Hurst denied that he took the items, indicating that Mr. Barton did. Later when questioned and informed he had been identified in the video, Mr. Barton admitted to the theft and was taken to jail charged with petty theft. The bourbon was recovered. Trespass warrants were issued banning both men from the store. In a second incident involving a liquor store, this one on Christmas Eve at Cuzs in Sanderson, three black male suspects damaged $152 in cases of beer and other drinks when they fought inside the building about 10:20 pm. Store clerk Vipulkumar Patel told Deputy Robert Aberly shots were fired outside the store after the three exited, and they drove off in a silver Ford sedan north on CR 229. None of the eyewitnesses at the scene was forthcoming with information on the suspects identities. A telephoned tip shortly after led Deputy Mobley to stop a Nissan driven by a female and containing two of the suspects, ages 17 and 16. They initially declined to reveal their identities, then denied involvement. Once they and the woman, age 35, were cleared of outstanding warrants, they were released for lack of evidence. All are from Sanderson. A Jacksonville hunter reported the theft of a compound bow valued at $1300 from the cab of his parked pickup the morning of December 19. Larry Tucker told Deputy Daryl Mobley he left the vehicle briefly to retrieve other property in the woods off the Baxter Grade near CR 127 in the north county, and returned to find the drivers side window broken out and the bow missing. He said he heard gunfire in the immediate vicinity of his 2006 Ford while he was away from it. Damage to the vehicle was placed at $200. In another theft from a hunter, Michael Gray of Macclenny reported a shotgun taken from the bed of his pickup. He valued it at $329. Mr. Gray told Deputy Brad Dougherty the shotgun was likely taken while the truck was parked at his residence on Ira Starling Rd. during the night of December 18 or 19. A bicycle was taken from a shed at the residence of Eric Hanes on South 6th St. in Macclenny on December 19. A sheriffs investigator acted on a tip December 21 and arrested a Macclenny man for violating two provisions of the sex offender statute. Christopher Jenkins, 30, was taken into custody from the residence of his wife Samantha, 21, in Dixie Trailer Park in the southwest city. Investigator Traci Benton said she inquired three times before the woman retrieved Mr. Jenkins from a rear bedroom when she went there about 1 pm. Ms. Benton investigates sex crimes and also checks up on a list of sex offenders. She charged Mr. Jenkins for failure to register his address change and arrange to have it changed on his identification. Mr. Jenkins likely had been residing back in Macclenny for nearly a month, the investigator said. His former registered address was as a transient on West Beaver St. in Jacksonville. Police made other arrests the past week based on outstanding warrants: Harold Moore Jr., 20, of Macclenny in connection with a disturbance on MLK Dr. on Christmas evening and learned he was wanted in Union County for driving without a valid license. ceville was arrested the afternoon of December 20 on a check fraud charge in Charlton County, GA. She was a passenger in a Chevrolet pickup stopped in downtown Macclenny by Deputy Clements Leo for having an incorrect license tag. The driver, Robert Martin, 33, of Bryceville, was ticketed for that and having no proof on insurance. also of Bryceville, was already in county jail on December 20 when served with a Flagler County warrant for multiple counts of credit card fraud, felony child abuse and child abuse. John Brown, 36, of Glen St. Mary was served with a warrant from Lafayette County for burglary and grand theft, and Jennifer Brooks, 29, of Macclenny a warrant for grand theft from Bradford County. rf ntrff b Glenda Scallan f bfA Macclenny man caught a ride from a passerby to Fraser Hospital on Christmas afternoon shortly after he accidentally shot himself in the left foot while hunting for squirrels. Rodney Brantley, 47, was walking down an embankment in a wooded area near his residence off CR 23C north of Macclenny when he fell. Mr. Brantley told Deputy Jacob Satterwhite his .410 shotgun discharged when he attempted to catch himself. He managed to get to the nearby roadway where he flagged down Eugene Barlow, al so of Macclenny, who drove him to the hospital. The injury is not believed to be serious. COPIESBlack & white/Full colorrfnrt Do you have any old photos of Baker County people or buildings?We would like to use them.Call 259-2400 for more information.

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ursday, December 29, 2011 T B C P Page 9 JOEL ADDINGTONNEWS EDITOR Infant mortality is known as one of the most important indicators of a communitys overall health, largely because healthy babies typically grow up to be healthy adults. So news that Baker Countys infant mortality rate, which had been equivalent to the rates found in some Third cantly in 2010 was among the top health-related headlines of 2011. The infant mortality rate, deper 1000 live births, dropped 38 percent from 18.5 to 11.5 between 2009 and 2010, the latest year for which data is available from the Florida Department of Health. The rate was on a steady decline through 2008, before it jumped back up two years ago. I believe the consistent effort to educate the community about sleep-related death causes have contributed to the decline, said Shelley Crawford, a registered nurse on the Baker County Infant Mortality Task Force formed in August, 2010 to respond to a spike in newborn fatalities in 2009. The infant mortality rate here remained nearly twice as high as the statewide rate of 6.5 deaths per 1000 live births in 2010, however. were pleased about the dip in infant deaths, the countys persistently high teen birth rate, as compared to other counties and Florida as a whole, only got worse in 2010. Late this year, 2010 birth data was released by the state showing Baker County had the highest rate of teen births in the state. Sixty-three Baker County teenagers gave birth last year, which accounted for 18 percent of all the births in the county. That led to a teen birth rate of 78.5 the highest in Florida. The teen birth rate represents the number of births to females ages 15 to 19 per 1000 females of that age group. The teen birth rate statewide in 2010 was 32.8 per 1000. The news came several months after the Baker County School Board tabled consideration of a sex education curriculum so staff could verify it did not include information about condoms or other forms of birth control. The abstinence-based curriculum was approved unanimously by the board May 16 with virtually no discussion, following a postponement of the measure two weeks earlier. The approval followed criticism about the effectiveness of abstinence-based sex education programs from members of a regional task force formulating a plan to combat teen pregnancy. After conducting focus groups with youths in the Northeast Florida, including a handful from Sanderson, the task force argued that youths want more comprehensive sex education and that a different approach to sex education may help lower the countys comparatively high rates of teen births and repeat teen births. School district and health department officials, however, say their hands are tied by state statutes that mandate abstinence-based sex education in public schools. news headline came in August, when reports of a University of Washington study on the life expectancy of males and females nationwide began surfacing in the media. Despite huge advances in health, nutrition and medicine during the last two decades, men in Baker County were dying sooner than they did in 1987, the study found. It showed that men in Baker County lived to an average age of 68.6 years in 1987. But by 2007, the average dropped slightly to 68.1 years, shaving six months off the average males life span. Baker County and Union County were two of the six locations in the United States where life expectancy among men declined during that period. La Paz County in Arizona led the pack with a 1.1-year drop in average life expectancy. Presented by Baker County Community Theatre & BCHS DramaA Musical and Dramatic Celebration for the SesquicentennialJanuary 12-15; 19-217:30 pm Thursday, Friday & Saturday 2:00 pm Sunday$5 General Admission | $10 Reserved seats $5 General Admission | $10 Reserved seats Call 259-6286 Sponsored by PHOTO BY JIM MCGAULEYA group of men exercise at Anytime Fitness in Macclenny August 23. Come seeMIKE DEESat Burkins Chevrolet to get yourSPECIAL DEAL for Credit Union & Farm Bureau members!0% for 72 Monthson select makes & modelsCALL TODAY!259-6117 904-237-0646mdees@burkinschevy.com r Send us letters and make sure they are signed with a phone number and city of residence.

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CHURCH AND OBITUARY NOTICE INFORMATION Obituaries must be submitted in a timely fashion and have a local connection. Pictures are printed with obituaries free of charge. The newspaper reserves the right to publish photos based on quality. It is requested that all news items be typed or emailed to insure accuracy in print. CONTACT US By phone at 904.259.2400 or by fax at 904.259.6502. You can stop by our o ce located at 104 S. Fifth Street, Mac clenny, FL or mail your submission to PO Box 598, Macclenny, FL 32063. We are available online at www.bakercountypress.comT B C PPage10DECEMBER 29, 2011 Sanderson Congregational Holiness ChurchCR 127 N., Sanderson, FL Sunday School 10:00 am Morning Worship 11:00 amSunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm Wed. Evening Prayer Serv. 7:30 pmPastor: Oral E. Lyons Calvary Baptist ChurchPastor Donnie E. Williams, Sr. Sunday School 10:00 am Preaching Service 11:00 am Sunday Night Service 6:00 pm Wednesday Service 7:00 pm523 North Boulevard W.a few blocks north of Hwy. 90 in Macclenny Sanderson Christian Revival CenterPastor: Harold FinleySunday School 10:00 am Sunday Service 11:00 am Sunday Evening 6:00 pm Wednesday Service 7:30 pmCome see the exciting things the Lord is doing. Corner of Sapp Rd. and CR 229 Christian Fellowship TempleConnecting > Growing > ServingDavid Thomas-Senior Pastor Tim ThomasAssociate Pastor Gary Crummey-Youth PastorLooking for a place to plug in?Join us this week!Theres something for every age!Sundays Sunday School10:00 am Sunday Worship11:00 am Evening Worship6:00 pm Wednesdays Wednesday Worship7:00 pm Were located at 251 W. Ohio Ave. Macclenny, FL Check us out on the web! www.christianfellowshiptemple.com DINKINS NEW CONGREGATIONAL METHODIST CHURCHCR 127 N. of Sanderson Sunday School 10:00 am Sunday Morning Service 11:00 am Sunday Night Service 6:00 pm Wed. Night Service 7:30 pmPastor Allen Crews Assistant Pastor Timothy Alford The Road to CalvaryCorner of Madison & Stoddard Glen St. Mary Rev. Tommy & Doris AndersonYouth Director Margie HowardPhone: 904-259-2213Sunday School: ............ 10:00 am Sunday Morning Service .... 11:00 am Sunday Evening Service ..... 6:00 pm Wednesday Night .......... 7:30 pm T L C Sunday school ~ 10:00 am Sunday service ~ 11:00 am Wednesday night Bible Study ~ 6:30 pmFamily style dinner ~ 1st Sunday of the month following serviceA church alive is worth the drive!Pastor Bobby & Faye Gri n Glen St. Mary, Florida1/2 mile South of I-10 on CR 125, right on Nursery Road the historic Budder Mathis House9:00 am Adult Sunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship/ Holy Communion 7:00 pm Wednesday Study/ Holy Communion Saint Peters in the GlenANGLICAN CHURCH New Hope Church, Inc. 23-A to Lauramore Rd. & Fairgrounds Rd.Sunday School 9:45 am Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 am Sunday Childrens Church 11:00 am Sunday Evening Services 6:00 pm Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting 7:00 pmPastor J. C. Lauramore welcomes all Mt. Zion N.C. Methodist Church121 North 259-4461 Macclenny, FLPastor Tim CheshireSunday School 9:45 am Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 am Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm Wednesday Prayer Service 7:00 pm Jesus answered, "Verily, verily I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." John 3:5 904-266-2337 904-387-0055 Baldwin Jacksonville Arrangements made in your home or our facility Fair & Reasonable Prices Funeral & Cremation Services Locally Owned & Family Operated Proudly Serving Northeast Florida www.giddensreedfh.com Gid Giddens Welcome First Baptist Church of SandersonCR 229 S., Sanderson FLSunday School ....... 10:00 am Sun. Morning Worship 11:00 am Sun. Evening Worship .. 6:00 pm Wed. Eve. Bible Study .. 7:00 pm Pastor Bob Christmashttp://www.fbcofsanderson.orgMACCLENNY C HURCH OF C HRIST573 S. 5th S t. 259-6059Sunday Bible Study 9:45 am Fellowship 10:30 am 11:00 amWorship Services 11:00 am Wed. Bible Study 7:30 pmMinister Sam F. Kitching 904.354.0545 FAX 904.358.0167 929 W. Beaver St. 904.354.0546 Email: fkpjr@aol.com Jacksonville, FL 32204 Kenneth Peele, Jr. Licensed Funeral Director Embalmer & Notary Pre Need Counselor C.F.S.P. Carthage Chapel Funeral Home, Inc.We strive to provide all your family needs! rrfntbrrttrfntn nrnrrf Johnny Scott Bennett, 51, of Sanderson died December 22, 2011. He was born in Lake City to the late Johnnie and Geraldine Conway Bennett on January 5, 1960. He was a life-long resident of Sanderson, a 1978 graduate of Baker County High School and was employed at InSteel Industries where he worked as a production leadman for the last 33 years. Scott was an avid hunter and always willing to lend a helping hand. He also enjoyed bull riding and hunting shows. Survivors include wife of 13 years Kimberly R. Long Bennett of Sanderson; children Ashley Bennett of Macclenny, Tyler Bennett, Christopher Johns and Zachary Johns, all of Sanderson; brothers Vic (Kathy Jo) Bennett of Macclenny and Terry (Kim) Bennett of Sanderson; sister Joy (Ellis) Rhoden of Sanderson; aunt Dolly Mann of Sanderson; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The funeral service was held on Tuesday, December 27 at 11 am at V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services Chapel in Macclenny with Tom Mann and Pastor Joe lowed at North Prong Cemetery in Taylor. rffn tbLois Lee Bridges, 65, of Glen St. Mary died December 26, 2011. She was born in Naples to the late Gerald Chesser and Myrtle Kirkland on September 24, 1946. She was a resident of Baker County after moving from Brandon, FL in 1990 and a member of Faith Baptist Church. Lois was owner and operator of L & L Kennels for 20 years and enjoyed raising and breeding dogs and birds. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, making ceramics and crafts, yard sales and over the years was very active in the youth department at church. Survivors include husband of 42 years Doyal H. Bridges of Glen St. Mary; children Lonnie L. (Lauren) Bridges of Brandon, FL and LaSondra L. Bridges of Glen St. Mary; brothers Leonard and Lonnie Chesser, both of Naples; sister Virginia Sparks of Arkansas; grandchildren LaTianna Bridges-Miracle and Lucian Bridges-Miracle; several nieces, nephews and cousins. The funeral service will be held on Friday December 30 at 2 pm at V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services chapel in Macclenny. Interment will follow in South Prong Cemetery in Sanderson. The family will receive friends on Friday from 12-2 pm at the funeral home. ff fbbRichard D. Smith, 52, of Jacksonville, died Monday, November 14, 2011. He was born January 2, 1959 in Jacksonville. He was a kind and loving man who enjoyed camping. He was an avid Florida Gator fan and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Mr. Smith was a member of Moose Lodge 455 but spent the last few years at Moose Lodge 2412 in Macclenny. He was preceded in death by his father John D. Smith. Survivors include mother Dorothy L. (Larry) Scott; brother Michael R. (Melanie) Smith; nephews Michael Smith, John Nugent, Jeremy Nugent, and Kyle Leach; niece Kendall (Ryan) Apelquist; his best pal and dog Pewee. A memorial service will be held at 2 pm, January 7 at the home of Don and Lucille Fraze, 10733 Small Branch Trail, Glen St. Mary with Randy and RolFuneral Home is in charge of arrangements. Johnny Bennett Lois Bridges Richard SmithbWe would like to express our appreciation for the love and support the Edward Jackson Brown family received during his battle with cancer and as he went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The outpouring of heartfelt sympathy from family and friends, thoughtful words, acts of kindness, your presence, your prayers and your generous gifts of food, flowers and cards have been comforting and strengthening, and we are truly grateful for these blessings. Pastors Oral Lyons and Ronnie Moates and the Sanderson Congregational Holiness Church, we would like to thank you for your kind words and a truly beautiful service. To Todd Ferreira Funeral Services, we are grateful for your compassion while taking care of the arrangements. Words cannot fully express the gratitude we feel. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with each of you as we cherish the memories of this very special man. For the kindness you have God richly bless you. Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 12:28Annie Jo Moates Brown and Family It has been six years since you left us. We will cherish your memories always in our hearts. We love you, Mama, but God loves you more.LOVE, YOUR CHILDREN ANDGRANDCHILDREN bakercountypress.com News Obituaries Social Notices School News Classified Adswww.bakercountypress.com Have you checked it out lately? We print obituaries with a picture free of charge.

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SOCIAL NOTICE SUBMISSION INFORMATION Birth announcements, wedding notices and social events (military service notes and school graduations) must be submitted within four weeks of the event. All news and advertising must be submitted to the newspaper o ce prior to 5:00 p.m. on the Monday prior to publication, unless otherwise noted or arranged. It is requested that all news items be typed or emailed to insure accuracy in print. CONTACT US By phone at 904.259.2400 or by fax at 904.259.6502. You can stop by our o ce located at 104 S. Fifth Street, Mac clenny, FL or mail your submission to PO Box 598, Macclenny, FL 32063. We are available online at www.bakercountypress.comT B C PPage11DECEMBER 29, 2011 KELLEY LANNIGANFEATURES features@bakercountypress.comJoi Hosker of Macclenny is the proud owner of a very special dog named George. The 5-year-old plott, whose registered name is Hoskers Georgie Boy won the Award of Excellence in the plott hound division of the American Kennel Club/Eukanuba National Championship held in Orlando December 17. George will also compete in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in February. Both are among the top dog shows in the country and competitors are determined through an invitational system. Ms. Hoskers dog was one of only 25 invited to be a part of the plott hound division in the AKC/Eukanuba competition and will be pete in the upcoming WKC show. The Eukenuba show was just amazing, Ms. Hosker told The Press December 19. This year there were a record-breaking 14,000 entries. But Georges road to such a high level of competition has been a rocky one that could easily have ended in tragedy. The dog came into Ms. Hoskers life as a puppy when he was given to her by a friend. When George was old enough, she started him in routine training to get him ready for hunting. In time, the dog showed such potential she began entering him in AKC dog shows. George did well and soon garnered enough points to earn an AKC championship ranking. But an unfortunate turn of events almost derailed the plott from the champion path he seemed destined for. In November of 2009, the illness of a family member was making demands on Ms. Hoskers time and to keep Georges instinct and abilities in prime shape she made arrangements with a hunter and trainer in Lake City to work with the dog temporarily. Soon after, she received a call from the hunter informing her that George had escaped the kennel and ran away. She began searching for her missing dog in Florida and Georgia, making countless phone pounds and animal rescues. She contacted hunting groups and hung posters of George in Lake City. She also placed ads in magazines and online, and offered a reward. I did everything I could think of to locate George, she said. She knew it was possible that George had broken out of the hunters kennel and run away, but a nagging suspicion kept her from completely believing it. I was convinced the hunter had sold my dog then fabricated the story to cover it up, she said. Months dragged by and the search for the missing dog continued. In March, 2010 a chance conversation with another hunter Ms. Hosker knew inspired her to post an ad on a website called Baydog.com. And then a phone call changed everything. Jeremy Rhodes, a hunter in North Carolina. called to tell her he thought he had her dog. But the joy of locating George quickly turned bleak. The dog had been injured by a bear during a hunting trip and was in an animal hospital, not expected to survive. Mr. Rhodes explained that he went to Baydog.com in search of a replacement dog for the injured one and saw the post. He conthe hunter in Lake City. The veterinarian treating George sent photo images to Ms. Hosker that same day. He was dehydrated, his kidney function had been affected and he had internal bleeding, said Ms. Hosker. You could hardly see him for all of the IV tubes hooked up to him. But a distinct patch of white on his chest was unmistakable. It was George, all right. The dog was later reunited with his owner and through her efforts he recovered. Having George back in her life was reward enough, but the story had an even happier ending. Only six weeks after his injuries, he was back in training. Within a year he earned enough points to qualify for AKC grand championship status. George is co-owned by Macclenny resident Josh Davis. Guaranteed Issue Health Insurance Coverage!Family Life Insurance Company is proud to announce our Florida Family Protection Plan for working individuals.In todays Health Insurance arena many people are faced with increasing deductibles and copayments to try to keep coverage costs at an affordable level.Our Program is designed to reduce and in many cases eliminate out of pocket costs! So, if you are a working individual and have an existing health plan with a high deductible, or if you have been turned down for coverage, give me a call, I would like to talk with you. Bill Moody Marketing Director Family Life Insurance Company 904-254-1467 www.floridafamilyprotection.com NEW LIFE CHURCH INVITES YOU TO with Bishop William Bill LeePastor of Daytona Deliverance Church of God His evangelistic ministry has reached throughout the United States, Canada, the West Indies, Europe, South Africa, India, the United Emirates as well as Australia. He has also been a guest several times on Daystar television, Guest speaker at Walls International Church in Tampa, Florida. He is married to Sheila Renee Mebane of Washington, D.C. and together they are sold out to a life of servant hood. 14271 North SR 121 | Macclenny | 259-6360 New Life ChurchJanuary 8-11Sunday @ 6 p.m. Mon.-Wed. @ 7 p.m.EXPERIENCEthechangePastor Jack Pope School Lunch MENUJanuary 4 January 6Offered everyday:Cold lunch plate of chef salad with wheat roll or crackers and dessert (when offered) 1% lowfat white milk, % lowfat flavored milk, orange juice. January 2 January 3New Years Holiday No SchoolWednesday, January 4Breakfast: Breakfast burrito, peach slices and milk Lunch: Baked chicken or beef nuggets both served with steamed rice. Choice of 2 sides: steamed cabbage, garden salad with dressing, sliced apples and golden cornbread.Thursday, January 5Breakfast: Sausage biscuit, pineapple juice Lunch: Taco salad with tortilla chips and homemade whole grain roll or grilled ham and cheese sandwich. Choice of 2 sides: steamed corn, lettuce and tomato blend, seasonal fresh fruit.Friday, January 6Breakfast: Toasted cheese sandwich, apple juice Lunch: Sloppy Joe on a bun or baked chicken nuggets with a homemade whole grain roll. Choice of 2 sides: steamed green beans, whipped potatoes with gravy, diced pears. Our Daughter HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JENNIFER Dear Family and Friends,Start the 2012 New Year off right! READ A BOOK! Happy New Year and God Bless each of you!!! Superintendent of SchoolsBaker County Public Schools | Where Children Are First! you!!! Jason Nathanial DyerJustin and Heather Dyer of Macclenny are pleased to announce the arrival of son Jason Nathanial on December 7, 2011 at Shands Lake Shore in Lake City. Jason weighed 9 lbs., 4 oz. and measured 21 inches long. Grandparents include Trina Trosclair of Gonzales, LA, Milford and Georgette Trosclair of Vinton, LA and Tony Dyer of Macclenny. rRegistration for the January GED test will be held at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, January 3 at the Baker County school districts career and adult education building at 523 West Minnesota Avenue in Macclenny. Registration will be limited to minimum of two hours for GED registration. The testing fee of $70; a valid picture ID, and /Social Security card are required at registration. Discounted testing fees are available for Baker County adult education students who are currently enrolled in the GED preparation program with a minimum of 12 hours class time. The GED test will be given January 23, 24, and 25. The next scheduled test will be administered in March. For more information about GED registration, contact Wanda Conner at 259-0403.fnBaker County school districts career and adult education, 523 West Minnesota Avenue, will be administering the T.A.B.E. test to the public on January 5. Registration will be at 8:45 am, testing will begin at 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The testing fee of $20 and valid picture ID are required at the time of registration. For questions contact Wanda Conner at 259-0403.Diane VillanuevaLamberto and Diwata Villaneuva of Macclenny are pleased to announce the graduation of their daughter Diane from the University of Florida with a master of science degree in aerospace engineering. Ms. Villanueva is currently a between UF and the Ecole des Mines in Saint-Etienne, France. She is a 2004 honors graduate from Baker County High School. PHOTO COURTESY OF JOI HOSKERJoi Hosker with George. We want to know...WEDDINGS & BIRTHS4 week deadline

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Monday Friday 9:00 am 5:00 pmby phone904-259-2400onlinewww.bakercountypress.comorclassieds@bakercountypress.comby mailSend a copy of the ad exactly as it should appear, payment and phone number where we can reach you.PO Box 598, Macclenny, Fl 32063Placement, correction or cancellation of ads may be phoned in anytime before Monday at 5 p.m. for publication on Thursday.20 words, 1 week .................$6.00 cash/check20 words for $7.00 Visa/MC20 each additional word15 words, 1 week .................$8.00 cash/check15 words for $9.00 Visa/MC20 each additional word Page 12 T B C P ursday, December 29, 2011 T B C PClassiedsoer a world of values! Classied Rates: Service Ad Rates: To Place an Ad: Deadlines: Used Singlewides, 3/2 and 2/1 starting at $4,995 delivered to your lot. Call 386-4180424. 13th Street Home Sales, Alachua, FL 12/8-29c Huge triplewide! Will sell fast only $390 per month also come with large porch. Call John T. 386-752-1452. 12/22-1/12c Save $23,995 Save! 1997 16x80 Horton, super clean. Delivered to your lot and set up, A/C included. Call Ridge 386-418-0424. 13th Street Home Sales, Alachua FL. 12/8-29c Brand new, 4/2 over 1600 SF home for only $43,900. Call John T. 386-752-1452. 12/221/12c Land $53,995 Home! Land home pack age, 2003 doublewide, 1624 SF, 3 BR, 2 BA, super clean. Alachua County: Nice mobile home sub-division, paved roads, ready to move in lot 210 x 210. Call Bruce 386-4180424. 13th Street Home Sales, Alachua, FL. 12/8-29c Huge 32x80, 4/2 only $29,900. Solid 16x80. Wow only $12,900. Call John T. 386752-1452. 12/22-1/12c discretion in deciding on publication of such ads, it takes no responsibility as to the truthfulness of claims. Respondents should use caution and common sense before sending any money or making other commitments based on statements and/or promises; demand specics in writing. You can also call the Federal Trade Commis sion at 1-877-FTC-HELP to nd out how to spot fraudulent solicitations. Remember: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The Baker County Press Two dump truck drivers needed. Clean MCR, veriable employment. Contact Billy at 904-334-8739. 12/29-1/19p Equipment operator needed. Loader, doz er and skidder. Call 904-545-0611. 12/29-1/5p Fleet Mechanics Needed: Tractor/trailer mechanics needed for late model eet. Must have experience and tools. Welding experience helpful, good pay and benets. Apply in person at Pritchett Trucking, Lake Butler, FL or online at www.pritchetttruck ing.com. 10/27tfc Notice to Readers All real estate advertising in this newspa per is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise any prefer ence, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination. Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with par ents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimi nation, call HUD toll free at 1-800-6699777. The toll free telephone number for the impaired is 1-800-927-9275. 3 BR, 2 BA brick home on acre in Glen eld Oaks, a gated community, $140,000 net. Call 813-1580. 7/14tfc 2.5 acres, high and dry. Mud Lake Rd ap prox. mile past bridge. Mobile homes ok. Asking $32,000. 904-828-9392. 12/8-29p 1-10 acres high and dry, sh pond, creek or river front, homes/mobile homes, set-up. Owner nancing. 912-843-8118 or 904699-8637. www.landyes.net. 6/30tfc 10 acres, horse pasture, all cleared, lots of large trees, new barn with 6 stalls and tack room with 4 BR, 2 new bathrooms home. Owner nance entire mortgage. 268-5126. 12/8-29p 4 BR, 2 BA brick home on acre in Glen eld Oaks, a gated community, $145,000 OBO. Call 813-1580. 7/14tfc 3.46 acres, north Sanderson, set up for mo bile home $42,000. Owner nancing. Call 904-813-1580. 2/10tfc Fully furnished riverfront cabin in Glen St. Mary for only $124,900! 2 BR, 1 BA on St. Marys river with 60 wrap-around deck! 904-333-6363. 12/8-29p 2 BR, 1 BA apartment, utility room with W/D hook-up. First month plus deposit. Glen St. Mary. Available now. 904-5913723. 12/29p 3 BR, 2 BA doublewide on 1 acre on 125 south, pole barn, sh pond, fenced property $900/month, $1200 deposit, 259-9066. 12/29tfc 3 BR, 2 BA, 2006 doublewide mobile home on private property in Glen St. Mary, $800/ month, $500 deposit. Call Bruce 838-3130. 12/22-29p 3 BR, 2 BA doublewide extra clean $850/ month, $650 deposit. 3 BR, 2 BA singlewide extra clean $650/month, $650 deposit. 259-2121. 12/22tfc Mobile home in Sanderson 3 BR, 2 BA, $750 security deposit, $750/month. Call 904-259-2255 or 904-813-1580. 5/12tfc Room for rent, new house, share kitchen etc., single only $400/month includes elec tric, water, cable, 904-735-4304. 12/29-1/5p 3 BR, 2 BA mobile home on nice acre lot. Kids catch bus on corner. $650/month, $500 deposit. References required. Service animals only 259-5853. 12/15-29p Trailer for rent $400/month, $200 deposit. 59-6391. 12/29p Apartment 2 BR, 1 BA CH/A 49 W Ohio Ave. $550/month, $550 deposit. 259-6488. 12/29p Nice 3 BR, 2 BA, $995/month, first month and deposit, no smoking, Fox Ridge, North Boulevard, Macclenny. Call 904-608-9859 or 904-370-0365. 12/22-29p January move-in special, 3 BR, 2 BA newly remodeled with new carpet, tile and fresh paint. 904-571-9228. 12/22tfc 3 BR, 1 BA home near Memorial Stadium. $750/month, first, last, $300 deposit, ser vice animals only, 904-710-5246. 12/22-29p Mobile Homes, 2 and 3 BR, A/C, service animals only. $500-575 plus deposit. 904860-4604. 9/1tfc 2 BR, 1 BA duplex, all appliances in cluding washer and dryer, $650/month, $300 deposit. 259-3300 or 591-2790. 9/1tfc 3 BR, 2 BA doublewide on large lot, Cuyler area. $700/month. 904-674-3285 or 904838-3934. 12/22-1/12 Class i fied ads and no tic es must be paid in ad vance, and be in our office no lat er than 4:00 pm the Monday preceding pub li ca tion, unless otherwise arranged in advance. Ads can be mailed provided they are accompanied by payment and instructions. They should be mailed to: Class i fied Ads, The Baker County Press, P.O. Box 598, Mac clen ny, FL 32063. We can not assume responsibility for ac curacy of ads or notices given over the telephone. Li a bil i ty for errors in all advertising will be limited to the first publication only. If after that time, the ad continues to run without notification of error by the person or agen cy for whom it was pub lish ed, then that party as sumes full payment re spon sibility. The Baker County Press reserves the right to refuse advertis ing or any oth er mate ri al which in the opinion of the publisher does not meet standards of publication. Ofce Supplies, printer and fax cartridges, rubber stamps and much more. We special ize in hard to nd items. The Ofce Mart, 110 S. 5th Street. 259-3737. 4/28tfc Got Leaves? We can get them out of your way in time for your Christmas and New Years parties. Call 904-591-2640. Licensed and insured. 12/22-29c BCHS Yearbooks and senior ads are on sale now! Yearbooks are $80 and name plates are $10. Order online by going to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ and entering job #1064. Go to BCHS web site for more details. We will be accepting Senior Ads until the beginning of Febru ary. Please call Brynnee Volner, room 627 or email bpayne@baker.k12..us for more details. Information is on the BCHS website under /2012 Yearbooks. 12/29-1/5c Seasoned oak rewood standard size pick-up lead $100, can deliver for addition al $25, Call 653-1149. 12/22-1/12p We install 6 seamless gutters. Pressure washing. 259-7335. 8/11tfc Remodeling sale : Tan leather dual recliner couch $700, blue leather LaZBoy recliner $200, Queen Anne burgundy recliner $75, blue chair and ottoman $50, 5x7 patchwork rug $75, coffee table $50, country hutch $150, country toilet hutch $75, white GE electric stove $75 and many more country decor items. 275-2637. 12/29c Artists. Oils, acrylics water colors, Canvas es, draw ing pads and much more. On sale now. The Of ce Mart, 110 S. Fifth Street, 259-3737. tfc A great conditioning bargain in time for Christmas and that New Years resolu tion; Nordic Cross Bow trainer with folding bench. Its yours for $200 ( needs one cable replaced). 904-536-7999. 12/22tfc Seasoned rewood $80 for half cord de livered. Call Bruce 838-3130. 10/27-12/29p Camille Beckman hand cream Root candles, unique gift items. Southern Charm 110 S. 5th Street. 259-4140. 4/28tfc 1998 27' Coachmen Catalina, no slide-out, new aluminum roof, duct air, VERY clean! $4,650, 904-860-3971, willing to negoti ate. 12/22-29p Landscaping mulch While supply lasts. 259-2900. 4/28tfc 1997 Monterey Montura 21 inboard/out board with bimini top and trailer. Now ac cepting bids, contact Beth at 653-4453. 11/17tfc New power lift recliner. Call for info 2593117. 12/22-29p Graco Stroller blue plaid covering, very nice, $25 OBO. 588-3628. 12/15tfc In-home childcare ages 7-10, after school or school holidays. Call for more informa tion. 259-9128. 12/29p Helping Hands of Baker County Need help with housework, washing the car or even walking the dog? Call 904-349-7382. Work for donations only towards my mis sion. 12/29-1/12p Got Leaves? We can get them out of your way in time for your Christmas and New Years parties. Call 904-591-2640. Licensed and insured. 12/22-29c Looking for acerage for me and my sons to target shoot on two or three times per year. Closer to Macclenny the better. Call Mitch at 259-6435. 12/29p No time for house cleaning? Call Paula and Belinda. Reasonable rates, experi enced, references if needed. 904-6531773. 12/29-1/5p Lost: Winchester Ranger rie .30-30 cali ber with Tasco 3x-9x scope. Lost in Oceola National Forest on or near Sand Hill Grade Friday, December 23, 2011. Reward of fered to person who nds and returns rie. This rie was my grandfathers who gave it to me. Please call Charie Burnett at (904) 259-6627. 12/29p Dogs: all types from puppies to adults. Ani mal Control, $65 adoption fees will apply. 259-6786. 11/20tfc Notice to readers: The newspaper often publishes classi ed advertising on subjects like work-athome, weight loss products, health prod ucts. While the newspaper uses reasonable For Sale Advertising Info. YARD SALESWednesday Saturday, December 28 31, 9:00 am 3:00 pm 6188 C. W. Webb Road, Macclenny. Tupperware overstock sale new merchandise discounted. 259-3056 or 608-5860. Friday and Saturday 9:00 am 2:00 pm 7282 W. Madi son Ave., Glen. Collectables, items to resale, nice childrens books, clothes, mens pants and lots of misc. Saturday only 8:00 am to 1:00 pm Renees Tax Service, 4359 S. County Road 229, ve miles south of Sanderson 275-2637. Remodeling sale: tan leather dual recliner couch $700, blue leather LaZBoy recliner $200, Queen Anne bur gundy recliner $75, blue chair and ottoman $50, 5x7 patchwork rug $75, cof fee table $50, country hutch $150, country toilet hutch $75, white GE electric stove $75 and many more county decor items. 2 BR mobile home on acre in Raiford, mile from new Dollar General. $500/ month, 904-966-1396 or 386-431-1917. 12/22-29p 2 or 3 BR mobile home $385-$550; half acre, garbage, water, sewer, lawn provided, family neighborhood. 912-843-8118 or 904-699-8637. www.rentyes.net. 6/30tfc 2 BR, 1 BA mobile home in Cozy Corners, $545/month, first, last and $300 deposit. Water, trash and lawn service included, central H/A. 259-7335. 4/7tfc 4 BR, 2 BA river front mobile home. $850 deposit. $850/month. 813-3091. 9/29tfc 2 BR mobile homes, $350/month, $350 deposit and $400/month, $400 deposit, garbage, water, sewage and lawn care in cluded. First months rent is prorated. 904219-2690 or 912-843-8165. 11/17tfc Efciency apartment $520/month. rst, last and $300 security deposit. Includes: lawn service, trash, and electric. Call 2597335. 9/22tfc 2 BR, 1 BA mobile home, CH/A, $600/ month, $500 deposit 923-2191. 12/22-1/12p 3 BR, 2 full BA, CH/A, in Kozy Korners, $600/month, rst, last and $300 deposit, includes trash, lawn service and water, 259-7335. 11/24tfc 3 BR, 1 BA brick home for rent in Sander son on 1 acre of land, carport, service pets only. $800/month, deposit required. Call 259-8444 for more information. 10/20tfc 2 BA brick home in city, fenced yard. $725/month rent, $725 deposit to move in. Call 259-8595. 12/29tfc Room for rent, $80 a week, all utilities in cluded. 904-402-1702. 12/1tfc Professional office space for lease. Prime location on Hwy 121 Call 259-9022 for details. 11/3tfc Clearance Sale: All lot models must go. No reasonable offer refused on any model home we carry, Save, save, save. Call 386418-0424. 13th Street Home Sales, Ala chua FL. 12/8-29c 13th Street Home Sales, 12426 NW US Highway 441, Alachua, FL 32615. Were 6 miles south of I-75 from Alachua. Check us out! 12/8-29c Ofce for sale, DCA modular, singlewide $9,000. Call Jared or Greg 904-259-4663. 12/15-1/5c 2011 Models 10K off Free furniture pack age included, set-up, AC, steps and skirt ing. Huge 4 BR $59,900. Call 904-2594663. 12/15-1/5c 2000 Homes of Merit, 32x70, 3/2, tape and texture model. Set-up and deliv ered $49,995. Buy this home and save $10,000. Call Bruce 386-418-0424. 13th Street Home Sales, Alachua FL. 12/8-29c I buy and sell used homes. 32x80 4/2 $42,900, 28x52 3/2 $29,900. Prices in clude set up and delivery 904-259-4663. 12/15-1/5c 2011 Blowout, 3/2 doublewide only $29,995 or 4/2 doublewide only $34,995 on your land or mine. Call John T. 386-7521452. 12/22-1/12c Well/Septic Tank/Permits included. Buy my 2012, 32 wide 4 BR/2 BA, delivered and set-up, A/C and skirting included for $59,995. Now thats a deal. Call 386-4180424. Ask for Kyle. 12/8-29c For Rent Real Estate 1395 Cha ee Road South, Jacksonville 904.772.9800 FOUR BEAUTIFUL NEW HOME SITES IN MACCLENNY MLS# 599804, 599805, 599806, 599807 Build your dream home in this gorgeous community. $34,200 each. MOTIVATED SELLER MLS# 601327 and # 601334 Vacant land; Lot 28, 13.85 acres; Lot 29, 13.12 acres. Beautiful property, great neighborhood, some trees may be harvested. $90,000 each BEAUTIFUL NEW HOMESITE MLS# 537180 10.01 acres; country living at its best! County maintained road; perfect place to ride the ATVs and horses. $71,800 BREATHTAKING 2-STORY BRICK ESTATE MLS# 580296 5BR/4BA on 5 acres. Columned front porch; 30 min to Jax.; in-ground pool; 3 car garage. $299,800 ZONED FOR HOUSES/MOBILE HOMES MLS# 547499 Vacant land; 11.87 acres. Minutes from I-10, schools, restaurants and shopping. $55,000 JUST REDUCED MLS# 580902 Beautiful 5 acres in the country. High and dry and within walking distance to the St. Marys River. Perfect location for your dream home or modular. Dont forget to bring your horses! $64,500 BEAUTIFUL 2-STORY HOME ON 22+ ACRES MLS# 585800 4 BR/2.5BA; you will love the total seclusion of this property. Perfect for the horse lover. $353,300 GREAT HOME W/TONS OF POTENTIAL MLS# 579587 Brick house on 2.51 acres, 4BR/2.5BA w/o ce/bonus room; 3 sep replaces, loft and dressing room and so much more. Screened room overlooks in-ground pool. $229,000 SHORT SALE MLS# 595799 4BR/3BA well maintained double wide on 5 acres on St. Marys River with trails and wood. Perfect for country living or weekend getaways. $86,900 BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME MLS# 543540 15 acres completely cleared and grassed; zoned 1 home per 7.5 acres; on paved road. $195,000 VACANT LAND MLS# 594243 2.29 acres commercial. Just o I-10; unlimited potential. Has 3-phase electric and underground water lines to rear of property. $290,000 SHORT SALE MLS# 428488 5.63 acres, cleared, zoned for houses or mobile homes. Large pole barn has many possibilities. $114,000 HORSE LOVERS THIS IS YOUR DREAM LOCATION MLS# 575392 20.02 acres on 2 divided 10.01 acre lots. Perfect for site built dream home or modular but no mobile homes. $159,900 Help Wanted Macclenny Realty, Inc. WE HAVE THE HOME FOR YOU COMMERCIAL GENERALCorner lot zoned commercial neighborhood on Hwy. 121 North. (Adjoining property available if needed) $79,900 Excellent business location. Four lots total 1.20 acres with approx. 320 Hwy. 121 front age. $239,900 Great location for retail business 1404 SF building currently used as a car lot. No sign on property. Zoned commercial general. $250,000 Excellent corner for business. .92 acre located on US Hwy. 90 zoned commercial general. $219,900 Corner lot in excellent business location on Hwy. 125 S. in Glen St. Mary. $49,900VACANT LAND1 acre vacant lot with small oaks ready for your dream home. Close to Shoals Park in Hunters Ridge. Priced to sell! $22,500 Two beautiful acre lots with giant oaks, less than a block from boat ramp and park on 6 Mile Creek. Close to St. Johns River, St. Au gustine beach and Bass Haven. $109,900 each 1 acre lot with trees. High & dry! In Hunters Ridge. $29,900 11.07 acres zoned commercial in projected developing area of Baker County. Located near I-10 and Hwy. 90. $440,000 Totally remodeled riverfront home on 1 acre. Beautiful family room, huge back porch and screened front porch. RV shelter and cook shel ter, nice workshop on lower level. Will consider owner nancing. $165,000 Move in for the New Year! On pretty 1/2 acre lot. Huge workshop located on westside of Baldwin close to US 90/301 & I-10. Owner nancing. MLS#593455 $39,900 Commercial FR Mobile Homes Miscellaneous Anderson Quality ROOFING Metal & Shingle Reroofs & Roof Repairs Your hometown contractor! 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ursday, December 29, 2011 T B C P Page 13 KELLEY LANNIGANFEATURES features@bakercountypress.comTeacher Heather Bryant is excited about what she can give some of the children she works with this holiday season: beautifully designed books published by the Disney company. Ms. Bryant is the primary instructor of FirstStart at the Prek/ Kindergarten Center. The early intervention program promotes parental involvement in the development of literacy skills of children ages 1-4 years to ready them for pre-kindergarten or kindergarten program. FirstStart instructors can apply for grants to purchase books for the children of families in the communities where they work. Ms. Bryant and her supervisor Naomi Anderson both agreed the books would be extra special if they were distributed during the Christmas season. The books are beautiful, said Ms. Anderson. Such wonderful quality. And they become the personal property of the children, not the school. Increasing the home library is part of FirstStarts goal. Ms. Bryant works with parents to help them become their Each home visit includes instruction in an activity a parent can engage in with their child which can begin with holding and sharing a book. We encourage them to experience the book together on different levels, through the pictures, words, colors, talking about the author and illustrator, said Ms. Bryant. Learning to hold and turn Learning to care for and value books is also part of the experience. The children have known for a while that they were to receive the books, but the parents were as excited if not more so than the kids, she said. This year, Ms. Bryant also arranged for several eligible families to receive pre-lit Christmas trees through a donation of the Orange Park Womens Club thrift store. Making paper chain decorations will be part of the home instruction as it helps foster childrens fine motor skills and is a parent/child bonding experience. The FirstStart teacher is thankful for what she can help families with very young children accomplish through the book donations and other aspects of the program. Instruction comes naturally to some people and not so to others, especially very, very young parents, she said. Ms. Anderson reports that the state cut funding to FirstStart programs last year. But the PreK/Kindergarten Center has managed to reposition some of its operational budget to keep the program intact, at least for now. Its a wonderful and vital proof education, she said. We are and the change these home lessons can make in preparing children for learning. NOW AVAILABLE1 and 2 BedroomsBaldwin GroveAPARTMENTS904-266-4070T.T.D. 1-800-955-8771 Handicap EquippedRENTAL ASSISTANCE A VAILABLE TO QUALIFIED APPLICANTSThis institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. A & D IRRIGATION & PRESSURE WASHING LLC. 259-0783BELL FARMS AND HOME SERVICES 259-9591 bellfarms.weebly.comDEPENDABLE HEATING, AC AND ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR 259-6546 ANGEL AQUA, INC. 259-6672 MORANS INSULATION, INC. 904-334-8285 www.moraninsulation.com SHEILA REWIS 904-259-7062CHALKER BRANCH CONSTRUCTION, INC. 904-275-2514 904-298-4593 PRINTING & FAXING 259-3737 PERRY ROOFING AND SHEET METAL INC. Cell 904-662-5473 C.F. WHITE SEPTIC TANK SERVICES 275-2474 509-0930 cellBAKER PUMP SERVICE 904-259-8565 904-338-4738 FILL DIRT 259-2536 PEACOCK PAINTING, INC. 259-5877KONNIES KLEAR POOLS 259-5222 B. J. FENCE 653-1442COMPUTER SERVICE 912-843-2284 CYPRESS LAWN SERVICE 476-0402FULL LINE OF WEDDING INVITATIONS & ACCESSORIES 259-3737JOHN WILLIAMS PLUMBING 904-259-4580 ROGER RAULERSON WELL DRILLING 259-7531 CYPRESS HOME BUILDERS, INC. 904-591-2640 ERIC RAULERSON CONSTRUCTION 904-483-8742 RONNIE SAPP WELL DRILLING 904-259-6934RICH LAURAMORE CONSTRUCTION, INC. 259-4893 or 403-4781 cell LAND CLEARING 259-2900GATEWAY PEST CONTROL, INC. 259-3808 $ $ WE BUY TIMBER $ $ A Preferred Choice Realty, Inc.23 N. 5th Street | Macclenny, FL 32063 | 259-1700 Cynthia Chapman, Broker Peggy W. Curtis, RealtorCell: 904.631.4521 Cell: 904.502.4848 Email: cynthia@nefcom.net Email: pwcurtis@nefcom.netJOY A LOVE A PEACEFrom our family to yours, this is our wish for you...May you celebrate this beautiful season with JOY in your home, LOVE in your heart and PEACE in your world!Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Too! WE ARE BAKER COUNTYS ROOFING EXPERTSCOMBS BUILDERS, INC. We specialize in problem roofs 259-2563 FREE Estimates PHOTO BY KELLEY LANNIGANHeather Bryant displays some of the Disney books. Check it out...www.bakercountypress.com

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SPORTS NOTICE SUBMISSIONS We welcome your sports submissions for youth league, traveling league or individual athletic achievements. The paper reserves the right to publish submissions. It is requested that all news items be typed or emailed to insure accuracy in print. CONTACT US By phone at 904.259.2400 or by fax at 904.259.6502. You can stop by our o ce located at 104 S. Fifth Street, Mac clenny, FL or mail your submission to PO Box 598, Macclenny, FL 32063. We are available online at www.bakercountypress.comT B C PPage14DECEMBER 29, 2011 BOB GERARD | SPORTS The top Baker County sports story of the year has to be the Wildcat weightlifting four-peat as state champions. Coach Scott McDonalds team won its fourth straight and seventh overall title by defeating Blountstown by a blistering 24 points. The Cats finished the competition in Kissimmee with 44 points while Blountstown recorded 20 points. In doing so, the team of 14 lifters also broke the total point record by eight, posting 44 points. Senior Rueben Jackson won his second straight state title in the 219-pound class and Kendand Jeremy Wannamaker won runners-up medals. Jackson had a 385-pound bench press and a 300-pound clean and jerk for a 685 total. He beat second place Jake Howard of Atlantic by 25 pounds. Singleton had a 640-pound total in the 183-pound class. Wannamaker finished with a 635-pound total in the 199-pound class. ning the heavyweight division. same as top finisher Anthony Descantoli of Matanzas, but was 30 pounds heavier than Descantoli, so the title went to the lifter who weighed less. The Cats have garnered such a reputation that competitors gather to watch them warm up and McDonald holds impromptu workshops with other teams lifters who ask him for advice between matches. narrowly missed the playoffs again this year, but in the process defeated last years state champions the Trinity Conquerors and led this years state champions, Bolles by two touchdowns late in the fourth quarter before losing by a point. The Wildcats seemed snake bitten, with a few miscues turning a potentially undefeated season into a playoff miss. The Wildcats did have some good news as quarterback Thomas Sirk committed to Duke and wide receiver Kendrick Singleton committed to Southern Mississippi. Sirk had over 2000 yards passing and 1000 yards rushing this season and was the MVP of the FACA North/South All Star Classic. Sirk also punted for a 46 yard average. He will leave for Duke this coming month. Singleton was his top receiving target with 60 receptions for over 1000 yards and 16 touchdowns. went on a scoring barrage in the district tournament last April to take the title. Though the team entered the playoff as the eighth seed, the Cats peaked just at the right time. They won a qualifying game against Crescent City to reach the tournament and during the next four games outscored opponents 46-3. The ladies went on to regional competition and defeated end the season. Thomas Sirk might have been a late addition to the rosNorth/South All Star Classic in Sebring, Florida on December 21, but he certainly made his presence known. The senior Wildcat quarterback was named the games MVP after he over a strong South squad. Sirk, who will be enrolling early at Duke University this January, shone with pinpoint passes and some effective scrambling. He found Brandon Brooks from First Coast and AJ Legree from Ft. White for a pair of touchdowns. The toss to Legree was particularly nifty, a lob pass that floated into the corner of the end zone where Legree used his athleticism to take it from two defenders. Gaskins saw a lot of field time, catching a pair of passes from his tight end spot. He also lined up at fullback and wide receiver. Gaskins is a very versatile player and demonstrated his ability to go wherever he was needed. BCHS Coach Ryan Sulkowski was the offensive line coach for the game and very proud of his players performance. I could not be more proud of these two young men, said Sulkowski. To go down and practice for four days away from anything they have ever known with the best athletes from North Florida and to compete the way they did that was impressive. Six Wildcat football players also made The Times-Union AllFirst Coast teams. Quarterback Thomas Sirk and freshman CeCe Jefferson were first team selections. The quarterback is headed to Duke in two weeks and is the 19th ranked passer in the US. He has over 2000 yards passing and 1000 rushing. Jefferson was the only freshman named to the sacks and 22.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage on the season. Receiver Kendrick Sinled all second team players. The Southern Miss recruit had 61 catches for 1085 yards and 16 touchdowns. Cornerback Falon Lee was named to the third team. He was also the Cats top runner with 1000 yards for the season but was named for his pass protection skills. He was tions and pass breakups. Blake Mills and Elijah Lee received honorable mention. Mills plays center and Lee is a defensive end. The Cats led the district in selections. IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, EIGHTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA. CASE NO.: 02-2011-CA-129 PATRICIA L. FISH, Trustee of the Benjamin F. Fish Revocable Living Trust U/A dated August 9, 2001 and PATRICIA L. FISH, Trustee of the Patricia L. Fish Trust Revocable Living Trust U/A dated August 9, 2001 Plaintiff, vs. THOMAS MONTELEONE, FLORIDA TELCO CREDIT UNION, AND ASSET ACCEPTANCE, LLC, Defendants. _______________________________________/ NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to an Order of Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the abovecaptioned action, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash, at the front door of the Baker County Courthouse, Macclenny, Florida, at 11:00 a.m. on the 17th day of January, 2012, the described property as set forth in said Summary Final Judgment, to-wit: Lot 11 of the Family Oaks Estates Subdivision as recorded in Plat Book 2, Pages 97 and 98 of the current public records of Baker County, Fl. Together with: 1987DWHM ID# PSHGAB011478A & PSHGAB011478B Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens, must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 13 day of December, 2011. THOMAS AL FRASER CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT By: Julie Combs DEPUTY CLERK Attorney for Plaintiff: Hugh D. Fish, Jr. 334 S Fifth St. Macclenny, FL 32063 (904) 259-6606 12/22-12/29 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE EIGHTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 2010-CA-000093 BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP FKA COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING LP, Plaintiff, vs. EMILY MILLICENT WALKER A/K/A EMILY M. WALKER, ET AL. Defendants _______________________________/ NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated December 21, 2011, and entered in Case No. 2010-CA-000093, of the Circuit Court of the Eighth Judicial Circuit in and for BAKER County, Florida. BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP FKA COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP (hereafter Plaintiff), is Plaintiff and EMILY MILLICENT WALKER A/K/A EMILY M. WALKER; DWAYNE WALKER; JOHN DOE N/K/A MELVIN OWEN; JANE DOE N/K/A LAURA OWEN, are defendants. I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the EAST DOOR of the Courthouse; 339 East Macclenny Avenue, 1st Floor, Macclenny, at 11:00 a.m., on the 30 day of January, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: A LOT BEGINNING ON THE WEST SIDE OF OCEAN STREET, 270 FEET NORTH OF THE CENTER OF THE RIGHT-OF-WAY OF THE SEABOARD AIR LINE RAILROAD; THENCE RUN NORTH ALONG THE WEST SIDE OF OCEAN STREET, 420 FEET TO CHURCH STREET; THENCE RUN WEST 429.3 FEET OF THE EAST SIDE OF MAIN STREET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 420 FEET; THENCE RUN EAST 429.3 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING, IN THE TOWN OF OLUSTEE, BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA, IN THE SOUTHWEST 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF SECTION 29, TOWNSHIP 3 SOUTH, RANGE 19 EAST. Under the American with Disabilities Act, if you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator at (352) 337-6237, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance. If you are hearing or voice impaired, please call 711. If you are deaf or hard of hearing and require an ASL interpreter or an assisted listening device to participate in a proceeding, please contact Court Interpreting at interpreter@circuit8.org Any person claiming an interest in the surplus fro the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 21 day of December, 2011. AL FRASER CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BYJulie Combs As Deputy Clerk Van Ness Law Firm, P.A. 1239 E. Newport Center Drive Suite #110 Deerfield Beach, Florida 33442 Phone (954) 571-2031 Fax (954) 571-2033 12/29-1/5 IN THE CIRCUIT CIVIL COURT OF THE EIGHT JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR BAKER COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 02-2009-CA-000212 DIVISION BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP Plaintiff, vs. MARY DOWLING AND DAVID SHORT AND UNKNOWN TENANTS/ OWNERS Defendants. _______________________________________/ NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given, pursuant to Final Judgment of Foreclosure for Plaintiff entered in this cause on in the Circuit Court of Baker County, Florida, I will sell the Property situated in Baker County, Florida described as: PARCEL 24 PART OF THE NORTHEAST QUARTER OF THE NORTHEAST QUARTER OF SECTION 18, TOWNSHIP 1 SOUTH, RANGE 21 EAST, BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: FOR POINT OF REFERENCE COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SAID NORTHEAST QUARTER OF THE NORTHEAST QUARTER, THENCE RUN NORTH 88 DEGREES 52 MINUTES 25 SECONDS EAST ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID NORTHEAST QUARTER OF THE NORTHEAST QUARTER, A DISTANCE OF 979.73 FEET TO THE WEST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF RAULERSON ROAD; THENCE RUN NORTH 14 DEGREES 34 MINUTES 37 SECONDS WEST ALONG SAID WEST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 562.83 FEET TO THE POINT OF CURVE OF A CURVE CONCAVED SOUTHWESTERLY, RAVING A RADIUS OF 2619.66 FEET; THENCE RUN ALONG AND AROUND SAID CURVE, A CHORD BEARING AND DISTANCE OF NORTH 15 DEGREES 38 MINUTES 22 SECONDS WEST 97.10 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE RUN SOUTH 88 DEGREES 52 MINUTES 25 SECONDS WEST, A DISTANCE OF 560.52 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 00 DEGREES 23 MINUTES 33 SECONDS EAST, A DISTANCE OF 260.00 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 88 DEGREES 52 MINUTES 25 SECONDS EAST, A DISTANCE OF 466.29 FEET TO SAID WEST RIGHT-OF WAY LINE AND SAID CURVE; THENCE RUN ALONG AND AROUND SAID CURVE, A CHORD BEARING AND DISTANCE OF SOUTH 19 DEGREES 42 MINUTES 08 SECONDS EAST, 274.19 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. CONTAINING 3.0 ACRES MORE OR LESS. and commonly known as: 19740 NOAH RAULERSON RD, SANDERSON, FL 32087; including the building, appurtenances, and fixtures located therein, at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash, at the front door of the Baker County Courthouse, on January 31, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.. Any persons claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 21st day of December, 2011. Clerk of the Circuit Court By: Julie Combs Deputy Clerk Attorney for Plaintiff: Kass Shuler, P.A. P.O. Box 800 Tampa, FL 33601-0800 (813) 229-0900 12/29-1/5Legal Notices Congratulations to former BCHS baseball star Adam Lewis, who was recently drafted into the St. Louis Cardinals organization. He recently got a business degree from Mars Hill, played catcher for the schools Eagles and was one of their top hitters. Lewis transferred from Brevard Community College where he excelled and did most the catching duties. He was Mars Hills third-best hitter statistically with a .398 average and a .606 slugging percentage. Lewis had eight home runs and 55 RBIs for the Eagles last season. The Eagles were 23-26 overall and 11-16 in the South Atlantic Conference. Lewis will make his ways through rookie league and the Cards farm teams in hopes of making the big show. relationship with Urban Meyer/ Urban Liar. After all, he won two national titles for them. Then again, he bailed with talk of health and family when the going got rough. But a year later all those health and family issues must have miraculously worked themselves out and he has thrown himself from the frying pan and into the fire taking over at Ohio State. He wont be on the Gator Bowl sidelines when the lizards take on the Buckeyes on New Years Day. He wont be in the Big Ten Championship or a bowl game next year either. No, I have no crystal ball. Yes, the Buckeyes have a one-year NCAA suspension. Meyer/Liar didnt have anything to do with it that was all Jim Tressel covering up his players selling their Big Ten championship regalia for tattoos. So, for the time being, its rather pointless for Gator fans to hate their ex-coach. have you possibly heard that name spoken recently might be the best college player of all time. But then again I cant think that anyone will break Kellen Moores records as quarterback at Boise State any time in the next 50 years. Moore has 50 wins to his credit. Hes averaged 12 wins a season as a four-year starter at Boise. He smashed Colt McCoys career record by four games. As a matter of fact, Boises 50 wins over four years will be hard to beat. Like Tebow, Moore is a questionable NFL prospect. He is 6 tall, considered short even though Hall of Famer Fran Tarkington (who, by the way reminds me of a smaller version of Tebow) was much smaller. What Moore has is serious football knowledge. He will be a coach at some point and Boise coach Chris Peterson calls him an offensive coordinator on the field.PHOTO COURTESY OF BOB GERARDFrom left: MVP Thomas Sirk, Coach Ryan Sulkowski and Roland Gaskins. Adam Lewis rfF LROBERT GERARD SCHOOL ACTIVITIESDecember 29District-wide: Christmas Break BCHS: First Coast Basketball Tournament (All Day)December 30 District-wide: Christmas BreakJanuary 2 District-wide: New Years Day HolidayJanuary 3 District-wide: Inservice Day, School Board Meeting, 6:30 pm District School Board Room January 4 District-wide: Students Return PHOTO BY KELLEY LANNIGANObstacles galore on BCSO courseKoty Crews (right) and Brandon Gonzalez negotiate the Jacobs Ladder section of the newly-completed obstacle course at the sheri s o ce complex the afternoon of December 26. The course also includes rope and cargo net climbs, hurtles, walls, ditches, tunnels and many other physical challenges. It was harder than I thought it would be, said Mr. Gonzalez. Check it out...bakercountypress.com ADVERTISING DEADLINE IS Monday at 5:00 pm