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The Baker County press
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Baker County press (Macclenny, Fla. 1929)
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JOEL ADDINGTONMANAGING EDITOR reporter@bakercountypress.comMacclenny Fire Rescue donned dress uniforms the morn ing of September 11 to pay homage to those who lost their who responded to the disaster at the World Trade Center, now home to the 9/11 Memorial in New York City.SEPTEMBER 13Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program 1 2 p.m. Council on Aging senior center, 101 E. Macclenny Ave. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is a free low impact physical activity program proven to reduce pain and decrease stiness. The sessions include gentle range-of-motion exercises that are suitable for every tness level and ability for people ages 60 and up. Mondays and Thursdays 9/6 through 10/29/2018. For registration and information call Northeast Florida AHEC (904) 4820189.BCHS swim vs Suwannee BCHS vandals being soughtPage 2 Ladies win 5 straight matchesPage 15 AT AGLANCE THINGS TO DO MORE NEWS Cats edge out Ribault Page 14 Go vote ...bakercountypress.comShould the county make up some of the City of Macclennys $116,000 budget cut to the sheris oce?YES 56% NO 44%Commits to college See page 13 rfntb WWW.BURKINSCHEVY.COM rfn tbf bnnnn Dependability for the road ahead. See page 2 See page 3 JOEL ADDINGTONMANAGING EDITOR reporter@bakercountypress.comTheres a lot thats new at this years county fair but perhaps the most exciting will be a show featuring two youths on motorbikes zipping every which way inside what one of them calls the globe of death. Giovanni Flores, 12, and his 10-year-old brother Victor Flores of Myakka City, FL west of Sarasota are third-generation globe rid ers, said their grandfather, also named Victor Flores, while setting up their area just west of the stage at the fairgrounds Tuesday morning. The brothers have been riding motorcycles for the It feels normal to us, said Giovanni about his time in the globe. Everybody else doesnt feel that way, but we grew up with it. Its in our nature. The Flores Globe of Death act has been featured on Americas Got Talent. Also new this year is a sway pole act where the performer will entertain the crowd from 65-feet in the air, said fair association president Roger Lankford. There will be two shows a night of each act. There is no extra charge for these shows. Also, Cowtown USA of how cheese, butter and ice cream is made along with the opportunity to milk a real cow, he said. The vendor will also bring a petting zoo that Mr. Lankford said is unique. We have an exciting fair this year with a new midway and national acclaimed entertainment, he said. There will be amazing fair food as well as commercial food vendors that will excite your palate with such things fall off the bone ribs and homemade pies. The association has also endeavored to book local talent through Starlight New shows, midway at fairPurchase this photo at Photo by Joel AddingtonBrothers Victor and Giovanni Flores (right) with their grandfather Victor Flores. The brother are among the new peformers at this years county fair, which starts September 14.See page 2JOEL ADDINGTONMANAGING EDITOR reporter@bakercountypress.comA Jacksonville woman was arrested in early August for her role in a scheme to steal $15,500 from the Macclenny Vystar branch via fraudulent credit card advances. Kym McClanahan, 52, of Mistwood Circle North on Jacksonvilles westside near Orange Park, entered the credit union the morn ing of June 16 with Torrey Ashford, 43, of Arizona, who was reportedly giving her instructions on what to say to the bank teller. When Ms. McClanahan became confused, she then handed her phone to the teller, who said Mr. Ashford was posing as someone with a credit card company. According to the bank teller, Jillian Hodges, Mr. Ashford knew what prompts were showing up on her computer and knew what she should enter, reads Detective John davit for the female suspects arrest. The transaction forced an $8000 advance from Ms. McClanahans credit card. She produced a license and signed a receipt for the money. Then Mr. Ashford repeated the process for a $7500 advance from his credit card, also showing ID and signing for the money. Police later learned the ID was fake. When Ms. McClanahan the detective by phone she reportedly revealed Mr. Ashford was a childhood friend from California with multiple Facebook accounts and that she suspected something was wrong with what theyd done at the credit union in Macclenny. See page 2Scams Vystar out of $15,500 Kym McClanahan Honors Sept. 11 heroes, victims Photos by Joel Addington/courtesy of Macclenny Fire RescueMacclenny Fire Rescue during Tuesday mornings 9/11 observance.


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S&T Magic of Lakeland, FL premiered its midway rides in the spring and returned this week with those rides plus some new ones, Mr. Lankford said, adding that the fair was moved up two weeks this year to accommodate the companys schedule. Discounts will also be offered this year. A new discount this year for admission and wristbands for up to eight people in a single vehicle, though all of them must be wearing seat belts to receive the discount. The one-nightWednesday, September 19. It enables a family to enjoy the fair at a value price, Mr. Lankford said, adding that parking fees still apply, $3 for standard parking and $5 for premium parking. Regular price armbands are $25 and entry is $5 for those 5 years old and up. As always, the exhibit all will have booths and items for sales and the livestock barn will let the public mingle with FFA and 4-H members and their livestock.Fair: New attractionsFrom page 1 Florida for her sisters funeral and that the money advanced on credit cards and paid Ms. McClanahan $1500 after the transactions on June 16 and kept the remaining $14,000. She said she thought he would give some of that money to her family for the funeral expenses, but he did not. Mr. Ashford was arrested on July 18 in allegedly orchestrated in Macclenny using false South Carolina ID to obtain a rental car in Jacksonville that was never returned. His reported girlfriend, Beverly Taylor, was arrested on June 16 in Jacksonville for driving the rental car without a valid license. Mr. Ashford was released from the scene before he could be arrested for the fraudBlanchard last July. In another recent fraud cases: formal felony charges against four people involved in cashing checks stolen from Tom Royston in Clay County last April, including a father and daughter from Macclenny. All four were arrested in August, most recently a female associate of 20-year-old Joshua Starling of Middleburg on August 29. He allegedly paid the others to cash the stolen checks in Macclenny. The associate, Crystal Miller, 31, of Jack sonville admitted to Clay County authorities in early July she cashed checks here and that information was forwarded to Baker County detectives about a week later, along with information on the daughter and father, Heather Behm, 26, and Steven Behm, 46, both of Macclenny. They were arrested on August 27 and July 13, respectively, court records show. They and Ms. Miller face multiple felony counts including grand theft, fraud and forgery. Mr. Starling was arrested in mid-August on three counts of conspiracy to commit fraud. The checks varied from $350 to $600 and the alleged accomplices were paid $100, according to Detective John Blanchard of BCSO. In an unrelated case, a felony A fraud charge was sought through Terry, 21, for failing to make payments to attempts to reach Mr. Terry were unsuccessful. He owed $1170 and hadnt made any payments on the $1287 lease-to-own purchase from September, 2017. They shared a moment of silence about 8 a.m. near a wreath placed above a set of bunker gear downtown near city hall. Assistant fire chief Scott Crews said a prayer and they lowered the American A piece of steel from the World Trade Center, which is normally displayed inside the station was brought outside. They sounded three bell rings, then four and then three more to signify the 343 day. We try to set some thing up every to remember the guys who lost their lives during 9/11, said Lt. ers, it was kind of the thing that spurred the younger to the community or their country, whether it was the a trip by Lt. Richard Diggs to the 9/11 Memorial two years ago as further inspiration for the annual tribute. He was touched by going up to see the memorial ... He was already passionate about it. I guess it drove him to put this together. I think its the third year weve done it, recalled Lt. Davis. Its just our way of showing respect, he said. Lt. Diggs encourages all Americans to visit the 9/11 Memorial to really understand why this day is so important. For him, the anniversary is a time to honor the men and women who fearlessly responded without hesitation, most of which knew they may not return. The loss of 343 lives should never be forgot ten nor shall the lives of so many others that have died since that date from cancer-related exposures. He said the annual observance will continue each year to keep the memories of these heroes alive for future generations and we ask that our community does the same.Scam: 2nd suspect in AZFrom page 1 From page 1Honors Sept. 11 heroes JOEL ADDINGTONMANAGING EDITOR reporter@bakercountypress.comEarly this week police were searching for two suspects who vandalized the guard shack at the entrance of the high school campus over the weekend. ed video images of the suspects to its Facebook page seeking help to identify the perpetrators. The guard shack was part of the enhanced security measures installed to increase the safety of our children and staff at the high school. The damage to the guard shack is extensive and will be costly to repair. This vandalism occurred late Saturday night/early Sunday morning, read the post. We need your help to apprehend these two individuals and hold them responsible, not only crim inally but financially as Scotty Rhoden and Super intendent Sherrie Raulerson would appreciate any information that can be provided by the community. If you have any information, please contact the 2861. Shattered glass surrounds the BCHS guard shack above. Also pic tured is one of the two suspects being sought.Searching for BCHS guard shack vandalsA second masked suspect caught on video surveillance. Moose Lodge 2412 BenetFor the loss of beloved Joel AshSEPTEMBER 2211am-CLOSELive EntertainmentDinners by Brad Raulerson: $10 donation Boston butt and chicken, potato salad, baked beans, and a rollSilent Auction Raes Cake Auction 50/50s150 South Lowder Street MacclennyBlack Creek Rising Band Got comments, complaints, suggestions, story ideasAs simple as an e-mailIf you have any information you think we need to know, send it to: editor@bakercountypress.comT B C P 104 South 5th St. 904-259-2400 Obituaries and a photo are printed for free.


ursday, September 13, 2018 T B C P Page 3JOEL ADDINGTONMANAGING EDITOR reporter@bakercountypress.comPlans for showers and ATV wash stations at the western entrance to St. Marys Shoals Park are likely going to be more expensive than originally forecast. The countys Recreation Advisory Board (RAB) has been leading planning efforts for additional amenities at Shoals Park, presenting a larger $28,000 proposal to county commissioners in May that included the showers and wash stations in the near term and a kayak launch, primitive in the long term. The RAB learned the eve ning of September 6 that costs for the initial project were rising due to additional engineering requirements to make the showers handicap accessible. RABs Paul Talbert broke the news to fellow board members. It started out stripped down to be cost-effective, but its has gotten more elaborate, he said. At the same time, we want some thing that will last. He said county engineer Troy Tarbox advised the new structure needed a stronger foundation, roof and more wood to make it larger to accommodate the disabled. A concrete floor was also needed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA. Its going to be more of an ordeal than we originally anticipated, he said before suggesting board members may want to consider scaling back the extent project, which called for multiple ATV wash stations and shower stalls. The concrete slab has been poured and was awaiting inspection early last week. It alone increased the estimated $1500 cost of the upgrades presented in May to commissioners, who did not vote on the $28,000 plan but spoke favorably about it. Thomas Barton of county park maintenance said materials for the showers, including the additional wood, concrete and rebar, was already purchased though it could be returned if needed. Nonetheless, Mr. Talbert feared the additional costs for the showers, estimated to cost $1000, could leave a shortfall for the ATV wash stations, estimated at $500. So far, county manager Kenmembers September 11, the county has spent $1480 on the project. It sounds like the ship has sailed on the cost, commented RAB member Gabe Powers during the meeting the week prior, while the county manager was surprised that nobody was tracking spending on the project. I thought you guys were watching that money, she said. Fortunately, Shoals Park amassed roughly $9000 in entry fees through the the parks ATV trails closed funds are restricted to park improvements. She told RAB members last week shed attempt to for the project, seek estimates from Mr. Tarbox on ish the work and then disadvisory board. Mr. Talbert, who heads up the RAB subcommittee for Shoals Park, took responsibility for the project going over budget. This is on me. I didnt follow through like I should have. But its better to catch it midstream and be able to go ahead and spend all the money, he told fellow board members and Ms. Downing last week. Theres nothing we bought that cant go back, added Mr. Barton, who recommended consulting with the county building inspector on any special requirements for the ATV wash stations, before we run out there barefoot like we did this time. Mr. Talbert reiterated that the added expenses namely the concrete slab was required to make the showers ADA complaint. Thats a hit we didnt expect ... We needed it ... But thats something we hadnt planned and that could have been an oversight in the original presentation. Maybe we should have beefed up what we asked for, but that ships long since sailed. Here we are. We can do better. Ill take responsibility for this one, he said. RAB chair Ron Lee recommended an emergen cy meeting after the county manager distributes her The board, minus absent members David Crawford and Amber Bishara, ap peared to agree to scrap the roof over the showers and return those materials to Hagan Ace Hardware, where the materials were bought. In other business last week, the RAB: Received a reminder from the county manager that all county-appointed boards are subject to Floridas so-called Government in the Sunshine law, which prohibits public board members from communicating about matters that could potentially come before them outside of public meetings, whether in per son, by phone, email or text message. She said doing so, beyond violating the law, could lead to public records requests for those communications. All RAB members were given a packet of information on the Sunshine Law by email to review. You can send out information, but dont respond to it. If you want to communicate back and forth, you should go through [county administrator] Sara [Little] or myself, said Ms. Downing. Asked whether board members could communi cate about meeting logistics, rather than specific RAB business, the county manag er recommended still going You dont want anyone requesting your personal emails for public records, she said. I just ask that you be cautious in the future. Mr. Powers expressed cy of communicating to fellow board members through staff when its not about matters that could be voted on. to anyone to route communication about what supplies were bringing to a work day through Sara, he said. Ev eryone at the county is doing the work of four people be we are. ... I just dont want some one to say weve made a decision without letting all of the public know, responded Ms. Downing, to which Mr. Powers agreed. Discussed the potential uals to sponsor county parks through donations and then erecting signs recognizing those sponsorships. So far at least four parties are inter ested in doing so, but board members were not clear on what county rules govern signs at parks. Then the talk turned to levels of sponsorship and Mr. Talbert suggested a silent auction for signs at all the park to raise money for recreation. His father and fellow board member Tony Talbert said he would follow up with the county building inspector on the issue. Heard a suggestion from Ms. Downing to launch a social media fundraising campaign for park equipment at Giles Hall park in Olustee, which is private ly owned and leased to the county for $1 per year. She said the parks history as once private property donated to the community for local children could appeal to the public. The county has applied for state grant money for equipment at other county-owned parks but cannot do the same for Giles Hall park because its privately owned by the Hall family the county is too short-term to qualify for public funding, explained Ms. Downing. I think people would like to donate to get the kids a nice playground, she said. Today the park has a swing set, teeter totter and basketball court. A volleyball net was removed due to the uneven ground around it that presented a safety hazard. Got an update from Mr. Barton regarding the closure of Shoals Park ATV trails. He said he doesnt expect that side of the park to reopen until the spring, though the amount of vandalism has fallen. You have places that are nice and some places if youre in a side-by-side with 2-inch tires youd be neck deep in water, he said. Board chair Mr. Lee, meanwhile, visited the hik ing and horse trails on the eastern side of the park, which remains open, for the It looked nice, besides some trash on the beach and some ruts. I drove all the way down the beach. It was pretty nice, he said, adding that some spots remain real wet. rfnntbb b AC REPAIR SPECIALnbANY AIR CONDITIONING REPAIRSPlus tax, if applicable. Not valid with other offers. 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For more information on both of these, contact Roger Lankford at (904) 259-7314 BCHS Wildcats vs Menendez 7 p.m. Memorial Stadium 169 W. Shuey Ave. The Wildcats open District 5-5A competition against visiting Menendez in a rematch of last seasons Region 1-5A seminal playo game.SEPTEMBER 18 Congressman Lawsons sta visits 9 a.m. 1 p.m. CareerSource NEFL Sta for U.S. Representative AL Lawson (FL-05) will host mobile oce hours every 3rd Tuesday of the month, at the CareerSource NEFL Baker County Conference Room, 1184 South 6th Street, Macclenny, FL 32063, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., September 18, 2018. Congressman Lawsons sta will be on hand to help with program updates from FEMA, the Small Business Administration, and other federal agencies. Theyll return October 16.BCHS swim tri-meet 4:30 p.m. Baker County YMCAThe BCHS swim team hosts Ridgeview and Bishop Snyder. From page 1 275-4379 FREE CAN OF WORLD FAMOUS SPOT REMOVER$115 minimum service Cant be combined with other oers Expires 10/31/18Carpet cleaning Furniture cleaning Spot removal Grout cleaning Pet urine removal Auto & RV interior cleaning RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD is is on me. I didnt follow through like I should have. But its better to catch it midstream and be able to cut it o so to speak, than to go ahead and spend all the money.Paul Talbert, RAB member Cost of Shoals Park upgrades increases ADD YOUR COMMUNITY CALENDAR EVENT


Page 4 T B C P ursday, September 13, 2018JOEL ADDINGTONMANAGING EDITOR reporter@bakercountypress.comA Macclenny man in county jail for domestic violence and witness tampering since last May now faces additional felony counts for threatening circuit judge James Colaw, assistant state attorney Ralph Yazdiya and the victim in the initial case. Calvin O. Gordon, 52, reportedly penned a letter to a relative from jail the day after his bond reduc tion hearing before the judge on September 4. In the letter, which was intercepted by Sergeant Jody Dyal and turned over to Detective David Mancini Jr., Mr. Gordon expresses his disappointment in the outcome of the hearing and calls the judge and Mr. Yazdiya derogatory names before writing ... Ive got a little something ... for them and the victim. A reasonable law enlieve that the a little something that Calvin claims to have for the judge, assistant stat attorney and victim in the original case would be an act of violence, wrote the detective in his arrest report signed September 5. MIKE ANDERSON PRESS STAFF Sheriff Scotty Rhoden requested an additional $116,000 from the county commission last week to make up for another cut in revenue from the City of Macclenny for law enforcement services in the new budget year starting October 1. But he wont get an an swer until September 18 when a proposed $36.6 million budget for fiscal year 2018-19 is scheduled for fi nal adoption, following tentative approval of the new spending plan on September 4 after the sheriff and his finance manager, Jeffrey Cox, made their plea for more money. If the request is grant ed next week whether for the full $116,000 or a partial amount a budget amendment can be made at that time, officials said. The sheriffs proposal could not be voted on last week because it was not on the boards agenda for consideration, possibly because officials had only recently learned that the county will start the new budget with about $740,000 in cash carryover from the current budget instead of a projected deficit of roughly half a million dollars. Sheriff Rhoden didnt say whether the cash surplus had influenced his decision to seek additional funding from the county at this time. He insisted it was money needed to offset the loss of revenue from the city and to bolster a tight budget that Mr. Cox said has absolutely no fluff in it. Our budget is as tight as it can possibly be, Mr. Cox told commissioners. Were sacrificing in other areas to make up these differences. Ive got a vacancy in my department that I havent filled just to help overcome some of these deficiencies that we have. In a continuing budget-trimming trend recommended by Macclenny City Manager Phil Rhoden last month, the city commission voted to cut the annual appropriation for law enforcement by $115,599 a 39 percent cut from $295,599 to $180,000 for the 2018-19 fiscal year. Since 2010-11, Mr. Cox said, the citys appropriation to the sheriffs department was gradually reduced from $749,000 to $295,599 last year a 61 percent loss in revenue over eight years. During that period we lost eight positions at the Baker County Sheriffs Office based on those cuts, he said, adding that the department runs on an extremely tight budget and faces significant challenges in the year ahead. Were very, very slim on our operating expenses, he said. Weve got some budget issues were struggling with. Right now, were right on target to make our budget but were sacrificing in some areas to overcome some deficits in other areas. With all of that said, were just letting you know what the city has done to us, he said, explaining that by statute the sheriff has to provide law enforcement services to the entire county, including Macclenny and the Town of Glen St. Mary, which do not have their own police departments. The City of Macclenny, whose residents pay the same county taxes as residents in unincorporated ar eas of the county, has paid the county an annual allotment for years for law enforcement service inside the city limits. But its not required by law, said Mr. Cox. They truly dont have to provide anything if they choose not to, he said. Their citizens pay county taxes just like our county citizens pay taxes. He went on to say that whether the county com mission decides to grant the sheriffs request for an addi tional $116,000 next year or not and we hope you do, we need it really bad the department intends to continue providing the same level of service in the coming year, with no layoffs of deputies or administrative personnel. No matter what you do were going to make it work. Were not sure how were going to make it work, but were going to make it work, Mr. Cox said emphatically. After he spoke, Sheriff Rhoden affirmed some of what he had said, includ ing the fact that no cutbacks would be made in law enforcement or administrative staff next year period. Were going to be grateful for whatever you give us, the sheriff said. Were going to do everything we can to continue the services that were giving the citizens of Baker County. I think weve proven over the past 18 months (since he was elected) that were not spending taxpayer money frivolously. Were not going to go backwards with cutting law enforcement. I can look ev ery one of you in the eyes and say that cutting law enforcement is something we definitely cannot do. Reducing the number of deputies in the county not only would endanger the lives and property of taxpayers, the sheriff said, but also would place a greater risk on the remaining officers. One deputy has been assigned full time to Macclenny for the past 10 years and will continue next year under a new contract with the city. The only difference is the city decided to make the payment directly to the sheriffs department, whereas previously the payment was always made to the county. The cost of having a deputy in the city limits at all times is about $349,000, which covers salaries, bene fits, training, equipment and vehicles for four officers. The city manager explained last month that he subtracted the portion of the sheriffs office budget contributed by city taxpayers through county taxation, or roughly $175,000 a year, to arrive at $174,000, which was rounded up to the budgeted amount of $180,000. After the city commission approved the proposed budget on August 21, Mr. Rhoden said the new contract was made directly with the sheriff because, We got tired of being a political football. County Commissioner James Bennett, though, couldnt resist verbally kicking city leaders for slashing the citys budget for law enforcement to $180,000 when Sheriff Rhoden said it costs a minimum of $258,000 a year for salaries and benefits, alone, for four deputies to ensure one is on duty in the city 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Theyre not willing to provide the funding neces sary to provide one deputy within the city limits 24-seven? Mr. Bennett asked. The sheriff responded that he was told $180,000 is all the city could afford to give him next year, adding that even if they cut us down to zero I still have to have a person in the city zone at all times because thats the majority of our calls. He said city officials told him that they would be willing to pay $258,000 next year if they have it, but there is no guarantee the money would be available. Upon further questioning from Commissioner Bennett, who voiced opposition to the request for additional funding, Sheriff Rhoden said he would like to have a deputy at all times in all five zones county wide but its not possible due to budget constraints. Commissioner Bennetts position was supported by Commissioner James Croft, who said he was not in favor of picking up the City of Mac clennys slack. But Commissioner Jimmy Anderson supported the sheriffs funding request and board chair Bobby Steele said he would support at least a partial funding of the proposal. Commissioner Cathy Rhoden was absent. Everybody in the city pays the same taxes that ev erybody else in the county pays, Mr. Anderson said, adding, If our sheriff thinks we need an officer in Macclenny 24 hours a day, sev en days a week Ill support him. He further stated that Sheriff Rhoden has done everything he can to run the department within budget, even by selling off surplus vehicles and equipment while operating on a shoe string budget. Commissioner Bennett said he agreed that the sheriffs departments greatest call volume comes from Macclenny but he didnt think it was right to give the city a better service than other zones in more remote areas of the county. However, he said, if other budget cuts could be made to free up additional money for the sheriffs office he might be willing to consider that, adding he didnt have a lot of confidence that the city will increase its law enforcement spending next year. In other business last week commissioners: Adopted a resolution levying a tentative ad valorem, or property tax, rate of 7.2916 mills, which is the equivalent of $7.29 for every $1000 of assessed taxable valuation, in 2018-19. The tax rate has remained unchanged for several years. However, because the taxable value of property in the county has increased due to new construction, the 7.2916 rate will actually produce 2.02 percent more revenue in the coming year. Adopted a resolution enacting a tentative operat ing budget of $36,662,496 for the county in 2018-19, of which $54,528 will be sent directly to the Baker County Health Department. Approved a request to seek full reimbursement of expenditures for new bullet proof vests totaling $6000, rather than the normal 50 percent reimbursement annually through a federal grant program administered by the state. In a letter of explanation, sheriffs detective John Blanchard said he had recently become aware of a hardship waiver available to the county allowing for 100 percent reimbursement of the costs for new vests. The Baker County Sher iffs Office has hired multiple School Resource Deputies which require specialized training, the City of Macclenny reduced funding to the Sheriffs Office, and Federal funding for a sworn position has been frozen since 2017, the letter stated. This has caused a financial restriction in several areas of the Sher iffs Office. Serving Baker County for over 39 yearsspecializing in...Real Estate Family Law Personal Injury Hugh D. Fish, Jr. J.D.Hours: Monday Friday 9 am 5 pmClosed 12-1 for lunch259-6606The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experience. 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Weve got some budget issues were struggling with. Right now, were right on target to make our budget but were sacricing in some areas to overcome some decits in others areas.Jerey Cox, BCSO nance manager Sheri requests $116K to make up for citys cutThreatens judge, attorney, victim Calvin GordonUtility bill helpBaker County residents may be eligible to receive between $475-$600 assistance with summer electric bills depending on federal poverty guidelines, income and family size. To schedule an appointment call the Northeast Florida Community Action Agency at 259-4481 or 1-844-625-8776.


ursday, September 13, 2018 T B C P Page 5MIKE ANDERSON PRESS STAFF The outcome of a feder al grant application seeking up to $750,000 to build a new Baker County fire-rescue station in Sanderson will depend on the results of a door-to-door survey to gain household income informa tion authorized by the county commission last week. A random sampling of residences in the Sanderson area will be polled to gather income criteria for meeting Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) guidelines, which require a slight majority of respondents to meet moderate to low income thresholds. We anticipate starting the survey next week, Shannon Williams, one of two grant coordinators hired by the county to administer the grant, said Tuesday. This is probably one of the largest surveys weve done. Ms. Williams and Megan Carter, another grant coordinator with North Florida Professional Services, Inc. of Lake City, appeared before the county commission on September 4 to discuss the project and a letter from the county that will be delivered to each survey respondent. As you know, were still working on the CDBG grant application for the fire station, County Manager Kennie Downing told com missioners. As part of the application our grant writers need to do a survey of the service area. The letter you have be fore you requesting the chairmans signature essentially would be telling citizens why North Florida Professional Services is knocking on your door requesting income information of some of the citizens of Sanderson. Ms. Carter then explained the procedures she and Ms. Williams will follow in the coming weeks. This letter also gets left at the door if we come during the day and no ones at home and theres an option at the bottom of the letter for if they want to they can just call us to complete the survey, she said. That way we dont have to go back and try again. She said the survey is mandatory in order to re ceive CDBG funds. We dont have to know exactly how much they make but we have to give them a range if they fall in the moderate level, the low income level or the very low level, Ms. Carter said. This lets them know that were working on behalf of the county seeking this information in order to receive the grant funds to provide benefit to them. Commissioner James Bennett raised a concern about how residents might react to having a stranger come to their door to ask them personal questions about their household finances. I have concerns with the letter itself, he said, adding that residents contacted should understand that the survey is optional and that they are not required to do it. However, he added, they should also be told that their cooperation is needed to help secure a federal grant to that would benefit all the citizens of Baker County, including low income. Ms. Carter said 1464 homes are in the survey area and based on CDBG rules we have to have a minimum of 304 responses, of which at least 51 percent must fall in the moderate to low-income range for the applica tion to be considered eligible for funding. Those houses are picked based on a random number generated by an automated data base. So, if they do not respond theyre considered over (income limits) and we have to expand our sample size in order to get the minimum benefits to qualify for the grant, she said. Commissioner Bennett suggested clarifying language be added to the letter to make it clear to residents that the survey is optional but that the county really needs your assistance to obtain the grant. I dont remember exactly the verbiage in the letter, but I dont think it gives the impression that you must comply, Ms. Carter said in response. But we can certainly modify the letter to say that its optional. Commissioner Bennett continued to push for additional language to avoid any confusion or misperception by the residents. It needs to very clearly state, in my opinion, he said, that its an optional survey and we really need your support and strongly encourage you to participate in this and we must have a minimum of 304 in order to make the application. Ms. Carter said that based on her experience preparing CDBG applications, survey letters that contain too many details just complicates issues. She suggested simply adding a line at the bottom that the survey is optional to participate. Mr. Bennett quickly objected. Im just telling you, and Im going to insist on this, you need to tell them up front that the survey is optional but we strongly en courage you to do it, he said. Ms. Carter then emphasized the importance of meeting income guidelines required for eligibility to receive CDBG funds, which may be denied if too many people decline to answer the survey questions. I want to make everyone aware that if we do not meet the income requirements with those 304 hous es, well have to expand the survey area, she said. And, ultimately, the repercussions are that we are not going to meet those income level re quirements and we will not be funded. I want you to understand the ramifications of them choosing not to respond. They get counted as over (income thresholds) and that hurts us. She said her concern was that too many residents would read the letter and say, Oh, thats optional, and toss it. Mr. Bennett said he would be satisfied as long as the letter informs residents that their participation is optional but is necessary for us to support them and make them safe. According to the county managers office this week, the letter was revised to meet the intent of Commissioner Bennetts concerns. Signed by Robert L. Steele, chairman of the Baker County Board of Commissioners, the letter tells residents that the countys grant consultants will con duct door-to-door income verification surveys and asks them to take a moment to answer the few questions. The income verification information you provide is strictly confidential and will only be used to confirm in come levels of our citizens that will receive the benefits of the new fire station, the letter further states. Your information will not be shared with any other agen cy. We feel this grant is very beneficial to Baker County as a whole and we appreciate your cooperation. Other agenda items last week included: Approval to pay a $15,036 invoice from The Management Experts, LLC, for processing claims for disaster relief reimbursement funds from the Feder al Emergency Management Agency stemming from Hurricane Irma a year ago. The county anticipates receiving nearly $180,000 in FEMA reimbursements in the next two weeks or so, of which most will go to the county and the sheriffs department, while the school district will receive approximately $11,000. Adopted resolutions authorizing the submission of two applications seeking up to $50,000 in Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program grants to fund various improvements, including new playground equipment, at King Ruise Park and at Jonesville Park. The board also approved the payment of $7,200 to North Florida Professionals, Inc., for administering the grant applications for both parks, at $3,600 each. Accepted an offer to sell seven small county-owned lots located within a larger parcel on County Road 127 owned by Katy Moon for a total of $3,500 to Katy Moon. The seven lots, which were part of a platted subdivision that was never de veloped, are land-locked and according to the county property appraisers office are only valuable to the ad joining land owners. Approved a request to waive the rental fee at the county agriculture center for Ed Fraser Memorial Hospitals fourth annual Breast Cancer Awareness Banquet on October 30.BAKER COUNTY COMMISSIONArc needs helpThe ARC North Florida seeks mature and responsible volunteers in a num ber of roles to assist the agency that assists persons with disabilities. The roles include, manning booths during community events, fund-raising projects, working telephones, envelope stuffing and clerical tasks. Cer tain activities can even by done from home. Contact Quinn Ban at 259-2509 in Baker County, or 386-688-0385. Arcs Macclenny office is located at 678 W. U.S. 90. BUDGET SUMMARY FISCAL YEAR 2018 2019 Baker County Hospital AuthorityTHE PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET EXPENDITURES OF BAKER COUNTY HOSPITAL AUTHORITY ARE 20.5% MORE THAN LAST YEARS TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSES GENERAL FUND CASH BALANCE BROUGHT FORWARD $140,000 ESTIMATED REVENUES Taxes: Ad Valorem Taxes: Operating (Millage 1.1500) $ 995,684 Special Act Revenue $25,000 Interest Income $1,000 TOTAL ESTIMATED REVENUES $1,161,684 EXPENDITURES / EXPENSES Hospital/Nursing Home Fees $1,000,000 Property Appraiser Fees $47,820 Tax Collectors Fees $23,098 Administrative & Professional Fees $35,000 TOTAL EXPENDITURES / EXPENSES $1,105,918 Future Medical Needs of Baker County Residents $ 0 Internal Administration Fund / Reserves $55,766 TOTAL EXPENDITURES AND RESERVES $1,161,684 THE TENTATIVE, ADOPTED, AND/OR FINAL BUDGETS ARE ON FILE IN THE OFFICE OF THE ABOVE REFERENCED TAXING AUTHORITY AS A PUBLIC RECORD. NOTICE OF PROPOSED TAX INCREASEThe BAKER COUNTY HOSPITAL AUTHORITY has tentatively adopted a measure to increase its property tax levy. Last years property tax levy: A. Initially proposed tax levy $965,645 B. Less tax reductions due to Value Adjustment Board and other assessment changes $ (15,551) C. Actual property tax levy $981,196 This years proposed tax levy $1,021,215 All concerned citizens are invited to attend a public hear ing on the tax increase to be held on: September 17, 2018 at 5:01 pm at the Baker County Chamber of Commerce 20 E. Macclenny Ave. Macclenny, FL 32063A FINAL DECISION on the proposed tax increase and the budget will be made at this Hearing. It needs to very clearly state, in my opinion, that its an optional survey and we really need your support and strongly encourage you to participate in this and we must have a minimum of 304 in order to make the application.James Bennett, county commissioner New stations fate depends on a surveyJOEL ADDINGTONMANAGING EDITOR reporter@bakercountypress.comSeveral people were arrested recently on warrants for violating probation or other crimes. Phillip A. Pendleton, 29, of Macclenny was arrested August 30 on a felony warrant issued last December for possession and 2017. sonville was arrested two days prior for violating her year-long probation from a July, 2017 drug possession case by failing to plete a substance abuse and mental health program as well as moving without consent. John G. Collins, 46, of Maxville was arrested September 7 on one count of felony fraud for failing to return leased property valued at $300 or more. Alva M. Cooper, 32, of Glen St. Mary was arrested September 4 for violating probation by failing to pay, report to tri-County probation or obtaining a valid license. She was on probation for driving on a suspend ed license last February. Susan D. York, 40, of Sanderson was arrested the same day for similar probation violations in addition to failing a drug screening. She was sentenced to a sixmonth probation last March for a Septem ber, 2017 petit theft case. Michelle R. Luntsford, 46, was arrested September 7 on a warrant for carrying a concealed weapon, a felony. Stephen L. Bennett, 34, of Baldwin was jailed on the same day on a warrant for violating terms of his probation, which stemmed from a theft case from March of this year. A warrant was served on Thomas E. Alford, 40, of Glen St. Mary on September 7 for violation of probation stemming from a grand theft and forgery case. He was already in county jail after being arrested August 29 for allegedly cooking meth in a shed Corey B. Anderson, 21, of Baldwin was arrested September 8 on a warrant for failing to appear in court on counts of improper exhibition of a dangerous weapon and trespassing.BCSO serves several VOP, FTA and other warrants


Page 6 T B C P ursday, September 13, 2018JOEL ADDINGTONMANAGING EDITOR reporter@bakercountypress.comA Sanderson man was arrested Septem ber 3 on several felony charges related to marijuana found in the SUV he was driving without a valid license. John D. Turner II, 28, also had his 2-year-old daughter in the vehicle, prompting a report to the Florida Department of Children and Families by Deputy Mitchell Wight, who said the interior of the truck smelled strongly of the drug. terviewed Cecil Crews, a Macclen ny homeowner who reported his inside a gun cabinet, though there were no signs of forced entry. He suspected his neighbor, Mr. Turner, may have taken a spare key outside a door to the residence several days before the rihome to discuss repairing Mr. Crews vehicle. After taking the report, Deputy Wight spotted the suspect pass him at U.S. 90 and CR 125 and knew Mr. Turner lacked a valid during the prior burglary investigation. He was stopped and asked to passengers side of the SUV and smelled the odor of marijuana. Mr. Turner claimed he bought serial number on the gun matched that provided by the victim. Some 24 grams of pot was discovered in a glass jar in center console along with 6.5 grams in a sep arate bag, plus a grinder. Mr. Turner was arrested for grand theft ny, marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia and driv ing on a suspended license. are felonies. In an unrelated burglary and pot possession case, Claudell Paige Jr., 26, of Sanderson was jailed Sep tember 9 for possession of less than 20 grams of mar ijuana and a grinder with more the drug inside, both misdemeanors. His white Chevrolet was stopped by Sgt. Chris Walker because it matched the de scription of a car connected to a burglary reported earlier shows. Inside the vehicle police found a 40-caliber handbelieved was used as a mask, one glove, hammer and two sets of tools. JON SHUMAKEA drunk driver from Macclenny was arrested in the predawn hours of September 4 after he led police on a chase through Macclenny cers with his vehicle. Jon White, 40, nearly hit Deputy Trevor Bloxham with his 1999 Saturn as he began to flee from a traffic stop in the Walgreens parking lot, which caused the deputy to dive to avoid being struck. Deputy Bloxham gave chase, and was led through the Murphy Oil parking lot and back onto SR 228. Mr. White traveled in the southbound lane while driving north on SR 228, and had to swerve to avoid colliding with Cpl. Marc Heaths patrol car, which was traveling southbound, according to Deputy Bloxhams report. The suspect then turned west onto Lowder Street and ran the red lights at SR 121 and U.S. 90 while speeding at 75 mph. ter crashing his vehicle into a ditch at the intersection of Lowder Street and 23B. Deputy Bloxham deployed two taser strikes, the secand Cpl. Heath and Depurestraining Mr. White. The suspect eventually complied after an unknown amount of strikes to the upper torso and head area as well as verbal commands. Mr. White was arrested on two counts of aggravated assault and a single count of He was also jailed for reckless driving, driving with a suspended or revoked license and resisting without violence. He began to dry heave and fell to the ground once at county jail and was transported to Ed Fraser Memorial Hospital with seizing and trouble breathing. Mr. White had an overwhelming odor of alcohol upon exiting Deputy Bloxhams vehicle at the jail, the deputy noted. Mr. White was additionally charged with DUI due to his driving patterns, slurred speech, bloodshot and watery eyes. A field sobriety test or a breath sample was unable to be performed due concerns for Mr. White, according to police. In another incident, a Glen St. Mary woman who had an active violation of probation warrant for driving without a license was arrested the evening of SepAlva Cooper, 32, was taken into custody after she was located by Sgt. Chris Walk er in a wooded area near the Odis Yarborough Road, according to Cpl. Marc Heaths report. Deputy Tim Hodges said he observed the 2003 Ford Taurus driving reck lessly and as he caught up to the vehicle it was stopped and unoccupied. A check revealed Ms. Coopers license was suspended three times and It also revealed her local warrant. She was taken into custody for driving on a suspended or revoked license and re sisting without violence. In other warrant-related arrests: John Nettles, 35, of Folkston, GA was jailed the morning of September 4 on a Nassau County warrant for grand theft and possession felon. He was located in the parking lot of the China lice learned a vehicle had been parked there for about two hours with its lights on. Mr. Nettles was found in the passenger seat of the Chev rolet truck. James Newmans Jr., 42, of St. George, GA was arrested the night of September 4 on a Columbia County warrant for violation of probation for driving with a suspended or revoked license. Deputy James Crews stopped Mr. Newmans on SR 228 for driving without operational headlights.JOEL ADDINGTONMANAGING EDITOR reporter@bakercountypress.comThe Baker County school district has amassed a healthy reserve, but longterm pension and other post-employment benefits like heath insurance for retirees placed a negative light required the state. Still, the district added nearly $700,000 to its gen eral fund balance during 30, 2018, which pushed the funds total reserves to more than $4.98 million, according to the annual report presented to school board members last week. That sum is 13.22 percent of all general fund expenditures. General revenues rose some $2.2 million to nearly $43.2 million during the year as well. chief Marcelle Richardson also informed the board the evening of September 4 that the districts net position, or the difference between all assets and liabilities, dropped nearly $3 million, or 12.6 percent, thanks to the new way the districts pension and other post emliabilities must be accounted for under state law. Those liabilities total more than $30.2 million $25.3 million of it the net pension liability and $4.9 million the OPEB liability. Those expenses wont be re alized at any one time but rather over decades as cur rent employees retire. The general fund is OK, Ms. Richardson told the school board. The fund balance did increase. Food service went down a little bit and federal, of course, it stays the same. The overall Expenses rose some $1.15 million year-overyear, the majority of which, about $800,00, went toward teacher salaries and On the revenue side, state funding increased by nearly $1.5 million, or about 4.4 percent, while local proper ty tax revenues decreased by roughly $75,000 or 1.2 percent. The school district continued to be conservative in its approach to the budget. It projected less revenue coming in to the general fund, and more money going out, than actually occurred during the fiscal year. Actual revenues were more than final budgeted amounts by $954,831, or 2.5 percent, while expenditures were $2,308,522, or budget amounts, reads the report. The actual ending [general] fund balance ex ceeded the estimated fund balance ... by $3,163,653, mainly because local revenues exceeded projected revenues, and expenditures for instruction salaries and benefits and other operation of plant were less than anticipated. In other business last week, the school board: Recognized two retir ees, Diane Smith and Michael Kruetz, for their ser vice. Ms. Smith began her career with the district in 1993, working at Keller In termediate Schools library and the superintendents office more recently, said Superintendent Sherrie Raulerson, adding that Ms. Smith hopes to return to Keller as a volunteer. Were going to miss you and were going to miss your voice answering the phone. It was always so pleasant, said Ms. Raulerson. Standing in the board chamber East Jonathan Street not far from her for Smith thanked everyone at the meeting and called the building my home away from home. Mr. Kreutz worked in the Ms. Richardson, joining the district more than 24 years ago. I didnt realize it at that time what a blessing it was to be surrounded by such good Christian people, he said, because I wasnt a good Christian person back then. Youre leaving a big hole, added the superintendent. An agreement with the Baker County Health Department to refer children who qualify for Medicaid to the dental clinic on West Lowder Street for dental care.BAKER COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD SEPTIC TANKS andDRAINFIELDS New Systems & Repairs Sump Pump Replacement Inspection LetterCFC056961FREE ESTIMATESCALL JOHN WILLIAMS PLUMBING904-259-4580 rf NOW ENROLLING FOR FALL!Classes for ages 3 & up! We oer...ntbfffb We are happy to be adding PIANO LESSONS this season!To view class schedules or enroll online visit or visit our oce every Thursday 6:30 to 8pm904-259-1818CLASSES BEGIN SEPTEMBER 4th!6924 E Mt. Vernon Suite 101 Glen St. Mary MORE CHOICES1161A S. 6TH STREET ~ MACCLENNY ~ 259-6296 www.wellsmac.comALL WELLS AND GOOD! Finding the right insurance for all the things you love for over 75 years! Quali-Built Homes, Inc. Locally owned and operatedDon Burnsed 904-408-1392 Joe Muncy 904-631-0720 Custom Homes Remodels RoofsCBC 1254669 CCC 1328486 (Licensed & Insured) Metal, Shingle & Flat Roofs PUBLIC HEARINGSPECIAL EXCEPTIONThe Baker County Land Planning Agency (LPA) will consider an application to grant a Special Exception for the construction of a borrow pit that is in excess of 10 acres in area on two parcels identied by the Baker County Property Apprais er as Parcel Numbers 22-2S-22-0000-0000-0020 and 22-2S-22-0000-0000-0030 (total area 381 acres). Borrow Pits are a Use by Special Exception in the AG 10 Zoning District. The LPA will act to approve, approve with conditions or deny the application after consideration of comments received prior to or at the public hearing to be held on September 27, 2018 at 6 PM or as soon thereafter as can be heard in the Board of County Commissioners chambers in the Administration Building located at 55 North Third Street, Macclenny, Florida. All parties may appear and be heard with respect to the Special exception request. Copies of the Special Exception Application may be inspected by any member of the public in the Community Development Department located at 360 East Shuey Avenue, Macclenny, FL during normal business hours. The Community Development Department may be reached at 904-259-2403. Persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the Baker County Administration Department at (904) 259-5123 at least 48 hours prior to the time of the hearing. Terrenia Staier, RealtorServing Baker County and Northeast Florida Cell 904-945-2488 xw904-964-5424603 E. 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ursday, September 13, 2018 T B C P Page 7JON SHUMAKEA 16-year-old BCHS student was jailed the morning of September 7 for felony battery on a school employee after she allegedly shoved assistant principal Denise Mann. Ms. Mann said she at tempted to stop student Maria Jackson of Macclenny for a dress code violation, but the suspect ignored her and continued walking past her. Ms. Jackson then shoved Ms. Mann several times in the chest following sever al more commands to stop, according to Deputy Johnny Byrd. Ms. Jackson also allegedly said she would whoop you bro while shoving and pushing Ms. Mann. Fellow faculty members Danyle Lewis and Deneese Mixon both corroborated the victims story. Ms. Jackson, meanwhile, would not acknowledge or speak to Deputy Byrd after being escorted to the front office without incident by principal Allen Murphy, acport. She was also charged with disturbing peace. In an unrelated incident at BCMS, a 15-year-old was named in a criminal complaint for disruption of a school function after he admitted to threatening other students on the bus on August 23. Deputy Byrd received conflicting accounts from the victims, ages 15 and 12, a 13-year-old witness and bus driver Amy Theophile while speaking with them on August 24. The two victims said the teen threatened to kill them before exiting the bus. The suspect then reportedly tripped on a backpack while exiting the bus and threatened to either attack the student or kill them, depending on who was giving the statement. Ms. Theophile said she heard a student say, Im going to kill you if you dont stop, but didnt recognize the voice until the suspect said Ill kill you, after tripping over a backpack, acDeputy Byrd met with the 15-year-old suspect at his residence. The boy said he threatened to beat up one of the victims because she was picking on him. He said she told him she knows where he lives, and he responded that he had a gun if she came to his house. No guns besides an airsoft BB gun were located in the residence, however. The suspect said he threatened the person who tripped him that he would knock him out cold. Richard Smith, 38, of Macclenny was arrested the night of September 3 for disorderly conduct after he allegedly threatened the owner and employees at Krispy Krunchy Chicken. Mr. Smith was in the store on North Sixth Street about 7 p.m. causing a disturbance and allegedly threatened to burn down Mr. Lees house before cursing at a cashier, Mr. Lee said to Deputy John Finley Jr. The suspect left the store after Mr. Lee said he was calling police. The suspect was located walking west on U.S. 90 and was extremely agitated, said he had a disagreement with Mr. Lee but denied threatening him.JON SHUMAKEA Wellborn, FL woman was arrested the afternoon of September 9 on multiple felonies after she was caught attempting to smuggle methamphetamine and Suboxone pills into Baker Correctional Institute Re-Entry Center near Sanderson. Captain W.E. Daniels of DOC told police he learned that Lindsey Santaite, 25, would possibly bring contraband to her brother Bryan Shepperd, an inmate at the re-entry Ms. Santaite attempted to run from Captain Daniels after he confronted her just after 1 p.m., but she noticed John Wilson, who had driven her to the prison, already left. The captain informed her of the intelligence he had received, at which point she admitted to being in possession of the methamphetamine and pills. A search revealed .6 grams of methamShe was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance for the methamphetamine, the same charge for the pills and in troduction of contraband into a state correctional facility. Ms. Santaite told Deputy Davis that Mr. Wilson, 39, of Lake City drove her to the facility in a white car. A Volkswagen matching the description entered the parking lot, and saw leaving. Mr. Wilson admitted his license was suspended. He was taken into custody after a check revealed his habitual status, which car ried a felony charge. A smell of burnt marijuana also came from the vehicle, but no drugs were found inside of it, Deputy Davis reported. In misdemeanor marijuana incidents: A 17-year-old BCHS student was arrested the morning of September 9 after a bottle containing marijuana and other containers of pot residue and drug paraphernalia were found in her vehicle parked at the school. Both assistant principal Denise Mann and Deputy Johnny Byrd smelled marijuana coming from the suspect, and the deputy assisted Ms. Mann in searching the students vehicle. A strong smell of marijuana came from inside the vehicle, and the teen admitted to smoking inside it. She was arrested for misdemeanor pos session of marijuana and drug equipment. school, and the teen was released to her Colby Combs, 29, of Macclenny was named in a criminal complaint after he was stop on August 22. Deputy Trevor Bloxham stopped Mr. Combs about 9:15 p.m. for driving with a faulty headlight. Mr. Combs initially denied having anything illegal in his 2003 Chevrolet Blazer, but handed over the bag of pot, which was hidden under his leg, after the deputy said he smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle. NOTICE OF PROPOSED TAX INCREASEThe Baker County Board of County Commissioners has tentatively adopted a measure to increase its property tax levy.Last years property tax levy: A. Initially proposed tax levy . . . . . . . . . . . $6,032,567 B. Less tax reductions due to Value Adjustment Board and other assessment changes . . . . . . . . . . . ($94,004) C. Actual property tax levy . . . . . . . . . . . . $6,126,571This years proposed tax levy . . . $6,376,525 All concerned citizens are invited to attend a public hearing on the tax increase to be held on:September 18, 2018 6:00 p .m. at Baker County Commission Chambers 55 North Third Street Macclenny, FL 32063 A FINAL DECISION on the proposed tax increase and the budget will be made at this hearing. BUDGET SUMMARY BAKER COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS FISCAL YEAR 2018-2019 PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET EXPENDITURES OF BAKER COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ARE 2.0% HIGHER THAN LAST YEARS TOTAL OPERATING BUDGET ESTIMATED REVENUES: GENERAL REVENUE FUND SPECIAL REVENUE FUND TRANSPORTATION FUND HEALTH DEPT TOTALS TAXES 7.2916 MILLAGE PER 1000 AD VALOREM TAXES 7.2916 $1,528,767 $4,694,912 $53,046 $6,276,725 SALES AND USE TAXES $2,296,134 $568,420 $1,372,754 $4,237,308 PERMITS,FEES & SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS $628,000 $1,068,810 $1,696,810 INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVENUE $4,550,169 $943,818 $1,210,527 $6,704,514 CHARGES FOR SERVICES $1,026,400 $167,882 $1,194,282 FINES AND FORFEITS $0 COURT RELATED REVENUE $26,400 $373,797 $400,197 MISCELLANEOUS REVENUE $407,000 $80,075 $22,500 $509,575 OTHER SOURCES $11,633,600 $11,633,600 TOTAL SOURCES $10,462,870 $7,897,714 $14,239,381 $53,046 $32,653,011 LESS 5% per F.S. 129.01 -$513,144 -$298,439 -$121,874 -$933,457 TRANSFERS IN $816,459 $4,279,269 $5,095,728 FUND BALANCES/RESERVES $218,078 $218,078 TOTAL REVENUES, TRANSFERS & BALANCES $10,766,185 $11,878,544 $14,335,585 $53,046 $37,033,360 EXPENDITURES: GENERAL GOVERNMENT $7,402,927 $4,877,091 $12,280,018 PUBLIC SAFETY $1,724,068 $776,410 $2,500,478 PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT $888,124 $888,124 COURT RELATED $338,350 $514,847 $853,197 TRANSPORTATION $14,335,585 $14,335,585 ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT $100,244 $565,882 $666,126 HUMAN SERVICES $601,253 $787,420 $53,046 $1,441,719 CULTURE/RECREATION $184,072 $568,770 $752,842 OTHER USES/CONTINGENCY $0 TOTAL EXPENDITURES $10,350,914 $8,978,544 $14,335,585 $53,046 $33,718,089 TRANSFERS OUT $415,271 $2,900,000 $3,315,271 FUND BALANCES/RESERVES TOTAL ESTIMATED EXPENDITURES/ RESERVES $10,766,185 $11,878,544 $14,335,585 $53,046 $37,033,360 THE TENTATIVE ADOPTED AND/OR FINAL BUDGETS ARE ON FILE IN THE OFFICE OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED TAXING AUTHORITY AS A PUBLIC RECORD Shoves assistant principalCaught smuggling meth, pills to brother at BCI CHECK IT


Page 8 T B C P ursday, September 13, 2018 Well, that didnt long. The Florida governors race is heating up to be a cutthroat contest with the battle lines drawn in blood and the insults hurled like the scorched breath of a dragon. And I couldnt be more giddy about it. Who wants a choice between white or wheat? Or between white career politician A versus white career politician B? Sounds utterly meh. But when I see Democrat gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum, I see a man on a mission, a man who believes his own left-wing socialist rhetoric just as much as he believes in the Gospel (I presuming he does. Hes a black man from the South, so I admit Im generalizing). And in his opponent, Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis, I see a turned Trump groupie, who like his opponent, seems to believe in his message. Politically these guys could not be more diametrically opposed. Gillum supports legalization of marijuana, Medicare for all, restoring voting rights for non-violent felons, a ban on assault weapons, addressing climate change, etc. DeSantis touts his sup port for the President. Other than that, Im not sure what he stands for. At least I didnt until I visited his website, which Ill point out shows him shaking hands with a black man, no doubt an attempt to counter the Democratic narrative that he has racist tendencies. It certainly didnt help that the day after he won his partys nomination, he spoke about not monkeying around with a socialist like Gillum. I realize thats a common expression but it makes one wonder who he was really talking to. His opponents would say he was talking to white nationalists and their sympathizers who also support the President. Im not sure I believe that, but some of his speaking engagements suggests he likes playing to that crowd. But as DeSantis camp pointed out, he doesnt necessarily share the views of the people hes speak ing around. So what are his views? My guess was that he often invokes the Founding Fathers, the Second Amendment, charter schools, low taxes and less government. I might as well have written the issues section of his website myself. I was basically right on the money. If hes as advertised, DeSantis is a pro-life, pro-gun, anti-immigration, tax-cutting poster boy for the GOP in Florida. Boring. But the race for governor is anything but. Its ebony versus ivory. Its liberal against conservative. Its a proxy war between President Trump and former President Obama, who has come out of hiding to campaign against Republicans across the country in hopes of turning out Democrats and perhaps taking control of one or both chambers of the legislative branch. Its an epic struggle between the major political parties that will reverberate nationwide, surely impacting races in the mid-term election and beyond. The big news last week in the race was the gubernatorial candidates lieutenant governor picks a Cuban woman from the South Florida GOP ranks for DeSantis and the whitest white real estate developer in Central Florida for Gillum. Both picks made perfect DeSantis needs votes from women, Latinos and South Florida, which generally leans blue. Gillum needs votes from white folks and the heavily-populated and diverse region stretching from Tampa to Orlando to Daytona Beach, my former stomping grounds. I assume Gillums camp believes he has the female and minority vote locked up, probably thanks to the President. I know who Im going to vote for, and you probably know that, too, but boy oh boy is it going to be fun to watch this race play out in arguably the most interesting state in the nation, ours. BAKER SOCIALIZING On Point In PrintJoel Addington We want to share your letter to the editor so send it and sign it! The time of the accident that killed Lydia Pons on Labor Day was reported in error in last weeks edition as 12:30 a.m., as the Florida Highway Patrol initially reported. A corrected press release from FHP with the true time showed the wreck took place at 12:30 p.m. in Bradford County. CorrectionFL governors race shaping up as scorcherTheres a lot of talk about secret White House tapes. It seems that various peo ple there secretly tape their meetings with the President to make sure that they are on the record and that whatever they say doesnt get turned upside down in a Twitter rant. But in my position as your intrepid investigative reporter, I have learned that the President himself uses his iPhone to tape his own random conversations with himself. And occasionally other people um things as well like Siri. I have transcripts of several of these conversations. Trump: Good morning, Siri. Its a beautiful day in Trumpington D.C. Whats on my schedule for today? Siri: Today starts with an hour and a half of Twitter rants Trump: Best part of the day. Siri: then two hours with your national security advisors. Trump: Ah yes, Fox and Friends. Siri, is Melania in the White House? Siri: Im not sure, Mr. President. Secret Service reports that a woman matching her description was seen last night trying to sneak out of the White House dressed as a gardener. Trump: That minx. Siri: She claims it is not her even though it clearly is. Trump: Shes been doing that since a month after we got married. Siri: Time for breakfast, Mr. President. Trump: Right. Four Egg Cokes. Fuel for the day. Later in the afternoon ... Siri: Mr. President, Vice President Pence is here to see you. Trump: Excellent. Where is he? Siri: Sitting behind your Trump: Oh? Siri: Yes sir. He says hes, and I quote, um keep ing it warm for you. Trump: Hes such a considerate guy. Hello, Mike. Pence: Excuse me, Mr. President, let me move. I was just um looking for Trump: Whats up, Mike? Pence: I wanted to see what your contingency plans were if the Dems vote down Judge Cavannaugh for the Supreme Court. Trump: My what? Pence: Contingency plans. Trump: My what? Pence: Oh. Right. Um do you have anyone else to nominate. Trump: Absolutely. Ive got the best, most expe rienced legal mind in the country. And its a woman. Youve seen her hundreds of times. Pence: Really? Who is it. Trump: Roz. Pence: Roz? I dont think I Trump: Sure you do. Roz. From 1-800-Ask-Gary. Later in the day ... Trump: Siri. Clear my schedule for the remainder of the day. Siri: Yes sir. May I ask why? Trump: Im meeting with my new advisor. Siri: New advisor, sir? Trump: Yes. Hes the bigliest, smartest advisor ever. Siri: Theres no one in the waiting room, sir. Trump: Of course not. Hes right here. In my desk. Siri: In your desk? Trump: Hello, Magic 8-Ball. How are you today? Magic 8-Ball, what are the chances I can get Roz appointed to the Supreme Court? Magic 8-Ball: Signs are promising. Trump: Excellent. Just what I thought. Magic 8-Ball, how much will Bar racks Obeema help Democratic candidates. Magic 8-Ball: Answer is cloudy. Trump: I know what you mean. Magic 8-Ball, will I be reelected in 2020? Magic 8-Ball: Outlook good. Trump: I knew it. Siri, this is why Magic 8-Ball is going to be my most trusted advisor. He never steers me wrong. Siri: Yes, sir. Trump: Siri, would you like to be my White House Communications Director? Siri: Im a phone, sir. Trump: Exactly. A communications device. Youll be perfect. With you and nitely Make America Great Again. MY SIDE OF THE MATTERROBERT GERARD Trumps taped meetings Share the news...Weddings &


ursday, September 13, 2018 T B C P Page 9 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE EIGHTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO.: 18-000035CP In Re: The Estate Of BETTY HARVEY SEARCY, Deceased. _________________________/ NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of BET TY HARVEY SEARCY, deceased, whose date of death was April 18, 2018, is pending in the Circuit Court for Duval County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 339 E. Macclenny Avenue, Macclenny, FL 32063. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN FLORIDA STATUTES SECTION 733.702 WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this notice is August 30, 2018. Personal Representative: Clay A. Smith 4720 Secret Harbor Drive North Jacksonville, Florida 32257 Attorney for Personal Representative: William B. McMenamy Florida Bar Number: 292346 Stephen P. Holmgren Florida Bar Number: 117761 Donahoo & Mcmenamy, P.a. 245 Riverside Avenue, Suite 450 Jacksonville, Florida 32202 Telephone: (904) 354-8080 Fax: (904) 791-9563 E-Mail: 8/30-9/20c IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE EIGHTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 02-2018-CA-000064 NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC D/B/A CHAMPION MORTGAGE COMPANY, Plaintiff, vs. THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUST EES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, OR AGAINST, JAMES A. RHUE, DECEASED, et al, Defendant(s). __________________________/ NOTICE OF ACTION TO: BARBARA NIX LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 11037 Kenneth Walker Road, Glen St. Mary, FL 32040 CURRENT ADDRESS: Unknown THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, OR AGAINST, JAMES A. RHUE, DECEASED LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: Unknown CURRENT ADDRESS: Unknown ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: Unknown CURRENT ADDRESS: Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in Baker County, Florida: COMMENCE AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SECTION 29, TOWNSHIP 1 SOUTH, RANGE 21 EAST, BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND RUN THENCE NORTH 89 DEGREES 28 MINUTES 45 SECONDS EAST ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID SECTION 29, 660.83 FEET, THENCE SOUTH 0 DEGREES 41 MINUTES, 46 SECONDS WEST, 315.62 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING, THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 0 DEGREES 41 MINUTES 46 SECONDS WEST 6287.78 FEET TO THE NORTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF A COUNTY MAINTAINED ROAD. THENCE SOUTH 88 DEGREES 26 MINUTES WEST, ALONG SAID NORTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE, 305.83 FEET THENCE NORTH 0 DEGREES 42 MINUTES 39 SECONDS EAST 634.26 FEET, THENCE NORTH 89 DEGREES 29 MINUTES 45 SECONDS EAST 305.49 FEET, TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. SAID LANDS BEING A PART OF THE WEST OF THE NORTHWEST SECTION 29, TOWNSHIP 1 SOUTH, RANGE 21 EAST, AND KNOWN AS PARCEL 12 OF ALLEN TRACTS AN UNRECORDED SUBDIVISION. TOGETHER WITH A MOBILE HOME LOCATED THEREON AS A PERMANENT FIXTURE AND APPURTENANCE THERETO, DESCRIBED AS A DOUBLEWIDE 1988 CHAMPION HOME BUILDERS MOBILE HOME BEARING TITLE NUMBERS 45508196 AND45508214; VIN NUMBERS 338476N6838A AND 338476N6838B. A/K/A 11037 KENNETH WALKER ROAD, GLEN ST. MARY, FL 32040 has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses within 30 days after the rst publication, if any, on Albertelli Law, Plaintiffs attorney, whose address is P.O. Box 23028, Tampa, FL 33623, and le the original with this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney, or immediately thereafter; otherwise, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint or petition. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this court on this 30th day of August, 2018. Clerk of the Circuit Court By: Tina Carrington Deputy Clerk Albertelli Law P.O. Box 23028 Tampa, FL 33623 (813) 221-4743 (813) 221-9171 facsimile 9/6-9/13c IN THE CIRCUIT COURT EIGHTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO: 02-2018-CP-0055 IN RE: The Estate of: JOHN WALDO BROWN, deceased. _________________________/ NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of JOHN WALDO BROWN, deceased, File Number 022018-CP-0055, is pending in the Circuit Court for Baker County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 339 East Macclenny Avenue, Macclenny, Florida 32063. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other per sons having claims or demands against decedents estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, on whom a copy of this notice is served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. The date of rst publication of this Notice is September 6, 2018. Personal Representative: Melanie Brown Attorney for Personal Representative: Frank E. Maloney, Jr., Esquire 445 East Macclenny Avenue Macclenny, FL 32063 (904) 259-3155 Florida Bar No.: 142990 9/6-9/13c IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE EIGHTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 02-2018-CA-0103 NELDA C. CREWS and JAMES DAVID CREWS, her Husband, JACK L. CUSHMAN And MARY N. CUSHMAN, his wife, Plaintiffs, vs. A.A. GEITGEY and LUCY M. GEITGEY, his Wife, NELLIE G. WORKMAN and HARLEY J. WORKMAN, her husband, GRACE M. LUCKIE, JOHN O. GEITGEY, KATHRYN F. KLEIN And CHARLES W. KLEIN, her husband, ALL OF WHOM ARE KNOWN TO BE DECEASED; And all unknown grantees, creditors, and all other parties claiming by, through, under or against them, and if dead, their unknown spouses, heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors, and all other parties claiming by, through, under or against them; and all unknown grantees, creditors, and all other parties claiming by, through, under or against them, and, if dead, or not known to be dead or alive, their several and respective estates, unknown spouses, heirs, devisees, grantees and creditors, or other par ties claiming by, through, under or against those unknown natural, persons, and the several and respective unknown assigns, successors in interest, trustees, creditors, lienors or any other party claiming by, through, under, or against any corporation, existing or dissolved, or other legal entity named as defendant, and all claimants, persons or parties, natural or corporate, or whose exact legal status is unknown, claiming under any of the above named or described defendants or parties, or claiming to have any right, title, or interest in and to the lands hereafter described. Defendants. _________________________/ NOTICE OF ACTION TO: A.A. GEITGEY, deceased LUCY GEITGEY, deceased NELLIE G. WORKMAN, deceased HARLEY J. WORKMAN, deceased GRACE M. LUCKIE, deceased JOHN O. GEITGEY, deceased KATHRYN F. KLEIN, deceased CHARLES W. KLEIN, deceased YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an Action to Quiet Title on the following property in Baker County, Florida: PART OF SECTION 36, TOWNSHIP 2 SOUTH, RANGE 21 EAST, BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA BEGIN AT INTERSECTION OF THE NORTH RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF MADISON STREET (A 66 RIGHT-OF-WAY) WITH THE EAST RIGHT-OF-WAY OF CLINTON AVENUE (A 66 RIGHT-OFWAY). THENCE NORTH 78O30 EAST A DISTANCE OF 127.62 FEET ALONG THE RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SAID MADISON STREET; THENCE NORTH 11O22 WEST A DISTANCE OF 150.28 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 78O43 WEST A DISTANCE OF 127.84 FEET TO SAID EAST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF CLINTON AVENUE: THENCE SOUTH 11O28 EAST ON SAID RIGHTOF-WAY A DISTANCE OF 150.77 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. ALSO, BEING THE SAME LAND AS: A LOT BEGINNING AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF BLOCK 79 OF THE TOWN OF GLEN ST. MARY, FLORIDA, THEN RUN NORTHERLY ALONG THE WEST LINE OF SAID BLOCK 150 FEET, THEN RUN EAST ERLY PARALLEL WITH THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID BLOCK 125 FEET, THEN RUN SOUTHERLY PARALLEL WITH THE WEST LINE OF SAID BLOCK 150 TO THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID BLOCK, AND THEN RUN WESTERLY ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID BLOCK 125 FEET TO THE PLACE OF BEGINNING. CONTAINING 0.44 ACRES MORE OR LESS. has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on FRANK E. MALONEY, JR., P.A., Attorney, whose address is 445 East Macclenny Avenue, Macclenny, Florida 32063; (904) 259-3155, within thirty (30) days after the rst publication of the notice and on or before the 28th day of September, 2018, and to le the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on FRANK E. MALONEY, JR., P.A., attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relieve demanded in the Complaint or Petition. WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court on this 23rd day of August, 2018. Stacie D. Harvey Clerk Of Court By: Tina Carrington Deputy Clerk Frank E. Maloney, Jr., P.A. 445 East Macclenny Avenue Macclenny, FL 32063 (904) 259-3155 8/30-9/20c IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE EIGHTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. 17000082CAMXAX CITIMORTGAGE, INC., Plaintiff, vs. KRISTIAN T. FERGUSON; TERESA M. FERGUSON; THOMAS S. FERGUSON A/K/A THOMAS B. FERGUSON; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF THOMAS S. FERGUSON A/K/A THOMAS B. FERGUSON, et al. Defendant(s). _________________________/ NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated August 21, 2018, and entered in 17000082CAMXAX of the Circuit Court of the EIGHTH Judicial Cir cuit in and for BAKER County, Florida, wherein CITIMORTGAGE, INC. is the Plaintiff and KRISTIAN T. FERGUSON; TERESA M. FERGUSON; THOMAS S. FERGUSON A/K/A THOMAS B. FERGUSON; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF THOMAS S. FERGUSON A/K/A THOMAS B. FERGUSON are the Defendant(s). Stacie D. Harvey as the Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Front Lobby 339 East MacClenny Ave., MacClenny, FL 32063, at 11:00 AM, on November 15, 2018, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 2, BLOCK 1, SMOKERISE SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGES 6 AND 7 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 8157 MUD LAKE RD. MACCLENNY, FL 32040 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 le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 29th day of August, 2018. Stacie D. Harvey As Clerk of the Court By: Tina Carrington As Deputy Clerk Robertson, Anschutz & Schneid, P.L. 6409 Congress Avenue, Suite 100 Boca Raton, FL 33487 Telephone: 561-241-6901 Fax: 561-997-6909 9/6-9/13c PUBLIC NOTICE The Baker County Board of County Commissioners is soliciting Statements of Qualications from professional rms, registered in the State of Florida, pursuant to Section 287.055, Florida Statutes, known as the Consultant Competitive Negotiation Act (CCNA), to provide Engineering Services for Baker County. The County intends to award continuing services contracts to a manageable number of qualied rms deemed to be the most highly qualied responders to perform the required services. In determining whether a responder is qualied, the County shall consider such factors as the qualications of professional personnel; past performance; willingness to meet time and budget requirements; location; recent, current, and projected workloads of the rms; and the volume of work previously awarded to each rm by the County, with the object of effecting an equitable distribution of contracts among qualied rms, provided such distribution does not violate the principle of selection of the most highly qualied rms. Firms selected by the County will provide engineering services to the County on an as-needed basis, based upon task orders to be issued by the County under the continuing services contracts. The contracts shall be for a maximum of three (3) years with two (2) annual renewal options, not to exceed ve contract years from the date of the execution, unless terminated by the County in writing. Assignment of tasks to the selected consultants will be at the sole discretion of the County. The County may choose to select another rm or use in-house staff to perform any of the described services in whole or in part. No minimum amount of professional services or compensation is guaranteed to the selected rms. The Scope of Services is intended to provide Engineering Services on an as-needed basis for various projects. The proposed work will be known as the Continuing Contract for Engineering Services. Services under this contract may include any or all of the items listed under the Scope of Services, attached hereto as Attachment A, or services not specically mentioned, but directly related to the specic discipline. An original and four (4) copies of the proposal plus one (1) electronic copy shall be sealed and clearly marked on the outside: Request for Qualications Continuing Contract for Engineering Services, RFQ# 2018-16. Proposals must be in writing, and may be submitted by the Proposer in person, by courier or overnight to: Baker County Board of County Commissioners 55 N 3rd Street Macclenny, FL 32063 Proposals must be received no later than September 27, 2018, 2018 by 3:00pm. Facsimile proposals are not acceptable. Any proposals received after this date and time will be rejected and returned un-opened to the proposer. Proposals will be opened at the County Administration ofce on September 27, 2018 at 3:00 pm. In addition to the information as stated above to be marked on the outside of the envelope, it should also provide the date and time of opening and company name and address. NOTE: THIS REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS IS A NON-PRICED QUALIFICATIONS-BASED PROCESS. PRICING WILL BE CONSIDERED DURING THE NEGOTIATION PHASE ONLY. 9/6-9/13c Higginbothams Towing & Recovery Inc. 7611 West Mt. Vernon St. Glen St. Mary, FL 32040 The following vehicle will be sold at public auction on September 28, 2018 at 10:00 am at Higginbothams Towing & Recovery 7611 West Mt. Vernon St., Glen St. Mary, FL 32040: 1997 Dodge Van VIN# 2B4GP4530VR104020 9/13c A, R&R, Inc. 11837 N SR 121 Macclenny, FL 32063 The following vehicles will be sold at public auction on September 28, 2018 at 10:00 am at A, R&R, Inc. 11837 N SR 121, Macclenny, FL 32063: 2011 Freightliner Tractor VIN# 1FUJGLDV8BLBD9051 9/13c PUBLIC NOTICE Anyone having any legal interest or claim to the following vehicles stored at the Baker County Sheriffs Ofce impound lot is requested to contact Detective John Blanchard at the Baker County Sheriffs Ofce at (904) 259-9427 or (904) 259-2231. 1994 Toyota Pickup Truck VIN# 4TAVN13D5RZ162075 1999 Toyota Pickup Truck VIN# 4TAWM72N3XZ436424 9/13-9/20c REGISTRATION OF FICTITIOUS NAMES I the undersigned, being duly sworn, do hereby declare under oath that the names of all persons interested in the business or profession carried on under the name of White Creek Design whose principle place of business is: 7141 Miltondale Road, Macclenny, FL 32063 and the extent of the interest of each is as follows: NAME EXTENT OF INTEREST Shelly Neri 100% Shelly Neri Signature STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF BAKER Sworn to and subscribed before me this 5th day of September 2018. Stacie D. Harvey Clerk of Court Baker County, Florida By: Julie B. Combs As Deputy Clerk 9/13p PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE VAB ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Chapter 194, Florida Statute, the Value Adjustment Board (VAB) for Baker County, Florida, shall meet on: September 24th 2018 at 2:00 pm. for its annual Organizational Meeting. This meeting is open to the public and will be held at 55 North Third Street, Macclenny, Florida for the following purposes: Appointment of VAB Attorney Elections of VAB Chairperson and Vice Chairperson Making contact information available to the public Announce availability of Department rules and related documentation Organizational operations All other matters brought before the board Pursuant to S.286.0105, F.S. any person who anticipates that he or she will appeal a decision of the VAB should make sure a verbatim of the proceeding is made. Questions should be directed to the VAB Deputy Clerk (904)259-0208. 9/13-9/20c PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE VALUE ADJUSTMENT BOARD HEARING PUBLIC HEARINGS ON VAB PETITIONS will be held on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 2:00 pm and any hearings that need to be rescheduled will be held on Thursday, October 11th, 2018 beginning at 2:00 pm. These hear ings will be held in the County Commission Chambers at 55 North Third Street, Macclenny, Florida. All meetings are open to all interested parties. In an effort to enhance fairness the VAB Board will hear and act on tax payer requests for relief regarding the assessed values on their real and tangible personal property. NOTICE UNDER THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (TITLE II) In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the County of Baker will not discriminate against qualied individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modication of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service or activity of Baker County, should contact Sara Little at (904)2593613 as soon as possible but no later than 5 business days before the scheduled event of meeting. This paragraph shall likewise apply to written requests by a physical handicapped person needing a special accommodation to attend a public meeting in accordance with section 286.26, Florida Statutes. A copy of the Countys Notice under the Americans with Disabilities Act (Title II) can be requested from the Board of County Commissioners at the telephone number listed above. Stacie D. Harvey, Clerk to the Value Adjustment Board 9/13-9/20c NOTIFICATION TO ALL EMPLOYEES AND PARENTS OR GUARDIANS OF STUDENTS ENROLLED IN THE BAKER COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT In 1986, Congress passed the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA 763.93). This Law requires all schools, kindergarten through 12th grade, to be inspected for asbestos-containing materials. The law further requires the development of a management plan based upon the ndings of the inspection which outlines our intent in controlling the potential for exposure to asbestos bers in our schools. A copy of the management plan is on le for your review at the Baker County School District Maintenance Department. Copies of individual building inspection reports are on le in each schools administrative ofce. The purpose of this letter is for the district to remain in compliance with AHERA 763.93, which requires annual notication to parents and employee groups of the availability of the management plan that includes a description of the response actions that have been taken. Since the implementation of the management plan in 1989, we have had several response actions including abatement projects which cleared some areas of all asbestos. The ultimate goal of the district is the complete removal of all asbestos containing building materials as funds become available. Until we are able to reach this goal, the remainder of asbestos in the school district is being maintained in a safe condition and at this time is no threat to building occupants or employees. If the materials should deteriorate to a condition that requires removal or containment, such measures will be taken. If the material is in controllable form, it will be systematically controlled until the plan calls for its abatement. Sincerely, Chris Chisholm Health and Safety Inspector Baker County School District 9/13c NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Baker County School District School Board will hold the following public hearing on Monday, September 17, 2018, at the District School Board Room located at 270 South Boulevard East, Macclenny, Florida, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The following items will be considered at the public hearing: 2018-2019 Student Progression Plan and 2018-2019 Code of Conduct. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. The documents will be available for preview on Monday through Friday (8:30 a.m. 3:00 p.m.) at the Superintendents Ofce located at 270 South Boulevard East, Macclenny, Florida, beginning, Wednesday, August 15, 2018. You may also access the document on our district website at Sherrie Raulerson Superintendent of Schools 8/16-9/13c LEGAL NOTICES JOEL ADDINGTONMANAGING EDITOR reporter@bakercountypress.comStarting this week those seeking a high school diplo can obtain them online, perhaps for free, through a new program being offered by the New River Li brary Cooperative, which includes Emily Taber Public Library in Macclenny, in partnership with online education companies Cengage and Smart Horizons using state scholarship funding. Dubbed Career Online High School from the Cengage subsidiary Gale, the program only requires you are 19 years old or older, have completed some high school, not received a GED and have a library card in good standing with the coop. It provides a private high school diploma and gram is completed entirely online and on-demand, explained Tricia Wylie, director of the New River Coop. Scholarships will be awarded to a select number of students who complete an online self-assessment, prerequisite course and in-person interview. The online self-assess ment can be completed at https://www.careeron sessment/. Then students must complete an online prerequisite course within two weeks before the interview to potentially receive a scholarship and begin classes. Ms. Wylie explained that the program has been wasnt funded again until this year. We saw it as an opportunity to help people in the community who maybe need a high school diploma who work during the day so they cant attend in-person classes, she said. People with children who cant lot of pros to it. She said the state-fund ed scholarships are needsbased and the number of scholarships is limited, though more may be avail able if there are enough people seeking the assistance. She said its recommended that potential students have eight to 10 hours a week to devote to coursework online. The normal cost for the program is $1200. Students receive an accredit ed diploma, not a GED or attended a private high school, said Ms. Wylie. Students are also linked with an academic coach additional instructional help when needed, according to the website. vice, food and hospitality, homeland security and child care and education. For more information about the program, please visit ADDINGTONMANAGING EDITOR reporter@bakercountypress.comA 27-year-old Sanderson man faces felony counts for his sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl, both online and in person, despite several warnings from law enforcement and the victims parents to stay away from her. Weston R. Bruner reportedly met the victim at a birthday party and they started exchanging messages through social media, some of which were seen by the suspects business partner on a tablet they shared. While the messages were not clearly of a sexual nature, Mr. Bruner referred to the recipient as baby and said he missed her and would wait for her, according to Deputy Robert Simpkins arrest report. His investigation began in late June. He also interviewed the victim, who allegedly deleted make any sexual advances toward her or send any sexually explicit messages. She would later recant those statements. older man. Mr. Bruner, under questioning, made similar denials but had also deleted the messages. He was warned by Deputy Simpkins that the nature of his relationship with the teen was inappropriate, regardless of whether it was explicitly contact with the victim at that time. Then roughly a month later police returned to the victims residence to reports from her father that Mr. Brun er and the teen continued messaging one another using aliases on Snapchat. The teen was once again told to cease messaging the suspect, to which she agreed. When Mr. Bruner was re-questioned about the new conaccount under an alias and he exchanged sexually explicit photos with that account holder. He said hed been communicating with the alias for months, long before he claimed to have met the teen. During the follow-up interview with the victim, she reportedly wanted to come clean. She then detailed how their relationship began and became sexual over time, including how Mr. Bruner sent photos of his genitals to her under an alias online. He would later admit the same to police as well as hav ing sex with the teen on at least one occasion. Mr. Bruner was then arrested September 4 for lewd and lascivious behavior with a victim between the age of 12 and 16, and child cruelty for sending the photos. Weston BrunerSexting with teen leads to jail Librarys online high school live Find the legals each week online 24-hour RAPE CRISIS HOTLINE :904.721.7273


Page 10 T B C P ursday, September 13, 2018 523 North Boulevard W. | a few blocks north of Hwy. 90 in 259-4529 New Hope Church, Inc.23-A to Lauramore Rd. & Fairgrounds Rd.Sunday Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship 11:00 a.m. Evening Services 5:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Meeting 7:00 p.m.Pastor J. C. Lauramore welcomes all Associate Pastor: Shane Conner Sanderson Congregational Holiness ChurchCR 127 N., Sanderson, FLSunday School 10:00 am Morning Worship 11:00 amSunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm Wed. Evening Prayer Serv. 7:30 pmPastor: Oral E. Lyons Community Full Gospel Church12664 Mud Lake Rd. Sunday School 10:00 am Sunday Morning 11:00 am Sunday Evening 6:00 pm Tuesday Evening 7:30 pm Pastor Tommy Richardson || 904-275-2949 DINKINS NEW CONGREGATIONAL METHODIST CHURCHCR 127 N. of Sanderson Sunday School 10:00 amSunday Morning Service 11:00 am Sunday Night Service 6:00 pm Wed. Night Service 7:00 pm Pastor Bro. Timothy Alford CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP INDEPENDENT PENTECOSTAL CHURCH Located at:251 West Ohio Avenue Macclenny, FL 32063 Sunday:10:00 Sunday School/Bible Study 11:00 Morning Worship 6:00 Evening WorshipWednesday:6:00 Family Meal 7:00 Adult Service 7:00 Youth ServicesService Times...We would love to connect with you!For more information on what we do, how to contact us, or how to find our church, visit our website at: Connect Serve The Road to CalvaryCorner of Madison & Stoddard Glen St. Mary Rev. Tommy & Doris AndersonYouth Director Rebecca LauramorePhone: 904-259-2213Sunday School: . . . . . 10:00 am Sunday Morning Service . 11:00 am Sunday Evening Service . . 6:00 pm Wednesday Night . . . . . 7:30 pm MACCLENNY CHURCH OF CHRIST573 S. 5th St. 259-6059SUNDAY SERVICES Bible Study 9:45 am Fellowship 10:30 am Worship Services 11:00 amMinister Sam Kitching'A friendly church!' Juanita Baumwald, former oristJuanita Raulerson Baumwald, 89, passed away Tuesday, September 11, 2018. She was a resident for the last four years of Frank Wells Nursing Home in Macclenny, where she loved to play bingo. She was born to the late Charles and Genevieve Raulerson of St. George, Georgia. Juanita owned Juanitas Flowers and Gifts in Macclenny for many years. She was very proud she was the Church of God, which she reminded others of on a regular basis. Along with her parents she is preceded in death by her son Sandy Baumwald and her brothers J.C. and Rudolph Raulerson. Mrs. Baumwald is survived by her daughter Phyllis (Jim) Britt of Ashville, NC; sister Libby (Raymond) Whittle of Macclenny; grandsons David Baumwald of Starke, Shane (Jane) Baumwald of Tampa and Trevor Baumwald of Tokyo, Japan; one great-granddaughter. She also leaves behind her special friend and roommate at Wells Nursing Home, Mrs. Sally Meeks. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 15 at 11 a.m. at her church with interment at Boones Creek Cemetery in St. George. The family will receive friends for a visitation on Friday, September 14, from 6-8 p.m. at Guerry ciate at the service, assisted by Rev. Tim Thomas.Jacqueline Sluder services ThursdayJacqueline Jackie Anna Sluder, 88, of Glen St. Mary passed away at St. Vincents Medical Center on September 11, 2018. She was born to Victor Roy and Hartford, Connecticut. She lived in the Baker County area for the last 30 years. Mrs. Jackie loved the outdoors and ing made her happier than getting in car and just going. She was a member of the Sanderson Christian Revival Center. She was preceded in death by both parents; son Lawton Mellroy; and brothers Jimmy and Gary Cooper. Mrs. Sluder is survived by her husband of 56 years Larry Butler; sons Doyle (Sherry) Kurlin of Jacksonville and James (Shannon) Mellroy of Folkston, Georgia; 18 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, September 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the Sanderson Christian Revival Center. The family will receive friends for a visitation from 9:3010:30 am on Thursday (one hour before services). Interment will be at the Jacksonville National Cemetery at 2 p.m. on Revs. Dwayne Bridges, Steve Hutchinson and Eddie Luke. Guerry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.Paul Grainger, tug boat captainPaul Ray Grainger Sr., 74, of Glen St. Mary passed away Friday, August 31, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He was born on February 12, 1944 in Loris, S.C. to the late Maxie and Letha Grainger. Mr. Grainger was a longtime tug boat captain, a career that he took very seriously. Before moving to Baker County, he was a resident of Jack ing time with his family and friends. He loved working on things around the house and was a very talkative man. He will be remembered as a loving husband and father who will be dearly missed. Mr. Grainger is survived by his wife Cheryle Grainger of Glen St. Mary; sons Timothy Grantham and Paul Grainger Jr. of Glen St. Mary; daughters Virginia (Mark) Kane of Middleburg, Kimberly Grainger and Sandra Grantham, both of Jacksonville; eight grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; sister Frances Rheuark of Loris and nephew Chad Grogan. Mr. Grainger was preceded in death by his parents. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Forbes Funeral Home of Macclenny was in charge of arrangements.Funeral Thursday for Imogene HarrisImogene Clark Harris, 82, a lifelong resident of Glen St. Mary, passed away on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at W. Frank Wells Nursing Home in Macclenny. She was born on May 14, 1936 in Macclenny to Robert E. Lee and Elsie Mary (Richardson) Clark. Mrs. Harris was a seamstress at Northeast Florida State Hospital before her retirement. She was a charter member of Community Full Gospel Church and she loved her family. Imogene was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband, Lacy Harris Jr. She is survived by her son Gregory Harris of Highlands, Texas and daughter Vick ie Raulerson (Danny) of Sanderson; sister Elizabeth Yost (Clifton) of Glen St. Mary; grandchildren Tracey Parker, Candy Moody, Brian Patterson, Bradley Patterson, Brittany Patterson and Hunter Patterson; 12 great-grandchil dren and one great-great-grandchild; numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12 at her church with Pastor Tommy RichardBlackburn-Curry Funeral and Cremation of Macclenny is in charge of arrangements. 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 SUNDAY SERVICESSunday School 9:30 am Worship 10:45 am & 6:00 pmWEDNESDAY SERVICESAdult Bible Groups 6:00 pm Awana for Children 6:00 pm Youth Group 6:00 pm Dr. Edsel M. Bone Senior PastorListen on WFBB 97.5 FM Locally Sundays @ 9:00 am Video Live-Streamed on Facebook Sundays @ 11:00 am @ rstbaptistmacclenny Sunday Worship Video Broadcast Viewed anytime at Howard Hunter, 71, of BrycevilleHoward Junior Hunter, 71, of Bryceville passed away Tuesday, September 4, 2018. He was born on February 23, 1947 in Jasper, Alabama to the late Mr. Lecil and Maurine (Boyd) Hunter. A longtime employee of Gerdau Ameristeel, Mr. Hunter worked as a mill coordinator. After retirement, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. In his free time he watched the news and college football, and was an avid fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide. He will be remembered as a caring and loving man. Mr. Hunter is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Shirley Hunter of Bryceville; son Mark (Darla) Hunter of St. George; daughters Kelly (Mark) Law, Michele Hunter and Stacy (Tobias) Nelson, all of Bryceville; brother Danny Hunter of Macclenny; sisters Diane (Raymond) Guy and Pricilla (Eddie) Wilcutts, both of Macclenny; grandchildren Christopher Wilson, Scott Wilson, Larry Wilson III, Dustin Durden, Hunter Durden, Haley Morgan, Mark Hunter, Casey Hunter, Katlin Hunter and Donald Holmes; seven great-grandchildren; numerous other family members and friends. Mr. Hunter was preceded in death by his parents and brother Roger Dale Hunter. A graveside service for Mr. Hunter was held on Saturday, September 8 at 11 a.m. at Taylor Cemetery. Forbes Funeral Home of Macclenny was in charge of arrangements.Family gratefulThe families of Daisy Johnson would like to say thank you to everyone food and all your sup port through the loss of our mother. We can never express our gratitude enough. Thank you to everyone at Frank Wells Nursing Home for all the love given to her during her time there.Joyce J. Braddock Dewitt W. Johnson Jr. Judy J. WebbFlorene Sheeld, 94, of Macclenny passed away Saturday, September 1, 2018. She was born on June 11, 1924 in Screven, Georgia to the late Marion and America Thorton. After working in assembly for Kinco Windows for many ment that included spending time with family and friends. Prior to moving to Macclenny six years ago, Ms. Florene was a longtime resident of High Springs. In her free time, she enjoyed spending time at the Baker County Council on Aging, listening to music and playing bingo with the friends that she made there. She will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother who never met a stranger. Lightsey and Jerald (Phyllis) Lightsey, both of Macclenny; grandchildren Ricky Purvis, Sherry Willis, Melinda Hollinsworth, Tommy ONeal, Brenda Swan, Ricky Rowell, Scott Lightsey, Lisa Hall, Megann Lightsey, and Jerry Lightsey; 19 great-grandchildren; numerous great-great-grand children and other family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter Carolyn Anderson. A funeral service will be held at noon on Thursday, Sep tember 6 in the chapel of Forbes Funeral Home in Maclowed at Macedonia Cemetery, Macclenny. Forbes Funeral Home of Macclenny was in charge of arrangements.Service later for Leroy WashingtonLeroy Sevola Washington, 62, of Glen St. Mary, passed away Friday, August 31, 2018 after an extended illness. He was born on October 31, 1955 in Jacksonville to the late Mrs. Elizabeth Washington. Mr. Washington relocated to Baker County in 2002 after marrying his loving wife, Patricia. Before retiring, Mr. Leroy worked as a sandblaster for many years in the power generation industry. In his free had a love for seafood. He was a true family man who would go out of his way to make sure his children and grandchildren were taken care of. He will be remembered as a kind hearted and generous man. Mr. Washington is survived by his wife of 16 years, Patricia Washington of Glen St. Mary; son Virgil Washington of Jacksonville; daughters Denise Washington and Genise Washington, both of Jacksonville; stepdaughter Angela (Jamie) Hancock of Glen St. Mary; brother Gaylon Washington of Tampa and sister Helen Pollen of Jacksonville; numerous grandchildren; multiple nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother and stepson Christopher Johnson. A Celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Forbes Funeral Home of Macclenny was in charge of arrangements. 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ursday, September 13, 2018 T B C P Page 11 Lydia Pons, 30, dies September 3Lydia Mae Masterson Pons, 30, of Glen St. Mary died September 3, 2018. Born November 24, 1987, in Chattaof Daniel and Nancy Mastersons six children, and she loved being part of a big family. She moved to Baker County in 2000 and was a devoted member of Macclenny Primitive Baptist Church, and loved the Lord and her church family dearly. Though she transferred into the Baker County school system as a freshman, by her senior year Lydia had made many good, close friends who knew her to be a sweet, funny, kind and loyal person who sought out other new kids in school to befriend. Lydia had a fantastic sense of humor and a sharp wit, and she spared no one from her teasing. Her quips would be delivered with a big grin, her one dimple, a mischievous giggle and a sparkle in her beautiful blue eyes, and she followed them with a hug. A 2005 graduate of Baker County High School, Lydia attended the University of Florida where she studied agriculture education. She had a passion for agriculture that led her to be a long-time and active member of both 4-H and Baker County girl to earn her American degree. She embraced being a country girl who loved her horse Sonny and her dog Kissy and who spent her youth raising and showing hogs, rabbits, horses, chickens and steers. Lydias love for animals manifested in her training in Atlanta as a dog groomer, and her entrepreneurial spirit brought her back to Baker County to open her own success ful shop, Bed, Bath & Barks, Inc. Lydia had a soft spot for hard cases and strove to rescue as many dogs as possible, often keeping the sick and needy ones in her own pack to make sure they got the care they needed. For several years, Lydia worked to raise money for the Baker County Animal Control by hosting the Doggie Extravaganza, now known as the Dog Days of Baker Festival. Her reputation as a groomer and animal lover led to her recognition as one of the top groomers in the Jacksonville area, and she enjoyed serving her community as a 4-H club adult leader and as a proud sponsor of the Baker County Fair. In 2011, Lydia married the love of her life, Jeremy D. Pons, who she met while she was in college and they quick ly became devoted to one another. Making their life in Bak er County, Lydia and Jeremy chose to raise their children the way they had been: to prize family, animals and the outdoors. Intelligent, thoughtful, and strong, Lydia was deter mined to be the best mom to her kids, and she succeeded. Her children are as beautiful, kind and smart as she. Lydia is survived by her husband and parents; children J.D., Morgan, Ryan and son Wally; grandmother Betty Hitt; siblings Sarah Rungruang, Laura (Daniel) Reavis, Amanda (Chris) Murphy, D.L. (Erin) Masterson and Hannah (Jim my) Warren; parents-in-law Phillip Bull and Susan Pons; siblings-in-law Nathan (Amber) Pons and Tabitha Pons; 22 nephews and nieces; many uncles, aunts and cousins. A celebration of Lydias life was held on Friday, Septem ber 7 at 11 a.m. at Macclenny Primitive Baptist Church with Manntown Cemetery. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services of Macclenny was in charge of arrangements.Paul Wheaton Jr., 63, of MacclennyPaul Ross Wheaton Jr., 63, of Macclenny passed away on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at Shands UF in Jacksonville. He was born on November 21, 1954 in Fort Belvoir, Virginia to Paul Ross Sr. and Ruth (Sims) Wheaton. Paul worked as a mover for the Suddath Company for many years. He loved music and was a Georgia Bulldogs fan. Mr. Wheaton was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Kathryn Smith. He is survived by his brother James Wheaton (Sandra) of Macclen ny and sister Sandra Nash (David) of Midland, Virginia; many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. A celebration of Pauls Life was be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, September 10, 2018 at Blackburn-Curry Funeral Chapel in Macclenny.Lettie Mae Whitener of MaccclenyLettie Mae Whitener, 88, of Macclenny passed away September 9, 2018 at St. Vincents Riverside Center for Caring in Jacksonville. She was born September 19, 1929 in Glen St. Mary to the late David Crews and Lettie Mae Rhoden Crews. Lettie was raised in Baker County where she met and married the love of her life George Alexander Whitener Sr. on July 3, 1945. They moved to Naples, Florida in 1945 and returned to Baker County in 1976. Lettie was always cooking, sewing and gardening. She loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and was always in prayer for those she loved. She loved attending church at the Macclenny Church of God where she was a long-time member. Lettie was predeceased by her parents and husband; children George Alexander Whitener Jr. and Mary Whitener Paxton; sister Minnie Ruth Kirkland Luke. Mrs. Whitener is survived by her daughter Nell Crews of Macclenny and half-sister Betty Faye; half-brothers (Shirley) Crews and Clyde Crews, both of Glen St. Mary; grandchildren George Cortland (Adrienne) Paxton, Tina Marie (Darrell) Knight; six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. A celebration of Letties life will be held at noon on Thursday, September 13 at V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Serterment will follow at Taylor Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service at the funeral home. Lydia Masterson Pons Paul Wheaton Jr. Lettie Whitener Ariel (Audrey England), Elsa (Kylie Carter), Anna (Loriann Bliss) and Snow White (Blayne Fraser) get ready for Fairytales and Princesses at BCHS. season for BCHS Drama. Fairytales and Princesses is a showcase of over a dozen songs and scenes chock full of princesses, talking animals, singing lions, mermaids, dwarfs and genies The show is still two weeks away, but reserved tickets Another treat is a Milk and Cookie Matinee on the morn a chance to take pictures and get autographs with all their favorite characters. Please note: All tickets for the Milk and Cookie Matinee are reserved. Fairytales and Princesses runs September 27, 28, 29, October 4, 5, 6 at 7 p.m. and September 30 and October 7 at 2 p.m. BCHS drama show opens on Sept. 27Taylor School reunion 9/29The Taylor School reunion will be held on September 29 at 5:00 pm at the home of Eric and Sherrie Raulerson, Glen St. Mary. Please bring your favorite meat, vegetable, salad or dessert. Paper goods and beverages provided. Taylor school students, family, and friendswe hope to see you there! The Womens Center of Jacksonville will be hosting a support group once a month for teenagers. This group is exclusively for sexual assault survivors from ages 14 to 17; all genders welcome. Parental or guardian permission is required to attend. For location and time of the group meetings, please call the information at 904-2592427. The Rape Recovery Team at the Womens Center of Jacksonville supports survivors of sexual assault in Baker, Duval, and Nassau counties. If you need to speak to an advocate, please call our 24-hour Rape Crisis Hotline at 904-721-7273. Support group info NEFCOMs Statement of Rates for Basic Telephone ServiceNEFCOM is a quality telecommunications company that provides Basic and Enhanced services at reasonable rates within its service territory. Pursuant to regulatory requirements NEFCOM offers its customers the following supported services: Voice grade access to the public switched network or its functional equivalent; Local usage; Access to emergency services such as 911; Toll limitation for qualifying low-income customers. Residential Business Individual Touch-Calling Access Line Base Rate Area $14.00 1-Party $24.40 Trunk $36.00 FCC Subscriber Line Charge $6.50 Single Line $6.50 Multi-Line $9.20 Access Recovery Charge (ARC) $3.00 Single Line $3.00 Multi-Line $3.00 LIFELINE SERVICE Lifeline service is a government assistance program that provides discounts on monthly telephone service for eligible low-income consumers. Customers have a choice on where to apply this credit. 1) Voice Only Service: This will require a customer to remain with the company providing your service for at least 60 days in order to keep the discount, OR, 2) Internet Service: A customer may choose to apply the credit on a qualifying internet service, which may be part of a bundle. This will require the customer to remain with the company providing your service for at least 12-months in order to keep the discount. Lifeline is supported by the federal Universal Service Fund (USF). Only one Lifeline Lifeline program, as any individual or group of individuals who live together at the same address and share income and expenses. A household is not permitted to relimitation constitutes a violation of the Lifeline rules and will result in the subscribment or being barred from the program. WHO QUALIFIES FOR REDUCED TELEPHONE CHARGES? To participate in the program, consumers must either have an income that is at or below 135% of the federal Poverty Guidelines or participate in one of the following assistance programs. Medicaid Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly listed as Food Stamps) Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8) Additional eligibility criteria may apply to residents of federally recognized tribal lands utilities/telecomm/lifeline or in person at Northeast Florida Telephone Companys Lifeline service. In addition, consumers must complete a Lifeline application and their continued eligibility on an annual basis. Should you have any questions please contact a NEFCOM representative at (904) 259-2261 or 1-877-838-5695. 380 N. Lowder Street | Macclenny259-2806 When your family experiences a time of need, let our family provide quality service at an affordable price.James M. Curry, Funeral Director Shannon M. Curry, Funeral Director Allen A. Crews, Funeral Associaterfn ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Meetings Mon. Sat. @ 8 pm 8981 S. SR 228, Macclenny Meeting Monday @ 6:30 pm 93 N. 5th St., Macclenny ADVERTISING DEADLINE ISMonday at 5:00 pm WANT TO LEARN CPR AND FIRST AID?The Baker County Health Department holds classes monthly.Call 259-6291 ext 5269


Page 12 T B C P ursday, September 13, 2018 Class i fied ads and no tic es must be paid in advance, and be in our office no lat er than 4:00 pm the Monday preceding pub li ca tion, unless other wise 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 accuracy 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 agency for whom it was pub lish ed, then that party as sumes full payment respon sibility. The Baker County Press reserves the right to refuse adver tising or any oth er mate ri al which in the opinion of the publisher does not meet standards of publication. FOR SALE Ford Tractor, 3 cylinder, diesel, 24HP, HST, no leaks, no smoke, no blow by, ready to go, $4900. 904259-2393. 9/13c On-site only public auction. Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 at 11:00 am, Granite Express of USA, INc., 1055 SE 9th Terrace, Hialeah, FL 33010. 3500+ granite slabs (various sizes and types) including vehicles and forklifts will be sold in (2) bulk lots = Lot #1 Granite slabs and Lot #2 Vehicles and forklifts. Catalog and photos available at Preview: Morning of sale, 9:00 am 11:00 am. 15% BP. Assignment for the Benet of Creditors Case #2018-26969-CA-01 (11). To register: $10,000 refundable certied funds deposit and valid drivers license. (800) 840-BIDS | info@ AB-1098 AU-3219, Eric Rubin. 9/13p Sawmills from only $4397. Make and save money with your own bandmill. Cut lumber any dimension. In stock and ready to ship. Free info/DVS: 1-800-567-0404 Ext. 300N. 9/13p MISCELLANEOUS Alterations: basic hemming, zipper repair, and basic alterations, next day service on some items. Marva Williams, 904-868-8604, 904-2752770. 5/17-11/8p Found: Nice gold jewelry in Macclenny. Call to give description, 706-970-9635. 9/13p Lung cancer? And age 60+? You and your family may be entitled to signicant cash award. Call 855259-0557 for information. No risk. No money out of pocket. 9/13p We install 6 seamless gutters, pressure washing. 259-7335. 8/11tfc Alcoholics Anonymous meetings Monday Saturday at 8 pm. Call Wanda at 904-994-7750. 2 AUTOMOBILES 014 Leprechaun 319DS Class C by Coachmen, 32, 2 slides, low miles, many extras, $70,000. Call for details, 904-536-1844. 8/23-9/27p Harley Davidson Road King Classic with all accessories, like new, low miles, ready to ride, $7900 OBO. 904-259-2393. 9/13c ANIMALS Dogs: all types from puppies to adults. Animal Control, $65 adoption fees will apply. 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ursday, September 13, 2018 T B C P Page 13JON SHUMAKESPORTS EDITOR sports@bakercountypress.comAnother BCHS Lady Wildcat softball star has committed to one of the nations premier junior college programs. Senior third baseman Kat Rhoden announced her commitment to Indian River Sate College on August 31 after touring the campus in Fort Pierce several weeks earlier. Actually it hasnt really settled in yet. I dont think that its real, she said on September 11. Ive been working years really thinking about where I want to go ... and to erything. It hasnt really set everything. Its a lot to take in, but Im super excited about going. I really like the campus. I really enjoy the program. The Glen St. Mary resident had been in contact with the program since the spring when she played in the Backwards K Showcase in Jacksonville. She visited the college with her family in mid-August, where she met with coaches and toured the campus and softball facilities. Rhoden opted with Indian River State College over several other schools. She also had an offer from Florida State College of Jacksonville, had visited Daytona State College and had a visit scheduled for St. Johns River State College. I prayed about it, made sure it was the right thing to do, said Rhoden, who plans to study toward a business degree. After I got my mind made up I called ... about two weeks ago and told him I was ready to commit. She will step into a program that has been one of the countrys best. The Lady Pioneers were ranked as high as No. 7 in the NCJAA Division I softball rankings in 2018, during which they posted a 46-14 record. Indian River was also season between 2013-2016, Rhoden who was second on the Lady Cats in 2018 in RBIs (18) and doubles (six) and third in batting average (.303) and on-base percentage (.386) will also join for mer Baker County teammate Taylor Dyal, who is in her freshman year at the college. I just went last weekend for a camp and she was there and it was like old times. It was like playing back in high school, she said. ... For me going down there and playing with Taylor again Im super excited. But before she plays colle giately she has one season left for the Lady Cats. She said she wants to help the team make another deep playleadership role. I hope we go all the way to state and just taking my teammates and trying to be a leader by example and by voice, Rhoden said. Its kind of hard because we did have some good leaders last year and lost a couple, but I think were going to be in good shape this year. FORMER CATS Stay informed. 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Many players made an impact in their respective games, and seven teams with former Cats on their rosters were victorious. All games were played September 8 unless otherwise noted. Linebacker Bear Woods recorded a game-high nine tackles and recovered a fumble, but his Toronto Argonauts lost their third straight game 36-25 to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Woods has posted three straight nine-tackle games since his return from injury on August 24 and has led the Argos (3-8) in tackles during that time. Toronto has a bye week before hosting the Saskatchewan Roughriders (7-4) on September 22. Rookie running back Mike Boone was inactive on September 9, but his Minnesota Vikings won their opening game 24-16 over the San Fransisco 49ers. The Vikings visit the Green Bay Packers (1-0) on September 16. Fox will broadcast the game at 1 p.m. College Cats Redshirt sophomore defensive back Mondrell Jefferson had three total tackles as his Valdosta State Blazers rolled 55-6 over the Fort Valley State Wildcats in the Oke fenokee Classic. Valdosta State (2-0) opens Gulf South Conference play on September 15 when they visit the Division II No. 10 West Alabama Tigers (2-0). The Georgia Southern Eagles improved to 2-0 on the season with a 34-13 home win over the UMass Minutemen. Sophomore defensive ed one solo tackle in the victory. The Eagles visit the No. 2 Clemson Tigers (2-0) on September 15. The game is set to air on ESPN2 and watchESPN at 3:30 p.m. The Edward Waters Tithe season 17-10 over the hosting Point Skyhawks. Freshman defensive lineman Brian West notched a tackle for loss, and fellow freshman defensive lineman Tay Reed had a solo tackle. Edward Waters (1-2) has a bye week before visiting Tennessees Cumberland Univer sity (1-2). Senior linebacker Blayne Merchant had seven total tackles and a half-tackle for loss, but his Worcester Polytechnic Institute Engineers lost 25-14 at Rensselaer. WPI (1-1) visits the Beck er Hawks (0-2) on September 15. The game will stream online at https://boxcast. tv/view/football-becker-vswpi-126618 at 3 p.m. Freshman running back Seth Paiges Georgia State Panthers fell to 1-1 on the season with a 41-7 at North Carolina State. Paige had one reception for 6 yards and -3 yards rushing on two at tempts. Georgia State visits the Memphis Tigers (1-1) on September 14. The game is scheduled to air on ESPN at 7 p.m. Sophomore defensive back Rod Haygood had six total tackles, but his Presbyterian Blue Hose lost their opening game 24-0 at No. 24 Austin Peay. The Blue Hose host the Stetson Hatters (2-0) on September 15. The game will stream on ESPN+ at 1 p.m. Junior tight end Kenny Halls Southeastern Fire shut out the University of Gods Chosen 78-0 in an exhibition game. The No. 18 Fire (1-1) visit Cincinnati Christian University (0-3) on September 15. The game will stream online at ccufootball.html at 1:30 p.m. Freshman running back Josh Haygoods Malone Pioneers rolled 42-12 over Lake Erie to win their Great Midwest Athletic Conference opener. The Pioneers (1-1, 1-0), who snapped a four-game losing skid dating back to visiting Kentucky Wesleyan (0-2) on September 22 in conference competition. man Cooper Hodges Appalachian State Mountaineers blew out Charlotte 45-9 to improve to 1-1. Appalachian State makes its 2018 home debut on Sep tember 15 when they host sophomore offensive lineman Travion Clayton and the Southern Miss Golden Eagles (1-1) in a battle of former Cats. Claytons Southern Miss Golden Eagles lost 21-20 to the visiting Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks. The Florida Gators 31game winning streak against the Kentucky Wildcats was snapped with a 27-16 loss. Florida, ranked No. 25 entering the game, had not lost to Kentucky in Gainesville since 1979. Senior defensive suspended for the second straight game for academic issues. The Gators (1-1, 0-1 in the SEC) host the Colorado State Rams (1-2) on September 15. The game will air on the SEC Network at 4 p.m.Woods leads team in tacklesRhoden commits to play soball at Indian River Kat Rhoden elds a ground ball at third base. Check it


ursday, September 13, 2018 T B C P Page 14JON SHUMAKESPORTS EDITOR sports@bakercountypress.comThe BCHS Wildcats quest for a third straight Disit could be the against one of toughest challenges they will face all season. Baker County (2-1) opens District 5-5A play against the undefeated Menendez Falcons (3-0). The Cats have won three straight games over the Falcons, including a 37-28 shootout in last seasons Region ship game. But this year Menendez may pose the biggest threat to Baker Countys perfect regular-season district record since 2016. The Falcons, ranked in the top 10 in Class 5A by AP, have averaged 48 points with an average margin of victory of about 31 points through three games. The program rolled 62-28 over St. Augustine on ets. Head coach Jamie Rodgers hopes Baker Countys streak against the Falcons doesnt meet the same fate. Everybody is saying this is their year and this is one of the best teams theyve ever had, if not the best team theyve ever had there, he said on September 10. But were still going to practice and play the game on Friday. Its at our place. They got to come prove it to us. The senior running back duo of Tye Edwards and Kenny Logan leads the Falcons, who average nearly 300 rushing yards per game. The two have combined focusing on Oregon and Oklahoma, while Logan will likely choose between Ole Miss, Auburn and Florida State, reported The Florida Times-Unions liotts recap of Menendezs 40-15 win over Yulee last week. Edwards has totaled 472 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground this season, and added a kickwho also has two interceptions defensively, has run for 353 and six scores and has added three receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns. Obviously they give especially defensive coaches nightmares. Theyre just super talented, coach RodEdwards has obviously had big games every week, but Kenny Logan is right there. Hes just as good. Baker Countys defense has carried the team through the early portion of the season. The unit allowed just 161 yards to St. Augustine and limited Ed White running back Isaiah Flowers to 119 yards, including just 13 after halftime. The defense has held opponents to a combined 28 points through the opening three games. A fast start to district play is imperative in a district as strong as District 5-5A, which produced the would keep the Cats in control of their own destiny instead of relying on other teams to lose in order to gain ground in the standings, coach Rodgers explained. If you win the Menendez Week 4 game youve know (where we stand), coach Rodgers said. ... I think its huge. In other District 5-5A games this Friday: The Ridgeview Panthers (3-0) will attempt to stay undefeated when they host the Palatka Panthers (2-1). Orange Park (2-1) will try to keep its winning streak alive when the Raiders visit the Clay Blue Devils (1-2). Follow this sports editor on Twitter @JonBCPress for live updates. Check www.bakercounty for a quick recap of the action following the game, and read next weeks edition of the newspaper for in-depth coverage of the district opener.JON SHUMAKESPORTS EDITOR sports@bakercountypress.comThe BCHS Wildcat football the end zone on September 7 at Ribault. Baker Countys defense and special teams made sure that didnt matter. Robert Baker returned an interception for a touchdown and the Cats picked up a safe ty on special teams, which lifted the team to an 8-6 road victory over the winless Trojans. Nothing pretty about what happened the other time since 2012 a team that I was a head coach of and Josh [Jacobson] and Brock [Canaday] were with me that we hadnt scored on offense, head coach Jamie Rodgers said on September 10. ... Still very fortunate to get the win. Like you said, ugly win is better than a pretty loss any day of the week. And an ugly game it was. The two offenses combined for less than 350 yards and both teams committed three turnovers. Baker County (2-1) also had two cial teams, including Tracey Whites blocked punt. The early pressure on special teams ultimately led to Baker Countys second straight win, coach Rodgers said. With the teams tied at 6-all in the fourth quarter, Ribault (0-3) appeared to be driving to take the lead. A Baker County personal foul extended the drive after an apparent third-down stop, and set up the Trojans just inside Baker County territory. But then Ribault imploded. Three penalties two holding calls and a sideline warning backed the Trojans inside their own 20. A sack by Will Keinath pinned Ribault back to its own 12 yard line, where it faced a fourth-and-51 and was forced to punt. The ensuing snap sailed over the punters head and out of the back of the end zone, giving Baker County its game-winning safety with 3:34 left in the game. Our special teams had been really good this year, coach Rodgers said. ... We had been rushing three people in the middle, he continued. He knew he had to get a little extra on [the snap] because we had already blocked one earlier and he had a bad snap earlier that I think one-hopped to [the punter]. I do think our pressure from the punt team did cause a little bit of that the other night. Baker Countys defense held strong after Ribault regained possession with 1:54 left, and a fourth-down pass fell incomplete to seal the victory. The defense limited the Trojans to 201 yards in the game, and forced 12 plays of zero or negative yardage. Seven Ribault rushers combined for 101 yards on 25 attempts, and 42 of Tyler Ellis game-high 60 yards came on a second-quarter run. Quarterback Santana Jackson completed 9 of 24 passes for 100 yards and two inter ceptions, including Whites interception that ended the We had nine guys that hadnt played Baker County football starting on defense. I mean varsity football, coach Rodgers said. Thats tough, but they rose to the occasion, made plays when they had to. It was fun to watch them compete. tied the game. Defensive lineman Jaquez Elliott rushed into the backfield and put pressure on Jackson, which resulted in an underthrown pass. Baker ran under the ball and returned it 30 yards for the game-tying pick-six. (Elliott was) [a]ll up in his face and made a good shot on him while he still had the ball. ert, coach Rodgers said. The offense sustained several drives in the second success early. Baker County rushed for 93 yards after halftime, which accounted for most of its roughly 130 yards on the ground. Scooby Graham led the team with 51 yards. John Green rushed for 42 yards, and Kelton Knabb, who also recovered a fumble defensively, added 29 yards. But the teams best drive ended with a fumble at the 1 yard line in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, which set up Ribaults potential game-winning drive. The biggest part is were not getting the job done up front. Thats the biggest part, coach Rodgers said. We cant turn the ball over like weve turned it over. ... That usually leads to a lot of losses. The Cats also turned the ball over on their first two possessions. Keonta Jenkins interception led to Santanas 1-yard touchdown pass to Devin Norman, who won a jump ball to give Ribault the early lead. The Trojans converted a fourth down earlier in the drive on a similar jump ball to Lamont Simmons. Despite the offensive struggles Baker County has scored just 33 points through three games the Cats are still above .500. We just talked about this game coming up this week and how were fortunate to be 2-1. Were 2-1. We got a winning record through three games. Purchase these photos at Photos by Jud JohnsonRobert Baker, who returned an interception for a touchdown, leaps to try stopping Ribaults oense. Nothing pretty about what happened the other night ... Ugly win is better than a pretty loss any day of the week.BCHS head coach Jamie Rodgers Chris Smith turns up the eld after hauling in the reception. BCHS VS. MENENDEZSeptember 14 M 7 Memorial StadiumMacclennyEdwards, Logan lead Menendez into Macclenny for district clashCats win on a late safetyEdge out Ribault 8-6JON SHUMAKESPORTS EDITOR sports@bakercountypress.comThe BCHS Wildcat boys third out of four teams on September 4 in a quadmeet at Yulee, which also featured West Nassau and Hilliard. Senior Jacob Echols once again led the squad as time of 23 minutes, 12 sec15th with a time of 27:07, and Juan Torress crossed with a 17th-place time of 28:00. Kyler Holton took 25th and Michael Davis came in 27th. The boys are continuing to improve each week, its always a challenge to set those PRs, head coach Pam Robinson wrote in an email on September 10. They are pushing themselves at practice and set personal goals each week. I cant ask for more. The Lady Cats only had three runners, and were paced by Cassie Turners 10th-place time of 31:42. Marissa Brown placed 13th with a time of 33:43 and Kaitlynn Daniels claimed 18th. Same as the boys, each girl setting their own goals to reach each meet, coach Robinson wrote. I remind them that with practice and increasing mileage they will see improvements. Baker Countys meet set for September 11 against Hilliard was rescheduled for October 11. The Cats are scheduled to host a quadmeet on September 18 at 5 p.m. My coaching goal is to work on increasing their mileage each practice with adding more speedwork, coach Robinson explained. I am super proud of each runner and their push for perseverance to push through the hard times and take advantage of the good times.Wildcats nish in third at Yulee


ursday, September 13, 2018 T B C P Page 15JON SHUMAKESPORTS EDITOR sports@bakercountypress.comThe BCHS Lady Wildcat volleyball team extended its es with a pair of home sweeps over Bishop Snyder and District 4-6A foe Westside. Baker County held off Bishop Snyders third-set effort on September 10 for a 3-0 (25-10, 25-17, 25-22) victory. The ladies never trailed by more than one point in the match, and ultimately captured their fourth sweep in Madison Barton led the Lady Cats (5-1, 2-0 in District 4-6A) with 11 kills and seven blocks, including blocks that games. She also broke a 3-all tie in the second set with a kill to give the team the lead for good. Baker County led by as many as eight points in the second game following Bar tons go-ahead kill. Dixie Raulerson added eight kills to go along with her team-high seven aces. She had three kills and two aces in the opening game, which helped Baker County build 15-point advantages three times as the team easily took But the third game proved two. Baker County couldnt put the Lady Cardinals away in the third set and never led by more than three points. Bishop Snyder held brief one-point advantages five times, but two Barton blocks, a Raulerson kill, service error and volley into the net equalized the score. Skye Miller helped the Lady Cats pull away late with a pair of kills, one of which all tie. Her second kill gave Baker County a 24-21 lead, and the tight game was sealed when Bishop Snyders volley point. Blakely Mallory had 10 kills. Rachel Mechum (16) and Cassidi Beaver (13) led the team in assists. Kiki Carter added eight digs. The Lady Cats were even more dominant on September 6 as they rolled 25-9, 2513, 25-7 over visiting West side to remain perfect in District 4-6A competition. Mechum led Baker County with 20 assists and tied with Raulerson for the team lead with five aces. Raulersons nine kills were second only to Bartons 10. Carters six digs were also the most of the team. Baker County was scheduled to visit Union County on September 11 before traveling to Orange Park on September 13 for a district contest. JV Lady Cats remain perfect Through six matches this season, the BCHS JV Lady Cats still havent lost a set. The JV ladies improved to 6-0 on the season with a 2514, 25-11 home sweep over Bishop Snyder on September 10. Shelby Grimes recorded came during her eight-point service run that helped Baker County pull away in the second set. Mariah Green had a teamhigh seven kills. Green and Isabella Gray ber 6, and the JV Lady Cats swept Westside 25-5, 25-13. and Grimes added four. Eden Farmer led the ladies with three digs.JON SHUMAKESPORTS EDITOR sports@bakercountypress.comBoth BCMS Lady Bob cat matches on September 6 played out similarly, but they each resulted in home losses to the Lakeside Lady Gators. the Lady B-Cats battled back to make the second sets close, but were unable to force third sets in either contest. As a result, Lakeside swept Baker County 25-8, 25-20 in the A-Team match and 25-14, 25-22 in the B-Team contest. Baker Countys A-team (1-2) was unable to main tain an early second-set lead as Lakeside pulled away in the closing points of the match. The teams six-point run, highlighted by two aces from Jara Weeks, tied the set at 16-all after the Lady Gators built a six-point ad vantage. But the Lady B-Cats could never claim the lead. Countys surge and twice refell on the line to end the match. Chloe Dormans ace helped the ladies build a quick 3-1 second-set lead, but the Lady Gators re sponded with a four-point Lakeside also used a set to turn a three-point lead into an 11-point edge. An ace from Dorman cut the hole to 17-7, but the Lady B-Cats never got closer and the largest of the match. Baker Countys B-Team (1-2) also nearly forced a third set after dropping the first game, but Lakesides serving helped it hold on to the victory. The Lady B-Cats led for much of the second game, and appeared to be on pace to take the set as they led 21-18. The Lady Gators tied the score at 21-all with an ace, but a serve into the net allowed Baker Countys B-Team to side out and regain the one-point lead. The teams ensuing serve went long, equalizing the score and giving Lakeside the serve. The Lady Gators served points, including one for the go-ahead point, to end the match. Lakeside gradually and twice led by as many as 11 points. Both of Baker Countys teams were victorious for the first time this season on August 30 with a pair of sweeps at Oakleaf. Krista Crews and Brooke Clevenger led the A-Team in serving in its close 25-21, 25-20 victory. Malayna Loadholtz also led the B-Team in serving during its 25-16, 25-18 sweep, coach Angela Laur amore wrote in a message. The Lady B-Cats were scheduled to visit Wilkinson on September 10 and Lake City the following night. The season is set to continue with a pair of home games September 13 against Green Cove and September 18 versus Lake City. Both Lady B-Cat teams lose at homeEmma Richardson Photo by Debbie PelhamBaker Countys oense lines up in the teams 40-6 win over Lakeside.JON SHUMAKESPORTS EDITOR sports@bakercountypress.comThe BCMS Bobcat football teams Northeast Florida Athletic Conference North Division debut was delayed 24 hours due to inclement weather last week. was worth the wait. Cam Smith ran for about 150 yards and two touchdowns on September 5, and led the B-Cats to a 40-6 blowout dinator Tucker Roberts said, and played turnover-free football eight days after a Everything just seemed to click at the right time, coach Roberts said on September 6. Are we perfect right now? Oh no, weve still got a long ways to go. But its good where we are now. Smiths scoring runs of 40 and 60 yards in the second and third quarters turned a close score into a commanding lead. He also set up Jaylin Maidens 30yard third-quarter score on the teams second possession of the third quarter with a 40-yard burst. That was his breakout game, coach Roberts said of Smith. A three-and-out forced Lakeside to punt from deep inside its own territory. A bad snap sent the ball into the end zone, which the Gators ran out before being stopped inside the 10 yard line. Walker Avera put the B-Cats ahead for good as he punched in a 5-yard touchdown run on the teams ensuing drive. Maiden converted the 2-point conversion. Smiths scoring runs, which included a 2-point conversion throw from Jabari Ruise to Conner Broughton, and Maidens touchdown extended the advantage to 28-0 in the third quarter. With the lopsided lead, the B-Cats began working in younger players, who made an impact when given a chance. Davion Dean threw a 30-yard scoring pass to Pacey Holtom, and KeNias Wilsecond touchdown of the season. I thought the O-line did an excellent job ... in the second, third and fourth quarters, he said. I think they were they started kicking it in gear. The B-Cats turned their attention to their rivalry game at Bradford on September 11. The Tornadoes, who play in the conferences South Division, improved to 2-0 with a 20-8 win over Green Cover, coach Roberts said. The game in Starke was one of four that counted toward the tournament seeding. We know theyre good. We know theyre going to be ready for us. We know they dont want to lose this game, coach Roberts said. ... Bradford is going to be a big, tough test for us. Im looking forward to it actually.Bobcats roll in divisional blowout Madison Bartson spikes the ball in Baker Countys win over Bishop Snyder.Lady Cats increase winning streak to 5 matches in sweepsSpecial thanks to ...I would like to thank all the coaches and workers who helped the Baker County Touchdown Club set up a concession stand at the Middle School pracAlso, special thanks to Ms. Sherrie Raulerson for allowing us to play our Memorial Stadium is undergoing maintenance. Also, thanks to Nathan Welch for the donation and all their help, and Phillip Crews, owner of Pit Stop Portable Toilets for donating them and sinks on such short notice. You are all a blessing to his community, and you really care about the youth of Baker County. Thanks again.Roland Gaskins Baker County Touchdown ClubJON SHUMAKESPORTS EDITOR sports@bakercountypress.comThe Baker Bandits Soccer Club has been chosen to once again host a free Chevy Youth Soccer Clinic at Raiford Road Church. Registration for the camp scheduled for October 4 is now open online at https://www.chevrolet. com/youth-sports. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Clinic Registration and choose the soccer clinic. The Macclenny clinic is listed under the Jacksonville area and use the password kick it to register. The camp, which is set to run from 6-9 p.m., is open to players through high school seniors. Baker Bandits Soccer Club is asking those interested to register as soon as possible so they can know an approxi mate number of players attending. We are very excited to have this opportunity again and we hope to see you all out there again! the club wrote in a message.Bandits to host free camp JON SHUMAKESPORTS EDITOR sports@bakercountypress.comThe Baker County Little League will hold a board meeting on Monday, Sep tember 17 at 7 p.m. at the leadership for next season. BCLL meeting Sept. 17 ADD YOUR COMMUNITY EVENT TO THE ONLINE CALENDAR


Page 16 T B C P ursday, September 13, 2018JON SHUMAKESPORTS EDITOR sports@bakercountypress.comThe BCHS Wildcat swim teams biggest competition was itself for much of its second meet of the season. Baker County won 18 of the 24 events on September 9 as they sank Suwannee (1213686), Hilliard (1261-338) and West Nassau (1260-241) in a home quad-meet. Four swimmers won multiple individual events and the prorelay events as the program remained undefeated in regular-season competition since 2017. second in 10 events, including three that were decided by less than a second. teammates came in the Boys 50-yard freestyle. Trent Mobley (24.91) edged out Andrew Rosepiler (25.15) for first place. Haydon Bridges (34.71) Mobley built a more siz able lead in the 500 freestyle time of 5:31.95, which was nearly 30 seconds ahead of Suwannees Connor Mowry. ished third and Dalton Ray (7:14.64) fourth. Landon Prevatt (1:15.15) held off Seth Crawford (1:15.83) in the 100 breaststroke, which was the final individual event of the meet. Ryan Jacobs clocked in a fourth-place time of 1:23.34. Crawford topped the 100 freestyle with a time of 55.20, and Domenick Endel swam a second-place time of 58.96. Bridges finished sixth at 1:22.13. Prevatt also won the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:11.19. Dakota Walker finished fourth at 2:35.63. Nathasha Turner (2:30.03) narrowly beat out Cheyenne Croft (2:30.94) in the Girls 200 freestyle. Gracie Wainright (2:46.69) and Alexus Uribe (3:23.72) fin tively. Mady-Belle Ash won both the Girls 200 individual medley (2:34.14) and the 100 breaststroke (1:19.08). Lorisecond and Gracie Rogers fifth (1:52.66) in the latter event. Bliss (1:07.82) and Hannah Peterson (1:07.21) also freestyle. Uribe took sixth with a time of 1:32.27 and Cadee Crawford swam a ninth-place time of 1:50.81. Braeden Knight also won a pair of individual events. He swam a time of 58.03 in the Boys 100 backstroke. RosepilEndel (1:17.00) took fourth. Knight (2:05.62) and Platto (2:37.64) claimed the top two spots in the Boys 200 IM. Jacobs (1:13.70) and Walkthird, respectively, in the 100 atop the Girls 50 freestyle with a time of 31.00. Rogers (34.34) beat out Suwannees Sarah Beth Lee by less than fourth-tenths of a second for third place. Savanna Powand Dazarae Eaton (47.71) came in ninth. Croft clocked in a second-place time of 1:19.31 in the Girls 100 backstroke, which was less than a second off Suwannees Reina HarTurner (1:29.33), Cheyenne Powell (1:30.59) and In the Girls 500 freestyle, Cheyenne Powell (7:12.94), Thornton (7:36.00), Savanna Powell (8:45.64) and Eaton (10:47.53) took third through sixth. one-two in three relay events. Girls 200 freestyle relay: The A-team of Bliss, Ash, The B-team Wainright, Thornton, Savanna Powell and Croft swam a time of 2:11.03. Girls 400 freestyle re lay: Bliss, Turner, Ash and Peterson clocked in a time of 4:31.70. The B-team of Haley Harris, Cadee Crawford, Rogers and Christina Slater swam a time of 6:08.07. Boys 400 freestyle relay: The A-team of Knight, Platto, Seth Crawford and Mobley ended the meet with a time of 3:42.66. The B-team of Rosepiler, Jacobs, Endel and Prevatt touched in at 3:59.45. In other relay events: The Boys 200 medley relay A-team Rosepiler, Mobley, Knight and Platto won with a time of 1:51.58. The B-team of Tyler Altland, ished fourth at 2:49.44. The Boys 200 freestyle relay A-team of Crawford, Jacobs, Endel and Prevatt 1:45.47. The B-team of Ray, Walker, Bridges and Altland 2:18.25. The Girls 200 medley relay A-team Croft, Wainright, Thornton and Slater opened the meet with a second-place outing of 2:42.64. The B-team Cadee Crawford, Cheyenne Powell, Savanna Powell and Harris 2:48.41. Baker Countys season is scheduled to continue on September 13 at Yulee. 1$2,500 minimum deposit is required for opening the Money Market Account. Annual Percentage Yield (APY) of 1.50% is guaranteed for 6 months from account opening date. The Money Market account must be opened with new money or monies not currently held at Fidelity Bank. After 6 months, the Money Market Annual Percentage Yields apply. They are today: the APY is 0.15% for balances up to $24,999.99. For balances from $25,000 to $49,999.99, the APY is 0.20%. For balances from $50,000 to $99,999.99, the APY is 0.25%. For balances of $100,000 to $249,999.99 the APY is 0.25%. For balances $250,000 and above, the APY is 0.30%. APYs are accurate as of 9/4/2018. Rates are subject to change at anytime. A monthly maintenance fee of $10 applies if the balance falls below the minimum daily balance requirement of $2,500 for a Business Money Market account. 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Rates to Roar About 888.248.LION (5466)$500 Minimum Deposit, up to $250,000 per Customer 12 Month1.60%APY224 Month2.00%APY21.80%APY218 MonthCD Rates$2,500 Minimum Deposit, up to $250,000 per customer.1.50%APY1Money Market Rates Cats top 18 races in their 2nd meetMason Platto swims the buttery.Purchase these photos at Photos by Jessica PrevattLandon Prevatt takes a breath while swimming the breaststroke. LoriAnn Bliss swims ahead with a breaststroke.JON SHUMAKESPORTS EDITOR sports@bakercountypress.comThree of the four Baker County Wildcat AYF foot ball teams were victorious on September 8 against the RAW Cardinals as all of the local teams sit above .500 three games into the season. Both the 10-and-under and 12U youth Wildcats rolled 34-0, and the 6U team started the day with a 27-7. The 8U squad suffered its 27-7 defeat. All games were played at Joseph Stilwell Military Academy of Leadership on Jacksonvilles westside. The 10U team (3-0) has outscored its opponents by a combined 127-7 this season. Quarterback Trenton New mans entered the game with running back Reginald Keith accounted for all the scoring in the blowout win. While it is early to speculate this team could make a run at an American Youth Football national championship held in November in Orlando, Mark Broughton wrote in an email on September 10. The defense led by linebackers Kayden White and James Prescott, defensive tackles Austin Davis and Anthony Williams and corner back Nathan Katsacos re corded its second shutout of the young season. This 10U team might be the best 10U team Ive ever seen in my life, Broughton said. ... This defense is like bumblebees all over the place. The 12U team improved to 2-1 with their shutout win, which took an entire team effort, Broughton wrote. Running back Ma-Khai Mosley dominated the day with powerful running and speed to kill, Broughton wrote, behind an offensive line anchored by Landen Lauramore, Christopher Fraze, Aiden Benoit and Jeuron Northington. Coach Jeremy Rankins 6U (3-0) team was led by quarterback Mayson Rankin and running back Bryan RosStallings, Mason McQuaide, their path. Defensively, Jakhryie Mosely, Brian Rosier and Mayson Rankin helped slow down the RAW Cardinals offense. Baker Countys 8U squad fell to 2-1 with their loss to the RAW Cardinals, who 9 year olds based on birthdays falling in August and September. Marlin Givens scored the teams only touchdown as he took a reverse 60 yards to the end zone. The cheerleaders coach Erica Bridgers 6U group and coach Blair Hortons 10U team have also been doing well, Broughton noted. These girls could go to competition and win. So proud of our Wildcat cheer teams, he wrote. The Baker County program travels to Ormond Beach on September 15. The youth Cats begin a threegame home stand beginning September 22.AYF wins three of four